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Posted: Thursday, February 4, 2010 12:00 am

Down on the Boss…A group calling itself Citizens of Seaside for Transparent Government wants to kick City Manager Ray Corpuz out. On Feb. 3, the group (including long-time Seaside activist Helen Rucker) announced its plans to circulate a petition of non-support for Corpuz, blaming him for financial mismanagement and “poor handling of personnel matters in the Police and Fire Departments” (including the ouster of former police chief Steve Cercone). The petition calls for the City Council to remove Corpuz before the November 2010 election. [KA]

Monarchs Folding…Butterfly numbers at the Pacific Grove Monarch Grove Sanctuary are still low, with counts of 32 on Jan. 23 and 22 on Jan. 29, compared with 25,000 on a flush year, and none in George Washington Park. Meanwhile, there’s some talk of reviving Friends of the Monarchs. Read more at [KA]

Chamber Rearranging…Tiffany DiTullio has resigned as the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO to take a job with Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, the chamber announced Monday, Feb. 1. DiTullio led the Chamber of Commerce for two years, starting initiatives like the Buy Local campaign. The search is on for a new executive. [ZS]

Solar Spark…On Feb. 2, Carmel-by-the-Sea becameCK the first local city to adopt a program to make green energy affordable for businesses and homeowners. The California FIRST municipal finance program, backed by council candidate and EPA whistleblower-turned-local energy financing consultant Jason Burnett, finances renewable and efficient energy projects through a bond, which is repaid through a property tax assessment. [KA]

Black Market Botox…Scholars at the Center for Non-Proliferation Studies at MIIS released a study Jan. 27 showing how easy it is for potential bio-terrorists to obtain deadly botulinum toxin through counterfeit botox labs. [RU]

Retail Boomlet…Khaki’s and Homescapes plan moves to Carmel Plaza this spring with expanded retail space, while high-end home furnishings purveyor Jan de Luz plans to open a new store on Seventh and Dolores in Carmel. [RU]

Chemical Romance…UC Berkeley researchers studying pregnant women in the Salinas Valley found that flame-retardant chemicals (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) commonly found in household electronics, carpets and plastics may reduce fertility in women, according to the latest study by the Center for the Health Assessment of Mothers and Children of Salinas. [ZS]

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