BEST OF THE CARMEL POLICE LOG… Officer made contact with shop owner regarding complaints of feeding wildlife. Discussed photos of raccoons looking inside and leaning up against the business door. Observed bird seed outside and dog treats inside. Attempted to express the importance of preventing the dan- gers of raccoons being altered by food given directly or inadvertently. SHORT CUTS CARMEL CONFIDENTIAL Community Foundation Launches Flood Relief Fund P acific Grove documentary filmmaker Megan Alldis is one of 12 artists to receive a grant from the Redford Center, an organiza- tion founded by actor Robert Redford and his son James. The nonprof- it center is dedicated to advancing environmental solutions through the power of stories that move. More than 250 applicants from 20 countries were considered for the 2022-2023 grants. Alldis will use the grant to complete her first full-length feature documentary, tentatively titled, “The Last Chinamperos.” The film takes place in Mexico City, and it spotlights an Indigenous father and son as they fight to carry on their ancestral legacy of “chinampas”— the Aztec farming system made of floating gardens which maximizes water retention for crops. The subjects fight urbanization, economic challenges and Indigenous exploitation as they work to show how the water transport system preserves a style of permaculture that can help curb climate change. Through her solo production company, Alldis Films, Alldis also does photography, videography and drone pilot shoots for clients in wine and real estate. Local Filmmaker Megan Alldis Wins Prestigious Grant I n January, as heavy storms and major flooding impacted residents throughout the region, the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) launched a campaign to sup- port those impacted by the damage. The Monterey County Storm Relief Fund provides emergency assistance and relief distributed through local nonprofits for needs such as food, emergency shelter and recovery-related financial assistance. The CFMC opened the fund with a $100,000 grant, and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, which hosts the annual AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, granted an addi- tional $100,000 to the fund. All tax-deductible gifts will support Monterey County residents and 100% of donations will be used for grantmaking. To give or to learn more, visit www.cfmco.org/stormrelief. Craig Kilborn, former host of ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” “The Late Late Show” and “The Daily Show,” shared some of his favorite Monterey Peninsula spots on a winter 2022 segment of the “California Now” podcast pro- duced by Visit California. During the episode, Kilborn also talked about his days as a Carmel- by-the-Sea resident, working as a local sports reporter. “My favorite place in the world is actually Carmel,” said Kilborn, who lived in a studio apartment next to Katy’s Place in the early 1990s. He talked about walking around the vil- lage and having drinks at Terry’s Lounge at the Cypress Inn. He also recommended heading to Carmel Valley’s resorts and restaurants, includ- ing Carmel Valley Ranch and Quail Lodge, for sunshine on cloudy days. Kilborn mentioned Cannery Row, the Sardine Factory and Pacific Grove as well, along with the golf courses and accommo- dations of Pebble Beach. After telling a story about watching the evening bagpiper at Spanish Bay, he raved about the views at the Hyatt 58 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G 2 0 2 3 Monterey County—and much of California—suffered major flooding during severe storms this January, leaving many homes and businesses damaged and even destroyed. Photo: David A Litman/Shutterstock