Everyone experiences conflict, it’s human nature. A conflict that seems small and insignificant can quickly escalate and impact your quality of life. This was the case between Melvin and Elizabeth Grimes and their neighbor John Kenney. As you may remember, this conflict began over a property dispute that potentially could have been resolved through a simple title search. In this case, the neighbors had a contentious relationship and continued to add fuel to a fire that was already burning out of control. Over several years, the Grimes’ and Mr. Kenney had several altercations leading up to a tragedy that shocked our community. Mel and Elizabeth Grimes were killed and their neighbor was charged with their deaths.

What could have been done to prevent this horrible loss?

A community that was shocked and saddened by the death of Mel and Elizabeth Grimes felt that early intervention may have diffused this situation. Still reeling from the news, the Monterey County Bar Association and the Monterey College of Law came together to form an organization that could be the necessary intervention.

The Mandell Gisnet Center’s NEIGHBOR PROJECT was founded with the sole goal and purpose to resolve conflict and prevent another tragic event such as the Grimes’ case from happening again. The program provides extremely low-cost mediation services to members of our community in hopes of preventing violence.

Contact us at (831) 582-5234 or email center@mandellgisnetcenter.org.