A preview of the July 4, 2014, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

July 4 - 10, 2014

Dear Readers,

Yet another lawsuit has been filed against Carmel, this one claiming (once again) that a long-time employee was illegally fired. Former building inspector (and Iraq war vet) John Hanson is the plaintiff this time. Mary Schley has our report.

The city council decided Tuesday that the farmers market could stay in Devendorf Park, but added a host of conditions. Mary has that one, too.

The city's art collection turned out to be a lot less valuable than was previously believed: At an auction late last year, works an appraiser said were worth more than $250K were sold for less than $10K. The indefatigable Mary Schley has that one, as well.

In Pacific Grove, preservationists are fighting plans to demolish a tiny, decrepit and unused water pump station. Meanwhile, an elderly man who wants to cut down a large cypress to build a wheelchair ramp to his front door has been told, "No." Kelly Nix has those stories.

Back in Carmel, the city council had good news and bad news this week for people who have built outside their property lines. Giant octopi have been thrilling divers off Pt. Lobos. One of the NBA's biggest stars brought his own brand of thrills to youngsters at a basketball camp in Pebble Beach. A new book presents itself as a history of the Bach Festival (which begins July 19) but is actually an epic history of Carmel's cultural heritage. And my editorial congratulates the city council for preventing the farmers market from having too much of a competitive advantage over downtown businesses.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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