A preview of the March 10, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

March 10 - 16, 2017

Dear Readers,

Despite pleas from the owners of a popular downtown restaurant, the city council decided not to loosen the city's eatery rules to help the restaurant stay open. Mary Schley has the story.

The doomed bridge in Big Sur that crosses Pfeiffer Creek will be demolished beginning early next week, but replacing it could take a year — a delay that will frustrate tourists, inconvenience residents, and do serious damage to businesses. Chris Counts reports.

The monk who broke his hip at an isolated monastery and had to be airlifted out for medical treatment has died. Now the question is: How to get his body back for burial? Elaine Hesser has the poignant details.

The death of Erl Lagerholm was a sad occasion for his many friends, but his generosity has turned out to be a major benefit for dozens of civic organizations. Mary Schley has that one.

The city council brought a couple of funding proposals to a halt because of concerns that the money would be wasted. A new restaurant is getting ready to open at Seventh and Dolores, and this week the planning commission approved a mezzanine that will make it possible to add tables. A 57-year-old retired fire chief is suing to increase his $160,000-a-year pension. A local activist is complaining because The Pine Cone gets city council agendas a few hours before they're made public. A homeowner's unrelenting effort to block his neighbor's new house has finally run out of steam. And my editorial expresses shock over the city council's effort not to waste the taxpayers' money -- and then says, "Hallelujah!"

Paul Miller, Publisher

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