A preview of the August 4, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Aug. 4 - 10, 2017

Dear Readers,

With the State of California increasingly regulating how much restaurant workers are paid and even how their tips are allocated, owners of the city's upscale eating establishments are scrambling for ways to generate the revenue needed to pay everybody fairly.

Getting Highway 1 open through Big Sur is a priority for Caltrans, and while major progress has been made toward repairing the Pfeiffer Canyon bridge, the agency is just now announcing a plan to repair the huge slide at Mud Creek. And it's a surprising one. Chris Counts has the details.

An internet surveillance company has signed a contract with the city to use software to catch illegal short-term renters. Mary Schley has that one, too.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta is on a fact-finding trip to a place where the facts are quite difficult to ascertain: The Middle East. Kelly Nix reports.

A woman who is accused of numerous local scams has been convicted of false advertising. Quite a few of the recent car break-ins around the Monterey Peninsula have been solved, police say. Using drones for photography has become commonplace, but in one local city it turns out to be illegal to let a drone land. A county-wide group that promotes tourism is now trying to get tourists to behave themselves. And my editorial says that "progress" used to be universally celebrated, and still should be.

As always, I invite you to send me any questions, comments or concerns about our newspaper, and to contact me if you need help making the most of it on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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