A preview of the September 14, 2018,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

September 14 - 20, 2018

Dear Readers,

Good news about our water supply: The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to approve Cal Am's permit for a desal plant. Could this be the beginning of the end of our decades-old shortage? Kelly Nix reports.

The reviews are in for Sheriff Joe Arpaio's appearance at Rancho CaƱada this week and the protests that greeted him. It turns out the whole thing was pretty entertaining -- especially the mariachi band. Chris Counts has the details.

In the latest chapter of the city's highly repetitive effort to do something with Flanders Mansion, the city council this week decided to try to find someone who will fix the place up at his own expense in exchange for living there for free. Mary Schley has that one.

There was a weird scene at the city council as a councilman and the city attorney awkwardly discussed a closed session item that was apparently about the councilman. Or something. A new PG&E pipeline through town has been approved on a narrow vote. Big Sur's fire chief has been in L.A. discussing climate change with Al Gore -- and she had some very interesting things to say. The remodel of Grasing's roof may be derailed because it might be considered too sheltered from the weather. The EIR is out for a home in Pebble Beach a Silicon Valley entrepreneur wants to tear down. And my editorial says, the PUC's "final" decision on the desal plant notwithstanding, now is not the time for celebrating, it's the time to oppose Measure J.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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