A preview of the November 8, 2019,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

November 8 - 14, 2019


Dear Readers,

A consultant hired by the water district says a government takeover of Cal Am would be financially feasible and even bring lower bills, but the water company says the consultant’s report is “not serious.” Meanwhile, the coastal commission has delayed a vote on Cal Am’s proposed desal plant. Kelly Nix reports.

The long-delayed construction project at Dolores and 5th is damaging senior housing next door, according to the Carmel Foundation. Mary Schley has that one.

Plans to renovate Mid-Valley center could run into historic preservation delays, at least if a community group gets its way. Chris Counts has the details.

The city council delivered a blow to one of those downtown skincare shops and may even force it to close. Rules for sidewalk vendors have been left in place for another year, though one city councilmember said he thought they should lapse. Meanwhile, the council also seemed to change its mind about downtown short-term rentals. Carmel police are getting tough on people who leave their cars parked in one place too long, and a payroll snafu means some of the city’s cops will be getting big checks. Big Sur residents say an upcoming paving project provides the perfect opportunity to put the utility lines along Highway 1 under ground. Monterey accepted a major gift of land from the Pebble Beach Co. and then decided not to do anything with it. Laguna Seca may get another new operator. Neal Hotelling has the fascinating story of how the Ocean Avenue Memorial Arch came to be. And my editorial says that if you think the Cal Am takeover and water shortage controversies have gone on too long, you’re right — but there’s still a long, long way to go.

Paul Miller, Publisher
paul@carmelpinecone.com

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