A preview of the February 21, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

February 21 - 27, 2020

Dear Readers,

The managers of local cities say they need water to meet the state’s new requirements for affordable housing, and they want to make sure the water board intends to provide it. Kelly Nix has the story.

Yet another series of ADA lawsuits has been filed against local businesses, this time by a man who says his disability is morbid obesity. Kelly Nix also has that one.

The Monaco businessman who announced plans to build a family compound on Scenic Road has received approval for the plan, but only after downsizing it substantially. Mary Schley has the details.

When firefighters descended a Big Sur cliff to put out a brushfire Tuesday morning, they discovered two bodies inside a wrecked car. The driver of the Corvette that caused havoc on Ocean View Blvd. two weeks ago wasn’t cited but may face criminal charges. More facts and figures are being debated about the city’s proposed sales tax increase. Questions have been raised about the modern appearance of a remodeled building on Dolores Street. Beekeepers are asking one local city to reduce the permit fees they have to pay. The coastal commission wants answers about Carmel’s latest short-term rental ban. Prosecutors have laid out the charges against Projectile Guy in greater detail. Esalen will soon get a public hearing for the permits it needs to replace employee housing that burned down in 2011. Carolina Bayne, one of Carmel’s longtime civic leaders, died Feb. 8 at the age of 92. Bret Baier — a cable TV anchor who still tries to report both sides — who will participate in a Panetta Institute lecture in Monterey Monday night, and he has some very interesting comments for Pine Cone readers about presidential politics. And my editorial explains how to amaze your friends with tales of our 25-year-old water shortage.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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