A preview of the March 20, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

March 20 - 26, 2020

Dear Readers,

There’s an avalanche of local coronavirus news this week, starting with the fact that almost twice as many people possibly infected with the virus are being kept at Asilomar as was previously disclosed. Kelly Nix has that story.

With everyone in Monterey County on a lockdown that began Tuesday night, word has now emerged that the total of local cases is up to four — one of them, an individual who works at a car dealership in Salinas. Kelly Nix and Chris Counts have all the details.

Two Carmel landlords said they would help ease the pain of the sudden economic slowdown for some of their tenants by forgiving their rent for April. Mary Schley has that one.

As is true everywhere, things got a little crazy this week at local supermarkets. The county sheriff said he may decide to release some prisoners from the county jail to help keep the virus from spreading there. Cal Am is offering leniency for people who pay their bills late. County supervisors are considering a moratorium on evictions. We have a rundown on all the local closings and cancellations — as many as we could learn about, anyway. Carmel’s municipal buildings may be closed, but some departments are still operating. The Chamber of Commerce is trying to arrange financial help for local workers and business owners. Churches may have cancelled services, but they’re finding ways to offer solace and support anyway. Cops and firefighters, too, have developed their own ways to cope. A local dance academy may not be able to have students at its classroom but is teaching them via video hookup. CHOMP has announced a restrictive visitor policy. To help take your mind off all the chaos, we have our usual interesting features about high school sports, artists, and someone who’s led a great life. Neal Hotelling tells the story of one of the city’s most famous female artists. And my editorial says not only will the epidemic end soon, it has to.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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