A preview of the March 27, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

March 27 - April 2, 2020

Dear Readers,

The number of coronavirus cases in Monterey County remains very low, but county officials are providing very little information to the public to understand what the count means. Kelly Nix has the details.

The “shelter in place” order we’re all living under is doing serious damage to the local economy right now — and that promises to do long-term damage to the city budget which (of course) depends on taxes for its revenue. Mary Schley has that one.

Around the Peninsula, life has changed for the worse for practically everyone, but one Carmel Valley artist is taking it to a whole new level: He’s quarantined in Peru. Chris Counts has that one.

The quarantine at Asilomar is about to end and all the patients there are being sent home. Residents are forming groups to help care for neighbors, while charity groups are stepping up to help those hardest hit by the epidemic. The school board is giving up the idea of a bond measure for now. Seniors may have the most to worry about, but many of them say they’re doing just fine. Despite the problems they’ll probably cause for landlords, several cities have declared a moratorium on evictions. Big Sur may have no coronavirus cases now, but the health center is getting ready anyway. Even pets have special needs during this crisis. High school athletes are mourning the season that isn’t to be. CAA has moved an upcoming exhibit online, and that’s where local musicians are performing now, too. Our food column takes you on a tour of some of the restaurants offering fine food to go. In non-virus news: The Monaco businessman who’s been accumulating quite a portfolio of real estate in town closed escrow last week on the pit, and Bobby Richards has announced his re-election bid. Next week many of Doris Day’s personal belongings will be auctioned off — and they have quite a story to tell. Neal Hotelling has the story of Carmel’s most famous Bohemian. The virus isn’t the only health issue that’s on people’s minds, and our Healthy Lifestyles magazine offers plenty of advice for keeping your heart in shape. And my editorial takes a look at the two most important things we’ve learned from the attack of the virus.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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