A preview of the September 4, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

September 4 - September 10, 2020

Dear Readers,

With more than 50 homes destroyed in upper Carmel Valley, the people who lived in them are confronting the daunting task of how to put their lives back together, and a man whose home was destroyed in a fire four years ago is offering some invaluable advice. Mary Schley reports.

The Dolan Fire has stabilized to the north and along Highway 1 but forcing new evacuations toward the south. And there’s some very good news about some of the condors displaced by the fire. Chris Counts has the details.

Monterey County’s virus statistics have improved a bit, but the governor’s strict new criteria mean it could be months before anything starts to reopen. Kelly Nix has that one.

A landmark Big Sur inn has closed, and the question is, for how long? The Carmel Valley home Doris Day treasured right up until her death is for sale — including some features unique to her. The horse that survived a chemical attack three weeks ago is thriving at his sanctuary near Point Lobos. The coronavirus is hitting some communities much harder than others because of racism, a county official opined. An animal rights lawsuit has been filed to try to force authorities to crack down on cockfighting. A doctor who bought a downtown condo with the intention of short-term renting it has been told he can’t because of a permit issue. Those cute squirrel-themed trash cans that have been a fixture downtown are suddenly becoming collectors’ items. The coastal commission says there’s no support for the argument that our desal plant would harm groundwater supplies in Marina. The city’s budget outlook is bad — but it could be worse. Pacific Grove’s city council has decided to allow a single marijuana store in town. A doctor at CHOMP is offering some timely advice for coping with at-home schooling. Despite not having an event this year, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance announced yet another round of major donations to charities. To help protect people from the virus, just about every local beach will be closed for Labor Day. Dennis Taylor says if you think getting high school sports back on track will be hard, just try finding officials for all the events that will be crowded into a few months. Neal Hotelling has the final installment of his saga of the era when overt communism was the political philosophy of many of the Carmel’s intellectuals. We have a special section, “Women in Business,” for you that profiles many of the community leaders of today. And my editorial wants to know, “How does Gavin Newsom decide which data to look at?”

Paul Miller, Publisher

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