A preview of the August 13, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

August 13 - 19, 2021

Dear Readers,

Monterey County’s Covid cases and hospitalizations have been growing, though not dramatically, and county officials have (for now, anyway) decided not to impose any new restrictions. Meanwhile, even the sheriff’s office is only 40 percent vaccinated. Kelly Nix reports.

Two members of the city council, upon being asked to vote for more money to promote Carmel as a tourist destination, said they think it’s time to ask whether the town already has enough visitors. Mary Schley has that story.

While most Concours Week events have met with success, a gathering of German cars was told it wasn’t wanted in Carmel Valley Village and had to make a last-minute switch to the fairgrounds. Chris Counts has the details.

Police have made elaborate plans to stop aggressive drivers from turning some of the Peninsula’s streets into drag strips. A landmark hotel along the Big Sur coast lost its kitchen, restaurant and store to a major fire Tuesday night. The owner of the Moss Landing power plant unveiled an expansion of its battery storage facility, which it says is the largest in the world. A home proposed for Scenic Road by a Monaco businessman has received its final OK. The longtime head of the county’s affordable housing agency was killed Monday in a single-car crash. A convicted rapist who faced additional confinement in a state mental hospital died in the county jail, apparently a suicide. An additional $4 million has been raised for renovations at the Carmel Mission. A new lawsuit claims the sheriff’s office shouldn’t have released a woman without supervision. The city council says it might be interested in developing the Sunset Center parking lot. A vote on a cell tower next to La Playa hotel has been put off until next month. An illegal camper in Big Sur turned what would have been a small offense into a big one when he tried to flee from cops. Who keeps all those cars looking shiny and practically new during Car Week? The cleaning mafia, of course. It turns out Car Week auctions aren’t just for Ferraris, Aston Martins and millionaires. The coastal commission has handed a major victory to Pacific Grove’s plans for a new hotel near Cannery Row. If you’re not crazy about automobiles, this might be the perfect time to cozy up with a good book. Dennis Taylor has the amazing story of one of the Monterey Peninsula’s toughest athletes. Neal Hotelling wraps up his story of A.M. Allan and the legacy he left behind at Point Lobos. We have a wonderful special section that’s your complete guide to all the big car events this weekend. And my editorial says when some members of the city council start accusing people of being disrespectful, maybe they should look in the mirror.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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