A preview of the February 13, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

February 13 - 19, 2015

Dear Readers,

The Monterey County Grand Jury is investigating the way Carmel was run during the Jason Stilwell era, especially why he fired so many long-time employees. But the grand jury can't have a lot of the documents it needs, the city council decided Tuesday, because of privacy laws protecting those very employees. Huh? Good question, and Mary Schley tries to answer it.

A Pacific Grove man faces 15 years in prison after being convicted Friday for killing two women in an infamous Pebble Beach DUI crash. Mary has that story, too.

If you think there are too many tasting rooms in town, you'll be happy with a decision of the planning commission this week. Not only shouldn't there be so many, the commission said, but the ones we have should only serve local wines. The indefatigable Mary Schley reports that story, as well.

The water cutback order that threatened to wreak havoc on the Monterey Peninsula has been delayed, thanks to an agreement between the state water board and a local mayors' group. Two wind-whipped wildfires in Big Sur last week were contained just before they got out of control. Goats are being used to control weeds at a land preserve in Carmel Valley. If you love -- or hate -- the new paid parking program on Ocean Avenue, a public meeting next week will be your chance to sound off. The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am got underway Thursday under gloriously sunny skies, and with an equally sunny forecast for the weekend. We have a colorful special section to help you follow all the action. And my editorial calls the for the state legislature to solve a problem it obviously needs to, but just as obviously won't.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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