A preview of the May 15, 2015, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

May 15 - 21, 2015

Dear Readers,

Will a desal plant for the Monterey Peninsula harm groundwater supplies in the Salinas Valley? The extensive EIR for the desal plant says the answer is an emphatic "No" -- and that's a big deal. Kelly Nix reports.

The woman whose claim last week that she was the real owner of Dametra restaurant seemed incredible, if not utterly bizarre, has produced a variety of documents to try to show that she's right. Kelly Nix has that one, too.

Several shops at Carmel Plaza, including the Cheese Shop, were flooded early Sunday because of a pipe break. Mary Schley has the soggy details.

Some downtown businesses are abusing a plan to offer parking incentives to shoppers, the police chief says. Mary Schley reports that story, as well.

The city is revamping its contracting protocols to try to avoid the abuses that happened during the Jason Stilwell administration. Carmel isn't ready for beer tasting rooms, the planning commission decided. Pacific Grove is still in an uproar over the partial demolition of a John Steinbeck house. The architect who designed the Big Sur fire station needed the very firefighters who occupy it to come to the rescue at his house Monday. If your dog goes missing, the SPCA is offering a new way to track him down: facial recognition. And my editorial says, "Seriously???" to the idea the federal air quality officials might be alarmed about the smoke from campfires on Carmel Beach.

Thank you for your interest in our newspaper. As always, I am available to respond to your questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read The Pine Cone on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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