A preview of the June 26, 2015, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

June 26 - July 2, 2015

Dear Readers,

Last week, the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury sent shock waves through town when it released the results of its investigation into what went wrong during the Jason Stilwell era. Mary Schley has our report, including the reaction of Carmelites to the grand jury's finding that they're a bunch of gullible know-nothings.

A noteworthy home in Pebble Beach that's at the center of a tug-of-war over whether it can be torn down suffered extensive vandalism recently, and a county supervisor wants prosecutors to figure out who did it. Kelly Nix has that one.

The experts say Carmel's paid parking experiment is a success, but some residents and business owners vehemently disagree. Mary Schley has that story, too.

Some parts of the Big Sur backcountry are practically inaccessible, but not to two endurance athletes. Chris Counts has the harrowing details.

The roundabout that's coming to the Highway 68/Highway 1 intersection may cause traffic jams while it's under construction, but won't impede emergency vehicle access to CHOMP, according to the project's engineers. The drop in water levels near the desal test well wasn't caused by the well, hydrogeologists say, and it could be restarted soon. The 2015 Bach Festival is only a few weeks away, and we have a preview of some exciting additions to the program. And my editorial says last week's civil grand jury report on Carmel is such a joke, it calls into question whether there's any reason for the grand jury to exist.

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

Paul Miller, Publisher

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