A preview of the August 14, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

August 14 - 20, 2015

Dear Readers,

The emergency ban on beach fires enacted by the city council last week because of air pollution concerns was enforced immediately by a police officer and six security guards, and the change for Carmel Beach on a summer weekend was dramatic. Mary Schley has the details about the ban and the public reaction to it.

If the desal test well in Marina doesn't work out, who should bear the cost? According to Jason Burnett, it should be Cal Am's stockholders, not its customers. Kelly Nix has that story.

Concours Week is well underway, and not only do we have an extensive special section full of features about what to expect at the big events over the weekend, we also have a front-page report (by Mary Schley) about the dramatic impact of the car events on the local economy.

A serial burglar in Pebble Beach was tracked down by observant citizens and the P.B. Co. security department and then arrested by a sheriff's deputy. And he was caught in the act! Mary Schley has that one, too.

A 100-year-old mystery involving the 29th President, his mistress and a little girl has been solved by a man who lives in Big Sur. Chris Counts has the saga.

A smoky fire closed yet another popular restaurant Wednesday. There's just one more month to go before San Clemente Dam disappears for good. A chef who worked in several local restaurants has been convicted of workman's comp fraud. A missing title for a used Porsche has resulted in a big-money lawsuit. Two county supervisors explain what's up with the controversy over management of Laguna Seca. You won't want to miss our letters to the editor this week. And my editorial says the water management district should call off the spies and stop fining restaurants for offering their customers water.

Everyone at The Pine Cone is deeply grateful for the support of our loyal readers and, as always, I am available to respond to your questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read our newspaper on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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