A preview of the September 4, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

September 4 - 10, 2015







Dear Readers,

The Carmel City Council has officially responded to the highly critical report from the Monterey County Civil Grand Jury about problems at city hall, and the council's response is, basically, "Thanks, but no thanks." Meanwhile, the council took care of some unfinished business left over from the Stilwell era by reaching settlements with a law firm and a computer consultant who claimed they were owed lots of money. And it extended the "emergency" ban on weekend beach fires until September 2016. Mary Schley has those stories.

When mayor Jason Burnett floated the idea it seemed way out there, but now Cal Am has agreed to cover the $10 million cost of the desal test well in Marina if it doesn't work. Kelly Nix reports that one.

Massy Mehdipour's son had some pretty strong words for the county and her neighbors after a decision Thursday by the county's historic resources board requiring her to "mothball" the historic home she owns in Pebble Beach. Kelly Nix has that story, too.

Elaine Hesser has the remarkable saga of a "drone swarm" being developed at the Naval Postgraduate School and tested at Camp Roberts.

A former Carmel High student has been sentenced to two years in juvenile hall after admitting to raping a fellow student in February. Yet another Big Sur visitor made a foolish attempt to climb down to an inaccessible beach and paid for it with her life. Noisy renovations to the sewage treatment plant are about to get underway. The Marina Coast water district suddenly owes millions to Cal Am and Monterey County. If you collect stamps, you may not be the geek you think you are. And my editorial says thank goodness we've heard the last of the grand jury report, and good riddance to it.

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

Paul Miller, Publisher
paul@carmelpinecone.com

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