A preview of the October 23, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Oct. 23 - 29, 2015

Dear Readers,

During last weekend's freakish, good-weather, all-day power outage, Peninsula businesses lost millions because they had to close, or because their customers went elsewhere. But in "elsewhere" -- namely, Marina -- the cash registers were really ringing. Meanwhile, PG&E tries to figure out what caused a brand new high-voltage tower to fail. Kelly Nix has the story.

Speaking of which, if you have solar panels on your roof, you're immune to power failures, right? Wrong. Elaine Hesser explains the rather embarrassing way she discovered this fact.

The Monterey County Sheriff has quietly eliminated overnight patrols in low-crime areas -- a change that's causing a lot of consternation in Carmel and neighboring communities. Mary Schley has that one.

A rash of burglaries has hit the Apple Store at Del Monte Center, where more than 30 iPhones have been brazenly stolen. The chocolate shop that couldn't get a permit to open on Dolores Street is asking the city council to rescue it. A Welsh corgi was lucky to escape with his life after running into a pack of coyotes at a local beach. As the Carmel International Film Festival gets underway, a lot of attention is being focused on a truly remarkable woman. A lurid sexual-harassment lawsuit has been filed against Esalen. We have some tips from a local pro about making the perfect Jack-o'-lantern. And my editorial wonders what on earth could be causing the bizarre behavior at the planning commission lately.

As always, I am available 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

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