A preview of the December 11, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Dec. 11 - 17, 2015

Dear Readers,

The race for mayor got a lot more interesting this week when Ken Talmage announced he'd be a candidate to succeed Jason Burnett. Talmage joins Steve Dallas in the race, and there could be others. Mary Schley reports.

By now, everybody and their cousin knows El Niño is supposed to bring heavy rains this winter. But what are local cities doing to try to forestall some of the severe damage that was done when the last El Niño hit in 1998? Kelly Nix has the answer.

At a coastal commission meeting Friday in Monterey, the city hopes to persuade commissioners that propane fires on Carmel Beach would not only be safer and cause less pollution than wood fires, they'd actually be friendlier. Mary Schley has that one.

After months of uncertainty, Cal Am's test well in Marina is delivering the results hoped for, the company said, which is good news for the water company, the mayors and anyone else who supports a full-scale desal plant on the Marina site. Kelly Nix has that story.

Another lawsuit has been filed over ownership of a local food business — this time it's about a popular bakery at The Barnyard. Officials at the sewer plant say the loud hammering noise from pile driving that's part of a major renovation effort is almost over. A routine traffic stop by Carmel police last week led to the discovery of some significant crimes. A jumbo jet had to shoehorn its way into Monterey airport Tuesday after an emergency was declared in the cockpit. The Panetta lecture series will be relocated to Sunset Center next year. We have a special section full of tips about things to do and places to shop between now and Christmas. And my editorial says thank goodness next year will have plenty of competitive races for elective offices — not only at the national level, but for our congressman, county supervisor and mayor.

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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