A preview of the April 7, 2017, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

April 7 - 13, 2017

Dear Readers,

Despite longstanding tradition, the city council is considering moving the city's elections from April to November -- a move they say will not only save money, but promote better government. Mary Schley reports.

A whale caught in a sturdy-looking metal frame is swimming through Big Sur on his way toward the Monterey Peninsula, and whale entanglement experts are trying to figure out how -- and if -- they can save him from his predicament. Chris Counts has the tale. 

The county has released its proposed short-term rental ordinance, and there's something in there for everybody to like -- or hate. Chris Counts also has that story. And speaking of short-term rentals, the Monterey Bay Aquarium wants people who host them to quit offering free aquarium passes as part of the deal. Kelly Nix has that one. 

Former county supervisor Dave Potter has a new career in the offing as a land use consultant -- including for people who want to get into the recreational marijuana business. There's been some progress made toward recovering from the winter's heavy rains: Cachagua Road and Palo Colorado Road have reopened, thanks to temporary bridges. A seriously injured bartender will be the beneficiary of an unusual fundraiser. Two of Carmel's promising young ballerinas have gotten major boosts to their careers. One of the Peninsula's most beloved citizens is being mourned for his genteel manner, good humor, spiritual leadership, and especially for his love of classic cars. And my editorials offer an even better reason to move the municipal elections to November, and take a look back at how Carmelites changed from doves to hawks during a long-ago conflict.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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