A preview of the August 18, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Aug. 18 - 24, 2017

Dear Readers,

While the automotive world's attention is focused on the glamorous side of Carmel and Pebble Beach this week, city officials are also thinking about some long-term infrastructure problems, including a costly and badly needed upgrade of the police station. Mary Schley reports.

A national watchdog group claims Monterey County has more registered voters than it has residents eligible to vote. Is the claim true? Kelly Nix takes a look.

A stinky problem that's beset heavily travelled parts of Big Sur for several years is finally getting some notice from elected officials. And an almost-as-stinky problem on Carmel Beach is bringing calls for stricter rules there. Chris Counts and Mary Schley have the details.

A town hall meeting held by Congressman Jimmy Panetta this week wasn't just about denouncing President Donald Trump -- there was also talk of immigration and health care. The demolition of a downtown eyesore is ready to begin. A Pebble Beach man is facing criminal charges for cutting down several of his neighbor's eucalyptus trees. A hawk shot by an idiot with a pellet gun is struggling to regain its health. A local businessman's defamation suit accuses a former customer of posting phony online reviews. We have another fabulous special section for you about the amazing automotive events coming up throughout the Monterey Peninsula this weekend. Please don't forget that the Columbia Journalism Review's video essay about The Pine Cone is still available here. And my editorial answers the eternal question: Why does it take so long and cost so much for the government to get anything done?

As always, I invite you to send me any questions, comments or concerns about our newspaper, and to contact me if you need help making the most of it on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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