A preview of the December 22, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

December 22 - 28, 2017

Dear Readers,

Sheriff Steve Bernal announced Monday that he's kicking ICE out of the Monterey County jail to comply with California's new "sanctuary state" law, despite his own misgivings about the danger the law poses to public safety. Kelly Nix reports.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta voted no on this week's Trump tax bill, explaining that 177,000 people in his district take an average $23,000 deduction for state and local taxes. Kelly Nix also has that one.

A homebuilder has been fined for letting an oak tree fall over while he was building a house on Lopez Street. Mary Schley has the details.

The fired Monterey fire chief turns out not to have been fired after all. A sea otter pup who had to be rescued from Carmel Beach last week after being bitten by a shark is recovering nicely at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The partners behind the defunct Carmel Canine Sports Center have been sued by their landlord for failure to pay rent. After a foot chase that started downtown, and with the help of civilians, Carmel police officers have captured a wanted felon. A Carmel Vallery winery is going to court against the county board of supervisors over a permit requirement for its special events. California condors have recovered so much in the wild that they're having grandchildren. And my editorial explains why some Democrats are so hyperventilated in their criticism of the new tax cuts.

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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