A preview of the April 23, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

April 23 - 29, 2021

Dear Readers,

A Monterey County ordinance that would make it easier for workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic to sue companies that don’t rehire them ran into stiff opposition at the board of supervisors this week — and for surprising reasons. Chris Counts reports.

There’s still no sign of a surge in the county, but vaccination rates seem to be slowing down, which could make it harder to end the pandemic. Kelly Nix has that one.

Carmel and Pacific Grove students went back to school this week — and many of them were really happy about it. Mary Schley has the details.

A rally to decry hate crimes against Asians will take place in Monterey this weekend. Are such crimes commonplace in the county? Caltrans will reopen Highway 1 through Big Sur on Friday — two months before they were expected to. The notorious Scenic Road rapist pled guilty this week and faces 25 to life. The owner of the building that houses the Tuck Box restaurant say he isn’t responsible for the restaurant’s defiance of coronavirus shutdown rules — even though the restaurant belongs to his son. Metal detectors have been banned at Fort Ord over fears that treasure hunters will find unexploded bombs. A man who committed a horrific series of murders in Seaside 40 years ago will not be getting out of prison. The historic resources board doesn’t want a former bank’s community room torn down. The sewer district serving parts of Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, Monterey and Seaside is planning to double its user fees. Our story about a missing time capsule is so good, you’ll think it should be turned into a Netflix mini-series. The county’s eased shutdown rules could mean the return of live theater — and soon. The school board says it will announce the name of the new superintendent next month. The Carmel Mission is undergoing yet another round of renovation. The county is asking for input about the future of Jacks Peak Park. Dennis Taylor has the story of two high school athletes who decided to help save whales while their sports programs were shut down. Neal Hotelling tracks down the mystery of a renowned artist’s eviction from a place he never lived. Yes, there are camps and programs available for kids this summer and we have a special section to give you all the details. And my editorial has a simple message: Get yourself vaccinated.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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