A preview of the September 24, 2021,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

September 24 - 30, 2021

Dear Readers,

A former AT&T exec has launched a group to fight Verizon Wireless’ plan to install a cellular antenna on Carmelo Street. Mary Schley reports.

Caltrans cleaned up some of the miserable homeless encampments along Highway 1 this week. Where the residents are going is something of a mystery. Kelly Nix has that one.

Hospitals in the county are facing the losses of significant numbers of employees who refuse to get vaccinated. Kelly Nix has that story, too.

Coronavirus cases in the county are still growing more slowly than the rest of the state, though the county jail remains a major exception. Two men were nabbed when they stopped for a burger after breaking into a house Saturday night. The Carmel Valley Chamber of Commerce says it will go out of existence. Carmel’s police department will have a temporary chief when Paul Tomasi leaves. The city’s ambulance should be operated by the Monterey Fire Department, a former councilmember says. Upon further review by the planning director and city attorney, unconstitutional requirements of the city’s sign ordinance will be removed. People everywhere are sharpening their shovels to get ready for the sandcastle contest Oct. 2. Congressman Panetta wants the feds to spend $92 million to help fight wildfires in national forests — and speaking of them, Los Padres National Forest has reopened for recreation and even camping (but not campfires). The school board is inviting the public to attend a “retreat” on school “governance.” More than 8,000 Monterey County residents sent in the wrong ballot when they voted in the recall election. Dennis Taylor says local water polo teams are raring to go after an unwanted year off. Neal Hotelling takes you back to the days of the founding of the Hopkins Marine Station. Our Healthy Lifestyles special section has tips on the downsides of drinking too much fruit juice and what to do when you’re hangry. And my editorial says when you’re trying to decide whether something could be dangerous for yourself or your family, you have to think about more than just its toxicity.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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