A preview of the December 7, 2012,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

December 7 - 13, 2012

Dear Readers,

Is this anybody's idea of good government? After being thwarted for years by state law in its efforts to sell Flanders Mansion, this week the city council was told state environmental laws also forbid it to even discuss leasing the old place. Mary Schley has the unfathomable details.

The storms that hit the Monterey Peninsula last weekend left everybody drenched and brought down an iconic redwood at a Big Sur landmark. Chris Counts has that one.

A coalition of businesses is asking the public utilities commission to make sure the Peninsula has a big enough desal plant to take care of its basic needs. Kelly Nix reports.

The state fair political practices commission has decided to fine the big-money activist group that backed Marc del Piero for supervisor. The city's sale of bonds to pay off its pension debt was received very favorably by investors, which is going to save taxpayers a lot of money. The city council had a very spirited discussion about what the new planning director's job description should be. An animal welfare group is seeking donations to help defray the costs of saving a pup's life. We have another colorful gift guide to help you do all your holiday shopping at local stores. And my editorial takes a look at the crazy stuff the super-majority Democratic Party legislature is already up to.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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