A preview of the February 22, 2013,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

February 22 - 28, 2013

Dear Readers,

The fallout from our coverage of the racy party at Vesuvio restaurant continued this week in new and completely unexpected ways. Rich Pepe claimed a letter to the editor we printed about him last Friday was racist against Italians and started a Facebook campaign to determine whether Tom Parks, the author of the letter, should be removed from the city's cultural commission. Lawsuit threats against us continued to pile up and we have a summary of the likely claims. And my editorial breaks some new ground and offers a startling revelation about what really went on when the Racey Promotions girls showed up at Pepe's restaurant two weeks ago.

One of this city's longest-running controversies has been what to do about the decrepit Scout House. A group that offers ballet classes for kids at a building next door says it wants to renovate the place. Mary Schley reports.

The city's ban on plastic bags has gone into effect, and Mayor Jason Burnett had a wonderful retort to criticism from the people who make those ubiquitous bags.

Pacific Grove businesses are singing the blues about the closure of the town's main intersection for almost two months for various upgrades, and they're asking their regular customers not to forget they're there. A man who lives in town has been sentenced to three years in prison for breaking into a neighbor's house. And please don't read Joe Livernois' column if you're in suspense about who will win the Best Picture Oscar this weekend.

To get this week's complete Pine Cone, please click here. If you have an informed opinion about one of our stories and would like to submit a letter to the editor, please click here. And please don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions, comments or concerns.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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