Now in its seventh year, the Authors and Ideas
Festival, which is coming up Sept. 27-29, has gained
quite a reputation for the big names and intellectual
crowds it draws. But after a contract dispute with
Sunset Center's management, the festival has decided to
move to Stevenson School in Pebble Beach. Mary Schley
The planning director has some of the most important
responsibilities at Carmel City Hall, but he also has to
be one of city government's most approachable officials,
and the new man on the job says he's up to both tasks.
Mary also has that one.
To save precious water, numerous ponds at Quail Lodge
will be allowed to dry up and then replaced with
drought-tolerant landscapes, the owners say. But nearby
residents don't like the idea much. Chris Counts has
The local chapter of the ACLU says it's not sure it
likes a local school district's ban on clothing showing
the California flag. Kelly Nix has the details.
A Monterey rug store is suing MST for putting a bus stop
in front of the store's expensive display windows. Kelly
Nix also has that one.
We have some amazing photos and a rather unusual report
from the Burning Man festival in Nevada, including lots
of inside details about the remarkable custom-made,
LED-lit, whale-ribbed desert school bus sailing ship
some locals brought to the event. Michael Troutman took
the pictures, and he has the scoop.
A fire that was confined to the kitchen of a home in the
Carmel Highlands caused $250,000 damage anyway, fire
officials say. The planning commission believes Carmel's
wooden trash bins are worth the effort and the money.
Quite a few readers came to our defense after the
avalanche of criticism we got last week for making a
joke about a tree falling on a car during Concours Week.
And my editorial explains once and for all why we made
the joke, what it meant, and what it didn't mean.
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