A preview of the September 13, 2013,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

September 13 - 19, 2013

Dear Readers,

The city is spending a lot of time and money because of a "spike" in requests from the public and the media (including The Pine Cone) for documents about what's going on at city hall, the city administrator says. But I say the problem is the sudden atmosphere of secrecy there. Mary Schley has the story.

Speaking of which, the computer expert investigating Steve McInchak got a new contract (or contracts) that will pay him $103,000, but we're having a lot of trouble finding out what those contracts are for. The members of the city council apparently don't know either, because they approved the expensive contracts without reading them. Mary Schley has that story, too.

Over the years, we've heard that water bills may double or triple because of the new desal plant and the tear-down of San Clemente Dam. But Cal Am says the increase, for a typical customer, will actually be just 40 percent. Kelly Nix reports that one.

A grieving father in Pebble Beach has a shocking story to tell about mistreatment of his son in the U.S. Marine Corps. Chris Counts has the sad details.

The city's 9/11 memorial, including a piece of steel from the World Trade Center, was unveiled in a moving ceremony Wednesday. A landmark commercial building on Ocean Avenue has been sold — which is a rare event for Carmel. And my editorial asks whether the people who are so vehemently opposed to an affordable housing project in Pebble Beach know how ridiculous their arguments sound.

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