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
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