City officials got a nice surprise when they totaled up
everything from the fiscal year that ended June 30: The
city had a $1.3 million surplus. Mary Schley explains
how it happened, and what the city council plans to do
with the cash.
The very first, teensy bit of construction for the
Monterey Peninsula's desal plant -- sampling of the
ground where the wells may eventually go -- is about to
get underway. Considering how slow the progress has been
to date, this is truly something to celebrate. Kelly Nix
Speaking of the water shortage: One downtown homeowner
got approval for a zinc roof, mainly because it will be
useful for gathering dew so he can water his garden.
Mary has that one.
A very surprising lawsuit alleges that a fatal car crash
on Highway 68 two years ago happened because the driver
was testing his breath for alcohol, causing him to
swerve over the centerline. Kelly has that story.
Some cruel person killed a Pomeranian in Carmel Valley
with a pellet gun. A land conservation group is selling
several lots in Big Sur for development. The Marina man
who admitted ripping off an elderly doctor on Carmel
Point, only to escape criminal charges, has now been
arrested for stalking and threatening a woman. Jerry
Gervase has a fascinating column this week about the
unexplained appearance of The Pine Cone in an iconic
Paris bookstore. And my editorial explains why we wanted
to see the resume that landed the city's new planning
director his job, and lays out pretty clearly what we
think of the city manager's reasons for refusing to give
it to us.
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