A preview of the October 25, 2013,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Oct. 25 - 31, 2013

Dear Readers,

The secrecy campaign at city hall has reached ridiculous new heights, with the city now refusing to release extensive email exchanges between CRA president Barbara Livingston and city administrator Jason Stilwell. Are they making secret deals about city business? Mary Schley has that story.

The campaign to fund a veteran's cemetery at Fort Ord got a huge boost this week when former mayor Clint Eastwood and Pebble Beach businessman Frank Quattrone announced they'd each give $100,000. If only every town in America could have people like them! Kelly Nix has that one.

It turns out that even better than being furloughed as a federal government employee (can you spell "extra two-week paid vacation"?) is to be an employee of Carmel or Pacific Grove and get yourself put on administrative leave. Those paid holidays can last for many months. Mary Schley has the details.

A meeting on short term rentals in Carmel Highlands and Carmel Valley Wednesday night drew a lot of questions but was surprisingly civilized. Another one of those lawsuits demanding an EIR for an EIR has been filed, this time over the water supply. A fundraising drive is under way to build a new football/soccer/track stadium at Carmel High. We have an exciting special section with all the winners of this year's Golden Pine Cones -- thanks to all of you who voted. And my editorial explains how a species of trout that's being eradicated in Wyoming can be a "threatened species" here.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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