There were three more shocking departures from city
hall this week. Assistant city administrator Heidi Burch
quit Tuesday because she was upset about the way
requests for public documents were being handled, and
two long-time employees with the planning department
were suddenly put on leave that very day, with nobody
saying why. Mary Schley reports.
While more than a dozen city employees have left since
Jason Stilwell became city administrator, he has also
filled a number of senior positions, and we have a
report about the impressive salaries and benefits some
of his hires are receiving. Mary has that one, too.
Cal Am has begun the process of selecting a contractor
to build the Monterey Peninsula's desal plant, and also
agreed that the mayor's water authority could have a
representative along for the interview process. Kelly
Nix has the details.
Meanwhile, the man supplying much of the money for the
latest bid to turn Cal Am into a public utility is none
other than Nader Agha, who has a competitive reason to
try to thwart Cal Am's plans for a new water supply.
Kelly has that story, too.
Did you know you can get a medical marijuana license any
time and for practically any health reason? I went to
Venice (not the one in Italy) Sunday to prove it.
The second gang member who murdered Kris Olinger 16
years ago received a sentence of life without parole
Wednesday. A state appeals court sat in Salinas this
week to hear an elder abuse case from Pebble Beach. A
lion killed a deer in the backyard of one local resident
Saturday -- and made quite a ruckus while doing so.
Mayor Jason Burnett has a commentary explaining what the
city has been doing wrong in its handling of public
records requests, and how it will improve things. And my
editorial says city hall has a lot of additional
explaining to do about some of the crazy things that
have been going on there.
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