A preview of the September 5, 2014,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

September 5 - 11, 2014







Dear Readers,

One of the Monterey Peninsula's most prominent -- and controversial -- businessmen has been sued by a bank for failing to repay a $17.6 million loan. The suit calls into question some of the grand plans -- including a desal plant -- for his Moss Landing business park. Kelly Nix reports.

What's been called the "Disgruntled Neighbor Empowerment Act" has been passed by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and will soon go into effect. Chris Counts has that one.

A Carmel Valley home that was red-tagged and then burned to the ground could also be the cause of a landslide this winter, neighbors fear. Chris Counts reports that story, too.

The permit for a desal test well in Marina -- a tiny first step toward building the plant itself -- is already running into strong opposition. The city council has scheduled a town hall meeting to hear more from residents who think it's doing a bad job. The federal government has been petitioned to classify the Monarch butterfly as "threatened." A family of mountain lions came to call in a Carmel Valley yard on Monday. The fame of Carmel's law requiring a permit to wear high heels has spread even farther and wider. And my editorial explains how it happened that Tesla decided to build its new battery plant in Nevada, and why many other development projects don't have the same option.

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Paul Miller, Publisher
paul@carmelpinecone.com

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