A preview of the October 31, 2014,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Oct. 31 - Nov. 6, 2014

Dear Readers,

Just as the people of Carmel were trying to recover from the scandals at city hall, they received another shock: IT manager Steve McInchak, who was one of the first city employees to lose his job during the Jason Stilwell era, and was trying to get some kind of restitution in court, suddenly died of a heart attack last Wednesday, leaving his wife and son to pick up the pieces. Mary Schley has the story.

An estate overlooking the Pebble Beach golf course set the record last week for the most expensive home ever sold in the county -- and its new owner will also pay a record amount ($315,000) in property taxes. The previous owner was paying just $2,600! I have that story.

The city council OK'd a respected architectural firm's plan to get the Forest Theater renovated and reopened as quickly as possible. Mary has the details.

Chris Counts has two fascinating reports from Carmel Valley: A bone discovered along the river 30 years ago has just been identified as belonging to a mastodon or wooly mammoth. And one of the valley's pioneer residents has died in a remote cabin fire.

Chelsie Hill responds to critics of her lawsuit against Toyota and the sizable award she got from a jury. Pacific Grove is abuzz once again over a plan to serve liquor (horrors!) at the golf course restaurant. We have a super special section profiling all your picks for this year's Golden Pine Cone awards ... reading them is like a tour of the Monterey Peninsula's best shops, restaurants and businesses. And my editorial expresses hope the coastal commission will bring some common sense to the permit process for our badly needed desal plant.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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