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

Dec. 5 - 11, 2014







Dear Readers,

The fence-mending, the thanking and the apologizing continued at city hall this week as former city clerk Heidi (Burch) Mozingo was honored by the council, even as John Hanson assumed his new duties as the city's 'special projects manager.' Mary Schley has those stories.

The devastating Big Sur fire that burned 34 homes in Dec. 2013 was caused by an electrical short, officials announced. Will anyone be held responsible? Chris Counts reports.

A judge in Sacramento will have to make a quick decision on the fate of Cal Am's Marina test well, after that city's water agency sued to get a restraining order to stop the well from being drilled. Kelly Nix has that one.

The city's new paid-parking program on Ocean Avenue has begun, with "ambassadors" patrolling the streets to help everybody figure out how to use the new-fangled machines that have taken the place of traditional meters. Mary Schley has the details.

The Pebble Beach Co. is selling to a local park district a big tract of Monterey pine forest that will be named for the local activist who worked long and hard to make the deal happen. Chris Counts has that one.

PG&E doesn't want to pay the $11 million fine for the causing the explosion that destroyed a house on Guadalupe Street last March. Toyota is asking for a new trial in the seat belt case that ended with Chelsie Hill being awarded $12.5 million. The water board may impose a permit requirement on restaurants seeking to add outdoor seating. A plethora of can't-miss holiday events takes place this week, including Carmel's tree lighting Friday at 5 p.m. And my editorial says that, yes, America is exceptional, but not for the reasons most people think.

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Paul Miller, Publisher
paul@carmelpinecone.com

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