A preview of the August 7, 2015,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

August 7 - 13, 2015

Dear Readers,

There's more controversy involving employees at Carmel City Hall, as the council agreed this week to pay $125,000 to settle one worker's claim of discrimination and harassment, and another long-time employee suddenly and angrily quit. Mary Schley reports.

After hearing an alarming report about air quality because of beach fires, the city council quickly decided to consider banning them entirely on an emergency basis. Mary Schley has that story, too.

Does that customer near you in a restaurant look suspiciously like an undercover agent? Well, he just might be. And if he is, he's not from the CIA -- he's from the water district. Kelly Nix has that one.

More congestion worries in Big Sur as crowds block access to the Old Coast Road so they can take selfies with the Bixby Creek Bridge. Chris Counts has the details.

If you ever wanted to see what happens when you roll a pumpkin down a steep hillside, the city has decided to give you the chance by making it legal to roll them down Ocean Avenue on Halloween. Fake grass has been banned in town for a full year, and a permanent ban could be just over the horizon. Actual farmers have now been hired to run the city's farmers market. After yet another contentious council meeting, the forest theater renovation got the green light to proceed with no further changes. Carmel Valley homeowners say racism is the reason they were denied a permit to build a gate. The real estate market slowed down in the second quarter — but only because of a shortage of homes for sale. Monterey Peninsula cities are warning about traffic tie-ups during Concours Week and advising motorists how to avoid them. We have a special section with a comprehensive guide to all the events of the coming week, plus numerous colorful features about the highlights. And my editorial gives the inside scoop on the local secrets that every visitor actually needs to know.

Everyone at The Pine Cone is deeply grateful for the support of our loyal readers and, as always, I am available to respond to your questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read our newspaper on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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