A preview of the February 12, 2016,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Feb. 12 - 18, 2016

Dear Readers,

The coastal commission fired its executive director Wednesday night after a marathon public hearing, leaving behind a big question: Why? Kelly Nix reports.

The city council's plan to ban wood fires on Carmel Beach has run into vigorous opposition, but mayor Jason Burnett seems determined to see the ban through before he leaves office. Mary Schley has that one.

Yet another plan to sell food that's neither restaurant nor supermarket has been presented to city hall. Will changes to the zoning code be needed? Mary Schley also has those details.

Congressional candidates Jimmy Panetta and Casey Lucius squared off over U.S. policy in the Middle East, with some surprising results. Chris Counts reports.

The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am is underway and is attracting big crowds under blue skies. We have complete coverage, including a special section. A new hotel is under the microscope at the planning commission over its proposed name, and its sign. Some Big Sur residents are asking questions about plans to stop the spread of an invasive plant. The city council isn't sure an increase in the sales tax to pay for transportation projects is a good idea. The local real estate market had a major upswing last year, especially at the very high end. And my editorial asks the statewide news media to do a better job next time the coastal commission decides to fire its executive director.

As always, I am available to respond to 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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