A preview of the December 16, 2016,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

December 16 - 22, 2016

Dear Readers,

The town is unique, and its citizens have unique needs, and so it was only natural that the City of Carmel didn't even consider bringing in an outsider for its new police chief. Mary Schley reports.

A major real estate subdivision was approved for Carmel Valley by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors this week. Will the valley actually get some badly needed workforce housing? Chris Counts has the details. Coincidentally, the same meeting was Dave Potter's last as a member of the board. Kelly Nix has his parting thoughts.

The backcountry of Los Padres National Forest will have to stay closed for at least a year because of ongoing hazards from last summer's massive fire, forestry officials announced. Mary Schley has the details.

City hall continues to grapple with policies, and subsidies, for special events in town. Pacific Grove will soon join the ranks of local cities that use recycled water on golf courses and open spaces. With the year's biggest holidays looming, a local vet is reminding everybody not to let their pets party too much. A former council candidate has put out the call to help his dad celebrate a momentous birthday. And my editorial says that paying more for using less water actually makes sense -- but only if you really wrack your brain.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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