A preview of the December 15, 2017,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

December 15 - 21, 2017

Dear Readers,

Despite unrelenting opposition from the Monterey Peninsula's water activists, the proposed desal plant in Marina continues to gain support from state officials, including coastal commissioners, who this week extended the permit for the desal test well. Kelly Nix reports.

A baby sea otter suffering from a shark bite was rescued from Carmel Beach Thursday morning and is being treated at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Mary Schley has that one.

Are there too many tasting rooms south of Ocean Avenue? The planning commissioners usually say there are, but this week they approved another one anyway. Mary Schley has that story, too.

The payroll company owner accused of absconding with millions that belonged to his clients is now "destitute" and can't pay any of it back, his lawyer said. A Big Sur fire chief was attacked with a shotgun last weekend. Police may have a suspect in the recent epidemic of car break-ins. A homeless man has been arrested for murdering a Santa Cruz woman and leaving her body just off Rio Road last year. The city's new laws for the new year include bans on plastic straws, restrictions on pot, and less restrictive policies for granny units. A lawsuit has been filed by a disabled man who fell out of a golf cart. And my editorial points out that, no matter the ups and downs in the national economy, there's always a role you can play to keep things afloat locally.

As always, I invite you to send me any questions, comments or concerns about our newspaper, and to contact me if you need help making the most of it on your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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