A preview of the March 2, 2018, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

March 2 - 8, 2018

Dear Readers,

In the wake of the Florida school shootings, our congressman, Jimmy Panetta, says he supports a ban on what he calls "assault weapons," but not an increase in the minimum age for gun purchases to 21. He's also not in favor of arming teachers. Kelly Nix reports.

City councilmember Bobby Richards isn't participating in council discussions about allegations against Mayor Steve Dallas -- and now we know why. Mary Schley has that one.

One of the city's most historic homes is well on its way to being rebuilt after a devastating fire. Mary Schley has that story, too.

Everybody knows that affordable housing is in very short supply in these parts. And what little there is has largely been dedicated for seniors. But where does that leave working people? Pacific Grove has joined a lawsuit at the state Supreme Court asking for the OK to retroactively reduce some public pensions. An appeals court heard arguments this week about the legality of a surcharge added to water bills. Police are warning that phone scammers have stepped up their tactics, making them even harder to detect. The Big Sur Land Trust has some unprecedented ideas about what should be done with a piece of property near Point Lobos. Plans are being firmed up for the future of new park land at the former Rancho CaƱada golf course. We have a colorful special section, "In Your Dreams," full of features about outstanding local and historic homes. And my editorial says that if the end of "fair share fees" means the end of unions, so be it.

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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