A preview of the July 13, 2018, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

July 13 - 19, 2018

Dear Readers,

The November 6 election promises to be a compelling one, not only nationally, but right here in Carmel, and while election day may be months away, the filing period for candidates for mayor and city council opens Monday. Mary Schley reports.

Two federal parks in Big Sur were closed for six weeks recently due to vandalism -- apparently as a protest against new fees for using them. Chris Counts has that one.

The city's program to strictly limit beach fires, while still allowing a few, has been extended to 2020, despite renewed calls from some residents to ban them entirely. Mary Schley has that one, too.

In one of Pebble Beach's toniest neighborhoods, opposition was fierce against plans for a new home, but the board of supervisors approved it anyway. Due to environmental concerns, the city has had to give up the gas station it used for municipal vehicles. Outdoor pot farms have now been OK'd in Big Sur and Carmel Valley -- even though the D.A. said they shouldn't be. Jimmy Panetta is weighing in on President Donald Trump's effort to cut foreign imports by calling for congressional oversight of tariffs. A ban on outdoor smoking in town may happen after all. This year's Bach Festival gets underway Saturday, and we have a special section previewing all the concerts you won't want to miss. And my editorial reminds you that, whether gasoline costs $2 a gallon or $4 a gallon, it's still ridiculously cheap.

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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