A preview of the August 31, 2018,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, 2018

Dear Readers,

One of the nation's most controversial political figures -- former sheriff Joe Arpaio, of Maricopa County, Arizona -- will be the speaker at a luncheon in Carmel Valley next month, and already there are promises of protests against his appearance. Kelly Nix reports.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium has been called on the carpet after a contractor used concrete-filled plastic bags to shore up the pipeline that provides the aquarium's seawater. Kelly Nix has that one, too.

A rash of car break-ins, reminiscent of the ones that plague San Francisco, hit Carmel this week. Mary Schley reports on the efforts to find the culprits.

Candidates for mayor and council are identifying the issues they think will be the most important in the upcoming election. A major uptick in construction activity at a downtown building site is about to take place. BMW decided not to have its Concours Week parties at Tehama after all. An automatic parking-enforcement system still isn't working more than a year after it was implemented. After a resident suggested it, the city is considering a 15 mph speed limit in most parts of town. With a 24-unit affordable housing project set to open in Del Monte Forest later this year, school officials are considering how it might affect the number of teachers they need. Mary Schley has the inside story of the man whose Ferrari set a sales record at one of the Car Week auctions. Our sports column includes the story of an Olympic-level water polo match at Stevenson school last week. And my editorial yearns for the good old days -- 13 years ago -- when people still sometimes agreed to disagree.

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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