A preview of the December 28, 2018,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Dec. 28, 2018 - Jan. 3, 2019

Dear Readers,

After 28 years in office, District Attorney Dean Flippo is retiring next week, and he has some very interesting observations about the changes in the criminal justice system during that time. Kelly Nix has the interview.

Despite the current wintry weather, wildfires are still on everybody's mind -- including in Pebble Beach, where clearance of undergrowth is a task that never ends. Chris Counts has that one.

Wildlife sightings have become very common, even in local towns, and this week we have the story of a newt, a lion and a bobcat -- and it's not a fable. Chris Counts reports.

Among the 200-plus pardons and commutations he's issued as his time in office winds down, Gov. Jerry Brown has pardoned four local criminals. Carmel High students are using wine racks to help feed the homeless. A Carmel homeowner's unrelenting efforts to undo the permits for a house next door have come to a halt at the Supreme Court. A Monterey assisted living facility has been accused of a passel of new permit violations. Congressman Jimmy Panetta was on CNN this week criticizing President Trump for all sorts of things. A new restaurant and tasting room have been OK'd by the planning commission. And my editorial takes a look at the massive crime wave that hit the United States in the 1960s and 1970s and asks: Why did that happen?

Paul Miller, Publisher

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