A preview of the February 22, 2019,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

February 22 - 28, 2019

Dear Readers,

The clean up and repairs from last week’s storms may be well under way, but the damage is still being added up, the frightening stories of numerous close calls are just coming to light, and the demands for reforms to local tree policies are getting louder. We have extensive coverage from Kelly Nix and Mary Schley.

A sudden uptick in vacancies of downtown storefronts is causing concern at city hall. What do all the empty shops mean, and what can be done about them? Mary Schley reports.

Just as the water board was trying to figure out what a successful campaign to take over Cal Am would look like, it’s been told the takeover better save the public money. Kelly Nix has that one.

A man in a wheelchair was killed in a house fire in Palo Colorado Monday. A new developer has stepped forward to build a hotel near the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Two Southern California men have been arrested in a major Carmel fraud scheme. A switch in police scanner technology is going to make it a lot harder for the public to learn about crime in their neighborhoods. The public works director is back on the job after apologizing for an impertinent email. The city council has decided to spend more money on lawyers and emergency medical services. Congressman Jimmy Panetta has been named to a party leadership post. The Lone Cypress was damaged in last week's storms, but it's still an awe-inspiring site on 17 Mile Drive, and we have two hi-res photographs available for download to prove it. And my editorial says if you want proof that our water shortage is fake, just look in the river.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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