A preview of the December 13, 2019,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

December 13 - 19, 2019

Dear Readers,

The number of county inmates turned over to federal immigration authorities fell by more than 75 percent last year, the sheriff’s office announced Tuesday. Mary Schley has the story.

A city commissioner’s effort to eliminate the Pledge of Allegiance from the meetings she presides over was voted down by her fellow commissioners. Mary Schley has that one, too.

Yet another frog species has been added to the state’s endangered list. Does it exist in Monterey County? Maybe it does, and maybe it doesn’t. Chris Counts has the details.

The SPCA is searching for the owner of a beautiful husky that was found seriously injured due to a too-tight collar. A critical decision is coming up for the water board about whether to proceed with a takeover of Cal Am. A firefighter is suing a man who shot him two years ago on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. The planning commission has asked for another round of changes in a Monaco businessman’s plan to create a family compound on Scenic Road. County supervisors will ask taxpayers to help pay for the removal of Fort Ord’s decrepit buildings. The Forest Theater Guild is locked in a dispute with the nonprofit that runs its theater. The price tag to run a protected bike trail over Elkhorn Slough has risen to $14 million. A whale watching business is suing Monterey over docking space at Fisherman’s Wharf. The county elections office says that no matter what party you’ve declared, it’s possible for you to vote in the state’s Democratic presidential primary next March. We have a colorful special section to help you spend your gift-buying dollars at local shops. And my editorial says the Great Depression could have ended a lot sooner if everybody had just followed Carmel’s lead.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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