A preview of the January 31, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2020

Dear Readers,

A bombshell was dropped on the Peninsula’s water supply Thursday when the coastal commission announced it was asking Cal Am to withdraw its permit application for a desal plant. The development means another lengthy delay in solving the Monterey Peninsula’s 25-year-old water shortage. Kelly Nix reports.

Efforts to help prevent flooding at the mouth of Carmel Valley took a major step forward Tuesday when the county approved an EIR that’s been in the making for more than a decade. Chris Counts has the details.

City manager Chip Rerig promised this week that a half-cent increase in the sales tax will be money well spent. Mary Schley has that one.

The back-and-forth fight over whether a 1970s former bank building on Dolores Street is “historic” has entered a new phase. A woman who was arrested for stealing a painting from a downtown gallery says she was just trying to clean it. A well established hiking trail in Pacific Grove that used to be a track bed could be fenced off by the railroad that owns it. While Cal Am and the coastal commission fight over a permit for the desal plant, the debate goes on at the water management district whether the desal plant is even needed. The Projectile Guy has been charged with 79 felonies ... which is a lot. Tours of a formerly top-secret naval base have opened a window into a little known part of Big Sur’s past. Neal Hotelling continues his series on the life of former mayor Perry Newberry, this week delving into his service on the front lines in World War I. The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am gets underway Thursday, and our colorful special section is your complete guide to the tournament, what to look for and how to get there. We also have the broadcast times and channels in case you want to see some beautiful aerials of your hometown on TV. And my editorial takes note of one of the extreme ironies of the current political season — an irony about Russian collusion.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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