A preview of the April 10, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

April 10 - 16, 2020

Dear Readers,

Times have gotten so bad, quite a few downtown businesses have decided to shut down for good, while others are toughing it out, some with the help of their landlords. Mary Schley has the details.

City officials, while worrying about a looming budget deficit, say they're also very concerned — upset, even — about the economic impacts of the county’s toughened shutdown order. I mean, why shouldn’t gardeners be able to work? Mary Schley has those stories, too.

Monterey County may have only confirmed a few coronavirus cases so far, but the director of the health department says he thinks there are a lot more out there and warns of a possible shortage of beds at local hospitals. Kelly Nix reports that one.

A popular local drummer is hospitalized at Community Hospital and on a ventilator, his daughter said. Speaking of CHOMP, the hospital says it’s using hydroxychloroquine on some patients. Scenic Road and the Del Mar parking lot will be closed this weekend. A Seaside auto dealer has organized a drive-through food donation center. You can add rescuing young steelhead from the Carmel River to the list of things that will be harder now. The city won’t be able to follow through on some of the public works projects it’s got planned, but which ones? Local seniors have developed numerous ways to deal with the reality they’re suddenly living in. Something went very wrong with one of Carmel High’s online classes. Election officials want to know what kind of balloting they’ll be working with in November. A local water activist won’t be paid $140 an hour for lobbying to take over Cal Am. Restaurants are stepping up to help people who have lost their jobs. Photographers have been busy capturing the beauty of some of the Peninsula’s most scenic spots with no one around. Neal Hotelling tells how Californians coped with the Spanish flu epidemic a little more than 100 years ago, including some techniques that sound remarkably familiar (and one that definitely doesn’t). And my editorials explain why we’re not really “all in this together” and take a look at the most important but least noticed parts of Bernie Sanders’ speech about ending his campaign.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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