A preview of the May 22, 2020, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

May 22 - 28, 2020

Dear Readers,

Practically every top official in county government is talking about the importance of getting our economy moving again, and while we’ve already fallen behind many other counties in reopening restaurants and retail stores, it does seem like they’re serious. Kelly Nix reports.

The owner of the Tuck Box, who has so far resisted law enforcement efforts to make him shut down his restaurant, was ordered by a judge Thursday morning to fall into line. Mary Schley has that one.

Bail has been set at nearly $5 million for the man accused of cruelly assaulting a woman in her driveway on 13th Street almost two weeks ago. Mary Schley has that story, too.

A coronavirus testing site at MPC this week drew so many people wanting tests, it had to shut down early several times and even had to cancel a day. A nurse who’s helping farmworkers and their families learn how to protect themselves from the virus says her biggest challenge is convincing the immigrant workers that the virus is real. Carmel will try to get its restaurants humming with customers again by letting them use some of the city’s streets for al fresco dining. Meanwhile, the city will try to help close its budget gap with a host of new fees. For the owners of a Carmel Valley business, the losses they’ve incurred due to the shutdown have been so bad, they may have to leave the area. The U.S. Forest Service says, despite all the recent problems with illegal campers, Big Sur’s campgrounds and trails could be reopening soon. When Esalen gets back to the business of helping everybody find themselves, they’ll have to do it without communal housing or hut tubs. Local thrift shops may be closed, but they’ll still want your donations once their doors reopen. Youth baseball and softball leagues are taking major financial hits, even as they’re under pressure to refund fees for their canceled seasons. The superintendent of schools was suddenly forced out of her job this week, and everybody is wondering why. The state’s “no bail” policy is keeping lots of criminals out of jail and — guess what? — some of them are committing new crimes almost as soon as they’re released. Marina is trying again to stop Cal Am from building a desal plant. The Rancho Cañada housing project is on its way to getting a new EIR. The renovation of the Ocean Avenue Memorial Arch is complete. And my editorial says thank goodness for the new sense of urgency at county government about putting an end to this ridiculous shutdown.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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