A preview of the November 6, 2020,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

November 6 - 12, 2020

Dear Readers,

This week’s local elections — from Carmel city council, to county supervisor and the water board, to the school district and the state legislature — offered some surprising results and some highly predictable ones. We have complete reports from Mary Schley and Kelly Nix.

PETA is getting involved in the legal case against an accused Big Sur arsonist. The animal rights group wants him charged with cruelty to wild animals. Chris Counts has that one.

The public got its first look at a couple of significant development projects proposed by a wealthy Monaco businessman, and so far the reviews are positive. Mary Schley has the details.

Cal Am has refiled its application with the coastal commission for a desal plant permit, even as the company says it will make significant concessions to the City of Marina. Speaking of Cal Am, the two new members of the water board are avowed supporters of a government takeover. The city council declined to waive all permit fees for the re-do of the Golden Bough Theater, but they did cut the fees substantially. A large donation will help restart the restoration of the dunes at the north end of Carmel Beach. A city ordinance that would allow a pot shop to open in Pacific Grove has been challenged by a citizen’s petition. A big lawsuit has been filed against the would-be developers of a hotel near the aquarium. A Carmel resident who tackled the city’s to-do list has ended up with his own nonprofit. A local music promoter has cooked up a whole new way to do live music involving swimming pools and hotel balconies. An artist is bringing back a classic style of mural painting — and she wears really cool dresses. There are still plenty of restaurants to choose from for your Thanksgiving dinner. Dennis Taylor has the story of a former Santa Catalina student who now plays professional water polo in Australia. Neal Hotelling takes us on a guided tour of the life of one of Carmel’s earliest famous writers. And my editorial says the people of California deserve a lot of credit for the way they voted on some of the state’s ballot measures.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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