A preview of the April 29, 2011, edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

April 29 - May 5, 2011

Dear Readers,

California's far-reaching rules to protect the environment often get in the way of important public projects, but this week something vital for the people of the Monterey Peninsula was given a green light despite longstanding policies to prevent it. Chris Counts has the story.

Two Carmel residents are playing key roles in PG&E — one as the interim CEO, and the other as Godfather of smart meter opt-outs. Mary Brownfield has that one.

The group calling for a public takeover of Cal Am isn't handing over documents needed before the water district will even begin to consider whether to spearhead the takeover. Meanwhile, the coastal commission has charged a colossal fee to consider a permit for the regional desal plant. Will they use the fee to try to stop it? Kelly Nix has those stories.

Police officers and firefighters were at the top of Carmel-by-the-Sea pay scales last year. A former physician who's now a convicted rapist is telling the courts he can't afford to hire an attorney to defend a $5 million civil suit from his victim. The local real estate market is defying national trends, and in a way that will make you happy. The Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival is bringing more than 100 renowned chefs to the Monterey Peninsula this weekend. And my editorial explains why it's wrong to think that the present (which goes by so quickly) is more important than the past (which lasted a long, long time).

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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