A preview of the May 27, 2011, edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

May 27 - June 2, 2011

Dear Readers,

The Supreme Court announced Monday that California has to release at least 30,000 felons from overcrowded state prisons. But where will they go? The answer, unfortunately, for many of them, is the Monterey County jail, which is also already far beyond its capacity. What sense does that make? Kelly Nix tries to answer the question.

A car plunged off a street in the hills above Carmel Thursday morning, leaving the driver dead. We have a sobering photo.

Carmel's municipal budget is looking good for the upcoming fiscal year, but the new city manager is asking why it spends so much money on certain quirky things. Mary Brownfield has that one.

Congressman Sam Farr's effort to expand official wilderness areas in Big Sur is drawing heated opposition from some residents, who say the designation will put them in danger. Chris Counts has the scoop.

A convicted rapist can get a fair trial on new charges, even though many local residents know all about his previous crimes, a judge ruled last Friday. Bulldozers ripped out a mini golf course over the last two weeks in the front yard of a Pebble Beach home because the coastal commission says only native plants are allowed. Steelhead counts are at record levels in Carmel Valley. And my editorial takes a look at an effort in the state legislature to encourage illegal immigrants to drive without a license.

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