A preview of the June 15, 2012, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

June 22 - 28, 2012

Dear Readers,

More than one-third of property owners filed objections to the water district's proposed user fee, but that wasn't enough to overturn it and the fee will go into effect next month, the district's board announced Monday. Nevertheless, the board said it would make a few concessions to appease the fee's critics. Kelly Nix reports.

When Vice President Joe Biden visited Carmel Wednesday, the big story may not have been about him, but about the mayor who invited him. I have that byline.

Pacific Grove's city council has been thinking about spearheading a desal project proposed by Nader Agha, but this week the city's administrator said, "Watch out!" Kelly has that one, too.

The pilot who died in a Salinas plane crash June 1 was from Carmel, and had a fatal heart attack just before the accident, investigators announced. Mary Schley has the details.

After 12 years in the permit process, the Pebble Beach Company's build-out plan for Del Monte Forest received its final approval this week. The school board decided not to ask voters to approve a new bond measure this year. A pair of albino deer have been making quite a stir as they're sighted in local forests. This summer's Bach Fest will be its 75th, and organizers have some surprises planned. Joe Livernois offers his Monterey County Top 100, Tony Seton profiles a local Nobel Prize winner, and my editorial asks whether the vice president delivered the right message to high school students who heard him speak. 

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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