A preview of the June 29, 2012, edition
        of The Carmel Pine Cone

June 29 - July 5, 2012

Dear Readers,

After a highly contentious campaign, and despite an unprecedented outpouring of opposition, the water district said it would implement a user fee on Monterey Peninsula property owners starting next month. Kelly Nix, who has covered the water district for years, reports.

The Monterey County Counsel said this week the county may soon take aggressive legal action against Steve Collins to counter his $25 million lawsuit over conflict of interest charges. Kelly also has that one.

A tragic fire at a Carmel Highlands rental house Sunday took the life of the tenant's pet tortoise. Mary Schley has the details.

Police say two members of a notorious Mexican gang were apprehended after smashing their way into the downtown Coach store early Tuesday. Mary also reports that one.

Plans for a 9/11 memorial in Devendorf Park drew support and opposition (but only from two people) at the planning commission; city officials say more public input is needed. Two rescues in Big Sur last weekend evidently mark the beginning of the foolishness season. Some Pebble Beach residents are raising the alarm about a proposed emergency communications tower on Huckleberry Hill. Sue McCloud's amazing career at the CIA is the subject of this week's "Great Lives" column by Tony Seton. And my editorial explains some of the fine points of today's Supreme Court decision upholding most of Obamacare. 

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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