July 13 - 19, 2012
Dear Readers,After spending months fine-tuning plans for new public restrooms at the south end of Carmel Beach, and finally approving them in June, the planning commission abruptly reversed course this week and decided the whole thing must be re-thought. Mary Schley explains why.
Speaking of things taking a long time, the city has released yet another version of the Flanders Mansion EIR, hoping the courts won't overturn it yet again. Meanwhile, the idea of having a farmers market downtown every Thursday is running into significant opposition from merchants even before it gets out of the starting gate. Mary has both those stories, too.
If you'd like to have your say in front of the California Public Utilities Commission about a possible water supply for the Monterey Peninsula, it turns out the CPUC might be willing to pay you very handsomely for your efforts. Kelly Nix has that one.
An activist's lawsuit alleging the county illegally approved a permit for a senior housing project in Carmel Valley has failed. Chris Counts explains.
The gardens at city hall are looking a bit rough around the edges, but that won't last long. A prestigious national magazine printed a very complimentary feature this week about successful small-town newspapers around the country, including The Pine Cone. Yaay, us! We have a special section about this year's Carmel Bach Festival, which gets underway Saturday. And my editorial explains why some tax increases are probably good, and some usually aren't.
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