July 27 - August 2, 2012
Dear Readers,The SPCA raided two houses in Seaside this week and found an unbelievable scene: 113 dead kittens and 51 neglected cats. The details are still sketchy, but Kelly Nix reports what we know.
A former nursing supervisor at CHOMP filed a lawsuit making an allegation that sounds unbelievable -- that racist supervisors at the hospital conspired to fire her because she is black. Kelly has that one, too.
Water news this week: The county asked a judge to dismiss former water director Steve Collins's libel suit as a SLAPP, and Collins responded by calling the strategy "sheer nonsense." The water district's user fee seems headed for the November ballot after 4,700 signatures were submitted calling for the vote. And Carmel mayor Jason Burnet has expressed the view that Cal Am's desal project may have an insurmountable lead over its competitors.
An impressive new structure to keep Highway 1 open through a rockslide-prone part of Big Sur is nearly finished. Mayor Burnett has appointed himself to the committee putting together a new event for downtown Carmel. Smelly water in the Mission Trail park creek has neighbors complaining. Monterey County sheriff Scott Miller was the victim of a car break-in on a Florida vacation, and has some suggestions how to prevent the same thing happening to you. Tony Seton profiles a Pebble Beach resident who's become one of Hollywood's most successful screenwriters. Joe Livernois has a confession to make about his years at The Herald. And my editorial asks and answers the question: Why aren't guns that make it possible to shoot dozens of people in a minute or two banned?
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