August 10 - 16, 2012
Dear Readers,A marathon meeting on what you might think would be a fairly straightforward issue -- designing new public restrooms for the south end of Carmel Beach -- resulted in the architect being told to throw out his previous efforts and start over with something "simple" but "world class." Mary Schley reports.
Union demands that La Playa hotel's new owner rehire its former employees have run headlong into the owner's desire to pick what he thinks are the best people for the jobs, and now mayor Jason Burnett has decided to try to intervene. Mary has that one, too.
A park scheduled for closure due to state budget cuts is nevertheless about to get some expensive upgrades at state expense. Is anybody actually in charge in Sacramento? Kelly Nix has that story.
The city council sided by a narrow vote with a homeowner who wants to remove a large Monterey pine in his front yard that's been causing damage. The downtown hospitality improvement district is now a fait accompli. Former Pacific Grove mayor Sandy Koffman is being mourned and remembered after her unexpected death at the tender age of 60 from cancer. Concours Week is in the offing, and we have a beautiful special section full of features about the magnificent cars, plus a complete guide to all the automotive events. Joe Livernois explains why curiosity isn't needed to solve many of life's great mysteries. And my editorial says the answer to one of the hotly debated political issues at the center of the presidential campaign is actually very simple.
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