August 31 - September 6, 2012
Dear Readers,Public employee pensions have been one of the biggest controversies in the state, and this week two state agencies shed a lot of light on the subject when they released a complete list of more than 700,000 government retirees and their monthly payouts. It's an amazing list, and we have the local details.
A voter petition challenging the water district's hotly contested user fee has been certified for the ballot, which puts the water board in quite a pickle. Kelly has that one, too.
One of Carmel's most famous scenic roads is about to undergo a major change. Meanwhile, for the last week local drivers have been running into things at an alarming rate. Mary Schley reports.
Scaffolding has gone up at Carmel Mission in preparation for some major upgrades. A renowned local real estate company has been acquired by a bigger firm. The CHP released new details about a driver's drunken plunge into the ocean off 17 Mile Drive last week. And my editorial explains the real reason why some local water bills have gotten so high — and why many other people are paying an even higher price for our water shortage.
Of course, you all know that former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood made a surprise appearance at the Republican convention in Tampa Thursday night. Because of the timing of his appearance and our deadline, we weren't able to carry any details about it this week. But next Friday, we'll have a behind-the-scenes report.
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