October 12 - 18, 2012
Dear Readers,Residents of a remote part of Carmel Valley have been up in arms over plans to route construction traffic for the removal of San Clemente Dam through their neighborhood, but this week the people who live in another community said they'd be willing to let some of that traffic go through theirs. Could a major dispute be about to end? Chris Counts reports.
After collecting a big settlement for dropping its opposition to a controversial development project, a North County activists' group is using the cash to support a candidate for supervisor representing the Monterey Peninsula. Kelly Nix has that one.
At a hearing to determine whether former county water director Steve Collins will face conflict-of-interest charges, the judge expressed frustration with all the conflicting testimony she heard. Kelly has that one, too.
Homeowners in rural parts of the state have to pay a new fee for fire prevention — or is the fee for something else? A dad who attacked a soccer coach for making his son cry admitted guilt in a Salinas courtroom and was put on probation. The president of a group that provides housing for homeless men said the program is safe, despite rape charges involving an attack on a homeless woman. Reknowned sculptors from Zimbabwe are being honored by a local gallery — and you can see them at work. And my editorial takes a look at what happens when unions go too far.
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