A preview of the November 16, 2012,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

November 23 - 29, 2012

Dear Readers,

The city council has received several apparently solid offers to lease Flanders Mansion -- offers from people who say they're also willing to renovate the mansion at their expense. With a sale long delayed because of interference from activists and judges, the council may decide to accept one of the lease offers. Mary Schley reports.

After a decade of back and forth design work, the planning commission OK'd a scaled-back version of public restrooms for the south end of Carmel Beach. Will the neighbors let the restrooms actually be built? Mary has that one, too.

She also reports that police have made an arrest that could mark the end of a spree of home burglaries in town.

Despite the overwhelming federal budget deficit, Washington somehow found plenty of money to spend on new bus shelters around the Monterey Peninsula. If you're caught in a traffic jam this holiday weekend, they could be the reason. Kelly Nix has that story.

Two were killed in crashes on Carmel Valley Road this week. A lawsuit challenging the water district's fixture counts and home inspections may be decided soon. A judge ordered Steve Collins to stand trial on conflict of interest and fraud charges. A local tow truck driver went to great lengths -- literally -- to rescue stranded backcounty campers. If you want to do all your holiday shopping locally (which, of course, you do), our Gift Guide has lots of wonderful suggestions. And my editorial recommends that you seek independence for your wallet, not your state.

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Paul Miller, Publisher

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