A preview of the March 25, 2016,
        edition of The Carmel Pine Cone

March 25 - 31, 2016

Dear Readers,

A major scandal seemed about to break in town last Friday when news began to spread that somebody had stapled a candidate's campaign materials to vote-by-mail ballots. The district attorney investigated, and we have the result. Mary Schley has the story.

Voters packed a campaign forum featuring candidates for county supervisor and Congress Wednesday night, which proves that there's plenty of interest in the multitude of upcoming elections. But how many of the candidates are worthy? Kelly Nix reports.

A woman in Carmel Valley doesn't want her neighbor to cut down a tree where a hawk is nesting, but because the tree is a eucalyptus, the law isn't much help. Chris Counts has that one.

Of all the controversies that come and go, this one might be one of the oddest: Does Carmel need a new official Christmas Tree? Mary Schley reports.

Legislation has been introduced to help curb abusive ADA lawsuits. Highway 1 through Big Sur has gained some impressive street art -- and we mean that literally. A Carmel Highlands resident is making quite a name for herself as a blues singer, and she's only 14 years old. We have a preview of which local chefs will be participating in the upcoming PBF&W. A former local sportscaster surprised everybody when he suddenly appeared on national television a couple of weeks ago to reveal a deep, dark secret. And my editorial expresses the hope that, while a lot of extraneous noise is being introduced in the current election campaigns for Carmel city council and Pacific Grove's Measure X, the voters aren't being fooled.

As always, I am available to respond to questions, comments or concerns, and to offer advice about how best to read our newspaper on your computer, smartphone or iPad.

Paul Miller, Publisher

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