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03/09/2024
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It was very close, but Monaco developer Patrice Pastor got his historic home tax break, known as the Mills Act, on the Mrs. Clinton Walker House, a world-famous home on the beach designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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02/14/2024
Image for display with article titled Opinions Clash Over Whether to Renovate or Replace Carmel Police Station

Fans of home renovation shows know it happens: a homeowner wants to renovate and then—surprise—the house is in such bad shape it might make sense to just tear it down.

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01/03/2024
Image for display with article titled The Carmel City Council puts the brakes on a property tax break for a wealthy landowner.

In 1945 a widow named Della Walker, known formally as Mrs. Clinton Walker, wrote a short letter to Frank Lloyd Wright, in hopes the famed architect would design a home for her in Carmel. “I own a rocky point of…

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10/25/2023
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Former Carmel police chief Paul Tomasi, who left to head up security at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, is being welcomed back to the village.

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10/06/2023
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No charges will be filed in the scuffle between Carmel City Administrator Chip Rerig and gallery owner Craig Rose, Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni says.

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10/02/2023
Image for display with article titled Carmel City Council Contemplating Next Steps After City Manager Tussles With Gallery Owner

An altercation caught on video between Carmel City Administrator Chip Rerig and gallery owner Craig Rose has Rerig’s behavior under scrutiny by the City Council.

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08/05/2023
Image for display with article titled Carmel Council Lets No-Permit Outdoor Dining Remain Through Dec. 31

Over a year after the Carmel City Council voted to end dining parklets, councilmembers took a less strident approach toward unpermitted outdoor dining seating.

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08/02/2023
Image for display with article titled Carmel Valley residents turned out in numbers for a town hall on the county’s housing plans.

District 5 residents finally had a chance to turn out and speak their minds about Monterey County’s housing plans – including the controversial, state-mandated Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) that will require the county to significantly bolster its housing stock…

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08/02/2023
Image for display with article titled Carmel Refuses to Release Report on Former Police Chief’s Tenure

Carmel’s tab for the seven months its former police chief, Alan Ward, worked is a big one: It cost the city more than an estimated $364,200.

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06/18/2023
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City expenditures are split among essential needs and quality-of-life benefits in a budgeting process. And with the fiscal year beginning July 1, government entities, including Monterey County’s 12 cities, are in various stages of tweaking and finalizing their annual budgets.

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04/26/2023
Image for display with article titled Carmel volunteers join a national effort to clean up cigarette waste.

Within Carmel’s one-square-mile city, volunteers with the nonprofit group Carmel Cares picked up 70 pounds of cigarette butts – representing approximately 250,000 cigarettes – in 2022 alone. That staggering number is just a drop in the bucket nationally; the Keep…

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04/19/2023
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Years after Carmel’s attempt to find someone to restore the Flanders Mansion fell apart, a candidate has stepped forward: Mike Buffo, a documentary filmmaker.

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04/12/2023
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The Carmel City Council is pursuing the possibility of a paid parking program using an app that allows users to pay for parking digitally.

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03/06/2023
Image for display with article titled Carmel Examines Its Priorities While Updating Its Housing Plan

The city hired a consulting firm to conduct a feasibility study, which came up with 17 sites where the city could possibly fit new units.

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02/22/2023
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The fire departments that protect Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel got together to ask themselves a question. “If we become at risk, how will this work?”

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02/09/2023
Image for display with article titled Carmel City Council Opposes Fractional Vacation Ownership

Councilmembers unanimously said “no”—a major blow to Pacaso, an online company that purchased a home in Carmel after its 2020 launch.

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01/13/2023
Image for display with article titled Carmel Police Chief Is on Leave After Seven Months in the Job

When Carmel Mayor Dave Potter and City Administrator Chip Rerig appeared in a video urging residents to be prepared, Police Chief Alan Ward was conspicuously absent.

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11/12/2022
“Well, people laughed when Ronald Reagan first sat down to play governor, too. And judging from Eastwood’s comments to a Herald reporter, this is not a frivolous exercise for him either,” the Herald editorialized in February 1986.

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11/09/2022
Image for display with article titled Carmel Councilmember Jeff Baron Secures Another Term; Alissandra Dramov a Likely Winner

Just as he did four years ago, Carmel Councilmember Jeff Baron took to the streets of the village and knocked on a lot of doors in the lead up to the Nov. 8 election.

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09/22/2022
Image for display with article titled Four Are Vying for Two Open Seats on Carmel City Council

The Carmel City Council is facing some big issues in the next couple of years, the biggest of which is finding room in its plans for nearly 350 housing units by 2031 in just one square mile.

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09/14/2022
Image for display with article titled Carmel City Council Majority Seeks to Douse Wood-Burning Beach Fires

Wood-burning fires on Carmel Beach has been a burning issue for over a decade and the Carmel City Council has logged more hours in hearings on it than on probably any other issue.

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07/28/2022
A longtime restaurateur and the owner of a Lincoln Street bar have taken steps to run for city council in November. Ken Spilfogel, who runs Flaherty’s, and Parker Logan, owner of Sade’s, took out nomination papers and must return them by Aug. 17.

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07/21/2022
The Jo Mora sculpture of St. Junipero Serra that was removed in June 2020 has been handed over to the Carmel Woods Neighborhood Association. However, it would be illegal for the group to return the statue to its former location, according to Monterey County counsel Leslie Girard.

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07/14/2022
Image for display with article titled Former Carmel Mayor Steve Dallas Faces Stiff FPPC Fines

Controversial former Carmel mayor Steve Dallas was known to enjoy attending high-priced events while he served in office from 2016-2018. That fondness for such tony events now has him in hot water.

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06/22/2022
Image for display with article titled Carmel tells vacation-home sharing company to cease and desist, calling it a timeshare.

San Francisco based-company Pacaso calls what it does “co-ownership, simplified.” The company, which launched in 2020, purchases single-family homes in destinations where second homes are popular, sells shares from one-eighth to half to people who want vacation homes for less…

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06/03/2022
Image for display with article titled New Carmel Police Chief Alan Ward is sworn in.

After 23 years serving on the police force in Merced, Alan Ward has been sworn in as police chief in Carmel.

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05/05/2022
The pursuit of a permanent outdoor dining program is taking a backseat after the Carmel City Council voted unanimously against making it a top priority. The decision dashes desires for resurrecting Carmel’s now-disbanded parklet program.

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03/24/2022
The members of Carmel-by-the-Sea’s forest and beach commission are arguing that any new sitting areas should be based on the public’s need to sit down, not individuals’ need to memorialize loved ones.

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03/02/2022
Image for display with article titled Little Carmel faces big challenges while overcoming a staffing shortage.

Things were respectful but a bit tense at the Carmel City Council meeting on Feb. 1, after Councilmember Jeff Baron said to City Administrator Chip Rerig that he didn’t understand why the 55-year-old police station, in desperate need of renovations…

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