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Volume 95 No. 10                                                              On the Internet: www.carmelpinecone.com                                                               March 6-12, 2009

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  Largesse, expertise build African schools                                                                                            Mandurrago sues
    By MARY BROWNFIELD
                                                                                                                                       city over bank
     S   CHOOLS3 — THE
  nonprofit founded by
                                                                                                                                       building demolition
  Carmel engineer Jon
  Raggett to build schools in                                                                                                                              By MARY BROWNFIELD
  some of the world’s needi-
  est communities — will                                                                                                                  H   OPING TO compel the city to let him demolish a for-
  host a fundraising art sale                                                                                                          mer bank at Dolores and Seventh and build condos, stores
  Friday, March 6, on San                                                                                                              and a two-level underground parking garage, designer John
  Carlos Street in downtown                                                                                                            Mandurrago served the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea with a
  Carmel. Since its launch a                                                                                                           lawsuit Friday. His suit also seeks damages for what he
  decade ago, Schools3 has                                                                                                             alleges are illegal delays of his permits.
  raised enough money to                                                                                                                   Mandurrago embarked on the project to replace the old
  construct 45 schools,                                                                                                                bank building in September 2001, and it has since followed a
  mostly in Mali, Africa, but                                                                                                          convoluted path, largely due to a concerted and ongoing
  also in Honduras and                                                                                                                 effort by some local architects and residents to save the struc-
  India.                                                                                                                               ture that now houses Homescapes Carmel.
      The schools are public,                                                                                                              “Now they want me to futz with the EIR some more, so it
  available to all students at                                                                                                         has gotten to the point of being ridiculous,” Mandurrago told
  no cost, and the teachers
  are selected, hired and paid                                                                                                                                                 See BANK page 11A
  by their governments.
  Raggett’s group solely
  focuses on paying for con-
                                                                                                      PHOTO/COURTESY SCHOOLS3
                                                                                                                                       MASKED GUNMAN
  struction, leaving the
  philosophical and educa- Carmel engineer Jon Raggett’s nonprofit builds schools in Mali, Africa, and during a visit last
  tional decisions up to the spring, a principal (center), a teacher (left) and gaggles of students greeted him with grati-
                                                                                                                                       COMMITS LATEST IN RASH
  locals.
      Last spring, Raggett
                                 tude. Schools3 will host a fundraising art sale in Carmel Friday, March 6.                            OF BANK ROBBERIES
  and fellow Schools3 board member Bruce Nicholson trav- said.
  eled to Africa and met with the country’s director of basic         Located near the Sahara Desert, Mali is a hot and dry                                By MARY BROWNFIELD
  education. Raggett visits Africa once every three years.        country with a population of 11 million. Per-capita
      “He reinforced that the most important thing they need                                                                              A   WHITE man wearing sunglasses and fine green mesh
  is to keep building schools, which is what we’ve done,” he                                     See SCHOOLS page 22A                  over his head and face robbed the Citibank on Carmel
                                                                                                                                       Rancho Boulevard Saturday, making off with $10,500,
                                                                                                                                       according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. The
                                                                                                                                       crime occurred three weeks after a similar incident in
Will Potter be a coastal commissioner for another term?                                                                                Monterey and marked the second time that particular
                                                                                                                                       Citibank branch has been hit since December.
                         By KELLY NIX                                Potter contends his dozen years as commissioner make him
                                                                                                                                                                           See ROBBER page 27A
                                                                     the best pick for the job.
   T  HOUGH HE’S held a seat on the California Coastal                  “I do think there is something to be said for experience,”
Commission for more than a decade, Dave Potter said he’ll            Potter told The Pine Cone. “It’s an extremely complicated            Monterey Police
again seek the coveted spot when it’s up for reappointment by        job, and I have an extremely good knowledge of the entire            Department released
newly elected Assembly speaker Karen Bass in May.                    coastline.”                                                          surveillance shots of
   Appointed to the coastal commission in March 1997,                   But Potter, who is also a Monterey County Supervisor and          the man who used a
                                                                     a director for the Monterey Peninsula Water Management               handgun to rob a
                                                                     District, could have a greater challenge this year than in pre-      downtown
                                                                     vious bids for the seat.                                             Comerica Bank in
                                                                                                                                          early February, hop-
  Disabled motorcyclist:                                                Gary Patton, formerly the executive director of
                                                                                                                                          ing someone might
                                                                                                                                          recognize the sus-
                                                                                                         See POTTER page 10A
  The state owes me $8M                                                                                                                   pect.


                                                                                                                                           PHOTO/COURTESY MPD
                        By KELLY NIX
                                                                     Investors file suit, allege
     T   HE ATTORNEY for a motorcyclist who became
  permanently disabled after striking a boar on Highway 1
  in Carmel six years ago told a jury Thursday the state is
                                                                     ‘Carmel’ mismanagement
  responsible for his injuries because it didn’t prevent the
                                                                                       PINE CONE STAFF REPORT
  animal from crossing the road.
      But an attorney representing the taxpayers of
  California contends Adam Rogers, a married father of
                                                                          LOCAL INVESTORS who provided more than $1.1
                                                                     million for the production of “Carmel” have sued the film’s
  two, was driving under the influence of alcohol when he
                                                                     director, Lawrence Roeck, alleging he has mismanaged the
  hit a boar south of the Carmel River Bridge just after
                                                                     finances and refused to let the investors see the books.
  midnight on Sept. 23, 2003.
                                                                        Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County
      The accident, which put Rogers in a deep coma for
                                                                     Superior Court last week, are Pebble Beach residents Clinton
  five months, left him with brain damage and the inabil-
                                                                     and Julie Howe, and Erika Lockridge, who lives in Southern
  ity to walk and take care of himself.
                                                                     California and played a key role in launching the “Carmel”
      Attorneys for Rogers are seeking up to $8 million
                                                                     project.
  from the state for the accident.                                                                                                                                                  PHOTO/CHRIS COUNTS
                                                                        The Howes and Lockridge claim that, before they invest-
                                                                                                                                       Sheriff’s deputies trained their weapons on Citibank Saturday
                              See ACCIDENT page 24A                                                                                    after a robbery, but the suspect had already fled.
                                                                                                             See FILM page 27A
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