The bed’s Beautiful music Remembering for me, from the a pioneer right? Emerald Isle — INSIDE THIS WEEK BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID CARMEL, CA Permit No. 149 Volume 95 No. 10 On the Internet: www.carmelpinecone.com March 6-12, 2009 Y O U R S O U R C E F O R L O C A L N E W S , A R T S A N D O P I N I O N S I N C E 1915 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 Get your complete Carmel Pine Cone every Thursday evening in convenient pdf format via email. Free subscriptions available at www.carmelpinecone.com.
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