BULK RATE U.S. POSTAGE PAID CARMEL, CA Permit No. 149 Volume 95 No. 45 On the Internet: www.carmelpinecone.com November 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 Sea lion’s short stay on busy beach Voters don’t want By MARY BROWNFIELD Flanders Mansion A 250-POUND juvenile male California sea lion beached himself on a busy or Town of C.V. stretch of sunny Carmel sand at the foot of Ocean Avenue ■ Preservationists say they’ll continue just before lunchtime legal battle despite overwhelming vote Tuesday, prompting con- cerned passersby to call By MARY BROWNFIELD police and the Marine Mammal Center in Moss S IXTY-FOUR percent of the people who cast votes in Landing. As animal control Carmel-by-the-Sea Tuesday want the city to sell the historic officer Cindi Mitchell stood Flanders Mansion, which taxpayers have owned for more by to keep people and dogs than 30 years but have never been able to use. The decisive away from the creature, vol- vote, reported as 757 to 439 by the county elections depart- unteers from the MMC ment Wednesday morning, may have put to rest the question arrived, determined the sea of how most people feel about it, but Melanie Billig and the lion was healthy and used PHOTO/CINDI MITCHELL Flanders Foundation, a group of preservationists bent on shield-like wooden boards to keeping the mansion in public ownership, plan to proceed prod him back into the surf. He doesn’t really want to go, but volunteers from the Marine Mammal Center encourage a male with their latest lawsuit against the city to halt the sale. For After snoozing in the sun, sea lion to leave sunny Carmel Beach Tuesday. years, it demanded a vote, but says other issues remain. the sea lion reluctantly began “We absolutely don’t believe the city should be allowed to to move, and then showed his annoyance at being shooed animal was healthy, as did his clear eyes, pink mouth, good ignore parts of the law,” Billig said Thursday. “There are sig- away, turning once or twice to aggressively strike at the teeth and non-runny nose. He also said the crest atop the ani- nificant differences of opinion in terms of the law, and of boards with his head. Volunteer Roger Towson said such behavior indicated the See LION page 13A See FLANDERS page 12A ■ Incorporation advocates not conceding ‘Stuck foot’ leads to crash into Judge delays By CHRIS COUNTS cars, sign, lamp post, hydrant water cutback C ARMEL VALLEY voters rejected the idea of turning By MARY BROWNFIELD into a parking stall in the lot at their scenic valley into an incorporated city by a 52-to-48 Bruno’s Market around 4:30 p.m. By KELLY NIX percent margin, but incorporation proponents are holding out A 77-YEAR-OLD Monterey Nov. 2 “when suddenly, her foot got L ESS THAN one week after law- hope that a few remaining provisional ballots could reverse the outcome of Tuesday’s election. woman smashed her car into two stuck on the accelerator.” parked cars, and then took out a stop Wiegman’s silver four-door suits were filed against the State “The results of the Measure G vote are still too close to sign and a lamp post before getting Mazda grazed a Chevy Malibu rental Water Resources Control Board for call,” insisted town council candidate Glenn Robinson. “So hung up on the fire hydrant at car in the parking stall next to it, then imposing a potentially crippling water far, 4,164 votes have been tallied, with the ‘no’ side holding Junipero and Sixth Monday after- jumped the curb, mangled a small cutback order on the Monterey a slim lead.” noon. According to Carmel Police shrub, and slammed into the black Peninsula, a local judge has issued a According to the Monterey County elections department Sgt. Mel Mukai, Beatrice Wiegman stay of the order. 1,986 ballots were cast in favor of creating a town, and 2,178 told police she was pulling her car See CRASH page 10A votes were counted opposing it — a 192-vote, or 4.6-percent, See WATER page 11A See TOWN page 12A Former Padre competes for spot on Victoria’s Secret runway PINE CONE STAFF REPORT website. A member of the CHS class of 2004, the 23- A CARMEL High School grad seeking a year-old Darley attended UC Santa Barbara and career in modeling and acting is one of 10 final- now lives in Los Angeles, where she’s pursuing ists vying for a single spot in the Victoria’s Secret her career. Her dad wants to see her on the cat- Fashion Show to be broadcast on CBS Dec. 1, and walk — and national television — soon. whether she wins is up to the people who vote for Jamielee Darley spent two days in late October her, according to her dad, contractor Robert in New York being interviewed and filmed for the Darley. By spreading the word, he hopes thou- Angel Boot Camp finalists web page, which is sands of votes will pour in for his “lovely, beauti- ful daughter,” Jamielee Darley, on the contest See MODEL page 10A PHOTO/MARY BROWNFIELD After her foot reportedly became stuck on the accelerator, a Monterey woman crashed her car into two parked cars before lodging on fire hydrant. FACEBOOK ASSAILANT IDENTIFIED By KELLY NIX Guardino filed a civil lawsuit Sept. 10 in Monterey County Superior T HE PERSON who created a Court after someone created a Yahoo phony Facebook account using a email address and Facebook account Carmel High School teacher’s name using his personal information, has been identified, and there is a including his name, age and profes- settlement in the works over a related sion. PHOTO/COURTESY SALLY LARSEN lawsuit, according to the attorney for The person, believed to be a stu- Carmel High graduate Jamielee Darley wants to star in a tele- the teacher. vised fashion show Dec. 1 but needs your vote to get there. Carmel High teacher Michael See FACEBOOK page 13A Get your complete Carmel Pine Cone every Thursday evening in pdf via email. Free subscriptions available at www.carmelpinecone.com. Circulation: 20,000 in print, 7,000 in pdf.