No More Baby Kissing

After a year under Mayor Clint, Carmel is lean and clean

Sequestered at a corner table in the bar of his restaurant, Clint Eastwood slowly drains a Corona beer and muses about this week's Oscar awards. Suddenly a stranger approaches, cradling a bundle in his arms. Eastwood squints at the intruder and says, "Hey, I won the election. I don't have to kiss babies anymore."

Time does fly. Not long ago, Hollywood's lone-wolf hero was touring neighborhoods, pressing the flesh and even puckering up in a successful last- minute campaign for the $200-a-month job of mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. Next week Mayor Clint will celebrate the first anniversary of his victory.


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