By David Armstrong
Carmel-by-the-Sea Mayor Steve Dallas was exonerated March 7 of sexual harassment by an independent investigator hired by the city. As a result, the city council has allowed the mayor to stay on the job while also reprimanding him for personal misconduct that was not illegal but was deemed inappropriate. Dallas offered to make a public apology and the council has agreed. The vote was 3-0 to accept the investigation report, with council member Bobby Richards excused.