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I'll give you the long answer..
In almost every tourist town I've ever been too, that is seriously over crowded with tourists, and with inadequate parking, along with odd traffic conditions, I've experienced the same hostility from some of the locals, or from the tourists them selves. Most of the true, old time locals in Carmel by the Sea have either left or died. The town is small, just over 1 square mile in size and most of the neighborhood houses are no longer lived in full time having been bought by wealthy vacationers from out of the state and out of the country. They come down for a few days or weeks for golf, the car shows, holidays, etc.... at Christmas there are very few decorative lights anymore. There are no traffic street lights, only occasional stop signs and those are usually only two way which really throws tourists off too.
As to your question, besides buying a house for vacation use, others bought here to live here, because of the beauty of the area, which is still unique and one of the most spectacular on the coast. My family has lived here for over 50 years and I've seen the changes over the years.
Most of us who live here permanently put up with the inconveniences of crowded tourism, while some don't and are rude out of frustration. As an example, trying to cross Ocean Ave by car, which has no stop lights, can be a real challenge when the cross walks are full of pedestrians and especially if you get caught half way across the intersection and then are stuck in the line of side traffic, blocked by pedestrians on the other side who are oblivious to you. It can get crazy down town and on a bike you have to be even more careful!