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Carmel Pine Cone -- Feb. 27, 2009

Dear Editor:

I enjoyed your rebuttal of the Monterey
Herald’s nonsensical attack on Sand City
(Editorial, Feb. 20). Ironically, the Herald
has proved my point that city politicians love
large hotels with which to provide more tax
revenues. Sand City is only doing what most
cities do best, expanding its tax base. In this
case, the city fathers of Sand City want to
build a new hotel. Similarly, opponents of a
Carmel Valley city have long argued that
local politicians will encourage more hotels
and commercial buildings in order to pay for
increased governmental services, operations
and debt. Someone has to pay for another
layer of government.

If voters refuse to raise city taxes, local
politicians will have no choice but to encourage
developers to build, perhaps employing
abusive eminent domain powers through a
redevelopment agency. Moreover, city
authorities routinely offer all sorts of financial
incentives and subsidies to get developers
to build — again, at the expense of taxpayers
and property owners. Similarly, the
City of Seaside is now drooling over a 250-
room hotel and convention center proposed
by Reggie Jackson. And yet we hear not a
word from the Herald calling for the disincorporation
of Seaside.

Apparently, the Monterey Herald sees no
inconsistencies in wanting Sand City to disincorporate
over building a hotel, while
encouraging Carmel Valley to incorporate.
For some reason, the Herald believes that the
politicians of a possible Carmel Valley city
would never have the same commercial
ambitions now felt in Sand City.

Lawrence Samuels, Carmel

Last Updated: Feb 27, 09

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