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Suggestions for C.V. proponents

Monterey Herald, July 8, 2009

The following suggestions are for Glenn Robinson and his pro-incorporation letter writers:

First, rather than contracting with a professional pollster, which city promoters have done, I recommend sitting down with Robinson's property owners association, Robles Del Rio. Ask its polled members why they are so heavily opposed to Carmel Valley incorporation, by a margin of 124 to 35.

Second, take a vacation. Visit all the California cities between the Oregon and Mexican borders that are teetering on bankruptcy and disincorporation.

Third, urge the incorporation group to refund taxpayers the nearly $500,000 in unpaid bills and legal fees it ran up while avoiding a comprehensive environmental impact report.

Fourth, count the number of businesses that have closed, the number of bankruptcies and foreclosures (including possibly the Carmel Valley Fire District), the number of property owner associations in which polled majorities are opposed to incorporation. Not a single one has expressed support.

Fifth, update the stale-as-a-dead-fish fiscal analysis. Factor in the serious decline in tourist-generated revenues and conduct a detailed road and traffic analysis.

Following these suggestions, incorporation proponents will understand why an expensive city election is just plain stupid. There's no better way of saying it.

Robert A. Sinotte
Carmel Valley

Last Updated: Jul 13, 09

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