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Incorporation Opponents are First Candidates for C.V. Town Council

Carmel Pine Cone, July 17-23, 2009


TWO CANDIDATES have already emerged for the proposed
Town of Carmel Valley’s city council — and they freely admit they
don’t want the city to exist at all.

Carmel Valley residents Lawrence Samuels and Scott Dick have
taken out candidacy papers from the Monterey County Elections
department. If they get the 20 required signatures before the Aug. 7
deadline, they’ll officially be candidates for the Nov. 3 election. No
other candidates have stepped forward.

Samuels, a familiar face at incorporation hearings and an outspoken
critic of the proposed town, said opponents plan to run a
slate of candidates who will use their campaigns to encourage people
to vote against incorporation. And Samuels also plans to ask
residents not to vote for him, either.

“I’m going to say, ‘Don’t vote for me and don’t vote for the
city,’” he explained, while describing himself as “somewhat of a libertarian”
who “doesn’t like politicians.”

Dick, a retired U.S. Army officer who served 20 years in the military,
decided to run because he believes that, without the right
council, incorporation will lead to population growth and a lot of
new construction.

“The ultimate act of development is creating a city,” Dick insisted.
The process of running for office turned out to be an eye-opener
for Dick, who was accustomed to wading through bureaucracy in
the military.

“The candidacy process was amazing,” said Dick,
who once served as Operations officer for two military communities
— totaling 8,500 residents — in Germany. “It was like reenlisting in
the military. It was pretty intimidating. I had to take an oath just to
get the paperwork.”

The election will settle the decades-old question of whether
Carmel Valley should incorporate or remain under the jurisdiction
of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. If voters decide to
incorporate, the election will give residents a chance to pick a town
council of five members. The vote will also decide how those council
members would be elected in the future — by district or at-large.

According to Kate McKenna, executive director of the Local Agency
Formation Commission, council members will be elected
at-large in November. She said it would be up to the new council
to pick the town’s first mayor. The new council members would
have their terms staggered, and those receiving the most votes Nov. 3
would receive the longer terms.

In anticipation of the vote, McKenna said LAFCO has made changes
to its web site to make it easier to search for reports and data
pertaining to Carmel Valley’s incorporation.

Last Updated: Jul 17, 09

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