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Two more candidates beat deadline for C.V. race

Carmel Pine Cone, Aug. 14, 2009



By CHRIS COUNTS

JUST BEFORE the Aug. 7 filing deadline, two
more candidates — one against incorporation and the
other undecided — joined the crowded race for Carmel
Valley town council.

Thomas C. White III, whose resume includes a stint
as Monterey County treasurer, and retired military officer
John Barry Smith announced their bids for public office.
The vote for town council will happen Nov. 3, the
same day Carmel Valley residents decide if they want
to incorporate their community. If the town is created,
the council will be, too, with the five highest-vote-getting
candidates taking office. If incorporation fails, the
votes for council won’t mean anything.

White, who lives at Hacienda Carmel, is particularly
worried about the impact incorporation could have
on the retirement community’s flood insurance rating.

“It’s going to cost us between $71,500 and $232,000 as a
result of increased flood insurance premiums,” explained
White, who has lived in Carmel Valley off and on since 1955.
That would happen, he said, because insurance companies
would then consider Carmel Valley an “urban community.’”
Despite opposing incorporation, White insists he will
“diligently serve the city” if he gets enough votes to serve on
its council.

While many Carmel Valley residents are still undecided
about incorporation, all but one of the candidates are taking
strong stances for or against creating a town. Smith, though,
counts himself among those who haven’t made up their
minds.

“I think there are a lot of people on the fence,” said Smith,
who served 10 years in the U.S. Navy as an airplane navigator
and crewman, and 10 years in the U.S. Army as an audiologist
working with communication disorders.

Regardless of how he stands on incorporation, Smith
believes he’ll make a good town council member.

“It’s better to light a single candle than curse the darkness,”
suggested Smith, who moved to Carmel Valley in
1988. “Instead of complaining, I decided to get involved and
see if I can help improve things.”

Seemingly rejecting claims a new city would simply add
another layer of unnecessary bureaucracy, Smith said supporters
and opponents of incorporation have something in
common.

“I think we all want less government,” he added. “So the
choice is: Do we want to be governed by strangers or people
we know?”

Also running for town council are proponents Amy
Anderson, Glenn Robinson, Karin Strasser Kauffman, Larry
Bacon and Pricilla Walton. Anti-incorporation candidates
include Noël Jensen, Savva Vassiliev, Michael Addison,
Lawrence Samuels, Lee Lightfoot, Jacob Odello, Ernie
Bizzozero and Scott Dick.

Incorporation proponents have long lobbied for a public
debate on the issue, and they’ll get their chance Saturday,
Aug. 15, when the Hacienda Carmel community hosts what
will likely be the first of many discussions about whether the
Town of Carmel Valley should be created.

Town council candidates Glenn Robinson and Amy
Anderson will defend incorporation, while candidate Mike
Addison and outspoken incorporation opponent Bob Sinotte
will argue why creating a Town of Carmel Valley is not a
good idea.

The debate will begin at 3 p.m. Hacienda Carmel is located
on Via Mallorca on the south side of Carmel Valley Road,
about 1.5 miles east of Highway 1.



Last Updated: Aug 14, 09

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