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No need for Carmel Valley to incorporate

Monterey Herald -- Aug. 19, 2009

As a resident of Carmel Valley, mortgage banker and former homeowners' association board member, I would like to address the "myths" of incorporation.

First myth. "Incorporation is desired by the residents." Ninety percent of my neighbors, by a vote of our association, do not want to incorporate.

Second myth. "Incorporation will stop big development and developers." How much big development has there been in the past 10 years? Virtually none.

Third myth. "There are a number of major developments in the planning stages." Chances of these projects obtaining financing in the next five years, virtually none.

Fourth myth. "By incorporating, new major development will not happen." Monterey had recent major developments, Monterra and Pasadera. The Monterra developers are facing foreclosure. The Pasadera golf course is looking for a buyer.

The new city manager of Del Rey Oaks said recently that new development is key to the survival of the city.

Carmel Valley residents are very aware of the financial situation of the surrounding cities and have been excellent watchdogs and stewards of our wonderful valley. There is no need to incorporate.

David Wheeler

Carmel Knolls

Last Updated: Aug 19, 09

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