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Town of C.V. won't have real control

Monterey Herald -- Aug. 22, 2009

Concerning Barry Harrow's letter on Aug. 12: Cities have lost much of the local control they once prided themselves on. For instance, the city of Irvine recently lost a court case involving local land-use controls. That city has been ordered to accommodate 35,000 housing units, including 21,000 deemed "affordable," all within five years.

Despite lawsuits and appeals, the city of Irvine has been overruled by the Southern California Association of Government. A city of Carmel Valley could be put under the same external controls by AMBAG, and forced to allow hundreds of new housing units.

Somewhere between 50 to 60 percent of most city budgets in California are controlled by state and federal mandates. Centralization has supplanted any semblance of local, city control. The ideal that a city will somehow give us better governance is illusive.

Lawrence Samuels

Last Updated: Aug 22, 09

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