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P.G. example of why not to incorporate

Monterey Herald, Sept. 4, 2009

The article Sunday about a couple in Pacific Grove receiving a $435 citation after a neighbor complained about the noise tells me why Carmel Valley should not incorporate.

Whenever another layer of government is imposed upon us, with the best of intentions, new laws are passed. However, laws have unintended consequences. The noise ordinance and for that matter, the tree ordinance, in Pacific Grove criminalize behavior that should be settled in a civilized, sensible manner.

In Carmel Valley, we might see the passage of a fireplace ban, ban on burn season, and a host of other rules that might be applicable to certain parts of Carmel Valley, but not to others. You may be in favor of a given set of candidates, but they can be replaced in another election. Pacific Grove points to the perils of incorporation.

Xavier K. Maruyama

Last Updated: Sep 04, 09

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