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Monterey Herald -- Oct. 7, 2009

Recently we received a flier in the mail from the Yes on Measure G Committee. I do wonder why so many politicians, organizations and individuals who do not live in or represent the valley endorse incorporation.

Reports filed with the Elections Department by that committee disclose that they have raised $114,000, even from San Franciscans. LandWatch has sent a solicitation letter that states, "We are calling on LandWatch members, whether they live in Camel Valley or not, to support the campaign financially and to volunteer on the campaign!"

I thought this was supposed to be a local matter decided by the people who live in the valley. What is going on here?

The "Photoshopped" picture showing the houses on the hillside is quite good, but the chances of the valley ever looking like that are zero. The Carmel Valley Master Plan and the updated general plan have already pre-empted overdevelopment by restricting it. More than 92 percent of the allowable development in the valley has already been built, leaving only 7.2 percent available. And, of course, there's always that pesky little problem with where do we get the water.

I urge you to get the facts and vote no on incorporation.

Joan Bizzozero

Last Updated: Oct 07, 09

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