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Carmel Pine Cone -- Jan. 17, 2003



Dear Editor:



Yes, Glenn Robinson is correct. Valley Watch is not conducting a scientific survey of registered voters. Instead, we’re conducting an extensive survey of Carmel Valley property owners – the folks who would foot the bill for a Carmel Valley City. Of those responding (at last count), 88 percent do not want a city nor do they want an expensive study. Most property owners need only to look around the Peninsula.

The unincorporated Carmel Valley has remained largely rural, while cash-starved cities have been forced to promote tourism and encourage development. The vast majority of surveyed participants don’t want their community in partnership with the tourism/hospitality industry (which would generate 60 percent or more of CV City’s projected operating revenues). They don’t want politicians salivating for every revenue-generating hotel, hotel expansion or development. They don’t want to choose between growth or special road assessments or some combination of both (the first feasibility study couldn’t find road money otherwise). They just plain don’t want a 14-mile-long city – the one Glenn Robinson, George Bohlert and Fran Farina conceived and are now abandoning to live elsewhere.

With only 6 percent of Valley survey participants wanting a city, there ought to be a way to both unite the Valley and preserve its regionally rural character without mangling it into an unpopular and enormously stretched-out municipality.


Joan Bizzozero, Robert Sinotte





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