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‘Not the kind of leadership’

Carmel Pine Cone – Oct. 30, 2009

Dear Editor,

We now see “handmade” yard signs that say “Just a Town”
— as though it were such a little thing to ask. Funny if it
weren’t so serious. In reality it’s “Just a Department.” A
much smaller request. So why are we forcing everyone in this
40-square-mile valley to compromise their lifestyle so they
can have their own planning and building department?
What about the other departments of a “Town” — Public
works, fire, safety, recreation, historic preservation, economic
development and animal control? Oh, right, they want to
contract out that minutiae.

It’s alarming, though, that the proponents still cling to (at
best) year-old figures and say Carmel Valley has been “stable”
as to property values; never mind that stores continue to
close and home after home is selling short. They call those
who have updated figures, “Chicken Littles.” They refuse to
postpone their drive to incorporate to reevaluate the numbers
and prepare an EIR. According to Strasser Kaufman, it’s a
“crisis”! This is not the kind of rational leadership we should
entrust with the legacy and future of our beautiful valley. I
urge your NO vote on Measure G — let’s return to some
peace and quiet.

Leslie Voss, Carmel Valley

Last Updated: Oct 31, 09

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