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No ‘Dirty Tricks’

Carmel Pine Cone, Jan. 29, 2010

Regarding Lorraine Surprenant’s Jan. 22 letter: the anti-city campaign did not use dirty tricks. We warned Carmel Valley voters of the many possible "risks" associated with becoming a city. We never used the word “mandated.” Instead we cited the high probabilities of unintentional consequences, especially on the subject of sewers since all cities on the Monterey Peninsula had to eventually go over to a public sewer system after incorporation.

As for flood insurance, it was LAFCO commissioner and County Supervisor, Louis Calcagno who warned, “Residents are likely to pay 33 percent higher rate for flood insurance … after incorporation.”

Concerning a change of our addresses, if incorporation had passed, people’s mailing address would eventually change to “Town of Carmel Valley” to offset all of the confusion of where a resident actually lived. That’s a no brainer.

Cityhood proponents had plenty of money to make their case, getting funds from as far away as Kansas and Washington state. A few days before election, the proponents were up to $220,000 in funding, while opponents had raised only $30,000.

The voters decided against incorporation by almost 53%. It was a hard-fought campaign and I wish we can all just go back to living our lives, minus any more disruptive politics.

-Lawrence Samuel, Carmel Valley

Last Updated: Jan 31, 10

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