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Opposition to Incorporation is "Overwhelming"

Carmel Pine Cone, May 6, 2005

Dear Editor:

Three property associations at the mouth of the valley have voted overwhelmingly against incorporation and filed declarations of opposition. Even Glen Robinson’s own village and neighborhood are strongly opposed. And only a small percentage of Robinson’s “oldest and largest association” (letters, April 22) has expressed support for his “town.” So why does this political scientist and Palestinian expert seem so preoccupied with the mouth of the valley 12 miles away? And why the vicious attack on individuals and groups?

Just as the Palestinians wouldn’t want him meddling in their affairs, we don’t want him meddling in ours. The vast majority of us don’t want his city or his politics.

We also don’t buy his “sky is falling” campaign. In the last 20 years, the valley has enjoyed one of the lowest growth rates and the lowest densities in the state. It’s also a real stretch to suggest that shoppers signing Robinson’s petition a few years ago endorsed anything other than “looking into it.”

We would suggest that Robinson concentrate on the overwhelming opposition in his own neighborhood and on the other 81 percent of his association. Forcing three communities – the Village, mid Valley and the unincorporated Carmel area – into a giant, tourist-dependent city has no viable support.

George Ferguson,

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