Save Carmel Valley . org - Carmel Valley Cityhood Will Go To Vote: November Most Likely Date for Election



Click Analysis

Carmel Valley Cityhood Will Go To Vote: November Most Likely Date for Election

Monterey Herald, 12-2-2008



By LAITH AGHA
Herald Staff Writer

Let the campaigning begin.

More than eight years after the first push to incorporate Carmel Valley, the Local Agency Formation Commission voted 6-1 on Monday to allow the incorporation proposal to be put on the ballot.
Commissioner Ralph Rubio cast the lone dissenting vote.

"It's something we've been working (toward) for almost nine years as a community to get a chance to vote," said incorporation proponent Glenn Robinson. "We'll need to start getting together to come up with a strategy to win the election."

Before Carmel Valley residents can vote on incorporation, the Board of Supervisors must approve it for an election. The next scheduled election is in June, but the matter is not likely to go to a vote until November, said attorney Michael Stamp, who represents the Carmel Valley Forum, the group organized to get incorporation on the ballot.

The area of the proposed town, which is more than 40 square miles, is home to about 12,000 residents. About 7,200 of them are registered voters.

The commission made the decision after holding a special meeting last week to consider the issue, during which about 50 people spoke. Commissioners postponed their decision to Monday, citing an influx of new information that had been presented to them shortly before last week's meeting.
Before voting on whether to allow incorporation to reach the ballot, the commission decided 6-1 to exclude the upscale Tehama community from the town limits and its sphere of influence.
Commissioner Vince DiMaggio, who cast the lone vote against the motion, argued that Tehama should remain in the sphere of influence. Since the northern portion of Tehama is in Monterey's sphere of influence, Commissioner Lou Calcagno expressed concern that the property's owner, Clint Eastwood, would have to contend with two cities for one property.

Incorporation opponent Franklin Lunding said that excluding Tehama from the proposal removes a major financial source for the proposed town, which further diminishes its fiscal viability.
"Tehama has to be in it to be financially viable," Lunding said. "It doesn't make sense anymore. Of course, I never thought it made sense."

As for the opposition's next step, Lunding said that "requires further review."
Each commissioner expressed concerns about Carmel Valley becoming a town. Some commissioners spoke to arguments against incorporation that they found to be faulty. Some questioned the proposed town's fiscal viability, despite an analysis prepared by an independent firm that said the proposed town could support itself financially.

Rubio, mayor of Seaside, said the fiscal study was incomplete, and he questioned the process for determining the proposed town's borders.
"I feel hampered and restricted to gauge the outcome of this proposal," Rubio said. "I have severe reservations regarding this proposal."

DiMaggio, who grew up in Carmel and graduated from Carmel High School, drew on his knowledge of the area to dismiss several arguments posed by the opponents of incorporation, including the claim that residents at the mouth of Carmel Valley identify culturally more with the city of Carmel than with residents of Carmel Valley Village.

"The idea of closer cultural ties between those in the mouth of the valley and those in the city of Carmel is a bit of wishful thinking, and that thought only runs one way," DiMaggio said. "It is certainly not reciprocated back from those in the city, who I've always known to be fiercely proud of their one-square-mile village."

Calcagno voted to allow the matter to be placed on the ballot, but said there was "overwhelming evidence" that approving the proposal goes against the commission's duty to prevent an incorporation proposal loaded with so many questions from moving forward.

"The only good reason to put this on a ballot," he said, "is to avoid the cost of litigation with the proponents ... I'm not comfortable with letting this go forward, (but) I support this."

Laith Agha can be reached at lagha@montereyherald.com or 646-4358.



Last Updated: Dec 07, 08

Most Recent

Final Results Nov. 13, 2009 --Measure G Defeated by 52.52% to 47.48%

Yard Signs and/or Bumper-stickersGet Them While They’re Fresh!FREE! Call Lawrence at 831-238-5058 ...

Poll: Many Oppose C.V. Incorporation

SURVEY CARDS mailed to residents at the mouth of Carmel Valley have a resounding “no...

Irvine to be Flooded with Afforable Housing?

Erika Chavez, Staff WriterOrange County RegisterDespite lawsuits and appeals, the City of Irvine is ...

Housing Mandates in California

By Lawrence SamuelsIn 2002, the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) determined the ...