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Incorporation Not Liked

Carmel Pine Cone, Dec. 5, 2008



Dear Editor,

In reference to Lorraine Surprenant’s letter, what does Lawrence Samuel’s Libertarian persuasion have to do with the false story of a prison in the valley? It doesn’t. It’s just one more in a series of character attacks that seem to have a common fingerprint, a politics of poison that no one wants.

In fact, not a single residential association in the Carmel Valley Master Plan area supports incorporation. Most valley and coastal property owners don’t like city politics and have little respect for the group pushing them. City promoters have delayed the LAFCO process for two years with a lawsuit, burdened taxpayers with hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid bills and legal expenses, and have denied the community a much-needed EIR.

Property owners don’t like the character attacks directed at the board of supervisors, LAFCO commissioners and the opponents of incorporation. With hundreds of cities going bankrupt, they don’t want to be the next. They don’t want the thousands of new traffic trips generated from a city hall, city housing projects and tourism promotion. They don’t want to assume hundred of millions of dollars of deferred capital investment needed for the valley’s infrastructure. In short, they don’t want the enormous impact a city would impose on their communities — politically, financially, socially and environmentally. And finally, they don’t want to be dragged into expensive and perpetual incorporation elections every two years.

Robert A. Sinotte
Carmel



Last Updated: Dec 07, 08

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