As I see it: Unmasking anti-Target candidates
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Oct 17, 2008 | 277 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print

The City Council election is drawing near, and the issue of Target locating in Scotts Valley is clearly an election issue.

And Paul Bach said in a recent Press-Banner article (July 18) that he knows of at least three anti-Target candidates who are looking to run for seats.

Who are they?

We know for sure one is Frank Kertai. But as a councilman, Frank cannot, under the law, represent the anti-Target voters because of the proximity of his residence to the proposed Target site. In fact, if he is elected, he would have to leave the council chambers during any agenda discussions about Target and could not vote on the matter.

That leaves Chuck Walker and Caryn Machado. They will not publicly admit their opposition to Target because it would jeopardize their ability to vote on and discuss Target if elected. That is true for all the candidates.

But Bach has signed the nomination papers for both Walker and Machado. Candidates must actively solicit signatures to run for council. Seeking out Bach to sign their papers leads me to believe they agree with him that Target is a terrible thing for Scotts Valley.

Furthermore, Machado has implied that Scotts Valley has veered off track with the proposed development at the edge of town.

Walker plans to solve the budget shortfall by eliminating public services and programs. His solution to promote special events to cover a yearly deficit of up to $1 million is laughable.

If he has some plan that would raise hundreds of thousands of dollars, why did he not suggest it to the school district as a board member the past four years as the schools struggled for dollars?

In my opinion, over the next four years, the declining revenues that determine city services, levels of law enforcement, safe streets and parks is the bigger issue.

A longtime Scotts Valley resident who retired this year as city manager, Chuck Comstock has been a close observer of and participant in civic affairs. He can be contacted at charles

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