PUBLIC LETTER: Sam Farr, we are so disappointed in you

8 former and current supervisors share their response to Sam Farr’s comments regarding Measure Q

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Dear Sam Farr,

Without staff, you are no longer able to keep the facts straight, and whoever wrote the Measure Q endorsement for you has done you a huge disservice.

First, you – as former Monterey County Supervisor (1975-1980) – freely criticize the San Benito County Board on land use decisions in our pristine county. However, we think you forgot… you live in Carmel in Monterey County, not Hollister in San Benito County. The view from Hollister is quite different from Carmel, and we checked – you’re not registered to vote in San Benito County.

Second, Monterey County Regional Waste Management – ​​now ReGen Monterey, also known as Marina Landfill – has a long history of collecting waste from Santa Clara County and now San Benito County.

Additionally, during your time on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, you licensed housing and golf courses on undisturbed coastal land, as well as major traffic-inducing housing projects throughout your county.

You seem to think that your effort to make Pinnacles a national park is the best thing ever. The facts are that Monterey County has received the bulk of the funding with a first class visitor center and business growth plans all around the entrance which cannot happen in San Benito with the passage of Measure Q. You say San Benito County should rely on tourism for our economic development, but under Measure Q, a proposed hotel in our wine country would require a people’s vote. What hotel company is going to risk this? Perhaps you can refer us to the Pebble Beach Lodge Company.

Sam, when you represented San Benito County in Congress, we couldn’t get you to take a stand on anything. Now you seem to think we want to know what you think?

Sam Farr, it’s time for you to truly retreat to your home in Carmel and let the leaders and citizens of San Benito County determine our future.

Signed by Past and Current Supervisors of San Benito County:

Margie Barrios (2008-2012)

Anthony Botelho (2004-2020)

Bea Gonzales (2020-present)

Mike Graves (1984-1996)

Marc Medina (2016-2021)

Reb Monaco (2002-2010)

Richard Square (1996-2000)

Bob Tiffany (2020–present)

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