Thursday, October 8, 1998
Scoop on DuVal's
There's been a lot of speculation as to why DuVal's Restaurant recently closed its doors in Carmel Valley (Sept. 24). The facts are quite simple: The owner of Los Laureles Lodge and I disagreed on some important points, and it was my choice--and, I think, best for all concerned--to leave.
Just as soon as the right location is found, DuVal's Restaurant will reopen. Once again, DuVal's will serve the best barbecue in the world, and I will sing for my friends. I'm really looking forward to this, and I hope my friends are, too.
I want to sincerely thank all of the wonderful people who supported me during my time in Carmel Valley. I hope to see their smiling faces again as soon as DuVal's finds a place it can call home.
Congratulations to Coast Weekly on its 10 year anniversary and selection of sample letters. Your staff and writers have set a good model for tackling local issues in some depth and recognizing water wars as a major action arena.
Thanks for citing my Dec. 1991 letter on water wars and my pitch about the syndromes that exist with our water politicians who impede logical solutions such as the SOB (save our butts) syndrome. We seem to still be fighting the same old battles without much forward vision.
Our water and sewage agencies are now so entangled in protecting questionable decisions by the boards, and separately by the ingrained staffs for their own protection and longevity that forward progress is pitifully negative.
Unfortunately, we will continue losing the water wars on this Central Coast as long as the people, and customers, tolerate sub-standard production and progress on these serious water battle grounds. The track record of most of our water and sewage agencies has not kept up with progress in Cyberspace and the Internet Silicon Valley Nerds these past two decades. When are we going to reorganize the system and battle strategy? A good subject for some in depth investigation by CW?
WM. C. WOODWORTH
Smith on Request Only
Anyone driving through Seaside since the beginning of this month has witnessed the blooming of the political season--colorful political signs sprouting everywhere.
As an honorable candidate for mayor, I want to make my policy about yard signs completely clear. My campaign is only installing signs that have been requested. Every "Jerry Smith for Mayor of Seaside" sign you see is one the resident or businessowner has requested.
It has been reported that several of my signs were removed from yards overnight. I am respectfully requesting that those signs be returned and that no more be disturbed. I believe such unfair acts will only detract from the appropriate issues of the campaign.
Some callers requesting a "Jerry Smith for Mayor of Seaside" sign report that other candidates' signs were installed in their yards without their knowledge or request. I hope replacement by my sign will send a message to those other candidates.
This letter is a heart-felt "thank you" to all those who believe in my campaign enough to place a sign in their yard. If anyone wishes to have a "Jerry Smith for Mayor of Seaside" sign removed or installed, please call my campaign office at 583-9956, and either request will be honored as soon as possible.
Yes on Prop. 4
I urge everyone who cares about animals and about our natural environment to vote yes on Proposition 4 on Nov. 3. This proposition will ban body-gripping traps for the fur trade in California. The indiscriminate killer poisons compound 1080 and sodium cyanide would also be outlawed.
Last year, over 24,000 bobcats, beavers, foxes, and other fur-bearing animals were killed by these traps. Thousands more fur-bearing, non-target animals also die in these traps each year.
Please join me in voting Yes on Proposition 4 this Nov. 3.
TERENCE B. ZITO
Jordan for Mayor
It has been said history doesn't just happen. People make it happen. Our history is filled with heroic stories of brave pioneers who weren't afraid to dream big and blaze a trail in pursuit of their goals. That's the spirit that made America great. We need more of it today, especially among our political leaders. I see that spirit in Mayor Don Jordan. Mayor Jordan has devoted endless amounts of time and energy working to rebuild and beautify our community and has been successful at many things. Bringing respect and credibility to this community is just one. Balanced the budget while restoring the 40-hour workweek. Even crime is way down.
I will proudly vote for Mayor Jordan on Nov.3.
Corrections and Clarifications
Monterey mayoral candidate Vince Nordstrom called to tell us that he's not "twentysomething" as we stated last week. He's er...thirtysomething.