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Last Visit To Alaska
By Neil Gray


August 30, 2006

I'm sure Alaskans will not loose any sleep over Peter James' decision not to return to Alaska to visit. He strikes me as being an individual who would complain about anything, anyway.

Seeing that he is from Coronado makes it even more interesting. Coronado is a community where the median price of a home is $1.2 million and median household income is $82,200. Coronado is the home of North Island Naval Air Station, and a prime center for tourists with their six beaches.

There is a 7.7% sales tax in Coronado, and an 8% transient occupancy rate for their hotel rooms. The price of regular gas might be listed at $2.95 a gallon, but that's on the Navy base. Around town it runs closeer to $3.29. So you see, it's not cheap in "their" world either.

Coronado is a nice, ritzy, expensive little elite corner off San Diego. I just don't think Mr. James appreciates the "real" living Alaska affords it's residents. Not Alaskan's fault the state was smart enough to get some residuals on oil money for everybody.

By the way, there is a Proposition 87 coming up on a California ballot pushing for taxing oil in California. They site Texas and Alaska as examples, and are saying if they can do it, why shouldn't California?

He is definately an uninfomred person about several issues dealing with Alaska. That's what happens I guess when you live the high life style in Coronado.

The bridge from San Diego to Coronado was a toll bridge up until a couple of years ago.

Neil Gray
Lakeside, CA - USA


About: "California resident (NOT in Coronado), but heart is still in Ketchikan and Alaska"


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