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Making improvements to King City

I was delighted to see your front-page photo of the new Welcome to King City sign that has been placed on property next to King City Veterinary Hospital on South First Street (“Visitors Welcome,” Oct. 7, page A1, King City Rustler).

I appreciate that Dr. Tim Cheney worked with the City of King to allow the sign to be placed in a location that every driver will see. It is attractive and duplicates the sign at Broadway and San Antonio Drive next to the only stoplight in town.

This is just one example of how King City businesses have taken steps that are improving our town.

I still appreciate the effort that Chevron Gas Station owner Larry Trevino made years ago placing a vinyl mural on the side of his building on South First Street. That sign announces King City as the entryway to the east and west side of Pinnacles National Park. The mural was installed and paid for by Mr. Trevino in cooperation with the city and years later it still looks good.

The El Pueblo Market at 315 Broadway and the Shopette at the southwest corner of First and Broadway are examples of property owners who have allowed King City in Bloom to place beautiful murals on the sides of their buildings. These works of art, designed by Jennifer Beebe Hargrove, have added beauty to our town as well as celebrated our historic past with themes of agriculture, the railroad, our founder Charles King and our connection to the family of prize-winning author John Steinbeck.

Then all you have to do is come farther west on Broadway to see how wind art has enhanced our town. First O’Reilly Auto Parts installed wind sculptures at their corner of Canal and Broadway to celebrate our Salinas Valley wind. They were followed a while later by Sun Street Centers at the southeast corner of Mildred and Broadway.

I say “hooray” for independent companies and individuals who realize that they can do something that makes a difference and improve our town. I look forward to seeing what other business owners will do.

Karen Jernigan
King City

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