Here are several letters to Editors that were printed in various publications.
Our Readers' Views
As long as mobile car wash businesses in the Conejo Valley do not pose a genuine threat to public health and safety, the outcome of the current battle between fixed and mobile car wash businesses should be decided in the marketplace and not in City Hall.
Notwithstanding the significant investment and tax contributions made by fixed car wash businesses to the local economy, there appears to be a market for low-cost mobile car washing services that cannot be fully met by the fixed car wash facilities... for people who cannot afford the price of time to visit a fixed car wash for for those whose business or lifestyle values the convenience of a mobile car washing service.
Without competition and free enterprise none of us would be able to enjoy the freedom of choice we now have in the products we buy, nor would we be able to enjoy the diversity and convenience of business services such as cable TV, fast food, take-out, delivery, video, copier, business and mailing services, to name a few, that have sprung up over the past few years.
Instead of trying to stifle competition and free enterprise by encouraging government interference and more restrictions, perhaps the fixed car wash businesses in the Conejo Valley should expand their businesses to provide the mobile services which a segment of the public obviously wants and is prepared to pay for, or consider making their existing businesses more competitive.
Further, without the sobering competition offered by mobile car wash units, what's to stop the fixed car washes from raising their prices past the already exorbitant prices many of them are currently charging.
Our car wash question is an issue of rights
The local car-wash lobby and the city council would best be advised that individuals have a civil right to earn a living free from excessive regulation. I think the Washington-based Institute for Justice would love to get involved in this issue. To the mobile wash persons, I wish you good luck and it is my sincere hope that the entrepreneurial spirit is not stymied here in Thousand Oaks.
Government makes business not work
We are forgetting a few very important facts:
The big car washes have a choice too: They can learn how to compete. They can reduce their prices and give better car washes. They can buy better equipment so cars are not scratched, or maybe even offer a hand wash like the mobiles for $5 per wash.
I suggest you leave the mobile car washing alone and not allow the "big guys" to harass them.
Reward and stimulate small business, don't punish them.
Stan L. Weiner,