By Jack Chestek, San Juan Capistrano
I read Jonathan Volzke was voting for Sam Allevato. His justification is basically “while long-term incumbency can sometimes be a detriment, a lack of council experience can be just as bad or even worse.”
Sam Allevato is simply not qualified to rerun for our City Council. After nine years, Mr. Allevato still doesn’t understand the basics of our water service and spending taxpayers’ bucks. Our City Hall is being sued for gouging residents on water charges approved by Mr. Allevato “during his watch.”
Mr. Allevato won’t or can’t explain how city debt climbed to some number between $200 million and $300 million of red ink “during his watch.”
Mr. Allevato likes to deal with developers more than residents. My example here is the La Novia development.
Mr. Allevato is totally in the dark on the subject of traffic flow in this town.
Again Sam Allevato is a nice guy, but he doesn’t have the knowledge or management skills to be a City Council member.
I can’t say I have been following Mr. Allevato’s career, but I happen to notice the projects he takes on or appears interested in don’t seem to go anywhere, like the Great Park in Irvine, the extension of the 241 Toll Road, putting La Plata through to San Clemente and removing the Ortega “choke point” for the benefit of the ranch—not this town.
After nine years something should have changed. Sam you had a good run, and it’s okay to retire.