Mayor Allevato responds to a resident’s letter
By Sam Allevato, San Juan Capistrano Mayor
I am responding to Mr. Jim Schneider’s letter to the editor that appeared in The Dispatch (“I Want Answers, Mr. Allevato,” December 27, 2013). In this letter, Mr. Schneider requested answers to several issues primarily dealing with the Groundwater Recovery Plant.
I can tell you, Mr. Schneider, the GWRP is now operating at a very efficient level, providing millions of gallons of drinking water daily at a cost less than what we pay for imported Metropolitan Water District Water per acre foot.
The GWRP provides us with the requisite seven days storage capacity. This production capacity is comparable to the city having to locate and building three or four additional storage tanks, which would have come with a much higher price tag.
I believe my decision making is something residents should consider, that is during the election cycle. This is what occurred slightly over a year ago when thousands of residents voted me back into office for my third full term.
This current recall attempt by a small group of residents seeks to disenfranchise those voters’ decisions and is motivated purely by politics. Recalls should be reserved for public officials that have violated the law, committed ethical violations and such, not on one’s voting record.
I am embarrassed for my wonderful city because of this unnecessary and wasteful recall attempt. The true embarrassment is that this recall attempt will cost our residents $100,000 for a special election in July or August, just months before the general election in November. Why not wait until November and allow the electorate to exercise their vote on a candidate’s voting record and decision-making?
Sam Allevato has lived in San Juan Capistrano for more than 37 years. He is currently serving his third term as mayor and was first appointed to the council in March 2004.