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Councilman Kramer might think it crazy, but I’ve been steadfast with my campaign promises
By Derek Reeve, San Juan Capistrano City Councilman
While our city leaders may routinely disagree on issues, there is nevertheless the expectation of the public and others that the council will remain respectful and civil with each other.
Unfortunately, that has never been the case for the majority of our city council and particularly Councilman Larry Kramer.
In a recent article in The Dispatch (“New Water Rates Will Set the City on an Upward Path,” June 27-July 10), Councilman Kramer lambasted Councilman Roy Byrnes and me for senselessness and political posturing. His reason? Simply because we disagree with his vote to increase your water rates by more than 30 percent.
This is nothing new for Councilman Kramer. He previously allied himself with radical fringe groups to condemn me for the names of my dogs, publicly called my wife and I bad parents, and he conspired with establishment Orange County RINOs (Republican In Name Only) and a liberal legislator from Northern California to fraudulently induce the attorney general to investigate me for arguing that Kramer’s illegal vote to ban newspapers was itself a violation of the Constitution, just to name a few.
Despite his lack of decorum, he got one thing right. I have never raised taxes or fees. I never have nor will I in the future. I thank him for this moment of accuracy.
This has in fact been a steadfast and consistent position of mine for the past four years. As a liberal politician, Kramer regards this position as crazy and bizarre. However, it is a pledge many Republican candidates for office make. The sad truth is most Republicans fail to keep their word. This was my primary motivation for running for council four years ago. I was tired of supporting candidates who would say one thing and then violate their campaign promises soon after they were elected. I am proud that I have never broken a campaign promise.
Not only have I fought tax and fee increases, and supported tax reductions when the opportunity arose, I even advocated eliminating the needless business licenses, a tax that Kramer supports.
Kramer continues to advocate for taxpayer bonds, taxing downtown parking and a new ordinance that would criminally penalize water usage on top of his 30 percent water rate increase. He refuses to acknowledge that alternatives exist. Why raise taxes when we can simply cut spending? Government does not have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem.
City leaders set a poor example by bullying those who simply disagree with them. Degrading fellow council members and insulting their family is contemptible. While my term on the city council is near conclusion, I urge people to vote for leaders who keep their word and reject spendthrift bullies. Always remember: Together, we can fight City Hall.
Derek Reeve has been a resident of San Juan Capistrano since 1998 and has served on the City Council since 2010. He is a husband and father of two children, who currently attend school in San Juan Capistrano. Professionally, Reeve is an attorney who has been a member of the California State Bar Association since 1996. He is a constitutional scholar and graduate of the University of Southern California, as well as Claremont Graduate University.
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