Sam Allevato, Mayor of San Juan Capistrano
All municipal elections are important as this is the closest relationship that the voting public has to its elected officials.
This coming election is especially important because there is a clear choice of voting for the continued, healthy recovery of our town or reverting to a simplistic approach of just saying “no” to everything as practiced by Councilman Derek Reeve and his two running mates—Pam Patterson and Kerry Ferguson.
With no help from Reeve or Councilman Roy Byrnes, the council majority, including: myself, John Taylor and Larry Kramer, has shown positive leadership by revitalizing our downtown, increasing our reserves to more than $10 million, cutting pension costs, reducing staff and the budget and, yet, governing a city with a low crime rate, abundant open space and real traffic improvements (i.e. Camino Capistrano, Ortega Interchange, and others, not just the empty rhetoric espoused by these three about doing nothing).
San Juan is truly at a crossroads. We now have long-time property owners that want to invest in our community and provide goods and services for our residents. Are all these projects perfect? Of course not. I believe these property owners should be treated with due respect and not demonized as some kind of evil outside developer, as the home you live in was probably built by someone else.
Larry Kramer and John Taylor have taken the initiative to at least look at the possibilities—the pros and cons, benefits and costs—of bringing new vitality to our town by private investment. The private sector creates jobs and pays property and sales tax that then can be used to provide more police services, fire protection, paved roads and to keep our town healthy and growing, not lethargic and stagnant.
The opposition of Reeve, Patterson and Ferguson want you to simply accept “no.” Reeve has consistently voted “no” to support after-school programs at the Boys & Girls Club, “no” to emergency electrical generation at City Hall, “no” to the dog park, Reata Park, etc., “no” to the Sheriff’s Department contract (because he can’t get a concealed weapons permit), “no” to providing clean drinking water to you and “no” to so many other items that it would fill this paper.
This complete lack of leadership and his “no’s” are never followed with constructive answers, only demonizing the council majority. Now, he wants you to follow him and his two tag-alongs with pushing our town towards blight and stagnation.
Reeve actually represented a group adverse to the interests of this city that sued the city and complained the majority has caused these lawsuits. This issue is currently being investigated by the state Attorney General’s Office, but I ask you—don’t you see a moral conflict of interest for someone to represent an organization that acts against the interest of the very city that he is sworn to protect?
Please don’t buy the misstatements, exaggerations and uninformed rhetoric of Reeve and his ilk. Vote for positive and responsible progress by voting for Taylor and Kramer this Nov. 4.