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— Jeff Vasquez, San Juan Capistrano 

My opponent is desperately trying to discredit me in an attempt to win the District 4 election. The latest from his pro-big development supporters is that I have falsely stated the Ilse Byrnes has endorsed me for San Juan Capistrano City Council.

Ilse and I have been friends for 40 years.  As the author the Los Rios Historic District Register, she has devoted much of her life to historic preservation in town.  She is opposed to the River Street project in the Los Rios Historic District.

Ilse recognizes that this plan and other projects in town, owned by the same developer, will destroy our historic charm. These are massive projects that will generate upwards of 7100 vehicle trips per day, creating more gridlock on Del Obispo and Alipaz Street.

Ilse was even threatened with a lawsuit by Derek Reeve and Kerry Ferguson because of her support of their recall. She did not back down, and neither did we.

So, you have to ask yourself why are friends of big development like Taylor and the Scoop, a ridiculous publication filled with false statements, spending so much money and effort to discredit Jeff Vasquez?  Well, I served on the San Juan Capistrano City Council for 4 years. I know the difference between a lie and the truth. I understand the magnitude of these developments and their impacts.  Most residents do not have the time to participate in government and rely on council members to make decisions for them. These decisions will have a direct effect on the lives of San Juan Capistrano residents.

Yes, I have provided a signed document by Ilse, stating that she does endorse my candidacy. Go to my website at You can hear her endorsement.  Watch our videos at Save Los Rios Historic District on You will soon realize that what is happening in the Los Rios Historic District will soon happen to our downtown.  You should all be alarmed. With your vote, I can make a difference.  Go to  and listen to Ilse speak about her love for the town. Then you decide who is telling the truth.

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