Colleen Edwards, San Juan Capistrano

As I drive down Camino Capistrano to and from work, I can’t help but notice the expansive pool of candidates running for City Council as reflected by the parade of campaign signs. Three incumbents are seeking reelection this year—Larry Kramer, John Taylor and Derek Reeve. The one who uses the green campaign signs, Reeve, is a big red flag in my view.

Reeve is running under the platform “Together, we can fight City Hall.” He has aligned himself with a very small minority faction of serial fault finders. And it is their “fight” he is taking up.

It is certainly not mine. I’m delighted to be living in this great city and grateful to all those who give so much to make it one of the best cities on Earth. It’s probably not your fight either.

As a communications professional, I initially found Reeve’s slogan mildly amusing. I said to myself, “Derek Reeve, you are City Hall. Exactly how does one fight against oneself?”

My amusement was short lived, however.

As a 16-year resident and seasoned business executive, I find Reeve’s approach to politics troubling and flat out wrong. We don’t need fighting amongst our City Council. We need well-informed, unbiased and decisive leadership. We need mature collaboration and constructive problem solving. And we need leaders who represent all, not a small minority with a fight to pick.

We need Larry Kramer and John Taylor.

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  • I disagree Coleen. As I went driving I saw the signs there. (on Del Obispo) I see America fighting back. I see democracy at work. Yes, we can fight city hall is what those signs say to me. This is what Americans are taught to do in Civics 101. If we, as residents do not like city hall connections to big developers in our town, it is our obligation to take up the cause. We can fight city hall. And, that constitutional right is what Derek Reeve has purposed himself to do in this election.
    Did you attend the last city council meeting Coleen? If you did you may have noticed the standing room only crowd of residents angry about the new development in town. We are not a small segment of San Juan Capistrano. Many of us have raised our children here and hope to retire here. But, it was never my dream to live in a retirement village making clay pots. I prefer diversity. Residents fighting for new city leadership have one thing in common, integrity. We cannot be bought. Our city planning commission voted no to rezone the Vermeulen property. Allevato, Kramer and Taylor voted to ignore the city planners and approve the rezone and approve the Spieker development of 500 new homes on Del Obispo. So as I go driving that stretch of roadway I will remind you, this land was made for you and me.

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