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Donna Fleming, San Juan Capistrano
Dear Mr. Bourne,
Last month, residents of San Juan Capistrano stood and watched as you brought in folk wearing blue T-shirts to speak for your Laguna Glen senior development at our San Juan Capistrano City Council meeting. They had no idea what to say, but you had them arrive at 2:30 p.m. so you could tell them what to say. Using your communication skills … you coached your flock on talking points. You were even so kind to provide a box lunch for your people. But you left residents standing for over six hours and no box lunch. Was that considerate to residents? Despite the long wait, residents of SJC waited until 10 p.m. to take the podium and give their three minutes on why they opposed this project.
You have today blanketed our town with a letter touting the benefits of your very large “knock your socks off” development. But, you neglected to mention what you will take away.
You have lied to us Mr. Bourne. Your Laguna Glen development will affect the traffic. It will create a drain on our infrastructure. And we do not have the water to support this very large project. Over and above the very obvious things that your development impacts, you will take away a piece of old San Juan Capistrano and a part of the peace and tranquility on the 35-acre parcel behind Armstrong Gardens. Once big developers start, this town will never be the same.
You know very well that the residents and the city planners overwhelmingly do not want Laguna Glen in San Juan Capistrano. You were able to get the rezone through with the help of Sam Allevato. That will not happen again. Laguna Glen has become Sam’s Waterloo.
Some things cannot be bought Mr. Bourne. Respect is one of those things.