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Ronald and Dianne Bauer, San Juan Capistrano

Who are we? We are your parents and grandparents. We have worked all of our lives to help you, our children, our grandchildren and our friends. We have served in wars, many of us in Korea and/or Vietnam. We volunteer at Mission San Juan Capistrano, Mission Hospital, Mission Thrift and Gift, Saddleback Hospital, the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society, local women’s groups, local churches and with many other various groups in San Juan Capistrano. We are gladly serving the community and are happy to continue to do so.

There are hundreds of us, most over 75 years old, who have signed up to live in the proposed continuing care community. Many of us are already current residents of San Juan Capistrano. We want to downsize from our current houses into smaller and more manageable homes. We will not be adding to the count of additional residents to our community. Because we have worked all of our lives and are getting older, we are tired. We may be alone now, because our loved one has passed on. We would like to live where we feel safe and secure. Many of us are women who are alone. We also know that if we need assisted or nursing care as we get older we can get it at the new community.

There are those of you who are against the building of the community. You say it will add more people, more congestion and destroy the small-town feeling of San Juan Capistrano. We do not want to be a burden to our city, but please try to walk in our shoes. Most of us either do not drive or will not be driving in the next few years. We will not add much to the congestion. We want to live in the continuing care community because we can be taken to our doctors and on outings. They will provide our transportation.

Please walk in our shoes. Please withdraw your petition to stop the building of our new home. It will not impact the city in a negative manner. The senior citizens will benefit our town. We will shop in our stores, eat at our restaurants and volunteer at our schools’ after school clubs, in our churches and other areas. Since many of us are already members of the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society, we will continue to preserve the historical legacy of this town.

Please walk in our shoes and withdraw your petition. Please walk in our shoes and give us a chance to live out our lives in San Juan Capistrano, a place that we love. Please walk in our shoes.

If you have signed the referendum petition and would like to remove your signature, please call San Juan Capistrano City Hall.

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comments (7)

  • Please tell me where I can sign the petition. This development is not in the right place for San Juan. It would have been better placed on the Rancho Capistrano property where it was originally planned. Elections have consequences. Voters agreed this was not an asset. They also voted against back-room politics and deals that were not open to the public.

  • I have lived here in San Juan Capistrano since the early 70s. Traffic congestion is beyond comprehension. Our water supply is threatened by increasing population and an extended “exceptional” drought; Predictions are that California will be out of water within the next 12 to 18 months. I am 76 years-old and a disabled Vietnam veteran, and I agree with Bonnie Benton, that this development is not in the right place for San Juan.

    • Thank you Joanna. Let me add that there are other projects in SJC for seniors. Laguna Glen is NOT the only one. And with the associated costs of even being able to move in to Laguna Glen requires $2Million in personal net worth… it is not for everyone in SJC. You have to make an initial cash deposit of $300,000 to $1,000,000 dollars. In addition, you have to have enough other assets to sustain monthly fees of $3000 to $5000. Only the wealthy will be able to afford to live there. It’s doubtful that many SJC folks will be able to enjoy living there.

  • “Please walk in our shoes” is a pretty strange letter and request and I seriously doubt this letter was written by people who live in this area. The location of this proposed development isn’t near anything to walk to. I have lived here for almost 6 years and all I have seen is new development and these developments are for people with a considerable amount of money. These developments are potentially going to ruin the charm and diversity of SJC and I am starting to wonder where the open space is suppose to be other than the ocean.

    • L. Denton ~ The City is county is counting as open space the large parcel of land they purchased with taxpayer money at the very north extreme of Camino Capistrano formerly known as “Rancho Capistrano”. Laguna Glen was supposed to be there until the railroad refused to grant a crossing.

  • Note the comment, “We will not be adding to the count of additional residents to our community” is completely false.

    Ronald and Dianne Bauer will be selling their existing home, and a new family will be moving in there, adding additional residents to the community. Other residents of Laguna Glen will similarly be giving up homes in SJC, or will be coming in to the community from outside. Either way, Laguna Glen adds 600 or more new residents to our city.

    • And….there will be more. The 100 units set aside for nursing care will be marketed widely at very high rates….that alone will require caregivers, delivery of supplies, skilled nursing personnel, more, and more… have to understand the character and nature of this type of facility.

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