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.