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Recall Group Will Seek a Council Majority in November Election

We recently reported that the group attempting to recall San Juan Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato abandoned their recall effort.  That’s not to say that they are giving up on their efforts.  In an article posted on the Community Common Sense web site, one of the recall group’s volunteers explained the reason why the recall effort was halted and how the group intends to proceed:

As an all-volunteer group of residents, even if we could compete with the vast monies donated by Allevato’s special interests, we realize that the “kick out” rate would likely eliminate the possibility of proceeding with the recall. Coupled with the ongoing intimidation tactics by Councilmen Allevato, Kramer and Taylor in order to stop citizens from signing the recall petition, the recall committee has decided to focus their energies instead on the November election. The goal is to replace Councilmen Kramer and Taylor with candidates who are not indebted to developers, unions, consultants, lobbyists and others whose profits and economic interests depend on favorable votes by these council majority members while everyday residents pay the price through increased traffic, water rates and fees.

[Emphasis ours.]  In our opinion, there was never a compelling reason to pursue a costly, divisive and burdensome recall election.  That is not to say that there aren’t serious issues facing the residents of San Juan Capistrano.  After all, a well-contested general election is what local politics is all about!  Voters will have their say this November and those same issues will no doubt be central to the campaign.  We’re betting that this is going to be an election season for the ages in San Juan.  Stay tuned.

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