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Capistrano Taxpayers Association Provides Update on Water Rate Litigation

Community Common Sense has published an update on the water rate litigation, written by one of the founders of the Capistrano Taxpayers Association, the group that filed the lawsuit alleging that San Juan Capistrano’s tiered water rate structure was invalid and violated California’s Prop 218. After CTA won in the trial court, the City has [...]

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 [...]

Latest Legal Battle Over Capistrano Newspaper Ban

The Capistrano Dispatch has the latest round in the litigation over the San Juan Capistrano newspaper ban. From the Dispatch:

Attorneys for a local newspaper that sued the city of San Juan Capistrano over a closed-session decision to remove news racks at city properties are challenging an attempt to remove three council members and the [...]

Judge to San Juan: Restore the News Racks

We have been fairly clear in our opposition to the San Juan Capistrano newspaper ban. See here for example. We were pleased when the City Council voted to propose a settlement to Community Common Sense, a vocal political group that publishes one of the banned newspapers. Unfortunately, the proposal was not acceptable to CCS and [...]

San Juan City Council Votes to Repeal Newspaper Ban

The San Juan Capistrano City Council has voted to repeal a ban on newspapers at City Hall and the City-owned Community Center. It is proposing to repeal the ban in order to settle the lawsuit brought by the publishers of Community Common Sense, a newspaper that has been critical of the current Council majority. The [...]

Newspaper Sues SJC Over Ban

And now there is this: Newspaper Sues City over San Juan Capistrano News Rack Ban.

A lawyer for Community Common Sense, an advocacy paper often critical of the City Council majority, filed a lawsuit … in Orange County Superior Court Monday. The defendants ‚Äúviolate the constitutional right of every resident in SJC to access and [...]

Is a San Juan City Councilman Facing a Recall?

In a recent blog article, a group calling themselves “Residents For Honest Government” is threatening to serve recall papers on San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Sam Allevato at the Council meeting tonight. There is some discussion of the potential recall on the SJC Patch, as well. Based on those articles and comments, and based on [...]