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San Juan Welcomes New Council, Names Derek Reeve as New Mayor

From the City of San Juan Capistrano:

The City Council on Tuesday selected Derek Reeve to serve as Mayor and Pam Patterson, Esq. as Mayor Pro Tem for 2015 during its annual reorganization. This is the first mayoral stint for Council Member Reeve, who was first elected to office in 2010. Voters re-elected him and [...]

Big Issues on the San Juan City Council Agenda Tonight

There is an important City Council meeting scheduled for tonight in San Juan Capistrano. On the agenda are several items that are generating a lot of resident input and opinion.

First, on the agenda is a two year renewal of the management agreement between the City of San Juan Capistrano and Blenheim Facility Management, LLC [...]

Register Article on San Juan Election

Read the Register’s take on the San Juan City Council election here. Interesting quote from Sam Allevato where he hints that he might be pondering retirement.

UPDATE (11/7): We’ve heard that at Coffee Chat this morning, Allevato confirmed that he would serve out his term in office.

South Orange County Post-Election Roundup

Want the roundup of the local elections that impact South Orange County? Here you go:

Orange County’s Fifth District has a new Supervisor in former Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett who defeated Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming to replace Patricia Bates. Bates easily defeated Ladera Ranch Civic Council member Gary Kephart and will represent the [...]

San Juan Capistrano City Council Candidates Forum

Courtesy of Cox Communications and the South Orange County Economic Coalition, below is a televised forum among the candidates for City Council of San Juan Capistrano.

According to Cox, “Cox Communications, in partnership with the South Orange County Economic Coalition, is proud to present the Decision 2014 Candidate Forum Series. The Series is provided [...]

SJC Councilman Larry Kramer Named to Lead San Juan Basin Authority

Some news regarding leadership changes at the San Juan Basin Authority, the local agency that manages a key component of the South Orange groundwater supply:

Capistrano Councilman Kramer to Lead Basin Authority with SMWD Director Olson

San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Larry Kramer on Tuesday was selected to lead the San [...]

SJC Campaign Finance Disclosures at the Dispatch

If you are the type of voter who wants to know how much the candidates have raised and who is donating to the campaigns, the Capistrano Dispatch has compiled that information for you here. Candidates are required to disclose donations in excess of $100, and San Juan Capistrano limits individual campaign donations to $500.


SJC Candidates Answer Questions from the Capistrano Dispatch

We previously encouraged you to read the Dana Point Times which is publishing City Council candidates’ answers to questions concerning the City. Sister-publication, the Capistrano Dispatch, is doing the same with the eight candidates vying for three seats on the San Juan City Council. The Dispatch has asked and published answers for three questions.

The [...]

Another Opportunity Tonight to Meet the Candidates for SJC City Council

Tonight is another opportunity to meet the candidates for San Juan Capistrano City Council:

San Juan Capistrano City Council Candidates Forum Tonight!

San Juan Capistrano City Council candidates forum tonight!