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2 Bob Bakers May Vie for Council Seats

Incumbent San Clemente City Councilman Bob Baker has pulled papers for the November election, and so has another Bob Baker.

Robert "Bob" Baker may end up locked in an electoral struggle with Robert "Bob" Baker in the upcoming General Election in November.

The plot of an Avant Garde existentialist film? Nope. Just two guys named Bob Baker who want to run San Clemente.

Of the five candidates who have pulled the papers necessary to file to run for two San Clemente City Council seats, two are named Bob Baker. The first, who pulled papers July 16, and the second is the challenger, who filed July 26.

The incumbent Baker is asking the Orange County Registrar of Voters to put a number "1" after his name as permitted by election law.

"The second Bob Baker hasn't filed yet," said City Clerk Joanne Baade. "It's my understanding that if he does not file, the '1' would not appear. If we have two on the ballot, then the '1' kicks in. I'd have to get a legal opinion on that."

If both Bakers appear on the ballot, there will also be a printed warning, according to the Election Code:

Warning! There are two (or applicable number) candidates for this office with identical names.

The deadline for candidates to actually file is 5 p.m. Aug. 10, so it isn't official yet that any candidate is running except Baade, the Incumbent Baker and City Treasurer T. Pall Guidgeirsson. All three were qualified to appear on the ballot by July 21.

Both Baade and Guidgeirsson are currently unopposed.

Other prospective council candidates include incumbent Jim Dahl, Michael Mortenson, David Clegg, Jim Cerrone and Christopher Hamm.

Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Bob Bakerʼs Top 10 “No” votes. " 1. No to continuing the Sunday Morning Farmers Market on Del Mar. 2. No to the San Clemente Sports Hall of Fame which is nothing more than pictures on the wall of the Vista Hermosa Aquatic Parks of outstanding SCHS athletes. Bob Baker#1 was the sole dissenting vote 3. No bathrooms for handicapped kids at Courtneyʼs Sand Castle. He said they can go down the street. 4. No to building sidewalks at Max Berg Park near the Las Palmas Elementary School. 5. No to protecting our coastal canyons by dividing a critical coastal canyon lot and opening up SC to splitting lots on all our costal canyons. 6. No to provide parking in North Beach in support of parking needs for commuters and to provide parking so our the nearby historical buildings can be revitalized. 7. No to banning smoking in public parks where kids play. 8. No to banning single use plastic bags. 9. No to local art project by painting electrical boxes. 10. Cost the City of San Clemente $1000ʼs as part of ethics investigation for leaking confidential information from a closed session of the city council. There are many more no votes but this is a one page flyer. Please check for yourself what makes Bob Baker #1 the worst council member in the history of San Clemente. Thank you for voting for anyone but Bob Baker#1 Sincerely, Allison Winters, Mom and 15 year SC resident.
Allison Winters October 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Vote for anyone but Bob Baker #1 (BB#1); anti-environmental, anti-business,anti-kids, anti-art, anti-historical preservation, anti-everything. You would think Bob Baker hates San Clemente by the way he votes “No” to everything.No is no a vision for San Clemente. He votes “NO” to everything good, bad or indifferent. He shows a total lack of vision & has the worst job performance record of any city council person in the history of San Clemente ever!

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