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Council Candidates Debate Major City Issues

The four San Clemente City Council candidates expressed their thoughts and opinions about the major issues facing the city at a forum at St. Andrews.

City Council candidates Chris Hamm and Michael Mortenson and incumbents Jim Dahl, Bob Baker debated hot button topics  such as the city’s general plan, public safety and traffic at St. Andrews by the Sea on Thursday evening. 

Each candidate was allotted one minute to voice their opinion about each matter.

“Our city has always been an issue-driven community,” said Dahl. “During these difficult economic times, it is crucial to support the business community.”

Though the returning candidates Baker and Dahl expressed their thoughts on specific aspects of city issues, Mortenson and Hamm offered perspectives on general city issues.

 “Our historic resources and village character ― I believe that those two things along with our beach atmosphere are what make San Clemente so special,” said Hamm. “My signs are in residents’ yards. My family is from San Clemente. My life revolves around this community.”

Both Dahl and Mortenson agreed the city needs an economic development director to guide the city’s economic development plan, while Baker voiced reservations about the potential cost of said position, a $250,000 salary.

Dahl also argued for the need to make San Clemente more business-friendly.

 “We lost two businesses in the last six months,” said Dahl. “ I’m going to dedicate myself to improving the business climate in San Clemente.”

Three-story Economic Development

On the divisive issue of three-story downtown developments, Dahl advocates for form-based codes to regulate development as opposed to a ban on tall building.

Baker and Hamm stressed that towering buildings compromise the city’s small-town character.

 “The General Planning Advisory Committee has seen this over and over again,” said Hamm. “It does not fit with our small town character, that’s what we are trying to protect, that is what makes us unique.”

Mortenson  had different thoughts about the development of three-story buildings.

“The down town area is the heart of San Clemente,” said Mortenson. “It has been zoned for three-stories since 1949. Let’s make it more rigorous to develop three-stories and consider things on a case-by-case basis.”

Traffic, La Pata Extension and Nuclear Station

Both Dahl and Baker support the use of Measure M funding for new lanes on the 5 Freeway. 

 “The La Pata extension will be a tremendous help,” said Baker. “Orange County thinks they have the funding for that.”

However, due to time constraints, the candidates did not address how the community would bridge the $9 million funding gap for that project.

Audience-based questions centered on longstanding issues such as the 241-toll road extension as well as the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s restart.

 “I don’t think SONGS will be running any time soon, they have a warranty issue with Mitsubishi,” said Dahl, adding, “We are prepared with a nuclear evacuation plan.”

Baker also shed light on the ongoing process, noting that the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold a roundtable discussion Oct. 9. 

“The attorneys for Mitsubishi and Edison are doing battle as we speak,” said Baker. “To take down the power plant is a tremendously expensive process.”

The infamous 241-toll road extension came down to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote. Baker and Hamm both voiced “no” while Dahl and Mortenson gave ambivalent “someday” and “lack of data” answers, to which the majority of the audience collectively booed.

Following the debate, some in the audience said they still wanted to know more about how each candidate would handle the big issues confronting the city.

“It seemed like some of the candidates skated around the important issues,” said General Plan Advisory Committee chairman Alan Korsen. “We’ve been wrestling with the importance of the small town village character for two and a half years. I don’t believe we gave the candidates enough time to get to know them.”

David Weber September 28, 2012 at 06:37 PM
The 1 minute response times made it difficult to get a good read on any of the candidates...if you're interested in learning more about Mortenson, visit www.mikemortenson.com.
Tom Barnes September 28, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Jim Dahl's stand is well known: 1. He tried to get rid of Open Space by building condos on Pacific Golf Course. This was overturned by voters who rejected Measure C. 2. He voted for and supported illegal signs at Marblehead that was stopped by a citizen lawsuit that cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. 3. He has consistently favored the extension of the Toll Road. 4. He supported the land giveaway at North Beach and the LAB project that was overturned by the voters when they defeated Measure A. As for Mortenson: 1. He is an attorney who has lived in San Clemente for two years. 2. He supported the LAB project that was defeated by the voters in Measure A. 3. He has failed to follow the law in putting up illegal signs all over the city. 4. He fails to support local businesses by having his campaign signs printed in Santa Ana. For fiscal responsibility and maintaining our village character, the choice is clear that voters should support #1 Bob Baker and Chris Hamm.
David Weber September 28, 2012 at 07:25 PM
As Mortenson stated last night, he did not get to choose where he was born or grew up, but he did get to choose where he settled with his family. His love for the city of San Clemente brought him here. The son of an immigrant mother with no father in his life, Mortenson worked extremely hard to put himself through college. Before putting himself through law school and becoming a business attorney, he worked for the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Governor of Virginia, and started a successful business. As for the signs, when Mortenson became aware of signs placed in certain areas, he personally went and pulled them himself. Mortenson had his fliers, stickers, banners, website, and ads all done in San Clemente. He is a huge supporter of San Clemente business. That is why San Clemente business supports Mike!
Dan Bane September 28, 2012 at 07:29 PM
David, I agree. I was disappointed with the debate format as it did not really give the candidates a great deal of time to go in depth regarding the issues. I think Mike Mortenson did a great job hitting on his credentials, certainly knew the issues facing SC. and presented some solid ideas for moving forward. Those at the debate learned that Mike has worked for the Speaker of the House of the United States, J. Dennis Hastert, and also worked as a legislative analyst for the Governor of Virginia in the Department of Planning and Budget. Mike has also started his own business and after growing up in Orange County, chose to make San Clemente his family's permanent home. In a short time, Mike has committed himself fully to making SC stronger and to ensuring its continued financial vitality. Now, Mike is a successul business attorney who understands the challenges facing business owners. Mike's approach is simple: The San Clemente City Council should work alongside local businesses to ensure that business in San Clemente thrives. His rationale is that in order to have a stronger San Clemente, we need a consistent and reliable sales tax base. Also refreshing is Mike's approach to decision-making. Thoughtful consideration of the facts and consideration of both sides of the issue. No pre-judging projects or ideas before they are proposed. Each project or idea will live or die solely on its merits and what is best for San Clemente. I am 100% behind Mike Mortenson.
Jim Evert September 28, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I'm a long time supporter of getting staffing economic development and developing a city strategy to retain and attract small business. We need to start by getting a part time manager of Economic Development at a cost much less then Bob's $250K. Tim and myself have been working with the Chamber, DBA and others to start developing a plan., but we need staff help.
sunshine September 28, 2012 at 08:34 PM
So let's get back to the real issues affecting Traffic , parking , sand on our beaches, etc. That's what a campaign should be about." ~ SC Mayor.... I agree. Here is my opinion on a few: 1. Sand on our beaches. - We can spend millions and million which does not help our countries debt issue and will not hold back mother natures course. This would be a waste of money and I am against it. I love our beaches but we need to accept that beaches are temporary features and we will not beat mother natures and the global weather changes that affect this expensive and complicated problem. I think my stance is different than Jim Dahl's and Mortenson who want to tell the public that we can beat the powers of the Pacific ocean. Traffic: I like what Brenda Miller is doing with the Bikes and walking plans. I live downtown, so I walk as much as possible or ride the bike. I liked the idea of the tri-city trolley. I like the bus/trolley that goes from Talega to downtown. I like the train. I don't like the persistent need to build build build. I think we can work together to maximize what we have and plan properly together. Parking: I do like the idea of a Parking lot on the ECR lot in N. Beach and the Galleria. That will suppport the beach use, the Mira Mar needed parking, the casino, the ole hanson pool club etc.... With the parking built in N. Beach, North Beach can turn into a destination, leveraging all the historical assets mentioned. Adaptive reuse
sunshine September 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I am voting for #1 Bob Baker and Chris Hamm because I believe my views above align better with their platforms and beliefs. A big one here: Jim Dahl and Mike Mortenson made it clear that they are for the Toll Road completion at Trestles. That is wrong. They will never get my support based solely on their TCA Toll Road support. They are selling us out on that one. The toll road will not fix traffic problems. Traffic going South will be worse. Traffic in our town will be worse. my opinion, but I know a lot of people agree with me. Dahl and Mortenson may lose because of their support for the toll road. I hope they do. Go #1 Bob Baker and Chris Hamm !!!!
David Weber September 28, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Sunshine, how can you say that Mortenson made it clear that he supports the toll road completion? He said he would need to see the data...in fact, at the first debate he said he would have voted no to the old plan due to environmental concerns...
Oswald Junior September 28, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Tom, To me, there is no issue with the fact that Mike Mortenson has only been living in San Clemente for a few years. I like that fact! I like that he can bring a fresh, new perspective to the Council. It's also great that he can represent an area of San Clemente that has been left unrepresented on the Council (Talega, Forester Ranch, and Rancho SC). Also, it is highly doubtful that Mike is personally responsible for placing every one of his signs throughout San Clemente. Therefore, he is not failing to follow the law. People are passionate about this election and supporters want their candidates sign visible. I know for a fact that Mike has asked his supporters to not place signs in public places or without an endorsement.
Dan Bane September 28, 2012 at 09:13 PM
That's exactly right David. Nothing kills misinformation that the facts. Last night, at the debate, Mike stated he would need the data and an actual proposal first before he could make any decision. Again, reasoned and rational judgment without bias. Mike made it abundantly clear that he does not support the old plan. Seems you weren't at either debate Sunshine.
Moonshine September 28, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I agree, 1 minute was a little too short, but at least Mortenson got some answers out there. I'm not sure if I heard Baker finish a thought? If he did, it was certainly on one of his off topic rants. We need a new perspective, and some fresh ideas. I'm voting for Mike Mortenson!
Moonshine September 28, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Oswald Jr. - you are absolutely correct. I live on "the other" side of the I-5, and I can't wait to have someone from our side of town sit on council, and work with the other council members from different parts of San Clemente. All together as a cohesive unit. As a city. The way it should be. Interesting you mention the signs, Tom. If you have been at either forum (Sunshine, it appears by your comments, not the case) you would have heard Bob Baker's speech at the first one about how his signs are "only in the yards of friends and neighbors" Bob was so generous last night to let Hamm borrow the EXACT same line. Anyway, I have a problem hearing this same line that they are "sharing" when every time I pass the Valero station downtown Bob Baker's HUGE sign sits bigger and higher than all the rest. They need to start making a disclaimer next time they do the whole "only lawns of friends and neighbors" speech...
sunshine September 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
I was at the debate and heard the explicit instructions as a Yes or No answer. Dahl gave a maybe which leads me to assume he is a Yes. Mortenson avoided the question which leads to Yes. No Toll Road supporters are unwavering in the NO support. #1Bob Baker and Chris Hamm made it clear they can follow instructions too.
sunshine September 28, 2012 at 09:57 PM
I was at the debate and heard the explicit instructions as a Yes or No answer. "Yes or NO - would you support the 241 Toll Road completion all the way to Trestles? " - Yes or No. Dahl gave a MAYBE which leads me to assume he is a Yes. His past leads further to the Yes. Mortenson avoided the question which leads to Yes. NOTE: He received BOOOsss! BOOO No Toll Road supporters are unwavering in the NO support. #1Bob Baker and Chris Hamm made it clear they can follow instructions too. Yes and No questions are simple.
Bill S September 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Wow, Chris Hamm really did an excellent job last night. He has my vote for sure now. His closing statement about his family history in San Clemente really got me. It seemed San Clemente is dotted with his family and friends all over the place. Now that is the city council representative that we need. He already serves us as a fire fighter in Talega. Lets get him to volunteer for council too. Great job Chris!
David Weber September 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Hamm did a good job, and I respect that he's a fireman, but what the city council really needs is a new, fresh, common sense approach to the issues. San Clemente also needs representation from the other side of the 5 freeway! I'm voting Mortenson! www.mikemortenson.com
Moonshine September 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Jonni- Chris seems friendly, and like a nice guy. Im just not so sure that he should be representing us on city council. I think our traffic problem is not caused by an Amber Alert sign flashing "click it or ticket." It's a little silly to claim that is our problem, he's lived here long enough, he should know better than that. I wouldn't mind having a cup of coffee with or going surfing with Chris one day, like I said, seems nice. He's just not ready for city council. If being a life long citizen (of any city) is how people are making decision of who they vote for, that's just nonsensical. Mortenson's background in Government speaks for itself. This guy was born a leader, you can just tell. check out his background for yourself, pretty impressive: www.mikemortenson.com
Jim Evert September 29, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Sunshine - 2 out of 3 ain't bad! Disagree on Sand Replenishment , but the jury is really out until we see the finally cost break down and where the funds would come from. I agree with you on both the traffic and Parking. Brenda's passion on complete streets plan is so important to us.
David Weber September 29, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Sunshine, if you were there, you were not listening closely. Dahl did not use the word 'maybe', and Mortenson has not avoided the 241 issue. He has publicly stated that he would have voted no to the old plan due to environmental impacts, and would need to see a new plan and data before making any decision on the issue.
DJ September 29, 2012 at 06:23 PM
When Marblehead is complete, the traffic in this city will be insane, like in LA. You allowed all of the new housing developments, and now we need to follow through with putting in a new roads, traffic lanes, parking and businesses. Sadly, there is no parking on Del Mar, so the small businesses suffer and so do the residents that attempt to go to the businesses and end up frustrates so we go to Dana Point Harbor to spend our money (money the City of San Clemente would receive in tax dollars). The old San Clemente small town charm left when we allowed the new construction. Now we need to be realistic and finish what we started!! Roads, parking & new businesses. I cannot support Baker #1 or Hamm. Wake up people!!
Moonshine September 29, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Great point DJ. Marblehead is a done deal, the traffic will indeed get worse. So let's take Mortenson's advice and be "pro-active" lets try and think of solutions before they become major problems. We need the La Pata extension and we need more parking downtown, lets stop complaining about what the problems of San Clemente are, and will be in the future. Let's focus all that energy into finding some solutions. Sounds like Mortenson is a problem solver, not a problem creator. He seems to have a real positive out look for our city, and some fresh new ideas on how to keep the small town charm of our Spanish village by the sea, while also bringing in some much needed revenue and helping out our local business owners (no wonder I see so new Mortenson banners pop up downtown every few days.) I think that's just what we need. Mortenson has my vote.
Ed Kweskin September 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Well, Pilgrims, it would appear a quick trip in Mr. Peabody's Way-Back Machine is in order. Set the dial Sherman for the admistration of our fine city when the city was dominated by a vociferous minority dedicated to "No Growth" and just plain no. The All Star cast was Carolyn "Thelma" Koester, Dr. Brian Rice, Mr. Tom Lorch, The measurable results were no relocation of the treatment plan, no funding for parks, no infrastructure improvements (back in these distant days the streets were minefields), no competnent planning and building staffing. They got run out of Dodge thanks to the efforts of the business community. We got a great City Manager who was a brilliant budget analyst (ergo our AAA rating), we got revenue from large retail (Mr. David Lund, Economic Development Director), we got new parks, we improved old parks. Management was imaginative, intelligent and enlightened, we recovered brilliantly from the No Growth and Just No ideology. The community commissioned and produced competence and taste. Back to the present, I think our little history lesson should be self evident. Might I suggest contemplating the success of purposeful engagement of governance while have a margarita at South of Nicks, or a fabulous artisnal beer and hamburger at the Riders Club. Manifestations of clarity of purpose, good management and not saying no.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM
From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of 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.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM
From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of 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.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM
From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of 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.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM
From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of 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. Facebook Bob Baker sticks.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM
From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of 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 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Too bad he is campaigning with Bob BakerFrom the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of 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 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM
From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of 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 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM
From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of 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.

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