LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Chamber Chairman Explains Council Endorsements

San Clemente Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bernie Allen says Dahl and Mortenson will champion business.

-- The following is a letter to the editor from the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce Chairman Bernie Allen.

Business and Politics Do Mix.

The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce is entrusted with the responsibility of looking out for the welfare of our local merchants and small businesses. We proudly champion the cause of promoting and protecting freedom of enterprise. It is a cause that is vital not only to our city but to our country. We are not a secret organization with a hidden agenda.

An ever-increasing number of decisions that affect the economic well-being of our business community are made by local elected government officials. It is critical for the Chamber to participate in political affairs.

The Chamber of Commerce consists of local entrepreneurs, professionals and community leaders, all willing to face the inherent risks of business to provide for the needs of San Clemente. We run the shops you enjoy, we provide jobs, carry the goods and deliver the services you need.

We are not aligned against any of the citizens of San Clemente as some would have you believe -- we are citizens of San Clemente. We are residents, we are neighbors and we are volunteers. While some voices flippantly scorn our local businesses, we understand the need for a balance between economic prosperity and our community’s quality of life.

The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce’s political action committee, Businesses for a Better San Clemente (BBSC) exists to support candidates who share the goals and philosophies as the San Clemente business community. The BBSC is NOT A PRIVATE political action committee operating in the shadows. It is a Committee of the Chamber of Commerce.

The BBSC is funded through VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTIONS from members of the Chamber of Commerce. The BBSC receives no money from the City nor is it funded through the Chamber’s operating funds.

This November, two of the five city council seats are up for election. The board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce is proud to endorse two candidates for the San Clemente City Council who will best represent the San Clemente business community:

Current Council Member: Jim Dahl

Community Leader: Michael Mortenson

The BBSC has chosen these two exemplary candidates because of their past records and current opinions. These are the candidates who are best qualified to address the important issues currently facing San Clemente. They are competent, educated, skilled and will serve equally our residents, visitors and businesses alike. Please join us in supporting Jim Dahl and Mike Mortenson for San Clemente City Council.


Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 09:23 PM
This letter is so accurately written and well stated. Both Dahl and Mortenson are great candidates unlike Bob Baker. That guy is horrible for our town. He votes “NO” to everything good, bad or indifferent. Bob Baker#1 is anti-environmental, anti-kids, anti-business, anti-art, anti historical preservation, anti-everything. You would think Bob Baker #1 hates San Clemente by the way he votes “No” to everything that is good and wonderful about San Clemente. He shows a total lack of vision & has the worst job performance record of any city council person in the history of San Clemente evee!
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 09:27 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 but you get the idea. Anybody but Baker -worst councilmen in SC history!
Kathleen Ward October 18, 2012 at 04:36 AM
The chamber needs to explain their description of Mike Mortenson as 'community leader'. What issues has Mike lead the city on? If the Chamber is going to label him that, they should have significant reason to do so and I think they should explain that designation for him.
george gregory October 18, 2012 at 05:17 PM
the anti residential club called the chamber of commerce is a bought and paid for business snobbery with opinions going to the highest bidder or favor just a few words to help people understand the camber pays a dollar a month for rent of their city owned building and has had a street blocked off so they may have a big parking lot the farmers market lease holder pays less than 300 a month for the Sundays event and shakes the farmers down for Hugh profits his rent should go up to 500-1000 per Sunday not by the month the sand castle is a great endeavor but its decadence is expensive and there is a need for improvement elsewhere in our community the misappropriation of safe walk to school moneys for max berg park was and is a crime and should be punished ...tiled sidewalks do not make children safer....many folks where looking for how far a walk would be built for our community ,,I was,, I use many of the same routs as far as champions of business in our community the camber is not I know I'm a business man that has been denied and abused numerous times in my home city
DJ October 18, 2012 at 06:31 PM
The letter from the Chamber of Commerce is perfect and they made great comments based on the best interest of our city. It shocks me when I hear or read comments from people that want to "keep the Old San Clemente". Because we now have beautiful Talega, the Reserves, etc., we need to continue growing our roads, businesses and parking to accommodate the increased number of SC tax paying residents. The notion that this will destroy the old San Clemente is absurd. The people that want this also do not consider Talega part of San Clemente. I live at the coast, and get so angry when I hear these unjust comments. Talega saved this city!! SC was doomed without these tax dollars. Wake up people, vote for Jim Dahl and Mike Mortenson so this city can accommodate our growth. If not, we will end up one giant traffic jam like LA. Now that we allowed the past growth, we need the future continued changes. Change can be good.
Oswald Junior October 18, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Great comment DJ! I totally agree. San Clemente is not as little as some would like to believe, it is no longer a small town of 15,000 people. We are up to 65,000 residents and every resident has just as much right to the City as the 'oles.' I live in Talega and I look forward new and exciting places in SC for all of us and our families to enjoy. I hope everyone goes out and votes and they vote for common sense - Mike Mortenson and Jim Dahl.
george gregory October 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM
bs dj and jr & allison traffic jam really is that why Dahl is not lobbying to complete the hoa and the additional lanes on the five freeway to avoid traffic jams Mr. toll Road have you ever been a conservancy member or helped with weeding fiscal conservative mean money for selfish developers and not for the public health and safety you got 200k for a special election how about the brown act and the lab are any of you registered to vote I know Allison isn't when would you like your over sized flashing sign installed are you sure your neighbors will aprove
Moonshine October 19, 2012 at 12:32 AM
George stop with the nonsense. You know darn well there will be no large flashing signs. Does Baker and Hamm's developer sugar daddy have you on payroll to spread the rumors of Jumbotrons?? Hopefully the position of spreading lies pays well, sure looks like it has for Hamm and Baker1...
Oswald Junior October 19, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Oh George... Registered to vote? You bet I am!! And I'm not using those votes for Baker and Hamm!! What are you even talking about? The only person who is BS'ing around here, is you.
Sandy Ob October 19, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Mr. Mortenson is an active member of the Sunrise Rotary Club which is one of the most honored community based service organizations in the world. Mr. Mortenson also has another community leader credit to his name that he doesn't bring up about as he should. He was the attorney working for free with the advocates to improve the care and rights of Foster Children in the State of California. He won the case and our community is a better place for his work. I do believe that Mr. Baker 1's community activity prior to his current city council work was Measure C to save his golf course. Mr. Hamm had no community credits the first time he ran and since then joined the GPAC where his attendance record is weak.
Dan Bane October 20, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Decadence for Courtney's Sand Castle? Seriously?!? I hope you realize that Courtney's Sandcastle was funded largely by private donations. The Sand Castle is also the only universal playground (accessible to handicapped children) in the area and took almost a decade to create. I happen to think the playground is incredible and I am very proud San Clemente has such a wonderful resource. I don't think those private donations could have been put to a more worthy use. This is precisely the logic that will be the downfall of Baker/Hamm. Mortenson and Dahl all the way!
Dan Bane October 20, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I'm registered to vote. I'm voting for Mortenson and Dahl. I've also helped with the conservancy. Didn't pull weeds but I helped Patricia Halloway with some pro bono work related to the Conservancy. There are no large flashing lights proposed and there have never been any digital signs proposed. Caltrans is proceeding with the toll road and Dahl is on board with the plan. We reviewed Caltrans' proposal when I was still a Planning Commissioner. Caltrans and only Caltrans controls that project and it is going forward. Not one statement in your comment appears to be correct.
Dan Bane October 20, 2012 at 11:09 PM
BTW, this is really a great letter. Who knows better about what is best for local businesses and the local economy then San Clemente residents who actually have businesses in town. Really glad Mr. Allen and the Chamber are speaking out.


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