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Councilman Decries 'Decoy' Opponent

Councilman Bob Baker accuses his political foes of propping up a City Council challenger of the same name as a ploy to trick voters.

Robert "Bob" Baker 1, the incumbent San Clemente Councilman as listed on the November ballot, points to signatures nominating a second, dark horse, Robert "Bob" Baker 0 as a ploy by the opposition to split incumbent Baker's votes and force him out of office by siphoning his votes.

Robert “Bob” Baker 0, dropped out of the race Tuesday, providing proof that he wasn’t a legitimate candidate, said the incumbent Baker.

"He never demonstrated that he was running for office," Baker said about his challenger and namesake. "All he ever did was sign up. You have to put money up to put up your ballot statement."

City Clerk Joanne Baade said it's too late to remove challenger Baker 0 from the ballot, leaving the incumbent Baker 1 campaign to educate a wide swath of voters that they should check off his name on the ballot.

Incumbent Jim Dahl, who has opposed Baker on a number of controversial issues in the past, said he didn't push Baker 0 to run, though he signed the challenger's nomination papers. Dahl said the erstwhile candidate grew up on the same street as a relative.

"[Baker 0] was my sister-in-law's next-door neighbor, and I didn't know that until I met him at a party. They said, 'Oh, you should sign his nomination papers," Dahl said. "I just signed his nomination papers; that's not an endorsement. I'll sign anyone's nomination papers; I signed [challenger Mike] Mortenson's nomination papers and he's my opposition.

"Baker [1] is trying to make a big deal out of this," Dahl added.

During his short candidacy, Baker 0’s campaign showed a knack for political maneuvers. Last month, each candidate picked a number to determine who’s name would appear first on the ballot. Incumbent Baker chose number one, presuming it would earn him the top spot on the ballot. However, Baker, the challenger, followed up by choosing zero, a designation that put his name first on the ballot. The approach worked, until Baker, the incumbent cried foul, forcing the city to hold a blind drawing to determine ballot order.

Larry Corwin September 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Let's see if I have this right; Jim Dahl met "Zero" at a party. After being introduced to him and obviously recognizing the name, someone said "oh you should sign his papers?" So Jim Dahl thinks I'll sign anyone's papers for City Council even though this guy is a complete stranger? Do I have this right? Zero brought campaign papers to a party? Jim Dahl signs council papers of a guy he's never met or knows nothing about? Is anybody buying this? Anyone?
Tony O. September 26, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I bought into it hook line and sinker. I also bought acres of water front land along The Salton Sea. If you believe this then I have swamp land to sell you in AZ. No, I am not buying this. Sorry, just trying to make my point.
Lindsey Hanson September 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I want to know who else signed Bob Baker the Fakers papers. will you make this public please Adam. I think we the public deserve to know.
Adam Townsend September 26, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Yup. I was going to include all the info I got from the papers in this article, but it got way too long. I put together another one that will publish around noon tomorrow. I noticed a lot of folks who are old hands in the local politics scene, many of whom were involved on both sides of the Measure A campaign. I've got file photos and background on them coming; a lot of information that may have cluttered up this article. Another more practical reason I decided to split up the articles is I'm going to be off the clock from Thursday through Monday and I want to keep the site fresh ;) In the meantime, the nomination papers are available at city hall for anyone to inspect.
Lindsey Hanson September 26, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Sweet thanks.
Randall Rausin September 27, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Blueberry pancakes anyone?
george gregory September 27, 2012 at 05:22 PM
if they don't get their way they sue if they don't get their way they cheat if they don't get their way they discriminate strong arm politics stop snob rule vote 1
we the people October 16, 2012 at 05:19 AM
The same thing is going on in the election for the school board. John Alpay, who is supported by special interests groups, got one of his neighbors to run against him as a sham to dilute votes for his competitor. He gave her the same title (CEO) as his competitor. John Alpay is a republican in name only and his neighbor Yolanda McNamara is a democrat. McNamara doesn't have a statement, a sign, or 1 media piece presenting her candidacy. Here's the directions. See for yourself http://goo.gl/maps/w4Gpy
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Please vote for anybody but not Bob Baker #1. 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 ever! From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of Bob Bakerʼs Top 10 “No” votes.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Please vote for anybody but not Bob Baker #1. 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 ever! From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of Bob Bakerʼs Top 10 “No” votes.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Please vote for anybody but not Bob Baker #1. 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 ever! From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of Bob Bakerʼs Top 10 “No” votes.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Please vote for anybody but not Bob Baker #1. 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 ever! From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of Bob Bakerʼs Top 10 “No” votes.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Please vote for anybody but not Bob Baker #1. 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 ever! From the San Clemente City Council meetings, here is a sample of Bob Bakerʼs Top 10 “No” votes.
Allison Winters October 17, 2012 at 09:40 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.

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