Stephanie Bailiff, San Clemente
I am dismayed by the amount of negativity and misinformation going on in this 2012 San Clemente City Council race. My vote needs to be earned by information and solutions, not by mudslinging. I have attended debates, read the literature and even asked questions. While I get substantive answers and ideas from Mike Mortenson and Jim Dahl, I get nothing but confusing “no” responses from Bob Baker and Chris Hamm. What are Bob Baker’s and Chris Hamm’s actual ideas for San Clemente? I get that they say no to everything, but what do they actually plan to achieve?
Mr. Baker, what will you do to enhance San Clemente? Right now, I just see that you have voted “no” to a lot of things that actually have made San Clemente a better place to live. You voted “no” for the farmer’s market. You voted “no” for the city carnival. (Ironically, I saw you out there promoting your name at both events!) What will you say yes to? Can you explain your voting history and help me find a thoughtful explanation as to why you’d vote against a handicap-access bathroom and banning smoking in public parks?
Mr. Hamm, I sadly can’t see behind the big coattails of Bob Baker to even know what you stand for. Specifically, Mr. Hamm, I would like understand how an “Amber Alert” sign actually causes congestion on the I-5 freeway. I would also like to understand who Wayne Eggleston is to you and why he is paying for all of your ads. Can’t you raise your own funds? I think the problem here is that you’re not making any sort of statement to demonstrate how you would enhance San Clemente. It would be nice to know something of substance about you other than you seem to have aligned yourself with Bob Baker.
By the way, like Mr. Hamm, I grew up in SC and I am 100 percent sure that this singular characteristic would not make me any better/worse than another candidate. It’s education, devotion and hard work that makes someone a good candidate, not spending your life within a three square-mile limit. So, please stop with the “I’m an SC native” lines and start giving me substance.
I want to know what the candidates think. Both Mike Mortenson and Jim Dahl have very reasonable approaches to problem resolution. By “reasonable”, I mean to say that they will actually listen to the issues before they decide how they are going to vote. Mike Mortenson and Jim Dahl have earned my vote.