John Merlino, San Clemente
So it goes without saying, if you don’t involve yourself you can’t complain right?
Well, I have never been one for politics and such, it is even hard for me to get to the voting booths to pick a president of our country, I am not sure if it is because it seems so distant or just hopeless. On the other hand, it is hard not get involved in an election when you pass the constituents on a regular basis walking the streets of your hometown. After attending a meeting to here candidates speak on there behalf, all suddenly became very clear to me, I need to get involved a bit more, so I am, by writing my opinions to be read by all and making sure I vote.
I wanted to bring up one very sore subject I have. It is regarding Jim Dahl and his band of cronies. I have lived in San Clemente for over 20 years, grew up nearby in Mission Viejo but was always here anyway surfing T-Street, Cottons, Trestles etc. I love San Clemente for its small town charm, tight community and visible relationship between residents and town. I have been on the front line watching the whole Marblehead project begin to take shape and then stop and lay dormant for several years—what an eye sore. When I heard the project was going to get started again, I asked in what shape, and again the strip mall style outlet malls was spoken. It makes me cringe at the thought of having an outlet mall on our coastal properties, but I managed to get over it when I was told how the project would look. It was not until I noticed Jim Dahl and Lang posters plastered all over the project that I started asking questions, like; “Why would they have their real estate claimed on their but Chris Hamm and Bob Baker #1 do not. Come to find out Dahl is a pretty shady operator and wants his council seat to push through on things that will degrade our community and coastline property for the sake of, you guessed it, Money in his pocket! You see I do not have much faith in a guy who takes a position that is suppose to represent the interests of the community which elected him, but also has only lived in San Clemente two years? Shame on us San Clementeans for electing this clown in the first place.
Yeah I said it, he even went as far as representing another runner for city council, named, Bob Baker, for the sole purpose of splitting votes on the real Bob Baker. This was very alarming to me because Jim Dahl even admitted to not even meeting or knowing this Bob Baker, and yet he is the guy who signed his election papers to get him in the running.
We know politics is an inherently dirty game, but ask yourself why Jim Dahl wants to have the owner of the Citadel Signage company put up huge LED displays adorning our I-5 coastal line. Could it be that he thinks they are a beautiful addition to our coastline? No! It is because has a financial interest in it? We should all start asking the questions, as I did, and understand what electing Jim Dahl will do to this community for the sake of money. It is like signing a contract with the Devil, we will get nothing in return.
Elect Chris Hamm and Bob Baker No. 1 this year, lets get San Clemente back from this crook Jim Dahl; it only takes a step to begin the walk.