Amy Borgerding, San Clemente
My family and I love the Carnival. We go each year. We were just there a couple of weeks ago and I was shocked to see Bob Baker campaigning there, given that he voted against the Carnival. I also saw him campaigning once at the Farmer’s Market, even though he voted against that, too. What’s the deal with this guy? These votes suggest to me that Baker lacks common sense, but his actions sure prove that he doesn’t lack audacity. Speaking of audacity, I read the SC Times financial disclosure article and find it hilarious and totally hypocritical that Baker repeatedly criticized Mortenson for buying campaign signs in Santa Ana when Baker paid more than $20,000 to some political consultant in Los Angeles and spent a bunch of money in Texas and other states. Furthermore, he and Chris Hamm stated over and over again that they do not take money from developers yet found it completely acceptable to let them pay for their flyers and mailers? I find that extremely sneaky of both candidates. Finally, both Bob Baker and Chris Hamm have continually pointed fingers at the other candidates for having signs at places of business, accusing them of being in these businesses’ back pocket. However, Baker and Hamm also have their signs on commercial properties, including the Valero gas station off Palizada. So much for only having signs on “friends’ and neighbors’” property. Taking all this hypocrisy into consideration, I just have but one question for these candidates: How can we trust either one of you to make decisions for our city?