Kathleen Ward, San Clemente
The campaigns for Jim Dahl and Mike Mortenson are in full-accusation mode with cries of lies, innuendo, misinformation and negative campaigns. The problem is that their perception of “negative” is anything that is said about them.
They attack Bob Baker for having to hire an election consultant in trying to defend himself against a fake candidate. He needed to spend this money because of the monkey business perpetrated by the people actively campaigning to re-elect Dahl and bring in Mike Mortenson to the city council. They endorsed a candidate in order to split Bob Baker’s votes between him and the fake candidate, thereby allowing Mike Mortenson to win a seat on the council.
Jim Dahl was the very first signature on the fake Bob Baker’s endorsement form. This is how Jim Dahl conducts San Clemente business. But the party line with these two campaigns is to accuse everyone else of impropriety.
Jim Dahl said in a debate that the toll road would end at Trestles “someday.” Mike Mortenson said he couldn’t give an answer, but later said he was opposed to the road ending in Talega. He never answered the question on the toll road ending at Trestles. Mike did say he would support a massive building in a prominent spot in downtown if it was ‘tasteful’. He said he would see how it fits in. These are not lies. They are not innuendo. They are quotes from a candidate debate.
The only people crying foul and accusing people of lying are the campaigns for Dahl and Mortenson. They are actively playing games with this election and then accuse others of deception. There is no deception with Bob Baker or Chris Hamm. They have told you they want to run the city with an eye towards residents’ needs and desires. They have said residents first.
Please don’t reward Jim Dahl with another four years on the city council. Sixteen years is enough. Let him know that playing with our election and dirty politics do not belong here and we won’t put up with it.