Gloria Dugan, San Clemente

So, the author of a letter to the editor in the Nov. 15-20 edition of the San Clemente Times wants this last city council election to be over. Well, I believe all the voters want it to be over, as it was the nastiest city council campaign we have ever had in San Clemente. The author complained about the OC Weekly publishing an article he described as being misinformation about Dan Bane. He then goes on to blame Kathy Ward for not taking down the article on social media.

Perhaps the author should first take a look in the mirror at himself when it comes to publishing hateful and spiteful comments on his very own social media site (Crime & Safety site), which has his very own cult of social-media-trolling bullies and thugs, including the fella who came into a city council meeting holstering a machete. The author and his band of malcontents are good at complaining but have never volunteered or contributed anything of value or substance to our city.

Ward, who won re-election, was targeted by outside PACs with hateful campaign garbage literature and signs that painted her as a villain. Councilwoman Ward has been instrumental in stopping the toll road from coming through San Clemente and has been very supportive for a new hospital in San Clemente.

Our own beautiful, small city has been hijacked with our city council election by tens of thousands of dollars of campaign literature dumped at our mailboxes from a Newport Beach PAC. And what did we get from it? A newly elected city councilmember, Laura Ferguson, who is a former disgruntled and spiteful city employee who has an axe to grind with top city management and other city employees. Stay tuned, as our fair city is in for a bumpy ride from a scorned city ex-employee. It is far easier to complain than to actually govern.

We are beginning to look like more of the personality antics in Washington, D.C. rather than our Spanish village by the sea, which should first and foremost be concerned with solving concrete issues such as the homelessness and committed to goodwill among our residents.

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  • Very well said, Gloria.

    Here’s a good quote that relates to the malcontents whose only accomplishment is to spread hate while they bellyache and moan about the government not working they way they think it should.

    Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn-and most fools do. -Dale Carnegie

    These are the same malcontents that wanted districting which got shot down by 70% of the residents.

    Let’s hope that these malcontents catch on that it is best to show up with viable solutions than to flood people with useless and hateful noise.

    Until then the good news is that Facebook is dying quickly, which is a good thing.

  • I agree that we all want this election over and to move forward. Our little city needs to take care of some big issues ( not caused by anyone in government) like the homeless and the toll road.

    We also need to take a page out of Dana Point’s playbook in finding ways and money to greatly improve the look of our downtown. El Camino Real and other prime areas of the City.

    My hope is that despite the nasty election our newly seated Council will put aside personal grievances and find ways to be collaborative for the good of the City. Differences in finding solutions does not have to devolve into a standoff like it does in Congress. Compromise and negotiation are not bad things. No one side knows it all, no one side is 100% right, no one side represents all the various interests in our City.

    Make us proud and united City Council, not divided and self destructive.

  • As of this writing, it’s not clear if “Gloria Dugan” is a resident of San Clemente, or even a real person at all. As I mentioned–on Facebook–fake names are used by people without the courage of their personal convictions.

    I continue to wait for an apology from Kathy Ward to Dan Bane for re-publishing the salacious article about him in OC Weekly, even after the article had been pulled for being completely false.

    Perhaps one day we’ll know who in City Hall furnished the fake news for the article. Until then, it’s up to normal residents to call out the BS when they see it.

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