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.