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Gloria Dugan, San Clemente

Local City Council elections will be upon us, and the internet-trolling bullies (ITBs) are flooding some social media sites with their hateful, harassing vengeance, usually targeting the most visible City Council candidates. The ITBs seem to slither out of their sleazy, smelly garbage heap every election year to lay waste with innuendoes and venom to good people that want to do best for the city. The best we can do as voters is to ignore their accusations and find out for ourselves the character and experience of all the candidates who have put their hearts and souls out there to run for office.

But, wait, we as voters will also be bombarded after mid-October with trashy campaign flyers financed by outside political action committees (PACs) who want to trash the frontrunners. Just remember where that funding comes from. Last election cycle, many thousands of dollars came from special-interest groups such as real estate PACs and Orange County developers who want to change the unique character of San Clemente, our Spanish village by the sea, to Los Angeles by the sea. Beware this time around as they wish to push the toll road through and divide us with district elections. You can find out where the money came from in the 2016 election through our city clerk.

Hopefully, the ITBs and PACs will slither back under the smelly garbage heaps after the election, and we will have City Councilmembers elected who truly have San Clemente’s best interests at heart.

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