JOHN BRANTUK, San Clemente
Our city council has devolved into two warring camps evenly divided—two members against two members. Most of the candidates vying to fill the suddenly open fifth city council seat have already chosen sides as to with whom they will vote if elected.
This is not what our town needs. Outside moneyed interests have fomented this division and bitter antagonism and are actively working for a candidate recently moved here who has already publicly pledged his allegiance to vote with one side of the aisle.
We deserve better! What we need now is not more old, tired and inflexible, but someone homegrown, with fresh ideas, willing to work together with all the other councilmembers and a strong desire to put residents first above all outside special interests.
Help preserve the things that made San Clemente special; the friendliest people, an amazing coastline, real small-town values, yet with a vision for the future. A level of development for the fiscal realities of our time, but with a balanced approach that doesn’t lead to the destruction of what makes our little town special.