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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.

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  • “Outside monied interests” have had a hold on this city for years. Charles and Jeri Mann–Nevada residents–have been pushing their agenda and their candidates for years. Hamm, Ward, Baker, and now the hit piece on the back of this week’s SC Times shows us that they now want Hinkle to win. I guess more importantly, they don’t want Gene James to win. Unless you are already part of one of the “factions”, look at his background, experience, and his charitable work. Then come back and tell us that the realtors, the used car salesman or the barista is better.

    Don’t confuse good residents of this town wanting to break the cycle of “outside influence” with what the Mann’s are peddling, because it’s nonsense.

  • Hamm, Ward and Baker are bad? Not sure where you’re coming from Cord. I find all three to be reasonable and it seems like they are always n the side of making the town better, cleaner, greener, and more beautiful. I don’t know about the Mann’s but the three you cite here have been great for SC—


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