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Robert Mason, San Clemente
You may have seen those full-page back cover ads in the San Clemente Times from the Lincoln Club spouting misinformation about sober living homes and lawsuits. The Lincoln Club is a right-wing political and pro-development political action committee (PAC) from Newport Beach trying to sway our City Council election. They have direct business ties to the Transportation Corridor Agencies (The Toll Roads) and are supporting City Council candidates who promote the divisive Measure V-District Elections in San Clemente.
Currently, the election system we have enables residents to vote for five councilmembers every four years. Under district elections, you will only be able to vote for one councilmember every four years. Yes, that’s right—only one every four years. That is just not good representation, as currently our councilmembers represent the entire city, not just one district. San Clemente is not mandated by the State to require district elections and the city does not have a lawsuit forcing us to have district elections.
So why does an out of town PAC from Newport Beach interfere in our small-town elections? They will be endorsing three City Council candidates. Watch out for them and do not vote for them. It is up to you, the voter, to recognize “dark, political, pro-development money” when you become aware of it. A vote for district elections is a vote for The Toll Roads. This is very divisive and does not belong in our Spanish village by the sea.
We are one town, one team.