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Travis Dugan, San Clemente

Our town is not the same. It’s being mistreated by people who supposedly know what is best for it. But the problem is these people only see dollar signs, not beauty. When locals see this town, they see beauty, they see palm trees, they see the Pacific Ocean, and most importantly, they see San Clemente. This town is different from most in that it has heart, it has culture, and the people who are running it don’t have the same feelings. In my opinion, it is more a case of reputation or ego. When should that ever cause an amazing small beach town like San Clemente to sell out? It’s us not giving into that corporate lifestyle that makes us who we are. Small, local, family business is what this town is built from. Since “whomever” decided for the Outlets to be built, it has been a big slap in the face, bringing in big corporate franchises. Is this a way to treat the longtime loyal locals of your town? Or are you just catering to out-of-towners? We should start focusing more on the locals than providing for the summer circus that plagues our freeways and streets with nothing but traffic and confusion. I hope this message will wake up our so-called “town leadership.” Just because there is a patch of grass somewhere, it doesn’t mean you have to build a Starbucks on top of it.

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  • Travis, great letter!! San Clemente should never sell out, that is why this election is so important. The outlet and other projects like it were approved when I was in high school, they are the reason I ran for city council. I want to maintain the small town charm and character that we all love about San Clemente. This election I have spent $12,000 to stay on council while the outlets and other out of down interests have spent over $100,000 to get me out of office(read Eric’s update on election fillings). Travis if you want this town to be run by people like you and I that want to maintain the small town we all grew up in, vote Bob Baker and Chris Hamm for city council.

  • Go to (San Clemente’s new Head On Highway) on Facebook.
    On this site you will see how the current Council feals about your safty. If your life ends on PCH nothing else matters.
    The road project reduces lane width and changes the center divider from 2 double yellow lines separated by plastic poles to one double yellow line. Common sense screems no to this change.
    Go to the Facebook page and see the plans and my complete explanation. Use your own common sense then make your own choice.

  • Baker seemed a little oblivious when it came to the Nuke Plant.
    But, I would never vote for Bane, Swartz and never in a billion years for the circus clown Glass.

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