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BETSY SCHULTZ, San Clemente
Never trust what some of the city council candidates running for office say on their mailers and brochures—beware.
I attended a luncheon and heard from several of them about their platforms, and was quite surprised to hear one of them state that we should stop all litigation against the toll roads.
Now we certainly need to be judicious when it comes to spending our tax dollars for legal issues, but many of these lawsuits in the past have been for “quality of life issues” such as drug houses, vacation rentals and, of course, the toll road.
So, doing some investigation, I discovered that this particular candidate worked in the legal department for the Outlets at San Clemente. The Outlets was responsible for suing San Clemente for the sign program, costing the city thousands of our dollars. It would have seemed that instead of costing thousands of dollars, the Outlets would have gone into mediation.
This city needs to continue the fight against the toll road, and the only way TCA will respond is through legal means, and not laying down as a puppy dog.
Who is this candidate? None other than Steve Knoblock, who was also previously on the city council and who lost his reelection bid back in 2008. So, beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Editor’s Note: According to Steven Knoblock, he’s in favor of reducing litigation costs against the toll roads.