GREGG LIPANOVICH, San Clemente

Man, I’ve heard about sore losers; but a sore winner? That’s a new one for me. James wins a seat on the council, then whines? Man up, dude.

All your ads dwelt on your service more than 20 years ago—and we all thank you for your service—but it’s not fair to mention the allegedly rotten things you did to some women and a member of the LGBTQ community years later?

Doesn’t work that way, James. It’s all your history; you own it, all of it. I mean, your hit pieces on Hinkle were all about dumb things he did in his past. So what’s fair to one is fair to all.

Now, until 20 some years ago, San Clemente had always had its own police department. But then the Orange County Sheriff’s Department convinced our city council to disband it and rent officers from them. It was a matter of money—isn’t it always about the Benjamins? When we first moved here 20 years ago, we met some folks who were still upset.

Lots of changes in the last 20-plus years—changes giving San Clemente much more money. Talega was built out; Walmart, Lowe’s, Target and many more sales-tax producers have come to town. We’re a much bigger, richer town now.

And now some—like Jackson Hinkle—think it’s time to re-think this arrangement. Maybe time to look at the numbers—the money—to see whether it’s time to reestablish our own SCPD. Others—like James, and the OC Sheriff’s Deputies—don’t even want to talk about it.

This is because our rent-a-cops are unbelievably expensive. We pay a ton of money for them (actually, depending on the denomination, maybe a ton and a half). Yeah, once again, it’s all about the Benjamins.

Why do you think the Deputy Sheriffs and their political action committees (PAC) and supporters spent at least $25,000 supporting James’ campaign? I’m not putting down the officers, who have seemed like pretty decent people the times I’ve dealt with them. This is about the deputies union; they’re the ones that want our money.

All this does is leave me a little confused, though. Now that our city council is a wholly owned subsidiary of the union, when we need something from the city, do we ask the council, or just go to their new overlords—the union?

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