ROBERT BEAULIEU, San Clemente
I am reaching out to the younger generation of San Clemente—those who will have so much at stake in the days ahead.
We have some serious issues to deal with, all of which could impact your lives—our beaches are eroding, the nuclear plant waste is not going away, and the toll road keeps creeping closer. And, yes, there’s more.
The solutions to these and other issues require a steadfast focus by leadership and community members to not only make political statements to gain votes but to have a long-term plan to bring our citizens together to preserve and protect what we have all enjoyed as residents.
For those of you who feel these issues may not be as critical as one might seem, please consider the ramifications of spent fuel sitting in bunkers at San Onofre with a questionable shelf life on a bluff and close to an existing earthquake fault.
Also, take into consideration the loss of our greatest assets, our beaches, to erosion and rising sea levels. And, equally as important, the possibility of the toll road bisecting our community like Interstate 5 does today.
There are serious pressures from influential outsiders to complete their development plans in the backcountry and contribute to this catastrophe if all of us—especially the younger generation who will pay the price with dollars, quality of life, or both—if you don’t take the time to vote.
Consider the current workings of our City Council, which many agree is dysfunctional.
Consider our incumbent Assembly representative, who has favored the extension of the toll road and has done absolutely nothing to address the beach erosion, while the representative to the south of us acquired $12 million to address their beach erosion issues.
There are candidates on the ballot that have the intellect, the competency and the desire to seek the solutions to protect what is ours, but they need your votes. Look at your ballot and consider Kamp, Enmeier, Duncan and Foley as people who will represent the needs of San Clemente and address these issues head-on whether it be on City Council, State Assembly or County Supervisor.
You may not agree with this candidate representation, but for the future of San Clemente and South Orange County, please vote.