Nancy Dame, San Clemente
I am not referring to Oct. 31. I am referring to Election Day, Nov. 6, which is the day San Clemente voters will be asked to fill the vacancies of three seats of the City Council. There are 12 candidates vying for three seats so voters can expect a lot of hocus pocus. Leading up to the San Clemente City Council election, the San Clemente Times is publishing six questions, posed to each candidate. The first week it was about the toll road through San Clemente. All 12 candidates said they were opposed. The second and third weeks the answers required a more telling answer. My warning is please pay close attention to answers containing wizardry in which the candidates really do not offer solutions.
Please do not be pranked by an individual who holds themselves out as a leader only by criticizing the actions of others. Considering two of the current City Councilmembers will remain, I question any candidate who takes a scorched-earth approach to the very people they would need to be working with to get anything passed.
The California we live in is driven by the Legislature in Sacramento and supported by voters. Any candidate to say they are going to drain the swamp is over-promising given the current laws on the books. Citizens need to know, California voters passed several laws that tie the hands of law enforcement and consequently City Councils.
Proposition 36 keeps low-level drug offenders out of the state prison system. This along with the state and federal laws that protect Americans with disabilities and the Fair Housing Act have contributed to the influx of sober living homes.
California voters also passed A.B. 109, Prop 47 and Prop 57, which have all changed the way we incarcerate people and have reclassified crimes, a collection of actions increasing both homelessness and property crime. So, beware of things that go bump in the night and candidates who promise everything knowing many statements and promises are dead on arrival. Do not be tricked, San Clemente.