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Promises and statements made by city council candidates must have accountability when they are elected. Last election, we elected Dan Bane and Laura Ferguson to city council with their promises to deal with and mitigate the homeless issues in San Clemente.

Since they were elected, dozens of hard-core homeless occupied the North Beach parking lot and then were moved up the hill to a city-owned lot in which nearly 70 homeless occupied this semi-permanent encampment.

I ask you, is this mitigating the homeless issue? An emphatic no!

Now we have their favorite endorsed candidate, Gene James, who states he is against the toll road. If he is so much against the toll road, why is he accepting support from organizations that are supportive of building a toll road right through the heart of San Clemente?

Watch for his endorsements from the Republican Party, the Lincoln Club and our own Chamber of Commerce, whose major financial supporter is the Transportation Corridor Agencies. Even Republicans in San Clemente are being taken for a ride.

Additionally, James’ major San Clemente supporter had a $125,000 contract with the TCA. There is a pattern here of toll road support.

We must have accountability with those candidates who are running for city council, and we need to elect anyone other than a Gene James, who is a puppet for the TCA. Follow the money, folks.

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  • Since when did the SC Times Letters To The Editor become a platform to bash council candidates with unsubstantiated claims? Furthermore, it’s beyond ridiculous to blame Dan and Laura for the homeless issues we face. This kind of garbage belongs on Twitter, Facebook, and Nextdoor….NOT HERE!

  • Gene James is not what he seems. City council candidates rarely enjoy the support of high-ranking elected officials. James is being supported by a number of officials, including a past BOE member and the former chairman of the OCGOP. Make sure you do some digging before throwing your support behind a candidate. The truth isn’t hard to find, it just takes a little work.

  • Mr. James
    Are you or your company contracted or payed by the TCA if so why and how much PLEASE ANSWER
    thank you

  • James takes money directly from the dark forces that fully support the TCA! There is NO way Mr. James will be true to our Spanish Village by the Sea……. There is only one reason they send him money– they trust he will do their bidding— we have seen this movie in town for decades!!!!!!!!!!!!

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