It’s that time of year when many of us reflect on what we have accomplished in the past year, and what we might change.

We are pleased that the CCS has made a contribution to an honest and factual discussion of issues impacting our town. We saw those discussions play a role in the election, when 59% of the voters in San Juan voted against the status quo. The people now have a new voice on the City Council in Dr. Roy Byrnes, who was the top vote-getter in the election. While we predict the fiscally conservative council members Byrnes and Derek Reeve will continue to be outvoted 3-2 on most tax-and-spend issues, at least you will know how your tax dollars are being spent.

We understand that some folks down at City Hall don’t appreciate the CCS, especially when we are critical of their actions. Councilman Sam Allevato for example, called us the “Capistrano No Sense” from the dais last year. Sometimes the truth hurts, but in those cases we suggest that the one being criticized look to their own actions and not shoot the messenger.

Regardless of what individual council or staff members choose to do, we are proud to assert that we report the facts which have never been successfully refuted by any council or City staff member. That’s because we base our reporting primarily on documents obtained through Public Records Act requests for information.

One of the reasons we are able to report the facts is because we are not beholden to anyone at or connected with City Hall; we don’t rely on them for funding as do some organizations in our town.

Moving forward, we reaffirm our commitment to our goal of encouraging “Transparency and Good Governance”. We do this by monitoring the actions of your City Council and City staff and reporting the results. We encourage you to get involved in the discussion by visiting our website at: www.ccsense.com.

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