The bullying just doesn’t stop. As some have suggested, perhaps it’s because the “good ol’ boys” have been calling the shots for so long now that they don’t know how to do business any other way.
The Capistrano Common Sense (CCS) first reported on this issue back in 2010, when some “very powerful people connected with the City” threatened a local restaurant owner with all manner of code violations including jeopardizing his liquor license, if he continued to allow us to host our monthly “CCS Happy Hour” community forum in his restaurant. He responded to the threats by cancelling our community forum the day before it was scheduled. We didn’t blame him; he was just trying to protect his business.
Now, this same small group of “good ol’ boys” has threatened a number of merchants if they advertise in the CCS. The following is from a merchant who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation:
“Local San Juan businesses are afraid of the well-connected good old boy network and the City's influence [on their business] if they don’t toe the line. Thanks for printing the facts which is what this town needs.”
Apparently, the bullying and strong-arming is not limited to merchants, if the opinion listed below that we received from an equestrian is any indication. A number of equestrians have voiced their opinions to us, but have also asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.
“The perception is that the Ranch ‘owns’ our equestrian staging areas and dictates to the Open Space Foundation what to do with OUR property…in my opinion, the Ranch isn’t interested in equestrians in SJC; it is only interested in building a monument to *Sendero…”
*Editor’s Note: “Sendero” is the first Phase of the 14,000 homes (and 5 million sq ft of retail/commercial) currently being built by the Rancho Mission Viejo Company across from San Juan’s Open Space property.
In our opinion, the arrogance of power is a terrible thing. It is especially chilling in light of what is happening at the federal level, with various arms of government allegedly using their muscle to intimidate their opposition into silence.
To be clear, this is just a handful of people in our small town who want to silence us, apparently because we print the truth about what we see as crony politics that in our opinion, work against the average San Juan resident. In our opinion, the actions of these few are reminiscent of Chicago-style crony politics (no offense to all good Chicago natives).
If the actions of the “good ol’ boys” had no impact on our quality of life, most of us probably wouldn’t care. But many CCS readers have conveyed to us their belief that the actions of these select few have contributed to increased traffic, property taxes and other fees in order to fund improvements that appear to largely benefit development outside of our town.
If you believe as we do, that the long arm of government should not be used to intimidate critics into silence, and if you believe that strong-arm tactics used by a select few in order to silence those who speak the truth is wrong, then we ask that you join us in sending them a message.
It’s simple; thank our advertisers with your business. In so doing, you send a message to the good ol’ boys that you are tired of “business as usual”.