San Juan Capistrano

Correction:  Steve Behmerwold notified the CCS that it was he who made and paid for the "I Stand with Sam" signs for the supporters of Sam Allevato who attended the September 17 council meeting (see photo below). The signs were inaccurately attributed to Jonathan Volzke, who handed out signs at the council meeting.

Residents Move to Recall Sam Allevato

Residents angry about Sam Allevato’s stance on water and spending served a Notice of Recall against him at the September 17 council meeting.
SJC Councilman Sam Allevato

Though only twenty signatures were needed, the recall petition was signed by thirty residents frustrated with Allevato’s votes to increase their water rates by nearly 50%, his vote to fight a lawsuit initiated by the Capistrano Taxpayers Association (“CTA”) challenging the City’s illegal water billing practices, and his subsequent vote to fight the court decision according to charges listed on the recall notice.

On August 6, Superior Court Judge Gregory Munoz ordered the City to abandon its current water rate structure and base all rates on cost of service in conformance with the California Constitution, Proposition 218. The Court also entered a judgment restraining the City from collecting water fees from residents for recycled water that they do not actually use and which is not immediately available to them.

The recall petition reads in part: “Water users have paid millions of dollars in illegal charges on their water bills over the past 3 years…”
Allevato supporters include Dick Paulsen;
2nd from rt and Brad Gates; 3rd from rt. Both men
negotiated the RMV Riding Park real estate deal with
$27 million of taxpayer monies behind closed doors.
Residents are still restricted from using the
property while Gates and his foundation
have exclusive access


Councilman Allevato has repeatedly refused to modify the water rates and recycled water charges. Councilman Allevato insists on wasting taxpayer money by voting to appeal the court decision. His refusal to follow the law has cost the taxpayers approximately $500,000 dollars in attorney fees and court costs. Allevato’s actions have disregarded financial well-being of all San Juan Capistrano residents by overcharging for water.”
The full text of the recall notice can be read on our website at: www.ccsense.com under “Links”.

When asked why Sam Allevato was targeted for recall and not council members Larry Kramer and John Taylor, who joined Allevato in refusing to lower water rates and in fighting the water rate lawsuit, resident Melissa Kaffen pointed out that Allevato is the only remaining council member who in 2010 voted for the 40% increase plus automatic rate increases every year. “He’s tone deaf,” said Kaffen. “Residents have begged for relief from the high water rates but he stubbornly refuses to buy the water from the cheapest source, which could lower our water rates to about half of what they are now.”

Recall organizers have 120 days to collect signatures from 20% of registered voters in San Juan in order to qualify for the ballot. They are hoping to get it on the primary ballot in June but according to City Clerk Maria Morris, the City may call a special election in July. “In my opinion, the cost of a special election would be a drop in the bucket compared to the hundreds of thousands Sam Allevato has cost us in his support of that failed water plant,” said recall supporter Clint Worthington. .

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

He just needs t save face and resign.

Anonymous said...

Great news! This man has to go, NOW! Every SJC resident should be angry over what he has done.

FirstAmendment said...

Sad that our local government has become just as corrupt as state/federal...

Anonymous said...

Another example of the CAVE (Citizens Against Virtually Everything) people making up the facts. Jonathan didn't make the signs, I did.
Steve Behmerwohld

Anonymous said...

That surprises me Steve, everytime I turned around at the Council Chambers, I saw Volzke handing out the signs, I did not see you handing out any signs.

Steve Behmerwohld said...

Dear, "anonymous", (Clint, Alvin or Kim), the only "CAVE" people that I saw at the Council meeting that night. In the "about" section of your "Parakeet cage liner", you say that you print "fact-based" information. You say that you saw Jonathan handing out signs at the meeting??? He was. Do you think that the fact that Jonathan was handing out signs at Council is "proof" that he made them? Several people handed them out. I picked them up and paid for them (actually my Dad paid for half of the $66) at Fed ex. I have the receipt. How many of your other "facts" do you make up to fit your rants?
Steve Behmerwohld
ps, why do you not have the guts to use your real name in your own cesspool?

Anonymous said...

Sure you did!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It is about time we had Enough of this big spending with any specification what are they doing to be fair to residents.

FirstAmendment said...

Where do I get a "Recall Sam Allevato" sign? I want to post it on my lawn...

Anonymous said...

You people (CCS) are as sick as the Tea Partiers who want to shut down/emasculate the government of the once-great United States of America. We had an election. Sam Allevato won his council seat fair and square. Now you whiners - who also CLAIM (untruthfully) to be fiscally conservative - want to spend my money to have yet another election?

Give me a break and grow up.

Water will NOT be guaranteed at low prices forever by MWD. It is only responsible for SJC to:
• Encourage water conservation:
• Reclaim water for irrigation and related uses so that the best quality water can be delivered to our homes; and
• Develop alternate water sources for the future, such as groundwater recovery and desalination.

Sam and the SJC Council did the right thing for the long term - even there is a short-term cost to be paid.

Have you all ever heard of planning for the future?

Please do us all a favor - and go away!

Anonymous said...

Who on earth do these people think they are that raise our water rates when we could get the water for so much cheaper elsewhere, then use our own tax dollars to fight the courts who told them they are illegally over-charging us for water?

Allevato's got to go!

Anonymous said...

Message to Steve Behmerwold:

The trouble with your response to the problems that others point out is that the problems don't get fixed if you ignore them. Calling people names when they disagree with you rather than trying to find solutions to the problems just perpetuates the problem.

I don't see the "common sense" people as against everything, only some of the things that you apparently stand for (since you defend it), like raising already-too-high taxes and fees to pay for ill conceived projects like that water plant, and enriching cronies at the expense of us taxpayers as they've done with open space. I'm sorry I ever voted for that rip-off.

Since I don't agree with you, I would expect that you would probably call me a name too, so I'll just sign as "SJC resident"

Steve Behmerwohld said...

Message to whomever the last "Anonymous" is:

You sound like a rational person and I respect your opinion. You say that you wish that you had never voted for the Open Space bond. I am encouraged by the fact that you at least acknowledge, that voting is the way to resolve our differences. You also seem tho be acknowledging that it is possible to wish that you had voted differently on a previous issue. I'm guessing that all of our Council people have cast votes that, after the fact, wish they could change their vote. I truly believe that all 5 Council People have San Juan's best interest at heart. I think that I have disagreed with most of our Council over one issue or other (some more than others). I encourage everyone in town to become more politically active. If you campaign for people with different ideas than our current Council next year, then more power to you. The problem that I have with the recall effort is that these people are attempting to recall Councilman Allevato, simply because they don't like the way he voted. If you don't like the way someone votes, then vote them out of office. Sam was duly elected less than a year ago. IF enough signatures are gathered, there will be a special election held next year (at a cost to the taxpayers of $100,000). That election will be held just a few months before the general election. It doesn't make sense to me, to spend $100,00 to recall Sam a few months before you can vote him out of office, if indeed, you have the votes to do that.

Steve Behmerwohld

Jeff said...

TO: "Anonymous" person who posted "You people (CCS) are as sick as the Tea Partiers who want to shut down/emasculate the government of the once-great United States of America."

YOU really have no clue do you? Why don't you read a little about what is going on and WHY we the residents of SJC are paying water rates that are illegally high and inflated? Obviously YOU don't live in SJC or are so wealthy it doesn't affect you. People like you that helped to elect Sam Allevato (and probably Barack Obama) are the reason this country are getting destroyed. If you are not educated or informed enough to vote, then please abstain, stay home and away from the ballots. Thanks!

Editorial Board said...

Steve-

Our apologies for crediting Jonathan Volzke with making the signs for supporters of Sam Allevato at the council meeting on September. We will print a correction online and in our next issue to let our readers know that you were the one responsible for making the signs.

Kim Lefner

Anonymous said...

Seeing all those good old boys lined up with their signs at the council meeting makes me sick. They have ruined this town and Sam Allevato helped them do it. They ALL need to go!

Steve Behmerwohld said...


Kim, did I miss something, or were you just making more stuff up? I didn't see a correction in the hard copy or on line.
Steve Behmerwohld

Steve-
Our apologies for crediting Jonathan Volzke with making the signs for supporters of Sam Allevato at the council meeting on September. We will print a correction online and in our next issue to let our readers know that you were the one responsible for making the signs.

Kim Lefner

October 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM

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