CCS endorses Reeve, Patterson & Ferguson
for City Council. Here’s why...
Much is at stake for our community in this City Council election. In our opinion, our unique historic town is going in the wrong direction. We see it in traffic congestion throughout town, in unnecessarily high water bills and in an overall decrease in our quality of life. Incumbent candidates John Taylor and Larry Kramer have contributed to this over the past four years with their council votes.
Our town is now faced with two large development proposals; “Spieker/Laguna Glen” which requires a re-zone from agricultural to high-density at the current Armstrong Nursery’s growing grounds, and the “Urban Village” downtown development project behind the historic Egan House, next to Historic Town Center Park. Urban Village does not conform to the Historic Town Center Master Plan as it mixes residential units with the hotel. Both projects will add traffic to our roads and require water that is in short supply. Candidates Larry Kramer, John Taylor, Stephanie Frisch, Jan Siegel and Rob Williams support these developments in one form or another.
All five of these candidates also support continued operation of the failed Ground Water Recovery Plant. Their support is inexplicable when the water plant has never produced what they claimed it would, is damaging our aquifer through over-pumping, and is far too expensive to operate for a town our size.
Candidates Derek Reeve, Pam Patterson and Kerry Ferguson are opposed to both developments. They are also opposed to continuing to pour more money into the failed water plant. They are in agreement that given the current mess our town is in, we cannot handle any more traffic, strain on our water resources, or on our wallets. They support either “mothballing” or “regionalizing” the water plant to spread the cost over more cities.
The candidates with the biggest war chests, Kramer and Taylor, have hired experienced political consultants to attack, spin and say anything to get them elected. Kramer and Taylor cannot run on their actual voting records, so we predict their political consultants will target their opposition with mailers and robo-calls defaming them. Don’t buy it. The political consultants get paid huge sums of money to persuade you to vote for their candidates. We believe that San Juan residents are smart enough to see through the lies, deception and half-truths.
For all of these reasons and more, we endorse Derek Reeve, Pam Patterson and Kerry Ferguson for San Juan City Council. We believe they will work to truly protect and preserve the unique historic town that we love, not just use it as a campaign slogan.