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BLOG: Get Out The Vote

The election is just two weeks away and your vote counts! Do you have all the information you need to decide who you want to represent you?

Few things are more important to us as Americans as the right to vote and with the election just over two weeks away, now is the time to exercise that valuable privilege.

Those who know me know that I’ve long been an advocate of supporting and being involved in our local government. While the big focus right now is on the presidential election, it’s truly your local elected officials that can make a big impact in your life.

As a Realtor, this is especially important as it relates to property values. Two main factors in high home values are safe, desirable communities and excellent schools. That is why having good leadership both within your city and your school district is so important. Those two entities are responsible for making decisions that will indirectly affect the value of your home.

Your locally elected officials are also “accessible” to you. Your chances of meeting with the president are slim to none, but if you have questions, concerns, or issues, you can make an appointment with your City Council member and share those concerns personally.

Making a good decision can be a little daunting when you don’t know the candidates but luckily there is help. The local papers, including The Patch, have all been interviewing the local candidates, and that information is readily available on-line.

I’m proud to support Sam Allevato and Ginny Kerr for San Juan Capistrano City Council as I believe their leadership and experience will bring balance and sound decision making to our city. For school board, I am endorsing Amy Hanaceck in Trustee Area 1, Carol McCormick for Trustees Area 2, John Alpay for Trustee Area 3, and Dr. Gary Pritchard for Trustee Area 5.  I know all of these candidates personally and have great confidence in their ability to lead our community.

To learn more about the candidates and the issues plan to attend  at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center starting at 6 pm for the candidates running for Capistrano Unified School District. This is the first time that voters will vote only for the trustee in their area but the forum will include the candidates running in all four trustee areas.

Then another debate will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 29, 2012 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center for the candidates running for city council. Both forums are great opportunities to hear the candidates firsthand and learn more about the issues.

Just be sure to do your homework and get out and vote!

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Capo mom October 23, 2012 at 01:34 AM
http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/cusd-trustee-alpay-behind-one-of-the-misleading-domain-names#comments_list
bbq October 23, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Please vote the opposite of the above mentioned people for school board. They have proven themselves to be dishonorable and NOT looking out for our kids' best interest.
Whiskey Bent October 23, 2012 at 02:26 AM
When Erin speaks I listen, and vote opposite. She's the biggest RINO in SJC.
momofsix October 23, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Ms Kutnik, since you are publically supporting Gary Pritchard and John Alpay, are you then condoning the dishonest behavior shown by John Alpay and Chris Korpi in purchasing website domains that "mimic" their opposition yet re-direct to their own sites? With all the negative news surrounding the websites and the obvious concerns raised by parents and voters, I'm surprised you would publically align yourself with this type of dishonesty. What does this say about your character?
BOB October 23, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Erin's got talent. She always picks the slimy side.
Sharon Y. October 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I have known this woman for years and served on the PTA with her, she is the most self centered, dishonest person I have ever dealt with, what ever she says do the opposite!
Jonathan Volzke October 23, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Without fail, the haters come out. I like Erin. Erin is a friend of mine. I may or may not follow her recommendations on voting, but I appreciate her courage to post them - under her real name. I will always be confounded by the those who derive some joy in attacking people from behind a mask of anonymity because they disagree with them. And no one saying "vote for my candidate because ..." just anonymous attacks. Be sure to take a moment over dinner tonight and talk to your kids about bullying.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) October 24, 2012 at 12:18 AM
You've mentioned anonymous posting several times now. I prefer it when people when they use their real names, too. But why, when you had the chance to set up blogs, such as Beyond the Blackboard, why did you allow for anonymous posting and people being able to take multiple aliases?
Whiskey Bent October 24, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Volzke you really should look at the things you’ve written the past few weeks. If someone agrees with you they’re enlightened but if someone disagrees then you call them names. Erin has been very active and done some good volunteer work, but she has also been very controversial and burned many bridges. She claims to be a Republican but campaigns for Democrats and union candidates. You support the same candidates. She’s a RINO. Don’t worry, I’ll never refer to you as a DINO.
Jim Reardon October 24, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Erin, I don't mean to quibble, but voting is a right, not a "privilege", as you say in your preamble. Our Constitution mentions the right to vote in numerous amendments. The Founders believe that rights were endowed on each of us by our Creator. The whole point of the Constitution was to limit the abridgment of these fundamental rights and yet create a functional civil society. So voting is a right, not a privilege, unless you happen to be a felon or a traitor.
Jonathan Volzke October 24, 2012 at 01:35 AM
I'd love to see examples, Publius -- I do get caught up in the arguments sometimes. The only thing I've been aggressive about is the anonymous posts -- and even then, only when they attack the character of someone who uses their real name. That just seems an unfair fight, right?
Jonathan Volzke October 24, 2012 at 01:44 AM
That was several years ago, Penny, when most publications allowed anonymous posting. It was early in the game. As the west got wilder, most publications have moved to some form of identification, and if I were still running BtB, I would, too. I, like many publications, thought the anonymous posts would open the door for more conversation, but you really surrender quality for quantity. (That's not universal, of course, some anonymous posters are intelligent and thoughtful in their posts.) Even toward the end of BtB, I'd found some posters who'd used as many as a dozen names (the software captured IP addresses), in one case, a man posted a dozen times in a row, under a dozen names. It just becomes a largely fruitless enterprise, especially when some of the posters make it a personal attack. In this post, for example, nobody said vote for Reardon because he's smart and wants to rein in the unions, nor did they say Steve Lang is a successful businessman who deserves a shot. They attacked Erin. That's not a community gathering place, it's a mob. And what it does do, as I learned, is allow the comments and blogs to get taken over by the anonymous folks. That's why you don't see the Mayor and others posting here, which is a shame, because they could add to the discussion -- but who wants to put their name out there only to get attacked by a bunch of hooded thugs?
Alberto Barrera October 24, 2012 at 01:18 PM
*Comment against Erin, not about low voter turnout rates*
PDub October 25, 2012 at 07:11 AM
Instead of participating in the debate, and finding an excuse to continue to hide from the truth of their slimy activities, your candidates Erin will be at Ricardo's charging you and the voters $20 to be in their midst....oooo aaahhhh....or will you get to slip in the door for free for the endorsement? neato.... Join us for some fun and meet ALL the Children First Candidates: ★ Amy Hanacek, Trustee Area 1 ★ Carol McCormick, Trustee Area 2 ★ John Alpay, Trustee Area 3 ★ Gary Pritchard, Trustee Area 5 Thursday, October 25th 5:30PM to 7:30PM Ricardo’s Place 32082 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano $20 donation at the door includes one drink and light appetizers We'd love to see you there! Thanks to all of our loyal supporters, we are in the home stretch!
concerned parent October 25, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Yeah, before you promote a debate among the school board candidates, you might want to check to see if your guys have guts enough to actually face the public. I will certainly not vote for anyone who refuses a public debate. This is just one more example of the appalling and disgusting behavior propagated by the so-called Children First people.
Melemel October 25, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Erin, Have you done ANY research on the candidates? Have you attended ANY CUSD board meetings? If you had I think you might reccomend other candidates. Under the this board CUSD has begun the slippery slope down to mediocrity. THAT will have an effect on property values. You really reccomend John Alpay? Do you know what he has been party to? Shame on him
Jonathan Volzke October 25, 2012 at 09:30 PM
It's actually more common in CUSD for candidates to not show up. This from 2008: http://capistranoinsider.typepad.com/beyond_the_blackboard/2008/10/forum-promises.html You'll notice that Erin Kutnick is actually one of the few candidates with "guts" enough to show up. And if you read the post all the way through, you'll see half the candidate crowd didn't show up for a forum in 2006, either.
concerned parent October 25, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I don't care what was done in a previous election and I don't care how supposedly "common" it is. I care about this election and the candidates who are running now. That's what this debate is about. And I reiterate that it appalls me that the Children First candidates choose to participate in a fundraiser rather than to face up to their record or to speak about the serious issues of the district in a debate. As a parent, I am extremely distressed about what has happened to this district and to my kids' education. And for candidates to choose not to answer questions from concerned voters is gutless, no matter how you want to spin it.

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