How the Council's anti-Recall picket line backfired…Or, who was that Von’s shopper?

Recall signature gatherers received unexpected back-up from a mystery Von’s shopper.  The surprising encounter occurred last Saturday when Council majority Kramer, Taylor, Allevato showed up at Von’s with  signs opposing the recall.  Counting on their numbers and conspicuous show of noteworthiness to discourage would-be  signers the three man Council majority grouped with loved ones around  he main entrance. What happened next startled everyone. 


Out of the parking lot mist marched a petite blond shopper ready for action.  Undaunted by the luminosity of the Council majority picketers this unknown woman marched straight into the fray calling out Sam and company for trying to intimidate residents who have every right to object to their costly policies. 


According to first hand accounts… this gal not only knew her issues (illegal punitive water rates, $100 million in debt, $24 million in unfunded City worker pensions and banning the Capistrano Common Sense) but she also knew her right to not be harassed by either side….especially by elected officials with access to the public treasury and control over her water rates.  


Who ever you are… wise grocery shopper…We salute you.


Speaking of intimidation…has anyone noticed the conspicuous disappearance  of Community Common Sense’s major San Juan based advertisers?  Those brave merchants who briefly advertised in a legitimate local watch dog publication until anonymous boycott threats convinced them CCS ads were bad for business. 


Most residents may not have noticed the departure of at least 8 CCS local advertisers…Or, surmised that there is an ongoing effort to put the Community Common Sense out of business.  Any guesses who might want the fledgling watchdog newspaper gone (given the move to ban CCS from all city owned property fizzled)?  What we are witnessing is yet another  stealth attack on our 1st Amendment Right to access and consider news reports critical of our local government policies.  


(Looking to sign a recall petition?  Try Von’s, Ralphs, True Value and or Marbella Market most weekends.  Or consider rolling up your sleeves and helping with  a 2 hour shift at one of these locations.  It takes a whole village to fix a broken government.  Also, Feb. 8 Picnic noon at Cook’s park.)

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Eric Bergstrom January 27, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Typical Common Sense empty rhetoric, Donna. That list offers absolutely no proof of your hidden identities. Like I said, Tornado should meet her/his/whatever neighbors at the coffee chat. But we all know that will never happen because there is no "real" Tornado, just a lot of hot wind. They remind me of the Ku Klux Klan - they used sheets and Common Sense members use aliases. I think we should organize a complete boycott of Patch since it is quite apparent that it has become nothing more than a mouthpiece for the radicals of Common Sense.
Donna Fleming January 27, 2014 at 03:35 PM
Yes, Eric... I am a ghost writer. And, you Eric sound like Joe McCarthy. Accusing people of being members of the KKK, and we should boycott the Patch. The only radical here is you.
Eric Bergstrom January 27, 2014 at 03:51 PM
No, Donna, I've lived here a long time and love this town and I'm disappointed to see all the nasty vitriol spewed by Common Sense. Those folks have a lot of pent-up hate. Honestly, I know first hand that the readership of Patch is not what it's reported to be. Really not much more than those who continually comment here. I was hoping Patch could be more, but sadly it will have to be another on-line publication with integrity that comes in to be the true voice where anonymous posts are not allowed. I'll be tuning out now, because "if a tree falls in the forest and nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound?"
Steve Behmerwohld January 27, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Good idea Eric. I'm done too. Watch them eat themselves.
Tornado Johnson January 27, 2014 at 04:41 PM
After treating me rudely and writing rude things to myself and others, I respectfully decline your invitation Eric I Bergstrom to meet you to whatever Coffee Chat is. Thank you anyway.
Tornado Johnson January 27, 2014 at 04:47 PM
I did not realize that I was required to meet your approval Jonathan David Volzke to live in San Juan Capistrano. By your own admission, you already lied to me once. I have not lied to you. If I had listed my name as "TJ" which is what my friends call me, then you would have criticized me for taking a fake name. I posted my real name and you still criticize. Grow up and get over it.
Jonathan Volzke January 27, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Cling to it. TJ. Cling to it. If you say it enough, someone might believe it.
Tornado Johnson January 27, 2014 at 04:54 PM
My research shows that Sam Allevato narrowly won the last election by only 200 votes.
Tornado Johnson January 27, 2014 at 04:59 PM
That is the Orenthal Simpson defense Jonathan David Volzke. It is similar to Sam Allevatos: "Everything is great in San Juan Capistrano." My research shows that is not quite the case. The city could not sell the last bond issuance and a large credit rating agency just recently down graded the cities credit rating again.
Donna Fleming January 27, 2014 at 05:02 PM
JV....Someone might believe it. How many people showed up at the city council meeting last week to speak out against the low cost housing? And, how many whispered comments in the crowd about the mayor? People are angry. We want an honest city government and we haven't had one in a long time. People outside our little town comment all the time about what goes on in our city council. You, Eric and Steve can put your head in the sand and pretend everything is great, but its not.
Tornado Johnson January 27, 2014 at 05:04 PM
If Steven K Behmerwohld is doing so much, then why is he getting paid by the residents to volunteer? My research shows James Curwood that you don't reside in San Juan Capistrano. What was the problem between you James and the Schwinn Bicycle Company?
Tornado Johnson January 27, 2014 at 05:17 PM
If Steven K Behmerwohld made $186.00 from the city playing Santa Claus, I bet if I do further research that number could well be over a thousand dollars just for last year "volunteering"
Jonathan Volzke January 27, 2014 at 06:13 PM
"Tornado" -- it's not whether everything is great. It's whether it would be better under the management of someone else. I do not believe that to be the case -- and certainly not if Kim McCarthy (attacks Latinos) Kim Lefner (had a business selling cardboard pitchforks and torches at Tea Party Rallies), Clint Worthington (files 100s of code enforcement complaints) or any of the rest of the Common Sense posse. (yea, posse. They all ride together.)
Donna Fleming January 27, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Tornado, JV, and anyone else who cares. I would love to see the good old boys out of those City Council seats. We need a clean sweep and some new city management. And, JV you have been caught in so many half truths that you are no longer credible. You tell part of a story, leaving out the why and what for. This of course is what lobbyists are famous for, slanting the truth to sway public opinion. Kim attacked Latinos? When and where? Maybe, and I do not know this for a fact, but maybe she is against illegal immigrants and the lack of action to round them up and send them home. They gather every day on Camino Cap next to the wood store. Cardboard pitchforks? whoa bad, said no one ever.
Donna Fleming January 27, 2014 at 07:23 PM
Tornado....I believe Jim Curwood is the owner of "Buy my Bikes" a reputable bike shop in town. He probably does not live in SJ, but has a business here. I don't know what the Schwinn law suit is about, and does not concern me. The Friday Chat is early Friday coffee with the good ole boys in town. Most of the women in business, do not attend. Hairdresser, nail salon owner, furniture store owner, boutique, real estate sales people, accountants, no, they do not attend.
Jonathan Volzke January 27, 2014 at 07:28 PM
Donna, you and Kim can never tell me: How can you tell the legal Latinos apart from the illegal Latinos just by looking? (You can't -- so you paint them all with a broad, racist brush.)
Mark Speros January 27, 2014 at 07:57 PM
LOL ~ Posse? Jonathan, are you REALLY trying to use that description, (coined by none other than Mayor Sam Alleveto himself) to describe those legally collecting signatures for his recall? This, after a picture of Sam himself looming over the table to intimidate potential signers, illegally? (or maybe he was just shoulder surfing to add names to his hit list?). Really? Wow, seems like a desperate maneuver to try and pass that terribly accurate self-description to someone else. Kudos to Tornado and anyone else (on either side) that digs up the FACTS...good or bad. I think an educated decision is only decision. I would encourage her and others to also provide links to the facts they find, so that all parties can see the whole truth and judge for themselves about the context and credibility. Who really cares about Behmerwoldh's Santa-for-pay or believes that Worthington's "daring" beach photo illustrates anything. That's just smoke and noise to distract residents from the real issue. Forget the innuendos and character attacks, please....just show us the facts and where you got them from. I think our residents are smart enough to make their own informed decisions from there ~ or does that concept keep Sam up at night?
Donna Fleming January 27, 2014 at 08:14 PM
Well said Mark Speros. The facts and actions are coming together like the Bermuda triangle. I agree the mayors actions at the signature gathering table was a desperate move. Why is he fighting to hold on to a this position so hard? We do need the facts and all the why's. The ground water well and the experts hired and the illegal water billing, and the negotions with the development companies. Something is up, and it is not the mayors salary. But, lots of back door deals are rumored and developers are looking to make money. Lots of it.
Apple sauce is gross January 27, 2014 at 10:57 PM
Hey Jonathan, do you still own part of the Capistrano Dispatch/Picket Fence Media? Shouldn't that be disclosed when your shilling for the city officials in your Dispatch "guest column"? These are the same city officials who award you taxpayer dollars? Shouldn't your "guest column" be really called the "part-owner's column"? Full disclosure is always best Jonathan.
melissa kaffen January 28, 2014 at 01:31 AM
The point of this blog was to highlight the Council majority's intimidation tactics to not only retain power but to crush those who dare to complain about their costly wrong headed decisions. We see ample evidence here of several conspicuous Allevato surrogates (including Jonathan Volzke, the faux man of the people) doing just that. Last Tuesday's anti-low income housing project by the high school turnout proves SJC residents will not be so easy to dupe in the future.
Peace 4 SJC January 29, 2014 at 03:20 AM
Melissa, Thank you for being honest with your desire to run for city council, if there is a recall election in August and again in November’s general election. It is clear that this recall is not about reducing our water rates, it's about gaining majority control of the city council, at any cost. This shows me that the group you represent has no problem forcing the city spend $93,000 of our tax dollars on a special election when 3 council seats are up for election in November. Thus, the end justifies the means.
Gus Gunderson January 29, 2014 at 10:52 AM
PubliusSJC, it appears that Peace for SJC must have read the minutes of those meetings at CCS. How do you get into CCS? They appear to be quite the winning team by continually winning lawsuits and making Sam Allevato look ridiculous.
Peace 4 SJC January 29, 2014 at 07:14 PM
Thanks, PubliusSJC Alternative candidates can be considered in November without costing the city $93,000. The dots don't connect for a special election. Unless there are other motives... Gus - there is a secret handshake, a special wink, and an oath in order to get into CCS. You have to be sponsored in as well, contact Clint for enrollment procedures.
Peace 4 SJC January 29, 2014 at 08:04 PM
Come on Pubes, is English your second or third language? It doesn't matter, you are you are and your daddy loves you. Remember the CCS Oath?
Donna Fleming January 29, 2014 at 08:46 PM
Peace we all know the big deals are voted for on the back nine. Barbecue with your neighbor, golf at the club, that is how the good ole boys decide how how a property is zoned or who gets what contract how much should we offer for the worthless piece of dirt off of La Pata. Four.......!
Donna Fleming January 29, 2014 at 11:32 PM
Yes, I did. Bunch of guys trying to be macho. Got in over their head. Then tried to cover up murder, justifiable of course. It is not one of my favorite movies.
Donna Fleming January 29, 2014 at 11:58 PM
Funny.. Peace4SJ just moved into San Juan Capistrano today and started to comment on Patch. And, how well informed you are Peace. I almost think you are someone who has been here all along under another name. Let's see who could you be?
Peace 4 SJC January 31, 2014 at 10:51 PM
Ask Pubes, we've been hanging out for years. He showed me the secret handshake and gave me the hood worn at CCS meetings. BTW your headgear is becoming for person of your stature.
Apple sauce is gross January 31, 2014 at 11:38 PM
Peace 4 SJC played the part of the "catcher" in Deliverance. It was a role he was well suited for.
Peace 4 SJC February 09, 2014 at 12:10 AM
Apple - the director thought you "enjoyed" it for such a brutal scene and didn't bring the right energy to the scene. Thus, he went with Ned who nailed. You were legendary for that shoot!


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