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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mailer Commandeers Unrelated Group's Name

The anti-Allevato, anti-Kerr activists behind Citizens for Sensible Development are not who you think they are.

By Mike Johnson

Yesterday, I received a piece of mail, that can only be described as a "hit piece" with the intent to disuade voters from supporting Sam Allevato and Ginny Kerr. 

At the bottom of the piece, it stated that it was "paid for by Citizens for Sensible Development, 31103 Rancho Viejo #D2-209, SJC 92675. 

While I resigned from that loosely formed group (in December of 2010) comprised of citizens that opposed the plans for the Distrito/Meadows Projects, I was, indeed, the person that registered the URL "citizensforsensibledevelopment.com." (If you search that information out, on various internet search venues, you would find this to be public information.)

Please let me take this opportunity to state for the record, I had no idea that I was still associated with that URL in any way. (I thought it had expired. Turns out, it expires Nov. 12.) I have contacted Network Solutions, to terminate the URL, and to hopefully delete my association with it in any way, shape or form. 

To my knowledge, I do not know of any people from that original group, acting in concert in any way, and that "Citizens for Sensible Development," as the group was loosely known as well over two years ago, had nothing to do with that mailer. 

Obviously, somebody has commandeered "Citizens for Sensibel Development" and used that name without permission of the larger group. 

Thank you, 
Mike Johnson (not the attorney Mike Johnson, the other one :-) 
San Juan Capistrano 

wschrimp October 17, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Hi Mike. Not to worry since anyone who has not had their head in the sand about what is going on locally with the council race, will clearly know from whom these mailers were really sent by. Anyone else will just laugh at the grade school level artwork and layout of the piece. I just laughed and after reading it, put it where it belonged. Just another piece of half truths being slung around.
Dusty W Otero October 17, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Hi I just went to the north east open space and had a nice walk who said that we cannot use this land,,,thanks for buying this land to have for our new entrance to my home native town that my ancestors built starting around 1769...no one will ever be happy,,,so stay in the moment and enjoy our openspace now,,,
Jonathan Volzke October 17, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Just more integrity and transparency from the McCarthy-Byrnes camp. They lied to the OC GOP, so lying to voters is no surprise.
Whiskey Bent October 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Mr. Johnson could you clarify something? You stated you resigned from this group in December 2010. How do you know then the organization was “commandeered?”
Whiskey Bent October 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Mr. Volzke, do you have evidence any candidates were involved with this? I assume you wouldn't make such a bold statement without evidence.

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