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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why Would Jim Reardon Support Kim McCarthy?

Letters from the past, and a current endorsement, confuse one reader.

By Shelly Wellcome

I opened up my email yesterday morning to an email from Roy Byrnes. It stated, “Kim McCarthy and I have been busy talking about our vision of the future for San Juan Capistrano.” And at the bottom it stated, “This message was sent to “(my e-mail which I removed for this letter) from: Jim Reardon.”

Jim Reardon is running for the Capistrano Unified School District school board. He will be representing the schools and children of San Juan Capistrano. He is a supporter of SJC City Council Candidate Kim McCarthy, who wrote a letter to CUSD in 2008. In it she stated:

I have spent a significant amount of time at Marco, yet I have never been comfortable there. Why? Because this school is operated as if it is a Mexican Public School, not an American Public School.

• The Mexican flag is painted on the multi-purpose room wall next to the portrait of a Mexican man with a quote in Spanish”…

“• The messages on the phones are in Spanish, all of the paperwork is in both Spanish and English.

• On parent teacher night when parents only are requested, many of the Latinos bring their children anyway, as interpretors.

• An awards ceremony at the end of the school year was given in English and then parents had to painstakingly sit through it interpreted by teachers in Spanish to the gasps of the many English-speaking parents.

What Ms. McCarthy fails to mention is that the materials that are provided are parent information material so that parents can be informed and better help their child. On parent-teacher night, parents are given information about their child’s classes. Informed parents are better prepared to help their children be better students.

And what Ms. McCarthy fails to mention is that the Mexican flag, the portrait of the Mexican Man (Pres. Benito Juarez), and the quote in Spanish, which is also in English, are contained in a mural that was painted by Marco Forster students in 1994 to heal racial tensions after racist flyers signed by the WAR (White Aryan Resistance) were stuffed into 1,200 lockers at Marco Forster.

The quote in the mural is from Pres. Benito Juarez it states in Spanish and English, “"Between individuals as between nations, respect for another's rights is peace."

Kim McCarthy also wrote in the Capistrano Dispatch in 2009:

So, if you are wondering why you see so many pregnant Latinas and male Latinos not at work, with their well-dressed, well-fed, well-accessorized families, driving their new SUV’s or trucks around town, now you will understand. They come over the border, move in with their families, put their kids in school, are fed breakfast and lunch virtually for free, then they are directed to CHEC who hooks them up with tax-payer funded money and services galore.”  

— The Capistrano Dispatch, Kim McCarthy, April 24, 2009

If this is the opinion that Kim McCarthy has of San Juan Capistrano what is her vision for the future of our city?

And if Jim Reardon supports Kim McCarthy, does he share her view of Marco Forster Middle School which he will represent and does he share Ms. McCarthy’s view and vision of San Juan Capistrano?  And if Jim Reardon shares Kim McCArthy’s view, how will he represent all the children of San Juan Capistrano?

Sincerely,

Shelly Welcome

San Juan Capistrano Resident

Mother of Four

Capo mom October 26, 2012 at 12:01 AM
In light of Alpay's behavior, which includes; misrepresenting his positions to get elected, throwing our kids under the bus and kowtowing to the union, hiring Korpi to impersonate his opponent of the web and now threatening parents that exercise their rights to disagree with him, it certainly looks like they were right, wouldn't you say? And yet you support Alpay. What are we to make of that?
Whiskey Bent October 26, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Wait! Why is everyone attacking or defending Reardon with the excepted “fact” that McCarthy did or said something immoral? Her comments are politically incorrect, I’ll grant everyone that, but are they factually correct? Regarding Marco, according to Shelly they are. Furthermore are illegal aliens receiving taxpayer assistance? Yes! I also researched comments by McCarthy and she has often written about how government policy has segregated latino children and how unfair and damaging it is to these children. Doesn’t sound like a racist which is of course the point Shelly is trying to make. I haven’t met McCarthy but the more I learn of her no BS style the more I like.
shelly October 26, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Ed Gruberman, Please point out where I attack Mr. Reardon? I am asked him questions.
Denise Krane October 26, 2012 at 03:09 AM
Actually reading your opinion piece Ms. Welcome, it looks like you ask questions about Mr. Reardon but you fail to pose any questions to him directly.
shelly October 26, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Denise Krane, You are right but I asked him directly above when he commented to me.
shelly October 26, 2012 at 03:46 AM
capo mom, I quoted Kim McCarthy exactly. Read it for yourself. And Marco Forster Middle School achieved its API targets this year except for students with disabilities. Those scores improved by 5 points and the target was 11. What exactly are you implying when you state, "Who is the racist?"
Capo mom October 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Hardly a dodge, just statement of fact. But since you mention it, there are a lot of circumstances like this. For instance, Tesoro is represented by Hatton but virtually none of the families that go there can vote in her area. You and the candidates you supported claimed that measure H would bring local control. How does that work?
Mike Johnson October 26, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Anyone that hasn't been on campus in the last year, you really have no idea of the changes that have taken place . Go ask for a tour, THEN you can make comments. I paid HUGE amounts of money for my son to go to private Christian schools all his life. I moved him to Marco Forster, and I am VERY satisfied with the campus, the environment, and especially the teachers and hig level of education he is receiving. (He doesn't turn in his homework in math? I get a call, and he stays after school and gets additional help. Are you kidding me? THAT is awesome!) I basically "interviewed" the principal for 20 minutes before enrolling my son there, and she addressed every concern I had, point by point, and reassured me that the perceptions surrounding Marco may unfortunately continue, but the perceptions are unfounded. I am on that campus at least once a week. Every kid I have seen looks like and acts like a normal everyday middle school kid. I ask my son if there is any racial tension, and he says "no'. Actually, the fact that there are so many ESL kids there, Marco actually is able to offer the entire school population programs that other middle scools in CUSD cannot offer. (My son is training to run the LA marathon, and it is PAID for. He can stay after school and get tutoring from DHHS students FOR FREE, etc) I went to Marco Forster in the mid 70's. Times change. But not only am I happy that my son is there, I'm PROUD my son is a student at Marco Forster Middle School. Mike Johnson
Lon Uso October 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM
This is why I never endorsed candidates or accepted endorsements, you own their record. Now Jim owns Kim's words. BTW, I have also been extremely critical of Alpay. Has anyone noticed how Kim has stayed away from this issue although most of us know that it has been her number 1 motivator politically for years now? Today It has been all about water, traffic and my little pony. I am anti-illegal immigration but agree with Gov. Romney's idea of self deportation through e-verify and cutting off all government programs. Kim wants to send our Sheriffs into the barrios looking for and arresting families. This will break our already stretched law enforcement budget and will have very negative consequences. More poor judgement we can't afford on the Council!!!
Frank E. October 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Her City Council rants still resonate in my ears.
shelly October 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Mr. Gruberman, If you read what I wrote I just basically copied and pasted what Kim McCarthy wrote . You can read it, break it down and judge it for yourself. She wrote it. She was a guest writer for Capistrano Dispatch when she wrote the following. Kim McCarthy also wrote in the Capistrano Dispatch in 2009: "So, if you are wondering why you see so many pregnant Latinas and male Latinos not at work, with their well-dressed, well-fed, well-accessorized families, driving their new SUV’s or trucks around town, now you will understand. They come over the border, move in with their families, put their kids in school, are fed breakfast and lunch virtually for free, then they are directed to CHEC who hooks them up with tax-payer funded money and services galore.” — The Capistrano Dispatch, Kim McCarthy, April 24, 2009
shelly October 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Mr. Gruberman, If you read what I wrote I just basically copied and pasted what Kim McCarthy wrote . You can read it, break it down and judge it for yourself. She wrote it. She was a guest writer for Capistrano Dispatch when she wrote the following. Kim McCarthy also wrote in the Capistrano Dispatch in 2009: "So, if you are wondering why you see so many pregnant Latinas and male Latinos not at work, with their well-dressed, well-fed, well-accessorized families, driving their new SUV’s or trucks around town, now you will understand. They come over the border, move in with their families, put their kids in school, are fed breakfast and lunch virtually for free, then they are directed to CHEC who hooks them up with tax-payer funded money and services galore.” — The Capistrano Dispatch, Kim McCarthy, April 24, 2009
shelly October 26, 2012 at 11:19 PM
And Jim Reardon does support her as you can see from his comments above.
Lon Uso October 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Amen brother, sitting through committees with her trying to explain why we couldn't send the Sheriffs into the barrios hunting for illegals was demoralizing. I tried to explain that the people would stop reporting crimes like rape, robbery and assault worrying that they would get deported and all I got was "that's their problem". Those types of problems tend to spill out and become all of our problem!! She scares me and should scare any reasonable, logical person. I am not a great fan of Sam's but sometimes it's just the least harmful
shelly October 27, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Jim Reardon, I would like to know how you obtained my family's e-mail? Did you obtain it from the endorsement of the OC Republican Party or any affilitation with the Republican party? I know that Kim McCarthy sought their endorsement and did not receive it. Are you sending out candidate information for Kim McCarthy to e-mails you obtained from your endorsement?
Lon Uso October 27, 2012 at 06:31 PM
As I said previously, all candidates need to be held to the same standards and often the decision is the least harmful of the two because as my friend Jim reminded me, people during an election are not thinking of ethics but rather skirting the law, not the ethical line.
Clint Worthington October 27, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Sitting through numerous City Council meetings when you were Mayor was very demoralizing. As an example: After explaining eight times to you when you were on the City Council that the City cannot afford the liability insurance for a Quiet Zone, here it is a year later, the project is complete and yet the City has no insurance for the Quiet Zone. In addition, Lon Uso you voted for that stupid traffic signal at the Del Obispo crossing. Please Lon Uso, the residents here day in and day out bear the brunt of you not listening to the residents. We are still trying to untangle the mess that you left our town in.
Lon Uso October 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Clint, your constant rants about my voting record are, at least, disingenuous. You were completely aware of my record when you and Roy asked me vigorously to run on a slate with you and Jim. My record didn't change after that but your need to constantly belittle it did as soon as I turned you down. Denying it won't help as many other people are aware of the voracity of my statement. Furthermore, attacking me won't change the facts that I am expressing on this forum. Your candidates, as you were, are not good for this City and in fact I spent the last 3 weeks of the previous election asking more people not to vote for you than asking them to vote for me because my re-election wasn't as important as keeping you and yours out of office for the sake of this wonderful City.
4 square October 28, 2012 at 03:19 AM
It is very strange that so many of your former supporters and friends did you wrong Lon, ole buddy. It must be a real conundrum for you! How did all these relationships turn so sour anyway? Was there some big favor they asked for that you wouldn't support? That can't be it because you seemed quite "favorable" to most who came to cityhall with their hands out. Its hard to believe that while you were spending money to run color ads showing yourself on horseback and claiming to be fiercely independent, you were simultaneously asking people not to re-elect you. But maybe so 'cause you got your wish, dintcha? Personally, I suspect people didn't like Mark Nielsen much. And for all your "independence", your voting record wasn't much different than his. Just as you rode his coat tails into office, so you rode them out.
M. Johnson October 28, 2012 at 03:46 AM
That is a good question, she, her running mate, and her supporters really scare me! What will happen to our wonderful town if they are elected? According to them, SJC is the worst place to be. After reading one of their Common Sence leaflets, my daughter exclaimed, "Mom, after reading this, who would want to live or have a business in SJC? I can't believe that there are businesses advertising here....are they stupid?"
Lon Uso October 28, 2012 at 03:48 AM
4 square, what color ads, I didn't have money for color ads. i turned away money from developers, even the ones i supported. my entire campaign was about $4,000. that's less than one or two glossy flyers, which I didn't send out and about 1/10 of what the pact spent against me. What my supporters asked me to do was run on a slate which i would not do. I was very stingy to people asking for handouts, even to my friends and supporters. Yet you may be right about being tied into Mark both coming and going. although it was not correct going, it was a difficult tie to break and I am sure it affected my campaign. right or wrong it is a fact and you are right about that. If you read any of my articles, I was clear about my commitment to commercial development and often told people not to vote for me if they disagreed. We all make decisions and then live with them. I made mine and I sleep well.
Jim Reardon October 28, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Shelly, None of the assumptions contained in your question are accurate. Your e-mail address has nothing to do with anything you continue to rant about. Your e-mail address was purchased from an online purveyor of addresses that are gleaned from online retail purchases in certain zipcodes more than three years ago. I won't detail the types of online services and products that contribute to this list, but I can assure you that your address did not originate with the Republican Party or your voter registration. You've received many messages from this list since 2009. Each messages contained an opportunity to opt-out. I assume by your comments that you missed that opportunity.
4 square October 28, 2012 at 05:14 AM
It'll come as no surprise that I read Common Sense. Don't agree with everything it says, but it is good to have another point of view in town. For all your hurt feelings and wounded pride about how things turned out, I can't say that I ever read where Common Sense ever attacked you personally. They were/are critical of lots of council decisions that you were part of. But that isn't a personal attack like what your doing here. It is a sad thing to see.
Lon Uso October 28, 2012 at 05:53 AM
Not knowing who you are it is hard for me to respond to your sadness but I will say that the fact that you don't agree with every thing in that rag shows that you have some sense of fairness. That being said, ask yourself why there is only one point of view there. The Dispatch always gave people the opportunity to respond, these people don't. That is not another point of view, it is a biased, one sided point of view. I will also say to you that there are things involved in this that you may not be aware of, again I say this not knowing who you are. I have to say that I am also sad that these are the best candidates that a great City like SJC has to offer. Finally, I don't think you know me well enough to judge my motivation. I will tell you whether you believe it or not, that it is a real love for this City and a true fear that these people will kill it.
shelly October 28, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Jim Reardon, Thank you for answering one of my questions. So you obtained my e-mail by purschasing it and you are using this purchase to support Kim McCarthy. Since you endorse Ms. McCarthy do you agree with how she views the people of SJC? "So, if you are wondering why you see so many pregnant Latinas and male Latinos not at work, with their well-dressed, well-fed, well-accessorized families, driving their new SUV’s or trucks around town, now you will understand. They come over the border, move in with their families, put their kids in school, are fed breakfast and lunch virtually for free, then they are directed to CHEC who hooks them up with tax-payer funded money and services galore.” — The Capistrano Dispatch, Kim McCarthy, April 24, 2009 What exactly do you mean by that following statement? What did Kim McCarthy zero in on? "We don't always agree, but Kim has an uncanny ability to zero-in on issues that affect us all. For example, your post focuses on Kim's writing in 2008. That was before the our "Blue Ribbon" Middle School became a "Program Improvement" school, but at the time, Kim could certainly see what was to come" Jim Reardon Marco Forster acheived its API goals for all students this year except for being 6 points short for students with disabilities.
shelly October 28, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Jim Reardon, I am a parent who does not agree with you. If you are elected how will you react to people of the opposite opinions? Your reponses on these comment boards to me have not been kind. If you read back on what I am writing to you I am being civil and not rude. I ask questions and you have called them "senseless". As a parent I would like to feel that if I have an issue I will be able to write the trustees of our district and have them consider my and other parents issues. From my dialogs with you on these comment boards it does not seem to be the case.
Clint Worthington October 29, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Lon, don't flatter yourself. It was less than a fifteen minute conversation. You don't live here anymore. You do not have any idea the ramifications of your voting record. I had to explain to you the traffic signal you voted for at the railroad crossing. You are held accountable for your voting record.
Lon Uso October 29, 2012 at 01:14 AM
and that is exactly the attitude that they will govern with
Lon Uso October 29, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Penny, I don't think it's a percentage but has more to do with the magnitude and gravitas of the issue. I agree with President Obama that puppies are cute, does that make me an Obama supporter? BTW, the answer is no!!!!
Lon Uso October 29, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Not a matter of flattery, a matter of fact, thanks for finally confirming it. The meeting was short because I said no. The question people have to ask themselves as you criticize my voting record is, did it change after you asked me to run with you? had I already voted for the Ranch, for the quiet zones and for everything else that you gripe about now? If we had run on a slate as you wanted, would you have defended my record? would you have justified my votes? would you have done everything in your power to defend me? would Kim have done all these things? the obvious and logical answer is yes!!! This makes your attacks on me and my record disingenuous and BS. I knew that I would have a problem supporting some of your hair brain ideas and was unwilling to change my message to accommodate yours. That, my friend, is integrity, a concept lost on you and your candidates. To all of you that think that I have been harsh, understand who you are supporting, they are opportunists who care more about winning than honesty and ethics!!!!

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