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Mayor's Message: Building Community

There are four very important events taking place within the next few weeks, and I am inviting all residents to share in these opportunities for building community.

San Juan Capistrano is known for its historical character, small-town charm, and equestrian lifestyle. What also makes our town stand out is the concept of community spirit, which is so pervasive throughout.

Whether it's our fine public and private schools, houses of worship, service clubs, , , or the many other organizations in town, “building community” is woven into the very fabric of our community.

Now, by “building community” I don’t mean actually building structures, streets or buildings. Community, as I am defining it here, means the spirit of the residents of our town and their identification, affiliation, and feeling of belonging to this special place known as San Juan Capistrano. There are four very important events taking place within the next few weeks, and I am inviting all residents to share in these opportunities for “building community.”

The first event is the 2011 San Juan Summer Festival on Aug. 20 at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park.

. In celebration of , the festival will include a $35,000 Blenheim Summer Classic II Grand Prix, marketplace, petting zoo, roping clinic for kids, Jack Russell Terrier races and more.

The second event is the first West Coast Film Festival Aug. 21-25 at the featuring classics, documentaries and independent films.

This , organized by residents Robert Kline and his wife, Stephanie Heredia, will include Warner Brothers film greats and local filmmakers along with a sneak peak at a fall release, tribute to Gene Autry, and vintage Looney Tunes. Fraser Heston, son of Charlton Heston, will present a personal film about his father's role in Ben Hur.

The film festival will also celebrate and honor our City's 50th anniversary and our town's film heritage. The festival will open at noon Aug. 21 with a presentation from the Mary Pickford Museum. Mary was a silent-screen star who made many films including Two Brothers in San Juan Capistrano for producer D.W. Griffith. Detailed information is
available at westcoastfilmfest.com.

On Sept. 11, the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society will host its 25th annual barbecue at Amantes Camp.

The event, which attracts hundreds of people, is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the camp, on Ortega Highway about five miles from the 5 freeway.

This event started many years ago to honor the "old timers" in town and has grown into a time-honored ritual for its tasty barbecue, music and hometown community spirit. Cost is $20, and folks must make a reservation to attend. Information is available by calling (949) 493-8444.

In addition to celebrating, there is also a time to honor and remember. The City will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a Day of Remembrance memorial at .

This event begins at 8 a.m. and will include the ringing of the at 8:45 a.m., signifying the first attack on the south tower of the World Trade Center. The ceremony will also include a color guard; invocation by Msgr. Art Holquin; the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of the national anthem.

Representatives from the Orange County Sheriff's Department and Orange County Fire Authority will speak, students will sing, and the Rev. Phil DeVaul will give the closing prayer.

I hope you will join me and many other residents at one or all of these events so we can continue to “build community” in our beloved San Juan Capistrano.

SJCNative August 18, 2011 at 05:09 PM
Listen and not judge, understanding, tolerance. It appears as if you would like to take away our ability to think for ourselves, and not be able to speak as we do in a free society.
easylife August 18, 2011 at 06:56 PM
My wife and I were just having this conversation on a different subject the other day. It's so important to have the understanding, background and information before judging or maybe not judging at all. Joy we totally agree and understand what you were trying to say. If more people would take the time to respect one another, before "assuming" and you know what you do when you "assume" I think this world and the little communities that make up this world would be way better off. I do feel for you having to live with the train horns. We live miles away and hear them all day and night. You keep up the good fight.
PR August 18, 2011 at 08:10 PM
I think that the comment "until you walk a mile in my shoes" is pertinent here. All of the officials, whether government or private sector, that could make a difference in the train noise issue, would benefit from spending a night in a bed within walking distance of the train tracks. My firm belief is that there would be some IMMEDIATE action taken to stop this insanity! Joy, I do not see how your statements are robbing anyone of their right to speak freely...what are they talking about? In this "Pass the Buck" and "Me First" society that we have become it would be nice to think that someone would stop, look, LISTEN and actually take some action of value on a situation that creates distress and upset in so many lives.
SJCNative August 18, 2011 at 09:23 PM
With all do respect, I think what everyone is forgetting is that in the railroads have been in SJC for over 130 years. If Joy is that close to the railroad right of way, did she not hear or see the crossings before she moved there? I believe Joy needs to take some responsibility for her actions. If she chose to move next to the railroad crossing ( I am assuming no one held a gun to her head) then she needs to take responsibility for her decision of moving there. If she is that unhappy, which she appears to be, then move. The railroad is not going anywhere.
easylife August 18, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Yes, Joy truly not worth your time. SJC is very obvious with his/her inappropriate, misinformed, judgemental and simply on the lowest level - dumb statements. But it sure does prove your point and that's a good thing.
Jennifer August 18, 2011 at 11:53 PM
Joy, I would have to say, your decision to pay no attention to SJC is a good one. Sadly, I've found over my years as an attorney, you cannot teach someone common sense or logic if they don't have it. SJC appears to have a healthy does of ignorance in conjunction with a lack of common sense and logic. Further, he/she truly is a sad reflection of what a selfish society we live in today. Living in a community means accepting the particular circumstances of that community, such as the fact that you will indeed hear a train whistle on occasion...it does not mean a person should be subject to abuse of other members of the community, including corporate members, like here the abusive horn honking of a corporate community member. Joy, if the community as a whole isn't standing up to this abuse and the authorities are not enforcing regulations (as I'm sure there must be applicable regulations for this matter), maybe it is time for the effected community members to seek a remedy through the judiciary system? It isn't related to my legal practice, but certainly there are available resources to deal with in the court system if the corporation, city and county are not handling it. Just my thoughts.
Jennifer August 18, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Joy, I would have to say, your decision to pay no attention to SJC is a good one. Sadly, I've found over my years as an attorney, you cannot teach someone common sense or logic if they don't have it. SJC appears to have a healthy does of ignorance in conjunction with a lack of common sense and logic. Further, he/she truly is a sad reflection of what a selfish society we live in today. Living in a community means accepting the particular circumstances of that community, such as the fact that you will indeed hear a train whistle on occasion...it does not mean a person should be subject to abuse of other members of the community, including corporate members, like here the abusive horn honking of a corporate community member. Joy, if the community as a whole isn't standing up to this abuse and the authorities are not enforcing regulations (as I'm sure there must be applicable regulations for this matter), maybe it is time for the effected community members to seek a remedy through the judiciary system? It isn't related to my legal practice, but certainly there are available resources to deal with in the court system if the corporation, city and county are not handling it. Just my thoughts.
SJCNative August 19, 2011 at 01:02 AM
Joy/Jennifer/easylife, Joy chose to live next to the railroad tracks. She knew exactly what she was getting into as she had to cross the tracks to get to her home. This is nothing knew. Please explain to me the abuse by the railroad? The trains are required by law to sound their horn. There is no ambiguity there. It is required by law. Jennifer as an attorney you should be aware of that. If the train failed to sound their horn at a crossing, and hits someone who is liable for that? The railroad? No, the driver of the train yes? The person hit will sue the railroad and the driver of the train. The railroad will in turn point the finger at the drive and state that he failed to do his job, therefore we are not liable. Joy, again if you are so unhappy, then move and be happy at a different home. You full well knew what you were getting into when you purchased your home.

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