SJC City Council Candidate Statement: Sam Allevato

Incumbent highlights his record.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Patch is running each candidate's statement on file with the City Clerk's office on consecutive days in the order the names will appear on the ballot.

NAME: Sam Allevato

OCCUPATION: Councilmember/Retired Policeman

Despite a recession, our city is financially sound. With leadership and tough choices, we have balanced our budget and reduced spending while maintaining a safe environment for residents. As a member of the City Council for eight years, I am a proven and experienced leader with a track record of sound decision-making.

A retired law enforcement professional, public safety is my top priority

Our city is made up of 40 percent open space. With my leadership, we have added miles of trails for the enjoyment of hikers, bikders and equestrians. We have also added new parks such as Los Rios Park, Reata Park and Event Center and the Dr. Cortese Dog Park.

I have secured funding for transportation projects, diverting traffic around our city, and offering regional solutions to traffic problems, promoting safety, mobility, and preservation of our village character.

I support bringing new businesses into our town, adding revenue to our city, and bringing economic stimulus and synergy that will optimize sales tax revenues.

A 36-year resident who raised my family here, I understand what a special place San Juan Capistrano is and will continue to be with experienced and caring leadership.

Others can promise, but I have delivered.


Matt Gaffney September 03, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I've got to call BS on you Cliff. Alipaz wasn't 4 lanes wide 40yrs ago. So the street has obviously been redone within the last 40 years.
Clint Worthington September 03, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Matt, check the website historicaerials.com . Type in your address. The 1980 photo clearly shows four lanes (32 years ago) and the 1972 photo shows four lanes (40 years ago). The Casitas had not been built yet, and as the photo shows it was only 3 1/2 lanes wide at the Casitas, but four lanes the rest of the way up to present day Calle Rolando. The orange Capistrano Plumbing building has been there since 1963. As the photo shows, both mobile home parks were in place in the 1972 photo on both sides of Alipaz and it was paved four lanes wide. The photo shows Alipaz was originally striped as two lanes as there was not sufficient traffic to require it to be striped yet for four lanes since Alipaz was closed at Rancho Del Avion. The photo clearly shows that Alipaz was paved for four lanes in 1972.
Clint Worthington September 03, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Matt, what is also great about historicaerials.com, is that while it is not fast as Google Earth, you can get photos back to 1938. You can do the map overlay of the streets and the website will hold that address. As I live down the street from you, I can see the progression of the property since 1938 using that street overlay of exactly what my property looked like 74 years ago to now. It does not cost anything, unless you print it. I saw that the a previous home I owned in the Troy homes off of Del Avion was part of the landing strip of the Capistrano Airport. Plus, it is great when someone calls BS on you.
Clint Worthington September 03, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Mr. Chestek, you could not have said it any better.
Joanna Clark October 12, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I agree with Jack, we need term limits. I also agree that we need council members who can, and are willing to, represent the wide-cross section of residents who live here. I've written the city council numerous times over the years, and if there is one thing Sam is good at, it's ignoring his constituents. We're facing numerous problems, all complicated by an economy that is in the toilet. When it takes 20 minutes to get from Farmers and Merchants Bank to Alipaz on Del Obispo, during rush hour, one has to ask what's wrong with this picture. When you have to go nearly a mile out of your way in a wheel chair, because you can't use the side walks that have light polls, street signs, or power transforms blocking your way, one has to ask what's wrong with this city. Those new cobblestone sidewalks are beautiful, but have you ever tried to push yourself around on them in a wheel chair?


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