SJC's Hispanic Voters May Have Determined City Council Outcome

Just like the presidential race, the Latino vote played a role, giving incumbent Sam Allevato the needed votes to jump from third place to winning re-election.

As Hispanics cheer their role in the presidential election Tuesday, they may have also made the difference in San Juan Capistrano.

Nationwide, the media is flush with stories of Hispanics’ 71 percent support of President Obama in enough numbers to make the difference, especially in swings states such as Nevada and even Florida, whose Cuban population historically pushed the Hispanic vote Republican.

Although the San Juan Capistrano City Council election is nonpartisan – and all five candidates are Republicans – precincts with larger Hispanic populations went heavily for incumbent Sam Allevato, who barely edged out Kim McCarthy for the second of two seats.

While neither are Latino, McCarthy has a history of publicly criticizing illegal immigrants. 

, but Election Day votes at the polls tipped in Allevato's favor. 

In four precincts that include heavily Latino neighborhoods, such as the Villas, Village San Juan and the community around Marco Forster Middle School (including the west side of Alipaz Street), voters broke 2-to-1 for Allevato. In actual figures, Allevato’s votes totaled 639 to McCarthy’s 317, for a difference of 322 votes.

Allevato was the top vote-getter in those precincts, even though it was Roy Byrnes who placed first overall by a nearly 800-vote margin.

Allevato closed out election night in second, leading with 273 votes, and since then, his lead has decreased slightly to 260 votes.

“I have always treated the Hispanic community with respect and gratitude for the rich heritage that they bring to our city,” said Allevato, a retired police lieutenant who grew up in East Los Angeles. “I believe the Hispanic voters of this community recognize this fact from my voting record and my affiliation with the organizations they love, i.e Mariachi Capistrano, Camino Health Care, the Mission San Juan Capistrano, the Boys & Girls Club, etc.”

Allevato also suspects that some of McCarthy’s past comments may have caught up with her.

McCarthy did not respond to a reporter's inquiries.

McCarthy continues “to classify our city as a ‘sanctuary city,’ a label which has been refuted repeatedly by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Border Patrol and our own sheriff, Sandra Hutchens. This hate-inspired mantra has caused fear and division within our town needlessly, and the Hispanic voters have taken notice,” Allevato told Patch.

Allevato added he and his supporters walked the whole city, including the Villas and the Village. 

SJCNative November 14, 2012 at 04:36 PM
M. Johnson, when was the last time you saw a Border Patrol agent in our city? Never.
SJCNative November 14, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Show me a poor neighborhood on the east side of the tracks?
SJCNative November 14, 2012 at 04:40 PM
So what are you saying?
SJCNative November 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM
If you have not noticed, the community was already divided. Did you not notice? Maybe if you had lived here as long as I have you would have known that.
Lon Uso November 14, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Village San Juan, a modest, low income and eclectic neighborhood that has nothing to do with RR tracks. Are you familiar with it "Native", it is racially diverse and I would bet, voted for Allevato
Lon Uso November 14, 2012 at 07:52 PM
If it is a simply a matter of how long you have lived there we should be asking Dusty or Brad. I know that they are natives, I have no idea who you are so......
Jonathan Volzke November 14, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Every community is divided to some extent. Ever been to Boston and wandered the different districts there? It happens everywhere; people naturally divide themselves, and folks tend to live in areas -- from the French Quarter to Little Italy to Little Saigon. The problem comes when people don't respect others for the cultures and differences. Interesting fact I learned last night at City Council: The California Constitution was originally presented in English and Spanish. Twenty-two residents in San Juan Capistrano, by the way, voted for its adoption. No word what language they spoke.
Lon Uso November 14, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Just to be clear, no Council to my knowledge has ever asked the Border Patrol to stay out. If you are not seeing as many BP cars it's because they have decided to put their resources elsewhere. I had meetings with the local head of the BP and invited residents including the SJC Americans where all this was discussed. We openly invited them to have as many patrols as they wanted but for some people it's never enough. The City can't force them to send more patrols
Jonathan Volzke November 14, 2012 at 08:18 PM
PSJC, Negative campaigning? The Brynes-McCarthy side received any perceived benefit from three (maybe four) hit pieces against Allevato and Kerr from the "Citizens for Sensible Development." That's the group controlled by a San Clemente man that somehow sent at least citywide mailings against Allevato and Kerr while only showing $2,500 in expenditures. Another group did a clumsy attack on Brynes and McCarthy via e-mail and telephone in the waning days of the election. That was wrong, too. And frankly, I doubt the robocall was done in Spanish, so it's effectiveness in what you call the poorer neighborhoods is questionable at best. Allevato didn't win neighborhoods because he's liberal, he won neighborhoods because he campaigned in them. He and his volunteers spent hours walking in the Village and the Villas. Even you have to admit that McCarthy's stance on "illegal" immigrants and the Catholic Church were her undoing in those neighborhoods?
Jonathan Volzke November 14, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Not sure how you define "poor neighborhood" SJCP (I suspect you mean Latino, Hispanic or Mexican) but Sun Hollow across from St. Margarets has some affordable homes in it, too.
SJCNative November 14, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Dr. Uso. The Village is not low income housing. Again, show me a poor neighborhood on the east side of the tracks.
SJCNative November 14, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Mr. Volzke, again a poor neighborhood. Sun Hollow is not a poor neighborhood. Low income is not poor.
SJCNative November 14, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I am not sure if you are aware Dr. Uso, but there are more of us that have lived in San Juan our entire lives that are not descendents of Dusty or Brad. No disrespect to Dusty.
Jonathan Volzke November 14, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Please define for me "poor neighborhood" SJCP
Elsa November 14, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Under Obama, we'll all be POOR! Para todos los que votaron por Obama, mil gracias; ahora todos vamos a ser POBRES!
Lon Uso November 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM
OK Native, you tell us which are the poor neighborhoods in SJ
Lon Uso November 14, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Muy bien dicho Elsa, es la verdad.
SJCNative November 14, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Dr. Uso, you said "there are a lot of poor neighborhoods on the other side of the RR tracks". Ok, where are they?
4 square November 15, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Our town is certainly divided, not by railroad tracks, by gang and criminal activity. The dirty little secret about San Juan's "equestrian lifestyle" is that it requires cheap (Hispanic) labor. Every election cycle we are treated to councilmen kissing their horses and sucking up to stable owners. But what meaningful action has any local politician ever taken to effectively address the tale of 2 San Juans? None. No one can even speak the truth about this without being called a racist. But it makes the horsey folk happy because it keeps their stable bills low and was a great excuse to pay off Moiso for the riding park (I won't call it open space because it is closed to the public). The rest of us non-horsey folks are just stuck with the manure, while Lon sits in Northern California throwing stones and cashing rent checks from one one town's largest service providers to illegals. People who want to make this town a great place to live are welcome here, no matter what their race or where they come from. Whiners and takers can join their pal Lon up north.
4 square November 15, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Some friendly advice, Jim. In the words of Bob Smith-never argue with an idiot, they'll drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.
SJCNative November 15, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Mr. Volzke, if they only spent 2,500, maybe you need to be more fiscally conservative. Cant you look at the disclosures and see where the expenses were? It appears that you have just been out smarted by them.
SJCNative November 15, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Perfectly said. Uso just whines and whines. With only 2,500 people in Cool, Ca he probably has worn out his welcome with that small population already. Unfortunate for us.
Lon Uso November 15, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Square, or lets say blockhead, so anyone is welcome no matter where they come from but not the ones that use a local non profit health service? sounds like a closet bigot. I can tell a lot about a person by how they treat and feel about animals. you must have a very dark soul to look at those beautiful majestic animals and feel nothing. I feel sorry for you. As far as whining, you and your obtuse little ilk whine like a fire engine siren. but I don't even know why I'm responding to you as you so aptly told Jim, "In the words of Bob Smith-never argue with an idiot, they'll drag you down to their level then beat you with experience." You are obviously a pro!!
4 square November 15, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Touchy, touchy Lon. I'll bet you flipped all your hermanos at the barn a few sawbucks every Christmas from one pocket and stuffed the cash from Camino Health Center in the other. Nice gig, pal! Tell the truth, your only real problem with the ole boys network in town is they wouldn't include you.
Lon Uso November 15, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Of course I always tipped those decent, honest hard working young men well, especially when they took such great care of my wonderful horses. In fact, I would much rather have any of them as my friends and neighbors than racists that hide behind their pseudonyms on the net like clansmen behind a bed sheet. I have been dealing with people like you my whole life and yes, it still makes me a bit touchy. BTW, ask your beloved Kim how much she tips that sweet old Mexican fellow that rides his bike from the barrio to tend the property where she keeps her horses.
Jonathan Volzke November 15, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Well, 4 Square, I'd have to put you in the whiners category after reading your post. How specifically has the "gang problem" affected you? I live smack-dab in the middle of the injunction area and here's my secret -- I love my neighborhood. I have great neighbors, and at least once a month I doze off with my garage door open (I own every small tool known to man) and wake up in the morning with nothing missing. My Jeep -- open most of the year -- has never had a single thing taken from it, even when I leave the Canon digital SLR in the back seat. My neighbors say hello, bring me extra food, watch the dog... What is the problem with cheap (Hispanic) labor? Do you think Hispanics should not be allowed in town? Do you think equestrian labor should cost more? What is the tale of 2 San Juan's? What city does not have a tale of two or more? What are you doing to make this town a "great place?" Frankly, I think it's more than two San Juan's -- from the Native Americans to the Basque to the Mexicans to the Caucasian -- everybody adds something. And it's great.
Lon Uso November 15, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Your lack of sincerity and compassion for those less fortunate is only matched by your sheer ignorance. It is on the record that I was the lone voice on the Council to tie the use of E-Verify to the issuing of business licenses in the City. Sam and I were on the committee that cleaned up the parking along the park at Camino Capistrano. I invited the head of the Border Patrol to the City. Those are facts! Another fact is that in communities throughout the country emergency rooms at hospitals are being overwhelmed by poor people without insurance who use these facilities as their source for primary care. Many emergency rooms have had to close because of this and have left those communities vulnerable because of the lack of emergency care for all the people, rich, middle class and poor. lives have been lost because of this and it is happening in communities from the Ozarks which is predominantly Anglo to the inner cities which are mostly people of color, to cities like SJ that are multiethnic. Organizations like the Camino Health Center help to fill in that gap allowing for one of the worlds finest trauma center and emergency facilities to stay open at Mission Hospital. This not only provides compassionate care for people of all races and religions but it allows the community to continue to be served when true emergencies strike our loved ones.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 11:55 PM
OK, 4 Square the tool comment was a little TOO crude. Let's keep it clean!
M. Johnson November 20, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Lon, Thank you for setting things straight! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Lon Uso November 20, 2012 at 08:36 PM
U2 big guy


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