The organized opposition to the recall which we suspect was designed by political smear merchant Dave Ellis working with SJC Commission member Rob Ferguson, has come out blazing with lies, half-truths and counter logic. They do this in complete defiance of the law. Ferguson who is their public leader, has stated that he "will not be registering" with the FPPC as required by law. Given that they are defending Sam Allevato who votes to violate federal, state and local laws costing taxpayers millions, it should come as no surprise.
Read about it in the following story printed in the online San Juan Patch:
"Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, San Juan Capistrano residents were treated to an election season-type mailer, accusing one political faction in town of courting lawyers to file big-bucks lawsuits against the city...
The flier comes from San Juan Cares, a new group in town saying it just wants to report the facts. So who is San Juan Cares? The front man is Robert Ferguson, a member of the Open Space, Trails and Equestrian Commission who says he’s a neutral third party in the midst of two warring factions in town, the council majority and a group of disgruntled citizens looking to recall one of them, Councilman Sam Allevato.
“I started San Juan Cares because I was tired of the tone, tenor and personal attacks in our local politics,” Ferguson told Patch. “There are no sides here. It is the political environment, and anyone that would support bringing civility to it I welcome.”
But he surrounds himself with people who are clearly partisan – in support of Allevato – and even out-of-town political operatives. Ferguson’s mailer, a glossy, full color four-pager, attacks the people behind the Community Common Sense newspaper and the Capistrano Taxpayers Association but has no issues with Allevato or the council majority.
When San Juan Cares announced its formation, an email went out to the media from David Ellis, a Newport Beach political consultant known more for his efforts on the Orange County Fairgrounds Board of Directors.
When asked why he was involved, Ellis told Patch he was simply helping Ferguson out with “logistics, like email.” He also acknowledged putting together the group’s website.