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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. 

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 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
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