Fellow Laderians,

On Tuesday, November 8, we elect the person who will be our President for the next four years. While I believe the choice is clear-cut, the race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has become so chaotic and so decisive that voters must judge for themselves who will best represent the government for the next four years. That said, the down ballot candidates are also very important. 

Last month, the Ladera Times endorsed challenger
Doug Applegate over incumbent Darrell Issa for Congressman in the California 49th Congressional District, which includes Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo. Retired Marine Col. Applegate offers fresh leadership over the long-term, do-nothing Issa who has wasted millions of American taxpayer dollars conducting needless, phony investigations designed to deny President Barack Obama his rightful legacy. It's time for Issa to retire and let someone who can serve the district instead of himself for a change.

The Times also endorses Ladera Ranch's own
Chuck Gibson for re-election to the Santa Margarita Water Authority Board. Chuck was first elected four years ago and has been a tireless leader in making sure people in the water authority district, including Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo, have clean potable water now and in the foreseeable future.

In fact, the Ladera Times recommends voting for the incumbent Three Sons: Chuck Gib
son, Betty Olson, and Charlie Wilson. All three have done an incredible job in keeping us in good clean water now despite the four-year drought, and going forward as far as one can imagine in face of a drought many forecasters say is likely to last years. After all, we do live in a desert and we don't produce one drop of our own water.

California's 73rd State Assembly district is currently represented by Republican
Bill Bough of Dana Point. As a freshman legislature, Bill has represented the district well and deserves to be returned to Sacramento for another two-year term.

We endorse
Jim Reardon, Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) Trustee in the 2nd District, which includes Ladera Ranch and Rancho Mission Viejo, for re-election. A lot of politicians say they're going to be fiscally conservative but, when they get elected, they rarely find ways to cut government spending without affecting vital government services. On the other hand, Jim Reardon, kept his promise by reducing the school district Mello-Roos taxes by millions by restructuring our debt without affecting CUSD's services to its students. That's my idea of fiscal conservatism.

And finally, the Ladera Times is supporting three-time Mission Viejo Mayor
Frank Ury for the Board of the Municipal Water District of Orange County. This water district is a wholesale water supplier and resource planning agency that serves all of Orange County (except Anaheim, Fullerton, and Santa Ana) through 28 retail water agencies, including the Santa Margarita Water Authority. We support Frank Ury for the same reason we have endorsed Chuck Gibson for the Santa Margarita Water Authority Board . . . we need proven leadership that will ensure we have adequate water supplies today and in the future.

This election is very important in determining the future of America, and in electing the local leadership we need and deserve going forward. Be sure to vote

                                                                        Jim Schmitt, Editor and Publisher