Since you quoted me, sort of, allow me the opportunity to be clear. I think the City is entirely too involved in real estate dealings.

The fact that they even own the property in question is a past mistake.

If the current Council makes a deal too favorable to Wal-Mart, they will have used public funds to the detriment of existing retailers in our area.

I have no opinion about Wal-Mart itself. If they can afford the property, pay a fair market price for it and can get their building permit past the insane planning gauntlet at our City Hall, then who am I to question this?

As for Mayor Uso, the $80 vs. $100 analogy fails, because the money in question is public money.

In San Juan Capistrano, the City has a habit of paying too much and asking too little when it comes to real estate.

— Jim Reardon, San Juan Capistrano

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