Unfortunately John went from being a candidate who won his seat on the City Council campaigning as a utility tax increase opponent, to quickly becoming an outspoken advocate for those very tax increases once safely elected to office. I think it can be safely said that as far as utility taxes go Mayor Capoccia went on to fight for the needs of government and not the citizens who first put him there.
The following two emails were sent to his list of supporters when he was first running for the City Council starting in late 2011. I was on John's mailing list back then, and that is why I have these to share with you now. I was cleaning out old email over the weekend and came across both. Given what is happening today, they're quite a find.
John provided us with some pretty good arguments for opposing any increases in Sierra Madre's utility taxes. Which makes sense. Making that argument as well as he did is how John got elected to the City Council in the first place. Along with defeating the first of what was eventually to became three separate UUT increase ballot initiatives.
Here is candidate Capoccia's take on the UUT increase attempt of four years ago. Note John's reluctance to put his name on any of these opinions.
This could make you wonder how much of what John Capoccia has said on other topics is actually for real. I guess that depends on your level of trust.
Of course, since he is running virtually unopposed this time around, the question is probably academic.