It has been said that “the highest of distinctions is service to others” (King George VI). I have always taken my public office, whether it was in law enforcement or on the City Council, as a sacred trust between me and the public that I served. From patrolling the “mean streets” of East Los Angeles to investigations of murders in the “quiet” city of Irvine, I served with dedication, honor and service to those communities. I have brought these same qualities to my over 11 years on the City Council.
Has it always been easy and have I made mistakes along the way? Sure, however I have always learned from my mistakes and come back with more knowledge, resolve, and passion to do the best I can because I was always aware of the profound impacts my decisions (some life altering) were making on the lives of many.
San Juan Capistrano is also unique in that we have such a rich history and diversity of cultures. I have lived here for approximately 40 years and raised my family here. I have made countless friends along the way, many of which I still am able to enjoy their company. We shared little league games, Indian Guide trips, fundraising events, and many, many horseback trail rides. We are indeed a vibrant, exciting city that has a new generation of residents raising their children and enjoying the wonderful “sense of community” that San Juan represents. I am reminded that “the past is to be learned from, not lived in” (Jeffrey R. Holland) so I recognize that our town can’t just maintain the status quo of us older long-time residents, but must also look to what will continue to move us forward. As Father Serra proclaimed “Sempre Adelante” (Always Forward), we must learn from the past, live in the present, and plan for the future so that the new generation of San Juan residents can enjoy the same quality of life experienced by my family.
I have designed my webpage to be easily navigated for you so that you can keep abreast of the activities and actions of your city government. Again, you are the City and you are entitled to true and accurate information from your representatives. As much as possible, I have used only information obtained from official city records or public opinions of staff to populate the various sections of this website. In some cases, you will have my opinion on an issue and I speak only for myself. Others may have differing opinions, but that is what makes a true democracy. I would ask that you sit back, navigate through the pages of my website and learn more about this public servant and the City we all love!
Sam Allevato, Friend, Fellow Resident, Equestrian, & Three Time Mayor & Councilman.
P.S. “Life is hard, and life is harder when you are stupid!” Patriot and Great American, John Wayne, playing Sgt. Stryker, in the movie “Sands of Iwo Jima”, 1949.