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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of San Juan CapistranoCandidate for Council Member, Council District 4

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John Taylor

Small Business Owner
757 votes (55%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preserve and protect the unique, historic, small town nature of our community.
  • Fix the "ghost train" issue which affects all residents daily. Solve the traffic and parking issues in our downtown and throughout the Capistrano Villas.
  • End the constant, expensive, time consuming lawsuits and countersuits.



Profession:Small Business Owner - Property Manager and GC
President, John S. Taylor General Contracting Inc. (1988–current)
President, The Rotary Club SJC — Elected position (2016–2017)
San Juan Capistrano City Council, City Councilman and Mayor — Elected position (2010–2014)
Board Member, Orange County Vector Control — Elected position (2010–2014)
President, SJC Little League — Elected position (2001–2003)
Board Member, SJC Little League — Elected position (1996–2003)


University of California Irvine Bachelors of Biological Science from UC Irvine, Pre Med Student focusing on Biology (1983)

Community Activities

Volunteer - Welcome Team, Saddleback Church Rancho Capistrano (2018–current)
Life Time Member, SJC Historical Society (1990–current)
Board of Director, Camino Real Playhouse (2017–current)
Head Coach - PAC-10, USC Men's Rowing Team (2010–2011)
Board Member, Los Rios Review Commitee (1990–1997)


I’m John Taylor, your candidate for our 4th District here in San Juan Capistrano. My wife, Marianne and I have lived in San Juan Capistrano for over 35 years, raised 2 wonderful kids and restored 2 historic homes in the Los Rios Historic District.

As a former Mayor of our beautiful historic town, I’m very concerned with the direction our city has taken in the past few years.  I have decided to run for City Council and get our cherished city back on track.


I want our next generation to inherit a city with less crime, less traffic, less lawsuits, less expensive water and a brighter future for all of our residents.

Join me in making a difference for the future generations!


Vote John Taylor for City Council!

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mayor Sergio Farias - San Juan Capistrano
  • Diane Harkey - State Board of Equalization
  • Senator Pat Bates

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Hello Neighbor! I am John Taylor candidate for District 4 San Juan Capistrano. I have lived in SJC for 35 years and restored 2 historic homes on Los Rios street. I bring experience, knowledge and passion to the 4th District of San Juan Capistrano. Experience:
  • Graduate of UC Irvine with a BS in Biology
  • President of SJC Little League
  • Member of Los Rios Review Committee
  • President of the SJC Rotary Club
  • Small Business owner since 1983 specializing in commercial construction and property management
  • SJC City Council Member 2010-2014 and Mayor 2013
Issues I am committed to:
  • Solve traffic and Parking Problems
  • Encourage community input on any proposed developments
  • Balance our budget, and ensure the sale of the Water Department will help residents, not just add to the city treasury
  • Honestly address the homeless issue, with both compassion for their situation and respect for our neighborhoods, parks, streets and laws.
  • End the constant, expensive, time consuming lawsuits and countersuits
  • Preserve the unique, historic, small town nature of our community
  • Protect our equestrian lifestyle from those who seek to destroy it
  • Maintain protections for our senior citizens living in Mobile home parks I will continue to:
Tasks I completed while on City Council 2010-2014
  • Practice fiscal responsibility – we increased our emergency cash reserve from 8% in 2010 to a healthy 50% in 2014. Much of this reserve has been depleted due to the many lawsuits that have faced our city over the past 4 years.
  • Run an efficient staff — we reduced employees from 109 to 87, saving thousands of dollars; annual audits rated excellent.
  • Keep our city safe —we increased positions in the Sheriff’s Department resulting in the lowest crime rates in years.
  • Protect our water supply —we obtained $5 million in state grants to upgrade our Groundwater Recovery Plant, producing nearly half the city’s water from our own wells —water that we don’t have to buy from Metropolitan Water District!
  • Manage traffic —work with other agencies to proactively mitigate traffic issues. Work to find solutions to our downtown parking problems.
Endorsements: I am proud to be endorsed by Mayor Sergio Farias, State Board of Equalization Member Diane Harkey, Council Member Brian Maryott, Former Orange County Sherriff Brad Gates and hundreds of our neighbors. I respectfully ask for your vote and look forward to meeting you in town. Visit or call me 949-496-9799 Thank you, John

Videos (1)

John Taylor for City Council Video — October 21, 2018 John Taylor for City Council Campaign

This video is about me and my history in San Juan Capistrano. I will walk you through my top concerns and take you to the locations whcih the issues are occuring. 

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