Do Closed and Secret Facebook groups effectively engage San Clemente?

Facebook groups like San Clemente Life are popular, so much so that other cities have tried to emulate its success. It’s an open group where a range of topics are freely expressed. These are topics like suggested restaurants, rounding up lost pets, picturesque photography, and issues of safety, policy, and civic involvement.The group has facilitated…

Finished Product: The Estrella Plaza

I trimmed a few hairs at Popeye’s this afternoon, and was excited to see the Estrella Plaza facelift. In a previous post I noted there was insufficient attachment to Estrella, sprawling and sloping parking lots, and a lack of continuity between stores. Nearly all of my concerns were absent in observations today. A particularly big thing is…

What’s with the Old San Clemente/Talega Divide?

I was influenced by an article Charles Marohn wrote on the planning site, Strong Towns. The article reminded me of the cross-pollination of ideas and intellectual inquisitiveness that I loved in school. While I don’t want to bore readers with intellectual meanders, I wanted to use these lens to examine the possible roots of San…

Advantages of Curb Regeneration at North Beach

I’m a big proponent of walkable cities. Walkable design creates safer, healthier, and more socially dynamic locations than car-oriented ones. It creates place and conviviality, two thing cherished in San Clemente. I was excited by the regeneration of the curbs at North Beach, seeing that this was a great contribution to the walkability of the North Beach…

Was the Petition for Districts fairly Represented?

I noticed some inconsistencies in the petition sent to the city council for districts, and wanting to respond to it. I wanted to separate this into a separate post from my previous post about districts to specifically address the text of the petition, and to provide further context explaining my assessment of whether or not it fairly…

Districts in San Clemente: Yay or Nay?

I’ve been sitting on an issue, waiting to see how it develops. I’m finally ready to chime in. That issue is districts in San Clemente. I always like to do my homework before expressing opinions, and with this one I’ve got a bunch of tabs open with how districts work, the pros and cons in different…

Estrella Plaza: Urban Design Problems still?

It’s not fair to evaluate an incomplete project, I know. I noticed something in the regeneration of the Estrella Plaza that concerned me, and I wanted to be a little unfair and note some things out. My hope is that this post can offer some insights, and possibly influence the plaza to adjust strategies to increase its chances of…

Development Idea: The Victoria Promenade

I wanted to create a plan using New Urbanist concepts that would address several important areas for the community. I’m interested in revitalization, or rather the maximization of urban design through reuse, economic development, and contextually appropriate methodology. I have several sites I’m looking at, and thought this one was most exciting. The site is…

Stater Bros. Shopping Center – Serious Urban Design Problems

Complaints are coming in regularly about homeless activities around the Stater Bros. Shopping Center, in San Clemente. Within a couple of days, the OCSD sheriff’s blotter showed disturbances, lewdness, and aggressive behavior towards shoppers. This struck me as very odd, and I wanted to investigate what was happening. What I found were three fundamentally fatal issues in the…

Who Are San Clemente’s Homeless?

It was interesting for me to see that discussions about homelessness in San Clemente coincided with the El Nino storm season. From Thanksgiving on, residents have selflessly given of their time and resources, and have sought permanent methods to accommodate homeless individuals. While it’s true that coastal cities attract the homeless, lots of them coming…

The Magic Scene Developing at North Beach

I’ve been meaning to examine the details of the scene developing at North Beach. The Ole Hanson Beach Club is under regeneration, the Casino is a picturesque site for weddings and events, Ellie’s Table scored big time on locations, and is looking fantastic, and the Miramar theater and bowling alley possess incredible possibility. This part of town is potentially an iconic…

Event: “Readiness through Awareness” – January 16th 2016

The above scenes have become all too familiar.   Join us to learn: Be Prepared to Handle the Impact of Violence in the Workplace, School, Community or Home Invasion – Working in Partnership to Save Lives and Mitigate Trauma Date & Time: Saturday, January 16th    Noon – 2 PM Place: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 310…