Why the term Black Lives Matter is Ineffective

I saw the Black Lives Matter protesters in Chicago blocking entrance to stores for Black Friday shoppers. I thought this was a highly ineffective way of protesting, and that thought triggered a criticism of the movement itself. That is that the slogan Black Lives Matter is also highly ineffective as a slogan. I’ll explain further….

Fear and Loathing in San Clemente

It’s become clear a serious national malady has made its way to the local San Clemente stage, and has become an affliction to city politics, and community unity. This malady is fear. The way I see this manifest is through the villainization of addicts, the homeless, and viewpoints that don’t reinforce this fear. While it’s…

The National Cycle of Vicious Politics

A thought struck me. Of course I’m likely not pulling everything together very neatly, but that thought is that the country is in this political situation because we’re reacting to situations and are not proactively addressing them. Bush came in reaction to Clinton, Obama came in reaction to Bush, and Clinton and Trump seem to me…

Healthy Homes or Barriers Built in San Clemente

A division separates an item into parts. The two parts are either big powers or small, relationships that were but are no longer. And so as a lens to see, big divisions exist along with the small divisions. The big ones reach down to the smaller ones, and the smaller ones influence bigger ones as…

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…