SC logo squareDiane Rogers and Michael Rogers, San Clemente

To all members of city government for the city of San Clemente, I respectively request an explanation as to why our good city is being so unfair to its residents. I believe it has been proven the water rate tier system as well as the fines imposed on the residents of San Clemente are illegal, which was proven by the city of San Juan Capistrano.

We are not a separate state, country or lower class of people that we should be made to give up our established yards that beautify our homes for the city to sell it to the builders, of outlet malls and homes, at a much lower rate. The water uses are endless because our city needs to grow? Honestly? A drought?

What is really going on? Again, it seems as though the middle class carries the weight for the city. We conserve. We can’t afford the tier pricing, the charges for over usage, so the water then goes to developers and builders, not with the penalties the average middle-class family is charged. No, it is handed to them and charged a more minimal amount than the existing residents.

Our city government is always commenting on how much they want to stay The Spanish Village by the Sea. It’s all hot air!

I’m sure I am speaking for the majority of residents, if not just for my family. But this city owes the citizens of San Clemente an explanation and the return of our overcharged water rates and fines. This is the perfect example of pockets getting lined with stolen money.

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  • bravo! my water usage on a very large lot bordering 2 canyons has dropped 25% percent per year over last 2 years. i still get penalties and have trouble buying insurance as i am located in a fire risk zone!
    again, government has failed me!

  • water rates are illegal as are the penalties. San Clemente has wells and buys all other water from OCMWD at one contracted price. it is all about subsidizing others. unfortunately for the rate payer the city does not care how many people live in your unit. plus commercial users are charged a low single rate with no limit or penalty.

    the studies show that tiers may not be as effective as a single fair rate. but the city council has not been informed of this. now the city has hired the usual experts to verify that it’s illegal rates are legal. in a month the new study will be available to Council. don’t expect anything new.

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