Historical Happenings: The War of the Roses

A suspected gang-related shooting this past summer in Max Berg Plaza Park prompted San Clemente city officials to remove objects that gang members could hide behind. As a result, 6-foot-tall beds of white roses were dug up and thrown away. No big deal, right? Not so fast, Tom Marshall notes in his latest Historical Happenings column. It turns out the bed of Peace Roses were of historic value.

Adoptable Pet of the Week: Tyrion

This week’s featured adoptable pet is 8-month-old Tyrion, who is ready for his big break. Taken in as a stray under dire circumstances, Tyrion received emergency medical treatment, which helped to save his life. Since his recovery, he has proven himself to be quite the little sweetie and captures the hearts of everyone he meets.

Adoptable Pet of the Week: Bella

This week’s featured adoptable pet is Bella, an 8-year-old mild-mannered kitty who is looking for a new beginning. Abandoned by her previous owner, Bella can be a bit shy on first meeting, but she is quite affectionate and sweet once she gets to know you.

Historical Happenings: When San Clemente Was the Center of the Political World

How Nixon came to choose San Clemente as his base is as interesting as it was improbable, Tom Marshall reports in his latest Historical Happenings column. Soon after taking office in January 1969, Nixon let it be known that he wanted to have a private residence somewhere in Southern California, where he was born and raised. This bit of news perked the interest of local resident Fred Divel. He had the perfect place for Nixon: the blufftop home of the late Hamilton Cotton.