San Clemente Parent Wants to Open New Charter School in South Orange County

While living in Frisco, Texas, Kevin Pratt’s kids attended a charter school called Founders Classical Academy, which had uniforms and taught kids Latin and logic. After moving further west, to San Clemente, he’s been working on opening his own charter school, the California Republic Leadership Academy. No exact location has been set yet, but Pratt has his eye on somewhere in San Clemente or San Juan Capistrano, and is seeking approval from the Capistrano Unified School District.

Grom of the Week: Samaira Lizzi

This week’s featured grom is Samaira Lizzi, an 11-year-old San Clemente ripper who’s been getting into a competitive spirit recently, showing up at the Western Surfing Association competition at Trail 6, where she came in strong with a sixth-place finish in the Under 12s.

Historical Happenings: Happy Birthday, Casino San Clemente

In this month’s Historical Happenings, Tom Marshall looks back at the past 85 years of the Casino San Clemente, the city’s historical dance hall in North Beach that hosted such stars as Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney in its heyday. It’s since become an entertainment and wedding venue that will host a special VIP celebration this Saturday.