By Shawn Raymundo, San Clemente Times City Editor
When I was first asked to take on the role of city editor for the San Clemente Times, moving over from its sister publication, The Capistrano Dispatch, I was enthusiastic and motivated for the opportunity.
San Juan Capistrano was certainly a wonderful town to cover, but reporting on San Clemente brought with it a fresh set of new challenges and issues I felt ready to tackle. There was an energy and liveliness to San Clemente that just resonated throughout the entire city.
The residents were extremely passionate about a number of issues. They were vocal on topics they knew would impact not only their daily lives but the daily lives of their fellow citizens. Though there were varying perspectives to each issue, each person only felt as strongly as they did because they truly cared about their community at large.
This past year was certainly a challenging one for the residents of San Clemente. The homelessness crisis ramped up and we were thrown into another election season following the unexpected death of Mayor Steve Swartz.
But together we made it out another year; and together we’ll make it through the next.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this time to thank the readers of the San Clemente Times. Through your continued support, my colleagues and I have been able to fulfill Picket Fence Media’s mantra of giving you “Local News You Can Use.”
As we look forward to 2020, we will work at not just continuing to carry that charge, but also improve our efforts in being a steward of truth for the local communities of South Orange County.
Happy New Year, everyone.
Shawn Raymundo is the city editor for the San Clemente Times. He graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies. Before joining Picket Fence Media, he worked as the government accountability reporter for the Pacific Daily News in the U.S. territory of Guam. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnzyTsunami and follow San Clemente Times @SCTimesNews.