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With great interest, I read Steve Pezman’s excellent reply to Peter Cassimatis’s curious letter to the editor in the April 21 edition of the San Clemente Times, where San Clemente residents are roundly criticized for taking continuing public action on matters critical to sustaining quality of life issues here in our village by the sea.
Regarding the ridicule of DeRail the Rail, should we have preferred double tracking along San Clemente’s coastline, doubling the number of trains (and train horns) all hours day and night? No conscious San Clemente resident could ever want that.
It was stated Rib Traders restaurant was run out of town and was replaced by a “postage-stamp”-sized Ralphs.
“Two pounds of baloney, please.”
There are six, large-chain grocery stores, and one petite grocery store within SC city limits and a Costco a few miles north. Take your pick when searching your favorite secret sauce.
There were barbs launched in the letter aimed at the long-defunct, North Beach non-development dust-up: plunking a view-blocking, beach-close, two-story bar/restaurant where it needn’t be.
Thanks to San Clemente’s conscious activists, isn’t it?
The Poche Beach’s recycling system was next. Poche’s problems begin far upstream, involving a landfill, upstream residents overwatering, a golf course that could do more and bird poop at water’s edge.
The remedy is a falcon. Poche is no longer Orange County’s worst thanks to the falcon.
Regarding San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, SONGS was shuttered due to leaky, radioactive pipes. Edison ran the numbers and decided it was too costly to fix, permanently closing SONGS. So what propaganda?
The letter stated the City Council muffed the hospital deal. Fact: City Council wants the hospital and its ER.
The letter addressed the Nixon Library Plan that came with 1,700 homes, removal of the beach bluffs and all habitat.
At least with the Outlet Mall and the multi-million dollar homes being built there, we now have a public, ocean-view bluff trail network, with parks, and protected habitat beyond compare, open to everyone.
The letter blamed weekend I-5 traffic on the lack of a toll road and privileged local surfers for stopping a toll road to Trestles.
Privileged local surfers? Trestles is a global surf spot known around the world. Every surfer who surfs Trestles, San Onofre and San Clemente are privileged. Surfers all know that, and respect that privilege. The toll road was a terrible idea on so many levels, there’s not space here to state them all, but if you ever want to have coffee, I’ll explain them to you. But here’s one, a toll road here would do nothing to ease I-5 traffic. In fact, it would have made I-5 traffic worse.
People should feel privileged to live in a town whose residents fight to keep San Clemente the wonderful place it is.