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Shelli La Plante, San Clemente
Quaint village by the sea. Not so much anymore. What happened? We moved here 28 years ago, when Pico ended at La Pata and development didn’t exist inland. Soon after, the new Talega residents decided they didn’t want to be part of San Clemente. City icons like Garden Cafe and Burger Stop have been ousted in the name of progress or greed. Sober living homes are separating neighbors and neighborhoods and diminishing the tranquility of our little village ambiance; of our once quaint and peaceful city. Freeway construction 24/7 disrupts our sleeping. We even lost our hospital. Hundreds of acres are disturbed and redeveloped for a large outlet mall that doesn’t really offer true outlet prices. Sirens are heard throughout the city all day long. Shootings are now a common story in the San Clemente Times. Not quaint or very peaceful at all anymore. How has this been allowed to happen? Progress, greed and poor management continue to destroy what so many of us have cherished about which the city once drew us to love about San Clemente. Can we get our quaint Village by the Sea back, or is it lost forever?
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