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Linda Sadeghi, San Clemente

Last Friday morning, the California Coastal Commission approved the Miramar development project. Maybe our first reaction is “Hooray! We have saved the Miramar!” But have we actually? Or have we been hoodwinked into entitling an overbuilt private project out of desperation?

The Miramar is in horrific condition, neglected for years with broken glass, exposed wires, open holes, skaters breaking off stucco, a magnet for local transients, trash-laden and with almost permanent stains of public urination. Have we forgotten that the same developers we are now applauding for “saving” the landmark are the same ones that have kept the property in this sad and neglected condition for the last decade, flagrantly ignoring code enforcement pleas? Did we realize that former public officials have helped entitle the private property for a quick flip? Or that the city spent $20,000 of grant money for this private development group?

Have we analyzed the proposal’s addition of 50 percent square footage encroaching on this historic footprint or are we really okay with zero percent landscaping and 9-foot perimeter walls to alter our historic district of lush lawns? There is no sidewalk on the south side of the project – are we okay walking our kids on the north side against oncoming El Camino Real traffic with no landscape buffer?

Perhaps we fell into a well-built trap—that of the owners doing absolutely nothing, not even the most basic of maintenance, for a full decade, in order that we welcome any solution whatsoever, even if it means solid concrete, overbuilding and historic desecration. Fort Knox at the historic entrance to our “Spanish Village by the Sea.”

By the way, the developer was a no-show at the Coastal Commission hearing.

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comments (3)

  • and the pot called the kettle black ,,, yes its Bull briskets why should the cummunity have to provide for either ruin

  • Man you are hilarious Linda! None of these were concerns for you when you were cramming your monstrosity of a mini mall down our throats. Converting beach parking into 56,000 sq. ft. of shopping. You were then suggesting people cross PCH from a parking lot across the street. You are the biggest hypocrite in town. Kudos to you for your work with the Casino but as far as actually caring for SC outside of your own needs you’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Furthermore I’d like to remind you of another letter you posted when you were all devastated that the people of San Clemente voted against your land grab project in which you tried to garner sympathy painting a picture of what we all missed out on in the form of a breakfast place with Blue Berry pancakes over looking the ocean. You now rent to Ellie’s table (an exceptional establishment) but no blue berry pancakes on the menu. You’re a propaganda machine for your needs alone. You’re words are empty. Try honesty, it may serve you better. Truly why is this project a problem for you?

  • The study to claim we don,t need it !!!! ! parking!!!!! provided the grounds for that terrible fascist plan playa del norty ,now beach access and community improvements are blocked by the historic society / down town business accusation / chamber , . Claim that they deserve all ! community assets – and entitlements , to improve their property values -including sidewalk moneys- parking & beach parking moneys – grants – under-grounding utility – and redevelopments – while we pay the bill and suffer threw their privileged enrichment

    while the remainder of the community deals with codes and development specifications that are unreasonable and unfair to all but the cronies ?

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