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SCSQUARED halfKaren Grata, San Clemente

This past Saturday evening, Sept. 19, my spouse and I decided to beat the heat, head downtown for dinner, then party like it’s 1999. We invited another couple to dinner at Rocco’s and then cocktails and dancing at Iva Lees. We enjoyed a great evening. The whole town seemed to be out. Lots of people everywhere, which is just what our town needs. After dinner, drinks, etc., we decided to do the correct thing and not drive home. A cab was called and we all made it home safely after a perfect evening out.

We returned Sunday morning at 7 a.m. to retrieve our car, which was parked in one of a few city lots on Cabrillo, south of El Camino. As we were driving past various lots, I commented that all of the lots seemed to be about 30 percent full in the morning and how great it is to see people being more responsible and taking transportation home.

Unfortunately, it cost us more than the $15 cab ride home. We were greeted with a $43 parking violation for being in the lot between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. (as were all the other cars). So I just wanted to say “Thank you very much, San Clemente!” After the four of us spent close to $600 between two fine establishments, we certainly should have realized those parking areas must be mighty busy between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Who knew?

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