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GARY HEIN, San Clemente

As many residents before us, we moved from LA County and have thoroughly enjoyed the ocean influence and clear skies associated with our village of San Clemente. 

Current information reveals a facility proposed in the Rancho San Clemente Master Association. It is a 104,000+ square-foot facility that would distribute products daily, 24/7, via semi-trailer trucks/delivery vans.

Our HOA is a sub-association of the RSSCA Master Association, with our location on Calle Del Cerro. Our board has accepted the fiduciary responsibility for our association’s financial well-being, and to uphold/improve the standards for our association homeowners. 

I would expect our city council also to accept its sworn duty to maintain the village standards as set forth in the city’s Mission Statement. All city councilmembers were voted in, “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

It is time for all of them to represent all of the people of our village and defeat any proposition for this “industrial facility,” with the ensuing congestion of semi-trucks daily.

Residents of San Clemente, take advantage of the internet—look up truck traffic congestion in Rialto, California (Linden St.) and also Milford, Massachusetts, both negatively affected by their approved Amazon facility. 

It is too late after the fact; we need to all vocalize our displeasure with any kind of Planning Commission/city council approval. The congestion is the precursor for the rest of the dilemma associated with Amazon’s “fulfillment center,” aka distribution center, aka truck terminal. 

It certainly does not fulfill any of our ideals. We will have issues with health, safety, pollution, frustration, and mainly, deteriorating our quality of life.

The City of Industry, between the 60 and 10 Freeways, was developed for just such an enterprise as the Amazon distribution center, eloquently called “fulfillment center.”

Ontario, California also was designed for distribution, with the added benefit of a Free Trade Zone. I would suggest they relocate this proposed facility to either the City of Industry or Ontario, which has all of the infrastructure for 24/7 trucking, which our village does not.

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