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LAURIE PATTON, San Clemente

As a homeowner in the proposed area of San Clemente, I am voicing my opposition to the proposed Amazon warehouse in San Clemente.

As of March 2021, Amazon tripled its suburban logistics nodes from nine to 32 in Southern California, adding new hubs from Mission Viejo to Palmdale, from Playa Vista to Upland.

As well as having nearby warehouses in Oceanside and Mission Viejo, these are the reasons I oppose the proposed site.

The 24/7 operations (and possibly drones in the future) will:

  • Be in the middle of a highly residential area with only a handful of key arteries to the freeway through the heart of residential communities
  • Cripple traffic and increase accidents
  • Operate diesel-fueled big rigs 24/7
  • Cause air pollution
  • Damage the roads that are paid for with taxpayer money
  • Threaten health and safety
  • Increase fire risks, putting our local homeowners’ insurance at risk or at increased premiums
  • Raise the urban heat index
  • Depress property values

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