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RUTH MARTIN, San Clemente

Is it legal for a city to give priority/favoritism for one group’s wants/desires over the safety and quality of life of its residences?

I’m pretty sure it is morally inappropriate.

Listening to pickleball players, it is abundantly obvious that they feel it’s the responsibility of the city of San Clemente to meet their needs, which include more courts, how these courts are designed and that they are lighted.

Is it the position of our city council and Beaches Parks & Recreation that San Clemente be the premium pickleball destination for South Orange County?

Is it fiscally judicious to allocate our funds to pickleball over the needs that encompass a broader spectrum of San Clemente residents?

San Gorgonio Park is a great asset to our city but is located on a residential street, which has no infrastructure allowing its full potential.

Furthermore, the pickleball players want more courts with lighting. Proper placement seems irrelevant.

However, the environmental impact, safety of our residential streets impact, light pollution impact or noise pollution impact have not even been investigated or a requirement of the consultant our BP&R has spent over $15,000 thus far.

How can we expect our park commissioners and city council to make appropriate decisions?

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