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Norb Garrett

By PFM Founder Norb Garrett

You know the saying that “nothing good comes easy,” and that couldn’t be truer regarding our annual Best of San Clemente People’s Choice Ole Awards.

Each year now for the past 16 years, our staff meticulously counts the thousands of votes submitted by you, our readers, for your favorite local businesses, service vendors, nonprofits and locations here in San Clemente.

We then present those results in our annual special issue that we distribute to driveways and newsstands throughout San Clemente and also feature online as a digital magazine at our website,

The issue is a celebration of sorts, a unique opportunity for you, our readers, to support your local businesses by letting them know how much you appreciate them. For our local businesses, it’s an opportunity to say thank you as well, recognizing your steadfast support through challenging times of late.

It’s also a great way for all of us to find and try new businesses in town in an effort to “Keep it Local” and strengthen our local economy.

For all of us at San Clemente Times, it’s a truly rewarding experience in that we get to continue to deliver on our promise of delivering “Local News You Can Use.” And for our readers, the reward is knowing that by taking part in the voting process, you’re helping support local business owners and their employees by saying “thank you.” 

So, please keep your latest Best of San Clemente issue (or web link) handy and make sure to visit as many of the establishments as possible this year. Look for the new 2021 Best of San Clemente Gold and Silver stickers in the storefront windows and let them know you voted for them or decided to check them out because you read it in the SC Times.

From all of us at San Clemente Times and Picket Fence Media, thanks to all of you who voted, and congratulations to all of the businesses and people who received votes.

Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

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