The San Clemente City Council approved an ordinance on second reading that will allow MemorialCare to build a mixed-use development on its former hospital site. The council’s formal approval comes as members of the community have lobbed unfounded claims that Mayor Pro Tem Chris Duncan violated ethics rules by holding improper discussions with MemorialCare—allegations that both Duncan and the medical group dispute.
The San Clemente City Council chose not to send a letter urging the Orange County Board of Supervisors not to sign off on “unreasonable pay raises” during the board’s labor negotiations with the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriff’s.
In a pointed effort to reduce San Clemente’s unfunded pension liability, Mayor Gene James’ motion to start the process toward spending 33% of revenue from visitors on a pension pay-down was approved by the City Council on Nov 1.
Since January, there have been 10 residential burglaries in San Clemente’s Talega neighborhood. According to Capt. Tony Benfield, OCSD has seen reports of burglaries across the city rise to their previous levels from before the pandemic—when more people were at home and there were fewer burglaries.
The San Clemente City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 20, voted to enter an exclusive negotiating period with Pacific Medical Buildings to determine whether to transfer use of city-owned land off of Avenida Vista Hermosa and Avenida La Pata for potential development of a medical facility.
With City Manager Erik Sund stepping down from his post on Friday, Sept. 9, the San Clemente City Council voted, 3-2, to approve a candidate to handle the role’s responsibilities in the interim at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Following a recent shooting at Max Berg Plaza Park that left one man with a minor head injury, city officials are working with Police Services to address some critical needs to protect residents in the surrounding area, such as the installation of cameras and upgraded lights. The City Council is also set to consider a proposal to finance an additional deputy sheriff.