San Clemente Cares
Started 6 petitions
Enforce current laws - smoking, indecent exposure, public intoxication, open containers.
The rule of law must come back to San Clemente. We have documented many cases in which laws are broken and nothing is done about it. While KFI was filming here, Corbin Carson (FKI reporter) was approached by numerous intoxicated transients, some with open containers. People smoking everywhere. This is all on film broadcasted for everyone to see on Twitter. The city of San Clemente has laws that must be ENFORCED. We understand the Martin Vs. Boise decision precludes from enforcing anti-camping laws, but nothing in there precludes from enforcing common sense laws - alleged public intoxication, alleged defecation, alleged theft of bikes, alleged selling of bike parts, smoking, public urination, blocking ADA compliant sidewalks, alleged assaults. We feel compassion for the people that have fallen into hard times. We wish that the city and State would follow the lead from Rhode Island and offer rehab for those who need it under the department of corrections. The Fourteen amendment is clear. Equal protection under the law. There can't be a different set of rules for unsheltered individuals and sheltered ones. There are other cities that are under lawsuits as well, such as the city of Placentia. They are vigorously enforcing their quality of life laws and providing timely information to the public on steps to improve safety. TRANSPARENCY is the key!! We ask that the city, county, OCSD, OCDA and County Supervisors work together to truly solve this crisis. We ask San Clemente leaders put a plan together to increase the deputy count. Lowest in the nation per Capita and assign a Full-TIme Officer to the North Beach areas. At a minimum, hire a full-time security guard for the area to document nefarious behavior.
NO SECRET DEALS ON HOMELESS SHELTER!!! OPEN DISCUSSIONS FOR EVERYONE TO SEE..
San Clemente must open a temporary homeless shelter in order to enforce the anti-camping laws imposed by the recent ruling of Martin Vs Boise. The ruling basically bars the city from enforcing anti-camping laws as long as there is no shelter provided. For months, the city has said that a shelter is imminent; however, the public has been kept in the dark as all the discussions happen only during CLOSED session. These discussions need to be during OPEN session to comply with the Ralph Brown Act. From: Ferguson, Laura <FergusonL@san-clemente.org>Date: Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 8:30 PMSubject: May 7th Council Meeting AgendaTo: Makshanoff, James <email@example.com>Cc: Bane, Dan <BaneD@san-clemente.org>, Ferencz, Veronica <FerenczV@san-clemente.org> Dear James, Mayor Pro Tem Bane and I would like you (or designated staff) to prepare an agenda report for the May 7th City Council meeting sharing your efforts to develop a plan for the temporary emergency sheltered beds for the homeless (until a regional solution is available) which City Council gave direction to you to do one and a one-half months ago. To not place this on the City Council agenda on May 7th and every agenda going forward until we have a shelter plan in place, and to continue holding this conversation in closed session without properly noticing it on the agenda, is a Brown Act violation. It is time for a public update on this as well as a public discussion on solving this problem. North Beach in particular is a growing concern and the longer we go without a plan to offer beds to those experiencing homelessness, law enforcement cannot enforce the city’s anti-camping laws because there’s no option for sleeping indoors and therefore government cannot criminalize people for sleeping outdoors on public property without exception. Further, we have the potential to pose a public health and safety risk not only to those who are homeless but to the public at-large. Between Mayor Pro Tem Bane and I, we have separately spoken with and met with elected officials in other cities, and visited a shelter in North County and have attended meetings/forums with speakers and panelists with expertise on addressing homelessness. We have gained knowledge and first hand accounts on how swiftly some cities are responding to this crisis. We have also been meeting with the human affairs committee to develop our own city town hall on homelessness for mid-June but before then we will bring an agenda report back to City Council as required by our fellow members of council when our request for this town hall was approved. I will be sharing this correspondence on social media so the public, many who have been writing us frequently since the last council meeting, can see how transparent and collaborative we want to be in working together to come up with a viable plan since we do not have sheltered beds available, yet. Thank you for your timely attention to this matter of utmost concern to our community. Sincerely, Councilwoman Laura Ferguson Mayor Pro Tem Dan Bane
OCSD move tents NOT to block right of way for disabled veterans, adults and children
San Clemente's homeless population is camping on the sidewalks leading to the MetroLink station and the beach trail creating a safety hazard for our community. It appears that our city council in San Clemente and OCSD believe that due to the Martin Vs. Boise decision, they are allowed to block the right of way and can't be moved. OCDA and ADA disagree. Those tents can't be blocking the sidewalks for disabled people. They must provide a 36-inch clear access for wheelchairs. We feel compassion for those that have fallen in hard times and don't have a home; however, our disabled community needs to have access to the sidewalk. PHOTO CREDIT - OC REGISTER
No extra Severance for James Makshanoff or Erik Sund
ProblemCosta Mesa has an operating budget of $142.54 million dollars, over double that of San Clemente. Their recently fired City Manager made $337,113.58 salary + benefits in 2017. His severance pay was a tidy 9 months pay.Our City Manager made $357,385.00 back in 2016. Our annual budget is $68 million.Tim Brown, Kathy Ward and Chris Hamm want to extend the severance pay for the City Manager to 1.5 years In what world does this make sense? And why is James Makshanoff's salary for 2017 not yet listed? San Clemente has no transparency.San Clemente residents, you are a piggy bank for the whims of Tim Brown, Kathy Ward and Chris Hamm. In addition, this bounds the next council NOT to fire the City Manager for an additional 120 days. This is unconscionable. SolutionVote NO on extending Severance Pay!!
Governor Brown: Dissolve the TCA (Toll Roads)
The Toll Roads is a failed joint powers authority that is fiscally irresponsible, involved in public deception and its usefulness is over in the new age of technology. 1) We value our open space and we bought our homes as such. The Toll Road is proposing to go through fully developed cities, parks, and schools and build within 500 feet of Tesoro High, San Juan Hills High, Marblehead Elementary and San Clemente High. California law prevents that. These areas have their own watershed, endangered species, and water restrictions. 2) Cost per mile to build the Toll Road Extension could be at par with the failed bullet train (Pacific Research Group). The new extension could cost upwards for $1 billion dollar 3) We have among the highest tolls in the nation. To compensate with sagging ridership, the Toll Road has risen their Tolls 12 times since inception.This is just another Tax on citizens - (Pacific Research Group) 4) According to Pacific Research Group, The Toll Roads have received over $1.7 Billion dollars of taxpayer money through grants, developer fees. Once the Toll Roads are completed, Caltrans is responsible for maintaining roads at Taxpayer expenses. Fix the current roads. This is double taxation. Measure M money is being used for the Toll Roads. Again, double taxation. 5) In order to achieve mobility, lower pricing should be offered at the other Tolls (241 nd 73) to take more cars off the road. 6) Cities do not meet Air Quality Standards (AQMD) NOW, a TollWay will add more to this problem. 7) The Toll Roads have been involved in litigation regarding their deceptive pricing practices 8) The Toll Roads have added more debt to their structure preventing the roads becoming free for another 20 years. 9) We already paid for these roads through Gas Taxes, Developer fees, and Public Grants. This is clearly a case of double taxation. Caltrans maintains these roads with public dollars. 10) Instead of paying off the debt, the Toll Roads pays exorbitant salaries to their employees, consultants and marketing expenses 11) Because of the TCA, no other reasonable mobility solutions can be considered because the TCA's only tool is to build more toll roads 12) No more backroom deals between developers and local politicians 13) These are vanity roads for the well healed. The representation from minority groups is minimal on these roads. #notmytollroad
NO Toll Roads Through South OC, which includes San Onofre State Park and Beltway!!!
- The Toll Road Goes over VOTER APPROVED OPEN SPACE! - San Clemente, South County and TCA decided long time ago that a toll road through South OC would have devastating effects - our General Plans specifies open space. This toll road will ensure economic hardship, neighborhood and community cohesion by bisecting our cities, negative response times for first responders, air quality, noise, traffic, visual impacts and environmental impacts. - We believe that the mobility study in November was flawed, where the questions forced you to give an answer to one of the routes. The ascertainment study was done with 45 individuals who have never been disclosed. The population of the affected area is 300,000 people - a laughable sampling group. - Transportation is changing at a fast pace. Don't build 1970s technology when we are the cusp of major technological advances such as autonomous cars and hyperloops. - This is a vanity road - only wealthy people can afford this Toll Road. Toll Roads discriminate against the elderly, students and low income families. - Our homes values, views, health and quality of life will be deeply affected. The 92673 zip code has a whooping 23% drop in year over year sales!! - Their own mobility studies indicate that ARTERIALS are better solutions. The city of San Clemente has commissioned a $90,000 study to determine the best arterials for the region. - We have already widened the I5 Freeway. San Clemente and South OC will be subjected again to years of construction and widening of the freeway to make the connection to the 5. Toll Lanes would be added from Pico to Basilone Road - One of the alignments would go very near 6 schools - San Juan Hills High, Vista Del Mar, Marblehead, Bernice Ayres and Truman Benedict and San Clemente High. Esencia and Tesoro. In 2003, California passed a law that freeways can't be constructed 500 feet from schools. Living near a freeway has detrimental effects on learning, lung capacity and higher risks of cancer. - We value our open space and we bought our homes as such. If we wanted to live in Irvine, we would do that but we chose South OC. San Clemente and San Juan are historical towns and fully developed. The TCA has never gone through a fully developed cities - Cost per mile to build this Toll Road could be at par with the bullet train (Pacific Research Group from 2014) - We have among the highest tolls in the nation. To compensate with sagging ridership, the Toll Road has risen their Tolls 12 times since inception. This is just another Tax on citizens - (Pacific Research Group) - According to Pacific Research Group, The Toll Roads have received over $1.7 Billion dollars of taxpayer money through grants, developer fees. Once the Toll Roads are completed, Caltrans is responsible for maintaining roads at Taxpayer expenses. Fix the current roads. - If this was truly about mobility, lower pricing should be offered at the other Tolls (241 and 73) to take more cars off the road. Use price management according to times of the day. - San Clemente does not meet Air Quality Standards (AQMD) NOW, a TollWay will add more to this problem according to the Coastal Commission report from 2008. - The open space that the Toll Road wants to go over is already been used as mitigation land. One can't mitigate the mitigation land. - None of the studies included minority groups and disenfranchised groups that will not be able to afford to ride on this VANITY Toll Road. - According to their TCA own studies - this Toll Road will have minimal impact on traffic reduction -2% to 8%. - The routes through South OC can potentially lower property values of thousands of homes with an impact of millions of dollars to the city, county and state. - Free arterials are the key. Making Los Patrones a Toll Road would increase traffic on Antonio by an additional 22,000 cars. - To this day, the Toll Roads have NEVER met ridership projections! Their initial revenue projections were off by a whooping 420% - Miles driven have steadily decreased in North America, even as population grows. The peak driving in North America happened in 2007. - Traffic on the I5 San Clemente/San Diego border have actually decreased in the last 10 years!! and not EVER met the projections that the TCA presented of 220,000 cars!! The actual number 130,000 cars. - Traffic in OC has increased by a mere 2 minutes - We reject all the ROUTES through South OC that go by established communities or by the Park. San Onofre State Park is visited by 2.5 million people a year and is one of the most utilized and state parks in California. Trestles should be protected. - Population in OC is aging!! Chapman University notes that a quickly aging Orange County population won’t grow by much in the coming years. A key reason? Foreign immigration, a major population boost, will slow as local departures rise. By 2020, Orange County will add a net 92,000 residents — all older than 65 - Rancho Mission Viejo, where the majority of the development is happening, has emphatically said that they reject the Toll Road plan and they can deal with their traffic with their own arterials "San Clemente was founded and built by Ole Hanson, my grandfather, with a very beautiful idea in mind: An authentic Spanish Revisionist Architecture town by the sea that blended into the gorgeous landscape and ocean shore. Quality of life was one of the main ideas, with the nice Mediterranean climate complimented by the Sunshine. Here, he considered, was just the place for swimming, walking, exercise and health in harmony with nature. The plan was right out of Ole Hanson's philosophy of life that he shared with his good, late friend, President Theodore Roosevelt. Now, those who have no interest in the City of San Clemente, nor the healthy lifestyle it promotes, nor the beauty of the city and it's history, plan to sully the beauty of this magical place with a hideous toll road. This is something that my grandfather would oppose intensely....And I share his sentiments. This monstrosity must be stopped and not allowed to proceed. Oppose this with every inch of your political fortitude. I stand with you. Phil Halfhill Hanson"