There are a million reasons to love San Clemente — my home for the past two years. I love my neighbors, and enjoy sipping wine on the patio while we catch up. I love that I can walk down the street to the beach, or to a number of great restaurants, or hear live music on the weekends. I can walk to the pier, or wander through the shops on Del Mar or the Farmers Market on Sunday morning. I love the diversity of the neighborhood and the laid back surfer vibe.
But today I’m reminded of one of my favorite reasons to love San Clemente.
Today we had a special vote — Measure A — on whether to permit a developer to build approximately 50,000 square feet of shops near North Beach. The developer has a track record of creating innovative, green projects such as The Camp and The Lab in Costa Mesa — a fitting match for the culture of San Clemente.
Measure A has polarized the community. While some see this as a negative, I see it as a positive sign. Whether people are for or against the proposed development, they all love San Clemente passionately, and want to do what they believe will help nurture the special quality that makes our town so unique.
The very fact that people are passionate about both sides of the issue is precisely why I love San Clemente. The people here love their city. We love our city. There’s no room for apathy where passion rules.
UPDATE: According to the San Clemente Patch, Measure A was voted down, so the development will not go forward.