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North Beach Residents Launch Community Group

Four North Beach residents are starting up an association they hope will be able to sponsor neighborhood events and give their neighborhood a voice at the city level.

San Clemente is full of organizations representing different neighborhoods and interests such as the Downtown Business Association or the Las Palmas neighborhood council -- even the Los Molinos Business District merchants powwow together from time to time.

Now a few residents in North Beach are starting an organization to plan neighborhood events and give the area a voice at the city level.

Don Slater, who has recently spent time lobbying for a dog beach and more dog access to parks in San Clemente, is one of the four aiming to build the group.

"We want to lift up the vibe... so businesses can start doing better and everyone can have some community pride," Slater said.

The nascent group is planning to kick off their work with some complimentary activities at the North Beach Metrolink platform at 7:45 p.m. Dec. 8 when the annual OCTA Toy Express train stops in San Clemente. Slater said plans are still up in the air, but kids selling baked goods to support Courtney's SandCastle will be there, as will some food, hot cocoa, carolers and some other booths.

Other ideas that have been kicked around include some kind of weekday farmers market.

"We try to bounce ideas off each other and find out things to do to improve the neighborhood," he said.

Slater also said the association could be a good agent for lobbying San Clemente City Council for grant money or other resources for the neighborhood.

Others involved in the group include Rey Harju, Gene Gilbert and Dave Gutierrez.

For more information or to join, email info@northbeachcommunityassociation.org

(See the attached PDF for more information about the Holiday Toy Express.)

Linda Sadeghi November 05, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Tom, you learned of this group only through a very deliberate and welcoming outreach by us on a door to door basis. There is no hidden agenda. There are no land grabbers. I received your email indicating interest and responded to you personally. If you are a North Beach resident or business, please join us with a clear mind as there is much work to do. We are all stakeholders in this area through our residency, our business or property ownership - all big investments of time, energy and/or monies. North Beach needs a clean slate and fresh agenda; baggage, politics and prejudices should be left behind.
Bill S November 05, 2012 at 04:08 AM
i only hope that everyone is Really invited to join and help here.
Linda Sadeghi November 05, 2012 at 05:17 AM
You have our email now multiple times and you need to use your real name and address to sign up, sorry. If you choose to really step forward, send your email to: info@northbeachcommunityassociation.org and we will put you to work.
Adam Townsend November 05, 2012 at 03:04 PM
At the top, labeled as "Recommend."
Gene Gilbert December 07, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I want to thank everyone that attended for their support and many great ideas. We are looking forward to more of the same in the future.

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