City Council Corner: State of the City Overview

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Gene James

By Mayor Gene James

This week, I am honored to present the State of the City for 2022. As we look to the future, the State of the City is strong and our future is bright.

In a recent independent survey of San Clemente residents, 95% of residents rated the quality of life in our city as excellent or good. It’s a number we should all wear with great pride.

One topic that has been of interest is the future of health care in San Clemente. Mayor Pro Tem Chris Duncan and I hosted two community roundtables to receive input from first responders, medical professionals, health care administrators and our citizens.

We learned that 40% of all hospitals in Southern California are operating at a loss, the cost to the taxpayer to build a hospital would exceed $200 million, and health care payers are moving away from hospital care. .

As we move forward, we must emphasize all the innovations provided by the healthcare industry.

As we consider the strengths of our city, we must consider our blessings of living in the greatest nation in human history while being citizens of its most magnificent city. San Clemente is a very special place to call home.

The city is currently paying off its $49 million unfunded pension liability with a plan to be 90% funded by 2024. Recently, the city council codified and mandated a fourth firefighter on every fire truck and truck in the city. city; this addresses firefighter safety and ensures an adequate response to emergency situations.

I thank Sheriff Barnes for the recent OCSD response to a protest in our town; they deployed with a full complement of deputies trained, equipped and prepared to meet any eventuality.

I would also like to acknowledge the dedicated city staff who so diligently serve our citizens around the clock; without their commitment to the city, we would simply stop.

We must always keep a close eye on those who are determined to build a toll road in the middle of our city.

Additionally, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) plans to double the railroad through San Clemente in its Pathing study. Hopefully it’s a battle we don’t have to fight, but if we do, we’re ready. Please study his intentions; it is a very frightening scenario.

One of our city’s greatest treasures is our beach; we are committed stewards of the preservation and repair of our beach. Cliff erosion is a byproduct of sand loss, so we’re proud that sand replenishment is finally coming to San Clemente in 2023.

The city worked for more than 20 years with the Army Corps of Engineers, Congress, and the State of California to secure more than $12 million for the project.

Finally, I am extremely grateful and very proud to be your mayor.

Our future is bright and it is very good to live in San Clemente.

Gene James, who was nominated for mayor for 2022, was elected to council in a special election in 2019 and re-elected in 2020 for a full four-year term.

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