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Spanish Village By The Sea

“San Clemente, known as 'The Spanish Village by the Sea,' is rich in historical buildings and preservation. The surf, beaches and climate make this city one of the most desirable places to live...

Exceptional Quality of Life

“San Clemente, 'the Spanish Village by the Sea,' champions business and offers an exceptional quality of life. The community has maintained a small-town feel, while enjoying continued economic...

Couldn't Ask for Anything More

"San Clemente's incredible climate, culture, beaches and world class surf breaks make it the best place for me and my family to live. Sitting halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego with instant...

Population:
63,522
Year founded:
1928

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San Clemente

San Clemente is located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego at the southernmost tip of Orange County. Known as the “Spanish Village by the Sea” for its beautiful coastline, world-renowned beaches, deep-rooted surfing heritage and magnificent Mediterranean style, San Clemente is a California city rich with history and full of charm. The city, founded by Ole Hanson, was incorporated in 1928 and currently has a population of 63,522.

Local scenery includes rolling hills throughout the town with spectacular views of the ocean and red tile rooftops--the signature style of San Clemente and its Spanish Colonial Revival architectural influence. The historic San Clemente fishing pier is a picturesque landmark and popular for fishing or dining at the restaurant located here. Intertwined among the hills of San Clemente is a scenic and rural trail system encompassing nearly 20 miles of trails perfect for hiking, running or riding bikes. This includes the heavily used Coastal Trail which runs parallel to San Clemente’s beaches and towering cliffs, offering a great recreational opportunity for the 270,000 people who use this amenity annually. The inland trails in San Clemente feature a different kind of scenery such as wildlife reserves inhabited by deer, coyote, raccoons, colorful bird life, bobcats, and the occasional mountain lion sighting.

Surfing reigns strong in San Clemente. This sport is iconic within San Clemente’s culture. The town’s rich surfing heritage is instrumental to the success of the local economy. Many surf legends got their big start here; the Sandals (formerly “The Twangs”) was founded here and became the first surf-rock group to score a major surf film (Endless Summer); and, countless well-known surfers turned their hobby into a business-- producing some of the world’s best surfboards right in our own backyard. Guess it is fair to say that surfers, in addition to shaping surfboards, also had a hand in shaping San Clemente. Resident surfboard makers include Lost Surfboards, Stewart Surfboards, Cole, Timmy Patterson Surfboards, Surfboards by Velzy, Terry Senate and Dewey Weber Surfboards among others. San Clemente’s surfers work as hard as they play, as seen in the number of surf-related businesses in town—47 active businesses in all use surf in their company names. They include surf camps, surf associations, surfboards/board repairs and surf supply retailers, surf art distributers, and more. San Clemente even boasts surf-themed eateries that recognize the city’s surfing heritage. Each of these businesses contributes to the city’s economic lifeblood, while embodying the town’s most treasured pastimes.

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Population: 
63,522
Year founded: 
1928

San Clemente

San Clemente is located midway between Los Angeles and San Diego at the southernmost tip of Orange County. Known as the “Spanish Village by the Sea” for its beautiful coastline, world-renowned beaches, deep-rooted surfing heritage and magnificent Mediterranean style, San Clemente is a California city rich with history and full of charm. The city, founded by Ole Hanson, was incorporated in 1928 and currently has a population of 63,522.

Local scenery includes rolling hills throughout the town with spectacular views of the ocean and red tile rooftops--the signature style of San Clemente and its Spanish Colonial Revival architectural influence. The historic San Clemente fishing pier is a picturesque landmark and popular for fishing or dining at the restaurant located here. Intertwined among the hills of San Clemente is a scenic and rural trail system encompassing nearly 20 miles of trails perfect for hiking, running or riding bikes. This includes the heavily used Coastal Trail which runs parallel to San Clemente’s beaches and towering cliffs, offering a great recreational opportunity for the 270,000 people who use this amenity annually. The inland trails in San Clemente feature a different kind of scenery such as wildlife reserves inhabited by deer, coyote, raccoons, colorful bird life, bobcats, and the occasional mountain lion sighting.

Surfing reigns strong in San Clemente. This sport is iconic within San Clemente’s culture. The town’s rich surfing heritage is instrumental to the success of the local economy. Many surf legends got their big start here; the Sandals (formerly “The Twangs”) was founded here and became the first surf-rock group to score a major surf film (Endless Summer); and, countless well-known surfers turned their hobby into a business-- producing some of the world’s best surfboards right in our own backyard. Guess it is fair to say that surfers, in addition to shaping surfboards, also had a hand in shaping San Clemente. Resident surfboard makers include Lost Surfboards, Stewart Surfboards, Cole, Timmy Patterson Surfboards, Surfboards by Velzy, Terry Senate and Dewey Weber Surfboards among others. San Clemente’s surfers work as hard as they play, as seen in the number of surf-related businesses in town—47 active businesses in all use surf in their company names. They include surf camps, surf associations, surfboards/board repairs and surf supply retailers, surf art distributers, and more. San Clemente even boasts surf-themed eateries that recognize the city’s surfing heritage. Each of these businesses contributes to the city’s economic lifeblood, while embodying the town’s most treasured pastimes.

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SUCCESS STORIES

Adopt-A-Beach Program
Historic Preservation
Financial Stability
Economic Development
Volunteerism
Emergency Preparedness
New Public Facilities
Recreational Amenities
Clean Ocean Program
Adopt-A-Beach Program

The beaches would not be as pristine as they are if it were not for the help of the San Clemente Watershed Task Force Adopt-A-Beach program.

Historic Preservation

The city has successfully preserved its past in the most notable downtown district centered along El Camino Real and Avenida Del Mar. San Clemente’s Spanish tile rooftops and white stucco walls are subtle expressions of the town’s historic roots.

Financial Stability

San Clemente’s financial management practices are prudent and focus on ensuring a balanced budget is adopted every year on time. The city consistently receives an AAA credit rating (the highest rating) due to its rigorous standards and attention to solvency.

Economic Development

The past decade brought new business parks to San Clemente, helping build a stronger foundation base for the local economy.

Volunteerism

A very critical component of San Clemente’s success are the hundreds of volunteers who give their time, expertise and energy to maintain the town’s quality of life. Through their efforts, these volunteers give San Clemente that “small town feel” where people know each other by their first name.

Emergency Preparedness

The City of San Clemente has an Emergency Plan in place that provides the framework for responding to major emergencies or disasters. The goals of this plan are to outline a strategy to prepare for, respond to, and recover from an emergency or disaster that affects the city.

New Public Facilities

A new joint-use facility that includes a senior center and a fire station opened in November 2011.

Recreational Amenities

The city kicks off 2012 with a new park named Vista Hermosa Sports Park and San Clemente Aquatics Center. Within this 45-acre recreational amenity are 9 sports fields serving baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse, in addition to a 50-meter competition pool, and 25-yard teaching pool.

Clean Ocean Program

Residents in San Clemente were instrumental in passing in a ballot measure in 2002 to approve a clean ocean fee to help divert over 4,000 tons of trash away from the beach and ocean. That’s enough trash to fill 230 giant dumpsters.

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THE COUNCIL MANAGER RELATIONSHIP

What is a City Manager? Imagine your city government as a football team, with skilled players and keen instincts, ready to lead a drive to the goal line. On the field is the City Council, acting in every way as the city’s coaching staff. The...

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