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Mayor Offers Rosy 2012 Forecast

In his state-of-the-city address, Jim Evert predicts economic growth and other positive developments.

Four months into 2012, things are looking up, Mayor Jim Evert said Friday during San Clemente's annual state-of-the-city report.

Among other things, Evert predicted more economic growth and development as the city moves forward with its .

“I think Marblehead will be a great addition to San Clemente in terms of [shopping] outlets and revenue for the city,” said Evert, who delivered his remarks at a luncheon in the Bella Colinas Golf Club off La Pata.

The 248-acre construction site is now financially backed through Lehman Bros., which will market it to developers, Evert said.

Craig Realty Group, a commercial property company, plans to begin construction  on 640,000 square feet of retail space in 2013, according to a PowerPoint presentation at the luncheon. 

Evert also offered a sunny spin on the hot-button . The 4.5-mile extension, billed as a critical alternative evacuation route, will run through San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano and should have its design phase completed by the end of 2012, Evert said. The project’s approximate $80-million cost is mostly funded, with $9 million still to come from sources the county is “confident” will become available.

Although the local economy continues to recover, 7.4 percent of San Clemente residents remain out of work. The mayor encouraged residents to "shop local" to boost city sales-tax revenue.

Other items discussed:

  • Art in Public Places: Among the legal and illegal art displays around the city this year, the council has compiled a "public art" pilot featuring “street art” as well as art festivals within San Clemente. Eight tiled murals have been planned to decorate Avenida Del Mar, two which have been completed and installed.
  • Vista Hermosa Sports Park and San Clemente Aquatics Center: The $33-million construction budget gave way to a 45-acre lighted park that includes three baseball fields, two soccer fields, one multipurpose field, one football field, a 50-meter competition swimming pool and a 9,000-square-foot bathhouse with concessions. Future private ventures include a mini-golf course and a wave pool.
  • Another project within the Vista Hermosa Sports Park was Courtney’s SandCastle, a playground dedicated to universal access for people of all ages and abilities. The playground received recognition as “Outstanding Special Project 2012” from the California Association of Parks and Recreation commissioners and board members. Funds are still being raised for phase two of the playground.
  • Library expansion: The $1.6-million plan, approved in October, calls for a 14,484-square-foot modernized library equipped with advanced technology and bookstore. The Friends of the Library organization raised about $200,000 for the project. It is expected to be completed in 2013.
  • Ralphs Fresh Fare: Construction of the grocery store began in December in south San Clemente. It's expected to open by August.
  • Ole Hanson Beach Club Renovation: Built in 1928, the historic site has never undergone a complete restoration. Construction will begin in January and cost an estimated $2.5 million.

CORRECTION: Because of a reporting error, the projected completion date of the La Pata Extension and the developer of the retail portion of the Marblehead site were misstated in an earlier version of this article. Patch regrets the mistake.

george gregory April 14, 2012 at 03:34 PM
WHAT OTHER CLAIMS TO FAME WILL EVERETT INHERIT AND TAKE CREDIT FOR WE STILL HAVE THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR LIKE THE MAYOR'S PLAN TO REPLACE THE MONEYS SPENT ON THE SPECIAL ELECTION ,THE SAFE WALK TO SCHOOL , OR THE THREE HUNDRED K SPENT TO FIND BIRD POOP AT POCHE BEACH THE CLOSING OF THE HANSON POOL HOUSE FOR DRAWINGS AND PLANS WAS WRONG AND JUST A PLAN ITSELF TO PROMOTE THE LAB AND THE SUEDEGHIS THE SAME PEOPLE THAT SUED THE CITY TWICE .DIDN'T THE MAYOR JUST HAVE HIS B DAY PARTY THERE HOW MUCH THE SUEDEGHIS PAY YOU ? . A TRUE SIGN OF UNCONCERN AND UNDERSTANDING THE MAYOR COULD HAVE USED SO MANY OF THE OTHER VENUES IN TOWN SOME UNDERFUNDED OR UNABLE TO PAY THEIR RENT AS WELL AS HAVING A STATE OF THE CITY REPORT AT THE PRIVATE GOLF CLUB ,MEMBERS ONLY, SHAME STOP SNOB RULE
Jim Evert April 14, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Just to clarify a few items in the report. First of all Craig Realty is only developing the Plaza San Clemente Outlets starting in 2013. The 313 homes will be built thru Lehman Bros. and we have not heard any details on their plans or schedules. The second item - La Pata- what was stated was completion of the design elements should happen this year. Then with gap closure on the funding which the OCTA seems very confident of, the actual construction schedule will role out. We would hope that it is in the 2014 and 2015 time frame. On George's comments above - quite frankly not worth commenting on but George - if you would actual like to talk about your misperceptions - I'm always available. Mayor Jim Evert

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