A bountiful year of news in San Clemente – Orange County Register
The year produced more than its share of memorable moments in San Clemente.
A couple of 12-year-old boys impressed with their successes. A 99-year-old recounted a rare Pearl Harbor experience.
The San Clemente Pier got some attention and Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens hit a milestone.
Debate was waged over transportation plans and the city changed how it controls pests.
Here is a sampling of some of what happened in 2017:
The biggest storm to hit in seven years toppled trees, did minor damage to the pier and eroded city beaches, including North Beach where the city had just spent $626,000 in November to import sand.
Tabay Atkins, 11 (he’s since turned 12), gained celebrity status as America’s youngest certified yoga instructor, launching a year of appearances on TV, radio and at conferences while teaching at his mother’s yoga studio in exchange for donations to help kids with cancer.
San Clemente’s North Beach had a prodigious pile of imported sand but it didn’t last, as big surf eroded the beach. Local officials believed it would migrate down coast to replenish other San Clemente beaches later. (File photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)
San Clemente’s summer trolley made its debut over Memorial Day Weekend, offering free rides at 15-minute intervals between the pier, downtown, El Camino Real, North Beach and the Outlets at San Clemente four days a week. (File photo By Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Tabay Atkins, 11, celebrity yoga instructor, leads a class at his family’s San Clemente yoga studio, Care 4 Yoga. (File photo by Jeff Antenore, contributing photographer)
Homeless encampments in canyons off Avenida Pico and elsewhere in San Clemente raised residents’ concerns in 2017. Resident Anthony LaFrano appeared at City Council meetings with pictures to illustrate his concerns such as cooking fires and security. (File photo by Fred Swegles, Orange County Register/SCNG)