New mayor, aviator honored, freeway work, outlet signs – Orange County Register

Brown succeeds Ward as San Clemente mayor

Councilman Tim Brown will serve as San Clemente’s mayor in 2018, succeeding Mayor Kathy Ward.

The City Council selected Brown as mayor and Councilman Chris Hamm as mayor pro tem on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at an annual ceremony where council members rotate the positions.

Residents stepped to the podium to thank Ward for her performance as mayor, particularly in looking out for the city’s interests as the Transportation Corridor Agency advances the idea of running a toll road through the middle of town.

“This has been one of the, if not the, most difficult years I can recall in San Clemente’s political history, and Kathy has done just exceptional work in navigating that,” Brown said.

“The toll road issue somewhat defined my year as mayor when TCA drew a line through the middle of our city, but I’ve never been so proud of our city in their response to this issue,” Ward said.

Beware of I-5 work around Avenida Pico

Over the next week, motorists can expect nightly lane reductions along the 5 freeway near Avenida Pico so work crews can build median barriers. The barriers will go just south of Pico.

The Pico on- and off-ramps will also close intermittently from Friday, Dec. 8, to Monday, Dec. 11, so crews can pave a final cap of asphalt.

Along Pico itself, traffic signal installation has been under way this week, intermittently reducing lanes; that work is expected to conclude today, Dec. 8, the Orange County Transportation Authority announced.

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City Council rejects outlets’ appeal

The City Council denied two sign appeals by the Outlets at San Clemente on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

In one appeal, the outlet center said it recognizes the need to apply for a “sign exception permit” for permanent signs, but disputed city staff’s contention that a 2008 court ruling invalidated a portion of a city-approved master sign program. The outlet center said the program is permanent.

In the other appeal, the center said it…

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