Saturday hike, speed limits, Miramar Theater and more – Orange County Register

Saturday hike will view possible toll road routes

A pair of naturalists will join city officials leading a public hike at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, to view potential routes and negative environmental impacts of a trying to run a toll road through San Clemente.

The 90-minute hike – a dirt path that city officials said can be a strenuous and is not good for pushing strollers – is to begin at Avenida La Pata and Camino del Rio. Leading the hike will be Councilwoman Lori Donchak, Public Works Director Tom Bonigut and naturalists Joel Robinson and Jarrod Gaut.

The city asks hikers to park on Camino del Rio and to carpool if possible.

The Transportation Corridor Agency is evaluating alignments to possibly extend the 241 Toll Road to connect with I-5 in San Clemente. The City Council is opposing those efforts and the city has filed a lawsuit challenging the TCA.

Questions about the hike? Call 949-361-8254.

City sets speed limits on four road segments

The city council has decided to keep the speed limit at 45 miles per hour along a recently reconfigured stretch of El Camino Real between North Beach and Poche Beach.

The council also decided to keep a reconfigured stretch of Camino de los Mares at 45 mph and maintain a 40 mph speed limit along a restriped segment of Camino del Rio.

Along a newly built segment of Camino del Rio from the previous terminus to Avenida La Pata, the city council likewise set a speed limit of 40 mph.

Council members took these actions with a 4-0 vote at their Sept. 19 meeting, after city staff conducted surveys of motorists’ typical speeds and made recommendations.

‘Pier Pride’ fundraiser is Friday, Sept. 29

Tickets are available for a benefit dinner at the Fisherman’s Restaurant that will raise funds for a local nonprofit dedicated to helping preserve and enhance the San Clemente Pier.

The dinner, hosted by the Pier Pride foundation, will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29. Tickets are $150, including appetizers, cocktails and a four-course dinner. There will be a silent auction and a private cigar lounge.

For tickets or information, visit or write to Kelly Finney at

No decision yet on Miramar Theater renovation plan

The city council on Tuesday, Sept. 19, postponed a decision on a proposed renovation of San Clemente’s landmark Miramar Theater and an adjacent former bowling alley.

Council members said they will instead hold a public hearing on Oct. 17 to consider the landowners’…

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