San Clemente

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2014

    San Clemente Garden Club’s Garden Fest

    San Clemente Community Center

  • Calendar

    February 6, 2014

    Fu Manchu

    Detroit Bar

  • Calendar

    January 30, 2014

    San Clemente Village Art Faire

    Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Richard John Rack, Middle School Teacher Who Got Too Close to Teen Girls, Gets 8 Years

    Richard John Racks, the San Clemente middle school math teacher convicted in August of sex crimes with three teen girls, was sentenced today to eight years in state prison. In exchange for Rack's guilty plea, Orange County Superior Court Judge Sheila Hanson had agreed to cap the 51-year-old's sente ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    26th Annual San Clemente Sea Fest This Sunday

    There's a lot going on this weekend. Us Forkers will be at the Patchwork Show Edible Edition at the OC Mix tomorrow, and on Sunday, San Clemente will hold its annual Sea Fest from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Along with seafood served by Fisherman's Restaurant, the Seafest is known for its Chowder Cook-Off C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2013

    Intimate Obsessions Lingerie Shop is Prematurely Evacuated from San Clemente

    Intimate Obsessions, which sounds like a Lifetime movie starring Meredith Baxter but in this case is a lingerie shop, will not be opening at 109 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, after all. Negotiations between the property manager and store owner have ended, as has the controversy stirred up by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2013

    Intimate Obsessions Finds an Obsession to Prohibit Planned "Sex Shop" in San Clemente

    The morality cops are out in full force in San Clemente, where a business that sells products you find at Target--oils, lubes, lingerie--is being hassled from opening. Perhaps foes of adult-oriented businesses are OK with corporate chains having similar items spread around their big-box stores but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Stupidest Smuggler Ever Busted At San Clemente Checkpoint

    Note to wannabe pot smugglers: if you're going to stash bundles of weed inside your car tires, don't pull over at an immigration checkpoint complaining of a flat tire and ask authorities for help. According to a hilarious article in yesterday's San Clemente Patch by Adam Townsend--he's the guy who ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 30, 2013

    Gal Musette

    Detroit Bar

  • Culture

    March 28, 2013

    La Reunion Time

    [Trendzilla] Rebecca Lavoritano's accessories almost make themselves

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Greg Long, OC Weekly People Issue Star, Wins Big Wave World Tour Crown

    Greg Long, the San Clemente big wave rider who recently starred in OC Weekly's inaugural People Issue, has been crowned the winner in this year's Big Wave World Tour contest. The event, now in its fourth year, was cancelled after just three of five rounds (in Todos Santos, Baja California and P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    OC Sheriff Not Scared About Budding White-Power Gang in San Clemente, Even While Freaking Out About Mexican Ones

    If you ever want to talk about the racial double standards that continue to plague Orange County to this day, just check out how county law enforcement deals with gangs in South County.For years, the Sheriff's Department, district attorney's office and the few police forces down there have applied f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    I Don't Swim in Your Toilet But Dirty Runoff Keeps Ocean Best Avoided This Weekend

    No yellow tape closing beaches has gone up (yet?), but the Orange County Health Care Agency is advising divers, surfers and swimmers to stay out of coastal waters.That's because recent rains flushed contaminants via creeks, rivers and storm drains into the ocean, where unhealthy bacteria levels have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Anti-DUI Deputies Flood Streets of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano Tonight

    If you're driving south tonight--or north from South County--you may want to program your GPS to avoid the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.That's because the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which patrols all three, is holding "saturation patrols" from 8 tonight through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    That May Not Be San Clemente Rain You're Singing In

    Welcome relief from this hot weather comes when the humidity causes the storm clouds to form and a light mist or rain falls.That may be what folks thought was falling while passing under the balconies of residences in the 2600 block of El Camino Real in San Clemente early Monday.Perhaps the faint o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Sheriff's Department Preventing Zombie Apocalypse, One Drug Bust at a Time

    There may be fewer zombies on the streets of San Clemente, thanks to a drug bust this week by the Sheriff's Department.Eiad Diab, a 38-year-old San Clemente resident, was arrested Tuesday after South Narcotics and the Special Investigations Bureau seized 106 grams of "bath salts" and 2.6 pounds of " ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Nick's On 2nd Coming to Belmont Shore

    Strolling along 2nd Street over the weekend, we spotted signage announcing the arrival of yet another NickCo Restaurant. With locations in San Clemente and Laguna Beach, their culinary adventure continues this summer on the corner of St. Joseph Avenue.Focusing more on their original bar & grill ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Mexican Marijuana Smuggler Who Targeted San Clemente and Laguna Beach Gets Punished

    A federal judge in Orange County has punished an international drug smuggler and human trafficker who targeted San Clemente, Laguna Beach and Dana Point as his points of illegal entry into the United States.Sergio Ramos-Atondo, a 37-year-ol Mexican national, will serve 97 months in federal prison fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Sobering Times for Pill Poppers: "Generation Rx," National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    Prescription drug abuse by South County teens has been a hot topic lately thanks to the documentary Behind the Orange Curtain making its world premiere May 2 at the Newport Beach Film Festival and, due to a sell out, getting a second showing May 3 in the huge Big Newport theater.That makes a couple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    Tomorrow: San Clemente Microbrew Festival

    It's gonna be a warm weekend, folks. A beer fest is in order.  An array of SoCal brews will be flowing tomorrow, April 21, at the second-annual San Clemente Microbrew Festival. The event is happening from 1 to 5 p.m. at Left Coast Brewing Co., 1245 Puerta Del Sol in San Clemente. 

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    San Clemente Council Rolls Over and Declares Puppy Sale Ban Dead

    Second to city councils in Orange County banning registered sex offenders from parks--Costa Mesa enacted such a prohibition last night--is the issue of nixing the sale of dogs and cats within city limits.The San Clemente City Council has not yet passed a pervs-in-parks ban, but Tuesday night th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    South County Beach Goes to the Birds

    It looks like Poche Beach, a small stretch of sand between Dana Point and San Clemente, has gone to the birds--or just their the turds--eep--actually both. That's according to a 2010 watershed study commissioned by San Clemente, which examined the area, known for its high levels of bacteria and resu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    San Clemente's Nuke Plant Radiation Mystery

    ​The visitors arrived just a day short of the one-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami that wiped out the country's Fukushima nuclear plant and nearly caused a countrywide nuclear emergency. They were a pair of residents of Miyagi Prefecture who had come to San Cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2012

    Meth Softball Rolls to San Clemente Border Stop

    ​I'm just spitballing here, but I bet if you had a bunch of meth heads play against one another in a softball game with a softball made of methamphetamine, that game would end very quickly.Like before the first half inning ends when said meth heads break open the ball. Breaking bad, indeed.It's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Jonah Mowry and Daniel Mendez of OC Among Bullied Teens Honored at National Event

    ​Some Orange Countians are in the Bay Area this hour not to take in the sights this holiday weekend but to be featured speakers at a national anti-bullying event.The Monster March Against Teen Bullying, which pushed off at 10 a.m. and is to end at the steps of San Francisco City Hall, honors the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Daniel P. Morgan, Navy Corpsman Whose Bomb Scare Cleared High School, Gets More Brig Time

    ​Daniel P. Morgan, the Navy medic responsible for clearing San Clemente High School classrooms on the first day of school after Camp Pendleton officials discovered he'd scribbled bomb fantasies involving the campus, was reportedly sentenced Tuesday to four months in the brig--to go with the 137 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    241 Extension Builders Figure If You Can't Beat 'Em, Piecemeal 'Em

    ​Developers of the despised Foothill (241) Toll Road expansion into San Clemente figure if you can't beat 'em, piecemeal 'em.That's the takeaway from a Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency committee approving $206 million be spent for the first four miles of a planned 16-mile extension ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Capistrano School Program To Teach Kids in Chinese

    ​Ni hao. Recognizing that China is set to become the next global superpower and that Mandarin is the most-spoken language in the world, Capistrano Unified School District trustees approved what will be the county's first Chinese-English language program.  Those in the program, which ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    [UPDATED: Lights On!] Life in South Orange County; CUSD Schools Closed Friday

    ​UPDATE, SEPT. 9, 9:43 A.M.: While most of South Orange County was already asleep or elsewhere--seeing as how the power had been out for hours and SDG&E was expecting the blackout to extend into Friday--the lights came back on in Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and parts of Laguna Niguel, shor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Anarchy in the SC! Posters for Global Revolution Group Anonymous Paper San Clemente

    ​Mysterious posters popped up on trees and light poles along Avenida Pico, Avenida Del Mar and the downtown in San Clemente over the weekend, just as they have in other Orange County cities lately.They advertise the "global revolution group" Anonymous and direct people to, an eq ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Anti-Nuke Activists To Turn San Onofre Meltdown Scenario Into Street Art

    ​If you live anywhere near the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, (SONGS) which straddles the border of Orange and San Diego counties near San Clemente and Camp Pendleton, then boy does the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility have a treat for you. All this week, according to a story in yesterd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    [UPDATED with No Action:] San Onofre Nuke Plant Shutdown Tempts San Clemente City Council

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 22, 4:36 P.M.: Travel back in time, kiddies, to one month and four days ago. The world was so much different then. Facing a full house of potential voters opposed to the continued operation of the nearby San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), the San Clemente City Council g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Sobriety Checkpoint at an Undisclosed Location in San Clemente Tonight

    ​If you and a few friends are going to be partake in a bit of drinking and debauchery in San Clemente on this Friday evening, be sure to cut someone off early or assign the dreaded DD role when the night begins. The city's finest will be stationed at a sobriety checkpoint, looking to take a few dr ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2011

    San Clemente Classic Car Show

    Avenida Del Mar in Downtown San Clemente

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    [UPDATED with Federal Action Sought:] No Neighboring Nukes Tempt San Clemente City Council

    ​UPDATE, MAY 18, 11:31 A.M.: Facing a full house of potential voters opposed to the continued operation of the nearby San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), the San Clemente City Council decided Tuesday night to send letters to lawmakers seeking removal of radioactive waste from the plant. ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 7, 2011

    Beware the Meathead

    [Hey, You!] Bogarting the corned beef on St. Patrick's Day

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    [UPDATED with More and Scarier Details:] Young Man Wades Nude, Then Eats Beach Sand

    ​UPDATE, APRIL 6, 3:34 P.M.: California State Parks confirmed that the naked man arrested after coming out of the San Clemente surf Tuesday morning was Jesse William Sauder, 18, of San Clemente.And, according to district supervisor Ken Kramer, the incident was more dangerous than might be indicate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Did Arrestee at Border Pucker Up With a Meth Mouth?

    ​Four pounds of crystal meth were found taped inside the jacket of a woman at the San Clemente border checkpoint Sunday morning, according to the feds.The 34-year-old Chula Vista woman (and yes, haters, U.S. citizen) was riding in a van headed north on the 5 freeway. When she got out of the van, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    Mini Darth Vader in Super Bowl Commercial Is From OC

    ​The Force is from OC.  The kid under the Darth Vader helmet in one of this year's most talked-about Super Bowl commercials is 6-year-old actor Max Page of San Clemente. He's become famous for starring as the pint-sized Star Wars villain in an ad for the 2012 Volkswagen Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2011

    Glenn Thomas Langohr, 'Drug War-Prison' Novelist, Arrested Again

    ​Glenn Thomas Langohr, a limousine-business owner and San Clemente-based author, has written about organizing a rally "against the California prison union for using terror tactics to control laws and farming prisoners to other states to deal with overcrowding."He may be able to hold that rally b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Patios, Back Yards Collapse Into Canyons in San Clemente Landslide

    ABC7​Six houses in San Clemente's Shorecliffs community are losing ground, literally, after a hillside behind them gave way last Thursday. Four of the homes lost portions of their back yards and patios and have been red-tagged (declared too dangerous to inhabit).   The displaced res ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    The Orange County Interwebs Horror Show Goes Downhill Fast

    ​Have you ever seen the YouTube videos of the annual Big Wheel races down Lombard Street in San Francisco? Adults in costumes get behind the handlebars of the kiddie scoot-scoots before putting their lives at risk on one of the world's most-windy streets. No wonder the sacrificial ritual is held a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Racist OC Register Reader Fustercluck of the Day

    ​Headline: 'Alien' Sightings Reported in San ClementeStory Highlights: Teens in costume invade downtown San Clemente and pier, drawing puzzled looks from passersbyComment by ICEDAMERICANO: Great to see kids being expressive through creativity, rather than all the negative ways they find. This look ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2010

    San Clemente Home With Ocean View, 4 Bedrooms and Suicide-Pact Past Gets Offers

    ​A beautiful home in San Clemente's Sea Pointe Estates is getting purchase offers, which is great for the out-of-state owners because at least one blogger reports the 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath abode has mold and termite problems.Oh, yeah, and then there's the little matter of a family of five being foun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    Get Farmer's Tan, Head to OC Film Fiesta

    Farmer's Tan​The local film scene heats up this weekend with the San Clemente screening of a film about an Orange County high school student facing shame for taking his farmer's tan to school and the Santa Ana continuation of the OC Film Fiesta.

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Wanted: Beach Cam Photo Caption

    ​Reader Diane E. Johnson shares the photo after the jump and this observation:"Here's a pic from the San Clemente Beach Cam.  Well, at least I thought it was amusing!"It is. But it's in desperate need of a caption. Any nominees out there?

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    A New Gastropub to Debut in San Clemente

    ​Though The Next Door in San Clemente calls itself "a local bar & kitchen" and not a gastropub, hearing the details about the soon-to-be open restaurant will all but confirm it is one. There's, of course, the name, which closely resembles the last gastropub to debut around these parts, Sid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Get Gastronimica at Rags Next to Crosby

    ​A food critic has few culinary rituals, given he or she must constantly push forward in the search for the newest, best places. I can count a couple I follow--drunk sessions at Memphis at the Santora, Anaheim meetings at Kareem's Restaurant, rest stop at the Surfin' Chicken in San Clemente, and m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Rock Bottom Perform at 420 Freestyle Rap Session on KUCI

    It's not uncommon for a sufficiently skilled hip-hop crew to nudge their way onto college radio and spit a couple verses over the airwaves. But this video of San Clemente/Laguna Nigel rap trio Rock Bottom (featured in last week's Locals Only column) let's us know that the group's crazy-off-t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2009

    Is This The Best California Police Mug of 2009?

    Good stuff, man!​Bayron Reyes Lopez (pictured in sheriff's custody) was allegedly under the influence of narcotics this week in San Clemente when the 26-year-old gruesomely choked to death a small dog, poured coffee over his head, stripped and ran naked around a tennis club before his capture, acc ... More >>

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