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Ward, Kathleen

  • Departments:General Government
  • Divisions:City Council
  • Title:Council Member
  • Phone:(949) 361-8322
  • Email:

Ward, K_IMG_0005 ENH LOW RESTerm Expires: November 2018 

Civic Background:  I was first elected to San Clemente City Council in 2014 after serving on the City of San Clemente Planning Commission. This year, I am honored be serving as your mayor. I am very proud of our jewel on the California coast and the care we have for our community and each other.  I will continue to devote my time and talents to bolster our city, improve it, fight for it, and stand by the residents and our business owners.  

I sought a position on council to uphold San Clemente's General Plan and help lead the city through its inevitable transitions.  I knew this would be an important time to be on the council and it has proven to be exactly that. The city has been challenged by outside interests who recognize this is a wonderful place and want to build projects. I want to ensure that the desires of our residents, as expressed in the General Plan, are followed and the standards of this city are upheld so we continue to enjoy what makes our city special. 

I serve as the City’s representative on the San Joaquin Hills and Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agencies; the South Orange County Association of Mayors; and, the Emergency Operational Area Council. I also serve as the Legislative Delegate Program Representative to Senate District 38 and Assembly District 73. 

Personal Note:  I am a Certified Shorthand Reporter, now retired.  While working in court and in depositions, I did double duty as a teacher of court reporting, teaching all subjects.  Additionally, I was a partner in a private court reporting agency.

I have been happily married to my husband, Greg, for 28 years and we reside in southwest San Clemente.  

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How Can I Contact The City Council?

You may contact the City Council at (949) 361-8322 during regular business hours. Emails to the City Council are also welcomed and are monitored on a regular basis.

Click on the following links to email individual council members, or Click Here to email the entire Council.
Kathy Ward | Tim Brown | Chris Hamm | Lori Donchak | Steve Swartz

How can I express my opinion on an upcoming Council agenda item?

All interested persons are invited to attend Council meetings to express their views verbally, or to submit written communications to the City Council to express their opinions for or against the agenda item.

I want to speak at a City Council Meeting. What do I do?

Members of the public may address the City Council on matters within the jurisdiction of the City of San Clemente, regardless of whether or not the item appears on the meeting agenda.  When you arrive at the Council Chambers, please complete a “City Council Meeting Speaker Card", that is located at the entrance to the Chambers, and submit it to the City Clerk. When the Mayor calls your name, please step to the podium, and state your name and city of residence.  Speakers are allocated three minutes in which to express their views.

How can I present ideas and address issues to the City Council?

The City Council represents you, the citizen. Your input is important. If you would like to express an opinion to the City Council, please submit an Email

When and where does Council meet?

The City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the City Council Chambers.  Closed Session items are considered at 5:00 p.m., with the public business session commencing at 6:00 p.m. Changes to this schedule, and additional meetings which may be scheduled, are publicly noticed. Meetings are telecast live on Channel 854 and are rebroadcast the following Saturday at 12:00 noon and on Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.  Click here for a Map to City Hall

Who is on the City Council and how are the positions filled?

The City Council consists of five members, elected at-large, for four-year overlapping terms of office. Non-partisan City elections are held in November of even-numbered years for Council Members.  At the top of this page is a list of our current City Council Members.

How can I obtain an agenda, administrative report, or minutes of the City Council Meetings?

Agendas, agenda packets and minutes are available on line from the City's website.  Agendas are normally available by the Wednesday before the next Council meeting.  You may utilize the following links to access Council agendas, agenda packets and minutes.
Agendas | Agenda Packets | Minutes

The above Councilmembers are elected officers identified in Government Code Section 87200 and file statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's Department. Mark Taylor, City Treasurer, is also an elected officer identified in Government Code Section 87200.  Copies of the statements of economic interests filed by these officers may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's Department is 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente, California 92672.  The statements of economic interests for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov/" target="_blank">http://www.fppc.ca.gov.