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Julia Darden - Chair
Term Expires: 2015
Contact Me: Phone: 949-361-6195

Civic Background:Current: Planning Commission Member; Design Review Sub-Committee Member; Saddleback Memorial Hospital Foundation, San Clemente, Founding Board Member and Special Event Co-Chair for annual gala, “Dancing to a New Beat,”; and Chamber of Commerce Member.

Past: San Clemente Leadership Program Graduate; Landmark Preservation Ordinance Task Force Member; Southern California Business Marketing Association Board Member; Young Professionals Against Cancer Board Member; Alumni Advisor to the Alpha Psi Chapter (UCLA) of Alpha Chi Omega.

Education: Graduate, San Clemente High School, B.A. in English, UCLA

Occupation: Along with my partner, Cathy Lentz, I operate DardenLentz, an advertising agency that has been based in San Clemente for over two decades.

Personal Note: I have long had an affection for my home town and have developed a passion for maintaining its unique culture during this time of continuing growth and redevelopment. I came to this level of commitment somewhat accidentally and, frankly, selfishly; I applied to the Landmark Preservation Ordinance Task Force because, as an historic property owner, I was concerned that new ordinances might affect my personal property rights. During my service, I saw beyond my own interests to much broader issues. And, I became aware of the role that current and past planning commissioners have had on the changes that have shaped our community as it has grown from the sleepy town of my childhood to a vibrant city of over 65,000. As I began to understand the planning issues facing San Clemente, I realized that I wanted to help ensure that future decisions support the city’s vision and the will of our citizens. I realized, too, that protecting the unique character of our city while allowing for necessary growth and revitalization is, at times, a difficult balance to strike. These challenges inspired my application to the Planning Commission, and continue to inspire my ongoing service.

Understanding our code and sound principles of planning and architecture takes study; but understanding the will of the citizens is far more difficult. That’s why public participation in our hearings is so important. Your input helps frame our opinions. Please help us in this process by speaking up. You may email me at at any time, or better yet, join us for a meeting.
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Wayne Eggleston
Term Expires: 2015
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Don Brown - Vice Chair
Term Expires: 2016

Contact Me: Phone: 949-361-6195

Civic Background: A graduate of the San Clemente Leadership Program. Currently on the Board of Directors South County Boys and Girls Club. Planning Commission member to the Coastal Advisory Committee. Was a member of the Serrano Creek Conservancy. Participant in the City of Lake Forest Opportunities Study. Additional organizations: Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the San Clemente Military Family Outreach.

Personal Note: I am a California native born in Glendale. I graduated with a BS degree from the U. S. Naval Academy. I have an MS in Systems Engineering from USC. A Marine Corps aviator for twenty years, Vietnam veteran (325 combat missions) with both air and ground units. A graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), and the Navy Test Pilot School (flown 52 different airplanes). Original test pilot and early Squadron Commander during the F/A-18 aircraft development. Twenty years as an Experimental Test Pilot with McDonnell Douglas/Boeing, early Test Pilot on the C-17 aircraft development. I retired as Director of Flight Operations for Boeing Airlift and Tanker Programs/Chief Pilot for the C-17 Program. Married with three children and very proud to live in San Clemente.
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Barton Crandell - Chair Pro Tem
Term Expires: 2015

Contact Me: Phone: 949 487-2320 or

Civic Background: Current Planning Commission Member and Alternate Member of the Design Review Sub-Committee. Recent graduate of the San Clemente Leadership Program. Twelve years of Coaching Youth Sports, Soccer and Hockey and a Band Booster at Northwood High School in Irvine.

Education: I am a graduate of California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo with a degree in Architecture. Being licensed in California, a National and Local A.I.A. member, a Green Building Council member and Leeds Certified Provider I am required to complete numerous hours of Continuing Education each year to maintain my licenses and memberships. These courses include ADA requirements, Life Safety Issues, Energy Efficiency, Planning, Materials of Construction and Green Building Practices etc. In my spare time my wife and I restored a Historic 1907 Bungalow home at 286 N. Orange Ave. in the City of Orange, CA.

Occupation: Architect and Principal of Pekarek-Crandell, Inc. located in San Juan Capistrano. As an Architect, I have made numerous project presentations to Cities and Planning Commissions throughout the State and am extremely familiar with the application process and the difficulties applicants face when presenting their projects.

Personal Note: Being a native Southern Californian and surfer and having always lived on the California Coast, it’s understandable that I appreciate and am dedicated to maintaining our natural coastal resources. I have visited most all the coastal towns along the California and Oregon Coasts and am convinced San Clemente has everything necessary, including the History and interested and involved residents, to improve it position as one of the Gems of the California Coast. San Clemente’s Vision Statement gives a balanced description of the goals necessary to accomplish this, however implementing it is the trick. It will be a lengthy process and as a Planning Commissioner and resident I will never lose sight of our mutual long-term goals.

Jim Ruehlin - Chair Pro Tem
Term Expires: June 30, 2016

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Civic Background:
Planning Commission member; General Plan Advisory Committee member; Graduate of the Leadership San Clemente program; Member of the International Dark-Sky Association; Resident of San Clemente since 1998.

Personal Note:
I'm a California native and have lived in coastal Southern California my entire life. San Clemente has the atmosphere of the beach cities I grew up in, and it's one of the many reasons my wife and I love living here. I'm a graduate of U.C. San Diego with a degree in Cognitive Science, where I studied software engineering and usability. After many years as a software engineer and user interface designer I joined IBM, where I help customers around the world improve their ability to build complex software engineering projects.I'm fortunate to be able to live and work in San Clemente, and to be part of a community where so many people contribute to the vision and spirit of the city.

It's my goal to realize the vision for our city, as described in the General Plan, in each project that comes before the Planning Commission. Every project and decision impacts the community around it for years to come, and I'm honored to represent the people of San Clemente in making those decisions.

Kathleen Ward
Term Expires: June 30, 2015

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Civic Background:
Current: Planning Commissioner; member of San Clemente Historical Society Past: 2012 Leadership San Clemente graduate Education & Work Experience: I am a Certified Shorthand Reporter, licensed by the State of California. I was also a Court Reporting Instructor and I enjoyed teaching for 8 years. I am presently retired but while working as a court reporter, I worked from downtown San Diego to Los Angeles and everywhere in-between. Before going into the legal field, I had a public employee background, working for the County of San Bernardino, Lake Arrowhead Community Services District, and the City of San Clemente.
Personal Note:
I moved from San Clemente in the 1980's and was fortunate to return as a resident in 2009. I feel lucky to have lived and experienced San Clemente before the ranch areas and Talega were built and to be back here now, seeing the city anew. It has been interesting to see how the city has grown and flourished, but disappointing to see the Miramar Theater languish and slow the potential of North Beach. The improvement in vitality of Del Mar and our downtown has been significant. I like to meet new residents and hear how much they love San Clemente. My favorite question to ask them is what they would like to see changed. The answer is always the same: They want San Clemente to stay exactly how it is. After living in other parts of Southern California, it is easy to imagine their reasons for saying that. We all think San Clemente is a very special place. While it can't stay exactly the same, there is room for improvement, and I am excited to see new business and revitalization of stagnant areas that improve upon the quality of our environment that we all enjoy now. My husband, Greg, and I have been married for 25 years this year. He is a retired fireman and now a high school teacher. This is a great time to begin serving as a planning commissioner because we are embarking on a new general plan for the city that will guide future development and serve as a blueprint for issues the city faces in the next 20 years. With the new plan, there will be a clear picture of the growth and development desired for our town. I look forward to hard work and careful deliberation of all projects with the intent of following the vision and guidelines of our general plan and the will of our citizens. It is an honor to serve the people of San Clemente in this capacity.

Michael Craig Smith
Term Expires: 2016
Contact Me: Phone: 949-361-6195

Civic Background: Leadership San Clemente Program, June, 2012. Commissioner for City of San Clemente, Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission, June, 2012 - 14. Liaison Member to the Coastal Advisory Committee, June 2012 - 14. Director, Friends of San Clemente Foundation, 2014. Board Member Shorecliffs Beach Club, 2014. Mayor's Advisory Committee for the rezoning overlay of Shorecliffs Neighborhood , 2006. California State University, Fullerton Sustainability Committee, 2008.

Personal Note: I have had 45 year career as a Licensed Architect in California practicing in a number of different public and private sector management roles within the Construction Industry. My professional experience includes architectural design, planning , project management and teaching. I have worked all over California including: Sacramento, Berkeley, San Francisco and San Jose. Most recently, I retired from the California State University, Fullerton in 2011 as the Director of Design and Construction. During my 18 year tenure there, I had the great opportunity to help direct and manage the completion of over 22 Major Campus Projects totaling over one half billion dollars in capital funding . With the addition of new these buildings, the CSUF campus doubled in size and made it now one of California's largest Universities in the state. At 15, I moved from Holland , Michigan to Sacramento where I went to Sacramento High School. From there, I went on to the University of California, Berkeley where I completed both my undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and Masters of Architecture and Master Planning. While at UCB, I received a teaching fellowship and helped teach several architectural design courses. My wife Christine and I moved from the Bay Area to San Clemente in 1994 where we found our "ocean view dream home" in the Shorecliffs neighborhood. We consider ourselves extremely lucky and truly fortunate to live and thrive in such a beautiful community. We love San Clemente and plan on continuing to volunteer and help serve and preserve the City which we love. For fun we enjoy our Beach Club where we meet our friends and neighbors and I get to boogie board and play paddle tennis. We also like to play golf together throughout Southern California. We love to travel the world where we enjoy studying art and architecture and experiencing new cultures, exotic wines and of course, great food. We know how blessed we are to be able to do all this wonderful stuff and live in Paradise too!

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