Coastal Advisory Comittee

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McMains, John

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Community Service: Graduate of the San Clemente Leadership Program 2014, current chair of the Coastal Advisory Committee, San Clemente Triton Water Polo Club age group coach, President of the San Clemente Lifeguard and Junior Guard Foundation, former City of San Clemente ocean lifeguard & lifeguard supervisor, former president of the San Clemente chapter of US Surf Lifesaving Association (USLA).

Personal Background: I graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from USC in 1989. For the past 26 years I have worked as a consulting mechanical engineer and environmental scientist. This experience includes specializing in a wide variety of environmental compliance, sustainability and restoration projects/programs. In addition, I have significant consulting engineering and project management experience in the areas of design, development, and construction of large infrastructure projects as well as wastewater and contaminated soil/water treatment systems. Which includes substantial stakeholder represented experience with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) as well as Federal, State and Local regulatory agencies.

I have a longstanding and ongoing connection with San Clemente dating back to the late 1960's. I grew up on the beaches of Southern California and notably, I am a former City of San Clemente ocean lifeguard & lifeguard supervisor. I met my wife here 25 years ago while driving the lifeguard jeep next to lifeguard headquarters. My wife Kris and I have 4 sons. The older three sons have worked for the City of San Clemente as Lifeguards as well. Our youngest son is 9 years old, is a junior lifeguard and plays water polo for the San Clemente Triton water polo club.

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What is the purpose of the Coastal Advisory Committee?

The purpose of the Coastal Advisory Committee is to serve in an advocacy role to outside agencies, organizations and individuals to address the beach as a treasured resource in terms of its recreational and economic benefits.  The City has experienced a dramatic loss of beach sand, which has caused damage to beach facilities.  Also, urban runoff and how it affects water quality has become an imminent concern to the City.

When and where do they meet?

The Coastal Advisory Committee meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., Community Center 100 N. Seville in the Ole Hanson Fireside Room.

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How can I present comments to the Coastal Advisory Committee?

The Coastal Advisory Committee represents you, the citizen. Your input is important. Members of the audience who wish to address the Committee are requested to complete one of the forms near the entrance of the meeting room and submit it to the Chairperson.

Who is on the Coastal Advisory Committee and how do they get their positions?

The Coastal Advisory Committee consists of seven citizens who are appointed by the City Council to 2-year terms. A few months before committee member terms expire, the City Clerk posts information on how interesed citizens may apply for appointment to the committee.

I want to speak at a Coastal Advisory Committee. What do I do?

To speak at a Coastal Advisory Committee meeting, members of the audience are requested to complete one of the forms near the entrance of the meeting room and submit it to the Chairperson.

How can I serve on the Coastal Advisory Committee?

To become a member of the Coastal Advisory Committee citizens are asked to file an application with the City Clerk, prior to an interview and selection by the City Council.  These selections normally occur in June of each year, or at other times when a vacancy on the Committee occurs.  For more information on applications for Coastal Advisory Committee please send an email to CityClerk@san-clemente.org or Staff Contact: Cynthia Mallett – Environmental Programs Supervisor (949) 361-8204 MallettC@san-clemente.org

Click here to obtain an application for the Coastal Advisory Committee.

How do I get an agenda or minutes of the Coastal Advisory Committee?

Agendas are available online under Coastal Advisory Committee / Agendas.  Agendas should be available by the Friday before the next scheduled meeting.   Minutes are available online under Coastal Advisory Committee / Minutes.

Where do I find out more information about the Coastal Advisory Committee?

You are welcome to E-Mail or call us for more information at (949) 361-6143.