San Clemente residents often think of their town as paradise—where the 1920's vision of a Spanish Village by the Sea still lingers, the sun shines 342 days a year and the conveniences of metropolitan Southern California are balanced by fresh ocean air and beaches untouched by time. Just 75 years ago, most of the coastal land between Los Angeles and San Diego was no more than barren rolling hills covered with mustard and sagebrush. San Clemente was no exception.

What is the purpose of the City Clerk Department?
The City Clerk Department is responsible for Council-related services, elections, records management, administration of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) regulations, and the Leadership San Clemente program. Major responsibilities of the City Clerk include: election process administration, Council-related services, records management, legal compliance with all codes and regulations including the Brown Act, the Government Code, Municipal Code and FPPC regulations, facilitating the legislative process and promoting public participation in municipal affairs, such as the Leadership San Clemente program.
How can the City Clerk Department be contacted?
Phone: (949) 361-8200
Fax: (949) 361-8309
Mail/Walk In: 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente, CA 92672-3100
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Where is the City Clerk Department located?
The City Clerk Department is located at San Clemente City Hall, 100 Avenida Presidio in San Clemente, California
What are the days and hours of operation?
City Clerk offices are open Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and every other Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. City offices are closed on the alternate Fridays, and holidays.
What is the current staffing?
The City Clerk Department consists of the following positions for a total of 5 FTE's:
  • City Clerk/Executive Analyst -Supervises operations of the City Clerk's Office. Attends City Council and management meetings. Conducts City elections and administers election administration, referendums, initiatives and recalls. Ensures that Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) requirements are fulfilled. Conducts City's Leadership Program; ensures legality of documents with the City Attorney; attests and notarizes documents; administers Oaths of Office.
  • Deputy City Clerk - Prepares Council agendas and organizes packet preparation; composes Council minutes; processes documents approved by Council (i.e., resolutions, ordinances and Notices of Completion) as well as all contracts involving the City; prepares and monitors the division budget; composes and publishes legal notices for Public Hearings, Ordinances, special meetings, etc.; composes honoraria; conducts bid openings.
  • Records Management Coordinator - Maintains/protects City's vital records; administers the computerized filing system and legislative history; oversees implementation of the citywide Electronic Document Management System; tracks expiration dates of letters of credit/contracts/leases and insurance; responds to public records and research requests from Council, staff and the public; Administers Municipal Code updates; maintains payroll records; assists with Leadership Program.
  • Senior Office Specialist - Serves as City Hall receptionist (phone and in person); serves as secretary to the City Clerk; pays/maintains payment history of Division bills; prepares/mails letters transmitting agendas and agenda reports; assists with FPPC regulation compliance and maintains a legally-required log of all FPPC forms filed with the City Clerk; prepares special reports; assists with Leadership Program.
  • Part-time Office Specialist I - Copies information for Council agenda packets; serves as back-up for the City Hall receptionist; posts and mails legal notices; transmits documents to the County Recorder for recordation; finalizes resolutions and ordinances; files documents coded by the Records Management Coordinator; updates address directories.
  • Part-time Cable Television Technicians (3) - Televise City Council Meetings; prepare Community Calendar for televising weekly, and films Around Town episodes.The office of City Clerk is an elected position and is currently held by Joanne Baade.
What is the purpose of the City Manager Department?
The City Manager supervises and directs the administration of the various City departments; presents recommendations and information to enable the City Council and the Redevelopment Agency Board to make decisions on matters of policy; coordinates the City's working relationship with external agencies and organizations; oversees the planning and funding of major city projects; serves as a liaison to improve communications between the City Administration, community organizations and citizens; prepares the News for City Hall quarterly publications; and works to maximize efficiency and customer satisfaction with City services.
How do I contact the City Manager Department?
You may contact the City Manager Department by telephone, fax, mail, E-Mail:

100 Ave. Presidio
San Clemente, ca, 92672

Phone: (949) 361-8322
Fax: (949) 361-8283
Where is the City Manager Department located ?
The City Manager's office is located in San Clemente City Hall immediately inland of the freeway at the Presidio off ramp. Park in the upper parking lot and enter through the double glass doors and ask for the City Manager.
100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente, CA 92672
What are the days and hours of operation?
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Alternate Fridays (closed alternate Fridays)
What is the current staffing?
Three full time employees (City Manager, Assistant to the City Manager and Executive Assistant) and one part time Office Specialist.
Economic Development
Click Here To go to the City of San Clemente Economic Development webpage.
City Manager Profile
The City Manager is Pall Gudgeirsson
What is the purpose of the City Treasurer?
The City Treasurer is responsible for cash investment and debt administration.
How can the City Treasurer be contacted?
Phone: (949) 361-8360 b
Fax: (949) 361-8283
Mail/Walk In: 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente, CA 92672-3100
Who provides Fire Services for the City of San Clemente?
Fire services are provided through a contract with Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA). The OCFA provides technical rescue, fire prevention, fire investigation, hazardous materials response, public information/education, paramedic and ambulance transport services.
Click here for link to OCFA Web Site
How do I contact the Fire Department?
Emergencies 911
Non Emergencies (714) 573-6000
South County Inspection Office: (949) 347-2240
What is the Trauma Intervention Program (TIP)
The Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) consists of citizen volunteers that provide support to emotionally traumatized citizens immediately after tragedy strikes. Hospital personnel, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics call for TIP volunteer assistance on a 24-hour, 365-day a year basis. Volunteers assist family members following natural or unexpected deaths; victims of crime; disoriented or lonely older persons; victims of vehicle accidents; family members after a suicide; and anyone emotionally traumatized by a crisis event. Click here for more information about the TIP program
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Where are the Fire Stations located ?
Fire Station 50: 670 Camino De Los Mares, just past the hospital
Fire Station 59: 59 Avenida La Pata in Talega
Fire Station 60: 121 Ave Victoria
Lieutenant John Coppock
Chief of Police Services
(949) 361-8230
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San Clemente has the ocean, rugged hills, and coastal canyons, clean air and one of the worlds finest climates, and without a doubt, some of the nicest people in California. But, it is so much is a secure, family oriented community of over 68,316 residents who are highly skilled and well educated. San Clemente offers a unique blend of residential choices, recreational alternatives, and exceptional business opportunities, all in a beautiful coastal setting. The City of San Clemente was incorporated in 1928 as a General Law city and operates under a Council/Manager form of government. There is a five-member City Council elected at large to serve four-year, over-lapping terms and each year the Council elects one of its own members to serve as Mayor for a one year period. The San Diego Interstate 5 freeway, the state's major north-south artery, serves San Clemente and provides a forty minute commute to northern Orange County or sixty minutes to downtown San Diego. John Wayne (Orange County) Airport is located about 30 miles north of San Clemente. Rail service is also available on Amtrak and Metrolink with stations located at beach access.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department provides law enforcement services for the City of San Clemente. 44 sworn and 13 professional staff members operate from the San Clemente station located at 100 Ave. Presidio providing services that include patrol, investigations, traffic enforcement, community support, drug education, parking control, and crime prevention. As always, the Sheriff's Department primary goal is to provide a safe environment for its community members to enjoy San Clemente's many amenities.
For Emergency Service call 9-1-1
For all non-emergency call:
North County: 714-647-7000
South County: 949-770-6011

The Public Works Department in support of the City's mission, will work in partnership with the community and allied City departments to:

  • Develop, operate, maintain and upgrade the City's infrastructure
  • Ensure that all private developments and City initiated public improvements are in compliance with municipal ordinances, regulations and standards
  • Ensure the provision of safe and adequate water supplies and the proper disposal of liquid and solid wastes
  • Develop and implement operating plans to effectively respond to local/regional emergencies
Service Description

Department administration is responsible for managing and coordinating all program operation operations within the following major divisions:

  1. Engineering (Land Development, Capital Improvements, Traffic, Inspection, and Water Quality)
  2. Maintenance Services (streets, traffic signs, signals, street lights, structural facilities, street sweeping and public parking lots/meters)
  3. Utilities (water, wastewater, reclaimed water, storm drains, and solid waste disposal)
  4. Emergency Planning (city disaster preparedness, community preparedness outreach, disaster response and recovery)
Community Development Building
910 Calle Negocio, Suite 100
San Clemente, CA 92673
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380 Ave. Pico, Bldg. N
San Clemente, CA 92673
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390 Ave. Pico, Bldg. A
San Clemente, CA 92673
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Hours of Operation
Monday through Thursday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
and on alternating Fridays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

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