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By Allison Jarrell

The San Juan Capistrano City Council and City Manager Ben Siegel are set to hold the city’s annual Strategic Planning Workshop at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center on Monday, April 4 beginning at 9 a.m. The community center is located at 25925 Camino Del Avion.

The day-long workshop is open to the public and includes a public comment period, during which residents can let the council know what they believe should be prioritized throughout the city in the year ahead.

Last year’s goal-setting retreat focused heavily on exploring the city’s water options, including how to manage the ground water recovery plant. Other priorities listed included examining options for the Northwest Open Space, reinstating the design review committee, working on the city’s roads and trails, improving transportation with a trolley and the elimination of railroad crossings that often close without the presence of a train—known as the “ghost train.”

In accordance with the Brown Act, an agenda for the strategic planning meeting has been posted at According to the agenda, the council will determine urgent strategic priorities for fiscal year 2016-2017 and receive an update on the city’s accomplishments for fiscal year 2015-2016.

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