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San Juan Capistrano City SealBy Allison Jarrell

Tonight’s San Juan Capistrano City Council meeting is comprised of agenda items including the possible approval of a site for a skatepark in town as well as the council’s search for a new city manager.

Capistrano Grind Skatepark

Toward the beginning of the meeting, the City Council is tasked with considering and potentially approving a site for a skatepark in San Juan, located at the northwest end of the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park. A grassroots group known as Capistrano Grind has worked with other local nonprofits such as Great Opportunities to present options for a skatepark to the city’s Youth Advisory Board and the Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission.

On July 20, the Parks, Recreation, Senior and Youth Services Commission approved the group’s proposal for a 20,000-square-foot skatepark which would not interfere with the park’s current sports fields. Capistrano Grind, which is working to become a nonprofit organization, is tasked with fundraising for the design and construction of the park.

Interim/New City Manager

The council will also discuss officially hiring Keith Till as interim city manager with a start date of Sept. 1, following City Manager Karen Brust’s last day on Aug. 31. Till has served as the city of Santee’s city manager for the past 14 years and has been filling in as San Juan’s interim city manager since July 1. Till’s proposed base salary is $16,000 per month, which would be offset by “benefit savings from vacant positions in the city manager department,” according to the agenda report.

In a separate item, the council will consider proposals from three firms for consulting services in regards to aligning the council’s long-term goals with the selection of a new city manager. The council has already retained Ralph Andersen and Associates as an executive search firm to assist in recruiting a city manager. The cost for an additional firm to help align the search with long-term goals (which could happen in the form of a report and/or a workshop) would come from the general fund reserve, which currently stands at 44.7 percent according to the report. The costs of the three proposals being considered range from $3,000 to $12,000.

At the beginning of the meeting, Karen Brust will be honored with a proclamation for her “years of dedication to the city of San Juan Capistrano.”

Other Items of Interest

The City Council will also consider approving:

  • an agreement with the Orange County Transportation Authority to install a second eastbound left-turn lane on Del Obispo Street and Camino Capistrano.
  • hiring Richards, Watson & Gershon law firm to represent the city in a lawsuit filed by the Vermeulen Ranch Center. The city’s attorney, Best, Best & Krieger, cannot represent the city due to a conflict of interest. The $500,000 to hire the new firm will come from the general fund reserves.

The meeting begins at 5 p.m. following the council’s closed session. City Hall is located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto.


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