Sunday, June 2, 2013

From the Archives!

Simone Henriques Director-at-Large/Historian

It is with great pleasure that for the past year I have been actively involved with the Clairemont Town Council (CTC). I have also been recently appointed as Historian for the CTC.   As a Historian, it is my task to reconstruct past events and speak faithfully about Clairemont Town Council History.  Recently, I have been fascinated with the amount of facts and documents I found and gathered throughout my research. Facts defining the formation of Clairemont Town Council to the succession of presidents, as well as, of previous members and community events held by the council.

Clairemont Town Council History dates back to September 20, 1954 when Clairemont Boosters Club and Clairemont Civic Association decided to join forces with temporary officers elected to create the Council. The CTC first official meeting was held at the Whittier Elementary on January 24, 1955. During the meeting, Howard I. Kaufman was appointed as the first president of Clairemont Town Council.

Clairemont Town Council’s First Mission was to promote friendliness in the community, to further the beautification of lower Clairemont Drive, to plan educational and recreational facilities for youth and adults, and to improve De Anza Point off Highway 101.  Over the years, the Clairemont Town Council’s purpose has not changed much but rather broaden its scope to better accommodate the needs of our community while promoting civic, commercial, educational and cultural activities, as well as the general welfare of the community of Clairemont.  Fortunately, it is thanks to the persistence of previous council presidents and directors in establishing an organization that helped promote the future of Clairemont that we are here today continuing their legacy.  Please see attached for a valuable piece of CTC history provided by Nan Valerio, President of Clairemont Town Council (1974-1975).

Scan from an article chronicling the first nine (9) years of the Clairemont Town Council, pages 1-2.
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Scan from an article chronicling the first nine (9) years of the Clairemont Town Council, pages 3-4.
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The CTC will celebrate its 60th anniversary next year during the month of September. My intention as a Historian is to gather as much information as possible within a year and hopefully to present it to our community.

As part of the research, I am also looking forward to contacting any former presidents, past board directors or members (or even relatives) that contributed to Clairemont Town Council over the years.  If you know of any former members, please, contact me at 619.994.2642 or

I am currently seeking a volunteer to assist me with organizing and researching the history of Clairemont.  If interested, please, send me an email.

“History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.”
Cicero  - Roman author, orator, and politician (106 BC - 43 BC)

Simone Henriques  - Director-at-Large and Historian

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