San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano both have new mayors.
In San Clemente, the City Council elected William C. Mecham, 39, to succeed Robert D. Limberg as mayor. Mecham, a lobbyist for owners of mobile-home parks, has served on the City Council since 1980. His mayoral term will expire in November, rather than running a full year, because San Clemente’s local elections--previously held in April--are being consolidated with the November general election beginning this year. G. Scott Diehl, a veterinarian, is mayor pro tem.
In San Juan Capistrano, Kenneth E. Friess, 43, succeeds outgoing Mayor Phillip R. Schwartze. Friess, a building contractor, has been a councilman since 1976. Gary L. Hausdorfer will continue to serve as mayor pro tem and chairman of the city’s Redevelopment Agency.