Lance McClair, former Seaside mayor, passes on.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Lance McClair, who held Seaside's top elected post from 1982-1994, died Nov. 26 at age 68, reportedly after a long illness.
McClair's tenure as mayor was marked by his push for economic development on Fort Ord after its closure in the early 1990s; his ultimately successful battle against environmentalists to build the Embassy Suites hotel on Canyon Del Rey Boulevard; and his support for a new anti-crime strategy in the mid-1980s.
His administration was not without controversy: McClair was charged with allegedly violating the Brown Act, fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission for violating campaign disclosure rules, and tangled in sexual harassment accusations related to then-interim City Manager Sam Head.
He is survived by his wife and three children, including local artist Todd McClair.