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Editor’s Pick: Driftwood Festival PAGE 8 VOLUME 11, ISSUE 45
A Newcomer Takes the Seat
Muller, Viczorek and Federico Are the Unofficial Winners of City Council Election E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5
Jamey Federico claimed most of the votes for Dana Point City Council’s 2018 District 3 race. Photo: Lillian Boyd
Woman Dies after Being Hit By Car in Dana Point EYE ON DP/PAGE 3
Dana Hills Girls Tennis Advances to CIF-SS Final SPORTS/PAGE 12
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mediately and as revitalization continues, Dana Point Harbor will continue to retain its local charm while providing a new harbor experience. “We can’t express how excited we are on moving forward. If it wasn’t for the vision of Supervisor Bartlett, none of us would be here today,” said Bryon Ward, of Ward-Burnham Properties, one of the three development partners.
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Woman Dies After Car Accident in Dana Point THE LATEST: A 35-year-old San Juan Capistrano woman died after she was struck by a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway, near Amber Lantern in Dana Point. The vehicle was headed northbound when the collision occurred, and reports of the incident were called in at approximately 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. “First responders found the woman with obvious trauma to the body and head,” said Orange County Sheriffs Department Public Information Officer Carrie Braun. The victim, identified as Whitney Daniels, was hospitalized and later pronounced dead. The driver was described as a 70-yearold male, who was not under the influence, and remained at the scene of the incident. He was not arrested. The roadway between Ruby Lantern and Violet Lantern on Pacific Coast Highway was closed off for more than two hours. WHAT’S NEXT: The investigation is ongoing and is being handled by the OCSD Major Accident Reconstruction Team.— Lillian Boyd
Spill in Capistrano Beach Causes Ocean Water Closure THE LATEST: A portion of Capistrano Beach was closed off by officials on Saturday, Nov. 3 due to a sewage spill. The County of Orange Health Care Agency’s Environmental Health Division closed the ocean and bay waters 500 feet up and downcoast of the Estrella storm drain of Capistrano Beach due to a sewage spill, officials said in a news release. It said the affected bay water area would remain closed to ocean water-contact sports until the results of follow-up water quality monitoring meet acceptable standards Anthony Martinez, the division’s program director, said 35 gallons of sewage waste spilled into the water due to a blockage from a private sewer line in Dana Point. At press time, it was still unclear which housing association or private individual might be responsible for repairs or cleanup. Officials continued testing the water levels throughout the week and determined that on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the closure status Dana Point Times November 9-14, 2018
WHAT’S NEXT: The Dana Point Harbor Advisory Board will hold its next meeting from 5-7 p.m, Monday, Nov. 26, at the OC Sailing and Events Center in the Pilothouse Conference Room, 34451 Ensenada Place. —LB Orange County officials, stakeholders and developers with Dana Point Harbor Partners celebrate the newly signed master lease for the harbor. Photo: Eric Heinz
could be removed. WHAT’S NEXT: The bacteria levels in the impacted area now meet state health standards and the water is safe to swim in. To report sewage spills, call 714.433.6000. If you have any questions, call 714.628.7008 or go online at www.ocbeachinfo.com. —LB
Driftwood Offers Deals for Veterans THE LATEST: The Driftwood Country Music Festival is coming to Doheny State Beach, and there will be plenty of special deals offered exclusively to veterans and active military. Discount tickets are available at www.vettix.org, a website that offers tickets to verified members of the military. Veterans and active duty military can take the park-and-ride shuttle from the Outlets at San Clemente free of charge by using the code THANKYOU at www.driftwoodfest.com or by showing a military ID for a complimentary shuttle ride to and from the festival. “There will be signs located throughout the festival grounds so that Driftwood attendees can leave messages for veterans and civilians,” organizers said in a news release. “There will be several local nonprofits on site that will provide information and a number of services to veterans and military families.” Organizations attending the event include Patriots and Paws, a group that pairs veterans with rescued animals to reduce psychological and financial stress as they transition back into civilian life. It also works to provide furniture, small appliances, home goods and basic necessities to military members and their families. WHAT’S NEXT: The Driftwood Country Music Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11 at Doheny State Beach, featuring Chase Rice, Big & Rich, Kristian Bush of
Sugarland, Michael Ray and more. To buy tickets, visit www.driftwoodfest.com. —LB
Developers Sign Master Lease for Harbor THE LATEST: A ceremony and press conference was held at the Dana Point Harbor for its master lease signing on Friday, Nov. 2. Orange County officials and Dana Point Harbor Partners celebrated the milestone of the 66-year agreement to invest $300 million. Various leaders spoke to a crowd in front of Coffee Importers at the harbor, including James Lenthall, chair for the Dana Point Harbor Advisory Board and president of the Dana Point Boaters Association. “No matter your role in Dana Point Harbor, one of us is dedicated to representing your interests. The concept we set forth today is born from this community,” Lenthall said at the podium. “This harbor has benefited many of us and impacted us across generations. We need to cherish it and protect it. Over the course of leading to this day, I have full confidence we are shepherding the harbor into its best future.” Community meetings planned around a harbor revitalization plan first began about 21 years ago. In 2016, Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett and other county leaders proposed a plan to partner with private developers to see to a new and improved harbor. On July 17, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a recommended action to name the Dana Point Harbor Partners LLC (DPHP) the 66-year master lease holder and operator of the Dana Point Harbor. With the approval, the DPHP begin an option period of 90-120 days in which more structural details will be ironed out. In a press release, Bartlett stated that with the master lease signed and the partnership formalized, the community will begin seeing improvements almost im-
Lawsuit Proceeds Against Moulton Niguel Water District THE LATEST: The trial for the lawsuit against Moulton Niguel Water District began at the end of last month and continued the first week of November. The plaintiffs, South Orange County Wastewater Authority and Emerald Bay, allege that MNWD has not paid $2 million of its bills for two years. According to a litigation overview created by the plaintiffs, this “breach of contract now threatens plant operations, public health, employee safety and ocean water quality.” It goes on to state that in the late 1990s, MNWD requested and was granted a contract to acquire 29 percent of the Coastal Treatment Plant’s wastewater capacity. The contract requires MNWD to fund plant repairs at the same percentage. MNWD adhered to its contract for 16 years without expressing concern. In 2016, it abruptly stopped paying its contractual obligations. In a statement sent by a representative for the defendants, MWND argues that the agency has been in a disadvantageous minority position in a project committee at SOCWA, where the other three committee members seek to force MNWD and its ratepayers to fund millions of dollars of capital projects at the Coastal Treatment Plant that MNWD doesn’t believe are necessary or are justified under the governing agreements. While SOCWA initiated the lawsuit, MNWD filed a cross-complaint that aims to address three issues being disputed: clarification on the expiration date, which is now set for 2026; clarification on what capital projects are “necessary” when accounting for the contract expiration date; and clarification regarding how distribution of assets will be handled at the end of the 50-year agreement. WHAT’S NEXT: For the latest updates on the trial, visit www.danapointtimes.com. —LB www.danapointtimes.com
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Vintage Board Swap Attracts Surf Celebrities The Vintage Surfboard Collector Club held its annual vintage board swap event— dubbed “The Big One”—on Saturday, Nov. 3. Vintage board enthusiasts had the opportunity to buy, sell or trade boards with a variety of histories. World Surf League Champion Filipe Toledo, a Brazilian professional surfer, made an appearance at the event. Toledo has competed on the men’s league tour since 2013. In 2014, after also competing in some events in the Qualifying Series, Toledo became the qualifying series champion. The Vintage Surfboard Collector Club is a group that consists of a large range of collectors across Southern California, with a mission to provide a platform for displaying, appreciating, sharing, trading, and celebrating vintage surfboards. As stated on the club’s official site, group members work to honor the surfboard shaping and surfing pioneers who’ve helped create Vintage Surfing Cultures across the world. If you’re interested in becoming a member, visit www.vintagesurfboardcollectorclub.net to fill out a membership application.
Marine Safety Helps Release 150-Pound Sea Turtle from the Pier On Sunday, Nov. 4, San Clemente Marine Safety lifeguards were dispatched to the Pier to assist a fisher who had snagged a large sea turtle on his line. “Between the three guys who accidentally caught it, they lowered a lobster hoop net down to get him into the basket, hoisted him over the railing and tried to get the line and hook out of him,” said Marine Safety officer Ian Burton. The turtle was about 150 pounds, Burton said, with a shell that was about 3 feet wide. He said it took three people to hoist the turtle. The crowd was happy to see the turtle swim away on its own power, Burton said, although they had wished more of the hook could have been removed.
Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Hosts Active Shooter Workshop The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce joins chambers from San Clemente, Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano to host the Active Shooter Response & Impact of Violence Training Workshop. Dana Point Times November 9-15, 2018
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FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Each Saturday, California farmers bring fresh produce to sell at the Dana Point Farmers Market. Craft vendors join in on the fun every first Saturday of the month as well. The Dana Point Farmers Market is located in La Plaza Park on Pacific Coast Highway near the Clock Tower. Vintage surfboard enthusiasts came out to buy, sell, swap and appreciate surfboards and surf memorabilia created throughout the past century. Photo: Lillian Boyd
Speakers include SWAT Team Leader and Investigator Shane Millhollon as well as Heather Williams, Regional Peer Support Coordinator for Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The workshop aims to help participants understand the law enforcement response to an active shooter or mass casualty incident, develop protocols to increase survivability, understand active shooter psychology and pre-incident indicators and to provide awareness of resources available to mitigate the lasting effects of trauma. The event will be held 8-10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Capo Beach Church, 24975 Domingo Avenue, Capistrano Beach. There is no charge; RSVP is required. Register online at www.danapointchamber. com. Call 949.496.1555 for more information.
Learn More About Saddleback College The next AAUW (American Association of University Women) San Clemente-Capistrano Bay branch meeting will introduce people to the various programs offered by Saddleback College on Saturday, Nov. 17. Keynote Speaker will be Dan Predoehl, M.Ed., Saddleback College Assistant Dean of the Community Education Division, Emeritus Institute Director, & K-12 Partnerships Dan’s career highlights include growing Saddleback College’s Emeritus Institute (older adult program) into the largest program in the State of California In addition, Erin McHenry, director of Annual Giving, will talk about the AAUW scholarships and endowments. Laurie Jacobs, SCCB AAUW member, will give a short demonstration of the Start Smart Workshop and information about the organization’s college university partnership. The meeting takes place at 11 a.m. at
Gemmell’s Restaurant Banquet Room, 34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point. Luncheon cost is $28. Checks must be received no later than Nov. 10 to reserve a seat. For more information, go to https://sccb-ca.aauw.net/general-meeting/ or email email@example.com.
Marine Support Group Seeks Sponsors for Thanksgiving Dinners With Marines and Sailors from the 5th Marine Regiment deployed to the Middle East, there are many families who won’t celebrate Thanksgiving together. Single Marines who remain at Camp Pendleton must maintain readiness as first responders and cannot travel home. The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group is asking people to sponsor a Marine or Marines, or the family of one who is deployed during the Thanksgiving holiday. The dinner will be hosted at Waterman’s Harbor in Dana Point by Damian Collins and the Collins Family. A single Marine, the family of a deployed Marine or a Marine and his family, will receive a full meal, open bar, dessert, entertainment and raffle prizes for a donation from a sponsor. Individuals may donate online at www.DanaPoint5thMarines.com via a secure PayPal site or by sending a check to The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group Attention: Thanksgiving for Marines, P.O. Box 471, Dana Point, CA 92629-0471. Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHALE WALK AND TALK 9 a.m.-11 a.m. This walk focuses on the offshore visitors that can be frequently seen from the Dana Point Headlands. It is designed to introduce participants to our whale seasons, which are November to May. Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive. RSVP to DPNaturalResources@danapoint.org or 949.248.3527. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
VETRANS AFFAIRS (VA) CLAIM HELP 1:30-3:30 p.m. If you need help starting or re-opening your VA claim, come speak with John Coon every second Tuesday of the month at the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street. No appointment is necessary. John Coon can also be reached at johnserk@ gmail.com or you can contact the VFW Office at 949.248.1419. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
ARTS & CULTURE COMMISSION MEETING 6 p.m. The Arts & Culture Commission will meet for its regularly scheduled meeting in the Public Works Conference Room at Dana Point City Hall, 33282 Golden Lantern. MONARCH BEACH SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB 7 a.m. Every Wednesday, the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club welcomes anyone interested in making a difference in the local community and changing the world to join them at their weekly meeting. Doors open and breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern. www.monarchbeachsunriserotary.org.
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2018 CITY COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS
DISTRICT 1 (5 of 5 precincts reporting) *Joe Muller: 1,021 (47.3%) Joseph “Joe” Jaeger: 801 (37.1%) Amy Foell: 338 (15.6%)
Muller, Viczorek and Federico Are Unofficial Winners of City Council Election
DISTRICT 2 (5 of 5 precincts reporting) *Richard Viczorek: 964 (48.1%) Mark L. McGinn: 597 (29.8%) J. Scott Schoeffel: 442 (22.1%)
BY LILLIAN BOYD & ERIC HEINZ, DANA POINT TIMES
fter all precincts for the City of Dana Point reported their votes, the preliminary results for the 2018 Dana Point City Council Election indicate that Joseph Muller, Richard Viczorek and Jamey Federico are the apparent winners in Districts 1, 2 and 3, respectively. In District 1, incumbent Mayor Pro Tem Muller took 47.3 percent of the vote, beating Joseph “Joe” Jaeger (37.1 percent) and Amy Foell (15.6 percent). In District 2, incumbent Mayor Richard “Rick” Viczorek claimed 48.1 percent of the vote, defeating his opponents Mark McGinn (29.8 percent) and Scott Schoeffel (22.1 percent). In District 3, political newcomer Jamey Federico won with 58.2 percent of the votes, with his opponent Charles Payne claiming 41.8 percent. Muller, Viczorek and Federico never announced an official campaign to run as a slate; however, the three winners were associated as political allies due to campaign signage, similar PAC donations and common platforms. After learning the initial election results at the 8:05 p.m. update from the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Federico separated himself as an independent council-member-elect. “There will be times when I do agree with the positions Muller and Viczorek take and there will be times when I don’t. I’m not part of any slate, and my vote will be in the best interest of city residents,” Federico said. Both Federico’s and Payne’s campaigns elicited controversy. Mailers and social media posts criticized Payne for his alleged associations with Headlands LLC developer Sanford Edward. Meanwhile, Federico’s campaign was accused of inappropriately coordinating with the Taxpayers Protection PAC, in a complaint being investigated by the Fair Political Practices Committee (FPPC). The campaign also faced criticism for the PAC money spent to support Federico and oppose Payne. When asked if Federico had any regrets on how he ran his campaign, he said he wished he could have met with more voters. “I ran on the issues, I met with as many voters as I could. As politicized as the topic of districts has become, one benefit is it allows me to understand my district more intimately,” he said. Federico and his campaign team held their election party at Casanova Ristorante while Muller and State Assemblyman Bill
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Voters head to the polls to cast their vote in Dana Point. Photo: File
Brough held a joint event at Brio Tuscan Grille. Brough—a Republican—beat his Democratic opponent, Scott Rhinehart, taking 58.4 percent of the vote. When looking back on this year’s city council race, Muller said now is the time to regroup and move forward as a united city. “With all the negative campaigning that went on, it’s bad enough that it was happening on a national level. It should not be happening at the city level,” Muller said. “Both sides need to take a step back and think about what’s really important and what will help this community move forward. While we might not agree on everything, we need to work together.” The election results will be officially certified no later than Dec. 7. FLIP THE 49TH? Tuesday night was a significant victory for House Democrats across the nation and California, but one of the large milestones in this state was secured for the “blue wave” in the state’s 49th district. Democratic candidate Mike Levin of San Juan Capistrano appears to be the victor after the final results from San Diego County were tallied late Wednesday morning. Heading into the wee hours of Election Night on Tuesday, Nov. 6, with a lead of about 5 percent and a number of precincts reported, Levin celebrated a little early. But the final numbers to come in were from San Diego Couty, which voted for the Democratic candidate of the 49th district heavily in the 2016 election. Levin braced his campaign on the back of his environmental lobbying and legal experience in the field. He has vowed to stop President Donald Trump’s administration from executing its offshore oil drilling proposals and favored an affordable health care system. Republican Diane Harkey of Dana Point had hoped to keep the district in her party’s control, as the predecessor of the district seat was held by Republican Rep. Darrell Issa for nearly 20 years. Harkey used her experience as a “tax-fighter” to drum up support and stood behind the “Yes on Prop 6” campaign to repeal Gov. Jerry Brown’s gas tax.
“I feel great, and it’s a victory for all of those who have worked so hard for a long time to finally flip this district, and I’m very grateful,” Levin said in a phone interview with the San Clemente Times on Wednesday. Trump wasted no time in venting his frustration about the Republican House losses from Tuesday, blaming outgoing Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and then later declaring the evening a success based on its four Senate seat gains. When asked what kind of political atmosphere he expects to inherit, Levin said he’s optimistic. “I think it’s going to be positive and I base that on a conversation with Darrell Issa. Mr. Issa and I have differed on political issues. We nonetheless had a great discussion, and he offered his help in the transition,” Levin said. “I believe in the institution of the House of Representatives, and it is very important that all members treat each other with respect, and hopefully in a short time, we can get beyond the toxic rhetoric.” If the numbers hold true following canvassing of the ballots, that would mean turnout for this particular election garnered just half of the 310,000 votes that were cast in the 2016 election. On Twitter, Levin thanked many supporters and retweeted a few supporters declaring victory for him. He said he’s to report to Washington, D.C. by Monday for orientation. OLD GUARD REMAINS STRONG It wasn’t the snoozer, inevitable outcome for Assemblymember Bill Brough, R-73, or for State Sen. Patricia Bates, R-36, this time around, but both representatives won their elections by or near double-digit percentage margins. Marggie Castellano, who was behind about the same margin in the primary election in June, was still a candidate with whom Bates had to contend. Brough faced a challenger in 2016 who stopped campaigning midway through, and Brough went on to win by more than 90 percent of the vote. This year, he faced a stronger opponent in Scott Rhinehart, but Brough still held on for a decisive victory Tuesday night. DP
DISTRICT 3 (6 of 6 precincts reporting) Jamey Federico: 1,146 (58.2%) Charles Payne: 823 (41.8%) *Incumbent SOUTH COAST WATER DISTRICT DIRECTOR Number to Vote for: 2 (25 of 25 precincts reporting) *William “Bill” Green: 4,760 (39.6%) *Dennis Erdman: 4,115 (34.3%) Markus J. Lenger: 3,131 (26.1%) 49TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (542 of 542 precincts partially reporting) Mike Levin, Democrat: 94,579 (53.5%) Diane Harkey, Republican: 82,095 (46.5 %) ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF (1,546 of 1,546 precincts reporting) Don Barnes: 321,214 (57.1%) Duke Nguyen: 240,879 (42.9%) DISTRICT ATTORNEY (1,546 of 1,546 precincts reporting) Todd Spitzer: 290,363 (52.9%) *Tony Rackauckas: 258,887 (47.1%) STATE ASSEMBLY, 73RD DISTRICT (259 of 259 precincts partially reporting) *William “Bill” Brough, Republican: 76,123 (58.3%) Scott Rhinehart, Democrat: 54,393 (41.7%) STATE SENATE, 36TH DISTRICT (464 of 623 precincts partially reporting) *Patricia “Pat” Bates, Republican: 117,783 (54.9%) Marggie Castellano, Democrat: 96,590 (45.1%) Results provided were gathered from the Orange County Registrar of Voters and California Secretary of State’s Office as of 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8. Results could change between now and Dec. 7.
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CAN WE SAVE OUR FUTURE? SHOULD WE? JOANNA CLARK, SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
CURRENT ADMINISTRATION WILL HURT ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT ED SCHLEGEL, CAPISTRANO BEACH
Growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s, time spent outdoors was highly valued and wildlife was cherished. I never thought I would see the day when the current administration would go to such great lengths to weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with nine proposed regulatory changes. In a nutshell, these regulatory changes make it more difficult to protect species, to add new species to the list, easier to remove species currently on the list, to reduce protections for imperiled species, to make it more difficult to protect critical habitat, and to base listing decisions on unreliable economic analyses rather than on scientific data.
It is up to our generation, “those of us who grew up
appreciating and respecting wildlife, to take a stand for conservation, and oppose all nine of these regulatory changes to the ESA that will make it next to impossible to prevent species from disappearing forever.
The ESA’s track record has been so successful, it is difficult to understand why the current administration would try to weaken its authority by turning the ESA into more of an extinction plan for species already threatened, rather than making concerted efforts to save them. It is a shame to watch our country’s priorities shift to devalue wildlife on every level. It is up to our generation, those of us who grew up appreciating and respecting wildlife, to take a stand for conservation, and oppose all nine of these regulatory changes to the ESA that will make it next to impossible to prevent species from disappearing forever. Join me in opposing all new changes that will in any way weaken the Endangered Species Act.
The link between carbon dioxide (CO2) and the Earth's temperature was made in the 1820s by Joseph Fourier, who first realized that the atmosphere is heated from above and below: first, by sunlight as it shines through and second, by the infrared radiation the Earth emits as it cools overnight. John Tyndall demonstrated in 1859 that some gases block infrared radiation, and noted that changes in the concentration of the gases could bring climate change. It was Svante Arrhenius, however, who in 1886 —132 years ago — was first to calculate the extent to which increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) will increase Earth's surface temperature through the greenhouse effect. Arguably, Arrhenius is the father of climate change science. On August 14, 1912, a newspaper called the Rodney and Otamatea Times, Waitemata and Kaipara Gazette printed a prescient paragraph in its “science notes and news" section, warning that the Earth's atmosphere was changing because of the way the world's economies were ramping up production of fossil fuels. Notably "coal consumption affecting climate," the small headline read. That was our second warning, 106 years ago. In 1988, 30 years ago, Dr. James Hansen, a NASA climate scientist, gave a Senate committee a dire warning: the Earth's temperature was rising, and humans were to blame. Three warnings over the past 132 years, and we have done virtually nothing to stop the catastrophe being created by global warming. And now the United Nations' “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” has published a new report which outlines the need for “rapid, farreaching, and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C, stating we only have 12 years to effect this change. Twelve years to effect major changes; impossible, you say. No it’s not; all we need is the political will. We’ve done it before, we can do it again. Within two months of the Dec. 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, the last civilian cars rolled off the assembly lines, and auto plants converted to military-only production of arms, munitions, trucks, tanks and planes. In the next four years, we split the atom and created the most destructive weapon in human history. We can save the world again if we put our minds together and work together.
It’s up to each of us to decide. Is OUR future worth saving for future generations?
PUSHING FOR TOURISM BUSINESS MIA ONESTO, DANA POINT
Kelly Reenders, Economic Development Manager, proposed on November 7, 2017 that for the fiscal year of 2018, the city of Dana Point declares its intentions to renew the tourism business improvement district. The hotel industry generates 35% of municipal revenues within the city. Dana Point is trying to increase the longevity of people who are staying in the four main hotels, the Doubletree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel, and Monarch Beach Resort. This industry funds very important services such as recreation, maintenance, and general improvements. The main goal behind this proposition is to allow the city to spend more money ($1 million) regarding the promotion of the city and the hotels, with the hopes that this additional money towards marketing will help attract more guests to the city and the hotels for a longer period of time. Some may think that the implementation of this proposition may take away from other programs that could be used to benefit the city. Dana Point is already widely known for tourist attractions so the money planned to spend on the future marketing of the city is not necessary. Although I think that this is a valid point made by the opposition, I believe that this extra effort put into the tourism industry can only be beneficial. A lot of attention goes towards surface issues within the city, or issues that are seen every day in the public eye. The tourism industry is not commonly recognized by citizens and so it can go unnoticed if not paying close attention. The marketing and advertising of Dana Point and the extra effort in promoting the benefits of the longevity of hotel stays in the city will help drive the funding for general maintenance of the city.
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Friday | 09 DHARMA YOGA HOUSE DONATION-BASED YOGA 6-7 a.m. Join for a donation-based morning Vinyasa yoga class every Friday at Dharma Yoga House. All levels welcome. Recommended donation of $5-$10. Dharma Yoga House. 34207 PCH. www.dharmayogahouse.com.
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SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, NOV. 10-11, DRIFTWOOD FESTIVAL 1-10 p.m. If you like craft beer and country music, then this festival is for you. Headliners include Chase Rice, Big & Rich, Michael Ray, Kristian Bush of Sugarland and more. There will be over 200 craft beer selections to taste, with complimentary tastings before 4 p.m. Locally sourced food trucks and restaurants are on site. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive. www.driftwoodfest.com.
VETERANS RESOURCE FAIR 12-4 p.m. The 4th Annual Veterans Resource Fair and Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team offers free admission, kid-friendly activities, and barbecue. The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will play against Orange County All Stars and California Highway Patrol at Saddleback Community College. For more information, contact RCS@cityofmissionviejo.com or call 949.470.3003. 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo.
platelets to ensure a strong blood supply for patients in need. A blood drive will be held at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera. You can make a reservation by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor app on your smart device or by calling 1.800.RED.CROSS.
SOUTH OC CARS AND COFFEE 9-11 a.m. The car show attracts hundreds of car enthusiasts each week. No registration is required and spectators are welcome. Outlets at San Clemente, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente. www.southoccarsandcoffee.com TWO TIMIN’ TUESDAYS 6-9 p.m. Hennessey’s presents Two Timin’ Tuesdays, where all day every Tuesday, all year long, customers can choose from any burger on the menu including the featured Burger of the Month and get the second burger free. Dine in only, bring your friends and enjoy. Hennessey’s Tavern, 34111 La Plaza. 949.488.0121.
Sunday | 11 AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE 8 a.m.-2 p.m. As influenza activity picks up, the American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to give blood or Dana Point Times November 9-15, 2018
DANA POINT VETERANS DAY SERVICE 10 a.m. The City of Dana Point and Post 9934 will conduct the annual Veterans Day Service at the Veterans Memorial located at Strands Park off Selva Road. The program will include the unveiling of the two plaques with the names of deceased veterans who were residents of Dana Point and who were members of Post 9934. Participating in the services will be the Color Guard from Marine Aircraft Group 39, Camp Pendleton, and the Post 9934 Honor Guard and Rifle Team. The public is welcome to attend. 34201 Selva Road.
Monday | 12 BINGO AT GOODY’S TAVERN 7 p.m. Every Monday, Goody’s hosts a bingo night for a charity of the month. Cards are $1 per sleeve, and raffle prizes are offered. Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real. 949.492.3400. www.goodystavern.com.
Tuesday | 13 SURFSIDE QUILTERS GUILD NOVEMBER FEST 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Come out for a quilt auction, handmade gifts boutique, raffle baskets and more at the Surfside Quilters Guild November Fest fundraiser. The event will be held at San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 Avenida de la Estrella. Free admission. For more information, email email@example.com.
Wednesday | 14 IHEARTYOGA IN THE PARK 10 a.m. Donation-based outdoor yoga for everyone. Classes offered every day at 10 a.m. in front of the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, Dana Point in Lantern Bay Park. Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point. www.iheartyoga.org.
Thursday | 15 LED ZEPPELIVE 7-10 p.m. Enjoy live music from Led Zeppelive, a Led Zeppelin cover band, over craft cocktails at StillWater Spirits & Sounds, 24701 Del Prado. The pre-Prohibition themed restaurant is located above Dana Point Harbor. 949.661.6003. www.danapointstillwater.com. Page 8
elissa McCarthy has proven to be the female equivalent to Adam Sandler’s film career. Her small, indie dramedies are great, like Go (1999), White Oleander (2002) and St. Vincent (2014). Her first few years as a viable A-lister were good with Bridesmaids (2011) and Spy (2015). But ever since blowing up into stardom, McCarthy’s big-budget comedies have been truly abysmal, such as Identity Thief (2013), Tammy (2014) and Happytime Murders (2018). Fortunately, her latest is along the lines of her indie work: Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? In 1991 New York City, Lee Israel (McCarthy) is an out-of-work biographer with a bad attitude and borderline alcoholism. She lives with her cat, doesn’t have any friends and no one wants her latest profile on legendary comedian Fanny Brice. At one time she was selling books on the lives on Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead; now the only type of writing she can make money from forging fake letters of other famous writers. And the only person who knows her new scheme is drinking buddy John Hock (Richard E. Grant). Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by the real Israel, who passed in 2014. McCarthy gives possibly her best dramatic performance to date, and director Heller’s own indie origins are perfect for the intimate tale. The biopic is almost like a quaint, female variant of Catch Me If You Can (2002) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Forgive Me? doesn’t have the happiest ending—especially if you’re a cat-lover—but it makes you appreciate friendship and talent. DP
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y partner Greta and I are on an 82-day cruise in Asia. After spending two days in the Tianjin/Beijing area, highlighted by a trip to the Great Wall of China, our ship docked in Shanghai, a bustling city of 25 million people. From our ship stateroom, we had a million-dollar view across the Huangpu River to the Pudong New Area, which features the imposing Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower that rises 1,535 feet, the fifth-tallest structure in the world. The 88-story Jin Mao building is close to the tower, as well as at least 100 other impressive modernistic buildings, most within walking distance of each other. Prior to 1990, the Pudong Area was rice fields and farmlands. Now, the buildings and nearby homes and condos are the showpieces of the booming economy of mainland China. The ship was docked near the Bund, a historical area that was the financial district in years past. At the Tourist Information Office there, we secured a map of Shanghai and boarded a hop-on, hop-off bus, which we often do on the first day in cities we haven’t been before. This gives us a quick overview of the important sites to visit.
A couple of hours later, we exited the bus and took a 10-minute, under-the-river, gondola-like ride through flashing neon lights via the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel to the Pudong New Area. We emerged amid those massive buildings and a bunch of Disney attractions. But Greta and I had a bigger adventure in mind on the Pudong side: we hired a taxi to take us to the Long Yang Train Station, a 25-minute ride. There, we purchased round-trip tickets to the Shanghai International Airport train station, not because we were flying anywhere, but because we wanted to experience riding on a train of the future. The Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Train connects Shanghai to the airport. It has no wheels ON LIFE AND and floats on an electroLOVE AFTER 50 magnetic cushion, along By Tom Blake a guideway for 20 miles, reaching up to 267 miles per hour—the highest speed ever by any operational transport on the ground. While waiting for the return trip in the train departure lounge at the airport, we met a delightful, young Chinese woman named Polly, who was traveling to Shanghai for her first-ever business meeting. She ensured we got on the train properly and rode with us back to Long Yang station. And then, she guided us to the proper subway line for the return trip back to Shanghai and the Bund side of the river. We had made a wonderful friend and exchanged email addresses. Since then, we have emailed several times.
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The weather in Shanghai that day was perfect: blue skies, 70 degrees, with no air pollution. Hence, we walked back to the ship. We popped into the Peace Hotel, now a Fairmont Hotel, a historic, five-star attraction. We saw Sunday brunch advertised for $140 per person. We decided we weren’t that hungry. Then we crossed the Garden Bridge. It’s a tradition for couples to pose there on their wedding day. Many people marry on Sundays in Shanghai. We saw six newlywed couples posing for photos on the bridge and many more along the Bund Riverwalk. That night, as dusk descended on the Shanghai skylight, the lights of the buildings came alive as we viewed them from our stateroom. It was a blaze of lights and color, as entire buildings lighted. And then a parade of dinner boats, all lighted, started on the river. At times,
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ive-month-old Ritz is a sweet kitten that just loves to be petted. She has a mellow personality and often spends her afternoons birdwatching or soaking up the afternoon sun. Ritz gets along well with the other kitties and would do well in a quiet home with another friendly cat for company. If you would like to know more about Ritz, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949.492.1617 or visit with her at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. DP
there were five or six boats passing below our stateroom, mixed in with barges moving through the water. The boats, together with the building lights, provided the most spectacular light show we had ever seen. For our first day in Shanghai, China’s most impressive city, we had seen everything we hoped for, and more. Tom Blake is a Dana Point resident and a former Dana Point businessman who has authored several books on middle-aged dating. See his websites www.findingloveafter50.com; www.vicsta.com and www.travelafter55.com. To receive Tom’s weekly online newsletter, sign up at www.findingloveafter50.com. Email: email@example.com. DP
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(Clockwise from left) A real live parrot accompanied this pirate to the fiesta. A group of actors dressed as pirates walks from Descanso Park to the Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano on Nov. 3. Hippolyte Bouchard makes demands of the “Alcade of San Juan Capistrano” including 20 sacks of potatoes, 10 sacks of corn and four head of cattle. “Pirates” enjoy some dancing at the Blas Aguilar Adobe on Nov. 3. Photos: Alex Groves
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Pirates ‘Invade’ San Juan Capistrano Arrr, mateys! Pirates invaded San Juan Capistrano on Nov. 3 and 4 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of ship captain Hippolyte Bouchard’s invasion of Mission San Juan Capistrano. From a pirate-filled fiesta to a mock trial that kept audiences at the edge of their seats, there was plenty of pirate-themed fun for San Juan’s residents to have. The weekend’s events were coordinated by the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society, Dana Point Historical Society and California’s Living History Group. The weekend began with a group of residents and historical reenactors dressed as pirates gathering at San Juan Capistrano’s Descanso Park. With a gaggle of little pirates in tow, the rowdy bunch of sailors walked alongside the San Juan Creek until they got to the Los Rios District. There, Captain Bouchard, played by Duane Matthews, made demands of San Juan Capistrano’s residents that included 20 sacks of potatoes, 10 sacks of corn and four head of cattle. When their demands were refused, Bouchard and his crew went forth to “sack and pillage” the town. The group of pirates then proceeded to a fiesta at The Blas Aguilar Adobe that included food, dancing, face painting and other fun activities. On Nov. 4, Bouchard was put on trial and members of a 12-person “jury,” as well as members of the audience, were asked to determine whether he was “guilty” or Page 11
“not guilty” of being a pirate. Bob Minty of the Dana Point Historical Society played Bouchard’s defense attorney while resident Jan Siegel acted as the prosecution. Siegel’s husband, Warren, played a judge. Both the jury and the majority of the audience found Bouchard not guilty of being a pirate. Though the pirate events have concluded for the weekend, a pirate-themed exhibit featuring items from Minty’s private collection will remain at the Arley Leck House at the San Juan Capistrano Historical Society grounds until Nov. 18. —Alex Groves SAN CLEMENTE
DA Race Finishes with Sober Living Home Ordinance Fight As the election for Orange County District Attorney came to a close on Tuesday, Nov. 6, so did the county’s ordinance to require sober living homes and facilities to register throughout the county. The ordinance was brought forth by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who as of Thursday morning was trailing in the polls to current Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer in the DA race. Spitzer and Rackauckas traded barbs in letters to the editor and press releases leading up to the first passage of the new ordinance that requires all drug, alcohol and substance abuse treatment facilities countywide to be placed on a registry. Spitzer contended there was no legal funding process to add this to the county’s workload The second reading vote passed with Spitzer absent on Election Day and Rackauckas providing no further comment. —Eric Heinz www.danapointtimes.com
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Final Bound Dana Hills girls tennis advances to first CIF-SS Final since 2007 BY ZACH CAVANAGH, DANA POINT TIMES
t wasn’t as easy as it initially looked, but the Dana Hills girls tennis team is off to the CIF-SS Final. The Dolphins doubles teams and top singles player Courtney Swift swept through the first two rounds, and Dana Hills did enough to get by in the third round to defeat Troy of Fullerton, 10-8, in a CIF-SS Division 1 semifinal on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at Dana Hills High School. “They’re a solid team,” Dana Hills coach Justin Green said. “It came down to the wire, our girls stepped up, and it was a good win.” Dana Hills advanced to its first CIF-SS Final since the Dolphins won the title in 2007. Despite a string of 20 consecutive league titles, this is just the second trip to the Final for Dana Hills since 1992. “It’d be huge (to win),” Green said. “It’s
Dana Down Dana Hills boys water polo falls in its third CIFSS semifinal appearance BY ZACH CAVANAGH, DANA POINT TIMES
he opportunity was there for the No. 2 seed Dana Hills boys water polo team. The Dolphins had made the most of their slot in Division 2 with a run to only the third CIF-SS semifinal in school history, but Dana Hills would go no farther. In a back-and-forth affair, Dana Hills took the lead in the third quarter, but Mira Costa went ahead in a frenetic fourth quarter to defeat the Dolphins, 8-6, in a CIF-SS Division 2 semifinal match on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. “It’s evenly matched,” Dana Hills coach Matt Rosa said. “We could play that game again and the score could be the other way very easily. They happened to make a couple more plays than we did, and bummer for us.” The teams traded goals through the first half as Mira Costa led, 5-4, at halftime. In Dana Point Times November 9-15, 2018
Dana Hills singles player Courtney Swift returns a shot against Troy in the CIF-SS semifinals. The Dolphins advanced to their first CIF-SS Final since 2007 with a win. Photo: Zach Cavanagh
been a while since we’ve been there. It (the 2007 title) was one of my first years coaching, seems like it was a long time ago. (Getting to the Final is) always the goal. Our girls have stepped up big and surprised me in ways. They’ve worked hard, and they deserve it.” It won’t be any easier for the Dolphins in the Division 1 Final at the Claremont
Club on Friday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. against No. 1 seed Mira Costa. The Mustangs had cruised through the first three rounds before scraping out a win on the games tiebreaker over Westlake, 9-9 (83-76). Dana Hills and Mira Costa met in the regular season on Sept. 12, with Mira Costa winning, 13-5. “We played them this year, and they
the second half, each team exerted control in each quarter as they pushed for a berth in the Final. The third quarter was Dana Hills’. Ian Diamond and Aidan Sullivan scored on back-to-back possessions as Justin Edward made six of his 12 total saves to keep Mira Costa off the board for a 6-5 Dolphins lead. Edward had been the backbone of a Dana Hills defensive effort that saw the Dolphins earn one-goal wins in the first round and quarterfinals. “He’s a solid goaltender that will put us in position to win games,” Rosa said, “and I thought we were there. A couple snuck by him in the fourth I think he’d love to have back.” The fourth quarter belonged to Mira Costa. The Mustangs shut down two six-on-five possessions for Dana Hills early in the quarter and made a mark of their own late. Mira Costa tied the game with a shot that deflected off Edward’s hand and took the lead, 7-6, on a five-meter penalty shot. The Mustangs clinched the game with a shot that was blocked by Edward, but the ball was forced under the water and under Edward’s arm for the goal. Sullivan scored the first goal of the game for Dana Hills for an early 1-1 tie,
beat us fairly handily,” Green said. “We’ll practice tomorrow, get out there and hopefully get some redemption.” Dana Hills’ formula for victory on Wednesday looked no different than most of its wins this season. The Dolphins would sweep in doubles, and the Air Force-committed senior Swift would sweep through singles. Both did their job through two rounds with only one tight score on the doubles side: a 7-5 win by No. 1 doubles partners Stila Fresenius and Caroline Allemann in the second round. Swift easily took her two matches, 6-1, 6-2. Dana Hills led, 8-4, into the third and final round, but both of those top entries hit some struggles. However, with only two points needed to clinch the match, their teammates stepped up. Drae Fresenius and Megan Delery completed their sweep day in doubles, 6-2, and in what became a contentious match with an argued point, Malia Rivera and Claire Tamadon took their match, 6-1, to clinch the win for the Dolphins. “It seems like every single match someone different steps up and has a big win,” Green said. “It’s just someone different every day.” DP
Dana Hills boys water polo took a lead into the fourth quarter, but Mira Costa found its way to victory in a CIF-SS Division 2 semifinal on Wednesday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine. Photo: Zach Cavanagh
and Adler Zachary, Grayson Wallett and Kaden Likins each scored in the first half for the Dolphins. While any team is disappointed by a season-ending loss, the Dana Hills boys water polo program has plenty of highlights to reflect on during a successful season. “It’s a proud accomplishment,” Rosa said of advancing to the semifinals. “It’s something Dana Hills hasn’t accomplished a lot. It’s not like we’re racking them up all
over the place. A 20-win season, semifinals of CIF, it’s something we should be proud of.” Dana Hills has plenty to look forward to as well, with players like Edward and Zachary returning next season. “I really enjoyed this season,” Rosa said. “This is coming from me on a personal note where the last couple seasons have not been as satisfying. I had a lot of fun with this group.” DP www.danapointtimes.com
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Team USA Wins Silver Local surfers shine at ISA World Junior Surfing Championship BY JAKE HOWARD, DANA POINT TIMES
he drumbeat toward the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the debut of surfing in the Games marches ever forward. And the closer we get to that historic moment, the better the United States national program is looking. Last weekend, Team USA captured the silver medal at the ISA World Surfing Championship in Newport Beach. In 2017, the squad claimed gold, and while it wasn’t able to go back-to-back and defend its title, the performances of the individual athletes and the camaraderie that the team has developed are a sign of good things to come. Heading into the final day of competition on Sunday, the U.S. held a slight edge over rest of the field in the team standings by a mere 245 points. Winning the Aloha Cup on Saturday, they had seized the momentum going into the final day of competition, but the surging Japanese team ultimately took the gold after statement-making performances by a number of their athletes. In the end the U.S. ceded the top spot on the podium by a mere 132 points. “We had 44 countries represented, almost a quarter of the world,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Keep an
Team U.S.A. celebrates its silver medal winning performance at the 2018 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship up in Huntington Beach last week. Photo: Ben Reed/ISA
eye out for these young athletes in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games because we could very well see them surfing on the world’s greatest stage in sport.” And while it may have been a bit of a heartbreaker for the U.S. surfers, they have every reason to hold their heads high and be proud of what they accomplished up in Surf City. “Making the finals has never been so challenging. The level of surfing at this year’s ISA Worlds was simply next level,” said Team USA Head Coach Joey Buran, who has now become the winningest national coach in the program’s storied history. “These athletes will be storming the WSL Championship Tour and Olympics faster than anyone realizes. I am extremely proud of Team USA’s performances and
stoked about surfing’s future.” The highlight for the U.S. was the unlikely rise of Oceanside’s Caitlin Simmers, who stepped up her game considerably to claim the only individual gold medal for the Americans. Surfing well above her age, the 13-year-old phenom blew away the competition in the girls under 16 division. Earning a 17.10 heat total in the final, she posted one of the highest scores of the entire event. “It feels so good,” Simmers said. “Team USA is really supportive. It’s an honor to be a part of the team This is my biggest win. Since surfing is in the Olympics, that is a new goal for me to strive for.” Simmers was the 2018 NSSA Rookie of the Year, and for the first time in contest history scored three perfect 10s at NSSA
although he admits he’s drifted “in and out of” surfing from time to time. Daly also plays travel baseball with the Evo Stars and Stripes. Chances are today you can find him in the water at Salt Creek, but he does appreciate a good road trip from time to time. “The best wave I’ve ever ridden was Rincon,” Daly said. As far as why he has taken to surfing like a fish to water, he said he enjoys “meeting up with friends in the water and having fun.” “I like the way that not a single surf session is the same. The wave shape and conditions are always changing,” Daly said. DP
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leven-year-old Evan Daly started getting whipped into Doheny bombs by his dad at the ripe old age of 4 years
old. “My dad taught me to surf at Doho,” Evan Daly said. “He’d tow me out on a soft top and I’d hold his ankle, so I didn’t have to paddle.” Growing up in Dana Point, this sixthgrade student at Marco Forster Middle School is now a distinguished member of the Dana Point Board Riders Club, Dana Point Times November 9-15, 2018
Nationals last June. Given the hotbed of talent that San Clemente has become in recent years, Simmers certainly had help in the other divisions from a few Lowers regulars. In the Aloha Cup team event, area surfers and team captains Kirra Pinkerton and Cole Houshmand were joined by Jett Schilling and San Diego’s Alyssa Spencer en route to a commanding gold-medal performance. In the boys under 16 division, Kade Matson earned a silver medal thanks to his progressive, all-or-nothing approach, pulling off a 360 air and a series of aggressive vertical turns in the final. Meanwhile, team captain Houshmand went to work in the boys under 18 final. Missing out on a bronze medal by a mere one-tenth of a point, he ultimately settled for the fourth-place copper. For Team Japan, it was its first team gold medal in the history of the ISA championships and sets a highly competitive tone going into the 2020 Games. Rounding out the top four, Australia earned the bronze medal and Hawaii took home the copper. “For anyone in Japan who surfs, they now know that Japanese surfers are capable of a gold medal,” said Japan’s Keanu Kamiyama, who won the gold in the boys under 18 division. “We had an amazing nine days of sun, no wind, and great waves. It was incredible,” said Aguerre when it was all done and dusted. In less than two years the Olympics will be here. The U.S. team is primed to make a serious push to become the most dominant surfing nation in the world… and it just might do it thanks to the passion and dedication of a few kids from town. DP
Evan Daly. Photo: Courtesy of the Daly Family
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