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The irony of the message flashing on the Dana Hills High School marquee sign is not lost on the picketing teachers below. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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City and Business Calendar Saturday, April 24

Tuesday, April 27

Thursday, April 29

Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. Admission is free. For more information or to inquire about purchasing a booth for $25, please call 949.573-5033 or 951.271.0669.

Toastmasters 7 p.m. Dana Point Harbor Toasmasters meets every Tuesday at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.2275,

State of the City Address 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and the City of Dana Point present the 2010 State of the City Address and Luncheon at the newly remodeled Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa, a Marriott Resort, located at 25135 Park Lantern in Dana Point. The event includes Mayor Weinberg’s address and the presentation of the 2010 Dana Point Beautification Awards. Cost is $60 per person, $45 for Chamber members. 949.496.1555,,

Wednesday, April 28

Monday, April 26 City Council Meeting 6 p.m. City Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501, www.

Sunrise Rotary Club 7 a.m. The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, 949.493.2759,

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…Start-up of Unit 2 Reactor at SONGS?

THE LATEST: The Unit 2 reactor of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) went from Mode 2 to Mode 1 April 11 and is now providing power to Southern California. “At 7:17 p.m. that evening, the largest construction project since we built the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station came to a safe and successful completion,” Southern California Edison representative, Gil Alexander said Monday. “It is a very proud moment for thousands of men and women at SONGS—the completion of the first steamgenerator replacement project without a single major injury and at the same time protecting the public.” The startup of the Unit 2 nuclear reactor at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) quickly went from Mode 3 to Mode 2 as of 11:33 a.m. April 8, and Mode 1 followed shortly after. In Mode 1, the reactor has reached five percent capacity, circuit breakers have been closed and the unit is once again providing power. Unit 2 came offline last September to replace two aging 640-ton steam generators. WHAT’S NEXT: Ross Ridenoure, Edison’s Chief Nuclear Officer, provided a statement paying tribute to the “thousands of talented, dedicated professionals” for completing the complex project. Alexander said it will take time for Unit 2 to power up to its total 1,100-megawatt capacity, as the reactor started around 20 percent. He also stated that rigorous pre-start-up testing will continue at SONGS. FIND OUT MORE: or www.nrc. gov —David Zimmerle


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…Medical Marijuana Dispensary and Homes Searched? THE LATEST: Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies served search warrants on Friday at a the

Safe Harbor Collective, 34102 Violet Lantern, a medical marijuana dispensary in Dana Point and four associated homes in neighboring San Clemente. Search warrants were obtained as a result of an OC Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit investigation according to Lieutenant Adam Powell, Commander of the OCSD Special Investigations Bureau. “Our investigation was related to possible violations of California law, specifically the Health and Safety Code,” said Lt. Powell. “The city’s pending cases against this and other medical marijuana operations pertain to city zoning laws and regulations.” According to Lt. Powell, citizens from several neighboring businesses and residences applauded and thanked Deputies as they seized materials from inside the collective. No arrests were made and the OCSD would not divulge exactly what was taken from the business and the homes but noted that that information will be available soon. The search warrant action does not legally require the business to close its doors. WHAT’S NEXT: Safe Harbor is among the six known medical marijuana dispensaries in Dana Point that were sued by the city last month in Orange County Superior Court. The city’s suits are related to zoning and municipal code violations. At least one of the six, has since closed its doors. Safe Harbor has been closed since the search and seizure and it remains to be seen whether they will reopen and continue to operate. The city previously subpoenaed the records of five collectives including client names and financial data. The collectives refused to turn over records and the case is now before the California Supreme Court. FIND OUT MORE: Stay tuned for updates. —Andrea Swayne


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…Services for former LA Chief Daryl Gates?

THE LATEST: Former Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates died at his Dana Point home on April 16. Gates, 83, died after a battle with bladder cancer.

“Daryl Francis Gates was a one-in-amillion human being. He inspired others to succeed and, in doing so, changed the landscape of law enforcement around the world,” LAPD Chief of Police Charlie Beck eulogized. Gates served as chief from 1978 to 1992. Gates is credited with many law-enforcement innovations, such as creation of a SWAT team, but was also criticized for his handling of the Rodney King incident and subsequent riots that shook Los Angeles. Chief Gates is survived by his long-time companion; his brother, retired LAPD Captain Steven Gates; three children; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren. WHAT’S NEXT: A visitation for Gates is set for Monday, April 26 from noon to 8 p.m. in Deaton Auditorium at police headquarters. Services for Gates will take place at 9 a.m. the following day at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. FIND OUT MORE: —Jonathan Volzke


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…Dana Man Killed by Train? THE LATEST: Authorities identified the man who drove in front of a train at Avenida Aeropuerto in San Juan Capistrano on April 9 as Leif Anderson of Dana Point. The cause of death is listed as suicide. Witnesses told authorities they saw Anderson pull his Toyota RAV onto the railroad tracks in the path of a southbound Amtrak train after 11 a.m. The train pushed the vehicle several hundred yards down the tracks. Anderson was 49. A woman who identified herself as a neighbor of Anderson wrote on The Capistrano Insider blog described him as “a strong, yet gentle intelligent soul, whose offbeat humor was informed by his incredible science background.” WHAT’S NEXT: Capistrano is working on implementing “quiet zones,” at train crossings, which would make it much more difficult for motorists to cross railroad tracks when the crossing arms are down.




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…TCA Joins Firewatch Program? THE LATEST: The Toll Roads have become a major partner in the OC Fire Watch, a new countywide program to alert the public when fire dangers are elevated. As part of the OC Fire Watch program, The Toll Roads work to prevent wildfires through education and encouraged vigilance. During Red Flag conditions, changeable message signs and special toll plaza planter signs will carry a warning. Customers inquiring about fire conditions will receive a handout from toll attendants with motorist tips for fire safety and prevention and information on the OC Fire Watch program. “Wildfires are more likely to occur and spread during Red Flag conditions, when strong winds are accompanied by low humidity levels and high temperatures,” OCFA Chief Keith Richter said in a statement. “By warning the public that Red Flag conditions are present and that extra vigilance is needed, The Toll Roads are helping us reinforce that wildfires are a community problem, not just a fire department problem. I applaud them for that.” WHAT’S NEXT: The Toll Roads also will keep the public up-to-date on fire conditions through the organization’s Web site, Facebook and Twitter accounts. In April, all FasTrak statements included program information. FIND OUT MORE: More information on OC Fire Watch, including how residents can get involved in the program, can be found at www. For information on the TCA, see —JV

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Tumultuous Times in CUSD April 2005 A grassroots effort to recall all seven CUSD trustees is announced. Superintendent James Fleming issues memo to trustees about recall issues. Sometime after, he allegedly takes names from a parent email about the recall to order the creation of the first enemies list, pairing parents with information about their children. November 7, 2005 The CUSD Recall committee submits petitions with more than 175,000 signatures to Registrar of Voters Office. December 22, 2005 The Registrar of Voters announces the recall group failed to gather enough valid signatures to move forward. August 14, 2006 Investigators raid district offices, seizing computers and files. August 31, 2006 Fleming retires after 15 years at CUSD. November 2006 “Reform” candidates Ellen Addonizio, Anna Bryson and Larry Christensen are elected.

Dana Hills High School teachers picket at the entrance to the school’s parking lot on the morning of April 22. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Picketing Instead of Teaching CUSD Teachers Call a Strike Over Imposed Contract

July 2007 Petition to conduct a recall of trustees Sheila Benecke and Marlene Draper presented at board meeting.

By Jonathan Volzke and Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times

September 2007 New interim superintendent Woodrow Carter presides over first board meeting; recall committee begins new signature-gathering drive.


war of words fought with a flurry of letters and news releases exploded in the classroom this week, as Capistrano Unified School District teachers announced they would call a strike starting on April 22. The announcement, made late Tuesday, came after teachers seemed to offer the Board of Trustees an olive branch to head off a work action. The board seemed to begrudgingly accept it, agreeing to return to the negotiating table, but the union called the strike because leaders did not believe the district was sincere in its offer. “We asked for three specific things … and their answer was clear as mud from a lawyer,” said Vicki Soderberg, who heads the 2,200-member Capistrano Unified Education Association. Teachers cast their ballots whether to authorize a strike on April 15 and 16. With 85 percent of eligible teachers casting ballots, 1,600 CUEA members voted “yes” and 248 voted “no,” the union reported. “We are saddened that the union has decided to take this action and hope that its leadership will accept the Board’s offer to negotiate in good faith in accordance with the Educational Employment Relations Act,” Anna Bryson, President of the CUSD Board of Trustees, said in a statement. The strike propelled the district into emergency mode: Substitutes were called in at each school to teach lesson plans prepared weeks ago just in case. District officials said students should still attend school, and absences would be counted. “The parents need to know that we will provide and have been working very hard to ensure the safe and stable education environment for their children,” Bryson said. “So they should send their children to school every day … It will be a positive experience in education for them.” On Thursday morning, as teachers with picket signs walked the perimeter of Dana Hills High, a sparsely filled parking lot made it apparent that many opted to keep their students home for the day. The atmosphere inside the school was quiet aside from the incessant ringing of office phones as volunteers helped field the numerous calls coming in from parents either asking questions or calling to excuse their children’s absences. The presence of a private security guard stationed outside of the school was also noted. “Things here are going as well as can be expected. We have substitutes in place and students in classrooms. Class sizes are manageable. They’re not in the 50s or anything like Page 4 • Dana Point Times • April 23–29, 2010

May 24, 2007 Orange County District Attorney’s office announces James Fleming has been indicted for the misappropriation of public funds while he allegedly created the first and second lists. The DA states that these lists are allegedly created during district work hours, using district resources, using district employees, accessing confidential district information. Former Assistant Superintendent Susan McGill is indicted for perjury and conspiracy.

December 10, 2007 The Capistrano Unified school board unanimously votes to make interim Superintendent A. Woodrow Carter the permanent district head. June 24, 2008 Longtime Trustees Marlene Draper and Sheila Benecke are recalled in a special election and “reform” candidates Ken Lopez Maddox and Sue Palazzo are elected. November 4, 2008 Maddox and Palazzo are re-elected in the general election and joined by “reform” candidates Mike Winsten and Jack Brick, giving the reform group all seven seats on the board. March 9, 2009 Trustees unanimously fire Superintendent A. Woodrow Carter at a meeting packed with his supporters. April 2009 Parents ask CUSD trustees to initiate changes to allow trustees to be elected by district, rather than at large. June 2009 The board hires Roberta “Bobbi” Mahler as interim superintendent. June 2009 Parents circulate petition to change election format in Capistrano Unified. Registrar validates petitions in July.

Dana Hills High School teachers (L-R) Jeri Garcia, Jennifer Ralph and Cristina Leon hold picket signs in front of the school marquee. Photo by Andrea Swayne

that; they’re averaging in the 30s which is a good thing,” said Dana Hills High School Principal Dr. Robert Nye. “So far there have been no problems associated with the strike here on campus. Considering the circumstances it’s been pretty quiet here. It’s a tough day for all of us and we are just trying to make sure that kids are safe and that some enrichment activities are happening.” An on-campus parent volunteer at Dana Hills, who wished to remain anonymous due to what she described as a fear of “the gang mentality and bulliness of the Union” said, “I think it’s fabulous that our kids that are here today can experience a strike first hand as an education.” The CUSD action is the first teachers’ strike in Orange County in a decade, and the first in Capistrano Unified’s history. Teachers have done informational picketing in the (Cont. on page 6)

September 30, 2009 County committee sets June election to determine if trustee-election method should change. CUSD trustees file lawsuit, and parents and committee ultimately decide to move election to November 2010 to avoid legal costs. January 2010 Another recall, this one targeting Trustees Ken Lopez Maddox and Mike Winsten, is launched. Backers hope to gather necessary signatures, about 22,000, in time to qualify for November election. March 31, 2010 The board imposes a contract on teachers, totaling 10.1 percent in pay and benefits cuts. April 13, 2010 Students across the district stage a walkout in support of teachers. April 22, 2010 Teachers strike district wide. November 2010 CUSD voters will decide on three trustees, whether trustees should be elected by district, and potentially whether to recall and replace two additional trustees. —Compiled by Jonathan Volzke

Eye on DP Picketing Instead of Teaching (Cont. from page 4) past over contract disputes, but this is the first time they’ve stayed out of the classroom, union leaders said. The strike is the crescendo in a song of political discord playing in the district for years. All seven board members were initially ushered into office by a “reform” group that lead the recall of former trustees Marlene Draper and Shelia Benecke. Many believed the board—which has a politically conservative bend—to be anti-union, and the board in early 2009 fired Superintendent A. Woodrow Carter, who was popular with teachers and parents alike. Trustees have defended their decision to let Carter go, saying he was insubordinate and violated district policies, and his breach-of-contract lawsuit has been dismissed. Bryson also denied the board is anti-union, crediting teachers with test scores that continue to climb, even amid the political turmoil. “We have nothing but respect for our teachers, and admiration,” Bryson said. But trustees also inherited a fiscal disaster. As the state economy crashed, CUSD was required year after year to make deep cuts. The district’s budget is back to 2005-2006 levels, and $34 million in cuts is still needed. A contract impasse led to an independent mediator’s recommendation of a package of salary cuts, furlough days and other cost savings that totaled about 10.3 percent. Teachers supported that recommendation, but trustees at the end of March imposed a contract with 10.1 percent in cuts. The difference: the independent mediator’s recommendation

clearly stated the reductions would be temporary, while the imposed contract contained no such language. In all, district officials said the contract terms would save the district $20 million. Trustees signed off on nearly $6 million more in cuts earlier this month, meaning $8 million is still needed. And CUSD, like many districts, is already on a financial watch list, where county education officials supervise the budget process. As the political back-and-forth continued—students staged walkouts and sickouts district wide earlier this month—the board and union exchanged letters and news releases that seemed to indicate both sides were willing to sit down and discuss creating a memorandum of understanding that would make the cuts temporary and allow salaries to be restored if any unexpected money came to the district. District officials were concerned about locking up any additional money to return to teachers; union officials were also concerned about the precedence of an imposed—rather than negotiated—contract. Bryson said the district remains ready to talk. “The door is open,” she said. Soderberg said in the end, union leaders said they did not believe the district was sincere in its offer. Both sides were going to talk Thursday, even as the strike began—and even as both sides were saying the strike was the last thing they wanted. DP See the Beyond the Blackboard at www.danapointtimes. com for more information and breaking school news.

Frequently asked questions Frequently asked questions, provided by the Capistrano Unified School District: Will student absences be counted during a strike? Yes. Schools will maintain regular accounting of absences in the event of a strike. If your student is sick or if you choose to keep your student out of school, please phone in the absence as usual or your student will be considered truant and subject to normal consequences. Once a student comes to school, the district will not be able to respond to ‘early out’ requests made during the school day in response to messages from your students to “call them out” of school. Therefore, it is important that you make your decision on school attendance before sending students to school. If students come we expect them to remain until the end of their school day. What will my child be doing in class? Although the instruction will not and cannot be the same as when our teachers are teaching, emergency substitute plans have been developed, materials have been gathered, and they are ready to be put into place. The lessons involve enrichment activities related to subjects that we hope will be of high interest to high school students—i.e. the economics of the credit system and credit cards, interest and skills inventory and tests, interpersonal communications, etc. These activities will not impact student grades positively or negatively in their classes. Who will be teaching students in the event of a strike? In the event of a strike CUSD substitutes who have received fingerprint clearance through the Department of Justice and have met the same safety clearance as all CUSD employees will be covering classes. Substitute teachers are required to have 4-year college degree as well as verification of passing the CBEST (California Basic Educational Skills Test). Many of our substitutes hold California teaching credentials as well. We will continue to ensure that volunteers on our campuses are cleared through a Megan’s Law Check and have received DOJ clearance if they are alone with students. Will transportation services be available during a strike? Yes. If for any reason transportation services are not available, parents will be notified directly. We would also encourage parents to check the CUSD Web site at www. for up-to-date information. Will food services be available during a strike? Yes.

Teachers Mark Degen and Glenn Forster stand with their “lesson plan” on the picket line outside of Dana Hills High. Photo by Andrea Swayne

On the Street How do you feel about the teachers’ strike? Anna McCarthy DHHS Special Education Teacher “We teachers are devastated that we have been put in this position. We feel as if we’ve been bullied. And, it’s ironic because as a special education teacher I coach my kids a lot not to bully or be bullied and how to handle bullies. A couple of them called me out on it this week, which was sad. They must be hearing conversations at home with their parents. Even heavier in irony is that it’s Teacher Appreciation Week here in Capistrano Unified and it’s up on the school marquee. We have our best and the brightest teachers in the district underneath that marquee and every other marquee in the school district where it’s also posted and this is how they appreciate us. We just want the ability-the same as in the private sector-to go back and renegotiate when the economy gets better. That’s all we want.” Page 6 • Dana Point Times • April 23–29, 2010

Caren Kronquist DHHS Parent “All the parents I know totally support the teachers but we also support the school and Dr. Nye and for me, that’s why my child is here. Because if the kids stay home then the school doesn’t get the money and that doesn’t really help the kids, the teachers or the administration of this particular school.” John Beta DHHS Student “I decided not to attend school today because I feel that teachers need everybody’s support. By many students not going to school, it demonstrates our support to our teachers. There’s really nothing going on today except sitting around so we might as well be out supporting our teachers. The so-called enrichment activities are a waste of time in my opinion. Our teachers are the best and without them our school is just nothing.” —Compiled by Andrea Swayne

Will after school activities be cancelled during a strike? All after school activities and athletics would be cancelled on the 1st day of a strike. At the end of the 1st day, high school activities and athletics will be evaluated for possible reinstatement on subsequent days on a case-by-case basis. Reinstatement will be offered based on the availability of certificated teachers and certified coaches. Will the school district lose money if students do not attend school during a strike? Possibly. While the bulk of school funding comes from the State’s ADA accounting which ended March 19th, the school district receives categorical funding from the state and federal government which may be calculated on overall ADA throughout the year. Will armed security guards be on campus? No. School Resource Officers (who are regular employees at our secondary schools), may be armed as they are on any given school day, however additional security guards who may be present to assist with traffic duty and supervision around the perimeter of the schools will not be armed. For schools with the following programs—will the YMCA and after school child care (i.e. Kids’ Factory) be cancelled during a strike? No.

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What’s going on in our neighboring towns, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano SAN CLEMENTE

Playa del Norte Project Moves Forward Public hearings began Wednesday before the Planning Commission on Playa Del Norte, the retail, restaurant and office village intended to revitalize North Beach. And after close to four years of planning, the project will start coming light in San Clemente. During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, community development director Jim Holloway said the schedule for the project was definitely “firming up.” The environmentalimpact report, which analyzes the project and its alternatives, was made available for the public’s review on April 7. On April 13, San Clemente’s Beaches, Parks and Recreation also received the report. “Wednesday’s hearing [was] more or less to introduce the Planning Commission and public to the project, although no decisions will formally be made on it,” Holloway said. LAB Holdings of Costa Mesa, was picked by the city to collaborate on the project. Overall, LAB’s plan calls for retail space of 24,280 square feet, restaurant space of 13,590 square feet, offices that will include 4,290 square feet and utility and storage space of about 9,180 square feet. The EIR outlines a three-level structure “augmented with courtyards, plazas, gardens, walkways and parks, many of which are identified as ‘public’ and ‘open.’ The main level is the middle or ‘plaza’ level organized around a series of plazas. Restaurants and retail space flank the main plaza and central promenade.

DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled by And r ea Sway n e and Sherry Lu cas All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site ( and reflects data available from calls placed from the field by the responding officer(s). An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

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The lower or beach level includes retail space and restaurants, but also storage, utility spaces and service corridors. On the upper level, the site plan shows office space and restaurants with outdoor terrace dining areas facing the ocean.” The plan also calls for a cafe facing the ocean at Avenida Estacion and two other retail/restaurant spaces along El Camino Real. Having gone through several modifications regarding parking, once the project is complete, 120 more parking spaces will be made available compared to the current supply of 340. That total would also include 163 surface parking spaces created inland from El Camino Real. The public will continue to review and comment on the EIR with all written comments due by May 22. City Council could receive the proposal for review as early as July 6.

Carnival Colossal a Hit While numbers are still preliminary, those who organized San Clemente’s 2010 Carnival Colossal & Expo say the four-day event, which ran April 15-18, tallied close to $30,000 for the city’s Parks Foundation. According to officials, it is estimated that between 15,000 and 20,000 people visited the carnival. The event took place at 989 Vista Hermosa—the site where the city hopes to build the future La Pata/Vista Hermosa Sports Park and Aquatics Center. Vendors also reportedly did well and should be a fixture at booths next year. More numbers should be tallied and finalized throughout the week. SUSPICIOUS PERSON / CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Fortuna, 34900 Block (12:16 a.m.) An informant called to report that a number of subjects were seen stealing lumber from the house next door which is under construction.

Monday, April 19 DISTURBANCE Domingo Avenue, 25900 Block (7:08 p.m.) An informant called authorities when her son, who she suspected was on drugs, engaged her in a fight and also hit his sister. SUSPICIOUS PERSON / CIRCUMSTANCE Antigua, 0 Block (1:18 p.m.) A caller reported to authorities that a man leaked what appeared to be either radiator fluid or gasoline from a black van into the gutter. Upon questioning, the subject admitted that he had drained the radiator.

ASSAULT Camino Capistrano, 35000 Block (4:23 p.m.) A female informant, who was renting a room in a house, was given notice to move out. The informant stated that a female employee of the landlord came to the house, got physical and gave her a fat lip and a cut over her eye.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Mariner Drive, 32700 Block (11:34 a.m.) Orange County Fire Authority was called in to perform CPR on an individual who was reported as not breathing.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON / CIRCUMSTANCE Golden Lantern, 34400 Block (3:06 a.m.) Authorities responded to a report of a man attempting to steal a bike from a bike rack. The subject was described as a 37- to 40-year-old wearing a navy blue hat, a green and brown long sleeved shirt, gray shorts and sandals.

DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Hwy., / Ritz-Carlton Drive (1:31 p.m.) Authorities were called when eight surfers refused to quit surfing in an area that was reserved for the competitors of a surf contest.

Sunday, April 18

Vacation Rentals to be Taxed The city is letting the public know that those who offer vacation rentals will be subject to a 10 percent tourist tax. As a beach community, San Clemente has many of its homes and condominiums offered as rentals during the peak summer season, and just like hotels and motels, they are subject to Chapter 3.24 of the Municipal Code, requiring the owner to collect and remit to the city a 10 percent Transient Occupancy Tax on any rental under 30 days in duration. It was reported that the city has been trying identify owners of vacation rentals in the last year. Revenues from the tax are expected to generate about $45,000 for the city. Owners and managers of hotels, motels, homes, condos and townhomes, as well as real estate professionals are encouraged to attend a Vacation Rental Workshop scheduled for April 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers at 100 Avenida Presidio.

Surfers Unhappy About Plans for Beach Trail at Trestles Last weekend it was reported that local surfers who enjoy Lower Trestles beach near San Clemente are unhappy about plans to build a new trail to the beach. They claim it will ruin their surfing break and bring in DISTURBANCE Camino Capistrano, 35400 Block (1:10 p.m.) An informant called Deputies stating that his wife was out of control and had bitten him while he was sleeping. The informant stated to authorities that he had been drinking but that it was a couple of hours prior. The wife was taken in to custody

Saturday, April 17 DISTURBANCE El Contento Drive, 34000 Block (8:51 p.m.) The informant called Deputies to his residence after seeing that his roommate’s stalker was standing out in the drive way of the home calling out the roommate’s name over and over. DISTURBANCE Via Sacramento, 26400 Block (12:25 p.m.) Authorities were called when several skateboarders were seen riding their boards on the roof of a school. DISTURBANCE La Plaza, 34100 Block (2:10 a.m.) Deputies were called when eight drunken Marines were trying to start a fight at the establishment they were hanging out at.

Friday, April 16 SUSPICIOUS PERSON / CIRCUMSTANCE Santa Clara Avenue, 24300 Block (5:03 p.m.) An Informant called authorities when a white male in his 40s on a bicycle rode up to the informant’s back window and was

more crowds. Surfers say that a plan issued by some conservationists, environmentalists and architects for a new trail will ruin the beach as the plan calls to replace the old wooden railroad trestle crossing a marsh with a new concrete bridge. They also say the easy access would bring more crowds to the beach and further disrupt the already popular break. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Letter Writing Campaign Launched to Attract New Business San Juan Capistrano’s Economic Development Department has launched a letter-writing campaign in an effort to attract retailers to town. The city is urging residents to visit the Economic Development web page on the city’s Web site,, and select a business they want to see in San Juan Capistrano. Pre-written personalized letters to companies such as Bristol Farms, Ann Taylor, The Yard House, Pinkberry and more will be sent to the public to fill out and submit it to the department. The retail recruitment campaign is also based on the recommendations of the Buxton Company, which the City Council retained last year to prepare a targeted marketing program that matches retail and restaurant concepts to buying habits of locals. In other business news, Economic Development Director Douglas Dumhart, a 24-year employee, announced he is taking a new job in La Palma. looking around. When the informant asked what he needed, the subject said he was just looking and then took off. KEEP THE PEACE La Cresta Drive, 24000 Block (2:08 p.m.) A man and woman were exchanging custody of a child. When the man put the child on a motorcycle to leave and failed to put proper safety gear on the child, the woman became angry. An altercation ensued and the woman was reportedly pushed by the man. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Caribbean Drive, 32400 Block (5:21 a.m.) An informant reported seeing a large U-Haul truck leaving a neighbor’s residence early in the morning. The informant thought it unusual, especially since he did not recognize the driver. The informant told authorities that he checked the residence and there did not appear to be any activity within the house. Authorities contacted a male resident of the house who said that it was his wife who had been driving the truck. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Stonehill Drive / Niguel Road (5:16 a.m.) Authorities were called to check a suspicious vehicle. The vehicle turned out to be an abandoned golf cart. SUSPICIOUS PERSON / CIRCUMSTANCE Sea Wind, 33500 Block (2:05 a.m.) An informant found a man pounding on the back fence and then saw him fall into a planter. He was wearing jeans and a shirt with a baseball cap and was then seen walking southbound. April 23–29, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 7

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Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info May 6 will be a red letter day for the Dana Point Woman’s Club and the community as the club will have their 11:30 a.m. catered luncheon featuring Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens as the keynote speaker. The event will be held at the Community House, 24642 San Juan Street, Dana Point. Hutchens has been highly featured in the news lately and will be open for a question and answer session. The cost to attend is $15 and reservations are required. More information is available from Jean Dyer at 949.837.5227.


St. Anne School eighth grade students attended the 11th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest on March 5, as Chapman University and the “1939” Club, one of the largest and most active Holocaust survivor organizations in the United States, proudly hosted the contest and awards ceremony. In prose, poetry and the visual arts, St. Anne students demonstrated a profound respect and sensitivity to their interpretations of the theme “Memory & Meaning.” Lindsey Valentine, of Dana Point, took first place with her poem, “Worn Threads.” She along with two other students were awarded an all-expenses paid trip with their English teachers and a parent to Washington D.C. in June. They will also receive VIP seats to a session of Congress, among many other special activities.


Join the Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain for their Elegant & Enchanting Rose Garden Tour on Saturday, May 8. The event is a special self-guided tour of five truly exceptional gardens and one home in San Juan Capistrano, Capistrano Beach and San Clemente. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view private published gardens not usually open to the public. This is a Mother’s Day event, so come share in the beauty. Advance tickets may be purchased by calling 949.433.4778 or 949.837.2141 for $20 per person & $25 the day of the tour at 31701 Peppertree Bend, San Juan Capistrano 92675. Tour hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available on the Web site at A portion of tour proceeds will sponsor Horticulture Scholarships to our local colleges.

The Palisades United Methodist Church (PUMC), 27002 Camino de Estrella, will have a June Ballot Measures presentation April 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PUMC will be hosting the presentation while the League of Women will conduct the forum. More information is available from Sandy Exelby at 949.492.9428.


The Dance Department at Saddleback College is proud to present Dance Collective 2010 on April 29-30, and May 1 at 8 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre. Directed by Dorothy Anderson Garant, The Dance Collective is choreographed and performed by Saddleback dance students. This popular yearly concert showcases numerous dance styles including jazz, tap, modern, ballet, hip hop and more. Tickets are $12 (presale); $15 (at the door); children 7 years and under free but require an admission ticket. For tickets or for more information call 949.582.4656 or visiting www.


A costumed relay team from last year’s Ragnar Relay. Courtesy photo

As the Ragnar Relay race wraps up, runners will be finishing their trek from Ventura from 1:15 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on April 24 at Salt Creek Beach Park. Ragnar Relay Series is the nation’s top provider of overnight running relay races and challenges teams of up to 12 runners on courses of between 180 and 200 miles. Many people either jog together or do one-off 5K races. There will be plenty of entertainment throughout the day including a DJ, a beer garden, free massages and more. Ragnar Relay Southern California is a 198 mile relay race stretching along Southern California’s coast and is the largest second year race with participation more than doubling since 2009. More information is available at


The American Red Cross of Orange County seeks nominations to honor members of the community who performed heroic acts during 2009. Bravo for Bravery is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates ordinary people who have performed extraordinary acts of courage. Orange County residents are encouraged to nominate anyone who they feel demonstrated courage and compassion during an emergency. Animals that were involved in saving someone’s life may also be nominated. The nomination deadline is April 30. Nomination forms are available at or by contacting Ishell Linares at 714.481.5366. A committee of community leaders will review the nominations and select award recipients. Nominees will be recognized, and winners will be announced, at the 7th annual Bravo for Bravery breakfast on June 3.



The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the City to present the State of the City Address on April 29 at the newly renovated Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa at 25135 Park Lantern, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. The event includes Mayor Weinberg’s address and the presentation of the 2010 Dana Point Beautification Awards. “This event just keeps growing and growing. It shows that the Dana Point business community is involved and wants to be informed regarding the future of our City,” said Dana Point Chamber President/CEO Nichole Chambers. Seats for the event are filling up fast. Make your reservation for the event today by calling the Chamber at 949.496.1555 or downloading a registration form at www. The price per person is $60, but as a benefit of membership Dana Point Chamber members pay $45 per person.


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The League of Women Voters will have a meeting April 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Rd, including a Pros and Cons Forum of the five ballot measures that will be on the June ballot. More information is available from Juniel Worthington at 949.492.7675.


Robert and Madelyn Day celebrate their 50th in Dana Point. Courtesy photo

Robert and Madelyn Day have spent 20 of their 50 anniversaries at the Dana Point Marina Inn. The Inn was first suggested to them back in the early ‘70s while planning a trip to Anaheim to see their son. They didn’t make reservations and when they got here the hotel was sold out so they drove all the way back to Barstow. The next time they came to California they stayed at the hotel and have been returning ever since—for the past 36 years. Their children and grandchildren have all been guests of the hotel and they always say their family loves the harbor and feel very comfortable here. General Manager Tony Kaspar and the entire staff of the Dana Point Marina Inn would like to congratulate Robert and Madelyn Day on their 50th Anniversary, Sunday, April 18—which of course, was once again spent here in Dana Point—and thank them for their loyal patronage over the years.


o2 Wellness has coordinated a Health and Wellness Fair to be held April 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rancho San Clemente Tennis Club located at 111 Avenida Vista Montana in San Clemente.. This is an outdoor event and is free and open to the general public. Visiting the vendor booths will allow event-goers to learn about and experience first-hand, many products , services and techniques that can enrich your life both physically and mentally. Raffle prizes and food will be provided.


The Orange County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will hold its Memory Walk 2010 May 15 at Doheny Beach. Cyclist registration opens at 1 p.m., the walk registration is at 4:30 p.m. with entertainment and the festival area opening at 4:30 p.m. Opening ceremonies will start promptly at 6:30 p.m. with a moment of remembrance to follow. Grab a friend, family member or co-worker and get on the move to end Alzheimer’s. Prizes will also be offered. More information is available from Patty Barnett Mouton at patty. or by calling 949.955.9000.


For the past several years, the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Education Committee has been able to present scholarships to graduating seniors from Dana Hills High School. In 2009, the committee was able to present $3500 in scholarships and voice the importance of education in support of the future business leaders of our community. The Chamber is once again accepting scholarship donations and thanks those member businesses who have been able to donate through the $20 education fund donation option included on every membership invoice. Scholarships will be presented to the seniors selected by the Chamber Education Committee at the Dana Hills High School Senior Awards Program. If your business would like to make a donation, please contact the Dana Point Chamber at 949.496.1555 or email Suggested donation of $500, but a minimum donation of $100 is requested.


EYE ON DP CUSD STRIKE, DAY ONE ATTENDANCE UPDATE The Capistrano Unified School District on Thursday afternoon released preliminary information about attendance—by students and teachers—on the first day of a teacher’s strike. According to the district: • 1 in 8 classroom teachers reported to work (12 percent of the district’s 2,200 teachers) • 600 qualified and vetted substitute teachers reported for duty. • 48 percent of elementary students attended school • 41 percent of middle school students attended school • 24 percent of high school students were at school. District negotiators and Capistrano Unified Education Association representatives were due to meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, although union officials called the meeting a “discussion,” not negotiations. Teachers walked out over whether cuts imposed on them by the Board of Trustees were permanent or temporary, and when, if ever, their salaries and benefits could be restored.

News Bites

Compiled by Andrea Swayne and David Zimmerle


The Ocean Institute is pleased to announce that Bill Waibel of San Clemente has been selected as its 2010 Volunteer of the Year. Waibel has been a volunteer since 2006, performing maintenance work on the Institute’s two tall ships, Spirit of Dana Point and Pilgrim. His work on the tall ships includes repairs on the ships, plumbing, wiring and painting. Part of the job is doing research to ensure that work is historically accurate to the 19th century. Waibel can be found at work at the Institute several days per week. Waibel is a retired mechanical engineer who was an avid sailor for a half century, although he no longer sails. He also serves as a volunteer with the San Clemente Police Department. “I have a great time at the Institute,” Waibel said. “I like the people and the mission of the organization. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t come.” Additional volunteers for the Ocean Institute are always welcome. For more information contact Linda Blanchard at 949.496.2274, ext. 221.


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(L-R) Ariana Petrikas (Shorecliffs Middle School), Kiana Van Zanten (Bernice Ayer Middle School), Isabella Goetting (Vista Del Mar Middle School) and Cassie Duran (Marco Forster Middle School). Courtesy photo

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), San Clemente-Capistrano Bay Branch, recently announced the 2010 winners of Tech Trek, to be held at the University of California Irvine July-24. The winners were Ariana Petrikas (Shorecliffs), Kiana Van Zanten (Bernice Ayer), Isabella Goetting (Vista del Mar) and Cassie Duran (Marco Forster). Tech Trek is a science and math camp developed to encourage middle school girls to explore the fields of math and science. While at the camp, girls participate in hands-on science projects, go on field trips, and meet with women in science and math careers. In a recent survey of past Tech Trek participants, 96% were enrolled in college – far exceeding national norms for college attendance – and 53% indicated that they were majoring in science or math fields, a figure much higher than the national average. On Sunday, May 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. AAUW will have their Home Tour, which helps in funding their scholarship programs. For information visit the local branch’s Web site at or contact Kathy Divel, AAUW Publicity Chair, at 949.496.5675 or



Set Sail for Summer at the Harbor I t’s that time of year again; the instructors are meeting with the coordinator (Kathy Adamson) in preparation for this summer’s Junior Sailing Program at Dana Point Yacht Club. They are planning a great series of sailing lessons for kids. June 28 will be the start date for the first two week session of classes and there will be three independent two-week sessions to sign up for. Choose to enroll in one, two or all three. Each day begins at 0800, and the junior must be picked up by 1600 (gotta be nautical here!) To register for these classes, you will find information online at the B Y B A R B A R A Dana Point Yacht Club’s Web site, MERRIMAN (click on Juniors) or you may pick up a registration packet at the club. Registration information will be available within two weeks. This program is open to the community, and as such, membership in the yacht club is not required. However, the student becomes a member and is allowed to bring his or her parents to the club twice, and buy their dinner. So kids—save your money! One requirement is that each student be able to swim. On the first day, there will be a swim test, where the kids jump into the large dock in front of the club and put on a life jacket while in the water. Natu-

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Kids learn to sail Sabots during last summer’s program. Photo by Barbara Merriman

rally, this is done under the watchful eye of a life guard. Safety is stressed throughout the program, and life jackets must be worn anytime the junior is in the water; this is a pretty good idea for adults too! Another requirement is that the junior be at least eight years old. Last summer, we had kids up to the age of 17 and we not only teach sailing in the little Sabots, but we also have Lasers and CFJ’s—Collegiate Flying Juniors, for

the more advanced kids. Junior sailors may bring their own boats, or there are rentals available at a nominal cost. In addition to safety, the juniors will learn nautical knots, boat terminology, points of sail and racing skills. There will also be sailing movies screened, new games learned, lunches eaten, hats lost and memories made. Learning to sail is a great chance to gain a skill that will last a lifetime. DP

EARTH DAY AT OCEAN INSTITUTE The Ocean Institute will join in the nationwide celebration of Earth Day the weekend of April 24-25 by offering special programs both days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special weekend activities are set to include: • Planting your own native plant in a biodegradable pot to take home. • Becoming a scientist and testing samples of water to find out which beaches are clean. • Discovering the benefits of using California Native Plants in your garden. • Performing experiments to learn how air pollution affects our oceans. • Taking a fun family hike through the Native Plant Garden along the seashore with an Ocean Institute naturalist. The Institute will also offer exciting guest speakers: Saturday, April 24, 1 p.m. Robin Kobaly, President and Founder of The Power of Plants and the Executive Director of the SummerTree Institute, will present Growing Aware: Using California Native Plants for a Beautiful and Earth-Friendly Landscape. Sunday, April 25, 1 p.m. Ron Bunning, Senior Systems Integration Engineer for JPL, will discuss the detection of greenhouse gasses from space and the effect they have on our oceans. A highlight of Sunday’s program will be a Humboldt Squid dissection led by Lab Director Linda Blanchard at 2 p.m. The cost to participate is $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for children ages 4-12, free for members. For more info, log on to the Ocean Institute Web site at or call 949.496.2274. DP



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Letters to the Editor

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CUSD Pay Cuts Insulting to Teachers

Would you like to see cruise ships stopping in Dana Point?

Milton B. Rouse, Dana Point

The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees is deceptive, manipulative and anti-teacher. They are the only school board in the county that has unilaterally imposed drastic and permanent pay cuts, when other local school districts have settled with their teachers through negotiation for less drastic and temporary cuts. They have shown the arrogance to ignore the rational recommendations of the neutral mediators in order to put teachers and their professional organization in their place. These permanent cuts will—unlike temporary cuts, which could be made each year if necessary, or restored if not necessary—cause teachers over the coming years to fight just to get back up to where they were before the cuts. This is not just about money—it is about insulting their teachers. They have certainly accomplished this and we are angry, disillusioned and we will fight them every inch of the way, thereby diverting our energies away from education into a fight for financial survival. NOTE: Milton Rouse has been a CUSD teacher since 1975 and presently, works at Tesoro High School.

Cruise Ship Idea is Right On Mark Hanson, Dana Point

I read the article by Chris Anastasio (DP Times, April 9-15, 2010, Vol. 3, Issue 15) and it was right on. Why don’t we pursue the idea of offshore cruise ships stopping and anchoring daily? It would be great energy for the City of Dana Point and other local communities. I own and operate two storefronts in Dana Point Harbor. I love the harbor and my community. The idea sounds like it has potential.

Thanks for the Earth Day Coverage Rev. Paul Lachlan Peck, Capistrano Beach

“It was with great joy that I read the editorial, “It’s all about the little things” and the “Make Earth Day Every Day” article by Lisa Zawaski in the Dana Point Times of April 16-22 (Vol. 3, Issue 16). In many ways these two articles fulfill a long-standing dream of mine. You see, Beverli Jinn and I co-founded the Dana Point Earth-Ocean Society for the purpose of sponsoring the very first Earth Day celebration and clean-up about five years ago. We did this with grants from the Lantern Village Association and the City of Dana Point. It was a smashing success! It heartens me to think that Earth Day awareness and positive action will continue on through the years—at least, this is my dream.” ]Thank you so much for your sensitive coverage of Earth Day, 2010!”

CUSD: What is Actually Happening? Rick Delanty, San Clemente (32-year CUSD teacher)

If you have been following the news regarding the Board of Trustees’ interaction with Capistrano Unified teachers as they grapple with funding shortfalls from the State, you realize that there is a high degree of confusion concerning both the nature of the problem and a clear solution. Page 12 • Dana Point Times • April 23–29, 2010

Misinformation abounds, and some parents of CUSD students are unclear as to the gap between the position of educators and Board members in negotiating a contract for the current school year, and how to address the District’s spectacular shortfall in the future. What is actually happening? 1) Many parents are rallying to recall two of the Board members—as you have probably seen them at public venues with recall petitions--for failing to provide CUSD with “a permanent superintendent,” “failing to deliver on campaign promises of reform, transparency, and fiscal responsibility,” “reckless spending of millions of dollars” on unnecessary litigation, and more. 2) District teachers and CUSD are at an impasse regarding negotiations for the current year’s contract, and even beyond, as the Board has imposed a 10.1% pay cut for teachers that permanently affects health benefits, current and future salary, and morale of educators Districtwide. 3) School Board meetings are unprofessional areas of disrespect toward the public, as Board members cut microphones during speakers’ presentations, arbitrarily reduce allotted speaking time for presenters, and even leave the dias after speeches critical of their actions. 4) Upon impasse, the Board has elected to disregard significant portions of the neutral factfinder’s report, and unilaterally imposed their own conditions on teachers. 5) Board of Trustees members are out-of-touch with legal procedures of negotiation—in fact, in response to a parent’s question at last week’s town hall meeting, Board President Bryson was not even able to name all three of the members of the District’s own negotiating team. 6) Board members routinely and disrespectfully disregard input from their constituency: in fact, one of the parents speaking at last month’s Board meeting was compelled to comment, “When you disrespect your teachers, you disrespect me.” Mistrust and disrespect is now at the heart of issues that need to be centered around stabilizing what used to be a highly-respected District statewide. Quality of education needs to be at the forefront of budgetary concerns, not the desire to impose power through position. It is not the “teachers’ union,” Capistrano Unified Education Association, with whom the District is negotiating—it is the teachers themselves, who are unified in their commitment to providing quality education for their students. Teachers are resisting permanent cuts to salary, as regressive economic cycles do not last eternally. For parents, these issues are paramount to the quality of education their children will receive. All of them impact class size, individual instruction, and teacher morale and competence. Most of all, how these issues are—or are not—resolved will affect our trust in those who are to educate our children at school, and are elected by us to lead this District administratively. Teachers throughout the District have voted and—by a significant margin—given their union representatives authority to call a strike. On the CUSD Web site, parents and community members find three highlighted boxes: “CUSD Superintendent Search,” “Labor Negotiations and FactFinding,” and “Certificated Teacher Seniority List.” And on “News Items for the Home Page” parents can reference “Info Regarding a Possible Teacher Strike.” Further information

Yes. I love the idea! 60% No. I am not a fan of the idea. 33% I am undecided. 6% Make sure to sound off each week on the “DP Times Poll of the Week” at Then go to our community Message Board and share your opinions. Bookmark it today! The DP Times Online Reader Polls are not scientific and do not reflect the opinion of the DP Times.

concerns the hiring of security guards for each campus. What other school District has this kind of information on the home page of their Web sites? What other Districts are solving budget shortfalls in this way? How safe can parents feel when the teacher whom the child knows and trusts is suddenly replaced? Are there really lesson plans in place for “enrichment activities” in teachers’ absence, as the District promises? Are there guarantees that the jobs of teachers who have already received layoff notices will be saved for next year? The real question is this: Could the CUSD Board of Trustees have averted a strike? Yes—by returning to the bargaining table to act on the fact-finder’s report, to create an equitable settlement, and to reduce “permanent” cuts and caps to “temporary.” An equitable settlement will serve the Board, teachers, parents, and especially students well, in that it will increase the quality of education in this District, attract quality teachers in future, begin to rebuild morale and trust, and be an example to the profession of education—and to our own children—for fairness and respect. It is a certainty, that students being educated in this District now will one day take up this honorable profession in which all of us have such a significant investment. Parents: you care deeply about your child’s education. You are not powerless. You have choices. Support those teachers who have shown you that they are worthy of your trust; sign the two petitions to recall two of these Board members; attend the last School Board meetings for this year, and keep attending into the next year; visit for another view of issues affecting students in CUSD. Education is the most valuable resource we have. Power is not true power: Knowledge is power.

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The List

A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak

friday23 forecast: sunny • high: 64° low: 49°

Rod Frias

8 p.m.-12 a.m. Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

“Thoroughly Modern Millie”

7 p.m. Capistrano Valley Christian School presents the musical romp that took Broadway by storm winning the Tony Award for best musical in 2002. Performances on April 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. with both a 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. show on May 1. Tickets $10–$15. 32032 Del Obispo Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.5683,

Missiles of October

2:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m. Special afternoon show followed by Flock of 80’s at 8 p.m. at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

“Into the Woods”

7 p.m. The Collaborative Arts Program of San Juan Hills High School presents the hit musical onstage. Shows continue April 24, 29, 30, & May 1. Tickets $13-$15. 29211 Vista Montana, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.5900

Go See Do

The three-day Dana Point California Wine festival kicked off on Thursday, April 22 at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel with a “Taste the Future: 21st Century Classics,” wine and sustainable seafood tasting event. The event continues on Friday from 6: 30 p.m.–9 p.m. with a “Sunset Rare and Reserve” wine tasting, gourmet food sampling and live music at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Drive. Tickets are $85 in advance, $100 at the door. File photo Day three of the Festival continues on Saturday from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. with the main event, a beachside wine and beer tasting, food sampling and live music at Doheny State Beach. Tickets are $59 in advance, $75 at

saturday24 forecast: sunny • high: 68° low: 51°

“Doheny Wood” Car Show

8 a.m.–3 p.m. Check out a big display of woody cars at Doheny State Beach. Free. $10 parking at the beach. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point,


The California Wine Festival the door. Roughly 100 exhibitors, including about 60 wineries, Orange County restaurants and microbreweries, such as Left Coast Brewing Company, Inc., of San Clemente, will also be present said Don Fritzen who, along with his wife Kami, owns Evergreen Events LLC which runs the festival. “We’re expecting a great festival in Orange County this year. Orange County is ‘Wine Lover Country’ with a reputation for supporting wine events like no place else. We’re really excited about the new Festival and the high level of enthusiasm in Orange County,” said Fritzen. For more information or to purchase tickets, log on to the Festival Web site at ­—AS

Cultural Resource Hike

9 a.m. Learn how Native Americans used various plants on this rigorous, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Nix Nature Center. Parking $3. Donation $2. 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.923.2235,

Cabana Nights

4 p.m.–10 p.m. Drink specials at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

Drew Brophy Book Signing

8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The ultimate FUNd-raising walk with dogs in Dana Point Harbor sponsored by the Pet Project Foundation with food, music, entertainment, pet contests, prizes and booths. Cost $35. Go to

2 p.m.-5 p.m. The surf artist signs his books at the Surfing Heritage Foundation’s store in South Coast Plaza. 3333 Bear St., ste 303, Costa Mesa, 714.800.1654,

Dana Point Farmers Market

5 p.m.–7 p.m. Simply Fondue features $1 wine tastings every Saturday and Sunday. Guest also receive free corkage OR a complimentary appetizer with purchases of $20 or more. 31761 Camino Capistrano, 949.240.0300,

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Fresh produce and more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern.

Billy Meza and the Craze

9 p.m.–12 a.m. Live band at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

Earth Day Beach and Creek Cleanup

9 a.m.–1 p.m. Help clean San Juan Creek and the beach in honor of Mother Earth Day. Enjoy a barbecue after the hard work. Sponsored by Surfrider Foundation. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6172,

Earth Day at Ocean Institute

Spring Wine Tasting Al Fresco

Wheeland Brothers

9 p.m. Lounge music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Marcy Playground

8 p.m. The popular band plays at The Coach House. Tickets $18. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


10 a.m.-3 p.m. Earth-friendly activities at the Ocean Insitute all weekend. Cost $6.50 adults, $4.50 kids. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Live during brunch at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

SOCSA Spring Musical

Health and Wellness Fair

1 p.m. SJC Historical Society leads a tour to see Los Rios Historical District, O’Neill Museum, the Mission, Rios Adobe and more. Meet at the train depot on Verdugo Street. Every Sunday. $2 adults, $1 children. 949.493.8444,

Bearnie Pearl

Cheryl Silverstein & John Paul Keene


An Evening of Start

7 p.m. The South Orange County School of the Arts presents “42nd Street” on stage in Porthole Theater with performances through May 1. $12 Adults $10 Students & Seniors. 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.240.1994, 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Live blues music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, 8 p.m.–11 p.m. Music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

Kitaka & Friends

9 p.m. Happy hour at BeachFire all night for guests dressed “Island-Style” plus live music. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

“Don’t Dress for Dinner”

10 a.m.-3 p.m. O2Wellness hosts the event with vendors, prizes, discounted products, health info and more at Rancho San Clemente Tennis Club. Free. 111 Avenida Vista Montana, San Clemente, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The duo performs vocals and piano at Agostino’s Ristorante Italiano 34700 Coast Hwy., Capo Beach.

6 p.m. Tinkerbell Guild of South Orange County will host its gala at the Fairmont Hotel to celebrate and raise funds for CHOC’s Children Hospital. Tickets $125. 4500 MacArthur Blvd., Newport Beach, 949.276.2755,


8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Ken Garcia Band and Ruben Gonzalez open. Tickets $30. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

8 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse presents the play where confusion and hilarity reigns in a tale of nuptial nightmares! Tickets $20. Last show April 25. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,


Nancy Griffith

forecast: mostly sunny • high: 69° low: 52°

8 p.m. Singer/songwriter at The Coach House also featuring Brooke Ramel. Tickets $29.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Page 16 • Dana Point Times • April 23–29, 2010

The Eagles

8 p.m. The band plays at the Honda Center. Tickets start at $60. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,

Historical Walking Tour

Coastal Sightseeing Tour

12 p.m.–3 p.m. Dana Wharf takes you out to sea to observe the coastline of Laguna Beach and its history. Tour includes lunch, a search for whales and dolphins and more. Tickets $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

monday26 forecast: sunny • high: 71° low: 52°

Mommy Movie Monday

10 a.m. Screening of “The Back-up Plan” for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $7.50. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469,

Comedy & Karaoke

9 p.m.–1 a.m. The night starts with live comedy and continues with karaoke at 11 p.m. at Hennessey’s Tavern. No cover. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,

Poul Pederson

7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Eclectic rock at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Jonathan Volzke

Sky Ranch, on the patio at Ruby’s


31781 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.7829,

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Ruby’s has been a family favorite, with great burgers and shakes and that train running around the ceiling. But now the old favorite has a new buzz: Sky Ranch. Ruby’s completely redid its outdoor patio overlooking the corner of Camino Capistrano and Verdugo Street, providing great new views and even a great new menu. Even the familiar red-and-white uniforms have been replaced with a new western motif, and the menu offers a great nacho plate, tacos and more. The patio also recently received its permit for a full bar, so mixed drinks will be available in a couple of weeks. “We’re trying to bring a little bit of San Juan into Ruby’s, and that kind of western cowboy is San Juan, and the patio is such a nice warm beautiful setting overlooking the Mission, the train station and the hills of San Juan,” said John Fisher, who owns the restaurant with Joe Campbell. “You’re not going to feel uncomfortable with a martini or margarita on the patio the way it looks now. We wanted to go up a notch or two and really bring San Juan into the equation.”

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PRICE RANGE: $8.49–$13.99 PAYMENT: Cash or credit cards RESERVATIONS: Not necessary HOURS: Mon–Thu, Sun, 7 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri–Sat, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. (Summer hours will increase to 10 p.m. and midnight on weekends)

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½ 34689 Golden Lantern Street, Dana Point, 949.493.5853 (Rated on a scale of 1–5 stars)

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5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for Happy Hour featuring 3 wines for $5! Your choice off of our daily menu! Also, $8 cheese plates normally $10! 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067,


12 p.m.-4 p.m. All types of artwork by Saddleback College students is on display in the Art Gallery through May 12. Free. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

tuesday27 forecast: few showers • high: 67° low: 49°


8 p.m.–12 a.m. Jam session and open mic every Tuesday at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,


10 a.m.–1 p.m. Discover history-related artifacts at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Free with paid admission, $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,


10 a.m. Dana Wharf offers discounts on whale watching, fishing, etc, every Tuesday - and now Wednesdays too for a select time. Whale watching is $14.50 to $19.50 each. Reservations recommended. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Eclectic rock at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

7 p.m. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens hosts a concert featuring sax player and historian Robert Verdi. $10 for members; $12 non-members; $8 students/ children. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


6 p.m.; 11 p.m. Two back-to-back musical artists and wine specials at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,


7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Rock at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

thursday29 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 68° low: 42°


9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Free ongoing financial workshops at the Ocean Institute. Registration necessary. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


8 p.m.–12 a.m. Dance the night away to current top-40 hits, Latin and R&B music at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,


8 p.m. The Saddleback College Arts Department presents the show in McKinney Theater. Tickets $15 at the door. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,



6 p.m.-9 p.m. Music and martinis at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,



8 p.m. Live acoustic music at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. ‘80s at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

forecast: showers • high: 67° low: 50°

CHERYL SILVERSTEIN & JOHN PAUL KEENE 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live entertainment The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


6:30 p.m. Starr Cornwall, Cheesemonger, formally of The Montage and Marcelino Cosio, Sommelier, will be pairing outstanding cheeses & wines from “Around The World.” Tasting fee is $35 for 5 wines and cheeses, chocolate, materials and instruction. Reservations required. San Clemente Wine Company, 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067,





7:30 p.m Singer/songwriter showcase with Dawson & Marie. Tickets $15. DP Community House, 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227,

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Right at Home Bill Medley set for a night at The Coach House


seminal figure in the history of American music, Bill Medley is perhaps best known as half of the unmistakable duo, The Righteous Brothers. In the mid-1960s, the Righteous Brothers became a fixture on Top 40 radio with hits like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” “Just Once in My Life,” “Unchained Melody,” and “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration,” creating an ultra-dramatic take on Sixties pop romance. Raised in Santa Ana, Medley always had a passion for music. On May 7, he will return to south Orange County for a one night show at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. The Dana Point Times caught up with Medley to talk about his new album and the upcoming show. Since 2003, you’ve taken a break from the studio, what was it like to get back in there and record your recent album “Damn Near Righteous?” It was a lot of fun. I worked with some great musicians, and just loved recording the actual songs. The producers I worked with are friends of mine, so I felt really comfortable sitting in there with them and just pushing the songs around a bit. How do you maintain a sense of longevity in today’s everchanging music industry? It’s all about the songs really–they never went away. Throughout the 80s and 90s movies like “Top Gun” with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin,” “Dirty Dancing” and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” and “Ghost” with “Unchained Melody,” really propelled us for 20 more years. I love what I do, love the business and love the songs, and that’s what makes it easy. As an Orange County native, what is it that you love about playing the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano? It’s one of those laid-back, intimate and very comfortable venues. When you play there you don’t deal with a lot of stress and it’s a really good-feeling place. I hope everyone shows up. I’ll play all the hits, with a great new band and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Doors open at 6 p.m. and tickets can be purchased for $55 at The Coach House by calling 949.496.7935 or online by visiting www.thecoachhouse. com. DP —David Zimmerle April 23–29, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 17




SUDOKU by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To


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The Show Must Go On At SOCSA Performances continue despite CUSD teacher strike Special report from SOCSA at Dana Hills High School


s they say in show business, “The show must go on.” And, so it will. There have been many SOCSA parents, students and friends asking if SOCSA’s “42nd Street” performances will be affected by the teacher’s strike. The answer is no. SOCSA Foundation’s production of “42nd Street” had its opening night as scheduled, Thursday, April 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Porthole Theatre inside Dana Hills High School. “42nd Street” tells the timeless, inspiring tale of Allentown, Pennsylvanian Peggy Sawyer’s (Jane Papageorge) rise from chorus girl to Broadway star. With a live band, dozens of tap dancers and a great set, this is a must see production. “42nd Street” includes these classic songs: “We’re in the Money,” “I Only Have Eyes For You,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Keep Young and Beautiful” and the spectacular title number, “42nd Street” danced down a flight of steps that lights up as brightly as the faces of the talented SOCSA student cast. Julian Marsh (Geoff Kaufman), a successful Broadway director, produces a new musical. The money comes from a rich old man, who is in love with the star of the show, Dorothy Brock (Julie Wickstrom). But she

Members of the 42nd Street cast (L to R) Alex Sloan (Bert Barry), Samantha Bentson (Maggie Jones), Jane Papageorge (Peggy Sawyer), Brad Cusack (Billy Lawlor), Julie Wickstrom (Dorothy Brock) and Geoff Kaufmann (Julian Marsh). Photo by Alan Wickstrom

doesn’t reply to his love, because she is still in love with her old boyfriend. At the night before the premiere, Dorothy breaks her ankle, and one of the chorus girls, Peggy

Sawyer tries to take over her part “This is the first time 42nd Street has ever been performed in the Porthole Theater, which is really exciting! There are

73 students involved in the show—37 cast members, 18 crew members and 17 student band members and they have been working very hard for the past seven weeks. All of the costumes for the performance were designed by SOCSA Student, Cathy Hwang,” said director Brittany Longdon. “People should come to see 42nd Street, because in a time where everything is so up in the air and no one seems to really know what is going on (with the school district), it is an uplifting, high energy musical that is fun for the whole audience and very family friendly.” The performance of the SOCSA Spring Musical, “42nd Street,” is a SOCSA Foundation event and all 6 performances will go on as scheduled. Show times are scheduled for April 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. at the Porthole Theater inside Dana Hills High, 33333 Golden Lantern. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at www. or at the door. For more information, call 949.240.1994. In other SOCSA news; Saturday’s SOCSA student auditions for next year will go on as scheduled. If the strike continues into Friday, the SOCSA auditions on that day will be rescheduled. DP

In Service to Seniors South Orange County Alliance Groups announces new Leadership Team Staff Report Dana Point Times


xecutive Financial Advisors and South Orange County Alliance Group is proud to announce the Leadership Team of its south Orange County chapter. Headquartered in Denver, Colo., the South Orange County Alliance Team is one of hundreds that have been formed throughout the country with the same mission and purpose of serving seniors. The team consists of experienced professionals in medical, financial, non-medical homecare, legal, accounting and housing related services who are recognized as industry experts and leaders. The Leadership Team of this local chapter consists of Page 18 • Dana Point Times • April 23–29, 2010

Executive Director Stella Zimmerle of Heartland Home Health Hospice and Infusion, Education Specialists Heidi Lopez of Lifeline of Southern California and Cyndy Foerstel Snell of Prudential California Realty, Events Coordinator Nenette Limcumpao of Aegis of Dana Point, Networking Specialist V. Jeanne Gormick of Home Instead Senior Care, Alliance Support Kari Buist-Baker of Senior Life Management, Kian Masoumi of Kiancare, Secretary Diana Gravette of Lesneski Mortuary and Owner/President Terry Lee Ives who heads Membership. The South Orange County Alliance team will be presenting a Panel Discussion covering Senior Living Options at Aegis of Dana Point on Tues-

The new South Orange County Alliance Team’s mission is to serve seniors. Courtesy photo

day, May 18 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To RSVP contact Nenette Limcumpao at 949.488.2650. For more information on

this local chapter and their additional services please visit or call Terry Lee Ives at 949.218.7945 or Stella Zimmerle at 949.892.0441. DP

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Fleet Footed on the High Seas Dana Point man is a paid dancer on cruise ships By Jamal Al-Sarraf Dana Point Times


hris Anastasio has what some would consider a dream job: He makes a living dancing on cruise ships. He is paid to travel the world, get the party started at night, and to top it all off, it’s his job to dance with the single women on the ship. At 76, Anastasio has been to every continent (including Antarctica) on the planet and has been on nearly every cruise line imaginable, from a three star ship to a six star ship. Born in New Haven, Conn., Anastasio moved to California at 33 to pursue an acting career. He landed jobs as a commercial actor, model and played in roles on TV and in movies. “I remember the first time I wanted to be a model, I thought ‘that doesn’t look so hard,

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I can do that,’” he said. “So I walked down to my nearest talent agency and had one guy tell me I was too ugly to be a model, so I got into his face and showed him who was boss and that made him hire me.” Eight years ago he was bored with his life. Then, he had a calling, to become a dance host on cruise ships. “I first heard about the job from a guy that was cleaning my carpets,” he said. “He said that I could make a living dancing on cruise ships, so, I looked online and found one.” Through his agent, Anastasio was able to land his first gig with Orient Lines. “I wasn’t that good of a dancer at first,” he said. “But I could definitely get around the dance floor.” So what’s a day like for a dance host? Simple, get dressed for the occasion, report to the dance floor, get the party started (if no one is dancing), socialize and dance with women for four hours. It may sound like the perfect job, but it can be tiring because the hosts don’t get a day off, and the cruises they go on last anywhere from 30 to 80 days. “I remember one night when I was swing dancing with a woman and I was so tired I thought I’d have a heart attack,” Anastasio said. “I told the lovely women that I was getting tired and she said ‘don’t worry, you’re in good hands, I’m an undertaker.’” Being on a cruise ship also reminded him of his brother who served in World War II and all the places he had gone, and how he would visit them. “My brother told me about the places he visited during the war, specifically Bora Bora and how beauti-

Cruise ship dance host Chris Anastasio looks dapper in his top hat. Courtesy photo

ful it was,” he said. “Decades later, I finally got to see what he was talking about and went there. He was right.” Anastasio also has tips for men on how to impress the ladies. “What I don’t get is why men don’t dance,” he said. “Women love

men that dance and there have been millions of times where I would see a couple on a ship and her husband wouldn’t dance. I’d have to dance with the wives of other men, with their permission of course, just to make them happy. It really annoys me.” DP

Doheny Wood Returns 13th Annual Woodie Car Show set for April 24 at Doheny State Beach By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


oodie car lovers rejoice! Dana Point will once again host Doheny Wood, one of the largest all-woodie car shows in the country on April 24 at Doheny State Beach from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This year’s event marks the 13th year of the gathering and the SoCal Woodie Club is expecting 180 cars to take part. Enjoy a day at the beach browsing the rows of some icons of the California surf culture. Gary Clark President of the SoCal Woodie Club and Dana Point resident will be unveiling the newest car in his collection—Moondoggie—a 1951 Mercury. The restoration took three years and a lot of blood, sweat and tears. Moondoggie has a supercharged Cobra engine and is as spectactular under the hood as it is on the outside. Clark’s other car—Surfer Girl—a ’46 Canadian Mercury will joint Moondoggie in a mock wedding ceremony—just for fun. The fun ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. following Doheny Wood. Doheny State Beach is located in Dana Point Harbor area at 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. The woodie car show will be held at the south end of the park along PCH. Admission to the show is free but the State Park entry fee is $10. For questions contact Tom Mac Donald at or log on to —AS Page 22 • Dana Point Times • April 23–29, 2010

SoCal Woodie Club President Gary Clark will bring his newly restored car, Moondoggie, to this weekend’s Doheny Wood all woodie car show at Doheny State Beach. Gary and Moondoggie are pictured here at this year’s Festival of Whales celebration. Photo by Andrea Swayne



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Tritons vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School April 23, 3:15 p.m.

San Jose vs. Chivas USA, Home Depot Center April 24, 7:30 p.m.

Yankees vs. Angels, Angels Stadium April 25, 12:35 p.m.

Titans vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School April 27, 3:30 p.m.

Wolverines vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School April 29, 5:30 p.m.

Things are getting intense in the South Coast League, but this rivalry is the one to watch as Dana Hills hosts San Clemente.

Chivas USA is set to rebound from a rocky start to the season with hopes for kicking past the Earthquakes of San Jose.

Riding through a 10game home stand, the Angels host the Yankees in their third game of the series. Info: www.losange-

The boys are on roll this season and will continue their assault in the South Coast League as they host Aliso Niguel.



So far the Lady Dolphins have struggled against their league opponents but this game is a good opportunity to get back on track.



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Sharp Shooter Dana Point’s Chad Lucewicz Qualifies for the 2010 APA National Pool Championships held in Las Vegas

Trevor Tribolet (28) and Cody Betzler (44) face a tough Mission Viejo team. Photo by Tony Tribolet

JV SPOTLIGHT: Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse The Dana Hills High School junior varsity boys lacrosse team beat Mission Viejo 8-6 on April 2, thanks to some great teamwork. These athletes genuinely enjoy playing together as a team and their camaraderie has built a very talented and tight-knit squad. This was the first time ever that a Dolphin boys lacrosse team has defeated a Mission Viejo team. —AS

DHHS Alumni Volleyball Reunion Set Chad Lucewicz of Dana Point will compete at APA National Pool Championships. Courtesy of South OC APA

Special report from South Orange County APA


had Lucewicz of Dana Point qualified for the American Poolplayers Association’s (APA) 2010 8-Ball Classic by winning in regional competition on October 4, 2009 in San Diego. Lucewicz will be joining amateur poolplayers from throughout North America to compete in one of the world’s most rewarding 8-Ball singles championship, with cash and prizes totaling $250,000 on the line. Lucewicz is a member of the APA and participates in South Orange County APA’s weekly League play at Blue Dolphin in Dana Point and Coconuts in Capistrano Beach. The 8-Ball Classic is conducted annually by the APA. APA members who compete in the 8-Ball Classic become eligible by entering and winning a local qualifying tournament. Local winners advance to the regional level where they compete in one of four skill level tiers. Regional winners from each skill level tier advance to the national event where they compete with others within their skill level category. Four champions, one from each of the four skill level tiers, will be crowned at Page 24 • Dana Point Times • April 23–29, 2010

the national event being held in Las Vegas at the Riviera Hotel & Casino on April 29 through May 1. The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world’s largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States and as the Canadian Pool League in Canada. More than 260,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9-Ball League play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards. The APA produces three major tournaments each year, the APA National Team Championships, the APA National Singles Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship, that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 million in cash and prizes annually. For more information or to get signed up with the APA, please contact Scot Burnell or Liza Gazmen at 714.862.8566 or by email at You can also visit the local South Orange County APA Website at DP

On Saturday, April 24, 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Dana Hills High School volleyball program will be hosting the 2010 Alumni Volleyball Reunion matches to benefit the Volleyball Boosters. The event will feature a silent auction and T-shirt sales ($15 each), sponsored by Hobie. Two matches will be played, beginning at 3:30 p.m. with Freshmen vs. Sophomores and followed by Varsity vs. Alumni. Former Division 1, Junior Olympic and Olympic team members will be in attendance. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. —AS

Paddle for Humanity

Doheny hosts event to benefit SurfAid International By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he Watermans Applied Science Paddle for Humanity 2010 is scheduled for May 1 (beach registration begins at 6 a.m. and the race starts at 8 a.m.) at Doheny State Beach to raise money and awareness of SurfAid International’s effort to improve the health, well being and self-reliance of people living in isolated regions connected to us through surfing. This year’s event features a jog-a-thon style online fundraising platform with a round trip ticket to Indonesia going to the top individual fundraiser. Show your support for the SurfAid cause by participating in the two-mile fun paddle or battle it out in the six-mile Elite Race for

over $5,000 in cash. Participants may either paddleboard or SUP and those who choose to raise funds as a member of a team will still be eligible for the top individual prize. You may start a team or join an existing one. Joining a team is easy. Just pick the team you want to join from the list provided, fill out your on-line registration form and start working towards the communal goal. If you would prefer to go it alone, sign up solo. Join the fun and help reach the goal of raising $100,000 in support of SurfAid International by visiting www.surfaidinternational. org/paddle2010 and clicking on the “sign up today” link. All proceeds from event sponsorship, raffle and contestant entry fees will be donated directly to SurfAid International. DP


Big Waves, Big News

First Ever Big Wave World Champ to be crowned at the Surfing Heritage Foundation By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times

Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Award Nominees Announced San Clemente surfers Greg and Rusty Long among nominees


he first ever Big Wave World Champion will be crowned on April 24 at the Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente. Results for the 2009/2010 season are based on the finals from contests held in Chile (Punta de Lobos), Peru (Pico Alto), Mexico (Todos Santos) and California (Half Moon Bay, Mavericks). San Clemente’s Greg Long was among the standout, daredevil surfers pushing the limits of big wave surfing during the BWWT inaugural season and vying for top honors. Long won the Billabong Pico Alto Invitational in Peru cementing his place among the tour’s top surfers. Other season winners included Mark Healey (HI) who won at Todos Santos and placed fourth in Peru, Chris Bertish of South Africa who took top honors at Mavericks, South Africa’s Grant “Twiggy” Baker with the win in Chile and a fi fth place finish at Todos Santos and Carlos Burle of Brazil who made the finals in all four events. Though San Clemente surfer, and Greg Long’s brother, Rusty Long wasn’t on the podium at Mavericks, he played a large part in taking big wave surfing to the next level when he rode some of the year’s biggest waves during a free surf and played a large part in reinventing what the term “big wave surfing” really means. “The biggest waves ridden during this year’s tour were at Mavericks, and were the largest waves ridden in the history of competition,” said Tour Director Gary Linden. “The term ‘big wave’ now applies to something larger than before.”

Grant “Twiggy” Baker, Photographer Jason Murray and Greg Long board the party bus to last year’s Billabong XXL Awards. Photo by Andrea Swayne

A Rusty Long catches one of the best waves of the day at Mavericks in February. Photo by Jason Murray/

Rogue Wave Events was created in 2009 by co-owners Gary Linden and Pierre Camoin to create a ranking system to link international big wave paddle-in events and join them together to create the Big Wave World Tour. Finalists are awarded points based on wave size—bigger waves equal bigger points—counting only waves that meet the set minimum requirement of 12 to 15-foot or larger. Rogue Wave Events also has planned a round table discussion between the surfers, staff and tour organizers to discuss


By David Zimmerle

BASEBALL • The Dolphins (4-3 South Coast League, 12-7) capped the first of two games against Tesoro with a 3-2 win on April 14, but lost 6-2 to the Titans April 16. The team also split a doubleheader against Valencia on April 17 winning the first game 9-7, but losing the second 15-4. In the first game against Tesoro, both teams were knotted at 1-1 after the first inning before Dana Hills put up two runs in the second. Following the productive inning, the Dolphins kept the Titans in check before giving up a run in the top of the seventh. Peter Tago, Trevor Scott and Brian Choi all had one RBI in the win. Tago pitched all seven innings and relied on his defense to get him out of several jams after giving up eight hits. Sparking a win against Valencia on April 17, Nick Redding led with three RBI. On Wednesday, the boys were set to face San Clemente. Next 7 days: April 23 vs. San Clemente, 3:15 p.m.; April 28 at Capo Valley, 3:15 p.m. SOFTBALL • On April 15, the Lady Dolphins (0-2 SCL, 8-8) squared off against Capo Valley and lost 3-2 to the Cougars while on the road. The game was scoreless after five full innings before Dana Hills smacked a run home for the 1-0 lead in the sixth. However, Capo tied it in the bottom of the seventh and sent the game into extra innings as Dana Hills opened the eighth Page 26 • Dana Point Times • April 23–29, 2010

with a run before Capo closed it our with two runs in the bottom of the inning. Kat Schmitt-Daskalos took the loss from the circle, and Natalie Parker had a double in the sixth inning. On Tuesday the girls were set to host Aliso Niguel while on Thursday they were scheduled to take on Mission Viejo at home. Next 7 days: April 27 vs. Tesoro, 3:30 p.m.; April 29 vs. San Clemente, 3:30 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE • The Dolphins (2-5 SCL, 6-8) dropped another pair of losses recently—a 5-3 edge to Tesoro on April 14 and a 12-7 loss to San Clemente April 16. However, the boys found a little redemption beating Capo Valley 12-7 on April 20. In the loss to Tesoro, Chase Matranga, Tony Bellanca and Michael Paul each scored goals. In the shootout with the Tritons, Cole Altuzarra led the team with three goals while Ross Harvey netted two. And in the win against Capo—which ultimately snapped a five-game skid—Paul was the ace with four goals while Alexander Rainey tossed in three more. Next 7 days: April 23 at Aliso Niguel, 5:30 p.m.; April 24 at Great Oak, 4 p.m.; April 27 at Mission Viejo, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE • The Lady Dolphins (1-7 SCL, 4-13) had a tough go recently losing 9-1 to San Clemente April 15, and 12-7 to Capistrano Valley on April 20. In the loss to San Clemente, Jordyn

the future of the tour. So far, next year’s 2010/2011 Big Wave World Tour is planned to include at lease five events—Chile, Peru, California/Mavericks, Mexico/Todos Santos and Oregon’s Nelscott Reef. The California premiere of the movie “The Find: Claiming Nelscott Reef” directed by Erich Lyttle and produced by Behemoth LLC will also be shown at the event. For more information on the 2010 Big Wave World Tour Awards, log on to www. and DP

Bonanni scored the lone goal. On Wednesday the girls were set to play a road game at Trabuco Hills. Next 7 days: April 23 vs. Aliso Niguel, 5:30 p.m.; April 30 vs. Tesoro, 5:30 p.m. BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING • The Dolphins boys swim team (3-1 SCL, 5-2-1) cruised to a 100-69 victory April 20 while on the road at Aliso Niguel. Skylar Campbell finished the 50 free with a 23.22, David Gonzalez clocked a 48.65 in the 100 free and a 1:46.75 in the 200 free, Kord Bonani swam the 100 fly in 58.45, Jonathan Amato finished the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.12 and Larson Pfeil finished the 100 back in 57.38. However, the girls team (1-2 SCL, 2-3) lost their meet 119-51. Emily Carlson (26.18, 56.36) finished second in the 50 free and the 100 free, Colleen McNaught clocked a 2:03.26 in the 200 free good for second place, and in the 200 free relay Dana Hills took first with a 1:46.26. Next 7 days: April 27 at Mission Viejo, 3 p.m. BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD • On April 15, the Dolphins hosted Capo Valley in a league meet while on Thursday the team was scheduled to travel to Aliso Niguel. Next 7 days: April 23 at OC Championships at Mission Viejo, TBA; April 28 at Mission Viejo, 2:45 p.m. BOYS GOLF • The Dolphins (6-1 SCL, 12-5) edged La Costa Canyon 419-422 April 14, powered past Aliso Niguel with a 414420 win on April 15, followed by a 204-223 romp of Capo on April 19, and then beat

n invitation only audience of more than 2,200 surfers, media, industry luminaries and VIP’s are set to assemble at the Grove Theater in Anaheim on Friday, April 23 to witness the 10th Annual Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. A prize purse of over $130,000 in cash and prizes will be handed out to honor the world’s best big wave surfers and surf photographers. The event will be Web cast live via the Billabong XXL Web site. A television special will also be filmed at the awards show and is expected to air on ESPN networks on May 18. San Clemente surfers Greg and Rusty Long have each been nominated for an award. Rusty Long (Photos by Don Montgomery, Fred Pompermayer and Frank Quirarte) for a Monster Tube Photo Award ride at Maverick’s, California in February and Greg for a Surfline Best Overall Performance Award. The Long brothers join the likes of South African Grant ‘Twiggy’ Baker who has set a record by being nominated in five different categories this year. For a list of nominees, log on to DP —AS

Mission Viejo 208-221 April 20 for their sixth straight win. Against Capo, Shakun Khana led the team with a 39 (+3), while against Mission Viejo Mike Brockington led with a 37 (+1) and had a birdie and an eagle on the round. Next 7 days: April 27 vs. Tesoro at El Niguel CC, 2:30 p.m.; April 29 vs. Tesoro at Coto De Caza CC, 2:30 p.m. BOYS TENNIS • On Monday the Dolphins traveled to Aliso Niguel. The Dolphins are currently ranked third in the county. Tennis standouts Jim Myers and Trevor Dell also went to the Ojai Tournament April 22-23 as a doubles team. Both players reached the quarterfinals of doubles in last year’s tourney and are highly ranked on the junior circuit. Despite the strife in Capistrano Unified School District the players recently found out they were able to participate. Next 7 days: April 22-23 at Ojai, TBA; April 27 at Mission Viejo, 3:15 p.m.; April 28 at University, 3:15 p.m.; April 29 at Tesoro, TBA BOYS VOLLEYBALL • The Dolphins (4-1 SCL, 16-4-1) cruised past Mission Viejo in three straight sets beating the Diablos 26-24, 25-13 and 25-22 April 15. The team then faced off against Tesoro April 20 and beat the Titans 3-1 winning 25-22, 21-25, 25-14 and 25-13. On Thursday, the team was scheduled to travel for a match at San Clemente for a chance to take sole possession of first place in league. Next 7 days: April 27 at Capo Valley, 6 p.m.; April 29 vs. Aliso Niguel, 5:30 p.m.

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