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Skimming the Surface Louis Pasoz tests his Marina Trash Skimmer at OC Dana Point Harbor E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 6 E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 7

OC Dana Point Harbor Operations Manager Paul Lawrence stands with Marina Trash Skimmer inventor Louis Pasoz on a floating dock in the harbor where the equipment is installed. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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City and Business Calendar Saturday, June 26 Lobster Fest 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Doheny State Beach, Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary presents the Dana Point Lobster Fest to benefit local children’s charities. Tickets are $75 and include all you can eat lobster and steak, lively spirits, music, fun and a live auction. Tickets can be purchased at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and the office of the DP Times. You may also call 949.945.3508 or log on to www. for tickets and additional information.

Sunday, June 27 Dana Point Concours d’ Elegance

Summer Concerts in the Park 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. The City of Dana Point presents Lights: A tribute to Journey, the first of this summer’s Concerts in the Park series. Admission is free. The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group will be on hand selling delicious food and drinks to benefit the Fighting 5th. Heritage Park, 34400 Old Golden Lantern, 949.248.3530,

10 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Regis Monarch Beach, 1 Monarch Beach Resort. This year’s event features 100 years of Alfa Romeo, celebrates 80 years of design from Pininfarina and welcomes special classes of American pony and muscle cars, Corvettes to 1967, Kustoms and hot rods, as well as the second annual exhibit of supercars. The event is also celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the U.S. launch of the Ferrari F40. Drag racing legend, Don “The Snake” Prudhomme will serve as Honorary Chairman for this 28th annual event. General admission is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Children under 12 free. For more information and to purchase tickets, log on to

Monday, June 28 City Council Meeting Canceled 6 p.m. The regular meeting of the Dana Point City Council has been canceled along with the July 12 meeting. City Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501,

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…Signatures Certified in CUSD Recall Effort?

THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District Trustees Ken Lopez Maddox and Mike Winsten, who represents San Clemente, will face a recall election, after the Registrar of Voters on Tuesday confirmed that recall proponents submitted enough signatures from registered voters to put the issue on the ballot. Recall proponents needed about 22,000 valid signatures per trustee and turned in just under 66,000 combined. Those who support the recall say the board’s spending is unchecked and that the elected officials have failed to reach out and embrace parents and teachers. Many are suspicious of the trustees, who were elected with support from groups that have criticize public education and support charter schools and vouchers. Winsten said he supports the democratic process and hopes the recall increases intelligent discussion about the school district, school finances and other issues. He said he’s proud of the board’s decisions. WHAT’S NEXT: Trustees must set the election date. The November general election would be the most cost-effective alternative, with a price tag of about $20,000, compared to the costs of a special contest, which could run $800,000. CUSD voters in November will also cast ballots for the seats now held by Ellen Addonizio, Anna Bryson and Larry Christensen, as well as whether election for trustees should be changed to area votes, verses district wide as they are now. FIND OUT MORE: See the Beyond the Blackboard blog at —Jonathan Volzke


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…Budget Balancing Plan for 2011?

THE LATEST: At the June 14 meeting, City Council voted unanimously to approve, receive and file the Fiscal Year 2011—beginning on July 1—Budget Update Report and authorize around $2 million in amendments

Volunteer “patients” simulated a boating accident for authorities to practice disaster training. Photos by Heidi Mefferd

to make up for an expected deficit due to the continued economic recession and reduce the revenues from $29.5 million to the new estimate of $27.4 million. According to the updated Budget Status Report, Staff had budgeted a year ago anticipating a five percent increase for police services from FY2010 to FY2011 in the contract with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Actual contract costs for FY2011 came in at only a 1.79 percent increase, resulting in a $263,777 decrease for police services. Taking into account a budgeted surplus of $625,000, council will make several other spending cuts, totaling $1.4 million, according to the City Staff Report. Other cuts include a $116,000 reduction in street maintenance costs by increasing the use of city staff and decrease county workers’ involvement along with reductions to other maintenance costs and costs associated with day-to-day city office operations. This May the city reported seeing a slight recovery of a nearly two-year dramatic reduction in Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) numbers due to a drop in bed tax revenues from the city’s hotels. The adjusted estimate

for total TOT revenue is expected to bring in $9 million for FY2011. Though the figure is less than the original budget estimate of $10.2 million the staff report said it seems that the city has seen the bottom of the drop-off—good news since hotel room tax revenues, along with property and sales taxes, account for about 80 percent of the city’s general fund revenues.

FIND OUT MORE: Log on to to see the full Budget Status Report. —Andrea Swayne

WHAT’S NEXT: The staff report said, that although the cuts are significant, they should not negatively effect the city’s overall service delivery. City staffing should remain static in FY2011 as the approved plan includes a hiring freeze and the elimination of nearly $170,000 worth of merit increases. The budget update changed the previously adopted FY2011 General Fund estimate total from $29,480,700 to $27,444,700. The staff report notes that, “With such uncertainty surrounding the fiscal future, it is appropriate to take a conservative stance with respect to projecting revenues for FY2011 and that the city is likely to experience marginal improvement in its overall revenue picture.”

THE LATEST: On Wednesday, June 23 OC Dana Point Harbor, in conjunction with the City of Dana Point, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (Dana Point Police Services and Harbor Patrol), State and US Ocean Safety Lifeguards, OC Fire Authority and Doctor’s Ambulance conducted a simulated disaster training exercise just outside the entrance of the harbor. The training consisted of a simulated boating accident. Volunteer “patients” were transported to the launch ramp where authorities practiced triage, first aid treatment and transportation to a hospital. A Sheriff’s helicopter joined in and was seen circling the “incident site” from above.


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…Emergency Services Training at DP Harbor?

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Eye on DP (Cont. from page 3) The role of the “victims” were played by volunteer US Ocean Safety Lifeguards. Their role-playing scenarios came complete with theatrical blood and contusions to more accurately simulate actual injuries and even fatalities. According to Harbor Patrol Deputy Chris Corn, this was the largest interagency disaster simulation exercise ever organized in the harbor area and the scenario—a mock crash between a power boat and a sailboat— accurately represented the type of emergency that could occur in or near the harbor. WHAT’S NEXT: A similar drill in Newport Beach last year was very successful at preparing city, state and county emergency responders to learn to work together more effectively. Members of participating agencies will get together for a debriefing and discussion of everything they did well and anything they could have done better. FIND OUT MORE: Questions may be directed to OC Dana Point Harbor Patrol at 949.723.1002 —AS


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…Pursuit of Burglary Suspects Ends With Gunfire? THE LATEST: According to authorities, a resident of a San Clemente house came home on June 17 just in time to witness two black males exiting the home after apparently burglarizing it. The suspects fled the scene in what was described as a black or dark blue Chevy Tahoe. Dana Point Police Services, upon hearing the description of the getaway vehicle, began following a truck that fit the witness

DP Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILEDBY SAR A H G U I DA S 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.

Sunday, June 20 CITISEN ASSIST Camino Capistrano, 34500 Block (11:18 p.m.) A cab driver called deputies to report a female passenger who would not get out of the taxi or pay the cab fare. The woman was reportedly doing push-ups and talking to herself in the back of the vehicle during the drive. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (10:06 a.m.) Employees at a local restaurant Page 4 • Dana Point Times • June 25–July 1, 2010

description. They followed the vehicle to Laguna Niguel where it stopped in the Costco parking lot after exiting the I-5 freeway at Crown Valley. The suspects exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Police continued their pursuit. Shots were fired at the termination of the pursuit but no injuries were reported to either of the suspects or the officers involved. Both suspects were apprehended. One of the men was booked into county jail in Santa Ana but authorities did not have sufficient evidence to hold the other. WHAT’S NEXT: Due to shots being fired during the inicident, the District Attorney’s Office is investigating the shooting. As a result, Dana Point Police Services Chief Lt. Mark Levy was not at liberty to discuss particulars related to the shooting. The as yet unnamed Deputy involved was given a standard three-day administrative leave and is scheduled to return to work at the end of this week. Investigators will continue to search for evidence sufficient to take the second suspect into custody on suspicion of burglary, evading officers and resisting arrest, along with the first suspect. FIND OUT MORE:



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“Sticker Shock” to Curb Underage Drinking?

THE LATEST: As part of the South Orange County Underage Drinking Task Force, teens from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley participated in “Sticker Shock,” a program designed to curb underage drinking in Dana Point. On June 19, club members stopped by

contacted authorities after an older man with a golf club entered the establishment and began threatening other customers.

Saturday, June 19 WELFARE CHECK Camino Capistrano, 34600 Block (7:40 p.m.) An informant called deputies after witnessing a juvenile hanging upside down from the fence on a pedestrian bridge that crosses over traffic. UNKNOWN TROUBLE Doheny Park Rd., 34200 Block (4:48 p.m.) Authorities were contacted after a man entered a local business with a shotgun. The man had reportedly been in an argument with someone on the street before he took out the gun. After shutting down traffic and surrounding the building, the authorities were able to secure the area. CITIZEN ASSIST Taxco Dr. / Buccaneer St. (2:24 p.m.) A man contacted authorities for assistance after being locked inside the restrooms at a local park.

Friday, June 18 DISTURBANCE Stonehill Dr. / Golden Lantern (2:58 p.m.) An informant called deputies to report a physical argument going on between a male and female inside a vehicle. The male

off-sale alcohol outlets and various stores around Dana Point and placed stickers with prevention messages (such as “Minor drinking. Major problem.”) on alcohol multi-packs to remind people who buy alcohol that its illegal to provide alcohol to anyone under 21. The campaign message is now also displayed on refrigerator window clings and cash register penny trays that are given to each store. “I commend the establishments for participating in this youth activity to prevent and reduce underage drinking in the City of Dana Point,” said Mary Beth Griffin, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Orange County. “Many thanks go out to Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley teens who are invested in reducing underage drinking in their community.” WHAT’S NEXT: The Orange County chapter of MADD will be hosting their first annual Hold ’Em…Fold ’Em…Save ’Em Poker Tournament on July 31, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entry fee is $100 and space is limited to 100 people—first place will receive 40 percent of the pot. For reservations, call 714.838.6199, ext. 15. Stay tuned to The Dana Point Times for updates on the “Sticker Shock” program. Find out more: 949.240.7898 or or —Christina Scannapiego

On the Bubble Other topics making news this week Headlands Trespassing Trio Plead Guilty The trio of women arrested for trespassing off-trail at the Headlands all entered guilty pleas and submitted letters of apology to the city for trespassing in the Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (ESHA) outside of marked trails at the headlands. Their letters stated that they

reportedly kicked the female in the face before leaving the scene.

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were sorry for what they had done and that they now understand the why the regulations exist. The three women were all ordered to pay restitution, including a contribution to the Center For Natural Lands Management, which will be used to help maintain the hiking trails, and other environmental amenities in the Headlands parks.. “This case has been a high priority to the city because of the increased number of visitors to the Headlands and our newly opened public park amenities, and the surprising amount of unlawful activity (and specifically acts of trespassing and vandalism) which has occurred in the area,” said City Attorney Patrick Munoz. “The city is committed to protecting the environmentally sensitive habitat areas that make up the Headlands nature parks, to ensure that future generations can enjoy their natural beauty. Towards this end, the city is very pleased with the outcome of the case and hopes it sends a clear and proper message, that we welcome all to Dana Point and encourage everyone to come visit in a safe and responsible manner.” Legal Volley Over Strand Beach Access Continues McDermott Will & Emery LLP on behalf of the Surfrider Foundation filed suit on June 17 in Orange County Superior Court against the City of Dana Point. The lawsuit challenges the City’s restriction of beach access at Strands Beach in Dana Point at two—gated paths through the Headlands development—of the five access points to the beach. The city’s stance remains that Dana Point holds jurisdiction regarding issues of access at the Headlands and that the Coastal Commission can not impede the city’s right to control areas with high incidence of crime and/or vandalism. The city maintains that the issue is not about an effort to restrict beach access, but instead a matter of the city’s right to choose how to abate nuisances within city limits.

(8:12 a.m.) Authorities were called after a fight broke out between the cashier of a convenience store and a customer, who claimed he gave the cashier a $100 bill.

DISTURBANCE Golden Lantern / Del Prado (2:19 p.m.) A post-office employee contacted authorities to complain about a group of people outside the building who were harassing people and holding picture of President Obama as Hitler.

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SUSPICIOUS PERSON Camino Las Ramblas / FWY-5 (1:39 p.m.) Authorities were called after an informant witnessed an elderly male walk onto a freeway off-ramp.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Mariner Dr., 23700 Block (2:16 p.m.) Authorities were called after an elderly man wandered off from a local hospital and was nowhere to be found. He was last seen in the company of two homeless-looking men.

Wednesday, June 16 CITIZEN ASSIST Pacific Coast Highway, 34200 Block (1:39 p.m.) Employees at a local fast-food restaurant contacted deputies to remove a transient who was sleeping inside the establishment. FAMILY DISPUTE Big Sur St., 33700 Block (1:26 p.m.) An informant called authorities to report the informant’s son, who was threatening to burn down the informant’s house. KEEP THE PEACE Niguel Road / Camino Del Avion

DRUNK IN PUBLIC Pacific Coast Highway, 34300 Block (7:16 p.m.) Deputies were contacted after a drunk homeless man wandered into a laundromat.

Monday, June 14 CITIZEN ASSIST Sepulveda Ave., 34100 Block (8:05 p.m.) A woman contacted deputies after a subject called her, claiming to be a bounty hunter. The bounty hunter was searching for her ex-step brother, who is reportedly wanted in Maryland. DISTURBANCE La Serena Dr., 34100 Block (12:32 p.m.) An informant called authorities to report a neighbor, who was reportedly hitting on the informant’s three-year-old son.

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Skimming the Surface

Louis Pasoz tests his Marina Trash Skimmer at OC Dana Point Harbor By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


n a lunch date with his wife in Long Beach, Louis Pasoz watched as marina staff cleaned floating debris from the water. No sooner had the workers finished and left the area than debris began floating into the area cleaned only minutes before. This casual observation was the spark that would ignite Pasoz’s idea for the giant skimmer systems he has introduced to harbors and marinas from Washington to Long Beach to Mexico—and right here in the Dana Point Harbor. As an avid surfer and a 24-year resident of San Clemente, water quality had always been a concern for Pasoz, not only in his personal life but in his career as well. Pasoz began working for the County of Los Angeles in a water treatment plant at the age of 18. During his 16 years with LA County, Pasoz worked his way up from plant attendant to a grade-three water treatment plant operator— a position that requires extensive education. “I took advantage of the educational programs offered by LA County back in the ‘80s,” said Pasoz. “I was paid to go to school. I would work all night and surf and go to school during the day. They sent me to certificate programs in water treatment, water hydraulics, pumps and motors at colleges like Caltech, Palomar and CSU Sacramento. During that time, water really became something that I enjoyed working with. Then on that day with my wife in Long Beach, when I got the idea for these skimmers, I decided to try and make a difference; to do something about water quality myself.” Pasoz approached the city of Long Beach with his idea and asked for permission to develop a skimmer prototype, install and test it. Initially, Long Beach administrators were reluctant to allow yet another inventor use their marina as a guinea pig. They had heard this pitch before. Seven times before, to be exact. Pasoz was told other companies had previously approached the city trying to implement an automated system for cleaning the marina and had achieved only minimal success. Despite the skepticism Pasoz was met with, he was able to convince Long Beach officials to let him give it a try. The idea grew quickly from concept to prototype, worked well in Long Beach and spurred the launch of Pasoz’s company Applied Water Technologies (AWT). It has been 12 years since Pasoz patented his Marina Trash Skimmer. Since then Pasoz has teamed up with and licensed the production of the device to Marine Accessories, Inc. (MAI) in Bellingham, Washington. In addition to the skimmer being tested in the Dana Point Harbor, currently there are four in the Port of San Diego, one in the City of Long Beach, one in Cabo San Lucas and one in Bellingham, Washington. A prototype was installed at Pier 32 in San Diego and two months into testing they began to see fish that they had never seen there before. The fish were attracted to the clean oxygenated water coming out of the skimmer after debris had been removed. “Their observation of new sea life was helpful in acquiring a grant to fund a total of four skimmers in use there now,” said Pasoz. “San Diego is in the process of applying for a grant for an additional six. Long Beach is in the process of

Marina Trash Skimmer inventor Louis Pasoz checks on the skimmer now being tested in the OC Dana Point Harbor with Harbor Operations Manager Paul Lawrence. Photo by Andrea Swayne

“I decided to try and make a difference; to do something about water quality myself.” —Louis Pasoz looking to fund about 30 more for use in the harbor there.” According to OC Dana Point Harbor Operations Manager Paul Lawrence, the skimmer on loan to the harbor has been successful. “We’ve seen significant amounts of marine debris removed by the skimmer. We previously had a small work boat and a harbor staff member coming as frequently as twice a day to clean floating debris from just this small corner of the harbor. Now the skimmer has taken over that duty completely. Instead of having staff chase debris around he harbor, the skimmer does the work and all we need to do is empty it.” With the positive evaluation of the Dana Point skimmer so far, the harbor is looking into obtaining grant funding for the purchase of more, but according to Lawrence, in the absence of grant money, it is possible that the harbor may obtain them by outright purchase. Pasoz also pointed out that Measure M money could be a possible source for grant funds. At this time skimmers cost $16,000 each, but with Long Beach looking to get 30, an idea to provide a leasing program is in development. In addition, Pasoz has been working with MAI to begin roto-molding the skimmers in order to bring the price down and make production more efficient. It is hoped that the changes in production will bring the price down to around $13,000. So, how do the skimmers work exactly? The Marina Trash Skimmer uses water displacement to move about 300 gallons of water per minute. It has an oil-free motor and costs only about $18 per month for the

electricity to operate it. Water enters the skimmer and before it can get pumped out of the skimmer, it goes down through a grid for the removal of debris then gets oxygenated by an aeration pump as it is leaves the skimmer. During the process, the addition of oxygen reacts with pollutants in the water creating a chemical reaction that oxidizes chemicals in the water aiding in their removal. The skimmers are especially successful at removing the “oil slick” often seen on the surface of harbor water with the inclusion of a bilge pad. A large amount of pelagic plastics—microscopic plastics that have photodegraded into smaller and smaller pieces but, as they are not biodegradeable, will forever remain in the water unless removed by some mechanical means—are also filtered out during the process. Recent surveys suggest that up to one-eighth of our harbors and marinas are covered with these plastics. Pelagic plastics are highly detrimental to the environment, as they are ingested by marine life introducing chemical toxins into the food chain. Test skimmers are removing an average of 50 to 70 gallons of debris per day each. Harbors testing their operation have the opportunity to log on to the website to share data. In the first five months of 2010, a reported average of 2,035 gallons of debris is being removed per month. The total number of gallons of trash removed since data collection for the test units began in January of 2009 is around 20,000 gallons. In the Dana Point Harbor the numbers average a bit lower, thanks to existing Clean

Marina programs that keep it one of the cleanest harbors in the country, probably even in the world. Dana West Marina General Manager Kelly Rinderknecht helps pull together data from the skimmer and is so far reporting the Dana Point average is running at about 18 gallons per day, 540 per month. Her data represents collection from January to June. “Some days we collect as little as one gallon, while other days the total can be around 80,” said Rinderknecht. “May 2010 was the biggest collection month so far with a total of 1,215 gallons of debris collected.” Test units in Long Beach record the highest numbers, thanks in large part to garbage from the LA River, but Half Moon Bay near Humphrey’s by the Sea in San Diego is also pulling out large amounts of debris. With the scarcity of grant money and lack of funds facing many cities in these difficult economic times, Pasoz would like to see big companies stepping up to sponsor the skimmer in the future. “We could put a company’s name and logo on the skimmer in return— saying something like ‘Coca Cola together with the City of Dana Point and Applied Water Technology are partners in cleaning our environment,’ for example,” said Pasoz. “Also, much of the floating debris we remove with the skimmers happens to come from fast food places, Starbucks, cigarette butts, water bottles, etc. and it would be a good PR move for them to—instead of just adding trash to the environment—participate in helping to remove it. I think together we could do a lot more.” Lawrence pointed out that Pasoz doesn’t get paid for the many hours he spends at the harbor servicing the skimmer, collecting data and making adjustments to the equipment. “I would do it for free,” said Pasoz. “If I could afford to, I’d install them everywhere at no cost to the marinas. That’s the honest truth.” Lawrence responded, saying that, “It really is the honest truth. That’s just one of the things I really like about Louis. He has a genuine concern for water quality and the environment. We take the issue of water quality very seriously at OC Dana Point Harbor and he shares our concern completely.” In a few weeks, Pasoz will be visiting the factory in Washington to see the new, less expensive and more efficient model now in development. “My greatest hope for Louis is that these skimmers become widely used worldwide,” said Lawrence. “From what I’ve seen with our test unit here, I really think they could make a big difference in water quality.” When asked what his dream for the future of the Marina Trash Skimmer, Pasoz replied by saying that although he would love to see them being used all over the world, that his wish is not all about the money. “This project is more about what can be done to positively affect the environment. As a surfer for 25 years, I know about what an awful experience it is to paddle out through so much floating debris. I look forward to leaving a legacy of positive change for the environment. That’s the bottom line for me.” said Pasoz. “We would, however, like to be the McDonald’s of the marina skimmer business in that I hope someday we can also say, ‘Millions, or even billions served.’” For more information about the Marina Trash Skimmer, log on to DP June 25–July 1, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 7


Another Rising Star!


ana Point Yacht Club has had its share of sailing trophies, but some of the neatest accomplishments have come from our junior sailors. Several years ago, we had a young girl compete in the Olympics in the sail boarding class. We have had other juniors win trophies in local events and in far away events. One such sailor is Brian Bolton, who is about to turn 16. Brian started sailing at the age of seven in the program provided at the Dana Point Yacht Club. He learned in the B Y B A R B A R A little eight-foot Naples Sabots. If you go to he harbor this week—or MERRIMAN any of the next six weeks—you will see these little boats darting about the harbor, each skippered by a young junior sailor. It is exciting to see these kids chasing each other around, playing sponge tag, racing to a certain buoy and back, or just following orders from their instructors who are in the motorized chase boats. Brian began competing seriously last year by going to the 29er National Championships in Connecticut and then traveled with his whole family, mom, dad and sister Brooke, to Switzerland for the experience of an international competition. He was one of the youngest to compete and he did quite well in both events. The whole family had fun and will have wonderful memories.

Mural Man Conversations with Wyland and his mother shed light on who he is as an artist and as a man


ou know him as the ‘mural man’, the artist who has successfully painted 100 murals around the world depicting the many wonders of the world’s oceans. His Mom looks at her “little boy” a bit differently. Wyland (he’s a one-namer like Cher and Bono) was reared in the suburbs of Detroit along with his three brothers. Being the mother of four boys can’t be easy, especially when your husband walks out on you. “He went out after dinner one night and came back seven years later,” explained Darlene Wyland. “I had four boys to raise, the youngest was only seven months.” Wyland is second in line and has always gone by just Wyland. He officially dropped his first name in 1992. My interest in Wyland was brought on by our mutual support of children—children with special needs, in this case. As the PR perBY ROXANN son for Dana Wharf, I found myself POPE working with a new nonprofit group called Fish for Life, who brought together an event where 33 children with disabilities were invited to spend a day fishing. The pure joy and excitement on their faces was incredible, but that’s another story. I knew Wyland was among the guests invited to kick off the event, but I was skeptical he’d be able to attend; after all he is a pretty busy guy. But, there he was—almost as excited as the kids. His soft eyes and gentle manner was assurance that this man is passionate about two things: The ocean and kids. Wyland brought posters and some encouraging words to the event saying in closing, “I’ve gotta whale outta here now and work on a painting.” As a matter of conversation I shared with him that I get seasick (not the nicest topic, I know, but I was nervous, I mean this guy is so amazingly talented). “Elvis Presley,”

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Left: Brian Bolton won the Maxam Family Perpetual Trophy in 2009. Right: Brian Bolton and teammate JP Barnes in the San Francisco Bay. Photos by David Bolton

This year, he will go to Oregon on July 7 for the Pacific Coast Championships for 29ers. By this time you are probably wondering, exactly what is a 29er? Well it’s a really fast little rocket ship of a boat, but it is not 29 feet long. The length is only 15 feet. These lightweight little boats take an incredible amount of concentration to sail when the wind builds and Brian and his partner have learned the hard way how to handle certain situations under sail! There were a couple of OMG moments, but all turned out well once they got dried off. After the trip to Oregon, he will travel to Santa Barbara for the Junior Olympics. This is a multi-fleet event, so there will be more than just 29ers there. Following Santa Barbara, the competition moves to Cabrillo, where the 29er National Championships will be held. This is the race he attended in Connecticut last year.

Later on in the summer, Cabrillo Yacht Club will also host the U.S. Youth Championships. This is an invitational event, and Brian already has his invitation tucked safely away. In August, he will go to Kingston, Ontario, just outside of Toronto. There he will compete at the Portsmouth Olympic Harbor in another youth regatta. Setting such a good example for other juniors to follow, Brian is a very polite and quiet young man who lets his actions and accomplishments speak for him. He has a beautiful younger sister who is becoming interested in golf. If she has as much persistence with golf as her brother does with sailing, she will be a winner too. Being parents of kids with such diverse interests can be challenging, but also can be very fulfilling when you see the results of their hard work. I love hearing good stories about young people, and love writing them even more!

he said. I was a bit confused until he explained that was the name he gave his concoction for beating seasickness. “Two Dramamine the night before you leave, and two Sudafed in the morning before you board—works every time,” he assured me. The entire Pope family was involved in this event, including my 13-year old daughter Holly whose favorite subject in school is, you guessed it, art. She loves to paint, finding the art relaxing and a great way to express herself. So, like any good mom, I was excited she had the opportunity to meet Wyland. “Don’t listen to people who say you can’t make a living as an artist,” Wyland advised Holly, “I have.” My Holly Girl walked away believing that she could make a living doing whatever it is she loves. As a mom, I started thinkWyland and his mother Darlene. Photo by Roxann Pope ing about how Wyland’s mom reared him. How did she give him the confidence to hone his art and share his gift with the world? So, I asked her—mom-to-mom . “I caught him painting dinosaurs on the back of my headboard—he pulled the bed away from the wall and was using the wall paint I purchased for the house.” He had to paint, it was just that simple. He knew that he could do anything if he worked hard enough. Wyland’s work ethic is a tribute to the hard work his mother endured while raising him and his brothers. “I was the first female forklift driver in the Chrysler Automotive plant. It was the ‘70s and women just weren’t in the work force, really, especially in a plant doing a ‘man’s job.’” “I remember finally saving enough money to put down on our first home, only to be rejected by the FHA simply because I was a woman,” said Darlene. “The man who worked along side of me qualified for the same loan for the same amount. I was furious thinking why shouldn’t we be able to buy a home? I fought it and eventually

won,” smiled Darlene. Like his mom, Wyland is very proud and would never accept any help. He would always say, “Mom, I’ve gotta be broke—then I’ll sell my art.” He was truly a starving artist at one time, trading paintings for membership at the local Nautilus gym. “My Mom’s dedication and support of my art since I was a little kid cannot be overstated. She’s the world’s best mom and I’m her favorite artist!” said Wyland. “All of my boys are successful and, most importantly, happy,” said Darlene. As a Mom, isn’t that what we really want for our kids? So, what’s Mom’s favorite Wyland piece? “Orca Trio—I just love that piece,” she said. What’s the best Mother’s Day gift Wyland has given her? “The new iPad,” she said. “It’s on its way and I’m so excited!” Who handles the business at Wyland Worldwide? Darlene and other family members work at the company and Wyland wouldn’t have it any other way. What’s next for Wyland? Wyland is working on creating 100 life-sized bronze statues. He’s currently working on his third, with one already in China and one on a Princess Cruise Ship. Wyland has also brought his mobile clean water campaign to this year’s San Diego Fair. As part of the program, the Wyland foundation will launch a clean water pledge initiative to encourage fair-goers to save over 50 million gallons of water. Wyland will be joined by representatives from the San Diego Water Authority and Pam Fair, vice president, environmental safety, Sempra Energy. The Sempra Energy Foundation recently named the Wyland Foundation one of San Diego’s Environmental Champions with a $50,000 grant in support of the Wyland Clean Water Mobile Learning Center. The Mobile Learning Center has also made appearances recently in Dana Point as part of the Doheny Blues Festival and the Dana Point In-water Boat Show and Green Expo. After visiting the Gulf disaster, Wyland told students at the Art Institute they may start to see him paint some ugly realities of oil drilling. Art is the one of the most effective ways to communicate—good news and bad. What’s going on at the Wyland Foundation? Currently the Foundation has two full-time employees who work to maintain and grow the now 16-year-old organization. ON THE WEB:,


Viewing Guide to the 2010 July 4th Fireworks Show


ana Point’s annual July 4 fireworks show is an extravaganza—one of the best in all of Orange County. The awe-inspiring aerial display fills the skies over Doheny State Beach and is synchronized to music that can be heard on KSBR 88.5 FM. Visitors from all over Orange County flock to Dana Point for this summer tradition making both traffic and parking an issue. The show can be seen from virtually everywhere in Dana Point, so locals are encouraged to walk or bike to their favorite viewing spot when possible. Heritage Park and Lantern Bay Park offer a few great vantage points. In order to help with the parking situation, a free shuttle service will be provided by the city from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The shuttle will be making round trips from Dana Hills High School at 33333 Golden Lantern and Acapulco to the harbor— Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive—and back. A total of nine shuttles will be running. All entrances to the harbor will be closed at 7:30 p.m. on the 4th, so the shuttle will be the only way in during the show. The last pick up from the high school before the show will be depart at 8:45 p.m. The last shuttle from the harbor

to the high school will leave at 11:30 p.m. Buses will not run during the show. A free harbor shuttle will also be available to move people within the harbor area from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Harbor shuttle stops will be located at Ocean Institute, OC Sailing & Events Center, Island Way, Mariner’s and Dana Wharf Villages, the Island and Doheny State Beach at Puerto Place. The following items are prohibited on all shuttles/buses: Alcohol, illegal drugs, pets (except service animals), fireworks, glass containers or large items, such as coolers or canopies. Folding strollers are permitted, however after the fireworks there is limited space on return buses, therefore your wait may be longer. Plans have also been made for the handling of visitor, boater and employee parking during the entire holiday weekend. Please see the detailed plan below for more information if you are a boater, employer or employee in the harbor. The plan addresses staffing and boater access. For more information call the City of Dana Point at 949.248.3530 or log on to Information can also be found on the harbor website at www. or by calling the info line at 949.923.2255. —AS


OC Dana Point Harbor Announces Parking Program for July 1-5 OC Dana Point Harbor, Special to the DP Times

NEW FEATURES OF THE PARKING PROGRAM FOR 2010 • Multi-day use of East Marina lots by Catalina Express will be suspended from July 1 to July 5. Parking will be provided at the former Beach House Restaurant parking lot and a shuttle van will be provided for passengers. • No employee parking in Mariner’s Village, Dana Wharf, Cove or Island Marina lots on July 3, 4 or 5. • A boater cargo drop-off location and courtesy golf cart shuttle will be provided on July 4 at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Island Way (the bridge). Golf Cart shuttles will transport items that will fit into the golf cart safely and one passenger.

MERCHANT EMPLOYEE PARKING • Employees are to park their vehicles at the Dana Hills High School (Golden Lantern & Acapulco) parking lot and use the provided shuttle/ bus (July 3, 4 and 5). • Harbor Shuttle - July 3, 4 and 5: Shuttle hours are 6 a.m. to midnight (Harbor Shuttle). - July 4: Harbor Shuttle Vans providing transportation for employees; will run from the hours 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. - July 4: Starting at 10 a.m. and running through approximately 11:30 p.m. (last harbor pick-up) City of Dana Point-provided busses will handle employee transportation to and from the harbor. Busses drop passengers at Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive. • Employees are to be notified by business

owners. They will be strongly encouraged to have someone drive them to work, utilize public transportation or ride a bike to work for the holiday weekend.

CATALINA EXPRESS PARKING • July 1-4: All Catalina Express multi-day parking will be discontinued from East Marina lots and relocated to the former Beach House Restaurant lot (77 spaces); overflow only (if any) will be accommodated at West Basin Cove lot (maximum 43 spaces, back row only). • July 3 and 4: Short-term (one day) Catalina Express parking will be relocated to Dana Wharf Sportfishing parking lot, as available (maximum 43 spaces, back row only). • Catalina Express customers parking in the remote Beach House lot and Dana West lot (if utilized) will be shuttled to Dana Wharf. Shuttle van is being provided by OC Dana Point Harbor and the driver will be provided by Vintage Marina Partners.

DANA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL LOT— PARKING FOR EMPLOYEES/ PUBLIC/BOATERS • July 3, 4 and 5; parking 6 a.m. to 12 midnight. • July 4: Lot will be available for all public parking, including merchant employees and boater guests. • Shuttle transportation: First shuttle departs Dana Hills High School at 6 a.m. The last shuttle departs the harbor at 11:30 p.m.

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HARBOR SHUTTLES FOR PUBLIC USE Dana Point Harbor Association: • July 4 only; 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. • Provides transportation within harbor. • Designated shuttle route and stops: Two shuttles traverse Dana Point Harbor Drive stopping at Ocean Institute, Baby Beach, Mariner’s Village and Doheny Beach. A third shuttle goes to Dana Hills High School from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. only; then to Dana Island 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. City of Dana Point: • July 4 only; buses operate between 10 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. (last harbor pick-up). • Providing remote parking for event at Dana Hills High School. • Buses from Dana Hills High School parking lot to corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern. • Two buses will start at 10 a.m. Three additional busses will be added at noon and four additional buses at 3 p.m., for a total of nine. Harbor Employees/Catalina Express: • No employee parking in shopping center lots or marina lots on July 3, 4 and 5. • July 3 and 5: Shuttle runs from 6 a.m. to midnight. • Catalina Express July 4 shuttle from 6 a.m. to approximately 8 p.m. Last shuttle to island leaves Dana Wharf at approximately 8:55 p.m. • To provide harbor employees transportation to and from work from the temporary parking at

the High School, the Harbor Shuttle operates from Dana Hills High School parking lot to Mariner’s Village and Dana Wharf areas on July 3, 4 and 5. On July 4, the harbor shuttle will operate from Dana Hills High School parking lot to Mariner’s Village and Dana Wharf from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. (City of Dana Point-provided buses begin service at 10 a.m. The last harbor pick-up is at 11:30 p.m. • Catalina Express shuttle van will be provided by OC Dana Point Harbor and the driver provided by VMP (VMP Staff). Boater Cargo Shuttle (Golf Carts): • July 4 only, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. • Two golf carts (two seat rows, gas-powered) provided by OC Dana Point Harbor and staffed by DPMC. • Pick-up will be located at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Island Way (the bridge) at the red curb on eastbound Dana Point Harbor Drive, just east of the intersection (look for the sign). Drop-off will be as close as possible to destination (ideally, boater’s gangway gate area). This is provided on a firstcome, first-served basis to boaters with suitable boater ID. Valet Parking: • Dana Wharf Valet: Embarcadero lot on July 3. • Mariner’s Village Valet: Dana Wharf Sportfishing lot (Golden Lantern, former employee lot) on July 3 only between 4:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. • All valet use of parking is subject to space availability. * Plans are subject to program changes based upon conditions and the event.

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

Man Hit by Train Near Calafia Authorities were investigating whether a man hit by a train early Wednesday morning was already incapacitated when the southbound freight train rolled over him. An engineer with BNSF saw the man laying on the tracks at about 2:35 a.m. in Boca del Canyon near Avenida Calafia, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. The engineer, behind the controls of a 38-car train, hit the brakes but was unable to stop before hitting the man. Whether he was alive or dead is still a question, Amormino said. Four male juveniles were also spotted in the immediate vicinity, raising authorities, suspicions. The train’s conductor tried to detain the boys, but they ran, Amormino said. Their presence leads authorities to suspect they know what happened. “What the kids were doing on the tracks at 2:30 a.m. and whether there’s any connection, we don’t know,” said Amormino. “We’re treating them as witnesses and asking them to come forward.” The victim was described only as a white, middle-aged male. The incident, at Boca del Canyon, delayed train traffic, which resumed Wednesday morning. Passengers were bussed to San Juan Capistrano and other stations around the incident. An autopsy was expected to be conducted on Wednesday or Thursday, said Amormino and anyone who knows anything about the incident, or the boys, should call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Unit at 714.647.7044. —Jonathan Volzke

Three City Councilmembers Up for Re-election General Municipal Elections in the city of San Clemente will take place November 2, 2010 and three members of City Council are up for re-election. Those individuals are councilmembers Lori Donchak, Wayne Eggleston and Joe Anderson. The election will look to fill those three seats on the City Council, each for a full term of four years. San Clemente has no rule on term limits, so the aforementioned council members can run again. —David Zimmerle

New Carwash Coming to San Clemente It will take about three years to complete, but San Clemente residents can look forward to a nice and quick resource to maintaining a cleaner car. During last week’s City Council meeting, councilmembers approved the Exxon/Apro Car Wash located at 795 S. El Camino Real. During the public hearing, Chris Wright, an associate planner and case manager for the project, addressed council with several modifications to the project which will inevitably ease traffic flow on the site and make for a more pleasant experience for patrons and surrounding

ness owners. Per City Council direction, the city manager negotiated the sale of the property for a purchase price of $25,000. The expansion of the existing gas station facility involves the purchase of a vacant 5,382 square foot City-owned lot. Construction will include a 608-foot automated single bay car wash, 226-square-foot utility building, and site improvements including a 14foot high retaining wall, where a maximum height of 8 feet, six inches is permitted. Also proposed were minor exterior building and site modifications to the property. The project also doubles the width of the existing drive aisle, providing one that is 18 feet. Although the city standard for two-way circulation is 24-feet, staff found that 18 feet is adequate for circulation within the service station. The approval came following a City Council meeting in early May, where council directed staff to explore site plan revisions that would allow two-way traffic, including the removal or redesign of parking. The sign outside the station has recently changed from Exxon to United Oil. United Oil is a parent company of Exxon based in Los Angeles that owns about 140 sites in the state. As far as noise pollution is concerned, city engineers made a concentrated effort to include modern blow dryers in the project, compared to earlier models, which are much louder. It was noted that the dryers actually have silencers on them and that the noise from the blower is not louder than the surrounding ambient noise. And although the proposed car wash exit would not restrict access to the air/water station, both staff and the applicant agreed that the relocation of the air/water station several feet toward El Camino Real would improve egress from the car wash. City Manager George Scarborough maintained the sale of the land would go to the park development fund, but was concerned with how the property would attain the most efficient use over time. Councilman Joe Anderson liked the idea of the new car wash. “There’s no reason not to sell it,” Anderson said. —DZ

2011 City Budget Announced City Council unanimously adopted the fiscal year 2011 city budget at last week’s council meeting, while also adopting a revised salary schedule and new classifications. For fiscal year 2011 all funds revenues and expenditures, including fund balances, total $187.9 million. Excluding fund balances, revenues for all funds are $109,741,570 and expenditures, otherwise known as the adopted budget, total $112,611,260. A transfer from the Public Facilities Construction Fun in the amount of $610,000 to the RDA Capital Projects Fund was eliminated, and the Pier Bowl Landscape, Lighting and Sidewalk Improvement project will be fully funded by the RDA Capital Projects Fund. Regarding the city’s General Fund, the 2011 Budget reflects total revenues of $48,411,920 and total expenditures of $49,534,510.

In May, the city held a budget workshop on the proposed budget operating and capital improvement budget. City Council then held a public hearing on the budget earlier this month and directed staff to add $3,040 in funding for the community summer event Island Nights, and approved $34,000 for a part-time code Enforcement Officer. Through the new budget, parking meter fees will increase from $1 to $1.50 throughout the city this summer. However, a good portion of Avenida Calafia will continue without meters as the City Council decided to table the item at a later date. Though meters along this portion of San Clemente would generate revenue, the idea needs to be vetted thoroughly before a decision is made. Mayor Jim Dahl noted that this part of the street sees a lot of transient vehicles and people sleeping in them for several days on end, while some San Clemente residents are known to keep secondary vehicles there for long periods of time as well. “Folks will have more parking if this section of the street is metered and controlled better,” Dahl said. “For safety concerns, it’s best if we had controlled system of parking on that stretch of street. It would be a benefit to folks in the area.” A resident permit program with parking permits in the amount of $50 was also included as a suggestion. Overall, the new budget seems to improve every year. “If you notice, every budget is better than the last,” City Manager George Scarborough said. “There’s always some additional improvement that makes it more user friendly and easier to understand.” —DZ

Problems Arise with Senior Center/ Fire Station The contractor for the Senior Center/Fire Station project at 121 Avenida Victoria notified the city of San Clemente on June 18 that it is unable to complete its contractual obligations, the city announced Tuesday. A bond company will step in to ensure the project’s completion, city officials said in a news release, but the project—which costs more than $4 million—is not expected to open in October as planned. “While this is an unfortunate turn of events that will undoubtedly delay the planned October project completion, I assure the residents that this project remains a priority and that the construction will proceed expeditiously and responsibly,” Mayor Jim Dahl said in the release. “So many people have put forth a great deal of time and effort to get this project to where it is today for the betterment of our community and we will not let them down.” In correspondence provided to the city, Mark Scarlatelli, president of Gamut Construction, Inc., announced the company’s voluntary default on the project but assured the city of his immediate efforts to mitigate downtime and facilitate a smooth transition with Gamut’s surety companies. The project is bonded by Fidelity & Deposit Company of Maryland, which protects the city against the possibility of a

contractor defaulting, while it provides the city assurance that the project will resume construction with as little downtime as possible. The bonding company has retained Perini Corporation to act as consultant to the surety in evaluating the overall project status. They have initiated steps to get the project moving forward and have coordinated a job walk-thru this week with the city’s staff project manager, the release said. —JV SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Larry Kramer Announces City Council Candidacy Retired Navy Capt. Larry Kramer is the first to publicly announce he will seek a San Juan Capistrano City Council seat in November. Kramer is an active Rotarian who also sits on the city’s Open Space Committee and Transportation Commission. He is also on a downtown revitalization committee and several charities. Three of the city’s five seats are open in November: Those held by Councilmen Tom Hribar, Mark Nielsen and Lon Uso. None have publicly announced whether he will seek re-election. “I love San Juan Capistrano, our lifestyle, the people, the city’s small town atmosphere. Both my wife Chris and I are active in our community every day,” he said. The Kramers have two grown children and two grandchildren, all living in Southern California. —JV

Capistrano is Home to Summer Stage Camp Kids 3 to13 years old may discover the aspiring actor or actress within them at a summer stage camp in San Juan Capistrano. Acting Academy for Kids was founded in January 2008 by educator and performing artist Stephen Zygo who has worked with more than 500 children since it began collaborating with the Capistrano Acting Academy at the Capistrano Center for the Performing Arts in August 2008. Summer camp classes run weekly through August 27 and kids can enroll for any number of weeks until then. The performing arts camp costs $250 a week and runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sibling and multi-week discounts are available. The student-instructor ratio for classes is 10-to-1 and each week features a different theme revolving around kids’ pop-culture icons like Shrek and iCarly. Each Friday the performing arts camp concludes in a culmination of the acting, music, art and dance skills students learned via a small production based upon the week’s theme. Larger, full-scale productions like Seussical, High School Musical, and Wicked are put on by students enrolled in the musical theater series. For more information, log on to and www. or call 714.747.4915. —Chris Bashaw June 25–July 1, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 11

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Dana Point’s Alexandra Teklak, creator of Aquamantra® Premium Natural Spring Water has made her own video entry for Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star: Your Own Show. Alexandra’s show idea, Your Phenomenal Life! would feature guests and authors in the field of awareness and self-actualization as well as a “celebrity of the day.” You can view her entry at http://myown.oprah. com/audition/index.html?request=video_details&response_id=11191&promo_id=1.

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Dana Wharf Sportfishing, with the help of Bass Pro Shops, is ready to cast off this summer with a hook up! Kids from all over Southern California will join Dana Wharf for our first Kids Club Fishing Tournament of the summer. The tournament on Sunday, June 27th, will set sail at 7 a.m. and return to the dock at 3 p.m. The cost is $46 for adults and children, rod/reel and tackle will be included for the kids in the tournament. Parents and family members are welcome to Courtesy of Dana Wharf Sportfishing fish with their kids on this trip, however only kids are eligible to enter the tournament. The experienced captain and crewmembers will be introducing kids to the sport of fishing, teaching them new techniques and skills. The kids have a chance to win prizes, fishing trips, clothing and much more. For more information or to make reservations visit Dana Wharf online at or call 800.979.3370.


Courtesy of the Ocean Institute

The Ocean Institute is offering a Sea Squirts Camp for children ages 5 and 6. The 5-day, 3-hour classes feature stories, poetry, crafts and encounters with a variety of sea life. The start dates are June 28; July 6, 12, 19 and 26; August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. 9 a.m. - noon daily. Cost is $160 per child. The Institute offers additional programs for children of all ages throughout the summer. The Ocean Institute is open to the general public on Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Weekend visitors can enjoy special seasonal exhibits as well as hundreds of living ocean animals and shark and jellyfish feedings. Cost: $6.50 adults, $4.50 children ages 3 -12. With the purchase of a membership, a family can enjoy year-round free admission, benefit from member-only events and receive discounts on all other programs. For information, please visit or call 949.496.2274. Visitors can also board one of the Ocean Institute’s seagoing vessels, the state-of-the-art R/V Sea Explorer or the historic tallship, Spirit of Dana Point. Cruises are an additional charge.

The Illumination Foundation, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking or preventing the cycle of homelessness in Orange County, is getting ready to begin one of their four programs, the Mobile Multi-Service Center (MMSC). MMSC travels throughout Orange County providing free medical care and wrap-around services to the homeless and uninsured. This past year the Illumination Foundation has provided free medical care, primary care referrals and wrap-around services to over 500 South County residents. In the past year, they held seven Mobile Multi-Service Centers in South County cities including San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo. In total, Mobile Multi-Service Centers have served nearly 1,400 homeless individuals in order to connect the underserved with insurance and a primary care physician to decrease the number of emergency room visits in Orange County. The next Mobile Multi-Service Center in South Orange County will be held on Wednesday, July 21 at the Ford Dealership at 33949 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, at 5:00pm.



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Make your reservation as soon as possible for the Dana Point Historical Society’s annual Scholarship Fundraiser Barbecue on Monday, June 28 at 6 p.m. to provide $1000 awards for two outstanding high school grads about to enter college. The evening will be held at Doheny State Beach, Picnic Area “A” and tri-tip, chicken, BBQ beans and coleslaw will be served at 6:30 p.m. The restorers of two sailing ships will talk about their 1920’s schooners and the Diamondhead Duo will be performing easy listening surf music. Reservations are $15 and the regular price is $20 at the door. For more information, call 949.248.8121. The usual parking fee has been waived for the event.


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The Ecology Center’s “Basic Needs” summer speaker and film series continues with the topic, Waste, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano. The series aims to provide the public with a foundation for making decisions that have a positive ecological impact. Waste, the third part of the series, will feature clips from the critically acclaimed television series E2, which focuses on innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth. In addition, acclaimed ecologist, author and cancer survivor, Dr. Sandra Steingraber will be the guest speaker. Her book, Living Downstream, explores the connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land and water. Admission is free for the film event. Registration for the guest speaker event is required, $15 for members and $25 for non-members and includes wine, refreshments and light fare. Reservations are available online at www. or call 949.443.4223.



The Ocean Institute will present a 4th of July sunset cruise with a unique opportunity to enjoy an evening of fireworks at 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. The cruise will be onboard the Institute’s R/V Sea Explorer; music will be provided by Jazz! FM 88.5 KSBR. Appetizers and desserts included. Cost is $45 per adult, $35 per child, age 5-12. Must be age 5 or older. For more info, call 949.496.2274 or go to

The Department of Performing Arts at Saddleback College is thrilled to announce a new and exciting hands-on art experience as part of the Passport to the Arts: A Journey for the Young at Art summer series at Saddleback College. Children will be able to enter into the world of puppetry, a rhythm workshop and spinning tops before they are entertained by the actual show. Dru Maurer with the City of Mission Viejo Library Services, Cultural Services, will instruct the art classes along with the help of her Cultural Arts Committee. On Friday, July 9 there will be two separate performances; Courtesy photo one at 10:45 a.m. and one at 11:45 am. Hands-on Activity: In several Asian continents, shadow puppetry is the earliest form of storytelling depicting culture and history. Families will create simple shadow puppets prior to the performance. Shadows of Bali: This unique puppet show brings the island of Bali to life through an intimate, interactive and improvised performance of the ancient act of Wayang Kulit (Balinese Shadow Play). On Friday, July 16 there will be two separate performances; one at 10:45 a.m. and one at 11:45 am. Hands-on Activity: Rhythm, Shaker and Rattle Workshop. Families will create their own rhythmic instruments from found objects prior to the performance. Marcus Miller and his Rhythms from Around the World: Young audiences will experience their “inner rhythm” through world drumming. Drummer Marcus Miller brings to life music and cultures through the beat of African rhythms. On Friday, July 23 there will be two separate performances; one at 10:45 a.m. and one at 11:45 am. Hands-on Activity: Spinning tops have been early childhood toys for centuries. Families will create a toy spinning top from recycled material prior to the performance by the Jumbo Shrimp Circus Variety Show. This energetic clown troupe performs many circus acts including juggling, plate spinning and other unusual circus numbers. Passport takes place in the Studio Theatre and is open to children of all ages. All children attending the series will receive a souvenir passport and a personal sticker from each performance. Tickets can be purchased by calling 949.582.4656 (noon-4, Tuesday-Friday) or online at www. Ticket prices are $8 per person general and $20 for all three shows. Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy. in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.


See the 4th of July fireworks from the water, aboard the Dana Wharf Sportfishing boat, Sum Fun! Refreshments are provided. Bring a folding chair if you wish to sit. Boat boards at 7:30 p.m. and returns at 10 p.m. Boat departs from Dana Wharf Sportfishing (in the harbor in front of Turks’). Register online at recreation or by mail (complete the registration form and mail form and make payment to the City of Dana Point, 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, CA 92629). $15 for adults (18-54), $5 for youth (4-17) and seniors (55 and up) and free for kids 3 and under. For more information call 949.248.3530. Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching is also offering a very festive dinner cruise, Sunday, July 4 from 7:30 p.m. until the conclusion of the fireworks, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Includes BBQ buffet, featuring all your favorites and dessert. Prices are $79 for adults and $39 for children (3 and under are free). Space is limited so please call to reserve. Pre-payment is required. Fireworks cruise without dinner also available, call for details. Buy tickets at or by phone at 1.800.979.3370.


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Social Networking and the City L ast week we had a small earthquake. Immediately I grabbed my phone and performed a search for ‘earthquake’ in Twitter. Within 60 seconds of the event there were over two dozen tweets about an earthquake in Southern California. Within 60 seconds! This response by the collective users of Twitter beat any other news outlet by at least 15 minutes. It beat the Geological Survey website (www., the TV news, the radio; it even beat my daughter’s text message that took her three minutes to send. Twitter and her community of users were awesome at getting the news out quickly and accurately. So what do the Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority and the City of Dana Point have in common? They all are active users of Joel Bishop Twitter and other web 2.0, new media applications like Facebook. The OCFA started using Twitter “to notify any interested parties of ongoing incidents,” and added a Twitter feed to the home page of their website. The OCTA website says, “Follow transportation ‘tweets’ on Twitter at goOCTA or join our Facebook group.” Dana Point is dedicated to providing information to the community regarding events on both Twitter and Facebook. It is my

personal estimation that we get more exposure from these venues than from the official website, we are more current, nimble and more transparent. The OC Weekly has referred to me as the “twittering councilman” because of my postings about and, to a limited extent, during city council meetings on Twitter. At one meeting, not too long ago, there were four people tweeting statuses of a council meeting—during the meeting. These tweets provided immediate and globally accessible information about the meeting. Imagine the benefit of having truly current information about our town. I post tweets about the city including the pedestrian bridge being closed for maintenance, SONGS siren testing, car shows in town and of course promotional material about Dana Point. Currently some 1,300 people subscribe to my tweets @joelbishop. Each day hundreds of comments about Dana Point are published by other Twitter users in and around our town. So what, you may ask? I think that it is very important that the city make use of new media and that the community embrace this way of receiving information. We have seen Twitter’s effectiveness in crisis situations like the Mumbai shootings, tsunamis in Asia, and the Haitian earthquake. It can provide truly localized information instantly. It adds voices to the global dialogue. It increases the views and


Business Operations Manager > Alyssa Garrett

Associate Publisher > Lauralyn Loynes

Distribution Manager > Andrea Swayne

> Michele Reddick (San Clemente)

INTERNS Jamal Al-Sarraf, Kirsten Amavisca Sacher, Chris Bashaw, Sarah Guidas, Christine Jonas, Danielle Juncal, Austin Reagan

> Sergio Sanchez (San Juan Capistrano) Sales Associate > Angela Edwards > Buddy Purel OPERATIONS Finance Director > Mike Reed

SPECIAL THANKS Robert Miller, George Mackin, Rebecca Nordquist CONTRIBUTORS Tawnee Prazak, Christina Scannapiego

ONLINE READER POLL Do you use the Dana Point Library? Yes. I am a frequent visitor. 64% No, but the cover story this week has inspired me to go check it out. 28% No. I am not interested. 8% 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.

vantages of events good and bad. Imagine the benefit during a crisis to have a way to share vital information from a reliable source like the city, which is accessible on your computer or phone anywhere. The City of Dana Point will be more approachable, transparent and informative as it incorporates new tools into its strategies. It should be a part of our disaster planning and used to promote our city and its events. Information is key and Twitter is the new information pipeline. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the Dana Point Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

Letters to the Editor SIGNS, SIGNS EVERYWHERE A SIGN JIM WELING, Capistrano Beach

I would like to add my commentary, as a concurring opinion to the letter from Cherie Suess (DP Times, June 11-17, Vol. 3, Issue 24) as it concerns the rosy musings of Mayor Weinberg regarding Dana Point, particularly as to the “beautiful city” aspect. This last Sunday morning (yes, it was Sunday; this is not a typo), one of the really good guys in city government, Bill Beattie, who is with Code Enforcement, dropped by the house. It was just a little after 9:00 a.m., and Bill had already half filled the bed of his pick-up truck with all sorts, and sizes, of advertising signs that had been taped, nailed, wired or driven into the ground throughout the city. These signs had all been affixed to city signals, stop sign, lamp posts, city “islands,” medians, the trees in Pines Park, etc. The reason Bill stopped by the house was that on Saturday, my wife had pulled several commercial signs out of the landscaped “islands” along Camino Capistrano (the flowers had been trampled by the installers of these signs), and she called in, wanting to know where to deposit them. Since the signs included phone numbers, Mr. Beattie said he would call the offenders. He then left, indicating that he expected to find many more signs in other sections of the city, affixed to municipal property. What is really disturbing is that, even with a clear, specific,

well written ordinance prohibiting such antics, the government apparently feels that it is “not worth the effort” to pursue the offenders. We strongly disagree; in our present hedonistic society, the only way to get respect/compliance with laws is to jam a fine up their posteriors. Unfortunately, the one word that strikes terror in the hearts of the government is “proactive.” Just hoping the problem will go away, or that Bill Beattie can go out Sunday after Sunday, and my wife and others will continue to remove the blight from city property, is not what the residents have to be satisfied with. Instead of sitting around and handing each other self-aggrandizing certificates, or a plaque to some greasy spoon restaurant for avoiding a ptomaine epidemic, it is time for the council to do something positive for the beautification maintenance of the city; the public toilets in Paris may be quaint with their thousands of posters, but do we want Dana Point to look like one?


Last week, the DP Times had some very encouraging words regarding the focus by the city on the problems in the village area. We are happy that when problems are brought to the city’s attention there is a strong probability that action by the city will follow. We express our thanks. Currently there are many very sad areas and problems

in the village. Once these are addressed, the merchants and residents will receive a very positive benefit, as will the entire Dana Point community. All of Dana Point beach areas should be a destination location and a source of pride for both tourists and residents.


Dear Dr. Mahler, I have spent the last 36 years in the Capistrano Unified School District. In that time I have had the pleasure of working for some of the finest administrator’s one could hope to work for. I know the Superintendent position is not an easy one. There are always those who are not happy with the decisions that have to be made; however it comes with the job. We have had tough times before and they carried with them tough decisions. The difference I see this time is that all those who came before you would never have let a Board belittle and humiliate the very soul of this district: Its teachers. I have never seen so much anger, angst, and distrust by the teachers of this district or any district. It is not in their nature to be a “mob.” These are gentle souls. It takes a tremendous amount (Cont. on page 19) June 25–July 1, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 17

SOAPBOX Letters (Cont. from page 17) of disrespect to drive them in such great numbers to the streets and away from the children they adore. I know you feel that you have done the best you could under the circumstances. Sadly, the overwhelming perception of you, rightly or wrongly, is that you have failed in your moral responsibilities. You could have championed unity and fairness. You could have stood up for what was right—even in the face of power and your own termination; like so many teachers did. Unfortunately you are overwhelmingly considered a tool used by a rogue Board of Education to cripple a magnificent school district. You became part of a larger movement financed and run by those who would see public education ruined. As difficult as it would be for anyone to deny this truth, you have to live with it. A good superintendent is supposed to unite a district. You have failed in that. Sadly in the end you only leave a festering wound in need of suture. We will only heal with the removal of this board. My fervent hope is that the next superintendent is a person good with a needle and thread.

To the CUSD Board of Trustees and the CUSD Community: Patrick Harris, CUSD School Counselor, San Clemente High School

It is now June and a majority of the counselors remaining in the Capistrano Unified School District have not received a notice that their Reduction in Force notice will be rescinded. This generally indicates that there is a realistic probability that many counselors will not be re-hired next year, which means that each high school will have only one counselor to meet the needs of approximately 3,000 students per high school. I am sure that the justification for eliminating even more counselors this year is a lack of funding, and that this is a result of how categorical funding has been re-allocated in the general fund. However, I believe this elimination will place us in a precarious position regarding litigation. Although I am somewhat hesitant to respond to the recent student suicides and attempted student suicides, my hesitancy is outweighed by the serious nature of the subject and the increasing attention given to suicidal students. I have recently been reading about how the potential for a tort initiated by the tragedy of a student suicide is significant enough to warrant the CUSD’s preparation of an adequate defensive posture that shows “due care” for the children of our families. These past two years, our communities have been made aware of an increasing rate of adolescent suicides and attempted suicides in the CUSD. From what I am gleaning in my readings, our district needs to develop a policy in dealing with students who are potentially suicidal by focusing on the concept of “due care.” Our duty of due care is shaped by the way in which our public schools are organized and structured internally. We are expected to have a reasonable number of staff who can act in a responsible way to help students who may present a potential or real danger to themselves or to others. Retaining one school counselor and one-and-a-half psychologists per high school hardly merits a “reasonable” number of staff prepared to address the issue of suicide among the thousands of middle school and high school students. Because we are dealing with serious matters of life and of liability, our duty is to take the greatest precautions reasonably possible, based on both professional training and our professional experiences. These responsibilities fall into the category of what I understand to be tort law, which addresses non-contractual responsibilities that persons owe to one another in society. Our special relationship as counselors presupposes professional and precautionary responsibility on our part to our students. If our actions are determined to be negligent in our responsibility, we can be held liable for breach of duty, both as individuals and as institutions. Determination of breach of duty includes analysis and balancing of the predictability of harmful or injurious consequences, the burden to avoid specific dangers, our actions and policies that are aimed at reducing the danger of injury (e.g. preventative measures that we take district-wide and within each individual school), and the degree to which we have taken into account the emotional, cognitive, social and socio-economic status of our students. Over the past two years, we have seen a significant rise in the medical diagnosis of clinical depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder among our student population. We have also seen a rise in homelessness and stress in families due to the hard economic times. We have seen an unprecedented number of suicide attempts and suicide successes. Despite this, our district is eliminating counselors, academic advisors, and school proctors! Currently, we have no district-wide or, to my knowledge, Page 18 • Dana Point Times • June 25–July 1, 2010

school-specific policy regarding suicide prevention. We currently have the SMART team, but the team is reactive, not preventative. Furthermore, the one team cannot possibly respond to every potential crisis on every campus within the CUSD in a timely matter. The Board of Trustees is planning on eliminating the school counselors in this district so that one counselor will serve 3,000 students. ASCA and CASC both recommend a ratio of one school counselor per 250 students; the national average is one counselor per 450 students; California’s average is one school counselor per 800 students, making California 49th in the nation for student-to-counselor ratios. When the board reduces the ratio to one school counselor per 3000 students, they will make us one of the worst districts in the United States of America! Such a ratio will make it impossible for preventative measures to be developed and practiced. Based upon the increase in students who have committed suicide and attempted suicide over the past two years in the Capistrano Unified School District, this puts us at legal risk. I would suggest that we not decrease school counselors at this time; rather, that we develop a preventative policy that should be implemented as soon as possible. This policy should be distributed and explained to our teachers and other certified staff members who may become involved in issues regarding student suicide. A Staff Development day may offer a good forum to introduce this program. Who better or more qualified to do this than the school counselors and psychologists who are now employed and are aware of their staff and student populations? Last year, we eliminated 50 percent of the counselors. To eliminate 30 percent of the remaining schools counselors yet again this year will result in some shuffling of counselors to new school sites and put undue pressure on counselors to meet their basic responsibilities. They will no longer be able to develop and implement preventative measures to protect our student population. I submit this for your consideration before the mistake of eliminating more school counselors occurs. I am also going on record publically regarding these issues to encourage the district maintain preventative measures regarding injurious behavior toward self or others. By doing so, the district can avoid litigious action, keep schools safe and save lives.

City’s New Street Sweeping Regulations Problematic Vaughn Curtis, Capistrano Beach

The City of Dana Point has decided to put street sweeping signs in the northwest section of the Palisades area of Capistrano Beach, between via Sacramento and Via California. The reason for the signs every 300 feet on both sides of the street is so ticketing of cars can begin on sweeping days. Although the city claimed it notified the residents by mailing letters to everyone, many of the people in the area said they just received the letter on Friday or Saturday (June 11 or 12) before the Monday, June 14 City Council meeting. Also, the letter merely said they were “discussing” the item. Some residents never received the letter at all. In addition, in this area, both sides of the streets are usually heavily parked with cars belonging to people who live in the area. Residents on the side of the street is being swept will have no place to park on the opposite side of the street.

Panhandling Problem

surveillance cameras on every major corner of Dana Point. We drove around town and counted over 30 surveillance cameras, from the beach to the supermarket to the high school. I ask, who is watching your teenage daughters and sons at the high school with surveillance cameras, and why? I have no idea why the people of Dana Point would allow themselves to be put under 24/7 government surveillance? But, the last time I looked, Dana Point was still in America. Apparently Big Brother has come to Dana Point in a big way. I can assure you we are a regular family. Man, wife, two kids ages eight and five. I own my own construction business. My wife is a homemaker. Married 11 years. Live in Los Angeles. We are not criminals. Not terrorists. Not illegal immigrants. We are all Americans. Born in the USA. But that does not mean I think it is OK to be under 24/7 government surveillance when in Dana Point, or to have my family watched by police while we sit on the beach. This new Big Brother attitude is not why we come to the quiet seaside town of Dana Point. I have spent thousands of dollars in Dana Point over the last 10 years. But I will be taking my tourist dollars and leaving Dana Point forever. We will take our tourist dollars to San Clemente from now on. I feel very bad for all the local businesses that will lose our tourist business. As we have come to know and love many of the local business owners over the years. And as we know for everyone that speaks out, there are 1,000 that don’t. They just leave and take their money with them. Thanks for the great memories, Dana Point. It’s been wonderful up till now. We will come back though—if Dana Point once again becomes a quiet seaside town. But it’s up to the business owners of Dana Point. Tourist business or 24/7 government surveillance. The choice is yours. EDITOR’S NOTE: The camera system Mr. Livingston is referring to is known as a mesh network. According to Director of Disaster Preparedness and Facilities Mike Rose, the city’s mesh network came into existence in 2008 and, though it has evolved over time, its primary purpose is to support the health and safety of the public in a number of ways. “The network is regarded as a valuable asset to the Dana Point disaster response program in that it provides us with real-time assessment capabilities following a major event like an earthquake,” said Rose. “From within the city’s Emergency Operations Center, this network allows us to monitor areas of critical infrastructure such as streets and bridges, water treatment facilities and our coastal areas subject to numerous natural hazards, such as landslides. This enables us to get a good idea of where we might need additional emergency response resources.” City Manager Doug Chotkevys went on to say that it is also important to point out that the mesh network and camera system is not staffed or monitored on an on-going basis. “It is typically used after an emergency/public safety event or if needed to adjust traffic signal timing and synchronization as needed for special events or for traffic signal maintenance,” he said, “or, to immediately respond to traffic signal timing complaints from the public.” To see a copy of the 2008 City Staff Report on the mesh network and its implementation, log on to To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.

Becky Leetch, Dana Point

What is up with all the nonprofit panhandlers that are being seen nearly every weekend at our local grocery stores? The grocery stores lease the land from the property owner and cannot ask these panhandlers to leave being that they do not own the land. It is extremely annoying to be approached by these individuals asking for hand-outs. I can also see through them and their “kill them with kindness” approach. If people want to donate money, there are other ways to reach out to those people. Why do they have to disgrace the city?

Where In The World?

I’m Taking My Tourist Dollars and Leaving DP Forever J. Livingston and family, Los Angeles

My family and I have come to Dana Point for over 10 years to relax and vacation. We come to escape the city life of Los Angeles for fresh ocean air and sunny beaches…to spend quality time as a family and enjoy the unfettered pleasures of a small seaside town. We came to Dana Point for Memorial Day as we always do. Only to find things had changed drastically since last Memorial Day. I refer to the installation of government video

Pat and Bob Fairbanks took a copy of the DP Times with them on a recent trip to the island of St. Maarten. This picture was taken with a couple of locals they met aboard a boat to dinner on the French side of the island. “St. Maarten is half Dutch and half French,” said Bob. “This gives the place a real European flavor.”



The 2006 hit adventure-comedy movie, Night at the Museum (PG), starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Owen Wilson is the final in the series of four Movies in the Park for June. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and settle in for some hilarious fun under the stars. Watch as Stiller’s character Larry Daley applies for a job as a night watchman at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and discovers that the exhibits come to life at night, thanks to a magical Egyptian artifact. From a T-Rex skeleton, mammoth and a mischievous monkey to tiny cowboys and Indians, the hilarious antics of the “exhibits” keep Larry on his toes. He takes the job in an effort to impress his son and ends up finding his destiny. The movie will be shown on Friday, June 25 at the Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road, at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free for all. During the movie, free popcorn is provided. A snack bar will also be available, selling hot and cold beverages and candy. Snack bar proceeds benefit local elementary schools and nonprofit organizations. For more information on this and other event listings go to or call 949.248.3530. —AS



D a n a Po i nt


A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK

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9 a.m. Experts at Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari take you out to sea to search for whales with state-of-the-art equipment. Features the famous triple-fudge brownies. Adults $55, kids $35. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,


5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Jessica Simmons of Zaca Mesa Winery. They’ll be raffling off a few bottles! Tasting fee is $15 for 7 wines with cheese, crackers and chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,



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5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club presents an all-you-can-eat feast, live auction, raffles and more fun at Doheny State Beach to benefit local charities. Tickets $75. 5300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6172,


10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The Ocean Institute invites kids to a hands-on workshop featuring artist and educator Karen Talbot. Cost $16 per child or $26 for two. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


The San Clemente Art Association presents an outdoor art show featuring brand-new plein air art from the annual event. The evening includes a gala dinner with live music, buffet meal, art sales and more. Daytime art show free; Gala dinner $35. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.492.7175,

7 p.m. Legendary punk band plays at The Galaxy. Tickets $13. 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600,




9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

8 p.m. The psychedelic classic rock band plays at The Coach House, also featuring Twice Fooled and All Together Now. Tickets $15 advance, $18 door. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

8 a.m.-8 p.m. The Ocean Institute hosts a daylong cruise to Catalina Island on the R/V Explorer for snorkeling, fishing and a barbecue dinner. Cost $78. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.496.2274,



8 p.m. Dana Points shows Night at the Museum in Lantern Bay Park. Free popcorn! 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,

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



9:30 p.m. Free reggae concert at OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


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,


8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ‘80s hits at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Live blues music Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,


6 p.m.-8 p.m. Goin Native hosts an al fresco dining experience in the garden with a renowned chef, hands-on participation and take-home recipes. $50 each or $90 per pair. 31661 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.525.0424, Page 20 • Dana Point Times • June 25–July 1, 2010

6 p.m. The Mission kicks off its summer concert series with a tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John. Tickets start at $20. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,

CHERYL SILVERSTEIN & JOHN PAUL KEENE 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Vocalist and pianist perform jazz & pop standards and duets at Agostino’s. 34700 Coast Hwy., Capo Beach, 949.661.8266.


7 p.m. The South Coast Singers present a concert of Broadway favorites at Porthole Theater in Dana Hills HS, 55555 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. Tickets $15 advance; $20 door. Additional show June 27 in Laguna Woods. 949.613.7840,


7:30 p.m. Baha’i Center of San Clemente presents a “soul food” concert featuring jazz music. 3316 Avenida del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.218.8284.

The first three people to email us with DP Times Free Concert Tix in the subject line will receive a pair of free concert tickets from The Coach House to see Don Carlos on July 8 or Honk on July 10. Please include your name and phone number in the e-mail. E-MAIL:


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10 a.m.-5 p.m. An automotive celebration on the Monarch Beach Golf Links at St. Regis resort featuring a collection of prestigious and classic cars, automotive art, tours, contests and more. General admission $30 in advance. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3200,


11 a.m.–2 p.m. Live music during Bottomless Champagne Brunch at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


1 p.m. Educational journey on the sea looking for marine wildlife with the Ocean Institute. Ticket info online. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


1 p.m. Opening event to kick off Casa Romantica’s new exhibit in collaboration with the Surfing Heritage Foundation focusing on local surf pioneer, “Whitey” Harrison. Event features food, live music, kids’ activities and more. Admission $5, kids free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


10 a.m.-3 p.m. Support M.A.D.D and safe driving by entering and/or checking out cool cars and bikes at Carnival Site. Car/ bike registration $30. La Plata St., San Clemente, 949.547.7011,


9 a.m. Dana Wharf takes you out to sea to observe the coastline of Laguna Beach and its history. Tour includes continental breakfast and drinks, a search for sea life and more. Tickets $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


12 p.m. Kids can practice fishing off the dock with Dana Wharf every Sunday. Free. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

AIR VS. WATER WITH TREVER FENNEL 9 p.m. Smooth acoustic music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Kirsten Amavisca Sacher

The Riders Club Café


1701 N. El Camino Real San Clemente, 949.388.3758,

Have you eaten at this restaurant?

BEST KNOWN FOR: Three-item menu MOST POPULAR ITEM: Hamburgers Riders Club Café, a “slow fast food” joint, specializes in serving “common food in an uncommon way.” Only three items make up the menu: Hamburger, salad, and a carnitas sandwich. But the way the menu works allows for more options than meets the eye. The hamburger, for example, can be ordered vegan (Portobello), vegetarian (homemade quinoa patty), chicken or beef. You can also add a variety of vegetables, cheeses, egg or bacon to create your own concoction. The salad comes with chicken, bacon and cheese but can easily be ordered vegetarian or vegan, too. The carrot slaw on top of the pork sandwich is homemade perfection. Other homemade items you will find in any dish are the mustard pickles, pickled beets, onion chutney relish, sweet relish and ketchup. Making everything from scratch is one of the ways that makes this restaurant “uncommon,” and owners Brian and Alex McGraw hope that taking these extra steps will be evident to their customers. Riders Club Café also offers eight beers on tap. Lighter beers pair well with vegan and vegetarian entrees, and the Double Stout from San Diego County—at 8.8 percent alcohol content—is the heartiest beer offered. Don’t miss out on the Weekday Happy Hour, from 4-6 p.m. offering draft beers for $3 and kosher hotdogs for $1. Riders of all kinds welcome! PRICE RANGE: $7.95 or $8.95 plus add-ons PAYMENT: Cash, credit cards RESERVATIONS: Not necessary HOURS: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday; 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Friday & Saturday. Photo by Kirsten Amavisca Sacher Closed Monday.

Go to and rate your overall experience. We’ll post the results in next week’s issue of the DP Times.

Last week online voters gave

Raya at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel


One Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000 (Rated on a scale of 1–5 stars)

ABOUT OUR REVIEWS: In each issue we’ll highlight universally critical points including “Most Popular Dish,” “Best Known For” and “Price Range.” But most importantly, we’re inviting you to participate each week and rate the restaurant based on your experiences. Go to and under “Restaurant Guide” rate it from 1 to 5.


2 p.m.-5 p.m. Salt Creek Wine Company hosts the event to raise money for environmental education and natural habitat restoration. Tickets $25. 30100 Town Center Drive, Laguna Niguel, 949.509.4787,


11 a.m.-4 p.m. Explore why the body produces “gross stuff” at the Discovery Science Center. Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,


9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saddleback College offers the week-long camp for middle school and high school students who play instruments. Cost $235. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo,

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3 p.m.-7 p.m. The band plays blues, jazz, R&B and originals every Sunday at Coconuts. 34235 Doheny Park Road, Capo Beach, 949.248.2448.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. New exhibit at Mission SJC showcasing the cinematic history of Zorro from films and television with historic props and more. Runs daily through August 31. Admission $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,




7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live entertainment at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

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10 a.m. Screening of “Grown Ups” for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $7.50. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469,


7 p.m. Wear your PJs and listen to stories at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,


5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5 and cheese plates for $8. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,


8 p.m. Sing fearlessly behind a cloud of smoke at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


8 p.m. Happy hour, pool and live music at OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


7 p.m.–10:30 p.m. Lead singer of Missiles of October at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

10 a.m. Dana Wharf offers discounts on whale watching, fishing, etc, every Tuesday. Reservations recommended. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Vocal and piano duet show at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


3 p.m.–close. Play pool for free at Knuckle Heads. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. 1717 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.2410.


7:30 p.m. Live music and line dancing at OC Tavern. $5. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,

wednesday30 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 74° low: 61°


10 a.m.-10 p.m. The annual summer art festival returns to Laguna Beach with displays, activites, sales, food, music, demonstrations and much more. Runs through Aug. 29. General admission $7.75. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,


10 a.m. Every Wednesday Casa Romantica holds storytime with interactive reading for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


7 p.m.-8 p.m. Women can learn how to defend themselves in real world situations; also includes exercises for improving health and fitness. Drop-ins $10. First class free. Zax Studios of Martial Arts, 33155 Camino Capistrano Suite B, San Juan Capistrano, 949.388.5802,


6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,


9:30 p.m. New comics every week at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant, 21+ no cover. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672, 949.218.0120,


7 p.m.-10 p.m. Acoustic music at OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live entertainment at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

thursday01 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 74° low: 61°


11 a.m. A mix of comedy, magic and balloon creations at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,


8 p.m.–11:30 p.m. Live at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


10 p.m.-12 a.m. Late-night happy hour & live music at Molly Blooms. 2391 S. El camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,


9 p.m. Free live music at OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


8:30 p.m.–12 a.m. Hennessey’s Tavern presents host Martin Gerschwitz with guests Keston Barker, Tom Croucier, Bryan Rosem and Lou Gramm. Every Thursday. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,


7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Live blues music Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to June 25–July 1, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 21

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INTERIOR DESIGN Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271


GHA Inspection Services & Mold Testing/ Remediation   949.331.8899 Dana Point,

ICE CREAM Coffee Importers Scoop Deck 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,

Mary Kay Cosmetics & Career 949.248.2868 Insurance Services Opportunities, Ind. Sales Director - Marline Adams, Statefarm/Elaine LaVine 949.240.8944 34080 Golden Lantern, DENTISTS Ted Bowersox 949.661.3200 Dr. Hannah Lewis, DDS 949.496.5713 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 204, 24655 Unit E La Plaza,


Kenny’s Music & Guitars 949.661.3984 Capistrano Roofing, Inc. 949.246.7740 24731 La Plaza, Lic# 936828, Danman’s Music School 949.242.4431 24699 Del Prado, SIGNS

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PET GROOMING 949.496.3315

Girl in the Curl Surf Shop 949.661.4475 34116 Pacific Coast Hwy., Infinity Surfboards 949.661.6699 24382 Del Prado, Jack’s Surfboards 949.276.8080 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy,

TUTORING Mathnasium 949.388.6555 32411 Golden Lantern, Ste. Q,

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PSYCHOTHERAPY Corinne Rupert PhD, PsyD, MFT 949.488.2648 33971 Selva Rd. Ste. 125, Michael Hoffman, MFT                   949.212.4149

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Pet Project Foundation Provides More Than Just Shelter for Pets Awaiting Adoption By Austin Reagan Dana Point Times


t started as a simple, grassroots operation where local volunteers would bring abandoned animals to a designated site and provide them with food, shelter, and ongoing care. Over time, the compassionate efforts of those volunteers gave rise to the Pet Project Foundation, a pro-humane organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all rescued animals by exposing them to a safe, comfortable environment, and offering any medical attention necessary. Today, the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter, a continually expanding facility, houses dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and reptiles and receives annual funding from the cities of San Clemente and Dana Point. For over two decades, the Animal Shelter has continued to grow and play an active role within the community. On a daily basis, locals who find stray dogs or cats within the area bring them to the shelter, knowing that they SAN CLEMENTE/DANA POINT will be welcomed and ANIMAL SHELTER QUICK FACTS given the appropriate treatment. “Our goal Address: is to provide the best 221 Avenida Fabricante, possible facility for San Clemente the pets that come Phone: through our shelter,” 949.492.1617 says Kim Kurtz, the Websites: shelter’s supervisor. Currently, the location can hold more than 40 dogs, 50 cats, 20 rabbits, and numerous Hours: exotic animals, such Monday - Closed as parakeets. The Pet Tuesday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Project Foundation Wednesday – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. constantly works to Thursday-Saturday – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. improve the condiSunday – Noon to 3 p.m. tions for these animals and has funded recent projects like the installation of retractable awnings over the outdoor dog kennels, and the construction of the Rabbitat—a room specifically designated for the shelter’s rabbits. While the shelter’s pro-humane policy of only euthanizing in extreme medical or behavioral situations is a critical aspect of its day-to-day operations, it also poses several problems for the shelter. Many individuals will rescue animals from outside of the shelter’s legal jurisdiction of San Clemente/Dana Point and bring them to the facility, knowing that the animals will be properly tended to. While the intentions of these people are good, situations like these have the potential for an inundation of more animals than the building is physically capable of sustaining. “Although people are looking out for the best interest of the animals, we must educate the public on where our rescued pets can come from in order to prevent a violation of legal or spatial issues,” says Kurtz. Page 24 • Dana Point Times • June 25–July 1, 2010

Volunteer Mary Mathis checks on one of the shelter cats. Photo by Sarah Guidas

Through all of its campaigns and fundraisers, the Animal Shelter continues to emphasize its primary motive—the opportunity of adopting pets. Often, puppies and kittens are quick to be adopted (as seen in a recent case of a litter of adorable, young German Shepherds), but many older animals can also make great additions to a household. Along with the Pet Project Foundation, the shelter has designed a process by which an individual or family looking to welcome a new pet in to their home undergoes a temperament test with the animal. The animal that is being considered for adoption is placed with all of the members of the adopting party, as well as any animals that the interested group may have already. Often, multiple parties are considering adoption of the same animal, so the shelter must carefully review and evaluate each application before choosing the new family for the pet. “People often ask what we look for in an applicant,” says Kurtz, “but it varies based on the personality of the pet.” Using this procedure, the Animal Shelter works to ensure that each adopted pet goes to the best possible match. The Pet Project Foundation operates solely through the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter and utilizes the service of over 150 on-site volunteers who spend their time conducting office work, tending to the cat room, and walking the dogs. Many volunteers also contribute to the “behind-thescenes” effort of raising funds and organizing events such as the Wag-A-Thon, an annual springtime fundraiser at Dana Point Harbor—a carnival of sorts for dogs and dog-lovers.

Combined, volunteers log over 25,000 donated hours every year, and the shelter relies heavily on their commitment. Interested volunteers for the shelter must be 18 years of age, and must attend one Saturday orientation class. As shown by its gradual transition from operating out of an empty lot to working from a full-functioning facility, the Animal Shelter has a notable tendency to grow and become available to a wider range of rescued pets. “We have a great organization that is helping the cities we service. Currently, we are working to educate the public on licensing and vaccination for the sake of their pets’ health. We are also planning on expanding physically and are now in the middle of constructing a larger cat room,” said Kurtz on the shelter’s plans to grow as a resource for the community. The cat room, expected to be completed within the next two years, is just one of the many improvements that the shelter has made towards enhancing the facility. The shelter now employs a fulltime dog trainer to ensure proper training through positive reinforcement prior to adoption. The shelter is also running a campaign to bring local awareness to the natural dangers that domesticated animals can face, as well as how they can be prevented. “Our dedication to being an important factor in the community is a motivating force for all of our volunteers and affiliates, and we look forward to continuing to provide that service for the locals and the animals,” Kurtz said. For more information on the animal shelter, adoption and volunteer opportunities or the Pet Project Foundation, visit DP


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Play Ball! Registration is Underway for Dana Point Adult Co-Ed Ball Leagues By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


ooking for something to do this summer where you can meet new people, stay fit and have fun? The City of Dana Point Community Services and Parks Department is now taking registrations for adult co-ed ball leagues. The city is offering a choice of three league sports: Kickball, slo-pitch softball and Chicago softball. There’s something for everyone regardless of experience level, skill or coordination. You remember kickball, no? It was some of the most fun you ever had on the grade school playground. If it doesn’t ring a bell, let me refresh your memory. Kickball is played on a baseball/softball field and the rules are similar except that instead of hitting a small white ball with a bat, you kick a big red bouncy ball with your feet. Slo-pitch softball is another popular option




Surfing America USA Championships San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles June 25, 27 and 28, 8 a.m.

FC Dallas vs. Chivas USA, Home Depot Center June 26, 7:30 p.m.

Rockies vs. Angels Angel Stadium June 27, 12:35 p.m.

Liberty vs. Sparks Staples Center June 29, 7:30 p.m.

The Angels look to finish off a three-game series with the Colorado Rockies before taking on Texas next week. Info: www.losangeles.

Despite some early struggles, the L.A. Sparks (4-9) are still looking good this season as they prep to host their foes from New York.


Top U18 shortboard qualifiers from Surfing America member organizations nationwide meet at Lowers to vie for National Championship titles and coveted spots on the PacSun USA Surf Team. Info: www.

While the national team battles through the 2010 World Cup we’ve still got some MLS action to watch on the pitch. Info:

G E N E R A L I N FO Season dates: Mondays, July 12 - Sept 20 and Wednesdays, July 14 - Sept 22 (seven regular season games, two tourneys, one rain) Game days: Choose Monday nights or Wednesday nights for the season. (Max six teams per league, per night)

follows (Price is for entire season): Kickball or Chicago Softball is $20 per person, plus $2 per game umpire fee. Slo-Pitch Softball is $30 per person, plus $2 per game umpire fee.

Prices: Individual registration costs are as

Team registration costs are as follows (Price is for entire season): Kickball or Chicago Softball is $150.00 per team, plus $15 cash, per game, umpire fees. Slo-Pitch Softball is $300 per team, plus $15 cash, per game umpire fees. Regular season champions will receive t-shirts. Tournament winners receive team trophies!

and is being offered in both recreational and competitive levels. Then there’s Chicago softball—a game that has the same rules as slo-pitch but is played on a smaller field with a bigger, softer ball and gloves are not necessary. You may sign up either as a league or individually but there are only 20 individual slots available per league each night so sign up quickly. The rec. department asks only that participants agree to attend one game per week—your choice of either Monday or Wednesday games—and that they have fun!

If you would like to sign up as a group, gather at least 10 but no more than 20 people and save money by registering at the team price. Team rosters are not required at time of registration and all individual registrants will be placed on one team of each respective league and night, with a maximum of 20. Online registration is available at You may also register by mail or in person at the Dana Point Community Center at 34052 del Obispo Street. For more information, log on to the website or call Kolleen Wallace at 949.248.3538. DP

Game times: 6:10 p.m., 7:20 p.m., or 8:30 p.m. (varies weekly, round-robin format) Location: Dana Point Community Center, 34052 del Obispo St. (baseball fields)

Shorecliffs Middle School NSSA National Champions Once Again By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


Page 26 • Dana Point Times • June 25–July 1, 2010

Members of the NSSA Middle School National Champion Shorecliffs surf team celebrate. Courtesy of NSSA

take the team win by a convincing margin over runners-up Bernice Ayer Middle School and Huntington Beach’s Dwyer who shared an equal-second with 72 points a piece. Shorecliffs team riders Andy Nieblas,


24th Annual San Bernardino Rotary Tinman Triathlon, 5K and Kids’ Triathlon, CSUSB June 27, 7 a.m. The Tinman includes a 5K run around campus, 9-mile bike ride and 100-yard pool swim and sprint. Relay teams welcome. Kids’ triathlon begins at 9 a.m. Same day registration begins at 5:30 a.m. Entry fee $30. Info:

Five for Five

he National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) National Middle School Championship was decided in the first leg—Salt Creek Beach, Dana Point, June 16-19—of NSSA National competition. San Clemente’s Shorecliffs Middle School emerged victorious once again. This win marks their fifth consecutive and ninth overall National Championship title. The team started out on a bit of an uncertain footing as round one of the Boys division saw two team members failing to advance. Another was out in round two, but these earlyheat hardships only served to strengthen the team’s resolve to fight for the podium. When all was said and done, the Shorecliffs team had amassed an impressive 90 points to


Colton Ward, Kulia Doherty and Emmy Lombard all gave great performances contributing big points toward Shorecliffs’ victory. Colton Ward locked in a third place finish in the Boys division with a 7.73 heat score. In the Girls division, Emmy Lombard (8.47) and Kulia

This is It!

Surfing America U.S.A. Championships at Lower Trestles The country’s best under-18 surfers are set to gather at San Onofre State Park, Lower Trestles, June 23 through 28 to compete for the culmination of an impressive season of surfing—a definitive U.S.A. Champion title and a spot on Team U.S.A. As the national governing body for the sport of surfing in the U.S., Surfing America invites top surfers who qualified through member organizations—such as Surfing America Prime and NSSA—on both coasts, the Texas gulf and Hawaii, to vie not only for a national championship title, but also the opportunity to represent the U.S. in international competition. Preliminary rounds of over 18 divisions and all longboard divisions were held at the Huntington Beach pier from June 19 to 22. As the competition moves to Lowers, U-18 heats will join the mix and the level of surfing will elevate to match the prestige of the event. “We’re very excited about this year’s U.S.A. Championships event and are confident it will be the best ever,” said Surfing America Executive Director, Mike Gerard. More information and a link to the live webcast can be found at DP —AS Doherty (6.70) took second and third respectively and Andy Nieblas (13.17) became the 2010 Middle School Longboard Champion. Other Shorecliffs finalists included Daniel Tieman, sixth in Boys; Karina Rozunko, fifth in Girls and Mason Shaw, third in Longboard. Bernice Ayer Middle School had some impressive finishes in individual competition. Colton Overin was second in the Boys division, Perry Rohr finished second in Longboard and Olivia Merlino was sixth in Girls. Marco Forster Middle School also sent surfers to the finals—Josh Benjoya, fourth in Boys and Ben Bagg, fifth in Longboard. Marco Forster ended the team competition in sixth place. Shorecliffs’ “B” team came in eighth overall. Log on to for full results. DP

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