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VIPS Are VIPs Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) Karen Ungerman and Gaye Vaughan are very important people (VIPs) in the city of Dana Point

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City and Business Calendar Saturday, July 10 Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. Admission is free. For more information or to inquire about purchasing a booth for $25, please call 949.573-5033 or 951.271.0669.  

Sunday, July 11 Summer Concerts in the Park-Jazz and Blues Concert 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Jazz concert featuring the Ron Kobayashi Trio and opening act Quad. Admission is free. Food and drink available for purchase. Heritage Park, 34400 Old Golden Lantern, 949.248.3530,

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Wednesday, July 14

City Council Meeting Canceled City Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501, www.danapoint. org  

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

Tuesday, July 13

Thursday, July 15

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

Wild Wonders at the Library 11 a.m. Live animal show at Sea Terrace Park next to the Library. Admission is free.  Parking is limited so please pick up a free parking pass for the Salt Creek Beach parking lot at the Summer Reading Desk before the day of the event. 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.5517,

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…Measure M Money? THE LATEST: Officials now anticipate a countywide gasoline tax to fund transportation improvements will generate $13.6 billion over the next 30 years, down 40 percent from 2005 estimates. Around Dana Point, the Measure M money is intended to fund additional carpool and freeway lanes on the San Diego Freeway, increase Metrolink service and potentially fund local shuttles. The Orange County Transportation Authority this month received the updated estimate using forecasts from Chapman University, California State University, Fullerton and University of California, Los Angeles, which estimated tax-revenue growth in 2010-2011 would be 6.11 percent. The OCTA, however, went with a far more conservative estimate of 1.1 percent, which led to the $13.6 billion estimate. Voters approved the new tax in 2006; the 2005 estimates were that the tax would generate $24.3 billion. WHAT’S NEXT: Supervisor Pat Bates, who represents South Orange County and sits on the OCTA board, said she hopes the economy rebounds and the dollars return to earlier estimates. OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik cautioned the plan is long-term. “This is a 30-year plan, so the sales tax revenues will go up and down over those 30 years,” Zlotnik said. FIND OUT MORE: See and click on the “Measure M” button. —Jonathan Volzke


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…Politics Heating Up in CUSD? THE LATEST: The leaders of a recall attempt targeting two Capistrano Unified School District trustees have issued a “Commitment to the Community,” that says the group will support candidates who pledge to avoid “unnecessary” out-of-court settlements, awarding contracts to campaign contributors, restore

trust in the district and various other points. The points are criticisms leveled at current trustees, including San Clemente’s Mike Winsten and Aliso Viejo’s Ken Maddox, who are targeted by the recall. Winsten has said he believes the teacher’s union backs the recall and that trustees have done their best to keep massive budget cuts away from the classrooms. WHAT’S NEXT: Children First scheduled a news conference 9 a.m. on July 13 at Las Palmas Elementary School in San Clemente, where they will introduce the candidate to challenge Winsten. Trustees meet in a regular session that night at 7 p.m. at CUSD headquarters on Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano. FIND OUT MORE: See the Beyond the Blackboard blog at for the entire release. —JV


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…Public Meeting for Performing Arts Facility? THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District will be holding a public meeting on July 15 at Dana Hills High School/South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) to discuss plans for the new Performing Arts Facility. The Notice of Public Meeting lists the purposes for the meeting to provide more information on the proposed theater and to gather additional comments/opinions from the local community. The meeting will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Porthole Theater inside the main building at Dana Hills High. The high school is located at 33333 Golden Lantern in Dana Point. Those who wish to express their views of the proposed facility may do so either verbally or on a written comment card at the meeting. WHAT’S NEXT: The proposed facility is expected to be built on the Dana Hills campus and will include a 470-person capacity performing arts building with spaces for a stage, seating area, lobby, storage, staff offices, classroom/practice rooms and other ancillary areas totaling 30,560 square feet. The project, as proposed, would necessitate

the removal of some portable classrooms, a racquetball court and the relocation of existing tennis courts at Dana Hills. FIND OUT MORE: Though the meeting is not a SOCSA event, more information about the project can be found on their website at —Andrea Swayne


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…City Has Until July 13 to Respond in Pot Lawsuit? THE LATEST: The City of Dana Point has until Tuesday, July 13 to respond to the June 28 issuance—by a 4th District Court of Appeal—of a temporary stay halting the city’s injunction against the Beach Cities Collective. The injunction was originally scheduled for June 29 and was intended to shut down the medical marijuana dispensary where petitioner, Malinda Traudt’s mother fills her marijuana prescription. The city’s opinion is that the collective is operating illegally and is contrary to zoning laws. On June 15 the court heard a motion by Traudt’s attorney Jeffrey Schwartz to intervene in the city’s case against the Beach Cities Collective, seeking to close it down. Superior Court Judge William Monroe denied Traudt’s motion to intervene. Schwartz appealed the ruling seeking a writ from the appellate court to halt proceedings in this case while the appeal is pending. Schwartz appealed to the appellate court resulting in the temporary stay. Also on Tuesday, the Orange County Superior Court is expected to make a decision regarding whether to throw out Traudt’s case against the city alleging that the city’s efforts to close down the dispensary is unconstitutional because it will prevent access to her medicine. The city filed a motion to end this suit calling the facts in this case insufficient to warrant legal action. On June 15 Orange County Superior Court Judge Nomoto Schumann ruled that due to previous court rulings, there is no constitutional right to obtain medical marijuana and further that, a city’s right to regulate and/or ban dispensaries can not be preempted by state law. Because of this, the

judge ruled that Traudt’s case be amended and filed by June 21. WHAT’S NEXT: A tentative ruling is expected to be posted online by Monday. Log on to and search case number G043831 for more information. —AS


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…Taking a Train to the All-Star Game?

THE LATEST: Baseball fans heading to Anaheim for the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star game can leave their cars behind and take the train. Special southbound and northbound trains from Anaheim Station will depart 30 minutes after the end of the MLB All-Star game. The trains will depart from Anaheim, in the parking lot of Angel Stadium of Anaheim, and make all regular stops on Metrolink’s Orange County line. Heading to the game, two trains from Oceanside and three trains from LA Union Station will depart at various times and are scheduled to arrive at Angel Stadium before the start of the game at 5 p.m. OCTA also is offering a 50 percent discount on Friends and Family 4-Pack Metrolink tickets from July 9 to 13. Normally $29, four round-trip tickets are $14.50 and can be purchased from any Metrolink vending machine. “Taking public transportation to special events like the All-Star game is a great way to avoid the hassles of traffic and parking,” OCTA Chairman Jerry Amante said in a statement. “We encourage baseball fans to take advantage of this special Metrolink service and enjoy a convenient and affordable roundtrip train ride to the ballgame.” WHAT’S NEXT: The train stops in San Clemente at 3:56 p.m. on July 13 and in San Juan Capistrano at 4:05 p.m. FIND OUT MORE: For complete train schedule information, go to www.octa. net/specialtrain. For information on MLB Fan Fest events running in conjunction with the All-Star Game, turn to the Sports section on page 18. —JV July 9–15, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 3

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VIPS Are VIPs Volunteers In Police Services (VIPS) Karen Ungerman and Gaye Vaughan are very important people (VIPs) in the City of Dana Point By Christina Scannapiego Dana Point Times


nything but Orange County housewives living the leisurely life, Dana Point residents, Karen Ungerman and Gaye Vaughan, both have that type of personality that drives a person to keep occupied. So now that they’re retired, you won’t find them passing idle time. Instead, the two members of Dana Point’s Volunteers In Police Services (VIPS)—a program that saves the city upwards of $100,000 dollars each year—drive around Dana Point every Tuesday morning, on duty in an official police van equipped with radios and official uniforms. As VIPS the duo performs home checks for residents on vacation, patrols neighborhoods and business districts for graffiti, looks for unattended open garage or front doors in areas where there have been recent thefts and generally keeps an eye out for anything that appears “fishy” or off. “We were in situations where we were able to retire completely since our companies were downsizing. We wanted to keep busy so we decided to give back to the community,” Vaughan—who also volunteers at the library—said of both Ungerman and her desire to pledge to the organization over a decade ago. Ungerman worked for 30 years as a personal manager for a utility in LA (she started out at Memorial Hospital in Long Beach) and Vaughan dedicated 25 years to her career as a Registered Nurse. The VIPS program was introduced to the City of Dana Point in 1991, modeled after a nationwide program. Most of the volunteers are retired, save a few who still have their hands in some aspects of their career but have plenty of spare time to commit.

Karen Ungerman leaves some “Hide it, Lock it or Lose it” door hangers at a residence in Dana Point. Photo by Christina Scannapiego

Above: Karen Ungerman (left) has put 11 years into the VIPS program while her partner, Gaye Vaughan had dedicated 12. The program was introduced to Dana Point in 1991 and still has an original member, Fran Cain (not pictured), who works the front desk. Inset: Vaughan and Ungerman have been partners from the beginning. Photos by Christina Scannapiego

And when they’re on the proverbial clock, each and every one of the volunteers means business for at least six hours out of every week, averaging a total of 500 per month. At the start of their shift, Ungerman and Vaughan may bump into one of the bike patrol volunteers, like Tom Whitman—who was recently commended for offering a total of 250 volunteer hours last month—ending his shift, which he’d started at 6 a.m. “Pedaling the bike is a lot of hard work,” Whitman admitted. “But it pays off when people see you and recognize you as part of the organization.” During these bike and van patrols, the volunteers are almost compulsive about removing stickers (their vans are equipped with everything they need to do so) and outdated garage sale and lost cat or dog signs littering the city. They diligently make sure they’ve hit every street on their recent crime report list, talk to all the neighbors who are out and about and leave “Hide It, Lock It or Lose It” property crime prevention door hangers at all the residences there, among their other duties. “The sheriffs like us to be visible,” said Ungerman, who’s usually in the driver’s seat while Vaughan keeps her eyes and ears open as the two navigate through their assigned neighborhoods and keep a log of everything they do. And after a three-hour van patrol, the ladies get out on foot to walk the harbor or certain parks, making sure everything is as it should be and enforcing smoking and dog-off-leash rules as well as issuing traffic citations for parking facilities. The two have been partners for 11 years, when Ungerman first joined the program and Vaughan had already put in one year. “It was love at first sight,” Ungerman joked. “[Gaye] keeps threatening to quit on me but I won’t let her.” Back then, the two were wrapping Christmas gifts for a VIPS charity program and they just clicked.

Now, over a decade later, they’ve got their routine down. “We also sometimes bicker like sisters,” Ungerman laughed, as the two debated over the correct spelling of cross-streets while calling in some graffiti. “And, Gaye is my dog-sitter,” she added. The VIPS are not only diligent in their duties but they’re especially careful to stay out of harm’s way. They may have all the cool things that come with volunteering, like radios, badges, uniforms and official vehicles but they don’t carry weapons and have no intention of acting out a police role. The most action they’ll really need to endure could come in the form of a driver deciding to force through some traffic control limits. Or a patrol team may notice a door or window open at one of the homes on their vacation check list, which they’ll radio in right away and deputies will arrive within minutes, guns drawn. In other instances, the recipient of a traffic ticket may become enraged and tear the ticket up or begin a barrage of ugly words. And though deputies are available for instant response, fortunately, for the most part, possible emergencies tend to end up false alarms. The VIPS have become that extra set of eyes and ears for Dana Point Police Services—and for the community at large—which helps keep the city more safe than sorry. The volunteers are trained on all the equipment they use and learn the correct protocol for issuing citations and calling in reports. They are familiarized with all police activities and procedures as well as facilities like the county coroner and need medical clearance for bike patrols and other physical duties. On top of van, bike and foot patrol, the group contributes to clerical and administrative support and also runs errands like moving evidence to and from the DA’s office or forensics lab, delivering and retrieving equipment and getting breathalyz-

ers accu-checked. They provide traffic, crowd control and parking enforcement at events like school open-houses, parades, festivals and Movies in the Park as well as making sure all the rules are adhered to during major beach holidays like the 4th of July and Memorial Day. Most recently VIPS members staffed the Concours d’Elegance, where some were able to patrol via Dana Point Police Services’ new T3s—motorized stand-up scooters similar to Segways. To some, these responsibilities may seem slightly menial, but at the VIPS’ last monthly meeting, Dana Point’s Sergeant Jim Greenwood informed the group that property crimes have gone down in the city and assured them of this: “I’d hate for anyone in this room to feel unwanted or devalued because you don’t get paid. You may wear a different uniform [from police] but you’re an important part of this community.” In fact, those in Police Services are adamant that every VIPS member shows up on time for his or her shifts, informs them of time off or vacation well in advance and is able to dedicate a minimum of six hours per week to the program. The VIPS have to pull their weight just as any official employee. And thanks to them, every year, the city saves between $100,000 and $130,000 with the volunteer work that the VIPS do, which also rakes in between $60,000 and $75,000 in issued citations for pay and display, handicap and red curb parking violations. In fact, the VIPS program of Rocklin, South Placer County in Northern California recently received an award from Governor Schwarzenegger for saving that city over $1.2 million in five years and you can bet the Dana Point gang will be frothing to follow suit. Their dedication certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. “The equivalent cost [of paid services] would be staggering if you add it all up,” said Chief of Police, Lt. Mark Levy. “It’s a whole layer of service the people of this community get because of [their] good hearts.” DP July 9–15, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 5

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What’s going on in our neighboring towns, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano $500,000, calls for increasing the number of buildings and building heights in San Juan Capistrano’s downtown and also suggests connecting various streets to create more flow in the downtown area. One of those proposed connections is El Horno, which could connect Ortega Highway and Camino Capistrano because a freeway underpass was built years ago to facilitate a fire station, which never got built. But the street also passes through the residential neighborhood, and residents there have been quick to rebuff any suggestions of a connection. Now, with the new plan out, someone has posted Westernstyled “Wanted” posters throughout the neighborhood telling residents about the proposal and urging them to contact the City Council. —Jonathan Volzke


Alternative Project to Playa del Norte Proposed At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, local resident and architect Ricardo Nicol presented an alternative plan to the Playa Del Norte revitalization project. Instead of selling the public property to LAB Holding for commercial development, Nicol suggested his idea for the “North Beach Green Alternative.” Rather than building out the current parking lot into more restaurants, shops and other commercial structures, the new plan would essentially convert the parking lot into a beautiful park while reconfiguring the parking that surrounds the area. “I’m requesting that City Council consider putting this item on the agenda instead of moving forward with the LAB project,” Nicol said. “This new plan proposes to increase the Ole Hanson Beach Club’s recreational potential and value with part of the North Beach triangle as a green park. It’s a simple solution to replace the project LAB has in mind.” Nicol’s plan would also convert open space near the north end of the project along El Camino Real into a parking lot. However, both the new plan and LAB’s current plan are in agreement on one item—building the Beach Park Café, which will sit in front of the Beach Club nearest the ocean. “This plan offers no loss of ocean views from El Camino Real, [Avenida] Pico or from the historic buildings on this site,” Nicol said. “There’s also no loss of public parking, no adverse environmental effects, no sale of the land to a private developer and no amendment to our city’s General Plan.” The challenges to revitalize this end of town continue as the community seems split in half on how they want to see this area developed. Since LAB Holding was tapped by the city in 2006 to re-develop the area, and with the passing of Measure W in 2008, many local citizens have come forth both in the form of letters to local media outlets and at City Council meetings to speak either in favor or against the project. Moreover, the debate has sparked a possible investigation of the San Clemente City Council, motioned by Councilmember Lori Donchak and to be handled by City Attorney Jeff Oderman regarding leaked information in a letter written by local resident Jim Smith that identifies subject matter on the project that could only be discussed in closed session. The motion to investigate passed with a unanimous 5-0 vote. But regarding the new park proposed by Nicol, one item remains in question—funding for the project. Also, a hearing on the plan presented by LAB Holding was originally scheduled for Tuesday’s meeting, but the City and LAB are still negotiating the sale or lease of the property. The future of the plan, including an overview of the environmental-impact report, whether the property will be sold or leased, Nicol’s alternative and any others, will next be heard in a special meeting at City Hall at 5 p.m. on July 19 and could extend into a separate meeting on July 22. More information about Nicol’s plan can Page 6 • Dana Point Times • July 9–15, 2010

San Juan Wins Habitat Conservation Grant The North Beach Green Alternative Plan. Courtesy rendering

be found at —David Zimmerle

Horse Betting May be Coming to OC Tavern Horse racing fans may start wanting to think about their new hangout in San Clemente. In a 5-0 vote Tuesday, City Council voted that satellite horse wagering, or betting, is similar to entertainment conducted at restaurant/bar establishments thus propelling San Clemente’s OC Tavern, and its owner Michael Merrigan, a bit further toward opening a small satellite wagering facility at the establishment. Overall, 18 people spoke out in support of Merrigan’s new resource for gambling in the city, with numerous local residents and horse-racing fans offering their take on how the owner runs a top-notch facility that had its share of problems in years past. Only two people spoke out against the item citing concerns that gambling is not in line with the principles of San Clemente and that it’s just another mode of addiction that ruins lives. After obtaining approval from the California Horse Racing Board recently, Michael Merrigan will get the nod to open his new facility provided he obtain a modified conditional use permit from the city, along with a modification to the business’ rules of operation.—DZ

“dip into something different” and enjoy a fun and exciting dining experience with a three-course menu for only $33 per person. The “3 for $33” menu includes a selection of ambrosial cheeses, savory seasons bouillon broths for cooking entrees tableside, including Filet Mignon, Shrimp, Chicken Breast, NY Strip and Chicken & Vegetable Pot Stickers. Each main course is served with an assortment of seasonal vegetables and sweet and spicy sauces for dipping. Top the evening off with a decadent selection of milk, dark or white chocolate fondue served with seasonal fruit, petit cakes and brownies. Reservations are recommended by calling 714.671.600 in Brea or 949.661.1966 in San Clemente.

Summer Fun at Shorecliffs Golf Course Shorecliffs Golf Course, 501 Avenida Vaquero, is rolling out some fun events for the summer including live music, dancing and dinner specials. On July 9, SGC will kick-off a night of fun from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature blues band JVJ. Dinner specials and the snack bar will be open until 8:30 p.m. or 9 p.m., with drinks and chips/snacks available all night. There is no cover charge associated with the event. More information is available by calling 949.492.1177. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

The Melting Pot Celebrates Three Years in San Clemente The Melting Pot, Orange County’s premier fondue restaurant franchise, marks their three-year anniversary with the “3 for $33” menu. The “3 for $33” dining menu is only available at their Brea and San Clemente locations, and runs now through August 31, 2010. Guests are invited to

Residents Gear Up to Oppose Downtown Master Plan Residents in a historic neighborhood near Capistrano’s downtown are already gearing up to fight a proposal in the city’s recent downtown Master Plan—which hasn’t been formally endorsed by the City Council. The plan, which will cost more than

San Juan Capistrano has been awarded a $100,000 Habitat Conservation Fund grant from the state to improve public access, trails, restore habitat and remove of invasive species in Trabuco Creek. The 7-acre project area is in the riparian portion of the property the city purchased from the J.F. Shea Co. a few years ago in the northwest part of town. The land features a popular public hiking/equestrian/walking trail with access via Oso Road. The funds will likely be complemented by an additional $150,000 in grant funding for the same project area, according to Derek Ostensen, the Open Space Committee’s conservation consultant. “In addition to bringing excellent improvements for public trails, access and habitat, these resource-oriented grants also serve to establish long-term, recurring funding relationships with grantors and strengthen grant applications for other funding sources, such as land acquisition and active park projects,” Ostensen said. Council Member Mark Nielsen, who chairs the Open Space Committee, said the grant funding is significant to the Open Space Committee’s efforts to preserve, protect and enhance the city’s open space and natural areas. “This is recognition of the valuable work the members of our Open Space Committee have been doing to preserve and enhance our open space, one of the greatest assets we have in San Juan Capistrano,” Nielsen said. “Of course the greatest asset is our citizenry and staff who recognize the opportunity we have to do something extremely important for future generations.” The city continues to pursue other local, state and federal grant funding opportunities to benefit the community as a whole. This state grant was the first grant proposal the city had submitted for open space preservation and enhancement. Right now, the city has seven more proposals pending that total $16 million. The Open Space Committee next meets at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 2. The July 12 meeting has been canceled. For more information, visit www.sanjuancapistrano. org and click on the Open Space Initiative link. —City of San Juan Capistrano


Kids Fishing Tournament Meets Thresher Sharks


n the early morning of June 27 Dana Wharf Sportfishing, along with the Bass Pro Shops, casted off on the Dana Pride 95-foot fishing vessel ready to begin the first Kids Club Fishing Tournament of the summer season. Twenty-six kids were aboard as they headed north to Aliso Creek. On the way Captain Tom White spotted a mighty Blue Whale. The whale came to surface to say hello to the kids and even fluked several times. After all the kids were able to see the largest and most magnificent mammal on the planet they headed to the first fishing spot. Cole Casino, a 13-year-old from Laguna Beach, who is a B Y M O N I Q U E regular young angler at Dana BERRY Wharf Sportfishing, was the first to hook and reel in a Sculpin. As the kids were reeling in Calico Bass, Sand Bass, Sculpin and Rockfish, we were visited by several hungry Thresher Sharks. There were loud screams and yells from around the boat as the Thresher Sharks jumped and soared through the air. Many kids and dads were able to hook a Thresher and they had the fight of their lives. Ryan Beatty was one of the kids to fight a Thresher. “It was so painful but so fun,” he said out of breath. “This is my first time hooking a shark and I can’t wait for the Dana Wharf Kids Summer Camp.” Thomas Petk, a nine-year-old from Lake

Left: Cole Casino with a Sculpin—the first catch of the day. Middle: Tournament winner, Devon Osborn, with a three-pound Calico Bass and runner-up Blake Davis with a two-pound Sand Bass. Right: Robert Lara (5), the youngest angler in the tournament, with a Sand Bass. Photos by Monique Berry

Forest said, “I never knew sharks came this close to the shore.” Captain Tom said that the group was only about three quarters of a mile from the beach as Threshers surrounded the boat. Captain Tom and the crew members, Mark, Evan, George and Mark Franco from Bass Pro Shops had their hands full assisting all the kids and parents when hooked into a shark. Robert Lara the youngest angler in the tournament, at the age of five, was reeling in Calico Bass, Sand Bass and was having a blast when he hooked into a Thresher Shark. The shark was too fast and forceful for Robert’s little arms and it pulled his rod right over the rail. Devon Osborn who was fishing near Robert had also reeled in a giant Calico Bass and a Sheephead when all of a sudden he felt something big on the end of his line. All the surrounding young anglers watched in anticipation as Devon reeled in his catch. As it came to the surface, all were surprised to

infant and a five-year-old girl with them.

DP Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILEDBY SA R 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, July 4 UNKNOWN TROUBLE Dana Point Harbor Drive, 24400 Block (10:38 p.m.) Deputies were contacted when a woman in a dingy was found with blood all over her face. The woman was reportedly assaulted by someone she thought was her husband. DISTURBANCE Tampico Bay, 23600 Block (11:01 a.m.) Authorities were called after an informant witnessed a couple arguing in the middle of a busy street. The couple reportedly had an

Saturday, July 3 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Bridgewater Lane, 25600 Block (12:30 p.m.) An informant contacted authorities to report a man who claimed to be an undercover police officer from San Diego. The informant believed the man to be an impersonator since he was patrolling a retirement community.

Friday, July 2 KEEP THE PEACE Sepulveda Ave., 34100 Block (9:41 p.m.) A woman called deputies to report her landlord, who had allegedly stolen her son’s Playstation and refused to return it. DISTURBANCE Yacht Drive, 25300 Block (5:38 p.m.) Authorities were called by a man who claimed he was attacked in his garage by a neighbor and was bleeding from the arm. The neighbor returned to his residence after the attack. DISTURBANCE Dana Point Harbor Drive / Casitas Pl. (3:26 p.m.) A man called authorities to report a man who was verbal with him after the informant asked to borrow a pencil. DISTURBANCE

see that it was Robert’s rod. Richard Werley, Robert’s grandpa, let out a sigh of relief and all the kids and crew members cheered for Devon. The Threshers may have beat the kids this time but they are determined to come back out soon and reel in a shark. The kids were extremely successful throughout the day in reeling in legal fish. Katelyn Krieger a local 14-year-old from Dana Point reeled in a nice Calico Bass and Sand Bass. Max Neue, a six-year-old from Irvine, who fishes with Dana Wharf almost every week, was a natural at the rail reeling in fish. Even triplets were in the tournament. Kate, Brendan and Sean Cunningham landed a Tree Fish, Sculpin and Rockfish and said they really liked the boat burgers. As the tournament came to an end, Devon Osborn, age 10, from La Palma won with a three pound Calico Bass and Blake Davis was right behind him in second place with a two

Del Prado / Golden Lantern (10:42 a.m.) Deputies were contacted after an informant witnessed a woman, who was carrying a black umbrella, yelling and screaming to herself in front of a local supermarket. INDECENT EXPOSURE Via Verde, 34500 Block (6:18 a.m.) An informant called authorities to report a man who had his genitals exposed while asking for directions in his car. DISTURBANCE Camino Capistrano / Pacific Coast Highway (1:26 a.m.) A taxi driver contacted authorities after picking up a man who was being aggressive and pretending to have a weapon in his possession. The man was reportedly refusing to leave the cab.

Thursday, July 1 DISTURBANCE Olinda Dr., 33800 Block (9:30 p.m.) An informant called deputies to report a neighbor, who was being loud while jumping up and down.

pound Sand Bass. The tournament was an exciting eventful success. All the kids in the tournament caught fish and many of them practiced catch and release. The young anglers were taught new techniques, learned fish size limitations and rule regulations. Dana Wharf Sportfishing is looking forward to the next Kids Club fishing tournament on September 12. Kids can practice their techniques all summer to get ready for the next tournament at Dana Wharf. To make reservations, purchase tickets, or to get our trip schedule visit Dana Wharf Sportfishing online at or call 800.979.3370. Dana Wharf would like to thank all the kids and parents that participated in our Kids Club Fishing Tournament and look forward to your next big catch. Monique Berry is the Dana Wharf Sportfishing Kids Club Coordinator.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMTANCES Blue Lantern, 34100 Block (10:26 a.m.) An informant called deputies after finding a large unattended suitcase in front of the resident’s garage. The informant was unsure of how long it had been there.

Tuesday, June 29 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Golden Lantern, 34400 Block (3:37 p.m.) An informant called deputies to report an older man who was yelling at people and telling them he was going to smoke them. The man reportedly fled the scene on a red bike. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Domingo Ave, 25900 Block (1:33 p.m.) A woman contacted authorities after discovering two men passed out in an alley. The woman said that both men smelled of alcohol.

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SUSPICIOUS PERSON Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (6:06 p.m.) Deputies were called to report a homeless man who was sleeping on the roof of a local business.

BRANDISHING A WEAPON Pacific Coast Highway / FWY-5 (4:44 p.m.) Authorities were contacted after a man pointed a revolver at an informant while they were driving southbound on the I-5 freeway. The man, who was driving a silver pickup, then exited the freeway.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Amber Lantern / Pacific Coast Highway (7:19 a.m.) An informant called authorities after witnessing a man in a wheelchair on a bluff near the rail talking to himself. The man, who was wearing a robe, looked as if he was going to jump. July 9–15, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 7

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Members of the Ocean Institute have the special opportunity to purchase tickets for Life Could be a Dream, a musical production created by Roger Bean, on Friday, July 16, 6 p.m. at the Laguna Beach Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Road. Cost for members is $35—that’s $15 off the general admission price. Ticket price includes a pre-show wine and cheese reception and champagne meet and greet with the cast after the show. Those who are not currently members of the Ocean Institute may join now and take advantage of the special offer. Individual memberships begin at $35 per year. For more information, visit or call 949.496.2274. In Life Could be a Dream the Crooning Crabcakes, a boy group is banned from the Springfield High School prom which made it possible for The Marvelous Wonderettes to perform. The guys get one more chance at fame and fortune as Denny, Eugene, Skip and Wally form a singing group to enter and win the local radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time. Will these delightfully goofy guys be able to pull it together and win the contest? Featuring such classic songs as Stay (Just a Little Bit Longer), Runaround Sue, The Great Pretender, Tears On My Pillow, Unchained Melody, Earth Angel, Little Darlin’, The Glory of Love and of course the title song, Life Could Be A Dream is another musical trip down memory lane that will leave you laughing, singing and cheering.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel. Courtesy photo

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is excited to be offering live music at 180blu—the resort’s new oceanfront lounge featuring panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean—every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Perched 162 feet above Salt Creek Beach, 180blu offers the perfect Southern California setting to enjoy refreshing hand-crafted beverages and small plates from the Ritz-Carlton’s Raya restaurant. Stop by and enjoy the beautiful sounds of solo Latin guitar. It’s like a little slice of heaven on Earth. For more information call 949.240.2000.


u The San Clemente Choral Society (SCCS)—an organization whose membership draws from Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and surrounding areas—is proud to announce the appointment of Stephen Sturk as its new Artistic Director. A world-renowned composer and conductor, Stephen Sturk will begin his tenure with SCCS as it enters its seventh year based in San Clemente. In addition to his new duties as conductor, he is also the Director of Music at Saint Thomas of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Temecula, California, and “composer-in-residence” at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego. He is co-founder and director of Cappella Gloriana, San Diego’s professional chamber choir. As a recognized composer of church music with works available from four different publishers, Dr. Sturk has received commissions from churches, organizations and individuals nationwide. In October 2008, Stephen Sturk. Courtesy photo Dr. Sturk’s alma mater, North Central College, honored his achievement as a composer by awarding him the college’s prestigious Fine Arts Medal. The SCCS was created in the fall of 2004 as a community-based chorus for citizens of South Orange County. It has become a vibrant addition to the cultural opportunities in our community by providing a place for singers and audiences to enjoy choral music of all types for mixed voices. The Society presents two concerts per year—a holiday concert in December and a spring concert in May. SCCS, a nonprofit organization, is looking to build its membership and welcomes newcomers interested in joining the chorus. Auditions are not required to join the group, but members must be able to carry a tune and be willing to commit the time and effort needed to bring about a polished and professional performance. For more information about the San Clemente Choral Society, check the SCCS website at or contact SCCS Membership Chairman, Manny Bojorquez, by phone at 949.361.8463, or via email to

After being benched for two years, the Saddleback Civic Light Opera (SCLO) is back at home plate and ready to hit a grand slam homerun with the production of Damn Yankees. This endearing musical comedy, based on the novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant, by Douglas Wallop, and music and lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, hits the McKinney Theatre stage on July 16. Directed by James R. Taulli, with Musical Direction by Diane King Vann and choreography by


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The Ocean Institute welcomes cookbook author Barbara Hughston for its next Artist by the Sea Kids presentation on Saturday, July 17, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hughston and her daughter Kate will teach participants how to create healthy summer snacks for the beach. During this class, participants will use the freshest and best ingredients for their snacks. With a focus on reusable packaging and locally grown produce, children will take home a lesson in sustainability and gain confidence in the kitchen. Fee includes all materials and a copy of Barbara’s cookbook, In the Kitchen with Kids. Then on Saturday, July 24, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., children’s author Derek Sabori will be featured. Derek is author of Lu and the Earth Bug Crew Zap the Energy Spikes, an eco-action adventure book which raises environmental awareness. The Earth Bugs were born from the act of battling the Litter Bugs; he hopes children will be inspired to create an Earth Bug story of their own. There will be coloring and eco-crafts for younger children, and a book project for older kids. Fee includes all materials and a copy of Derek’s book. Professional surfer and author Shaun Tomson will be featured on Saturday, August 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Shaun will introduce participants to a world of unusual creatures that live in the surf zone from his book Surf Creatures A-Z. The cost is $16 for each event, or two children for $26 (parents must accompany children during the art session). Includes admission to the Institute for one adult and one child and all art materials. The Artist by the Sea Kids series is an outgrowth of the popular Artist by the Sea series that brings ocean-themed artists to the Institute to educate the public about the beauty of our oceans and encourage them to be good stewards of our ocean environment. To make a reservation, please visit www. or call 949.496.2274. Ocean Institute members receive a discount. Visit the website or call for information about becoming a member.



William F. Lett, Damn Yankees is the return of a tradition at Saddleback College. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the devil (the charming but devious Mr. Applegate) for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team but the devil still owns his soul. Familiar songs in this rousing

U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert J. Skopeck, who has longtime ties to Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano, has been honored with the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. The award is the third-highest honor given by the Defense Department. Skopeck is the son of Dana Point residents Bob and Barbara Skopeck. He and his wife Stacey have one daughter, Madison. According to his citation, Captain Skopeck distinguished himself for the honor through his service as Chief, Wing Tactics and Employment, as well as E-3A Instruction Electronic Combat Officer at Geilenkirchen Air Base in Germany. His work included rewriting and revamping many tactical guides used to train personnel. The citation includes many honors and awards for Skopeck over the past several years. “Captain Skopeck was handpicked to establish a new Wing Tactics office, synchronizing International Security Assistance Force planning, employment, and preparation for 700 personnel,” the citation reads. “Through his distinctive accomplishments, Captain Skopeck reflected great credit upon himself, the United States Air Force and the Department of Defense,” the citation concludes.


musical include Shoeless Joe from Hannibal, Mo, Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets, and Those Were the Good Old Days. Damn Yankees show times will be July 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31 at 7:30 p.m. and July 18, 25 and August 1 at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 949.582.4656 (noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday) and online at www.saddleback. edu/arts. Prices are $36 general; $33 students/ seniors/Angels; $25 children 12 and under.

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GUEST OPINION: Office of Supervisor Patricia C. Bates, 5th District, County of Orange

Upholding Campaign Promises in My Next Four Years I was reelected last month to my second term on the Orange County Board of Supervisors and I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to the voters of the Fifth District for allowing me the opportunity to keep serving you. In the next four years I will uphold my campaign pledge to continue advocating for the values of limited government, responsiveness and fiscal responsibility. I will do this by maintaining my commitment to take on such issues as the unfunded pension liability, reining in fees on taxpayers and reducing government spending while always seeking to improve how services are provided to the residents of Orange County. Though the state and federal governments still struggle to get their hands around these issues, in my time on the Board of Supervisors, my colleagues and I have taken the lead in tackling them head on. One area in which the Board has accomplished several recent successes is pension reform. Last year, after months of negotiations, the board approved an agreement with the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA), the county’s largest bargaining unit, to reduce pension costs for both the county and employees by providing a new, lower pension formula and a defined contribution plan. This means employees contribute to a 401(k)-type plan, investing a part of their own salaries just like most private-sector employees do. The board is also continuing our legal challenge over the retroactive pension benefits that were granted to public safety employees several years ago. Our case is currently in appeals court and, if successful, will set national precedent for other jurisdictions to follow. Additional areas of reform we have initiated include scaling back how overtime is paid for all employees as well as requiring for the first time that public safety employees contribute to their pensions. We expect these reforms to achieve millions of dollars in savings. Our efforts to make pensions and other post-employment benefits more sustainable and less of a burden on taxpayers is underscored by the fact that just two years ago the board put Measure J on the ballot, which overwhelmingly passed, and now requires all future pension increases for Orange County elected officials and employees to be put to a vote of the people. In limiting the board’s power to increase pension payouts, Orange County residents know we mean what we say and are committed to achieving true and lasting pension reform. On the issue of taxes, unlike legislators in our state and federal governments, the board refuses to balance our budget woes on the backs of taxpayers. Not only have we taken a hard line against tax and fee increases, we have actually reduced fees where possible in an effort to help alleviate the strain of the recession on our residents. Regarding the budget challenges presented to us by the Page 10 • Dana Point Times • July 9–15, 2010

economy, in June the board passed a budget plan totaling $5.4 billion for the next fiscal year which amounts to $1.3 billion, or 20 percent, less than the budget passed just two years ago. We accomplished this through across-the-board department cuts, furloughs, hiring freezes, financial Pat Bates restructuring, and deferring expensive, non-critical IT upgrades. We have also reduced the size of county government by more than 1,100 positions. Our spending cuts have been targeted to administrative reductions first in order to protect our frontline services, especially our public safety services. Each supervisor and every county elected official has taken a pay cut, demonstrating our commitment to doing what is necessary to maintain the level services our residents pay for and expect. To that end, a top priority for me has also been to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the services we provide. I have called for audits of our Planning and IT departments which have uncovered areas of waste and yielded recommendations that will improve responsiveness and reduce costs. Additionally, given that I represent the largest unincorporated area in the county, I have taken an active role in facilitating discussions with unincorporated communities regarding their future governance options. These include forming a new own city or being annexed to an existing one. Annexations cannot take place 1) without approval of the existing city and 2) if residents in the area to be annexed protest the annexation. Most importantly, whether it be cityhood, annexation or remaining under county rule, it is a discussion for the respective communities to make based on a thorough, transparent, fact based dialogue and deliberative process with all stakeholders. During the next four years, my office will continue to provide the opportunities for all affected communities to weigh in on the issues of community identity and local control. In looking forward to my next term, I will remember the words of Abraham Lincoln that in this nation we have a “government of, by and for the people.” It remains my commitment to you to ensure the County of Orange is a government of, by and for the people. As I work to keep county government transparent, open, and responsive to the needs of the people, you can help by providing me with feedback. I am always interested to hear your thoughts and concerns so do not hesitate to contact my office as it is my honor to serve you. 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


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GUEST OPINION: Pat Fairbanks, Dana Point Civic Association President

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e all know how fortunate we are to live here in Dana Point. We really don’t have to go somewhere else to enjoy a vacation—we already live in a great destination city! Dana Point may have more parks and beaches and trails per capita than any other city in the west. Are you attending the free concerts in Heritage Park every Sunday afternoon this July and August? Have you yet enjoyed a barbecue in the harbor, hiked the new bluff top trails on the headlands or visited the nature center? Have you taken the Selva Beach walk down to Strand beach, ridden the tram (funicular) back up the hill or enjoyed the wild flowers along the inland trails up Salt Creek or Sea Terrace Park adjoining the library? If you want to hear about all the no-cost summer adventures Dana Point has to offer, join us in the harbor next Friday, July 16 at our Civic Association’s monthly Coffee Chat. Monthly Coffee Chat is free and open to the public. We’ll meet as usual at 8:30 a.m. at Coffee Importers, 34531 Golden Lantern at the Dana Point Harbor. Coffee Importers owner Jim Miller provides free coffee for attendees. For more information, please feel free to call me at 949.661.9999. Hope to see you there! 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


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Jazz Concert in the Park

The City of Dana Point presents the second summer 2010 Concert in the Park on Sunday, July 11 featuring the Ron Kobayashi Trio. Self-described as a jazz/funk/jam band, the Ron Kobayashi Trio have been featured at music festivals across the country and shared the stage with the likes of David Benoit, Cirque du Soleil and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, just to name a few. The trio is made up of well-known, prolific musicians Ron Kobayashi, Baba Elefante and Steve Dixon. Leader and pianist, Kobayashi, has performed with notable artists such as Mel Torme, Herb Jeffries, Peter Frampton and Dave Koz. Composer and bassist, Elefante, was named one of the nation’s top bass players by Bass Player Magazine. Drummer, Dixon, has numerous recording sessions under his belt including work with The Untouchables and War harmonica legend Lee Oskar. Members of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and the Fighting 5th will be on hand to serve food and drinks, so come hungry. Food and refreshment proceeds will benefit the 5th Marines. The evening will begin with opening act, local jazz band Quad, at 3 p.m. Then the Ron Kobayashi Trio will take the stage at 4:30 p.m. and play through 6 p.m. The concert will be held at Heritage Park, 34400 Old Golden Lantern in Dana Point and admission is free. For more information, log on to or call 949.248.3530.

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10 a.m.-4 p.m. The monthly art event showcases 60 artists, craftspeople and musicians in downtown San Juan Capistrano along Camino Capistrano, Yorba, Verdugo and Los Rios. 949.493.4700,

Capo Shakespeare Festival


8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Funk, R&B and rock at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


7 p.m.-10 p.m. R&B, jazz and funk at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

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7 p.m. For one weekend only the Cabrillo Playhouse presents the classic tale about the redheaded orphan. Tickets $10. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,

7:30 p.m. San Juan Capistrano’s ongoing acting festival. This weekend is A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $20. 31852 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,







7 p.m.-10 p.m. Rockin’ blues band and dancing at Shorecliffs Golf Course. No cover. Dinner and drinks available. 501 Avenida Vaquero, San Clemente, 800.291.6377.


10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Kids can create shadow puppets and watch a Balinese puppet show with the Saddleback College Performing Arts department. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,


8 p.m. Rock ‘n’ roll concert at The Coach House also with The Scarlet Furies and Connie Rae. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


4:30 p.m. Explore the sea for a full night and do activities with the Ocean Institute. Includes dinner and more. Tickets $70; members $65. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Craig Stoller, owner of Sextant Winery who will be pouring new wines. You will be the first to try and Craig will be raffling off a few bottles. Tasting fee is $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers and chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,


9:30 p.m. Popular band featuring Kai Kalama at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672, 949.218.0120,


9 p.m. Reggae night at BeachFire and happy hour all night for guests dressed “Island-Style.” No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Black Cat Bone

7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live blues music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, Page 12 • Dana Point Times • July July 9–15, 2010

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce and much more along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Wharf’s live band music cruise aboard the 95-foot Dana Pride featuring indoor/outdoor seating, a full bar and a glass of “Pride Punch.” Tickets $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

10 a.m.-10 a.m. Summer art festival in Laguna Beach with displays, activities, food, music and much more. Runs through Aug. 29. General admission $7.75. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,

5 p.m. The Surfing Heritage Foundation hosts an opening reception debuting a new surf film and exhibit. Special guest in attendance. Tickets $5. 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, 949.388.0313,

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica’s exhibition featuring photographs, memorabilia and surf history associated with California’s original waterman, “Whitey” Harrison. Admission $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


5:30 p.m. The Ocean Institute hosts an overnight cruise to Catalina aboard a tall ship. Returns Sunday evening. Tickets $125; members $105. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

“3 for $33”

3 p.m. In celebration of their third anniversary, The Melting Pot offers “3 for $33” fondue specials through August. 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.1966,



11 a.m.-3 p.m. Live music during brunch at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,


8:30 p.m. Art comes alive at Laguna Beach’s famous attraction re-creating world-famous paintings on stage. Tickets $15-$100. Nightly shows. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,

8 p.m. The ultimate surf-style band from the ’70s performs live at The Coach House with Blues Rocket Band and Wordsmyth. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,




6 p.m. The Mission’s outdoor summer concert series continues with a performance by Hollywood U2 (tribute to U2) and catered dinner. Tickets start at $20. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,


2 p.m. Matinee play of the classic tale at the Musical Theater Village. Tickets $12. 36-C Mauchly, Irvine, 949.753.1996, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore rockets and the “blast zone” at the Discovery Science Center’s newest exhibit. Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,

Flying 57s

9 p.m. The popular local band featuring Kai Kalama jams at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

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.



9:30 p.m. Hits from the ’80s at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,

6 p.m.-9 p.m. ’80s rock at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, (Cont. on page 15)


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Sarah Guidas

Thai Dara


27221 Ortega Highway #G, San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.1006,

Have you eaten at this restaurant?

BEST KNOWN FOR: Thai cuisine MOST POPULAR ITEM: Pad Thai noodles Thai Dara, the popular Thai restaurant in Dana Point, recently opened a new location in San Juan Capistrano. The first restaurant opened over five years ago and has been serving authentic Thai cuisine to the locals and tourists that flock to the tiny venue. Mimi Yard, the owner of Thai Dara, decided to open a new restaurant in San Juan Capistrano to expand her business and provide more people with amazing food. “My family is from Bangkok, Thailand, and what I remember about living there is my mother’s cooking,” Yard said. “We wanted to bring that here for people to enjoy.” The new location is much larger than the original but provides the same array of savory dishes and décor. Although the Pad Thai is considered their most popular dish, the restaurant also sells large amounts of yellow curry and beef salad. And all dishes are carefully prepared with the freshest and most authentic ingredients. The restaurant also makes its own sauces, even if it means driving to Los Angeles to buy coconut milk. Detail is key within every plate as each bite allows you to pretend, if only for a minute, that you really are in Thailand.

Photo by Sarah Guidas

PRICE RANGE: $6-$13 RESERVATIONS: Not available

PAYMENT: Cash, credit cards HOURS: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. everyday

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

Gen Kai 34143 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.240.2004 (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. (Cont. from page 15)

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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; 949.429.7067;


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7 p.m. A shark expert visits Casa Romantica to talk about the role of sharks in ocean ecology and their relationship with man. General admission $6. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,




7 p.m. Free pool, happy hour and music at OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


7 p.m.-10 p.m. Acoustic rock at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

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7 p.m.-10 p.m. Free acoustic entertainment 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,

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5 p.m.-8 p.m. Jazz meets wine & chocolate at the Festival of Arts every Thursday. This week Tony Guerrero Quartet performs. Admission $7, tasting fee $12. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,

8 p.m. Live music at BeachFire and “Taco Night.” No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,








11 a.m. The Sunshine Readers tell stories at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, 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. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cinematic history of Zorro from films and television exhibited at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Runs daily through August 31. Admission $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,


7 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Live acoustic at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

The A-Team Could Have Used That Plan B

10 a.m.-12 p.m.; 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Kids are invited to an interactive art class at the Festival of Arts every Tuesday and Wednesday. Materials fee $10; admission $7. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,

8 p.m. Sing fearlessly behind a theatrical cloud of smoke at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, 10 a.m. Screening of Despicable Me for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $7.50. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469,


11 a.m. Live animal show at Sea Terrace Park hosted by the DP Library. Dana Point, 949.496.5517, 8 p.m. Local SoCal jam band plays at The Coach House. Tickets $10 advance, $15 day of. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, 8 p.m. Classic rock band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

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In the grand tradition of summer blockbuster releases, 20th Century Fox’s package for 2010 is a movie adaptation of the ‘80s hit series The A-Team. The trend of taking old, famous TV shows with a handful of contemporary popular faces seemed to be out the door until JJ Abrams decided to surprise the world with his reinterpretation of Star Trek last year. Maybe this is why director Joe Carnahan chose to put a lot of time and effort into yet another action-packed movie—the only problem is there’s plenty of action, but not a lot of adventure. In this updated rendition, the new group includes Hannibal (a beefed up Liam Neeson trying to have us forget he’s Irish for about 20 minutes at a time), smart-aleck bachelor Face (Bradley Cooper), Baracus (an almost convincing Mr. T. wannabe in Rampage Jackson), and a sometimes Southern, oftentimes British pilot named Murdock (Sharlto Copley). The four rangers have been discharged from the military for murder they didn’t commit. Proving their innocence includes busting out of jail and stealing planes, cars and other equipment for their own use. While this is all happening, there is another plan to frame the group by a seedy CIA agent named Lynch (Patrick Wilson). Oh, and there’s a very minor (and forgettable) love subplot between Face and the beautiful Lieutenant Sosa (Jessica Biel). From a technical standpoint, there are entertaining action sequences and some funny one-liners by Face and Murdock, but the build-up of the movie and final analysis seem to miss the point. I realize most people do not expect a lot of deep thinking in an action movie, but when you go into making a film without a clear goal and background for your characters, you end up with an obvious mess. Which is exactly what The A-Team ends up having with its impressive, yet meaningless actions scenes—a sadly common thread that’s been apparent and parodied over the decades. Once upon a time, there were blockbusters with a concrete story, memorable leads, and witty dialogue: Jaws, Indiana Jones, The Terminator, etc. Unfortunately, The A-Team may not fall into this category of classics. DP —Megan Bianco July 9–15, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 15




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


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DP Times is looking for your best shots of the 4th of July fireworks celebration

Christopher “Max” Deering Beautifies Entrance at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he July 4 fireworks show in Dana Point is a big deal. The city even refers to it as an “Extravaganza!” No matter what we call it, not many would disagree that it is one of the favorite events of the year among local residents—and many more from all over Orange County. Central to the day’s appeal are the many family traditions surrounding Independence Day celebrations. The DP Times is issuing a call to all local shutterbugs asking for submissions of your best shots from the 4th of July for inclusion in a slideshow presentation which will become a permanent feature on the website Photos can include your family traditions, fireworks, etc. Please email your best shots, along with a photo caption and credit, to City Editor Andrea Swayne at aswayne@danapointtimes. com. Please limit your submissions to two photos per person. Photos must be sent either as attachments or via and be high resolution images of at least 200 dpi, or when open on your computer’s desktop, at least eight inches across the longest side. The deadline for submission is July 26. DP

Christopher “Max” Deering with chairman of Max’s Board of Review committee Dr. Don Muir. Courtesy photo

Top left: Entrance to the city dressed in stars an stripes. Top right and bottom left: Scenes from the traditional Dana Point Harbor Bridge water fight. Photos by Alan Gibby/

Christopher “Max” Deering of Mission Viejo recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout upon completion of his Eagle project—planning and building an iron arbor entrance built on two pilasters at the entrance of the outdoor chapel at his church, Gloria Dei Lutheran in Dana Point. Max graduated with the class of 2010 from JSerra Catholic High School. He is a California Scholarship Federation Lifetime Member and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. A highlight of Max’s JSerra sports career—playing varsity baseball and soccer—came when he scored the game-winning goal for JSerra’s first ever CIF team championship title. Max will attend Santa Clara University on an academic scholarship in the fall and will play baseball for the university’s team, the Broncos. Max is the son of Chris and Tammy Deering. —AS

Summer Theatre SOCSA summer musical Once On This Island opens July 21 at Dana Hills High School By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he award-winning, talented cast of South Orange County School of the Arts’ Summer Musical Theater Camp will present Once On This Island, a captivatingly romantic musical on July 21, 22, 23 and 24 on the Porthole Theater stage at Dana Hills High School. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Once On This Island is based on the original Hans Christian Andersen tale of The Little Mermaid, with book, lyrics and music by the Tony Award-winning duo of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. Bring the whole family and watch the action unfold through the eyes of several storytellers who

introduce, comment on and propel this magical story forward. Lead performers include Emily Horton (Erzulie), Marisa Shimano (Asaka), Alex Sloan (Agwe), Ramzi Jneid (Papa Ge), Tyler Hartung (Daniel Beauxhomme), Savannah Barker (Ti Moune), Samantha Kelley (Little Ti Moune), Geoff Kaufman (Ton Ton Julian) and Julie Wickstrom (Mama Euralie). Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children, students and senior citizens. Log on to to purchase them online. Tickets will also be available at the door on performance days. Proceeds from ticket sales support arts education at Dana Hills High School. DP

The lead performers IN SOCSA’s production of Once On This Island include (top row L to R) Emily Horton, Marisa Shimano, Alex Sloan, Ramzi Jneid and (bottom row L to R) Tyler Hartung, Savannah Barker, Samantha Kelley, Geoff Kaufman and Julie Wickstrom. Photo by Alan Wickstrom

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California Lax Classic, Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park, San Juan Capistrano July 9-11, 8 a.m.

All-Star Game Charity 5k & Fun Run, Angel Stadium July 11, 7:30 a.m.

Some of Southern California’s top middle school lacrosse club teams are competing in the firstever California Lax Classic to benefit the Headstrong Foundation.

America’s Wellness Coach and Stand Up To Cancer Ambassador, Jillian Michaels will encourage, hand out medals and congratulate participants as they cross the finish line.

Info: www.callaxclassic.



State Farm Home Run Derby, Angel Stadium July 12, 5 p.m.

MLB brings Taco Bell AllStar Sunday to Southern California as the doubleheader includes the XM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game.

The 2010 Gatorade All-Star Workout Day and State Farm Home Run Derby will be held Monday, July 12 at Angel Stadium.

Largest baseball fan event in the world to open with ceremony July 9, limited number of tickets still available for State Farm Home Run Derby


he Opening Ceremony of MLB All-Star FanFest will take place July 9 at 8:40 a.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave. The following people will participate in the event: Rod Carew, Hall of Famer and MLB All-Star FanFest Spokesperson, Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball, Arte Moreno, Owner, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Dennis Kuhl, Chairman, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Curt Pringle, Mayor, City of Anaheim and Allen Staff, Senior Vice President, Regional Executive, Bank of America. There will also be a ribbon cutting featuring Opening Ceremony participants, as fans of all ages are encouraged to celebrate all things baseball. MLB club mascots will be present with MLB All-Star FanFest attractions designed to appeal to fans of all ages. In addition to the Opening Ceremonies, the following events and attractions will highlight the first day of the five-day event: A Rally Monkey Figurine Giveaway at 9 a.m. as the first 2,000 kids ages 3-18 will receive their own Rally Monkey figurine. An Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Hitting Clinic with All-Star FanFest spokesperson Rod Carew from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The State Farm Mascot Home Run Derby will go from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. This is the first of three home-run hitting contests, featuring Gapper (Reds), TC (Twins), Lou Seal (Giants) and Billy the Marlin (Marlins)

taking place on the Aquafina Diamond. A Q-&-A session with Rollie Fingers from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and Clyde Wright from 11:30 a.m. to noon will offer fans a chance to ask Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers and former Angels pitcher Clyde Wright about their experiences in the Major Leagues. A Challenger Game from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as former Angels utility player Rex Hudler and community volunteers from Bank of America will also host an exhibition game between two Little League Challenger Division teams on the Aquafina Diamond. And MLB legends are scheduled to sign autographs at the live radio autograph stages from the likes of Doug DeCinces, Bobby Grich, Rollie Fingers, Wally Joyner, Chuck Finley, Tim Salmon, Jim Fregosi, Steve Garvey, Maury Wills and Clyde Wright. The doors to MLB All-Star FanFest will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. PT on July

9. Tickets for MLB All-Star FanFest are available at, www. or for more information call 1-888-FanFest (326.3378). Ticket Prices are $30 for Adults and $25 for children 12 and under (children two and under are admitted free), senior citizens and military personnel. MLB All-Star FanFest Family Packs are also available. All attractions are free with price of admission. And Southern California fans who thought they were shut out of MLB All-Star Week are in for a treats, as a limited number of tickets still remain for the State Farm Home Run Derby, which is set for Monday, July 12 at 5 p.m. at Angel Stadium. The remaining tickets start at $120 and can be purchased through or Scheduled participants in the State Farm Home Run Derby include: Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers, Robinson Cano of the New York Yankees, Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers, Matt Holliday of the St. Louis Cardinals, David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox, and Vernon Wells of the Toronto Blue Jays. Additional competitors will be announced closer to the event. In addition, Grammy Award winning American rock band Train will perform on-field prior to the event, which will be broadcast live on ESPN beginning at 5 p.m. Train will perform their worldwide smash hit single “Hey Soul Sister” from their latest album Save Me, San Francisco, as well as their classic hit “Calling All Angels.” DP

Aloha Fridays at Surfing Heritage Foundation


o celebrate the start of summer, anyone wearing a Hawaiian print shirt, blouse or dress (the louder the better) will get free admission at the Surfing Heritage Museum in San Clemente. Stop by in your aloha wear and have your picture taken for inclusion on the Surfing Heritage Foundation website. This offer will run through September. A special exhibition of artwork is currently on display and includes the work of Kevin Ancell, Matt Beard, Esteban Bojorquez, Drew Brophy, Ben Brough, Ron Croci, Page 18 • Dana Point Times • July 9–15, 2010

Damian Fulton, Shawn Griggs, Robb Havassy, Ithaka, Wade Koniakowsky, David Lloyd, Jesse Miller, Craig Peterson, David Pu’u, Phil Roberts, John Severson, and Pete Tillack. Also, this Saturday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. SHF presents a book signing with Mike Hynson, showcasing his new book titled Transcendental Memories of a Surf Rebel. The museum is located at 110 Calle Iglesia in San Clemente. For more information, please visit DP


All-Star Game 2010, Angel Stadium July 13, 5 p.m. The 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game will will be the third ever played in Anaheim and the first since July 11, 1989. Info:



MLB Fan Fest By David Zimmerle Dana Point Times


Taco Bell All-Star Sunday, Angel Stadium July 11, TBA

S C O R E B OA R D SURF NSSA National Championships Open, High School and Airshow July 1-3, Huntington Beach Pier Local finishers only. HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY TEAM: 1. San Clemente High School. HS JR VARSITY TEAM: 1. San Clemente High School. HS VARSITY MEN: 5. Ian Crane, SCHS. HS JV MEN: 1. Jonah Carter, SCHS; 3. Josh Giddings, SCHS; 5. Ian Simmons, SCHS. HS JV WOMEN: 1. Lani Doherty, SCHS; 3. Melina Smith. HS VARSITY WOMEN: 2. Marissa Shaw, SCHS; 3. Emmy Merrill. HS JV LONGBOARD: 1. Eli Gillis, SCHS. HS VARSITY LONGBOARD: 2. Dennis White, SCHS. OPEN BOYS: 2. Jacob Davis, Capo Beach; 5. Colt Ward, San Clemente. OPEN MINI GROM: 4. Kairi Noro, Japan/San Clemente. AIRSHOW: 1. Sam Orozco, Dana Point; 6. Trevor Thornton, San Clemente. Doheny Longboard Association 14th Annual Menehune & Junior Championships June 26, Dana Point, Doheny State Beach MENEHUNE 8-U: 1. Cole Mezak; 2. Lang Hennings; 3. Ethan Mudge; 3. Brenna McNulty; 5. Alyssa Spencer; 6. Ty Spencer. BOYS 9-10: 1. Griffin Foy; 2. Ben Seaberry; 3. Sebastian Mendes; 4. Ethan Mudge; 5. Dane Kozelsky; 6. Brock Peterson. GIRLS SHORTBOARD: 1. Meg Roh; 2. Alexxa Elseewi; 3. Nicky Stenerson. GIRLS 10-U: 1. Malia Mae Smith; 2. Alexxa Elseewi; 3. Aura Gonzales; 4. Claire Roh. BOYS 11-12: 1. Chad Biggs; 2. Jeremy Guilmette; 3. Jacob Atwood; 4. David Levy; 5. Rio Donaldson; 6. Xander Morgan. GIRLS 11-14: 1. Maya Harrison; 2. Kailey Biggs; 3. Meg Roh; 4. Taryn Foote; 5. Amber Salas. BOYS SHORTBOARD: 1. Griffin Foy; 2. Sean Purbaugh; 3. Ben Seaberry; 4. Kayl Cota; 5. Chad Biggs; 6. Ethan Mudge. BOYS 13-14: 1. Mason Shaw; 2. Dylan Cox; 3. Josh Larocco; 4. Brock Thomson; 5. Kyle Costa; 6. Billy Perez. BOYS 15-17: 1. Pete Danskin; 2. Andy Nieblas; 3. Bradley Rose; 4. Noah Cordoza; 5. Dakota Faircloth; 6. Dane Patersen. GIRLS 14-17: 1. Makala Smith; 2. Hallie Rohr; 3. Haylie Frasco. SCORES WANTED: We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, snail mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.

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Sam Orozco wins the Airshow Champion title at NSSA Nationals

Ty Spencer and Erin Waters were the youngest competitors at this year’s DLSA Menehune Surf Championships. Photo by Mark Calkins

Sam Orozco on the podium with his NSSA Airshow Champion trophy. Photo by Steve Thraikill

By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


ana Point’s Sam Orozco was the best when it came to aerial surfing at the NSSA National Championships last week at the Huntington Beach Pier. The Airshow Division belonged to Sam when he pulled a 9.1-point Superman— a maneuver where the surfer hits the lip, kicks the board out from under his feet, catches it and raises it up over his head, returns it back under his feet and rides out successfully—with four minutes remaining in the heat. “I thought I was going to lose because Evan Geiselman had already posted a low 8. With about four minutes left in the heat, I saw a peak coming off the pier so I just went for it and pulled a Superman!” said Orozco. “I still wasn’t convinced that I was going to win, though. Evan is really good at airs and there was still plenty of time for him to come up with something good. He ended up not getting another good score and I was super stoked because I’ve never won anything this big. I was shocked, really. It felt great!” DP

Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison: California’s Legendary Surf Pioneer

In conjunction with the Surfing Heritage Foundation, Casa Romantica presents a nostalgic exhibition featuring photographs, memorabilia and surf history associated with California’s original waterman, Lorrin “Whitey” Harrison. The exhibition runs through August 31. The exhibition can be seen Tuesday to Sunday from 11a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Mondays. Admission is $5; members are free. Casa Romantica is located at 415 Avenida Granada in San Clemente. For more information, log on to www. or call 949.498.2139.


On July 14 at 7 p.m. the Casa Romantica will feature a special presentation about sharks. Jim Serpa, Supervising Ranger for Doheny State Beach, is a 20-year veteran of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. He is an expert on sharks and their habits and will talk about the role of sharks in ocean ecology and their relatiohship with man. Expect to hear many interesting stories. General admission is $7, Casa members $6 and children 12 and under are $3. Page 22 • Dana Point Times • July 9–15, 2010

Many Many Menehune Doheny Longboard Surfing Association Hosts 14th Annual Menehune Surf Championships By Denny Michael Special to Dana Point Times


he air was filled with the sounds of laughter and good cheer. Menehunes of all ages were transfixed with the fun-filled day at Doheny Beach on June 26, celebrating being a kid and surfing with friends. The all-day affair brought out great surfing in all age divisions, but more importantly the fun meter was pegged to the maximum on the friendship scale. The Annual event also supported by the Ronald McDonald House and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. The surf event is dedicated to ensuring that the initial experience into a surfing contest is an enjoyable one for the young menehunes. Not only are they in a no-

pressure environment being cheered on by their families, but they are also taught about the importance of being responsible for the local environment while on the beach. The youngest competitors at this year’s event were Erin Waters and Ty Spencer, both four years old. It is the hope of the DLSA that tomorrow’s young surfers will become the new stewards of the future of surfing. For the results of this year’s event please visit DLSA’s website at: The Doheny Longboard Surfing Association is an organization comprised of individuals dedicated to the enjoyment of board surfing in a clean and natural environment. In relation to that philosophy, the DLSA will act as a support group to other organizations with similar views and objectives. DP

Results SNAFU

Surfing America Live website glitch posts incorrect final results By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


ith all of the great technology utilized in professionally produced surf competition these days— computerized scoring, automatic advancement, live webcasts, etc.—automation, unfortunately, does not erase the possibility for glitches. Such technology resulted in a few of last week’s Surfing America U.S.A. Championships’ division finals being widely reported incorrectly. The website www.surfingamericalive. com, where the live webcast for the event was broadcast, erroneously pulled information from the last heat of first round competition for a few of the divisions and reported the information as final results. The SNAFU (an acronym for “system normal: all fouled up”) resulted in incorrect information being widely published in the media on both coasts—including in the DP Times. The error was brought to the attention of Surfing America and corrected. We will still playfully refer to it as a SNAFU, but now with a positive twist—situation normal: all fixed up. The following champions and finalists deserve

recognition for their hard-earned victories, and so, here are the corrected final results for the affected divisions. SENIOR LONGBOARD: 1. Mike Gillard; 2. Richard Patey; 3. Terry Gillard; 4. Darren Collins. MEN’S LONGBOARD: 1. Steven Mangiacapre; 2. Terry Gillard; 3. Mike Gillard; 4. Nick Riopelle. WOMEN’S LONGBOARD: 1. Leah Dawson; 2. Ashley Ahina; 3. Cori Schumacher; 4. Jennifer Smith. GIRLS’ LONGBOARD: 1. Tory Gilkerson; 2. Karina Rozunko; 3. Makani Adric; 4. Lulu Erkeneff. WOMEN: 1. Chloe Buckley; 2. Heather Jordan; 3. Morgan Gore; 4. Kelsey Willison. MASTERS: 1. Scott Shimoda; 2. Rick Takahashi; 3. Yufu Penrose; 4. Young Tarring. MEN: 1. Aaron Swanson; 2. Chad Eastman; 3. Antoine Allain; 4. Wes Beck.

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