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If I Had Only Known Yesterday… Dana Point beaches part of rapid water quality testing pilot program

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E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4 Joanne Linnenbrink of Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) gathers water samples at Baby Beach for testing with a new rapid water quality pilot program. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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City and Business Calendar Saturday, August 7 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. www.

Sunday, August 8 Summer Concerts in the Park-Savor: A Tribute to Santana 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. This week’s free concert features Savor with their tribute to the music of Santana with opening act, The Wilsons. Food and drink will be available for

purchase. Heritage Park, 34400 Old Golden Lantern, 949.248.3530, www.

Thursday, August 12 Puppet Show at the Library 11 a.m. See “River Otter Circus” puppet show by Swazzle Puppet Productions inside the Dana Point library. Admission is free. Parking is limited so please pick up a free parking pass for the Salt Creek parking lot at the Summer Reading Desk before the day of the event. 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.5517,

Tuesday, August 10 Toastmasters 7 p.m. Dana Point Harbor Toastmasters meets at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.2275, www.

Wednesday, August 11

Coastmasters 7 a.m. the Coastmasters of Dana Point (a Toastmasters affiliate) meets every Thursday at the Jolly Roger Restaurant, 34661 Golden Lantern, 949.496.9610,

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

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…More Candidates for City Council?

THE LATEST: The number of candidates running for City Council now stands at five. Three incumbents—council members Joel Bishop, Lisa Bartlett and Mayor Steven Weinberg have all filed their papers and have been qualified. Robert Dreissen, who pulled his election nomination papers a few weeks ago, has notified the City Clerk that he will not be returning his paperwork and is pulling out of the election. Since last Thursday, two new candidates have thrown their hats into the ring. Dana Kislig returned his papers on August 3 and was qualified on August 4. William “Bill” Brough pulled papers on August 3 and had yet to file them by 10 a.m. on August 5. Word on whether Brough’s paperwork will be qualified by the Registrars office is expected by August 6. In order to qualify, at least 20 out of the 30 signatures collected by candidates on their nomination papers must be verified by the Registrar’s office. WHAT’S NEXT: The deadline for turning in nomination papers is Friday, August 6 at 5 p.m. Because all three incumbents filed and qualified within the July 12 to August 6 nomination period, the filing deadline will not be extended by five days—until August 11—for candidates other than the incumbent to file. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, 18 years of again on or before election day and registered to vote in the City of Dana Point. Council members are elected to four-year “staggered” terms, meaning that either 2 or 3 seats are open every two years. Council members may serve no more than two consecutive terms. FIND OUT MORE: For more information about the process candidates must complete in order to run for City Council, log on to www., type the words “elections” in the search box. —Andrea Swayne


…A SONGS Meeting?

THE LATEST: The public is invited to join representatives of Southern California Edison on Thursday, August 12 at the San Clemente High School Triton Center for “SONGS: An Interactive Exhibit and Open House for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.” The event will give the public an opportunity to ask questions about the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Along with other SONGS experts, Chief Nuclear Officer Ross Ridenoure and SONGS Station Manager Doug Bauder will be on hand to answer questions. Refreshments will be served. WHAT’S NEXT: The meeting takes place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 700 Avenida Pico. FIND OUT MORE: Contact Barbara Culverhouse at 949.368.3345 or —Jonathan Volzke


…Salaries for Elected Officials?

THE LATEST: With revelations that the former City Manager in the city of Bell earned nearly $800,000 a year while most City Council members there earned about $100,000, residents might be wondering about the pay scale of officials here in Dana Point. The short answer: Much less. According to Dana Point City Clerk’s office, City Manager Doug Chotkevys makes a base salary of $203,483.00 yearly. Chotkevys also receives $1,150.00 per month via the city Cafeteria Plan for health, disability and life insurance and is provided with exclusive and unrestricted use of a city-provided four wheel drive vehicle equipped with appropriate emergency related equipment and able to accommodate eight passengers. The city also pays up to $12,000 annually for membership in professional organizations, career development and training—an allowance that he is required to provide a yearly accounting of. City Council members make $620 per month. Dana Point is a general-law city, and City

Council member salaries are essentially set by the government code, based on population. Bell, which has 37,000 residents, is a charter city—a change approved by voters there—so elected officials had more latitude setting their own salaries. WHAT’S NEXT: California Controller John Chiang announced he will change financial reporting requirements for cities, then post salary information on his office’s website in November. FIND OUT MORE: Contact the city of Dana Point’s City Clerk at 949.248.3505. Chaing’s website is —JV/AS


…Fire Authority Closing Every Other Friday? THE LATEST: The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) will be synchronizing the work schedule for the staff working at the Regional Fire Operations and Training Center (RFOTC) in Irvine, closing the headquarters every other Friday. The current schedule keeps the facility partially staffed every Friday during business hours. The new schedule will close the facility every other Friday beginning August 20. In addition to reducing the facility operation costs through lower utility use, operational impacts caused by recent staff reductions will be offset by having the entire staff work the same schedule each day. This change will affect those customers that come to Fire Authority headquarters to conduct business, such as plan checks or to request a copy of an incident report. The change will not affect emergency services in any way. The move comes as the authority scrambles to balance its budget without a proposed fee increase. The agency’s board of directors, which includes Dana Point Councilman Steven Weinberg, told staff to balance the budget without the fee increases. WHAT’S NEXT: “Although we have strived to maintain accessibility to services while also reducing operating costs, the budget cuts we have made to staffing necessitate this

change,” Fire Chief Keith Richter said. “We hope that the public is not greatly affected by the change and appreciate their understanding as we make these adjustments.” FIND OUT MORE: —Jonathan Volzke


…South Coast Water District Elections?

THE LATEST: Two of the five directors of the South Coast Water District are up for reelection in November, and it looks like a few candidates will challenge them for their seats. Seats held by Richard Dietmeier and Bob Moore are up for re-election, and while both incumbents have pulled their nomination papers, they’re joined by three other potential candidates. Gary Langdale, James Raneri and Richard Runge have all pulled papers, too. So far, Dietmeier, Moore and Raneri have returned their nomination papers to get on the ballot. South Coast Water District serves Dana Point, South Laguna and a portion of San Clemente, maintaining approximately 12,300 water and 17,800 sewer accounts. The district’s estimated population is 40,000 residents and two million visitors a year and SCWD supplies about 7 million gallons of drinking water to customers daily. The district is working on a joint desalination project and has a small groundwater plant, but the majority of the water it supplies comes through the Metropolitan Water District. The district’s total water storage capacity of approximately 22 million gallons is maintained in 15 reservoirs. Water is moved to upper elevations through approximately 147 miles of local mains using a system of nine pump stations. WHAT’S NEXT: Candidates have until 5 p.m. on August 6 to file their papers. FIND OUT MORE: See


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If I Only Knew Yesterday… Dana Point beaches participate in rapid water quality testing pilot program By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


istorically, by the time beachgoers are informed that the water they were swimming or surfing in is contaminated with levels of bacteria that could make them sick, it is already too late. That’s because traditional methods for testing water quality require a 24-hour turn around. It has been a good system—a very accurate system—but a slow system. And, although the method has served the beach-going community well, it is always a day late. County health officials, scientists, water agencies and other environmental groups recently banded together to do something about it. In a cooperative effort between the Orange County Public Health Laboratory, Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP), Miocean, South Orange County Wastewater Authority (SOCWA), Orange County Sanitation District and, on a national level, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a pilot program to demonstrate the use of a newly developed rapid water test is being tested at Orange County beaches. This new method yields results in about four hours as opposed to the current 24, allowing for up-to-date water quality information to be made available to the public on the same day. An advantage that OC Healthcare Agency Program Manager Larry Honeybourne is excited about. “This new method will enable us to tell beachgoers when it isn’t a good idea to swim at a beach ‘today,’ instead of telling them they shouldn’t have been in the water ‘yesterday,’” he said. The eight-week demonstration—which began on July 6 and will run through August 31—has all eyes on Orange County as health agencies across the country watch closely. The EPA is currently working on its own program to develop a rapid microbial monitoring method to roll out on a national level and will use the information and lessons learned here to develop their nationwide strategy “This new method for implementation. will enable us to tell Locally, water testing is being performed at three beachgoers when locations along the Dana coast—Baby Beach, it isn’t a good idea Point at Puerto Place and at the to swim at a beach Doheny State Park campground. ‘today,’ instead of Joanne Linnenbrink, an undergraduate marine telling them they biology student at Cal State shouldn’t have Long Beach is one of the lab technicians working for been in the water SCCWRP charged with col‘yesterday.’” lecting the water samples. — Larry Honeybourne, “I think this program is OC Healthcare Agency a great opportunity for research to expand in this area, especially since water quality is of great importance to public health,” said Linnenbrink. “After collecting my samples I take them to the SOCWA lab where I will perform the old 24-hour test method alongside SOCWA techs as they perform the new method.” SCCWRP Executive Steve Weisberg explained that during the demo period samples will be tested using both old and new methods to ensure that test results are accurate. “With traditional methods we catch the bacteria on a filter pad, place the pad into a growth media that is specific to the types of bacteria that we want to quantify, wait a day to see what grows and then count the number of bacterial colonies. It is affective but takes time,” said Weisberg. “With the new method, the water is filtered, the bacterial cells are broken down and a count is made of the DNA present to measure genetic material specific to certain bacterial strains. This results in greater specificity and faster turnaround, both of which are good things. Sameday answers net same-day information to the public.” “We’re being very conservative by running current standard methods and new methods during the test period concurrently,” said Honeybourne. “We will post on a rapid test result, but won’t unpost unless a standard method result confirms our findings.” SOCWA was approached by the county health department Page 4 • Dana Point Times • August 6–12, 2010

Above: SOCWA Lab Tech Angie Richardson performs the new rapid testing method. Right: Joanne Linnenbrink, an undergraduate marine biology student at Cal State Long Beach and one of the lab technicians working for SCCWRP, takes a water sample near the jetty at Puerto Place in the Dana Point Harbor. Photos by Andrea Swayne

and SCCWRP to serve as the Dana Point testing facility due to their advanced knowledge of water testing methods, highly trained personnel and well equipped laboratory. “We were happy to volunteer our lab and staff to Larry Honeybourne for the program,” said SOCWA General Manager Tom Rosales. “It’s good for us because it gives our staff firsthand knowledge of some of the different methods being considered with regard to new technology. And, for us as a small agency, it is good exposure to be working with the health department and pushing forward this different approach on method testing. It’s good for us and the industry. We are always open to experimentation and happy to accommodate where we can.” A big part of the total package is not only the test method itself, but also the development of a system to disseminate same-day information to the public. This is where Miocean comes into the picture. Miocean is a group made up of Orange County business leaders who share a passion for protecting the ocean environment. Their mission statement is, “To clean up our local shoreline using a business approach and applying expertise, passion and resources for measurable improvements.” Miocean developed the nation’s first beach information monitors that have been implemented as part of the program. Using proprietary technology they developed, a network of public information monitors have been placed near all of the test sites. Miocean sponsored monitors located at the Doheny State Beach entry kiosk, as well as at Corona del Mar, Newport pier and Huntington State Beach. So far, the rapid testing has run so smoothly that the monitors are generally displaying updated daily water quality information by noon each day. As beachgoers head to the water, they now have access to warnings before entering contaminated water. At the Doheny entry kiosk, State Park staff are also handing out printed information to visitors. In addition to the monitors, the health department and Miocean are providing the faster notifications to the public via telephone hotline, Orange County Health Agency website (, online subscription to email alerts, instant notifications via cell phone, Twitter updates (www. and posting real-time Miocean monitor demo at SCCWRP established a Rapid Microbial Methods Task

Force made up of representatives from federal, state and local regulatory agencies to oversee the program. The Task Force will meet on September 27 to review the project results and determine if further testing is warranted and/or if the program will be continued—and possibly expanded. “By taking the lead here in Orange County, our findings could very well lead to the EPA taking the program nationwide,” said Weisberg. “Our local pilot program will provide answers to many questions: Can local labs effectively conduct the methods, acquire the necessary technology? Can local agencies perform the tests accurately? Etc. All of the information will assist with the EPA’s plan to put forth new criteria for encouraging the use of these rapid testing methods nationally.” So far the results are very promising. And, that’s good news—much needed at a time when oil spills, vanishing rainforests and pollution stories make daily headlines—not only here at home, but for our entire planet. DP Interested in reading a more scientific description of the new test method, formally known as, “Measuring Enterococcus in Water by Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction?” Log on to www.


Learning: Hook, Line and Sinker Dana Wharf’s Kids Summer Fishing Camp serves up fun for young anglers


ana Wharf Sportfishing’s second annual Kids Summer Fishing Camp casted off July 12 through July 16. As the Kids Club Coordinator for Dana Wharf Sportfishing, I have been given the honor and privilege to work with young anglers and pass on my love of fishing. I was blessed this year to have a well-seasoned group of young anglers with a solid background in fishing techniques and amazing skills. The first day of B Y M O N I Q U E the camp all the kids introduced BERRY themselves to each other and expressed why they like to fish. Most of the kids, when asked why they like fishing, had answers like, “I just like it” or “because it’s fun.” Elliot was the only kid in the camp that had never been fishing before and he said, “My dad really liked to fish and I want to be just like him.” The kids started out the week learning to tie a correct knot for the type of fishing we typically do in the local waters. The more advanced youngsters teamed up with the beginners to demonstrate their knot tying skills. The palomar knot—considered to be the easiest knot when learning to fish—was introduced first. As the camp went on, kids were interested in learning more advanced knots, like the clinch knot. You could say, the kids went a little “nuts for knots.” The crew demonstrated the proper way to handle and hook live bait. Most of the kids were used to handling live bait; however, they all followed instructions perfectly. They also hung on the crew’s every word about correct weight and sinker placement. They started with rubber core sinkers, which are very easy to put on and remove from the fishing line. As the week continued, they learned to use sliding egg sinkers and even how to tie a dropper loop or blood knot when using torpedo sinkers. Many different species were reeled in, including: Calico Bass, Sand Bass, Sculpin, Sheephead, Rockfish, Treefish, Kelpfish,

Blue whales lunge feeding. Courtesy of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari

A Blue Whale Banquet Blue whales feeding on abundant krill near Dana Point

Above: (L to R) Ian, Josh, Cristian, Kaden and Sage. Left: Brandon and Tristan are all smiles after reeling in their fish. Photos by Monique Berry

and even crab. The crew taught the kids about Department of Fish and Game regulations and size limitations. Every fish that was caught was carefully measured and released if it didn’t meet the size requirement. Some kids practiced catch and release regardless of size. Trey was the only kid all week to reel in a White Sea Bass, however it did not meet the size requirement and it was released. I was pleasantly surprised to see how considerate, caring and kind the kids were to each other and the crew. Kyle, an advanced young angler, was helping other kids tie hooks on and offered positive encouragement every day, especially to his younger sister Sage. Sage was the only girl

in the camp and really held her own with all the boys. She caught many different species of fish and even managed to catch a Sand Bass—the biggest fish of the week. On the last day, the kids brought a parent or family member to show off their new skills. Paul’s mom Patricia said, “He waits all year for this camp. He loves it!” There is nothing better than seeing a mother and son or grandfather and granddaughter up against the rail fishing and laughing together. It was wonderful to see Paul, Cristian, Noah and Tristan return for their second camp experience. When asked what was different from last year—the camp’s first year—Cristian summed up the camp’s purpose perfectly when he said, “We caught more fish and I made some great new friends!” I am so proud of this year’s group of 27 kids and working with them has definitely made me a better person and fisherman. It was an honor for me to see how these kids grew in just a week, not only in their fishing skills and techniques, but as young

Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari is reporting numerous recent sightings of Blue whales feeding just off the coast of Dana Point. “We’ve been having some great trips out there—seeing Blue whales every day for the past 9 days or so—multiple Blue whales,” said Anderson. “Last Saturday we saw at least seven different whales lunge feeding at the surface on an abundance of krill. They were just coming up and scooping it up. There were two Fin whales and two Blues working the same area. We were only two miles offshore.” Blue whale sightings seem to be on the rise according to Capt. Dave’s data collected over the past three years. The yearly counts, through July 31 have been: 125 in 2008, 162 in 2009 and 204 in 2010. August is typically the best month to see these whales, so abundant sightings are expected to continue through the month. Sightings of other baleen whales such as Minke and Fin whales are also up over last year. For information on whale watching trips with Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari, log on to You can also watch whales live at www. —Andrea Swayne polite, respectful and genuine members of our society. I would like to personally thank the kids in the Dana Wharf Kids Summer Fishing Camp 2010. I enjoyed fishing with all of you and look forward to seeing you on your next fishing trip. I am excited for our next fishing tournament on September 12 and hope to see the camp kids return to try and land the biggest fish. For more information on upcoming kid’s events and daily fishing trips, visit Dana Wharf Sportfishing online at DP

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

Casino Celebrates 73 Years The historic Casino San Clemente hosted an open house to mark its 73rd year on July 31. Hundreds of people, curious to see the newly renovated Casino, attended the free open house celebration. “We always envisioned this property to have its original uses restored—entertainment and restaurant use,” said owner Linda Sadhegi about her and her husband Shaheen’s plan for the property. The Sadhegis, owners of LAB Holding, LLC, purchased the Casino roughly a year ago. Music, food, refreshments and fun activiPage 6 • Dana Point Times • August 6–12, 2010

ties for the kids contributed to the festive atmosphere. Local Casino sponsors including Iva Lee’s, Vine, Carbonara’s, and Sugar Blossom Bakery took care of the food and live music was provided by the Elizabeth Lamers Jazz Quartet. There was even a play area in the outdoor Rock Garden area for the little ones. Beautiful floral decorations from the Flower Company of San Clemente livened the setting, adding color and a fresh new feel to the historic structure. Though renovations are not 100 percent complete, the Sadhegi’s thought an anniversary open house would be a fun way for the public to get a glimpse inside. “It’s time to open the doors and let everyone see what we’re doing and then renovations will continue,” said Linda Sadhegi. Various

renovations have yet to take place, including the delineation of a bar, replacing the carpet in the entryway and corridors and the most exciting renovation of all—tearing back the carpet in the ballroom to expose the original 1937 hardwood floors. For more information on the Casino send an email to info@thecasinosanclemente. com or call 949.632.5605. Log onto www. for a slideshow of the event. —Madi Swayne SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Vote of Confidence for City Manager The San Juan Capistrano City Council on

Tuesday gave a verbal vote of confidence to City Manager Joe Tait, whose dual role—and salaries—as City Manager and Utilities Director—has drawn statewide attention in light of the salary scandal in Bell. Tait initially signed on as a contract employee as Utilities Director, but when former City Manager Dave Adams left about a year ago, the contract was redrafted to also make him the City Manager. His total compensation is about $330,000, but the contract—reported when it was signed—has recently garnered attention because it identifies both jobs and breaks down the salary between them. City Council members, however, say Tait saves the city about $120,000 a year because he does not collect any benefits beyond use of a city vehicle. —Jonathan Volzke

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Business Beat

By Rachel Namson and Barbara Merriman

News and updates on Dana Point’s business community

NOW OPEN SUSTAINABLE DESIGN CORPORATION A new company has sprung up in Dana Point that is making it easier to go “green.” Clark Baxter’s new company Sustainable Design Corporation is the go-to place Clark Baxter. Photo by Andrea Swayne that offers services that are not available anywhere else. They help architects choose sustainable products and they help the manufacturers of those products find architects to use them. Contractors and builders are in the mix too, with sustainable guidelines to fit the products to the project. Homeowners benefit with all of these entities coming together, making it possible to get an energy-efficient mortgage and tax benefits. Not only that, but the homeowner will also benefit from “green” certification when there is an inspection for the sale of a home. “Sustainable design has come to the forefront of all design and construction decisions. If you are not thinking of green or sustainable design in your initial building or remodeling projects as one of the top three concerns—the others being initial cost and long term return on investment—you are missing the boat,” said Baxter. “With the implementation of the new Green building codes, sustainability has to be the first thing you look at, economically, environmentally and socially.” Sustainable Design Corporation is positioned to provide a resource for everyone. The u

DP Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY 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.

Saturday, July 31 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Pacific Coast Highway / Ritz-Carlton Dr. (2:04 p.m.) Authorities were contacted after a caller witnessed a seven-foot long python. Animal Control workers attempted to catch the animal but the snake retreated into a hole in the ground.

Friday, July 30 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Pacific Coast Highway / Beach Rd. (2:11 p.m.) Deputies were contacted when a caller witnessed a woman wearing a halter dress

purpose is to help consolidate those who design, with those who issue permits, and to find product recommendations with energy efficiency. The International Code Council writes codes and is about to adopt a new green building code, which is expected to be mandatory in January, 2011. Just about every city in America is trying to get something on the books that aims towards the green movement. Sustainable Design is aiming for a national database of all aspects of building to reduce the carbon footprint of new construction and to help lower the emissions from prior construction. Bottom line is that by consolidating all aspects of building and retrofitting, and maintaining “green” structures, Sustainable Design will help clients save both money and the environment. How’s that for a win-win? Keep our world green! For more information, log on to www. or call 800.258.7770. —Barbara Merriman RUNNING WORLD Get ready to run with Running World, a brand new running store at 34155 Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. With the grand opening just a few weeks away, the staff at Running World are working away to fit the personalized needs of all its loyal customers. Running World doesn’t just sell shoes—it sells the right shoe. The expert staff will perform a biomechanical gait analysis on location to analyze the stride and structure of the foot. In doing so, they can find perfect shoe necessary to support the type of runner and type of foot. By taking the time to engage with and learn about the customers, the staff is able to prescribe the best shoe that will prevent injuries and deliver the best workout. The store carries all the accessories u

talking to male drivers in a parking lot before finally getting into a vehicle with a male. The caller suspected that the woman was a prostitute. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Golden Lantern / Pacific Coast Highway (10:50 a.m.) A caller contacted authorities after witnessing waiters at a local Japanese restaurant attempting to repair damage that was done to the restaurant building after it was hit by an unknown vehicle.

Thursday, July 29 RECKLESS DRIVING Del Obispo / Stonehill Dr. (2:52 p.m.) Deputies were contacted when a caller witnessed a man in a truck driving on the wrong side of the road. BATTERY Pacific Coast Highway / Crystal Lantern (1:27 a.m.) Authorities were contacted after a caller witnessed a man laying in the gutter and bleeding from the head. The man was reportedly hit in the head with a baseball bat by an unknown subject.

Running World. Photo by Rachel Namson

required for a great workout including running shoes, socks, over-the-counter orthotics and active apparel by the leading brands such as Apex, Brooks and New Balance. In celebration of the grand opening sale, Running World is offering 20 percent off your first pair of running shoes. “We plan to support the local high school, community events and look forward to serving the community,” said Aaron Aygenou, one of the owners of Running World. “Dana Point is a great running community and we are excited to be here.” For more information, stop by or call Running World at 949.RUNNING.—Rachel Namson

and Michelle Kortz opened up their cookie dough shop in December 2009 with the inspiration of five generations of bakers. More than 150 years old, the family cookie recipe has stood the test of time. It began with the original chocolate chunk cookie, Kiss Me Chocolate, prepared with a special technique that makes Omi Kookies uniquely delicious. Other signature flavors include the Luscious Lemon Drop, Pucker Up Peanut Butter, and the favorite Omi Doodle—all bold concoctions that stay true to the original baking technique. Omi Kookies continues to adventure with new recipes and offer a Cookie of the Month special flavor. The Cookie of the Month for August is a Butter Pecan and it is available for sampling in the store along with all the other flavors. “I wanted to keep true to the idea of always having that fresh-baked cookie right on hand,” said Kortz. “People are always happy when they have cookies.” Cookie dough is sold in both 24 oz. and 48 oz. tubs that can stay refrigerated and ready to bake. Omi Kookies also offers cookies for sale if ordered in advance and ice cream cookie sandwiches in celebration of summer. Omi Kookies is located at 362 Camino De Estrella—on the border of San Clemente and Capo Beach—and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Omi Kookies at 949.218.3158 or log on to —RN

SEND US YOUR BUSINESS NEWS OMI KOOKIES If you are craving the taste of a gourmet cookie but want it fresh-baked from your own oven, then Omi Kookies is your destination. Mother and daughter team Bernie Krause u

at nightfall. The following day authorities resumed the search and recovered the body of a 22-year-old San Juan Capistrano man identified by the Coroner as Taylor Patrick Blanco. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Doheny Park Rd. / Victoria Blvd. (5:30 p.m.) A caller contacted deputies to report a transient with no shoes who was lying on the ground in front of a local veterinarian’s office. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Del Prado, 24900 Block (9:40 a.m.) Authorities were contacted when a caller suspected that a man had been following them around inside a local supermarket for an hour.

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Wednesday, July 28

BATTERY Caller Real / Vista Del Mar (7:50 p.m.) A male juvenile called authorities to report a man who assaulted him on the street. The juvenile was reportedly skateboarding when the male driver pulled over to throw him on the ground for supposedly cutting him off.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Pacific Coast Highway, 33300 Block (6:20 p.m.) Deputies were contacted when it was suspected that someone had drowned at Three Arch Bay. The search was called off

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Monarch Beach Resort, 0 Block (6 p.m.) Employees at a local resort called authorities to report a male guest who was distraught and brandishing a screwdriver.

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The guest reportedly argued with security and injured other guests before being arrested. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Pacific Coast Highway, 34300 Block (3:46 p.m.) Deputies were contacted when a caller witnessed two homeless men sitting in front of a local fast food restaurant trying to make a device for drug use. WELFARE CHECK Pacific Coast Highway / Beach Rd. (12:57 a.m.) A caller contacted authorities after noticing a man on the side of the road who was bent over and clutching his stomach. The man was reportedly holding his thumb up in an attempt to hitch a ride.

Monday, July 26 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Del Prado, 24300 Block (7:04 p.m.) Deputies were contacted after a caller witnessed three male subjects in an alley carrying household appliances and vomiting. TRAFFIC HAZARD Pacific Coast Highway / Doheny Park Rd. (4:54 p.m.) Authorities were called when a heater was found in the street, blocking traffic. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Dana Poplar, 32800 Block (12:08 p.m.) A man contacted deputies after suspecting that there were mountain lions in the open area behind his residence. August 6–12, 2010 • Dana Point Times • Page 7





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I have lived in Dana d’Oro, adjacent to Dana Hills High School for 36 years and feel the proposed performing arts facility is too big. This area has been impounded with the following additions: l. An enlarged enrollment adding multiple portables thus shrinking the campus by losing basketball courts, open baseball fields and areas for classroom agriculture. 2. Joint-use ball fields within CUSD for local sports teams. This has taken away some high school field use time along Page 8 • Dana Point Times • August 6–12, 2010

with adding high power pole lighting impacting the neighborhood. 3. The district agreed to allow electronic high power cell phone receivers on campus with multiple attachments causing additional electrical pollution for students. 4. The district rents out the football fields on the weekends for private Patriot games and other sporting events. 5. The high school traffic is huge as more students are getting cars causing a spilling out for blocks during the day and for after hours school events. 6. The City Hall is across the street with a lot of ingress and egress making this the most congested corner in Dana Point. 7. I’m not even going to address the noise, traffic and parking issues related to this plan.

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> Michele Reddick (San Clemente)

INTERNS Kirsten Amavisca Sacher, Chris Bashaw, Sarah Guidas, Christine Jonas, Danielle Juncal, Rachel Namson, Austin Reagan

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foreseeable future. This past June, in the face of severe funding cutbacks from the state, our school board members approved a new budget for the next school year—and we kept our promise to voters by keeping our focus on our core mission of educating children. Union leaders urged us to increase class sizes as a way to balance Mike Winsten the budget. We refused to do so—we would not agree to balance the budget on the backs of our students. Instead, we successfully protected most music, sports, and numerous secondary school electives. We were able to do so, in large measure, because we had successfully reduced the school district’s annual administrative overhead expenses and the cost of our contracts with the unions. In fact, as a result of the reforms we’ve implemented, CUSD’s annual administrative expenses are now among the lowest in the state for comparably sized districts. We accomplished this by upgrading the talent levels, efficiency and capabilities of our central administration and school site administrators. Nonetheless, union leaders and their activists who never voted for our current school board members remain steadfastly opposed to our reform efforts. They complain in one breath that we brought too much reform in a short period of time—and in the next they complain we have not brought enough change quick enough. The truth is, the critics of our current reform Board of Trustees have opposed us since the day we were sworn into office. They are a coalition of union leaders and activists who are still fighting to preserve an unsustainable status quo. In various ways, these critics have benefited from favors extended to them by the previous administration that controlled CUSD for 15-years. They are furious voters rejected their union-backed candidates in the past elections—and now they are gearing up for another attempt to unwind all the positive reforms voters in CUSD

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GUEST OPINION: By CUSD Trustee Mike Winsten

ince you first elected me to serve on the CUSD Board of Trustees in the November 2008 election, my Board colleagues and I have embarked on the important work of reforming and improving CUSD. Among our biggest achievements was the successful hiring of Dr. Joseph M. Farley as our new permanent Superintendent starting July 1, 2010. Dr. Farley most recently served for five years as Superintendent of nearby Anaheim Union High School District. He brings an impressive body of experience in all aspects of public education including instruction, curriculum and facilities maintenance, improvement and construction—not to mention, a fresh, common sense perspective. His hiring has been praised by all the major CUSD stakeholders—even the public employee unions that continue to disagree with us on so many other important issues. Dr. Farley’s arrival and reception is a promising sign the future of CUSD remains bright—despite drastic funding cutbacks imposed by the state and continuing opposition from the leaders of CUSD’s public employee unions. Of course, bringing reform and transition to a large organization like CUSD is never easy. Change is made more difficult in our current fiscal conditions. Bringing reform and positive change is especially difficult in our public school district which spends approximately 85 percent of its entire budget on salaries and benefits for our employees—most of whom are represented by powerful union leaders. We saw how hard this can be in April when union leaders called a strike, rejecting our school board’s offers of a balanced package of labor expense reforms. Ultimately, your school board members showed great courage and leadership by successfully modifying the unsustainable union contract in a manner that reduced labor expenses by 10.1 percent annually and imposed a cap on future health insurance contribution increases. This decision, while very unpopular with powerful union leaders and their activists, has been hailed throughout the State of California as a necessary measure to ensure the financial sustainability of our school district for the

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> Sergio Sanchez (San Juan Capistrano)

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

ONLINE READER POLL Are you for or against the building of a new performing arts center at Dana Hills High School/ SOCSA? Yes 65% No 30% Undecided 5% 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.

elected us to accomplish. In the November 2, 2010 General Election, control of our school district will be at stake (as five of the seven reform trustees will be on the ballot). Reform Trustees Ellen Addonizio, Anna Bryson and Larry Christenson (the “ABC Reform Trustees”) will face re-election. In addition, reform Trustee Ken Lopez Maddox and myself are facing an early recall election that was promoted and supported by the public employee unions in CUSD. Voters will have a clear choice in the November election: Re-elect the current conservative trustees who are dedicated to bringing positive change and reform to our school district or replace them with candidates who are supported by the powerful public employee unions that want to preserve an unsustainable status quo. In my view, the upcoming CUSD Board election will be a referendum on public education in South Orange County. Both sides of this debate will be airing out a lot of information during the upcoming election season. I urge you to do your own research and make up your own mind. Visit www. to learn more. 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

8. Now, all of this is compounded to this one-road entry of over 400 residences including Dana d’Oro, Thunderbird and Sunset homes. There is already an unsafe emergency exit with only one street going in and out in front of the high school. We support the kids and attend their events, but this community cannot support any additional impact in this area. Other large churches in the area do not have such a mammoth seating capacity. This facility is too immense for this campus. The grounds have shrunk enough. 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.


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Concert in the Park: A Tribute to SantanA

The next concert in the Dana Point Summer Concerts in the Park series will be held this Sunday, August 8 at Heritage Park. The first of two bands, The Wilsons, will start out with a set of classic rock tunes—from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.—followed by the headliner, Savor, featuring the music of Santana beginning at 4:30 p.m... Savor pays tribute to Santana by faithfully recreating hits by the Latin rock legend. Their show includes songs like Jingo, Smooth, Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va, just to name a few. Their stage show is a sight to behold as band members don classic 1960s and Afro-Cuban attire to compliment their powerful stage presence. The show starts at 3 p.m. and runs through 6 p.m. Admission is free, but come hungry, as members of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and members of the Fighting 5th will be on hand selling delicious food. Proceeds from the food sales will go to support the 5th Marine Regiment. Heritage Park is located at 34400 Old Golden Lantern. For more information and a full listing of the entire summer concert lineup, log on to or call 949.248.3530. —AS



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The List

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

friday06 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 68° low: 55°

Sawdust Festival

10 a.m.-10 p.m. The annual summer art festival in Laguna Beach with shopping, food, music and more. $7.75. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,

Sunset at Salt Creek

5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The Mary Erickson Community Housing (MECH) annual fundraiser at Salt Creek Beach with dancing, a live band, food from local restaurants, live auctions and more. MECH is a nonprofit that helps families with affordable housing and life skills. Dana Point, 949.369.5419,

Shawn Colvin

8 p.m. Singer/songwriter at The Coach House. Tickets $29.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

New Arrivals Wine Tasting

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company introduces new wines to the shop. $15 for seven wines or choose from the daily tasting menu of four wines for $10. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

Lord of the Strings

7:30 p.m. Concert featuring guitarist Pete Huttlinger at the Dana Point Community Center. Tickets $25. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227,

After Hours at the Library

7 p.m.-9 p.m. John Hopkins performs popular and original songs at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,

Live Latin Guitar

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Hang out at the Ritz’ newest ocean-front lounge, 18oblu, and enjoy live music, drinks, appetizers and more. One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.5088,

Justin Taylor Band

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Live dance music every Friday & Saturday at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino Del Avion, Monarch Beach, 949.443.1476,

saturday07 forecast: sunny • high: 67° low: 56°

World Anthem

8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, Page 10 • Dana Point Times • August 6–12, 2010

Boeing Rocket Lab

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit at the Discovery Science Center designed for kids (and kids at heart) who love space and want to learn about the science of space, rockets and engineering. Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,

The Fab Four

8 p.m. Beatles cover band performs its Sgt. Pepper’s Experience show at Pacific Amphitheatre. Tickets start at $12.50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.740.2000,

Whitey Harrison Outrigger Canoe Race

9 a.m. Annual 20-mile nine-man outrigger canoe competition starting in the harbor, heading to Laguna Beach and back, and ending at Doheny State Beach. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point,

Music Under the Stars

6 p.m. The Mission’s outdoor summer concert series continues with Hot August Night, a Neil Diamond Tribute, and catered dinner. Table tickets start at $30. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band

8 p.m. Beatles tribute at Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $12.50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.740.2000,

Summer Stargazing Family Night

6:30 p.m.-11 p.m. The Ocean Institute hosts an evening of astronomy and stargazing at the Lazy W Ranch. Includes storytime around a campfire, refreshments and more. Adults $40, kids $30. 23852 Hot Springs Canyon Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.2274,

Dana Point Farmers Market

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

50 and Fabulous Party

6 p.m.-11 p.m. Dancing, entertainment, tons of fun contests and more for those in their 50s at Adele’s. Tickets $25, includes goodies. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121,

Live Music Harbor Cruise

7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Waterhouse Reggae Band performs onboard Dana Wharf’s music cruise; features a full bar. $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949 496-5794,

sunday08 forecast: sunny • high: 68° low: 57°

Fiesta Street Festival

9 a.m.-7 p.m. San Clemente’s annual event along Avenida Del Mar with salsa competition, activities, live music, contests, arts & crafts show, kid rides, classic car & motorcycle show, entertainment and much more! 949.492.1131,

Money Cup

10:30 a.m. Final day of the skateboarding championship competition in the Action Sports Arena at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $15. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.740.2000,

Summer Concerts in the Park

3 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Dana Point’s free concert series with The Wilsons (classic rock) followed by Savor (Santana music) at Heritage Park; features food and drinks fundraiser. 34400 Old Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,

Jumping Jack Flash

7 p.m. The local Rolling Stones tribute band plays at the OC Fair & Event Center. Tickets $12.50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.740.2000,

Lisa Loeb

8 p.m. Popular female artist at The Coach House. Also featuring Sara Haze and Alice Wallace. $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Blues Fest & Beatles Sunday

2 p.m.-4 p.m.; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Every Sunday live music at the Festival of Arts with blues artists followed by a tribute to The Beatles. Free with admission of $7. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,

Flying 57’s

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

Leslie Lowe Champagne Brunch

11 a.m. Live music on the patio at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Reggae Sundays

5 p.m.-10 p.m. Reggae at Mozambique. $5 cover. 1740 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.715.7777,

monday09 forecast: sunny • high: 71° low: 58°

Poul Pederson

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

Pageant of the Masters: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

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

Monday Madness Wine Tasting

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,


9 p.m. Sing your heart out at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, (Cont. on page 12)


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Rachel Namson

Village Mediterranean Rim


123 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.361.8970,

Have you eaten at this restaurant?

BEST KNOWN FOR: Mediterranean Cuisine MOST POPULAR ITEM: Tagine Escape reality for the evening and enter a world where the flavor of the Mediterranean reigns. Twelve years ago, owner and chef Nour Tillo brought passion and taste from his world travels right into the heart of downtown San Clemente. Whether seated inside surrounded by the charming Mediterranean decor or on the porch breathing in the ocean air, the taste of the Village Mediterranean Rim is exceptional. Their signature dish, a Moroccan style stew called Tagine, comes to the table steaming with a mouthwatering aroma. From pork with vegetables, caramelized pears, dried apricots and walnuts in a pear-brandy sauce to slow cooked venison with vegetables, walnuts, roasted garlic and honey in a Tunisian tomato sauce, the Tagine choices all have something unique and delicious to offer—including a side of couscous. The specials menu provides a new, seasonal adventure in dining every night. The Village is also a perfect place for a midday break, with the introduction of a new and affordable lunch menu that includes a grilled New York steak pita served with tomato, red onion, baby greens, feta cheese and ginger soy aioli.

Grilled New York steak pita. Photo by Rachel Namson

PRICE RANGE: Lunch $5-$15, Dinner $6-$38 RESERVATIONS: Recommended for dinner PAYMENT: Cash, Credit Card HOURS: Lunch Tuesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dinner Tuesday-Sunday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.

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

Salt Creek on the Beach Burger


33333 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.661.1803 (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 10)

tuesday10 forecast: sunny • high: 72° low: 59°


11 a.m.-4 p.m. 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. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


1 p.m.-5 p.m. Final day of the surf exhibit at the Surfing Heritage Foundation. 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, 949.388.0313,


7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. One-man show who plays everything at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


7 p.m. Surf film showing at The Shorebreak in HB hosted by the California Surf Museum. Tickets $5. 500 PCH, Huntington Beach, 760.721.6876,


Half price on all fishing trips, whale watching and other adventures at Dana Wharf every Tuesday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

wednesday11 forecast: sunny • high: 73° low: 61°


10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids explore produce gardens, taste fresh vegetables, and decorate and take home a pot with seeds at the Mission. Admission $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,


3 p.m.-7 p.m. Every Wednesday at El Camino Real and Yorba in San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.4700.


7:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Band’s first-time appearance at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Page 12 • Dana Point Times • August 6–12, 2010


8 p.m. From a refugee camp to international stars, this music group performs at The Coach House. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,



Dinner for Schmucks and Viewers

forecast: sunny • high: 73° low: 61°


6 p.m. Gregory Wolfe performs as Rod Stewart for the beach concert series at the San Clemente Pier. Dinner from Fisherman’s available for purchase. 949.361.8264,


7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari hosts an all day whale watching trip and cruise to Catalina Island. Includes 3-4 hours of free time on Catalina. Cost $119 each. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.488.2828,


11 a.m. Program for kids with featuring the “River Otter Circus” puppet show at Sea Terrace Park hosted by the DP Library, DP Women’s Club, National Charity League. Parking passes for Salt Creek Beach lot at the library. 949.496.5813,


5 p.m.-8 p.m. Jazz meets wine & chocolate in a special event at the Festival of Arts every Thursday. Admission $7, tasting fee $12. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,


8 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


8 p.m.-12 a.m. Dance the night away to current Top 40, Latin, and R&B. Dinner and drink specials too. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,



10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The pro surfer and author visits the Ocean Institute and introduces kids and families to creatures that live in the surf zone from his book, Surf Creatures A-Z. Cost $16 per child. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

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As is much the tradition with “buddy” comedies, there is the average, normal working guy who just can’t seem to buy a break and a goofy, obnoxious stranger from which he just can’t seem to get away. With mid-summer feature Dinner for Schmucks recently released by Paramount Pictures, we have Steve Carell and Paul Rudd as the unlikely but entertaining movie duo. An American remake of the 1998 French comedy The Dinner Game, Schmucks follows struggling finance executive Tim (Rudd) who needs to find an “idiot” to bring to a work dinner party for the possibility of gaining a promotion. He stumbles upon Barry (Carell)—literally, and from that point on until the dinner, manages to increasingly embarrass Tim everywhere he looks. Director Jay Roach is no newcomer to comedy with the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents films on his resume, and with leaning on two actors whose reputations equate to box office gold, Steve Carell and Paul Rudd do bring some hearty laughs for viewers as the leads. Arguably, one of the more memorable roles in the film is offered by Jermaine Clement of the HBO show Flight of the Conchords—he’s definitely a supporting Aldous Snow-Russell Brand-type character. Also noticeable are Ron Livingston (Office Space) and Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), as well as funny ladies Lucy Punch (Hot Fuzz) and Kristen Schaal. Fans will most likely get a kick out of this comedic ensemble. However, those who are familiar with Roach’s earlier comedies, or Judd Apatow’s movies, might find the humor too familiar or over done for their enjoyment. But for younger and casual movie viewers, there will likely be a fun time had with this comic infested film, and maybe an appreciation for some of their “normal” friends. DP —Megan Bianco





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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 solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium Last week’s solution:

SOLUTION SOLUTION SOLUTION SOLUTION See today’s solution in next week’s issue.

June Gloom Stretches into Gray Sky July “June Gloom” came late this year, coining a new term to describe the ever-inconsistent Southern California weather: “No-Sky July.” By Kirsten Amavisca, Chris Bashaw and Sarah Guidas Dana Point Times


t’s a tongue-in-cheek phrase that communicates the irony of what outsiders think Southern California is like, contrasted to what locals know to be reality. With overcast skies and record-breaking average temperatures dipping lower than normal, weather officials have since confirmed last July as being one of Southern California’s coldest in decades, if not a century. But although the rhyme describes the ironic weather of a July in Southern California, a postponed summer is no laughing matter for commerce. With overcast skies and record-breaking average temperatures that dipped as much as four degrees below last year’s, No-Sky July had an evident effect upon local businesses. Because of the decrease in beach-goers and tourists, many businesses that depend on them have seen a decline in sales, especially those providing the staple goods and services of what is usually a warm Southern California summer. “To be honest we’re more quiet than last year,” said Camilo Hernandaz, manager of Zoomar’s petting zoo. Hernandaz considered the possibility that cold weather was affecting his business, but said it could be a coincidence. However, Zookeeper Nina Leone offered evidence to the contrary. “People call ahead to see what the weather is like,” she said. “I get three or four calls a day from people who regularly come and before they get off the phone, they want to know what the weather is like.” Mike Macgregor, employee of the bike and surrey rental business Wheel Fun Rentals, said the company has been getting less business because of the weather. “We definitely got less business on the Fourth of July this year; we usually do really well,” he said. Boating activities have also suffered losses in revenue, coowner of Dana Wharf Donna Kalez said. “There has been a big decrease in the amount of ocean trips we run,” she said. “The Ocean Adventure Trips and the Music Cruise trips have been cut back, especially the ones in the evening because it’s freezing—people were wearing huge coats and scarves.” Poor weather has had a mixed effect upon restaurants and other food vendors. Page 14 • Dana Point Times • August 6–12, 2010

Photo by Sarah Guidas

“People still get here at seven or eight in the morning to get a fire ring on the weekends. The picnic areas fill up and the campgrounds have been full all summer.” —Denise Estrada, Doheny State Beach “Usually the breakfast crowd is huge, but breakfast has died down and now lunch is busier,” said co-owner Steve Zdrakas of Proud Mary’s Restaurant in Dana Point Harbor. “As soon as the sun comes out, people get happy.” Beverly Hinsey, manager of Harbor Grill Restaurant, couldn’t comment on exactly how her sales have been by the weather this summer. “It’s a toss-up. When people can’t go boating or to the beach because of the weather, a lot of people go out to eat instead. Because of that, business actually increases when the weather is bad. Now that the sun is out, we’ve been seeing less people because they can go outside now.” Mariana Artatchka, owner of Hummingbird House Café in downtown San Juan Capistrano, provided similar input. “I get late crowds on hotter days,” she said, suspecting that people prefer outdoor eateries on hotter days and come into restaurants on cooler ones. However, the opposite trend was observed by Gladys Martinez, manager of the Doheny State Beach Snack Shop. “The [bad] weather affected us a lot; business is way down. We do better on the weekends, but we’re still not doing well.” Denise Estrada, picnic and special event coordinator at Doheny State Beach, said less people patron the beach on weekdays, but weekends remain busy. “People still get here at seven or eight in the morning to get a fire ring on the weekends. The picnic areas fill up and

the campgrounds have been full all summer,” she said. Estrada said she thought a lot of people from out of town come from the Inland Empire where it’s a lot hotter and the cooler weather comes as a relief. Glen and Judy Hoke from Flagstaff, Az. were staying at the Doheny campgrounds and refused to be discouraged. “We’re still having a great time here,” they said. “Even though it’s not 100 percent sunny, we’re making the best of it and doing what we would do even if the weather was perfect.” A public information statement released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) confirmed the presence of “unseasonably cool July weather,” caused by “an upper level trough of low pressure along the West Coast during the majority of [July].” The trough of low pressure air “kept the weather cool west of the mountains.” According to information gathered from online weather service, average temperatures recorded last July are among the lowest recorded within the past five years. Weather stations in San Juan Capistrano and Capistrano Beach recorded average temperatures of 66.5 and 65.3 degrees, respectively, compared to 70.8 and 69.1 degrees last year. Dana Point and San Clemente follow the same trend with a respective average of 64.1 and 63.8 degrees, compared to averages of 68 and 66.1 degrees recorded last year. However, last July wasn’t the coldest for San Clemente. In 2007 the average temperature fell to 58.2 degrees Some surfers are perplexed by colder water temperatures. Two in San Clemente said they would usually be wearing board shorts, but because of cold water they’re still wearing their winter wetsuits. Dr. Jin-Yi Yu, professor of atmospheric science at the University of California, Irvine said the California Current could be responsible for colder water conditions. “Typically the current runs from the north and [goes] to the south, bringing cold water down the coast of California,” he said. Colder water also creates a thick marine layer by cooling down the warmer air that sits closer to the surface of the water. As the warm air cools water molecules slow down, causing the air to become more dense and fog-like. With a record-breaking July chill has come a resurgence of talk about the controversial theory of Global Warming. Philip Gonsalves, a spokesman for NOAA, said that it is “anecdotal and not very scientific” to prove or disprove Global Warming based upon one region’s weather. “Having the coldest July in Southern California doesn’t disprove the Global Warming theory as much as having the hottest July proves it,” he said. “The temperature for any given place and time can’t be extrapolated to the rest of the globe and doesn’t have a significant bearing on the veracity of the theory.” Despite the literally global scale of weather conditions and patterns, the effects of such systems still affect businesses and people on the local scale of Southern Orange County. Even though the amount of customers via tourism has dipped this summer, many businesses continue to rely upon local customers for success. There is confidence and hope among business owners that the next few months will be hot, which might suffice enough to fill the void created by Southern California’s missing summer. “I’m hoping that it will be really hot in October and September,” said Kalez. “Businesses really need it to be.” DP

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USLA National Championships, Huntington State Beach August 5-7, 8 a.m. More than 1,000 professional and junior lifeguards compete for honors at the U.S. Lifesaving Association National Lifeguard Championships.



Silver Stars vs. Sparks, Staples Center August 8, 5 p.m.

U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach Pier Through August 8

Come see some of Spain’s finest as they hit the pitch for a friendly against Landon Donovan and the rest of the LA Galaxy.

It’s been a busy week for the ladies in purple and gold as they will play in their third straight home game against San Antonio.

The largest professional surf competition in the world takes center stage at the Huntington Beach Pier Surf Stadium. Info:



Info: www.losangeles.angels.


fakie down the rail, alleyoop frontside transfer from one half of the teacup to the other, gap up to 5, frontside air on the teacup and a cab back lip to take the win. “I wanted to throw out a different run from what I already did. The course is interesting. You had to get out there and just start throwing down. I liked it,” Sheckler said. “I just threw it out and gave it all I had because I knew it would be my last run.” The year marked the second silver medal in a row for Nyjah Huston, who said this silver meant more to him because of what he put into it. “It means more this year because last year there was just one more trick I needed to land. This year I actually landed the run I wanted to do, so I was really happy with the way I skated,” Huston said. “I wasn’t expecting to win, I was just trying to do my best and I am happy with how it turned out.” Ryan Decenzo rounded out the top three as he took the X Games bronze. DP


Ryan Sheckler powers through a backside smith grind on his way to victory during Skateboard Street Men’s Finals at X Games 16. Courtesy of Bryce Kanights/Shazamm/ESPN Images

X Games 16 Skateboard Street Men’s Final Results 1. Ryan Sheckler, San Clemente, Calif., 92.66 2. Nyjah Huston, Huntington Beach, Calif., 91.33 3. Ryan Decenzo, Vancouver, British Columbia, 90.00 4. Chaz Ortiz, Chicago, Ill., 89.66 5. Sierra Fellers, Whitefish, Mont., 54.66

Tanner Foust of Capistrano Beach Wins Both Rally Car and SuperRally Events at X Games Courtesy of ESPN


Tanner Foust gets air over the berm while leading in the Rally Car SuperRally final at Summer X Games 16. Courtesy of Eric Lars Bakke/Shazamm/ESPN Images. ABOUT ESPN’s X GAMES FRANCHISE ESPN, The Worldwide Leader in Action Sports, first developed its X Games franchise in 1995. Part of ESPN Original Entertainment, X Games, Winter X Games and All Access are just some of the original action sports programming currently shown on ESPN and ESPN2. In addition to the two U.S.-based events, ESPN has held X Games competitions and demonstration events around the world including Dubai, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Malaysia, China and Spain. The global franchise has also expanded its reach to, the definitive site for action sports fans, and to consumer products such as X Games bikes, protective gear, skateboards and DVDs.

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After six games on the road, the Angels head back to the Big A for a shot at slamming the Royals in a three-game series.


Near-perfect final run boosts local skater to the top an Clemente’s skating hero Ryan Sheckler left it all on the line last Saturday, as he put together a string of seamless runs to mark his third X Games gold medal during the Skateboard Street Men’s Finals at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Sheckler battled back and forth throughout the jam session with Nyjah Huston, but came out on top after a near-perfect final run. “It was a crazy contest to be back. I got hurt last year and wanted to get back this year, and this definitely exceeded my expectations,” Sheckler said. “I’m psyched. I just had to believe in myself. I just needed to get my bearings about me, let it flow and not worry so much about it. I couldn’t have done anything more.” Sheckler, who made the best use of the teacup during the jam session, put together a final run that included a full cab back lip to


Royals vs. Angels, Angels Stadium August 9, 7:05 p.m.


Sheckler Wins Third X Gold Courtesy of ESPN


Real Madrid vs. LA Galaxy, The Rose Bowl August 7, 7:30 p.m.

Games 16 newest additions, Rally Car and SuperRally events, excited the drivers, judges and fans as 12 competitors had the chance to race head-to-head on July 31, in, out and around The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the first time. Rally Car Racing event medalists Capistrano Beach’s Tanner Foust (winner) and runner up Brian Deegan rode away with gold and silver for the second time that day, in the SuperRally Final. The wins brought Foust’s X Games medals to five, while Deegan now has 12. “The track was perfect and had so much grip,” Foust said. “Door-to-door, I like racing the four cars, but even when you say you don’t have a favorite kid, you always do. And SuperRally is definitely my favorite.” SuperRally competition quickly whittled down to the final four: Foust, Deegan, Samuel Hubinette and Stephan Verdier. As the four cars lined up at the top of the Coliseum, anticipation was high for a thrilling race. While Foust edged out Deegan in the first turn, an early jump by Deegan put him in third. Even with a lost bumper, Verdier

MONDAY SOFTBALL: 1. Prestige Worldwide, W-4, L-0, T-0; 2. No Glove No Love, W-3, L-1, T-0; 3. Feel the Heat, W-2, L-2, T-0; =4. Dr. Eckl’s Green Team, W-1, L-3, T-0; =4. The Blasters, W-1, L-3, T-0; 6. Caliente Cantina, W-1, L-3, T-0. MONDAY KICKBALL: 1. Skills that Kill, W-3, L-1, T-0; 2. Cobra Kai, W-2, L-1, T-1; 3. bAllStars, W-1, L-3, T-0; 4. St. Regis Blue Ball Crushers, W-0, L-3, T-1. WEDNESDAY SOFTBALL: 1. Ricardo’s Place, W-4, L-0, T-0; =2. Where My Pitches At?, W-2, L-2, T-0; =2. Balls & Dolls, W-2, L-2, T-0; 4. Da Playaz, W-1, L-3, T-0. WEDNESDAY KICKBALL: 1. Absolut Ballers, W-4, L-0, T-0; =2. Free Ballers, W-2, L-1, T-1; =2. Dirtbags, W-2, L-1, T-1; 4. Mixed Nuts, W-2, L-2, T-0; 5. Sofa Kings, W-1, L-3, T-0; 6. The Ballers, W-0, L-4, T-0. was hot on Foust’s heels as the two drivers vied for number one position. Verdier looked to take silver but during the last lap, Deegan made fast work of the track and found himself back in second position. “I knew Foust had me at the start, then I made some rookie mistakes,” said Deegan. “At the beginning of the day, I had no idea I would be winning a medal because practice was not going so well. I am super pumped to go home with two silver medals.” Trailing in last place the entire race, rookie Hubinette squeaked past Verdier at the last second to take home the bronze medal. “What a finish,” said Hubinette. “It was insanely fun. I was the underdog, and no one expected this from me.” When the four drivers finished, they played to the cheering crowd, taking jumps and turning doughnuts. Information on all X Games events can be found on DP Rally Car SuperRally Final Results 1. Tanner Foust, Capistrano Beach, Calif. 2. Brian Deegan, Bellevue, Neb. 3. Samuel Hubinette, Newport Beach, Calif. 4. Stephan Verdier, Long Beach, Calif.

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GARAGE SALES Garage Sale This Saturday Aug. 7th Household Items, Collectables, ANTIQUES!, Tools, Cd’s, VHS, Plants, Furniture. Cordova St. in Dana Point (Cross-street: Violet & Golden Lanterns)

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Susan L. Whitman Susan Whitman, 65, died July 27, 2010, with her family by her side in San Juan Capistrano, CA. A wake is scheduled for Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Shelly Kindred. She was born July 14, 1945, in Maywood, CA to Sally and Clarence “Pete” Peterson. She moved to Capistrano Beach in 1967 where she met and married King Whitman, and raised her children on the Palisades. Her interests included gardening, golfing, and reading. She enjoyed the beaches of Mexico and she devoted much of her time to her grandchildren. Ms. Whitman is survived by her mother, Sally Viles; brother, Steven Peterson; 3 daughters and their spouses, Shelly and Don Kindred, Chris and Jim Oldham, Nicole and Patrick Corwin; 4 grandchildren; and her beloved dog, Missy. She was preceded in death by her father, Pete Peterson and sister, Shirleen Satterfield. Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 788, San Clemente, CA 92674

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Grom of the MONTH Kristen Laurent Age: 13, Shorecliffs Middle School As a member of the Shorecliffs Middle School surf team Kristen Laurent surfs in interscholastic competition, has tried her hand at a few NSSA contests and came up with a third-place finish in the recent San Clemente Ocean Festival Groms Rule Contest and a fifth at the WSA Menehune Surf Fest. This year Kristen plans to surf the Gatorade WSA Championship Tour and has spent her summer break practicing for the upcoming season. Kristen is fairly new to surfing—having learned at the age of 11. She also looks forward to being a dual sport athlete in high school and will be trying out for the surf, soccer and cross country teams at San Clemente High. In addition to her passion for athletics, Kristen is also a straight A student. At school she gets noticed not only for her grades but for her excellent citizenship as well, receiving Student of the Month awards an average of about four times a year. She also enjoys playing the piano Photo by Sheri Crummer/ and playing soccer with San Clemente United. So far she has spent the summer surfing her favorite break—Lost Winds (Lasuens)—at least five times a week and will make it a point to keep up with her school work so that she has time to surf there at least three times a week during school.—AS

Tarp Tubes


Local surf groms start tarp surfing sensation

5th Annual WSA Menehune Surf Fest July 25, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street BOYS/GIRLS U9 SB PUSH IN: 1. Shane Cox; 2. Keanu Igarashi; 3. Raiki Nishida; 4. Elan Hansler; 5. Nicholas Coli; 6. Hunter Arce. BOYS/GIRLS U9 LB PUSH IN: 1. Spencer Fanticola. BOYS U9 SB: 1. Shane Cox; 2. Jack Vandermeulen; 3. Kade Matson; 4. Spencer Fanticola; =5. John Garbino; =5. Elan Hansler. BOYS 9-11 SB: 1. Sam Wickwire; 2. Griffin Foy; 3. Zach McCormick; 4. Nathan Carabba; 5. Luke Davenport; 6. Noah Hohenester. BOYS 12-14 SB: 1. Kanoa Igarashi; 2. Tyler Killeen; 3. Preston Dexter; 4. Colin Deveze; 5. Kirk Weissinger; 6. Chandler Stirrat. GIRLS 12-14 SB: 1. Bailey Nagy; 2. Tia Blanco; 3. Rachel Tominaga; 4. Kylie Nagy; 5. Kristen Laurent; 6. Steffi Kerson. BOYS U13 LB: 1. Dylan Hord: 2. Tanner Hord; 3. Chad Apodaca. GIRLS U13 LB: 1. Kylie Nagy; 2. Sophia Fanticola. BOYS 13-16 LB: 1. Tony Bartovich; 2. Josh Angeo; 3. Colin Andrews. GIRLS 13-16 LB: 1. Tia Blanco; 2. Bailey Nagy; 3. Lulu Erkeneff; 4. Samantha Apodaca; 5. Nicole Apodaca. BOYS 15-16 SB: 1. Josh Benjoya; 2. Jordan Kudla; 3. Wesley Krautkramer; 4. Tony Bartovich; 5. Adam Mejia; 6. Dylan Sonderegger. GIRLS 15-16 SB: 1. Bailey Nagy; 2. Lulu Erkeneff; 3. Madi Swayne; 4. Kristen Laurent.

By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he originators of blue tarp surfing— Cody Brady, Wyatt Brady, their dad Robert Brady and Dodge Weirath— have set off a wave of YouTube videos with the posting of their original video Blue Tarp Surfing on December 26, 2009. The boys used their Christmas money—upwards of $100—to purchase a big blue tarp to make virtual barrels to “surf” through on skateboards in the street in front of their Merideth Canyon home—where the boundaries of San Juan Capistrano, Capo Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente converge. The idea was first hatched in the mind of Cody and Wyatt Brady’s dad Robert when he saw the blue tarp covering his boat—in the dry storage area of the Embarcadero Marina at the Dana Point Harbor—blowing in the wind. Robert stood watching as the billowing tarp formed what looked just like a barreling ocean wave. He told the boys about what he had seen and they took it from there. After many experiments with tarps of various shapes and sizes they hit upon the perfect combination of material and technique and blue tarp surfing was born. A skateboarder rides—on tarp covered pavement—through a “barrel” created as wind fills the tarp being pulled at the corner by another, to form a likeness of a barreling ocean wave. Huh? I know…you have to see it to believe it. The boys made a homemade video of themselves and their friends “surfing.” After the video was uploaded to the internet it quickly attracted 30,000 or so hits within the first few weeks and caught the attention of Surfline. It has since topped a half-a-million views. The video made its debut on Surfline. com and held a spot in their top viewed videos for quite awhile in early 2010. Cyrus Sutton, creator of—a website he calls “a new platform for independent surf culture created with the purpose of spreading digital aloha through video how-tos, short films, rants and interviews, where ideas can be shared that respect self-sufficiency, craftsmanship and a surfing experience of our own design”—spotted it on Surfline and convinced the boys to let him shoot a new version of the film. Sutton’s film was given the name Tarp Pits and has also been generating buzz on YouTube. Since then, blue tarp surfing has become a bonafide fad among surfers of all Page 18 • Dana Point Times • August 6–12, 2010

Above: (L to R) Wyatt Brady, Dodge Weirath and Cody Brady ride through a hollow barrel created as Robert Brady (back) pulls the blue tarp. Photos by Andrea Swayne

“We want everyone to try it. It’s such a fun thing to do and we posted our video with the purpose of sharing it with the world.” — Cody Brady ages—the thing to do when the waves are not firing. The number of blue tarp surfing videos by others getting posted to YouTube keeps growing as people discover this “just for fun” tube ride spoof. The guys from in Santa Cruz spotted the boys’ video on YouTube and made their own video contribution to the craze. Their video, posted a couple of weeks ago, has injected new life into the frivolous fun of simulating the crown jewel of surfing maneuvers. Their video has been viewed more than a millionand-a-half times, since its debut and sparked a new influx of homemade YouTube video postings. Just as always follows behind the invention of all the very coolest stuff of life, there will be those who come out of the woodwork to claim that they invented it “years ago.” But Cody, Wyatt and Dodge’s video is, according to the YouTube time stamps that mark the upload of videos to the website, the first of its kind—on the internet, at

least—a fact that really doesn’t matter that much to the boys. “We want everyone to try it,” said Cody. “It’s such a fun thing to do and we posted our video with the purpose of sharing it with the world.” “It’s just a toy,” said Dodge, “A toy just like surfing. It belongs to everyone.” Robert echoed that sentiment by adding, “It’s strictly for the purpose of having fun but it is pretty exciting how it has turned into a lot more than we expected—the way it’s taken off on the internet and all over the world. It’s all about being a kid or being a kid at heart.” So next time your favorite break is flat, or you get tired of riding waves that rarely serve up hollow tubes, have a crack at tarp surfing. If you’re a “mature” surfer, it will make you feel like a kid again. If you’re a grom, it will make you feel like a pro. Log on to for a link to Blue Tarp Surfing and Tarp Pits, or visit key word “tarp surfing.” DP

Hobie Grand Opening The Hobie store, formerly located at 24825 Del Prado in Dana Point has relocated to 34174 Pacific Coast Highway and will be hosting a grand opening celebration this weekend. On Thursday, August 5 Hobie featured a live performance by Donavon Frankenreiter and on Friday the Billabong Surf Experience presented by Subaru will be on hand to help celebrate with a barbecue, test drives, games and prizes. The party continues on Saturday when the store will be rocking into the night with performances by Ray Barbee and Ruben Gonzales and Friends. All grand opening events are free but a portion of the weekend’s sales will be donated to the Dolphin Force Foundation at Dana Hills High School. The new store hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and they can be reached by phone at 949.496.2366. You can find them on the web at UPCOMING EVENTS July 31-August 8: U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, Pier August 7-8: Gatorade WSA Championship Tour, Event No.1, San Onofre State Beach, Trail 5

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