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Relatively calm waters for Dana Point in 2010. The year sees budget cuts but residents rank quality of life high.

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City and Business Calendar Friday, December 31 City Hall Offices Closed through January 2 City Hall offices located at 33282, Golden Lantern will be closed for the holidays. Regular operations will resume on January 3, 2011. For more information, log on to the city website at www. New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Celebrate New Year’s Eve on New York time. The City of Dana Point and the Dana Point Senior Center hosts a New Year’s Eve dinner

and dance. Food will be provided by the Jolly Roger Restaurant and live music by Pete Jacobs War Time Radio Orchestra. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple and must be purchased by December 27. Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street, 949.248.3536,

Wednesday, January 5

Monday, January 3

Youth Board Meeting 4 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3597,

Senior Bingo 12:15 p.m.-12:45 Dana Point Community/ Senior Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street, 949.248.3536,

Thursday, January 6

Senior Bingo 12:15 p.m.-12:45 Dana Point Community/Senior Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street, 949.248.3536, www.danapoint. org.

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…All Charges Dropped Against Former Superintendent?

THE LATEST: The 4th District Court of Appeal this month dismissed all charges against former Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent James Fleming, ruling that compiling lists of unhappy parents took very little time, and that there was no evidence he did anything wrong with them. “In sum, we now hold that because Fleming was within his lawful authority to authorize his subordinates to compile the two lists, his authorizations were not criminal under section 424. Briefly, Fleming was within the proper scope of his authority as superintendant to research the nature of the discontent and unrest in the District at the time,” Presiding Justice David Sills wrote in the 36-page decision. The lists came from the unsuccessful 2005 recall attempt against all seven trustees. The drama included a DA raid on the CUSD offices, and Fleming retired in 2006 after 15 years at CUSD and was indicted in 2007. Fleming and an Assistant Superintendent were charged with theft of public funds—using public employees for political purposes— and similar violations. Since the allegations were filed, the charges had been whittled down to one, and the appellate justices were considering appeals from both Fleming—who wanted the last charge dismissed—and prosecutors who wanted the original charges restored. The justices said they took the District Attorney’s version of events as fact, too, but the DA simply didn’t prove any wrongdoing. They also took note of the political discord in the district at the time. Essentially, the justices accepted that public officials made the lists, but said it was all within Fleming’s duties as superintendent. It was his job, as he argued, to figure out who was unhappy and why. “...the lists could serve the valuable and lawful purpose of allowing superintendent Fleming to actually meet with his critics, learn their grievances, and explain his position to them,” Sills wrote. “After all, we may ask, since when it is criminal for a school superintendent to meet with his critics?”

WHAT’S NEXT: The District Attorney could appeal the ruling. Charges also remain against former CUSD Assistant Superintendent Susan McGill. FIND OUT MORE: See the Beyond the Blackboard Blog at —Jonathan Volzke


…Honors for Theodor?

THE LATEST: At the Dana Point Chamber Installation Dinner and Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 26, Georgia Theodor of Dana Plaza Business Services will be honored for her year of leadership as Chair of the Board. Russell Kerr of Edward Jones Investments will be installed as Chairman, along with the 2011 Board of Directors. Other honors and awards that will be highlighted throughout the evening will include Ambassador of the Year; Business of the Year Minuteman Press, Dana Point; Citizen of the Year Lara Anderson; the Chamber Staff’s Award and the Chairman’s Award. WHAT’S NEXT: The 2011 Installation Dinner and Annual Meeting will take place at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa and will include a no-host cocktail hour, dinner and entertainment. FIND OUT MORE: See Chamber offices are closed until January 3. —JV


…Weathering the Storms?

THE LATEST: Coast Highway was periodically closed and the uphill-lane of Palisades Drive was also shut down as heavy rains pelted Dana Point and the rest of Orange County. The waters around the San Juan Creek outfall and Doheny State Beach were also closed for several days because of high bacteria counts in the water. Passenger train service south was also interrupted because of issues with the tracks in San Diego County during the height of the storms. The National Weather Service says John

Wayne Airport has received 12.65 inches of rain since July 1. WHAT’S NEXT: Temperatures are expected to drop even further and the National Weather Service predicts a 50 percent chance of showers Sunday. FIND OUT MORE: See for forecasts, and watch www.danapointtimes. com for storm-related news. Residents can also call the Ocean & Bay Closure and Warning Hotline at 714.433.6400 for the latest status on ocean and bay closures, warnings and advisories in Orange County. —JV


…Designated Drivers for New Years?

THE LATEST: The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is again offering free bus rides between 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, December 31, and 2:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, January 1. “We encourage those out celebrating New Year’s Eve to leave their cars at home and enjoy a ride aboard an OCTA bus,” OCTA Chairman Jerry Amante said in a statement. “This is the ninth year we’re providing the service in hopes of keeping Orange County residents and visitors safe while they ring in the New Year.” Last year saw 10,269 free New Year’s Eve boardings and more than 87,000 boardings since the program began in 2002. WHAT’S NEXT: It’s not only safer to take the bus or use a designated driver, it’s the best way to keep out of trouble. Law-enforcement agencies countywide have been running a DUI-crackdown in December. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the Winter Holiday Anti-DUI crackdown has continued to result in a significant number of DUI arrests through routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 38 DUI patrols countywide. From 12:01 a.m. Friday December 17 through midnight Monday, December 27, preliminary numbers show that officers representing Orange County law enforcement agencies have arrested 340 individuals

for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In 2008, 1,029 people were killed and 28,457 injured in California due to highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Authorities ask people to call 911 when they see a car swerving, speeding, driving too slowly, braking for no reason, driving with no headlights on at night, or signaling one way and turning the other. The “Avoid the 38” task force is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. FIND OUT MORE: For more information on New Year’s Eve service and to check bus routes and schedules, visit OCTA’s website at or call 714.636.7433. —JV


…Changes at Costco?

THE LATEST: Construction is getting underway at two closed San Juan Capistrano car dealerships that will allow the expansion of the Costco on Doheny Park Road. Costco is buying the Capistrano Ford property immediately adjacent to its location, and will expand its business, while also adding gasoline sales, and ultimately a carwash. Capistrano Ford has been sold to the TuttleClick Automotive Group, which will move the Ford dealership, and add the Mercury line, to the Camino Capistrano property. WHAT’S NEXT: The Ford dealership is scheduled to be out of the Costco area by the first quarter of 2011. Costco will remain open to customers during the expansion. FIND OUT MORE: Watch www.danapointtimes. com —JV

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December 31, 2010–January 6, 2011 • Dana Point Times • Page 3

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2010: The Year in Review By Jonathan Volzke Dana Point Times


ana Point sailed mostly calm seas in 2010, even as the city continued to be a leader in the battle against pot shops and saw some changes to the City Council, water district and school district in the November elections. Here’s a review of stories from the past year. For more details on any of them, see Feel free to share your thoughts about the news of 2010 online, too. January BAD CALL: Sports commentator Michael John Smith, the TV man for the Los Angeles Clippers, is arraigned on a felony grand-theft charge of allegedly stealing $735,000 from a Dana Point man who was a longtime friend. The charge is connected with a real-estate deal for which Smith allegedly pressured his friend, a 65-year-old man with an inoperable brain tumor, to put up his paid-off home as collateral. Smith pleads not guilty. CUSD HEADLINES: The month ended with an attorney representing two Capistrano Unified School District trustees threatening to sue residents who signed the petition launching a recall against Ken Lopez Maddox and Mike Winsten. The lawyer tells the residents that the letter was improperly worded and they could be liable for fees. The letter is withdrawn, but another is resubmitted. PERVERT PENALITY: Christopher Holden Fenn, 47, gets 10 years in prison for exposing himself to nearly 100 South OC women, including some in Dana Point, while they were alone in isolated areas such as jogging trails and parking lots. Most happened in the early morning hours, while Fenn was on his way to his job as an insurance underwriter. He lived in Mission Viejo with his wife and four children. OLE OLAMENDI’S: The City Council honors Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurants as the Business of the Year. STORM STORIES: Manhole covers pop, trees fall and streets flood as Dana Point is lashed by a series of heavy storms. The Dana Point Harbor Patrol hoists a seldom-seen storm flag—a red square with a smaller black square center—to warn of forecasted 55 mph to 73 mph winds. COSTCO PLANS: San Juan Capistrano Costco, the city’s largest single-source of sales-tax revenue, announces it will buy the neighboring Capistrano Ford parcel to expand and add gasoline sales and a carwash, killing a proposal that Costco would go to the city-owned Lower Rosan on Stonehill. That plan had drawn the ire of Dana Point. Tuttle-Click is buying the Ford name and moving the dealership to Camino Capistrano. BIG SALE: Headlands Reserve LLC announces the sale of an 11,246-square-foot lot at the Strand for a record $12 million. The buyer of the lot, just 25 feet above the beach, is from Houston. February IN THE BLACK: The waters off Dana Point are infested with Jumbo Humboldt squid, filling fishing boats with anglers

The city honors the Olamendi family with the “Business of the Year” award. Photo by Andrea Swayne

targeting the ink-squirting catch. CLEAR SAILING: For the second year, the county announces no increases in slip fees at the Harbor. FORMER MAYOR PASSES AWAY: Former Mayor and Citizen of the Year Thomas Michael Eggers passes away in his San Juan Capistrano home. A leader in Dana Point’s incorporation efforts, he dies a month shy of his 61st birthday. BLUE NOTE BUSTED: David Andrew Camp, who authorities say is the “Blue Note Bandit” responsible for robbing 14 banks, including at least two in Dana Point, is arraigned. OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens credits DP’s deputies for helping bust Camp, who earned his nickname by using blue paper for his robbery notes. HIGH MARKS: A city-sponsored survey finds 96 percent of residents ranked DP’s quality of life as excellent or good, with 88 percent satisfied with city services.

goes out, but no major damage is reported. SOLD!: Washington Holdings acquires the St. Regis. The property owners had reportedly defaulted on a $70 million loan. The luxury resort had gained national acclaim when AIG execs gathered there after accepted a federal bailout. SHIP AHOY: Councilwoman Lara Anderson proposes the city explore the idea of allowing cruise ships to anchor outside of the harbor so passengers can spend some time, and money, in town. HONORED: The city dedicates a veterans’ memorial at Strand Vista Park. THE CHIEF: Former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Daryl F. Gates dies at his Dana Point home. He was 83, and dies after a battle with bladder cancer.


FREE LILY: The country is captivated by the story of Lily, a 30-foot gray whale that had become entangled in fishing line and made its way into Dana Point Harbor. Joy as she leaves the Harbor later fades to tears as she dies.

SAD NOTE: Dana Point shelves efforts to land an 11-day opera festival after a year of research and planning. The reason: No money. TEACHER PAY: An independent mediator agreed to by Capistrano Unified School District Trustees and teachers recommends a shorter school year, more students per class and a 1 percent pay cut. Trustees don’t like the idea. NAVY SAYS ‘NO’: The Transportation Corridor Agency proposes a new route for the Foothill South Transportation Corridor that would see the road move further east into Camp Pendleton. That would avoid San Onofre State Park and lessen the impact on San Mateo Creek, but the Navy refuses to get onboard, saying it would interfere with operations at the Marine Base. BUTT OUT: On a 3-2 vote, the City Council bans smoking in city parks. April

A fisherman shows off a jumbo squid caught off Dana Point. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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TEACHERS STRIKE: Teachers launch a five-day strike in Capistrano Unified over the imposed contract, spending the time picketing on streets near schools and at major intersections. When it ends, both sides claim victory. GIANT DOGGIE BAG: Salt Creek Grille, The St. Regis and Ritz-Carlton join a program to recycle food waste. The countywide program turns food scraps into compost, relying on a $400,000 grant. SHAKEN AND STIRRED: A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits on Easter Sunday. Swimming pools are sloshed and power


Lily the Whale captured local hearts with her bid for survival. Photo by Andrea Swayne

SUPER HIRE: CUSD Trustees hire Dr. Joseph Farley to lead the district as superintendent. He’d been at Anaheim Union High School District. The choice is widely applauded. WATER WORKS: Several agencies, including South Coast Water District, hoping to tap the ocean for drinking water, launch a test project at Doheny State Beach. RECALL ROLLS: Petitions with 65,000 signatures of registered voters are filed in support of a recall attempt against (Cont. on page 6)

Eye on DP sory vote, is worth about $9 million, The Home Depot says in a letter to San Juan Capistrano. That city again enters negotiations with the home improvement warehouse. HONORED: Mike D’Arnold is honored as the Rotary District 5320’s 2010-2011 Award for Leaderships Excellence. D’Arnold works on student drug- and alcohol-intervention at Dana Hills High. BREAKWATER BUCKS: The county gets $500,000 in federal money to see what shape the Dana Point Harbor breakwater is in. FEES SUIT: ACLU cites a requirement at Dana Hills High that AP Government students subscribe to a news magazine in a lawsuit against the state saying too many districts are charging fees for what is supposed to be a free education. October SCHOOL’S OUT: Dr. Rick Bogart retires after 40 years with the Regional Occupation Program, including a dozen at the helm. HARBOR PLAN: The City Council gives final approval to the land-use section in the Harbor Revitalization Plan. A key provision limits the size of a dry-stack boat storage building to 65 feet, buildings in the East Marina Boat Basin and Festival Marina to 60 feet and those in the visitor-serving commercial area to 50 feet. GANG FIGHT: Three schools serving Dana Point students— Shorecliffs, Del Obispo and Marco Forster middle—join an anti-gang effort that trains parents to greet students as they arrive on campus. November THE BALLOT IS IN: Voters return Steven Weinberg and Lisa Bartlett to the City Council, but opt for Bill Brough over incumbent Joel Bishop. At South Coast Water District, Richard Runge and Bob Moore are elected, but voters pass over incumbent Dick Dietmeier. RECALL: In the Capistrano Unified School District election, voters recall trustees Mike Winsten and Ken Lopez Maddox, and elect John Alpay, Gary Pritchard and Lynn Hatton. Anna Bryson and Ellen Addonizio also keep their seats. SUPREME SUIT: The state Supreme Court hears arguments from the city of Dana Point and three pot dispensaries in the city’s battle to control the pot shops. CHAMBER CHANGES: Nicole Chambers suddenly and without explanation resigns her post as Executive Director of the DP Chamber of Commerce. WATER WORKS: The City Council approves a new fountain/ public art project at La Plaza Park. The project is funded by a $40,000 bequest from the estate of longtime DP resident Mary Ellen Thomas.

The county shows off a new system to report water-quality more quickly. Photo by Andrea Swayne

2010: The Year in Review (Cont. from page 4) CUSD Trustees Mike Winsten and Ken Lopez Maddox. GOING TO POT: Dana Point is sued by a woman who contends the city’s efforts to shut down a pot dispensary used by her mother are unconstitutional. Dana Point became a leader in city efforts to control pot shops. ANOTHER SUIT: The city sues the Coastal Commission, which had overturned the city’s efforts to limit access to the Strands community. The city says it’s a public-safety issue. Surfrider later joins the fray, suing the city over restricted access. June UNREAL ESTATE: Blair Christopher Hanloh, 46, of Long Beach is busted for allegedly renting out houses, including homes in Dana Point, that he doesn’t own. He would look for foreclosed homes, put on his own locks and say they were his. SHERIFF HUTCHENS: Sandra Hutchens, appointed OC Sheriff in the wake of the Michael Carona scandals, keeps her seat in an election. A Dana Point resident, Hutchens gains more than the necessary 50 percent of the vote in a primary against Bill Hunt, avoiding a November runoff. BUSTED: Off-duty Sheriff’s Deputy Allan James Waters, 36, is taken into custody for charges stemming from an earlier series of car wrecks. He careened into a car driven by a 78-yearold woman, only minutes after deputies let him leave the scene of a rear-end crash in Dana Point. DOHENY VILLAGE: The City Council approves a contract to design Doheny Village. BUDGET BLUES: City revenue projections are trimmed from $29.5 million to $27.4 million and the city makes $1.4 million in cuts in passing its budget. Bed taxes climb slightly, but the $9 million they bring in is less than the anticipated $10.2 million. GO GRADS: Dana Hills High graduates 766 seniors, including 94 valedictorians. July SCUBA HAZARDOUS: Under a bill authored by Dana Point’s own Diane Harkey, the state adds scuba diving to the list of hazardous activities. That frees state and local governments from lawsuits related to scuba incidents. The law is important to Dana Point, which hopes to sink a former military ship offshore to create a diving haven. NO SHOW: Residents rally against plans for a new performing arts center at Dana Hills High School. The city also voices concern, and the plan ultimately dies. Page 6 • Dana Point Times • December 31, 2010–January 6, 2011

Chuck Patterson catches a great white shark on video. Courtesy of Chuck Patterson

August COACH CONVICTED: Former youth-sports coach Cameron Baca is convicted of molesting three boys after befriending their families. RAPID RESULTS: Dana Point participates in a county effort to turn out water-quality tests more quickly. “This new method will enable us to tell beachgoers when it isn’t a good idea to swim at the beach today, instead of telling them they shouldn’t have been in the water yesterday,” OC Healthcare Agency’s Larry Honeybourne says. COLD CASE: Trial starts for Clarence Eugene Butterfield, accused of killing his daughter and keeping her body in a freezer in his motor home. The body is discovered when the RV is towed out of Capo Beach. He’s later convicted and gets life. SHARK TALES: DP’s waterman Chuck Patterson sees his video go viral after he records a great white shark with a camera on a pole off San Onofre State Beach. He’d seen the sharks earlier while stand-up paddling, and returned with the camera. HIS HONOR: DP resident Bill Cole becomes the president of the board of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley. September NO SPIRIT: Capistrano Unified asks local merchant to pull clothing that used Dana Hills High logos without permission. HOME DEPOT, AGAIN: The city-owned land on Stonehill Drive, where voters rejected a Home Depot in a 2006 advi-

December GROUNDBREAKING: Officials break ground on a $394 million Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton. HOTEL MONEY: The City Council votes to continue with a Tourism Business Improvement District, an assessment agreed upon with the Doubletree, Laguna Cliffs Marriott, St. Regis and Ritz Carlton to generate $750,000 to $800,000 for marketing and special events.

The Ritz Carlton is among hotels agreeing to a tourism tax. File photo

MR. CHAIRMAN: Dana Point resident Jack Brick is selected as president of the board for the Capistrano Unified School District. STORMIN’: More rainstorms pound Orange County, forcing periodic closures of Coast Highway in Dana Point, along with Palisades Road in Capistrano Beach. DP

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

Foam Food Containers Facing Ban A doggy bag may again become a bag and prices at restaurants might go up a few cents, if the City Council gives final approval to an ordinance banning most polystyrene foam-food containers in San Clemente businesses. The resolution in support of the ban cites environmental reasons, noting that the tourist trade is important to the city’s economy and the polystyrene containers are a common product among litter. City staff says about 50 cities have made similar moves and that some businesses have already made the switch voluntarily. San Juan Capistrano has a policy recommending against the use of the material, but not an outright ban. Foods prepared or packaged outside of the city are exempt from the ban, as are reusable coolers. Businesses can also get an exemption if they show the ban causes “a severe economic” hardship. The City Council is expected to give final consideration to the measure at its January 4 meeting. The council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 100 Avenida Presidio.

City Considers Changes in Fire-Ring Policies In an effort to improve public safety, reduce negative environmental impacts and minimize nuisance smoke, the city is considering implementing new regulations for using fire rings

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and barbeques on the beach. City staff says the changes are expected to not only improve public safety, but reduce disruption to local residents impacted by smoke and help to prevent unintended fires from flying debris or embers. On January 4, the City Council will discuss the proposed changes at their regular meeting held at 6 p.m. at City Hall, Council Chambers at 100 Avenida Presidio. The staff report is posted on the city’s website at www. For those unable to attend the meeting, email comments to Sarah Over at or leave comments on her voicemail at 949.361.8261. SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Boulders Shore Up Creek County flood-control workers dumped huge boulders onto the banks of the San Juan Creek to shore them up during the torrential downpours earlier this month. At about 7 a.m., massive erosion was noticed on both banks of the creek just south of Del Obispo Street. That prompted authorities to call for a voluntary evacuation of about 450 homes, primarily along Alipaz Street. The problem arose when water got beneath huge concrete sheets that line the banks of the normally low-flowing creek. They popped like playing cards and the water easily ate away the earthen banks beneath them. The potential for flooding also forced the closure of Capistrano’s only post office, just days before Christmas.

In the end, though, county crews dumped huge boulders in to the creek to patch the banks, and no homes or businesses were damaged.

City Goes After Santa Capistrano is being a little frosty to Santa. A city code-enforcement officer issued a notice of violation to the Buy My Bikes shop at 32302 Camino Capistrano because the bike shop decorated the front of the store with a 12-foot inflatable Santa Claus. Jim Curwood, who has owned the shop for 32 years, said he initially thought the notice was a joke, until a follow up “notice of violation” arrived. The city’s sign code doesn’t allow businesses to use inflatables—although they are visible all over town. Famous for his goofy cable-TV ads, Curwood said he wasn’t offended by the effort. He and the city have jousted several times over the years, whether it’s about his “Buy My Bikes” truck or how much he paints his windows. He admitted the flap brought him some publicity and maybe a few new customers in a tough economy. “I love this town,” Curwood said. “But what they need to do is create a moratorium on the sign rules for Christmas, as long as the signs are related to the holidays. Then get everyone to put up lights and decorate and attract people to the city to look at how beautiful it is.” Curwood said he will leave the Santa up through the season. About 10 people have called, he said, and offered to pay the $100 fine.

Representing his native New Zealand and the Lands Down Under, Russell Kerr, past President of the Rotary Club of Monarch Beach Sunrise in Dana Point, will be riding on the Rotary International’s 2011 Rose Parade float. He was born, raised and educated in New Zealand, first came to the U.S. 27 years ago and became a naturalized American citizen in 2008. Russ worked for World Vision International from 1975 to 2000 where he was the executive manager of the aid agency’s emergency relief and community rehabilitation program, serving refugees and displaced persons with health, nutrition, food and agriculture programs worldwide. He first joined Rotary in 1978 as a Charter Member of the Rotary Club of Makati East, located in the Philippines. While a member of Makati East, he had the privilege of visiting many clubs throughout Asia. While living in Africa, he was also involved with the Rotary Club of Nairobi, Kenya. Russ joined the Monarch Beach Sunrise Club in 2002 and has served as Community Service chair, Club Service chair and as President from 2009 to 2010. He has sponsored three new members so far this year. He loves being a Rotarian and enjoys building his club’s reputation within the local community while supporting service projects all over the world. Currently he is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments, with his office in Dana Point since 2001.


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Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info These reader-submitted photos came in after our recent rainfalls, which have made this December the wettest December in Southern California since 1889.


Top: A view from the bridge at Stonehill, looking towards PCH. Photo by Lynday Orban

u The Ocean Institute in Dana Point has announced that Dana Point resident Tim McMahon, Senior Vice President, CB Richard Ellis/Retail, has been named co-chair for the committee of the nonprofit’s 9th annual Jazz in January fundraiser. Also named to the committee are local residents Dennis Gabrick, President of Preserved TreeScapes International and Bryan Stirrat, founder of Bryan A. Stirrat & Associates. The two-day event, to be held February 4 and 5, features epicurean cuisine, fine wines and an evening of jazz, with producer/performer Rick Braun and Friends; featuring Euge Groove and Philippe Saisse. Those wishing to attend either of the two days are urged to obtain tickets early, as Jazz in January has sold out well in advance for each of the eight previous years. A Complimentary Wine Reception and Concert Performance, limited to 300 guests, begins the festivities on Friday, Tim McMahon. Courtesy photo February 4, at the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive. The Wine Reception, catered by Il Fornaio, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., with the concert following. Tickets are $95 and $125. To learn more about the Ninth Annual Jazz in January event or to purchase tickets, visit www. or You may also contact Natasha Berendzen at 949.496.2274, ext 412, or

Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. The Dana Point waterfall. Photo by Shawn Parkin

Shaun Pazos poses for his dad, Louis, at the waterfall. But don’t do this at home—this water definitely isn’t drinkable.

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Best Of DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By CHRISTINA SCANNAPIEG O 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.

DISTURBANCE Highcrest Road, 23400 Block (Saturday, Dec 1, 12:47 p.m.) A man was spraying Lysol at his neighbors because they were smoking. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Dana Point Harbor drive, 24200 Block (Sunday, November 14, 10:37 p.m.) A man called to report that he had woken up in a Volkswagon Beetle that did not belong to him. Turns out the car he thought was a Beetle was actually his Lexus. The caller reported that he had just woken up from a post-dinner nap and was in the parking lot across from the events center near the entrance to Cove Road. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Doheny Park Plaza/Pacific Coast Highway (Friday, October 15, 11:52 a.m.) A passerby called to report two drunken males walking in circles. One was described as being heavyset in a red T-shirt, while the other was in a black sweatshirt. They were walking a dog—in circles. WELFARE CHECK Freeway 1/Pacific Coast Highway (Saturday, October 9, 12:54 a.m.) A red Mercedes was seen on the side of the road. A male subject was lying halfway in and halfway out of the vehicle on the street and in traffic lanes. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Costano Drive, 33700 Block (Friday, September 29, 11:17 a.m.) A caller reported a large amount of blonde hair hanging on her front door upon returning from vacation. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Doheny Park Road, 34200 Block (Sunday, September 19, 2:14 p.m.) Police were called to investigate a man in his early 40s, with brown hair, a goatee and sunglasses on his head at a bar. He was wearing a red shirt and was driving a dark grey or brown Ford vehicle. The caller told authorities the subject might have been selling cocaine out of the bathroom. WELFARE CHECK Periwinkle Drive, 33300 Block (Monday, August 30, 4:07 p.m.) An 85-year-old woman called to report her son would not let her take a shower. The woman also stated that her son locks her in the house for two to three days at a time. He reportedly leaves her all by herself. There was mention that she has also been abused. DRUNK DRIVING

Camino de Estrella, 26800 Block (Friday, August 27, 11:51 p.m.) Authorities were called when an informant saw a man who looked like Justin Timberlake. The caller said it definitely was not Timberlake, but the driver was wearing a white T-shirt and tan shorts. The caller could see both the driver and his vehicle and was concerned the driver may have been under the influence of alcohol.

was seen knocking over and breaking expensive planters in the area. The subject fled on foot.

KEEP THE PEACE Ocean Hill Drive, 33300 Block (Monday, August 9, 12:49 a.m.) A woman called authorities to report her boyfriend, who had taken her pug hostage inside the residence, and was refusing to give it back to her.

SUSPICIOUS PERSONS/CIRCUMSTANCE Silver Lantern, 34000 Block (Monday, March 22, 9:46 p.m.) An informant called authorities after finding a bag of guns and knives in front of his residence that he did not want to touch.

UNKNOWN TROUBLE Dana Point Harbor Drive, 24400 Block (Sunday, July 4, 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/FAMILY DISPUTE Dana Elm, 24800 Block (Monday, May 17, 7:39 p.m.) A female subject called authorities and stated that her husband called back blaming his wife for calling 911 and hanging up. The female got back on the phone and stated that her husband was angry, spanked her and that her entire buttocks were red. DISTURBANCE Amber Lantern / Pacific Coast Hwy. (Monday, May 3, 6:59 p.m.) An informant called authorities stating his neighbor, a female, held him down while her dog bit him, and then went back to her residence. KIDNAPPING Santiago Drive, 33200 Block (Wednesday, April 28, 1:47 a.m.) An informant called deputies after receiving a telephone call from his son stating the son was being held at a storage area and threatened with assault or murder if he didn’t pay the subjects with him $234 that he owed them or at least $100 of it by that night. It was later discovered that the son had concocted the story with his friends in an effort to extort money from his parents. The son was taken into custody after being discovered hanging out with friends in a car. SUSPICIOUS PERSONS/CIRCUMSTANCE Niguel Road, 33300 Block (Friday, April 22, 12:42 p.m.) Two days after showing a house to a client, a real estate agent contacted authorities to report that the client told her he was going to rape her. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Hwy., / Ritz Carlton Drive (Sunday, April 8, 1:31 p.m.) Authorities were called when eight surfers refused to quit surfing in an area that was reserved for the competitors of a surf contest. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Address not given, (Sunday, April 11, 9:54 a.m.) Informant called in to report that his neighbor has been videotaping him for a year. VANDALISM IN PROGRESS Golden Lantern, 34600 Block (Wednesday, April 7, 1:11 a.m.) Deputies were called when a woman described as having blond hair, a red jacket and a well-endowed chest

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DISTURBANCE Camino Del Avion, 24000 Block (Tuesday, March 30, 10:35 p.m.) A male patron at a restaurant had employees angry after trying to kiss a 15-year-old hostess and then refusing to leave the scene.

TERRORIST THREATS El Encanto Avenue /La Cresta Drive (Sunday, March 14, 7:19 p.m.) A woman came home, pulled into her driveway and saw her ex-boyfriend staring her down. He walked up to her window and she described what he said as “bone-chilling.” “I’m going to cut you from limb to limb,” he said and walked away. The woman called authorities and turned her hazards on until they arrived. PETTY THEFT Del Prado, 24800 Block (Saturday, March 13, 5:17 p.m.) A group of males went for a swim without their bathing suits. They saw a group of three females steal their bathing suits and run off. Naked, the boys ran after them and couldn’t catch them, prompting them to call authorities. DISTURBANCE Pointe Sterling, 32800 Block (Tuesday, March 9, 1:21 a.m.) Authorities were called when an informant saw four legs hanging off the wall near the front of the apartment complex. The informant thought the legs may have belonged to two people and thought it was strange that they were sitting on the wall. INDECENT EXPOSURE Pacific Coast Hwy., 34200 Block (Sunday, March 7, 11:51 a.m.) An informant called authorities when a man was seen in front of a liquor store pleasuring himself. They later detained a man but were unsure if it was the same man. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Hwy., 34400 Block (Saturday, March 6, 3:30 a.m.) An informant responded to a complaint on the 4th floor of a hotel and found a male and a female with blood on them. They stated the subject was in a different room. DISTURBANCE Palm Beach Court, 0 Block (Friday, March 5, 8:36 p.m.) An informant called authorities when a neighbor started chasing the informant’s son with an unknown type of bat. KEEP THE PEACE La Cresta Drive, 25000 Block, (Friday, February 26, 10:08 a.m.) When a woman’s dog was stolen, she called authorities stating the subject was blackmailing her saying they would not return the dog unless she agreed to get obedience training for it. DISTURBANCE Baycrest Place, 0 Block (Wednesday Feruary 24, 8:02 p.m.) A woman called

deputies when her husband, who was yelling at her that she would go to hell for calling, cut his hand and also yelled that he did not want to go to the emergency room. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Monarch Beach Resort, 0 Block (Friday, February 19, 3:09 p.m.) Informant called because he didn’t think the subject was a guest at the hotel but the subject was in the spa making comments about being a porn star. DISTURBANCE Cortina, 0 Block (Friday, February 19, 1:58 a.m.) Informant called saying there was a loud laundry party going on. DISTURBANCE Via San Juan, 34300 Block (Saturday, February 20, 11:33 p.m.) Authorities were called by a female informant when she heard yelling outside. When deputies arrived they cautioned that it may be a suspect that was in custody prior for assault with adeadly weapon, pointing a handgun at his girlfriend. Subject had a shaved head and tattoos and there were two pit bulls in the yard. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (Tuesday, February 16, 4:55 p.m.) An informant called authorities when she saw a driver of a red truck dealing drugs out of it. According to the informant, the driver takes his 2-year-old son when “deals go down.” SUSPICIOUS PERSONS/CIRCUMSTANCES Mariner Drive, 23700 Block (Tuesday, February 9, 1:05 a.m.) An informant called authorities, claiming that someone had put mice in their home. After dealing with the rodent problem, the man tried to get some rest and a group of unknown subjects began to throw rocks at his house. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Stonehill Drive / Blue Lantern (Sunday, January 24, 2:54 p.m.) A drunken woman in a business suit was pushed out of a white Mercedes and left on the street. CITIZEN ASSIST Alacazar Drive, 3390 Block (Monday, January 25, 2:30 p.m.) An upset mother called deputies because her 15-year-old “doesn’t work and is disrespectful.” The informant wanted a deputy’s advice on how to control her. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Via Monarca, 0 Block (Monday, January 18, 12:11 a.m.) A 16-year-old girl called deputies during a sleepover with her three friends because she heard footsteps in the house. She reported that she did not see her parents’ car outside and was scared. When deputies arrived on the scene it turned out it was the parents that were lurking in the shadows of the house. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Camino El Molino, 34400 Block (Tuesday, January 5, 2:35 p.m.) An electrician came to a fire station because he smelled ether from a location that he was at. He believed that there was a methamphetamine lab inside the residence. DISTURBANCE Doheny Park Road, 34200 Block (Monday, January 4, 7:13 p.m.) A man in dark clothing walked into a liquor store and began yelling at the merchandise. The informant believed that the man was on some type of illegal drugs.



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developing nation status. Defunding the High Speed Rail (HSR) boondoggle could also save us billions in future costs, as well as millions now in interest expense for the bonds (long-term debt) we are accumulating, for an HSR marketing machine on steroids. In a Diane Harkey state where a court appointed receiver is dictating our prison system due to “overcrowding” wouldn’t our scarce borrowing capacity be better applied to building prisons, as intended in 2007, satisfying the courts and saving us another $1 billion annually in prison costs? Do we really need to allocate $4.3 billion in state debt and federal “free money” to cart people between Podunk and Bakersfield? And let’s not forget the future operating costs that will be heaped annually on to our already over-burdened state. Is another old-school, steel and wheels, state-run train the 21st century approach to your transportation needs? Water “wars” will also seep to the surface as the new proposal for a tunnel system in lieu of a peripheral canal enters the debate. About 25 million Californians and 2 million acres of farmland depend on the Sacramento area Delta for at least some of their water supplies. Estimated to cost roughly $11.6 billion, the users or water agencies serving areas south of Sacramento such as the Central Valley, and our Metropolitan Water District of California (serving So Cal), would pass the higher rates onto us.

All Hands, Ahoy! By Beverli Jinn

Those Were the Days of My Life N othing is like it used to be. If it were, Now wouldn’t be now; Now would be Then. Then was OK, but the people of that time probably complained about it a lot. They wanted it to be the way it used to be. For them, Then was Now. It involved a lot of changes that made them uncomfortable, even fearful. But we’re here at this point in eternity because we need to change. We need to learn. We need to experience joys and sorrows of new kinds. We need to grow. We need to evolve. Sooner or later our physical self ceases to live. At that point we change a whole lot, but that’s another story. One hundred years ago seems like a long time. Of course it is not. If we drew a timeline and let one inch represent 100 years, we would need a piece of paper five feet long to indicate the period between now and 6,000 or so years ago when, Creationists say, God created Adam. Evolutionists, of course, insist that humanlike creatures existed in what they call the Stone Age, two and a half million years ago. The paper for our timeline would have to be 25,000 inches long, half a mile, to show that many centuries. Even half a mile isn’t much, though, when we realize that it would take 90 miles of paper to indicate the 460 million years since the first land animals appeared on earth. The land animals, presumably, were not concerned about change. Probably they didn’t care

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GUEST OPINION: By Diane L. Harkey, Assemblywoman 73rd District

ntering 2011 “another year older and deeper in debt,” quoting a Johnny Cash tune, I’m surprisingly optimistic. I predict that 2011 will be a new day as California climbs out of its gigantic financial hole. Estimates of how steep the mountain “range” from $30 billion-plus short-term to $500 billion-plus over the long term. As we all know, the first step to solving any crisis is defining the problem. Amazingly, I do believe the incoming Governor-elect Brown gets it. Expect the “solutions” as battleground for 2011. Just like a family when money is tight, splits between party lines, geographic regions, environmental groups, unions and private sector employers will be magnified. But more importantly, the great divide and debate over the next few years will be between those who pay for state government, and those who receive the majority of the benefits. In other words, the proper role of government and who should pay will be the topic “du jour.” The Governor-elect has implied that a broad-based 20 percent reduction in state spending might provide a partial solution. Having offered this idea in the past, I know that cutting 10 percent from each state department would save roughly $1.2 billion annually. I can also attest that automating some of the labor-intensive state positions, such as court reporting, could slice off another $1 billion-plus per year. In our cutting-edge high-tech, top-notch university state, I find it hard to believe we cannot computerize much of what occurs at the state level, and retrain our people for the jobs of tomorrow. If we are not willing to enter the 21st century, except for a few elite, we will spiral to


whether it was Now or Then. Time is a human invention. Not wanting to change is a human trait. How odd that we resist so resolutely that which it is our very purpose to do. How ironic that it is our nature to create and invent and innovate incessantly while Beverli Jinn at the same time believing that life was much better before we created and invented and innovated. We wallow in nostalgia... The fact is that we cannot not evolve. We’re going to change. It’s our task to evolve gracefully. Many residents bemoan the loss of Dana Point the way it used to be. They remember a quiet beach community with a God-given entitlement to a view of Capistrano Bay. It isn’t that way anymore. It cannot be. The passing of time has brought us a harbor, built-out hills, and traffic racing along PCH on its way to somewhere else. It has brought us polluted beaches and an ever growing mountain of trash. Power lines stretch web-like along our streets, spoiling our view of the ocean. We’re asked to tear out our lawns and to plant drought tolerant vegetation, to wash our cars without creating runoff into the ocean-bound storm drains, to provide reusable bags for our groceries because

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The “heavy smog” of Regulation strangling private-sector job creation will likely remain a focus. With California Air Resources Board agreeing to delay some of the more stringent requirements for diesel fuel emission rules in light of our 12.4 percent unemployment, could it be acknowledgement that people are part of the environment too? Pray for an epiphany. Pensions will consume more of our cash as unfunded liabilities increase, and high yields become “right-sized” to fit the real world investment outlook. Public employees in a variety of counties have already chosen a seat at the negotiating table, offering cost-cutting measures to ensure their employers and retirement system remains solvent. Teachers and all public sector union workers would help themselves as well as their state by stepping up and becoming part of the solution. So, choices will need to be made and what a fabulous opportunity for all Californians! It’s a new day for California and we’ll soon know if our Governor will really attack some of the sacred cows. I think he will only because he must to right our ship of state. As Vice-Chair of Appropriations for the California State Assembly, as well as seated on all financial committees in the Legislature, I will have a bird’s-eye view of what’s really going on. I’ll keep you posted! Diane Harkey is the Assemblywoman representing San Clemente. Her website is To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at 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.

plastic bags aren’t biodegradable. We’re urged to have an escape plan in the event of an accident at the nearby San Onofre power plant. Where will it all end? In 100 years—1 inch on our timeline— will the beginning of the 21st Century be “the good old days?” There’s no way to predict what life here will be like in 2111. We can only be certain that it will have changed, that this corner of the world will be something quite different from the place that Doris Walker writes about so beautifully in her books. A few days ago my desk calendar offered this thought for the day: “In times of change, the learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Let’s accept change, striving to embrace it and thrive within it. The HOA that I wrote about recently decided replacing our pool was a bad idea, that if a pool was a good idea in the ’70s, it will always be a good idea. Now the same group of owners is taking sides on the question of replacing our turf with landscaping that doesn’t require sprinklers that don’t send water onto the street and into the ocean. “That’s not the way it’s always been,” the opponents of the plan argue. Always? 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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The List

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



Go See Do

New Years Eve Orange County

If the Historical Society’s New Year’s Eve party at the Casino (see www. isn’t on your to-do list for December 31, you might want to consider heading to Costa Mesa for the New Year’s Eve Orange County event. Advance-sale tickets for the blow-out party are $40 for general admission and $150 for VIP. Tickets at the door go up significantly. The event, expected to draw up to 5,000, will turn the Costa Mesa Hilton into a dance club with multiple dance rooms offering a variety of musical genres. The party is hosted by seven-time Emmy Award-winner Chris Balish, who is host of ABC’s On the Red Carpet and is an on-air contributor for NBC’s Today Show, the Dr. Phil show, EXTRA, MSNBC, CNN, TV Guide Network, American Movie Classics and Discovery Planet. The party is for 21-and-over only and the dress code calls for “upscale” attire. Don’t drink and drive, though—the hotel is offering special rates for party guests and the Orange County Transportation Authority is again offering free bus rides on New Year’s Eve to keep you safe. See for more information. The party is at the Costa Mesa Hilton, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa. See for information. The event is hosted by a group called “The Ones We Love,” which says it donates 10 percent of its proceeds to the less fortunate. And don’t worry about the weather— the entire event is indoors. —Jonathan Volzke

Masquerade Ball

5 p.m.-1 a.m. Iva Lee’s hosts a New Year’s Eve masquerade ball with live music by Billy Watson and The Fremonts. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

NYE DJ Party

7:30 p.m.-close. Mahe hosts a New Year’s Eve party with a live DJ and much more fun. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.6243,

Flock of 80s NYE Bash

Gray Whale Watching

12 p.m.; 2 p.m. Spend New Year’s Day on the sea searching for gray whales with Dana Wharf. Adults $29, kids $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Tom Morey Jazz Quartet

11 a.m.-3 a.m. Ease into the New Year with brunch and live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Renaissance does New Year’s Eve ’80s style with the band Flock of 80s and much more. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

NYE Brunch

Rod Frias and the Dinosaurs

Salute to Vienna

NYE Dance

NYE Silver Ball at the Ritz

Dave Mason

NYE at the Casino

New Year’s Eve with The Tubes

forecast: mostly sunny • high: 60° low: 37°

OC Fair NYE Block Party

7 p.m.-2 a.m. All-new OC Fair NYE Party featuring demolition derby, gourmet food trucks, Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik and tribute bands covering several decades of music. Tickets start at $25. Parking $10. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, 5 p.m.-10 p.m. The Dana Point Community Center and Senior Center host an early NYE dancing event. Tickets $15 or $25 per couple. 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, 949.248.3536, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. San Clemente Historical Society presents a New Year’s Eve bash at the historic Casino with dinner, dancing, live entertainment and more. Tickets $100 each (limited). 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.493.5561,

Molly Blooms’ NYE Party

9 p.m. New Year’s Eve party with two champagne toasts (4 p.m., midnight) and live music at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,

Rum Soaked Raisins

8 p.m.-12 a.m. New Year’s Eve celebration with live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, 8 p.m. The Ritz Carlton presents a fancy NYE party with a live orchestra, performances, dinner, champagne toast and more. Tickets $350. 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.2000, 8 p.m. The Coach House presents the exciting, in-your-face band for a crazy fun NYE concert. Tickets $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Sundried Tomato NYE Event

4 p.m. Special event at Sundried Tomato Café with dinner, live DJ and music, dancing, midnight champagne toast and more. Dinner $50 each. 821 Via Suerte, Ste 101, San Clemente, 949.388.5757,

NYE at The Vintage

9 p.m. Music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400,

9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Evitte Palmer performs at The Vintage Steak House during their NYE party. 26701-B Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.3407,

SCG’s Undercover NYE Party

Swallow’s Inn NYE Party

4 p.m.-1 a.m. NYE dinner and celebration at Salt Creek Grille. Live dance music by the band Undercover, champagne toast and much more fun! 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

BeachFire NYE Bash

8 p.m. New Year’s Eve bash with party favors, dancing, music and much more at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Irons’ NYE Party

9 p.m. Ring in the new year at Irons in the Fire with dancing and live music by The Bell Peppers, a ball drop and more! 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900,

Adele’s NYE Party

9 p.m.-1 a.m. NYE party at Adele’s with live music by Larry Fresch, dinner, champagne toast and party favors. Cost $65 (with food). 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121, Page 12 • Dana Point Times • December 31, 2010–January 6, 2011

8:30 p.m. Three Chord Justice performs to ring in the new year at Swallow’s Inn. Tickets $15 presale, $20 door. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

Crispins NYE Dinner Dance

6:30 p.m.-close. Crispins Restaurant hosts NYE event with a sixcourse dinner inspired by the Big Apple, celebration of the New York Bells at 9 p.m., dancing and bubbly at midnight. Cost $45 each. 610 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.480.0800,



forecast: partly cloudy • high: 59° low: 37°

3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge

10 a.m. Gather at Calafia Beach in San Clemente for a cold swim in the ocean to raise money for people in Malawi, Africa. 400 Avenida Calafia, San Clemente,

7 a.m.-11 a.m. Crispins Restaurant hosts a special brunch to kick off the New Year. 8 p.m. Special New Year’s concert of glorious music at OC Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $45. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.ARTS, 8 p.m. The legendary artist from Worcester, England, performs at the Coach House. Tickets $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


9 p.m. Music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400,

The Reflexx

7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. New Year’s Day party at Renaissance with an ’80s band. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Rob Staley Band

8:30 p.m. Live music at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

A Flock of Seagulls

8 p.m. New wave/pop/rock concert at the Galaxy Theatre. Tickets $15 advance, $18 day of show 3503 S. Harbor Blvd., Santa Ana, 714.957.0600,

Fernando Ramos

6 p.m.-9 p.m. The solo mariachi guitarist plays at El Adobe de Capistrano every Friday and Saturday night. 31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1163,

Local’s Night Out

9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Live band with romantic pop and oldies at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,

sunday02 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 60° low: 39°

Signature Safari

View dolphins, whales, sharks and more with Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari aboard a high-tech catamaran sailboat. Departures daily, call for times. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Christina Scannapiego

Rose’s Sugar Shack Café 2319 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.0684, BEST KNOWN FOR: “Breakfast, of course,” part-owner, George Konstantis exclaimed. MOST POPULAR ITEM: Omelettes No relation to the Sugar Shack in Huntington Beach, Rose’s Sugar Shack has been a family-owned San Clemente staple for over 23 years. Celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslett and Gena Rowlands have all eaten here and the owner of Carls Jr. was actually a regular for years. Before Rose took over, the location served as the local donut shop and before that it was a house. Now, with a diner-style atmosphere meets home cooking meets café, counter seating, tables inside and outside (“we are very friendly to dog people,” said Konstantis), the Sugar Shack serves up breakfast and lunch to tourists and regulars alike, seven days a week. Though most come for breakfast omelettes like the Zorba (scrambled eggs with gyro meat, feta cheese, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, hash browns and toast) or build-your-own, morning favorites like hot cakes, Belgium waffles biscuits and gravy and steak & eggs are also available. Burgers, sandwiches and salads are typical lunch fare.

Rose’s Sugar Shack Café. Photo by Christina Scannapiego

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9 a.m.-1 p.m. Stroll downtown San Clemente and find fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.


10 a.m.-5 p.m. Final day to see the exhibit at the Discovery Science Center with gingerbread fun! Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,


9 a.m.-2 p.m. Brunch at The Next Door with lively and harmonious bluegrass music starting at 11 a.m. 647 Camino de los Mares, 949.940.8845,


12 p.m. Free fishing clinic on the dock followed by a half-day fishing trip for kids hosted by Dana Wharf every Sunday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bring your ukulele, sing along or listen to the music at Hulaville’s newest event. Every Sunday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,


7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar, a cheese shop & wine bar restaurant. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


6 p.m.-9 p.m. Acoustic trio performs live at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


tuesday04 forecast: showers • high: 61° low: 42°


8 a.m.-5 p.m. Check out the exhibit at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Free with admission $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,


7 p.m.-10 p.m. Great one-man show 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,


8 p.m. Live karaoke every night at Taka-O. 425 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111,


10 a.m. Casa Romantica hosts storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

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


6 p.m. The South Orange County School of the Arts presents a musical dinner show featuring Yale University’s female a cappella group, Proof in the Pudding, and the SOCSA Choir singers at the DP Community house. Tickets $30 each (dinner and show). 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 714.715.1783,


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


8 p.m. The popular contemporary group performs at The Coach House. Tickets $39.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

UPCOMING: January 7



UPCOMING: January 17



forecast: few showers • high: 63° low: 44°

8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live Hippy Hillbilly Music and food served till 9 p.m. at The Rib Joint. No cover charge. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500.


5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for Happy Hour featuring three wines for $5, glasses of selected wines for $5 and mugs of beer $5 and up! 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067,


8 p.m.-10 p.m. Hulaville presents two nights of concerts featuring 9th Isle Serenaders (from las Vegas). Tickets $5 in advance. Buy now; shows will sell out! Jan. 8 show is at 6 p.m. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,


forecast: few showers • high: 61° low: 42°


9:30 p.m. Your chance to sing live at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,

forecast: mostly sunny • high: 64° low: 44°

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

10 a.m. Special screening of the movie Little Fockers for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $6.75. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469,


7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live 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,


7 p.m. Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


7:30 p.m. In-house pool tournament at Knuckle Heads Sports Bar. $5 entry fee. 1717 N. El Camino Real, 949.492.2410.


San Clemente personal eight-week fitness and nutrition program/contest from Jan. 17 to March 11 where you work out at lest three times a week and compete with teammates like on TV’s Biggest Loser. The person who loses the most wins $500. Cost of training is $197 per month; nutrition consultation and participation in fitness challenge are free. Rancho San Clemente Tennis & Fitness Club, 111 Vista Montana, San Clemente, 949.929.0140,

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SUDOKU by Myles Mellor 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:

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2010: A Blue Ribbon Year R.H. Dana Elementary was named a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he year 2010 was a banner year—or should we say blue ribbon year—for Dana Point public school R.H. Dana Elementary. On September 9, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the recipients of the 2010 National Blue Ribbon Schools awards. The distinction was awarded to 304 schools nationwide this year and R.H. Dana was one of two local schools (the other was private school Capistrano Valley Christian School in San Juan Capistrano) to be honored. Principal Christina Portillo, her staff, students and parents, had been anxiously awaiting this announcement since the school was nominated in the 2009/2010 school year. The announcement was formally made at a school assembly on October 29. Members of the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) Board of Trustees, Superintendent Joe Farley, PTA members, members of City Council, Mayor Steven Weinberg, parents, students and U.S. Department of Education representative Joe Barison gathered together to celebrate the honor. Portillo thanked the entire community, City Council and Mayor Weinberg for their support and the official proclamation they received in honor of the occasion. “It takes a community to make a school successful and we are thrilled to receive this

recognition for our commitment to learning. Over the past five years, we have diligently focused our efforts on improving student achievement. This unwavering dedication to meeting the needs of each and every one of our students has culminated with this national distinction for our excellence,” said Portillo upon the announcement. “Needless to say, everyone is ecstatic. When I shared the news with my staff, we cheered loudly. Many of us hugged and a few tears were shed. It is a tremendous honor to receive this award.” Portillo credited her staff’s focus on three key principles: An intense focus on quality teaching and curriculum, setting high expectations for both instructors and students and a commitment to discover and meet the needs of every individual student. “Principal Portillo has done a great job here. It’s evident in the number of parents that showed up today, the smiles on the faces of teachers and students,” said Mayor Weinberg. “The award itself speaks volumes about her leadership skills and what she’s done for this school and the community.” Ursula Panduro was one of the parents in attendance at the assembly. She said that she feels proud that her first-grader Arianna is attending a Blue Ribbon school and is especially thrilled that it happens to be R.H. Dana, a school she herself attended from pre-school until fourth grade. The Panduro family relocated here for the year from Washington during her husband Rafael’s

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PTA President Frederick de Tapia, PTA Treasurer Jacqueline Valdez, CUSD Trustee Sue Palazzo, CUSD Superintendent Joe Farley, R.H. Dana Elementary Principal Christina Portillo, CUSD Trustee Anna Bryson, PTA Financial Secretary Jodi Valdes and Mayor Steven Weinberg. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Army deployment to Iraq. “It feels great to be back in Dana Point. I love it and I love this school,” said Panduro, her sentiment echoing throughout the parent and student attendees that day. According to CUSD reports, since 2007, the number of students at or above state standards has increased by 12 percent in math, 16 percent in English/language arts and 22 percent in science. In 2008 R.H. Dana’s Academic Performance Index (API) score was 836 and by 2009 it had risen an impressive 33 points to 869. The U.S. Department of Education, since 1982, has honored public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made great progress and closed gaps in achievement—especially among disadvantaged and minority students—with the award. Blue Ribbon Awards are granted based on the following two criteria: 1) Schools whose students, regardless of backgrounds, are high performing. These are schools ranked among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments or in the case of private schools, that score

at the highest performance level on tests referenced by national norms in at least the most recent year tested; and 2) Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that improve student performance to high levels as measured by the school’s performance on state assessments or nationally normed tests. Portillo and Teaching Assistant Principal Kristina Norgren traveled to Washington D.C., along with the principals of the country’s other honored schools, on November 15 and 16 for the official presentation ceremony and to meet Secretary Duncan. “Visiting the Capitol and meeting Arne Duncan was a great experience and we wanted to share it with the entire school,” said Portillo. “We brought along a school mascot and sent back photos taken with it from the award presentation and the many places we visited on the trip.” R.H. Dana Elementary—the second Dana Point public school to earn a Blue Ribbon (Dana Hills High School was honored in 1998)—will kick off the New Year with a great sense of pride and accomplishment, proudly displaying the national award plaque on campus. DP

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& OUTDOORS Stories, scores, schedules & more



76ers vs. Lakers Staples Center Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. The Lakers are in action against their foes from Philadelphia as east meets west in this key game. Info:





Blackhawks vs. Ducks, Honda Center Jan. 2, 5 p.m.

Tritons vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School Jan. 4, 7 p.m.

Mustangs vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School Jan. 5, 3:15 p.m.

Diablos vs. Dolphins Dana Hills High School Jan. 5, 7 p.m.

The Ducks are set to face the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks in an important game on the ice.

The Lady Dolphins square-off against its cross-town rival as the girls play host to San Clemente.

Dana Hills kicks off Sea View League play on the pitch with a crucial match against San Juan Hills.

The Dolphins host the always tough Mission Viejo Diablos in its first crucial South Coast League game this season.





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2010: The Year in Sports senior at Dana High School, is chosen to represent the United States as a member of the U.S. Junior Women’s team at the 26th World Mountain Running Championships in Kamnik, Slovenia on September 5, 2010.

By David Zimmerle Dana Point Times


he 2010 storylines in Dana Point had its share of triumphs. If it had to do with high school sports, or the different athletic events within the youth sports or other public levels of competition, you could find those stories in the DP Times. Here’s a year in review recap that made some of the bigger headlines in town.

// September //

// January // Dolphins winter sports teams begin bulk of league schedules After resuming action following winter break, Dana Hills’ athletes begin to play out their respective league games. Lady Dolphins roll past San Clemente in girls basketball Under first-year head coach Taryn Commins, a former assistant coach at San Clemente High School, Dana Hills beats San Clemente 57-49 to open South Coast League play with a win.

Above: Jodie Nelson and the Minke whale “Larry” who accompanied her for about an hour and a half during her 39.8-mile paddle from Catalina to Dana Point. Photo by Jennifer Penjoyan

was greeted by a crowd of supporters and well-wishers at Baby Beach in Dana Point.

// February //

// April //

Dolphins make second round exit from playoffs After taking second place in the South Coast League behind Mission Viejo, the Dolphins boys basketball team close out the season with second round CIFSS loss to Santa Monica. Lady Dolphins share league title Dana Hills’ girls basketball team finishes the season atop the South Coast League sharing the league title with rival San Clemente. Boys wrestling team wins league title The Dolphins go on to win the South Coast League title for the first time since 2003.

The 4th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling brings pro and novice racing excitement to the streets The 4th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling returns to the streets of Dana Point April 10-11, offering an opportunity to see top professionals battle it out, as well as the fun of watching kids race as they are introduced to the sport. Athletic events called off due to teachers strike All Capistrano Unified athletic events were called off as of April 22, as the Capistrano Unified School District announced on its website that all athletic competitions and practices scheduled for April 22, 23 and 26 were canceled due to the teacher’s strike in the district. Games were eventually rescheduled. Dana Point’s Chad Lucewicz Qualifies for the 2010 APA National Pool Championships held in Las Vegas Chad Lucewicz of Dana Point qualifies for the American Poolplayers Association’s (APA) 2010 8-Ball Classic

// March // DHHS spring sports teams begin play All spring sports teams at Dana Hills High School report for action. Jodie Nelson First Woman to Stand-Up Paddle Solo From Catalina to Dana Point Jodie Nelson, San Clemente-based pro surfer, stand-up paddle ambassador and action sports commentator, became the first woman to stand-up paddle (SUP) the 39.8 miles from Avalon on the island of Catalina to Dana Point, solo. Her journey began on Sunday, March 28 at 6 a.m. just off of Lover’s Cove in Avalon. Nine hours, one minute and 21 seconds later she

// May // Dolphin track and field athletes show up big for CIF-SS Finals A total of 11 athletes from both levels of varsity place at the CIF-SS Finals at Cerritos College.

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Dolphins defeat Sharks in season opener The Dolphins varsity football team beats the Santiago Sharks at the September 3 season home opener 49-20. Dana Hills scored 35 points in the first half taking early command of the game and didn’t slip through the remainder. Dolphins dominate at Dana Hills Invite Dana Hills dominates at the Dana Hills Invitational on September 25 claiming two of the three fastest times in the senior boys race and three of the four fastest times in the junior boys race. The senior girls team meanwhile takes fourth place.

// June //

// October //

Dolphins baseball team rallies for a CIF-SS finals bid but comes up short The Dolphins make it all the way to the CIF-SS finals but end up losing to Mater Dei 2-0. Senior pitching ace Peter Tago eventually is selected to play baseball for the Colorado Rockies. Jen Kessy and April Ross Win Big at AVP Nivea Huntington Beach Open Jen Kessy, a San Clemente resident and former Dana Hills High School student, along with teammate April Ross, also an Orange County resident brought home a big win the AVP Nivea Huntington Beach Open pro volleyball tour on June 6.

Dolphins lose homecoming game to San Clemente Dana Hills’ bid for homecoming game glory is ruined by neighboring rival San Clemente on Friday, October 22 when the Tritons rallied to a 4228 South Coast League football victory over the Dolphins.

// July // The sailboat Horizon wins big in Pacific Cup sailboat race The sailboat Horizon and crew makes a clean sweep— coming in first in fleet, first in class and overall first to finish—in the Pacific Cup Sailing Race from San Francisco to Oahu’s Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii. // August // Capo Beach’s Tanner Foust Wins X-Games Gold Rally Car Racing event medalist Tanner Foust (winner) wins gold in the X Games Super Rally Final. Laura Beresford Named to U.S. National Team Laura Beresford, 18, a

// November // Melbon resigns from head coaching position On Monday, November 22, Brent Melbon resigns as head coach from Dana Hills’ football program in order to spend more time with his family. In three seasons Melbon led the team to a winning 18-14 overall record and propelled the Dolphins into the playoffs in 2009—it was the first time Dana Hills’ football program had reached the postseason since 2004. Boys and girls cross country teams step it up at CIF-SS Finals Both levels of Dana Hills cross country team finish in second place at the CIF-SS-Ford Cross-Country Championships at Mt. San Antonio College on November 20. // December // Winter sports teams begin season With the fall prep season in the book, the Dolphins have all its winter sports teams begin non-league play. DP

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