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Check Out These Abs Dana Hills High School marine ecology teacher, students embark on abalone culture and restoration project E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4
Teacher Randy Hudson works with Dana Hills High School students Connor Ito, Daniel Jaques and Erin Barry on an abalone culture and restoration project as part of a marine ecology class. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Marijuana Dispensary Files $20 Million Lawsuit Against City
City Approves Formation of Arts and Culture Commission
Chad Shetler Ultimate Boarder Champion for Third Straight Year
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City and Business Calendar Saturday, April 16
Monday, April 18
Earth Day Tree Planting and Cleanup 9 a.m.-noon, Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive. Join the California State Parks Foundation in celebrating Earth Day by volunteering to assist in planting indigenous trees and shrubs around the park. Bring your favorite shovel and work gloves. Volunteers should meet at picnic sites 5 and 6 near the north day-use parking lot. Beach and creek cleaners are also welcome. For more information, call 949.496.2704 or log on to www.dohenystatebeach.org.
Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Dana Point City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3563, www.danapoint.org
5 p.m. every Wednesday a volunteer will be available to offer free cell phone help (learn to add contacts, take and send pictures and more) at the Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.5517, www. ocgov.com
Wednesday, April 20
Thursday, April 21
Traffic Improvement Subcommittee Meeting 3 p.m. City Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3597, www.danapoint.org
State of the City Address and Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, 949.496.1555, www.danapoint.org. Tickets are $60 per person, $45 for Chamber of Commerce members.
Cell Phone Help at the Library 3 p.m.-
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…Marijuana Collective Sues City, Council and Staff?
THE LATEST: On Wednesday, Beach Cities Collective—a medical marijuana dispensary shut down last month and ordered to pay damages in the amount of $2.4 million for operating illegally in Dana Point—filed suit against the city, San Diego Gas & Electric as well as city staff and council members individually. The complaint alleges, among other complaints, violation of due process, illegal search and seizure and conspiracy and asks for $20 million in damages. Jeffrey Schwartz, attorney for Beach Cities and its owner David Lambert said that the actions of the named defendants—especially the red-tagging and closure of the business for building code and zoning violations in January—collectively amounted to an organized campaign against the collective to prevent the legal distribution of medical marijuana to its member patients and interfered with contractual and economic relations. The suit also accuses Munoz of defamation of character for a quote he provided the Dana Point Times for an article that ran in the June 4-10 issue (Vol. 3, Issue 23) that Schwartz believes “slandered” Lambert by indirectly referring to him as a criminal. “We have yet to be served with the complaint and therefore have no comment at this time,” said City Attorney Patrick Munoz on Wednesday afternoon. WHAT’S NEXT: The lawsuit is also asking the court to remove the red-tag closure and allow the dispensary to reopen at its original location in Capistrano Beach. Last month, Lambert’s former business partner Timothy Louch and former landlord David Sales both signed settlements agreeing to not undertake in the sale of marijuana (or in Sales’ case, lease to such a business) in the city or be forced to each pay fines in the amount of nearly $1.2 million. Dana Point Times April 15–21, 2011
FIND OUT MORE: Log on to www.danapointtimes.com to read the lawsuit and the DP Times article containing the alleged defamation comment and more on the ongoing legal battle. —Andrea Swayne
… the Restoration of Furlough Days for Teachers?
THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District trustees on Monday restored five furlough days for the 2010-11 school year and 3.5 days for the 2011-12 calendar for non-teaching employees, a move the board majority contends was required under the contract with the California School Employees Association because CUSD received additional money from the state. As districts throughout California have moved into their budget process, school leaders have told elected officials to prepare two budgets; one with modest cuts and one with severe cuts. But that advice considered the potential of voters extending taxes in California. That is no longer feasible, and CUSD officials are preparing for another round of massive cuts. WHAT’S NEXT: The board next meets Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m.
the board room of the Capistrano Unified School District building at 33122 Valle Road in San Juan Capistrano. The meeting will be open to the public and a question and answer session will be held following the safety assessment presentation. NRC staff will answer questions regarding SONGS and the role the NRC plays in ensuring safe operation of the power plant. The meeting discussion will be based on a letter sent from the NRC Region IV office to plant officials addressing the facility’s 2010 performance. The licensee addressed longstanding concerns in the area of problem identification and resolution, but has not been fully successful in addressing several longstanding human performance issues, said NRC officials. WHAT’S NEXT: Additional focused inspections in the human performance area and in the safety conscious work environment area to verify that corrective actions are effective and sustainable, the NRC said. FIND OUT MORE: The NRC Region IV letter to SONGS and current performance information for San Onofre Unit 3 is available on the NRC web site at www.nrc.gov or by clicking on the links provided at www. danapointtimes.com. —JV/AS
FIND OUT MORE: See the full story, staff report and more at www.danapointtimes. com. —Jonathan Volzke
…City Council Forming Arts and Culture Commission?
…NRC Meeting on SONGS Performance?
THE LATEST: On April 28 the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will meet with Southern California Edison representatives to discuss the NRC’s 2010 safety performance assessment of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The meeting is set to begin at 6 p.m. in
THE LATEST: City Council, on April 11, unanimously approved the formation of a new Arts and Culture Commission to act as an advisory body to the city on matters concerning arts, culture and historic preservation. Thirteen speakers—including outspoken local proponents of the arts Karin Schnell President of Dana Point Coastal
Arts, Historical Society President Carlos N. Olvera and Chamber of Commerce board member Alan Wickstrom—took the podium in support of the proposed commission saying, among other reasons, that arts and culture play an integral part in quality of life and that the move is long overdue. The city explored the possibility of forming a similar entity back in 1993 but the project never got off the ground. WHAT’S NEXT: The vote authorized city staff and council members to begin developing a mission, goals and objectives for the future commission to be introduced at a future city council meeting. FIND OUT MORE: Log on to www.danapointtimes.com to read the full agenda staff report. —AS
…Arrests Made in Marijuana Smuggling Attempt?
THE LATEST: According to a press release by U.S. Border Patrol Public Affairs officer Ralph DeSio, nine arrests have been made in connection with 740 pounds of marijuana that was discovered inside of a panga boat abandoned on a Dana Point beach on April 4. The boat was spotted traveling northbound off the coast of San Clemente roughly an hour before the beached boat was discovered. WHAT’S NEXT: The investigation into the smuggling operation is ongoing. FIND OUT MORE: Log on to www.danapointtimes to see the full Border Patrol statement including five human and/or drug smuggling attempts along the Southern California coast within a three day period early this month. —AS www.danapointtimes.com
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Dana Hills High Has Great Abs Marine ecology students embark on abalone culture and restoration project By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
ooks, videos, lectures and tests are the so-called nuts and bolts of the high school classroom experience. Students can learn from these tools and matriculate with sufficient knowledge of any subject just fine. But what happens when a teacher introduces hands-on experiences into a lesson plan? It’s no secret this is where the real enlightenment happens. Dana Hills High School science teacher Randy Hudson is well aware of the difference a rich first-hand experience can have on his students, and has always looked for ways to incorporate such activities into his classes. That’s why he introduced a green abalone culture and restoration project to this year’s syllabus. Hudson enlisted the help of marine biologist Nancy Caruso, founder of science education nonprofit Get Inspired Inc., to start their green abalone aquaculture tanks. Dana Hills is one of seven participating schools—the only one in the Capistrano Unified School District—and 1,100 students that have, with Caruso’s help, fostered between five and 35 abalone, depending on their tank size. One school is also cultivating white sea bass, she said. Over the last decade, Caruso has worked to restore kelp forests off the beaches of Orange County. This latest project takes that effort one step forward by growing the abalone she hopes will eventually be reintroduced into their natural habitat and feeding grounds in the kelp beds. The gist of the program is to use green abalone—a threatened species, once plentiful off the coast of Dana Point—as a tool in the classroom to teach kids about biology, ecology and how the species fits into our local offshore kelp forest ecosystem as they grow and care for them throughout the school year. At the end of the year, the team hopes to be able to release the class specimens into the Laguna Beach Marine Life Protected Area (MLPA) to help restore the wild population. Caruso said she is the first person in 22 years who has requested a permit from
Dana Hills High seniors Connor Ito, Erin Barry and Daniel Jaques perform water testing to ensure that the abalone have a healthy environment in which to grow. Photo by Andrea Swayne
The clear Plexiglas tank gives students the ability to closely observe specimens and record data relating to the health and success of the abalone in their care. Photo by Andrea Swayne
the state to restock abalone and that she requested the permit in February 2009 and is awaiting word from the state. At Dana Hills, students work with a 21-gallon tank to grow and nurture their abalone. Caruso visits them throughout the school year to check on their tank and discuss related topics like feeding the abalone, abalone anatomy, their reproduc-
Marine ecology students can elect to take a field study trip to Baja during spring break to further hone their research skills. Courtesy photo
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tive cycles and aquaculture. California has seven varieties of abalone, two of which are on the endangered species list and two more are listed as species of concern. In the 1800s, the state had an abundance of abalone, which had largely gone unnoticed by locals until waves of immigrants from Asia arrived and started gathering them as food. Eventually, the shellfish became a desired delicacy and fishing them a million-dollar industry, according to Caruso. The immature abalone for this program were purchased from a culture facility in Carlsbad that grows them for profit for the restaurant industry, since the native stock was severely depleted by the 1990s due to overfishing and there is a moratorium on taking them from the wild in Southern California although recreational abalone taking is permitted, but heavily regulated, in Northern California. The students monitor the chemistry of their tanks and collect data. They post their findings online and share the data with their fellow participating schools. Student Connor Ito says that he enjoys monitoring the abalone’s progress and his favorite part is observing their habits and behaviors. “We have a specimen named ‘M’ that likes to extend its foot and flip itself over,” said Ito. “It is interesting to watch such unusual behaviors.” Erin Barry, another of Hudson’s students said she was completely unaware of abalone before taking the class. “I had no idea what abalone even were,” said student Erin Barry. “It’s been really cool to learn about a new species I knew nothing about.” Water quality testing is Daniel Jaques’ favorite part of the project. “I have a fish tank at home so I already knew how to do it. It’s fun and satisfying to take those
skills and apply them here to care for the abalone,” he said. The students interviewed for this story—all three seniors—said that this project has definitely led them to an interest in continuing their study of marine science next year in college. “I am hoping to get SCUBA certified in college and have a career as a research diver,” said Ito. Jaques said the class really reinforced his love of science and his desire to continue his studies in the field. Barry says she plans to study wildlife conservation after high school and that this class in particular played a large part in piquing her interest. But the “abs”—the nickname given to the abalone by the students—are not the only reason the kids give for wanting to take Mr. Hudson’s class. Each spring break, an optional field-study research trip to Baja is offered for students wishing to put their scientific inquiry skills to the test in a natural marine environment. “The Baja trip isn’t a requirement for the class and whether kids choose to attend or not has no bearing on their grade,” said Hudson. “But for students who go, it has been a great opportunity for them to engage in real world research.” This year’s addition of the abalone project has provided another avenue for kids to engage in this hands-on research as a regular part of the classroom experience, he said. Hudson is pleased, not only that his class and the abalone have inspired an interest in his students’ college intentions, but more so that the experience provides students with skills, inquisitiveness and belief in themselves that will cross into other aspects of their lives. Caruso echoes his sentiment, saying that she hopes students ultimately feel they have a stake in the well being of the ocean near them and have made a difference improving it. Because we are constantly being bombarded with bad news on big environmental problems—water quality, air quality, endangered species, etc.—Hudson is concerned that hearing these messages over and over and over may lead students to become overwhelmed and pacifistic about ecological issues. “I think this type of project is empowering for kids because it allows them to actually do something impactful instead of leaving them wondering how they as individuals could make even a dent in a huge problem,” said Hudson. “Hopefully this empowerment transcends into a mentality that could propagate for many years to come in other aspects of their lives. This is the kind of learning that will see students leave high school as stewards rather than just student.” DP —Stacie N. Galang contributed to this story www.danapointtimes.com
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DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By Pantea Ommi Mohajer All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site (www.ocsd.org) 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.
Monday, April 11 DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (1:43 a.m.) A woman called in a brawl between seven and eight men at a restaurant. No weapons were involved, but there was punching, pushing and shoving. The dispatcher could hear lots of yelling in the background.
(10:42 p.m.) Police went to check on a boy who was taken from his home earlier that day by his grandfather. The grandfather accused the boy’s father of attacking him and said he took him for his own safety. The boy’s mother believed her son was not safe with her father and wanted police to get him back. The grandfather said police would have to break down the door to get him, but later said he would open the door for them “if they were nice.” DRUNK DRIVING Cassandra Bay, 23800 Block (10:21 p.m.) A guard, who was almost run over by a resident pulling into the gate, called police to report the man as a drunk driver. When police arrived at the location, the man’s car was unoccupied and parked legally in his driveway.
Sunday, April 10
WELFARE CHECK La Serena Drive, 34100 Block (10:14 p.m.) A woman called police after receiving repeated texts from a man she had gone on a first date with the night before. The man wrote in his text messages that he was going to commit suicide. Police were able to locate the man’s address, based on the number he was sending the texts from.
WELFARE CHECK Pacific Coast Highway, 34200 Block
DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34700 Block
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(9:30 p.m.) Police had difficulty arresting two men who were trying to beat up people in a public lot. The first of the men was easily detained, but a second was difficult to handcuff, because he was beating people up as police were trying to arrest him. INVESTIGATE PERSON DOWN Pacific Coast Highway/Violet Lantern (4:56 a.m.) A passerby called police to let them know a man was lying on the side of the road with half of his body on the sidewalk and the other half in the street. It is unknown whether he was drunk.
Saturday, April 9 KEEP THE PEACE Pacific Coast Highway, 34300 Block (6:39 p.m.) A tow company called police to help them keep the peace when a man began accusing them of stealing the money he left inside his car. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Bridgeport Street, 0 Block (2:45 p.m.) The Orange County Fire Authority responded to a fire that had spread into an apartment unit after a car parked in an attached garage went up in flames. WELFARE CHECK Golden Lantern/Dana Point Harbor Drive
(2:24 a.m.) A man called police to report two of his female friends had just been physically assaulted. When police asked to speak with the women, the call was disconnected. The GPS signal led police to the location of the call. DISTURBANCE Golden Lantern, 34400 Block (2:12 a.m.) A man walked into an eatery, flashing something looking like a badge and tried to pick fights with the patrons. Police were called in to maintain the peace. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Pacific Coast Highway, 34400 Block (1:10 a.m.) A man called 911 claiming he was having a heart attack. When paramedics arrived, they were able to determine the man was having an anxiety attack instead. He refused medical attention and went back into his hotel room. He denied being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Friday, April 8 WELFARE CHECK Quail Run, 25600 Block (10:21 p.m.) A woman called 911 after her mother suddenly stopped talking, during a telephone call with her. She said her mother had been walking crooked lately and complaining of dizziness. The caller was afraid that her mother may have just had a stroke.
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been customers for nine-and-a-half years. “It’s pretty cool,” she said. Fitness Together is known for their one-on-one personal fitness training approach, whether potential customers are looking to lose weight, tone and tighten muscles or simply work towards better health. They pair everyone with a personal trainer in a private setting with a custom-tailored workout plan. See them at 34255 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 107-108, www.fitnesstogether.com or call them at 949.488.0005.
By CHRISTINA SCANNAPIEGO
News and updates on Dana Point’s business community
EXPANDING u Jack’s Surf Shop in Dana Point, recently took over more retail space in the Doheny Park Plaza strip mall—their current location—at 3420 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite C. About a month ago, they acquired two additional storefronts previously occupied by Mori Sushi and a liquor store, that had been closed down for over a year. According to manager Reid Watanabe, the new space will allow room for more surf and skate hardware and inventory and they hope to have it all up and running by summer. For more information, call 949.276.8080 or log on to www.jacksurfboards.com.
ANNIVERSARIES Fitness Together on PCH is celebrating their 10th Anniversary this month. They’ll be throwing a Member Appreciation party in May to recognize all their loyal clientele. u
Matthew Davidson and Amy Elder Shoemaker of Fitness Together. The store is celebrating 10 years in business. Photo by Andrea Swayne
“Without out clients, we wouldn’t be in business,” said Dana Point manager, Amy Elder. “They really support our business because it works.” According to Elder, Dana Point’s Fitness Together even has two clients who have
News Bites u Saddleback College Art Gallery Director Bob Rickerson, is pleased to present the school’s annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, April 25 through May 11, in the Saddleback College Art Gallery. The art of students taking studio art, photography and graphic design classes will be featured. Selected from over 400 submitted entries, 80 works will be chosen for display. Chosen works will represent a variety of media including drawing, painting, ceramic, printmaking, jewelry, sculpture, photography, mixed media and graphics. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m. and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery will also be open Saturday, April 30. An artists’ reception/awards potluck will be held on Tuesday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Live music will be provided by Saddleback jazz students. Awards will be announced at 7:15 p.m. Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for info specific to the Fine Arts Department, log on to www.saddleback.edu/arts.
Free Women’s Self-Defense Class at United Studios u United Studios of Self Defense, 32585 Golden Lantern, Suite L in the Ocean Ranch
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u The Orange County Lifeguards have moved their headquarters to a new facility on PCH, just north of Amber Lantern. According to Chief Lifeguard, Jason Young, the move was made official on March 1st but the exterior is still under construction. “It’s a mess,” he said—but the guts are all operational with radios up and running. Their new digs are in a commercial building that the crew doesn’t share with any other organization and, since they’re up further on the hill, they have better radio reception as well.
NEW OWNERSHIP u Two weeks ago, Enzo Scognamiglio, owner of Brio Tuscany Grille, became the new owner of a SUBWAY Restaurant at Del Obispo and Stonehill—more specifically, 33489 Del Obispo. Although the sandwhich shop is already open, they’ll have their official grand opening party in four weeks. The shindig will go down in the parking lot, with Miller Light girls, two-for-one specials and games for kids. Call 949.429.5581 for more info.
chael Breazeale at 949.248.3340 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Compiled by Andrea Swayne
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P rops , R ecognitions and M orsels of I nfo Saddleback College Presents Juried Student Art Exhibition
u PCH Pilates & Yoga will be celebrating their one-year anniversary with an open house on Thursday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to noon. They’ll be offering free classes, refreshments, a trunk show, raffle and more during that time. Classes for that day will be on a drop-in basis. See them at 34085 Pacific Coast Highway 202, www.pchpilatesandyoga.com or call 949.248.1993. Their ocean view studio offers reformer classes, yoga and Pilates cardio in a private, semi private or small group setting. The founder, Tianna Martin, has been teaching for eight years and has completed two Pilates certifications through Body Arts & Science and Orange Coast College—as well as her Yoga certification.
Shopping Center, is offering a free self-defense seminar and demonstration for teen girls and women on Saturday, April 23 beginning at 12:30 p.m. This event is offered to women ages 12 and up in the community who would like to learn basic, yet effective techniques against potential attackers or abductors. The class is provided by USSD as a public service to the community due to the need for self-defense education. While serious in content matter, the practical self-defense class will be given in a fun, safe environment and is suitable for women and girls of all sizes and ability. “Due to the increased incidence and awareness of abductions in recent months, United Studios of Self-Defense would like to extend the availability of valuable self-defense techniques for women,” said Michael Breazeale, Chief Instructor, USSD Team Dana Point. “You would be quite surprised at how resourceful and successful an individual can be in protecting themselves if taught some basic yet applicable self-defense skills. Through the teaching of safety, recognition of dangerous situations and evasion tactics, women will be better prepared in these uncertain times.” Women will learn how to assess situations, react and evade abductors or attackers. Participants will be taught the ABCs of conflict avoidance along with quick and effective defensive techniques. Highlights include a demonstration from black belt instructors as well as demonstrations by female USSD students. For more information, please contact Mi-
u Do you know a local hero? Perhaps a coach who performed CPR or a coworker who helped others escape a fire? Maybe a first responder or soldier whose actions went beyond the call of duty? If so, the American Red Cross wants to hear their story. Each year, the American Red Cross of Orange County hosts Bravo for Bravery, a ceremony recognizing ordinary people who have performed extraordinary acts. Local residents and businesses are encouraged to nominate anyone who they feel demonstrated courage and compassion during an emergency. Nominees may include everyday people who saved a life, showed extraordinary valor or anyone who performed CPR. Animals that were involved in saving someone’s life may also be nominated. A committee of community leaders will review the nominations and all approved nominees will be honored at the 8th Annual Bravo for Bravery breakfast on June 2 at the Marconi Automotive Museum in Tustin. The nomination deadline is May 14. Nomination forms are available at www.ocredcross.org or by contacting Ishell Linares at 714.481.5366 or email@example.com.
Breakaway from Cancer Benefit Gala, Walk Planned The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling title sponsor AMGEN are set to host a fundraising gala event on Saturday, April 30—the day before the Grand Prix—at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the
Dana Point Yacht Club in the OC Dana Point Harbor is the site of the Breakaway from Cancer gala fundraising event to kick of the 2011 Dana Point Grand Prix. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Drive in the OC Dana Point Harbor. Event organizers promise a fun-filled evening of great food, wine, beer and a fabulous silent auction. Proceeds will benefit AMGEN’s Breakaway from Cancer and the Pacific Meso Center at Pacific Heart Lung Blood Institute in Los Angeles. PMC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on the treatment and prevention of malignant pleural mesothelioma, a lung-related cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. In conjunction with the cycling races, the AMGEN Breakaway Walk will be held on race day at 3:45 p.m. Join cancer survivors, family members and caregivers in a celebration of life to raise awareness of mesothelioma. Everyone is welcome. Tickets for the April 30 gala are $60 per person and can be purchased online at www. danapointgrandprix.com. More information about the cycling event and PMC can also be found on the event website. www.danapointtimes.com
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HELP FOR THE HOMELESS AILEEN MAY, Dana Point
HALE AND FAREWELL
Surely a city that can collaborate with a surrounding community to provide a shared animal shelter can do the same for our homeless community. It is estimated that 50 percent of the homeless suffer from health issues primarily mental illness and substance abuse. Also, one fourth of them are veterans. To quote Oprah: “We are all offended when a veteran sleeps on the streets that he or she defended.”
PETE HAMMER, Dana point
Over the past two weeks we have prepared for, seen, been part of, and witnessed the tributes, accolades and ceremony that go hand in glove with the changing of command of our 5th Marine Regiment. Leading up to and as part of Col. Willy Buhl’s relinquishing command to Col. Roger Turner, we were able to say a Fond Fiesta Farewell to Willy and Mimi Buhl at Olamendi’s, followed by a city and support group-hosted welcome dinner for Roger and Carole Turner at Jack’s Restaurant. It goes without saying that our city, residents, and support group gave the Buhls a resounding and well-deserved send-off and the Turners a warm and heartfelt Dana Point welcome. To each and every one of you who were responsible for making all the arrangements, setting up, being involved with and attending these wonderful outings. I, on behalf of our Dana Point 5th Marines support organization, would like to say a very special thank you for making these festivities a wonderful experience and good time to be had by all. I believe each of us will take away some very special memories. Again, many, many thanks to our mayor, council, support group directors, residents and supporters for helping to make our Hale and our Farewell a tribute to be remembered for years to come. Semper Fi With respect and gratitude, Pete HammerPresident Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group Web Site: www.DanaPoint5thMarines.com Dana Point Times April 15–21, 2011
CUTS TO EDUCATION ARE NOT THE ANSWER CHRIS MCCORMACK, San Clemente
Almost one year after the Capistrano Unified School District strike of 2010, the question of how to improve the state’s economy so that public education can properly be funded has yet to be answered. During the strike the CUSD Board of Trustees and many local politicians, including California State Assembly Representative Diane Harkey, argued that educators must accept cuts to their pay and health benefits to help improve the economy. To end the strike, CUSD teachers agreed to make sacrifices by accepting many of
Teachers at Dana Hills High School picket during the 2010 strike. Photo by Andrea Swayne
CONTRIBUTORS Tawnee Prazak, Christina Scannapiego, David Zimmerle
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Col. Willy Buhl, Pete Hammer and Col. Roger Turner. Photo by Terry Rifkin
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the harsh cuts the Board of Trustees and Harkey advocated. However, as the state’s economy continues to struggle and many California politicians continue to call for cuts to public education; it is critical that public educators provide their own solutions for improving the economy. To effectively rise to the challenge, public educators must begin to demand increased taxes for the wealthy and an end to unjustified tax breaks for corporations. Several California residents and politicians claim that our state’s economy continues to struggle, due to high taxes. Diane Harkey recently argued that, “Jobs and opportunity continue to disappear because of high taxes.” However, there is little evidence to support this claim. According to the California Budget Project, “Measured as a share of the state’s economy, California is a moderate tax state.” Also, the CBP notes that, “There is no empirical evidence that businesses are leaving California” because of high taxes. In addition, workers should point out that the state’s high unemployment rate is the result of the current economic crisis that was created by Wall Street. As Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC notes, “We should never forget that the bulk of states’ budget problems are the result of the economic crisis brought on by Wall Street greed and incredibly bad economic policy… It makes no sense to beat up on schoolteachers, firefighters and other public-sector employees, who have to work for a living.” This is the same Wall Street that is now making billions of dollars in profits. In addition, Harkey’s statement is disingenuous in that she doesn’t specify what segment of the population is experiencing higher taxes; taxes affect those at various income levels differently. Workers need to let the public know that the states wealthiest residents aren’t paying their fair share. As the California Budget Project notes, “Measured as a share of family income, California’s lowest-income families pay the most in taxes.”
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Harkey also wrongly argues that California has “the most unfriendly business environment,” in the nation. If Harkey were correct, the state wouldn’t hold the distinction of having one of the world’s largest economies. In addition, California spends millions each year on tax breaks for corporations. “For all the hand-wringing by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger about how there’s almost nothing left to cut in the state budget except services to children, the aged and the destitute, hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year on handouts to business. “ LA Times Columnist Michael Hiltzik wrote, “That’s despite the lack of evidence that some of these programs keep employers in the state, lure employers from out of state or are cost-effective in any general way.” If Harkey is serious about fixing the economy, she should spend less time telling teachers to, “help themselves as well as their state by stepping up and becoming part of the solution.” As the CUSD strike proved teachers have been stepping up for years by accepting cuts to their pay and benefits, by continuing to spend their own money on classroom supplies and teaching in increasingly overcrowded classrooms. Indeed, teachers and other workers have made countless sacrifices in the name of the improving the economy. It’s the wealthy few like Diane Harkey and large corporations that have been unwilling to make sacrifices. www.danapointtimes.com
YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER
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A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
THE CHOLULAS 9:30 p.m. Live music at Molly Bloom’s. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, www.mollybloomspub.com.
WORLD MALBEC WINE TASTING 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company celebrates “International Malbec Week.” Tasting fee is $10 for four wines or try the Premiere Malbec Flight for $20. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com. EXCHANGE WILFAX 5:30 p.m. Entertainment at Irons in the Fire. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900, www.beachfire.com. KIMO WEST SLACK KEY CONCERT 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Concert at Hulaville. Tickets $5. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www.hulavillecafe.com. EDITOR’S PICK: SOCSA Presents West Side Story The South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA) presents West Side Story 7 p.m. April 14, 15, 16 and 21, 22, 23 in the Porthole Theater at Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern. Tickets $10 students/seniors, $12 adults. Buy tickets at the door or online at www.socsarts.org.
DOUBT 8 p.m. New play at Cabrillo Playhouse set in a 1964 Catholic school with both serious subject matter and humor. Shows through May 8. $20. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465, www.cabrilloplayhouse.org. ELLIOT ON PIANO 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live piano with Elliot at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. FOREIGN FILM FRIDAY 7 p.m. The Dana Point Library hosts a showing of the German film Storm. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, www.ocpl.org. Dana Point Times April 15–21, 2011
DOHENY WOOD CAR SHOW
If shining chrome, real wood panels and glistening paint jobs in a spectrum of colors sounds like your kind of car show, then Doheny Wood is the place to be this weekend. Experience California surf culture on wheels at the 14th annual Southern California Woodie Club woodie car show. See over 185 of the iconic surf mobiles on display at Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16. Woodies line up in the south day-use area—on the beach side of Paciﬁc Coast Highway across from Olamendi’s Restaurant. Browse a wide variety of models from 1925 through 1951, including wagons, hot rods and retro rods representing both American and international makes. The car club will also hold a rafﬂe and silent auction to beneﬁt junior lifeguard programs in Dana Point Doheny Wood 2010. Photo by Andrea Swayne and San Clemente and the youth shelter in Huntington Beach. Rafﬂe items include custom made wood surfboards, leather sandals, T-shirts, wetsuits and more. The silent auction will feature a handmade woodie-inspired quilt and other original art. Admission to the event is free, but the State Park charges $15 for parking. Ample free parking is available along PCH. For more information, contact Doheny State Beach at 949.496.6172 or visit www.dohenystatebeach.org. The Southern California Woodie Club website can be found at www.socalwoodies.com.
JAPAN QUAKE TSUNAMI BENEFIT 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. DOUBLEtruck Magazine hosts a raffle and auction for the people of Sendai affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Bid on $100,000 in goods and services. Free. The Kona Gallery and Photojournalism Center, 412 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.481.3747, www.thekonagallery.com.
EARTH DAY SAN CLEMENTE 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The San Clemente Watershed Task Force presents entertainment, presentations, giveaways and more to celebrate the earth and raise awareness about preservation and protection. Also, bring old cell phones and electronics to help raise money for the SCHS Environmental Club. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200, www.san-clemente.org. 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 in Dana Point. 3RD ANNUAL EARTH DAY CELEBRATION 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Join The Ecology Center to celebrate Earth Day with food, do-it-yourself workshops, raffles, and an organic veggie plant sale. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org. SPRING GARDEN & FLOWER THEME PUBLIC CHOICE EVENT 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Clemente Art Association artwork displayed in the SC Art Gallery for the public to view and vote for. Free. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.7175, www.scartgallery.com. POETRY SLAM: GLASSLESS MINDS SHOWCASE 7 p.m. A “poetry slam” at Sunshine Brooks Theater featuring an audience-judged competition. 219 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 760.529.9140, www.sunshinebrookstheatre.org.
LOCAL SUNDAY SESSIONS 6 p.m. An evening of music at Cabrillo Playhouse; tonight features local artists Coulin Foulke and Corey Leal. Suggested donation $5. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465, www.cabrilloplayhouse.org.
SPEED DATING 3 p.m. Special event at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. NABA BUTTERFLY WALK 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. See what’s fluttering with the North American Butterfly Association on its annual search for butterflies at The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Admission $5-$10. 949.489.9778, www.naba.org, www.theconservancy.org. BO BICE 7 p.m. The American Idol finalist at The Coach House. $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, www.bobice.com, www.thecoachhouse.com. UKULELE NIGHTS 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bring your ukulele, sing or listen to music at Hulaville. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www.hulavillecafe.com GARY ROACH AND WILL HURD ACOUSTIC LIVE 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Live music at OC Tavern every Sunday night in the OCT Room. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com.
OUTDOOR ARENA SOCCER CAMP 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Jamie Arroyo holds a spring break soccer camp at Capo Sports Rink for kids ages 7-14 to help them prepare for tryouts and tournaments. Cost $100; includes T-shirt. 2 Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano, 949.291.2678, www.jasocceracademy.com.
COMEDY SHOW 9:30 p.m. Comedians get some laughs at Hennessey’s every Monday night. Free. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, www.hennesseystavern.com. $5 MONDAYS 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 from $5 and up. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar; 949.429;.7067; www.scwinecompany.com. CLIFF MILLER 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Talented musical artist at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. (Cont. on page 13) THIS WEEK’S WEATHER 4.15 Sunny H: 77° L: 56° 4.16 Sunny H: 78° L: 58° 4.17 Sunny H: 78° L: 54°
4.18 Sunny H: 74° L: 55° 4.19 Partly Cloudy H: 73° L: 51° 4.20 Sunny H: 70° L: 49° 4.21 Sunny H: 70° L: 49° www.danapointtimes.com
GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 10)
Trivia Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. Participate in fun, competitive and educational games with prizes and happy hour all night at Irons In The Fire Restaurant at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. 150 Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900, www.ironsinthefire.biz.
Women’s Health Seminar 10 a.m.-11 a.m. For women 50 and older; held at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. 25925 Camino Del Avion, 949.493.5911, www.sanjuancapistrano.org. Two-for-One at the Wharf Offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays in April: Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips and whale watching. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com Benny on Flamenco Guitar 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. Will Heard 9 p.m. Live at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
DP Times Restaurant Spotlight
By Pantea Ommi Mohajer
Fratello’s Italian Family Restaurant 638 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.5200 Best Known For: Family-style Italian cooking Most Popular Item: New York style pizza In 1998, Joey Madison, who moved to San Clemente from New York, decided to bring a few of those East Coast flavors to his West Coast neighbors. With help from his brother Bobby, they opened Fratello’s Italian Family Restaurant. Fratellos, Italian for “brothers,” is the perfect name for a place all about family—from the secret family recipes that make up the menu to the friendly service you get from Joey, his mother, wife, sister-in-law and his brother Bobby. “All of my customers are like family,” says Joey. Their signature dish is the Seafood San Clemente, but if you ask Joey what his favorite dish is, he’ll tell you, “I’m a pizza maniac.” Fratello’s will Photo by Heidi Mefferd soon be offering gluten-free pizza and pasta dishes as well. Come with your family for dinner or come alone for lunch. Either way, you’ll feel right at home. Price Range: $4.95-$22.95 Reservations: Not required Payment: Cash, credit card Hours: Monday–Thursday 11 a.m.–9:30 a.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.–10:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Go to www.danapointtimes.com and under “Getting Out” share your thoughts about this week’s restaurant.
Poul Pedersen 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Acoustic at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.
Wednesday Tech Time 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Get help with technology of all sorts at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, www.ocpl.org.
Vine Wine Tasting & Food Pairing 7 p.m.–8 p.m. Educational wine tasting at Vine featuring four wines paired with food; $40 per person. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9376, www.vinesanclemente.com.
Elihu 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
Jared from Knockout 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
Dan Lefler 7 p.m.10 p.m. Regular hit artist at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.
Kids Storytime at the Casa 10 a.m. Casa Romantica hosts storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
Dupp Brothers 8 p.m. Live music at The Rib Joint. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500. Comedy Night 9:30 p.m. Get some laughs at Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, www.mollybloomspub.com.
AT THE MOVIES
Jane Eyre Revisited
Dana Point Times April 15–21, 2011
Spring Programs for Children 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Ocean Institute offers ocean science spring camps for kids ages 6 and older. Cost $75. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.
10th Annual Earth Day Event 9 a.m.-3 p.m. San Juan Capistrano presents a fair at the SJC Community Center to increase public awareness of protecting and preserving the environment; features displays by local groups and much more. 25925 Camino del Avion, 949.493.1171, www.sanjuancapistrano.org.
By Megan Bianco
To some young people, having a book described as classic just means another painful, school-assigned novel to read for a pop quiz. To many other readers and critics, however, something that gets the title “classic” is credited as remaining relevant. And, as time has shown, many classic novels have been given screen adaptations. This spring, Focus Features has released the latest screen attempt at Charlotte Brontë’s gothic tale of Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre is one of those love stories that has been overly romanticized and glamorized over the decades, when in reality, it’s actually quite depressing. A young orphan, Jane (Mia Wasikowska), lives with her neglectful and cruel aunt (Sally Hawkins) and cousins, until she is sent to an even more oppressive girls’ boarding school. There, she is ridiculed and loses her only friend to typhus. By the time she leaves the school, she finds a new position as the governess of a little French girl, whose guardian is a wealthy man named Mr. Rochester (Michael Fassbender). It doesn’t take long for the brooding, jaded man to warm up to Jane, and later vice versa. But as soon as they reach the point of declaring their love for each other, a dark secret from Rochester’s past re-emerges. Jamie Bell, Tamzin Merchant and Dame Judi Dench co-star alongside Wasikowska in this period piece. Director
Food Truck & Fare Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of gourmet food trucks that changes weekly at the OC Fair & Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com. © Focus Features
Cary Joji Fukunaga makes his English-speaking film debut here and Tamara Drewe (2010) screenwriter Moira Buffini adapts the novel to movie form. The main criticism that Jane Eyre, the novel, seems to get often, is disbelief Jane would ever see redeeming qualities in Mr. Rochester. He’s not attractive, more critical than kind and doesn’t seem to respect others much. And yet, on screen portrayed by Fassbender, (to some already miscast because of his good looks) Rochester comes across as somewhat redeemable. Wasikowska, while plain and meek as Jane is supposed to appear, manages to come off strongheaded and direct. Out of the 25 film versions of Brontë’s story, there hasn’t been a more well received one since 20th Century Fox’s 1944 feature with Orson Welles and Joan Fontaine. But Fukunaga’s might be the next in contention. DP Page 13
Close Enough 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. Dance Collective 2011 8 p.m. Saddleback College’s Dance Department presents a dancing showcase featuring everything from hip hop to ballet in McKinney Theater. Tickets $12 presale, $15 at the door. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, www.saddleback. edu/arts. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.danapointtimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to firstname.lastname@example.org www.danapointtimes.com
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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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Once Upon This Coast: By Doris I. Walker
Dana’s Impressions of Southern California Ports N
amesake Richard Henry Dana spent 16 months of his two-year sea stint on the Pacific coast. Yet nearly half of his classic book, Two Years Before the Mast, relates to his other eight months at sea. During his time here, the sailor/author stopped five times each at San Pedro and Santa Barbara, twice at San Once Upon This Coast Juan (now Dana Point), and only once at By Doris I. Walker both Monterey and San Francisco. So he belongs to Southern, not Northern, California, though he never penetrated it more than five miles from the coast. “Here we were, in a little vessel, with a small crew, on a half-civilized coast, at the ends of the earth,” he wrote of his feelings on arriving in isolated California aboard the hide trading brig Pilgrim. Dana was impressed to find its hundreds of miles of seacoast blessed with “the best climate in the world, free from all disease, epidemic or endemic; its waters filled with fish, its plains covered with cattle, its soil rich with crops.” The non-seagoing Californios of Dana’s day, primarily horsemen, made no improvements to their anchorages, though the Yankee ships frequented them more and more as Mexican rules permitted what Spanish ones did not. SAN DIEGO – Dana described it as “a small, snug place, having very little trade, but decidedly the best harbour on the coast, being completely landlocked, and its water as smooth as a duck-pond.” He also commented on its very narrow channel with no surf, impressed that vessels could lie within a cable’s length of the smooth, hardsand beach. It was commendably safe in all weathers. San Diego’s calm climate and smooth shore created the best hide port of all, Dana wrote. He related that “there was no town in sight.” San Diego “is not more than half as large as Monterey or Santa Barbara, and has little or no business.” At that time its population barely topped 300. SAN PEDRO – In contrast, this anchorage was quite objectionable to the Pilgrim crew, though Dana visited it on each pass during its worst season. But he claimed that it was universally called “the hell of California,” which seemed “designed, in every way, for the wear and tear of sailors. “We let go our anchor at a distance of three or threeand-a-half miles from shore...As far as the eye could Dana Point Times April 15–21, 2011
This scenic view of Dana Cove, a photograph taken in the 1880s, was probably unchanged from the scene Richard Henry Dana saw in 1835 when he visited her and called it “the only romantic spot in California.” Courtesy of the Doris Walker collection
reach, (it was) entirely bare of trees or even shrubs; and there was no sign of a town—not even a house to be seen.” The author remembered it for the sharp bark of its coyotes, dismal hooting of owls, and steep, muddy hills. “We all agreed that it was the worst place we had seen yet, especially for getting off hides, and our lying off at so great a distance looked as though it was bad for south-easters.” Yet, Dana had to admit that port furnished more hides than any other place, for inland 30 miles was the largest town in Alta California—Los Angeles, which he never visited. Several of the wealthiest cattle ranchos surrounded it. SAN JUAN (Dana Point) – Though the San Juan anchorage was the least populated of the trading ports visited by the trading ships, Dana was so taken by the natural beauty of the cove, cliffs and rocks, he wrote of it as “the only romantic spot in California.” He also described the added effort the sailors had to expend here in tossing hides over the steep bluffs to the narrow pocket beach below, where his crewmates gathered them and carried them on their heads through the Page 14
surf to the waiting quarterboat. Sometimes the men had to scale the sheer face of the cliffs to recover hides that had become wedged in the rocks on the way down. Dana stopped here only twice, spending in all parts of only two days absorbing the atmosphere and temperament of this segment of coast, yet his name has superseded that of a saint, San Juan—a rare occurrence among California place names. In his day, the Yankees actually called it “St. John’s.” In 1859, the author-attorney revisited the golden coast and found that great changes had occurred in those 24 years. Large steamships had replaced most of the sailing vessels, and they bypassed the small undeveloped anchorage at San Juan. As he had predicted, San Francisco had become “the centre of its prosperity,” “the emporium of the Pacific.” By contrast, San Diego was still a sleepy town. Had Dana retraced his voyage again in current times, this port pioneer would marvel that San Pedro, “the hell of California,” has become the major port of the entire coast, even busier than the major harbors at “magnificent” San Francisco or “snug” San Diego, though they still deserve those compliments. In fact, the early “hell harbor” for the entire Los Angeles area, coupled with the one at adjoining Long Beach, has become the most active port in the United States. Dana would probably find that the Monterey waterfront is still “pleasant and civilized-looking,” and Santa Barbara is still “finely situated.” Hopefully, San Juan would still seem “romantic” to him. It was the last to be developed into a harbor, only marina-sized, not opened until 136 years after his visit in 1971. However, among the current counterparts of California’s historic anchorages, this has retained the original geological setting of its romantic shore closer than the others. So it is appropriate that Dana Point Harbor should be the port that carries the name of the man who first carried the image of this shore back to the other seacoast. © 2011 by Doris I. Walker. This is a segment of Doris Walker’s book-in-progress about the variety of adventures experienced by early wind-powered ships that traveled the Southern California coast. DP 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 email@example.com.
The only directory featuring Dana Point businesses exclusively AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A, www.oasisair.com
ARCHITECTURE - PLANNING Jim Ettinger Design 949.246.0224 33742 Big Sur St., firstname.lastname@example.org Nona Associates - Raymond J. Nona A.I.A. 26901 Camino de Estrella, 949.496.2275 www.raynona.com
ATTORNEY James D. Hornbuckle, Esq. 949.499.7370 34204 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.dixonlawcorp.com
DOG GROOMING Dawgy Style 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. 112, www.todawgystyle.com
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San Clemente Plumbing It’s come to Mike’s attentions that other plumbers are using our name to market their business. Don’t be fooled, if the Plumbing Doctor isn’t on the truck that arrives, you called an imposter. Our goal is to maintain fair prices and excellent service! 949.366.2691
Azalea Salon & Boutique 949.248.3406 24452 Del Prado Ave. Ste. A, www.azaleasalonandboutique.com Paragon Salon 949.489.1955 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy. Salon Revelation - Dayna Dallas 949.248.8595 34192 Violet Lantern #2
Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern, www.coffeeimporters.com
Maureen B. Fletcher Interior Design 714.889.9597 email@example.com Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271 www.nminteriordesign.com
Jeweler Dana Point Jeweler 949.489.1165 24845 Del Prado, www.danapointjeweler.com
JUNIOR WATERMAN PROGRAM Ocean’s Academy www.oceansacademy4u.com
LANDSCAPING Rocky Taylor Landscaping firstname.lastname@example.org
RESTAURANTS Brio Tuscany Grille 949.443.1476 24050 Camino Del Avion, www.briorestaurant.com Jolly Roger Restaurant 949.496.0855 34661 Golden Lantern, www.aloharestaurants.com Smokey’s House of BBQ 949.388.8102 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4, www.SmokeysHouseofBBQ.com
Junk Removal Green Dump Truck www.greendumptruck.com
J. Hill & Associates 949.488.7653 34270 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. A, www.hillrealty.org Lantern Bay Realty 949.661.6441 34179 Golden Lantern, Ste. 103, www.lanternbayrealty.com
ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E, www.abcembroideryshop.com
SURF LESSONS Ocean’s Academy www.oceansacademy4u.com
Surf Shops delta G electrical 949.360.9282 Sunburst Landscaping 949.632.0081 www.sunlandscape.webs.com 949.493.3670 Girl in the Curl Surf Shop 949.661.4475 Bookkeeper / Organizer CA #657214, www.deltagelect.com 34116 Pacific Coast Hwy., www.girlinthecurl.com Accurate Bookeeping 949.412.5345 EMBROIDERY LOCKSMITH Infinity Surfboards 949.661.6699 email@example.com 949.496.6919 24382 Del Prado, www.infinitysurf.com Dana Point Lock & Security ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop 949.248.1007 Jack’s Surfboards 949.276.8080 www.danapointlock.com 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E, CAFE - DELI 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.jackssurfboards.com www.abcembroideryshop.com CATERING Smokey’s House of BBQ 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4, www.SmokeysHouseofBBQ.com
Fit Club - Boot Camp 949.831.7984 www.afitclub.com Jazzercise, O.C. Sailing & Events Center 34451 Ensenada Place, 949.492.7817 www.danapointjazz.com
Pacific Waves Family Chiropractic 949.436.2926 & Alternative Healthcare 24632 San Juan, Ste. 230, www.pacific-waves.com
CHRISTIAN CHURCHES Christian Science Services 34102 La Plaza
Under-Wraps Gift Baskets 949.291.0300 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.giftbasketsbyunderwraps.com
HANDYMAN SERVICES 949.661.3151
Robert’s Professional Handyman Services Lic. # B853695 949.606.6425
Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern, www.coffeeimporters.com
CONTRACTORs - GENERAL
PET GROOMING Dawgy Style 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy #112, www.todawgystyle.com
PIZZA Beach Cities Pizza 34473 Golden Lantern St. 34155 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 www.chicks-plumbing.com Mission Plumbing & Heating 949.492.4303 949.496.1957 www.missionplumbingandheating.com
Monarch Bay Haircutters 20 Monarch Bay Plaza Paragon Salon 949.489.1955 COMPUTER REPAIR & SERVICES 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy. San Clemente Computer & Network Services Utopia Salon 949.661.1664 email@example.com 949.276.1581 Barry 949.661.1664 Solution Tek-nologies 949.400.0080 Gary 949.231.9755 www.solutiontek-nologies.com Morgan 949.433.3960 24582 Del Prado, #B, www.barrysutopia.com Creative Environments Construction 949.496.3728 Design & Build #464468
Kenny’s Music & Guitars 949.661.3984 24731 La Plaza, www.kennysmusicstore.com English Tutoring by Susan 949.481.0481 Danman’s Music School 949.242.4431 Mathnasium 949.388.6555 24699 Del Prado, www.danmans.com 32411 Golden Lantern, Ste. Q, www.mathnasium.com
ICE CREAM Coffee Importers Scoop Deck 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern, www.coffeeimporters.com
Insurance Services Mary Kay Cosmetics & Career 949.248.2868 Opportunities, Ind. Sales Director - Marline Adams, Patricia Powers 949.496.1900 www.marykay.com/madams2 License#0737080, firstname.lastname@example.org Statefarm/Elaine LaVine 949.240.8944 DENTISTS 34080 Golden Lantern, www.elainelavine.net Dana Point Dental 949.661.5664 State Farm/Ted Bowersox 949.661.3200 34080 Golden Lantern, Ste 201, 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy. #204 www.danapointdental.com www.tedbowersox.com
Dana Point Upholstery 949.240.2292 24402 Del Prado Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.jeddys.com
WINDOW CLEANING Bayside Window Cleaning 949.290.8230 www.baysidewindowcleaning.com
Window Coverings Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.jeddys.com
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Dolphins vs. Tritons San Clemente High April 15, 3:15 p.m. The Dolphins are looking to keep its momentum going in full swing as the boys face rival San Clemente High.
Cougars vs. Dolphins Dana Hills High April 19, 5:30 p.m.
Collegiate men’s lacrosse players collide on the ﬁeld at Dana Hills High as St. Mary’s and Concordia square off for a Sunday game.
Looking to stay perfect in the South Coast League, the Dolphins are primed to take on the Tritons in a key match.
The Lady Dolphins need this win badly as Dana Hills gets set to do battle with the Capo Valley Lady Cougars.
Dolphin Report By David Zimmerle
BASEBALL • After taking on a slew of competitors at the Anaheim Lions Tournament April 2, 4-6, the Dolphins (3-3-1 SCL, 8-8-1) had a solid stretch of days off, finally resuming play against San Clemente at home on Wednesday, April 13. The boys then traveled to take on its cross-town rival for the second time this season on Friday, April 15. Next 7 days: April 16 at Western/OC Challenge, 11 a.m.; April 20 at *Tesoro, 3:30 p.m.; April 22 vs. *Tesoro, 3:15 p.m.
GIRLS LACROSSE • The Lady Dolphins (0-7 SCL, 1-11) dropped another key South Coast League game on Tuesday, April 12 losing by the final score of
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for the lead throughout the final 1,600 meters and pulled away down the final stretch to push the Dolphins to the big finish in a time of 10:08.02–the best in the nation so far this season. For varsity girls, Alaina Alvarez (10:36.48) finished 12th in the 3200. The team faced San Juan Hills at home on Thursday, April 14. Next 7 days: April 16 at OC Championships at Mission Viejo, TBA; April 21 vs. Aliso Niguel, 2:30 p.m.
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BOYS LACROSSE • After beating Aliso Niguel 9-6 on April 2, the Dolphins (1-5 SCL, 4-6-1) took a break from the action on the field, but resumed regular season play in a game against Mission Viejo on Tuesday, April 12. The team then went on to face University High in a non-league game on Friday, April 15. Next 7 days: N/A
Dolphins vs. Tritons San Clemente High April 19, 3 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Angels Angel Stadium April 21, 7:05 p.m. Your LA Angels of Anaheim are set for an early season test as the Boston Red Sox head to town for a four game series. Info: www.losangeles.angels. mlb.com
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SOFTBALL • The Lady Dolphins (2-0 SVL, 10-9) are still shining in league play after rocking Capo Valley in a 9-0 win on Tuesday, April 12. Danni Ingraham went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs scored to lead Dana Hills at the plate, while Olivia Baltazar and Megan Largey combined for the seven-inning shutout. Largey ended up striking out seven of the nine batters she faced on the day. The girls then went on to face crosstown rival San Clemente at home on Thursday, April 14. Next 7 days: April 19-23 at Tournament, TBA
Concordia vs. St. Mary’s Dana Hills High April 17, 1 p.m.
BOYS GOLF • The Dolphins (5-1 SVL, 10-1) picked up a close 191-197 victory against Aliso Niguel at Aliso Viejo CC on Tuesday, April 12 followed by a 200-204 victory against Mission Viejo at Mission Viejo CC on Wednesday, April 13. In the win against the Wolverines, Slater Shaw shot a one under 34 to medal on the round. The boys faced Aliso Niguel one more time on Thursday, April 14 as well. Next 7 days: April 19 vs. La Costa Canyon at El Niguel CC, 2:30 p.m.; April 21 vs. Corona del Mar at Newport CC, 2:30 p.m.
Young (A) 6-0 def. Brian Vu (A) 6-1; 2. Connor Corly (DH) def. Brandon Young 6-1, lost to Brian Vu 1-6 Bayan Yazdi (DH) lost to Daniel Lee 0-6; 3. Chase Masciorini (DH) def. Brian Vu 6-0, Trevor Dell (DH) def. Brandon Young 6-0, def. Daniel Le 6-0; Doubles: 1. Bloom/ Shu (DH) def. Grossman/Mecheal (A) 6-3, def. Lo Chau(A) 6-0, def. Esbar/Mardana (A) 6-0; 2. Heineke/S. Dell (DH) lost to Lo/Chau (A) 0-6, Udderg/Heineke (DH) lost to Grossman/Mecheal 2-6, def. Esber/Mardana 6-2; DeGuzman/Alami (DH) lost to Esber/ Mardana 7-6 Alami/James lost to Grossman/Mecheal (A) 2-6 Alami/ Rothenberg (DH) lost to Lo Chau 4-6. Results for the match against Trabuco Hills are as follows: Singles: 1. Trevor Dell (DH) def. S. Heniside (T) 6-1 def. M. Mojahedi (T) 6-1 DeGuzman (DH) lost to Ivie 0-6(T); 2. Matt Labarre (DH) def. Heniside 6-0, def. Ivie 6-1 Spencer Dell (DH) def. Mojahedi 6-2; 3. Ivan Jelic (DH) lost to Ivie 4-6, def. Mojahedi 6-3 Michael Doan (DH) def. Heniside 6-2; Doubles: 1. Bloom/Fuanto def. Paz/Robertson (T) 6-2 def. Gamos/Marcus 6-1 Fuanato/Yazdi (DH) def. Kreiser/Morron 6-2 (T); 2. Corley/Heineke lost to Paz/Robertson 1-6 def. Kreiser/Morron 6-3, Corley/Rothenberg (DH) def. Gamos/Marcus 6-1; 3. Alami/Uddberg lost to Paz/ Robertson 4-6, def. Kreiser/Morron 6-3 def. Gamos/ Marcus 7-6. The team went on to face Capo Valley on Thursday, April 14. Next 7 days: April 21 vs. Tesoro at LN Racquet Club, 3 p.m.
BOYS TENNIS • The Dolphins (6-0 SCL, 7-5) picked up two solid wins recently beating Aliso Niguel 10-8 on Tuesday, April 12 followed by a 14-4 win against Trabuco Hills on Wednesday, April 13. Results for the match against the Wolverines are as follows: Singles: 1. Ivan Jelic (DH) lost to Daniel Lee( A) 3-6, Matt Labarre (DH) def. Brandon
BOYS VOLLEYBALL • The Dolphins (3-1 SCL, 14-8) were shut down 3-0 by rival San Clemente on Tuesday, April 12 losing 25-18, 26-24 and 25-20 to the Tritons. In three games played, Christian Hessenauer led Dana Hills with 13 kills while Doug Hamann finished with nine kills. The team went on to face Tesoro at home on Thursday, April 14. Next 7 days: N/A
BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING • Both levels squared off against Trabuco Hills on Tuesday, April 12. The varsity boys team (4-0 SVL, 6-1-2) crushed the Stallions 105-65 with the Dolphins earning solid times in the 200 and 400 freestyle relay as well as the 200 Medley Relay. Next 7 days: N/A
Dana Hills lacrosse team members Frankie Michinock, Echo Meyers and Stephanie Quon board a bus with their team as they head to their April 12 game, a tough match on the road against Mission Viejo. Photo by Andrea Swayne
15-3 to Mission Viejo. The Lady Diablos led 9-0 heading into the half before Dana Hills finally put its only set of goals on the scoreboard in the second half of play. The girls went on to face Trabuco Hills at home on Thursday, April 14. Next 7 days: April 19 vs. Capo Valley, 5:30 p.m.; April 21 at Temecula Valley, 5:30 p.m. BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD • At the 44th Annual Arcadia Invitational April 8-9, both levels fared well in competition. For the varsity boys, the team of Connor Kaddatz, Devin Harrison, Connor Garcia, and Ricardo Campuzano ran out a thrilling victory in the Distance Medley Relay. Campuzano battled Loyola standout Elias Gedyon
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SCOOP ON THE LOCAL SURF COMMUNITY
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Grom of the WEEK Wyatt Brady Age: 16, San Clemente High School Wyatt Brady finished off the Western Surfing Association (WSA) Gatorade Championship Tour regular season in style, winning the Boys U18 shortboard competition at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point earlier this month. His win saw him finish the season ranked No. 5 in his division. Wyatt is finishing up his first year on the San Clemente High surf team and says that he has loved having the opportunity to surf every morning before school. He says he definitely wants to go on to college, but he has Wyatt Brady. Photo by Andrea Swayne yet to make any decisions regarding his future course of study or university. “As long as my college is on the coast near some good waves, I’ll be happy,” he said. Wyatt is anxiously awaiting summer break for a couple of exciting reasons. Not only will he be getting his driver’s license but he has a surf trip to Maui planned. He went on to say that he’s on a mission this summer to find a standing wave somewhere in a river in an exotic location. For now, he is practicing with his team and preparing for the upcoming WSA West Coast Championships in May at San Onofre’s Church Beach. “Church is one of my favorite waves to surf around here, because it has such nice shape,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to the Championships.” —Andrea Swayne
Ultimate Times Three
Chad Shetler wins Ultimate Boarder Championship for the third year in a row By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
apistrano Beach’s Chad Shetler has once again proven he is the ultimate board sports athlete by claiming victory at the 2011 Ultimate Boarder surf, skate and snowboard contest for the third straight year. Shetler bested the competition at this year’s event, which ran from April 1 through 9 at Mammoth Mountain Resort and Seaside Reef in Cardiff, beating some of the best crossover action sports athletes in the world. For his efforts, he took home $25,000 of the total $50,000 prize purse. “This year, we saw the toughest crop of contenders of the past four years of competition,” said Ultimate Boarder founder Tim Hoover. “To just be ‘good’ at one of these sports takes balance, strength and endurance. But to excel in all three at this high level is, in my mind, truly one of the greatest feats in sports.” Shetler agreed with Hoover, but only in that this year he faced the toughest lineup of talent since he’s been in the event. “I’m super stoked to win for the third year. It was very tough—a lot of new highlevel competitors,” said Shetler. “We also had weather to deal with—storms in both Mammoth and Cardiff—making it even more challenging. It cleared up for the skate finals though. We had perfect weather, a perfect ramp and everything came together to top off an amazing year for me.” Hoover said that since creating the event it has been his great hope that competitors make inroads toward gaining the same level of respect as the athletes of Ironman and other world-class triathlons receive. “The key thing for me is making sure the general public appreciates just how difficult being the ultimate boarder really is,” said Hoover. “The mere fact that there is one individual who can conquer three board sports at this level is just amazing. Chad is
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SCHS Alumni Surf Contest The San Clemente High School surf team will be hosting an alumni contest at T Street, May 11 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Former team members who would like to participate should RSVP to Coach John Dowell at firstname.lastname@example.org. SUP Cleanup Sweep at Harbor The Stand-up Paddle Alliance will hold its “Spring Sweep” harbor cleanup April 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dana Point Harbor. A potluck will follow. In their effort to have a positive effect on our environment, the group will paddle the harbor, picking up floating debris, as well as trash along the shore and docks. All are welcome to participate. For more information, log on to www.standuppaddlealliance.com or email email@example.com.
UPCOMING EVENTS Three-time champ Chad Shetler performs in the skate portion of Ultimate Boarder competition. Courtesy of UB Entertainment, LLC/Dan Levy
not a big ego guy. He doesn’t go around tooting his own horn. He just shows up every year, well-trained and determined to win. His incredible talent and athleticism makes me very honored to award him the championship.” Shetler, true to his humble demeanor, quickly turned the conversation away from his victory, determined to share positive words about both Ultimate Boarder and its creator, Hoover. “Big props go out to Tim [Hoover] for all of his hard work and dedication in creating and running this event. It keeps getting better every year.” When asked if he plans to return again next year to defend his title, Shetler had only two words. “Of course.” Log on to www.sanclementetimes.com for full results including team, individual and kids team standings. More information, photos and athlete bios can be found online at www.ultimateboarder.com. DP
Water temp: 56-60˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 8-10’ Poor; Catalina: 8-14’ Poor Remarks: A small combo of Northwest windswell and South-Southwest groundswell prevails Thursday and into the weekend, easing slightly by Saturday. Surge is light-moderate and visibility is generally low, making for poor diving conditions. Short range: A small, occasionally fun zone, combo of Northwest windswell and SouthSouthwest swell prevails on Thursday and Friday good for 2-3’+(knee-chest high) surf at better breaks. Top exposures see a few slightly larger peaks around the correct tides. Shape is broken up at the beach breaks with conditions clean in the mornings. Long range: A fun, small scale combo of Northwest windswell and South-Southwest swell is on offer over the weekend. Better exposed breaks are good for 2-3’+(knee-chest high) surf on Saturday and Sunday with light morning winds. Stay tuned to Surfline.com for updates.
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