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Taking it to the Streets

The 5th Annual AMGEN Breakaway from Cancer Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling hits the streets this Sunday E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4

At last year’s Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling, the peloton of racers jockey for position in an all-out sprint, preparing to round one of six corners in the Criterium course. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Water District Continues Rate Increase Discussion

CUSD May Increase Class Sizes

INSIDE: 2011 Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling Event Guide




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City and Business Calendar Saturday, April 30 Wag-A-Thon 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Pet Project Foundation is hosting the 18th annual event to benefit the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter at Dana Point Harbor Island. Admission $30. For more information call 949.595.8899 or log on to


Beachside Wine Festival 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. The 2nd Annual California Wine Festival-Orange County wraps up with an outdoor wine tasting at Doheny State Beach. Tickets purchased online in advance are $65, $75 at the gate, and include unlimited wine and food tasting and a keepsake wine glass. Parking at Doheny is $15. Log on to www.

D a n a Po i nt for more information. Breakaway from Cancer Night 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The Dana Point Grand Prix kick-off event at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Drive, will include food, drinks, entertainment and a silent auction to benefit AMGEN’s Breakaway from Cancer and the Pacific Meso Center. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased by calling Lynn Kelly at 949.248.3512 or at

Monday, May 2 Vietnam Memorial Wall Welcoming 5 p.m.-9 p.m. VFW Post 9934 is having a welcoming celebration for

the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall at Olamendi’s Mexican Restaurant, 34664 Pacific Coast Highway in Capo Beach. Classic rock musical entertainment will be provided by Dana Point Mayor Scott Schoeffel, Martin Gerschwitz, lead singer/keyboardist of Iron Butterfly and others. Dinner buffet will be served from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Olamendi’s, Beacon Printing (24681 La Plaza, Suite125), by mailing a check to Bill Manes, VFW Post 9934, 25665 Fishermans Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629 or by logging on to www. and clicking on “donate.” The wall, a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be in Dana Point from May 11 through 16.

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…Mayor Gives State of the City Address?

THE LATEST: Mayor Scott Schoeffel presented his State of the City address themed “Building our Economic Future in Perfect Harmony” on April 21 at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa. Overall, Schoeffel painted a picture of fiscal stability in Dana Point despite the flagging economy. He stressed that the city had no unfunded pension liability, bears no outstanding debt and singled out three areas of the city in need of economic growth and development in the next two decades—town center, the harbor and Doheny Village. WHAT’S NEXT: In the coming year the city will make a concerted effort to begin an era of arts and culture that will draw greater tourist dollars, fill city coffers and build up business, said Schoeffel. “Tourism is clearly Dana Point’s economic engine,” he said. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story and to see the Mayor’s PowerPoint presentation, see —Stacie N. Galang


…Vietnam Memorial Wall Coming to Town?

THE LATEST: The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall—a threequarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.—is coming to Dana Point May 11 through 16. This free community event is sponsored by Dana Point VFW Post 9934 and the City of Dana Point. A welcoming parade will be held on May 11. Opening ceremonies begin at noon on May 12 at Sea Terrace Park—PCH and Niguel Road—to mark the start of the public viewing period. A closing ceremony is set for noon on May 16. Dana Point Times April 29–May 5, 2011

WHAT’S NEXT: Sponsorship opportunities are available to help offset the cost of bringing the wall to Dana Point. For more information about lending support, call 949.487.5288 or 949.275.3142. “May11th is just around the corner and we need all the help and financial support we can get, in making this major event memorable and successful for who and what it represents,” said Dana Point VFW Post 9934 Commander Robert Fowler. A fundraising dinner is set for May 2 at Olamendi’s Restaurant, 34664 Pacific Coast Highway, in Capistrano Beach. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased online by logging in to and clicking on “donate.” Tickets are also available at the restaurant and at Beacon Printing, 24681 La Plaza # 125. FIND OUT MORE: For Wall information and tickets to the May 2 event, see www. —Andrea Swayne


…Larger Class Sizes at CUSD?

THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District trustees on Wednesday begrudgingly agreed to ask the state to waive any penalties if the CUSD increases average class sizes from 29.9 to 33 in grades 4 through 8. Increasing class sizes by three could save $10 million, more than half of what CUSD may have to cut from its coming budget. The approval to seek the waiver passed 43—after a long silence before Trustee Gary Pritchard made the motion. Trustees Ellen Addonizo, Anna Bryson and Sue Palazzo voted no. Superintendent Joseph Farley said the district didn’t have many options, but added Wednesday’s move—opposed by the Capistrano Unified Council of PTSAs—did not mean classes would hit 33 students but

would give the district maximum flexibility going into budget planning. Farley said the district’s only other option would be staff cuts and furlough days. CUSD faces a budget shortfall of $12.6 million to $18.2 million. The district has cut $90 million since 2006. WHAT’S NEXT: Trustees next meet April 11. FIND OUT MORE: See the staff report at the “Beyond the Blackboard” blog at www. —Jonathan Volzke


…Water District Continues Rate Increase Discussion?

THE LATEST: The South Coast Water District Board of Directors met in special session again on Tuesday to continue their discussion about possible water and sewer rate increases. “We were doing our best to hold the line on any rate increases, which given the increased costs we’re facing (primarily, but not solely on our water supply) are inevitable,” said Board President Wayne Rayfield. “ Tuesday’s 4-1 vote in favor (Director Gardner opposed) means that SCWD will proceed to print and distribute notices to customers of possible rate increases. Final increases will not be confirmed until after two public forums and one formal board meeting in June. “What we are publishing is the worst case scenario—the highest possible increases. We have not yet finished the budget for next year and I expect we’ll be able to find additional savings that can be utilized to lessen the proposed increases,” said Rayfield. He went on to mention that SCWD did not raise rates last year, instead opting to take some reserve money to soften

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increased costs to the district. This was also done the year before and will be again, to some extent, next year, he said. WHAT’S NEXT: Two community forums will be held on June 1 at the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, one at 2 p.m. and the other at 6 p.m. The public meeting will be held on June 23 at 6 p.m. at Dana Point City Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern. Currently, those using between one and five units (748 gallons is a unit) per month pay $1.52 per unit. That is proposed to increase to $1.91 per unit in 2011-12 and to $2.01 per unit in 2012-13. Customers using over 63 units per month will see tiered increases as well. FIND OUT MORE: See www.danapointtimes. com for more on the specific high-use tier proposals. —AS


…City to Pay Chamber for Economic Support?

THE LATEST: City Council on April 25 voted to pay the Chamber of Commerce $35,000 yearly for providing economic development services to the city. This type of professional services agreement is a first for the city according to officials, but not uncommon among other cities. Neighboring San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano each pay their chambers somewhere between $25,000 and $35,000. WHAT’S NEXT: The city will hand over responsibilities to include handling special event staffing and volunteers, TBID brand marketing functions, a city map and destination guide and other business and tourism development functions. FIND OUT MORE: See www.danapointtimes. com for the staff report. —AS

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Taking it to the Streets The 5th Annual AMGEN Breakaway from Cancer Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling hits the streets this Sunday By Andrea Swayne and Pantea Ommi Mohajer Dana Point Times


he buzzing sound as rubber meets the road, the blur of colorful spandex as riders whiz past and the cheers of the crowd as the peloton—the tightly grouped main pack of cyclists—round corners at dangerous speeds (they’re always intent on passing the competition but keenly aware of the danger that could send them crashing toward a bad case of road rash) are just some of the sights and sounds in store at the AMGEN Breakaway from Cancer 5th annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling. On Sunday, May 1, this 2011 edition of the Grand Prix will be one of 34 exclusive pro/am USA Cycling events on the National Racing Calendar. It not only attracts world-class professionals and up-and-coming amateurs but also embraces the youngest members of our community by encouraging children to bike for fun and fitness. Come early and register the kids for one of four free Youth Series races where the next generation of cyclists will all win medals and prizes. Don’t forget to bring a helmet, and of course, a camera. A full day of racing action begins at 7 a.m. with USAC categorized amateurs, followed by the free kids’ races starting at 1 p.m. The women’s pro criterium begins at 2:40 p.m. and the NRC Pro Men’s 90-minute event is scheduled for a 4:10 p.m. start. The race will see professional cycling announcer Dave Towle, cycling Olympian Steve Hegg and Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation President Roger Worthington calling the exciting live racing action. Town Center will also be abuzz with activity outside of the races. A Fan Expo, celebrities, food, beer garden and the new Kids’ Zone—featuring bike safety demonstrations, games, contests and other fun—will provide fun for the whole family. For more information about the races and other festivities, call Lynn Kelly at 949.248.3512 or log on to

TECHNICAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CRITERIUM COURSE CRITERIUM: A fast, six-turn, L-shaped course, the .8-mile closed loop takes riders through neighborhoods on the bluff overlooking the Dana Point Harbor and has a start/finish line on historic Del Prado (Pacific Coast Highway). Though relatively flat, the criterium does have slight rises along a portion of the course.


This new presenting sponsor, AMGEN’s Breakaway from Cancer initiative, partnered with the Grand Prix, a collaboration that Executive Director Russell Ames says, has Dana Point Times April 29–May 5, 2011

A scene from last year’s Dana Point Grand Prix. Photos by Andrea Swayne

given the annual event the momentum to work with cancer charities like the Pacific Meso Center at the Pacific Heart Lung Blood Institute in Los Angeles, the chosen recipient of this year’s proceeds. “We are honored to use our bike race to serve a higher cause,” said Ames. “Each of us has been touched in some way by cancer. It takes a team to tackle cancer and we feel good about opening up our streets to these courageous survivors.” As part of this year’s schedule, a “Breakaway from Cancer Walk” has been added to the event lineup. The walk is set for 3:45 p.m. and everyone is invited to join cancer survivors, family members and caregivers to celebrate life and raise awareness of the ongoing research and critical resources available to cancer patients and their loved ones. Pacific Meso Center Executive Director Clare Cameron says she is excited about the new partnership. “We are thankful the City of Dana Point has opened up its beautiful downtown streets to bike racers and cancer survivors alike,” she said. “We hope to see hundreds if not thousands...join us celebrate life in the Breakaway Walk.” The partnership was a natural fit according to AMGEN Oncology Vice President and General Manager Stuart Arbuckle. “Breakaway from Cancer was created out of the belief that, just as in cycling where it takes a strong support team to break away from the pack, it also takes a team approach to fight cancer,” he said. “We are proud to sponsor this year’s Dana Point Grand Prix and the many activities taking place at the event to recognize, honor and celebrate cancer survivors.” To find out more about this AMGEN, its initiative and Pacific Meso Center, visit their websites at, www. and


The first thing you notice about Tyler Cordova—Breakaway Walk guest of honor

Brave cancer survivor Tyler Cordova (pictured here with his mom Holly) will be the Breakaway Walk guest of honor. The walk begins at 3:45 p.m. preceding the Men’s Pro Criterium race at the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling. Photo by Pantea Ommi Mohajer

and brave cancer survivor chosen as race starter for Stage 8 of the upcoming AMGEN Tour of California in Santa Clarita, May 22—is his firm handshake. It has a strength and confidence you don’t expect from someone who has been fighting cancer half his life. But eight-year-old Tyler is full of surprises. At the age of four, Tyler was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, a blood cancer that is treated with chemotherapy, radiation and stem cell transplants. “I can’t imagine having to go through what he has,” said his mother, Holly, “and he’s never complained.” Tyler’s journey has been a difficult one. Doctors believed him to be cured after chemo, only to have him relapse and return to the hospital. “Anything rare that they haven’t seen in twenty years, Tyler has gotten it,” explains his mother. “He’s been through a lot.” After the relapse, Tyler’s doctors decided stem cell transplants would be the best thing for him. “We found a match on the national registry. He went in for radiation, and then the transplant in September of 2009. He’s been cancer-free ever since,” says Holly. Tyler was in the hospital for three

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months, recovering from the surgery. At that time, doctors found blood clots in his legs, a complication from the transplant; another “rare” thing he would conquer. He was confined to a wheelchair for most of last year, while the blood clots were being treated, and released from the hospital only three months ago. In celebration of getting out of the wheelchair, Tyler will be walking in the Breakaway Walk on Sunday. “This will be the first time he can walk a long distance in a while” said Holly. When asked what the hardest part of his four years of treatments was, Tyler said, “It wasn’t really that hard.” That’s just the spirit and determination that Tyler has become so well-known for in his young life. “That’s pretty much my boy right there. He’s a miracle,” says Holly, looking at her son with adoration and pride. Then Tyler quickly added, “Not being able to eat; now that was really hard.” During his recovery from the stem cell transplant, Tyler had a reaction to one of the treatments that was a kind of food poisoning. “He wasn’t able to eat anything. Even when he was allowed to eat again, it was a really restricted diet.” What were some of the foods he missed the most? Most boys would say pizza and ice cream. For Tyler it was “sushi and goat cheese.” “Tyler loves food,” explains Holly. “He loves to eat, and he loves to cook.” While he was confined to his wheelchair, he passed the time watching the Food Network. “I would love to have a cooking show one day. Right now I’m working on two cookbooks,” said the ever-surprising eight-year-old. His first book is about how to eat for a healthy recovery from cancer. The second will combine his two favorite things—food and football. “I’m designing dishes for each of the college football teams. The recipes are inspired by the teams and cities they are in.” He likes the idea of having Alabama represented by Red Velvet Cake. “I’ve never baked before, but I guess it’s never too late to start. It’s good to try new things,” said Tyler, with a wisdom way beyond his years. But when another suggestion is made about fried alligator for Florida State, he cocked his head to the side, like a professor teaching his students: “Yes, that’s the mascot, but does it really represent them?” “Tyler also does a lot to give back,” says Holly. “When a child has been diagnosed with cancer, Tyler rushes to their bedside. He loves talking to them, and letting them know that if he got better, they can too.” At only eight years of age, life has thrown many hurdles his way. Tyler tries to find the sweetness in all the troubles, savoring his life the way he savors his cooking. “I’m very lucky to have him for a son,” said Holly, with a smile. Tyler looked at his mom and replied, “I’m lucky to have you too.” DP


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

SunCal Seeks to Regain Control of Marblehead Project Irvine-based SunCal, developer of the residential portion of the Marblehead Coastal Project, wants the bankruptcy court to consider its own proposal to gain back control of the San Clemente property and pay back creditors. SunCal filed what’s called a bankruptcy exit plan April 7 in bankruptcy court in Santa Ana, but the development company is competing against Lehman Brother’s plan. “The hundreds of people who in good faith worked on Marblehead still have not

been paid, and the residents of San Clemente are living with an unfinished project in their community,” said SunCal spokesman David Soyka said by email. “Everyone not on an hourly retainer wants to see this resolved as quickly as possible.” The Irvine company is confident their plan in bankruptcy court is superior to Lehman Brothers’. The Marblehead project remains in limbo until the Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy and its related Marblehead Coastal bankruptcy are resolved, said Soyka. The hearing on both sets of Disclosure Statements will be May 13, according to SunCal. In the meantime SunCal’s contractors are working on erosion control measures and maintaining the habitat of the open space. Soyka characterized the relationship with


Lehman Brothers as both lender and “equity partner.” The company took aim at the New York law firm of Alvarez and Marsal for dragging out the legal proceedings and racking up $1 billion in fees. “Our legal issues are with them, and their attempt to block a speedy resolution of the bankruptcy proceedings,” he said. —Stacie N. Galang SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Woman Who Embezzled from City Sentenced to Jail, Restitution The president of a now-defunct Huntington Beach company that held grant money and loan proceeds in escrow on behalf of San Juan Capistrano and other local

governments was sentenced this week to 37 months in federal prison for embezzling nearly $4 million that belonged to the cities. Capistrano was the least-hit among the agencies in the fraud that ended in 2008, losing just $2,055. Belinda Exon, 56, who now lives in Phoenix, was sentenced Monday. In addition to the prison term, she was ordered to pay $3,885,247 in restitution to two dozen municipalities. When she pleaded guilty last May, Exon admitted that she embezzled $3.9 million that was being held in escrow by her former company, Rehab Financial Services, Inc. She used the money to buy homes and land and start landscaping and pool-cleaning companies. —Jonathan Volzke


Won’t You Come Out to Play? 64th Annual Newport to Ensenada Race Entries Down warm breeze was blowing on the morning of April 15 at the start of the Newport to Ensenada (N2E) race behind the Balboa Yacht Club for the Newport Ocean Sailing Association (NOSA) sponsored annual event. This year, the race had only 175 entries—down about 40 from last year. In prior years entries numbered in the 500 to 600 range. There are theories about why interest is dwindling, a handful of which often come up in racers’ conversations. One is the turmoil in Mexico, but you always hear someone saying that people are unnecessarBARBARA ily worried about MERRIMAN that. Another is the economy and the entry fee along with the cost to clear customs at the dock in San Diego and requirements for passports when reentering the country. Also, this race often sees little wind—as was the case this year. Yet another factor is a newer race called the Border Run, which last year was scheduled on the same weekend as the N2E. The Border Run started three years ago, has no entry fee, no customs requirements and goes from Newport to San Diego. This year, they raced a week prior to the N2E event, but even so, it has taken several racers away from the traditional race. Despite dwindling interest, NOSA


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is planning on at least one more year of running this race. And that’s good news for those competitors who love it. In Dana Point, we have several boats competing in the yearly race. Most have lots of experience with this contest. However, there was one first-time skipper from Dana Point Yacht Club this year. Our Commodore, John Baranger, entered his Catalina 30 (a successful local race boat) in the N2E race for the first time and won third place in his class—the Cruising B Non-Spin Class. Pretty great for the first time! In that same class, veteran skipper Dave Griffin on Fair Havens, brought home the first place trophy. Dave has won this race a few times before on Fair Havens. Cindy Wynne, skipper of Sol Mate, took the first place Caroline Starr Trophy (again) with her all-female crew. Hooray for Cindy and her talented crew! In the Cruising B Spinnaker Class, John Fox skippered Foxsea to a third place finish. Jack Taylor on Horizon, led his boat to a fourth place finish in PHRF Class A. Although he was first over the line, other boats corrected on him with their handicaps. This boat and crew are veteran racers—recently winning the race to Cabo and last summer winning the Pacific Cup race from San Francisco to Hawaii. Starkweather, skippered by Graham Forsyth in PHRF Class E, placed fourth. Three other boats that entered from

Dana Point Yacht Club were scored DNF—did not finish. Remember I said it was a slow race. Doll Fun—skippered by Floyd Sanford—was only a mile from the finish line, when the allotted time for the race expired. Dan Hodge, sailing double handed with Tony Cozad on Wiwi ole II and Dick Holmes on Encore both were unable to finish. Regardless of the order of finish, we are very proud of all our skippers and their crew members. There is a special camaraderie among regular N2E racers because of the traditions going way back to the first race which, though unofficial, was just a good time. Sixty-four years ago Humphrey Bogart and friends thought it would be fun to take their boats down to Ensenada for a weekend party and decided to make it more interesting by calling it a race. They had such a great time that the following year, several others decided to join them. At some point NOSA got involved and the race was organized. With official organization, safety became a priority—what a concept—but there was still much fun to be had. Each year brought more and more bragging rights, bigger and better boats and thrills as the larger vessels were often unexpectedly bested by smaller faster ones. Over the years Dana Point Yacht Club often took the prize for most entries along with the trophy for the most boats to place. However this year, instead of

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Sol Mate skipper Cindy Wynne and crew won first place in the All-Female class and received the beautiful Carolyn Starr Trophy. Photo by Barbara Merriman

between 25 and 30 entries, we had only nine. Here’s hoping that next year the situation in Mexico will be better, the economy will be better and more skippers will want to come out and play! Barbara Merriman grew up in Illinois but spent many years in Connecticut before relocating to California in 1994. She is a former public school music teacher with a love for outdoor sports, primarily sailing and golf. She keeps a sailboat at Dana Point Harbor, has a passion for protecting the environment and serves on the Board of Directors at the Ocean Institute.

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The Dana Point Jazzercise crew wore blue in support of Autism Awareness Month. Courtesy photo

Jazzercise Supports Autism Awareness Month u The Dana Point Jazzercise group that meets at the Orange County Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place, in the harbor decided to “Wear It Blue” in honor of April being Autism Awareness Month. On Friday, April 8 everyone came to class wearing blue in an effort to highlight the urgency of this matter and bring awareness of the issue to the community. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates reported on the Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) website, current statistics show that Autism affects 1 in every 110 children in the country.

DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By MADI SWAYNE 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.

Monday, April 25 DISTURBANCE Cordova Drive, 24600 Block (8:32 p.m.) A report was made of two subjects who were possibly trying to beat up a neighbor. The subjects had entered the area on scooters.

Sunday, April 24 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Olinda Drive / Cordova Drive (6:10 p.m.) Dana Point Times April 29–May 5, 2011

“I have a son who is severely impacted by autism. He is 14 and attends St. Edward School in Dana Point. Because of him, I went back to school and got my Masters in Special Education and now help other families who have kids who have autism and are nonverbal,” said Nancy Brady, MA-EdSP, ATS, Dana Point Jazzercise Monday/Wednesday/Friday instructor and owner of Supported Typing and Autism Resources, a company that helps people with autism communicate. “I think it is vital that we presume competence in all individuals with disabilities and make sure they have a reliable communication system that they can access at all times.” For more information about autism visit the TACA website at and Brady’s site

u The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group will be hosting two fundraisers in May. Proceeds from both events will go to provide support to our Marines and their families, whether deployed in combat or stationed at Camp Pendleton. On Sunday, May 1, see the Marines Static Display and enjoy the Beer Garden at the 5th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then on Saturday, May 7, the 5th Marine Car Wash Fundraiser will be held in the South Shores Church parking lot, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about these events, or to volunteer your time or donate online, please call President Pete Hammer at 949.378.7984 or email him at The 5th Marines Support Group website is www.DanaPoint5thMarines. com.

Woman’s Club Mother’s Day Luncheon May 5 u The Dana Point Woman’s Club is set to host their annual Mother’s Day Luncheon May 5, 11:15 a.m. at the Community House, 24642 San Juan Street in Dana Point. Mother’s Day fashions will be shown by Fashions 4-Ever and DZ Designs. There will be a Chava

A man called to report two juveniles who were seen digging up an empty lot in the middle of the block with shovels. The man called authorities back to report that he had confronted the juveniles and that they assaulted him.

in the bushes across the street from the caller’s location and proceeded to loiter on the corner of the corner of Golden Lantern and Selva.

DISTURBANCE Monarch Bay Drive, 200 Block (2:58 a.m.) Police were called to assist in the transport of a 17-year-old subject who has behavioral problems. The juvenile was causing such a disturbance that it was difficult for authorities to hear the caller over the phone.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Street of the Golden Lantern / Camino del Avion (8:48 p.m.) A man in front of a drug store was asking customers if they wanted to buy a gun from him. He became aggressive when one of the passersby (the caller) ignored him. The subject began to follow the caller into the drug store and began talking about how the world is going to end in 2012. The caller did not see a weapon on the subject’s person, though it was noted that the subject appeared to be in his early twenties and was wearing a white t-shirt and jeans.

DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (2:51 a.m.) A 45-year-old male customer at a restaurant was refusing to pay for his meal. He was cussing at both employees and other patrons. He had black hair, a black mustache and was wearing a black jacket with a white t-shirt. The man was seated at the service counter. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Street of the Golden Lantern, 33700 Block (2:30 a.m.) A male in his mid-twenties to early thirties was seen carrying something that looked like a human baby. He then hid the suspicious looking object

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SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via California, 26200 Block (3:32 a.m.) A woman kept driving and called police when she passed by her residence and saw a male subject standing outside near her front window. The woman drove to a nearby gas station to make the call.

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healthy chocolate tasting by June and guest speaker John Chaffetz will be there to discuss his new book, The Sex War: America’s Raging Epidemic! Admission is $15. For reservations, call Jean at 949.837.5227.

Monarch Beach Market Wine Tasting to Benefit Malcolm Elementary Monarch Beach Market, 24040 Camino del Avion, will open its doors on Friday, April 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for a wine tasting event to benefit the Friends of John Malcolm Elementary School. The third annual event will feature many drawings and prizes along with multiple wine tasting stations, beer tasting and delectable treats from their famous deli. Owner, Bob Lintz, is also pleased to host a silent auction in support of the school. Admission is $50 per person with proceeds going to support John S. Malcolm Elementary, said Lintz. An additional 10 percent of profits from wine sales will also go to the school. For more information, log on to

California Retired Teachers Meeting May 20 u The local division of California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) will hold their next meeting on Friday, May 20, 10:30 a.m. at Arroya Trabuco Golf Club. The program title will feature “Sounds of the Seasons,” a musical production by retired teachers. The public is invited to join the fun filled celebration. For reservations call Bess at 949.837.8990.

DISTURBANCE Blue Lantern, 33700 Block (3:20 p.m.) Six juveniles were seen fist fighting. No weapons were seen. When deputies arrived, five kids remained at the location and told police that there was no fight, only horseplay. CITIZEN ASSIST Callita Drive, 34000 Block (11:24 a.m.) A renter called police to report that his landlord, who lives at another location, has been showing up to use the garage of the rental home as a place to smoke marijuana. The caller also stated that the landlord is also sending harassing text messages to the renter. CITIZEN ASSIST Elisa Drive, 33100 Block (10:53 a.m.) A caller contacted deputies to report a neighbor who was throwing dog feces into the bed of his truck.

Thursday, April 21 DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway / Ritz-Carlton Drive (11:50 a.m.) Police were called when a male juvenile, described as wearing all black and being of Asian descent, was seen dancing in the median.



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EDITORIAL Group Editor, Editor, The Capistrano Dispatch > Jonathan Volzke City Editor, DP Times > Andrea Swayne City Editor, SC Times > Stacie N. Galang ART/DESIGN Senior Designer > Jasmine Smith Graphic Designer > Heidi Mefferd


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GUEST OPINION: By Linda Homscheid, Communications Officer, South Coast Water District

The Drought’s Officially Over—For Now L ast month, Governor Gerry Brown declared that California’s three-year drought was officially over. Due to above-average rainfall and snowpack this year, most of the state’s reservoir levels are above normal. A few reservoirs even had to release water to lakes and rivers before overflowing. Given this current abundance of stored water, the message to continue to “conserve water,” or “use water wisely,” might seem a bit overzealous. With all that extra water around, why not give plants a little more water than they really need or run sprinklers midday when the sun and evaporation are highest? With the water content of this year’s snowpack at a 15-year high, why not wait to fix that running toilet or adjust those misdirected sprinklers watering the sidewalk? Why not? Because the drought may be officially over but we still live in a semi-arid desert that gets very little rain overall and has insufficient groundwater to meet our needs. In our service area, we still pump in 90 percent of our drinking water from Northern California and the Colorado River—to survive and maintain our quality of life. Nevertheless, the need to watch our water use during the current water supply surplus can seem like a mixed message. Yet, that is just what Governor Brown said: “While this season’s storms have lifted us out of the drought, it’s critical that Californians continue to watch their water use. Drought or no drought, demand for water in California always outstrips supply. Continued conservation is key.” While this season’s above-average precipitation will provide near-term relief for the state’s water supply, our weather is cyclical. Dry periods inevitably follow wet periods; the only question is, when? So, we must use water as efficiently as possible in the wet seasons to ensure adequate supplies are available in the dry seasons. In addition, there is significant work ahead to address long-term water supply challenges—particularly in the Sacramento-

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San Joaquin Delta in Northern California. Two-thirds of the state relies on the Delta for water, including Southern California. Yet, the Delta faces monumental water system and ecosystem challenges that will require significant time and money to solve and make water supplies from the State Water Project as unpredictable as the weather. To reduce reliance on imported water supplies, South Coast Water District is committed to expanding and developing local water supplies—groundwater, recycled water, ocean desalination—and using water wisely even in brief periods of plentiful precipitation. “I would like to thank our customers for the steps they have already taken to save water,” said Board President Wayne Rayfield. “Whether we are in an ‘official’

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drought or not, please continue to practice conservation as your efforts are making a significant difference.” Hope you all had a great Earth Day. Thank you for being stewards of our most precious resource—water—and for doing your part to make every day Earth Day. Note: For information about ongoing and enhanced water-saving rebate programs, such as California Friendly Plants, Synthetic Turf and SmartScape, please visit our website,, and click on Water Conservation; email us at; or call 949.499.4555 ext. 1. 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

ONLINE POLL What should be done about sheltering the homeless in Dana Point? A larger, permanent shelter is necessary.

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A Final Salute to John Ware: Though the Legacy is Far From “Over”


ako, Mako, Mako! Bite, bite, bite!” If you heard this or a seal bark in the Dana Point Harbor, chances are John Ware was nearby. With an unmistakable voice and a magnetic smile, John Curtis Ware shared stories in Dana Point for 88 years. Born in Laguna Beach and native to Dana Point since 1947, Ware was a local legend who passed away Easter weekend. Ware was a proud Chief in the Navy Seabees, a Silver Beaver and Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts, a General Contractor, and a beloved son, brother, friend, father, uncle and grandfather. For those who frequented the Dana Point Harbor, Ware could be found near his boat, the Swiss Navy, offering beer, conversations and opinions to local

fisherman and tourists alike. He built his first home on PCH in Dana Point, where he and Elizabeth Barnes Ware raised their two sons, John Kelly

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Ware and David Charles Ware. Ware was active in the Boy Scouts for over 50 years, a Mako shark fisherman and helped in the commercial and residential development in South Orange County. He was a business owner who believed in working hard every day. John Ware was an original to Dana Point and his legacy will live on. Services will be held on Monday, May 2, at 1100 hours, at McCormick Mortuary, 1795 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. All are welcome. “Over.” This story was submitted by John Ware’s loving family in remembrance of their beloved “Bumpa.” The title and final sentence are a nod to his signature phrase— “Over”—a term he used frequently.



Welcome to the 2011 AMGEN Breakaway from Cancer Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling



n Sunday, May 1, we bring the racing action back to Dana Point with our 5th Annual Criterium event, which will run through Town Center and the scenic Santa Clara neighborhood. The Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling is now recognized as one of America’s premiere one-day professional cycling races and has quickly gained accolades among athletes and sports fans as the best venue on the west coast. In addition to the world class cycling action on the race course, the DPGP showcases music, a beer garden, a Fan Zone Expo on the course, In ‘n Out Burger and, new for this year, a Kids’ Zone. The Kids’ Zone offers plenty of fun for children all day long with BMX demonstrations, a bike safety course and even a bicycle rodeo! And of course, the day would not be complete without the FREE kids’ races that promise to be a big hit for the entire family—don’t forget your camera! Our new partnership with Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Initiative raises this event to a whole new level. Through Breakaway from Cancer, Amgen works with nonprofit partners to raise awareness of vital resources available to cancer patients. This year’s Breakaway from Cancer Dana Point Grand Prix has chosen the Pacific Meso Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute as one of the recipients of this year’s proceeds. The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation is hosting a fundraising reception supporting the Initiative on Saturday, April 30, at the Dana Point Yacht Club. The DPCCF is also delighted to partner with local organizations such as the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary to host this phenomenal event and raise money for charity. If you are looking for action, excitement and something for the whole family, look no further than the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling! For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. See you at the starting line! J. Scott Schoeffel, Mayor, City of Dana Point


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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


The California Wine Festival-Orange County returns to Dana Point this weekend with three events on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30. On Friday in the Terrace Salon at the Ritz-Carlton, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. an expert from Riedel glassware will present a seminar called “Glassware Journey” discussing how the size and shape of a wine glass effects perception on the palate. Tickets are $100 and include a set of four verietal-specific wine glasses. Tickets are available online only. Then from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. the Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting will be held in the Ritz-Carlton’s Grand Ballroom. Reserve-level California wines will be accompanied by hot and cold appetizers and live bluesy jazz music. Tickets are $99 in advance or $125 at the door. The price includes an 18-ounce keepsake wine glass. Photo by Andrea Swayne Valet parking at the resort is $15. The festival wraps up on Saturday with an outdoor wine tasting at Doheny State Beach from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets purchased online in advance are $65 ($75 at the gate) and include unlimited wine, beer and food tasting, live music and keepsake glass. Net proceeds will benefit the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. Parking at Doheny is $15. Log on to or call 800.797.7753 for tickets and information. Online ticket sales close at 11 p.m. April 29. —Andrea Swayne


Paddle for Humanity: Paddleboard & SUP Race 8 a.m. A six-mile race at Doheny Beach to benefit Surfaid International. Multiple divisions offered based on board; awards given. Entry fee $50. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point,



Les Miserables, the Musical 7 p.m. San Juan Hills High School students perform the classic play. Buy tickets online. Additional shows: April 28 and 30. 29211 Vista Montana, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.5900,

Wag-A-Thon 8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. Fun-filled family pet event at Dana Point Harbor Island with activities, 4K walk, entertainment, contests and more. Admission $30, includes T-shirt, goody bag and refreshments. 949.595.8899, www. petprojectfoundation. org.


Student Art Exhibit Opening Reception 6 p.m. Eighth annual San Clemente Student Art Exhibition kicks off. Runs through June 5. $3 donation. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, Ancient Peaks Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Amanda Wittstrom of Ancient Peaks Winery who will be raffling off a few bottles. $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers and chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, Kelly Fitzgerald 5:30 p.m. Live at Irons in the Fire with happy hour until 7 p.m. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900, Vonda Shepard 8 p.m. Popular female artist at The Coach House also with Christina Duane and Cindy Alexander. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

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Koi Fish Feeding 12:45 p.m. New interactive event at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Free with paid admission of $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300, Bunch of Guys 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, Real Gardens by Real People 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour offers guests the opportunity to see visit gardens throughout Orange County April 30 and May 1 while supporting several charities through donations. For more info, locations, etc.: 714.566.4800,

Doubt 8 p.m. Play at Cabrillo Playhouse. Shows though May 8. Tickets $20. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,

Dread Zeppelin 8 p.m. Led Zeppelin cover band at The Coach House also with Walter Michaels Band and Birds of Prey. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Singles Night 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Live music featuring top-40, rock ‘n’ roll and dance music at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,

Flock of 80’s 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Band playing great music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

oc Vertigo 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Live rock, blues dance and more music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Locals 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,

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Never Alone 7 p.m. The story of the life of four women and their evolving friendship. Tickets $10-$12. Porthole Theatre, Dana Hills High, 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.240.1994,


Home and Art Tour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The American Association of University Women, San Clemente–Capistrano Bay Branch present a tour of five local artists’ homes, their studios and their art. Tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door. For info and tickets: 949.488.7765,


Free Beginner Ukulele Lessons & Ukulele night 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Hulaville has lessons on playing ukulele followed by Ukulele Night. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, Rancho Days Fiesta 11 a.m. Discover the rich history of Orange County’s Native American tribes and the Mexican Ranchos in the event with dancing, activities and more at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Adults, $4; children, $3. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, Will Fax Trio 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Live music during brunch at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


Buffet with a Flare! 6:30 p.m. Interactive Cooking Class at Antonie’s Café with chef and caterer Caroline Cazaumayou featuring recipes, dinner, wine and more. 218 S. Cost $50 each. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763, www.


Jazz Lab Concert 7 p.m. Saddleback College presents a jazz ensemble concert with special guest Benn Clatworthy in McKinney Theatre. Tickets $10 general, $7 students/seniors. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

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GETTING OUT 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, $5 Monday’s 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,


San Clemente Friends Of the Library Bookstore Silent Auction 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Books will be displayed in the library lobby case. Bids taken now through June 5 at the Friends Bookstore only. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.276.6342,


Trivia & Taco Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. Irons in the Fire Restaurant has fun, competitive and educational games with prizes plus Taco Tuesday. 150 Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900. Two-for-One at the Wharf Dana Wharf offers half-price on all fishing trips, whale watching and other adventures. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Benny on Flamenco Guitar 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Devlin Miles 7 p.m.-10 p.m. New York musical artist visits Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


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,


DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

Historical Tommy’s Restaurant 1409 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1353 Best Known For: Half-pound burgers Most Popular Item: Fresh Greek food The building that houses Tommy’s has been a fixture on South El Camino Real for decades—once housing a Howard-Johnson’s. Now, it’s under new ownership, as Eric Beshai bought it in September after the previous owner went to prison for tax evasion. Beshai has kept on much of the familiar staff, but lowered prices and spruced up the place. The ceiling and walls sport black-and-white posters of famous stars of the ’50s, from Elvis Presley to James Dean, while the booths each bear the name of a Jeannine, a server at Tommy’s for three years, takes a break- star, too, from Popeye to Audrey Hepburn to Frank Sinatra. The booths fast order Wednesday morning. Photo by Jonathan Volzke are filled with a mix of regulars and folks just passing through who spot the sign from the freeway. Customers still find a menu that offers platefuls of good home-style cooking with corned beef hash and eggs, omelets and the like for breakfast, half-pound burgers for lunch and even a full rack of St. Louis style ribs for dinner. Also popular, though, is the fresh Greek food, from stuffed grape leaves to gyros to baklava. Reservations: Not necessary Payment: Cash, credit cards (No Discover) Price Range: $7.99-$18.99 Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

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. Missy Andersen 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Dupp Brothers 8 p.m. Live “hippy hillbilly” 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,

It’s a Win, Win

Jared from Knockout 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, Jim Summers & Friends 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


Senior Cinco De Mayo Luncheon 1 p.m. Event for seniors at the Dana Point Community Center. Donation $4. 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, 949.248.3536,


Cinco de Mayo at El Adobe 7:30 p.m.-close. El Adobe hosts a celebration featuring Los Cadetes De Linares, DJ, dancing, and drink specials. 21 & Older. Tickets $20 presale, $30 door. 31891 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.1163, 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,

By Megan Bianco

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AT THE MOVIES There are many sport films that revolve around a sport itself—or rather the team of the sport—that give a film the drive and motivation to get an audience excited. In Hoosiers (1986), a shady basketball coach and local drunk try to bring together a mediocre high school team to victory. In Remember the Titans (2000) a black coach and a white coach bring their football teams together during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Even in a silly film like Bring It On (2000), the protagonist’s life and goals revolve around cheerleading. But with a film like Fox Searchlight’s new release Win, Win, there is a protagonist who is a wrestling coach, a troubled teen who is a pretty good wrestler and a wrestling team that stinks. Yet the film does not center on wrestling. Jersey attorney for senior citizens, Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), is suddenly at a loss at what to do with his nowtroubled practice. He has a wife (Amy Ryan) and two daughters at home and can’t afford to lose his job. Until he realizes one of his newest clients is loaded and in need of a guardian or he will be taken care of by the state. Mike secretly chooses to be his guardian, but soon the man’s grandson Kyle (Alex Shaffer) shows up on his doorstep. It turns out that Kyle is a pretty good wrestler back “home” and could help out the rather lousy high school team he coaches as well. Only problem is Kyle’s

By Jonathan Volzke

Hollywood Blonde 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Rock band playing hits at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, and Paul Giamatti in Win Win. Photo © Kimberly Wright/2011 Twentieth Century Fox

mysteriously absent mom (Melanie Lynskey) has been released from rehab and is on her way to Jersey now. Win, Win is written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, primarily recognized for his acting gigs in films like Meet the Parents (2000), Good Night and Good Luck (2005) and Michael Clayton (2007) and has a movie that seems like it was created by a veteran filmmaker. He makes use of some great talent (Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor and Lynskey) and a newcomer in Shaffer. While there is a bit of a tired and cliché reoccurring joke made with the “S” word, Win, Win manages a refreshing take on a small-town film that’s not entirely a sport film. DP Page 17

Saddleback Music Students in Recital 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Saddleback College students perform voice, instrumental, piano and jazz music in Fine Arts Room 101. Admission is free. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, Nancy Sanchez 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





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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Renaissance Dana Point By Lynn Kelly, Management Analyst, Dana Point Economic Development Department he Dana Point Featured Business of the Month for April 2011 is Renaissance Dana Point. The building the Renaissance calls home has had a long history in Dana Point. In 1925, the famed Sydney Woodruff built the core of the building (that now houses the bar area and wine room) to use while developing Dana Point. From 1925 through 1994 the building was home to many different businesses including an auto repair shop, antique shop and a café and wine bar. In 1994, the Renaissance was born and Chef Bill Milton joined the staff. He began featuring local jazz and blues musicians throughout the week to create a different ambience and feel. In 1998, local dentist Dr. Jeff Briney, sat at the bar listening to the Dan Lefler Band every Tuesday with a dream of someday playing in his own band and owning a similar live music venue. In 2000, he got the opportunity to play drums for that very same band at the Renaissance, and in 2002 he completed his dream when he became co-owner of the Renaissance


with Bill Milton. The Renaissance Dana Point is a unique venue, offering fine dining, libations and entertainment and music seven nights a week. Some of their most talked about dishes include the baked brie, black and blue steaks and, of course, their famous champagne brunch. Renaissance is well known for their live music—one of the only venues in Southern California to offer live music from talented local artists seven days a week. A venue that creates its own energy, the Renaissance is widely known amongst musicians, with dozens vying for a spot on the schedule. Just some of the bands that play regularly at the Renaissance include SixJam30, Shawn Jones Band, Flock of 80s, Tijuana Dogs, Jumpin’ Jack Flash and the Danimals. In May, as an auxiliary event to the Doheny Blues Festival, the restaurant will host the Renaissance Music Festival. This event will play off of the energetic vibe created in town that weekend to showcase

Renaissance Dana Point owners Jeff Briney and Bill Milton, accept an April 2011 Business of the Month proclamation from Mayor Scott Schoeffel. Photo by Dyanne Weamire

new and local musicians. The owners of the Renaissance are not only solid supporters of the local arts community, but they continually donate to local nonprofits and community organizations as well. Some of the groups they support include the Dana Point Historical Society,

Ocean Institute, Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, Dana Hills High School, Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling and the humanitarian effort—Heart for Africa—a charity that works towards providing quality care, shelter, food and water to children in Africa. The City of Dana Point would like to thank owners Bill Milton and Dr. Jeff Briney for creating a unique location for local musicians to showcase their art and providing great food, entertainment and quality music that attracts people from all over the region to Dana Point. The city applauds Renaissance for their many years of success, wishes them many more and congratulates them on being selected as the Dana Point Featured Business of the Month for April 2011. Renaissance Dana Point is located at 24701 Del Prado and can be reached by phone at 949.661.6003 or online at www. Each month, the mayor selects a featured business of the month that has demonstrated success in the city and a commitment to the community. For more information, please contact Lynn Kelly at or 949.248.3512. To see past recipients, log on to and click on “Business.” DP

Happy Easter! Pines Park and Sea Canyon Park were the places to be on Saturday as the annual City of Dana Point egg hunts saw hundreds of children and their families in attendance. The kids were delighted by a visit from the Easter Bunny, played games, enjoyed a petting zoo and then filled their baskets with Easter eggs and other goodies. Left to right: Will Ahmer looks up to see someone eyeing his basket. Kate Geisendorff picks them up and hands ‘em over to dad. Ben Hirchag loves his colorful eggs. Photos by Brandon Winters

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Business Directory

The only directory featuring Dana Point businesses exclusively AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A,

ARCHITECTURE - PLANNING Jim Ettinger Design 949.246.0224 33742 Big Sur St., Nona Associates - Raymond J. Nona A.I.A. 26901 Camino de Estrella, 949.496.2275

ATTORNEY James D. Hornbuckle, Esq. 949.499.7370 34204 Pacific Coast Hwy,



DOG GROOMING Dawgy Style 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. 112,



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, 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,


Maureen B. Fletcher Interior Design 714.889.9597 Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271

Jeweler Dana Point Jeweler 949.489.1165 24845 Del Prado,




LANDSCAPING Rocky Taylor Landscaping

RESTAURANTS Brio Tuscany Grille 949.443.1476 24050 Camino Del Avion, Jolly Roger Restaurant 949.496.0855 34661 Golden Lantern, Smokey’s House of BBQ 949.388.8102 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4,


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J. Hill & Associates 949.488.7653 34270 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. A, Lantern Bay Realty 949.661.6441 34179 Golden Lantern, Ste. 103,



ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E,


SURF LESSONS Ocean’s Academy


Surf Shops delta G electrical 949.360.9282 Sunburst Landscaping                   949.632.0081         949.493.3670 Girl in the Curl Surf Shop 949.661.4475 Bookkeeper / Organizer CA #657214, 34116 Pacific Coast Hwy., Accurate Bookeeping                     949.412.5345 EMBROIDERY LOCKSMITH Infinity Surfboards 949.661.6699 949.496.6919 24382 Del Prado, Dana Point Lock & Security ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop 949.248.1007 Jack’s Surfboards 949.276.8080 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E, CAFE - DELI 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, CATERING Smokey’s House of BBQ 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4,



Fit Club - Boot Camp 949.831.7984 Jazzercise, O.C. Sailing & Events Center 34451 Ensenada Place, 949.492.7817


Pacific Waves Family Chiropractic 949.436.2926 & Alternative Healthcare 24632 San Juan, Ste. 230,

CHRISTIAN CHURCHES Christian Science Services 34102 La Plaza


Under-Wraps Gift Baskets                  949.291.0300,



Robert’s Professional Handyman Services Lic. # B853695 949.606.6425


Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,




PET GROOMING Dawgy Style 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy #112,


PIZZA Beach Cities Pizza 34473 Golden Lantern St. 34155 Pacific Coast Hwy.

949.496.0606 949.496.2670


Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 Mission Plumbing & Heating 949.492.4303 949.496.1957

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 949.276.1581 Barry 949.661.1664 Solution Tek-nologies 949.400.0080 Gary 949.231.9755 Morgan 949.433.3960 24582 Del Prado, #B, Creative Environments Construction 949.496.3728 Design & Build #464468


Kenny’s Music & Guitars 949.661.3984 24731 La Plaza, English Tutoring by Susan 949.481.0481 Danman’s Music School 949.242.4431 Mathnasium 949.388.6555 24699 Del Prado, 32411 Golden Lantern, Ste. Q,

ICE CREAM Coffee Importers Scoop Deck 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,

Insurance Services Mary Kay Cosmetics & Career 949.248.2868 Opportunities, Ind. Sales Director - Marline Adams, Patricia Powers 949.496.1900 License#0737080, Statefarm/Elaine LaVine 949.240.8944 DENTISTS 34080 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Dental 949.661.5664 State Farm/Ted Bowersox 949.661.3200 34080 Golden Lantern, Ste 201, 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy. #204


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Padres vs. Dodgers Dodger Stadium April 29, 7:10 p.m. The boys in blue host their rival from San Diego as the Dodgers take in Game 1 of a three game series with the Padres. Info: www.


Dolphins vs. Tritons, San Clemente High April 29, 5:30 p.m. Looking to post a big win against its heated rival, the Lady Dolphins are aiming to pull this one off for a statement victory.


Wolfpack vs., Dolphins April 30, 2 p.m. Dana Hills is nearing the end of the regular season and will take on Great Oak High in a key nonleague game. Info:


Cougars vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High May 4, 3:15 p.m. The Dolphins are on pace to claim another league title but will first have to find a way to get past Capo Valley.


Dolphins vs. Tritons San Clemente High May 5, 3:30 p.m. Taking on cross town rival San Clemente always provides plenty of excitement as the Lady Dolphins have the dial set to dominate. Info:



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By David Zimmerle

SOFTBALL • The Lady Dolphins (3-0 SCL, 12-9) posted their fourth straight win by beating Trabuco Hills 2-1 on April 22. In the win, Reggie Roeder went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Megan Largey picked up the complete game victory from the circle. The team then faced San Juan Hills on April 26 before facing Aliso Niguel on April 28. Next 7 days: May 3 vs. *Capo Valley, 3:30 p.m.; May 5 at San Clemente, 3:30 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE • Dana Hills (2-6 SCL, 7-7-1) suffered a rough 14-8 loss at the hands of the Servite Friars on April 23 in a non-league challenge. The team then went on to face El Toro on Tuesday April 26 at Serrano Middle School before hosting cross-town rival San Clemente on Thursday, April 28. Next 7 days: April 30 vs. Great Oak, 2 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE • The Lady Dolphins (0-9 SCL, 1-13) went on to face Temecula Valley on April 26 before heading home to host El Toro on April 26. Next 7 days: April 29 at *San Clemente, 5:30 p.m. BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD • Both levels hosted Aliso Niguel on April 21. The boys varsity team finished the dual meet with a dominating 109-27 win against the Wolverines. Keith Messinger and Alec Cranford each won two events to lead the top-ranked Dolphins as Messinger won the pole vault (14-3) and the 100 hurdles (15.3), while Cranford (10.9, 22.4) took first place in the 100 and 200. Connor Kaddatz (1:56.00) took first in the 800, Blake Ahrold (40.3) finished first in the 300 and Cody Meddaugh (54-0) finished first in the shot put. For the girls varsity team, the Lady Dolphins finished with a 99-37 win as Allison Sprong and Aubrey Carr each posted two victories to lead the team. The win marked the first win for the Lady Dolphins in league this season. Sprong (12.4, 25.8) won the 100 and 200, while Carr (2:22.0, 5:13.0) took first in the 800 and 1600. Both levels went on to host El Toro on Wednesday, April 27. Next 7 days: May 3, 6 at SCL Prelims/Finals at Trabuco Hills, 2:30 p.m. BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING • Both levels took

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on Aliso Niguel on April 26 as the varsity boys team (4-0 SCL, 7-1-3) finished the meet with a 108-62 win against the Wolverines, while the girls varsity team (1-3 SCL, 2-5-1) lost 102-68. Next 7 days: May 3-6 at League Prelims/Finals at Trabuco Hills, TBA BOYS GOLF • The Dolphins (6-1 SCL, 12-5) suffered a tough 195-197 loss to Corona del Mar on April 21. Slater Shaw medaled on the day with a 2-over 37 to lead Dana Hills. The team then went on to face La Costa Canyon on Monday, April 25 before wrapping the regular season against Mission Viejo on Thursday, April 28. Next 7 days: May 2-3 at League Finals at Pala Mesa, 10 a.m. BOYS TENNIS • The Dolphins (7-1 SCL, 9-6) rolled right through Tesoro on April 21 by the final score of 11-7. Results for the match against the Titans are as follows: Singles: 1. Trevor Dell (DH) def. B. Hall (T) 6-0 def. Nathan (T) 6-1 def. D. Choy (T) 6-2; 2. Matt LaBarre (DH) 6-1, 7-5, 6-1; 3. John Alami (DH) lost to Nathan (T) 0-6 lost to D. Choy (T) 4-6 Wayner (DH) lost to B. Hall (T) 0-6; Doubles: 1. Bloom/Fuanato (DH) def. Whittemore/Nelsom (T) 6-4 def. Le/Nguyen (T) 6-0 def. Dudan/Nguyen (T) 6-0; 2. Corly/Masciorini (DH) def. Le/Nguyen 6-4 Uddberg/Corley (DH) lost to Whittemore/Nelson 1-6, Corley/ Rothenberg (DH) lost to Dudas/Nguyen 3-6; 3. Jelic/Heineke def. Le/Nguyen 6-1, lost to Dudan/Nguyen 5-7 Yazdi/DeGuzman (DH) lost to Whittemore/Nelson 4-6. Dana Hills then had a round of redemption against San Clemente on Tuesday, April 26 before heading off to the Ojai Valley Tournament April 28-29. Next 7 days: May 3-4 at League Finals at LN Racquet Club, TBA BASEBALL • The Dolphins (6-2 SCL, 14-9-1) took on Tesoro April 20 losing 10-0 to the Titans before bouncing back and rolling past its opponent 7-5 on April 22. In the hard-fought win, the Dolphins were down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning before its offense exploded for four runs as the team jumped ahead 5-4. Dana Hills then had its offense spark up for two runs in the bottom

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Ryan Kehlet catches the last out of the April 22 game against Tesoro. Dolphins won 7-5. Photo by Tony Tribolet/

of the sixth for the eventual win. Peter Maris led the team going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Eric Hsieh and Brian Choi each finished with an RBI and a double on the day. Eric Pierce went all seven innings from the mound giving up five earned runs off seven hits. The team then took on Valencia High in a double-header on April 23 beating its opponent 3-2 in the first game followed by an 8-0 stomping in the second game all while at a neutral site at the University of Southern California. The boys went on to face El Toro on the road on Wednesday, April 27 before hosting the Chargers on Friday, April 29. Next 7 days: May 4 vs. *Capo Valley, 3:15 p.m.; May 6 at *Capo Valley, 3:15 p.m. BOYS VOLLEYBALL • The Dolphins (5-1 SCL, 16-8) went toe-to-toe with Mission Viejo and eventually beat the Diablos 3-2 on Tuesday, April 26. Dana Hills won 15-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-20 and 15-11 as Christian Hessenauer led with 12 kills while Bryce Yould finished with 11 kills. The team then traveled to take on a slew of opponents at the Redondo Tournament April 29-30. Next 7 days: May 3 at *Laguna Hills, 6 p.m.; May 5 vs. *San Clemente, 6 p.m.

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Grom of the WEEK Rio Donaldson Age: 12, Bernice Ayer Middle School Capistrano Beach surfer Rio Donaldson rides both long and shortboards and has been showcasing his versatility in the WSA Gatorade Championship Series. Rio ended the regular season this year ranked No. 6 in U14 Longboard and No. 13 in U12 Shortboard. His biggest finish of the season came at the October event in Ventura when he snagged a first place finish in U14 Longboard beating the surfers currently rated first through fifth. In that same contest, he Photo by Andrea Swayne took home a fourth place trophy in U12 Shortboard. He was also a finalist at the NSSA Middle School State Championships in March. Rio likes free-surfing Riviera, Church and Salt Creek—his favorite local breaks. As for chasing waves in far off lands, he’s surfed in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, where he was born. “I’d like to go pro someday, but if not, I’ll always do local comps and free surf,” said Rio. “I’d really love to travel to Indo to surf. Someday. Hopefully.” He added that learning to shape boards is among his goals. Rio also enjoys Jiu Jitsu, skateboarding and golf. He is and ‘A’ and ‘B’ student, fluent in Spanish and his favorite subject is science. As for recent practice sessions, Rio says he’s working on making more vertical snaps both frontside and backside. On his longboard he’s working on, “being more relaxed, cruising and having a mellow, smooth style with long noserides,” he said. —Andrea Swayne

Focusing In

SURF RESULTS Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior ASP 4-Star Pro Junior April 22-23, Cardiff, Seaside Reef MEN: 1. Evan Geiselman (USA) 11.17; 2. Kolohe Andino (USA/San Clemente) 10.67; 3. Chase Wilson (USA) 8.47; 4. Dane Zaun (USA) 7.26. WOMEN: 1. Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.76; 2. Nage Melamed (HAW) 11.10; 3. Leila Hurst (HAW) 6.60; 4. Taylor Pitz (USA) 6.40.

Surfing Heritage Foundation to offer Art Brewer photography workshop By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times



ver dream of seeing your photography grace the pages of surf magazines? Aspire to win an XXL award for shooting big wave daredevils drop in on monster waves? The Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente has just the ticket to help photographers “focus in” on their dreams—a three-day workshop with legendary Dana Point-based photographer Art Brewer. The workshop, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 20 to 22, will focus on surf photography both in and out of the water. Attendees will receive hands-on instruction in intermediate surf action and lifestyle techniques. The class will cover everything from the use, handling and care of specialized equipment to image enhancement and file management. Students will also receive the benefit of Brewer’s vast experience as he will share insider tips for promoting and doing business as a professional photographer including pricing strategies. “For anyone considering a career in photography, this workshop is an invaluable opportunity to learn from the best in the business,” said Surfing Foundation Curator/ Creative Director, Barry Haun. The weekend will include practicing newly acquired skills shooting many talented professional surfers and lifestyle models at the many iconic surf spots in and around San Clemente and Dana Point. The cost of the program is $1,500, which includes use of equipment, a catered lunch on all three days and transportation to and from the beach. Class size will be limited to 16 students and a portfolio of at least 12 images (jpg) of recent work must be submitted for review Dana Point Times April 29–May 5, 2011

Art Brewer and an example of his work. Courtesy photos

upon application. “We are reviewing applicant work to make sure that those taking the class have a good handle on the basics,” said Haun. Students must bring their own DSLR camera, a laptop with photo software installed, storage media and other equipment (cord, thumb drive, card reader, etc.) for transferring images from camera to computer. “We are very honored to be able to offer this opportunity here locally,” said Haun. “Art holds these workshops all over the world and they often involve extensive travel that can exclude people due to the expense. Holding a class here opens it up to our many promising local aspiring photographers.” Under Brewer’s masterful tutelage, students can expect to learn what they need to really take their photography to the next level, he said. For more information about the program and instructions on how to apply, call the Surfing Heritage Foundation directly at 949.388.0313 or log on to For more information on Brewer’s more advanced classes—like an upcoming Nicaragua workshop in June—log on to DP

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 58-62˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 8-12’ Poor+; Catalina: 8-14’ Poor+ Remarks: Thursday starts slow with Northwest swell mix down a notch, rebuilding late in the day, as small Southerly swell mixes in. Surge is light-moderate and visibility is generally low, making for poor+ diving conditions. Short range: Thursday starts slow in the 23’(knee-waist high) zone as Northwest swell mix eases and small Southerly swell mixes in. Top exposures see a few slightly larger peaks around the correct tides, especially later in the day as Northwest swell rebuilds. Shape is peaky and conditions are clean. More Northwest swell moves in for Friday as small Southerly swell mixes in, good for 2-3’+(thigh-chest high) surf. Morning South winds are an issue for conditions. Long range: Northwest windswell eases Saturday and drops off quickly on Sunday as small Southerly swell mixes in. Better exposed breaks are good for 2-3’+(thigh-chest high) surf on Saturday, and are down in the 2-3’(knee-waist high) zone by Sunday. Conditions look suspect with Southerly winds likely. Stay tuned to for updates.

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Big Wave World Tour Awards at SHF, After Party at O.C. Tavern On Saturday, April 30 the Surfing Heritage Foundation will again host the Big Wave World Tour Awards ceremony. This year, Hawaiian surfer Jamie Sterling will be crowned the 2010/11 Big Wave World Champion. Invited surfers include Jamie Sterling, Anthony Tashnick, Grant Baker, Greg and Rusty Long, Peter Mel, Shane Dorian, Darryl “Flea” Virostko, Kelly Slater, Mike Parsons and more. Although the event is invitation only, Rogue Wave Events auctioned off an event package that included four VIP tickets—the only tickets available for purchase—a meet and greet with the nominees, a 2010 Quiksilver Eddie poster signed by the event winner, Greg Long and a Brian Bulkley 1986 9’5” big wave gun. Bidding started at $1,000 and closed on April 28. As of press time on May 27 the ebay auction high bid was $1,125. Following the awards, the surfers will continue the celebration at the O.C. Tavern, where “Skindog” Collins will launch, his new website for big wave surfers. The after party is open to the public. For more information, log on to www.

UPCOMING EVENTS April 30: Paddle for Humanity Paddleboard & SUP Race, Dana Point May 3-7: 6.0 Lowers Pro, San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles May 3-7: Oakley Pro Junior, San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles May 7-8: NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Event No. 9, San Diego, Pacific Beach Pier May 14-15: WSA Gatorade Hoppy Swarts Memorial West Coast Championship, San Onofre, Church Beach

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