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A Milestone Celebration
OC Dana Point Harbor celebrates its 40th anniversary E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5
OC Dana Point Harbor and the surrounding landscape as it appears now, 40 years after the harbor was ofﬁcially dedicated. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Dana Hills Principal Leaving for New Position
Marijuana Dispensary Owner Calls Truce
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City and Business Calendar 5th Marines Car Wash Fundraiser 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Marines wash cars while visitors enjoy free food, a military and police vehicle static display, pins, photos with Marines and more. Cost is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. South Shores Church Parking Lot, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, 949.378.7984, www.danapoint5thmarines.com
Vietnam Memorial Wall Parade 3 p.m.-5 p.m. A welcoming parade for the American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall will begin at Las Ramblas (on the inland side of I-5) heading into Dana Point on PCH to Sea Terrace Park (PCH and Niguel Road) where the wall will be displayed. Parking at the Salt Creek Beach lot, across the street, is $1 per hour. For more info, call 949.275.3142 or see www.vfwpost9934.org.
Monday, May 9
Thursday, May 12
City Council Meeting 6 p.m. City Council Chambers, 33282, Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501, www. danapoint.org
Vietnam Memorial Wall Opening Noon. Opening ceremonies for the Vietnam Memorial Wall will be held at Sea Terrace Park, PCH and Niguel Road. The wall will be open for public viewing through closing ceremonies at noon on
Saturday, May 7
Wednesday, May 11
May 16. For more info call 949.275.3142 or log on to www.vfwpost9934.org. South Coast Water District Meeting 6 p.m. Dana Point City Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.499.4555, www.scwd.org.
Friday, May 13 Dana Point Coastal Arts Concert 7 p.m. Featured artists: Montage Symphony Orchestra with conductor Dean Anderson, Mira Khomik on violin, Laszlo Mezo on cello, and the work of photographer Julie Simer. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 seniors (65 and over), students and military. St. Edward’s Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera, www.dpcoastalarts.org
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…Dana Hills Principal Leaving?
THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District announced April 29 that Principal Robert Nye will be leaving Dana Hills High to lead the district’s adult education program and a newly approved independent study high school. Nye replaces Adult and Community Education Principal Bev de Nicola, who is retiring, and starts his new assignment July 1, according to CUSD. The creation of the independent study school will allow CUSD to be more competitive with other schools already offering an online option, district officials said. “This is a really great opportunity for me, and while it’s very bittersweet to leave a staff and community that I’m very fond of, I am excited to be involved in something that promises to be an excellent resource for students and parents in our district,” said Nye. WHAT’S NEXT: The school—which will offer college prep and advanced placement (AP) courses plus dropout prevention and credit recovery opportunities—will open in September and admit students on a staggered basis by class year. CUSD officials have begun the search for a new principal for Dana Hills and expect to name a successor by fall. FIND OUT MORE: See the full story: www. danapointtimes.com. —Andrea Swayne
…SONGS and its NRC Hearing?
THE LATEST: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station a generally positive assessment for its 2010 performance during a public meeting April 28 in San Juan Capistrano. “I can say with confidence tonight that the Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
NRC believes San Onofre is on the right track,” said Troy Pruett, NRC’s deputy director of the division of reactor projects. SONGS’ proximity to fault lines and vulnerability became a theme for the evening in light of Japan’s March 11 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear reactor woes at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. But news of improvements didn’t stop the repeated calls for SONGS’ closure. Protesters with signs like, “No More Fukushimas,” greeted the hundreds of people who packed into the CUSD board room. WHAT’S NEXT: The NRC will be conducting a number of safety-culture work environment inspections in the next 30 to 60 days. The results will be put into a report and eventually made public, said NRC spokesman Victor Dricks this week. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.danapointtimes.com for the full story. —Stacie N. Galang
…Alleged Kickbacks for Coaches?
THE LATEST: Coaches in Capistrano Unified School District allegedly received what appears to be kickbacks from a now-defunct athletic team supply company, according to an investigative report by PBS SoCal. San Clemente High Football Coach Eric Patton was named in the investigation, as was former Capistrano Valley Coach Chi Chi Biehn. Programs at Aliso Niguel High, Dana Hills High and Tesoro High were also allegedly involved in the scheme, which apparently went on for years but stopped in 2007. The report stems from the fallout of the failed Lapes Athletic Team Sales, a Laguna Hills company that provided team clothing and equipment to schools and teams throughout Southern California. When the
company got into financial trouble, control of the firm changed from owner William Lapes to Geoff and Teresa Sando in 2007. The Sandos in 2009 sued Lapes in Orange County Superior Court and received a million-dollar award. But according to the story by reporter David Nazar that first aired Wednesday night, the Sandos discovered files labeled “slush fund” for nearly 30 Orange County high schools. Essentially, coaches paid for equipment and material ordered through Lapes with school district or booster funds, but a portion of the payment would allegedly go into a “slush fund” for those coaches. The PBS report showed records of checks made out to Patton and his family, and implicated other schools. One note, involving another coach, was marked “fishing trip.”
to reopen while your lawsuit completes its legal path. If you win on the appellate level, as you’ve already done on the trial level, the Collective could be closed, permanently…If your ban is validated by a court, I’ll leave— immediately—without any further fight or expense.”
WHAT’S NEXT: CUSD officials said in a statement they are aware of the allegations and are investigating.
THE LATEST: Planners working on the proposed extension of the 241-South toll road from Rancho Santa Margarita to the San Diego Freeway south of San Clemente have presented a new route to the Marines and project opponents but have yet to get their support, Transportation Corridor Agencies Tom Margro said Wednesday. Margro said the new route largely stayed out of San Mateo State Park, crossed the creek further upstream and tunneled to connect to the freeway rather than create a large flyover south of town. The Marines, however, do not like the plan because it pushes further into the base.
FIND OUT MORE: See a full report at www. danapointtimes.com —Jonathan Volzke
…Medical Marijuana Dispensary Wanting a Truce? THE LATEST: Beach Cities Collective medical marijuana dispensary owner David Lambert asked for a truce in a letter to the city on Wednesday. Lambert countersued Dana Point for $20 million after the city sued him, winning $2.4 million and closing down the collective. The letter said, in part, “It’s fair to say that we disagree about whether your ban on medical marijuana dispensaries is legal. So far, you’re winning but the case is on appeal…this escalation is costing both of us a lot of money and isn’t helping my patients get their needed medicine. So, I’m offering a truce. I’m willing to dismiss our lawsuit if you’ll allow the Collective
WHAT’S NEXT: City Attorney Patrick Munoz could not immediately be reached for a response by the city. FIND OUT MORE: See www.danapointtimes. com to read Lambert’s letter. —AS
…Toll Road Planning Continuing?
WHAT’S NEXT: Margro said TCA was “too nice” in its earlier failed efforts. At a meeting of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, he asked business leaders to voice support for the project. The TCA also recently mailed out 14,000 letters in South County. FOR MORE INFORMATION: See the entire TCA release at www.danapointtimes.com and more information at www.relievetraffic. org. —JV www.danapointtimes.com
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Forty Years of Harboring the Good Life OC Dana Point Harbor celebrates its 40th anniversary By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
Q&A with the Harbor Director
ichard Henry Dana mentioned Dana Point (then Capistrano Bay) as “the most romantic spot on the coast” in his 1835 book Two Years Before the Mast. Back then—in the era of tall ships—it was a lucrative hide trade that attracted sailors, adventurers and businessmen to the area. In the 1950s and ’60s a wave affectionately dubbed “Killer Dana” lured surfers from around the world to Dana Point to hang ten with the best of them and cement the city’s place in history as a surfing capital. A new era was ushered in on July 31, 1971 at the official dedication ceremony of the, then still under construction Dana Point Harbor. Though hide trading gave way to fishing and tourism and the construction of a breakwater to protect the harbor put an end to Killer Dana, the area has managed to faithfully preserve much of its original heritage while growing into what is now a bustling center of activity for residents and visitors alike. “Those days are gone, but the historic era of tall ships remains. Today we have a very unique harbor that is now home to three tall ships: the brig Pilgrim, the Spirit of Dana Point, both replicas, and the Curlew, built in 1926 and on the Dana Point Historical Register,” said Dana Point Historical Society President Carlos N. Olvera. “We have a harbor that many say could not be built in today’s environment. But it now draws visitors from all over the world to bask in its beauty, history and romance.” True to surf culture, tales of that great “killer” wave have been told and retold preserving the harbor area’s surfing heritage for a new generation of wave riders. Sure traditional surfing moved to Doheny State Beach just down the beach, but with the advent of stand-up paddle (SUP) surfing in the last few years, the harbor has become what many consider to be the world capital of SUP. And recently a few surfers—having been brought up on the stories of surfers before them—have even been seen venturing back out to the spot behind where the Ocean Institute now stands to ride Killer Dana once again. The past 40 years have seen many changes. And the county and city’s now decade-long project of getting the Harbor Revitalization Project off the ground promises many more as we move into the next 40.
In honor of its milestone 40th anniversary, Dana Point Harbor will begin celebrating May 13 through 15. An open house kicks things off from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Merchants will host a sidewalk sale, restaurants will offer specials and extended happy hours and attendees will be serenaded Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
To mark the occasion, we caught up with OC Dana Point Harbor Director Brad Gross to get some insight on how he thinks the harbor has progressed and what he sees in its future.
The wave dubbed Killer Dana was a popular and world renowned surf spot before the construction of the harbor breakwater. Photo courtesy of Dana Point Historical Society
Q: How do you envision the next 40 years for the harbor? A: The last 40 years have been great for the harbor, the county and the city and the next are going to be even better. We have had 40 years to discover what makes things great here and the upcoming revitalization of the harbor will improve on the gem we now have. We will have the next 40 years to enjoy the soon-to-be improved buildings, docks, parking, pathways, sidewalks, parks and the new Festival Plaza Q: For a 40-year-old harbor, how do you think it’s doing? A: The Harbor is great. In comparison to other waterfront facilities of this age, Dana Point Harbor is well maintained on both the docks and buildings. The docks are old but serviceable—sort of like an old classic boat. Repairing and replacing docks due to age is quite a bit easier than on the buildings. Because of this, the buildings are not faring as well, but we do our best to keep them clean and well maintained for our customers. We are committed at OC Dana Point Harbor to keep everything in the Harbor, both buildings and docks maintained to the highest level possible up to the day we start the Revitalization Project.
The harbor is shown here under construction. Photo courtesy of Dana Point Historical Society
by live music. The festivities continue through the weekend—10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days—with a dockside art show and sale, an Ocean Institute open house and a cupcake celebration—with 1,000 free mini cupcakes by harbor area bakery It’s All About the Cake—and live KSBR radio broadcast on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and more. The Dana Point Historical Society will present a “walk through history” at Mariner’s Alley with photos and artifacts representing the harbor before, during and after construction as well as a look back at surfing Killer Dana. The harbor will be giving away 40 $25 gift certificates in appreciation of community support during the last 40 years. Fill out an entry form at any harbor merchant or find it online—along with a full schedule of events—at www.
danapointharbor.com. There will be much more to do and see that weekend. Here are a just a few: • Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, who is also celebrating their 40th anniversary at the harbor, will be rolling back prices to where they were in 1971. See www.danawharf.com for more info. • Volunteer divers will be scouring portions of the harbor floor as part of the harbor department’s ongoing effort to keep the water as pristine as possible. • The “Mile for Maddie,” memorial fundraising walk atop the headlands will be raising money for the Maddie James Foundation’s effort to help build the new Seaside Learning Center at the Ocean Institute. See www.maddiejamesfoundation.org for more information. • The Dana Point Yacht Club and Dana West Yacht Clubs will be celebrating
Q: Can you let us in on something historically significant—and interesting tidbit of trivia—about the harbor that most people don’t know about? A: Did you know that complimentary tickets for a BBQ dinner following the Dana Point Harbor Time Capsule Opening Ceremony were given to attendees of the Rock Placing Ceremony in 1966? The date for the opening of the Time Capsule is August 29, 2016. Local historian Doris Walker and I have already had discussion regarding the upcoming ceremony. We have five years and three months to plan what is guaranteed to be an exciting celebration. So far, I have seen six of the tickets presented to me by a friend who grew up in Dana Point who now lives in Washington. He and his family plan to be here in 2016 to collect their free dinner. Opening Day. See www.dpyc.org and www.dwyc.org. So join the celebration and experience what “Harboring the Good Life” really means. DP www.danapointtimes.com
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By CHRISTINA SCANNAPIEGO
News and updates on Dana Point’s business community prices,” said Lopez. The Factory is located at 34212 Violet Lantern. You can reach them at 949.388.8893.
The Factory carries women’s fashions for $15 or less. Courtesy photo
NOW OPEN u Richard Lopez introduced The Factory, located behind Killer Dana, to Dana Point this past March. The small, women’s boutique sells everything in women’s trends, fashion and accessories—but more remarkably, everything in the store is $15 or less. “My goal is to bring the latest fashions at affordable
u Dana Hills alumnae, Helen Mahshi, opened 2nd Hand Treasures—a consignment furniture shop—at 34272 Doheny Park Road in Capistrano Beach three months ago. The venture is a new line of business for her, though she’s been researching the industry for about 10 years. “In this economy, I felt like we needed it. Why buy new when you can get something slightly used at such a lower price?” she explained. Mahshi’s prices range, literally, from $3 - $2000 for everything from the smallest accent to sofa sets or dining room tables in continental, antique, shabby chic and vintage. “People who come in tell me over and over again about the store, ‘It’s really different; it’s so beautiful,’” Mahshi said. “I’m really picky about what I accept.” Currently, she’s raving about the sofa sets she’s offering for about $120. “I’m having a lot of fun,” the Dana Point native said. “and running into so many old friends.” Stop by or call them at 949.218.7962. u Pacific Waves Family Chiropractic doesn’t just offer chiropractic services and alternative healthcare. They’ve also created a local art gallery in their offices with 10 percent of the net proceeds going to the Ocean
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.
Sunday, May 1 CITIZEN ASSIST Ruby Lantern, 34100 Block (7:30 p.m.) A woman called police, requesting to be escorted into her house. Her husband, who had left the night before, had threatened to harm himself. She wanted to make sure he was not at the house when she got there. DISTURBANCE Malaga Drive, 33900 Block (6:59 p.m.) A female neighbor was hit in the face by another neighbor during a fight, leading a concerned witness to call 911 for assistance. When paramedics arrived the injured Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
DISTURBANCE Silver Lantern, 33900 Block (5:32 p.m.) A man called police to report that his neighbor tried to run him over with a car in the parking lot of their apartment complex. The caller reported the man had been deported twice and is “kind of dangerous.” TRAFFIC HAZARD Del Obispo/Quail Run (4:01 p.m.) A driver reported people chasing ducks in the roadway. The caller was concerned they were creating a traffic hazard. TRAFFIC HAZARD Camino Mira Costa/Camino Del Estrella (2:56 p.m.) A man was reported walking against the direction of traffic down Mira Costa toward Camino Capistrano. The caller was afraid the man would get hit. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Pacific Coast Highway/Doheny Park Road (2:49 p.m.) A woman called 911 from a bus stop bench saying she had a golf ball size growth on her private parts. She stayed on the bench, lying down, until paramedics arrived. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Golden Lantern and Pacific Coast Highway (11:36 a.m.) A city employee
Institute as well as certain days free of charge to veterans and families of deployed soldiers and free child care for parents who need help but can’t get a sitter. Don’t forget to stop by their open house celebration on Friday, May 13 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit them at 24632 San Juan, Suite 230 or call them at 949.436.2926.
NEW LOCATION called police, after a bicyclist told him he had seen a small girl in the back seat of a car holding up a sign that said “HELP ME.” The call was then disconnected. No further information has been provided.
woman refused medical attention.
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GetCollegeFunding owners Tom and Lawrene Bottorf have moved to their new offices on the island in Dana Point Harbor. Photo by Christina Scannapiego
MEDICAL AID Abalone Drive, 33400 Block (4:23 a.m.) A woman called police when her friend, who had taken an unknown amount of Ambien, began to get combative and was hurting herself. The caller said she did not think her friend was deliberately trying to injure herself, but that she kept on falling and hitting her head on things. DISTURBANCE Copper Lantern, 34000 (12:30 a.m.) A concerned neighbor called 911 when sounds of a fight, possibly physical, were heard from the unit next door. The caller could hear shouting and pounding on the walls.
Saturday, April 30 TRAFFIC HAZARD Pacific Coast Highway/Selva Road (10:31 p.m.) A man called police complaining traffic cones and signs were set up dangerously on the road. He was told that 911 is not responsible for the set up of traffic cones but demanded to speak with a deputy about the matter anyway.
GetCollegeFunding, a company that provides a comprehensive college-planning program to help college-bound students find appropriate college fits in a way that’s affordable, has moved to a new location on Dana Island. Owners Tom and Lawrene Bottorf celebrated with a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony last month in their new offices located at 24501 Dana Drive in Dana Point. Stop by, call them at 949.218.7191 or log on to www.getcollegefunding.org. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Manzanita Drive/Crystal Lantern (9:29 p.m.) A transient woman was reported sitting in the middle of the street with a bag of stuff next to her. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Camino Capistrano/Victoria Boulevard (9:14 p.m.) A teenager who was standing next to a car in a parking lot was reportedly yelling and screaming at passing vehicles. It was unknown whether he was drunk or just angry at something. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Vista Cielo, 0 Block (5:47 a.m.) A woman called to report her estranged husband had crawled through an open window to get a coat. BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Mariner Drive, 23700 Block (4:01 a.m.) A man called police saying there were intruders in his home. The man woke up to hear walking in his house and saw someone back away from him, into a crawl space. He said he looked into the crawl space, to see someone there, with electronic equipment. When police arrived, they found no intruder, nor any signs of a break in. It was later discovered that the man had not taken the medication prescribed to him for mental problems. The man was advised to take his medication and go to bed. www.danapointtimes.com
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What’s going on in our neighboring towns, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano SAN CLEMENTE
Remote-Caller Bingo Coming to Town San Clemente residents could be hitting the jackpot after the City Council voted Tuesday to allow what’s called remotecaller bingo. The council decided Tuesday to modify the city’s municipal code to allow for the games that are conducted elsewhere but broadcast to San Clemente. A change last year to the state laws governing bingo got the ball rolling for the local changes, according to the staff report. The request to change city codes came from the Elks Lodge in San Clemente whose members hope to raise money for other local charities with the televised
games, said Elena Bauman, the organization’s office manager. The Elks will be working with Ontariobased Bingo Innovations to offer the local games, Bauman said. The company approached the Elks regional district about offering remote-caller bingo. San Clemente’s lodge followed their district’s decision to bring the games locally, Bauman said. Bingo Innovations broadcasts three sessions of bingo on a given night, and eight games are conducted within a session, according to the company’s website. The buy-in per session is presently $25. Winners can take up to 37 percent of the prize purse, the website said. The more locations—and the more players—the more the host site can reap, according to Bingo Innovations. Aside from some upfront costs for equip-
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u The 2011 Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Saturday, May 7 at Doheny State Beach. Registration will open at 7:30 a.m., opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. A pancake breakfast will be available to all participants who make a donation for the walk. Free parking is available at Marco Forster Middle School, 25601 Camino del Avion, San Juan Capistrano (near Del Obispo and Camino del Avion), with free shuttle service to the walk. Paid parking is available at the state beach parking lot for $15. Walkers can choose either a two- or
Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
Fitch Downgrades Bond Rating on Water Works Fitch Ratings on Monday announced it is downgrading San Juan Capistrano’s Public Financing Authority’s bond ratings from
Monarch Bay Plaza Hosting E-Waste Collection
2011 South County Job Fair Coming to Laguna Hills
Alzheimer’s Walk at Doheny Saturday
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u All South County employers and job seekers are invited to attend the 2011 South County Job Fair on Wednesday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Laguna Hills Mall, 24155 Laguna Hills Mall. The Orange County Business Service Center will be available onsite to provide assistance to employers with selection, screening and training of new hires. Job seekers are encouraged to bring their résumé for a free onsite review. A list of workshops can be found on the website. This event is hosted by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and the Orange County Workforce Investment Board and is free to all businesses and job seekers. For more information or to register, please call 714.670.0100 or visit www.ocjobfair.org.
ment, the remote-caller bingo won’t cost the San Clemente Elks much if anything to participate, Bauman said. The Elks would conduct one game a week at their lodge at 1505 N. El Camino Real, according to the staff report. The games would be open to the public. The Elks expect to reap 43 percent of the total receipts, up to 37 percent would go to prize money and 20 percent to game overhead, the staff report said. —Stacie N. Galang
Last year’s Alzheimer’s walk participants were all smiles. Courtesy photo
four-mile route. There is no registration fee, but all participants who raise at least $100 in donations will receive an event T-shirt. Both individual walkers and teams of any size are encouraged to walk. The Alzheimer’s Association doesn’t charge for the care and myriad of services they provide to people and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and these serve as their primary means of raising funds to support their programs. The event promises a great day of family fun at the beach while raising awareness and funds to support Alzheimer’s care, services and research. Participants will enjoy entertainment, food, prizes, interactive exhibits, kids’ zones, “doggie dugouts,” with bandanas for the pooches, an opportunity drawing for $600 worth of dining out gift cards, great “beats” by the San Clemente High School drum line and more. Those who register to walk and donate $10 or more are automatically entered in the drawing. For more information, visit www.alz.
u On Saturday, May 14 Monarch Bay Plaza will be teaming up with All Green Electronics Recycling to host a free E-waste recycling collection from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Crown Valley Parkway and Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point. What is E-waste? That dated laptop in your hall closet, that VCR you haven’t used since you got the new DVD player, the dustcovered monitor in your garage, or basically anything with a plug that is unused, obsolete or non-working. Computers, monitors, printers, TVs, VCRs, stereos and other electronic equipment will be accepted—anything with a plug and circuit board. Household hazardous waste, furniture and kitchen appliances will not be collected. According to All Green Recycling, E-waste contains heavy metals such as lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium, mercury and zinc that contaminate our soil and water and is responsible for 70 percent of all heavy metals found in landfills today. A recent report by the Environmental Protection Agency says Ewaste in landfills will grow four-fold over the next five years. For more information, please visit allgreenrecycling.com.
Ocean Institute Offers Free Open House May 15 u In honor of Dana Point Harbor’s 40th anniversary, the Ocean Institute will offer free admission on Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Doors will close at 3 p.m. Stop in to see their newest exhibits and activities and learn about the Institute’s research on Wheeler North Reef, just off the coast of
AA to A. Monday’s Fitch report also rates Capistrano’s outlook as “stable.” But the Fitch announcement lays out dire shortterm circumstances for Capistrano’s water utility, which faces an $8.2 million deficit. That shortfall comes primarily because of troubles with the city’s Groundwater Recovery Plant, which has not operated up to expectations since it was built. The city expected to save money by producing water and receiving a Metropolitan Water District grant for doing so, but MTBE and operational issues have curtailed the plant’s production to about half of its goal. The City Council on Tuesday cut more than $7 million from its budget, most it related to utilities bond that was not issued. Relief should come, city officials say, when the water plant restarts in mid-July. —Jonathan Volzke Dana Point and San Clemente—the largest artificial reef in the United States. Their studies have focused on the youngest life stages of marine organisms (the larvae) and through ongoing research the Institute will follow trends about the organisms that have passed through this new reef. For more information, call 949.496.2274 or log on to www.oceaninstitute.org.
Underwater Cleanup Volunteers Needed u The OC Dana Point Harbor will host an underwater cleanup on May 14 on the island side of the harbor, near Aventura Sailing Association. Volunteer divers are needed to scour a section of the harbor floor to remove lost or discarded items. Participants must possess current open water or equivalent dive certification. Registration fee is $20 which includes an event T-shirt, continental breakfast and prizes for the most unusual “treasures” found. For more information or to volunteer, call 949.923.2286.
Mother’s Day Art Show and Sale at Harbor this Weekend u On May 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Dana Point Fine Art Association will host their annual art show and sale dockside along the sidewalk between Harpoon Henry’s and Dana Wharf. Stroll through the open air gallery and check out the many beautiful works of art by local artists. Don’t forget to visit the many wonderful shops in Dana Village and Mariner’s Village and Mariner’s Alley. There is something for every mom—unique gifts, jewelry, clothing, home décor, candles, lotions, perfumes, luxurious personal items, Indian jewelry and artifacts, handmade chocolates and much more. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, log on to www.danapointharbor.com
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If any restaurant, caterer or organization has leftover food or ingredients, please consider donating to Welcome INN first and then to the compost heap. Check out the website at www.welcomeinnoc.com or send an email to info@WelcomeINNoc.com.
FEEDING THE HOMELESS SHOULD COME FIRST BY CONNIE VELDKAMP, San Clemente
NOT GOOD ENOUGH
I enjoyed reading the article in the April 22-28 issue of the Dana Point Times (Vol. 4, Issue 16) about the new program to compost food scraps. While I’m all in favor of both doggy bags (for my pets and me) and compost piles, I want to make restaurants in the area aware of another need—feeding hungry people. An organization called Welcome INN (Interfaith Needs Network) has been feeding the homeless and poor daily for 20 years in Capo Beach/Dana Point. Welcome INN won’t be able to help out with the composting because every bit of the food provided is taken by the hungry people lined up each day.
BY STEVE NETHERBY, San Clemente
Don’t all the precautions SONGS (San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station) officials say they take, all the redundancies and checklists and manpower they build, ad nauseum into procedures for acts as simple as turning a valve, the tens of thousands of hours of costly inspections necessary to making sure the plant runs safely simply highlight, as Fukushima has, the unfathomable dangers, the myriad of mishaps that can occur to jeopardize public safety, and the unequaled expense of nuclear power generation? I appreciate that SONGS and NRC are reportedly treading at last with care through
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the nuclear minefield, but I was not persuaded in any way by last Thursday night’s SONGS-NRC dog-and-pony show about the sanity of having a radioactive poison factory and nuclear waste dump two miles from San Clemente’s southern border, on the shore of the Pacific, surrounded by seismic fault lines, with an evacuation zone housing 7.4 million souls and some of our nation’s most treasured real estate. Southern California Edison, SONGS—at this stage in its overlong existence, symbolizes greed pure and flagrant, and it’s patently immoral. Please shut it down ASAP and direct your wealth and abundant genius in good faith toward clean energy solutions and honest protection of the health and safety of the public and our homes, lands and waters. Please, start right now. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit readersubmitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.
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FROM THE MIND OF ZELESKI
On May 2—a day after reports of Osama bin Laden’s death hit the airwaves—we set out in Dana Point to get local reaction to the news. Here are a few responses. “It’s been what, eight years now and these men and women have worked so hard. Finally, we can ﬁnally feel safe again. God bless America and God bless the Navy Seals. But it’s a little scary too. Who knows what can happen now.” —Josephine Arklin “I was just overjoyed when I ﬁrst heard the news. It gave me a sense of hope, you know, that ﬁnally we can move on from this. I have hope again. I think we all do.” — Milliane Abato Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
“I’m just so happy. We were living in Atlanta when 9/11 happened and a friend of mine, who lived in New York, lost her husband. She had ﬁve kids and had been a mother and wife all her life. And then she was left alone to try and ﬁgure things out for her and her children. She had a strong support system, but it’s not easy when your life is turned upside down like that in an instant. Knowing he is gone, it’s very touching to me and to my children, and I’m sure, my friend. But I’m worried too about a backlash. My kids are traveling in Europe right now and I pray for them and their safety. We’ve given people a closure by doing this, but may have opened up something else as well.” —Debbie Corley Page 10
SOAPBOX All Hands Ahoy: By Beverli Jinn
Mom . . . MOM . . .MOMMMMMMM! T he orange was always sliced into wedges and the wedges lined up like little boats on the wood railing of the small porch outside our kitchen door. The rind Beverli Jinn at the bow and stern of each boat was pulled away slightly from the juicy meat of the orange so that I could hold each end with my fingers and pull the meat away with my teeth without getting my hands sticky. I hated sticky fingers. The promise of the orange wasn’t worth the stickiness. I was four years old probably. Today, decades later, I still won’t eat a whole orange. Mom isn’t around anymore. There’s no one to line up the boats. Sitting next to Mom on the bench in front of our upright piano was very special. We sang the songs of the 1930s and ’40s as her hands magically danced across the keyboard: Paper Doll, Pistol Packin’ Momma, Harbor Lights, Sentimental Journey, It’s DeLovely . . . I still remember the lyrics. Oddly, Mom never suggested that I take piano lessons. For some reason she fell in love with the Hawaiian steel guitar. I got so that I could handle that steel pretty well, but it wasn’t the same. “Rose O’Day, Rose O’Day, You’re my filla-da-gusha, filla-ma-rusha, bah-da-rah-da-boom-foo-dee-ay.” It just didn’t work on the steel guitar. The elementary school was a long way from our house—at least it was a long way when I was in the first grade. It seems strange to me now that Mom used to let me walk to school with the other kids in the neighborhood. Mostly we passed through quiet residential streets. Today parents have to worry a lot about pedophiles and kidnappers, but no one in those days saw this walk to school as a time of danger. The only concern was La Brea Boulevard, a short block from our home on West Ellis Avenue. Even in the ’40s La Brea was a fairly busy street. There were no traffic signals anywhere near where we kids had to cross. Kids being kids, everyone but me dashed or lollygagged across. I wasn’t allowed. In the morning, Mom walked with me to La Brea and crossed with me. Coming home, I had to stop at the corner and watch my friends scamper ahead without me. Sometimes Mom would be there waiting. Sometimes she would not. My instructions were to wait at the curb until she got there. Usually I’d wait a few minutes and then begin calling: “Mom!” I knew I had not been forgotten. My mother would be there soon. Still, I called: “Mom . . . MOMMM!” I guess I must have been about 12. It was during those years in the ’40s that polio was a major scare. Life in an iron lung was an awful fate to contemplate. Public swimming pools were considered a major source of the infantile paralysis virus. We were in the kitchen of our little red farm house in La Habra. Mom was at the stove, stirring gravy
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when I got up the courage to ask her if I could go to a swimming party at the home of somebody I knew from school. Nervously I watched her set the spoon down against the side of the old roasting pan and turn to the sink behind her where she could wash her hands and pick up a towel to dry them as she stared into the darkness outside. Finally she broke away from the hypnotic reflections of the window and methodically folded the towel and hung it neatly on the special three-pronged towel rack attached to the cabinet door beneath the sink. Still silent, she returned to the stove and picked up the long spoon. Stirring, stirring . . . the scraping of the spoon against the bottom of the battered shallow pan was a sort of grating overture to the familiar lines of the Haskins’ family opera. “It isn’t up to me to tell you what to do,” Mom said to the swirls of the gently bubbling brown gravy. A numbering system would have been useful for increasing the efficiency of our family discussions. “Number 1,” Mom could have said to me. The “it’s-up-to-you” comment would have had to be Number 1 if frequency of utterance had any influence on the numbering system. I don’t even know what Number 2 might have been. That’s how far in front of the pack “it’s-upto-you” would have been. Maybe “I-don’tcare-what-all-the-other-parents-say” would have come in a distant second. “This is your decision to make. All your father and I can do is try to help you look at all sides of a problem before you make up your mind.”
In all fairness to Mom, she really did believe in letting me make my own decisions. Of course by the time the actual choice had to be made, the right and wrong of the situation was always very clear in my mind. The anticipation of the inevitable guilt that would be the result of making the wrong choice was almost always sufficient to keep me heading along the approved path. Not always, though. This time I went for it. “Everyone” was going to be at this swimming party. I had to take the risk. In spite of Mom’s legitimate fears and her disappointment in my badlyskewed value system, she let me go. As I recall, at the party I kept my eyes and ears and mouth above the water to avoid possible contamination. Maybe this helped. I didn’t contract polio. The effort did nothing, however, to protect me from the perception that my Mom was disappointed in me—to shelter me from my all-too-real disappointment in myself. I graduated from UCLA wearing the dress white uniform of the U. S. Navy. That was fair enough. The government had helped my dad pay for those academically wasted four years. Dad couldn’t be there for the graduation. He had to work. The Shell service station that he and a partner operated in Anaheim couldn’t be closed down for the day. Mom was there, though—she and a couple of family friends. They stood at the back of the sea of black graduation gowns and applauded enthusiastically when the comparatively small group of white uniformed Ensigns crossed the concrete
stage of the outdoor amphitheater. Afterward, we took pictures and exchanged hugs and . . . that was that. Two weeks later I was in Norfolk, Virginia, beginning two-years of shore duty in the naval base’s Port Control office. There was a letter from Mom waiting for me at the B.O.Q. when I checked in. There was a letter the next day as well, and the next. For the duration of my stay, this continued; every day a letter from Mom. Not a card. Not a short note. A long, handwritten—Mom’s penmanship was almost illegible—account of what had transpired in La Habra, California, during the preceding 24 hours. I was a good correspondent. After all, my work required almost nothing of me, and, besides that, I was English major. I liked to write. I cranked out a pretty good series of letters on my little Smith Corona portable typewriter, keeping Mom and Dad up-todate on what was going on in this tedious tour of duty that was my military career. Of course I never told Mom what was really going on in my head and heart. I never shared any of those deeper truths about myself that she deserved to know. I never told her that I loved her. Always there was the cigarette, a wispy gray curl of smoke rising toward the ceiling. Sometimes Mom remembered to pick it up from its notch in the ashtray and draw on it automatically, but most of the time it just smoldered and burned out from neglect. It was a lot like the almost-full mug of coffee that always sat next to Mom’s place on the sofa. Except for the initial sip taken when she first poured it, the coffee rarely touched her lips. If it wasn’t too hot to drink, she lost interest. Smoking was glamorous when Mom was young. The cigarette, held between the first and middle fingers in Bette Davis style, spoke of independence and of smoldering, seductive romance. Why in the world would a woman of the world not smoke? And why in the world would marriage or motherhood or middle age lessen the desire to be independent? What more plausible way for a female of the mid-twentieth century to escape—within her own unspoken view of who she was, at least—the stifling mores of her day? So Mom smoked. I don’t remember noticing that she smoked until my own children came along. By that time smoking had come into ill repute. By that time Mom knew that she was neither glamorous nor independent. Probably she knew, as well, that the two martinis she drank before dinner every night did nothing to sharpen her mind, but it wasn’t her job as mother and grandmother to be conversant about current events or scientific theories. Her job was to cater to the needs of the people she loved: To prepare delicious meals when the family came together, to babysit when her adult kids needed a break, to anchor family holiday traditions, to be Johnny-on-the-spot www.danapointtimes.com
SOAPBOX Obituary when problems arose. The piano was gone now. Well, not really gone. Mom had pretty much stopped playing by the time I’d gone to college. When she and dad moved to a mobile home in San Clemente, she’d given the piano to me, maybe thinking that one of her grandchildren would take it up. None of my three boys ever showed any interest. And I? Erroneously I reasoned that it was too late for me. How strange that a part of her life that had been so important just withered away. I don’t know where the piano is today. Where does an old piano go when it is no longer loved? The lesson here, I suppose, is that mothers are people, too. Once a year we have a special day that is intended to honor them, but the honor should not be based on the nostalgic recollection of some unrealistic Mom-in-the-Sky. We should celebrate our mothers’ motherhood, not their sainthood. Mothers have been known to drink, to smoke, to gamble, to curse, to overeat, to offer unsolicited advice, to cheat on their husbands—and that’s the short list. The only mother that most of us know by name is Mother Theresa, and, to the best of my knowledge, she never even had any kids. She was not a mother; she was a saint.
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I strongly suspect that, had Mother Teresa had kids of her own, there would have been days when she wasn’t so saintly. But my Mom had kids. I honor her for the Love that she lived for these spiritual beings who took on life within her body. I honor her for Loving me even when I was not the least bit lovable. “Mom . . . ?” Is it too late now that she’s gone? I don’t believe so. “Mom, I love you!” Some years ago, at her first opportunity, Beverli Jinn retired from teaching high school English. A lot of books inside her demanded to be written. Now, several years and six published books later, an altered compulsion, the care and feeding of our ocean, drives Jinn’s pen. She believes that the residents of Orange County’s South Coast can lead the way in establishing and maintaining a healthy watershed. She is the co-founder of Dana Point’s Earth/Ocean Society and is active in the DP Historical Society and the Lantern Village Association. Born and raised in Orange County, she has lived in Dana Point since 2001. Jinn welcomes her readers’ feedback via email at email@example.com.
Philip Edward Polk September 8, 1937-March 28, 2011 Philip E. Polk of Laguna Beach, California, died suddenly at home on March 28, 2011. Philip was born to Eva May and Winthrop Byrl Polk in Long Beach, California, on September 8, 1937. Philip’s father was a Captain in the Navy during World War II, and Philip grew up on naval bases in Guam and in California and Hawaii. Philip and his family lived in Pearl City, Oahu when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Philip’s father was the recipient of two silver stars for battles in the South Pacific. Philip graduated from San Diego State College in 1960, the year he and Kathleen Davis were married. He then entered the University of Southern California School of Law. Philip graduated and passed the bar in 1963. He remained a member of the California State Bar until his death. He was a past member of the California Trial Lawyers Association,
the American Society of Hospital Attorneys and Rotary International. Philip began his law practice in Dana Point, California, where he was the first legal advisor to the Incorporation Committee from 1966-1970. Dana Point finally became a city in 1989 after many attempts to incorporate. Philip served as Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Vice President in 1966 and President in 1967. He became attorney for the South Coast Community Hospital in Laguna Beach when Clifford Tinsmon retired and held this position until 1980. Philip leaves his wife Kathleen N. Davis, M.D., his sons Philip Andrew and Cyrus William Polk, and his beloved Springer Spaniel, Spot. Philip was a loving husband, devoted father and a brilliant attorney. He is greatly missed. A private family funeral was held April 5th.
Members of Dana Point’s adopted 5th Marine Regiment will be armed with chamois and elbow grease on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Shores Church parking lot for a car wash extravaganza. Not just a car wash, this event offers fun for the whole family. While members of the Fighting 5th get your car squeaky clean, enjoy a free continental breakfast and lunch BBQ, browse a static display of U.S. Marine Corps and police vehicles, pick up a collectible pin and have your picture taken with the Marines. The nonprofit 501(c)(3) Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group is proud to host this event. Whether stationed at Camp Pendleton or deployed in combat, the support group is dedicated to support our Marines and their families. Car wash, food and other entertainment are free but donations will be gratefully accepted. South Shores Church is located at 32712 Crown Valley Parkway in Dana Point. For more information, please call support group president Pete Hammer at 949.378.7984 or log on to www. danapoint5thmarines.com. —Andrea Swayne
YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER
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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
SCHS Dance Spring Concert 7 p.m. The San Clemente High School Dance Program presents its Spring Concert, titled Esprit de Corps, in the school gym for two nights May 6-7. Tickets $12 adult, $10 student, children. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165, www.sctritons.com.
Cinco de Mayo Concert 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Festive concert featuring Soul Sacrifice at Shorecliffs Golf Course. 501 Ave. Vaquero, San Clemente, 949.492.1177. Kay Das Steel Guitar Concert 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Free concert at Hulaville. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www.hulavillecafe.com. Denny White 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
More than Just a Carwash
Horse Racing and Hat Contest 7:30 a.m. OC Tavern has great horse racing and wagering all day with live from Churchill Downs the Kentucky Derby, a hat contest and $7 Mint Juleps. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com.
LIVE MUSIC HARBOR CRUISE 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Dana Wharf offers the first live music cruise of the season with music by surf rock band Aloha Radio. Tickets $10. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com 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. Mother’s Day Art Show and Sale 9:30 a.m.5 p.m. Dana Point Fine Arts presents a free fine arts show and sale Saturday and Sunday along Mariner’s Village Boardwalk in the Dana Point Harbor. 949.496.4621, www.danapointfinearts.org. Xeriscaping/Drought Tolerant Landscape Design 1 p.m. The Ecology Center presents a D.I.Y. workshop on replacing water thirsty landscape with water-wise plants. $25 + $5 materials fee. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.4424223, theecologycenter.org.
Tyrone Wells 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House with the soulful artist, also featuring Joe Brooks and Elina Wells. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
Major F and Dealio 8 p.m. The young rock/funk band from San Clemente in concert at The Coach House. Tickets $10. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
New Arrivals Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company introduces new wines. $15 for seven wines. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com.
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, www.briorestaurant.com.
Aloha Friday 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire; dress “island style” for specials. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
Small World 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Band playing great music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.
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, www.briorestaurant.com. Disco Freaks 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Live ’70s music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
Kids’ Fishing 12 p.m. Free fishing clinic on the dock followed by a half-day fishing trip for kids hosted by Dana Wharf every Sunday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com.
Mother’s Day Champagne Breakfast Cruise 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Dana Wharf invites moms and families to sail up to Laguna Beach while enjoying a champagne breakfast. Cost $39 each. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com. Irons’ Mother’s Day Brunch 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Irons in the Fire has a buffet brunch complete with food, mimosas, ocean views and more. Adults $29.95, kids 12 and under $12.95. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900, www.beachfire.com. Mother’s Day Brunch Sail and Afternoon Sail 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. The Ocean Institute celebrates with a 10 a.m. brunch onboard the Spirit of Dana Point (adults $45, kids $30) and a 2 p.m. afternoon sail (adults $38.50, kids $21.50). 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org Mother’s Day Brunch at the Ritz 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Ritz Carlton hosts a gourmet brunch with lavish food, live entertainment, a gift for moms and more. Call for reservations. Adults $110 each, kids 3-12 $55. One Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.2000, www.ritzcarlton.com. Special Signature Safari for Mother’s Day Mother’s Day specials at Capt Dave’s Safari on their daily departures for whale and dolphin watching on a high-tech catamaran with underwater viewing pods and more. Call to get times, pricing and more info. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.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. Family Pajama Story Time 7 p.m. Reading event at the Dana Point Library. Wear your PJs. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, www.ocpl.org. (Cont. on page 19) THIS WEEK’S WEATHER 5.06 Sunny H: 74° L: 55° 5.07 Sunny H: 68° L: 54° 5.08 Partly Cloudy H: 64° L: 53°
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DP Times Restaurant Spotlight
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POUL PEDERSEN 6 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.
Tresca Restaurant 34402 Paciﬁc Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.661.1100 ext. 550 BEST KNOWN FOR: The Doheny Dip MOST POPULAR ITEM: Pan-roasted pork chop with apple gastrique
BEN POWELL 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
Enjoy award-winning recipes at Dana Point’s Tresca Restaurant, located inside the Double Tree Suites on Pacific Coast Highway. Executive Chef David Maring has been creating savory surprises at the restaurant for five years now, recently bringing home a culinary award for his mouth-watering pan-roasted pork chop with apple gastrique. “The unique atmosphere of a smaller hotel affords Maring a rare amount of creative control over his menu,” said Justin Underwood, director of food and beverage. “We can have seasonal changes—even weekly changes. If someone is inspired to make something new, they can.” It’s this creative freedom that makes the menu so special and the relaxing poolside and ocean views that make the ambiance. Whether you’re a guest at the hotel or just dropping by, Tresca is always ready to serve up a delicious meal created just for you.
TWO-FOR-ONE AT THE WHARF Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips, whale watching and other adventures. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com
VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Welcoming parade to honor The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall that will be at Sea Terrace Park through May 16. Opening Ceremonies are at 12 p.m. on May 12. 33501 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.487.5288 or 949.275.3142, www.danapoint.org.
EDITOR’S PICK: Kids Jam 7 p.m. Kenny’s Music presents their monthly Young People’s Jam at Hennessey’s. Bring an instrument and jam with professional musicians. An Ovation guitar is being rafﬂed to beneﬁt SOCSA. Get rafﬂe tickets in advance at Kenny’s, 24731 La Plaza for $5 each, need not be present to win. The jam is free to attend. Hennessey’s Tavern, 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.661.3984
VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Welcoming parade to honor The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall that will be at Sea Terrace Park through May 16. Opening Ceremonies are at 12 p.m. on May 12. 33501 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.487.5288 or 949.275.3142, www.danapoint.org.
PRICE RANGE: $5-$28 RESERVATIONS: Not necessary PAYMENT: Cash, credit cards HOURS: Breakfast 6:30 a.m.-11 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m., dinner 5 p.m.-10 p.m., closed daily from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
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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. MIDNITE 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also with The Badfooters. Tickets $18 advance, $20 day of show. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.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. DUPP BROTHERS 8 p.m. Live “hippy hillbilly” music at The Rib Joint. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500.
AT THE MOVIES
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS AND MOVIE GOERS BY MEGAN BIANCO
It’s difﬁcult to believe, but sometimes the charming star performer of the a little thing like casting can turn a whole main act—and wife of the head boss— (Reese Witherspoon) that he soon ﬁlm into either a work of art or a slight misﬁre. This adaptation of the popular grows fond of. circus read Water for Elephants has a lot Witherspoon has found plenty of going for it: Beautiful cinematography, success in her career over the last two great costume design, an Oscar winner in decades. With ﬁlms such as Election an important role and a impressive turn (1999), Legally Blonde (2001) and Walk by a Twilight actor. But what unfortunatethe Line (2005), for which she would ly doesn’t ﬂow is the leading lady cast gain her Oscar win. It’s unfortunate to as the love interest and woman charged think that the actress might be one of with making all the magic appear. the latest victims of the Oscar curse. Set in 1931, we are introduced to a Already, with the underwhelming How young college boy named Jacob (Robert Do You Know? on her shoulders from last Pattinson) who discovers his parents fall, and now a rather miscast role in a were tragically killed and sets off on the popular adaptation, it seems like a poor road to nowhere. But instead of nowhere, Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon in Water for career move for Miss Reese at the mohe lands on a train that happens to be the Elephants. © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. ment. Part of the problem with playing most active and fastest growing circus in the country. There, Pattison’s potential love interest in Elephants, is the fact that he begins a new life taking care of the animals of the circus. the age difference seems too obvious. Pattison does a ﬁne While new and exciting, the circus environment isn’t an easy job, but Witherspoon comes across as out of place against one to break into with workers and performers being a tough both him and Waltz. Elephants isn’t a great ﬁlm, but an crowd, a hot-headed circus owner (Christoph Waltz) and example of one that could have been. DP Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
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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. DAN LEFLER 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. 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.
MUSIC OF THE WORLD: DUENDE FLAMENCO! 7 p.m. Casa Romantica presents Duende Flamenco performing the traditional dance and music of Spain. Tickets: $20, Members $15, Students/Children $10. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
WRETCHES & JABBERERS 7:30 p.m. “100 Cities. One Night for Autism” hosts a showing of the critically acclaimed documentary on autism at the Regency Rancho Niguel Theatre. Visit website for advance tickets. 25471 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel, www.wretchesandjabberers.org. 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. AFTER PARTY 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Band playing hits at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. GYPSY GROOVE 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. *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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A Close Touch with Past and Present Wars Part One: I Become a Military Wife and ‘Go to War’ By Doris I. Walker Dana Point Times
s the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorism attacks approaches, I view it with mixed emotions. I will always remember where I was that day—on my honeymoon, having just been sworn in as a military spouse at the Detroit Arsenal. I had just married Maj. Jack Pierson Smith, USMC (Ret.), and we were touring my native Great Lakes region, scheduled to fly home to California on Sept. 11, 2001—the very day the whole world changed. Deprived of flights, we had to drive back across most of the grief-and-fear-stricken United States of America. We stayed the next night at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, headquarters of the U.S. Strategic Command—where President Bush had been flown right after the attack. Days before, we had waved him in as he landed at Selfridge AFB in Michigan in Air Force One. We drove west with a new emotional appreciation of the beauty in the American countryside—the green farmlands of the Midwest, the steep Rocky Mountain terrain, the glorious red rock country and finally our Pacific home coast. All along the interstates, American flags were flying. Most touching were the oversized ones billowing their bold message from big-rig trucks. My first adventure as a military wife was interwoven with the outbreak of war in Iraq in 2003. We decided to take advantage of an opportunity earned by my 20-year veteran husband: Free “space-available” flights on military transport aircraft to and from American air bases worldwide. So we planned a second anniversary adventure to Europe, scheduling cruises on the Mediterranean, then the Danube. We traveled to, from and between those sea adventures in military transport planes. Active-duty service personnel have priority for seats and the number available to Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
A helicopter loading aboard an Air Force C-17 flight reminded the author that the similarly-shaped, 7,700pound orca Free Willy film star was flown to freedom from Oregon to Iceland aboard a C-17. Courtesy photo
retirees depends on the cargo. We would become part of eight such “hops” during that six-week adventure, an experience as memorable as the cruises and as imagebuilding as the many foreign cities we visited—from Lisbon to Budapest. Our east-bound itinerary took a series of flights—a C-141 Starlifter from March Air Force Base to Travis AFB near Sacramento, to Charleston AFB and on to Dover AFB in Delaware. Our main cross-country hop meant sitting in the bucket seats of a C-17 Globemaster, alongside a cargo of securely-chained military Humvees and their enormous generator trailers, all returning from service in the war against terrorism in the Philippines. What meaningful traveling companions! From Dover we crossed the Atlantic to the air capital of U.S. military operations in Europe: Ramstein Air Base west of Frankfurt, Germany. We shared that C-141 flight with some active-duty personnel, massive packaged cargo and four caged military dogs—each with an Air Force handler. These man-dog teams were headed for Iraq war duty; all had been in war zones before. We were assured that the dogs were good world travelers and effective soldiers. Our encounters with active-duty troops would include conversations in air terminals,
base exchanges and commissaries, military inns and museums. The personnel welcomed the chance to share their experiences and reactions to the combat environment. The words we heard most about this new brand of war were “dangerous” and “scary.” Waiting for flights with us, especially at crossroads Ramstein, were troops from various nations, identifiable by their shoulder patch flags and differing uniform camouflage patterns. You know you are with warriors headed for battle when the shuttle bus out to your plane on the flightline stops first at the base arsenal, the warriors quickly leave the bus ensemble and return—each with an assigned firearm. The highlights of the historic cities we toured via ships and rental cars often included ancient military fortresses and artifacts in museums from wars dating back centuries. We also absorbed Europe’s two best-preserved Medieval walled cities— Rothenburg and Regensburg, Germany. They had been built to withstand the primitive war weapons of their time. War forever haunts the landscapes. Because so many American troops had been deployed to the war zones—Iraq and Afghanistan—the U.S. bases we visited in Germany were being guarded by young German soldiers, who verified our military IDs to permit us entry. Once we cleared the gate, we saw that there was always an armed American soldier facing the gate—poised and ready to deal with anyone else attempting to crash the scene. Being of half German descent, I thought often of the incongruity of these generational changes. In Vienna, along with its landmark structures, we viewed the bright-red river-front Hitler family home, where five-year-old Adolf had fallen into the fatally frigid glacial river. He lived only because he was quickly rescued by a friend. I had to ponder how that potential turn of events would have so affected world history.
In Nuremberg, we walked through the vast Nazi Party rally grounds at Zeppelin Field, viewing the very podium at which Hitler had addressed as many as 100,000 citizens and troops at each rally some seven decades ago. We also viewed Nuremberg’s Palace of Justice, peering into Courtroom 600, where the Nazi officials were tried and sentenced in 1945. The American bases in Germany where we were billeted, were all former German World War II bases: Ansbach, Wurzburg, Stuttgart, Ramstein and Heidelberg (Patrick Henry Village). Our quarters were in their sturdy remodeled barracks. We ate in former Nazi officers’ clubs, even enjoying an allAmerican Thanksgiving feast in the Stuttgart club amongst U.S. Army personnel with their families. Amid these thought-provoking adventures, we rejoiced in a weekend with some of my cousins in my grandparents’ hometown: Ehrenstetten, Baden. This very southwestern corner of Germany is gateway to the Black Forest. My hand-written family tree dates back to the year 1600 in that region. My grandparents had emigrated to “Amerika” before the two World Wars. AUTHOR’S NOTE: I know Jack and I will both be emotionally touched by visiting the replica of the Vietnam Wall that will be viewable in Dana Point’s Sea Terrace Park May 11-15. He served two tours (26 months) in that war zone and two of his comrades’ names are etched on the memory wall. War, in any form, origin or conclusion, changes life around the world. Its episodes are etched on the human brain forever. But the most enduring episode of my European adventure awaited me as our six-week adventure was ending. Part Two next week: Going Home with the Ultimate War Sacrifice Doris I. Walker is an award-winning author and Orange County Historian who calls Dana Point home. www.danapointtimes.com
A Grand Grand Prix The 5th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling offered up fun, excitement and inspiration By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
rowds estimated at between 10,000 and 12,000 lined the streets of Dana Point’s town center and historic Santa Clara neighborhood on Sunday to witness the 5th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling. Whether toddlers with training wheels or elite nationally-ranked professionals were on the course, spectators went wild as competitors whizzed past. The sights and sounds of the event varied—from the buzzing of super thin racing tires tracking steady lines and the blur of multi-colored spandex to bicycle bells and zig-zagging lines—but the roar of the crowd never ceased. The criterium, a six-turn L-shaped relatively flat and fast course saw racers hit speeds upwards of 35 miles per hour in the men’s pro division. At the conclusion of that race, it was Brad Huff of team Jelly Belly who took the win. A prize purse of $15,000 was split among the top 20. Offers of premiums—or “preems”—shouted at racers by announcers as they passed the start/finish line of cash and prizes for the winner of randomly chosen laps, turned up the excitement, sped things up, opened up the pack and gave riders added chances at prize money. “Moving the start/finish line to Del Prado this year made the course even better,” said Grand Prix Director Russell Ames. “All day I have had people come up to me and tell me this is the best event we’ve ever had. The vibe today is really positive and we are thrilled to see so many more entries than in
Left: Mayor Scott Schoeffel presents Kelly Bordine (4) with a medal at the finish line of one of the day’s free kids’ races. Right: A pack of racers speed through the straight section of the course on Del Prado. Photos by Andrea Swayne
the past.” Many visitors made a day of it, visiting all the food and product vendors and attending BMX demos and cycling related booths. Area restaurants were hopping as spectators took a break from the sunny day to enjoy a relaxing meal indoors. In honor of this year’s title sponsor AMGEN’s Breakaway from Cancer, the Grand Prix included the Breakaway from Cancer Walk, an inspirational gathering of cancer survivors, patients, caregivers and the families of those both fighting and taken by the disease. Dana Point resident Terry Latham who is currently battling mesothelioma and
a patient of the Pacific Meso Center was among the walkers. “Without the Pacific Meso Center I wouldn’t be here,” said Latham. “Dr. Robert Cameron operated on me and saved my life. Events like this not only raise money to help find a cure it raises awareness of the need for funding and also honors the special people who care for cancer patients.” Latham’s wife Maryla added that she was blown away to see so many people come out to walk in support of those struggling with cancer. “It is very important to have the support of family, friend and even strangers who care. This is a very
important part of caring for cancer patients emotionally,” said Maryla. “Bless everyone who came out today.” Event proceeds will be given to the Pacific Meso Center to support continued research and a search for a cure for mesothelioma. For more information on the Dana Point Grand Prix, visit the event website at www. danapointgrandprix.com. To read more about Breakaway from Cancer, the Pacific Meso Center and Latham’s story, go to www.breakawayfromcancer.com and www. pacificmesocenter.org. Log on to www.danapointtimes.com to see a photo slideshow of the event. DP
Tails Were Waggin’ Wag-a-thon a hit with both dogs and their people By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
ogs and their best friends were all wags and smiles at the 18th Annual Wag-a-thon April 30 at Dana Point Harbor on the island. The event—a fundraiser organized by the Pet Project Foundation in support of the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter—included a costume contest, 4K dog walk, Doggie Dash races, shopping at the Bowser Bazaar, sheep herding demonstrations, celebrity guest dogs from the move Beverly Hills Chihuahua II, live music by Martin Gerschwitz and more. Proceeds from the event help the PPF to support the shelter’s pro-humane policy ensuring that adoptable animals are not euthanized regardless of how long it takes to find them a good home. Though the cities of San Clemente and Dana Point provide Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
Angel and Rusko, the famous dogs from the Movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua II sit in a golf cart and lead the dog walk as celebrity guests. Avoc, is dressed as Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma. All photos by Brandon Winters funding for basic shelter operation, caring for the animals until they are adopted is a costly endeavor. The PPF, through volunteer hours and fundraising events, works continually to fulfill the need for food, medical care, training, exercise and love for the animals while at the shelter. To find out more about the PPF and see the animals available for adoption, log on
Cassidy Bennett and her dog Hawkeye stand cute as a button next to the harbor. to www.petprojectfoundation.org. Log on to www.danapointtimes.com to see a photo slideshow of the Wag-a-thon. DP
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Indians vs. Angels Angel Stadium May 6, 7:05 p.m.
CIF Playoffs San Clemente High May 7, 11:30 a.m.
After a slew of games on the road, the Angels return home in time for a three game series with the Cleveland Indians.
San Clemente High is the site for Division I playoffs as teams will be playing at 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
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By David Zimmerle
SOFTBALL • The Lady Dolphins (4-1 SCL, 13-10) split its last to games losing 3-2 to Aliso Niguel on April 28 before edging Capo Valley in 6-5 win. The girls then traveled to take on San Clemente on Thursday, May 5. Next 7 days: May 9 vs. *San Juan Hills, 3:30 p.m.; May 11 vs. Laguna Hills, 3:30 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE • The Dolphins (2-8 SCL, 8-7-1) racked up another pair of losses recently losing 8-6 to El Toro on April 26 followed by crushing 10-8 defeat to rival San Clemente on April 28. However, Dana Hills bounced back with a 10-4 win against Great Oak on April 30. The team earned the No. 3 seed in the Division 2 playoffs and faced No. 6 Esperanza in the opening round at home on Thursday, May 5. Next 7 days: N/A
Wildcats vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High May 10, 3:15 p.m.
The LA Galaxy look to bounce back from a loss to FC Dallas last week as the team hosts the New York Red Bulls on the pitch.
With only two games left in the regular season, the girls get ready for a statement win as they prep to face San Juan Hills.
The Dolphins look to close out the regular season on an up note as the boys in blue and white host Brea Olinda High.
GIRLS LACROSSE • The Lady Dolphins (0-12 SCL, 1-16) closed the regular season with three straight losses, as Dana Hills was steamrolled 16-9 by El Toro on April 26, gashed for another 12-7 loss to the Lady Chargers on April 28 followed by a 12-3 defeat against San Clemente on April 29. Against the Tritons, Stephanie Quon, Taylor Steinbeck and Kelli Yogi each finished with one goal apiece. Next 7 days: N/A BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD • Both levels faced El Toro on April 27. The boys varsity team claimed a narrow 71-65 win, while the girls varsity team sprinted past the Chargers by the final score of 79-57. Dana Hills went on to compete in the South Coast League Finals May 3 and 6. Next 7 days: N/A BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING • Both levels competed at the League Prelims/Finals at Trabuco Hills High May 3-6. Next 7 days: May 11, 13 at CIF Prelims/ Finals at Belmont Plaza, Noon/6 p.m.
BOYS GOLF • The Dolphins (6-1 SCL, 12-6) wrapped the regular season with a tough 193-214 loss to Mission Viejo on April 28. Next, the team traveled to Pala Mesa Country Club to take on their league foes at the South Coast League Finals May 2-3. Next 7 days: May 10 at CIF Team Divisional, TBA BOYS TENNIS • Following the Ojai Valley Tournament April 28-29, the Dolphins competed in the League Finals at LN Racquet Club May 3-4. Next 7 days: N/A BOYS VOLLEYBALL • At the Redondo Union Tournament April 29-30, the Dolphins (6-1 SCL, 21-10) beat Lakewood, West Torrance, Foothill and Palisades but also finished with two losses as the team fell to Otay Ranch and Fountain Valley. On Tuesday, May 3 the team got back to its winning ways defeating Laguna Hills 3-0. Dana Hills beat the Hawks 25-12, 25-20 and 25-10. Next, the boys faced rival San Clemente on Thursday, May 5. Next 7 days: N/A
GROM OF THE WEEK Cole Houshmand Age: 10, Capistrano Homeschool, CUSD Cole Houshmand has had a great contest season this year. With some big wins in both WSA and NSSA, he has earned top rankings in both. In NSSA Open Mini Groms he scored big wins in October at Camp Pendleton, in April at Oceanside and is currently ranked No. 3. In the WSA Cole took the U12 win at Pismo Beach Pier in November and again at the Rock in Morro Bay in March ending the regular season ranked No. 2. Recently Cole has been preparing for the West Coast Championships in both series. “My goal down the road is to earn a spot on the ASP tour, win a world title and surf professionally for as long as I can,” said Cole. “But, for now, I’m working on improving my surﬁng. When I practice I set small goals. I tell myself, ‘For the next however many waves or the next 15 Photo by Jack McDaniel/McDanielphoto.com minutes I’m gonna go vertical, or do a big bottom turn,’ or whatever. Then I do it until I’m satisﬁed that it’s better than when I ﬁrst paddled out that day.” In March Cole surfed the North Shore with a few Volcom teammates and last month took a trip with his dad to Costa Rica. When not surﬁng, Cole also enjoys playing club soccer, skateboarding and taking electric guitar lessons. Cole is earning great marks in school and says he especially enjoys studying science. —Andrea Swayne
Dana Point Times May 6–12, 2011
Stallions vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High May 9, 3:30 p.m.
Dolphin Report BASEBALL • The Dolphins (6-4 SCL, 14-11) hit a rough patch of late losing to El Toro 5-0 on April 27 followed by another 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Chargers on April 29. In the first game against El Toro, Ryan Kehlet led Dana Hills with two hits while Trevor Scott finished with one hit. In the game that followed, Mark Wilson and Eric Hsieh each went 2-for-3 at the plate with Wilson posting two runs scored while Hsieh finished with three RBI. From the mound Nick Carter went four innings pitched giving up five earned runs off five hits before Grant Dyer took over in relief for three innings. The team next faced Capo Valley on Wednesday, May 4 before hitting the road to face the Cougars again on Friday, May 6. Next 7 days: May 7 at Villa Park/OC Challenge, 11 a.m.; May 10 vs. Brea Olinda/OC Challenge, 3:15 p.m.
Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy, Home Depot Center May 7, 8 p.m.
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