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Surf Show at Doho Fifth Annual Surf-A-Rama, local artist work to keep old-school surfing heritage alive E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 6

Capistrano Beach pro longboarder, surfboard shaper and artist Joe Aaron is among the younger generation of surfers embracing old-school surf culture. He has been lending his classic surf cartoon style to annual Doheny State Beach Surf-A-Rama events since they began, five years ago. Aaron is pictured here with an example of his modern, yet retro-inspired, artwork. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Harkey: Residents Find Independence from Tax Hike

Fourth of July Parking and Shuttle Info Announced

Robbers Killed in Jewelry Heist Identified




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City and Business Calendar Saturday, July 2 Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. Admission is free. For more information or to inquire about purchasing a booth for $25, please call 949.573.5033 or 951.271.0669.


Monday, July 4 City Hall Offices Closed City Hall offices located at 33282, Golden Lantern will be closed for the holiday. Log on to the city website at

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July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza 9 p.m. Dana Point Harbor, 34624 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3532, www.danapoint. org

Story Time 1:30 a.m. Free story time for kids at the Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.5517,

Tuesday, July 5

Thursday, July 7

VFW Veterans Assistance 1:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. Dana Point VFW Post 9934 is offering free veterans’ benefits and veteran services membership assistance on the first Tuesday of each month at the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo, 949.275.3142,,

Dana Point Blood Drive Noon-6 p.m. The City of Dana Point is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive at City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern. Log on to www.danapoint. org, (use sponsor code: codp) or call Jeremy Kirchner at 949.248.3535 to register.

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…Water Rate Increases?

THE LATEST: A split board of directors on June 23 voted to raise water and sewer rates for South Coast Water District customers, although the final rate hike isn’t as high as initially proposed. The new rates will generate about $2.5 million—9.5 percent—in additional revenues for higher charges for imported water, developing local supplies and upgrading water and sewer facilities, district officials said. District officials avoided the higher increases by trimming $776,000 from the 2011-12 budget and by tapping $1.5 million in reserves. A typical monthly water and sewage bill for a family that uses 10 units of water is now $30.58, the district said, and will rise to $37.20 in July, then to $40.10 in July 2012. WHAT’S NEXT: The new rates take effect July 1 and will show up on customers’ bills in August. FIND OUT MORE: The new rates will be posted at by the second week of July. —Jonathan Volzke


…The CUSD Budget?

THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District trustees on Wednesday passed a $372 million budget that does not require larger classes nor pay cuts for teachers. Although at one time expecting a budget shortfall of $26 million, an improved state budget reduced that to less than $7 million. Officials covered that shortfall with onetime monies—such as $9.6 million from the federal job fund—and will also use $2 million from a deferred maintenance account. This year marked the first budget since Dana Point Times July 1–7, 2011

2007-08 that did not require cuts, district officials said. The budget passed 4-2, with Lynn Hatton absent and Ellen Addonizio and Sue Palazzo voting against it. WHAT’S NEXT: District officials expressed trepidation about any impacts changes in the state budget might have on CUSD. The state’s budget calls for mid-year reductions if revenue predictions are not met. The so-called mid-year cuts for the district would come up in February. FIND OUT MORE: See —JV


…Memorial for Young Sailor?

He was sailing with three others when he saw a man on top of the harbor jetty. The man had been fishing and was knocked into the water. Adam saw trouble coming and spotted the man floating face down. He swam to the man, turned him over and placed him in a dinghy from another boat, which was then towed to the Ocean Institute. The man ultimately recovered. WHAT’S NEXT: Another memorial service for Adam is scheduled for 4 p.m. on July 5 at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Drive. Following the service, Adam’s sabot will be towed out to sea so family and friends can toss flowers upon the ocean. FIND OUT MORE: Call DPYC at 949.496.2900

THE LATEST: A “sail out” was held Wednesday for Jeffrey McLeod Adam, a Dana Hills High School graduate who died suddenly from a bout with meningitis. Adam, 22, was an athlete at Dana Hills High, but was always a sailor, too, and was scheduled to be an instructor for the Dana Point Yacht Club juniors program this year. “Jeff grew up in our Junior program and rose to the top as one of our best. We all knew he was destined for an amazing future in sailboat racing. He won the Dutch Shoe and many, many cups for DPYC,” according to a statement released by the club. “His God-given natural talent of sailing kept his interest as a non-family junior at DPYC for much of his life where he inspired so many kids from the young tiny munchkins that looked up to him to his peers that were in awe and those older members and parents that knew he was something quite special and unique.” In 2007, the same year Adam won a second consecutive Junior Class Championship at DPYC, he even saved a life.



…Fourth of July Traffic?

THE LATEST: Dana Point Police Services issued a statement directed at minimizing traffic impacts in and around the Dana Point Harbor on the Fourth of July. In order to combat the two major sources of traffic congestion—traffic backing up on Dana Drive to wait for available parking and the huge flow of cars in and out of the harbor when the fireworks show ends—deputies will begin checking for open parking spaces in lots on the island in the early afternoon on July 4, the statement said. As lots fill up, the Island Way Bridge may be closed any time between noon and 7:30 p.m. depending on parking demand. All entrances to the harbor will also be closed between 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. No vehicles—with the exception of emergency vehicles and buses—will be allowed to enter the harbor until harbor parking lots are emptied after the fireworks show. The fireworks are set to begin at 9 p.m. To further ease the parking situation, a

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free shuttle service will be provided by the city from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The shuttle will be making round trips from Dana Hills High School at 33333 Golden Lantern to the harbor—Golden Lantern and Dana Point Harbor Drive—and back. The last pick up from the high school before the show will be depart at 8:45 p.m. The last shuttle from the harbor to the high school will leave at 11:30 p.m. Buses will not run during the show. A free shuttle will also be available to transport people within the harbor area from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with stops at the Ocean Institute, OC Sailing & Events Center, Island Way, Mariner’s Village, Dana Wharf, the island and Doheny State Beach at Puerto Place. WHAT’S NEXT: The best way to avoid problems is to plan ahead and arrive early, said Deputy Brett Gardner. “Police Services will make every effort to minimize the inconvenience to everyone entering Dana Point Harbor for the festivities. We will not stop anyone from crossing the bridge as long as there is a place to park,” he said. “Although closures will be an inconvenience to some, we believe that they are necessary to ensure public safety.” Police Services said they would also like to remind boaters that their slip rental only provides a guaranteed spot to park a boat and does not include a guaranteed vehicle parking spot. FIND OUT MORE: Contact Deputy Gardner at 949.248.3517 or via email at blgardner@ for more information. —AS


…Work to Clean up Poche Beach?

THE LATEST: The Coastal Commission (Cont. on page 4)

Eye on DP (Cont. from page 3) approved the permit for work at Poche Beach, kicking off the first of many required approvals to allow the $3 million water treatment system to bypass an outlet pond and feed directly into the ocean. The treatment system is between Poche and Capistrano Beaches, near the intersection of Camino Capistrano and PCH on the San Clemente/Capistrano Beach border. The ultra violet filtration system installed in 2009 had been designed to bypass the pond, but the commission balked, requiring the water to filter through the pond first and releasing to the ocean naturally. But pollution continued, and Poche Beach once again earned the No. 5 spot on Heal the Bay’s Beach Bummer List. Orange County, which oversees Poche,

has conducted testing to take to the agencies to show the treatment system is in fact working, but needs the permitting agencies to give the green light. The Coastal Commission’s permit for outlet maintenance was approved June 15 with conditions, including the approval of the San Diego Regional Water Board and the Army Corps of Engineers. Meanwhile, the catwalk—and main access to Poche—has been under water since June 14, three days after Dana Point Mayor Scott Schoeffel joined San Clemente Mayor Lori Donchak on a scheduled “Mayor’s Walk” at the pollution-plagued beach, according to one resident. “Unfortunately, we are back to business as usual now that the Mayor’s Walk has come and gone,” said Paige Foreman, an

executive board member of the Shorecliff’s Beach Club. Susan Brodeur, senior civil engineer with OC Parks, said the Coastal Commission’s approval allows her agency to conduct outlet maintenance. She said the San Diego Regional Water Board has not yet given a time when it expects to make its decision. The Army Corps of Engineers is expected to post its 30-day public notice this week. The federal agency would issue or deny a permit after the notice period, according to Brodeur. Brodeur said aside from possible flooding at high tide at night, she did not believe the catwalk at Poche Beach has been flooded. She said OC Parks has a camera near the access and she has seen it clear for use.

WHAT’S NEXT: For its part, the City of San Clemente is working with the county to schedule meetings at Poche Beach with key players to educate them on the outlet management permit, said Assistant City Engineer Tom Bonigut. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for more updates. —SNG

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Would-be Robbers Killed in Jewelry Heist Photos courtesy of OCSD

Robert Earl Avery

Desmond Brown

A jewelry store employee shot two would-be robbers to death shortly before noon on June 24 at Monaco Jewelers, 33955 Doheny Park Road in San Juan Capistrano. A would-be robber was holding a handgun to the stomach of an employee of Monaco Jewelers when another employee drew his own weapon and shot the gunman dead, authorities said. After the first shots were fired, a second robber advanced on the armed employee, who fired again and killed the second robber, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. “The investigation is continuing, but at this point it looks like a case of self-defense,” Amormino said of the jewelry-store employee’s decision to fire. An attorney represented the store owner issued a statement saying the owner “regrets the loss of life” but “is thankful that his family and employees are alive.” A statement, by attorney Bonnie Fine of Fine & Woliung, says the owner’s 19-yearold son and wife were forced the ground a gunpoint during the robbery, while the Dana Point Times July 1–7, 2011

Coroner’s department employees remove the body of one of two would-be robbers shot to death by a store employee at Monaco Jewelers. Photo by Chris Bashaw

manager—a “dear friend” of the owner was held at gunpoint. “It’s been very difficult and emotionally draining” for the owner, Fine said. She declined to identify the owner or name the employee who fired the fatal shots. “As we understand it, there’s an issue of potential retaliation,” Fine said. A third robber in the store vaulted a jewelry case after the shootings and ran to a waiting vehicle driven by another accomplice. Those men drove off in that car—a blue Toyota Camry—but quickly switched to another vehicle. Authorities recovered the Toyota but a search of Doheny Park Road strip mall, which houses a Costco and Staples, did not turn up the other robbers. Traffic into and out of Dana Point was heavily impacted for hours as authorities closed roads and searched an area that stretched from Stonehill Drive on the north to Coast Highway, between Camino Capistrano to San Juan Creek.

The two dead men were identified as Robert Earl Avery, 39, of Los Angeles and Desmond Brown, 39, of Los Angeles. Authorities are continuing the search for the two other would-be robbers and investigating whether the men are connected to jewelry store robberies in Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo earlier this year. Those “takeover style” robberies were similar to the Monaco crime, Amormino said. In the Monaco attempted robbery, in which no one else was injured, Amormino said one man was buzzed through the security gate of the business at 11:17 a.m. That man held open the door for the others to enter. While the first assailant held a gun to the stomach of a store employee, another store employee grabbed his own gun and fired, killing the gunman. He fired again as the second robber advanced, then the third fled. In a security video released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, one man gets out of a blue Toyota sedan and enters Monaco. The Toyota then appears to circle the parking lot. Moments later, the man runs out and jumps into the Toyota, which has backed into a parking spot in front of the jewelry store. The Toyota then drives off. But authorities found it just several yards away, where the two remaining would-be robbers apparently switched to another vehicle, Amormino said. The Toyota had been stolen out of San Bernardino, but had not been reported taken, he said. “There were at least four suspects, possibly more,” Amormino said. “We’re looking for one or two remaining suspects and a vehicle.” He asked anyone with any information

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to call 1-866-TIPOCSD. Monaco, hit by a $6 million burglary two years ago, remained closed Monday. Fine said employees were repairing damage—at least one window was bullet-scarred—and cleaning up. She said the owner has been in the jewelry business all of his life and planned to reopen the store as early this week-perhaps with even more security. Log on to for more information, photos and surveillance video from the incident. —Jonathan Volzke SAN CLEMENTE

Municipal Golf Course to Raise Prices Duffers will pay out more to play at the San Clemente Golf Club. With no discussion, the City Council last week affirmed the decision of the city’s Golf Committee. As earlier reported, Golf Committee Chairman Tim Kiernan said the cost of water was the driving factor for the $1 increase for nearly all golfers, except juniors. The committee also proposed extending super twilight price reductions on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, which members believe will actually attract more late-afternoon players. The committee also approved the increase after learning San Clemente has among the lowest rates around. Also, the municipal course is expected to have a $187,000 funding gap from 2012 to 2014, according to the staff report presented to the City Council. The golf course has seen a slowdown in the number of rounds played, according to Kiernan. The fee increase is expected to keep the municipal course books in the black, the staff report said. —Stacie N. Galang


Surf Show at Doho Fifth Annual Surf-A-Rama, local artist work to keep old-school surfing heritage alive By Christina Scannapiego Dana Point Times

“Down in Doheny where the surfers all go There’s a big bleach blondie, named Surfer Joe He’s got a green surfboard and a Woody to match And when he’s ridin’ the freeways, Man, is he hard to catch Surfer Joe Now, look at him go Surfer, Surfer, Surfer Joe Go man go Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, Surfer Joe” —The Surfaris, 1963


hen summer in South Orange County rolls around, it’s go-time for us to send our armies of aspiring and established pro surfers out onto the frontlines, ready to bring home the gold. Between the U.S. Open in Huntington, the Surfing America Quiksilver USA Championships at Lowers, NSSA Nationals and WSA West Coast Championships, our beaches become a battleground for high performance. But in recent years we’ve started to remember and appreciate the history that made that evolution possible with a revival of all things vintage surf. Surfing longboards, twin fins, single fins, other retro boards and Alaias has become cool. All the kids are doing it. That’s one reason why Doheny State Beach’s celebration of local surf heritage, Surf-A-Rama, is hitting its fi fth successful year on Saturday, July 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and ultra talented kids like Capo Beach world-class longboard phenom, 20-year-old Joe Aaron, are heading up the resurgence to the fullest. Aaron, who was raised on Doheny’s peeling, inviting rights, is only part of an entire emerging generation who’s putting a new-school twist on classic, traditional surfing. Professional longboarder, entrepreneur and visual artist, Aaron was hand-chosen by Nyle Schafhauser, the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) board member who dreamt up the festival, to create the very first Surf-A-Rama poster, four years ago—and he’s been producing the event poster art every year since. “I’ve known Joe since he was a little guy, surfing Doheny,” said Schafhauser. “He’s been such a talented young man for years.” Schafhauser had come across some of Aaron’s T-shirt designs, donning his happy-go-lucky,

Above: Joe Aaron puts final touches on the artwork he created for the 2011 Surf-a-Rama. Top right: This year’s Surf-A-Rama poster art will once again feature the retro cartoon style of Joe Aaron, Capistrano Beach pro longboarder and artist. His cartoon style is reminiscent of Rick Griffin’s early work in Surfing magazine—a style Aaron says he wants to keep alive. Photos by Andrea Swayne

whimsical cartoons, reminiscent of Rick Griffin’s early work for Surfer magazine, featuring the trademark character, “Murphy.” “[Murphy] made me smile,” Aaron said of the animated and always surf-stoked grom who brightened the pages and cover of the magazine. “That’s what surfing’s all about. I could relate.” Griffin passed away in ’91 and Aaron felt the artistic void in the world for that kind of work, so he took the torch himself and added “cartoonist” to his growing list of accolades. “I wanted to keep it alive, improve on it, and apply my own style to it,” he said.

Spectators enjoy a Polynesian dance performance at a past Surf-A-Rama. Photo by Thomas Haight Dana Point Times July 1–7, 2011

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A gifted artist since he was old enough to hold a writing utensil, Aaron achieved exactly that with his comic work. And how could he not? Like his cartoons, his acrylic and watercolor fine art harkens back to different eras, simultaneously evoking classic surf artist John Severson and early 1900s’ Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian—all the while, filtering it through his own unique, part contemporary, part retro “JoeMotion” vision. He likens the look to the Partridge Family bus. “I wanted to do something that set me apart,” said Aaron. And Surf-A-Rama is not only a platform for Aaron to display his poster art, but it also gives him—and all the other vendors present—a venue to show off their wares. Aaron and his family have been building his business, JoeMotion, since he was about 16, and now his artwork graces his signature fin series, his surfboards (which he shapes himself), skateboards and T-shirts, all of which you can find at their booth on July 23. Because unlike other surf events this summer, that focus on showcasing competitive surfing, Surf-A-Rama is meant to honor the roots of surfing in California and to tell the story of the classic break that helped birth an entire culture—Doheny, our quintessential longboard wave, fittingly located in California’s very first state beach, donated to public use in May of 1931 by oil tycoon, Edward L. Doheny. According to Ed Neely, another DSBIA board member, the event is a perfect way to meet the group’s initiative to support the park and interpret its environmental and historical importance, with exhibitions of vintage surfboards, woodie cars, historic photos and memorabilia from the break, as well as vendors like the Aaron family. Along with JoeMotion, expect to see everything else surf and surf heritage related to tickle your fancy. The Dutch Oven Society will exhibit the makings of different campfire, one-pot meals to cook on surf safaris and the Longboard Collector Club will display their most prized collectibles. Visitors will have the opportunity to try Blue Tarp Surfing, the new pastime that is “surfing a tube” on a skateboard, and meet the locals who pioneered it...along with much more. And all the profits the Interpretive Society makes through raffles and vendors, which has increased each year, benefit various park programs. Beyond the commodities, some of surfing’s most classic personalities like Mike Hensen from The Endless Summer will be there to sign books and join in on the beachside festivities, enjoying food, Hawaiian dancers, Hawaiian music, ’60s surf rock and the whole bag. “It incorporates more than ever the many threads that make up the tapestry of surfing at Doheny,” DSBIA president Bill Brooks said of the celebration. “Doheny is the perfect place for people to gather,” Aaron agreed of Surf-A-Rama. “It’s good for Dana Point, our local artists and surfers—to showcase what we do in and out of the water—and it’s just a fun summer kick-off for everyone.” DP ON THE WEB: and www.

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sausages and other delights to sample. Games and entertainment will include volleyball, hacky sack, ladder ball, face painting, T-shirt prizes and coupons. The program supports Southern California State Beaches with a goal of raising $60,000 to install new grills at five parks—Doheny, Huntington, San Onofre, Point Mugu and Carpinteria. Farmer John will donate $1 to state park beaches when consumers purchase $10 of Farmer John products at Ralphs and other supermarkets this summer. For more information call the state park at 949.496.6172 or log on to www.

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P rops , R ecogn i t i ons and M orsels of Info Library Launches Summer Reading Program Kids, book your trip and route your adventure to a destination of your choice at the “Library Travel Agency” and win prizes just for reading. The Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, is now taking registrations for the “One World, Many Stories” summer reading program. Readers are also invited to pick up “boarding passes and itineraries” for entertaining weekly summer performances—Thursdays at 11 a.m.—at the “excursion desk.” Weekly story times with the Sunshine Readers are scheduled for Tuesdays at 11 a.m. on July 5, 12, 19, 26 and August 2 and 9. Family Pajama Story time will be held at 7 p.m. on July 25. Free passes are available for overflow

DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By JONATHAN VOLZKE 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.

Tuesday, June 28 DISTURBANCE Crown Valley Parkway, 32400 Block (2:42 a.m.) Subjects in the swimming pool were being loud. At nearly 3 a.m. DISTURBANCE Del Prado, 24600 Block (1:08 a.m.) A man and woman in an argument were throwing things at each other.

Monday, June 27 DRUNK IN PUBLIC Crown Valley Parkway/Lumeria Lane (10:50 p.m.) A man with a shaved head in a white shirt and khaki shorts was seen stumbling toward Coast Highway. The caller thought he’d had too much to drink. TRESPASSING Mariner Drive/Niguel Road (10:43 p.m.) Two females were caught scaling a fence. WELFARE CHECK Granada Drive, 34000 Block (10:34 p.m.) A caller was worried after they’d left a Dana Point Times July 1–7, 2011

parking at Salt Creek Beach. All programs are free and funded by the Friends of the Library, National Charity League and Woman’s Club of Dana Point. For more info, call Children’s Librarian Carolyn Hopkins at 949.496.5813.

Farmer John Tailgater Coming to Doheny The Farmer John Tailgater comes to Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, on Saturday, July 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. bringing food and entertainment to the public in honor of the Farmer John Beach Program—an effort to raise funds to provide new outdoor grills at Doheny and four other beaches along the California coastline. The party will offer free hot dogs,

Chamber Welcomes Briana Balmuth The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce is pleased to welcome Briana Balmuth as its newest staff member. Balmuth started on Monday, June 27, as the Chamber’s new Membership Services Representative. A recent college graduate with a bachelor’s

woman friend at a bar the night before. She’d left in the company of a man who’d asked to have a drink with her. She doesn’t drive, and her friend couldn’t reach her at home. DISTURBANCE Camino El Molino, 34300 Block (9:14 p.m.) A landlord called after a tenant came over and was argumentative. DISTURBANCE Blue Lantern, 33500 Block (8:24 p.m.) A resident reported strangers were partying on his front lawn. PERSON DOWN Santa Clara Avenue, 24600 Block (7:07 p.m.) A neighbor reported someone was passed out in the gate of the home across the street. The house was vacant. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Del Prado/Golden Lantern (6:10 pm.) Two drunk men were approaching people in the park and saying “absurd” things, a caller reported. MISSING JUVENILE Via Espinoza, 34400 Block (5:19 p.m.) A girl was reported missing after she climbed into a taxi to head to a graduation party and didn’t return. That was three days earlier. THREATS Ritz Pointe Drive, 0 Block (4:07 p.m.) A resident, required to register as a sex offender, complained after a neighbor threatened him and put posters all over the complex. WELFARE CHECK La Cresta Drive, 25200 Block (3:56 p.m.) Deputies were asked to check on an elderly woman when a neighbor advised

she hadn’t been seen in three or four days. The postal carrier confirmed she hadn’t picked up her mail, either. The woman apparently had fallen and couldn’t get up. Firefighters took her to Mission Hospital, and code enforcement officers were called out to her home. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Monarch Bay Drive, 200 Block (1:29 p.m.) A resident found a bottle of nondescript fluid on his front lawn.

Briana Balmuth. Photo by Kelly Straine

degree in business management; she brings extensive knowledge of the Dana Point business community to the position, as she previously completed a summer internship with the Dana Point Harbor Association. “We’re excited to have Briana on board,” said Chamber Executive Director Laura Ouimet. “She is a gregarious, friendly and intelligent young professional with ties to the community. A perfect fit!” The Chamber invites the business community to stop by their office, 24681 La Plaza, Suite 115, to welcome her. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (8:17 a.m.) A caller complained a man had been living in a gray Ford van for two weeks and urinating in the street. DISTURBANCE Golden Lantern, 33900 Block (2:02 a.m.) A woman was allegedly drunk when she began shouting obscenities at the caller’s front door, then went to her car, turned up the stereo and screamed some more bad words.

DISTURBANCE Silverstrand, 0 Block (1:50 p.m.) A woman reported someone wrote “I’m going to kill you JK” on the dirty windshield of her vehicle. She called deputies after someone knocked on her door.

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DISTURBANCE Pointe Sutton, 32700 Block (1:32 p.m.) A neighbor called to report a man and woman involved in what sounded like a physical fight. When the child’s crying and woman’s screaming stopped, the neighbor really got concerned.

DEFRAUDING AN INNKEEPER Guadalmina Drive, 0 Block (9:15 p.m.) A limo driver complained a woman did not pay him.

HIT AND RUN Crystal Lantern, 34100 Block (12:13 p.m.) Someone hit a Volvo while it was parked, leaving a dent in the driver’s door but no note. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Via Santa Rosa, 34200 Block (9:22 p.m.) A caller reported marijuana was growing in sight of the public. A nearby resident had the doctor’s prescription for it. PEDESTRIAN CHECK Camino Capistrano/Sepulveda Avenue (9:06 a.m.) A 26-year-old man was arrested after deputies discovered a warrant out for his arrest, alleging breaking and entering and battery on a cohabitant.

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DISTURBANCE Malaga Drive, 33900 Block (11:05 p.m.) A caller complained about a noisy garage sale that had been going on for two days.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Leah Drive, 32700 Block (6:24 p.m.) A woman reported suspicious messages on her voicemail from a man saying “I know where your son goes to school.” DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway/Selva Road (11:06 a.m.) A caller reported someone smoking a cigarette in a city park. The caller called again to say the smoker had stopped, but someone had left a bag of yellow paintballs near the showers. PATROL CHECK Park Lantern, 25100 Block (8:39 a.m.) A woman reported her husband had just shown up for a birthday party in the park and found trash all over the park. At least two trashcans were dumped, but the good news: The party didn’t start until noon.



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Dana Point Times, Vol. 4, Issue 26. The DP Times ( ) is published weekly by Picket Fence Media, publishers of the SC Times ( and The Capistrano Dispatch ( Copyright: No articles, illustrations, photographs, or other editorial matter or advertisements herein may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, art, photos or negatives. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.




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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


Business Operations Manager > Alyssa Garrett

Associate Publisher > Lauralyn Loynes

Distribution Manager > Andrea Swayne

> Michele Reddick (San Clemente)

INTERNS Evelyn Caicedo, Alexa DuMity, Ryan Gooding, Sawyer Hardie, Pantea Ommi Mohajer, Austin Reagan, Cory Saul, Madi Swayne, Brandon Winters, Krysta Worthen

> Sergio Sanchez (San Juan Capistrano) Sales Associate > Angela Edwards > Buddy Purel

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

OPERATIONS Finance Director > Mike Reed

GUEST OPINION: By Diane L. Harkey, R-Dana Point, State Assembly, 73rd District

A 21st Century Independence Day s we celebrate our nation’s Independence Day, let’s not forget why our country chose to sever ties with the British. “Taxation without Representation” Diane Harkey was the hue and cry heard Courtesy photo around the world. So as we celebrate this Fourth of July, I am please to announce that California’s under-represented taxpayers will also have a beginning revolution to celebrate. While the recession continues to impact the nation, California’s situation is worsened by self-inflicted wounds. Higher than average taxation, draconian regulation and hostility to business due to ignorance and arrogance of the ruling majority has crippled our state. It’s time to get back on track, and while only a first step, we are putting more money in your wallet and forcing the state to right-size and economize, as you have done. On July 1, Californians will experience some relief when the car and sales taxes


Letters to the Editor STRANDSGATE BY BRAD DREW, Dana Point

Last Saturday morning, June 25 the gate at the Mid-Strands beach access was not opened until 10:34 a.m. when a security guard from the Headlands LLC finally opened the gate. It has been three weeks since San Diego Superior Court Judge Joan Lewis ruled that the City of Dana Point’s trumped up nuisance charges were “entirely lacking in evidentiary support” and that any limitations to access at Strands requires a permit from the California Coastal Commission. Every day that the gate limits beach Dana Point Times July 1–7, 2011

drop. The Legislature raised these taxes temporarily in February 2009, rather than reign in state spending to fill our budget hole. It didn’t work; state spending continues to rise, there is no spending cap in sight and our budget remains unbalanced. Thanks to the two-thirds vote necessary to raise taxes, and my Republican colleagues and I holding strong, the 1 percent increase in the sales tax and the near-doubling of the car tax will disappear as scheduled. Sales tax rates will drop 1 percent statewide and in Orange County this equates to a reduction from 8.75 percent to 7.75 percent on every taxable item you purchase. Coupled with the quarter-percent income tax expiration that occurred January 1, the typical California family will save about $1,000 in taxes annually. This is real money that you can spend as you chose, rather than continue to feed the state beast. With more money in your wallet, you can purchase products you may have delayed for months or years, such as a new or used

family car. For example, a family would save $100 in sales taxes on a $10,000 vehicle. An additional $50 savings would accrue via a lower vehicle license fee (car tax) to the DMV, not to mention additional savings on gasoline and other purchases. When you tax something, you get less of it. So, the expiration of the February 2009 tax increases will stimulate the Orange County economy, aiding local small businesses in particular. More people buying, in lieu of government growing and consuming more each year, will lead to private sector job creation. With nearly 12 percent unemployment statewide, higher in many areas, California will only heal when people are back working again. Rest assured that I have worked closely with my colleagues to ensure that we can fund education, public safety and other necessities of state government without grabbing more of your money. So, celebrate Independence Day with a bit more gusto this year. We are experiencing the beginning of a 21st Century

access hours, the city is in violation of the California Coastal Act. Please urge the Dana Point City Council to direct the Headlands to open the gates for all hours (as required by law). The City should then go back to the Coastal Commission and seek a permit for reasonable beach access hours, aligned with those at Salt Creek (5 a.m. to midnight). The solution is simple.

is no phone number posted on the gate to call for assistance, people climbed over the dangerous spiked wrought iron fence to return to the parking lot. Others climbed over the fence with beach gear to gain rightful access to the public pathway leading down to the beach. The locked gates with the spiked fence railings demonstrated nuisance conditions that threatened public safety. Posted hours are from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. The gate has continuously not been “locked open” to prevent the door from closing and automatically locking shut during posted hours of operation. This is a violation of City Ordinance 10-05 and municipal code 13.04.030, Hours of Operation (h). The Coastal Act was created to protect the public right of access to the beach when local municipalities fail to do so.


On Saturday June 25, the Mid-Strand access gates were locked shut as citizens were denied their right of access to Central Strand Beach. The Mid-Strand access is the shortest route to the beach. Visitors returning from the beach found themselves trapped behind the gates. As there

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The city has failed to protect the public right of access to the beach during daytime hours many times over. The city has failed to comply with Judge Lewis’ ruling, June 1, 2011, that says: “the Court believes the matter would more appropriately be in the jurisdiction of the [Coastal] Commission for further action.” The city must comply with the Coastal Act provisions now. This letter was edited for length. Log on to to read the full text. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.




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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


Dancing Under the Stars with Cheryl Burke 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The twotime dancing champ from ABC’s TV show visits the Kaleidoscope for a performance and to teach guests how to ballroom dance. Features live music, book signings and more. Free. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 714.335.5152,


Singles Night 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Top-40 hits, rock ‘n’ roll and ’90s dance music set the scene in Brio Tuscany Grille for singles’ night. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Monarch Beach, 949.443.1476, Helicopter 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. LA-based rock ‘n’ roll band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, New Arrivals Wine Tasting! 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $15 for seven wines or choose from the daily tasting menu of four wines for $10. San Clemente Wine Company, 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, Elliot on Piano 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar on Friday and Saturday. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Art-A-Fair 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Art festival in Laguna Beach with live music and more. $7. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.4514, Jimmie Vaughan 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. $22.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Aloha Friday 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire; dress island style for specials. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, Vesper 9 p.m. Live music at Molly Bloom’s. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, Dana Point Times July 1–7, 2011



If you aren’t heading out to sea to watch the explosive tradition—$80,000 worth of fireworks launched over the water—the show can be viewed from most locations within the harbor and many other places around town. Two of the most popular viewing spots outside of the harbor include Heritage Park, 34400 Old Golden Lantern and Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. Gather friends and family, pick your destination, arrive early and tune into KSBR 88.5 FM to hear the music simulcast to accompany the big show in the sky. A free roundtrip shuttle will be running from Dana Hills High School to the corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. for those who want to avoid the inevitable hassle of traffic and parking. The last shuttle to the high school leaves the harbor at 11:30 p.m. Buses will not be running during the fireworks show. And for those who want to drive, leave early! Parking lots at Doheny State Beach and File photo Dana Point Harbor fill up fast. Vehicle access into the harbor closes at 7:30 p.m. and doesn’t reopen until 10:30 p.m. and access to the island via the Island Way Bridge may be restricted at any point in the day. For more info, call the city at 949.248.3530 or go to Be safe and enjoy. —Christina Scannapiego


Sawdust Festival 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The annual art show and festival is up and running in Laguna Beach featuring fine arts and crafts by more than 200 local artists. General adult admission $7.75. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,


Blenheim Red, White & Blue Grand Prix 2:30 p.m. Equestrian show jumping competition at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. Free. 30753 La Pata Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.1841, 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. San Diego County Fair 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Head down to SD to enjoy the final weekend of the fair. General admission $13; children ages 6-12 are $7. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, 858.755.1161, Blue Whale Watching Cruise 12 p.m.-2 p.m.; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Search for blue whales with Dana Wharf on their high-tech OCean Adventure catamaran. Departures daily. Adults $42, kids (3-12) $29. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, The Duo Tones in Concert 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Concert at Hulaville. Tickets $5. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, Live Music Cruise 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Wharf’s Saturday music cruise. Bar onboard. $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Wine Tasting 1 p.m.-8 p.m. DaVine Food & Wine hosts a wine tasting. Cost $15-$18. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, BeDazzled 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Drag queen show at Adele’s. $10–$15. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.481.1222, Bioluminescence Night Cruise 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Cruise offered by The Ocean Institute to explore glowing sea life at night. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, Page 10


Gone Fishin’ Exhibition 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica’s exhibit featuring fishing memorabilia and artifacts. Admission $5. Exhibit on display until August 14. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


First Sunday Art Fair 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 60 vendors will have arts, crafts and other fabulous items along Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente. More info: 949.218.5378, Ukulele Night 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Music at Hulaville. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www. Whitey Harrison Exhibit 10 a.m. Visit the Ocean Institute’s memorial exhibition of surf legend Whitey Harrison. Runs through August. Fee $6.50 adults, $4.50 kids. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, Marine Wildlife Cruise 1 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Search for wildlife in the sea on a cruise with the Ocean Institute. Tickets $22-$35; member discounts. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, Summer Music Festival 2011 6 p.m. Reggae music festival with lots of bands and more at The Show Palace. 1527 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 949.498.6046. Kelly Fitzgerald 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Live female vocalist during brunch at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


Freedom Run at the Ranch 6 a.m. Ladera Ranch’s 5K/10K Run and 1K Little Firecracker Dash complete with a post-race breakfast; proceeds benefit Laura’s House. Cost $10$35; register online. Located at Avendale Boulevard and Daisy Street, Ladera Ranch, (Cont. on page 13)


THIS WEEK’S WEATHER 7.01 Sunny H: 77° L: 61° 7.02 Sunny H: 80° L: 63° 7.03 Sunny H: 81° L: 64°

7.04 Sunny H: 76° L: 63° 7.05 Sunny H: 74° L: 61° 7.06 Sunny H: 72° L: 62° 7.07 Sunny H: 73° L: 61°

GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 10) SJC fourth of July Celebration 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The city of San Juan Capistrano hosts a family-friendly community celebration at the Sport Park with activities, rides, games, food, live music, dancing and more. The firework show starts at 9 p.m. 25925 Camino Del Avion, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.5911, fourth of July Fireworks Cruise 7 p.m.-10 p.m. The Ocean Institute hosts a cruise for guests to watch fireworks from the water. Includes music, appetizers and desserts. $50 adults, $40 kids. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, San Clemente fourth of July Celebration 9 p.m. Fireworks show at the San Clemente Pier. Free. 949.361.8200, Capt. Dave’s Fireworks Cruise 8:30 p.m. Fun and fireworks on the water aboard Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari’s 50-foot catamaran sailboat to watch Dana Point’s live fireworks extravaganza. Cost $39 adults, $29 kids 3 to 12. Reservations required. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, Dana Wharf fourth of July Cruise 8 p.m.9:30 p.m. Watch the fireworks from the ocean on Dana Wharf’s cruise, complete with a live fireworks demonstration sponsored by the city of Dana Point. Adults $29, kids $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle The Ocean Institute launches its Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle today with lots of prizes; proceeds benefit the Ocean Institute. Tickets are $150 each. To purchase a ticket call 949.542.3600 or visit


Poul Pedersen 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live acoustic talent at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

DP Times Restaurant Spotlight

Thai Palace SC 1021 Avenida Pico, Suite A, San Clemente, 949.369.1819, Best known for: From-scratch Thai family recipes Most Popular item: Chicken Pad Thai The owners of San Clemente’s best-kept eastern-cuisine secret, Mira Costa’s hidden “Thai Paradise,” have recently opened a second—more easily found—location. Open since February, Thai Palace SC has filled a prime spot in the Courtyards at Talega. It’s been well received, filled constantly with customers from the business park and all over San Thai Palace SC. Photo by Cory Saul Clemente, thanks to the spot-on Pad Thai noodles, Panang curry and Chicken sa-tay, as well as the fact that it is the only restaurant in the center serving beer and wine. As immigrants from the Bangkok region of central Thailand, Don Thaitear and his family never dreamed of owning a restaurant, but when they finally took the plunge, they made a commitment to keeping the homegrown techniques and recipes that the family loved so much. Many processes take time and attention, but no shortcuts are taken. They don’t use fish sauce, so vegetarian dishes are truly vegetarian, and MSG, a common additive in Asian restaurant food, is shunned like a bad word. Despite being a second location, Thai Palace SC holds close its true commitment to home cooking. Price Range: $5-$16 Reservations: Not needed

Payment: Cash, credit HOurs: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.- 9 p.m.

Go to and under “Getting Out” share your thoughts about this week’s restaurant.


Brown Bag Lunch: The History of Southern California Fishing 12 p.m. Special event at Casa Romantica in conjunction with the Gone Fishin’ exhibit. Free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


New Kids on the Block & Backstreet Boys 7:30 p.m. Concert at the Honda Center. Tickets start at $33.50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500, www. Kitchen 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Local ska/reggae band has their debut show at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


BY Megan Bianco

The Art of Getting By Doesn’t

While Fox Searchlight Pictures was promoting and marketing its latest indie film, the trailers and commercials all hyped The Art of Getting By as “from the people that brought you Juno (2007) and (500) Days of Summer (2009).” A sleeper hit, Juno was a quirky look into a small-town tomboy’s untraditional way of dealing with teen pregnancy. While (500) Days of Summer would end up becoming one of the most delightful, yet realistic, romantic comedies in years. Both flicks raise some pretty high standards to compare a next film that’s targeted toward the “hipster” crowd. And unfortunately for Getting By, those standards are a little too high. At a Manhattan prep school, precocious George (Freddie Highmore) decides to cruise through his senior year, figuring there’s more to life than homework and better ways to prepare for life than through textbooks. That’s until he grows rather fond of another senior in his class named Sally (Emma Roberts), who is a lot cooler and sociable than he is. Rita Wilson and Sam Robards co-star as George’s mom and step dad and Alicia Silverstone makes an appearance as George’s English teacher. The Art of Getting By has the creative aesthetics to fit a flick targeted at young audiences, Dana Point Times July 1–7, 2011

By Cory Saul

90 Minute Sunset Harbor Cruise & Beyond 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Cruise offered by Dana Wharf. Adults $25, kids (3-12) $15. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Great Whales and Mysteries of the Deep 6 p.m.-8 p.m. A special presentation at The Ocean Institute on whales featuring professional cruise line speakers and institute volunteers. Cost is $7 per person or $25 for a family of four. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


Dana Point Blood Drive 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Donate blood in the City Hall Council Chambers. Hosted by the city and American Red Cross. Free. 33282 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.248.3535,


Summer Reading Program 11 a.m. The Swazzle puppeteers present Dream Carver, a 45-minute bilingual, musical puppet show based on the children’s book at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, Close Enough 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Rock, blues, dance music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

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but unfortunately, the writing lags. First-time screenwriter/ director Gavin Wiesen focuses much on his character’s motives and end results, but not enough on their personalities or redeeming qualities. Highmore is most recognized as the little boy in Finding Neverland (2004) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and as a grown young man, comes off more irate than likeable. Roberts unfortunately, has probably the most unlikable character in the film. Wiesen succeeds visually, but not literately. DP

Megan Bianco is a senior at Cal State Northridge majoring in Screenwriting and Film Criticism. A 20-year resident of San Clemente, Bianco is also a graduate of the California Conservatory of the Arts and JSerra Catholic High School.

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Jill Sobule & John Doe 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also featuring Alysse Fischer. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Luecadia Cool Club 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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Around Town…

There was plenty to do in Dana Point last weekend. From an all-you-could eat lobster fest at the beach to a show of classic and exotic automobiles on the golf links of the St. Regis, residents were out in force enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Here is a sampling of photos from the weekend’s festivities. Log on to to see slideshows from both events.—Andrea Swayne


Right: Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary members (L to R) Russell Kerr, Laval Brewer (Lobster Fest Chair), Alan Wickstrom, James Littlejohn (outgoing 2010/11 Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club president) and Al Soley (incoming 2011/12 Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club president) take a short break from the action for a group photo. Photos by Lauralyn Loynes

The 2011 2nd Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest was a huge success according to Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club President James Littlejohn. The Lobster Fest hosted 470 guests and utilized the services of 70 volunteers making it the biggest event in the history of the 22-year-old club. Proceeds from the sale of the lobster and steak dinner and the silent auction will go toward the support of local children’s charities. Although this year’s event is history, the club is not ready to rest. In an effort to continue growing and improving next year’s event, they are asking for attendees to share comments and suggestions via an online survey at “Save the date,” said Littlejohn. “We can’t wait to see you at the 3rd Annual Dana Point Lobster Fest on Saturday, June 30, 2012.”

DANA POINT CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE The Dana Point Concours d’Elegance offered car enthusiasts the opportunity to view, and even bid on, a world-class collection of fine automobiles and antique motorcycles at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort. Dick Waitneight, chairman of the event’s board of directors, called the 2011 Dana Point Concours d’Elegance a tremendous success. “From the sunny Southern California weather to the elegant classics, hot rods, exotics, race cars, sports cars, muscle cars and vintage motorcycles that blanketed the golf links and the nearly 7,500 enthusiasts in attendance, it has become one of the premier automotive events of the season,” he said. The three-day event included a private collection tour, an exhibition of fine art and a vintage auto auction. The vehicles on display were judged and given awards in categories ranging from best American and European classics to best muscle or mini cars. The top honor, Best in Show, was awarded to a 1931 Bugatti Type 51 from the acclaimed, Dana Point Times July 1–7, 2011

Concours d’Elegance Photos by Tony Tribolet

Southern California-based Nethercutt collection. Mercedes-Benz automobiles were a prominent feature at this year’s event, in celebration of the 125th anniversary Page 14

of the make. A full list of award winners can be found online at

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CATERING Smokey’s House of BBQ 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4,


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

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Window Coverings Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy,

YOGA Sun Salute Yoga Studio 949.371.6097 24655 La Plaza, Ste. A,

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City Summer Camps Locations vary

Dodgers vs. Angels Angel Stadium

Register online

July 1, 7:05 p.m.

2011 Surf City Run 5K Huntington Beach

The City of Dana Point is currently taking registration for a range of summer camps to keep you active in the months ahead.

We’ve got a Freeway Series revisited as the Dodgers and the Angels square off at the Big A in Anaheim.

Info: 949.248.3538,

Info: www.losangeles.

July 4, 6 a.m. Work up a sweat with your stride at the 2011 Surf City Run 5k. A fitness expo and kids run are also featured. Info:



Tigers vs. Angels Angel Stadium

Sounders vs. Galaxy Home Depot Center

July 4, 6:05 p.m.

July 4, 7:30 p.m.

Spend your Fourth of July cheering for the Angels as the team goes after the Detroit Tigers in more interleague play.

Head north to watch the Galaxy hit the pitch against Seattle FC. Also on tap is a Fireworks Extravaganza following the match.

Info: www.losangeles.


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Instilling the Stoke Cola’s Surf Camp 2011 set for 13th season of fun in the sun By David Zimmerle Dana Point Times

fter a full school year in the classroom, the kids are stoked to finally feel the reality of the summer months. And for most children in South Orange County, hitting the beach isn’t so much an event as it is a way of life. If their aim is to enjoy the elation that surfing offers, but they aren’t quite up to speed with what it takes to catch a wave and stand up, Cola’s Surf Camp 2011 is right up their alley. Celebrating its 13th season this year, Cola’s Surf Camp kicks off its first week on the water July 5-8, offering a total of six one-week sessions and single day drop-ins. Oneweek sessions run Monday through Friday and end with a pizza party on the beach each Friday. With one-week registration, campers will receive a T-shirt, hat, goodie bag and will also be eligible for the trophy give-away. Single day drop-in sessions are also provided as a convenience for parents who may not want or need to commit to a full week of camp. Drop-in lessons are a great way for kids to participate in surfing without making a commitment to a new sport for the full week. And parents can register for single days allowing more time for other summer-time activities. One-week sessions are slated for July 11-15, 18-22, 25-29,


After a day of surfing waves near Shorecliffs Beach Club, a group of campers at Cola’s Surf Camp gather for a fun photo op. Courtesy photo

Dana Point Times July 1–7, 2011

Campers at Cola’s Surf Camp paddle out to the break under the guidance of a camp instructor. Courtesy photo

August 1-5 and 8-12 for the Quiksilver schedule, with the Roxy schedule going July 18-22 and August 8-12. One week sessions cost $350 per week/per child, and will go from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome during these sessions at a cost of $75 per day/per child. Plus, there’s a discount available if you’re registering your child for seven or more days. Drop-in campers will participate in the normal daily activities, and all those participating in the camp will be provided with a wetsuit, rashguard and surfboard. For camp founder Mitch Colapinto, running these super sessions is a lot of hard work, but it pays off every time someone new to the sport of surfing learns its fundamentals. The end result is learning how to pick the right wave to ride, paddling into it, standing up, finding your line and feeling the rush and stoke that surfing provides. “This camp is a lot of fun,” Colapinto said. “A lot of the kids that come to the camp have never surfed before and it’s just an incredible feeling to watch them overcome their fears and get up on the board for the first time.” For those who spend the school year practicing other sports—whether on a field, a court or in a pool—surfing can provide a nice change of pace, provide fun outdoor activity that maintains fitness through the sometimes lazy summer months and instill a “stoke” that may last a lifetime. Campers gather at Shorecliffs Beach—about 500 yards south of Poche Beach—daily, and learn to negotiate its break. “It’s a great beach for kids to learn to surf because of the private club that’s there,” Colapinto said. “We get the Page 16

entire spot to ourselves and don’t have to deal with any of the big crowds that are at our different breaks in South Orange County during the summer.” A schoolteacher for 19 years in San Clemente, Colapinto recently wrapped up another school year teaching his class of fifth graders at Truman Benedict Elementary. He’s also been a seasonal California State Lifeguard in San Clemente for 26 years, so campers are definitely in safe hands with him and his talented staff. The impetus to start the camp all began with Colapinto’s love of surfing, and willingness to treat his classroom students to an end of the year beach party at the San Clemente Pier throughout his early years teaching in Capistrano Unified School District. Ultimately, these sandy get-togethers gave him the idea to combine his love of teaching, passion for surfing and experience as a California State Lifeguard to create a fun, day camp experience while also teaching kids to surf. And since 1998, Cola’s Surf Camp has taught more than 3,000 children how to surf and enjoy what the ocean has to offer. Even many of his current employees were once participants at the camp, with some now also working as teachers at both public and private schools in the area. Some of the campers have also moved on to compete within different surfing divisions both at the youth and high school levels. Even Colapinto’s children, Crosby, 9, and Griffin, 12, have taken what they’ve learned from their different experiences at the camp over the years and moved on to compete at a high level within their respective age divisions within surfing. Griffin, a student at Shorecliffs Elementary School, recently made the PacSun USA Surf Team and will be competing against plenty of other surfers in the U16 division. So, when those lazy days of summer need an added boost of good times in the water and on the beach, kids definitely have a place to be active with the proper resources to watch them closely and guide them in their new endeavors on a surf board. Special to camp this year will be a clinic in Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) during the scheduled weeks. SUP is a growing sport and great alternative when the surf is flat, and all the right equipment will also be provided to kids at the camp. Instructors will teach campers the rules of ocean safety and SUP etiquette, like how to paddle out of a lineup, and just have fun out there. And if you’re not looking to surf for the week or drop into camp for the day, private lessons and events are also available through Cola’s Surf Camp. For more information, visit html, log on to for a link or call 949.547.6203. DP

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Grom of the WEEK Kyle Perez Age: 14, Dana Hills High School Longboarder Kyle Perez completed his final season as a Marco Forster Middle School team member on a high note, finishing in the runner-up spot in NSSA Interscholastic National Championship competition. This followed a successful run at NSSA Interscholastic State Championship competition, where he took third, as well as a second place finish at the SSS State Championships. Kyle’s main focus remains on longboarding and developing his old-school classic style, but he took up shortboarding recently and has Kyle Perez. Photo by Mike Chavez really been enjoying it as well. He intends to surf as much as he can over the summer in preparation for surf team tryouts at Dana Hills High School where he will begin his freshman year in the fall. Kyle comes from a surfing family and recently took third in the Doheny Longboard Surfing Association Back to the ’60s contest on his grandmother’s old board. Even the modern board he regularly rides has a family tie—it was shaped by his dad Miguel in their garage. Kyle’s favorite activities besides surfing include sportfishing, camping, surf trips to Mexico and watching the movie, Endless Summer over and over and over again. His favorite school subject is science. A dedicated student, Kyle made the Superintendent’s Honor Roll 11 times in middle school. Looking ahead, he sees himself following in his father’s footsteps to become a firefighter after college and continuing to make surfing a big part of his life. —Andrea Swayne

National Champs Crowned, Team Chosen Two champions and six team members are local surfers By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he 2011 Quiksilver USA Championships wrapped up at Lower Trestles on June 25, seeing many local surfers honored at the podium and awarded spots on the 2012 PacSun USA Surf Team. San Clemente-based national champions are Tory Gilkerson (Girls U18 Longboard) and Kolohe Andino (Boys U18 Shortboard), who was awarded the Governor’s Cup trophy. Surfers chosen for the USA team include, from San Clemente, Kolohe Andino, Trevor Thornton, Griffin Colapinto, Colt Ward, Kulia Doherty and Luke Davis of Capistrano Beach. The USA team was announced at a gala fundraising event Saturday night at a Cotton’s The 2012 PacSun USA surf team includes (in the very back) Luke Davis of Capistrano Beach; from San Clemente (back row, fifth from left) Colt Ward (and second from right) Trevor Thornton; (middle row, center) Kulia Point estate. Log on to www.sanclemente Doherty and (front row, third from right) Griffin Colapinto. Not pictured, Kolohe Andino. Photo by Rich Cruse to read more, see full results and to watch video footage of the event. DP

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 62-66˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 8-12’ Poor-Fair; Catalina: 15-20’+ Fair Short range: Size is in the 1-3’(ankle-knee-waist high) zone on Thursday as South-Southwest groundswell fades and some more Northwest windswell moves in. Friday sees more minimal surf in the 1-2’+(ankle-knee high+) range off a lingering mix on South-Southwest swell and Northwest windswell. Conditions look clean for the mornings, but poor to fair at best due to a lack of size. Long range: Minor surf prevails over the weekend off a trace mix of Southern Hemi and Northwest windswell energy. Conditions look clean, but most areas see only 1-3’(ankle-kneewaist high) waves at best. Stay tuned to Surfline. com for updates.

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Hands Across the Sand


outh Orange County surfers, environmentalists and others gathered on the beach at the San Clemente Pier on June 25 to join hands as part of an international Hands Across the Sand Day to demonstrate a united stance against offshore drilling. Members of the Surfrider Foundation and the San Clemente High School Environmental club were joined by residents of San Clemente, Dana Point and surrounding areas and city officials including San Clemente Mayor Lori Donchak, on the beach for the event and to take part in a beach cleanup. “We’ve seen what offshore drilling can do in the Gulf of Mexico. We want to make sure that never happens here,” said Doug Reece, Chairman, Surfrider Foundation South OC Chapter. Rick Erkeneff, Dana Point resident and Vice Chairman of Surfrider SOC concurred saying it’s time to stand up to the oil industry, move beyond dependence on fossil fuels and encourage government leaders to adopt clean energy policies. “We don’t need to destroy any more of America’s precious coasts and

marine life,” he said. A second Orange County gathering happened simultaneously at Main Beach in Laguna Beach along with similar events across the country and around the world as thousands united in favor of clean energy sources. Class of 2011 San Clemente High School graduate and Founder/President of the Surfrider Foundation Club, Madi Swayne said she was pleased with the turnout but a bit disappointed by the relatively low number of area teens participating. “As a surfer and student who cares deeply about the environment I would like to encourage other kids to get involved in movements such as this,” she said. “Maybe gathering on the beach in San Clemente will make a difference in Washington and maybe it won’t, but as kids growing up on the coast we need to walk the walk and make sure adults witness our concern and our willingness to speak out against harmful environmental policy and to work toward green energy sources.” Hands Across the Sand ( was founded by Florida

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SURF RESULTS 2011 Quiksilver USA Championships June 18-19, Huntington Beach, Pier and June 21-25, San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles First place and local finishers only. BOYS U18: 1. Kolohe Andino, San Clemente, (Governor’s Cup). GIRLS U18: 1.Tatiana Weston Webb, Hawaii (Governor’s Cup). BOYS U16: 1. Parker Coffin, Santa Barbara. GIRLS U16: 1. Tatiana Weston Webb, Hawaii; 2. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente. BOYS U14: 1. Seth Moniz, Hawaii; 2. Jacob Davis, Capistrano Beach; 4. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente. GIRLS U14: 1. Mahina Maeda, Hawaii; 3. Tia Blanco, San Clemente. BOYS U12: 1. John Mel, Newport Beach. GIRLS U12: 1. Meah Collins, Costa Mesa. MEN 18-29: 1. Kylen Yamakawa, Hawaii; 4. Ricky Lovato, San Clemente. MASTERS 30-39: 1. Paul Pugliesi, Oceanside. SENIOR MEN 40-49: 1. Pedro Diaz Rangel, Oceanside. LEGENDS 50+: 1. Allen Sarlo, Malibu; 4. Dale Baker, San Clemente. WOMEN 18+: 1. Sophia Tiare, Hawaii. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Tory Gilkerson, San Clemente. WOMEN LB 18+: 1. Sophia Tiare, Hawaii. JUNIOR LB U18: 1. Kris Williams, Laguna Beach. MEN LB 18+: 1. Mike Gillard, Coronado. SENIOR MEN LB: 1. Richard Patey, Hawaii. Log on to www.sanclementetimes. com for full results.

UPCOMING EVENTS June 25-July 3: Billabong ISA World Surfing Games, Panama, Play Venao June 26-July 3: NSSA National Open, Explorer and Airshow Championships, Huntington Beach, Pier July 23: WSA Menehune Surf Fest, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street July 30-August 7: U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, Pier resident Dave Rauschkolb in 2009 and is endorsed by national environmental organizations including Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Surfrider Foundation, Oceana, Defenders of Wildlife, Alaska Wilderness League, Ocean Conservancy, Friends of the Earth, Environment America, 350,, Center for Biological Diversity and DP

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