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VOLUME 4, ISSUE 40

An Inside Look

Orange County Fire Authority to host community open houses E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5

Firefighters (L to R) Andrew Vanderstelt, Aaron Clark and Valerie Kawakami stand with Explorer Ian Shrader and Community Relations Supervisor Lynnette Round at Dana Point Station 30. Station 30 will be hosting an open house for the public on October 15. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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Plan to Push Toll Road in Three Parts Takes Shape

What’s Up With the Red Tide?

Vandals Trash Special Needs School

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City and Business Calendar

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Saturday, October 8

LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING

Recycling Event at Dana Hills High 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, kicks off its community recycling events schedule with the first 14 scheduled dates for this school year. Drop off plastic bottles and aluminum cans in the school parking lot for students from the school’s chapter of the California Scholastic Federation and other school organizations to collect and sort. Funds collected are distributed by the school’s PTSA for student programs. Future events will be held Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Dec. 10, Jan. 14 and 28, 2012, Feb. 11,

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25, March 10, 24, April 21, May 5, 19 and June 16. Events will be held rain or shine. For more information email president@dhhsptsa.com.

Monday, October 10 City Council Meeting 6 p.m. City Council Chambers, 33282, Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501, www.danapoint.org Computer Basics for Seniors 8 a.m.9:30 a.m. Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, hosts a free computer basics class for seniors October 10 and 11. For more information call the library at 949.496.5517 or visit OC Public

Libraries online at www.ocgov.com.

Wednesday, October 12 After School Club at the Library 4 p.m. Thursday afternoons through October 27, the Dana Point Public Library, 33841 Niguel Road, will host After School Club for school-aged children 5 and up. The club is free but registration is required. For information call 949.496.5517 or visit the library online at www.ocgov.com. South Coast Water District Meeting 6 p.m. Dana Point City Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.499.4555, www.scwd.org.

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…Vandals Trash Special Needs School?

THE LATEST: Vandals broke in to the R.H. Dana Exceptional Needs Facility—a school for children with special needs that shares a campus with R.H. Dana Elementary—sometime around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday said Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Steve Doan. The vandals broke in through skylights and trashed the place—discharging fire extinguishers, breaking computer screens and other glass and destroying the kitchen, he said. “This is a pretty major vandalism,” said Doan. at about 2 p.m. Tuesday. “We are still working all of the physical evidence right now so that we can let the staff back in to see if anything is missing...We know of one lap top so far that’s missing and there very well may be more.” He went on to describe the scene inside the rest of the building as major destruction with broken glass everywhere. “They went in with the intention of making a serious mess and they accomplished that,” said Doan. “The school suffered a considerable amount of damage.” According to Principal Judy Doré, most of the students went about their day with little disruption. Minor adjustments, such as relocating some classes to other rooms, allowed the school to accommodate the children without much disruption, she said. WHAT’S NEXT: Doan said that it remains unclear how many suspects police are searching for, but the Sheriff’s Department will continue to process evidence collected at the scene and search for the suspects. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the OCSD at 949.770.6011. “We have a very strong family support system, a strong PTA and a strong foundation. I know that all these people will rally Dana Point Times October 7–13, 2011

around us if we need any support financially or emotionally,” said Dore.

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...Toll Roads?

THE LATEST: Orange County toll road advocates pushing to connect the 241 between Rancho Santa Margarita and San Clemente have a new strategy: To push the road south in three phases instead of one major push. As envisioned, the first phase would connect the 241 from its current terminus at Oso Road to Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. The second phase would then go from Ortega to Avenida Pico in San Clemente, with the third linking the 241 with the San Diego Freeway south of San Clemente, announced San Juan Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato Tuesday. The incremental plan was not favored in the past, partially because of the traffic impacts that would come with the interim end points. But toll road advocates contend the 241 connection is key to solving Orange County’s traffic woes. The TCA’s preferred route was rejected by the Coastal Commission in February 2008 and upheld by the federal Department of Commerce. Since then, the TCA has held more than 250 meetings with stakeholders, Allevato said. Those meetings played a role in leading officials to move ahead with engineering and financial plans for the incremental-completion plan, he said, as did the toll road’s role in pollution-reduction plans approved by the Southern California Association of Government. WHAT’S NEXT: Directors are expected to consider about $745,000 in contracts for environmental and other studies

…Red Tide?

THE LATEST: Red tide is creating glowing blue ocean waters at night. Marine Safety Officer Blake Anderson said the algal bloom began appearing most notably a month ago. As of this week, it continued to linger although it was spotty. Julianne Steers, chief aquarist at Dana Point’s Ocean Institute, said the churning of currents and an abundance of underwater nutrients has fed the algae, causing it to bloom and grow. Daytime waters appear murky red but at night they become bioluminescent. “When each individual organism is knocked back and forth or jostled, it gives off a bluish light caused by a chemical reaction,” Steers said. Sometimes the algae can be toxic although it varies, she said. The state issued an alert about the algae effects on certain marine life, including lobster, in October 2010, said Fish and Game spokesman Andrew Hughan. The alert is still in effect. “Just eat the tail meat, and you’ll be fine,” he said. WHAT’S NEXT: Steers said locals may have a once in a lifetime chance to see the glowing waters and encouraged them to see the “reaction that the phytoplankton has.” FIND OUT MORE: See www.dfg.ca.gov/ marine/healthadvisory.asp. —Stacie N. Galang

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…Siren Testing?

THE LATEST: Sirens will be heard across Page 3

Dana Point and neighboring cities on October 19 for Community Alert Sirens system testing. Sirens will be set off several times for about three minutes from 10 a.m. to noon, said a City of Dana Point news release. WHAT’S NEXT: The city asks that residents mark their calendars so as not to be alarmed by the sirens. “Remember, this is only a test,” the statement says. “You do not need to take action. Please do not call 911 unless you have a life-threatening emergency.” FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.danapoint. org/siren or call 949.248.3579. —AS

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…the Case of the Pilfered Pet?

THE LATEST: Pie the pet bunny is back in his place at Silverado Jr. Mart on Camino de Estrella, days after mysteriously disappearing. Pie’s owner, Maya Askar, said she started bringing her bunny to work about three years ago because she was spending so much time in the store. The bunny was a hit with customers, so Pie became a regular fixture at the market, most often on the grate containing the firewood pile out front. But on Monday, Pie disappeared. Askar reported the pilfered pet to the Sheriff’s Department and plastered Pie flyers around the area. Just as mysteriously as he’d vanished, Pie reappeared a couple of days later. “He smelled like perfume and was well fed and he wasn’t thirsty,” Askar said. “So I think whoever took him brought him back.” WHAT’S NEXT: Askar said she will likely start keeping Pie at home. FIND OUT MORE: Silverado Jr. Mart is at 26891 Camino De Estrella in Capistrano Beach. —JV www.danapointtimes.com


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An Inside Look

Dana Point Fire Station 30 offers a sneak peek inside in honor of upcoming OCFA open houses By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times

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t’s the middle of the night and you’re dead asleep. Suddenly a bright fluorescent light comes on overhead, a not-so-quiet tone sounds, followed by a voice calling you to action—at least the voice sounds somewhat soothing and friendly. Then last but not least, your pager goes off. Bleary eyed and shaking off the bliss of a cozy slumber you now have a mere 60 seconds to get dressed, in the truck and off to face any number of potentially life threatening emergencies. This scenario is replayed thousands of times a year for the men and women who choose to serve the community as professional firefighters but is only one of many they regularly face during a 24-hour shift. Dana Point Station 30 offered a look inside the station in honor of the upcoming annual Orange County Fire Authority open houses.

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Although there is no such thing as a “typical” day on the job—every day calls run the gamut, from human drama to blazing infernos—there is much more to the job than many imagine. And, as part of the Orange County Fire Authority, they may also be dispatched to areas outside of the city including large brush fires statewide. The idea of firefighters cooking and sharing extravagant meals around the dinner table, watching TV and playing poker—basically waiting around—between calls is an

BY THE NUMBERS Total Personnel in Dana Point Stations Station 29 and 30 Combined Crew Members – 21 Battalion Chiefs – 1 (at Station 29)

Total Responses within Dana Point in 2010 Engine 29 Total Responses – 3,099 Engine 30 Total Responses – 1,629 Total 2010 Responses within Dana Point – 5,165 (Includes responses by stations in surrounding cities.)

Total Responses Countywide in 2010 Engine Responses – 165,424 (Includes 15,127 in unincorporated areas and 479 out of county mutual aid responses.) Air Responses – 50 (OCFA has two helicopters.) Emergency Transports – 7584 (OCFA has three Emergency Transports.) Hazardous Materials Responses – 124 (OCFA has two Haz Mat units.)

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Engine 30 leaves the station. Photo by Andrea Swayne

image conjured by Hollywood that may have been closer to truth many years ago, but couldn’t be farther from it today. On a recent visit to Orange County Fire Authority Station 30—one of two fire stations serving the Dana Point/Capistrano Beach community—a very different picture emerged. Fire Captain Aaron Clark gave a quick run down of a day at the station. “As the incoming crew arrives to relieve the previous one—three firefighters are on duty at all times with a total of nine on rotating shifts here—we meet for 15 to 20 minutes to brief each other about other matters relating to the house, the trucks and other equipment,” said Clark. (Station 30 has Engine 30, a paramedic assessment unit that is a traditional fire engine as well as a brush rig—a 4-wheel-drive truck with a shorter wheel base for off-road firefighting.) Clark went on to explain that after that, depending on maintenance and repair issues, they spend somewhere between 30 minutes to an hour and a half taking care of mechanical issues, followed by re-stocking the rigs and planning the day. Then, because the station also serves as home for on duty firefighters, there are the inevitable housekeeping duties that must be done. Firefighters must maintain their physical fitness and usually spend at least 45 minutes per day doing a combination of cardio and anaerobic workouts. Each day brings with it some form of training, whether it be pulling hoses or practicing rescue techniques, as well as discussions about incidents that have been handled within the station and at others—so that they may learn from experience and continually improve how they respond to calls. They also spend time perusing a rundown of notes from meetings that fire chiefs have attended countywide. Firefighters are often tasked with studying as well— either in preparation for a promotional process or preparing for presentations at school and community educational functions. Just as Clark began to speak of one of a firefighter’s most important roles—that of safety educator—a tone sounds and the voice comes over the PA alerting the crew Page 5

to a medical emergency they must respond to. This call, at about 1 p.m. would be the crew’s fourth since 8 a.m., having already responded to calls San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point. Wide awake and carrying out daily chores, the three firefighters on duty and one 18-year-old Explorer on a ride along at the station that day, jumped up, hopped into Engine 30 and with lights flashing and sirens blaring, were pulling out of the station in less than 30 seconds. Clark called out, “Make yourself at home, Lynnette will be here shortly.” While waiting for Lynnette—OCFA Community Relations Supervisor Lynnette Round—at the family-style dining table, looking around the main living area of the station, it appeared both homey and all business at the same time. In the workout and living area there is fitness equipment, five comfortable recliners and a television. Three very tidy offices flanked the opposite side of the room. The kitchen holds a big professional-grade stainless steel stove, coffee maker and other requisite appliances and four full-size refrigerator/freezers. One can’t help but notice the front of the refrigerators look like they could be inside any ordinary private home. Magnets affix things like restaurant coupons, a picture demonstrating proper food portion sizes and the artwork of children who have attended fire safety presentations. One colorful crayon drawing showed a picture of the red Engine 30, a burning fire and the words, “Best Firemen Ever!” Round made it to the station before Engine 30’s return to discuss upcoming OCFA open houses and the educational and community outreach functions of the job.

EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

Educating the public is an important part of the job, said Round. It is important with respect to prevention as well as, to familiarize children with firefighters and their equipment to help make a scary situation less so by becoming a familiar and trusted sight among kids. With this in mind, the OCFA hosts annual open houses in hopes that residents will take time to meet the firefighters and learn more about accident and fire prevention. “Our big grand daddy of open houses will be held on October 8 at the Regional Fire Operations and Training Center in Irvine from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.” said Round. “People can see how the firefighters train. There will be live fire demonstrations and new for this year, a demonstration by an urban canine rescue unit. There will be engine rides, hose squirting for the kids; they can try on the firefighters’ turnouts, free lunch and all kinds of educational booths. It is a great opportunity to learn fire safety information and it’s a lot of fun.” Round mentioned educational booths will include information for all ages about the top five fire risks—accidental wildfires, cooking, smoking, intentionally set wildfires and electrical accidents. “We will also be hosting local open houses, including one here at Station 30, 23831 Stonehill Drive, October 15, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,” she said. Andrew Vanderstelt, Station 30 Engineer said he hopes to meet many Dana Point families and their children on open house day. “Kids love to wave at the fire engine but as soon as they walk up to it and see how big it is, suddenly they’re not so interested being close to it. As we talk to the kids, give them a sticker a helmet and get to know them, we become a trusted part of their world,” said Vanderstelt. “And while we educate the children, we also have the opportunity to educate the parents on things like emergency exit plans and fire prevention. Along with helping people in need it’s one of my favorite parts of the job.” Log on to www.danapointtimes.com to read more about a day in the life of firefighters at Station 30. DP www.danapointtimes.com


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News Next Door

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

Holiday Train to Stop in San Clemente The City Council agreed to pay the $4,000 to bring the Metrolink Holiday Toy Express Train to both the North Beach and the Pier Bowl stops. The overall train costs Metrolink $301,000 and makes stops throughout the region. The agency is asking communities to chip in. In preliminary discussions, members of

the Pier Bowl Merchants Association and Downtown Business Association offered to sponsor a special event prior to the train’s arrival. They offered to pay the city permitting costs to close down the streets. “It’s something we’ve always done as a city,” Mayor Lori Donchak said. Councilman Bob Baker tried to get the business groups to chip in with the costs of the train stops, too, but received no support from fellow members. The tentative time for the train stops is December 4 at 7 p.m. at North Beach and 7:45 p.m. at the Pier. —Stacie N. Galang

News Bites

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P rops , R ecognitions and M orsels of I nfo Dana West Yacht Club Hosts Open House Dana West Yacht Club invites all members of the community to their third Open House celebration on Sunday, October 23 at 24601 Dana Drive in the OC Dana Point Harbor. The event will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with live music by The Pier Rats, appetizers and an introduction to the club’s social activities. “This event is meant to promote membership,” said Vice Commodore Ruth Nastof, “and we welcome both boat owners and non-boat owners.” Dana West Yacht Club has served the local community since 1979 and hosts many charitable events, including The Leukemia Cup Regatta and the yearly Armed Forces Holiday Dinner. The club also sponsors the DP Harbor Christmas Boat Parade sign-up party and more. DWYC officers, board members and the general membership will be on hand to greet attendees and answer questions. For more information, call 949.300.2088 or log on to www.dwyc.org.

Brew Fest Coming to Dana Point Taste of Brews is heading to Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern, Saturday, October 15 for an Oktoberfest-themed festival featuring seasonal, craft and micro-brews paired with cuisine from area eateries. The festival will feature popular craft beers like Stone, Shock Top, Karl Strauss and Stella Artois; German and other international beers such as Becks, Lammsbrau, Peroni (Italy) and Xingu (Brazil) and Orange County brews like Left Coast (San Clemente), Noble Ale Works (Anaheim), Great Head (Laguna Niguel) and more. South County eateries including Luxe (Dana Point), Inka Mamas (San Clemente), Dana Point Times October 7–13, 2011

Sunsets (Capo Beach and Big Fish (Laguna) will offer cuisine for pairing with the featured beers. The park, overlooking Dana Point Harbor, will be transformed into a fall festival featuring an Oom Pah band. Free parking and shuttle will be offered at Dana Hills High, 33333 Golden Lantern. General admission patrons will enjoy beer tasting, food sampling, live music, free water and snacks and a souvenir beer mug. General admission tickets are $45 online through October 15, $50 cash only at the door. VIP tickets are $60 online through October 15 and $65 at the door. Other VIP and group packages are available. For tickets and more information, log on to www. tasteofbrews.com. The Ocean Institute has been designated as the Taste of Brews official nonprofit beneficiary.

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Councilman Reeve Subject of Criticism Plagiarism allegations are part of a smear campaign by colleagues who want him to resign, Councilman Derek Reeve said this week in a 1,000-word column to The Capistrano Dispatch. Reeve admits he “may be partly responsible” for the recent dust up, which comes after the website Patch reported the freshman City Council member appeared to lift

of happy winners in the past six years and has raised crucial funding that benefits the more than 100,000 school children whom the Ocean Institute serves every year,” said Greg Goggin, raffle founder. To purchase tickets and for information, call 949.542.3600 or visit www.oceaninstitute.org.

stands at Dolphins Stadium. Homecoming Queen was Sheridan Gomez and King was Matt Romano. The remainder of the court included Princesses Brianna Curran, Marisa Shimano, Stephanie Quon, Emily Cullen and Gabby Mircovich. The Princes were Dylan Castagno, Jed Bradshaw, Brennan Calley, Sharky Ihara and Luke Stirtz.

Homecoming Show Biggest Ever

Donations Sought for Marine Moms Baby Shower

Matt Romano is crowned Homecoming King. Photo by Tony Tribolet/XPSPhoto.com

Million Dollar Home Raffle Deadline Nears The final deadline for the Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle benefitting the Ocean Institute is Wednesday, October 19—unless tickets sell out early. Ticket buyers have the chance to win a beautiful Laguna Beach home or the alternate prize of $1 million in cash. Other prizes include a Toyota Prius or $12,500, a luxury vacation to Galapagos, Fiji or Machu Picchu or $10,000, iPads, Montage Laguna retreats, South Coast Plaza shopping sprees and escapes to the Montage Laguna resort. In addition to the grand prize drawing held on Saturday, November 5 at noon, prizes will be awarded in Multi Ticket and Refer a Friend Drawings. Tickets are $150 and only 20,000 tickets will be sold. “The home raffle has produced hundreds

dozens of passages from other writers without attribution for his blog. “In the atmosphere of today’s massive electronic echo chamber, in which we are assaulted with dozens of concepts and ideas each minute, I doubt if any of us have had a totally original idea in the past 50 years,” Reeve says. Reeve was recently criticized by two colleagues for announcing he named his dog “Muhammad,” which some saw as an affront to Muslims. He also proposed Capistrano lift its ban on unloaded firearms in parks. —Jonathan Volzke

Hundreds of students participated in the half time show. Photo by Tony Tribolet/XPSPhoto.com

Dana Hills students on September 30 produced what Activities Director Ken Nedler said was probably the best homecoming half time show ever at the school. “With over 600 students participating in the show, massive sets, a jumbo-screen, fireworks and more, our homecoming halftime show is arguably the largest in the state,” said student and Director of Communications Jimmy Fallon. Although the football team suffered a 14-0 loss against El Toro, the show and traditional crowning of a homecoming king and queen entertained the fans packing the

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Can you imagine having a baby while your husband is thousands of miles from home, deployed in combat for an entire year? The Dana Point 5th Marine Support Group is asking the public to help them help the pregnant spouses of combat deployed Marines by donating funds to support a special baby shower the group will host on October 16. The shower is meant to provide outreach and support for the approximately 15 women currently pregnant associated with the group’s adopted Regimental Combat Team 5 (RTC-5) and the Headquarters Company as well as those who have delivered a child since May of this year. There will be special gifts, shower games and lunch for the women and the Support Group is in need of tax deductable donations to help make this baby shower the best it can be. Donations for the shower and baby gifts may be made online at www.DanaPoint5thMarines.com or by check, payable to “Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group” and mailed to P.O. Box 471, Dana Point, CA 92629-0471. For more information, contact Terry Rifkin, Director of Support and Outreach, at 949.412.3475 or email her at terry@ terryrifkin.com.

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DP Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By Jonathan Volzke All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Thursday, October 6 SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Stonehill Drive/Seaside Drive (2:02 a.m.) A caller thought it was suspicious that a vehicle was in the park after closing hours. A half-eaten fast-food meal was on the dash, and cash was on the trunk deck. Deputies tracked down the brother of the owner: A deputy had taken the man’s keys because he’d been drinking and the man walked home.

Wednesday, October 5

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ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Calle Del Sol, 34800 Block (10:50 p.m.) A woman at a sober-living home overdosed on pills. KEEP THE PEACE Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (10:34 p.m.) A woman renting a room in a mobile home park reported her landlord threatened to throw her stuff out on the street if she didn’t pay her rent by that night. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Gable Street, 27500 Block (11:34 a.m.) A woman reported her gardener tried to force himself on her. A 36-year-old man was taken into custody.

friend the night before and hadn’t heard from him since. She couldn’t get a hold of him either. She called again the next day. DISTURBANCE Beach Road, 35100 Block (6 p.m.) Passersby knocked down a man who was hitting women at the beach. A 43-year-old man was arrested. He identified himself as a counselor. RECKLESS DRIVING El Contento Drive/Manzanita Drive (5:53 p.m.) A motorcyclist was driving a dirt bike at a high rate of speed on residential street. It didn’t have license plates.

DISTURBANCE Del Obispo Street, 34000 Block (11:10 p.m.) Two males with a dog were skateboarding on the basketball courts. Then, the caller reported, they moved to the tennis courts.

SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Stonehill Drive/Del Obispo Street (4:33 p.m.) A caller thought it was suspicious when a man got out of a van and put on a jacket and baseball cap and walked in a bank. The van license plate was registered to a half-way house. The bank manager said all was fine, though.

DISTURBANCE Alcazar Drive, 34000 Block (8:20 p.m.) A man and woman had been arguing for an hour.

HIT AND RUN Beach Road, 35000 Block (11:19 a.m.) A gray Hummer leaving a gated community hit the gate but kept on going.

CITIZEN ASSIST Olinda Drive, 33700 Block (5:54 p.m.) A woman reported she loaned her car to a

KEEP THE PEACE Alcazar Drive, 33800 Block (9:40 a.m.) San Diego Gas & Electric wanted deputies

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on hand while they turned off a delinquent account. WELFARE CHECK Paseo Corona, 24100 Block (5:48 a.m.) A man’ s girlfriend texted “something terrible happened,” but the man couldn’t reach her. Deputies determined all was OK.

Monday, October 3 WELFARE CHECK Golden Lantern, 34500 Block (6:18 p.m.) A caller thought a woman was unable to care for her child because she appeared “out of it.” CITIZEN ASSIST Pacific Coast Highway, 79800 Block (2:52 p.m.) A man reported an HOA board member upset his wife over landscaping issues. KEEP THE PEACE Cordova Drive, 24700 Block (12:17 p.m.) A woman reported a neighbor had harassed her and her husband for about two months.

Sunday, October 2 WELFARE CHECK Mariner Drive, 23700 Block (11:37 p.m.) A woman who lives in the complex was screaming and racing her vehicle through the area. She’d had a bad break up with a man in the apartment, deputies were told.

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Slip Slidin’ Away: Get Ready for the Rain A s the the rainy season gets underway, now is the time to take a good look at your property for areas prone to erosion: bare soil, loose dirt, and slopes. Proactive steps now can prevent property damage later. At the same time, it will help keep city streets and storm drains free of dirt, mud and rocks that can cause flooding and adversely affect ocean water quality.

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HARBORING THE GOOD LIFE: By Linda Homscheid, Communications Officer, South Coast Water District, and Lisa Zawaski, Senior Water Quality Engineer, City of Dana Point

THE DIRT ON EROSION You don’t have to live on a steep slope to be erosion-prone, especially during the rainy season. Consider these ways to stabilize your soil. Besides helping to avoid a muddy mess, you’ll retain your topsoil— and replacing dirt is not dirt-cheap. • In flatter areas, cover bare soil with two to three inches of mulch, which serves as groundcover to prevent erosion. In warmer weather, mulch will also reduce water loss due to evaporation. • Install a “sediment control barrier” at the edge of your property where soil may wash off. Common types of barriers are gravel bags and straw wattles. What’s a “wattle?” Generally, it’s a tube of straw about eight to nine inches in diameter, 25 feet long and 40 pounds. In flatter areas, straw wattles may be picked up and stored at the end of the season for reuse next year. On slopes, wattles, when properly anchored and effectively placed, may be left in place to control erosion as they slowly decompose into mulch over several years. • Install and properly anchor erosion control blankets or mats on exposed or loose soil. Blankets and mats come in rolls and are made from a variety of materials. You can see erosion control mats, as well as sediment control barriers, right now on the inland slopes along Pacific Coast Highway between Selva and Niguel Roads. They are stabilizing the soil where vegetation was recently planted and will serve to

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Watering Calculator or the Water Index at www.bewaterwise.com/calculator to set season-appropriate schedules. Remember to turn off your sprinkler system when it rains. Shut it off manually, or install a moisture sensor so your system shuts off automatically. If you have a weatherbased sprinkler controller, your system will shut automatically when it rains—as well as water your yard and landscaping as needed based on the weather, the type of soil and plants you have, and other factors. Call South Coast Water District at 949.499.4555 ext. 1 about “smart” sprinkler timer rebates.

South Coast Water District reminds residents to take steps to prevent erosion on your property. Courtesy photo

prevent erosion this rainy season. • Divert storm water runoff from erosion-prone areas by directing it to stable and/or vegetated areas. PUT DOWN ROOTS Soil and slopes that are well-rooted with vegetation are far less likely to slip and slide this rainy season. That’s why it’s important to maintain trees, shrubs, plants, groundcover and other vegetation, because their root systems stabilize the soil. For future erosion control, consider planting California-friendly and/or native plants, trees, shrubs, vegetation or groundcover this fall. (Note: if you’re planting in the designated coastal zone, the California Coastal Commission has specific requirements in regards to native plants.) South Coast Water District’s

newly redesigned website features a Garden Resource section at www.scwd. org/conservation/landscape/garden.asp that includes color photos and descriptions of 224 water-smart “Erosion Control Plants.” If you plan to remove turf and replace it with California-friendly plants, you may be eligible for up to $500 in rebates. Call South Coast Water District at 949.499.4555 ext. 1 for rebate requirements. LET MOTHER NATURE WORK FOR YOU With cooler weather and the rainy season approaching, your yard will not need as much water as it does during the hot, dry summer months. Now is the time to consider cutting back on your sprinkler schedule. Depending upon your sprinkler timer, you may use either the Page 10

WATER SMART TIP Due to the power outage on Sept. 8, we recommend that you check your sprinkler timer, which may default to factory settings and water every day of the week—if there was no battery back up. In that case, you will have lost your previous settings and need to reset your timer. You can check your owner’s manual or manufacturer’s website for specifics, or go to www.scwd.org/news for general information about sprinkler timers. This column is a cooperative effort of the City of Dana Point and South Coast Water District to cultivate conscious living to protect and preserve our coastal neighborhoods and resources. If you have any suggestions for topics, please feel free to direct questions to lzawaski@danapoint.org (City of Dana Point) or lhomscheid@scwd.org (South Coast Water District). PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the Dana Point Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to letters@danapointtimes.com.

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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

friday

5th Annual Live Art (& more) Auction 6 p.m. The San Clemente Watershed Task Force hosts a fundraiser event to help Adopt a Beach and Earth Day San Clemente at the SC Art Gallery; includes appetizers, wine, art, shopping and much more. Cost $15 each. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, www.SCwatersheds.com.

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First Friday Film 7 p.m. Showing of the movie, Shaun of the Dead at the SJC Library. $2 donation. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org. Alma Rosa Winery - Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Richard Sanford, Owner/Winemaker of Alma Rosa Winery! Tasting fee is $15 for 7 wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com. Lord of the Strings: Michael Chapdelaine 7:30 p.m. Concert featuring the national fingerstyle guitar champion and more at the Dana Point Community House. Admission $25. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227, www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. Goliaths of the Pacific - Big Wave Hunters Kona Gallery presents photographer Jason Murray’s bigwave retrospective show featuring images of watermen captured all over the globe for the past 10 years. On display through Dec. 15. 412 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.481.3747, www.thekonagallery.com.

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Ready for chowder everyone. The annual Seafest will serve up bowls of chowder and other eats at the San Clemente Pier Saturday, October 8 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, October 9 from 7a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The chowder cook-off tends to steal the show, but first-time guests can expect everything from surf contests to crafts sales. Chowder tickets — $6 for five tastings — can be purchased prior to and during the cook-off. For those seeking athletic competition, a stand-up paddleboard contest will be Saturday and an all-age surf competition Sunday. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Gemtones, a ‘70s-style band that meshes surf and classic rock. An arts and crafts exhibit will showcase handcrafted merchandise by Southern California artisans. Opportunities will be available Photo by Sara Borman for business owners to network and show-off their products at their own marketing booths. Those interested are encouraged to fill out a marketing space application. The festival is sponsored by the T. Patterson Surf Shop and presented by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce. Street parking may be tough to find so visitors can park at San Clemente High School and use the free shuttle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the chamber at 949.492.1131. So come on out, grab a bowl of chowder and join the festivities and the fun. — Erik Gabaldon

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. Dan Carlin & Friends 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com. Brian Young 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com. No Limit 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com. Alma Rosa in Santa Ynez - Wine Tasting Welcoming Richard Sanford, Owner/Winemaker 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. San Clemente Wine Company, 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com Big D And The Kids Table 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $12-$15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse. com. Music & Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music and wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine. Cost is $ 20 and includes wine and artisan cheese pairings and crackers. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com.

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SUP Race & Relay 7 a.m. T. Patterson Surf Shop hosts a SUP race, relays and demo event at the San Clemente Pier area. Registration at 7 a.m.; first race at 9 a.m. 949.366.2022, www.tpattersonsurfshop.com.

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Undercover Live 8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Party band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.

Trail Clearing and Weeding 8 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Spend time in the beautiful outdoors and clear trails at the Donna O’Neill Conservancy. Free. 949.923.2210, www.theconservancy.org.

DJ & Groove Lounge 9:30 p.m. Dance while great DJs spin hit music at OC Tavern. No cover. Every Friday and Saturday. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com.

Uncle Henry Kamae Ukulele Concert 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Concert at Hulaville. Tickets $6. Call for reservations. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www.hulavillecafe.com.

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Fall Plant Sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. San Clemente Garden Club hosts the plant sale at the SC Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, www.sanclementegardenclub.com. Blue Largo 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com. The Drop 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com. 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, www.danawharf.com. Pumpkin PatcH 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Irvine Regional Park in Orange hosts the sixth annual Pumpkin Patch featuring plenty of gourds, train rides, the haunted house, hay mazes, pony rides, carnival games, tractor races, face painting and panning for gold. Admission is free. Open daily through October 31. Dana Point Farmers Market 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Fresh produce and much more every Saturday at La Plaza Park, intersection of PCH and Golden Lantern in Dana Point. Create a Halloween or Harvest Miniature Garden 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. Class at Cottage Home and Garden. Free with the purchase of materials. Call to reserve a space. 31720 Los Rios St, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3920, www.cottage-home-and-garden.com. Flock of 80’s 8 p.m. Live ‘80s music by the cover band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. Elliot on Piano 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. (Cont. on page 14) www.danapointtimes.com


GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 12)

sunday

MEET THE AUTHOR & BOOK SIGNING 4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Head to The Cellar to meet and chat with Lisa Hyde, local author of the series Area Code (949) vol. 1 and vol. 2, and get signed copies of the book. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.

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HOPE 4 HANNA 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Trace3 hosts the third annual 5k, 10k and 1/2k races and resource fair at the Pacific Plaza Shopping Center in effort to “take down autism one step at a time.” 951 Avenida Pico, www.hope4hanna. com SPECIAL SLACK KEY CONCERT & BRUNCH 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Special morning concert at Hulaville with Na-Hoku Award Winner John Keawe and an a la carte brunch served 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Tickets $23. Call for reservations. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www.hulavillecafe.com. SAN CLEMENTE FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. MURDER BY THE MISSION 6:30 p.m. Murder mystery dinner theatre at Camino Real Playhouse with a fourcourse dinner, dessert and more. Tickets $59 each. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org. BLUE WHALE BONANZA Capt Dave’s Safari has daily departures for whale and dolphin watching on a high-tech catamaran with underwater viewing pods and more. Call for times. Cost $55 adults, $35 children, 2 and younger free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com. 2011 SOUTH COAST BATTLE OF THE BANDS 5 p.m .Special event at The Coach House. Tickets $12. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. JALOHA 6 p.m. Live “island blues” music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.

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SMOKEY KARAOKE 8 p.m. Sing fearlessly at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.

MONDAY NIGHT LAUGHS 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live stand-up comedy every Monday night at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, www.hennesseystavern.com/dana_point.html. TONY: LOSE ALL, GAIN EVERYTHING 6:30 p.m. Free screening of the film by “Invisible Children” at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. THREE WINES FOR $5 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Or $5 glasses on selected wine and beer. San Clemente Wine Company, 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com Dana Point Times October 7–13, 2011

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SALUTE TO HOLLYWOOD: FROM SILENT MOVIES TO THE GOLDEN AGE 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica’s exhibit exploring the early years of film-making featuring iconic costumes, photos and movie artifacts. On display through Oct. 23. Admission $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.

UPCOMING: OCTOBER 14

TWO-FOR-ONE AT THE WHARF Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com

“JUST DANCE” YOUTH DANCE CLINIC 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The SCHS Dance Team holds its popular clinic for kids in kindergarten through 5th grade in the high school’s main gym. Cost $55, includes T-shirt, dance lesson and much more. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165, www.schsdance.org.

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RUBEN GONZALEZ 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. LADIES NIGHT Complimentary drinks to all ladies with entrée at Enne Cucina. 481 Via Suerte, San Clemente, 949.492.1089, www.ennecucina.com.

wednesday

THE EXPRESSION SESSION BAND Live mellow music for “Wine Down Wednesday” at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, www.hennesseystavern.com/ dana_point.html.

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“GRAPEVINE GRAZE” WINE PAIRING 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Women’s Council of Realtors presents a wine tasting event at Boys & Girls Club to raise funds for the B&G Club serving South Orange County. 1 Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano, 949.939.2025, www.wcrsoc.org.

UPCOMING: OCTOBER 15

LORD OF THE RINGS IN CONCERT: FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING 7:30 p.m. Special concert at the Honda Center. Tickets start at $34.50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500, www.hondacenter.com. PUMPKIN PATCH SCARE AWAY HUNGER EVENT 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Family-fun event at Lowe’s to gather food and money for Family Assistance Ministries. Event includes games, pumpkins and much more. Free with contribution of non perishable items or a cash donation. 907 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.279.9660.

CABARET 8 p.m. The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College presents the play in McKinney Theatre. General admission $13. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, www.saddleback.edu/arts. 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. ELIHU 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. JIM SUMMERS & FRIENDS 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.

thursday

“FIGHTERS FOR THE WORLD” FUNDRAISER 6:30 p.m. San Clemente Collaborative hosts a wine tasting with appetizers, music and more at Carbonara’s Trattoria to support “Fighters for the World,” non-profit organization helping local youth. Cost $25 each. 111 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.1040, www.carbonara.com.

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2011 READ FOR THE RECORD 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Event at the San Clemente Library for families to read “Llama Llama Red Pajama” do crafts and more. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3493, www.ocpl.org. HELICOPTER 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Rock band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. Page 14

EDITOR’S PICK: 11TH ANNUAL “A TAIL OF TWO CITIES” PAW-RISIAN NIGHTS The Pet Project Foundation, will host the annual “A Tail of Two Cities” gala fundraiser on Saturday, October 15, 5 p.m. at the Dana Point Yacht Club with proceeds to benefit the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. This year’s French-themed event will feature cocktails, gourmet food, casino style gaming and auctions. An opportunity drawing will award a grand prize of a twonight stay at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas and two tickets to Cirque de Soleil. Drawing tickets are one for $5 or three for $10. Event tickets are $120 or two for $200 and include appetizers, dinner, two drinks and casino chips. Additional chips can be purchased at the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Log on to www. petprojectfoundation.org to purchase tickets online. For more information, call Erin at 949.310.3801 or email info@petprojectfoundtion.org. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.danapointtimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to events@danapointtimes.com www.danapointtimes.com


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SUDOKU by Myles Mellor Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium Last week’s solution:

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ONCE UPON THIS COAST: By Doris I. Walker

Part Two: Banning Mansion to be Featured on ‘Trek to the Past’

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hen he was only 13 years old, Phineas Banning said goodbye to his parents, nine siblings and his hometown in Delaware. He set out to seek his fortune with only 50 cents in his pocket. His first job was an easy start—apprentice in his oldest brother’s law office in Philadelphia. When he turned 21 in 1851, the California Gold Rush was luring young men like him. So Banning took workpassage on a ship bound for Panama. There he made the challenging trek across the isthmus jungle via mule and dugout canoe, a common route for those destined for gold country but not wanting cross- continent land travel, favoring sailing around Cape Horn. On reaching the Pacific coast, Banning boarded a ship heading north. However, instead of leaving it at San Francisco, as gold prospectors did, Banning got off at the small anchorage of San Pedro Bay, where he saw potential. He had an idea that would pay off more than would mining for gold. He saved his earnings from Once Upon working awhile in that yet undeveloped This Coast By Doris I. Walker fishing town. Banning introduced stagecoach service there. He loaded a six-horse coach with passengers and goods from ships then drove them into the budding city of Los Angeles 20 miles away. He eventually grew his business to five stagecoaches and 50 freight wagons. They connected San Pedro’s wharf with various points, including San Bernardino, Banning, California (named for him), Salt Lake City and Yuma, Arizona. In the process he founded a town around the wharf, named for his old hometown—Wilmington. He also offered support to the Union Army during the Civil War, including donating land for the Drum Barracks there. This transportation genius was appointed an honorary brigadier general of the First Brigade of the militia stationed at the neighboring Drum Barracks. He added the title of “general” to his name thereafter. War over, in 1869 General Banning personally introduced California’s first railroad bill to the state legislature. And so the Los Angeles and San Pedro Railroad began to pull freight along a 21-mile track from what became “Banning’s Landing” at the coast. There he had a steam-powered tender, the Ada Hancock, ready to carry passengers to and from the larger steamships and his landing where his stagecoaches Dana Point Times October 7–13, 2011

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were waiting. The next step ahead as his businesses kept growing was to improve the anchorage that the earlier hide traders called “the hell of California.” He needed a real harbor. This time he approached no less than the United States Congress. He succeeded again, getting them to finance dredging and a breakwater in 1871. A total of 50,000 tons of industrial and construction materials sailed in that initial year. The ‘General’ would also serve as a California state senator. Meanwhile the ultimate entrepreneur had built himself a mansion like no other. It was a 23-room Greek Revival structure, which he furnished with imported arts and crafts, as well as fine furniture and crystals. Of course they were by then easily shipped from the east coast and from around the world into his new port. His home includes a formal dining room, the General’s office and the parlor where he entertained important guests. Along with all the prosperous businesses he had begun, Banning experienced three downfalls. He lost a wife in childbirth. His tender careened at sea, allowing cold water to enter the engine room. It caused the boiler that Page 16

propelled the Ada Hancock to explode, demolishing the ship and killing 26 passengers. Ironically Banning was aboard but survived. Several dignitaries were among the victims, as was a Wells Fargo messenger carrying ten thousand dollars. Perhaps it was gold, but it was never found. Then while crossing a street, Banning was knocked down and run over by an express wagon, of all symbolic things. His resulting injuries, plus liver and kidney problems, led to his death at age 54. His mansion—with all its worldly goods—attests to Banning’s cultural prowess. It will be the second stop on the Dana Point Historical Society’s “Trek to the Past” on Thursday, November 10. First the group will tour the Drum Barracks Museum, (profiled in last week’s issue of the DP Times) a nearby landmark of the Civil War. Both museums hold city, state and national landmark designations. The touring group will view the Banning mansion set within a 20-acre park, where they will enjoy a picnic lunch. The 90-minute guided tour of the mansion will also include seeing the owner’s stagecoach barn with its vintage vehicles and a surprising one-room schoolhouse. There are special exhibits featuring the creation of Los Angeles Harbor and one on Pacific Electric’s Red Cars. Like the Drum Barracks, the Banning Museum has city, state and national landmark status. Those wishing to join this ‘trek to the past’ can contact the Dana Point Historical Society at 949.248.8121. Each reservation can be held with a check for $50, which includes round-trip bus fare, entry donations to both Drum Barracks and Banning Mansion Museums, and a box lunch, to be served picnic style in Banning Park. In case of rain, the picnic will take place in the bus. The coach will leave Dana Point’s Selva Park promptly at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, November 10 and will return there at about 4 pm. There is ample parking in that park at the end of Selva Road, on the ocean side of Pacific Coast Highway. See you there. Doris I. Walker is an award-winning author and Orange County Historian who makes her home in Dana Point where she serves as Program Director of the Dana Point Historical Society. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the Dana Point Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to letters@danapointtimes.com. www.danapointtimes.com


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Sunburst Landscaping                     949.632.0081 www.sunlandscape.webs.com         949.493.3670

Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A, www.oasisair.com

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Jim Ettinger Design 949.246.0224 33742 Big Sur St., jimettingerdesign@cox.net Nona Associates - Raymond J. Nona A.I.A. 26901 Camino de Estrella, 949.496.2275 www.raynona.com

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CAFE - DELI Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern, www.coffeeimporters.com

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

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

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FITNESS PROGRAMS Fit Club - Boot Camp www.afitclub.com

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HAIR SALONS 949.661.3151

COFFEE SHOP Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern, www.coffeeimporters.com

Monarch Bay Haircutters 20 Monarch Bay Plaza Paragon Salon 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy.

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ICE CREAM Coffee Importers Scoop Deck 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern, www.coffeeimporters.com

COINS 949.350.4692

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Patricia Powers 949.496.1900 License#0737080, pat.powers@cox.net Statefarm/Elaine LaVine 949.240.8944 San Clemente Computer & Network Services daniel@sanclementecomputer.com 949.276.1581 34080 Golden Lantern, www.elainelavine.net State Farm/Ted Bowersox 949.661.3200 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy. #204 CONTRACTORs - GENERAL www.tedbowersox.com Creative Environments Construction 949.496.3728 Design & Build #464468 INTERIOR DESIGN

COSMETICS Mary Kay Cosmetics & Career 949.248.2868 Opportunities, Ind. Sales Director - Marline Adams, www.marykay.com/madams2

DENTISTS Dana Point Dental 34080 Golden Lantern, Ste 201, www.danapointdental.com

949.661.5664

ELECTRICAL

Jeweler Dana Point Jeweler 949.489.1165 24845 Del Prado, www.danapointjeweler.com

JUNIOR WATERMAN PROGRAM Ocean Academy www.oceanacademy4u.com

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

Maureen B. Fletcher Interior Design 714.889.9597 momofletcher@gmail.com

949.496.3315

949.218.4464

Junk Removal Green Dump Truck www.greendumptruck.com

949.697.4517

Plumbing

Chick’s Plumbing www.chicks-plumbing.com

949.496.9731

PRESCHOOLS San Clemente Preschool 949.498.1025 163 Avenida Victoria, sanclementepreschool@gmail.com

949.248.1007

949.218.4464

Surf Shops Infinity Surfboards 949.661.6699 24382 Del Prado, www.infinitysurf.com Jack’s Surfboards 949.276.8080 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.jackssurfboards.com

TUTORING English Tutoring by Susan 949.481.0481 Mathnasium 949.388.6555 32411 Golden Lantern, Ste. Q, www.mathnasium.com

Beacon Printing - Brad & Judy Brandmeier 24681 La Plaza, Ste. 125 949.661.3877 beaconprinting@sbcglobal.net Upholstery Printing OC 949.388.4888 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203, www.printingoc.com Dana Point Upholstery 949.240.2292 24402 Del Prado PSYCHOTHERAPY Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 Corinne Rupert PhD, PsyD, MFT 949.488.2648 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.jeddys.com 33971 Selva Rd. Ste. 125, WINDOW CLEANING www.danapointpsychotherapy.com

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Bayside Window Cleaning 949.290.8230 www.baysidewindowcleaning.com

Prudential California Realty, Shirley Tenger www.tengerteam.com 949.487.7700 Window Coverings Surterre Properties Monarch Beach, 949.464.3243 Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 McDaniel Gilmore Group 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.jeddys.com 33522 Niguel Rd. Ste. 100, Monarch Beach 92629 www.mcdanielgilmoregroup.com

Brio Tuscany Grille 949.443.1476 24050 Camino Del Avion, www.briorestaurant.com

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Sun Salute Yoga Studio 949.371.6097 24655 La Plaza, Ste. A, www.sunsaluteyoga.com

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LANDSCAPING

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5 BEST BETS FOOTBALL

Cougars vs. Dolphins, Capo Valley High School October 7, 7 p.m. Coming off a tough loss to El Toro, the Dolphins are prepped for battle with Capo Valley as Dana Hills hits the road for its final non-league game of 2011. Info: www.dhhs.net

RUN/WALK

Survive & Thrive 5K, OC Sheriff’s Regional Training Academy October 8, 7 a.m. Head out to Tustin for the 8th Annual Survive & Thrive Run/Walk Health and Safety Expo. There will be a live band, goodie bags, free food and more. Info: www.

HOCKEY

Rangers vs. Ducks Honda Center October 8, 10 a.m. The Anaheim Ducks open up the 2011-12 season with a morning game on the ice as the hard-hitting heroes from OC face-off against New York. Info: www.ducks.nhl.com

GIRLS TENNIS

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Aztecs vs. Dolphins, LN Racquet Club

Cougars vs. Dolphins Dana Hills High

October 12, 3 p.m.

October 13, 6 p.m.

Smashing opponents so far with their typical swagger, the Lady Dolphins are dialed in to dominate the girls from Palm Desert High.

The Lady Dolphins get ready to hit up home court for a showdown with Capo Valley in another important South Coast League match.

Info: www.dhhs.net

Info: www.dhhs.net

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Dolphin Report SPORTS NEWS FROM DANA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL

By David Zimmerle

BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • At the South Coast League Cluster Meet on October 4, both varsity teams faced plenty of tough competition as the boy’s team was edged 26-29 by Trabuco Hills, while the girl’s team trailed behind both San Clemente and Trabuco Hills. For the boys varsity team, Ethan Lawrence, who ran 14:55.5, finished in second place individually for the Dolphins, while Jack Morgensen (15:13.0) took sixth followed by Lance Capel (15:18.2) in ninth place and Conner Garcia (15:19.7) in 10th. For the girl’s varsity race, San Clemente sophomore Melissa Eisele led individually with a 17:31 effort, while Dana Hills’ Sheridan Gomez (18:01.5) took sixth place and Paige Canterbury (18:33.0) took 10th. Next 7 days: Oct. 8 at Clovis Invitational, 9 a.m. GIRLS GOLF • After facing Aliso Niguel on September 27, the Lady Dolphins (5-0 SCL, 13-0) rolled through Newport Harbor 206-248 on September 28 before easily handing Aliso Niguel a 203-228 loss on September 29. The girls then took on El Toro on October 5 and again on October 6. Next 7 days: Oct. 11 at *San Clemente at Bella Collina, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 vs. *San Clemente at El Niguel CC, 2:30 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS • The Lady Dolphins (2-1 SCL, 5-1) hit the court for a string of matches recently facing San Clemente September 27, Santa Barbara at home September 28, and followed by another home match against Tesoro on September 29. The team handled San Clemente in a 12-6 win, edged Santa Barbara 11-7 and followed that up with a 12-6 win against Tesoro. Results for the match against Tesoro are as follows: Singles: Jessica Perez (DH) def. M. Jones 6-4, Gressa Sempre (DH sub) def. Burchianti (Tes. sub) 6-0, Gressa Sempre (DH sub) def. Feaver 6-0; Margo Pletcher (DH) lost to M. Jones 2-6, def. F. Katafias 6-0, Bailey Sholder (DH sub) def. Feaver 6-1; Rebecca Gold 0-6, 6-0, 6-2. Doubles: Jessica Wilcox-Jacqueline Stewart (DH) def. Romo-A. Huang 6-1, def. J. Huang-N. Bharath 6-2, def. French-Steele 6-2; Katie Olson-Sabine Ludwig 4-6, 4-6, Ashley Tayles-Emma Mattson (DH sub) 6-0; Sam Dana Point Times October 7–13, 2011

Alston-Thalia Henderson (DH sub) 2-6, A. Zuabi-S. Butcher (DH) 2-6, 6-3. The team next faced Laguna Hills October 4, hosted University October 5 and then hit up another home match against Capo Valley on October 6. Next 7 days: Oct. 12 vs. Palm Desert at LN Racquet Club, 3 p.m.; Oct. 13 vs. San Clemente at LN Racquet Club, 3 p.m. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL • The Lady Dolphins (0-1 SCL, 9-8) dropped another nonleague match to Orange Lutheran September 27 losing in three straight sets to the Lady Lancers 25-15, 25-16 and 25-22. The girls then faced off against rival San Clemente in their first South Coast League match of the season and also lost in three straight sets to the Lady Tritons on October 4 as San Clemente posted a 25-17, 25-120 and 25-23 victory. The team looked to rebound from the tough losses with a match against Trabuco Hills at home on October 6. Next 7 days: Oct. 11 at *El Toro, 6:15 p.m.; Oct. 13 vs. *Capistrano Valley, 6 p.m. FOOTBALL • The Dolphins (2-3) had plenty of opportunities to put points on the board against El Toro High September 30, but a combination of penalties, turnovers and the inability to punch the ball across the goal line resulted in a 14-0 loss to the Chargers (4-1) at Dolphins Stadium. Dana Hills combined for 12 total penalties on the night that totaled an overall loss of 105 yards. Both teams remained scoreless after the first quarter until the Chargers struck first in the second off a 21-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Conner Manning to receiver Dominic Collins. Down 7-0 heading into the half, the Dolphins had plenty of chances to climb back into this one, but had several plays called back throughout the game that inevitably contributed to the loss. Dana Hills quarterback Shane Scambray, despite going 29-for-54 with 232 yards through the air, also had two interceptions, which didn’t help the comeback effort. Still trailing 7-0 heading into the fourth quarter, the Dolphins defense couldn’t stop one more scoring exchange from happening as El Toro got its game-sealing touchdown when running back Jacob Furnari scampered Page 20

Lineman Wade Kraus (56) has his sights set on stopping El Toro’s Erik Pitts (15). Photo by Tony Tribolet/XPSPhoto.com

across the goal line from 23 yards out. Furnari finished with 84 yards rushing on the night. Meanwhile, Marcus Hughes led the Dolphins from the backfield with 48 yards rushing, while Hunter Briggs led the receiving unit with 119 yards. On defense, William McKinley finished with 14 total tackles while Colton Freedman trailed with 13 total tackles. Matt Romano finished with two sacks for a total of 15 yards lost. Next 7 days: Oct. 7 at Capistrano Valley. See www.danapointtimes.com for a game preview. BOYS WATER POLO • The Dolphins (1-0 SCL, 10-5) easily dispatched Laguna Hills September 27, beating the Hawks 20-10 for their first South Coast League win of the season. The team then showed up big for the Villa Park Tournament September 29-October 1 going 4-1 overall. Dana Hills opened with an impressive 9-6 win against JSerra followed by an 11-10 heartbreaker to Santa Barbara as part of a double header on September 29. The team then shot its way past Cerritos 17-15 on September 30 followed by back-to-back wins on October 1—the first a 6-5 edge on Carlsbad before closing out the tourney with a commanding 14-7 win over Los Osos. Back for some more nonleague action on October 4, the boys put up another hot win against Laguna Beach scoring a 9-7 victory against the Breakers at home, though their opponents played without standout Nolan McConnell. The team next faced San Clemente on the road October 6. Next 7 days: Oct. 11 at *El Toro, 4 p.m. www.danapointtimes.com


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Grom of the WEEK Shane Stavron Age: 13, Shorecliffs Middle School Eighth-grader Shane Stavron is in his third year on the Shorecliffs Middle School surf team and is looking to continue competing through high school and beyond. This season Shane will put his skills to the test in the Western Surfing Association (WSA) Gatorade Championship Tour as well as the Scholastic Surf Series (SSS). He enjoys working on his turns and trying to perfect maneuvers so that he can land them reliably in contest heats. His favorite breaks are Lowers, T Street and Rivi. With regard to what he would like to do after graduation Shane has given some thought to college, and so far knows that he would like to study business at a university close to the beach. “I’d like to own my own business one day—maybe a shop or a restaurant—and be an entrepreneur,” he said. He is an A and B student whose top three classes are art, social studies and science. Shane also sees surf travel in his future and would especially like to visit Indonesia. His other Photo by Andrea Swayne interests include drawing, painting, skateboarding, biking and swimming. “I like pretty much every sport. Especially if it’s done on a board,” he said. Shane says he likes competing because it pushes him to improve. “A lot of the guys I surf against in WSA are my friends and they’re all really good. Doing contests with them makes me a better surfer,” he said.—Andrea Swayne

Nate the Great

SURF RESULTS WSA Gatorade Championship Tour, Event No. 2, October 1-2, Ventura, Surfers Point

Nathan Yeomans Brings Home an Impressive Result in the Azores Islands Pro Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times

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an Clemente-based pro surfer Nathan Yeomans’ stellar surfing saw him make it to the final round of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Prime Billabong Azores Islands Pro September 28 where he met 2001 ASP World Champion C.J. Hobgood of Florida. The two went head to head in a hard-fought bout that saw Hobgood come from behind to take the win 17.53 to 15.33. Yeoman’s runner-up result, his best in the 2011 so far, stung a bit but overall he was pretty pleased with it, he said. “I felt like all the hard work over the past couple months paid off. So I really enjoyed the whole experience. I thought I had that final won. With 10 minutes left in the heat C.J. was having a melt down, but maybe it was a decoy because he came back firing. We had a good exchange in the last five minutes so it was a good final. What I

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San Clemente’s Nathan Yeomans gave a stand-out performance at the ASP Prime Billabong Azores Islands Pro September 26-28. The final saw Yeomans take the runner-up spot to C.J. Hobgood who pulled off a come-from-behind victory in the waning minutes of the heat. Photo Aquashot/aspeurope.com

learned is you can never underestimate a world champ,” said Yeomans. “I have to thank all the people that have supported me and helped push me to keep improving—my wife, family, friends and God. Also thanks to my coaching crew,

DSC and Kevyn Dean, Ken Baum and Chris Gallagher; sponsors Rusty, Body Glove, Cobian, Oakley, O.A.M, and Sambazon and my traveling brotherhood—the Gudauskas boys, Austin Ware and Dylan Graves. You boys are legends.” DP

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Local finishers only. MICRO GROM BOYS/ GIRLS SB U9: 1. Cooper Sutton, SC; 2. Patrick O’Connor, SJC; 3. Nicholas Coli, SC; 5. Taj Lindblad, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Kade Matson, SC; 2. Cooper Sutton, SC. BOYS U12: 3. Trevor Sutton, SC. BOYS U14: 6. Jacob Atwood, CB. BOYS U16: 5. Colton Overin, SC; 6. Brighton Reinhardt, DP. BOYS U18: 3. Jordan Kudla, SC. GIRLS U12: 3. Malia Mauch, SC. GIRLS U14: 2. Malia Osterkamp, SC. GIRLS U16: 3. Kirra Connolly, SC; 4. Malia Osterkamp, SC. BOYS LB U14: 2. Jacob Atwood, CB; 3. Rio Donaldson, CB; 4. Noah Atwood, CB. JR. LB U18: 3. Casey Powell, SC; 4. Dylan Cox, CB; 5. Mason Shaw, CB. GIRLS LB U14: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 4. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 5. Meg Roh, DP. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Emmy Lombard, SC; 6. Karina Rozunko, SC. MEN 18-29: 3. Ricky Lovato, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 6. Keeley McWilliam, SC. OPEN WOMEN LB: 1. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 2. Rachael Tilly, CB. For full results see www. danapointtimes.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS October 8: Surfing America Prime West Event No. 2, San Onofre, Church Beach October 8-9: Seafest T.Patterson, San Clemente, Pier

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