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Volume 4, Issue 44

A Community Loss Residential fire claims the lives of Dana Point historian Doris Walker-Smith and husband Jack Smith E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4

Jack Pierson Smith and Doris Walker-Smith are seen here at a Citizen of the Year awards ceremony at the Dana Point Yacht Club in January 2008. Walker-Smith, who was the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for 2006, was there to present the award to the 2007 winner. Photo by Georgelean Olvera

GROM OF THE WEEK: Dana Point’s Shane Hardy

Ammonia Spill at SONGS Raises Alert

Public Comment Period for Harbor Marina Plan Extended




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City and Business Calendar Zero Trash Dana Point 10 a.m.-noon On the first Saturday of the month Zero Trash Dana Point volunteers meet to collect trash in the city’s business district. Volunteers should meet at Girl in the Curl surf shop, 34116 Pacific Coast Highway at 10 a.m. Bags, gloves and trash pickers will be provided. For more information, see

drop off plastic bottles and aluminum cans in the school parking lot for student members of the California Scholastic Federation and other organizations to collect and sort. Funds collected are distributed by the PTSA to student programs. Future events will be held Dec. 10, Jan. 14 and 28, 2012, Feb. 11, 25, March 10, 24, April 21, May 5, 19 and June 16 rain or shine. For more info, email

Recycling Event at Dana Hills High 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern, will host a community recycling event. Residents can

Headlands Walking Tour 9 a.m.-noon. The Nature Interpretive Center is hosting a docent-led tour of the Dana Point Preserve, Hilltop

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Park and Harbor Point Park. Advanced registration is required. The tour group meets in the porch area of the center and the tour begins at 9 a.m. Participants should bring their own water and wear comfortable shoes for the 1.5-mile trail walk. For more information or to register, call 949.542.4755.

Tuesday, November 8 Toastmasters 7 p.m. Dana Point Harbor Toastmasters meets every Tuesdayat the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, 949.496.2275, www.danaharbor.

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...the Ammonia Leak?

THE LATEST: An ammonia leak that forced a partial evacuation of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Tuesday was contained within hours but still required the plant to issue an alert and prompted the county to initiate its Emergency Operations Center. No one was injured, and the evacuation near a non-nuclear area of Unit 3 was done as a precaution, plant owner Southern California Edison said in a news release. Edison declared the alert, which is second lowest on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s classification system, at about 3 p.m. Tuesday when the leak was discovered in Unit 3’s make-up water treatment system. The alert was lifted at 6:07 p.m. About 25 gallons of leaked ammonia was collected in a basin underneath the tank that was designed for that purpose. No radioactive material was released and public health and safety were not affected, the company said. WHAT’S NEXT: SCE said in a release that it would evaluate the cause and take appropriate corrective actions. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for more information. —Stacie N. Galang


...the Comments Extension on the Harbor Project?

THE LATEST: Residents have until November 21 at 5 p.m. to preview and comment on the Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for the OC Dana Point Harbor marina improvement project. The comment period—originally set to end November 4 —was rescheduled due to unusual circumstances, including requests from stakeholders, a notice from the county says. Dana Point Times November 4–10, 2011

The proposed project includes replacement of waterside facilities such as the east and west harbor basins, new dry stack storage and the OC Sailing & Events Center. The project will also include the use of a temporary dock near the east breakwater to accommodate boats displaced by construction. When complete, the temporary dock may be used permanently by yacht brokers if approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Possible impacts the project may have on things like land use and planning, water and air quality, noise and more are addressed in the SEIR.

the state can’t afford any more debt. The current route, through the central valley, doesn’t make as much as sense as running it along the 5 freeway—but even that is too expensive right now, Harkey said. Additionally, Amtrak could be improved if the demand for a high-speed rail makes it necessary. But, she said, 63 percent of residents polled in a recent survey said they wouldn’t ride the system, even if built. “To me, it’s a bust,” she said.

WHAT’S NEXT: The draft SEIR and supporting documents can be viewed at the OC Dana Point Harbor office, 24650 Dana Point Harbor Drive, online at www.ocdph. com or at eight area locations.

WHAT’S NEXT: The public has 60 days to comment on the high-speed rail plan. It is scheduled to go to the legislature in January. Harkey said efforts are underway to get the issue back before voters. She urged residents to contact Governor Brown with their thoughts. “Your voice matters,” she said. “Governor Brown needs to hear from Southern California in a big way.”

FIND OUT MORE: To see a full list of locations, visit For more information, call Harbor Director Brad Gross at 949.923.2236. —Andrea Swayne

FIND OUT MORE: See Harkey’s website at and more about high-speed rail at —Jonathan Volzke



...Assemblywoman Harkey Meeting the Public?

THE LATEST: About 60 people gathered in San Juan Capistrano Wednesday night to hear an update on events in the state’s capitol from Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, who railed on the state’s budget deficit and a proposed high-speed rail plan. The High Speed Rail Authority announced a new business plan this week that would bring bullet trains to California, but with a price tag of $98 billion. Voters approved the project, to run between Anaheim and San Francisco, in 2008 with a $43 billion price tag. Harkey, a former Dana Point City Councilwoman, said Wednesday night that

...the 9/11 Driftwood?

THE LATEST: What 100 brawny rope-pullers could not do in hours, a tractor and six men did in one hour. The stump bearing the American flag since shortly after 9/11 was moved to higher ground October 28 with the help of a tractor from contractor Mark Meintel and a driver, said Joe Wilson, who organized the effort Friday and the one on October 23 with hundreds of volunteers and onlookers. “They did that free of cost,” said Wilson of Meintel and his driver. “They totally donated the time and fuel and effort; they totally donated it to the city for a good cause.” Lynda Cline, manager Palm Beach Park

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Association, which owns the property the driftwood now calls home, welcomed the work. “We weren’t real sure if it could be done or not,” Cline said. “I think it’s great. The flag is safe. It’s on private property.” Wilson initiated the effort to preserve the stump by moving it to higher ground after it shifted from its original spot near Poche Beach. But the driftwood proved stubborn on the first attempt. “So five days after the first effort failed, he and a smaller crew “just went and moved it.” WHAT’S NEXT: Mayor Lori Donchak plans to honor the group of volunteers and the Palm Beach Park Association at the November 15 City Council meeting. FIND OUT MORE: See photos at www. —SNG


…Veterans Day?

THE LATEST: In observance of Veterans Day, City Hall offices will be closed November 11, and special ceremonies offered at 9 a.m. to recognize all veterans for this service and sacrifices for America. WHAT’S NEXT: The service will be at the Dana Point Veterans Memorial Strands Vista Park at 34201 Selva Road, Dana Point. The event is free and open to the public. FIND OUT MORE: For more information, please contact Bob Fowler at 949.248.7696 or email —AS

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A Community Loss Fire claims life of historian Doris Walker-Smith and husband Jack Smith By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


society since 1987—her family has asked that a memorial fund be set up in her name and suggests that donations be made in lieu of flowers. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 544, Dana Point, CA 92629-0544.

oris Walker-Smith, founder of the Dana Point Historical Society, award-winning author and Dana AN HISTORIC LEGACY Point Times columnist, died October 31 from injuDoris I. Walker was a treasured Orange County histories sustained in a house fire that also claimed the life of her rian and a prolific and celebrated author of more than a husband of 10 years, Jack Pierson Smith. dozen books. She was a beloved member of the commuWalker-Smith, known professionally as Doris I. Walker, nity and lovingly regarded as the “keeper of Dana Point was 78. Her husband, a retired Marine major, was 81. history.” The Orange County Fire Authority responded to the 1:29 Originally from Ohio, Doris came to Dana Point in a.m. call to find the couple’s home on the 33000 block of 1963 and quickly became involved in documenting the Bremerton fully engulfed in flames on October 30. Neighgrowth of the area including the construction of the now bors told authorities the couple was still in the home and 40-year-old harbor. She served 14 years as public relations firefighters entered the house to find them. manager for the Dana Point Harbor and The fierce blaze spread quickly and co-founded the Festival of Whales, also the contents of the home impeded the now in its 40th year. search for the couple inside, OCFA Her books include important historiBattalion Chief Kris Concepcion said. cal accounts and photographs of Dana The flames, escalated by the large Point, San Clemente, neighboring cities amount of flammable materials stored and the County of Orange. Her latest within the house—Doris’ huge archive release, The Test of a Nest, was to be the of historical books, documents, memofirst of a series of six children’s stories rabilia and photos and an abundance she wrote for her sons when they were of possessions collected by Jack. The young. fire was quickly upgraded to a threeShe was also author of the Dana Point alarm event. Ten engines, three trucks Times column Once Upon this Coast. and about 50 firefighters responded, Her highly touted book, Dana Point Concepcion said. Harbor/Capistrano Bay: Home Port for Neighbors awakened by the fire Romance, is still in print more than 25 who rushed to alert other neighyears after its first publication. A copy of bors—a few who even rushed to the her award-winning Sections of Orange: home before fire trucks arrived in an Orange County’s Centennial Celebraeffort to get the couple out—said the Doris Walker-Smith. Photo by Georgelean Olvera tion is sealed within a centennial time abundance of things in and around the capsule at the Old Orange County Courthouse. home had long been of concern. Walker-Smith was also a co-founder and officer of the Firefighters pulled both out by 1:46 a.m. and took them to Friends of the Dana Point Library who dedicated her Mission Hospital. efforts to supporting the library and inspiring children’s “After the victims were brought out we had to go defenliteracy. She had also served as director of both the San sive immediately—meaning the fire had to be fought from Juan Capistrano and Orange County Historical Societies the outside only,” said Concepcion. “Flames went through and was appointed to the Orange County Historical Comthe roof and there was a natural gas line that was venting mission in 1994. She spent seven years as a California hisoutside the home, complicating fire fighting efforts. The tory instructor for the South Coast Community College home is a complete loss.” District. The fire was declared under control at 4 a.m. and the She was honored by the Chamber of Commerce as investigation into the cause is ongoing, he said. Dana Point citizen of the year for 2006. Jack Smith was pronounced dead at the hospital and Doris Walker-Smith was admitted to the Intensive Care REMEMBERING DORIS Unit in critical condition. By 11 a.m. on October 30 she was Doris’ sons said they feel blessed to have the memotransferred to the UCI Medical Center Burn Unit. Walkerries of their childhood in Dana Point recorded in their Smith succumbed to her injuries the following afternoon. mother’s books. Her family was by her side. “As a mother and a reporter she would bring us along Walker-Smith is survived by her son Brent, 49, and his and say things like, ‘Brent, pay attention. You’ll want to wife Laura; her son Blair, 46, and his wife Christine and remember this. You’re witnessing history.’ I remember daughter (Walker-Smith’s granddaughter) Daisy. things like seeing President Johnson at the dedication Smith is survived by his daughter Kim, sister Beth and of UCI,” said Brent Walker. “We didn’t know it then, but brother Bonner. when we tagged along with her and watched the rocks The Walker family plans a private funeral for Walkerbeing placed in the harbor breakwater and the R.H. Dana Smith. She will be cremated and her remains will rest at El statue going up, she was gathering material for her books; Toro Memorial Park in Lake Forest, where her parents are and we were a part of it.” buried. Arrangements for Smith’s funeral have not been Doris always knew what was going on, Blair Walker announced. said. “There were times when she would find out things A Celebration of Life for Doris Walker-Smith and Jack like in 1972 when Gigi the whale, nursed to health and Pierson Smith will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, November released from Sea World, was seen swimming in the 26, at the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo. harbor. “She would say to me, ‘Blair, I think you’re going The public is invited. to be sick today’ and pull me out of school to tag along,” In honor of Doris’ devotion to the Dana Point Historical he said. “I remember her sneaking up to the Western Society—she was the founder and a board member of the Dana Point Times November 4–10, 2011

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Whitehouse with me in tow and a camera hidden in her beach bag. Those photos were published in the Washington Post and won some awards.” Walker-Smith was also a constant among residents actively involved in progress and event planning in and around the city, but managed to steer clear of involvement in political issues in favor of observing and documenting them instead. She often said she loved the changes brought by such issues as it, “gives me something to write about.” WalkerSmith inspired many to get involved both by example and through her writing. Carlos N. Olvera, Dana Point Historical Society President, is among those who regard Walker-Smith as a mentor and credited her with piquing his interest and becoming his main source of knowledge on local history. “Doris was my mentor in Dana Point history. It all began on Valentine’s Day 1984. My wife Georgelean and I had been married just shy of a year when we met her, and picked up a copy of Home Port for Romance. In it she wrote, ‘He brought his new bride back to his native California coast…and we are so glad they chose romantic Dana Point as their home port!’ Olvera said. “She formed the Dana Point Historical Society in 1987 and I joined the following year. I have been learning from her ever since. And now with her gone, I continue my learning through her books and writings. There is still plenty left to comprehend that has already passed through her pen and prose.” Councilwoman, friend and fellow bibliophile Lara Anderson, who spent many hours on volunteer work with Doris and a shared love for supporting the Dana Point Library and the Friends of the Library, said the deaths were a huge blow to the community. “Doris and Jack were such constants in our lives. Sharp, funny, loving and gracious, Doris defied her age and had so much life left in her,” said Anderson. “We’ve lost our anchor and are left adrift. Our gatherings won’t be the same. Our history has been changed.” Blair Walker said the family has received many well wishes from the community that have brought into focus just how much her vitality and enthusiasm contributed to the lives of so many. “Our family is deeply touched by the outpouring of well wishes,” he said. The list of people whose lives she touched grew as word of her passing spread. “Despite her prolific career and abundant gifts, what I will miss the most about Doris was her incredible generosity of spirit and willingness to share her magical view of the world with others,” Mayor Scott Schoeffel said. Schoeffel recounted a trip in August when Walker-Smith heard his nephew and granddaughter were heading off to college. Walker-Smith took them on a whale-watching trip. “The ship’s captain told me that the massive beast that surfaced next to our boat and mugged for Doris’s camera was the only blue whale spotted that day,” Schoeffel said. “It was one of those classic Doris Walker experiences I am sure that none of us lucky enough to be on board will ever forget.” Blair Walker confirmed that that moment was unforgettable for his mother too. “It was as if the whale was waving goodbye to her. That was the last time she saw a whale before she passed. She was thrilled,” he said. Now the local community must say goodbye as well. “Doris loved Dana Point shamelessly and without reservation and we are the better for it,” Schoeffel said. “The city has lost one of its great citizens, its storyteller and the keeper of our collective soul.” DP

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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, November 3

Then, she said, it sounded like someone coming up the stairs. Deputies found the door intact.

set it down on the sidewalk. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Calle Portola/Calle Juanita (3:40 p.m.) Deputies investigated a man sitting on a swing in a park for about an hour, talking to himself. They tried to get the man into a car and said he was “semi-combative.” The man was visiting from Poland and did not speak English.

FAMILY DISPUTE Calle del Sol, 34900 Block (9:03 p.m.) A woman reported her husband pushed her and was harassing her. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Silver Lantern, 34000 Block (7:01 p.m.) A parent reported that their son returned home in a car that did not belong to him.

WELFARE CHECK Golden Lantern/Terra Vista (2:29 p.m.) Somebody spotted a baby seat with a sheet over it in the backseat of a car and was concerned a baby was in it.

RECKLESS DRIVING Doheny Park Road/Pacific Coast Highway (6:29 p.m.) Deputies were asked to be on the lookout for a blond woman driving a new white VW Jetta after she was spotted driving recklessly.

Wednesday, November 2

WELFARE CHECK Sepulveda Avenue/Domingo Avenue (5:32 p.m.) A caller reported their 18-year-old son hadn’t been heard from in five days. The young man does drugs, the caller said, and was with a 44-year-old woman, but the caller was concerned the young man was with the woman against his will.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Silverstrand, 0 Block (10:08 p.m.) A woman said she heard a bang downstairs that sounded like someone kicking down a door.

PETTY THEFT Sepulveda Avenue/Domingo Avenue (5:24 p.m.) A man getting food from a church reported his backpack was stolen after he

PROWLER Camarillo Street, 24700 Block (1:09 a.m.) A woman reported someone was knocking on her front door when she was home alone with her daughter.

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COURT ORDER VIOLATION Pacific Coast Highway, 32800 Block (1:36 p.m.) A woman who has a restraining order against her ex-husband feared his son was stalking her. She spotted him while she was picking up her mail. But he wasn’t listed on the restraining order. DISTURBANCE Violet Lantern, 33700 Block (9:36 a.m.) A woman notified deputies there was a man in her home with a warrant out against him, but he was refusing to leave. A 72-year-old man was taken into custody. BURGLARY REPORT Manzanita Drive, 25100 Block (11:38

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p.m.) A woman called and said she’d returned home and found her door open—but then learned her roommate had accidently left it open.

Tuesday, November 1 DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (10:26 p.m.) A man’s ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend showed up and broke his car mirror, then took off. A friend later got a text saying the man was “standing on the edge of freedom.” The caller was concerned he was going to kill himself. ANNOYING PHONE CALLS Calle Real, 26900 Block (6:47 p.m.) A resident reported getting more than 30 phone calls from a contractor who is upset with him. FOLLOW UP REPORT Harbor Drive/Golden Lantern (9:05 a.m.) A man who earlier reported his car stolen spotted it. He’d said he’d left it in front of a bar in the harbor, then found it a couple of blocks away. COURT ORDER VIOLATION Golden Lantern, 32500 Block (8:23 a.m.) A woman who said she had a restraining order against her husband reported he was on his way to talk to her.



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ALL HANDS, AHOY: By Beverli Jinn

Trash by Any Other Name Would Smell As Sweet I confess. I can’t keep it straight. What’s trash and what isn’t? Am I doomed to wallow in guilt, knowing in my heart of hearts that I’ve put something recyclable into Beverli Jinn the black trash cart? Or worse—have I guessed wrong about the yogurt container? It seemed to me to be plastic. I consigned it to the blue cart, but now . . . ? Actually, I don’t have this problem. I live in a multifamily community. We don’t get to separate our discards. Everything goes into one big dumpster. The dumpster is emptied into a noisy truck and driven to Stanton, where it gets separated by human beings and conveyor belts. Presumably, this process is free of error. These workers are professionals. They know that my yogurt container is trash. They know that my aluminum foil is recyclable. They know that it doesn’t matter that the foil is covered with burned, greasy food. It’s good for another life. They know that next time around it may get to be an icy cold can of Coors Lite They know, as well, that waxed milk cartons belong in the landfill where they will eventually biodegrade. (Back in the

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truck the cartons go for a ride to the Prima Deshecha Landfill.) Who knew? My yogurt container sure feels like plastic. It looks like plastic. It seems to do the same kind of job that plastic does, but apparently this is not the case. What those workers at the conveyor belts know but most of us do not is that there are many different kinds of plastic. Some like to be recycled. Some do not. The fact is that it’s fairly easy to know the difference. Fairly easy. One need only examine the item. If it is stamped with a triangle that has a number from one to seven, it has another life to lead. Now, please don’t misunderstand. We still haven’t solved this problem completely. When I first became passionate about recycling, I didn’t understand that there are several possibilities. You see, some plastic is not stamped with a triangle. The plastic bags that are designed to keep loaves of breads fresh fall into this category. It’s true. The very material that seems best isn’t. Say it ain’t so, Shoeless Joe. Last night I had frozen peas for dinner. What do I do with the plastic bag? This morning I had prunes that come packed in a stiff plastic, resealable bag. No triangle.

What to do? What to do? Plastic grocery bags, dry cleaning bags and bags from any market must be put in the blue or brown carts, but they must be bundled up separately and tied. If we use them as trashcan liners, they should be put into the black cart. They will end up in the landfill forever and ever. We can hope that the city will find a way to make the use of these bags illegal. If that happens, it’ll be a help, but it will still be up to each individual to make the law effective. After all, there’s an ordinance against smoking in our public parks but no shortage of cigarette butts smushed into the grass and concrete walkways. There’s a law against using a cell phone while driving. Yeah, sure. That’ll work. Let’s get real. At a recent Friday morning Coffee Chat in the harbor, the discussion focused on the problem of plastic bags in our community. One of the people who spoke out told of her frustration in trying to do the right thing. She spoke of her feelings of guilt. It’s impossible, she said, to do everything. She is correct. Still, it’s vital that we do what we can. 1. Take reusable bags with you when you market or shop.

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2. If you forget the reusable bags, take the plastic ones, bundle them when you get home and get them into the brown or blue cart for pickup. 3. Look for that elusive triangle. Stuff all bags with this symbol together, regardless of the number, and put them in the blue or brown cart. We’ll trust the human sorters to get them where they belong. Lord knows, we’ve tried. Some years ago, at her first opportunity, Beverli Jinn retired from teaching high school English. A lot of books inside her demanded to be written. Now, several years and six published books later, an altered compulsion, the care and feeding of our ocean, drives Jinn’s pen. She believes that the residents of Orange County’s South Coast can lead the way in establishing and maintaining a healthy watershed. She is the co-founder of Dana Point’s Earth/Ocean Society and is active in the DP Historical Society. Born and raised in Orange County, she has lived in Dana Point since 2001. Jinn welcomes her readers’ feedback via email at

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




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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


Lord of the Strings: Byron Walls 7:30 p.m. Entertainer, musician and comedian at the Dana Point Community House. Admission $20. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227,


First Friday Film 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The library shows The Music Never Stopped; $2 donation. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, Fall Dance Concert: Edge of Glory 6:30 p.m. Nearly 200 students, including the San Clemente High School Dance Team perform. Tickets $10-$12. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165, Nick Terrafranca 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, Fall Into Fridays 4 p.m.-8 p.m. DaVine hosts a weekly wine tasting with live music at 5:30 p.m. Tastings are $15-$20 and include artisan cheeses and crackers paired with 4 boutique wines. 34673 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.493.4044, LeRoy 6:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Acoustic guitarist and troubadour of pop and country music at Zona’s. 647 Camino de Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.940.8845.


Marine Corps Birthday & Veteran Ceremony 1 p.m. Veteran’s Day event at Park Semper Fi in the Pier Bowl honoring Veterans and Our Adopted Marine Corps 2/4 5th Marines & HMLA 367. 949.498.4958,


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. Dana Point Times November 4–10, 2011


Ante Up for Autism

Talk About Curing Autism is holding its 5th Annual Ante Up for Autism fundraising event November 5 at 5 p.m. at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa, 1 Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point. Ante Up is a fundraising poker tournament—also featuring music, cocktails and live and silent auctions—to raise money for the national nonprofit organization TACA, dedicated to the support, education and empowerment of families touched by autism. Patrick McIlvain of San Clemente is the event chair. He and wife Stephanie found TACA shortly after their 10-year-old son was diagnosed with autism and have been supporters ever since. Patrick is Vice President of Sports Marketing for Oakley, Inc., one of the many event sponsors, including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Professional Football Players Mothers Association and New Era. Among this year’s celebrity guests are actors Mark-Paul Gosselaar, AJ Buckley, Jonathon Schaech; musician Cisco Adler; athletes Gretchen Bleiler, Kerry Walsh and Brett Hughes as well as professional poker players Michelle Lau, David Mosikian and Joe Sebok. The VIP reception and general admission opens at 5 p.m. followed by an event presentation and auction at 7 p.m. and an 8 p.m. poker tournament start. Last year’s event raised more than $220,000 (gross) for supporting TACA’s aim to speed up the time between diagnosis and treatment and to improve quality of life for people with autism. Tickets start at $250 and the event is open only to ages 21 and over. To purchase tickets, see —Andrea Swayne

4th Annual Surfscience Teen Conference 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Conference for 8th- to 12th-grade students with an interest in surf and ocean science at The Ocean Institute. $15. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, 949.496.2274, Backyard Skills: Food Preservation 101 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Learn the skills to preserve your garden’s bounty for months to come at The Ecology Center. Cost $20-$25. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, Angelica Wilson 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, Headlands Walking Tour 9 a.m.-noon. Nature Interpretive Center hosts a docent-led 1.5-mile tour of the Dana Point Preserve, Hilltop and Harbor Point Parks. Advanced registration required. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point, 949.542.4755.



First Sunday Book Sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Find books at a great price at the San Clemente Library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Ukulele Night 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Jam night at Hulaville. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, 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,



Smokey Karaoke 8 p.m. Sing fearlessly at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Monday Night Laughs 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live stand-up comedy at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, Page 8



Ben Powell 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite. com.

Poul Pedersen 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The acoustic artist performs live at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


The Expression Session Band 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Live mellow music for “Wine Down Wednesday” at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,


The Diviners 7 p.m. San Juan Hills High School presents The Diviners, Oct. 9-11 and 16-18. The play is a depression era tragedy about a town’s search for something to believe in. Tickets $15 adults, $12 students and seniors. Not recommended for kids under 12. SJHHS Black Box Theater, 29211 Vista Montana, San Juan Capistrano, Belgium Beer Throwdown - Beer Tasting 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Bryan Molar of Wine Warehouse. Tasting fee is $15 for seven beers with snacks (pretzels, brats & more). 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar; 949.429.7067;



Micro Championship Wrestling 8 p.m. Event at The Coach House. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

SOCSA Rocks the House Concert 7 p.m. South Orange County School of the Arts of DHHS presents three bands in the mall: Ugly Paint, Steel Blues, and Numb Desire. Tickets $5. 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.240.1994, *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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Dana Point Business of the Month for OCTOBER 2011:

DaVine Food & Wine, Golden Galleon and Upstairs Store By Lynn Kelly, Management Analyst, Dana Point Economic Development


arla Sherman Balmuth has been a merchant in Dana Point Harbor since 1979, when she began her business ventures with the purchase of The Shell Connection. Her knack for business and commerce quickly emerged as she turned vacant spaces throughout the harbor into bustling shops. After initially selling products geared towards women, she re-evaluated her original vision with feedback from her customers and shifted towards creating a harbor shopping experience for the entire family. Golden Galleon has been located on the waters’ edge for the past 30 years. They offer customers a unique shopping experience including the finest fashions, jewelry, shoes and gifts to fit the California lifestyle. Golden Galleon Boutique is honored to have been recently voted the “Best

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Clothing” by the readers of the Dana Point Times. The Upstairs Store offers unique trinkets and treasures to intrigue the senses. The fresh scent of Aromatique potpourri and candles permeates the air and captures your attention before even arriving at the front door. Upon entering the shop, customers are greeted by the vast array of beautiful paintings, lamps, hand blown glassware and many other unusual gifts and home accessories. The Upstairs Store continues to inspire your shopping excursion with the upbeat, jazzy sounds of Beegie Adair and other musicians. Complimentary gift wrap is available for that perfect gift for that someone special in your life. DaVine Food & Wine, Marla and Steve Balmuth’s newest venture, is a direct

The Business of the Month award became the “Businesses” of the Month when on October 24 the city featured owner Marla Sherman Balmuth and husband and business partner Steve Balmuth’s three harbor area businesses— DaVine Food & Wine, Golden Galleon and Upstairs Store. Shown here (L to R) are Mayor Scott Schoeffel, Marla Sherman Balmuth, Steve Balmuth, daughter Briana and Marla’s mother Dorothy. Photo by Andrea Swayne

result of a passion for good food, good wine and good times with family and friends. After a recent trip to Provence, France in celebration of their wedding anniversary, Marla and Steve became inspired to recreate and share their amazing experience with others in the form of a gourmet food, wine and gift boutique. Steve, Marla’s husband, business partner and wine buyer for DaVine, has an extensive background in the wine industry, including retail and wholesale experience. His passion for “all things wine” is apparent in the carefully selected wines and accompaniments throughout the store. Always on the lookout for more delicious gourmet food, Marla attends many trade shows, such as the Fancy Food Shows in New York and San Francisco. Customers can rely on Marla to pick only the finest food and gift products. It is Marla and Steve’s commitment and passion to present products that provide a feast for both the eyes and the palate to all who visit DaVine Food & Wine. Customer service is a top priority for Marla in all of her business ventures. She provides the best possible products and services for her customers because, as she explains, “If it weren’t for the customers, we wouldn’t be here. They are our

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business. We seek out the best because the customers deserve the best.” Marla challenges herself and her team to think outside of the box and fill the needs of the community. In addition to working diligently to meet the needs of her customers, Marla is active in the Dana Point business community. She is an active member of the Harbor Merchants Association, Dana Point Destiny, United Harbor Merchants and the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. The Dana Point City Council would like to thank Marla, her family and her team on their dedication and commitment to the Dana Point Harbor and the entire Dana Point business community. Their passion and enthusiasm for running their businesses has raised the bar for all local retailers. The city wishes them many years of continued success and offers congratulations on being selected for the Dana Point Featured Businesses of the Month for October 2011. Each month, the mayor selects a featured business of the month that has demonstrated success in the city and a commitment to the community. The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the city, prepares and presents the recognition at a meeting of the City Council. To see past recipients, log on to and click on “Business.” DP

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

BUSINESS • SPOTLIGHT Memories of Me Photography

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


949.489.1955 949.248.8595

CAFE - DELI Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,

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


Ocean Ranch Chiropractic 949.584.5000 Dr. James Slusher & Dr. Ron Berman, 32585 Golden Lantern, Ste. H, Pacific Waves Family Chiropractic 949.436.2926 & Alternative Healthcare 24632 San Juan, Ste. 230,


COFFEE SHOP Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,

GraCorp Coins & Collectibles

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


Fit Club - Boot Camp


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

949.496.1957 949.489.1955


949.350.4692 Kevin

COSMETICS Mary Kay Cosmetics & Career 949.248.2868 Opportunities, Ind. Sales Director - Marline Adams,

DENTISTS Dana Point Dental 34080 Golden Lantern, Ste 201,


Insurance Services


Maureen B. Fletcher Interior Design 714.889.9597

Jeweler Dana Point Jeweler 949.489.1165 24845 Del Prado,


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


Chick’s Plumbing


Island Inspired Pool & Spa


Junk Removal Green Dump Truck



delta G electrical 949.360.9282 Rocky Taylor Landscaping CA #657214,


Ocean Academy


Surf Shops

POOL & SPA SERVICE 949.547.1000

San Clemente Preschool 949.498.1025 163 Avenida Victoria,

Infinity Surfboards 949.661.6699 24382 Del Prado, Jack’s Surfboards 949.276.8080 34320 Pacific Coast Hwy,

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

Upholstery Beacon Printing - Brad & Judy Brandmeier 24681 La Plaza, Ste. 125 949.661.3877 Dana Point Upholstery 949.240.2292 24402 Del Prado Printing OC 949.388.4888 Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 949.240.9569 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203, 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy, PSYCHOTHERAPY

Corinne Rupert PhD, PsyD, MFT 949.488.2648 33971 Selva Rd. Ste. 125,


Patricia Powers 949.496.1900 COMPUTER REPAIR & SERVICES License#0737080, Statefarm/Elaine LaVine 949.240.8944 San Clemente Computer & Network Services 949.276.1581 34080 Golden Lantern, State Farm/Ted Bowersox 949.661.3200 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy. #204 CONTRACTORs - GENERAL Creative Environments Construction 949.496.3728 Design & Build #464468 INTERIOR DESIGN






Coffee Importers Scoop Deck 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern,





CHRISTIAN CHURCHES Christian Science Services 34102 La Plaza

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Kenny’s Music & Guitars 949.661.3984 ABC Signs & Embroidery Shop 24731 La Plaza, Danman’s Music School 949.496.6556 34135 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. E, 24699 Del Prado,

BEAUTY SALONS Paragon Salon 34161 Pacific Coast Hwy. Salon Revelation - Dayna Dallas 34192 Violet Lantern #2


949.443.1476 Sunburst Landscaping                   949.632.0081 Brio Tuscany Grille         949.493.3670 24050 Camino Del Avion, Jolly Roger Restaurant 949.496.0855 LOCKSMITH 34661 Golden Lantern, 949.388.8102 Dana Point Lock & Security 949.496.6919 Smokey’s House of BBQ 32860 Pacific Coast Hwy. #4,

Prudential California Realty, Shirley Tenger 949.487.7700 Surterre Properties Monarch Beach, 949.464.3243 McDaniel Gilmore Group 33522 Niguel Rd. Ste. 100, Monarch Beach 92629

WINDOW CLEANING Bayside Window Cleaning 949.290.8230

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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HELP WANTED HARBOR GRILL RESTAURANT, DANA POINT HARBOR Now Hiring: Experienced line cook, min of 3 yrs experience. Part time, nights only. Contact Angel, 949-240-1416. CLERK TYPIST Clerk typist for pharmacy in San Clemente. Hrs. 9-6 M-F, plus some Sat. 9-1. Experience and local residence preferred. Fax resume to (949) 496-0489. CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSOCIATE WANTED Customer Service Associate Wanted: Part time, possible working into full time. Must be able to muti task, have a friendly professional attitude with consumers and coworkers, good understanding of Internet applications, detail oriented, very organized, excel and word proficiency a plus. 60 yr old company in San Clemente. Call M-F 9-5 949-289-5794 or email for further details.

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Age: 11, Shorecliffs Middle School





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SCOOP S ON THE LOCAL a n C le m eDnate n a Po in t SURF COMMUNITY

Shane Hardy. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Shane Hardy of Dana Point is a first-year member of the Shorecliffs Middle School surf team. He contributed to his team’s first victory of the year at the Scholastic Surf Series Event No. 1, October 29 in Huntington Beach, taking third in Boys Shortboard. Shane is also surfing the WSA Gatorade Championship Tour this season and took third in Boys U12 Shortboard, October 23 at Event No. 3 in Pismo Beach. Shane’s favorite local breaks include Lowers, Riviera and T Street, where he practices hard to improve his skills and hopes to earn an invitation into the Surfing America Prime Series. “I’m trying to go off the lip more and make my whacks look cleaner and bigger,” he said. Skateboarding, snowboarding, dirt bikes and fishing are some of his other interests. Shane is doing well in school and is proud of the two ‘A+’ grades he has now. His favorite subject is PE because he loves to be active and outdoors as much as possible. In the future, Shane would like to surf at the pro level and get a college degree. “I like surfing because it’s my passion and just being in the water takes all the stress off. It helps me do better in school, too,” Shane said. “I am thankful for my dad for taking me surfing twice a day, and the support of my family and sponsors.” —Andrea Swayne

Masters of their Craft USA Wins Gold at ISA World Masters Surfing Championships Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times

Team USA (L to R) Coach Ian Cairns, Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns, David Giddings, Allen Sarlo, Sean Mattison, Jim Hogan, Dean Randazzo, Tom Curren and Jason Senn. Photo ISA/Watts


carefully chosen team of seasoned athletes surfed to gold medal glory at the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships in La Libertad, El Salvador, October 16 to 23. Strong, fit and talented, the impressive lineup of professional surfers whose salad

days of competition are more than two decades behind them, proved that they still have what it takes to represent the U.S. and win on the world stage. The roster included San Clemente’s David Giddings, Jason Senn and Jim Hogan

Dolphin Report:

20th, 79) played well enough to make the 45-player cut for the CIF-SS Championship set for November 5 at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente.


By David Zimmerle

FOOTBALL • Looking to shake off a tough loss to San Clemente High in its previous contest while also on point to snap a two-game skid, the Dolphins (0-3 SCL, 3-6) could not outlast the Tesoro Titans on the road October 28, losing 35-26 at the sound of the final whistle. Dana Hills looked decent on both sides of the ball throughout this one, but it was Tesoro (2-0 SCL, 6-2) that ultimately prevailed, mostly off a strong second half performance and a crushing ground attack. Dana Hills now closes out its South Coast League schedule November 4, as the boys play host to Trabuco Hills High. BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • Dana Hills High’s cross country team was off last week but picked up ac-

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(now living in Costa Rica), Dean Randazzo, Allen Sarlo, Sean Mattison, Tom Curren and Alisa Schwarzstein Cairns. In the Kahunas 45+ division, Curren earned gold and Hogan silver. Schwarzstein Cairns (wife of Coach Ian Cairns) took

GIRLS TENNIS • Before competing in the South Coast League Prelims and Finals November 1-2, the Lady Dolphins (8-0 SCL, 12-1) took on Capo Valley, beating the Lady Cougars 14-4 on October 25.

tion on the course competing at the South Coast League Finals at Irvine Regional Park on November 3. GIRLS GOLF • The Lady Dolphins (7-0 SCL, 17-0) continued to dominate, recently taking second place with 420 total points at the CIF-SS Southern Team Regional at Los Serrano Country Club on October 27 as Avery French and Elizabeth Soewondo each shot a 4-over-par 78. Northwood (418) finished in first place while Brea Olinda (424) took third with Mater Dei (426) rounding out the top four spots in fourth place. All four schools qualified for the Southern Section championship tournament set for November 3 in Solvang. Then at the CIF-SS Southern Region Individual on October 31 both French (tied for 14th place, 77) and Soewondo (tied for

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL • The Lady Dolphins (5-3 SCL, 15-10) picked up a big 3-0 South Coast League win against Trabuco Hills on October 25, beating the Lady Mustangs 25-10, 25-18 and 25-17. The girls next faced El Toro on October 27 and had trouble getting past the Lady Chargers as Dana Hills ultimately lost in four sets 25-21, 22-25, 25-27 and 21-25. The girls closed out the regular season on the road with a 3-1 win— in four sets winning 23-25, 25-17, 25-16 and 25-23— against Capo Valley on October 31. BOYS WATER POLO • The Dolphins

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copper in Master Women 35+ and Sarlo won copper in the Grand Kahuna division. When all was said and done, the team’s combined points total of 9,396 saw them sail past 20 other teams and overtake runner-up Brazil with 9,086 points. South Africa, Puerto Rico and Australia took third, fourth and fi fth respectively. The team was chosen by Surfing America, the national governing body for surfing in the United States, and coached by PacSun USA Surf Team coach Ian Cairns. “This was Surfing America’s first foray into the ISA World Masters Surfing Championships, and we wanted to make sure we did our nation proud. We were stoked at the level of talent that wanted to represent the USA on the world stage,” said Surfing America Director Greg Cruse. “They are not just a talented bunch of surfers, but also great people that I am proud to have representing our country and Surfing America.” DP

(4-2 SCL, 16-10) split their time between tourney play and single regular season games recently. On October 25, Dana Hills got back into its South Coast League swing and rolled through Laguna Hills 12-7. The team then played out the rest of the Steve Pal Memorial Tournament October 28-29, with Dana Hills going 1-2 for the remainder of the tourney. After opening with back-to-back wins at the tourney on October 24, the boys picked up where they left off beating Dos Pueblos 10-9 on October 28. However, the team ran out of gas down the stretch on October 29 suffering two straight losses—the first a 9-8 loss to Damien High, followed by a 7-4 loss to Ventura High. Dana Hills next faced El Toro at home on November 1, then traveled to Mission Viejo November 3 before wrapping up the regular season on the road against Capo Valley on November 4. Log on to to read the full Dolphin Report.

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