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Preventing a Pile Up
Dana Point tried for years to clean up scene of fatal ﬁre E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4
Fire crews clean up piles of debris left by an October 30 house ﬁre that claimed the lives of historian Doris Walker-Smith and husband Jack Smith. Photo by Andrea Swayne
GROM OF THE WEEK: Myah Bradshaw of Dana Point
Planning Commission Approves Town Center Plan
Tom Blake: On Life and Love After 50
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LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING
City and Business Calendar Saturday, November 12
Wednesday, November 16
Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. Admission is free. For more information or to inquire about purchasing a booth for $25, please call 949.573.5033 or 951.271.0669. www.danapoint.org
Sunrise Rotary Club 7 a.m. the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at the Ritz-Carlton. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, 949.493.2759, www.monarchbeachrotary.com.
Monday, November 14
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City Council Meeting 6 p.m. City Council Chambers, 33282, Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501, www.danapoint.org
speakers and discussion topics vary to include issues and items of interest to Dana Point residents. This week’s topic will be ocean water desalinization. Karl Seckel of the Municipal Water District of Orange County will be the speaker. Free coffee will be served, courtesy of Coffee Importers. For more information, call Pat Fairbanks at 949.661.9999.
Friday, November 18
Foreign Film Friday 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, hosts a free screening of a foreign film on the third Friday of the month. This month’s film is Little Sparrows (Australia). For more information, call 949.496.5517 or see www.ocgov.com.
Civic Association Coffee Chat 8:30 a.m. Dana Point Civic Association presents Coffee Chat on the third Friday of each month at Coffee Importers, 34531 Golden Lantern in the harbor. The public is welcome. Guest
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THE LATEST: The first of a series of community workshops for the Doheny Village revitalization plan was held November 5 at Capo Beach Calvary Chapel in Capistrano Beach. Led by Director of Community Development Kyle Butterwick, the meeting included a presentation by Roma Design Group, the firm hired by the city to develop the plan design. Bob Fairbanks, a 22-year Dana Point resident and workshop attendee, said the overview of very preliminary ideas seemed to carry the common theme of connectivity—how to have better access within the village and easier access into and out of other areas in Dana Point. “My suggestion was to separate the area into commercial in the north and residential in the south with a people-friendly mix of shops, coffee houses and cafes,” Fairbanks said. Other suggestions brought by attendees related to landscaping beautification and enhancing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists in the area. Butterwick announced the recent award of a $125,000 grant to the city for use in studying how to better connect Town Center, OC Dana Point Harbor and Doheny Village. The city has also received a $340,000 sustainability grant to assist with the development of the village. WHAT’S NEXT: The city and Roma will study the suggestions as they move forward with the planning phase of the project. With attendance of about 100 residents, Mayor Scott Schoeffel said he felt that for a first meeting it was a success. “It was very gratifying to see so many residents bring their enthusiasm and imagination to the workshop.” said SchoefDana Point Times November 11–17, 2011
fel. “They left our staff with many valuable ideas that are sure to help realize the amazing potential of Doheny Village.” According to Planning Manager John Tilton the city expects to hold the next public meeting shortly after the first of the year. FIND OUT MORE: www.danapoint.org —Andrea Swayne
…the Town Center Plan?
THE LATEST: The Dana Point Planning Commission on Monday night voted 4-0 in favor of approving the final Environmental Impact Report for the of the Town Center Revitalization Plan. Commissioner Liz Claus, who lives near the project, abstained. The Coastal Commission approved the plan in 2008. The EIR was originally scheduled for approval at a March 21 meeting. WHAT’S NEXT: The plan will include changing a stretch of PCH and Del Prado into two-way streets. Also included are added parking, new signage, traffic signals, mixeduse buildings, landscaping and beautification—all intended to make the area more business and pedestrian friendly. “I am thrilled to see the Town Center development moving forward, and this is a giant step in the right direction,” said Mayor Scott Schoeffel. Although the question of funding remains for the estimated $19 million project, once in place construction is expected to take about a year. FIND OUT MORE: www.danapoint.org —AS
THE LATEST: Southern California Edison continues to investigate the ammonia leak
at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station November 1 but the utility company has not determined the cause. The leak forced a partial evacuation of the power plant and required operators to issue an alert, the second lowest in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s classification system. The NRC was notified within 18 minutes, said SCE spokesman Scott Andreson. The leak was reported after a plant employee smelled the fumes, Andreson said. SONGS’ last alert was issued in 1999. WHAT’S NEXT: SCE’s “root cause analysis” is expected to take about a month to complete, he said. The company has reached some tentative conclusions and has begun taking steps to address possible causes, the spokesman said. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.danapointtimes.com for updates. —Stacie N. Galang
…Bus Service Changes?
THE LATEST: A study looking at ways to operate transit services more efficiently proposes the elimination of one local bus route and changes to several others, although an Orange County Transportation Authority spokesman said no final decisions have been made. The report, presented to OCTA directors this month, looks 10 years ahead. It says Route 1, along PCH between San Clemente Metrolink and the Long Beach Veterans Hospital, should remain, as should Route 91, between San Clemente and the Laguna Hills Transportation Center. But the report recommends eliminating Route 191/A along Camino Capistrano, as well as Route 193 between Dana Point and San Clemente. WHAT’S NEXT: “The board received and filed the report—we understand the recom-
mendations are in there, but there are no current plans to implement those cuts,” OCTA spokesman Joel Zlotnik said. Zlotnik said public hearings would be held before any cuts were made. The report recommends some pilot projects be tested, such as additional van pool services and express bus on the 73 between the Laguna Niguel Metrolink station and Irvine business center. An implementation plan for the pilot projects will be brought back in 90 days. FIND OUT MORE: See the full report at www.danapointtimes.com —Jonathan Volzke
…Save Baby Beach?
THE LATEST: A group of concerned residents and regular users of Baby Beach have organized to form a group called “Save Baby Beach” in response to changes proposed in the draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report for the Dana Point Harbor marina improvement project. According to one member of the group, Paul Sampedro, they object to a portion of the plan that proposes the addition of new docks near the OC Sailing & Events Center that they say will negatively impact the use of Baby Beach. The new docks would be open for public use by larger motorized craft as opposed to the small sailboats and SUPs currently using the area, say opponents. WHAT’S NEXT: The public comment period for the draft SEIR was extended to November 21 at 5 p.m. in response to unusual circumstances and stakeholder requests, said a county notice of the extension. The period was originally set to end November 4. FIND OUT MORE: www.ocdph.com or www.facebook.com/SaveBabyBeach. —AS www.danapointtimes.com
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Preventing a Pile Up Dana Point tried for years to clean up scene of fatal fire By Jonathan Volzke and Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
mid the tidy homes on Bremerton Street, the house at 33331 stood out. Boxes and junk would often litter the driveway and side areas, spurring complaints from neighbors and frequent visits from city code enforcement officers. For three years, the city fired off letters and notices of municipal-code violations. City officials met repeatedly with the homeowners, and at one point city staffers even offered to clean up the mess themselves if the residents would just grant them permission. Time and time again, the residents would make a little progress moving items around, but in the long term, nothing worked. On October 21, the city attorney’s office notified the homeowners Dana Point intended to go to court to ask an Orange County Superior Court judge to order the mess removed. Tragedy struck first. In the early morning hours of October 30, fire raced through the home, ultimately claiming the lives of Dana Point historian Doris Walker-Smith and her husband, retired Marine Maj. Jack Smith. While the city’s cleanup efforts had focused on the items on the exterior of the single-story home, firefighters said the inside was crowded, although neatly piled, with personal belongings, too. That made the fire burn more intensely than normal, and made it difficult for firefighters to get in and out. While the Orange County Fire Authority typically fights house fires aggressively, the amount of fuel for the flames prompted firefighters to quickly go defensive at the Bremerton fire—keeping personnel outside the home and dousing it with water while preventing it from spreading to nearby houses. “Usually we don’t go defensive, but in this case so many items were burning that they made the rescues and went defensive,” OCFA Captain Marc Stone said. “The items inside did hamper the rescues…I’m not saying that’s the reason it became a fatal fire, but I can say that it wasn’t an easy in-and-out for us.” The cause of the fire was ruled accidental. Fire authorities called on the assistance of Orange County Crew 1, an 11-member hand crew usually assigned to fight vegetation fires, to assist with the dig out and removal of the abundance of debris left by the blaze. Neighbors said they’d expressed concern after watching the situation grow worse and worse at the home. “We were always concerned about the conditions next door,” said Bert Bergen. “Jack and Doris were great people; they were always good to us, especially when our children were very young. But the concern was always there that this was something that was out of their control and the clutter inside and outside got progressively worse in the last 10 years or so.” Dana Point Times November 11–17, 2011
Neighbors had raised concerns to the city about the pile up of things surrounding the property. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Patricia Bergen said the couples’ reluctance to let people inside the home was in sharp contrast to the very public life led by Walker-Smith, who’d co-founded the Dana Point Historical Society, authored 13 books and wrote a regular column for the Dana Point Times. “It seems that they became slave to their stuff, isolating themselves in their home because they were so concerned about all of their things,” she said. That’s not unusual among people who hoard items, said Mark Odom, a licensed clinical social worker and expert on hoarding who is a consultant to the Orange County Task Force on Hoarding. Although Odom cautioned he could not speak specifically about the Dana Point case, he said generally hoarding becomes a problem when it impacts a person’s ability to live a normal life—such as having people over—or preventing a room from being used for its intended purpose. Hoarding is a relatively new area of study, only first truly defined in 1996. It was later made more mainstream when Oprah Winfrey addressed it on her show about a decade ago. Orange County formed the Task Force on Hoarding in 2005, bringing together mental-health experts, code-enforcement specialists, even vector-control experts and others for monthly meetings. While the number of hoarding cases in Orange County isn’t tracked, Odom said researchers nationally say upward of 5 percent of the adult population has a serious problem with hoarding behaviors. While most people may have a half-dozen possessions they value deeply, people who
hoard generally attach a heightened sense of importance and emotional attachment to everything they own, he said. Walker-Smith’s son Blair Walker declined to discuss the condition of the home but said that many of the items she had collected inside the home were part of his mother’s effort to preserve Dana Point history. But hoarding is most often a symptom to other problems, not the root problem itself, Odom said. In about 92 percent of the cases studied, those who hoard have another occurring problem, such as major depression, general anxiety or social phobia. About 15 percent have a problem with obsessive-compulsive behavior, and about 20 percent have some form of attention disorder, he said. That’s why addressing hoarding is difficult. “The stuff we see when we see the hoarding are generally the symptoms,” Odom said. “When you take away the stuff, reasons for the hoarding are still there so it will reoccur.” For neighbors, code enforcement is the right step, Odom said. And from a city point of view, handling hoarding issues require a delicate balance. “It comes down to civil liberties versus civic responsibility,” Odom said. “At what point does the state or government step in? Some communities are more aggressive than others.” City Manager Doug Chotkevys said Dana Point tries to work toward voluntary compliance on code-enforcement cases. The city provided the Dana Point Times with 25 pages of correspondence between the
city and Walker-Smith, noting many home visits and meetings about several instances of municipal-code violations related to the accumulation of items around the house. The first notice of violation was in July of 2008. That was followed by several other letters. In February 2010, code enforcement told the homeowners that simply moving debris from one area to another did not constitute a clean-up. In April 2010, code enforcement officer Bill Beattie wrote Walker-Smith a letter thanking them for cleaning up the mess. “They would comply, but over time, more items would appear,” Chotkevys said. The city sent more letters in September 2010 about additional violations, all stressing voluntary compliance, and Beattie on September 15 thanked Jack Smith for agreeing to donate some items to clean up around the home. In September, 2011, Beattie even included this paragraph: “At this time, the city would like to offer you help in removing these items from your property.” “We were doing what we do with all code enforcement cases,” Chotkevys said. “We respect property rights and work with them toward voluntary compliance. Each case have to take on own merit. “Unless we get voluntary compliance, ultimately we have to go into superior court and prove to an Orange County Superior Court judge that there is a nuisance. If the judge finds there is nuisance, they work with property owner for reasonable schedule to clean it up.” If that doesn’t work, Chotkevys said, the court will authorize the city to clean it up. That’s a last resort. “Courts don’t like to go onto private property,” he said. “Living in America, courts have great deference to individual rights and property rights.” The final letter to Walker-Smith was dated October 21, from the law firm Rutan and Tucker. The letter listed several violations, and warned the next step was court, where each violation could carry six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. “Consider this your final warning,” the letter said. DP The Orange County Task Force on Hoarding meets the third Thursday of each month at the Council on Aging-Orange County, 1971 E. 4th Street, Suite 200 in Santa Ana. On February 11, the task force is holding a three-hour public information meeting in Buena Park featuring Michael Tompkins. Author of Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. For more information about that event or hoarding, see http://www.ochealthinfo.com/hoarding.
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DISTURBANCE Street of the Violet Lantern/Cresta Drive (6:02 p.m.) A man and woman were reported fighting at the corner. A crowd had gathered around.
Del Obispo Street/Quail Run (9:33 p.m.) A 50-year-old man, listed as a contractor, was arrested after a traffic stop. DISTURBANCE Calle Verano, 26800 Block (9:09 p.m.) A 40-year-old woman was arrested after a fight.
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SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN A VEHICLE Malaga Drive, 33900 Block (5:35 p.m.) A black or gray truck was parked across the street and a group of people were going in and out. The caller believed drugs were involved.
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.
VANDALISM REPORT Camino Capistrano, 35300 Block (1:01 p.m.) A resident reported vandalism to the house after being gone for two months.
DISTURBANCE Via California, 26100 Block (5:36 p.m.) A man and woman were heard yelling. When deputies arrived, they were told the husband threw keys at the woman.
UNKNOWN TROUBLE Street of the Ruby Lantern, 34000 Block (6:57 a.m.) A man was reported screaming and grunting and possibly in the trunk of a parked car with Idaho plates.
DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway/Doheny Park Plaza (5:35 p.m.) A homeless man was harassing customers and being verbal to employees.
STOLEN VEHICLE Priscilla Drive/Street of the Golden Lantern (5:57 a.m.) A man was yelling that his car had been stolen and to call the police.
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DISTURBANCE Placid Harbor, 0 Block (5:08 p.m.) A caller said a neighbor was banging on the door complaining that the washer and dryer were too loud. It is an ongoing problem.
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Tuesday, November 8 DISTURBANCE La Serena Drive, 34000 Block (8:59 a.m.) A 21-year-old man, who listed his occupation as construction, was arrested after a caller reported a disturbance.
Monday, November 7 SUSPICIOUS PERSON La Serena Drive, 33100 Block (6:20 p.m.) A caller reported people outside their door stating they were police officers but the
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SHOTS HEARD San Juan Avenue, 24600 Block (8:43 p.m.) Five gunshots were heard echoing outside in the direction of the Harbor House.
Monarch Bay Drive, 0 Block (3:53 p.m.) The Secret Service called deputies to report they had a man who was “pulling skimmers” off ATMs in the plaza parking lot. SUSPICIOUS PERSONS Ritz Cove Drive, 0 Block (11:44 a.m.) Two men were knocking on a woman’s door stating they had something for her. DRUNK DRIVING Pacific Coast Highway/Coast Highway (1:58 a.m.) A 36-year-old man was arrested after the car he was driving had been seen driving on the wrong side of the road.
Saturday, November 5 DISTURBANCE Street of the Amber Lantern/Pacific Coast Highway (11:46 p.m.) A group of people was being very loud in the restaurant parking lot. DISTURBANCE Diana Drive, 33700 Block (11:03 p.m.) Numerous people were creating a ruckus upstairs and playing loud music. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway/ Street of the Amber Lantern (11:06 p.m.) A homeless man with a large dog outside the store was bothering customers and asking for money.
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The Coastal Commission heard the rezoning application for the old mobile home park on Del Obispo, November 2 in Oceanside. I attended with 598 original opposition flyers signed by Dana Point residents and surrounds. These flyers (which represented your voices) had not been mentioned in the city’s “Staff Report to the Coastal Commission.” Community development officer Kyle Butterwick said when questioned by the Commissioners about that, that he Dana Point Times November 4–10, 2011
The realm could possibly be Earth. 4. I will exist in some sort of transitional state, a spiritual, not physical state, in which I am aware of activity on Earth and able even to communicate under certain conditions with those still living. This will be a holding pattern in which my soul will still be learning and preparing for an ultimate, perhaps physical, rebirth into some other realm in the universe. 5. The soul that I had been a part of for an eternal instant and that had simultaneously been participating in other lives in parallel universes will continue to participate as it evolves toward the perfection it seeks. My self-awareness and the experiences that I have had in this life will be a part of that soul. 6. I will be carried to Heaven by a band of angels where I will live in peace and harmony for eternity with Jesus and with all those whom I have loved. 7. I will be cast into Hell where I will suffer for eternity. What do you think? Have I included all the possibilities? Of course I have not. Have I included scenarios that definitely “questioned the voracity” of the flyers and that the city’s public hearings were barely attended by more than seven people at best. Hello. The Commissioners continued the hearing to December 7, to get more input from you and your concerns. So they listened, and cared about you. Please download a flyer immediately at www.wethepeopledp.com and send it in by fax or mail. Check out the hearing for yourself at www.cal-span.org. See agenda item #15a. Hear for yourself what he said. Then you will for sure download the flyer and get your neighbors involved too.
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Dana Point do the same? My husband and I are dog lovers and we enjoy our home. However, in the last year and a half, we have been subjected to yappy dogs (Pomeranians) next door who bark on and off incessantly when their owner is at work or away in the evenings. This does not seem fair. The owner of the dogs ignores our pleas and the building owner refuses to address the issue. He told us recently that, “We should just move.” Obviously, he is afraid the tenant will move if he asks her to do something.
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are not possible? Probably I have. In this (each?) physical life, one can be at peace by being the person he was designed to be, by behaving as he was designed to behave, by playing the role that is in sync with his design. This design is the work of the Eternal Life Force (God?) and is manifested in genetic structure, environment and experience—all of which combine to make each person’s life unique. Perhaps— and I like to believe that this is so—perhaps this design is the result of “intention” on the part of God. Perhaps, if we live many lives, karma plays a part in each person’s design. Perhaps a soul chooses a design for its incarnation. As a human being related to God but lacking the capacity to understand as God understands, I can only speculate about the intention and purpose of life. I am able to know, however, in the ineffable way that humans are capable of knowing, that inner peace is available to me only when I am able to disregard the pressure to conform placed on me by my culture and, instead, to be faithful to my design. It has been said that most of us go to our grave with our music unsung. Doris Walker-Smith, however, sang her music with purpose and gusto. It is the pure living symphony of humankind, the music of
Where Do We Go from Here? W e’re all still in shock, I think. How could Doris and Jack be gone? So quickly. How could something like this happen? What is death, anyway? What will happen to Beverli Jinn me when my physical body dies? Should I think about it, or not? How can I not think about it? Most likely the process of death will take place in ways that are far beyond human ability to imagine or conceptualize. Still, I’m compelled to speculate. Here are some possibilities: 1. Oblivion. I will no longer exist—anywhere. My awareness of self will die when my brain ceases to function. 2. I will continue to exist as a part of God/universe/creation, but I will have no awareness of self. 3. I will be reborn physically in a realm somewhere in the universe. I will have no conscious awareness of having existed previously, but I will bring with me the karma that I have created in previous existences. The realm in which I exist will be determined by the lessons still to be learned by my soul.
Dana Point and the County of Orange. In The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran speaks to the people of Orphalese. “You can muffle the drum,” he says, “and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?” I’m certain that Doris, perched on a mast and accompanied by a percussion symphony of lanyards in the harbor she loved, is singing her heart out. Next to her, her husband, Jack, is stretching his wings in spiritual applause. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
intersection of PCH and Selva. Where are the signs at this intersection that inform the public that there is a park with multiple public beach accessways? When I travel through Laguna Beach or Malibu there are signs posting information that there is public beach access, even if it is just a staircase. What the City of Dana Point has done is withhold information from the public of their right to access. The city has one sign on the west/beach side of Selva that states—“No Outlet”—nothing about a beach or a park. How does the public know that there is any beach access at all? They do not, and the city planned it that way. Shame on Dana Point. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.
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27211 Ortega Highway, Suite B, (above Tannins) San Juan Capistrano 949.481.2723 www.thepalmrestaurantandcatering.com Most popular item: Steaks Best known for: Fresh-made ingredients
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When you bite into a chip at The Palm, it’s warm, just out of the oven. When you taste the bleu cheese dressing, you know it was hand-made with fresh bleu cheese. And when you sink your teeth into the lamb burger, there’s no doubt in your mind Jonpaul Ugay, executive chef and operations manager of The Palm. the meat was fresh ground in the kitchen. When it comes to Jonpaul Ugay’s kitchen, Photo by Jonathan Volzke the magic is in the details. For Ugay, who was the bar manager at Tannin’s for more than three years and helped create special menu items there, that means ensuring quality and consistency by making everything from dressings to burger patties in the kitchen instead of buying it. “Unfortunately, a lot of restaurants have lost sight of the details and only focus on what they’re making,” he said. The Palm, which also offers a new twist on classic cocktails in its full bar—the grapefruit juice in its Greyhounds is fresh-squeezed—opens for dinner daily, and offers a Sunday brunch. The Taco Tuesday is also popular. Payment: Cash, major credit cards Price range: $8–$28 Reservations: Not necessary Hours: Mon-Thurs 3 p.m.–11 p.m.; Fri–Sat 3 p.m.–12:30 a.m.; Sun 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
The List A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak
Poker Night Fundraiser 5 p.m.-11 p.m. The SCHS boys lacrosse team holds a fundraiser at Talega Golf Club with prizes, food and drinks. $100 buy-in or $25 for those who wish not to play. 990 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, www. schslax.org.
Holiday Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.- 9 p.m. SC Wine Co. welcomes Jacquee Renna pouring our Holiday Selections. $15 for seven wines. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com Painting Away Hunger 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Family Assistance Ministry hosts an art show fundraiser featuring work by Nancy Egan. Proceeds to benefit FAM. Show continues 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 615 Calle Fierros, San Clemente, 949.292.2501, www.nancyegan.com. DP Veteran’s Day Service 10 a.m. The VFW and the City of Dana Point recognize veterans at The Dana Point Veterans Memorial Strands Vista Park. 34201 Selva Road, Dana Point, 949.248.7696, email@example.com. 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 & crackers paired with 4 boutique wines. 34673 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com.
Steel Pulse 8 p.m. Reggae concert at The Coach House. Tickets $ $39.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
Thanksgiving Food Drive 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive at Ralph’s Market, and again on November 19 at Albertsons Market on Pico. Benefits Camp Pendleton families, Laura’s House and FAM. 638 Camino Las Mares, San Clemente, 949.361.5866. Dana Point Times November 11–17, 2011
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. Postcards From The Past Exhibit An exhibit of historic postcards on display through January at the Santa Margarita Ranch House National Historic Site. Public tours available, and entrance is free. Contact 760.725.0770 or MCBCAMPEN.firstname.lastname@example.org for directions and reservations. Chris Cram 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.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
South County Sound 2:30 p.m. The combined San Clemente and Irvine Chapters of a Barbershop Chorus perform at the Palisades United Methodist Church. Tickets $10, and light refreshments will be served. 27002 Camino de Estrella, Capistrano Beach, 949.496.9352.
Wilfax Trio 6 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. Murder by the Mission 6:30 p.m. Murder mystery dinner theatre presented by Camino Real Playhouse, includes full dinner. $59. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org.
Cooking Class 6:30 p.m. “Country French Dinner” class at Antoine’s Café. $50. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763, www.califrenchcuisine.com.
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Benny / Flamenco 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, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.
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.
Wednesday Wine Tasting Vine hosts at fourcourse meal with wine pairing every Wednesday. Cost $40 each. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9376, www.vinesanclemente.com. Rabbi Blue 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. DaVine celebrates the annual world-wide release of the French wine, Beaujolais Nouveau, also featuring a demonstration by cheese sommelier & resident chef Starr Cornwall. Cost $30 each. 34673 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com.
Rico Brown 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. Wine Dinner St. Regis presents a wine dinner featuring Beaujolais Nouveau. Cost $80 each. 1 Monarch Beach Resort Dana Point, 949.234.3200, www.stregismb.com. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.danapointtimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to email@example.com www.danapointtimes.com
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On Life and Love After 50: By Tom Blake
The Importance of Leaving a Destructive Relationship Breaking free opens the door to opportunity for love
n our previous column, we included the advice and opinions given by seven readers to a woman named Susan who was bitter over her divorce and had sworn off men forever. The seven people encouraged Susan to keep an open mind about allowing a new love into her life again. A woman named Chloe who doesn’t even live in Orange County found the message beneficial to her. Chloe wrote, “I came across your article, “The Importance of Moving on after Losing Love,” in the San Clemente Times a couple of days ago upon my arrival into Orange County. I make it a habit to read the paper whenever my travels take me there—not as often as I’d like—and I found myself picking this one up. I started reading the paper a few moments ago from back to front. That’s when I came across your article. The reason
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I am writing to you is because I can relate to Susan, and the bitter subjects of your article.” Chloe explained: “I ended a very destructive, abusive relationship about 10 months ago and officially cut all ties On Life and Love After 50 eight months ago. I left By Tom Blake the country for a month and upon my return, discovered a new love with a previous friend of mine. Which is what has brought me to Orange County. “I was sitting here praying for hours for answers to my deeply rooted anxiety (about beginning a new relationship) when I started reading this article. I am just like Susan was. I am so glad I read your article. It helped open my eyes even
wider about the affect I have on others. Your article was exactly what I needed to hear and at the best time. So thank you so much for writing and doing what you do. You reached a part of me that needed to be reached.” I responded to Chloe. “By ending the destructive relationship, you opened the door to recovery and new possibilities. True, you will be on guard with the new love, but that’s ok. You’ve just got to let yourself live again and enjoy and trust a new person, regardless of what has happened in the past. “Years ago, I was in love, but it was a similar destructive and abusive relationship. Yes, she was the abuser. It took guts and knowing I had to move on for my own good to make the break. Shortly thereafter, I met an incredibly kind and
considerate person named Greta. That was 13 years ago. We’ve been a couple since and have had and continue to have a wonderful life together. Had I not busted free of the abusive relationship, I wouldn’t have been blessed with such a special partner.” I am happy that through this column we were able to reach and help Chloe, a woman who doesn’t even live in Orange County. For anyone trapped in an abusive or destructive relationship, until you free yourself from such shackles, you will not have the opportunity to find a mate who treats you well. Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. To comment on his column, email him at TompBlake@gmail. com. See his website at www.FindingLoveAfter50.com. DP
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BY BARBARA MERRIMAN
Veterans Day: A Time for Remembering hris Anastasio, one of many veterans who call Dana Point home, is a patriot who not only has memories to share from his time in the service but also continues to honor and remember the service of others. He is also credited with flying the American flag on a buoy about a mile outside of the harbor—a 9/11 memorial and a patriotic gesture of remembrance embraced by the community. (On the first anniversary of 9/11, Chris kayaked out to ‘A’ Mark (one of the racing marks outside our harbor) and attached the flag to the pole on the buoy. It looks wonderful to see our flag flying out in the ocean. Chris and his son Drew maintain the flag, replacing it when it gets torn or faded, about every three months. Don DeNault, from DeNault’s hardware in San Juan Capistrano, donates the flags that are used. When you are in his store, say thanks to him.) In honor of Veterans Day, Chris shared some of his memories as many others will surely be inspired to do on November 11. Chris served in the Navy during B Y B A R B A R A the Korean War. MERRIMAN Although never in battle, he did have some adventures and says that he loved being in the Navy. Chris signed up to be on a destroyer after his training, but ended up on an attack cargo ship, Achernar, named for the ninth brightest star in the sky. The purpose of this ship was to provide training for assaults with landing craft. They practiced on the island of Vieques, part of the Puerto Rico islands. Achernar carried supplies, tanks and landing craft
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In 1952 young Navy man Chris Anastasio was ready to take on the world. Courtesy photo
for these practice assaults, and it became known among the troops as the Vieques ferry. After the exercises, the sailors would get leave on one of the Caribbean islands. At one point, Chris missed getting back to the ship before it sailed. Thankfully, he did not get in trouble, because there was a miscommunication about where he should be when the leave was over. Coffee on the ship was awful—it was powdered, like many other staples. At one point, while loading supplies, Chris noticed that he was stacking 250 pounds of real coffee in 25 pound cans. He carefully stacked it where it could be useful and from that time on, the men working with him had good coffee. Word spread and it became a valuable commodity to trade for pies, cakes, etc. Riding out three different hurricanes, which had just recently started being named with women’s names, was an adventure. At one point, they were
anchored with a whole fleet of boats just outside the harbor. Achernar began to drag both the anchors sideways to the swell and heeled over so far that all the men were called on deck and sent to the high side to hold on until the skipper could get the ship under control Chris laughed about this and has always wondered if the captain thought that the weight of the men on the high side would help as it does on a yacht race. He thought that they were going to capsize. Another adventure happened as they were leaving dock in Norfolk and coming out of the Chesapeake in the fog. They hit a ship from Panama, carrying a cargo of molasses. No one was hurt, but both ships were damaged and Achernar had to return to dry dock for repairs. They probably should have scooped up some of the molasses to eat with their powdered pancakes. After all of our wars, military men and women who returned from service studied English, history, science and math and led us into the technological age. They all know the words to the Star Spangled Banner and they say the Pledge of Allegiance with pride, respecting our flag and what it stands for. Our military men and women took an oath to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic. They will still fight for our country, but this time with votes, not guns. They will talk about the catastrophic effects of war so that future generations will hear their lessons and learn to establish, preserve and maintain peace for America. They will fight for our country’s legal citizens to have jobs and homes. They will fight for families to be safe, well-fed, well-educated, productive and happy. All of our wars have had tragic casualties. In World War II alone, 80 million
On the one-year anniversary of 9/11, Dana Point’s Chris Anastasio and his son Drew paddled out on a kayak and placed an American ﬂag on the ‘A’ mark buoy about a mile offshore outside of Dana Point Harbor. Photo by Andrea Swayne
died—approximately four percent of the world’s population of two billion at that time. I keep hoping that we are coming to an end of war, if not in the world, at least for our country. Honor all our veterans on November 11—and everyday—by remembering. Barbara Merriman grew up in Illinois but spent many years in Connecticut before relocating to California in 1994. She is a former public school music teacher with a love for outdoor sports, primarily sailing and golf. She keeps a sailboat at Dana Point Harbor, has a passion for protecting the environment and serves on the Board of Directors at the Ocean Institute. She often travels from her Dana Point home to Massachusetts to visit her daughter, Anne, her son-in-law and their two boys. DP
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GROM OF THE WEEK Myah Bradshaw
Age: 13, Marco Forster Middle School
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Myah Bradshaw is in her second season of longboarding for the Marco Forster surf team and has already made her ﬁrst podium appearance in Scholastic Surf Series competition taking home the third place trophy at SSS Event No. 1, October 29 in Huntington Beach. Earlier in October she ﬁnished in second place in the Girls Longboard 14U division at the Seafest T. Patterson Surf Contest at the San Clemente Pier. Myah is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student whose favorite subject is English. She has been on the superintendent’s honor roll every year so far in Myah Bradshaw. Photo by Jeff Bradshaw middle school and says she is deﬁnitely college bound. Myah is also a talented soccer player. Having played the game since the age of 4, she is currently on the Strikers club team. Next year at Dana Hills High, she will try out for both the surf and soccer teams. Looking ahead, although a pro surﬁng career isn’t one of her goals, she wants surﬁng to always be a part of her life. Besides surf team practices she can also often be found surﬁng with friends at her favorite break—San O. Lately the talented goofy footer is working on improving her classic skills like walking the board and noseriding. “I love being in the water and that in free surﬁng there are no rules on what you can do on a wave,” said Myah. “It’s both relaxing and creative.” —Andrea Swayne
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Local ASP surfers make headlines Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
he past few weeks have been eventful for San Clemente surfers in ASP competition. Reports from the Rip Curl Pro Search dominated the news October 2 as what was at first believed to be the heat win by Kelly Slater—who originally hails from Florida but with a girlfriend and endorsement deals in San Clemente, has become somewhat of a local fixture—in Round 3 that would cement his 11th ASP world title. Discovered to be a mistake due to a calculation error in the ASP ranking system, Slater’s win became official after his Round 4 win. While the surf world reeled over Slater’s reported Round 3 title clinch, later in that same round Gudauskas gave his all against Jordy Smith (ZAF) unleashing a series of aerials including a huge Gorkin Flip—an inverted backside alleyoop, where the surfer airs off the lip, flips upside down, rights himself over the board for landing—for a score of 8.73 to win his heat. Upon landing, Gudauskas said he heard and felt a loud pop and intense pain in his right ankle. “To land it was cool because I tried one just before but
Patrick Gudauskas pulls a Gorkin Flip at the Rip Curl Pro Search San Francisco. Photo © ASP/ Cestari
missed the grab and couldn’t pull it, so I was very committed this time,” said Gudauskas. “It’ll take time and rehab to get back to normal, but I have a great team of doctors. My goal is to be ready for Pipeline in December.” Gudauskas’ win advanced him through the no-elimination Round 4 to Round 5 but he was unable to surf. His finish sent him to No. 28 in the ASP rankings. The injury is suspected to be a serious upper ankle sprain but an MRI was scheduled for Wednesday for a more conclusive diagnosis. Top honors went to Brazil’s Gabriel Medina who beat Joel Parkinson (AUS) 16.50 to 10.90 in the final. In South Australia on November 9, Kolohe Andino
Dolphin Report: SPORTS NEWS FROM DANA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL
By David Zimmerle
FOOTBALL • The Dolphins (0-4 SCL, 37) closed out the regular season with four straight losses while remaining winless in the South Coast League after losing 63-40 to Trabuco Hills (1-2 SCL, 6-3) on November 4. On the night, Shane Scambray finished with 378 yards passing and 54 yards rushing, as 169 of those yards found Hunter Briggs through the air. Dana’s backfield also had a tough time keeping this one balanced as Marcus Hughes rushed for only 56 yards. BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • The Dana Hills boys varsity cross country team (47 points, 1:14:23.90 total Dana Point Times November 11–17, 2011
team time) took second place at the South Coast League Finals at Irvine Regional Park on November 3, falling just short of first place Trabuco Hills (32 points, 1:13:42.30) for the title. Meanwhile, the girls varsity team (51 points, 1:28:34.80) finished in third place at the event behind Trabuco Hills (first place, 43 points, 1:28:11.50) and San Clemente (second, 44 points, 1:28:07.80). Next 7 days: Nov. 12 at CIF Prelims at Mt. SAC, 9 a.m. GIRLS GOLF • After taking second place behind Northwood in the Southern Team Regional last week, the Lady Dolphins came in 13th at the CIF Team Championship
It’s Surﬁng Santa Sign-up Time The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is hosting their annual Surﬁng Santa Contest to beneﬁt Surfers Healing Foundation, November 19-20 at Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point. Proceeds support the Surfers Healing mission—to enrich the lives of people living with autism by exposing them to the unique experience of surﬁng. Dress like Santa and compete for cash and prizes including wetsuits, skateboards, $1,000 for the winner of the Flying Rudolph Big Air event and $500 for the top ﬁnisher in a special bodyboarding heat to beneﬁt The Eddie Solomon Foundation. To ﬁnd out more and enter, see www.surﬁngsantacontest.org. claimed his third straight win at the ASP 6-Star Fantastic Noodles Kangaroo Island Pro beating Jay Quinn (NZL) 15.33 to 13.64. Andino is now ranked No. 24. “It feels kind of surreal right now,” Andino said in an ASP interview. “Hopefully I can make the ASP World Title Series for next year now…I knew there was a lot of opportunity for me to do well here and I’m happy it went my way…” San Clemente transplant Evan Geiselman made a fantastic showing in the contest as well, with an impressive campaign that took him to the quarterfinals where he was edged out narrowly by Mitch Crews (AUS) 12.76 to 11.17. DP
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GIRLS TENNIS • Both Taylor Nederlander and Jessica Perez went on to defeat Dana’s other doubles team of Margo Pletcher and Cassidy Spearman, 7-5, 6-4, to win the South Coast League doubles title at the South Coast League Finals November 1-2. The No. 1 ranked Lady Dolphins next moved on to face the Wild Card-C (Simi Valley vs. Godinez) winner in the first round of the Division 1 CIF-SS Girls Tennis Championships on November 10. Next 7 days: N/A
BOYS WATER POLO • The Dolphins (5-3 SCL, 18-11) closed out the regular season with two straight wins following a tough 13-0 shutout loss to El Toro on November 1. After getting upended by the Chargers, Dana Hills bounced back and fired off a 15-10 win against Mission Viejo on November 3. The team played its last game of the regular season on the road against Capo Valley on November 4 and barely escaped Cougar Country with a 7-5 nonleague win. Dana Hills next faced Dos Pueblos High on the road in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs November 9. Next 7 days: N/A
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL • After closing out the regular season with a 3-1 win against Capo Valley on October 31, the Lady Dolphins (15-10) advanced to the postseason to face Orange Lutheran at home in the first round of the Division 1AA CIF-SS
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