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VOLUME 5, ISSUE 27
From the Tee An amateur’s guide to golf in our area E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4
The par-4 third hole at Monarch Beach Golf Links sets golfers up to look directly at the ocean. Photo by Jasmine Smith
Doheny Beach Wins $10K Grant for New Trees
Filing Period for City Council Election Begins July 16
Killer Dana Remodel Complete, Rental Shop Added
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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR SATURDAY, JULY 7 Craft Fair and Farmers Market 9 a.m.3 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. On the first Saturday of each month, the Dana Point Farmers Market hours are extended to 3 p.m. to include a craft fair. Admission is free. For more info, call 949.573.5033 or see www.danapoint.org.
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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 business district of Dana Point. Meet at Girl in the Curl surf shop, 34116 Pacific Coast Highway or Hobie Surf Shop, 24825 Del Prado, at 10 a.m. Bags, gloves and trash pickers will be provided. For more info, see www. zerotrash.org.
There is a limit of 10 people per tour and advanced registration is required. Tour group meets in the porch area of the center at 9 a.m. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes for the 1.5-mile trail walk. To register, call 949.542.4755.
MONDAY, JULY 9
Headlands Walking Tour 9 a.m.-noon. The Nature Interpretive Center is hosting a docent-led tour of the Dana Point Preserve, Hilltop Park and Harbor Point Park.
Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3563, www.danapoint.org.
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…July 4 in DP?
THE LATEST: The July 4 celebration in Dana Point went largely without incident, according to City Manager Doug Chotkevys and Chief of Police Services Lt. Lynn Koehmstedt. No major disturbances or injuries were reported at Doheny State Beach or Dana Point Harbor and no arrests were made. Deputies, did however, respond to two calls about a group of nearly 100 juveniles drinking on the beach at the Monarch Bay Club, said Koehmstedt. Both Chotkevys and Koehmstedt said they believe the overcast weather and the fact that the 4th fell midweek this year, resulted in smaller than usual crowds of revelers. “Parking operations at the beach and Harbor ran very smoothly,” said Koehmstedt. “The free parking shuttle from the high school was also very well utilized.” WHAT’S NEXT: “Within the next month, State Park and Harbor officials, Police Services, city traffic engineers and hotel representatives will meet for their annual debrief, to go over any issues and plan for next year,” said Koehmstedt. FIND OUT MORE: For potential updates, visit www.danapointtimes.com. —Andrea Swayne
THE LATEST: Dana Point will hold their general municipal election on Tuesday, November 6 for the two city council chairs currently occupied by Mayor Lara Anderson and Councilman Scott Schoeffel. Councilmembers serve four-year terms and cannot serve more than two consecutive terms. Mayor Lara Anderson has Dana Point Times July 6–12, 2012
fulfilled the two-consecutive term limit, so her council seat will be vacant. Councilman Schoeffel will finish his first term, and has already filed a notice of intent to run for reelection and another form to raise or spend more than $1,000 on his campaign. WHAT’S NEXT: Dana Point residents interested in running can file nomination papers from July 16 through 5 p.m. on August 10. Potential candidates are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the City Clerk to help with the filing process. The last day to register to vote in the November 6 election is October 22. Voter registration forms are available at City Hall or by visiting www.ocvote.com. FIND OUT MORE: For more information, visit www.danapoint.org. —Brian Park
…Doheny Beach Trees?
THE LATEST: Doheny State Beach has won a $10,000 grant to use for planting trees in the park via the Odwalla juice company’s “Plant a Tree” contest. The park submitted a video detailing the need for replacement trees, after the recent loss of many of its non-native Australian Eucalyptus trees due to disease, storm damage, safety and other issues. “These funds will go a long way in executing our plans to renew the urban forest at Doheny State Beach with native species,” said Richard Haydon, south sector superintendent for California State Parks Orange Coast District. Twenty contestants competed for the grant money via online voting. Doheny State Beach came in fifth place among the competitors with a total of 791 votes, when voting closed on May 31. A total of 10 grants were awarded nationwide.
WHAT’S NEXT: Haydon said he expects the trees to be planted in November. FIND OUT MORE: See the park’s video entry at cocacola.promo.eprize.com/ odwallapat. —AS
… SONGS’ Workers?
THE LATEST: As of this week, Southern California Edison has managed to stave off layoffs at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station though workers at the power plant south of San Clemente are wary. “People are concerned, but they’re working,” Daniel Dominguez, business manager for Utility Workers of America, Local 246. “There’s a lot of work to make sure they do.” Dominguez’s union represents about 800 plant workers at SONGS where both reactors have been offline since January. Unit 2 was taken out of service January 9 for planned upgrades. Unit 3 underwent rapid shutdown January 31 after a minor radiation leak was detected. Inspectors at the plant have since discovered unexpected wear in steam generator tubes of both units, which have relatively new steam generators. “All of our members, even the non-represented people, have all been in the business a long time and understand they need to keep focused on getting the power plant running,” Dominguez said. WHAT’S NEXT: The union continues to negotiate a first contract between SCE and its newest bargaining unit of engineers and technical specialists, which represents about 20 workers, Dominguez said. The Utility Workers also filed a complaint against SCE with the National Labor Relations Board in April, claiming the utility engaged in unfair labor practice when it refused to pay cost of living increases, according to Dominguez. SCE contends the raises
are tied to the introduction of a foreman as negotiated, according to union filings. Dominguez said the union is giving testimony this week on its complaint. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www.danapointtimes.com. —Stacie N. Galang
… Toll Roads?
THE LATEST: As of July 1, tolls went up for drivers at most toll locations for roads overseen by the Transportation Corridor Agencies. Drivers will fork over between 25 and 50 cents more, depending on the toll location. Motorists with the electronic transponders will pay between 5 percent and 10 percent more to use area toll roads. The increases were imposed to pay bondholders and were approved last month as part of the overall budget, according to a news release from the agency. The boards for the Transportation Corridor Agencies approved a $111.2 million budget for San Joaquin Hills and a $154.8 million budget for the Foothill/Eastern portion. One major project funded in the fiscal year will be completion of the design and environmental permitting for the State Route 241 Tesoro Extension Project. The $5.6 million will help pave the way for the 5.5 miles of the 241 Toll Road from Oso Parkway to the vicinity of Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. WHAT’S NEXT: If all goes as planned, construction of the Tesoro Extension will start within the year. FIND OUT MORE: To see a full listing of rate increases, visit www.thetollroads. com/assets/objects/other/TR_RateCard. pdf. — SNG www.danapointtimes.com
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In San Clemente, Talega Golf Club’s 18th finishing hole is a downhill, 380-yard par-4 that features a green nearly surrounded by water. Photo by Steve Breazeale
From the Tee
An amateur’s guide to golf in our south county cities By Steve Breazeale Dana Point Times
ince picking the game up as a teenager, I’ve become fascinated with golf. I love the ins and outs of every round, which includes the analyzing of a course and how one performed on it. I set out to review all the public golf courses in San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano and came back with a general consensus that we are lucky to live in an area rich in golf history, tradition and quality. I wanted to write reviews of each course from the perspective of the average golfer. I’m not a single-digit handicap and I don’t hit the ball 300 yards, which I suspect a majority of us can’t do anyways. It led to an enjoyable six weeks of venturing out to all of the links in our area and coming back with something I hope will prove useful to those who live in our areas and love to golf. Monarch Beach Golf Links Growing up on the golf tracks of South Orange County, I had only heard whispers of Monarch Beach Golf Links. I knew it existed behind the pearly gates at the St. Regis Resort, and I have caught a few glimpses of it while driving on Pacific Coast Highway. But given the price tag (green fees range between $115 to $175 on weekdays and $135 to $195 on weekends), it was always out of reach. Dana Point Times July 6–12, 2012
When we went out to play Monarch, my group was in awe. The maintenance, the details, the design — it was all pretty impressive. The course’s claim to fame is the two-hole stretch that runs parallel with the Pacific Ocean. As the par-4 third hole doglegs left, the water gets closer and closer as you make your way within a pitch shot of the sand. Putting on the green with waves crashing behind you is about as Pebble Beach-esque as you can get. “Our guests often comment that our first, five-hole stretch is the most scenic in Orange County and definitely the most strategic,” General Manager Eric Lohman said. We decided to leave our egos at the door and play the course from the second set of men’s tees — the golds — which makes the course about 6,052 yards long. Given the yardage it seems small, but what the course lacks in distance, it makes up for with strategic play. Most tee shots involve hitting over, around or, in our group’s case, into bunkers. Monarch boasts 89 bunkers spread out over this Robert Trent Jones Jr.-designed course, and they are everywhere. Lohman said that the greens run anywhere between 9.5 and 10.5 on the stimpmeter, a numeric rate used to measure the quickness of a green. To put that into perspective, the greens on the average PGA Tour venue read at about 11. The greens are quick but very, very pure. If there’s one hole that will break your spirits and make you want to channel your inner Happy Gilmore by unleashing a patented putter throw, it’s the par-5 seventh hole, which measures 612 yards from the back tees. A horrible tee shot derailed my game, and I carded a doublebogey seven on this hole, so let’s just leave it there before I have more depressing flashbacks. “I think it (hole No. 7) is one of the best par 5s around… One of the most exclusive clubs to join in OC is for those Page 4
who reach that hole in two (shots),” Lohman said. If you find yourself yearning for that special round where you treat yourself — or others — and splurge a bit, this is a great course. San Clemente Golf Club The San Clemente Municipal Golf Course was the very first course that I played as a teenager. Since then, the course has changed a bit, but much of it remains the same. The rough seems to have been grown out more and there’s less sand plugged in the fairways as I recall. Also, the new clubhouse is an awesome upgrade from the old trailer that used to greet golfers. The front nine, designed by Billy Bell, offers a great opportunity for low scores. The first five holes are wide open, which allows you to be aggressive off the tee without the fear of losing your ball. My favorite hole in that opening stretch is the 485-yard, par-5 five fifth. For a right-handed golfer who shanks the occasional drive, the placement of the tee shot isn’t super important as long as it’s hit hard and not left into the houses. The wind is always at your back, so this is definitely a grip-it-and-rip-it hole and a great place for a long-drive challenge. It wouldn’t be a proper review of the Muni if I didn’t throw in the reoccurring mantra: “Every putt breaks toward the ocean.” I’ve played here for years, and whenever I get paired up with someone, I hear that phrase uttered on the first green every time, and it never gets old. When in doubt, factor in the knowledge that your putt will dip toward the ocean. “The tricky part is that (the greens) appear relatively flat because everything is sloping. It just fools the eyes,” Course Manager Gus Nelson said. www.danapointtimes.com
EYE ON DP Once into the back nine, things get tricky. The par-3 13th hole is always the one that destroys my round. It’s a long and narrow par-3 that forces you to hit a long iron into it, which is difficult for most amateurs like me. A chunky tee shot that morning put me in the greenside bunker, and I had to scrap my way to a double bogey five. The par-3 15th is the course’s signature hole. Once you hit your tee shot over the canyon and drive to the green, be sure to stop for a minute and take in the awesome view of the ocean. Holes 16 to 18 are the hardest holes, at least for me. The tee shot from the blue tees on number 16 is brutal, the uphill tee shot on the 17th is tough and the par-4 18th is hard just because of the sheer length of it. The finishing stretch tests your knowledge of the course and the limits of your game. Talega Golf Club Talega is the newcomer to the San Clemente golf scene. Built in 2001 and designed by Fred Couples, the course is a beauty. What strikes me the most every time I play Talega is how different every hole is. The course includes a drivable par-4, a downhill par-5, and a par-3 with a lake in front of it — all on the front nine alone. The drivable par-4 third hole is a favorite of mine and my regular foursome. It’s always fun to see who has the guts to pull out a driver and go for the green that sits uphill 290 yards away. The hole is littered with fairway bunkers, but if you have a 220-yard carry, you can clear them all and your drive will funnel up to the front, right edge of the green, setting up a birdie opportunity. Unfortunately for my group, on our outing, two balls from two different golfers found their way into the backyards of neighboring houses on the right. The par-5s at Talega are pretty tough, which make it feel vindicating when you play one by the book and get a par or better. “The back nine has three, very challenging par-5s. The long hitters can take advantage of the par-5s where the ‘thinker’ can take the upper hand by playing them smart,” General Manager Peter Dalkas said. The back nine is one of the more unique stretches of holes I’ve played in the area, and the last three holes are tough but fair. If you’ve had a good round up until that point, finishing a few over par on that stretch is a plus. The par-4 18th is a perfect finishing hole. Not only does it look amazing, but it is a great example of risk-reward golf. The tee is placed at the top of the hill with the fairway racing straight down below you. The fairway eventually ends at a lake, which surrounds most of the green, front and back. A huge fairway bunker in the middle of the fairway causes trouble for your tee shot and forces you to either go long over it or layup short. Luckily, my driver was on point that day and I hit a good shot over the bunker and got my par, ending my day on a high note. Shorecliffs Golf Club I’ve been donating my golf balls to the bushes and water hazards that line the course at Shorecliffs Golf Club for years now. It’s a course where, if you’re accurate, you can go low and have a good round. But it’s also a course that has the potential to chew you up and spit you out. A San Clemente institution, Shorecliffs has been around since the ’60s and was even frequented by Richard Nixon back in the day. When I asked course General Manager Joe Leicht what Shorecliffs offers beginners and experienced players, he kept bringing up the term “Target golf,” which makes a lot of sense because it’s a course where you have to pick your spots. The first hole is as good an example of this as any. Dana Point Times July 6–12, 2012
Mission Viejo resident Zoheb Davar tees off on the par-4 eighth hole at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. Photo by Steve Breazeale
It’s a 530-yard, par-5 that doglegs sharply to the left. A well-struck driver will put you at the corner of the turn and from there the hole narrows drastically with a water hazard along the left side and out-of-bounds markers to the right. “This golf course is very narrow and very demanding, so you have to pay attention on every shot,” Leicht said. “It’s kind of a love-hate golf course… People come out here, and they do very well and really like it because it’s playable and fair… Or, they come out and they just don’t hit the ball very well and they don’t like it at all.” The course may be narrow but it also has some easy and fun holes like the par-4 fifth. When the tees are up at the top of the canyon on number five, your tee shot has to find its way 100 yards straight down to the fairway below. The back nine offers some unique holes, like the par-3 13th, which is as bizarre as it is tough. It’s an uphill par-3 that measures 166 yards, but it plays more like 180. You have to carry an iron all the way up and try and hold the ball on a two-tiered green that slopes severely from back to front. It’s definitely the hardest par-3 on the course. The thing that impressed me the most about Shorecliffs was the greens. They are small and hard to hit but they are in great condition right now. They roll true and quick and they only add to the challenge of the course. “(Good greens) have always been the reputation here for as long as I can remember,” Leicht said. “Even when the turf conditions haven’t been great, the greens have always been excellent.” Shorecliffs is among the more affordable options for golfing in San Clemente, and they’ve kept their prices down in recent years ($24 to $38 on weekdays and $28 to $55 on weekends), which is something they can be proud of. The course is in good shape for the summer and will offer you a good test of your golfing skills. Just be sure to bring a couple extra sleeves of balls. San Juan Hills Golf Club San Juan Hills has undergone a change in recent years. They have beefed up the course with longer rough, made the greens quicker and built a new clubhouse all in the Page 5
span of four or five years. I used to play the course regularly but haven’t in recent months. In just that short timeframe, I was surprised at the differences. On the first hole, I had a slap-in-the-face moment after I putted from the back of the green toward a front pin placement and watched my putt sail past the cup leading to an opening bogey. The greens were a lot faster than I remembered, which was a good thing. I soon caught up to the speed of my putts and played really well and I ended up shooting an 85, which is an above average round for me. The shape of San Juan Hills always seems to fit my eye. The tee shots line up just right for me and the surrounding geographical features (i.e., hills) don’t seem to fake me out and cause me to hit into trouble. As the round went on I started remembering which clubs to hit on which holes. I recalled that the approach shot to the par-4, second hole requires an extra club. I told myself to not forget to bust out the driver and smash it over the lake on the par-4 third. It’s funny how much better you can play when you are in the right state of mind. Plus, I was so familiar with the course, I felt like I couldn’t miss. I like this course because it awards the player who shapes his shot. The tee shot on the par-5 sixth sets up nicely for a right-to-left draw, as does the par-4 13th and par-4 15th, arguably the hardest hole on the course. If you can work the ball a little, you can go low out there. San Juan Hills definitely impressed. DP
PRIVATE COURSES The two area private golf courses are not featured in our review. Bella Colina Towne and Golf Club: 200 Avenida La Pata. San Clemente, 949.498.6604, www.bellacollinagolf.com Marbella Country Club: 30800 Golf Club Drive. San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.3700, www.marbellacc.net www.danapointtimes.com
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Dana Point Police Services www.HideitLockitOrLoseit.com COMPILED BY NEVILLE ROANE-KING 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.
Sunday, July 1 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Castano Drive, 33800 Block (7:17 p.m.) A caller reported three juveniles going through backyards, looking like “they were up to no good.” One was carrying a baseball bat, and another was holding a stick. DISTURBANCE Park Lantern, 25100 Block (3:08 a.m.) Two men were involved in a physical altercation in the valet area at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott.
Friday, June 29
GENERAL BROADCAST Golden Lantern/Camino Del Avion (8:38 p.m.) A black Cadillac Escalade with no back license plate was tailgating another vehicle and nearly collided with it. The car was last seen driving toward Pacific Coast Highway.
DISTURBANCE Monarch Bay Plaza, 0 Block (6:08 p.m.) A man was allegedly yelling and urinating in front of Gelson’s Market. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Calle La Primavera, 34000 Block (9:16 a.m.) A man reported that someone was shooting at him with a pellet gun, but he could not see where it was coming from.
ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Victoria Boulevard/Sepulveda Avenue (8:19 p.m.) A woman reported her neighbor’s pit bull attacked her 15-yearold daughter and dog. The woman also claimed her neighbor was drunk when the incident occurred.
VANDALISM IN PROGRESS Nottingham Way, 33200 Block (2:38 a.m.) A woman reported her back window had been broken by her ex-boyfriend and his current girlfriend, who then left in an older, tan vehicle. DISTURBANCE Terrace Lantern, 25000 Block (1:10 a.m.) A caller reported her neighbor was banging on her door and throwing things over her balcony. She later called back and said that a male, whom she has a restraining order against, was possibly there.
Thursday, June 28 DRUNK DRIVING Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (8:50 p.m.) A group of people were seen drinking alcohol inside the Shell gas station and having a hard time fueling their vehicle before driving away. They were driving a silver Dodge Magnum and were last seen headed north on Violet Lantern.
DISTURBANCE Terrace Lantern, 25000 Block (7:50 p.m.) A woman was banging on her neighbor’s door, accusing her of having an affair with her husband. FRAUD REPORT Dana Point Harbor Drive, 25300 Block (6:49 p.m.) The president of a local surf club called deputies, claiming that a member’s checks were bouncing and that said member had also stolen some of the club’s money. The caller also claimed that the member has a criminal history. DISTURBANCE Del Prado/Pacific Coast Highway (1:56 p.m.) A 49-year-old woman was arrested after allegedly slapping the owner of Devine Exchange. The victim, a woman, was admitted to the hospital for X-rays.
Wednesday, June 27 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Alcazar Drive, 33800 Block (11:00 p.m.) Three men were in the back of the complex with flashlights, looking into garages. The trio was seen driving into the neighborhood in a dark-colored SUV. DISTURBANCE Mariana Drive, 33700 Block (10:26 p.m.) A woman reported hearing a child screaming and asking her mom to stop. The sounds were coming from one of the units above the caller’s residence. DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Vista Azul, 27300 Block (10:27 p.m.) A mother reported that her 20-year-old son was “out of control” and throwing things around the house. She told police her son was possibly under the influence of illegal narcotics. DISTURBANCE Via San Juan, 34300 Block (7:00 p.m.) A caller reported his neighbor cut down a tree, which fell on the caller’s car. The neighbor then continued cutting down more, the caller said. CITIZEN ASSIST Dana Strand Road, 34300 Block (6:24 p.m.) A white Volkswagen Jetta was parked with a dog left inside. The caller told deputies the dog appeared to be “very hot” and the windows were “barely cracked.”
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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Local Students Graduate with Honors from Boston College Alyssa Rutherford of Dana Point graduated cum laude from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University’s College of Arts and Sciences with a double major in Philosophy and Hispanic Studies. Kellen Foley of Laguna Niguel, a Dana Hills High School grad, also graduated cum laude. Foley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University’s College of Arts & Sciences as an Economics major. Commencement was held on May 21.
National Charity League Honors Local Graduates The Capistrano Coast Chapter of the National Charity League honored 19 area high school seniors at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point last month. The young women were honored for having each completed hundreds of hours of community service hours as members of the mother-daughter philanthropic organization for girls in seventh through 12th grades. Dana Point Times July 6–12, 2012
National Charity League honored local high school seniors. Courtesy photo
The honorees, pictured here, are (Top row, L to R) Carolyn Hatch, Jessica Herring and Taylor Cox from Dana Hills High School; Maggie Johnson, JSerra; Hannah-Mary Jonus, Laguna Beach High; (Middle row, L to R) Sara Gallagher, JSerra; Victoria Usgaard, Tarah Mason and Jenna Gallitto from Dana Hills; Keely Cannon, Rosary; Gina Navarro and Juliette Jansen from Santa Margarita; (Penultimate row, L to R) Chloe Virgil, Lauren Hart, Kathleen Ryan, Morgan Raymond and Gillian Slee from Dana Hills; (Bottom row, L to R) Aubrey Vasquez, San Juan Hills and Allison Gersten, Dana Hills.
NCL Capistrano Coast Chapter serves 26 local philanthropies in Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and San Clemente. Some of the philanthropies include Laura’s House, Family Assistance Ministries, Toby’s House, Ocean Institute, Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano senior centers, Mission Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, OC public libraries and J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center. The mothers and daughters participate in philanthropic work, educational activities, leadership development and cultural enrichment. NCL was founded in 1925 by a small group of women in the Los Angeles area, and now consists of more than 170 chapters in 17 states nationwide with over 40,000 members. NCL Capistrano Coast Chapter was nationally recognized as the “Most Outstanding Chapter” in April 2010.
Free Fishing Day Saturday The California Department of Fish and Game invites anglers to celebrate summer by fishing for free in California’s waters on
Saturday, July 7. This is the first of two Free Fishing Days in 2012, when people can try their hand at angling without having to buy a sport fishing license. All fishing regulations, such as bag and size limits, gear restrictions, report card requirements, fishing hours and stream closures remain in effect. Every angler must have an appropriate report card if they are fishing for abalone, steelhead, sturgeon or spiny lobster anywhere in the state, or salmon in the Smith and Klamath-Trinity River systems. DFG offers two Free Fishing Days each year—usually around the July 4 holiday and Labor Day weekend—when it’s legal to fish without a sport fishing license. This year, the Free Fishing Days were set for the Saturdays following Independence Day and Labor Day—July 7 and September 8. Anglers should check the rules and regulations at www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/ for the waters they plan to fish. Wardens will be on duty to enforce them. For more information on Free Fishing Days, visit www.dfg. ca.gov/licensing/fishing/freefishdays.html. www.danapointtimes.com
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News Next Door What’s going on in our neighboring towns, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO
City Parts Ways with Law Firm San Juan Capistrano is parting ways with Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, the city’s longtime law firm. City Attorney Omar Sandoval, the firm’s assigned attorney to San Juan, submitted his letter of resignation to the city on Thursday, June 28, along with the firm’s 60-day notice of termination. The city will seek new legal counsel and will discuss options at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 17. The Costa Mesa-based firm has been San Juan’s contracted law firm since 1997. Sandoval officially became San Juan’s city attorney in January 2008, replacing the retired John Shaw. He began working in San Juan in 1999 as the deputy city attorney and then as assistant city attorney in 2005. Sandoval also provides counsel for the city of Hawaiian Gardens. He will continue to serve for the duration of the 60 days. —Brian Park SAN CLEMENTE
Donation Made to Family of Marine Shot at San Clemente High School A $10,680 donation was given to the family of Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins who was shot and killed outside San Clemente High School February 7 by an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy. Funds for the family had been collected by the Chamber of Commerce with the help of the Heritage of San Clemente Foundation, said foundation Executive Director Wayne Eggleston. Members of the chamber, the Marine Corps League and Eggleston handed over the check to Phoebe Loggins, the widow of Manuel Loggins, Friday, June 29 at Park Semper Fi. She was accompanied by her attorney Brian Dunn, Eggleston said. “Phoebe was very, very gracious to say the least,” he said. Dunn has already filed a federal lawsuit against Orange County and the Sheriff’s Department. —Stacie N. Galang
Courtney’s SandCastle Reopens Personalized Tile Sale Supporters of Courtney’s SandCastle, the universally accessible playground designed especially for children with disabilities, have reopened their sale of perPage 7
sonalized tiles to fund the second phase of the project. The “Paint a Tile” fundraising program is selling personalized, glazed tiles for $150 to be installed at a wall on the site. With each $150 tax deductible donation, donors will receive a work order to take to Fired Up of San Clemente to design their own tile or choose one of a dozen design templates created by local artist Kathryn Stovall-Dennis. The 30,000-square-foot playground, which is part of the Vista Hermosa Sport Park & Aquatics Center, opened in February. The second phase of the project, “The Sensory Gardens,” features a garden with aromatic plants, a musical pathway that produces auditory stimuli and several interactive water features, including a raised interactive tide pool and a floating granite water sphere. More than 250 personalized tiles have already been installed at the playground. Donors should expect to see their tiles at the playground before the end of the summer, said Don Glasgow, president of Courtney’s SandCastle. To make a donation and to buy a tile, visit www.courtneyssandcastle.com. —BP
Girl Scout Cadettes Create Bike Trail Maps Thanks to eight San Clemente Girl Scout Cadettes, the city has new, family-friendly bike trail maps available to the public. Celine Hoyle, Hailey Reed, Hannah Reed, Lauren Woodstra, Sawyer Labbe, Taylor Stafford, Veronica Petrikas and Hailey Duncan—of Girl Scout Troop 1835—were inspired by their love for riding bikes and realized a need for more low-cost family activities in San Clemente. The city already had bike trail maps, but those primarily focused on more challenging trails that were more difficult for families. Each girl chose and researched a specific trail, including testing the trails out with their families. The maps include distance, time, landmarks, parking instructions and tips for traversing the trail. The girls also added Geocaching, an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. The maps were the final step in the girls’ pursuit of the Silver Award, the second highest achievement in the Girl Scouts. The girls were presented with their Silver Award Certificates, along with congratulatory letters from Gov. Jerry Brown, during a special ceremony June 19. The maps can be found at the following San Clemente businesses, who sponsored the printing of the maps: San Clemente Cyclery, Noll Surfboards and La Siesta Restaurant. —BP www.danapointtimes.com
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Letters to the Editor DANA POINT NEEDS A SWIMMING POOL LESLEY DONNELL, Capistrano Beach
I was recently at the Hermosa Sports Park in San Clemente admiring the wonderful facilities there, most particularly the two large swimming pools. Unfortunately entry to the pools is a great deal more for non-residents (for example $6 for non resident children, compared to $2 for residents). San Clemente also has the Ole Hanson community pool and I hear that a new salt water (private) pool is in the planning stages. Dana Point has no community pool and very much needs at least one. I believe that the City undertook a survey several years ago, the results of which were that a municipal pool (and trails) were considered by a majority to be the most desirable public recreational facilities needed in the city. A suitable site would be the land owned by South Coast Water District, located off Stonehill Drive. I am writing to propose this in the hope that the community will rally behind the idea. An Olympic size wave pool would be an enormous attraction. A pool using salt water or ozone would be ideal, so that swimmers need not be exposed to massive amounts of chlorine.
REMEMBERING CHARLIE PAUL MANOLA, Dana Point
What an interesting letter to the editor I read in the June 8 edition of the Dana Point Times (A Plaque Should Accompany Mural Memorializing Slain Postal Worker, by Jeanne Whittaker). While at the Dana Point Post Office, Whittaker asked a postal worker if he knew who the man in the “mural” hanging in the lobby was and was told that it was a picture of John Lennon. Now, I find this part of the story quite hilarious since I am the one who painted the portrait hanging in the lobby and for the life of me don’t get the conDana Point Times July 5–12, 2012
The memorial portrait of slain postal worker Charlie Barbagallo painted by Paul Manola that hangs in the Dana Point Post Office on Del Prado has been mistaken for a portrait of John Lennon in a postal uniform. Photo by Andrea Maben
nection between the Post Office and John Lennon. True, the words near the painting are those of John Lennon and express the personality of the subject of the portrait. How is it though that the employees there do not know the story behind this painting? The community of Dana Point surely remembers that long weekend in May of 1993. It is at this point that this whole lack of history, remembrance and respect takes on a sadness. I painted that portrait as therapy for myself and as a way to remember a very nice man. Charlie Barbagallo was a free spirit who worked as a letter carrier in Dana Point. His customers liked him very much because he was not a “head down” mailman, but a talker and helper. The school on his route enjoyed how he opened his truck for the kids to crawl into and ask questions. His co-workers got a big kick out of him because he humorously expressed his
opinion and really cared about them. The tragedy is that one day in May a very disturbed employee shot Charlie to death and went on a rampage that had Dana Point and Orange County upside down for two days. The loss of Charlie and the terror of a gunman loose inside the office affected us for years. Anyone who has experienced this kind of violence and loss knows it never leaves your memory. So I ask myself, how is it that some employees at the Dana Point Post Office don’t know about Charlie Barbagallo? I, like Whittaker, find this sad. For good or for bad, this tragedy is a part of the history of Dana Point. I believe even in dark times we can find good things to remember and use. I remember Charlie. He was a good man.
FRIENDS STILL UNFRIENDLY RACHEL BREZINSKI, Dana Point
The problems of the Dana Point Friends
of the Library bookstore (as written about in the May 25 issue of the Dana Point Times article, “Friends of the Library Not so Friendly”) are escalating. In the last two months, the Board of Directors, in violation of its own bylaws, has refused to accept membership dues from several of the volunteers. In an act of apparent reprisal, it has even returned membership dues of volunteers who have questioned the previous firing of bookstore managers. (Bylaws Sec. 403b: “....the Vice-President/ Membership will strive to increase membership in the Association…”) Also, members have been prohibited from attending the last two board meetings. In addition, the board, currently with only three members, has been operating without a quorum or even as a full board. (Sec. 401c.: “Four voting members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.” and 402a: “The officers shall be: President, Vice President/Membership, VP/Bookstore, VP/special Events, VP/Newsletter, Secretary and Treasurer.”) It would seem to me that the nonprofit status of this bookstore is in peril. This is an important matter since the nonprofit status allows the tax-free bookstore to not only give the library more than $40,000 a year for its programs, but also has a reserve fund of over $200,000 for future expenditures, according to tax records. My question, as both a concerned citizen and former book store volunteer, is: “Why are the three board directors limiting membership in the Friends of the Library organization, and why are they insisting on closed meetings?” To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@danapointtimes. com 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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COAST CULTURE EXHIBITION: “FOSSILS, SHELLS, AND SEA COWS” 10 a.m.2 p.m. Casa Romantica features a local-interest exhibition that explores the diverse marine, plant, and wildlife of the southern California coast dating back 45 million years to the Eocene epoch. Runs through August 19. Admission $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
DJ RAW BLAKE WITH SPECIAL GUEST “RUBBER BEAN” 10:30 p.m. DJ in OC Tavern’s OCT Room with special guest Rubber Bean. Tickets $3. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com. THE CREEPERS 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com. NATE HANCOCK 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com. WINES FOR GRILLIN’ AND CHILLIN’ 5:30 p.m.9 p.m. Learn more about the perfect wines for summer at San Clemente Wine Company and try 7 tasty summer wine tastes for $15. 2 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com. RUM SOAKED RAISINS 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com. LEROY 6:30 p.m.-close. Acoustic guitar at Zona’s. 647 Camino de Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.970.4568, ZonaItalianRestaurant.com/entertainment.
AT THE MOVIES: ‘SEEKING A FRIEND’ OUT OF PLACE Movies set during humanity’s last days aren’t exactly a new cinematic concept. See On the Beach (1959), The Day After (1983), 28 Days Later (2002) and The Road (2009). Even a humorous Armageddon theme is found in indie hit Last Night (1998). Now, Hollywood has given the theme another whirl with Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, one of the longest movie titles this year. Twenty-one days before an asteroid’s arrival, insurance salesman Dodge (Steve Carell) is dumped by his wife, and free-spirited Penny (Keira Knightley) breaks up with her boyfriend (Adam Brody). After realizing the need to see the people they care about the most, Dodge and Penny hit the road to find Dodge’s long-lost love and Penny’s © Focus Features family across the ocean. Along the way, they happen upon a few mishaps and bizarre episodes. Connie Britton, Martin Sheen, Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke and others make appearances. Written and directed by Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist’s (2008) Lorene Scarafia, Seeking a Friend is subtly funny, as is any comedy with dark themes. Satirically, the film starts off fine, but falls short with a wasted characterization of Knightley as a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Carell and Knightley also have interesting chemistry together, but only as friends in the film’s first half. The similarities to Last Night are so close that, at the end, you just want to watch your old VHS version. —Megan Bianco
SAWDUST FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The annual arts & crafts exhibit is now open featuring more than 200 local Laguna artists. Tickets $7.75 general admission. Runs through Sept. 2. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030, www.sawdustartfestival.org.
HOME AND GARDEN TOUR 1 p.m. The Ecology Center hosts a tour of the Cogdon farmhouse the first Saturday of the month. Free. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org. CUBENSIS 9:30 p.m. Grateful Dead tribute band plays at OC Tavern in the OCT Room. Tickets $10. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com. HAZMATT 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, ww.beachfire.com. SJC ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR 10 a.m. A 90-minute weekly tour starting at Verdugo at the train station in San Juan Capistrano that features the architecture of Los Rios Street, the downtown area including the Michael Graves Library, the Mission Basilica and more. Cost $5 per person; proceeds support Friends of the Library. For information: 949.489.0736. CHRIS CRAM 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com. LIVE MUSIC CRUISE 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Wharf hosts the music cruise on the 95-foot Dana Pride with a full bar and more. Cost $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com. SONIC PARK 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com.
ELLIOT ON PIANO 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
FOUR CORNERS BAND 6:30 p.m.-close. Blues, jazz, pop and rock music at Zona’s. 647 Camino de Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.970.4568, www.zonaitalianrestaurant. com.
GEORGE LUOTO 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.
DESPERADO 8 p.m. Eagles tribute band at The Coach House. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
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VICTORIA SKIMBOARDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF SKIMBOARDING 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Skimboard contest at Aliso Beach. Riders from all over the world come to Laguna Beach to compete in the most prestigious skimboarding competition on the professional tour. Event will also be broadcast live online. 31131 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 949.923.2280, www.wcs.victoriaskimboards.com. JUMPING JACK FLASH 8 p.m. Rolling Stones tribute at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com.
RISE & SHINE FITNESS HIKE 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Join the Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy for a strenuous morning hike. Free. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org.
JOHN SEBASTIAN 6 p.m. The popular Mexican singer and songwriter in concert at the Honda Center. Tickets start at $59. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500, www. hondacenter.com. SUMMER CONCERT IN THE PARK 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy a free family-friendly country concert at Heritage Park with opening act, American Made Band, and headliner, Rodeo Drive. Free. 3400 Old Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, www.danapoint.org. FESTIVAL OF ARTS 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The 80th anniversary of the outdoor fine art exhibition with works by nearly 150 award-winning artists. General admission $7-$10. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145, www. lagunafestivalofarts.org HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR 1 p.m. SJC Historical Society leads a tour to see Los Rios Historical District, O’Neill Museum, Montanez Adobe, the Mission, Rios Adobe and more. Meet at the train depot on Verdugo Street. Every Sunday. $2 adults, $1 children. 949.493.8444, www.sjchistoricalsociety.com. WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Capt Dave’s Safari has daily 2.5 hour whale and dolphin watching tours on a high-tech catamaran with underwater viewing pods and more. Call for times and reservations. Cost $55 adults, $35 children, 2 and younger free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com. (Cont. on page 13) www.danapointtimes.com
GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 10) ELI CHAPMAN BAND 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. ASHUN 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com. GHETTO RESCUE FOUNDATION CONCERT 6 p.m. Concert with Missiles of October, The Dupp Brothers, members of Common Sense and members of Honk at The Coach House. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
MOMMY MOVIE MONDAY 10 a.m. Special screening of the movie “The Amazing SpiderMan” for parents of infants at the Krikorian, with early bird prices. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469, www.kptmovies.com.
WINE CLASS 6:45 p.m.-9:15 p.m. A four-week comprehensive wine credential class at The Cellar. Cost $399. More info and registration at: www.learnaboutwine.com. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www. thecellarsite.com. SERIOUSLY SONDHEIM 8 p.m. Musical Mondays with Scott Farthing & Friends in McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College. Through July 30. Tickets $20. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, www. saddleback.edu.
ROCK STAR CAMP 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse hosts a week-long camp for kids ages 4 to 13 on “Becoming Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber & More.” Cost $250. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.actingacademyforkids.com.
FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The Ocean Institute features this family event with presentations by a scientist, activities for kids and a lab. Cost is $7 per person or $25 per family. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.
ELEMENTAL AWARENESS CAMP: A KIDS CAMP OF SURVIVAL SKILLS 10 a.m.-2 p.m. A three-day camp at The Ecology Center for kids ages 8 to 13 to learn important survival skills and positive ways to interact and affect our natural environment. Cost $160. Sign up online. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org.
OPEN MIC 7:30 p.m. Perform in front of a crowd at Agostino’s open mic night every Wednesday at Agostino’s. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste. 100, Capistrano Beach, 949.661.8266, www.agostinosbythesea.com.
JARED PALIZOLLA 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
WOMEN’S WEDNESDAY WINE & NETWORKING EVENT 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m. Networking group for women at San Clemente Wine Company to promote your business and more. 2 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com. MARINE SCIENCE CAREERS AND INTERNSHIP ACADEMY PROJECT SYMPOSIUM 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The Ocean Institute presents this special event with teens presenting their research findings from the MSCIA program. RSVP requested. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.
OPEN HOUSE AT THE COOP 6:30 p.m. Stop by and learn what’s happening with the San Clemente Community Market. Refreshments will be served. 1506 Calle Valle, San Clemente, 949.441.1266, www.sanclementemarket.com.
WHALE WATCHING 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Dana Wharf has daily two-hour whale watching trips departing throughout the day. Cost $30-$45. Times may vary. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com. SOCAL VIBES 7 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint.com. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.danapointtimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to email@example.com
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A Watery Battlefield Dana Point celebrates Independence Day with a traditional water fight Text and photos by Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
undreds of July 4 revelers assembled at the Dana Point Harbor to celebrate the nation’s independence in a huge water fight, aptly dubbed, Water Wars. Fun seekers of all ages packing “weapons” like Super Soaker and Water Pump guns, hoses and low-tech but highly effective buckets, swarmed harbor waterways to drench each other in the traditional Fourth of July water fight. Whether aboard small motor boats, dinghies, inflatables, kayaks, SUPs or outriggers, everyone had a wet and wild good time.
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As usual, even spectators looking down on the action from the Island Way bridge got in on the action. People passing by on boats in the channel below did not hesitate to aim their water guns up at the crowd who reciprocated by dumping buckets of water from above. As in years past, the action dwindled a bit as people took a break for lunch, then continued into the afternoon until most headed to their chosen spot to cap off the day with one of South Orange County’s best fireworks displays, Dana Point’s July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza. Log on to www.danapointtimes.com to see a photo slideshow of the event. DP
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THE BLUE CREW SUMMER BASEBALL CAMP
Dana Hills head baseball coach Tom Faris has been running his Blue Crew Summer Baseball Camp at Dana Hills High for eight years. In that time he has had dozens of kids sign up for the camp who eventually made their way onto the high schools’ squad. Call it a semi-farm system, if you will, made up of homegrown players. “I usually get the guys who have attended my camps and went on to play for me in high school to come out and help,” Faris said. “We get all kinds of guys to show up, be it high school or college level players.”
The second session of camp (designed for kids age 6 to 10) runs from July 16 to July 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is open for registration. Faris said that the camp stresses
fundamentals and will teach campers all the necessary tools to be a complete player. According to Faris, the highlight of every summer session is the “Hall of Fame Game,” an exercise that he created years ago. The idea of the game is to get every kid to throw a ball into nets that are spaced out farther and farther away from the thrower. If a kid gets the ball into all the nets without missing, they are inducted into the “Hall of Fame.” To register, visit www.danahillsbaseball.com. —Steve Breazeale
X Games 2012 Re-Cap: Gold Ambitions Fall Short Local Athletes showcase skills in car, on skateboard By Steve Breazeale Dana Point Times
f you didn’t catch the 2012 version of the Summer X Games over the weekend, you missed out on some historic performances from two local athletes, Capo Beach’s Tanner Foust and San Clemente’s Ryan Sheckler. Foust, a three-time X Games gold medalist, set a world record doing something kids have been dreaming about for decades. Foust drove a car designed to look like a Hot Wheels toy down a ramp and through a 67-foot loop, after which he came out on the other side and finished with a jump. The feat was dubbed the “Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare.” Afterward, analysts for ESPN said that Foust experienced upwards of seven Gs of force while executing the loop. Not only did Foust go through the loop unscathed, but he did it at the same time as stunt driver Greg Tracy, putting two cars in the same loop, one after another. After completing the loop, Foust had a little bit of trouble with his jump, as his back bumper barely caught the edge of the ramp while landing.
According to the X Games analysts, Foust and Tracy had to maintain a steady speed, somewhere between 48 to 52 mph, in order to stay in rhythm and attached to the track beneath them. After completing the double loop challenge June 30, Foust competed in the rally cross race that he had won three times in the past. The rally cross consists of riders maneuvering their cars around the streets outside Staples Center and Nokia Live with pinpoint precision and speed. Foust jumped out to a solid start in the qualifying stages and placed second in round one of the event. The finals were a different story for Foust. After a few mistakes, he was too far behind eventual winner Sebastien Loeb, and Foust had to settle for a sixth-place finish. Sheckler, a six-time X Games medalist, came within one point of another gold medal in the men’s skateboard street event, but couldn’t impress the judges enough in his final heat and placed second. Trailing eventual champion Paul Rodriguez, who posted a score of 86 in his final
Ryan Sheckler competes in Men’s Skateboard Street Final during X Games Los Angeles 2012. Photo by Christian Pondella/ESPN Images
Ryan Sheckler competes in Men’s Skateboard Street Final during X Games Los Angeles 2012. Photo by Christian Pondella/ESPN Images
heat, Sheckler had to have a big final run to improve on his score of 66.66. Sheckler responded by flowing through the school-inspired course, showing some variety in his last run with flip tricks and impressive grinds, including a bluntside,
grind-rail transfer. He ended his run with a big backside 360, but it wasn’t good enough, and Sheckler posted an 85.33, missing out on gold by .67 of a point. The victory would have been Sheckler’s fourth X Games gold medal. DP
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GROM OF THE WEEK Luke Overin Age: 13, Bernice Ayer Middle School Whether walking the nose on a longboard or shredding on a bodyboard, Luke Overin is one up-and-coming local surfer to watch. This versatile athlete had a great showing in the past season’s Scholastic Surf Series as the top bodyboarder among Orange County middle schoolers, and then backing it up by taking the win in the SSS State Championship Middle School Bodyboard division. He also earned a respectable fifth place finish in longboard. This summer, Luke has already made a podium appearance, taking fourth place in the Boys 14-18 division at the United States Bodyboard Association contest in Huntington Beach. Luke also enjoys Luke Overin. Photo by Jack McDaniel mountain biking, drawing and acting. In school he was chosen for the audition-only advanced drama class. Luke has always been a straight ‘A’ student and says he intends on keeping it that way through high school. “Doing well in school is something I have just always wanted to do,” said Luke. “I know it will help me get into college—hopefully Pepperdine, to study business.” His future plans include a professional bodyboarding career followed by a position in marketing for a surf or bodyboard company—all doable he said, thanks to the support of his family and sponsor Carbon Bodyboards. Luke’s summer plans include an upcoming trip to Lake Shasta to wakeboard, jet ski and fish. “I love to be in the water,” he said, “fresh water, ocean water, it doesn’t matter. As long as I’m in it, I’m happy.”—Andrea Swayne
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SURF RESULTS Doheny Longboard Surfing Association Menehune & Junior Championship, June 30, Doheny State Beach
Killer Dana re-opens after major renovations, upgrades with rental shop By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
iller Dana Surf Shop in Dana Point celebrated its grand re-opening June 22 with a Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony. The store recently underwent a huge remodel that included the opening of a new 700-square-foot rental shop offering stand-up paddle equipment, bodyboards, surfboards and wetsuits. Killer Dana is also celebrating their 21year anniversary at the same location. “I’m super stoked on the remodel. I came out awesome. The store is now much brighter, neater and has an updated and friendlier atmosphere over all,” said coowner Ralphie Andrews. “The support shown by members of the City Council and the Chamber at the ribbon cutting made me feel great about
Killer Dana celebrated its grand re-opening at a June 22 ribbon cutting. Photos by Lauralyn Loynes
our place in this city. Our longtime loyal customer base has also been very supportive, sticking with us even after closing the San Clemente store a few years ago. We’ve been happy here—in our original location—for 21 years and are looking forward to many more.” The store, at 24621 Del Prado, is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday For more information, call 949.489.8380 or log on to www.killerdana.com. DP
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