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Turning the Tide Key approvals help clear the way for cleaner Poche Beach E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 6

Waters from a channel feed into a pond at Poche Beach, which lies at the southern edge of Dana Point, adjacent to the Beach Road neighborhood in Capistrano Beach. Photo by Lindsey Jones

Capo Unified Board Election Heats Up as Six Enter Race

Capo Beach Residents Organize to Oppose Short Term Vacation Rentals

Dana Point Man Recalls Days as an Olympic Alternate








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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR SATURDAY, AUGUST 4 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 or to inquire about purchasing a booth for $25, please call 949.573.5033 or 951.271.0669 or see 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. Advanced registration is required. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes for the 1.5mile trail walk. For more information or to register, call 949.542.4755.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 Quarterly Siren Testing The City of Dana Point is set to perform quarterly emergency siren testing August 7 and 8. The city asks residents to refrain from calling 911 unless there is a life-threatening emergency. For more information

please call 949.248.3579 or see

THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 South Coast Water District Meeting 6 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.499.4555, CITY COUNCIL DARK THROUGH AUGUST: The next City Council meeting is scheduled for September 18, 6 p.m. at City Council Chambers, 33282, Golden Lantern, 949.248.3501,


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THE LATEST: Six candidates, including four newcomers and two incumbents, have pulled papers to run for the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees in the 2012 election. Trustee areas 1, 2, 3 and 5 will all be up for re-election in 2012. Currently, Trustees Jack R. Brick, Sue Palazzo, John Alpay and Gary Pritchard represent those areas, respectively. As of July 31, Alpay, the board’s current vice president, and Pritchard, president, are the two sitting board members who have pulled papers to seek reelection, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters website San Juan Capistrano residents Jim Reardon and Don Franklin Richardson, as well as Ladera Ranch’s Michele TaylorBible, have also put their hat in the ring for Trustee Area 2. Alpay is up for reelection in San Clemente, which falls in Area 3. William “Bill” Perkins and Pritchard, both of Aliso Viejo, will vie to represent Area 5. WHAT’S NEXT: The candidates who have pulled papers have until August 10 to get the needed signatures and return their forms in order for it to become official. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for updates. — Steve Breazeale


WHAT’S NEXT: Victor Dricks, a spokesman for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said despite the dates his agency has no restart time for SONGS’ twin reactors. SCE must first submit its action plan to the commission before a date to restart the reactors can even be discussed. He knows of no time period by which SCE expects to file its plan.

… School Board Elections?


THE LATEST: The plant operator of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station filled out dates for its two idled reactors to return to service as later this year, but regulatory Dana Point Times July 27–August 2, 2012

FIND OUT MORE: Visit for updates. —Stacie N. Galang


Capistrano Beach resident Gary Clark posted a sign on his property encouraging residents fed up with vacation rentals to join him at an upcoming City Council meeting to voice their concerns. Pictured here (L to R) are neighborhood residents Jim Goodhue, Gary Clark, Janeann Clark and Tim Best. Photo by Andrea Swayne

agencies and Southern California Edison say its far too early to say when the plant will again supply power. Southern California Edison is required to log dates for any plants expected to be offline, and told California ISO, the state’s independent system operator, on June 21 that it believed it would have Unit 3 restarted by December 31 and on July 19, it told the agency it would return Unit 2 to service November 18, according to Stephanie McCorkle, Cal ISO’s director of communications. McCorkle stressed that the dates are required but act as placeholders only. “We do require SCE to give us dates of some sort,” she said. “SCE has acknowledged these are planning dates.”

Jennifer Manfre, a spokeswoman for SCE, stressed the dates have nothing to do with the restart process but are required for Cal ISO. “Restart is based on the NRC process and is driven by safety,” she said. Unit 2 was taken out of service for planned upgrades January 9, and Unit 3 underwent rapid shutdown after a small radiation link January 31. Neither has produced energy since. Inspectors later discovered that tubes in both steam generators showed premature wear caused by the high speed of water and the rubbing together of adjacent tubes. Manfre said that SCE does believe Unit 2 will return to service sooner than Unit 3.

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…Vacation Rentals?

THE LATEST: Residents of the Capistrano Beach neighborhood near the intersection of Calle del Sol and Calle Verano noticed the addition of a homemade sign at the corner asking them to join together and ask City Council to ban vacation rentals in the city. Gary Clark of Capo Beach posted the sign and circulated a letter to his neighbors about the issue because he’s had enough, he said. Clark’s letter says that, according to his research, there are at least 30 vacation and summer rentals of single-family dwellings in Capo Beach alone that are being rented for approximately $1,700 to $1,900 per week, which is not only disruptive, but illegal. “We need your help to stop this epidemic before it ruins our wonderful community,” he said in his letter, which was also sent to City Council and staff. “When a complaint is registered with the City of Dana Point of an illegal vacation or summer rental, a letter is sent to the owner of the property, advising them of the violation, and nothing more is done. The homeowner is free to continue to rent their home illegally.” (Cont. on page 4)

EYE ON DP (Cont. from page 3) The issue of vacation rentals has made appearances on City Council meeting agendas since 2007, but at the April 3 meeting, Council directed staff to perform a statistically valid survey of Dana Point voters to assist the Council in deciding how to proceed. The agenda report said staff had identified, in a 2009 study, 134 Dana Point residences being actively advertised as short-term vacation rentals and that shortterm vacation rentals in residential zones are prohibited since they are not expressly allowed in the city’s zoning code. Another issue raised during that meeting was the fact that Transient Occupancy Tax has not been collected from short-term vacation rental owners because short-term rentals are not supposed to exist. Because TOT is collected from hotel guests, the situation also gives short-term vacation rental operators an unfair advantage over hotel operators, the report said. “The problem is that the people renting vacation homes in our neighborhood are on vacation and we are not,” said Tim Best, who lives on Calle Verano, next door to a vacation rental. “We were kept up past 2 a.m. three times last week due to noise. I had to call police. There have been other times when the smell of marijuana from the house pollutes the neighborhood. It’s creating a burden for the whole community and it’s becoming contagious. Others in the neighborhood are considering renting their homes to vacationers too, and people are

buying homes for that purpose. It needs to be stopped.” WHAT’S NEXT: “We have been talking about this for some time, and with the survey results being ready in time for the September 18 City Council meeting, I’m hopeful that we will be able to direct staff to take some action,” said Mayor Lara Anderson. “Whether we decide to enforce the codes or change the codes, it’s time to make a decision on what we want to do as a city.” The Council meeting will take place at City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, beginning at 6 p.m. FIND OUT MORE: Stay tuned to www. for updates. —Andrea Swayne


…a Call to Artists?

THE LATEST: The city’s Arts and Culture Commission is looking for a few good artists. The city has issued a call to artists for a permanent public art piece to be placed in Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road, and artwork to be displayed in the foyer of City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, as a part of a revolving exhibit. Outdoor artwork for display in the park

can be the artist’s choice but must be site specific, not exceed at height of 6 feet, be constructed of all-weather durable materials and carry a total cost of no more than $25,000. Foyer artwork must be watercolor paintings relating to the theme: Images of Fall in Dana Point. Paintings must be framed, ready to hang and no larger than 21-by-28 inches in size. A maximum of three photos of paintings per artist, will be accepted. WHAT’S NEXT: The deadline for submitting conceptual drawings for the Lantern Bay Park artwork is September 7 at noon. Renderings can be sent to or dropped of at the Dana Point Community Services Department at 34052 Del Obispo. Submissions may also be emailed to mleon@ or faxed to 949.496.3497. Proposals for the park artwork will be submitted to the Arts and Culture Commission on September 19th for review and recommendation. The deadline for submissions of watercolor paintings for display in the Council Chamber foyer is September 3 and entries will be accepted via email to mleon@ The watercolors will be on display starting October 1 through November 30. FIND OUT MORE: For more information, call Kevin Evans at 949.248.3532, Monique Leon at 949.248.3557 or log on to www. —AS


… Harbor Marina Improvement?

THE LATEST: A public hearing on the Dana Point Harbor Marina Improvement Project’s latest environmental impact report is slated for Wednesday, August 8. The Orange County Planning Commission, which is holding the hearing, will be asked to review and recommend that the Board of Supervisors certify the document and incorporate its changes in the overall report known as Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report No. 613. The project provides for changes and upgrades throughout the east and west marinas. It also includes federally required accessibility improvements to gangways and docks and construction of new docks along the eastern breakwater, according to the county staff report. The project will include installation of 2,293 slips but means a net loss of 116 slips, the staff report says. WHAT’S NEXT: The public hearing is at 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Administration Planning Commission hearing room at 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, first floor. FIND OUT MORE: To see a full staff report, visit — SNG


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Dana Point Police Services COMPILED BY ANDREA MABEN 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.

Monday, July 30 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Golden Lantern/Cordova Drive (1:13 a.m.) The Orange County Fire Authority was notified after a caller reported seeing and smelling smoke that had odd odor coming from an upstairs unit. The caller also reported loud music emanating from the same residence. The smoke was found to be coming from a fog machine.

Sunday, July 29 CITIZEN ASSIST Via Santa Rosa, 34200 Block (7:34 p.m.) A woman reported her neighbor was calling her negative racial names, possibly because she interrupted his 3 a.m. band practice and often invited non-white friends into her home. At some point, while on the line with police, the caller reportedly became uncooperative and called the desk operators “racial bigots.” SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Golden Lantern, 34600 Block (6 p.m.) A caller told police that a 55-year-old male in a straw hat, white shirt and jeans had been playing an electric guitar in front of Turk’s Restaurant for the past two days. VANDALISM REPORT Doheny Place, 34800 Block (9:15 a.m.) A 29-year-old male maintenance worker was arrested after he pushed his mother and broke her phone. The man then punched the window out of the car, and there was “blood everywhere.” The mother had called police a few days earlier requesting her son be taken away via involuntary psychiatric hold, but deputies felt he did not meet the criteria. The man, who was said to have bipolar disorder, is currently in custody.

DISTURBANCE Vista Drive East, 26000 Block (6:07 p.m.) The police were notified when four females and one male who are not residents of the community were seen using the community pool. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Golden Lantern/Del Prado (5:32 p.m.) Police were asked to check on a man who was lying in the grass next to a dark blue vehicle. It turned out man was just waiting for the bus. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Park Lantern, 25100 Block (11:06 a.m.) Police responded to a call from the Laguna Cliffs Marriott to escort a naked, mentally unstable woman out of her room. The 61-year-old female was cited and released.

Friday, July 27 PROWLER Bayside Lane, 33700 Block (10:41 p.m.) A woman reported seeing a man on her patio, looking in her windows. She was not able to provide a description but said that she heard the prowler jump the fence. INDECENT EXPOSURE Doheny Park Road, 34100 Block (5:15 p.m.) A caller waited at a nearby laundromat to file a police report after notifying

Saturday, July 28 OPEN DOOR Calle Dolores, 26900 Block (8:16 p.m.)


A man called to report that his neighbor’s garage door was open. He believed that they were out of town.

deputies that a 5-foot-2-inch, heavy-set man wearing a B-52s T-shirt and jeans “whipped it out” at the informant in front of Donut World. CITIZEN ASSIST Kara Bay, 23800 Block (11:33 a.m.) A man wanted to speak with police after receiving a call saying that if he didn’t pick up the phone, someone would blow up his house. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Pacific Coast Highway/Violet Lantern (10:11 a.m.) A 48-year-old male, who listed his occupation as a roofer, was arrested for being intoxicated in public. A bus driver called to report the man was on the bus, trying to pick fights with other passengers. The man was cited and released.

Thursday, July 26 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Capistrano/Camino Mira Costa (3:10 p.m.) A man was riding a beach cruiser bike and ponying another bike on the side while a female ran after him screaming, “That’s my bike!” The man was described as Pacific Islander/surferlooking and wearing a tank top.

Tuesday, July 24 CITIZEN ASSIST Selva Road/Pacific Coast Highway (8:23 p.m.) A man called police after his wife went hiking at the Dana Point Preserve and got locked inside the gates.

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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Beer Launch to Benefit Wounded Warriors Old Guys Rule has partnered with Left Coast Brewing Company, an award-winning brewery based in San Clemente, to create a new beer, Old Guys Rule Amber Ale. The new brew will be featured at an official beer launch on Thursday, August 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Wind & Sea Restaurant in Dana Point Harbor. The event will feature vintage woodies parked outside the restaurant for display and a silent auction and raffle for donated gift baskets and other items. The beer launch will also serve as a fundraiser for the Semper Fi Fund, which benefits Wounded Warriors. The Wind & Sea Restaurant has also offered to match every sale of Old Guys Rule Amber Ale with a $1 donation. Personal donations will also be accepted. All are welcome.

South OC Democratic Club Meeting Scheduled The South Orange County Democratic Club will hold its monthly dinner meetDana Point Times August 3–9, 2012

Open Surf Finals on Sunday, August 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds will go toward the Life Rolls On Foundation, which benefits athletes and others who live with spinal cord injuries. The Paul Mitchell booth will be located on the south side of the Huntington Beach Pier throughout the entire week.

ing on Wednesday, August 8 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. The meeting’s guest speaker will be Kathy Feng, executive director of Common Cause, a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizens’ lobby organization. Feng will speak about prohibitive barriers set up in many states that may potentially disenfranchise nearly five million voters. The buffet dinner starts at 6 p.m. and costs $17 for members and $20 for non-members. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Those interested in attending should RSVP by Monday, August 6 by emailing The San Juan Community Center is located at 25925 Camino del Avion.

Cancer Society Fundraising Gala Set for August 11

Hair Cuts at U.S. Open to Benefit Injured Athletes Magical Shears, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon in Dana Point, is participating in a “cut-a-thon” to raise money for athletes with spinal cord injuries who are trying to get back into sports. Stylists from the salon will cut hair on the sand and in the Paul Mitchell booth at the Huntington Beach US

The American Cancer Society Orange County Region is hosting the inaugural Illumination of Hope event on Saturday, August 11 at The Strand at Headlands private beach club in Dana Point. Food and live entertainment will be offered, and proceeds raised from a silent and live auction for luxury items will help fund programs, services and cancer research. Tickets are $125 per person and can be purchased online at gala. “The American Cancer Society’s work is critically important to all who have been touched by cancer and to those whose lives may be touched,” said Jim Leach, event co-chair. “The best I can do for my community is to volunteer my time

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and my talents to work on behalf of this great organization and the people it serves.”

Shelter Offers Half-Price Cat Adoptions The San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter is offering half-price cat adoptions until the end of the month, as part of its “Pussycat Palooza” feline adoption event. The shelter’s $100 fee for cats will be reduced to $50, and all cats adopted during the promotion will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped at no additional cost. New owners will also receive a free bag of cat food. The shelter currently has more than 60 cats and another 20 to 30 in foster homes. The shelter is located at 221 Avenida Fabricante. For more information, call at 949.492.1617.

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Turning the Tide Key approvals help clear the way for cleaner Poche Beach By Stacie N. Galang Dana Point Times


ne of the area’s dirtiest beaches is cleaning up its act. Last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the California Coastal Commission and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board approved a long-awaited permit that essentially allows a tractor at Poche Beach to remove built-up sand regularly from a channel pond and release rising waters. It’s a process that both locals and city and county officials hope will improve both water quality and public access from El Camino Real. “I think it’s good news,” said Shorecliffs resident Paige Foreman, a longtime advocate for Poche. “I think they’re finally thinking logically. To actually have all the agencies on board and signing off on the same thing is something of a miracle.” She credited Assistant City Engineer Tom Bonigut for his work to help coordinate the efforts at Poche Beach. Poche Beach is 200 feet of sand between San Clemente and Dana Point, at the southern end of the Beach Road community in Capistrano Beach. The beach is overseen by Orange County. The beach has earned an unwelcome spot on Heal the Bay’s Beach Bummer List for the past five years for its poor water quality. Solutions, including a $3 million ultraviolet water treatment system built in 2009, have yet to show significant improvements to the beach water. In this year’s Beach Bummer List, Poche was ranked California’s eighth dirtiest beach, an improvement from fifth worst a year earlier. The city also welcomed news of the approvals. “I think we’re certainly happy that everything has come about now and that we have the permits,” said San Clemente Senior Management Analyst Mary Vondrak, who has worked on the city’s water quality for more than four years. “The county is now able to move forward with the maintenance.” Clear and Present Danger For years, locals have battled to keep their access to Poche clean and clear. Beach-goers walk down stairs from the beach side of El Camino Real at Camino Capistrano and navigate a catwalk under the railroad tracks to reach Poche. But runoff that flows from the adjacent Prima Descheca drainage channel — and feeds into a small pond — regularly rises above the catwalk. Only the hardy pass through the murky waters. The rest either avoid it all together or illegally cross at the railroad tracks, said Tom Marier, president of the board of Shorecliffs Beach Club Association. All residents of the 508 Shorecliffs homes are members of the beach club, which is generally accessed via Poche Beach. Many more residents from nearby neighborhoods in Dana Point and San Clemente also make Poche their go-to beach. “What this means to north San Clemente and south Dana Point is there’s a safe way to get to the beach,” Marier said. “We don’t have to cross the railroad track, and we don’t have to wade through polluted water.” In the past four years, Orange County, which maintains the beach, lacked the permits to bring in heavy equipment to the sand. With the ebb and flow of the tides, the sand would build up, the pond water would rise and the result was a flooded catwalk. Despite the pleas of locals to breach the built-up sand berm, the county told them couldn’t do anything until it received approvals. Dana Point Times August 3–9, 2012

Local and county officials hope that pollution and access to Poche Beach will be alleviated by recent permit approvals. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

Susan Brodeur, senior coastal engineer for Orange County Parks, said without the approvals it used to take at least a week to get clearance and send crews to Poche. The recently granted permits could drastically shorten response time though she cautioned that the presence of wildlife, such as the grunion and the endangered snowy plover, could stretch out the response. “If it’s flooded, we can get out there within 24 hours,” Brodeur said. Marier plans to take her up on the offer. “We are going to pick up the phone and call them on an as-needed basis,” the Shorecliffs board president said. “The tractor can move the sand as often as every two weeks without (an additional) permit.” For OC Parks, the permits mean the county can better manage the beach and be more proactive about public access and water quality, Brodeur said. “We’re working with the other departments within the county as well as the city to attack the problem on multiple fronts,” the coastal engineer said. “We’re trying to get it to be a healthy beach system.” Brodeur said the permits and the ability to do more beach maintenance are components of an overall process to improve Poche, but the reality is that the channel is fed from upstream and water can bypass the water treatment system. “It’s still going to be persistent and hard to make it disappear,” she said. Water Quality George Edwards, senior engineer for Orange County Watersheds, said the ultraviolet treatment system is doing its job to clean the water very well, removing 98 to 99 percent of bacteria. Yet overall water quality at Poche Beach hasn’t improved significantly. No one knows exactly why. “That’s the seminal question,” Edwards said. “We have a situation that has evolved over time.” The cost to maintain the $3 million ultraviolet treatment system is about $200,000 a year, according to Edwards. During its initial operation, treated water was piped out just before the overhead railroad tracks rather than the surf zone. More recently, the water is dispensed farther out near the ocean end of the pond, a change deemed Page 6

necessary to reduce pollution. “This year, we have an optimal situation where, by and large, the treated outflow to a large extent bypasses the scour pond,” the engineer said. The pond is a haven for birds and the water is believed to be a factor in the recontamination at Poche. The city is focusing its efforts on moving the treated water well beyond the pond, said Vondrak. “We want to make sure the water from the UV system, to whatever extent possible, enters the ocean directly and does not mix with the water in the pond as much,” she said. Beyond treating the water at Poche, the city is also working on cleaning up water upstream. Vondrak said San Clemente is also focusing its efforts on conservation by reducing water runoff on landscaped areas near homes, within homeowners associations and on golf courses, She said the city is seeking state grants to continue its work toward cleaner ocean water. Another action step San Clemente may pursue is shooing away the shorebirds. Foreman, whose husband’s family has lived in Shorecliffs since the mid-1960s, said the latest permit to allow the equipment to come to Poche was a no-brainer and would prevent flooding and hopefully help keep improve the overall water. “The solution was so simple to begin with, and it’s taken all these years,” she said. A simple solution to the bird problem, by her estimation, is the removal of the pond, which she said hasn’t always been at Poche. “The whole key is getting rid of the pond,” Foreman said. For the Shorecliffs resident who has literally spent hundreds of hours on the phone and in person trying to get the many agencies to work together and find a solution for Poche Beach, she’s understandably skeptical that bureaucracy will listen. Ultimately, she doesn’t want a repeat of the drawn-out permit process that took years to secure. The latest permit will expire in March 2017. “Hopefully, the county gets on the ball a year before that permit expires, and they’ve learned from their previous lesson,” Foreman said. DP


News Next Door

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

New Stadium Completed at San Juan Hills High San Juan Hill High School athletic teams finally have a place to call their own, after the school unveiled its brand new, $1.6 million stadium on Wednesday, August 1. The stadium will feature home and visitor seating, a state-of-the-art sound system and an all-weather turf field and track. The school opened in 2007 and has been playing home football games at Tesoro High School in Mission Viejo. Co-Athletic Director Aaron Flowers hopes the first three graduating classes who left without a home field would return for the first game. “We’re just very appreciative to everyone who had a hand in finishing it.” The Stallions football team will begin practices on the new field on Monday, August 6. Their first home game will be against Canyon High School of Anaheim Hills on August 31. —Stacie N. Galang

City Council Approves New City Attorney City Council on July 17 approved a new contract for its city attorney services with Costa Mesa-based law firm Rutan & Tucker, LLP. San Juan Capistrano’s proposed city attorney and assistant city attorney are Hans Van Ligten and Patrick Munoz, respectively. Rutan & Tucker also provides city attorney services in 11 other cities, including San Clemente and Dana Point, where Munoz is the city attorney. The agreement goes into effect August 28 and will cost the city a monthly retainer of $10,000, plus a rate of $229 per hour for non-retainer services and $75 to $200 per hour for paralegal services. Current City Attorney Omar Sandoval and his law firm, Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, turned in their 60-day notice on Thursday, June 28. The firm has worked with the city since 1997. --Brian Park SAN CLEMENTE

Universally Accessible Playground Receives Donations Courtney’s SandCastle, the universally accessible playground at the new Vista Hermosa Sports Park, received plenty of help on its way to unveiling the first phase of the project in February. Now in its second phase—the construction of a sensory garden—the Courtney’s SandCastle Charitable Foundation continues to garner mass support. Page 7

The San Clemente Kiwanis Club presented a $10,000 donation to the foundation Tuesday, July 31. The money was raised through the club’s Mayor Social earlier this year and the Dancing for a Cause event in May. The foundation also received an $8,000 grant from Southern California Edison to help complete construction of an interactive tide pool feature, as part of Phase II. “SCE’s grant helps to spearhead future marine biology programs for our youth on-site at the playground,” foundation president Don Glasgow said in a news release. “It is the goal of the CSC Foundation to continue our good work to raise funds for the city park system to ensure that children of all abilities are given the opportunity for play together.” On Sunday, August 5, the foundation will hold a dedication ceremony for the Bill & Diane Thomas Family Pavilion. The Thomas family is being recognized for their substantial support for the playground. The public is invited to the event from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about Courtney’s SandCastle, visit —BP

Water Polo Club Hits Stride for Jr. Olympics In a final tune-up before they head to Palo Alto, Calif. for the USA Water Polo Junior Olympics, the San Clemente Tritons Water Polo Club 10U team pulled off a stunning tournament win at Irvine’s Northwood High July 21. The Tritons went into the tournament ranked No. 21 overall—based on USAWP rankings— and defeated three teams ranked in the top-15 for a clean, three-game sweep. The biggest of the three upsets the team pulled off over the weekend was an 11-6 victory over No. 3 United out of Washington. That big win catapulted the Tritons to a 14-4 win over No. 6 Huntington Beach and a 15-7 victory over No. 13 Northwood. Members of the SC Tritons include Riley Kraatz, Everett Prussak, Dylan Gallegos, Roland Mantecon, Hayden Kahn, Tyler Douglas, Spencer Snow, Tanner Powell and Andrew Gansel. The SC Tritons will square off against another 10U team from San Clemente, the Orange County Water Polo Club, in their first game of the Jr. Olympics August 2 at 11 a.m. The OCWPC, led by head coach Peter Asic, has been operating out of the Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center since late May and is ranked 12th overall. Both teams have been playing well recently and will proudly represent San Clemente in the games. —Steve Breazeale



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NORM COLE, Laguna Beach

Marine Protected Areas are good business for fishermen. In the late 1960s as a zoology graduate student at UCLA, my friends and I spent most of our free time exploring the rocky underwater outcroppings near 1000 Steps Beach in South Laguna. Diving among the incredible diversity of life was a thrill all its own, enough to keep us hooked, returning week after week. And I shouldn’t forget to mention the astounding fishing. I recall times when areas along the Laguna coast would be so flush with fish and other marine life, we could have almost scooped them up with a goodie bag. Between the fish, lobster and abalone teaming on and around the rocks, we took what Fish and Game allowed without concern; there was so much all around us. But in the last 30 years, things have changed. The number and size of fish and other sea life off our shores have dropped dramatically. I’ve seen startling reductions in kelp bass, halibut and rock fish populations, and the lobster and abalone are a fraction of what they once were. Between overfishing, warming waters and pollution, what was once a rich bounty of the sea is disappearing faster than it can replenish itself. That’s why the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)—the nation’s first statewide underwater park system— are a necessary and positive step for anyone who loves to fish in California’s coastal waters. While the fishing bans that come with the protected areas include some popular tourist and fishing destinations like the Big Sur Coast, Laguna Beach and Catalina Island—where I also dived and fished as a college student—almost 90 percent of the coastline is still open. Protecting these iconic waters is an investment in our future, both environmentally and economically. Protected Dana Point Times August 3–9, 2012

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For more information, log on to areas for fish and other sea life to thrive, allows stocks to grow and eventually means more fish will be available. In fact, a World Bank report recently calculated that fish stocks of the world would produce 40 percent more if we fished them less. That may sound backwards, but I have witnessed it with my own eyes. “No-take” zones around the Channel Islands established 15 to 20 years ago, where fish and abalone were once scarce from overfishing, are now so dense the populations are spreading out into other areas along the coast. And one doesn’t have to look too far to find charter boat owners and commercial fishermen who will admit they haven’t seen any drop in business—and don’t expect to. In fact, far from hurting business, the

MPAs are year-round attractions, boosted by abundant wildlife and natural beauty. As the benefits of the MPAs for fishermen begin to show themselves in newly thriving fish and marine life populations, I’m convinced the critics will go quiet. Meanwhile, we’ve been living on borrowed time long enough. As someone who has fished and enjoyed these waters since I was a teenager, I see the MPAs as the positive thing they are: an investment in our marine life, our seas and our future.


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and patron of the Friends of the Library Store in Dana Point, I am concerned about what I am hearing and reading in our local paper. Among my concerns is what appears to be a disregard of the intent and regulations allowing for an organization’s nonprofit status. I hope those responsible for this valuable community resource will address the problems and not find themselves in violation of the IRS’ laws governing nonprofit organizations.

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ALOHA RADIO 9 p.m.-12 a.m. The Shore is the newest music hot spot every Friday night. 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.481.6089,

PAINT LIKE CRAZY WORKSHOP Two-day plein air painting workshop at Tree of Life Nursery with Hyatt Moore. 33201 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.728.0685, DRAMARAMA 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House also with Smiling Face Down and The Ferns. Tickets $18. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

GO.SEE.DO 5TH MARINES CAR WASH FUNDRAISER The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group is holding their annual car wash Saturday, August 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at South Shores Church, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway, in Dana Point. This year, the Marines will be joined by Dana Hills High School football players to wash the cars. The fun and entertaining gathering will include a complimentary continental breakfast and barbecue food court, a “combat kids’ zone” with face painting, an area where youngsters can don flak jackets and helmets for a photo and a “combat fatigue zone” where patrons can relax with professional massage therapy. Combat gear, police and fire equipment will also be on display. The entire family friendly event is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted. All proceeds of the fundraiser will go toward the construction Photo by Alan Wickstrom of an Operation Enduring Freedom Monument inside the 5th Marine Memorial Park and Garden at Camp Pendleton. The monument, expected to cost around $40,000, will be dedicated to those who have given their lives in Afghanistan and will be completed by year’s end. “There couldn’t be a better cause than honoring those men lost who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf so that we might enjoy the freedom they have sought to preserve,” said Terry Rifkin, support group outreach committee chairwoman. Visit for more information. —Neville Roane-King

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Concert series at Mission San Juan Capistrano featuring Hot August Night - Neil Diamond Tribute. Tickets start at $24-$30. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,


VILLAGE ART FAIR 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Street fair with tons of vendors showcasing arts, crafts and other items fabulous along Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente. Put on by The Downtown Business Association the first Sunday of the month. More info, 949.218.5378,


SUMMER CONCERT IN THE PARK 1:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Dana Point’s outdoor concert series continues at Lantern Bay Park with headliner Savor -Tribute to Santana, and opening bands Ken Garcia Band & Keston, and The Rhythm Killers. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,

GEORGE BUTTS 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant by George both Friday and Saturday. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

ART OF COOKING 1 p.m.-2 p.m. Festival of Arts Art of Cooking series featuring Nirvana Grille’s Executive Chef and Owner Lindsay Smith-Rosales. Free with admission ($10). 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,

WINE TASTING 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Dragonette Cellers from the Sonoma Coast. Try 7 tastes for $15, plus crackers, cheese and chocolate. 2 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

JEFF DUNHAM 8 p.m. The comedian and ventriloquist performs onstage in the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $39.50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,


FAMILY FILM FEATURE 11 a.m. Free showing of the movie “Big Miracle” at the library and free popcorn; fun for the whole family. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.5132,


ASHUN 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,


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,

ECO-LAB CAMP 10 a.m.2 p.m. Kids ages 7-12 can learn wilderness skills and ecological solutions in this hands-on camp at The Ecology Center. Daily through Aug. 10. $185. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,

THE FAB FOUR & SURFIN SAFARI 8 p.m. Concert at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $15. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,

WINE CLASS 6:45 p.m. Wine credential class at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Event at the San Clemente Aquatic Center / Sport Park themed “America’s Night Out Against Crime.” There will be snacks, displays, entertainment and more. 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.361.8386,


TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica hosts an all-inclusive trip to the San Diego Natural History Museum to view the popular Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. $75. Meet at: 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, SANDY’S BARNYARD EXTRAVAGANZA 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free event for kids at the Kaleidoscope. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo,


WINE TASTING 7 p.m.8 p.m. Four-course wine tasting and food pairing at St Roys Chef’s Pub at Vine. $40. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9376,


OPEN MIC 7:30 p.m. Perform at Agostino’s open mic night. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., #100, Capistrano Beach, 949.661.8266,


COOKING CLASS: GOURMET EATING FOR ENERGY 6:30 p.m. Cooking class at Antoine’s Cafe. Cost $50 each; includes recipes, dinner and a glass of wine. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763,


SOCAL VIBES 8 p.m. StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, SAN CLEMENTE BEACH CONCERT 6 p.m. Enjoy a free concert on the sand by The San Clemente Pier featuring blues by Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers. 949.361.8200, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





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


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Chamber of Commerce News:

Mutts & Members Mixer Fun for Business People and Four-legged Friends Text and photos by Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he Dana Point Chamber of Commerce on July 26 joined the chambers of neighboring cities, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel, for a Mutts & Members Mixer and Expo. Lead by the Laguna Niguel chamber and hosted by Sepulveda Building Materials, 28092 Forbes Road in Laguna Niguel, the mixer not only brought together the business communities of the four participating cities, but their four-legged canine friends as well. The expo featured a barbecue and booths from a collection of South Orange County businesses, many offering products and services to dogs and their owners. Expo participants included San Diego Gas & Electric, John Paul Pet Salon, Pet Project Foundation, South County Out-

Bert was happy to accompany his humans, Georgelean and Carlos Olvera, Historical Society president, to the Mutts & Members Mixer.

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reach, Lions Club, Dana Point Groomers, San Clemente Groomers and more. The Lions Club of Laguna Niguel also held a raffle and offered a free ticket to those who donated a pair of used eyeglasses to be distributed to those in need. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Guide Dogs of the Desert. “We encourage our members and others to attend our mixers. It’s an easy and fun way to network with the community and expand your business,” said Heather Dana Point Chamber Executive Director Heather Johnston visits with South County Printing’s Bill Klamfoth (left) Johnston, chamber executive director. and David Russell. The next Dana Point Chamber of Commerce mixer is scheduled for Thursday, August 16, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Tutor & Spunky’s Deli, 34085 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 116 in Dana Point. Admission is $12 for members and $22 for nonmembers. For more information, visit www. Log on to www. for a photo slideshow of the event. DP

This trio of happy canines loved being in the spotlight. Dana Point Chamber volunteer Charles Brady enjoys a cupcake from Donna B’s Bakery.

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Donna Billman, owner of Donna B’s Bakery, looks on as a young attendee enjoys a sampling of the baked goods her company provided for the event.





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Jennifer Kessy, although well known on the duo, making their first Olympic appearance professional beach volleyball scene, has been a together, defeated the Argentines 21-11, 21-18. stand-out performer for the U.S. Olympic Beach The match July 31 against van Iersel and Volleyball squad in London. Keizer proved to be a tougher test for the Americans. After Kessy and Ross started out with a The first-time Olympian has strong ties to the area. She was raised in San Juan Capistrano, strong 21-15 win in the first set, the Netherlands went to Dana Hills High School and currently bounced back to take the second. In the third lives in San Clemente. and deciding set, Kessy and Ross hit all the right She and partner April Ross recently won their shots and cruised to a 15-8 set and match win. second consecutive match Tuesday in a three With two wins in pool play, the duo is guarJennifer Kessy. Courtesy photo set victory over the Netherlands’ Marleen van anteed to advance to the single-elimination Iersel and Sanne Keizer. stage on Friday. Kessy and Ross were set to play a Spanish squad August 2 at 10:30 a.m. in their final pool match, but Kessy and Ross only needed 33 minutes to defeat Argentina in their opening match July 29. The American results were not available at press time. —Steve Breazeale

30th Olympiad Rekindles Memories Dana Point man reflects on days as an elite swimmer, Olympic alternate By Neville Roane-King Dana Point Times


hroughout the summer heading into the 1964 Olympic Games, Indiana University swimmer Pete Hammer would train three times a day on his quest to qualify for the U.S. Olympic swim team. His usual day consisted of a two-hour practice at 6 a.m., a 90-minute practice at noon and, finally, a weightlifting session mixed with short course swimming sprints. His combined workouts totaled over 6 miles of swimming each day. Hammer, the seven-time All-American, ended up placing third in the 100 meter backstroke and fourth in the 200 meter backstroke at the 1964 U.S. Men’s Olympic Tryouts to earn himself alternate positions in both events. He did not get the opportunity to travel with the team to the Olympics in Tokyo that summer, but Hammer used his swimming background to propel himself toward becoming the epitome of an American. He went on to become a Marine and a successful businessman before settling down in Dana Point 18 years ago. Hammer, 67, has been watching the swimming events in the 2012 London Games, and said it’s taking him back to his days as an elite-level swimmer. “When watching these Olympics, I vicariously regress back in time and think to myself about when I was swimming; how I would swim the race,” Hammer said. “If I were in the backstroke finals today, I would do it the same way I did back in 1964, expending all of the energy you’ve got right before touching the finish line.” Hammer began swimming competitively after his father urged him to join the local YMCA team in the seventh grade. He was average at best in intermediate school because he struggled with his breathing as a freestyle swimmer. After joining the freshman team at Evanston High School in Illinois, Hammer was losing his endurance after swimming only 50 meters, which prompted him to reach out to his coach. “I told my coach ‘I’m having trouble with my breathing, I don’t get enough air when I’m swimming and I get gassed’. And he told me to turn over on my back and swim the backstroke and you’ll get all of the air that you want,” Hammer recalled. Hammer went on to use the backstroke to win the state championship and set the state record. His achieveDana Point Times August 3–9, 2012

Dana Point Pony League Registration Underway Registration for Dana Point Youth Baseball PONY Fall Ball closes August 31. All players ages 8-14 (as of May 1, 2013) from Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente are welcome to join. Cost of registration is $85. For more information on signing up, please visit

Pete Hammer of Dana Point was an Olympic alternate for the 1964 games. Photo by Andrea Swayne

“When watching these Olympics, I vicariously regress back in time and think to myself about when I was swimming; how I would swim the race.” —Pete Hammer

ments earned him a partial scholarship to swim at Indiana University, the premier swimming program in the nation at the time. Hammer raced at the Olympic tryouts in New York in the summer before his junior year. Hammer won both of his preliminary heats but was beat out by less than a second in both the 100 and 200 backstroke, denying him the chance to qualify for the Olympics. Page 14

Upon graduation in 1966, Hammer gave up the possibility of another Olympic attempt in the 1968 trials in order to join the Marine Corps. He became a captain and a backseat rider in an F-4 Phantom jet, similar to the ones seen in the film Top Gun. Although he was never in a situation where he had to use his swimming skills to survive in war, Hammer does recall that his abilities came in handy during his training. “It was a big part of our training—they teach you water survival,” Hammer said. “They’ll put you in a pool with a suit and boots on and you’ll have to swim a mile, and you go through the Dilbert Dunker, which simulates being in the cockpit of an aircraft that landed in the water.” Hammer eventually had an opportunity to utilize his swimming prowess while serving in the Marine Corps. When in limbo between his transfer for jet training, he captained Pensacola’s team to first place in the Admirals Cup, a sporting event between the different military branches. After serving until 1971, Hammer went on to work at numerous companies, including Merrill Lynch, Pacific Life and PIMCO. After living in Mission Viejo, Corona Del Mar and Irvine, he settled in Dana Point in 1994, where he has played a vital role in reinvigorating the Dana Point 5th Marine Support Group and now serves as the group’s president. Forty-eight years removed from his competitive swimming days, Hammer thinks that while swimmers’ physique and training techniques have evolved, the ultimate goal has not. “You train to make the team, but the goal is to win the Olympic gold medal,” Hammer said. “Contrary to much you see on TV, the objective is to compete for the gold.” DP

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GROM OF THE WEEK Blue Engleking Age: 13, Shorecliffs Middle School Blue Engleking started stand-up paddling and SUP surfing in 2005 and has entered the kids’ races at SUP events like the Battle of the Paddle and the Hobie Hennessey’s Waterman Challenge, ever since. But when Blue enters contests, his sights are set more on having fun doing what he loves more than being a gnarly competitor. His skills are, nevertheless, top notch. He even took first place in his age group at last year’s Battle of the Paddle. He also loves fishing and is interested in conservation and marine biology. Blue is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student who actively seeks out any experience, including volunteer work, that will help him learn more about caring for the environment, as he is interested a future career as an environmental scientist. This summer, Blue went on a Grand Canyon rafting trip adventure with one of his favorite people in the world—his grandfather. An accomplished long-distance runner, he regularly does 7-mile runs and enjoys shorter jogs on the Beach Trail, three times a week with his parents. He is also Blue Engleking. Courtesy photo a musician and plays guitar, violin and ukulele. Blue’s sense of humor is well known among friends and family. According to his mom, Tracey Engleking, he never utters the all too common teenage phrase, “I’m bored,” as he can find fun in just about anything. “He’s just a good solid kid. He likes to help and has a good heart,” she said. And, one would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the community who would disagree with her. —Andrea Swayne

One for the Groms

SURF FORECAST Water Temp: 65-69˚F Water visibility and conditions: Local: 10-15’ Fair; Catalina: 15-20’+ Fair Immediate: Mix of building South-Southwest swell and small Northwest windswell offers knee-waist-chest high (2-3’+) surf at the better breaks in the county on Thursday. Good spots see occasional shoulder high (4’) sets through the more favorable tides. Light winds and fairly clean conditions prevail early, before onshore flow gradually picks up out of the West to WestNorthwest through the afternoon. Long range: A small mix of Northwest windswell and South-Southwest groundswell prevails through the weekend. Size for good exposures is running ankle-kneewaist high (1-3’), with larger sets for top breaks around the more favorable tides. Winds look light South for the mornings, setting up clean conditions, before a Westerly sea-breeze picks up in the afternoons. Stay tuned to for updates.

Gudauskas brothers join Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Rec for free contest at T Street By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


rofessional surfers, the Gudauskas brothers of San Clemente—Patrick, Dane and Tanner—are teaming up with the Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation to co-host the foundation’s fifth annual surf contest for kids 14 and under on September 15 at T Street. The brothers are sponsoring scholarship entries into the event, dubbed Stoke-o-Rama, for all 86 entrants. Proceeds will benefit the foundation in support of its mission to assist the city in meeting its parks and recreation funding needs. Born and raised in San Clemente, Patrick, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas all said they are excited about the opportunity to be able to give back to the community that has given them so much support throughout their lives and surfing careers while passing the stoke on to the next generation of up and coming surfers. “We’re fired up to have the event coming together at T Street, where we grew up surfing,” said Patrick. “It’s the center of surf stoke and will be a great chance for the groms in town to get together and enjoy a fun-filled day of surf froth.” “And, to be able to give back to an organization like the Friends of San Clemente that provides financial support for local kids and other community members is also exciting,” added Tanner. Other sponsors for Stoke-o-Rama include Vans, Skullcandy, Jack’s Surf Shop and Channel Islands Surfboards. All are lending their support through donations Dana Point Times August 3–9, 2012

Dane, Tanner and Patrick Gudauskas check the waves at T Street, the site of their upcoming Stoke-o-Rama grom contest to benefit the Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation. Photo by Andrea Swayne

to the foundation as well as by providing prizes for competitors. The contest format will differ from traditional events where the top 50 percent of surfers in each heat advance on to the next round. In this event, advancement will be determined based on the top combined wave scores of all competitors. In the boys’ divisions, all surfers will surf two rounds, and advancement to the finals will be based on the sum of each surfer’s top two scores from each preliminary heat—a four-wave total. Six competitors will advance to the final. In girls’ competition, there will be spots for 12 girls in two semifinal heats. Each competitor will surf in one semifinal heat, and the top six girls will advance to the finals based on the combined top two wave scores of all 12 surfers. The Under 8 Pops ‘n’ Pups Push-in division will be a “straight to final” expression session awarding prizes for first through eighth place. “This is all about letting the kids surf as many heats as possible in order to share the spirit of camaraderie instead of just

the hardcore competitive vibe in many conventional events,” Dane said. “It’s all about bringing people who share a love for the ocean and surfing together.” The full list of openings is as follows: 14U Boys, 24 slots; 12U Boys, 24; 10U Boys, 18; 14U Girls, 12; and in the 8U Boys/Girls Push-in, there will be eight openings. The contest will also include an expression session with special guest pro surfers. “With the Hurley Pro kicking off the following day at Lowers, you never know who will show up,” Dane said. Entries will be available at Jack’s Surf Shop on Avenida Del Mar Street in downtown San Clemente starting at 9 a.m. August 4 through August 15 at 6 p.m. Entries will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Questions should be directed to Don Kindred at 949.492.8981. Information can also be found online at DP

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SURF RESULTS California State Games, July 22, Camp Pendleton, Del Mar Jetty GIRLS LB 9-12: 1. Kaliana Ashkarian, San Marcos. GIRLS LB 16-18: 1. Janelle Ferris, Westminster; 2. Michelle Meyers, San Marcos. BOYS LB 13-15: 1. Nick Anderberg, Encinitas; 2. Trevor Anderberg, Encinitas; 3. Kyle Davis, Carlsbad; 4. Oshean Lehrmann, Carlsbad. BOYS LB 16-18: 1. Lucas Foster, Carlsbad; 2. Colin Andrews, Rancho Bernardo. GIRLS SB 9-12: 1. Cayla Mayer, Carlsbad; 2. Kaliana Ashkarian, San Marcos. GIRLS SB 13-15: 1. Julianne Hernandez, Costa Mesa; 2. Cayla Mayer, Carlsbad. GIRLS SB 16-18: 1. Janelle Ferris, Westminster; 2. Michelle Meyers, San Marcos. BOYS SB 9-12: 1. Judd Henkes, San Diego; 2. Orion Lehrmann, Carlsbad. BOYS SB 13-15: 1. Brennan Aubol, Carlsbad; 2. William Peckett, Dana Point; 3. Ethan Grant, Carlsbad; 4. Jake Wetzell, Carlsbad. BOYS SB 16-18: 1. Taylor Mathiesen, Carlsbad; 2. Dylan Sondereggar, San Clemente; 3. Colin Andrews, Rancho Bernardo; 4. Max Schwarz, Santa Ana. OPEN BODYBOARD CO-ED: 1. Trevor Anderberg, Encinitas; 2. Lexi Dimond, San Clemente; 3. Chandler Clippinger, Carlsbad; 4. Danny Piel, San Diego.

UPCOMING EVENTS July 28-August 5: Nike US Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, Pier August 4-5: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 1, San Onofre State Park, Trail 6 August 11-12: Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 1, Camp Pendleton, Del Mar Jetties August 25: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 1, Huntington Beach, Pier August 26: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 2, Huntington Beach, Pier September 8-9: 16th Annual Surf for the Sea, Oceanside Harbor, North Jetty September 8-9: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 1, Huntington Beach, Pier September 22-23: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 2, Donnie Solomon Memorial Red Cross benefit, Ventura, Surfers Point

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