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Former Mayor Looks Forward and Back Lara Anderson, Dana Point’s last mayor and city council member of eight years, discusses time in office, looks toward the future E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5 Former Dana Point Mayor Lara Anderson steps down from the city council, having termed out after completing the maximum two four-year terms. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Business Beat: Featuring Spring Boutique and Dana Point Gold & Coin

Alpay Named New President of CUSD Board

County Supervisors Approve Harbor Marina Improvement Project







Dana Point Times, Vol. 5, Issue 49. The DP Times ( ) is published weekly by Picket Fence Media, publishers of the SC Times ( and The Capistrano Dispatch (www.thecapistranodispatch. com). Copyright: No articles, illustrations, photographs or other editorial matter or advertisements herein may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, art, photos or negatives. Copyright 2012. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.


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…the CUSD Board?

THE LATEST: In its final meeting of the year, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees welcomed back trustees John Alpay and Gary Pritchard to the dais and officially swore in new trustees Amy Hanacek and Jim Reardon on Monday, December 10. Alpay, who won his re-election bid in Area 3, which covers San Clemente, was elected board president by a 5-1 vote, with Reardon abstaining. Reardon initially nominated trustee Lynn Hatton for the position, which was supported by trustee Ellen Addonizio’s vote. However, when the vote came to Hatton, she elected to support Alpay. Hatton was later unanimously elected as vice president of the board. Trustee Anna Bryson was unanimously elected as clerk. The reorganization of the board comes off what many voters and trustees called a difficult and contentious election season. WHAT’S NEXT: The next regular board meeting will take place January 7. FIND OUT MORE: To listen to audio from the meeting, visit —Brian Park



THE LATEST: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will discuss the proposed restart of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station on December 18, but will not be doing so locally. A press release sent out by the NRC Monday announced that the regulatory agency would be meeting with Southern California Edison to discuss the utility’s restart plan December 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (1 p.m. to 4 p.m. local time), in RockDana Point Times December 14–20, 2012

ville, Md. The utility met with NRC officials November 30 to discuss its response to the NRC’s confirmatory action letter, detailing how it planned to respond to the wear found in Unit 2 and the causes of the leakage in Unit 3 this past January. WHAT’S NEXT: The meeting will be webcast live for those unable to attend the meeting in Maryland. The release also states that those interested can also phone into the meeting via teleconference. The release noted that the NRC would be discussing the restart proposal but explicitly stated that no decisions on restarting the plant would be made at the hearing. FIND OUT MORE: The full release, including information about contacting the commission to be on the teleconference can be found at —Jim Shilander


… the Harbor?

THE LATEST: The Orange County Board of Supervisors on December 11 voted unanimously to approve certification of the Subsequent Environmental Impact Report, or SEIR, for the waterside marina improvement portion of the OC Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan. Marina improvement will include Americans with Disabilities Act compliant accessibility ramps and a reduction of as many as 155 slips. Harbor Director Brad Gross has said in the past that the county will endeavor to maintain a zero slip loss but pointed out that since there have been roughly 180 vacant slips over the past few years, that the maximum 155 loss would not displace any boaters. Elements such as the originally proposed docks at Baby Beach were taken out of the

approved version of the plan. The $140 million Harbor Revitalization Plan has been in the works since 1997 and there have been more than 150 meetings held on the subject since.

by the county on November 1. County Librarian Helen Fried last month said that although a reopening date is yet to be determined, she estimates a tentative date of January 1, 2013.

WHAT’S NEXT: The county’s next step will be to prepare specific construction designs to be included in the application to the California Coast Commission for a Coastal Development Permit.

FIND OUT MORE: For more on this story, see —AS

FIND OUT MORE: See and for more information. —Andrea Swayne


…Friends of the Library?

THE LATEST: The Friends of the Dana Point Library has a newly elected board after a vote was taken Sunday. The vote was part of the Friends organization’s annual meeting and reorganization set for each December. No members of the past Friends board ran for reelection but the four candidates they supported were voted in. The election comes after months of conflict between the former Friends board and a group of former volunteers dubbed Save Our Bookstore. Save Our Bookstore was unsuccessful in their efforts to hold a recall election in October to oust the former board after being angered by what they called the unwarranted dismissal of volunteers. The former board maintained that their actions were in the best interest of the bookstore and were a result of misconduct among volunteers. WHAT’S NEXT: The following newly elected Friends board is set to take over January 1: Carol Wassman, president; Rick Conner, vice president; Mary Mashoof, treasurer and Carrie Karas, secretary. The bookstore was temporarily closed

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…DP Man’s Murder Conviction?

THE LATEST: The Dana Point man accused of murdering one man and injuring another in a 2011 New Year’s Eve fight was convicted Wednesday. Adam Randy Baker, 25, of Dana Point was found guilty of one felony count each for second degree murder and attempted murder with a sentencing enhancement for use of a deadly weapon, authorities said. According to a report from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, on January 1, 2011 Baker was sitting on a bench near the valet parking area of the Costa Mesa Hilton Hotel after attending a New Year’s Eve party. He flicked a cigarette at a group of men exiting the hotel and started arguing with one of the men. Robert Sickles, 27, stepped in between Baker and the other man (Sickles’ brother). Baker shoved Sickles then pulled out a knife, slashed him across the chest and stabbed him once in the chest. Brian McTeigue, 26, intervened and was stabbed once in the back by Baker, the report said. Sickles died as a result of the stab wound to his chest. WHAT’S NEXT: Baker faces a maximum sentence of 23 years to life in state prison. His sentencing is scheduled for February 8, 2013, 9 a.m. in Department C-45 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. FIND OUT MORE: See —AS


Former Mayor Looks Forward and Back Lara Anderson, Dana Point’s last mayor and council member of eight years, recalls time in office, looks ahead By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


uch of December 4’s Dana Point City Council meeting was dedicated to bidding farewell to 2012 Mayor Lara Anderson as she ended her eight-year term on the council. Having termed out after completing the maximum two four-year terms, the meeting was her last as a councilwoman—for at least two years, when she will have the opportunity to run again for city council, should she choose to do so. Fellow council member and Mayor-elect for 2013 Steven Weinberg, who officiated the farewell presentations, joked that the evening seemed almost like an episode of “This is Your Life” for Anderson. Many community members, colleagues, friends and city staff members took turns at the podium offering kind words, thanks, awards and tokens of appreciation to the popular city councilwoman. When the speeches and presentations wrapped up, Anderson was joined by her husband Andrew and their daughters, ages 3 and 5, for a final photo with her council colleagues to commemorate the evening. As she bid adieu to her time on the council, Anderson was anything but reticent about her intentions to remain involved in the community on some level. But she also hinted that being no longer tied to city government will offer a chance for her to explore other options, both with regard to geography and commitments. Anderson moved to Dana Point in 1997 and quickly became a volunteer at the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter. Shortly thereafter, she joined the boards of the Animal Rescue Foundation (now known as the Pet Project Foundation) and the Lantern Village Association. It was in this capacity that she began attending city council meetings regularly. “Both organizations frequently had business before the city council so I started going to meetings and was appalled at the way citizens were treated. Meetings always started late, public speakers were ignored and the community wasn’t being served like I thought it should be,” Anderson said. “I figured I could do a better job and ran in 2002.” That year, Anderson launched a smallbudget grassroots campaign against what she referred to as some serious political firepower and lost by a mere 275 votes. She gave it another go in 2004. This time she was successful. In 2008 she earned the distinction as the Dana Point City Council candidate earning the largest number of votes, 9.390, in city election history. Looking back at the eight-year list of projects, issues and decisions she was involved in as a council member, Anderson regards her time on the dais as generally Dana Point Times December 14-20, 2012

Lara Anderson, Dana Point’s 2012 mayor and eight-year city council member, pauses for a photo as she leaves City Hall having termed out of office in December. Photo by DyAnne Weamire

satisfying. The retrospective includes such important city matters as her 2004 to 2006 participation on the Town Center Advisory Committee for the development and approval of the Town Center Revitalization Plan; a number of water quality improvement projects such as ozone treatment systems at Salt Creek (2005) and North Creek, Doheny State Beach (2008-2009); the creation of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan (2005); numerous improvement to and additions of city parks and events; the establishment of the Tourism Business Improvement District (2009); successful Styrofoam and plastic bag bans (2012) and much more. Anderson’s last official event as mayor, the November 27 groundbreaking for the Town Center southern gateway project, brought her council career full circle as she officiated the kick off of the first of many planned improvements in the downtown revitalization plan. We caught up with Anderson recently and asked her to reminisce on her time as a city councilwoman and talk about what her future may hold. Here is some of what she had to say, delivered with all the candor and wit she has become known and admired for. DP TIMES: What do you consider your most important accomplishment while on city council and why? ANDERSON: Being part of the team that brought stability, efficiency and a higher standard of government to City Hall and the council meetings. Dana Point matured a lot as a city over the last eight years and can now focus on ambitious projects that will shape our future, like Town Center

and the Doheny Village Plan. What was one of your biggest frustrations and why? Finding biodegradable dog poop bags that you can actually open, with handle ties, for the city’s dispensers! They don’t seem to exist. As for why this frustrates me; no explanation is needed if you’ve got a dog. You have been an outspoken opponent to short-term vacation rentals. How do you feel about the issue as it stands? What hopes do you have for a resolution in the future? I’m disappointed we weren’t able to resolve it during my term but I expect the council will address the item soon and take action. I would like to see the city enforce the existing code and not allow short-term rentals in our residential neighborhoods. But since I was the Lone Ranger with that opinion, a program allowing, regulating and taxing them is likely imminent. Looking back, do you have any regrets or anything you would have changed about your time on the council? I don’t live life with any regrets and I wouldn’t make changes because everything leads to the place you are now. I’ve always tried to do the right thing for the community. The only vote I feel badly over is one that hurt someone I really cared about. It became obvious at the council meeting he didn’t have the support for an appointment on the Planning Commission and I wanted to show the person I voted for that he had my confidence, rather than use the vote on my friend. I had no idea it would hurt his feelings so much and for that I’m sorry, but I stand by my vote.

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What message would you like to leave the new city council with? Listen to the residents, understand the role of a council member is essentially a public servant functioning on a board of directors, and respect the staff working as professionals for the city as their career. What message would you like to leave the citizens of Dana Point with? Thank you for all your support and friendship throughout the years. What are you most looking forward to about not being on the council? Not having to field the complaints, insults and criticisms that tend to come via email late in the evening; likely after the sender has enjoyed several glasses of wine. What will you miss most about it? Helping people and making positive contributions to the community on the governmental level, and seeing the people at City Hall on a regular basis. Will you continue to be involved in the city, and if so, in what capacity? It depends on if we stay in Dana Point. For the first time in a long while I’m untethered from a mooring and considering the best options for my family. Will you share a few cherished memories from your time on the council? Watching my girls go from babies, to crawling, to walking, to taking over Jackie and Fran’s office at City Hall, summer concerts, Volunteer of the Month presentations and all the friends I’ve made and the fun we’ve had over the years. What do you consider most special about the city of Dana Point and its citizens? The small town atmosphere, friendly people and the natural beauty that surrounds us. The spirit of volunteerism is exceptional in our town and it’s truly heartwarming to see so many of our citizens reaching out to help others and work together on worthwhile causes. Have you decided whether you will run again in two years? Let’s put this in perspective; if I didn’t run again until 20 years from now, I’d still be younger than three out of four candidates in the last election. Do you intend to run for any higher office? No. How did you spend your first couple of weeks off the council? I went to the Winter Festival, the dentist and helped with the election at the library. Other than feeling a bit lighter with fewer obligations, it wasn’t much different than any other week, nor did I expect it to be. I never got wrapped up in the title, I always considered myself a regular resident serving on the council as another volunteer position, just trying to make my community better. DP


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Dana Point Police Services COMP I LE D BY K EVIN DA H LGRE N 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, December 10 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Del Obispo Street, 34200 Block (12:44 a.m.) A local business owner called police after two juveniles turned off water to his business. The caller told police that the boys, who had since left the premises, had previously been skateboarding in the parking lot.

Sunday, December 9 KEEP THE PEACE La Serena Drive, 34100 Block (7:14 p.m.) A woman called police when her exboyfriend, who had previously offered to loan her money for rent, was refusing to give her the loan. The woman told police that she was also concerned for the safety of their six-month-old child who was at the residence with the man and his “druggie friends.” SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE El Encanto Avenue, 34000 Block (3:22 p.m.) A teenage-boy’s father called police after the boy told him that several men outside of an apartment complex attempted to sell the teen drugs. The caller told the desk that he knew there was drug use occurring in the laundry room of the apartment complex and demanded that deputies patrol check the area. TRAFFIC ACCIDENT-UNKNOWN INJURES Pacific Coast Highway/Dana Point Harbor Drive (2:13 p.m.) A gray Mercedes reportedly crashed into a black sports utility vehicle before driving away from the scene of the accident. A few minutes earlier, a car matching the description of the gray Mercedes was allegedly involved in another traffic collision. A witness told officers that a gray or silver colored Mercedes had hit her head-on at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Del

Obispo Street. The driver of the Mercedes then fled the scene, heading eastbound on Del Obispo Street. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Golden Lantern, 33200 Block (6:47 a.m.) Animal Control was called to gather a group of aggressive dogs wandering around outside City Hall. A witness told police that several of the dogs had growled at her as she passed them on her morning walk.

Saturday, December 8 TRAFFIC HAZARD Camino Capistrano/I-5 Freeway (5:09 p.m.) A call to the police reported a disabled vehicle with no hazard lights on parked on the freeway exit ramp at Camino Capistrano. The call was made because the driver of the disabled vehicle was reportedly attempting to flag down other drivers for help and the caller was concerned that the man might get hit by a passing car. MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATIONS Dana Drive, 25000 Block (10:11 a.m.) Several bicyclists were seen on the walking trail where signs prohibiting bicycles are posted. The caller told deputies that one of the cyclists had nearly run her over as he passed her. KEEP THE PEACE

Seastar Court, 0 Block (3:36 a.m.) A taxi driver called police after the two men he was driving home left the cab and did not return to pay their fare. The driver told police that the front door to their residence was still open and it appeared the men had passed out inside the home. Officers were able to make contact with the men and the taxi driver was paid without incident.

Friday, December 7 TRESPASSING Golden Lantern, 32500 Block (8:43 p.m.) A group of intoxicated men was seen causing a disturbance outside of Starbucks. A witness told police that the men were arguing very loudly in the parking area between Starbucks and Burger King and refused to leave the area when asked to do so by an employee of the coffee shop. DISTURBANCE Big Sur Street, 33100 Block (6:45 p.m.) Police were called after a man walking down the street threatened to kill everyone in the neighborhood. The caller told police that the man was a magazine salesman who frequently went door-to-door in the area, but was now walking thought the neighborhood yelling threats at passersby. The caller did not want the man to be prosecuted, but simply wished for the man to leave the neighborhood. Deputies located the individual and advised him to leave the area.


Business Beat


News and updates on San Clemente’s business community

NOW OPEN u Spring Boutique, 34491 Golden Lantern, 949.489.1223, Magdy Siam, eight-year owner of The Country Fox in the Mariners Alley shops at the Dana Point Harbor, last month rented a spot across the walkway for a new boutique named Spring. “My nephew Christian Karam has partnered with me as a co-owner and manager

Christian Karam of Spring Boutique in the Mariners Alley shops at the Dana Point Harbor. Photo by Andrea Swayne

of Spring. We decided to expand by adding another store to carry unique women’s clothing, accessories and shoes. The Country Fox will carry mainly souvenir wear and gifts but we will continue to offer our most popular lines of shoes from Fly Flot and Propét,” Siam said. Spring carries an impressive selection of creatively designed clothing, made in the USA by brands such as Cut Loose, Peanut Punch and Cubism, cool gauze designs by Oh My Gauze!, hand-dyed artisan crafted silk scarves from Laguna Beach, Spring Step shoes, mint and rose espadrilles from Spain, hand bags and a full line of accessories. “As the newest boutique in the Harbor we are excited to offer a wide selection of new lines and in honor of our grand opening we are offering buy one, get one for 40 percent off on all shoes, through the holidays,” Karam said. Spring opens every day at 10 a.m. and closes Sunday through Thursday at 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. u Dana Point Gold & Coin, 24422 Del Prado, 949.545.6777, Dana Point Gold & Coin opened in October on Del Obispo next door to Dana Point Hardware by Brad Pierce and Kevin Borba.

Brad Pierce and Kevin Borba of Dana Point Gold & Coin. Photo by Andrea Swayne

The two buy and sell gold, silver, jewelry, coins, bullion, currency, diamonds, watches and more and also offer expert appraisals. “My father has been in the business for 33 years and this is our second generation family owned coin and jewelry store. I have studied extensively under my dad and managed his Huntington Beach store for the past four years” Pierce said. “We decided to open in Dana Point for its small town feel and proximity to the ocean. We believe the city needs a service like ours and as surfers we were happy to locate here, near some of the best surf breaks in the county.”

Looking for a special present? Dana Point Gold & Coin often has unique estate jewelry for sale, along with rare coins for the collectors on your gift list. “We are fair and accurate with our pricing and are eager to earn loyal repeat customers who are happy to refer us to others,” Pierce said. The store is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are available but not necessary and the two say they are happy to make house calls to evaluate and make offers on estate collections. DP




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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK



38TH ANNUAL BOAT PARADE OF LIGHTS 7:30 p.m. Holiday boat parade in the Dana Point Harbor. Runs Friday and Saturday. 949.923.2255,

BALLROOM BASH 7:15 p.m. Event at the San Clemente Community Center featuring a lesson on the foxtrot and dancing to all types of music; for singles and couples. $10, includes complimentary refreshments. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.498.0233, SOUTH COAST SINGERS HOLIDAY CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Concert titled “The Merriest Season of All” at South Shores Church. Performances Dec. 16 and 22 at Geneva Presbyterian Church and St. Andrew’s by the Sea Church, respectively. $15-$20. 32712 Crown Valley Pkwy., Dana Point, 949.613.7840, GEORGE FRYER 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music with George Fryer and wine tasting at DaVine Food and Wine (wine tasting starts at 4 p.m.). $15. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, WINE AND MUSIC CRUISE 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dana Wharf’s cruise on a luxury catamaran with wine, snacks, music and more. Tickets $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, HOLIDAY PARADE MUSIC CRUISE 7 p.m.-9 p.m. The Ocean Institute hosts a cruise to watch the boat parade while listening to Christmas music and enjoying hors d’ oeuvres hot beverages. $40-$50. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


OLD TOWN SAN CLEMENTE CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Shopping event featuring South Orange County’s creations and handiwork at. Also features music and a fashion show. 111 W. Avenida Palizada, San Clemente,


Dana Point Times December 14–20, 2012

ON STAGE AT THE COACH HOUSE: AMERICA America is coming to the Coach House to celebrate the holidays. Known traditionally for their iconic rock in the ’70s such as “A Horse with No Name,” and “Sister Golden Hair,” among others, this rock group is coming to the southern California venue to jingle bell rock and promote their new Christmas album. No stranger to the Coach House, vocalist and guitar player Dewey Bunnell describes the group as “a southern California band” and says they’ve played at the venue dozens of times over the years. “It’s an intimate venue, as small as we usually play. We’ve always enjoyed it because we’ve got lots of friends in southern California. It’s nice to be in our home area and to play an intimate venue with our friends,” said Bunnell. Bunnell describes the four-decades-old Courtesy photo America as “a real touring band.” The duo has performed their hits all over the world and is still touring to this day. Their next stop is New Zealand. As of now, America is focusing on promoting their newly released Christmas album, Holiday Harmony, which features traditional Christmas songs as well as originals. America will be playing at the Coach House on Friday, December 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $75 and the doors open at 6 p.m. For more information, tickets or dinner reservations, see or call 949.496.8930. —Ariana Crisafulli

SANTA PAWS PET PHOTOS 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Have your pet’s picture taken with Santa in the El Torito Courtyard in the Dana Point Harbor for a small fee that will benefit Pet Project Foundation. ASTRONOMY NIGHT 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Gaze into the night sky through telescopes with astronomers at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Donation $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, CHRIS CRAM 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, DANMAN’S KIDS CONCERT 1 p.m.-3 p.m. StillWater presents dozens of kids performing solo, duets, or in front of a backing band. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, HOLIDAY TOY EXPRESS 6:45 p.m. Holiday event at the San Juan Capistrano Train Station with a holiday show, lots of lights, and Santa Claus. New and unwrapped toys will be collected for the “Spark of Love Toy Drive.” 949.361.8254,


LOCAL SUNDAY SESSIONS 6 p.m. Musicians Meg and Anthony Small, Kyara Kalb, and The Monsoons and Friends perform at Cabrillo Playhouse. $5 donation. Beer and wine served for cash donation. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente,


SANTA’S SUNDAY BRUNCH 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Brunch buffet at Savannah Chop House featuring carolers, a visit by Santa, and more. $19.95 adults, $10.95 kids under 10. 32441 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, 949.493.7107, A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE MUSICAL 2 p.m. Final day to see the classic holiday play at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $24. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, DORIS WALKER ACJACHEMEN WALK 10 a.m.12 p.m. This walk explores how Native Americans used common plants and animals and their settlement in the area. Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, Page 13



FAMILY PAJAMA STORY TIME 7 p.m. The Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,

“FANTASEA” GINGERBREAD DISPLAY Noon. See the Ritz-Carlton’s “FantaSeaLand” Gingerbread Display, which took more than 400 hours to create. 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.2000,


DISNEY ON ICE: DARE TO DREAM 7:30 p.m. Holiday show at The Honda Center featuring all your favorite Disney characters. Shows through Dec. 23. Tickets start at $23.50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,



NEWPORT BEACH CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE 6:30 p.m.9 p.m. The 104th holiday boat parade taking place in Newport Harbor with shows Dec. 19 thru Dec. 23.


CHERYL SILVERSTEIN 6:30 p.m. Live blues and jazz at Montego Restaurant and Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.481.2723,



A CHRISTMAS TOGETHER 8 p.m. Third annual Christmas show at The Coach House. $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

OC ELVIS 8 p.m. Live at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, CASA HOLIDAY EXHIBITION 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Experience the nostalgia of Christmases past with Casa Romantica’s holiday exhibition featuring vintage cookie tins, doll houses, trains. and more. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





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

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The Downside of Long-distance Relationships T he Internet is a valuable tool for singles over 50 to reach out beyond their social circle and meet potential mates who might live a block away, in another city, another state or even in a different country. Without the Internet, meeting these people would likely never happen. The majority of online encounters create long-distance relationships, which can be difficult because it’s hard to get to know the real person when you only see each other occasionally. Plus, you don’t know if someone else is involved. Brenda is 69, divorced, and has been meeting men online for seven years. She is a retired critical care nurse who describes herself as “self sufficient, home owner, great cook, world traveler, art collector, kind, supporting and caring, totally stable.” She said, “I recently met a wonderful man on He has a gentle soul and after a 29-year marriage in which his wife offered only criticism, not any kudos for his loving ways, he got both of

his children through college and then walked out. He knew there had to be a better life with a woman who appreciated him.” Brenda likes that he is not afraid to express his thoughts about the ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 way she makes him By Tom Blake feel. “Everyone wants to know they are appreciated, even for small spontaneous gestures. You get that warm, fuzzy feeling inside when that happens,” Brenda said. “We have a strong emotional connection. Nothing physical yet; he told me he wanted to go slow and enjoy the ‘get-toknow-you period,’ which is fine with me.” They live 100 miles apart, but still have managed to see each other five times. She was optimistic that they had a future together. They were supposed to meet last Sun-

day night for dinner. She said, “We communicated Saturday morning. Everything was great. He said he would call Saturday at 9 p.m. He didn’t. All kinds of things went through my head: Was he in an accident? Had he lost his phone? Was he with someone else?” Brenda got her answer Sunday morning: “He called to tell me he had a date with another lady and had just gotten home! I didn’t know he was seeing another woman,” Brenda said. “He had no remorse or guilt. He said they were trying ‘it’ out to see if they were compatible in that area! Trust is big with me. He wants us to continue seeing each other.” She asked for my opinion. I knew she was hurt and still had hopes for a relationship. Without question, I thought she should dump him, but instead I said, “Let the dust settle, you will figure it out.” Because of the 100 miles between them,

they couldn’t meet face-to-face to discuss what had happened. Brenda pondered the situation for a few hours. Then, she emailed, “I won’t have any connection with him anymore. Being a nurse, and knowing of the increase of STDs in the over-60 age group, I am adamant on testing. What I now know of his promiscuity, I don’t want anything to do with him. It’s not worth my health and safety.” Good decision Brenda. Long-distance relationships can be challenging. To comment: Tom Blake is a San Clemente resident and Dana Point business owner who has authored three books on middle-aged dating. For dating information: To comment: tompblake@ The next 50-plus singles Meet and Greet is Thursday, December 13, at 5 p.m. at Tutor and Spunky’s Deli. www. DP

George Guererro lights the newly planted tree at the site on Camino de Estrella where the official Capistrano Beach Christmas tree previously stood. The old tree, planted in 1987 and marked with a commemorative monument at its base, was taken down by a storm squall in April. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Santa gets a big hug from Gavin Petin, 4. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Cambria McLeod and daughter Audrey, 10 mos., check out a giant snowman decoration while waiting to see Santa. Photo by Andrea Swayne

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like… A s the Christmas holiday nears and the eight days of Hanukkah continue through December 16 , Dana Point is getting decked out for the season. From festive displays—menorahs, giant inflatable snow globes and strings of multi-colored lights—decorating residents’ homes to photo ops with Santa at the Harbor, the city has taken on a festive air. Here are a few photos from the past week to get you into the spirit. DP

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On December 22, 12 teams from all over Orange County will travel to Dana Hills High to take part in the inaugural North vs. South Girls Basketball Challenge. The one-day exhibition will exclusively feature teams from north Orange County playing against teams from the south with bragging rights on the line. The event is the result of an offseason effort by second year head coach Rob Cullinan to try and raise the profile of girls basketball in the county. Here is a schedule of the six games

10 a.m.- University vs. El Toro 11:45 a.m.- Westminster vs. Tesoro 1:15 p.m.- Loara vs. San Juan Hills 3 p.m.- Corona Del Mar vs. Capo Valley 4:45 p.m.- Northwood vs. Mission Viejo 6:30 p.m.- Los Alamitos vs. Dana Hills iStockPhoto

set to take place at the Dana Hills gym, which features several local teams. Teams from the north are listed on the left, with teams from the south on the right.

season for the Dolphins (1-4). Dana Hills was set to play Westminster on December 13. Results were not available at press time. Next Game: 12/18 vs. University, 7 p.m.

Dolphin Report

BOYS SOCCER • The Dolphins had three different players score in a 3-2 nonleague victory over Edison on December 5. Junior forward Jake Allen, junior midfielder Christian Gunther and senior midfielder Vicente Ruiz all notched a goal in the win while senior keeper Rony Alay tallied six saves. The Dolphins scored two goals in the first half and one in the second to stave off Edison. Newport Harbor jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half against Dana Hills on December 7 and held on for a 3-1 nonleague win at Hicks Park. The Dolphins’ (2-2) lone goal came in the second half. Next Game: 12/14 at Capistrano Valley, 4:30 p.m.

By Steve Breazeale

DOLPHINS SINK SAILORS WITH CHARGED OFFENSE • In a non-league match against visiting Newport Harbor on December 11, the Dana Hills girls soccer team had plenty of opportunities to score, dominated ball possession and came away with a 1-0 victory. The Dolphins (4-0-1) final goal tally could have been much higher, and it was apparent from the opening minutes that they were searching for goals early and often. Defender Liz Durst opened the Dolphin shooting barrage with a strike from about 25 yards out that Newport Harbor goalie Rowan Fredericksen reeled in confidently. Fredericksen would remain solid in the net for the Sailors (1-2-1) until the last three minutes of the half when the Dolphins finally broke through with a goal. At the 37-minute mark the Dolphins’ Cailey Laidlaw sent a sailing free kick ball from 40 yards out deep into the box and onto the head of teammate Rachel Edelstein. Edelstein completed the play by redirecting the ball past Fredericksen and into the left hand side of the net to put the Dolphins up 1-0. “Laidlaw played a free kick ball and played it beautifully to Edelstein,” Dolphins head coach Sheena Jarvis said. “It was actually a really pretty goal.” The Dolphins were rewarded with two corner kicks in the opening forty minutes and recorded five shots on goal. The story was much of the same in the second half, with the Dolphins pressing the offensive issue against the visitors. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Fredericksen was up for the task. 10 minutes into the second half the Dolphins had a clear breakaway opportunity, but a fingertip save by the Sailors junior keeper deflected Dana Point Times December 14–20, 2012

The Dolphins (1-4) marquee matchup will be against a tough Los Alamitos team that boasts an 8-2 overall record. Read more about the Dolphins girls basketball team in our weekly Dolphin Report. —Steve Breazeale

Dana Hills forward Brittany Mueller receives a pass from a teammate during the Dolphins non-league match against Newport Harbor on December 11. The Dolphins won 1-0. Photo by Kevin Dahlgren

the Dana Hills shot attempt away and off the post. Fredericksen wound up with seven saves on the day. “We had a lot of opportunities on goal, nothing could get in other than (the Edelstein goal). But a win is a win so I’m happy with that,” Jarvis said. The Dolphins now prepare for the Mater Dei Premier Invitational, which features some of the best teams the county, and neighboring San Diego, has to offer. Dana Hills will open their tournament on December 19 in a game against Los Alamitos at 6:45 p.m. at Mater Dei High. The Dolphins will also face Bishop Amat on December 20 at 4 p.m. and Foothill on December 21 at 5:25 p.m. The Dolphin squad is made up of returning players as well as a handful of newcomers and Jarvis believes games like the one played on December 11 will help the Dolphins in the future. “We worked out a lot of stuff (on December 11)…It’s still early in our season so we’re trying out a few different things,” Jarvis said. “Half these girls are new this

year so they’re still trying to learn how each other’s games work…A game like this is one (against Newport Harbor) is one step closer to learning how to play with one another.” BOYS BASKETBALL • As a result of their 5-3 record the Dana Hills boys basketball team has been ranked No. 15 in the CIF-SS Division 1A polls as of December 11. The Dolphins are currently playing in the Irvine World News Classic and opened the tournament with back-to-back wins. The Dolphins defeated Irvine 64-50 on December 10 and Northwood, 60-39, on December 12. Dana Hills was set to play University on December 13. Results were not available at press time. Next Game: 12/14 vs. El Dorado, Irvine World News Classic, 6 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL • The Dolphins ended a four game skid by defeating Western 45-40 in a close contest in the opening round of the Ocean View Tournament on December 10. The win was the first of the

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WRESTLING • After posting back-toback second place finishes at preseason tournaments, the Dolphins took to the road on December 11 to open up league play against Capistrano Valley and came away with a convincing 51-15 victory to start their first year back in South Coast League competition. Next Match: 12/14 at the Ed Springs Classic, Brea High, 9 a.m. GIRLS WATER POLO • The Dolphins have had a busy preseason schedule to start their 2012 campaign and so far have a 7-6 record to show for it. From December 1 to December 11 the Dolphins have played in nine games, going 5-4 over the stretch. The Dolphin wins in that time have come against Valhalla, Canyon, Villa Park, Troy, and St. Lucy’s. The team’s most recent game was on December 11, which ended up being a 12-6 loss to Martin Luther King. The Dolphins have one more game on their preseason schedule before they open league play against San Clemente on January 8. Next Game: 12/14 vs. Warren, at Fullerton College, 4:15 p.m.





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GROM OF THE WEEK Malia Ward Age: 15, Cal Prep Academy , San Clemente High School Malia Ward was the youngest, and the only female, caddying for a professional surfer in the lineup at Sunset Beach on Oahu’s North Shore during the Vans World Cup of Surfing, the second of three contests in this year’s Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. As the daughter of professional surfer Chris Ward, Malia was given a nod of confidence by her dad and invited to serve as his official board caddy for his December 2 through 4 heats in the event. Caddies must paddle out on an extra board for their competitor in case the surfer breaks the one they are riding. After handing the board off to the surfer, the caddy must then swim back in unassisted. Should a caddy need assistance returning to the beach, the surfer will be charged with an interference. “It was amazing and it made me feel really brave and tough to be out there with pros like Sunny Garcia and CJ Hobgood,” Malia said. “You have to keep an eye on the beach and always know where you are; make sure you’re not in the contest area where the big waves are breaking. I was excited to be out there watching my dad rip. It was my first time out at Sunset but I hope Malia Ward. Photo by Andrea Swayne to compete there in the future too.” Caddying wasn’t the only memorable experience Malia made during the Triple Crown. She also had the honor of serving as an on-camera webcast host for The Surfing Channel’s coverage of the Surfer magazine Surfer Poll Awards. —Andrea Swayne

Prime Time at T Street

RESULTS Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 3, December 8-9, San Clemente, T Street

Third Prime event of the season held in San Clemente By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he third event of the six-contest Surfing America Prime West series went down December 8 and 9 at T Street Beach in San Clemente with plenty of success for local surfers, a live webcast and a charity toy drive. Two of five divisions and five of 20 trophies were won by local surfers as a worldwide audience looked on via a live webcast. The annual Prime series tradition of hosting a Camp Pendleton Marines’ Toys for Tots toy drive also showed the generosity of competitors as they filled the giant ‘toy box’ with new, unwrapped toys as they checked in for their heats. The waves were on the weak side, and true to form for T Street, a bit tricky. But that didn’t hamper the performances by this talented group of surfers as they displayed wave after wave of high scoring maneuvers both critical, in the classic style, and progressive, with high-flying aerials. San Clemente’s Tia Blanco (Girls U16) and Colt Ward (Boys U18) capitalized on the home break advantage, battling their way through heats filled with some of the best surfers under 18 on the West Coast to win

Above: Colt Ward of San Clemente won the Boys U18 division at the Surfing America Prime contest at T Street Beach, December 8-9. Photo by Jack McDaniel

their divisions at the invitation only event. Blanco also took a second-place finish in the Girls U18 and was joined on the podium by fellow San Clemente surfer Malia Osterkamp in fourth. Josh Benjoya of Dana Point took the fourth-place spot in Boys U18. Day two of the event was webcast live through a partnership with iBN Sports Network and The Surf Channel. The playby-play was expertly called by PacSun USA Surf Team coach Ryan Simmons and big wave pro surfer Peter Mel. Surf Channel network reporters were on hand to interview heat winning surfers following each round, as well. If you weren’t able the action live, no worries, all of the exciting footage will be available on demand via a link through the Surfing America website at www. or directly via the iBN Sports Network YouTube channel at The Surfing America website and Facebook page have also been loaded up with great photos from the event, thanks to official photographer Jack McDaniel. Wildcard slots into the upcoming event No. 3 of the three-contest American Pro Surfing Series set for Saturday in Huntington Beach were up for grabs, raising the stakes a bit for the eldest age divisions in the Prime contest. The wildcards were awarded to Girls U18 winner Samantha Lamirand of Cardiff and Boys U18 winner Kanoa Igarashi of Huntington Beach. The next Surfing America Prime West contest is set for January 20 and 21 in Santa Cruz. DP

Surfer’s Journal Supports Local Artists’ Youth Empowerment Program


he Surfer’s Journal, founded by San Clemente residents Steve and Debbee Pezman over 21 years ago, has named nonprofit Loveart& as the recipient of its 1% for the Planet program donation. 1% for the Planet, established by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and Blue Ribbon Flies owner Craig Mathews, challenges businesses to contribute 1 percent of their gross annual sales to environmentally Dana Point Times December 14–20, 2012

conscious nonprofit organizations. Loveart& was cofounded by artists Jennifer Smucker and Shannon Lindsey Frugis to empower under-served youth via free mobile creativity workshops. Loveart& events give participants the opportunity to express themselves through art and craft utilizing recycled materials while promoting environmental advocacy through creativity and outdoor adventure.

The two, in their signature orange Loveart& van, bring workshops to classrooms, community centers and after school programs. They also work with corporate sponsor Cali Bamboo to develop sustainability workshops. For more information, see, and DP

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BOYS U18: 1. Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach; 2. Parker Coffin, Santa Barbara; 3. Andrew Jacobson, Malibu; 4. Josh Benjoya, Dana Point. GIRLS U18: 1. Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff by the Sea; 2. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 3. Danielle Wyman, Laguna Niguel; 4. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. BOYS U16: 1. Colt Ward, San Clemente; 2. Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach; 3. Jake Marshall, Encinitas; 4. Nolan Rapoza, Long Beach. GIRLS U16: 1. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 2. Kylie Loveland, Carlsbad; 3. Meah Collins, Costa Mesa; 4. Steffi Kerson, Pacific Palisades. BOYS U14: 1. Eithan Osborne, Ventura; 2. John Mel, Newport Beach; 3. Zach McCormick, Encinitas; 4. Ryland Rubens, Pacific Beach

UPCOMING EVENTS December 22-23: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 7, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef January 5-6: WSA Championship Series, Event No. 6, Midget Smith Pier Rat Challenge, San Clemente, Pier January 20-21: Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 4, Santa Cruz, Steamer Lane February 9-10: Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 5, San Onofre State Beach, Upper Trestles February 9: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 8, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty

SURF FORECAST Water Temp: 59-61˚F Water visibility, conditions: Local: 10-12’+ fair; Catalina: 15-25’+ fair-good Forecast: Modest blend of mid-period West-Northwest swell, Northwest windswell, and minor Southern Hemi swell is backing down Friday and through the weekend. The surf will remain in the 2-3’ range for many breaks, with slightly larger sets at breaks best exposed to the swell combo. Conditions remain a little dicey on Friday, then become more favorable over the weekend. Check out Surfline for details!

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December 14, 2012

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December 14, 2012