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2012: The Year in Review A look back at some of the stories that made headlines in the past 12 months E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4
A beautiful Dana Point sunset over the Pacific provides a fitting image as the sun also sets on 2012. Photo by Tony Tribolet
Best of the Sheriff’s Blotter: A Recap of 2012
GROM OF THE YEAR: Elenna “Lulu” Erkeneff of Dana Point
Highlights from the Year in Dana Point Sports
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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR
LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 City Hall Offices Closed City Hall offices located at 33282, Golden Lantern will be closed for the holidays through January 1, 2013. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for January 15, 2013, 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. For more information, log on to the city website at www.danapoint.org.
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CUSD Winter Recess Capistrano Unified School District
schools will be closed for winter break through January 6, 2013. School resumes on Monday, January 7. The District office will also be closed, due to budget cuts and negotiated furlough days. For more information, see www. capousd.org.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29 Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza Street. Admission is free. For more information or to inquire about
purchasing a booth for $25, please call 949.573.5033 or 951.271.0669, www.danapoint.org.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2 Sunrise Rotary Club 7 a.m. the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, 25135 Park Lantern, 949.493.2759, www.monarchbeachrotary.com.
DANA POINT’S TOP 5 HOTTEST TOPICS
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…Guns in Schools?
THE LATEST: In response to last Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Councilman Derek Reeve has sent a letter to the Capistrano Unified School District and four private schools, asking them to consider allowing willing staff members, teachers and volunteer parents to carry firearms as a safety measure. “Efforts must be taken to empower teachers, staff and parents to protect our children,” Reeve said in the letter. “It is time as adults entrusted with the lives of children, we overcome our denial.” Reeve suggests firearms could be safely secured in classrooms with no additional funding and that no teacher or staff member be required to carry a weapon. He also provides an alternative that would allow security guard to arms themselves. WHAT’S NEXT: District spokesman Marcus Walton confirmed the district received the letter and rejected any idea to allow school staff to carry firearms. “While we appreciate the councilman’s interest in this topic, we will not entertain any proposal to have staff persons carry firearms,” Walton said. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit www.danapointtimes.com. —Brian Park
…Oxford Prep Cheating Allegations?
THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District released a statement Tuesday publicly exonerating Oxford Preparatory Academy of allegations that teachers at the charter school helped students cheat on state standardized tests. “An investigation did not support allegations of testing irregularities at the school,” Superintendent Joseph Farley said in the
statement. “The students, teachers and parents at OPA have been, and deserve to be, congratulated for their successes on the California STAR tests.” In its inaugural year, Oxford Prep, the south Orange County branch of the Chinobased charter school, achieved a 993 out of 1,000 API score—the highest mark in the district and the second highest in the county. Allegations against the school first arose just prior to the election season. Both the district and the school conducted their own investigations and found no credibility to the allegations. WHAT’S NEXT: The next regular meeting of the CUSD Board of Trustees will take place Monday, January 7, at 7 p.m. FIND OUT MORE: To view the API scores, visit dq.cde.gov/dataquest. For updates, visit www.danapointtimes.com. —BP
WHAT’S NEXT: The new bus fare rates and Kempton’s resignation will be effective in February. The new K-9 patrol has already begun making rounds throughout the county. FIND OUT MORE: See www.octa.net. —Andrea Swayne
THE LATEST: Year-end news from the Orange County Transportation Authority runs the gamut from rising bus fares, to a new CEO to the addition of a new system-wide patrol by bomb-sniffing dogs. Following two months of public meetings and outreach, the OCTA Board of Directors has approved an increase in standard bus fare, from $1.50 to $2. Along with the fare increase, OCTA plans to add an additional 9,000 revenue vehicle hours to address issues with overcrowding and help ensure on-time performance along some of the busiest routes. Bulk ticket discounts, changes in rate structures for nonprofit agencies and a collaboration with the county’s Social Service Agency to look at ways to address the needs of low-income riders, who will be hardest hit by the new fares, are also in the works. Deputy CEO Darrell Johnson has been chosen to succeed current CEO Will
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Kempton who announced his resignation in November. For the new K-9 patrol, handlers are paired with dogs that have completed a 10-week explosives detection training by the Transportation Security Administration at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. Teams are being funded for the first five years through the help of a $600,000 federal grant toward the county’s homeland security efforts.
…the Ocean Institute?
THE LATEST: The Ocean Institute has announced the addition of two new board members. Orange County 5th District Supervisor Patricia C. Bates and real estate agent Phil Immel, founder of The Immel Team, were selected to join the board. Bates served as Laguna Niguel’s first mayor when the city incorporated in 1989 and continued on the City Council there until she was elected to the State Assembly in 1998. She was elected to the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2006. Immel began his career in real estate after earning his realtor’s license at 19 and followed up by getting his broker’s license at 21. He now serves as director of Prudential California Realty’s luxury property division and represents major banks as a listing broker for their bank-owned/REO properties. WHAT’S NEXT: “We’re delighted to have them serve on the board, and look forward
to their unique contributions in helping us better serve the tens of thousands of students who visit the Institute every year,” said Ocean Institute President Dan Stetson. FIND OUT MORE: The full roster of Ocean Institute board members is available online at www.ocean-institute.org/about/board. html. —AS
…the Boat Parade?
THE LATEST: More than 85 boats participated in the 38th annual edition of the Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights at the Harbor, December 7, 8, 14 and 15. The boats were decorated to illustrate this year’s theme, “Lights, Camera, Action—A Hollywood Holiday.” “We saw Oscar-worthy performances by the amazing Dana Point boating community. There was a sighting of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, the entire cast and crew of Star Wars, the crazy kids from Animal House, the stars of Disney and a boatload of Happy Feet. There were live showings of Elf, A Christmas Story and White Christmas on sails aboard the boats themselves,” said Kim Tilly, Harbor public relations and boat parade organizer. “One boat brought their bling on board with Olympians April Ross and Jen Kessy wearing their Olympic Silver Medals. It was an amazing night of sights and sounds of the season.” WHAT’S NEXT: Prizes will be awarded in more than 50 categories. FIND OUT MORE: For the full list of winners, see www.danapointtimes.com. A PowerPoint presentation of the event is available for viewing online at www. danapointharbor.com. Photos of the boats, by photographer Michael Abinnante, are available for viewing and purchase at www. photoartbymichael.com. —AS www.danapointtimes.com
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2012: Year in Review
tion for the city’s only at-grade railroad crossing at Palisades-Beach Road despite that had been halted due to unsuccessful efforts to secure insurance. AUGUST Lots of Layoffs: Southern California Edison announced intentions to lay off 730 people, about a third of the current staff at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, beginning in the fourth quarter of the year.
By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
ife in Dana Point in 2012 was mostly smooth sailing, even during an election year that brought big changes to the City Council, South Coast Water District and Capistrano Unified School District. The city continued its work on longtime ongoing projects such as the Harbor, Town Center and Doheny Village revitalization and tackled tough issues, like revisiting the question of what should be done about short-term vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods. Ongoing litigation remains in the court system with opponents of the hours and gates at two of the five access ways from Strand Vista Park to Strand Beach and the operators of now closed medical marijuana dispensaries. But the news of the year also contained plenty of fun, feel-good stories about the people who make this community so special. Here are brief excerpts from some of the news-making headlines over the last year. To read more about any of the stories mentioned here and to keep up with what’s happening in the new year, be sure to visit our website at www. danapointtimes.com. While there, sign up for breaking email and Twitter alerts; and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook. JANUARY SONGS Powers Down: San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s Unit 2 was removed from the power grid for $280 million in planned maintenance, scheduled refueling and system upgrades. Later Unit 3 was also taken offline following the discovery of a water leak in its steam generator tubes. Unit 2 remained shut down after abnormal wear was also found in it. Both units would remain shut down for the remainder of 2012. Anglers Adjust: The sportfishing community had to adjust to new regulations regarding underwater marine protection areas that went into effect on January 1 as part of the Marine Life Protection Act passed in 1999. FEBRUARY A Jewel in the Rough: The city’s revitalization plan for the Doheny Village, the downtown area of Capistrano Beach, came one step closer to a final plan when a second public workshop was held to gather input from the community. Polystyrene Foam Banned: City Council voted 4-1 (Councilman Bill Brough dissenting) to adopt an ordinance banning the use of expanded polystyrene food service ware at local food vendors, city
Dana Point City Council members don hard hats on November 27 at the official groundbreaking ceremony for the long awaited Town Center Revitalization Plan southern gateway project. Photo by Andrea Swayne
facilities and city sponsored events. Levy Leaves: Police Chief Lt. Mark Levy announced his retirement. Levy referred to his five-year stint in Dana Point as one of the greatest experiences of his 30-year career. Lt. Lynn Koehmstedt was hired as his successor the following month. MARCH Banning the Bag: City Council approved an ordinance banning point-of-sale distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags at retail establishments. Modifications to the draft ordinance included an 18-month compliance exemption period for small businesses with under $4 million in gross taxable income. New Direction for the Chamber: The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors hired Heather Johnston of San Clemente as the organization’s new executive director. Johnston was previously serving as executive director of the Discover Torrance Visitors Bureau. APRIL Pot Shop Penalties: The California 4th District Court of Appeals overturned a summary judgment decision ordering a closed Dana Point medical marijuana dispensary to pay the city $2.4 million in penalties. The opinion document announced the reversal of a 2011 Orange County Superior Court ruling against Beach Cities Collective, saying that unresolved disputed issues of facts in the case make the judgment ordering the collective to pay improper. The $2.4 million in this case was part of roughly $7 million total the city was awarded against Beach Cities and the other shops red-tagged and closed by the city. Court appeals continue. Mobile Home Park Rezone: City Council approved a General Plan amendment that clears the way for a mixed-use residential and commercial project on the nine-acre piece of land (formerly a mobile home park) near Del Obispo and Pacific Coast
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Highway. The change allows for 18 residential units per acre—128 total, since according to City Manager Doug Chotkevys, the city will require two of the nine acres be public park space. MAY Doris Walker Memorial: Construction of a sculpture and renaming of the Heritage Park overlook in honor of the city’s late historian Doris Walker-Smith was approved. Loss of a Legend: Beloved surf icon and master surfboard shaper Terry Martin passed away on May 12 at his Capistrano Beach home following a battle with melanoma. He was 74. His passing leaves a legacy so interwoven into the fabric of the surfing community and the history of the sport that it is safe to say he will never be forgotten. A Fight among Friends: A group of former volunteers of the Friends of the Library Bookstore organized in protest after being angered by what they called the unwarranted dismissal of bookstore volunteers by the Friends board. The newly formed group, Save Our Bookstore, began efforts to hold an October recall election to oust the board. The board maintained their actions were in the best interest of the store and a result of misconduct among volunteers. Recall efforts were unsuccessful and a new board was eventually elected at the annual meeting in December. No members of Save Our Bookstore were voted in and a lawsuit filed by the former Friends board against them is ongoing. JUNE VFW on the Move: Dana Point VFW Post No. 99334 moved to City Hall JULY Not Quite Quiet: City Council directed staff, with the help of the city attorney, to continue to pursue Quiet Zone designa-
SEPTEMBER Chamber’s Chambers Arrested: Nichole Chambers, former President/CEO of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, was arrested on charges of grand theft. She admitted her financial wrongdoings against the chamber in her November 2010 resignation letter. She was sentenced to one year in jail, five years of probation and full restitution. A four-year state prison sentence was suspended Rental Regulations: City Council voted to regulate and tax the city’s short-term vacation rentals rather than ban them outright or enforce an implied ban in place since they are not specifically banned in the zoning code. In November Council directed staff to begin work on a draft ordinance. A Quarter Century of History: The Historical Society celebrated its 25th anniversary and announced the relocation of the Dana Point History Museum to City Hall. OCTOBER Ocean Institute Expansion: The Ocean Institute held a groundbreaking ceremony for new Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. NOVEMBER Election Results: Scott Schoeffel and Carlos N. Olvera win City Council seats. Dick Dietmeier, Rick Erkeneff and Wayne Rayfield were the newly elected South Coast Water District Directors and the open CUSD trustee seat representing Dana Point was won by Amy Hanacek. DECEMBER Gateway Groundbreaking: City officials gathered for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Town Center southern gateway project. Council Reorganized: Councilman Steven Weinberg is chosen to serve as mayor in 2013. Mayor Pro Tem will be Lisa Bartlett. Former mayor Lara Anderson termed out. Marina Project Moves Forward: The Orange County Board of Supervisors approved certification of the Subsequent Environmental Impact Report, or SEIR, for the waterside marina improvement portion of the OC Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan. Bucking a Trend: The city introduced a drug “take back” box, located in the Police Services lobby at City Hall, in an effort to curb trending medicine abuse. DP www.danapointtimes.com
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Paula and Bob Becker: December Volunteers of the Month By Sea Shelton, senior management analyst, Dana Point Administrative Services By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
ana Point Volunteers of the Month for December, Paula and Bob Becker, moved to Dana Point in 1992. Prior to relocating here, they had family pets but were never really involved in animal rescue volunteer efforts. In 1993 Paula became aware of the feral cat issue in the community and joined a group of other community members in feeding and caring for the cats. Through her efforts she met a feral cat she named Saddles who eventually became part of the Becker family. Paula credits Saddles for changing their lives and making both her and Bob even more committed to addressing the feral cat problem. She and Bob began taking in the cats to socialize them with the hopes that they would become adoptable pets. It was when their beloved Saddles went missing that the Beckers first learned about the Animal Rescue Foundation of Dana Point, or ARF. In response to an ad they placed in the Pennysaver, a representative from ARF contacted them to offer assistance and tips on finding Saddles. After being gone for three weeks, Saddles was found and back at home. Paula and Bob were so impressed with ARF that Bob
Mayor Lara Anderson presented Paula and Bob Becker with the Volunteers of the Month Award at the December 4 City Council meeting. Photo by Andrea Swayne
began volunteering at the Wag-a-Thon. He and Paula also began helping out at adoption events at Petsmart for the organization. In 2005, ARF merged with the Friends of San Clemente Animals to form the Pet Project Foundation. Since then, PPF and the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter have been united in a unique partnership to provide pro-humane care to the lost and abandoned animals.
Both Paula and Bob have been active members of PPF and have spent countless hours volunteering at the shelter. Bob has been a dog walker there for 16 years, is a past board member of both the ARF and PPF boards, has served as auctioneer at several fundraisers and on occasion has played Santa during various holiday fundraisers. Paula has worked with cats at the shelter for seven years,
has been a past PPF board member, and chaired and co-chaired the Wag-a-Thon. Paula has started the shy cat committee at the shelter to work specifically with shy cats to help socialize and make them more adoptable. Paula’s concern for feral cats in the community hasn’t wavered. She started the Trap-Neuter-Return program, or TNR, to help address areas where the population of feral cats is most prominent. If a feral cat is taken in and efforts to socialize the cat are unsuccessful, the cat is spayed or neutered and then returned to where it was found. Thanks to Paula’s efforts and the TNR Program, a humane solution has been found to address the feral cat population in the community. One of Paula’s most important roles with PPF was serving as chair of the Cat Care Improvement Project at the shelter. Paula, along with her fellow committee members, worked tirelessly to make the recent cat room expansion project possible. The Lori Hoenow Cat Adoption Center had its grand opening in April 2012. The city of Dana Point would like to thank Paula and Bob Becker for their dedicated service to the community and congratulate them on being selected as the Volunteers of the Month for December 2012. DP
EYE ON DP a group of juveniles when one of them reached into his sweatshirt and produced what looked to be a pistol. The caller told police he was unsure if the gun was real or a toy.
DISTURBANCE Los Cabos, 0 Block (Thursday, October 4, 8:48 a.m.) Police received a call from a woman reporting being harassed by her boyfriend. The woman was uncooperative and refused to provide the dispatcher with any more information because, “it always ends up in the blotter,” she said.
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SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Pacific Coast Highway/Ritz-Carlton Drive (Saturday, September 1, 10:13 p.m.) A man called police after seeing approximately 60 teenagers on the beach drinking and smoking drugs. A second call was also received after two male teens were seen carrying a heavily intoxicated girl to the public bathrooms and throwing her onto the grass face down before leaving the area.
dispatch that the second truck was not licensed and therefore not permitted to sell ice cream. The unlicensed truck was described as a white step-side van with pictures of ice cream on the side.
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DP Sheriff’s Blotter 2012
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.
DECEMBER KEEP THE PEACE Seastar Court, 0 Block (Saturday, December 8, 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.
NOVEMBER ASSAULT Pacific Coast Highway, 34200 Block (Tuesday, November 27, 12:18 p.m.) A 40-year-old man was arrested on charges of assault after a woman reported that he grabbed her and tried to kiss her while she waited for a friend outside of a local business. The girl’s father called police after seeing the unknown man kiss his 18-year-old daughter while she struggled to break free from the man’s grip. CITIZEN ASSIST Sherwood Way, 24800 Block (Tuesday, November 6, 6:29 p.m.) A man called police after his 15-year-old son had come home very late for a few nights in a row and was not listening to his parents. The caller wanted a deputy to talk to the boy about obeying the rules of the house.
OCTOBER SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Tesoro Street, 33000 Block (Sunday, October 28, 1:06 p.m.) A local ice cream truck driver called police after seeing another ice cream truck on his turf. The caller told
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via Espinoza, 34500 Block (Wednesday, September 19, 9:06 p.m.) Police were contacted after a resident found his next door neighbor burning drug waste in his backyard. The neighbor had the correct permits to grow the (marijuana) plants at his property, but was burning the plants in a fire pit causing the entire neighborhood to stink. TERRORIST THREATS REPORT Ocean Hill Drive, 33400 Block (Tuesday, September 18, 9:59 p.m.) A man called police after receiving a phone call from his current girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend threatening him. The caller said the ex-boyfriend told him he was “coming over with his homeboys” to kill him. The caller could see a group of males sitting in the park across the street from his house and was worried they were the “homeboys” the exboyfriend was talking about. A restraining order was filed against the ex-boyfriend by both the caller and his girlfriend. RECKLESS DRIVING Camino del Avion/Del Obispo Street (Thursday, September 13, 8:39 a.m.) An orange forklift was reported driving on the roadway with the forks down near the ground. The caller was unsure if the forklift was considered a street-legal-vehicle and was worried the forks may cause damage to a vehicle or harm someone. INDECENT EXPOSURE Palm Beach Court, 0 Block (Wednesday, September 12, 9:22 a.m.) A man called police after his wife witnessed their 20-yearold neighbor sitting naked in his backyard masturbating. The caller’s wife said she saw the man and took a picture as proof because this had happened five times before with no repercussions. Deputies arrived at the house to file a report which also included claims of the man tazing the caller’s wife. BRANDISHING A WEAPON Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (Sunday, September 2, 1:35 p.m.) Police were called to investigate a report of an 8-year-old boy who pulled a gun on a man as he was walking down the street. From a safe location, the man told police he was passing
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JULY INDECENT EXPOSURE Doheny Park Road, 34100 Block (Friday, July 27, 5:15 p.m.) A caller waited at a nearby laundromat to file a police report after notifying 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. UNKNOWN TROUBLE Via California, 26200 Block (Saturday, July 14, 6:02 a.m.) A call was received from a teenager in Irvine who requested a welfare check on her friend who lived in the area. The caller said she received a Facebook message from her boyfriend, who wrote that he was going to kill the caller’s friend. The informant also said that her boyfriend had smashed her friend’s cell phone and was out of contact. Deputies checked the friend’s residence and found no evidence of foul play. The deputies then visited the residence of the caller’s boyfriend but were unable to make contact. The informant later called back when she found out that the story was just a ruse to get the caller to come visit for a surprise birthday party.
JUNE SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (Saturday, June 23, 10:47 p.m.) A woman reported that her roommate had been sitting outside for two days and was acting bizarre. She told police the roommate, who had not eaten or drank anything during the two days, told her she was “waiting for God on Sunday.” ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Dana Maple, 24900 Block (Thursday, June 21, 5:24 p.m.) A woman’s Labrador dog was off its leash and jumped onto a patio, killing a chicken. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Cassandra Bay, 23800 Block (Friday, June 8, 4 p.m.) A man was seen jumping up and down on the roof of his residence, yelling and screaming that he wanted lemons. The caller said the man had a history of drug and alcohol use.
DISTURBANCE Camino Capistrano/Calle Loma (Saturday, June 2, 5:03 p.m.) A caller stated that a large group of high school students was disturbing a wedding party while taking photos for their prom. The caller told police the wedding party had a permit from the city to be there and requested officers to help clear the group of students from the area.
MAY UNKNOWN TROUBLE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (Thursday, May 31, 5:26 p.m.) A young, male caller claimed that deputies knew him and requested that several units respond to Harbor House restaurant as soon as possible. The caller said, “You need to see this to believe this” before hanging up the phone.
MARCH BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Santa Clara Avenue, 24600 Block (Monday, March 5, 9:14 a.m.) Someone called police after witnessing a burglar break into a home that was vacant while its owners were in Las Vegas. While running, the burglar fell from the second story of the home, and crashed through a glass table on the first floor. He was detained and taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.
FEBRUARY DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 32800 Block (Monday, February 20, 6:09 a.m.) A female transient was reported for disturbing the peace inside Starbucks. The woman was upset that someone had thrown her backpack away after she left it on the patio. The transient called 9-1-1 from a pay phone saying she would be at the dumpster pulling her things out and wanted to press charges against whoever threw her stuff away. She told police she managed to get her stuff back but her ID was still missing and if officers want to know who she is, “they can dig in the trash for it.” DISTURBANCE El Encanto Drive, 34000 Block (Friday, February 17, 9:11 p.m.) A caller told deputies her daughter’s friend’s mother was “going crazy.” She said the woman was frantically telling kids to clean the house and to throw their suitcases and purses over the fence.
JANUARY KEEP THE PEACE Olinda Drive, 33800 Block (Tuesday, January 24, 6:23 p.m.) A man said his female roommate threw eggs at his car and then locked him out of the house when he went to clean it up. www.danapointtimes.com
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ALL HANDS, AHOY: By Beverli Jinn
It’s about Time . . . Or Is It? As the calendar year comes to a close, Jinn ponders the passing of time and its meaning
hat is time, anyway? According to our calendars, here we are at the end of another year. It’s difficult to know whether this is a good thing or a bad. On the one hand, we’re reminded that we’re physically different than we used to be. Of course, this apparent fact is there in our brain for the duration of our life—or lives, if you’re inclined to consider the possibility that we’ll have to keep on existing in some form until we finish whatever it is that we’re here to accomplish— whoever “we” are. On the other hand, what has really happened? Our physical body certainly changes. We don’t look like we used to. We can’t do many of the things that we used to. We can do things that we once were not able to. Someone, a long time ago, decided that human beings need to keep track of all this, that we need to know exactly when everything happened, that we need to plan our lives so that we can be where we’re supposed to be in the future (whatever “the future” may be). When? What does “when” mean? Alan Alda, the actor who played Hawkeye Pierce in the long running television show “M*A*S*H,” has recently sent out a challenge to the scientists of our day. “What is time?” Alda asks. An important facet of the challenge is that the definition must be understandable to an 11-year-old
(whatever an 11-year-old may be). What is time? At its most basic level, time is a construct invented by human beings to enable them to measure the activities Beverli Jinn of humankind. Without time, we would have no way of knowing when to turn on our television sets so that we can watch “Jeopardy.” Without time, we wouldn’t know when to go to work, when to go back home after a long time on the job, when our favorite sports teams will be playing, when to show up for our wedding, when to take the next dose of a medication. Oh, sure, we’d learn how to cope with most of these situations. Obviously, human beings before us figured out how to schedule their activities without clocks . . . without calendars, without computers. Almost certainly, prehistoric hunter/ gatherers noticed that they could count on daylight and darkness to enable them to plan their work week to a certain degree. It probably didn’t make a difference to them how old they were or what time the wife got dinner on the table. Somewhere along the way, though, somebody figured out that there was a pattern to the behavior of those celestial bodies. Somebody figured out that it was
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possible to keep track of the sun and moon and even some of those other lights in the sky. It was possible to plan the events of their lives. Somebody invented time. OMG! What a concept. Life would never be the same. This did not mean that time was anything in and of itself. The heavenly bodies continued to do their thing. Early man could make use of this behavior, but he had no way (nor would he ever have a way) to control what was happening. Sophisticated modern man’s ability to make use of the concept of time has become an obsession. Almost everything we do is influenced by time. So here it is; the year 2013 is upon us. The Times Square Ball is poised to descend as millions join in the countdown. Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians played their final Auld Lang Syne on radio 40 years ago. Dick Clark, who took over in producing the TV version of the ball drop made his final appearance in 2012. And so it goes. Humankind continues, life after life after life, methodically pretending to keep track of that which exists only in its collective awareness of itself. In Dana Point, you and I join in, somehow believing that the change in our physical and spiritual selves can be measured in terms of an arbitrary number that we assign to it. How old am I? Maybe as old as the
eternal universe itself. Some years ago, at her first opportunity, Beverli Jinn retired from teaching high school English. A lot of books inside her demanded to be written. Now, several years and six published books later, an altered compulsion, the care and feeding of our ocean, drives Jinn’s pen. She believes that the residents of Orange County’s South Coast can lead the way in establishing and maintaining a healthy watershed. She is the co-founder of Dana Point’s Earth/Ocean Society and is active in the DP Historical Society. Born and raised in Orange County, she has lived in Dana Point since 2001. Jinn welcomes her readers’ feedback via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. DP
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YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER
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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
DAVINE WINE TASTING & MUSIC 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music by George Fryer and wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine (tastings start at 4 p.m.). $15. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com.
WINE & 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, www.danawharf.com. MICKEY AVALON 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
CHRIS CRAM 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com.
THE FIXX 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also with The Ferns and Olio. $20-$25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. JUMPING JACK FLASH 8 p.m. Rolling Stones cover band at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com.
ONSTAGE AT THE COACH HOUSE: STRUNZ AND FARAH Often described as world music, world guitar, or guitar fusion world music, it is clear that the common theme for Strunz and Farah is “world.” And who better to represent world music than two musicians from opposite ends of the world? With a combination of Latin American and Middle Eastern sounds, Jorge Strunz (Costa Rica) and Adeshir Farah (Iran), have been fusing their cultural backgrounds together through music since they met in 1979 and realized their potential. Though the two come from different cultures, their musical backgrounds are not so different. Both have training in classical, flamenco and jazz guitar. “Part of the reason our styles work so well together is because we have a similar technical style and technique in guitar playing. There is also the fact that the guitar itself is a good instrument, probably the best to Strunz and Farah. Courtesy photo cross cultural boundaries. It’s easy to translate our cultural backgrounds into music,” Strunz said. Strunz and Farah have also played shows all over the world. The two have just returned from India and are still “quite jet-lagged,” Farah said. Now they are back in the West Coast to play a show at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Sunday, January 6. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more information, or to purchase tickets, see www.thecoachhouse.com or call 949.496.8930. — Ariana Crisafulli
CASPER’S NATURE HIKE 9 a.m. An easy 1-mile hike at Casper’s Wilderness Park. Free. Call for more info and directions: 949.923.2210, www.irlandmarks.org.
DONAVON FRANKENREITER 8 p.m. The surfer/ musician headlines for two night at The Coach House (Dec. 30-31). $25-45. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR 1 p.m. SJC Historical Society leads a tour to see Los Rios Historical District, O’Neill Museum, the Mission and more. Meet at the train depot on Verdugo Street. Every Sunday. $2 adults, $1 children. 949.493.8444, www.sjchistoricalsociety.com. RABBI BLUE 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
THE “DECADES OF BOND” NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY 8 p.m. The St. Regis hosts the James Bond-themed party featuring music by Flashback Heart Attack, a DJ, food and drinks. $75-$105. One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3200, www.stregismb.com.
NEW YEAR’S EVE BLOCK PARTY NYE party at the OC Fair with hit tribute bands, gourmet food trucks, a demolition derby, Vegas-style games and a midnight pyrotechnic celebration. General admission $37.50, VIP $75. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com.
TELESOUND 8 p.m. Live music at Montego Restaurant and Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.481.2723, www.montegorestaurant.com.
SWALLOW’S INN NYE PARTY 7 p.m. Celebrate the New Year at Swallow’s Inn, featuring live music by Grand Junction, champagne toast and more. Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
PET ADOPTION Noon.-4 p.m. The Ark has cats for adoption at Petsmart (33963 Doheny Park Road); and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There are dogs for adoption at PetPlus (32022 Del Obispo). 949.388.0034, www.arkofsanjuan.org.
OLD MONEY JIM NYE PARTY 8 p.m.-1 a.m. New Year’s Eve party at the Dana Point Yacht Club. 24399 Dana Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2900, www.dpyc.org.
ADOBE BRICK MAKING 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Mission features an activity for kids to make their own adobe brick, and learn about the lives of Mission Native Americans. Cost $3 plus admission fee of $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
BROADWAY TIME NYE PARTY 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse presents a New Year’s Eve party with dining, dancing, party favors, champagne toast and more. Tickets $64. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org.
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NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE BALL 7 p.m. Celebrate the New Year at Iva Lee’s with a three-course meal, music by Byron Hudson (country blues) & Nathan James and the Rhythm Scratchers, and more. Reservations recommended. Cost $65 each. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com.
SALSA 101 7 p.m. Stillwater features a salsa dance class with followed by open dancing starting at 8:30 p.m. Admission for dance class is $20; open dance free. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com.
NEW YEAR’S DAY BRUNCH 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy brunch at the Ritz Carlton served in The Pavilions overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Cost $65. 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.2000, www.ritzcarlton.com.
OLD CAPISTRANO FARMERS MARKET 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Every Wednesday at El Camino Real and Yorba; 949.493.4700.
KARAOKE WITH LES & JOEL 7:30 p.m. The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com. GINO & THE LONE GUNMAN 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
ALL STARS LIVE 7:30 p.m. Dance, pop and classic rock music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com.
LADIES’ NIGHT 8 p.m.-midnight. Dance the night away to current top-40 hits, Latin and R&B music at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476, www.briorestaurant.com. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.danapointtimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to email@example.com www.danapointtimes.com
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DANA HILLS FOOTBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
Dana Hills senior defensive lineman and linebacker Devon Vise recently took home the Sea View League Most Valuable Player award. Vise, who led the team with 116 total tackles, thrived as both a pass rusher and run stopper. In four league games he tallied seven sacks, recording at least one in each contest. Senior linebacker/defensive back Matthew Slade was named the Sea View League defensive MVP after a solid season that saw him rack up 94 total tackles, one interception and deflect five passes. Senior safety Nigel Crosby and junior corner Justin Scott were named to the Sea View League first team defense.
Devin Rizzo-Foden (10), Devon Vise (88), Marcus Hughes (31) and Matthew Slade (2) were all named to the Sea View League first team. Photo by Mike Betzler
Senior running back Marcus Hughes, senior wide receiver Devin Rizzo-Foden, senior wide receiver/ kicker Logan Warren and sophomore running back Brian Scott were named to the first team offense. Senior linebacker/defensive lineman Cody Betzler, senior linebacker Trevor
2012: Year in Review By Steve Breazeale Dana Point Times
ere at the Dana Point Times, we scoured our archives to bring you the best sports stories of the past year. From Olympic silver medalists to a wild prep season, it’s been a year full of stories worth remembering. Please make sure to send your sports news and scores to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter @SouthOCsports for in-game updates and news. —SB JANUARY • Dana Point Skier Takes 2nd: Dana Point’s Daniel Schneider, 8, takes second place at the Kittredge Cup at Mammoth Mountain. FEBRUARY • National Signing Day at Dana Hills: 15 student-athletes at Dana Hills signed letters of intent and officially announced their colleges and universities of choice. Girls/Boys Hoops Make Playoffs: The Dana Hills boys and girls basketball teams both made late pushes to earn bids to play in the CIF-SS playoffs. Both teams made first round exits. Wrestlers Advance to Masters Competition: Dana Hills wrestlers Merrit Cruz and Dalton du’Casse both advance to the CIF-SS Masters competition. Cruz lost his opening match while du’Casse advanced to the second round, where he was eventually ousted. MARCH • Gene Burris Ballfield Unveiled: On March 10 Dana Point Youth Baseball honors long time play-by play man Gene Burris by renaming what once was Mustang Field after him. The new Gene Burris Ballfield has a monument standing in his honor. APRIL • Dolphins Compete at OC Championships: Dana Hills senior Tori Usgaard finished fifth in the 100-meter hurdles and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles while Keith
Mustang Field at the Dana Point Community Center was renamed the Gene Burrus Ballfield in honor of the man known as “the voice of Dana Point Youth Baseball.” Photo by Andrea Swayne
Messinger placed second in the pole vault at the OC Championships on April 21. MAY • Dolphin Duo Take Home League MVPs: Dana Hills boys volleyball teammates Christian Hessenauer and Bryce Yould earn Co-MVP honors for the South Coast League. The two helped lead the Dolphins to a 30-5 overall record including a perfect 8-0 league record. JUNE • UFC Flyweight McCall Loses Rematch: In a highly anticipated rematch against mixed martial arts flyweight Demetrius Johnson on June 8, Dana Point native Ian McCall loses by unanimous decision. JULY • A Remarkable Run: The Dana Point Youth Baseball 12U Bronco All-Stars make it to the Super Regionals of the Pony League World Series. AUGUST • Kessy Takes Silver at London Olympics: Dana Hills alumna Jennifer Kessy and teammate April Ross win the silver medal in beach volleyball at the London Olympics. The duo lost to three-time American champs Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh in the finals SEPTEMBER • Orangeman Triathlon Comes to Town: The 2012 Orangeman Triathlon is held on September 23. The race consisted of a 1.2-mile swim out into the
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water off of Doheny State Beach, a 56-mile bike ride that snaked through Dana Point and into neighboring San Juan Capistrano, and a 1.2-mile run up Pacific Coast Highway. 2nd Annual Getzlaf Shootout at Monarch Beach: Dozens of NHL hockey stars descended on Monarch Beach Golf Links for the 2nd annual Getzlaf Shootout, which benefitted CureDuchenne, a nonprofit that raises awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Celebrity participants included: Ryan Getzlaf, Dustin Penner and Corey Perry. Dana Outrigger Races in World Championships: The Dana Point based Dana Outrigger Canoe Club’s women’s team places 38th in the Na Wahine O Ke Kai outrigger race, battling swells up to 20 feet high. OCTOBER • DP Angler Lands World Record Fish: Dana Point resident Guy Yocom catches a 427-pound tuna off the coast of Cabo San Lucas. The fish, which is still yet to be officially verified, could potentially be the world record for a yellowfin. Dolphin Football Turns the Corner: After starting the season off with five straight losses, the Dana Hills football team rattled off three wins in a row, two of which were important league games. A 31-0 defensive shutout of Capistrano Valley on October 12
Tribolet and junior linebacker Ivan Saguilan were named to the second team defense. Senior receiver Elliot SutherlandDunning, junior guard Jacob Harbin, junior quarterback Mac Vail and sophomore receiver Connor Hill were named to the second team offense. Senior lineman Connor Logan, junior fullback Andrew Dunn and junior lineman Blaine Wagstaff were given honorable mention on offense. Senior corner Justin Burns, senior lineman Mason Cummings, junior safety Michael Voegler and senior lineman Adam Page were honorable mentions on defense. —Steve Breazeale
gave the Dolphins a share of first place in league. French Wins Third Straight Golf Title: Dana Hills senior Avery French shoots a cumulative 144 (-2) to claim her third straight South Coast League Individual title on October 16. NOVEMBER • Dolphins Boys X-C Wins League on Tiebreaker: The Dolphins boys cross country team wins the South Coast League title by the slimmest of margins on November 1 at Irvine Regional Park. The Dolphins and Trabuco Hills each posted scores of 48, causing both teams sixth runner’s scores to be counted. The Dolphins sixth man, Zeph Alva, ran a 15:24, 33 seconds clear of the Mustangs sixth, handing Dana Hills the title. Wounded Warrior Initiative: In the last home game of the season, the Dana Hills football team honors wounded warriors in their inaugural “Honor the Valor” game. Each member of the team wore a custom camouflage jersey with the name of a veteran, who was in attendance, inscribed on the back. The team presented the jerseys to the veterans after the game. Dolphins Denied Playoff Berth: After defeating San Juan Hills 28-14 in the final game of the season, the Dana Hills football team found themselves in a three-way tie atop the Sea View League with Capistrano Valley and Laguna Hills. A coin flip decided which of the three teams would earn playoff bids. The Dolphins lost the toss, which ended their season. DECEMBER • Girls Tennis Wins Regional Title: After being denied a sixth straight appearance in the CIF-SS title game, falling to University in the semis, the Dana Hills girls tennis team rallied to take home the first ever CIF USTA Southern Regional Tennis Championships on December 1. The Dolphins edged Peninsula 4-3 in the final. Girls Basketball Hosts Inaugural Tournament: The Dana Hills girls basketball team hosts the first ever North v. South Challenge on December 22. Twelve teams from both north and south Orange County came to Dana Hills for the one day tournament. DP www.danapointtimes.com
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GROM OF THE YEAR Elenna “Lulu” Erkeneff
Age: 17, Dana Hills High School
SCOOP ON THE LOCAL SURF COMMUNITY
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Elenna Erkeneff has been brimming with a talent and enthusiasm for surfing for over a decade. But what sets her apart has as much to do with what she does out of the water as in the lineup. Elenna is one of the top female surfers under the age of 18 in the U.S. and also one of the most committed environmental advocates of her generation. Her WSA surf highlights this year include becoming the Open Women Shortboard season champion, second-place finishes in Open Women Longboard and Girls U18 Shortboard and taking third in Girls U18 Longboard. She also won the WSA West Coast Championship contest in Girls U18 Longboard. Elenna is a leader among her school teammates, taking multiple double wins in both shortboard and longboard and being chosen as this year’s MVP in longboard. As an AP student and National Honor Elenna “Lulu” Erkeneff. Society member, Elenna will graduate with honors in the spring and plans to study marine sciPhoto by Andrea Swayne ence in college. She is the co-founder and president of the Surfrider Foundation Club at school and has devoted hundreds of hours to environmental awareness programs, beach cleanups and plastics pollution data collection. She has addressed city councils all over Orange County and government representatives in Sacramento regarding environmental issues. Elenna serves as an ambassador for organizations such as the Mauli Ola Foundation, Natural High and Ocean Minded, has earned the support of many corporate sponsors and was chosen as one of 35 students to attend Google and Algalita Marine Foundation’s 2012 Youth Summit on Plastics Pollution.—Andrea Swayne
Grom Greatness By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
very week throughout the year the Dana Point Times chooses a local grom (short for grommet and meaning young surfer) to highlight as the Grom of the Week. And every week we are impressed with the quality of kids we meet as we share their hopes, dreams and accolades with our readers. Looking back at 2012, we thought it would be nice to gather the entire year’s worth of young, local talent and offer kudos to them once again. So here’s to the New Year. Here’s to watching as the promising futures of our local youth continue to unfold, offering assurance of a bright future for the sport of surfing and our community. DP
ELENNA “LULU” ERKENEFF
TORY GILKERSON & RACHAEL TILLY
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