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The 42nd Dana Point Festival of Whales kicked off last weekend to celebrate the migration of California gray whales between the Bearing Sea and Baja California. Photo by Madi Swayne

Unhappy Investors Call on Diane Harkey to Leave Assembly Seat

On Life and Love After 50: Meeting Family and Friends

Dolphin Report: Boys Basketball Makes History, But Falls in State Play







CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR 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.


Recycling Event at Dana Hills High 9 a.m.–11 a.m. Dana Hills High School, 33333 Golden Lantern St. Drop off plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Future events will be held March 23, April 13 and 27, May 11 and 25. For

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TUESDAY, MARCH 12 SUNDAY, MARCH 10 VFW Veterans Assistance 1:30 p.m.–3 p.m. Dana Point Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 is offering free veterans’ benefits and veteran services membership assistance on the second Tuesday of each month at the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo, 949.248.1419,,

Daylight Savings Time Begins 2 a.m. Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour. Remember, the saying goes, Spring forward, Fall backward.

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…Investors Calling on Harkey to Resign?

THE LATEST: Last week jilted investors involved in a fraud lawsuit against an Orange County real estate lender that names a state assembly member, called upon the official to step down. The lawsuit accuses Dan Harkey of defrauding more than 80 investors out of more than $43 million, and alleges that investor money helped fund the elections of Harkey’s wife, state Assemblywoman Diane Harkey. Harkey, who is serving her third and final term in the state Assembly, announced her candidacy last month for the state Board of Equalization. Something former investors in her husband’s Point Center Financial Inc., said she should reconsider. “That money came from elderly people who’d lost their life savings,” said Lloyd Charton, the lead plaintiff in the suit. “I believe she should consider stepping down.” Originally filed in 2008, the lawsuit has been continued several times and is currently postponed due to a bankruptcy filing by Point Center. The company’s defense attorney, Jeffrey Benice, said the bankruptcy petition was unrelated to the fraud case and was intended to block receiver actions in a San Diego County lawsuit, to protect investor funds. WHAT’S NEXT: Plaintiffs in the Orange County lawsuit are seeking relief from the bankruptcy filing. The case could proceed to trial if a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge removes an injunction at a hearing on Tuesday, March 19 in Santa Ana. FIND OUT MORE: For the complete story, visit —Andrea Papagianis and Jim Shilander

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…the Regulation of Vacation Rentals?

THE LATEST: Short-term vacation rentals are one step closer to being allowed but regulated after a divided City Council vote moved the discussion along Tuesday night. The council voted 3-2, with councilmen Carlos Olvera and Bill Brough dissenting, to continue development of an ordinance to regulate rentals of less than 30 days. “Vacation uses are prone to abuse,” said Councilman Scott Schoeffel. “What we are trying to do here is come up with a rational, organized plan whereby we can recognize these short term uses, in many cases but not in all cases, are subject to that risk of abuse.” City code is silent on the subject—meaning short-term residential rentals are prohibited, but enforcement is rare. At Tuesday’s public hearing, residents expressed concern over the city’s ability to enforce such restrictions. According to a staff report, an estimated 300 residential properties are used as short-term rentals. Some in opposition of short-term rentals, like 35-year Capistrano Beach resident Charles Hoose, asked why the city would compromise with people breaking the law. “We are talking about two percent of the population that wants to break the law and the rest of us have to live with the consequences,” Hoose said. Others in favor of vacation rentals called for the city to let homeowners be. “I have property owner’s rights, which I don’t want to see invaded,” said David Wilson, who owns and rents out a home on Beach Road. WHAT’S NEXT: No date is set for a second reading of the ordinance. FIND OUR MORE: To read the full story, visit —AP

…iHope Calling on Leaders to Act?

THE LATEST: Local resident and pastor Steve Hagy called upon City Council to reconsider a 10-bed zoning restriction that closed the largest church shelter in the area, Capo Beach Church (formerly Capo Beach Calvary), in 2011. Hagy, a board member of iHope—a San Clemente-based homeless assistance program—said the organization wants to work with the city to effectively deal with the homeless community something reducing the bed count didn’t accomplish. Executive director Cathleen Murphy said iHope has served more than 700 clients since opening in January 2012 and noted most seeking help are locals. WHAT’S NEXT: The organization will hold a fundraiser Monday, April 1, at Bella Colina Towne & Golf Club. All proceeds from the iHope Golf Classic will support the organization’s outreach efforts. There is no word yet on whether City Council will consider the change. FIND OUT MORE: For information on the event, visit and to read the full story, go to www.danapointtimes. com. —AP and JS


…with Ocean Institute Construction?

THE LATEST: According to the Ocean Institute, the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center is swiftly taking shape. With the steel-frame structure for new open-air laboratories up, crews continue to work on the ocean-front center dedicated to 5-year-old Maddie James, who died from an in-operable brain tumor in March 2011. To create a legacy for their daughter, Mad-

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die’s parents created The Maddie James Foundation, which has raised over $1 million for the Ocean Institute’s new facilities. The center will serve to educate students and visitors on current and emerging issues in oceanography, environmental science and maritime history. WHAT’S NEXT: The 3rd annual “A Mile for Maddie” fundraising walk will take place on Saturday, May 18, and lead into a grand opening celebration for the Learning Center. For walk information, visit www. FIND OUT MORE: For Maddie’s story, visit —AP


…U.S. Border Patrol Seizures?

THE LATEST: Federal authorities seized nearly $700,000 in illegal drugs Saturday at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection checkpoint south of San Clemente, according to a department press release. A 23-year-old man was arrested after officials found more than 30 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin hidden inside the spare tire-well of his vehicle. Agents stopped the man for displaying a “nervous demeanor” around 7:45 a.m. during routine highway checks. Through a K-9 unit inspection, agents found a single bundle of heroin and 29 bundles of methamphetamine. The 31.2 pounds of methamphetamine seized had an estimated street value of $624,000 and the heroin, a value of about $54,000. WHAT’S NEXT: The alleged smuggler was taken into custody and turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation. FIND OUT MORE: To see photos from the stop, visit —AP


A ‘Magical Migration’ of Mammals of All Kinds Dana Point Festival of Whales kicks off in grand fashion, second weekend set for March 8-10 By Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times


he 42nd Dana Point Festival of Whales opened up last weekend in celebration of the annual 10,000-mile roundtrip migration of California gray whales between Alaska and Mexico. FESTIVAL OF WHALES: BY THE NUMBERS 25,000 The estimated number of attendees—a record-breaking crowd—at kick-off weekend festival events, according to shuttle-bus counts done by Penny Elia, who has coordinated the festival since the early-’90s. 86 Entries in the “Magical Migration” themed parade that snaked down Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern Saturday morning. Long-time little league baseball announcer Gene Burrus voiced the procession that featured classic cars, large balloons, marching bands, Marines, city leaders, cheerleaders, veterans and more, emphasizing Southern Orange County’s diverse community. 6,500 Attendees at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce’s Street Faire at La Plaza Park, highlighting the local music scene, restaurants and businesses on Saturday afternoon. The event featured over 75 area vendors, organizations and four bands that nourished, informed and entertained festival-goers. “The weather was perfect and our bands this year were great and really enticed people to stay longer to enjoy the event,” said Heather Johnston, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. “We had a great event and hope to make it even better next year.”

A young boy looks on as a giant orca whale travels down Pacific Coast Highway at Saturday’s Festival of Whales parade. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

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Little Pirates prepare to storm Baby Beach in search of jewels in the Dana Point Sunrise Rotary Clubs annual Festival of Whales Diamond Dig. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

3 Sand sculptures created by fine arts students from Dana Hills High School in the Whale of a Sand Sculpting, oceanthemed competition on Sunday. The group took home third-place for recreating their dolphin class logo. Second place went to one family’s rendition of The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” and first place to the Clark Family for their sculpture of the cartoon favorite Spongebob Squarepants. 10,000 Total miles travelled by California gray whales from the Arctic waters of the Chukchi and Bearing Seas to the warm lagoons of Baja, Calif. where they mate and give birth to calves. An estimated 19,000 gray whales pass by Dana Point, within miles of the shore, each year from December through April. 13 Local restaurants and organizations dished up chowder varietals in the 2nd annual Whale of a Clam Chowder Cookoff, Sunday afternoon. The Harbor Grill, a Dana Point Harbor staple for 29-years, earned the People’s Choice award for best chowder. Proceeds from the cook-off benefited the nonprofit Fish for Life, providing programs to teach those with special needs fishing skills. 190 Looters in search of jewels and gems on Baby Beach at the 4th annual Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club’s Diamond Dig on Sunday afternoon. One

lucky mom, Lisa Marsh of Dana Point, took home the grand prize, a pair of diamond earrings, found by 3-year-old son Aaron and husband Ed. 34 Organizations at Ocean Awareness Day, presented by the Dana Point Harbor Association, which showcased environmental programs and educated attendees on issues related to the ocean. “The community is really embracing what the event is all about,” said Kim Tilly, the spokeswoman with the Dana Point Harbor Association. Tilly, who has been with the Harbor Association for over 15 years, said seeing the community rally to help form memories and educate others never gets old. Mayor Steven Weinberg, who said he had never seen a community come together and give back in such a way as Dana Point, echoed the sentiment. The Festival of Whales is one example “of how this community functions and what makes us a five-star city, and it’s not the leaders, it’s the people,” he said. The celebration continues March 8, 9 and 10 with a performance by the Dana Point Symphony Orchestra on Friday, the 10K, 5K and 1K fun Grunion Runs and the 5th annual Mickey Muñoz Mongoose Cup—a stand-up paddleboard event—on Saturday and a Whale of a Beach Cleanup

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Dana Hills High School senior Jenny Lopez carves out the school’s Fine Arts Department dolphin logo as part of the OC Parks Whale of a Sand Sculpture Competition at Baby Beach on Sunday. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

of Doheny State Beach on Sunday. For a full list of festival offerings, visit and to see more pictures from the festivities, surf on over to www. DP



Dana Hills Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Meals on Wheels Volunteer to Speak at Next Coffee Chat u The Friday, March 15, Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat will feature Rene Cortez, a long-time volunteer at the Dana Point Community Center. Cortez is scheduled to discuss the “Meals on Wheels” program—a national program that provides over one million meals a day to seniors in need—and to provide information on additional programs available at the Dana Point Senior Center, located at, 34052 Del Obispo St. Visit for more information on available programs and activities. Coffee Chats are held the third Friday of every month beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Coffee Importers, 34531 Golden Lantern St.—at the Harbor.

Ocean Institute Offers Workshops on Estate Planning u The Ocean Institute will present a free series of workshops aimed at educating attendees on ways to plan for their financial futures and find experienced professionals with their best interests in mind. The series will be moderated by Orange County private fiduciary, Peter C. Kote, a re-

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Dana Point Police Services COMPILED BY ELYSIA GAMO AND ANDREA SWAYNE 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 website.

Sunday, March 3 DISTURBING THE PEACE Doheny Park Road, 34200 Block (6:47 p.m.) A man reported a woman was causDana Point Times March 8-14, 2013

cipient of the national Distinguished Financial Planner Award. The “It’s Your Estate” program will cover topics such as, estate planning basics, living trusts, charitable giving, income taxes, power of attorneys, retirement plans and more. Workshops will be held every Wednesday from April 3 to May 22 at the Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. To register, call 949.496.2274. For more information visit

Local Resident Rings NASDAQ Stock Exchange Closing Bell u On Friday, March 1, James Williams of Dana Point helped ring the NASDAQ Stock Exchange closing bell in celebration of a real estate trust merger. Williams an investment advisor of Williams Financial Advisors Inc., in San Juan Capistrano, was chosen by American Reality Capital Properties to participate in the ceremony, celebrating the company’s acquisition of a non-traded investment trust. Williams Financial Advisors is a family firm that has served Southern Orange County for more than 30 years. Visit www. for more information.

ing disturbance with another male at the cross streets of Domingo Avenue and Victoria Boulevard. The woman punched the man in the face and soon left. The caller asked police to take no further action.

Dana Hills Wins Regional Ocean Sciences Competition u Dana Hills High School varsity and junior varsity teams took high honors in the Grunion Bowl on Saturday, February 23. The Grunion Bowl is a regional ocean science

at her door. He was sleeping on her steps and was begging her to let him in.

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SUSPICIOUS MALE/CIRCUMSTANCES Westborne Drive, 25400 Block (5:21 p.m.) A caller reported seeing a man loitering at various times over the past week and saw him again at the same location. He was described as in his 30s with blondishbrown hair, facial hair and being thinly built, and usually had a dog with him. The man was actually renting the house where he was seen. MISSING CHILD Golden Lantern, 34600 Block (4:00 p.m.) A customer at Dana Warf Sportfishing reported his 4-year-old son was missing. The boy was described as wearing a black shirt with white sleeves. The man was calling from the store’s phone and was advised to stand by until the deputies were contacted. The boy was found. TRESPASSING Alcazar Drive, 33800 Drive (5:32 a.m.) A woman reported her ex-boyfriend had been on her porch calling and knocking

u Five seniors from Dana Hills High School are among the 14 Capistrano Unified School District students selected as finalists for the National Merit Scholarship. The Dolphin scholarship finalists are: Amanda Buckingham, Rohit Kolar, Katherine McGauley, Andrew Pham and Devin Trabant. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an annual academic competition for recognition and scholarship opportunities. Finalists are eligible for some 8,000 financial awards worth more than $34 million. “These students have worked hard and proven themselves academically,” Superintendent Joe Farley said in a press release. “This honor recognizes their hard work and dedication to academic excellence.” Last year, 11 students from CUSD were named National Merit Scholars, out of the 1.5 million students from nearly 22,000 high schools across the country that entered. Students enter the program by taking the preliminary SAT, which acts as a screening process in the competition. Scholarship winners will be named this spring and summer.

DISTURBING THE PEACE Ritz-Carlton Drive, 0 Block (7:13 p.m.) A caller from the Ritz Carlton Hotel reported a drunk man at the Blue Bar who refused to leave. The man caused a disturbance, but soon left. He was described as being bald and wearing a blue polo shirt and black jacket. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway/Del Obispo Street (5:23 p.m.) A possible gang related fight broke out at A’s Burgers. Six to seven people were chasing after one person who was running into traffic to try and get away. No weapons were seen. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Crown Valley Parkway, 32400 Block (4:23 p.m.) A man was going door-to-door asking for money. He informed the caller that he was bipolar and started to ask her personal questions, like if she were home alone. The man was described as being in his 20s, with short brown hair, tattoos and wearing a blue stripped shirt with jeans.

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competition sponsored by the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB), held at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego. Eighteen teams showed off their knowledge when tested with buzzer-beating questions about the ocean sciences. After battling through the teams, the varsity team won the Grunion Bowl earning advancement to the NOSB at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee in April. This is the first time in 15 years a school from Orange County has advanced to the national competition. —Elysia Gamo

Historian to Speak at Casa on Rancho Settlements u Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens will host the second installment of its 2013 Speaker Series March 14 at 7 p.m. by American history expert, author, educator and international speaker, Doug Westfall. Westfall will bring talk about the two-dozen Hispanic ranchos that settled in the region we know today as Orange County. Westfall has published America’s history for over 18 years and is an authority on the history of California. Ticket prices for individual presentations are $10 for general admission, $5 for Casa Romantica members and free for students and children. Tickets may be purchased by calling 949.498.2139, ext. 10.—Jim Shilander Have something interesting for the community? Send your information to

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT-INJURIES Dana Point Harbor Drive, 24200 Block (12:12 p.m.) A woman reported that she was riding her bike and was struck by a white van on her way to work. She had abrasions to her left eye and a possible concussion. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Del Prado, 24200 Block (11:55 a.m.) There was a man sitting in front of a vehicle with a vodka bottle next to him near Broderick Montessori School. He appeared to be passed out. The county fire department stated he might have alcohol poisoning.

Friday, March 1 CITIZEN ASSIST Pacific Coast Highway 34100 Block (6:52 p.m.) A woman reportedly came back to the dog groomer to pick up her dogs and found that the place was closed. She demanded the police help her find them or figure out where her dogs were. She said there were no kennels inside to keep animals overnight. The woman called back to report that her dogs were located.



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GUEST OPINION: Wavelengths by Jim Kempton

Lunatics Running the Asylum Why debate big versus small government? Why not argue for good government? In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the DP Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the DP Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at


he “sequester” is upon us. If you believe most of the experts it is as idiotic a way to trim the deficit as anything you could dream up. “This fiscal fandango is an immense embarrassment,” says conservative American Enterprise Institute scholar Norm Ornstein. “It is cringe-worthy’—the fact that we are going to have another disastrous confrontation over spending, with the radical right wing of the House Republicans determined to send us over the edge if they don’t get their way, is actually frightening.” Back in the 60s we had political nut cases much like we do today. Huey Newton’s Black Panthers, Russell Means’s American Indian Movement,

Jerry Rubin’s Yippies and the Weather Underground were all hair-brained extremists who sought to sow dissent and dismantle the government. But today the people who are talking about disWAVELENGTHS mantling the government By Jim Kempton and talking extreme positions are actually members of Congress. Instead of being fringe fanatics making loud noises and inciting violence, they are now responsible for running the country. We used to have great GOP leaders like Bob Dole, Howard Baker and Jacob Javits. The last of those great Republican senators, Olympia Snowe, just retired, and with her an era of bi-lateral cooperation and reasoned debate. Both houses of the current Congress have the lowest public approval ratings in American history. The next four years must bring leaders who will work to solve our problems or this disapproval will widen even further. As a nation, as a society, as a government and as a political belief system, we need to

stop this uncompromising adherence to extreme positions and move towards the middle. Because it doesn’t matter what side of the double line we are on, if we don’t stay close to the middle of the road we risk crashing into the ditch. The men and women who are senators today, and those who will join them in 2015, have it in their power to begin making the Senate great again. They have the enormous honor and privilege of leading the global village and making America a beacon of the free world once more. I hope they will look at the problems facing this great nation of ours, and seek to achieve lasting accomplishment, rather than obstructing their rivals. I dream of the day when those who run for office dedicate their lives to building our government up rather than tearing it down. I long for men and women who are intent on making the House truly representative—and the Senate something other than a field of filibusters. I look forward to the day when instead of smiting their opposition, our politicians cooperate to solve the urgent needs of our country. And if our local leaders are listening, we

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the City of Dana Point council members, staff and residents who helped create the Quiet Zone in Capistrano Beach. It is wonderful. The absence of the blaring train horns has improved the quality of life for residents and visitors. It feels like peace and tranquility have been restored in our lovely coastal community. CORRECTION: Last week’s edition of the Dana Point Times incorrectly stated the length of Bill Brough’s service on the Dana Point City Council. Brough is in his second year and first term on the council. The DP Times regrets the error. should ask them to always do the same. Jim Kempton still believes in the greatness and the goodness of the American people and our government. He supports Steve Long’s vision that our disagreements should be discussed with rational, contemporary, intellectual, dialogue. DP




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


LAURENCE JUBER 7:30 p.m. The lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings band performs for the Lord of the Strings concert series at the Dana Point Community House. $30. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227,


DANA POINT SYMPHONY CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Concert titled “Opera and the Ocean with the Festival of Whales” at St. Edward’s Church. Tickets $10-$15. 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, www.danapointsymphony. com. LIVE MUSIC & WINE TASTING 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Ben Woods performs live and wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine (wine tasting starts at 4 p.m.). Tasting fee $15 for five wines. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, DP RESTAURANT WEEK More than 15 of Dana Point’s local restaurants will take part in this food event occurring March 1-10. Visit for a full listing of all participating restaurants and more info. SUNG MOJO 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www. TIJUANA DOGS 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, OC TAVERN 6TH ANNIVERSARY AND LIVE MUSIC 10 p.m. Flock of 80s performs as OC Tavern celebrates its sixth anniversary. No cover. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, FRIDAY NIGHT WITH FROGS & TOADS 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Evening hike to search for frogs and toads with an expert at the The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Donation $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, Dana Point Times March 8-14, 2013

AT THE COACH HOUSE MELVIN SEALS & JGB Melvin Seals & JGB, the latest incarnation of the Jerry Garcia Band—Melvin Seals (organ/keyboard), Dave Hebert (guitar), Jimmy Tebeau (bass guitar) and Pete Lavezzoli (drums)—are bringing the unique sound the band has long been known for to the Coach House, Thursday, March 21. We caught up with Seals to talk about the band and the upcoming show. Here’s what he had to say: Melvin Seals & JGB. Photo © Bob Minkin SC TIMES: What kind of set are the fans in store for? Besides the obvious, what has influSEALS: They are in for a true Jerry enced the band’s musical style? Garcia experience full of songs from the We mix blues, funk, rock, jazz, with ’90s shows at the historic Warfield in a little R&B and gospel thrown in, to San Francisco. It will be a great show. spice things up. We are exploring the


FESTIVAL OF WHALES The second weekend of events including parades, music, art show and sale, contests, water sports, Stand-up paddleboard demonstrations, family activities, food, drinks and much more at the Dana Point Harbor area. Go online for schedule and more details:


GRUNION RUN 7:45 a.m. As part of the Festival of Whales, head to Doheny State Park and participate in a flat, fast and scenic run along the coast and through the state park with awards and more. Distances: 10k, 5k (or both), kid’s 1k. Cost $15-$55. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, WHALE OF A BEACH CLEANUP 9 a.m.-noon. Celebrate the return of the migratory Gray whales by getting that debris off the beach before it washes out to sea to pose a threat to marine life. Meet at Doheny State Beach headquarters. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2704, WYLAND ART LESSONS IN THE WILD 9 a.m. Dockside presentation and art lesson via video with Wyland at Dana Wharf. Cost $25-$45. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,



DAYLIGHT SAVINGS Starts at 2 a.m. so be sure to set your clocks back one hour.

JEFFREY ADAM MEMORIAL REGATTA 11 a.m. Entry fee $30 including commemorative bracelet, lunch and dinner. Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public for $20. Proceeds from the second annual regatta benefit the Dana Point Youth Charitable Foundation. Tickets available online. Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Drive, 949.496.2900, TWO YEARS BEFORE THE MAST READING 9 a.m.-6 p.m. visit the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center for the Dana Point Historical Society’s reading of Richard Henry Dana, Jr.’s memoir. 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point, 949.248.8121, DAWSON’S GANG 2:30 p.m. Sunday Funday at The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, Page 13

possibility of what Jerry’s band would have sounded like today. JGB is excited to take it even further. What’s next for JGB? Perhaps in the future, writing some of our own material will be explored. We are also looking to tour internationally. We hope to go “where no man has gone before.” Catch Melvin Seals & JGB at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on March 21. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. For tickets or dinner reservations, visit or call 949.496.8930. — A.J. Bardzilowski

WHALE OF A CONCERT Noon-5 p.m. As part of the Festival of the Whales, three bands perform at Baby Beach area in the Dana Point Harbor (The Dave Silver Band, Mobility, and Savor). Free. Food and drink available for purchase. 34451 Ensenado Place, Dana Point, 949-248-3530, WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS The Festival of Whales is over, but Capt Dave’s Safari still has daily 2.5 hour whale and dolphin watching tours on a high-tech catamaran with underwater viewing pods and more. Call for times and reservations. Cost $55 adults, $35 children, 2 and younger free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,




CURIOSITY CARTS 10 a.m.noon. A hands-on learning experience for kids 5 and older with replicas of mission artifacts used by the Juaneno Indians at Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,






OLD CAPISTRANO FARMERS MARKET 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Every Wednesday at El Camino Real and Yorba; 949.493.4700.

JUSTIN FOUTZ 7:30 p.m. Live music at The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

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, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





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


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GUEST OPINION: On Life and Love After 50 By Tom Blake

Dating Milestone: Meeting Family and Friends How long should singles wait to meet a new mate’s friends and family? In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the Dana Point Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the Dana Point Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at


ach Friday, I publish an online e-newsletter. Julie, one of my subscribers, emailed, “I’ve been dating a man for almost a year. We had only known each other for a month or two when he was diagnosed with throat cancer. Our relationship was put ‘on hold’ during his surgery and treatment, which ended six months ago. Since then, all of ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 the tests have come back negative for By Tom Blake cancer. “Here’s the issue: He has met my friends and family, but he has yet to introduce me to anyone in his life. I’ve asked him a few times about when I will meet his kids, and his answer has always been ‘eventually.’ I am trying to be pa-

tient, knowing that the health issues he has dealt with are a big reason for him holding back. But, this is beginning to bother me. Should I just give him some more time, or should I be seeing this as a red flag?” Six e-newsletter subscribers emailed advice: Alicia—Austin, Texas, “Julie has gone above and beyond supporting the man. If he cared deep down for Julie, he would have treated her like a gem and introduced this loyal light in his life to his family and friends by now. Julie needs to shine bright for someone else and let him go.” Jennifer—Aliso Viejo, Calif., “Something is definitely off in Julie’s relationship. A man who doesn’t level with you about his situation after a year is often being dishonest.” Wayne—Dana Point, Calif., “This is a huge red flag. Family and friends are a major part of one’s life. If Julie’s friend is the least bit interested in her for the long haul, he would want to introduce her to his family and friends. “I suspect he is either not interested for the long haul or has something to hide. One’s interaction with family members and friends speaks volumes about a person’s character as they are the ones that have known him or her the longest.” Gale—N.C., “There’s something that doesn’t ‘feel’ right

about this scenario. After this long, one would think trust and closeness would have been established. She needs to decide that perhaps cutting the cord is what needs to be done.” Jon—Olympia, Wash., “The reason is only one of two possibilities: One, there is something about her that he doesn’t want his family to see, or two, there is something about his family that he doesn’t want her to see. Considering that distance is not a problem, she should at least have had some interaction with them by now.” Stella—Costa Mesa, Calif., “Do not back away from him. Six months is a relatively short healing time for such a traumatic illness. If within the next three or four months, there isn’t any sign that he’s moving in the right direction, confront him again. Be prepared to hear that he’s just not that into you. It’s better to know than to wonder.” Singles over 50 meet and greet events are scheduled for Thursday, March 14, and Thursday March 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tutor and Spunky’s Deli, 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy #116. Tom Blake is a San Clemente resident and Dana Point business owner who has authored three books on middle-aged dating. For dating information: www.findingloveafter50. com To comment: DP

South O.C. Robotics Team to Compete in Superbowl of Smarts By Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times


t’s a quiet Tuesday night, but Shelley Norman’s Dana Point home is bustling, as 22 area high schoolers, clad in orange T-shirts—proudly baring a surfing robot— crowded around the dining room table. The South Orange County-based “garage” robotics team, Code Orange 3476, has worked nearly every night for the last two months, in preparation for this season’s first competition—dubbed the “Superbowl of Smarts”— the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics regional competition in San Diego. Six-weeks after receiving their game challenge, the Dana Point Times March 8-14, 2013

team sealed up their Frisbee shooting robot, but work continued. This night, pizza was the first order of business, but members of the building, design, electronics, programming and outreach teams quickly turned their attention to their prototype, Maverick. Comprised of students from a variety of schools settings, Code Orange is one of a kind. While most teams are school based, this small but mighty group of young engineers is made up of five home-schooled students and representatives from 11 area-high schools, something team veteran, Cailin Helmick said gives them the upper-hand. Check out for the full story and for more information on FIRST Robotics, visit www. DP Page 14

Code Orange, a “garage” robotics team based out of Dana Point, will compette in the FIRST Robotics “Ultimate Ascent” regional competition in San Diego, March 7 to 9. Courtesy Photo


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Dolphin Report By Steve Breazeale

For a full version of this week’s Dolphin Report that includes all spring teams, visit BOYS BASKETBALL MAKES HISTORY • No Dana Hills boys basketball team had ever played in a State Championship tournament until the Dolphins took the floor March 6 against Mission Hills in San Marcos. The Dolphins, who lost in the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 1A bracket, earned a wild-card bid to play for the state title. The game went back and forth as Dana Hills held a four point lead going into the final quarter, but were outscored and lost by a slim 56-55 margin. Junior Jack Clendenen paced the Dolphins with 19 points while senior Cory Blau poured in 13. Senior Hayden Fredrick had 10 assists, four steals and nine points in the loss.


SECOND ANNUAL JEFFREY ADAM MEMORIAL REGATTA The second annual Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta is set to take place on March 10 as part of the Festival of Whales in Dana Point Harbor. The regatta is being organized by Dana Point sailor Liz Fletcher to honor her friend Jeffrey Adam, who died in June 2011 after being diagnosed with meningitis. Fletcher and Adam learned the ins and outs of sailing through the Mari-

The Jeffrey Adam Memorial Regatta will take place in the Dana Point Harbor on March 10 at 11 a.m. Courtesy photo

ners Sea Scouts Program, Westwind Sailing and the Dana Point Yacht Club and both were fixtures on the local sailing scene around town, according to a press release.

The first rendition of the regatta took place last year, as part of Fletcher’s community service project in the Mariners Sea Scout program. The regatta is open to youth and adults and the race is for those who want to compete or just have fun in the water. Sabots, Lasers and 420s are among the classes of boats that will be featured. Entrance fee to the regatta is $30 and includes a bracelet, lunch and dinner. Proceeds benefit the Dana Point Youth Charitable Foundation. Racing begins at 11 a.m. with dinner following at 4:30 p.m. Dinner is open to the public and tickets are $20. For registration and dinner tickets, visit www. —Steve Breazeale

MINOOFAR PLACES IN TOP-10 AT STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS • Dana Hills’ Ryan Minoofar advanced past day one of the CIF State Wrestling Championships and made it to the top-10 of the 195 pound weight class. He lost by fall on the second day.

fourth set, 25-22. The fi fth and final set went into extras and the Dolphins finally put the game away with a 17-15 set win. Doug Hammann paced the Dolphins with 17 kills. Next Game: 3/8 vs. Buchanan at Alliant University, 3 p.m.

DOLPHINS BASEBALL IN TOURNAMENT MODE • Currently sitting at 4-3 overall, the Dana Hills baseball team has had an up and down start to their young season. The Dolphins first game of the year was against Jordan on November 23 when they cruised to a convincing 13-0 win. A 7-3 win over Downey and a 5-3 loss against Tesoro followed. Dolphins junior Louis Raymond then pitched a complete game against Mission Viejo on February 27 as part of a 4-2 win. Raymond gave up four hits and two runs, one of them unearned, struck out seven and walked one in seven innings of work. The Dolphins moved on to the Loara Tournament, where they defeated Marina 2-1 on March 1, followed up with back-toback one run losses to Canyon and Tustin on March 2 and March 5, respectively. The team was set to play against El Dorado in the Loara Tournament on March 7. Results were not available at press time. Next Game: 3/15 vs. Aliso Niguel, 3:30 p.m.

FRESHMAN PACE DOLPHINS GOLF TEAM • The youthful Dana Hills roster has definitely carried its weight in the early going of the boys golf season. In all four of the Dolphins (4-2) wins, the medalist has been a freshman. In the season opener against Mission Viejo on February 26, the Dolphins won 196-217 with freshman Clay Feagler shooting a 36 (E). The two teams squared off again the next day and Dana Hills won 201-217, with Feagler and freshman Matt Fry co-medaling after they both carded 37 (+1). The Dolphins next win came against Laguna Beach on March 4 at El Niguel and freshman Tanner Podres went low and shot a 35 (-1). The Dolphins two losses came against Corona Del Mar and Newport Harbor on February 28 and March 5, respectively. The Dolphins won the rematch against Newport Harbor 194-199 on March 6 with Feagler again being the low man. Next Game: 3/14 vs. Corona Del Mar, 2:30 p.m.

Ryan Minoofar made it to the top-10 of the 195 pound weight class at the CIF State Wrestling Championships on March 2. Photo by Tony Tribolet/

BOYS VOLLEYBALL HEAD TO BRIM OF THE WORLD • Riding high after a five-set win over Orange Lutheran the Dana Hills boys volleyball team will travel to Alliant University from March 8 to March 9 to compete at the Brim of the World Tournament. The Dolphins most recent match, a non-league game against Orange Lutheran, was a wild one. After dropping the first set 25-17 to the Lancers, the Dolphins rallied to win the next two 25-17 and 25-13 but the Lancers responded to take the





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GROM OF THE WEEK Bryce Pinkerton Age: 7, Clarence Lobo Elementary Bryce Pinkerton has been surfing since he was two, and he has a picture to prove it, he said. He does, and he did. It hangs prominently in his house and he enjoys pointing out the photo that shows him riding a longboard in Hawaii after being pushed into a wave by his dad. Bryce has loved surfing ever since. He’s currently ranked No. 8 in the WSA Micro Grom U9 Push-in Shortboard division and earned his second ever win—and a big trophy— last month at the Grom Bomb Surf Contest in Oceanside in the Mini Grom Push-in 8U division. He enjoys contests, especially the excitement of advancing through to the finals. “It’s really awesome when I advance but I don’t really care so much now if I don’t because I just won that huge trophy and I can just try harder next time,” Bryce said. He also likes muBryce Pinkerton. Photo by Jeff Davis sic, plays the bongo drums and hopes to learn to play the guitar before traveling the world on his quest to become a pro surfer. “I practice surfing every day. I’m trying to read the waves better, get down the line more, work on my snaps and get enough speed to land airs when I’m 10,” Bryce said. What is Bryce’s idea of the perfect ending to a day of surfing? “I will catch a bomb set, make it all the way through, do a couple round houses, a couple snaps and kick out. Then I like to eat steak, read and then go to sleep,” he said.—Andrea Swayne

Rolling Rack is Rolling Back

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 56-59 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: Local: 8-10’ Poor Catalina: 25-30’ Good Immediate: The northwest and southwest swell combo eases on Friday, with surf running in the waistshoulder+ high (3-4’+) zone. Conditions are looking poor then with steady onshore winds and rain. Long Range Outlook: A blend of southwest and northwest swells eases over the weekend as conditions are due to improve. Check out Surfline for all the details!

T. Patterson Surf Shop seeks creative locals to feature at summer launch parties By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


Patterson surf shop is getting ready to start their second annual summertime Rolling Rack Launch Party series in April and is looking for local artists, clothing designers and musicians to feature once a month through the season. “The idea is to feature new or up-andcoming artists, designers and musicians, to give them exposure as well as to offer something new and different to our customers.” said Vicki Patterson, surf shop co-owner. “We want our store to be unique—more than just the same old brands. Our community has so many gifted people and we want to lend our support to them while providing a unique shopping experience every time you visit.” Last year’s Rolling Rack parties were so successful that there was no question as to whether the events would continue. At one typical event last year, a full house was treated to a concert by the

T. Patterson Surf Shop is calling on local artists, musicians and apparel designers to feature in summer Rolling Rack Launch Party events. A selection of work by local artists is shown here on display in the shop. Photo by Andrea Swayne

band Pepper while browsing digital photographic art by Mark Ley and being introduced to the best in local private label clothing design. “Custom shaped Timmy Patterson surfboards are still our main draw but we like the idea of offering a more interesting shopping experience that supports other local south county artisans. When someone comes to our shop they truly are ‘keeping it local,’” Patterson said. Also returning this summer will be community Food Swap days, once a month beginning in April. If you cook, bake or

grow anything good to eat, the free Food Swap is a great place to exchange your creations for those of others. From wild honey and fresh eggs to baked goods and home grown vegetables, the more participants, the bigger the variety. “You could bring in your homemade snicker doodles and trade them for Alaskan smoked salmon. It’s like old fashioned bartering. And if you’re into knowing where your food comes from, this is a great way to access unprocessed, handcrafted items to broaden your culinary horizons,” Patterson said. “We will be



rindMedia, producers of the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Prime Lowers Pro surf contest since 2004, announced on Tuesday that this year’s event has been officially postponed due to the lack of a title sponsor. Event title sponsor, Nike, pulled out of surfing last year and officials were unable to secure replacement sponsorship on such short notice. The 2013 ASP Prime Lowers Pro, originally scheduled for April 30 through May 4 at Dana Point Times March 8-14, 2013

the San Onofre State Beach break of Lower Trestles, will return in May of 2014, according to a statement by GrindMedia. “We are committed to operating the Lowers Pro at the Prime level to deliver the most value to the surfers competing, our audience, and brands supporting surfing,” said GrindMedia director of event operations and Lowers Pro event director Sean Nielsen in the statement. “Due to the economic climate and timing of the transition of the former title sponsor,

we have not secured a new partner in the title position to operate at the Prime level. The content emerging from the Lowers Pro rivals that of any World Tour event, and we look forward to delivering this experience to surf fans next year.” Meg Bernardo, ASP North America executive director said that while it is unfortunate to lose such a high caliber venue from the schedule, she is confident that another premier contest will be back on the schedule for next season.—Andrea Swayne

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sharing more information about the Food Swaps soon on our Facebook page.” The Pattersons are in the process of booking guests for this summer’s Rolling Rack events and are extending a call to the community’s talented artists. Artists, musicians and apparel designers interested in being featured at a T. Patterson launch party should contact Vicki Patterson at 949.366.2022. Stay tuned to the San Clemente Times for updates or “like” T. Patterson Surf Shop on Facebook for up to date information about all of these upcoming events. DP

RESULTS NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 9, March 2-3, Ventura, C Street Local finishers only. MEN: 3. Josh Benjoya, Dana Point. JUNIORS: 2. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 3. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente. MINI GROMS: 1. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 4. Kai McPhillips, San Clemente. WOMEN: 1. Chelsea Tuach, San Clemente; 2. Tia Blanco, San Clemente. GIRLS: 4. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. LONGBOARD: 1. Christian Stutzman, San Clemente. PERFORMERS OF THE EVENT: Chelsea Tuach. See for full results.

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