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Changing Spaces, Familiar Faces Longtime owners adjust to keep residents local, fresh faces enter hometown business scene E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4
With the city allocating money into revitalization projects and Chamber of Commerce membership nearly doubling over the last year, Dana Point’s established businesses have adapted with the times and new owners are taking the plunge, bringing new offerings to the city. Photos by Andrea Papagianis
Council Backs $150 Short-term Vacation Rental Permit Fee
Conscious Living: Resources for a Healthy, Sustainable Life
Dana Hills’ Blake Taylor Readies for MLB Draft
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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR FRIDAY, JUNE 7
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Movies in the Park 8 p.m. The city kicks off the 2013 Movies in the Park Series with everyone’s favorite nanny, in the Disney classic, ‘Mary Poppins.’ Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for this free outing, under the stars at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. Popcorn is free, and additional snacks and drinks are available at the snack bar. For more information, call 949.248.3530 or email email@example.com.
Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza St. Admission is free. For more information or to inquire about purchasing a booth for $25, call 949.573.5033 or visit, www.danapoint.org.
Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers, 33282 Golden Lantern, 949.248.3563, www.danapoint.org.
Adopt-a-Kitten at the Library 11 a.m.–2 p.m. The Pet Project Foundation and the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter will be onsite with kittens in need of a home. For more, call 949.595.8899.
VFW Veterans Assistance 1:30 p.m.– 3 p.m. Dana Point VFW Post 9934 offers free veterans’ benefits assistance at the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo. To find out more, call 949.248.1419, or visit www. vfwpost9934.org.
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… Short-term Rental?
THE LATEST: In a split vote Tuesday night, the Dana Point City Council elected to adopt a resolution setting the city’s shortterm vacation rental permit fee at $150. With the cost of a part-time code enforcement officer written into the ordinance, and the city’s two-year budget passed last month—accounting for the employee’s costs—Councilman Bill Brough motioned the council to waive the permitting fee for one year. City Manager Doug Chotkevys warned against the waiver, as the approved budget accounts for both the costs of enforcement, $37,500, and permit fee revenues to offset the cost. The $150 permit fee is subsidized from the $220 needed to fully recover administrative costs, city staff said. Mayor Steven Weinberg said he did not want to add more cost to the city without recovering anything. “My feeling is those people that are using the permitting process should pay their fair share,” Weinberg said. “When you look at it … $150 is chump change.” Weinberg motioned to pass the resolution. The fee passed in a 3-2 vote, with council members Carlos Olvera and Brough dissenting. The ordinance was approved in April after more than five years of work and discussion at the city level. According to staff reports, the city is home to some 250 vacation rentals currently not being taxed like hotels, inns and campsites. But under the ordinance, these rentals will now be required to participate in the city’s transient occupancy tax program—a 10 percent nightly tax, and its largest source of tax revenue. WHAT’S NEXT: Enforcement of the city’s Dana Point Times June 7-13, 2013
California Coastal Commission approval to remove 60 fire rings. The commission denied the petition, in part because the state AQMD’s current policies exempt beach fires from regulation. Sam Atwood, spokesman for SCAQMD, said the body operated under the thinking that beach bonfires were not an air quality concern, but the complaints prompted them to examine the issue. Since, the AQMD has examined studies on the health effects of wood smoke and has conducted monitoring in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach. No monitoring was conducted or is planned for Dana Point or anywhere in South Orange County, Atwood said.
short-term vacation rental ordinance is set to take effect on January 15, 2014. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.danapointtimes.com for more.—Andrea Papagianis
… Settlement with Killed Marine’s Family?
THE LATEST: The Orange County Board of Supervisors announced a formal settlement of the lawsuit with the family of the Marine killed in February 2012 by an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy at San Clemente High School. County spokesman Howard Sutter confirmed a settlement of $4.4 million was reached, but declined to state how the funds would be distributed to the family of Sgt. Manuel Loggins, who was killed after a confrontation with deputies February 7, 2012. Deputy Darren Sandberg, who shot Loggins, was cleared of any criminal wrong-doing in the case last fall.
WHAT’S NEXT: The item was scheduled for discussion at the SCAQMD board meeting on Friday, June 7, but Atwood said staff has recommended the item be continued to a special board meeting for Friday, July 12 in order to hold additional public hearings. A hearing will be held June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 1107 Jamboree Road, in Newport Beach. Another is set for the next day in El Segundo.
WHAT’S NEXT: A call to the family’s attorney, Brian Dunn, was not returned by press time.
FIND OUT MORE: For more information, go to www.aqmd.gov.—Jim Shilander
FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit www.sanclementetimes.com — JS
… Beach Fire Pits?
THE LATEST: The South Coast Air Quality Management District board is currently considering a proposal to ban or curtail the burning of wood at beaches throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. Last March, Newport Beach’s city council voted to eliminate fire pits from two beaches—over community health concerns and resident complaints—and over the course of the last year, the city sought
… Doheny Village?
THE LATEST: On Tuesday, the City Council received an update from ROMA Design Group on plans to revamp the 0.5-squaremile Capistrano Beach district of Doheny Village. Boris Dramov, of the San Franciscobased firm—also working on Town Center revitalization plans—was on hand to answer questions regarding the planning process. Dramov highlighted the need for residential opportunities to create a
pedestrian-friendly, live/work environment. In order to achieve this, Dramov suggested the city alter existing zoning, established in 1989, to better fit their view for future development. Planning for Doheny Village began in 2011. The planning effort is funded by a $340,000 grant from the California Strategic Growth Council. WHAT’S NEXT: While only general ideas were discussed, Director of Community Development Ursula Luna-Reynosa said the city’s goal is to have finalized plans before the end of 2013, as the approval process could take years. FIND OUT MORE: For project updates, stay with www.danapointtimes.com.—AP
…The Class of 2013?
THE LATEST: With final exams wrapping up, summer is around the corner for students of Dana Hills High School, meaning graduation for the class of 2013 is just days away. With 738 students total, this year’s class boasts one National Merit scholar, 107 class valedictorians, 126 Advanced Placement scholars and 148 graduates leaving with other academic distinctions. Senior, XiaRui Zhang, this year’s Scholar of Scholars, is graduating with a 4.71 GPA. Zhang heads to the University of California, Berkeley this fall to study electrical engineering and computer science. WHAT’S NEXT: Dana Hills will host its graduation ceremony on Tuesday, June 11 on the school’s football field, 33333 Golden Lantern. Gates open at 2 p.m. FIND OUT MORE: Check out the graduation special in next week’s DP Times.—AP
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Changing Spaces, Familiar Faces Longtime owners adjust to keep locals local, fresh faces enter hometown business scene By Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times
ith three major revitalization projects in the works within the 7 square miles of Dana Point, city leaders are not the only ones investing in the community. From the local brick and mortar fixtures that have drwan patrons in for decades, to the moveable services launching innovative solutions for customers, Dana Point’s business community is changing with the times. “Over the last few years, we had businesses going out of business, and now having these new businesses coming in shows that people have more faith in the economy and also a lot of faith in the future of Dana Point,” said Heather Johnston, executive director of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, who has seen membership nearly double since she came on board last year. From April 2012—when Johnston took over—to the chamber’s latest tally at the end of May, participation grew from 275 to 410 members. But more important than the numbers, Johnston said more business owners, managers and employees are active in the community. “When businesses are just trying to keep their doors open we don’t see people with the ability to network and market their businesses,” Johnston said. “But now that people are finally starting to catch their breath, they are starting to attend more events and have time to enjoy Dana Point.” We caught up with eight local business owners—from the OC Dana Point Harbor, Doheny Village, Town Center, Monarch Beach and Ocean Ranch—to check in with entrepreneurs both old a new on developments and hometown essentials that remain unchanged. SETTING THE HARBOR’S NEW COURSE
Harbor Boat Rentals— www.harborboatrentals.com After seven years of planning, business partners Dan Pitkin and Marc Levine launched their mobile boat rental company at the Dana Point Harbor Boat Show last week. With more than 55 years of experience on the water, the longtime locals wanted to share their passion with others. “The timing just seemed right,” said Pitkin, a Capistrano Beach resident. “The economy seemed to come back a little and we’ve been saving our money and it’s just go time now.” Pitkin, who owned a construction company, and Levine, the general manager of a nearby resort, are no strangers to the business world. Now through their boat service, serving Dana Point, Newport and Oceanside harbors, the two offer customers the boating experience without the hassles—tell them when and where, and their boats will be cleaned, fueled and ready to go. “It was actually just a choice to change my lifestyle and do what I want to do, rather than what I need to do or have to do,” Pitkin said. “I wanted my dream job doing what I enjoy, being on the water and sharing my love for the ocean with other people.” DaVine Food & Wine—www.davine-wine.com For more than 35 years, Marla Balmuth and her husband Steve have operated waterfront businesses at the Harbor—so many that she’s lost track of the ventures over the years. But now the two have a winning hand. With three Dana Point Times June 7-13, 2013
Harbor stores—including DaVine Food & Wine, Golden Galleon and Upstairs Store—the Balmuth’s have streamlined their businesses and learned from their mistakes. Just two weeks ago, DaVine’s wine-tasting space expanded, and with nearly double the space, Marla Balmuth hopes to keep locals eating and drinking their unique offerings. “You have to change and evolve, that is what business is all about if you want to grow, succeed and survive,” she said. “We have to adapt, continue to more forward and not look back. WHERE BEACH MEETS RANCH Monarch Beach Market— www.monarchbeachmarket.com Throughout the course of an eightmonth remodel, Bob and Stephanie Lintz were able to hang on to more than their customers, they also maintained half their staff. Officially reopening two weeks ago, with more square footage, an expanded deli, juice and coffee bar, Bob Lintz said business is better now than it was before. “Today you must be more competitive in price, have good quality items and staff,” said Bob Lintz. “Because of this economy, people want more on their return.” To keep customers satisfied and coming back for more, Lintz added items to the market’s shelves that patrons wanted and hopes the remodel and new features will bring more sales and more happiness. McCool Flowers— www.mccoolflowers.com For 18 years, Cathy McCool has built a lasting reputation in Dana Point, and with the development of new technologies and the social media boom, she works hard to keep her flower shop’s online standing just as strong. In adapting over the last two decades, and weathering the 2008 recession, McCool has refocused her business model, gotten back to the basics of creating long-lasting bouquets for weddings and special events and has started wearing multiple hats in her business. “We are still here, but it has been hard,” McCool said. “I cannot tell you it was easy, this was the hardest five years ever. But I think if we are still here today that we are going to carry on.” KEEPING DOHENY ROOTED IN HISTORY El Patio Café— www.elpatiocafe.com Dating back to 1937, El Patio has stayed true to its Doheny roots. “We are a little guy,” said owner Jack Saunderson. “I never franchised out. I have just been happy surfing and running the business.” Saunderson, who took over his mother Lucy’s restaurant in 1989, said there is no smoke and mirrors, just his mother’s original recipes and loyal customers who love the little pink place in Capistrano Beach. “When every customer walks through the door I am so humbled and thankful,” he said. Page 4
Doheny Clothing Exchange— 949.240.4800 Mother-daughter team Pamela Vandergrift and Caia Curiale have been cultivating a style of their own for years, and for the last three, they’ve shared their flair with Dana Point. With an established clientele of locals and out-of-town regulars, the fashion-forward duo has seen an uptick in shoppers and the caliber of clothing exchanges. Curiale followed her mother to Dana Point nearly 10 years ago and has spent the last decade studying the area’s culture and familiarizing herself with her customer’s needs. And with positive changes taking place in her store’s numbers, Curiale hopes the trend continues in Doheny. “Just in general I think the town has picked up a little bit and more businesses are getting the idea to open up,” she said. “We started the path down here, and I’ve noticed more businesses trying to open up.” CENTER KEEPS HOMETOWN FEEL Dana Point Hardware—949.496.4158 Since 1976, Sue Basanda has worked side-by-side with her father, Bill Sandberg, and for the last 15 years her son Billy Barker has been a full-time employee or a daily fixture in the hardware store. When Sandberg started the company with his wife Carolyn and brother, both deceased, there were no houses behind Dana Hills High School, just empty fields. It’s those developments that Sandberg said pushed them along. “We were in the right place at the right time,” he said. Now with major corporations dominating the hardware world, the Sandberg family believes their sticking true to that hometown feel has kept them around for 37 years. “We are the last one standing,” Basanda said. “We still try to cater to the community and what they want rather than be a big box store and carry what’s required.” The Coastal Arcadian— www.coastalarcadian.com Sue Osborn took over the site of the Coastal Arcadian last year and has spent the past 18 months building the property into a trifecta of art and retail spaces. From the fine art gallery, The Shed, to a high-end bead shop, OC Beads, and an American-mercantile store, The Coop, Osborn hopes to establish the Arcadian as a living, breathing cultural destination. “I’ve always been an adventurer,” said the 20-year veteran of the bead business. “I want it to be a site that you walk into and just step back in time a bit, to the precomputer era, where people can take a little sigh.” The Shed opened its doors in November and The Coop is still establishing an identity, something Osborn said will be continually evolving as long as the Arcadian is around. DP COVER CAPTION: Local owners of new, old and improved Dana Point businesses. Clockwise from left corner. Dan Pitkin and Marc Levine of Harbor Boat Rentals; Sue Osborn of the Coastal Arcadian; Bob Lintz of Monarch Beach Market; Sue Basanda and William Sandberg from Dana Point Hardware; Jack Saunderson from El Patio Café; Cathy McCool from McCool Flowers; Marla and Steve Balmuth of DaVine Food & Wine; and Caia Curiale of Doheny Clothing Exchange. Photos by Andrea Papagianis
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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Adoptions, Vaccines at Forefront of Animal Shelter Events uThe San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter will hold a canine licensing and vaccination clinic Wednesday, June 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the shelter, 221 Avenida Fabricante in San Clemente. Rabies vaccines will be available for $5, bordetella and DHLP vaccines for $10 and microchips for $35. Licensing late fees will be waived during shelter business hours on June 12. The shelter is also looking for donations of plastic dog crates of all sizes, but particularly for large dogs. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949.492.1617. In honor of June being designated “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month” by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the animal shelter is offering $25 off the cost of cat adoption fees. The shelter has a number of playful kittens, adolescents and mature cats of all ages and personality types. For an adoption fee of $75, adopters can take home a cat that has been spayed or neutered, is current on all vaccinations, has been examined by a veterinarian, treated for fleas, de-wormed and has received a microchip to help locate them should they be lost—a $400 value. Kittens will also be available for viewing at the Dana Point Library at 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Paula Becker, Pet Project Foundation volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949.595.8899.
Camp Bow Wow Fosters Adoptable Canines uIn addition to boarding facilities, Camp Bow Wow doggie day and overnight camp located at 220 Calle Pintoresco in San Clemente, provides temporary foster care for adoptable homeless dogs. Camp Bow Wow also has a nonprofit organization called the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation dedicated to helping dogs in need of permanent homes. Available for adoption right now at Camp Bow Wow is Stevie, a 2-year-old Chihuahua mix that loves to cuddle. He’s a bit shy at first but warms up quickly and is very sweet and affectionate. Stevie is being fostered for New Beginnings for Animals. For adoption information or to schedule a meeting, call 949.348.8057. Also available for viewing at Camp Bow Wow is Buddie, a 4-year-old black and white Shih Tzu with one blue eye and one brown eye. Buddie was surrendered by his owner and is being fostered for I.C.A.R.E.
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Dog Rescue. To learn more about Buddie, call I.C.A.R.E. 949.713.9875. For more information about these and other foster animals, you may also contact Camp Bow Wow directly at 949.218.7387 or log on to www.campbowwow.com/sanclemente. uTroop Raises $1,350 for Street Children in Latin America
After hosting a garage sale, bake sales and a wrapping event at a local kids store, the fourth- and fifth-graders from junior Girl Scout Troop 335 raised more than $1,000 for a nonprofit aimed at getting young boys off Latin American streets. As part of their Bronze Award project— the highest honor in junior scouts—the girls chose to raise money for Niños de la Luz, a ministry dedicated to rescuing children in Central and South America. Last week, the troop presented Shannon Haslett, cofounder of the organization, with a $1,350 check and a book, one written in Spanish, to help launch a library for rescued boys in the Dominican Republic. “We’ve been really touched by their hearts,” Haslett said. “Seeing how they did this with so much enthusiasm and excitement has been really neat.” For more on Niños de la Luz, visit www. ninosdelaluz.org.
The fourth- and fifth-graders of Girl Scout Troop 335 raised more than $1,000 for Ninos de la Luz, a nonprofit working to rescue children from Latin American streets. Here the troop presents a check to founder of the ministry, Shannon Haslett. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Million Dollar Fortune for Local Wheel Winner uWith a little luck and the letter G, last week a local woman became the second $1 million winner in “Wheel of Fortune” history. When solving the final puzzle with just four letters, Autumn Erhard’s “Wheel” run got a little bit tougher. But the class of 2000 Dana Hills High School graduate thought about the other things in her life that were tough. Within an instant she yelled, “tough workout.” “I looked at my letter board really fast before the timer started and the letters that were available and just started thinking, what’s tough, what’s tough, what’s tough,” Erhard said. “And it literally popped into my head. It was crazy.” To get to this point, Erhard also got a little lucky. In order to be crowned the second contestant to take home the $1 million prize, the 30-year-old Laguna Niguel resident had to land on the million-dollar wedge during the show, solve the puzzle, spin the wheel without going bankrupt and beat out two other contestants to secure her place in the bonus round—but that’s not all. Once making it to the bonus round, Erhard needed to land on the $1 million card—which she didn’t know
Stevie, a 2-year-old Chihuahua mix is in foster care at Camp Bow Wow in San Clemente awaiting a permanent home. Courtesy photo
Autumn Erhard, a class of 2000 graduate of Dana Hills High, reacts to Pat Sajak revealing her $1 million win on Wheel of Fortune. Photo by Carol Kaelson
she had until Pat Sajak, the show’s host, revealed it—and solve one last puzzle. Erhard’s win came last Thursday, May 30, during a “30th” themed week celebrating the show’s three decades on air, with all contestants during the week celebrating a thirtieth milestone. While the show aired last week, it was filmed in February, leaving Erhard with a million-dollar secret to keep for three months. Last week, Erhard gathered with family and friends—and her mother, father and fiancé, who were all on set during her win—to watch her episode. “It was crazy watching it because after the taping half of it was all a blur,” Erhard said. “I knew what happened, but I didn’t remember any of the facial expressions I made or some of the things I said. I was just on cloud nine, like living in a dream.” Erhard, an animal pharmaceuticals sales representative, joins fellow “Wheel” contestant Michelle Loewenstein at the top of the show’s biggest winner board. In October 2008, Loewenstein won $1 million in the
bonus round. Newly engaged, Erhard said she and fiancé Joey Panna could now have the perfect Hawaiian wedding. The two plan to use the money to travel beyond her “Wheel” winning trips to Arizona and Belize before they tie the knot in Jul 2014. But for now the woman who used to compete with her father from home is reveling in her puzzle prizes. “Overall, the whole experience was just so much fun,” Erhard said. “Pat, Vanna and the staff on the “Wheel of Fortune” team were just so fun to work with, and they made it such an incredible experience.”
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Dana Point Police Services www.HideitLockitOrLoseit.com COMPILED BY VICTOR CARNO 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.
Wednesday, June 5 DRUNK IN PUBLIC Pacific Coast Highway/El Encanto Avenue (8:09 p.m.) A drunken man wearing a green jacket was yelling at children passing by. CITIZEN ASSIST Alta Vista Drive, 24400 Block (8:31 a.m.) A caller complained of an ongoing problem with a neighbor who repeatedly allows
his aggressive pit bull dogs to run free in the neighborhood.
Friday, May 31 DISTURBANCE Del Obispo Street, 33800 Block (10:27 p.m.) A man said his neighbor threw a board at his condo and has harassed him on numerous occasions. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Granada Drive, 33900 Block (10:21 p.m.) A caller heard loud footsteps on the hill behind his house. When he looked out his window he saw a man wearing a black sweatshirt climbing up the hill to a vacant lot located on Valencia Place. CITIZEN ASSIST Niguel Shores Drive, 33800 Block (10:01 p.m.) A woman received a phone call from someone who told her, “Enjoy your last day.” The woman did not recognize the voice and requested to speak with a deputy. DISTURBANCE Avenida Las Palmas/Camino De Estrella (7:38 p.m.) A man was seen relieving himself in the middle of the Coldwell Banker parking lot. DISTURBANCE Doheny Park Road, 34200 Block (6:39 p.m.) A man called police about two men
sitting in the back of a pick-up truck consuming alcohol. The caller said the men have threatened him before and he does not want them to know that he called for fear of retaliation. MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATION Via Sacramento, 26400 Block (5:40 p.m.) A woman let her pit bull off of its leash and the dog was seen roaming around the school grounds at Palisades Elementary. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (4:52 p.m.) A man walked in to Farmers Insurance and threatened a representative. The man went up to a female employee and said that she didn’t know what scary was, and then reached into a white plastic bag. The caller suspected he may have left something in the building. DISTURBANCE Alcazar Drive, 33900 Block (3:25 p.m.) A man said his downstairs neighbors kept calling and texting him saying he wanted to fight, because of junk left on the caller’s window. The caller told authorities he would like to be escorted home because he was afraid of his neighbor. CITIZEN ASSIST Stonehill Drive, 33500 Block (11:53 a.m.) A woman standing on the upper parking lot of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and Preschool called authorities because a
woman who had been asked not to attend a funeral by the family had just shown up. The woman was not being confrontational with anyone at the time of the call. DISTURBANCE Granada Drive, 34000 Block (6:41 a.m.) A woman’s neighbor was reportedly slamming windows, stomping on the floor and leaning her head out of a window and coughing loudly repeatedly. The woman’s neighbor lives in the apartment unit directly above hers. The caller said this has been an ongoing problem. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 32800 Block (6:05 a.m.) A woman was seen in a blanket lying outside of Starbucks. When she was questioned she said she was anxious and that she was staying at the Ritz-Carlton, but could not afford it anymore. She then went into the Starbuck’s bathroom for 20 minutes and proceeded to pace around inside the business. DISTURBANCE Doheny Park Road, 34100 Block (5:59 a.m.) A man was seen sitting on top of the propane cage at a gas station, smoking a cigarette. This has been an ongoing problem with the man who was also seen smoking by the gas pumps. The man was last seen walking away from the gas station.
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GUEST OPINION: Conscious Living, By Meryl Gwinn
’d like to introduce my new wellness column fashioned for a time that is harnessing a shift toward a more—forgive me if this word is too trendy—“conscious” form of living. Many of us are already active participants in this shift and many more are taking the first investigative steps into finding out what conscious living is all about. We can’t help it. As a society we are becoming increasingly aware of unsettling issues in our environment. Large corporations are sickening our crops and our health, the presence of genetically modified organisms in our food supply is making headlines and grocery stores are super-domes of questionable and dubiously labeled products. Even the honeybees, for cryin’ out loud, are reportedly on the outs. Profit at the expense of life (and pure honey) is not a sustainable practice. But what should we do about it? We’re unsure whether to storm the White House or go vegan-extremo—to the horror of our spouses and children. But I do think many of us are looking for easy changes for a wholesome approach to healthful living. Taking responsibility for our own health maintenance through informed decisions will leave us less sick, more energized and reduce our dependence on bigger outside systems with questionable agendas. Whether we want to improve our physical health or simply provide the purest niche for our families, following a more natural, back-to-basics design will bring us closer to what our bodies need in order to thrive. I believe that cleaning up our diets, simplifying our spaces and reconnecting with nature can help us to revive our powerful intuitions. Combine information with intuitive action and life gets far easier and more enjoyable. It really works. Solutions versus synthetics—it’s practical and GMO-free. We, as mindful consumers and informed participants in our own wellness, are at the
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forefront of this movement. And as a community, our little corner of the world offers up an ample bed of resources. Local farms, organic markets, juice bars, yoga centers and various forms of CONSCIOUS alternative healing pracLIVING tices keep popping up By Meryl Gwinn all around us, offering a preventative approach to wellness. I’d like this column to evolve with a place that is evolving, one that is harvesting a healthier, more nurturing environment for its community members—our own little built-in healthcare system. This column will make full use of the knowledge and awareness of people in our community who are out there taking a forward step, so that we can return to a more classic form of doing. It’s what may have been thought of in the past as grandma stuff—buying less, making more, saving tinfoil, sneaking in movie snacks. This column will also include ideas for adapting non-harmful and non-toxic daily habits, using less and therefore spending less. South Orange County carries a reputation for good looks. Let’s be empowered to use them for branding a message of sustained health and real, natural beauty, in place of a superficial appearance and artificially manipulated aesthetics. So let’s get started by paying tribute to our namesake fruit and make the “orange” in Orange County stand for immune-boosting tonics, citrus-based beauty regimens and the “good stuff” in our kids’ lunchboxes—farm to face, literally. Here are a few easy ways to use the orange to our organic advantage: • Immunity tonic: Vitamin C is a pricelessly potent antioxidant that can prevent and reverse cellular damage. Remember scurvy? It aids in the detox process, promotes healing and kicks the immune system
A MEMORIAL DAY MEMENTO, A THANK YOU PAID FORWARD HAROLD KAUFMAN, Dana Point
After the impressive and moving Memorial Day tribute at Pines Park put on by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a nice-looking middle-aged woman in a red, white and blue blouse approached me, handed me a folded piece of paper and said, “Thank you for your service.” That day I was wearing my Air Force hat and my Patriot Guard motorcycle vest. I told her that it was my honor to serve, and I took the piece of paper but didn’t look at it until later in the day because as I returned to my motorcycle, I discovered that it had a dead battery. It was not until I arrived home later that afternoon that I remembered the piece of paper. I unfolded it and read: “To One Who Has Served Our Country, Many Americans want you to know that we think of all of you and the sacrifices that you and your families have made or are making. ‘Most people spend their lives wondering if they have made a difference. Those who have served have little doubt.’ I have no doubt that your efforts provided countless people around the world and me with the opportunity for a quality life. I know that that quality of life would not be possible without you and those who served with you and those who served before you and those that will serve after into gear. Incorporate fresh squeezed citrus into your morning routine. • Air purifier: Orange peels are refreshingly fragrant. Place dried peels in cloth bags and hang in musty places, or boil them stovetop for a rejuvenating aroma. • Household cleaning: Citrus is anti-fungal, anti-microbial and antibiotic. Add juice • Animal/pest deterrent: Many animals, insects and other pests despise the strong scent of orange peels. Sprinkle some in your garden to prevent cats and other animals from using it as a litter box.
you. For you who were not welcomed home with the respect that you deserve, ‘Welcome home, soldier!’ With sincere appreciation for your service to our country, A grateful citizen of the United States of America.” Taped to the bottom of this letter was a $20 bill and written just below was, “Please treat yourself to a small indulgence as a thank you from me.” With eyes welling with tears, I have to say I was blown away. So, to the beautiful woman who paid forward this gift of patriotism: I am sorry I don’t know your name, but I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how much I appreciate your amazing gesture. And my plan for “indulging” myself will be to add some money to your gift and donate it to the Dana Point 5th Marine Support Group for their new program to help returning soldiers transition into civilian life. I thank you for your kindness. I thank you for your respect. I thank you for your thoughtfulness. And I thank you for your American spirit. I am so grateful, and am so very humbled. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. Dana Point Times reserves the right to edit readersubmitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.
Meryl Gwinn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, has studied yoga, health, food, whole-healing solutions and humans around the globe. DP PLEASE NOTE: 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 email@example.com.
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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
MOVIES IN THE PARK KICKOFF 8 p.m. The city of Dana Point kicks off the Movies in the Park series with a showing of “Mary Poppins” in Lantern Bay Park; free popcorn and refreshments available for purchase. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, www.danapoint.org.
LORD OF THE STRINGS: THOM BRESH 7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m. World renowned guitarist and son of Merle Travis performs at the Dana Point Community House. $30. 24642 San Juan Ave., 949.842.2227, www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com. DAVE DAVIES OF THE KINKS 8 p.m. Live concert at The Coach House. Tickets $20-$23. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. MATT STEPHENS 7:30 p.m. Live acoustic guitar at the new Five Vines Wine Bar. 31761 Camino Capistrano No. 11, San Juan Capistrano, 949.800.9145, www.fivevineswine.com. WINE AND MUSIC CRUISE 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dana Wharf’s cruise on a luxury catamaran with wine, snacks, music and more. Tickets $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com.
AT THE MOVIES: ‘NOW YOU SEE ME,’ MAYBE YOU WON’T There’s a stigma with the action movie genre, that outside of the flashy chase or explosion sequences with famous actors running around on screen, the story gets stuck behind plot holes and campy direction. Most of the time, action movies are led by one star, but sometimes they take all-star casts along for the ride too. The newest example of this is Now You See Me, which brings a heavy combination of action, mystery, fantasy and ensemble storytelling. In New York City, four magicians who call themselves the Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) come together to rob banks and wealthy businessmen as part of their extravagant magic shows. FBI agent Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol agent Dray (Mélanie Laurent) search to find the secret to their magic tricks. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine co-star. Now You See Me combines action, © 2013 Summit Entertainment, LLC. magic and mystery, along with both young and veteran actors, to the delight of both male and female filmgoers. While the concept seems great in theory, the screenplay is packed with too many plot twists and depends too much on suspending disbelief. Louis Teterrier’s direction is flashy, but occasionally borders on corny. Unfortunately, the end of the feature leaves the audience left wishing this cast was in a better film. —Megan Bianco
ASTRONOMY NIGHT 8:45 p.m.-10:45 p.m. Gaze into the night sky through telescopes learn the constellations with astronomy experts at The Reserve/Richard & Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Adults $10, kids $5. More info: 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org. BEN WOODS 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Live flamenco guitar at DaVine Food & Wine along with wine tasting that starts at 4 p.m. Tasting fee $15 for five wines. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com. COOKING CLASS 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Healthy cooking class of “Family-style Italian bites” with Chef Giuseppina of Massari Foods at Goin Native. Fee $50 includes three courses and recipes. 31661 Los Rios Street, 949.493.5911, San Juan Capistrano, www.goinnative.net.
16TH ANNUAL SAN CLEMENTE CAR SHOW 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 300 cars from exotic to classic, vendors, entertainment and exhibits in downtown San Clemente presented by the Downtown Business Association. Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.498.1242, www.villagesanclemente.org.
KATIE HAWLEY BENEFIT BEACH RUN 7:30 a.m.9:30 a.m. Participate in a 2.6K beach run starting at the San Clemente Pier to benefit Katie Hawley, who’s battling cancer. Minimum donation $40. More info: 406.546.1990, www.soccerforhope.org/katie. WORLD OCEANS DAY 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebration event at The Ocean Institute with activities and much more for the family.
DON PEDRO AND THE RIFFTIDE 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music overlooking the Dana Point Harbor at Vivo Rooftop Lounge, Hilton Hotel in Doheny Beach. 34402 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.661.1100.
THE ART OF LIFE: BULLZ ART SHOW AND THEATRICAL READING 1 p.m. A unique art show and book reading from author/artist Elizabeth Bull with mixed media on canvas, silent auction at Luxe Restaurant and Bar. Free admission. 24582 Del Prado Ave., Dana Point, www.facebook.com/bullzart.
CRAFT FAIR AND FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fresh produce, crafted goods and more at La Plaza Park in Dana Point. 949.248.3500, www.danapoint.org.
BA2LA 4 p.m. Duo from Buenos Aires plays live at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado Ave., Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com.
COMEDY AND KARAOKE 9 p.m.-1 a.m. The night starts with live comedy and continues with karaoke at 11 p.m. at Hennessey’s Tavern. No cover. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, www.hennesseystavern.com.
MEDITERRANEAN GATHERING COOKING CLASS 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Cooking class with Chef Caroline Cazaumayou at Antoine’s Cafe which includes demonstration, recipes, a glass of wine and dinner. $50 per person. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763.
RATTLESNAKES OF ORANGE COUNTY 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Lecture on snakes at the RMV Presentation Center; part of The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org.
MIKE HAMILTON 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Ribjoint 34294 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.661.9500, www.ribjointdanapoint.com.
TREVOR GREEN WITH SMALL WORLD 4 p.m. Trevor Green, performs at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com.
HANS AND JANINE 8 p.m. Live music at Sunsets. 34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880, www.sunsetsbar.com. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.danapointtimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to firstname.lastname@example.org
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SUDOKU by Myles Mellor Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium Last week’s solution:
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Symphony’s Second Season a Succes
he Dana Point Symphony performed its final concert of the season to a sold out crowd, May 31 at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church in Dana Point. Berenika Schmitz, executive and artistic director, along with Conductor Dean Anderson and the symphony’s uber-talented group of musicians presented an inspired program that included Sibelius Finlandia Op. 26, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and for the finale, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. The Firebird Suite was accompanied by dancers from
the Luminario Ballet, dressed in striking red feathers and performing choreography representing vibrant firebirds in flight. The performance earned a standing ovation—as usual— from the audience. The artwork of San Clemente-based visual artist Rick Delanty was on display following the performance. For more information about the Dana Point Symphony, log on to www.danapointsymphony.com.
Thousands Browse at Boat Show
oating enthusiasts, whether looking to buy or just browsing and dreaming, flocked to Dana Point Harbor May 30 through June 2 for the thirteenth annual Boat Show. More than 150 new and used boats, from single-man kayaks to 70-foot yachts, were on display, offering event goers an up-close view of a wide variety of ocean-going watercraft. For more information, see www.danaboatshow.com.
About 150 boats were on display, both in-water and dry-docked, for perusal by event goers. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Conductor Dean Anderson leads the Dana Point Symphony in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture.” Photo by Andrea Papagianis
City Councilman Scott Schoeffel, Symphony Executive and Artistic Director Berenika Schmitz and Conductor Dean Anderson gather for a photo at the close of the performance. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Boat Show attendees were invited to remove their shoes and climb aboard for an up-close view of the vessels on display. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Dancers from the Luminario Ballet were special guest performers, accom- A hush came over the audience as the music was about to begin. panying the Stravinsky Firebird Suite. Photo by Andrea Papagianis Photo by Andrea Papagianis
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Dana Point Boat Show producer Ray Hebert prepares to welcome visitors to the thirteenth annual event. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
DP LIVING GUEST OPINION: It’s History by Carlos N. Olvera
ana Point’s first planned golf course was attempted in 1925 and was to be located at the end of Amber Lantern, atop the sweeping bluffs made famous by Richard Henry Dana. The architect was John Duncan Dunn. With your face to the ocean, a drive east faced a major challenge—a canyon to cross. Most of the canyon has since been filled. It reached from the beach to Pacific Coast Highway which was only a dirt county road at that time. It is currently bounded by Amber Lantern and Violet Lantern. A rock lined trail, built by Ed Seaman in 1924, lined both sides of the canyon to the beach below and its remnants are still visible today but not accessible. Duncan also was the architect for the Santa Ana Country Club in 1929 and the Catalina Island Golf Club in Avalon in 1895. The second attempt at placing a course in Dana Point came during the 1927 S. H. Woodruff development. Dr. Alister Mackenzie, along with Robert Hunter, visited with Woodruff in March, 1927 looking at a site near where Dana Hills High School is today. Important to this project was the need for water, and Woodruff was proud to show off his newly formed Dana Point Water Company and their newly placed water tank. That tank is atop a hill just off Stonehill and Golden Lantern in the Waterford Pointe development. That same week Mackenzie visited the California Monterey peninsula to plan Cyprus Point. That 18-hole championship course now boasts the most dramatic three holes that play along the ocean including the par-3, 231-yard 16th hole that plays over the water. The tank, now referred to as the Dana Point Reservoir,
is located at the highest point in Dana Point at 346 feet above sea level and holds two million gallons. It was reconstructed in 1973 by the Capistrano Beach Water District and is managed today by South Coast Water District. Woodruff said at the time BY C A R LOS “year-round golf of the Southland N . O LV E R A is bringing millions of dollars each year to Southern California. There are said to be 65 evergreen golf courses in Southern California following the contour or rolling lands, making golf most delightful summer and winter. There are courses of every class and character, designed and constructed by some of the foremost golf architects In the United States, so in planning our course at Dana Point, we are very carefully studying the needs and requirements or our situation.” Included in Woodruff’s design were plans for the Dana Point Golf Clubhouse, by architect Charles A. Hill, located just below the water reservoir. The course was laid out going northwest where the Dana Hills High school is now. More than five decades later, Dana Point finally did get its golf course with Monarch Beach Golf Links, which first opened in 1983. Designed by master architect Robert Trent Jones, it is one of the few oceanfront courses in California. The championship course is a par 70. While the course is on the inland side of the Pacific Coast Highway, the par-4, 3rd holelies adjacent to the sandy beach. Carlos N. Olvera is past president of the Dana Point Historical Society, current vice chair of the OC Historical Commission and a Dana Point councilman.
A 1927 photograph of a water tank, owned then by Dana Point Water Company, was a jumping off point for a golf course in Dana Point. Photo Courtesy of the Dana Point Historical Society
In July 1925, architect John Duncan Dunn laid out one of the few seaside courses along the western coast. Photo from Pacific Golf & Motor Magazine, July 1925, page 37 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 email@example.com.
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Dolphin Report Masciorini Advances to CIF Tennis Quarterfinals Junior Chase Masciorini earned a bye into the round of 16 at the CIF-SS Individual Tennis Championships but was defeated in the quarterfinals on May 31. Masciorini navigated his way through the opening rounds of the playoffs comfortably, earning him a straight shot into the tournament’s round of 16. From there Masciorini defeated Har-
Junior Chase Masciorini advanced to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Individual Tennis Championships on May 31. Courtesy photo
vard Westlake’s Michael Genender 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 before falling to Alta Loma’s Victor Brown 2-6, 0-6.
Dolphins Track and Field Competes in State Meet Seniors Paige Canterbury, Brenna Barker and Sierra Hansen represented Dana Hills at the CIF State Track and Field Championships from May 31 to June 1. Barker was the lone Dolphins athlete to make it to the finals of her event, placing ninth in the triple jump (38 feet, 4 1/2 inches). Barker advanced to the finals by posting a mark of 38 feet, 6 1/2 inches in the prelims. Canterbury competed in the 1,600 and recorded a prelim time of 5:14.52, good enough for a 13th place finish. Hansen, a pole vaulter, cleared the 3.46-meter height in the prelims and placed 12th. —Steve Breazeale
4th Annual Combat Golf Tourney A Success By Steve Breazeale and Andrea Papagianis San Clemente Times
record number of golfers turned out to participate in the fourth annual Combat Golf Tournament benefitting the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment on June 3. The event, which was held at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club and organized by the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, raised upwards of $20,000 to benefit the fighting 5th Marines as well as the Wounded Warrior Regiment. Nine wounded warriors and nine active duty Marines turned out for the event, which has steadily grown in popularity since its inaugural year.
“This year we oversold. We had about 166 golfers and I think our reputation preceded us,” President of the 5th Marine Support Group Terry Rifkin said. The Combat Golf tournament featured several unique attractions, including long drive contests, roped off “mine fields” that penalized those who hit into them and a special guest appearance by long drive champion Jake Taylor, who for a $20 donation would hit a team’s drive on the par-5 third hole. This year the support group is awarding select wounded warriors $2,000 scholarships for the disabled Sierra ski program. Those who are given the scholarship can attend a week-long program in the mountains with their spouse. Funds raised at the Combat Golf Tournament will go toward the scholarships. DP
Blake Taylor Eyes MLB Draft Taylor is currently ranked No. 61 on MLB.com’s 2013 Prospect Watch and his size alone is enough to garner attention, according to the site. Taylor has the ability mob of Major League scouts to continuously throw his fastball in the with radar guns in tow were a low 90s and has reached up to the mid-90s regular sight in the bleachers at times. His scouting report also whenever Dana Hills’ senior states that his curveball has the pitcher Blake Taylor was on the potential to become an above mound this year. The 6-foot-3average pitch, but he will need to inch, 220-pound lefty started develop another breaking pitch, 10 games for Dana Hills and such as a changeup, if he is to showed off his power arm and a compete at the big league level. mix of breaking pitches that not Taylor compiled a 2.57 ERA only caught the attention of the to go along with a 2-3 overall University of Hawaii, the school record in 2013. He had a teamhe committed to in the fall, but Blake Taylor. high 59 strikeouts in 49 innings also dozens of professional Photo by Steve Breazeale pitched and held opponents to a organizations. .222 batting average. Now Taylor will wait and see where he For updates on where Taylor goes in is chosen in this year’s MLB Draft, which the MLB Draft, visit www.danapointtimes. began with the first and second rounds on June 6 and continues to June 8. com. DP By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times
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(From L to R) SSgt. Ryan Reschke, GySgt. Pat Yandell, SSgt. Andrew Bristow and Sgt. Jonathan Decker of the 5th Marine Regiment prepare to tee off at the Combat Golf Tournament on June 3. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
SoCal Shows its Depth in the College Baseball World Series By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times
he College Baseball World Series is in full swing and as usual, Southern California is well represented up and down the rosters of some of the top teams in the nation. Dana Point native Reed Reilly saw time on the big stage, pitching for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on June 1 when the Mustangs took on UCLA in the second round. Reilly entered in the sixth inning with the score deadlocked at 4-4 and went on to surrender four hits, two walks and ultimately, two runs in a 6-4 loss. The outing capped what was an impressive sophomore year for Reilly, who was the Mustangs late-inning closer.
Reilly led the pitching staff in appearances with 32 and compiled a 2.29 ERA in 59 innings pitched. His 14 saves led the team. The Mustangs were eliminated from competition following an 8-5 loss to San Diego in the regional stage. Dana Hills alum Peter Maris was a part of the UC Santa Barbara team that advanced to the Corvallis regional stage. Austin Kingsolver has been an oftused pinch hitter for Cal State Fullerton throughout the season as well as in the playoffs. The Dana Hills product has appeared in all three of the Titans wins in the regional stage and will play a part as Cal State Fullerton advances to the super regional, where they will face UCLA. DP www.danapointtimes.com
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Challenge Met San Clemente High School surf team wins Oakley Challenge By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times
team of three seniors and one junior from San Clemente High School brought home $5,000, the Orange County regional champion title and some priceless memories from this year’s Oakley High School Surf Team Challenge. The event, held at 54th Street in Newport Beach on June 1, brought together 10, four-member teams from high schools across Orange County for an unusual contest format with a prize purse earmarked to benefit the participating teams.
GROM OF THE WEEK Trevor Thornton Age: 18, San Clemente High School
After four years on his high school surf team, Trevor Thornton is excited to be graduating. His years with the team were marked by many victories and culminated with an MVP award. As high school comes to a close, Trevor is planning his next steps toward a pro surfing career. “I’m going to take a little time off, enjoy the summer, then start college online while working on my pro surfing career. Looking back on surf team, it was definitely a good experience but I’m ready to move on,” he said. “’I’ll be traveling a lot, improving my surfing to a point where I feel comfortable competing at a higher level and starting to earn Trevor Thornton. Photo by Catherine Gregorya points toward qualifying for the World Tour.” He will begin by competing in an ASP 4-Star event in Acapulco, Mexico in early July. Outside of surfing, Trevor doesn’t know what other career he is interested in pursuing but he does know he’d like to be an entrepreneur. “I’d love to have my own business someday. I like being independent,” he said. Independence is something he learned while completing high school via independent study. “Besides getting to surf more, I learned self-discipline, got to experience more in the real world and had to be responsible for my own learning,” he said. “I liked studying English and government but I really enjoyed the gourmet foods class. I learned that cooking great food is really not that hard. That’s a skill I know I can use.” ”—Andrea Swayne
The SCHS team—coached by John Dowell and made up of junior Colton Overin and seniors Kevin Schulz, Ethan Carlston and Jonah Carter—persevered through an intense day of competition to meet Dana Hills, Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor high schools in the final. The format is different from regular surf contests with hour-long, tag-team heats where each surfer is allowed only four waves and scores are combined for a team total. One “whammy” surfer per team can double the score of one wave— hopefully his best—by claiming it with double fists in the air at the end of the ride. Small and inconsistent surf and low tide made choosing a “whammy” in the final difficult. But with less than 20 minutes left in the heat, Schulz claimed a 6.0 score, topping the 5.4 and 5.3 claimed by Newport and Dana. The entire team contributed huge scores in the final and as a team were “as good as it gets,” said Dowell.
The final minutes of the heat left defending champs Newport in need of a 9.0 or higher to catch San Clemente. Josh Benjoya scored for Dana Hills, bringing them into the second-place spot, then Overin cemented San Clemente’s win with a 4.23 with only a couple of minutes remaining. “This was probably one of the most fun contests of my entire high school career,” Schulz said. “Only blatant interferences get called and claiming waves for double points made for a lot of drama and heavy competition. We took second to Newport last year by less than one point so this win was really awesome. Also, it was a great last team competition before graduation.” San Clemente won with 29.47 points, followed by runner-up Dana Hills with 23.91, Newport Harbor in third-place with 23.34 and Huntington Beach in fourth with 15.83. DP
SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 66-70 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 4-8’ Poor Immediate: Knee-, waist-, to chest-high (2to 3-foot+) waves brought in by a decentsized blend of south-southwest swell and rising northwest windswell Thursday is expected to pick up slightly on Friday as some reinforcing Southern Hemi energy moves in and northwest windswell tops out. Top windswell magnets offer larger sets running chest- to shoulder-high+ (4-foot+) at times. Winds are looking a little lighter overall on Friday as well. Long Range Outlook: More fun-zone waves are due for the weekend off a blend of southsouthwest swell and modest northwest windswell. Better breaks are good for knee-waistchest high (2-3’+) waves at better breaks, with more size showing for top Southern Hemi and combo focal points. Check out Surfline for all the details! The San Clemente High School team (L to R) Coach John Dowell, Kevin Schulz, Ethan Carlston, Colton Overin and Jonah Carter won this year’s Oakley High School Team Challenge. Photo by Lowe-White
Dana Point Times June 7-13, 2013
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RESULTS Volcom Totally Crustaceous Surf Tour, VQS USA Championships, May 9-11, Newport Beach, 54th Street PRO AM: 1. Taylor Clark, $5,000 and a ticket to Fiji to compete and represent the United States at the VQS World Championships during the Volcom Fiji Pro June 2-14; 2. Nathan Carvalho, $2,000; 3. Knox Harris, $1,000; 4. Ryan Croteau, $500. JUNIORS: 1. Victor Bernardo, $4,000; 2. Noah Schweizer, $2,000; 3. Kalani David, $1,000; 4. Jordan Kudla, $500 (San Clemente);. GROMS: 1. Jake Marshall, $3,000; 2. Eithan Osborne, $1,500; 3. Dylan Lehman, $1,000; 4. John Mel, $500. GIRLS: 1. Tatiana Weston Webb, $2,000; 2. Meah Collins, $1,000; 3. Chandler Par, $600; 4. Tia Blanco, $300 (San Clemente); SQUIDS: 1. Noah Hill, $1,000; 2. Eli Hanneman, $500; 3. Noah Dovin, $300; 4. Sebastian Mendes, $200. AIR: 1. Cam Richards, $1,000; 2. Noah Schweizer, $600; 3. Taylor Clarke, $300; 4. Matt McCabe,$200; 5. Balaram Stack; 6. Jordan Kudla, (San Clemente). ELECTRIC VOLT THROWER: Griffin Colapinto, $500 (San Clemente).
UPCOMING EVENTS June 14, 16: Surfing America USA Championships, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach (continues June 18, 22 at Lowers) June 15, 17: NSSA National Interscholastic Championships, Dana Point, Salt Creek June 18, 22: Surfing America USA Championships, San Onofre State Park, Lower Trestles June 22: Doheny Longboard Surfing Association 17th Annual Menehune Surf Contest, Doheny State Beach, Boneyard June 26, July 3: NSSA National Open and Explorer Championships, Huntington Beach, PierJuly 6: WSA Menehune Surf Fest, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street July 14: California State Games, Camp Pendleton, Del Mar Jetty August 3-4: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 1, San Onofre State Beach, Trail 6 September 21-22: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 2, Ventura, Surfers Point October 5-6: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 3, Pismo Beach, Pier