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The Last Frontier First phase of the Rancho Missio Viejo development opens this weekend E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 4

South Orange County’s newest community, Rancho Mission Viejo, will debut its first village, Sendero. Prospective buyers will get a chance to view the new homes during a grand opening on Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Photo by Brian Park

OCTA Approves $2.45 Million Grant for City Transit Program

Dolphins Football Players Team up with Special Olympics

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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR FRIDAY, JUNE 28 Movies in the Park 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to spread out under the stars, for this free showing of “The Incredible Journey” at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. Popcorn is free, and snacks and drinks are available at the snack bar. For more information, email smurphy@

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza St. Admis-


sion is free. For more information, call 949.573.5033 or visit,

Holiday Observance—City Offices Closed

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, JUNE 29 AND 30 Doheny Surf Festival 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Doheny Surf Festival rides the wave into Doheny State Beach this weekend featuring surf demonstrations, SUP expeditions, live music, arts, crafts collectibles and appearances by Southern California surfing legends. Check out more at

Fireworks Extravaganza 9:00 p.m. Dana Point Harbor, Gather the family and friends, tune your radio to KSBR 88.5FM, look toward the skies over Doheny State Beach and experience this Independence Day celebration. FREE shuttle buses will make round trips from Dana Hills High School from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.


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… the 241 Toll Road?

THE LATEST: The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board on June 19 voted 3-2 to reject the Transportation Corridor Agency’s application for a permit to extend the SR-241 toll road. The permit was one of the final steps necessary for the TCA to embark on a 5.5-mile extension from the toll road’s current terminus at Oso Parkway, just south of Rancho Santa Margarita, to Cow Camp Road, just east of San Juan Capistrano. Parts of south Orange County that would be affected fall under the jurisdiction of the San Diego regional board. Had the permit been granted, the extension would have affected nearly a half-acre of wetlands with tributaries flowing into San Juan Creek and the surrounding watershed. The wetlands would have been filled in and the TCA would have had to restore about 35 acres and add over 40 drainage swales to separate debris from the runoff.

area municipalities were awarded a total of $9.8 million to fund new and expanded transit services throughout their communities served. “We are thrilled to partner with cities to provide additional transit services for our growing communities,” said OCTA Chairman Greg Winterbottom. “These dollars will allow cities to operate new services that best fit the needs of their residents.” Funded by Measure M2—a half cent sales tax collected for transportation improvements—the money will allow the city to implement two summer weekend services, one down Pacific Coast Highway and the second from Dana Hills High School to the OC Dana Point Harbor. WHAT’S NEXT: With the funding, the city will also be able to implement a year-round shuttle service from DHHS for special events like the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce’s Turkey Trot, the Ocean Institute’s Tall Ships Festival and the city’s Summer Concerts in the Park series, is expected to be operational for the twoweekend Festival of Whales next March.

WHAT’S NEXT: TCA officials indicated they may appeal the decision.

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… OCTA Shuttle Funding?

THE LATEST: Dana Point has been approved for $2.45 million in transit grant funding to create and maintain a summer weekend and special events shuttle, expected on the roads early next year. The funding is part an Orange County Transportation Authority project approval announced early this week in which five Dana Point Times June 28-July 4, 2013

… Fourth of July?

THE LATEST: Dana Point will celebrate the nation’s independence on Thursday, July 4 with a traditional fireworks display at the OC Dana Point Harbor, starting at 9 p.m. The fireworks are viewable from all over the city, with favorite vantage points being Heritage and Lantern Bay parks, and various spots at the Harbor. A free shuttle will run throughout the day from Dana Hills High School to the Harbor, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 11 p.m. There will also be shuttle service

around the Harbor from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with stops at the Ocean Institute, Mariner’s Village and Doheny State Beach. The Harbor entrance will be closed to incoming traffic at 7:30 p.m. and only accessible via the service. Additionally, road closures may be in effect for Cove Road at Green Lantern and southbound Golden Lantern at Del Prado Avenue. Authorities may close Island Way at Dana Point Harbor Drive, but Harbor Drive will be open at Pacific Coast Highway throughout the day. WHAT’S NEXT: Dana Point Police Services recommends Harbor visitors plan and arrive early. FIND OUT MORE: For more on Independence Day celebrations go to www.—AP


… City’s No Waste Campaign?

THE LATEST: The Dana Point City Council approved funding a public education campaign last week aimed to inspire area residents and businesses to take pride in keeping the city green and litter free. In a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Bill Brough dissenting, the council gave the go ahead for city staff to move forward with two marketing campaigns called the “Dana Point Zero Waste” and “Show Your LOVE Dana Point” that will be attached to an education and community outreach program. The idea for the program stemmed from the city’s ban on plastic bags, said City Manager Doug Chokevys, the first phase of which took effect on businesses with more that $4 million in annual taxable revenues in April. The program will include an anti-litter effort, Dana Hills High School student volunteering opportunities and an increased city presence at events to promote the

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effort. Additionally, the outreach effort will encourage locals to make a personal commitment to becoming an active ambassador in keeping Dana Point clean, with campaign slogans like, “Don’t bag on our beaches,” a catchphrase coined by former mayor Lara Anderson. WHAT’S NEXT: Funding for the campaign will cost about $10,000 annually, and come from the Public Works and Engineering Department’s budget that was approved in May with the city’s two-year budgetary cycle. FIND OUT MORE: To read the full story, go to—AP


… CUSD Safety?

THE LATEST: A group tasked with formulating a response to the shooting a Sandy Hook Elementary School last year made a report to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees Wednesday detailing a number of recommendations for steps the district could take to maintain the safety of students. Mike Beekman, the district’s executive director of safety and student services, told the board the task force was primarily looking at feasible actions the district could take, such as improving fencing, creating standard visitor and staff badges and increasing the number of lockdown drills. Beekman also said it was important to allow for multiple points of staff access to the public address system, in case of an incident in the school’s office. WHAT’S NEXT: To implement all of the suggestions, Beekman said, would cost approximately $275,000, district-wide. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit—JS


A view of San Clemente’s Talega development from inside the ranch. About 17,000 acres of the ranch’s remaining 23,000 acres will remain open space. Photo by Brian Park

New Neighbors Rancho Mission Viejo debuts with its first village, Sendero By Brian Park Dana Point Times


he development company behind Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Las Flores and Ladera Ranch is set to unveil the first part of its final contribution to the south Orange County cityscape this weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, Rancho Mission Viejo LLC will host a grand opening for Sendero, the first village of a 14,000-home community called Rancho Mission Viejo. It’s what company executives have called “the last ride.” Over the next 20 to 25 years, the ranch will build up 6,000 developable acres of its remaining 23,000 acres of property. The other 17,000 acres, known as The Reserve, will be permanently preserved as open space and will be combined with county land to form the 33,000-acre Southern Subregion Habitat Preserve. The case for open space was resolved following the county’s 2004 approval of the company’s long-term strategy for their remaining land, the Ranch Plan, and after subsequent lawsuits filed by environmental groups were settled in 2005. But although the Ranch Plan has drawn praise for its foresight from local leaders and elected officials, questions about Rancho Mission Viejo’s impact on schools and traffic, as well as future governance, remain. RESIDENTIAL VILLAGES Sendero, also known as Planning Area 1, is the first of at least five villages that will make up Rancho Mission Viejo. Planning Areas 6 and 7 were eliminated as part of the ranch’s 2005 settlement with environmental groups. Development plans for Planning Area 8, an approximately Dana Point Times June 28-July 4, 2013

Sendero’s El Prado, a 3,900-square-foot clubhouse and community hall, will serve as a welcome center for potential buyers in the early going. Photo by Brian Park

500-acre area located east of San Clemente’s Talega development, are up in the air while the ranch undergoes a fiveyear study on the migratory patterns of the Arroyo toad. “We won’t know whether it will be available for us to put anything there for several years,” said Charlie Ware, the ranch’s director of governmental and community relations. “It will probably be one of the last places we develop along the Ranch Plan way down the line.” In English, Sendero means path or trail. Ware said the ranch designed its first village to serve as a gateway into Rancho Mission Viejo for travelers coming east on Ortega Highway from San Juan Capistrano and south on Antonio Parkway from Ladera Ranch. At 690 acres, Sendero will be one of Rancho Mission Viejo’s smaller villages, according to Ware. About 1,230 attached and detached homes, spread throughout 11 different neighborhoods, are being built. The majority are grouped on the northwest corner of Ortega Highway and Antonio Parkway, adjacent to the ranch’s headquarters. The rest are located just across the highway to the east. At the heart of the village is El Prado, which includes a 3,900-square-foot clubhouse and a community hall that, in the early going, will serve as a welcome center for Page 4

potential buyers. Other amenities include Sendero Field, a 15-acre park with sports fields and community gardening plots, and The Outpost, an outdoor recreation center with a patio, bar and pool. Within the larger community, Sendero will also feature a gated enclave of 290 single-story homes specifically for residents 55 and older called Gavilan. Those residents will have access to all of Sendero’s amenities while having exclusive access to their own 9,200-square-foot clubhouse, fitness center, meeting rooms, a bar and more. This sort of intergenerational housing is new in Orange County, according to Ware, who added that 6,000 of Rancho Mission Viejo’s 14,000 homes will be made into 55-and-over communities like Gavilan. “Nobody else in south Orange County is doing that,” Ware said. “We just see that demographic growing … We wanted to provide something that fits their active lifestyles in a community that’s interactive, but at the same time, give them their own separate amenities. It’s the best of both worlds and that’s what Gavilan does.” Since it is their last development project, Ware said Rancho Mission Viejo was designed to have a close relationship with the company’s cattle ranching and early Californian heritage. Future residents will have regulated access to the ranch’s open space through The Reserve’s trail system, and homes at Sendero were designed in Spanish, Western and ranch adobe architectural styles. Homebuilders involved at Sendero include Del Webb, Meritage, Ryland, SeaCountry, Shea, Standard Pacific, TriPointe, William Lyon and Western National Group. The homes in Sendero will range from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet and are expected to cost between $400,000 to just under $1 million. Sendero will also include 10 acres for a retail plaza near the southeast corner of Ortega Highway and La Pata Avenue. “It’s going to be small, ranch-style stores and shops. Not your big box stores. The acreage doesn’t support that,” said Erica Yanchus, a spokesperson for the ranch. Ware said the company is negotiating with different

EYE ON DP providers to create a small, farm-to-market type of grocery store at the plaza. The center could also include a dry cleaner, salon, coffee shop and possibly a gas station. Once deals are signed, Ware said the entire plaza could open by late 2014. “We’ll make it very clear to folks that other services are available in San Juan Capistrano and Ladera Ranch,” Ware said. SCHOOL IMPACTS For south Orange County residents and future Rancho Mission Viejo homeowners, one of the immediate concerns is the impact of upcoming development on local schools. During a presentation to the Capistrano Unified School District in late January, ranch representatives told the school board that about 4,561 students are expected to come into the district from Rancho Mission Viejo. The majority of the student population influx would likely be in Kindergarten through fifth-grade, around 2,724 students. About 991 students are projected for grades six through eight with another 846 for high school. In the early going, about 408 students are expected to come from Sendero and another 1,126 from Planning Area 2. The ranch and the district have since been negotiating a mitigation agreement to tackle the issue. The final agreement could be presented for the board’s approval in July, according to Trustee Jim Reardon. The ranch has already identified a site for a new K-8 school in Planning Area 2 that will be constructed by the district and is estimated to open in 2016 or 2017, according to ranch spokesperson Diane Gaynor. For now, students from Sendero will attend Ambuehl Elementary School, Marco Forster Middle School and San Juan Hills High School. One suggestion to come out of the January meeting was for the district to possibly expand Tesoro High School by acquiring the 20 acres of adjacent land. However, Board President John Alpay said the addition of more than 800 students would push the district’s largest school to close to 4,000 students, which might stretch the school logistically, even with more space. “There’s been no serious planning, but both San Juan Hills and Tesoro, at the present time, could be expanded,” Reardon said. “It’d be very costly, but it could be done.” As an alternative, Reardon said the district could look into establishing a smaller high school model or “pocket academy” for the additional students. He cited the Troy Tech magnet program at Troy High School in Fullerton, which focuses on education in technology. “There are also other kinds of academies that have to do with performing arts and environmental studies,” Reardon said. “We’re interested in building good schools in the ranch. We want to provide the same level of service out there as we provide elsewhere.” Reardon also warned that traffic to schools would be an issue, independent of the ranch’s plans. Last Wednesday, the California Transportation Commission approved $5.1 million to help complete the 4-mile extension of La Pata, between the end of Avenida Saluda in Talega and the Prima Deshecha landfill in San Juan Capistrano. The $94 million project still requires an additional $6.9 million in funding, but construction may begin regardless in December. Once completed, more students from Talega could attend San Juan Hills. “That’s a major change in the circulation patterns of the school,” Reardon said. Additionally, the ranch has also already begun grading for the construction of Cow Camp Road, just north and parallel to Ortega Highway. The new road is part of the South County Road Improvement Plan, a list of roadway modifications and transportation improvements the ranch agreed to when the Ranch Plan was approved. Once completed, Cow Camp Road would serve as an Dana Point Times June 28-July 4, 2013

The finishing touches are being put together inside Sendero’s welcome center, where potential buyers will have a chance to learn about the village and the rest of Rancho Mission Viejo at various interactive stations. Photo by Brian Park

additional connection point that would pull ranch traffic off Ortega Highway and move it north toward Antonio Parkway. Cow Camp Road could connect to the Transportation Corridor Agency’s plan to extend the SR-241 toll road from Oso Parkway. The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board last Wednesday voted down the TCA’s application for a permit for the first 5.5-mile extension to Cow Camp Road. After hearing six hours of testimony, many from environmental activists, board members denied the application due to expected adverse environmental impacts and the belief that the TCA remains intent on completing the project in phases, all the way through to Interstate 5 near San Onofre State Beach. However, the ranch’s plan to build Cow Camp Road isn’t dependent on the proposed toll road extension, according to Gaynor. As part of SCRIP, the ranch has also identified a road, identified on maps as “F street,” that could also direct traffic northward. FUTURE GOVERNANCE Although it currently represents only a distant blip on the radar, the issue of future governance for Rancho Mission Viejo is on the minds of local and county officials and nearby residents. The Orange County Local Agency Formation Commission, established 50 years ago by the state legislature, handles boundary changes, including city incorporations and annexations, of cities and special districts in the county. And although the commission is comprised of several local officials and leaders, including Supervisor Pat Bates, it works independent of the county. Commissioners have met with local bodies and stakeholders to understand their concerns about Rancho Mission Viejo, according to Carolyn Emery, LAFCO’s executive officer. But, she said, the commission has yet to form any definitive plans for the area’s future governance options. “It’s kind of hard to speculate 25 years out and we typically don’t do that,” Emery said. “Our discussions have been about present issues and how we can address them through some governance structure down there, but at this point, we don’t know what that is.” Emery said LAFCO prefers incorporation but speculation that Rancho Mission Viejo could combine with Ladera Ranch, as well as other neighboring unincorporated communities, to form a new city is premature at this point. Market forces will play into the ranch’s plans for villages Page 5

after Sendero, but even after Rancho Mission Viejo is built out, Emery said LAFCO would need to determine if there is enough revenue to support municipal infrastructure. “We look at sales tax and different revenue options that would allow for an area to function as a city,” Emery said. “Once we have that, we also do 10-year projections to see if there’s enough revenue available to offset the costs.” The state once provided a financial boost for newly incorporated cities through funds collected from vehicle license fees. However, a 2011 state law, SB 89, shifted that funding toward law enforcement grants, making incorporation more difficult, according to Emery. “What made incorporations viable years ago is no longer there,” Emery said. Another option that is essentially one step below incorporation, according to Emery, is the formation of a community service district—an independent board voted in to govern an area. Rancho Mission Viejo and Ladera Ranch are the only two communities not within spheres of influence, a type of planning boundary used to determine logical service providers for unincorporated areas. In Orange County, there are five community service districts, according to Ben Legbandt, a LAFCO project manager: Capistrano Bay, Emerald Bay, Rossmoor, Surfside and Rossmoor. Rossmoor filed for incorporation in 2007 and LAFCO allowed their cityhood to be placed on the November 2008 ballot. However, Rossmoor was unable to become Orange County’s 35th city because residents did not pass both parts of a two-part ballot. Discussions regarding future governance in Ladera Ranch and Coto de Caza didn’t take place until those areas were fully developed, but with Rancho Mission Viejo, opening up talks and exchanging ideas early in the process helps LAFCO’s process, according to Emery. “We’re saying this is your community, your city. Let’s have some discussions,” Emery said. “When you have a key player like the ranch that’s creating everything in stages, there’s an opportunity there.” From the ranch’s perspective, Ware said future governance would ultimately be up to the residents of Rancho Mission Viejo, but as they did with Mission Viejo, the ranch would also be a resource to them. “We let the local folks who are actually residents that live here decide that for themselves at whatever pace that happens to be,” Ware said. “I think that’s the right way to go.” DP Jim Shilander and Andrea Swayne contributed to this story.


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Dana Point Police Services 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.

Saturday, June 22 DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 33300 Block (9:45 p.m.) Forty juveniles were reported to authorities after they were seen drinking in the bathrooms at Salt Creek Beach. DISTURBANCE Del Prado, 24700 Block (9:25 p.m.) A drunken man refused to leave StillWater Spirits & Sounds after hitting another customer. The man was standing by the

outdoor bar and was described as having curly blonde hair and wearing a backward hat and flannel shirt. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Pacific Coast Highway, 34200 Block (6:50 p.m.) An older model Mercedes was found with its front window smashed in. The caller reported seeing a sleeping bag in the backseat, but couldn’t tell if anyone was inside. Authorities later confirmed that the vehicle was empty. KEEP THE PEACE Pacific Coast Highway/Crown Valley Parkway (6:07 p.m.) A man driving a white Mercedes was pumping gas at the Chevron station when he slipped and fell. A station attendant became verbally abusive toward the man and wanted him to pay for the pump, because it broke when the man went down. WELFARE CHECK La Cresta Drive, 24200 Block (5:57 p.m.) A drunken woman was seen stuck in the fence of R.H. Dana Elementary School holding a glass of wine. It was later reported that a passerby helped the woman down from the fence, where she proceeded to pass out in a planter. The intoxicated woman’s young son was riding his bike in the schoolyard while the incident occurred. WELFARE CHECK Pacific Coast Highway/Street of the Amber Lantern (6:12 p.m.) Dispatch received a

call from a man sitting near the bus bench and Rubens Imports, who claimed people leaving a nearby restaurant were trying to kill him. He claimed they were from Norwalk and had guns. Dispatch requested a welfare check on the caller. DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Sandcastle Court, 33500 Block (5:54 p.m.) A man called deputies after he got into a verbal argument with his girlfriend’s mother, who was intoxicated. The man said the mother wanted him to leave the residence, but kept preventing him from doing so. Dispatch requested a welfare check because an argument was overheard in the background. UNKNOWN TROUBLE Yacht Drive, 25200 Block (2:11 p.m.) A man called authorities from the Circle K payphone and said he returned home from the beach to find his mother lying on the ground. He said she was pale, but still breathing. The man gave his address before the phone was disconnected. Orange County Fire Authority responded to the scene. KEEP THE PEACE Dana Point Harbor Drive/Street of the Golden Lantern (11:17 a.m.) A woman arrived at Lantern Bay Park for a party but found a family using the picnic benches she reserved through the city. The woman had a permit for her reservation, but the family refused to leave. She requested help to

clear the area because a catering company was on the way. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Calle La Primavera, 33700 Block (9:13 a.m.) A man in a gray pickup was seen parked for over an hour. The man was reportedly listening to loud music and occasionally exiting his truck to urinate on the sidewalk.

Thursday, June 21 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Crown Valley Parkway/Camino Del Avion (5:26 p.m.) An intoxicated man was seen walking away from Mission Hospital wearing a hospital gown covered in vomit. The man was reportedly trying to walk to his residence. He was later arrested, but released the same day. TRAFFIC HAZARD Camino Del Avion/Ocean Ranch (1:49 p.m.) A woman was holding a sign on a street corner asking for money. The caller was concerned the sign contained too many words that could be a distraction for drivers. DISTURBANCE Ritz Pointe Drive, 0 Block (2:38 a.m.) A man was awakened by the sound of someone pounding on a door and screaming, “I know where you live.” When he looked outside, the caller saw a man standing in the bushes, yelling at the residence next door.

City of Dana Point May Business of the Month: Lantern Bay Realty Compiled by Robert Sedita, Management Analyst, Dana Point Community Development


antern Bay Realty has been a trusted name in southern Orange County for 40 years and is the oldest, largest and most successful independent real estate brokerage in Dana Point. The business originally began as Anchorage Investments, and was started after Joe Lovullo retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. Lantern Bay Realty was originally situated next to a Tarbell Real Estate office that only specialized in single family homes, who would tell all their non-single family home customers to go next door to see Mr. Lovullo. Soon, everyone was going next door. Tarbell closed and Mr. Lovullo expanded and took over the space. Soon after, Anchorage Investments spun off from its parent company when the Lantern Bay community was formed and the company became Lantern Bay Realty. The realty company was originally formed to provide exclusive real estate brokerage services for Pacific Mutual and Smyth Brothers development of Lantern Bay Villas and Lantern Bay Estates overlooking the OC Dana Point Harbor. The entire Lantern Bay area includes 112 condo villas, 46 home sites, Lantern Bay Plaza and the area where the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort and Spa resides.

Dana Point Times June 28-July 4, 2013

In addition to the Lantern Bay properties, Lantern Bay Realty has worked with a number of other projects in the city including a 46-condo project on Pacific Coast Highway, Harbor Walk—a 26-unit condo complex—and affordable housing sites throughout Dana Point. Lantern Bay Realty has had a hand in shaping the way the Dana Point community looks and feels throughout the past several decades. The company specializes in coastal properties, while also offering residential, commercial and retail services and property management opportunities. Agents assist clients through every step of the transaction, and its top quality customer service has led to a stellar reputation and continuing success for the business. Focusing on honesty and integrity enables Joe Lovullo and his team to serve their customers in the best possible way. Lantern Bay Realty has been highly involved in the community since its formation. When Lantern Bay Realty moved to its new office, their original space building was donated to the Ocean Institute. The building was picked up and relocated to the Harbor adjacent to the Ocean Institute and is used as offices for the Institute’s staff. Lantern Bay Realty also supports

The city of Dana Point and Chamber of Commerce named Lantern Bay Realty as the June 2013 business of the month. Pictured (L to R) Lantern Bay President Mike Lovullo, CEO Joe Lovullo, Mayor Steven Weinberg and CFO Tim Johnson. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

a variety of local organizations including Toys for Tots, the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, the American Cancer Society, the Ocean Institute and

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the Dana Point Historical Society, to name a few. In addition, Tim Johnson, the company’s CFO, founded the local Lord of the Strings concert series.



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GUEST OPINION: Wavelengths by Jim Kempton

Generation Gap 2.0

America’s generation gap between baby boomers and their parents is not like today’s


ever, when I was in high school or college, could I have imagined being (in the words of my parents) “fuddy duddy.” The generation gap was supposed to be about us and our parents, not us and our kids. We would be much too cool for that. Of course that was before the Internet Age, which is about as revolutionary to us as the Industrial Revolution was to Apaches. No matter how good we were in our old culture we are painfully out of sync in the new one. Take texting for instance: It is the only way to reach your kids. Call them and they never respond. Send a text and they reply instantly, even while driving. I saw an ad for a university that was attempting to attract students by promoting dormitory washing machines that text the student when their clothes were finished drying. This would be great of course, if any of these kids actually did their own laundry. Here is a tip for remaining at least conversational with your kids and their friends: Never bring up a topic pre-1999. They do not care who shot J. R. They have no idea who J. R. even is. Seriously,

the students who are graduating from college this June are too young to remember Iran-gate let alone Watergate. Vietnam is for them what WWII was for baby boomers. And WWI for WAVELENGTHS them is like the Spanish By Jim Kempton American War for us— kind of hazy and way, way back in history. We remember U2. They remember YouTube. We remember the Rolling Stones. They remember our kidney stones. And although my folks had no idea what Panama Red meant, at least they could work the remote. I have to get our kids to program the TiVo, the Twitter account and in some instances the iPhone. It’s hard to look cool when you are a complete techno-bozo. I feel like a bad Bob Dylan lyric at this point: “Come mothers and fathers from throughout the land; Don’t criticize what you can’t understand; Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command; Your old world is rapidly changing.”

The times they are a’changin’ alright. As Dylan might say, “You know something’s happening But you don’t know what it is Do you, Mr. Jones?” Well, I have gone from being Mr. Cool to Mr. Jones. And here’s the sad part: my kids don’t even know where the Mr. Jones reference comes from. Only one of them has even listened to Bob Dylan. One bright silver lining to this topic is the fact that my kids are now having offspring of their own. And it is a satisfying experience. They say grandchildren are God’s payback for the grey hairs our own children gave us. Jim Kempton’s three children are the highlight of his life. They still have to program his tech instruments and he still quotes Bob Dylan when he texts them. 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

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Since the bag ban has been in place for two and half months, I thought I would cruise by my former Smart & Final in Capistrano Beach and see how things are going. When I got to the checkout, there were lines for checkout at five cash registers. I immediately saw the checkout process had slowed way down. Since I did this last Saturday, I thought I would try again on a Wednesday to recheck. Sure enough six customers in two checkout lines were moving at a snail’s pace. When it was my turn, I asked the checker if things had slowed down because of the bag ban. She said, “Definitely, we all noticed it right away.” So I suppose the council is pleased with this result, causing unnecessary delays for grocery store customers and harassing them at the same time. Good work. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at 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.



AT THE MOVIES: ‘THE BLING RING’ Three months ago, Harmony Korine gave audiences an artsy/indie take on reckless college partiers in modern society with Spring Breakers. Last week, Seth Rogen and friends mocked celebrities and public image in the pseudo-apocalyptic comedy This Is the End. This week, Sofia Coppola releases her look of young delinquents in the heart of Hollywood, The Bling Ring, based on a ridiculous true story of a group of teenagers who robbed a number of famous people’s homes out of boredom. New kid in school Marc (Israel Broussard) befriends bad girl Rebecca (Katie Chang) and is quickly convinced to rob the homes of the rich and famous around LA simply because they can. While the celebs are out of town, the teens sneak in and steal whatever they like. Soon schoolmates Nicki (Emma Watson), Sam (Taissa Farmiga) and Chloe (Claire Julien) become part of the thievery too. Leslie Mann is perfectly cast as Nicki’s oblivious “cool” mom, while Broussard and Watson deliver some amusingly memorable performances. Like Spring Breakers, The Bling Ring portrays kids as careless and borderline sociopathic but with a catchy soundtrack to aid their actions. Unlike Korine’s film, Coppola’s direction is much more linear, utilizing her usual simple and attractive style. The characters of The Bling Ring are shallow, vein and impulsive, yet you can’t stop watching and want to smack some responsibility into them. —Megan Bianco



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


SAWDUST FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Opening day of the annual art festival with more than 200 artists displaying paintings, photography, crafts, jewelry, clothing, blown glass and much more. Runs through Sept. 1. Admission: adults $7.75, kids $3.25. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,


MEET THE AUTHOR Noon-2 p.m. Meet Allison St. James, author of “Snapdragon: A father-daughter story,” at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, ART FOR HUMANITY 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Benefit for orphans at Capo Beach Church featuring the music of Tyrone Wells, silent and live auctions, appetizers and more. Tickets $35, buy online. 25975 Domingo Ave., Capistrano Beach, 949.493.2006, BASIC NEEDS WITH ERIN SCHRODE 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Listen to sustainability leaders talk about today’s most pressing environmental issues at The Ecology Center. Admission $10-$20. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, MOVIES IN THE PARK 8 p.m. The city of Dana Point’s Movies in the Park series with a showing of “The Incredible Journey” in Lantern Bay Park; free popcorn and refreshments available for purchase. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,


DOHENY SURF FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Two-day surf festival featuring surf contests, live music the surf village with surfboards, SUPs, gear, arts and crafts, refreshments and more at Doheny Beach. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point,


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YOU’VE GOT A LOT OF GALL NATURE WALK 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Learn about the intriguing world of galls at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Cost $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, CRAFT FAIR AND FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fresh produce, crafted goods, flowers and much more at La Plaza Park in Dana Point every Saturday. 949.248.3500, BLUE WHALE CRUISE 8 a.m.-1 p.m. A marine biologists leads the Ocean Institute’s cruise aboard the Sea Explorer. Cost $55, includes continental breakfast. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, 949.496.2274, MISSION MOTORSPORT 30TH ANNIVERSARY BASH Noon-6 p.m. Factory demo rides, kids rider training, interactive exhibits, music, BBQ, drinks, and giveaways and more. 1 Doppler, Irvine, 949.265.7538, www.


SAN ONOFRE EXHIBIT 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Casa Romantica’s Coast Culture Exhibition on San Onofre that features historical stories, rare photographs, surfboards, artifacts, paintings, vintage memorabilia and much more. Show will be on display through Aug. 25. Admission $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Get eye-to-eye underwater with dolphins and whales on Capt. Dave’s hi-tech Catamaran Sailboat; 2.5 hours daily. $55 adult, $35 child (3 to 12), under 2 free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, 949.488.2828,


POUNDS FOR A PURPOSE Community members in and around Dana Point are invited to join a 90-day weight loss program with Fitness Together donating $2 for every pound as part of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. 949.488.0005,




SUNSHINE READERS STORYTIME 11:30 a.m. Hour-long storytime at The Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,



MATTHEW PAGANO 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,


DANA POINT FIREWORKS SHOW 9 p.m. Fireworks show in the Dana Point Harbor/ Doheny Beach area. Free shuttles available from Dana Hills High School, visit city website for details. More info:


SJC 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS SHOW 3 p.m. The fun starts early at the San Juan Sports Park with mechanical rides, kids activities, food, exhibits, beer garden and more. At 6 p.m. there is a live band followed by fireworks at dark. 25925 Camino Del Avion, 949.493.5911,

ST. REGIS DINNER EVENT 6 p.m. Elegant evening at the St. Regis with a cocktail reception and multi-course dinner featuring exclusive Japanese Wagyu and Whiskey. Cost $250 per person, limited seating and reservations necessary. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3318,

OCEAN INSTITUTE FIREWORKS CRUISE 7 p.m.10 p.m. The Ocean Institute hosts a sunset cruise to enjoy the fireworks from the water, with wine, appetizers and desserts. $40-$50. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

DONAVON FRANKENREITER8 p.m. Concert with the popular surf/rock/soul musician at The Coach House. Tickets $25-$30. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

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

Not One Size Fits All When it Comes to Relationships

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Dilemmas faced by many older singles, do you marry, cohabitate or remain independent?


hen singles 50+ meet a new mate, and both want a future together, they need to decide what their living arrangements are going to be. Some prefer to have a relationship but to live separately. Maria said, “The older I get, although I’d welcome a companion in my life, I question the need to live together. I am very independent, love my house the way I like it and tend to feel any companion would be welcome to spend time at my place anytime, but not on a permanent ‘live in’ basis. “Maintaining our own homes might change of course, and I keep in mind the need to be open to change, which depends on the richness of the relationship.” Some choose to have a platonic companion. Patty emailed, “I met a man on the internet over a year ago just before I had surgery and he has been there for me through my health issues. While I don’t feel a romantic connection to him, he has been a great source of support. I am honest with him that he is a terrific guy, but I just don’t feel chemistry. “I told him that he needs to move on, but he refuses and never demands anything from me. I always pay my own way. He is still working at 68, but doesn’t make a great deal of money. I am unable to work at the present time, but have saved wisely. I feel as long as I am honest with him, then we can both enjoy a relationship based on companionship.” Eleanor said, “I stumbled onto an excellent roommate, a nice guy who cooks Dana Point Times June 28-July 4, 2013

and gardens. We are completely unromantic, and that is a good thing. He has a girlfriend in Marin County but he lives in Southern California because of his grandkids. I have an old flame in Georgia I see ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 about once a year. I’ve By Tom Blake come to a point where companionship, compatibility and my French bulldogs suit me just fine.” Some choose to live together but not marry. My significant other, Greta, and I are in this category. We’ve both been married more than once and don’t want to go through the unpleasantness of divorce again. Sometimes, women say to me, “Why won’t you marry Greta?” as if I am holding out on her, or it’s my fault we aren’t married. I get out my handkerchief, dab my eyes and say, “Greta won’t marry me.” That usually quiets their curiosity. The truth is, we both feel we have a wonderful relationship so why change it. Friends of ours, Tom and Artis, who lived in Aliso Viejo before moving to Arizona, have been a couple for more than 17 years. They feel as Greta and I do. Why rock the boat when all is great? But, as Maria stated in her comment above, people should be open to changing their minds, particularly when their situations change. Greta’s brother Peter, and his special lady Barbara, were a co-habitating couple for 20 years. About 10 years ago, Page 13

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they invited their extended families to their home in Petaluma for Thanksgiving. About 50 family members attended. When Peter announced before the meal “Today, we’re having a special dessert,” no one suspected anything unusual. Later, when a wedding cake was wheeled out, there wasn’t a dry eye in the place. Julia said, when she met Warren on Plenty of Fish—or, a free dating website—in the summer of 2011, both avowed they never wanted to marry again. Warren had been married for 40 years, divorced, then married again and divorced. Julia also had been divorced. But minds can change. They married December 2, 2011. Some choose to get married. Joe, a South County resident, has been a friend of mine for years. As with most older singles, Joe has had his ups and downs with relationships. He emailed: “Kathy and I got married last Saturday, in front of an arbor we have in the backyard. The minister was a friend of Kathy’s and brought her daughter to take pictures. The witness was a co-worker of Kathy’s. So, there were just five of us. This is my third marriage and Kathy’s second. I have never found anyone as good as her.” Kaye said, “I was married for 48 years when my husband passed away. I like being in a relationship and after a year of

widowhood, I went on eHarmony to meet people. I only looked at people living close to me with reportedly the same values that I had. I met a widower who came from the same place where I was born. We dated a year, lived together a year and married in May. “I didn’t have to be married but we decided it was what we wanted.” Barbara, Dana Point, recently told me she met and dated a man for a year, then, they were engaged for two years, and now they’ve been married for five. She said, “Later in life, it’s a good idea to know your fiancé well before tying the knot.” So, what’s right for older singles who meet a new mate? It’s strictly their business and up to them—whatever makes them happy is what’s important. Tom Blake is a San Clemente resident and Dana Point business owner who has authored three books on middle-aged dating. See his website at www.findingloveafter50. com. To comment, email tompblake@gmail. com. 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


Marines Partner With Allies for Exercise More landing operations may be on the way in coming years By Jim Shilander Dana Point Times


eventy years after such an appearance on the California Coast would have set off a panic, personnel from the Japanese Self-Defense Force joined members of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit for Exercise Dawn Blitz 2013 early Sunday at Green Beach, near Trestles. Cpt. Esteban Vickers said, for the Marines, the exercise was about gaining experience working with an ally as the unit prepares for deployment to the Pacific, and work out any kinks in an operation now, as opposed to having to do so in the heat of the moment. The expeditionary unit has also participated in a number of humanitarian missions in the past several years, including Operation Tomodachi, which provided assistance to Japan after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. The unit also assisted with Hurricane Sandy relief last year on the East Coast. “You don’t want the first time to be in battle, you want to practice beforehand,” Vickers said. “We always want to work with host nation’s militaries in crisis response. It’s good to build the bonds early.” Among the first Marines on the beach

Marines who were part of the initial landing party move toward Green Beach at the close of Exercise Dawn Beach early Sunday. Photo by Jim Shilander

in the very early morning hours Sunday helping to “secure” the beach before a larger force coming ashore in amphibious assault vehicles was 1st. Lt. Matt Chauvin. Chauvin said for those on the ground like him, the goal of the exercise was to be

sure that such operations launched from a single ship, like the USS Harper’s Ferry, would be practical and effective. “It’s pretty important,” Chauvin said. “This is a new concept with the boats, and it’s the first time bringing it to the West

Coast.” Vickers said with the nation’s strategic priorities moving from the Middle East to the Pacific, it was likely the Marine Corps will be using the beach more often in the coming years, including exercises with allies such as the Japanese. Green Beach, which is used by surfers and stand up paddlers, and has an active train line running through it, presents logistical issues, since the Marines did not want to interfere with the public’s use of the beach. The Department of the Navy has voiced concerns about the attempt to put Trestles on the National Registry of Historic Places due to concerns about the ability to hold exercises in the area. The Navy leases San Onofre State Beach to the state of California, a lease that expires in 2021. During the operation, members of the public were able to walk along the beach and surfers and paddle boarders dove in and out of waves in front of Marines. When the assault vehicles were coming ashore, one stand-up paddle boarder actually lingered in the landing zone for a good while before moving on minutes before the vehicles came ashore, on their way to one of the “combat town” training areas in Camp Pendleton. DP

Cars and Chrome Glisten at Concours d’Elegance Annual showcase brings classic and vintage automobiles to Dana Point

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This 1936 Dusenberg, or “Duesy,” was once yellow and featured in the 1949 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”

cores of vintage modes of transportation filled the fairways Sunday as the Dana Point Concours d’Elegance returned for its 31st year. Celebrating rich American and European automotive histories, the showcase of classic rides brought military, motorcycle and motorized car enthusiasts together for a weekend of camaraderie and chrome. With their vehicles waxed and shined, drivers took to the green of the Monarch Beach Golf Links at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort early in the day. Hundreds of visitors followed, wandering the course’s fairways through classic race cars, vintage motorcycles, luxury automobiles and historic and modern military vehicles. DP

An American engineered, British sports car, known in the states as the Ford Shelby, sits on the green.


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In honor of National Running Day, the Dana Point Turkey Trot opened up early registration on June 6 and is now taking submissions for the 36th installment of the popular race. The Dana Point Turkey Trot has become a Thanksgiving tradition in town and last year’s event drew more than 16,000 participants. In an effort to smooth out the wrinCourtesy photo kles that occur during the registration according to a press release issued by period, event organizer, the Dana Point organizers. The site was launched Chamber of Commerce, has developed a new website. The new online platform June 1. Another new aspect of the event will is said to be “simplified and secure”

Dolphins Football Players Team up with Special Olympics By Steve Breazeale Dana Point Times


he Dana Hills football players are used to playing on the green grass of the gridiron but on June 22 they found themselves on the bocce ball court. Ten Dolphins players, along with head coach Todd Rusinkovich, teamed up with the organizers of Irrelevant Week in Newport Beach to help construct and run bocce ball activities at the event, which honored the last pick of the 2013 NFL Draft and benefits the Special Olympics. Dolphins players showed up in the morning and helped hammer home nails in wooden beams to build the bocce ball courts. After completing the project, each player was paired with a Special Olympics teammate to play games. “All the players thought it’d be a really good idea to help out,” Dana Hills junior Ray Moslehi said. “It was awesome and a good experience.” After they got their turn at playing, the Dana Hills students served as bocce ball officials for the rest of the

L to R: Dana Hills students Gavin Mahoney, Rocco Chirico and Jordan Swindell help construct bocce ball courts at the Irrelevant Week festivities. Courtesy photo

afternoon. Moslehi and several other Dana Hills students have now decided to sign up with Special Olympics and help with coaching and assisting at the Laguna Hills Community Center. DP

be a community-wide contest to help design this year’s participant medal. This year’s Turkey Trot will take place on November 28 and will feature a 5K, 10K, a kid’s Gobble Wobble as well as a two-day health and fitness expo. The races are USA Track & Field sanctioned and the 10K race is a certified USTAF Southern California Championship event. The race route will traverse the familiar grounds of Dana Point Harbor and Doheny State Beach. For more information and to register, visit —Steve Breazeale

Local Rider Qualifies for U.S. Pony Finals


ana Point resident Gabriella Cinquini, 13, and her pony, Heart to Forget, have put together a strong enough 2013 season to qualify for the U.S. Pony Finals in Lexington, Ky. in August. The event, which is held from August 6-11, features 500 of the top riders in the country and Cinquini punched her ticket in February at the HITS Desert Series. Cinquini competes in Hunter Jumper divisions, which involves a disciplined styled of riding where horses jump over a series of obstacles. She won the overall Champion title at the Blenheim Spring Classic on April 17, was named the Reserve Champion at the Del Mar National Horse Show on May 5 and was named the Blenheim Summer Classic Week II Champion on June 16. It was a successful season for Cinquini, who will now prepare to put it all together for the biggest event of the year. “I’m really nervous but I know it will be fun,” Cinquini said. “I love doing well and having good rounds, but I think the best part is being with all my friends and learning new things. DP —Steve Breazeale

DANA OUTRIGGER OUT IN FRONT By Steve Breazeale Dana Point Times


eading into the final week of competition, all eyes will be on the Dana Point Outrigger Canoe Club to see if they can capture the Outrigger Iron Perpetual Trophy for 2013. The Dana Point group currently has a 19-point lead over two-time defending champion Lanakila in the Iron Man standings. The Iron Man trophy is awarded to the canoe club that accumulates the most points over the short, two-month season, and is usually won by the club that shows the most depth, according to Dana Point Outrigger member John Yamasaki. The final race of the year takes place in San Diego on June 29, with the Iron Man trophy presentation set for later in the evening. The Iron Man season runs from May until the end of June and Dana Outrigger has accumulated their leagueleading 87 points from all of their age divisions. According to Yamasaki, Dana Outrigger has teams ranging from 12U Dana Point Times June 28-July4, 2013

to Golden Masters (55+) that have been racking up points. The club’s mens team competed in the famous Olamau race, located on the Big Island of Hawaii from June 12-14. It was a three-day marathon event that covered roughly 100 miles of the Hawaiian The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club is currently in first place in the Iron Perpetual coastline. The Dana Outrigger team, which Trophy standings. Courtesy photo partnered with Riviera Paddlesurf, finished seventh overall in the elite 14-team competition. For results of the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club’s final Iron Man race in San Diego, visit www.danapointtimes. com. DP Page 16

13-year-old Gabriella Cinquini will compete in the U.S. Pony Finals in August. Courtesy photo


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GROM OF THE WEEK Cole Houshmand Age: 12, Capistrano Virtual School

Talented San Clemente-based surfer Cole Houshmand was crowned the top Boys U14 surfer in the country at the Surfing America USA Championships Saturday. “I’ve been hoping for this all year and it finally happened. I am so stoked. It feels amazing,” Cole said. “In my heat I was just trying to go for it but have fun with only three other guys out. Now I’m really looking forward to starting the new season. I can’t wait.” Following the contest Cole was named to the USA Surf Team Development Squad for the 2013-2014 season and is excited to take the next step toward his goal of landing a spot on the team. “I am looking forward to getting some training time with the team coaches and working with the kids on the surf team. I think it will help me to improve a lot. Coach (Ryan) Simmons and Cole Houshmand is carried by fellow San Clemente surfers Colt (Micah) Byrne are both really great coaches and the team kids are awesome Ward and Griffin Colapinto after winning the Surfing America USA Championship Boys U14 final at Lower Trestles Saturday. surfers. It really showed when they brought home the bronze medal at the Photo by Jack McDaniel ISA World Juniors,” Cole said. “I would like to thank my parents, sponsors and team managers for all their support this year. I couldn’t have done it without them.”—Andrea Swayne

Champs Crowned, Team Chosen Locals take top honors at USA Championships, appointed to national team By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times


he Surfing America USA Championships wrapped up Saturday after seven days of competition at San Onofre State Beach—June 14 to 16 at Church Beach and June 18 to 22 at Lower Trestles—with 14 local surfers taking home trophies, six being named to the 2013-2014 USA Surf Team and two to the Development Squad. Four divisions were won by San Clemente surfers. The Women’s 18+ Longboard division title was claimed by Tory Gilkerson and the Men’s 18+ Longboard win was taken by Cody Canzoneri. Griffin Colapinto took the win in Boys U16 and Cole Houshmand in Boys U14. Houshmand was also named to the USA Team Development Squad for next season along with fellow San Clementean Crosby Colapinto and five other under 12 surfers. “We couldn’t have wished for a better end to the season. The surf was great and the kids were ripping. It was especially gratifying to see the Boys U18 division full of USA Surf Team members who are graduating out of the program going full out in their heats, going big. They earned an unbelievable 12 to 14 scores in the excellent range in their final. It was unbelievable to watch,” said Greg Cruse, Surfing America executive director. “The judging was phenomenal too. There were a couple of interferences that needed to be explained but we didn’t hear complaints. The whole Surfing America program is based on a foundation of strong, unbiased, fair judging and that came through in this event. The judges really got it right.” The level of surfing in all of the divisions was at an all-time high throughout the event but the talent on display heat after heat in the Boys U12 division—a division that was nearly cut due to limited contest hours when the event first moved to Lowers in 2010—spoke volumes about

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Left: Local athletes named to the 20132014 USA Surf Team are (Top row L to R) Colton Ward (San Clemente), Griffin Colapinto (San Clemente), Cole Houshmand (San Clemente, Development Squad), Jacob Davis (Capo Beach) and (Bottom row L to R) Tia Blanco (San Clemente), Rachael Tilly (Capo Beach, Longboard Team) and Malia Osterkamp (San Clemente). Not pictured Crosby Colapinto. (San Clemente) Above: Jacob Davis of Capistrano Beach on his way to a third-place finish in Boys U16 and reappointment to the USA Surf Team. Photos by Jack McDaniel

where the USA team is headed in the future. And although the dust has yet to settle on this year’s contest, organizers are already looking forward to next year which will mark the fifth anniversary of the Surfing America USA Championships at Lowers, the 10th anniversary of Surfing America being awarded its National Governing Body status by the International Surfing Association and the 150th anniversary of the State Park system. “We’re stoked to be back to Lowers and to have the permit again next year. It’s a privilege and we are thankful to the State Park for allowing us to hold the event,” Cruse said. “It’s nice to see competitors, their families and friends respecting the environment and keeping everything pristine despite the large scale of the event. We want to continue to come back year after year.” For more information about Surfing America and the USA Surf Team, log on to DP

2013-2014 USA TEAM MEMBERS BOYS U18: Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach; Daniel Glenn, Florida; Colt Ward, San Clemente; Jacob Davis, Capistrano Beach; Nic Hdez, Santa Cruz; Thelen McKinna-Worrell, Malibu. BOYS U16: Jake Marshall, Encinitas; Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; John Mel, Newport Beach; Nolan Rapoza, Long Beach; Luke Gordon, South Carolina; Ryland Rubens, Pacific Beach; Eithan Osborne, Ventura. GIRLS U18: Tia Blanco, San Clemente; Frankie Harrer, Malibu; Steffi Kerson, Pacific Palisades; Kylie Loveland, Carlsbad. GIRLS U16: Meah Collins, Costa Mesa; Maddie Peterson, New Jersey; Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; Emory McClary – South Carolina; Caroline Marks, Florida.

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RESULTS Surfing America USA Championships, June 14-16 and 18-22, San Onofre State Beach, Church Beach and Lower Trestles First place and local finishers only. BOYS U18: 1. Taylor Clark, Encinitas. BOYS U16: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 2. Colt Ward, San Clemente, 3. Jacob Davis, Capistrano Beach. BOYS U14: 1. Cole Houshmand, San Clemente. BOYS U12: 1. Wyatt McHale, Hawaii; 4. Kade Matson, San Clemente. GIRLS U18: 1. Nikki Viesins, Florida. GIRLS U16: 1. Mahina Maeda, Hawaii; 2. Tia Blanco, San Clemente. GIRLS U14: 1. Brisa Hennessy, Hawaii. GIRLS U12: 1. Caroline Marks, Florida; 2. Kirra Pinkerton, San Clemente. BOYS LB U18: 1. Nick Anderberg, Encinitas. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Honolua Blomfield, Hawaii; 2. Rachael Tilly, Capistrano Beach; 3. Emmy Lombard, San Clemente. WOMEN LB 18+: 1. Tory Gilkerson, San Clemente; 2. Sheri Crummer, San Clemente. MEN LB 18+: 1. Cody Canzoneri, San Clemente. SENIOR MEN LB 40+: 1. Lance Albright, Aliso Viejo. WOMEN 18+: 1. Jessica Kwiecinski, New Jersey. MEN 18–29: 1. Austin Finley , San Diego; 2. Cody Canzoneri , San Clemente. MASTERS 30–39: 1. Paul Pugliesi , Oceanside. SENIOR MEN 40+: 1. Mike Estrada, Costa Mesa. LEGENDS 50+: 1. Tyler Callaway , La Jolla. BOYS U18 STAND-UP PADDLE SURF: 1. Fisher Grant, Florida; 3. Kai McPhillips, San Clemente. GIRLS U18 STANDUP: 1. Izzie Gomez, Florida. MEN/WOMEN 40+ STAND-UP: 1. Tom O’Brien, New Jersey For full results, see

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 66-69 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 8-14’ Poor+Fair Immediate: A mix of NW windswell and SSW groundswell on Friday for waves mainly at or under waist high, 1-3’. Light/variable to light onshores Friday morning give way to a moderate westerly sea-breeze in the afternoon. Long Range Outlook: Combination of SSW groundswell and NW windswell slowly eases over the weekend. New SSW swell shows next week. Check out Surfline for all the details!

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