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Water Worries Area agencies look to reduce dependency on imported water E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 6
Gauges monitor the pressure of water along its path through the reverse osmosis treatment system at the Doheny desalination pilot plant, located at Doheny State Park. The temporary facility is part of a wider project that may help alleviate the region’s dependence on imported water. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
Volunteers Complete Safety Training for Two-week Tall Ship Sail
Local Restaurateurs to Expand with New Harbor Eatery
Dana Outrigger Canoe Club Rides High at Whitey Harrison Classic
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LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING
CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 Farmers Market 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Admission is free, for this weekly market at La Plaza Park, 34111 La Plaza St. For more information, call 949.573.5033 or visit www.danapoint.org.
Dana Point Chill Cook Off & Country Jamboree Noon–8 p.m. The city’s annual Chili Cook Off swings into Sea Terrace Park with amateur chili contests, food trucks, craft brews, line dancing, bull riding and tunes from Southern California’s Gold Rush Country and Desperado, an Eagles
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at Sea Terrace Park, with Jimmy Buffet tribute-act Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads headlining and The Eliminators bring a little love to surf rock to open. Ffree. Check out www. danapointconcertseries.com for more.
tribute band. Cost is free. See, www. danapointchilicookoff.com for more.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 18 History Tour 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. The Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive, hosts this two-hour, docent led walking tour, exploring the history of the area. Advanced registration is required. For more information or to register, call 949.542.4755.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 Shakespeare in the Park 6 p.m. The Dana Point Theater Company presents William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Lantern Bay Park. Bring your picnic dinner and lawn chairs for this free event. For more information, visit www.dptheaterco.com.
Summer Concert Series 3 p.m.–6 p.m. Laid-back Southern California tunes are on the ticket for the concert
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… an Accidental Gunshot?
THE LATEST: A 63-year-old Dana Point woman is recovering from non-lifethreatening injuries after a bullet fragment grazed her head when a neighbor accidentally discharged a weapon, authorities said. While handling a loaded gun in his condo, the owner of the weapon unintentionally discharged a round, said Lt. Jeff Hallock, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The bullet pierced a shared wall and injured the gun owner’s neighbor, he said. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. Tuesday at a complex on the 25600 Block of Quail-Run. Hallock said the female victim sustained a wound to her head from a bullet fragment. She was taken to an area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. WHAT’S NEXT: An investigation into the incident, conducted by the department’s OC Crime Lab, is still underway. No crime report was made. FIND OUT MORE: Stay tuned for updates. —Andrea Papagianis
THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees approved an agreement with the teacher’s union Wednesday, but only after a contentious debate in which one trustee sought to table a final decision until district staff could find a way to restore a full school year. The agreement with the Capistrano Unified Education Association restores two instructional days to the calendar—going back up to 177 days after budget cuts Dana Point Times August 16–22, 2013
forced a decrease to 175 days last year— and restores a portion of teacher pay. The agreement also begins to bring down class sizes, although parents who spoke before the board said they would like class sizes to decrease further and a full 180-day school year brought back before teachers receive pay restorations. Trustee Jim Reardon said he was supportive of the agreement but wanted to see the district make an attempt to find $2.8 million in funds he estimated would be necessary to restore the additional three instructional days. The district, he said, had been given new flexibility to possibly do so, thanks to an increase in state funding and more local control over finances. Board President John Alpay said what Reardon was proposing was “a first,” and was tantamount to telling staff their work negotiating the contract had been for naught. “I can’t help but feel it’s motivated for not altruistic reasons,” Alpay said. Board Vice President Lynn Hatton agreed with Alpay and said she hoped a full school year could be restored next year, but also expressed concern that the short time given to district staff to find the funds could sacrifice programs. The board ultimately voted 4-3 on a second motion, made by Alpay, to approve the proposed agreement, with Reardon and trustees Ellen Addonizio and Anna Bryson dissenting. WHAT’S NEXT: The board will consider the 2013-2014 budget in September. FIND OUT MORE: See www.danapointtimes.com for more.—Jim Shilander
… the Jolly Roger site?
THE LATEST: After 40 years, a waterfront restaurant at the Dana Point Harbor is
getting new tenants and a facelift, as local restaurateurs are set to launch a new concept at the wharf location. John and Damian Collins, the owners of StillWater Spirits & Sounds in Dana Point and the Sunsets restaurants in Capistrano Beach and San Clemente, will take over the vacant harbor location. Last month, the Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a 10-year lease with the Pacific Harbor Hospitality Group with the option to renew the lease for two additional periods. The group agreed to spend at least $800,000 on renovations and upgrades to the site.
portunities,” Omega Events founder Rich Sherman said in a statement.
WHAT’S NEXT: As approved, the group will refurbish the 6,000-square-foot, twostory building and former Jolly Roger site, constructed in the ’70s. For now, the group is in the early planning phases, said Natasha Haubold, a company representative. The name and concept have yet to be finalized, but a summer 2014 opening is planned.
THE LATEST: Two years after generating hundreds of emails and letters in opposition, the five-story, 258-room Doheny Hotel proposal is back up for public review and comment, as a preliminary environmental impact report recently became available. According the report, the proposed hotel would be located on a 1.5-acre plot at the corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Pacific Coast Highway, currently occupied by a Jack in the Box restaurant and the Dana Point Harbor Inn, both of which would be demolished. The proposal lays out plans for a two- to five-story hotel. The report, prepared by the Irvinebased firm UltraSystems, is available for public review at www.danapoint.org.
FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.danapointtimes.com for the full story.—AP
… Doheny Days?
THE LATEST: Event organizers of two major music festivals at Doheny State Beach announced the postponement of its fall event this week, citing growing economic challenges to produce a large scale event. Omega Events, the producer of the Doheny Blues Festival and Doheny Days, told music fans through their Facebook page this week of plans to delay the latter festival until 2014. Since 1997, the company has produced 10 Doheny Days festivals and is confident they’ll continue the event next fall. “This break will allow us to focus on improving the fan experience, securing the best artists and exploring new op-
WHAT’S NEXT: Along with the news, the company kept things positive and announced the dates for their 17th springtime blues festival set for Saturday and Sunday May 17 and 18, 2014. FIND OUT MORE: Go to www.danapointtimes.com for more.—AP
… the Doheny Hotel Proposal?
WHAT’S NEXT: Public comments will be included in a final report before being presented to the city’s Planning Commission. Comments are being accepted by Erica Demkowicz, the city’s senior planner, until Friday, September 6. Letters can be mailed to the Dana Point Community Development Department, 33282 Golden Lantern, Suite 209, Dana Point, CA 92629 or emailed to email@example.com. FIND OUT MORE: Check out www.danapointtimes.com for more.—AP www.danapointtimes.com
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Food, Wine and Music Fest Pulls Crowds to Sea Terrace Park Event coordinator caters to locals of all walks with first-ever Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival Photos and Story by Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times
he first-ever Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival drew large crowds to Sea Terrace Park on Sunday afternoon for a day celebrating local flavors, brews and other fermented concoctions under the Southern California sun. Local event coordinator, EventWerks, which works closely with the city on the Concerts in the Park series, put on the day’s happenings, touting more than 125 artisan vendors and restaurants, over 50 beers and wines for tasting and six bands on two stages. EventWerks founder Forrest Melton said the company strived to make the event an eclectic mix with a little something for everyone. And from a zone dedicated to kids, to specialty cocktails for adults and music from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s to street artists and local crafters, Melton said his staff accomplished just that.
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Dana Point Police Services www.HideitLockitOrLoseit.com COMPILED BY ANDREA PAPAGIANIS 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.
Friday, August 9 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Chula Vista Avenue/Selva Road (7:47 a.m.) Two men wearing all black were seen walking slowly and looking into houses in the Dana Light community. The caller believed the men were casing the area. TRESPASSING Niguel Shores Drive, 33600 Block (3:35 a.m.) People were reported skinny-dipping in the community pool. Dana Point Times August 16–22, 2013
“We are doing this to assist the local business scene to give people exposure,” Melton said. Dana Point’s own Shwack Beach Grill was on hand and served more than 1,000 cheeseburger sliders before the event’s halfway mark at 4 p.m. The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support group had nearly 50 volunteers serving beer and wine, with a portion of the event’s proceeds going straight to the organization to assist Marines and their families. Over the next few weeks, the partnership between EventWerks and the city of Dana Point will be seen, with the city’s annual Chili Cook Off & County Jamboree on Saturday, August 17 and the California Celtic Classic World Highland Games & Festival on Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25. Additionally, the city’s free summer concerts continue next Sunday, August 18 with a Jimmy Buffet tribute by Garratt Wilkin & The Parrotheads and again on Sunday, August 25 with L.A.vation, a nod to U2. DP
Thursday, August 8 DISTURBANCE Street of the Silver Lantern, 34000 Block (11:55 p.m.) Authorities responded to a report of a verbal confrontation between a man and a woman. The caller heard the two arguing outside a silver sedan and believed the woman was in distress. DISTURBANCE Street of the Copper Lantern, 33800 Block (11:36 p.m.) An apparently drunken man called authorities after a verbal confrontation with his girlfriend and hung up when asked for more information. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Selva Road/Pacific Coast Highway (8:43 p.m.) A female caller reported being yelled at and chased by a man. The caller made it home safely but did not get a good look at the man. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (8:15 p.m.) A wheelchair-bound woman reported being stalked and harassed by a man who pretends not to speak English. The woman said the man had taken her stuff but did not wish to talk about it over the phone. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Pacific Coast Highway/Del Obispo Street (7:36 p.m.) An informant reported a
Hundreds gather at Sea Terrace Park for a little live entertainment from Southern California’s own Platinum Rockstars at the Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival on Saturday.
Old and New World wines from California to Spain were well represented.
By 4 p.m. on Sunday, Shwack Beach Grill served more than 1,000 cheeseburger sliders to attendees. Pictured (L to R) husband and wife team, Brent and Cara Maiolo load patrons up with burgers.
(L to R) Nancy White, Kirsten Stafford, Gerry Bill and Hank White sell raffle tickets for the Dolphin football team’s annual Honor the Valor game.
four-door blue sedan with a smashed rear bumper was weaving in and out of traffic. The caller believed the car was stolen and said the driver had just pulled into a nearby gas station.
(3:58 p.m.) A patrol check was requested at the OC Dana Point Harbor for a man with grey hair and wearing a sweatshirt and jeans who was reportedly looking into parked cars and harassing people.
HIT AND RUN MISDEMEANOR Pacific Coast Highway/Street of the Blue Lantern (7:03 p.m.) A hit-and-run incident occurred when the driver of a white Cadillac Escalade turned onto Blue Lantern and hit a white Volvo. The driver of the Volvo remained at the scene until authorities arrived.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Street of the Golden Lantern, 34500 Block (2:48 p.m.) An elderly man wearing a dark sweatshirt and blue jeans was reported taking a nap outside El Torito at the OC Dana Point Harbor.
DRUNK IN PUBLIC Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (6:58 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for the Dollar Tree parking lot where an apparently drunken man was trying to get into his vehicle. The caller feared the subject was going to drive away. The man was described as weighing about 200 pounds and wearing a white shirt and camouflage shorts. ILLEGAL PEDDLING Via California, 26400 Block (6:10 p.m.) A caller reported and unknown male sitting on a wall near the informant’s home asking passersby for money. The man was described as having a white goatee and wearing a black sweater and shorts. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Street of the Golden Lantern, 34400 Block
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Selva Road, 34100 Block (9:09 a.m.) A male subject riding a skateboard was reportedly going through trashcans. The man was described as in his late-20s and carrying both black and white trashbags. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Pasto Road, 24300 Block (8:23 a.m.) An informant reported a parked large yellow and cream recreational vehicle that someone appeared to be living in. The caller said authorities had searched the vehicle a week prior to the call. WELFARE CHECK Del Prado Avenue/Street of the Golden Lantern (6:34 a.m.) A patrol check was requested for an elderly homeless man walking down Del Prado Avenue in traffic lanes. The man was described as tall and wearing a green hoodie and beige pants. He was last seen heading south on Golden Lantern. www.danapointtimes.com
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Water Worries Area agencies look at ways to reduce dependence on imported water By Jim Shilander and Andrea Papagianis Dana PointTimes
“Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” —Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”
he lament of Coleridge’s damned sailors can be echoed by those looking to ensure the future sustainability of south Orange County’s water supply. With only limited access to local sources of fresh water and vulnerability to disruption by natural disasters, many area cities and water districts are forced to turn to imported sources hundreds of miles away. The future is surrounded with uncertainty as scientists and engineers take steps to find innovative ways to harness the Pacific Ocean to keep up with the growing demands for drinking water. South Orange County currently imports about 90 percent of its drinking water from different sources, primarily from where the state’s largest rivers meet at the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, as part of the California State Water Project in the north, and from Lake Mead, along the Colorado River, to the west. The two systems require hundreds of miles of infrastructure to reach the region, making them vulnerable to natural disasters or climate change. Both cross the San Andreas Fault at least once and environmental concerns, as part of the Endangered Species Act, could cause future disruptions, since the Bay-Delta supports an estimated 500 animal species, 20 of which are endangered. At the state level, work is being done to mitigate concerns about the effect of the water project on endangered species and the watershed around the Bay-Delta area. The state has also set a priorities list for the use of water in case of shortage or disruption. Those closest to the source of water would get first priority, followed by users in urban areas and environmental restoration efforts. Agricultural areas would get less priority. Those disruptions could pose a major issue for an area so reliant on imported water. According to projections by the Municipal Water District of Orange County, the county’s water wholesale supplier, only San Juan Capistrano, which sits atop the San Juan Basin, would rely on imported water for less than 70 percent of its supply of potable water by 2020. Most other Dana Point Times August 16–22, 2013
The proposed desalination facility would be placed on land owned by the South Coast Water District, just north of Doheny State Beach. Map courtesy of the Metropolitan Water District of Orange County White Line: Three slanted wells, dug into the ocean sands would transport seawater to the desalination plant. Utilizing the area’s topography, the collected water would first be filtered through natural sands and gravel before traveling north to the treatment facility. Black Line: The treatment of collected salt water would leave 50 percent of seawater as drinking water and the other half as highly-concentrated brine. The salty brine would be mixed with treated wastewater, essentially fresh water, and transported through wastewater outfall pipelines, owned and utilized by the South Orange County Wastewater Authority, before being released into the Pacific Ocean two-miles off shore.
water districts and municipalities in the region would remain entirely—or almost entirely—reliant on those outside water resources. These water vulnerability concerns led MWDOC to examine the possibility of harnessing the Pacific as a source of drinking water in 2004, after an incentive program was put in place by its mother agency, the Municipal Water District of Southern California. MWDOC then began work at Doheny State Park in Dana Point to test tapping an area beneath the ocean floor as a viable and sustainable water source. The project, now referred to as the Doheny Desalination Project, began with test borings on the beach soil to determine if the project was feasible, said Karl Seckel, the project manager and now interim general manager of the utility. If implemented, the plant would be located on property owned by the South Coast Water District in Dana Point and utilize three wells to bring in water, which would partially be filtered by the sand and gravel above. The wells would be placed
out in the ocean floor using the area’s slanted topography to pull water in without disrupting the environment, Seckel said. These slanted wells would not be visible from the shore. Once pulled in, up to 30 million gallons of water a day would then need to be treated, leaving about 15 million gallons of potable water moving back into existing and new water lines each day—providing for an estimated 20 to 25 percent of the area’s water needs. The remaining water, now highly-concentrated brine, would be sent back out to sea, utilizing lines used for wastewater treatment. The capital cost for construction of the facility could be as much as $150 million and MWDOC estimates that the partners would break even by 2029. However, due to the cost of establishing the new treatment facility, ratepayers could see a 50 percent increase in the cost of water, estimated at $1,600 per square foot. Seckel said those rates could level off as the costs of importing water increase over the next 10 to 15 years.
Currently, local agencies purchase water from the Orange County wholesaler MWDOC, which buys water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. MWDSC services a total of 26 cities throughout the 5,200-square-mile region, including Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura and San Diego counties. Seckel said the Doheny system compared favorably with the proposals for desalination plants in Carlsbad and Huntington Beach, which take water directly from the ocean. The water that could soon be collected by the Carlsbad Desalination Project and Huntington Beach Desalination Water Treatment facilities would be unfiltered by sand and gravel and could also contain other organisms, leading to a negative environmental impact. “That’s when we came up with the concept of the slant wells being drilled out under the ocean,” Seckel said. “The main benefit of the slant wells, as opposed to vertical wells, is by drilling out toward the ocean, the wells would bring in about 95 percent of the intake from the ocean and the other 5 percent from the inland groundwater basin.” New England-based Poseidon Resources, a water project development company which has identified, developed and owns and manages large water infrastructure projects throughout the United States and Mexico, is partnered in both the Carlsbad and Huntington Beach projects. Situated adjacent to the AES Generating Station at Newland Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, the more than $800 million plant is expected to generate some 50 million gallons of freshwater each day, with costs of water leveling out sometime near 2035. The Huntington Beach project was recently backed by 11 Orange County representatives in the state legislature, in an August 1 letter to the California Coastal Commission showing bipartisan support for the project. The Coastal Commission could consider the plant this fall. If approval is given, the plant is expected to be online by late 2017. Doheny Desalination Project Impact Based on the initial work, Seckel said, it was determined that a full-scale project could bring in up to 30 million gallons of saltwater per day, of which about 15 million gallons would be potable following treatment. A single demonstration well dug in 2006 led to a research program two years later, funded for a total of $6.2 million by five regional partners, the cities of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Beach County Water District, Moulton Niguel Water District and the SCWD, which services residents in south Laguna Beach, Dana Point and portions of San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. But now that the findings from those tests are being reported, there may be new complications going forward. www.danapointtimes.com
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Karl Seckel, the general manager of the Metropolitan Water District of Orange County, gives a presentation on the geography of Doheny State Beach that MWDOC and five partnered agencies would utilize to build wells for the Doheny Desalination Project, at open house of the test facility last week. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
“Early on, we recognized that the relationship between the groundwater basin and the ocean desalination project was critical and there were not any tools or models used to analyze the interface between them,” Seckel said, adding the agencies needed a better understanding on the impacts to the groundwater basin before making decisions. The results of that work would help allow the regional partners to decide whether to pursue the project, he said. But those decisions are likely two years away, and the size and scope of whatever final project goes forward, if it goes forward, will be determined by those choices. “It is not clear that if we go forward with the project into implementation how many of those partners will remain in the project,” Seckel said. “All are in the decision making process now … as we don’t have a clear path forward, right now, for implementation.” The status of San Juan Capistrano’s future participation in the project is also up in the air. In early 2012, San Juan declined to provide additional funding for the project, beyond the $660,000 it provided in 2008 as an initial partner, citing a lack of funds. Seckel said work was scaled back with approval of the other partners to allow existing funding to pay for the remainder of costs associated with testing. MWDOC still considers the city a “full partner,” Seckel said, though he did acknowledge that future funding from the city would be a dicey proposition. It is also possible that the Santa Margarita Water District could join the project in the future. Local Agencies Address Immediate Regional Needs San Clemente is making its own efforts to diversify its water portfolio. The city is currently in the middle of a $25 million recycled water expansion project, which would provide additional non-potable Dana Point Times August 16–22, 2013
resources for the city’s industrial parks and other areas. Additionally, San Clemente offers an incentive program to homeowners who replace or forgo turf lawns in favor of climate appropriate plantings, and rebates for homeowners who purchase timers and sensors for sprinkler systems. The city has also entered into mutual aid agreements with other water suppliers, such as the Irvine Ranch Water District, for supplies in case of shortages. San Clemente’s goal is to utilize 20 percent local resources by 2020. That goal falls in line with the State Water Resources Control Board’s 20x2020 Water Conservation Plan, which aims to achieve a 20 percent per capita reduction in urban water demand by 2020. “It’s kind of like an insurance policy,” said San Clemente City Engineer Bill Cameron. “Different agencies have different opinions about how to get the reliability they want in the system.” Both the SCWD and the city of San Juan Capistrano have tapped into the San Juan Groundwater Basin, with groundwater recovery facilities located along the San Juan Creek. The SCWD is in its final stages of adding a second recovery facility, which could provide for 10 to 15 percent of its customer’s water needs, said Wayne Rayfield, president of the SCWD Board of Directors. At its ideal performance rate, San Juan’s groundwater recovery facility could provide up to 5.15 million gallons of potable water each day, filling about half of the city’s overall need, but has failed to consistently reach its maximum efficiency. San Juan also receives recycled water from the Moulton Niguel district and is looking to expand their program to the Santa Margarita district. “Everyone is looking at alternative sources of water … and I think a lot of people around us wish that they had a source like we do,” said San Juan Councilman Larry Kramer. DP Page 7
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Letters to the Editor FINDING THEIR HAPPILY EVER AFTER FORTY YEARS LATER
STUDENTS NEED ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET
KEITH POHLMAN, Dana Point
LAUREN DUNN, San Clemente
I am a Dana Point business owner and member of the Chamber of Commerce. On July1, I received an email out of the blue from a woman with whom I was best friends from roughly fifth- through 10thgrades. We grew up in a northern suburb of Seattle and part of why she got in touch was to learn if I was planning on attending our 40 year high school reunion. We immediately re-connected after having no contact for roughly 43 years. It was as though no time has passed at all. We both knew in very short order that we had been looking all of this time for what she and I shared so long ago. She is flying from Toledo to Seattle on Friday, August 23 to meet me at the airport where I will put an engagement ring on her finger. From there we will stop at the King County Courthouse to pick up our marriage license. The wedding ceremony will be held on the beach where we grew up at 4 p.m. the same day. We will spend a few days in Seattle then fly back to Dana Point for nine days together before flying back to Seattle for another reunion. She will return to Toledo to put her house on the market and when she is ready, I will fly out there and the two of us will return to our paradise here in Dana Point.
I cannot recall a time when I feared going to school, yet now I fear sending my own children to school. Schools are supposed to be safe, nurturing environments where children can go to learn and grow. So my question is why are we failing to provide the necessary services to facilitate healthy minds and academic achievement? Currently the average counselor to student ratio is 1:471, which is almost double what is recommended by the American Counseling Association. With suicide being the third leading cause of death for adolescents and school violence increasing, this raises great concern. As a graduate student in the masters of social work program at the University of Southern California I have had the opportunity to advocate for change by gaining support for H.R. 320, The Student Support Act. This act, which amends the Secondary Education Act of 1965, will require the Secretary of Education to provide $1 million in grants for schools to hire mental health professionals in order to reduce the student-to-provider ratio. I can say from personal experience when I attended San Clemente High School the school counselor made a large impact on my life; in fact she is the reason why I chose to go into the social work field. Unfortunately, because of
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budget cuts, schools have not been able to provide mental health services. Considering the recent events involving school violence and bullying I feel that this bill can make a large impact. If passed there will be one school counselor for every 250 students, one school psychologist for every 1,000 students, and one social worker for every 250 students. Over the last four months, I have been involved in grassroots activism to gain support for this bill and have created an online petition. If anyone is interested in supporting this bill, sign the petition at www.thepetitionsite.com/745/070/359/ student-support-act.
BOTH EDISON AND MITSUBISHI ‘SCREWED THE POOCH’ JERRY COLLAMER, San Clemente
Author Tom Wolfe, in his best seller The Right Stuff, (a true account of Navy jet jocks) copped a phrase for test pilots pushing the outer limits of safety in their supersonic need for speed. When a flyboy zips too far over the line and crashes, he “screwed the pooch.” Author Joseph Heller, in his post WWII best seller Catch 22, introduced us to SNAFU (situation normal: all f***ed up), a GI’s acronym meaning all hope is lost. On the TV show “Happy Days” hope flew the coop when Fonzi literally “jumped the shark” on waterskies, signaling the beginning of the show’s decline.
Today, Edison and Mitsubishi argue via their lawyers about who screwed the pooch at SONGS? Why the catastrophic engineering snafu in redesigning the failed steam generators to the tune of billions of dollars lost when SONGS’ radioactive smoke clears in 30 years. Whose fault was it really? Reading ongoing newspaper reports, screwing the pooch at SONGS was a shared effort. Edison wanted more and more tube-oomph, and Mitsubishi refused to just say “no.” It is a fact of life; in every snafu, it takes two. Fonzi couldn’t jump a shark that wasn’t there, and solo snafus are impossible. Today’s blame game is the only game in town. But we know who screwed the pooch at SONGS. Edison and Mitsubishi jumped the shark together. Simple math: It always takes two. Question: How many engineers, managers, boards of directors and CEOs does it take to create havoc at a nuclear facility? Answer: All of them.
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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
SJC RODEO WEEK AND KICK OFF BBQ San Juan Capistrano celebrates its western roots with a week of westernthemed events, leading up to the annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo Aug. 24-25. Tonight at 5 p.m. enjoy a barbecue at Hamilton Oaks Winery (29943 Camino Capistrano) with live music and food from Mission Grill. Fee for barbecue is $35 each. More info: www.facebook.com/sjcrodeoweek.
BASIC NEEDS: SUMMER SPEAKERS SERIES 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Listen to sustainability leaders talk about today’s most pressing environmental issues at The Ecology Center. $10 -$20. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org. ANUHEA 8 p.m. The young Hawaiian-born singer/ songwriter in concert at The Coach House. Tickets $18-20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIR 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The San Clemente Art Association presents their annual art event at the SC Community Center with over 100 exhibit booths of fine art paintings and hand crafts. Free. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.369.8343, www.scartgallery.com.
CHILI COOK OFF Noon-8 p.m. Tons of chili to try as the best chefs compete for the winning recipe, craft beers, live music, shopping, kids’ activities and much more at Sea Terrace Park. Free admission. 33501 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949. 891.3254, www.danapointchilicookoff.com. ART RECEPTION 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Reception at Gallery 104 featuring the work of Cathy Carey. 166 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.218.0903, www.gallery104.com. CRAFT FAIR AND FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Produce, crafted goods, flowers and more at La Plaza Park in Dana Point. 949.248.3500, www.danapoint.org. Dana Point Times August 16–22, 2013
AT THE MOVIES: ‘THE SPECTACULAR NOW’ The last year of school is an anxious and eye-opening time for many and has become one of the more popular settings in movies. After gaining attention for depicting dysfunctional married life in Smashed last year, James Ponsoldt makes his next effort with the coming of age story The Spectacular Now. In similar fashion to The Last Picture Show (1971) and Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), the film follows a few troubled teens through their senior year of high school and embarking on the path to adulthood. Sutter Keeley (Miles Teller) was at the top of his game until his girlfriend Cassidy (Brie Larson) breaks up with him. Drinking regularly and with no motivation to apply to college, his life then takes a turn for the different when Sutter befriends an introverted classmate named Aimee (Shailene Woodley). Mary ElizaCourtesy photo beth Winstead, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Kyle Chandler co-star as Sutter’s estranged sister and parents. Based on the novel by Tim Tharp, adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber of (500) Days of Summer (2009) fame, Spectacular Now is a modest and quiet tale of accepting responsibility, led gracefully by Teller and Woodley. While the direction is a bit bland and uninspired, the two young stars make up for it with their timing and instinct, both showing promise for steady film careers. The Spectacular Now is far from perfect, but it does serve as reminder of how wonderful and confusing it is to be a teenager. — Megan Bianco
BEN WOODS 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Live music 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. DESSY DI LAURO 8 p.m. Los Angeles-based award-winning singer at StillWater. Cover $5. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com. MUSIC UNDER THE STARS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Mission San Juan Capistrano’s outdoor concert series continues with Atlantic Crossing: A Rod Stewart Tribute. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
1ST ANNUAL TONY CARBONARA GENTLEMAN’S SMOKER 5 p.m.-9 p.m. A special evening at Casa Romantica with live entertainment, appetizers and dinner, drinks, fine cigars and much more to benefit the Casa. Cost $125 each. Reservations required. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Concert at Sea Terrace Park featuring Garratt Wilkin and The Parrotheads (Jimmy Buffet tribute) and surf band, The Eliminators. 33501 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3500, www.danapoint.org. RODEO RIDE 10 a.m.-1 p.m. First annual Community Trail Ride along San Juan Creek celebrating the 2013 RMV Rodeo and SJC Rodeo Week. Lunch follows after the ride. Fee $50, includes ride, commemorative medallion and lunch. Rental horses available for $200. More info: 949.493.4700, www.sanjuanchamber.com. MIKE HAMILTON Noon-4 p.m. Live music at Mission Grill. 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.8055, www.missiongrillsjc.com.
LABOR DAY PARTY COOKING CLASS 6:30 p.m. Cooking class with Chef Caroline Cazaumayou at Antoine’s Cafe. Cost $50 each; includes recipes, dinner and a glass of wine. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com.
COUNTRY DANCIN WITH PATRICK AND FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Learn about the world of robots used in space and participate in experiments at the Ocean Institute. $7-$25. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.
LEGO TIME 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Kaleido Kids Summer Events continues featuring fun with Legos. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, www.gokaleidoscope.com.
SAN JUAN SUMMER NITES CONCERT 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Concert at Historic Town Center park with music by The Trip, plus an expo with food, activities and more. 31806 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.5911, www.sanjuancapistrano.org.
MEET THE AUTHOR 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Meet the Australian author and Dana Point local Anita Hughes at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, www.ocpl.org.
BEACH CONCERT 6 p.m. The final concert of the summer at the San Clemente Pier featuring World Anthem (reggae). Free. 949.361.8264, www.san-clemente.org.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK 6 p.m. Dana Point presents a free play at Lantern Bay Park featuring Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3500, www.danapoint.org. SUMMER JAZZ SERIES: THE RYAN ROST QUARTET 7 p.m. Casa Romantica presents an outdoor concert overlooking the ocean. $25. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.danapointtimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to firstname.lastname@example.org www.danapointtimes.com
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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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Tall Ship ‘Pilgrim’ Sets Out on Two-week Sail Monday Volunteer crewmates go through water safety training for Ocean Institute’s annual sail Story and photos by Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times
s the marine-layer burned off Sunday morning, a mishmash group of unlikely sailors filtered out of an informational meeting held in a nautical barn. About 20 in all fumbled through paperwork and held tightly to backpacks and knapsacks full of gear, and zipped their jackets a little higher; savoring their last bit of warmth and refuge from the nearby Harbor waters they would soon be jumping in to. Made up of men and women of various ages and backgrounds, the group stepped onto the decks of the historic tall ship Pilgrim, parked right in front of the Ocean Institute’s doors. The ship is a replica of the vessel that carried Dana Point’s
Tall ship crewmembers look on as new volunteers step off the brig Pilgrim during an overboard safety training drill on Sunday.
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namesake, Richard Henry Dana, Jr. to the Southern California shores in 1835. On this day, the Pilgrim played host to new volunteers entering their last weeks of training prior to setting sail on a twoweek-long journey along the California coastline—from Santa Barbara to San Diego—before returning to its homeport, at the OC Dana Point Harbor for the 29th Toshiba Tall Ships Festival. From ensuring each crewmember’s lifejackets were properly secured to deploying an emergency life raft, the volunteers came together and established camaraderie—a sailing essential. “It is really an amazing adventure for everyone,” said Lindsey Philpott, a Pilgrim crewmember and training master. “Now they know who to talk to, who to follow and who will lead … because we are all doing this as one.” One-by-one and strapped into their life preservers tightly, they stepped up to the brig’s stern and plunged into the waters below, simulating an overboard emergency. Although an unlikely event, the volunteers needed the training said Dan Stetson, president of the Ocean Institute. Sopping wet and cold, the group returned to the ship for a second jump, this time with their life jackets dangling over one shoulder. Once in the water, volunteers floated on their backs while securing their safety vests. Philpott looked on overhead from the ship’s deck, giving pointers on water entry techniques and encouragement to each participant. For their third and final jump, members of the group secured colorful bandanas around their eyes to mimic nighttime conditions. With Philpott’s assistance they climbed the ship’s railing and shakily entered the water. From there a bizarre game of Marco Polo ensued as each volunteer found their way to a waiting group of fellow sailors.
Pilgrim crewmember and training master Lindsey Philpott demonstrates how to use a whistle during a safety exercise for volunteers sailing aboard the Ocean Institute’s brig next week.
Nathan Texel, of Dana Point, the director of outdoor education at the Ocean Institute, helps a fellow volunteer board an emergency raft Sunday. Texel and fellow trainees will set sail on the brig Pilgrim come Monday morning.
Three pods of volunteers floated in the water as stand-up paddlers and beachgoers looked on. Then with the help of their comrades, each volunteer made their way onto a waiting emergency life raft. With the completion of overboard drills, the new volunteers wrapped up their months of training to qualify to participate in the annual sailing trip.
“It becomes sort of a rite of passage, it is a time when those who can lend out a helping hand,” Stetson said, adding that the training goes hand-in-hand with other institute programs when students only succeed when they come together. The volunteers will join the ranks of experienced tall ship sailors when the Pilgrim sets out on a two-week voyage Monday morning. The ship will travel up the California coastline to Santa Barbara before making stops in the Channel Islands, Catalina Island and San Diego. The brig will return to Dana Point days before the annual Tall Ships Festival kicks off on Friday, September 6 when six other vessels will join in the weekend’s activities. And when the ships come a sailing in, the Pilgrim crew will be leading the parade. DP www.danapointtimes.com
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Nona Associates-Raymond J. Nona A.I.A 949.496.2275 Coffee Importers Scoop Deck 949.493.7773 26901 Camino de Estrella, www.raynona.com 34531 Golden Lantern, www.coffeeimporters.com
AUTO REPAIR Dana Point Auto 949.496.1086 34342 Coast Hwy., Unit B, Dana Point, Ca 92629
CAFE - DELI Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern, www.coffeeimporters.com
COFFEE SHOP Coffee Importers Espresso Bar 949.493.7773 34531 Golden Lantern, www.coffeeimporters.com
CONSTRUCTION/REMODELING Mills Construction 949.212.7699 Dana Point, www.millsbuilds.com: CA # 973483
DERMATOLOGY Vorteil Dermatology and 949.276.2600 Aesthetic Science 33971 Selva Road, Ste. 200, www.vorteildermatology.com
INSURANCE SERVICES Patricia Powers 949.496.1900 24551 Del Prado, Ste. 364, email@example.com State Farm/Ted Bowersox 949.661.3200 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Ste. 204 www.tedbowersox.com Statefarm/Elaine LaVine 949.240.8944 34080 Golden Lantern, www.elainelavine.net
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PLUMBING A to Z Leak Detection www.atozleakdetection.com Chick’s Plumbing www.chicks-plumbing.com
949.240.9569 949.496.3315 Jeddy’s Yacht & Home Interiors 34118 Pacific Coast Hwy, www.jeddys.com
WINDOW & DOOR INSTALLATION Offshore Construction 949.499.4464 www.offshoreconstruction.org 949.496.9731
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PRESCHOOLS San Clemente Preschool 949.498.1025 163 Avenida Victoria, www.sanclementepreschool.com
PSYCHOTHERAPY Corinne Rupert PhD, PsyD, MFT 949.488.2648 33971 Selva Rd. Ste. 125, www.danapointpsychotherapy.com
Kenny’s Music & Guitars 949.661.3984 REAL ESTATE - RESIDENTIAL 24731 La Plaza, www.kennysmusicstore.com Danman’s Music School 949.496.6556 Dream Team Properties 949.481.1788 24699 Del Prado, www.danmans.com Mike Rosenberg, Broker Capistrano Beach, www.FindMyOCHome.com
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Dolphins Football Don Pads for Two-A-Days
On what head coach Todd Rusinkovich called “judgment day” the Dana Hills football team geared up in full pads for the first time this year the morning of August 15. After weeks spent conditioning with little to no contact, the Dolphins players finally got to satisfy the itch to tackle. The Dolphins started their morning workout by alternating in between different stations. Tackling technique, footwork and other skills were taught as the Dolphins, who were separated by position, made the rounds. After the circuit workout Rusinkov-
The Dana Hills football team kicks off their season August 30. Photo by Steve Breazeale
ich and his staff split the field in half and put the players through the famous, and popular, Oklahoma drill. Two lineman squared off inside a
Dana Outrigger Canoe Club Hosts Annual Whitey Harrison Classic By Steve Breazeale Dana Point Times
fter claiming the prestigious Iron Man Perpetual Trophy for being the most consistent outrigger canoe club on the year, the Dana Outrigger teams looked to a little home cooking to keep the momentum going at the back end of their season. The Dana Outrigger Canoe Club hosted dozens of the best canoe clubs in the area at the 43rd installment of the Whitey Harrison 9-Man Outrigger Classic on August 10. The race started in Dana Point Harbor and traveled north to Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Throughout the season the Dana Outrigger teams have been battling with Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club out of Redondo Beach and at the Whitey Harrison Classic, the story was much of the same. Several Dana Outrigger teams battled with Lanakila groups for the top spots in their divisions. The Dana Outrigger women’s unlimited team finished second in their race, just 15 seconds behind Lanakila. The Dana men’s unlimited team race was even closer, as they finished just five seconds behind Lanakila and one second behind Newport Aquatic Center for a third-place finish. The club’s women’s senior and golden masters teams ran away with their respective divisions, as the senior masters team finished the 20-mile race in a time of 3:14:31
Members of the Dana Outrigger Canoe Club paddle on the open water. Courtesy photo
and the golden masters finished with a winning time of 3:20:37. The men’s senior masters and golden masters teams each finished second. The co-ed open unlimited Dana Outrigger team won their division. The Oceanside 9-man race is on tap next for the Dana Outrigger Club. They will travel south for the competition on August 24. DP
space of five yards while a running back had to navigate his way through the gauntlet. The responsibility of disrupting the route and trying to tackle the running back fell to the big defensive linemen. Rusinkovich and his staff emphatically made their way from line to line, offering encouragement as well as advice to those who did well or needed some guidance. The Dolphins will continue running two-a-days through August 22. Their first game is set for August 30 against Trabuco Hills at home. —Steve Breazeale
GETZLAF SHOOTOUT RETURNS TO DANA POINT
he third annual Getzlaf Shootout to benefit CureDuchenne will return to Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point on September 8. The tournament is hosted by Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and his wife, Paige. Last year’s event drew dozens of celebrities and hockey players alike to help raise funds and awareness for CureDuchenne, a nonprofit committed to finding a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The second installment of the event raised $200,000, according to event organizer Karen Harley. Corey Perry, Dustin Penner, Saku Koivu and recent Hall of Fame inductee Scott Niedermayer are all scheduled to participate. Each registered foursome for the event will get paired up with a celebrity or athlete. Foursomes cost $2,800 which comes with eight tickets to the pre-golf dinner reception. Hockey fans who do not wish to golf can still get a chance to rub elbows with the players at the pregolf reception. Tickets for the reception cost $100. “Duchenne is a devastating disease that impacts boys and robs them of the ability to walk, run and play sports,” Getzlaf said in a press release. “My wife Paige and I are committed to support CureDuchenne and their efforts in finding a cure for Duchenne. It is urgent to find a cure now in order to give these boys a chance.” For more information on CureDuchenne and to register for the event go to www.cureduchenne.org or call 949.872.2552. DP
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GROM OF THE WEEK Dax McPhillips Age: 9, Concordia Elementary At 9 years old San Clemente’s Dax McPhillips has been surfing for seven years and is already well on his way to becoming a versatile and accomplished waterman. He rode his first waves on the nose of his dad’s surfboard at the age of two and was getting pushed into waves by three. His stand-up paddle contest successes include winning the 10U division at last year’s Battle of the Paddle and coming in third place in the open division. This year’s Battle will be his fourth. He recently won the 10-mile open division race at the Quiksilver Ta-Hoe Nalu in Lake Tahoe as part of a six-man outrigger canoe team that included his brother Kai, dad Colin (three-time world longboard champion and professional SUP surfer) and Byron Kurt, another local SUP pro. Dax also competed in the four-mile open race on a SUP and took fifth. This season he has committed to surf the full WSA Championship Tour and started his campaign with a third-place finish in the U10 shortboard division this Dax McPhillips. Photo by Sheri Crummer/seasister.com month at the season’s first event at San Onofre Trail 6. “I thought the WSA was cool because there were so many people cheering everyone on,” Dax said. “It was pretty challenging but fun to compete with so many of my friends.” Dax credits his close family as being his inspiration. “I’d like to thank my parents, grandparents and brother for always being there for me and Hobie Surfboards and Cole Surfboards for my great equipment.”—Andrea Swayne
Surfing’s First World Champion Honored San Clemente resident Peter Townend receives SIMA Lifetime Achievement Award at Annual Waterman’s Ball By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
hen Peter “PT” Townend was called to the stage at the Surfing Industry Manufacturers Association’s annual Waterman’s Ball last Saturday at the Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point, the “this is your life” tribute was not his first. As recipient of this year’s SIMA Lifetime Achievement Award, a short film reflecting on his life’s work preceded the award presentation and included clips from the 1978 Australian television production of “This is Your Life.” His world champion status and other early accomplishments as a surfer earned him a spot, as the youngest guest ever, on the TV show. Townend, a native of Coolangatta in Queensland, Australia, became the first professional World Surfing Champion in 1976 and has spent every year since working for the betterment of surfing as a sport, a lifestyle and an industry.
Peter “PT” Townend with his World Champion trophy in 1976. Photo courtesy of the PT Collection
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Peter “PT” Townend hoists his SIMA Lifetime Achievement Award last Saturday at the Waterman’s Ball. His sons Jye Townend (left) and Tosh Townend had the honor of presenting the award. Photo by Brent Hilleman
Now, at the age of 60, his bio includes such achievements as serving alongside Ian Cairns as the first executive directors of the National Scholastic Surfing Association in 1980, coaching the United States Surfing Federation team to a 1984 gold medal in Australia, acting as SIMA president in 1988-1989, founding Surfing America and serving as president from 1997-2004. Together with his SIMA presidential successor Dick Baker and with the help of 1960 Olympic gold medalist Terry McCann, Townend succeeded at earning National Governing Body (NGB) status for Surfing America. He returned the U.S. surf team to the International Surfing Association world championship podium in three of five appearances as head coach
from 2004 to 2007. He also has nearly three decades of experience in the media including a stint as a magazine publisher for Primedia’s Surfing Group. “My mother told me, ‘Be the best you can be,’ and every day I’ve tried to do just that,” Townend said. “In the ’80s the USSF was struggling, not even in the top 10 and that just wasn’t acceptable. I wanted to do what I could to make the U.S. a contender. And being part of the “Bustin’ Down the Door” generation, we were all pretty hell bent on making surfing a professional sport. “I feel very honored by this recognition and reflecting back, I am most proud of the 30 years of working with the people in the room at the Ball, many of them close friends. Being recognized by the room is more important to me than being a former world champ.” Townend said his proudest moment in the surfing world was gaining NGB status for Surfing America and keeping the dream of seeing surfing become an official Olympic sport alive. But his greatest achievements by far, he said, have been raising children into successful adults. “My daughter Rana and sons Jye and Tosh are all grown up, gainfully employed and not in jail,” Townend said with a laugh. “I am also very proud of my great relationship with my ‘Brasil babe’ Leila Endersby—it will be 12 years this month—and being a step-dad to her daughter Bianca.” Townend lives in San Clemente and co-owns and operates ActivEmpire—a consulting company specializing in brand strategy, athlete management and special events production—with his partner Endersby. For more on this story, including additional information about the SIMA Waterman’s Ball, visit www.danapointtimes. com. DP
SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 65-67 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions, San Clemente: 10-15’+ Fair-Good Immediate: Looking pretty slow through the end of the work week off a trace blend of northwest windswell and background Southern Hemi swell. Through Friday most breaks are in the ankle-knee high (1-2’) range at best, with a few potential slightly better peaks for standouts during the most favorable tides. Light/variable to light onshore winds in the mornings give way to a light to moderate westerly sea-breeze in the afternoons through the end of the week. Long Range Outlook: Still small, but slightly more promising for the weekend as modest NW windswell picks up a notch along with minor Southern Hemi energy. That blend will keep up rideable surf for the regions better exposures through the weekend. Check out Surfline. com for all the details!
UPCOMING EVENTS August 24: NSSA Explorer, Event No. 1, Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier August 25: NSSA Explorer, Event No. 2, Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier September 7- 8: Surfing America Prime, Event No. 1, Camp Pendleton, Del Mar Jetties September 7: NSSA Explorer, Event No. 3, Huntington Beach, Pier September 8: NSSA Explorer, Event No. 4, Huntington Beach, Pier September 21-22: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 2, Ventura, Surfers Point September 21-22: NSSA Open, Event No. 1, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty September 28-29: NSSA Open, Event No. 2, Huntington Beach, Pier October 5-6: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 3, Pismo Beach, Pier www.danapointtimes.com