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City Sees Development Spike, Asks for Extra Hands City says staff shortage and other priorities have stalled major projects E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5
This aerial view shows a portion of Capistrano Beach with the Dana Point Harbor in the background. City staff said Tuesday that plans to revamp Capo Beach’s Doheny Village are on the back burner due to other projects and under staffing. Photo courtesy of ROMA Design Group/Tom Lamb Photography
Harbor Repairs Reach $2 Million Since 2005, Harbor Director Says
Symphony’s Season Opener to Tell Dana Point’s Treasured Past
DP Resident will Attempt to Summit World’s Highest Peaks
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CITY AND BUSINESS CALENDAR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Nature 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 ecology and natural history of the area. Advanced registration is required. For more information, call 949.542.4755. Craft Fair and Farmers Market 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Admission is free, for this weekly market at La Plaza Park,
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Preschool and Toddler Story Times 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m. Dana Point children’s librarian Ericka Reeb hosts two story times each Tuesday for preschoolers, toddlers and their caregivers. Find out more by calling the library at 949.496.5517 or visiting www.ocpl.org.
Board of Supervisors Meeting 9:30 a.m. The Orange County Board of Supervisors meets at the Hall of Administration, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., in Santa Ana. Visit www.ocgov.com for the agenda.
City Council Meeting 6 p.m. Dana Point City Council will meet at City Hall, Council Chambers, located at 33282 Golden Lantern. Stick with www.danapointtimes.com for a look at the night’s discussion.
34111 La Plaza Street. The first Saturday of the month, hours are extended to include a craft fair, highlighting locally made goods. Call 949.573.5033 or visit www.danapoint.org for information about becoming a vendor.
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…Monday’s House Fire?
THE LATEST: An early morning house fire in Dana Point’s gated Monarch Bay neighborhood caused extensive damage Monday, with losses estimated at $350,000, authorities said. No one was inside the home at the time and no injuries were reported, said Orange County Fire Authority spokeswoman Lynnette Round. Authorities did rescue an 11-year-old chocolate lab named Coco, Round said. Coco is reportedly in good condition, she confirmed. Fire officials received notice of flames coming from a home’s window in the 200 block of Monarch Bay Drive at 4:44 a.m. More than 30 firefighters responded to the blaze and had the fire contained by 5:15 a.m., Round confirmed. WHAT’S NEXT: The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Initial estimates place structural damages at about $250,000 and content damages at $150,000, according to authorities. Round said the fire spread quickly throughout the house, but crews were able to save contents in two rooms. Crews cleared out water and ensured saved items were in working condition for the home’s residents. FIND OUT MORE: Track breaking news on Twitter @DanaPointTimes. —Andrea Papagianis
THE LATEST: Construction crews at the Dana Point Harbor have spent the last few weeks repairing an aging pipeline that recently sprung a leak outside El Torito Mexican Restaurant. The replacement is the latest in similar Dana Point Times January 31-February 6, 2014
county repairs and maintenance to dated Harbor infrastructure that has cost an estimated $2 million since 2005, said OC Dana Point Harbor Director Brad Gross. Current repairs are likely to cost another $100,000, he said. The leak started in a fire supply line to El Torito. Crews repaired the line, but a required fire inspection and subsequent pressure test turned up problems with original materials. An increase in pressure requirements proved too much for the original pipes and caused additional failures in the line, Gross said. A larger portion of the pipeline is now being replaced with a material able to withstand current water pressure requirements, he said. Aside from messy walkways and bulky machinery, Gross said Harbor businesses have been operating as usual. “Given the age of our facility, we continually experience these types of situations,” Gross said in an email. “Our repairs and maintenance of the infrastructure continue to keep pace with our goals … but getting to these underground areas continues to prove difficult and expensive.” WHAT’S NEXT: The Harbor was built in the early ’60s and much of the infrastructure and numerous buildings are in need of repair. Through the county’s planned $140 million Harbor Revitalization project, aging structures and underground utilities will be replaced or rehabbed, but the changes are still a ways off. Gross pointed to this incident as being one reason to get the Harbor revamp moving. OC Dana Point Harbor recently submitted a draft Coastal Development Permit application to the city of Dana Point for review. It is the county’s next step as the project inches closer to public hearings with the city’s Planning Commission. No date has been set for a hearing. FIND OUT MORE: Read the full story at www.danapointtimes.com.—AP
…CUSD Repaying Mello-Roos Funds?
THE LATEST: Talega residents received good news Wednesday, Jan. 22 as the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees decided to refund taxpayers about $17 million from a refinancing of the area’s community finance district—or Mello-Roos—between 2014 and 2033. Board members voted in August to keep the Mello-Roos funds for at least one year, citing facilities needs at San Clemente High School. But in the months after, Talega residents angered by the decision organized and asked for a rehearing. It was granted last month. Along with a number of local residents, San Clemente’s mayor, Tim Brown, urged the body to return the money collected. Brown said he understood their dealing with “an infinite amount of needs and desires,” but returning funds to taxpayers should be the decision every time it is possible. WHAT’S NEXT: The board has also been asked to reexamine a 2006 refinancing that could provide Talega residents an additional return. Residents believe the refinancing should have reduced their tax burden by $4.7 million. Superintendent Joseph Farley said he hopes to provide the refund. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.danapointtimes.com to read the full story. —Jim Shilander
…the $1.5 Million CBP Seizure?
THE LATEST: U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized nearly $1.5 million last Friday at the Interstate 5 checkpoint south of San Clemente.
Agents stopped a 27-year-old Uzbekistan national and United States citizen, who was hauling five used cars on a trailer at 4:30 p.m, according to an agency release. The man was referred to a secondary K-9 unit inspection. According to the release, anomalies were identified in two vehicles using an x-ray system. False compartments were discovered in the rear bumpers of two Acura models containing 49 bundles of cash. The bundles amounted to nearly $1.5 million. WHAT’S NEXT: Two vehicles and the cash were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol. To report suspicious activity, contact the U.S. Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector at 619.498.9900. FIND OUT MORE: Read about a second seizure on page four.—AP
…the Rancho San Juan Apartments?
THE LATEST: The San Juan Capistrano City Council rejected a proposed apartment complex near San Juan Hills High School Tuesday, Jan. 21, a move that may allow for expansion of the school. San Juan residents voiced concerns that local students might be pushed out of the school to allow students from Talega and Ladera Ranch in, since those developments helped fund construction of the facility. Students from San Juan might have then been forced to attend other surrounding high schools, including those in San Clemente and Dana Point. WHAT’S NEXT: The Capistrano Unified School District Board has expressed an interest in making a move on the property in order to secure space to expand the school. FIND OUT MORE: Go to www.danapointtimes.com for the full story.—Brian Park www.danapointtimes.com
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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Local Resorts Honored by Forbes Travel Guide u For the eighth consecutive year, the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort was honored by Forbes Travel Guide as providing one of the world’s top travel experiences. The St. Regis was recently recognized as a five-star hotel, surpassing some 800 set standards to claim the honor. Hotels, restaurants and spas around the globe are visited by anonymous professional inspectors and graded by Forbes Travel Guide. During their two-night, three-day stays, inspectors evaluate each property and experience the levels of service and standards a typical guest would. According to Forbes Travel Guide, a fivestar rating is awarded to hotels providing memorable and engaging experiences through flawless service that goes beyond expectations. The resort’s Stonehill Tavern also garnered a high rating, receiving four stars. The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel also received a four-star rating. Visit www.forbestravelguide.com for the full list.
Pooper Bowl, Carnival Comes to Palisades Elementary u One day before the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks hit MetLife Stadium for Super Bowl XLVIII, Palisades Elementary School will host a bowl of different sorts— the annual “Pooper Bowl.” Much like friendly bets and square purchases made for football’s biggest game, the Pooper Bowl also involves a field and a grid. But rather than players racking up points, this gridiron game involves a horse. On Saturday, Feb. 1, participants can purchase squares on the grid, and wait in anticipation for the horse’s decision. Winners will be selected when the day’s mascot poops on their square. While the method may be a bit unorthodox, the event has drawn thousands
of parents, students, staff and community members over the years, and has helped raise funds for field trips, assemblies and special activities at the Capistrano Beach elementary school. The event will also feature a silent auction, bounce houses, carnival games, shaved ice, cotton candy, a bake sale and cake walk, live entertainment and more. Festivities kick off at 11 a.m. and go through 2 p.m. at Palisades Elementary, located at 26462 Via Sacramento.
Wildlife Art Lessons with Wyland and Dana Wharf
Forbes Travel Guide recently awarded the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort a five-star rating. Courtesy photo
u A California gray whale season celebration has once again brought Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching and renowned environmental artist Wyland together for an art inspired adventure package filled with whale, dolphin and others marine animal sightings in their natural habitat. The program is designed for children ages 3 to 12 years old. For a $5 donation, children and an accompanying adult with paid admission can participate in an exclusive Wyland art lesson aboard the 95-foot Dana Wharf vessel, Dana Pride. Materials are included. All art lessons are delivered by Wyland via video and are followed by a two-hour whale watching tour. Art lessons in the wild are offered each Saturday now through April 26, from 9 a.m. to noon. All artwork will be entered into a contest for prizes, including limited edition signed Wyland piece. Winning artwork will be chosen from three age groups, and winners will receive a $25 gift certificate to Wyland’s Laguna Beach studio and two Dana Wharf whale watching tickets. Contest winners will be announced May 11 and their work will be framed and shown at Dana Wharf throughout the month. Advanced registration is required for all trips. Donations made benefit the Wyland Foundation. More information can be
Youngsters aboard a recent Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching trip create wildlife portraits with tips from renowned environmental artist Wyland. Courtesy photo
found at www.danawharf.com or by calling 888.224.0603.
Gray Whales Romance off the Dana Point Shoreline u Dana Point lived up to its penned description by Richard Henry Dana Jr. as the “only romantic spot on the coast” this week as two California gray whales courted Sunday off the city’s shoreline. About two miles off the Dana Point coast, the pair twirled, rolled and breached before curious bottlenose dolphins, a kayaker, a stand-up paddleboarder and whale watchers aboard a Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari trip. The encounter, described as rare by Capt. Dave Anderson,
was captured on video and shared on YouTube Monday. “Apparently everyone was curious, especially the dolphin,” Anderson said. “We often see pacific white-sided dolphin interacting with these whales, but to have bottlenose dolphin was extraordinary.” This mating behavior is usually only seen in the lagoons of Baja California, Anderson said, where the whales migrate each year to mate and give birth to calves. The gray whales’ trek stretches more than 12,000 miles from the Chuckchi and Bering seas to the Mexican lagoons of southern Baja—and is one of the longest and most dangerous migrations of any mammal. Gray whale sightings along the Pacific Coast have been at a high this year. Anderson’s company has reported encounters with 168 gray whales in January alone, while Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching reported seeing 272 gray whales since migration season started in November.
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Border Patrol Seizes $6.7 Million of Cocaine at I-5 Checkpoint
U.S. Border Patrol agents seized 670 pounds of cocaine, worth $6.7 million, at the Interstate 5 checkpoint south of San Clemente. Courtesy photo
Dana Point Times January 31–February 6, 2014
S. Border Patrol agents seized 670 pounds of cocaine, worth $6.7 million, at the Interstate 5 checkpoint south of San Clemente early Friday morning, according to an agency press release. The cocaine was discovered after an immigration inspection led to the arrest of a 54-year-old man, who lied to agents and claimed he was a U.S. citizen. The man was stopped in a 2011 Hyundai Elantra at around 1:15 a.m. Agents were suspicious of the man and detained him Page 4
for further investigation. A check on his record showed he was lying, and the man was arrested for making a false claim to U.S. citizenship, according to the release. Agents searched the man’s vehicle and discovered large cardboard boxes, each containing several wrapped packages of cocaine, 53 in all. The man, vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for prosecution, according to the release. — Dana Point Times www.danapointtimes.com
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Extra Hands Needed for Spike in Development
Francisco-based firm, ROMA, in June. Only general ideas were discussed. At the time, Luna-Reynosa said the city’s goal was to have finalized plans before the end of 2013, but that deadline came and went.
Developing Doheny Village Talks about changing zoning codes and making street changes to Capistrano Beach’s Doheny Village, to promote similar development, have swirled for years. The city even hired Town Center project consultant, ROMA Design Group, to assist with plans for the 0.5-square-mile section of town. But as City Manager Doug Chotkevys said Tuesday night, that project “has been put on the back burner and the heat turned off.” Things heated up for Doheny Village in 2011, when a series of public scoping meetings were held. Residents turned out to a January 2012 joint council/commission meeting in droves, highlighting safety concerns and hopes for the area’s revitalization. Things appeared to be moving forward. But in 2013, when the City Council’s focus turned to Town Center, Doheny Village plans took the backseat. Tuesday night, Capistrano Beach residents Buck and Betty Hill asked the joint bodies to not overlook the needs of other areas of town, specifically those in their neighborhood. “I worry that this is absorbing too much of our resources,” Betty Hill said of Town Center plans. Her husband, Buck, echoed the same sentiment, asking commissioners and council members if they were balancing Town Center needs and expenditures with those in the rest of town. “Capistrano Beach and Doheny Village also have some needs,” Buck Hill said. “As you consider all these expenditures, look at how they impact the entire town … make sure we don’t get too one-sided.” Over the past few years, small-scale changes—mostly in the business community—have made their way to Capistrano Beach. Many longstanding businesses like El Patio Café, Doheny Builders Supply and Doheny Plumbing, Inc. have been joined by area newcomers such as 2nd Hand Treasures, The Surfin’ Cowboy, Doheny Clothing Exchange and DePalma Clothing, Inc. The City Council last received an update from the San
Beefing Up City Staff Tuesday night, during a presentation of the Community Development Department’s 2014 work plan, city staff highlighted a staffing need and lack of resources in moving certain projects along. “We just don’t have the resources,” Chotkevys said of the Doheny Village project. “Quite honestly, if we get something moving, changes will likely not be seen for at least three years.” Ultimately, Doheny Village plans will have to gain approval from three bodies including the California Coastal Commission, city Planning Commission and City Council. It is a process, city staff emphasized, that takes resources and time. “With respect to the Doheny Village project, it sends a message to other residents that we represent all the folks in Dana Point,” Councilman Scott Schoeffel said Tuesday. “Giving them some advanced planning on a great project is the right thing.” Tuesday, city staff asked the council to consider refunding a vacant position in the planning division. An assistant planner position went vacant in 2008 and has since been left unfunded, Luna-Reynosa said. But over the last year, the division’s service counter has seen an uptick in traffic. According to a staff report, counter visits peaked in August and November of last year, with about 400 visits in both months. Prior to that, visitations peaked at 332 in June 2009. The city began collecting such data in January 2008. “With what we are experiencing … We need to be responsive to current levels,” Luna-Reynosa told the council, adding that her staff understands that time is money, and with small businesses time waiting can also mean money lost. Luna-Reynosa said re-staffing the vacant position would take senior planners away from the counter so they could focus on advanced planning projects. That night, the council directed staff to commission a city fee study to make sure it stays competitive, and directed staff to refund an associate planner position. The motions passed with a 4-1 and 3-2 votes, respectively. Councilmen Carlos Olvera and Bill Brough had the two dissenting votes on refunding the planning position. While both Brough and Olvera expressed excitement over the city’s increased workload, both suggested hiring a contractor to fill the immediate need, rather than refilling a full-time staffing position. “We have created our own boom economy,” Olvera said in an email. “That boom may last two to three years. A contract planner for one year will eliminate the backlog. Instead the council voted to hire a new full-time employee as an associate planner, who will most likely be with us until his retirement or replaced when the individual leaves.” DP
tion to the city, but is awaiting comments before submitting a final version. Doheny Hotel: The Planning Commission will continue a public hearing on Monday, Feb. 10 on the proposed two- to five-story hotel at Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive. As they currently stand, the hotel’s plans would require a city height variance. Town Center/Lantern District Parking Plan: Planning commissioners and council members received an update Tuesday on a parking management plan for Town Center. The council extended a contract with the city’s parking consultant, who is expected to have a finalized plan finished this spring. Once approved at the city level, parking plans must go before the Coastal Commission, a process that could take years with the commission’s current backlog.
Del Obispo Property: A public scoping meeting for a proposed 169-unit mixed-use development at Pacific Coast Highway and Del Obispo Street was held Wednesday. Plans are still in the early, conceptual phases. Public comments are being accepted until Feb. 13. Comments can be emailed to senior planner, Kurth Nelson, at knelson@ danapoint.org. A draft report is available for public review at www.danapoint.org. General Plan: While the city has embarked on a comprehensive general plan to streamline a patchwork of site-specific plans throughout the city several times, competing priorities have pushed the plan aside. The city now has a grant to embark on the project, but staff has said a comprehensive plan could take over three years and cost upwards of $1 million.
City says staff shortage and other priorities have postponed projects By Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times
hanges are afoot to revamp Dana Point’s downtown corridor, with street improvements, new developments and business overhauls on the city’s books and city staff’s workload. With the long-awaited $19 million Town Center Lantern District revitalization underway, or at least the city’s and South Coast Water District’s first construction phases funded and moving forward, many are wondering what’s next in line for Dana Point development. The county’s planned $140 million revamp of the Dana Point Harbor is inching forward. With portions of the overhaul plan approved by the California Coastal Commission, OC Dana Point Harbor staff is moving through the city’s channels for a Coastal Development Permit. A draft CDP application was recently wheeled into City Hall for initial city review, as reported by Community Development Director Ursula Luna-Reynosa at a joint meeting of the Dana Point City Council and Planning Commission Tuesday night. The application is only a draft, OC Dana Point Harbor Director Brad Gross said in an email. It still requires city feedback before a final submittal, he said. This is the next step in Orange County’s move to renovate and refurbish aging Harbor structures—on land and sea—that were constructed in the late ’60s. The Harbor revamp, coupled with the city’s roadwork on Pacific Coast Highway, and later on Del Prado Avenue, will likely alter the cityscape many know today. City funding for Del Prado street work has not yet been identified. Once city work is completed, both PCH and Del Prado will become two-way roads, with added medians, bus pullouts and new landscaping. The city’s aim has been to create a pedestrian-friendly core in order to promote new mixed-use development, including housing, retail and restaurant elements. Town Center’s first mixed-use development received a unanimous OK from the Planning Commission in December. The project will see a vacant lot at Del Prado Avenue and Violet Lantern transformed into a three-story residential and retail building, with three-levels of underground parking.
Projects in the Pipeline Currently stacking up on the Community Development Department’s caseload is a variety of projects. From parking management plans and strategies in the city’s downtown corridor to a major hotel proposal at the city’s gateway entrance, city planners are working through the details to process development applications and move them onto the next phase. Here is a snapshot of projects in the pipeline and some that could be on the horizon. Dana Point Harbor Revitalization: The county’s $140 million revitalization project is now moving through the city’s planning department. OC Dana Point Harbor staff recently submitted a draft Coastal Development applicaDana Point Times January 31-February 6, 2014
Residents review blue print plans Wednesday that layout a proposed mixed-use development, with 169 units, at Pacific Coast Highway and Del Obispo Street. The project is still in the early planning phases, and public input is currently being accepted. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
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Dana Point Police Services www.HideitLockitOrLoseit.com COMPILED BY CATHY MANSO 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.
Tuesday, January 28 DRUNK DRIVING Calle Verano, 26800 Block (5:22 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a “male subject who just got done smoking weed” and was reportedly leaving the area in a gray Toyota four-door. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE La Serena Drive, 34100 Block (9:56 a.m.) Deputies were notified of a man and
woman who appeared to be living in a black pickup truck with an orange hood. The couple was reportedly tapping into electrical outlets belonging to the community and refusing to leave the area.
yelled at customers and although he was removed from the property, he persisted in staying in the area.
Monday, January 27
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34200 Block (1:29 p.m.) A long-haired man wearing a gray sweater, was asked to leave the stairs in front of the Subway restaurant after he was seen “talking to himself and waving his arms.”
CITIZEN ASSIST Dolores Circle, 26900 Block (9:29 p.m.) A caller contacted deputies about an individual who “dropped off a sweatshirt with drugs” that was intended for the caller’s stepson. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34000 Block (8:38 p.m.) A beauty salon employee alerted officials of a man sitting down in front of a dumpster. The caller was concerned for the women on staff who were about to leave work. When police arrived, the employees and man were gone. OPEN DOOR Street of the Blue Lantern, 34100 Block (6:16 a.m.) A neighbor informed sheriff’s deputies about a house next door with the light on and the back door open all night. Deputies tried contacting the owner of the house. DISTURBANCE La Plaza, 34100 Block (12:09 a.m.) Dispatch received notice of a disturbance outside Hennessey’s Tavern. A man
Wednesday, January 22
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Niguel Road, 33800 Block (11:46 a.m.) Dana Point Library employees contacted deputies after a man in his 50s was found under a table, allegedly taking inappropriate pictures of females. DISTURBANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 32800 Block (9:49 a.m.) Deputies contacted OCFA for a reported alcohol poisoning. When authorities arrived they found a man, in his 40s or 50s, sleeping in front of Starbucks.
UNKNOWN TROUBLE Via Sacramento, 26400 Block (1:20 p.m.) Medical crews responded to reports of a skateboarder who began screaming for help after falling off his skateboard. When officials arrived he “appeared to have suffered road rash.”
FOUND BICYCLE Pacific Coast Highway, 34800 Block (7:45 a.m.) At Capistrano Beach Park, two bikes were found by the basketball courts and bathrooms. The bikes were left overnight.
PROPERTY FOR DESTRUCTION La Serena Drive, 34100 Block (12:49 p.m.) A woman was cleaning out her garage when she stumbled upon a gun.
DRUNK IN PUBLIC Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (6:33 p.m.) Officials were alerted to a man suspected to have alcohol poisoning. When authorities arrived they found a man, wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt, passed out in front of Hobie Surf Shop.
Tuesday, January 21 TRAFFIC STOP La Cresta Drive/Street of the Violet Lantern (3:42 p.m.) Authorities pulled over a blonde woman driver and requested a vehicle search. The 19-year-old movie extra was arrested and booked at Musick facility for possession of drugs.
Monday, January 20
DRUNK IN PUBLIC Del Obispo Street/Pacific Coast Highway (2:38 p.m.) Officials were notified of a drunken man screaming from the pedestrian bridge. The intoxicated man was later found stumbling into traffic lanes.
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Letters to the Editor SUPERVISORS SHOULD RETHINK HARBOR DRIVE PARKING LIMITATIONS BARBARA LeGRAND, Dana Point
Hopefully the Orange County Board of Supervisors will reconsider a plan to change the parking along Dana Point Harbor Drive to a four hour period (Dana Point Times, “What’s up with … Harbor Drive Parking?, Jan. 24-Jan. 30, Vol. 7, Issue 4). Perhaps Mr. Jim Miller could be more charitable and less judgmental to the “new class of homeless people.” With economic conditions making mere survival difficult, many families appreciate the free parking offered along Dana Point Harbor Drive. They are willing to make this hike and schlepp their beach paraphernalia into Doheny State Park to spend the day. Not just four hours. They can then avoid paying $15 to park at a beach, which currently does not offer food service, lifeguards or reliable amenities. Dana Point is not as exclusive as some would like to think. We should be warm and welcoming to all, even if they have been forced into circumstances creating the “new class of homeless people.” Why is this suddenly an issue? The economy will get better. Those pesky RVs will leave. Meanwhile, what would be the cost for new signage? Let’s hope the county’s traffic committee is more compassionate and sensible.
DOHENY HOTEL ALTERNATIVE ADDS ROOMS, TAKES PARK LAND JODY PAYNE, Dana Point
Are the citizens of Dana Point aware of the alternate plan for the proposed Doheny Hotel at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Dana Point Harbor Drive? This version actually adds more hotel rooms—now up to 273 from 258. It would Dana Point Times January 31–February 6, 2014
take 3/4 acre from Lantern Bay Park to create a driveway and parking for the hotel. The enclosed space would increase to 307,693 square feet, according to the city’s Environmental Impact Report. The developer is telling us this is a concession, that he is concerned about public opinion and is therefore stepping back the five stories a bit to reduce the visual mass. I’m sorry if I’m not impressed. Five stories is still five stories, no matter how you stack it. Five stories is still more than double the height restriction of 35 feet in Dana Point. Please don’t be fooled into thinking this project is a one-time deal. Clearly, if this is approved by the Planning Commission or City Council, we have leaders who want to break rules, set monstrous precedents and turn our beach town into Marina Del Rey. Many people who drive PCH every day have no idea that this hotel will have a loading zone right on the street. The Beverly Hills developer says they will add a southbound turning lane to alleviate congestion. What they really mean is they will create a loading zone lane just for them. It will cause intolerable congestion, unsafe lanes for bikes and block visibility at a very busy intersection. Businesses put their loading docks at the back of the building. So it becomes very clear that the developer of the Doheny Hotel considers PCH to be its backside. Why are we spending tons of money to turn our downtown into a pedestrianfriendly destination, only to make visitors and residents walk through an ugly loading zone? The developer has discussed adding another loading zone on the park side, but what will make them use it? We all know this area is blighted right now and we all agree that appropriate development will improve the entrance to our city. We will live with this forever, so I implore our city to stick to the rules all the rest of us must follow.
This project is going to the Planning Commission on Monday, Feb. 10. Please attend. It will show our city leaders that we are paying attention to what they are doing and we vote accordingly.
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT, SAN CLEMENTE TOPS ANDY JEZUITSKI, San Clemente
When I first moved to San Clemente I remember being passed on the freeway by a car with a license plate frame that read: “San Clemente: Best Climate in the World.” The next day, in what I can’t imagine considering a coincidence, I saw a similar meteorologically bold license plate frame reading: “Capistrano Beach: Best Climate in the World.” Being a new resident of San Clemente, I took great offense to this second license plate frame which, only a day removed from the crowning of my new hometown’s climate, had so boldly made claim for the throne. I thought to myself, “This will not stand,” and started an investigation. The investigation was thorough. It had to be. I kept detailed notes. I noted when one town had a slight one or two degree Fahrenheit advantage over the other. Noted when it was cloudy in one town but not the other. Noted when a cloudbank started over Capistrano Beach and then, with the help of a northerly ocean wind, pleasantly blew south to cover San Clemente instead. I noted when the opposite happened as well. Then I wondered—in an existential sort of way—if it was not better to have a few clouds than to have a perfectly homogenous blue sky. And this proved unprovable. I found myself constantly distracted by such existentialisms. That is to say, I constantly had to remind myself of the objective: to determine which of these two sparkling cities, separated only by an imaginary boundary, has the best climate
in the world. Defeated, I abandoned the original thesis. It was only affecting my mental health (in a negative way). That is to say, my original thesis was too small. I should not have been comparing San Clemente to its neighboring town, but instead to all the towns across the world. And I should not have focused in on only weather systems, but instead, on all qualities a town can have. I formulated a new thesis: San Clemente is the best town in the world. I’ve found this thesis much more manageable. I collected all the concrete, non-existential evidences I could. And I present some of the most striking for you here: One, the president of the most powerful nation in the world decided to live in San Clemente instead of in the White House. Two, Trestles is the only permanent World Championship Tour surf spot in the contiguous United States. Three, San Clemente is home to Greg Long, the only big wave surfer to win at the Eddie, Mavericks and Dungeons. Four, five and six, San Clemente has a train station, and a pier and, of course, arguably, the best climate in the world.
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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
WINE CRUISE 5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. Join Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching Friday and Sunday evening for a Harbor cruise featuring a sampling of appetizers and four wines from The Organic Cellar. $49 per person. 34675 Golden Lantern, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com.
ANGELIKA WILSON 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Lively music and wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine. Tastings are $20 for five wines. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com. BROOKLYN 232 8 p.m. Dinner and music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.windandsearestaurants.com. BRIDAL EVENT: TASTE OF JAY’S 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Brides-to-be are invited to the Casino San Clemente for a tasting by Jay’s Catering. 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.369.6600, www.thecasinosanclemente.com.
YOGA FUNDAMENTALS 12:15 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Workshop to learn and/or master the most common yoga postures at Sun Salute Yoga Studio. Fee: donation-based. 24655 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.371.6097, www.sunsaluteyoga.com.
WING CHUN KUNG FU DEMONSTRATION 10 a.m.-noon. The Dragon Institute hosts a free event in honor of the Chinese New Year with kung fu demonstrations, interactive exhibitions, hands-on training, a Chinese Lion Dance and kids’ activities open to the public at Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.542.8470, www.ocwingchun.com. ASTRONOMY NIGHT 6:15 p.m.–8:15 p.m. Gaze into the night sky through telescopes learn the constellations with astronomy experts at The Reserve/Richard & Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Adults $10, kids $5. Call for more info. 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org. Dana Point Times January 31-February 6, 2014
AT THE MOVIES: HERE’S WHY IT’S ‘THE PAST’ 2013 ended with France’s Blue is the Warmest Color and Italy’s The Great Beauty as the most acclaimed and popular foreign films of the year. But the year began with Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi’s follow-up to his universal hit A Separation (2011) called The Past, as the most anticipated. The movie succeeded throughout the festival circuit last year, but by the time award nominations were announced, The Past seemed forgotten. The film opens with Marie-Anne (Bérénice Bejo) picking up her soon to be ex-husband Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) from a Paris airport after a long visit back to his homeland in Iran. Ahmad plans to stay in town only to quickly sign the divorce papers, but soon discovers Marie has some newly grown issues involving her current boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim) and her teen daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Bejo won Best Actress at the © 2013, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics Cannes Film Festival last summer and it’s no surprise as she delivers the best performance in the film. Rahim and Mosaffa are fine as the two men connected to Marie’s life and Elyes Aguis as Samir’s young son delivers an impressive effort as well. Farhadi knows how to deal with family problems on screen, as was proven with A Separation, but The Past suffers an underwhelming third act that seems more fitting for network TV and loses its focus by the end. Because of this, the feature would best be appreciated by mainly fans of the cast or Farhadi. —Megan Bianco
DOKKEN 8 p.m. Concert featuring the popular ’80s band at The Coach House. $30. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
WHAT’S A GMO? WITH FARMER HOWARD VLIEGE 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Learn about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and why they matter, at The Ecology Center. Free. 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org.
VILLAGE ARTS FAIRE 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The first Sunday of the month, stroll and shop downtown San Clemente where more than 60 vendors offer arts, crafts and more. Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.218.5378, www.villagesanclemente.org. MIKE DE BELLIS SATIN EXPRESS JAZZ DUO 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Jazz on the Patio every Sunday at Ciao Pasta Trattoria. 31661 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.5002, www.ciaopasta.net.
COUNTRY DANCIN’ WITH PATRICK AND FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. Every Monday at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
COOKING CLASS: VALENTINE’S DINNER 6:30 p.m. Valentine’s Day-themed cooking class with Chef Caroline Cazaumayou at Antoine’s Café featuring pancettawrapped filet with Cabernet glaze. Cost $50 each; includes recipes, dinner and a glass of wine. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com.
DANA HARBOR TOASTMASTERS MEETING 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking skills in a safe and fun learning environment every Tuesday at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.728.8969, http://1707.toastmastersclubs.org.
OPEN MIC NIGHT 8 p.m. Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Dana Point, 949.443.1476, www.briorestaurant.com. Page 8
ENTANGLED STATES 7:30 p.m. Saddleback College presents a mind and body-bending performance in McKinney Theatre featuring dance, theatre, visual arts and physics, exploring the intricacies of light and subatomic particles. $10. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, www.saddleback.edu.
THE ABC’S OF FALCONRY 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Presentation on the sport of falconry at the RMV Presentation Center at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Free. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org. NETWORKING BREAKFAST MIXER 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Join the San Juan Capistrano Chamber on the first Wednesday of the month for breakfast at the Vintage Steakhouse. This month learn about burglary prevention from Police Services. Fee $15-$25. 26701-B Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.4700, www.sanjuanchamber.com.
SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY NAFE NETWORK 6 p.m. The National Association for Female Executives’ monthly meeting at Sarducci’s Depot. 26701 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano, 951.255.9200, www.wrnafe.com.
WORLD OF WOLVES 4 p.m. Educational program on wolves at The Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, www.ocpl.org.
UPCOMING: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8 FATHER DAUGHTER DINNER DANCE 5:30 p.m.8 p.m. The Girls Pioneer Club presents a father daughter fundraiser dance and Italian themed dinner at South Shores Church, 32712 Crown Valley Parkway in Dana Point. Girls 4-18 and their father, or special male role model, can pre-order a keepsake photo, flower boutonniere and corsage during online registration. Tickets are $15 for girls and $25 for adults. Contact email@example.com for more information. *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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Bringing History to Life
OFFERING UP SOLUTIONS Former councilman publishes book on California’s political realm
Symphony to Tell Dana Point’s Treasured Past By Andrea Papagianis Dana Point Times
A partnership with the Dana Point Festival of Whales, Ocean Institute, musical theater students and the Luminario Ballet (above), will kick off the Dana Point Symphony’s third season aboard the brig Pilgrim with a high flying show. Courtesy photo
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These performances will highlight risk taking, true artists and true artistry in live performances.” The symphony’s third season opens aboard the brig Pilgrim on Friday, March 7 during the second weekend of the Festival of Whales. The show begins at 7 p.m. Opening night will be followed by a matinee performance on Saturday, March 8 at 3 p.m. with another performance at 7 p.m. that night. Tickets are $25. Space for opening weekend is limited to 200 seats a performance. Children and teens under 15 can attend the Saturday matinee for free, but must reserve a seat. Three other concerts will be held at St.
Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, located at 33926 Calle La Primavera, on Saturday, March 29 and Friday, April 25, with the symphony orchestra’s grand finale on Saturday, May 31. Concerts at St. Edward begin at 7:30 p.m. Season passes for the three symphony shows at St. Edward are available for $50. Individual tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and members of the military. Ticket information can be found at www.danapointsymphony.com. Schmitz also sits on the city’s Arts and Culture Commission, and is the executive director of Casa Romantica Cultural Center in San Clemente. DP
ana Point Symphony artistic director Berenika Schmitz has envisioned a community symphony orchestra like no other since the beginning. Striving to make each performance unique, Schmitz has re-imagined traditional concert formulas to highlight the symphony’s woodwinds, brass, percussion and strings over the last three years. She did so with added multi-media elements, dancers and singers last symphony season. This year, with music director Dean Anderson, Schmitz is taking the symphony outside the concert hall doors and into the open air of the Dana Point Harbor, for a high-flying performance aboard a historic tall ship. “This show re-conceptualizes the symphony and shows it in a completely different way,” Schmitz said. In partnership with the Dana Point Festival of Whales, Ocean Institute, South
ocal public policy attorney and former Dana Point City Councilman James Lacy hopes his new book, Taxifornia, which focuses on the state of California, its high tax rates, high poverty rates and what he sees as overall economic failures, will resonate with readers and elected officials across the nation, as the state acts as a national leader. “California leads the nation in so many ways, and has led the nation in so many ways, in technology, trend setting and entertainment,” Lacy said. “But right now it leads the nation in high taxes and poverty. TaxiJames Lacy. fornia calls that out and Courtesy Photo seeks to change that.” Lacy, who served on the City Council from 2002 to 2006, focuses his legal practice in the public policy realm. After working unsuccessfully to stop the state’s Proposition 30 in 2012, which has raised taxes state-wide to fund the education system, Lacy embarked on telling California’s tale. It’s a tale Lacy sees filled with overspending and overtaxing by the state’s po-
litical majority, the Democratic Party. In his book, which has been listed on Policito.com’s top 10 weekly bestsellers list for the last two weeks, Lacy calls out the state’s leading party and Local attorney and former special interest Dana Point City Councilman James Lacy’s recently groups, which he says have released book, titled Taxifornia, has topped Politico. held too much com’s Top 10 weekly bestpower for too sellers list for two weeks. long. Courtesy Photo Accompanied by 800 footnotes, Lacy lays out California’s political landscape and offers up his own solutions, such as an attitude change, taxing less, spending less and reforming the state’s pension system. “To be frank, I am not optimistic about California’s future,” Lacy said. “There is currently too much taxing, too much spending … a poor education system and I do not know if California can reform itself.” DP
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Orange County School of the Arts and professional opera singers, aerialists and bagpipers, Schmitz and Anderson have set out to illuminate Dana Point namesake, Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s two-year narrative, Two Years Before the Mast, in a “fantastical” way. “I thought this would be entirely unique, and it is my artistic expression of what a symphony could mean for a community and how it can be in a show and still maintain artistic integrity,” Schmitz said. Set on the Ocean Institute’s historic replica of the Pilgrim, which carried Dana Jr. to the Southern California shores in 1835, three symphony performances will seek to share Dana Point’s storied past with audiences in a new way. The symphony will be in full force with Anderson, acting as the concerts’ lynchpin, and will be accompanied by musical theatre, opera and aerial performances. Suspended from the tall ship’s two masts will be aerialists with the Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles—think Cirque du Soleil. Singers from both the Los Angeles Opera and San Diego Opera will also be performing live, telling the area’s history with musical theatre performers from SOCSA. “What I wanted to highlight is the risk taking of the artists, and the courage needed to get up to sing, dance and perform live in the age of lip-syncing and smoke and mirrors,” Schmitz said. “There will be smoke and mirrors, but everything is real.
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By Steve Breazeale
SECOND HALF SURGE SENDS DOLPHINS HOOPS PAST STALLIONS Heading into the second half of play, down 22-21, the Dana Hills basketball team rallied to outscore San Juan Hills 37-23 in the final 16 minutes on Jan. 29 to claim a 58-45 Sea View League victory, which is their fi fth in a row. The Dolphins (18-4, 5-0 league) were led by senior Jack Sheffield, who poured in a season-high 19 points. Sheffield led all scorers and made four 3-pointers. The Dolphins now have a two-game lead over Trabuco Hills in the standings and will host San Clemente on Feb. 1. DOLPHINS GIRLS WATER POLO SET FOR HOME STRETCH The Dana Hills girls water polo team has had to deal with lingering injuries to key players and a tough preseason and league schedule in 2014. But that has not deterred them from competing and staying in the playoff hunt. At 14-11 overall, including a 2-3 record in the South Coast League, the Dolphins are within striking distance of second-
Dana Hills senior captain Jack Sheffield scored a game-high 19 points in the Dolphins come from behind win over San Juan Hills on January 29. Photo by Steve Breazeale
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BOYD TO TAKE ON WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAINS
In the span of one month, Dana Point resident Dusty Boyd, 49, will attempt to summit both the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere (Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina), Mt. Lhoste (the fourth highest mountain on Earth) and Mt. Everest. Boyd, who has a doctorate in physiology, has made headlines in the climbing community with his “fast ascent” approach. Boyd does not use supplemental oxygen at extreme heights and through extensive research, has made a system that allows his body to work faster than what standards dictate. Boyd says he climbs at a rate around two or three times faster than the average climber.
place El Toro (7-10, 3-1 league). The Dolphins are coming off a six-game stretch that saw them go 3-3, including a close loss to first-place San Clemente on Jan. 28. The Dolphins have three league games remaining on their schedule, including a tilt against El Toro on the last day of the season. The Dolphins have stayed in the hunt without standout Madison Baba, last year’s leading scorer, and Maia Borisoff, the team’s main two-meter defender. Baba returned from a foot injury earlier in the year, only to go back on the injured list. She has not played in the Dolphins last 10 games. Head coach Chad Beeler said that he will know sometime this week if Borisoff will return. Despite those injuries, the Dolphins have been winning. Keeping the Dolphins offense afloat has been senior Molly Wilbur who, as of Jan. 30, is tied for fourth in the county in goals scored with 77. Wilbur has been surrounded by other players who have put up consistent numbers. Contributions from Julianna Burke (28 goals, 18 assists), Haley Scott (35 goals), Kelcie Pourzanjani (31 goals, 14 assists) and Kayla McGowan (31 goals, 16 assists) have the Dolphins eyeing the No. 2 spot in league. “It took a few games but our girls have been able to adjust to their situation of not having a few returning starters,” Beeler said. “I feel our team is getting better with every game. All we need now is a few players to come back so we can have a (substitution) or two. If we keep playing the way we have been, we will have a chance to tie for second place.” BOYS SOCCER GETS FIRST SEA VIEW LEAGUE WIN The Dana Hills boys soccer team picked up their first Sea View League win of the season on Jan. 24 after defeating Trabuco Hills on the road 2-1. The Dolphins (2-7-1, 1-3-1) then drew to a 3-3 tie with San Juan Hills on Jan. 29. The Dolphins will travel to play El Toro on Feb. 1.
A view of the summit of Mt. Everest, which Dusty Boyd will attempt to scale for the third time. Photo courtesy of Dusty Boyd
“I’ve been doing this out in the field. I use certain techniques that go against the standards,” Boyd said. “I’m starting to
break down those paradigms.” Boyd has successfully reached the summit of Everest twice and will ascend Lhoste (which is connected to Everest) and immediately traverse to the southeast face of Everest. Boyd leaves for Argentina in late February and will travel to Nepal in late March. Boyd is embarking on the venture to raise money for what he believes will be his life’s work. He is attempting to build a wellness center and sports park for the people living in rural Hookena, Hawaii. For more information on Boyd’s fundraising trip, visit www.theeverestlife.org.
Don Glasgow poses with one of the 140 bicycles he collected from San Clemente and Dana Point residents to donate to the people of El Nino, Mexico. Photo courtesy of Don Glasgow
Glasgow’s Bike Drive Exceeds Expectations By Steve Breazeale Dana Point Times
on Glasgow has been on a threemonth long mission to collect new and gently used bicycles from around town to donate to children and families of El Nino, Mexico. When Glasgow started on his venture in November, he had his sights set on gathering around 100 bikes. Fast forward to January and Glasgow’s garage, backyard and just about every space in his house has been overrun by things with two wheels, donated from citizens of San Clemente, Dana Point and beyond. As of Jan. 28, he has collected 140 bikes, which will all be donated in the coming weeks.
Glasgow has had to fix a good amount of them, which means swapping out tire tubes and adjusting or fixing broken pedals and seats. He admits he has become a pseudo expert on bicycle repair; something he never dreamed would happen in his life. Glasgow estimates nearly 50 of the bikes are now in the hands of the people of El Nino, many of which didn’t have a means of transportation before the initiative. “I couldn’t be more grateful to every donor for expressing their love of these needy families and kids,” Glasgow said. “Believe it or not, there are many kids who have never had a bike. Now they have the chance to have one and begin their journey of fun on wheels.” DP www.danapointtimes.com
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GROM OF THE WEEK JACK SMALL
Age: 13, Bernice Ayer Middle School Jack Small is in his second year as a member of the Bernice Ayer Middle School surf team. He took third place at Scholastic Surf Series event No. 3, Jan. 11 at the San Clemente pier, helping his team claim a fourth-place finish among Orange County middle schools. A San Clemente native and member of a surfing family, Jack rode his first waves at the age of 5 under the tutelage of his dad. He now competes exclusively in longboarding but enjoys shortboarding as well. This bright eighth-grader is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student, fluent in Spanish and his favorite subject is science. Although he’s still undecided, Jack thinks he may want to pursue a career as a writer. He is also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. His other inJack Small. Photo by Mike Morse Photography terests include playing the trumpet, skateboarding and swimming. He has been swimming competitively for two years and would like that to be his main sport in high school, although he may decide to try out for the surf team as well. Jack says he really enjoys free surfing over contests and therefore will most likely not pursue a pro career. “I will probably surf for fun for the rest of my life. I love the rush and feeling of accomplishment whenever I get a good wave,” he said. “Even though you don’t feel the accomplishment of winning when you’re free surfing, the accomplishment of learning new tricks is just as good.”—Andrea Swayne
Surfers Support Autism
Star-studded benefit concert in Dana Point raises money for Surfers Healing By Andrea Swayne Dana Point Times
Sarah McLachlan on stage under the tent set up atop Ashley Rosenhain’s Strand at Headlands lot as part of the Surfers Healing benefit event. Photo by Paul Gero
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Water Temperature: 59-61 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: Local: 6-10’ Poor-Fair Immediate: Good-size west-northwest swell will be easing off on Friday. Better breaks run waist-chest high (3-4’). Size is down, along with less favorable conditions as a low passes by the region.
elebrities and the community joined together Jan. 18 for a benefit concert to ensure children with autism continue to have the opportunity to experience the tranquility, healing and stoke, wave riding can bring. Surfers Healing, a nonprofit organization that offers free surf outings taught by professional surfers to children with autism, hosted a night of music, food, auctions and prizes at the Strand at Headlands neighborhood in Dana Point to raise money to continue their work. The event began with cocktails and appetizers by StillWater Spirits & Sounds and a silent auction with items including a bass guitar signed by Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a private surf lesson with San Clemente’s famous big wave surfer Greg Long and more. Opportunity drawing prizes included a pair of 5-karat diamond earrings and guests included myriad celebrities—actors, musicians and professional athletes. Many of the surfers
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Long Range Outlook: Slower through the weekend, as old west-northwest swell mix fades out and some possible northwest windswell joins in. Winds look okay for the mornings, with much stronger afternoon onshore flow due. Check out Surfline.com for all the details!
Surfers Healing founders Isreal “Izzy” Paskowitz and wife Danielle Paskowitz enjoy a performance by Jackson Browne at their Night to Benefit Autism, Jan. 18 in Dana Point. Photo by Paul Gero
who volunteer their time to the organization were also in attendance, including original longtime volunteers Josh Froley and Nick Hernandez as well as Dana Point-based pros Bucky Barry and Blake Michael. The highlight of the evening was an intimate concert for the 325 guests by Sarah McLachlan and Jackson Browne. “We pulled it off with just a few months of planning. These people are my kind of people … no fancy dress-up planning luncheons, just a small group of us getting our hands dirty and making it happen for these kids,” said Ashley Rosenhain, Strand at Headlands resident and event co-chair. She went on to praise the “small but mighty” team who helped her and co-chair Danielle Paskowitz put together such a top-notch evening, from Michelle Goveia who secured sponsorships and Laureen and David Demshur who hosted the VIP party, to the logistical assistance of Terri
Remley, Sue Carter and Nico Germann. “We are still finalizing the numbers but we netted somewhere in the neighborhood of $200,000 which will pay for an entire year. Traveling throughout the United States and beyond with a crew of 15 guys, expenses can really add up,” Danielle Paskowitz said. “Huge thanks to the community and to everyone who helped make it a success. It was an amazing night. Having an event at the beach in January, weather-wise, is always worrisome. But it turned out to be a nice day and we were even treated to a beautiful sunset, so we couldn’t be happier. We feel really lucky to have personal contacts with the musicians who helped make it such a stellar event.” She went on to express gratitude for the “breathtaking site” courtesy of the Strand at Headlands for donating the clubhouse free of charge and for Rosenhain and the Demshurs for the use of their properties as well.
Surfers Healing was founded by Isreal “Izzy” Paskowitz (former pro surfer and member of the famous Paskowitz surf family) and wife Danielle Paskowitz after discovering the potent therapeutic impact surfing had on their son Isaiah who was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. The 16-year-old organization has grown each year as word spreads about the pacifying effect of the ocean and its capacity to bring joy to children with autism. In 2013, they helped over 4,500 children and will use these funds to continue to raise that number in 2014 and also to assist families in need with travel expenses to attend the events. “We are so grateful to everyone who helped make this a success. This support will help us keep our promise to have the most talented guys in the water provide the best and safest experience for the kids,” Izzy Paskowitz said. “We use only experienced watermen the likes of Greg Long, Garrett McNamara, the Aikaus, Josh Froley, Nick Hernandez, Kelly Slater and so many more—only the best, because the kids deserve it.” For more information about Surfers Healing, log on to www.surfershealing. org. DP www.danapointtimes.com