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Chamber Honors City’s Beautifiers EYE ON DP/PAGE 8 VOLUME 7, ISSUE 18

Rising Through the Ranks Dana Point Grand Prix growth parallels development of riders E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 5 Amateur riders in the Dana Point Grand Prix fist-bump before their race last year. The closed-course, fast-paced race provides developing riders the chance to race among pros, gain exposure and earn points toward reaching a professional cycling status. Photo: Andrea Papagianis

Step into Artist’s Canvas on Rose Society’s Garden Tour DP LIVING/PAGE 19

SONGS Community Panel to Discuss Storage of Nuclear Fuel EYE ON DP/PAGE 3


Dolphin Report: Boys Golf Secures South Coast League Title SPORTS/PAGE 21


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LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING Two occupants in the vehicle were transported to an area hospital after the 2001 Acura struck the cyclist and overturned, Hallock said. According to Hallock, authorities responded to the accident at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of PCH and Blue Lantern. Both the cyclist and vehicle were believed to be traveling southbound. Orange County Fire Authority crews arrived on scene at 11:16 p.m. with reports of three injuries, said OCFA spokesman Capt. Shane Sherwood. Officials found the vehicle overturned and pronounced Gamal dead at the scene, Sherwood said. A 19-year-old male driver, from Dana Point, and an 18-year-old passenger were hospitalized.

Southern California Edison’s community panel will meet in San Juan Capistrano Tuesday to discuss spent fuel at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Photo: Andrea Swayne

WHAT’S NEXT: The sheriff’s department major accident reconstruction team is investigating the accident. Preliminary investigations indicate alcohol may have been a factor, Hallock said. No charges have yet been filed pending the outcome of the investigation, Hallock said. —Andrea Papagianis

What’s Up With... Five things Dana Point should know this week Concerns over the future of spent nuclear fuel housed on-site at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, south of San Clemente, will be heard Tuesday at a community engagement panel meeting in San Juan Capistrano hosted by majority plant owner and operator Southern California Edison.

SONGS Panel to Discuss Nuclear Fuel Concerns THE LATEST: Southern California Edison’s community engagement panel will meet Tuesday, May 6 to discuss the management of spent nuclear fuel at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, located south of San Clemente. The management of such fuel, both in temporary cooling pools and permanent dry-cask storage on-site, has been a major point of contention since the plant closed in June 2013. Since the plant’s closure, San Clemente officials formally urged the utility to move fuel from the plant as soon as a national repository for nuclear waste is identified. Nuclear opponents said the current storage options make the plan a target for terrorism and vulnerable to earthquakes and other natural disasters. Representatives from the federal government’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is overseeing the decommissioning of the plant, will be presenting at the meeting. Additionally, radioactive material storage experts and UC Berkeley professor Per Peterson, who served on President Barack Obama’s commission regarding the nation’s nuclear future, will speak. WHAT’S NEXT: The utility recently announced its intention to create a new emergency plan reflecting the plant’s Dana Point Times May 2–8, 2014

CUSD’s School Lottery Could be Reviewed

decommissioning process of de-fueling nuclear reactors. Updated plans could mean Edison’s emergency-related operations no longer fall outside the plant’s site. Edison was cited in March by NRC regulators for a low-level violation regarding its emergency response staffing after the plant’s shutdown. The plan would bring Edison and SONGS into compliance. The panel discussion and presentations will be held at 6 p.m. at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, located at 25925 Camino Del Avion. Panelists include the mayors of Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and representatives from organizations across Orange and San Diego counties. FIND OUT MORE: For more information on the panel and upcoming discussions, visit —Jim Shilander

Bicyclist Killed in Pacific Coast Highway Crash THE LATEST: A Dana Point cyclist was killed late Tuesday evening after being struck by a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway. Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, authorities said. The bicyclist was identified as 38-yearold Haitham Gamal of Dana Point, Lt. Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.

THE LATEST: Residents of Ladera Ranch told the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees on Wednesday, April 23 their children, who were expecting to attend San Juan Hills High School, were being directed elsewhere in the district despite having priority slots for the school. Parents said the community, which is zoned to send approximately 75 percent of its students to San Juan Hills and 25 percent to Tesoro High School, has one middle school. They said this led to the development of friendships among students, who will now be separated. Community facilities district funds from Ladera Ranch were partially used to help fund the construction of San Juan Hills, giving students in the area priority. Even students in the Tesoro zone are supposed to be given priority over those from other parts of the district, they said. Parents said approximately 56 students were sent to Tesoro despite the priority listing and others, with lower school-ofchoice priority—including students from San Clemente and Dana Point—had been given spots at the school. WHAT’S NEXT: A review of the lottery process used to assign students to their schools of choice will be agendized for May, district officials said.—JS

Toll Roads to Cease Cash Collection May 14

Agencies will no longer collect cash toll payments on its 51-mile toll road network, effective Wednesday, May 14 at 12:01 a.m. In January, the TCA introduced new electronic toll collection methods that do away with cash-payment stations along state routes 73, 133, 241 and 261. FasTrak users will still be able to use their transponders, but new Express Account license plate imaging will collect tolls electronically as drivers pass through. “With our new nonstop system, gone will be the need to stop at toll plazas and fumble around for exact change,” said San Joaquin Hills TCA chairman Rush Hill in a statement. WHAT’S NEXT: The TCA will be offering new FasTrak and ExpressAccount customers a free week on the toll roads by using the promotional code “FREETOLL,” when signing up for a new account at The offer ends May 11.—Brian Park

City Provides Humorous Notes to Drivers THE LATEST: Drivers traveling Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado Avenue have been treated to more than just construction update messages as the city works to revamp downtown streets. Messages reading, “You’re beautiful” and “Mama said there’d be days like this” accompany traffic alerts and construction updates as crews move to turn the roads into two-way streets, add medians, bus pullouts and more. When the electronic signs came back online after being off for a few days, one read, “Did you miss us.” Staff suggested including humorous messages as a way of bringing some levity to a potentially frustrating situation, said Brad Fowler, the city’s director of public works and engineering. The messages have also been an effective way to get people to pay attention to the non-humorous messages supplying information about the closures, he said. “We hope it attracts people’s attention as well as trying to bring a little bit of humor,” Fowler said. WHAT’S NEXT: Fowler said the messages will continue with staff suggestions as work carries on. The city continues work along PCH and northern Del Prado in the coming weeks, with first phase construction likely lasting through the fall. FIND OUT MORE: For construction updates, visit, place the cursor on “City News,” scroll to “Town Center” and click on “PCH/Del Prado Street Design/Construction.” —AP and JS

THE LATEST: The Transportation Corridor

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Rising Through the Ranks Dana Point Grand Prix growth parallels development of riders BY STEVE BREAZEALE AND ANDREA PAPAGIANIS, DANA POINT TIMES


evan Dunn started cycling out of necessity. While playing water polo at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, he would hitch a ride with his father, Mark Dunn, each day from their Irvine home. It was time the two enjoyed together, but their lives took an unexpected turn in 2009 when Mark was diagnosed with the most serious form of skin cancer—Stage 4 melanoma. With Mark’s diagnosis came change. As he began experimental treatments at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Devan started his ride. Devan took to a single-speed bike in order to go to water polo practice. It “accidentally” fit, he said. As he and friends embarked on the first rides together, Devan’s ability and passion for cycling grew. He began competing, earning points in early races and achieving amateur status by May when the 2009 Dana Point Grand Prix of cycling rolled around. Devan went on to win the race with his father on the sidelines. It’s a spot Mark has never left and a vantage point of his son he never misses in Dana Point. “It’s one of the races that no matter what, he is there,” Devan said. Mark was there when Devan nearly bested the professional field in 2011 but was caught in a close finish. The 24-yearold now rides professionally. Like his style of riding, he quickly rose in points moving from a novice rider to a professional in just over a year. On Sunday, as Devan hits the downtown race course, he’ll be backed by an international company, as a member of Team Jelly Belly presented by MAXXIS. GAINING SPEED Devan’s rapid ascension up the cycling ranks mimics the local Grand Prix’s own development, personifying what the oneday race has become. The Dana Point Grand Prix began in 2007 as an event “for the community, by the community,” said Russell Ames, executive director of the race’s organizer, Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation. Within two years, the closed-circuit, fast-paced race, known as criterium, was on the national radar. In 2009, reigning USPRO National Criterium Champion Rahsaan Bahati came to town. With all eyes on the elite racer, Bahati delivered with a first-place finish. It

Dana Point Times May 2–8, 2014

Shane Kline, 24, from Bally Penn., just before the start of last year’s John Johnson Family Pro NCC Classic at the Dana Point Grand Prix. Kline went on to win, besting race favorite Ken Hanson in a close finish. Photo: Andrea Papagianis

was a landmark moment for the race and its growing popularity. “You can see the progression. (Bahati’s win) kind of put us on the map. When you have the reigning criterium champion come to your race and win it, it puts you on that bigger map,” Ames said. With the popularity and credibility of the race on the rise, the prize purse naturally grew with it. This year there will be a $17,500 cash purse at stake, the largest in the event’s history. The prize money and prestige attracts some of the top racing teams from the United States and beyond. This year, the top team in the 2014 National Criterium Calendar standings, United Healthcare, will be sending a team of riders to compete. Joining United Healthcare as one of the top professional teams to beat will be Team Novo Nordisk, a continental team comprised of riders with diabetes. The 0.8-mile-long competition is a combination of street and velodrome—an arena for track cycling—racing, where cyclists jet around at speeds upward of 30 mph. The L-shaped course winds through Dana Point’s downtown and surrounding neighborhood with the start and finish line on Del Prado Avenue. Team Novo Nordisk, whose members race all around the world, will be sending three riders to the event for the first time. Team member Joe Eldridge, a Georgia native, has been itching to compete in the fast-growing criterium race known for its speed and close finishes. “It’s known as a really fast course with big road and the guys who are winning are the guys who want a challenge,” Eldridge

said. “The essence of American-style racing is the criterium, and Dana Point embodies that.” The day’s pro race attracts the biggest names, but there is also room in the field for up and coming semi-professionals and amateurs looking to make their mark, like Dunn was three years ago. Frank Sarate is the director and owner of Team Shelly, a developmental team based in Southern California. Development teams, like Sarate’s, are lower level racing team’s that offer young riders the chance to be seen on the national circuit. “It allows the amateur riders to race with the pros,” Sarate said. “It is a scouting mechanism and it’s a good way for the amateur riders to get noticed.” Sarate’s teams have been competing in the Dana Point Grand Prix for years, and every year he views the race as a launching pad for riders. If a rider has a good race, they can move up in categories and possibly get picked up by a professional team. “You’ll get riders who race year-round and just want the opportunity to race with the professionals,” Sarate said. “That will spark the interest of the rider taking it to the next level. Technically, you can be racing in Dana Point one year and riding in the Tour de France the next.” The local Grand Prix is built around those amateur and kids’ races, giving developing riders a chance to shine before the John Johnson Family Pro Classic—an NCC race bearing the name of an avid cyclist who died from mesothelioma, a rare cancer commonly caused by exposure to asbestos. Johnson’s son, Michael, helped establish

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Dana Point Grand Prix: Racer Spotlight The field at the 2014 Dana Point Grand Prix is comprised of elite and amateur talent. Here are two riders to keep an eye on during the day’s activities. THE ESTABLISHED PRO Name: Joe Eldridge Age: 31 Team: Team Nordo Nordisk Experience: 6 years Career Highlights: Former United States track Courtesy photo national champion (team pursuit, 2012); Founding member of Team Nordo Nordisk predecessor, Team Type 1. THE YOUNG GUN Name: Devan Dunn Age: 24 Team: Team Jelly Belly presented by MAXXIS Experience: 5 years Career Highlights: Dana Point Grand Prix Category Photo: Jelly Belly 3 winner (2009); FiveCandy Company time Category 1/2 winner on the USA Cycling criterium circuit. Compiled by Steve Breazeale

the race to raise awareness about asbestos, the disease and to honor his father. For Devan and his father, this race also holds special meaning. This year, with Devan’s backing from a well-known team, Mark will be at his favorite spot, celebrating his road to recovery five years after his diagnosis. “For him, it is one of the better ones (races),” Devan said. “It feels just a little more like a family race.” DP



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.


Dana Point Police Services

Tuesday, April 29 PETTY THEFT Del Prado Avenue, 24800 Block (7:36 p.m.) A man entered a Verizon Wireless store, took a cellphone display and ran out. A store employee reported the loss of a Samsung smartphone. The man was last seen on foot heading northbound toward Golden Lantern. The caller said up to three men were involved. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Street of the Violet Lantern/Del Prado Avenue (7:21 p.m.) A drunken customer was believed to have left a restaurant and driven away in a white Toyota sedan. Another customer said the driver pulled over and ran north on Violet Lantern. CITIZEN ASSIST Ritz Pointe Drive, 0 Block (2:28 p.m.) The caller was detailing a neighbor’s car, who was out of town, when he discovered a large switchblade knife. The man questioned whether such a knife was legal. He was advised on laws regarding switchblades.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT-NON INJURY Lantern Bay Drive, 34300 Block (12:53 p.m.) A water delivery serviceperson reportedly dropped off water bottles that rolled down the street and hit a vehicle. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Capistrano, 34100 Block (9:26 a.m.) Two women were seen going through a planter, in which the caller located two syringes. The caller believed the women were dealing drugs from the location. DISTURBANCE Dana Point Harbor Drive/ Cove Road (6:11 a.m.) Authorities arrested a man who a witness said was walking on the pier throughout the night screaming obscenities and gesturing to children in the area.

Monday, April 28 INDECENT EXPOSURE Doheny Park Road, 34000 Block (10:25 p.m.) Deputies were notified of a drunken man wearing a gray shirt and blue jeans who was masturbating in public. The caller followed the man and led authorities to him. The subject was later released to his grandparents. DISTURBANCE Santa Clara Avenue, 24440 Block (7:04 p.m.) A man in his 20s, wearing a gray shirt and black shorts, urinated in the caller’s neighbor’s yard. He was last seen on Santa Clara heading toward Blue Lantern with a female companion. The caller was upset because “this happens all the time with beachgoers.” SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Pacific Coast Highway/Del Obispo Street (10:35 a.m.) The caller requested a patrol check for a man standing in northbound traffic lanes in a catatonic state.

Photo: Andrea Swayne

Friends and family of the late Randy Miller, a chiropractor from Laguna Niguel, built a sandcastle { I N DA NA P O I NT } Sunday in his memory. The group worked with professional sand sculptors Archisand to create a lost city of Atlantisthemed sandcastle at Salt Creek Beach, Miller’s favorite surf break. The sandcastle was built in time for Miller’s 1 p.m. memorial paddleout. Miller, who had been battling cancer, died April 5. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son. He was 58.


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Mayor Highlights Dana Point’s Achievements at Annual State of the City Address Dana Point celebrates 25 years of cityhood, mayor applauds successes BY ANDREA PAPAGIANIS, DANA POINT TIMES


ana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett highlighted a year of city achievements during the annual State of the City address and luncheon, held Tuesday at the St. Regis Monarch Beach resort. Bartlett touched on the city’s downtown infrastructure project to revamp the Lantern District (formerly labeled Town Center), on the success of the open-air Elephant Parade exhibit and the city’s positive financial status—no debt and substantial cash reserves. During the gathering, the Chamber of Commerce presented awards to area businesses and organizations for going “above and beyond” in keeping Dana Point attractive and for creating a sense of community. Award recipients included Crown Acquisitions, Inc. for rehabbing a building at the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Crystal Lantern; Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, which opened last fall in an overhauled front across from the Dana Point Harbor; and StillWater Spirits & Sounds for preserving culture at its

Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett highlights the city’s achievements during her State of the City address. Photo: Montgomery Photography

historic storefront that served as a sales office for Dana Point’s first developer in the 1920s. Lastly, the Ocean Institute was honored for its Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. The waterfront center opened last May in memory of a 5-year-old Capistrano Beach kindergartener, who passed away in March 2011 and whose favorite place to visit was the Ocean Institute. DP

City looks to zone for shelters on Wednesday, May 7 but not at actually building one for now


o city likes dealing with its homelessness issues, but San Clemente is now being forced to. On, Wednesday May 7, the city’s Planning Commission will hear from residents and debate where to allow a homeless shelter to be set up. California passed Senate Bill 2 in 2007. Beginning in 2008, the law required cities to designate an area where emergency shelters and transitional housing could be built or created. San Clemente’s housing element was adopted in 2011 and must now be amended, since shelters are currently not allowed in the city zoning ordinances. The city must designate a zone, or zones, where a homeless shelter is allowed. The city has approximately 65 long-term homeless, though the population fluctuates on a seasonal basis, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The city has targeted a number of potential shelter sites, which, according

Dana Point Times May 2–8, 2014


VFW Veterans Assistance 1:30 p.m.– 3 p.m. Dana Point VFW Post 9934 offers free veterans’ benefits assistance at the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo St. Call 949.248.1419, visit for more. Dana Harbor Toastmasters 7 p.m.–

San Clemente Discusses Homeless Shelter Options BY JIM SHILANDER, DANA POINT TIMES

Community Meetings

to the law, must be close to both public transportation and a job center, but also removed from city schools, residential areas and parks. The latter restrictions essentially eliminate most of the city from consideration. The city plans to present six different sites Wednesday. Sites include the location of the former Kmart on Camino de Estrella, a city-owned utility yard on Avenida Pico near North Beach, a pair of sites in the Rancho San Clemente Business Park and a site behind Denny’s on Avenida Pico. A final site is an open space canyon off Avenida Pico. Dana Point residents have expressed concern about the Kmart site, since its location is close to residences in Capistrano Beach. The city will also consider what type of limit to put on how many beds would be allowed in churches. Dana Point has a strict 10-bed limit for churches. Also, Dana Point recently established a task force, headed by Councilman Bill Brough, to address homelessness in the city. DP Page 8

Representatives from the Ocean Institute accepted a beautification award from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Tuesday for the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. Photo: Montgomery Photography

8:30 p.m. Practice becoming a confident communicator in a fun learning environment at the Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road. Visit to find out more or contact Marshall at 949.441.6179.

City Council Meeting—Canceled WEDNESDAY, MAY 7

Longtime Dana Point resident and baseball announcer Gene Burrus leads the Pledge of Allegiance. Burrus was named Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Montgomery Photography

Quarterly Siren Testing The area’s emergency siren system, located in communities surrounding the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, will undergo its quarterly testing. Testing will take place in different communities throughout the week. Find out more at




I just finished reading the column titled “Turning to Your Tap” (Dana Point Times, April 25. Vol. 7, Issue 17), extolling the quality of the water delivered to us from the South Coast Water District. Andrew Brunhart, the district’s general manager, made a good argument for drinking tap water, and until three months ago, I would have totally agreed with his position. In February, I started having pinhole leak problems at my home. My house is only 14 years old and since I oversaw the entire construction, I know that only top quality material was used. I had no sooner repaired one pinhole leak and patched the ceiling, when another sprung up in a different room. When I mentioned it to my neighbors, I was surprised to find out that four others had the same problem. I wrote a letter to the SCWD and received a personal phone call explaining that the water district has nothing to do with the quality of the water that they provide. The gentlemen told me they purchase all their water from the Metropolitan Water District and that if I continued to have problems, I would have to call them. I was also told that the water was treated with “chloramines,” a mixture of chlorine and ammonia. For some reason, that mixture

doesn’t make me want to run to the tap for a drink of water. I would hope that if other homes in Dana Point are having this problem they will let SCWD know.

fair and honest public servants who are true to their oath to uphold the city’s statutes and regulations. They deserve every resident’s heartfelt thanks and respect.



BRIAN MERTZ, San Clemente


Dana Point Planning Commission Chairman Gary Newkirk, Vice Chairperson Liz Clause and commission members Susan Whittaker and April O’Connor are to be highly commended for the thoughtful and professional manner in which they conducted the multiple meetings regarding the application for The Doheny Hotel. They were thorough, fair and demonstrated a complete understanding of the issues regarding this project and the impact it would have on our city. Density, traffic, parking, loading and unloading, noise and, above all, safety of our streets were discussed at length. Proponents of the project, as well as concerned citizens that opposed it, were heard and their input was considered. Our commissioners’ decision to reject the special variances requested by the applicant was the right decision for our city and they had the prescience to recognize this. I am very proud to be represented by

Here we (don’t) go again. How many frustrating, wasteful, fumespewing traffic nightmares will it take before we develop an Interstate 5 alternative that is so crucial to our quality of life? A wreck near Camp Pendleton stops traffic for hours. A fatal truck crash spills lumber across all lanes in the middle of town. Then two motorcycles tangle in San Juan Capistrano and it happens again. Each time, El Camino Real is clogged with cars seeking a way around and ubiquitous GPS guides hordes of drivers through our narrow residential streets. It’s way past time for state and regional traffic planners, myopic environmentalists and, crucially, the U.S. Marine Corps, to stop defending their narrow turf and cooperate to solve a recurring problem that can only continue to get worse. In the meantime, maybe downtown businesses and the outlet mall being built in San Clemente could profit by posting new freeway signs advertising good places to wait out the inevitable jams.


Dana Point Symphony. Photo: Robin Gray


Yet another great concert of the Dana Point Symphony season, with a beautiful Mendelssohn violin concerto and a very dynamic Beethoven 5th—a real joy to Dana Point Times May 2–8, 2014

hear was presented on April 25. We are privileged to have such a professional symphony here in Dana Point. Big thanks to Councilman Scott Schoeffel for his generous support. Moving here 26 years ago I would not have imagined that one day Dana Point would have such a first class orchestra for our enjoyment.

Exactly what part of “No” does the Beverly Hills Hospitality Group not understand? I am dismayed that once again the citizens of Dana Point have to spend our time fighting a battle against the five-story Doheny Hotel that clearly no one wants in its present form. For four years, residents have been attending informational meetings, community meetings with the developer’s public relations group and Planning Commission meetings. We have written untold letters, signed petitions and paid for ads to raise awareness about the egregious demands this entitled developer seems to think he deserves. Now Beverly Hills Hospitality Group has submitted an appeal to the City Council. I am confident that our elected leaders have been paying close attention and will do the right thing.

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SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014


SC H E DU L E SUNDAY, MAY 4, 2014 All Proceeds Benefit Charity Category


to the eighth annual Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling This exclusive sporting event has become the premier one-day cycling competition on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar. The much anticipated day of fast-paced action draws many world-class professionals, as well as talented amateur cyclists, to compete with our beautiful coastal city as the backdrop. The event, which is coordinated by the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation, offers something for the whole family. In addition to the competition on the race course there will also be a Kids’ Zone with games, food, face-painting and other fun activities as well as a bicycle safety course. Also returning for its second year, the Cycle de Mayo Street Festival will offer music, craft beer, a variety of cuisine, a vendor expo zone and more. Every year this event draws bigger crowds so plan on arriving early for the best viewing areas. With multiple race classes from amateur to professional, the action throughout the day is non-stop. There are also special races for kids, which are always crowd pleasers. The DPCCF advocates the safe use of bicycles as an alternate mode of transportation, promotes cycling for fun and sport and educates the public about the joys of riding. The organization also highlights the health benefits for all riders, regardless of age, in order to support active and healthy lifestyles for youth and adults. Giving back to the community is important to the DPCCF and the event raises money to support local charities and increase the awareness of the long-term benefits of cycling starting at a young age. We are delighted to continue partnering with sponsors and local organizations such as the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. For action, excitement and family-friendly fun, the 2014 Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling is just the ticket. Race entry fees are waived for kids and roadside viewing of all the day’s action is also free. For more information, visit, or follow on Twitter @DPGP and Facebook at www.facebook/DanaPointGrandPrix. I look forward to seeing you and your family on race day! Lisa Bartlett, Mayor

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Prize Purse

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35+ 3/4

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Women P1-3 & Wn 3/4**

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John Johnson Family Pro NCC Classic

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The List


What’s going on in and around town this week COMPILED BY STAFF

At the Movies: ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ Mesmerizes

Friday | 02 ARTISTS OF TOMORROW 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens will host its 11th annual student art exhibition. Admission is free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, MIKE HAMILTON 8 p.m.–11 p.m. Enjoy live music at Salt Creek Grille each Friday with guitarist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Mike Hamilton. 32802 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949. 661.7799,

Saturday | 03 NATURE TOUR 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. This 1.5-mile walk from the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center explores the ecology and natural history of the region. RSVP required. 32558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point, 949.248.3527, KENTUCKY DERBY FUND-RACER Noon–3 p.m. Support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley at this Kentucky Derby fundraising event. Derbyinspired snacks and drinks will accompany the 140th “Running for the Roses” complete with raffles and a best-Derby hat contest. All proceeds go to the local Boys & Girls Clubs. The Surfin’ Cowboy, 34325 Doheny Park Road, Capistrano Beach, 949.272.5957, FARMERS MARKET AND CRAFT FAIR 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Seasonal produce, crafted goods, flowers and much more at Dana Point’s La Plaza Park each Saturday. 949.248.3500, CUSD STUDENT ARTS FESTIVAL 1 p.m.– 4 p.m. Student works in art, drama, dance and music from schools across Capistrano Unified School District will be showcased at the first annual Capo Arts Festival. Aliso Niguel High School, 28000 Wolverine Way, Aliso Viejo, 949.636.7214,

Sunday | 04 DANA POINT GRAND PRIX OF CYCLING All day. Watch professionals, amateurs and children race around downtown in one of the nation’s largest single-day criterium Dana Point Times May 2–8, 2014

Ericka Reeb, children’s librarian at the Dana Point Library, hosts two story times for preschoolers, toddlers and their caretakers most Tuesday’s of the year. Photo: Andrea Papagianis

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 caretakers. No RSVP required. Call the library with questions. Dana Point Library, 33481 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,

events. Free kids’ race starts at 11:50 a.m. Start/finish line is on Del Prado Avenue east of Golden Lantern, Dana Point, MARINE MAMMAL CRUISE 10 a.m. Get onboard the Ocean Institute’s 70-foot R/V Sea Explorer to view fish, sea lions, dolphins and other wildlife. $35 for adults, $22 for children ages 4 to 12. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

Tuesday | 06 STEMULATING SCIENCE 4 p.m.–5 p.m. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens presents educational programs for kids 5-12, Tuesdays through June 3. Programs revolve around STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Admission $5. Call to register. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, DANA HARBOR TOASTMASTERS 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice becoming a more confident communicator in a fun learning environment each Tuesday. Dana Point Library, 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point,

RANCHO DAYS FIESTA 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Explore California’s mid-19th century through music, dance, crafts, food and reenactment performances at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230,

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Monday | 05 DANA WHARF WHALE WATCHING Noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Climb onboard for a chance to see whales, dolphins and more. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 888.224.0603, IMAGINATION CELEBRATION Each day during library hours. Children are invited to create art at the Dana Point Library. Creativity will be highlighted and works will be displayed. Teens are also invited to participate in a special Post-It art project. Runs through Sunday, May 25. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,

CAPT. DAVE’S WHALE WATCHING Times vary. Get up close to marine life aboard a Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari trip. Prices vary. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, LUSCIOUS LAVENDER 1 p.m. Join the San Clemente Garden Club for its meeting with guest speaker and master gardener Kathleen Kraisinger. St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente,

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Tom Hiddleston as Adam and Tilda Swinton as Eve in Only Lovers Left Alive. Photo: Sandro Kopp, Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics


n an era when the oversaturated vampire genre has been run into the ground—thanks to Twilight, “True Blood” and “The Vampire Diaries,” to name a few—one of film’s most acclaimed independent filmmakers provides his own take on the now-stock character. Writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s latest film, Only Lovers Left Alive reunites him with character actress Tilda Swinton and introduces Marvel favorite Tom Hiddleston in another dark role to add to his portfolio. In 2012 Detroit, a vampire musician named Adam (Hiddleston) has been feeling depressed and uninspired with his music and his life. When his longtime lover and fellow vampire Eve (Swinton) visits from Tangiers, their romance is revived. The reunion is rudely interrupted by Eve’s younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska), who crashes at Adam’s apartment and tries to seduce his human assistant Ian (Anton Yelchin). John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright co-star. Best known for his episodic tales of ordinary people in such films as Night on Earth (1991) and Coffee & Cigarettes (2003), Jarmusch takes one of the most popular supernatural creatures and provides a new take, minus action and gore. Only Lovers Left Alive has some intriguing actors playing interesting characters who just happen to survive on blood and spend time pondering how much the world will continue to change around them. For fans worried Jarmusch is slumming it with this one, he’s actually done the opposite and will likely gain a broader audience in the process. —Megan Bianco



GUEST OPINION: It’s History by Carlos N. Olvera

A Road is a Road is a Road Tracking the local transformation of California State Route 1 or Pacific Coast Highway


araphrasing Gertrude Stein, we are referring to “PCH.” That is local lingo for Pacific Coast Highway. The U.S. Post Office shows it as Pacific Coast Highway, but it is posted as Coast Highway for those entering Dana Point from the south. Officially though, it is California State Route 1. It actually has a physical beginning and IT’S HISTORY Carlos N. Olvera an end. Today, Route 1 begins in northern Mendocino County and ends in Capistrano Beach. As the route developed, it was given various names in various locations and was built in pieces. It is best known as a historic scenic highway with some awesome views of California’s rugged coastline. The first state highway construction project in 1912 was Highway 1. In 1919, the legislature planned Route 60 from El Rio (Oxnard) to Serra, or Capistrano Beach, along the coast. Its construction was announced in 1921 for a total of 430 miles, of which 261 had already been built, and was named after President Theodore Roosevelt. In 1923, the first gas tax was created to fund the highway system. The original county road, which was laid out about 1914, was a true east-west dirt trail. As it came over the hill, now

near the PCH and Del Prado Avenue split, and went to now Old Golden Lantern, a left was required to go north to avoid the canyon mouth leading to the beach 100 feet below. It then turned right and headed southeast to McKinley, now Del Obispo Street, and crossed the creek at Victoria Boulevard in Capistrano Beach. In 1934, the roadway began as Route 3. Those Route 3 signs were replaced by U.S. Route 101 Alternate signs in 1935. Pacific Coast Highway was completed in 1937, and was named such in 1941. It was not until 1964 that it achieved the rank of No. 1 when the state route numbering system was adopted. However, this renaming only called the portion of road, from Dana Point to Ventura, Pacific Coast Highway. When Interstate 5 came in 1958 an elevated on-ramp was built to connect the roadways. In 1969, Orange County co-financed a study for south coast scenic improvements where a basic plan was drawn up to have through traffic bypass the business district from Blue Lantern to Copper Lantern in order to create a central downtown with Del Prado becoming “Coast Highway.” The county approved a realignment of PCH into two one-way streets in 1974. That reality came in the spring of

1986. The delay was due to state leaders, who controlled the effort. This upset businesses along Del Prado as traffic bypassed their stores. Businesses then wished Coast Highway, which means fast to some, would become Coast Lane, which could slow traffic down. In the early 2000s, signage was proposed by the community to change the names to PCH South and PCH North to reduce a perceived confusion. California set to relinquished control of PCH portions to various cities in 2001. Dana Point took responsibility in 2005 from San Juan Creek to city’s northern border. In 2008, Dana Point, through a committee, decided to reverse the traffic pattern back to two-way streets. Now, after 25 years of cityhood, the revitalization of Dana Point’s downtown business district is coming to fruition with State Route 1 back to its original configuration. Carlos N. Olvera is Vice Chair of the OC Historical Commission and a Dana Point City Councilman. DP PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the DP Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the DP Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at


Old World Charm

Rose Society’s garden tour steps into artists’ European influenced gardens BY ANDREA PAPAGIANIS, DANA POINT TIMES


aria del Carmen Calvo steps into her canvas. Nestled along the Capistrano Beach bluffs, Calvo’s rich garden “rooms” provide an escape from the outside world, where the inside meets the out, creating a space straight from one of the artist’s oil paintings. Walking the grounds Calvo stops to smell the roses. “It’s my sanctuary,” Calvo says in the heavy Spanish accent she carries even after 50 years in California. She moves through the garden, passing through a line of olive trees—a simple, gravel path shrouded by tall, neatly trimmed topiaries. It’s one of the many ways her European heritage, and artistic style, shines through the rose-lined pathways and tall hedges. Calvo and her husband, Walter Henry, have been building their home for 30 years. They started with a clean slate. All but one tree was removed when they moved into their Camino Capistrano-located home. Since, Calvo has cultivated an outdoor living space where tranquility reigns. Roses billow from their branches, heavy and wide, encompassing cement walkways Calvo lay with intricate glass and tile designs. Fountains echo the gentle trickling of water. Around each corner, Calvo’s artistic sleight of hand peeks through with personal touches straight from an artist’s eye. “It’s a happy place,” Calvo said. “It is a place for everyone to enjoy.” On Saturday, May 10, Calvo and Henry will open their home for all as the Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain hosts its annual south Orange County garden tour. Attendees of this year’s event, coined the “Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tour,” will have the chance to tour five home gardens highlighting floral displays, environmentally sound garden practices and garden architecture. Looking from the second-story balcony of Bill and Sandra Jensen’s garden cottage, which sits behind their main house, an elaborately woven garden takes form.

For 11 years, Bill and Sandra Jensen have welcomed guests to their San Clemente bed and breakfast, Garden Cottage at the Green, to take respite among their well-kept, European-inspired gardens. Photo: Andrea Papagianis

Knotted together, various short hedges weave in and out of one another, replicating a technique from European gardeners of old. Throughout the couple’s San Clemente one-room bed and breakfast, which acts as a backdrop to weddings and weekend getaways, views from above provide a clearer vision of the techniques Bill acquired from his decade living in Europe. The perimeter of the Jensen’s home is lined with well-manicured hedges, tall shade trees and colorful vines that pop against deep green hues. Sprinkled in the mix are scentimental roses of reds and pinks that are swirled with creamy-white stripes, and espalier fruit trees, presented in the two-dimensional trained form from the Middle Ages. “I tried to have things that you would not see in everybody’s garden,” Bill Jensen said. “When someone looks at the espalier apple tree and says ‘Where can I get one of those,’ I say ‘Well you can’t get one of those, you have to grow it.’” Visitors can learn more about Calvo’s and Jensen’s gardens and techniques during the Rose Society’s tour. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 the day of. Sales support the society’s horticulture and plant science related scholarships for college and university students. Visit for tickets. DP


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Dolphin Report

City Recreation Sports League Sign-Ups Begin Monday, May 5


For in-game updates, news and more for all the Dana Hills High School spring sports teams, follow us on Twitter @SouthOCsports.



Dolphins Track Teams Go Undefeated Both the boys and girls Dana Hills track and field teams capped off undefeated runs through the South Coast League dual meet season with wins over visiting Mission Viejo on April 30. The Diablos came into the meet following a win at the Orange County Championships five days earlier. The boys team came away with a 77.558.5 win and the girls triumphed, 76-60. The Dolphins’ Michaela King continued to excel in the hurdle events, winning both the 100 and 300 hurdles in times of 15.14 and 43.82, respectively. Christina Wright, Kathryn Kaloroumakis and Sienna Serrao finished first, second and third, respectively, in the 3,200 to boost the Dolphins point total. In the boys events, Jake Ogden won the 1,600 and the 3,200. Nick Van Vilet claimed both the 100- and 200-meter runs and finished second in the 400. The Dolphins may have swept the season series with all of their league opponents, but now the South Coast League finals looms on May 9, where the title is up for grabs.

Dolphins Baseball Survives Late-Inning Push in 7-6 Win The Dana Hills baseball team continued their roll through the Sea View League on April 30 with a 7-6 victory over San Juan Hills. But it wasn’t easy. Holding on to a 6-0 lead and heading into the final three innings, the Dolphins’ lead shrunk to 6-5 after allowing the Stallions to score two runs in the fi fth and three runs in the sixth. Trailing by two runs in the top of the seventh and final inning, the Stallions scored on an RBI double by junior Tim Humphreys. With the game-tying run at second base and two outs, Dana Hills senior pitcher Louis Raymond sealed the victory for the Dolphins by getting Jacob Duhey to fly out to centerfield for the final out. The Dolphins (20-5, 8-1) continue to win and have reached the elusive 20-win Dana Point Times May 2–8, 2014

Dana Hills’ Tanner Podres and the boys golf team clinched at least a share of the South Coast League title on April 30. Photo: Steve Breazeale

phins or the Titans, would stumble to the finish line but the Dolphins didn’t blink. So far, Tesoro hasn’t either. The Titans can share first place with the Dolphins following a win over Aliso Niguel. Dana Hills won six consecutive games against league opponents to close out their season and send their coach out on a high note. The South Coast League Finals are set to take place on May 5 at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente.

Dolphins Volleyball League Title Hopes Still Alive Senior infielder Kayman Koen and the Dana Hills baseball team are 8-1 in league play this season. Photo: Steve Breazeale

plateau for the first time since the 2010 season. They will face San Juan Hills for a final time on May 2 and finish up league play with two games against San Clemente on May 7 and May 9.—Kevin Dahlgren

Boys Golf Wins League Title The Dana Hills boys golf team put the icing on the cake for their veteran coach Phil Wilburton on April 30 with a 197-220 win over Trabuco Hills. The win secured at least a share of the South Coast League title for the Dolphins in Wilburton’s 28th and final year as head coach. The Dolphins (15-5, 7-1) needed to be perfect down the stretch if they were to claim the title after splitting the season series with second-place Tesoro (11-2-1, 6-1) in late March. The Titans still have one game left on their league schedule, a match against Aliso Niguel that was set to be played on May 1. Results were not available at press time. It was a matter of which team, the Dol-

A San Clemente loss to Trabuco Hills on April 29 kept the Dana Hills boys volleyball team in the hunt for the South Coast League title. The second-place Dolphins were set to play on the road against firstplace San Clemente on May 1. Results were not available at press time. If the Dolphins were to win, it would create a two-way tie at the top of the standings. If the Tritons win, they will have claimed the title outright. Both teams have one game remaining on their schedule. The Dolphins will host Tesoro, a team they lost to on April 17, on May 6.

Boys Lacrosse Finishes Third in League The Dana Hills boys lacrosse team wrapped up Sea View League play on April 29 with a 14-1 loss to league champion Aliso Niguel. The Dolphins (6-10, 5-3) played a difficult nonleague schedule, and wins were hard to come by. But Dana Hills managed to finish league play with a winning record and grab a solo third-place finish. The Dolphins finished one game behind secondplace Capistrano Valley.

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egistration for the city of Dana Point’s recreation department’s summer sports leagues will open on Monday, May 5. The recreation department will offer co-ed kickball and softball leagues that are set to run from Monday, July 7 to Sunday, August 24. The season includes six regular season games and a two-game postseason tournament at the end of the year. Teams can select to play either Monday or Wednesday night with games taking place at 6:10 p.m., 7:20 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Softball has only one division: recreational. Kickball has two divisions: beginner and experienced. Cost for a softball team is $350 plus umpire fees. Kickball registration is $200 per team plus umpire fees. Interested teams can register or find more information on the city’s website at Deadline to register is Friday, June 13. DP

The difficult nonleague schedule will continue for the Dolphins with a match against St. Margaret’s Episcopal, the reigning US Lacrosse Southern Division champion, on May 2.

Dolphins Softball Set for Rematch with Diablos The Dana Hills softball team has not dropped a game since their 8-1 loss to first-place Mission Viejo on April 3. The Dolphins have outscored their opponents 25-15 in their last four contests and after a match with San Clemente that was set for May 1, the Dolphins will get another shot at the Diablos on May 6. Results for the game against San Clemente were not available at press time. Under the guidance of first-year head coach Brandon Cosenza, the Dolphins (15-4, 3-1) have had a successful year. The team’s combined batting average is .331 and the pitching staff carries a combined 3.34 ERA. It’s likely that senior pitcher Lindsey Cassidy will start in the circle against the Diablos. We want to run your scores, results and sports announcements. Email or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624.

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SUP with a Pup Young sea lion climbs aboard a stand-up paddleboard

T Malia Ward. Photo: Andrea Swayne


Malia Ward


aves in the 6-foot-plus range and barreling drew surfers like a magnet to Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point last Sunday. Among the local talent in the lineup was 16-year-old San Clemente local Malia Ward. We checked in with her to see what she’s been up to lately. Stoked as ever, the dream of a professional surf career is still on her radar and she’s ready to turn up her intensity to make it a reality. “I need more good results under my belt and am ready to get more serious with contests, training with coaches and just working really hard to get to where I want to be,” Malia said. That means entering more pro juniors, some QS events and WSA and NSSA contests for practice in between. “I also want to keep traveling, surfing new waves and getting more experience.” she said, “None

RESULTS NSSA Open, Event No. 10, April 26-27, San Onofre State Park, Upper Trestles MEN: 1. Nic Hdez, Santa Cruz 15.00; 2. Jake Marshall, Encinitas 14.27; 3. Thelen Worrell, Malibu 11.56; 4. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente 11.24. JUNIORS: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente 15.60; 2. Jake Marshall, Encinitas 11.34; 3. Nick Marshall, Encinitas 8.73; 4. Micky Clarke, Ventura 7.07. BOYS: 1. Noah Hill, Malibu 16.54; 2. Nick Marshall, Encinitas; 3. Zach McCormick, Del Mar 13.90; 4. Kade Matson, San Clemente 8.00. MINI GROMS: 1. Jett Schilling, San Clemente 15.07; 2. Levi Slawson, Encinitas 12.93; 3. Taj Lindblad, San Clemente 11.10; 4. Connor Marshall, Encinitas 9.00. WOMEN: 1. Kylie Loveland, Carlsbad 14.50; 2. Steffi Kerson, Thousand Oaks 10.60; 3. Juli Hernandez, Costa Mesa 9.60; 4. Avalon Johnson, Carlsbad 8.17. GIRLS: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla 13.50; 2. Alyssa Spencer, Carlsbad 8.54; 3. Samantha Sibley, San Clemente 8.40; 4. Alexxa Elseewi, San Clemente 7.66. PERFORMERS OF THE EVENT: Nic Hdez, Noah Hill, Griffin Colapinto, Jake Marshall, Nick Marshall.

UPCOMING EVENTS May 10-11: WSA West Coast Championships, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach May 15-18: NSSA West Coast Championships, Huntington Beach, Pier May 31June 1: Surfing America Prime, Event No. 6, Oceanside, Harbor North Jetty (New date)

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of this would be possible without my mom encouraging me and helping me chase my dreams. It’s a real blessing to have her in my life.” Recent travels have taken her to Florida and Barbados and she has plans this summer to surf in Mexico and Bali, Indonesia. Malia is finishing up her sophomore year online through Connections Academy where she is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student. “I want to continue online classes in college while chasing the pro tour,” she said. “I definitely want to get a degree so I will know how to run my future empire.” Board: Lost Surfboards Sub Driver, Mayhem, Matt Biolos, 5’8” x 18.88” x 2.25” Sponsors: Mayhem, OAM, Blenders Eyewear, Surfergirl Sun Care, Cyber Wetsuits, North Beach Nutrition and KD Custom Jewelry Fave break: Lowers, Trestles Hobbies: Shooting and editing videos Surf stoke: “That feeling of exhilaration you get when you take the drop.” DP —Andrea Swayne

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 60-62 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: 6-10’ poor+ Immediate: Thursday’s fun south groundswell continues along with modest northwest wind and groundswell mix. Surf in the knee-chest high (2-3’+) zone prevails at better exposures, as top combo and summer focal points see plus sets around favorable tides to shoulder high+ (4’+). Conditions remain most favorable in the morning with light to locally moderate offshore flow before an onshore afternoon sea-breeze develops. Longer Range Outlook: Modest south groundswell continues through the weekend, as some mid-period new northwest swell joins in. Size is steady in the knee-chest high (2-3’+) range at good breaks, with larger peaks for standout combo spots. Winds and conditions look semi-problematic with light southerly winds in the mornings. Check out for all the details!

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wo stand-up paddleboarders were surprised last Sunday when a young sea lion hopped aboard one of their boards. Dave Holmes of San Clemente and Gary Clark of Capistrano Beach, were enjoying a morning SUP session April 27 when the sea lion pup hopped aboard Holmes’ board for a nearly 15-minute ride. Holmes said the pup was one of three that were chasing after him and Clark as they paddled toward the Dana Point Harbor. The animal appeared to have some sort of wound on its back, but the men said they couldn’t tell if the wound was fresh. The animal’s behavior—trembling and crying out—led them to believe the trio of young pinnipeds may have been running from a predator, Holmes said. “We were just heading in from the green navigational buoy outside of the Harbor

Dave Holmes of San Clemente was joined by a frightened sea lion pup while stand-up paddling at Dana Point Harbor on April 27. Photo: Erick Wayland

when we heard barking behind us and saw the sea lions headed quickly toward us,” Clark said. “The one that climbed up on Dave’s board was obviously panicked. We were pretty sure it meant there was a shark nearby.” Erick Wayland, of Dana Point, was aboard a passing sailboat and snapped a photo. “When we got inside the breakwater, my passenger disembarked and made it safely to the jetty rocks,” Holmes said. DP —Andrea Swayne

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