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January 13-19, 2017




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Looking Forward City Council sets priorities for 2017 E Y E O N D P/ PAG E 6

The City Council identified three key areas in the city as their top priorities for 2017. The areas include the Dana Point Harbor, the Lantern District and Doheny Village. Photo: Tori Alm

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is running. It would be a great opportunity for our hotel guests.” Participating restaurants include Craft House, Aveo Table and Bar, Stonehill Tavern, Bonjour Café and Bistro, Casanova, Good Choice Sushi, Brio Tuscany Grille, Mahe, Jack’s Restaurant and Bar, The Point, Pepi’s Sports Bar and Grill, StillWater Spirits & Sounds, Coastal Kitchen and Luxe Restaurant & Martini Bar. “Restaurant Week is a great time to gather with family and friends and share a delicious meal right here in Dana Point,” said Mayor Debra Lewis. “Whether you enjoy a new dining experience or savor an old favorite, I encourage everyone to celebrate Dana Point’s exciting and varied restaurant choices.”

Five things Dana Point should know this week Visiting Ships Participate in Ocean Institute’s Mock Cannon Battles THE LATEST: Over the weekend, firing cannons could be heard throughout Dana Point Harbor as the Ocean Institute held a mock cannon battle. The Spirit of Dana Point, the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain participated in the battle, allowing passengers aboard the Spirit to participate in the festivities. Those aboard the Institute’s vessel were able to raise the sails, and they cheered as cannons were shot off toward the “enemy” ships. The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain are both visiting from Washington and are available for tours. WHAT’S NEXT: The battles will continue Saturday, Jan. 14 from 1-4 p.m. at the Institute. For more information and to buy tickets, visit To see a video of the cannons being blasted, visit —Kristina Pritchett

Capo Cares Unveils Dog Park Plans, Discusses Options with Residents THE LATEST: Members of Capo Cares unveiled their plans for a dog zone in Pines Park on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and were met with some hesitation to make the designated area strictly for dogs and their owners. A number of Capistrano Beach residents met inside Capo Beach Church to see the plans created by the Architectural Guild of South Orange County for a dog zone in a lower area of Pines Park. The area once held a gazebo that overlooked the ocean and a boardwalk for people to walk across. Now, the residents refer to the undeveloped area as the “dust bowl.” “I’d like to see it developed,” said Toni Nelson, co-founder of Capo Cares. “The reason we thought of a dog park was because every day we go there and everyone I run into there has a dog. The dogs know each other.” She added that if they’re going to restore it, they should look at the primary Dana Point Times January 13-19, 2017

WHAT’S NEXT: For more information, visit —KP

Coffee Chat Returns to Dana Point Harbor The Spirit of Dana Point, the Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain participated in cannon battles on Saturday, Jan. 7. Photo: Alex Paris

use of the park. The Guild showed the public two different plans, one with a switchback trail to reach the lower area from the playground section of the park, the second with a 105foot bridge—similar to the bridge in the Harbor over the Dana Point “waterfall.” The bridge would be ADA-compliant, as well as strong and big enough for city maintenance vehicles and emergency vehicles to drive across to reach the lower area. Members of the Guild, along with Nelson, reminded the public that nothing was set in stone and the sole reason for the meeting was to get the public’s input and support before heading to Council with a plan. One resident, who lives across the street from the park, said he would like to see it used for families and children, but didn’t see an issue creating a dog run. Many in attendance agreed with the motion. “By doing this kind of development, it provides access to an unusable part of the park, a large percentage of the park,” said Cindy Fleming, a member of the Guild. WHAT’S NEXT: Nelson said it will be a long process but added that it was good to have community involvement. “Maybe this isn’t something we can do right away, but I’d sure like to look at the feasibility,” Nelson said. Nelson said they plan on going to the city and asking them to do a feasibility report on the idea of a bridge and expansion of the park. “Whether it contains a dog run or not remains to be seen, but this is what compromise is about,” Nelson said. —KP

THE LATEST: Coffee Chat will be returning to the Dana Point Harbor on Friday, Jan. 20 with Ursula Luna-Reynosa, director of community development for the city, as the guest speaker. Luna-Reynosa and her staff will give an update on various projects in the city including the Zephyr development, which will house the impending Hobie memorial sculpture.

Eudocio Carachure, the head chef at Brio Tuscany Grille in Dana Point, prepares dishes on a recent evening. Brio is one of the restaurants participating in the city’s upcoming Restaurant Week. Photo: Kristina Pritchett

WHAT’S NEXT: Coffee Chat will be held at Coffee Importers from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Complimentary coffee will be provided for all those who attend, courtesy of Jim Miller of Coffee Importers. —KP

Restaurant Owners Gear up for Restaurant Week

Man Hit and Killed by Train in Capistrano Beach

THE LATEST: During a typically slower period for the city’s restaurants, a weeklong event aims to fill dining rooms with customers and city residents. Restaurant Week, an event that will run from Jan. 21-29, will have more than a dozen of the city’s restaurants create special menu options and promotions to celebrate unique cuisine, cocktails and dining options. “I really like that about the restaurants here, they’ll jump in. Jack (Loconsolo of Jack’s Restaurant and Bar) came up with the cool angle to promote the 1989 date and got a couple of other restaurants to do something similar,” said Heather Johnson, executive director of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. BrioTuscany Grille, for instance, will be serving a three-course meal for $19.89. “I’m excited,” said Loconsolo. “I hope we can do this or something similar during the summer months when the trolley

THE LATEST: Police confirmed a 51-yearold man was hit and killed by a train in Capistrano Beach on Thursday, Jan. 5. Lt. Mark Stichter with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said the man stepped in front of the train at Beach Road and Pacific Coast Highway on Thursday. Orange County Fire Authority responded to the call along with OCSD deputies. Larry Kurtz with OCFA said the man was pronounced dead at the scene. Orange County Sheriff’s Department officers were canvassing at least a quarter of a mile along PCH around 1:50 p.m. on Thursday.

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WHAT’S NEXT: Stichter said an autopsy is still pending. —KP

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Hotel Capistrano Developers Announce Summer 2018 Opening By Allison Jarrell Developers of the Hotel Capistrano by Kimpton—a 102-room 4-star boutique hotel approved in downtown San Juan Capistrano—announced this week that they expect to open the hotel’s doors in the summer of 2018. Stratus Development Partners and Steve Oedekerk, Hollywood director and owner of the 3.18-acre property along Camino Capistrano, issued a release on Jan. 10 publicizing the opening date of the hotel, which they said represents a $40-million investment in San Juan’s Historic Town Center. The hotel will be managed by Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants, and according to the release, it will be the first hotel to be built in downtown San Juan in over 50 years. Developers also estimate that the hotel will increase city revenue by over a million dollars annually, with at least $5 million in increased revenue per year for local businesses. Hotel amenities listed include a farm-totable restaurant with outdoor patio dining, a rooftop bar, pool area, courtyard, fitness room, roof deck yoga and a garden. The Hotel Capistrano announcement comes amid a lawsuit filed by local developer Bill Griffith over the legality of the city’s September approval of the project. After dropping his plans for the Inn at the Mission hotel project in September, Griffith filed a complaint on Oct. 4 against the city for approving the Hotel Capistrano. The Kimpton hotel will be built between the Egan House and the Esslinger Building, which are both owned by Griffith. Griffith recently renovated the Egan House, which is now home to Ellie’s Table Café and Bakery. The petition for writ of mandate that was filed in the California Superior Court claims that the Hotel Capistrano “violates many provisions of the city’s General Plan, other plans and planning policies established by the city and the city’s municipal code,” making it an “illegal” development that will “have negative impacts on the adjacent, historic Judge Egan House.” A status conference with Superior Court Judge Kim Dunning is scheduled for Feb. 1. Despite the ongoing litigation, Oedekerk said in an email that engineering for the hotel is already underway and has been the primary focus since the hotel received approval as it’s the most time-consuming. “There is nothing keeping us from moving forward to the grand opening, so we have been and continue to be full steam ahead since project approval,” Oedekerk said. When it comes to pre-construction grading, Oedekerk said there’s far less work to do since the hotel plans largely utilize the current grade of the property. He added that currently there’s no exact date set for the official ground breaking, but developers will be working on a detailed schedule within the next three to four weeks. Dana Point Times January 13-19, 2017

A rendering of the 102-room boutique hotel slated to open in 2018. Photo: Courtesy of Hotel Capistrano by Kimpton

“In the interim, our current global schedule has us comfortably landing with the grand opening in summer 2018,” Oedekerk said. “Physical construction will be 12 months.” When asked about Mayor Kerry Ferguson’s recent remarks at the Dec. 12 City Council meeting and her wish to move the hotel’s restaurant building back to preserve the view of the Egan House’s balcony from the Mission, Oedekerk had this to say: “We’re talking to Mayor Ferguson, and even at the moment of this conversation, our restaurant building currently has the largest setback of every one of our neighbors, and the Egan House is clearly visible from every conceivable angle on Camino Capistrano,” Oedekerk said. For more information on the Hotel Capistrano, visit

SAN CLEMENTE CLUP Approval from Coastal Commission Could Be Delayed a Year By Eric Heinz On Friday, Jan. 13, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) is expected to vote to delay the adoption of the city of San Clemente’s proposed Coastal Land Use Program (CLUP) in order to continue studying documents related to the program. The CLUP is the CCC’s way of giving development application authority to local governments while the CCC retains ultimate authority over developments within the coastal zone, which spans about 1,000 feet inland from the coastline. “We don’t see a problem with (delaying) it, and it is pretty typical that they do such a thing,” City Manager James Makshanoff wrote. “It will give us some time to work through some of their comments. Staff plans to meet with the CCC staff next week to discuss the process.” Noaki Schwartz, a spokesperson for the CCC, said the city will not be able to change their application at-will, but the commis-

sion’s staff can work with the city to make amendments. “The commission continues to process coastal development permit applications in the city until there is a fully certified LCP,” Schwartz wrote in an email. “The certified LUP (the old plan) is used as guidance. Commission staff would check to make sure new proposed projects do not conflict with the proposed new coastal LUP.” Groups and people who have outstanding lawsuits against the city’s sober living and short-term rental zoning ordinances may have to wait to see what the final outcome of the CLUP will be. As of right now, the current CLUP will remain in place until the new one is adopted. The new CLUP includes the city’s zoning for sober living and short-term rental residences. We will update this article with the CCC’s vote on Friday. Live streaming of the meeting is available online at

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Boy Scout Proposes Enhancements for Patriot Trail Summit By Allison Jarrell A 14-year-old Boy Scout is looking to change the way hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians enjoy the coastal views atop San Juan Capistrano’s Patriot Hill. John Boranian, a freshman at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, plans to install a picnic table, benches and public telescope at the peak of the popular Patriot Trail for his Eagle Scout project. A Life Scout with San Juan’s Boy Scout Troop 724, Boranian said when it came time to choose his Eagle Scout project, he opted to focus on Patriot Hill because “it honors those who have served our country” and “has the most spectacular view overlooking San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and the Pacific Coast.” Boranian met with city staff in November to learn about the city’s review process and to make sure his proposal was compat-

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ible with the character of the area. After designing the project, gathering samples of materials and coordinating fundraising, he presented his plans to the city’s Trails and Equestrian Commission in December. During his presentation, Boranian said the majority of the project’s estimated cost—$3,500—would come from the $2,500 telescope. The young scout intends to secure funding through a combination of crowdsourcing and donations from local businesses, family and friends. Boranian estimates the project will take three to five days to complete with the help of four or five scout volunteers. While the entire commission expressed interest in the proposal, several commissioners voiced concern about the potential for theft and vandalism at the site. Boranian replied that vandalism would be the main issue, as the telescope and table would be cemented in place. Assistant Public Works Director Tom Toman said that much like San Juan’s other parks and trails, the city would respond to service requests at the site. Trails and Equestrian Commission Chair Renee Ritchie commended Boranian for his enthusiasm and ambition. “I think that you’re very passionate about this; it’s something you have your heart in,” Ritchie said, “and if you’re willing to take that leap, I think that’s great.” Commissioner Brian Maryott—who was recently elected to the City Council—said he understood the vandalism concerns, but also pointed out that it’s possible the site would be respected by visitors. Toman said the Patriot Trail improvements will go before the City Council for approval on Jan. 17. Boranian’s proposal will be listed under the Council’s consent calendar, which means that unless the item is pulled by the public or a Council member, it will be approved without discussion. The Jan. 17 meeting begins at 5 p.m. at City Hall, located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto.


The 2017 “Art Lessons in the Wild” program begins Jan. 21. Photo: Courtesy of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching


Dana Wharf to Hold Art Lessons in the Wild The Wyland Foundation and Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching have teamed up for the 2017 Wyland Whale and Dolphin Adventure “Art Lessons in the Wild” program, which will officially begin Jan. 21 and continue on Sundays until April 29. Children ages 3-12 are invited to participate in an art lesson with Wyland, an environmental artist, and go on a two-hour whale watching trip. Each child that participates will be entered into a contest to win prizes, and will receive a gift from Wyland just for entering. Wyland will judge the contest in three age categories, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12, with multiple winners and a grand prize winner. The grand prize is a limited edition Wyland giclée on canvas titled, “Sea Life Below,” valued at $1,500. Art lessons begin at 9 a.m. and are followed by a two-hour whale watching trip. Lessons will take place inside the Dana Pride. For more information, or to book a spot, call 888.224.0603. A $5 art lesson fee will benefit the Wyland Foundation.

Historical Society to Hold Installation, Give Pat Plepler Award During the Dana Point Historical Society annual meeting, Willa Porter will be awarded the Pat Plepler award on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Porter will be honored for her active citizenship, participation and volunteerism throughout the city and the county. Plepler passed away in 2007, and her Page 5

family made a donation to the society to create the community award in her memory to recognize individuals or groups whose active citizenship has made a difference in the city. The public is invited to attend the potluck dinner at the Community House, located at 24642 San Juan Avenue, and is asked to bring a covered dish to serve six to eight people. The evening’s events will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call the society at 949.248.8121.

Dana Hills Holds Recycling Drive On Saturday, Jan. 14, Dana Hills High School will hold a plastic bottle and aluminum can drive. The event is from 9-11 a.m. and will help raise funds for the school. The drive will be held in the back parking lot near the tennis courts and the pool.

R.H. Dana Begins Adult ESL Classes English as Second Language for adults classes will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The classes will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in room 105 from 9-11:50 a.m. There will be free babysitting for classes in room K2. The class is free.

R.H. Dana to Hold Open House Families and community members are invited to the school’s open house on Thursday, Jan. 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Classes will display highlights from the earth science and technology projects. Have something interesting for the community? Send your information to


Looking Forward

Lewis said hiring a city manager is priority number one. “This is a critical position. He or she is the chief operational officer for the city and must see him/herself as an essential partner in carrying out the vision for the city set by the City Council,” Lewis said. Wyatt said that since the process will take some time, the Council needs to work with the acting city manager to set goals and metrics of the administration.

City Council sets priorities for 2017 BY KRISTINA PRITCHETT, DANA POINT TIMES


he start of a new year often means resolutions for a lot of people and that includes the Dana Point City Council. With the first Council meeting just a few days away, the Dana Point Times asked each of the Council members what they believed the Council should focus on in 2017 as well as what their individual priorities for the year will be. As of press time, Councilman John Tomlinson could not be reached for comment despite several attempts throughout the week. Economic Development If a resident were to drive through Dana Point, they would see construction and renovations happening throughout the city. The continuation of this redevelopment is a priority on which the four Council members agree. The three areas each Council member spoke specifically of were Doheny Village, Lantern District (Town Center) and the Harbor. Councilman Rick Viczorek said when he ran for his seat, the three areas were an issue, and he still believes there is work to be done. “I still think my priorities haven’t really changed,” Viczorek said. “Situations have changed a little bit with Town Center but it doesn’t change my desire to keep working.” Councilman Joe Muller agreed. “There are the same priorities as two years ago,” Muller said, including the expansion of the Lantern District and it’s parking plan in his list of priorities. Viczorek said that with the newest Council members, Mayor Debra Lewis and Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Wyatt, he looks forward to hearing their ideas and implementing those visions in the Lantern District. “We heard the residents, and I think it’s a good thing we have two new Council members that are bringing the perception for Measure H and those who voted against Measure I,” Viczorek said. “I’m very interested in hearing their solutions, and I’m very open to working with them.” Work on a comprehensive parking plan figures to begin in 2017 as well, as the four Council members agreed on its importance. “Town Center development is in the implementation phase and the Raintree Project is progressing,” Wyatt said. “Parking issues must be resolved to make this area attractive to small business and restaurants.” Viczorek added that with Measure H, parking was one of the “big issues” so he believes it’s important to “hammer something out” that works for the residents. Dana Point Times January 13-19, 2017

(From left to right) Councilman John Tomlinson, Mayor Pro-Tem Paul Wyatt, Mayor Debra Lewis, and Councilmen Joe Muller and Rick Viczorek sit at the dais during the reorganization meeting. Photo: Kristina Pritchett

City Council members want to work on a parking plan and bringing more businesses to the Lantern District in 2017. Photo: Kristina Pritchett

Lewis said she would like to see “appropriate development” of Doheny Village and Town Center as part of an overall citywide development plan. “I envision the Harbor, Doheny Village and Town Center complementing, not competing with, one another,” Lewis said. The Council members agreed that they want to see everything fit together—Viczorek called them puzzle pieces that need to fit together to create a whole picture. “The reason that’s important is we’re a small town, we rely on our TOT (Transit Occupancy Tax),” Muller said. “If we lost one of those hotels and reduced our income, how do we address that? You need another funding source, more shops and restaurants.” Wyatt said, regarding Town Center, it’s time to begin an implementation plan. “Specific items that could put this development at risk must be identified and removed from the critical path,” Wyatt said. “Costs to the city must be estimated and funding established.” Although the Dana Point Harbor is a county project, Wyatt said the city still needs to play an active role in the process. “Although Orange County is responsible for this project, Dana Point will be impacted by the decisions made,” Wyatt said. “The city must become an active participant in the management of this project

The Dana Point Harbor revitalization is a top priority for Council members event though it is a county project. Photo: Kristina Pritchett

to ensure it is consistent with the city’s development plan.” Viczorek said he knows development takes time, but he believes the city needs to be vigilant and start moving forward. City Manager Another top priority for many City Council members is the hiring of a new city manager. Former City Manager Doug Chotkevys left the city in November, in-lieu of termination, and since then, Mike Killebrew has been the acting city manager. “We need to get that (hiring process) done, but it’s a process that will probably take four to six months,” Muller said.

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Trust, Litigation and Finances Some Dana Point residents have been questioning the city’s finances for a number of months, so much so that Lewis said they have lost trust that their money is being well spent. Lewis said she wants to rebuild that trust by setting up a citizen financial watchdog group that will meet and report regularly to the Council and the residents. “Good financial information is critical,” Lewis said. “We must know realistically how much we have to move forward with our major development projects.” To also build the trust back up with residents, Lewis said she plans to be “visible” and accessible to as many residents as possible. “I hope people will begin to recognize me and feel they can stop and talk to me,” Lewis said. “I value residents’ input and believe that the more the community is involved in the process, the more likely we will succeed in implementing our plans.” Wyatt agrees with Lewis and said he plans to foster respectful conversations between the city and the residents as well as businesses professionals. “I look forward to setting up regularlyscheduled interactions between the Council members and city residents and businesses by taking advantage of the various associations that exists,” Wyatt said. Turning to the financial aspect, Wyatt mentioned during his campaign that the city’s expenses and revenue needed to be checked out. Wyatt said five-year budget projections need to be created as a tool to evaluate the 2018-2019 budget and added work needs to begin to have that approved by June 30. “More than two years of visibility is needed to ensure the financial health of the city,” Wyatt said. Over the past year, the city has been involved with multiple lawsuits. Most recently, the city settled with the California Coastal Commission regarding the Strands gate. However, the city is still working with Sanford Edward, developer of the Strand community, on ongoing litigation. Muller said it is a priority to get litigation finished. “I don’t want to be litigating everything in the city,” Muller said. “It’s expensive.” Lewis said she would like to see the issue with Headlands Reserve LLC and Sanford Edward put behind them. The Council will take their seats for the first meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. in City Hall. DP


Community Meetings SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

Whale Walk and Talk

9 a.m. The walk focuses on the offshore animals that can be seen from the Headlands. Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center. 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point. RSVP to or call 949.248.3527. TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

City Council Meeting

6 p.m. Members of the Council will meet in Council Chambers. Dana Point City Hall. 33282 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point.

Because I Love You (BILY) Meeting

7-9 p.m. every Tuesday. BILY helps parents find solutions to any crisis they are experiencing due to their children’s (adult or minor) poor choices. 119 Avenida De La Estrella, San Clemente.

Dana Harbor Toastmasters

7-8:30 p.m. Fine-tune your public speaking skills each Tuesday at Capo Beach Church. 25975 Domingo Avenue, Capistrano Beach. 949.492.7181. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

Dana Hills High School Foundation Community Information Meeting

9 a.m. The community and business members are invited to learn about the Foundation. Dana Hills High School, Faculty Lounge across from Administration Office.

Traffic Improvement Subcommittee Meeting

3-5 p.m. Members will meet in Council Chambers. Dana Point City Hall. 33282 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point.

Arts and Culture Commission Meeting

6 p.m. Members will meet in Council Chambers. Dana Point City Hall. 33282 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point. THURSDAY, JANUARY 19

Coastmasters (Toastmaster’s)

7-8:30 a.m. Join the members of the Coastmasters every Thursday. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point. Adjacent to Baby Beach at OC Sailing & Events Center.

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someone put soap in the Jacuzzi. BAY POLLUTION East Basin/Dock Cove (1:21 p.m.) A caller said people were sanding a boat and polluting the bay.

COMPILED BY STAFF 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.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT-NON INJURY Colegio Drive, 33800 Block (1:04 p.m.) Police were called about a person who backed into the company truck and left. The caller said when they returned they refused to exchange information. DRUNK IN CAR Domingo Avenue, 25900 Block (11:09 a.m.) A man was seen hitting a parked car several times before parking his own vehicle.

Monday, January 9 PROWLER La Serena Drive, 34000 Block (11:17 p.m.) Police were called for a man walking around the area carrying an unknown type of bag.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Scotty’s Cove Drive, 33600 Block (5:29 a.m.) Police were called about a man looking into the caller’s window as well as the neighbor’s house.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Del Avion/Niguel Road (10:37 p.m.) A man told police a vehicle followed him from the freeway and then parked behind him in the dark. He told police he didn’t know the type of vehicle.

DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY La Serena Drive, 34100 Block (2:14 a.m.) Police were called for people making noise in the front parking lot; the caller said they were playing loud music from a vehicle.

RECKLESS DRIVING Dana Point Harbor Drive/Street of the Golden Lantern (5:27 p.m.) Police were called for a man driving aggressively. The caller said he was cussing and laying on the horn because the caller took too long at the green light.

Saturday, January 7 RECKLESS DRIVING Pacific Coast Highway/ Ritz-Carlton Drive (6:06 p.m.) A caller told police a driver was doing donuts and almost hit a vehicle.

BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Astoria Street, 33200 Block (3:03 p.m.) A caller told police someone broke into their vehicle.

INJURED ANIMAL Office (4:37 p.m.) Officers received third-hand information about a bird on the rocks near the office with a line wrapped around it.

TRESPASSING Ritz-Carlton Drive, 0 Block (11:37 a.m.) Police were called about a person who hopped the fence onto the property.

BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Granada Drive, 33800 Block (4:13 p.m.) A caller told police the caretaker said a former tenant and “his goon” were on the property.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34300 Block (10:49 a.m.) Police were called about a customer who was in the bathroom for more than 30 minutes and would not come out.

CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Rosita, 34600 Block (3:33 p.m.) A woman said construction was going on in her neighborhood and something fell out of the trucks and damaged her car. She said she asked them for insurance and they refused.

PETTY THEFT Palo Alto Street, 33100 Block (8:53 a.m.) A caller told police hand tools were taken from their garage on Saturday night and that they believe their neighbor did it. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Pompeii Drive, 23200 Block (8:21 a.m.) A woman told police someone was knocking on her windows and believed it to be her husband. She told police she didn’t see him and that there is “almost” a restraining order against him. PETTY THEFT Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (3:17 a.m.) Two juveniles ran out of the store with chips and candy.

Sunday, January 8 VANDALISM REPORT Sea Terrace Street, 0 Block (7:46 p.m.) An employee told police

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Ocean Institute (4:12 a.m.) A caller told police four teenagers jumped the fence and boarded a Tall Ship. A unit responded and said the girls were playing Pokemon Go and not on the boat. SHOTS HEARD-NO SUPSECT INFORMATION Crown Valley Parkway, 34200 Block (12:18 a.m.) A caller said they heard what sounded like two gunshots in the area near the leasing office.

Friday, January 6 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Doheny Park Road/Las Vegas Avenue (10:55 p.m.) A man was seen digging up a detour sign.

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DRUNK IN PUBLIC Alcazar Drive, 33800 Block (10:18 p.m.) Two men were seen smashing bottles in the street and “appeared drunk.” SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Paloma, 34500 Block (5:43 p.m.) Police were called for a man on a bike checking door handles. TERRORIST THREATS Street of the Golden Lantern, 33200 Block (2:21 p.m.) A woman told police her husband threatened to kill her two months ago. DISTURBANCE Dana Point Yacht Club (1:57 p.m.) Police were called for a person who was allegedly purposefully trying to hit passengers with their cast. MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATIONS La Plaza/Street of the Golden Lantern (1:49 p.m.) Four skateboarders were skating at La Plaza Park in a no skateboarding zone. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Chula Vista Avenue, 33600 Block (12:30 p.m.) Police were called about people having sex in a vehicle. DISTURBANCE Street of the Golden Lantern/ Pacific Coast Highway (11:27 a.m.) A man was seen throwing his hands in the air and “acting irrational.” DISTURBANCE Street of the Blue Lantern, 34200 Block (8:30 a.m.) A man was arrested allegedly after going through the trash. When he was asked to put the trash away, the man became “aggressive.” The caller told police he spit into his face and jabbed him in the throat while grabbing his collar. VANDALISM Street of the Golden Lantern, 33800 Block (6:50 a.m.) A caller told police the mailbox mount on the pole was bent; they said it could have been from someone bumping into it. DISTURBANCE Jeremiah Drive, 24600 Block (2:03 a.m.) Four or five juveniles were involved in a physical fight.

Thursday, January 5 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Verano, 26700 Block (10:38 p.m.) A woman told police she could hear a dog crying; she was concerned something may have happened to the residents. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Pacific Coast Highway, 34100 Block (8:45 p.m.) Police were called for a man behind a residence. The caller said they were concerned because he doesn’t belong back there and he may have been drinking. TRAFFIC HAZARD Del Obispo Street/Stonehill Drive (2:22 p.m.) Police were called for a tree leaning “more than usual.” The caller said they were concerned it would fall in traffic lanes.



GUEST OPINION: The Bartlett Bulletin by Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett

The Homeless Population in Orange County


n a county with one of the state’s most expensive housing markets, providing additional resources to help homeless people transition to long-term housing is more critical than ever, as well as addressing the complex social and medical issues that result in chronic homelessness. To that end, every two years, during the last week of January, a countywide PointIn-Time Count (PIT) takes place to count and survey the homeless population in Orange County. The PIT Count is planned, coordinated and carried out locally to meet Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development requirements for Continuum of Care (CoC) homeless programs. Locally, the CoC supports the coordinated efforts of 15 nonprofit agencies that provide rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing for those experiencing homelessness within our communities. The PIT Count process is a critical factor in determining the amount of federal funding the county receives to serve the homeless population. It also provides in-

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San Juan Capistrano

Starting last November, commercial jet traffic, as well as other air traffic, began to crowd the skies over San Juan Capistrano as well as Dana Point. Most noticeable is the parade of flights that circle back in from over the ocean after departing Orange County’s John Wayne Airport. They fly at low altitudes coming back over land around the Dana Point Headlands area. The air traffic then proceeds over homes on the hillsides of San Juan Capistrano, creating noise and accelerating and climbing. There is no need for an aircraft that has departed as far away as John Wayne Airport to be at such a low altitude at this point in its flight. This begins at approximately 7:03 a.m. and continues sometimes after 10 p.m. When contacted, John Wayne Airport states there is nothing they can do. When the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ office(s) are contacted, they reply there Dana Point Times January 13-19, 2017

formation on how to improve the available resources and approaches to meet the needs of the different populations. Two years ago, my staff and I were pleased to participate in the 2015 PIT Count. This year, the 2017 Count provides another opportunity for communities to come together to learn about the resources available, gain insights into the plight of people that are currently experiencing homelessness, and make a contribution to the broader solutions to end homelessness in our county. Because having an accurate and comprehensive Count relies on the participation of hundreds of volunteers, I am inviting you to volunteer for the 2017 Point-In-Time Count on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 4:30-9 a.m. The 2017 Count will be deployed from deployment centers located in each of the five Supervisorial Districts to survey the surrounding neighborhoods for homelessness. An estimated 1,500 volunteers are needed to work in the field and at deployment

is nothing they can do. The story goes that the Federal Aviation Administration has control over our airport. Apparently the FAA is trying to push through new routes that will be more cost effective for the airlines. The cities of Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, as of several months ago, already filed a lawsuit against the FAA over the proposed flight path changes, but the County of Orange has not. I’m told that the changes could further negatively impact our cities, as well as additional cities. When contacted, the county supplies phone numbers for the FAA that go to individuals who have no clue as to what is taking place. One of the best answers I received from an FAA contact was that “people need to get places.” Most troublesome is it appears the airport has no relationship or contact person with the FAA. It appears there is no concern over the negative impact operations at John Wayne Airport have on the county taxpayers. Should this be negatively affecting you right now, or potentially later, I urge you to take action to protect your peace and quiet and property values. Contact the following representatives should you wish. Lisa Bartlett, chairwoman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and your 5th District representative, can be

centers on the morning of the Count. The South County deployment centers will be Family Assistance Ministries in San Clemente, and Families Forward in Irvine. To register as a volunteer, please THE BARTLETT visit the project website at BULLETIN or By Lisa Bartlett email pointintime@211oc. org. Additional information on ways to get involved or make a charitable donation is available at Thank you kindly for your generous time and selfless effort in assuring that homeless and at-risk individuals and families in our county receive the care and services they need. 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

reached at 714.834.3550. The noise complaint office at John Wayne Airport can be reached at 949.252.5185. You can contact them each and every time you are impacted by a noisy, loud aircraft. Again, you may be referred to an FAA phone number for someone who has no information on what is taking place at John Wayne Airport. Congressman Darrell Issa can be reached at 760.599.5000. You can request that Issa email a complaint form or “constituent assistance form”—simply fill the form out and return it to Issa asking for help on this. Ask the Board of Supervisors to take back control of our airport; and if you see fit, request that the Board of Supervisors file a lawsuit now, not later.

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The List

OCEAN INSTITUTE CANNON BATTLE SAILS 1-4 p.m. Witness the annual mock cannon battle at the Ocean Institute. The Spirit of Dana Point will engage in a pretend fight with visiting tall ships, the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington. Enjoy blasting cannons, towering rigging, bustling decks and the magnificence of canvas full of wind. Work with the crew hauling up sail or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge and survival. Tickets are $60 for adults, with discounts for seniors, military and children. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. 949.496.2274.

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

Friday | 13 LIVE MUSIC: HANS & JANINE 4 p.m. Join Waterman’s Harbor for live music with Hans & Janine every Friday. Waterman’s Harbor. 34661 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 949.764.3474. LIVE MUSIC: VOODOO GROOVE 7:30-11 p.m. Listen to live music from Voodoo Groove at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente. 949.361.2855. LIVE THEATER: ‘KITCHEN WITCHES’ 8 p.m. Combine Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer and you have the rousing, hilarious comedy, Kitchen Witches, which premieres at the Cabrillo Playhouse. Show runs through Feb. 5, and ticket start at $20. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente. 949.492.0465. LIVE MUSIC: JIMI JAMES 8 p.m. Listen to live music by Jimi James at Wind and Sea. 34699 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 949.496.6500.

Saturday | 14 SUP YOGA 8 a.m. I Heart Yoga and Westwind Sailing join together to hold stand-up paddleboard yoga. The class is held every second Saturday of the month. $35 with board rental, $25 if you bring your own board. Sign up online, classes fill quickly. Westwind Sailing. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point. 949.363.3152. REPLACE YOUR LAWN WORKSHOP 9:30 a.m. Join Tree of Life’s Sam Manning as he gives this practical, easy-to-follow talk about how to remove your lawn to make way for a fresh and more sustainable landscape. The workshop is part of an ongoing series. Tree of Life Nursery. 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.728.0685. TINKERGARTEN PARENT & ME FREE CLASS 10-11:15 a.m. Stop by the beach for a free trial class with Tinkergarten, where play-based learning enables kids to pick up skills in a new way. San Clemente State Park Campgrounds. 225 Avenida Calafia, Dana Point Times January 13-19, 2017


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SUNDAY, JAN. 15: BEND AND BREW 11:30 a.m. What’s better than yoga in the park? Yoga in a brewery! I Heart Yoga holds a weekly “Bend and Brew” class at Left Coast Brewing Company’s tasting room in San Clemente. It’s a one-hour yoga class followed by a pint of beer. Also runs Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. Admission $10. 1245 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente. 949.363.3152.




enus are powerful tools for setting expectations in a restaurant. Though it may be an esoteric exercise to appreciate the menu as an individual item—instead of as a means to an end (that is, food)—we’re all influenced consciously and subconsciously by the arrangement of photos, text and numbers on any given menu. So what, then, do we make of “Thai Juan On’s” dish “Red Devil”? First, Thai Juan On stands out amongst the bevy of pun-filled Thai restaurants in Orange County, as it endearingly doubles— nay, triples down—indicating food type, location and the amount of drinking you’ll do at its excellent bar. And “Red Devil,” the anglicized name for the curry dish masaman nue, inspires at least bravery and at most an order of milk to deal with whatever diabolic spice is involved. (Though no need to worry about the heat—the end of Red Devil’s menu entry reads “COPACETIC!”) In short, if you can get past the pun, Thai Juan On is a bastion for imaginative fun. That imagination, thankfully, extends to

San Clemente. 949.412.9889. WATERCOLOR FOR BEGINNERS WORKSHOP 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This two-day painting workshop runs Saturday and Sunday and will teach students how to create a successful

SATURDAYS AT THE SWALLOW’S INN 2:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dalton Gang kicks off a day of live music at 2:30 p.m., followed by Rob Staley Band at 8:30 p.m. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949.493.3188. SECOND STAGE STAND-UP 6 p.m. The Camino Real Playhouse hosts their monthly night of comedy, Second Stage Stand-Up. This month, laugh along with Fritz Coleman, Dana Eagle, Matin Atrushi, Tom Riehl and Ron Ruhman. Admission is $17.50 and reservations re recommended. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.8082.

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the food. In the Red Devil, whose spiciness can be made to taste, chunks of pull-apart beef roast are simmered in a coconut milk red curry, and garnished with chunks of red potatoes, onions and peanuts. It’s an ideal dish for our recent rainy weather, warming the soul with the fattiness of the beef, the richness of the curry and the familiarity of peanut. It’s meat and potatoes dressed up in a story, then dressed down to a casual, palate-pleaser. Thai Juan On 31878 Del Obispo St., San Juan Capistrano. 949.234.0332.

watercolor piece. Become a confident watercolorist by learning the tools that will allow you to achieve great drawings, beautiful gradients and more. Cost is $150 per student. San Clemente Art Supply. 1531 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.369.6603.

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CASA KIDS: SWAZZLE PUPPET SHOW 3-4 p.m. Swazzle’s The Tortoise and the Hare is a hilarious, action-packed reimagining of the classic Aesop’s Fable. Children participate in the puppetry show with games that teach important lessons about manners and habits. Admission is free. Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente. 949.498.2139.

Monday | 16 BRIDGE LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS 9:30-11:30 a.m. Bridge lessons will be held for those new to the game as well as those who haven’t played in a while. The lessons span four Mondays in January, and the series costs $60 total. South Orange County Bridge Center. 31261 Rancho Viejo Rd., Suite 205, San Juan Capistrano. Contact for registration.

Tuesday | 17 TINY TOTS: PARENT AND ME PROGRAM AT THE OCEAN INSTITUTE 9-10:15 a.m. Children ages 2 and 3 and their parents are invited to the Ocean In(Cont. on page 13)


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GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 10) stitute to explore shapes, colors, textures and more with the sea star. Program runs on six successive Tuesdays until Feb. 21. Each session includes exploration, an animal encounter and an activity. Cost is $30 for a single drop-in class and $150 for the full series. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. 949.496.2274. www.

Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente. 949.361.2855.

HALF-PRICE WHALE WATCHING 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Hop onboard this two-hour cruise to see dolphins, whales and other marine life in the wild. $22.50. Half price on Tuesdays but trips are available every day of the week. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 949.496.5794.

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OPEN MIC NIGHT 6-10 p.m. Singer/songwriters perform at The Point Restaurant open mic every Tuesday. Bring your instrument and your voice; The Point supplies the sound system. 34085 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point. 949.464.5700.

LIVE MUSIC: THE KALAMA BROTHERS 7-10:30 p.m. Listen to live music from the Kalama Brothers at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente. 949.361.2855.

LECTURE: FUN WITH FUNGI 7-8:30 p.m. Explore the fascinating world of wild mushrooms with amateur mycologist Joanne Schwartz. Learn about finding and identifying fungi in Southern California and beyond, as well as about their place in nature. Guests will also hear some tales of fungal folklore. Admission is free, but reserve a spot online. A separate mushroom hunt will be conducted on January 21. Guest House at the Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. 28811 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.9778.

MISSION ART WALK 11 a.m. A docent-guided tour highlighting the art collection of rare paintings related to the Mission’s history. 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.234.1300.

KARAOKE AT GOODY’S 8 p.m. Karaoke every Tuesday night at Goody’s Tavern in San Clemente. 206 S. El Camino Real. 949.492.3400. www.

LIVE MUSIC: CALI SOL 7:30-11 p.m. Listen to live music from Cali Sol at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, Suite E, San Clemente. 949.361.2855. www.

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SHOWOFF! INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL 8 p.m. The annual ShowOff! International Playwriting Festival features the world premiere of seven 10-minute plays. The audience votes for their favorite plays, and the top three winners get cash prizes after the last performance. After nearly 300 entries are received from all over the world, a team of readers selects, reads and grades each play, keeping the identity of the playwrights anonymous until the top 10 plays are selected—attendees only see the top seven plays. Festival runs through Jan. 29, and tickets start at $20. Camino Real Playhouse. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.8082.

KARAOKE AT THE SWALLOW’S INN 7 p.m. Sing karaoke, imbibe and eat free popcorn at The Swallow’s Inn’s karaoke night with Bobby and Joel. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949.493.3188. MIXOLOGY UNIVERSITY 7 p.m. Every Wednesday, Waterman’s Harbor bartenders and mixology experts teach guests how to make the restaurant’s cocktails. Guests will have the opportunity to make and taste three cocktails. Event is $25. Waterman’s Harbor. 34661 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 949.764.3474. LIVE MUSIC: CALAFIA STONES 7-10:30 p.m. Listen to live music from Calafia Stones at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Dana Point Times January 13-19, 2017

FREE COMEDY AT MOLLY BLOOM’S 9:30 p.m. Every Wednesday, free comedy at Molly Bloom’s with food and drink specials. There will be local and professional talent. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.218.0120.

SESSIONS AT STILLWATER 7 p.m. Listen to live music when artists from around the world perform together. Stillwater Spirits and Sounds. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point. 949.661.6003. www.

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MEET THE ARTIST: ALAN NOWELL 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Stop by the Mission Fine Art Gallery to meet artist Alan Nowell, who will also be giving a waterbased oil painting demonstration. 31760 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. 949.291.7738.

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On Stage at the Coach House: The Blind Boys of Alabama DANA POINT TIMES


e asked Jimmy Carter, a founding member of the Blind Boys of Alabama, what it felt like to earn two Grammy Award nominations 78 years after the group first sang together. “This is nothing new,” Carter said, laughing. “We’ve got five already. Even if I don’t win, I won’t feel too bad. I would love to get the sixth one though.” It’s easy to imagine how awards might be of minimal importance in a singing career that started in the Jim Crow era, in 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, and saw the Blind Boys become a vital Photo: Courtesy part of the Civil Rights Movement soundtrack, playing at benefits for Martin Luther King, Jr. and at rallies across the country. And though times have changed, the Blind Boys’ music hasn’t. “We haven’t changed our sound,” Carter

said. “When the Blind Boys first started out, we had nothing but an acoustic guitar. (But) now we have the whole works; we have the bass guitar, lead keyboards, drums… that’s the only thing we’ve changed.” The group’s message hasn’t been altered much either—the gospel group has always been rooted in Christian identity and is hoping to bring in a wider audience. “We are a gospel singing group,” Carter said. “We have a message for the people. … We try to let the people know about Jesus and about God. If we can’t convey that to them, then that song is no good.” The Blind Boys will take their message and music to the Coach House on Friday, Jan. 27. In the meantime, Carter says the group is working on an album with Amazon that will bring their sound “back to basics”… almost 80 years later.

At the Movies: Scorsese’s Eerie ‘Silence’ BY MEGAN BIANCO, DANA POINT TIMES


artin Scorsese’s Catholic upbringing has followed him his whole career. It is evident from his consideration of becoming a missionary, to his films Mean Streets (1973) and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), to religious imagery subtly appearing in films of his no matter the genre. His movie currently in theaters is Silence, based on the Japanese novel by Shusaku Endu. The movie has been a decade in the making as a passion project of the director’s. In 1640 Japan, Father Ferreira (Liam Neeson) is kidnapped and tortured by local samurai after Christianity has been forbidden despite many successful years of missionary work led by Europeans. Father Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Father Garupe (Adam Driver) leave Portugal to go on a quest to seek Ferreira’s whereabouts and if he has really turned away from the church, as was rumored. Their guide is a cowardly

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drunk named Kichijiro (Yosuke Kubozuka). Silence was co-adapted by Scorsese and Jay Cocks, marking their third film together after The Age of Innocence (1993) and Gangs of New York (2002). This is one of the harshest, yet respectful films to ever be made about Catholicism. Focusing on a piece of history that could have been a mess narratively, it is more genuine coming from the auteur. Garfield gives the performance of his career as a priest who feels it’s his duty to spread the word of the lord, while also facing his inner demons of doubt. The lack of score—hence the movie title—is eerie and effective. If you can stomach it, take a look at Scorsese’s latest. DP



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

Meeting Single Seniors in the New Year

Community involvement goes a long way when it comes to creating new relationships


love it when older singles contact me with a question or a comment after reading one of my “On Life and Love After 50” columns in The Capistrano Dispatch, Dana Point Times or San Clemente Times. The readers don’t always agree with what I wrote, but I appreciate them responding. They often say something like, “I was at my hair salon, or at a shopping mall, or my doctor’s office, or maybe even at a friend’s house and read your article.” ON LIFE AND Which is why, on Dec. LOVE AFTER 50 30, I was at the Starbucks By Tom Blake across from the Mission San Juan Capistrano, discussing the tri-city senior dating scene with Jim, a 69-year-old divorcée. Jim had read an article in The Capistrano Dispatch and thought I might be able to suggest where to meet quality senior women in and around South Orange County. While he and I were discussing the importance of older singles getting out of the house and becoming involved in activities, I spotted my friend, Ann Ronan, sitting at a window table. Ann is well known in San Juan Capistrano—she owns San Juan Capistrano Travel, has been a Chamber of Commerce board member since 2012, is a board member of the Friends of the Library, and is also a docent at the Mission. I introduced Ann to Jim; Ann told him she met her husband, Ted, online nine years ago. Learning that piqued Jim’s interest, as he hadn’t had much luck in the online dating arena. Ann also said that attending Chamber of Commerce mixers and events in all three South County cities is a great way to meet new people. Jim enjoys riding his bike and said meeting people along the bike trails isn’t easy, but there is always a chance that he can make some new friends there as well. By coincidence, later that night, I received an email from a woman named Yoko, who said, “I recently started receiving your weekly online newsletter, and I have to say those newsletters are a ‘hoot.’” Of course, Yoko’s comment got my attention, so I read further.

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She said, “I am 61 and just moved to SJC and am having the time of my life. OC is raining men! I have met so many wonderful people and even though I have finally narrowed my dating to one man, I keep in touch with others as I value their friendships. “Senior dating is about the attitude. If you grumble and complain all the time, who wants to be around you? Tell those singles out there to be positive, happy, active and volunteer in programs that help those less fortunate than you.” Yoko’s next comment surprised me: “I’ve discovered great biking trails and hiking is fantastic in OC. ‘Silver Sneakers,’ (the age 65+ exercise group she observes when she is at 24 Hour Fitness) is a blast, and I volunteer in a homeless outreach and a food pantry through my church. (an online activity website, not a dating site) is also a great place to meet people. “I belong to Sunset to Sunrise Hikers and there are three to five hikes every day. The Saturday Hike with Mike along Dana Point Strand and Salt Creek is a great place for a man to meet ladies.” Yoko even offered to be Jim’s “bike friend” if he wants to road bike (no offroad bike trails for her). I shared Yoko’s comments with Jim. Another great place for seniors to make new acquaintances is in the Emeritus program at Saddleback College. The courses offered there are free to seniors. Yoko is right. Single seniors hoping to meet other singles just need to get out and involved in our tri-city area as she has done with so much energy and enthusiasm. Here’s to Yoko, Jim and all the tri-city senior singles in 2017. Tom Blake is a Dana Point resident and a former Dana Point businessman who has authored several books on middle-aged dating. See his websites at; and www. To receive Tom’s weekly online newsletter, sign up at Email: tompblake@ 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

Hair stylist Logan Gallegos, left, holds a lock of hair from Luke Acuna, 9, of San Clemente who donated his hair to Wigs for Kids on Friday, Jan. 6, at Curtis Michaels Hair Salon in San Juan Capistrano. Photo: Eric Heinz


Luke Acuna, a 9-year-old Palisades Elementary student, grew his hair past the

one-foot length requirement to be able to cut and donate it for a wig after seeing a college football player donate

his hair for the same cause. To read the whole story, visit

Pet of the Week: Mojito


ojito is an 8-month-old calico kitty ready for fun. Striking good looks paired with a lively personality make Mojito an entertaining playmate. She enjoys playing with her twin sister, Daiquiri. While not required, the two would love to go home together and keep up their dynamic duo. If you would like to know more about Mojito or Daiquiri, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949.492.1617, or visit them at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. DP

Mojito. Photo: San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter


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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Girls Hoops Heads into League Play with Momentum Momentum is squarely on the side of the Dana Hills girls basketball team, as the group continues to pick up wins throughout its historic season. Dana Hills, which is off to its best start in over 12 years, has won nine in a row and improved its record to 14-3 overall with a convincing 45-19 Sea View League victory over Mission Viejo on Jan. 10. The Dolphins, the defending league champions, have not lost since Dec. 6. Against the Diablos, the Dolphins were led by Peyton Romo’s 16 points. Maicie Saia chipped in nine in the win, and the Dolphins’ defense held an opponent to under 20 points for the third time in their last six games. Dana Hills was scheduled to play Capistrano Valley in a league game on Jan. 12. Results were not available at press time.

Late Goals Push Tritons Past Dolphins Soccer Two second-half goals pushed the San Clemente girls soccer team past visiting Dana Hills 2-0 in a South Coast League matchup on Jan. 10. The Tritons got late goals by Tori Phillips and Rylee Rask to earn the win, and goalie Lauren Brzykcy made six saves to ensure the shutout. The match was the league opener for the Dolphins (4-1-4, 0-1 league), who were scheduled to host Aliso Niguel on Jan. 12. Results were not available at press time.

Rival Tritons Topple Dolphins Water Polo

In both teams’ South Coast League opener, the San Clemente girls water polo team used a second-half surge to get past visiting Dana Hills 11-5 on Jan. 10. The Dolphins (9-6, 0-1) held a 4-1 lead at the halfway point, but the San Clemente offense caught fire over the final two quarters while holding the Dolphins to just one goal. Brooklyn Aguilera led all scorers with three goals for San Clemente and the Tritons’ goalie, Victoria Reardon, tallied 11 saves. Dana Point Times January 13-19, 2017

Cole Henderson shows off a sculpin he caught aboard the Sum Fun. Photo: Courtesy

Dana Wharf Fish Count Sophomore Olivia Chambers and the Dana Hills girls basketball team have won nine games in a row. Photo: Steve Breazeale

Boys Soccer Drops Close Matches The Dana Hills boys soccer team lost two closely contested matches against Laguna Beach and Trabuco Hills to fall to 3-10-3 on the season. The Dolphins lost to Laguna Beach on the road 3-2 on Jan. 4. The teams were tied 1-1 at the half, but the Breakers were able to outscore Dana Hills 2-1 down the stretch. Ryan Swanson and Nick Wagner each scored for the Dolphins in the loss. In another tough-luck loss, Dana Hills lost its Sea View League opener to Trabuco Hills 2-1 on Jan. 11. Trabuco Hills jumped out to an early 1-0 lead following a Dolphins’ defensive miscue in its own goal area. The Mustangs sealed the win by converting on a penalty kick in the second half. Alexis Bastida scored the Dolphins’ lone goal and was assisted by Parker Moore. Dana Hills will continue league play on the road against Tesoro on Jan. 13.

Cougars Present Tough Task for Boys Basketball The Dana Hills boys basketball team will have its hands full when it travels to play Capistrano Valley in a Sea View League contest on Jan. 13. The Cougars (10-5) are a battle-tested team and are currently ranked third in the CIF-SS Division

2A polls. After a sluggish start, Dana Hills (6-10, 0-1) has had success since the winter break. The Dolphins went 2-2 at the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic in San Diego, then defeated San Pasqual 71-24 in a nonleague game on Jan. 4. The Dolphins began league play on the road against Mission Viejo on Jan. 11, but were narrowly edged in a 45-43 loss.

Wrestling Pins Titans for First League Win The Dana Hills wrestling team won its South Coast League opening dual match against Tesoro 50-22 on Dec. 15. The Dolphins were scheduled to compete in their second dual meet, against El Toro, on Jan. 12. Results were not available at press time. Several Dolphins had standout nonleague tournament performances this season. Kian Abedi placed second at both the Santiago High School Shark Tank Tournament and Esperanza Holiday Classic. He also placed fi fth at the Brea Olinda Invitational. Dana Hills’ Troy Walker and Josh Harkey each placed sixth at the Esperanza Holiday Classic in their respective weight classes, and Levi Jones placed seventh in his division at the Brea Olinda Invitational. The Dolphins will wrestle in the Troy Tournament this weekend.

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he change in weather hasn’t stopped anglers from reeling in plenty of fish off the waters near the Dana Point Harbor. According to Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching captain Brian Wooley’s weekly fishing report, sculpin have been the name of the game. Despite several days of closures over the past few weeks, Wooley and his fleet are still able to mix in options for anglers looking for sculpin, bass and even halibut. Here is the latest fish count out of Dana Wharf. 1/10 • 2 boats; 24 anglers: 90 sculpin, 1 calico bass, 1 sand bass 1/9 • 1 boat; 18 anglers: 90 sculpin, 2 calico bass, 1 sand bass 1/8 • 3 boats; 90 anglers: 76 sculpin, 4 sand bass, 3 halibut, 1 rock sole 1/7 • 3 boats; 87 anglers: 170 sculpin, 14 blue perch, 7 calico bass, 3 sand bass, 1 trigger fish 1/6 • 1 boat; 37 anglers: 130 sculpin 1/5 • 1 boat; 15 anglers: 75 sculpin, 1 sand bass, 2 blue perch 1/4 • 3 boats; 59 anglers: 134 sculpin, 6 calico bass, 3 blue perch, 1 sand bass 1/3 • 3 boats; 75 anglers: 133 sculpin, 7 calico bass, 4 sand bass


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Swell of Support




Community rallies around local pro Jake Davis during health battle BY JAKE HOWARD, DANA POINT TIMES


n a scale of one to ten, sometimes the pain is an 800,” confides Jake Davis. “I can’t comprehend what that is like or how that feels,” I say. Confounded and unsure how to respond, I ask, “What’s that feel like?” “It feels like my spine is going to explode while I’m being electrocuted,” continues Jake. If a man’s accomplishments are not measured by his successes, but by how he squares up to adversity, I can’t for the life of me figure out how this strapping young 20-year-old endures. So, I ask him, pointblank, “How do you survive?” “One day at a time, appreciate the small things. Be as positive as I can. Keep moving,” he answers. “Someday, when I get through this, I want to make as much money as I can and just help people. That’s what this has taught me. Life’s not about material things, it’s about appreciating the time you have with the people around you. It’s about giving back and service. I could be dead right now. I’ve got a lot of work to do while I’m here.” In June 2015, Jake was on a surf trip to Costa Rica when he first started experiencing shooting back pains. With the swell pumping, he found himself sidelined with an ailment that had no explanation. Managing his pain the best he could, the rising surf star from Capo Beach kept pushing himself. Releasing video clips online and garnering a fair amount of media attention, much like his older brother, Luke, who’s also a well-established pro surfer, his career appeared to be on the up and up. But the pain persisted, and in fact, would soon grow much more serious. In Hawaii for the winter season later that year, he suffered a wipeout that drove him head and neck first into the reef. Immediately he feared he was paralyzed and would never walk again. Miraculously, he was able to carry himself out of the water under his own power. He immediately returned home in severe pain with symptoms that were rapidly growing more and more unbearable. “He had three separate occasions when a random feeling of electric shock shot through his spine. The jolt went from his neck straight down to his lower back and into his legs. Each time he described the need to stay very still, afraid that, if he moved even slightly, he could become paraDana Point Times January 13-19, 2017

Jake Davis received immediate treatment once his rare spinal disorder was diagnosed, and he’s now on a long road to recovery. Photo: Courtesy

lyzed,” described Glen Davis, Jake’s father. For the next three months, Jake and his family struggled to solve the riddle. After meeting with a number of neurosurgeons, undergoing a battery of MRIs, CT scans and X-rays, the answer remained illusive. Eventually they lucked into an appointment with world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Robert Bray, who has offices in Newport Beach and Marina Del Rey. After a further examination, Dr. Bray determined Jake was suffering from a rare disorder called Spinal Arteriovenus Malformation (AVM). Dr. Bray promptly cancelled his vacation plans and rushed Jake into emergency surgery to remove a large, throbbing blood vessel that had grown between his T1 and T4 vertebrae. It would only be the 33rd such surgery performed by the doctor. “Dr. Bray is the only one that knew what was going on. Ten years ago there wasn’t even a diagnosis for this, but he discovered it,” says Jake. “There are only two doctors in the country that do the surgery. He’s one of them and there’s one in New York.” Ten months since the surgery, Jake’s progress remains slow. “I’m figuring it out, but I have a long way to go with the therapy and rehab,” says Jake. “I can’t exercise because anything that stresses my core freaks out my nervous system. It affects my brain in some very serious ways. My short-term memory is shot. I can’t even read or watch TV because of how it affects the nerves in the back of my eyes.” But true to the surf community’s spirit of taking care of their own, the tribe’s rallying around Jake. “A couple weeks ago I went down for a surf at the Pier and Jake was standing in the water up to his shoulders in trunks,” said friend Shon Miller. “I asked

he year 2016 ended with a flurry of success for the area’s brightest rising surf stars. Leading the charge was 2016 Grom of the Year, Griffin Colapinto, who headed down under for the WSL World Junior Championships and slid into second place. After a breakthrough showing in Hawaii this winter and his runner-up at the World Championships, he’s giving everyone in the area a lot to be excited about. But this week, taking Grom of the Week honors is 13-year-old Jett Schilling. The young stylist wrapped up 2016 with a demonstrative performance at the NSSA Seaside Reef Open, topping the podium in both the Men’s and Junior’s divisions. With conditions ranging from good to victory at sea, he was able to notch his first wins of the NSSA season. “It feels really good!” said Schilling afterwards, who now finds himself sitting fourth in the 2016-17 NSSA Southwest Junior rankings. He’s knotted at the top with Lowers cohorts Kade Matson, who’s ranked third, and Crosby Colapinto, who’s ranked sixth. All told, the comp at Seaside was a good one for San Clemente’s surfers. Kirra Pinkerton also swept two divisions, winning the Girl’s and Women’s divisions. Samantha Sibley took second in the Women’s, and wunderkid Cannon Carr finished second in the Mini Groms.

Davis underwent a procedure to relieve pressure from an enlarged blood vessel on his spine. Photo: Courtesy

him what he was doing and he said it was the only thing that helped his nerves calm down. I wasn’t even going to surf that day, but after running into him I knew it all happened for a reason and I had to do something.” Miller, who’s the founder of San Clemente Beach Conservation, got to work organizing a fundraiser. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Hapa J’s in San Clemente, Miller is throwing a Taco Tuesday party for Jake. Proceeds from taco sales and a silent auction featuring surfboards from …Lost, works from local artists, and all kinds of other good stuff are going to help cover Jake’s myriad medical expenses. The family has also set up a fundraising site online to help at www. Miller has also set up a fundraiser on his site at “You’re just going through life, doing your thing, then something like this happens,” says Jake. “But I’ve learned and grown a lot. If you can hang on, sometimes there’s a silver lining to even the darkest clouds.” DP

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Photo: Courtesy

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 55-59 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: 5-10’ Fair Outlook: Modest size West swell and some underlying South swell keep most breaks rideable through the upcoming weekend. Winds are a bit of a wildcard but early mornings look to see mostly clean conditions. Be sure to check the full premium forecast on Surfline for more details and the longer range outlook.

January 13, 2017  

Dana Point Times

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