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Mark Warman Wins City Golf Championship





Startups, self-funded businesses find life in San Clemente EYE ON SC/PAGE 6

Madeline Call, left, and Lia Wetzel work on Kristen Frasco’s hair on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Wheeler Davis Salon in San Clemente. The business was started by Jason and Lauren Wheeler, who self-funded their own venture. Photo: Eric Heinz

City Council Passes Homeless Shelter Zoning, Asks for More Time EYE ON SC/PAGE 3

Annual Hunger Walk Raises $84,000 for FAM SC LIVING/PAGE 20

Access to San Onofre, Trestles Could be Changing in the Future SC SURF/PAGE 30


SC EYE ON SC San Clemente


People sample the fare at the 2015 Taste of San Clemente. Photo: File

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Five things San Clemente should know this week Taste of San Clemente Scheduled for Nov. 4 THE LATEST: The Taste of San Clemente is an annual gathering of restaurants, locals and live music, and this year’s event will be held at Casino San Clemente on Friday, Nov. 4. This is the 26th annual edition of the event. There will be a wine tasting and sampling of microbrewed beer. Guests will receive an engraved, limited edition “Taste of San Clemente” wine glass or beer mug. Restaurant participation is based on Chamber member restaurants only. WHAT’S NEXT: The event runs from 6-10 p.m. Dress code is cocktail attire, and officials said “no jeans.” Tickets are $95 per person. For more information, call 949.492.1131 or visit —Staff

Overlay for Homeless Shelter Passes with Contingencies THE LATEST: San Clemente is poised to enact a zoning amendment that would allow San Clemente Times October 20-26, 2016

for a homeless shelter to be built in the Rancho San Clemente Business Park area, but there are still pieces of the changes that are in motion. City Council passed a zoning amendment 3-1-1 with Lori Donchak opposing and Chris Hamm having to recuse himself because he said his wife has business clients in the area of the overlay. Council also voted to ask for an extension of its ordinance—the courts currently mandate that San Clemente adopt the ordinance by the end of the month after the city lost a lawsuit regarding its compliance with state law, Senate Bill 2 (SB 2). SB 2 requires municipalities to allocate space for a possible emergency (or homeless) shelter. In 2014, the city adopted a zoning amendment that officials thought would satisfy the requirements. A court found earlier this summer that the city’s zoning only selected surplus property owned by the city, which gave them too much discretion on how the properties would be used. In asking for the extension, should the court and the plaintiff accept it, City Attorney Scott Smith said it’s possible a judge would order the city of San Clemente suspend all permitting until it comes into compliance with the judgment. The city, based on population estimates from Orange County Sheriff’s Department and homeless advocacy groups, reported the city needs to provide enough space to facilitate 70 beds for people who are chronically homeless or people who have been without a home for six months or more. Currently, there are businesses that provide transitional housing in San Clemente as well as services for people who are homeless, but these don’t cover the intent of SB 2, according to city officials. The law defines the zoning must allow for something that addresses people who have been “unsheltered” for a period of time. Councilwoman Lori Donchak proposed asking the court and the plaintiff to wait 90 days while the city continues to study the overlay, as another planned census count of the homeless population is expected to take place in early 2017. Also, the city is still implementing and tweaking its new rideshare program following the dissolution of the 191 and 193 public bus routes that went through town and helped transport homeless people to certain locations in town. Some of the recommendations (though, not requirements) of the ordinance ask cities to adopt emergency shelter zoning that is close to social and health services. The original proposals recommended a section behind the Denny’s at Calle De Industrias to be zoned, but people argued during public comment that it is too close to the high school and is not in a place that would adequately facilitate the amount of people in the area. One man said it would

place the shelter right in his backyard. Donchak was in favor of keeping the Industrias location and therefore voted against the proposal brought forth later in the meeting. Rancho San Clemente Business Park stakeholders said putting a shelter in that area is too close to where current homeless encampments have been established, which are close to fire zones that have acres of dry brush and could be susceptible to brush fires should someone let a cooking fire go awry. At one point, Councilman Tim Brown said he wanted to designate land in an empty lot the city owns on the west side of Avenida Pico, but he rescinded that proposal after realizing it wouldn’t come into compliance with the court order. The ordinance, as it is currently written, also exempts churches from the overlay and asks for specific setback distances from schools. WHAT’S NEXT: The City Council is tasked to pass the ordinance by the end of the month. The next City Council meeting is Nov. 1. —Eric Heinz

Task Force to Address Crime Could Launch as Soon as Friday THE LATEST: For some time, some residents of San Clemente have been asking for more police enforcement around the city, particularly regarding crimes involving petty theft and assault. San Clemente Police Services Lt. Dave Moodie said the Targeting Reduction Investigation Prevention (TRIP) program will have officers working certain overtime hours in order to ascertain the problems with crime around San Clemente. The program started as a way to evaluate panhandling, drug abuse, petty theft and other crimes reported in the Camino De Los Mares 600 Block area, where proponents of more enforcement said crime has been prolific. This program would increase that scope to the rest of the city. Moodie said there’s an estimated cost of $60,000 to $80,000 for the additional hours police officers would work. Residents asked why sheriff’s deputies can’t arrest or cite homeless people in certain areas, and Moodie said areas like the train station at North Beach and the canyons where they reside are private property and OCSD has to get permission from the property owners or authorities. “The second component would be to contact the crime prevention specialists to the persons living in the area, and a lot of these are being advised of criminal activity and for people to be our eyes and ears,” Moodie said. “Our goal is to have a neighborhood watch program and leaflets

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and alert the folks that they have crime in their areas. The goals are to apprehend suspects and get more patrol.” Moodie said these goals would include getting written permission to enforce certain areas of private property. WHAT’S NEXT: The program is expected to debut Friday, Oct. 21, at the earliest. This type of policing is similar to the “broken window” policing that was enforced by the New York Police Department in the late 20th century in an effort to reduce its own crime. —EH

Helping Hands Foundation Hosts Surf Event at San Clemente THE LATEST: The Helping Hands Foundation hosted a surf event from Oct. 7-9 in San Clemente to benefit and support people who have had upper limb deficiencies from birth. “There were approximately 25 families in attendance, and the event was a huge success. Four families live here in San Clemente, but others travelled from as far away as Oregon and Arizona,” the organization stated in a press release. WHAT’S NEXT: For more information, visit —Staff

Local San Clemente Boy Scout Achieves Eagle Scout Rank

Matthew McWilliams was recognized during the Tuesday, Oct. 18. City Council meeting for achieving Eagle Scout status. Photo: Eric Heinz

THE LATEST: Matthew McWilliams of Troop 113 in San Clemente recently achieved the status of Eagle Scout and was recognized by City Council on Tuesday. McWilliams worked with senior citizens for his main project to achieve the highest rank Boy Scouts of America participants can reach. WHAT’S NEXT: According to Boy Scouts of America, 4 percent of all scouts ever achieve the rank of eagle. —EH



Community Meetings


SCHS Students Make Semifinals of National Merit Scholarship SCHS students Evan Snyder, Tyler Bagley and Shikha Mody were selected in September as semifinalists of the National Merit Scholarship Program. “About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants,” according to a press release from the National Merit Scholarship Program. The finalists must submit a scholarship application containing their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership skills and more. The students are competing for a variety of scholarships worth $2,500. The recipients will be notified in February. For more information, visit

Red Ribbon Parade Scheduled for Monday, Oct. 24 The youth of San Clemente will host the annual Red Ribbon Parade at 4:15 p.m. on Avenida Del Mar to kick off Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign dedicated to taking a stand against drug abuse. Parade participants include students, teachers, parents, as well as members from San Clemente City Council, San Clemente Police Services and local civic clubs. The parade begins at the top of Avenida Del Mar. Participants will continue marching down Avenida Del Mar to the pep rally at the San Clemente Community Center Grounds located at 100 N. Calle Seville at 4:45 p.m., where performances and cheers from the San Clemente High School Marching Band, Cheer Squad and Dance Team will continue the anti-drug message. The pep rally will also include an address from Mayor Bob Baker and Mayor Pro Tem Kathy Ward. Annual awards for Red Ribbon contests will be presented to San Clemente schools and clubs.

Stego Industries Donates $12,000 to COA Stego Industries, Inc., recently presented Community Outreach Alliance (COA) in San Clemente with $12,000 in donations. COA is a nonprofit with the mission to provide healthy activities for those who need alternatives to substances and for those who need mentoring. The money has helped upgrade the organization’s stand-up trailer, provide funding for computers for the education center, contribute San Clemente Times October 20-26, 2016


NBCA CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE FORUM 5:30-8:30 p.m. The North Beach Community Association will host its City Council candidate forum. Ole Hanson Beach Club, 105 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23

This year’s Red Ribbon Parade will take place Monday, Oct. 24 on Avenida Del Mar. The parade symbolizes a commitment to living a drug-free lifestyle. Photo: File

to Drug Awareness Week and for lights for the music venue. On social media, you can support COA using the hashtag #COAstrong.

I-5 Freedom Network to Host Cocktails & Conversation I-5 Freedom Network will host its 2016 Cocktails & Conversation event from 4-7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at The Holiday Inn, located at 111 Avenida De La Estrella in San Clemente. I-5 Freedom Network works to bring awareness and empowerment to end human trafficking. A $15 advance ticket or a $20 ticket at the door includes a complimentary beverage, appetizers and entertainment. A 50/50 raffle drawing plus other raffle items will be included in the evening activities. All proceeds benefit I-5 Freedom Network. For tickets and more information, visit www.i5freedomnetwork. org/events.

San Clemente Artists to Showcase Work at Art San Diego

Capistrano Unified Council PTSA Event

Lyn Hiner and JP Greenwood will exhibit their artwork at Art San Diego, Nov. 3-6. “The 2016 theme is [THRESHOLD]— standing at the precipice of what’s yet to come; perched on the brink of something extraordinary, expansive and ever-evolving,” a press release from the event stated. “This theme will inform several of the special programs, including the LaunchPad Program, Art Labs and the Spotlight Artist Program.”

Voter Registration Deadlines In California, the deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days before

Election Day. This year, it is Oct. 24. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. People may apply to register to vote online at or by contacting the Secretary of State’s Elections Division at 800.345.8683. For individuals enrolled in California’s confidential address program, Safe At Home, the state asks people do not apply to register to vote using their website. Contact the Safe At Home program tollfree at 877.322.5227. The California Secretary of State’s online application is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Tagalog, Thai and Vietnamese. People may also pick up a paper voter registration application at county elections offices, libraries, Department of Motor Vehicles offices or a U.S. post office. Voter registration applications must be filled out completely and be postmarked or handdelivered to county elections offices at least 15 days before the election. For more information, visit www.sos.

The Capistrano Unified Council Parent Teacher Student Association is hosting a “Measure M Info Night” at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Administration Building at San Clemente High School, 700 Avenida Pico. The info night will begin with Principal Chris Carter giving a facilities tour and highlighting the areas that are in need of improvement. Following the tour, the Capistrano Unified Council Parent Teacher Student Association will give a presentation about Measure M and answer questions. Have something interesting for the community? We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to

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SAN CLEMENTE FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bundles of flowers, fresh produce and much more every Sunday. Avenida Del Mar. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25

SUNRISE ROTARY 7:15 a.m. San Clemente Sunrise Rotary meets every Tuesday at Talega Golf Course Signature Grille. 990 Avenida Talega. POLICE SERVICES MEETING 5-7 p.m. The city of San Clemente will conduct a town hall meeting with Matrix Consulting Group to make improvements to the Police Services’ crime reduction efforts. 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente. 949.361.8200. SAN CLEMENTE TOASTMASTERS 7 p.m. The club meets every Tuesday, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for social and networking time. San Clemente Baha’i Center. 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente. 805.794.0653. BILY MEETING 7-9 p.m. Meets every Tuesday. Because I Love You helps parents find solutions to any crisis they are experiencing due to their children’s (adult or minor) poor choices. Presbyterian Church. 119 Avenida De La Estrella. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26

SAN CLEMENTE ROTARY Noon. The San Clemente Rotary meets at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course Wedgewood Restaurant. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena. 949.233.7981. BEACHES, PARKS & RECREATION COMMISSION MEETING 6 p.m. The city of San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission will hold its regularly scheduled meeting. 100 Avenida Presidio. 949.361.8200.


Cassandra Nare, left, has her hair done by Lauren “Lo” Wheeler at Wheeler Davis. Photo: Eric Heinz


San Clemente business owners talk about their ventures BY ERIC HEINZ, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


tarting a company based on selffunding, venture capital and other conventions without the backing of a guaranteed loan can be daunting. But some San Clemente businesses decided to bank on themselves and their comrades rather than larger institutions. Jason Wheeler and his wife, Lauren or “Lo,” started their hair styling business, Wheeler Davis Salon, by self-funding and using what was available to them. “We definitely wanted to do something in San Clemente, and we knew we could do something with this place to revamp it,” Wheeler said, adding the restaurants and other businesses nearby complement the business area. “It was a little bit off the beaten path.” Wheeler said although it’s taken them a bit longer to get off the ground—that and having to rename the business after a bizarre business trademark dispute—it was worth funding the business themselves rather than acquire more debt in a shorter amount of time. “It made it a slower process than if we had taken out a loan or anything like that,” Wheeler said. “But we were able to do it how we wanted to, and we were able to be picky with the team we brought on and who fits into our vision.” Loans are available even for start-up companies that either self-fund, spin off from previous ventures or gather investments, but the rate of interest from partnerships can be more flexible in negotiations. Tarun Gangwani, head of product development for the San Clemente-based tech company Grok, which utilizes artificial intelligence to weed out problems of applications and other software, said this kind of venture needs to have strong roots

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in order to survive. “Building a great company culture and thinking of that first and foremost will go a long way,” Gangwani said. “Finding talent and people who complement the skill sets of your team and all of that will supersede costs and issues with environment because everyone can make due. I think too often founders can get excited with (initial) valuation, and it’s always important to focus on the end goal and let the money come in its own way.” Gangwani was listed on Forbes Magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30” list in technologybased businesses and was part of extensive project teams for IBM. Attorney Jason Velez of 1LAW said incorporating people you know and trust into your business is one of the initial ways start-ups get going. Velez has an app that connects attorneys with one another and supplements legal documents to them. “You have to use human capitalism and people, and that’s kind of how I got off the ground,” Velez said, adding he was able to start the app through funding from his law firm before growing the app. Velez got the idea from attending a tech conference, and he said the product has already been recognized with tech awards. Chad Fotheringham and Tafa Jefferson of Amada Senior Care came together through different ends of the spectrum with their business. Both said they had the passion, but Jefferson entered the field after playing professional football, and Fotheringham started the business after working in the corporate pharmaceutical world. Fotheringham said there were definitely times of uncertainty, especially when the market dropped in 2008. He said he was supporting the business through home equity in its infancy. “The biggest expense was supporting our families until the business made money, and then we started hiring caregivers,” Fotheringham said. “It’s kind of a cautionary tale; it becomes psychologically disarming from going to not getting paid and seeing accounts shrinking. But just like farmers, you have to plant the seeds and wait for that corn to grow.” SC


Big Decisions, Part I California voters will determine the fate of several major state ballot propositions this year BY MATT CORTINA AND VICTOR CARNO, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


s part of our ongoing coverage of the 2016 election, San Clemente Times selected several ballot propositions that all California voters will face in November to dissect. This week, we’re taking a look at Prop. 63, which would put regulations on ammunition and gun sales, and Propositions 65 and 67, which are competing to determine what to do with money generated by the state’s pending ban on plastic bags. Next week, we’ll breakdown Prop. 62, which would repeal the death penalty in California, and Prop. 64, which would legalize marijuana. For information on all the ballot propositions, or on any of this year’s local or state races, head to


Gun Ammunition Regulations California Prop. 63 proposes background checks for ammunition purchases and will enact a ban on all large-capacity ammunition magazines in the state. There are four main components to grasp in this lengthy proposition, which include guidelines to buying and selling ammunitions, ammunitions theft, removal of all magazines over ten rounds and the court removal of firearms. In regards to buying and selling ammunition, the initiative is designed to require background checks and Department of Justice authorization in order to purchase any ammunition by way of charging customers up to 50 dollars for a permit. Dealers would also need to apply for a one-year license in order to sell ammunition. In addition, starting in July 2018, legislation prohibits California residents from purchasing out-of-state ammunition without first having the ammunition brought to a licensed dealer. This initiative is seeking to expedite the process by moving the starting date to January 2018. The Newsom Ballot Measure Committee, which has contributed the most money on either side of the issue, says these background checks and purchase tracking is what is needed to keep citizens safe.


Banning Plastic Bags It may seem like a ban on plastic bags is a minor, or else tedious, bit of legislation that California voters will decide in November whether or not to uphold. However, Propositions 65 and 67 have the ability to make California the first state to enact a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and other stores. At the very least, the fact that there are two propositions dedicated to plastic bag bans requires a bit more explanation. Put simply, Propositions 65 and 67 are competing ballot measures, which would each ratify a previous state senate bill to ban grocery stores and pharmacies from providing single-use plastic bags to its customers. Smaller grocers and liquor stores would be required to do so the following year. Stores would be able to charge .10 cents per reusable, compostable bag. However, the two propositions differ in where the money is allocated. If Prop. 67 passes, revenue from the .10-cent sales of bags would go back to the stores to mitigate costs incurred from complying with the new rules. It would also provide the plastic bag manufacturers about $2 million to retain jobs and work toward creating multi-use plastic bags that would comply with what would be the state’s new regulations. San Clemente Times October 20-26, 2016

Volunteers clean up a beach in San Clemente in 2016. Prop. 65 and 67 would both codify a senate bill to ban single-use plastic bags, many of which end up in the ocean. Photo: Eric Heinz

If Prop. 65 passes, a measure whose petition drive was funded by the industry group, American Progressive Bag Alliance (APBA)—essentially a conglomeration of major plastic bag producers—the money would go to a dedicated environmental fund, instead of back to the grocery stores. APBA claims the funds, to be pooled in the “Environmental Protection and Enhancement Fund,” would be distributed as grants for wildlife restoration programs, litter removal, clean water initiatives and more. However, environmental groups, including Surfrider, claim Prop. 65’s supposed environmental fund is an effort to delay the ultimate phase-out of plastic bags. Groups claim the environmental fund won’t generate enough money to have any significant environmental benefit.

“More than 32,000 Americans lose their lives to gun violence each year,” the group wrote. “There have been 150 school shootings since Sandy Hook. Yet the NRA has obstructed even the most basic efforts to curb gun violence. But in California, we can defeat the NRA in 2016 by going straight to voters through an historic ballot initiative.” What seems to be stirring the most controversy about this proposition is the banning of all large-capacity magazines. In 2000, California put a ban on all magazines over ten rounds, with exception made for those who had purchased their magazines before this legislation was enacted. Prop. 63, however, would eliminate this exception and ban all large-capacity magazines from any year. “These are legally purchased and have been in possession of law-abiding citizens for more than sixteen years,” said Sean Anthis, a San Clemente gun owner and Marine Corps veteran. “Under this law, (a person) would have to surrender magazines for a World War II-era rifle … to the state of California. This law only affects law-abiding citizens as criminals will continue to illegally possess and obtain ‘large capacity’ magazines with complete disregard for the law.” The last two prongs of this initiative outlines theft of ammunitions and the court removal of firearms. Dealers would have to report a missing gun or ammunitions within two days, whereas individuals would have five days to do so. Also, the

theft of a gun would now be considered a felony and punishable up to three years of prison time. Those who are prohibited by law from having a firearm will now be informed by courts that they must sell, store or turn in their gun. Probation officers will be required to report on what a prohibited individual does with their firearm. —Victor Carno

“Prop. 65 is sponsored by out-of-state plastic companies from South Carolina and Texas. They don’t care about California’s environment, they just want to confuse voters and distract from the real issue: the need to phase out plastic grocery bags,” wrote Mark Murray of Californians Against Waste in the official ballot opposition. Yes on 65, funded by the APBA, says the original senate bill that banned single-use plastic bags wasn’t any less influenced by outside interests than their measure. They claim the grocery stores stand to gain $300 million in profit by enacting a .10-cent bag fee. If they both pass, the proposition with the greater number of votes would take effect. If they both fail, the single-use ban on plastic bags would not go into effect. You may be asking yourself: would that be a good thing? Consider that more than 13 million plastic bags are used in California every year, and that many don’t fully degrade. And it costs about half a billion dollars annually to clean up plastic bags from the state’s waterways and natural areas, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. And not to teach an elementary school lecture on the importance of recycling, but plastic bags do massive damage to the environment, harming species and habitats, and fouling the state’s shores. According to the state, less than 3 per-

cent are recycled. More than 150 California cities and towns have already adopted single-use bag ban ordinances So is a statewide ban on these bags the way to fix the problem? Is it better to put that money in an environmental fund or send it back to grocers? Californians will decide. —Matt Cortina

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For Prop. 63 California Democratic Party, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, and several law enforcement officials. Major Contributors for Prop. 63 (as of Oct. 16)

Newsom Ballot Measure Committee: $4,082,017.13 California Democratic Party: $1,137,028 Against Prop. 63 California Republican Party, National Rifle Association, California Police Chiefs Association. Major Contributors against Prop. 63 (as of Oct. 16)

Coalition for Civil Liberties (California Rifle & Pistol Association): $480,973.67 Stop Prop 63 (Firearms Policy Coalition): $260,304.73 National Rifle Association: $95,000

For Prop. 65 American Progressive Bag Alliance (a plastic bag industry group), California Republican Party Major Contributors for Prop. 65 (as of Oct. 16)

American Progressive Bag Alliance: $6,144,383.26 For Prop. 67 California Democratic Party, Gov. Jerry Brown, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Patagonia, dozens of environmental groups Major Contributors for Prop. 67 (as of Oct. 16)

Environment California: $1,718,020.96 Save the Bay Action Fund PAC: $910,524.49 Yes on 67 (Conglomeration of environmental groups, grocery stores and reusable bag makers): $694,062.81 Californians Against Waste: $63,967.42


SC Sheriff’s Blotter 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.

Monday, October 17

Saturday, October 15 DISTURBANCE Las Posas, 1100 Block (8:27 p.m.) A woman said her ex-boyfriend picked her up and became verbally aggressive with her. She said he tried to run over her foot over with his car. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Calle Guaymas/Camino Mira Costa (3:08 a.m.) A man was reportedly holding something in his hand that was on fire.

Friday, October 14

DISTURBANCE Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (9:45 p.m.) Police were called to two men and two women in a fight.

CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Rosa, 200 Block (2:39 p.m.) A man said he’s a victim of a “vast criminal conspiracy.”

SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Avenida Talega/Avenida Vista Hermosa (8:54 p.m.) Police were called to people living out of a white “party van” or RV in the area.

DRUNK IN PUBLIC El Camino Real, 800 Block (12:52 p.m.) A drunken man was passed out in the bushes.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (5:52 p.m.) Police were called to the north side of the Pier near the swing set for a man wading in the water. INDECENT EXPOSURE Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (6:27 p.m.) Near a fire pit to the right of the Pier, a man was walking around with his pants down. PETTY THEFT Camino De Estrella, 500 Block (4:28 a.m.) A man said a woman took a “Now Hiring” sign and headed toward the beach. DISTURBANCE Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (4:04 a.m.) A man conducting a delivery for Cysco said he was being harassed by another man who was refusing to let him finish the delivery. DISTURBANCE Avenida De La Estrella, 100 Block (12:16 a.m.) A man said a woman was drinking around his residence and being belligerent again, and he wanted her removed.

Sunday, October 16 FOUND PROPERTY Avenida San Antonio, 100 Block (8:46 p.m.) A woman found a computer and other miscellaneous items in a bag on the side of a residence. TRAFFIC HAZARD S. El Camino Real/Avenida Victoria (12:04 p.m.) A man was blocking traffic and spitting at vehicles as they passed by. DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY La Salle, 100 Block (3:06 a.m.) A woman said she wanted deputies to “red tag” the property because loud music and partying “has been happening every night.” She said it’s an ongoing issue and she has spoken to the mayor and City Council about it. She did not want to sign for a noise complaint. Page 10

Thursday, October 13 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY El Camino Real, 200 Block (11:36 p.m.) A caller said a man was found after possibly overdosing in the bathroom. Orange County Fire Authority responded to the situation. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Calle Negocio, 1000 Block (10:20 p.m.) A woman said she could hear footsteps on the roof and that they were too heavy to be an animal’s. DISTURBANCE Arenoso Lane, 400 Block (6:14 p.m.) A man said his brother yanked him from his car, pushed him onto the ground and sprained his finger.

Wednesday, October 12 DISTURBANCE Via Turqueza, 2400 Block (8:27 p.m.) Police were called to a “generator plugged in” and multiple people skateboarding, possibly doing drugs. DISTURBANCE Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (2:55 p.m.) A woman was yelling and kicking cars and screaming at customers.

Tuesday, October 11 BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Camino Capistrano, 2900 Block (8:01 p.m.) A caller said their sister locked herself in the bathroom because she thought someone was in the house. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE S. Ola Vista/ Avenida Santa Barbara (7:41 p.m.) A person in a black vehicle with an unknown plate was reportedly honking the horn “incessantly” for at least an hour. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (6:21 p.m.) A woman said a pizza delivery driver ran over her boyfriend’s dad’s bike a few days earlier.

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Letters to the Editor VOTE ‘YES’ ON PROP. 67 TO PROTECT OUR OCEAN GREG LONG, San Clemente

As a big-wave surfer and the son of a man who has committed his life to San Onofre State Park protection, I care deeply about the health of our coastal playground, by keeping our water clean, our beaches accessible and keeping trash out of our waterways. On Nov. 8, Californians will take minutes at the polls to have a lifetime of a difference in keeping our beaches clean. Vote “yes” on Prop. 67. This ballot referendum affirms the statewide law banning singleuse plastic grocery bags and encourages all shoppers to bring reusable bags to the store. Single-use plastic bags are part of the plastic pollution epidemic that is facing our ocean today. In fact, scientists have predicted that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by the year 2050. Plastic pollution poses a grave threat to 663 species of marine animals. Not only is plastic bag litter unsightly (and pretty disgusting to surf with), but it also poisons

GUEST OPINION: Wavelengths by Jim Kempton

Myths of ‘Feardom’ Is it really as bad as some say?


any of us feel like the world is unraveling. Is it? In this time of political uncertainty, there is a sense that everything— our society, our political system, our country—is falling apart. Before we buy into that notion though, we should look at the facts. I know it is a really unfashionable thing to do these days. But just humor me for a moment. It might make us all feel a little better. The question, which has been posed in every election since Ronald Reagan first asked it, is: Are we better off than we were? The answer is, thankfully, we are. This is not romantic, wishful thinking. This is a simple review of the facts. Take immigration—many people say there is a new giant wave of Latinos pouring over our border. But compared to 15 years ago, the trend has, in reality, reversed. The number of immigrants from

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our environment and threatens our food chain when smaller pieces of plastic are eaten by the fish that we eat. Plastic bags are always on the “top 10” list for sources of litter, and they can be easily replaced by reusable shopping bags. Voting “yes” on Prop 67 is a great way to protect our coastal areas and better our community.

Join the San Clemente Times for Beachside Chat, Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. at Café Calypso This week’s guest will be Amy Hanacek, a candidate for Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees. Beachside Chat is a spirited, town hall forum on community issues, hosted by SC Times editor Eric Heinz every Friday at Café Calypso, 114 Avenida Del Mar. All are welcome.


The first political “hate mailer” of the season arrived at my door this week. It falsely claims Steve Swartz and Dan Bane as pro-sober-home and wanting to pave over all our open space so they could put up jumbo mall signs. If Gandhi and Mother Teresa were on the ballot, they’d get the same treatment. It’s complete nonsense, of course, and I expect more nonsense to come. Why more? Because it happened the last election cycle. And the one before that. Actually, this “slash-and-burn” policy comes from one family: Charles and Jeri Mann and their group, “Watchdog for San Clemente.” A quick search of old San Clemente Times stories and letters gives headlines like “Mann Defends Anti-Dahl Mailers,” “Mann Apologizes to SC Chamber: Statements in campaign mailers acknowledged

our southern border is actually shrinking. We’re losing undocumented residents. Thanks to 24-hour television coverage, many fear a massive crime wave sweeping the nation. But over the last decade, violent crime across the nation continues to decrease. Although this year crime was up a small percent in some areas, it has been going down continually and significantly for the last 20 years. Overall, crime is at a 30-year low. How about international stability? There is the perception that the world is an exploding powder keg. The reality: war-torn nations on four continents are finally making peace. In Europe, multinational full-scale war in Serbia (which threatened the peace of the continent) is quiet. Only a decade or WAVELENGTHS two ago, Latin America By Jim Kempton claimed extensive internal warfare in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Today, none of these conflicts are active. Rwanda, Tunisia, Ireland and Spain have (at least temporarily) curbed their violence. Wars across the globe have nearly ceased outside of a small section of geography in the Middle East. And even there, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now only include a few thousand American troops down from hundreds of thousands who

as false,” and “Applauding Those Who Stand Up to Bullies,” Mann being the bully. The fallout from Mann’s tactics are twofold. First, good citizens in San Clemente don’t want to run for City Council simply because they don’t want their names dragged through the mud. Half-truths and outright lies hurt families. Secondly, Charles and Jeri Mann simply outspend the competition by tens of thousands of dollars, all for a job that pays $400 per month. In other words, San Clemente ends up getting the best City Council that Mann can buy.a letter to the editor for possible inclusion To submit in the paper, e-mail us at letters@sanclementetimes. com. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Please limit your letters to 350 words.

saw combat and 2.5 million in all who were sent to the conflict. There is more good news. Life expectancy for all Americans is at an all-time high. Quality of life for black Americans is on the rise. Employment is below 2006 levels. Cancer is down. Illegitimate births have dropped significantly. For the four years between 2009 and April 2013, there were no Islamic terrorist attacks at all. In 2008, our nation went through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression more than 85 years ago. Since then, General Motors has paid back their government loan with billions in interest and the economy has gone from losing 800,000 jobs a month to steadily putting a few hundred thousand back in. The stock market is enjoying a steadily robust and continuous climb past 2008’s crash. Not all is rosy, of course. Dragons of crisis lurk, inevitably. Nonetheless, things are better. It may be early, but come Thanksgiving, we should count our blessings and not fall for the siren calls of fear. Chicken Little may think the sky is falling. But look around—the world really is a better place. Jim Kempton is a writer, surfer and optimist who believes we live in the best possible world. And then worries that he might be right. SC

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Thursday | 20 AUTUMN NIGHTS JAZZ SERIES 7-9:30 p.m. The Casino San Clemente hosts the second installment of their seasonal jazz series. Tickets are $7 online, $10 at the door. 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente. 949.369.6600. LIVE MUSIC: LEROY 7-10:30 p.m. Listen to live music from Leroy at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.361.2855.

Friday | 21 CARING FOR OTHERS, CARING FOR SELF SEMINAR 2:30-4:30 p.m. A discussion of healthy and successful aging hosted by the Orange County Aging Services Collaborative. Sen. Pat Bates provides opening remarks. Event is free. Outlets at San Clemente, VIP Lounge. 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente. 949.757.3775. ‘POE, POE, POE’ 7 p.m. Watch dramatic presentations of the works of Edgar Allen Poe and other horror poets, presented by the Star Center for the Performing Arts. Wearing costumes is encouraged and a prize will be given to the best dressed. Admission is $30. Dana Point Community House. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point. Contact for more information. CONCERT FOR VETERANS 7 p.m. Salute the men and women of the U.S. military by attending this performance by the All-American Boys Chorus. Free admission for veterans and active military, $10 for the general public. San Clemente Community Center. 100 Calle Seville, San Clemente. 714.361.3920 ext. 103. LIVE MUSIC: CHRIS ANDERSEN BAND 7:30-11 p.m. Listen to live music from Chris Andersen Band at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.361.2855. LIVE MUSIC: BAD KITTY PROJECT 8 p.m. Listen to live music from Bad Kitty Project at Goody’s Tavern in San Clemente. 206 S. El Camino Real. 949.492.3400. San Clemente Times October 20-26, 2016

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TALEGA RUN CLUB 7:30 a.m. All ages and running abilities are welcome to this weekly running club. Group meets in front of Peet’s Coffee at 801 Avenida Talega, San Clemente. 949.558.5054. FREE FAMILY FALL FEST 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Goin Native Therapeutic Gardens hosts a family festival with activities, crafts, food and entertainment. Reata Park. 28632 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. 949.606.6386. FAREWELL TO THE SWALLOWS BARBECUE Noon-4 p.m. The Fiesta Association hosts their “Adios de las Golondrinas” fiesta barbecue at Reata Park. There will be food, live music, games and kids’ activities. 28632 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. AUTHOR TALK WITH JOANNA GIANGARDELLA AND MARYANN EASLEY 1-2 p.m. Joanna Giangardella, author of Dancing Skeleton and Girl from the Tower, will discuss her work and sign books. Award-winning author and educator MaryAnn Easley joins the discussion. San Clemente Library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente. 949.492.3493. www.ocpl. org/libloc/sc.

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SATURDAY, OCT. 22: SAN CLEMENTE OKTOBERFEST Noon-9 p.m. A craft beer and music festival featuring music by The Aggrolites, Common Sense, Tunnel Vision, Vinnie and the Hooligans, and The Express Band, a German Oompah group. Local craft beer by Pizza Port, Artifex, Left Coast, Laguna Beach Beer Company and Lost Winds Brewery will be served. Food trucks, contests and live music will also be on hand. $15 presale tickets available. Vista Hermosa Sports Park. 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente.

DOHENY HALLOWEEN HAUNT 6:30-8:30 p.m. Games, spooky walks and activities will be held at the Doheny Halloween Haunt. One canned or boxed food item is the requested donation to attend. Doheny State Beach, Picnic Areas A & B. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point.

At the Movies: ‘The Accountant’ Needs Oversight BY MEGAN BIANCO, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES

VIDEO GAMING CLUB 7-9:30 p.m. Middle school to college age kids are welcome to play video games and ping pong with their peers. The $5 entry also covers pizza and snacks. Community Outreach Alliance. 1050 Calle Negocio, San Clemente. 949.388.0114. LIVE MUSIC: THEO & ZYDECO PATROL 7:30-11 p.m. Listen to live music from Theo & Zydeco Patrol at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.361.2855. ‘BEN FRANKLIN’ 8 p.m. Local actor Mel Chadwick performs a one-man show, Ben Franklin, which looks at how the founding father would adapt to life today. Cabrillo Playhouse. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente. 949.492.0465. (Cont. on page 16) Page 14


en Affleck: a man who quickly discovered that his talents lie in filmmaking, but still has to deal with the movie-star status the world gave him. His new movie as an actor for hire, the lead in Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant, is a puzzling thing. It’s a crime/thriller, but its protagonist is an autistic accountant? What could make accounting interesting enough to fill two hours? I guess it’s supposed to break some stigmas about autism, but instead it does something else. Affleck portrays a reclusive CPA worker named Christian Wolff, who assists everyday folks by day and also freelances for illegal and dangerous organizations by night. His latest client, Lamar Black (John Lithgow) of Roboticliving, might be his first combination of both. Meanwhile, Treasury agent Ray King (J.K. Simmons) is hot on Wolff’s tail after connecting the pieces of his secret identity; hired assassin Brax (Jon Bernthal) is also on the hunt for Wolff;

Ben Affleck in The Accountant. Photo: Chuck Zlotnick/ Warner Bros.

and Dana Cummings (Anna Kendrick) is in love with him. Jeffrey Tambor and Jean Smart costar. Affleck is directed by O’Connor, who gave us the sleeper hits Tumbleweeds (1999), Miracle (2004) and Warrior (2011). But The Accountant has a script written by barely decent standards—Bill Dubuque of The Judge (2014). The narrative of how autism is portrayed is too heavy-handed, the expository dialogue surrounding King’s development is sloppy and the plot twist on Wolff’s and Brax’s relationship is very obvious. Despite the efforts with The Accountant, movie viewers would be better off seeing Certain Women. SC


Loco Moco at Stacks Pancake House


n the weekends, and some weekdays, you can usually count on a long line of people outside Stacks Pancake House in Dana Point. There’s usually a long line outside its other location in Mission Viejo, too. Such a regular commitment of time indicates that something good must be going on inside. To find out, I tried the house specialty Loco Moco. A bed of steamed rice was piled high with two fried eggs, brown gravy and a split, grilled Portuguese sausage. There’s also the option for a more traditional hamburger patty or Spam, but no matter what you choose, it’s a bold way to start the day. With the yolk running, and the salty gravy mixing with charred sausage and rice of a perfect

(Cont. from page 14) LIVE MUSIC: SUGARLIPS 8 p.m. Listen to live music from Sugarlips at Goody’s Tavern in San Clemente. 206 S. El Camino Real. 949.492.3400. LIVE MUSIC CRUISE 8-9:30 p.m. Flock of 80’s performs onboard the 95-foot Dana Pride with a full bar. $22. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 888.224.0603.

Sunday | 23 DEL PRADO CAR SHOW 1-5 p.m. More than 200 classic and interesting cars will be on display along Del Prado, with awards given to the best automobiles. This will be the first time the car show will include a motorcycle section. Live entertainment will also be available. Del Prado between Old Golden Lantern and Ruby Lantern, Dana Point. 949.496.3000.

Monday | 24 FREE GUITAR LESSONS 5-6 p.m. Free beginner acoustic guitar lessons for middle school to college age youth. 1040 Calle Negocio, San Clemente. 949.388.0114.

Tuesday | 25 TINY TOTS: PARENT AND ME PROGRAM 9-10:30 a.m. Children ages 2 and 3, and their parents, are invited to The Ocean Institute to explore shapes, colors and textures with the sea star. Runs every Tuesday until Nov. 8. Cost is $30 for one class, $150 for the whole series. The Ocean Institute. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Page 16

texture, each bite is pure happiness—and that seems to be the goal. So though I think it remains that people are generally attracted to waiting in line, the food at Stacks is at least worth the wait. STACKS PANCAKE HOUSE 34255 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point. 949.429.2222.

Drive, Dana Point. 949.496.2274. 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.

Wednesday | 26 FRENCH CONVERSATION CLUB 2-4 p.m. Every Wednesday. Look for the table with the French Flag surrounded by a group of people speaking French. No cost to join. Café Calypso. 114 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente. 949.493.5228, or 949.369.5482. LIVE MUSIC: SHADES OF J 7-10:30 p.m. Listen to live music from Shades of J at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.361.2855. FREE COMEDY AT MOLLY BLOOM’S 9:30 p.m. Every Wednesday, free comedy at Molly Bloom’s with food and drink specials. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.218.0120.

UPCOMING EVENT FRIDAY, OCT. 28: BOO CRUISE 5-7 p.m. Hop aboard one of serval 20-minute Harbor cruises. There will be a costume contest on every cruise. Rides are $5 per person, and proceeds benefit the local nonprofit Community Autism Now. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 888.224.0603. HAVE AN EVENT? Submit it to San Clemente Times by going to, and clicking “Submit an Event” under the “Getting Out” tab.


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Carson Kropfl has started his own business of recycling old skateboard decks to make them small enough to store in a school locker. Photo: Couresy

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Job Fair OUTLETS AT SAN CLEMENTE 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, 949.535.2323, The Outlets at San Clemente announced another job fair will take place noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22 at Center Court with 20 retailers participating. More than 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal positions will be available to fill. The work includes jobs in food service, restaurants, retail management and sales. Retailers and eateries offering jobs include Calvin Klein, Carter’s, Clark’s Outlet, Columbia Sportswear, Grayse, Guess Factory Store, H&M, Levi’s Outlet Store, LOFT Outlet, Nautica Factory Store, Nike Factory Store, Ruby’s Diner, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, and White House | Black Market. Officials said applicants are encouraged to bring pens and multiple copies of their resume or work history. Professional attire is also strongly recommended.

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Up-and-Coming Business LOCKER BOARD 949.554.4448, Local 11-year-old Carson Kropfl is working to grow his new business, which takes recycled skateboard decks and repurposes them to fit into small spaces—including school lockers. Kropfl, in a video he posted on YouTube, said he would like to make 200 Locker Boards by Christmas. He has started a grassroots funding portal on his website. Kropfl is scheduled to be at the Nov. 6 Wonder Pop-Up Market from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Casino San Clemente, 140 W. Avenida Pico. Proceeds from the event benefit the Nick Pasquale Foundation. “Elementary, middle and high school students can ride Locker Board decks to and from school, but must keep the boards stored in their backpack or locker while on campus,” a disclaimer on the Locker Board website stated. “Some college campuses allow students to ride boards on campus to and from class. Rules vary depending on schools/colleges, so make sure to check with your school.”


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SC LIVING GUEST OPINION: Life’s a Beach by Shelley Murphy

Trading the Childhood Bedroom for the College Dorm Room


all’s official arrival finds my youngest son studying for his college midterms, my older son focusing on his career and me reluctantly adjusting to the emptiness of my nest. Actually, this month I have a reason to appreciate my empty nest: I am no longer required to decorate for Halloween. The ghoulish celebration has always been one of my sons’ favorite holidays and my least favorite of the year. This October, I’m skipping everything costumed, candied and colored orange. A couple weeks ago, I realized another advantage of living in my empty nest. When my boys turned into teenagers, they announced they’d each outgrown their juvenile, themed bedrooms. Their renovation plans included coaxing my husband into painting the walls of their bedrooms a vivid blue that only adolescents appreciate. Their color choice clashed with everything in our house, but I learned to live with it—until two weeks ago. Walking upstairs, I reached the landing and again stared straight into their blinding bright-blue bedrooms, but this time two thoughts struck me: My boys are grown and flown, and I can paint. Once a teen moves from the family home into the dorm room, parents face the complicated questions of what to do with their offspring’s bedroom, including: Do you repurpose the room? If so, how soon is too soon? Or, do you leave it untouched? I remember one girlfriend telling me she couldn’t bear the thought of changing anything in her son’s room, and she kept his bedroom door closed for several weeks after he left. Yet another girlfriend couldn’t wait to break out the blueprints and convert her son’s bedroom into a yoga and meditation retreat. After dropping off my boys at their college dorms, I never felt the urge to swing by Lowe’s home improvement department.

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Although, I admit I coveted their closets and didn’t waste time claiming large sections in each bedroom. Years ago, when my older son set off for college, I read an article debating the pros and cons of dismantling a college kid’s bedroom as they transition during their first year of college. The article concluded that although most college freshmen outwardly boast about their independence, many secretly crave the comfort of returning home to their childhood bedroom filled with their familiar belongings. The author advised against purging a college kid’s bedroom and suggested making changes in increments. College is a transient phase for undergrads, and students emotionally detach from their childhood bedroom on their own timetable. The article said, “If you can leave their room the LIFE’S A BEACH same for the first year, By Shelley Murphy do it.” My sons are past the one-year mark, but before visiting Sherwin-Williams, I asked each of my boys how they felt about my plan to return their bedroom walls to their original subtle color of clary sage. One evening I called my older son in the Midwest and asked, “How attached are you to the color of your bedroom walls?” After recovering from a hearty laugh, he asked if I was serious, then said he couldn’t care less. I assured him if he missed the vibrant blue color of his bedroom walls that he’d still find plenty of it on the electrical outlets, ceiling fan and door jambs. My husband apparently painted during a power outage or while blindfolded. Getting the OK from my college graduate, I called my college sophomore to ask his thoughts on my painting project. Re-

About 500 people participated in the 29th annual FAM Hunger Walk on Sunday, Oct. 16.

Feeding the Need FAM closing in on Hunger Walk fundraising goal PHOTO AND TEXT BY ERIC HEINZ, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


or the 29th consecutive year, Family Assistance Ministries (FAM) hosted its Walk for Hunger on Sunday, Oct. 16, raising tens of thousands of dollars for their local charitable work. Mary Perdue, the executive director of FAM, said the organization, which provides food and transitional housing services, raised $84,000 during the weekend; the goal was $93,000. “It was a great day with tons of people and 34 teams participating,” Perdue said. “One person who couldn’t do the walk had her family walk for her. One person who used our services at one

flecting on my reading, I wasn’t surprised when he replied, “No thanks, I like my blue room.” Today, when I walk upstairs I’m greeted by the soothing sage green paint in my older son’s bedroom. I like the new calm color but miss my boys’ chaotic adolescent blue years. It’s going to take some time for me to adjust to the new paint—and even longer to embrace my empty nest.

point and no longer needs them rode his bike to support us.” About 500 people participated, Perdue said. The walk started at the San Clemente Community Center. “We appreciate the people who were there to support the cause and who understand there is a hunger issue here,” she said. Perdue said in Orange County, one in five children are food “insecure,” meaning they do not have enough food to live on. She said thousands in the county go to bed at least one night a week without having a full meal during the day. For more information about FAM, visit SC Shelley Murphy has lived in San Clemente with her husband for the past 17 years, where she raised her two sons. She’s a freelance writer and has been a contributor to the SC Times since 2006. SC PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the SCTimes 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 SCTimes or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at

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ark Warman has been in total control of his golf game for the better part of four months. After claiming the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course’s men’s club championship in June, the San Clemente native put on a master class in ball striking at the San Clemente City Golf Championships over the weekend and cruised his way toward claiming the title on Oct. 16. Warman, who shot back-to-back rounds of 64 (-8), tied the tournament scoring record with a total of 128 (-16), besting the field of 150 amateur golfers that competed over the two-day stretch. Warman did not miss a green in regulation at the tournament, going a perfect 36 for 36 in opportunities, which gave him plenty of chances to make birdies. He got off to a blistering start on the front nine on Sunday, carding five consecutive birdies starting on the third hole. On the tricky par-4 sixth, after a wayward tee shot, Warman hit an iron through a narrow window of trees to about four feet and converted the putt. On the 165-yard par-3 ninth, he stiffed his tee shot to about one foot to go out in 30 (-6). “The front nine, I was just on fire and I putted great,” Warman said. “It was great to get off to a hot start like that, and that got me going.”

San Clemente High School sophomore Alex Pak, right, analyzes a putt with his father during the San Clemente City Golf Championships. Photo: Steve Breazeale

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Mark Warman won the San Clemente City Golf Championships with a record-tying score of 128 (-16). Photo: Steve Breazeale

Warman began the second round with a two-shot lead, and was being chased by local young-guns Alex Pak, a 15-year-old sophomore at San Clemente High School, and recent SCHS grad Austin Briggs, who plays for Orange Coast College. Pak and Briggs both turned in first-round scores of 66 (-6), which put them in the final group on Sunday. Pak reeled off three birdies on the back nine Sunday en route to a second-round score of 71 (-1). Pak’s two-day total of 137 (-7) earned him a solo second-place finish and low junior honors. Briggs finished tied for fourth place with a score of 140 (-4). San Clemente native Casey Strohsahl finished alone in third. Warman pulled off a rare double-dip in San Clemente golf lore by capturing both the men’s club championship and city championship this year. It was a long time coming for Warman, who regained his amateur status by the United States Golf Association in June. Warman played professionally for nine years before calling it a career and returning to the world of amateur competition. The USGA made him wait two and a half years before he could tee it up again as an amateur. Warman works one day a week in the Muni pro shop, and has been playing the historic course since he was a kid. His game was sharp, and he proved that local knowledge can go a long way in the annual tournament. “I don’t think I could hit the ball much better, and I don’t think I’ve ever putted that well either, so I think my game was pretty much as good as it could’ve been,” Warman said. “It’s rare that that happens but it was a good weekend for it to come together.” SC

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San Clemente Times October 20–26, 2016

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Duke DeLancellotti and the Triangle Razorbacks won the Danish National League’s Mermaid Bowl on Oct. 10. Photo: 1st Down Photo

Duke DeLancellotti Guides Triangle Razorbacks to Football Championship BY STEVE BREAZEALE, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


uke DeLancellotti did not get to watch the end of the play that won his team a championship, despite being the person that threw the gamewinning pass. DeLancellotti, the quarterback for the Triangle Razorbacks in Denmark’s National League, had just led his team downfield with less than two minutes to go in the 2016 Mermaid Bowl, the league’s biggest game of the season. As the clock dwindled, DeLancellotti heaved a 33-yard pass to his best receiver, Oliver Holmlund, hoping to take the lead for good. As the San Clemente native released the ball, he took a big hit by a Copenhagen Towers defensive lineman and was sent to the ground. “I didn’t get to see the ball (in the air). Once I hit the ground, I looked up at the stands to watch the crowd’s reaction. It felt like time was taking forever to go by,” DeLancellotti said. “The crowd erupted and that’s when I knew he had caught it. We all sacrificed a lot that whole game, but that was a once in a lifetime opportunity to throw a game-winning touchdown.” DeLancellotti’s last-second pass earned the Razorbacks a 22-18 victory over the Towers on Oct. 10. The Mermaid Bowl is akin to the NFL’s Super Bowl in Denmark, and it was the second consecutive year the Razorbacks claimed the title. DeLancellotti, a San Clemente High School graduate and former Tritons quarterback, was not having his best game against the Towers. He threw five interceptions through the first three quarters, but was able to stay composed down the stretch. DeLancellotti dedicated his season to

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Nick Pasquale, a childhood friend who died in 2013. DeLancellotti grew up four houses down from the Pasquale family in San Clemente, and he said that Nick was like a little brother to him. “When I was struggling during that game, I was looking up to (Nick) a couple times looking for guidance and strength,” DeLancellotti said. “He definitely played a part in bringing that championship home.” It was DeLancellotti’s first season playing in the Danish National League. He graduated from Texas State University in 2013, where he played quarterback, and took two years off before deciding to head to Europe. Because they won the Mermaid Bowl, the Razorbacks will get to compete in the International Federation of American Football’s Europe Champions League in 2017. The Champions League is a tournament that features the top teams from all the major American football leagues in Europe. DeLancellotti has an offer on the table from the Razorbacks to return in 2017. He plans on trying out for the Canadian Football League this offseason. SC

The Triangle Razorbacks celebrate their Mermaid Bowl victory over the Copenhagen Towers on Oct. 10. Photo: 1st Down Photo


Triton Report

those four turnovers in the first half,” San Clemente head coach Jaime Ortiz said. “It’s a brand new defense I put in this year … They’ve really picked that up and kind of made a statement.” With the defense not allowing anything, Sears kept the offense humming. The Duke commit completed 16 of 25 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for 98 yards on seven carries. Sears’ favorite target was receiver Keith Jones, who reeled in 11 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown. The two connected for five passes and 68 yards on a scoring drive that ended with Jones corralling a tipped pass as he walked into the end zone to make it 31-0. Reaves broke off a 50-yard touchdown run to start the second half and put the game firmly out of reach. The win was a big one for San Clemente, who will host San Juan Hills (6-2, 1-1) on Oct. 21.


For in-game updates, scores, news and more for all of the San Clemente High School fall sports programs, follow us on Twitter @SouthOCsports.

Runners Finish in Top-10 at OC Championships

The San Clemente boys and girls cross country teams both earned top-10 finishes at the Orange County Championships at Irvine Regional Park on Oct. 15. The girls team competed in the highprofile varsity sweeps race and placed ninth. Junior Chandler Horton placed 15th overall with a time of 17:53.7. Horton’s performance earned her All-County honorable mention at the race. Katelyn McNeal placed 53rd and Marina McDonough placed 54th. The boys team placed 10th in the Division 2 race. The team was led by senior Carlos de Jesus’ fi fth-place finish. He posted a time of 15:42.2. Both the cross country teams will head to the Mt. SAC Invitational meet on Oct. 22.

Defense Powers Tritons to Big Win Over Tesoro One would have to go back three weeks to find the last time the San Clemente football team’s defense allowed a touchdown. The Tritons’ defensive players are in lock-step, and have kept the door shut on opposing teams trying to find the end zone. They continued that trend on the road against Tesoro in a dominating 41-3 South Coast League victory on Oct. 14. The Tritons (5-2, 1-0 league) were all over the Tesoro (4-4, 0-2) aerial attack on Friday night, and recorded four intercep-

Tritons Golf Defends League Title

Junior runner Chandler Horton placed 15th overall at the OC Championships meet on Oct. 15, earning AllCounty honorable mention. Photo: Courtesy

tions in the first half. Three of those interceptions came in the first quarter, and San Clemente turned them into 17 points. San Clemente has not allowed a touchdown in its last 10 quarters of play. After San Clemente quarterback Jack Sears staked his team to a 7-0 lead on a blistering 67-yard touchdown run, junior safety Jack Shippy intercepted Tesoro starter Chase Petersen and returned it 75 yards the other way for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead. Shippy, a transfer from JSerra who was playing in his first game for the Tritons, had two takeaways on the night.

Senior Austin Moore deflected a Petersen pass on the Titans next drive, and it fell into the hands of junior linebacker Riley Croft for the interception. That set up a Triton scoring drive, which ended with a 38-yard touchdown run by Brandon Reaves. Senior cornerback Branden Wilson intercepted Petersen less than one minute later and the Tritons capitalized when Tristan Trager kicked home his first of two 20-yard field goals on the night. “I liked the way we played defense, we swarmed the ball really well and got

The San Clemente girls golf team split the South Coast League title with Dana Hills and Trabuco Hills. The Tritons, who won the league title outright last season, swept Tesoro in back-to-back matches on Oct. 10 and Oct. 13 to secure a tie for first place. Olivia French, Aria Dalkas, Mariana Gandia-Mark and Erica Cornelius will represent San Clemente (8-5, 6-2) in the upcoming CIF-SS Individual Championships.

Tennis Team Topples Dolphins

Strong play from singles players helped power the San Clemente girls tennis team past rival Dana Hills 10-8 in a South Coast League match on Oct. 13. The Tritons’ singles players captured seven of a possible nine points against the Dolphins to secure the win. San Clemente’s victory over the Dolphins evens the season series between the two teams, which now own matching 5-1 records in league play. Dana Hills defeated San Clemente on Sept. 27.


As the fall high school sports season stretches on, we use statistics and numbers to highlight notable individual and team performances of the year at San Clemente High School. 0 • Number of interceptions senior quarterback Jack Sears has thrown this season. Sears has thrown 16 touchdown passes and has yet to throw an interception through seven games. In 2015, Sears was intercepted just twice. 4 • Number of interceptions the San Clemente football team’s defense recorded in the first half of a 41-3 victory over San Clemente Times October 20-26, 2016

Tesoro on Oct. 14. Junior Jack Shippy had two interceptions in the game, and returned one of them 75 yards for a touchdown. 20 • Goals scored by the San Clemente boys water polo team in a 20-11 nonleague victory over Irvine on Oct. 8. The amount of goals was a season-best mark for the Tritons. Reilly Pfeiffer led the team with eight goals and Sean Edwards had six. 15:42 • Senior cross country runner Carlos de Jesus’ finishing time posted at the Orange County Championships meet on Oct. 15. De Jesus placed fifth in the Division 2 varsity race. 7 • Singles points won by the San Clemente girls tennis team against rival

Dana Hills on Oct. 13. The Tritons’ singles players won seven of a possible nine points to power their way to a 10-8 South Coast League victory. 37 • Score posted by golfer Jessica Cornelius in a 204-223 victory over Tesoro on Oct. 13. Cornelius’ 37 earned her match-medal honors, and the win ensured the Tritons would split the South Coast League title with Dana Hills and Trabuco Hills. 6 • Number of games in which senior running back/receiver Brandon Reaves has recorded at least one run that has gone for 35 yards or more. The dynamic playmaker is averaging 18.8 yards per carry.

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Quarterback Jack Sears has thrown 16 touchdown passes to no interceptions this season. Photo: Eric Heinz

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How’s Your Surf Spot?



Access to San Onofre and Trestles could be changing in the near future

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ot to be an alarmist or anything, but the way things stand right now, the future of both San Onofre and Trestles sure seems like it’s up in the air. For starters, the state’s lease with the Department of the Navy for the San Onofre State Park land expires in less than five years. That wouldn’t be so bad if talk of the 241 toll road hadn’t sparked up again. Needless to say, if you live and surf in South Orange County, hopefully you’re paying attention. Let’s start with the lease for San Onofre. The short story is that in 1971, President Richard Nixon signed a deal with the state of California that turned the 3,000 acres that comprise San Onofre into State Park land. The lease is set to expire on Aug. 31, 2021. The San Onofre State Park butts up against the northern border of the U.S. Marine’s Camp Pendleton, and the two parties have already begun preliminary negotiations to hopefully renew the lease. Today, San Onofre is one of the top five most visited state parks, drawing an estimated 2.5 million visitors per year. A number of economic impact studies have found that on average, a visitor to the beach in San Clemente will spend over $50 in town. You don’t need to be an economist to figure out that translates into a lot of dough. It also translates into a lot of happy people. “California State Parks is interested in continuing to operate the land and will engage in a positive dialogue with the U.S. Marine Corps, using the five years leading up to the lease expiration productively, seeking to reach an agreement during that time,” read a letter that California State Parks sent to the Marine Corps Installations West. Thus far, the military has not issued a comment on the subject. Given that the relationship has proven to be mutually beneficial for both parties over the course of the past 50 years, it is believed there will be a positive outcome, but it could take some time. “This is not ‘Save Trestles.’ This is not ‘Save San Onofre.’ The only thing we got from them is that it probably won’t be resolved until the end,” said Steve Long, founder of the San Onofre Parks Foundation, former lifeguard of the State Park for 36 years and father of big-wave surfers

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Surfers make their way to Trestles surf break at San Onofre State Beach. Transporation plans in the area could disrupt the integrity and accessability of the area. Photo: File/Brett Shoaf

Greg and Rusty Long. “We won’t have an answer this year. The Parks are stating our position—that (the beach) continues to be accessible to the public as it is today, hopefully.” Things are considerably hairier when it comes to the reemergence of plans for the 241 toll road. After the plan was halted by decisions from the California Coastal Commission, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, the San Clemente City Council and an army of upset locals, the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) still isn’t taking no for an answer. In September, TCA presented a new proposal to the San Clemente City Council. Then, in an effort to garner public support, earlier this month they hosted a public meeting in San Clemente to discuss the “virtues” of their new proposed routes. There are currently two options on the table that would impact Trestles directly. The first would extend the project through Avenida La Pata and connect to Avenida Pico. Another option would involve building the toll road around the eastern portions of San Clemente and then connecting to Cristianitos. The ultimate objective is to connect the 241, which ends at the Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano, to the I-5 south of town. Whatever plan is adopted, if any, it appears it would still cut right through the San Mateo State Park and the watershed that’s created the Trestles area. For surfers and those that value open space, there can be some solace in knowing the Council’s initial reaction was tepid.

“I feel like I’m on acid watching this. I mean look at it. This is crazy. Nobody in their right mind would want this to happen,” said Councilman Tim Brown. It’s probably safe to assume that sentiment is shared by most of the surfers in the area. But even if your heart’s in the right place, complacency never got anybody anywhere. It took a massive, organized effort to defeat the toll road the first time, and it may take similar action to protect San Onofre and Trestles for the generations of surfers to come. At least now you’ve been warned. SC

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 63-68 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 5-10’ Fair-Good Thursday: New SW swell and old WNW swell mix offers up knee-waist-chest (2-3’+) zone waves at better exposed spots. Winds are light offshore in the morning, shifting to light onshore in the afternoon. Outlook: Small to locally fun size blend of WNW and SSW swell through the weekend, keeping things rideable but mainly under head high. Morning winds are light. Be sure to check the full premium forecast on Surfline for more details and the longer range outlook.

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rowing up the son of a surfboard builder has its perks. Just ask Owen Simler. “I got my first board when I was two years old. It was 2’11”, but I just used to carry that one around on the beach,” said Owen, whose father, Cole, is a local foam whittler. “My first real surfboard was a 5’6” I got for Christmas when I was six.” The lanky 14-year-old is currently an eighth grader at Shorecliffs Middle School and part of the national champion surf team. “The best part about being on the surf team is how stoked everyone is,” said Owen, who made the final of the longboard division at last weekend’s Scholastic Surf Series event in Oceanside, helping Shorecliff’s win their season opener. “Even if you have a pretty horrible day, somebody on the team could stoke you out.” As much as Owen enjoys throwing on a jersey and representing his squad, he has been afforded a fresh perspective on wave riding thanks to growing up in the fray of his old man’s shaping business. “The best thing about surfing is how much it can do for people,” said Owen. “If you are in the worst mood, a good session will turn your day around and make it amazing. Surfing has done so much for everyone, and I am stoked for that.” SC

SURF RESULTS San Clemente Surf Classic Sunday, Oct. 16 at T-Street Beach, San Clemente (All contestants from San Clemente) Girls U18: 1. Sierra Downer; 2. Makayla Moss; 3. Reese Harnett; 4. Rachel Hartnett; 5. Reese Dewey; 6. Nicole Economos; Girls Long Board: 1. Taylor Stay; 2. Julia Guild; 3. Jenna Fomenko; Boys Long Board: 1. Ethan Mudge; 2. Jimmy Wynne; 3. Caden Evans; 4. Rory Castimates; 5. Rhyn Chambers; 6. Alex Guild; Boys U14: 1. Myles Biggs; 2. Taj Lindblad; 3. Nico Coli; 4. Ben Brantell; 5. Raike Nishida; 6. Tyrone Fomenko; Boys/Girls U10: 1. Cannon Montoya; 2. Dawson Marks; 3. Nolan Senn; 4. Nash Rice; 5. Kingston Watts; 6. Austin Harper; Boys U16: 1. Ethan Mudge; 2. Liam Murray; 3. Gus Day; 4. Andres Duran; 5. Myles Biggs; 6. Raiki Nishida; Girls U14: 1. Sierra Downer; 2. Taylor Stacy; 3. Nicole Economos; 4. Reese Hartnett; 5. Carolyn Sachse; 6. Reese Dewey; Beater: 1. Ethan Mudge; 2. Nico Coli; 3. Elijah Tomlinson; 4. Max Beach; 5. Wyatt Ankrom; 6. Joey Madison; Girls U16: 1. Julia Guild; 2. Sierra Downer; 3. Makayla Moss; 4. Alexandra Economos; 5. Asha Boronk; 6. Rachel Hartnett; Boys U12: 1. Ryder Fish; 2. Rhyn Chambers; 3. Alex Guild; 4. Conan Craig; 5. Hendrick Ostercamp; 6. Kai Cassano; Boys U18: 1. Namor Cayres; 2. Luke Blackwill; 3. Jackson Hinkle; 4. Jake Vandenburg; 5. Max Beach; 6. Elijah Tomlinson

October 20, 2016