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October 10-16, 2019




Inside: SC Special Election Voting Guide SPECIAL SECTION VOLUME 14, ISSUE 41

Triumphant Tritons San Clemente High School Shows off “One Town, One Team” Spirit E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6 (From left) SCHS students and homecoming royalty Ty Connelly and Delaney Shanley wave to a cheering crowd along Avenida Del Mar during the parade on Friday, Oct. 4. Photo: Shawn Raymundo

OCTA Outlines Conflicts with TCA in Meeting EYE ON SC/PAGE 3

Business Park Looks to Sell Land to Homeless Shelter EYE ON SC/PAGE 3

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What’s Up With... Five things San Clemente should know this week Rancho SC Business Park Looks to Sell Unused Land to Homeless Shelter THE LATEST: A pair of parcels of land along Avenida Pico currently owned by the Rancho San Clemente Business Park Community Association could be sold to a nonprofit organization looking to develop an emergency homeless shelter on the land. SC Times has obtained a copy of a secret ballot the Association’s board sent to all members of the Business Park, recommending that they vote in favor of selling the properties totaling 10 acres to the Emergency Shelter Coalition for $19,500. The two parcels, located on the north side of Pico opposite Calle del Cerro, collectively have an appraised value of $12,000—a low appraisal because of open space restrictions—according to the Board’s letter and secret ballot, which requires the members to cast their votes anonymously. The board and the Coalition recently entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement, which comes with a guarantee that the nonprofit wouldn’t develop a homeless shelter within the main part of the Business Park. An SC Times request for comment to the Association was not answered as of press time. Ed Connor, an attorney representing the homeless advocacy group, acknowledged that the Emergency Shelter Coalition has been shopping around for space within the Business Park to set up a homeless shelter. “ESC has recently focused its efforts on touring and physically inspecting properties to rent or buy in the Business Park in order to establish a shelter in that location, because the Business Park is already zoned for (Senate Bill) 2 purposes,” Connor wrote in an email. To comply with the state’s mandate under Senate Bill 2, which requires local municipalities to come up with a plan for providing homeless shelter access, the city, back in 2016, identified the Business Park as a section in its Emergency Shelter Overlay zone—the area of the city where emergency shelters can operate. The Overlay zone, or SB2 zone, allows as many as 70 shelter beds for the homeless. San Clemente Times October 10-16, 2019

In light of the Transportation Corridor Agencies being in the process of studying toll road expansion options in South Orange County, the Orange County Transportation Authority staff provided a presentation with background information on efforts from both OCTA and TCA to address traffic in South County. Photo: File

Despite the stipulation that the Coalition wouldn’t construct a shelter within the main part of the Business Park, the city or any other nonprofit group is not precluded from doing so, explained City Manager James Makshanoff. “It wouldn’t stop the city or any other nonprofit that wanted to build a shelter in the Business Park or SB2 zone,” he said. As far as what the Coalition’s plans for a shelter entail, Connor said the group doesn’t have any specifics at this time, because the sale hasn’t gone through yet. “ESC has not spent any time formulating any plans for the property because, of course, no sale has occurred and ESC does not own the property,” he said in his email. While the sale of the parcels is currently in escrow, Connor also said the Coalition continues to seek out property within the Overlay and Business Park. “ESC is avidly looking for a building in the Business Park in case the sale does not go through,” he wrote. In its letter to the members, the board states that the Business Park Association has spent an average of about $20,000 annually related to maintenance costs such as insurance, landscaping, security and watering. “Conversely, there is no economic benefit from the Parcels,” the letter states. “Because they are located in an ‘open space’ zone, development on the Parcels may occur only in rare circumstances, which in the Board’s opinion are very unlikely.” The board notes in the letter that it’s unclear how Emergency Shelter Coalition intends to “circumvent the open space restrictions . . . but they are willing to as-

sume that risk.” WHAT’S NEXT: The secret ballots were sent out on Sept. 30 and are to be returned by Oct. 30. A two-thirds vote from the members is required to terminate the parcels from the Association. EDITOR’S NOTE: An extended version of this story can be found at—Shawn Raymundo

OCTA Outlines Conflicts with TCA in Committee Meeting THE LATEST: Orange County Transportation Authority’s Regional Planning and Highway Committee Meeting met on Monday, Oct. 6, for a regularly scheduled meeting. The agenda included an update on efforts to relieve South County traffic. In light of the Transportation Corridor Agencies being in the process of studying toll road expansion options in South Orange County, OCTA staff provided a presentation with background information on efforts from both OCTA and TCA to address traffic in South County. The presentation highlighted the South County Traffic Relief Effort Project Study Report-Project Development Support (PSR-PDS), which is being prepared and developed by the TCA in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)—the lead agency. The agencies will be moving forward in initiating the environmental phase to conduct more detailed studies. “The efforts leading up to the environ-

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mental phase have raised concerns with OCTA,” OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson said in the report. “These concerns generally focus on a lack of meaningful stakeholder coordination, questionable technical analyses, and conflicts with Measure M2 and other improvements planned by OCTA.” PSR-PDS explored a set of 23 total ideas. Monday’s presentation screened them down to eight—ideas 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 21. Those narrowed-down proposals include connecting Ortega Highway to Avery Parkway and SR-73; Interstate 5 widening with high-occupancy tolls (HOT) or general purpose lanes south of Interstate 405; Extending Los Patrones Parkway to Avenida La Pata with I-5 HOT lanes south of SR-73; Extending SR-241 to SR-73; or extending SR-241 to I-5 via La Pata Crossing, or via Shorecliffs. A map of the various ideas is available in the online edition of this article. The presentation addressed areas where OCTA staff felt the ideas conflicted with OCTA projects. In an interview with San Clemente Times, Johnson said that it is important voters get what they voted on. “If you vote yes (on Measure M2), you expect those tax-funded projects to be built,” Johnson said. “It’s extremely concerning to us, and we take it very seriously that we deliver on our promises.” In February 2018, OCTA initiated a project to build six new miles of carpool lanes between San Juan Creek Road and Avenida Pico on I-5. Ideas 11 and 12 would convert Measure M-funded carpool lanes—Avenida Pico to San Juan Creek Road—to HOT lanes, Johnson said. “We find that, at best, confusing,” Johnson said. “And, at worst, offensive—from a good government standpoint.” In a written statement provided by the TCA, the agency said the OCTA staff report issued for Monday’s meeting contained factual errors. “(The report) states that TCA is seeking options to extend its toll road network,” the statement said. “Many of the alternatives proposed also include features that would extend or provide bikeways, complete streets and/or sidewalks, ramps that are ADA compliant and bikeway connections.” TCA states the agency is keenly aware of the recently completed and ongoing Measure M projects along I-5 in South Orange County and respects OCTA’s Measure M commitments. “Given the planning year horizon of 2050 and the regional nature of the project, we believe it is important to consider alternatives on the I-5 as well as alternatives which provide an extension of the SR-241.” In response to Johnson’s assertion that there has been a lack of “meaningful dialogue” between stakeholders,” the TCA (Cont. on page 4)

EYE ON SC (Cont. from page 3) statement said it is aware of OCTA’s concerns with the study in general, but TCA has had, and will continue to have, opportunities for robust input from the public and stakeholders, including OCTA. “TCA’s public outreach and stakeholder involvement started in 2015—well before the state-mandated CEQA outreach was scheduled to start. TCA undertook an unprecedented outreach effort throughout Orange County, especially focusing on the southern part of the County.” WHAT’S NEXT: The concerns outlined in the report will be brought to the OCTA Board of Directors on Oct. 28. Johnson said that as public scoping begins for the TCA, OCTA will make its comments formally known during a public-comment period. “Speaking on behalf of myself, as an individual, and as a stakeholder,” Johnson said, “engagement is really important. It’s important that we are open and honest about these projects for the opportunity of meaningful engagement.” TCA’s statement said both TCA and OCTA are committed to preserving Measure M projects and that many of those projects that OCTA is preparing to construct will likely have not been in operation for at least a decade or more before TCA begins to construct any project. For the longer version of this article, visit—Lillian Boyd

Council Votes to Draft RFPs for Hospital Operators THE LATEST: As part of the city’s ongoing attempts to get a hospital operating again in San Clemente, city council has moved ahead with plans to have a third party draw up documents necessary to initiate a proposal process for potential contractors. In its Oct. 1 meeting, the council voted, 3-1, in favor of having Steve Rousso, a health care transactional expert, prepare a draft of a request for qualifications and proposals (RFP) so the city can begin receiving bids from hospital operators. “The purpose of an RFP is to get interested providers,” said acting Mayor Dan Bane, who later added: “I’m going to see it to completion to see if we have contractors interested. I think the RFP is the next step to solicit bids. . . . It’s how we go about getting competitive bids.” Councilmember Laura Ferguson voted against the item, saying she believes it’s not fiscally prudent. The city has been without a hospital since May 2016, when MemorialCare closed down its Saddleback Memorial Medical Center located on Camino De Los Mares. The operator wanted to turn the facility into an urgent care location. But residents and the council, at the time, rejected such a notion, opining for an emergency room and hospital facilities. In 2016, the city zoned the 6.63-acre San Clemente Times October 10-16, 2019

parcel as required to provide emergency services. That prompted the yearlong legal battle between the city and MemorialCare, which sued the city over claims that the city’s “spot zoning” was unfair and made it difficult financially support the hospital. MemorialCare had previously cited a lack of patients and could not provide the services required. It had also sought $42.5 million in retribution, the estimated value of the property, the San Clemente Times previously reported. This past June, the city and MemorialCare reached a settlement agreement, which, the city noted, “provides broad latitude” for the two parties to explore “a mutually acceptable solution for use of the property,” as well as “discussions with third parties or regulatory agencies relating to the current or future use” of the property. It also allows the city to acquire the property, currently owned by MemorialCare, “following a standstill period.” That standstill period is set to end on June 18, 2020; however, the settlement does give both parties an “opportunity to terminate the standstill period with 60 days’ notice” after Sept. 30, 2019. “The City Council is eager to explore options for the acquisition, conveyance, and reopening of the hospital, with or without MemorialCare’s participation as operator,” the city stated in a report. WHAT’S NEXT: The city, the report also states, had hired Rousso to assist with the city’s efforts in reopening the hospital, potentially through a public-private partnership. According to the report, Rousso anticipates being able to present the draft RFP to the council at its Nov. 5 meeting. EDITOR’S NOTE: An extended version of this story can be found at SanClementeTimes. com—SR

Polling Firm: Support for CUSD Bond Measure on Bubble THE LATEST: Recent tracking polls to see how a regional bond measure to upgrade San Clemente schools would fare in the March 2020 election shows that support among the community’s voters remains on the bubble. The polling data True North Research presented to the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees earlier this month has the potential bond referendum tracking about 54% to 55%—right on the line of the minimum threshold needed for a measure to pass. “Support is kind of on the bubble,” True North President Tim McLarney summarized to the trustees. “It doesn’t say you’re going to win, it doesn’t say you’re going to lose. It could go either way.” McLarney added that in order for the measure to pass, it’s going to require that

City council has moved ahead with plans to have a third party draw up documents necessary to initiate a proposal process for potential contractors to operate a hospital. Photo: Eric Heinz

CUSD double down on outreach and education efforts, including working with local officials such as city councilmembers. “A poll like this isn’t a crystal ball,” he said later, noting that it’s essentially a “snapshot in time.” “So that’s a reminder to us that you have to make smart decisions on how to craft this measure . . . so I would certainly encourage the rallying of the troops,” he said. The results of the latest polling data was released a few weeks before the trustees are likely to determine whether to place two regional bond measures on the ballots for the upcoming Primary Election in March. One bond measure would go before voters in San Clemente and Capistrano Beach to fix classrooms and educational facilities within the Southern School Facilities Improvement District, or SFID 2. The other proposed bond would encompass schools within Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and Laguna Niguel—collectively referred to as the Western SFID, or SFID 3. Only voters in their districts would have a say in whether the respective bonds pass. And money raised from those bonds, if passed, would only support schools within the respective areas. Both potential bond measures are expected propose a tax levy of $34 for every $100,000 of assessed property value. The Southern SFID is expected to yield $113 million in proceeds. If voters in San Clemente pass that bond, more than $87 million of those funds would pay for classroom renovations and new buildings at San Clemente High School. WHAT’S NEXT: CUSD is expected to have the trustees approve the proposed bond measures during the board’s Oct. 16 meeting, officially calling for them to be placed on the March 3 ballots. EDITOR’S NOTE: An extended version of this story can be found at—SR

Daily’s Sport Grill to Replace Duke’s in Downtown THE LATEST: In the coming months, San Clemente will soon welcome a new sports bar to the area of downtown colloquially referred to as “The Triangle.” Last month, the owners of Daily’s Sports Grill, which has built a following in Rancho

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Santa Margarita over the past 26 years, signed a lease to take over the building that housed the local favorite Duke’s in San Clemente. After more than a decade, Duke’s, a popular hangout for sports events and late-night dancing, closed its doors this past winter when rent negotiations between the lessee and property owners fell through, the San Clemente Times previously reported. Steve Vlahos, who co-owns Daily’s with his wife Carrie Vlahos, said they chose San Clemente to open a second location, believing the city meshed with the bar’s brand of being community-oriented. “We really fought hard for this building,” he said. “It fits our brand, and we’re very community-oriented in RSM; we just fit in, it’s a pedestrian city, it’s a tight-knit city with a lot of locals. We just think it really fits into the brand.” In RSM, Vlahos added, Daily’s has become involved with a lot of the local sports programs and charities, making the bar quite successful. “We’re involved with all local (sports) programs and charities that we come across that we can benefit,” he said. “The model has made us quite successful out there in Rancho Santa Margarita.” Vlahos also stressed that the new Daily’s will not be a nightclub. “We’re a true sports grill,” he said. Ultimately, Vlahos wants Daily’s to be a “Cheers”-style bar for the city, where everyone knows each other’s name. “We’re not a big corporation; this is only our second unit, so we still have our roots and making people happy. That’s our No. 1 priority—making people happy,” Vlahos said, later adding: “Everyone wants to walk in and have (other guests) know your name. And we kind of pride ourselves on that.” WHAT’S NEXT: Because the former Duke’s building has gone unused for more than 90 days, Vlahos explains, they have to submit a new application for a conditionaluse permit to serve alcohol there. Vlahos said he and his wife are in the process of getting the application prepared to file with the city and are hopeful they can open the bar by early February—specifically Super Bowl weekend. EDITOR’S NOTE:An extended version of this story can be found at SanClementeTimes. com—SR


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The city showed off its “One Town, One Team” spirit on Friday, Oct. 4, when San Clemente High School students descended on downtown to take part in the annual homecoming parade ahead of the big game against Tesoro High School. Players from the school’s football team, the cheer squad and marching band paraded down Avenida Del Mar in the early afternoon, waving to hordes of cheering parents, siblings and alumni who came out for the special pep rally. Donning the ceremonial sashes and crowns, San Clemente High’s homecoming royalty, including Homecoming Queen Juliana Craft and Homecoming King William King, rode through the procession atop convertibles. They were also accompanied by the rest of the school’s student athletes, notably the baseball, basketball, dance, volleyball and wrestling teams. Local dignitaries including acting Mayor Dan Bane and Councilmember Laura Ferguson joined the parade, as did Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees Amy Hanacek, Patricia Holloway and Genavieve Koenigshofer, student advisor to the board and an SCHS senior. Later that night, the San Clemente High football team came out victorious in its homecoming matchup against Tesoro, winning 44-28. SC

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Community Meetings


Former Mayor Lori Donchak Selected as 2019 Wall of Recognition Honoree The San Clemente Wall of Recognition Committee recently named former mayor and councilmember Lori Donchak as the 2019 Wall of Recognition Honoree. At the Oct. 1 city council meeting, acting Mayor Dan Bane awarded Donchak with a certificate of recognition. According to Bane’s remarks at the meeting, Donchak has served the San Clemente community for years. She most recently retired her position on the city council, having been a member from 2006 to 2018. Donchak is also remembered for her two terms as mayor of the city, during which she addressed “quiet zone innovations and safe routes to school improvements,” Bane noted at the meeting. Aside from her work in San Clemente, Donchak is also being recognized for her public service and philanthropic works throughout Orange County. Donchak has been an active board member on some of the most notable directorial boards in the South County area, including the Orange County Transportation Authority, the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority and the Orange County Library Committee. Donchak currently divides her time between several philanthropic and service organizations in the county, including the Boys and Girls Club of the South Coast Area and the San Clemente Presbyterian Church.  The Wall of Recognition has honored specific individuals in the community for their outstanding community and humanitarian works since 1994. The Wall is currently located in the lobby of the San Clemente Community Center, where 38 prior honorees are represented.  Donchack will likewise be recognized for her works and contributions to the San Clemente community with a permanent plaque on the Wall of Recognition.—Haley Chi-Sing 

SC Teen Honored for Super Girl Surf Pro Championship Title Samantha Sibley received a commendation from state Assemblymember Bill Brough on Tuesday, Oct. 1, for San Clemente Times October 10-16, 2019


SAN CLEMENTE ROTARY 5:30-7:30 p.m. The San Clemente Rotary Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month. Wedgewood, San Clemente Municipal Golf Course, 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente. COASTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE 6:30-9:30 p.m. The San Clemente Coastal Advisory Committee will conduct its regularly scheduled meeting. 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente. 949.361.8200. Former Mayor Lori Donchak smiles after acting Mayor Dan Bane presents her as the recipient of the city’s 2019 Wall of Recognition Honoree on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Photo: Shawn Raymundo

winning this summer’s Super Girl Surf Pro Championship, the largest women’s surfing competition in the world. Sibley was introduced and honored at the San Clemente City Council meeting for her achievement. At 17, Sibley won the Super Girl Surf Pro title back in July in Oceanside, becoming the youngest champion in the history of the international surf contest. Sibley was awarded a plaque on behalf of the city council and the residents of San Clemente.  Sibley beat out some of surfing’s biggest names, including San Clemente teen Kirra Pinkerton, who had been favored to win the contest near the end. However, Sibley took over first place in the quarterfinal matchup, earning a 12.16 to her opponent’s 10.70 score. She then beat Caroline Marks in the semifinals and Tatiana Weston-Webb in the final to earn a $10,000 winner’s check that placed her in qualifying range for the Women’s Championship Tour. At the time, her win also vaulted her from No. 52 to No. 6 in the World Qualifying Series rankings  In its 12th year, the Super Girl Surf Pro has been a precursor to the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach for the past eight years. The surf competition is a part of the Super Girl Pro Series, the “the only large-scale all-girls action sports competition and lifestyle series in the world,” according to the Super Girl Surf Pro. The series has expanded to include all-women’s skateboarding, snowboard-

ing and surfing competitions.—HCS

Woman’s Club to Host Fundraising Auction The San Clemente Woman’s Club will host its Quartermania fundraising event on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church. Tickets are $25, and the proceeds will go toward many of its philanthropic projects, including Meals on Wheels and scholarships for seniors at San Clemente High School. A ticket purchase includes lunch, an opportunity ticket for prizes and a paddle for the auction, the main event. The SCWC is one of the oldest charitable clubs in San Clemente that began with volunteers at a soup kitchen in 1931. Now, it is a registered club and part of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization dedicated to community outreach and improvement. The women of SCWC are dedicated to giving back to their community while building lasting friendships. Their philanthropic projects vary from donating books to the San Clemente High library to donating to the Boys and Girls Club of the South Coast Area and the Military Family Outreach. The club will also be hosting a free Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Sunday, Oct. 13, starting at the Outlets at San Clemente. For more information, visit—Zara Flores Page 9


SUNRISE ROTARY 7:15-8:30 a.m. San Clemente Sunrise Rotary meets every Tuesday at Talega Golf Club Signature Grille. 990 Avenida Talega. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU (BILY) 6:30-8:30 p.m. Meets every Tuesday. Because I Love You (BILY) helps parents find solutions to any crisis they are experiencing due to their children’s (adults or minors) poor choices. San Clemenete Presbyterian Church. 119 Avenida De La Estrella. CITY COUNCIL 6 p.m. The San Clemente City Council will conduct its regularly scheduled meeting. 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente. 949.361.8200. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16

PLANNING COMMISSION 6-10 p.m. The city’s planning commission will hold a public hearing to consider proposing an update of the Pier Bowl Specific Plan and the General Plan Amendment to City Council. 100 Avenida Presidio.

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I’m not a politician, and I’ve never run for elected office. I’m simply a concerned citizen, mother and business owner who wants to give back even more to San Clemente. I’ve spent my career in the private sector and, as a businesswoman, I know what it takes to create jobs, balance budgets, manage employees, make payroll and battle government red tape. Through my service with the Orange County Senior Citizens Advisory Council, I understand how to make government run more like a business. I’m honored to be a member of several organizations and charities for San Clemente. I care deeply about our city and the people of San Clemente. I have worked to launch several initiatives, and I currently serve as a board member on several committees and volunteer at many nonprofits: • Orange County Office on Aging Board Member for Senior Citizens Advisory Board and the Elderly Health and Nutrition Committee • Volunteer Leader for the Senior Ministry

for my church • Breast Cancer Awareness Drives • Baby Boomer Basics senior safety advocacy • Clean Up the Beach • Bark, Buckle Up & Bark 10-4: pet travel safety programs partnering with first responders I would like to help with keeping our city safer, as well as implement my program to decrease homelessness, reduce traffic and prevent a toll road by improving local mobility with programs like OCFLEX, which has been successful in our surrounding cities in Orange County. I would be honored to earn your vote for our city council on Nov. 5, 2019.

TCA. There is a pattern here of toll road support. We must have accountability with those candidates who are running for city council, and we need to elect anyone other than a Gene James, who is a puppet for the TCA. Follow the money, folks.

and supplies. Because of the remote location without regular public traffic after business hours, and especially during nighttime, there is concern that the adjacent businesses could be targeted for burglary and vandalism. How would the city maintain security, sanitary and maintenance and at what cost? The aforementioned concerns make me believe that this location is not suitable, and I ask the city to look for a different solution.


Promises and statements made by city council candidates must have accountability when they are elected. Last election, we elected Dan Bane and Laura Ferguson to city council with their promises to deal with and mitigate the homeless issues in San Clemente. Since they were elected, dozens of hardcore homeless occupied the North Beach parking lot and then were moved up the hill to a city-owned lot in which nearly 70 homeless occupied this semi-permanent encampment. I ask you, is this mitigating the homeless issue? An emphatic no! Now we have their favorite endorsed candidate, Gene James, who states he is against the toll road. If he is so much against the toll road, why is he accepting support from organizations that are supportive of building a toll road right through the heart of San Clemente? Watch for his endorsements from the Republican Party, the Lincoln Club and our own Chamber of Commerce, whose major financial supporter is the Transportation Corridor Agencies. Even Republicans in San Clemente are being taken for a ride. Additionally, James’ major San Clemente supporter had a $125,000 contract with the


Regarding the relocation of the transient campsite from Avenida Pico near North Beach to city-owned property in the industrial park at La Pata near the Richard T. Steed Memorial Park, I would like to express some serious concern. The camp would be in close proximity to the Steed Park sports facility and skate park, which is regularly, heavily visited by kids and families. One could compare these to a “school facility” and, if I remember right, these camps or shelters should not be located within 300 yards of a school (or similar). The camp location would be on the very east end of La Pata with uncontrolled access to nearby rural landscape and wilderness, which is classified as a Very High Fire Hazard Zone by Cal Fire. The free roaming of transients in this area, who are most likely using cigarettes or other flammable items, creates an increased fire risk, and I can’t see how this can be sufficiently controlled. The camp site is at the very eastern perimeter of San Clemente, approximately 1.5-2 miles away from any retail or the Family Assistance Ministries facility. No public transportation is available, and it is hard to see how they would get daily food

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Leading up to the San Clemente City Council election on Nov. 5, the San Clemente Times has asked each of the five candidates who qualified for the ballot to submit a guest opinion article on a topic of their choice. We will publish one article per week up until the newspaper’s special section covering the election on Oct. 10. SC


One of our candidates for city council is touting that he has been “endorsed by the Orange County Republican Party” (OCGOP), also known as the OC Republican Central Committee. This may sound good to those who are unfamiliar with how such endorsements are doled out, but the process used by the OCGOP is critically flawed; sadly, one might even say corrupt. I was a delegate (voting, elected member) to both the L.A. County Central Committee (for more than 10 years) and then the OCGOP for close to a decade (until 2014). The stated purpose of the Central Committees is to “raise money and get out the vote,” as per the California Election Code. Since I finished my term in the OCGOP in 2014, not one person who actually lives in San Clemente has been or is a member/ delegate to that body. With no local input, how, I sincerely ask, can they therefore (Cont. on page 12)


(Cont. from page 10) determine who could best serve our town? The process for gaining an endorsement is as follows: Fill out a questionnaire and then answer questions from the Endorsement Subcommittee. This subcommittee then votes amongst themselves to make a recommendation to the full Central Committee. Then the full Central Committee votes and, more often than not, just rubber-stamps the subcommittee’s recommendation. Remember, none of these people voting live in San Clemente. Regrettably, the subcommittee and the Full Central Committee are often subjected to determined lobbying from

non-members who have their own agendas as to who should receive (or not receive) the OCGOP endorsement. In the case of San Clemente, there are two outside individuals who have undue influence. The chairman of the OCGOP personally informed me not long ago that our local outlet mall developer is the “single largest financial contributor to the OCGOP.” The other influencer is a long-time political operative who also happens to be both an owner of, and a lobbyist for, more short-term lodging units in our town. The chairman told me that this person is “one of his oldest and best friends.”

Are these are the people we trust to tell us for whom we should vote? I think not.


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Managing Your Health through the Holidays


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Join the San Clemente Times for Beachside Chat, Friday, Oct. 11, at 8 a.m., Dorothy Visser Senior Center. Beachside Chat is a spirited, town hall forum on community issues, hosted by SC Times Editor Shawn Raymundo every Friday. The chat will be held at Dorothy Visser Senior Center, 117 Avenida Victoria. All are welcome.

will not only contribute to your overall health by reducing stress, it could also be an opportunity to create memories and new holiday traditions with your family and friends.

GUEST OPINION: Get Fit San Clemente, by Gina Cousineau and Samantha Blankenburg

can’t tell you how many times Samantha B and I have heard “I just want to lose weight for the holidays” or, better yet, “I can’t believe how much weight I gained over the holidays!” I don’t know about you, but summer was barely over when I stepped into Costco and found that Halloween and Christmas had exploded amongst the aisles. Taking a deep breath, I steered myself away from the interior of the store and kept to the perimeter to pick up my weekly haul of nutritious and delicious food staples. No matter where GET FIT SAN you shop, in person or CLEMENTE By Gina Cousineau online, it’s hard to get & Samantha away from the surplus Blankenburg of pumpkin lattes, muffins, cookies and pies that are around every corner for your sampling pleasure.  With fall comes the start of the holiday season from Rosh Hashanah through New Year’s Day. That is more than three months of constant temptation that is sure to put a damper on your efforts to improve your health.

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Use this Seven-Week Training Program to get you ready for the annual Turkey Trot in Dana Point, as well as the rest of the holiday season. Graphic: Samantha Blankenburg As a culinary nutritionist, I want my clients to enjoy every morsel they put in their mouths, but I also want those morsels packed full of nutrition. The bottom line is that you can have your cake and eat it, too, if you can find balance—especially when temptation is at its greatest. Keeping that holiday spirit, Samantha B and I propose that this year, for perhaps the first time ever, you not start that new diet or rigorous exercise program, but instead consider reducing your stress in this most wonderful time of the year by maintaining status quo. Your Nutrition Rather than trying to eliminate healthy food groups to save calories for unhealthy ones, consider indulging more

mindfully this holiday season, using the healthy food plate visual as your guide. Picture half your plate chocked with non-starchy vegetables, ¼ filled with wholesome grains, beans, and legumes (including the starchy veggies: potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas and hardshelled squashes), and ¼ plate encompassing lean proteins, animal and/or vegetable options. Sticking to wholesome foods and healthy fats while building your meals, at home and away, allows you to enjoy a few special splurges—homemade desserts and family favorites versus store-bought cookies and Halloween candy—throughout the season. This mindful eating approach, coupled with fitness as a part of your daily life,

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Your Fitness Signing up for the local Turkey Trot is the perfect way to incorporate a regular exercise routine into your life for the next seven weeks. If you have not been participating in a regular fitness regimen up until this point, stick to the 5K; otherwise, go ahead and sign up for the 10K. Here is the best advice anyone ever gave me when it came to road racing: “You are not going to win!” Knowing this right then and there, the stress is off, and all you have to do is show up on race day and complete it with the people you love (walk/jog/run or a combination of all three). Now, Samantha B would hate for you to feel unprepared come turkey day, so by following this simple outline, you will be race-ready to complete what is hopefully your first annual family and friends Pre-Thanksgiving Feast tradition. For more information on the Dana Point event, head to Culinary nutritionist Gina Cousineau and fitness professional Samantha Blankenburg, co-own Mama G’s Lifestyle, offering in-person and virtual nutrition, fitness and lifestyle consulting. They welcome your questions and comments at You can learn more about them through their podcast “Calling Their Bull” and on Instagram @ MamaGsLifestyle. SC PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the SC 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 SC Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at



The List

At the Movies: ‘Joker’ Causes a Big Question Mark

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

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Thursday | 10 TALEGA 2XU RUN CLUB 6 p.m. New to running or looking for someone to run with? 2XU offers a free running club twice a week. Run with other new or experienced runners through the city. Meet at the Outlets at San Clemente every Thursday at 6 p.m. and every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Outlets at San Clemente, 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente. ManagerSanClemente@2xu. com. 949.558.5054. ACOUSTIC THURSDAYS AT BARNOA 7-9 p.m. Live music every Thursday. A rotating cast of Orange County’s most talented musicians play acoustic covers and original music. Enjoy a great wine selection, craft beers, tasty appetizers and Barnoa’s full dinner menu. Must be 21 or older. Barnoa Wine and Craft Beer Bistro. 831 Via Suerte, San Clemente. 949.388.4378.

Saturday | 12 FALL PLANT SALE 8 a.m-1 p.m. Fall is the time to plant vegetables and herbs, seeds and bulbs, flowers and perennials, succulents, cacti and shrubs, as well as to purchase indoor plants. The San Clemente Garden Club’s annual fall plant sale offers homeowners and renters alike a once-a-year opportunity to spruce up their gardens and planter pots with bargains galore at the San Clemente Community Center. Plus, there will be horticultural advice available. This year, the club will also have “flea market” items for sale. SC Community Center, 100 North Calle Seville, San Clemente. For more information, visit SAN CLEMENTE HISTORIC HOME TOUR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour nine beautiful Spanish Revival-style homes, gardens and commercial buildings in the “Spanish Village by the Sea.” Enjoy complimentary food tastings and music. Advance tickets can be purchased for $30 or four for $100. Tour-day San Clemente Times October 10-16, 2019



EDITOR’S PICK The four-day Carnival Colossal will kick off at San Clemente’s Vista Hermosa Sports Park on Thursday, Oct. 10. Photo: File

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10: CARNIVAL COLOSSAL 6-10 p.m. This yearly festival put on by the Friends of San Clemente Foundation will run Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 13. It is a family-friendly fair that will include activities for guests of all ages, including games, music, food trucks, carnival rides and a Scottish strength competition. The event is free of charge to all spectators and guests, but tickets are required for rides. All San Clemente residents will receive free admission upon arrival. Regular ticket prices for rides are $3.75-$5 per ride. For more information on Carnival Colossal, visit or call 949.276.8866. Vista Hermosa Sports Park, 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente.

tickets are $40. There will be two locations to pick up tickets: The Abode, 128 Avenida Del Mar and La Casa Verde, 130 Avenida Granada, both of which are on the tour. 949.374.4944. Tickets can be purchased online at

Sunday | 13 FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1p.m. Shop for a wide selection of fruits, vegetables and artisanal goods from organic growers along Avenida Del Mar. 949.361.8200. BRUNCH AT RAYA 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A tempting brunch with flowing champagne awaits guests every Sunday morning in RAYA at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. Start with a fresh fruit martini and a selection of pastries, then enjoy a threecourse a la carte menu. Cost is $72. One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point. 949.240.2000.

Monday | 14 BINGO AT GOODY’S 7 p.m. Every Monday, Goody’s hosts a bingo night for a charity of the month. Cards are $1 per sleeve, and raffle prizes are offered. Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real. 949.492.3400.

OPEN MIC AT BARNOA 7-10 p.m. Orange County singers and songwriters join host Gary Wright on the first three Mondays of every month to share their musical talent. Bring your musical instruments and love of live music. The stage is set with everything you need. Must be 21 or older. Barnoa Wine and Craft Beer Bistro. 831 Via Suerte, San Clemente. 949.388.4378.

Tuesday | 15 INTRODUCTION TO BRIDGE 9:30-11:30 a.m. The South Orange County Bridge Center hosts this weekly bridge series that runs every Tuesday through Nov. 12. South Orange County Bridge Center, 31251 Rancho Viejo Road, Suite 205, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.1268. SOCB.Center.

Wednesday | 16 LIVE MUSIC AT IVA LEE’S 7 p.m. Join Iva Lee’s for live music every Wednesday through Sunday. For the ultimate live music experience, be sure to reserve a lounge table on Fridays and Saturdays. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.361.2855. Check their website for the latest scheduled performances.

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ne question that has been on some people’s minds for the past year or so is, why are we getting a standalone film on the DC supervillain, the Joker? Todd Phillips’ Joker was a peculiar case with Phillips, a documentarianturned-comedy director branching out with drama, and the always stellar Joaquin Phoenix as the title character. There was a fair amount of potential with the combo, but did it reach its potential? In a grim Gotham City, Arthur Fleck (Phoenix) dresses as a clown professionally and lives with his elderly mother, Penny (Frances Conroy). Fleck has this idea of venturing into stand-up comedy that stems from his being a fan of talk-show host Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro), even though Arthur’s not particularly witty or even naturally funny. He’s also had enough of the lower class being treated as irrelevant to the wealthy and thinks the best way to deal with it is violently. If any of this sounds familiar, that’s because Joker is not only in a very familiar DC Comic universe, it’s also taking cues from dozens of other famous movies with cult followings—including A Clockwork Orange (1971), Taxi Driver (1976) and The King of Comedy (1983). So the next question now is . . . why? It’s hard to tell if Phillips is a legitimate fan of Batman or the Joker, as the tone and atmosphere of the film feels like its own thing; but then we get reminders of Gotham and the Wayne family that almost kill the mood. On top of this, Phillips is really not as interesting and creative of a filmmaker as the directors he’s paying homage to, which is probably why his forte used to be raunchy comedies. The overbearing music score on top of the on-the-nose dialogue and editing feels amateurish, plus most of the subversive attempts feel juvenile. Phoenix is still great, as usual, yet you could already see a more nuanced version of this same type of role in the overlooked independent drama You Were Never Really Here (2017). If I wanted to see a modern take on The King of Comedy’s theme, I could stick with Nightcrawler (2014) and Ingrid Goes West (2017). SC

Special Election

e d i u G g n i Vot

San Clemente’s special election to fill the fifth and vacant city council seat is less than a month away, and voters are now expected to receive their mail-in ballots from the city. This Nov. 5, the city’s voters will be asked to select one of five candidates running in the election, which was prompted after the unexpected death of Mayor Steve Swartz in May. We’ve put together this brief guide to highlight candidates’ statements. We’ve also asked the candidates two questions regarding local topics. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order. The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is Oct. 21. For more information on how to register to vote, head to, contact the city at 949.361.8200 or visit







San Clemente’s homelessness is my primary platform. My goal is to ensure the highest quality of life for San Clemente residents, businesses and visitors. Once in office, I will act quickly/effectively to develop a uniform plan with state and neighboring cities to address the issues that threaten all cities nationwide. I want to work with law enforcement on a comprehensive plan to address the homeless, crime and fears that our residents have. I can create action/funding solutions that produce results to benefit residents and voters of San Clemente. I also see other areas of government in San Clemente that I can address where residents will see better results (i.e., traffic flows, wasteful government spending, toll road, etc.). As CEO of a real estate company and Classic Auto Sales at south San Clemente, I have been identifying/creating/ executing winning plans for success in business, real estate developments and endeavors with proven results. My 30 years “Out of The Box” experience with multimilliondollar budgets, legal experience, working with different governments around the country at many levels, oversight of many employees/vendors/contractors etc., and my excellent organizational skills make Dee Coleman the highly qualified candidate for you to get the job done.

As a candidate who was born and raised in San Clemente, I have a deep understanding of what it takes to preserve and protect our Spanish Village by the Sea. I know that residents do not want overdevelopment in our beautiful beach town, and I will fight to ensure that outside interests never have a voice on council. My valuable experience serving as a public advocate makes me the best candidate to represent San Clemente in the fight against the TCA and their disastrous toll road plans, the removal of nuclear waste and in demanding the county fund a regional solution to the homelessness crisis they created. As San Clemente’s local advocate, I have represented our town on a national level, briefing the United States Congress on the removal of nuclear waste from San Onofre. I served as a lead organizer in the 2017 No Toll Road protest, led an initiative that saved our local school district millions of taxpayer dollars, and cofounded a coalition aimed at lowering energy rates locally. As your councilman, I will bring our community together to preserve and protect San Clemente, and ensure that residents always have a voice on city council. Vote Jackson Hinkle—

I am running to be your next city councilmember with an emphasis on public safety, fiscal prudence and quality of life. Public Safety—We need to look at adding deputies to Police Services to improve the safety and security of our children, families and the elderly. The ever-growing number of chronically addicted and the untreated mentally ill not only pose a public safety crisis, but they pose a potential public health crisis if left unchecked. Fiscal Prudence—Our city budget continues to grow, and the madness must stop! We are projecting budget deficits going into the future. Quality of Life—Strikes at the heart of those of us in San Clemente. From the ever-growing numbers of unsheltered to the quality of ocean water to the ticking time bomb of nuclear waste to stopping the toll road, we must face all these challenges with competence and commitment. I am a veteran of the United States Army. I possess a master’s degree in Public Administration and a BA Degree in Criminal Justice. Call me at 949.637.8286. Email me at I want to earn your vote. Warm Regards, Gene James. No toll road!

Greetings. I started life on a dead-end dirt road in the South. My solid family was not well-off, yet ethics, and personal standards, were typical dinner-table conversations. Based on those principles and others, I was admitted to the good schools. I might not have been in the top of my class in high school, but by college I was. At age 23, I was a Shakespearean actor at the best theatre in Virginia. During that six-year stint, I helped organize Shakespeare In The Schools. Much of my life has been in service to my community. Volunteering is a McLane Family tradition. My frequent volunteering in schools included five years as the only male “Room Mother” in the Norfolk School System (my daughter’s grades one through five); the Poetry Guy during Culture Week; Assistant Basketball Coach; most recently, lectured 12th-grade students on how literature mirrors society. Professional: I started my first business at age 12, my second at 19, my third at 40, my fourth at 50; I served as a uniformed police officer and adult probation and parole officer totaling over sixteen years. I respectfully encourage your vote for the new guy, Michael (Mickey) McLane.

San Clemente is a unique place—an award-winning community—where residents enjoy a special quality of life. To ensure San Clemente remains a great place to live, we need dedicated, proven and experienced leaders to serve on our city council. When elected, my primary goals are to enhance our city’s financial security and our special quality of life. I’ll ensure you’re always protected by the finest police and firefighting forces. I’ll support policies promoting safe neighborhoods, reduced traffic, conservative fiscal policies, strong families, vibrant local businesses, and transparent, efficient government. I’m a proven, effective, resultsoriented leader—I believe our city is strong and its future bright. I’m well-qualified to serve: Small business owner/entrepreneur. Owner of occupant safety firm. Licensed manufacturer of Clean Electric Vehicles. Licensed realtor (First Team Real Estate). Board Member, Orange County Office on Aging. Senior Resource Ministry Volunteer Leader. For years, I’ve been an active member/participant in community organizations, including: Clean Up the Beach, Voter Registration and Breast Cancer Awareness Drive. My husband and I have been married for 14 years, we have one daughter, and for more than 10 years our family has been proud to call San Clemente home. I respectfully ask for your vote.


What do you believe to be the biggest issue facing the City of San Clemente, and how will you address it if elected to office? DEE COLEMAN





City council’s inability to manage the homeless situation is my top issue. It spills into so many sectors. There are health and safety issues, it takes financial resources away from our city and the people, it’s affecting our businesses, it demands many layers of city resources, and the return is minimal. The mismanagement of the temporary emergency shelter has brought more vagrants into our community and displaced them around the city. The problem has grown and spread to our children’s Pico Park, where vagrants have taken over, sleeping on sidewalks, trashing the park, using bathrooms as personal cleaning areas and more. Meanwhile, we are paying $25,000 per month for a facility that is not accomplishing the goal. Vote Dee for real change!

It is difficult to make a case to limit this question to one issue. The immediate emergency is chronic homelessness, increased criminal transients and service-resistant mentally ill. Have no doubt, a forced regional shelter and public housing with no accountability near neighborhoods and businesses along with escalating crime will all be a direct threat to public safety. We need to remove the roadblocks that prevent our local law enforcement from ensuring our safety. When elected, this will be my priority. For quite some time, I have been engaged at the city level, with law enforcement, and met recently with Supervisor Lisa Bartlett to address these issues. There is no simple solution to this complex problem. I will work proactively as a councilmember for resolution.

Without question, the biggest issue facing San Clemente is the homeless crisis and the proposed homeless shelter across from our high school that would put our children at risk. As a member of city council, I will: 1.) Oppose any permanent homeless encampments or regional shelters within our city. 2.) Demand the county fund a regional solution outside of San Clemente. 3.) Work to bring back a San Clemente Police Department. The county has squandered millions of dollars while the homeless crisis has spiraled unchecked. We need more support services, including mental health counseling, addiction treatment and other job preparation aids. It’s time for a councilmember who will bring about real solutions to the largest issue we are facing.

The biggest crisis we face is the homeless situation. This is not just a matter of dignity, and inconvenience and petty crime and threatened property values; it’s a matter of health and safety. From locked beach bathrooms to discarded hypodermic needles to waste left behind, it’s a disaster. One hundred people cannot arrive and change the lifestyle of 65,000 residents! There have been numerous developments, in lawsuits, in new court decisions, new ordinances, debates among cities, etc.—and just last week, the Coastal Commission jumped in with both feet. We will win this war. I support adding to our legal staff; if we don’t hire now, we’ll pay the piper, we’ll pay out more in settlements later. I support adding more police officers to San Clemente’s streets.

The biggest issue facing San Clemente is the lack of a solid plan for the homeless epidemic. Unlike my opponents, the plan that is already working, and has several successful case studies, is my program. My homeless placement program has placed many people in safe housing—in fact, three in the past week. It has been presented to the County of Orange and police agencies, who call me weekly to get help placing individuals.

How do you plan to represent San Clemente’s interests to the Transportation Corridor Agencies regarding the proposed toll road routes? DEE COLEMAN





San Clemente does not want a toll road! The TCA is financially feeding local politics/governments at all levels to push roads through our town. The TCA gave the Chamber $14,500. Those monies are going to help fund its new endorsee, who will, in turn—if elected—make decisions that will affect the TCA. The TCA is buying our city council seat. I spoke to Congressman Mike Levin, and he, too, is investigating TCA’s political actions. I want to work for our voters and stop the toll roads from coming through San Clemente once and for all. I want to create a permanent moratorium that will block the TCA from coming through San Clemente. Vote Dee Coleman on your ballot. For more information, go to

The TCA should be audited and dismantled! It does not represent the interests of San Clemente and has become a mismanaged consultant-driven cash cow for the special interests. I strongly support AB 1273, the bill that would end the toll road. The toll road needs to be immediately stopped in its tracks now. I will not tolerate a scar of concrete and steel running through our town! San Clemente does, indeed, have a bright future; that future does not include a toll road or managed lanes on the I-5.

As the only candidate that has consistently supported abolishing the corrupt TCA, I will continue to fight to immediately abolish the TCA; for the 73 to become a free road (as originally promised); and to ensure the TCA does not build any new toll roads, toll lanes or arterial roads. Despite having built zero new roads since 1996 and owing over $6 billion (according to Ciy of San Clemente) in over-extended debt, the TCA has spent an estimated $20 million lobbying for its wildly unpopular interests. I am proud that (unlike another candidate) I do not take support from toll road consultants, the TCA, or its reckless developer friends. I will work to bring our community together to stop the TCA’s disastrous toll road plans.

To keep the toll road from bisecting San Clemente, we should apply the firmest legal resistance possible. This is another reason we need to add to our legal staff. Some are trying, or say they are trying, to shut down a whole transportation agency. That’s fluff. No intelligent voter will buy into that dreamt-up drama, since the chances of it happening are virtually zero. To chase that ghost is failureoriented. Rather, the steady, programmed, strategically planned, success-oriented refusal to budge at every possible stage—and lawsuits (that often take years) against the powersthat-be—I’m enthusiastically including.

San Clemente traffic and Transportation Corridor Agencies are another major issue. One area we can improve is local mobility by utilizing programs, like the OCFLEX, that have been successful in many cities. It helps move traffic without a toll road and without land-grabbing by taking people’s homes and businesses.

SC SC LIVING San Clemente


CoastLines by Fred Swegles

She Taught the Town How to Swim


t’s 1952. The Korean War rages on. In America, thousands of children are paralyzed, and some even die, from a spreading plague called polio. The March of Dimes’ search for a vaccine intensifies. In San Clemente, a village of maybe 4,000 souls, fearful families pledge support. Meanwhile, parents know where to send their children to learn how to swim. Chances are, you’ve never heard of Van Rutan. Next time you visit the city pool at the Ole Hanson Beach Club, you may notice a discreet plaque installed recently in her honor. The gesture, said Barry Berg, a member of San Clemente High School’s first graduating class in 1965, “underscores a period in San Clemente when our population was quite small. Van literally taught the city how to swim.” For 32 years, 1952 to 1984, she ran the city’s Learn to Swim program, teaching multitudes of children—and some adults. “Being a beach community, is there anything more important?” Berg said at an Oct. 5 plaque dedication. “So many of us surf. I’ve been in situations where I think, Van probably saved my life just then.” The swim instructor was maybe 5 feet tall, maybe 100 pounds, maybe not, with a stern but caring manner, old-timers attested. “She ran the pool with an iron fist, but was totally cool,” said Ken Nielsen, SCHS Class of 1965. “Van basically ran the pool all by herself, no matter how many kids were there. I can remember 50 kids being in the pool.” Her trademark bark was, “Walk, Don’t Run!” on the pool deck. Her trademark tradition came on the final day of swim class. Everyone had to climb the high dive platform, leap in and swim to the shallow end. “It was a big ol’ high dive,” Nielsen remembered. “You were also jumping into the deep end. I think the pool was like 12 feet deep. It was scary. She wasn’t mean about it, but she made everybody do it. If you were afraid, she’d talk to you. Sooner or later, everybody did it. And we did it every day.” Two years ago, at a reunion of SCHS grads, Nielsen suggested a Van Rutan

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wall plaque. Posting it on Facebook, he swiftly raised funds for the plaque and a city permit. The permit took time. But the plaque is in place. It’s San Clemente saying thanks. “It used to cost a quarter for the open swim, and if you didn’t have a quarter, no problem,” Nielsen remembered. “She’d find a job for you. She’d find a way to get us in the pool.” That was big. There was no junior lifeguard program then. “She made everybody water-confident,” Nielsen said. “Everybody has their high-dive stories,” said Randy Liebig, Class of 1970. “It took a few proddings to finally do it. But it taught us how to go over the falls in six-foot surf.” Liebig’s wife, Mona, who moved to San Clemente in 1972, already a swimmer and a high school student, had heard Van Rutan stories. But not the adulation—until years later. “Van was a neighbor,” she said. “I wanted to go up to the Christmas show at St. Andrew’s. Randy didn’t want to go. I thought, well, Van might want to go. So we go up to St. Andrew’s, walk in the door and COASTLINES people are just going, By Fred Swegles ‘Van! Van!’ (and) converging on her. I just stood there, going, ‘Whoa!’ I had no idea I was with a rock star.” Aurora Rutan, Van’s 49-year-old granddaughter, drove from Norco to the dedication. She had to fight back tears. A 1989 SCHS grad, Aurora had learned to swim before she could walk. “I was always my Grandma’s little shadow,” she said. Aurora grew up watching Grandma administer the pool, making it not just a place to learn to swim but also to follow rules, to love and respect the water while having fun.  “Grandma wouldn’t let pictures (of her) be taken,” Aurora said. “If she’d had a part in it, this (celebration of her) wouldn’t have happened. She got to celebrate her students.” “She remembered everybody’s name, which is cool,” Nielsen said. Local artist Kathryn Stovall Dennis donated her talents to create the plaque. Fred Swegles is a longtime San Clemente resident with more than 46 years of reporting experience in the city. Fred can be reached at fswegles@picketfencemedia. com. SC

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Top (From left) Barry Berg, Steve Swegles, Rick Arons, Randy Liebig, Sheri Crummer and Ken Nielsen reminisced about experiences some 60 years ago in San Clemente’s city pool under swim instructor Van Rutan. Bottom, Ken Nielsen dedicates a plaque at the Ole Hanson Beach Club in honor of Aurora Rutan’s grandmother, the late Van Rutan, who for 32 years taught San Clemente to swim. Photos: Fred Swegles

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SC LIVING GUEST OPINION: On Life and Love after 50, by Tom Blake

Widow Has Given Up on Dating, But Should She?


ichele wrote, “I don’t participate in dating. I’ve been widowed for 18 years (at age 49) and still miss my husband. I tried online dating but almost got scammed my first time. The few people who contacted me were beyond bizarre. I gave up on that.  “I’ve been to dances, but the men seemed to ask the women to dance who were dressed very provocatively; that’s not me. I would leave saying, what’s wrong with me? It was depressing. I gave up on that. “At most singles functions, women far outnumber men. It’s like a meat market. “I enjoy being with my friends and going on vacation. My attitude is, as my mom used to say, ‘If it’s meant to be, it will be. ’ ” My response to Michele: In 1994, when I began writing about dat-

ing in your 50s and up, the ratio of single women to single men in their early 50s was approximately 1-to-1. As the years passed, more and more women contacted me, asking, “Where are the men?” The ratio drew closer to 2-to-1, women to men, for people in their mid-60s. Some women suggested that the ratio was even larger, because many men “weren’t relationship material.” However, good guys were (and still are) out there. I remember Dr. Ruth’s response to a woman at an AARP convention who asked, “Where are the men?” Dr. Ruth said, “The ratio is a fact of life. But, if you have a nice appearance, a positive attitude, and are willing to get out and socialize, you can effectively shrink that ratio.” And then online dating became available as the internet evolved. Women ON LIFE AND and men were drawn to it, LOVE AFTER 50 because they could reach By Tom Blake out beyond their city and local boundaries to find potential mates. It didn’t take long for scammers to figure out that lots of women online were lonely and vulnerable, especially widows. Granted, lots of couples have formed as a result of internet dating, but romance scams also bloomed. Now, as singles turn 70, the ratio has reached almost 4-to-1, women to men.

Women, such as Michele, share their stories of the lack of men at singles functions. I see it at our monthly Meet & Greet gatherings in Dana Point. At the Sept. 28 Greek Festival in San Juan Capistrano, a reader of this column introduced herself to Greta and me. In a short conversation, she mentioned the shortage of men at singles events. What can I say to Michele and other single women about later-in-life dating? Don’t give up; keep your eyes open for opportunities to meet a potential mate. Be assertive, not aggressive. If you see a man who appeals to you (age close to yours, no wedding ring, no soup on his shirt, combed hair, no odor, no spinach in his teeth), smile and make a fun comment, such as “Nice jacket. Nice car. Nice dog. What’s the dog’s name? Where do you buy your spinach?”

SENIOR SINGLES MEET & GREET The next Senior Singles Meet & Greet gathering is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Tutor & Spunky’s Deli, 34085 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point. Admission is free and includes complimentary appetizers. Beer and wine are $5. Call 949.248.9008 for questions.

On a cruise ship: “Where’s the dining room?”

Be ready to pop the question: “Want to have coffee?” And, be ready to pay for the coffee (his and yours). If he’s worth his salt, he’ll offer to go Dutch. Better yet, he’ll offer to pay the tab. If this makes you uncomfortable, at least smile or wink. Be positive. That’s the state of senior dating nowadays, 26 years after I began writing about it. Michele should continue to get out and enjoy life with her women friends. She’s still young at 67. Tom Blake is a retired Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. See his website at To comment: SC

At the DMV: “How many hours have you been here?” Anything spontaneous. He may be hoping to meet someone, but he’s shy.

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Or, in a grocery store, say: “Is this a good wine?” or “Is this watermelon ripe?” In the post office: “These lines are long.”

Adoptable Pet of the Week: Toby SAN CLEMENTE TIMES

T Toby. Photo: Courtesy of San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter

oby is a 1-year-old neutered male and German Shepherd mix. He is a happy puppy that will need an owner dedicated to training and getting him daily exercise and/or walks. He is good with other dogs and loves to run around and play in the yard. If you would like to know more about Toby, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949.492.1617 or visit with him at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. SC

Sudoku BY MYLES MELLOR Last week’s solution:

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 San Clemente Times October 10-16, 2019

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FROM THE ARCHIVES Pictured is the home of San Clemente’s first mayor, Thomas F. Murphine, taken in 1928—years before the March 10, 1933 Long Beach earthquake. Every week, the San Clemente Times will showcase a historical photo from around the city. If you have a photo you would like to submit for consideration, send the photo, your name for credit as well as the date and location of the photo to See the solution in next week’s issue.

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TO ADVERTISE: 949.388.7700, EXT. 100 • LEGALS@PICKETFENCEMEDIA.COM PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Trustee Sale No. : 00000008200453 Title Order No.: 02-19014061 FHA/VA/PMI No.: 0578194723 ATTENTION RECORDER: THE FOLLOWING REFERENCE TO AN ATTACHED SUMMARY APPLIES ONLY TO COPIES PROVIDED TO THE TRUSTOR, NOT TO THIS RECORDED ORIGINAL NOTICE. NOTE: THERE IS A SUMMARY OF THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT ATTACHED. YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 09/12/2005. UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust Recorded on 09/16/2005 as Instrument No. 2005000731719 of official records in the office of the County Recorder of ORANGE County, State of CALIFORNIA. EXECUTED BY: DANIELLE HETLAND, WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION TO HIGHEST BIDDER FOR CASH, CASHIER’S CHECK/CASH EQUIVALENT or other form of payment authorized by California Civil Code 2924h(b), (payable at time of sale in lawful money of the United States). DATE OF SALE: 11/04/2019 TIME OF SALE: 9:00 AM PLACE OF SALE: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim – Orange County, 100 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868. STREET ADDRESS and other common designation, if any, of the real property described above is purported to be: 29 CALLE DE LA LUNA, SAN CLEMENTE, CALIFORNIA 92673 APN#: 701-242-46 The undersigned Trustee disclaims any liability for any incorrectness of the street address and other common designation, if any, shown herein. Said sale will be made, but without covenant or warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances, to pay the remaining principal sum of the note(s) secured by said Deed of Trust, with interest thereon, as provided in said note(s), advances, under the terms of said Deed of Trust, fees, charges and expenses of the Trustee and of the trusts created by said Deed of Trust. The total amount of the unpaid balance of the obligation secured by the property to be sold and reasonable estimated costs, expenses and advances at the time of the initial publication of the Notice of Sale is $1,161,507.43. The beneficiary under said Deed of Trust heretofore executed and delivered to the undersigned a written Declaration of Default and Demand for Sale, and a written Notice of Default and Election to Sell. The undersigned caused said Notice of Default and Election to Sell to be recorded in the county where the real property is located. NOTICE TO POTENTIAL BIDDERS: If you are considering bidding on this property lien, you should understand that there are risks involved in bidding at a trustee auction. You will be bidding on a lien, not on the property itself. Placing the highest bid at a trustee auction does not automatically entitle you to free and clear ownership of the property. You should also be aware that the lien being auctioned off may be a junior lien. If you are the highest bidder at the auction, you are or may be responsible for paying off all liens senior to the lien being auctioned off, before you can receive clear title to the property. You are encouraged to investigate the existence, priority, and size of outstanding liens that may exist on this property by contacting the county recorder’s office or a title insurance company, either of which may charge you a fee for this information. If you consult either of these resources, you should be aware that the same lender may hold more than one mortgage or deed of trust on the property. NOTICE TO PROPERTY OWNER: The sale date shown on this notice of sale may be postponed one or more times by the mortgagee, beneficiary, trustee, or a court, pursuant to Section 2924g of San Clemente Times October 10-16, 2019

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the California Civil Code. The law requires that information about trustee sale postponements be made available to you and to the public, as a courtesy to those not present at the sale. If you wish to learn whether your sale date has been postponed, and, if applicable, the rescheduled time and date for the sale of this property, you may call 800-2802832 for information regarding the trustee’s sale or visit this Internet Web site for information regarding the sale of this property, using the file number assigned to this case 00000008200453. Information about postponements that are very short in duration or that occur close in time to the scheduled sale may not immediately be reflected in the telephone information or on the Internet Web site. The best way to verify postponement information is to attend the scheduled sale. FOR TRUSTEE SALE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL: AUCTION.COM 800-280-2832 BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP as Trustee 3990 E. Concours Street, Suite 350 Ontario, CA 91764 (866) 795-1852 Dated: 09/25/2019 BARRETT DAFFIN FRAPPIER TREDER and WEISS, LLP IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. A-4705998 10/10/2019, 10/17/2019, 10/24/2019 PUBLIC NOTICE ORDINANCE NO. 1681 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of San Clemente, at its meeting of October 1, 2019, introduced the following Ordinance: Ordinance No. 1681 entitled AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE APPROVING ZONING AMENDMENT 17-043, AMENDING MUNICIPAL CODE TITLE 17 (ZONING), CHAPTERS 17.28 (SPECIAL USES), 17.36 (COMMERCIAL ZONES AND STANDARDS), 17.40 (MIXED-USE ZONES AND STANDARDS), AND 17.88 (DEFINITIONS), TO REGULATE SMOKE OR TOBACCO SHOPS. A full copy of the aforementioned Ordinance is available for review in the City Clerk’s Department, located at 910 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, California (949) 361-8345. NOTICE IS HEREBY FURTHER GIVEN that the City Council of the City of San Clemente will consider adopting the aforementioned Ordinance at its meeting of October 15, 2019 at 6:00 p.m., which will be held in the Council Chambers, located at 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente, California. JOANNE BAADE City Clerk and Ex-Officio Clerk of the Council




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DENTISTS Eric Johnson, D.D.S. 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209, 949.493.9311, Shoreline Dental Studio/ Kristen Ritzau DDS, Dr. Colby Livingston 122 Avenida Cabrillo, 949.498.4110,

DIGITAL MARKETING CONSULTING/SERVICES Kelli Murrow Consulting 949.573.7725

ELECTRICAL Arcadia Electric 949.361.1045, Braker Electric 949-291-5812 Lic# 719056 Insured

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MUSIC LESSONS Danman’s Music School 949.496.6556,



FICTITIOUS BUSINESS NAME STATEMENT 20196555086 The following person(s) is doing business as: THEDEZIENSTUDIOS 65 ENTERPRISE #300 ALISO VIEJO, CA 92656 Full Name of Registrant(s): TONYA DAWN PAWLI 90 VANTIS #6063 ALISO VIEJO, CA 92656 The business is conducted by an individual. The registrant commenced to transact business under theFictitious Business Name or Names listed above on: N/A /s/TONYA PAWLI This statement was filed with the County Clerk-Recorder of Orange County On 09/18/2019 Publish: San Clemente Times October 10, 17, 24, 31, 2019

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DESPERATELY SEEKING TENORS! San Clemente Choral Society is a fun, low pressure group of singers dedicated to bringing first rate choral music to South Orange County. Come join us for rewarding rehearsals and a joyous Holiday Concert. No auditions required, solo opportunities available. Please contact Laura Bard, or visit the sign up sheet at SCCS-ARTS/SIGN-UP

Dee Coleman CLASSIFIEDS 949.395.5681

Bill Metzger Plumbing 1001 Calle Recodo, 949.492.3558,

PROSTHODONTICS Hamilton Le, D.M.D., F.A.C.P. 1001 Avenida Pico, Ste. K 949.361.4867 (GUMS)

REALTORS “Sandy & Rich” RE/MAX Coastal Homes 949.293.3236, Scott Kidd, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services 949.498.0487,

RESTAURANTS Café Calypso 114 Avenida Del Mar #4, 949.366.9386

SALONS Salon Bleu 207 S. El Camino Real, 949.366.2060,

WEBSITE DESIGN San Clemente Website Design 949.246.8345,

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Our City Scoreboard keeps you updated on all of the local San Clemente youth and community team accomplishments and special individual performances of the week. Email for submission.

SC’s Blandford Wins All-Around for Olympica Gymnastics

Olympica Gymnastics Academy put together another collection of medals with a successful weekend at the Masquerade Mania Meet in Rancho Cucamonga on Oct. 5-6. Olympica’s performance was highlighted by two all-around wins in two divisions. San Clemente’s Teagan Blandford took on the 6-8-year-old division. Blandford earned gold in the vault with a score of 9.1 and the bars at 9.5 and took bronze on the beam at 9.5. With all of the results combined, Blandford earned the all-around title with a total score of 37.2. Mission Viejo’s Sasha PourTeimour earned the all-around gold in the 9-year-old division. PourTeimour captured gold on the vault at 9.5, bars at 9.55 and floor exercise at 9.525 and put up a combined score of 38.075 for the all-around.

San Clemente’s Beth Sanden collected her fifth world record by becoming the first to complete a handcycle marathon in the highest-altitude road marathon in the world in the Khunjerab Pass Marathon in Pakistan on Sept. 21. Photo: Courtesy of Beth Sanden

In the 9-year-old division, San Clemente’s Mia Gwen earned bronze on the beam at 9.525, and Laguna Niguel’s Emmy Brian took two bronzes on the vault at 8.975 and the floor at 9.325. Laguna Niguel 10-year-old Adison Rusin collected bronze on the bars at 9.475.

Olympica Gymnastics will next compete on Oct. 19 at Azarian Gymnastics in Aliso Viejo.

Sanden Sets Another Record in High-Altitude Marathon

Beth Sanden of San Clemente added

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CIF-SS Division 1 & 2 rankings at No. 10 this week. The top eight teams in the final poll will make up the Division 1 playoff bracket, with the remaining 16 teams in the combined Division 1 & 2 group making up the Division 2 playoff bracket. San Clemente plays at El Toro on Friday, Oct. 11. The Tritons beat El Toro on homecoming last season, 63-13. San Clemente hosts Capistrano Valley on Oct. 18 and plays at Mission Viejo on Oct. 25 before a season-ending bye week.


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

Water Polo Upsets Laguna Beach

Football Flattens Tesoro in League Opener San Clemente football had its stage to make a statement and made the most of it on Friday, Oct. 4. With all eyes of the town on them for homecoming and all eyes of the Southern California football community on them for Fox Sports West’s Game of the Week, the Tritons had another spectacular defensive effort and an incredible performance by quarterback and cornerback Nick Billoups to defeat Tesoro, 44-28, in both teams’ South Coast League opener. San Clemente (6-1, 1-0) forced six San Clemente Times October 10-16, 2019

another record to her impressive collection in Pakistan on Sept. 21. Sanden became the first to complete a handcycle marathon in the highestaltitude road marathon in the world in the Khunjerab Pass Marathon near the Pakistan-China border. Sanden completed the 42.2-kilometer course in 2:15.02. The Khunjerab Pass is the highest paved international border crossing in the world at nearly 15,500 feet. This record is the fifth for Sanden after completing seven marathons in seven days in the Caribbean in March and being awarded her then-third world record in February for completing the South African Challenge, another sevenmarathon event in seven countries over eight days, in August 2017. Sanden has also completed seven marathons on seven continents and the North Pole on her handcycle and holds records as the first female to accomplish the feats with the fastest aggregate times. Sanden took second in the Boston Marathon back in April. Sanden suffered a severe injury during a bicycle race in 2002. She landed on her back and severed several vertebrae, making her an incomplete paraplegic. SC

San Clemente’s Nick Billoups put on a show against Tesoro with two passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and two interceptions, including a pick-six, in a 44-28 league win. Photo: Alan Gibby/Zone57

turnovers, including two interceptions by Billoups, and scored 31 points off those turnovers. Billoups returned an interception for one of his five touchdowns on the night, with two rushing touchdowns and two passing touchdowns. The Tritons have collected an astonishing 25 turnovers in seven games this season. Trenton Brail forced two fumbles, and Cian Smith and Charles Clifford each

grabbed interceptions. Cole Batson caught two touchdowns, and James Bohls ran for one touchdown. Tesoro (6-1, 0-1) had been marked as a contender for second place in the South Coast League, but the Titans, ranked No. 6 in Division 3, now sit behind San Clemente and still have league favorite Mission Viejo, ranked No. 4 in Division 1 & 2, to contend with in their season finale on Nov. 1. San Clemente entered the combined Page 33

San Clemente scored a big win over a fellow Division 1 & 2 foe on Saturday, Oct. 5, to move up in the CIF-SS rankings. The Tritons, then No. 13, upended Laguna Beach, then No. 10, by three goals in an 11-8 win at Vista Hermosa Sports Park. The win pushed the Tritons (10-2, 3-0) up to No. 11 in the latest rankings. The top eight teams will make up the Division 1 playoff bracket. As of now, San Clemente figures to be a top seed in Division 2 come playoff time. The Tritons return to South Coast League play against Tesoro on Oct. 15 and host rival Dana Hills on Oct. 17. SC

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‘The Future Is Local’ West Coast Board Riders 2019-20 season gets underway this weekend BY JAKE HOWARD, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


he West Coast Board Riders (WCBR) movement continues to gain momentum, and the 2019-20 season is set to kick off on Saturday, Oct. 12, at San Onofre State Park. Last year, it was the San Clemente Board Riders Club winning the title. Coming out swinging with another stacked team, they’ll be looking to go back-to-back this season. But that’s obviously easier said than done. In their own backyard, the Dana Point Board Riders will be hoping to spoil San Clemente’s party, and there’s plenty of other incredible talent percolating up throughout the state of California. Since its inception in 2017, the West Coast Board Riders has grown in leaps and bounds. “The West Coast Board Riders has taken off as one of the most important movements in all of surfing,” said Don Meek, managing partner of the organization. “We are now 14 clubs strong, with over 1,500 members who will be competing in some of the best waves in California. With the amazing energy that all of our clubs are putting into their own communities, we are confident when we say, ‘The future is local.’ ” This season, there will be a total of 11 events up and down the coast. The 14 clubs are broken into three regions. Representing the South is San Clemente.

The West Coast Board Riders season kicks off at Church on Saturday, Oct. 12, with San Clemente looking to defend its title from last season. Photo: Courtesy of West Coast Board Riders

They’ll be joined by Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas and La Jolla. Dana Point will be competing in the Central division, which includes Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Seal Beach. And beyond the regular-season rallies, the 2019-20 season will also include a specialty event in partnership with the Roland Sands Moto Beach Classic on Oct. 26 and the WCBR All-Stars in partnership with Jack’s Surfboards at the Jack’s Pro in March 2020. The West Coast Board Riders is also continuing to build its base of sponsor support. Returning sponsors for the 201920 season include Banzai Bowls, Caliente Southwest Grille, Billabong and O’Neill. And new for this year, Clif Bar, Olloclip, Huntington Surf & Sport, Live Heats, Freesurf Magazine, Surfing Heritage & Culture Center and Zebra House Coffee have all jumped on board. Considering where this endeavor

started two years ago and where it is today, it’s impressive to see the growth, and it speaks to the grassroots passion that the surf clubs evoke. The West Coast Board Riders is the brainchild of Huntington Beach surfers Casey Wheat, Chris Moreno and Ziggy Williams. Seeing a need to bring local communities together and share their generational histories and legacies, their mission has been to provide structure and support for city-based surf clubs to organize and compete. “When we started WCBR, we were inspired by the board riders clubs in Australia and the way they’ve maintained their momentum and stoke, and united their local communities for more than 50 years,” said Wheat. “Talk to any successful surfer from Oz, and they’ll tell you that their local club has played a huge part in their success.” The Surfline forecast for this week is

calling for a mid-range southwest swell through the second half of the week that will bring wave heights into the waist- to shoulder-high range. That swell starts to drop off into the weekend, bringing things into the knee- to waist-high zone. Conditions look as if they’ll remain clean through the mornings before light afternoon westerlies add a little texture to the surface. The contest this Saturday will be the season opener for the South division. It will take place at Church on Saturday, Oct 12. The Dana Point Board Riders will take to the water for the first time this season on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Billabong At Newport contest. The 2019-20 West Coast Board Riders season will culminate with the WCBR Championships, which are scheduled for Saturday, May 9, at Lower Trestles. For more information and for the full schedule, go to SC






alt Creek super grom Christian Collings recently flew onto our radar. He’s been ripping down at the point lately, but more than that, he’s been paying it forward and helping to share the gift of surfing. A 12-year-old in seventh grade at Marco Forster Middle School, he’s a distinguished member of the school’s surf team, as well as a member of the Dana Point Board Riders Club. “He’s got a great sense of humor, he’s

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fun to be around; basically it’s the epitome of a Salt Creek super grom,” said Eric Diamond, president of the Dana Point Board Riders Club. At a recent surf day in Doheny in which the club shared the stoke with the Capistrano Boys and Girls Club, Collings was right there in the mix, helping out and spreading the “aloha.” “I loved helping out and volunteering with the Dana Point crew, It was a really special day, and I was honored to be a part of it,” said Collings. “It’s not just about surfing competitions. Christian is seeing how important it is to help out in our surfing community by volunteering in the club and paying it forward. We’re lucky to have him as a member,” Diamond said. SC

Water Temperature: 66-68 Degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: 8-12 Thursday: Holding SW and SSE swell mix and a minor NW swell for waist to shoulder high waves, (3-4’ faces). Light+ to moderate NE winds through the day. Outlook: Wave size eases on Friday, then the trend towards smaller surf continues through the weekend, with Sunday mainly down in the knee to waist high zone, (2-3’ faces). Light/variable winds for the mornings, followed by light+ to moderate W-WSW onshores in the afternoons. Fresh SSW swell is scheduled for next week. For the latest details be sure to visit

Christian Collings. Photo: Courtesy of the Collings family

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