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Bernice Ayer Awarded for New Tutoring Methods PAGE 3 VOLUME 13, ISSUE 45

A Changing of the Guard

Recap of the 2018 mid-term local elections E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Dan Bane received the most votes on Tuesday, Nov. 6, propelling him to one of the three seats on the San Clemente City Council that were up for election. Photo: Eric Heinz

Sea Turtle Weighing 150 Pounds Released off San Clemente Pier EYE ON SC/PAGE 3

‘The Game’s Afoot’ Now Playing at Cabrillo Playhouse GETTING OUT/PAGE 12

Team USA Wins Silver at ISA World Jr. Surfing Championship SURF/PAGE 18


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on a certain lesson to get help until they grasp that particular lesson.” WHAT’S NEXT: Gibson said students have figured out how to advocate for themselves during the Swell period when they request extra help, time to study prior to a test or extra time to complete assignments. Swell enables students to learn in small groups of 10 per class by including more staff administrators and counselors. Their goal was to alleviate the high numbers in the classrooms and facilitate individual support. “The key to the success has been driven by our teachers and staff.” Stever said. “This system could only work if the teachers believe in it, own it and deeply care about student success.” —Andrea Clemett, Picket Fence Media intern

Five things San Clemente should know this week DA Race Finishes with Sober Living Home Ordinance Fight THE LATEST: As the election for Orange County District Attorney came to a close on Tuesday, Nov. 6, so did the county’s ordinance to require sober living homes and facilities to register throughout the county. The ordinance was brought forth by District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who as of 8 a.m. on Wednesday was trailing in the polls to current Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer in the DA race. Spitzer and Rackauckas traded barbs in letters to the editor and press releases leading up to the first passage of the new ordinance that requires all drug, alcohol and substance abuse treatment facilities countywide to be placed on a registry. Spitzer contended there was no legal funding process to add this to the county’s workload. WHAT’S NEXT: The second reading vote passed with Spitzer absent on Election Day and Rackauckas providing no further comment. —Eric Heinz

City Keeps Eye on County Homeless Lawsuit as Parties Enter Settlement Agreement THE LATEST: Although San Clemente was dropped from being named in a lawsuit along with every other city in Orange County, regarding homeless shelters, city officials are keeping their ears to the ground in case something else comes up. On Friday, Nov. 2, the settlement agreement between the County of Orange and Orange County Catholic Worker was finalized after the county was sued for its removal of more than 1,000 homeless people from the Santa Ana riverbed encampment. Federal Judge David O. Carter has mentioned his displeasure with there not being a more regional shelter available for the homeless populations south of Santa Ana. Scott Smith, city attorney for San Clemente, said Carter hasn’t mentioned San Clemente directly in his assessments of the situation. Smith said Carter had mentioned south San Clemente Times November 8-14, 2018

Students receive extra tutoring during one of Bernice Ayer Middle School’s School Wide Educational Learning Lab, or “Swell.” The program was recently recognized for its success in helping children improve their grades in certain coursework. Photo: Andrea Clemett

county cities in the past regarding the lack of a shelter and the disproportionate burden the north cities have had to shoulder. “He was concerned about that dating back to the current case, even though we weren’t parties in the case,” Smith said, adding he said he’s heard of possible new lawsuits that would target south county cities, but as San Clemente settled a lawsuit earlier this year regarding its zoning for such shelters, Smith said he doesn’t know if a lawsuit would force the city to do anything different than it has recently. WHAT’S NEXT: A recent U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit decision recently ruled cities could not remove homeless people from public land unless they had an immediate place to house them. “We’re making sure that anything we do is compliant with that decision. And looking at the elements of that, what does that require before anyone is arrested, and that’s what we’re doing,” Smith said. —EH

Local Middle School Recognized for Course Assistance Program THE LATEST: Bernice Ayer Middle School recently received recognition from the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform as a “school to watch” in 2018. The school was identified as a high-performing middle school for its School Wide Educational Learning Lab (Swell). “Swell” time allows an additional 30 minutes for students to receive additional instruction in courses with which they struggle. Principal Nick Stever said the school debuted the program in May when it replaced the

previous Educational Support Program that provided students with the option of staying in the classroom or seeking help. He and the staff decided that they did not want to leave it to chance for students to receive support and therefore created an equitable system to embed it within the school day. If students require extra assistance, it is determined by assessments throughout the year, low grades or tests scores and absences. The classes are divided by grade level into closed classes in which students will receive a subject intervention course that weighs priority that day (e.g., math on Thursday). The students who are not in need of assistance will attend open courses in which they select electives such as coding, advanced art or flag football. Developed over four years, social studies teacher Christine Gibson said staff collaborated in identifying the essential information required for students. The staff visited other schools and saw a version of what one school in Tustin was accomplishing and returned to the drawing board. Stever said Bernice Ayer is the only school utilizing this model of the Swell program in the district. The school maintained a close engagement with parents when it launched in order to be sensitive to the emotional wellbeing of the students involved, Stever said, adding that the program is not a stigma that targets one group of students. “Parents are really pleased with this program,” said Johanna Roberts-Knochenhauer, PTA president and parent of a Bernice Ayer student. “It rewards the children with enrichment classes, provides time to get homework done if they have extracurricular activities after school and also provides kids who may be struggling

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Marine Safety Helps Release 150-Pound Sea Turtle from the Pier THE LATEST: On Sunday, Nov. 4, San Clemente Marine Safety lifeguards were dispatched to the Pier to assist a fisher who had snagged a large sea turtle on his line. “Between the three guys who accidentally caught it, they lowered a lobster hoop net down to get him into the basket, hoisted him over the railing and tried to get the line and hook out of him,” said Marine Safety officer Ian Burton. The turtle was about 150 pounds, Burton said, with a shell that was about 3 feet wide. He said it took three people to hoist the turtle. WHAT’S NEXT: The crowd was happy to see the turtle swim away on its own power, Burton said, although they had wished more of the hook could have been removed. —EH

City Council, Planning Commission Recap Info THE LATEST: As the City Council and Planning Commission meetings were shifted a day later than their usual days for the election, actions taken during the meetings fell outside the print deadlines for the San Clemente Times. Two major items up for discussion as of Wednesday, Nov. 7, included the possibility of adding term limits to city councilmembers to the 2020 ballot and a possible measure to make the city clerk and treasurer positions appointed rather than elected. The planning commission on Thursday is slated to examine various appeals from short-term lodging unit owners who had permits revoked or denied recently. WHAT’S NEXT: Visit for the latest information regarding the meetings. —EH



Community Meetings


Rancho San Clemente Playground Equipment Reopens The city of San Clemente recently announced newly replaced playground equipment at Rancho San Clemente Park, located at 150 Calle Aguila, is now available for use. The new playground structure features an area for children ages 2-5 years old and includes seated saddle spinners, seated bobble spring riders, talk tubes and a play structure with a slide and a tunnel. The main feature area, designed for children ages 5-12 years old, includes rope-based challenging play equipment. There are six swings, including four belt style seats and two bucket style seats. The sand and rubber surface was replaced with engineered wood fiber, which is soft enough to cushion falls but firm enough to support wheelchairs. The new equipment will enhance the play experience for all children. Additionally, there are three shade structures located throughout the playground area. For information on the new park amenities, contact the city of San Clemente’s Recreation Division at 949.361.8264 or 949.429.8797.

Learn More About Saddleback College The next AAUW (American Association of University Women) San Clemente-Capistrano Bay branch meeting will introduce people to the various programs offered by Saddleback College on Saturday, Nov. 17. Keynote Speaker will be Dan Predoehl, M.Ed., Saddleback College Assistant Dean of the Community Education Division, Emeritus Institute Director, & K-12 Partnerships Dan’s career highlights include growing Saddleback College’s Emeritus Institute (older adult program) into the largest program in the State of California In addition, Erin McHenry, director of


SC EXCHANGE CLUB MEETING Noon. San Clemente Exchange Club meets on most Thursdays at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. Wedgewood Restaurant. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena. 949.412.6301.

People gathered Friday, Nov. 2, for the annual Taste of San Clemente. Various restaurants throughout the city were featured along with live entertainment and a silent auction. Photo: Eric Heinz

Annual Giving, will talk about the AAUW scholarships and endowments. Laurie Jacobs, SCCB AAUW member, will give a short demonstration of the Start Smart Workshop and information about the organization’s college university partnership. The meeting takes place at 11 a.m. at Gemmell’s Restaurant Banquet Room, 34471 Golden Lantern, Dana Point Harbor, Dana Point. Luncheon cost is $28. Checks must be received no later than Nov. 10 to reserve a seat. For more information, visit or email

Sunrise Rotary Holiday Food Drive For the 24th year, San Clemente Sunrise Rotary will be collecting food donations from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. during two weekends in November at Ralph’s Grocery Store in the Ocean View Plaza, 638 Camino De Los Mares, on Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18. “The San Clemente community has been generous in past food drives that have provided up to 700 holiday meals for families by adding a few items to their regular holiday food shopping, then dropping off the

Rancho San Clemente Playground. Photo: Courtesy of the city of San Clemente San Clemente Times November 8-14, 2018

food outside the store to club members/ volunteers who box the food,” according to a Sunrise Rotary press release. San Clemente Sunrise Rotary partners with Family Assistance Ministries (FAM), Laura’s House Shelter for Women and Children, and Camp Pendleton Marines to provide the meals to families in their networks. The collected food (over 11,000 pounds) has annually fed approximately 2,800 people. Additionally, Ralphs allows the club to collect the food outside the store, and the Volare, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member, 111 S. Avenida De La Estrella, provides a collection point to box, package, label, and distribute the meals. For more information, visit

Marine Support Group Seeks Sponsors for Thanksgiving Dinners With Marines and Sailors from the 5th Marine Regiment deployed to the Middle East, there are many families who won’t celebrate Thanksgiving together next year. Single Marines who remain at Camp Pendleton must maintain readiness as first responders and cannot travel home. The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group is asking people to sponsor a Marine or Marines, or the family of one who is deployed during Thanksgiving.   The dinner will be hosted at Waterman’s Harbor in Dana Point by Damian Collins and the Collins Family.  A single Marine, the family of a deployed Marine or a Marine and his family, will receive a full meal, open bar, dessert, entertainment and raffle prizes for a donation from a sponsor. Individuals may donate online at via a secure PayPal site or by sending a check to The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group Attention: Thanksgiving for Marines, P.O. Box 471, Dana Point, CA 92629-0471.

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PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING 7 p.m. The San Clemente Planning Commission will meet on an irregular day to conduct its monthly meeting. 100 Avenida Presidio. 949.361.8200. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

SUNRISE ROTARY 7:15 a.m. San Clemente Sunrise Rotary meets every Tuesday at Talega Golf Course Signature Grille. 990 Avenida Talega. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU (BILY) MEETING 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 (adult or minor) poor choices. Presbyterian Church. 119 Avenida De La Estrella. 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. www.sanclementetoastmasters. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

KIWANIS SAN CLEMENTE Noon. Kiwanis San Clemente meets on most Wednesdays. Fratello’s Italian Restaurant, 647 Camino De Los Mares No. 126, San Clemente. VFW POST 7142 MEETING 7 p.m. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7142 will host its regular meeting. San Clemente Elks Lodge, 1505 N. El Camino Real. 949.464.8391.

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A Changing of the Guard

2018 CITY COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS (28 of 28 precincts reporting)

Recap of the 2018 mid-term election

Dan Bane: 7,995 (16.7%) Laura Ferguson: 5,759 (12%) *Kathy Ward: 5,271 (11%) Gene W. James: 4,922 (10.3%) Wayne Eggleston: 3,924 (8.2%) Bernie Wohlfarth: 3,763 (7.8%) Don Brown: 3,605 (7.5%) Jackson Hinkle: 3,502 (7.3%) Jake Rybczyk: 3,283 (6.8%) Mikii Rathmann: 2,566 (5.3%) Ed Ward: 2,075 (4.3%) Tiffany Joy Robson Leet: 1,345 (2.8%) *Incumbent



ity Council will change significantly starting in 2019. Dan Bane handily won one of the three city council seats after failing to do so by a slim margin in 2016. Bane, an environmental attorney who—besides opposing the toll road and issues related to homelessness—had been at odds with some members of the current city council, most notably issues related to districting, although Bane said during his campaign he would welcome a vote of confidence from residents and not a council action to force it upon them. “I’m humbled and grateful for the opportunity to serve San Clemente as your next councilmember,” Bane said in an email to the San Clemente Times on Wednesday morning. “The election results are clear— our residents want change. They want positive, solutions-based leadership and I am excited to bring that to our city council. I look forward to working together with Steve Swartz, Chris Hamm, Laura Ferguson and Kathy Ward to make that happen. Congratulations to all the candidates who ran; win or lose, their ideas and love of San Clemente were inspiring, and I am grateful for their efforts and willingness to serve.” Kathy Ward appears to have just edged Gene W. James for the third seat. Ward, the incumbent councilmember, has vigorously fought against the proposed toll roads and other traffic alleviation efforts by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) and has sat on its board as a San Clemente representative since 2015. Ward noted during her campaign that as complex as those meetings can be and the amount of committee turnover due to elections or reassignment doesn’t give newcomers much time to catch up to speed. Since the latest proposals were released in 2016, Ward made it her mission to stop the TCA and while serving as mayor in 2017 attended and hosted several gatherings to oppose the toll roads. First-time candidate Laura Ferguson, once the public information officer of the city, had campaigned by criticizing a lack of transparency from the city. She left the position in 2017 after an unsuccessful campaign for Capistrano Unified School District in District 3. Ferguson’s fortitude in fighting against school district tax zones and other government endeavors propelled the votes for her from Talega that she basically needed to get on to the council, let alone place higher than a popular incumbent, according to results from the Orange County Registrar. Across San Clemente, voter turnout was San Clemente Times November 8-14, 2018

SAN CLEMENTE MEASURE V Districted Elections (28 of 28 precincts reporting) People stand in line at the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6, on the 200 block of Esplanade in San Clemente. Poll volunteers at the location said they saw more people in the first two hours of the polls opening than the entire day of the 2016 general election. Photo: Eric Heinz

primarily higher than it was in the 2014 mid-term election. Certain precincts were showing turnout at 5 to 10 percent higher. Official numbers are not expected to be certified until Dec. 7, but the unofficial results for the city council election are likely not to shift too much during canvassing of the ballot. BOTH MEASURES SPECIFIC TO SAN CLEMENTE FAILED TO PASS Changing the voting from at-large elections to district-based elections was overwhelmingly voted against, 28 percent voting yes and 72 percent voting no. In the final days leading up to the election, the argument of those in favor, or at least comfortable with, districted elections said the city might be sued anyway by organizations claiming California Voter Rights Act infringements that don’t provide an avenue for minority candidates. People against districted elections said San Clemente may not even qualify for such a lawsuit due to its current minority populations. Measure W, which would have increased the hotel guest tax from 10 percent to 12.5 percent, was slated as a more palatable option compared to the same measure in 2016, which would have increased the tax to 13 percent. It lost by eight votes. But this year’s measure was rejected thoroughly, failing to pass by about an 11 percent margin. The revenue from the tax could have been used to fund additional sheriff’s deputies, fire protection services and help fund maintenance on beaches and parks, according to the ballot statement. FLIP THE 49TH? With a lead of about 5 percent and 66 percent of precincts having reported in San

Diego County, Democratic candidate Mike Levin appears to already be taking his victory lap in the 49th Congressional District. Of the precincts reported, all of Orange County’s are in, which means this could be the final leg of the campaign for Levin, who faces Republican Diane Harkey of Dana Point. San Diego County was almost the saving grace in 2016 for Democrats, so Levin may not have much more to go before being declared the winner. ABC 7 reported that incumbent Rep. Darrell Issa, who held the seat for nearly 20 years, called and congratulated Levin late Tuesday night. However, considering more than 310,000 votes were cast in the 2016 election and so far about half that has been tallied, we may not have a clear winner until the end of the week. On Twitter, Levin thanked many supporters and retweeted a few supporters declaring victory for him. We’ll keep this election updated as results continue to trickle in. OLD GUARD REMAINS STRONG It wasn’t the snoozer, inevitable outcome for Assemblymember Bill Brough, R-73, or for State Sen. Patricia Bates, R-36, this time around, but both representatives won their elections by or near double-digit percentage margins. Marggie Castellano, who was behind about the same margin in the primary election in June, was still a candidate with whom Bates had to contend. Brough faced a challenger in 2016 who stopped campaigning midway through, and Brough won more than 90 percent of the vote. This year, he faced a stronger opponent in Scott Rhinehart, but Brough still held on for a decisive victory Tuesday night. SC

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No: 12,251 (70.8%) Yes: 5,057 (29.2%) SAN CLEMENTE MEASURE W Hotel Tax Increase (28 of 28 precincts reporting) No: 9,910 (55.2 %) Yes: 8,044 (44.8 %) 49TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (359 of 542 precincts partially reporting) Mike Levin, Democrat: 76,135 (52.7%) Diane Harkey, Republican: 69,031 (47.6%) ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF (1,546 of 1,546 precincts reporting) Don Barnes: 321,214 (57.1%) Duke Nguyen: 240,879 (42.9%) DISTRICT ATTORNEY (1,546 of 1,546 precincts reporting) Todd Spitzer: 290,363 (52.9%) *Tony Rackauckas: 258,887 (47.1%) STATE ASSEMBLY, 73RD DISTRICT (259 of 259 precincts partially reporting) *William “Bill” Brough, Republican: 76,123 (58.3%) Scott Rhinehart, Democrat: 54,393 (41.7%) STATE SENATE, 36TH DISTRICT (464 of 623 precincts partially reporting) *Patricia “Pat” Bates, Republican: 117,783 (54.9%) Marggie Castellano, Democrat: 96,590 (45.1%) Results provided were gathered from the Orange County Registrar of Voters and California Secretary of State’s Office as of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Results could change between now and Dec. 7.

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remember the days when I delivered newspapers. I was about 10 years old in Los Angeles. One of the newspapers went out of business, and then I went to work for the Los Angeles Times delivering its morning newspaper. I woke up at 4 a.m. and had to be in the office by 4:30 a.m. That is where all the guys gathered to fold our papers with rubber bands and load them on our bikes. If there was rain, we had to fold the newspapers in wax papers to prevent them from getting wet. We had a boss, who was a pretty good guy. He took us to various places, including fishing out on the barge in Long Beach. He encouraged us to establish a baseball team and we played against other boys at newspaper offices. We had to go to our office every Tuesday evening. We would get a pep talk by our boss, then go out on our route and try to get new customers. We all hated doing that, but it was our duty. We had to check in at the office before going home. If you had a new customer, the boss had a

$5 bill tacked on the wall and you would get a chance to throw two darts at it. If you hit the bill, you won it. The part of the job I didn’t like was collecting money. At the end of the month, we had to go out to our customers and collect. We had to pay our boss, who then paid the LA Times. The rest of the money owed by our customers was our money. The trouble was that some customers were gone and so was our money. I remember one time I decided to get my mother a set of forks THE VIEW FROM THE PIER and knives for Christmas By Herman Sillas from the newspaper if I could get 10 new customers. The last day to submit the customers came. I needed one more customer. I couldn’t find one. In desperation I submitted a false name and address. I got the set for my mother. She was happy, and I had an extra newspaper that I was paying for a couple of months. I quit the job when I got to the ninth grade. Later on, when I was a lawyer, I was

Letters to The Editor

remove species currently on the list, to reduce protections for imperiled species and enable biased listing decisions based on unreliable economic analyses rather than on scientific data. Incorrectly skewed at all angles, it is a shame to watch our country’s priorities shift to devalue wildlife on every level. It is up to those of us who value wildlife to take a stand for conservation and to oppose all regulatory changes that will tie the hands of the ESA, making it next to impossible to prevent species from disappearing forever. I hope you’ll join me in taking a stand for the ESA and opposing all new changes that will in any way weaken the ESA.



CONTRIBUTORS Megan Bianco, Tim Trent and Jake Howard

PATTY MORTON, San Clemente

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Dear editor, I never thought I would see the day when our president’s administration would go to such great lengths to weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA) with so many proposed regulatory changes. The ESA’s track record has been so successful, it is difficult to understand why the current administration would try to weaken its authority by turning the ESA into more of an extinction plan for species already threatened, rather than making a concerted effort to save them. In a nutshell, these regulatory changes make it more difficult to protect species, add new species to the list, and to protect critical habitat; but it makes it easier to


It seems that the city of San Clemente is going to “honor” the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines by making them parade down Avenida Del Mar on Nov. 9. As a Marine who retired after 20 years of service, I

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at lunch with a female attorney. We were talking about past jobs. I mentioned delivering papers. She told me she and another woman delivered morning newspapers together in a car. What happened to delivery boys? They were eliminated. Today, my wife, Cora, and I don’t function until we have read the LA Times every morning from the front to the last page. The trouble is sometimes we don’t get the LA Times every morning. At least once a week we have to call and tell them we didn’t get the paper that morning. An hour later, this nice young girl comes and brings our copy of the paper and apologizes for the late delivery. You can’t get mad at her. We are accustomed to getting our paper every morning. It is a lifelong habit for us. The younger generation doesn’t get a morning newspaper. They get news via computers, radio, phones or television. Cora and I are hanging on to a method that requires a delivery of a newspaper. Sometimes delivery takes longer than expected. The newer generations don’t care. That’s the view from the Pier. Herman Sillas is an author and resident of San Clemente and a former U.S. District Attorney. He may be reached at sillas@aol. com. 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

want to give you a different perspective. During the six-month deployment in Australia just completed, the Marines trained for combat, but I’m willing to bet that they didn’t spend a single day training to march in a parade. Civilians may see Marines in parades, but it’s not what Marines train for or do for a living. I marched in plenty of parades during my career, and I can’t say that I truly enjoyed a single one. They were just distractions for training for the mission. When I was an artillery officer, the rehearsals and parades were distractions from training to fire 105-millimeter howitzers. When I was a jet pilot, the rehearsals and parades were distractions from maintaining aircraft systems. This parade down Del Mar won’t be doing the Marines who have to march any favors. I guess it’s too late to do anything about this parade, but in the future if you want to honor the battalion when it returns from a deployment, offer to buy a Marine a beer. Urge their commanding officer to give them the day off to spend with their loved (Cont. on page 10)

SOAPBOX (Cont. from page 8) ones. Or throw a BBQ at Park Semper Fi and invite them to attend on a voluntary basis. Just don’t make them parade for our enjoyment.


This is an open call to all Parents of San Clemente High School, present and future regarding their health and the proposed toll road. One of the plans the TCA has on the table calls for the toll road to cross over the high school’s football field. One of the best things about San Clemente is the lovely weather, lovely breezes that keep our air fresh and clean. How healthy can it be for our children to be outside, on the football field, practicing in car fumes? There goes the healthy air; there go our healthy kids. So while there are plenty of issues regarding the toll roads, the health of children should be a top priority. The TCA doesn’t care; their children don’t go to our schools, they don’t care about the impact of their health. The TCA must be stopped. We have started a petition to repeal Senate Bill 1413 and disband the TCA.

So please, sign the petition , and let’s save our cities and our children! A link to the petition is available in this letter at


Finally, we in San Clemente now have access to an In-N-Out, which has opened for business, and it’s only a scant, slow, 5-minute drive from the Target store or 10 minutes from the San Clemente High School to nearby Rancho Mission Viejo at the intersection of Ortega Highway and Antonio/La Pata. It is so welcome to have this top-notch business now so very accessible to us. Those rascals on the City Council and the rascals opposed to having an In-N-Out here might be having second thoughts now that this development is in our back door. They sure missed the boat. At any rate, many of us are going to be very happy about this brand-new facility being so close.


On Nov. 1, a car collision occurred on Camino Vera Cruz between Camino de Los Mares and Vista Hermosa. It appeared

that a passenger car was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Vera Cruz and collided with a maintenance vehicle. The speeding on Vera Cruz has been a concern for many years. The speeding on Vera Cruz places Forster Ranch residents and those who use Vera Cruz as a thoroughfare at risk. The speed limit from Vista Hermosa to Costero Risco is 40 miles an hour. The speed limit from Costero Risco to Camino de los Mares is 35 miles an hour. These speed limits may appear frustrating to motorists who are on their way to school, the soccer fields or the freeway, but they are in place for a reason. Residents who rely on Vera Cruz as their only outlet to city streets cannot see approaching cars due to the curvature of the road! Residents must inch their way out onto Vera Cruz and pray that someone isn’t racing down the street. Children who walk to the schools along Vera Cruz are doing so within 5-6 feet of speeding cars. Children that ride their bikes in the bike lane are doing so within 1-2 feet of speeding cars. Families and residents use Vera Cruz to exercise, walk the family dog and access the park. There are numerous stories of families and children in Forster Ranch that have missed being hit by motorists within inches and/or seconds. The speed monitoring boxes do not stop motorists from speeding. Motorists receiving

citations for speeding will change this dangerous habit. We need more officers on duty to supervise our city streets and deter speeding. If you share this concern, please voice your opinion and help avoid a tragic accident.


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Thursday | 08 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 performances scheduled. FREE YOGA FOR MILITARY VETERANS San Clemente’s will partner with the “Free Yoga for Vets Project” throughout November, which invites military veterans and active duty personnel to any class offered for free. The offer runs Nov. 1-30. 415 E. Avenida Pico, San Clemente. 949.492.5048.

Friday | 09 NOBUNTU 8 p.m. A new generation of young, female singers who celebrate and preserve the beauty of their culture and heritage through art will take the stage at The Club @Soka, the university’s intimate black box theater. Tickets are $30 for adults and $26 for students, seniors, and active military families. Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo. 949.480.4278.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9: ‘THE GAME’S AFOOT’ AT CABRILLO PLAYHOUSE 7:30 p.m. Mystery lovers, take note. The Cabrillo Playhouse presents a thriller in The Game’s Afoot, which takes place in a medieval castle, built over 100 years ago in Connecticut by Williams Gillette, who stars in this show. He was an actor who co-wrote Sherlock Holmes with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and also portrayed him on stage. The play takes place on a fateful Christmas Eve where an evening of revelry turn into a murder scene. The show runs through Dec. 2. Tickets are $20. Cabrillo Playhouse, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente. 949.492.0465.

standup paddle boarding, yoga and running will take place to raise funds for the Keep A Breast Foundation. The SUP portion will take place at the Dana Point Harbor. A run will take place alongside the ocean on PCH back to EPIC Yoga SC. The event will conclude with an hour of Yin yoga.

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.

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QUILT FESTIVAL 9 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a quilt auction, handmade gifts boutique, raffle baskets and more at the Surfside Quilters Guild November Fest fundraiser. San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 Avenida de la Estrella.

FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Shop for a wide selection of fruits, vegetables, plants and artisanal goods from organic growers along the north side of Avenida Del Mar. Parking is a premium, attendance is free.

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SOUTH OC CARS AND COFFEE 9-11 a.m. The car show attracts hundreds of car enthusiasts each week. No registration is required and spectators are welcome. Outlets at San Clemente, 101 W. Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente.

FREE GUITAR LESSONS 5-6 p.m. Free beginner-level acoustic guitar lessons for middle-school to collegeage youth every Monday. Guitars provided or students can bring their own. 1040 Calle Negocio, San Clemente. 949.388.0114.

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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. FREE COMEDY AT BLOOMS IRISH SPORTS BAR 8:30 p.m. Every Wednesday, free comedy at Blooms Irish Sports Bar with food and drink specials. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.218.0120.

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elissa McCarthy has proven to be the female equivalent to Adam Sandler’s film career. Her small, indie dramedies are great, like Go (1999), White Oleander (2002) and St. Vincent (2014). Her first few years as a viable A-lister were good with Bridesmaids (2011) and Spy (2015). But ever since blowing up into stardom, McCarthy’s big-budget comedies have been truly abysmal, such as Identity Thief (2013), Tammy (2014) and Happytime Murders (2018). Fortunately, her latest is along the lines of her indie work: Marielle Heller’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? In 1991 New York City, Lee Israel (McCarthy) is an out-of-work biographer with a bad attitude and borderline alcoholism. She lives with her cat, doesn’t have any friends and no one wants her latest profile on legendary comedian Fanny Brice. At one time she was selling books on the lives on Katharine Hepburn and Tallulah Bankhead; now the only type of writing she can make money from forging fake letters of other famous writers. And the only person who knows is her new scheme is drinking buddy John Hock (Richard E. Grant). Can You Ever Forgive Me? is based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by the real Israel, who passed in 2014. McCarthy gives possibly her best dramatic performance to date, and director Heller’s own indie origins are perfect for the intimate tale. The biopic is almost like a quaint, female variant of Catch Me If You Can (2002) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). Forgive Me? doesn’t have the happiest ending—especially if you’re a cat-lover—but it makes you appreciate friendship and talent. SC

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

Shanghai—A Dynamic, Booming City


y partner Greta and I are on an 82-day cruise in Asia. After spending two days in the Tianjin/Beijing area, highlighted by a trip to the Great Wall of China, our ship docked in Shanghai, a bustling city of 25 million people. From our ship stateroom, we had a million-dollar view across the Huangpu River to the Pudong New Area, which features the imposing Oriental Pearl TV and Radio Tower that rises 1,535 feet, the fifth-tallest structure in the world. The 88-story Jin Mao building is close to the tower, as well as at least 100 other impressive modernistic buildings, most within walking distance of each other. Prior to 1990, the Pudong Area was rice fields and farmlands. Now, the buildings and nearby homes and condos are the showpieces of the booming economy of mainland China. The ship was docked near the Bund, a historical area that was the financial district in years past. At the Tourist Information Office there, we secured a map of Shanghai and boarded a hop-on, hop-off bus, which we often do on the first day in cities we haven’t been before. This gives us a quick overview of the important sites to visit.

A couple of hours later, we exited the bus and took a 10-minute, under-the-river, gondola-like ride through flashing neon lights via the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel to the Pudong New Area. We emerged amid those massive buildings and a bunch of Disney attractions. But Greta and I had a bigger adventure in mind on the Pudong side: we hired a taxi to take us to the Long Yang Train Station, a 25-minute ride. There, we purchased round-trip tickets to the Shanghai International Airport train station, not because we were flying anywhere, but because we wanted to experience riding on a train of the future. The Magnetic Levitation (Maglev) Train connects Shanghai to the airport. It has no wheels ON LIFE AND and floats on an electroLOVE AFTER 50 magnetic cushion, along By Tom Blake a guideway for 20 miles, reaching up to 267 miles per hour—the highest speed ever by any operational transport on the ground. While waiting for the return trip in the train departure lounge at the airport, we met a delightful, young Chinese woman named Polly, who was traveling to Shanghai for her first-ever business meeting. She ensured we got on the train properly and rode with us back to Long Yang station. And then, she guided us to the proper subway line for the return trip back to Shanghai and the Bund side of the river. We had made a wonderful friend and exchanged email addresses. Since then, we have emailed several times.

Pet of the Week: Ritz SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


Ritz. Photo: Courtesy of the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter

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ive-month-old Ritz is a sweet kitten that just loves to be petted. She has a mellow personality and often spends her afternoons birdwatching or soaking up the afternoon sun. Ritz gets along well with the other kitties and would do well in a quiet home with another friendly cat for company. If you would like to know more about Ritz, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949.492.1617 or visit with her at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. SC

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The weather in Shanghai that day was perfect: blue skies, 70 degrees, with no air pollution. Hence, we walked back to the ship. We popped into the Peace Hotel, now a Fairmont Hotel, a historic, five-star attraction. We saw Sunday brunch advertised for $140 per person. We decided we weren’t that hungry. Then we crossed the Garden Bridge. It’s a tradition for couples to pose there on their wedding day. Many people marry on Sundays in Shanghai. We saw six newlywed couples posing for photos on the bridge and many more along the Bund Riverwalk. That night, as dusk descended on the Shanghai skylight, the lights of the buildings came alive as we viewed them from our stateroom. It was a blaze of lights and color, as entire buildings lighted. And then a parade of dinner boats, all lighted, started on the river. At times,

there were five or six boats passing below our stateroom, mixed in with barges moving through the water. The boats, together with the building lights, provided the most spectacular light show we had ever seen. For our first day in Shanghai, China’s most impressive city, we had seen everything we hoped for, and more. Tom Blake is a Dana Point resident and a former Dana Point businessman who has authored several books on middle-aged dating. See his websites; and To receive Tom’s weekly online newsletter, sign up at Email: 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

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lenged athlete to compete in and complete all 12. Sanden already owns three world records: for the fastest aggregate time to complete a handcycle marathon on each continent by a female, for the first female to race in seven marathons on seven continents and the North Pole via handcycle and for the fastest aggregate time for the seven continents and North Pole by a female.


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San Clemente Youth Football Advances to Regional Semifinals

The South Coast Youth Football Mitey Mite Tritons posted back-to-back shutout wins and have advanced to the Wescon Regional semifinals. After a 6-1 regular season record where the Tritons posted five shutouts, the 7-to9-year-old Tritons faced La Mirada in the Orange Bowl on Oct. 27. It was a defensive battle, but the Tritons prevailed, 7-0. On Nov. 3, the Tritons headed down to San Diego to take on the Point Loma Pointers in the Wescon Regional playoffs. The defense remained dominant and the Tritons found more offense in a convincing victory, 27-0. The Tritons will now host out-of-state competition for the semifinals as the Gil-


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Football Wins Playoff Opener, Hosts National No. 1 San Clemente and Murrieta Valley traded early touchdowns, but a blocked extra point and turnovers that turned into scores swung the game drastically into the Tritons’ favor in a win over the Nighthawks, 49-26, in a CIF-SS Division 1 first-round game at San Clemente High School on Nov. 2. RJ Donaldson ran for 167 yards and four touchdowns on 11 carries. Brendan Costello also ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries while com-

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Little League Spring Registration Open The South Coast Youth Football Mitey Mite Tritons won the Orange Bowl and a Wescon Regional playoff game to host the Wescon Regional semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Mission Viejo High School. Photo: Courtesy

bert Vikings of Arizona come in on Saturday, Nov. 10. The game will be at Mission Viejo High School at 11 a.m. The Tritons are coached by Chance King, Matt McCarty, Parker Wondries, Steve Oprian, Antero Diez and Matthew Geldermann.

completed the New York City Marathon and finished second in the women’s handcycle division on Sunday, Nov. 4. Sanden posted a time of 2:32:43 and finished just two minutes behind the firstplace finisher but nearly nine full minutes ahead of the third-place finisher. Sanden has completed six of the world’s 12 major marathons and is looking to become the first women’s chal-

Sanden Second at NYC Marathon San Clemente resident Beth Sanden

pleting 13 of 18 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown. Jaydel Jenkins caught three passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, and Cian Smith had four receptions for 77 yards. Ray Ferrell blocked an extra point, Jake Brannon pulled in an interception and Harrison Thomas forced a fumble. Ryan Altman, Caden Robertson, Trenton Brail, Dean Westerberg and Andrew Luzi all recorded sacks. South Coast League champion San Clemente (7-4) has won six in a row and advances to the Division 1 quarterfinals and will host top seed and national No. 1 St. John Bosco Friday, Nov. 9. St. John Bosco, champions of the Trinity League, defeated Serra of Gardena, 49-0, in the first round. Kickoff against St. John Bosco is at 7 p.m., and the game will be broadcast live online by Fox Sports Prep Zone.

Volleyball Falls in State Playoffs The San Clemente girls volleyball team made a strong run through league and the CIF-SS playoffs, but the Tritons’

season has ended in back-to-back, five-set road defeats. Following a loss to Trabuco Hills in the CIF-SS Division 2 semifinals, San Clemente went to Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks in the CIF State Division 1 first round and lost another frustrating fivesetter on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Tritons dropped extended first and fifth sets to the Knights, 27-25 and 17-15. San Clemente bounced back from the first set to take the lead with wins in the second and third sets, 25-22 and 25-21. Notre Dame took the fourth set, 25-21, and outlasted San Clemente in the fifth to advance.

Tennis Dropped in Second Round After claiming a fifth consecutive shared league title, the San Clemente girls tennis team found a rough go in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. The Tritons took their first-round match at home over Newport Harbor, 135, on Oct. 31, but they couldn’t take that magic on the road. San Clemente lost at

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San Marino, 11-7, on Friday, Nov. 2. The Tritons’ tennis season isn’t completely over as South Coast League singles finalist Jenna Yeam will compete in the CIF-SS Individual Tennis Sectionals on Nov. 19.

Upcoming Playoff Schedule Triton girls golfer Mariana Gandia-Mak will compete in the CIF-SCGA Southern California Championship on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena. If she advances, Gandia-Mak will compete in the CIF State Championships on Nov. 14 at the Victoria Club in Riverside. San Clemente boys water polo will play in the seventh-place game at Laguna Beach of the CIF-SS Division 1 consolation bracket on Thursday, Nov. 8. A potential draw in the CIF SoCal Regional Championships will be known on Nov. 11. The league champion San Clemente cross country programs will compete in the CIF-SS preliminaries on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Riverside Cross Country Course. The CIF-SS Finals will be at the same location on Nov. 17. SC

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Team USA Wins Silver Local surfers shine at ISA World Junior Surfing Championship BY JAKE HOWARD, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


he drumbeat toward the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the debut of surfing in the Games marches ever forward. And the closer we get to that historic moment, the better the United States national program is looking. Last weekend, Team USA captured the silver medal at the ISA World Surfing Championship in Newport Beach. In 2017, the squad claimed gold, and while it wasn’t able to go back-to-back and defend its title, the performances of the individual athletes and the camaraderie that the team has developed are a sign of good things to come. Heading into the final day of competition on Sunday, the U.S. held a slight edge over rest of the field in the team standings by a mere 245 points. Winning the Aloha Cup on Saturday, they had seized the momentum going into the final day of competition, but the surging Japanese team ultimately took the gold after statement-making performances by a number of their athletes. In the end the U.S. ceded the top spot on the podium by a mere 132 points. “We had 44 countries represented, almost a quarter of the world,” said ISA President Fernando Aguerre. “Keep an

Team U.S.A. celebrates its silver medal winning performance at the 2018 Vissla ISA World Junior Surfing Championship up in Huntington Beach last week. Photo: Ben Reed/ISA

eye out for these young athletes in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Games because we could very well see them surfing on the world’s greatest stage in sport.” And while it may have been a bit of a heartbreaker for the U.S. Surfers, they have every reason to hold their heads high and be proud of what they accomplished up in Surf City. “Making the finals has never been so challenging. The level of surfing at this year’s ISA Worlds was simply next level,” said Team USA Head Coach Joey Buran, who has now become the winningest national coach in the program’s storied history. “These athletes will be storming the WSL Championship Tour and Olympics faster than anyone realizes. I am extremely proud of Team USA’s performances and

stoked about surfing’s future.” The highlight for the U.S. was the unlikely rise of Oceanside’s Caitlin Simmers, who stepped up her game considerably to claim the only individual gold medal for the Americans. Surfing well above her age, the 13-year-old phenom blew away the competition in the girls under 16 division. Earning a 17.10 heat total in the final, she posted one of the highest scores of the entire event. “It feels so good,” Simmers said. “Team USA is really supportive. It’s an honor to be a part of the team This is my biggest win. Since surfing is in the Olympics, that is a new goal for me to strive for.” Simmers was the 2018 NSSA Rookie of the Year, and for the first time in contest history scored three perfect 10s at NSSA

although he admits he’s drifted “in and out of” surfing from time to time. Daly also plays travel baseball with the Evo Stars and Stripes. Chances are today you can find him in the water at Salt Creek, but he does appreciate a good road trip from time to time. “The best wave I’ve ever ridden was Rincon,” Daly said. As far as why he has taken to surfing like a fish to water, he said he enjoys “meeting up with friends in the water and having fun.” “I like the way that not a single surf session is the same. The wave shape and conditions are always changing,” Daly said. SC





leven-year-old Evan Daly started getting whipped into Doheny bombs by his dad at the ripe old age of 4 years

old. “My dad taught me to surf at Doho,” Evan Daly said. “He’d tow me out on a soft top and I’d hold his ankle, so I didn’t have to paddle.” Growing up in Dana Point, this sixthgrade student at Marco Forster Middle School is now a distinguished member of the Dana Point Board Riders Club,

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Nationals last June. Given the hotbed of talent that San Clemente has become in recent years, Simmers certainly had help in the other divisions from a few Lowers regulars. In the Aloha Cup team event, area surfers and team captains Kirra Pinkerton and Cole Houshmand were joined by Jett Schilling and San Diego’s Alyssa Spencer en route to a commanding gold-medal performance. In the boys under 16 division, Kade Matson earned a silver medal thanks to his progressive, all-or-nothing approach, pulling off a 360 air and a series of aggressive vertical turns in the final. Meanwhile, team captain Houshmand went to work in the boys under 18 final. Missing out on a bronze medal by a mere 10th of a point, he ultimately settled for the fourth-place copper. For Team Japan, it was its first team gold medal in the history of the ISA championships and sets a highly competitive tone going into the 2020 Games. Rounding out the top four, Australia earned the bronze medal and Hawaii took home the copper. “For anyone in Japan who surfs, they now know that Japanese surfers are capable of a gold medal,” said Japan’s Keanu Kamiyama, who won the gold in the boys under 18 division. “We had an amazing nine days of sun, no wind, and great waves. It was incredible,” said Aguerre when it was all done and dusted. In less than two years the Olympics will be here. The U.S. team is primed to make a serious push to become the most dominant surfing nation in the world… and it just might do it thanks to the passion and dedication of a few kids from town. SC

Evan Daly. Photo: Courtesy of the Daly Family

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