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Stamp of Approval San Clemente City Council decides to move ahead with Playa Del Norte project E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

A rendering that includes just part of the Playa Del Norte Project. This structure will be the pavilion entry at Avenida Pico and Calle Deschecha. Courtesy rendering

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The San Juan Capistrano City Council on Tuesday approved a 75 percent reduction in city sewer, water and traffic fees for hotel and auto-dealer developments. Those are the only three fees the city has complete control over, officials said. The measure, which will remain in place a year, passed 3-2. Those who supported it said it was necessary to entice hotels and auto-dealers to town—two industries that return high tax dollars to city coffers. Capistrano has only one hotel, although two new proposals are in, and has suffered the economic loss of two auto dealerships, although officials said new dealers are also inquiring. The lower fees, they say, will help seal the deals. Mayor Lon Uso and Councilman Mark Nielsen voted against the stimulus plan, saying it was too generous.



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On Monday, July 26 at 6 p.m. the Dana Point City Council will conduct a public hearing to consider the California Coastal Commission’s suggested modifications to the Harbor Revitalization Land Use Plan. On June 9, 2010 the CCC modified one of their originally suggested—at an October, 2010 meeting—modifications to the Revitalization Plan that the city had previously accepted. The change added language specifying that building heights for new construction in the harbor should be consistent with the community’s character. Those wishing to speak either in favor or against this item will be given the opportunity at the hearing. Comments will also be accepted in writing. Written comments should be mailed to Dana Point City Council, 33282 Street of the Golden Lantern, Ste. 203, Dana Point, CA 92629. More information can be found at and

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of creating an environment of educational excellence for our children.” She said she will focus on improving student admissions into college. WHAT’S NEXT: Children First is expected to announce two more candidates for the remaining trustee seats up for election in November. The group, separate from the entity leading the attempted recall of Trustees Mike Winsten and Ken Lopez Maddox., already announced John Alpay of San Clemente and Gary Pritchard of Aliso Viejo as candidates in the recall election. FIND OUT MORE: See www.hattonforcusd. com or the Beyond the Blackboard blog at —Jonathan Volzke


…A Fire Prevention Effort?

Lynn Hatton. Courtesy photo

THE LATEST: Mission Viejo business owner Lynn Hatton is the newest candidate for the Capistrano Unified School District, announcing she will go after the seat held by Trustee Larry Christensen. Hatton owns a tutoring and mentoring firm that prepares children for college. She is a UCI graduate. “President Reagan won his first presidential office by asking the electorate, ‘Are you better off today than you were four years ago?’ And I ask you a variant of that same question today,” Hatton said during her speech announcing her candidacy. “Is our District better and stronger than it was four years ago? Two years ago? My decision to run for the Board of Trustees is my answer to this question. When I visit other California school districts, I am reminded that our reputation is sorely tarnished. The Charter School Movement is growing here, class sizes are up, home values are down and many of our strongest employees have gone to work for other districts. Unfortunately, the focus of our current trustees has been on their adult driven agenda instead

THE LATEST: The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy is calling for members of the public to become South County Land Stewards (SCLS) Firewatch Volunteers. Volunteers serve as a visible reminder of the need to be extra careful during periods of high fire danger. SCLS lookouts are in San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita and receive an initial twohour training from Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) personnel and/or OC Parks employees.. Initial training includes: • understanding basic fire behavior • identifying signs of wildfire • dealing with suspect behavior • contacting proper fire authorities • providing useful information. Training includes a practice deployment at your assigned site. OCFA and OC Parks firewatch training prepares volunteers for deployment under conditions of severe fire hazard. On “Red Flag” days, South County Land Stewards will assign pairs of volunteers to wildland vantage points in rotating shifts of up to four hours. “Volunteers don’t act as firefighters, but as deterrents,” said OCFA Captain Greg McKeown. “It helps to have the eyes and ears of the citizens out there.”

The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy calls for firewatch volunteers. Courtesy photo

WHAT’S NEXT: The training is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 18 at Orange County Fire Authority Fire Station #58, Station Way, Ladera Ranch. Volunteers are assigned to locations near their homes. FIND OUT MORE: See www.theconservancy. org or call 949.489.9778 for information about the conservancy and this training. For more information about OC Firewatch, see —JV


…SCUBA Declared ‘Hazardous?’

THE LATEST: SCUBA diving is now officially a “hazardous activity” that the government is not liable for, under a new law authored by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point. The law, AB 634, was signed Tuesday by Governor Schwarzenegger and releases the state and local governments from liability in lawsuits associated with SCUBA diving. The bill unanimously passed in the Legislature. Under existing law, public entities and public employees are generally not liable when a member of the public participates in various “hazardous” recreational activities, including kayaking, surfing, waterskiing, white water rafting and windsurfing. The bill officially adds SCUBA diving to the list of activities defined as hazardous. “Fear of frivolous lawsuits has hampered efforts to expand recreational activities in many communities,” Harkey said in a statement. “I am pleased that Governor Schwar-

zenegger signed into law our legislation reducing liability for local and state governments while allowing for more recreational activities such as scuba diving, aiding coastal economies, the environment and the state of California.” AB 634 was created with shipwreck SCUBA diving in mind, specifically because diving on shipwrecks can be “hazardous, requiring special training and equipment beyond that for normal scuba diving,” according Harkey’s announcement. Because the government will no longer be held liable in lawsuits where a SCUBA diver was injured or killed while diving, coastal communities will be more likely to create more artificial reefs that benefit both adventurous SCUBA divers and the environment. Currently, California only has three ship-based artificial reefs. Hosam Elshenawi, manager of Beach Cities SCUBA shop in Dana Point was pleased with the legislation. “I think [it’s unnecessary] to hold people liable and find people to blame for what happens during a SCUBA dive,” said Elshenawi, who explained all divers sign an “assumption of risk” and other liability release documents before being certified. “No one wants to blame themselves,” he said. WHAT’S NEXT: The legislation was a twoyear process and was backed by California Ships to Reefs, a nonprofit organization advocating for fishing and diving tourism along the California coast. AB634 takes effect January 1, 2011. FIND OUT MORE: See Harkey’s website at —Chris Bashaw (Cont. on page 5) July 22–28, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 3

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problems and we really didn’t anticipate this kind of contractor trouble,” City Building Official, Mike Jorgensen said. “The co-owner of the company and his wife are in the middle of a divorce and the situation there just went from bad to worse until June when the wheels fell off.” So far the City has paid about $900,000 out of the $4,300,000 that was owed to Gamut before they notified the city that they could not complete their contract. Right now, details are being worked out as far as the construction takeaway agreement is concerned.

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…More Panga Boat Captures?

THE LATEST: The U.S. Border Patrol and the Oceanside Harbor Police Department worked together to snare 22 foreign nationals who illegally entered the country at sea and made their way to land at Camp Pendleton. At about 3:30 a.m. on July 16, Border Patrol agents on patrol along the coastline spotted a panga boat approaching the shore at Camp Pendleton. The agents responded and arrested the group as they disembarked from the panga. Officers from the Oceanside Harbor Police Department also responded and prevented the individuals from escaping by returning to sea aboard the panga. The group included 20 Mexican nationals, one national of Guatemala and one national from Columbia. Agents transported the group to a local Border Patrol station for processing. Authorities said the group was at sea for an extensive period of time and several members were suffering from severe sun exposure and dehydration. WHAT’S NEXT: An investigation is underway to identify and those behind the smuggling attempt. FIND OUT MORE:


The building site at the Senior Center/Fire Station. Staff photo


…Progress on Downtown Fire Station and Senior Center? THE LATEST: Though the project to build the Senior Center/Fire Station at 121 Avenida has been postponed since last month due to the contractor Gamut Construction, Inc. unable to complete its contractual obligations,

there is now hope it will soon be completed, albeit a few months off schedule. City Council voted in favor of a contract with Fidelity and Deposit Company at Tuesday’s City Council meeting providing for the finish of construction of the overall project. Council also opted to authorize City Attorney Jeff Oderman to make any necessary minor, non-substantive revisions to the agreement. “[Gamut] had a lot of internal company

WHAT’S NEXT: Fidelity and Deposit Company have assured the City that they plan to complete the Senior Center/Fire Station in April 2011—seven months later than the original completion date, which was set for October of this year. Jorgensen also said there will be very nominal change orders associated with the project’s completion. Jorgensen also relayed information that Gamut Construction has also had problems finishing projects in several other locations in southern California—notably two fire stations in Chino and a fire training center in Riverside. FIND OUT MORE: —David Zimmerle

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• San Clemente General Plan update: Resident Bill Hart gave an update Tuesday at City Council on the recent workshops that were held to help update the San Clemente General Plan. Overall, Hart said there has been good attendance at the meetings on July 12 regarding the Los Molinos Area, and July 15 regarding South El Camino West of I-5 area. “We’ve received good input at both meetings and regarding Los Molinos, residents do not want to see too much changed,” Hart said. “Perhaps a coat of paint here or there would be good to dress the place up.” However, council member Lori Donchak feels even more people need to offer their voice in this process. “At the beginning of these meetings we we’re seeing about 30 to 40 people show up, but it has been thinly attended by members of the general public,” Donchak said. The next meeting will be held July 29 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Irons in the Fire, 150 East Avenida Magdalena. The meeting will address South El Camino Real East of I-5 Area. The meeting to follow will not take place until August 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Ole Hanson Beach Club and will cover matters regarding the Pier Bowl Area. On August 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. N. El Camino Real and North Beach Areas will be discussed at the Ole Hanson Beach Club, 105 West Avenida Pico. The final meeting will be on September 11 from 9 a.m. to noon at the current Senior Center, 242 Avenida Del Mar, and will cover the Del Mar and the T-Zone Areas.


City and Community Calendar Thursday, July 22 Wildlife Company Show 10:30 a.m. See and learn about wild animals at the Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.3493,

Summer Yoga 9 a.m. Power yoga flow class offered through the SC Parks & Recreation at Ole Hanson Beach Club. 105 W. Pico, 949.361.8264,

Friends of the Library Silent Auction Bid for a chance to own rare and collectible books through Aug. 6 at the bookstore in the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Friday, July 23 Seniors Birthday Celebration 12 p.m. Entertainment by Harold’s South

Coast Dixie Jazz Band and birthday cakes at the Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

SC Lawn Bowling Free instruction offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at San Luis Rey Park; call for times. 109 Avenida San Luis Rey, 949.361.1977.

Saturday, July 24 Early Morning Nature Hike 7 a.m.–9 a.m. Start the day with a brisk 4.5-mile nature hike with an expert naturalist at The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Adults $10, kids $5, members free. More info: 949.489.9778,

Monday, July 26 Spanish Conversation 11 a.m. Meet at Café Calypso for coffee and conversation. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.9803.

Fun on the Run 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Traveling kid’s activity program featuring. Locations listed online. 949.361.8264,

German Speaking Group 2 p.m.–4p.m. Every Monday at Café Calypso. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.8436.

Investment Advisory Committee Meeting 6 p.m. Oceanview Conference

Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.6188,

Room; Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Summer Teen Book Club

Tuesday, July 27 Growl Testing Don’t be alarmed: the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be conducting siren tests July 26-29. 949.361.6109,

Family Storytime 9:30 a.m. Sunshine readers tell stories at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Toastmasters 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at the library, 242 Ave. Del Mar, 949.361. 8463,

Wednesday, July 28 Special Piano Party 12 p.m. Piano performance by Kate, 7, and Kip, 6, at the Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

SC Collaborative General Meeting 6:30 p.m. Quarterly meeting held at the Senior

7 p.m.-8 p.m. A discussion of graphic novels for teens at the library. Books available at checkout desk. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Thursday, July 29 Buster Balloon Show 10:30 a.m. A talented balloon artist puts on quite at show for kids and families at the Community Center; hosted by the library. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.3493,

Help Make SC Better! 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. The city hosts one of six public workshops to discuss how to enhance S. the area at El Camino Real East of I-5 for the new General Plan. Irons in the Fire, 150 East Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.361.8200,

Summer Beach Concert Series 6 p.m. Beach concert by the pier with 2,000 Lbs of Blues Perform, dinner from Fisherman’s. friends and more. 949.361.8200, Send event listings by Friday of the previous week to: July 22–28, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 5

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Stamp of Approval San Clemente City Council decides to move ahead with Playa Del Norte Project

A rendering that offers a view of El Camino Real and Avenida Pico. Courtesy of City of San Clemente

By David Zimmerle San Clemente Times


ebate ran high through Monday night and into the early morning hours of Tuesday in a special City Council meeting regarding the Playa Del Norte project. Just before 2 a.m. Tuesday, following nine hours of presentations and input from more than 70 speakers, San Clemente’s City Council decided it was time to move forward with both a 55-year lease/sale and revitalization of land in North Beach. With the community polarized on the plan and facing off from different corners on the subject, the approval of the project rested on a defining 3-2 vote as the decision to move forward with LAB Holdings $18 million project ultimately came down to a “yes” vote by Mayor Jim Dahl. After four years of planning and constant retooling of the project with Costa Mesa’s LAB Holdings, the Playa Del Norte project is a nearly 50,000 square-foot commercial development that will offer new restaurants, office space, and places to shop on the Triangle Site that is an area mostly used for public parking. The development will also extend into two other nearby plots owned by the city—the Marblehead site and a lot that runs next to El Camino Real. “I think this project is more of a vision and a partnership than a dollar deal,” Mayor Dahl said at Monday’s meeting. “It’s got heart and soul. We’ve missed a lot of real opportunities in this city in the last 30 to 40 years. However, Page 6 • San Clemente Times • July 22–28, 2010

I wholeheartedly support the project and think it’s time to move forward.” Opponents said the project was too big and not right for the beach-front area. “The views of the Ole Hanson Beach Club are being hijacked by this project,” said Ricardo Nicol, who two weeks ago proposed an alternative “green” plan that created a park in the area. But council members Lori Donchak and Joe Anderson also supported development of Playa Del Norte. “This project offers a substantial community benefit and a build-up where small businesses can thrive,” Donchak said. “It maintains more than 40 percent of open spaces and is now one-third of the original proposed size. Plus, this particular partnership with LAB Holdings is one of incredible accommodation. I also like how the project takes a substantial burden off the pier bowl and how it will ultimately be of an incalculable benefit to surrounding businesses.” “We selected LAB [Holdings] because they offered a smaller project that they downsized,” Anderson said. “It’s pedestrian friendly, offers adequate parking and a beautiful entrance to the city with new and impressive public views. It’s also going to bring about more catalytic energies in the North Beach area, and it’s not just a fastbuck build-and-flip operation.” Both council members Bob Baker and Wayne Eggleston were against the development of the project, citing it was too risky to build in the current economic climate

Descha detail. Courtesy of City of San Clemente

and really disrupts something that does not need fixing within the community. “While other cities are being conservative with their money we are doing the exact opposite,” Eggleston said. “This plan is not the original plan people voted on with Measure W and we really need to focus on what’s broken and fix it, not what’s not broken. We need to focus on places like the Miramar [Theater] and uniting this community. We have to figure out what our priorities are

because this is a slippery slope we are going down. The project is a substantial risk in this type of market and we as a city do not have a lot of success at completing projects.” Though Baker saw nothing wrong with the developer, he too said the project was not a right fit for the community. “Is LAB paying for parking? No. Are we getting fair market value for the property? No. Fair market value for the property is (Cont. on page 8)

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Estacion elevation. Courtesy of City of San Clemente

Desecha elevation. Courtesy of City of San Clemente

Stamp of Approval (Cont. from page 6) $9.1 million and we’re also going to have our taxpayers pay $4.1 million in developers costs,” Baker said. “This whole thing is about money to me, and we’re selling this property at the worst possible time.” After several appraisals, a $1 million to $2 million figure was reached regarding the amount of money the city may end up receiving from LAB Holdings in the sale of the property. When Tuesday’s approval was finally announced, LAB’s Shaheen Sadeghi seemed exhausted and relieved. “We’re obviously thrilled,” Sadeghi said. “I think everyone that’s for this project is excited that we’ve reached this point. To get here has been pretty grueling. I think that once people feel it and see the amenities it has to offer when it’s built they’re going to like it even more. And for the people that didn’t see

SC Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By Ch r i s B a s h aw All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site ( and reflects data available from calls placed from the field by the responding officer(s). An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Sunday, July 18 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Costero Risco, 4100 Block (3:37 a.m.) The caller reported an 18-year-old woman text messaged a friend saying the woman was drugged and didn’t know where she was. The woman should have been spending the night at her friend’s house.

Saturday, July 17 DISTURBANCE Avenida Del Poniente/ Calle Puente (11:50 p.m.) The caller said numerous gang members were up to no good and “drying up the Page 8 • San Clemente Times • July 22–28, 2010

this vision and were against it, I think they’ll eventually come around.” Business owners near the site also had mixed emotions. For example, Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant owner Yuji Yamada expressed concerns as to how his business would ever entice customers at its 1814 North El Camino Real location with the future construction. “My business has gone down 30 percent in this economy,” Yamada said. “I’m worried it will fail, not bringing in the customers we need because of the surrounding construction.” Jayce Springer, a representative for the restaurant also honed in on the problems that may arise due to construction and on two other points. “People will begin to use our restaurant for overflow parking in the end and I think it’s going to be really difficult for people to cross PCH in order to get to North Beach,”

walls” at a school. 9-1-1 HANGUP El Camino Real, 800 Block (9:53 p.m.) The operator answered a 911 call, but found an open line with bad hold music. DISTURBANCE Avenida Rosa, 200 Block (10:01 a.m.) The caller’s neighbor thought the caller bailed the neighbor’s husband out of jail. The neighbor began yelling at the caller. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Calle Villario, 300 Block (7:26 a.m.) There was a car with beer cans all over the ground near it. The caller thought someone was inside of the car because the front seat was down. BATTERY REPORT El Camino Real, 1100 Block (4:49 a.m.) The caller and her friend were given a ride by two Marines after leaving a bar and went to the Marines’ residence. The caller wanted to leave but the Marines wouldn’t tell her where they were. One of the marines grabbed the caller’s wrist and attempted to throw her down the stairs. The caller ran away and was picked up by another friend.

Friday, July 16 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Paseo Flamenco/ Camino Mira Costa (10:13 p.m.) The caller heard dogs bark-

Springer said. However, some in the community feel this project is on point with what San Clemente needs in offering a better option for a gateway to the town. “Council members, I urge you not to get caught up in overanalyzing this thing,” Jim Everett said. “This town needs this project and those who voted for it still support it 100 percent. I even think if we had to do it all over again, Measure W would win today.” There was even a light-hearted approach from one in the audience who wanted to see the project pass. Brenda Kinsman offered her own rousing rendition of musician Joni Mitchell’s classic “Big Yellow Taxi,” singing “We want paradise, they want a parking lot.” Project critic Charles Mann even submitted a 22-page letter that offered legal challenges to the project’s environmental-impact report. City Attorney Jeff Oderman then went on to review the document, but did not find any

objections that would dull the project. Even with the Tuesday’s vote, the project faces more scrutiny. A second reading of ordinances will be reviewed during the regular City Council meeting slated for August 17. Also, the Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) has yet to be worked out, while final approval for the project must still be garnered from the California Coastal Commission. One day removed from the decision, Dahl reflected on another issue that offered both positive and negative input from the community. “The Marblehead project was the same kind of situation,” Dahl said. “It took a long time to decide on and definitely divided the community. But we moved on and these things are never without controversy. Either way, we as council members all try to make the wisest decisions for the community, and though we may differ in our opinions, at the end of the day we’re still all friends.” SC

ing from across the canyon and thought something might be wrong with the owners because he never hears the dogs bark.

the ex-girlfriend also tried to run over the caller’s current girlfriend the previous night.

9-1-1 HANGUP Calle Grande Vista, 2900 Block (4:43 p.m.) A woman hung up after being told the Sheriff’s Department was calling her. When the operator called again, someone picked up the phone and hung up. WELFARE CHECK Avenida Del Mar, 200 Block (10:20 a.m.) A caller said a woman told her the woman’s boyfriend hit her. The woman was crying in front of the library. DISTURBANCE Avenida Vista Montana, 200 Block (12:07 a.m.) Five drunk Marines were trying to fight each other. The Marines may have come from a nearby party.

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DISTURBANCE Ebb Tide Drive, 400 Block (6:19 p.m.) The caller’s neighbor was spray painting a golf cart. The caller said the fumes were going in her direction. CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Lobina, 2300 Block (6:02 p.m.) The caller found a 16-year-old boy and 5-year-old girl, who were both deaf, trying to cross the street. The caller helped them cross and walked them to their aunt’s house. DISTURBANCE Felipe, 1300 Block (3:31 p.m.) The caller was arguing with a neighbor. The caller had no idea who the neighbor was. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Cantilena, 0 Block (11:19 a.m.) An unknown person entered the caller’s house and wrote a suspicious message on her bathroom wall.

DRUNK DRIVING Calle De Los Alamos/ Calle Marina (11:25 p.m.) A male teenager was seen driving a red golf cart with six or eight other people hanging off of the golf cart.

DISTURBANCE East Avenida Pico/ Via Pico Plaza (10:43 a.m.) Protestors were blocking public access on the sidewalk when setting up tables.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Via Pichon, 400 Block (7:42 p.m.) The caller’s ex-girlfriend used the garage door to enter the caller’s home two weeks ago and allegedly commit a burglary. The caller said

SUSPICIOUS PERSON East Avenida Pico/ Interstate 5 (12:18 a.m.) A man running from another car jumped into the caller’s car. The man said people in the car he ran from were going to murder him.

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News Bites

Seventeen high school students from Orange County are among the 104 Southern California recipients of a $2,000 college scholarship from Ronald McDonald House Charities. Alberto Flores and Cindy Sotelo from San Clemente High School were two of the recipients. Students were selected based upon a number of criteria including grade point average, community involvement, leadership skills, letters of recommendation and financial need. Scholarships may be used to pay tuition or other student fees like books. RMHC has awarded nearly $3.4 million in scholarships since 1990 to help students afford a college education. For more information, visit u

—Compiled by David Zimmerle

Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info

The San Clemente Collaborative will hold a forum at its quarterly general meeting on July 28 at 6:30 p.m. The organization encourages the general public as well as civic leaders and government officials to attend and learn about issues in the community and how they can help. A speaker from the social service phone line 2-1-1 will also discuss the services 2-1-1 offers and how nonprofit organizations can benefit from them. The meeting will be held at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church at 119 North Avenida de la Estrella. Those interested in attending the forum or finding out more information should e-mail or call 949.206.2562. Quarterly General Meetings are the last Wednesday of the month and the next meeting will be on October 25.


Saddleback Memorial has recently purchased Imaging Healthcare Specialists’ San Clemente location. The freestanding outpatient imaging center, now called MemorialCare Imaging Center in San Clemente, offers imaging and radiology services utilizing advanced technology. The MemorialCare Imaging Center offers diagnostic imaging services including CT Scans, MRI, ultrasounds, radiology (x-ray), digital mammography and breast MRI. MemorialCare Imaging Center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients can request appointments online at Most major PPO and HMO insurances including Monarch Healthcare is accepted. Cash pricing is also available for select services. The imaging center is located at 675 Camino De Los Mares in San Clemente. u

u A Relay For Life walk will take place at San Clemente High School’s stadium Saturday, July 24. Team “In-Spear-Ation” will be walking in honor of San Clemente High School teacher Jeff Spear, who died of non-smoking lung cancer in 2008. Team member Nathan Auerbach, who is a math teacher at SCHS, hopes “In-Spear-Ation” can cover at least 80 miles in the 24-hour marathon and raise more money for the American Cancer Society. Among many cancer survivors who will be walking is 17-year-old Tommy Cook who won his battle against cancer, earned his pilot’s license and will be the team captain for his own team. The marathon will commence at 10 a.m. Saturday and will continue through the night until 10 a.m. on Sunday.

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Saddleback Church San Clemente will be orchestrating a school supplies drive for children attending San Onofre Elementary School on the north side of Camp Pendleton. To provide a child with school supplies, backpacks can be purchased at San Clemente High School for $10 and filled with additional school supplies. Suggested items include pencils, erasers, folders, colored pencils, crayons and glue sticks. Filled backpacks can be returned to the San Clemente Ministry Center or supplies can be brought and staff will fill the backpacks. Backpacks must be returned to the San Clemente Ministry Center or SCHS before August 1. For more information, contact Maranda Hill or Kim Reese at 949.609.8359, or e-mail u

Lip Lash, a punk-rock all-girl trio from Orange County, will be performing July 22 at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. The trio, collectively hailing from Aliso Viejo and San Clemente, includes lead vocalist and guitarist Rachel Perry as well as bassist Justine Ruiz and drummer Madi Vogt. They’ve been playing together since 2007 and have performed NAMM shows and rocked the stages of The Roxy, House of Blues and Whisky-A-Go-Go. For more information about Lip Lash, visit


u Bijou Boutique will have its grand opening on July 24 at 11 a.m. The store offers clothing, accessories and other gifts. Bijou Boutique is located at 103 Avenida Del Mar. For more information, call 949.429.1001.

Ocean Festival SC Times Sweepstakes winners. Staff photos

Out of the hundreds of Ocean Festival-goers who entered the SC Times Sweepstakes, five names were drawn for the grand prizes: Rachael Farrokh, Cherryl Fischer, Mike Cook and George Amouroux. These lucky locals were recipients of prizes from Adventura Sailing Club, C’Siren Day Spa, Edible Arrangements, Mac & Madi Unique Children’s Boutique, Rascal’s Ladies, San Clemente Art Supply, Selma’s Pizza, Shorecliff’s Golf Course, Smokey’s BBQ, T Patterson Surf Shop, Talega Day Spa and V’s Barber Shop. Congratulations to all the lucky winners!


San Clemente High School musicians Michael Bacon, Ezel Barraso, Kara Mossler as well as Aaron and Marc Rosenfield, Gray Shaw and Nghi Tran entertained passersby near the Ocean Festival last Saturday. They were raising money for the non-profit Save the Music Foundation, which is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in America’s public schools. Experts insist that students who study an instrument enhance their critical thinking and collaborative skills, in addition to being less likely to drop out of school and academically excel. For more information about Save the Music Foundation, contact Kara at


Several San Clemente members of the Ocean Institute attended a special reception and discounted admission to Life Could Be a Dream at the Laguna Playhouse July 16. Members of the Ocean Institute receive benefits and play an important role in advancing the Institute’s mission: Ocean preservation through education. Those who purchase a ticket to the Ocean Institute’s 2010 Laguna Beach Home Raffle will receive a free membership. For more information, call 949.496.2274 or visit u

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u Casino San Clemente will be open Saturday, July 31 from noon to 4 p.m. for a community open house and celebration of the casino’s 73rd year in business. To help celebrate, San Clemente singer Elizabeth Lamers and her jazz quartet will perform on the ballroom stage. Free light bites from San Clemente-based restaurants will be provided along with children’s play area equipped with a bounce house and Bubble Mania Fun. The original Grand Opening in 1937 featured the Sterling Orchestra and thousands of guests dancing in the iconic Casino ballroom. Over the years legendary Hollywood stars such as Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney, Cesar Romero, Dorothy Lamour and Vivien Leigh were known to have visited the Casino and enjoyed live entertainment in the Spanish Village by the Sea. For more information, contact Kelly Roemer at kelly@, via phone at 949.632.5605.

Tom Herrington and Joan Anderson kicked off their fine art exhibition “Oil and Water Do Mix” with an artist reception on July 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Green Flash Gallery at the San Clemente Art Supply. For information, call 949.369.6603. u

Don and Shelly Kindred. Courtesy photo

The San Clemente Journal celebrated its 15-year anniversary with a party at Casino San Clemente on July 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. San Clemente Journal is published quarterly by Community Publications Network and led by Don and Shelly Kindred. For more information, call 949.492.8981. u

The National Charity League’s Capistrano Coast Chapter has awarded two students from San Clemente High School $1,000 in scholarships. Sonia Koller and Cindy Sotelo will attend California State University, Fresno and University of California, Davis, respectively. Twenty applications for the scholarship were submitted, however only four were awarded scholarship funds, with the other two students attending Aliso Viejo High School. Scholarship applicants submitted a 500-word essay describing a meaningful community service experience, letters of recommendation, test scores and proof of financial need. u

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Wavelengths: By Jim Kempton

The Perversity of Inanimate Objects Techno-possessions only pretend to be helpful. Secretly they lie in wait to ambush you. Revenge is the only appropriate response


t has been frequently determined that inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don’t work, those that break down and those that get lost. My father had one additional category: Those that are out to get you. Although a thoroughly masterful jack-ofall-trades (a GS12 Civil Service leading man in refrigeration, carpentry, sheet metal and plumbing) he remained a wary skeptic of tools, machines and technology—and made great fun of the process. Early in my formative years he explained Flagle’s Law of Inanimate Objects to me. It states this: “Any inanimate object may at any time behave in a manner that is entirely unexpected and totally unpredictable for reasons which are completely unknown or thoroughly obscure.” But as my father explained it, the perverse part goes much further. A hammer will always find your thumb the moment you take your eye off the nail, no matter how many other locations it could land on. Tools placed in the garage will arrange themselves to trip you before you can get to the light switch. Garbage disposals? Vacuum cleaners? Just waiting to suck in something valuable. Computers, our most sophisticated and lethally perverse new inanimate objects are a perfect example. Like an Old Testament god, a good Mac is big on commands; it’s an unforgiving tyrant with endless rules and absolutely no mercy. Any ThinkPad worth owning is jealous, spiteful and (when

you inadvertently select the wrong chooser field) downright wrathful. Whole business plans, college term papers, or irreplaceable photo collections have been known to disappear like Lot’s wife when a hard drive is wreaking vengeance. It is the Perversity theory on techno-steroids. How can we be sure? Consider this undisputable truth: The chance of Wavelengths recovering files or documents that have By Jim Kempton been lost by computer glitch, is directly proportional to the time you spent working on the material and the importance of the information you were saving. We could name it Job’s Law after Steve Jobs. Or perhaps after the Biblical Job, since it causes us the same kind of maddeningly pointless pain. Technicians and others who take the side of inanimate objects will tell you that these infuriating crashes are caused by human error—in other words simple, everyday mistakes. But it is also unquestionable that a computer will let you make more regrettable damage in less time than any invention in human history—with the possible exception of a 38 Special and tequila. My father was convinced that the computer was the final victory in the long battle for supremacy between man and machine. Yet while he conceded that these newfangled


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Online Reader Poll Will you be attending the 34th Annual San Clemente Ocean Festival? Yes. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

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forms of tool intelligence were a match for even the brightest humans, he was well on his way to mastering his Apple Safari system at age 90 when he passed away. And like the wrenches and hammers that ambushed him in times past, he knew how to deal with the perversity of Microsoft and Intel. “The most overlooked advantage of a computer is that there’s no law against giving them a good whacking when they try to mess with you,” he’d say. We humans, he would laughingly remind me, have a healthy dose of perversity ourselves. Jim Kempton is the Director of Media for Billabong-USA and a longtime resident of San Clemente. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

Letters to the Editor KUDOS TO OUR LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL Georgette and Alan Korsen, San Clemente

I would like to bring attention to the outstanding performance of Officer J.R. Stewart of the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter. As we arrived home around 10 p.m. last Sunday night, my husband and I were saddened to see a baby skunk with his foot tightly clamped between the jaws of a large plastic rat trap put out by TomCat. People can purchase these most anywhere. Sadly, some people place them outdoors where small non-target animals can fall victim. The skunk couldn’t move without having to drag a trap half its size. It struggled to move away, in pain, facing a future that held nothing but agony and slow death unless it could be released from its torment. Given the late hour, day of the week and the fact that this was a skunk that most certainly might bite, spray or both, we held out little hope of trying to assist. Yet, you do what you can and hope for the best. And, that is exactly what we received—the best help, and the best outcome that anyone could have imagined. We called the Sheriff’s Department to see if anyone was on call and were told that an animal control officer would get Page 12 • San Clemente Times • July 22–28, 2010

back to us. Before we knew it, he was at our home assessing the situation. He returned from his truck with a hoop net, thick leather gloves and toweling. I held the flashlight. He would use the hoop to cover the little guy with tail down (to keep us from being sprayed). He then would depress the clamp that was crushing the skunk’s foot and hopefully set the little guy free. I held my breath, asking God’s help. I was amazed to see this Animals’ Angel accomplish all he had planned! Wow, I thought…don’t you wish life was always like this! The skunk, now free of his painful burden, wiggled through the fence and off into the welcoming night, managing to still use his very red, swollen foot which we now hoped would heal with time. There are many things we witness in our lives that are terribly sad. Often we’re powerless to make the needed difference. This experience was such a kind, competent example of Animal Control at its best. What pride we feel in having such an amazing system, comprised of caring, humane professionals like Officer Stewart, willing to do what they can to make this a better world for a couple of concerned San Clementeans and one tiny skunk. Our best blessings and heartfelt thanks!


Much too little, much too late for this junk idea of a park instead of what we have all been longing, hoping and planning for more than 20 years! We don’t need another place to sit in a beach chair, we already have that and it’s the greatest park anyone could create, it’s called: The beach. It is right there already! I love parks, but this will only become an expanded lawn for more of our transient population to park their bedrolls. Our city already has enough trouble building and maintaining the parks we have. Who is going to pay for this? If we are going to spend more money, let’s take care of and improve the parks we already have! The citizens have clearly, loudly and repeatedly said that they want the same vision as Ole Hanson had for North Beach—recreation and entertainment. We want places to go to eat and catch up with friends. Meet our beach trail walking buddies for a quick drink before or lunch afterwards. We want someplace to take the family and guests for dinner and watch the sun sink into the horizon. Yes, we have the Pier Bowl; is (Cont. on page 13)

SOAPBOX GUEST OPINION: By Pall Gudgeirsson, Assistant City Manager/City Treasurer

San Clemente’s Balanced Budget... What Do You Get For Your Money? “I’ll get you anything my friend if it makes you feel alright” (Can’t Buy me Love, Lennon-McCartney)



Marine Safety

$1.3 Million


# of City Personnel



7.25 (+45 seasonal)

Provide services for 2 miles of beach, 2.6 million visitors. Stats: 4,401 rescues, 1,368 medical aids, 41,637 preventative contacts.

$.49 cents per beach visitor based on budget!

$2.8 Million


16,837 registrations with 60 class and program instructors. 40 major community events; 86 weddings/rentals at Ole Hanson Beach Club; 74,000 pool visits.

Recreation provides the popular beach concert series, holiday events and affordable entertainment and instructional classes for our residents. And how about that spectacular 4th of July Fireworks show!

Beach & Park Maintenance

$4.5 Million


Trail, Tree, Streetscape, Parks, Beach Maintenance. Maintain 277 acres including 129 acres at 20 parks and beach accesses, 20 acres of sand beaches and 13 miles of trails.

Over 2,000 trees will be trimmed on city streets, medians, parks and beaches this year.

Golf Course

$2.7 Million


Maintenance and operation of 133 acres of landscaped area, pro-shop and restaurant. Course is operated seven days per week, 365 days of the year and accommodates an average 115,000 rounds of play each year.

Reputation as one of finest municipal golf courses in California and one of the busiest courses in the nation.


$38 Million


Full service publicly owned Utility including: Water (14 reservoirs, 16 pump stations, 56 pressure reduction stations), Sewer (178 miles of sewer lines, 12 sewer lift stations), Storm Drain (62.5 miles of storm drain lines and 1,880 catch basins), Clean Ocean & Solid Waste utilities.

Who can argue with spending money on clean water, clean oceans and non-aromatic sewers...need I say more?

Animal Shelter


Contract (8.25)

Provide animals in San Clemente, Dana Point and Capistrano Beach with highest quality of services, including medical care, housing and maintenance.

Our homeless animals are well taken care of...but they need homes. See City Web page for adoption opportunities!

Fleet Services

$1.2 Million

Contract (4)

Maintains 164 vehicles, trucks, trailers and equipment with emphasis on preventive maintenance.

Named 100 Best Fleets in North America past 4 years.

Public Works Maintenance

$3.7 Million


Traffic Signals, Traffic Maintenance, Street Maintenance & Repair, Street Cleaning, Parking Meters, Facilities Maintenance, Street Light Maintenance, Communications.

500 potholes will be repaired and 1,800 signs will be repaired or replaced this year.


$7 Million

Contract (43)

Three Fire stations. The Orange County Fire Authority provides safety and emergency services, paramedic and ambulance transport, fire investigations, hazardous materials inspections and response and fire prevention, education and public information.

Ambulance transports average 1,600 annually.


$12 Million

Contract (55)

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department provides law enforcement and crime prevention services. Services also include the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Character Counts, and Parent Project.

44 sworn personnel are here to protect your life and property and prevent crime.


$1.5 Million


Develop and maintain the City General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, & Specific Plan. Review and process development applications.

San Clemente is nationally recognized as a high “quality of life” city. 40 percent of ranch areas are protected open space.


$1.7 Million


Last year performed 2,650 building plan reviews, issued 3,005 permits and performed 14,000 inspections.

“People take for granted that they are safe when they enter a building. This is possible due to proper building code enforcement. Building safety codes save lives.” —Building Official


$2.9 Million


Provide engineering design and construction of public works projects. Issue permits for grading, construction inspection and well permits for residential and commercial developments.

$2.7 million will be spent on street improvements this year.

Capital Improvement Program

$16.6 Million


Major new projects include a $1.9 million addition to the $18.2 million Recycled Water Expansion project. Street projects total $4.1 million and Sewer & Water projects total $4.5 million. Carry over projects include La Pata/Vista Hermosa Sports Park and the Downtown Fire Station and Senior Center.

Capital projects total $11 million and maintenance projects $5.5 million. There are 17 total capital projects budgeted this year. Visit our City Web page for details!


y fisherman friend wasn’t catching any fish but caught my attention as I was running on the pier: “The only deficit I really care about is the lack of mackerel—but I did hear that our City Council erased a fiscal deficit and adopted a balanced city budget of $112 million—on time. That would sure buy a whole bunch of fishing boats and poles with money Pall Gudgeirsson left over for bait!” Our astute angler got me thinking: What do our citizens get for their money? To answer that question, the table to the right was developed to show the budget for our major operating departments along with key services provided to our citizenry and visitors. This represents operational expenditures in all major City Departments. Other expenses not listed include such items as reserve contributions, depreciation of assets, administration, liability and property insurance and debt service. As you can see in the table, all of these services are provided by a total of 205 city positions plus contract staff to a population totaling almost 69,000! Although the city can’t provide a fishing boat to our local anglers, our newly renovated pier will always give you a place to fish and provide me with an opportunity to deal with next year’s projected deficit. Pall Gudgiersson is the Assistant City Manager/City Treasurer and can be reached by calling 949.361.8341. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

Letters to the Editor (cont.) that all we get for all of us and the visitors to our town? How about another option near the beach? Oh yeah, we have one. It’s called Playa del Norte. I was involved with something called “Plan 2000” back in the 1980s, which was a similar visioning process that we went through again 20 years later in 2002. After neighborhood and community workshops, visits to other coastal cities, and years of hard work by some amazing citizens, we came up with the same conclusion: A sense of place for the North Beach area. Small shops, outdoor gathering spots, more ocean views, a community serving space surrounded by gardens, restaurants and cafes. A village within a village. North Beach is the main gateway to San Clemente. For too long it has been abused, allowed to deteriorate and is now beyond blighted. There are a few who don’t care, or don’t want any change even if it is for the better. We lost the Nixon Library and are permanently stuck with an ocean view sewage plant in North Beach because of that same short sightedness. Don’t let the naysayers take our town hostage. Most of our citizens want a revitalized North Beach. Heck, we want our entire town revitalized. Just look at our “downtown” Avenida Del Mar, it is becoming an amazing place! Let’s vote, then let’s get to work together with the LAB as a partner to help us reach that vision. It is time for Playa del Norte. (Cont. on page 14)

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Parents’ Group Introduces First Trustee Candidates GUEST OPINION: By Gary Pritchard

Weathering the Storm until Fall F amilies and businesses alike have been hit from all sides in this ongoing economic storm with very little in the way of protection provided from either our state legislators or congressional representatives. Like many families in Orange County, we have had to tighten our belts. When we purchased our home in 2006, it was a financial stretch for us and sacrifices were necessary but we knew that South Orange County with its good schools, open spaces, and close proximity to the beach was right for our family. In spite of the economy, we feel we made the right decision and have no plans to leave our community. The main factor in making South Orange County our home was the quality schools. Our daughter loved her preschool and we wanted her to do well in her new elementary school. This year our daughter completed First Grade and because of her teacher’s guidance and wisdom she has made great strides. For our family, teachers are key to education. As a dad, homeowner and taxpayer, I am troubled how money has been taken away from my daughter’s classroom to be spent on attorney fees and questionable settlements. Over the last year, it seems like our trustees have only served to create more chaos in our schools. With parents losing their jobs and homes, our children don’t need anymore disorder in their lives. I believe we can weather this storm but need trustees who can see beyond the squall. We need trustees who are willing to roll out a long-term plan that would marshal a stronger partnership between parents and board. We don’t need myopic bureaucrats with short-term borrowing schemes in charge of our children’s educa-

tion. Running the district on our reserves temporarily fixes some of the mess until the November election but it does not lay out a plan of action going forward. Our district desperately needs to find its way past Gary Pritchard Sacramento budgeting schemes with a long-term plan that reflects the consensus of not only board members but also the community. At bottom, this plan must focus on what our students need to reach their highest potential. I believe a plan of this sort begins with an open dialogue between parents, community members, and a board open to new ideas. Unfortunately at this point, our trustees have built a wall between the community and themselves. Any ideas they may have will irrevocably be met with suspicion. After much discussion with family and friends, I have decided to run for school board. As a parent I want to see our trustees become advocates on behalf of students and educational programs. As a taxpayer, I want to know that they are working with city council members, state legislators and congressional representatives to keep our tax dollars in our classrooms. As a homeowner in the district, I want them to defend public schools whenever they are under attack. This is why I am running for CUSD board. Aliso Viejo resident Gary Pritchard is running for the CUSD board of trustees in the recall election of Trustee Ken Lopez Maddox. See more about him at www.pritchardforcusd. com. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to letters@

Letters to the Editor (cont.) ALTERNATE PLAN—A SHAM Vonne Barnes, San Clemente

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) prohibits approval of proposed development when there are feasible alternatives that are less damaging to the environment. The North Beach Green Alternative is just such an alternative. The city appears to be circumventing this CEQA requirement by approving one of two LAB plans that are about as different as Tweedledee and Tweedledum. Both of the plans require landfill excavations and uprooting of trees, as well as the relocation of existing sewer lines under a massive, view- blocking 51, 000 sq.ft, building. All of this will cause a significant negative environmental impact. The North Beach Green Alternative, a real alternative, will not cause an adverse environmental impact. The NBGA saves all the historic coral trees and signature palms in the parking triangle and will provide an ocean-view emerald green park that will extend from Ole Hanson

Beach Club. The trees and park will absorb over 10.6 tons of greenhouse gases from the atmosphere each year to combat climate change, and release fresh oxygen into the atmosphere. The NBGA requires no changes in the Land Use Element of the General Plan, or zoning code. Moreover, the North Beach Green Alternative is in accord with City Council Resolution 69-70 passed in 1970 that authorized the “taking” of the Triangle by eminent domain for parking and a park. The parking has been provided but the park has yet to be completed. Adoption of the North Beach Green Alternative will fulfill the promise made in Resolution 69-70. Although asked, the city refused to put the NBGA on the agenda for the revitalization of North Beach. For more information visit:


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Taxpayers, Children and Homeowners T his September, our oldest child Autumn will enter kindergarten at a Capistrano Unified school. In many ways it will mark a right of passage, as my wife and I watch our daughter take a significant step in her growth and development. Perhaps a tear of joy will be shed, but without doubt we will be proud of her and beam with pride. But in the era of the Great Recession, we can only wonder as to what kind of public education she and her two younger siblings will receive in the coming years. Sacramento has proven itself to be an absolute disaster as revenues to Capistrano Unified continue to decline year over year. Larger class sizes, deferred maintenance and fewer personnel are the new norms. Every dollar received becomes treasured that much more. Sadly, Capistrano Unified has been in turmoil for years. Multiple battle lines have long since been drawn with all sides accusing the others of the most heinous offense of our time: Financial mismanagement. Partisan examples abound, from the “Taj Mahal” district headquarters built at great taxpayer expense, to the alleged largess of previous union contracts, to the recent retainer by the board of not less than 652 outside attorneys, to the well known out of court settlements of taxpayer dollars that benefit only certain key campaign contributors. We have lost sight of the fact that proper use of taxpayer dollars and education of our children are the primary purposes of Capistrano Unified. Focus on these two points brings a third benefit: Sustainable property values. Misuse of taxpayer money and poor educational choices for our children make neighborhoods less attractive, creating another justification for already declining home prices. As a taxpayer, father and homeowner, I recognize the need to restore sanity and common sense to Capistrano Unified. And so I have chosen to seek a seat on the Board of Trustees. Perhaps it is Mission Impossible, but on some level I believe that I would be negligent in my efforts to make the best The city has an 85-year history in North Beach. After two years of study with extensive input from the public, the City Council adopted the North Beach Strategic Plan in 2005. That strategic plan and five years of further study by the LAB and the City has led to the current proposal for North Beach. Along the way the citizens passed Measure W, which verified their approval of the strategic plan. This means that the key question is, “Is the current proposal consistent with the North Beach Strategic Plan?“ I think the answer is yes. Most of the criticism of the LAB’s proposal is truly directed at the strategic plan. There were many people who wanted the strategic plan to include more development. Others wanted less development. For example, the proposal by Ricardo Nicol calls for almost no restaurant, bar and retail construction; the strategic plan says that the primary

opportunities available to my children and to maintain as much as my limited personal wealth as possible if I did not step forward to meet the challenge. In making this decision, I have sought out John Alpay the advice, counsel and wisdom of a diverse group of citizens from all walks of life and different perspectives. The one common thread among them is the conviction that we can and must restore the beacon of light that was once Capistrano Unified. And consistent with this effort, my campaign will not accept the support of certain interest groups, more specifically unions and trial attorney advocacy groups. To be clear, I support teachers and staff as individuals because they create the appropriate environment in which my children will learn. As for trial attorneys, I support them as individuals too because I work and interact with them on a daily basis in my job. That being said, both groups have secondary interests in Capistrano Unified and I do not wish to be beholden to anybody other than taxpayers, children and homeowners. In launching my campaign, I am reminded that the word “autumn” signifies a time of change. When our daughter Autumn was born approximately five years ago, she forever altered the lives of all around her, especially me and my wife. And now as she is on the verge of becoming a newly minted student, it is my hope that Autumn’s arrival at school will mark the beginning of positive change for Capistrano Unified as well. San Clemente resident John Alpay is running against Trustee Mike Winsten in the November 2 recall election. See more at www.

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land uses are to be for restaurant, bar and retail. Nicol’s plan is really a criticism of the strategic plan. The City Council should separate criticism of the LAB’s proposal from criticism of the Strategic Plan. If there is any criticism of the LAB’s proposal as inconsistent with the strategic plan, that criticism ought to be given a great deal of weight. Criticism of the strategic plan is not timely. The plan has been vetted and verified. The City Council should ask, is the LAB’s plan consistent with the strategic plan and if so, they should approve the plan and proceed to negotiate conclusion of the contract with the LAB? To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit readersubmitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.



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The List

A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak

Go See Do

This year’s theme, “The Beat Goes On,” celebrates the 120th year of the Orange County Fair. From July 16 through August 15 (Wednesday through Sunday), the annual celebration of the OC’s communities, interests and heritage promises fun for everyone. Favorites such as deep fried foods, rides, art, animals, carnival rides, music and a whole lot more will be returning. Photo by Heidi Mefferd Single day tickets are available online through, using TicketFast, Ticketmaster’s print-at-home option. Super Pass tickets are available at the gates for $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for children and are valid for entry every day of the fair. Super Pass holders are also eligible for event discounts and express

Sawdust Festival

10 a.m.-10 p.m. The annual summer art festival returns to Laguna Beach with displays, activities, sales, food, music, demonstrations and more. Through Aug. 29. $7.75. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,

Italian Wine Tasting

The Orange County Fair lane entry to special attractions. “We Care Wednesdays,” devoted to benefit charitable causes, provide fairgoers with alternative ways to purchase tickets via a donation. On July 21, five cans of food can be exchanged for a ticket, on July 28, three children’s books will be accepted, on August 4 five new or gently used clothing items will be accepted for a ticket and on August 11 any school item valued at $3 and above can also be exchanged. The carnival also offers a $25 all-you-canride wrist band. Free parking and shuttle service to the fair is located at Bristol Street exit off the 405 freeway. For more information, including the Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series lineup, log on to —JAS/AS

CARE Adoption Celebration

12 p.m.-4 p.m. Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort celebrates its 10th anniversary with cat/kitten adoptions priced at only $100 every Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 1. Come by San Juan Capistrano PetSmart, 33963 Doheny Park Road, 949.240.1735,

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes George Canham of Winebow Imports. They will be raffling off a few bottles. Tasting fee is $20 for seven wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

Lord of the Strings

Back Porch Blues

The Ryan Bradley Affair

9:30 p.m. Live band at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,

Dick Dale

9 p.m. Nathan James live at BeachFire and “Thirsty Thursday” specials. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Rabbi Blue

Smoothie Jones and Red X


thursday22 forecast: a.m. clouds/p.m. sun • high: 72° low: 61°

7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Live blues music Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

Lip Lash

8 p.m. Rockin’ all-girl band from San Clemente plays at The Coach House. Also featuring The Shrike and Motor Gun Hotel. Tickets $10 advance, $13 door. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

9 p.m. Reggae night at BeachFire and happy hour all night for guests dressed “Island-Style.” No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Mad Caddies

7 p.m. An encore performance with popular singer/songwriter Jack Tempchin at the MV Civic Center. Tickets $20. 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, 949.842.2227, 8 p.m. King of surf guitar live at The Coach House. Also with Blues Bettie. Tickets $29.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

forecast: a.m. clouds/p.m. sun • high: 72° low: 61°

8 p.m. Rock and roots reggae at The Coach House. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

San Clemente Farmers Market

Tierney & Vance


Whale Watching Cruise

7 p.m.–11 p.m. Piano and jazz singer at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

Art, Jazz, Wine & Chocolate

forecast: partly cloudy • high: 72° low: 62°

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Jazz meets wine & chocolate at the Festival of Arts every Thursday. This week Nick Mancini performs. Admission $7, tasting fee $12. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,

friday23 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 72° low: 62°


6 p.m. Marine Elks serve this dinner, profits go to Charitable Projects. On the menu will be baby back ribs, baked beans, corn on the cob, salad, cornbread, and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. A donation of $14 is requested. Call Elena at 949.492.2068 for reservations. 1505 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente.

Live Latin Guitar

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Hang out at the Ritz’ newest ocean-front lounge, 18oblu, and enjoy live music, drinks and appetizers. One Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.5088,

Mysterious Lights Overnight Cruise

4:30 p.m. Explore the sea at night with the Ocean Institute. Includes dinner. Tickets $70; members $65. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. The artist performs live piano every weekend at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Page 16 • San Clemente Times • July 22–28, 2010

San Clemente Relay for Life

10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Annual 24-hour relay to raise money for the American Cancer Society, remember loved ones and celebrate survivors. Takes place at San Clemente High School and features nighttime luminaria ceremonies, music and more. 700 Avenida Pico,

The Little Engine That Could

10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids can build their own wooden train or plane at Gepetto’s wooden toy workshop at Goin Native. Take-home project & snack provided. Cost $50. 31661 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.606.6386,

5th Marines Car Wash

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Support the Dana Point 5th Marines by getting your car washed at South Shores Church. Event includes free barbecue food, officials’ vehicle display and more. Donations accepted. 32712 Crown Valley Pkwy., Dana Point, 949.378.7984,

Artist by the Sea

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. 12 p.m.; 2 p.m. Search for migrating gray whales with Dana Wharf. Adults $39, Kids $29. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Kai Kalama Show

6 p.m. The soulful Hawaiian singer and American Idol finalist performs at Hulaville Island Cafe & Company Store. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,

Pageant of the Masters: Eat, Drink and Be Merry

8:30 p.m. Art comes alive at Laguna Beach’s famous attraction re-creating world-famous paintings on stage. Tickets $15-$100. Nightly shows. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,

DP Summer Concerts in the Park

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. A Tribute to the Music of Motown with The Oreo Divas at Heritage Park with food and drinks. 34400 Old Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,

Flying 57’s

3 p.m.-7 p.m. The band plays blues, jazz, R&B and originals every Sunday at Coconuts. 34235 Doheny Park Road, Capo Beach, 949.248.2448.

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Derek Sabori visits the Ocean Institute for a hands-on art workshop for kids. Tickets $16 or $26 for two kids. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


Music Under the Stars

Steve Bonino

6 p.m. The Mission’s outdoor concert series continues with The Derek Bordeaux Group and catered dinner. Table tickets start at $30. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,

8 p.m. Popular band at The Coach House. Also featuring Venus Infers. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, 9 p.m. Acoustic music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, (Cont. on page 19)


SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Rachel Namson

Hidden House Coffee

31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.0200 BEST KNOWN FOR: Coffee and ice cream

MOST POPULAR ITEM: Mocha Mint Chip blended drink

Nestled in the beautiful and historic Los Rios district of San Juan Capistrano, across the tracks from the train depot, Hidden House Coffee is a quaint and cozy place to sit back, relax and enjoy an exceptional cup of coffee. Whether sitting inside the colorful house or outside on the sunlit deck, the atmosphere is perfect for coffee and community. The old Olivares house, built in 1890, has always been known as a hospitable place and Marie Rohrer and her extended family plan to continue that tradition. Rohrer, her two sisters and all of their spouses, own the business together and all of the children, nieces and nephews help out. “Our family is full of open and welcoming people and we want to serve coffee the way it should be served,” Rohrer said. “We want Hidden House to be a nice, friendly environment where people can feel at home.” Quality is key at Hidden House—all products are hand selected, brewed to perfection and presented with style. The Mocha Mint Chip, one of the most popular blended drinks, is as fun to make and decorate as it is to drink. Hidden House also features its own unique cold coffee drink, concocted by a local and dubbed the “Tyler,” which consists of three shots of espresso and two shots of white chocolate. Hidden House caters, as well, and hosts live entertainment every Friday night. PRICE RANGE: Drinks $1.55-$10.50 RESERVATIONS: Not necessary Hidden House Coffee. Photo by Rachel Namson

PAYMENT: Cash, credit cards HOURS: Monday–Thursday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday, 7 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

RATE IT! Have you eaten at this restaurant? Go to and rate your overall experience. We’ll post the results in next week’s issue of the SC Times.

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Rocco’s Restaurant 203 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.388.7766 (Rated on a scale of 1–5 stars)

ABOUT OUR REVIEWS: In each issue we’ll highlight universally critical points including “Most Popular Dish,” “Best Known For” and “Price Range.” But most importantly, we’re inviting you to participate each week and rate the restaurant based on your experiences. Go to and under “Restaurant Guide” rate it from 1 to 5 then share your thoughts on the SC Times forums. (Cont. from page 14)

monday26 forecast: a.m. clouds/p.m. sun • high: 73° low: 61°


10 a.m. Screening of Ramona and Beezus for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $7.50. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469,


5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5 and cheese plates for $8. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067,


8 p.m. OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


8 p.m. Live music at Wind and Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

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6 p.m. The Melting Pot hosts a Girls Night Out event with a fourcourse meal, raffles, drinks and more for a fun summer evening. Meal cost $28 per person. 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.1966,


Half price on all fishing trips, whale watching and other adventures at Dana Wharf every Tuesday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


11 a.m. The Sunshine Readers tell stories at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,


7:30 p.m. Live country music and dance lessons with the Kelly Boyz at OC Tavern. Cover $5 before 9 p.m. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


8 p.m. Live at BeachFire and “Taco Night.” No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


8 p.m.–12 a.m. Jam session and open mic every Tuesday at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,

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Extraction is Inception is Imagination

10 a.m. Every Wednesday Casa Romantica holds storytime with interactive reading for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


1 p.m.-5 p.m. Surf exhibit at the Suring Heritage Foundation. Through Aug. 10. 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, 949.388.0313,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live entertainment at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


6 p.m.-9 p.m. Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,


7 p.m.-10 p.m. Eclectic rock at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


8 p.m.–12 a.m. Juan Carlos and his band spice up the scene at Brio Tuscany Grille every Wednesday. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,



6 p.m.-9 p.m. Downtown San Clemente is filled with of art, live demonstrations, dining, sidewalk shows, shopping and more the last Thursday of the month. Avenida Del Mar, 949.218.5378.


6 p.m. San Clemente brings the bands to the sand for an outdoor concert and community event. This month’s band is 2,000 Lbs of Blues. Food available. 949.361.8200, UPCOMING: JULY 31


12 p.m.-4 p.m. A party celebrating the 73rd birthday of the historic landmark featuring live music on the ballroom stage, catered food by local restaurants, movies, kids activities and more. 140 W. Pico, San Clemente, 949.632.5605,

*For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to

Marion Cotillard and Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception. © 2010 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Inception is the most anticipated film of the year from British mastermind and Batman re-inventor Christopher Nolan. It’s a feature of much patience and thought that is carefully detailed and difficult to describe in ordinary conversation (it’s even reported Nolan spent eight years just getting the script finished). Much like David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr. nine years earlier, explaining the plot of the film would most likely end up giving away too much information or giving a subjective view of the story. And with Nolan’s film, we have a tale that spends more time in fantasy than reality, coupled with a non-linear timeline. So as to not spoil (or confuse) you, I will give an introduction of the stellar cast Nolan chose for his dream odyssey. There’s the “dream thief” named Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio), his quick and clever sideman Arthur (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the wizkid architect student Cobb hires for designing dreams with the odd name Ariadne (Ellen Page), a British identity shifting forger known as Eames (Tom Hardy) and their blackmailing ‘boss’ Saito (Ken Watanabe). Robert Fischer Jr. (Cillian Murphy) is the billionaire heir whose subconscious Saito and Cobb need for a secret code. And then there is the beautiful yet haunting wife of Cobb, Mal (Marion Cotillard), who keeps appearing in his dreams. Michael Caine and Lukas Haas also make appearances in minor roles in the film as well. Very rarely does a film live up to its hype almost completely, but it’s very possible Nolan managed to achieve it. With some of the cast’s best performances on their resumes, a glorious cinematography, and a score by Hans Zimmer that is just as organic and exciting as a regular orchestra, this film is a must-see. As for the creator himself, Nolan has perplexed and fascinated us again. From Memento and The Prestige, also non-linear and complex yet intriguing, to Inception, the film can be added to his list of essentials. And it shows that Hollywood can still manage to garner a box office hit that’s smart and worthy of acclaim at the same time. SC —Megan Bianco July 22–28, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 19





SUDOKU by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium Last week’s solution:


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A Favorite Bids Farewell Recession Claims Gordon James Grill After 7 Years By Norb Garrett San Clemente Times


fter seven years as one of San Clemente’s most popular and decorated restaurants, Gordon James Grill is shutting down citing the ongoing recession as the prime culprit. Gordon and Penny Rose notified their staff of up to 46 full-time and part-time employees three weeks ago about the restaurant’s imminent closure following unsuccessful efforts to emerge from bankruptcy after declaring in February. The restaurant’s last day is likely to be July 29 following a court hearing. It’s possible it will remain open longer while the bank decides its fate. “Our dream has turned into a nightmare,” said Penny Rose, who, along with her husband Gordon and several partners, opened the 180-seat, 6,500-square foot restaurant on January 5, 2004. The restaurant enjoyed immediate success in its completely renovated location at 110 North El Camino Real, and quickly became a favorite for both the high-end dining and bar crowd. The restaurant each year has won SC Times Golden Ole awards voted on by its readers, and earned a 4.5 out of five stars in the Restaurant Spotlight. “We were profitable from the minute we opened,” said Gordon Rose, who opened the restaurant after enjoying a nearly 40-year career in the restaurant business. “In 2007 we had

our top sales year, but in 2008 we started to see sales come down and 2009 was just ugly.” Despite all efforts to tighten up expenses—including taking over chef duties and doing all of the shopping personally—the recessionary pressures continued to mount, according to Gordon. “Unfortunately it’s like the perfect storm,” said Penny. “We couldn’t get the concessions we needed from our landlord, 12 new restaurants opened up in town, and when we thought the economy would turn in 2010, it didn’t.” Of those 12 new restaurants, one (SeaSmoke in Talega) has already shut down, and Gordon Rose has first-hand knowledge of other restaurants struggling to stay afloat in San Clemente. He doesn’t blame competition as the cause of his restaurant’s closing, but said that high-end restaurants are especially hard hit during economic hardship. “A lot of restaurants are hurting,” said Rose. Having to declare bankruptcy and then ultimately lose their business has been a devastating blow to the Rose’s. The restaurant was to last them through until retirement, but now the two will have to start all over again. “Never in my life have I owed money to anybody,” said Gordon. “We were embarrassed by [the bankruptcy]. We’re in our 50s and now we have to start over again.” As the Rose’s and the restaurant’s staff work though the

Gordon and Penny Rose. File photo

final weeks, the couple—who have lived in San Clemente since moving here seven years ago from Laguna Niguel— said they’ll miss their staff (“They are like a second family to us,” said Penny) and the “heartbeat of the restaurant when it’s jam packed on a Saturday night.” “We’ve had a very loyal clientele over the years,” said Gordon Rose. “We as a couple really appreciate all the people who’ve reached out and all the friendships we’ve made.” SC Note: The Rose’s wanted everyone who purchased a Gordon James gift card since June 1 to know that they voided all charges on the credit cards, ensuring that no one was charged.

That’s A Wrap

Winners reap accolades at 34th Annual San Clemente Ocean Festival


Clockwise from top left: King Neptune (Ed Howie) and Ariel (Megan Yaklyvich) pose for a photo with a young attendee. Staff photo A young girl helps collect ducks after the rubber duck race. Photo by William Wilmont Ocean Festival volunteers. Staff photo Eight-year-old Cole Mezak in the Groms Rule Surf Contest. Photo by William Wilmont

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he 34th Annual San Clemente Ocean Festival was chock full of fun in the sand July 17-18. As many powered through their respective watersport events with athletic prowess, the Ocean Festival also saw major victories in several other categories. In the 18th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race the Lucky Duck award went to Melissa and Sam Marano. The two won a four-night stay in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from Shell Vacations. Other winners in the event are as follows: Sierra Starnes—longboard from Trident Surfboards/Jack Sutter, McKenna Thomas—short board from Barry V. Surfboards/Tod Bryant, Jerry Richards—golf foursome with cart at Tustin Ranch Golf Course, Mikkii Rothmann—skim board from Trident Surfboards/Jack Sutter and Montana King—signed Jim Krogle lithograph. In the Children’s Fishing Clinic and Derby on July 17, Garrett Silverman, 11, had the catch of the day with a first place win by reeling in a 30-inch Sheepshead that tipped the scales at 12 lbs. Beacher Weitz, 11, took second place (Spotfin Croaker, 1 lb./13.5 inches), Nate Iwakoshi, 9, took third place (Spotfin Croaker, .9 lbs./12.5 inches) and Aiden Fapias, 7, finished in fourth place (Sculpin, seven inches). On July 18, Paul Andrade took first place followed by both Nate (second) and Ken (third) Iwakoshi as all three hooked Spotfin Croakers. Craig Jamieson also caught the biggest shark of the day reeling in a 22.2 inch Bat Ray.

Garrett Silverman (right) gives a thumbs up after catching as 12-pound Sheepshead for the win in the Children’s Fishing Derby. Courtesy photo

The winners in the Sand Sculpting event are as follows: Castles and Things—Extreme Makeover Sand Editions by Arizona Sand Storm (first place) and Summer Vacation by Sand, Inc. (second); Creatures—Tale of a Mermaid by the Pagan Family (first place) and What’s 4 S.U.P.per by Allesandro Sand Sculptors (second); Open—Two Girls for Every Boy by Arizona Sand Blast (first place) and Sand Clemente Ice Cream by Nevada Sand Company (second); Family—Surf Camp by Team Burror (first place), Brett Favre’s Limbo by Eisenbeisz/Weber (second) and Fun in the Sun by Allesandro Kids (third). SC —David Zimmerle



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5 Best Bets BASEBALL

Mets vs. Dodgers, Dodger Stadium July 23, 7:10 p.m. The Dodgers will look to bounce back following a tough start to the second half of the season as they host the New York Mets in the second game of a fourgame series. Info: www.

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WSA 5th Annual Menehune Surf Fest, Huntington Beach, Golden West St. July 25, 7 a.m. Novice surfers 16 and under compete in friendly low-pressure surf contest. There will also be a pushin division for surfers under age 8.




Red Sox vs. Angels, 949 Athletics, Angel Stadium San Juan CapistJuly 26, 7:05 p.m. rano Sports Park July 26-29, After facing the New 9 a.m.-11 a.m. York Yankees and Texas Rangers on the road, the Angels head home for a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. Info: www.losangeles.


Islanders vs. Galaxy, Home Depot Center July 27, 7 p.m.

Offered by the coaching staff of 949 Volleyball Club, players ages 10-14 and 15-18 can learn more skills on the court by focusing on fundamentals. The cost is $135 per session.

After battling the San Jose Earthquakes at home on July 27, the Galaxy get set for another match as they take on the Puerto Rico Islanders in the first leg of the preliminary round of the 2010-2011 CONCACAF Champions League. Info:


Burning Up the Track San Clemente teen heads to national amateur motocross finals By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times


rian Burns’ bedroom is probably what you’d expect from any 17-year-old: A television, an Xbox, a desk for homework and a bed to relax on. But what really catches your eye as you enter the San Clemente native’s room are the countless number of trophies and plaques covering the walls. Ranging from a small wooden plaque to a four-foot high first place finish, each one of these trophies helps tell the story of an up and coming motocross rider who is on the verge of making a push into the professional world of a sport he loves. Burns has raced competitively for four years and on August 2, he will head to Hurricane Mills, Tennessee to compete in the 2010 Amateur National Motocross Championships on a track named after singer Loretta Lynn. Ever since Burns took his first ride on a motorcycle at the age of 10, he has displayed an edge that separates him from the rest of his competitors. “In my very first race I raced against three other kids and there was nobody there [in attendance] but I ended up smoking them all and lapping second place,” Burns said. That win proved to be just the beginning, as Burns has now earned more than 40 first-place finishes as he and his family toured the southwest motocross scene in the following years. The hardware that came with his first win is now part of a growing collection that makes up what Burns’ mom, Jennifer Burns, calls his “Trophy Room,” which seems to double as Burns’ bedroom. There are so many awards that Jennifer Burns is starting to worry that they are an earthquake hazard. “I’m afraid they’re going to fall down on him” she said jokingly. But among all of the trophies and plaques on the wall, Burns reserves a special place for something that reminds him of his ultimate goal. Thumb-tacked right in the middle of his bulletin board and placed so anyone walking in or out of the room can see it, is an overheard picture of the Loretta Lynn’s championship track. It will be a longer, more challenging race than any he has competed in all year. NormalPage 22 • San Clemente Times • July 22–28, 2010

Above: Brian Burns speeds through a turn at a motocross event earlier this year. Left: Burns in his room amidst several rows of trophies that detail his numerous wins in motocross. Courtesy photos

“They say [motocross riding] is 20 percent physical and 80 percent mental…you just have to want it more than anyone else.” —Brian Burns ly, Burns races for about 10 minutes while competing. But at the Loretta Lynn’s track, he will have to double his efforts and race for a grueling 20 minute stretch. During that time he will not only be battling against the best amateur racers in the world, he will also be battling the elements as the temperature on the track in August historically hovers around 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Add a couple pounds of gear and a helmet to the mix and one can start to picture the task Burns is up against. “Whenever I think about it I get nervous,” Burns said. “But I’m confident in my abilities…when we get out there and once it’s all said and done hopefully it will turn out good.” Burns’ road to the national championship has been long, and the first obstacle he had to overcome was making it through area qualifying. After placing fifth in his area, Burns moved on to regional qualifying where he competed against the best

of the notoriously tough southwest region. He posted a strong fourth place finish and earned the right to be one of the regions five representatives that move on to nationals. For Burns, it has been a roller coaster ride that has taxed him both physically and mentally. Burns spends a lot of his free time working on and perfecting his craft. Not only does he ride motorcycles, but Burns has come to learn how his bikes work, inside and out. Burns and his dad, Neil Burns, can spend three to five hours a week solely tuning up and repairing the multiple bikes in their garage. This devotion to detail has Burns sounding like a true mechanic. “I’ve had to rebuild the whole top end and fix the piston and piston rings…I can basically fix anything on my bike as long as it doesn’t need some special machine to work on it,” Burns said. Even with all of the time devoted to his motocross racing, Burns still focuses on

school and is preparing for his senior year at San Clemente High. He takes Advanced Placement classes and tries to find time to study whenever he can, even with a long commute to practice riding in Riverside County. “On weekdays when I’d go riding I would have to make sure I didn’t have any big projects due,” he said. “I usually do a lot of my homework driving out on Ortega Highway.” In a sport where speed is key, and heavy machinery is being used, accidents are unavoidable. These riders hurl themselves into the air and cut around hair pin turns at top speeds. Burns has already built up a list of injuries that would spur many people to park their motorcycle for good. But when asked about significant wrecks, Burns shrugs and rattles off a laundry list of injuries like they were scratches. “I’ve broken my wrist and had two pins put in, I broke two bones in my hand…I cut my leg and had 36 stitches and I’ve sprained my wrists and ankles all at once,” Burns said. But this toughness is something that Burns feels is essential to his success as a motocross rider. “They say [motocross riding] is 20 percent physical and 80 percent mental…you just have to want it more than anyone else,” Burns said. That grittiness is evident in what he describes as one of his proudest moments while on the track. After placing well in two races at an event in May, Burns was poised to make a podium finish, if he could follow up with a strong third race. But while competing in a different race between heats, he took a nasty fall and broke two bones in his hand. “We just iced it for hours and taped it up and blew off all the other races I had to do because we had the best chance in this one. I raced in it and got 14th, which gave me 10th overall—with a broken hand,” Burns said. The cast that he had to wear after his big fall didn’t get thrown away or forgotten about. Instead it stands on the trophy he earned with his gutsy performance. The trophy may be just another award in a room that is full of them. But this one is different, a reminder of the determination it is going to take for him to succeed as he heads into the spotlight of the national championship stage in Tennessee. SC

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GARAGE SALES Garage Sale: 7/24. 8:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m. 26 Via Pacifica, San Clemente. GARAGE SALE/ESTATE LIQUIDATION FRIDAY JULY 23 and SATURDAY JULY 24 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM ONLY. 221 Calle Cortez, San Clemente. ANTIQUES - FURNITURE - CRIB - MISCELLANEOUS EVERYTHING GOES!!! GARAGE SALE 1919 Via Pimpollo, San Clemente 92673 Saturday July 24th at 7am. Garage/moving Sale. San Clemente. Fri, Sat, July 23 and 24 from 9am to 3pm each day. Household items,living room, bedroom, and dining room furniture, dishes, flatware, cooking, clothing, shoes, towels, gaming/electronics, office, baby items, crafts, board games, toys,Thomas train sets and train table, stuffed animals, clothes, dvd’s, videos, cd’s, computer, printer-fax, storage, golf clubs, Christmas, Halloween, more...115 Via Zapata, 92672.


HOUSE CLEANING Local House Keeper Reliable, Affordable, Meticulous. EXCELLENT REFERENCES 949-456-2376

MISC. EDUCATION SERVICES IN-HOME TEACHER I am credentialed and have a Masters Degree in Education. I will develop lessons for students based on their current needs. I have 10 years experience in all grade levels and a high success rate with student grade improvement even with the most reluctant learner. Excellent references upon request. Call 949-363-8414.

MISC. HEALTH SERVICES FREE PREGNANCY TESTS Confidential services & help when you need it most. Call 218-5777; walk-ins welcome. 1450-B N. El Camino Real, SC. Pregnancy Resource Center

Music/Benefit Join us for an Evening with Diana Brinks and Friends A benefit concert to provide shelter and hope for the people of Tijuana, Mexico. Don’t miss this amazing musical event. Saturday, August 7th at 7:00pm. San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 N Avenida de la Estrella. Ticket Price is $10. On sale each Sunday on the church patio and at the door on the night of the event . Go to for more info


Residential Real Estate Foreclosed Home Auction 400+ So Cal Homes Auction 8/14 Open House: 7/31, 8/7 & 8/8 View Full Listings REDC Brkr 01093886


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All Season Air 949.579.0741, DC Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning 949.365.9044 Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321 Orange Coast Plumbing                          949.361.1511

Anaheim Carpet & Flooring 949.366.6564 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I,

CATERING Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040 111 Avenida Del Mar # B,

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The Cellar 949.492.3663 South Coast Furniture & Mattress    949.492.5589 156 Ave. Del Mar, 109 Calle de los Molinos, Children’s Clothing Mac & Madi 949.366.6226 Appliances Services & Repairs 203 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.3651 ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 Petit Bonhomme 147 Avenida Del Mar, 3200 Legendario,


Sidestreet Gallery Mary’s Art Classes 205 Ave Cabrillo, 949.492.7244

ART GALLERIES San Clemente Art Association 949.492.7175 100 N. Calle Seville,

Attorneys The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201, Serrate Law 949.429.8107 630 S. El Camino Real, Ste. A,

Auto Wrecking San Clemente Truck & Auto Wrecking 1520 Avenida de la Estrella, Ste. B, 949.492.6121

BABY & CHILDREN’S GEAR OC Tykes 949.429.1714 201 N. El Camino Real,

Bankruptcy Attorneys

CHIROPRACTORS Dr. R. Tyler Johnson DC, Chiropractic Center 1401 N. El Camino Real, Ste. 103, 949.498.6440

Commercial Real Estate Doug Echelberger First Team Real Estate 949.498.7711 407 W. El Camino Real,

COMPUTER REPAIR & SERVICES San Clemente Computer & Network Services 949.276.1581 Sano Computers 949.492.2179 Solution Tek-nologies                       949.400.0080 San Clemente,

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The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 949.481.8444 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201, B Construction 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, Beauty Supply The Cooper Company General Contractor License #B 638754, 949.361.2538 Del Mar Beauty Supply 949.492.8180 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste D, Dunham Construction, Inc. 949.492.7100 License #450880, Blinds Hutton Construction 949.492.2808 San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515


BOOKS Village Book Exchange 99 Avenida Serra



Mary Kay Cosmetics


Estate Planning, Probate, Trust 949.492.3459


INTERIOR DESIGN Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271



Environment 1st Exterminating, Inc. 949.218.1111 JewelerS 2340 S. El Camino Real, #13, Paradise Jewelers 949.361.4367 808 N. El Camino Real,

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San Clemente Majors All Stars continue winning ways The San Clemente All Stars - Major Little League baseball team has won their first two games in the Section 10 tournament and played in the championship round on Tuesday. Entering Tuesday from the winner’s bracket, San Clemente needed to win just one more game to win the Section 10 crown and advance to the next level of play on their quest to a possible berth in the Little League World Series held in August in Williamsport, Penn. On July 17, San Clemente beat the Division 62 champions, Ocean View Little League All Stars, 9-0, while on July 18, San Clemente beat Cullen Tayrien delivers a pitch at the Section 10 tournament. Courtesy photo the Division 45 champions, Aliso Viejo Little League All Stars, 8-3. The Division 62 and 45 champions each won their respective division tournaments of little leagues from their city and some surrounding cities. San Clemente’s pitching came through in the first game with a quality performance from starter Culler Tayrien. Davis Wendzel, Kolby Allard and Brett O’Toole also contributed to the shutout, while O’Toole had three hits at the plate. Sunday’s team highlights included three hits by Jake Feiner and several stellar plays in the field by gold-glove shortstop Wendzel. Stay tuned for updates.


The 2010 California Lax Classic U-15 winners: Avery Beck (San Juan Capistrano), Sage DeVault (Rancho Santa Margarita), Ravi Dhouni (Mission Viejo), Chaz Dotson (Laguna Hills), Hunter Edington (San Juan Capistrano), Teddy Finley (Mission Viejo), Gunner Garn (Ladera Ranch), Peyton Garrett (San Clemente), Tucker Guyot (Coto de Caza), Rome Innocenzi (Chino Hills), Mitch Kingsley (Coto de Caza), Brenden Lynch (Lake Forest), Yuta Murata (Newport Coast), Logan Olmsted (Rancho Santa Margarita), Chris Reck (Rancho Santa Margarita), Hayden Ruiz (Rancho Santa Margarita), Quinn Toohey (Mission Viejo), Max Vought (Coto de Caza), Blake Warner (Mission Viejo), Zach Wiser (Coto de Caza) and James Yanes (Mission Viejo). Coaches are Kyle Harrison, Max Ritz, James Morgan, Brett Moyer and Jason Leneau. Courtesy photo

Team Relentless Wins Inaugural California Lacrosse Classic The first-ever California Lacrosse Classic was held last weekend at the Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park in San Juan Capistrano featuring more than 25 of the top middle-school and younger club lacrosse teams from Southern California, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Northern California and Pennsylvania. After three days of games in U-15 and U-13 boys and U-15 girls divisions, Team Relentless (Boys U-15), FCA SoCal (Boys U-13) and Team OC (Girls U-15) were crowned champions. The tournament benefited the HEADstrong Foundation in honor of former Hofstra lacrosse player Nick Colleluori who died while in school of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006. Nick’s parents and brother were on hand to meet all the players and teams. Team Relentless, comprised of middle-school aged players from south Orange County (including San Clemente’s Peyton Garrett and San Juan Capistrano’s Hunter Edington and Avery Beck), is a select summer travel team that plays for the HEADstrong Foundation based in Pennsylvania. Team Relentless beat Pacific Cascade Clash (Seattle), 13-6, in the championship game to complete a perfect run through the tournament. “This was one of the most organized, enjoyable and welcoming tournament I’ve ever been to,” said former Johns Hopkins University star lacrosse player Kyle Harrison. Harrison is the head coach of Team Relentless and also was representing STX. Team OC won the Girls U-15 division, knocking off rival La Paz Storm by one goal in the waning minutes of the game. In the Boys U-13 division, FCA SoCal knocked off Pacific Cascade Clash (Seattle) 14-3 to complete their perfect run through the tournament. FCA SoCal features many local area players including from San Clemente: Matthew Karzak, Jack Renard, Max Lepley, Patrick Fallon, Cole Harlow, Beau Largent, Bennett Luke; from San Juan Capistrano: Jeremy Davis; from Laguna Niguel: Brandon Rogers, Nick Shanks. In B Division finals, RC Starz beat Team 27 (another Orange County team tied to Headstrong featuring local area players) in the Boys U-15, while RC Starz beat OC Lacrosse Club in Boys U-13. The three-day tournament featured numerous local vendors in the festival village. Other sponsors included Adrenaline (featuring Relentless coach Max Ritz), Monster, Warrior/Brine, Pro Athletics, Boathouse and Be The Match. Page 28 • San Clemente Times • July 22–28, 2010

Front row, left to right: Sid Giles, Grace Krantz, Kylie Pignone, Avery Coldclaser and Jordan Gustin. Middle row: Micaela Whitsell, Chloe Visca, Katie Rose Terkoski, Ashley Folis and Lauren Brzykcy. Back row: coaches Dan Giles, Jeff Gustin and Dave Terkoski. Courtesy photo

SC Punch 10U Girls All Star Softball Win State After rolling through the District Championship Fourth of July weekend and going 5-0 to win the District title, the SC Punch headed to Camarillo for the Southern California ASA Championships last weekend. The team got off to a great start routing Rancho San Diego 15-0, rallied from behind to beat Whittier 10-3, and dismantled Sante Fe Springs 18-0. However, the girls hit a wall when they next lost to Ramona 5-1. Coming up from the loser’s bracket last Sunday, the girls then beat Pico Rivera 8-5. With a tough challenge ahead, the team then had to beat Ramona twice in a row to win it all. Locked in a 2-2 tie after regulation in the first game, the Punch were able to plate three runs in the top of the eighth inning for the 5-3 win. The perfect defensive game that had eluded the Punch all year then showed up for the final as the girls finished off Ramona with a 4-2 win. Overall, the Punch ended their All Star season with a 28-4 record, while winning six of the seven tournaments they entered.

YOUTH VOLLEYBALL 15U volleyball team takes silver medal at tournament 949 Athletics Volleyball Club’s 15s Black team won the silver medal in the 15 and under Open Division at the Junior Olympics in Austin, Texas over Fourth of July weekend. In its first year as a volleyball club based in South Orange County, the team battled its way through the four-day tournament beating club teams from 949 Athletics Volleyball Club’s 15s Black team consists of (back Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Chicago and row, left to right) Justin Deblasio, assistant coach Andrew Jaeckle, Christian Hessenauer, Jack Yoder (San Clemente), chap- California. The 949 15s Black team erone Steve Lowe, and head coach Brandon Taliaferro. (Front was lead by All Americans Jack Yoder row) Garret Costello (San Clemente), Corey Lowe, Lucas Yoder (SCHS), Thomas Thayer (JSerra) and (San Clemente), Connor Palumbo, Thomas Thayer, Christian Corey Lowe (Santa Margarita High Burns and Carl Nolet. Courtesy photo School). Also contributing were Lucas Yoder (SCHS), Garrett Costello (SCHS), Connor Palumbo (JSerra), Carl Nolet (JSerra), Christian Burns (DHHS) and Christian Hessenauer (DHHS). 949 Athletics Volleyball Club’s 16s Black team finished fifth in the 16 and under Club Division at the same event. The 949 16s Black team was lead by All-American Karch Smith (DHHS). After barely squeaking out of pool play on the first day of competition, the 16s Black rallied back to make it to the quarterfinals and finish in fifth place. The 949 16s Black team members included Dylan Eads (SCHS), Dusty Goetz (JSerra), Timmy Ryan (DHHS), Justin Rhoden, JD Temple (JSerra), Zach Schwaner (DHHS), Kyle Miller (MVHS), Braxton Luke (Santa Margarita). Head Coach for the team is Brett Simpson (SCHS) and assistant coach is Justin Deblasio. SCORES WANTED: We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, snail mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.




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GROM OF THE WEEK Rachel Namson Age: 17, San Clemente High School Rachel Namson will be a senior at San Clemente High School in the fall and is spending this summer getting geared up for her last serious push at building her high school resume for college applications. Rachel is a motivated student and athlete but also maintains a well-rounded lifestyle—and surfing plays a big part in it. She discovered her love for surfing at the age of eight and attended the Endless Summer Surf Camp here every summer through age 14. Back then she lived in Los Angeles and would make the trek here with her dad, who is a longtime surfer himself. Two years ago, her family made the choice to leave LA behind and relocate to San Clemente, a move that Rachel says, “…was a great decision” and calls longboarding at San Onofre Trails one of her favorite things to do here. Rachel’s academic pursuits include graduating with an IB Diploma, maintaining her 4.0 plus GPA and getting into a great college to study communicaPhoto by Andrea Swayne tions and political science. She is also a founding member of the Surfrider Foundation Club at her school. Though she is still looking at colleges, her first choice so far is UC Berkeley. Rachel is also spending time this summer as an intern here at the SC Times and DP Times. An avid soccer player for the past 10 years, Rachel played for the SCHS JV team last year and will be continuing with the West Coast Futbol Club team through next year. —AS

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Rainbow Sandals, Surfing Heritage Foundation team up for membership drive By Christine Jonas San Clemente Times


ainbow Sandals joined forces with the Surfing Heritage Foundation to make a limited edition sandal that will promote and benefit the Foundation’s preservation programs. With the founder and owner of Rainbow Sandals, Jay “Sparky” Longley, on the Board of Directors for the Surfing Heritage Foundation, this collaboration was an idea waiting to happen. The project was created for Rainbow Sandals to produce 1,000 pairs of a limited edition SHF logo branded sandal to be included in the membership package that new members will receive when signing up for a one year membership with the foundation. Also in this package is a Surfing Heritage T-Shirt, a $10.00 gift card, a year subscription to Transworld Surf, a 2010 Cooperfish Calendar, a bar of Sticky Bumps wax and decals. Located in San Clemente, the nonprofit organization aims to preserve the history of surfing and its origins for the next generations to learn. Their showroom has a wide range of surfing artifacts from video footage,

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to the greatest collection of surfboards in the world, dating from the early 1900s to today. “This is a significant contribution to the Surfing Heritage Foundation and one that we are very appreciative to be a part of,” said Dick Metz, Founder of the Surfing Heritage Foundation. “I know in my travels around the world that surfers tend to rely on certain things they get by on and one of those is a good pair of sandals, it’s the standard by which we all travel!” For more information about SHF or to become a member, log on to SC


Groms Rule Surf Contest, San Clemente Ocean Festival July 17, San Clemente Pier BOYS 8-U: 1. Spencer Fanticola; 2. Kade Matson; 3. Lang Hennings; 4. Nicholas Christiano; 5. Quinn DeLeva; 6. Pascal DeLaPena. GIRLS 10-U: 1. Alyssa Martin; 2. Alexa Elseewi; 3. Zoe Mortenson; 4. Sophia Fanticola; 5. Claire Hann; 6. Chloe Deveze. BOYS 9-11: 1. Elijah Fox; 2. Jeff West; 3. Noah Beschane; 4. Nathan Carabba; 5. Ethan Mudge; 6. Noah Hohenester. BOYS 1214: 1. Colin Deveze; 2. Corey Colapinto; 3. Tobie Grierson; 4. Daniel Tieman; 5. Cameron Zuziak; 6. Chad Biggs. GIRLS 11-14: 1. Kirra Connley; 2. Malia Osterkamp; 3. Kristen Lauret; 4. Kailey Biggs; 5. Kloee Openshaw; 6. Meg Hann. Stand Up Paddle Surf Contest, San Clemente Ocean Festival July 18, San Clemente Pier MEN 35-U: 1. Pat Huber; 2. Tommy Lloy; 3. Chuck Glenn; 4. Rocky McKinnon; 5. Chris Hamm; 6. Slater Trout. MEN 36+: 1. Colin McPhillips; 2. Chuck Patterson; 3. Byron Kurt; 4. Jason Kenworthy; 5. Dave Daum; 6. Chris Koerher. WOMEN: 1. Beccy Cravens; 2. Emmy Merrill; 3. Diane Wenzel; 4. Talia Gangini; 5. Gerrianne Johnson; 6. Claudia Struble. Log on to to see full results from Ocean Festival competition.

San Clemente to Supertubes By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


Page 30 • San Clemente Times • July 22–28, 2010

UPCOMING EVENTS July 25: WSA Menehune Surf Fest, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street July 31-August 8: U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, Pier


Local surfers take on J Bay South Africa an Clemente surfers Nathan Yeomans and brothers Patrick and Tanner Gudauskas saw success in early rounds of the 2010 Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay contest— event No. 4 of the Association for Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Tour—at Supertubes in South Africa. Although none of the trio were able to advance into the quarterfinals, all three took down some heavy competition in rounds 1 through 3. Round 1 saw Nate Yeomans (15.83) pulling off the big win in a heat pitting him against Australians Bede Durbidge (13.74) and Luke Stedman (11.43). The Gudauskas brothers

Benefit for Injured Bodyboarder Matt Hamilton On June 6 Matt Hamilton suffered a stroke during his Pro Dropknee semifinal heat at the United States Bodyboard Association (USBA) event in Huntington Beach. Hamilton was pulled from the water and rushed to Hoag Hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the clot that had rendered him paralyzed on hisleft side. With Hamilton hospitalized and out of work, his family—Hamilton, his significant other Jessica, their son Cody and Jessica’s daughter Grace—is struggling to make ends meet. With no means to cover the rent on their Dana Point apartment, the family is in crisis and the USBA is asking for help from the community. Please join USBA, 71 Magazine and Ocean Current for a fundraiser at Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point on July 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. July 26 to help provide assistance to Hamilton’s family. The event will be open to all ages until 9 p.m. The event will feature live music and a live and silent auction of bodyboards, clothing, gift cards and much more. Those who can not make it to the event, but would still like to contribute, may do so by visiting To donate items for the auction, contact Michelle Rozzen at

Nate Yeomans at the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay. © ASP/Kirstin Scholtz

drew the same round 1 heat with Hawaii’s Fred Patacchia. Patacchia came out on top of that heat with a 12.60, followed closely by Tanner Gudauskas with a 12.34. Patrick Gudauskas went down in Round 2 as Aussie Ben Dunn turned in a 16.33 score to his 9.83 and Tanner took out Australian Tom Whitaker, 15.03 to 9.0. Both Tanner Gudauskas and Yeomans surfed their final heats in round 3—Durbidge (14.33)

defeated Tanner Gudauskas (8.50) and South African Jordy Smith (15.07) beat Yeomans (9.10). It was J Bay local Jordy Smith who ended up taking the win and cementing his place at the top of the ASP World Tour rankings. Following the contest, Patrick and Tanner are tied at 33 in the World Tour and Yeomans is in a four-way tie at No. 40 with Australians Drew Courtney, Jay Thompson and Mick Campbell. SC

Water temp: 65-68˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 10-12’ Poor-Fair; Catalina: 15-25’+ Fair-Good Remarks: Moderate-Strong surge and low/poor visibility prevails as a solid SSW swell eases slightly on Thursday. Short range: Solid SSW groundswell slowly begins to ease on Thursday. Good Southern Hemi breaks see surf in the shoulder high to 1-2’ overhead zone, with occasional plus sets at top breaks. Conditions are lightly textured early with light/variable Southerly eddy winds, and fair overall. Long range: Fun zone surf continues through the weekend as our SSW groundswell eases, and some new SSW swell on Saturday. Good breaks see plenty on waist-chest-shoulder high waves with favorable conditions, stay tuned.

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