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Hung Tran gives his best Elvis Presley impersonation while singing karaoke under blue stage lighting at San Clemente’s Taka-O Japanese Restaurant. Photo by Christina Scannapiego

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Two candidates for San Juan Capistrano City Council say voters have nothing to worry about just because they declined to sign a voluntary pledge to campaign fairly. Jim Reardon and Clint Worthington, who are running on a three-man slate for the three seats available in the November 2 election, said they did not discuss their decisions not to sign, but both said it’s no big deal. Worthington said the document was optional, so he saw no reason to sign it, while Reardon said the pledges have little impact on the races because independent political-action groups—supposedly separate from the candidates—have launched the “hit” pieces in Capistrano in the past. Although their refusal to sign the papers raised eyebrows in Capistrano’s political circles, both men said they would run a clean campaign, focused on issues. Nine men are seeking three seats on the five-member council.



On August 19 at 6 p.m. in the Porthole Theater at Dana Hills High, Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) is set to host the second of three scheduled public meetings to discuss the proposed addition of a performing arts center at DHHS for the South Orange County School of the Arts (SOCSA). Visual impacts, traffic, parking and other related issues will be discussed. The first meeting, held on July 15 drew a crowd of approximately 150. Those against the proposed 470-seat, 30,560square-foot theater voiced concerns about potential negative impacts on the surrounding community. Supporters say a new arts center is an urgently needed upgrade that would be a boon to the community as a whole. The next meeting is scheduled for September 2, 6 p.m. at the Porthole Theater inside Dana Hills High School. Visit and www.socarts. org to find out more.

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…LAB Withdraws from Miramar Theater?

THE LATEST: LAB Holding confirmed Monday that they have withdrawn from closing escrow on the historic Miramar Theater in North Beach, San Clemente. “We’ve completed our due diligence which included obtaining renovation estimates as well as discussions with City officials,” LAB co-owner, Shaheen Sadeghi, said in a release. “The overriding consideration, however, was the ongoing barrage by the Charles Mann ‘no vision’ group to sabotage revitalization of any kind in North Beach and San Clemente. We aren’t interested in investing millions in the theater up front, to be undermined by some last minute attack. It is unfortunate that this small minority continues to generate such an unfriendly business climate in San Clemente and sour its potential for the community.” His wife and LAB partner, Linda Sadeghi, agrees. “Brenda Miller, while Planning Commissioner, derided us publicly for putting the Miramar into escrow,” Linda Sadeghi said. “She voted against our permit to revitalize the Casino and with others staged a protest to the approved Playa del Norte project outside our recent Casino grand opening. We’re at a loss why Mr. Mann, a developer, doesn’t himself invest in San Clemente. He puts such tremendous efforts toward interfering with the city vision to improve North Beach and the investments of others, but no positive action.” WHAT’S NEXT: LAB Holding is currently redesigning the historic Centennial Mills flour mill for the City of Portland, Ore. as well as transforming the historic packing house and Packard auto building in the City of Anaheim into an international culinary center. LAB Holding purchased the Casino San Clemente in North Beach one year ago and spent almost 10 months in local and California Coastal Commission entitlement work. Although still undergoing interior renovations, the Casino opened to the community on July 31 for its first annual open house event. “Our company is known for specialty and community based projects and we enjoy what we do,” Shaheen said. “We will keep our focus on the Playa del Norte project and the Casino.

In regards to the Miramar, however, perhaps Mr. Mann has a better idea. We would like to see him put his developer talents to use in San Clemente rather than squander the City’s resources on what seems to be a personal agenda.” FIND OUT MORE: For more information, contact or —David Zimmerle


…Election Order on Ballot?

THE LATEST: The California Secretary of State drew the randomized alphabet that determines the order that candidates’ names will appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot. As a result of this drawing, the names of the San Clemente Council Candidates to fill three seats on City Council will appear on the ballot in the following order: Patrick “Moose” Crosby (Classical Music Composer), Jay Gaskins (Construction Manager), Tim Brown (Telecommunications Executive/Parent), Jim Evert (Retired Executive), Georgia Key Smith (Businesswoman), Brenda Miller (Nonprofit Organization Founder), Joe Anderson (Councilmember/ Retired Executive), Lori Donchak (Teacher/San Clemente Councilwoman) and Chris Hamm (Firefighter). WHAT’S NEXT: Of the nine candidates, only Patrick Crosby and Jay Gaskins decided not to submit a Candidate Statement to be printed in the Sample Ballot. Overall, Councilmember Anderson received 27 nominations including endorsements from Susan Ritschel. Tim Brown received 27 nominations including endorsements from Councilmember Bob Baker. Georgia Key Smith received 30 nominations, Brenda Miller received 27 nominations including endorsements from Councilmember Baker and Charles Mann, lead critic of the Playa del Norte project. Patrick Crosby received 30 nominations including endorsements from Mann, while Councilmember Lori Donchak received 27 nominations. Jim Evert got the 27 nominations he needed to be included on the ballot including endorsements from Ritschel and

Community Development Director James Holloway. Jay Gaskins received 27 nominations as did Chris Hamm. FIND OUT MORE: More information is available at



…Camp Pendleton Growl and PA Testing?

THE LATEST: Camp Pendleton will be running several tests of its community alert siren system throughout the week, according to an email released by the city. “I received notification from SONGS that Camp Pendleton is in the process of integrating their Mass Notification System in with the SONGS sirens,” said Laura Ferguson of the City of San Clemente via e-mail. “This integration requires testing to ensure they work. Testing will begin today (August 17) at the South end of the base and work toward the North part of the base as the week progresses. Testing consists of a short Public Address message followed by a two-second growl of the siren.” WHAT’S NEXT: Residents may hear the test because it also includes a public address, but typically siren testing on the base is not heard by residents, Ferguson said. FIND OUT MORE: More information is available at —DZ


…Lawsuits in the CUSD Election?

THE LATEST: A flurry of lawsuits challenging the ballot statements of about half the candidates running for the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Education were filed in Orange County Superior Court on August 16. San Clemente resident James Eichenbaum has filed a lawsuit challenging the ballot statements of Ken Lopez Maddox, Ellen Addonizio, Anna Bryson and Larry Christensen. Another voter, Jaime Holt, filed a separate lawsuit challenging San Clemente Trustee Mike Winsten’s statement,

while Republican activist Greg Powers filed still another suit challenging San Clemente resident John Alpay’s ballot statement. Winsten is facing a recall; Alpay is running for that office if Winsten does not have voters’ support. The law says the 200-word statement must stick to a candidate’s qualifications and education and not attack other candidates. Each of the lawsuit parses the statements and debates many of the points, such as whether trustees can raise taxes, have fought to keep class sizes smaller, and in the case of Ken Lopez Maddox and Winsten, what names they can use on the ballot. WHAT’S NEXT: The cases will be heard quickly to meet the printing deadline of the ballot pamphlets. The statements can be amended or left alone, based on the judge’s decision. When former Trustees Marlene Draper and Sheila Benecke faced a recall, political supporters of the current board filed a similar lawsuit, and those trustees went without ballot statements rather than risk attorney’s costs. FIND OUT MORE: See the lawsuits at the Beyond the Blackboard blog at —Jonathan Volzke


…San Clemente Man Tapped as President of SJC Boys and Girls Club?

THE LATEST: San Clemente resident Bill Cole is the new president of the Boys and Girls Club in San Juan Capistrano, coming to the post with a wealth of personal investment in local youth and professional experience. He is a vice president of Independence Bank, a community bank headquartered in Newport Beach serving consumer and business customers. Originally from Baltimore, Md., Cole lived in Dallas for several years before settling into San Clemente with his family. In addition to his responsibilities as President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, he serves on the board of the Southern California Venture Network and is an active member of (Cont. on page 5)

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Eye on SC (Cont. from page 3) the National Ski Patrol. Cole and his family thoroughly enjoy living in Southern California and love taking advantage of the many outdoor activities the area offers. Cole said in a statement that he is elated to serve in his new post and looks forward to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley continuing its mission to serve and benefit local youth. “It is my honor to serve as the president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley,” he said. “For nearly 20 years, the club has provided excellent care and support for its members enabling them to understand their full potential. The tremendous work of the club would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of its staff, volunteers, board members and our generous supporters. It is my goal to ensure that the investment in our youth will continue to pay dividends well into the future.” WHAT’S NEXT: Cole, who took office on July 1, will serve in the position for two years. FIND OUT MORE: For more information about the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, call 949.240.7898 or visit —JV

On the Bubble Other topics making news this week CRITICS OF PLAYA DEL NORTE PROJECT SUBMIT REFERENDUM PETITIONS: Those who are against the proposed Playa del Norte project went ahead and submitted their referendum petitions to City Hall on Wednesday. “I want to inform you that we will be bringing the required referendum petitions for signature counting on August 18, way ahead of the required due date of August 23, since we are confident that we will have more than the required qualified signatures to place Resolution 10-53 on the ballot for all the residents to vote upon,” said Charles Mann, via email to City Hall. “As a courtesy to you and your hard working staff we will try to bring the signatures sufficiently ahead of the 5:30 p.m. close of City Hall office hours so that there will be as little overtime as possible. I am shooting for 4 p.m. I will organize the petition ahead of time.” 4,095 verified signatures—the minimum number of registered voters in San Clemente—is the amount that the group will need to qualify for a referendum on the election in November.

THE ECOLOGY CENTER TO HOST FINAL SPEAKER FOR “BASIC NEEDS” SUMMER SERIES: The Ecology Center’s “Basic Needs” summer speaker series will conclude with guest speaker Shaheen Sadeghi on Thursday, August 26 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sadeghi is founder of LAB Holding LLC, the company behind the nationally-renowned, environmentally focused LAB Anti-Mall and THE CAMP shopping campus in Costa Mesa, as well as the Playa del Norte project in San Clemente. Sadeghi will address the critical sustainability topic of community at the event. The Basic Needs series strives to provide a foundation for making decisions that have a positive ecological impact, by providing a forum where the public can explore topics with cutting-edge thinkers from various backgrounds. Tickets to the event are $15 for members and $25 for non-members of The Ecology Center, which includes wine, beer and light fare. Reservations are available online at or by calling 949.443.4223. The event will be held at The Ecology Center, located at 32701 Alipaz St. in San Juan Capistrano. In 1991, Sadeghi transferred a well-respected career in the fashion industry with

the VF Corporation, Gotcha Sportswear and as President of Quicksilver, into a revolutionary community for the youth culture. This endeavor, the LAB Anti-Mall, answered the need for a youth-driven shopping experience unrecognized in Orange County. Sadeghi foresaw the greening of American lifestyles, and constructed and opened THE CAMP in 2002, highlighting individual sports and progressive eating choices such as vegan and raw foods restaurants. Both centers feature stores with individuality of purpose, historical preservation, environmental sensitivities and establishment of a permanent base within each locale for a mutually beneficial long term investment. His latest project, Playa del Norte, seeks to renew San Clemente’s North Beach by capturing the essence of the city’s culture and fully utilize all of the site’s inherent offerings. RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY PLANNED AT RAINBOW SANDALS: Solar Monkey is planning to have a ribbon cutting ceremony at Rainbow Sandals, 900 Calle Negocio, with Mayor Jim Dahl as a speaker on August 31. The solar company has completed the largest single site solar installation to date within the city and will debut their newest addition at around 10:30 a.m.

• SAND REPLENISHMENT WORKSHOP SET FOR THURSDAY: The City of San Clemente Coastal Advisory Committee will conduct public workshop in place of the regularly scheduled August 12 meeting as the Corps of Engineers Shoreline Erosion Study – Sand Replenishment Public Workshop will take place August 19, at 7 p.m. in the Community Development room, 2nd Floor, 910 Calle Negocio, in San Clemente. • TELEWORKER ADVISORY MEETING COMING UP: Local flex-executives (aka teleworkers) are invited to attend the third meeting of the local Municipal Teleworker Advisory Group on Tuesday, August 24 at 1 p.m. with Mayor Jim Dahl. The meeting will be held at the Cyber Café Computer Learning Center at 1030 Calle Negocio in San Clemente and will feature guest speaker Dr. William Thomas, Vice President of the Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Recreation Foundation. The meetings offer an insightful discussion on many topics such as identifying shared business skills, activities to get flex-executives interacting in the community, and improving wireless coverage. This San Clemente group is a subgroup within the Orange County Teleworkers Association, a nonprofit membership group. Anyone who is a San Clemente teleworker is invited to attend and get involved. There is no fee to join. For more information, call 949.361.8254 or visit • RABBIT ADOPTION DAY PLANNED: The San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter will host a Rabbit Adoption and Education Day on Saturday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The animal shelter is located at 221 Avenida Fabricante in San Clemente. Members of the public interested in bringing a bunny into their home should consider attending this event. The shelter staff is also looking for people who are interested in fostering a rabbit. Educational presentations are planned so people can learn more about rabbits. A $20 adoption fee discount is being offered to those who adopt a rabbit at the event, making the total adoption cost $25. The shelter will have toys and food for sale and all proceeds from the product sales will go toward supporting the animal shelter. Please call the animal shelter at 949.492.1617 for more information.


City and Community Calendar Thursday, August 19 Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting 7 p.m. Special public forum discussing the San Clemente Shoreline Erosion Feasibility Study - Beach Sand Nourishment Project. City of San Clemente Community Development Bldg. 910 Calle Negocio, 2nd Floor, 949.361.8200,

Pajama Storytime 7 p.m. Fun for kids at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

612 Camino De Los Mares, 949.492.1131,

Tea Company. 104 N. El Camino Real Suite B, 760-MOM-2359,

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,

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, August 21 Kid’s Craft Corner 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids ages 3 to 10 can get creative at the library by choosing an activity from the craft selection. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Arts & Craft Faire 10 a.m. The Chamber presents a two-day art event at the Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.1131,

Los Mares Beautification & Cleanup Event 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Vista Los Mares neigh-

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

CUSD Board Meeting

Fun on the Run: Giant Game Mania Week 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Kid’s activity

Special school board meeting in the Education Center Room. Call for more info. 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.9200,

program at various SC locations; details listed online. 949.361.8264,

Wednesday, August 25

German Speaking Group

Kiwanis Meeting

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

12 p.m. The local Kiwanis Club meets at Carrows. 620 Avenida Pico, 949.290.8729,

Tuesday, August 24

SC Rotary Club OC Teleworkers Association Meeting

borhood. For more info on volunteering, etc: 949.361.6188.

1 p.m. Flex executives (teleworkers) are invited to a group meeting with Mayor Jim Dahl at the Cyber Cafe. 1030 Calle Negocio, 949.361.8254,

City offices closed.

Monday, August 23

Pastel Painting

Seniors’ Hawaiian Luau

Fall Class Registration

12 p.m. Hawaiian-themed party and entertainment at the Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

7:30 a.m. Registration opens for city recreation classes. See details and class listings online.

Chamber Membership Orientation

Mom Business Associates

12 p.m. San Clemente Chamber hosts a membership networking event at Round Table Pizza.

12 p.m. Support and education group for mom business owners at Lavender Lounge

Friday, August 20 Dark Friday

1 p.m.-3:50 p.m. Seniors can paint with an instructor at the Senior Center. $5 materials fee. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

SC Sunrise Rotary Club 7:15 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Heritage Grille at the Talega Golf Club, 990 Avenida Talega, 949.369.0663,

12 p.m. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619,

French Conversation Club 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Come and chat at Cafe Calypso every Wednesday; no fees, no registration. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.493.5228.

Thursday, August 26 Beach Concert 6 p.m. Join the community at the SC Pier and listen to live music by Mark Wood and the Parrot Head Band. Dinner from Fisherman’s available for purchase. Bring blankets and chairs. 949.361.8264, August 19–25, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 5

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Making the Rounds

Exploring the karaoke culture of south Orange County By Christina Scannapiego San Clemente Times


hen Hung Tran walks into TakaO—or any other karaoke bar on his “circuit”—the crowd knows that “the Asian Morrissey” or “the Asian Elvis” has arrived. Tran’s circuit (every karaokegoer has their own) includes Taka-O in San Clemente, Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, Patsy’s Irish Pub in Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo, McLure’s Bar in Irvine, Hogue Barmichael’s in Newport Beach and Detroit Bar in Costa Mesa—the crème de la crème for karaoke spots, according to Tran, where you’ll find plenty of “ringers” (people who are spot on versions of the musical artist they want to emulate). “There’s a Jewel, Alanis Morissette, even an Iron Maiden guy,” he says. To think that a karaoke subculture has brushed with the South Orange County bar scene may seem unlikely but the fact is the once-Asian, now worldwide, phenomenon is alive and kicking at all of our little, local watering holes. Despite, the majority of people who end up embarrassing themselves in the karaoke part of a bar at the end of a long night involving many cocktails, the regulars who frequent karaoke joints usually do so because, well, they’re actually good at it. And the scene can be quite competitive. When (a website that enlists celebrities to star in short, funny videos) recently disguised Jewel as an unrecognizable business woman and sent her into a karaoke bar to perform her own hits—their idea of a practical joke—no one in the crowd seemed too disturbed by the stunt at the time, but a wave of resentment rippled through the community of karaoke aficionados afterwards. “Karaoke is supposed to be fun and entertaining because it lets us amateurs live a moment in the spotlight,” one blogger complains of the prank. “Karaoke is a scene where an ordinary person can reveal a kind of talent that only celebrities are suspected to have,” agrees another. “Some people think they’re so good and do

Monday night at Hennessey’s Tavern brings out talented local karaoke enthusiasts (L to R) Andrea Kooiman (Mission Viejo), Krystal Tipton (Laguna Niguel), Hung Tran (Laguna Niguel) and Devin Davis of (San Clemente). Photo by Andrea Swayne

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) or Paradise by the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf) just to hear their own voices,” Tran says. “There’s a lot of ego involved.” Though Tran says he’s in it for fun, 15 minutes of fame (or, more like eight or nine minutes—the length of two songs, at most) and to make people laugh, others take it a lot more seriously and enter national karaoke competitions. Either way, both groups are forces to be reckoned with when under the lights and in front of the mic. But karaoke doesn’t always click right away—singing someone else’s song takes practice. Tran’s penchant for karaoke first sparked in 2005 at Hennessey’s Tavern in Dana Point, watching others perform. “I can do this,” he told himself. So he gave his first karaoke song ever, I’ll Stop the World and Melt with You—a late ’80s pop song by Modern English—a shot and knew the performance could be better. He went home

and sang the tune over and over again, memorizing every nuance and inflection in the number. “Karaoke’s like learning to surf,” says the Laguna Niguel resident. “You’re not good at first.” He began memorizing all the songs he liked and incessantly watching artists, like Morrissey, on YouTube. Soon, not only did Tran have the songs down, but he’d assumed their personas as well, imitating Morrissey and Elvis’ mannerisms right down to their very different accents. On Halloween night, every year, he even dons his best Elvis get-up for a night of crooning hits by the King. “Now, when I walk into a bar and people call me Elvis, it’s a great feeling. I just say, ‘It’s not me, man, it’s the voice,’” he jokes. And though some karaoke impersonators probably hope to take their acts to Las Vegas, for Tran—like so many others—he

really just wants to rile up a crowd with some entertainment and humor, which is the reason his routine always includes a little comedy shtick before and after his songs. It’s like making a kind of name for oneself in that proverbial small pond, even if it comes in the form of Alicia Keys, Dolly Parton, Stevie Nicks or Al Green. “If you come around [the Swallow’s Inn] on Wednesday nights and you’re friendly, social and start singing, you’re a star here,” says Josephine, an assistant for the Swallow’s Inn karaoke DJ, Les. Like Tran, years ago Josephine’s friends invited her out to a night of karaoke and picked out some songs for her to sing. Now bar goers beg her for her best Piece of My Heart or Me & Bobby McGee,—delivering on her best Janis Joplin imitation; raspy bellowing, hair shaking and all. Because that minor bout with fame can (Cont. on page 8)

// Tuesday //

8:30 p.m. 425 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111.

8:30 p.m. 425 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111.

Patsy’s Irish Pub, starts at 9:30 p.m. 28971 Golden Lantern # 108, Laguna Niguel, 949.249.2604.

Patsy’s Irish Pub, starts at 9:30 p.m. 28971 Golden Lantern # 108, Laguna Niguel, 949.249.2604.

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// Saturday //

Hennessey’s Tavern (on the Fish Bucket side), starts at 9 p.m. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121.

Taka-O Japanese Restaurant, starts at 9 p.m. 425 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111.

Taka-O Japanese Restaurant, starts at 8:30 p.m. 425 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111.

Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar and Restaurant (first Saturday of each month), starts at 7:30 p.m. 2391 South El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120.

Knuckleheads, starts at 9 p.m. 1717 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.2410. Brio Tuscany Grill, starts at 8 p.m. 24050 Camino Del Avion, Dana Point, 949.443.1476. Here is a weekly selection of establishments that offer karaoke in the area: // Monday // Smokey Karaoke at BeachFire, starts at 9 p.m. 204 Avenida Del Mar, Suite D, San Clemente, 949.366.3232. Hennessey’s Tavern, starts at 11 p.m. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121. Taka-O Japanese Restaurant, starts at 8:30 p.m. 425 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111.

Taka-O Japanese Restaurant, starts at 8:30 p.m. 425 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111. Patsy’s Irish Pub, starts at 9:30 p.m. 28971 Golden Lantern # 108, Laguna Niguel, 949.249.2604. // Wednesday // Swallows Inn, starts at 7 p.m. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188. Taka-O Japanese Restaurant, starts at

Patsy’s Irish Pub, starts at 9:30 p.m. 28971 Golden Lantern # 108, Laguna Niguel, 949.249.2604. // Friday // Taka-O Japanese Restaurant, starts at

// Sunday // Taka-O Japanese Restaurant, starts at 9 p.m. 425 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111. August 19–25, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 6

Eye on SC Making the Rounds (Cont. from page 6) start to become an addiction, the excitement calls the regulars back every week. Tran likens the feeling to skydiving or getting barreled in surfing. “When the mood strikes and I want to feel that adrenalin rush, I hit a karaoke bar,” he admits. “It’s a happiness thing and, unlike the ocean—which doesn’t always deliver good waves—karaoke provides instant happiness. I live for that moment.” But perhaps even a more popular reason for most people to keep coming back, other than a shot at celebrity, is the idea that Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo wrote about in the Cheers theme song: “Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot … Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name—and they’re always glad you came.” Weekly karaoke nights provide enthusiasts with something fun and different to do at their local watering hole. It’s an event. “I’m a San Juan guy and this is a San Juan bar,” Jim Gresham says of the Swallow’s Inn after belting out Toby Keith’s patriotic single, American Soldier (a dedication to his daughter, who’d just returned from Iraq), clad in his customary Western attire, complete with white cowboy hat. Greshem comes back every week with more fodder for the singing cowboy with country hits like Confederate Railroad’s Trashy Women. “It’s like a little family,” Josephine agrees of the San Juan crew. According to Jon Hackathorn, one of Taka-O’s most well known Karaoke Jockeys, not only does he see so many regulars who come to sing in San Clemente on weekends, but a large group of familiar faces also return again and again just to watch and listen to the underrated art. Sometimes it’s even a place to make new friends. Laguna Niguel resident Karly Mack met her significant other, John, while singing karaoke at Brio Tuscany Grill in Dana Point, which she dubs “the hot ticket if you want

SC Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By Ru ss Wo o g 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.

Thursday, August 12 Suspicious Persons El Camino Real, 400 Block (12:42 a.m.) A female on a cell phone called and said she was being held hostage in a house. The caller sounded mentally unstable or perhaps drunk. Disturbance Avenida Magdalena, 100 Block (1:17 p.m.) Caller reported a male subject grabbed a female and tried to throw her into a car. However, the female fought back and got away, while the male took off in a brown Ford.

John Gresham sings karaoke at the Swallow’s Inn. The San Juan Capistrano watering hole, located at 31786 Camino Capistrano, offers karaoke every Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. Photos by Christina Scannapiego

good karaoke.” John had been bar-hopping with friends and Brio was his final meeting spot to hook up with another buddy. “I walked in and my friend stopped me and said, ‘There’s a beautiful girl singing karaoke in there with a great voice.’ I looked up and saw that it was Karly,” he recalls. Mesmerized, he didn’t let her out of his sight for the Illegal Peddling Avenida Serra, 200 Block (9:26 p.m.) Caller said there was an 18-year-old male Hispanic with two other subjects who were soliciting people and asking them for money for college. Battery Report Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (11:26 p.m.) Security was standing with a man in a room at the hospital who claimed he had been beaten up in San Clemente. Disturbance- Family Dispute Camino De Estrella/ 5-Freeway (11:56 p.m.) Caller reported a male who was driving in a white two-door car who was hitting his wife while their children were in the car watching the violence.

rest of the evening. “We ended up talking all night,” adds Karly. “And we’ve been inseparable for the past year-and-a-half.” “Singing’s one of the oldest forms of picking up on a girl, when you think about minstrels and serenading and all that,” Tran says to the romantic side of karaoke, which is probably why he dedicates so many songs to the ladies in the crowd. “Once I got kicked out of Patsy’s because the security guard’s girlfriend liked me too much.” For those like Mack, with a background Disturbance-Auto Involved North El Camino Real/ Avenida Del Mar (3:22 p.m.) Caller stated a vehicle cut her off and then a male subject got out, yelled at her and then threw a hamburger at her car. Welfare Check El Camino Real, 700 Block (8:22 p.m.) A woman called from Michigan and said she had just got a call from her boyfriend saying that he was going to commit suicide by taking pills. The caller also said that her boyfriend had been hospitalized before.

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Friday, August 13

Drunk in Public El Camino Real, 2300 Block (2:10 a.m.) A group of men were seen behind OC Tavern trying to load a drunken Marine into the back of a white Ford Pick-up truck.

Suspicious Persons Camino Tierra Grande, 300 Block (9:48 a.m.) Caller stated she had seen the same male subject in the park for a few mornings watching kids being dropped off for day camp.

Disturbance El Camino Real, 2200 Block (9:17 a.m.) Caller was at the car wash when he approached an employee to make him aware of a broken machine. The employee started yelling and cursing at the customer.

Patrol Check Calle Grande Vista, 3100 Block (2:29 p.m.) A patrol car came to investigate juveniles setting up tarp and skateboard equipment blocking the road.

Disturbance Avenida Florencia, 100 Block (11:51 a.m.) A male and female were fighting. The male stated she threw his items out of the house, while the female was heard in the background saying the male had beaten her up.

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in modeling and theatricals, it’s no wonder a crowd would be drawn to her—but love interests aside, her real motivation is a passion for performance. And whether she’s singing Maroon 5, Carrie Underwood, Santana or Michelle Branch’s Game of Love, or any other country or pop song, her image is all her own. Not all karaoke regulars invoke the masters as much as they do their own talents or hopeful budding singing careers. Kimberly Ewing’s ultimate dream is to record CDs and even write her own songs, eventually. Like so many others, she’s obviously got talent in her voice and hits up the Swallow’s Inn mic every Wednesday night without fail. “I just love to sing,” the 24-yearold says. “I’ve been doing it since I was little. It’s my passion.” Similarly, Hackathorn had moved to San Clemente from Florida five years ago and discovered the sushi/karaoke establishment since it was the closest bar to his house. Hackathorn’s dad, a minister, had enlisted him into his choir for 10 years and after that, he sang in a band. He began frequenting Taka-O, pulling off hardcore rap, classic rock, alternative, soul and R&B hits with an uncanny ease. “I just picked songs I liked and that I could really get into and would gauge the crowd so that everyone has more fun,” he says. Two years later, he ended up with a job as TakaO’s weekend KJ—and he’s still hands-down one of the San Clemente crowd’s favorites. Sometimes that knack for singing can come across as scary for newcomers or lay people, though. “The problem here is that everyone can sing and the people who can’t are intimidated by us,” says Gresham. But the truth is, everybody’s welcome. All the regulars and KJs will encourage even the most tone deaf to sing with the utmost sincerity—they are by no means judgmental. After all, it’s all about having a good time for everyone involved because, in the end, the slightly inebriated college student is no less entertaining than the best Elvis rendition. SC Suspicious Persons Camino Mira Monte, 300 Block (11:10 p.m.) The alarm of a silver BMW sounded off. And the caller said they saw two subjects, one male and one female, walking away from the vehicle very quickly. Disturbance- Family Dispute Calle Polvorosa, 5700 Block (11:24 p.m.) A girl called and stated her father was drunk and pushed her down the stairs.

Sunday, August 15 Disturbance Campo Raso, 2800 Block (1:18 a.m.) Caller said there were three to four juveniles up above the street throwing oranges at passing cars. Suspicious Persons in Vehicle Avenida Miramar, 100 Block (9:26 a.m.) A parked car had its engine running for over six hours in the parking lot. Whether someone could be seen inside or not could not be determined. Welfare Check El Camino Real, 2300 Block (12:24 p.m.) Caller reported a woman just walked into traffic and almost got hit by a car. The caller believed that the woman was under the influence of some kind of hazardous substance.

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u The International Society for Research on Aggression presented Roger Johnson with its Life Fellow Award at its recent XIX World Meeting. ISRA is an international society of scholars and researchers who study violence and aggressive beCourtesy photo havior. Johnson has authored books and numerous articles about aggression and served as the Editor of the ISRA Bulletin for 18 years. Recently he has been involved with researchers who support California’s new law banning the sale of violent video games to children. (This case will be heard before the U.S. Supreme Court in October). Professor Johnson graduated from Swarthmore College, received his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, and served on the faculties of Amherst College and Tufts University before moving to New Jersey where he helped found Ramapo College. He is now Professor Emeritus and resides in San Clemente with his wife Loraine.

u The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce and the city of San Clemente will host a welcome home event for Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, which recently returned from Afghanistan. The chamber and city will host a BBQ in their honor on Saturday, August 28, at Lake O’Neill, Camp Pendleton. HMLA-367 is a United States Marine Corps helicopter squadron consisting of AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters and UH-1N Huey utility helicopters. The squadron is based at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and is attached to Marine Aircraft Group 39 (MAG-39), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (3rd MAW). The chamber is accepting gifts for the families and children. If you would like to donate a gift(s) contact the chamber office. You may either deliver the gift to the chamber office or their representative will be happy to collect the gift at your establishment. All donors will be included in the chamber newsletter. Examples of gifts include: Toys, retail gift certificates, dinner or lunch coupons, movie tickets, calling cards, gift cards etc. Event items to be donated: Jump house, petting zoo, decorations, equipment, etc. If you would like to volunteer, please call the chamber office at 949.492.1131 to sign-up or to become a sponsor.

u Soul Food will have its upcoming event “Sacred Balance” on Sunday, August 22. Doors open at 10 a.m. at the Baha’i Center in San Clemente, 3316 Avenida del Presidente. The performer this month is Nedi Safa. Nedi has played her original songs on television, radio, and concert halls in Europe, the Far East, and her native California. She enjoys singing as a lead vocalist, playing piano, guitar, and violin. She will share a common vision of peace, love, light, and joy through offerings of her spiritual music. For more information, e-mail bdjeffers@ or call 949.218.8284.

Math education franchise Mathnasium Learning Centers recognized Kapil Mathur, owner and director of Mathnasium of San Clemente, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel and Orange, with its 2010 Best Marketing, Best Innovation, and Management System Awards. For the second year in a row, Mathur earned the Best Marketing Award and the Best Innovation Award for his creative use of fun and engaging events and promotions. Kapil’s initiatives, including his Math Olympiad and his involvement with the Orange County Math Council’s Math Field Day, allowed him to reach out to other locals, get them excited about math and most importantly, remind them of its importance in today’s world. He won the Management System Award for making major contributions to the ongoing development of M2, the company’s next generation information management database. His constant input helped guide software developers and factored greatly into major developments in the evolution of the new system, which is expected to improve and facilitate center operations at Mathnasium centers worldwide. Mathnasium of San Clemente is located at 1051 Avenida Pico, Suite A, and more information is available by visiting www.


An adoptable dog at the San Clemente/Dana Point animal shelter. Photo by Sarah Guidas

Camp Bow Wow San Clemente and their Bow Wow Buddies Foundation, 220 Calle Pintoresco, is partnering with the San Clemente/Dana Point Shelter to help raise funds to care for the shelter animals. Patrons can come into camp during the month of August, donate $5 or more and enter to win great camp prizes. Prizes include a premier doggy day and overnight camp that will feature all day play, snooze the night away, large indoor and outdoor play areas, certified camp counselors, live camper cams, spacious cabins with comfy cots and tasty bedtime campfire treats. You can’t change the whole world by adopting a dog, but you can change the whole world for that dog. More information is available at 949.218.7387 or


The public is invited to attend the 10th anniversary celebration of Aegis of Dana Point (26922 Camino de Estrella) on Thursday, August 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be hosted by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce and attended by local dignitaries, residents, families and friends. As part of their year-long program, “We Bring You the World,” Aegis of Dana Point will be celebrating Caribbean style. Guests can dance to the Caribbean Beat and enjoy beverages and hors d’oeuvres created by The Cove at Dana Point. Please RSVP at 949.488.2650. For more information contact Nenette Limcumpao at 949.488.2650 or More information about Aegis of Dana Point is available at


The San Clemente Art Association congratulates the winners of the Paint San Clemente Members’ Show, which runs through September 15. Eligible paintings were required to depict San Clemente scenes. Locals will recognize many of the locations. Winners of the $1,500 in prizes were announced at the well-attended reception held at the San Clemente Art Gallery on August 17. The artwork is for sale and proceeds go toward providing art supplies and scholarships to San Clemente schools. The winners are: First Prize and Best of Show: Noemi Safai, San Clemente, “El Ranchito”; Second Prize: Gary Zuercher, San Clemente, “Pier in Blue”; Third Prize: Carolyn Pelkey, Capistrano Beach, “Casa Romanica”; Fourth Prize: Rick Delanty, San Clemente, “After the Festival”; Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Friend, San Clemente, “Lazy Evening of Summer”; Noemi Safai, San Clemente, “The Pier”; Michael Downey, Dana Point, “Bright Morning at the Pier”; Jim Alexander, Laguna Niguel, “Caravaggio Surfer.” The San Clemente Art Gallery is in the San Clemente Community Center at Avenida Del Mar and North Calle Seville, San Clemente. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For information contact the San Clemente Art Gallery at 949.492.7175 or Pam Hill at 949.369.0260. u

Winners of the “Paint San Clemente Members’ Art Show” (left to right): Jim Alexander, Michael Downey, Jennifer Friend, Carolyn Pelkey, Liz Zuercher (standing in for husband, Gary) and SCAA President, George Gooch, who presented the awards. Courtesy photo

Art by Paul Bond

Surrealist oil painter Paul Bond of San Clemente has been overwhelmed from the positive response he is receiving this summer at the Laguna Festival of Arts. Not only because of his Magrite influenced surrealism, but because of the stories Bond has written as a compliment to the art. A first time exhibitor to the highly competitive show, his distorted reality oil paintings married with insightful narratives command self reflection and invoke an “ah- ha” moment. The articulate writings don’t necessarily describe the art, but rather the deep intuitive nature of the symbolism used within the image and the underlying meaning of the paintings. Onlookers smile and display genuine joy when they view the whimsical dreamlike imagery Bond has created by juxtaposing common elements and adding in some magic. The Festival of Arts runs every day from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. until the end of August where you can get a sneak-peak into the soul of Paul Bond and 141 other great artists. u

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A fundraiser for the Cabrillo Playhouse will be held at Casino San Clemente, 140 West Avenida Pico, on August 28 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The event is titled “Speakeasy Nite at the Casino” and encourages you to end the summer with a bang. Food stations with light fare will be provided by Hapa J’s, Jacobi’s on the Alley, The Cellar and Beachfire. There will also be a Cigar Lounge from California Cigar Co. A silent auction will highlight the evening as well as live swing music, casino tables and vaudeville entertainment. Remember to dress to impress and gangsters and flappers are welcome. Tickets are $75 each. More information is available at 949.492.0465.


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card (not a red card) and borrow the 40 page book from our local library. “We offer a lot of fun, free programs and entertainment at the library. We want parents and children to know we are here for them; children services is a top priority for our branch,” said Chesney-Algar. The library’s last children’s summer reading event is August 24 at 6:30 p.m., when author Dawn Menge from Escondido reads her book Queen Vernita’s Visitors targeting young readers interested in learning the days of the week and months of the year. While the global frenzy and noisy vuvuzelas of last month’s 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa might be gone, the sport of soccer is here to stay. Established in 1964, the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) started with nine teams; today, AYSO has more than 50,000 teams and more than 650,000 players supported by more than 250,000 volunteers. Since 1998 San Clemente resident Gary Hartung has had his hands, or feet, in AYSO, “I’ve been involved in the program for a long time and there’s not a better program I know of that’s designed for recreation where anybody can play—it doesn’t matter what size they are or how good they are, they can play.” For the past several years Hartung has overseen AYSO Region 111 (San Clemente and Capistrano Beach) as regional commissioner. “AYSO is a recreational program and we play soccer, but it’s really a program designed for families to be together and for parents to participate with their kids,” said Hartung. AYSO relies on parents to donate their time as coaches,

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very August, scores of students say goodbye to summer vacation and hello to soccer season. As summer slips away, the library also closes a chapter of its summer youth reading program. Last week I attended one of the final two children’s author evenings of the season when Mina Javaherbin introduced her book, Goal!, to readers both young and old. Shelley Murphy Javaherbin lives in San Clemente with her two soccer-playing children and longtime soccer-playing husband. Kids and parents packed the Children’s Picture Book Room of the library to ask Javaherbin questions, get signed posters of her book and nibble on cookies. “What we’re trying to do is encourage parents to keep kids reading throughout the summer, and soccer is something that boys and girls love; they’re signing-up and practicing now so we thought it would draw kids into the library,” explained Pamela Chesney-Algar, youth services librarian at the San Clemente Library. “We really want kids to use the library young because we know that early literacy skills begin when they are two and three [years old].” The Friends of the Library sponsored the one-hour program featuring Javaherbin’s debut book. Goal! tells the inspirational story of a young boy in an impoverished South African town who loves playing soccer with his friends until local bullies disrupt their game by attempting to steal their brand-new ball. The book tackles the topic of bullying and delivers an uplifting message of empowerment. The beautifully illustrated book retails for $16.99; or, you can get a library

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referees, team parents, administrators, or sponsors. Hartung says they’re still seeking volunteers for the upcoming season, “Our under [age] five group has 220 to 230 players, we’ll have 75 or 80 coaches working with that group alone.” On September 11, Region 111 kicks off their season with a fun community event. “We have what we call an opening day but it’s really kind of a festival where we have jump houses, a DJ, and vendors at Forster Ranch Park,” said Hartung. Registration for the fall season is open to players ages 4 to 18 and continues through August; the cost per player is $175, to register visit their website ( As summer fades into the sunset, family fun flourishes in our town—just grab a book or your shin guards to partake. 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 THE LIGHT IS OFF Kathryn Stovall-Dennis, San Clemente

A briefly lit light in North Beach has been extinguished. The Miramar Theater is no longer going to be purchased and restored to its original historic splendor. Who is to blame for this demise? It’s the same Charles Mann and Brenda Miller group of naysayers who want to squash the Playa del Norte project in North Beach. I have never seen such a mean spirited group intent on shutting down so many improvements to San Clemente. They claim they want everything just the way it is no matter how run down. They claim that just fixing up the Miramar would take care of all of North Beach. They say “Why don’t we just fix the Miramar?” Who is this “we” Charles Mann is talking about? When “Little American Business” steps up to purchase and restore the Miramar Theater he tries to run them out of town. Paul Carlton writes (Letter to the Editor Aug. 12th) “the Miramar renovated and the Casino should be utilized for Page 12 • San Clemente Times • August 19–25, 2010

public uses (not for expensive private functions).” This is an outrageous statement unless he is willing to scrape up the $8-10 million dollars to purchase and restore these properties himself. It is a perfect example of someone trying to dictate uses or outright steal private property. People like Paul are so quick to put their mouths where other peoples’ money is. Brenda Miller was the only member of the Planning Commission to vote against the Casino restoration. It took nearly a year to get approvals, but the Casino is now open for business and restoration of the historic building and grounds is ongoing. Shamefully, Brenda Miller led a demonstration outside the Casino during its recent public Open House. Now Mann and Miller have derailed the Miramar Theater by their actions. I can’t blame the Sadeghi’s, owners of the LAB for walking away from the Miramar. They went in knowing about the inflated price and renovation costs due to years of neglect. They knew about the years of City and Coastal Commission approval process. But in San Clemente we

have this small group of people standing on the sidelines saying “don’t do anything, don’t fix anything, do it our way or no way, or we’ll threaten another referendum.” They insist on calling the shots, always at the last minute after all the money has been spent and the approvals are granted. If you were the Sadeghi’s would you take this kind of risk? Most of San Clemente appreciates Linda and Shaheen Sadeghi for their vision and investment in our community. Charles Mann and Brenda Miller are threatening a second election on the Playa del Norte project, throwing North Beach into an uncertain future and dashing any potential investment in the Miramar. This is sad day for San Clemente and another 25 sad years for a boarded up and battered Miramar.


I am very dismayed and saddened by the divisiveness inflicted on our town by Charles Mann and the opponents of the Playa del Norte project (North Beach). We already as a


Letters to the Editor (cont.) community voted on this project (Measure W) and recommended with our votes that the City Council approve it. They have done so and we should now let the project move forward. Instead we have a small group of mean-spirited people preying on residents by telling outright lies in order to scare them into signing yet another referendum petition. Communities all over the United States are coming together during these difficult economic times and San Clemente should be doing the same. This group does not have the best interests of San Clemente in their hearts, and their motives are highly suspect. Some people feel a park should be built on the site. A park might be lovely but it won’t bring jobs to the city. A park might be beautiful but it won’t bring tax revenue. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department is already short-handed and there is a hiring freeze. The costs to maintain a park (staff, water, landscaping, etc.) would be very expensive and paid for by the City. Playa del Norte is a small-scale project that will act as a catalyst to rejuvenate North Beach, which is in great need of redevelopment. This project should be viewed as a partnership with San Clemente. After all, the city asked for and received project proposals, and ultimately selected The Lab. As a long-time realtor in town, I see this project as a stimulus for the betterment of all of North Beach. The residents of that area will definitely benefit because their property values will increase. All of San Clemente will benefit because we will have a gorgeous area with oceanfront restaurants and shops, all of stunning architecture, for all of us to enjoy for many, many decades to come. Please don’t let those mean people fill your head with lies and for goodness sakes, please don’t sign that petition.

So what is the moral of the story? Do your homework and beware! Mr. Mann will tell you part of the truth and then spin it to serve his own purpose. Research the project for yourself at Facebook/Playadelnorte or the City’s website and then I feel sure you will not sign the Mr. Mann’s petition.

HISTORY OF PLAYA DEL NORTE Christy MacBride-Hart, San Clemente

The City Council requested a project in 2005. The City Council picked The LAB in 2006. The City put the LAB through a 25 year parking study, a traffic study and historical resource study. The project has been reduced to 35 percent of original plan. People voted Yes on Measure W in 2008. City Council approved the project in 2010. If you were a businessman would you want to go through what the LAB and the Ralphs developer Rick Skillman have gone through? Sadly the answer is “no way!” But this should make the petition gatherers happy, since San Clemente would look exactly the same in 20 years. Don’t sign the petition! If you regret signing, call the City Clerk and get it removed.

CITY COUNCIL GOT IT RIGHT Tom Gaikowski, San Clemente

THE TRUTH IS IN THE FULL STORY Robert Hart, San Clemente

Mr. Mann and his cronies are accusing the LAB of baitand-switch when it comes to the parking at Playa del Norte. As usual about a quarter of what Mr. Mann says is true, since there was a parking structure planned when we voted yes on Measure W. But Mr. Mann fails to mention that the parking structure was removed from the Pico view corridor after conversations with the Coastal Commission. The LAB found it was able to meet the parking requirements with a flat parking lot that would not block the ocean view driving down Pico. The city then decided to use part of a Beach Parking Fund to build all the parking. The city will have control over all the

parking to make sure it remains balanced for all users of North Beach. Better yet, the City will collect all the revenue from all the parking. The parking lot will pay for itself in four to seven years. So instead of being stuck in a dedicated fund doing nothing, the revenue will go into the General Fund where it can help pay for fire, police and recreation programs. This plan seems brilliant to me even though the LAB loses out on some parking revenue. So when Mr. Mann claims the city is paying $4.1 million for the parking he is telling the truth, but he fails to mention that the city took the parking away from the LAB and we the citizens of San Clemente win.


It has all been said before. While watching the City Council vote on Playa Del Norte (PDN) viewing all the different opinions and speakers was the best reality TV show yet. You think Jersey Shore has some characters! The thing that came to mind while watching was, the people who were in favor of the PDN project were people I would want to hang out with—people with vision for a better city, bike riders, walkers, surfers, youthful, willing to explore other options. The other folks, who want to sit on the lawn, well they are probably pretty comfortable with doing just that. And congrats to the City Council. They seemed very thorough and neutral. It kept getting repeated how the people who use the beach trail want a place to stop and visit, and that doesn’t include sitting on a lawn. There are places to do that in the city, if that is what you want. There are the people who want the complex built on the other side of PCH. There are plenty of those in town too. When you go to Hawaii, you go for the beach and the ocean view restaurants. There is only the Fisherman in San Clemente. As for parking across the street, if you can’t cross a street safely, maybe you should try other beaches. Beach close parking is pretty rare. San Onofre, Calafia, and the Pier Bowl come to mind. Most other places, you have to cross a street. A lot of the people that use the trail/beach walk or ride bikes there. Most of the time, it is out-of-towners who drive and park there. And it is only about three months of summer that it is crowded. As for the view of the ocean, come down Pico and you see most of the view from the hill before PCH, where you see a little blue, U-haul, car wash, Miramar Theater and 7-11. And the new buildings are going to destroy what view? You’ll still see the ocean from the hill, and if you come in from Dana Point on PCH, you have the ocean to the right and some decent looking buildings, straight ahead, if PDN is built. Check out the people that come in to San Clemente these days. They get here, use the beach and go home. No reason to stick around because downtown is crowded and there is no place else to go. I believe the PDN project would bring in some serious coin to the city, offsetting the initial cost of selling the land, for whatever that figure may be. The Vision Committee has been trying to get this going for 20 years. The city population voted in favor, whether the vote count was 53.4, 54.1 or whatever number people use. The city council voted 3-2. Either way, it is a win. Larger number beats smaller number. To have a petition and re-vote is wasting real time and money. If every vote is done this way in San Clemente, this town is doomed to be stuck in the past, with the Miramar as our legacy to future generations.

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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

thursday19 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 77° low: 60°

Network OC

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Business mixer with professionals from all over Orange County. Cost $25-$30. Atrium Hotel, 18700 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, 949.833.2770,

Hugh Lehane

10 p.m.-12 a.m. Late-night happy hour & live music at Molly Blooms. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,

Brandt Vogel

8 p.m. Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

John Hiatt and the Combo

8 p.m. Classic rock ‘n’ roll at The Coach House, also with Shawn Jones. Tickets $39.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Billy Watson & Harmonica

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

friday20 forecast: sunny • high: 74° low: 59°

Fundraiser Golf Tournament

11 a.m. The Bullpen Foundation’s first-ever fundraiser golf tourney at the San Clemente Golf Course benefiting Dominican Republic baseball players. $150 per player; $600 foursome. Lunch provided. Appetizers and silent auction follow at Irons in the Fire. 760.685.7688.

Lodi Wine Tasting Event

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Keith Schultz of Michael David Winery in Lodi. Keith will be raffling off a few bottles! Tasting fee is $15 for 7 wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

Foreign Film Friday

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Point Library shows the French film “Welcome” about a 17-year-old kurdish refugee. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,

202 Avenida Cabrillo

8 p.m. Cabrillo Playhouse presents six original short plays that look at the history of the local playhouse from its beginning in 1966. Tickets $15. Final show Aug 21. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465, Page 14 • San Clemente Times • August 19–25, 2010

Go See Do

Showtime Smile Entertainment and Broadway Bound Orange County will present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat for five performances August 24-28. The play will be brought to life with a cast of nearly 60 singers and dancers. All performances take place at the new 500-seat Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club Amphitheater, 200 Avenida La Pata in San Clemente. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is a light-hearted, family-friendly musical based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Festival seating is available at the amphithe-

Fan Halen & Bonfire

8 p.m. Van Halen and AC/DC tribute bands at The Coach House, also with Whiskey Jack and David Clerest. Tickets $13 advance, $15 day of. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Flock of 80’s

8 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ‘80s covers at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

Kevin Nealon

The Coat of Many Colors ater—first come, first served. Patrons with blankets will be seated in the front section. For those wishing to be more comfortable, they may bring their own beach chairs and will be sat just behind the blanketed patrons. The Outdoor Café will be open for ticket holders to enjoy dinner, snacks, and drinks before the show begins and to enjoy at their seats. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/students/military and $50 for a Family Pack (two adults and up to four children). Tickets can be purchased by calling 800.838.3006, or visiting, or at the door. Additional information can be obtained by emailing the director Michael Wallot at or by calling 949.388.3846.

Billy Vera & The Beaters

8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also with Claude Von Trotha Band and The New FBI. Tickets $19.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Bunch of Guys

9 p.m. Music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

An Evening with Baxter Black

8 p.m.; 10 p.m. The comedian/actor formerly of Saturday Night Live performs at the Irvine Improv. Tickets $25. 71 Fortune Drive, Suite 841, Irvine, 949.854.5455,

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The cowboy poet and humorist performs at the Shea Center; event includes rider demonstrations. Funds go to Shea Center. Tickets $100, includes dinner and drinks. 26284 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.8441,




Craig Colley

Diamond Tom

Live Music Harbor Cruise

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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, 5:30 p.m. Live music at Irons in the Fire. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Neil Diamond tribute at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121, 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

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50th Annual Art Craft Fair

10 a.m.-5 p.m. The San Clemente Art Association and the city of San Clemente present the annual event featuring more than 100 artists and artisans selling and showcasing their work; a food court benefiting 5th Marine Regiment; and kids’ activities. Free. at the SC Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.492.7175,

Bluegrass Brunch

10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lively and harmonious bluegrass music during brunch at San Clemente’s newest bar and kitchen The Next Door. Every Saturday. 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.940.8845.

Music Under the Stars

8 p.m.-11 p.m. “The Fresch Experience” performance at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121, 8 p.m. Live music and dinner at Wind and Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Soul Rebel Alliance performs onboard Dana Wharf’s live music cruise; features a full bar. Tickets $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949 496-5794,

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Nature Hike

8 a.m.-9 a.m. Join park rangers for an educational easy 1-mile hike at Caspers Wilderness Park. $5 per vehicle. 33401 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2210,

San Clemente Farmers Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

Marine Wildlife Cruise

1 p.m. Journey to sea with Ocean Institute scientists too see and learn about fish, microscopic plankton, dolphins or even whales. Members $19-$22, non-members $22-$35. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

Tom Morey Jazz Brunch

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

6 p.m. The Mission’s outdoor summer concert series with Savor: A Tribute to Santana and catered dinner. General admission sold out; table tickets starting at $30 still available. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,

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El Adobe’s Cono Sur Winde Dinner

3 p.m.-6 p.m. Dana Point’s free outdoor concert series featuring The Girlz with Sandii Castleberry (American Folk) Men of Work (Irish Folk) at Heritage Park; includes fundraiser for the 5th Marines with food and drinks. 34400 Old Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, (Cont. on page 18)

6 p.m.-10 p.m. El Adobe hosts a five-course menu paired with the unique wines of Cono Sur Vineyard & Winery, Chile. Limited Seating, pre-paid reservations only. Cost $65 each or $120 per couple. 31891 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.1163, San Juan Capistrano,

8 p.m. Reggae concert at The Coach House, also with Jahrootsalem and Andrew Bees. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Summer Concerts in the Park


SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Andrea Swayne

Hullaville Island Café and Company Store RATE IT!

2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905 BEST KNOWN FOR: Traditional Oahu Waffle Dogs and Hawaiian shave ice MOST POPULAR ITEM: Kanaka Sandwich (kalua pork) “It’s not just a restaurant. It’s a little grocery store, gift shop and gathering place; a haven for people who love and miss Hawaii,” said Hulaville Island Café and Company Store owner Jean Navarra. “It’s like a bit of Hawaii on the mainland; the 10th island.” Whether you’re a transplant from the islands missing your favorite foods from back home or itching for a Hawaiian getaway, this is just the place to satisfy your cravings. Navarra relocated from Hawaii to San Clemente with the desire to create not just a restaurant, but an experience. Stop in for Ukulele Night on Sundays at 5 p.m., when local players gather for food, fun, music and sing-alongs, or on Musubi Mondays for the classic snack of Spam, rice and nori (seaweed). Island style pizzas, sandwiches, salads, rice bowls, pies, shave ice and custom plate lunches are created with authentic ingredients imported from Hawaii. Madein-Hawaii ingredients such as Portuguese sausage, Zippy’s Chili, Manapua (steamed, pork-filled buns), Hawaiian Sun beverages, Hawaiian beers, Malolo shave ice syrups and Waffle Dogs—an Oahu tradition dating back to the 1920s served with lilikoi mustard and pineapple-mango salsa for dipping—keep people coming back for more. Hulaville caters picnic lunches and small events. Owner Jean Nevarra with shave ice regulars Jimmy Klink and Beck Svensson. Photo by Andrea Swayne

PRICE RANGE: $1.75 - $17.95 RESERVATIONS: Not necessary

PAYMENT: Cash, credit card HOURS: Every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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32211 Camino Capistrano Ste. E101, San Juan Capistrano, 949.488.8086 (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)


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8 p.m. Live karaoke every night at Taka-O. 21 and older after 9 p.m. 425 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111.


5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for $5 Monday’s. Three wines for $5, $5 glasses on selected wines and mugs of beer from $5. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,


10 a.m. Author of “The True Adventures of Holy Smoke” visits Casa Romantica for storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


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

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Starr Cornwall, Cheese Monger & Marcelino Cosio, Sommelier. $35 for 5 wines with cheese, crackers, chocolate and materials. Reservations and pre-payment required. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,






1 p.m.-7 p.m. The Red Cross hosts a blood donation at Capo Beach Calvary. 25975 Domingo Ave., Capistrano Beach,

forecast: sunny • high: 74° low: 59°


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,


6:30 p.m.–10 p.m. Open Jam Session every Tuesday at Blue Danube; all musicians welcome. 111 Avenida Palizada, San Clemente, 949.218.5186,,


8 p.m. Live music at BeachFire and “Taco Night.” 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


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

JOHN PAUL KEENE & CHERYL SILVERSTEIN 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Vocal and piano duo at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Page 18 • San Clemente Times • August 19–20, 2010

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Five musicians bring back the tunes of ‘60s band the Yardbirds at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121, 9:30 p.m. New comics every week at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant, 21+ no cover. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672, 949.218.0120,


6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live entertainment during dinner at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,



7 p.m. Rob Templin talks about worldwide cycling events and how people around the globe are re-discovering the bicycle. OCBC “clubhouse,” 1900 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.5737, UPCOMING: AUGUST 28


8 p.m.-11 p.m. Fundraiser for the Cabrillo Playhouse at Casino San Clemente featuring a live swing band, silent auctions, acting, magic, casino tables with prizes and food and drinks from local restaurants. Tickets $75. 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,

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Scott Pilgrim vs. Everyone Else Just what the movie industry needs—another film with Michael Cera playing an awkward teen or young adult who acts naïve over everything. But maybe for the first time since Superbad, this typecasting might actually work to his advantage. Edgar Wright’s screen adaptation of the Canadian cult comic book protagonist Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley is titled Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and really does live up to that title. Scott (Cera) is a 22-year-old Canadian who plays guitar in a garage band and is dating a high school girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). He also has a younger sister Stacey (Anna Kendrick) and gay roommate Wallace (Kieran Culkin) who are there to make sure his life is annoying at all times. Things spin out of control when he meets and falls for the new multi-colored American girl in town named Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). What he doesn’t know is that Ramona’s “seven deadly exes” are all out to get him before he can even consider asking her out. This movie is the definition of hipster. Everything from the young, hip cast with witty and sardonic dialogue, to the indie music soundtrack, to the way the characters and setting have cartoonish and/or fantasy-esque features placed in practically every scene. Fortunately for the film, the creators are aware of this trend and even use the fad word in several lines—highlighting the fact that the story comes from a comic book and expresses an over the top, surreal theme. As we go through Scott’s battle to win over Ramona and all of her eccentricities, he often comes off as a boring (self-claimed) jerk, but ends up more tangible a character through his understanding qualities. Chances are Wright is going to garner the same type of cult following as he did with his previous efforts Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz with this rainbow-colored tale. And if anything, he’s sure to find the avid fans of the comics even if he can’t with the casual viewer. SC —Megan Bianco




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


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Dedicated to Conservation Dana Wharf Founder Don Hansen Wins Bill Ray Memorial Award By Roxann Pope For the San Clemente Times


an Clemente’s Don Hansen, 75, founder of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching, received the 2010 United Anglers of Southern California (UASC) Bill Ray Memorial Conservation Award on August 8, at the organization’s annual event. The organization’s highest conservation award honors a person who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in the service of conservation and recreational fishing. Hansen joins a prestigious list of fishing visionaries, including Senator Dede Alpert, Bart Hall, Peggie Shedd, Bill Beebe, Russ Izor, Bob Fletcher and Thomas Pfleger. Hansen prefers to stay out of the spotlight, keeping the focus on the important issue of conservation. In fact, Hansen was unable to attend the ceremony, opting to represent the West Coast in the 5th Annual Internal Fishing Forum in Taiwan where scientists, political advocates and industry professionals work to explore ocean spacial planning and bi-catch litigation. Protecting the Magnusun Stevenson Fishery Management Act and debating traditional fishery management and how to protect fisheries from other sources was also on the agenda. Hansen’s time now is dedicated to the industry, leaving the daily running of Dana Wharf to his daughter, Donna Kalez, and his son, Michael Hansen. “They’re doing a great job keeping the family culture embedded in the company,” said Hansen. “These are trying times economically and our goal is to keep people working and fishing.” “My father is very proud to receive this honor, from his peers in the United Anglers,” said Michael Hansen. “Dana Wharf continues working to preserve recreational, sustainable fishing on the West Coast. My dad has fished these waters since 1947 and has seen the excellent results of the many conservation bills for which he’s lobbied, saying there’s more fish now than there was 30 years ago, relative to the population. He’s a champion of traditional fisheries management system supporting specie-specific sustainable fishing.”

Don Hansen. Courtesy photo

Kalez said Dana Wharf’s goal is to keep the sport alive through future generations. “We designed the Dana Wharf Kids Club to promote recreational fishing amongst kids and families,” Kalez said. “My dad doesn’t want the beauty of fishing, whale watching and protecting the ocean to be lost on the next generation, and our Kids Club program works hard at offering these opportunities, for free, to the youth in our community.” Don Hansen said that is key. “I insist Dana Wharf provides free fishing experiences to children anytime so they get hooked and make it a lifelong passion—just like I did,” said Don Hansen. “My kids and grandkids are all avid Sportfishers and many women are getting on board with the sport as well. It really is a family activity that is a nice alternative.” Don Hansen is a pioneer of Southern California’s sportfishing industry, beginning in the 1950s when he bought San Clemente Sportfishing after working as a captain. In 1971, he moved his operation to Dana Point Harbor, then in the early stages of development. Dana Wharf Sportfishing grew along with the harbor, today with six boats. Over

the many years, the landing’s boats have taken countless men, women and children fishing in the bountiful ocean waters off the Orange County coast as well as offshore islands like Catalina and San Clemente. His landing originated Orange County Whale Watching excursions, encouraging whale watching as a family activity, including starting Dana Point’s annual Festival of Whales event and helping the city to be officially named the Whale Capital of the West. Don Hansen has long had a soft spot in his heart for families—not surprising given that he has six children and 15 grandchildren. This can be seen in the many special family and youth-oriented activities Dana Wharf Sportfishing has put on over the years. For example, he began giving free boat rides with Santa Claus in 1974—a tradition that continues to this day. Hansen constantly donates fishing and whale watching trips and charters to charitable organizations, churches and youth groups, to help make sure that everybody has the opportunity to experience the wonders of the ocean and the joy of sportfishing. Dana Wharf Sportfishing has also started

its own Kids Club Program designed to encourage kids to enjoy sportfishing and whale watching. Thousands of free award certificates are distributed to local schools and youth organizations each year, providing teachers with a tool to reward kids with an activity instead of food. Dana Wharf also runs free Sunday fishing clinics for youngsters to learn about this great family outdoor activity. Don Hansen leads a life dedicated to giving back to the community, the industry and the ocean environment. He serves on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC), was its chairman from 2003 to 2009 and is the special assistant to the director. He is currently Commissioner for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, a special appointment he recently received from the governor. Hansen is also the National Inter-America Tropical Tuna Commissioner. In recognition of his hard work and dedication over the years, Hansen received the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries “Sustainable Fisheries Award” in 2007. He was honored for improving management programs for West Coast marine fisheries, which he accomplished by fostering open dialogue and understanding between fishery scientists, resource managers and the fishing community. As anyone can tell you, this is never an easy task. However, it was one made easier by Hansen’s ability to listen to and understand differing viewpoints, treat everybody with respect and get people to work together. In short, getting the best out of people. That same year, Hansen also received the Dana Point Harbor Association’s Leadership and Legacy Award for his key role in shaping and serving the Dana Point Harbor. This easygoing management style and “Will Rogers” sense of humor have helped shape Hansen’s business career as well. Whether they’re related to Hansen or not, all who work at Dana Wharf Sportfishing are like family. With this positive working environment and contagious love of the ocean, it’s little wonder that some employees have worked with Hansen for as long as 40 years. “It’s been a long summer,” laughed George Clough who began working for Hansen ‘as a summer job’ back in 1969. “I love it here so much—the Hansen’s are tremendously loyal, giving people who treat their team and customers like family. I still get a thrill watching people feel the calming effects of the ocean; it offers a release from everyday stresses when you’re out there. The Hansen’s truly get that and try to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the experience of sportfishing and whale watching.” SC Roxann Pope writes for Point Communications.

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& OUTDOORS Stories, scores, schedules & more






Reds vs. Dodgers, Dodger Stadium August 20, 7:10 p.m.


Lynx vs. Sparks, Staples Center August 20, 7:30 p.m.

Midnight Madness Fun Bicycle Ride August 21, Midnight

Rays vs. Angels, Angel Stadium August 23, 7:05 p.m.

August has been unkind to the Dodgers and they know it. That’s why the boys will look to get back on track as they host the Reds in a three-game series. Info: www.losangeles.

The L.A. Sparks will take the court ready to put Minnesota on lockdown while looking to go 4-0 against their opponent this season.

L.A. Mud Run, Rose Bowl August 21, 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.

The 37th Annual Midnight Madness is a fun night of cycling, contests, prizes, and entertainment to support community youth programs.

The Angels return home after six games on the road in time to host the Tampa Bay Rays for three games before taking on Baltimore at the end of the week.

Info: www.sandiegomid-

Info: www.losangeles.angels.


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Participants can look forward to a 4-mile Mud Run with 24 obstacles and can race as an individual or part of a 4-person team. Unique awards will be presented to top finishers. Info: www.

Triathlon Tykes Two local youths compete in USA Triathlon Festival in San Diego By Jay Reale San Clemente Times


t’s no secret that childhood obesity has gripped America’s youth in epic numbers, but that doesn’t mean all kids are content to plant themselves on the couch—Wii controller in hand, munching on Cheesy Poofs and soda on a Saturday afternoon. Seven-year-old Saige Reale and her neighbor and friend, 8-year-old Kendra Bellows, bucked that trend last Saturday, doing what almost seems anachronistic these days, going back to an era before the Internet, computers and the information superhighway—swimming, biking and running their weekend away. The fearless twosome entered the USA Triathlon National Jr. Triathlon Festival in San Diego, which featured over 500 of the nation’s top youth triathletes competing in a sport that many adults would find daunting. Reale, a soon-to-be first grader at Truman Benedict Elementary School, is a “veteran” of multi-sport and foot races, including last May’s Ironkids San Diego Triathlon. Bellows, also a Truman student, was having her first try at a triathlon. The girls prepared by putting in some training swims, rides and runs around their Forster Highlands cul-de-sac and community pool a few days leading up to the event. However, Kendra’s parents seemed more concerned than their competitive-spirited daughter. “I was nervous for her not knowing what to expect,” admitted Kendra’s dad Matt. On the other hand, Saige’s parents, both triathletes, couldn’t wait for race day. Their race was among other seven and eight year olds, and featured a 100-meter swim, 5K bike and a 1K run. When most girls their age were likely doing something entirely different, the girls set up their transition (the area where bike and run gear waits for them to finish their swim), donned their wetsuits, swim caps and goggles, recieved good luck hugs from their families and headed for the boat ramp to get ready to enter San Diego Bay. The girls had made a pact to stay together through the race, unfettered by silly adult concerns like being competitive with the rest of the field or each other. True to form, they stayed close to each other during the swim and exited the water back-to-back with permanent smiles on their faces; quite

Clockwise from top: Saige Reale and Kendra Bellows are all smiles before the big race; Saige Reale and Kendra Bellows exit the water of the San Diego Bay and move on to the bike portion of the race; Saige Reale and Kendra Bellows cross the finish line at the triathlon. Courtesy of Vicki Reale.

a contrast to some of the kids who raced as if life itself depended on the result. The remainder of the race was an exercise in the buddy system as Saige and Kendra casually pedaled their way for 3.1 miles on their princess bikes, probably chatting away about the latest Hannah Montana tune or who their teachers were going to be this fall. They were among the last to finish the bike course, but couldn’t have been less concerned about that.

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Once out of the transition area, they took a slow jog for their 1K run, relishing the fan adulation at watching these tiny triathletes taking it to the streets. Finally, they rounded the last turn and had the entire finish chute to themselves as nearly all the other athletes had already finished. Still grinning ear-to-

ear, they held hands as they jogged to the finish line much to the amusement of the crowd and were rewarded with medals and Gatorade, completely content with sharing something that few kids their age ever experience. “Crossing the finish line with Kendra was the best part of the race,” beamed Saige. “I felt very proud of myself and Kendra. I liked the swim because when you really got tired, you could hold on to the surfboard and rest. Swimming is one of my favorite sports.” “Running was the hardest because you couldn’t stop and you had to kind of go fast so you weren’t in last place,” Kendra said. The girls were asking when they could do it all over again just minutes after crossing the finish line and were so amped, they set up their own impromptu triathlon at home later that afternoon. “Everyone loves to see their kids be healthy and active, and the fact that these races are a huge boost to Saige’s self-esteem are the icing on the cake,” said Saige’s father Jay, a 5-time Ironman Triathlon finisher. Mom Vicki Reale, a part-time triathlete and field hockey player, considers triathlon a teachable moment. “It was tough that she went from training in a heated pool to racing in a cold San Diego Bay in a wetsuit, but putting her into challenging situations like that and having her overcome it is a fantastic learning experience,” Vicki said. Matt Bellows couldn’t have been more proud of his daughter. “It gave her a great sense of accomplishment,” he said. The pair have their eyes on the Kid’s “Pumpkin Pie Duathlon,” a “run-bike-run” race on Thanksgiving weekend at Bonelli Park in San Dimas for their next challenge. Youth membership in the USA Triathlon, the governing body of the sport in the United States has more than doubled in the last three years, so don’t be surprised if your little one asks for a new race bike or pair of running shoes this Christmas instead of the latest electronic gadget. Interested in getting your child into the sport? Check out SC Jay Reale is the Co-founder of, “The Internet’s Bodyboarding SuperStore,” based at 1303 Calle Avanzado in San Clemente. He can be reached at 1.877.326.2734 (toll free-USA only).


SCOREBOARD YOUTH WATER POLO CVAC Water Polo Players Among The Best At 41st National Junior Olympics Three water polo teams from Capistrano Valley Aquatics Club (CVAC) made a great showing in USA Water Polo’s National Junior Olympics held July 31-August 8 throughout Los Angeles and Pasadena area pools. Each team played a series CVAC 10-Under Mixed Junior Olympic Team are (back row) Matthew of games against Kacura, Kai Hanson, Krista Krantz, Dylan Clemens, Ava Perkins, Tori Higdifferent teams from ginson, Coach Kevin Perkins, (front row) Dawn Schneringer, Alex Higginson, around the country Riley Catino, Elliott Sloan, Ethan Mudge, Alison Echelberger and Juliette over the course of Clark. Courtesy photo four days. CVAC’s 14U Boys, 14U Girls and 10U Boys/Girls mixed teams participated in the tournament by qualifying in tournaments held in Southern California in May. Competition was challenging, and the new modified Olympic-style single-elimination bracketing was new to the event this year. The 14-U Boys’ team, finished 22nd in the nation out of a field of 56 teams. Head coach Byron Reidenbaugh said, “CVAC players just completed competition of the National Junior Olympics which is the highest level of competition for their age group. The 14U boys, 14U Girls and 10U showed they are among the best in the nation. All teams competed for four long days and were just awesome.” The 14U Girls’ team made it to the Platinum division after the first day’s competition and finished the tournament placing 21st out of 44 teams. For the first time in CVAC’s history, 10U Boys/Girls Mixed also made an appearance this summer at the Junior Olympics. For the club’s youngest group of athletes, this was a new and exciting experience. They finished 17th (or fifth in the Gold bracket) out of a field

of 24 teams. CVAC, which was developed by Byron Reidenbaugh in 2002, draws players from San Clemente, Dana Point, and Capistrano Valley and works closely with area high schools to develop strong swimming and water polo skills at a young age, so that these athletes will be prepared for high school competition. For more information about CVAC, visit CVAC water polo on CVAC is a year round water polo club and will start its Fall SOPAC league in September. For registration information, contact visit



SC Open set for September The SC Open, presented by the Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation, will be held September 18-19. This year will feature the 10th Annual Skate Contest and the 3rd Annual Surf Contest. The contest supports skate and surf athletes in Southern California while raising funds and awareness for the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation. Those who attend can look forward to the Skateboard Contest on Saturday, September 18, at the Ralph’s Skate Park, 241 Avenida La Pata and the Surf Contest on Sunday, September 19, on the North Side of the San Clemente Pier. Each contest attracts over 100 athletes, male and female of all ages, amateur and sponsored. Athletes are encouraged to compete in both contests and recognized for their talent in both sports. Over 3,000 spectators attend the contests at both the beach and skate park in support of the athletes, and to enjoy the activities and competition. The contest caters to future professional athletes and recent X Games gold medalist Ryan Sheckler even competed in the inaugural skate contest. To design a sponsor package that achieves your marketing goals, contact Don Kindred, Event Coordinator for the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation at 949.492.8981, Peggy Lacayo, Recreation Coordinator, at 949.361.8358 or 949.289.3707 or lacayop@, or Nate Moser, Recreation Specialist, at 949.361.8245 or 949.289.3824 or

The San Clemente High School Dance Team kicked off its yearlong season with a twoweek camp earlier this week that involves fun activities like dress up karaoke, intense workouts, learning choreography for many dances and a brief showcase for parents. A professional from the United Spirit Association (USA) will be running camp on Thursday and Friday, August 19 and 20, with the girls scheduled to do a showcase of the dances on Friday. Camp generally runs 8 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to either 4 p.m. or 5 p.m., daily. Also, on Saturday, August 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., behind the Triton Center, the dance team is sponsoring its annual Stussy Sale, where Stussy sells overstocked products at wholesale prices, including name brands like Paul Frank, Boneyards, and Skate Shoe. A percentage of the proceeds goes to the dance team.

CVAC 14-Under Girls Junior Olympic Team are (back row, left to right) Cassidy Smithson, Emma Petersen, Meghan Dickman, Kelli Baumgardner, Aly Perkins, Bailey Jackson, (front row) Rachel Nelson, Kacey Avalos, Molly Wilbur, Makenna Smith, Lauren Matthews and Rachel Brownell. Courtesy photo

LAWN BOWLING Lawn Bowling Club celebrates with annual potluck dinner The San Clemente Lawn Bowling Club held its annual pot luck dinner on August 11 at the San Luis Park lawn bowling rink. Following dinner the members enjoyed a spirited game of lawn bowling. More information on the club is available from Dale Larsen, Publicity Chairman of the San Clemente Lawn Bowling Club, at 949.498.4076.

YOUTH SOCCER Jaime Arroyo Soccer Camp Coming Up The second half of the Jaime Arroyo Soccer Camp will run August 25-27 at Forster Ranch Park #6 in San Clemente. Jaime Arroyo Soccer Academy (JASA) camps provide players at all levels ages 7 - 16 an opportunity to substantially increase foot speed and agility, improve ball striking with more power and accuracy, improve mental focus and confidence for faster decision making, and master the moves needed to play at all skill levels in a fun/positive environment. Their camps put Southern Orange County kids in contact with some of the most qualified trainers in the Southern California area. Join them for an experience that your child will not soon forget. Camp curriculum runs daily from 9 a.m. to noon and costs $100 per camper and does include a camp shirt. Sibling and team discounts are available. For updates and registration info, visit their website at or call 949.291.2678.

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Socializing before dinner are (left to right) Leo Larsen, Howard Sharp, Murray Hall, Jim Light, and George Key. Courtesy photo

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A Lifetime of Service to Others On August 8, 2010, Dr. Mitchell I. Streger of San Juan Capistrano passed away following a multi-year battle with a rare blood disease called amyloidosis at the age of 72. Mitch (as he was known to his friends) was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 3, 1938. He was a graduate of Erasmus Hall High School, Brooklyn College and Downstate Medical School, receiving his M.D. in 1960. He completed his Internship at Los Angeles County Harbor General Hospital and began his Residency in Internal Medicine at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. In 1966, Dr. Streger enlisted in the Army as a way to support his country and help ease a growing need for physicians during wartime. He was stationed at Fort Monroe, Virginia, where he served as a Captain from 1966 to 1968. Thereafter, he was honorably discharged and moved to Orange County, where he completed his Residency and Fellowship training in nephrology at what is now UCI Medical Center (previously Orange County General). Dr. Streger maintained an active medical practice in Mission Viejo for nearly 40 years, and was instrumental in setting up and directing the renal dialysis unit at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center. He remained active on staff and in private practice until his passing. Dr. Streger was an expert witness in medical cases and served on the review panel of the Medical Board of California evaluating on behalf of the State of California claims relating to the quality of medical care. In addition to a long and distinguished career as a physician, Dr. Streger was also a Reserve Deputy Sheriff for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department for 27 years until his passing. He was specially recognized for his volunteer service to the Sheriff’s Department by the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2005, and again by the Sheriff’s Department in 2009. He was featured in an article titled “Cop-Doc” in the Southern California Physicians Magazine. He was primarily assigned out of the San Clemente sub-station. He is survived by his former spouse and lifelong friend Hon. Elaine Streger (Mission Viejo), his eldest son Jeffrey and his wife Rachel (Corona), his middle child Steven (San Clemente), and his daughter Rona and her husband Bill (Portland, Oregon). He is also survived by his beloved German Sheppard, Copper. Services will be at Pacific View Memorial Park (3500 Pacific View Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92625) on Sunday, August 15, beginning at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would appreciate donations to the Amyloidosis Foundation, www.amyloidosis. org, (877) AMYLOID (269-5643).

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Business Opportunities Employment Opportunity Have fun making extra money selling irresistible jewelry! Contact Katrina at 949-412-4995.

GARAGE SALES Multi-family Garage Sale Sat., Aug. 21st, 8am-2pm, 2251 Avenida Salvador, San Clemente. Furniture, tools, household items, beach chairs, umbrellas, books, antiques, artwork, frames, gorilla racking for storage, & many treasures!


HELP WANTED EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Career Change? Agents Wanted. Become a Real Estate Agent Now. Live Licensing Classes – earn while you learn. Leads provided in license training for quick earnings. Call 800.727.7277, ext. 381 PROGRAM AIDE – GRIPCARE Part-time Program Aide position to work with middle-school students. Hours will be prior to school hours: 7 am – 11 am, Monday through Friday. Duties will include planning and implementing activities in one or more of the following areas: education; social recreation; arts and crafts; and physical education. Requirements: high school diploma, experience working with children, communication skills to deal with children and with the general public (bilingual in Spanish a plus), CPR and first aid certified. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley is an equal opportunity employer. If interested, please contact Nicole Belair, Unit Director, at 949.240.7898 extension *19 or by email at


SC TIMES CLASSIFIEDS ARE ONLINE! Submit an ad or browse current listings at LEAD PROGRAM AIDE-GRIPCARE Part-time Program Aide position to work with middle-school students, serving as area leader for the staff running the Grip-care program. . Hours will be a split shift: 7 am – 10 am and 3 pm – 6pm. Duties will include planning and implementing activities in one or more of the following areas: education; social recreation; arts and crafts; and physical education. Requirements: high school diploma, experience working with children, communication skills to deal with children and with the general public (bilingual in Spanish a plus), CPR and first aid certified, supervisory experience a plus. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley is an equal opportunity employer. If interested, please contact Nicole Belair, Unit Director, at 949.240.7898 extension *19 or by email at Childcare Openings - Teachers/Assistants YMCA of Orange County has openings for Teachers and Childcare Assistants in our San Clemente/San Juan Capistrano sites. Please visit our website at WWW.YMCAOC.ORG for further information and to submit an application online.

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ACNE/PROBLEM SKIN Proderma 800 S. El Camino Real Ste. 205


ACUPUNCTURE Clemente Acupuncture


Air conditioning 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



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Shaw’s Carpets 135 Avenida Victoria


CARPET CLEANING Pete McKenzie Carpet Cleaning San Clemente


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

CATERING Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040 111 Avenida Del Mar # B,

Cheese Shop The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar,

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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,


CONCRETE Costa Verde Landscape License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27)


BOOKS Village Book Exchange 99 Avenida Serra


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BUSINESS COMPUTER SERVICE, REPAIR Arcadia Electric                                           949.361.1045

CARPET Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G-105,



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Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 Costa Verde Landscape 949.361.9656 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G -105, License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Greenscapes Landscape & Design 949.366.6564 FURNITURE 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, South Coast Furniture & Mattress    949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos,

GRAPHIC DESIGN Images/Creative Solutions 949.366.2488 2927 Via San Gorgoinio, Ste. 100,

HAIR SALONS Kreative Hair Design                     949.498.6245 173 Avenida Serra


Mantels Mostly Mantels                         114 Calle de Los Molinos, Ste. C,


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY Christine Johnston, LMFT                   949.500.4340 616 S. El Camino Real, Ste. G-9,

Massage Therapy Body Therapy/Healing                        949.683.2033         San Clemente, C’Siren Day Spa 949.498.7700 312 Avenida De La Estrella

MATTRESSES South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos,


South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,



SC Rider Supply 949.388.0521 Custom Carpentry, Concrete Framing & Finish Ike Soffes 949.363.3087 520 S. El Camino Real,

HOME LOANS Coldwell Banker Home Loans - 949.307.7982 nmls#261832. Tom Fashing, Mortgage Advisor,

MUSIC LESSONS Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 949.922.6388 413 Calle Pueblo,



South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, David Miller - Wonderful Windows 949.369.7263


Jon B. Marashi, General & Cosmetic 949.493.9311 Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 San Clemente, 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209, BOUTIQUES 949.492.7140 Insurance Salon Zinnia & Lifestyle Boutique       949.429.2020 Ronald Trosper, DDS 145 Ave Del Mar, AVI Commercial Insurance 949.940.1856 641 Camino de los Mares, Ste. A 110, 200 S. Ola Vista, ELECTRICAL

OC - IT 949.488.0029 970 Calle Negocio,

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,

Home Décor 949.361.9656

COSMETICS 949.498.9515


All Season Air 949.579.0741 San Clemente Computer & Network Services 949.276.1581, Sano Computers 949.492.2179 Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321 Solution Tek-nologies                       949.400.0080 Orange Coast Plumbing                            949.361.1511 San Clemente,

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

Lange & Minnott 1401 N. El Camino Real, Ste. 109



South Coast Furniture & Mattress    949.492.5589 Mac & Madi 949.366.6226 109 Calle de los Molinos, 203 Avenida Del Mar, Petit Bonhomme 949.361.3651 147 Avenida Del Mar, Appliances Services & Repairs ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 CHIROPRACTORS 3200 Legendario, Dr. R. Tyler Johnson DC, Chiropractic Center ART CLASSES 1401 N. El Camino Real, Ste. 103, 949.498.6440 Sidestreet Gallery Mary’s Art Classes 205 Ave Cabrillo, 949.492.7244 Commercial Real Estate Doug Echelberger ART GALLERIES First Team Real Estate 949.498.7711 San Clemente Art Association 949.492.7175 407 W. El Camino Real, 100 N. Calle Seville,


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INTERIOR DECORATING & REDESIGN 949.218.8022 Gallagher Electric 949.412.6602 The Home & Garden Stylist/ Vignettes of Refinement P.O. Box 986, San Clemente, Rooms With A View - One-Day Makeover Entertainment Using Existing Furnishings 949.492.8566 DJ Services 949.874.2540


San Clemente Optometry, David J. Nota, OD 224 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.2029 Seaside Eyecare 949.493.2269 638 Camino De Los Mares, #A120,

PAINTING KC Painting & Decorating 949.388.6829 Mission Viejo Painting 949.922.0238 2164 Via Aguila,

Periodontics & Dental Implants Dr. Alice P. Moran, DMD 949.361.4867 (GUMS) 1001 Avenida Pico, Ste. K,

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PEST CONTROL Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar, Environment 1st Exterminating, Inc. 949.218.1111 2340 S. El Camino Real, #13,



Pet Grooming VIP Pet Spa 949.492.7473 810 S. El Camino Real,

Pet SITTING Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 San Clemente, Mike’s Pet Care 949.246.3835 PAWS-itively Pet Care 949.683.2033 San Clemente

PET SUPPLIES Pet Treasures 949.493.7297 653 Camino de los Mares, Suite 100,

PHARMACIES Sea View Pharmacy 949.496.0123 665 Camino De Los Mares #101, The Medicine Shoppe 949.492.1050 1001 S. El Camino Real

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PIZZA Izza Neapolitan Pizzeria 949.248.4925 376 Camino de Estrella,

PLUMBING A to Z Leak Detection 949.499.4464 1218 Puerta del Sol, Bill Metzger Plumbing                          949.492.3558 1218 Puerta del Sol, DC Plumbing & Air Conditioning, Inc. 949.365.9044 Mission Plumbing & Heating 949.492.4303 1100 S. El Camino Real, Orange Coast Plumbing                            949.361.1511 San Clemente Plumbing               949.366.2691 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 108,




SECONDHAND THRIFT SHOP New Addition to our team Nick Goebel Your Full Service Plumbing Company Serving San Clemente For 35 Years 949.492.4303 Lic# 950079

South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos,

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Vacuums Nic’s Vacuum & Small Appliance 949.492.4747 216 Ave. Del Mar,

VETERINARIANS Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital 949.429.1555 1242 Puerta Del Sol,

WATER DAMAGE Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,


Smooth Waxing SURF CAMPS 418 N. El Camino Real #D, Aloha Beach Camp 949.481.7222 647 Camino de los Mares, WEBSITE DESIGN

949.481.7222 Manny Tau, Psy.D., PSY14892 800.865.0367 Aloha Beach Camp 647 Camino de los Mares, 300 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 218,


San Clemente Website Design        949.246.8345


Greg’z Pristine Window Cleaning & 949.294.7852 SURF SCHOOLS Real Estate X-Mas Light Installation San Clemente Surf School 949.334.7649 Wonderful Windows Altera Real Estate - “Sandy & Rich” 949.369.7263 949.293.3236 Antonio Fiorello, Forté Realty Group 949.842.3631 WINDOW COVERINGS TERMITES San Clemente, 949.496.1926 949.361.2500 Designer’s Magic Flooring Casa Verde Homes - Simon Wilson 949.212.5800 Colony Termite Control 638 Camino de los Mare, Ste. G-105, 1402 Calle Alcazar, Century 21 O.M.A 949.492.5413 Environment 1st Exterminating, Inc. 949.218.1111 San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515 2340 S. El Camino Real, #13, 229 Avenida Del Mar, Coldwell Banker – Michael Anthony 949.370.3590 The Termite Guy -Termite & Pest Control, Wine Bar 106 W. Canada Ave., 949.940.1010 The Cellar 949.492.3663 Doug Echelberger First Team Real Estate 156 Ave. Del Mar, 407 W. El Camino Real, 949.498.7711 Troubled Teens Wine Shop & Wine Tasting 949.940.6068 San Clemente Wine Company Prue Putnins- Regency Real Estate 949.366.1984 Pacific Quest 949.429.7076,, 212 ½ Avenida Del Mar, Steve Smith 949.632.8139 Olympian Altera DCP, Tarbell Realtors - The Metcalfs           949.533.5999 1001 Avenida Pico,

Real Estate Attorneys The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201,

Remodel Casa Verde Homes 949.212.5800 License # B 906391, Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mare, Ste. G-105, Finish Builders 949.492.1084,


Café Calypso 949.366.9386 Radiant Pool & Spa Service     949.290.5616 114 Avenida Del Mar #4 Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040 SC Pool Techs 949.235.1261 111 Avenida Del Mar # B, Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar 949.498.6390 611 Avenida Victoria, PRINTING Izza Neapolitan Pizzeria 949.248.4925 Printing OC 949.388.4888 376 Camino de Estrella, 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203, The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar, Medical Concierge     949.387.6210 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 230,


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SALONS Salon Bamboo 949.361.3348 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste. A, Salon Bleu 949.366.2060 207 S. El Camino Real, Sanctuary Salon & Spa 949.429.5802 1041 Avenida Pico, Ste. B,

ROOFING CONTRACTORS Jim Thomas Roofing 162 Calle de Industrias


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Grom of the Week Ben Bagg Age: 14, Marco Forster Middle School An enthusiastic participant in US Ocean Safety Junior Lifeguards for the past five years, Ben Bagg returned as an assistant this summer. Lifeguarding is “in his blood” according to many that know this versatile young waterman whose next goal is to become a lifeguard. He recently won the intense physical “iron man” style contest—a grueling series of “run, swim, paddle” physical challenges—in both of this year’s Junior Lifeguard sessions. “His stamina is amazing. When I surf with him he takes all the waves. I’ve been making him a deal; he owes me three waves for every ride to the beach,” joked his dad Michael. Ben will start his freshman year at San Juan Hills High in the fall and plans to try out for the surf team. The 2009/2010 season was Ben’s first year of surf competition. He did very well in NSSA interscholastic competition—third at States and fifth at Nationals in longboard. Prior to catching the competitive surfing bug a year or so ago, he played lacrosse for the La Paz Storm, NJB basketball, baseball, San Clemente Flag Football and soccer. Ben finished his Courtesy photo middle school career in high style by earning straight As, was honored for having perfect attendance in all three years at Marco Forster and was “the backbone” of the longboard team. Ben plans to spend the rest of summer surfing his favorite breaks—Church Beach and the Point at San Onofre. —AS

Chuck Would Touch it with a 10-foot Pole Chuck Patterson films white sharks while stand up paddling at San Onofre By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


ana Point’s quintessential waterman and extreme sports athlete Chuck Patterson—famed for being a champion big wave surfer and central to popularizing the sport of stand up paddling (SUP), among other pursuits—was SUP surfing with friends at San Onofre State Beach on Monday, when the group watched as two Great White sharks spent a good 15 minutes circling them. The next day, August 10, Patterson decided to return to do some reconnaissance on the duo of toothy, white-bellied predators. He filmed the sharks—at around 3 p.m., roughly 250 yards off shore—by rigging his GoPro HD waterproof camera to a 10-foot pole to try to capture footage of the sharks. Ha…ironic…a 10-foot pole. Evidently this pair of sharks are not a bit camera shy. Patterson did capture footage and posted it on August 11 to Vimeo on the web. Patterson took a break from fielding hundreds of phone calls and emails about his video—which went viral overnight—on the morning of August 12 to speak with me about his experience. I couldn’t help but ask, “What were you thinking? Weren’t you scared?” Patterson said that early on in his mission to document the creatures, a “big” one snuck up behind him and slapped his board with its tail. “Right then I had a moment of clarity. It brought me to my knees and I was thinking to myself ‘What am I doing?’” he said. “There were no other surfers even close to me at that point. Then another shark began circling around me very calmly and I gathered myself and began filming. It was an amazing experience. Even though we definitely have to respect these creatures, it is nice to see the shark population is thriving out there. I think it’s a positive sign pointing toward the relative health of our ocean.” For the next 12 to 15 minutes Patterson

“Right then I had a moment of clarity. It brought me to my knees and I was thinking to myself ‘What am I doing?’” —Chuck Patterson

Chuck Patterson filmed this, and other Great White sharks, with a waterproof camera attached to the end of a 10-foot pole while SUP surfing at San Onofre State Beach. Courtesy of Chuck Patterson

collected video footage and still shots of a shark he estimated to be in the seven- to nine-foot range as it circled curiously around his board. The eerily quiet video captures silence except for the splashing and gurgling of the sea—providing a window into the natural habitat of one of the Earth’s most fascinating animals. Park Ranger Brian Lane and Doheny State Beach Supervising Park Ranger Jim Serpa also reported encounters with White sharks in the area on August 10 and 11 respectively. Both Lane and Serpa wrote of their shark encounters on the Shark Research Committee website. Lane’s account includes the sighting of an estimated eight-foot white shark, 100 to 200 yards off of the beach in about 10 feet of water. Serpa reported sighting two smaller White sharks in the range of five to six feet long in the waters off of the break known as Dogpatch. Log on to www.sharkresearchcommittee. com to read their reports. Log on to for a link to Patterson’s amazing video. It definitely gives new meaning to the saying, “Respect the locals.” SC

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Surf ForecasT Water temp: 59-63˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 10-20’ Fair+; Catalina: 15-25’ Fair-Good Remarks: Light-Moderate surge, increasing as a new SW swell builds in. Short range: SSW groundswell builds further on Thursday. Good Southern Hemi breaks see surf in the knee-waist high zone, with sets to chest/shoulder high for top exposures. Conditions are mostly clean early and looking fair to good overall. Long range: Our SSW builds further heading into the weekend, as another new SSW groundswell builds in on Saturday. Most breaks with South exposure are good for knee-waistshoulder high surf Friday, showing more size through the weekend. Conditions look favorable, stay tuned.

SC Times online video show Log on to each week to see a new BoardShorts video featuring the people, places and events that make up our rich surf community.

SURF RESULTS AND BOARD SHORTS Super Girls Pro Jr., ASP Women’s Junior Qualifier August 14, Oceanside 1. Coco Ho, 16.26, HAW; 2. Malia Manuel, 15.17, HAW; 3. Lakey Peterson, 10.67, Santa Barbara; 4. Leila Hurst, 10.27, HAW. Win a Surf Trip to the Dominican Republic Join the Iron Surfer Challenge membership drive and help the Surfrider Foundation grow in numbers and strength. Surfrider members know how important the protection of our coastlines is and can make a difference by introducing friends and acquaintances to the work of the Foundation. If every member signs up just one friend, Surfrider’s impact will be doubled. Members who sign up five friends will be recognized as an Iron Surfer with a limited edition 2010 Iron Surfer T-shirt. The top three Iron Surfers who recruit the most new members by October 31 will win a surf trip to the Quiksilver Travel Surf House in the Dominican Republic. The Surf House is a clean, cool, comfortable house within walking distance to six waves. Once the sun goes down Cabarete lights up as one of the best party towns in the Caribbean! This sixday/five-night trip includes airfare, roundtrip airport from Puerto Plata (POP), three meals per day, accommodation with TV, Wi-fi, DVD, Ipod dock, BBQ, swimming pool and warm water shower, as well as daily 4x4 transportation to the best surf spots from Luperon to Cabrera with a bilingual surf guide/driver. First day to travel is Nov. 1, 2010. Travel must be completed by April 15, 2011. Black-out dates from Dec 16-Jan 14. The Iron Surfer contest is open to Surfrider Foundation members only. If you’re not a member, please visit www. to sign up. Surfrider VIP Screening of “Bag It” the Movie The South OC Chapter is hosting a VIP screening and local premiere of “Bag It” at Surfrider Foundation’s San Clemente headquarters, 942 Calle Negocio on Thursday, August 19, 6:30 p.m. Director, Susan Beraza will present and introduction and a Q&A period after the screening. RSVP to as there is very limited space for this members-only event. Members must provide current member ID for free admission.

UPCOMING EVENTS August 28-29: Surfing America Prime, Event No.1, Camp Pendleton, DMJ’s August 28-29: NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer, Event No. 1, Huntington Beach, Pier

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