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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The Planning Commission on Tuesday reluctantly forwarded a downtown San Juan Capistrano 124room hotel, retail and commercial project on to the City Council. Many see the project as crucial to reviving Capistrano’s historic downtown, but the Planning Commission remains unsatisfied with the project. “It’s just not there yet,” Commission Chairman Sheldon Cohen said. Gretchen Stroscher Thomson, a member of a longtime Capistrano family, proposes the Plaza Banderas Hotel; a mixed-use development that includes a 74,973 square foot hotel and 4,500 square feet of commercial land uses, including 6,509 square feet of retail commercial floor area, a 5,747 square foot restaurant, and a 1,971 square foot private office on the 3.18-acre parcel. The Planning Commission moved the project to the council, but with a requirement it return to the Design Review Committee and Planning Commission.


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DANA POINT This Friday, September 17, all three candidates—Richard Runge, Bob Moore and Richard Dietmeier—competing for two seats on the South Coast Water District Board will speak at the Dana Point Civic Association Coffee Chat. Issues such as future water sources, desalinization and land use of the water district property adjacent to Stonehill Blvd. will be discussed. SCWD provides water and sewer service to over 40,000 residents and more than two million visitors each year in the communities of Dana Point, South Laguna and areas of north San Clemente. The Dana Point Civic Association presents Coffee Chat on the third Friday of each month beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Coffee Importers, 34531 Golden Lantern in the harbor. The public is welcome. Free coffee will be served, courtesy of Coffee Importers.

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…North Beach Referendum Qualifying?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Clerk confirmed Tuesday that a petition effort to stop the North Beach development gathered enough signatures to force City Council action. The City Council on September 21 can decide to withdraw its approval of the retail development, or place the issue before voters. More than 7,800 signatures were submitted, while only 4,095 from registered San Clemente voters were necessary. “We had over 50 signature collectors that are dedicated to making our village different,” said Charles Mann, a leader in the effort to overturn the approval. “It is to them that we need to thank and recognize for their unselfish dedication and passion for seeing through the mistakes and doing something about it.” According to the city, the LAB Holding’s initial proposal included a one- and two-story mixed-use project with 65,000 square feet of retail, office and restaurant use. The LAB proposed to develop the Marblehead site and the adjoining Gallery property as a 75-room hotel. The LAB offered to pay $3.7 million for city-owned land necessary for the project. On July 19, the City Council approved a scaled-down alternative of the Playa del Norte project that was just shy of 49,000 square feet. The project would go next to the Ole Hanson Beach Club on what is now a parking lot. Developer Shaheen Sadeghi was unavailable for comment. WHAT’S NEXT: The City Council will discuss the issue at its meeting Tuesday, September 21. The issue comes too late for the November election, and could be carried over to the next regular municipal election in November 2012, City Clerk Joanne Baade said. A special election could also be scheduled at a much higher cost. FIND OUT MORE: See the staff report for Tuesday’s meeting at www.sanclementetimes. com. —Jonathan Volzke


…SCHS Fees Cited in Lawsuit?

THE LATEST: A requirement that San Clemente High School students purchase books for English classes is among the examples in an ACLU lawsuit that cites 40 school districts statewide for allegedly violating the state’s Constitution requirement of a free education. Capistrano Unified School District is one of six Orange County districts named in the suit, which was filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court and names the State of California and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as defendants. The ACLU investigated several school districts and discovered “a widespread practice” of forcing students to purchase textbooks, workbooks, and assigned novels for academic courses. School districts also charged students to take Advanced Placement examinations, which were course requirements and affected students’ grades. “School districts know they cannot charge students for an education; this practice was struck down by the California Supreme Court in 1984,” Ramona Ripston, Executive Director of the ACLU of Southern California said in a statement. “The court said no to pay-to-play then, and it should be no different now.” WHAT’S NEXT: CUSD officials are looking at this issue closely, but has not had time to fully investigate the ACLU examples listed, CUSD Chief Communications Officer Marcus Walton said in a statement. “Of the three items listed for CUSD, we are concerned about the accuracy of some of the examples,” he said. “While we cannot comment on potential legislation, we are in the process of analyzing our practices to both comply with state rules and regulations and ensure every student has access to the educational opportunities available in our district.” FIND OUT MORE: See the lawsuit at the Beyond the Blackboard blog at —JV


…Target Officially a Go?

THE LATEST: Target’s capital expenditure committee has approved the Target store project in San Clemente. “This is great news for the city and citizens of San Clemente who look forward to expanded neighborhood retail services. And, as a result of the completion of the entitlement process and other important milestones, the new sports park and aquatic center can now be fully funded on a cash basis from this $13.8 million transaction,” Mayor Jim Dahl said in a statement after Target’s September 9 decision. The land sale to Target included 14.79acres located across the street from the future La Pata/Vista Hermosa Sports Park & Aquatic Center at 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa. After the land is graded, the site is expected to yield a 9- to 10-acre pad that will support a 145,000-square-foot store. WHAT’S NEXT: Target is reviewing its schedule but city officials said they anticipate construction will be completed by winter 2011. FIND OUT MORE: See for past reports. —JV


…San Clemente API Scores?

THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District remains the top-scoring large district in the state when it comes to the standardized performance index, but San Clemente schools showed mixed results. The district’s Academic Performance Index (API) rose to 862, a six-point increase from 2009. Each of the 54 schools has an API above 750 and 91 percent have a score above the state-mandated target of 800. Across the state, just 46 percent of schools have reached that mark. The API is a single number from 200 to 1000 that reflects academic performance level and growth based on the results of statewide testing. The index score is calculated by converting a student’s performance on statewide assessments across multiple

content areas into points on the API scale. These points are averaged across all students and all tests. In San Clemente elementary schools, Clarence Lobo saw scores drop 25 points to 822; Concordia gained seven to 877; Las Palmas dropped five to 785; Marblehead gained three to 817 and Vista del Mar dropped four to 906. In the middle schools, Bernice Ayer gained 18 to 894; Shorecliffs dropped five to 817 and Vista del Mar jumped 23 to 887. San Clemente High lost nine points to 820. San Juan Hills was the lowest high school at 810, while Tesoro was highest with 878. WHAT’S NEXT: District officials said they will work harder to improve scores among students with special needs and Englishlearners. FIND OUT MORE: See the district’s entire statement and all of the district scores at the Beyond the Blackboard blog at —JV


…A DUI Arrest at 8 a.m.?

THE LATEST: A 20-year-old San Clemente man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence Wednesday after an 8 a.m. crash on the San Diego Freeway. California Highway Patrol officers responded to a two-car collision in the southbound lanes of Interstate-5 just north of Camino Las Ramblas at 8 a.m. The crash had three lanes blocked and traffic backed up for miles in both directions. CHP Officer E. Barnard said a white Toyota Tacoma carrying two men from Norco was rear-ended by a black Audi. The driver of the Audi, Jesse James Matheny, 20, from San Clemente, was taken into custody under suspicion of felony DUI. He was uninjured. The victims sustained moderate injuries but refused ambulance transport to the hospital. All lanes were reopened and traffic was flowing by 9:30 a.m., authorities said. WHAT’S NEXT: The District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to file charges against Matheny. FIND OUT MORE: Watch for updates at www. —Andrea Swayne

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SC Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By C hris Bashaw 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.

Tuesday, September 14 CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Puente, 1100 Block (1:44 p.m.) A woman said two children found two swords in front of a school. CITIZEN ASSIST Via Zapata, 100 Block (9:01 a.m.) The caller’s 14-year-old daughter was being contacted by a 22-year-old man.

wanted her daughters arrested so she could get them into rehab for their drug problems. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Pico, 900 Block (8:56 p.m.) Someone was stopping drivers in the drive thru and telling people to be careful and that other people were watching them. DISTURBANCE Camino Bosquecillo, 5300 Block (6:33 p.m.) A caller and his wife were in a verbal argument. A female in the background could be heard saying, “Don’t call the cops on my mom.” CITIZEN ASSIST Canto De Los Ciervos, 2900 Block (5:01 p.m.) A woman visiting the caller’s neighbor was speeding down the street and almost hit a child with her car. The woman yelled at the caller when the caller confronted her.

Sunday, September 12 FOUND BICYCLE Calle Majorca, 2400 Block (1:20 p.m.) A bike and backpack were left in the caller’s bushes.

Monday, September 13

DISTURBANCE Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (11:12 a.m.) The caller said he was in a verbal fight with his girlfriend who had been following him around and waiting by his car.

CITIZEN ASSIST Loma Verdes, 0 Block (11:38 p.m.) The caller’s 15-and 17-year-old daughters were packing their things to run away. The caller said she

CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (1:01 a.m.) A 16-year-old daughter refused to tell her mother where she was.

Saturday, September 11 ASSAULT REPORT Calle Campana, 600 Block (11:28 p.m.) Two men from the San Juan Gang assaulted the caller’s 16-year-old son. 9-1-1 HANGUP Avenida Victoria, 100 Block (8:35 p.m.) A woman stated she was the bomb squad’s grandmother. She was also yelling at several people who were heard talking to her in the background. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (1:00 p.m.) A man covered in blood was seen sitting at the rear of a restaurant and the caller wanted him to be checked out. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Sierra, 100 Block (10:59 a.m.) Someone sent a text message to the caller’s 10-year-old daughter with curse words. The message was meant for the caller’s son. SUSPICIOUS PERSON South El Camino Real/ Freeway 5 (11:36 a.m.) A woman was looking nervous while driving a car with military decals. There were two men in the car with her and one made a trigger motion with his finger when he realized the caller was following them.

Friday, September 10 KEEP THE PEACE Calle Las Bolas, 1600 Block (10:07 p.m.) The caller wanted to press charges against

• OCTOBER 18 IS LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION: Remember that October 18, 2010 is the last day to register to vote to be eligible to vote in the November 2, 2010 election. You will need to re-register to vote if you have moved to a new permanent residence, changed your name, or wish to change your political party choice. To register to vote, you can complete a voter registration form that is accessible from the Orange County Registrar of Voters website, at Individuals may also call the San Clemente City Clerk’s Office at 949.361.8200 and request to be mailed a voter registration form. Additionally, individuals may stop by the San Clemente City Clerk’s Office, located at the San Clemente City Hall, 100 Avenida Presidio, San Clemente, during regular business hours to register to vote. • PARTIAL CLOSING OF INTERSTATE 5 TO MAKE WAY FOR STEAM GENERATOR: SCE has asked the California Highway Patrol to temporarily close three of four southbound lanes of Interstate 5 for three hours from 10 p.m. Thursday, September 16 through 1 a.m. Friday, September 17. The temporary closure is in the vicinity of Las Pulgas Road. The partial closure will allow the utility to transport the Unit 3 steam generator bound for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station across two miles of freeway thereby avoiding the environmentally sensitive Skull Canyon beach area.

two sisters that were harassing her and have been creating a disturbance. 9-1-1 HANGUP El Camino Real, 500 Block (8:41 pm.) A woman, who was slurring her speech, was talking about how the police need to arrest real estate people and not her. The caller was calling from a payphone and hung up.

Thursday, September 9 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Via Ontono, 700 Block (8:30 p.m.) The caller’s twin sons were approached by a man who wanted them to help him look for his lost dog. CITIZEN ASSIST Paseo Vista, 0 Block (9:48 a.m.) A woman said she found a ball of poison next to her yard and was concerned for the safety of the children in the area.

Wednesday, September 8 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Calle Mayo, 4200 Block (9:03 p.m.) Two people came to the caller’s door claiming they were doing a school project and were trying to sell something. The caller’s neighbor said the people said they were selling security systems. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (8:57 p.m.) A drunk man was walking around the sidewalk with his pants around his ankles.


City and Community Calendar

Ribbon Cutting

German Speaking Group

City Council Meeting

11:30 a.m. The Chamber celebrates the opening of O2 Wellness. 3551 Camino Mira Costa, 949.492.1131,

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

6 p.m. Regular meeting in City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Western Day

Thursday, September 16

12 p.m. Lunch and entertainment by Global Affair at the Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

Youth Committee Meeting

Monday, September 20

12 p.m. San Clemente Collaborative group meeting at the Boys & Girls Club, 1304 Calle Valle,

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Tuesday, September 21 Wednesday, September 22

Toddlertime 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Kids ages 2-3 can enjoy stories, activities and learning at the library with a parent/guardian. Sign up required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

“Parent & Me” Class for Toddlers

Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Stories for kids ages 3-5 at the library. Sign up required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Kiwanis Meeting

Voiceovers Intro Class

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Learn Spanish at the CUSD District Office, San Juan. 33122 Valle Road, 949.489.7202,

9:15-11:30 am. Parents and children can enjoy interactive activities with in art, music, language and movement at Truman Benedict Elementary School. Kids ages 18-23 months. 1251 Sarmentoso, 949.489.7202,

Oil Painting Class

Physical Fitness for Seniors

SC Sunrise Rotary Club

9 a.m.-10 a.m. Aerobics class at the Senior Center. Ongoing through Nov. 11. Cost $19. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

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

French Conversation Club

Library After-School Club

Planning Commission Meeting

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Club for kids 5 and older at the library featuring crafts, activities, stories and more. Sign up required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

6 p.m. Study session in Ocean View Conference Room; 7 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Spanish Intermediate Class

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Paint what you love with teacher Vicki De Silva. 31422 Camino Capistrano, Serra High School, San Juan Capistrano. 949.489.7202,

Friday, September 17

Fun on the Run

Dark Friday

2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Traveling kids activity program at various SC locations; details listed online. 949.361.8264,

City offices closed.

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Get started in professional voice acting at this class and receive a personal evaluation of your voice. Register online. Lobo Elementary School, 200 Avenida Vista Montana, 949.489.7202,

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

SC Rotary Club 12 p.m. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619, 2 p.m.–4 p.m. At Café Calypso every Wednesday. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.493.5228.

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Viewpoint: City Council Candidates on the Issues By David Zimmerle San Clemente Times


very other week, we will ask City Council candidates their thoughts on hot-button issues, and in effect, it will give you information you can take to the polls. This is your chance to get to know the candidates and make an informed vote in November. We also invite you to send in questions that we’ll consider for publication. Send to editorial

Q: What is the biggest issue facing San Clemente and how would you address it? GEORGIA KEY SMITH Age: 59 Years lived in San Clemente: 12 Contrary to what many might believe, the disagreement about the North Beach development is not nearly as critical as the effect the economy is having on our town. One need only see the undeveloped land at Marblehead and the vacant stores on Del Mar to get a sense of the devastating impact the current economic situation is having on our town. There are a number of activities we could undertake to provide some relief. Primarily we should decide if we have the desire to act in a more welcoming way to developers so that we can be regarded as a city that is business-friendly. In addition, we should marshal our considerable resources to think creatively about how best to encourage and support business that want to come to our Spanish Village by the Sea. We have many bright and caring citizens in San Clemente, so let’s put our experience and ideas together to create a number of great options to help us prosper in these challenging times. Website: TIM BROWN Age: 38 Years lived in San Clemente: 8 As demonstrated in recent community battles over Playa Del Norte, the Village Courtyard and other controversial projects, the biggest issue facing San Clemente is how it will grow into the future and what this growth will look like. There is no question that change is inevitable, but sprawling urban development that creates excessive traffic and blocks ocean views is not. To address this issue, the City Council should embrace San Clemente’s mission statement to “guide development to ensure responsible growth that enhances our village character.” I would provide better guidance and clear expectations to the developers before they invest their time and resources. It is also paramount that each project should stand on its own merits and not require taxpayer subsidies from the City to be built. The current process is unfair to developers and citizens who expect better leadership from their public officials. Website: www.timbrownforcitycouncil. com

CHRIS HAMM Age: 27 Years in SC: 21 years The biggest issue facing San Clemente is getting through these times without sacrificing our small town feel. We need to ensure that all projects and changes brought to San Clemente emulate our core beliefs. The issue on everyone’s mind is the North Beach project. Like most people in San Clemente, I have enjoyed the revitalization of our downtown area. Logically, the next area to revamp is North Beach. North Beach presents a lot of unique issues. It’s a gateway to our city and has a lot of open area. The LAB has created a beautiful project. Unfortunately, it is set on a scale too big for our community. The main issue facing North Beach is the Miramar Theater; any project that fails to incorporate it is incomplete. Website: Look me up on BRENDA MILLER Age: 48 Years lived in San Clemente: 10 The biggest issue facing San Clemente is our town’s financial health. We’ll need to conserve resources if we’re going to provide things our residents want, like the new Sports Park, programs for active seniors, youth recreation, and Safe Routes to School. Council members Anderson and Donchak’s decision to underwrite the LAB’s development at North Beach threatens our town’s present and future. They agreed to pay the LAB’s $4.5 million excavation costs without limitation. That’s like writing a blank check for a bottomless pit. As your elected Council member, I’ll stop the backroom deals that prevent residents from knowing what’s going on. I’ll vigorously oppose the casting of wee hour votes to sell public land. This election is critical to the future of our town. The bucks stop and start with the City Council decisions on how money will be spent. We can survive these tough times if we’re smart. If I’m elected, San Clemente’s residents can depend on me to keep the budget balanced and the books open for inspection. Website: JIM EVERT Age: 68 Years lived in San Clemente: 13 The impact of the economy. Maintaining the quality of life in our city with adequate levels of service and community support is largely dependent on the ability to maintain adequate revenue without imposing more fees and taxes. We want to have parks maintained, pot holes fixed, sand replenished, lifeguards on the city beaches, open space protected, all development vetted in the residents best interest. To do this we need to continue managing our expenses. At the same

time our city needs to be more business friendly to attract more commercial office users and retailers to fill our existing vacant office and retail space. We lose considerable sales tax dollars on a daily basis as much of our population makes the majority of their purchases outside of our city’s boundaries. The approved Target and “Marblehead Commercial Center” projects will greatly increase our sales tax base and bring thousands of new jobs to our city. Playa del Norte is needed for the same reason and will beautify the entrance into our city. Website: Facebook page: Jim Evert for San Clemente City Council JOE ANDERSON Age: 68 Years lived in San Clemente: 27 In my view, one of the major challenges facing our city is how to encourage quality improvements in a useful and effective way on North and South El Camino Real. In short, what can the City do to motivate the private sector to revitalize these areas to make them more representative of the “Village Atmosphere” and sense of place we all appreciate. Since the City does not own or otherwise directly control the properties in question, there’s little we can directly do. The issue has been studied in previous plans such as our existing General Plan, Plan 2000, Downtown Visioning, etc. but we have yet to find a truly effective formula we can all agree on. The good news is that once things start to change for the better there will be a “domino effect” such as we have seen on Avenida Del Mar and the Pier Bowl. I have some ideas but would like to hear yours. Please visit Website: www. PATRICK CROSBY Age: 62 Years lived in San Clemente: 18 The fact that San Clemente is on a fast track to economic nowhereland. Other cities figured out decades ago that in order remain viable, they needed to attract high paying high tech jobs. San Clemente’s leadership still thinks the key to prosperity is restaurants, fashion boutiques, outlet malls, and more homes. Jobs? Who needs a job when you can live the rest of your life off the never ending capital appreciation of your home? All you need are nice restaurants and boutiques to spend all that easy money. Most incredible of all: The current council still believes in this fantasy. A major shift in its economic development goals is now mandatory. High tech R&D centers owned by companies such as Intel and Google need to be the new priority—prime land must stop being squandered on outlet malls and other retail. Old- guard thinking must go. The city must begin to play an active role in

promoting new emerging technology business here as well. Website: LORI DONCHAK Age: Did not disclose Years lived in San Clemente: Did not disclose The poor economy and the shadow it can cast on our quality of life in San Clemente is the No. 1 issue. During my first term, I chose to direct a significant amount of time toward financial issues and the importance of delivering a balanced budget for the community. Next term I’ll continue to provide responsible financial leadership to preserve San Clemente’s quality of life, both for today and for future generations. I will actively protest Sacramento’s requests to fund state budget problems with our local dollars. I will continue to insist on conservative fiscal policy, such as the San Clemente Sustainability Reserve Fund, put in place at my urging in 2007. We should never spend more than we have. I will move to hire an Economic Development Director to attract and retain businesses that enhance and improve San Clemente’s quality of life. Conservative longterm financial planning for San Clemente’s needs is a priority for me. It is possible that the poor economy is in fact the new economy. As such, steps will be necessary to make sure that public safety, clean beaches, well-cared for parks, sidewalks, streets, and all the other ingredients that make our beach town special are maintained at high levels. Website: JAY GASKINS Age: 49 Years lived in San Clemente: 10 I feel that the biggest issue facing San Clemente is the gradual deterioration of some of the neighborhoods in this great city. I never thought I would see the day when there were areas in this charming and historical beach town that were unsafe to walk in. The gang and subsequent drug problem is much more severe than people want to think. A lot of this problem is the byproduct of vacant and dilapidated businesses that draw this element. One possible solution to the problem is to rejuvenate the buildings in the area and reduce the ghetto-like appearance of the businesses and neighborhoods. Bad behavior seems to be attracted to bad and unsavory areas. I would also ask that law enforcement aggressively arrest and pursue maximum punishments to set a precedent for deterrence. It is my opinion that the “reach-out” programs should be secondary to straight and strict law enforcement. Website: None COMING NEXT WEEK: Your first look at Capistrano Unified School District Board of Education candidates.

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News Bites

—Compiled by David Zimmerle

Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info

u The San Clemente Garden Club is holding its fourth Annual Front Yard Garden Contest. Garden Club members and local residents are invited to submit nominations for noteworthy gardens they see when walking or driving around the area. The contest is open to both residential and business sites, and may include any type of garden. A committee comprised of Garden Club members will conduct a “drive-by” viewing of all the nominations, and will then select the winners before the October 16 Plant Sale at the Community Center. Nominations are being accepted until September 28. Please include the street address, city, and resident’s name (if known) and a few words about the nominated yard. Email nominations to

Miranda Mower, 12, of San Clemente swept the competition in the Crème de la Kids karaoke singing competition at the Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona on Sunday, Sept. 12. After winning a spot in the semi-finals during qualifying round competition at the Orange County Market Place, the swap meet at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, held recently over the course of three weekends, Mower and four other finalists selected from the Market Place event went on to compete at KaraokeFest 2010, the largest singing contest of its kind. The event presented by Karaoke Scene Magazine pits hundreds of amateur vocalists from Southern California in three categories: Kids 17 and under in the Crème de la Kids, adults 18 and over in the Crème de le Crème division and all ages of competitors in the Crème de la King for Elvis Presley tribute artists. Mower sang On My Own from Les Miserables during the qualifying round and semi finals competition, but chose Don’t Rain on My Parade, a Barbra StreiMiranda Mower. Courtesy photo sand song from Funny Girl for the finals at the Pomona fair. She was selected as the first place winner among 20 finalists. She won a $500 savings bond, a variety of merchandise prizes and a giant loving cup trophy. The other four finalists from the Market Place’s Crème de la Kids competition included: Denisse Alvarado, 11, of Norwalk; Nicole Delacruz, 9, of Chula Vista; Gwyneth Olin, 9, of Reseda, who sang Good Morning Baltimore from the musical Hairspray and Ashley Guzman, 14, of Tarzana. They competed but did not place in the finals. For more information on KaraokeFest visit or call 714.826.2212. u

The race for the congressional seat representing San Clemente heated up recently as Democratic congressional candidate Bill Hedrick came to San Clemente on Thursday, Sept. 9, to open his Orange County campaign office. Hedrick, an educator and school board member from Corona, ran for the 44th Congressional District in 2008 and nearly won. He’s running again in 2010 for the district that stretches from the Riverside area into South Orange County. “We are so pleased and excited to have our office in San Clemente,” Hedrick said to a crowd of about 25 supporters at the office on W. El Portal wedged between El Camino Real and Max Berg Plaza Park. Bill Hedrick. Courtesy photo Hedrick noted the support San Clemente voters gave him during his last run and labeled his office opening as unique for the area and part of a more active campaign in Orange County. He also pledged to be visible in San Clemente once elected to Congress. “You will not have to chase me down,” Hedrick said. “You will see me here and you will see me here frequently. I want to be an integral part of your community.” The campaign office is located at 125 W. El Portal and can be reached by calling 949.630.7371. u

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Casa Romantica’s Karen Ahola, Jenifer Finley (executive director), Lisa Goff, Launa Gould and Gary Hitchcock gather for a photo with the restaurant owners who will be participating in this year’s Toast to the Casa. Photo by Heidi Mefferd u With two weeks still to go to the 2010 Toast to the Casa on September 25, support for the annual gala fundraiser is off the charts. The Casa Romantica Board of Trustees, Event Committee and staff has stepped up to create an unforgettable evening for everyone who attends this year’s Toast. From sponsorships to auction donations, support for the 2010 gala fundraiser has been exceptionally strong, an indicator of just how important local businesses and individuals view Casa Romantica’s cultural role and mission. Two pre-event Toast underwriting parties have already been hosted at the homes of past Toast Chair, Michael Kaupp, and Casa Board Member, Noel Helm, raising over three thousand dollars to offset the costs associated with the gala benefit. The Casa Romantica Board has been particularly supportive of this year’s Toast. Newly elected Trustee, Lisa Merryman, who is passionate about the organization’s cultural mission has even donated an heirloom ring for the silent auction. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Casa’s Auction Committee, fondly referred to as the “Auction Angels,” an enticing line-up of auction items has been acquired from the community including a prized getaway package at Montage in Laguna Beach, a week in a Mammoth condo, a seven-night stay in a Kauai beach house, several beautiful works of fine art, gorgeous jewelry, and a charming BMW pedal car courtesy of Crevier BMW. The auction team is spearheaded by San Clemente resident and Casa supporter, Maureen Fakinos, and includes Diana McDonald, Annemarie Host, Michelle Host, Rochelle Brannon, Wendy Rambo, Lisa Scheel, Poloma Epstein, Dr. Erini Redmond and Kellie Lupsha. Seventeen of San Clemente’s finest restaurants, a record number, together with local wine distributors are participating in this year’s gala benefit and include: Carbonara’s Trattoria, Pacific Wine and Spirits, The Cellar, Café Mimosa, Antoine’s Café, Jacobi’s on the Alley, Vine Restaurant, The Fisherman’s Restaurant, Dad’s Liquor, Southern Wine and Spirits, Iva Lee’s Restaurant, Regal Wine Co. and Trader Joe’s. Live musical entertainment will include performances by Goldfish, a groovy five-member tribute-to-dance and ’70s funk band, the Jesse Hughes Trio playing jazz, blues and standards, and Gerard Hagen on the piano playing standards and timeless classics. Guests to this year’s Toast to the Casa will experience some new surprises as the Event Committee goes all out to ensure everyone enjoys a magical time while raising essential funds for the non-profit cultural center. Whether it’s dancing the night away on the Ocean Terrace, listening to sultry blues on the bluff, feasting on delicious food and wine or returning home with some fabulous treasures from the auction—perhaps that gorgeous heirloom amethyst ring—the Toast promises something special for every guest. Purchase tickets to the 2010 Toast to the Casa by calling 949.498.2139 ext. 10.

Wheels2Water, an adaptive surfing organization that takes individuals in wheelchairs surfing, is hosting a fundraiser event at the OC Tavern, 2369 South El Camino Real, on September 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is also being sponsored by several San Clemente based surf companies through product donations for the silent auction and include Lost, Ocean Minded, Rip Curl and Skull Candy among others. More information is available by visiting u

Several local businesses are set for their grand opening ribbon cutting ceremonies and they include: O2 Wellness, 3551 Camino Mira Costa, C, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on September 17, and Home Consignment Center, 528 N. El Camino Real, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Shorecliffs Golf Course will have the JVJ Band performing at its club located at 501 Avenida Vaquero on Friday, September 17, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. This popular event will again be a great evening of dinner, dancing, solid blues music and a lot of fun. Other various dinner specials will be offered as well. More information is available at 949.492.1178. u

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hile visiting with Colby Carrier of the Downtown Business Association (DBA) in her office recently, a young man came in with some questions. He introduced himself as being from out-of-town, yet explained that he has a proven consumer business concept that he would like to bring to a beach city. He identified that he had already reviewed Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach and was well versed in their merits and drawbacks. “What could we tell him about the City of San Clemente that would sway him to bring his new business to our downtown?” he asked. Colby and I went into full pitch mode, identifying and explaining the many social events and activities that San Clemente is fortunate to offer that bring so many individuals downtown. We named them one by one, and could provide an estimate of the size of the crowds. We talked about the increased vibrancy brought on by the newer restaurants; people coming downtown for dinner and then walking around afterwards. The resources that could help him were also identified: In addition to the DBA, he was encouraged to visit the Chamber of Commerce, staff at City Hall, other business organizations, and talk with the local newspapers and magazines. Since he inquired about available properties, it was suggested that he talk to local realtors. He wanted to immediately review a few recently vacated locations that he could walk to, so he left inspired and enthused, and was last observed calling one of the property owners to discuss leasing requirements. Perhaps we’ll get a new business here, one with a unique strategy for growth that actually complements existing nearby businesses. It is essential that our Spanish Village by the Sea remain economically vibrant. It is even defined in the City of San Clemente Vision Statement:

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Local Businesses are in a Partnership with Each Other


Online Reader Poll Have you attended any of the General Plan meetings yet? Yes.


The City of San Clemente, in partnership with the community we serve, will foster a tradition dedicated to: Maintaining a safe, healthy atmosphere in which to live, work and play; Guiding development to ensure responsible growth while preserving and enhancing our village character, unique environment and natural amenities; Lou Leto Providing for the City’s long-term stability through promotion of economic vitality and diversity. One of the most visible negative indicators sending a message to our citizens and our visitors might be the amount of storefronts that are shuttered, with For Lease signs fading from being posted in windows for so long. A second negative might be the frequency of Going Out of Business or Moving Sale signs. I wonder if we as the “citizenry” are doing all we can to support the current businesses here. I am frequently reminded in the financial news reports that almost 70 percent of our nation’s GNP is consumer-based, and I fully understand that the economy remains in the doldrums. Our last President tried to jump-start it by sending many citizens a check, encouraging us to “go shopping.” Recognizing that while we cannot buy our way out of the dilemma that we are in, is the shopping we are doing staying local? Each time we are fortunate to have a free event downtown, the informal de-brief of local businesses reflects that they actually did less business during that time. Sure, the owners are responsible for being open during the hours the event is there, and they need to offer the goods and services that actually appeal to shoppers, but is the collec-

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Park has been to my 19-month old daughter. She learned to slide there. Learned to climb. Learned to share. She made her first friend at Linda Lane. In many ways, my wife and I learned to be parents there too. Many of our neighbors, parents of young children like ourselves, would walk there most mornings. We were regulars, and between pushing the swings and conducting those impromptu lessons in sharing, we formed a community. In a place far from our own extended family, we found support and understanding from other new parents. We found we were not alone. We parents would sit at the edge of the sand pit and rave about Linda Lane park—its proximity to the beach trail (the only such park in San Clemente), the friendly atmosphere, its location within easy walking distance for families living west of I-5. But our kids knew what really mattered: The two play structures. The first one went away last spring, after being boarded up with a sign stating without equivocation that “repair

parts are on order.” Except that they weren’t. I know that because I was there when a pair of San Clemente park employees met with a salesman from the company that built the structure. When I asked about the replacement parts they told me none had been ordered, and none would be. The next time I came to the park, the structure was gone. My daughter made do with the remaining structure, as did the other kids. But a little of the vitality was gone from our little park. Our community was diminished. Recently, workers boarded up the remaining play structure. “It’s time to go now,” one of them said, and my daughter obligingly picked up her shoes and walked to the stroller. She didn’t know that the play structure wouldn’t be there the next time we came to the park. But I did, and I knew how this decision would affect my daughter. She won’t understand why she rarely sees her friends any more. She won’t understand why we must put her in the car and drive to go to one of the many other San Clemente parks that are newer, (Cont. on page 12)


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tive just coming down to the street, taking up all the surrounding parking, blocking store access, and not going in to browse, buy, or dine? If so, there just might not be the local business support for continued events in the future. And they are not going to be encouraging other businesses to set up here. That becomes a very nasty, faster downward spiral… Spend only what you plan or can, locally. And at the next event sponsored by our businesses, reward them with your support. And, if you can’t spend, then stop in and thank them. As the Vision Statement clearly states, we are in partnership… San Clemente’s Lou Leto is a results-driven professional who uses strategic planning and business development methods, combining a solid marketing and sales management background in building brand, enhancing product and organizational image, and guiding teams to achieve set goals. Lou has successfully utilized these skills while pioneering American-made products into 45 countries. He continues to apply the same expertise to help companies and mentor individuals that seek to grow to the next level.

Letters to the Editor SAVED AT THE PARKING METER Mike Fluchere, San Clemente

While vacationing with our kids and grandchildren in the Thousand Islands region in upstate New York this summer, our parking meter expired before we got back. Instead of a summons for $40 or $50 as is the case in San Clemente, and most beach cities, we got an envelope addressed to the Village of Alexandria Bay, N.Y. on our window that said: “Our parking enforcement officer noticed your meter had expired, and put in another coin to give you some extra time in case you have inadvertently forgot.” Instead of a single quarter, I sent them a couple of bucks, to thank, encourage and support their program. Now that is a tourist-friendly town.


I’m trying to put into words how important Linda Lane

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Are Taxpayers Being Railroaded?


rguing with a government-funded marketing machine is not easy unless you read between the lines of the machine’s own data. Referencing the popular “jobs” spin surrounding High Speed Rail, we have a perfect example of how a well-funded myth could railroad us into another economic catastrophe. In November 2008, voters approved by a slim margin a $9 billion bond (debt) for start-up costs associated with a statewide high-speed rail line. Total costs were estimated at $45 billion to complete the project from San Francisco to San Diego. By 2008, costs quickly skyrocketed to $43 billion for the San Francisco to Los Angeles route alone, and fares once estimated at $50 rose to $105. In addition, ridership levels were nearly cut in half, and funding sources still remain a mystery. But the taxpayer-funded California High Speed Rail Authority (CHSRA) continues to roll down the track selling the dream. At a conference on August 25, attended by over 100 Orange County local elected officials, a study prepared by UCI’s Institute for Transportation Studies was released. The study was sponsored by the Orange County Transportation Association, Veolia Transportation (Paris based), HDR Engineering (Seattle), NRG Energy West (New Jersey) and the Center for Urban Infrastructure at Brandman (part of the Chapman University system). Examining the 25-plus mile segment, or initial phase between Los Angels and Anaheim, the study assumes High

Speed Rail would have an exclusive right of way, requiring viaducts, elevated structures and the potential condemnation of hundreds of homes and businesses. The $4.5 billion cost would provide, according to the report, $700 million in wages for the unemployed by providing 57,000 jobs for one year. This “jobs” project will spend $4.5 billion to create Diane L. Harkey 57,000 jobs for 1 year? But wait, in order to eliminate some of the initial outrage over the eminent domain of private property and blight created in existing communities, the CHSRA is considering sharing the tracks with existing Metrolink. This could save $2 billion, but that would surely reduce the one-year construction job benefit. The Governor is taking a six-day trip to China, Japan and South Korea to ride high-speed trains in all three countries. Could foreign firms and out-of-state contractors be the only true benefactors of the long-term jobs promised by CHSRA? Metrolink currently operates 10 daily commuter routes between LA and Anaheim making various stops along the route to accommodate ridership needs. The trip takes roughly 45 minutes one-way. Metrolink could “fly” matching HSR speeds if non-stop. Metrolink is built, already heavily subsidized, and available now. Why spend billions of taxpayer funds to build and subsidize another train?

Our state needs improved public transportation in and between metropolitan areas, but that is exactly what this high-speed train to nowhere could defund, or at best duplicate. Dollars to complete routes are uncertain at best, projected $19 billion federal grant funds are falling short, $12 billion private funding is uncommitted, and the $5 billion expected from cities and counties grappling with state borrowing and underfunded pensions will likely add to local burdens. Exactly who will pay, how much, and for what needs to be known before we send this new flashy, old-school train-tech down the track. What dollar amount is expected to be coughed up from cities and counties represented by your local elected officials at the UCI event? An Investment Grade Financial analysis would provide all that information and more. It would also verify the reality of ridership numbers that the Authority cannot justify. The people of California were promised a full credit analysis of the project prior to construction—we need facts now before we are railroaded off another financial cliff. Assemblywoman Diane Harkey represents the cities of Oceanside, San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, and Aliso Viejo. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

Letters to the Editor (cont.) better resourced, and better maintained. She’ll just stand at her stroller, bounce expectantly, and say “Linda Lane? Linda Lane?” She can’t yet write letters to the editor, so I’ve written this letter on her behalf. For her sake, I hope that our Mayor and Council members will answer these questions: When can we expect to have new play structures installed at Linda Lane? Why was there no public notice of intent to remove the structures, and why has no plan been made (or made public) to replace them? And this to the author of that “parts are on order” sign: Please just tell us the truth.

IN RESPONSE TO PETE ESPINOSA Craig Alexander, Dana Point

Once again Mr. Espinosa, the spokesperson for the current recall of Capistrano Unified School District Trustees Mike Winsten and Ken Lopez-Maddox, plays fast and loose with the facts in his accusations against Mr. Winsten. In a recent letter to the editor, he states that Mr. Winsten’s prior letter is full of “hubris, arrogance and incompetence” and that Mr. Winsten is a liar, deceitful and deceptive. But rather than state facts to prove these allegations, Mr. Espinosa resorts to name-calling, character assassination and misstating recent events. I have personally attended some of the CUSD Board of Trustee meetings over the last two years and seen Mr. Espinosa make these same types of statements directly to the Board, which he is allowed to make under the Brown Act during what is known as “open comments.” With these types of tactics and statements, is it any wonder that relations between the Board and the Union and those Mr. Espinosa claims to represent are distrustful at best? Regarding the “out-of-court settlements” issue: Contrary to Mr. Espinosa’s spin on the facts of this matter, the settlement did not cost the District any money. All of the settlement monies came from the insurance pool of the District not the District’s general fund. The lawsuit was brought by parents whose children and themselves had been placed on disgraced former Superintendent James Fleming’s “enemies list” under the prior Board of Trustees. The attorney for the District advised the Board that if the case went to trial a judgment against the District in the millions of dollars was likely. Further, that if the District did not accept the settlement reached in mediation, the insurance pool would not pay for any judgment the parents obtained and it would come right out of the District’s general fund—and out of the classrooms of CUSD. By law a public entity must pass a resolution by a majority vote to enter into a settlement and settle a case (and stop the attorneys’ fees for having to defend the lawsuit). Therefore by law at least a majority of the Board had to vote Page 12 • San Clemente Times • September 16–22, 2010

on the settlement proposal and Mr. Winsten voted as was his obligation to do so as an elected member of the Board of Trustees. Under Mr. Espinosa’s twisted logic, each and every member of the Board would not be allowed to vote on the settlement—and the lawsuit would still be going on today or a judgment against the District for far more money would be entered against CUSD. But all of this is public record since the District waived the attorney client privilege so that this information would come out to the general public—but Mr. Espinosa, not wanting to let a good spin get away, fails to mention these facts in his diatribe against Mr. Winsten. The teachers’ strike was not the plan or intent of the Board of Trustees and Mr. Espinoza can not prove otherwise. When they came into office, the Reform Trustees were handed from the State of California and the economy the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Many members of our South Orange County community have faced the loss of jobs, cutbacks on income, the loss of homes, etc. In the face of these challenges the Board is required under the Education Code to balance its budget. Prior to the fact finder’s report, the Teachers Union demanded that the Board balance the budget by letting go younger teachers and increasing class size. Later, after the fact finder’s report in the first quarter of this year, the Union stated it would accept part of the fact finder’s report but made demands to restore salaries to pre-budget crisis levels the Board could not agree to. Finally, having to meet their requirements under the Education Code, the Board passed a contract that provided for the least reduction in salary and benefits it could to balance the budget. The Teachers Union called a strike anyway—using the negative publicity to get signatures for a recall election against Mr. Winsten and Mr. LopezMaddox. Keep in mind to that at least 85 percent of the District’s total budget is for salary and benefits to CUSD’s employees—so there is little left over for the maintenance of facilities and direct classroom expenditures. The Reform Trustees (the currently elected ones) never promised the support a By Trustee Area method of electing trustees but did vote to place the issue before the voters this November. The Board did not spend $100,000 to keep Measure H from the voters. The Board hired an attorney to fight being forced to have Measure H on the recent June 2010 ballot at a cost to the District of approximately $500,000 of District funds. The government entity (which was not the Board of Trustees) that ordered the election in June backed down and allowed the vote to take place this November at a cost of only approximately

$8,500. In fact, Mr. Espinosa and his friends tried to pressure the Board to ask the State of California for a waiver to not even allow the voters to vote on Measure H. They wanted to have the change in the method of voting for Trustees in CUSD by State Government fiat. Thankfully the Board of Trustees said no to these pressure tactics so that the CUSD residents can make this important decision. For more information about these and other issues facing CUSD go to For full disclosure, I am a resident of Dana Point, an attorney and a member of the Board of Directors of the Education Alliance—a group that supports conservatives to be elected to school boards. For more information about Education Alliance to go With so much hyperbole going on during this election about the CUSD Board of Trustees, I encourage voters to hear both sides of the issue before making up your minds on the direction of our school district.

MY VOTE’S GOING TO HEDRICK Timothy Johnson, San Clemente

I am writing in regard to our 16-year incumbent congressman, Ken Calvert. Named one of the 20 most corrupt members of Congress by a nonpartisan watchdog organization, Rep. Calvert has also made a name for himself by becoming one of the most notorious supporters of earmarks. Over his long career in Congress, he passed earmarks that increased the value of his land property and he also pushed for 13 earmarks alone for a lobbying firm that totaled $91 million. (He is now under investigation by the FBI.) In the same regard, Rep. Calvert has spent thousands of our tax dollars ($352,000 in 2009 alone) sending out vapid mailers and “breaking news updates” to his constituents, reminding us of how great of a Congressman he is. Recently, he was profiled in the OCRegister as exploiting an election law that prohibits such “mail blasts” within three months of an election. Calvert, naturally, found a way to game the system, sending out batches of “different” mailers to 499 residents at a time (one less than the 500 mailers the law prohibits). These are the reasons why I am voting for challenger Bill Hedrick, an honest family man, a lifelong teacher and a father whose children have served our country in Iraq. If we really want to clean up Washington, let’s sweep Ken Calvert out and send them Bill. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, email us at or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.



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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

thursday16 forecast: sunny • high: 77° low: 56°

Taryn Donath

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

Smooth Live Entertainment

6 p.m. Live music every Thursday and Friday at Irons in the Fire. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900,

Hugh Leaner

9 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Molly Blooms. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,

Sea Star Tour

3 p.m. Free small-group “behind the scenes” tour at the Ocean Institute. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

Ladies Night

9 p.m.-close. Ladies and college students pay no cover and get drink specials at Caliente Coastal Cantina. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,

friday17 forecast: sunny • high: 74° low: 56°

Constitution Day Bell Ringing

Go See Do

Shakespeare’s WORKS Abridged

The Cabrillo Playhouse, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, opened its new season on Friday, September 10 with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged. This is a fast moving comedy that parodies all of the Shakespeare plays and sonnets, and is done with three high-energy performers in two acts. The actors will keep you guessing how they will pull off the next Photo by Heidi Mefferd play. If you know Shakespeare, you will have a lot of fun with this hilarious farce, and if you don’t know Shakespeare, or don’t usually like Shakespeare, you’ll still love this show as it pokes fun at the classic bard.

Five Live

7 p.m.-10 p.m. A tribute to the Yardbirds at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121,

The Motels

8 p.m. Band from the ’80s at The Coach House also with Ezra, The Hard and The Delta 88’s. $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


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

Fondue & a Flick Fridays

5 p.m. Join The Melting Pot for a three-course fondue experience and movie pass for $27 per person. 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.1966,

Elliot on Piano

7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live piano every Friday and Saturday at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

Tarantulas & Blacklighting4Bugs

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Join the Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy on a search for tarantulas. Adults $10, kids $5, members free. More info and directions: 949.489.9778,

saturday18 forecast: sunny • high: 74° low: 57°

SC Open Skate & Surf Contests

7 a.m. The two-day event kicks off with the 11th annual open skate contest at Ralph’s Skate Court. All ages welcome to compete. Features DJs, prizes, raffles and more. 241 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, 949.361.8264,

Big Wednesday Gallery Opening

Join Mission San Juan Capistrano for a unique bell ringing to celebrate the birthday of the United States. Call for times. Free with admission of $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,

6 p.m. The KONA Gallery introduces a new photojournalism exhibit featuring the work of Iceland’s Thorvaldur Örn Kristmundsson and his “Nature Is Brand” collection. Event features live music by The Charlies, 410-412 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.481.3747,

Speaker Series with The Sheriff

Pumpkin Patch

8 a.m.-10 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. Orange County Sheriff, Sandra Hutchens speaks on housing, community and real estate insight at the Laguna Hills Auditorium. La Paz, Laguna Hills, 949.586.6800,,

Harland Williams

8 p.m.; 10 p.m. The well-known comedian performs all weekend at the Irvine Improv. Tickets $22. 71 Fortune Drive, Suite 841, Irvine, 949.854.5455,


5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Tobin James from Paso Robles for one of his final tastings in Orange County. They will be raffling off a few signed bottles. $20 for seven wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, Page 14 • San Clemente Times • September 16–22, 2010

10 a.m.–6 p.m. Irvine Park Railroad’s fifth annual pumpkin patch is now open and features tons of activities, rides, animals and more. Free admission; prices for activities vary. Open daily through Oct. 31. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.997.3968,

Pet Adoption

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., running through September 25. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www. or by calling the box office at 949.492.0465. Admission is free for season ticket holders and season tickets are still available for purchase. The Cabrillo Playhouse is an intimate 66-seat theatre that over the years has hosted hundreds of plays—winning rave reviews and capturing hearts with inspiring shows. It is set in an historic, Ole Hanson-style house on the corner of Avenida Cabrillo and Ola Vista in downtown San Clemente.


5 p.m.–8 p.m. Adaptive surfing organization, which takes individuals in wheelchairs surfing, hosts an event at OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,,

The Complete Works Of William Shakespeare Abridged

8 p.m. The Cabrillo Playhouse presents three guys covering 37 Shakespeare plays in less than two hours. Full of energy, fun and laughs. Tickets $15. Shows through Sept. 25. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,

Cecilio & Kapono

8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House also with Waldo Bliss. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Cheryl Silverstein

6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The female vocalist and pianist John Paul Keene perform jazz & pop standards at Agostino’s. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capo Beach, 949.661.8266.

sunday19 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 74° low: 57°

SC Open Skate & Surf Contests

7 a.m. The two-day event continues with the 3rd annual open surf contest at the San Clemente Pier. Boys & girls of all ages welcome to compete. Event features DJs, vendors, prizes, raffles and more. Registration fee $35. 949.361.8264,

San Clemente Farmers Market

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

Kids’ Fishing

12 p.m. Free fishing clinic on the dock followed by a half-day fishing trip for kids hosted by Dana Wharf every Sunday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Roach’s Corner “Unplugged”

12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Live music at OC Tavern. Free. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,

“Shake, Rattle & Roll”

3 p.m. Elvis is back! Saddleback College Arts presents “A Tribute to The King” starring Scot Bruce in McKinney Theater. Tickets $32; $30 students/seniors/Angels; $25 children. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4413,

Mission Tours

10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Ark of San Juan hosts a pet adoption at Pets Plus. 638 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.388.0034,

11:15 a.m.; 1 p.m.; 2:15 p.m.; 3:45 p.m. Special tours are Mission SJC to enhance your experience and learn the history of Mission grounds and California history. Admission $5–$9 plus $1-$2 for tour. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,

Donavon Frankenreiter

Jennifer Knapp

8 p.m. The mellow and melodic musician/surfer performs at The OC Great Park for the “Flights and Sounds of Summer” concert series. Free; parking $8. 6950 Marine Way, Irvine, 949.724.6247,

7 p.m. Rising star performs at The Coach House. Also with Sasha Evans. $15 advance, $18 day of show. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, (Cont. on page 16)


SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Madi Swayne

The Next Door


647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.940.8845, BEST KNOWN FOR: Backdoor burger MOST POPULAR ITEM: French dip sandwich The Next Door is making its mark on the town. The restaurant has been open for one month, and according to Manager Ginger Carter, “It’s been great and it is really fun to have a brand new venue to work with.” Although The Next Door is literally next door to The Melting Pot, it is a completely different style of restaurant. “The Next Door is something a little more fun, casual, and lighthearted in comparison; though they are both under the same ownership,” she said. Head Chef Tony Thomason and his staff make everything from scratch, including their best-known item—the Backdoor burger—made with two fresh ground beef patties, bacon, Cognac caramelized onions, melted Brie cheese, grilled portabello mushrooms and served with a side of sweet potato fries and chipotle aioli. The French Dip Sandwich, the most popular item, is made from a prime rib roast. It is served with Emmenthaler Swiss cheese, Cognac caramelized onions, horseradish mayo, and sage au jus. Stop in every Sunday for “Bluegrass Brunch” when The Next Door features a live Bluegrass band, nine-dollar bottomless mimosas, and a special brunch menu.

Chef Tony Thomason. Photo by Madi Swayne

PRICE RANGE: $2-$22 PAYMENT: Cash, credit card RESERVATIONS: For parties of six or more and Sunday brunch HOURS: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-midnight and Sunday 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

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

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¼ 31115 Ranch Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.218.4300 (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)

monday20 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 73° low: 56°


12 p.m.-4 p.m. Saddleback College Art Gallery presents an exhibit showcasing illustrators’ personal views about the state of the world and environment through art. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,


8 a.m.-10 a.m. Dana Point Library offers a computer-learning class for free. Call for availability. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. Benny performs live at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

wednesday22 forecast: sunny • high: 73° low: 55°


9 a.m. Head to The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy for outdoor yoga and a walk through nature. Call for info and directions. Adults $10, kids $5, members free. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778,


7:30 p.m. Show off your best moves at Swallow’s Inn. Live music provided by Mark Liddell & The Wranglers. 31786 Camino Capistrano, SJC, 949.493.3188,

5 p.m.-8 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Rich Hall of Stone Brewery who will be raffling off a few beers. Tasting fee is $15 for seven beers with snacks (pretzels, brats & more). 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,



5 p.m.-8 p.m. SC Wine Company offers three wines for $5, glasses of selected wines for $5 and mugs of beer from $5 & up. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

2 p.m. Legendary stage star comes to the Laguna Playhouse for a limited-engagement performance. Tickets start at $36. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787,



8 p.m. Sing fearlessly behind a cloud of smoke at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

7 p.m.-8 p.m. Educational wine tasting and food pairing every Wednesday at Vine. $40 each. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2079,




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8 p.m. Swallow’s Inn hosts a new Tuesday night special featuring live music by Jet West and more beachy fun. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


11 a.m.-3 p.m. Annual character-building event for youth. Features fun games, educational booths, acitivities, live performances and more. Vista Del Mar School, 1130 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.361.8368,


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 p.m.-10 p.m. Themed “An Evening of Elegance,” this year’s event at Casa Romantica features food from local restaurants, wine, live bands, dancing, live & silent auctions and more. Funds go to Casa programs. Tickets $175 each. RSVP. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,




7 p.m. Taco-Tuesday night at Caliente Coastal Cantina, plus popular DJs spinning ’80s hits and drinks specials for those in ’80s attire. No cover. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,


8 p.m. Live music at BeachFire and “Taco Night.” No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, Page 16 • San Clemente Times • September 16–22, 2010

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Participate in a cleanup at one of many local beaches and creek areas in San Clemente and Dana Point or San Juan. More info and locations at 949.361.8204,

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Machete Indeed Anyone who’s seen more than one film from Robert Rodriguez knows what they can expect for less than two hours in a theater: Nudity, foul language and whole lot of violence. With the exception of his family-friendly franchise Spy Kids, this really has been the case with the filmmaker’s work for almost two decades. He began as a protégé type for Quentin Tarantino directing the auteur’s screenplay of From Dusk ‘til Dawn, then created his Desperado western series and followed that up with the graphic well-received novel adaptation Sin City. And now the Texan director has taken to the theme of campy, throwback homage to the low budget, grindhouse action films of the ‘70s with his new and improved modern special effects. Sparking from a fake trailer of Rodriguez’ featured during the double feature Grindhouse by Rodriguez and Tarantino, Machete is a character that is not new but is now given his own feature film with the same name. Rodriguez cast Danny Trejo as a hitman character on everyone’s most wanted list (dead or alive). In this feature, it’s him versus everyone on the Mexico and Texas border. At the moment he’s battling an old time nemesis by the name of Torrez (Steven Seagal), a senator (Robert De Niro) plus his “people” who literally want to kill illegal immigration. But on Machete’s side are two badass hotties: An illegal immigrant smuggler and taco seller by day played by Michelle Rodriguez (no relation to Robert) and an immigrant trafficking police officer played by Jessica Alba. Rounding out the cast are Don Johnson as a crooked Lieutenant and Lindsay Lohan as a model-wannabe. It should be stressed exactly how much violence and blood is in this film, because that’s most of what you’ll be viewing with Machete. Nearly someone in each scene ends up being stabbed or shot at and it’s not pretty. Also included are female nudity, foul language and suggested incest. It’s not a film for the faint-hearted, but definitely one for those who appreciate good looking, famous people beating others up or getting beaten up themselves. SC —Megan Bianco





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


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Top Honor

Steve Barrett recognized with San Clemente’s Lifeguard of the Year Award By David Zimmerle San Clemente Times


ith nearly 30 years of service as a lifeguard to San Clemente’s beaches, Steve Barrett was honored by the Exchange Club as San Clemente’s Lifeguard of the Year at its seventh annual event on Thursday, September 9. Barrett served the city beaches every summer since 1971, and is the longest active-duty lifeguard in San Clemente. On top of his duties as a lifeguard, Barrett was also a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy for 27 years, spending much of his year-round time policing the crime-ridden streets of South Central Los Angeles, while coming back to the beaches of San Clemente to lifeguard during his summer off-days. The award event at Irons in the Fire drew many public officials, including members of City Council and other public faces in attendance. Both San Clemente Exchange Club president, Paul Huffman, and president-elect, Jim O’Brien, presided over the luncheon. Helping to introduce Barrett was lifeguard Larry Moore. The two worked together as lifeguards since the late 1970s. Moore even recounted a rather morbid tale involving the two when both were doing pier surveys some time ago, which involved checking the pier pilings for deterioration.

Lifeguard Larry Moore recounts on past times working with Barrett. Photo by David Zimmerle

Bill Humphrey’s, Steve Barrett and Rod Mellott gather for a photo during the Lifeguard of the Year award luncheon. Photo by David Zimmerle

“Right below the pier is just a real treasure trove,” Moore said. “You’ll find anything there from skateboards to firearms to missing rings.” With Barrett in the water surveying the pilings and coming up for air to report his findings to Moore on top of the pier, it was Barrett who eventually came up with a small silver box. Both men thought they had actually found something of real monetary value, but as luck would have it, within the box were the actual remains of a person who had been cremated. Suffice to say, both men reported the finding to local cremation services and can laugh about it years later. “Steve, that wasn’t our big break,” Moore said. “So sorry about that man.” Barrett is also San Clemente’s first lifeguard to train and earn his credentials as an emergency medical technician (EMT), and also worked with local police as a great source to begin the Beach Patrol, which has been successful for many years now. A real renaissance man in terms of what he’s done for protecting the public, Barrett is also an expert at both cliff and dive rescues becom-

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The Lifeguard of the Year surfboard that was given to Barrett. Photo by David Zimmerle

ing SCUBA certified and training with the U.S. Coast Guard for helicopter rescues. “I commend the Exchange Club members for recognizing the importance of our public safety professionals and the role they play in

protecting the public from the inherent ocean dangers,” said Mayor Jim Dahl in a statement. “This is an outstanding honor and professional achievement for Steve. I am very proud of him.” SC




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Chargers vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School Sept. 16, 3 p.m.

Rockies vs. Dodgers, Dodger Stadium Sept. 17, 7:10 p.m.

SC Open, Ralph’s Skate Park, San Clemente Pier Sept. 18-19, TBA

D.C. United vs. LA Galaxy, Home Depot Center Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Lady Tritons are back in action on the court and are set to host Edison High School in a nonleague tennis match.

The reality of the rest of their regular season schedule is a difficult one as the Dodgers host Colorado right after returning home from a series with San Francisco. Info: www.

The SC Open features the 10th Annual Skate Contest and the 3rd Annual Surf Contest raising funds and awareness for the San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation.

Things are looking up for the Galaxy in the month of September as they will host D.C. United in a crucial match as the regular season winds down.


Rangers vs. Angels Angel Stadium Sept. 20, 7:05 p.m. After spending time on the road against Cleveland and Tampa Bay, the Angles return home for a series with the Texas Rangers. Info: www.losangeles.angels.


Info: 949.492.8981 or 949.361.8358

Falling Into Place San Clemente High School’s fall sports teams are back in action By David Zimmerle San Clemente Times


h, yes, the joys of the fall season. Wherever you look there’s change in the air; kids are back in the classroom, prep athletes are taking another shot at their respective sports and everyone is switching gears from those lazy days of summer into a speed that is definitely high-energy. All of the student-athletes within their different athletic programs at San Clemente High School are looking for glory whether on the court, in the field or at the pool. Throw into the mix a reshuffled South Coast League as part of the farreaching Coast View Conference—which now includes the Sea View League—and what you’ve got are the makings for some high-caliber competition and entertainment. Bottom line, if it’s a league title that warrants defending, or a state title that is the end goal of a season’s worth of hard work, one thing is for certain—the Tritons are back to compete. Here’s a look at this year’s San Clemente High School fall sports varsity teams, which you can follow all season in our weekly Triton Report:

BOYS WATER POLO Expect a new look and completely different offensive scheme from the Tritons this season. In 2009 San Clemente tore through the South Coast League en route to its first league title since 1998. Much of their success last season relied on the offensive firepower of center Jacob Mourer—the Tritons actually built the offense around him, and got about 70 percent of its goals from Mourer—who has since graduated and is playing for UC Irvine. Despite their success in league, the Tritons’ hopes for a CIF title were cut short in a 5-4 quarterfinals loss to Servite High School. Entering his 16th year as head coach, Marc Parker expects the team to finish strong in league and continue pushing towards a CIF championship. “One thing that I think is pretty good is our defensive base, and another key to our success is getting more guys involved this year,” Parker said. “We were a little one-dimensional last year because we built everything around the center position. I know we’re going to need more offense from other people, stay balanced in our attack, and that guys will need to move into different roles and improve their game. I like how we have more speed, but some guys are going to have to adjust and become more of an offensive threat than maybe they were used to in the past.” The Tritons have another key target to add to the list in the re-organized South Coast League. “El Toro now moves into our league and are defending Division I champs,” Parker said. “They’re returning five to six

San Clemente’s varsity water polo team handles a set of egg-beater drills during practice. Photo by Steve Breazeale

starters from last year’s squad and are a tough team. We fared well against them from 1999 to 2006 when we last had to face them as league rivals. Those were one goal games in the end and we also lost six of seven during that time we faced them in league. I also expect Dana Hills and Mission Viejo to be tough opponents. But what I like about this year is how we’re going with a double round in league with one home game and one away. I think it gives us more of an opportunity, and we’ll see the second, third and fourth place teams all fighting for that second spot. The key is to win the home games and sneak a couple in on the road. I think that will be the team getting second place.” Returning starters are Justin Waugh (12, goalie, started at the position last season), Derek Cousineau (10, center), Scott Schneringer (11, center guard) and Chase Yu (12, attacker). Top newcomers are Tomas Mitchell (10), Joe Hanacek (11), Jason Alosio (12) and Andrew Freeman (12). Assistant coaches are Don Laster and Logan Powell. (Cont. on page 24)

BOYS WATER POLO SCHEDULE DATE 9/14 9/16 9/17-18 9/21 9/23-25 9/28 10/5 10/8-9 10/16 10/19 10/21 10/23 10/26 10/28 11/4

OPPONENT Huntington Beach Clovis West Clovis West Tourney *Dana Hills South Coast Tourney *El Toro *Mission Viejo So. Cal Invitational Villa Park *Laguna Hills *Dana Hills University *El Toro *Mission Viejo *Laguna Hills

LOCATION Huntington Beach Clovis West Clovis West Dana Hills TBA San Clemente Mission Viejo Heritage Park San Clemente San Clemente San Clemente University El Toro San Clemente Laguna Hills

TIME 4 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBA 4 p.m. TBA 4 p.m. 4 p.m. TBA 3:15 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 9:45 a.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m.

*Denotes SCL contest

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SPORTS & OUTDOORS (Cont. from page 23)


The Lady Tritons know that success will be harder to obtain after losing several of its stars from the 2009 season. But coaches David Proodian and Michael Dunne know how to train their athletes so that success is never compromised, but something that is built up year after year. The Lady Tritons went 4-1 in the South Coast League last year, second only to Dana Hills High School, and were only three points away from earning a state championship. The team ended up tied for second and took third place in tiebreaker scoring—following up on another third place finish in 2008. But they’ve been a successful top 10 team in Division 1 state ranking the last three years running. “With the realignment of the South Coast League into two divisions, it’s the most competitive league in the Nation,” Proodian said. “Four of the five teams in our league are ranked in the top 10 in the county. This year we are coming into the season with the most depth ever. We have 10 girls fighting for seven spots, when in the past, we were not as deep.” Even though the loss of Sarah Darby (running at BYU) and Hannah Winokur (running at SDSU) to graduation may seem like an inevitable setback, it looks as if their replacements will ultimately make the team stronger than last year. “One of the keys to our success is that we slowly progress and excel in each race, both individually and as a team,” Proodian said. “We come on strong when it counts, towards the end of the season at CIF prelims, finals, and state. Right now on paper, other teams in our league are ranked higher than us. At the end of the season, we are looking to repeat the last two years’ success and be ranked higher than those teams in the end.” There are also a few other elements that are special to the high school’s cross country program. “In the past three years, our team has gone farther than any SCHS sports team,” Proodian said. “We also hold the highest GPA of any team here at SCHS. It’s tough to beat both our athletic accomplishments on the field and our academic accomplishments off it.” Returning starters include Molly Mann (11, top-rated in the county, all league last year and second team CIF), Katy Smith (12), Ali Palmer (12), Kaitlyn Harrison (12), Madison Huffman (10, frosh/soph league champion last year) and Lizzy Hays (10). Top newcomers are Melissa Eisele (9, the team’s top runner coming out of the summer training), Sara Kebede (10) and Adrienne Granados (9).

Members of the varsity girls cross country team are looking forward to major wins in 2010. Photo by Taylor Garrett

Key races this year will be against Woodbridge on September 18 where the team will run in the Super Sweepstakes race against the best teams in the nation, the Orange County Championships on October 16, and league races on October 6 and November 4. “We look to be ranked high enough at the end of the season to get an automatic playoff berth, and also look to bring home a league championship, something our team has never done before in girls cross country,” Proodian said. Assistant coach is Nathan Auerbach. You can also follow the team at their website by visiting www.sctritonscience. com/Proodian/cross_country.htm.

CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE DATE 9/11 9/18 9/25 10/6 10/16 10/23 11/4 11/6

OPPONENT LOCATION Laguna Hills Invtl. Laguna Hills H.S Mt. Carmel Invtl. Morley Field Dana Hills Invtl. Dana Hills League Cluster Meet Irvine Regional Park OC Championships Irvine Regional Park Mt. Sac Invitational Mt. Sac College League Finals Cluster Laguna Niguel Regional Park CIF Prelims Mt. Sac College

TIME 8 a.m. 8 a.m. 8 a.m. 3:15 p.m. 8 a.m. 8 a.m. 1 p.m. TBA


The boys varsity cross country team seeks a finish line of success this year. Photo by Taylor Garrett

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In his sixth year as head coach for the boys cross country team, Dan Johnson leads his crew as they will try and figure out what it takes to stay competitive against juggernaut teams like Dana Hills in the South Coast League. The Tritons finished tied for fourth place in the South Coast League in 2009 and return several key starters to the fold who should help them reach their goals at a higher finish. Returners include Brooks Bolsinger (12), Adam Degree (11), Eddie Griffith (12), Drew Gerdeman (11), Christian Howe (12) and Sergio Flores (10), while top newcomer Chris Dunn (12) is on pace to help the team complete the numerous racing courses with timely finishes. “The South Coast League has been ranked as the No. 1 league in the nation for both boys and girls cross country this year by—the premier high school and college track and cross country website,” Johnson said. “That makes for a very tough situation for us this year. Overall we are a pretty young team, with only nine seniors out of 60 runners, and only three out of seven varsity runners returning. We have a tough road to hoe, but the kids are working hard, and steadily improving. “The new meet format with cluster meets instead of so many duel meets allows us to take advantage of running more weekend invitational meets. These large meets will go a long way toward giving our younger kids some valuable meet experience.” Assistant coaches include Sean Mulligan and Mario Flores. You can also follow the team at their website by visiting www. (Cont. on page 30)

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

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CARPET CLEANING 949.498.9007 Pete McKenzie Carpet Cleaning San Clemente

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

CARPET & FLOORING 949.234.9857

Air conditioning

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


All Season Air 949.579.0741 Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040, 111 Avenida Del Mar # B, DC Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning 949.365.9044 Cheese Shop Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321 The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar,


Children’s Clothing

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 Appliances Services & Repairs 147 Avenida Del Mar, ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 3200 Legendario, CHIROPRACTORS

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

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

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

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

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

Bankruptcy Attorneys

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

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

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

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

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Financial Advisor


JewelerS Paradise Jewelers 949.361.4367 808 N. El Camino Real,

Environment 1st Exterminating, Inc. 949.218.1111 Junk Removal 2340 S. El Camino Real, #13, Green Dump Truck



Timothy C. Metcalf, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Costa Verde Landscape 949.361.9656 949.862.1250 License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) FLOORING Greenscapes Landscape & Design 949.366.6564 Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G -105, Landscape Lighting Costa Verde Landscape 949.361.9656 FURNITURE License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) South Coast Furniture & Mattress    949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, Mantels Mostly Mantels                           949.498.8778           114 Calle de Los Molinos, Ste. C, GRAPHIC DESIGN Images/Creative Solutions 949.366.2488 MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY 2927 Via San Gorgoinio, Ste. 100,

HAIR SALONS Kreative Hair Design                     949.498.6245 173 Avenida Serra

Heating All Season Air 949.579.0741, Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321

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


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




Custom Carpentry, Concrete Framing & Finish Ike Soffes 949.363.3087

B Construction 949.481.8444 The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, HOME LOANS 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201, The Cooper Company General Contractor License #B 638754, 949.361.2538 Coldwell Banker Home Loans - 949.307.7982 Beauty Supply nmls#261832. Tom Fashing, Mortgage Advisor, 949.492.7100 Del Mar Beauty Supply 949.492.8180 Dunham Construction, Inc. 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste D, License #450880, HOUSE CLEANING Hutton Construction 949.492.2808 Blinds David Miller - Wonderful Windows 949.369.7263 San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515 COSMETICS HOUSE SITTING Mary Kay Cosmetics 949.248.2868 BOOKS Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 949.492.1114 Village Book Exchange San Clemente, Dentists 99 Avenida Serra

Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,

MOTORCYLE PARTS & SERVICE SC Rider Supply 949.388.0521 520 S. El Camino Real,

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

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


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Dawn Chapman tees off at the start of a round against Dana Hills and Newport Harbor. Photo by David Zimmerle

GIRLS GOLF Head Coach Mike Hurlbut knows his team has the ability to repeat as South Coast League champions and make a nice run in CIF either on the individual or team level. Entering his ninth season as head coach, he’ll help guide the team on building off its 12-4, 8-2 SCL record from 2009, and CIF championships from 2003 and 2004. “I’m most impressed with how some of the younger girls have made the jump to playing at the varsity level,” Hurlbut said. “They’ve not only done it but are exceeding my expectations. Our return players have also elevated their game as legitimate college prospects for women’s golf. And the team as a whole has impressed me with how they’ve all improved their golf game.” Return starters include Dawn Chapman (12, captain), McKenna Pautsch (12, captain), Dani Weatherholt (11) and Brooke Beard (12). Top newcomers to the team are Elyse Kojima (10), Sydney Pong (12), Summer Secrest (11), Melissa Shew (11) and Debbie Song (12). Coming up is the Rainbow Sandals/Lady Triton Invitational on Friday, Sept. 17 at 12:30 p.m. Now in its seventh year at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course, the event is in association with the Exchange Club of San Clemente. It has also proven to be one of the finest fields of talent in high school girls golf as only 18 teams are invited along with select individuals.

GIRLS GOLF SCHEDULE DATE 9/7 9/10 9/14 9/16 9/17 9/20 9/21 9/22 9/27 10/5 10/7 10/12 10/14 10/18 10/19 10/21

OPPONENT LOCATION Torrey Pines Talega Palm Desert Tourney Lakes C. C. Chappy Wheeler Mem. Dana Hills* El Niguel CC Newport Harbor Dana Hills Bella Collina Palm Desert Bella Rainbow Sandals/ SC Municipal Lady Triton Invitational La Costa Canyon Talega San Juan Hills Marbella La Costa Canyon La Costa Resort *Trabuco Hills Bella Collina *Mission Viejo MVCC *Mission Viejo Bella Collina *Aliso Niguel Bella Collina *Aliso Niguel El Niguel CC SCL Finals San Luis Rey SCL Finals Pala Mesa *Trabuco Hills Dove Canyon

TIME 3:30 p.m. Noon 3 p.m. 2 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 9 a.m. 2:30 p.m.

*Denotes SCL contest

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DATE 9/7 9/14 9/17-20 9/28 10/1-2 10/5 10/7 10/12 10/14 10/15-16 10/19 10/21 10/28 11/1 11/3

OPPONENT Huntington Beach Torrey Pines Dave Mohs Tourney Edison Capo Valley Tourney *Dana Hills San Juan Hills *Trabuco Hills *El Toro California Challenge *Capo Valley *Dana Hills *Trabuco Hills *El Toro *Capo Valley

LOCATION TIME San Clemente 5 p.m. Torrey Pines 5 p.m. TBA TBA Edison 5 p.m. Capo Valley TBA Dana Hills 5 p.m. San Juan Hills 5 p.m. San Clemente 5 p.m. El Toro 5 p.m. Torrey Pines/La Costa TBA San Clemente 5 p.m. San Clemente 5 p.m. Trabuco Hills 5 p.m. San Clemente 5 p.m. Capo Valley 5 p.m.

*Denotes SCL contest

The Lady Tritons have owned the South Coast League title five out of the last six years, and will be gunning for their fourth straight title in 2010. In his 18th year as head coach, Rob O’Rear knows the bar is maxed out for a team that went 17-8, 10-0 SCL last season. However, the main goal for most teams that see success in their respective leagues is to claim a CIF title—something the Lady Tritons have not done since 2001 despite six straight appearances on the big stage. During their 2009 postseason campaign, the girls rolled through Great Oak (Temecula) 3-0, but ended up losing 3-0 to Lakewood. Either way, they still have the right players in place to accomplish their goals for the season. Returning starters to the 2010 squad include Molly Yoder (12, outside hitter and South Coast League M.V.P.), Alexa

The Lady Tritons varsity girls volleyball team exhibit some team unity at the start of a recent match against Torrey Pines High School. Photo by David Zimmerle

Strange (11, opposite, 1st team all league), Chelsea Heier (12, setter, 1st team all league), Erin Talafus (12, middle, 2nd team all-league) and Stephanie McFadden (11, middle). Top newcomers include Bailey Tanner (10, outside, returning varsity but did not start), Michele Hammer (12, outside, returning varsity but did not start), Franki Darnold (11, outside, returning varsity but did not start), Mia Feiner (11, libero), Jessica Jansen (12, middle), Brooke Angelo (11, libero), Mckenzie Northrup (10, libero), Brice Lennon (11, outside/opposite) and Summer Cumin (11, setter). Assistant coach is Casey Swenson. You can also follow the team at their website by visiting

GIRLS TENNIS The Lady Tritons are in place to capitalize off their second place finish in the South Coast League last year, which saw them finish with an 11-7, 7-3 SCL record. Head coach John Stephens is entering his ninth year at the helm and knows it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication to earn a league title and finish better than 2009’s second round CIF loss. “We have a young team overall with only three seniors, and our top players are 10th and 11th graders,” Stephens said. “We will be a ‘late blooming’ team due to our inexperience in doubles. We are also dealing with more injuries than normal,


OPPONENT Northwood Woodbridge

LOCATION Northwood Woodbridge

TIME 3 p.m. 3 p.m.

9/13 9/14 9/16 9/23 9/27 9/28 10/5 10/7 10/12 10/14 10/21 10/26 10/28 11/2 11/4

Huntington Beach Mission Viejo Edison Fountain Valley Aliso Niguel *Dana Hills *Tesoro *Laguna Hills *Capo Valley *Dana Hills *Tesoro *Laguna Hills *Capo Valley SCL Prelims SCL Finals

San Clemente TBA San Clemente Fountain Valley Aliso Niguel Dana Hills San Clemente Laguna Hills San Clemente San Clemente Tesoro San Clemente Capo Valley LN Racquet Club LN Racquet Club

3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. 3 p.m. noon noon

*Denotes SCL contest

The varsity girls tennis team practice their serving skills. Photo by Steve Breazeale

and presently have half our doubles lineup out with injuries.” But it could be a different story as the weeks fly by. “As the season progresses we will become a stronger team, especially if the doubles teams improve and we can heal from injuries,” Stephens said. “We have great depth in our singles lineup which will keep us in most of our matches. Our doubles teams have great potential as they learn the game, get over nerves, and become more consistent. And we have many girls working to make the doubles lineup. Our realistic goals are to make the CIF playoffs, and be at least second in league.” Returning starters include Ashlynn Hall (10, a No. 2 or No. 3 singles player), Kayleigh Hall (10, a No. 2 or No. 3 singles player), Hannah Foerstel (11, a No. 1 doubles player) and Crystal Mohr (11, also a top doubles player). A top newcomer to the tennis squad is Sophia Bott (11) who will be the No. 1 singles player on the team. Bott transferred from Oregon and is nationally ranked, and will be one of the top singles players in Southern California this season. She was also ranked No. 1 in the state of Oregon last year, and is ranked around 70 in the 18-year-old age group nationally. Assistant coach is Brent Pillsbury. SC



Mary Barnett (left) and Elena Pearson with coach Nick Dinu. Courtesy photo

YOUTH FOOTBALL BARNETT AND PEARSON BATTLE IT OUT Mary Barnett of San Clemente, a sixth grader at Vista Del mar Middle School, and Elena Pearson of San Juan Capistrano, a seventh grader at Orange County High School of the Arts, took the top spots in Youth 12 Women’s Sabre at the Houston Super Youth Competition over Labor Day weekend. A Super Youth Competition is a National Event that attracts the top fencers in the country and is held in various regions of the country throughout the year. Pearson and Barnett, good friends who both fence under Coach Nick Dinu at Laguna Fencing Center in Laguna Hills, squared off in a close gold medal bout, with Pearson edging out Barnett for the gold medal. Barnett took the silver. Pearson and Barnett were also on the medal stand for Youth 14 Women’s Sabre, finishing in sixth and seventh place, respectively in the Youth 14 competition, earning them national points. Barnett is currently ranked third and Pearson seventh in the Youth 12 Women’s Sabre National Points standings.

GYMNASTICS SAN CLEMENTE GYMNAST WINS THIRD PLACE ALL AROUND IN STATE’S FIRST GYMNASTICS PRELIM San Clemente resident, Karina Nguyen, 8, recently took third place in the Level 4 All-Around Competition scoring (36.475) at the State’s First Preliminary Competition in Fountain Valley. Contributing to her allaround score, Nguyen placed second on beam (9.225) and fourth on both Bars (9.075) and Floor (9.15). A first year competitor, Nguyen trains at OlympicaGymnastics in Laguna Hills and is a third grader at Heart Christian Academy. Nguyen has now qualified for the final State Competition in November.

Karina Nguyen. Courtesy photo


JUNIOR PEE WEE WHITE TRITONS OFF TO 2-0 START The San Clemente Junior Pee Wee White Tritons have opened the 2010 season 2-0. The team, coached by Doug Jackson, has entered this season the way they ended last year— winning. Outscoring their opponents 52-0 since the season opener, this team looks to have a shot at taking their division 2010 title. The offense is led by Douglas Jackson at quarterback, and has a deep backfield that includes Chase Berman, Branden Wilson, Koa Todd, Bryce Wilson, Hunter Neal, Brock Ridill, and Myles Mastrobattista. Speed, power and an accurate passing game have given rise to the victories this Triton team has celebrated in early season play. With the depth and variety of offensive talent, offensive coordinator Brian Berman has spread the ball around allowing multiple players to reach the end zone as was the case in the team’s recent 27-0 victory over Bell. The offense is potent because of the experience and heart of the guys up front doing the blocking. Stuart Carson, Sean Edwards, John Granados, Adam Gohr and Logan Manning at center make up a powerful line that has not given up a single quarterback sack. The defense starts with the linemen, appropriately named “The Horsemen,” and includes Jimmy Cusey, Connor Brannon, Cody Cullen, Matthew Waskowski, Nick Furlotte, Blake Casey, Jacob Terrazas, Koby Wolfe, Kieron Coughlin, Garin Cadman, Brad Simone and Sean Edwards. The defensive coaching staff says, “The guys up front make it all happen. They’re in the trenches. They start the action, stop the drives and create havoc in the backfield for other teams.” The back field is quick to the ball, and linebackers read and attack with power. Led by Nick Lemus, this defensive power house has given up zero points, less than 20 total yards in two games combined and has a plus-6 turnover ratio. The first home game for the Triton JPW White is Saturday, September 18, at 10 a.m. at the San Clemente High School stadium. Please come out to support your Pop Warner Triton Football team. PEE WEE RED TRITONS PERFECT AT 3-0 Coach Malone’s Pee Wee Tritons team won two more games and are 3-0 to start the 2010 season. In their second game, they beat Santa Margarita 28-0 with touchdowns from Garrett Eslick and Hayden Malone. Chris Kane and Jared Reimer combined for a sack and recovered fumble in the end zone for a touchdown to really Garrett Eslick gets ready to take on some tackles. Courtesy photo beat down the Eagles. Game 3 was against formerly undefeated Baldwin Park, and San Clemente changed that shutting out their opponent 26-0. No team has scored against the Pee Wee Red Tritons this year and they have scored a total of 82 points in three games. Quarterback, Ethan Shaffer, was the star of the game with 89 yards rushing and one touchdown. Tyler Hickey was 3-for-3 in kicking extra points and is leading the team in total overall points scored. Touchdowns by Sander Lush and Malone wrapped up the game in fine fashion. Their next home game is against a Pasadena team who for the last two years has been undefeated and won the Southern California Championship last year. Come out and support the team September 25 at the SCHS football stadium at 1:30 p.m.


SCGSL 10U team. Courtesy photo

CITY RECOGNIZES SCGSL 10U TEAM The City’s Parks and Recreation Commission recognized and presented city pins to the SCGSL, 10U team, at its August meeting for winning the Southern California ASA State Championship in their category. The Commission applauded the team and its coaches. Each member of the team stepped to the microphone and gave their name and their position on the team. Chairman Tom Wicks presented each with a city pin. All the Commissioners were present with the exception of Steve Streger.

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11U TRITONS OPEN LEAGUE PLAY WITH WIN The 11U Tritons opened league play with an 11-3 win on September 10. Led from the mound by Matthew Erickson, Cody Cullen, Evan Prater and Will Kurtzer, the Triton defense held the RMV Mudcats scoreless through the top of the fourth inning. Aggressive base running coupled with big hits fueled the Triton lead. Game highlights included a huge triple by Logan Manning, doubles driven deep into center field by Connor Brannon and Cody Cullen, and singles by Sean Wallwork (2), Curran Dand, Sam Patton and Max Bienert. This Triton team has exceptional speed and accuracy. And strong defensive fielding throughout the game shut down Mudcat batters consistently, earning the Tritons this key victory. SCORES WANTED: We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, snail mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.




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Groms of the Week

Wyatt Brady, Dodge Weirath, Cody Brady and “honorary grom” Robert Brady

You may remember reading about Dodge Weirath and Wyatt, Cody and Robert Brady in an article titled “Tarp Tubes” which appeared in the August 5-12 edition of the SC Times (Vol. 5, Issue 31). This foursome are the originators of what has become a bonafide craze—blue tarp surfing. Since posting their first YouTube video back in December demonstrating their invention—creating virtual barrels with huge blue tarps to “surf” through on skateboards—a wave (pun intended) of “tarp surfing” videos has begun to appear on the internet from new enthusiasts all over the world. Robert gets honorary grom status here for this fun new pastime that makes mature surfers feel like kids again and makes groms feel like pros. A lot has happened since we ran their story. The group has launched a website, and Wyatt and Photo by Andrea Swayne Dodge appear in an Apple iTouch television commercial now being televised worldwide. Log on to their website and click on the link titled, “Dodge, Wyatt and Cody seem to be popping up everywhere…check it out!” to watch it online. And, while you’re there, you may want to pick up a tarp or a skateboard of your own to get in on the action. Log on to to read the original article and for a link to their website. —AS

Lay Day, Lay Day, Lay Day

Surf ForecasT

Hurley Pro kicks off on Sunday but meager swell forces lay days Monday through Wednesday By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


he 2010 Hurley Pro kicked off on Sunday, September 12 with one of the most anticipated match-ups as San Clemente wildcard Kolohe Andino (16) met nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (FL) and Australia’s Luke Stedman in Round 1. Slater managed to take the win with a combined score of 13.27. Luke Stedman (10.10) ended the heat in second and Andino came in third with 8.43 points. San Clemente’s Patrick Gudauskas also ended his Round 1 heat in third with 11.70 points to runner-up, Gabe Kling (FL) with 12.67 points and heat winner Taj Burrow of Australia with 16.10. Competition was called off on Monday due to lack of waves marking the first of three lay days putting the action on hold. As of Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. the swell had not improved enough to re-start competition but Surfline forecasters are calling for a stronger swell system to move in on Thursday. Log on to for updates. SC

SURF RESULTS AND BOARD SHORTS NSSA Southwest Conference Event No. 1 September 11-12, Huntington Beach, Pier Local finishers only. MEN: 2. Sam Orozco, Dana Point; 3. Jake Davis, Capistrano Beach. JUNIORS: 1. Jake Davis, Capistrano Beach; 3. Josh Benjoya, Dana Point. BOYS: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente. WOMEN: 2. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente; 4. Lani Doherty, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente; 4. Kloee Openshaw, San Clemente. STAND OUT PERFORMER OF THE EVENT: Jake Davis, Capistrano Beach. Surf for the Sea September 11-12, Oceanside, Pier PRO/AM OPEN: 1. Che Stang, Carlsbad, $480; 2. Jason Bennett, Oceanside, $240; 3. Chris Abad, Oceanside, $180; 4. John Daniels, Oceanside, $140. MEN 18-24: 1. Doug Van Merlo, San Clemente; 2. Ian Garcia, Carlsbad;

Water temp: 58-64˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 12-15’ Fair; Catalina: 15-25’+ Good Remarks: Moderate+ surge, and building (solid), long period SSW groundswell make for poor visibility and diving conditions through the weekend. Short range: A solid new SSW groundswell is on the rise Thursday. Most areas see kneewaist-shoulder high+ surf, as top exposures pull in sets running in the head high+ zone. Conditions are mostly clean early, and looking fair to good overall, with more size showing through the day. Long range: Solid SSW groundswell builds further, peaking on Saturday. Better Southern Hemi breaks see plenty of shoulder-head high+ waves, with good conditions for breaks that can handle the size/longer period.

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Nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater wins his Round 1 heat, followed by runner-up Luke Stedman and Kolohe Andino in third. Photo © ASP/ Kirstin Scholtz

3. Angelo Lozano, Mexico; 4. JD McFadden, Oceanside. MASTERS 25-34: 1. Matt Merel, Oceanside; 2. Jeremy Heit, Oceanside; 3. Taj Tucker, Oceanside; 4. John Daniels, Oceanside; 5. Casey Sershon, Oceanside; 6. Jordy Newtson, Vista. SENIOR MEN 35-49: 1. Josh Spengler, Oceanside; 2. Justin Heit, Encinitas. Rip Curl to Host Fundraiser for Surfrider Foundation Saturday, September 18, Rip Curl is hosting an event at the Rip Curl Surf Center to raise funds for the South Orange County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. The afternoon will feature a free barbeque and custom hat press beginning at noon, followed by a Rip Curl team signing at 3 p.m. and a huge product raffle at 5 p.m. Pro surfers scheduled to appear include Mick Fanning, Taylor Knox, Owen Wright and Matt Wilkinson. Raffle prizes include a Mick Fanning Signature Series Limited Edition Ultimate Oceansearch Tide Watch. Live music will be provided by DJ Fishfonics. The Rip Curl Surf Center is located at 3801

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South El Camino Real in San Clemente. For more information call 949.498.4920. SC Open Surf and Skate Contest This Weekend Time is running out to enter the SC Open: 10th Annual Skate Contest and 3rd Annual Surf Contest set for this weekend, September 18 and 19. The Skateboard Contest will be held Saturday at the Ralph’s Skate Park, 241 Avenida La Pata, and the Surf Contest on Sunday at San Clemente Pier north side. 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 entry fee is $35 per contest. All contestants will receive a contest T-shirt and have an opportunity to win prizes. On-site registration and pre-registration check-in will begin at 7

This week on BoardShorts, check out highlights of the action at the 2010 Hurley Pro surf contest at San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles. *Please note: San Clemente Times BoardShorts videos can be purchased through videographer Rob Elseewi for $10 per segment. Check out the archived episodes for footage of friends and family. To order your copy, send an email to or call 949.701.5711.

a.m. each day of the event and contests begin at 8 a.m. Skaters must wear safety equipment including helmet, knee and elbow pads. The contest supports skate and surf athletes in Southern California while raising funds and awareness for the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation. For more information, log on to or call 949.361.8264. Registration can be done online or at the Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville.

UPCOMING EVENTS September 12-18: Hurley Pro, San Onofre State Park, Lower Trestles September 25-26: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour, Event No.2, Carlsbad, Ponto September 25-26: NSSA Southwest Conference Open, Event No. 2, Oceanside, South Jetty September 25: Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau, Dana Point, Doheny State Beach September 25-26: Quiksilver Newport Beach Surf Championships and Echo Beach Challenge, Newport Beach, 54th Street

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