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A woman boards a bus at the public transportation hub of San Clemente, the North Beach Metrolink station. Photo by Heidi Mefferd
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LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING
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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday signed into law a bill sponsored by the City of San Juan Capistrano and introduced by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey that will make it easier for cities to turn existing properties into affordable housing. AB 1867 gives California cities and counties a new tool to help meet their affordable housing mandates in ways that can also help stabilize neighborhoods suffering from foreclosures and blight. Previously, cities were required to build new housing to meet the state’s affordable-housing requirements or convert rental units in complexes with four units or more. Under the new law, existing homes can converted even if not currently rental stock and are in triplexes. Once the property is officially deemed “affordable,” property managers can place stringent restrictions on who lives in a unit and how many people can occupy a home.
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Police received a call at about 6:40 p.m. on September 26, regarding a LoJack hit on a two-door Lexus that had been reported stolen from Los Angeles. The signal from the LoJack transmitter led police to the car as it was being driven near Salt Creek Beach. Multiple units, including a police helicopter swarmed the car as it pulled into the parking lot of the Doheny Park Plaza (Carl’s Jr.). According to OCSD Lt. Carlsen, the suspect, a Hispanic male, complied with officers’ commands to raise his hands above his head but was otherwise noncompliant. Deputies busted out the driver’s side window with a baton and gave the suspect a choice between exiting the vehicle voluntarily, or being removed through the use of a canine. The suspect chose to surrender and was taken into custody at 8:12 p.m.
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…City Council Candidate Election Forums?
THE LATEST: As the November 2 election draws near, several City Council Candidate forums being hosted by several different public outlets are scheduled in town. First up will be the City Council candidate forum hosted by the Chamber of Commerce – Businesses for a Better San Clemente at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30 at St. Andrew’s Church, 2001 Calle Frontera. Beverages and snacks will be provided. According to Chamber president Lynn Wood, the only candidate not attending will be Patrick “Moose” Crosby. The next council candidate forum will be hosted by the Historical Society in conjunction with its annual meeting on Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Community Center Auditorium, 100 N. Calle Seville. The society annual meeting with election starts at 3 p.m. with the candidate forum beginning at about 3:45 p.m. And finally, the Shorecliffs Terrace Home Owners Association is also hosting a council candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 7. The event will take place at the Shorecliffs clubhouse at 3000 Calle Nuevo in San Clemente. The public is invited. WHAT’S NEXT: Applications to vote by mail will be available October 4. Applications are due by October 26. See www.ocvote.com. FIND OUT MORE: More information is available at www.scchamber.com, www.sanclementehistoricalsociety.org, or www.scterrace. com —David Zimmerle
…More Pay Cuts at CUSD?
THE LATEST: Non-teaching Capistrano Unified School District employees will take a 9.5 percent pay cut to help the district through the current fiscal crisis, under a deal approved Tuesday night. The classified workers, who include employees such as instructional assistants, occupational therapists, food service workers and clerical staff, will take between five and 12.5 unpaid days, accept a 0.7 percent pay www.sanclementetimes.com
reduction retroactive to Sept. 1, give up automatic pay increases for individual employees for one year and consolidate work hours and calendars. The contract, which runs through June 2012, was ratified by the California School Employees Association (CSEA), on September 15. The settlement saves the district $5.3 million and helps restore the state-mandated budget reserve at 2 percent. The district said the new agreement means CUSD employees groups have contributed approximately $27 million in salary and benefit concessions to help close a $34 million shortfall the district faced for 2010-11. Since 2007-08, CUSD has cut approximately $100 million from its general fund budget. Officials estimate the District will need to cut an additional $10 million from its 2011-12 budget. WHAT’S NEXT: The school district can’t completely finalize its budget until the state spending plan is ratified. FIND OUT MORE: See the Beyond the Blackboard blog at www.sanclementetimes.com —Jonathan Volzke
…Reductions in Volunteer Firefighters?
THE LATEST: The Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors on September 23 voted to further reduce the role of volunteers in its ranks by removing the emergency-response role from 11 stations. The reductions, which did not affect any San Clemente stations, came because fire officials were concerned the volunteerstaffed stations were too unreliable. San Clemente’s representative on the authority, Mayor Jim Dahl, supported the action. Supervisor Patricia Bates, who represents South County, voted against the move. “I believe that there are options that deserved to be initiated that could have potentially helped deficient squads raise their performance standards and remain on the job,” Bates said in a statement after the decision. “I remain concerned that the true picture of long-term community and financial impacts of eliminating a well-trained and supervised
volunteer firefighter program has the potential for serious unintended consequences.” WHAT’S NEXT: The public can meet OCFA firefighters Saturday, October 2, during a special open house from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at your any OCFA Fire Station. The headquarters in Irvine will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The OCFA board meets in special session on October 7 for a budget-reduction session. FIND OUT MORE: See www.ocfa.org
…SC Skate Jam?
THE LATEST: On Sunday, Oct. 17, the newly opened specialty sandwich restaurant, Board & Brew, 979 Avenida Pico, Unit C, will host the first annual SC Skate Jam in the parking lot adjacent to their restaurant from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is set to include an all-ages skate contest, a pro skate demo, as well as a vendor area with local action sports related companies. Live music from bands and DJs will entertain guests throughout the day and fresh Board & Brew sandwiches and beer on tap will be available for purchase. WHAT’S NEXT: All net proceeds from the event will benefit Family Assistance Ministries, a San Clemente based non-profit organization that provides temporary assistance to families in need. By providing job counseling, as well as supporting individuals with their financial expenses when they experience unexpected hardship, the organization’s goal is to allow people to continue being positive contributors to the community. For companies wanting to be a part of the event, the SC Skate Jam is offering sponsorship opportunities, as well as vendor booth space. Sponsorship and vending areas offer ongoing visibility within the local community. FIND OUT MORE: Contact Chrissy Gray at email@example.com for more information. —DZ
…Deadline for Personalized Pavers at Sports Park?
THE LATEST: The personalized paver program for the future sports park and aquatic center at 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa will conclude on December 31. The contractor is scheduled to install the pavers at the site in the aquatic center area in late January 2011. If you are looking to purchase a unique gift for a friend or family member, this is the perfect gift that keeps giving for years to come. Through the purchase of a personalized paver you can have an individual or family name inscribed on the paver or even a business name for continuous exposure to the thousands of people who will use the park. This paver hardscape will create a lasting acknowledgment of the generosity of all of those who supported this much anticipated community park. WHAT’S NEXT: The paver purchase is tax deductible through the Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Recreation Foundation. Proceeds from the paver sales are deposited into the La Pata/Vista Hermosa Community Park Fund, which is managed by the Foundation. In 2006, the Foundation partnered with the city to promote sponsorships/naming opportunities to raise funds for this park, which features nine sports fields and two pools. FIND OUT MORE: If interested in purchasing a personalized paver, call the Foundation office at 949.276.8866 or call City Hall at 949.361.8254. Or complete the Sponsorship Form found online at www.san-clemente.org and mail it with your credit card payment or check in the amount of $150 to Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Recreation Foundation, Inc., Attn: LPVH Community Park Fund, 1030 Calle Negocio, San Clemente, CA 92673. Once received, the Foundation will mail a confirmation letter to you, which can be used as a deduction on your 2010 taxes. Additional information is available by logging onto www. sanclementeparksfoundation.org or www.sanclemente.org. —DZ
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SC Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By Kirsten Sacher All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site (www.ocsd.org) 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.
Wednesday, September 22 DISTURBANCE Avenida Victoria, 500 Block (3:02 a.m.) A man called from a hotel room, saying two girl friends were in one of the bedrooms arguing. He wanted them removed. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (10:52 a.m.) A caller said her husband used her car in a crime last night. Deputies were at her house but at the time she did not want to file a report. She changed her mind.
DISTURBANCE Via Hombre, 2200 Block (1:26 p.m.) A caller says his wife broke a picture over his head. No weapons involved.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON El Portal, 100 Block (8:07 a.m.) Numerous males doing were doing drugs, a bad example for kids walking by.
SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE Calle del Comercio/ Avenida San Luis Rey (5:21 p.m.) Two brothers were at their mom’s house because she is out of town and they were both doing drugs. Caller says one is on probation and the other is on parole.
DISTURBANCE – FAMILY DISPUTE La Paloma, 200 Block (1:54 p.m.) Someone calling from a lifeline stated a family dispute occurred at a residence and the brother hit an 87-year-old mother. The caller hid a key in a flowerpot next to the door if needed.
Thursday, September 23
Saturday, September 25
DISTURBANCE Avenida Pico, 700 Block (10:05 a.m.) Young people were reportedly smoking under a tree behind the high school. Caller was concerned they will start a fire.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Vista Hermosa/ Calle Frontera (9:09 a.m.) A couple was walking a black lab with a bandana on its neck. The caller was concerned because the man has a tracking device anklet on and dog has no leash so it might be stolen.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Serra, 100 Block (7:16 a.m.) A caller reported an owner of a car was scraping the paint off the vehicle and leaving it.
Friday, September 24 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Via Deseo, 500 Block (8:05 a.m.) A caller on vacation up north called her residence to check her messages on her house phone. An unknown male picked up the phone then hung up. No one should have be at the house and no one has a key to the residence.
CITIZEN ASSIST Calle del Cerro, 1000 Block (9:59 a.m.) Someone keeps leaving things on the caller’s porch—feces, a lit bag of trash, and lit fireworks. DRUNK IN PUBLIC El Camino Real, 500 Block (7:29 p.m.) A drunk man was using his car keys to try and open up all the cars parked in the area.
Sunday, September 26
DISTURBANCE Avenida Sierra, 200 Block (8:09 p.m.) A caller stated his son is wrestling with his wife and possibly jumped out of an ambulance earlier.
Monday, September 27 PROWLER Mira Velero, 100 Block (12:46 a.m.) A woman pressed her emergency life alert button, stating she thought someone was in her home. She did not see anyone but heard noises that woke her up and she was too scared to check the upstairs bedroom. BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Avenida Calafia, 200 Block (3:29 a.m.) Several people in a white car were going campsite to campsite and rummaging through campers’ belongings. CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Vista del Sol, 0 Block (9:48 a.m.) A caller’s daughter and ex-boyfriend just left toward the golf course. The caller thinks they are in an argument and wanted them to stop talking and seeing each other. DISTURBANCE Calle Campanero, 300 Block (2:55 p.m.) A neighbor tried to open caller’s car door to yell at her because she hit his trash bin by accident.
• DON’T FORGET YOUR SURFIN’ SANTA: The 2010 Downtown Business Association ornaments are here. Stop by the DBA office to get a box of 2010 DBA fundraising ornaments to give away in your store. The 2010 ornaments are only available to DBA members to give away, and will only available in DBA members’ stores. Stores include: Villa Cucina, Maui Mermaids, Salon Incognito, Designs By Nature, San Clemente Senior Center and Paradise II Jeweler. For a complete list of members visit their online directory at www.villagesanclemente.org. All proceeds help raise money for the fabulous Puttin’ On the Glitz family event in November. Each ornament is free with a $10 or more donation to the DBA. Ornaments are also available at the DBA booth during the first Sunday of the month Village Art Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Office hours for picking up Surfin’ Santa Ornaments are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. or on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More information is available at at 949.218.5378 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • OCTOBER 18 IS the 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 www.ocvote.com. 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.
City and Community Calendar
Council Forum held in the Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949-322-6009, Mike@ MCotter.com.
Business Networking Meeting
Monday, October 4
12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. The Poseidon chapter of Business Network International meets at Sarducci’s every Tuesday; visitors welcome. 26701 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano.
Physical Fitness for Seniors
Library After-School Club
Thursday, September 30
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, www.san-clemente.org.
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, www.ocpl.org.
Seniors’ Dana Pride Cruise
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Cruise sponsored by Dana Wharf Sportfishing with proceeds benefiting the San Clemente Seaside Senior Center’s programs. Tickets available at the center. Cost $25 per person. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322, www.san-clemente.org.
11 a.m. Meet at Café Calypso for coffee and conversation. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.9803.
Fun on the Run
Saturday, October 2
2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Traveling kids activity program at various SC locations; details listed online. 949.361.8264, www.san-clemente.org.
Fire Station Open House
German Speaking Group
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fire station 59 opens its doors for families to meet firefighters, see the station and more. 48 Avenida La Pata, www.ocfa.org.
2 p.m.–4p.m. Every Monday at Café Calypso. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.8436.
Sunday, October 3 San Clemente Historical Society Meeting & City Council Candidates Forum 3 p.m. The Historical Society presents their annual meeting followed by the City www.sanclementetimes.com
7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at the library, 242 Ave. Del Mar, 949.361. 8463, www.sanclemente.freetoasthost.net.
Wednesday, October 6
Toddlertime 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Kids ages 2-3 can enjoy stories and activities at the library with a parent/guardian. Sign up required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, www.ocpl.org.
Sunset Networking Mixer 5:30 p.m. The Chamber, Billy’s and Carbonara host a themed mixer, “Hats.” Those attending wearing a hat will be judged for Best Hat, winner receives a gift. Members $10; non-members $15. 111 Ave. Del Mar, 949.492.1131, www.scchamber.com.
Saturday, October 9 OC Fire Authority Open House 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families are invited to the county’s fire station headquarters to meet firefighters, learn about fire safety, see demonstrations and more. 1 Fires Authority Road, Irvine, www.san-clemente.org.
Sunday, October 10
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, www.ocpl.org.
Tuesday, October 5
Thursday, October 7
12 p.m. The local Kiwanis Club meets at Carrows. 620 Avenida Pico, 949.290.8729, www.sanclementekiwanis.com.
SC Rotary Club 12 p.m. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619, www.sanclementerotary.org.
“Build the Dream” Fundraiser 2 p.m.-5 p.m. A fundraiser to benefit the Dorothy Visser Senior Center held at the Casino San Clemente. RSVP. 140 W. Avenida Pico, 949.498.3322, www.san-clemente.org.
Hope 4 Hanna Walk/Run 7 a.m. participate in a 10k or 5k walk/run to benefit autism research, finding a cure and awareness. Meet at the Plaza Pacifica shopping center. 951 Avenida Pico, www.hope4hanna. com.
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is moving at 65 miles per hour again. Next, I exit at State College and think, “note to self—next time I exit here I need to remember to stay in the right hand lane.” If you want to go right and are not in the right-hand lane you have to cross three lanes just to get to a right turn lane. At 7:50 a.m. I pulled up to the Metrolink Station at Angels Stadium to pick up David. His train has just arrived here as well.
Commuting throughout South County via bus, car and train By Christina Scannapiego, Andrea Swayne and David Zimmerle San Clemente Times
CS: A lot of reading, texting, staring out the window and a little sleeping was going on. School kids made up half the passengers and the bus hummed with girls’ gossip.
o you have to commute throughout Orange County huh? Well, be thankful your trip can come in several different ways. Whether you’re driving your own vehicle on our major highways, taking the train to and from your different destinations or hitting up the bus as a means of transportation, know that all forms of travel will get you to where you need to go, and on time nonetheless. Several of us at the SC Times decided to give all three modes of commuting a test. The three of us left from the San Clemente Metrolink station and went our separate ways via bus, car and train headed for Angel Stadium in Anaheim. And what we found may or may not come as a surprise.
DZ: It’s on to the stop at Orange and then finally there it is—Angel Stadium in Anaheim. As I disembark, I can’t help but feel this really is the best way to commute if you’re into train travel. But now I need a ride back to the office. I dial up Andrea, but as soon as the phone is ringing I see her car cruising through the parking lot near Grove of Anaheim across the tracks from my stop. Really? We got to our destination at the same time? Uncanny.
• 8 a.m. • AS: I called David to find out where he’d like me to pick him up.
• 7 a.m. • Andrea Swayne: After grabbing a coffee at Kaylani’s I head toward the I-5 via Avenida Pico. A quick look at Google Maps before leaving the house today showed that the trip is 33.9 miles and should take about 50 minutes—just a bit over the U.S. Census Bureau’s average commute by San Clemente residents of 26.6 miles.
Christina Scannapiego gets coffee from barrista Sean Murphy at Kaylani Coffee. Photo by Andrea Swayne
Christina Scannapiego: After scrambling at Kaylani for my morning latte and rooting around for change, I finally headed over to my bus stop to wait for the Route 1 bus. I’d mapped out my entire trip, from San Clemente to Angel Stadium in Anaheim using www. octa.net/trip-planning. aspx. Easy. Waiting for the bus can be a chilly business and luckily my ride arrived before my feet went too numb.
David Zimmerle: After grabbing a quick coffee from Kaylani’s, and buying both my parking and one-way train ticket for the ride—surprised by the low $10 figure for both—I boarded the Metrolink with my final destination set. Orange County’s three Metrolink lines provide 42 weekday trains with an average of more than 14,000 weekday boardings. And with the sun already breaking on the coastline, lighting up the small lines of swell, I had to navigate through several groups of people including a charming group of students headed for the Orange County School of the Arts in Santa Ana. Finally settled into my seat on the top deck of the train, I ran into an interesting commuter from Carlsbad, dressed in his road bike gear. “I work in Aliso Viejo and ride my bike from Carlsbad to Oceanside to pick up the train for work everyday,” said Joel Vann, an employee with Pacific Life Insurance. “From Oceanside, I’ll take the stop in Laguna Niguel and then ride my bike to my office in Aliso Viejo. It’s a great way to save money on gas and get a little exercise. But I got a flat this morning, so I’m not usually on this particular train.”
• 7:15 a.m. • AS: I just merged on to Interstate-5 north from Pico joining the approximately 389,000 cars using the freeway each day. Traffic seems to be pretty light. My speedometer is showing 60 miles per hour and things look pretty clear up ahead as well. A few minutes later as I pass the Beach Cities exit for Dana Point. I’m listening to my favorite morning show, FM 94.9 out of San Diego as I pass the Ortega Highway exit in San Juan Capistrano at 7: 22 a.m. and now moving at about 70 miles an hour. Page 6 • San Clemente Times • September 30–October 6, 2010
David Zimmerle buys his Metrolink ticket. Photo by Andrea Swayne
CS: I rode alone, besides a woman who wore what looked like old-fashioned diner garb, until now. We picked up two daily commuters, Gary Brookshier and Mitch Gillan, who seemed to know almost everyone getting on the bus. Gillan, a chef at the Ramos House in San Juan, rides to work on this line every morning. “Happy Friday!” Brookshier greeted. “It’s a community,” he told me of his fellow commuters. “I’ve met some of my best friends on this bus.” In fact, it’s where he met Gillan, “—and we hang out all the time.” DZ: With a quick stop at the San Juan Capistrano train depot, it then departed for the Laguna Niguel/ Mission Viejo stop. New faces board the train, including one girl with an acoustic guitar slung over her shoulder. I then saw a man clad in a gray suit and peppermint striped tie meticulously spraying down his new iPad with some kind of electronics solvent. After wiping it down for several minutes, he then plugged headphones into the device and began his fancy with technology on this bright a.m. Rolling through the valley, the full moon was still fading on the horizon out west, a picturesque balance between a night gone by and another brand new day. The stop at Irvine suddenly appeared out of nowhere as new passengers board the top deck and iPad guy lopes off the train.
CS: By Crown Valley, bus riders were scarce again. A couple got on, both on crutches. They sat across from me, the man’s arm around the woman. Then my phone buzzed. Andrea texted; she and David had already arrived and were waiting for me: “Where r u?” “Seriously???” I texted back. “Laguna Hills!” DZ: As we meet up, Andrea gets the call from Christina. She’s lost—well, not so much lost as she boarded the wrong bus. We cruise around the area and find a Starbuck’s. Little do we know, Christina won’t arrive until about two-and-a-half hours later.
• 8:15 a.m. • AS: David and I grab a few quick photos of Angel Stadium and the Anaheim Metrolink Station. I wonder how Christina is doing on the bus and decide to text her to see where she’s at now. CS: She asked me if I was on the right bus, half joking, and it hit me: I wasn’t. I panicked at first and approached the driver. She was extremely helpful and like most OCTA drivers, she was also accommodating and worked through the best way for me to get to Anaheim from the 83. (The 1 should have taken me up the coast to Huntington, with only one transfer. My new route would put me on three different buses.)
• 8:30 a.m. and beyond • • 7:30 a.m. • AS: I have just passed the El Toro Road exit and I’m starting to hear a bit of static as my station begins to fade. Traffic seems to be getting a bit heavier. My radio is now completely crackling and I can hear about every third word. I still don’t change the station—not a fan of L.A. radio. Now I am seeing some brake lights and things are getting bumper-to-bumper and I’m wishing that I had a passenger so that I could use the carpool lane. I’m creeping along at 15 miles per hour. CS: By the time we were into San Juan Capistrano, the bus started to fill up. DZ: Passing by the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, I somehow feel validated to be in the O.C.—the park’s giant orange balloon a beacon of reference in the distance. As we head into Tustin, the train’s conductor continually sounds the horn—much more than he did when we were stopping at the other cities. Suddenly, we’re surrounded by industrial yards as far as the eye can see. At the Santa Ana stop, all the performing arts kids exit the train. It then continues past the well-manicured lawns of single story homes on Lincoln Avenue.
• 7:45 a.m. • AS: I just made it to the Highway 55 North exit and traffic
CS: So there I was. Waiting at the Laguna Hills transfer station. A Filipino man handed me a pamphlet on “family life.” At 8:45 a.m. I waited. Feeling like a complete novice—but on the right track. By 9 a.m. my new bus was headed up the 405 towards my destination, with me happily on it. While motoring through downtown Santa Ana at 9:15 a.m., I thought how easy it really is to get around via bus in South Orange County. I’ve heard so many people complain about the inefficiency of public transportation in the area—and I suppose that’s mostly because local routes to work, restaurants or friends’ houses aren’t as accessible as they are in sprawling cities—but really, my trip was simple and straightforward. At 9:30 a.m. we are driving down Main Street in Santa Ana reminded me how much cool stuff there is outside our little beach bubble. We passed the Bowers Museum, the Discovery Science Center, plenty of cool shops and cafes—I was enjoying the all-around more urban feel. Hallelujah! At 10 a.m. I waited at my final transfer-stop for the 50 to take me to meet my co-workers near the Anaheim train station. I watched a guy rollerblade to work, briefcase in hand, and listened to my stomach growl. Had I not gotten on the wrong bus, I would have only arrived 20 minutes earlier. Taking the bus was ultra-simple but, without hours to kill, I was left wondering if the ride would prove worthwhile for most. I suppose it would depend on what you do when you got to your destination and who you meet on the way. SC www.sanclementetimes.com
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It’s time again for the Annual Make A Wish Foundations biggest ice cream social at Cold Stone Creamery, 638 Camino De Los Mares # D-2a, on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.. Visit http:// www.coldstonecreamery.com/promos/makeawish/index.html to see a child’s story in creating a flavor for this event and you will get a free scoop—just donate whatever you can and all proceeds will go towards the Make a Wish Foundation. Also in attendance will be the San Clemente High School band, its cheerleaders and other celebrity scoopers. More information is available at 949.842.1405. u
—Compiled by David Zimmerle
Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info
Casa Romantica, in cooperation with the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda and the San Clemente Historical Society, will present “Nixon in San Clemente.” This special exhibition will focus on the impact the controversial 37th President had on this small, relatively undiscovered beach town when it became home to the Western White House in 1969. Through triumph and tragedy, the Nixon family lived in San Clemente for 11 years, when not in Washington, D.C. The exhibition tells the story of a small, obscure town suddenly thrust into the international political spotlight overnight. The exhibition will open to the general public September 28, and run through Election Day November 2. Casa Romantica is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, Casa Romantica members and children under 12 are free. More information is available at 949.498.2139. u
St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea United Methodist Church Foundation hosted a gala dinner and silent auction on Saturday, Sept. 25, to benefit the work of Gilchrist House, a transitional shelter for women and women with young children. The Foundation Chair, Helene Mickey Wilson presented the check to Nick Mastroni, chair of the Family Assistance Ministries Board, Lucy Stafford-Lewis, Program Director of Gilchrist House, and Robin Morissette, a recent graduate of Gilchrist House. The evening was an opportunity for the community to learn more about the work of Family Assistance Ministries, the mission of Gilchrist House, and the lives which have been transformed by the support of organizations such as St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea. u
There will be a three-band concert at the Blue Danube, 111 W. Avenida Palizada, on Friday, October 1. The headliner band is The Black Plums featuring Nate Wood on drums and bass guitar, Adam Benjamin on keyboards, and Richard Stekol (of Honk!/5 Summer Stories soundtrack fame) on guitars and mandolin. The band has a 2010 Grammy nomination for Adam and Nate’s other band, Kneebody; and Richard has played with the likes of John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Wayne Krantz, Dave Douglas, Freddie Hubbard, Santana, David Lindley, Dave Grohl, Chicago, The Beach Boys, Jackson Browne, and many others. Also performing at the show will be the Dante Pascuzzo Trio with Dante, Nate and Adam. And opening the evening will be the accomplished singer/guitarist George Lawton who slides effortlessly from 19th to 20th century folk, to rock, pop, blues and everything in between. This will be a fabulous show of music. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert is free with no cover charge. More information is available at 949.218.5186. u
Little Sister Theresa, 15, of Anaheim and Big Sister Katherine Scardina of San Clemente. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County held its 3rd Annual “Doorways” mentor recruitment event at Knott���s Berry Farm on September 25. The event was sponsored by Aquarium of the Pacific, Knott’s, Panda Express, Wahoo’s Fish Tacos and Wienerschnitzel, and matched business and community leaders with children waiting to be matched to mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters. San Clemente resident and Big Sister Katherine Scardina was in attendance with her Little Sister Theresa, 15, of Anaheim. The event also coincided with a Facebook campaign aimed at increasing awareness about the need for mentors and donors for the program. Users who become a “fan” of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County at www.facebook.com/bigbrooc will receive special discount offers from all participating partners. Also, San Clemente resident Steven Miranda was among the 500 participants in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County’s annual Mardi Gras dinner and jazz fundraiser at Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen in downtown Disney in Anaheim on September 18. The event raised $100,000 to support the organization’s work matching adult mentors with children in need. Big Brothers Big Sisters next major event is its annual Gourmet Dinner on November 4. Additional volunteers and donors are always welcome. For more information call 714.544.7773 or visit www.bigbrooc.org.
Shorecliffs Golf Club, 501 Avenida Vaquero, is set to have Mr. George Butts perform on Friday, Oct. 1, starting at 7 p.m. George is a very accomplished and well known jazz artist who plays the horn and sings as well. He has been performing all summer at the Wind and Sea in Dana Point. There will be several dinner specials available the night of the event. More information is available at 949.492.1177.
2009 ASP world champion Mick Fanning dropped by the Wheels2Water event and dedicated his time to speaking with those who suffered spinal cord injuries. Courtesy photo
Wheels2Water, an adaptive surfing organization that takes individuals in wheelchairs surfing, hosted a fundraiser event at the OC Tavern, 2369 South El Camino Real, on September 18 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sponsored by several San Clemente based surf companies like Lost, Ocean Minded, Rip Curl and Skull Candy, several items were up for bid on the evening. One of the larger items included a week-long Costa Rica surf camp package for two that was won by San Clemente resident Stu Thornton. After giving the prize some thought, Thornton decided to give the surf camp package to Joey Abicca, 15, of Encinitas, who attended the event and suffered a major spinal cord injury about 18 months ago in a construction related accident. Airfare was not covered in the camp package but through the generous donations of numerous community members, fundraising goals were met to accommodate both Abicca and his father with airfare. More information is available by visiting wwwe.wheels2water.org. u
The Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., is offering a free open house opportunity for residents of San Clemente October 2-3, October 9-10 and October 16-17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Visitors can enjoy ocean-themed exhibits and hundreds of marine creatures and learn the secrets of our seas from Institute staff and volunteers. Proof of residency is required, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. For additional information, visit www.ocean-institute.org or call 949.496.2274.
Shane Spaethe. Courtesy photo
Shane Spaethe, a resident of San Clemente and member of BSA Troop 12, earned the rank of Eagle Scout last May 16 at the age of 14. Shane has been active with his troop for four years where he has held multiple leadership positions, has been a part of numerous community service projects and has earned 41 merit badges. Shane’s Eagle project was conducted at his school, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano, where he designed and completed in 12 months a project endeavor on the campus’s southwest side that included the installation of privacy screening around the fence perimeter; removal of existing plants and re-planting with city-approved drought tolerant plants, shrubs and trees; construction of a concrete base and the relocation and installation of a concrete school monument sign (that had been in storage for 10 years). Shane’s Eagle Court of Honor will be held October 3 at Calvary Chapel San Juan Capistrano.
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EYE ON SC
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 @sanclementetimes.com.
QUESTION How will you make the tough decisions you are sure to face if elected to the San Clemente City Council? Will you base your decisions on what you believe is best for the city, or will you govern based on what you think the majority of the residents want? JOE ANDERSON Age: 68 Years lived in San Clemente: 27 Decisions need to be made based on the merits of the issue. Among the considerations that should be evaluated are: Input from residents (typically at a public hearing); benefits to the community; any potential negative impacts; quality of life considerations such as traffic, compatibility with surroundings, architecture, etc. With difficult and tough decisions, community input tends to be divided and must be considered in conjunction with the above. Website: www.joeanderson4sanclemente.com TIM BROWN Age: 38 Years lived in San Clemente: 8 Every question that comes before the City Council deserves thoughtful deliberation, a careful study of the facts, input from the residents, and assessing the problem from every angle. For every decision, I will always seek to answer yes to this key question, “Will this be good for San Clemente?” The challenge of governing to the will of the majority is that it is very difficult to assess what the majority of citizens desire on a given issue. I support the more practical form of government we employ in representative democracy. Once voted into office, elected leaders are given the latitude to make decisions without polling for the will of the people at every step. However, in the event that elected leaders fall dramatically out of step with their constituents, our system of government has limited form of direct democracy where citizens can express their will and hold the Council accountable through initiatives, referendums and recalls. It is democracy in action and an effective tool for ensuring that our elected officials uphold the public trust and remain in tune with the residents of San Clemente. Website: www.timbrownforcitycouncil.com
PATRICK CROSBY Age: 62 Years lived in San Clemente: 18 When you’ve lived and surfed here as long as I have, and known as many mature adults since they were teens as I do, these two merge. Every member of this generation knows what the problems are: Too many arrogant cops, too few jobs, a city government that does nothing to restore historic structures like the Miramar, but everything it can to make sure new buildings look old. Mention the name Frank Lloyd Wright to someone in city government and expect a response like, “Oh yes, a great pioneer in the field of aviation!” That needs to change. Get online and see Wright’s Johnson Wax Building built in 1939. If you’re visiting Chicago, it’s worth the 90-mile drive up to Racine to see it. Or the Raymond W. Evans home at 99th and Longwood Drive in Chicago, built in 1908. Drove by it many times. Never ceased to be awed by it. This is architecture. The new downtown Huntington Beach isn’t. Preserve our own unique history, most definitely, but stop wallowing in mediocrity. Website: www.sanclementemoose.com LORI DONCHAK Age: 54 Years lived in San Clemente: 10 It is my strong belief that what the majority of residents want is the same as what’s best for San Clemente. Keeping channels of communication open is vital. I initiated the Mayor’s Blog to put residents in better touch with the city. Currently, I have a blog at www.loridonchak.com. I created Mayor’s Walks to provide firsthand access to information. I asked for the new General Plan because it would lead to public workshops, citizen questionnaires and other outreach. San Clemente is great because so many choose to be involved. Those who follow council meetings know I use three questions for formulating a position on an issue: 1. Is it fair and equitable? 2. Is there a clear community benefit? 3. How will it affect future generations? I evaluate each issue on its individual merits. Members of our city staff are an outstanding resource. Their expertise and also the recommendations of San Clemente Commissions are invaluable. As your representative, it’s the obligation of a city councilmember to seek out and weigh all views on an issue. Website: www.loridonchak.com JIM EVERT Age: 68 Years lived in San Clemente: 13 I will base any decisions on what I believe is best for the community while taking into consideration the needs and wants of the majority of the residents, not just the most vocal. In order to do this, I will continue my heavy involvement in city functions and
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community events and will speak to the residents on a continual basis to keep my finger on the pulse of the overall desires of the residents of this fine city. I will study the information available and use years of experience and leadership skills in arriving at common sense decisions benefiting all of our residents. And just as important, we will address our issues in a positive and constructive manner as we work together in doing what’s right for San Clemente and you. Website: www.jimevertforcitycouncil.com Facebook page: Jim Evert for San Clemente City Council JAY GASKINS Age: 49 Years lived in San Clemente: 10 The decisions that I make will be balanced between what is best for the city of San Clemente financially, while preserving its historical importance, and having the least amount of negative environmental impact. These three determining factors are very important to our city and communities because of the tourism revenues that are needed, the value of San Clemente’s heritage and “small town charm” to the residents and visitors, and the absolute necessity to develop, renovate, and expand with the utmost environmental responsibility and attention to our delicate eco-systems. As I stated above, there has to be consideration and balance when it comes to making important decisions that affect our city. I firmly believe that the majority of the taxpaying residents are going to want what is best for the city, although my decisions will certainly be made according to what is in the best interest of San Clemente, as a whole. Website: None CHRIS HAMM Age: 27 Years lived in San Clemente: 21 I will make decisions that are in the best interest of our community and its members. Being raised in this beautiful beach town, I know and love every aspect of it. I feel that each decision must be made in the interest of our unique needs. San Clemente is one of the last great beach communities left in California, and we must ensure it stays that way. We must grow slowly, and as we do, maintain our small town charm and Spanish architecture. We have all chosen to live here because of its culture and beach atmosphere. I will make decisions that benefit the majority of San Clemente residents. I will stand by the wishes of the majority because I trust that SC residents know what is best for the community. Too many times in our past, decisions have been made based on a powerful minority group’s decision, where the majority of voters were kept in the dark. Vote for me and together we will make decisions for the good of San Clemente. Website: Look me up on Facebook.com
BRENDA MILLER Age: 48 Years lived in San Clemente: 10 The simplest way to make tough financial decisions as a Council member is to stop obligating the City to pay for open-ended costs, like the LAB’s commercial development in North Beach. Doing otherwise is fiscally irresponsible. I will vigorously oppose any such attempt to misspend taxpayers’ dollars. Decisions made by elected leaders must comply with our City’s General Plan and zoning code. Incumbents’ attempts to change our laws to favor big developers has caused dissension in our community. Neighbor is pitted against neighbor. The incumbents have made government processes unfair. Consequently, residents’ and developers’ expectations are pushed through a rollercoaster process, often behind closed doors. That inconsistency and lack of transparency is unfair to everyone, residents and developers alike. Citizens must be able to rely on leaders to interpret and apply laws impartially. Everyone must be held to the same standard. Fairness requires consistency and consistency requires we apply our laws as written. That’s how I made decisions as a Planning Commissioner and that’s how I will make decisions as your elected Council member. Website: www.brendasanclemente.org GEORGIA KEY SMITH Age: 59 Years lived in San Clemente: 12 This question does not have an either/or answer. In fact, it is the very reason I am running for City Council. In recent years, we have heard a great deal from the vocal minority and very little from the silent majority. And, after speaking with a number of our citizens, I believe that much of San Clemente’s population could be called the “Silent Majority.” These good citizens are busy working and living their lives and while perhaps unhappy with recent decisions, have neither the time nor willingness to write continual letters to the editor, gather signatures for petitions, and enter the political fray to express their opinions and concerns. I have been a member of this group and, if elected, I hope to bring voice to the interests of the “Silent Majority.” These voices have been missing from our dialogue and I believe we will find that the needs of the city and interests of this group are generally aligned, addressed and ideally answered. Website: www.linkedin.com/in/georgiakeysmith
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project that three council members approved now is completely different than when we voted on Measure W and to associate the two is just another developer’s fabrication. In many ways this referendum is identical to the Open Space referendum that overturned three council members decision, by 70 percent of the residents. It is my feeling that this time we will have more than 70 percent of the voters overturn the three city council members decision to sell our precious land in North Beach and give away precious city resources so an out-of-town developer can make millions at our children’s expense. Why do we, the residents, have to do referendums in the first place? This is the second time that the residents have had a successful referendum in three years. Something is badly wrong with our city council. In fact the definition of a good referendum is that it requires lousy city council members. We have three council members that just don’t get what the residents want, they are disconnected to the majority of residents and have their own agenda for special interest groups. Fortunately two council members, Donchak and Anderson, are up for reelection in November. This referendum will unfortunately ruffle the feathers of the 15 percent that don’t care what happens to our beautiful and unique Village. They just want more places to shop and sip lattes even at the city’s future expense. To them I apologize. San Clemente is a great place to live and fortunately has the majority of great people that have moved here because it is different. By building on every square inch we lose what is precious about San Clemente. Many have accused San Clemente of being “builder-unfriendly.” That is music to my ears. We, the residents are not against develop-
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GUEST OPINION: By Charles Mann
want to thank the residents that signed the referendum for understanding that building a shopping center down by our beach (North Beach) will never be the solution for improving any area, especially an area with rich historical buildings. I especially want to thank the many volunteer residents that were not afraid to collect referendum signatures. We had doctors, electricians, attorneys, teachers, retired people with their aches and pains, mothers and plumbers. We had several volunteers over age 80. All of these great people were tied by a common goal: They all wanted to help unselfishly improve our little town and not let three council members sell out to another developer, so that he can make millions at our future generation’s loss. The volunteers relentlessly, day after day, did what was possible in our great democratic process. Knowing that the three city council members did wrong by giving a private developer, our public assets at below market value, they unselfishly gave up their weekends and in many cases 14 hours of every day so that they could have as many residents sign the petitions. The referendum was a huge success. We needed to collect 4,095 signatures to qualify for a ballot vote by all the voters in San Clemente, and they collected close to double the requirement with six days to spare. We have to forgive the unfortunate and uncivil few of the special interest group that called us names, accused us of costing the city $200,000 in a referendum, tried in everyway to block and create confusion with the residents that were signing our petitions. Fortunately the residents in San Clemente are smart and ignored the attempts of those trying to block them from signing the referendum. The special interest group pro-Lab wanted you to believe that we already voted on this with Measure W. Well that is a complete “bait and switch.” The
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Thoughts of the Referendum I
SPECIAL THANKS Robert Miller, George Mackin, Rebecca Nordquist CONTRIBUTORS Megan Bianco, Tawnee Prazak, Christina Scannapiego
Online Reader Poll Do you plan on getting out to the polls during the special election for North Beach in March, 2011? Yes.
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ment. The Target store that got approved recently is a good example. We are against bad development and developments that are wrong for our city. We will not tolerate developments that ruin our Village character. The LAB development in North Beach will never happen in our Village because it is bad for the city and bad for the residents. The new city council that gets elected in November better pay closer attention to the residents. We are no longer going to tolerate backdoor shenanigans for their perceived benefit and the majority of the residents’ loss. Charles Mann is a San Clemente resident and the individual responsible for spearheading the referendum on the Playa del Norte project. 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 email@example.com.
Letters to the Editor OPEN LETTER TO CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES
INVESTMENT FOR THE FUTURE
Jim Evert, San Clemente
Marvin Dennis, San Clemente
As the campaign season begins, we once again find ourselves concerned with divisive and negative campaigning. I’ve already had legally-placed campaign signs stolen. Let’s remind everyone (including my fellow candidates), that this is not Washington or Sacramento. This is our treasured and beautiful “Spanish Village by the Sea.” Let’s keep it that way and let’s start by showing integrity and leadership in the way we conduct our campaigns. I have asked my supporters to do the same as I pledge to do: 1. Maintain a positive campaign and address the issues in a factual and honest way. 2. Respect all the candidates, even if we disagree. 3. Place all banners and signs in a legal manner and only where you have permission. The bottom line is that we all need to run positive, factbased campaigns. It’s our leadership that will form the basis for bringing our community together.
Congratulations to the three council people who understand the difference between cost and investment opportunity. Lori Donchak, Joe Anderson and Mayor Jim Dahl have the vision to see what a great addition Playa Del Norte will be to the area. They realize that any unnecessary delay costs the city much more than the cost of this election. Playa Del Norte will provide over $400,000 to the city even before there is a shovel put into the ground. Building permits alone will be that much. Add to that $4-5M in construction costs, spent locally, primarily and $600,000 in developer money to upgrade the city’s sewer pump. When completed Playa Del Norte will generate well over $300,000 in sales tax and property tax revenue for the city every year! Add the incremental parking revenue, savings from the reduction of sheriff’s calls to the area, local jobs, etc., etc., ad infinitum and it becomes clear; the money for a special election is a real bargain. www.sanclementetimes.com
SOAPBOX GUEST OPINION: By Pall Gudgeirsson, Assistant City Manager/City Treasurer
The Metrolink Connection…Snapping of the #803 “I hear the train a comin’ It’s rollin’ ’round the bend…” —Johnny Cash
ecently, I was shooting pictures for the City’s annual budget from the bluffs of Calafia State Park when I suddenly heard a train a comin’…rollin’ round the bend! I quickly turned around with my trusty Nikon and fired off a few shots. After selecting a few pictures for the budget cover, I noticed the train photo that I had quickly snapped and thought that it Pall Gudgeirsson was a pretty good depiction of everything San Clemente…including the beach, trail, pier, ocean, sky, and, of course …the #803 train. Unbeknownst to me, my staff submitted the photo to use as the cover for the City Hall & Recreation Magazine which is currently on the newsstands and on the City’s website. I’m sharing this story with you because of the unexpected and coincidental events that happened once the photo was published… In order to make sense of the events I need to go back a few months to a day I was running on the beach trail when, up ahead, I noticed two friends and avid fellow runners, Trey Hunt and Jennifer Boring, frantically flailing their arms in what looked like an extreme form of a sports “wave” at the same time a Metrolink train whizzed by with several melodic toots of the horn. After catching up to my running comrades, I discovered that there is an interesting tale behind the “trainwave.” Each morning at 6:50 a.m. Metrolink Engineer George Thomas driving the #803 train heads southbound through San Clemente from San Bernardino and LA on his way to Oceanside, and when he catches sight of Trey and Jennifer on their daily “training run” ritual, he responds to their rousing train-wave by playing a little tune on his horn—quietly of course—with lots of “hang loose” signs back and forth and always with a big smile on his face. Although they have never met face-to-face, Trey and George have talked on the phone
and, in fact, Engineer Thomas even called Trey one time as he was concerned that he hadn’t seen Trey on the trail for a few days. In turn, Trey has nominated his friend the engineer for a Metrolink safety award—The Eagle Eye. What a trip.
The storyline continued when the magazine hit the newsstands…a Metrolink train passenger happened to give Conductor Kim Purcio a copy of it and she immediately called me and said that this was her train and was there any way that she could get a copy of the picture so that she could have it framed and give it to…you guessed it…her Engineer George Thomas from the #803. What a strange trip. If you want a hoot, go out and see the train-wave as perfected by Trey and Jennifer with the sound of symphonic tunes coming from Engineer Thomas’ 6:50 a.m. southbound or 7:55 a.m. northbound train for those of you who prefer to sleep in before you hit the trail. Even if you don’t see them, be sure to give a hang loose sign to Engineer George Thomas and Conductor Kim Purcio as they roll through our Village by the Sea! Who would have thought that a quick snapshot of a rumbling train on the tracks would create this interesting sequence of events? As an aside, I also got a kick from a call that I received from a local self-taught artist by the name of Facrice Spies who asked for permission to use the train cover photograph as a model for painting an acrylic canvas. Fabrice, who also goes by his nickname Bibi, was born in Grasse and raised in St. Cezaire, located in the south of France, and now lives and works in San Clemente. Are there more connections? What does it tell us when we can all establish connections and friendships on the trail and trains without even meeting? I don’t know…but I think it is really, really good. What a ride. The City Hall & Recreation Magazine published by Community Services Network can be accessed on the City’s website www.san-clemente.org. Go to www.bibifineart.com for examples of Fabrice Spies’ work. Next month I’ll be back with my usual financial column. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters to the Editor (cont.) FACTS TRUMP OPINIONS Tom Barnes, San Clemente
In last week’s SC Times letter perhaps Mr. Ford should have paid heed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s dictum, “people are entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.” He wrongly implied that I was behind the referendum movement when in fact I did not participate in it. There are different groups that oppose the LAB Project and I belong to one of them, the North Beach Green Alternative. While he was at it he might as well have attacked the Sierra Club Sage Group, which unanimously passed a resolution that supports the North Beach Green Alternative and opposes the LAB Project at North Beach. These are the facts that Mr. Ford conveniently ignored: Instead of the referendum, the North Beach Green Alternative wanted the LAB Project to immediately move forward to the Coastal Commission, where we were confident the project would have been defeated. The city would have then been free to revitalize North Beach with a new ocean view park and café. Because of the referendum, the city’s permit application to the Coastal Commission has been put “on hold” until after the vote. Gee, Mr. Ford is this inconvenient truth so hard? Next time, before inventing your own facts, do some research to understand the difference between Vision San Clemente, the sponsors of the referendum, and the North Beach Green Alternative, advocates of a public park instead of the LAB project on the parking triangle and El Camino Real lots.
VOTE NO TO CUSD RECALL Mary Ann Whittier, San Clemente
Please vote NO on the recall of CUSD trustees Mike Winsten and Ken Maddox. The recall four years ago brought some fresh air to our overly large school district www.sanclementetimes.com
which had been guilty of misconduct and poor financial management—now that we have a board that doesn’t vote unanimously to rubber stamp administration policies. When my husband Bob and I moved to San Clemente in 1974 with our young family, I was very active with school volunteering and addressing the school board. The trustees agreed with me and my committee on offering more AP classes and rescheduling bus service. The only reason that I and other parents had to go to the Trustees was the “parents don’t know anything” response of the CUSD administrators. This attitude persists, especially among those calling for a recall. When I declined to sign the recall petitions, I happily read the information sheet and found nothing to justify that action. The verbal concerns sounded like the sameold attacks on honest disagreement, and a promotion of the teachers union positions against charter schools and other innovations. In this difficult economy, Maddox and Winsten hired a fine superintendent and got rid of one in a manner which the courts affirmed. Vote no on the recall, and also re-elect Addonizio and Bryson.
TWIST OF IRONY Robert Howard, San Clemente
Two new 640-ton steam generators at the San Onofre Nuclear Station. We were told no company was equipped to build them in the United States. So the company who built the Mitsubishi bombers who struck Pearl Harbor was able to build the generators, and send them here. What a laugh that must have given the heirs of the original Mitsubishi factory.
LOCAL POLITICS MIRROR CITY OF BELL POLITICS Rick Moen, San Clemente
In 2005, the City of Bell with 36,000 residents changed their charter with only 400 votes cast. Look at the mess! Here in San Clemente, it seems that three of our city council members, Anderson, Donchak and Dahl have decided that we must essentially give away our public land (North Beach) for millions less than the appraised value and provide $4.5 million in parking subsidies to the developer—LAB—on a “build it and they will come” basis. They appear to be utilizing the tactic of having an election in March 2011—the highest election cost option with the lowest predicted turnout of voters—in the belief that this will be the best tactic to manipulate the election with results they favor. By this action, they are wasting over $150,000 of San Clemente residents’ money over the lowest cost election (November 2012) which has the highest predicted turnout of voters. Has this timing been selected because it has been reported that turnout is smallest at this type of election? With LAB funding for artwork and full page ads (allegedly near $100,000 for Measure W), along with misleading pictures and cheerleading from the city staff, and maybe some banners hanging from the Miramar and the Casino, enough people might be confused enough to not know the facts of what they are voting on and sway the election. When it is clear that so many of San Clemente citizens don’t want North Beach sold (volunteers collected 8,000 signatures in only one month) why do the three city council members feel the need to resort to these tricks? (This for a development the size of 10,000 to 5,000 square-foot homes at our beach!) This is a very important and divisive issue that doesn’t deserve shifty politics! The sale of public land at our beach to the LAB developer (land originally taken by eminent domain from private owners for a park and parking lot) should only move forward with overwhelming approval from residents of San Clemente! (Cont. on page 12) September 30–October 6, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 11
Letters to the Editor (cont.)
F R O M T H E M I N D O F Z E LESKI
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WE NEED A COUNCIL THAT WILL BETTER GUIDE US THROUGH THESE TOUGH TIMES Kathleen Ward, San Clemente
I went to the council meeting to hear for myself how the council would respond to the call for a vote on Playa Del Norte. The people that signed that petition wanted more information on this project and the chance to vote their choice based on the details that are revealed. Council members Lori Donchak, Joe Anderson, and Jim Dahl gave the people their vote. They picked the very first, most expensive option possible and they approved the wording of the ballot measure which will only state should the resolution be repealed. No more detailed information than that. They are making no effort to educate the great people of San Clemente on the issue before them. Any attempt by Councilmen Bob Baker and Wayne Eggleston to request greater information and transparency be provided to voters was shot down, and I’m pretty sure I heard a “no” from Anderson before he continued reading the vote into the record. Lori Donchak responded to one last request for additional information, saying, “It will come out in the campaign.” So it is up to citizens to get the word out to people just what is happening to our property. Your City Council is not going to provide it to you. Some very fine people have come forward to voice their objections to this development and to try to let the community know what is being done to their public beach parking and open beach access. Some very fine people signed that petition. The supporters of this developer stand up at council meetings and say those of you that signed were lied to, misinformed, and didn’t know what you were signing. It is straight out of the political playbook to attack others that don’t agree with you, call them names and demonize them to make them out to be bad and take away from the real issues at hand. Two of our council members had the guts to vote no on this project. Three did not. They closed their eyes to the detrimental financial data and voted yes. Mayor Jim Dahl first qualified his vote by saying, “It’s never been about the money.” Mr. Mayor, everything you do when you vote for us is about money; our money. We need a city council who will guide our city through the tough economic times ahead and preserve our most important resources and services. Three of our council are still voting as if we are in the go-go bubble economy. They can’t claim to be conservative with our resources if they so easily vote for Playa Del Norte in the face of economic doom, both in the details of this project and the effect it will have on our current businesses. We are losing the open access to our beach and the economic benefit to us is underwhelming. There is no guarantee the development will help the other properties around it; in fact, there is no guarantee it won’t kill them either. The only guarantee is it won’t belong to us anymore. *Due to an error, the letter below ran last week with a glaring mistake. Here is the letter in its entirety.
THE REAL ISSUES HAVE BEEN LOST Rey Harju, San Clemente
Every time I talk to the people that collected signatures opposing the North Beach renovation, mostly they want to talk about the city giving away property valued at $9M for $1M to $1.8M. Most don’t have any idea how these numbers came about. The $9M came about assuming high density development such as condos, restaurants, and hotels. Nobody wants that. The $1M to $1.8M is part of the total cost of about $20M to bring the project into existence, exactly like the citizenry wants. How does the city know what the citizenry wants? Over the last few years, the City held public work shops, planning meetings, dedicated City Council meetings, and even a general election ballot measure. In the end, the LAB agreed to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $20M to bring this vision into existence. The City agreed to sell the land at Page 12 • San Clemente Times • September 30–October 6, 2010
a price that made this all possible. A higher price would render the current design impossible. You’d have to add more commercial space to make a higher price possible. That’s not what we want. The Playa del Norte project will end the blight in North Beach. Though this project is for only a small part of North Beach, it will bring the Miramar Theatre and Casino back to life. The homeless, the drug dealers, the “bowling alley,” the weeds in that parking lot, and that vacant lot will all disappear. North Beach will become what Ole Hansen originally intended: A vibrant element of our Spanish Village by the Sea.
WHO IS THE COWARD THAT HIT AND RAN? Lindsey Halvorson, San Clemente
On September 17 at 7:45 p.m., our teenager was hit by a car on his way home from work. He was skateboarding along Del Presidente on the right hand side of the road headed north. He describes the car as a dark SUV. The car ran after hitting him. He saw brake lights as they stopped but then took off. He did not get a plate number as he was thrown off the road. The impact took off a part of the vehicle’s passenger side mirror. From reading the numbers on the mirror glass face that broke from the car and was left at the scene of the crime we know the vehicle was a 2002. If anyone has any information regarding this blatant hit and run of a child contact us at skhaydenhanson@gmail or contact the San Clemente Sheriffs. Thankfully, our son was not seriously wounded only a very swollen elbow and some road rash.
IN DEFENSE OF PETER ESPINOSA Kurt Page, Laguna Niguel
In his response to Peter Espinosa’s editorial, lawyer Craig Alexander does a good job of doing what lawyers do: Presenting a case that supports his version of reality while suppressing or obscuring facts that refute it. To begin with, he is on the Board of Directors of The Education Alliance, an ultra-conservative group that supports privatizing public education and eliminating all union contracts in schools. His Education Alliance was and is a major supporter of the current Board Of Trustees. The current board ran at least partially on a platform of local control and support for electing trustees by region. Then, after being elected, they reversed their position, declined a state waiver that would have eliminated the cost
of a special election, and even sued to prevent such an election from taking place. Maybe it’s just a coincidence that local elections would make it more difficult for them to run again as a bloc and receive massive support from outside interests, including The Education Alliance. Regarding the teacher strike, this board rushed through the required steps of negotiations (and I use that term loosely since the board never made any real attempt to negotiate in good faith) in order to ignore the independent fact finder’s recommendations and to impose a permanent pay cut for teachers, who had previously agreed to the cuts but wanted to make them temporary in case the economic picture improves in the future. No other school district in Orange County asked their teachers to take a permanent cut. In my 33 years of teaching in CUSD, I have never seen a school board disrespect teachers so blatantly. Who do you think produces the consistently high test scores that this board like to take credit for? Hint: It’s not the board. In his haste to defend the board’s payout to the “enemies list,” a case that was later thrown out of court, Mr. Alexander fails to mention that those recipients were the very people who got the trustees elected and continue to heap praise upon them at board meetings (maybe I would too if I had received hundreds of thousands of dollars from them) while other speakers have their microphones turned off if they say anything the board would rather not hear. One of the recipients of the settlement even swore in Mike Winsten at a special board meeting. Smells like a conflict of interest to me. There may be a reasonable person to defend the many controversial actions of this board, including violations of the Brown Act that prohibits secret meetings, but a higher-up in The Education Alliance is hardly the one to do it. I hope that readers understand that his presentation and website represent an extremely biased point of view.
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YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER
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A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak
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San Clemente Art Walk
Go See Do
The Village Art Fair will take place Sunday, October 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This month the featured artist is a funky fun glass artist named Elizabeth Gurklys. She recently moved from Oregon to sunny SoCal, and will be selling fused glass plates and the most wonderful flowers you have ever seen—perfect for just about any occasion. Stop by and see her during the Village Art Fair and welcome her to San Clemente. Just a few reminders: Parking on Del Mar is for customers. All vehicles must be moved to the free all-day parking lots located on Cabrillo and Granada by 8:45 a.m. the day of the Village Art Fair; set-up starts at 7:30 a.m. and will be over at 8:45 a.m. The show starts at 9 a.m., so be punctual. The operating times listed above are in place to allow for
Lord of the Strings Concert
7:30 p.m. Living legend of “Slack Key” guitar, Ledward Kaapana, performs as part of the concert series at the DP Community House. Admission $25. (Saturday, Oct. 2 show in Mission Viejo.) 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227, www.LordOfTheStringsConcerts.com.
David Allan Coe
8 p.m. American roots music with the longtime artist at The Coach House also with Barrelhouse Rockers. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
6 p.m.-9 p.m. More than 50 artists fill the streets of downtown San Clemente with fine art displays and sales. 949.218.5378, www.villagesanclemente.org.
9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire and happy hour all night for guests dressed “Island-Style.” No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
6 p.m.-9 p.m. Hits of Neil Diamond at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121, www.adelesatthesanclementeinn.com.
Hulaville Open Mic Night
6 p.m.-8 p.m. Hulaville invites all musicians, singers and hula dancers to showcase their talents. Every Thursday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www.hulavillecafe.com.
7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
9 p.m. Back-porch blues at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
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8 p.m.-12 a.m. Kevin plays live music at Wind and Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, www.kevindanzig.com.
New Arrivals Wine Tasting
5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company introduces new wines to the shop. $15 for seven wines or choose from the daily tasting menu of four wines for $10. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com.
First Friday Film
7 p.m. The San Juan library hosts a showing of Na Kamalei: The Men of Hula that explores the art of hula dancing. Donation of $2. 31495 El Camino Real, 949.248.5132, www.ocpl.org.
Justin Taylor Band
9 p.m.-1 a.m. Live dance music every Friday & Saturday at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino Del Avion, Monarch Beach, 949.443.1476, www.briorestaurant.com.
7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com. Page 14 • San Clemente Times • September 30–October 6, 2010
9 p.m. Music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com.
saturday02 forecast: sunny • high: 81° low: 59°
Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle
6 a.m.-sunset. The annual Stand-Up Paddling contest with surf legend Gerry Lopez lands at Doheny Beach in Dana Point for a weekend of fun on the water and the beach. Features numerous contest categories, prize money, expo, celebrations and more. www.rainbowsandals.com/BattleOfthePaddle/CA.
Rotary Ridge Run and Walk
7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Celebrate healthy outdoor living with the community by running a 10k or walking on the Ridge Trail. Kicks off in the parking lot at the end of Camino Las Ramblas. Cost $15 for the walk; $35 for the 10K. 949.493.5911, www.BigBazTrailRaces.com.
Whale & Dolphin Safari
8 a.m. Take a journey on the sea with Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari. Departures daily; call for times and prices. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com.
Inside The Beatles
6 p.m. The former U.S. manager of Beatles’ Apple Records visits Pacific Coast Church for a special presentation and more. Tickets $5. 949.940.2600.
You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown
The Village Art Fair setting up, moving vehicles to the designated parking lots, and the start of the show. Non compliance with the setting up directions will result in termination from further participation in the show; no vendor art/displays are allowed to block any store windows, signs, or doorways—even if they are not open; for any non-emergency issues like theft, parking violations, injury, or vagrants call 949.770.6011; for any questions or concerns contact Village Art Fair Coordinator, A creation by Colby Carrier, at 949.218.5378 or email info@ Elizabeth Gurklys. villagesanclemente.org. And remember to stop by the DBA booth during the Village Art Fair and get your 2010 Surfin’ Santa free with a $10 or more donation to the DBA.
7:30 p.m. Musician and composer at The Coach House also with Wade Egan and Ray Jordan. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
Live Music Harbor Cruise
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. The ’80s band, One Shot Warning, performs onboard Dana Wharf’s live band music cruise; features indoor/ outdoor seating and a full bar. Tickets $10. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949 496-5794, www.danawharf.com.
7 p.m.; 9 p.m. The actor/comedian from SNL performs at the Irvine Improv through Sunday. Tickets $30. 71 Fortune Drive, Suite 841, Irvine, 949.854.5455, www.improv2.com.
9 p.m. Reggae music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
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Village Art Fair
9 a.m. More than 60 vendors will have arts, crafts and other fabulous items along the streets of downtown San Clemente; put on by The Downtown Business Association. First Sunday of the month. Avenida Del Mar, 949.218.5378, www.villagesanclemente.org.
San Clemente Farmers Market
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tom Morey entertains at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, www.saltcreekgrille.com.
2:30 p.m. Afternoon entertainment and football at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
Max Bennett & Private Reserve
7 p.m. Jazz at The Coach House. $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
Ukulele Night At Hulaville
5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bring your Ukulele or just come and sing along. Every Sunday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www.hulavillecafe.com
8 p.m. Charlie Brown and the gang come to life at Cabrillo Playhouse. Performances through Oct. 24. Tickets $15-$25. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465, www.cabrilloplayhouse.org.
Target’s First Sunday Free at Bower’s
Big Night Out
5 p.m.-close. Melting Pot offers diners a chance to win a trip for two to France while dining on French-inspired dishes. Other prizes available. 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.1966, www.meltingpot.com.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Check out the Italian Family Festival at Bowers Museum. Free; regular admission $9–$12; under 6 free. 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 877.250.8999, www.bowers.org.
2 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Old World in Huntington Beach celebrates German style with beer, bratwurst and more. 7561 Center Ave #49 Huntington Beach, 714.895.8020, www.oldworld.ws. (Cont. on page 19) www.sanclementetimes.com
SC Times Restaurant Spotlight
By Rachel Namson
Enne Cucina Italiana
831 Via Suerte, San Clemente, 949.492.1089 BEST KNOWN FOR: Authentic Italian Food MOST POPULAR ITEM: Lasagnetta di Mamma Lina Italy? Almost. Experience all the magnificence of an authentic Italian meal in their convenient San Clemente location. Chef and owner, Nicola Bellazzi, opened Enne Cucina Italiana just three weeks ago, placing the focus on the food. The menu offers a wide variety of pasta, risotto, fish and meat entrées, as well as appetizers, soups and salads. “All the dishes are of my own creation and entirely authentic to Italian cuisine,” Bellazzi said. One of the most popular of Bellazi’s homemade dishes is the Lasagnetta di Mamma Lina—a family lasagna recipe baked with beef and pork meatballs, ricotta cheese, San Marzano tomato sauce and sprinkled with grated cheese and fresh basil. Nothing goes better with a savory Italian meal than a glass of fine wine, especially during the daily Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. And for the lucky ladies, check out Ladies’ Night every Tuesday and receive a complimentary cocktail or glass of wine with the meal. Enne Cucina Italiana boasts the authentic Italian experience, so take a trip to Talega of San Clemente—and end up in the heart if Italy. PRICE RANGE: $6-$25 PAYMENT: Cash, credit card RESERVATIONS: Recommended HOURS: Lunch Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Brunch Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dinner Every day 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Photo by Rachel Namson
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Mario’s by the Sea 32545 Golden Lantern, Suite F, Dana Point, 949.240.1967 (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 www.sanclementetimes.com and under “Restaurant Guide” rate it from 1 to 5 then share your thoughts on the SC Times forums. (Cont. from page 14)
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8 p.m. Sing fearlessly behind a cloud of smoke at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
MOMMY MOVIE MONDAYS
10 a.m. Special screening of the movie The Social Network for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $6.75. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469, www.kptmovies.com.
ENTREPRENEUR’S WINNING STRATEGIES CONFERENCE
7:30a.m.-5 p.m. Join local Chamber of Commerce members for the business event at the Long Beach Convention Center. Free admission. 300 Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, www.entrepreneur. com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
forecast: mostly sunny • high: 73° low: 56°
INDIAN BASKET WEAVING
10 a.m.-1 p.m. The first and third Wednesdays of the month, experience the art of basket weaving at the Mission. Admission $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
COMEDY & KARAOKE
7 p.m. Big band ensemble performs great swing standards in the college’s McKinney Theatre. Tickets $10 general; $7 students/ seniors. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, www.saddleback.edu/arts.
tuesday05 forecast: mostly sunny • high: 74° low: 56°
NIXON IN SAN CLEMENTE: THE WESTERN WHITE HOUSE YEARS
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica presents an exhibit featuring the impacts President Nixon made on SC with memorabilia, stories, displays and much more. Runs Sept. 28 to Nov. 2. Admission $7 adults, $6 members, kids free.
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, www.octavern.com.
TOTALLY TUESDAY 80S NIGHT
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, www.calientecoastalcantina.com.
8 p.m. Live music and good Mexi food at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
BENNY ON FLAMENCO GUITAR
7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. www.sanclementetimes.com
It’s Hard to Get an Easy A
5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5, glasses of selected wines for $5 and mugs of beer from $5 & up. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com. 9 p.m.–1 a.m. The night starts with live comedy and continues with karaoke at 11 p.m. at Hennessey’s Tavern. No cover. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, www.hennesseystavern.com.
AT THE MOVIES
7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
SADDLEBACK BIG BAND CONCERT
9:30 p.m. New comics every week at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant, 21+ no cover. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672, 949.218.0120, www.mollybloomspub.com.
8 p.m. Frontman from ’80s band, Men at Work, performs at The Coach House. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
UPCOMING: OCTOBER 7
OC AUTO SHOW
4 p.m.-10 p.m. Showcase of the latest vehicles, as well as hundreds of cars, crossovers, trucks, hot custom cars, pre-production models and more at the Anaheim Convention Center. Weekend hours vary. Admission $10 adults, $6 seniors, $5 for students; free kids 12 and under. 800 West Katella Ave., Anaheim, www.OrangeCountyAutoShow.com
FOOD TRUCK & FARE THURSDAYS
11 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of gourmet food trucks that changes weekly at the OC Fair & Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, www.ocfair.com.
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Emma Stone as “Olive Penderghast” in Screen Gems’ EASY A. ©2010 CTMG, Inc.
For those of us who were born past the golden days of John Hughes in the mid ‘80s, and experienced the second wave of teen movies in the late ‘90s (Clueless, Can’t Hardly Wait, 10 Things I Hate About You, etc.), there’s another legitimately good teen ﬁlm just released that rivals Tina Fey’s Mean Girls (2004). This year a new, highly promoted and anticipated feature for teenage and nostalgic 20-to 30-somethings goes by the title Easy A. Just as with Clueless and 10 Things, Easy A loosely takes its plotline from a classic piece of literature everyone should remember from high school English classes—The Scarlet Letter. Emma Stone’s lead character Olive Penderghast mistakenly tells a little ﬁb to a loud mouth friend (Alyson Michalka) about losing her virginity to a college student, and within hours a rumor spreads quickly around the high school campus. Not thinking much of her reputation as it is, Olive then agrees to help out a geeky acquaintance by faking the loss of his virginity at a party, which ultimately certiﬁes her as the “school slut” for the rest of the year. This nasty rumor also doesn’t help her growing rivalry with a hyperactive Christian student in class (Amanda Bynes), or her crush on the school mascot and cutie played by Penn Badgley of the CW’s Gossip Girl. But it does help with her popularity. Surprising, yet refreshing, are the amount of A-list supporting actors who include: Thomas Haden Church, Patricia Clarkson, Stanley Tucci, Lisa Kudrow, and Malcolm McDowell. And director Will Gluck, already familiar with snarky humor, doesn’t anchor his feature with any amateur or safe qualities. What Easy A succeeds with its stellar cast, it lacks with memorable one-liners—which is a large part of the teen movie tradition. Easy A may not be John Hughes, but it has managed to reach its own level of entertainment just ﬁne. SC —Megan Bianco September 30–October 6, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 19
PROFILES OF OUR COMMUNITY
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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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Stellar Evening Many Gather to Support Casa Romantica at 8th Annual Toast to the Casa Fundraiser By David Zimmerle San Clemente Times
midst a backdrop emanating elegance, fine dining, savory wines and great music, the 8th Annual Toast to the Casa added another feather to the city’s cap on September 25. The Casa Romantica Board of Trustees, Event Committee and staff stepped up to create an unforgettable evening for everyone in attendance. From sponsorships to auction donations, support for the 2010 gala fundraiser was exceptionally strong, an indicator of just how important local businesses and individuals view Casa Romantica’s cultural role and mission. Several auction items up for bid included 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 was spear-headed by San Clemente resident and Casa supporter, Maureen Fakinos, and included 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 participated in this year’s gala benefit and included: 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. “In these times of economic shortfalls which impact our local schools, Casa Romantica has increased its programming for school age children,” said Jenifer Finley, Casa Romantica’s
Casa Romantica’s Executive Director Jenifer Finley (left) and this year’s Honorary Chairs Maggie and Ed Chang raise their glasses to toast the Casa during the eighth annual event. Photo by David Zimmerle
Executive Director. “The Casa’s programs for youth include a focus on science, social studies and music as well as other enrichment programs such as our water-wise garden curriculum program. Additionally, the Casa’s programs serve all ages and provide cultural enrichment, entertainment and a forum for creativity and artistic talent for the broader Orange County and North San Diego communities. We are extremely grateful to the many outstanding restaurants, businesses and individuals in our community who support the Casa’s Mission through their participation in the Toast.” This year’s Honorary Chairs, local philanthropists Ed and Maggie Chang, echoed this sentiment. “Ed and I have been long time supporters of Casa Roman-
tica,” Maggie Chang said. “We have a school-age son who we bring to many of the Casa’s music performances and family events. We are involved and support the Casa because of the excellent programming it provides our community. The Toast is an extremely special benefit because it directly raises the necessary dollars to sustain the Casa’s outstanding programs. We are honored to chair this year’s gala fundraiser.” Live musical entertainment included 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. Overall, it was an unforgettable evening. SC
Patrons enjoy several different elements of the 8th Annual Toast to the Casa: The exquisite food, generous auction items and cigar smoking area overlooking the San Clemente Pier. Photos by David Zimmerle
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& OUTDOORS STORIES, SCORES, SCHEDULES & MORE
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Tritons vs. Sailors, Newport Harbor High School October 1, 7 p.m.
D-Backs vs. Dodgers, Dodger Stadium October 1, 7:10 p.m.
Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, Home Depot Center October 3, 5 p.m.
Tune into the seventh season of Friday Night Live as the Tritons hit the road to play Newport Harbor. Join your Friday Night Live broadcast crew and tune into the live internet video broadcast starting at 6:45 p.m. Info: www.schsfnl.com
The Dodgers head home for one ﬁnal three-game series for the 2010 season as they host the Arizona Diamondbacks. Info: www.
So Cal’s hottest soccer clubs collide on the pitch as Chivas USA and the LA Galaxy are primed for heated competition. Info:
Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle, Doheny State Beach October 2-3
Tritons vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School October 5, 5 p.m.
From international elite competition with a $25,000 prize purse to beginners, there is something for everyone including a free SUP Expo, family relays and kids’ activities. Info: www.
The Lady Tritons travel to take on the Lady Dolphins of Dana Hills High School as the two meet for a South Coast League showdown. Info: www.sctritons.com
Triton Report By David Zimmerle
FOOTBALL • Week 5 wasn’t pretty as the
San Clemente Tritons (4-1) were upended by Mater Dei 42-14, while holding home field advantage on Friday, September 24 at San Clemente High’s Thalassa Stadium. The Tritons scored on its opening drive of the game as quarterback Travis Wilson connected with Jacob Graff for a 32-yard touchdown, but the Monarchs then unleashed their powerful offensive attack scoring four straight touchdowns for the 28-7 lead. Right before the half, Wilson found wide receiver Terrell Johnson for a 10-yard touchdown as the Tritons trailed 28-14 heading into the locker room. Mater Dei (1-2) then scored 14 unanswered points in the third quarter, while holding the Tritons scoreless in the fourth as San Clemente could not find a way to spark its offense for a comeback bid. Travis Wilson finished with 233 yards passing on the night to match his two touchdowns and one interception. The pick on Wilson came in the third quarter leaving the Monarchs with the ball at the Triton 10-yard line. Mater Dei went on to score a couple plays later off a 5-yard run by Josh Valdivia pushing the game further out of reach. On the flip side, Mater Dei quarterback Max Wittek fired off four touchdown passes for 314 yards—two of them finding top receiver Victor Blackwell. The USC-bound duo hooked up six times for a total of 184 yards and all of the receptions went for 15 yards or more including three over 40 yards (41, 48 and 45). Next 7 days: Oct. 1 at Newport Harbor, 7 p.m. NEXT GAME: October 1 vs. Newport Harbor Sailors Location: Newport Harbor Time: 7 p.m. 2009 record: 6-5 (3-2 league) 09 vs. SCHS: DNP Afﬁliation: Sunset Coach: Jeff Brinkley 2010 Team Overview: Coach Jeff Brinkley’s teams have grown accustomed to winning and have a battle ahead of them as they look to pull even with league rival Edison High. Newport has proven that they can compete in the tough Sunset league and this year, the Sailors, along with their 12 returning players, are hoping their talents will push them into the playoffs. Newport’s backfield was a key part of
their offense last season and this year, junior Buzzy Yokoyama (5-10, 200) is the key player the Tritons will have to stop if they’re going to serve the Sailors a loss. Yokoyama went berserk against Corona del Mar in the Battle of the Bay last Friday, running amok on the Sea Kings for 260 yards on 22 carries and four touchdowns while the Sailors strolled to a 35-13 victory. Gone is star WR/LB Cecil Whiteside who led the team in both receiving yards and tackles last season. Although Whiteside is gone to Cal, Newport Harbor has several solid defensive players in seniors JB Salem (6-4, 265, DT/OL), Parker Norton (5-9, 175, CB) and Ethan Cochran (6-1, 210, WR/DB) that should help keep offenses partially in check.
BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • Both the boys and girls cross country teams competed in the Dana Hills Invitational on September 25. In San Clemente’s Boys Senior Division 1 three-mile run, the Tritons finished seventh with 211 points and a total time of 1:21:52.80. Dana Hills finished in first place on the day. Chris Dun (15:34.8) took the top spot for the Tritons finishing in 25th place, while Willie Griffith (41st, 16:00.4) and Brooks Bolsinger (51st, 16:18.1) rounded out the top three. In San Clemente’s Girls Senior Division 1 three-mile run, the Tritons finished fourth overall with a total of 145 points and a total time of 1:39:01.10. Heather Holloway (19:20.1) led in this division finishing 22nd, while Susie Flores (29th, 19:51.8) and Tatum Ohana (35th, 20:05.9) rounded out the top three. Next 7 days: Oct. 6 at League Cluster Meet #1 at Irvine Regional Park, 3:15 p.m.
GIRLS GOLF • The Lady Tritons (2-0
South Coast League, 3-0) posted back-to-back wins recently as they beat La Costa Canyon 208-219 on September 20 and then swung past San Juan Hills 216-233 on September 21. Against La Costa Canyon, Dawn Chapman finished with a 37 (+2) while Dani Weatherholt medaled on the day with a 36 (+1). The girls went on to face La Costa Canyon again on September 22 before facing Trabuco Hills at Bella Collina on September 27. Next 7 days: Oct. 5 vs. Mission Viejo at MVCC, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 7 vs. Mission Viejo at Bella Collina, 2 p.m.
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Terrell Johnson (1) looks to evade a swarm of Monarch defenders last Friday. Photo by Brian Miller
GIRLS TENNIS • The Lady Tritons
lost 10-8 to Troy on September 21. Sophia Bott won all three of her sets 6-4 against Allison Radde in a key Round 2 singles match. The team went on to face Fountain Valley on September 23 before taking on Aliso Niguel on September 27 and Dana Hills on September 28. Next 7 days: Oct. 5 vs. Tesoro, 3 p.m.; Oct. 7 at Laguna Hills, 3 p.m.
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL • After a stellar
showing at the Dave Mohs Tournament earlier this month, the girls faced Edison on the road September 28 before participating in the Capo Valley Tournament October 1-2. Next 7 days: Oct. 5 at Dana Hills, 5 p.m.; Oct. 7 at San Juan Hills, 5 p.m.
BOYS WATER POLO • The Tritons
(0-1 South Coast League, 6-5) lost their first league game of the season to Dana Hills on September 21 as the Dolphins fired off a 19-17 win. This was a high-powered and high-scoring game as Dana Hills converted eight of 10 personal fouls, while San Clemente scored on 10 of 14 personal fouls. Jason Alosio led with four goals while Derek Cousineau, Tomas Mitchell and Chase Yu each had three goals each. The team then competed at the South Coast Tournament September 23-25 and went 1-3 during that time. The Tritons opened with a 14-7 loss to Servite, were edged 8-5 by Mission Viejo last Friday before splitting game last Saturday with a 10-7 win against University and a 6-4 loss to Edison. On September 28, the team hosted the highly-ranked El Toro Chargers. Next 7 days: Oct. 5 at Mission Viejo, 4 p.m.; Oct. 8-9 at So. Cal Invitational at Heritage Park, TBA
• ALUMNI UPDATE • Greenberger earns defensive award Vassar College senior Elysa Greenberger, a 2007 graduate of San Clemente High, helped the Brewers (7-2) to their best 9-game start since 1995 and earned Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week for her performance. Greenberger contributed to solid defensive efforts and added three assists on corner kicks in the two Liberty League road wins last weekend. Greenberger accounted for both goals in the St. Lawrence game with two assists on corner kicks. Against Clarkson, Greenberger picked up an assist with a corner kick that was headed in for the first goal of the game. This is her first weekly award. Greenberger graduated from San Clemente High School where she lettered two years in soccer and was twice named All-League South Coast. Cornell excels on the pitch at New Mexico San Clemente High graduate and current University of New Mexico sophomore goalkeeper Kelli Cornell has posted 20 shutouts in 30 career starts for UNM and is now tied for second place on the Lobos’ all-time record list for shutouts in a career. She already holds the UNM all-time first place record for shutouts in a single year for the 13 she posted as a red-shirt freshman during the 2009 season. Cornell was named Mountain West Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week in late August, which is the fourth of her career. She received the honor three times as a freshman goalie. Several weeks ago she took home the Milwaukee Cup Most Valuable Player honor for helping the Lobos win the tournament in several hard fought battles. In the most recent NCAA national polls, Cornell is ranked No. 5 in the country for Goals-Against Average (0.278) and No. 4 in the country for Save Percentage (.932). www.sanclementetimes.com
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YOUTH FOOTBALL WHITE TEAM ROLLS THROUGH LA HABRA Tritons JPW White brought fans to their feet Saturday with a 34-6 win against La Habra. Spearheading the defense, Connor Brannon, Chase Berman, Branden Wilson, and Brock Ridell led the team in tackles, holding La Habra to a single touchdown and thwarting offensive efforts consistently. Offensive highlights for the JPW White team included two touchdowns earned after a razzle-dazzle 15-yard run up the sideline and a 40-yard sweep by Brandon Wilson, a 5-yard punch in up the middle by Brock Ridell, who also ran a fumble recovery into the end zone on defense, and a 60-yard TD pass by quarterback Douglas Jackson to Miles Mastrobattista. Five games into the season head coach Doug Jackson is leading this driven Triton team to the top. TRITON RED TEAM SLAMS LAKEWOOD 34-12, SHUTOUT BY PASADENA The Triton Red team beat Lakewood 34-12 on September 18 to go 4-0 on the season. Touchdowns came from Sander Lush, Ethan Schaffer (2 TDs), Kurt Crapo, and Hayden Malone. Last Saturday, September 25, at San Clemente High School the team took on Pasadena, who won the West Coast Championship last year and is undefeated two years in a row. Pasadena has not been scored on this year and the Tritons had their “hands full, and will have to play their best game,” coach Dave Malone said. Unfortunately, the team lost 28-0 in its game against Pasadena last week, but will look to bounce back in its sixth game of the season. Courtesy photo
THE GREEN TEAM TAKES THE TITLE IN DANA POINT Playing as underdogs for the last four years, The Green Team recently won their title game and became the champions in the Dana Point Co-Ed Softball League. Sponsoring the team is Lawrence E. Eckl II, D.D.S of San Clemente. And all of the players on the team are from the Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano areas. Players include Lawrence Eckl, Matthew Eckl, Brittany Eckl, Sean Kelly, Natalie Kelly, Claire Kelly, Mike Kelly, Ryan Kelly, Michelle Hribar, Theresa Fraijo, Daniel Evans, Elizabeth Evans, Jodie Duke, Jeff Duke, Christopher Linville, Stephanie Gast, and Nick Buskirk. Team mascots are Heidi Eckl, Emma Eckl, Charlie Eckl and Vance Fraijo.
YOUTH WATER POLO GIRLS PROGRAM AT ORANGE COUNTY WATER POLO CLUB IS FREE THIS FALL As young athletes all over the country hit their fall sports schedules whether they’re in youth sports or at the high school and college levels, it’s not only time to get out to the field but the pool as well. If you want to experience a challenging, extremely fun and unique sport that builds great strength and endurance, then you need to check out the opportunities Orange County Water Polo Club (OCPWC) provides. Founded by JSerra Catholic High School head water polo coach Petar Asic, the club has a tremendous track record of developing elite student athletes. By joining OCPWC new players are quickly brought up to speed, while competing at the highest levels with other elite national clubs. Throw in practices at a world-class facility, the JSerra’s Aquatics Center, 26351 Junipero Serra Rd., San Juan Capistrano, and world class coaching and what you’ve got is a recipe for success. Right now, the club is dominating the tournament circuit all across the western region and other parts of the country taking home Junior Olympic titles and other tournament championships. Divisions include 10 and Under Coed, 10 and Under Boys, 14 and Under, and now 12 and Under Girls. The girls program is also free this fall. Coaches at OCPWC include Petar Asic, Justin Kroeze, Trevor McMunn and Kevin Perkins. Tournaments include: 2010 USA Water Polo 14&Under National Championship ZONE QUALIFIER in Southern California in early October; 8th Grade and Under Boys United Fall League on Sundays at Golden West College in October; 10’s, 12’s, and 14’s 2010 Evan Cousineau Memorial Cup October 22-24 in South Orange County; 10’s, 12’s, and 14’s 2010 SPA Age Group Championships in November in Orange County; 2010 USA Water Polo 14&Under National Championship November 12-15 in the Mid-West part of the country; 8th Grade Under Boys (if they qualify) 2011 Cal Cup League from January to April, 2011 in Southern California; 12’s and 14’s 2011 Winterfest from February 11-13; 10’s, 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s 2011 Kap7 International February 18-20; 10’s, 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s 2011 Orange County Cup in March 2011; 2011 San Diego County Cup in May 2011; 4th Grade Under, 6th Grade Under and 8th Grade Under 2011 Regional Junior Olympics at the Southern Pacific Zone JO Qualification Tournament in May 2011; 10’s, 12’s and 14’s 2011 S&R Sport USAWP Junior Olympics from July 30 to August 2, 2011 in Orange County. More information is available from Bryan Williams, Club Director, at 949.246.6519 or firstname.lastname@example.org, Lada Asic, Registration, at 949.769.4038 or email@example.com, and Petar Asic, Head Coach, at 949.939.3169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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YOUTH VOLLEYBALL BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB STILL TAKING VOLLEYBALL SIGN-UPS The Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area, located in San Clemente at 1304 Calle Valle (Bonito Canyon Park), is holding sign-ups for their 2010 Volleyball League Monday through Friday, September 20 to 24, from noon to 8 p.m. at the Club. The Boys & Girls Club’s Volleyball League is a program that stresses participation and sportsmanship while giving kids the opportunity to be part of a team where they can increase their athletic skills, gain confidence, receive recognition and have fun. All League Divisions are co-ed as follows: Ages 7-9; ages 10-11; ages 12-15. Division age is based on the age of the player as of October 1, 2010. Cost of participation in the Volleyball League is $65 for current members and $95 for non-members (includes a $30 annual membership at the Club). The volleyball league season runs from October 4 through December 9. Each team will practice and play their games on the same night as follows: 7-9 year olds on Wednesdays; 10-11 year olds on Tuesdays (and Mondays if needed); 12-15 year olds on Thursdays. Practices and games will be held between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Club. No practices or games will be held on Saturdays or Sundays. For more information, call 949.492.0376 or visit www.BeGreatSanClemente.org.
TRIATHLON SANDEN COMPETES AT PACIFIC COAST TRIATHLON Beth Sanden of San Clemente competed in the Pacific Coast triathlon on September 19 with Philadelphia Insurance sponsoring the Challenged Athletes Foundation for this particular triathlon.
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SCOOP ON THE LOCAL SURF COMMUNITY
Grom of the Week Cooper Sutton Age: 7, Hart Christian Prep Academy
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A Velzy Good Time
Cooper Sutton had his first big contest win at the Western Surfing Association (WSA) Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 2 on September 26 at Carlsbad’s Ponto Beach in the Micro Grom U9 Shortboard division. His win at Ponto followed a fifth place finish at the season opener and with the combined points earned in both, Cooper has moved up in the ratings and is currently holding the No. 2 rank. He loves to practice at T Street and Lowers, but especially enjoys camping at San Elijo for extended sessions with his family. Cooper went to Fiji this summer and got to surf Namotu Lefts. Big surf and stormy weather kept him off of Tavarua’s Cloudbreak, but he dreams of returning someday. Cooper will return to Fiji next spring but this trip will focus more on the medical missionary work his parents—dad is a doctor and mom is a nurse—will be doing in remote villages there. Cooper’s other interests include skateboarding, art, reading and spending time with his sister and two brothers. His favorite school subject is history and lately he is really into learning about medieval times. Cooper’s enthusiasm for surfing and having fun is apparent immediately upon meeting him. He always has a smile, win or lose, and is just stoked on being a kid in a beach town who loves surfing. —AS
Dale Velzy Surf Classic comes to a close at Doheny
Water temp: 62-66˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 12-15’ Fair; Catalina: 15-25’+ Good Remarks: A fading mix of NW swell and small SW swell prevails Thursday and into the weekend. Surge is light and visibility is fair-fair+. Short range: NW swell fades on Thursday as a small SW swell continues to mix in. Better breaks are good for mainly waist-chest-shoulder high surf, with a few larger sets for standouts early. Conditions are clean early. Long range: A small mix of NW swell and old SW swell prevails on Friday, for generally 2-3’ surf across the region. Some new NW swell moves in for the weekend, with conditions looking favorable, stay tuned.
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By Denny Michael Special to San Clemente Times
t was a beautiful sunny day as the Doheny Longboard Surfing Association ran its 21st annual Dale Velzy Classic at Doheny State Beach on September 25. The event boasted everything from classic longboarding, traditional paddle racing, stand-up paddle racing (SUP) and even a world class tandem surf contest. Surfers ranging in ages from eight to over 70 gave their all for the annual event. A great crowd of supporters lined the beach as each round of competitors began their respective heats. Some of most incredible surfing of the day came from the young men’s and
Velzy Results SUP MEN: 1. Tommy Lloy; 2. David Boehne; 3. Chris Hamm; 4. Jason Kenworthy; 5. Spencer Pack (age 12); 6. Mat Hughes. WOMEN: 1. Diane Wenzel; 2. Keli Stevens; 3. Rachel Calkins. LONGBOARD LEGENDS 60-69: 1. Joe Rigby; 2. Ron Greene; 3. Kerry Pedlow; 4. Mike Swenson; 5. Mike Patrick; 6. Charlie Zyvoloski. GRANDMASTERS 50-59: 1. Gary Sahagen; 2. Mark Calkins; 3. Bobby Knox; 4. Steve Tate; 5. Bob Brigden; 6. Ed McMillien. MENEHUNE BOYS 14-U: 1. Perry Rohr; 2. Dylan Cox; 3. Chad Biggs; 4. Mason Shaw; 5. David Levy; 6. Michael Tilly. MENEHUNE GIRLS 14-U: 1. Rachael Tilly; 2. Kaily Biggs; 3. Claire Hann; 4. Meg Hann; 5. Malia-Mae Smith; 6. Taryn Foote. JR. MEN 15-19: 1. Aaron Cervantes; 2. Andy Neiblas; 3. Noah Cardoza; 4. Pete Danskin; 5. Reese Bell; 6. Ben Cardoza. JR. WOMEN 1529: 1. Halley Rohr; 2. Makala Smith; 3. Rachel
women’s age groups. They showed great style the 1- to 3-foot surf, really lighting up the crowd of onlookers. Members of the Velzy family were in attendance and expressed their appreciation for this event, held each year in Dale’s honor. Polynesian dancers, a luau and a live band capped the fun-filled day. Proceeds from the event are used to support the Doheny Longboard Surfing Association and its many charities, including the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, Ronald McDonald House and Surfing Heritage Foundation. For more information and tandem division results, visit the club’s website at www.dohosurf.org. SC Barry; 4. Maya Harrison; 5. Rachael Calkins; 6. Haylie Frasco. MEN 20-29: 1. Matt Suckel; 2. Josh Rapozo; 3. Kameron Brown; 4. George Trimm; 5. Pete Casica. SR. MEN 30-39: 1. Mark Stewart; 2. Jeremy Porfilio; 3. Jans Baltgalvis; 4. Wayne Lourin; 5. Scott Sapp; 6. Steve Horn. MASTERS 40-49: 1. Rubio Smith; 2. John Coshland; 3. Gabe Fambres; 4. James Moore; 5. Rick Stetson; 6. Matt Bettis. WOMEN 30+: 1. Katie Calkins; 2. Jill Lemieux; 3. Connie Hurst; 4. Sabrina Pearcy; 5. Kerry Bettis; 6. Doreen Daligcon. EXTREME LEGENDS: 1. Russ Elwell; 2. George Carr; 3. Gary Stellern. PADDLE RACE MENEHUNE: 1. Rachael Tilly; 2. Rio Donaldson; 3. Michael Tilly. JUNIORS: 1. Andy Neiblas; 2. Chris Thompson; 3. Dylan Cox. MEN: 1. Jiro Ikeda; 2. Noah Cardoza; 3. Kameron Brown. MASTERS: 1. Rubio Smith; 2. Kerry Pedlow; 3. Mark Calkins.
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SC Times online video show This week on BoardShorts, check out highlights from the 21st Annual Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau at Doheny State Beach.
3rd Annual California Surf Festival
he California Surf Festival is preparing for the biggest year ever in its fundraising efforts for the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, one of the oldest surf museums in the United States. The five days of the Festival—October 6 through 10—include music, surf films from around the world, art, photography, special events and VIP receptions. Special events include: Girls Night Out with a San Diego County premiere of the Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story; Big Shorts From Little Groms—a grom filmmakers’ film contest; the California Surf Museum’s 2010 Silver Surfer Award presented to surfing legend Linda Benson; Big Wave Night featuring footage of the biggest paddle-in surfing from last winter, a performance by Donavon Frankenreiter and a world festival premiere of the first-ever feature film on stand-up paddling. The California Surf Museum is located at 312 Pier View Way in Oceanside but many events are set to take place at various other Oceanside venues. For more information, a complete festival line up and tickets, log on to www.californiasurffestival.org. SC
SURF RESULTS AND BOARD SHORTS Western Surfing Association (WSA) Gatorade Championship Tour September 25-26, 2010, Carlsbad, Ponto Beach Local finishers only. MICRO GROM BOYS/ GIRLS SB U9: 1. Cooper Sutton, SC; 6. Nicholas Coli, SC. MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS LB U9: 3. Eland Hansler, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 4. Trevor Sutton, SC; 6. Ethan Mudge, CB. BOYS U12: 4. Cole Houshmand, SC; 6. Rio Donaldson, CB. BOYS U14: 3. Davis Freud, DP; 6. Drew Hemnes, SC. BOYS U16: 1. Noe McGonagle, Pavones, CR; 3. Kevin Schulz, SC. BOYS U18: 1. Breyden Taylor, SJC; 2. Noe McGonagle, Pavones, CR; 4. Wyatt Brady, SC. GIRLS U12: 1. Leilani McGonagle, Pavones, CR. GIRLS U14: 5. Leilani McGonagle, Pavones, CR; 6. Tia Blanco, SC. GIRLS U16: 1. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 3. Malia Ward, SC. GIRLS U18: 2. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Jacob Atwood, CB; 2. Mason Shaw, CB; 6. Ethan Mudge, CB. JR. LONGBOARD U18: 2. Casey Powell, SC; 4. Dylan Cox, CB; 6. Mason Shaw, CB. GIRLS LONGBOARD U14: 2. Tia Blanco, SC; 3. Rachael Tilly, CB; 6. Ellie Bosse, SC. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 1. Karina Rozunko, SC; 2. Rachael Tilly, CB; 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 4. Emmy Lombard, SC; 5. Kandi Patterson, CB. MEN 18–29: 5. Ricky Lovato, SC. MASTERS 30–39: 4. Yufu Penrose, SC. LEGENDS 50+: 5. Kyle Twitchell, SC. OPEN MEN: 4. Ian Simmons, SC. OPEN MEN LONGBOARD: 2. Rick Ekstein, DP. WOMEN’S LONGBOARD 18+: 1. Chenell Shields, DP. NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 2 September 25-26, Oceanside, South Jetty Local finishers only. MEN: 1. Trevor Thornton, SC; 2. Jake Davis, CB; 3. Jonah Carter, SC. JUNIORS: 2. Jake Davis, CB; 3. Griffin Colapinto, SC. BOYS: 2. Griffin Colapinto, SC; 3. Kei Kobayashi, SC. MINI GROMS: 4. Ashton Wright, SC. GIRLS: 1. Kulia Doherty, SC; 4. Kloee Openshaw, SC.
UPCOMING EVENTS October 2-3: Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle, Dana Point, Doheny State Beach October 3: NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Event No. 3, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street October 9: Surfing America Prime Event No. 2, San Onofre State Beach, Church Beach October 16-17: NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 3, Camp Pendleton, Jetty www.sanclementetimes.com