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Freshmen council members Tim Brown and Jim Evert are set to take their seats in December E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6 Ballots are still being counted, but first-time candidate Tim Brown (left) received 14.7 percent of the vote, while Jim Evert (right), also a first-timer, received 16 percent. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley was awarded $25,000 from the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s federally-funded project for youthmentoring programs. The club has partnered with the Office of Justice Programs and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for youth-mentoring programs. In 2009, San Juan Capistrano was designated a “gang-injected city” due to increased gang activity. Truancy at schools increased and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley was asked to provide services to help keep kids in school and off the streets. The club said the $25,000 grant will support youth-mentoring programs, including the Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention Program (G.R.I.P.), Triple Play Athletic Programs, Homework Help and Tutoring Programs. Boys & Girls Club staff will work with volunteers to provide one-on-one mentoring, showing that through hard work, anything is possible.



Next Door W hat ’s goin g on in our n e ig h b oring towns

Dana Point Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Nichole Chambers has resigned and Laura Ouimet has been retained as Interim Executive Director according to a statement from the Chamber Board of Directors given to the DP Times on November 9. Chambers, whose arrival at the Chamber back in December of 2007 was heralded by many as central to the survival of the then troubled organization, had been placed on indefinite leave according to Chamber staff when asked about Chambers’ absence prior to the Tuesday statement. Chamber employees and members of the Board of Directors have so far declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding her absence. The recent removal of her name from the Chamber website incited much speculation among the community as had her noted absence from her office over the past few weeks.

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…Naming a New Park?

THE LATEST: With construction now underway for the new 45-acre sports park and aquatic center at the southwest corner of the intersection of Avenida La Pata and Avenida Vista Hermosa, it is now time for the city of San Clemente to officially name the park. The city has a policy to establish a systematic and consistent approach for the official naming of parks and recreational areas and facilities. It is standard practice for the city to seek public input in the naming process for new parks. The city’s Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission discussed the naming of the park and took action at its meeting last week to proceed with having park names submitted. Following the collection of the names, the commission will meet to review the names and make a recommendation to City Council. If there are not enough names submitted, the submittal period will be extended. “Parks are for the use and enjoyment by our residents. The city encourages public participation in the naming of parks through its adopted process. I look forward to seeing residents get involved by submitting names that emphasize San Clemente’s character, values, local history and geography,” Mayor Jim Dahl said in a statement. WHAT’S NEXT: Think of a great name for the new sports park and submit it by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2011 via email to Tim Shaw, Landscape Architect at Include a contact name, phone number and email address on the submittal. Residents can also submit their park name(s) to Rita DeForrest, Administrative Assistant, c/o Tim Shaw at the Community Development Offices 910 Calle Negocio. A drop box is also set up at the Community Center at 100 N. Seville for those who wish to deliver in person. FIND OUT MORE: See www.sanclementetimes. com for past stories about the park. —Jonathan Volzke


…A New OCTA Rep?

THE LATEST: Lake Forest City Councilman

Peter Herzog will represent the South County Fifth District on the Orange County Transportation Agency Board of Directors. Herzog was selected over Dana Point Councilwoman Lisa Bartlett, who was supported by San Clemente Mayor Jim Dahl. The area representative is selected by the elected officials in the cities in the district. OCTA has 18 directors. The OCTA governs bus and Metrolink transportation in Orange County, as well as allocating money for major transportationimprovement projects from the Measure M sales-tax proceeds and other funds. WHAT’S NEXT: Herzog will formally take his seat next month. FIND OUT MORE:



…The SCHS Band Going to Washington?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente High Triton band is working to raise at $35,000 to ensure all of its members can travel to Washington, D.C. for the 50th Annual National Memorial Day Parade early next year. The Tritons would be representing California in the parade. The band has 92 members and expects the trip to cost between $160,000 and $180,000. While band members plan to raise as much money as they can to cover the costs, they want to ensure they have at least $35,000 to help pay for members who cannot otherwise afford the trip. Band supporters said they’re about halfway to that goal. The City Council on Tuesday gave them a boost, donating $5,000 to the effort. WHAT’S NEXT: The fundraising doesn’t mean the band’s other activities stop; the Tritons on Saturday have two competitions. If they do well in the first, they earn a spot in one organization’s state finals. But later that day, they compete in another organization’s state championships. FIND OUT MORE: See —JV


…Changes in Fire Rings?

THE LATEST: Beach-goers would no longer be allowed to bring their own charcoal grills to the sand under changes proposed to San Clemente city ordinances. Additionally, portable fire rings would no longer be allowed on the beach. Propane grills would still be OK, and those who want to use wood or charcoal to cook would also be able to use one of the city-installed barbecues under the proposed ordinance, which was recommended for approval by the Parks and Recreation Commission. Banning the portable charcoal grills will eliminate the potential for users to dump hot coals in the sand or trash can before returning the barbecue to their vehicles. According to the staff report, the changes are being proposed to increase safety not only for those who use the beaches, but to prevent flying embers from drifting to nearby homes. Additionally, the proposed regulations would make it easier for lawenforcement officers to identify illegal fires on the beach. WHAT’S NEXT: The item is tentatively scheduled to go to the City Council at the second meeting in December. If the City Council approves the changes, staff recommends ushering in the new rules in the same manner as the beachsmoking ban: With public education and discussion, rather than heavy-handed and citations. Illegal fires, however, would still bring a ticket. FIND OUT MORE: See the committee staff report at —JV


…Decorative Tiles on the T Street Bridge?

THE LATEST: With a $458,000 rehab already underway, the iconic T-Street bridge will also get a little bling, the City Council decided on Tuesday. The bridge, which crosses over the railroad tracks to get to the beach at Avenida Esplanade and Paseo de Cristobal, was

initially built in 1950, then rebuilt in 1981. Now, it’s getting another rehab, and with a little extra: The City Council on Tuesday agreed to spend an additional $14,000 on decorative tiles for the side of the bridge. Plain clay tiles are on the current bridge, but when it’s rebuilt, a pattern of tiles and the words “T-Street” will line the sides. “It’s small but magnificent,” Councilwoman Lori Donchak said. WHAT’S NEXT: The bridge will be open weekends-only, with some exceptions, for the next three months while its being rebuilt, city officials said. Although inconvenient, that schedule will allow the contractor to finish the work as quickly as possible, the city said. FIND OUT MORE: See the staff report at www. —JV

On the Bubble Other topics making news this week PARKING TICKET INCREASE: Parking tickets in town will cost scofflaws $3 more, as the City Council on Tuesday amended city citation fines to accommodate additional charges from the state, and don’t be surprised to see day spas or even massage parlors open in town: New state law limits the city’s ability to regulate them. Previously, the city allowed massages only in beauty salons, gyms and doctors’ offices and required masseuses to show they’d undergone 1,000 hours of training. New state law licenses the masseuses and prevents the city from completing the nowcustomary background checks. The law does create, however, a statewide database that law-enforcement officials can access to ensure a masseuse is legitimate and check any previous complaints or infractions against individuals. The council, with no choice, amended its regulations on Tuesday to compile with the state law.

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

Monday, November 15 SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Talega/Calle Saluda (2:11 p.m.) A caller thought two men hanging out looked unkempt and worried about school kids walking home past them. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY San Luis Rey, 100 Block (1:49 p.m.) A deputy was to stand by while a code-enforcement officer inspected a home. DISTURBANCE Avenida Pelayo, 100 Block (8:47 a.m.) A woman reported her boyfriend locked her out during an argument.

Sunday, November 14

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Loma Lane, 100 Block (11:13 p.m.) A caller was concerned because someone moved a truck and “wobbled” when they got out and walked away. FOLLOW UP REPORT Avenida Montalvo, 200 Block (9:46 p.m.) A woman reported that someone left a pumpkin on her porch. Her boyfriend was also sending texts that he could see the house and could tell if someone looked outside to try and find him. He’d earlier broken down the door trying to find her new boyfriend. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Del Mar, 100 Block (5:52 p.m.) A former employee of a business was calling and texting about getting property back, saying she would break into the business if she had to. DISTURBANCE Calle Los Olivos, 700 Block (3:17 p.m.) Some kids were reported drinking on the golf course. DISTURBANCE Avenida Pelayo, 100 Block (9:10 a.m.) A parent called about a 15-year-old daughter who stayed out too late and was being disobedient. MAN DOWN Avenida Pico, 500 Block (12:29 a.m.) A cabbie called when the man in his back seat wouldn’t wake up. He was possibly very drunk. Paramedics were called.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Palizada, 100 Block (12:05 a.m.) A drunken woman got into a quarrel with the owner of an establishment.

Saturday, November 13 DISTRUBANCE Calle Heraldo, 2900 Block (10:26 a.m.) A woman said a white SUV passed by and a bottle flew at her. KEEP THE PEACE Calle del Comercio, 2700 Block (8:58 a.m.) A woman said she was moving out and her roommate wasn’t giving her stuff back. DISTURBANCE Avenida Vaquero, 100 Block (9:13 p.m.) A business called saying juveniles outside were being too loud. The complaint came from a sleep laboratory.

truck. That was suspicious to the caller. MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATION Boca Del Canon/La Rambla (9:57 a.m.) A caller wanted deputies to investigate a woman who set up a table and was giving out water on the beach trail. She was a real estate agent. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida La Pata, 200 Block (9:01 a.m.) A caller reported an LA County Sheriff’s blackand-white had been parked at the skate park for more than two hours. DISTURBANCE Avenida Montalvo, 200 Block (8:27 a.m.) A young kid was trying to master a skateboard trick in the street for a couple of days, but the caller was tired of the noise.

Friday, November 12

DISTURBANCE Avenida Pico, 700 Block (8:15 p.m.) A deputy was called when volleyball fans were getting unruly during a match.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Via Tulipan/Via Durazno (11:08 p.m.) A caller reported an ongoing problem of kids drinking beer in a van, then leaving the bottles in the street.

DRUNK DRIVING N. El Camino Real/Avenida Pico (4:25 p.m.) Passengers in a black Toyota Corolla were throwing beer cans out the window.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Vista Montana, 200 Block (8:25 p.m.) A woman let her ex-boyfriend stay for a few days and he wouldn’t leave.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Calafia/Avenida Del Presidente (11:59 a.m.) Someone was working on an electrical box, but didn’t have a uniform or a

DISTURBANCE San Diego Freeway/Avenida Vista Hermosa (4:07 p.m.) A female panhandler got a little aggressive with passing motorists.

• Thanks, Councilman Anderson: After 16 years, Joe Anderson’s last full meeting as a member of the San Clemente City Council was pretty much like any other, dealing with development issues, water-quality and financial matters. But it didn’t go unnoticed that Tuesday night marked the last regular meeting for Anderson, who failed to gain re-election on November 2. During the public-comments portion of the meeting, residents Marvin Davis and Kathryn Stovall Dennis thanked Anderson for his countless hours of service and gave him a card. “Joe is really going to be missed,” Kathryn said. “He was kind of our diplomat up there.” With such a career closing, perhaps it was fitting that Anderson made the last motion at the meeting: The move to adjourn. Newly elected Councilmen Jim Everett and Tim Brown will be sworn in on December 7. • A Birthday for Bertha: She literally helped shape San Clemente, from persuading the city to buy its beaches to planting palm trees along El Camino Real. And now you have the chance to not only thank Bertha Henry, you can help her celebrate her birthday, too. Henry is turning 99 (plus tax, the invitation says) and a party is set from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on December 3 at Adele’s Restaurant at San Clemente Inn.


City and Community Calendar Thursday, Nov 18 Humor & Happiness 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Seminar on joy and happiness at the Senior Center. Come with humorous stories and jokes to share! 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

League of Women Voters 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to join the league for a tour of the new San Juan Hills High School. Following the tour is a Q&A. 29211 Vista Montana, San Juan Capistrano, 949.492.7675.

Youth Committee Meeting 12 p.m. San Clemente Collaborative group meeting at the Boys & Girls Club, 1304 Calle Valle, Contact:

Friday, Nov 19 Birthday Celebration 12 p.m. Lunch and entertainment at the Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

Saturday, Nov 20

Folk & Modern Acoustic Performance 12 p.m. Kevin Danzig performs at

Wednesday, November 24

Play More, Eat Better

the Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

Book Discussion Group for Adults

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can participate in healthy activities and learn about healthy lifestyles at Max Berg Plaza Park. Free event. 949.361.8200,

28th Annual Boys & Girls Club Auction 5:30 p.m. Auction and dinner event to raise money for Boys & Girls Club programs. Held in the ballroom of the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort. Tickets $75. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.492.9986,

Sunday, Nov 21 Christmas at the Casino 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Festive holiday event at the Casino San Clemente featuring a tree-lighting ceremony, food and drinks, carolers, kids crafts, live jazz music, festive cookies and the movie Elf. Fun for the whole family. Free admission! 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente,

Fun on the Run Cancelled The after-school traveling activity program is on a break for the holiday and will not meet this week. More info:

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

Tuesday, November 23 SC Sunrise Rotary Club

Seniors’ Thanksgiving Luncheon

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

11 a.m. Senior Center hosts a turkey meal beginning with live music at 11 a.m. and food at 11:45 a.m. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

Toddlertime 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Stories and more for kids ages 2 to 3 at the San Clemente Library; parent supervision required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

After School Club

Monday, November 22

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Activities, crafts, stories and more for kids ages 5 and older at the San Clemente Library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Mom Business Associates


12 p.m. Education group for mom business owners at Lavender Lounge Tea Company. 104 N. El Camino Real Suite B, 760.MOM.2359,

8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Discuss the book “Pompeii” by Robert Harris at San Clemente Library; parent supervision required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

FAM Thanksgiving Feast Family Assistance Ministries annual Thanksgiving Feast at the San Clemente Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.492.8477,

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

French Conversation Club

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,

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

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Taking Their Seats Jim Evert and Tim Brown will be sworn in for the City Council on December 7 By Jonathan Volzke San Clemente Times


ecember 7, a day that lives in infamy for our country, marks the start of a new era in San Clemente, too, as Jim Evert and Tim Brown take their seats on the five-member City Council. While incumbent Lori Donchak led all nine candidates with 17.4 percent of the vote—the actual number still changes as ballots continue to be counted—first-time candidates Brown and Evert finished second and third to gain council seats as well. The men disagree on some key issues— Evert supports Playa del Norte, while Brown opposes it—but both say they want to ensure government stays in touch with the residents. Jim Evert Jim Evert served on town council and planning boards in Lagrange, New York, but that was a lifetime ago. He was working for IBM, and ultimately retired as CEO of Irvine Sensor, a NASDQ-traded company. While working, he held what he came to call “fireside chats,” with employees—one-on-one chats with everyone from top management to on-the-floor employees. In 13 years in San Clemente, he’s been active in the Rotary, the Friends of the Library and the Cabrillo Playhouse. He wasn’t really planning entering politics here until he went to a meeting over Playa del Norte in July. “I was so incensed by what I perceived as outright lies and mistruths that I got up and spoke on the project and my dissatisfaction,” Evert said. “I told a friend from Rotary I had half a mind to run for City Council.” Soon, his phone rang. Former Mayor Susan Richel and others wanted to take him up on it. “I was basically drafted,” he said. Evert spent about $20,000 on his campaign, raising nearly all of it from donations. He credits a team of about a dozen “hard-core” supporters, and another dozen beyond them in guiding his campaign. “In all of the experiences I’ve been involved in from a political point of view, I just had such a fantastic team,” Evert said. “It was quite an effort.” And as December 7 approaches, Evert is clear on what the most important issue facing San Clemente is—the same one that spurred

Jim Evert and Tim Brown on the council dais. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

his almost off-handed remark in the first place: North Beach. “That’s probably the first issue that has to be resolved before we get on to other important things,” said Evert. The City Council approved the project, but opponents qualified a referendum in an effort to reverse it. Although voters have approved the concept before, the election results could be taken as mixed, as residents selected on pro-project candidate and one against it. But Evert added up the numbers after considering that five of the candidates in the race were clearly in support of Playa del Norte and four were clearly against it. He says that 57 percent of the votes cast went to pro-PDN

Jim Evert and Tim Brown discuss issues before Tuesday’s City Council meeting, where they both sat in the audience and watched the deliberations. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

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candidates and 43 percent to those against it. Evert, who calls himself a “fact guy” is confident that San Clemente residents will support the PDN decision as long as the city gets all of the information before them. “Our job will be to make sure all of the facts are out there and clearly documented and understood,” he said. “The city has to stand behind the facts.” But Evert knows San Clemente faces issues beyond North Beach. While the city has weathered the economic downtown fairly well and indications are things are turning the corner, he wants to ensure the city’s south end gets the proper attention and facelift, too. Additionally, an update of the city’s General Plan—a roadmap to how the city will grow and look—is underway and key, Evert said. Also on his horizon is looking at how the city funds and performs parks and beach maintenance. Evert agrees the city’s restrooms, particularly at the beaches, are horrible. And beyond specific items, he hopes to help change how the city functions. “My other issue is the whole planning process,” Evert said. “How do we make things easier for businesses and individuals going through the planning process…I know the city has looked at that, but we can do more.” One thing he promises to keep doing: Reaching out to residents, like he did with his fireside chats as an executive. “I want to continue to have meet-and-greets with residents from various parts of town where we can just sit and chat about issues,” Evert said. “I just want to keep in touch.” Tim Brown Love brought Tim Brown to San Clemente for his first time, when he picked up Heather

Ballard on Avenida San Gabriel for their first date. They married and went on to make San Clemente their home in 2002. And now, just eight years later, San Clemente has made Brown a City Council member. Brown, who graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with degrees in Political Science and English in 1998, works for TowerCo, the fifth-largest wireless tower company in the United States. At times in his career, he’s done everything from holding positions in small start ups to managing more than 70 employees. He’s called himself an outsider, and his philosophies are expected to align with those of Wayne Eggleston, who decided not to seek re-election. He has said, however, that he wants to “close the gap” between city government and the residents it serves. Brown didn’t seek endorsements during his campaign, and when the Chamber of Commerce didn’t urge members to vote for him, some assumed he wasn’t pro-business. “Nothing could be farther from the truth,” Brown said. “I want to create an atmosphere where government gets out of the way of businesses being successful. That’s my priority.” Even with his opposition on North Beach, Brown said that is because the deal doesn’t seem to make business sense. He agrees something definitely needs to be done there, but he’s unconvinced the Playa del Norte plan is the right thing. “I don’t think it’s the best deal for the city,” he said. “And I don’t think it will have the desired long-term effects.” Looking at the mixed election results, Brown said he believes voters got it right. “I give credit to the voters,” he said. “They wanted balance…they put a council up there that’s really going to wrestle over issues. That will bring a positive outcome for the city.” Brown said he’s looking forward to the challenges of the job, and knows that his family— his wife Heather and their four daughters will ensure he stays in touch with the voters. The girls range in age from 4 to 11 and are involved in various organizations and sports. Brown, who spent about $18,000 during his campaign, said he enjoyed walking precincts and knocking on doors while running for office, and residents shouldn’t be surprised to find him ringing their doorbell now that’s he been elected, either. “I really got comfortable walking the different areas of the city,” Brown said. “So if there’s a project or an issue that affects a neighborhood, I plan on getting out there and walking again just to talk to residents and get their opinions.” SC

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council Number To Vote For: 3 Completed Precincts: 46 of 46 Vote Count Percentage: * LORI DONCHAK 10,143 17.4% JIM EVERT 9,357 16.0% TIM BROWN 8,570 14.7% * JOE ANDERSON 8,058 13.8% BRENDA MILLER 7,666 13.1% CHRIS HAMM 6,307 10.8% GEORGIA KEY SMITH 3,117 5.3% JAY GASKINS 2,878 4.9% PATRICK CROSBY 2,270 3.9% * Incumbent

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Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info

Construction is underway for new U.S. Border Patrol administration offices at the San Clemente checkpoint off of Interstate-5. The project is expected to be complete in the summer of 2011. The 14,000 square-foot, one-story facility is being constructed on a hillside, requiring extensive excavation, as well as the construction of retaining walls to provide a flat area for the building. The main structure of the facility is a pre-engineered steel frame with an insulated metal wall and a standing seam insulated metal panel roof. The facility will also feature numerous windows to provide natural light into the administration offices. To highlight the main entry of the building, as well as the office of the Patrol Officer in Charge, large windows were added to the design on the exterior wall. “The (plans) required a rectangular plan and a pre-engineered steel building of predetermined dimensions, presenting our design team with the very interesting challenge of developing a dramatic architecture statement on a prominent hillside overlooking the freeway while fulfilling the strict requirements of the RFP,” said Don Blair, president of San Diego-based KMA Architecture & Engineering. “Through the creative use of colored cladding panels and dramatic roof geometries that signal the main entry at the northwest corner of the building, I think that our design team has been successful in creating a building of which the Border Patrol and the general public can be proud.” u

For the sixth year, members of San Clemente Presbyterian Church (SCPC) and our community will be serving a traditional home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner to its “adopted” 1st Combat Engineer Battalion (1CEB), their families and other Marines at Camp Pendleton. The November 19 dinner is being held on Camp Pendleton and church officials expect 300 to 400 Marines and their families to attend. Food for this event is prepared and donated by members of SCPC and the community and it will be served by church volunteers. The dinner is expected to be especially poignant this year: Most of the 1CEB is currently deployed in Afghanistan. San Clemente Presbyterian is at 119 Ave De La Estrella. Call 949. 492.6158 for more information or to help. u

From left: Patti Messerschmitt, Charley Baker, Erica Jones (San Clemente), Sandy Bohi (San Clemente), Sue Stinson, Ashley Ross at the Art & Creativity for Healing event. Courtesy photo

Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc., a non-profit organization that supports emotional healing through art and creative expression, netted $16,000 at its Annual “Girls’ Night Out” event held November 5 at the Carl Nolet Sr. Hospitality Center in Aliso Viejo. “This is the ninth year that we have done this event, and this year was by far our most successful Girls’ Night Out,” Laurie Zagon, Founder/Director, Art & Creativity for Healing, Inc. said in a statement. “This year, we had more than 100 women in attendance, and the auction items that were donated and brought by our participants were outstanding. We are grateful to the community for supporting this event, which enables us to provide Art4Healing workshops to underprivileged children and their families throughout Orange County.” The 2010 Girls’ Night Out featured live and silent auctions donated by Art & Creativity for Healing supporters and heARTS for Healing Guild members, attending that evening. “One of our traditions is to ask each woman attending ‘Girls Night Out’ to bring an item she has made or bought, or to donate a service that she can provide,” Zagon said. “This year, there were designer purses, spa packages, holiday décor, artwork, handmade jewelry and much, much more.” All proceeds from “Girls’ Night Out” will be used to support Art & Creativity for Healing workshops for children. These programs include the “Art for Healing for Heroes and their Families” program at San Onofre and Stuart Mesa Elementary Schools on Camp Pendleton; Children’s Hospital Orange County “Bedside Art Program; and, “Art for Healing Bereavement” workshops that are designed specifically for children experiencing grief due to the loss of a parent or loved one; and our collaboration with the Orangewood Children’s Foundation/Orange County Social Services’ Families and Children Together (FaCT) program, at 14 Family Resource Centers throughout Orange County. Art & Creativity for Healing Inc. is based in Laguna Niguel. For more information, call 949.367.1902 or see


Designs By Nature announces its 18-year anniversary and eight-year anniversary in its gallery by holding an artist’s reception and anniversary from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. on December 4. The artist of the evening will be Sharon Langdale, a 25-year resident of San Clemente and an eight-year member of our local rock and mineral society, SOCGEMS. She, in unison with her husband, creates unique jewelry using a variety of stones, such as aquamarine, kyanite, apatite, and many more. Designs By Nature is at 400 South El Camino Real, Suite A, 949.498.8358. The hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. The gallery will be open daily with extended hours from December 9 throughout the holiday season. Refreshments will be served on December 4, and there will be opportunity drawings throughout the evening. See www.

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Family Classic Cars in San Juan Capistrano will provide their location as the venue for a First Friday evening event to benefit the Marines Toys for Tots program, which benefits San Clemente and other areas. During a First Friday event, there is live music or a DJ and an assortment of appetizers to sample as visitors stroll through the 40,000 square foot museum-like facility filled with collector quality vehicles for sale (an inventory that exceeds $8 million dollars). Two beverage tickets also come with paid entry. Pre-paid donations are preferred. Any guests that are “walk-ins” will be asked to pay a slightly higher price. To maximize the Marines Toys for Tots program, any and all guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy. Uniformed Marines will be present to assist and staff will be nearby to capture registration information from all guests. The event is 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, December 3 at Family Classic Cars 33033 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano. The requested donation is $30 per person or $35 per couple, plus an unwrapped gift. Walk-ins are $5 more. RSVP: Jessica Garcia at 949.276.7071, jgarcia@familyclassiccars. com. Also see u

Tim Aney, Kyle Pickell, Brandon Burger of San Clemente and Zach Herrick. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

The Capistrano Valley Christian School Eagles have shown themselves to be a small school with a big heart, advancing into the CIF football playoffs with barely enough players to fill up an eight-man football roster. The Eagles faced off against Laguna Blanco at San Clemente High on Friday night, and although temperatures dipped into the 50s, CVCS student Brandon Burger, an SC resident, joined three friends in shedding their shirts and painting their chests blue in support of their team. The boisterous fan support didn’t help the Eagles, though, who fell to the Owls to cap a great season. u

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Hands-on learning was recently in action for kindergartners at Palisades United Methodist Preschool and Kindergarten. For a recent paleontology unit, Karen Wendel’s students arrived one morning to school to find their sand box completely surrounded by bright-yellow caution tape. With the care of true paleontologists, the boys and girls unearthed, one bone at a time, a total of 53 dinosaur bones (a handmade wooden dinosaur skeleton recreated by their teacher). The kindergarten students were required to sort, categorize and assemble the bones of a 3-by-4-foot baby stegosaurus. These hands-on enriching activities continue to keep the students excited about learning and coming to school.



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Give to the ‘Spark of Love Toy Drive’ This Holiday Season “Y “Last year we didn’t collect as many toys as we wanted to and we’re concerned about how many toys we’re going to bring in,” Round said. “We welcome the community’s help—any new, unwrapped toy would be fantastic. We think that every child should get a toy this holiday season.” Another sign of the sagging economy Shelley Murphy affects the annual Metrolink Holiday Toy Express. Last December, the train brought good cheer to all by making over a dozen stops to collect toys along OC train tracks, including North Beach and the Pier. But, not this year, according to Round. “We only have one stop, on Saturday, December 18 at the Irvine Station,” Round said. “We’ll still have an engine company out there to help collect toys, but there’s not going to be a show, it’s just going to be a lit up train stopping in the station from 5 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. It’s such a bummer—it was always crowded in San Clemente.” Personally, taking toys to our local fire station in December has been a family tradition we’ve enjoyed since our two boys were toddlers. Lately, however, I must admit that I’ve made the visit alone, but that’s due in part to my older son’s participation in the Spark of Love partnership at San Clemente High School (SCHS). Tyler Karahalios, Associated Student Body (ASB) Commissioner of Welfare and Community Service at SCHS said, “This will be my third year planning Spark of Love, and it’s my favorite event that ASB puts on. If every SCHS student brought in a gift this year, we would provide

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LIFE’S A BEACH: By Shelley Murphy

ou better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town!” Or so the song goes, but sadly for many disadvantaged boys and girls, being nice instead of naughty won’t necessarily get them a visit from the big guy in red. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus (for Seinfeld fans), you can make an underprivileged child’s holiday merrier and brighter by participating in the 18th Annual Firefighters’ Spark of Love Toy Drive. Simply drop-off a new, unwrapped toy at any fire station in Orange County (OC) from November 20 through December 24 (to learn more call 714.351.1583). “We try and collect about 300,000 toys every year, and the toys we collect here in Orange County stay in Orange County,” said Lynnette Round, Community Relations Supervisor for the OC Fire Authority. Gathering and distributing those toys is the job of the OC Toy Collaborative. The group consists of OC Firefighters (Spark of Love Toy Drive); U.S. Marines (Toys for Tots); OC Social Services (Operation Santa Claus); and, St. Vincent de Paul (Holiday Charities Program). “We all work together so we can bring in as many toys as possible—all the toys come into one warehouse and we distribute them from there,” explained Round. The Collaborative gives gifts to children ranging from infants to age 18. “Where we see a need is mostly the teenage group between ages 13 and 18, it’s because a lot of times people don’t know what to get them,” said Round. A solution: Gift cards or sports equipment. This season, with our struggling economy, donations might dwindle.


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roughly 3,200 children with a gift of love.” Holiday spirit abounds at SCHS, according to Karahalios. “At the end of the drive we hold a major holiday-themed pep rally where all students can see what they brought in get picked up by the OC Fire Authority,” he said. “Last year, I walked onto the gym floor with six firefighters and as soon as I announced they were here to collect the gifts of love that we had brought in together, the gym erupted with cheer—never before have I felt SCHS so unified behind something.” If you can’t find a fire station, feel free to drop-off your toy donation at SCHS. “Last year was the first year we reached out to the community and we had an outpouring of support,” Karahalios said. “A box, wrapped in Christmas paper, will be in the front office from December 6 to December 15.” By donating just one toy to the drive, you truly can make this the most wonderful time of the year. Shelley Murphy is an 11-year resident of San Clemente. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

Letters to the Editor NICELY DONE SAN CLEMENTE


Rick Collins, San Clemente

Christy MacBride-Hart, San Clemente

Thank goodness, nearly there, a council that can work together… Good job San Clemente. Congrats to Jim Evert, Tim Brown and incumbent Lori Donchak. We now have a council where at least four of the five can work together within the bounds of governmental and ethical guidelines. Hopefully this new council will stop running scared from these minority opposition groups and will move San Clemente forward with conviction. At least we can be sure that our IQ (insanity quota) will be maintained with the formation of Charles Mann’s latest “stop everything suggest nothing” political action committee. Finally, I do want to thank Mr. Eggleston for his positive service to San Clemente most notably Park Semper Fi. I also want to wish him the best in whatever endeavor he chooses as a private citizen. Page 10 • San Clemente Times • November 18–24, 2010

I have seen differing numbers about the Playa del Norte. I looked at the EIR, two appraisals, and talked with City Planner Sean Nicholas and Chris Bennett of the LAB. Acres: Both appraisals quote 1.78 acres for the two parcels combined, which is net acres, which is the land actually purchased (only goes to the curb). This area is used for floor area ratios, setbacks, etc. The EIR page 28 says 2.8 acres, but this is gross acres which go to the middle of the streets. Since the EIR is about the entire area, the streets are included. Clearly the LAB would not lease or later purchase any of the city streets that surround the property, so 1.78 acres is the correct number to use for the lease or sale. Square Feet to be Built: The current project is 42,160 leasable sq. ft. and 9,180 utility square feet for a total of

51,340 square feet. Appraised Value: One appraisal is dated January 2008 and the other May 2008. The comps used in both appraisals are properties that sold in 2006 and 2007. Both appraisals anticipated a much larger project using three lots. After the appraisals were done, the project shrank and the city is keeping the Marblehead lot. No one in the real estate world would ever use an appraisal that is older than six months—not the buyer, the seller nor the lender. Also, the real estate market is very different than it was in 2006 and 2007. These are very old appraisals based on even older comps, which makes them irrelevant. Purchased Price: There is no purchase price, only an agreement as to how the price will be set in six to seven years from now. The agreement states that the LAB will lease during construction and at least the first three years of operation. The project value will be established by an appraisal done by (Cont. on page 12)


Maximize Abilities for Future Jobs A s the news of the economy drones on, the statistics continue to stack up about layoffs, business closures, unemployment. Everyday, we learn of stories about loyal and long-term employees turned out to now fend for themselves in a new world order that has no demand for their experience. Just as our earlier generations witnessed the conversion identified as the Industrial Revolution, the collective “we” now have a front-row seat to another rapid transition in the way jobs and businesses will emerge. As a mentor at a Regional Occupational Center for high school students electing to take classes to learn about engine mechanics, body shop tasks, and complex computer technician challenges, as an industry guide at a regional college and as a member of a Vocational Education Task Force for the State of California, I am frequently asked to speak to students and individuals preparing for employment. My simple advice: Maximize your abilities. Locally, with more than five dozen automotive-related businesses in San Clemente, and noting that two of the top 10 San Clemente employers (ranked by employee count) are a type of automotive/mechanical manufacturer or contractor/building supply retailer, most of the real job opportunities now and in the future might possibly result in toughened hands with grease under fingernails. If you are not intimidated by that descriptive phrase, it may be the best outward appearance of your abilities and potential employment possibilities. If you have completed or are working on a vehicle or other hands-on hobby project, or are experienced in many types of repairs in your home, then you are light years ahead of so many others standing in lines, or sitting at keyboards, that are offering detailed resumes with lesser or no service skills. Your time has come. Since you have demonstrated that you can fabricate, overhaul or re-build, design and/or engineer solutions for recip-

rocating systems (engines and transmissions), fluid-controlled devices (automatic transmissions, brakes, cooling, and dare say, power steering), can lay welding bead, are able to cut, form and shape metal, wood or fiberglass or can read a diagram to re-wire or replace a system, you possess proven skills that are in demand. These are skills that were not treated Lou Leto with respect for decades. While many school systems cancelled shop classes, manufacturing industries packed up and moved jobs to foreign locales with unpronounceable names, and universities were churning out degrees in interesting but unmarketable subjects, the skills that you have gained on your own were not encouraged. The process has generated many unemployable graduates struggling to join the workforce, but no mechanics, technicians, fabricators, plumbers or electricians. Americans are keeping their cars longer. The arrogant chant of “flip this house” has more humbly and realistically changed to “fix this house.” Daily, automotive manufacturers are announcing vehicle recalls in the tens of thousands, even millions. Our White House resident keeps emphasizing that the new and future job creation will be in the “Green and Energy” areas. In all probability, the growing job opportunities in the emerging energy sector will likely be: Installations of solar panels, maintenance of wind generators, installing/upgrading power transmission lines for the grid and battery change-outs or repairs for aging hybrid vehicles. Each of these scenarios will require mechanical, technical, and fabrication skills that are in short supply in a number of industries that are on the rise or will come back soon. Who they gonna’ call? YOU. So be as creative in your dreams of earnings and your

professional potential as you are about your next project. Take the time to determine how your vehicle or computer self-repair, or home/garage upgrade experience and skills might be of value to a shop, to your own business, an industry or the community. I am impressed to learn during one-on-one student interviews that their future plans include working with these gained skills. They understand that this will result in higher paying jobs or formidable careers immediately. Some plan to start a business. Others know that these skills can earn higher wages that will help them pay for continuing/advanced education, preventing the burdening weight of student loans. America loves the success stories of the entrepreneur, of the underdog, and the come-from-behind or comeback kid. Organize your thoughts about your potential employment future as neatly as you organize your tools, your hardware or your wires. Maximize your abilities. You just might discover that America needs and will pay for your knowledge, skills and abilities more than they will admit. Lou Leto is a results-driven professional who uses strategic planning and business development methods, combining a solid marketing and sales management background in building brand, enhancing product and organizational image and guiding teams to achieve set goals. Lou has successfully utilized these skills while pioneering American-made products into 45 countries. He continues to apply the same expertise to help companies and mentor individuals that seek to grow to the next level. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

Letters to the Editor (cont.) (Cont. from page 10) a qualified MAI appraiser if the purchase option is exercised. The appraiser will set the appropriate CAP rate at that time. This price will not be less than $1,000,000, but the deal has no maximum, which is risky for the LAB. Anyone who quotes a purchase price today is just guessing! Revenue: The Summary of Playa del Norte Financial Transaction estimates the parking revenue to be $1,400,000, property tax $26,700 and sales tax to be $177,500 for a total of $1,604,200 per year. Obviously, neither the parking revenue nor the sales tax would be this much until Playa del Norte was successful which is defined as 95 percent occupancy (95100 percent is the usual occupancy rate for the LAB’s projects in Costa Mesa). With Councilman Eggleston’s low parking revenue estimate of $300,000 the total would be $504,200 per year. These figures do not include all the permit fees, etc. that the city would receive during the construction period. I do not run a city, but an annual income between $1.6 and $0.5 million per year seems like a windfall for a cash-strapped city. Parking Place: 306 will remain west of El Camino Real and 253 new ones will be built on the east side. Verify the information I have told you by looking at the documents on the city website. You can ask Sean to see the appraisals. You may look at or the EIR page 96-106 for view simulations. Research the project for yourself. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Page 12 • San Clemente Times • November 18–24, 2010

Illustration by Jerry Collamer



SC S a n C le m e n te

The List

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

thursday18 forecast: sunny • high: 75° low: 49°

Native American Storyteller

4 p.m. Join the after-school club and listen to a Native American storyteller at the DP Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,

Food Truck & Fare Thursdays

Go See Do

Downtown San Clemente ushers in the holiday season by “Puttin’ on the Glitz” on Saturday, November 27, treating visitors to an evening of holiday cheer. The family-friendly event runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Avenida Del Mar. It is sponsored by the Downtown Business Association and the city. Santa will be available for photos, there will be live entertainment and the downtown shops will remain open late to help with your holiday shopping list! So what better way to kick off the holiday season than by joining in on the festivities as the Downtown Business Association is

Drag Show

Foreign Film Friday

Mozart & Beethoven

8 p.m. Cabrillo Playhouse presents a hilarious and touching story about family, love and more. $15-$20. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465, 7 p.m. Watch the film Alamar (Mexico) at the DP Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,

Jamdown Reggae Friday

9 p.m. Reggae music concert at OC Tavern. $5 cover. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,

Nathan James

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

Escape: Journey Tribute

8 p.m.-11 p.m. Premier tribute band plays at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

John Mayall

Aloha Fridays

8 p.m. Legendary British blues artist at The Coach House, also feat. This Side Up Blues Band. $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

9 p.m. Dress island-style and get happy hour specials all night at BeachFire, and enjoy live music. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Classical Guitar


Hugh Lehane

9:30 p.m. Live music at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672, 949.218.0120,

friday19 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 67° low: 50°

Sunset Ocean Adventure Cruise

3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Last week to catch the cruise with Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. Tickets $29. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

French Wine Tasting

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Peter Mahan of Heritage of France Imports. $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

Gallery 104 Art Show

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Artist reception and show at Gallery 104 with drinks, food and music. 166 Avenida del Mar, 949.218.0903,

Ballroom Bash

7:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. The evening begins with a Rumba lesson and continues with dancing to all types of music in the SC Community Center. Light refreshments served. Tickets $10. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.498.0233, Page 14 • San Clemente Times • November 18–24, 2010

Puttin’ on the Glitz! Additionally, the San Clemente Choral Society will be roving up and down Avenida Del Mar, singing Christmas carols. The evening also promises roasted chestnuts, minitrain rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, live music and entertainment and late-night shopping. Santa is due to arrive by 5 p.m. and don’t worry about parking: A free Photo by Andrea Swayne shuttle will run from San Clemente High School on Avenida Pico to downtown. The night isn’t only a fun way to kick off the holiday season, it’s also a great way to find the special gifts offered by San Clemente businesses, helping to keep your dollars in town, too. —Jonathan Volzke

A Nice Family Gathering

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,

6 p.m. Every Thursday and Friday night Ricardo entertains at Carbonara Trattoria Italiana. 111 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.1040,

Puttin’ on the Glitz

forecast: showers • high: 61° low: 46°

Sugar Plum Festival

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Shopping at OC Fair & Event Center with handcrafted arts and crafts, country garden and home decor, clothing, jewelry, tasty eats and other gifts. Admission free. Parking $5. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,

Architectural Walking Tour

10 a.m. Discover 200 years of San Juan Capistrano architecture on a 90-minute guided walk. Meet at Verdugo Street. Occurs every Saturday; a $5 donation supports the Friends of the Library. For more info, call 949.489.0736.

ARK Pet Adoption

10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Ark of San Juan hosts a pet adoption at PetsPlus in Laguna Niguel; corner of Golden Lantern/Crown Valley. 949.388.0034,

Boys & Girls Club Auction

5:30 p.m. Auction and dinner event to raise money for Boys & Girls Club programs. Held in the ballroom of the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort. Tickets $75. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.492.9986,

Hulaville Concert Series

8 p.m. Hulaville Island Cafe hosts a performance by Mana. Come early for dinner. Cover $5. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,

Zydeco Patrol

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

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Popular Drag Queen dinner show at Adele’s. Cover $5. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121, 8 p.m. Classical music show at the OC Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $25. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556. ARTS,


7 p.m.–closing. A DJ spins in the lounge at Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy., Suite C, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.8466,

The 88

8 p.m. The pop/rock/alternative band plays at The Coach House, also with Venus Infers, Red9 and Chris Amodeo. Tickets $13 advance, $15 day of show. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

The Cannolis of Comedy

8 p.m. Agostino’s Restaurant. Tickets $15. 34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Ste. 100, 949.661.8266

sunday21 forecast: showers • high: 60° low: 46°

San Clemente Farmers Market

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

Holiday Concert with The Four Freshman

3 p.m. Christmas comes early with this jazzy holiday concert in McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College. Tickets $32 general; $30 students/seniors/Angels; $25 children. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

Christmas at the Casino

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Festive holiday event at the Casino San Clemente featuring a tree-lighting ceremony, food and drinks, carolers, kids crafts, live jazz music, festive cookies and the movie Elf. Fun for the whole family. Free admission! 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente,

Kids’ Fishing

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

New Riders of the Purple Sage

8 p.m. The band from the ’70s that started as a Grateful Dead spinoff plays at The Coach House, also with Groove Session and Heavywater. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

NFL Games

10 a.m. Post up and watch the big games every Sunday at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, (Cont. on page 21)

Special Advertising Section

The holidays are here again and so is our annual SC Times Holiday Gift Guide. Whether your holiday shopping list includes presents for friends and family or an array of gifts for professional and business acquaintances, San Clemente and its neighboring cities provide an abundant source of great shopping opportunities. Local merchants also carry everything you need—from decorations to delicacies—to create a memorable celebration. So, shop locally this year. We’re sure you will find everything you need to delight everyone on your list. Happy Holidays!


SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Andrea Swayne

Humphry’s Sandwich Shop

800 Avenida Pico, Suite S, San Clemente, 949.361.1093, BEST KNOWN FOR: Customer service and high quality food MOST POPULAR ITEM: Rachel and Lenny’s famous meatloaf sandwich For owner Tim Humphry, the best part of his first year in business has been remodeling, revamping and improving on the sandwich shop that he and his wife Nicole bought a little more than one year ago. They were careful to keep everything good about the old shop and then put their own spin on things. One of the really great things they kept is Lenny’s famous meatloaf sandwich along with its namesake, Lenny. “Lenny has been working at this shop for 14 years and in some ways he’s really the face of this place,” said Humphry. “People know him and his food keeps them coming back.” The menu has grown to include new offerings including the popular sandwich known as the Rachel—hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, homemade coleslaw and Thousand Island on a French roll. They’re also known for their lunch special—a half sandwich, soup or salad and a drink for only $7. Both Tim and Nicole grew up in San Clemente and graduated from San Clemente High School right across the street. They are hoping to become the go-to spot in town for locals as well as a fave among the high school lunch crowd.

Humphry’s Sandwich Shop owner Tim Humphry. Photo by Andrea Swayne

PRICE RANGE: $1-$7.99 RESERVATIONS: Not necessary

PAYMENT: Cash, credit card HOURS: 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., Sat. and Sun. 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

Last week online voters gave

Marbella Farmers Market Deli

¾ 31109 Rancho Viejo Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.1067 (Rated on a scale of 1–5 stars)

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


6 p.m.-9 p.m. Incredible acoustic trio at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bring your Ukulele, sing along or listen to the music at Hulaville’s newest event. Every Sunday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,

monday22 forecast: showers • high: 61° low: 44°

wednesday24 forecast: sunny • high: 65° low: 46°


Family Assistance Ministries annual Thanksgiving Feast at the San Clemente Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.492.8477,


10 a.m. Casa Romantica hosts storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,





12:15 p.m. Games offered Mondays and Wednesdays at the Dana Point Community Center. 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, 949.248.3536, 10 a.m. Special screening of a movie for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $6.75. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469,


5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5, glasses of selected wines for $5 and mugs of beer from $5 & up! 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067,

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


9 p.m. Play Wii bowling for $5 at Caliente Coastal Cantina, winner takes all. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,


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

8 p.m. Van Halen tribute along with Bonfire (AC/DC tribute) at The Coach House, also with Tribute to the Guitar Gods and Groove Kitty. Tickets $13 advance, $15 day of show. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


UPCOMING: November 25


forecast: sunny • high: 64° low: 46°


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


7:30 p.m. One-man show at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


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


3 p.m.–close. Play pool for free at Knuckle Heads every Tuesday. Karaoke starts at 9 p.m. 1717 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.2410.

AT THE MOVIES Choose Your Due Date


7 a.m. The annual 10k, 5k and kids’ run/walk events take place in the Dana Point Harbor. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Registration $15-$55. 949.496.1555, UPCOMING: November 27


5 p.m.-9 p.m. An evening of holiday cheer, enchantment, shopping and fun for the whole family along Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente hosted by the DBA. Downtown shops stay open late, there will be photos with Santa and live entertainment. 949.218.5378,

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Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in Due Date. © 2010 Warner Bros.

Just from watching any of the trailers for Todd Phillips’ new comedic romp, Due Date, on TV or in theaters, one would gather that it’s just another spin on the storyline of John Hughes’ classic Planes, Trains & Automobiles. And if a viewer familiar with the former were to see the new film in its entirety, the latter would most likely still be in the viewer’s head for most of the time. A successful, good looking, everyday man named Peter Highman (Robert Downey, Jr.), is about to leave his business trip in Atlanta and head back home to L.A. for the birth of his first child. But right after leaving the airport parking lot, a series of unfortunate events lands him and an awkward, clueless, wannabe bearded actor by the name of Ethan Chase (Zach Galifianakis)—or Tremblay, depending on the card he shows you—on the “no fly” list. From then on it’s a road trip fiasco to make it to California on time. The on-screen wife and mother of Downey’s son is played by Michelle Monaghan, and usual comedic players Juliette Lewis, Jamie Foxx and Danny McBride make humorous appearances along the road. The problem with Due Date isn’t that it’s rehashing or ripping off a popular comedy theme, but that it doesn’t seem to want to separate itself from other original and more successful attempts at this type of comedy genre and create its own heart. While Phillips and his cast do make an effort at supplying their own entertaining jokes and story twists, their characters lack redeeming and original qualities. Downey and Galifianakis have grown into their own level of success in Hollywood by now and can carry a film just fine. Director Phillips as well, with his reputation of box office winning frat humor previously (Road Trip, Old School and The Hangover). But while with PT&A we got to see redeeming and understanding qualities with Steve Martin and John Candy’s mismatched leading roles, it’s not here with the latest film. Downey is a fine straight lead, but Galifianakis comes off as constantly obnoxious and less likeable as the feature moves on. Due Date isn’t a waste of an hour and a half by any means, but it probably won’t have you hoping for a sequel either. SC —Megan Bianco November 18–24, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 21





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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Rib Trader to Shut Down Iconic restaurant/bar in South San Clemente to close after 25 years By Norb Garrett San Clemente Times


an Clemente soon will lose another dining institution—The Rib Trader—when it shuts its doors after 25 years sometime around Thanksgiving. Owner Rick Skillman announced the decision several weeks ago to his staff of 12 full-time employees—several of whom have been at the restaurant since the very beginning in 1986. Among those are waitress Laura Ventura, bartender Chris Brown and chef Jose Nava; other long-time employees include bartender Terry Profitt, cook Rolando Souza and waitress Pam Ternasky. “I turned 62 in June and I’m ready to retire,” said Skillman, who purchased the restaurant in 1995 after a 30-year career working for Johnson & Johnson. “I want to spend more time with my grandchildren—that’s the focus of my life now. Owning a restaurant in town made me more aware of things happening in town and the people in it. I have met a lot of good people many of my surf heroes here—people like Dale Velzy, Hap Jacobs, Greg Long and Colin McPhillips. In this business you have life changing experiences and interactions on a daily basis.” Skillman had hoped to turn the restaurant, at 911 South El Camino Real, over to his long-time staffers if he had been successful building his expanded Ralphs supermarket expansion plan and three-story retail plaza called the Village Courtyard Shopping Plaza. That proposal ultimately was narrowly rejected in October 2009 by San Clemente’s City Council, a defeat that stung Skillman and altered his long-term plans with the 80-seat restaurant and bar. Skill-

Rib Trader owner Rick Skillman. Photo by Heidi Mefferd

man, along with his business partner Howard Harmatz, will continue to own the shopping plaza at 911 South El Camino Real where the restaurant is located. Over the next couple of weeks, Skillman

Plans for what would have been the Village Courtyard Shopping Plaza. Courtesy of Smith Consulting Architects

will sell off some of the memorabilia in the restaurant including some of the surfboards, photos and other keepsake items. Many of the items will go home with him, although he has yet to decide whether he’ll continue living in San Clemente or perhaps move south. As one might expect, local politics could play a role in his decision. “We’ve seen some crazy things, and that turns me off, almost to the point of wondering if I want to continue to build a house here on some property where I want to retire or do I want to just move down south around Carlsbad area where they manage to clean their cities up,” he said, “make them nice places with nice schools and no gang writing; it’s improved rather than deteriorated.” Skillman looks forward to spending time with his family and enjoying his hobbies such as surfing, motorcycles and cars, but knows he’ll miss the restaurant business. “This was a really fun place to come for dinner or to the bar,” he said. “We were kind of a West Coast, beachy Cheers.” SC

Skillman (right) with employees of 25 years Chris Brown and Laura Ventura. Photo by Heidi Mefferd

Skillman (inside left) with customers Colin McPhillips, Rabbit Kekai and Mike Gee. Courtesy photo

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Pollinators Promise

Community members volunteer their time to create a hummingbird and butterfly garden at the San Clemente State Park Campground By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


orning dew was still glistening on the leaves of native plants and trees in and around the butterfly garden at the entrance to the San Clemente State Park campground on the morning of October 30 when a group of volunteers began gathering there. There mission? To tend a garden that was started last Earth Day as an effort to both beautify the park by reintroducing native plant species and attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds to the area. State Park Interpreter Cryssie Brommer, who works to educate park visitors about the natural habitat of the area, was on hand to oversee the work and reported that the garden was already doing its job as she pointed out the many monarch butterflies fluttering in the eucalyptus trees near the garden and showed the volunteers a number of caterpillars clinging to the established plants in the plot. “We are working on this butterfly garden in order to restore the habitat needed to attract pollinators like butterflies and hummingbirds. Back on Earth Day the bigger plants, bushes and trees were planted and our efforts today are focused on maintaining and enhancing the garden with more native plant species,” said Brommer. “Kris Ethington and Bill Fuller from the San Clemente Garden Club approached me and offered their club’s assistance. We also contacted Lisa Kerr, an environmental science teacher at San Clemente High, who passed the

Butterfly garden volunteers (front row L to R) from the San Clemente High School Environmental Club, Connor Foltyn-Smith, Madi Swayne, Riley Gorman, Brooke Harding and Danny Ethington; (middle row L to R) California State Parks Interpreter Cryssie Brommer, Sherry Schroffer, San Clemente Garden Club member Isobel Pelham, SCHS student Lauren Bell and San Clemente Garden Club members Michelle Johnson, Lisa Goff and Launa Gould holding Lisa Goff’s granddaughter Madison Fisher on her lap; (back row L to R) SC Garden Club members Kris and David Ethington, Bob Gorman, SC Garden Club members Bill Fuller, Mike Gould and Bette Langford and from Saddleback College, Andrew Sebastian. Photo by Andrea Swayne

SCHS Environmental Club students hold seeds for three different native varieties of buckwheat that were planted in the butterfly garden. Photo by Andrea Swayne

A cluster of monarch butterflies rest in the trees near Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz. Small clusters have been seen in San Clemente recently, but just maybe the addition of butterfly gardens like the one at the State Park will serve to attract larger groups such as this. Photo by Andrea Swayne

information on to her students and members of the Environmental Club to round out our group of volunteers.” The group began by amending the soil with organic compost. They then began the task of planting seeds of native species such as buckwheat and milkweed. A carefully planned garden “map” created by the San Clemente Garden Club was used as a planting guide. “I love butterflies!” said the youngest volunteer Madison Fisher. “I’m planting seeds so that they will come over here!” So far, it looks like her wish is coming true as the fluttering orange and black wings of monarch butterflies was such a common site during the morning’s gardening project. Who knows, maybe San Clemente will become a popular stop-over destination for the millions of migrating monarchs that travel south each winter to avoid the cold. Maybe the eucalyptus trees at the park will find favor with tens of thousands of butterflies that huddle together for warmth during the night as they do in places like Santa Cruz and Pismo Beach to our north. Here’s hoping.

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Madison Fisher does her part by planting seeds. Photo by Andrea Swayne

One of the many monarch butterflies resting in the eucalyptus trees near the garden. Photo by Andrea Swayne

So, with the shared desire to restore habitat, the expertise of Brommer and the San Clemente Garden Club and a few hours spent digging in the dirt, this group made San

Clemente a more natural and beautiful destination—not only for human park visitors but also for the pollinators so necessary to the health and wellbeing of our natural environment. SC






Tritons vs. Lancers, Lakewood High School Nov. 19, 7 p.m. With second place in the South Coast League all wrapped up, the Tritons hit the road for a first round game against Lakewood in the Pac-5 playoffs. Info:

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34th Annual Savanna Field Tournament, Glover Stadium Nov. 20, 8 a.m. It’s a big day for a slew of marching bands, including the SCHS Triton Marching Alliance, as many will perform for both honor and awards.


It’s a usual rough start to the season for the Clippers, but L.A.’s other team will look to lock this one down before hosting New Orleans and Sacramento next.

The Ducks are still looking sharp in the Western Conference and will look to maintain momentum against Edmonton.

After spending three games on the road, the Lakers return to Staples Center for a key game against Golden State.





Tritons were stopped short of its quest for a CIF-SS title losing to Los Alamitos 3-2 in the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs on Saturday, November 13 at San Clemente High. San Clemente (28-5) jumped ahead 2-0 on the Griffins before Los Al stormed back for the 23-25, 25-27, 25-22, 27-25 and 15-12 win. In the first round of the playoffs, San Clemente defeated Mira Costa on the road 25-22, 22-25, 25-22 and 25-14. In that match, leaders for San Clemente were: Alexa Strange (17 kills, 3 aces, 2 digs, 1 solo block and 1 assist), Molly Yoder (15 kills, 1 ace and 10 digs), Bailey Tanner (12 kills, 1 ace and 2 digs), Chelsea Heier (3 aces, 2 kills, 50 assists and 10 digs) and Mia Feiner (18 digs). Next 7 days: N/A

By David Zimmerle

FOOTBALL • In a battle for second place in


The Lady Tritons (63 points) ran down second place in its heat with a total team time of 1:35.54 at the CIF-SS Cross Country Prelims at Mt. San Antonio College on November 13. Great Oak


Warriors vs. Lakers, Staples Center Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.

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the South Coast League, the Tritons (3-1 SCL, 8-2) left the backcountry of Las Flores victorious, beating the Tesoro Titans 23-6 on the road Thursday, November 11 in its final game of the regular season. This one was all San Clemente from the start as the Tritons lit up the scoreboard in the first quarter following a 4-yard touchdown run from running back Mike Elespuru for the 7-0 lead. Both teams went scoreless for the remainder of the first quarter before the Titans (2-2 SCL, 7-3) answered with a 3-yard scamper from quarterback Matt Adam. But Tesoro missed the follow through on its extra point attempt, ultimately, closing the book on any other scoring opportunities for the rest of the game. San Clemente meanwhile closed out the half with a 10-6 lead after kicker Alex Alvarez nailed a 22-yard field goal through the uprights. Alvarez then put the Tritons ahead 13-7 in the third quarter with a 29-yard field goal. Again, it was another scoreless affair for the remainder of the quarter. But quarterback Travis Wilson made sure to put this one a bit more out of reach for the Titans after playing the part of wide receiver on a trick play, catching a 24-yard touchdown pass from Terrell Johnson for the 20-6 lead early in the fourth. With the Tritons defense stalwart for the rest of the game, Alvarez iced it with his third field goal of the night—a 27-yarder this time—for the Triton win. Johnson led San Clemente from the backfield with 77 yards rushing while Spencer Montoya finished with 41 yards rushing. Wide receiver Jordan Micalef led in the air assault with 80 yards receiving on the night, while Wilson finished with 137 passing yards. The Tritons will now take on Lakewood High School (5-1 Moore League, 9-1) for a first round CIF-SS game Friday in its bid for a Division 1 CIF-SS title. Next 7 days: Nov. 19 at Lakewood, 7 p.m.


Knicks vs. Clippers, Oilers vs. Ducks, Staples Center Honda Center Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21, 5 p.m.

BOYS WATER POLO • The Tritons (4-4

SCL, 12-13) wrapped the season with an 18-5 loss to Dos Pueblos in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs on Wednesday, November 10. Tomas Mitchell led the team with two goals. Next 7 days: N/A

Quarterback Travis Wilson and wide receiver Jordan Micalef go up for a chest bump following Wilson’s 24-yard fourth quarter touchdown reception against Tesoro. It was the result of a trick play with slot wide receiver Terrell Johnson tossing the bomb downfield to his wide open quarterback. Photo by Brian Miller

finished first in the heat with 37 points and Crescenta Valley rounded out the top three in third place with 78 points. Freshman Melissa Eisele (18:52) and senior Alison Palmer (18:58) finished in seventh and eighth place overall, respectively. Kaitlyn Smith (19:05) ran out 11th overall followed by Molly Mann (19:12) in 14th place. Next 7 days: Nov. 20 at CIF-SS Finals at Mt. SAC, TBA

GIRLS TENNIS • The Lady Tritons (11-9)

were swept in singles losing 17-1 to a visiting Campbell Hall, on Saturday, November 13 in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs. San Clemente’s Sophia Bott, ranked 42nd nationally and at the top of the ladder as the team’s No. 1 singles player, battled hard in two matches. Facing off against the Vikings’ No. 1 singles player, Sarah Lee, in her first set, Bott made it deuce off an ace, but hit a drop shot into the net as Lee took the 1-0 lead.

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Lee then jumped ahead 3-0, but Bott rallied back to win the next two games with solid forehand winners down the line. However, Lee eventually finished with the 6-2 win after Bott’s forehand went wide later in the match. Campbell Hall went on to win its first three single matches, before Bott matched up against freshman Alexis Pereria, ranked 14th in the state in girls 14 and under. Bott led 2-1 after a lot of back and forth with each player fighting for position off precise forehands and backhands. With Bott ahead 4-3, she double-faulted on Pereria’s ad-in, tying the game at 4-4. Pereria later won the match 6-4 after nailing a winner off a soft return by Bott. M.J. Boud and Hannah Foerstel, San Clemente’s No.1 doubles team, won their match 6-1 against the Vikings’ No. 3 doubles team. Next 7 days: N/A


• ALUMNI UPDATE • SCHS Graduate Cornell Named Defensive Player of the Year in Mountain West Conference The Mountain West Conference recently announced its 2010 women’s soccer awards. The league’s eight head coaches selected the all-Conference first and second teams, Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year. Junior forward Jennifer Williams of New Mexico garnered MWC Offensive Player of the Year honors, while Lobo sophomore goalkeeper Kelli Cornell earned the MWC Defensive Player of the Year award. San Diego State’s Haley Palmer was tabbed MWC Freshman of the Year, and New Mexico head coach Kit Vela collected her second MWC Coach of the Year accolade. The Lobos claimed their first regular-season Mountain West Conference women’s soccer title after finishing with a 5-0-2 league record. Williams was tabbed as the MWC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Lobos to the No. 1 seed in the MWC Championship. She finished first in the league in points (12) and goals (4), and tied for first in assists (4) in Conference games. Cornell earned MWC Defensive Player of the Year honors after recording a league-best .914 goals saved percentage in Conference play. The sophomore netminder allowed three goals total in seven league games, while also pitching three shutouts. Palmer was named MWC Freshman of the Year after anchoring a San Diego State defense that allowed only four goals (0.57 avg. per game) during Mountain West play.

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Appliances Services & Repairs ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 3200 Legendario,

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

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

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

Dr. R. Tyler Johnson DC, Chiropractic Center 1502 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.6440

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

COMMERCIAL/TENANT IMPROVEMENT CONTRACTOR Garrison Property Services, Inc. Lic. # B609809,

Greenscapes Landscape & Design 949.366.6564 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I,

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Timothy C. Metcalf, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC 949.862.1250

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


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

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


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


Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 San Clemente, Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 Entertainment 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G-105, DJ Services 949.874.2540 INTERIOR MAKEOVERS Casa Verde Homes Shaw’s Carpets 949.492.8070 135 Avenida Victoria Estate Planning, Probate, Capistrano Beach Steam Clean 949.240.5875 Pete McKenzie Carpet Cleaning 949.492.5370

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Custom Carpentry, Concrete Framing & Finish South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 Ike Soffes 949.363.3087 109 Calle de los Molinos,

Eric Johnson, D.D.S. 949.493.9311 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209, INTERIOR DECORATING & REDESIGN BOOKS The Home & Garden Stylist/ 949.218.8022 Ronald Trosper, DDS 949.492.7140 Village Book Exchange 949.492.1114 145 Ave Del Mar, Vignettes of Refinement San Clemente, 99 Avenida Serra Rooms With A View - One-Day Makeover ELECTRICAL BUSINESS COMPUTER SERVICE, REPAIR Using Existing Furnishings 949.492.8566 Arcadia Electric                                           949.361.1045 OC - IT 949.488.0029 970 Calle Negocio, Gallagher Electric 949.412.6602 INTERIOR DESIGN P.O. Box 986, CARPET Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271






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

South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 949.922.6388 413 Calle Pueblo,

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All Season Air 949.579.0741 COMPUTER REPAIR & SERVICES, Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 San Clemente Computer & Network Services 949.276.1581 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A, Sano Computers 949.492.2179 HOLIDAY LIGHTING Solution Tek-nologies                       949.400.0080 Miller’s Holiday Lighting 949.369.7263 San Clemente,


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

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


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PIZZA Izza Neapolitan Pizzeria 949.248.4925 376 Camino de Estrella,

PLUMBING A to Z Leak Detection 949.499.4464 1218 Puerta del Sol, Bill Metzger Plumbing                          949.492.3558 1218 Puerta del Sol, Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 Mission Plumbing & Heating 949.492.4303 1100 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente Plumbing               949.366.2691 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 108,


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

SURF CAMPS Aloha Beach Camp 949.481.7222 647 Camino de los Mares,

Surf Lessons Aloha Beach Camp 949.481.7222 647 Camino de los Mares,

SURF SCHOOLS San Clemente Surf School 949.334.7649

TERMITES Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar, Environment 1st Exterminating, Inc. 949.218.1111 2340 S. El Camino Real, #13, The Termite Guy -Termite & Pest Control 106 W. Canada Ave., 949.940.1010

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U11 California heat take first place at tournament The U11 California Heat baseball team won the Super NIT tournament (upper/winner division) at Steed Park the weekend of November 6-7. It was the very first tournament ever played by this newly-formed team. Players include Eric Gonzalez, Gavin Barkema, Joshua Goda, David Morgan, Justin Wartenberg, Elijah Barney, Alec Arnone, Riley Wartenberg, Ryan Hazzard, Peter Weiss, Joey Park, Ben Cuevas, Sean Duhey, Jared Dyer, Spencer Zibas and Shane McClure. Manager is Clemente Bonilla and the team is also led by coach Justin Schuda.

GOLF Golfer Sinks Hole-In-One Shot at SC Muni Sean Quigley of Laguna Niguel knocked in a hole-in-one shot at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course on November 9. Quigley’s fine shot came on the Par 3 13th hole from 204 yards out using his 4-iron. Witnesses to the shot were Kevin Shoaf, Tony Chow and Craig Thole.

YOUTH GYMNASTICS Local Gymnasts Excel at Sectional Meet and State Meet Several San Clemente gymnasts found success at the recent sectional and state meets. Amidst tough competition, all of the girls performed at an elite level with every gymnast advancing to State Championships. The Level 4 team even received fifth place at the state meet. Results are as follows: Level 4: Ellie Antonic had her best meet of the year taking third place in the all-around with a high score of 37.0. She also placed second on beam with a 9.375—her highest score yet; Grace DeViso also had her best meet so far with a 36.675 in the all-around while also placing fifth. Gracie also got fifth on beam with a 9.25 and got her highest score yet on bars with a 9.3; Ella Greathouse took fifth place in the all-around with a 35.85 and first place on vault with a 9.2; Ella Horton had her highest all-around score receiving a 35.825 for fourth place, while also placing third on vault with a 9.1 and second on floor with a 9.225; Kendall Wheaton finished in 10th place in the all around, with her first 9.050 on beam and for ninth place on floor; Amanda Sprueill finished in third place on floor with a 9.075 and fourth on bars with a 9.225; Sarah Anderson got her highest score on beam with a 9.3; Randi Jones got her first 9.0 on bars scoring a 9.050 and also placed ninth on beam with a 8.975. Level 5: Nicole Anderson finished seventh in the all-around with a 35.675 and had her highest score yet on vault with a 9.25—good enough for fifth place; Kayla Castro had her best meet so far getting her highest all-around score yet with a 10th place finish on floor and an 11th place finish on beam with an 8.975—so close to that 9; Caitlyn Casper had her first 9 on floor receiving a 9.05 and a fifth place finish; Samantha Gill improved her bars score to a 9.15 for 12th place; Chandler Horton had a great bar routine and got an 8.875 for 12th place. Level 6: Bailei Fischer finished 10th in the all-around, and had an awesome floor routine which landed her in fourth place; Alyssa Johnson got a high score of 9.375 on floor and a second place medal; Emma Tremblay, who is now back from injury, got 11th place on vault with an 8.675; Malaika Donaldson improved on every event she competed in, taking eighth place on floor with an 8.625; Alexandra Romaniolis improved her bar score to an 8.3, and took seventh place on floor with an 8.8; Leila Murray has been suffering some back pain issues but pulled through and improved on her beam and floor score and her all around score, advancing to state. SCORES WANTED: We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, snail mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.

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Week 9 Results for San Clemente Adult Softball Following are results for Week 9 for the City of San Clemente’s Adult Softball League: TUESDAY MEN’S C/D: Scores: Ungrateful Bastards 12, Sofa King 11; Dazed & Confused 12, Sonic Boom 0; Multiplescorgasms 15, Beer Nuts 0; Invicta 2.0 23, Rip One 13; Standings: 1. Multiplescorgasms (6-1); 2. Ungrateful Bastards (5-2); 3. Invicta 2.0 (5-2); 4. Dazed & Confused (5-2); 5. Sofa King (4-3); 6. Rip One (2-5); 7. Beer Nuts (1-6); 8. Sonic Boom (07). Wednesday Men’s C/D: Scores: SWC 18, Los Coyotes 3; Outstanding 19, Wok Offs 3; Character Defects 14, Fear the Fat 13; Sundried Tomatoes 27, Uber Troopers 11; Standings: 1. Mr. Pete’s Burger’s (7-0); 2. Character Defects (5-2); 3. Fear the Fat (4-2); 4. Dukes (4-2); 5. Outstanding (4-2); 6. Sundried Tomatoes (3-3); 7. Uber Troopers (2-5); 8. SWC (2-4); 9. Los Coyotes (1-5); 10. Wok Offs (0-6). Thursday Coed “C”: Scores: Killer Dana 9, Leftovers 8; The Show 18, Highlanders 8; Wally’s Team 19, Bagel Shack 7; Standings: 1. Wally’s Team (7-0); 2. The Show (6-1); 3. Killer Dana (4-3); 4. Bagel Shack (3-4); 5. Leftovers (2-5); 6. Highlanders (0-7). Thursday Coed “D+”: Scores: Off Constantly 19, Knuckleheads 11; OC Sandcars 17, Prestige World Wide 16; The Runs 14, Chupacabras 8; Standings: 1. The Runs (6-0-1); 2. Off Constantly (5-1-1); 3. OC Sandcars (5-2); 4. Prestige World Wide (2-5); 5. Knuckleheads (1-6), 6. Chupacabras (1-6). Thursday Coed “D”: Scores: Chronic Junkies 18, Last Call 9; Borrochos 14, Where My Pitches At 11; Sunsets 22, French Ticklers 2; Standings: 1. Sunsets (5-2); 2. Borrochos (4-1-2); 3. Where my Pitches At (3-2-2); 4. French Ticklers 2-3-2); 5. Chronic Junkies (2-4-1); 6. Last Call (1-5-1). Thursday Coed “D-“: Scores: Ole’s Knockers 9, St. A’s 5; Shoreline 15; Big Helyn’s 5; Ball Breakers 20, Balls & Chains 2; 1. Ball Breakers (5-1-1), 2. Shoreline (5-2); 3. Ole’s Knockers (4-2-1); 4. Big Helyn’s (3-4); 5. Balls & Chains (3-4); 6. St. A’s (0-7).

YOUTH BASKETBALL Boys & Girls Club Basketball Accepting Sign-Ups The Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area in San Clemente, 1304 Calle Valle (Bonito Canyon Park), will hold sign-ups for their 2011 Basketball League on Saturday, December 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Club. The Boys & Girls Club’s Basketball 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. Age Divisions for the Basketball League are as follows: Boys ages 8-9; 10-11; 12-14 and 15-18, and girls ages 8-9; 10-11 and 12-14. Division age is based on the age of the player as of December 2, 2010. The cost of participation in the Basketball League is $65 for current members and $95 for non-members (includes one-year membership at the club). The Basketball League season runs from January 3 through March 11, 2011. All teams will have one practice and one game each week. Practices will be scheduled Monday through Saturday at the club. If the number of teams allows, games for Girls 8-9, Girls 10-11 and Boys 8-9 will be on Saturdays; all other leagues will play Tuesday through Friday. All players in the Boys & Girls Club Basketball League are guaranteed at least two full quarters of playing time every game. There will be a maximum of eight players on a team. The club is also in need of sponsors, at $150 per team, for their Basketball League. Last year the club had 380 kids playing on 50 teams. If you are interested in being a team sponsor, volunteering, coaching or being a referee, call the club at 949.492.0376 for more information. Visit to learn more about the club.


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Sanden finishes strong in New York SC resident Beth Sanden had a great finish at the New York Marathon on November 7.




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Grom of the Week John Mel Age: 11, Dana Point John Mel is a recent transplant from Santa Cruz to Dana Point. Having grown up on slower point breaks up north, John has been concentrating on surfing faster and linking his maneuvers with both speed and flow. And with his dad, professional big wave surfer Peter Mel to guide him, his progress is really showing. Based on his recent free surfing sessions as well as some great scores at recent contests, it looks like he’s definitely getting the hang of it. John already holds an early season No. 6 ranking in the Surfing America Prime U14 division. He will definitely be one to watch at the next Prime event which will take John back home to Santa Cruz’ Steamer Lane, a wave he knows like the back of his hand. As far as being the new kid in the Dana Point/San Clemente Photo by Jack McDaniel/ surf scene, he hasn’t felt that way at all. “I already had a bunch of friends here that I know from surfing contests. I’m a little bit homesick but I like the people here a lot. Oh, and the weather. It’s much warmer and the water is warmer too. I like that.” He went on to say that his close proximity to Salt Creek and Strands have led him to favor those waves as his new home breaks, except in the summer. “Summers are for Trestles,” he said. —AS

Farewell to a Friend

SURF RESULTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS Surfing America Prime Event No.4 November 13-14, Dana Point, Salt Creek Beach

Andy Irons memorial paddle out held at Salt Creek Beach

BOYS U18: 1. Ian Crane; 2. Taylor Curran; 3. Taylor Clark; 4. Nic Hdez. BOYS U16: 1. Colin Moran; 2. Taylor Clark; 3. Brogie Panesi; 4. Colton Ward. BOYS U14: 1. Thelen McKinna Worrel; 2. Jacob Davis; 3. Kanoa Igarashi; 4. Micky Clarke. GIRLS U18: 1. Harley Taich; 2. Kulia Doherty; 3. Kylie Loveland; 4. Lulu Erkeneff. GIRLS U16: 1. Harley Taich; 2. Kulia Doherty; 3. Tia Blanco; 4. Frankie Harrer.

By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


n Sunday a crowd made up of Surfing America Prime competitors, spectators and other members of the local surf community joined the thousands of people worldwide paying their respects to three-time ASP world champion Andy Irons who passed away earlier this month. The Surfrider Foundation South Orange County Chapter and Surfing America came together to organize a memorial service and paddle out on the afternoon of Sunday, November 14 at Salt Creek Beach following the wrap up of the Prime contest for U18 surfers being held there. A banner was signed for the Irons family as well as the customary paddle out circle and throwing of flowers. Memorial services were scheduled across the globe and timed to coincide, making it a worldwide tribute to one of surfing’s biggest stars. At Irons’ home break at Kauai’s Hanalei

NSSA Explorer Event No. 4 November 13-14, San Diego, San Fernando Street Pro surfer Peter Mel and family pay tribute to Andy Irons. Photo by Jack McDaniel/

Bay, Andy’s younger brother and fellow pro surfer Bruce Irons, led the service as friends and family circled a canoe carrying Irons’ pregnant wife Lyndie, his parents and closest friends. Many more watched from the shore as Andy’s ashes were scattered over the ocean from a helicopter above. Log on to to see the local service featured on this week’s BoardShorts. SC

Aloha Flippy, You Will be Missed Phillip “Flippy” Hoffman passed away on November 10


Phillip “Flippy” Hoffman (Jan. 24, 1930 - Nov. 10, 2010). Photo by Jeff Divine/

hillip “Flippy” Hoffman one of Dana Point’s quintessential waterman, big wave surf and surf industry pioneers, passed away on November 10 due to complications from pulmonary disease. He was 80 years old. Hoffman is known as a man of many firsts. He was among the world’s first surfers to travel the globe in search of waves during the ‘40s and 50’s. He was also one of the first surfers to rent a house at Sunset Point on the North Shore of Oahu to conquer Hawaii’s big-wave spots. Hoffman and his brother Walter ran the family wholesale textile manufacturing business, Hoffman California Fabrics International, established by their father Rube Hoffman in 1924. According to an online tribute posted on the company website, the Hoffman Family requests that those interested in honoring Philip’s memory may do so by making a donation to the Surfing Heritage Foundation. Send your donation in the name of “Flippy” Hoffman to the foundation at 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, CA 92672. SC —AS

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SC Times online video show Log on to each week for a new BoardShorts video featuring the people, places and events that make up our rich surf community. This week’s video features include highlights from the Surfing America Prime contest and the paddle out memorial for Andy Irons at Salt Creek on the weekend of November 13-14, 2010. Please note: BoardShorts videos can be purchased through videographer Rob Elseewi for $10 per segment. To order, send an email to or call 949.701.5711.

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 60-64˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 10-15’ Fair +; Catalina: 15-20’ + Fair–good Remarks: A fun zone mix of SSW and WNW swell prevails on Thursday. Light surge and fair-good visibility make for generally favorable diving conditions. Short range: A fun, peaky mix of SSW swell and peaking WNW swell prevails on Thursday. Better breaks are good for knee-waist-chest high surf, with larger sets for top combo breaks in the shoulder high+ range. Winds are light early for fair-good conditions. Long range: Our WNW and SSW swells ease as we head into the weekend. Better breaks continue to pull in knee-chest high(2-3’+) surf on Friday, and are a notch smaller for Saturday. Conditions look to fall apart as a front approaches the region, stay tuned.

Local finishers only. JUNIORS: 2. Breyden Taylor, San Clemente. MENEHUNE: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente. SUPER GROMS: 2. Crosby Colapinto, San Clemente; 3. Noah Hohenester, San Clemente. WOMEN: 1. Kulia Doherty,San Clemente; 2. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 5. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente; 2. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 5. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. MASTERS: 4. YuFu Penrose, San Clemente. NSSA Southwest Conference, Event No. 5 November 6-7, Huntington Beach, Pier Local finishers only MEN: 2. Trevor Thornton, San Clemente. BOYS: 3. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 6. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente. MINI GROMS: 2. Cole Houshmand, San Clemente; 5. Shane Hardy, Dana Point. WOMEN: 1. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente; 3. Tia Blanco, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente; 4. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 6. Kloee Openshaw, San Clemente. PERFORMER OF THE EVENT: Kulia Doherty, San Clemente.

UPCOMING EVENTS November 20-21: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 4, Pismo Beach, Pier November 20-21: NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 6, Newport Beach, 54th Street December 4-5: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 5, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty December 18-19: NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 7, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef January 16-17: Surfing America Prime Event No.4, Santa Cruz, Steamer Lane

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