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Ralphs Plans Expansion on El Camino Real

Patriots Headed to Jr. All American Super Bowl

Students Journey to Sacramento to Battle Bags




DECEMBER 2–8, 2010







Working Together

Teachers and parents volunteer to keep kids out of trouble E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6 Clarence Lobo pre-school teacher Sue Lederman is a volunteer mentor for at-risk children through the Gang Intervention Reduction Partnership. Photo by Christina Scannapiego

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The King of the Jungle is on the lamb. A concrete lion, the mascot for JSerra Catholic High School, was stolen over the holidays. The school, at Camino Capistrano and Junipero Serra Road, has 10 such statues on campus. The missing mascot was noticed by a teacher over the Thanksgiving break, and school officials suspect the lion-napping might be a prank. JSerra, with just less than 1,000 students, is developing a top-flight athletic program. The private Catholic high school opened in 2003. The $600 statute had been set in concrete, so making off with it took some work. The lion is in a prone position, about 3 feet long and 30 inches high. “Our hope is that the lion is returned home soon and undamaged,” school spokesman Bill Rams said.


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DANA POINT The over 30-year-old tradition of running a 10k, 5k or one-mile kids’ race through picturesque Dana Point continued on Thanksgiving morning as thousands descended on Doheny Beach and the Dana Point Harbor for the annual running of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Turkey Trot. The early morning chill gave way to sunny skies and warm temperatures as the day progressed. Partial proceeds from the event benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. Last year’s event raised more than $60,000 which translated into roughly 190,000 meals. This year’s event is expected to rival that number when the final tally is completed. Barbara Parker (28) of Los Angeles was the 10k women’s winner with a time of 34:07 and the first place man was Kyle Alcorn (25) of Mesa, Arizona with a time of 29:24.

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…A New Ralphs?

THE LATEST: A week after the San Clemente Times revealed the Rib Trader restaurant would close in south San Clemente, Ralphs has submitted plans to level the strip mall and expand its existing grocery store. Ralphs Grocery Co. proposes an 8,822square-foot expansion to the existing 19,500 square-foot store on South El Camino Real, city Associate Planner Sean Nicholas said. That would make the store 28,322 square feet when finished. Spanish Colonial Revival architecture is proposed. The plans call for demolishing the existing strip center, which is about 8,000 square feet, and using that space for parking, Nicholas said. The center houses T. Patterson Surf Shop and other businesses now. The city earlier rejected a complete reconstruction of the center, which would have enlarged the market and added three stories of shops, including a restaurant with an ocean view. “We elected to do a ground lease with Ralphs. We have approval rights of what is built now or in the future, Ralphs has the financial obligation for whatever is done now or in the future,” property owner Rick Skillman told the SC Times. “Bottom line is the center had to be redone after being held hostage by the city for five years. We were done with that process and Ralphs was willing to give it another shot. The difference in the outcome is Ralphs will simply build a new store in the current space. It will still be half the size of a traditional store, but will be new and fresh.” WHAT’S NEXT: Staff is reviewing the plans to ensure the application is complete and the plans meet city codes and requirements, Nicholas said. Ultimately, the project could go forward with Planning Commission approval, unless it is called up to, or appealed to, the City Council. FIND OUT MORE: Watch for updates. —Jonathan Volzke


…No Toy Train?

THE LATEST: It’s not exactly like Christmas has been derailed, but the popular Metrolink

Toy Express won’t be stopping in San Clemente this year. The train, decked with 50,000 lights, animated characters and even Old St. Nick himself, drew throngs to the Pier and North Beach station in previous years. The stops included a little show on the decorated train before it moved on to the next city. The attraction made the holidays a little merrier for local businesses, too. It seems like the economy is the Grinch. Los Angeles-based Metrolink tried to spin the changes into something as warm as cookies just out of the oven, but the bottom line is the only way San Clemente residents will see the train is to journey to Irvine or watch it whizzing by southbound. The changes also impact the Fire Authority’s “Spark of Love” toy drive. A fire engine was on hand when the train stopped in previous years to gather donations for needy children. “We modified this year’s program to allow neighbors to gather in central locations to celebrate the season while supporting the Spark of Love Toy Drive,” Metrolink Board Chairman Keith Millhouse said in a statement. “I’m pleased we were able to continue to spread holiday cheer while being mindful of the economic downturn and budget issues facing our agency and our state.” WHAT’S NEXT: The Toy Express this year will make 13 stops over five days. Last year, it made nearly 50 stops over 14 days. The only Orange County stops are in Fullerton at 6:45 p.m. on December 11 and Irvine, at 5 p.m. on December 18. FIND OUT MORE: Metrolink operates over seven routes through a six-county, 512 route-mile network. It is governed by an 11-member board. For more information, see ?id=5623 —JV


…Safer Trains?

THE LATEST: Southern California will benefit from the more than $38 million awarded by the Federal Railroad Administration to help implement programs and equipment that can prevent runaway trains. Positive train control reduces the risk

of train-to-train collisions by monitoring and controlling train movements remotely. More than $13 million was provided for the section between San Onofre and Ventura County and an additional $25 million for the area between the Orange County line and downtown San Diego. WHAT’S NEXT: “I am thankful to the federal government for providing money for a system that will enhance safety for our residents in South County,” Fifth District Supervisor Pat Bates, also vice chairman of OCTA, said in a statement. “Rail is a vital piece of the transportation network and I look forward to continuing our work with local cities and residents on ways to improve the system.” FIND OUT MORE: See —JV


…A Long-range Transportation Plan?

THE LATEST: The Orange County Transportation Authority is seeking public feedback through Dec. 13 on transportation strategies for the 2010 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), which includes an additional carpool lane on the freeway through San Clemente as well as an “intracounty express bus line” from the North Beach Metrolink station. The plan, which looks out to 2035, aims to expand transportation choices for commuters, create seamless connections, reduce travel times and work toward environmental sustainability to meet the future needs of Orange County residents, workers and visitors. Proposed solutions in the 2010 LRTP include: · Adding 400,000 hours of bus and shuttle service · Increasing daily Metrolink train service to 76 trains from 42, although only as far south as Laguna Niguel; · Adding more than 400 miles of freeway, carpool and toll lanes WHAT’S NEXT: An open house will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 8 at OCTA Headquarters, 600 S. Main St. in Orange for residents to learn

about the plan and provide input. The LRTP also is available online at for the public to complete a five-question survey. Public comments will be incorporated into the LRTP, which is scheduled for completion in early 2011. OCTA updates the LRTP every four years to serve as a blueprint for future Orange County transportation enhancements. FIND OUT MORE: See —JV


…Homeless Shelter Seeks Volunteers?

THE LATEST: Capo Beach Calvary (CBC) Tri City Homeless shelter opened Saturday, November 20. This year the shelter will be hosting both men and women in need of shelter from San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. By the third day of operation, the shelter had already accommodated 45 overnight guests. The shelter is situated in the café area of the Capo Beach Calvary Church at 25975 Domingo Avenue in Capistrano Beach and opens nightly at 9 p.m., after all ministries have been completed. Overnight guests leave the shelter at 6 p.m. each morning. The shelter is a non-government organization supported by numerous other churches in the tri-cities area as well as the generous donations from the public. WHAT’S NEXT: The shelter is in desperate need of a few good men and women to serve as volunteer chaperones for overnight guests. To volunteer, please call Joel Ravan at 503.781.7537 or Bill Devin at 949.295.8497. CBC shelter will be open until March. FIND OUT MORE: Homeless Ministry contacts include Pastor Steve Hagy, 949.412.6775, Overnight Chaperone Coordinator Joel Ravan, 503.781.7537; Donations Coordinator, Jess, 949.554.4627 and Food Preparation Coordinator, Vivien Hartley, 949.291.6546. To find out more about the Capo Beach Calvary Tri-City Homeless Shelter log on to the CBC website at www.cbctricityshelter. org. —Andrea Swayne

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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 29 ANNOYING PHONE CALLS El Camino Real, 700 Block (2:31 p.m.) A caller reported someone they knew was calling repeatedly. WELFARE CHECK Camino de Estrella (12:58 p.m.) A friend was worried after a woman returned home from the hospital had not been heard from in three days. Turns out the woman did not have a phone. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Avenida Dolores, 100 Block (12:22 p.m.) A caller thought they got a bad check. The victim was an 80-year-old woman in Hemet.

KEEP THE PEACE Camino de Los Mares, 600 Block (9:54 a.m.) A man who runs a program for the homeless wanted a woman to leave. She’d been there for seven months. DISTURBANCE Camino de Los Mares, 600 Block (8:52 p.m.) A woman and her boyfriend were in an argument in front of the hospital. He wouldn’t leave. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Cabrillo, 300 Block (7:01 a.m.) A man wanted deputies to help him, but threatened if he was arrested he would “take out” the deputy. ASSAULT Avenida de Los Lobos Marinos, 100 Block (12:06 a.m.) A man reported his business partner beat him up. He was left with scrapes and a black eye.

Sunday, November 28 WELFARE CHECK Camino de Los Mares, 600 Block (10:19 p.m.) A man was calling 9-1-1 even though he didn’t have an emergency. He’d been warned about it before. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Via Timon, 0 Block (8:10 p.m.) A woman reported someone rattled the handle on her front door.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES El Camino Real, 500 Block (6:29 p.m.) A caller reported seeing two men in a Volvo snorting drugs. DISTURBANCE Marquita, 100 Block (1:36 p.m.) A man reported his ex-wife’s boyfriend was trying to start a fight as he dropped off the kids. PETTY THEFT Calle Puente, 800 Block (1:20 p.m.) A man reported he came home to find his bicycle missing and needles in the common laundry room. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Monterey, 200 Block (1:15 p.m.) A woman reported a man took $10,000 in coins from her. He allegedly gave her coins in September and wanted them back. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 700 Block (9:47 a.m.) An ex-employee was causing problems at a business and refusing to leave.

Saturday, November 27 DRUNK DRIVING Calle Puente/Avenida Del Poniente (11:53 p.m.) A woman stumbled through a parking lot, asking for help finding her car. When she found it, she got in and drove away. Witnesses called police. A 59-year-old woman was taken into custody.

PROWLER Avenida Hacienda, 1500 Block (11:49 p.m.) A caller reported hearing things on the roof. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Chiquita, 100 Block (8:10 p.m.) A woman reported seeing someone crouch near her car, and then the door locks wouldn’t work. DISTURBANCE Avenida Aragon/Calle Puente (4:28 p.m.) People were playing soccer at a park and being too loud, a caller complained. The park was not supposed to host team sports, either. SUSPICIOUS PERSON East Avenida Pico/Camion Celosia (12:52 p.m.) A man was sitting at a bus stop yelling obscenities and pointing his finger like he was shooting passing cars. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES East Avenida Pico/Avenida La Pata (9:43 p.m.) Some kids were burying a dirt bike. The caller thought it might have been stolen.

Friday, November 26 DISTURBANCE Camino Mojado, 5400 Block (6:38 p.m.) A caller reported their landlord threatened them with a hatchet. The dispute possibly started over trash in the home. A 25-year-old man, who listed his occupation as a server, was taken into custody.

• LIVE, FROM CITY HALL: A new online video streaming service called “San Clemente Live” will launch December 7, allowing members of the public can view San Clemente City Council meetings “live” as the meetings are in progress. Using a combination of new technologies, San Clemente’s Information Technology Department can now push out a smooth streaming video feed that throttles itself appropriately to individual users’ Internet connections and browser settings. A free, one-time download of Microsoft Silverlight is necessary to use this service. Users will have a number of controls at their disposal to make viewing the City Council meeting as convenient and customizable as possible. Users can go to” and begin viewing the live feed up to five minutes prior to the meeting. Once the broadcast has begun, viewers will be able to pause, rewind, fast-forward, and skip to real-time viewing—comparable to a home DVR. Users can go online at any point once the broadcast has begun and navigate to the beginning of the broadcast. The entire meeting will be available in this format for up to 24 hours following the meeting, at which point it will be archived in the City’s Video Library (on the city website). Newly elected City Council members Tim Brown and Jim Evert will be sworn in at the December 7 meeting. • FREE MONEY: The city is inviting non-profit organizations serving San Clemente residents to submit a request for grant funds from the city for civic projects, social services or housing and homeless support services. Funding requests will be considered for grants for a new service, event or an established program. Funds can be used to pay for one-time costs, staffing costs or operation costs (rent, supplies, professional or special services). The city should not be considered the sole funding source for the project. Grants are for the 2011-12 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, 2011. Applications can be obtained by calling Housing Specialist Denise Obrero at 949.361.6188. Grant applications must be submitted to the city by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 14.


City and Community Calendar Thursday, Dec 2 Holiday Tree Lighting 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. San Clemente kicks off the holiday season with the tree lighting at the Community Center. Includes guest appearance by Santa and his elves, reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, yummy treats and more. Fun for the whole family. Free. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8264,

Saturday, Dec 4 San Clemente Hiking Group 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Join San Clemente’s free hiking group for an easy to intermediate hike. Meets every Saturday morning; all hikes are between 3 to 6 miles. For details and directions: www.

Play More, Eat Better 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The city and Mission Hospital host an event at Max Berg Plaza Park to

help kids and families learn to make healthy choices and be active. 1100 Calle Puente, 949.361.8264,

Arts & Crafts Fair and Holiday Boutique 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday shopping with jewelry, clothing and more; photos with Santa; kid’s crafts and activities; music; refreshments and more. Raises funds for Habitat for Humanity; presented by Community Presbyterian Church SJC. Again Sunday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m.-4 p.m. 32202 Del Obispo, SJC, 949.496.1502.

Admission free. 119 N. Avenida Estrella, San Clemente, 949.492.6158,

supervision required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Monday, Dec 6

After School Club

Spark of Love Toy Drive Drop off an unwrapped toy at any fire station in OC. Hosted by the Orange County Toy Collaborative. More info:

General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 6 p.m. Community development.

Sunday, Dec 5

Second Floor Conference Room, 910 Calle Negocio, 949.361.8200,

Yoga Walk

Tuesday, Dec 7

9 a.m.-11 a.m. Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy hosts a walk in nature with yoga stretches along the way. Adults $10, kids $5, members free. 949.489.9778,

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,

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

Wednesday, Dec 8 Preschool Storytime

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

10:30 a.m. Crafts and stories for youngsters ages 3-5 at the library; advance sign-up and supervision required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

1 p.m.-5 p.m. My Jewelry Box hosts a fundraiser at Bell Collina Towne & Golf Club with drawings, wine, appetizers and more. Benefits Ronald McDonald House. 200 Avenida La Pata, 949.365.6966,

Business Networking Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting

12 p.m.–1:30 p.m. The Poseidon chapter of Business Network International meets at Sarducci’s every Tuesday; visitors welcome. 26701 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano.

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

Christmas Fantasia


Veterans of Foreign Wars Meeting

Annual Holiday Boutique

3 p.m.; 6 p.m. San Clemente Presbyterian Church presents its annual Christmas concert featuring choirs, a chorus and orchestra.

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SC Sunrise Rotary Club

10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Stories and more for kids ages 2 to 3 at the San Clemente Library every Tuesday and Wednesday; advance sign-up and

7 p.m. Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Elks Lodge. 1505 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.2489.

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Working Together Teachers and parents volunteer to keep kids out of trouble By Jonathan Volzke San Clemente Times


here used to be a day when a teacher spotted kids headed for trouble but couldn’t do too much about it. Other students demanded attention and the teachers’ reach essentially ended with the school day. Those days are over in San Clemente and other Orange County cities where the Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership is in place. Launched after gang injunctions were put in place in San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, the GRIP program brings educators, law-enforcement officials, social-service agencies and other community leaders together to keeping kids out of trouble. The partnership is multi-faceted, touching everything from before-school greeting efforts to teachers’ relationships with students to afterschool programs to truancy sweeps to keeping children in class. In August, Deputy District Attorney Tracy Rinauro and sheriff’s officials met with teachers to teach them what to look for in identifying at-risk students. And then she laid out a program to help head off trouble. The signs: Behavior problems. Academic problems. Students who have siblings, or a parent, in a gang. “We’ve all gotten very good at identifying who is at risk of ending up in the system, but then what do we do?” Rinauro said. “Wait until they get arrested?” Instead, teachers and other school staff members in San Clemente and elsewhere have volunteered to do more. Under a unique mentorship program, teachers agree to work individually with at-risk students, encouraging them to make good decisions, showing them someone cares. The basic requirements are meeting 30 minutes a week with the child—who cannot be one of the volunteer teacher’s regular students—and making contact with the parent at least once a month. Beyond that, the mentor also agrees to providing at least two social activities with the student over a course of a school year. At Las Palmas, the mentors got together and took their students bowling. At San Juan Elementary School, mentors hosted a potluck Thanksgiving meal with students. “Most teachers are going way above the minimum,” Rinauro said. “The teachers and mentors are amazing.” Educators are quick to compliment Rinauro and others involved in GRIP. I believe San Clemente is such a unique place that you can have the collaboration of all the local agencies working together—that’s what makes it powerful,” said Sandra McKinney, principal at Clarence Lobo Elementary School. “Our children go to school, but they also attend the Boys & Girls Club, they attend the various churches. Getting all of the organizations involved was key. All the organizations working together is the real power.” Teachers who suspect a student in their class is at risk based on the training refers the child to the principal, who pairs the student with a mentor after getting parents’ permission. Rinauro said the average is about 25 students per school. In San Clemente, participating schools include Lobo, Las Palmas, Bernice Ayers Middle School and Shorecliffs. “We’re really trying to focus our attention on kids we think are going to Juvenile Hall if we don’t intervene,” Rinauro said. Sue Lederman, a pre-school teacher at Lobo,

First grade teacher Cathie Littman (left) and Principal Sandra McKinney (right). Photo by Christina Scannapiego

“It’s a great way for kids to connect with another caring adult—just to talk, vent about the problems in their lives. They get to be themselves without any pressure. We make sure they know that they’re good, worthwhile people and that they have other avenues besides the life presented to them at home or on the streets.” —Sue Lederman mentors two boys for one hour a week. “It’s a great way for kids to connect with another caring adult—just to talk, vent about the problems in their lives. They get to be themselves without any pressure. We make sure they know that they’re good, worthwhile people and that they have other avenues besides the life presented to them at home or on the streets.” The program, launched last year but twice as large this year, is modeled after lessons in the “40 Developmental Assets” program developed by the Minneapolis-based Search Institute. The Search Institute identified “building blocks” of healthy development that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. The independent, non-profit Institute’s research shows that kids who have a lot of assets are more likely to do well in school, volunteer in the community and care about others, as well as be less likely to use tobacco or drugs or be sexually active. “It shows that you can have parents who are dysfunctional, but if you have positive role models along the way and education, you can stay out of trouble,” Rinauro said. That is the heart of GRIP’s efforts, too. The gang injunction, which identified gang members and imposed a court order prohibiting them from gathering in certain areas and carrying out gang-like behavior, was the enforcement sword imposed by law enforcement and the courts. Authorities

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also use truancy sweeps to ensure kids are in school and curfew crackdowns to keep them off the streets. GRIP works to encourage kids to stay in school and away from gangs. Students who do well are rewarded with a day at an Angels’ game and other incentives. At Lobo, mentor students who turned in their homework, made it to class consistently and didn’t cause problems earned a free Thanksgiving dinner—with a 10-pound turkey and all the fixings—through Saddleback Church and Albertsons, McKinney said. “We set it up so the student could be the hero for their family,” she said. “The GRIP committee went to houses to deliver the meals and say congratulations. It was really cool.” McKinney said students are encouraged to think about their future, then what sort of decisions it takes to get them there. At Lobo, students decorated small “dream boxes,” then wrote down their hopes and dreams and put them in the box. “We talked about good choices and bad choices,” McKinney said. “If they make good choices, the dreams can come true. If they make bad choices, the dreams come out of the box one by one.” Lobo and other schools also use parent greeters. Parents, trained by the Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office, don GRIP vests and greet students at

schools in the morning. Not as enforcers or authority figures, just as positive adults who say “good morning” to students, show they care—with compliments or ensuring they remembered their lunch—and make the student feel part of the school community. More than 750 parents have been trained in the parent greeter program at 26 Orange County elementary and middle schools. Officials say the program is also aimed at empowering parents to take responsibility for their schools and communities by taking a stand against gang crime. In Anaheim, authorities this year threw a party, complete with a DJ, to celebrate the community’s retaking of Energy Field, a park in a gang-injunction area. Since the implementation of the injunction in July, authorities said serious violent crimes in the area fell 33 percent. “The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is attacking the gang problem from every angle. We’re aggressively prosecuting gang members and gang cases, empowering neighborhoods through gang injunctions, and reaching out to children to keep them from joining gangs in the first place,” District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said in an announcement about that celebration. Educators say they’re seeing success with the mentor program and other efforts, as truancy drops and grades go up. At San Juan Elementary, a student attended the Thanksgiving event to show off a report card of As and Bs because she’d had Ds and Fs earlier, Rinauro said. McKinney pointed out that the successes are why teachers teach, why everyone got into the jobs they’re in. “What’s really neat about this particular program and what comes through is everybody’s heart for the children and their desire to create a community of children who will be productive members of society,” she said. SC

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—Compiled by Jonathan Volzke and Andrea Swayne

Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info

VFW Post 9934 hosts having a “Bring the Wall” golf tournament at Shorecliffs at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 6. The fundraiser event is to bring the “moving wall” Vietnam Wall Memorial, an 80 percent-scale perfect replica of the Memorial in Washington DC... The Traveling Wall has never been to South Orange County, a bit surprising with the city’s connection with Richard Nixon and close proximity to Camp Pendleton, as well San Clemente’s high proportion of retired military servicemen and women, said Joe Leicht of Shorecliffs Golf Club. The wall is scheduled to in South County from May 11 to May 16. For people unable to play, donations can be sent to: VFW Post 9334 c/o Bill Manes, 25665 Fishermans’ Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629. Sponsorships and prize donations are also sought.


Shannon Christner. Courtesy photo

San Clemente teen Shannon Christner submitted a witty picture to Got Milk? which captured her reading textbooks with a milk “head-gear” on. Her picture was one of the top entries among dozens and dozens of photos submitted from teens all over California in the Billboard Photo Contest sponsored by the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), the creator of GOT MILK? and TOMA LECHE. Shannon was chosen to receive a gift for her efforts. From August 16 to October. 14, 2010, GOT MILK? encouraged teens ages 13-18 from California to submit original color photos depicting why breakfast with milk is important for overall health and academic performance. This contest was part of GOT MILK?’s ongoing effort to keep breakfast consumption with milk among teens top of mind.


The San Clemente Ocean Festival is moving out of their storage space and will be selling off past festival merchandise at blow-out prices. Leftover product from 2007 through 2009 will be on sale at the DBA’s booth at the December 5 Arts and Crafts Show on Avenida Del Mar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Event sweatshirts, T-shirts, tanks and polo shirts will be available for up to 50 percent off, while supplies last. A variety of items from this year’s event will also be available at a 25-percent discount. SCOF is also looking for a new storage facility (10-foot by 20-foot minimum) and is seeking the public’s help in locating a new space. If you or someone you know can help, please call Peggy Vance at 949.440.6141 or send her an email at u

Santa Paws and Claws event offers pet photos with Santa. Photo by Accent Portraits

The San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter and the Pet Project Foundation present “Santa Claws and Paws” holiday pet portrait sitting and holiday bazaar on Saturday, December 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aegis of Dana Point in Capistrano Beach. Stop by for a professional 5 x 7 photo of you and your pet with Santa—played by a local veterinarian—with Accent Portraits by Diana for $15 each or $25 for two. Shop for your pets at the holiday bazaar, win prizes and enjoy music and entertainment, including games and face painting for the kids. Proceeds from this event will benefit the animals at the shelter. Aegis of Dana Point is at 26922 Camino de Estrella. For more information, visit the Pet Project Foundation website at or call 949.595.8899. u

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Assisteens Kathryn Jones, Lori Overman, Cara Cabodi, and Shannon Christner. Courtesy photo

Painting Away Hunger: A One Woman Art Show took place at Nancy Egan’s house over two days in November.. Egan’s charming home was transformed into a studio with paintings covering every surface, jazz music in the background, as well as complimentary appetizers and wine. The unique aspect of the art show is that half of the proceeds were to be given the Family Assistance Ministries (FAM), an organization that provides food for less fortunate families. The Assisteens of Capistrano Valley, a volunteer organization of girls grades 8 through 12, was also involved with the event, providing the appetizers and serving refreshments. Having been the mother of a prior Assisteen, Egan received volunteers from Assisteens to help out, whom have also often helped with FAM. Thanks to Egan’s large array of beautiful paintings, and the help of Assisteen girls, the event proved successful and $800 were donated to FAM.


Joseph Bell, a San Clemente Boy Scout was one of three to earn a “Road to Eagle” Scholarship awarded at a recent luncheon. One of the great traditions of the Construction Industries Good Scout Award luncheon, reaching its milestone 30th year anniversary, is to award a $300 “Road to Eagle Scholarships” to three deserving Life Scouts in Orange County. The scholarships were awarded on November 4, at The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in front of 300 of the construction industry’s leaders. Life Scout Bell, a 12-year-old San Clemente resident and the son of Russell and Barbara Bell, will construct and install a viewing platform and seating area in the hills of San Clemente to take advantage of a great ocean view within a popular public accessible property. This large, undeveloped, natural setting is used by countless residents for walking dogs, taking hikes and enjoying sunsets. The platform will be built out of trax-type material complete with bench seating and accented with indigenous vegetation. The project with be called “restoration garden” and will include a plaque with the BSA insignia and outline the aims of Scouting. Bell is a member of Troop 797. The $70,000 in proceeds, from the 30th Annual Construction Industry Good Scout Luncheon benefit the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America youth programs. Chairing the event was last year’s honoree, Scott Allen of Tava. This year’s honoree was Brookfield Homes. The Orange County Council, is one of the largest youth-serving agencies in the country with educational programs that instill values, develop social and leadership skills, and promotes physical fitness and environmental awareness. Scouting served over 30,000 youth in Orange County during the past year. The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.


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Four holiday-decorated homes have been selected by the Assistance League of Capistrano Valley (ALCV) for its 5th Annual Christmas Home Tour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 5. Proceeds from the self-guided, $30 per ticket, tours benefit “in-need” children in local communities by providing clothing and school supplies, infant wear for Marines’ children, developmental reading material, and support for educational enrichment programs. Two of the homes, one overlooking Thousand Steps, the other the Sea Castle, are in Laguna Beach. The other two are in Capistrano Beach, one a vintage California ranch style, the other reflecting the Cape Cod motif. As a special feature, “food tasting” will be provided at each of the homes, compliments of Cellar Restaurant and Hapa J’s of San Clemente, Le Monde de la Fosse Confections, and Sundried Tomato of San Juan Capistrano. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling 949.291.8408. u


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Wavelengths: By Jim Kempton

here is a lot we didn’t know about the first European settler’s initial Thanksgiving in the New World. But as historians have now learned, that era was a lot like our own. After all, the first major economic bailout came from the Native Americans. Squanto found the Pilgrim’s that spring of 1621, starving and bedraggled. Their harvest had collapsed, more than half the group had died of hunger or malnutrition and no one seemed interested in working. That sounds even worse than our current 10 percent unemployment rate. Squanto had learned English in England after being sold and enslaved by European slave-traders. He taught the clueless Pilgrims how to plant corn properly, hunt game successfully, identify poisonous plants, and use hides for clothing and shelter—new hi-tech skills the whites needed to stay competitive. Additionally the Wampanoag leader Massasoit had already donated food stores to the fledgling colony during the first winter when supplies brought from England were insufficient to keep them alive. Whoa, talk about an economic stimulus package! The Pilgrims – a sub-sect splinter group of Puritans—were no choirboys either. They weren’t just religious refugees persecuted by the King and the Church of England for their unorthodox beliefs. To the British religious establishment they were political revolutionaries, extremists bent on overthrowing the government and the crown – which they did in 1649 under Oliver Cromwell. They also burned 200 Irish churches to the ground—many of them with their Catholic congregations in them – a terrorist campaign still remembered by the IRA. So Londoners were


about as excited about a Pilgrim temple in Knightsbridge as New Yorkers are for a Mosque in Greenwich Village. Which is why they headed west to Plymouth Rock. The Wampanoag tribe was actually invited to that Thanksgiving feast for the purpose of negotiating a treaty to secure the lands of the Plymouth Plantation Wavelengths for the Pilgrims. This was the ultimate By Jim Kempton in toxic real estate derivative instruments: “We’ll give you a bunch of futures we don’t have with no collateral or promissory note; you give us 8,000 acres of prime beachfront.” (And all this time I thought the Pilgrims really liked those savages.) Interestingly enough the squaws sat down with their husbands at the banquet, but the white women waited submissively for their men to finish as was the custom of their religion. I guess if you can’t vote, own property, or say “no” to your husband, dining is a minor issue. It should also be noted that the Native Americans, out of a sense of charity toward their hosts, ended up bringing the vast majority of the food for the feast. Hmm….sounds like the taxpayers and the bankers wouldn’t you say? Three days of peace love and understanding. The dinner was a sweet moment, but brief: In shorter time than a midterm election cycle the Indian and White children of that Thanksgiving lashed into the genocidal struggle known as King Philip’s War. (Wow, sounds kind of like our Congress

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today!) At the end of that conflict most of the New England Indians were either exterminated or sold into slavery in the Carolinas by the Puritans. So successful was this early trade in Indian slaves that several Puritan ship owners in Boston began the practice of raiding the Ivory Coast of Africa for black slaves to sell to the cotton plantations of the South, thus founding the American-based slave trade. Talk about corporate greed: That proved a better ROI than Enron and Exxon combined! Seriously though, there is another significant aspect to Thanksgiving ritual which although the Pilgrims didn’t celebrate that first season, their prodigy invented at Yale a few generations later: College Football Bowls. Traditionally played on the Day of Thanks, Bowls make any holiday gorge more bearable whether with in-laws or other turkeys. Consider: Roasting fowl, baking pies, shucking and boiling fresh corn on the cob, et al, takes hours, sometimes even days. (Not to mention all the pumpkins, Puritan linen, wooden turkeys and autumn wreaths that need to be dragged out of the garage for décor) The eating of a Thanksgiving meal, however, takes about exactly 12 minutes. Halftime is 12 minutes. As a football fan, trust me this correlation is not coincidental. May the blessings of this great nation fall on all Americans this entire holiday season, especially those in service abroad. Jim Kempton is the Director of Media for Billabong-USA and a longtime San Clemente resident. 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 SAD TO SEE FIRST CLASS PIZZA GO Jean Marcotti, San Clemente

We were very dismayed to see that our favorite pizza restaurant, First Class Pizza, in Talega Village has gone out of business due to a rental dispute with property management. This is about the seventh turnover in Talega Village. What can you tell us about why these small businesses are unable to cope with the rising rental rates? During our economic times, is the consumer base for establishing rents here in line with demand? It appears to be poorly managed when even a successful restaurant like First Class Pizza cannot sustain rental increases. We would sure like First Class Pizza to be able to return to this location!


Mr. Jerry Collamer’s most recent wordplay opus, what I

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have titled “The Dance of the Convoluted,” offers many definitions. I’ve got a definition for his stated view(s), as culled from the mishmash of his prose: Silly. Simply silly. Instead of offering “blame,” Mr. Collamer asserts that those that didn’t vote his way earlier this month did so out of “greed, avarice, self-indulgence, naïveté, brinksmanship, selfishness, opportunistic [sic], blind faith, manipulation, myopia.” Well, in truth, he tells us to Pick one from Column A as reason for folk racing to ballot boxes on November 2 to make history. Taking a slightly different path, I’ve highlighted (above) the many offered words that I feel nicely define the voter soufflé, since flopped, which cast Dem-based ballots during a hopey-changey November day in 2008. Did someone mention naive? Reading further along the myriad paths of his inimitable prancing prose, Mr. Collamer states that conservative voters in this oh so red county actually aren’t conserva-

tive, per Webster’s. He asserts, without example, that OC conservatives want more; not less, or the same. Since he offered no examples I’ll presume that what he believes as “greedy” are conservatives preferring the Fed tax brackets not increase at any level? Does he define cons in OC preferring that our Fed gov’t stop digging a deeper deficit as wanting more? [Or, Conservatives Laffer Curve at Keynesians*... and those that only took Econ 101 to fulfill their Liberal Arts/BA pre-req’s, while never having enjoyed an actual money earning job... ;-] Words are our tools, use them wisely. The inclusion of actual factuals sort of helpful. Or, as many have been hearing lately—and roundly laughing at—maybe it is the messaging. I hope this helps. * It turns out that some Democratic Party voters believe this reference is regarding Obama’s birthplace. Keynes was born in Cambridge England. Obama in Hawaii. (Cont. on page 12)


A Community Garden Pays Off on Day One T his is a follow-up article for a previous story in this paper on November 10, “Growing Produce, Harvesting Community” by Katherine Sweet, which was all about the unique garden at The Henderson House in the Los Mares Village. She wrote about the history and special goals of the project from conception to completion. I am writing to tell you Gary Headrick about the personal satisfaction one gets from participating in such a project. As co-founder of San Clemente Green, one of the partners in this garden, I had a chance to see just what it takes to bring something like this together. There are many things to be considered in order to have everything in place for various phases of the job. Each milestone reached by the team took cooperation between the team members. That in itself was gratifying and created a bond between us that I’m sure will last well into the future. On the first day of the weekend, volunteers slowly began to show up, at least enough so that we knew we could get a good portion of the work done, if not all that we had planned for that day. But they just kept coming. Old friends, as well as people I have only known through emails, showed up to represent San Clemente Green. Friends, couples, families, people of all ages and abilities found ways to be very helpful. A young woman was pounding stakes into the ground with a big sledgehammer. Older folks pitched in like everyone else. The residents at the Henderson House, a transitional housing shelter for the homeless, turned out to be quite a force in the garden too. But it was the neighbors that were most impressive. Some of the men worked landscape jobs all week long, but that didn’t slow them down; quite the contrary. And they brought their families with them, (not to mention some savory home cooking). But it was the kids that turned out to

Work included planting, turning soil, leveling pavers and more. Courtesy photo

Volunteers showed up in force to create a community garden at The Henderson House in the Los Mares Village. Courtesy photo

be the most memorable part of the weekend. The pre-teen volunteers went from curious onlookers to energetic workers, each pleased to be playing a role in their neighborhood garden. They dug holes for plants through gnarly roots and hard clay, they carried compost by the bucketload, they leveled sand and placed pavers and even painted signs for plants in English and Spanish. They all worked extremely well together, followed directions and reminded us clearly about who we were doing this for. Those youngsters (leaders-to-be), were happy, appreciative, hard working, well-mannered and pure fun to be around. But when the plants were delivered it was as if Santa Clause had just arrived. The kids went wild and could hardly wait for their turn to put a vegetable plant in the ground. Their excitement was contagious, and instantly turned “work” into “play.” It wasn’t just me that was so taken by the spirit of the workforce. Here are some excerpts from emails between some of the partners in this project. Denise Obrero, representing the city, had this to say: “This past weekend’s work days were a TRUE testament of intergenerational sharing-synergy and building a healthier community in an underserved neighborhood that often is neglected and overlooked. Just seeing all of the young children/leaders, enthusiastically digging and planting was truly PRICELESS

Letters to the Editor (cont.) NEW NAME FOR SPORTS PARK Rick Collins, San Clemente

I would like to suggest a name for the Vista Hermosa Aquatic Park… San Clemente is known for many things on a national scale with the lead example being the Western White House. San Clemente is also world famous for its surf breaks and surfboard manufacturing. In the middle of that mix is a company that epitomizes San Clemente’s relationship with the surfing community and our USMC families next door at Camp Pendleton. Everyone knows that Rainbow Sandals are worn the world over but few know how much time and effort Rainbow spends to support our military and other worthy causes. Over the years Sparky and the folks at Rainbow Sandals have always been ready and willing to provide product and support for military and local fundraising events. In fact “hundreds of thousands” of United States Marines have received Rainbow Sandals in donated Page 12 • San Clemente Times • December 2–8, 2010

“goody” packages. There is a distinct difference between advertizing, which is self-serving to promote a product and charitable work which is often unnoticed and unrecognized. Rainbow does a lot of the latter. No one, young or old, can resist pointing to a rainbow when they see one. Vista Hermosa will be the same. Like a rainbow this facility will have a pot of gold at the end of it for San Clemente and it will no doubt be the envy of Southern California. Since a large percentage of people who visit that complex will be wearing Rainbow Sandals it would seem fitting to me that it be named “Rainbow Park” or something along those lines to recognize a San Clemente icon… To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit readersubmitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.

for all of us :-).” Jim Dockstader, our landscape architect and fearless leader said, “It has been gratifying to be a part of the process and especially the community ‘barn raising’ over the weekend.” Chris Garcia of Organics Out Back wrote, “I loved getting to know the people that volunteered, I especially had a soft spot for the three boys that Rose brought on Saturday. Those little guys were so inspirational. The kids on Sunday made the day that much more special as well. Thanks so much for letting us be a part of this project. I can’t wait to do the next one.” It wasn’t just people who participated that were touched by this experience. Others have responded to the previous article on this subject, anxious to participate in future gardens. One San Clemente citizen was inspired to send the following message: “I closed the paper (SC Times) after reading the article about the community garden yesterday and on the back was an ad for a jewelry store in town (Paradise). So today I grabbed some gold and other trinkets I don’t use and turned them into money for my favorite causes. I love the community garden idea, and really appreciate what you’re doing there.” The message I hope you take from all of this is to find every opportunity you can to volunteer. There are still more community gardens needed and as you can see, there are many ways to contribute. The nice part is that there are immediate paybacks from day one, beginning with the wonderful people you meet along the way, and culminating in a deed that keeps on giving. If you’d like to get on the interest list or help in any way, please contact, and join the fun! To see more photos, go to and search for Henderson House Community Gardens. SC Gary Headrick and his wife, Laurie, are the co-founders of San Clemente Green, a non-profit citizens group dedicated to making San Clemente a sustainable city ( They also run a business together doing architectural presentations, ( Gary and Laurie have recently become Certified Green Building Professionals as well as Certified Permaculture Consultants in order to better serve the needs of the community. The Headricks have lived in San Clemente for the past 30 years, raising their two children, Naomi and Nate. Nate has a degree in Sustainable Living and Naomi, and husband Rob, live nearby and have added a wonderful new dimension to their lives, making Gary and Laurie the proud grandparents of Isabella. 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



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The List

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

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Holiday Tree Lighting

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. San Clemente kicks off the holiday season with the tree lighting at the Community Center. Includes guest appearance by Santa and his elves, reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, yummy treats and more. Fun for the whole family. Free. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8264,

SOCSA Fall Musical: Little Women

Go See Do The 36th Annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights is set to dazzle this holiday season with approximately 100 boats decorated in sparkling lights to fit in with this year’s theme, “Jingle Bell Rock.” The festive and twinkling entries vie for cash prizes and awards in categories such as Judges’ Choice, Best Theme, Best Use of Lights, Best Animation, Most Colorful, Most Original, Best Sailboat, Best Powerboat and the perpetual trophy for the yacht club with the most entries. The first running of the parade is set for Friday, December 10 from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. followed by three additional dates— Saturday, December 11 and Friday and Saturday, December 17 and 18, rain or shine. The parade can viewed for free, landside anywhere in the harbor. Or, if

SC Choral Society Concert

Holiday Harbor Happy Hour

Holiday Gingerbread Display

8 p.m. Talented musician at The Coach House. Also with Fallen Stars and Peter Brandon. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Drink and food specials, music and door prizes in conjunction with Holiday Harbor Festivities at Proud Mary’s. 34689 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.5853,


8 p.m.; 10 p.m. The star of Jackass performs on stage at the Improv Friday through Sunday night. Tickets $25. 71 Fortune Drive, Suite 841, Irvine, 949.854.5455,

Ease Up

9 p.m. Live reggae music at BeachFire and from 3 p.m.-close it’s Aloha Friday Happy Hour. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds

Crafts Fair and Holiday Boutique

Hulaville Open Mic Night

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Hulaville invites all musicians, along with singers and hula dancers, to step up and showcase your talents for an appreciative audience. Every Thursday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,

friday03 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 68° low: 45°

Holiday in the Harbor

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Celebrate the holiday season in the Dana Point Harbor with family fun and entertainment including appearances by Santa, holiday crafts, puppet show, carolers, live music, performances and much more.

Annual Christmas Train

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Irvine Park offers families a train ride en route to meet Santa Claus. Lots of fun along the way including the magical “Tunnel of Lights.” Select days through Dec. 23. Tickets $8. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 949.923.2235,

Mantra Wine Tasting

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Mike Kuimelis, owner of Mantra. Mantra specializes in Cabernet Sauvignon and we will be pouring several of them. Tasting fee is $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

The Fremonts

7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, Page 14 • San Clemente Times • December 2–8, 2010

you’d rather stay indoors to watch, several harbor restaurants are taking dinner reservations for tables with a view. If getting in on the action is more your style, book a ride aboard a decorated Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching vessel and become a part of the parade yourself. Tickets for the Dana Wharf boat are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Kids become judges as they cast votes for their favorite in the Dana Wharf Kids’ Cup Trophy category. Reservations can be made by calling 949.496.5794. For information on how to enter your own boat, call the harbor information line at 949.923.2255, log on to www. or pick up an entry form at Dana Wharf, 34675 Golden Lantern. —Andrea Swayne

Josh Gracin

7 p.m. The South Orange County School of the Arts presents Little Women for their fall musical in Porthole Theater. Performances Thursday-Sunday through Dec. 11. Tickets $10-$12. 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.240.1994, 8 p.m. Multi-cultural musical phenomenon at The Coach House. Also with Kat and Josh Fishel. Tickets $13 advance, $15 day of show. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Boat Parade of Lights

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10 a.m.-4 p.m. Holiday shopping with jewelry, art, clothing and more; photos with Santa; crafts and activities; music; refreshments and more. Raises funds for Habitat for Humanity; presented by Community Presbyterian Church SJC. Again Sunday, Dec. 5 at 12 p.m.-4 p.m. 32202 Del Obispo, SJC, 949.496.1502.

Play More, Eat Better

10 a.m.-2 p.m. The city and Mission Hospital host an event at Max Berg Plaza Park to help families learn to make healthy choices and be active. Lots of health resources! 1100 Calle Puente, San Clemente, 949.361.8264,

Christmas at the Mission

5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Mission SJC is lit up for the holiday season and hosts a magical night with a nativity scene; dance, choir and mariachi performances; photos with Santa, crafts, activities and refreshments. Tickets $2. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,

20th Annual Winter Fantasy Event

10 a.m.-6 p.m. The Sawdust Festival presents its winter show themed “A Palette of Holiday Treasures” featuring more than 170 exhibitors with fine art, crafts and more. Open weekends through Dec. 12. Tickets $3-$6. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,

SJC Tree Lighting Ceremony

4:15 p.m.-9 p.m. San Juan Capistrano hosts a family-friendly holiday event with the annual tree lighting, dance performances, stage productions, activities, photos with Santa and much more at Historic Town Center Park. Free. 31852 El Camino Real, 949.493.5911,

Family Film Feature

11 a.m. Showing of Toy Story 3 for the whole family at the San Juan Capistrano Library; free admission and popcorn. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.5132,

2 p.m.; 7 p.m. Holiday vocal concert at St. Andrew’s Church. Two performances. Tickets $10 adults, $5 kids. 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente, 949.361.8463. The Ritz Carlton is home to the ultimate gingerbread display with a surf-inspired theme. Free to view. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000,

Boat Rides With Santa

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dana Wharf invites families to join Santa and his helpers on a free boat cruise through Dana Point Harbor. No reservations required. Again on Dec. 5. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

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San Clemente Farmers Market

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

Yoga Walk

9 a.m.-11 a.m. Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy hosts a walk in nature with yoga stretches along the way. Adults $10, kids $5, members free. More info: 949.489.9778,

Christmas at the Casa

4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Casa Romantica’s annual holiday celebration featuring a visit from Santa, tree-lighting ceremony, entertainment, kids crafts, sweet treats and festive decorations/exhibits. Adults $5, children 12 and under $3, members free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

Annual Holiday Boutique

1 p.m.-5 p.m. My Jewelry Box hosts a fundraiser at Bell Collina Towne & Golf Club with great shopping, drawings, wine, appetizers and more. Benefits OC Ronald McDonald House. 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, 949.365.6966,

White Horses Wine Dinner

6:30 p.m. Crispins Eatery presents its Winter White Horses Wine Dinner with gourmet food like the former White Horses used to serve. $65 per person; reservations necessary. 610 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.480.0800,

Christmas Fantasia

3 p.m.; 6 p.m. San Clemente Presbyterian Church presents its annual Christmas concert featuring choirs, a chorus and orchestra. Admission free. 119 N. Avenida Estrella, San Clemente, 949.492.6158,

Peter Asher Memoirs

8 p.m. A full multimedia experience with a trip back to the ’60s and ’70s at The Coach House. Scarlet Furies also play. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Ryan Heflin

7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, (Cont. on page 16)


SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Andrea Swayne

Shanghai Charlie’s


34121 Doheny Park Road, Capistrano Beach, 949.661.2507 BEST KNOWN FOR: Quality ingredients and entrees made fresh to order MOST POPULAR ITEM: Complete dinner combinations Shanghai Charlie’s has been a Capistrano Beach institution for 30 years serving up delicious Chinese cuisine to a loyal following that, according to owner Youli Zhang, includes four generations of happy diners. Youli’s brother, the restaurant’s founder and namesake Charlie Zhang, interpreted his original recipes—like House Special Chicken—and started the fast-casual Pick Up Stix chain in 1982. He sold the successful chain in 2001 but Shanghai Charlie’s was kept in the family. “Shanghai Charlie’s is the original,” said Youli. “We are not fancy; we are comfortable and our service makes this place feel like home. Everything is made fresh and we are happy to accommodate special needs and tastes of our customers.” This kind of service, along with really great food, is what keeps people coming back. The menu offers all of the “classics” like Chow Mein, Kung Pao, Egg Foo Young and Mu Shu entrees with shrimp, pork, beef, chicken and vegetables. Or, try a Zhang family favorite like pecan shrimp, or Charlie’s Surf and Turf—scallops and beef tenderloin wok’d together in a delectable secret sauce. Try the sizzling rice soup and don’t forget to relax with a hot pot of Youli’s special blend of green tea she calls Miracle Tea. Shanghai Charlie’s owner Youli Zhang. Photo by Andrea Swayne

PRICE RANGE: $1.50-$14.95 PAYMENT: Cash, credit card RESERVATIONS: Not necessary HOURS: Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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

Last week online voters gave

Stacks Pancake House

34255 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.429.2222 (Rated on a scale of 1–5 stars)

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

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10 a.m. Goin Native teaches you how to make creative living gifts with succulents and special material. Class fee $20; material fees $25-$40. 31661 Los Rios St., 949.493.5911, San Juan Capistrano,



6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Irons in the Fire hosts game with prizes and Happy Hour. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900,


7 p.m.-10 p.m. Solo artist at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

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6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Antoine’s Cafè hosts a cooking event that includes a demonstration, dining, recipes and wine. This month it’s all about the holidays! Fee $50. 218 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763,






10 a.m. Special screening of the movie Burlesque 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, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,


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

tuesday07 forecast: sunny • high: 66° low: 46°


10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saddleback College Arts Department hosts its 38th Annual Holiday Student Art Sale in the school Art Gallery through Dec. 9; proceeds fund student scholarships. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, www.saddleback. edu/arts.


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


8 p.m. Special performance at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, Page 16 • San Clemente Times • December 2–8, 2010

10 a.m. Casa Romantica hosts storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www. 8 p.m. OC Tavern hosts a showing of True Champion featuring The Cholulas and free giveaways. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, 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,


7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

UPCOMING: December 10


7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. The 36th annual holiday boat parade in Dana Point Harbor with decorated boats full of lights and holiday spirit; this year’s theme is “Jingle Bell Rock.” Show dates: Dec. 10, 11, 17, 18. Watch from the shore or take a cruise with Dana Wharf, Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari, Ocean Institute or others. More info at UPCOMING: December 12


7 p.m. Casa Romantica presents a special concert with holiday music from around the world. Tickets $20, members $15, children/seniors $10. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

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Retrospective Journey with a Legend Peter Asher—legendary record producer, artist manager (cover of Rolling Stone in the ’70s) and one half of British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon


he show mixes video clips, photos from his personal archive, storytelling from Peter’s history with the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a host of other legends from his nearly five decades in the business. Add to this, live performances by Peter (with a full band) of Peter & Gordon of hits and other old favorites, and it’s an engaging blend that creates a unique evening of entertainment. With only three shows planned in the U.S., one in New York at the Iridium Theater on December 5, 2010, one at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on December Peter Asher. Courtesy photo 7, 2010 and the middle show right here in San Juan Capistrano at the Coach House, this is a rare and unique opportunity to be immersed in a retrospective journey into the early days of rock and roll led by the man who helped shape that world and the one we see today. Please relate to our readers the essence of your upcoming retrospective multi-media show and how the evening will progress. It is kind of a multi-faceted one-man show. Following Gordon’s untimely death, I was not willing to accept that I could never sing those songs again at all, even though there could never be another Peter & Gordon concert. So I assembled this mixture of storytelling, music and memorabilia to perform in NY and LA. I am bringing a great band, some rare video clips and photos and all of my hazy recollections of the sixties and beyond. So it includes live music along with the multi-media elements—and a lot of what I sincerely hope will be interesting and even revelatory insights into an era of significant musical and social change. What process did you go through to condense and/or decide which events in your long and storied career to include in the show? I suppose a lot of it depended upon what I remembered! And I tried to pick events and moments which I thought might be less well-known to the general public or might be interesting and amusing. Musical archivists and fans take note; you won’t want to miss the show. SC —A.J. Bardzilowski





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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Ban the Bags Students travel to Sacramento to support plastic bag ban By Madi Swayne San Clemente Times


his past summer, Assemblywoman Julia Brownley authored a bill proposing a statewide ban of single-use plastic bags to alleviate plastic pollution. When the bill, AB 1998, failed in Senate by only a few votes, many environmental groups, employees and businesses were saddened by the loss, but vowed not to give up feeling they had the momentum to continue. On Monday, November 29, Green Cities California (GCC) a coalition of 13 top environmentally friendly cities, joined together in a press conference on the western steps of the California State Capitol. Members of the GCC along with the Clean Seas Coalition spoke, “To promote a statewide strategy of local governments adopting a uniform single use bag ordinance that is based on AB 1998.” Members of Green Cities California include Berkeley, Hayward, Los Angeles, Marin County, Oakland, Pasadena, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica. Representatives from each of these cities were in attendance along with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and my group of youth leaders from the South Orange County Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Kirsty Hibbard (JSerra Catholic High School), Katie Hibbard (JSerra Catholic High School), Lulu Erkeneff (Dana Hills High School) and I, Madi Swayne (San Clemente High School), all traveled to Sacramento to restate our support for a statewide plastic bag ban. Our goal was to let representatives know that we care and to bring attention to the fact that there is growing grassroots support in South Orange County cities for the proposed ban. We wanted to let policy makers from our cities (San Clemente, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano) know that the youth is behind the effort; we are prepared to continue working not only toward a community ban in our tri-city area, but a statewide one as well. Kirsty and I first traveled to Sacramento in early August (before the Senate voted on the bill) to lobby for support of the bill from Assembly members and senators alike. We felt it was important to return to the Capitol to

Surfrider Foundation members (L to R) Dana Hills club member Lulu Erkeneff, JSerra club founder/president Kirsty Hibbard and sister Katie Hibbard and San Clemente High club founder/president Madi Swayne joined others in support of a plastic bag ban. Photo by Denise Erkeneff

QUICK FACTS • California uses more than 19 million plastic bags each year • Single use bags generate 147,038 tons of waste each year • California throws away over 600 plastic bags each second • Only about 5% of plastic bags are actually recycled • A bag ban will create new green jobs in California • Plastic bags are made from one of the scarcest resources — oil • Bags cost about 2-5 cents a piece, and that price is embedded into the cost of items we buy everyday • China, parts of Africa, parts of Australia, Mexico City and parts of India have all introduced bans on plastic bags • We pay about 17 cents per bag to clean up the mess Source: Heal the Bay

restate our support. At the press conference, we had the opportunity to meet many instrumental people working for goals similar to our own. We met Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, Suja Lowenthal, a Long Beach councilwoman, Andy Keller, president and founder of ChicoBag Company and Charles McGlashan, a Marin County supervisor, among many others. It was great to see that the activists we look up to so much

Governor Schwarzenegger looks on as AB 1998 bill author Julia Brownley speaks at the Nov. 29 press conference. Photo by Kirsty Hibbard

are also behind us. It was exciting to hear all about the most recent plastic bag ban in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County that was passed earlier this month. This monumental ban encompasses thousands of citizens in a county so large that if it were a state it would be the eighth-largest in the country. The ban in Los Angeles County will make it easier for cities within the county to draft legislation of their own, strong enough to stand up against the ban’s biggest opponent—the American Chemistry Council (ACC). There has been a lot of back-and-forth between supporters of the ban and the ACC, and money has become a selling point. The bag ban is not an economical problem or a partisan issue. It is not about a law, it is

about doing the right thing. Lulu, Katie, Kirsty and I have seen the plastic bag issue firsthand as members, presidents and founders of Surfrider Foundation clubs on our respective high school campuses. We have each picked up thousands of pieces of plastic litter on our beaches and see this bill as a reasonable solution to the problem. Lulu Erkeneff said, “It’s about what’s good for the general public, not what’s convenient and irresponsible. It is about changing a habit.” I like to relate this issue to when the seat belt law was introduced. Before the law, not everybody wore seat belts (especially those of older generations), but after the law was passed people started a new, healthier habit. The same would be true of a plastic bag ban. Not everyone uses reusable bags at the present, but with legislation, habits would change, along with the health of the environment. “When we get together and talk about this bill we don’t talk about if it passes, we talk about when it passes. This is a real issue that is not going to go away and our generation is not going to carry on like the generations before with our heads in the sand,” says Kirsty Hibbard. Katie Hibbard, her younger sister agreed, saying, “I think by the goodness of mankind people will want to be the solution rather than the problem and will begin to do the right thing.” So now, we ask you to do your part and consider the effects your choices have on the environment. Also, get in contact with your assembly member or senator and let them know it is time to stop the consumption of the more than 19 billion plastic bags used in the State of California annually. The solution isn’t paper or plastic, it’s neither. Choose to reuse! It was great to have a second opportunity to visit Sacramento and to witness firsthand the progress this bill is making in other parts of our state and participate in an important press conference at the Capitol. We often only hear about the negativity coming from the state Capitol as it is read to us by a newscaster on television, but this trip allowed us to meet and network face-to-face with many people who are very passionate about making this change happen. One of the most passionate was Governor Schwarzenegger himself. He spoke with conviction and even acknowledged our work with Surfrider by name. The mood was decidedly optimistic and gave us the boost we needed to encourage our continued efforts and reinforce the importance of our stewardship so far. The anecdotes and personal stories he used when speaking about the plastic blight let us know how much this bill means to him, as a fellow steward of the environment. SC

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Red Wings vs. Ducks, Honda Center Dec. 3, 7 p.m. The Ducks look to carry some solid momentum into the month of December but will have to test its resolve first against Detroit. Info:


Kings vs. Lakers, Staples Center Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. The classic NorCal vs. SoCal battle will rage on as the Lakers prep to host the Sacramento Kings in a key game. Info:




Spartans vs. Anteaters, Bren Center Dec. 4, 7 p.m.

Red Wings vs. Kings, Staples Center Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Even though this is nonconference, UC Irvine will host the San Jose State Spartans in a pivotal game at home. Info: www.

Get ready for a double dose of Detroit as the Red Wings head north from Anaheim for a quick game against the L.A. Kings.

Lakers vs. Clippers, Staples Center Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. Southern California bragging rights are on the line—at least for this one—as the Clippers play the part of the home team against the Lakers. Info:


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GIRLS SOCCER • The Lady Tritons

played to a 1-1 tie with its alumni counterparts in the annual Alumni game on Wednesday, November 24. The Lady Tritons took on Newport Harbor at home in its first game of the regular season on Tuesday, November 30. Next 7 days: N/A

Triton Report

By David Zimmerle

GIRLS WATER POLO • The Lady Tritons played its first match of the regular season on Wednesday, December 1 as it hosted rival Dana Hills High School. Next 7 days: N/A


ente’s girls cross country team ran out an 11th place finish in the Division 1 race at the California State Meet at Woodward Park in Fresno on November 27. The Lady Tritons finished with a team time of 1:34.30. Great Oak finished in first place with a team time of 1:31.29, La Costa Canyon finished in second place with a team time of 1:31.05) and Buchanan finished in third place with a team time of 1:32.34. But it was a South County showdown closing out the top 10 as Dana Hills (1:33.53) finished in eighth place, Trabuco Hills (1:33.53) in ninth and Tesoro (1:34.20) in 10th. For the Lady Tritons, freshman Melissa Eisele (South Coast League champion) finished in 22nd place overall with a time of 18:25. This time ranks her as the fi fth fastest freshmen in the State of California. Senior Alison Palmer (18:56) finished 47th overall, senior Kaitlyn Smith (18:59) finished in 52nd, sophomore Sara Kebede (19:04) in 60th (this ranks Kebede as the 17th fastest sophomore in the state), junior Molly Mann (19:06) in 65th, junior Sierra Wallen (19:35) in 88th (both Mann and Wallen also rank in the top 25 for the state in their grade level) and sophomore Madison Huffman (19:44) in 98th. Seniors Ali Palmer and Katy Smith finish up their careers at San Clemente as the most successful runners ever in the school’s history, seeing the team easily advance through the CIF championships to the state meet every year they ran. Both seniors have offers to run in college next year. They are weighing their options and will decide in the winter off-season.

BOYS BASKETBALL • The Tritons got

off to a 1-0 start this season beating Laguna Beach 65-35 on Monday, November 29 in the first round of the La Quinta Tournament. The Tritons posted a 14-7 lead after the first period, but the Breakers cut into the lead trailing 31-21 at the half. Turning up the heat in the second half, San Clemente rolled to victory outscoring Laguna Beach 34-14 in the final two quarters of play. Dominic Fashing was money on the night with a team high 21 points, while Blake Kubly posted a solid 18 points in the win. The Tritons also got production from Hank Gillebaard who

BOYS WRESTLING • The Tritons have

been in scrimmage mode so far with all levels grappling it up at the SCHS Scrimmage on Saturday, November 27. But it’s back to business as usual with the Millikan Duals ahead. Next 7 days: Dec. 3-4 at Millikan Duals, TBA


San Clemente High School standout on the softball diamond, signed a National Letter of Intent a couple weeks back to play softball for Louisiana State University. As a junior last season, McCasland batted .397 in 24 games played. She finished out the 2010 Lady Triton campaign with 14 runs scored, 27 RBI and led the team with six home runs. McCasland plays both catcher and at right field. San Clemente High’s girls cross country team celebrates its 11th place finish at the California State Meet in Fresno on November 27. Courtesy of Dave Proodian

finished with eight points and Sam Lacebal with six points. Fashing also led the team with seven rebounds, eight assists and hit two 3-pointers in the game. The boys will play this tourney out through December 4. Next 7 days: Dec. 7 at Woodbridge, 7 p.m.

one assist. At goal, Dylan Digiacomo had four saves. The boys were back on the field Wednesday, December 1 for a first round game at the Coronado Tournament which is scheduled for games December 4, 6 and 8. Next 7 days: N/A


Clemente High School Music Department, featuring the Instrumental and Vocal Arts groups, will perform the 2nd Annual Winter Extravaganza, Thursday, December 16 in the Triton Center. Doors open 6:30 p.m. and the concert begins promptly at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $10.


Tritons took in its first game of the regular season hosting University High on Tuesday, November 30. Next 7 days: Dec. 6-11 at Fountain Valley Tournament, TBA

BOYS SOCCER • After beating Esperanza 2-1 in a scrimmage match on the road on Monday, November 22, the Tritons boosted to 1-0 this season with a convincing 5-0 home win against Dana Hills on Monday, November 29. This was all San Clemente from the outset with the Tritons leading 2-0 at the half and then posting three more goals in the second for the cool win. Tom Wiechert led the team with two goals and Fabian Caudillo, Justice Duerksen and Westley Grant each had one goal apiece. Oscar Vasquez led the crew with two assists while Caudillo and Jesus Garcia each had

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Current girls varsity soccer players and past SCHS alumni gather for a photo after the annual Alumni game. Courtesy of Brian Miller

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Operation Bear Hug

San Clemente United Soccer Club kicks off community service program By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


he month of November was as much fun off the field as it was on for a group of girls from the San Clemente United Soccer Club. The players kicked off a new community service program to bond and create a united spirit among players while volunteering their time and talents within the community to make a difference in the lives of others. And they had a great time doing it. The girls U11 and U14 teams gathered together to turn “bear parts,” like pre-sewn bear bodies, stuffing and miniature bearsized T-shirts—purchased from Build-A-Bear Workshop with donations from each of the girls—into 28 cuddly teddy bears.

Members of the U11 and U14 San Clemente United Soccer Club are all smiles as they gathered to assemble teddy bears to be donated to hospitalized children at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Photos by Kerri McClellan

Then, on November 11, the teams delivered the hand-stuffed teddy bears to hospitalized children at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Orange. “It was exciting to see how just a couple hours of time and personal commitment from each of these girls transpired into an inspirational gift to the children at CHOC. This project was a great way for the San Clemente United Soccer

Club to show support for the community,” said Kerri McClellan, the U11 coach. “It was also fun for the girls to get together as a group to build team spirit outside of playing soccer. Our hope is that as our players continue to pursue more opportunities to give back, San Clemente United Soccer Club will generate an energy and purpose that reaches far beyond the soccer field. We’re off to a great start!” SC

South OC Patriots Play in Super Bowl

The Patriot Jr. Midget White team. Courtesy photo


he South Orange Country Patriot Jr. All American football program has held a long a long tradition of championship teams—and this year is no exception. Even Cincinnati Bengal quarterback Carson Palmer, a Heisman Trophy winner at USC, is a former Patriot. The Patriot Jr. Midget White team, consisting of 12 and 13 year olds, has steamrolled the competition, including corralling the Carson Colts 13-8 in the AFL/NFL Championship game last Saturday at Irvine High School. That means the Patriots are headed to Jr. All American Super Bowl on Saturday, December 4. They’ll face off against Bellflower at 5:15 p.m. at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Baldwin Hills. Kevin Murphy, head coach of the Patriots Jr. Midget team, said he couldn’t be happier with how his team has played and Page 22 • San Clemente Times • December 2–8, 2010

he is proud of their accomplishments. The team has been called “the machine” for their intense offensive drive down the field and their incredible wall of defense. Seemingly unstoppable, the team moves and plays with skill, enthusiasm, toughness and commitment to each other. Keep an eye out for these talented players that hail from Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Beach. You will be seeing many of them stand out at the Division I high school level in the next year or two. The roster includes #4 Jay Schuyler, Laguna Niguel; #5 Quentin Longrie, Mission Viejo #9 Trevor Wise, Mission Viejo; #10 Devin Siu-Leiataua, Mission Viejo; #12 Devon Modster, Mission Viejo; #14 Rex Pflueger, San Juan Capistrano; #21 Connor Murphy, San Juan Capistrano; #22

Oscar Gomez, San Clemente; #24 Corey Selenski, Laguna Niguel; #26 Luke Williams, Laguna Niguel; #32 Brian Scott, Laguna Niguel; #33 Quinn Toohey, Mission Viejo; #40 Ty Dunn, Laguna Niguel; #42 Tyson Hedgren, Laguna Niguel; #44 Jordan Bocko, Laguna Niguel; #45 James Hammond, Dana Point; #51 Patrick O’Brien, San Juan Capistrano; #54 Ethan Parker, Dana Point; #55 Brett Tracy, Laguna Beach; #58 Cayden Adkison, Laguna Niguel; #62 Spencer Golanka, Laguna Niguel; #64 Jeshua DiGravio, Aliso Viejo; #66 Brett Bill, Laguna Niguel; #67 Cameron Phung, Laguna Niguel; #72 Zachery Davoren, Laguna Niguel; #76 Gavin Zanella, San Clemente; #80 Chad Bauer, San Juan Capistrano; #84 Rameen Moslehi, Laguna Niguel; #88 Jake Smith, San Clemente; #99 Mason Boyack, Laguna Niguel. SC

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Sheila Kessler

Sheila Kessler, born August 17, 1944, passed away on November 21, 2010. She is survived by her husband Barry Halsted, her brother Michael Kessler, and her sister Sharon Winn. Sheila was born in Seattle, WA, and lived in Lake Bluff, IL and Camp Hill, PA before attending college at the University of Washington where she graduated with a Ph.D. in Psychology. She worked at universities in Washington, Nevada, and Georgia before moving to California in 1980. There she joined Fluor Daniel where she developed a proposal and sales training syllabus and educated Fluor Daniel’s executives throughout the world. Sheila worked for Microsoft in the late 80’s and started her own company, Competitive Edge, in 1990, consulting leaders of Fortune Five Hundred companies in production, customer satisfaction, and strategic planning. She later added executive coaching and was an Executive Coach at the Center for Creative Learning (CCL) in their San Diego campus. During her professional career she authored several books, including Winning Sales Presentations, Compelling Proposals, and Laugh Your Way to the Top. Sheila was full of fun and adventure - she loved life and people. She met her husband in Seattle while becoming a pilot, and other ventures included worldwide travel, climbing Mt. Ranier, trekking in the Himalayas, and bungee jumping in New Zealand. After moving to San Clemente in 2000 she became active in local organizations including the San Clemente Garden Club, Broadmoor Book Club and San Clemente Choral Society (which performs at St. Andrews by the Sea). She will be remembered most as a remarkably warm and giving woman who made lifelong friends easily and inspired all. After contracting lung cancer in 2008 she spent the majority of her time researching cancer cures and aids for medication side effects, sharing her knowledge with other cancer victims around the world. She was awarded Hoag Memorial Hospital’s Most Inspirational Lung Cancer Survivor of 2009. A celebration of Sheila’s life will be held at St. Andrews by the Sea United Methodist Church, 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente, CA on Monday, December 6 at 3:00. Those wishing to send flowers should send them to the church for Monday morning arrival.


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Computer Services Computer Anxiety? Extremely patient HS teacher will help you become computer proficient. Free 1/2 hour in-home consultation. Russ 949-244-8574

GARAGE SALES Saturday Dec 4 - 7AM to Noon furniture clothing and more. 142 Esplanade, SC


Help Wanted NOW HIRING: 60-year-old San Clemente appliances & electronics co. hiring delivery and installation personnel. Clean driving record required. Good pay and benefits: Call Alex at 949-289-5794


EMPLOYMENT Employees sought - part-time account representatives, sales payment and bookkeepers. Computer literacy, 1-2 hours of internet access weekly, If you are interested please contact PROGRAM AIDE – GRIPCARE Part-time Program Aide position to work with middle-school students. Hours will be prior to school hours: 7 am – 9 am, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 7 am – 10 am Tuesday. Duties will include planning and implementing activities in one or more of the following areas: education; social recreation; arts and crafts; and physical education. Requirements: high school diploma, experience working with children, communication skills to deal with children and with the general public (bilingual in Spanish a plus), CPR and first aid certified. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley is an equal opportunity employer. If interested, please contact Nicole Belair, Unit Director, at 949.240.7898 extension *19 or by email at


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Air conditioning All Season Air 949.579.0741, Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A,

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

Appliances Services & Repairs ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 3200 Legendario,

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


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,


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


The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 Costa Verde Landscape 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201, License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Serrate Law 949.429.8107 630 S. El Camino Real, Ste. A,


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

Bankruptcy Attorneys Beauty Supply

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


Heating All Season Air 949.579.0741, Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A,

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MOLD REMOVAL Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,

SC Rider Supply 949.388.0521 520 S. El Camino Real,


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

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


San Clemente Optometry, David J. Nota, OD 224 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.2029 HOUSE CLEANING Seaside Eyecare 949.493.2269 Betty’s House Cleaning 949.370.2920 638 Camino De Los Mares, #A120, David Miller - Wonderful Windows 949.369.7263

Del Mar Beauty Supply 949.492.8180 949.493.9311 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste D, Eric Johnson, D.D.S. HOUSE SITTING 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209, Blinds Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 Ronald Trosper, DDS 949.492.7140 San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515 145 Ave Del Mar, San Clemente,


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


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

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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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YOUTH FENCING Local Girls Finish Strong in Milwaukee North America Cup The North America Cup B, a national fencing Tournament for Youth 14, Cadet (under 17,) and Junior (under 20) fencers was held in Milwaukee November 19-22. Four local girls from Laguna Fencing Center in Laguna Hills attended and finished in the top 40 percent bracket of the Y14 Women’s Sabre event. The young fencers also went on to earn Youth 14 national points in the process. Danya Hu, 14, a freshman at Dana Hills Mackenna Lamphere, Danya Hu, Elena Pearson and Mary Barnett with High School took home the silver medal. San ClemCoach Nick Dinu. Courtesy photo ente’s Mary Barnett, 11, a sixth grader at Vista Del Mar Middle School, took 10th place. Mackenna Lamphere, 13, also of San Clemente placed 23rd and Elena Pearson, 12, of San Juan Capistrano finished 26th. All four girls are part of an elite group of sabre fencers at Laguna Fencing Center in Laguna Hills and fence under the direction of Coach Nick Dinu. Several North America Cups are held throughout the United States each year. These events, known as NACs in the fencing world, attract the best fencers from across the United States and Canada.

GOLF Players in this photo include (back row, left to right) Patrick Riley, Jake Mertens, Christian Hosea, Ethan Sherrell, Dylan Carter, Nick Royer, (front row) Garrison Conte, Riley Johnson, Trenton Brail, Kyle Stevens and Cole McDaniel. Courtesy photo

SC Tritons 9U Baseball Team finishes as finalists in Thanksgiving Tournament In the annual Triple Crown tournament held in Palm Springs over Thanksgiving weekend, SC Tritons 9U baseball team battled their way to the final game at Big League Dreams field on Sunday, November 28. Following back-to-back wins on Saturday, the boys made it to the championship game after winning a hard fought extra inning battle against No Fear of Carlsbad.

ADULT SOFTBALL City of San Clemente Week 11 Scores and Standings The following are the scores and standings from Week 11 in the City of San Clemente’s 2010 Fall Adult Softball League: TUESDAY MEN’S C/D: SCORES: Sofa Kings 24, Beer Nuts 12; Ripone 11, Sonic Boom 8; Invicta 2.0 12, Dazed and Confused 0; Multiplescorgasms 12, Ungrateful Bastards 7. STANDINGS: 1. Multiplescorgasms (8-1), 2. Invicta 2.0 (6-3), 3. Sofa King (6-3), 4. Dazed & Confused (6-3), 5. Ungrateful Bastards (5-4), 6. Rip One (4-5), 7. Beer Nuts (1-8), 8. Sonic Boom (0-9). WEDNESDAY MEN’S C/D: SCORES: Outstanding 24, SWC 12; Mr. Pete’s 23, Los Coyotes 7; Character Defects 19, Sundried Tomatoes 16; Fear the Fat 21, Wok Offs 18; Mr. Pete’s 16, Wok Off’s 0. STANDINGS: 1. Mr. Pete’s Burger’s (1-0), 2. Character Defects (7-2), 3. Fear the Fat (6-2), 4. Sundried Tomatoes (5-4), 5. Dukes (4-3), 6. Outstanding (5-3), 7. SWC (2-6), 8. Uber Troopers (2-6), 9. Los Coyotes (1-7), 10. Wok Offs (0-8). THURSDAY DOED “C”: SCORES: The Show 17, Leftovers 2; Killer Dana 11, Wally’s Team 6; Bagel Shack 16, Highlanders 12. STANDINGS: 1. The Show (8-1), 2. Wally’s Team (7-2), 3. Killer Dana (6-3), 4. Bagel Shack (4-5), 5. Leftovers (3-6), 6. Highlanders (0-9). THURSDAY COED “D+”: SCORES: OC Sandcars 15, Off Constantly 8; The Runs 15, Knuckleheads 8; Prestige World Wide 21, Chupacabras 17. STANDINGS: 1. The Runs (8-0-1), 2. Off Constantly (6-2-1), 3. OC Sandcars (6-3), 4. Prestige World Wide (4-5), 5. Chupacabras (2-7), 6. Knuckleheads (1-8). THURSDAY COED “D”: SCORES: Where my Pitches At 19, Chronic Junkies 15; Sunsets 21, Last Call 13; Borrochos 18, French Ticklers 15. STANDINGS: 1. Sunsets (7-2), 2. Borrochos (5-2-2), 3. Where my Pitches At (4-3-2), 4. French Ticklers (3-4-2), 5. Chronic Junkies (3-5-1), 6. Last Call (1-7-1). THURSDAY COED “D-“: SCORES: Shoreline 13, St. A’s 12; Ole’s Knockers 14, Ball Breakers 5; Big Helyn’s 7, Balls and Chains 6. STANDINGS: 1. Shoreline (7-2), 2. Ball Breakers (5-3-1), 3. Ole’s Knockers (5-3-1), 4. Balls & Chains (4-5), 5. Big Helyn’s (4-5), 6. St. A’s (1-8).

FOOTBALL Insley Inducted into Nevada Athletic Hall of Fame Already a SCHS football hall of famer, former wide receiver Trevor Insley was also recently inducted into the University of Nevada’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Insley, along with Limin Liu (Olympic-medal winning swimmer), Lyle Overbay (MLB first baseman), Mark Lewis (AllAmerica shortstop), Tony Shaw (All-Century Wolf Pack team defensive back) and Dawn Pitman (Women’s basketball star), were honored during halftime of Nevada’s football game against Utah State at Mackay Stadium on October 30. Insley set six NCAA records in 1999 and went on to play for the Indianapolis Colts. “Trevor Insley was one of the top wide receivers in NCAA history and left his mark in the national record books, while Mark Lewis helped put Nevada baseball on the national map,” Nevada athletic director Cary Groth said in a statement. Insley set six NCAA records in 1999, his senior year, including 5,005 career receiving yards. He was the first in NCAA history to top 2,000 yards in a single season. He played for the Indianapolis Colts and in the Canadian Football league, but saw his career cut short due to injuries.

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Tourney Results from San Clemente Men’s Golf Club Members of the San Clemente Men’s Golf Club swung away at a couple of recent events held at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. The following results are from the tournament on Saturday, November 13: LOW GROSS: 1st Jonathan Foster (first place, 72, $70), Scott Borst (tied for second, 73, $60), Gregory Johnson (tied for second, 73, $60), Rick Divel (fourth place, 74, $50), Bryce Stafford (tied for fifth place, 76, $30), Craig Carney (tied for fifth place, 76, $30), Scott D. Johannes (seventh place, 77, $20), Sean F. Keefe (tied for eighth place, 78, $10), Mark Pearson (tied for eighth place, 78, $10) and Michael Keefe (tied for eighth place, 78, $10). LOW NET: Ray Short (tied for first place, 69, $65), John Wolfsohn (tied for first place, 69, $65), Dennis Loudenback (tied for third place, 70, $45), Ted Fisher (tied for third place, 70, $45), Richard Veale (fifth place, 71, $30), John Frank (tied for sixth place, 72, $25), Phil Larson (tied for sixth place, $25), Kent Edwards (tied for eighth place, 73, $10), Frank Mieczkowski (tied for eighth place, 73, $10), Doug Barr (tied for eight place, 73, $10) and Sherman Burke (tied for eighth place, 73, $10). CLOSEST TO THE PIN: #2-Jonathan Greer, #9-Leroy Gear, #13-Sean Keefer and # 15-Tom Von Gremp. The next Saturday Tournament is set for Saturday, January 8, and sign ups begin on December 11. On Friday, December 17 the 4-Club Turkey Shoot will commence, followed by the 4-Man Apple (2 & 3 Ball) on January 5 and the Individual Stroke Play event on January 8. For more information on these events, visit www. San Clemente Men’s Club Announces 2011 Board of Directors The 2011 Board of Directors of the San Clemente Men’s Club include (back row, from left), Rick Fleming (Director at Large), Dennis Sewart (Treasurer), Harry Larson (Greens Chairman), Don Stroup (Membership Courtesy photo Chairman), Hector Amaya (Past President), (front row) John Briggs (Handicap Chairman), Bob Austin (2nd Vice President/ Wednesday Tournaments), Derek Duesler (President), Dennis Mark (1st Vice President/Friday Tournaments) and Scott Moore (Secretary). San Clemente Resident Danielle Biss and Rest of Team Excel in Girls Golf Congratulations to San Clemente resident Danielle Biss and her Mater Dei High School junior varsity girls golf team on their undefeated fall 2010 golf season. Biss learned to play golf at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course under the direction of the Junior Golf PGA professional Rocky Rafkin, at Rocky’s Saturday junior Top row, second from left: Danielle Biss. Courtesy of Brian Bliss golf lessons. She also participated in many of the San Clemente Municipal Junior Golf Roundup tournaments, including this past summer’s tournament, where she was the lowest-scoring girl. SCORES WANTED: We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, snail mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.




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Grom of the Week Kevin Schulz Age: 15, San Clemente High School Kevin Schulz is in his second year on the San Clemente High School surf team and helped the team go 7-0 in this year’s interscholastic morning competitions. In addition to school competition, Kevin is also competing in both the Western Surfing Association (WSA) Gatorade Championship Tour and the Surfing America Prime Series. In the Boys U16 division of WSA Kevin has made a charge for the top of the ranks and is currently rated No. 3 of over 80 ranked surfers. He surfed up for the first time in the U18 division at last month’s contest at Pismo Beach and made it to the finals taking a sixth place finish. In Surfing America Prime competition, Kevin is currently ranked No. 10. When not surfing, Kevin spends his time training with Photo by Sheri Crummer/ Dean Sports Consultants (DSC), skateboarding and playing volleyball. A surf trip to Nicaragua last April is considered by Kevin to be his best surf trip so far. In school, he has maintained a GPA in the 3.5 to 4.0 range and says his favorite subject is English. He will spend his next two high school years preparing for college study in kinesiology and hopes to continue his education at a San Diego university. “Surfing plays a big part in my life and makes me happy,” he said. “I’m always in a good mood when I surf and that’s why I do it.” —Andrea Swayne

Surfing Into the Record Books San Clemente surfer Bill Laity breaks the Guinness world record for longest continuous surf session By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


ust two weeks after becoming the world record holder of the longest continuous surf session, San Clemente resident William “Bill” Laity’s only complaint is that his left wrist is still a bit sore from duck diving so much. Laity, who works in the marketing department at San Clemente-based clothing and surf products retailer, SWELL and Marketing Director Mike Figueroa intended the recordbreaking session to be a fun and creative way to put various surf gear to the test while spotlighting the company at the same time. His record breaking surf began at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 20 at the Huntington Beach pier and ended 26 hours later. (It was originally planned for the San Clemente pier but organizers were told by city officials that the approval timeframe was too short for the city to accommodate the attempt.) The old record stood at 24 hours, a time that Laity was confident he could beat handily—he originally estimated he could easily endure at least 30 hours. But, what he didn’t count on was encountering some of worst weather of the season that brought heavy rain, temperatures dipping to just under 40 degrees and

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 52-56˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 15-25’+ Good; Catalina: 20-30’ Good Remarks: A small mix of mid-period Northwest and trace Southwest swell prevails on Thursday. Surge is light and visibility is good making for great diving conditions. Short range: A small, clean mix of mid-period Northwest and tiny Southwest swells prevails on Thursday. Most breaks stay down in the 1-3’ rang(ankle-waist), with a few slightly larger peaks for top spots. Winds are light offshore for clean conditions, although lack of size keeps overall conditions poor to fair. Long range: Small/easing Northwest and Southwest swells prevail heading into the weekend. Most breaks see mainly 1-2-3’(ankleknee-waist high) surf during this time. Conditions are clean, but generally looking poor to fair at best due to lack of size.

Bill Laity with bloodshot eyes, pruned and sunburned skin, appears frozen and exhausted after breaking the world record for the longest continuous surf session. He lasted 26 hours in cold and punishing conditions. Photo by Mike Figueroa

wind in the 20-knot range. The first record was set in North Carolina in the summer in waist-high surf on a longboard. Laity’s attempt was a whole other animal. He endured 26 hours on a shortboard in weather conditions that were basically as gnarly as Orange County gets during the winter. “I thought to myself that if the rain kept up I wouldn’t be able to continue,” said Laity. “In the last couple of hours my eyes were burning so bad that I knew I was done at around 25 hours and 45 minutes. I felt myself really going downhill and the last 15 minutes felt like an eternity. “ Laity said he reached a point where he just couldn’t duck dive anymore. “Every dive felt like pins and needles were punishing my wrist,” he said. “If it wasn’t for my support team and the gear that I had, I would never in a million years have been able to pull it off.” When all was said and done, Laity had ridden a total of 147 waves. His support team--Morgan Plant, David Spangler, Mike Figueroa and Grady Archbold—was there for him with food, water, gloves and gear. He made one wetsuit change which literally took three people to get him out of the old 4.3 wetsuit and into a new 5.4 with a built in hood. He also wore 7

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mm gloves and 5 mm booties to protect him from the cold. Authenticating the world record required one steward and two witnesses working on four-hour shifts to be present and documenting the entire time. Video was running the whole time as were one clock and two stopwatches. All information will be sent to Guinness this week and they are expecting to hear back with the official confirmation of the record in about six weeks. When asked if he would ever try this again, Laity responded, “I will only try it again if someone breaks my record in comparable conditions.” In the summer, with warm air, warm water and more daylight, Laity and his team all agree that he could have gone much longer. “This all started out as an idea of a fun way to test and market our gear and it turned into a much more challenging attempt then any of us imagined,” said Figueroa. “When the weather turned bad it became a struggle for Bill to overcome the elements and just make it past the record. He would have continued on but I had to call it when a new storm-front arrived on Sunday morning. The gear was put to the test for sure, but our guy was tested to the limit.” Log on to for the full story, more photos and a video from the record breaking session. SC


Wake Unto Blue Screening at Surfing Heritage Foundation Surfing Heritage Foundation will be showing a special screening of the movie Wake Unto Blue this Saturday, December 4, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Presented with Anna Trent Moore (Anna is big wave legend Buzzy Trent’s daughter and was caretaker and longtime friend of filmmaker Bud Browne), the movie takes the viewer to the birth of big wave surfing in the early 1950s through the shortboard evolution. It is a heart rendering journey that reminds us that some things can never be taught...only remembered. Composed of historical footage taken by the late Bud Browne that has not been seen in years, the film is classic surfing at its best. Also on board for this special evening is a book signing by Anna Trent Moore of Increments of Fear. This is the story of the human endeavor for perfection and the failures intertwined in the journey. Poignant, brutally honest and provocative, it sheds insight into one of surfing’s most intriguing and charismatic characters, Buzzy Trent. Photography is again provided by the late Bud Browne. Come early at 6:30 p.m. to see the Surfing Heritage Foundation’s archives. All ages are welcome. Admission is $10. For tickets call 949.388.0310 ext. 0. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets in advance UPCOMING EVENTS December 4-5: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 5, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty December 4: SSS Orange County Middle and High School Event No. 2, San Clemente, Pier December 18-19: NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 7, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef January 8: SSS Orange County Middle and High School Event No. 3, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street January 8-9: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 6, San Clemente, Pier January 15-16: NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Event No.5, Encinitas, D Street SC Times online video show Log on to each week for a new BoardShorts video. This week’s we feature hightlights from Surfing America Prime Event No. 4 held on November 13-14 at Salt Creek Beach. Please note: BoardShorts videos can be purchased through videographer Rob Elseewi for $10 per segment. Send an email to or call 949.701.5711.

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