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New Regulations for Fishing the Coast

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Volume 5, Issue 51

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Brio Tuscany Grille

The Melting Pot

Bring in the New Year in style with the finest in food, dancing and live entertainment. Dress to impress!! Regular menu from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the gala party starts at 8:30 p.m. Reservations is a must. Call 949.443.1476.

Dinner, Entertainment and Dancing. Join us for a four-course dinner, champagne toast and tableside entertainment for only $49.50 per person. Teen and child pricing available. Head over to our bar for live music and dancing from 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

24050 Camino Del Avion # B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,

647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.1966,

The Next Door NYE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Hey neighbor! Join us for a three-course dinner, champagne toast and live music and tableside entertainment for only $35 per person. Live music & dancing from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. 647 Camino de los Mares #126, San Clemente, 949.940.8845,

Sundried Tomato Sundried Tomato - an American Bistro will be offering a three-course $50 menu as well as an ala carte menu. Entree choices include rack of lamb, grilled stuffed jumbo shrimp and filet mignon just to mention a few. Dancing and DJ from 10 p.m.-close. Champagne toast at midnight. 821 Via Suerte, San Clemente. Located in Talega. Call for reservations 949.388.5757.

Café Mimosa Come celebrate at Café Mimosa on New Year’s Eve! A special menu which includes a fourcourse meal, and champagne for $65 per person (tax and gratuity not included). 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Call today 949.481.6780. 245 Ave. Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.481.6780,

The Coach House Concert Hall Rock’n New Year’s Eve at The Coach House featuring The Tubes. The Tubes are a San Francisco-based rock band, with hits such as “White Punks on Dope, “Don’t Want to Wait Anymore”, and a number 10 (USA) hit “She’s a Beauty.” Doors open at 6 p.m. and concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar Ring in the New Year at Fisherman’s New Year’s Eve Party December 31, 2010! D.J. and dancing from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. in the bar! Also featuring a five course meal in our dining room. Reserve your 9 p.m. dinner seating which includes party favors and complimentary champagne toast at midnight! $69.95 per person. $50.00 deposit required. See manager for details. Limited reservations between 4 p.m.-8 p.m. 611 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.6390,

Stella’s Serious Italian Celebrate New Year’s at Stella’s. Chef Marco has created a tantalizing four-course menu, choose from five delicious entrees. Entertaining will be Sax Appeal, featuring Gary King, OC’s finest sax player. We will be serving our bar menu all evening in the lounge. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., three-course dinner from $55. Seating from 6 p.m., four-course dinner $75-$85. More info and menu on our website at 17 Monarch Bay Plaza, Monarch Beach, 949.234.1679

Carbonara’s Trattoria Join the Carbonara Family and end the New Year right! Great food with great people! Order your favorite off the menu or enjoy one of our New Year’s specials like Cioppino with fresh lobster. Please call for reservations 949.366.1040. Happy Holidays from The Carbonara Family. 111 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.1040,

Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot Ring in the New Year early at Sarducci’s! Besides our regular menu, we will be serving two specials; Filet and Crab Stuffed Shrimp for $36.95 and Stuffed Jumbo Tiger Shrimp for $22.95. Come eat before you party! Dinner hours from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. New Year’s Eve. 26701 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.9593,

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SC S a n C le m e n te

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Want to be the City Manager in San Juan Capistrano? Applications are due by February 7. The job will pay $190,000 to $225,000. Dave Adams made $145,000 in salary and $66,500 in benefits when he left the position 18 months ago. Since then, Joe Tait has served in the City Manager and Utilities Director positions simultaneously. He drew salaries totaling $324,000, but said he was saving the city money because he did not take retirement or other benefits. The job posting says applicants should have a minimum of 10 years experience in municipal management. It also says candidates should have a “can do” attitude, help the council reach a consensus and has “the ability to market the city as a destination” among other qualities. Those interested can see the posting at



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

A small mudslide was reported on the stretch of Coast Highway between Palisades Drive and Camino Capistrano in Capistrano Beach on Monday, December 20. Mud and debris slid down the bluff face and on to the highway. According to Dana Point Director of Public Works Brad Fowler, the slide was reported at around 6 a.m. and the cleanup required the closure of the northbound lane until 9:15 a.m. Another smaller slide was discovered around noon the same day, but the K-rail successfully contained the material preventing it from reaching the roadway. “We will continue to monitor the roadway hourly to make sure that it remains clear of debris during this storm period,” said Fowler. “With this concentration of rain and the supersaturation it is expected to cause, it wouldn’t be surprising to see some additional slide activity.”

San Clemente’s Top 5 Hottest Topics

What’s Up With... 1

…New Fishing Regulations?

THE LATEST: The California Fish and Game Commission (FGC) on Wednesday voted 3-2 to adopt a network of marine protected areas (MPAs) that will stretch from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border. These protected areas will join the existing system of MPAs that dot the coast from Santa Barbara to Mendocino, forming part of the statewide system of underwater parks called for in California’s visionary ocean conservation law, the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA), adopted with bipartisan support in 1999. The FGC voted in favor of the Integrated Preferred Alternative (IPA), a compromise plan that combines MPA proposals from fishermen, divers, conservationists and scientists. Supporters contend a “healthy” ocean and the recreational uses it supports are a major economic engine for California. A recent study showed over 90 percent of coastal recreation in southern California is non-consumptive. California’s coast and ocean generate $22 billion in revenue and over 350,000 jobs each year. This compromise IPA plan will protect sea life and habitats at biodiversity hot spots while leaving nearly 90 percent of the coast open for fishing. But not everybody is happy. We are disappointed about the outcome of the MLPA closure areas that were adopted on Wednesday,” said Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching General Manager Donna Kalez. “It remains to be seen how much of a detrimental effect it will have on our business, and the sportfishing industry as a whole, if implemented.” WHAT’S NEXT: It is expected to be at least April before any closures go into effect. FIND OUT MORE: For more information can be found at and www. —Jonathan Volzke


…More School Days?

THE LATEST: Two days of instruction have

been restored in the 2010-2011 school calendar, Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Joe Farley announced. The days were to be non-working furlough days for district employees, but were restored according to negotiated agreements with employee associations as the district gained money from the federal government. The reinstated days will be Thursday, February 17 and Friday, May 27. WHAT’S NEXT: District officials urged parents to support this calendar change by making sure students attend school on both of the reinstated days, which were originally scheduled around President’s Day and Memorial Day. Any financial gains are temporary, though: The district is facing an anticipated budget shortfall of more than $20 million in coming years. FIND OUT MORE: See the Beyond the Blackboard blog at —JV


…Improvements at SONGS?

THE LATEST: The safety culture at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is improving, officials said at a December 14 meeting, even as the plant reported an incident at the power plant. A 4-foot steel beam, weighing about 40 pounds, was dropped into a pool containing spent fuel rods on Thanksgiving Day, but no damage or injuries occurred, officials said. They also said there was no chance the incident could have caused a radiation release. “From what we have seen so far, it appears the licensee responded to the incident appropriately but we are continuing our review, which will be documented in a forthcoming inspection report that will be publicly available,” Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Victor Dricks said. The incident was unrelated to the installation of new steam generators at the plant, and comes as SONGS has faced increased scrutiny from the NCR on its safety culture and on recognizing and addressing issues quickly. Regulators earlier this month said

the plant was improving in those areas. WHAT’S NEXT: The plant has a new chief, too, in Pete Dietrich, who was brought in weeks ago. “We reported to regulators concrete progress improving plant performance in areas where we have not matched industry standards,” said Southern California Edison Chief Nuclear Officer Pete Dietrich. “But we still have work to do.” FIND OUT MORE: See —JV


…Harkey Appointed to Appropriations Leadership Role?

recurring $20B+ deficits due to overspending and a lack of focus. We can restore the gold to California through responsible steps that reduce spending, reduce our dependence on borrowing, and improve our cash flow position and credit rating.” WHAT’S NEXT: Harkey will continue to serve on the following committees: Banking and Finance, Budget, Budget Sub 5 – Public Safety, PERSS and Revenue and Taxation. FIND OUT MORE: —JV


THE LATEST: Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, who represents San Clemente, will serve as Vice-Chair of the powerful Assembly Appropriations Committee. The announcements come as Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez announced his legislative committee chair and vice chair appointments. “Diane Harkey is one of the taxpayer’s best friends at the State Capitol,” said Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway. “With laser-like focus, she has worked tirelessly to eliminate wasteful and inefficient state spending. As Vice-Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, she will be a vocal proponent for hard-working Californians, reigning in state spending and help our state live within its means again.” Harkey, with a 30-year career in corporate finance and banking in her background, has been selected to be the lead Republican on solvency strategies, charged with crafting fiscally-responsible solutions to address California’s cash flow problems. In this role, she worked closely with Assembly budget staff, the Governor’s Department of Finance, State Controller and the State Treasurer to attempt to develop strategies to protect taxpayers and enhance the future of our Golden State. “I am honored to serve as Vice-Chair and will ensure that this committee takes concrete steps to reign in discretionary spending,” Harkey said in a statement. “We must begin to set priorities, as we are battling

…Holiday Light Winners?

THE LATEST: Kristi and Jimmy Stewart of 12 Albergar, off Pico and Calle Del Cerro, are the grand-prize winners of the Chamber of Commerce Holiday Decorating Contest. The Stewart’s yard is filled with animated characters that include Santa, a huge Rudolph and even an elephant. Kristi said it takes Jim about four days to create the display, which even attracted a couple with a newborn the other night to take the baby’s first holiday photos. “We almost didn’t do it this year because of finances,” Kristi said. “So the fact that we did it and won the grand prize is neat.” The couple has two children, Zachary, 5, and Kaitlin Rodriguez, a freshman at San Clemente High. “Jim does it for the children, but he enjoys making them happy,” she said. The couple won a $100 gift card to Nick’s restaurant. Other winners include a tie for Traditional with Fred and Dee Dalessi at 2104 Via Viejo and Patrick Igoe at 4425 Mar Escarpa. In the Humorous category, the Foy Family’s “Festi fall” at 42 Via Ceramica was honored. In the business division, the Grand Prize went to the San Clemente Inn at 2600 Ave. Del Presidente. WHAT’S NEXT: Kristi Stewart said her family’s display stays up until New Years. FIND OUT MORE: Go see the houses! For information about the chamber, see www.


December 23–29, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 3

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News Bites

—Compiled by Jonathan Volzke

P r ops , Reco g nitions and M o r sels of I nfo

The Spanish Village Foundation, a group “dedicated to reinforcing all that is good about San Clemente,” on Friday honored longtime San Clemente High School auto academy teacher Robert McCarroll. A group of school officials joined Spanish Village leaders Mike Cotter and John Alpay, also a Capistrano Unified School District trustee, Capistrano Unified School District Trustees Gary Pritchard and Sue Palazzo, in surprising McCarrol in his teacher Robert McCarroll, CUSD Trustee John Alpay, also a board member on the Spanish Village Foundation, Spanish Village Foundation President Mike Cotter classroom on Friday. and San Clemente High Principal George Duarte during Friday’s presentation. McCarroll taught the Photo by Jonathan Volzke nationally recognized auto academy classes for 35 years. He has returned out of retirement to keep the program strong until a replacement is hired. “The mission of the Foundation is to recognize, celebrate and promote the positive aspects of San Clemente,” Cotter, the group’s president read to McCarroll from the proclamation. “The foundation would like to take this opportunity to recognize one of San Clemente’s most positive and wonderful people.” “I love San Clemente. It’s been so good to us over the years,” McCarroll said. “I wish I had another 25 years to give to these students and this community.” For more information about the foundation, see


The Heritage of San Clemente Foundation has donated the Western White House Model to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda. The model was built in 1999 by local model maker, Malcolm Wilson. It is an exact replica of the Western White House when President Nixon lived there and is complete with small models of Nixon, his family and Secret Service agents. The model was exhibited at the Heritage Museum on North El Camino Real, moved to the San Clemente Library lobby and then moved to the SunWest Lobby in 2005. The donation to the Nixon Library gives it a permanent home where it can be viewed by thousands of visitors each year and is a fitting place for it to be exhibited. The model is currently placed in the main hallway leading to the Nixon Exhibit. u

City and Community Calendar Thursday, Dec 23 Seniors’ Christmas Eve and Birthday Party 12 p.m. Celebrate Christmas and December birthdays at the Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

Shoreline Church Christmas Services 5 p.m. Special service at The Shoreline Church; also on Dec. 24 there’s a 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. service. 1062 Calle Negocio, 949.369.7283,

Friday, Dec 24 City Offices Closed San Clemente City offices will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 24 through the following week.

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p.m. Special family services with childcare provided for 4 years and under. 9:30 p.m.; 11 p.m. Candlelight services with communion. 119 N. Avenida de la Estrella, 949.492.6158,

St. Clement’s By The Sea

4 p.m. Family Eucharist and Children’s Pageant; 6 p.m. Sung Eucharist with Carols; 8 p.m. Spanish Eucharist; 10:30 p.m. Vigil with music; 11 p.m. Solemn Sung Eucharist. 202 Avenida Aragon, 949.492.3401,

Our Savior’s Church Worship 4:30 p.m.; 6:30 p.m.; 11 p.m. Three Christmas Eve services at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. 200 Avenida San Pablo, 949.492.6164,

Our Lady Fatima Christmas Mass 4 p.m.; 6 p.m.; 8 p.m.; 10 p.m. Special mass services at Our Lady Fatima Church (6 p.m. children’s emphasis, 8 p.m. in Spanish). 105 N La Esperanza, 949.492.4101,

Pacific Coast Church 1:30 p.m.; 3 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. Three holiday services at Pacific Coast Church. 2651 Calle Frontera, 949.940.2600,

services at Heritage Christian Fellowship. 190 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, 949.361.1022,

Babies born throughout December at Mission Hospital will go home in fuzzy red Christmas stockings, as the medical center continues a tradition launched in the 1970s. That means Preston and Tina Masichuk of San Clemente brought home little Maximus wrapped in a warm stocking. Maximus, the couple’s second child, was born on Monday, December 13 at 9:04 p.m. Their daughter, Heidi, is 2. Preston Masichuk is a Camp Pendleton-based Marine. Mission delivers more than 3,000 babies annually.


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Saturday, Dec 25

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San Clemente’s Masichuk family: Mom Tina, dad Preston and baby Maximus. Courtesy photo

Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more.

San Clemente Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Services 4 p.m.; 5:30

Heritage Christian Fellowship Services 3:30 p.m.; 5 p.m. Two candlelight

In an effort to help spread holiday cheer to the women and children served by Laura’s House, a non-profit organization whose mission is to change the social beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse, Comfortable Sleep & Home in San Clemente is offering its customers a “Stressless” holiday shopping experience. Up until January 17, Comfortable Sleep & Home will give its customers $200 off the purchase price of a Stressless brand recliner from Ekornes, Inc. when they donate a minimum of $50 to Laura’s House. “For us, it is the perfect way to pay it forward by helping others, while also giving yourself or someone you love the gift of ultimate comfort this season,” store owner Gina Rezatto said in the offer’s announcement. “Our customers are very enthusiastic about Laura’s House and the services that they provide for families in Orange County that are impacted by domestic violence. It is our sincere pleasure to support Laura’s House again this year.” “We are excited that Comfortable Sleep & Home has chosen to make Laura’s House the beneficiary of its holiday promotion this year,” said Margaret Bayston, CEO and Executive Director, Laura’s House. “The support we receive from local businesses is very impactful for our organization, and not only helps us raise the much needed fund that support the programs and services we provide, but it is also instrumental in building greater awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence in our community.” Comfortable Sleep is at 415 Avenida Pico. See For information about the shelter, see


Kids Holiday Crafts

12 p.m. Holy Eucharist for Christmas Day. 202 Avenida Aragon, 949.492.3401,

12 p.m.-2 p.m. The Mission offers holiday crafts for kids including doll making and toy decorating Dec 27-29. Free with paid admission, $5$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,

Our Lady Fatima Christmas Mass

German Speaking Group

9 a.m.; 11 a.m. Special mass services at Our Lady Fatima Catholic Church. 105 N La Esperanza, 949.492.4101,

Sunday, Dec 26

Tuesday, Dec 28 Toastmasters

Plant & Mistletoe Walk 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday morning walk through the wild lands at The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy searching for seasonal fruits and more. Adults $10, kids $5, members free. Info and directions: 949.489.9778,

St. Andrew’s Church Special Service & Brunch 10 a.m. Special service followed by family brunch at St. Andrew’s Church. 2001 Calle Frontera, 949) 492-2537,

Monday, Dec 27

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

7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at the library, 242 Ave. Del Mar, 949.361.8463,

Wednesday, Dec 29 French Conversation Club 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Come and chat at Café Calypso every Wednesday; no fees, no registration. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.493.5228.

Thursday, Dec 30 Seniors’ New Year’s Eve Party

Winter Recess Capo Unified schools continue their break for the next week. School resumes Jan. 3.

12 p.m. Celebrate the New Year with entertainment and more at the Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322, December 23–29, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 5

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2010 in San Clemente: The Year in Review By Jonathan Volzke San Clemente Times


lection years are always crazy, but the news—important, interesting and sometimes just quirky, was steady throughout 2010 in San Clemente. Some issues never seemed to leave the headlines, such as the school district and Playa Del Norte, but there was plenty of other happenings and events to keep everyone engaged. Here’s a review of stories from the past year. For more details on any of them, see Feel free to share your thoughts about the news of 2010 online, too.

January DOG KILLED: The year began with a strange tragedy, as Julie Donnelley is accosted as she took her 5-year-old miniature Schnauzer on an early-morning walk along Calle Del Cerro on January 6. As Donnelley walked to meet a friend, a man approached her in an aggressive manner about 6 a.m. and began ranting at her. As the little dog leaped to Donnelley’s defense, the man grabbed the 15-pound dog and began slamming it into the pavement. The dog was killed. Donnelley screamed for help, and others began to appear. The man challenged them to fight before he ran off. Bayron Reyes-Lopez, 28, was arrested after running to the Rancho San Clemente Tennis and Fitness Club, where he took off his clothes and doused himself with coffee. NO TOLLROAD ROUTES: The City Council in January unanimously passes a resolution condemning any and all toll road routes that would bisect the city in any way. A couple of potential variations of the 241 Foothill-South proposed passing through San Clemente, which the council loudly and clearly opposed. PIGEONS GET A PASS: At the same meeting where members spoke strongly against the toll road, the pier pigeons found some pals: The council decides against a staff recommendation to spend $224,000 to pigeon-proof the pier. Councilman Bob Baker says it was too much money to spend on a minor inconvenience. ALOHA, AL: Beaches, Parks and Recreation Director Al King retires after five years of service to the city. Then-Mayor Jim Dahl credits King with leading the effort that brings a new golfcourse clubhouse, the renovation of Steed Park and more. CUSD HEADLINES: The month ended with an attorney representing two Capistrano Unified School District trustees threatening to sue residents who signed the petition launching a recall against Ken Lopez Maddox and Mike Winsten. The lawyer tells the residents, including San Clemente’s Jim Sigafoos that the letter was improperly worded and they could be liable for fees. The letter is withdrawn, but another is resubmitted.

Work begins on the the downtown Senior Center and Fire Authority Station. Staff photo

SUPER BOWL SCORE: San Clemente’s Matt Gahan, 27, wins $100,000 in a Super Bowl TV ad contest sponsored by His ad features underwearclad office workers portraying “Casual Friday.” SHOW ID, FIDO: The Coastal Animal Services Authority, which provides animal control services in San Clemente and Dana Point, Matt Gahan. Courtesy photo launches a sweep in which staff canvasses neighborhoods looking for unlicensed pets. A dog tag then was $30. REALLY GOOD SHOE: Jordan Reagan, Nicole Amico and Tatum Harvey of Vista del Mar Middle School, collect more than 300 pairs of shoes for the Soles4Souls Foundation. VANISHED: A former San Clemente businessman and his family vanish from their Northern San Diego home. There was some thought Joseph McStay, 40, his wife, Summer, 43 and children Gianni, 4, and Joseph, 3, might have slipped into Mexico, but no solid evidence as to their whereabouts. Relatives still have a website at CYBERBULLIES: San Clemente High School PTA teams with Police Services to host a forum on the prevention of cyberbulling. “We’re one of the first PTA organizations to raise awareness of cyber and phone harassment,” PTA leader Trudy Podobas says. “Everyone these days is looking at social networking, including college admissions officers who often check a students MySpace or Facebook to get information on them.”

March Craig Zacuto with his family and his new 2009 Honda Civic. Courtesy photo

HONDA DOES HELP: San Clemente resident Craig Zacuto, 53, receives a free 2009 Honda Civic from the carmaker during the “Honda Helps” awards. He wins from among 700 applicants, with his charity “Beta Foster Care,” cited as a reason.

February YOU COUNT: Census officials appear at council meetings and launch public-awareness campaign to get San Clemente residents to participate in the national 2010 count. The Census is important to the community for decisions ranging from the city’s representation in Washington to how much federal money it can receive. Page 6 • San Clemente Times • December 23–29, 2010

IMMIGRANT DEATH: The family of an illegal immigrant who died in the custody of the US Border Patrol sues the government, alleging Tomas Sanchez Orzuna, 36, died as a result of Border Patrol agents’ use of pepper spray after they took him into custody in San Clemente. NAVY SAYS ‘NO’: The Transportation Corridor Agency proposes a new route for the Foothill South Transportation Corridor that would see the road move further east into Camp Pendleton. That would avoid San Onofre State Park and lessen the impact on San Mateo Creek, but the Navy refuses to get onboard, saying it would interfere with operations at the Marine Base. STAR PUPIL: Ian Christener picks up a La Jolla Beach Cruiser after winning a drawing for students who had perfect attendance for the semester at San Clemente High. The bike is donated by Mr. Pete’s Burgers.

TEACHER PAY: An independent mediator agreed to by Capistrano Unified School District Trustees and teachers recommends a shorter school year, more students per class and a 1 percent pay cut. Trustees don’t like the idea. IMMIGRANTS SNARED: U.S. Border Patrol agents find 24 Mexican nationals hiding in the brush near Trestles Surf Beach. Park Rangers had spotted an empty panga boat and alerted the feds. DEWEY TURNS GOLDEN: Dewey Weber Surfboards turns 50. The San Clemente company gained fame when a character wore a Dewey Weber T-shirt in the 1973 classic “American Graffiti.” BERG HONORED: Max Berg, a former San Clemente City Clerk, is surprised by more than 150 family, friends and community leaders at a party celebrating his 85th birthday. HEIDER HIRED: Sharon Heider, who previously worked in Irvine, San Juan Capistrano and Palm Springs, is hired as the new Beaches, Parks and Recreation Director. GROUNDBREAKING: Construction begins on the downtown Senior Center and Fire Authority Station, although the $4.3 million project will stall again when the builder goes bankrupt. PAY CUT: CUSD Trustees impose what amounts to a 3.7 percent pay cut on teachers in front of a crowd that filled the boardroom and flowed into the outdoor plaza.

APRIL SAN CLEMENTE SHAKES: No damage is reported as a 7.2magnitude temblor near the Mexican border shakes things up a bit. STUDENT SUPPORT: Nearly 3,900 students skip a day of school in an Internet-organized “walkout” to support teachers unhappy with their imposed contract. NO FLIP-FLOPPING: SC-based Rainbow Sandals designs a San Clemente High School sandal it will sell to support the SC Education Foundation. NO VACATION: The city lets those who offer vacation rentals are subject to a 10 percent tourist Courtesy photo tax. The city estimates it’s losing about $45,000 a year on the rentals. TEACHERS STRIKE: Teachers launch a five-day strike in Capistrano Unified over the imposed contract, spending the time picketing on streets near schools and at major intersections. When it ends, both sides claim victory. BUTT OUT: An anti-smoking poster by San Clemente High student Alexandra Gerrain is honored in the “Tobacco and (Cont. on page 8)

Eye on SC (Cont. from page 6) Hollywood” contest. She presented her poster at Krikorian in town.

MAY SUPER HIRE: CUSD Trustees hire Dr. Joseph Farley to lead the district as superintendent. He’d been at Anaheim Union High School District. The choice is widely applauded. CHAMBER HONORED: The US Chamber of Commerce gives the SC Chamber a 5-star ranking, putting it in the nation’s top 1 percent. BE PREPARED: The city announces the first Community Emergency Response Team training for residents. WATER WORKS: Several agencies, including San Clemente, hoping to tap the ocean for drinking water, launch a test project at Doheny State Beach. PARK PASSES: The City Council unanimously approves construction for the $23 million La Pata/Vista Hermosa park, and a 142,000-square-foot Target across the street that will help pay for it. RECALL ROLLS: Petitions with 65,000 signatures of registered voters are filed in support of a recall attempt against CUSD Trustees Mike Winsten and Ken Lopez Maddox. MARINE MOURNED: Kenneth B. May Jr., 26, is killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. STUDENT SUICIDE: A 15-year-old SCHS student kills himself in his home, the third SCHS student to intentionally shoot himself in the last year.

JUNE YELLOW FLAG: San Clemente resident James Neal, 56, a former NASCAR racer, is arrested on rape allegations hours after he was released from jail for leading authorities on a high-speed chase. GOOD NOTE: SC resident Ruth McKeown is honored for 25 years of service to the Capistrano Philharmonic Committee as “Volunteer of the Year.” NO SALE: The OC District Attorney announces Blair Christopher Hanloh, 46, of Long Beach faces felonies after renting out homes in San Clemente and other cities. The problem: He didn’t own the houses but would find them in foreclosure, file illegal quitclaims and change the locks. CRIME STOPPERS: San Clemente Police Services releases its annual report, showing a decrease in every crime category it tracks. Traffic citations were up, though. ART IN EYE 6/17 GOOD GOING, GRADS: SCHS graduates about 750 seniors.

July VOCAL APPOINTMENT: The San Clemente Choral Society hires Stephen Sturk as its Artistic Director. WELL PLAYED: SC’s Brad Parks is inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. He’s the pioneer of wheelchair tennis. GIDDYUP: The City Council approves satellite wagering on horse races at the OC Tavern at the south end of town. Eighteen residents support the plan, two oppose it. WATER WOES: The council raises water rates 12.6 percent, effective in August. PLAYA DEL NORTE: After an emotional special hearing, a split City Council gives the go-ahead to the Playa Del Norte commercial development. Residents later qualify a referendum against it, with an election set in March.

AP classes, is among the examples cited as the ACLU sues the state, contending free educations really aren’t free. Forty school districts are included in the suit. INFAMOUS HOUSE: The home at 31 Campanilla, where five people were found dead in an apparently murder-suicide, receives multiple offers on the market.

OCTOBER SOLAR FLARE UP: City officials say they’ll rethink policies on solar panels after residents complain about their potential use at the Vista Hermosa sports park, and residents complain about a large solar project at San Clemente Villas by the Sea. The park panels are redesigned.

August WINNER!: The historic San Clemente Casino celebrates 75 years with an open house of the newly renovated building. PAYDAY: A scandal in Bell brings scrutiny to city salaries everywhere. San Clemente posts City Manager George Scarborough’s salary— City Manager Salary $16,951/ month, Deferred Compensation $1,417/month—online. COACH CONVICTED: Former youth-sports coach Cameron Baca is convicted of molesting three boys after befriending their families. YOUTH LEADER: SC resident Bill Cole is tapped as president of the Capistrano Valley Boys & Girls Clubs. NICKELS AND DIMES: The cost of parking at the beach goes up 50 cents, to $1.50 in the metered lots. TALL ORDER: San Clemente dentist Dr. Eric Johnson is in the news when he agrees to perform free dental work on Sultan Kosen, the Guinness book’s tallest man, at 8 feet, 1 inch tall. PEDAL POWER: The SC Criterium attracts amateurs and professionals to a bicycling race on La Pata and nearby streets. HERO HONORED: A scholarship is set for SC’s Lance Corporal Donald J. Hogan, who was killed in action in Afghanistan. See TEAM SPIRIT: CUSD officials ask Walmart to pull unauthorized clothing with the Triton logo.

September FEE FLAP: San Clemente High School fees, for books in

Dr. Rick Bogart. Staff photo

SCHOOL’S OUT: Dr. Rick Bogart retires after 40 years with the Regional Occupation Program, including a dozen at the helm. ROYALTY: Gabe Henderson is King and Brooke Beard is Queen of the SCHS Homecoming. PRIVATE FLAP: A resident asks the District Attorney to investigate whether a city councilman leaked information from a closed session about the Playa Del Norte project. The DA is ultimately asked to investigate the whole deal.

November THE FINISH LINE: Lori Donchak is re-elected and challengers Tim Brown and Jim Evert gain seats in the City Council election. Joe Anderson lost his bid for re-election. In the school board race, Mike Winsten and Ken Lopez Maddox are recalled, and John Alpay, Lynne Hatton, Gary Pritchard join incumbents Ellen Addonizio and Anna Bryson as winning candidates. Alpay, Hatton and Pritchard were part of a slate to overturn the incumbent control. BUSTED: Agents from the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as other agencies including NCIS, raid a San Clemente home and seize weapons. The resident is arrested, allegedly part of a plot to sell stolen assault rifles to gang members. BUSTED, TOO: A former San Clemente man living in Kansas is arrested on charges he killed his wife while living here in 1994. Paul Marshal Curry allegedly poisoned Linda Curry to collect insurance. TRADING PLACES: After 25 years in business, Rick Skillman, the owner of the popular Rib Trader on South El Camino Real announces he’s closing. Ralphs applies to rebuild its store in the center.


A rendering showing what North Beach may look like after the Playa Del Norte project is completed. Courtesy rendering

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MRS. SAN CLEMENTE: Friends and community leaders turn out for the 99th birthday of Bertha Henry Thomas. She brought palm trees to the town’s main drag and convinced early leaders to keep control of the beaches. RAIL GRINCH: Los Angeles Metrolink operators announce the popular lighted holiday train, which made two stops in SC in years past, won’t be stopping this year. The economy is the Grinch. GROUNDBREAKING: Officials break ground on a $394 million Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton. SC

Eye on SC

Best of the 2010 Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By SCT Staff

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.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Estacion, 1700 Block (Tuesday, January 5, 8:31 p.m.) A woman looked outside her window and saw a man pleasuring himself on her family’s swing set. Then the man moved between two tables by her bathroom and hid under a maroon blanket. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Pico, 100 Block (Monday, January 25, 2:46 p.m.) A man called authorities when he found a bag of bones next to a snack bar. WELFARE CHECK 0 Block, Gema (Sunday, January 31, 9:06 p.m.) The operator at a cable company was surprised when a drunken customer called irate that he lost some e-mails from his girlfriend. During the conversation with the customer the man threatened to kill himself if he could not get the e-mails and cancel his cable service for good. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 600 Block (Monday, February 8, 11:23 a.m.) A woman walked into a bank and asked for change for a $100 bill. When the teller refused she answered, “what if I came back with a gun,” and left. She headed towards another bank and when authorities were called in. No gun was found. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Calle Heraldo, 2800 Block (Tuesday, February 23, 2:11 a.m.) An informant called authorities when a lifted Ford truck would pass by their house and honk its horn incessantly. The problem is ongoing according to a sheriff’s report. BATTERY Avenida Montalvo, 200 Block (Sunday, February 27,10:35 p.m.) After a night around town two female friends got into a taxi to go home. During the ride they got into an

argument and a brawl ensued in the back seat of the cab. The driver slammed his breaks and kept the women locked in the cab while calling the cops. When deputies arrived they arrested one of the women and charged her with battery.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (Sunday, July 10, 1:15 p.m.) A caller said she found child pornography on her husband’s laptop, which is now in her possession.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (Monday, March 22, 5:01 p.m.) A group of drunken males played a friendly game of Frisbee until things got heated with a couple that walked by. One of the men threw the Frisbee intentionally at the female and hit her in the face. An argument ensued and authorities were called in. No injuries were reported.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Serra, 200 Block (Friday, July 23, 11:58 p.m.) The caller said she accidently sent an erotic image to her ex-boyfriend who lives next door. Her ex-boyfriend’s wife called the caller and was being verbally hostile and scaring the caller. The ex-boyfriend’s wife has a collection of swords and was an affiliate of people who had previously assaulted the caller.

DISTURBANCE Trafalgar Lane, 100 Block (Tuesday, March 23, 3:40 a.m.) A couple got into a scuffle and the male half ran outside. While he was outside he stripped his clothes off and began to run around the neighborhood. According to a sheriff’s report, the husband “would not come back to bed.” DISTURBANCE Domador/Camino Vera Cruz (Sunday, March 28, 1:58 p.m.) A man was enjoying a sunny afternoon by the pool until he was disrupted by a group of juveniles who threw water balloons at him. He called deputies and had them track down the juveniles. Once found, they talked to their father who “admonished” them according to a sheriff’s report. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES South El Camino Real/Avenida San Dimas (Sunday, April 18, 10:07 p.m.) A female was reportedly walking by a surf shop and screaming at the bus stop. The caller reported it seemed the woman had more of a “mental issue” than anything else—it did not seem she was trying to disturb the piece. PETTY THEFT REPORT Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (Sunday, April 18, 2:31 a.m.) An informant called saying there was a plot to steal a white Toyota Camry. No other information was given. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Del Rio/Camino De Los Mares (Sunday, April 25, 11:30 p.m.) A person dressed in a gorilla suit was seen jumping in front of passing vehicles. DISTURBANCE Avenida Pico, 500 Block (Saturday, May 15, 3:20 p.m.) Three men were reportedly holding up offensive signs regarding the president and refusing to leave. The men were standing in front of the post office and bothering customers. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 600 Block (Friday, June 11, 3:21 p.m.) Authorities were called after a woman at a store tried to strangle another female customer while she was in the checkout line. The woman left the store and was taken into custody by authorities shortly after. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Avenida Pico, 900 Block (Thursday, June 17, 9:02 p.m.) Deputies were contacted when a bear cub was seen running from a dumpster behind a restaurant and down a public jogging path.

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DISTURBANCE Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (Friday, July 23, 4:44 p.m.) A 14-year-old boy was becoming aggressive with people who refused to buy his candy. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Vista Montana, 200 Block (Thursday, July 29, 9:56 p.m.) The caller saw a flashlight beam shine into her apartment. She knew of another tenant who watched people through binoculars. DISTURBANCE Avenida Montalvo, 200 Block (Sunday, August 22, 10:30 a.m.) The caller’s neighbor was calling her names and scaring her because the caller yelled at his dog for pooping by her bedroom window. SUSPICIOUS PERSON El Camino Real, 100 Block (Friday, August 27, 12:41 a.m.) A caller complained that he was wrongfully accused of a fight in a bar that resulted in him being thrown out. He said he was detained and questioned by undercover investigators wearing polo shirts. The caller’s wallet was stolen and because he didn’t have his driver’s license, his friend that drove him to the bar left because the caller’s friend doesn’t like confrontations. DISTURBANCE Via Huesca, 0 Block (Tuesday, September 14, 3:37 p.m.) The caller said a solicitor entered her garage and began flirting with her. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE South Ola Vista/ Avenida de Los Lobos Marinos (Sunday, September 19, 7:50 p.m.) Caller reported a severed cat’s head surrounded by a floral arrangement at the intersection. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (Wednesday, September 22, 10:52 a.m.) Caller said her husband used her car in a crime last night. Deputies were at her house but at the time she did not want to file a report but now she has changed her mind. DISTURBANCE – MECHANICAL Avenida Granada, 200 Block (Tuesday, September 28, 8:01 a.m.) Authorities were contacted in the morning when construction workers nearby were singing too loudly. CITIZEN ASSIST El Camino Real, 700 Block (9:00 p.m.) There was a puddle of gas near one of

the stalls at a gas station, and the gas station attendant has not responded to cleaning it up. The caller is afraid that someone might smoke a cigarette and it will ignite the puddle and cause all the pumps to explode. FOLLOW UP REPORT Avenida Acapulco, 800 Block (Friday, October 1, 9:04 p.m.) A woman contacted the deputies because she saw various items that had been stolen from her for sale on Craigslist. CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Puente, 800 Block (Tuesday, October 5, 2:46 p.m.) A caller wanted a deputy to come out and explain to him why he received a ticket for being parked in an intersection when in fact he is not parked in the intersection. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Lobeiro, 200 Block (Thursday, October 20, 9 p.m.) Authorities were contacted because there were a boy and girl on the left side of the skate park twirling batons with flames on the end. It was thought the park could be caught on fire. CITIZEN ASSIST Canada, 100 Block (Monday, November 1, 9:53 a.m.) A man who keeps getting parking tickets wanted to show deputies where he parks, because he thinks it’s legal. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Aragon, 100 Block (Thursday, November 4, 11:17 a.m.) A caller contacted the deputies to report a phone call she received from a man who said he would be coming over in the afternoon with his lawyer to give her a large amount of money. All they would need is $400 for taxes, and he asked if she would be home alone. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Valencia, 200 Block (Saturday, November 6, 3:48 p.m.) Reportedly, three juveniles are going around the neighborhood with an empty cardboard TV box. They set the box on a neighbor’s porch, and one of the juveniles climbs into the box dressed as a clown. When the resident opens the door, the clown pops out and scares the homeowner. DISTURBANCE Avenida Pico, 900 Block (Tuesday, November 9, 12:07 a.m.) Police were contacted because a man was very upset and aggressive when he couldn’t buy a videogame that was being released that night because the store had already closed. DISTURBANCE Avenida Vista Montana, 200 Block (Friday, November 12, 8:25 p.m.) A woman let her ex-boyfriend stay for a few days and he wouldn’t leave. PETTY THEFT Avenida Pico, 900 Block (Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m.) A store employee dropped his wallet and a couple picked it up. They took $120 out of it, he reported. CITIZEN ASSIST Via Belleza, 0 Block (Sunday, December 5, 11:35 a.m.) A woman complained someone put her lawn decorations—deer—in a sexual position. She wanted to file a report but was told it wasn’t a crime.


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GUEST OPINION: By Pall Gudgeirsson

City Highlights of the Year… The Best of 2010 “So this is Christmas, And what have you done, Another year over, And a new one just begun…” —John Lennon

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t’s December, another year over (wow, did that go by fast!), and time for the second annual City Highlights of the Year column, featuring key City projects and initiatives intended to improve the quality of life in our Santa’s Village by the Sea. From a fiscal standpoint, 2010 was another “taxing” year but, through the resourcefulness of our City employees and the many Pall Gudgeirsson citizens who serve our community, we managed to make the most of our limited resources as we zeroed in on the City’s top priorities. So, without further ado, here is my version of The Best of 2010…in no particular order: 1. Communication & Technology: 2010 has provided vast technological enhancements especially with the City’s Website featuring a new streamlined look, Mobile/Smart Phone “tags” for mobile access to Council agendas, “Live” video streaming of City Council meetings, and an enhanced Geographic Information System. Silicon Valley meet San Clemente IT! 2. Fun on the Run: In a State-wide competition, the City was awarded the Governor’s Spotlight Gold Medal for the best park program in the State. This prestigious award recognized the City’s Fun-on-the- Run program, devised to fight childhood obesity. Governor Schwarzenegger personally recognized one of our youngsters by presenting him with a gold medal along with a handshake—a moment to remember for one of our young residents. Also, a check for $10,000 was awarded to help continue the program! 3. Palizada Safe Route to Schools: Grant funds were used to construct sidewalk and street improvements at the I-5 Interchange to provide safer walking access for students and other pedestrians under the freeway. Now, about that freeway entry stop sign… 4. La Pata/Vista Hermosa Park: We are getting closer! This year two pools have been dug (and prematurely filled with water—rain water that is…), building foundations laid, sport fields graded and stately palm trees line the entrance. Best of all, project bids were under budget and we are looking forward to opening the park as early as January 2012. 5. Target: Ka-Ching! One of my “wish list” items from last year was to close the sale of land to Target Corporation in order to have our own Target store by Christmas of 2011. The sale was completed and funds from the sale support the funding of the unnamed park across the street. And don’t forget to submit your name for the new park by January 31st. 6. New City Council: Helping to lead the City into the future will be new City Council members Jim Evert and Tim Brown who are joined by our re-elected Mayor Lori Donchak, and current Council members Jim Dahl and Bob Baker. I personPage 12 • San Clemente Times • December 23–29, 2010

Tim Brown, Jim Evert and Lori Donchak take the oath of office. Photo by Andrea Swayne

ally look forward to working with the City Council as we shift from the holiday season to the financial planning and budget season. 7. Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership: The Police Services GRIP program identifies and prevents youthat-risk from becoming involved in gangs and provides mentors and alternatives to keep them on the right path. This successful program is an example of true community collaboration. 8. Traffic Signal Synchronization: Much appreciated by those of us who travel on Los Mares from El Molino to Vaquero and on Pico from the High School to Del Cerro, traffic signals were synchronized to smooth the flow of traffic through intersections. Commuters are thankful. 9. Economic Stimulus: A Federal Stimulus Grant of $500,000 plus City funds paid for the $4.5 million rehabilitation of Ola Vista from Palizada to Calafia, a total of two miles of road improvements. It was tough to get around town for a while but well worth the effort…great job Engineering! 10. General Plan: Scheduled for adoption in early 2012, the development of the City’s new General Plan is well underway with the 25-member General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) leading the way with City staff. Join the GPAC at one of its public meetings and stay tuned for future public workshops! Lots of info also available on the

City’s web site. Honorable Mention: Many projects deserve honorable mention this year including increasing water conservation and reducing water consumption by customers by 15 percent; starting a pilot food waste diversion program with certain local restaurants; the conversion of unused turf areas to more drought tolerant plantings are underway at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course; the rental of City office space which not only helps the City’s finances but keeps jobs in San Clemente; and last but not least, producing a balanced budget for the 2011 fiscal year! As we look forward to what 2011 will bring us, here is wishing all of you what John Lennon recorded in 1971… A very merry Christmas And a happy New Year Let’s hope it’s a good one… And, of course, a Gledileg Jol to all you Yule Lads and Lasses! (This column is dedicated to the City’s devoted workforce!) ••••• Pall Gudgeirsson is San Clemente’s Assistant City Manager and City Treasurer 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


Go See Do

Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the New Year at San Clemente Historical Society’s 2nd annual “New Year’s Eve under the Dome” at the historic Casino San Clemente. This festive welcome to 2011 will take place from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., on December 31 and event organizers say this year’s party promises one of the most exciting celebrations of the New Year in South Orange County. “The historic Casino is even more beautiful than it was last year,” said Historical Society President Georgette Korsen. “Linda and Shaheen Sadeghi have done a marvelous job of its restoration and the whole venue just shines.” When the Casino first opened in 1937 it immediately became a popular Orange County social hub. The unique round ball room, domed roof and floating dance floor Casino San Clemente. Photo by Andrea Swayne drew crowds of locals, dignitaries and celebrities. The renovation has brought the building back to its original splendor and is once again making for an awe inspiring entertainment venue. The event will feature live music by the band Hot Pursuit, delectable appetizers, a sit-down dinner and dessert bar by San Clemente restaurateur Tony Carbonara. The party is a fundraising event to benefit the Historical Society and will include a silent auction and raffle. Individual tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased by calling 949.493.5561. Attendees are encouraged to order their tickets as soon as possible, as this event sells out quickly! Cocktail attire is requested. For more information, log on to and click on “Events.” —Andrea Swayne


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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

New Year’s Eve at Casino San Clemente

Gray Whale Watching

12 p.m.; 2 p.m. Spend Christmas Eve on the sea searching for gray whales with Dana Wharf. Adults $29, kids $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Piano Bar

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



forecast: partly cloudy • high: 59° low: 42°

Nik & Sam

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live music duo at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

Gypsy Groove

9 p.m. Play pool and throw darts while a DJ spins music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400,

Rod Frias

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

8 p.m.-12 a.m. Talented artist plays at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

Jimmy James Trio

Groove Lounge

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

Trivia Night & Chris Cook

9 p.m. Games followed by live music at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 949.218.0120.

Chris Cram and the Oxymormon one-man band

8 p.m.-12 a.m. Christmas and classic rock with Chris at The Rib Joint. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500.

Food Truck & Fare Thursdays

11 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of gourmet food trucks that changes weekly at the OC Fair & Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,

Hulaville Open Mic Night

9 p.m. Dance while great DJs spin hit music at OC Tavern. Free. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


9 p.m. El Mariachi Restaurant hosts Karaoke Night in English and Spanish every Friday and Saturday. 1925 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.369.5111.

A Christmas Carol

7:30 p.m. Annual holiday production of the classic story at the South Coast Repertory. Shows through Dec. 26; times vary. Tickets $20-$66. 655 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.5555,

Vine Dinner

5 p.m.-10 p.m. Vine hosts a special Christmas Eve dinner. 211 El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9367,

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,


Billy Watson

forecast: partly cloudy • high: 63° low: 46°

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

Annual Christmas Train

5 p.m.-8 p.m. Final day of Irvine Park’s train ride to meet Santa Claus with lots of fun along the way including the magical “Tunnel of Lights.” Tickets $8. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 949.923.2235,



forecast: mostly sunny • high: 65° low: 43°

Brian Young

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 23–29, 2010


Christmas Buffet and Dinner

12 p.m.; 3 p.m. Join the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel for a holiday buffet in the oceanfront Pavilions (12 p.m.-6 p.m.) or dinner at Raya (3 p.m.-9 p.m.). Cost $110 adults, $55 kids. 1 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.2000,

Christmas Day Mass

8 a.m.; 9 a.m.; 11 a.m.; 1 p.m. Multiple Christmas Day services at the Mission Basilica Church. 1 p.m. Mass is in Spanish. 31522 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1360,

CafE Mozart Christmas Dinner

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Special dinner menu at Cafe Mozart for the holiday. 31952 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.0212,

sunday26 forecast: mostly cloudy • high: 62° low: 44°

San Clemente Farmers Market

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

Science of Gingerbread

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Holiday exhibit at the Discovery Science Center with gingerbread fun! Features activities, shows, displays, cookie decorating, workshops and more. Open through Jan. 2. Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,

Holiday Brunch

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Irons in the Fire hosts their legendary brunch with a holiday twist. Cost $22.95 each, includes champagne. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900,

Plant & Mistletoe Walk

9 a.m.-11 a.m. Sunday morning walk through the wild lands at The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy searching for seasonal fruits and more. Adults $10, kids $5, members free. Info and directions: 949.489.9778,

Bluegrass Brunch & Music

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Brunch at The Next Door with lively and harmonious bluegrass music starting at 11 a.m. 647 Camino de los Mares, 949.940.8845,

Signature Safari

View dolphins, whales, sharks and more with Capt Dave’s Dolphin Safari aboard a high-tech catamaran sailboat. Departures daily, call for times. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,

Kids’ Fishing

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


2:30 p.m. Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

Ukulele Nights

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

Danman’s Trio

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

Ryan Heflin

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

Pato Banton

8 p.m. Reggae concert at The Coach House; also with Entropy / Phat Reggae Dub Status. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Andrea Swayne

Chipotle Mexican Grill 32391 Golden Lantern, Suite A, 949.272.5605, BEST KNOWN FOR: Fresh food

MOST POPULAR ITEM: Build-your-own burritos

Since founder Steve Ells started his first restaurant in Denver, Colorado in 1993, Chipotle has enjoyed a loyal following. They even have a page on their website devoted to fan photos, videos and stories from people all over the world. The word fan is, after all, from the word fanatic that refers to someone with intense enthusiasm and devotion for something. Why? Because the food is just that good! The menu is short, but the options are endless. Mix and match fresh ingredients to create delicious burritos, tacos and salads. Choose from high quality meats cooked to tender and juicy perfection—the steak and chicken are marinated and grilled and the pork carnitas and barbacoa shredded beef are seasoned and braised. Then layer on your choice of fajita veggies, black or pinto beans, corn, cilantro-lime rice, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, crisp lettuce and three styles of salsas. For those watching their carb intake, order a burrito bowl—everything that would normally go inside a burrito, but without the tortilla. As Chipotle has grown into a large chain—now a publicly traded stock with over 870 locations—the quality of the food has been carefully maintained. In fact, it’s better. For over a decade now, Chipotle has made it their mission to source sustainably raised food whenever possible—naturally raised chicken and pork, local organic produce and dairy from cows raised without synthetic hormones—and is continually looking for new sources that meet their high standards. The food is served fast, but it definitely is not fast food.

Chipotle Mexican Grill. Photo by Heidi Mefferd

PRICE RANGE: $1.65-$6.63 RESERVATIONS: Not necessary

PAYMENT: Cash, credit card HOURS: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. every day

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” share your thoughts about this week’s restaurant. (Cont. from page 14)

monday27 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 62° low: 43°


10 a.m. Special screening of the movie Little Fockers for parents of infants at San Clemente’s Krikorian theater, tickets $6.75. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469, www.


12 p.m.-2 p.m. The Mission offers holiday crafts for kids including doll making and toy making/decorating Dec 27-29. Free with paid admission, $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,



forecast: few showers • high: 61° low: 45°


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


8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live Hippy Hillbilly Music and food served till 9 p.m. at The Rib Joint. No cover charge. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500.


6 p.m.-9 p.m. Acoustic music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

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




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,

tuesday28 forecast: sunny • high: 63° low: 43°


8 a.m.-5 p.m. Check out the exhibit that examines Lewis and Clark’s remarkable adventure at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Runs through March. Free with admission $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,

CHERYL SILVERSTEIN & JOHN PAUL KEENE 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. The pianist and females vocalist perform holiday tunes and jazz standards at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


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


6 p.m. Bring your craft or knitting project and discuss the book Emma by Jane Austen with group members at the San Juan Capistrano Library. Refreshments provided, book copies at checkout desk. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,

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9:30 p.m. Your chance to sing live at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Regular hit group at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.renaissance-danapoint. com.


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


7 p.m. Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

UPCOMING: December 31


8 p.m. New Year’s Eve bash with party favors, dancing, music and much more at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


7 p.m.-2 a.m. All-new OC Fair NYE party featuring demolition derby, gourmet food trucks, Hypnotist Mark Yuzuik and tribute bands covering several decades of music. Tickets start at $25. Parking $10. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,

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Yard Dogs Road Show Stops at The Coach House


he Yard Dogs Road Show is a hobo cabaret, a living patchwork of vaudeville and rock and roll. In the enchanting land of stage show entertainment theirs is both pleasant and formidable terrain. They require sensitivity to the subtle and the absurd. They lead the modern hobohemian on a visual and sonic journey through part of history that may or may not have existed—followed by an ambitious return to the emotional challenges of our punchdrunk contemporary world. We caught up with Shenandoah Ableman, performer and publicist for YDRS via E-mail, on what the audience is in store for at the upcoming Coach House show. Please relate to our readers the essence of your upcoming show and how the evening will progress. The Yard Dog’s latest review is a sonic and psychedelic experience you will NEVER forget! We’ll quickly sweep you off your feet in astral flight through sensual dreamscapes of tropical isles, ponies and carousels… singing showgirls, death-defying feats, and… by magic and mysticism we guarantee to break you free of the bondage of the material world and enter our realm of dreams come true. Finally, a circus that is more than smoke and mirrors… How has the act changed over the years since the YDRS was formed in 1998? The Yard Dogs Road Show has shifted many times since it’s conception and continues to evolve with each year. It is an ever-changing beast of creation that no one person has the reigns on. To put it simply, it has grown from a three-piece jug band playing at abandoned shacks and agreeable bars into a thirteen person production with dancing girls, a sword swallower, a chicken, a lighting and sound crew, a driver, loads of stage props and banners that all fits snugly inside our 1972 GMC tour bus, June Rider. If you look up “eclectic” in the dictionary, the first definition will be Yard Dogs Road Show. As soon as you’ve warmed up to the sword swallower, you’re senses are dismantled and reassembled to embrace larger than life rabbits and rainbows, sexy burlesque, belly dancers and hard-hitting rock and roll. This show will leave you more than satisfied. The Yard Dogs Road Show will be The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, December 30. Tickets can are $15 in advance, $18 day of show. SC —A.J. Bardzilowski December 23–29, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 19





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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Christmas Comes But Once a Year “God bless us every one.” —Tiny Tim, from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


hen my wife and I were first married and had just bought our dream house (a 1,400-square-foot Ole Hanson cottage near T Street), I went out for an early morning walk with the dog. We had no children yet and the invited parents, relatives, in-laws and friends were hours away from arriving for the big afternoon Christmas dinner my wife and I both loved to put on. On the corner of Trafalgar and Ola Vista, on a clear, crisp, Southern California December 25th, I experienced an epiphany: There, just outside his home, a little towhead—maybe 4 or 5—had received a puppy for Christmas. The look of pure unadulterated joy on his face was a marvel to behold. His eyes were lit, arms flailing, feet pattering, and voice gurgling in unbounded excitement of the discovery. I stood unnoticed, a silent, un-intruding observer. “Wow,” I thought, “THAT is how I want to remember Christmas morning.” It was the first inkling of what was to come down the path of life for me: Children, challenge, wonder.

In the meantime I would learn many important things about Christmas. That not all people stop Christmas shopping just because they run out of money. That it was important to get gifts into the mail Wavelengths early so the Post Office By Jim Kempton could still lose them in time for the holidays. That the living proof of women’s superiority could be found in watching men attempting to wrap presents. That everybody knows fruitcakes are universally despised and yet we keep sending them as gifts—sometimes the same ones we got. That finding a parking space in a crowded mall the week before Christmas was best done by following a lady down a parking aisle (like three wise men following the star) in hopes she may lead you to an open parking space near the manger. We would move several times from that

first little house, adding bedrooms like children or vice versa. As our brood grew we would discover other important truths: That presents will likely be broken within the first hour of opening them in direct proportion to sticker price and no-return policy. That no matter how carefully you wrap and pack the white blinker lights, they will not work for the following holiday season. That batteries are NEVER included in presents that require ones you don’t have in the house. And the children would teach us some simple truths too: That keeping the myth of Santa Claus is not nearly as important as sharing the spirit of St. Nicholas. That it is far better to decorate the tree WITH the kids no matter what the result, than to decorate it perfectly without them. That the cost of a gift had no bearing on the enjoyment; that the imagination was far more joyful than the physical entity. Christmas morning has always been the best moments of the year in our house. Our kids are grown up now, and though

they still love Christmas more than any other day of the year, the scene is all a little less rambunctious than it once was. But the message of the Prince of Peace— that love and charity, humility and sharing, generosity and kindness is what saves us—is still the real reason we give gifts and celebrate the day. And to find that joyous moment when we see the world as a little child does. So this year I have decided to get up just a little bit early and take the dog for a long walk. There are a lot of kids who live in our neighborhood. You never know; I might just be lucky enough to find that magic morning one more time. SC Jim Kempton is a former President of the SC Historical Society. He hopes you will support them by buying tickets to their New Year’s Eve bash at the historic Casino so that our old buildings can grow older with dignity. See www. for details. 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@

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Marina Goffredo worked with the aid group Shanta Foundation, building and sustaining clinics, schools and co-operative loan programs in Myanmar. Courtesy photo

an Clemente resident Marina Goffredo recently returned from a humanitarian trip to Myanmar (Burma). Working with the aid group Shanta Foundation, Goffredo assisted in Shanta’s goal of building and sustaining clinics, schools and co-operative loan programs in 10 villages in the Shan tribal area of Myanmar. In Myanmar, less than 50 percent of children will complete five years of education. They also suffer from a range of diseases including AIDS and tuberculosis. Goffredo took dental equipment donated by several local dentists, including Drs. Ron Redmond, John Redmond and Cheryl Colker. The dental supply donations helped equip several dental clinics started by Dr Tom Grams in 2007. Grams was one of 10 aid workers tragically killed in Afghanistan in August. The Shanta Foundation, a federally recognized 501(C)3, was created by Mike

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and Tricia Karpfen in 2006 after their visit to numerous countries in Southeast Asia and southern Africa. Both had been involved in the Kripalu Center, the nation’s largest residential wellness center. For more information on the foundation’s efforts go to their website, SC —San Clemente Times

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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,


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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,

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


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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,


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


Kreative Hair Design                     949.498.6245 173 Avenida Serra

B Construction 949.481.8444 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, HOME IMPROVEMENT The Cooper Company General Contractor License #B 638754, 949.361.2538 Custom Carpentry, Concrete Framing & Finish Ike Soffes 949.363.3087 Dunham Construction, Inc. 949.492.7100 License #450880, HOME LOANS Hutton Construction 949.492.2808 Coldwell Banker Home Loans - 949.307.7982 nmls#261832. Tom Fashing, Mortgage Advisor, COSMETICS

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

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PIZZA Izza Neapolitan Pizzeria 949.248.4925 376 Camino de Estrella,

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


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Real Estate Altera Real Estate - “Sandy & Rich” 949.293.3236 Antonio Fiorello, Forté Realty Group 949.842.3631 San Clemente, Casa Verde Homes - Simon Wilson 949.212.5800 Doug Echelberger First Team Real Estate 407 W. El Camino Real, 949.498.7711 Marcie George - Star Real Estate South County 949.690.5410 Prue Putnins- Regency Real Estate 949.366.1984, Steve Smith 949.632.8139 Olympian Altera DCP, Tarbell Realtors - The Metcalfs           949.533.5999 1001 Avenida Pico,

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

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


Water Wise Irrigation Costa Verde Landscape License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27)

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

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

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

SURF SCHOOLS San Clemente Surf School 949.334.7649

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

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Troubled Teens Pacific Quest 949.940.6068,

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The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar,

San Clemente Wine Company 949.429.7076 212 ½ Avenida Del Mar,


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WINDOW COVERINGS Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mare, Ste. G-105, San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515

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Heat vs. Lakers, Staples Center Dec. 25, 2 p.m.

Suns vs. Clippers, Staples Center Dec. 26, noon

Ducks vs. Kings, Staples Center Dec. 26, 6 p.m.

LeBron, D-Wade and Chris Bosh head west with the rest of the Heat team in tow to take on the Lakers.

The Clippers host the Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center in a key Western Conference game.

Southern California’s ice hockey teams collide in a big game with bragging rights on the line.






Grizzlies vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School Dec. 28, 3:15 p.m.

Highlanders vs. Anteaters, Bren Center Dec. 28, 7 p.m.

The Lady Tritons get prepped to host Los Osos High School in a nonleague water polo match.

The UC Irvine Anteaters will host the UC Riverside Highlanders in a key game at the Bren Center.



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2010 Year in Review By David Zimmerle San Clemente Times


he 2010 storylines in San Clemente had its share of triumphs. If it had to do with high school sports, or the different athletic events within the youth sports or other public levels of competition, you could find those stories in the SC Times. Here’s a year in review recap that made some of the bigger headlines in town. January Triton winter sports teams begin bulk of league schedules After resuming action following winter break, Triton athletes began to play out their respective league games. February SCHS students ink letters of intent San Clemente had 12 of its student/athletes sign National Letters of Intent on February 3. They were: Joel Atkinson, baseball, Oklahoma State; Gianna Cipollone, softball, Northern Illinois; Anna DePalma, golf, University of Hawaii; Lauren Fryer, soccer, Sonoma State; Shelby Chambers-Garcia, soccer, Michigan; Cassie Harberts, basketball, USC; Aaron Jones, baseball, Oregon; Alex Kahn, football, Penn; Chase Rettig, football, Boston College; Jenny Stiefel, water polo; Madison Reardon, water polo, San Jose State; USC and Greer Zerboni, soccer, UC Santa Barbara. SCHS varsity soccer team cruise to South Coast League Titles The Tritons and Lady Tritons each won South Coast League titles but fell short of claiming a CIF-SS title. The boys soccer team lost to Northwood 5-4 in penalty kicks at home on Feb. 25, while the girls team lost to the top-ranked Esperanza Lady Aztecs in both the CIF-SS Division 1 and Southern California Regional championship games. March Dance team wins title of grand champion San Clemente High School’s Dance Team won its first-ever title of Grand Champion of the United Spirit Association Dance and Drill Nationals after the end of competition March 26-27 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Lady Tritons took 11th in Medium Dance, sixth in Lyrical, second in Large Dance, and second in Small Hip Hop. Harberts nabs another big honor Lady Triton standout Cassie Harberts was named to the 34th Annual Parade All-America High

School Girls Basketball team, announced by the magazine. Harberts was selected to the Third Team. April Triton Cheerleaders celebrate winning season The San Clemente High School cheerleaders celebrated a great season at its annual banquet on April 1 at the Talega Golf Club. They won eight first place trophies and four-second place trophies. Varsity won the Cheerleaders of America West Coast Nationals and JV won second. At the USA Spirit Nationals held March 27-28th, JV took home second out of 14 and varsity placed fourth out of 28. Sanden heads to Boston Marathon Only a total of eight qualifying handcyclists headed to the Boston Marathon, and San Clemente’s Beth Sanden was one of them. Athletic events called off due to teachers strike All Capistrano Unified athletic events were called off as of April 22, as CUSD announced on its website that all athletic competitions and practices scheduled for April 22, 23 and 26 were canceled due to the teacher’s strike in the district. Games were eventually rescheduled.

championships. Tritons lose baseball quarterfinal amidst controversy San Clemente’s hopes for a CIF title were dashed May 28 following a 3-2 loss to the Royal Highlanders of Simi Valley in the Division I quarterfinals. Adding to the disappointing loss was also a good amount of controversy as it was thought that one of Simi Valley’s players used an illegal bat in the team’s comeback win. June Twicken wraps illustrious track career at SCHS At the state track championships on June 4-5, senior Christina Twicken finished up her career as a San Clemente High School athlete. Arguably the best sprinter in school history, Harvard-bound Twicken finished in 13th place in the 400 at the state meet. Harberts makes USA U18 women’s basketball team San Clemente girls hoops standout Cassie Harberts made the roster for the USA U18 women’s basketball team. Harberts, bound for USC in the fall, was initially invited to tryout for the USA U18 Women’s Basketball Team in Colorado Springs, Colo. at the Olympic Training Center early in month before making the 12-player roster.

May July Boys lacrosse team nets second straight SCL title San Clemente posted back-to-backto-back wins good enough for a nine-game win streak and its second straight league title—one shared with Tesoro. On April 28, the boys crushed Capo Valley 15-3, Aliso Niguel 9-5 on April 29 and defeated Mission Viejo 12-8 May 1. The team lost to Foothill in the CIF-SS playoffs. Silken Jones defends SCL title in girls swimming During the South Coast League Finals May 7, Lady Triton junior Silken Jones defended her title as South Coast League champion for the second year in a row in the 50 free with a personal best time of 23.80. Jones also tied for second in the 100 free with a personal best 52:32. Allen and Duralde impress in boys golf Matt Duralde took South Coast League individual champion with a round one two under par 70 at San Luis Rey Downs, and a round two four under par 68 at Pala Mesa, winning by eight shots. Kevin Allen finished in second place individually at the finals with a round one score of 71, and a round two score of 75. Both advance into the CIF Individual Regionals and Duralde landed in the state

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South beats North 24-21 in 51st Brea Lions Orange County All-Star football game On July 16, the South All-Star team beat the North 24-21 in the 51st Brea Lions Orange County All-Star football game at Orange Coast College. South’s final offensive drive, Edison’s Matt Viles, connected with Triton receiver Dom Ela on a critical third-and-long from their own 40-yard line, which was good enough for 13 yards and a first down with five minutes left in regulation. SC Punch win district title The SC Punch girls 10U All-star softball team won the ASA Southern California District Championship over the July 4th weekend. The girls went 5-0 overall outscoring their opponents by a combined total of 49-5. The SC Punch eventually beat Pico Rivera 6-5 in the final game of the weekend to win the district championship. The girls then qualified for the State Tournament in Camarillo July 16-18. SCLL Majors cap sensational run The San Clemente Majors Little League Baseball All-Stars team lost to the Ocean View Little League All-Stars 10-9 in Section 10 championship game on Tuesday, July 20 to end

their season. San Clemente’s season ended about a half-dozen wins from reaching the Regional round in San Bernardino—the furthest any Majors team from San Clemente Little League has gone in hopes of reaching the Little League World Series. August San Clemente Swimmers Make a Splash at Summer Junior Olympics The four San Clemente Aquatics Center (SCAT) swimmers who achieved times fast enough to compete in the Summer Junior Olympics were Weston Rowan, 10, and Mary Hutchinson, 10, who both competed in six events, Lauren McCaffrey, 10, who competed in two events, and Luis Alvarez, 11, who competed in one event. September Triton football team starts 4-0 Before losing its first game of the season to Mater Dei on September 24, San Clemente was sporting a 4-0 record having beat the likes of Baldwin, Villa Park, Fountain Valley and La Costa Canyon to start the season. October Tritons rumble through Dana Hills before losing to Mission Viejo San Clemente beat its cross-town rival Dana Hills 42-28 on October 22, but went on to lose to eventual league champion Mission Viejo 38-24 on October 29. San Clemente was eventually beat in the opening round of the playoffs. November Triton Black 11U little league baseball team wins District 68 title In an all-San Clemente championship game, the SC Tritons Black beat another San Clemente Tritons team by the final score of 3-2 in the District 68 Competitive Winterball Championship on Sunday, November 14 at Curtis Field in Mission Viejo. Tritons lose to Lakewood in first round of CIF The Tritons were knocked out of the playoffs following a 24-7 first round loss to Lakewood High School on November 19. December Black Widows take second place in regional playoffs After winning San Clemente Region 111, the Black Widows won four games to advance to the finals against Santa Margarita on December 8, losing 3-2 in penalty kicks.

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13U Boys Baseball team takes District 68 title The San Clemente 13U boys baseball team took home the District 68 title recently at Canada Vista in Rancho Santa Margarita. The boys took on a double-header against Tijeras Creek Little League and played exceptionally well with a strong defense and a great offensive attack at the plate. The team ended up winning both games by the final scores of 9-3 and 12-3. The team consists of manager Richard Mercado, coach Kevin Dand, coach Stan Wendzel, Noah Dyer, Jack Dryer, Conner Dand, Brett O’Toole, Evan Banks, Tanner Brubaker, Davis Wendzel, Jordan Fitzgerald, Dom Scarlata, Eric Burkle, Lukas Katsandris and Matt Manskar.

YOUTH LACROSSE Free lacrosse tournament focuses on major life lessons On a glorious azure blue sky weekend December 11-12 with temperatures hovering in the 80s you would have thought the swallows were returning to San Juan Capistrano—but instead of swallows they were lacrosse players. Over 400 strong descended on the Ranch in Capistrano for the 3rd Annual OW2P DrugFree Tournament, with 20 teams participating and three fields going from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Both days, plenty of great lacrosse was played. But it wasn’t about just lacrosse. It was about incorporating faith, commitment and accountability into players’ lives. The guest speaker for the day was Tony Gomez who mesmerized the audience with his profession of faith and his life story. Gomez spoke about his life growing up in the barrio in San Jose, Calif., his exploits as a national champion high school wrestler and his fall from grace from an injury that was caused during a gang shooting where his cousin was murdered and he and the two other passengers in their van were severely injured in the ensuing crash. His testimony focused on how Jesus was with him every step of the way during his rehabilitation, and as he recommitted his life to Christ, he spoke of how the Lord showed him the way back to a life of purpose and commitment. More than 200 Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) commitment cards were collected after Gomez spoke with a commitment to the following: Faith in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior, commitment to live alcohol and drug free and accountability to parents, coaches and other teammates to be in this together. FCA Lacrosse wishes to thank its vendors, officials, coaches and volunteers for making the weekend a safe and healthy place for the players to come to enjoy the great game of lacrosse in an environment that promotes leadership and character by sending a message of hope.

YOUTH GYMNASTICS Gymnastics camp still has several slots open Thirteen spots are still open for children ages four to 10 years old to participate in a youth gymnastics camp that will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22 at the San Clemente Gymnastics Club, 972 Calle Negocio. Kids can practice gymnastics on the bars, beam, vault, floor and tumble-trak, and there will be tons of games, crafts, and a lunch break. More information is available at 949.369.7549. You may also walk in the lobby and dropoff a check or cash. Spots cannot be reserved without payment. Space is limited and the cost is $40 per child per day with a $5 discount per sibling.

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Amber Eisele, seventh grade, father Mark Eisele and Brooke Eisele, sixth grade. Courtesy photo

Eisele Girls Win National Cross Country Championship At any level in sports, winning a National Championship is extremely rare. On Saturday, December 11, San Clemente’s Amber and Brooke Eisele did just that. On a cold Alabama day at Veteran’s Park in Hoover, with a fierce ice storm threatening the competition, the 2010 USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships began under cloudy skies. In each age division, over 275 of the fastest runners in the United States waited on a wide starting line the length of a football field and gathered their strength and nerves for the fastest race of their lives. Unlike a normal cross country race with both fast and slow runners, this meet brought out only the best who qualified from 16 regions around the country; the result being a pack of runners so thick anything but the fastest of starts would end a runner’s race before the first quarter mile was completed. In the midget girls 3000 meter race, Brooke Eisele, 12, lined up with her Equalizer Track Club teammates and lunged forward as the starter’s red flag was raised and the gun sounded. The midget division is for girls born in 1998 and 1999, 11 and 12 years old. Normally at this age, the first mile at a low six minute pace puts a runner in the front of the pack. But today, the leaders went by in a blistering 5:25 mile and Brooke followed closely behind in 5:35. Brooke continued her onslaught and finished the race in a respectable 23rd place in the team competition (45th among all runners), one of the top 50 fastest midget girls in the USA. More importantly, the team aspect of cross country makes this sport among the most exciting for runners and her Equalizer team didn’t disappoint coming in first place and winning the National Championship 54-69 over the Whidbey Island Running Club from the State of Washington. In the youth girls 4000 meter race, Amber Eisele, 13, faced an even stiffer level of competition. Unlike the midget girls division, the youth division is made up of girls from the seventh and eighth grades along with some of the top freshmen high school girls in the USA. As the gun sounded, Amber leapt forward and began the awful sprint that ruins so many races (but is also necessary to get out in front of the pack at this level) only to hear the gun sound again, signifying a false start. After a five minute delay the red flag was raised once more and the gun sounded. Amber’s race was significantly longer and also a different course that entered a forest with a narrow trail and a series of short steep hills. Undaunted by the fierce level of competition and the thrashing of runners around her as they tried to gain position in the thick crowd, Amber fought on and finished in 88th place in the team competition (148th place among all runners), near the middle of the pack. But, her Equalizer team also prevailed and nailed first place by the narrow score of 136-143 over the Buffalo Babes Running club from Northern California. Congratulations to San Clemente residents Amber and Brooke Eisele for a well deserved finish, a National Championship, and a memory that will never fade away.




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Grom of the Week Levi Gregory Age: 18, San Clemente High School In his second year on the surf team Levi helped the team to an undefeated season in league. In the WSA Gatorade Championship Tour, Levi took third place this month at Oceanside Harbor in Men’s 18-29 shortboard—his fourth final out of five so far—bumping his ranking up to No. 3. Levi is also No. 4 in Open Men. At school he is especially enjoying his AP Environmental class and has discovered an interest in a possible future career as a parks ranger or in the fish and game department. Levi enjoys spending his spare time at Pacific Coast Church serving as a middle school ministry leader. “I feel like it’s a great way for me to help out and give back,” said Levi. “I think it’s good for kids to Photo by Jack McDaniel/ have older peers to look up to and to let them know that when they get to high school the party scene is not the only option.” Levi spent last summer as a surf instructor at Aloha Beach Surf Camp and says he enjoys passing on a fun, independent sport to kids who may have only been exposed to team sports. What ever his future holds, one thing is for certain; Levi will always count surfing as an important part of his life. —Andrea Swayne

Surf Contest at the Airport? Surf concept restaurant at John Wayne Airport pits Hobie Alter against Corky Carroll By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


n expansion and renovation now underway at John Wayne Airport that is expected to be complete by November of 2011 will result in new dining and bar options based on Orange County themes. The county put out a request for proposals for new dining and lounge concepts to fill a number of locations in the revamped terminal. One of the proposed theme restaurants/bars has been narrowed down to a choice between two surf icons—Hobie Alter and Corky Carroll. Carroll is a five-time US Surfing Champion, musician, author and personality on TV and film. Alter is known as a pioneer in the world of surfing manufacturing, having been behind the foam and fiberglass surfboard, the Hobie Cat, a champion tandem surfer and all around waterman. How will the final decision be made? No doubt, both are important to Orange County surf culture. The two proposals—HMS Host International and their “Hobie Hut” vs. Delaware North Companies and their “Corky Carroll’s Surf Bar”—were evaluated in five categories.

The panel rating the concepts is made up of four airport management personnel and one member of the public chosen for their subject matter expertise. They met and rated the two proposals based on experience/qualifications, financial viability/background, proposed rent, store concept and improvement plan for the space. After rating the two concessionaires, Delaware North Companies was determined to be the front-runner. Next, the John Wayne Airport Commission will review the Evaluation Committee recommendation of the proposals, then the final determining body—Orange County Board of Supervisors—will weigh in and make the final decision. According to airport spokesperson Jenny Wedge, John Wayne Airport management was hoping to have this and other concession decisions determined by January 2011 but a definite date is yet to be determined. “Whichever one is ultimately chosen, they will both offer more variety and food and beverage options for passengers,” said Wedge. “We are looking forward to everything this project will do to enhance the

A Harry Holiday C hildren’s book author and professional surfer David Giddings of San Clemente has been joined by O’Neill and Oakley for a special holiday promotion of the popular surf and skateboard themed Harry the Bear books. The promotion includes Harry the Bear (recycled paper) activity placemats for kids being distributed to all 55 Wahoo’s restaurant locations along with an online 20 percent discount on Giddings’ three Harry the Bear books—Harry Rips Australia, Harry the Incredible Skateboarding Bear and Harry’s Cosmic Surf Adventure. Get the placemat at Wahoo’s then log on to to order the books. Stay tuned for more titles by Giddings. “I am planning the next book to include cameo appearances by Oakley and O’Neill sponsored athletes in the storyline,” said Giddings. “These action sports adventure books engage young readers with an endearing character (Harry) who does what they like to do—surf and skate. The placemat, likewise, is meant to keep the little ones entertained and in good spirits during your family meal at Wahoo’s.” —Andrea Swayne

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 55-58˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 5-8’ Very poor; Catalina: 10-12’ Poor Remarks: A good sized mix of W-WNW swell and small SW windswell prevails on Thursday. Surge is moderate and visibility is very low following the past nearly week of rain making for generally poor to very poor diving conditions. Short range: A decent mix of W-WNW swell and small SW windswell prevails Thursday with chest-shoulder-head high surf for better breaks. Top WNW exposures pull in sets running 1-2’ overhead at times. Winds are light/variable allowing conditions to clean up in the morning. Long range: Sizeable W-WNW swell backs down heading into the weekend with just a small amount of SW windswell mixing in. Size is in the waist-head high range Friday, dropping further into the weekend. Conditions remain favorable, stay tuned.

experience for the traveling public.” Either way, the project is set to modernizing existing terminals A and B, add additional parking and maintain a convenient and first-class airport in Orange County, Wedge said. But for the local surf community, one can’t help but debate the question—Which one would best represent Orange County surf culture? SC

Pro surfer and author David Giddings announces holiday book special


NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 7 December 18-19, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef MEN: 1. Colin Moran, Costa Mesa 14.77; 2. Derek Peters, Huntington Beach 9.54; 3. Jake Halstead, La Jolla 8.00; 4. Matt Lewis, Cardiff by the Sea 7.74. JUNIORS: 1. Taylor Clark, Encinitas 15.00; 2. Patrick Curren, Santa Barbara 8.00; 3. Skip McCullough, La Jolla 4.93; 4. Brogie Panesi, Pacifica 2.53. BOYS: 1. Jake Marshall,Encinitas 12.97; 2. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente 11.34; 3. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente 7.13; 4. John Mel, Dana Point 7.13; 5. Kairi Noro, Japan 6.60; 6. Tyler Gunter, Newport Beach 3.70. MINI GROMS: 1. Tyler Gunter, Newport Beach 10.70; 2. Nick Marshall, Encinitas 8.27; 3. Noah Hill, Marina Del Rey 8.20; 4. Eithan Osborne, Ventura 6.70; 5. Zach McCormick, Solana Beach 5.17; 6. Cole Houshmand, San Clemente 4.27. WOMEN: 1. Taylor Pitz, Laguna Beach 12.83; 2. Lani Doherty, San Clemente 9.07; 3. Asako Mizuno, Carpinteria 8.76; 4. Harley Taich, La Jolla 4.77. GIRLS: 1. Kylie Loveland, Carlsbad 10.33; 2. Avalon Johnson, Carlsbad 3.57; 3. Jada Galland, Rancho Santa Fe 3.06; 4. Kloee Openshaw, San Clemente 3.00. LONGBOARD: 1. Jason Schechter, San Diego 12.27; 2. Jae Eddy, Costa Mesa 8.50; 3. Dane Petersen, Trabuco Canyon 8.23; 4. Noah Hill, Marina Del Rey 5.37.

UPCOMING EVENTS 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 January 16-17: Surfing America Prime Event No.4, Santa Cruz, Steamer Lane January 22-23: NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 8, Dana Point, Salt Creek SC Times online video show

The new Harry the Bear placemat at Wahoo’s features engaging puzzles and games. The back side is shown here. Courtesy photo

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