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Max Page, 6, of San Clemente in his recent role as a Darth Vader in the Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial. Courtesy of Deutsch LA

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Voters in San Juan Capistrano will decide the fate of Distrito La Novia, a proposed project that would bring retail space, homes and a 500-horse equestrian stable to the 154 acres on both sides of La Novia east of Valle Road. The City Council approved the project in November, but opponents—aided by San Clemente resident Charles Mann—turned in more than 1,973 signatures required to put the issue on the ballot. The special election is expected to cost as much as $85,000 although the city could save some money by combining the vote with any special election the state calls. The City Council on Tuesday set the election, but not a specific date. Opponents say the project is just too big and a change from the housing project they expected there; Supporters say it’s better than the 440 homes already approved for the site.


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DANA POINT At about 4:30 a.m. February 15, the U.S. Coast Guard found a panga boat carrying 18 passengers floating without power about four miles off the coast of Dana Point. Upon initial contact with the stranded vessel, Coast Guard officers found an insufficient amount of life vests aboard, gave the unprotected passengers life vests and contacted U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to investigate. After determining that the group of Mexican citizens—made up of 15 men and three women between the ages of 20 and 50—was attempting to enter the Unites States illegally, CBP transported them to OC Dana Point Harbor where they were released to Border Patrol agents for processing. Border Patrol agents processed and searched the panga boat at Dana Point Harbor in one of the Harbor Patrol headquarters slips.

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...Saving Coastal Fireworks Displays?

THE LATEST: Orange County Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point, introduced bill AB 206 last month aimed at saving coastal fireworks displays by exempting them from regulation by the Coastal Act. Environmental groups have been increasing pressure on the California Coastal Commission to put an end to fireworks displays over coastal waters, saying that both the debris and noise pose a threat to water quality and wildlife. Harkey’s bill disagrees. “I think [the Coastal Commission] has more important things to do than to regulate people’s fun and this seems like a bit of a mission creep from what they were tasked to do, which is to protect the coast for the people of California,” said Harkey. “My bill does just that. It precludes the potential for a government bureaucracy to fine, to charge more or to even halt a family-friendly, flag-waving all American celebration that has been enjoyed in our communities by people across the state for years.” Harkey’s bill fact sheet says, the Coastal Commission “…could have treated the fireworks show as limited temporary development and had the authority to provide an exemption for the need of a permit under that scenario by determining the show did not have any significant adverse impact on coastal resources. The precedent this case sets may allow the Coastal Commission to require a permit if it determines there is sensitive habitat in the area and require a permit of all cities that wish to display fireworks. WHAT’S NEXT: Should Harkey’s bill succeed, it will not exempt fireworks displays from review by environmental regulators such as regional water quality control boards to mandate such issues as post event clean up and water pollution monitoring. It would, however, save cities the potentially copious amounts of time and expense of applying to the Coastal Commission for special permits for these holiday displays. FIND OUT MORE: Log on to to read Harkey’s bill and the fact

sheet. Interested parties may also contact Andrew McElhinney at Harkey’s office at916.319.2073 or via email at —Andrea Swayne


...San Onofre Moving Forward?

THE LATEST: Fresh from finishing work on installing a new steam generator, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is moving out of hot water with the Nuclear Regulatory Agency, too. NRC Region IV Administrator Elmo Collins on February 11 sent plant operator Southern California Edison a letter confirming that the NRC has determined SCE has satisfied the terms of the Confirmatory Order they were issued back in January 2008. That was after plant employees were caught falsifying records. The discovery was the start of several issues for San Onofre, most dealing with how quickly plant operators recognized and addressed potential problems. Edison recently appointed a new Chief Nuclear Officer to the plant, Peter Dietrich. WHAT’S NEXT: The additional inspector will remain at the plant as San Onofre continues to improve in quickly identifying and correcting problems. The plant is expected to connect its upgraded generator to the grid in coming days, Dietrich told the San Clemente City Council. MORE INFORMATION: See reading-rm/adams.html —Jonathan Volzke


...CUSD Cuts?

THE LATEST: Facing another year of deep budget cuts, the Capistrano Unified School District is poised to eliminate 346 temporary certificated positions, including 10 counselors and two school nurses. The jobs also include 103 positions from kindergarten to grade six, but the bulk of the cuts are in secondary instructional services, including 47 in English, 39 in math and 24 in social science. District officials must plan their budget even before the state-spending plan is in

place. Statewide, school officials are working on two scenarios: If the Governor’s proposal to extend certain taxes moves forward, CUSD will see what Superintendent Joseph Farley calls “relatively minor” cuts of $1 million. But if the tax-extension plan is rejected, CUSD cuts are expected to hit $17.5 million. Additionally, the district expects to enroll fewer students, causing another decline in revenue. “Preparing for a significant budget shortfall creates the need to consider an increase in class size as well as the possibility of reducing or eliminating programs and services,” Farley says in a staff report. WHAT’S NEXT: The board meets in a special session to consider the cuts at 6 p.m. on March 8 at district headquarters, 33122 Valle Road. FOR MORE: See the staff report at the Beyond the Blackboard blog at —JV


…Community Gardens?

THE LATEST: A group from the Beaches, Parks, and Recreation Commission will be studying the possibility of community gardens in San Clemente. The idea has been at least two years in the making, according to Commissioner Chris McCormack. In the past, he has collected more than 300 signatures of residents interested in having gardens where, for a fee, residents can come to grow their own vegetables, flowers, herbs and other plants on designated plots. One of the locations being considered is the under-construction La Pata-Vista Hermosa Park. Park plans do not presently designate an area for community gardening, according to Recreation Director Sharon Heider. Though commissioners supported the concept some expressed concern about the cost and access to resources. “There is a way to do it in a cost-effective manner,” McCormack said at the commission’s February 8 meeting. “I think the benefit clearly outweighs the cost.” Commissioner Bill Thomas said the board needed details about the expenses

and potential sites to make a recommendation to the City Council. “I don’t think we have a plan now,” he said. “There are too many unknowns.” WHAT’S NEXT: McCormack has agreed to head up a subcommittee to investigate the idea further. He and his group have a year to bring forth proposals to the commission. WHAT’S NEXT: Visit www.sanclementetimes. com for the latest updates. —Stacie N. Galang


… Upcoming Water Conservation Measures?

THE LATEST: Residents and business owners are being asked to conserve water during a nine-day shutdown of the Diemer Filtration Plant, which supplies 85 percent of San Clemente’s water. The Yorba Linda-based regional water treatment facility, operated by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, will undergo upgrades and improvements for a new ozone treatment system. City and plant officials are urging those in San Clemente to watch their water usage more so than usual from February 26 to March 6. “We are prepared to implement short-term operational measures during the Diemer Plant shutdown in order to make sure our residents and businesses experience minimal disruption,” said City Manager George Scarborough in a press release. The city is already under a water shortage declaration by the City Council from July 2009. San Clemente has also been mandated by MWD to reduce its water use by 12 percent or face stiff penalties. WHAT’S NEXT: Locals are asked to plan ahead and hold off on landscape and construction projects. They should turn off sprinklers completely. Additionally, residents should also avoid hosing down driveways, patios or other paved areas. Repairs should be made to leaky faucets and pipes and malfunctioning toilets. FIND OUT MORE: For additional information, call the city’s Utilities Division at 949.366.1553 or visit —SNG

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

Tuesday, February 15 DEFRAUDING AN INNKEEPER East Avenida Palizada/I-5 Freeway (5:16 a.m.) A taxi driver complained a customer wasn’t paying his fare. The customer was being nice, but his credit card had been declined and he didn’t have any cash. TRAFFIC INJURIES Camino Vera Cruz/Richuello (12:34 a.m.) A vehicle hit a light pole. The driver, a woman, told a passerby that she was OK and didn’t need the police.

Monday, February 14 SUSPICIOUS PERSON El Camino Real, 1800 Block (11:54 a.m.) A security guard spotted two people on the railroad tracks. They were wearing all black and beanies, and the guard thought they were going to break into a house.

City and Community Calendar Thursday, Feb 17 Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m. Stories for youngsters ages 3-5 at the library; sign-ups required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Friday, Feb 18 BNI Meeting 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Meeting every Thursday at the Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club. 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, www.bellacollinagolf. com.

FAMILY DISPUTE Avenida Miramar, 200 Block (8:30 p.m.) A woman reported her 17-year-old son tried hit her. She was worried he joined a gang.

DISTURBANCE Optima, 0 Block (10:37 a.m.) Two female roommates were in a dispute. One was poking the other roughly.

WELFARE CHECK El Camino Real, 3900 Block (8:50 p.m.) A fast-food employee reported a woman had been outside all day, asking for a ride to Oceanside.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Serra, 200 Block (9:31 a.m.) A woman reported her 25-year-old son hit her. Her arm hurt, but she didn’t want medical aid. Another 911 call followed, and dispatchers could hear the woman yelling at deputies. The son was not cooperative, either.

DISTURBANCE Acantilado, 2800 Block (7:54 p.m.) A man and woman were arguing, after he allegedly took their 10-month-old baby and refused to give the child back. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Vista Hermosa/Calle Frontera (7:32 p.m.) A man living in a gray Ford in a parking lot was yelling at passersby to start a fight and throwing bottles and cans. He came close to hitting several parked cars. LOST PROPERTY Avenida Pico, 900 Block (7:05 p.m.) A woman, who is pregnant, reported losing a personal book. BURGLARY REPORT Avenida Sierra, 200 Block (5:21 p.m.) A resident whose home was broken into found a footprint on a cushion. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Calle Frontera, 2600 Block (2:25 p.m.) Somebody was having sex, or doing “questionable activities” in a black Ford Escort parked in a church parking lot. DISTURBANCE Avenida Pico, 700 Block (2:28 p.m.) A student was under the influence and was not being cooperative with administrators.

Saturday, Feb 19 “Love ’Em and Leash ’Em,” 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Special event for dogs and dog-lovers at Irvine Regional Park. Parking $5. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6835,

Ocean Friendly Gardens Class 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Surfrider presents a class on ocean-friendly gardens at Tree of Life Nursery. 33201 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano,,

Ballroom Bash 7:15 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Monthly dance event at the San Clemente Community Center. Starts with a lesson in the Waltz, followed by free dancing of all types for couples and singles. Tickets $10. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.498.0233,

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Vista Cayenta, 1200 Block (7:41 a.m.) Three juveniles were sitting in a blue VW smoking from a pipe. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 700 Block (1:50 a.m.) A man reported he was trying to wake up his partner when the man slugged him in the side of the head.

Sunday, February 13

10:45 a.m. Recovery International provides tools and practice in changing thinking habits so individuals can gain personal control over distressing emotions and improve general wellbeing. Free. El Toro Library, 24672 Raymond Way, Lake Forest, 949.458.2504,

BATTERY Avenida Montalvo, 200 Block (2:26 p.m.) A woman reported her friend hit her. He was on speed, she said, and allegedly sells drugs. PETTY THEFT Calle Del Cerro, 1100 Block (1:43 p.m.) Clothes were stolen from a laundry room.

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11 a.m. Meet at Café Calypso for coffee and conversation. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.9803.

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,

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

Wednesday, Feb 23 Adult Book Club

Tuesday, Feb 22

8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Discuss “Tattoos on the Heart” by Gregory Boyle at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

“Doc Talk” with Dr. Mohammed Ali

SC Sunrise Rotary Club

Free Help With Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Anger

DISTURBANCE Avenida Talega, 1100 Block (3 p.m.) Somebody was hitting golf balls into a kids’ baseball practice and refused to stop.

HIT AND RUN Avenida San Dimas, 100 Block (7:02 p.m.)

Fundraising Event for Autism

Monday, Feb 21

DISTURBANCE Buena Vista, 1500 Block (3:59 p.m.) A caller spotted some kids walking up the hill toward a vacant lot, where kids have been gathering lately to smoke dope.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY South El Camino Real/Avenida Santa Margarita (8:27 a.m.) A caller reported a woman was letting her two medium-sized dogs run off leash and intimidate other dogs. Deputies were also called to Calle Escuela for another dog-related call: Two pitbulls also off leash in the park.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON El Camino Real, 900 Block (7:31 p.m.) A silver sedan was cruising the parking lot. Four males were in the car, and their appearance made customers uncomfortable.

Sunday, Feb 20 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Toba Salon and Surfers Healing support friends and family touched by Autism by offering $10 haircuts for Autistic children and $15 blue hair extensions for the community to show support for Autism. 801 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.493.9735,

CITIZEN ASSIST El Camino Real, 600 Block (4:15 p.m.) A woman reported she was nearly hit by a vehicle as she crossed the street.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Avenida Rosa, 200 Block (10:26 a.m.) A man’s car broke down on I-405 and was towed to Irvine. It turned up in San Clemente, unlocked with a damaged ignition.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON West Avenida Palizada/Ola Vista (9:20 p.m.) A resident reported dogs were barking “like crazy” for 30 minutes.

10:30 a.m. Special guest at the Senior Center talks about holistic approaches to treating medical conditions. RSVP. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

Foreign Film Friday 7 p.m. The third Friday of every month, the Dana Point Library shows a foreign film; this Friday it’s a UK film, “Bomber.” 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,

BURGLARY Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (7:48 a.m.) Somebody broke into the concession stand at the end of the pier.

A runaway car hit another vehicle. The runaway was unoccupied, and then the owner showed up and allegedly tried to leave.

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

French Conversation Club

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

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.

Toddlertime 10:30 a.m. Stories and learning activities for kids ages 2-3 with adult participation at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Congressman Calvert’s Annual Meeting 4 p.m. Community Development,

Library After-School Club

Thursday, Feb 24

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Club for kids 5 and older with activities and much more at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, www.

City Council - Strategic Priorities Workshop 6 p.m. Meeting in City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

2nd Floor Conference Room. 910 Calle Negocio, 949.361.8200,

Brown Bag Lunch: Space Special 12 p.m. Casa Romantica presents a free event on space-related programming with local experts in conjunction with the exhibit “They Came From Outer Space.” Free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.

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Darth Vader Unmasked Max Page gets Super Bowl of Opportunity By Stacie N. Galang San Clemente Times


ue the Imperial March. Down a hallway comes a mini Darth Vader whose attempts at channeling the Force manage to leave the 75 million or so Super Bowl viewers with a smile The kid under the mask is 6-year-old Max Page of San Clemente. In the one-minute Volkswagen spot, he tries his Jedi moves on a stationary bicycle, the pet dog, the washer, a baby doll and even his peanut butter sandwich, but gets no reaction. Finally, when his father drives up, the little Darth Vader runs past and tries the Force again on the Passat. This time, when he extends his hands, the car starts and he stumbles back in surprise. “When you’re an actor, you have to be ready for anything,” said Max while at a recent private acting lesson with Stephen Zygo of the Acting Academy for Kids. “You have to make it shocked.” The toe-headed, blue-eyed child of Buck and Jennifer Page is enjoying the spotlight. The commercial on YouTube alone has been watched nearly 30 million times. Surprise has been something of a theme for the Page family these days. They had recently returned from New York City for a round of interviews. “It was cool,” Max said of his trip with his parents and brother Ellis, 5. “Finally, I went there for some of my stuff.” His stuff was a whirlwind visit that included an appearance on the “Today Show” on Super Bowl Monday, a meeting with James Earl Jones who gave Max an autographed Darth Vader mask and a stop at Dylan’s Candy Bar for a sugar fix, Jennifer Page said. His stuff also meant a departure from his older sister Madyson Page’s musical performances. She attended Manhattan School of Music before going to Bard College for graduate school. Max has another sister Jennifer Page, and both sisters are from Buck Page’s first marriage. The younger brothers were exposed to the symphony and stage early on, Buck Page said. “We’re big fans of the arts,” he added. Max Page doesn’t lack for energy yet his heart needs help from a pacemaker. As a

San Clemente’s Max Page, 6, with his acting coach Stephen Zygo of Acting Academy for Kids based at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

newborn, he was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called tetralogy of Fallot. Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles when he was 3-months-old helped ensure he could take to the screen and share his boundless personality. “When I was a baby, they called me turbo because I was so fast,” Max said. He hasn’t stopped much. His grateful parents have celebrated birthdays by going gift-free and instead donating to charities. “It’s our way to give back and give comfort,” Jennifer Page said. One unexpected hospital visit, she arrived unprepared for the stay and a pair of donated socks and a hot cup of coffee helped her get through, she said. She hopes their gifts comfort other parents and families. The Acting Bug Buck and Jennifer Page, both avid golfers, contend the creative gene skipped their generation. Buck Page is actually a PGA professional, though not the touring kind, and his wife played Division I golf in college. Acting isn’t really Jennifer Page’s bag. Her lone role in “Johnny Appleseed” as a kid left her in tears and steered her clear of the stage and onto the greens, she said.

Max Page as Darth Vader in his Volkswagen commercial that aired Super Bowl Sunday. Courtesy photo

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But as parents, Buck and Jennifer hope to recognize the talent in their children and foster it. Ellis likes tumbling so he’s taking tumbling classes. The reason Max is acting is because he loves it, Buck Page said. “We exposed him to the opportunity,” the father said. At age 2, Max Page had a knack for keeping a rapt audience of family and friends during Christmas festivities at home, said his father Buck Page. His parents decided to give Max a bigger audience. “We took him to children’s theater, and that’s continued to blossom,” Buck Page said. Max has worked on commercials for Clear Communications and Walgreens and took a small part for a sketch with rapper 50 Cent on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The San Clemente actor also played the role of Reed Hellstrom on the “Young and the Restless.” Max’s acting coach said he feels fortunate for the Page family and excited for his student after the Super Bowl of opportunities. “He works really, really hard,” said Zygo, who has degrees in education and musical theater performance. “He’s a really good kid. He’s a smart kid.” Last week, Zygo and Max were going over lines together during their session. The pair meet regularly to prepare for auditions, practice staging and work on character development. The 6-year-old has played the Mad Hatter at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano where Zygo runs his acting business with his wife Maggie Zygo. After the acting coach was laid off from his teaching job and his wife lost her job at UCI, they decided to devote their energy to their acting business. “We’ve gone through a lot of turmoil in the job market,” Zygo said. “Having success with the Acting Academy for Kids has been a huge blessing.” Stephen Zygo said he’s grateful to work with students like Max and share his passion for the stage. Max is cast as Aladdin

in the playhouse’s upcoming show. A New Chapter But Max’s recent role as “Star Wars’” best-known villain has made an almost instant celebrity of him. “It’s like you’re in a different life overnight,” Jennifer Page said. “This thing had such a reach.” After the Superbowl, Max was interviewed on CNN, Fox-TV, MSNBC and KIIS-FM Radio, his parents said. When the family returned to California, Max went on auditions for Trident gum, Wal-Mart, a pilot for a new CBS show and a Nickelodeon film, Jennifer Page said. “All of sudden, there’s a lot of momentum,” she said. They’re humbled and grateful for the opportunity, but aware they need to keep grounded. “It’s simple because there’s a strong family bond,” Buck Page said. “We have a great sense of humor.” Jennifer Page said there’s nothing like serving up rainbow pancakes on a Saturday and catching up on laundry to keep her evenkeeled. Living in San Clemente helps, the parents. For the 20 extra minutes it takes to get to auditions in Hollywood, it’s worth it, the mother of two said. “We just love our quiet little town,” Jennifer Page said. On their cul-de-sac, the boys can play with other kids and just enjoy life. Neither Max nor his family seem to take themselves too seriously. These days, he wants to grow up to be a soccer star. And Max preferred watching the outtakes of his Volkswagen commercial to the actual commercial. After the family watched Max’s spot together in their New York City hotel room on Super Bowl Sunday, the boys lost interest in television. “The minute the commercial was over, we looked down at Max and (Ellis),” who had picked up their own Nintendo DS, Buck Page said. “They went right back to being little boys. That’s how we’re going to continue going with this.” SC

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u Sundried Tomato Café’s Chef Robert Opelle won the Casa Teresa’s Amuse Bouche Culinary Challenge last month. The chef took top honors in “Creativity and Appearance” Award at the event held at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. Opelle was one of seven chefs participating in the “Painted the Roses Red for the Queens of Our Hearts” and competed for three different awards. The tent was filled with hungry guests, red roses and three magicians working their magic around the crowd. Opelle beat the other six contestants with his creative cuisine that impressed both the audience and judges. The chef was raised on the isle of American Samoa in the South Pacific and was heavily influenced by his mother and grandmother, developing a strong culinary background in Polynesian and French cuisine. Four years of living in France and Switzerland also had a great influence on his passion for cooking. Chef Robert was mentored by one of Wolfgang Puck’s primary sous-chefs, Cecilia DeCastro. His career path has seen him create delicacies for the Ritz-Carlton, Surf and Sand Hotel, the Yardhouse group and Westin Hotels Worldwide.

u BT Fitness is a fitness studio in the San Clemente area that is geared toward people looking for a true fitness experience. The company uses only the innovative functional equipment such as the SPX Proformer, TRX Suspension Trainer, and Russian kettlebells and couples this with a program that ensures patrons are never without qualified instruction. BT Fitness offers group, semi-private and private classes to meet members’ needs. The fitness studio is located at 1001 Avenida Pico, Suite H in the Courtyards at Talega and has classes running seven days a week. For more information, visit our website at

u Mother and daughter team Bernie Krause and Michelle Kortz opened up their cookie dough shop Omi Kookies in December 2009 with the inspiration of five generations of bakers. More than 150 years old, the family cookie recipe has stood the test of time. It began with the original chocolate chunk cookie, Kiss Me Chocolate, prepared with a special technique. Other signature flavors include the Luscious Lemon Drop, Pucker Up Peanut Butter, and the favorite Omi Doodle. Omi Kookies continues to adventure with new recipes and offer a Cookie of the Month special flavor. “I wanted to keep true to the idea of always having that fresh-baked cookie right on hand,” said Kortz. “People are always happy when they have cookies.” Cookie dough is sold in both 24 oz. and 48 oz. tubs that can stay refrigerated and ready to bake. Omi Kookies also offers cookies for sale if ordered in advance and ice cream cookie sandwiches in celebration of summer. Omi Kookies is located at 362 Camino De Estrella—on the border of San Clemente and Capo Beach—and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call Omi Kookies at 949.218.3158 or log on to www. u Building on the success of Vine, head chef and proprietor Justin Monson has launched St. Roy, a chef’s pub serving American-inspired regional fare at Vine restaurant. Monson’s inspiration for St. Roy stems from a long passion to provide an approachable neighborhood restaurant serving memorable rustic fare that invokes a sense of community. Monson’s cooking has stood at the heart of Vine, which has offered a menu of wine country cuisine since opening in 2003. Jared Cook has rejoined St. Roy at Vine as the new head chef after two years in that position at Crow Bar in Corona Del Mar. Monson and Cook will collaborate on St. Roy’s chef’s pub menu incorporating old favorites with a broad range of new offerings based on locally inspired rustic cuisine. St. Roy offers more seating with high-top wooden tables along the exposed brick wall and features a communal butcher-block bar table

Sundried Tomato Café’s Chef Robert Opelle. File photos

offering a view of the exposed kitchen. The chef’s pub interior includes white subway tile, stainless steel shelving and an expansive copper hood above the grill. In keeping with the pub atmosphere, St. Roy now offers 10 microbrews on tap, including local brews from Stone Brewery and Port Brewery. St. Roy’s zinc beer and wine-tasting bar faces the unique wine-on-tap system that houses 20 regional wines. St. Roy incorporates fresh local and regional ingredients using organic whenever possible. Highlighted on large chalkboards are daily specials featuring the fresh-made artisan crafted gourmet food with a strong Californian influence. The menu also features artisan salami, prosciutto, house-made charcuterie and a great selection of cheeses.

MERGER u Leonard Grant, Architect merged with San Clemente firm RRM Design Group last month. LGA brings to RRM their 13-yearold practice and award-winning portfolio of multi-family, affordable and senior housing, mixed use, retail and office projects. This union of firms blends RRM’s well established statewide public practice with LGA’s strong presence in the private sector and will continue RRM’s local architectural tradition. Leonard joins RRM as a principal of the firm and will serve as the company’s leader of their urban architecture practice.

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UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP u Rossi’s Pizza just took over the Pizza Plus in the Radio Shack shopping center, 804 S. El Camino Real San Clemente, right after Christmas. The owners are Paul and Autum Rossi live in San Clemente with their four children. They offer authentic Italian food, not just pizza seven days a week . u San Clemente resident Bill Trefethen is the new CEO of Daphne’s Greek Café, a 19-year-old, 60-restaurant chain based out of Carlsbad. Trefethen has helped turn around other restaurant chains and has invested much of his personal time and interest into Daphne’s. He is implementing a brand overhaul, which will include introducing a new logo, name change and California-Greek inspired menu. The 46-year-old San Clemente businessman, who loves to surf, plans to incorporate the California style that he has come to both know and love into every aspect of the restaurant re-launch.

u Archetype Bike Company, a brand-new bike and lifestyle shop, has its grand opening celebration Saturday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to the store, located in the historic Old City Plaza. Archetype will be offering giveaways and a raffle with a new bike as the grand prize. Archetype will offer a wide selection of BMX, retro BMX, and fixed-gear bikes and accessories from brands such as DK, SE, Volume, Demolition, Resist, Stolen, The Shadow Conspiracy and many more . In general, bikes will be priced at under $1,000. The shop will also carry parts and gear made specifically for these bikes. Owner Greg Bible says he decided to open the shop after realizing that most bike shops do not cater to the BMX and fixed-gear crowd. “There are a lot of great shops where you can buy road bikes or mountain bikes, but there wasn’t a lot out there for this niche,” he says. “I raced BMX when I was a kid, and I’ve worked in a number of bike shops. In a way, I am my own target market, and when I realized how many other people out there love BMX and fixedgear bikes, too, I decided to follow through on a longtime dream to open my own shop.” Special orders will make up a large part of Archetype’s business. “I think my customers are looking for something a little bit different, and through special orders, I can give them exactly what they want,” says Bible. After years of working as a graphic designer and product designer in the action sports industry, Bible has developed his own design aesthetic that he plans to share with his customers. After the grand opening, Archetype Bike Company will be open Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, visit or

Archetype Bike Company opens this week in Old City Plaza. Courtesy photo

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The San Clemente Friends of the Library has a sell-out success for its Meet the Authors Luncheon February 26 at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. The event features Ron Carlson, Susan Vreeland and Tatjana Soli and is being held in memory of the literary event’s founder, Betty Limberg, who died June 29. Donations and sponsorship for the luncheon and the Friends of the Library are still welcome. The organization selected two of San Clemente High’s International Baccalaureate English students, Hannah Feiner and Natasha Overin, to attend the luncheon.


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Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info The San Clemente Collaborative and Girls, Inc. of Orange County is offering a free, fiveweek after-school program for girls age 15 to 18. The program, called Taking Care of Business, will meet for five Mondays from February 28 to March 28. The sessions will be from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Community Resource Center at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church. The group is limited to 25 participants and will focus on topics such as making and achieving goals; and understanding yourself better. Pre-registration is required and will be open to the first 25 girls to respond. For information, contact Lauren Henderson at Girls, Inc. at Lhenderson@ or call 949.646.7181 ext. 303.


The Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area in San Clemente received a $10,000 grant in honor of Kelly Slater’s 10th World Surfing Championship from the Association of Surfing Professionals. The Quiksilver Foundation announced its “10 for TEN” program and donated $100,000 in Slater’s name to 10 nonprofits. “Ten $10,000 donations is really special,” said Slater in a press release. “As a kid, I could not have fathomed being able to give such a nice gift to charities I believe in, and it was totally unexpected.” The foundation’s 10 for TEN gave Kelly the opportunity to create awareness and support for non-profit organizations that he is passionate about and that deserve a celebratory donation. He thanked the surf company and its foundation. Each of the causes selected have impacted Kelly’s life in some meaningful way. “We are excited to be working with the champ on selecting caring organizations, all with good causes, that are more than deserving of $10,000 each in honor of Kelly’s 10th World Title,” said Ryan Ashton, Quiksilver Foundation director.

u San Clemente High senior Francesca Coxe, 17, was one of 10 California students named as a state finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Coxe helped raise $20,000 to fund cleft lip and cleft palette surgeries for 80 underprivileged children through SCHS’ Operation Smile chapter. She founded the chapter with her sister in 2008. The club organizes charity dances known as “Rock the Smile” to raise the money. The community awards honor youths for “outstanding acts of volunteerism.”


Rib Trader owner Rick Skillman receives a plaque February 4 from local firemen at the closing of the El Camino Real restaurant. Courtesy photo

A group of local firemen feted Rib Trader owner Rick Skillman at the closing of his eatery February 4 by giving him a special retirement pickaxe on a plaque. About 35 firemen, their guests, Skillman and his family attended the dinner. The tables were covered in white linens and decked out with flowers. Two firefighters, Zane Testerman and Tobie Tobiassen, prepared the meal of steak and lobster, and retired fire chief Don Hayden acted as the evening’s emcee. “There were a few tears shed by all for all the memories and good times over the years at the Trader from wakes with Jimmy Buffet in attendance to weddings and fundraisers,” Skillman said by e-mail. “The ribs and the barbecue sauce may be gone, but the memories will last forever. A humble thank you to all the good people in town that were part of the Trader gang.”


The City of San Clemente Recreation Division is offering ballroom dance lessons the third Friday of every month for $10 per person, which includes lessons, sodas and snacks. This month’s lesson on waltz will be February 18. Adult couples and singles of all ages are invited. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., lessons run from 7:35 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and open dance continues to 10:30 p.m. The ballroom dancing takes place at San Clemente’s Community Center at 100 N. Calle Seville. For more information, call 949.498.0233. u

From left, San Clemente High School students Brenden Kim, Reilly Gorman, Nima Shull, Emily Trotter, Lizzie Heinze and club Adviser Katie Mann receive a Proclamation from City of San Clemente Mayor Donchak at the City Council meeting February 1. Courtesy photo

The Capistrano Unified School District with the cooperation of San Clemente High School group Cool to be Kind (C2BK) facilitated KindnesCCounts the week of February 7. The C2BK leaders were spotlighted at a forum February 9 by the Irvine Police Department. The forum will highlight the need for student advocates in preventing bullying.


Our Lady of Fatima Parish School will be receiving one of the 7,000 space shuttle heat shield tiles that NASA is giving away to schools and universities. With the shuttle program slated to end next year, NASA said the offer was made to “preserve the program’s history and inspire the next generation of space explorers, scientists and engineers.” There are more than 20,000 heat shield tiles on a space shuttle. They protect the spacecraft from extreme temperatures when it reenters Earth’s atmosphere. Like much of the space shuttle, some of the tiles were developed and manufactured in Southern California. One tile will be coming home to Our Lady of Fatima’s science lab.


Lyla Clark plays the piano in San Juan Capistrano. She and her sisters have entered the Pacific Symphony’s OC Can You Play? Contest. Courtesy photo

The Clark girls of San Clemente have entered a piano playing contest held by the Pacific Symphony called “OC Can You Play?” The symphony invited participants to create their own piano performance on one of 20 pianos placed throughout Orange County and asked their supporters to vote for them online until February 24. Alleannna Clark, 11, has been taking lessons for three years and Juliette, 9, for two years. Since their piano teacher was on maternity leave for about 6 months, their parents John and Manya Clark hoped this contest would encourage the girls to keep practicing. They not only performed, but also taught their little sister, Lyla, 6, who has not begun lessons so that she could also be a part of the experience. On January 23, the family went to the closest painted piano, which was located across from the San Juan Capistrano Mission on the sidewalk. The girls each played several songs, which gathered a small audience. Their parents captured their daughters on video. The family had so much fun that they decided to go to Laguna Beach to continue playing at another venue. The Clark family edited the video to four minutes, uploaded it to YouTube and submitted it to the OC Can You Play. The contest allows people to vote for their favorite video and the winner receives a pair tickets for the summer performances of the Pacific Symphony. Since the Clark girls’ piano video is the only entry from San Clemente, the girls are hoping that the San Clemente community will go online, watch the video and vote for them once every day until the February 24 deadline. To vote and share the video, visit their Clark Girls Piano fan page on Facebook and follow the instructions at u

Serge Simard and his daughter Brie Simard show some of the boxes of shoes collected during Truman Benedict School’s shoe drive. Courtesy photo

Truman Benedict School families donated more than 1,000 pairs of shoes for a shoe drive held in coordination with Walk to School Week January 31 to February 7. The shoes will be donated to a nonprofit Donate Your Old Shoes, which provides the shoes to those them around the world. The shoe drive was headed up by Truman Benedict parent and Parent-Teacher Association volunteer Serge Simard. Simard, who came up with the idea for the shoe drive, stood in front of the school each morning during the week with his daughter Brie, collecting the shoe donations. San Clemente U-Haul donated the boxes and truck rental to transport the shoes to Donate Your Old Shoes in San Diego. The shoes will then be transported to Tennessee before heading to their final destination in Liberia, Africa. The boxes of shoes were shown to all the kids at the February 7 morning assembly. Principal Charlotte Hibsch commented that the students’ generosity is a great way to kick off KindnesSCounts Week.


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GUEST COLUMN: By Steven Knoblock, former San Clemente City Council member

Will Measure A Fix North Beach? T he Miramar Theater with its adjoining bowling alley in North Beach is a dog — actually, a mangy cur. It has been a mangy cur for over 30 years. When we think of the premier gateway to our city in North Beach, what mostly comes to mind is the dilapidated Miramar. We think of the graffiti, the crumbling tiles, the obsolete and obnoxious bowling alley and Steven Knoblock the cracked, disheveled and unnatural sea of asphalt that surrounds it. Measure A will do nothing to fix the Miramar. Years ago, a small group of citizens were commissioned to look into the problem of North Beach. Instead of addressing the malaise of the Miramar and assisting the private property owners who wished to invest private capital to improve private property, they charted a different course. The course they set was to transfer the publicly owned beautiful beachfront land to a private developer. Over the last six years, several owners of the Miramar have desperately sought the help of the city to improve or remove the blighted building, but to no avail. Instead of marshaling the city’s considerable resources to assist the owners’ endeavors to put some salve on this eyesore, they sadly failed to address the real problem. Instead, like lemmings rushing to the precipice, they maintained, with dogged determination, their steadfast pursuit of a private commercial development

on citizen-owned beachfront land. Much of the publicly owned North Beach land the city wants to sell was originally taken involuntarily from private citizens by the governmental power of eminent domain. The land is to be used exclusively for public parking and park purposes. If the citizens no longer need the land for parking or park purposes, the city should rightly return it to the individuals from whom it was taken, rather than to transfer it at a much-reduced price to a private developer. Of course, if Measure A passes, and the city is given permission from the citizens to sell public land to a private developer, we would have a few more commercial, retail and restaurant spaces to enjoy with our friends and family. We are asked to not notice the transition from our current easy and spacious beach parking to the inevitable congested and competitively sparse parking for future beach trail and beach access. To mitigate this minor issue, the city will generously provide a $4.5 million publicly funded supplemental parking structure approximately a half mile away from the beach, up the hill on Avenida Pico by the UHaul Rental facility. We are being encouraged to appreciate this public amenity and to not notice that our families will have to cart our children, grandchildren, coolers, folding chairs, blankets, surfboards and the like up and down Pico hill in order to enjoy the day on our beloved beaches. As a property rights advocate and a member of the San Clemente City Council from 2005 to 2008, I frequently


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disagreed on open space and development issues with many of the “No on A” advocates. However, Measure A fixes neither Miramar nor North Beach. On so many levels, it is just plain wrong. That is why my wife and I are voting No on A. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

Letters to the Editor MARCHING BAND WORKING HARD Maria S. Wilson, Uniform Chairman SCHS Marching Band

San Clemente High School’s Triton Marching Alliance is a very proud, award-winning marching band, having been invited to march not only down our beloved Del Mar in downtown San Clemente, but also several times down Main Street in Disneyland, yearly in the Christmas Day Parade in Laguna Niguel, in the Swallow’s Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano, in the 2008 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, and in the 2009 Salute to Youth Parade in Honolulu, Hawaii. Though we appreciate Mr. Lou Leto rallying the community to support our student’s Washington, D.C. trip, it is important to us that the community know how very hard our students and our program have been working since Marching Band Camp in August 2010 so that no one is being left out from any music-related activity taking place this school year and beyond. As he stated, the camaraderie and learning benefits of marching band members, whether playing at a football game, competing in a tournament or representing our great city of San Clemente in a parade, are once-in-a-lifetime, memorable experiences no student should ever be denied. We invite Mr. Leto and the community to show their support on March 20 by inviting family and friends to attend “An Evening of Jazz,” featuring San Clemente High School’s Jazz Page 10 • San Clemente Times • February 17–23, 2011

Band and staring Grammy Award winner Latin Jazz Band Leader Poncho Sanchez. The price is $20 with advance ticket purchase or $25 at the door. We know it’s a bit more than the $3 donation Mr. Leto suggested in his article, but we promise that the experience will be more enjoyable and satisfying than the cup of specialty coffee he referred to.

POLITICS AND CRIME Donald Clinebell, San Clemente

On February 1, I started the night with one “Yes on A” sign proudly displayed in my front yard. Next morning, my teenage son and my teenage daughter left the house to work out at the gym. It was dark at 5:30 a.m., and they found a shadowy “no” figure dumping a dozen crumpled “Yes on A” signs on the ground on our lawn and erecting a “No on A” sign on our lawn. The shadowy figure — in a dark hooded sweatshirt — stared at my children briefly and, without speaking, disappeared down the side yard. The police were called. The “no” campaign shows its colors in the dead of night — a trespasser, prowler, an ordinary criminal. I resent most the fear my children experienced in this shadowy trespasser invading the front and side yards of my children’s home. Teachable

moment, though: From the “No on A” campaign my children are learning about the worst in political lies, deception...and crime.


I am a North Beach resident. I own a home in North Beach. My children attend school in North Beach. Most of my friends live in North Beach. I am voting yes on Measure A. Almost eight years ago, my husband and I bought a home in North Beach after living in several other neighborhoods in San Clemente. The reason we bought our home here is we were so excited about the future plans to revitalize this neighborhood. We envisioned a neighborhood graced by historic buildings, local restaurants, unique shops and places to walk and enjoy the beautiful views while eating or browsing. We thought this would be the perfect neighborhood for a young family. We attended the community meetings when the developers were being interviewed, we attended the initial concept meetings when (developer) the LAB first presented their plans and we attended Planning Commission and City Council meetings to show our support. We voted yes on Measure W. I urge you and your families to vote YES on Measure A. (Cont. on page 12)


Letters to the Editor (cont.) (Cont. from page 10) Playa del Norte will be a true gem for our Village by the Sea and an amazing amenity for North Beach residents.

CYCLISTS CALL FOR ALTERNATIVES TO PLAYA DEL NORTE Pete van Nuys, executive director of the OC Bicycle Coalition

As director of the Orange County Bicycle Coalition, I must respond to the effect the proposed LAB development will have on bicyclists traversing North Beach. Currently bicyclists traveling through San Clemente choose one of three routes, the shared use Beach Trail, the signed Pacific Coast Bike Route along residential streets or El Camino Real. The most used is the now historic Pacific Coast route. First designated in 1976, it offers the easiest grades and least traffic. Southbound, it jogs onto Calle Deshecha at North Beach and affords an ocean view as it heads toward the Ole Hanson Beach Club. At 26 feet, Deshecha is narrow, but because it has parallel parking on only one side, it’s easy for bikers to avoid possibly opening car doors. The LAB project will change this for the worse. Because it eliminates all parking in the current triangle site, it adds over 50 diagonal parking spaces along Deshecha. While the street will become wider, the diagonal spaces will force drivers to back blindly into the lane before they can even see approaching traffic. The safe, useable width of the street for cyclists will be reduced. Because of the nature of the project, pedestrian traffic will greatly increase, too. For comparison, I suggest readers bicycle down Deshecha now with its few parallel parking spaces and compare that experience with a ride down Del Mar with its diagonal parking. Watch for cars backing out and imagine pedestrians wandering diagonally across your path. Pretty scary. In any case no thinking person would propose a bike route through a parking lot but that’s what Deshecha becomes. The LAB’s solution, a 15 mph speed limit, confirms as much. The purpose of the bike route is to provide cyclists with a safe and pleasant ride through town, not to deliver customers to LAB. El Camino Real is now being widened and signals added to accommodate the increase in traffic generated by the Marblehead mall and new homes. Additionally, funding for some type of shared-use path from Poche (Beach) has already been secured. Ending at North Beach, it will inevitably increase the number of casual bicyclists, runners and stroller moms through the area. But casual riders and parents with kids will find the increased traffic on El Camino daunting, and the congestion on Deshecha equally unattractive. Greater traffic through the project, more conflict with cars parking and pulling out, and more traffic on the only alternate route — as proposed, the LAB project is a net loser for bikers of all abilities. We ask cyclists to join us in support of better alternatives.


SC GREEN: By Gary Headrick

Emergency Preparedness is Key to Sustainability A s mentioned in previous articles, our “green” efforts are currently being directed toward our own living situation at home. Safety and emergency preparedness is an important component of any sustainability plan so my wife Laurie and I signed up for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training being offered by the city. We also participated in a refresher course in CPR being offered to the class. Both of these programs have given us some basic tools to assist our family and neighbors in the event of day-to-day emergencies or a major disaster, which in our earthquakeprone area is inevitable. In fact, the best science now available points to more and more evidence that we are actually overdue for the “Big One.” Scott McKey, one of the presenters, gave the following description about the kind of earthquake we should expect. “The most devastating California earthquake of recent memory was the Northridge 6.7 quake of 1994,” he said. “Do any of you remember how long that shaking lasted? At most, 17 seconds.” Then he stretched out his arms and said, “In an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, the ground will move back and forth this distance, two meters, every second, for three continuous minutes, and you’ll only have one or two steps to reach some kind of protected area.” An audible gasp came from the class of 32 participants. How could much of anything be left standing after a quake like that? As you might expect following a major disaster of that magnitude, first responders who provide fire and medical

NO REPEAT OF NIXON LIBRARY Donna Kalez, San Clemente

Citizens of San Clemente. I have lived in this town all my life and I am so disappointed in the No-on-A shenanigans. Don’t fall for it. I have two simple words for you: Nixon Library. I’m hoping for a better San Clemente.


The San Onofre Foundation is a California 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation. Our mission is to support education and interpretation within our State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches. Several of our Directors have recently expressed their personal opinions in support of or opposition to Measure A, as published in the San Clemente Times. Their viewpoints are their own, and do not reflect any endorsement by our organization. The San Onofre Foundation remains neutral in all aspects of political advocacy unless the issue pertains to the specific parks we support.

WHAT IS PRICE OF SMALL-TOWN CHARM? Kristin Brown, San Clemente

8 a.m. Friday, February 18 and Friday, March 4 at Café Calypso ••••• 114 Avenida Del Mar, Suite 4, San Clemente Please join us the first and third Friday of every month for our open community forum.

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I have many fond memories of our town. My parents got married at Ole Hanson Beach Club. Going to the Miramar (Theater) to see movies when I was young and then bands when I was a little older. I graduated from playing in the water at Poche Beach to late nights at Lost Winds (Lasuens Beach) as a teenager. There were endless walks up and down Del Mar from the Pier to El Camino and long walks checking out our legendary, world-class surf breaks. Even though I don’t surf, I am still incredibly prideful of our beaches. I am a realist. I know small towns like ours grow and change. But with the Playa Del Norte Project, I have to wonder at what cost? Instead of building new complexes, why don’t we revitalize the buildings and businesses already in town? The economy has not recovered, and it seems irresponsible to just build, build, build, especially since we already have hundreds of empty commercial spaces in town. I

services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Roadways and communications will be down. Water, gas and power will be unavailable, too. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs. Contrary to what most people expect, we’ll be on our own for more than just SC Green three days. We need to be prepared to By Gary Headrick provide for ourselves for at least seven days, if not longer, before professional help arrives. That is why classes like these are so important. The CERT training is usually delivered in three-hour sessions, one evening a week over a seven-week period. The training consists of the following: Disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, two sessions of medical operations parts, light search and rescue operations, disaster psychology, terrorism and course review and disaster simulation. While this may be a lot of material to cover in much depth, it does provide adequate information about readiness, neighbor-to-neighbor assistance, rescuer safety and maximizing the greatest good. If interested in being trained in this way, please contact Jen Tucker, emergency planning officer for San Clemente, at 949.361.6109 or She is taking names for the upcoming session. 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

understand that the thought behind building is that we are creating jobs and commerce and putting money back into the economy of our town, but to that projection, I say: Look at the Marblehead project. We need to be proceeding at a more cautious pace that is in keeping with the master plan of our town. Why not start with the Miramar? In a building that already exists, let’s create a recreational space for people to enjoy by the beach. This could be a place where we can gather and still enjoy the beauty and charm of our town. We, as a town, can bring life back to North Beach and this can be done because we already have beautiful, historically relevant buildings there. We don’t need a corporation to come in and build new memories for us. No on A.

SIMPLE MATH ON MEASURE A Brooke Tyson, San Clemente

In response to the many letters and statements by the (developer) LAB people saying that we will not lose our convenient beach parking at North Beach if the LAB project is allowed to be built. That simply is not true. The truth is that the parking will be gone. The LAB people are trying to cover up this dirty little secret by saying that the same number of parking spots will remain on the beach side of Pacific Coast Highway, but what they neglect to address is that if the LAB (development) is built, this parking will no longer be readily available for your use anymore because it will be filled by their new LAB customers. They are hoping that you do not realize this fact until after the election when it will then be too late. It is simple third-grade mathematics — same number of parking spots on the beach side of PCH, but tons more people. Remember, the LAB people are the ones who keep telling us how successful this project will be and that it will bring huge numbers of new people to North Beach to shop and dine. So, if the number of convenient parking spots near the beach stays the same and there is a large influx of additional new people coming to eat and shop at the LAB, then the spot you used to use to go to the beach, walk on the trail, go to the (Ole Hanson) Beach Club or ride on the train will now be taken up by one of their LAB customers. It is simple, straightforward math. (Cont. on page 14)


Letters to the Editor (cont.) (Cont. from page 12) And we all know that it is human nature to want to park close to where you dine and shop so the LAB customers will not park way up on (Avenida) Pico in the new parking structure and walk all the way down to the LAB. No, instead they will want to park close to the LAB, which is where you currently park. So the parking you currently use and value so much will be gone. If the LAB people are being this deceitful about the parking impact, just think what else are they covering up about all the other aspects of their project. So the secret is now out of the bag. If you surf at North Beach and like to park close to check out the waves, change into your wetsuit and go surfing at (surf break) 204, you will find that your convenient parking will be gone, taken up by LAB customers. If you are an older person with bad knees trying to find a close place to park next to the beach club so you can go to your water aerobics class, you will find that your convenient parking will be gone, taken up by LAB customers. If you are a young mother used to parking near the trail and unloading your stroller and baby to get your baby some fresh air and you some exercise or you are a family with children and lots of beach gear in tow hoping to park close and spend the day on the sand or you are just getting home from work and trying to take your dog on a walk on the trail before it gets dark or you are running late to catch the train, you will all find that your convenient parking will be gone, taken up by LAB customers. The list goes on and on and on. If you currently use the convenient parking at North Beach or know someone who uses it or you think it is wrong to try to trick people into thinking that the parking will not be taken from them by the LAB project, then you should vote no on Measure A. The LAB Corporation’s gain will be the people of San Clemente’s loss. That is an experiment I am not willing to take. Vote no on the LAB experiment. Vote no on Measure A.


Good things are happening in North Beach. In addition to the roadwork on El Camino Real and Avenida Pico, you may have noticed work occurring on the lot across from U-Haul (facility). This is the forthcoming blufftop Pico Park, just a short walk up from the beach, which includes a basketball court, tot lot, picnic areas and connections to a coastal bluff nature trail system. This bluff-top park will offer spectacular wide-open vistas of the ocean for San Clemente families and visitors. This new public amenity is being paid for through private development funds. Likewise, Playa del Norte in North Beach will provide new gardens and open space for public use where currently the empty Christmas tree lot and a portion of the adjacent asphalt parking lot sit. We can have breakfast near the beach at the Beach Trail Café, as well as have healthy lunch options while enjoying the San Clemente ocean breezes and views of the coastline from oceanfront patios and gardens. Using native coastal plantings, Playa del Norte will retain a park-like feeling with open, public areas, fountains, fire pits and outdoor dining terraces. In addition, the lawn area on the ocean side of the (Ole Hanson) Beach Club will be expanded for easy, ocean view relaxing after a swim in the pool. I think Ole Hanson would be pleased with the new parks and outdoor amenities now coming to North Beach, expanding the recreational opportunities for residents and visitors alike. Vote yes on A to continue this vision.

VOTE YOUR HEART Kathy Ward, San Clemente

I had this letter written weeks ago. I just learned of a similar letter that our Mayor Lori Donchak sent out asking people to “vote your heart.” I decided not to change my message. Because on this, she and I have thought alike. My difference is that I think if San Clemente truly votes with their heart, they will choose their beachfront over a shopping center. Whatever this means to your own interests, that is how you will vote. It could be about your use of the beach trail or access to the ocean, beach club or Metrolink. It could be about a concern over the increased traffic a cenPage 14 • San Clemente Times • February 17–23, 2011

ter would bring. Your vote could all be about the view of the ocean. If you are a business owner in this town, you alone know what this would mean to your business. Voting is a true democracy. You have the opportunity to cast your vote, and you don’t have to tell anyone what it is. We all agree that the buildings around North Beach need some attention. But I think we should really turn our attention to these buildings and make them something instead of adding more. So I ask you, San Clemente, get out there on March 8 and vote with your heart. Does your heart tell you that you want your open beachfront preserved or do you want a shopping center?

of parking at the Pier do to the T-street parking area or the other residential beach accesses further south? Measure A proponents say they are interested in the North Beach area becoming revitalized. Measure A opponents, like myself, are in agreement that some development in the area may spur some gentrification. But the Playa Del Norte development, as the design stands now, is wrong for San Clemente and is in the wrong place, a public beach parking lot. There are many reasons why this proposed development does not fit our coastal town. The most important reason to vote against it is that it limits public access to the very reason the people of San Clemente moved here in the first place, the beach.



Edward R. Kweskin, San Clemente

Michael Mortenson, San Clemente

From the San Clemente News, July 23, 1987, an editorial by the undersigned: “The description of the property reads as follows: Prime coastal parcel designated commercial with outstanding freeway access, phenomenal ocean views, located on a major arterial street with rail access from nearby Amtrak passenger trains. It’s within easy access of Dana Point Harbor, the Ritz Carlton Hotel and the Royce Hotel and other resort and travel amenities. Availability is through the owner, City of San Clemente, with favorable terms and priced to accommodate immediate development.” Playa del Norte? Nope, as the editorial continues, “the side described is the wastewater treatment facility for the City of San Clemente, a facility mandated by a bizarre voter initiative to continue to function at the present location for the next generation of San Clementeans.” Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, 24 years ago another vote of the electorate kept the fabulous wastewater treatment plan and eventually the U-Haul store at its present pristine location. The editorial continues with an argument that is prescient: “This planning commitment ranks second behind the location of the freeway through the center of town as the most illogical and ill-advised planning commitment of the city. In both cases, the community has had the opportunity to look down the gun sights of the future and proceeded to shoot itself in the foot.” Well, here we are again, folks: a blighted neighborhood with a developer who will spend millions to make the entry to the city interesting, well designed and functional. Or, leave it for still another generation to stand as a testament to the marksmanship of the citizenry in its ability to shoot itself in both feet for the hat trick.

WHICH WAY TO THE BEACH? Jayme Timberlake, San Clemente

Beach access is nothing without a means of getting to the access. The Playa Del Norte development issue on the ballot in March, otherwise known as Measure A, will limit beach access in San Clemente, a town that already has limited ways to legally access the public beach. San Clemente consists of six miles of coastline, only 2.25 miles of which can be accessed via one of the public accesses. The rest are either private or state owned. The Playa Del Norte development, unfortunately, will result in a decrease of convenient parking spaces available to get to the limited public coast. This is also unfortunate for those who enjoy the new coastal trail. With the Playa Del Norte development, beachgoers, walkers and joggers will be required to park approximately a half mile away from the beach access in a parking area near the existing U-Haul (facility), and wind through and across busy Pacific Coast Highway to access the beach. It is true that some parking spots will remain along the beachfront, but keep in mind that these spaces will be in high demand given the new shopping development, its workers, the existing Ole Hanson pool and its weekend weddings and events, and numerous Metrorail commuters who wish to continue to use the closest spaces. Plus, with less easy-to-get-to beach accesses, the limited accesses we have will inevitably be further burdened by those beachgoers who don’t want to lug their surfboards, boogies, chairs and children a half mile. Think about it, would you vote yes to build a retail shopping center in the Pier parking lot? What would a lack

My family and I are relatively new to San Clemente, having moved here just over a year ago. Within days of moving here we were bombarded by “Save North Beach” campaign literature. At the time neither my wife nor I knew where North Beach was, let alone the underlying campaign issues. I was, however, familiar with the (developer) LAB, Little American Businesses. I frequent the LAB’s and (the developer’s) CAMP’s restaurants and stores, given their proximity to my Costa Mesa office. As a result, I’ve learned how environmentally conscious the LAB group is, how thoughtful they are when it comes to design and material use, and how much they care about their community. Based on my understanding of the LAB, I assumed wherever North Beach was, it must be a pristine piece of land unworthy of commercial development, regardless of the developer. I pictured an expansive beach untouched by commercial development, dotted perhaps by small cottages similar to Crystal Cove in north Laguna. I was stunned the first time I saw North Beach. To be sure, it’s a great piece of land with lots of potential. But let’s be honest, it’s a dump. Standing in one of the many empty parking spaces I thought not only about North Beach’s potential, and what the LAB could create here, but of the vast disconnect between what I was seeing with my own eyes, and what the anti-development lobby was trying to make me believe I was seeing. Indeed, this effort to define what North Beach is continues today. Just a few days ago this paper published a column (SC Times, February 3) in which the author likened North Beach’s “beauty” to that of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite! Huh? Are we seeing the same thing? Invoking Joni Mitchell, the author proclaimed North Beach is a “paradise” which ought not be turned into a “parking lot” for “future generations.” This type of hyperbole, apparently common among anti-development supporters, is demonstrably detached from the reality of a poorly planned commercial development riddled with empty parking spaces, dilapidated buildings, empty dirt lots, rundown condos and trash. I think a better quote is “the truth shall set you free.” The truth is that North Beach is not pristine open space. It’s ugly. But it has potential. Acknowledging this truth liberates us to unlock North Beach’s potential. Voting yes on Measure A will allow us, as a community, to collectively breathe life into North Beach’s decaying corpse. Voting yes on A will enable us to create first jobs for current and future generations at the LAB’s many stores, create opportunities for our local artists to proudly display their work throughout the development, foster entrepreneurial dreams of opening up small businesses there, turn an eyesore into a center of civic pride and provide residents and tourists alike an exceptional venue to take in all of North Beach’s undeveloped beauty. Vote yes on A. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Please limit your letters to 350 words. Because of the increased number of letters to the editor, the SC Times is unable to include every submission in our print edition. We will be posting additional letters to our website at



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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

thursday17 forecast: sunny • high: 72° low: 40°

Open Mic with Boo Stubs

Go See Do

Ocean Friendly Gardens with Surfrider

Locals can learn to create eye-catching home landscapes that reduce runoff and curb pollution in local waterways. The Surfrider Foundation will share these principles during an ocean friendly gardening course Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Tree of Life Nursery in San Juan Capistrano. “It’s a way for all of us to design and maintain our gardens so that we can reduce urban runoff — and the pollutants that go with it,” according to the foundation’s website. Runoff carries sediment that can reduce water clarity and contribute to growth of ocean algae and red tides. When it carries bacteria, runoff can also lead to beach closures. The debris can affect aquatic species. Pesticides carried to the oceans can poison fish, which may eventually be eaten by humans.

Queen Nation

8 p.m. Tribute to the popular rock band Queen at The Coach House; The Dealers and Whiskey Jack also perform. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Singles’ Night

9 p.m.–1:30 a.m. Top-40 hits, rock ‘n’ roll and ’90s dance music set the scene in Brio Tuscany Grille for singles’ night. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Monarch Beach, 949.443.1476,

Piano Bar

Those who attend the course pick up on the ways they can retain water on their property and keep it from sweeping fertilizers, pesticides and oil away into sewers and out to the ocean. The workshop will stress gardening for conservation, permeability and retention. Gardeners will also hear about other ways to landscape their homes without traditional grass lawns. They will be introduced to a variety of plants and styles of ground coverings that beautify the exterior of their property in an environmentally conscious way. The nursery is located at 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano. For more information about the event, visit www. or —Stacie N. Galang

The Bayou Brothers

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

Sunshine Brooks Music Series

7 p.m. Musicians T.K. Plummer, The Cory Wilkins Band and 3X perform at Sunshine Brooks Theatre. Tickets $10. 217 N. Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 760-529-9140,

Uncle Henry Kamae

8 p.m.-10 p.m. Ukulele concert at Hulaville. $5. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,

6 p.m.-9 p.m. Get onstage at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121,

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

The Droppers

Foreign Film Friday

Aloha Friday


The Memphis Kings

Bad Kitty Project


7 p.m. The third Friday of every month, the Dana Point Library shows a foreign film; this Friday it’s the UK film “Bomber.” 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

Satin Blues

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

Hulaville Open Mic Night

9 p.m. Dress Island style for specials at BeachFire. Live music. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, 9 p.m. Live band at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400,

saturday19 forecast: sunny • high: 73° low: 43°

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,

Love ’Em and Leash ’Em

$1 Thursdays

Doc Holliday

5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company has $1 tastings of wines off the daily tasting menu. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

Chris Cram and the Oxymormon Band 8 p.m. Live classic rock every Thursday at The Rib Joint. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500.

friday18 forecast: sunny • high: 75° low: 43°

Toad Hollow Wine Tasting

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Deborah French of Toad Hollow Winery. Tasting fee is $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers and chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

Ballroom Bash

7:15 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dance event at the San Clemente Community Center. Starts with a lesson in the Waltz, followed by free dancing of all types for couples and singles. Tickets $10. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.498.0233,

Flock of 80’s

10 p.m. Live ’80s band at OC Tavern; no cover. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, Page 16 • San Clemente Times • February 17–23, 2011

9 a.m.-12 p.m. Special event for dogs and dog-lovers at Irvine Regional Park. Parking $5. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.973.6835, 8 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse presents a captivating play about the West’s most famous dentist and his journey featuring the great grand nephew of the legendary Wyatt Earp. Tickets $25 for the show only or $40 for the pre-play reception at 6:30 p.m. 31776 El Camino Real San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,

Gray Whale Watching

12 p.m.; 2 p.m. Search for gray whales with Dana Wharf. Adults $29, kids $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

They Came From Outer Space

9:30 p.m. Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Popular Drag Queen show at Adele’s. Tickets $10. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121,

forecast: partly cloudy • high: 68° low: 42°

San Clemente Farmers Market

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

Fundraising Event for Autism

12 p.m.-5 p.m. Toba Salon and Surfers Healing support friends and family touched by autism by offering $10 haircuts for autistic children and $15 blue-hair extensions for the community to show support for autism. 801 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.493.9735,

Murder by the Mission

7 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse and Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot Restaurant team up to present a murder mystery dinner theatre experience at Sarducci’s. Tickets $55 each for play and meal. 26701 Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.9593, www.

Al Di Meola

7 p.m. World-famous guitarist performs at The Coach House. Tickets $29.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica’s NASA Space Exploration Exhibit on display featuring historical space stories, photos, equipment and more. Adults $5. Kids 12 and under $3. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

Signature Safari

Satellite Horse Racing

Ukulele Nights


Help Me Rhonda

10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. OC Tavern presents a fun event offered Wednesday through Sunday. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House; Hot Minute, d and 24E also perform. Tickets $13 advance, $15 day of show. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Capt Dave’s Safari offers daily departures for whale watching. Call for times, pricing and more info. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, 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, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Three-piece acoustic band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, (Cont. on page 18)


SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Andrea Swayne

Chick Pita

32371 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, in the Ocean Ranch Shopping Center, 877.716.8886, BEST KNOWN FOR: Tender and juicy chicken kabob MOST POPULAR ITEM: Beef and lamb gyros Wrap it, plate it or toss it. That’s what the menu board at Chick Pita Fresh Mediterranean Grill says. And, with a large selection of freshly prepared and delicious dishes, you’ll be happy to do just that. The chicken and beef kabob or shawarma and beef and lamb gyros can be either wrapped in your choice of soft fresh traditional or whole wheat pita bread, plated as an entrée with two sides and hummus, rice or pita or presented atop a crisp Greek or Mediterranean salad. Dolmas, spanakopita and falafel are other Greek favorites available here. For a light lunch or side, try the tabouleh salad, a fresh and colorful mix of chopped fresh parsley, bulgur, tomatoes, onions, mint, extra virgin olive oil and lemon—so tasty! Another popular side dish is the batata—potatoes sauteed with cilantro, garlic, lemon juice and seasonings. Every meal is a value here—nothing over $10—and the portions are satisfying. Place your order online and receive a 15 percent discount! Chick Pita currently has two locations and is looking to expand with two more opening soon.

Chick Pita’s Carlos Bravo. Photo by Andrea Swayne

PRICE RANGE: $0.50-$9.99 PAYMENT: Cash and credit card RESERVATIONS: Not necessary HOURS: Sun.-Tues. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Wed, Thurs. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fri., Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

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 16)

monday21 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 62° low: 42°


12 p.m.-4 p.m. The Saddleback College Art Gallery presents an exhibit by Rassouli on display through March 10. Admission free. Meet the artist reception 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on Feb. 26. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,


6:30 p.m. The fun starts early and goes till late at Swallow’s Inn every Monday. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


CHERYL SILVERSTEIN & JOHN PAUL KEENE 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Jazz & pop standards and duets with Cheryl Silverstein, vocalist, and John Paul Keene, pianist, at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

wednesday23 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 65° low: 42°


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


7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

9:30 p.m. Comedians get some laughs at Hennessey’s every Monday night. Free. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,




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 and 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,

tuesday22 forecast: partly cloudy • high: 65° low: 41°


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


3 p.m.–7 p.m. Every Wednesday at El Camino Real and Yorba in San Juan Capistrano. 949.493.4700. 9:30 p.m. Your chance to sing live at Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,


7 p.m.–8 p.m. Educational wine tasting at Vine featuring four wines paired with food; $40 per person. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9376,


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


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


8 p.m. Live “hippy hillbilly” music at The Rib Joint. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500.

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

UPCOMING: February 24



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


9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


7:30 p.m. Coastal Cruise Tuesday at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, Page 18 • San Clemente Times • February 17–23, 2011

AT THE MOVIES Oh, What a Dilemma

12 p.m. Casa Romantica presents a free event on space-related programming with local experts in conjunction with the exhibit “They Came From Outer Space.” Free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

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Sometimes when a talented filmmaker meets up with an impressive ensemble, we get an epic, successful film. And sometimes, it’s a complete disaster. “Ishtar”(1987), “Ready to Wear”(1994) and “Gigli”(2003) are a few of the more infamous bombs from previous years, and this early 2011, we are given “The Dilemma.” From director Ron Howard, who was the man behind the camera of hits such as “Splash”(1984), “Cocoon”(1985), “Apollo 13”(1995), “A Beautiful Mind”(2001) and “Frost/Nixon”(2008), we are handed a comedy of romantic disproportions. The film pairs up comedic actors Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as up-and-coming car designers and best friends—who also just happen to have funny personalities—with screen beauties Jennifer Connelly and Winona Ryder as their patient, more attractive love interests. And before it begins, this film falters. While trying to find the right place to propose to his girlfriend Beth (Connelly), Ronny (Vaughn) catches his business partner and best friend, Nick’s (James) wife Geneva (Ryder) cheating on him with a younger man named Zip (Channing Tatum). For the rest of the film, we see Ronny struggling—emotionally and even physically—to tell his close friend about what he saw and witness the growing tension created between him and Geneva. Queen Latifah plays a rather perverse car executive trying to land them a deal. One issue is that our buddy protagonists are a little too funny and end up seeming goofy and obnoxious. Another issue is that Tatum and Latifah’s characters are also so irritable and dumb that we can’t see what the other characters would like in them. And the main issue is that Spyglass Entertainment’s latest release has four, well-established movie makers in Howard, Vaughn, Connelly and Ryder who think they’re making a fun, easy comedy, but are actually downgrading themselves with bad writing. SC —Megan Bianco





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


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High School Reunion

San Clemente Boasts High Number of Alumni Teachers, Staff By Shelley Murphy San Clemente Times


an Clemente High School produces many prominent alumni who garner plenty of attention, like professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler and “Lost” actor Jorge Garcia, however, many of the school’s most influential graduates fly under the radar. A less celebrated but perhaps more impactful group of alumni consists of 26 teachers, coaches and staff who make a daily difference in lives of high school students. “I was inspired to become a teacher by several of my teachers at SCHS, including Tony Sisca, my history teacher during my senior year,” said Duncan Wilson, a physics and biology teacher who graduated in 1974 and began teaching at San Clemente High in 1979. “I went to college with the goal of becoming a teacher and returning to SCHS.” Sisca taught for 45 years, with 35 of those years spent at SCHS. Following in her father’s footsteps, former homecoming queen Carla Sisca McGuire, class of 1981, joined the teaching staff in 1996 and enjoyed five years team teaching with her dad. Together, they saw many of their students transition into colleagues, including Casey Swenson and Marc Popovich. “I always wanted to be a teacher, especially after [Carla] Sisca’s AP U.S. history class,” said Popovich, class of 1998, and world history teacher. Another alumnus feeling the tug to teach at her alma mater is former cheerleader and 1998 valedictorian Laura Janis Compean. “It was a dream to come back and teach at my high school,” said Compean who teaches algebra II and trigonometry. “It was pretty awkward being interviewed for my job by my old algebra II teacher. I said, ‘Hi Mr. Black,’ and he said, ‘If you want this job, call me Bob.’” Compean likes sharing her high school memories in the classroom. “My students know I went to school here and think it’s fun that I went to senior prom with another teacher, Marc Popovich,” she said. Wilson acknowledged the hometown high school’s distinct difference.

A group of San Clemente High alumni are among 26 graduates who have returned to campus to work as teachers, coaches, counselors and support staff. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

Shani Cochrun 1990 Laura Compean 1998 Mary Crapo-Mulligan 1981 Erin (Bro) Dollar 1999 John Dowell 1998 James Galvin 1990

Dave Gellatly 1984 Jon Hamro 1981 Mike Hurlbut 1983 Nanette Johannsen 1978 Michelle MacIntyre 1994

“One of the things about teaching at SCHS that is so rewarding and fun is having the opportunity to teach the sons and daughters of long-time friends who I attended school with,” he said. Physical education teacher Michael Pronier, class of 1980, agreed. “The most amazing part of coaching here this long is that last year I had a player, one of our goalkeepers, whose dad had played for me in the early ’90s,” said Pronier, boys’ soccer coach for the past 23 years. The strong community connection is what attracted Swenson, 1998 graduate, to her job as a world and European history teacher. “My students know that I am an alumnus; I think it helps me to connect with them, especially since some of my former teachers are their current teachers,” Swenson said. “I think it gives the kids a sense of continuity to know there are so many alumni here. It’s also fun to educate the students in the ways their school has changed and the ways it is still the same.” While the campus still looks strikingly

Carla Sisca McGuire 1981 Kaley McPhee 2005 Shawn Mulligan 1978 Marc Popovish 1998 Logan Powell 2002

Pamela Powell 1971 Mike Pronier 1980 Veronica Garcia-Ramirez 1993 Rob Reschan 1970 Jeff Spear 1979

similar to when it opened in 1964, one of the most obvious changes relates to student enrollment. In 1981, Sisca McGuire was one of about 1,500 students as compared to today’s student population of approximately 3,200. “Class sizes have ballooned over the years and budgets have dwindled,” said Wilson. “The PTSA and our SC Education Foundation have really helped out with the purchase of much needed materials for our classrooms—without them we would be in big trouble.” To accommodate the growing student body, about seven years ago, the district converted the old Ole Hanson Elementary School into a new freshman campus. “We’re the only high school in the district that has a freshmen campus that is segregated from the rest of the school, and I think that this has really helped incoming freshmen transition from middle school and become successful,” said Wilson. Class of 1984 alum Dave Gellatly, said he feels a particular bond to the freshman campus.

John Stephens 1978 Casey Swenson 1998 Duncan Wilson 1974 Greg Wire 1982 Dawn Wolfsberger 1973

“The classroom I’m currently teaching in today, I sat in as a student in Mr. Fitch’s fifthgrade class,” said Gellatly, the head baseball coach and college and career planning teacher. “The room I teach in is a room I had class in—I joke with my students that they could be sitting in my desk,” Popovich added. Hoping to see the group of returning alumni grow, Swenson offered advice to potential colleagues. “I encourage students to reach out to their teachers and peers and make themselves known,” he said. “I never would have expected that developing relationships with my teachers in high school would have landed me directly into a career.” While the times may change, Triton spirit stays strong. “Teachers at SCHS really do feel like a family, and I take tremendous pride when I say that I not only graduated from SCHS, but I also teach there,” said Wilson. Whoever said you can’t go home again clearly never attended class on the San Clemente High campus. SC

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Wild Card Winner-A vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School Feb. 17, 5 p.m.

Wild Card Winner-A vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School Feb. 17, TBD

The Lady Tritons are bringing the heat, so you provide the noise as the girls hit the pool for playoffs. Info:

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Triton Report

By David Zimmerle


(1-7 Sea View League, 13-13) closed out the regular season with a much needed 70-66 non-league win against rival Dana Hills on February 10 and in the process snapped a two game losing streak. The Dolphins jumped ahead to a 17-13 lead after the first quarter but were held to 12 points in the second as the Tritons netted 14 points and only trailed 29-27 at the half. Another 19-16 effort by the Tritons in the third quarter backed by a 24-21 fourth frame push left San Clemente with the lead and a good amount of momentum with the CIF playoffs now in sight. Dominic Fashing put on a show with a team high 27 points while Hank Gillbaard and Blake Kubly each scored 14 points each. Meanwhile, for Dana Hills, Jared Moore led the Dolphins with 21 points with Jeremy Bass netting 19 points and Dylan Schumacher scoring 13 points. San Clemente then faced El Rancho High School on the road in Pico Rivera in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1A Ford Championships, presented by Farmers yesterday at 5 p.m. Next 7 days: N/A


(3-6 South Coast League, 13-13) lost its second straight game to close out the regular season with a 49-28 loss to Laguna Hills on February 9. San Clemente led 10-7 after the first quarter, but could not spark its offensive production as the team was again held to single-digit scoring in the final three frames. Lauren Pluimer led the team with nine points while Hailey Cunningham and Brogan Griffin each finished with five points apiece. The team now faces Brea Olinda on the road in the first round of the of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs on today at 6 p.m. Brea Olinda is sporting an undefeated record heading into the game after having gone 12-0 in the Century League and 25-0-0 overall. Next 7 days: N/A

BOYS SOCCER • San Clemente closed

out its regular season campaign with a 1-1 tie against Aliso Niguel on February 10. The Tritons (5-2-1 South Coast League, 12-6-6) got its lone goal of the game in the first half

when Steve Palacios scored off an assist from Jesus Garcia. Aliso then scored in the second half to knot the game as the Tritons could not answer to pull ahead for the win. Dylan Digiacomo had four saves at goal for San Clemente. The Tritons now host Long Beach Jordon in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs on February 18 at 5 p.m. Next 7 days: N/A

GIRLS SOCCER • The Lady Tritons (5-0-

3, 15-2-7) edged Aliso Niguel 1-0 in its final game of the regular season and in the process clinched the South Coast League title outright. This one went the distance as both teams were deadlocked 0-0 at the end of the first half before Tessa Andujar netted the winner in the second half for San Clemente’s only goal of the game. The team now faces the Wild Card Winner-A at home on, February 17 in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs at a time still to be determined. Next 7 days: N/A


(8-0 South Coast League, 20-5) stormed through its final two games of the regular season easily handing Laguna Hills a 15-4 loss on February 8 followed by a 15-6 throttling of Capo Valley on February 10. It’s been a great season for this team as the girls clinched the South Coast League title earlier this season and finished with a perfect record in the South Coast League. In the win against Laguna Hills’ Lady Hawks, San Clemente held a 10-2 lead at the half scoring five goals in both the first and second periods before cruising to the victory. Mikaela Mourere and Candyce Schroeder each led with four goals apiece while Celine Lazzaro and Kelsey Thornton netted two goals each. Thornton also had a team high six steals in the win, while Kayla Colpatino was money at the cage with 10 saves. In the outright taming of the Lady Cougars from Capo Valley, it was again a balanced scoring affair as Danielle Orras and Thornton each led with three goals each, while Lizzie Heinze and Schroeder followed through with two goals apiece. Schroeder also led with six assists while Taylor Smith and Thornton each had a team high of four steals. San Clemente now faces the Wild Card Winner-A at home in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs on Thursday at 5 p.m. Next 7 days: N/A

WRESTLING • San Clemente High’s

wrestling team is heading off to the CIF Indi-

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Tritons vs. Wildcats, Brea Olinda High School Feb. 17, 6 p.m.

Panthers vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School Feb. 18, 5 p.m.

Hawks vs. Lakers, Staples Center Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m.

Hit the road with the Lady Tritons as they get ready to take on powerhouse Brea Olinda in the first round of the playoffs.

San Clemente hosts Long Beach Jordan on the pitch at San Clemente High in the first round of the CIFSS playoffs.

After a slew of games on the road, the Lakers finally head back to home court for a game against Atlanta. Info:



vidual Championships at Colony High in Ontario this Friday and Saturday. At total of 12 wrestlers have qualified to compete at the upcoming event. On February 12, the Tritons also competed at the Division 1 CIF Team Championships at Villa Park. In the first round of the championships, San Clemente drew the No. 8 seed Sultana. The last time San Clemente wrestled this team in particular was in 2008 in the quarterfinals, only winning two of the 14 weight classes. But it was a different story this time around. The Tritons started the match off with five consecutive wins as Zach Fishman, Kyle Reese, Adrian Galvan, Preston Quam and Hayden Yacobucci all picked up pins to roll the score up to 30-0. Also picking up wins in the first round were Jacob Sandoval (4-1), Calvin Wiss (pin) and John Castellini (pin) for a 44-28 victory. However, the quarterfinals were not as kind to the Tritons as they drew the No. 1 ranked team in the tournament and the CIF Southern Section–Temecula Valley High. The boys made a run of it after eight matches as the dual was tied at 16-16, but the Golden Bears were too much for the Tritons eventually winning the next four weight classes in a row. The final score was 35-20 in favor of the Golden Bears with Temecula Valley ultimately winning the CIF title over Oak Hills of Hesperia. Next 7 days: N/A

San Clemente High’s Sandro Viola ollies his way onto a rail grind. Courtesy photo

SKATEBOARDING • OC Skateboarding League had its first contest January 28 at Volcom Indoor in Costa Mesa. Hundred’s of Orange County students and families spent the evening supporting the season opener. The contest winners for San Clemente teams are as follows: Bernice Ayer Middle School (BAMS)–Trenton Schwartz (third place,

middle school street winner); SCHS-Devyn Flanner (third place, high school bowl and street winner); SCHS-Sandro Viola(first place, high school bowl and street winner); and SCHS took first place overall high with the highest points possible Shorecliffs Middle School then swept its first OC Skateboarding contest on February 11. The team took first place overall and all five Shorecliffs skaters also made it to the finals. Griffin Crane, James Whelan and Shea Porter each finished in first, second and third place in street, respectively. And Tyler Samia took third place in bowl. Next contest will be March 18 for San Clemente High and Shorecliffs, then March 25 for BAMS. A main requirement to be on an OC Skateboarding League team is to be in good standing with your school and have at least a 2.0 GPA. Team riders also have to show their progress reports to their coaches before they may participate in a contest (no exceptions).

DANCE TEAM • Facing some stiffer op-

position in its first USA Regional competition of the year, the San Clemente High School dance team still enjoyed a successful trip to Sonora High School on February 12. Battling against tradition dance powerhouses Westview (Poway), Hart (Newhall), South (Torrance) and Troy (Fullerton), the Tritons still managed to take two first places (Small Dance and Small Hip Hop), two seconds (Large Lyrical and Character), and a third (Intermediate Dance) with their five competition dances. More importantly, four of the five dances qualified for the Championship Division competition at Nationals in late March. In particular, the Small Dance team continued undefeated for the season, registering one of the highest scores of the day—a 95 out of 100. “We made a lot of changes in the choreography of all of our dances, based on judges’ critiques from our last competition,” dance team director Jeane McPhee said. “It was a challenging week of practice for all the girls, but the solid results against great competition is a testament to the girls’ work ethic and determination.” The solo competition also featured some of the top dancers in Southern California, with San Clemente senior Natalie Spaeth and sophomore Brieanna Pagliaro finishing fourth and third, respectively. The two soloists each performed routines scoring over 92 out of 100 points. The team now travels to Glendale High School for another USA Regional on Saturday.

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

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

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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,



San Clemente Art Association 949.492.7175 100 N. Calle Seville,

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



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


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

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Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 Body Therapy/Healing                        949.683.2033         San Clemente, 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G -105, C’Siren Day Spa 949.498.7700 312 Avenida De La Estrella


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

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

HAIR SALONS Kreative Hair Design                     949.498.6245 173 Avenida Serra


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

Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 San Clemente,

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Capistrano Beach Steam Clean 949.240.5875

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

Catering Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040 111 Avenida Del Mar, #B,

Cheese Shop The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar,

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Optometry San Clemente Optometry, David J. Nota, OD 224 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.2029 Seaside Eyecare 949.493.2269 638 Camino De Los Mares, #A120,

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The Home & Garden Stylist/ 949.218.8022 Periodontics & Dental Implants Vignettes of Refinement Dr. Alice P. Moran, DMD 949.361.4867 (GUMS) San Clemente, 1001 Avenida Pico, Ste. K, Rooms With A View - One-Day Makeover Using Existing Furnishings 949.492.8566 PEST CONTROL Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar, INTERIOR DESIGN Environment 1st Exterminating, Inc. 949.218.1111 Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271 2340 S. El Camino Real, #13, 949.212.5800

Arcadia Electric                                           949.361.1045 Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G-105, Gallagher Electric 949.412.6602 JewelerS P.O. Box 986, Paradise Jewelers 949.361.4367 Shaw’s Carpets 949.492.8070 808 N. El Camino Real, Entertainment 135 Avenida Victoria


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Danman’s Music School 949.242.4431 Leslie Lowe - Guitar, Bass & Drums 949.292.5019 Home Décor 949.922.6388 South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 413 Calle Pueblo, 109 Calle de los Molinos,



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

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

B Construction 949.481.8444 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, OC Tykes 949.429.1714 The Cooper Company General Contractor 201 N. El Camino Real, License #B 638754, 949.361.2538 HOME LOANS Coldwell Banker Home Loans - 949.307.7982 Bankruptcy Attorneys Dunham Construction, Inc. 949.492.7100 nmls#261832. Tom Fashing, Mortgage Advisor, License #450880, The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 949.492.2808 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201, Hutton Construction HOUSE SITTING Del Mar Beauty Supply 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste D,

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


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

Pet SITTING Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 San Clemente, PAWS-itively Pet Care 949.683.2033 San Clemente

Costa Verde Landscape 949.361.9656 License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Estate Planning, Probate, PET SUPPLIES Trust Pet Treasures 949.493.7297 Greenscapes Landscape & Design 949.366.6564 653 Camino de los Mares, Suite 100, Lange & Minnott 949.492.3459 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, 1401 N. El Camino Real, Ste. 109


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ROOFING CONTRACTORS Jim Thomas Roofing 162 Calle de Industrias

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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,

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Wine Shop & Wine Tasting San Clemente Wine Company 949.429.7076 212 ½ Avenida Del Mar,

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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,

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VETERINARIANS Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital 949.429.1555 1242 Puerta Del Sol,

Izza Neapolitan Pizzeria 949.248.4925 376 Camino de Estrella,

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Vacuums Nic’s Vacuum & Small Appliance 949.492.4747 216 Ave. Del Mar,

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WINDOW CLEANING Bayside Window Cleaning 949.290.8230 Greg’z Pristine Window Cleaning & 949.294.7852 X-Mas Light Installation

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Gymnastics camp for children set FOR President’s Day There will be a gymnastics camp for kids age 4 and up on February 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to keep them busy on President’s Day. Children will learn fundamental moves on the bars, beam, vault, floor and trampoline. With school closed that day, it’s a great way for the kids to get out and have fun. The cost is $40 per child with $10 off for each additional sibling. Reserve a spot in the camp by calling 949.369.7549. A credit card is required to hold the spot. You may also email the camp at Reserve your spot today as there is a limited amount of kids that will be able to participate.

TRACK AND FIELD Parks Foundation Sponsors Hershey’s Track Meet San Clemente’s Beaches Parks & Recreation Foundation has slated April 10 for the eighth local offering of Hershey’s Track and Field Games, a national program featuring 50-, 100-, and 400-meter races, a standing long jump and a softball throw competition for girls and boys ages 9 to 14. Onsite registration is necessary to present birth certificates and entry forms beginning at 10 a.m. Late registrants are welcome as well. Just bring your birth certificate and wear track attire. Running and field events take place between noon and 3 p.m. at the Truman Benedict Middle School track. Those with the top times and distances have the opportunity to compete with winners from all over the country in regional and state meets, and in the finals held in Hershey, Pa. More information about the meet and registration can be obtained via the foundation’s website, A memorial T-shirt and goody bag will also be provided to each entrant. Volunteers and sponsors are needed. Call the foundation office at 949.276.8866 to apply. Courtesy photo

Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club team slams down first place Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club’s 16 Katherine team recently took first place at the American Sports center in the Group B Southern California Volleyball Association qualifier on January 30. Team members include Katie Bell, Katie Bibas, Alyssa DeSmith, Summer Fox, Lauren Hanion, Madison Levinski, Olivia Oddo, Elaine Pittaluga, Sarah Ryan and Madison Smith.

FOOTBALL SC Skills camp to be held at San Clemente High School The SC Skills Camp is just ahead as youth football players can look forward to honing their game on the gridiron. Camp goals are to increase strength, speed, agility and athleticism, and to develop football skills and schemes. The primary focus will be on skilled positions for quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back. The SC Skills camp is endorsed by South Coast Youth Football and is open to players in grades six and up. Camp counselors include: Head freshman coach Jaime Ortiz, head varsity coach Eric Patton (Notre Dame 1968–72, World Football League 1975-76), varsity offensive coordinator Troy Kopp (University of Pacific quarterback, Arena/ Canadian/ San Diego Chargers), wide receiver coach John Allred (USC tight end/ Chicago Bears/ Pittsburgh Steelers). All counselors are professional educators with backgrounds in high school sports and will do all the teaching in a safe, positive and sportsmanlike environment. As a camp attendee, players will learn such concepts as the following: Agility and flexibility, football-related drills, proper stance and technique, footwork and accuracy drills, proper running form and technique as well as classroom football “chalk talk” instruction. The SC Skills camp will run Sundays from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the first session to begin on March 6. Camp will then run until April 3. The second session will then begin on May 1 and will run until June 5. Both camps will be conducted at San Clemente High School. Players are asked to bring football cleats, workout attire and water. The cost of each session will be $135 (five weeks). A total of $90 is due when you sign up online with $45 due at the first meeting. Players can sign up online at More information is available by emailing coach Ortiz at

SOCCER SC United U14 boys team to have training session San Clemente United will hold a training session for its U14 boys soccer team on March 5. All training will be held in San Clemente. Players will be coached by San Clemente High School coach Jesse Hardeman. The training session will go from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at Forster Ranch Park, the lower-level field. Contact Hardeman as soon as possible to discuss training dates prior to March 5. Hardeman can be reached at or by phone at 619.471.4355.

GOLF Evans sinks hole-in-one at SC Muni San Clemente’s Tom Evans knocked in a hole-in-one shot at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course on February 13. Evans drilled it on the par 3 ninth hole from 144 yards out with his No. 9 iron. For more information on the shot or about the golf course, call 949.492.8339.

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Past Hershey’s Track Meet. Photo by Zach Zwilling

MARATHON Sanden still seeking support for Great Wall of China Marathon San Clemente resident Beth Sanden has spent the last few months preparing for the Great Wall of China Marathon in May, and there is still time for you to support her efforts with a donation. “I will do the marathon with my handcycle, a walker and a cane and brace for my leg work,” Sanden said. “To go up a hill like that, I will go as far as I can with a handcycle—I’ll have to go over the lookout towers. Some of the steps on the wall are three feet and up in height and number in double digits, easily. They will assign me a team to carry my handcycle while I climb those steps and some of the steeper hills.” More than 81 cents of every dollar donated goes directly toward the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) to help provide its athletes with adaptive sports equipment including technology, running prosthetics, basketball wheelchairs, training, competition and coaching expenses that are not covered by insurance. This year, CAF’s Access for Athletes program distributed $1.3 million in funds to 812 physically challenged individuals in all 50 states and 25 other countries. Access to these resources empowers physically challenged individuals of all ages, disabilities and ability levels to live life to the fullest through sports. Visit supid=47503352 to make a secure donation on Sanden’s personal fundraising webpage. Donations tax deductible.


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Grom of the WEEK Colt Ward Age: 13, Shorecliffs Middle School Colt Ward is one of San Clemente’s most promising young surfers as evidenced by his continuous improvement both free surfing and in competition. At the invitation-only Surfing America Prime event on February 5 and 6 at Upper Trestles, Colt showcased his signature style and flow working the rights exceptionally well—on his backhand—and advancing all the way to the finals in the highly competitive Boys U14 division. In the final, Colt Photo by Jack McDaniel/ earned a solid third place finish among the field of some of the best U18 surfers on the West Coast vying for a position on the PacSun USA Surf Team. This podium appearance—his fourth in the five contests so far this season—has landing him at No. 5 in the season rankings. In Scholastic Surf Series (SSS) competition for his Shorecliffs Middle School surf team, Colt had a big win on February 12 at Salt Creek in Dana Point helping to secure his team’s first place finish in the event. In the NSSA ranks, Colt is currently No. 11 of 71 surfers in the Southwest Conference Open Juniors division. His championship titles include a win at the 2010 NSSA State Middle School Championships and at the 2009 Western Surfing Association (WSA) West Coast Championships. When not surfing T Street, Lowers—his favorites—or other local breaks, Colt spends time playing the guitar, skateboarding and riding motocross. —Andrea Swayne

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Surf ForecasT Water temp: 56-59˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 8-10’+ Poor; Catalina: 8-12’+ Poor + Remarks: A solid West-NW swell-mix prevails on Thursday, good for 4-5-6’ surf at the regions better exposed breaks. Surge is moderate+ and visibility is poor after yesterday’s rain, making for generally poor diving conditions. Short range: A solid West-NW swell-mix holds steady on Thursday, good for chestshoulder-head high+ surf at better breaks, with top exposures pulling in some overhead+ sets at times. Conditions are on the jumbled side after Wednesday’s stormy conditions, but look to improve through the day with lightening W-NW winds. Fun surf prevails on Friday as WNW swell slowly fades and some Southerly windswell joins the mix. Favorable winds return briefly for the morning, and size for better breaks is in the waist-chest-shoulder high+ range. Long range: Conditions look fair for the weekend with light East-SE flow for the mornings as old WNW swell fades and trace Southern Hemi swell mixes in. Size is in the 2-4’ range for better breaks. Stay tuned.

Bill Laity receives official confirmation of his Guinness World Record setting surf session By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


ill Laity has finally received his official Guinness World Record certificate for completing the world’s longest continuous surf session. Laity, who works in the marketing department at San Clemente-based clothing and surf products retailer, SWELL began his record breaking surf at 7 a.m. on Saturday, November 20 at the Huntington Beach pier. Twenty-six hours and 147 ridden waves later, an exhausted and freezing cold Laity, satisfied at breaking the record, but eager to get out of the rainy 40-degree, 20-knot wind, ended his record-breaking session four hours short of his original goal of 30 hours. Authenticating the world record required one steward and two witnesses working on four-hour shifts to be present, continuous video taping, one clock, two stopwatches and careful documentation by witnesses in an official log book followed by an estimated six- to eight-week wait for authentication by Guinness. Will Laity ever try this again? “Only try it again if someone breaks my record in

SURF RESULTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 7 February 12-13, Huntington Beach, Pier Local finishers only. STAND UP/UNASSISTED ADAPTIVE ATHLETES: 1. JP Veaudry; 2. Monica DeNatly; 3. Dana Cummings. PADDLE /ASSISTED ADAPTIVE ATHLETES: 1. Chris Oberle; 2. Mark Thornton; 3. Patrick Ivison. MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS U9: 3. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 5. Cole Mezak, San Juan Capistrano; 6. Cooper Sutton, San Clemente. MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS LB U9: 1. Eland Hansler, San Clemente. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 2. Trevor Sutton, San Clemente; 4. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach. BOYS U14: 2. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 3. Colin Deveze, San Clemente. BOYS U16: 1. Josh Benjoya, Dana Point; 3. Ethan Carlston, San Clemente. GIRLS U12: 5. Ellie Bosse, San Clemente; 6. Jayna Bosse, San Clemente. GIRLS U14: 2.

Bill Laity with his official Guinness World Record certificate for longest continuous surf session. Courtesy photo

comparable conditions,” he said. Laity and his team all agree that he could have gone much longer had his attempt been made in the summer, with warm air, water and more daylight as were the conditions when the original record was set. The original record was set during the

summer in North Carolina. The waist-high waves surfed on a longboard that set the first record was in sharp contrast to Laity’s 26 hours on a shortboard in some of this winter’s fiercest weather. Log on to to read the full story of his world record surf. SC

Kirra Connolly, San Clemente; 6. Tia Blanco, San Clemente. GIRLS U16: 1. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente; 2. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point; 3. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 5. Kloee Openshaw, San Clemente. GIRLS U18: 1. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente; 3. Lani Doherty, San Clemente; 5. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point. BOYS LB U14: 1. Mason Shaw, Capistrano Beach; 2. Jacob Atwood, Capistrano Beach; 4. Rio Donaldson, Capistrano Beach; 6. Michael Tilly, Capistrano Beach. JR. LB U18: 3. Dylan Cox, Capistrano Beach; 4. Casey Powell, San Clemente; 5. Mason Shaw, Capistrano Beach. GIRLS LB U14: 1. Rachael Tilly, Capistrano Beach; 2. Tia Blanco, San Clemente. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Tory Gilkerson, San Clemente; 2. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point; 3. Rachael Tilly, Capistrano Beach; 4. Karina Rozunko, San Clemente; 6. Kandi Patterson, Capistrano Beach. MEN 18-29: 5. Ricky Lovato, San Clemente. MASTERS 30-39: 4.YuFu Penrose, San Clemente. LEGENDS 50+: 2. Dale Baker, San Clemente. OPEN WOMEN: 5. Madi Swayne, San Clemente. OPEN MEN LB: 4. Rick Ekstein, Dana Point. WOMEN’S LB 18+: 1.

Sheri Crummer, San Clemente. Log on to www. for full results.

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Scholastic Surf Series (SSS) Orange County Middle School Event No. 4 February 12, 2011, Dana Point, Salt Creek TEAM RESULTS: 1. Shorecliffs, 221; 2. Bernice Ayer, 116; 3. Thurston,113; 4. Marco Forster, 103; 5. Niguel Hills, 84; 6. Vista Del Mar, 20. BOYS: 1. Colton Ward, Shorecliffs; 2. Corey Colapinto, Shorecliffs; 3. Kei Kobayashi Shorecliffs; 4. Griffin Colapinto, Shorecliffs; 5. Connor Haddadin, Marco Forster; 6. Tai Stratton, Shorecliffs. BOYS LB: 1. Mason Shaw, Shorecliffs; 2. Garrett Brown, Niguel Hills; 3. Dylan Cox, Shorecliffs; 4. Rio Donaldson, Bernice Ayer; 5. Tobie Grierson, Thurston; 6. Kyle Perez, Marco Forster. GIRLS: 1. Tia Blanco, Shorecliffs; 2. Malia Ward, Bernice Ayer; 3. Kirra Connolly, Shorecliffs; 4. Allyson Heinemeyer, Niguel Hills; 5. Malia Osterkamp, Vista del Mar; 6. Kloee Openshaw, Bernice Ayer. GIRLS LB: 1. Allyson, Heinemeyer, Niguel Hills; 2. Rachael

SC Times online video show San Clemente Times BoardShorts is an online collection of short films about surf-related themes. Log on to www.sanclementetimes. com and browse our collection of videos. Tilly, Shorecliffs; 3. Kloee Openshaw, Bernice Ayer; 4. Kayley Biggs, Shorecliffs; 5. Maya Harrison, Bernice Ayer; 6. Teresa O’Connor, Marco Forster. COED BODYBOARD: 1. Rocket Klein, Shorecliffs; 2. Eric Blasé, Bernice Ayer; 3. Joe Iorio, Shorecliffs; 4. Walker Cavalho, Marco Forster; 5. Luke Overin, Bernice Ayer; 6. Connor Haddadin, Marco Forster.

UPCOMING EVENTS February 19-20: NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 9, Ventura, California Street February 26-27: NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Event No. 7, Oceanside, Pier March 5-6: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 8, Morro Bay, The Rock March 19-20: Surfing America Prime Event No. 6, Camp Pendleton, DMJ’s March 19-20: NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Event No. 8, San Clemente, Pier April 2-3: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 9, Dana Point, Salt Creek April 23-24: NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 10, Oceanside, Jetty

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