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Spotlight on SONGS In light of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power woes, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s safety gets scrutinized. E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Five years ago this week, we asked whether San Onofre was safe in our first issue. Today, we take another look at the same question.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Courtesy photo

Publisher’s Note: SC Times Toasts Five Years of ‘Local News You Can Use’

Ralphs’ Proposal Goes Forward With Little Fuss

Deputies Nab Vandals Suspected of Miramar Theater Graffiti




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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO San Juan Capistrano and Chevron have settled a three-year dispute over how to clean up MTBE in the city’s groundwater supply. Mayor Sam Allevato announced the settlement earlier this month. He said the city will receive money from the oil company, but said the settlement was confidential. The amount of MTBE found in the water was below state and federal limits, but had caused outrage among Capistrano leaders and residents. Capistrano invested more than $25 million in a groundwater recovery plant that makes the water in the San Juan Basin suitable for Capistrano residents. MTBE spurred the city to shut down the largest well that feeds the plant. That forced the city to pay more for imported water. Five months ago, the city said the MTBE issue had cost Capistrano taxpayers nearly $5 million.


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

DANA POINT Beach Cities Collective and co-owner David Lambert will have to pay $2.4 million for illegally running a marijuana dispensary in Capo Beach. On March 16, Judge William Monroe signed the city’s proposed order that, among other fines, Beach Cities and Lambert each be fined $2,500 a day for every day the shop was open—479 days total—on Calle Hermosa. The city challenged that the collective was operating illegally in a residential neighborhood without proper permits. After the initial ruling that permanently shut down the collective, Lambert told the DP Times he planned to appeal the decision. Last week, the building owner Dr. David Sales and Lambert’s business partner Timothy Loach both signed settlements agreeing not to engage in marijuana activities or face civil penalties of nearly $1.2 million each.

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… the Ralphs on El Camino Real?

THE LATEST: With little fanfare, the Planning Commission voted 6-0 to approve Ralphs’ plan to overhaul its El Camino Real store into a 28,322-square-foot Ralphs Fresh Fare. The proposed Spanish Revival building, estimated to cost between $8 million to $9 million, will replace most of the older structure and eliminate the neighboring strip of retail businesses. The previous plan for the site called for a larger market in a three-story building that included a restaurant with an ocean view, but the proposal met with community opposition and was rejected by the City Council in October 2009. The most controversial elements in the new plan were the number of Ralphs signs and five public art panels on one side of the building. The commission asked that one sign from the tower be removed. Prior to the meeting, Ralphs had nixed plans for the murals on the building out of concern their presence would make it difficult to renovate later. Commissioners insisted they be added, but noted the works could be removable. WHAT’S NEXT: The project goes forward as approved unless the City Council decides to weigh in. FIND OUT MORE: See www.san-clemente. org. — Stacie N. Galang


… a Park at North Beach?

THE LATEST: After the defeat of Measure A, backers of a park at North Beach started work promoting their concept. Led by Vonne and Tom Barnes, the group hopes to carve out what they call Ole Hanson Beach Park from 27 parking spots from area of San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

the North Beach lot. More parking would be created in the city-owned lot between Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant and Kaylani Coffee Company. The group says its proposed park will take up less than one-third the space that the now-rejected Playa Del Norte project would have used, according to their website. The beach park, as designed by Ricardo Nicol, would create a “level grassy area for light recreational activities” and includes benches, picnic tables, shade trees and even a monument to the city’s founder. They’re also pitching a café for food paid for and maintained by the city. WHAT’S NEXT: Park backers hope to meet with city officials in coming weeks to pitch the idea formally. They believe it’s the best way to revitalize North Beach. To pay for the park, they propose using a portion of the estimated $9 million in the city’s beach parking fund, which has been collected from developers. The city would still need to adopt the concept. FIND OUT MORE: Visit to get more information. —SNG


Coast Church in San Clemente from 1990 to 2000. In 1993, Nelms met 13-year-old Jane Doe while working as a youth pastor at Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente. The defendant was 29 years old at the time. Over a three-year period, Nelms is accused of sexually assaulting the victim at the church and in a car by rubbing her vagina and breasts over and under her clothing. She reported the crime in 2011. WHAT’S NEXT: Nelms faces extradition proceedings in Texas. Upon his extradition to Orange County, the People will be requesting Nelms be held on $200,000 bail. His arraignment date is to be determined. FIND OUT MORE: Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794. See www. for the complete release. —Jonathan Volzke


... Possible Victims of Pastor?

THE LATEST: The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is seeking the public’s help identifying potential additional victims of a former San Clemente youth pastor who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old female parishioner in 1993. Joe David Nelms, 47, faces eight felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in state prison if convicted. Nelms was arrested March 18, in Texas, on an Orange County warrant and is being held without bail. Nelms was a youth pastor at Pacific

…Barring Molesters from County Areas?

THE LATEST: Registered sex offenders will be barred from county parks and other areas under an ordinance considered by supervisors this week. The ordinance was proposed by Supervisor Shawn Nelson, who represents the Anaheim-Fullerton area. Violators could be punished with up to six months in jail and/or a $500 fine. Supervisor Patricia Bates, who represents San Clemente, supported the so-called “child-safety zone” measure at a board meeting this week, but has logistical concerns, such as how the ordinance would apply to incoming boaters at Dana Point Harbor, as well as a clause that

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would allow the county parks director to grant waivers. That authority, she said, should be with law-enforcement officials. WHAT’S NEXT: The adjusted measure is expected to return to the Board of Supervisors at its next meeting, April 5. FIND OUT MORE: See —JV


… a City Council Reversal?

THE LATEST: The City Council went forward with subdividing a West Avenida Valencia lot although the five-member panel denied it in January. Despite public opposition, the council voted 3-2 March 15 to let property owner Warren Kramer make two parcels from his original. Councilmen Jim Dahl and Jim Evert voted against it. Since the January vote, the city received a legal opinion stating San Clemente could be sued for denying the request. The General Plan and zoning code don’t prohibit it outright and the views potentially hurt by a subdivision should have been preserved by making the property open space in the first place, the legal opinion says. But opponents asked the council to stick to their earlier vote, arguing they should not be bullied by Kramer’s legal threats. While Mayor Lori Donchak said she regretted casting her vote to split the property, she said she could find no grounds to deny. WHAT’S NEXT: Kramer can now move forward with his plans to split his property although he has since lost the potential buyer, his lawyer told the council. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.san-clemente. org to see the staff report on the Kramer subdivision. —SNG

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SC Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By Pantea Ommi Mohajer

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.

Friday, March 18 DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Avenida Santa Barbara, 300 Block (1:57 a.m.) A man called to report his 24-yearold girlfriend was drunk and beating him with her fists. She had no weapons, but refused to stop beating him. When paramedics arrived, medical assistance was refused, but they could hear the woman yelling in the background. The girlfriend was arrested. DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY Avenida Aragon, 200 Block (12:49 a.m.) A caller reported an unknown vehicle with tinted windows and music blasting parked in front of her house. DISTURBANCE Calle Valle, 1400 Block (12:04 a.m.) Police were called to deal with 10 to 15 people loitering outside of a business. They were being too loud.

Thursday, March 17

CITIZEN ASSSIST El Camino Real, 200 Block (11:05 p.m.) A man called to complain that deputies had unlawfully detained him earlier. He wanted to speak with a supervisor. BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Paseo Laro, 2000 Block (10:31 p.m.) A woman called to report a man with a knife had broken into her house. The dispatcher could hear fighting in the background. When police arrived, the suspect was gone, but the victim had taken down his license plate. She saw a woman driving the getaway car. The caller had been injured. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Calle del Comerico, 2700 Block (10:10 p.m.) A caller reported a man stumbling around the carport area of an apartment building. He appeared to be drunk. DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY Via Onda, 0 Block (10:08 p.m.) A neighbor called to report a loud party with underage drinking. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES El Camino Real, 200 Block (10:02 p.m.) A café employee called to report a man was passed out in the courtyard of the café. TRESPASSING Canada, 100 Block (10:03 p.m.) A neighbor called to report people entering a property, which should be vacant. When police arrived, no one was there. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino De Estrella, 500 Block (9:24 p.m.) A manager of a business called to report a man was lingering in his car in the parking lot of the store. The man had asked about the construction equipment being kept in the parking lot. The store was about to close, and the manager was worried. The business had no security, and the equipment was going to be left unattended in the parking lot.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Via Aguila/Via Pera (9:12 p.m.) A call was made to report an unknown car parked on the street for the past four hours. The passengers of the vehicle were possibly doing drugs. A second car pulled up behind the first, and the passengers went over to the first car. SUPSICIOUS PERSON/ CIRCUMSTANCES Calle Casino, 3700 Block (9:06 p.m.) A call was made to report strange lights coming from the water reservoir. UNKNOWN TROUBLE Avenida Pico/5 Freeway (6:23 p.m.) A woman called to advise she had witnessed a woman roll out of a van and onto the side of the road. The van drove off and the woman hid behind the bushes. The caller gave the woman a ride to a nearby supermarket, but was unable to get any information from her. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Portico Del Sur/Camino De Los Mares (5:59 p.m.) A man called to report his wife was walking to a nearby liquor store. He was worried because she suffers from depression and had been drinking all day. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/ CIRCUMSTANCES El Camino Real/Camino Capistrano (5:57 p.m.) A caller reported a man walking south bound on the train tracks, holding a book in his hand. The caller said that there was a train coming, but the man wouldn’t get off the tracks. WELFARE CHECK Corte Merlango, 2400 Block (10:55 a.m.) A call was made from a school requesting a welfare check on a 17-yearold. The caller was worried about accusations of lewd and lascivious conduct towards the teenager.

Suspects in Measure A Graffiti Nabbed on Vandalism Charges

San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

Thursday, March 24 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, 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, March 25 Seniors Birthday Celebration 12 p.m. Celebrate at the Senior Center with entertainment by Harold’s South Coast Dixie Jazz Band. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322. Membership Orientation & Ambassador Meeting 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. The SC Chamber holds meetings at Round Table Pizza. 949.492.1131,

Monday, March 28 Fun on the Run 2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. After-school traveling activity program meets Monday through Friday at various times and locations. Monday’s F.O.R. is at Rancho SC Park. Toddlertime 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Stories for youngsters ages 2-3 at the library; adult participation and sign-ups required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Tuesday, March 29 Toastmasters 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking in a supportive atmosphere at the library, 242 Ave. Del Mar, 949.361.8463, ANAD Support Group 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Those suffering from eating disorders can get help in this community group at Sovereign Health. 209 Ave. Fabricante, Ste 100, 949276-5553,

Wednesday, March 30 Adult Book Discussion Group 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Meet at the library to discuss the book Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire. Call Info Desk for more info. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,


wo men suspected of tagging buildings across the city, including the boardedup Miramar Theater in the weeks leading up to the vote on Measure A, were arrested March 17 at 4:30 a.m. Ruben Pena, 23, and John Ashbaugh, 23, both of San Clemente, were stopped after Deputy Gary Hamchuk saw one of them walking in the area of 115 N. El Camino Real. Both were charged with felony vandalism in the latest incident and could face additional charges. “Through our investigation, we believe that they’re connected,” said Lt. Paul D’Auria, chief of police services. When Hamchuk made contact with one, he saw the other sitting nearby.

City and Community Calendar

Legislative and Transportation Council Meeting 12 p.m. SC Chamber meeting hosted by Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. 949.492.1131,

Deputies discovered fresh graffiti after the arrest of two suspects in the early morning of March 17. Courtesy photo

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

The deputy noticed spray paint on their hands and clothing and with continued investigation discovered the fresh graffiti in purple and green nearby. Other depu-

Read with Chloe 3:30 p.m. Kids can practice reading skills with a certified therapy dog at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

ties found new taggings on five different buildings in the area, including the largest Center City Plaza. — Stacie N. Galang

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Spotlight on SONGS In light of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power woes, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s safety gets scrutinized. By Stacie N. Galang and Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


early two weeks ago, the earth under Honshu, Japan shook so violently that the seas rose up and swept across swaths of the country’s east coast, taking out portions of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. For those living in the shadow of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, Japan’s disaster crystallized fears about the safety of the power plant just three miles from San Clemente’s border. “I’m scared. My friends are scared. My children are scared,” said Dagmar Foy to San Clemente’s City Council last week. “I don’t want to feel like I need to move in order to be safe.” Experts in seismology and operational safety of nuclear power plants say the circumstances in Japan differ enough from those locally that area residents should be assured a similar conflagration is unlikely to strike San Onofre. For its part, officials at SONGS have stressed that the plant suffered no ill effects from Japan’s temblor, and would likely have fared well during a similar quake here. Even so, their structures are built to withstand a 7.0-magnitude earthquake and a peak ground of .67 gs, both measurements based on the maximum credible threat, said Chief Nuclear Officer Peter Dietrich last week during a conference call

with reporters after the quake. The plant is also guarded by a 30-foot reinforced tsunami wall. Additionally, SONGS works closely with local, state and federal agencies to ensure a safety plan is in place and tested regularly. “We feel we have a very robust plan,” Dietrich said. The plan has many tiers, from local responders to the federal government. More to Do Nevertheless, experts said decision makers at the power plant owned by Southern California Edison and above at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission need to take further steps to ensure the facility can withstand unimagined crisis. “I would say this is a wakeup call to put more effort to evaluate the hazards in our own backyard,” said Thomas Jordan, director of Southern California’s Earthquake Center at USC. “That requires very careful and very expensive studies be done, and we just have to make sure we do them. We don’t want to be caught like Japan did, underestimating the hazards faced.” Najmedin Meshkati, a civil engineer at USC and an expert in occupational safety, said the design of nuclear power plants has been based on assumptions about the largest historical earthquakes. These assumptions must be reviewed, especially for San Onofre and Diablo Canyon, the

two nuclear plants in earthquake-prone California. “I would like to see them go above and beyond this,” Meshkati said, “because they are in a very highly populated areas.” Meshkati, who has inspected nuclear power plants across the world, including Chernobyl in 1997, said plant operators and their regulators must not be complacent. He said policy statements like one in January from the NRC about workplace changes need to be a starting point for safety and not the end. Lawmakers and President Obama himself have called upon the NRC to further investigate the safety of the industry. “I guess it’s important to say we believe the plant is operating safely and that San Onofre, as well as other plants, are built to withstand other environmental hazards, including tsunamis and earthquakes,” said Victor Dricks, spokesman for the NRC. He said the agency requires structures, systems and components to be designed with regard to natural phenomenon that are historical to the area and then add safety measures beyond that to “account for any limits on historical data.” Dietrich said the nuclear industry has tried to apply the lessons of the ThreeMile Island disaster and more recently review its practices in 1979 and infrastructure in light of 9-11. “We’ll take this full opportunity to learn as much as we can from this situation,”

Dietrich said of Japan’s nuclear crisis. “My focus and goal is to stay grounded in facts and science.” Concerns Linger San Clemente resident Steve Netherby, a longtime member of the Coalition for Responsible and Ethical Environmental Decisions, said Japan’s plight didn’t change his groups’ view that nuclear power should be phased out. The March 11 earthquake did create a wakeup call for others outside his movement. “It is the most dangerous energy source on the planet, the most toxic,” he said. “Regardless of whether we shut it down right now, we’re stuck with the legacy of nuclear waste for the rest of our lives.” Netherby noted that when homebuyers come to San Clemente they rarely consider or fully comprehend the potential for trouble from the nuclear power plant. He said countries like France and Germany chose to pull the plug, if temporarily, on their nuclear energy after Japan’s crisis. The United States should do the same, he said. Failure to do so, Netherby said, could cost South Orange County and its residents its very way of living. “We love San Clemente. We love our lifestyle. We love our ocean views. We love the people here,” he said. “That’s what we want to focus on, but we realize we have a responsibility to show nuclear power for what it is.” Incidentally, when the SC Times rolled out its first edition in 2006 we asked, “How (Cont. on page 8)

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station from above. Photo by Andrea Swayne

San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

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Eye on SC sions at SONGS. Styner cooperates with the plant, ODAC Coordinator Robby Curtis who oversees the ODAC which is staffed by a group of public health professionals and health physicists/radiological experts and act as a third-party kind of “checks and balances” source for information regarding radioactive emissions from the plant Although no member of the ODAC is an employee of SCE or SONG, a portion of ODAC funding comes from the utility and is used to pay for training and drills, a Regional Efforts funding model that is not unusual within At the county level, the Orange County the county health agency, according to Environmental Health Department serves Orange County Environmental Health Asas another level in the multi-tiered public sistant Director Denise Fennessy. Fundsafety plan. ing from the utility is used Just as each city operin much the same manner ates its own Emergency “It is the most that funding for health Operations Center, the dangerous energy department restaurant incounty also has an EOC located just outside of the source on the planet, spection is paid for by the restaurants themselves, City of Orange on Loma the most toxic. through health permit Ridge. Regardless of fees paid to the county, Radiation Protection whether we shut she said. Officer Randy Styner, “Our primary goal, stationed at the county it down right now, along with that of ODAC, EOC serves as a liaison we’re stuck with the is the protection of public between the Offsite legacy of nuclear health. Most members Dose Assessment Center near SONGS and the waste for the rest of have other jobs in the health agency in departcounty health officer our lives.” ments such as hazardous and sheriff’s department materials or restaurant who ultimately make the —Steve Netherby inspection and serve on determination of when ODAC on a volunteer basis,” said Fenand how an evacuation will be handled. nessy. “The ODAC team is dedicated to Together the county EOC, ODAC and this endeavor, so much so that when the other jurisdictions deliver up-to-the-minute (Cont. on page 10) information regarding radioactive emisSpotlight on SONGS (Cont. from page 6) safe is San O?” At the time, the overriding concern wasn’t natural disasters but whether the power plant was sufficiently fortified against terrorists and their ilk. “I’m very confident that we have the capabilities to effectively defend those nuclear plants, particularly from potential criminal acts,” said Matt Bettenhausen, California’s director of the Office of Homeland Security at the time.

Photo by Heidi Mefferd

San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

Locals Express Increased Interest in Potassium Iodide Pills by Pantea Ommi Mohajer

Potassium iodide tablets should only be used at the advice of public health officials. Staff photo

Concerns about radiation from Japan’s disabled nuclear power plant reaching the West Coast translated into a rush on potassium iodide pills, which protect against the uptake radioactive iodide to the thyroid. In San Clemente, over 500 requests were made last week alone, said the city’s Emergency Planning Director Jen Tucker. Communities within a 10-mile radius of a nuclear power plant are offered access to potassium iodide pills. During the spring of 2010, a one time mail-in program offered to residents of San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano potassium iodide tablets at no charge. Only18 percent of the 29,000 residents and workers in San Clemente who were sent request forms last year responded. “It has been very busy,” Tucker said. “I wish they’d done it last spring, but we’ll do it now.” In light of recent events in Japan, Californians have rushed to get their hands on quickly diminishing supplies of potassium iodide despite assurances by the Department of Public Health and Emergency Management Agency that no immediate emergency exists. Anbex Inc., manufacturers and distributors of potassium iodide tablets called IOSAT, said the company was out of stock of pills and no new product would be available until April 18, according to a company statement. Dr. Howard Backer, interim director of the California Department of Public Health, and Mike Dayton, acting secretary of the California Emergency Management

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Agency, issued a combined statement March 15, which emphasized the risks of taking potassium iodide pills in the absence of radiation exposure. “We urge Californians to not take potassium iodide as a precautionary measure,” Backer said in the statement. “We want to emphasize that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have all stated that there is no risk expected to California or its residents as a result of the situation in Japan. Backer said it is not necessary given the current circumstances in Japan. Ingestion of the pills can present a danger to people with allergies to iodine, shellfish or who have thyroid problems. Potassium iodide, taken inappropriately, can have serious side effects including abnormal heart rhythms, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte abnormalities and bleeding. According to the City of San Clemente’s website, potassium iodide is used to protect your thyroid glands from absorbing radioactive iodide. It does not, however, protect other parts of the body, nor does it protect against any other forms of radiation. It is only effective when taken immediately before, or in the first few hours following exposure to radiation. When used in the absence of radiation, potassium iodide can cause over activity, under activity, or enlargement of the thyroid gland. These are a few of the reasons that public health officials worry about the publics desire to self medicate with potassium iodide, when there is no need for it.

Eye on SC Spotlight on SONGS (Cont. from page 8) public is being evacuated and heading away from the facility, these are the people that will be heading toward it.” Members of the ODAC team regularly receive comprehensive training in plume assessment and general radiological health issues and emergency response procedure by FEMA. “We train, have drills and dress rehearsals on a regular basis—every other year. Our practice and training is continually evaluated by FEMA and the NRC and staff is continually rotated in and out to ensure a depth of experience and training at all times,” said Fennessy. In the event of a radiological emergency, the ODAC team performs their own plume assessments and coordinate radiation field monitoring teams (made up of fire department personnel monitoring radiation levels in the field) and dose assessment. They then gather all the information and come up with a Protective Action Recommendation (PAR) that is relayed to the health officer at the county EOC. The PAR is then given to the sheriff, who orders the evacuation, most likely to the Orange County Fairgrounds, where an emergency reception and decontamination will be set up and staffed very quickly—within an hour—and ready to serve evacuees. As far as the recommendation of when and if taking KI is appropriate, that call is made by the environmental health department. The ODAC headquarters is located within a half mile of the plant just off of Basilone Road. Be Prepared In addition to regional measures, San Clemente has plans in place and trained individuals prepared to respond to an emergency.

San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Photo by Heidi Mefferd

“We do plan for this,” said Jen Tucker, the city’s emergency planning director. “We don’t plan for this in a vacuum. We do this with the full participation and support of SONGS.” But Tucker said residents must do their part to be prepared themselves. “In the unlikely event of an emergency at San Onofre, the best thing residents can do is know how to get the information needed, to know where to turn for information about what’s really going on

so they’re not reliant on rumors,” she said. If the sirens sound, residents should go inside and turn on their televisions and radios. Tucker also noted that San Clemente’s tsunami threat is unlike other regions of the world. She said like the rest of Southern California, the city is in an active seismic area. Locals should train themselves to know what to do. “We know that San Onofre is safe, but our job is to plan like an event might hap-

pen,” she said. The director pointed out that though Japan’s woes raise our own concerns for disaster by earthquake and tsunami, the city is far more susceptible to calamities like wildfire. “We’re saying we’ve lost homes to wildfires within the last 30 years,” she said. “We know it’s not a question of if but when. With earthquakes we do know there will be an earthquake in Southern California in the next 30 years.” SC

Take the First Step To Being Prepared for a Disaster By Scott McKee Guest contributor, San Clemente Times


he entire world has watched news coverage of seismic disaster – and dramatic secondary impacts – in Japan with horror and heartbreak. But among those of us living on another earthquakeprone coast and in a similarly sophisticated and nuclear-powered nation, our emotions have progressed past empathy. The parallels are simply too obvious to ignore: one day, the news will be about us. This is not the first time events in another part of the world have caught our attention and reminded us of the hazards we face here. We have a well-established tradition of getting motivated to prepare only when Mother Nature gives us a reminder, either in the form of an apocalyptic news report from someplace else or a small shaker in our own neck of the woods. That instinct to protect ourselves is good.

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The problem is that denial and procrastination intervene before we actually take action on the impulse. Many people never get past making the same old mental note: “This year, I’m going to get prepared.” We keep assuming that disaster won’t impact us personally and banking on the fact that if it does, we’ll be able to call 911 and first responders will save us. The Japanese know differently. I volunteer as a preparedness education speaker for the American Red Cross of Orange County and am a member of the San Clemente Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). I am also the owner of ready2live, a local business dedicated to helping people get prepared. In all of these roles, I find myself repeatedly saying the same thing to audiences all over the county: Preparedness is not rocket science. The biggest challenge is overcoming inertia and taking the first step.

Out of respect, then, for the people of Japan and in the hopes that we will not let their plight be one more unheeded call to protect ourselves, here are my Top 7 Tips for Preparedness. 1. Know what to do when the shaking starts: Drop, cover and hold on. Practice it and teach your family and friends. ( 2. Secure your space and stuff: Building collapse is not our biggest concern in Orange County. The dangers presented by objects in our homes, offices and schools are a bigger threat. Learn how to assess the hazards in your home or office and reduce or remove the risks. (www. 3. Get a kit: Have water and food in your home for a minimum of seven days. Have a “Go Bag” for each member of your household. Keep water in your car and office. Personalize all kits with medicines, glasses and other critical items.

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(, 4. Make a plan: Identify an out-of-state contact, evacuation routes and family rendezvous points. Share your plan and practice it. (www.californiavolunteers. org/familyplan/,, www. 5. Be informed: Know our local hazards and what to do. Have a battery or hand-crank radio in your emergency kit. Register for Orange County’s emergency notification system, AlertOC. (,, www. 6. Get Trained: CPR-First Aid, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Community Emergency Preparedness Academy (CEPA) (,, 7. Take Action. Don’t let denial and procrastination get in the way again. Visit if you’d like to learn more. SC

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Compiled by Stacie N. Galang

P r ops , Recog n itio n s a n d M o r sels o f I n f o friends, and acquaintances this huge burden will be lightened and we can greatly impact Gracie’s quality of life,” the couple said on their website. “We all love our special girl and it would be amazing if you could help support her. All funds will be used for a wheelchair accessible van.” For more information, visit

School Adds More Rain Barrels u Concordia Elementary School students

painted art designs on recycled plastic drums that will be used as new rain barrels for rainwater harvesting in the school gardens. The project, which ties directly to their study of Earth’s water, water conservation and California’s water supply, has been funded by grants from the City of San Clemente for the past two years, most recently through the city’s Environmental Sustainability Grant Program. This year, 100 fifth-graders added another four rain barrels to the school’s two previous installations, making Concordia home to 11 rain barrels located in three of the four school gardens. The 11 barrels have the capacity to hold a total of 605 gallons of rainwater. At the completion of this year’s project, Concordia students will have recycled 19 plastic drums, including eight purchased by homeowners. The drums would otherwise have become part of the landfill. Concordia’s project has led the movement in the area to incorporate rainwater harvesting in home and school gardens. The school thanked Nathan Adams, the city’s water conservation specialist, for his time providing the water conservation and rainwater-harvesting lesson to students. Concordia’s Junior Gardener Program, Learning Through Nature, is a collaborative program established by the San Clemente Garden Club and Concordia PTA and has received awards at the national, state and local level.

Grad Nite Sponsorships Available u Businesses and individuals have four levels of opportunity to sponsor Grad Nite, the evening devoted to San Clemente High seniors. Sponsors can choose the valedictorian level for $5,000 to $10,000, the scholar level from $1,000 to $4,999, the honor roll level from $250 to $999 and a $25 to $249 donation level. Depending on their level, sponsors receive extra visibility on Grad Nite materials, the website and their social media. The event costs $90,000 to run. For more information, contact the event’s fundraising chairwoman Vicki Patterson at 949.413.3586.

SOCSA Students to Perform Arias at Casa Romantica u Award-winning students from the South

Fifth-graders at Concordia Elementary paint rain barrels that will collect rainwater for their school gardens. Courtesy photo

other playground features. To learn more, contact Don Glasgow at 949.481.0116 or email All donations are tax deductible.

Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies Honored by MADD u MADD Orange County honored Deputy

Daniel Corwin and Deputy Paul McHugh for their efforts to arrest motorists driving under the influence. Corwin made 36 drunken driving arrests in 2010 and McHugh made 30 such arrests. The pair received their plaques at the City Council meeting March 15. Lt. Paul D’Auria said at the meeting that the arrests are 100 percent preventable. “I appreciate the hard work that these deputies do,” he said. “I want to drop the DUI arrests right to zero. That’s the goal.”

Family Raises Money for Wheelchair Van

Tiles Ready for Purchase for Courtney’s SandCastle u Organizations and individuals can support

Courtney’s SandCastle by purchasing personalized colorful, glazed tiles. The finished tiles will be placed on a wall within the playground and serve as a timeless reminder of the community’s support. For $100, sponsors receive a voucher to take to Fired Up of San Clemente to design their own tiles or choose from one of the design templates. Donations can also be made by sponsoring one of the many special pieces of play equipment, swings, picnic tables, the sensory garden and San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

Gracie Grant, 4, with her brothers Abram and Gannon. Gracie also has a younger brother Zander who is 3-months-old. Courtesy photo

non-existent, and the brain matter that was not damaged will allow her only infantlike responses and behaviors. The specific diagnosis is porencephaly, which can be described as a form of cerebral palsy. Her parents, John and Chloe Grant, learned this was the result of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Gracie was an identical twin up until six months gestation and during that time had been sharing blood supply, oxygen, nutrients and fluid with her twin sister making them high risk, weak and vulnerable. Because of the syndrome, her mother was being closely monitored through weekly ultrasounds and on one of these visits the couple was told one of the girls no longer had a heartbeat. The parents believe Gracie could go on because of her sister’s sacrifice, hence her name Eva, “giver of life.” Gracie, now 4, is obviously limited, but tries so hard in her therapies at school, and her parents have seen some improvement, albeit small. She does not have speech and her inability to move her limbs due to her severe muscle tone and involvement makes communicating very difficult. Through therapy resources and insurance, Gracie has received a feeder chair, a stander, a wheelchair and a bath chair. However, neither therapy nor health insurance pays for a wheelchair accessible vehicle. John and Chloe Grant learned the vans can cost between $50,000 to $70,000. A typical car seat does not accommodate Gracie properly and the family would like to see her traveling in her wheelchair where she is correctly supported and stabilized. “We hope that with help from family,

u At 6 months old, doctors found a large

Orange County School of the Arts will perform arias from well known operas in the main salon of Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens March 29 at 7 p.m. Vocalists will perform under the direction of school’s Musical Director Raymond P. Woods and Opera Program Director Linda Rose Linnebach. The night’s program includes opera favorites such as Quando m’en vo and Si Mi Chiamano Mimi from Puccini’s La Boheme; Batti, Batti from Mozart’s Don Giovanni; Porgi amor and Voi Che Sapete from Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro; the Flower Duet from Lakme by Leo Delibes; and selections from The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for Casa Romantica members and $7 for students and children. President’s Circle members may attend free. For reservations, call 949.498.2139 Ext. 10.

Marching Band Struts Stuff in Dana Point’s Whale Parade

The San Clemente High Marching Band. Courtesy photo u The San Clemente High Marching Band

brought their musical talents to the Dana Point Whale Parade March 5. The band is preparing to march in the Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. The San Clemente students will be one of two groups from California participating in the parade. The band recently partnered with the Triton Music Arts Club for a fundraiser with Grammy Award winning artist Poncho Sanchez. Money collected from the event will go toward the band’s 2011 Triton Marching Alliance Tour to the East Coast.

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Happy Birthday to Us I t’s hard to believe, but five years ago this week the SC Times was birthed in a small office in the business park off Calle Amanecer. Our dream that day is the same as it is now: To help make San Clemente a better place to live by creating a truly unique local newspaper and website that helps better connect the residents with the information and “Local News You Can Use,” so they could participate more in this special place we all call home. We called our brainchild a “magapaper” which elicited a few raised eyebrows and quizzical looks, and we set out to make reading community news fun and useful through our stylized format, exclusive reporting and magazine-like layout. Five years later, it’s safe to say it’s working. Of course, nothing good comes without a ton of hard work, and our staff—many of whom have been with us since day one — is the reason why we have been able to

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celebrate our fifth anniversary. Lauralyn Loynes (who graduated from San Clemente High School a few years back—she won’t let me tell you exactly when—she was a Hoidel back then), MiNorb Garrett chele Reddick, Jasmine Smith, my wife Alyssa and I all were part of the launch team five years ago; only former managing editor Rebecca Nordquist has departed. Today, our team is stronger than ever. With new city editor Stacie Galang leading the charge, the SC Times remains committed to providing “Local News You Can Use.” Over the years, we’ve added papers in nearby Dana Point (Dana Point Times) and San Juan Capistrano (The Capistrano Dispatch) along with websites, helping us create a South Orange County network

of products. We’ve donated more than $50,000 in media support for local events and charities and are extremely proud of our partnership with the many local organizations who do so much to help so many. Our website continues to grow, and our many marketing solutions for local businesses to advertise continues to grow—check out our new “Local Hot Deals” online featuring only local businesses (you won’t find any Lake Forest promotions on our site). We’re proud of our role in helping promote local businesses each week in our paper and daily online, and hope that all of our readers will continue to try to shop locally to help keep our dollars in town. Lastly, thanks to all of you, our readers and advertisers, for helping the SC Times become what it is today—your trusted resource for “Local News You Can Use.” SC

How concerned are you about SONGS’ preparedness for a quake or tsunami? Not at all. While definitely tragic, Japan’s situation is different.

28% Some. I have to wonder about the effects of a quake and tsunami here.

28% Very. If it can happen in Japan, it can happen here.

21% Couldn’t be more concerned. Please decommission the plant as soon as possible.

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Letters to the Editor NO ID NEEDED TO VOTE? Joe Lazar, San Clemente

Just curious out there if there was anyone as shocked as I was that when I went to vote on Tuesday for Measure A that no one even asked for my identification. I got home around 5 p.m. from work, walked into the house and immediately was pushed out the door by my wife to go vote. I live in Southwest San Clemente pretty much right down the street from the voting booths close to T-Street. When I first left my house, I realized that I did not have my wallet. So, I ran back in telling my wife that I need my ID. Surprisingly, she blurted out, “you don’t need it, they didn’t even check mine.” I kind of laughed and thought she was joking, but she was right. When I showed up the first lady asked for my name. Then San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

after she crossed it out, the second lady asked me to verify my address. Neither one even asked to see my ID to confirm I was who I said I was. My wife and I have live in South Orange County for 10 years now. We spent some time in Dana Point and bought a house in San Clemente last year. We voted many times in Dana Point, and we always had to have an ID so they could verify who we said we are. I guess my question is: Is San Clemente on the honor system when it comes to voting? I’m not saying there was any foul play when it comes to Measure A, but while I was there it was clear what measure the older ladies were for. Due to what I saw, how hard would it have been for me to say that I was a friend of mine and vote in his place?

I figured I would write in first to see if anyone else experienced the same. If I get no response, I know where I can go to bring this issue up that would probably help bring more attention to this matter.

NO MORE DRAWING BOARDS Earle McNeil, San Clemente

Quoting from the Orange County Register, (March 9, 2011, online): “I think we have clear direction on the community’s will,” said Mayor Lori Donchak, “We all want improvement in North Beach. What the disagreement is is on what. In my opinion, it’s back to the drawing board.” Ms. Donchak, you have, as you said, “... clear direction of the community’s will.” So it is not back to the drawing board. Leave the beach alone.

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Someone, and I’ll take that upon myself, needs to let Charles Mann know that he ran for City Council, and he lost. If people wanted to see and hear from him on a regular basis they would have voted for him. Yes, Measure A was defeated; however, there were at least 42 percent of the voting citizens, not residents, who actually liked the plan for North Beach. So, can he just go quietly into the night and give us all some relief? And, by the way, this “little Spanish Village by the Sea” thing is more than a little overdone. While a village is larger than a hamlet, it’s not quite as large as a town, and I think we passed that benchmark awhile back. (Cont. on page 16)

SOAPBOX Wavelengths: By Jim Kempton

The New Economy Tried-and-true principles have proven essential for millennia Somehow our financial and business gurus don’t seem to think the rules still apply


ack in the year 2000, America had a small version of the financial meltdown of 2008. I was the vice president of content for a San Clemente-based action sports web portal, funded by Silicon Valley venture capital. It might serve as a lesson to our current woes. I remember asking how we monitezed the web. I was told we didn’t need to. “Jim, you just don’t understand the Internet,” my Web wizard partners told me. “Our website has over 700,000 hits per month.” “Surfer Magazine could have 700,000 subscribers, too,” I retorted, “if they gave the product away like you are. But then Surfer would go broke.” They scoffed at my naiveté. “It’s the new economy,” they explained. “The way I figure it,” I said, “your new

economy is a pyramid scheme. It’s the act of convincing frightened, clueless corporate giants into thinking they need to spend $100 million for a website enterprise with no profit Wavelengths plan so they can be on By Jim Kempton the cutting edge of the Internet.” My web-savvy entreprenuers shook their heads in pity. “You just don’t understand the Internet,” they repeated. They were right—I don’t. But despite their brilliance and my ignorance the dot-com bubble burst. Look, here’s what I do understand: When the thousands of tablets used by

the Babylonians to keep track of their business transactions were decoded this was one of the translations: “You make a product for one, sell it for two and it retails at four. You and the retailer spend the mark-up to market and ship the product while keeping 10 percent each as profit. Otherwise, you will never make money.” Funny, derivitives, short sales, bundling and all the other terms that got us in our current mess seem to ignore this straightforward methodology. In fact, the biggest problem is so-called financial instruments don’t make anything at all—they just move paper around in a shell game. For 4,000 years this simple formula worked great. Yet somehow sending the transaction through wires onto a screen has changed the equation. Of course,

GUEST OPINION: By Lt. Paul D’Auria, chief of police services

The Money’s the Same, Whether You Earn It or Scam It T his is a shout out to all our seniors, their relatives, banks and other businesses that deal with any kind of money transfer. Scams are alive and well and unfortunately often target our senior population. Scammers are all about scamming. They approach people who are likely to be vulnerable due to their nature. Seniors are specifically targeted because of this. That generation was brought up in a world where your word was your bond, and you were expected to help a person in need. It has been estimated that seniors account for about 35 percent of all of the fraud committed. While I cannot list or define every scam out there I will give solid information that will, for the most part, eliminate the possibility of being scammed. Scams come in a variety of forms and some of the most common are: Unsolicited business that provide services at an outrageously low price, Internet scams and phone scams. I am going to focus on the Internet and phone scams. The business scams can easily be avoided by never agreeing to have work done without thoroughly checking the validity of the provider. Internet scams come in a variety of forms. Common ones include unsolicited offers from people, usually royalty or government officials, in foreign countries offering large sums of money in return for helping them get their money out of their country. These will often come from Asia or Nigeria. Do you really think some

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person of royalty in a foreign country is coincidentally going to find you to assist with his or her millions of dollars? Another common scam is an email allegedly from your bank asking for personal information. I will discuss the remedy later for this but no legitimate company would ask for personal information unsolicited. This can also be done from an unsolicited phone call. Current phone scams include a call from an alleged relative (grandson, nephew, etc.) stating that they are in jail or have been in an accident and need money. The say the money is for bail or to pay for damage. Many of these say they are in a foreign country and won’t be allowed to leave unless they get the money. Many seniors report that they thought the person sounded like their loved one. So, how do we avoid being scammed? Here are some simple steps you can take: 1. Don’t get caught up in emotion, greed or get rushed. Step back and verify everything that is being said. This can be done by calling other relatives or local law enforcement. 2. Never give personal information to anyone based on an unsolicited email or phone call. If your bank contacts you, they will not be offended if you call them back on a phone number on your bank statement or credit card. Do not rely on them to give you the call back number.

3. Password protect your computer using an intricate password. 4. Shred all documents containing personal information before throwing in your trash can. 5. People you do not know are never going to send you money in return for helping them with their fortunes. They are going to scam you out of money you cannot afford to lose. While I cannot list all of the scams or steps to prevent being scammed the above stated steps will help. Most importantly, never send money or give information to people without verification no matter how hard they press. You can always call local law enforcement for advice if you receive any solicitations like this before you part with your hardearned dollars. Banks and other business that deal with money transfers should make some simple inquiry especially with seniors to determine if they may be being scammed. There is more information than I can put into one article but if you would like more information please call Crime Prevention specialist Leslie Mowers at 949.361.8368. PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

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none of those websites who couldn’t monetize their business are alive to argue today. The ones that are still around follow the same rules as brick-and-mortar commerce from Babylonia till today: There is no shortcut to quality, service or profitability. Supply and demand dictate price. Real value always wins. That’s the new economy. Jim Kempton is the author of Surfing, the Advanced Manual, a book about pro surfers’ secrets to improve surfing performance. He hopes you will buy the book to help stimulate the old economy, invent the new economy and contribute to his children’s college fund. 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


8 a.m. Friday, April 1 at Café Calypso Please join us the first and third Friday of every month for our open community forum.

Letters to the Editor (Cont. from page 14)


After plodding through several very lengthy Letters to the Editor, I went on and read how to submit one myself. One of the rules is “Please limit your letters to 350 words.” Now, I did not waste time by sitting and counting one by one, but I would estimate that one letter was easily well over 600 words, and the other well over 700 words. At least both sides of the coin were represented, which is not always the case, but if there are rules, let’s abide by them. I would much prefer to read letters that get to the point and give valid facts but not ramble on and on and on about personal thoughts and preferences. Thanks. You’re losing me. Rapidly. 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


7th Annual Drink Contest 3 p.m. The San Clemente Chamber presents the annual drink-mixing contest held at Sundried Tomato Café. Tickets $25-$35. 821 Via Suerte, Ste. 101, 949.492.1131,


Taryn Donath 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Taryn Donath performs at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, Trivia Night & Live Music 9 p.m. Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, 15th Annual Taste of Dana 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Enjoy delicious offerings from South Orange County restaurants at Salt Creek Beach Park and bid on silent auction items. $20 advance; $25 at the door. 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 714.404.3905,

Go.See.Do Capistrano Celebrates the Swallows Some say the swallows don’t come back to Capistrano anymore, but that doesn’t stop the town from gathering to throw one heck of party, complete with one of the largest nonmotorized parades in the country. And this year, the 53rd annual Swallows’ Day Parade and Mercado is taking place Saturday, March 26 along the streets of downtown San Juan Capistrano. The parade features 182 entrants this year, including the 1st Marine Division Band and Marines from Capistrano’s adopted battalion, the 1/11. The Mercado, with food and shopping, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m., but the main streets close an hour earlier. Some are shut down as early as 6 a.m., so the key for visitors is to use the Swallows’ Parade Shuttle Bus, which will be available at the Endevco and Fluidmaster parking lots. Both are on Rancho Viejo Road, east of the freeway and between Ortega Highway and Junipero Serra Road. This year, the service is also available at the File photo San Juan Capistrano Community Center and Sports Park (off Camino Del Avion near Del Obispo). The shuttle runs from 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and is $2 round-trip for adults; children 12 and under are free. It drops you off by the Woman’s Club on El Horno, where the annual pancake breakfast is held from 6 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. For more information about the parade, visit the San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association’s website at And as for the swallows, locals know to look for them around the city’s creeks. ­—Jonathan Volzke

Wicked 7:30 p.m. The Broadway play that takes place in “Oz” comes to the OC Performing Arts Center through April 3. Tickets start at $38.75. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.ARTS, San Clemente Wine Company’s Wine Festival 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company features the best picks from Consilience, Brander, White Oak and Ken Brown wineries. $15 for seven wines with cheese and chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, Aloha Friday 9 p.m. Dress Island style for specials at BeachFire. Live music. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,



Kamaka Brown 8 p.m.10 p.m. Hawaiian comedian performs at Hulaville. Tickets $5. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,

Flock of 80’s 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Great ’80s cover band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, Noll Surfboards Grand Opening 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Celebrate the opening of Noll Surfboard’s expanded retail store with an art gallery. Featuring the artwork of Lorin Fleming. 1709 N. El Camino Real, Ste. B, San Clemente, 949.369.6500, www.jednollsurfboards. com.

Grand Junction & Beer Chugging Contest 8 p.m. Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


St. Patrick’s Party for Middle-School Kids 7 p.m.-9 p.m. An evening of fun and dancing for kids in sixth through eighth grade at the Ole Hanson Beach Club. 105 W. Avenida Pico, 949.361.8264,


Art by Lorin Fleming

Dancing for a Cause 6 p.m. The San Clemente Rotary presents and evening of dancing at the Casino San Clemente to raise money for local charities. Dinner by Iva Lee’s; music by The Jenelle Wax Band and more. Tickets $85. 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.632.5605. Piano Bar 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, San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

Basics of Garden Design 9 a.m. Free class at Plant Depot. 33413 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.2107, Satellite Horse Racing 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. OC Tavern presents live horse wagering in the OCT Room Thursday through Sunday. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, Page 19

Win Free Concert Tickets! The first three people to email us with SC Times Free Concert Tix in the subject line will receive a pair of free concert tickets from The Coach House to see An Evening with Mark Twain on March 31. Include your name and phone number in the email. EMAIL:

Getting Betta 8 p.m. Last day to see Camino Real Playhouse’s futuristic comedy on Stage II. Tickets $18. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, N.O.T. Dance Cabaret Dinner Show 6:30 p.m. Agostino’s Ristorante presents special show and offers cocktails & dinner; reservations required (show time 8 p.m.). Show cover $15. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.661.8266, Common Sense 8 p.m. Reggae-rock band headlines at The Coach House. Also with Worm & the Nightcrawlers / The Badfooters / Entropy. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


Dana Point Coastal Arts Concert Series 2 p.m. Classic music comes alive with Alcantara Trio at St. Edward’s Church. Tickets $8$12. 33926 Calle la Primavera, Dana Point, 949.542.8361,


They Came From Outer Space 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Final day to see Casa Romantica’s NASA Space Exploration Exhibit featuring space stories, photos and equipment. Adults $5. Kids 12 and under $3. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, Nature Hike 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Join Park Rangers for a 1mile hike at Caspers Park. Free. Parking $5. 33401 Ortega Hwy., 949.923.2211, San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. (Cont. on page 20) THIS WEEK’S WEATHER 3.24 Partly Cloudy H: 57° L: 48° 3.25 Rain H: 58° L: 47° 3.26 Partly Cloudy H: 61° L: 48°

3.27 Few Showers H: 64° L: 49° 3.28 Mostly Sunny H: 68° L: 49° 3.29 Sunny H: 66° L: 48° 3.30 Sunny H: 65° L: 49°

GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 19) Marine Mammal Cruise 1 p.m. Journey to sea with the Ocean Institute to learn about marine wildlife. Tickets $35 adults, $22 children. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, Ukulele Nights 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bring your ukulele, sing along or listen to the music at Hulaville’s newest event. Every Sunday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, Gary Roach and Will Hurd Acoustic Live 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Live music at OC Tavern every Sunday night in the OCT Room. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk 7 p.m. Popular New Orleans musical group at The Coach house. Also with Groovesession / Gospel Swamp Blues Band. Tickets $17 advance; $20 day of show. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


Dinner with Friends 6:30 p.m. Cooking class at Antonie’s Café with Chef and Caterer Caroline Cazaumayou featuring recipes, dinner, wine and more. Cost $50 each. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763,


Country Dancin with DJ Bubba 6:30 p.m. The fun starts early and goes till late at Swallow’s Inn every Monday. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, Comedy Show 9:30 p.m. Comedians get some laughs at Hennessey’s every Monday night. Free. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, $5 Mondays 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5, glasses of selected wines for $5 and mugs of beer from $5 & up! 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, Family Pajama Story Time 7 p.m. Reading event for kids and parents at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517,

SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

La Siesta

920 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.3094, Best Known For: Great, authentic food and family-friendly hospitality Most Popular Item: Carnitas Since 1985 when founder Jose Carmelo Hernandez opened the doors with a dream and a collection of family recipes, Mexican food lovers have become fans and loyal regulars. What keeps them coming back? Both food and the hospitality is what they say. La Siesta serves up some of the tastiest pico de gallo style salsa in the county along with a large selection of recipes handed down through la familia Hernandez who originate from Aguas Calientes, Mexico. Specialties include a selection of seafood dishes, and the carnitas are not to be missed. The menu also includes vegetarian choices and both Mexican- and American-style breakfast entrees that are served all day. Try the machaca rica or chilaquiles. “My dad recently passed, but we will stay committed—as always—to living his legacy of well-loved recipes and quality,” said Photo by Andrea Swayne Carmelo’s son Albert who runs the business with his brother Rick. La Siesta was recently remodeled both inside and out, and although it has always been an inviting space, the facelift brightened it up with more festive décor and an updated look, as well as a new bar featuring specialty tequilas. Price Range: $1.50 - $20 Payment: Cash, credit card

Reservations: Recommended for parties of six or more, especially on Taco Tuesdays Hours: Monday–Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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Opera Night 7 p.m. An evening of opera by award-winning students from Southern Orange County School of the Arts at Casa Romantica. Tickets $20 general admission, $15 members, $10 students/children. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


Lewis & Clark Expedition Across America 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit that examines Lewis and Clark’s adventure at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Ends March 31. Free with admission $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, Cheryl Silverstein & John Paul Keene 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Jazz & pop standards & duets at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


By Megan Bianco

The Lincoln Lawyer Makes It


ome films and filmmakers, per. Haller’s ex wife, mother of his though few, can rely heavily on daughter and fellow attorney Maggie having an all-star ensemble cast McPherson is played by Marisa Tomei. to successfully create a masterpiece. William H. Macy is Haller’s friend and Most recently would be P.T. Anderson veteran, sardonic crime investigator. with his epics Boogie Nights (1997) Bryan Cranston makes an appearance and Magnolia (1999). Or even Woody as a detective who holds a grudge Allen, who still manages to gain against Haller. Michael Pena shows up A-listers in even minor roles for his as a former client of Haller somehow features. And of course, the master connected to his current case. Once of screen ensemble: Robert Altman. compared to McConaughey in the Matthew McConaughey, and Ryan Phillippe in The Lincoln Lawyer. ©Lionsgate/Saeed Adyani From MASH (1970) and Nashville early days of his career, Josh Lucas is (1975) to The Player (1992) and Short Cuts (1993) and by the now acting alongside him as the prosecutor of Roulet. John end of his career Gosford Park (2001). Though these are exLeguizamo, Frances Farmer and Katherine Moennig also treme and excellent examples to place Lakeshore Entertainhave small roles in this already impressive actor list. ment’s latest release, The Lincoln Lawyer, it is a great example Brad Furman makes his third feature film here and does a of a cast being the best part of the film. fine job visually. But it’s John Romano’s script (based on MiMatthew McConaughey stars as our protagonist; a nochael Connelly’s novel by the same name) that suffers from nonsense, paycheck-oriented Los Angeles attorney named some crime drama clichés. Nevertheless, the star-studded, Mickey Haller. Ryan Phillippe plays his most recent client; a eye-candy of The Lincoln Lawyer saves the film from being playboy heir named Louis Roulet accused of raping a stripmediocre and worth a weekend viewing. SC San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

By Andrea Swayne

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2-for-1 Tuesdays Half price on all fishing trips and whale watching at Dana Wharf. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, KnitLit - The Knitting Book Group 6 p.m. Discuss Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon at the San Juan Capistrano Library. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,


SOCSA’s The Complete Works of William Shakespeare 7 p.m. South Orange County School of the Arts presents a play of Shakespeare’s greatest works at Dana Hills high School with shows March 30-31 and April 1. $10-$12. 33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.240.1994,


Kids Storytime at the Casa 10 a.m. Casa Romantica hosts storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, Comedy Night 9:30 p.m. Get some laughs at Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, Vine Wine Tasting & Food Pairing 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, Cazz Brindis 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Dupp Brothers 8 p.m. Live “hippy hillbilly” music at The Rib Joint. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to




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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See today’s solution in next week’s issue.

On Life and Love After 50: By Tom Blake

Where are the Single Men? D

uring the 17 years I’ve written a column about finding love after 50, I’ve received a variety of questions about middle-aged dating. The most frequently asked: “Where are the men?” On Life and Love After 50 Occasionally, women By Tom Blake will approach me at Costco, Ralphs, Albertsons, or in my Dana Point deli, and say, “I’ve given up hope of ever finding a partner. Where do single men my age congregate?” I explain that in south Orange County, there is no place—at least that I’m aware of—where older single men go to meet single women close to their age. And then I ask what they do to meet men. Too often, the women shrug their shoulders and say, “Nothing. If it’s meant to be, it will happen.” That won’t get the job done. Oh sure, fate steps in occasionally bringing two lonely singles of the opposite sex together, but if singles sit back and wait for a moment like that, it may be a long, lonely wait. Some women, particularly those newly single, don’t know how to begin, where

to go, or what to do, when it comes to dating. Perhaps they were married for 40-some years and never thought about having to date again. I tell them the most important thing they can do is to get out of the house and meet new people. Available single men could be anywhere and everywhere. In Dana Point, we have the harbor shops and restaurants, and the Ocean Institute, where more than 200 volunteers help out. In San Clemente, we have the pier, the new walking trail along the ocean and the bustling commercial area on Del Mar. In San Juan Capistrano, we have the downtown area adjacent to the Mission and the train depot area, including the new Regency movie theatre with Rick’s Cafe, its second-floor restaurant and Sarducci’s. These are all great places to walk, explore and most importantly, to mingle with new people. In each of our three great cities, coffee shops are abound where conversations with strangers are viewed as normal. I admit—for single women—venturing out alone can be intimidating. Finding a male or female friend to tag along will

ease the anxiety. Single men and women hoping for love need to get off the couch and out of the house, but not for the sole purpose of meeting a mate. Trying too hard is a turnoff. Rather, they should go out to enrich their lives through exercise and enjoying fresh experiences. Doing so will make one a more interesting person. Becoming involved in activities is another way to meet new people. In our tricity area, there are a plethora of service clubs and interest groups that are free to join. Each city has an active Chamber of Commerce. I recommend researching the website,, to find activities that one would enjoy. I regularly receive email notices from listing as many as 2,000 activities here in South County. Of course, there is the Internet. True, singles have to be extra careful when meeting strangers via the Internet. There are lots of scammers and people with evil intentions who prey on vulnerable singles and seniors. And yet, there are dating sites where seniors have had success meeting mates, like or Senior People Meet,

but caution is still advised on them. Because the Internet is worldwide, there is a chance that people who connect online will live in other cities, states or countries. That’s the nature of the beast. Long-distance relationships present enormous challenges to singles, worthy of a future column. But on the other hand, the Internet can bring older singles together. I know a local bank branch manager who met his wife online. They both lived in San Clemente, less than a mile apart, but had never met. They are now married. Meeting someone online who lives fairly close is always a possibility. Older singles should never give up hope. It’s as simple as putting on your walking shoes and getting out there. Well, almost. To comment: For dating information: Tom Blake is a San Clemente resident and Dana Point business owner who has authored three books on middle-aged dating. SC 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

Comments from readers: “Glad you’ll be keeping local singles informed. We do community events in North Beach where singles will have a chance to volunteer and have fun.”

“I am 60, play an OK game of tennis and would like to meet other singles who play tennis. There aren’t too many mixed doubles opportunities.”

“Drat and double drat, you stole my idea. I was going to write a column titled, ‘Aging Bald Men Seek Love in all the Wrong Places.’ Perhaps I’ll post a snappy, classified ad instead.”

“Send me some contacts for hot chicks, or, are they called hens when they get to our age?”

“At 70, I found my love online. She lived nearby in Mid OC.”

“My mom is turning 66. She would love to explore the dating world. However, there is only one obstacle; she only speaks Chinese and little English. I wish there is a miracle that she can find a partner.”

Karen, San Clemente

V., Dana Point

Steve, San Clemente

Dan, Aliso Viejo

Keith, San Juan Capistrano

Andrea, San Clemente

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FOR RENT NOTICE FOR LEASE OPPORTUNITY AT DANA POINT HARBOR Dana Point Marina Company is soliciting proposals until space is fully leased at 34551 Casitas Place, Dana Point, CA 92629. This office/retail space is located adjacent to a busy retail center in Dana Point Harbor with a great view of marina and watercraft. Proposals are to be submitted based on operating a business for the highest and best use meeting the public’s needs, and complying with the State of California’s Tidelands Grant. To obtain a copy of the RFP and register for free, go to “BidSync” & use “Open Bids” for RFP Number: 108-614981DP. Dana Point Harbor is a County of Orange facility and does not pay commissions. FOR RENT 1 Bedroom apartment, south end of Buena Vista, beach access, dog possible. Call for detail 949-492-4940

GARAGE SALES Rummage Sale National Charity League -Monarch Chapter 4th Annual Rummage Sale, Sat 3/26 8AM-2:30PM, Something for everyone! San Clemente Presbyterian Church 119 North Avenida de la Estrella. Proceeds to local charities.


HELP WANTED part time salesperson San Clemente-based graphic design firm seeks a part time salesperson to sell marketing and advertising design services: logos, business cards and stationery, brochures and flyers, newspaper and magazine advertising, postcards and direct mail pieces, posters, banners, labels and stickers, newsletters and catalogs, book covers and more. Territory is South Orange County. Job requires 16 hrs/wk, networking and selling the firm’s design capabilities. Evening hours, and some weekend times are required. Commission only plus expenses. You can review samples of our work on various pages at Please call IMAGES/Creative Solutions at 949.366.2488. Ask for Scott or email me at


NEWSPAPER SALES MANAGER WANTED Experienced newspaper sales veteran with South Orange County (Calif.) sales experience sought to head sales effort for community media group’s print and online sales team. Candidate will have min. 5 years newspaper sales experience, great personality, proven track record in sales and willingness to sell space and run small sales team. Competitive base salary, commission and full benefits. Send cover letter and resume to

HOUSE CLEANING Local House Keeper Reliable, Affordable, Meticulous. EXCELLENT REFERENCES 949-456-2376

OTHER INTERESTING STUFF Spring Boutique & Craft Fair San Clemente Presbyterian Church and Mothers of PreSchoolers (MOPS) Spring Boutique & Craft Fair Saturday, April 16 9 AM – 3 PM at San Clemente Presbyterian Church: 119 Ave De La Estrella San Clemente. Easter Bunny Pictures from 9:30-12:30PM. This program is open to the community. The boutique is open to all hand crafters, vendors and importers. We will have various vendors from jewelry, baby clothes, plants, art, home decor, clothing as well as, a bake sale, silent raffles, food from Tina & Vince’s Deli, and Easter Bunny photos starting at $10!

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“John L.” a San Clemente resident. John T. Lichty passed away on March 15, 2011. Survived by daughters and grandchildren and many friends.



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Cheese Shop

Financial Advisor

Craig Workinger CPA’s Inc 949.218.3224 The Cellar 949.492.3663 629 Camino de Los Mares #307 156 Ave. Del Mar,

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

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

Appliances Services & Repairs ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 3200 Legendario,

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

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

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



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

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

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

Landscape Lighting

Costa Verde Landscape Timothy C. Metcalf, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC 949.862.1250 License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27)




Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 Mostly Mantels                         638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G -105, 114 Calle de Los Molinos, Ste. C,


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,


Kreative Hair Design                     949.498.6245 San Clemente Computer & Network Services 173 Avenida Serra 949.276.1581 Sano Computers 949.492.2179 Heating 949.579.0741 Solution Tek-nologies                       949.400.0080 All Season Air, San Clemente, Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 CONCRETE 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A, Costa Verde Landscape License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27)



Home Décor


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

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

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

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

South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 MUSIC LESSONS 109 Calle de los Molinos, Danman’s Music School 949.242.4431 CONTRACTORS - GENERAL BABY & CHILDREN’S GEAR B Construction 949.481.8444 Leslie Lowe - Guitar, Bass & Drums 949.292.5019 HOME IMPROVEMENT OC Tykes 949.429.1714 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, Custom Carpentry, Concrete Framing & Finish The Cooper Company General Contractor Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 949.922.6388 201 N. El Camino Real, License #B 638754, 949.361.2538 Ike Soffes 949.363.3087 413 Calle Pueblo, Bankruptcy Attorneys Dunham Construction, Inc. 949.492.7100 HOME LOANS OFFICE FURNITURE The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 License #450880, Coldwell Banker Home Loans - 949.307.7982 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201, Hutton Construction South Coast Furniture & Mattress     949.492.5589 949.492.2808 nmls#261832. Tom Fashing, Mortgage Advisor, 109 Calle de los Molinos, Beauty Supply COSMETICS Del Mar Beauty Supply 949.492.8180 HOUSE SITTING Optometry 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste D, Mary Kay Cosmetics 949.248.2868 Curbside Pet & House Sitting              949.369.5074 San Clemente Optometry, David J. Nota, OD San Clemente, Blinds 224 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.2029 Dentists San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515 INTERIOR DECORATING & REDESIGN Seaside Eyecare 949.493.2269 Eric Johnson, D.D.S. 949.493.9311 The Home & Garden Stylist/ 949.218.8022 638 Camino De Los Mares, #A120, 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209, BOOKS Vignettes of Refinement San Clemente, 949.492.1114 Ronald Trosper, DDS Village Book Exchange 949.492.7140 PAINTING Rooms With A View - One-Day Makeover 99 Avenida Serra 145 Ave Del Mar, Using Existing Furnishings 949.492.8566 KC Painting & Decorating 949.388.6829 BUSINESS COMPUTER SERVICE, REPAIR DRYWALL/DRYWALL REPAIR OC - IT 949.488.0029 Periodontics & Dental Implants Call Jeff 949.683.4972 INTERIOR DESIGN 970 Calle Negocio, Norma Mardian Interior Design 949.492.6271 Dr. Alice P. Moran, DMD 949.361.4867 (GUMS) CARPET 1001 Avenida Pico, Ste. K, Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G-105, Shaw’s Carpets 949.492.8070 135 Avenida Victoria

CARPET CLEANING 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,


Arcadia Electric                                           949.361.1045 INTERIOR MAKEOVERS Casa Verde Homes Gallagher Electric 949.412.6602 P.O. Box 986,

Entertainment DJ Services


Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar, Environment 1st Exterminating, Inc. 949.218.1111 JewelerS 2340 S. El Camino Real, #13, Paradise Jewelers 949.361.4367 949.874.2540 808 N. El Camino Real,

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



EXTERMINATING Environment 1st Exterminating, Inc. 949.218.1111 2340 S. El Camino Real, #13,



Pet Grooming

VIP Pet Spa 949.492.7473 949.361.9656 810 S. El Camino Real,

Costa Verde Landscape License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Greenscapes Landscape & Design 949.366.6564 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, Living Gardens Landscape Design 949.218.7459

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

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Pet Treasures 949.493.7297 653 Camino de los Mares, Suite 100,



Sea View Pharmacy 949.496.0123 665 Camino De Los Mares #101,

PHOTOGRAPHY Memories Of Me Photos


PIZZA Izza Neapolitan Pizzeria 949.248.4925 376 Camino de Estrella,

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

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

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

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

Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital 949.429.1555 1242 Puerta Del Sol,

San Clemente Preschool 949.498.1025 163 Avenida Victoria,





Salon Bamboo 949.361.3348 PRINTING 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste. A, Printing OC 949.388.4888 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203, Salon Bleu 949.366.2060 207 S. El Camino Real, Psychologists Sanctuary Salon & Spa 949.429.5802 Manny Tau, Psy.D., PSY14892 800.865.0367 1041 Avenida Pico, Ste. B, 300 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 218,

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

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


Sure-Fit Screens

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



Jim Thomas Roofing 162 Calle de Industrias


Yorba Linda Tile & Marble, Inc. 949.276.5752 Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 714.757.3490 638 Camino de los Mare, Ste. G-105, Troubled Teens San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515 Pacific Quest 949.940.6068 Wine Bar, The Cellar 949.492.3663 TUTORING 156 Ave. Del Mar,

WATER DAMAGE Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,

Water Wise Irrigation Café Calypso 949.366.9386 114 Avenida Del Mar #4 949.361.9656 Costa Verde Landscape POOL/SPA SERVICE & REPAIR Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040 License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Radiant Pool & Spa Service     949.290.5616 111 Avenida Del Mar, #B, The Cellar 949.492.3663 WEBSITE DESIGN SC Pool Techs 949.235.1261 156 Ave. Del Mar, San Clemente Website Design          949.246.8345 PRESCHOOLS

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


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

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

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

SURF SCHOOLS San Clemente Surf School 949.334.7649

TERMITES Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar,

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Alumni Night, San Clemente High March 24, 5-7 p.m.

USA Dance Championships, Anaheim Convention Center March 25-26, TBA

This free event features all three levels of athletes pitted against parents, faculty members, coaches and alumni.

San Clemente High’s dance team is one of many other schools from nine states looking for big titles.





Wolverines vs. Tritons, San Clemente High March 29, 3 p.m.

Dolphins vs. Tritons, San Clemente High March 29, 5:30 p.m.

Titans vs. Tritons, San Clemente High March 31, 3:30 p.m.

Hit up the tennis courts as the Tritons host Aliso Niguel in a key match with major implications.

San Clemente preps to face cross-town rival Dana Hills in an epic battle on the field at San Clemente High.


The Lady Tritons are looking for a bit of luck as the girls get set to host Tesoro in an important South Coast League showdown. Info:



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Eisele finished in first place (12:40), while the distance medley relay “B” team of Kaitlyn Harrison, Briana Lehman, Sara Kebede and Ali Palmer also took first place (12:41.52). Next 7 days: March 31 at *San Juan Hills, 2:45 p.m.

Triton Report

By David Zimmerle


Both levels went on to face Mission Viejo on Tuesday, March 22 before the girls team went off to the Southern Section Relays March 24 and 26. Next 7 days: March 31 vs. Trabuco Hills, 3:15 p.m.

DANCE • The San Clemente High School

dance team captured three state championship trophies March 19 at the California Association of Dance/Drill Team Instructors State Championship at Aliso Niguel High School. The championship divisions consisted of Small Hip Hop, Small Dance and Novelty, with the team also earning trophies as runner-up in Large Lyrical, and fourth place in Intermediate Dance. The Small Hip Hop score was highest in all Hip Hop categories (Small, Medium, Large, Men’s, Women’s, Coed), earning the team title of Hip Hop State Champions (and $500 for the program). “We are pleased with all our dances, but particularly Hip Hop, which has been undergoing revision after revision after revision all season long, and to receive a score of over 96 points out of 100 is a tribute to the hard work, patience and teamwork of the girls,” dance team director Jeane McPhee said. To conclude the evening, less than an hour after performing in a punishing hip hop routine, sophomore Brieana Pagliaro danced her way to the state champion soloist crown. “There were some super solo finalists, but Brie’s great stamina after just finishing hip hop, her superior technique, and her great showmanship really impressed the large audience as well as the judges,” said Mike Conlon, faculty advisor.

BASEBALL • The Tritons (0-1 South

Coast League, 5-3) split its doubleheader with Foothill March 15 losing 10-9 in the first game before handling its foe 10-5 in the second game. The team then went on to face Dana Hills in its first South Coast League game of the season on March 18 and lost 2-1 to the Dolphins. San Clemente now heads to the OC Tournament on Saturday, March 26. Next 7 days: N/A San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

BOYS GOLF • The Tritons (0-2 SCL, The San Clemente High Dance Team shows off its trophies after their March 19 competition. Courtesy photo

SOFTBALL • The Lady Tritons (3-3-1) went 1-for-3 at the Saddleback Valley Tournament March 14-18 losing to Trabuco Hills 10-5, Dana Hills 3-0 and Aliso Niguel 8-7 before finally closing with a much needed 6-5 win against San Juan Hills on March 17. The team went on to host Beckman on Tuesday, March 22 before facing Northwood on the road on Thursday March, 24. Next 7 days: March 29 at *Capo Valley, 3:30 p.m.; March 31 vs. Tesoro, 3:30 p.m.

BOYS LACROSSE • Perennial area

power St. Margaret’s held off a late San Clemente rally to take a 9-7 win in San Juan Capistrano Friday, March 18. The loss drops the Tritons to 2-3 on the season following last week’s 6-5 overtime league loss at El Toro. Senior goalie Ian Jameson registered 11 saves while facing 36 shots, keeping the Tritons in the game despite being outshot 36-18 for the game. The Tritons were sloppy as well, registering 27 turnovers to the Tartans’ 12. Sophomore attackman Robbie Burns and senior attackman Chris Kazimi each scored twice for the Tritons, while junior Jonathan Kassity added a goal and an assist. Also scoring for San Clemente were Kevin Ivie and Max Satossky. Adding assists were Peyton Garrett, Camen Piho and Lucas

Anderson. Faceoff middle Aaron Self won 15 of 20 faceoffs. San Clemente faced Tesoro at home on Tuesday, March 22. Next 7 days: March 25 at *Mission Viejo, 5:30 p.m.; March 29 vs. *Dana Hills, 5:30 p.m.; March 31 vs. Los Alamitos, 5:30 p.m.


Tritons (0-3) dropped its first South Coast League game of the season to El Toro, losing to the Lady Chargers 16-1 on March 15. San Clemente then went on to lose 12-8 to El Dorado on the road on March 18. The girls then traveled to take on Tesoro on Tuesday, March 22 before heading back home to Mission Viejo on Thursday, March 24. Next 7 days: March 29 at *Dana Hills, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD • Both levels competed at the

Irvine Invite on March 12 and the Triton Invite on March 19. For the girls at the Irvine Invite, varsity medalists included freshman Ally Lynn (fourth in the 100, fourth in the 200), senior Amelia Claud (sixth in the 400), senior Kaitlyn Harrison (sixth in the 800). At the Triton Invitational on March 19 Melissa Eisele took third in the 3200 (11:22), the distance medley relay “A” team of Molly Mann, Tatum Ohana, Sierra Wallen and Melissa

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0-3) were beat in both of its recent meetings with Dana Hills losing 223-203 to the Dolphins on March 15 and 207-201 on March 17. San Clemente faced Corona del Mar and Edison at Newport Beach Country Club on Wednesday, March 23 before facing Villa Park at Talega on March 24. Next 7 days: March 28 at Estancia Tourney at Mesa Verde Country Club, Noon; March 29 vs. *Tesoro at Coto de Caza Country Club, 2:30 p.m.; March 31 vs. *Tesoro at Bella Collina, 2 p.m.

BOYS TENNIS • The Tritons competed

at the Dana Hills Invite March 18-19 before facing Trabuco Hills at home on Tuesday, March 22. San Clemente then traveled to take on Dana Hills March 24. Next 7 days: March 29 vs. *Aliso Niguel, 3 p.m.; March 31 vs. *Capo Valley, 3 p.m.


(1-0 SCL, 9-3) dug in for a slew of games at the Orange County Championships March 18-19, going 3-for-3 overall. The Tritons lost matches to Newport Harbor, Mission Viejo and Dana Hills but picked up wins against Orange Lutheran, Fountain Valley and Los Alamitos. The Tritons then opened up South Coast League play with a rousing 3-0 shutout win against Laguna Hills on Tuesday, March 22. San Clemente went on to host San Juan Hills on Thursday, March 24. Next 7 days: March 29 vs. *Tesoro, 6:15 p.m.; March 31 at *Mission Viejo, 6:15 p.m. *Denotes South Coast League match




Grom of the WEEK Brandon Hoffman Age: 12, Bernice Ayer Middle School

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Sixth-grader Brandon Hoffman began his first season on the Bernice Ayer Middle School surf team as one of the least experienced surfers and has grown to be a very valuable player on the team. This has been a big progression year and his skills have progressed to the point now where he is regularly making the competition roster in Scholastic Surf Series (SSS) contests and contributing greatly to his No. 2-ranked team. Getting into surfing was natural for Brandon who also Photo by Andrea Swayne enjoys dirt biking in the desert near Johnson Valley and snowboarding at Mammoth. Brandon’s talent for board sports really shines on the mountain, where he regularly takes on double black diamond runs fearlessly. He talks about snowboarding professionally someday—maybe pro surfing as well. He is also a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do. Brandon initially learned to surf from his dad and his whole family enjoys spending time surfing together and enjoying the local beaches. He also has a great time free surfing with friends at his favorite breaks like Salt Creek, Riviera and the Huntington Beach Pier as well as team workouts at T Street. In school he is currently earning all ‘As’ and one ‘B’ and considers science his favorite subject. Brandon has the reputation among his peers of being a good friend and is well known for a great sense of humor that makes him a lot of fun to hang out with. —Andrea Swayne

San Clemente Reigns

Surf ForecasT

San Clemente High and Shorecliffs Middle Schools NSSA State Champs By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


he reigning state champions of National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) interscholastic surfing competition—San Clemente High School varsity and Shorecliffs Middle School— both pulled off wave riding’s version of a hat trick by winning for a third time straight. The NSSA Interscholastic State Championships presented by Nike 6.0 went off without a hitch for the two powerhouse teams at the Huntington Beach Pier on March 12 and 13. The win for San Clemente over runner up Edison—125 to 106—is the team’s 10th win and its fourth under head coach John Dowell. Six SCHS varsity team members made appearances in the finals—3. Trevor Thornton, 5. Jonah Carter, 6. Jeremy Carter in Men; 2. Kulia Doherty and 6. Emmy Lombard in Women and 6. Eli Gillis in Longboard. The SCHS junior varsity team also brought home a second straight win—92 to

SURF RESULTS Surfing America Prime Event No. 6 March 19-20, Camp Pendleton, DMJs North BOYS U18: 1. Derek Peters, Huntington Beach; 2, Jacob Halstead, La Jolla; 3. Taylor Clark, Encinitas; 4. Colin Moran, Costa Mesa. BOYS U16: 1. Colin Moran, Costa Mesa; 2. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 3. Patrick Curren, Santa Barbara; 4. Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach. BOYS U14: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 2. Colt Ward, San Clemente; 3. Jacob Davis, Capistrano Beach; 4. Jake Marshall, Encinitas. GIRLS U18: 1. Lani Doherty, San Clemente; 2. Danielle Wyman, Laguna Niguel; 3. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 4. Shelby Detmers, Newport Beach. GIRLS U16: 1. Nikki Viesens, Florida; 2. Harley Taich, La Jolla; 3. Kulia Doherty, San Clemente Times March 24–30, 2011

Water temp: 55-58˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 6-8’ Poor; Catalina: 8-12’ Poor+ Remarks: New West-NW swell-mix and SSWSouth groundswell build on Thursday, with more size on tap by Friday, with both swells easing into the weekend. Surge is moderate and visibility is low for generally poor diving conditions. Short range: New West-NW swell-mix and SSW-South groundswell build in on Thursday good for 3-4-5’ surf at better breaks. Top exposures pull in some occasional overhead sets. More size shows by Friday, but onshore winds and weather look to be an issue. Long range: A combo of easing WNW swellmix and SSW-South swell is on offer over the weekend. Better exposed breaks are good for waist-head high+ surf on Saturday, backing down into the knee-chest high range by Sunday. Stay tuned to for updates as this swell has yet to develop.

The San Clemente High School varsity team celebrates their third straight NSSA state title. Courtesy of NSSA

67—over Huntington Beach. JV surfers Josh Giddings (Boys), Leilani Harrison (Girls) and Casey Powell (Longboard) swept all divisions, each taking top honors.

Shorecliffs bested runner-up Dwyer, 144 to 93, also swept the competition—Colin Deveze in Boys, Tia Blanco in Girls and Dylan Cox in Longboard. For full results, visit SC

San Clemente; 4. Tia Blanco, San Clemente. WEST COAST SEASON CHAMPIONS— BOYS U18: Derek Peters, 10,875 points; BOYS U16: Parker Coffin, 10,088 points; BOYS U14: Jacob Davis, 11,250 points; GIRLS U18: Kulia Doherty, 11,250 points; GIRLS U16: Kulia Doherty, 12,000 points. NSSA Southwest Explorer Event No. 7 (make-up for Men, Juniors and Boys postponed last month) March 19-29, San Clemente, Pier

Taylor, San Clemente. MENEHUNE: 2. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente. SUPER GROMS: 4. Noah Hohenester, San Clemente; 5. Crosby Colapinto, San Clemente. WOMEN: 1. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 2. Lani Doherty, San Clemente; 6. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 3. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. SUPER SENIORS: 4. John MacPherson, San Clemente. For full results, log on to www.

First place and local finishers only. MEN: 1. Charles Rick, San Diego. JUNIORS: 1. Breyden Taylor, San Clemente. BOYS: 1. Kody Clemens, Carlsbad.

Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup 2011 SUP Team Event March 12, Dana Point Harbor, Baby Beach

NSSA Southwest Explorer Event No. 8 March 19-29, San Clemente, Pier

1. Team #18-Dane Deboer, Norman Scheel, Dave Boehne, Chris Bishow; 2. Team #22 Tommy Loy, Josh Call, Wally Emory, Spencer Brod; 3. Team #14-Brandon Rambo,

Local finishers only. JUNIORS: 1. Breyden

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Mark Pighini Alan McCorkle, Brendan Light; 4. Team #21-Dick Deboer, Larry Froley, Kevin Nerison, Tom Holbrook; 5. Team #13-Mark Johnson, Denis Pordy, Heather Fenske, Betsy Risner; 6. Team #10-Jim Terrell, Mike Riley, Jill Vickery, Jayson Campbell; 7. Team #4-Diane Wenzel, Paul Zacharias, Raymond Call, Matthew Elias-Calles; 8. Team #11-Thomas Maximus, Kaikea Wilinski, Mike Vaughan, Jr., Barklie Griggs.

UPCOMING EVENTS March 23-27: Vans Pier Classic ASP 4-Star and Vans Pro Junior, Huntington Beach, 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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