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Bird’s Eye View Scarface Squadron HMLA-367 gives tour of Camp Pendleton Headquarters E Y E O N S C / PAG E S 6 -7

Marines from Scarface Squadron, a Marine Light Attack Helicopter squadron, land their UH-1 after a training exercise Friday. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO San Juan Capistrano’s referendum battle over development on the east side of town has taken to the world wide web. The “Yes on Measure B” campaign launched www. The measure is a special election on the June 7 ballot. “We feel that we have a right and a responsibility to help the voters understand that this referendum is not a choice between this development and no development—it is a choice between two developments,” said Robb Cerruti, vice president of the developer, Advanced Real Estate. Up to 440 homes are approved on the site, which is south of La Novia Avenue. The City Council approved an alternative that greatly reduces the number of homes, but adds commercial, retail and an equestrian center. The opponents of the project have a website at


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

DANA POINT The American Veterans Traveling Tribute Vietnam Memorial Wall is coming to Dana Point May 11 through 16. The wall is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. This free community event is sponsored by Dana Point VFW Post 9934 and the city of Dana Point with the Cost of Freedom Tribute. A welcoming parade will be held on May 11. Opening ceremonies will begin at noon on May 12 at Sea Terrace Park—PCH and Niguel Road—to open the public viewing. A closing ceremony is set for noon on May 16. Sponsorship opportunities are available to help offset the cost. For more information about lending support, call 949.487.5288 or 949.275.3142. A fundraising dinner is set for May 2 at Olamendi’s Restaurant in Capistrano Beach. For information and tickets, visit

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… North Beach?

THE LATEST: North Beach will take center stage Monday, May 2 during the General Plan Advisory Committee meeting. It’s been nearly two months since voters rejected Measure A, the referendum to bring the Playa Del Norte development to North Beach. Now, the 25-member advisory committee will look at the area with an eye toward its future. The group has been working on the General Plan, a kind of blueprint for the city, since December 2009 and along the way members have identified what they call “focus areas” for the entire city, among other duties. As for North Beach, residents Tom and Vonne Barnes have already offered their input, suggesting the triangle parking area be converted into a park. In their plan, a small café would be added near the Ole Hanson Beach Club and the dirt lot between Ichiburi Japanese Restaurant and 7-Eleven would become a parking lot. Another resident Gene Gilbert, a visual effects artist, recently pitched a plan to plop a gazebo in the middle of the triangle parking area. The gazebo, surrounded by grass, could be a stage for bands, he said. A sloped, amphitheater-style seating could be added, too. Gilbert also believed the area could include a surf walk of fame and a blanks hall of fame for surfboard shapers. He would like to see the presence of the Surf Heritage Museum somewhere in North Beach. Gilbert, who has lived in San Clemente since 2005, said he opposed Playa del Norte and offered his feedback to spur ideas for North Beach. He wants to give his 4-yearold daughter and her generation more than a “stupid mall.” “Take the blinders off and open your eyes and see what you can really do,” he said. As for funding, he was unsure but San Clemente Times April 28–May 4, 2011

thought corporate sponsorships could somehow play a role. Gilbert gave a slide presentation with his ideas to the City Council last week and plans to attend the advisory committee meeting. The GPAC will consider, if only generally, Gilbert’s and the Barnes’ ideas when discussing North Beach. The advisory committee will also be guided by a list of questions on North Beach that were presented to them by Principal Planner Brenda Wisneski.

schematic design dates back to 1993. The design would have added 36 spots, but the number would likely be fewer because Park Semper Fi did not exist at the time. Another option discussed was a belowgrade, terraced parking structure to create 400 spaces. The cost in 1993 was $5.4 million, according to the staff report. The city does have $9 million in its beach parking fund and council members asked how it could be applied to the Pier Bowl.

WHAT’S NEXT: The 25-member advisory committee will discuss the future of North Beach in the context of the city’s overall future. Wisneski planned to bring the questions, vetted by the City Council, to the advisory committee’s Monday meeting. The questions touch on whether North Beach needs to be revitalized, what role the city might take in its revitalization, the future of the triangle parking and the priorities for the area. Council man Tim Brown added a question about what a revitalized North Beach would look like and Mayor Lori Donchak wanted to know how North Beach would rank in a list of other priorities throughout the city. “I’m looking for more context,” she said. FIND OUT MORE: To learn more about the General Plan Advisory Committee and its work, visit —Stacie N. Galang


… Parking at the Pier Bowl?

THE LATEST: The city opened up discussion on additional parking at the Pier Bowl, which is especially lacking in spaces during peak season. At Councilman Jim Evert’s behest, the City Council mulled over the city’s parking plan for the Pier Bowl at its April 19 meeting.

WHAT’S NEXT: The council voted 5-0 to formally put the topic of Pier Bowl parking on the agenda of a future meeting. FIND OUT MORE: To read the staff report on the Pier Bowl parking, visit —SNG

3 The San Clemente Pier and Pier Bowl attracts locals and tourists who must vie for parking spaces in the area. File photo

Getting the topic of Pier Bowl parking on the agenda was welcome news for area business owners. “I believe it’s a really good time to take a look at this,” said Rick Anderson, owner of the Casa Tropicana Inn and president of the Pier Bowl Merchants Association. He was supported by other business owners, including Bob Novello of The Fishermans Restaurant, Sue McGeary of Beach Garden Café and Marcus and John McKinley of the Seahorse Resort. “You have the opportunity and the area and the money and, at this time, the will to finally get the ball rolling,” John McKinley said. Parking, the merchants said, was key to growing their businesses. Council members discussed the city’s older parking plan that called for a reconfiguration of the city’s existing lot to add much-needed spaces, but the original

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… Grad Nite at the High School?

THE LATEST: A lack of donations for San Clemente High’s Grad Nite may mean this year’s event will be the last, according to organizers. Fundraising chairwoman Vicki Patterson said the economy has hit the community hard and made events like the 2011 Hollywood-themed Grad Night difficult to pull off. “Everyone has been bitten,” Patterson said by email. “Donations are down. We have used up all the reserve funds and are short to put on this year’s party.” The event costs $90,000 to put on, Patterson said. Grad Nite includes food, a casino room, climbing walls and an area for arts and crafts. Organizers must truck in lighting and rental equipment plus pay for security and construction. Principal George Duarte had not heard about Grad Nite’s dilemma, but hoped word (Cont. on page 5)

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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 (www.ocsd. org) and reflects data available from calls placed from the field by the responding officer(s). An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Tuesday, April 26 Suspicious Person in Vehicle Avenida Del Mar, 400 Block (9:32 a.m.) Police arrested a man who had a warrant out for his arrest on DUI charges. They found the man while they were doing a drive-by check on a suspicious person in a vehicle. Prowler Avenida Dolores, 100 Block (2:39 a.m.) A woman called police when she saw two people sleeping in a sleeping bag on the side of her house. She woke up when she heard rustling outside her window.

Monday, April 25 Disturbance El Camino Real, 200 Block (9:44 p.m.) A concerned citizen called police after seeing a man grab a woman by her hair and push her up against a van. The caller was watching the scene from inside a nearby house. Unknown Trouble La Paloma, 200 Block (9:03 p.m.) A deaf woman called 911, asking for help. Dispatch could hear the voice of a man in the background. Police were sent to check on the situation. Keep the Peace Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (8:10 p.m.) Deputies were sent to a location where a child custody exchange was taking place in order to keep the peace during the exchange. Welfare Check Calle Cortez, 200 Block (7:54 p.m.) A concerned daughter called police when she could not reach her 81-year-old mother on the phone. The mother had suffered a bad fall the previous week, and the daughter was worried. Police went to check on the woman. Welfare Check El Camino Real, 1400 Block (12:14 p.m.) A school psychologist called police after several students reported one of their friends was storing alcohol and knives in the house. The student’s mother had passed away recently, and friends were concerned. Police went to the house to check on the student. Page 4

Investigate Dead Body Via Aguila, 2100 Block (12 p.m.) Police went to investigate a dead body. The subject was cold by the time they arrived. No further information has been provided. Suspicious Person Calle Sarmentoso, 1200 Block (10:14 a.m.) A middle school student exposed himself to other students last Friday. Police were called on Monday while the student was sitting in the assistant principal’s office. Battery Calle Patricia, 100 Block (9:33 a.m.) A painter, who had been hired for work by an apartment association, called police when the owner of one of the units threw coffee at him. The painter wanted to file a report.

Sunday, April 24 Citizen Assist East Avenida Pico and Interstate 5 (10:37 p.m.) A man called police reporting that his wife had assaulted him earlier in the day. The man’s wife was now in Oceanside. OCPD were sent to the woman’s house to get her side of the story. Missing Child Via Sedona, 200 Block (5:41 p.m.) A mother called deputies to report that her 5-year-old autistic child had gone missing. He was found within minutes at a house down the street. He had taken off all his clothes and then put them back on. He was sitting on the pool cover. Disturbance Calle Amistad, 100 Block (5 p.m.) Police were called to help with an 18-year-old son, who was threatening to kill people, including his family and himself. The son is delusional and suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. He was possibly under the influence of methamphetamine or marijuana. Disturbance Calle Amistad, 100 Block (4:43 p.m.) A woman called deputies to report that a female neighbor was calling her names and threatening her. Disturbance Camino Tierra Grande and Avenida Talega (3:57 p.m.) A caller reported four juveniles in a dark green Honda Accord drinking and throwing their bottles into the pool area. Citizen Assist Del Gado Road, 100 Block (12:30 p.m.) The caller told police she believed someone had possibly entered her residence a few days ago. Disturbance – Family Dispute Avenida Algodon, 100 Block (10:13 a.m.) A woman called to report she had been in a verbal fight with her husband who is on parole for burglary. Her husband left in his truck. Assist Outside Agency Avenida Vista Hermosa and Camino Vera Cruz (7:50 a.m.) Deputies were called on a report of a deer being hit by a car. The animal was still alive. Dispatch received at least eight calls on the accident.

Eye on SC (Cont. from page 3) would get out to ensure its future. “High school kids want excitement, so they really do a great job with that,” the principal said of the organizers. The event also helps keep graduates safe. “There’s such temptation to do ill conceived things, which is really a reason to protect Grad Nite,” he said. Every one of the 700 students who walks at commencement can attend the event. Grad Nite starts at 9 p.m. and graduates are released at 5 a.m. “It’s a little city ‘Fun Zone’ for our graduates,” she said. Patterson said to solicit donations, her team has sent out emails, walked in letters to businesses and reached out to local media. She created a Facebook page to generate additional interest. Sponsors will get their names printed on posters hung up around the city, she said. If the organizing committee is unable to come up with enough donations, the event faces extinction, according to Patterson. It’s a 15-year tradition. Grad Nite has helped keep seniors safe during graduation festivities because students have a place to gather and enjoy themselves with adult supervision. “Grad Nite is a unique and spectacular celebration that is alcohol and drug free,” Patterson said. “It builds a spirit of togetherness among the graduates as they celebrate with old friends for one last time. A sense of community is developed as everyone works to keep the graduates entertained and safe on potentially the most dangerous night of their lives.” WHAT’S NEXT: Organizers continue to solicit donations from businesses to ensure the event is offered this year. FIND OUT MORE: For more information about the 2011 Grad Nite, visit To become a sponsor, contact Patterson by phone at 949.413.3586 or email at —SNG



… Traffic Lights at Avenidas Presidio and Estrella?

THE LATEST: The City Council nixed plans to put up traffic lights at the intersection of Avenidas Presidio and de la Estrella last week. The council voted 4-1 against awarding the contract and spending the estimated $337,000 to erect a light. Mayor Lori Donchak cast the lone no vote. Councilman Bob Baker had gone down to the intersection and done his own count of cars and the time it took to turn. He was not convinced the traffic lights would help. “If we put a light in there we’re going to make it worse,” he said. “I think it’s a bad idea to put a light in there.” The intersection had been identified as a traffic hot spot by the San Clemente Traffic Task Force, the staff report said. Donchak offered that the city had hired experts who recommended the light be installed. A portion of the funding, $245,650, for the project was expected from Orange County’s transportation fund known as Measure M, which expired March 30. Because the first Measure M had expired earlier this year, the funds would not be readily available unless the city opted to appeal to the Orange County Transportation Authority. By voting down the traffic signal, the city would no longer need to make their appeal and lost any opportunity for the funding. WHAT’S NEXT: The city would have had to appropriate $62,000 from its Gas Tax Fund to complete the funding, which now goes unspent. FIND OUT MORE: Visit to read the staff report on the item. — SNG

… the Avenida La Pata Extension?

THE LATEST: The Orange County Planning Commission considered the final Environmental Impact Report April 27 for the proposed Avenida La Pata connection between Ortega Highway and San Clemente. The public meeting was held at 1:30 p.m. in the County Hall of Administration at 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., 10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana. The Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) studies the proposed project that would extend and widen the existing 1.8mile portion of La Pata Avenue south of Ortega Highway, outside the city of San Juan Capistrano, roughly two miles to connect with La Pata Avenue in San Clemente at Calle Saluda. The project also includes the Camino del Rio quarter-mile extension to the future La Pata Avenue from where it ends, just east of Camino de Los Mares. Both highways are proposed as four-lane roadways. The extension project is “designed to ease traffic congestion while ensuring minimal environmental impact on the area’s high quality of life,” according to the county’s website. The final EIR considers and addresses all written comments received on the project from public scoping sessions and meetings through the Draft EIR phases. WHAT’S NEXT: The next scheduled meeting on the project draft EIR is slated for November 18 in San Clemente. FIND OUT MORE: For more information about the plan, visit the county’s website at — Jonathan Volzke and SNG

• Right of Way: The Orange County Transportation Authority’s Transit police services will step up enforcement of railroad right-of-way violations as summer approaches. Those using the trail should steer clear of the rail right-of-way and the rail corridor altogether. The city reminds the public of the rules for the 2.3-mile beach trail, which runs from North Beach to Calafia Beach and has stops at the pier and T-Street. For more information, call 949.361.8264 or download the coastal trail map and safety tips at www.


• A Walk in the ‘Hoods: Mayor Lori Donchak’s next Mayor’s Walk will be Saturday, May 7, at 9:30 a.m. in downtown San Clemente. The public is invited to attend. The walk starts at the Community Center at 100 N. Calle Seville and ends at Café Calypso at 114 Avenida Del Mar at 11:15 a.m. with entertainment. The event is hosted by the Downtown Business Association and will include multiple stops at a number of area restaurants. For more information, call Downtown Business Association President Michael Kaupp at 949.492.4130 or email • Growl Tests: The city’s quarterly testing of sirens associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be May 23, 24, 25, and 26. The “growl” tones, 20-second blasts, will take place during working hours. Each of San Clemente’s 19 sirens will be growled once during the four-day period. Sirens in nearby cities, Camp Pendleton and at the state beach will also be tested in May and may be heard within the city. To see the siren test schedule, visit For more information, contact the city’s Emergency Planning Officer Jen Tucker at 949.361.6109 or by email at San Clemente Times April 28–May 4, 2011

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City and Community Calendar Thursday, April 28 Earthquake Preparedness Event 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Hands-on emergency training presented by Ready2Live’s Scott McKee and California Watch at the library. Free. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, San Clemente Collaborative General Meeting 6:30pm The public is invited to the Senior Center to learn more about the activities and events the Collaborative works on. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.547.7260,

Friday, April 29 SC Chamber Board Meeting 7:30 a.m. SDG&E. 662 Camino De Los Mares, 949.492.1131, SC Chamber Membership Orientation & Ambassador’s Council Meeting 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. Meetings at Round Table Pizza. 612 Camino de los Mares, 949.492.1131,

Saturday, April 30 Grand Opening at BT Fitness 11:30 a.m. The SC Chamber celebrates the new business. 1001 Avenida Pico, Suite H, 949.492.1131,

Sunday, May 1 First Sunday Sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Book sale presented by San Clemente Friends of the Library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.276.6342,

Monday, May 2 Library Program Sign-Ups 10 a.m. Sign kids up for programs at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 6 p.m. Discussion of North Beach. Community Development, 2nd Floor Conf. Room, 910 Calle Negocio, 949.361.8200,

Tuesday, May 3 City Council Meeting 6 p.m. Regular meeting in City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Wednesday, May 4 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. Planning Commission Meeting 7 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

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Up Close and Personal San Clemente’s adopted Marine Corps Squadron, Scarface HMLA-367, gives tour of their Camp Pendleton headquarters By Stacie N. Galang San Clemente Times


hile deployed in Afghanistan through May of last year, the pilots and crew of HMLA-367 Scarface Squadron supported six infantry battalions but last week they accepted a much smaller mission: To host a group of nearly 20 San Clemente officials, civic leaders and business owners. “This is the first time we’ve done anything like this,” said Lt. Col. Wade Hasle, Scarface’s commanding officer. Over four hours Friday, Hasle and a group of his helicopter pilots gave their guests a crash course in all things Scarface Squadron at Camp Pendleton. The participants would come away in awe of the work performed by the 43 officers and 331 enlisted men and women who make up the squadron, adopted by San Clemente. The unit, known as a Marine Light Attack Helicopter or HMLA squadron flies 18 AH-1 Cobra helicopters and nine UH-1 “Hueys” with their 42 male and one female pilot. “Awesome, awesome, awesome,” said Wayne Eggleston, a former city councilmember and mayor, of his time spent at the Marine base last week. He had helped coordinate the civilians for the tour. The guests included Mayor Lori Donchak, who brought her father Robert Harner, and Councilman Bob Baker, who brought his wife Pam Baker. The invitation was extended to San Clemente Chamber of Commerce members and about 15 accepted. In 2009, the city adopted the squadron, San Clemente’s second sponsored military unit. The city first adopted the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines in 1996. San Clemente has provided support to both units while they served overseas and locally, Eggleston said. San Clemente has cultivated its relationship with its adopted members of the military. Last August, about 35 San Clemente residents, city leaders and business owners served up steaks and fixings to nearly 800 in the squadron and their families at their annual outing known as Scarfest at Camp Pendleton. “It’s a very close relationship,” Eggleston said. “We do everything we can to support them. A Page out of History For the first part of their day, the civilians

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Top: Marine Capt. Porter Jones shows the AH-1 “Cobra” to San Clemente resident Phil Grieve. Left: Jones demonstrates the high-tech helmets pilots in Scarface Squadron use while flying their helicopters. Right: A group of San Clemente residents, who toured Scarface Squadron’s headquarters, listen to Jones speak about pilots’ helmets. Photos by Stacie N. Galang

sat around a large conference table for a 30-minute slide presentation on Scarface Squadron given by Capt. Gregory “Smash” Youngberg. He had recently been named the Marines Corps’ aviator of the year, Hasle told the group. The young pilot described it as a huge honor but downplayed his award. “So I can’t say I did anything out of the ordinary,” he offered. In fact, Youngberg had served as the escort flight leader of the largest operation in Marjah, Hasle said. Youngberg continued on with his presentation, explaining that the squadron’s roots date back to World War II, though the unit was deactivated by 1949. They would return for the Vietnam War. Scarface Squadron’s latest deployment came in October 2009 when they left for

Afghanistan for seven months. The aviator also gave an overview of some of the equipment they use. Youngberg spoke about their state-of-the-art helmet, which is customized for each pilot. The TopOwl helmet has an optical attachment made of glass, a “heads-up” display that sits in front of the pilot’s right eye. “It’s a dramatic increase in situational awareness,” the pilot said. Youngberg and Hasle fielded questions from their guests before heading to a training classroom to receive a brief overview of the night-vision goggles. The group then entered an attached room painted entirely black. When the lights were turned off, participants flipped on their goggles. Small blobs of green, like fireflies, flickered on. Oohs and aahs went out around Page 6

the room as those using the goggles peered around the room. Despite the absence of perceivable light, they could see a hazy green reality around them. The instructor showed them a miniature landscape, complete with figurines of Woody and Rex, and a computer-generated night scene of the area around the base. The animated night scene gave base visitors an aerial view of Camp Pendleton and its surroundings. The group asked to have the night simulation take them north past San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and into San Clemente and Dana Point. ‘Star Wars’ A pair of $20 million helicopter flight simulators were the next stop for the guests. Not surprisingly, no cameras were allowed. Up two flights of stairs, the civilians

Eye on SC entered an enclosed bubble that replicated the cockpit of the AH-1Z Cobra helicopter, the latest aircraft the squadron has received. One visitor at a time could squeeze into the back cockpit while simulator instructor pilot Jack Welch took the fake bird up for a spin around Camp Pendleton. The 270-degree, wrap-around display appeared on the inside of the sphere in which the equipment was housed. The machine mimicked the motion of the helicopters, too, giving the visitors that queasy feeling of motion. “It’s a pretty high fidelity copy of what we’re using,” said Capt. Porter Jones, one of pilot tour guides for the day. He had completed his training on the “Zulu” the day before the group’s visit. Councilmember Baker, a former U.S. Navy pilot and retired commercial pilot,

Major Henry Dolberry, aircraft maintenance supervisor of Scarface Squadron, thanks the tour group and San Clemente for sponsoring the unit. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

marveled at the technology. “These new simulators are fabulous,” he said. “It’s very lifelike.” During his five years in the military, Baker flew F-4 Phantoms. He had come along for the tour, in part, because of his interest in aviation. “I wanted to support our adopted unit,” he added. For Tom Vetter, a retired Marine lieutenant colonel and now a commander of the Marine Corps Detachment veterans group, the visit to Pendleton gave him confidence in the advancements the military had made since he left the service. “I’m dazzled,” the San Juan Capistrano resident said after stepping out of the simulator. “It reminds me of Star Wars.” The man who had parachuted out of helicopters during the Korean War was impressed. “It really gives me a very good feeling about the state of our armed forces and our national security,” Vetter said. The group stopped outside the squadron headquarters where Porter demonstrated the pilot’s helmets, each custom made for its user. The high-tech head protectors include a digital display that plugs into the helmet and floats in front the pilot’s left eye. Steve Ynzunza, vice chairman of the chamber’s executive committee, said he came away amazed by the tour. “I wanted the opportunity to tour the facility and see the Marines in action and see everything up close and personal,” said Ynzunza, who helped grill at last year’s Scarfest. “It gives you a different perspective.”

San Clemente resident Pam Baker looks through night vision goggles as part of the tour she and nearly 20 others took of Scarface Squadron’s headquarters Friday. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

Thank You For the final part of the tour, Hasle brought the group into the hangar to meet the maintenance crew. “San Clemente is near and dear to our hearts,” Major Henry Dolberry, the squadron’s aircraft maintenance officer, told the group. The commanding officer also thanked the participants and the city for their support of Scarface Squadron. Hasle handed them a photo that had been signed by the members of the unit. “Thank you so much,” Donchak said. The civilians, who were handed helmets and earplugs, went into the hangar that opened up to the airstrip. They saw

two helicopters return from a training exercise. The civilians were also able to see the aircraft up close and look into the cockpit. The city and its adopted squadron will have to make the most of their relationship. HMLA 367 is expected to move to Kaneohe, Hawaii next summer. Before they part ways, the adopted Marine squadron expects to do a fly-over during San Clemente’s Fourth of July festivities as they did last year, the commanding officer told the group. In his 23 years in the Marine Corps, the commanding officer had never been a part of an adopted squadron and experienced so much support. “It’s been awesome,” Hasle said. SC

The group of San Clemente city, civic and business leaders pose with Scarface Squadron’s Commanding Officer (center) Lt. Col. Wade Hasle after they finished their tour Friday. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

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Compiled by Stacie N. Galang

P rops , R ecognitions and M orsels of I nfo Artist Home Tour Set for Sunday u Five local artists and artisans will open up their studios for the 40th Annual American Association of University Women Home Tour Sunday, May 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will see the artists’ private collections as well as their workspace. The artists include Sally Strand of Capistrano Beach known for her light-filled pastels; Louise Lopina of San Clemente known for her large and small animals paintings; coastal plein air painter Rick Delanty of San Clemente; carpenter and stained glass artist Dale Patterson of San Clemente and avid artist and art collector Vi Kirkwood of San Clemente. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets are available at Curves in San Clemente, San Clemente Art Supply, Kelly’s Hallmark and Villa Cucina and select locations in Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. Shopping and food will also be available. The organization’s San Clemente–Capistrano Bay Branch will use the funds raised toward scholarships for female Saddleback College graduates accepted to a four-year university; tuition for UCI’s Tech Trek, a weeklong math and science camp for local seventh-grade girls and to the group’s educational foundation. For more information, call 949.488.7765, email or visit

In Nail Biter, Winter Guard Takes Second

Japanese Students Seek Hospitality

Thousands Read Ebook Author’s Novel

Sisters Cami and Lindsey Macdonald are excited about the arrival of their Japanese family member this summer. Courtesy photo u Families are being sought to host students from an all-girl high school in Tokyo from July 22 through August 10. The school has been sending English learners to California for more than 30 years in the program known as a Homestay. The Japanese students, ages 17 to 18, stay in a volunteer home as a member of the family while they attend English studies in San Juan Capistrano. San Clemente families are especially well suited because many have students studying Japanese at the high school and of military families who have spent time in Japan. For more information, call Patricia Drewes at 949.487.7979 or send an email to MrsDrewes@

Couple Featured in Yokohama Tire TV Ad

San Clemente High’s Winter Guard. Courtesy photo u San Clemente High’s Winter Guard earned 83.1 points and second place April 16 at the Winter Guard Association of Southern California’s State Championships at Marina High School in Huntington Beach. The team was a mere 0.2 points behind the first-place finishers and 3.4 points ahead of third place. Winter Guard is overseen by James Baker.

Lawn Bowling Club Offers Open House u The City of San Clemente’s Beaches, Parks and Rec-

reation Department and the San Clemente Lawn Bowling Club are sponsoring an open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the San Clemente Lawn Bowling Facility at San Luis Rey Park, 109 Ave. San Luis Rey, this Saturday, May 7. Club bowls will be available for those who would like to try the game and enthusiastic club members will demonstrate the art of bowling and assist all new bowlers. All ages are welcome and invited to enjoy the sport of lawn bowling. The San Clemente Lawn Bowling Club will be serving refreshments and a plethora of friendly people will be present to share their enthusiasm for the game. Participants should wear flat-soled shoes. The event is free to the public. For more information, please call 949.369.1887 or 848.361.5075. San Clemente Times April 28–May 4, 2011

5 to 12. For more information, visit To purchase tickets, call 949.361.8463 or email at lulubojo@

u San Clemente off-road champions Cameron and Heidi Steele appeared in Yokohama Tire’s television commercial based on the classic kids’ game, Duck, Duck, Goose. The pair of Yokohama-sponsored drivers whip around a circle of highperformance vehicles. Cameron Steele, a Baja 1000 champ, peels out in his 800-horsepower off-road truck and Heidi Steele, a Baja 500 and 1000 champ, gives chase in a bright yellow Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera. The 30-second spot, shot in February at the San Bernardino International Airport, aired first on March 19 on ABC-TV during the 12 Hours of the Sebring endurance race. To see the commercial, visit

u San Clemente High graduate Maili McBride of San Clemente received top rankings on the “What’s Hot” list on epublishing website McBride, 18, who publishes as Mailianne has received top 10 ranking for weeks. Her online book Wait? He’s Real!?! has been read 386,280 times as of this week, according to the website. McBride’s book takes from real life. “I am truly astounded at the number of fans that are enjoying my story, and the number of new fans I am getting every day,” she said in a press release. “I’m also proud of the fact that my book is a romantic comedy, yet has no profanity and is completely wholesome. I think it just proves that you don’t need to steam things up or use unsavory language to capture an audience and create something that others can enjoy.” McBride is a student at Saddleback College. She is one of four children born and raised in San Clemente. She is an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Cyber Café’s Spring Workshops Announced u The city’s Cyber Café spring computer workshops have been announced at their website The courses are offered at the café’s facilities at 910 Calle Negocio, Suite 101 in San Clemente. Workshops require registration a minimum of three days prior to the start of classes. Cash or check are accepted. Seating is limited. To register, call 949.276.8866 or e-mail at

Art Association Names Spring Show Winners

Measure A Essay Winner Named u San Clemente student Sierra Stalcup was named the winner of the Measure A essay contest sponsored by resident Larry Corwin. Her four-page essay entitled Irresponsible Optimism began, “Our society endures countless cases of irresponsible use of natural resources in the name of ‘progress’ on a daily basis.” For her winning entry, Stalcup received a $500 cash scholarship.

Choral Society to Host Spring Concert u The San Clemente Choral Society will present its spring concert, “Sounds of America,” Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at St. Andrew by-the-Sea Methodist Church. The concert will feature American music of diverse styles, all written and arranged by American composers. It will also feature a composition by the choral society’s Artistic Director Stephen Sturk. The 55-member choral group has been rehearsing every Wednesday night since February. St. Andrew is located at 2001 Calle Frontera in San Clemente. Tickets are $12 per person, $10 in advance or for seniors and $5 for children age

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Ruth Yuhas won Best of Show for her acrylic painting Flowers at the San Clemente Art Association’s public choice event. Courtesy photo u The San Clemente Art Association announced the winners of its Spring Garden & Flower Theme Public Choice Event. The Best of Show award and $200 prize went to Ruth Yuhas for her acrylic Flowers. The remaining winners are: first place - Sang Lee for her watercolor Flame Red Poppies; second place - Ferial Nassirzadeh for her untitled oil; third place tie - Dorothy Kuhr for her mixed media by Bottom Feeder and Eili Stocks for her acrylic Evening Garden and honorable mention tie - Maryana Espe Wagor for Blossoms on Path and Joan Anderson for Rose Celebration.

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The City of San Clemente Corps of Volunteers…from aces to wag-a-thons “Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends…” (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)


his week, two elite members of our corps of city volunteers were recognized as Volunteers of the Year as part of National Volunteer Month. Jim Lusk, Retired Senior Volunteer Pall Gudgeirsson Program (RSVP) and Bonnie Bora, Coastal Animal Services Authority (CASA), were honored for their many years of dedicated service as part of a cadre of 398 volunteers who provide 27,000 hours of service to the city annually. From my budgetary perspective, that equates to 13 full-time employees and translates to direct savings of over $500,000—a big number. “Do you need anybody?” Volunteers come from all walks of life, and we are incredibly fortunate that they choose to give up their time to meet the public safety and welfare needs of our community. They do so for a wide variety of reasons: Currently, a city employee, Denise Gee has volunteered at the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter for the past 15 years. “Volunteering is

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Online Poll Playa del Norte Developers Linda and Shaheen have sued San Clemente. What do you think? Well, they have a right to sue.

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Mayor Lori Donchak, center, stands with the city’s volunteers of the year Jim Lusk and Bonnie Bora. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

challenging and rewarding. We not only serve our community, but we can make a difference in the life of a human and animal,” she said. Once a nurse, Marianne Cook now volunteers at the animal shelter and distributes mail at City Hall. Doug Erway is a retired Marine who wanted to “fill a need in my life. My country has always been good to me, and I wanted to give something back to it and to my fellow citizens.” Doug is an 18-year RSVP volunteer, and along with Bill Waibel, RSVP coordinator, points out how volunteers are able to perform transport duties, assist with traffic scenes and as Bill says, “provide a service to the city that may not otherwise be filled due to the expense.” I think that is well said and applies to all of our volunteer programs. And how about Fred Dungan, who after serving his country as one of the few American fighter aces, by registering five

or more confirmed kills during World War II, now proudly wears an RSVP badge and uniform? Fred is our oldest volunteer, soon to turn 90 years young. “How do you feel by the end of the day?” Many volunteer opportunities exist, including RSVP, animal shelter, Friends of the Library, code compliance, planning and engineering and sheriff chaplaincy. Volunteers do it all, from walking dogs to crowd control at special events and everything in between. Mail processing, special events, care, feeding, licensing and adopting of our critter friends, parking enforcement, selling donated books, home security and “You Are Not Alone” checks and providing goodwill and enforcement of rules at the Police and Community Together House at the pier. “Could it be anybody?” Ask Jim Lusk who is celebrating 25 years of service to the city and RSVP. Wow. Or, Terry

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Burns who worked a staggering 1,161 hours at the animal shelter this past year. Utilize your expertise or interests and volunteer. When you have the occasion to interact with one of the city’s volunteers, you just may encounter a retired nurse, teacher, homemaker, animal lover or one of our other fantastic volunteers. And look out for that fighter ace. But, as our ace says, “I get an opportunity to volunteer with a great bunch of people. The deputies treat us so well and trust us.” Oh, we get by with a lot of help from our friends… To volunteer go to www.san-clemente. org and click on Employment, Volunteer Program Upcoming Events: Wag-A-Thon: April 30th at the Dana Point Harbor (This column is dedicated to the memory of Jim Douglas, a code compliance volunteer for 17 years.) 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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A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak



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

Hulaville Open Mic Night 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Hulaville invites all musicians, singers and hula dancers to step up and showcase your talents onstage. Every Thursday. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, Club Nite: Catalina Wine Mixer 8 p.m. The Coach House hosts a club night with DJs and dancing. 18 and older. $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Trivia Night followed by Live Music 9 p.m. Games at Molly Bloom’s. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,


Tomorrow’s Artists Today

The eighth annual San Clemente Student Art Exhibition kicks off Friday, April 29 at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens and runs through June 5. The opening reception is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. Rick Stein, executive director of Arts Orange County, will give the welcome address at 7 p.m., and an awards ceremony will follow his remarks. Judging the artwork this year will be San Clemente resident artist Rick Delanty of Rick J. Delanty Studio and Gallery and Mayor Lori Donchak, who will present the Mayor’s Choice award. The five-week exhibit showcases the artwork of students from San Clemente High, Bernice Ayer Middle and Shorecliffs Middle schools. Visitors can see a myriad of media, including oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, mixed-media, drawings, ceramics and photography. The exhibition will be hung as a professional installation, allowing the young artists to present their pieces in a formal setting. The participating instructors include San Clemente High’s ceramics teacher Lynn Smith, drawing teacher Bill Palmer and photography teacher Alana Brewer as well as Shorecliffs drawing and painting teacher Andrea Reish and Bernice Ayer Middle drawing and painting teacher Jenny Rosien. The reception is open to the public and will include live music by San Clemente High students. Refreshments will be available. Admission to the opening night event is a $3 suggested donation. Proceeds benefit the student art departments and Casa Romantica. For more information about the event, call 949.498.2139.

Ancient Peaks Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Amanda Wittstrom of Ancient Peaks Winery who will be raffling off a few bottles. $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers and chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

Real Gardens by Real People 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Mary Lou Heard Memorial Garden Tour offers guests the opportunity to see visit gardens throughout Orange County April 30 and May 1 while supporting several charities through donations. For more info, locations, etc.: 714.566.4800,

Kelly Fitzgerald 5:30 p.m. Live at Irons in the Fire with happy hour until 7 p.m. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900,

Dread Zeppelin 8 p.m. Led Zeppelin cover band at The Coach House also with Walter Michaels Band and Birds of Prey. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

Vonda Shepard 8 p.m. Popular female artist at The Coach House also with Christina Duane and Cindy Alexander. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Doubt 8 p.m. Play at Cabrillo Playhouse. Shows though May 8. Tickets $20. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,


Paddle for Humanity: Paddleboard & SUP Race 8 a.m. A six-mile race at Doheny Beach to benefit Surfaid International. Multiple divisions offered based on board; awards given. Entry fee $50. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point,


Nathan & Friends 9 p.m. Back-porch blues at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Wag-A-Thon 8:30 a.m.- 10 a.m. Fun-filled family pet event at Dana Point Harbor Island with activities, 4K walk, entertainment, contests and more. Admission $30, includes T-shirt, goody bag and refreshments. 949.595.8899, www. petprojectfoundation. org.


Les Miserables, the Musical 7 p.m. San Juan Hills High School students perform the classic play. Buy tickets online. Additional shows: April 28 and 30. 29211 Vista Montana, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.5900,


California Wine Festival 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Twoday wine event with tastings, appetizers and more. Friday’s events at the Ritz-Carlton (1 Ritz Carlton Drive, Dana Point). Saturday’s events are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Doheny State Beach (25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive). $65-$224. 800.797.7753,

Koi Fish Feeding 12:45 p.m. New interactive event at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Free with paid admission of $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,

Larry Fresch 7:30 p.m. Live entertainment at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.481.1222,

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

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Flock of 80’s 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Band playing great music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, Willie Naylor 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, Home and Art Tour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The American Association of University Women, San Clemente–Capistrano Bay Branch present a tour of five local artists’ homes, their studios and their art. Tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door. For info and tickets: 949.488.7765,



Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling 7 a.m.5 p.m. The fifth annual cycling event with races in and throughout the Dana Point community, including criterium races, kid’s races, Breakaway from Cancer Walk, entertainment and more. Free Beginner Ukulele Lessons & Ukulele night 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Hulaville has lessons on playing ukulele followed by Ukulele Night. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www. Rancho Days Fiesta 11 a.m. Discover the rich history of Orange County’s Native American tribes and the Mexican Ranchos in the event with dancing, activities and more at Heritage Hill Historical Park. Adults, $4; children, $3. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, THIS WEEK’S WEATHER 4.28 Mostly Sunny H: 74° L: 55° 4.29 Partly Cloudy H: 67° L: 51° 4.30 Sunny H: 76° L: 53°

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GETTING OUT Justin Newman 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. Trifecta Sundays 5:30 p.m. OC Tavern hosts horse race wagering and live music at 8:30 p.m. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


Buffet with a Flare! 6:30 p.m. Interactive Cooking Class at Antonie’s Café with chef and caterer Caroline Cazaumayou featuring recipes, dinner, wine and more. 218 S. Cost $50 each. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763, www.


Jazz Lab Concert 7 p.m. Saddleback College presents a jazz ensemble concert with special guest Benn Clatworthy in McKinney Theatre. Tickets $10 general, $7 students/seniors. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, 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 Monday’s 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5, glasses of selected wines for $5 and mugs of beer from $5 and up. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067,


San Clemente Friends Of the Library Bookstore Silent Auction 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Books will be displayed in the library lobby case. Bids taken now through June 5 at the Friends Bookstore only. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.276.6342,


SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

Historical Tommy’s Restaurant 1409 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1353 Best Known For: Half-pound burgers Most Popular Item: Fresh Greek food The building that houses Tommy’s has been a fixture on South El Camino Real for decades—once housing a Howard-Johnson’s. Now, it’s under new ownership, as Eric Beshai bought it in September after the previous owner went to prison for tax evasion. Beshai has kept on much of the familiar staff, but lowered prices and spruced up the place. The ceiling and walls sport black-and-white posters of famous stars of the ’50s, from Elvis Presley to James Dean, while the booths each bear the name of a Jeannine, a server at Tommy’s for three years, takes a break- star, too, from Popeye to Audrey Hepburn to Frank Sinatra. The booths fast order Wednesday morning. Photo by Jonathan Volzke are filled with a mix of regulars and folks just passing through who spot the sign from the freeway. Customers still find a menu that offers platefuls of good home-style cooking with corned beef hash and eggs, omelets and the like for breakfast, half-pound burgers for lunch and even a full rack of St. Louis style ribs for dinner. Also popular, though, is the fresh Greek food, from stuffed grape leaves to gyros to baklava. Reservations: Not necessary Payment: Cash, credit cards (No Discover) Price Range: $7.99-$18.99 Hours: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 6 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

Trivia & Taco Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. Irons In The Fire Restaurant has fun, competitive and educational games with prizes plus Taco Tuesday. 150 Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900. Two-for-One at the Wharf Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips, whale watching and other adventures. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Benny on Flamenco Guitar 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Devlin Miles 7 p.m.-10 p.m. New York musical artist visits Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

It’s a Win, Win


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,


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, Missy Andersen 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. 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,

By Megan Bianco

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AT THE MOVIES There are many sport films that revolve around a sport itself—or rather the team of the sport—that give a film the drive and motivation to get an audience excited. In Hoosiers (1986), a shady basketball coach and local drunk try to bring together a mediocre high school team to victory. In Remember the Titans (2000) a black coach and a white coach bring their football teams together during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Even in a silly film like Bring It On (2000), the protagonist’s life and goals revolve around cheerleading. But with a film like Fox Searchlight’s new release Win, Win, there is a protagonist who is a wrestling coach, a troubled teen who is a pretty good wrestler and a wrestling team that stinks. Yet the film does not center on wrestling. Jersey attorney for senior citizens, Mike Flaherty (Paul Giamatti), is suddenly at a loss at what to do with his now troubled practice. He has a wife (Amy Ryan) and two daughters at home and can’t afford to lose his job. Until he realizes one of his newest clients is loaded and in need of a guardian or he will be taken care of by the state. Mike secretly chooses to be his guardian, but soon the man’s grandson Kyle (Alex Shaffer) shows up on his doorstep. It turns out that Kyle is a pretty good wrestler back “home” and could help out the rather lousy high school team he coaches as well. Only prob-

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

UPCOMING: THURSDAY, MAY 5 Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor, and Paul Giamatti in Win Win. Photo © Kimberly Wright/2011 Twentieth Century Fox

lem is Kyle’s mysteriously absent mom (Melanie Lynskey) has been released from rehab and is on her way to Jersey now. Win, Win is written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, primarily recognized for his acting gigs in films like Meet the Parents (2000), Good Night and Good Luck (2005) and Michael Clayton (2007) and has a movie that seems like it was created by a veteran filmmaker. He makes use of some great talent (Giamatti, Jeffrey Tambor and Lynskey) and a newcomer in Shaffer. While there is a bit of a tired and cliché reoccurring joke made with the “S” word, Win, Win manages a refreshing take on a small-town film that’s not entirely a sport film. SC Page 13

History of Southern California Transportation 7 p.m. Casa Romantica presents a special “Speaker Series” presentation with author and professor of history Dr. William Myers, who will speak on the industrial revolution of the 1800s and its impact on California’s transportation system. Tickets: adults $7, members $6, students/kids free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to



Welcome to the 2011 AMGEN Breakaway from Cancer Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling



n Sunday, May 1, we bring the racing action back to Dana Point with our 5th Annual Criterium event, which will run through Town Center and the scenic Santa Clara neighborhood. The Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling is now recognized as one of America’s premiere one-day professional cycling races and has quickly gained accolades among athletes and sports fans as the best venue on the west coast. In addition to the world class cycling action on the race course, the DPGP showcases music, a beer garden, a Fan Zone Expo on the course, In ‘n Out Burger and, new for this year, a Kids’ Zone. The Kids’ Zone offers plenty of fun for children all day long with BMX demonstrations, a bike safety course and even a bicycle rodeo! And of course, the day would not be complete without the FREE kids’ races that promise to be a big hit for the entire family—don’t forget your camera! Our new partnership with Amgen’s Breakaway from Cancer Initiative raises this event to a whole new level. Through Breakaway from Cancer, Amgen works with nonprofit partners to raise awareness of vital resources available to cancer patients. This year’s Breakaway from Cancer Dana Point Grand Prix has chosen the Pacific Meso Center at the Pacific Heart, Lung & Blood Institute as one of the recipients of this year’s proceeds. The Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation is hosting a fundraising reception supporting the Initiative on Saturday, April 30, at the Dana Point Yacht Club. The DPCCF is also delighted to partner with local organizations such as the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley and Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary to host this phenomenal event and raise money for charity. If you are looking for action, excitement and something for the whole family, look no further than the Dana Point Grand Prix of Cycling! For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook. See you at the starting line! J. Scott Schoeffel, Mayor, City of Dana Point


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LIFE’S A BEACH: By Shelley Murphy

Ode to the Calendar

April showered with stress, May brings hope


oon we’ll be saying goodbye to April showers and hello to May flowers; as we change the calendar, we’ll also be bidding farewell to National Stress Awareness Month. It’s not too surprising that LIFE’S A BEACH a month boasting tax deadBy Shelley Murphy lines and family holidays bears the benchmark for stress. By now, most taxpayers have settled with Uncle Sam and anxiety over April’s annual Internal Revenue Service deadline lies another year away. As a proud procrastinator, I enjoyed the extra three days the IRS gave us this year to file our taxes, but wondered why. My accountant-husband explained this year’s April 18, not April 15, deadline: Emancipation Day, a legal holiday observed in Washington, D.C., falls on Saturday, April 16 so this year it was observed on Friday, April 15 and by law affects the calendar like any federal holiday—so, all taxpayers gained three extra days to file in April. The holiday celebrates the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln signing the

Compensated Emancipation Act in 1862 and marks an end of slavery and birth of citizen rights (the act freed more than 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia, but the official end of slavery didn’t come until after the Civil War in 1865). A certain amount of stress this month resulted from the calendar itself; the dates on my April calendar seemed to shift more than the tectonic plates. Most of the world embraces the Gregorian calendar as the universal standard, although many religious communities still maintain their own official calendars. I always thought that spring break and the Easter holiday arrived together—magically, like the colorful eggs and chocolate bunnies. But, it’s not that simple, and instead involves a calculation requiring knowledge of the full moon cycle, for example: Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox in March, so that means the holiday occurs on any Sunday between March 22 and April 25. Similarly, Passover also relies on the full moon after the vernal equinox and, therefore, the

festivities fall in March or April. As far as I can tell, the scheduling of spring break doesn’t rely on moon cycles, but it may as well. By far, the most stressful calendar of all is the school year calendar, especially in April. Parents of school-age children in San Clemente cringe at the confusing Capistrano Unified School District calendar with its furlough days, early out and late starts, minimum days and more. Naively, we tried to coordinate spring break vacation plans with another family in another district, but found it impossible since schools only miles apart operate on different calendars. Capo Unified scheduled spring break the first week of April. Our neighbors down the road in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District enjoyed their break just last week. I can’t even track all the private and religious school schedules. Frustrated, I decided to contact Marcus Walton, the district’s chief communications officer, and ask how they create the school year calendar. “We have a calendar committee that meets and is composed of

parents, teachers, and staff—it’s a lengthy process,” said Walton. He also informed me that just this month the committee approved the CUSD calendar for the upcoming 2011-12 school year, but he cautioned, “It’s possible it may change; there are a lot of variables depending on the district’s fiscal situation going into next year, but we are pretty confident in the opening day of school and the major breaks—for instance, the Thanksgiving week, winter and spring break, and the last day of school; we wanted to get the major dates out for parents and our staff so that we can start planning for the next school year.” It’s no wonder that in April approximately three-quarters of Americans experience symptoms related to stress, according to the American Psychological Association. Fortunately, hope is on the horizon: May is National Meditation Month. 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

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id you know that San Clemente is home to 20 community parks offering everything from shady trees for lazy lounging and family picnics to sporting amenities for tennis, basketball, baseball, volleyball, skateboarding and more? No matter your energy level, it is likely San Clemente has a park for you. Residents can learn more about your community parks through a series of articles on the San Clemente Times’ website. Beginning in early May, you will be able to read about a different park each week. Sponsored by the San Clemente Times April 28–May 4, 2011

San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission, the articles will highlight many of the city’s parks and spotlight the amenities they offer for fun and frolic and other leisure and athletic activities. Beaches, Parks, and Recreation Director Sharon Heider and Commissioner Eric Swartz are spearheading the editorial series, which City Councilman Bob Baker proposed earlier this year. Longtime residents, Andrea Workman and Aleta Walther are the volunteer writers. Born in Orange County and raised in

San Clemente, Workman has enjoyed watching the ongoing additions of parks and other recreational areas to the city’s already fantastic beaches. The San Clemente native can be found with her husband Eric Workman and their incredibly lazy dog Toonie going for walks, exploring our trails and beaches, as well as enjoying the dog park. Andrea Workman has 16 years of experience in the vocational rehabilitation field and works for consulting firm Workman Molina in San Clemente. Outdoor enthusiast and18-year resi-

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dent, Aleta Walther regularly walks, hikes and bikes around town and enjoys reading a good book at the beach or Park Verde. She and her husband, John Walther, are members of the San Clemente Community Emergency Response Team. She is currently attending Orange County’s Park Ranger Academy where she is learning wilderness training and survival techniques, interpretative skills, wildlife handling, ecology, geology, criminal justice and more. Visit www. for the full version of this article. SC







Titans vs. Tritons, San Clemente High April 29, 3:15 p.m. The Tritons are hoping to capitalize on this one as the boys look to battle back from the cellar late in the season. Info:




Padres vs. Dodgers, Dodger Stadium April 29, 7:10 p.m.

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

Diablos vs. Tritons, San Clemente High May 3, 6:15 p.m.

Dolphins vs. Tritons, San Clemente High May 5, 3:30 p.m.

The boys in blue host its rival from San Diego as the Dodgers take in Game 1 of a three game series with the Padres.

Looking to post a big win against its heated rival, the Lady Tritons need to pull this one off and make a statement.

The Tritons reign of terror in the South Coast League is still hot as the boys look to scorch Mission Viejo on the court.

Taking on cross town rival Dana Hills always provides plenty of excitement as the Lady Tritons have the dial set to dominate.



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Triton Report

By David Zimmerle

BASEBALL • The Tritons (0-6 SCL, 11-

10) couldn’t maintain a winning streak following a 1-0 loss at home to Kennedy High in non-league action on April 23. Kennedy got its lone run in top of the second inning, which was eventually good enough for the win. Both sides played out a defensive battle as each team finished with a meager three hits and one error on the day. Kyle Katsandris took the loss from the mound with Braden Riddle making noise from the plate as the only player for San Clemente to finish the game with a double. The Tritons resumed South Coast League play with a game against Tesoro High School on Wednesday, April 27. Next 7 days: April 29 vs. *Tesoro, 3:15 p.m.; April 30 at Canyon/OC Tourney, 11 a.m.; May 4 vs. *El Toro, 3:15 p.m.

Crystal Albert, former San Clemente student-athlete and currently a freshman at Dominican University, had a phenomenal doubleheader against Academy of Art on April 23 despite the Penguins losing both games. Albert was perfect at the plate, going 9-for-9 with four runs scored, one RBI and a stolen base. In the process she recorded a 1.000 batting average, on-base percentage and slugging rate for the day.

SCL, 13-8-1) took on a wide range of opponents recently as the girls edged Whittier Christian 2-1 on April 21, followed by a 6-5 loss to El Rancho on April 22. San Clemente then rolled through a double-header on April 23 beating Western Christian 9-2 and slamming Cantwell-Sacred Heart by the final score of 4-1. The team then went on to face Aliso Niguel in South Coast League action on Tuesday, April 26 and beat the Lady Wolverines 4-3. All tied up at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Shannon McCasland lifted the Lady Tritons to the big win with a solo home run. Next 7 days: May 3 at *San Juan Hills, 3:30 p.m.; May 5 vs. *Dana Hills, 3:30 p.m.

Hills, 16-4, getting five goals and two assists from freshman attackman Peyton Garrett to lead the offensive explosion. Junior Jonathan Kassity also posted seven points with two goals and five assists, while Robbie Burns added three goals and two assists and Aaron Self scored twice. Rounding out the scoring were Chris Kazimi (2 assists), Lucas Anderson (1 goal) and Stone Sims and Justin McCarty with an assist each. Senior Max Satossky led the team with four ground balls. Goalie David Self had five saves while Ian Jameson had four. Aaron Self won 15 of 19 faceoffs. On the road against Great Oak of Temecula on April 19, the Tritons posted a 13-3 victory as well. Burns led the team with three goals and two assists, followed by Sattosky (4 assists), Kassity (3 goals, 1 assist), Garrett (3 goals), Self (1 goal, 1 assist), Anderson (1 goal, 1 assist), Kazimi (1 goal) and Bennett Jonas (1 goal). Sims led the defense with three takeaways. The team went on to face Mission Viejo on Tuesday, April 26 followed by a trip up the coast to take on rival Dana Hills on Thursday, April 28. Next 7 days: N/A



SOFTBALL • The Lady Tritons (3-1

(5-2 SCL, 10-4) boys varsity lacrosse team posted a pair of impressive wins last week. On April 21, San Clemente routed Trabuco San Clemente Times April 28–May 4, 2011

their quest to earn a league championship. Both teams finished up the regular season with a dual meet on Wednesday, April 27 against Laguna Hills. They look to go into next week’s league finals with an undefeated record in their quest to earn a league championship. The girls have never won a league championship in track throughout the 40-year history of the school. Next 7 days: May 3 at SVL Finals, TBA


tons (1-5 SCL, 2-7) traveled to take on St. Margaret’s on April 20 and beat the Lady Tartans in a close 16-15 victory. Next, the


The Tritons’ boys and girls swim teams took on Capo Valley in a league meet on Tuesday, April 26. Next 7 days: May 3 at SCL Prelims (Girls) at Capo Valley, 2 p.m.; May 4 at SCL Prelims (Boys) at Capo Valley, 2 p.m.; May 5 at SCL Finals (Diving) at Marguerite Rec Center, 10 a.m. Crystal Albert connects with a pitch at the plate against Academy of Art last weekend. Courtesy photo

girls traveled to take on Mission Viejo in South Coast League play on Tuesday, April 26. Next 7 days: April 29 vs. *Dana Hills, 5:30 p.m.

BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD • Both levels went on to face

Capo Valley on April 21. The boys varsity team went on to defeat the Cougars by the final score of 91-45. Meanwhile, the girls varsity team also defeated Capo Valley soundly by a score of 79-61. The team started off with a clean sweep in the 1600 with Sara Kebede, Molly Mann and Madison Huffman finishing first, second and third, respectively. Other winners included Coley Page in both the 100 and 300 hurdles, Devan Curtis in the high jump, Christina Bagan in the pole vault, Kaitlyn Harrison in the 800, Ally Lynn in the 200, Melissa Eisele in the 3200, Emma Hutchinson in both the shot put and discus, and the 4x400 team of Triston Brown, Jessica Erickson, Salona Wallace and Amelia Claud. The girls look to go into next week’s league finals with an undefeated record in

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BOYS GOLF • The Tritons (1-5 SCL,

1-10) dropped another South Coast League match losing 193-200 to Capo Valley on April 21 while hosting the Cougars at Talega Golf Course. San Clemente next faced Aliso Niguel on Tuesday, April 26, followed by another round against the Wolverines at Bella Collina on Thursday, April 28. Next 7 days: May 2-3 at South Coast League Finals at Pala Mesa, TBA

BOYS TENNIS • After taking on Aliso

Niguel on April 21, the Tritons went on to compete at the Ojai Tournament April 28-30. Next 7 days: May 4 at SCL Prelims at Niguel Racquet Club, TBA; May 5 at SCL Finals at Niguel Racquet Club, TBA


(5-1 SCL, 15-4) have continued to run the gauntlet in the South Coast League beating Aliso Niguel 3-0 on Tuesday, April 26. San Clemente won 25-14, 25-17 and 25-16 as Dillon Hoffman led with 10 kills while Dominic Lile led with 30 assists. The boys then traveled to take on Tesoro on Thursday, April 28. Next 7 days: April 29-30 at Redondo Classic at Redondo Union, 3 p.m./6 p.m.; May 3 vs. *Mission Viejo, 6:15 p.m.; May 5 at *Dana Hills, 5:45 p.m.


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Appliances Services & Repairs ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 3200 Legendario,

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

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

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

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

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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 B Construction 949.481.8444 Leslie Lowe - Guitar, Bass & Drums 949.292.5019 BABY & CHILDREN’S GEAR HOME IMPROVEMENT 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, Custom Carpentry, Concrete Framing & Finish OC Tykes 949.429.1714 The Cooper Company General Contractor Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 949.922.6388 License #B 638754, 949.361.2538 Ike Soffes 949.363.3087 413 Calle Pueblo, 201 N. El Camino Real, Bankruptcy Attorneys Dunham Construction, Inc. 949.492.7100 HOME LOANS OFFICE FURNITURE License #450880, Coldwell Banker Home Loans - 949.307.7982 The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 South Coast Furniture & Mattress     949.492.5589 Hutton Construction 949.492.2808 nmls#261832. Tom Fashing, Mortgage Advisor, 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201, 109 Calle de los Molinos,

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



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

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

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Warriors stave off Eaters in 8-2 win The San Clemente Little League Game of the Week was a hard-fought battle between the AAA Warriors of Hawaii and UCI Eaters. With an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Warriors got their run off a RBI by Jack Harlow. The game then went scoreless as the Warriors held on to the slim lead through the third inning. In the top of the fourth inning runs by Harlow, Cade Blyth, Ben Skeffington, Billy Moore and Kyle Hendricks stretched the Warrior lead to 5-0. Fired up in their dugout, the Eaters came out eager for some much-needed momentum. Kami Allard and Brent Riddle both scored closing the gap to a 6-2 ballgame. The fifth inning was also tense with only six batters making their way to the box with no runs scored on either side. Pulling out two more runs in the top of the sixth inning, the Warriors put themselves ahead 8-2, but by the bottom of the inning, they still didn’t have the game locked up. With two outs and two runners on second and third base, the Eaters were in position to tie it up. Tensions ran high as fans watched the Warriors defense shut down the final batter to finish the game with an impressive 8-2 victory.

VOLLEYBALL (From left) Elena Pearson, Mary Barnett and Mackenna Lamphere participated in the North America Cup April 15 to 18 in Oregon. Courtesy photo

Barnett, Lamphere take medal stand at North America Cup Local fencer Mary Barnett recently competed at the North America Cup, a national fencing tournament with hundreds of fencers from across the United States, Canada and Mexico, in Portland, Ore. April 15-18. In Y12 women’s sabre, Barnett, a sixth-grader at Vista Del Mar Middle School, won the bronze medal. Her teammate, Elena Pearson, a seventh-grader at Orange County High School of the Arts, also made the medal stand with her eighth-place finish. Both girls are highly ranked fencers who also took home national points for their efforts. Barnett was again on the medal stand in the women’s Y14 sabre event with a seventh-place finish as well. Barnett, Pearson and San Clemente’s Mackenna Lamphere then teamed up for the Y14 women’s sabre team event and took sixth place when the smoke finally cleared. Barnett, Pearson and Lamphere fence together in the Elite Class at Laguna Fencing Center under the direction of coach Nick Dinu.

GOLF Hanna Farnsworth (left) and Marissa Ramsey competed in the Ratcamp Youth Tournament April 23 and won in their division. Courtesy photo

Farnsworth, Ramsey Dominate at Huntington Tournament San Clemente’s Hanna Farnsworth, 10, and partner, Marissa Ramsey, 12, won the first California Beach Volleyball Association (CBVA) Ratcamp Youth Tournament of the season in the 12 and under girls division while at Huntington Beach on April 23. The duo advanced out of their pool 3-0 and went on to cruise through both the semifinals and finals going undefeated with a 5-0 record. This is Farnsworth and Ramsey’s second year of beach competition together. Farnsworth is a fourth-grader at Truman Benedict Elementary and Ramsey is a sixth-grader at Niguel Middle School. 949 Athletics set for boys high school tryouts and summer camp High school boys volleyball tryouts and summer camp are just ahead as 949 Athletics preps for incoming players to tryout on May 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Juan Sports Park at 25925 Camino Del Avion in San Juan Capistrano. The tryout is for all high school kids. The coaching staff includes Justin DeBlasio, Brandon Taliaferro, McKay Smith, Jason Migeot and 2008 gold medalist Tom Hoff. Together, owners and coaches DeBlasio and Taliaferro have medaled 12 times in club and collegiate-level play as coaches and players. In 2009, DeBlasio’s 18s team won the gold medal at the Junior Olympics and sent nine of 11 players to college on NCAA scholarships. In 949’s first season, the duo also helped the team toward a silver medal in the 15s division at the Junior Olympics. Summer camp sessions are on the way as well. Session I will be held July 2528 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with Session II held August 1-4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The camp is for boys and girls ages 10 to14. They will learn the fundamentals and skills to prepare for high school level play. Sessions will also be held at San Juan Sports Park, and the cost is $135 per session. For more information, call DeBlasio at 949.374.2890, Taliaferro at 310.940.7994 or visit

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Locals excel on the golf course Several San Clemente golfers recently sunk hole-in-one shots during their respective rounds at the golf course. Earlier this month, Dawn Day found her lucky shot on the par 3 No. 2 hole at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. Day sunk her hole-in-one from 108 yards out using her 7-iron. Witness to the spectacular shot was Keith Day. Then on April 19 Don Messick sank his epic hole-inone shot from 160 yards out on the par 3 No. 9 hole at SC Muni using his 3-wood. Witness to the shot was Tom Gaal. Meanwhile, a bit further north up PCH on April 22 San Clemente’s Jon Brannon also got his first ace at Monarch Beach Golf Course San Clemente’s Jon Brannon (third from left) in Dana Point. Following a sweet sandy birdie celebrates a great day of golf with his friends at shot from golf partner Mike Delorenzo on Monarch Beach Golf Course. Courtesy photo the par 3 No. 5 hole, Brannon knocked in his magical hole-in-one shot off a slight fade from 191 yards out using his 5-wood. The ball went on to hit the right hand rough and quickly rolled down hill onto the green. The fastpaced green then cradled the ball smoothly down to the hole for the solid finish.

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Grom of the WEEK Rio Donaldson Age: 12, Bernice Ayer Middle School Capistrano Beach surfer Rio Donaldson rides both long-and shortboards and has been showcasing his versatility in the WSA Gatorade Championship Series. Rio ended the regular season this year ranked No. 6 in U14 Longboard and No. 13 in U12 Shortboard. His biggest finish of the season came at the October event in Ventura when he snagged a first place finish in U14 Longboard beating the surfers currently rated first through fifth. In that same contest, he Photo by Andrea Swayne took home a fourth place trophy in U12 Shortboard. He was also a finalist at the NSSA Middle School State Championships in March. Rio likes free-surfing Riviera, Church and Salt Creek—his favorite local breaks. As for chasing waves in far off lands, he’s surfed in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, where he was born. “I’d like to go pro someday, but if not, I’ll always do local comps and free surf,” said Rio. “I’d really love to travel to Indo to surf. Someday. Hopefully.” He added that learning to shape boards is among his goals. Rio also enjoys Jiu Jitsu, skateboarding and golf. He is and ‘A’ and ‘B’ student, fluent in Spanish and his favorite subject is science. As for recent practice sessions, Rio says he’s working on making more vertical snaps both frontside and backside. On his longboard he’s working on, “being more relaxed, cruising and having a mellow, smooth style with long noserides,” he said. —Andrea Swayne

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SURF RESULTS Rob Machado Seaside Pro Junior ASP 4-Star Pro Junior April 22-23, Cardiff, Seaside Reef MEN: 1. Evan Geiselman (USA) 11.17; 2. Kolohe Andino (USA/San Clemente) 10.67; 3. Chase Wilson (USA) 8.47; 4. Dane Zaun (USA) 7.26. WOMEN: 1. Lakey Peterson (USA) 14.76; 2. Nage Melamed (HAW) 11.10; 3. Leila Hurst (HAW) 6.60; 4. Taylor Pitz (USA) 6.40.

Surfing Heritage Foundation to offer Art Brewer photography workshop By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times



ver dream of seeing your photography grace the pages of surf magazines? Aspire to win an XXL award for shooting big wave daredevils drop in on monster waves? The Surfing Heritage Foundation in San Clemente has just the ticket to help photographers “focus in” on their dreams—a three-day workshop with legendary Dana Point-based photographer Art Brewer. The workshop, scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 20 to 22, will focus on surf photography both in and out of the water. Attendees will receive hands on instruction in intermediate surf action and lifestyle techniques. The class will cover everything from the use, handling and care of specialized equipment to image enhancement and file management. Students will also receive the benefit of Brewer’s vast experience as he will share insider tips for promoting and doing business as a professional photographer including pricing strategies. “For anyone considering a career in photography, this workshop is an invaluable opportunity to learn from the best in the business,” said Surfing Foundation Curator/ Creative Director, Barry Haun. The weekend will include practicing newly acquired skills shooting many talented professional surfers and lifestyle models at the many iconic surf spots in and around San Clemente and Dana Point. The cost of the program is $1,500, which includes use of equipment, a catered lunch on all three days, transportation to and from the beach. Class size will be limited to 16 students and a portfolio of at least 12 images (jpg) of recent work must be submitted for review San Clemente Times April 28–May 4, 2011

Art Brewer and an example of his work. Courtesy photos

upon application. “We are reviewing applicant work to make sure that those taking the class have a good handle on the basics,” said Haun. Students must bring their own DSLR camera, a laptop with photo software installed, storage media and other equipment (cord, thumb drive, card reader, etc.) for transferring images from camera to computer. “We are very honored to be able to offer this opportunity here locally,” said Haun. “Art holds these workshops all over the world and they often involve extensive travel that can exclude people due to the expense. Holding a class here opens it up to our many promising local aspiring photographers.” Under Brewer’s masterful tutelage, students can expect to learn what they need to really take their photography to the next level, said Haun. For more information about the program and instructions on how to apply, call the Surfing Heritage Foundation directly at 949.388.0313 or log on to For more information on Brewer’s more advanced classes—like the upcoming Nicaragua workshop in June—log on to SC

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 58-62˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 8-12’ Poor+; Catalina: 8-14’ Poor+ Remarks: Thursday starts slow with Northwest swell mix down a notch, rebuilding late in the day, as small Southerly swell mixes in. Surge is light-moderate and visibility is generally low, making for poor+ diving conditions. Short range: Thursday starts slow in the 23’(knee-waist high) zone as Northwest swell mix eases and small Southerly swell mixes in. Top exposures see a few slightly larger peaks around the correct tides, especially later in the day as Northwest swell rebuilds. Shape is peaky and conditions are clean. More Northwest swell moves in for Friday as small Southerly swell mixes in, good for 2-3’+(thigh-chest high) surf. Morning South winds are an issue for conditions. Long range: Northwest windswell eases Saturday and drops off quickly on Sunday as small Southerly swell mixes in. Better exposed breaks are good for 2-3’+(thigh-chest high) surf on Saturday, and are down in the 2-3’(knee-waist high) zone by Sunday. Conditions look suspect with Southerly winds likely. Stay tuned to for updates.

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Big Wave World Tour Awards at SHF, After Party at O.C. Tavern On Saturday, April 30 the Surfing Heritage Foundation will again host the Big Wave World Tour Awards ceremony. This year, Hawaiian surfer Jamie Sterling will be crowned the 2010/11 Big Wave World Champion. Invited surfers include Jamie Sterling, Anthony Tashnick, Grant Baker, Greg and Rusty Long, Peter Mel, Shane Dorian, Darryl “Flea” Virostko, Kelly Slater, Mike Parsons and more. Although the event is invitation only, Rogue Wave Events auctioned off an event package that included four VIP tickets—the only tickets available for purchase—a meet and greet with the nominees, a 2010 Quiksilver Eddie poster signed by the event winner, Greg Long and a Brian Bulkley 1986 9’5” big wave gun. Bidding started at $1,000 and closed on April 28. As of press time on May 27 the ebay auction high bid was $1,125. Following the awards, the surfers will continue the celebration at the O.C. Tavern, where “Skindog” Collins will launch, his new website for big wave surfers. The after party is open to the public. For more information, log on to www.

UPCOMING EVENTS April 30: Paddle for Humanity Paddleboard & SUP Race, Dana Point May 3-7: 6.0 Lowers Pro, San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles May 3-7: Oakley Pro Junior, San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles May 7-8: NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Event No. 9, San Diego, Pacific Beach Pier May 14-15: WSA Gatorade Hoppy Swarts Memorial West Coast Championship, San Onofre, Church Beach

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