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Volume 6, Issue 29

Restoring the Focus

After one year on the job, Superintendent Joseph Farley is credited with pushing CUSD forward E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Joseph Farley with student portraits in district headquarters. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

Bus Service Faces Cuts, Council Rails Against OCTA

Anderson: As Traffic Swells, Toll Roads Inevitable

San Clemente Ocean Festival Round-up





BeachFit CrossFit is a new force in San Clemente fitness. Our experienced coaches and team environment will make you push past the boundaries of your current level. If you’re new to CrossFit or exercise in general, BeachFit will teach you its fundamental movements and introduce intensity and nutrition in our on ramp program. On ramp starts the beginning of every month. Our Grand Opening is August 13th! Join us for fun events or stop for a free class anytime. BeachFit CrossFit, 915 Calle Amanecer, unit D, San Clemente, 949-388-9699,

ERBA provides the best in items that make women feel special. Featuring European bath/skin products, quirky cards, candles and perfumes. ERBA has expanded to include unique artisan made jewelry. You won’t find our jewelry at Nordy’s or anywhere else locally…We feature gorgeous jewelry from Israel, Spain, France, Turkey as well as local artists, recently adding amazing Virgin, Saints and Angels jewelry to our lineup.  ERBA—everything lovely—voted Best Jewelry and Place to Buy the Perfect Gift! ERBA, 114 Ave. Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.2355,

Come join us in Downtown San Clemente at Carbonara Trattoria Italian restaurant as we greet you at your table with freshly baked focaccia bread. Daily specials are superb and affordable from Osso Bucco, a slow cooked veal shank served with risotto Milanese, to fresh salmon and seabass! Carbonara’s boasts an extensive wine list and freshly made desserts and cappuccino are always available. With our warm, friendly service and family atmosphere, it’s easy to see why we are a local favorite for the past 20 years!

Voted No. 1 Day Spa in San Clemente for three years, Talega Day Spa sits in the peaceful tranquility of the Talega Community. You will be transformed into a modern Tuscany setting where you’ll enjoy massages, skin care, body treatments and pedicures. Partake of spa amenities like dry sauna, steam rooms, relaxation room and outdoor patio. Also offered is Botox, laser hair removal, chiropractic and the exclusive Zerona Laser weight reduction system. Spa parties and couples treatments are easily accommodated.

Carbonara Trattoria, 111 Avenida Del Mar, Ste. B, San Clemente, 949.366.1040,

Talega Day Spa, 1161 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente, 949.429.5757,

The San Clemente Golf Club is a scenic, family friendly Championship 18 hole golf course where Fridays are still weekdays, walkers are still welcome and juniors are always half price. Owned and operated by the City of San Clemente, the course is one mile from the Pacific Ocean and features sweeping ocean views, interesting elevation changes, a challenging yet fun layout, and best of all, reasonable green fees. The rolling hills and relaxed atmosphere of the “Muni” have remained popular with golfers for over seventy five years.

Visit The Mole Hole of San Clemente at our new location. We are across the street from the DMV.  We carry Department 56, Wee Forest Folk, Franz Porcelain, Arthur Court, Trail of The Painted Ponies, The Frogman and more.  We have gifts for weddings, bridesmaids, groomsmen and birthdays. Pictured are Lolita’s sunglass cooler and bikini wine glass; Wee Forest Folk beach mice and the Department 56-piece “Moondoggie’s Board Shop,” and surfer accessory.  Our hours are 10 am to 5 pm Monday–Saturday.  Closed on Sunday.

San Clemente Golf Club, 150 E Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.361.8384,

The Mole Hole, 2708 Via Cascadita, San Clemente, 949.443.1670,

Established in 1990, Toba Salon will be celebrating its 21st anniversary this year at our new location on July 11. Adrienne Doty and Lisa Engelsman had a vision to relocate their team of artists to create an intimate and inviting salon. We continue to offer fine products, Davines and Eufora. We offer current trends, vegan hair smoothing treatment, vegan make-up, feathers, shimmers and color extensions! We invite you to visit and please except our gift of consultation and product.

Fired Up San Clemente, the paint-your-own ceramics studio, offers birthday parties, clay classes, clay impressions, fundraising ideas, moms night out, potters wheel, and tile walls. Fun for all ages, our ceramic studio is open everyday 12 p.m.–6 p.m. and Fridays until 9 p.m. Bring your kids, best friend, spouse, date, or just come in and paint solo. Check out our website for more info and visit our historic location in Downtown San Clemente. Indoor or Outdoor seating is available for you to Nurture Your Inner Artist.

Toba Salon, 1450 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.493.9735

Fired Up, 143 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.3929,

To advertise in thIS section, please contact Michele Reddick at 949.388.7700, ext. 103 or

Eye on SC



SC S a n C le m e n te

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO You won’t be able to take your gun into San Juan Capistrano parks, after all. The Capistrano City Council on Tuesday voted 3-1 against changing a long-standing ordinance that bans weapons from city parks. Councilman Derek Reeve, who cast the “no” vote, had brought the issue before council, noting California law allows people to openly carry unarmed firearms, but the city bans them from parks. Reeve, elected in December after identifying himself as a “Constitutional Attorney” on the ballot, said he was concerned the city would be sued for the ordinance. The majority of the council, however, appeared annoyed by even having the discussion, noting they were struggling through a sagging economy, major transportation projects and other issues in the city that demanded more attention.


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

DANA POINT The mixed-use Makar development at Del Obispo and Coast Highway can move forward after the state 4th District Court of Appeal ruled the developer does not have to take steps to warn or protect potential residents from a neighboring sewage-treatment plant. State law mandates studies to ensure a development won’t impact the environment, but in this case SOCWA was suing over how the environment might impact the development. SOCWA sued out of fear future residents would complain about the plant. While this concern on SOCWA’s part appears to be public spirited, in reality SOCWA had another agenda. The justices’ June 30 ruling says, “Its recommended method of dealing with the bad smells…was to cover the plant’s aeration tanks, at Makar’s expense,”—a cost of over $6 million.

S A N C L E M E N T E ’ s T o p 5 H o ttest T o p i cs

What’s Up With... 1

... SONGS Safety?

THE LATEST: San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was forced to declare a low-level emergency after one of its non-nuclear security monitoring systems failed to work properly Saturday, July 16. At 6:12 a.m., parent company Southern California Edison issued what’s called an “unusual event,” the lowest of four emergency classifications at a nuclear power plant, according to a statement by SCE. The affected system, which is one of multiple monitoring systems, was restored within 45 minutes, the statement said. The “unusual event” was exited at 9:50 a.m. after plant workers conducted “further analysis and testing to ensure its continued operation,” the statement said. “Both San Onofre units operated safely throughout the event, which posed no risk to the facility, workers or the public,” the statement said. Spokesman Gil Alexander said in an email that the cause of the system problems is still being investigated. SCE information technology professionals are reviewing the computer system in question, he said. “In addition, we are discussing with other plants whether other facilities have experienced similar issues so that we can compare lessons learned,” Alexander said. The last “unusual event” occurred April 4, 2010 when an earthquake in Baja California caused what SCE described as “minor ground motion at the plant.” “There was no damage and the plant continued operating safely through the brief declaration period,” said SCE spokesman Gil Alexander by email. The latest declaration comes as the nuclear power industry faces greater scrutiny in light of the disaster at the Fukushima DaiIchi plant in Japan. In fact, the NRC released a 96-page report July 12 detailing recommendations in five primary areas: To better San Clemente Times July 21–27, 2011

A sand sculpture of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, created to compete at the 2011 San Clemente Ocean Festival. Photo by Danielle Johnson

clarify regulations, which have evolved in piecemeal fashion; ensure added protection against earthquakes, floods and fires; enhance mitigation efforts and strengthen emergency preparedness. Locally, groups like San Clemente Green have been calling for greater scrutiny of nuclear power plants and outright closure of SONGS, in part, because of its proximity to fault lines and the potential for tsunamis. To raise awareness, members of the group even created a sand sculpture of SONGS at the Ocean Festival. Participants spoke at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting to express concerns not only about the safety at the plant but also that their first amendment rights had been infringed upon at the Ocean Festival. Gene Stone told the council he had been handing out fliers at the event and was told he could not do so because of “potential littering.” City Manager George Scarborough stated that event organizers may have been unaware they could restrict the

people from handing out information to the public. WHAT’S NEXT: As for the power plant, SCE was required to report its “unusual event” within 15 minutes of the incident, Alexander said. “As at other times, resident NRC inspectors have access to any part of the plant to observe how personnel respond,” he said. Plant officials must prepare a detailed report to the regulator about how the event was managed. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for more updates. —Stacie N. Galang


... Potential Bus Service Cuts?

THE LATEST: City officials plan to fight any move by the Orange County Transportation Authority to eliminate bus service in San Clemente. Last month, the OCTA presented to the

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city a draft copy of a transportation study that recommended reducing bus service of Route 1 and completely eliminating Routes 191, 193 and 91, according to a staff report. “The study as presented by OCTA consultant thus far has been solely financially-driven to determine how to invest in high performing services and replace low performing services with lower cost options,” the staff report said. The City Council voted 5-0 Tuesday night to send the OCTA a strongly worded letter expressing their concerns about cuts to service in San Clemente. The city also planned to send a letter to County Supervisor Patricia Bates. Mayor Lori Donchak described the call to retain the bus routes as a “fair share” issue. She also expressed worry the city had been singled out. “It’s isolating us from the rest of the county,” she said. Councilman Bob Baker suggested that the transportation authority consider better marketing in San Clemente. “We should not roll over and take this just as a matter of course,” he said. “Let’s take some creative solutions.” Resident Loren Wood told the council that she just graduated from San Clemente High and planned to rely on Route 191 to get her to and from Saddleback College. She turned down a partial scholarship offer from Bennington College in Vermont for the more cost effective community college in Mission Viejo. “This is really important to me,” said Wood, who was one of four speakers to lobby to keep bus service. “I’m just saying I have many friends who are planning on taking this bus so it’s a big issue.” Ridership in South Orange County is considered low and requires OCTA to subsidize its service, according to the city’s staff report. The subsidies range from $6.46 to $15.70 per passenger, the staff report said. (Cont. on page 5)

Eye on SC (Cont. from page 3) WHAT’S NEXT: Transportation Authority staff is expected to present the draft plan to the OCTA Board July 25, and final approval could come as soon as August, according to the city staff report. OCTA has told city staff that it would not eliminate routes until other services, such as flexible routes or Call-N-Rides, are established. Three messages left with the OCTA were not returned by press time. “It is most likely to take a year before any transit service reductions are approved due to the public hearing process,” wrote City Engineer Akram Hindiyeh in his staff report. “However, it is evident that the proposed increase in service to North and Central Orange County will be at the expense of South Orange County.” FIND OUT MORE: Visit for updates. —SNG


… Poche Beach?

THE LATEST: Permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Board are among the last hurdles needed to do beach work at Poche Beach, Orange County Parks officials told the City Council Tuesday night. The county hopes to get permission from the two agencies first to conduct periodic sand removal with tractors near a scour pond that regularly backs up and second to divert water treated by the $3 million ultraviolet filtration system directly to the ocean. For years, Poche has been listed as among the state’s most polluted by nonprofit Heal the Bay. Additionally, residents, particularly from the Shorecliffs neighborhood, have also complained that access to the beach has been hampered by water backing up from the pond. Susan Brodeur, a senior coastal engineer for the county, and Leslie Ray, a coastal park district supervisor, gave a presentation Tuesday of the work at Poche. Ray said the county cannot remove sand unless workers are sent to the beach to shovel out the sand. She also spoke of hindrances because of the Western snowy plover and the grunions. Councilman Jim Evert lamented the regulatory hurdles to solve problems at the county-run beach.

“This is absolutely absurd,” he said. WHAT’S NEXT: The public comment period for the Army Corps permit continues through August 12 and residents were encouraged to contact the agency to express their support. The water quality board’s permit is under review and comments may also be submitted. Ray said she could not say when the problems would be resolved but said county officials’ “best guess” was some time in November. FIND OUT MORE: To see the Army Corps public notice, visit mil/regulatory/pn/201000849.pdf. Visit SDRWQB at —SNG


… Hiring at Target?

THE LATEST: Target will kick off its recruiting effort at a job fair at the Ole Hanson Beach Club August 5 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The first of a series of hiring events was granted rent free from the City Council, which voted Tuesday to waive the $750 fee at the North Beach venue. Mayor Lori Donchak cast the lone vote against the waiver, saying that while she supported the job fair, the retail giant shouldn’t be given special preference. Target expects to employ some 200 workers, and the city expects to receive $300,000 in sales tax, according to the staff report. Other council members noted the volume of jobs was a chief reason to rent out the beach club without cost. “The ability, in this economy to bring 200 jobs is a godsend,” said Councilman Tim Brown. Target also plans to host a “mass hiring event” in the Talega Business Center August 11 to August 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a flier. The retailer also plans to lease space near the store to help with recruitment, according to the staff report. The City Council approved the 142,206square-foot Target at the corner of Avenidas La Pata and Vista Hermosa in May 2010. WHAT’S NEXT: The store is expected to open in October.

• Engineering a Retirement: City Traffic Engineer Akram Hindiyeh was honored at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting for serving the City of San Clemente from September 24, 1985 to August 4, 2011. Mayor Lori Donchak who handed Hindiyeh his plaque described the engineer as “visionary.” The council also gave Hindiyeh a toy truck in honor of his work to repair roads once better known for their potholes. • Raising Awareness: The city also gave a presentation proclaiming August Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. Shellie Lopes, director of Hope for SMA came with her 2-year-old daughter Auriana Navarro, and co-director Jessica Prendiz. The disease is the No. 1 genetic killer of infants and young children, according to Prendiz.

FIND OUT MORE: In addition to in-person job fairs, those interested in applying can do so online by visiting careers, selecting hourly stores positions and searching for San Clemente. Applicants can also visit an employment kiosk near the front of any Target store. —SNG


Thursday, July 21

… the Redevelopment Authority?

THE LATEST: The city will spend about $970,000 to keep its Redevelopment Authority alive after Gov. Jerry Brown eliminated the agencies. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to maintain its Redevelopment Authority, which has helped fund much of the revitalization in the Pier Bowl and on projects like Casa Romantica, the former home of city founder Ole Hanson and now a cultural center and gardens. Redevelopment agencies are voluntary organizations started by communities that allow the city government to identify an area for improvement, then capture additional property tax from projects in the redevelopment area. Under the Redevelopment Authority, the city was able to take in about $2.3 million a year in property taxes to reinvest in the Pier Bowl and use for low-income housing. The governor’s decision effectively dissolved the authorities across the state and required cities to reinstate them only if they agreed to pay the state a portion of the property taxes collected. Meanwhile, the California League of Cities, the California Redevelopment Agency and San Jose and Union City filed a lawsuit this week to overturn Brown’s actions. WHAT’S NEXT: Each community will be assessed a certain amount once they opt into the state’s new Redevelopment Authorities and then must make an annual payout. City Treasurer Pall Gugeirsson said he expected the city to pay about $230,000 to $250,000 a year. FIND OUT MORE: Visit the city’s website at to read the staff report. —SNG and Jonathan Volzke


San Clemente Times July 21–27, 2011

City and Community Calendar Beach Concert 6 p.m. The Mike Reilly Band plays blues at the SC Pier for the summer concert series. Neighborhood Community Potluck 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Potluck, games and discussion of community issues at St. Clement’s Church. 202 Avenida Aragon, 949.205.2562,

Friday, July 22 Dark Friday City offices closed. Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m. Celebrate the opening of SC Vet, hosted by the SC Chamber. 1833 S. El Cmaino Real, 949.492.1131, Membership Meeting & Ambassador’s Council 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. SC Chamber meetings at Round Table Pizza. 612 Camino de los Mares, 949.492.1131,

Saturday, July 23 Children’s Plant Walk 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Walk is for children ages 6 to 12 (but open to anyone) at The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Donation $5-$10. 949.489.9778,

Sunday, July 24 Paint San Clemente Art Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The winners of the San Clemente Art Association’s event have their art is on display at the SC Art Gallery. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.7175,

Monday, July 25 Investment Advisory Committee Meeting 6 p.m.City Hall, Oceanview Conference Room. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Tuesday, July 26 San Clemente Toastmasters 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. Group meets to help develop and improve public speaking skills every Tuesday at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.892.8121,

Wednesday, July 27 South OC Young Professional’s Society 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Networking event at Salt Creek Grille. Chamber members $5, others $20. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.4700, City Engineer Akram Hinidiyeh accepts a toy truck from the City Council Tuesday for his retirement. Mayor Lori Donchak gave him the gift and a plaque Tuesday. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

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General Plan Advisory Committee 6 p.m. Meeting in the Community Development Second Floor Conf Room. 910 Calle Negocio, 949.361.8200,

Eye on SC

‘The Mason of Capistrano Unified’ Superintendent Joe Farley’s first year seen as success ByJonathan Volzke San Clemente Times


hen Joseph Farley was hired to lead the Capistrano Unified School District, he was the seventh superintendent for the 52,000-student district in just four years. That was a year ago. Now, by all accounts, the revolving door on the Superintendent’s Office at Capistrano Unified School District has not only been locked down, it’s been torn out. Board meetings that once drew sheriff’s deputies as they degenerated into shouting matches have been replaced by cordial, professional sessions. In the past, crowds were so numerous school officials would only let in new attendees as others left, like a trendy nightclub, to comply with fire codes. Now, meetings are sparsely attended, by PTA officials and those concerned with a particular issue. In a district dominated by politics for years, another focus has emerged: On students and learning. And many are quick to give Farley much of the credit. “Our recent past has not always been quite so smooth,” Tom Ressler, principal of San Juan Hills High School, told trustees in June. “This year it has been a really exciting time on our campus … because of this man who sits before us, Dr. Farley, we‘ve actually been tasked with dealing with students and dealing with learning and dealing with teaching strategies… “It’s been a very, very good year, and we’re appreciative to Dr. Farley and the board for that.” Farley was a unanimous selection for the board last June, when they voted 6-0 (Trustee Anna Bryson was absent but issued a statement lauding him) to hire Farley away from Anaheim Union High School District, where he’d been superintendent for five years. He earns a base salary of $275,000, plus additional contributions to his retirement account and $600 a month in a car allowance. Farley said he recognized Capistrano Unified had lacked leadership when he arrived, and that had taken a toll on the district’s employees as well as the community. Restoring trust with both groups was a top priority. He held community forums, created advisory groups with stakeholders and launched a “Back to the Classroom” tour to meet district employees as well as parents. His game plan: To be accessible, visible, available and outgoing. “I had to become the face of the district,” Farley said during an interview in his office. “And if I said I was going to do something, I did it.” It wasn’t always good news. Farley told parents at the South Orange County School of the Arts at Dana Hills High School that their hopes of raising enough money to build a new theater there were unrealistic and San Clemente Times July 21–27, 2011

Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent in front of the district’s restored 1940s teacherage in San Juan Capistrano. Many credit Farley with restoring confidence in the district during his first year as superintendent. Courtesy photo

that the district would focus its efforts elsewhere. He was the point man when the district delayed awarding a bid for much-anticipated swimming pool at San Juan Hills High School. “Frankly, at the time, he gave us answers we didn’t want to hear,” said Eric Wersching, a Ladera parent supporting the pool. “But he told us there were questions with the bid, and as a taxpayer I was pleased to hear that. He was candid, competent and he’s honest. As a result of that, there’s much a better attitude and feeling here at the district. “What a difference a year makes.” The pool bid was ultimately awarded, and construction is underway. The district has also settled a lawsuit the original landowner at San Juan Hills, which will allow construction of the football stadium to move forward, too. Additionally, Capistrano Valley High is getting a longawaited campus theater. Under Farley, the district also launched a “curb appeal” effort to use district workers to spruce up the appearance of campuses. A 1940s teacherage adjacent to San Juan Elementary School—where the teachers and headmaster once lived—was restored, and large photographs of students, taken by students, now grace the walls of the CUSD administration building. With even something seemingly as small as the portraits, it all matters, Farley said. “When visitors come to the district office, the photos are a daily reminder about the kids in our schools,” Farley

said. “That’s why we’re here. Internally, Farley immediately flattened out the district’s rigid top-to-bottom organizational chart, making it clear his door was open to anyone. The district’s system of hiring administrators was reviewed and improved, giving employees more faith in promotions and appointments. Since he started, 14 administrators have been replaced, by resignations, retirements or “other means,” Farley said. But, acknowledging tight budget times, no new positions have been created. He also centralized many processes that had been decentralized over the years, intentionally, through budget cuts or even lack of attention. “The leadership at the school sites wasn’t getting the support it needed,” Farley said. “In a well-led district, there has to be centralized expectations and standards.” The district in the 2010-11 school year rolled out a new educational model that focuses entirely on the elements of how a lesson is designed, and how it is taught. The program started with 14 schools, Farley said, and became so popular among the educators that 14 more schools will use it next year. But he was hired by a different board of trustees—two members were recalled and a third replaced in elections just five months later—and apprehensions remained. Farley, who has a four-year contract, said his focus didn’t change after the election. And parents, who led not only the

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recall but an initiative to make trustees elected by local area instead of district wide, said they’re happy with the focus. Farley has made parent volunteers, formerly some of the loudest critics of top district administration, his allies. “For the first time in a long time, we’ve had a chance to talk about classroom instruction, school safety and cleanliness and we had all of our questions answered,” said Michele Langham, president of the Capistrano Unified Council of PTSA. Farley said he appreciates the support, and is quick to credit trustees, staff, teachers and volunteers with the successes of the past year. Even as he says Capistrano Unified is again the best district in the state—“maybe the country”—he admits “you can always be better.” Particular areas of focus include closing the “achievement gap” between English and English-learner students and also working with school leaders statewide at stabilizing, how schools are funded. One potential solution: using a combination of sales and property taxes, instead of relying on property taxes alone. Trustees in June approved a $372 million budget, the first since 2007-08 that did not require cuts. But for the first year, Farley believes he has met his goals. District leaders agree. “By all measures, not only meeting but exceeding expectations,” said Trustee John Alpay, who represents San Clemente..“In some respects, you can call him the mason of Capistrano Unified School District, laying a solid foundation from which to rebuild the school district.” SC

Eye on SC

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

Tuesday, July 19 LOST PROPERTY El Camino Real/Avenida Barcelona (8:43 p.m.) A man contacted authorities after losing his phone at Ralphs. After calling his phone, someone picked up and told him that they’d give it back, but didn’t want the cops to get involved. WELFARE CHECK Camino Faro/Camino Corso Rio, 2400 Block (7:38 p.m.) A man requested to talk to someone after telling a 911 operator that he consumed a large amount of alcohol due to stress. PETTY THEFT REPORT Avenida Barcelona/Avenida Cadiz, 900 Block (7:22 p.m.) Two male teenagers were seen leaving in a white Ford Mustang, allegedly stealing beers and steaks from Ralphs. DISTURBANCE Avenida Lobeiro/Avenida Montalvo, 200 Block (7:07 p.m.) After walking past neigh-

bors, a woman became threatened when she and the neighbors engaged in a verbal dispute. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real/Canada (6:59 p.m.) A woman in a yellow shirt and pink skirt was seen in front of Rite Aid harassing customers for money.

CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Venezia/Camino Ibiza, 1000 Block (11:25 a.m.) A neighbor started spraying unknown liquids on another resident’s front door. When the resident became aware of the situation, the person began a physical dispute with her. CITIZEN ASSIST Calle de Los Molinos/Calle Lago, 1600 Block (11:19 a.m.) An employee contacted authorities about a woman who was ordered to stay off the business property. She was seen allegedly breaking into a storage unit.

UNKNOWN TROUBLE Calle Puente, 1100 Block (2:21 p.m.) The phone line went dead after receiving a call from someone stating that there was a stranger on the campus of an elementary school with a gun. At the time of the call, teenagers were seen running from the campus towards a park and had no visible weapons. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Del Mar/Avenida Cabrillo, 100 Block (1:37 p.m.) Young children in a beige Escalade, possibly between the ages of 2 and 7, were seen alone for over 20 minutes in front of a Velvet Yogurt. SUSPCIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Camino de Los Mares/Calle Agua (12:38 p.m.) A concerned citizen called authorities after coming across a man in his 60s that said he was recently released from a hospital and almost blind, but needed to find a way to Los Angeles to see his son.

WELFARE CHECK Boca de La Playa/Avenida Pico, 1700 Block (11:08 a.m.) The manager of a surf shop called authorities after finding a woman resting on the bathroom floor. The manager added that she is in the shop quite often, but something seemed different.

Monday, July 18 WELFARE CHECK Calle Esteban/Calle Nuevo, 2800 Block (9:57 p.m.) A man told a woman his name, and told her to contact authorities to find out who he is. The woman later became frustrated with 911 operators when they had never heard of him.

DISTURBANCE Calle Campana/Avenida Vaquero, 600 Block (12:32 p.m.) A caller phoned deputies saying he could hear his neighbor physically assaulting his 13-year-old son.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Pico/El Camino Real (9:45 p.m.) Two men and two women were seen in a dark green Toyota Camry, verbally assaulting a man outside their car in a 7-11 parking lot. The man told authorities they said not to mess with them because they had weapons in the car.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Cristianitos Road/Fwy-5 (11:58 a.m.) Authorities received a call from a woman at a 76 Gas Station who believed several unknown vehicles were following her.

DISTURBANCE Calle Seville/Ola Vista, 200 Block (7:35 p.m.) A person was seen sitting on the benches in front of a business screaming at customers.

DRUNK DRIVING Avenida Faceta/Avenida Pico, 500 Block (5:46 p.m.) A woman was seen allegedly drunk driving with children in her car, swerving and nearly sideswiping other cars in the parking lot of a post office. PETTY THEFT Camino Vera Cruz/Avenida Pico, 900 Block (4:52 p.m.) Deputies arrested a 20-year-old unemployed male with a medium build, after shoplifting from a store. The caller did not want to apprehend him at the time because the man had a blade-like weapon in his hand and refused to put it down. He is currently in custody, and has a $50,000 bail. DISTURBANCE Calle Seville/Ola Vista, 200 Block (2:29 p.m.) A woman running a booth to impeach Obama was seen verbally harassing customers in front of a post office. TRESPASSING Camino La Pedriza/Calle Amistad, 100 Block (11:01 a.m.) A caller phoned deputies about two teenagers who were seen loitering in front of a Dumpster and sleeping in garages. PATROL CHECK Avenida de La Paz/Avenida Solano, 100 Block (9:59 a.m.) A tall man with a thin build was seen looking into windows of residential homes while on his cell phone. ASSAULT REPORT Puerta Del Sol/Avenida Pico, 900 Block (8:39 a.m.) A construction worker contacted authorities after being physically assaulted by another man who was described as having tattoos on his arms. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Barcelona/Ola Vista (7:02 a.m.) A female wearing a multi-colored blouse and blue jeans was seen going through the trash.

Deputies Nab Man after Robbery at Chase Bank Saturday Morning Suspect found hiding in laundry room of nearby apartment building, money still in backpack n unemployed man was arrested Saturday morning shortly after he allegedly held up a bank and fled on foot. The 27-year-old had gone into the Chase Bank on El Camino Real and handed the teller a note indicating he had a gun and an “incendiary device” though no weapons were seen, according to the Sheriff’s Blotter. The suspect—who was described as wearing a black baseball hat, green T-shirt, dark colored shorts and carrying a black backpack—was handed an undisclosed amount of cash that included a dye pack and took off on Canada and appeared to head into a neighborhood. The man was a parolee at large, said Sher-


San Clemente Times July 21–27, 2011

iff’s Spokesman Jim Amormino. Deputies found the suspect about a half hour after the hold-up hiding in the laundry room of an apartment complex. The money was found in the man’s backpack and the demand note had been left at the bank, Amormino said. They arrested him without incident, the spokesman said. The man was positively identified by bank employees, he said. At the time of his arrest, the man was taken to the Central Men’s Jail and booked for bank robbery, Amormino said. It was unclear as of Wednesday morning whether the man was still in custody. SC —Stacie N. Galang

Chase Bank on El Camino Real. Photo by Kylie Corbett

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News Bites

Compiled by Stacie N. Galang

Props, Recognitions and Morsels of Info

Vendors Sought for Woman’s Club Boutique this Fall

local high school. To donate items for sale, please email

u The San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club is currently seeking vendors for its annual Season of Giving Boutique. This year’s boutique will be October 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Irons in the Fire restaurant. Each year the club hosts the boutique and donates proceeds to local organizations. Funds raised from last year’s boutique were donated to all of the elementary schools in San Clemente for purchasing supplies. For more information and an application, please email boutique@

Openings Available for Summer Fun Dance Clinic at SCHS

Alpay awarded Outstanding General Counsel by Orange County Business Journal u The Spanish Village Foundation is pleased to congratulate one of its directors, John Alpay, for receiving the award of Outstanding General Counsel at the Orange County Business Journal’s 2nd Annual General John Alpay. File photo Counsel Awards recently at the Hyatt Regency in Irvine. The event was attended by more than 400 members of the legal and business communities, including the 36 nominees along with winners from the inaugural event last year. Alpay, who holds a juris doctor and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, now serves as director of legal affairs at Oakley Inc., part of the international, publicly traded Luxottica Group based in Milan, Italy. The San Clemente resident was recognized not only for his contributions to the Orange County legal community, but also to the Capistrano Unified School District. He was elected to the board of trustees last year. Alpay has served as on San Clemente’s Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission, a member of the Talega Budget and Finance Committee, a member of the San Clemente Sunrise Rotary and a member, Hawaiian Surf Club of San Onofre.

u The National Champion San Clemente High Dance Team will host a Summer Fun Dance Clinic July 26 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in auxiliary gym. The clinic is open to students from age 5 as of June 30 to the fifth grade. The cost is $35 each and $30 for a second sibling or with a military identification. Participants are advised to bring tennis and dance shoes and wear black stretch pants, shorts or capris but no skirts. Parents are invited to the performance on the gym floor at 11:45 a.m. For more information, visit

Butler University Grants Diploma to San Clemente Resident u San Clemente’s Kathryn Austin was one of 811 undergraduate and graduate students to receive a degree at Butler University this spring. Austin received her degree from the university’s Jordan College of Fine Arts and Dance. She was also named to Butler’s Dean’s List for the spring semester.

Pigeon Surfed to Safety u Surfer Jeff Marder rescued a pigeon July 9 when the bird was hooked in the wing by a fisherman on the Pier. The animal was also wrapped by about three feet of line that prevented it from moving and was beginning to cut off its air. “I got the hook out of him, untangled him from the fishing line and surfed him to the beach where he stayed with me until I could get the lifeguards at to call animal control to take care of him,” Marder said by email.

u The San Clemente High School Cheer-

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Auctioned Car Raises $60K for Surfing Heritage Foundation u The Surfing Heritage Foundation brought in $60,000 for a 1963 American 220 Rambler donated by Sharon and Jennifer Marshall during a Barrett-Jackson auction last month. “This just screams old- school cool,” an auction announcer said of the car. Claude Shires took home the pink Rambler with a tiki twist on the hood and sock monkey puppet hand-painted on the trunk. The funds “will go a long way towards helping us in preserving surf culture,” said foundation curator Barry Haun. He said the foundation expected to reap at most $7,000. “If we had had gotten $6,000, we would have been happy,” the curator said.

Golf Tourney Raises $63K for Local Boys & Girls Club

Rummage Sale Fundraiser for Cheer Set for August 6 leaders will be having a Rummage Sale in the high school parking lot on August 6 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. The cheerleaders are fundraising for their upcoming year and competitions. Funds raised from the sale support the

Surfing Heritage Foundation Curator and Creative Director Barry Haun shakes hands with Claude Shires who paid 60,000 at auction for a donated 1963 Rambler to benefit the San Clemente organization. Courtesy photos

Jeff Marder rescues a bird July 9. Photo by Tim Soffes

u Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area’s 26th Annual Driving Dreams Golf Tournament raised $75,880 in gross proceeds and after expenses of $12,879 just over $63,000 net will go directly to sustain the clubs’ operations. Orange County based Sunstone Hotel Investors served as the presenting sponsor. “Our goal was to raise money, but even more important we wanted each person who left the golf course that evening to understand what our organization does for this community,” said Club Executive Director Kent Campbell. Thirty-one teams were present at the June 3 event, which included kid-painted tee

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box rocks rather than traditional tee markers. Photos of the tee signs with quotes telling players of the children artists’ favorite Boys & Girls Club experience and original, framed kid art was part of the silent auction during the awards banquet at Irons in the Fire Clubhouse. Golf shirts were sponsored by Stifel, Nicolaus & Company and eagle and birdie sponsors included Leisure World, The Shaw Group, Mission Hospital, The Roos Family and Wheenk! Physical Therapy. “As our industry begins showing signs of rebound, we are very pleased to be able to give back to our community,” stated Bob Alter, Sunstone Hotel Investors’ CEO. “We have seen the great work of this organization for many years and this sponsorship is just another step toward our commitment to the club, the kids they serve and the results that come from their exceptional mission to assist the families of our community.” Funds raised will help support the overall mission to enable all young people, especially those in need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens and to sustain its quality after school and summer programming. For more information about the Boys & Girls Club, call 949.492.0376 or visit the www. Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. Forward a picture along, too! We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to


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How Do You Spell Relief: 241 Toll Road Locals should embrace inevitability of toll road to alleviate traffic congestion


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When these incidents occur, traffic immediately moves onto our local streets as drivers attempt to avoid congestion. While on our City Council, I represented Joe Anderson our city on the South Orange County Major Investment Study, the work of which was to develop the traffic circulation plan for South Orange County to the year 2030. In the 2003 to 2004 timeframe, average weekend San Clemente area summer traffic volumes were approximately 180,000 vehicles for Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the I-5. These volumes are projected to increase 45 percent by 2030. That number of vehicles will lead to 91 Freeway levels of congestion and the attendant overload of our local circulation system. In addition to congestion relief, completion of the 241, which is planned to run from the area of Christianitos Road, north to the end of Oso Parkway, will provide another route out of San Clemente. Some may say that the extension of La Pata will fill that need. I disagree. La Pata has been planned to complement, not replace, the 241. It is intended to serve local, not regional traffic and to reach it will require driving on our local streets. Do we really want cars diverted onto Pico, Vista Hermosa and other off ramps? So, given the need, why the resistance? Let’s look at the issues in a factual way. The 241 will not damage the Trestles surf break. The Trestles surf break is formed by stones, cobble size and larger, deposited over many centuries. Several studies conducted by coastal engineers, sedimentation specialists and oceanographers all conclude the 241 will not negatively impact the surf break. The 241 will not negatively impact

threatened or endangered species. In 2008, the California Department of Fish and Game issued the permit to construct the 241. The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued its opinion that no threatened or endangered species would be jeopardized by construction of the 241. The toll road will go through only the inland portion of San Onofre State Park leasehold, an area used by a small minority of park attendees. The park is owned by the Department of the Navy and controlled by the Marines. The Marines are neutral on the toll road project; however language in the 1971 lease allows for roads to be built within the leasehold property. Finally, opponents of the 241 claim it will create a back-up at its connection with I-5. This connection can be designed to provide a smooth transition similar to where the 73 Toll Road and I-5 merge, which has no merging issues. So, there you have it. Completion of the toll road as planned will relieve congestion on the San Diego Freeway, provide an alternate route around rather than through San Clemente, and spare our environment or recreation amenities. There is a solution out there. If you agree, it’s important to let your local, state and federal legislators know of your support. I believe that someday this road will be built and the sooner the better. SC PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to letters@

Correction: An article in the July 7 issue of the SC Times’ Scoreboard section incorrectly reported that two San Clemente athletes had advanced to the Hershey Track finals in Hershey, Pa. Not all the regional track meets had been completed. The athletes did not advance to the nationals.

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Cup of Joe: By Joe Anderson

ince 1981, Foothill Transportation Corridor—now known as the 241 Toll Road—has been on Orange County’s Master Plan of Arterial Highways. It has been long recognized that the road would be needed to alleviate traffic congestion on Interstate-5 and provide an alternate route north out of San Clemente. Following the Coastal Commission’s rejection of the route for the toll road in 2008, things have been relatively quiet regarding the project. It is important to note, however, that the project is not dead and that currently an outreach effort with 241 supporters and opponents is being conducted by the TCA to find an acceptable route, and I hope they do. In my view—and the view of many others—the need for this transportation link remains. In that regard, I ask that you consider the following: In October 2007, wild fires in North San Diego County caused the closure of the I-5 near San Clemente. In February 2010, an undetonated grenade left on the freeway near the Pico interchange caused a closure that stopped traffic in both directions for several hours. Even minor accidents on the freeway back traffic up within minutes. Heavy traffic causes vehicles to slow or stop virtually every weekend in our city.

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Letters to the Editor Pit Bull Adoptions No Joke Jim Bieber, San Clemente

I was not sure if the announcement that San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter, in an attempt to address its “overflowing pit bull population,” is giving away these inherently aggressive animals and paying for their adoption fees was a delayed April Fool’s prank. Far from a silly prank, it is a sick and dangerous joke that is being played on our community. The director was quoted as saying “with lack of training any dog can be dangerous and out of control.” This is true, however, pit bulls lead the pack in killing and disfiguring humans as well as attacking other animals. From personal experience, my son and my dog were both attacked by pit bulls that were on leashes. One broke through the collar; the other went to the end of its leash (Cont on page 14)

SOAPBOX Wavelengths: By Jim Kempton

San Clemente a Norman Rockwell Kind of Place Why has the artist’s idealized hometown portraits found a new appreciation among Americans of all classes?


new book was published last year about the art and life of Norman Rockwell. Previously denigrated by serious art connoisseurs as too sweet and sentimental, his work was labeled mythical rather than real. But today he is being reappraised for the simple, joyous truths his paintings evoked. Long a favorite of the public, his near–photo-like realism has captured something about our nation even our jaded critics admit: The inherent goodness of the American people. Every morning at S.C. Café, in the shade of the freeway, in a nondescript cramped little mixed-use building, you can find Paige Ventura pouring coffee for a host of patrons. Sitting at the counter conversing with the regulars will be Abe Abi-Loutfi the owner. His daughter Nicole, the perennially young and warmhearted head waitress will be exchanging laughs with customers

at each table, putting in “the usual” orders she knows by heart. This was the kind of place Norman Rockwell painted. Not that it was all there was. Rockwell himself admitted that, “I Wavelengths grew up and found that By Jim Kempton the world wasn’t the perfectly pleasant place I had thought it to be. I unconsciously decided that even if it wasn’t an ideal world, it should be — and so painted only the ideal aspects of it.” Rockwell grew up in a small town, but quickly learned that there were plenty of dark, scary, “Blue Velvet” aspects swirling in the underbelly of any community. He chose to illuminate the graciousness and affability of Americans rather than their more violent, bigoted side; not be-

cause it was a myth but because he chose to paint the positive. More importantly, it’s an overstatement to say the America of Rockwell’s pictures is mythical. The visions of tolerance, fortitude and decency in paintings like “Saying Grace,” “The Problem We All Live With” and “Marine Homecoming” may not be scenes of the everyday, but nor are they the stuff of fantasy. What these scenes show us are Americans at their best—the better versions of our usual selves that, while only ever fleetingly realized, are nonetheless real. We all know that the perfect small town is a fantasy; that neither Rockwell nor San Clemente founder Ole Hanson could produce that ideal in reality. But despite all the ugly news on our big, new plasma screens, all the greed in our skyscrapers, and all the madness of our freeways, don’t we still

enjoy beauty in our children’s Shorecliff Middle School music pageant, the charity of parishioners of Our Lady of Fatima and the tranquility of our Coastal Trail? Isn’t this what we really value? Rockwell’s “life as I would like it to be” took firm shape as a plausible ideal—not like the fantasy of Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom but a place that looked just like everyday America, only nicer. A lot like San Clemente. Jim Kempton, a 35-year resident of small town San Clemente, is the president of the San Onofre Foundation. He admits to being as hopelessly optimistic and foolishly sentimental as Norman Rockwell. SC

our San Clemente City Council on these matters. Now, it’s up to the San Clemente City Council to make sure this does not happen again. Vigilance, Council, vigilance.

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Letters to the Editor (cont.) (Cont. from page 12) before grabbing my son’s leg while we were walking along Del Mar. My neighbor’s dog was also attacked by a pit bull. To deny that pit bulls are aggressive and dangerous animals is to deny science and the effects of breeding. For hundreds of years they were mated not only for their physical attributes, the power to literally bring down an adult bull, but for their aggressive and combative temperament. In a three-year period from 2006 to 2008, pit bulls killed 52 Americans. The tragic stories of a pit bull tearing apart a small toddler is always accompanied by statements from the caring owner stating that it was a loving family pet. Yes, all dogs can bite but pit bulls bite and do not let go. When the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the Denver pit bull ban in 2005, the high court set aside characteristics that pit bulls displayed when they attack that differ from other dog breeds. One of these characteristics was their lethal bite: “[Pit bulls] inflict more serious wounds than other breeds. They tend to attack the deep muscles, to hold on, to shake, and to cause ripping of tissues. Pit bull attacks were compared to shark attacks.” Along with the adoption fees the shelter will include a “pit kit” full of goodies. Leading pro pit bull education websites, such as Pit Bull Rescue Central, encourage pit bull owners to be responsible and to always carry a break stick—a device used to pry open a pit bull’s jaws—in case their dog “accidentally” gets into a fight. Since the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter is not including a break stick with their pit kit, I suspect that they could be held partially liable if any of their unwanted and San Clemente Times July 21–27, 2011

abandoned pit bulls that they are trying to reintroduce into our city are successful in maiming or killing a member of our community. There is a reason why the shelter is “overflowing” with pit bulls. No one wants the responsibility or liability when these time bombs on four legs fulfill what they are genetically designed to do: Fight and kill. Over 500 American cities, and most military housing areas have adopted breed-specific laws to combat the effects of pit bulls, according to website Measures include mandatory pit bull sterilization, mandatory pit bull liability insurance and special containment rules for pit bulls. Bizarrely, we in San Clemente have an animal shelter trying to dupe the public into accepting a real and unnecessary danger into our community. For more information on pit bulls and other fighting breeds, I would suggest going to to get hard facts about the dangers they pose.

Council Must be Vigilant Against Rate Increases Judy Maxson, San Clemente

This letter is written with much gratitude to Steve and France Helfer for their excellent letter published in the June 30-July 6, 2011 issue of the SC Times. Greatly appreciated is their statement of the obvious. “The citizens of San Clemente are being punished for doing what we were asked to do: Conserve water.” Many thanks to the Helfers also for crunching the numbers and making them available to us, comparing them to Talega’s water rates and addressing

old Coral Tree Chopped Down for No Good Reason Valjean Funk, San Clemente

I’m reaching out to the San Clemente community and to homeowners of New Providence. They need to know the truth about why the board of directors of our association decided to remove a beautiful coral tree. I realized in coming back from my family vacation that the beautiful, nourishing coral tree had been chopped down and nobody knew why. Different neighbors told me maybe it was diseased or lifting the sidewalk, but they really didn’t know. Later, to my dismay, I found out this 24-year-old coral tree was chopped down for the wrong reason. In doing my homework, I spoke to other homeowners who addressed the Property Manager Barbara Parsons of the New Providence Homes of their disappointment a beautiful tree was removed so quickly. We were informed that the board of directors’ decision was because this nourishing tree is not cost efficient to keep its beauty. This is the poorest reason I’ve heard in removal of a tree. Other trees in the neighborhood have been chopped down, and we were told there would be a replacement, but that has not happened. How can you replace a $40,000 tree? We are asking for a replacement, too, and hoping we don’t get an ugly shrub in remembrance of their bad (decision).

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Jerry Collamer, San Clemente

San Clemente resident Paul Fisher is “writely” upset the Transportation Corridor Agencies, aka Toll Roads, budgeted $18 million for public relations. Fifty-one miles of freeway caliber roads we pay for, but seldom drive. And we know why we don’t drive them. So $18 million for PR? To sell us more of what we don’t use now, but pay for? TCA angst is automatic. Resident Earle McNeil “writely” points out: San Clemente is a beach town first, making North Beach preservation a no-brainer. (San Clemente founder) Ole Hanson would agree. Resident Marvin Dennis “writely” scribes, our town’s overhead—money to keep the lights on), might be pushing the envelope. Hmm, same conversation our nation is having and Europe. China, flush with success, hears inflation and low-wage rumblings. No. 1 selling car in China: Buick. Go figure. Resident Randal Seech “writely” challenges local Assembly-gal Diane “shark-fin soup” Harkey on her retooling of the American Revolution comparing it to California’s budget woes. Seech thinks it’s a stretch. Harkey, pulling the wool? Rewriting history? Isn’t that her job—creating yarns? So thank you, SC Times, for letting us vent. Blowing off steam is healthy. Otherwise, we might explode, and living next door to shaky ol’ SONGS, we don’t want that. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, email 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.



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Murder at the Porcelain Ballet

A murderer is on the loose. At least there is in Flashbulb Entertainment’s summer stage play Murder at the Porcelain Ballet. Flashbulb Entertainment is a production company run primarily by current San Clemente High students and recent alumni. The team has developed and produced multiple short films and one full-length feature film entitled Farmer’s Tan, which won Best Student Feature at the Big Island Film Festival. This weekend’s play, their latest production, is Flashbulb’s first original stage play, written by Brian Ivie, the company’s president and founder. Murder at the Porcelain Ballet is a murder mystery and comedy about a group of people celebrating Halloween at the Moonlight Manor. With their hosts missing and a murderer still at large, the guests have no choice but to lock Courtesy photo themselves in the mansion for the rest of the night. For theatergoers in search of local talent, eight of the 15 main cast members are listed as San Clemente High School students. To find out how the story ends and enjoy a hometown production, see the show at the Triton Center at San Clemente High School July 21, 22 and 23. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door at $12 for adults and $10 for students. For more information visit —Krysta Worthen

Big Time Rush 7:30 p.m. Concert at Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $12.50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 800.745.3000,

Rob Mehl 8 p.m. Surf/Hawaiian concert at Hulaville. Tickets $5. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,

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

Bianchi Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company. $15. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,


Aloha Friday 9 p.m. Aloha Friday at BeachFire; dress “island style” for specials. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Tribute to David Bowie 8:30 p.m. Space Oddity: David Brighton’s Tribute to David Bowie at The Hanger at the OC Fair. Tickets $15. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 800.745.3000,


Beach Concert 6 p.m. The Mike Reilly Band plays blues at the SC Pier as part of the ongoing summer concert series.

Steve Miller Band 8 p.m. Live at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $38.50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 800.745.3000, I am Mad About You and Want to live Happy Ever After 8 p.m. Singer/songwriter Julia Fordham and TV star/musician Paul Reiser perform at The Coach House. $20–$28. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Basic Needs Summer Speaker Series 6:30 p.m. Tyler Valiquette discusses providing basic needs to underdeveloped countries at The Ecology Center. $10–$25. Food and drinks included. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,



OC Fair 10 a.m.-12 a.m. Runs Wednesday through Sunday until August 14. Admission $6$11. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 800.745.3000,

Karaoke Night 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Shorecliffs Golf Course hosts the karaoke event with a live DJ, appetizers and food/drink specials. 501 Avenida Vaquero, San Clemente, 949.492.1177, Estate Buyers 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Premiere Estate Buyers is searching for antiques and collectibles at the Holiday Inn San Clemente. Bring your antiques to find out what they’re worth. Continues Saturday. Free. 111 S. Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente, 217.726.7590, Taming the Shrew 7:30 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse performs at Historic Town Center Park. Tickets $15. 31806 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, San Clemente Times July 21–27, 2011

Simple Life 9 p.m. Live music at Molly Bloom’s. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,


Surf-A-Rama 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fifth annual surf culture expo at Doheny State Beach featuring vendors, artists, special guests and legends to “talk story,” live music, dancing, food and more. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6172,


Sawdust Festival 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The annual art show and festival is up and running in Laguna Beach. General adult admission $7.75. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030, Annual Adventura Luau 1 p.m. Live bands, Polynesian dancers and traditional Luau food at Adventura Sailing Association. $15-$35. 24707 Dana Drive, Dana Point, 949.493.9493, Ryan Cabrera 8 p.m. Guitarist, songwriter and Texas native in concert at The Coach House, also featuring Void 808, Micah Brown, Wake The Street. Tickets $15-$18. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, The Fab Four & Jumping Jack Flash 8 p.m. Tributes to The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $12.50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 800.745.3000, Live Music Cruise: Section 8 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Wharf’s Saturday music cruise featuring rock music by Section 8. Full bar onboard. Tickets $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Page 16


Concerts in the Park 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. The city of Dana Point presents a concert at Sea Terrace Bay Park featuring Calypso music by Sapadilla. Pacific Coast Hwy. and Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,


Paint San Clemente Art Show 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artwork is on display at the SC Art Gallery. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.7175, San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. Selena Gomez & The Scene 8 p.m. The Disney star performs at the Pacific Amphitheatre. $27.50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 800.745.3000, Trifecta Sundays 5:30 p.m.-late. Horse racing wagering and live music at OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, Mike DeBellis and Friends 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Jazz music on the patio at Ciao Pasta Trattoria every Sunday. 31661 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.5002, (Cont. on page 18)

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GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 16) Local Sunday Sessions 6 p.m. Event at Cabrillo Playhouse featuring live music from local artists from Greg Gardner, Leslie Lowe and John Sotter. $5 suggested donation. For more information or to play at a future show call 949.492.0465 or email


WaterWorks: Soak Up the Science 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibition on the world of water at the Discovery Science Center. Adults $12.95, kids $9.95. Open daily. 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, 714.542.2823,


Poul Pedersen 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Acoustic rock at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, Ceramics ClaY Camp 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mission San Juan Capistrano offers the camp for children to learn both ceramic handbuilding techniques and how to throw clay on the wheel. $300. Runs through Aug. 5. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, Sunshine Art Camp For Kids San Clemente Art Supply hosts art camps for kids ages 5-8 (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and ages 9-12 (2 p.m.-5 p.m.). Projects are themed around 20th century modern masters. 1531 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.369.6603,


Summer Fun Dance Clinic 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The National Champion SCHS Dance Team hosts a dance clinic for kids age 5 to fifth-graders in the high school gym. $35. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.230.9676, www.


Family Science Night 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The Ocean Institute presents a family-friendly event featuring a talk on Pacific Trash Gyre. Cost $7 per person, or $25/family pack. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

The Surferosa Café 1402 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.2210 BEST KNOWN FOR: American food with an eclectic twist Most Popular Item: Breakfast burrito A revamped restaurant to San Clemente’s food scene, The Surferosa Café, is taking the place of Love Burger. Owner John Haghor bought out the old burger joint and completely overhauled it. “I want to re-invent it,” Haghor said. The new eatery features classic American food with fresh ingredients and what he calls gourmet options. The restaurant Photo by Krysta Worthen offers walk-up counter service during the day and table service at night. The breakfast menu includes staples like omelets, pancakes and huevos ranchero. Haghor is spicing up the lunch and dinner menu with options such as the basil turkey melt, fresh salads and meals of grilled salmon, tilapia and burgers. Customers can also bring in their own wine for meals. The interior has been completely redone and is now filled with new, modern décor. The outdoor patio will include a big screen television for business meetings and private parties. The grand opening for The Surferosa Café will be next Saturday, July 30 with a raffle for a $500 shopping spree at Bliss and a new surfboard. Tickets will be handed out Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the raffle will be Saturday night. Haghor said customers at The Surferosa Café will enjoy a gourmet meal and experience at an inexpensive price. Price Range: $8-$12 Payment: Cash, credit

Reservations: No Hours: Sunday – Thursday 7 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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Two-for-One at the Wharf Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Benny / Flamenco Guitar 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus 7:30 p.m. The circus lands at the Honda Center starting today through August 7. Tickets $16.50-$101.50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,



BY Megan Bianco

HARRY POTTER: The End of a Franchise


t’s the end of an era as the media and public have been saying for the past six months. And even for some younger people, the end of part of their childhood. In the same way Star Wars ended for many in 1983 or Lord of the Rings’ films in 2003, the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter has reached its ending point with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. For every generation’s epic, supernatural franchise, there seems to be a trio in the lead roles. This generation’s trio known as Harry, Ron and Hermione have all grown up and are ready to face battle against their longtime nemesis Voldemort. Taking off where Deathly Hallows Part 1 finished, dark times are upon the school of Hogwarts as a magical civil war betweeen the dark wizards (Voldemort and his army) and good wizards (Harry and the staff and students of Hogwarts). The three best friends (played by Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) are on their own and fighting through near death and struggles of evil dementors and dark magic to stop the villain (played by Ralph Fiennes). Students Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch) and Prof. McGonagall (Maggie Smith) try to fend off Bellatrix LeStrange (Helena Bonham Carter), Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) and Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) on campus while Harry and Voldemort finish some personal business.

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By Krysta Worthen

“Kaleido-Kids” Mini Carnival Day 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Event at the Kaleidoscope to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation with games, face painting, a balloon artist, a juggler, concessions, raffles and more. Bring a new backpack or toy to donate and receive a gift card. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 714.335.5152, South OC Young Professional’s Society 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Networking for young business leaders in South Orange County at Salt Creek Grille. Chamber members $5, others $20. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.4700, Cheese & Wine Pairing 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Starr Cornwall, Cheese Monger Extraordinaire, and Eric Reichenbach, Sommelier. Tasting fee is $35 for four cheeses paired with wines. Reservations and pre-payment required. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, 949.429.7067, Channel Vision 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Blues-rock music at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.481.1222, 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,

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter. Courtesy of Warner Bros Pictures

Part 2 stylistically looks and fits the mood and theme of the series’ final chapter. But while Part 1 was heavy on dialogue and emotionally charged, Part 2 is half action scenes and half memoir of a decade of adventures and drama. A sequence called “The Prince’s Tale,” which plays as a montage of the meaning behind the whole series, is arguably the best scene in the film. An awkward epilogue at the end of the film could have been better off left for the deleted scenes. The Harry Potter movies might not be the most accurate adaptations, but they have been for the last 10 years entertaining and a centerpiece of pop culture. SC Megan Bianco is a senior at Cal State Northridge majoring in Screenwriting and Film Criticism. A 20-year resident of San Clemente, Bianco is also a graduate of the California Conservatory of the Arts and JSerra Catholic High School.

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UPCOMING: THURSDAY, JULY 28 Island Nights 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Family event with swimming, dinner (by Iva Lee’s; cost extra), music by Pan Jive and more at the Ole Hanson Beach Club. $4-$5. 105 W. Pico, San Clemente, 949.361.8200, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to




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

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Roller Derby League Takes a Hit, Stays Optimistic South Coast Roller Derby, launched by San Clemente Woman, might lose home rink By Evelyn Caicedo San Clemente Times


hristy Wilson is a San Clemente mother who teaches preschool on the weekdays and kicks roller derby butt on the weekends. She co-founded the non-profit sports organization South Coast Roller Derby in June 2009 along with Kelli Bristol and Laurel Cole, skate-mates at the time. The team has played at the rink behind Del Obispo School in San Juan Capistrano. “I have been skating roller derby for a few years and had a very long commute to get to the other league I was skating at, so it was basically me needing to spend more time at home,” said Wilson, also known as Cris Cross in the SCRD leagues. But after a few years at their home rink in Capistrano, the SCRD teams face a new challenge, as their space was taken from under them like a jammer getting wiped out by a line of blockers. Members of SCRD were celebrating at their July 4 gathering when they first got wind that they could lose their rink. They were shocked, said Sean Carr, known as Carrdinal Sinner to derby skaters, to face being forced out of the city where they once felt so welcome. “It was completely out of left field,” Carr said. “A representative of the city came to [our] booth and said that we could not promote our bouts or practice at Capo Sports Rink because the contract expired [on July 1].” He declined to say what the rent was, or how much the city wants now. SCRD members—the junior league is from 10 years old to 17 years old and the senior league is 18 and over—are looking at the glass as half-full and are taking full advantage of their neighboring beach city parks. They practice three times a week. “We have been skating along the beach from Doheny to Capo Beach, around San Clemente and in various parks,” Carr said.

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Roxanne Bond (left), 45, or Toxic Rox to her Roller Derby league, jams her way through the blockers to score points for the South Coast Roller Derby league. Photo by Danielle Johnson

“To be honest, they have been the best practices we have had in a while. [They have been] fun, different and free.” If negotiations fail with Capistrano officials, they will look into Laguna Hills, Saddleback College, Camp Pendleton Marine Base and other locations, Carr said. Most of the players are from the San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano areas. Their goal remains to become part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. “We are applying for our WFTDA apprenticeship, so basically getting WFTDA status means we would be adhering to their standards and will be able to participate with other WFTDA leagues,” Wilson said. “It adds legitimacy to our league and it distinguishes us from other leagues that

may not have as high standards.” SCRD will participate in the bout in Oceanside at Martin Luther King Jr. Park on Saturday, July 23 where doors will open at 5 p.m. and the skating will start at 6 p.m. Spectators are welcome, Carr said. The coach for the Junior South Coast team, Roxanne Bond—who goes by Toxic Rox—is an ex-cop and she said that both the Junior and Senior South Coast teams feel “like a big family event, because all of us get together and just have a good time and some even get involved in skating.” Alexis Garcia, also known as Lexx Pistol, is in the junior league and has always felt that roller derby is a home away from home. “Roller Derby is a family because we get to be with our best friends and beat them

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up,” Garcia said, jokingly. “There are never any hard feelings and it is always exhilarating.” Although there have been some setbacks with losing the Capo rink, SCRD still hopes to grow the league from girls 10 years old and older. “I feel that if more people knew about roller derby they would do it,” Bond said. “If girls want to have better self-esteem, feel better about themselves, and completely come out of their shell then they should come out and try it out. This is such a safe environment.” For more information on the South Coast Roller Derby leagues, visit their Facebook fan pages or their website at SC

SC LIVING On Life and Love After 50: By Tom Blake

Four Steps Widow Needs to Take to Meet Eligible Men O ne of the responses to my most recent column came from Karen, a widow of seven years, who stated that dating for her is non-existent. Karen said, “After reading many things on senior dating (including your articles for quite some time now), I am still very fearful of that whole scene, not to mention simply not involved in it (i.e. I never meet any eligible men). “I am a very young 58, in good health. I do a lot of major projects on my own because if I don’t, they won’t get done, and this keeps me in fairly good shape.” My initial reaction: I wonder why she never meets any eligible men. Karen added, “I feel that many of the men my age and older couldn’t keep up with me. I love dancing, but the friend I used to dance with passed away 13 years ago. I love doing things outdoors, but many things are too dangerous to do by myself.” By now, I was even more perplexed. Why can’t a “young 58” woman in good health who loves to dance meet any eligible men? But as I read more, I started to understand why. Karen continued, “I hear great things about the dating websites, but just one bad story scares me off. I don’t go to bars because I don’t drink or smoke; I can’t stand the smell or noise anyway.” All dating websites are going to have the occasional bad story. That goes with the ter-

ritory of Internet dating. But if singles prepare themselves to Internet date by reading the warning signs and red flags the dating sites publicize, and study sites such as to learn how to protect On Life and Love After 50 themselves and recogBy Tom Blake nize scammers, they will dramatically decrease their chance of having a bad experience. Also, most mature singles don’t go to bars to meet potential mates, however, there are an endless number of other places to go to mingle with singles. And then Karen revealed the biggest reason she isn’t meeting any eligible men: “All of my friends are either married and have families they are always involved with; or, they have multiple married brothers and sisters with kids, so they have many nieces and nephews they are always doing things with and or for. “I enjoy doing things with my friends, but when we get together they constantly talk about this child or grandchild, or that niece or nephew so I just sit and listen. I don’t have any children (so obviously no grandchildren) and no similar stories to tell; they just don’t seem to get that I feel left out. “I am still close to many of the friends

and colleagues of my late husband and because of this, don’t feel I can move into another relationship.” Without a major, major overhaul in attitude and actions, Karen won’t meet an eligible man unless one falls from the sky. However, if she truly wants to meet a man, here are four steps I feel she needs to take: 1. Look in the mirror and say, “OK, Karen, it is my fault that I don’t meet any eligible men. I am ready and eager to make major changes in my social life. I must stop rationalizing and blaming my dull and boring life on others or on circumstances. I realize it will take time and effort, but I am a new woman starting today.” 2. Get off the pity pot. After seven years of being widowed, to feel she can’t move on because of being around her deceased husband’s friends is self-imposed guilt. Since she feels “left out” by them, she needs to get away from them. 3. Expand her circle of friends to include single men and particularly single women. That doesn’t mean she should never see her old friends, but she needs to make a major effort to get out and pursue activities that will lead her to new faces and places. A good, no-cost, place to begin is 4. Become assertive. Not only is it OK for single women to ask a man out, it is

wise. In that way, she will select the type of person she’d like to be with. Notice that the word is “assertive,” not “aggressive.” There is a difference. Perhaps there is hope for Karen. She said, “Many of the issues I have regarding senior dating (not being in a situation to meet men, not trustful of dating websites, etc.), I must admit are mine.” So, Karen may decide to change her life. Or, she may decide to continue, as Jim Morrison sang in Light My Fire, “to wallow in the mire.” The ball is in her court. Note: On Tuesday, August 9, I will be giving a speech in Santa Ana to a group titled “WomanSage,” a wonderful association whose mission is to educate, empower and foster mentoring relationships for women 45-plus. My topic: “How Finding Love After 50 Has Changed in 2011 from the Man’s Perspective.” To make reservations for the program (there is a small fee), go to www. Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. To comment on his column, email him at TompBlake@gmail. com. See his website at SC

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LIFE’S A BEACH: By Shelley Murphy

A Workout Leads to a Life Lesson about Being Prepared CPR: No one ever knows when a life may need saving


y morning started out that day just like any other, with a trip to the gym. I grabbed my iPod and jumped on the elliptical machine, and as usual, Elvis Costello challenged me to “Pump LIFE’S A BEACH It Up.” But, not long into By Shelley Murphy my workout, I heard an unusual voice: Someone screamed, “911, someone call 911!” I spun around to see a man slumped over a StairMaster. As a mom of teenage sons, my cell phone is rarely out of sight. I grabbed my phone and quickly called the emergency number. Fortunately, by the time paramedics arrived the man had regained consciousness and appeared alert. While my story has a happy ending, it made me think about taking a basic safety class. Coincidentally, that same week, my son discovered he needed cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR certification as a requirement of a health course he’d enrolled in for the summer. I began searching the Internet for a class that would teach us both safety San Clemente Times July 21–27, 2011

basics and CPR. The web led me to Scott Lehnkering, a resident of San Clemente, and founder of A Hero for Life, which offers mobile CPR training. For over 15 years Scott owned and operated businesses in the health and fitness industry. He’d spent most of his career keeping bodies in shape, but for the past three years he’s been keeping bodies safe. The American Heart Association reports that children as young as 9 years old can learn and retain CPR skills; CPR techniques are based more on body strength rather than age. So with two strong, soon-to-be freshman boys and one woman well over age 9, we were on our way. Scott arrived at our house on a sunny and sweltering summer afternoon and soon had us counting chest compressions and rescue breaths in our family room. My son’s friend quickly catapulted to the head of the class. Our teacher instantly recognized him as a “natural.” As a soonto-be Eagle Scout, the boy holds a distinct advantage over my son and me—the two of us have never seen the inside of a tent, unless you count the showroom at Sport

Chalet. While the three of us perspired and practiced downstairs to save Little Anne’s life, my older son and his friends engaged in mortal combat upstairs wiping out humanity on the Xbox. Hearing their bloodcurdling screams, we were prepared to charge the stairs and put our new life-saving skills into practice, if necessary. As we continued our training, I realized that CPR techniques have changed since a girlfriend and I learned it as part of our freshman college health class. We were taught to run to Anne and shout, “Lady, lady are you okay?!” and then we were supposed to shake her by the shoulder and search for signs of life. Today’s training is a kinder, but not necessarily a gentler CPR. In fall 2010, the heart association changed their 2005 CPR Guidelines to CAB: Compressions, Airway and Breathing. They initiated the change after research showed that bystanders are likely to perform chest compressions on a stranger, but not so likely to do mouth-to-mouth breathing. (For newborns, the ABCs of Air-

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way, Breathing and Compressions still hold.) Further explaining the shift in procedure, our teacher said, “The purpose of CPR is to stop the dying process. By performing CPR, we are essentially buying time until emergency medical help arrives.” While my son’s friend proved to be a natural, by the end of the training I’d clearly earned the title of most unnatural. (I did my time as a Girl Scout, however most of my badges involved baking or sewing—hey, it was the ’70s.) And, our instructor enjoyed pointing out my butterflies to the boys saying, “Mom’s a little nervous.” I whole heartedly agreed, and said, “I just want to learn CPR; I don’t want to ever have to do it.” As our class came to a close, Scott thanked us for taking the course and reminded us: “No one ever knows if they are going to need to save the life of a friend or loved one.” For more information about A Hero for Life call 949.481.2578 or visit their website at 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 letters@



& OUTDOORS Stories, scores, schedules & more


5 Best Bets BASEBALL

Rangers vs. Angels, Angel Stadium July 21, 12:35 p.m. A day game’s on tap as the Angels wrap a three-game series with Texas in an effort to close in on first place against their division rival. Info: www.losangeles.

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Nationals vs. Dodgers, Dodger Stadium July 23, 7:05 p.m.

Fun Fitness Boot Camp, RSC Tennis & Fitness Club July 23, 9:30 a.m.

The Dodgers finally return home for a string of games as the boys in blue get started with the first of a three-game series with Washington.

San Clemente Boot Camp has a free workout session for anyone ages 18 to 60 at the RSC Tennis & Fitness Club. Arrive early. Info: www.sanclem-




Manchester City FC vs. LA Galaxy, Home Depot Center July 24, 1 p.m. One of England’s finest football clubs heads to Los Angeles as the Galaxy plays host to another match in the World Football Challenge.

Outdoor Fitness Adventure Club Dana Point Harbor July 27, 5:30 p.m. Unwind from your weekly grind with a refreshing kayaking session with Outdoor Adventure Fitness Club. Fees do apply. Info: www.outdoorfitnessonline. org


Ocean Fest Brings Another Picture Perfect 35th Year Visitors estimated at 62,000 for the annual two-day event at the beach RESULTS

By Stacie N. Galang San Clemente Times

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lear skies and plenty of sun welcomed thousands of visitors to this year’s Ocean Festival. “The Best Show on Surf” offered them plenty of competition, oodles of food, face painting for kids and shore activities galore. “What better way to celebrate 35 years of the San Clemente Ocean Festival than with an estimated attendance of 62,000 athletes, friends and families enjoying everything from the Lifeguard’s Pancake Breakfast and athletic events, to woodies on the Pier and Saturday evening Beach Concert, sand sculptings, children’s activities and fishing derbies together,” said Peggy Vance, the festival’s executive director. Vance said the nonprofit that oversees the two-day event is “very fortunate” to have its volunteer board and more than 200 volunteers to pitch in with the multitude of activities to assist from sunup for setup and the pancake breakfast to sundown for the live music and cleanup Sunday. The following are highlighted results from this year’s Ocean Fest. For a partial listing of surf results, please see our surf page. For additional results, please visit us online at SC

1. Mitch Kahn and Rob Pelkey; 2. Dick Deboer and Dane Deboer; 3.David Cartlidge and Dan Bender; 4. Andrew Czek and John Vanduinyk; 5. Tom Seth and Dank Douglas; 6. Mel Solberg and Tyler Morgan; 7. Ben Gottlieb and Marshall Abranczyk; 8. Matt Shorrock and Scott Bender; 9. Brad Rollins and Brett Wolf; 10. Ryan Buckley and Nick Hagen; 11. Trevor Miloch and Mike Mcerlean SAND SCULPTURES

San Clemente lifeguards Ryan Buckley and Nick Hagen competed in the Dory Boat races Saturday at Ocean Fest. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

Castles & Things: 1. San Clemente SPier it, Team Burror; 2. Angry Birds, Cub Scout Pack 699; 3. Castles by the Sea, Arizona Sand Company Creatures: 1. A Mermaid Adventure, Beach Babes and Boys; 2. San Clemente Safari, Eisenbeisz and family; 3. A Natural Life, Team Naturale Open: 1. San Clemente Surf Shack, Allessandro Sand Sculptures; 2. Fabulous SC, Nevada Sand Company; 3. Deep Exploration, Jesse Trujillo Family: 1. Beach bugs, Loop Group; 2. Jaba the Frog, Good Times; 3. Fukushima USA, SC Green F I S H I N G D E R BY Kid’s Fishing Clinic and Derby Saturday: 1. Lance Eades, 9, 13 ¼” Spotfin Crocker; 2. Justin Apresa, 10, 11 ½” Yellowfin Crocker; 3. Jude, 9, 10” Yellowfin Crocker

Rubber ducks sitting on the shore after floating in from the water at San Clemente Ocean Festival’s 19th annual Great Rubber Duck Race. Photo by Danielle Johnson

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Stand-up paddle board competitors line up at the starting line Saturday for a race at Ocean Fest. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

Adrina Daniel, age 9, displays the dolphin that was painted on her arm at the face painting station during the 2011 San Clemente Ocean Festival. Photo by Danielle Johnson

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All Ages Sunday: Game fish division: 1. Andy Edwards, 10” Yellowfin Crocker - adult; 2. Shannon Jauch, a large Spotfin Crocker lost a gaffing - adult. Shark division: 1. Paul Andrade, 17” Leopard Shark


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Sue (Ruth) Peltz

After a courageous struggle with cancer Sue passed away July 17, 2011, at her home in San Clemente, Calif. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Fred R. Peltz; five children -- James Peltz, Thomas (Deborah) Peltz, Joan (Chuck) Gonzalez, Fred W. (Tamara) Peltz and Christine (Victor) Sandoval , and six grandchildren – Tony Gonzalez, David Peltz, Ian Peltz, Stephen Peltz, Alec Sandoval and Toby Sandoval. Sue’s predeceased family members include her parents Peter and Edith Romano, brothers Peter Romano and Bert Romano, and sister Virginia Homsher. Born on June 26, 1932, in Kalamazoo, Mich., Sue lived in Kalamazoo until her family moved to Lompoc, Calif., when she was 13. After high school she attended San Jose State where she met Fred R. Peltz and they married Nov. 22, 1952, eventually settling in Phoenix, Ariz., in 1957 and later in Riverside, Calif., in 1962, to raise their family. In 1978, Sue began her long association working with the Society of the Divine Word Western Province, first at the Divine Word Retreat Center in Riverside and then with the Provincial’s office. She and Fred retired to San Clemente in 1993. Sue was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and aunt who was active in the San Clemente Friends of the Library and Our Lady of Fatima Church in San Clemente and St. Edwards Church in Dana Point. She enjoyed playing bridge, hitting the slots and giving advice. Sue also treasured attending her high school reunions; she attended her 60th reunion last year. Per Sue’s wishes, in lieu of flowers or donations please hug someone special in your life and spread your love. A memorial Mass to celebrate her life will be held Monday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, Calif., 92629. O’Connor Mortuary, (949) 581-4300

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The only directory featuring San Clemente businesses exclusively ACCOUNTANTS

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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,


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,



Massage Therapy

Timothy C. Metcalf, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Body Therapy/Healing                        949.683.2033 949.862.1250 San Clemente, C’Siren Day Spa 949.498.7700 FLOORING 312 Avenida De La Estrella Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 MATTRESSES 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G -105, South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, FURNITURE South Coast Furniture & Mattress      949.492.5589 MOLD REMOVAL 109 Calle de los Molinos, Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,


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


Kreative Hair Design                     949.498.6245 San Clemente Computer & Network Services San Clemente Art Association 949.492.7175 949.276.1581 173 Avenida Serra 100 N. Calle Seville, Sano Computers 949.492.2179 Heating Attorneys All Season Air 949.579.0741, CONCRETE The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 949.361.9656 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201, Costa Verde Landscape 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A, License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Auto Wrecking Home Décor San Clemente Auto Wrecking & Repair Shop 1520 Avenida de la Estrella, Ste. B, 949.492.6121



Blinds 949.498.9515

BOOKS Village Book Exchange 99 Avenida Serra


BUSINESS COMPUTER SERVICE, REPAIR OC - IT 949.488.0029 970 Calle Negocio,


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

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

MUSIC LESSONS Danman’s Music School 949.242.4431 Leslie Lowe - Guitar, Bass & Drums 949.292.5019 Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 949.922.6388 413 Calle Pueblo,


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

Orthodontist Frank J. Mogavero, DDS MS 949.493.7300 1031 Avenida Pico # 101,


949.388.6829 INTERIOR DECORATING & REDESIGN KC Painting & Decorating Eric Johnson, D.D.S. 949.493.9311 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209, The Home & Garden Stylist/ 949.218.8022 Periodontics & Dental Implants Vignettes of Refinement Dr. Alice P. Moran, DMD 949.361.4867 (GUMS) Ronald Trosper, DDS 949.492.7140 San Clemente, 1001 Avenida Pico, Ste. K, 145 Ave Del Mar,



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By David Zimmerle

SAN CLEMENTE MEN COMPETE IN ROCK2ROCK PADDLEBOARD RACE On Father’s Day last month, three San Clemente dads competed in the annual Rock2Rock Paddleboard Race. The race began the morning of June 19 at Two Harbors on the Isthmus of Catalina Island and ended at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro. Adam Crawford went on to place third overall in the 14-foot Stand-up Paddleboard Division, while the relay team of Robert Rumph and Pat McIlvain won the 14-foot SUP Relay Division. The course was longer this year at a distance of 22.17 miles total as the conditions were favorable and record course times were set. For more information on the event, visit

O’TOOLE ASCENDING THE RANKS IN LPGA, TAKES NINTH IN U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN • San Clemente High School 2005 alum Ryan O’Toole, 24, is proving she’s got what it takes to become a mainstay on the LPGA tour. After playing through several rounds of golf against the best in her field at the U.S. Women’s Open earlier this month, O’Toole went on to finish alone in ninth place with a 3-over par when the dust finally settled at Broodmoor Golf Club in Colorado Springs, Colo. The former Lady Triton and UCLA standout wrapped her first-ever U.S. Open with scores of 69-72-75-71--287 (+3) and finished six strokes back of the leaders while also earning $81,915 in the process–double what she made from seven previous tournaments this year on the Futures and LPGA tours. The stellar top-10 finish also solidifies her a spot in next year’s field of players.

HEIER TO START AT MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY • Head coach Bond Shymansky and the Marquette University women’s volleyball team recently announced the addition freshman Chelsea Heier to the team’s starting rotation this fall. Heier heads into the season as the heir apparent to outgoing AVCA All-American Nikki Klingsporn at the setter position. “Chelsea is a smooth operator as a setter and competitor,” Shymansky said. “The best part is that she’s a great person and her teammates are already looking forward to her presence on court this fall. She is creative, gutsy, smart and gifted. We were fortunate that she has strong Wisconsin ties, otherwise, we would have never stolen her away from the California schools.” The 2011 San Clemente graduate earned three letters in volleyball during her time at the high school helping to lead the Lady Tritons to a 28-5 record, a No. 62 national ranking by, and the South Coast League Championship sporting an undefeated conference record last fall. The 5-foot-9-inch setter was fourth among high school volleyball players according to MaxPreps with 11.6 assists per frame during her senior year. She also holds the San Clemente career record with 3,051 assists while playing for head coach Rob O’Rear, and also played club volleyball for coaches Kelli Mulvany and Ki Yi with the Saddleback Volleyball Club. San Clemente Times July 21–27, 2011

The duo of Robert Rumph (left) and Pat McIlvain gather for a celebratory shot during the awards ceremony of the recent Rock2Rock Paddleboard Race. Both SUP’ers took first place in the 14-foot relay division following competition last month. Courtesy photo

SOFTBALL SC GIRLS SOFTBALL TEAMS ROCKS DIAMOND AT DISTRICT TOURNAMENT IN LONG BEACH THIS MONTH The 12U San Clemente Swat and 8U San Clemente Lunachicks girls’ softball teams won their respective district titles while competing in tournaments in Long Beach earlier this month. In the 12U Division, 15 teams started the tourney hoping to come out on top, but in the end San Clemente was the lone team to take the title. SC Swat was able to overcome its first loss of the season in the double-elimination format by going on to beat a talented Buena Park team 14-6 in the final. “This is a special group of girls that continues to improve and are able to limit and overcome any mistakes they make,” assistant coach Anthony Bradish said. The team went on to earn its recent string of victories behind the dominant pitching of Sierra Garrett and a tight-knit defense core of key players. Members of the Swat team include Garrett, Lauren Brzykcy, Jordyn Gustin, Ashley Folia, Katie Bracken, Chloe Visca, Katie Rose Terkoski, Olivia Bradish, Melody Forstie and Elise Sawall with coaches Bradish, Dave Terkoski and Jeff Gustin at the helm. In the 8U Division, the Lunachicks were part of a field of 13 total teams and went undefeated over the course of the weekend with victories coming against Los Altos, Wilshire, Manhattan Beach and two wins against a strong Palos Verdes team. The Lunachicks scored 48 runs in the five games played with hits from every player on the team. Dominant pitching by Olivia Winters and Sarah Newman, along with great team defense, helped keep the team’s opponents in check while only allowing nine runs throughout the tournament. The highlight of the weekend was the win against Palos Verdes where Chalice Rogers hit a home run in the second inning of an international tiebreaker to seal the victory.

The 12U San Clemente Swat gather for a photo after taking first place in the recent district tournament earlier this month. Courtesy photo

“It is amazing how well this group of girls plays together as a team, and it shows with the impressive results from our tournament earlier this month,” coach Jason Winters said. Players for the Lunachicks include Rogers, Emmy Aasland, Jasper Adams, Melinda Cratty, Dominique Duncan, Stolie Erickson, Elizabeth Jelowdar, Kaitlyn McCabe, Sarah Newman, Alexa Waldfogel and Olivia Winters. The coaches include Winters, Rex Cratty and Mark Newman. In addition, the 10U SC Splash clinched the “At Large” entry in the district tournament and went to represent San Clemente in the State Championships. Together, all three teams headed to the state tournament in Lancaster, Calif. July 15-17, taking on the top teams from across the state.


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Grom of the WEEK Corey Colapinto Age: Y 14, Shorecliffs Middle School This month Corey Colapinto got two things that nearly every young surfer wishes for—a new sponsor and some coaching from 10-time ASP World Champion surfer Kelly Slater. As one of eight groms chosen to be a part of the new Daphne’s California Greek surf team, Corey had the chance to hang out with and learn from Slater at the first team meeting. Corey and his Daphne’s teammates spent an afternoon talking and reviewing video clips of their surfing. “I was so excited when I was asked to be part of the team. When I heard that we would be reviewing with Kelly Slater...I don’t even know what to say...I was just so stoked!” said Corey. “I need to learn to be more aggressive in heats and have a lot of stuff Photo by Andrea Swayne I need to work on. Kelly is good at everything in contests and his input will really help me out.” As one of Southern California’s most promising young competitors, Corey was one of the youngest surfers offered a wildcard into this year’s Vans Pier Classic. He also showcased his talents this past season as a member of the top-ranked Shorecliffs Middle School surf team. He took third at the Scholastic Surf Series (SSS) Middle School State Championships, earned a No. 9 ranking after the National Scholastic Surf Association (NSSA) National Championships and finished in the No. 7 spot at this year’s Surfing America U.S. Championships.—Andrea Swayne

Fuel and Focus


Daphne’s restaurants, Kelly Slater announce the addition of a surf team By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


hat does it take to cultivate the next generation of professional surfers and promote a successful restaurant chain? San Clemente-based company Daphne’s California Greek thinks it has the answer. CEO Bill Trefethen and 10-time world champion surfer and Daphne’s brand ambassador Kelly Slater have joined together to create and support Team Daphne’s—a group of eight young surfers from Southern California—in an effort to sponsor and mentor them as they work toward future professional careers in the sport. Next question: What can be better for a young surfer’s career than an endless supply of healthy Mediterranean-inspired food and the expertise of one of the best surfers the world has ever seen? Pretty much nothing, according to the kids hand picked by Trefethen, Slater and team manager Cole Moody and others to be part of the team. “This is just crazy that we even get to meet Kelly Slater,” said team member Josh Benjoya. “I never imagined that I would ever have a chance to talk to him much less get coaching from him. This is awesome!” Tia Blanco, another member, said she was excited about the opportunity as well. “Free food from one of my favorite restaurants and advice from my favorite surfer…I am totally stoked!” she said. The team includes: From Dana Point Jake Davis (14) and Benjoya (15), San Clemente surfers Corey Colapinto (15), Lani Doherty (18), Kulia Doherty (15) and Blanco (15) as well as 10-year-old Meah Collins of Costa Mesa and La Jolla’s Skip McCollough (15). On July 6 the team was invited to Trefethen’s San Clemente home to be officially welcomed to the team, participate in a photo shoot and enjoy some casual one-on-one San Clemente Times July 21–27, 2011

Daphne’s CEO Bill Trefethen (back) and (L to R) Lani Doherty, Tia Blanco, Kulia Doherty, Meah Collins, Kelly Slater, Josh Benjoya and Corey Colapinto gathered for a team meeting, photo shoot and mentoring session at Trefethen’s San Clemente home on July 6. Photo by Andrea Swayne

time with Slater discussing what it takes to progress in the surfing world. From training and healthy eating to critiquing surf videos, Slater offered his time and insights to each as they sat together reviewing clips of each young surfer and talking candidly about what it takes to have a successful career. “There aren’t many food and drink companies that I am really interested in, but when Bill [Trefethen] approached me it was kind of a no-brainer,” said Slater. “At this point in my career, I’m lucky to have the option to pick and choose the companies I align with, and I like the Daphne’s philosophy. I eat there all the time, the food is nutritious and delicious and the ambiance is great. I like that they also showcase art, music and surf videos at the restaurant. All of these kids are on the team because they are already great surfers, so if I can influence them in a positive way, that’s a nice place to be in. It takes this beyond just plugging another brand, works naturally with my life and I’m happy to be a part of it.” A surfer himself, Trefethen is delighted to have both Slater and the young surf team become a part of the new more health-focused direction he has been taking Daphne’s in since taking over the company about a year ago. “Surfing is an

aspirational sport focused on healthy lifestyles, so from a marketing standpoint, it’s kind of a natural,” said Trefethen, “and it’s a great way to help up and coming surfers as well.” For more information, log on to www. SC

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 66-70˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 15-20’ Fair; Catalina: 15-25’+ Good Remarks: A small mix of Southwest and South swell, along with minor Northwest windswell offer a small mix of surf on Thursday. Surge is light and visibility is relatively good, making for fair-good diving conditions overall. Short range: Size is in the 2-3’(knee-waist high) zone on Thursday as small Southwest and South swells mix with minor Northwest windswell. Our swell-mix eases Friday, offering 1-3’(ankle-knee-waist high) waves through the day. Conditions look clean for the mornings, but generally poor-fair to fair at best due to lack of size. Long range: Small surf prevails over the weekend as old South and Southwest swells fade and small Northwest windswell continues. Conditions look clean for the mornings, with size in the 1-2’+(ankle-knee high+) range at good breaks on Saturday. Size drops further on Sunday. Stay tuned to for updates.

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Groms Rule Surf Contest July 16, San Clemente Ocean Fest, San Clemente Pier GIRLS 10U: 1. Alexxa Elsewii; 2. Zoe Mortenson; 3. Clair Hann; 4. Chloe Deveze; 5. Grace Pelkey; 6. Katie Connelly. BOYS 10U: 1. Noah Hohenester; 2. Ethan Mudge; 3. Hagan Johnson; 4. Bobby Gavin; 5. Kai McPhillips; 5. Reef Tsutsui. GIRLS 11-14: 1. Kloee Openshaw; 2. Kirra Connelly; 3. Kristen Laurent; 4. Malia Osterkamp; 5. Meg Hann; 6. Sarah Roach. BOYS 11-14: 1. Colin Deveze; 2. Lucas Taub; 3. Nathan Carabba; 4. Rio Donaldson; 5. Jonathan Ross; 6. Kaeden Carabba. Log on to for full results of other Ocean Festival events.

BOARD SHORTS Lindsay Steinreide Wins Roxy Pro Biarritz Lindsay Steinriede of Dana Point won her first ASP World Longboard title at the Roxy Pro Biarritz, La Cote de Basques, France on July 16. She earned the highest wave score—8.65 out of 10—of the event to defeat fellow Californian and two-time ASP Women’s World Longboard Champ Jennifer Smith. The win sent Steinreide to the top spot on the ASP World rankings.

Lindsay Steinreide. Photo © ASP/ Aquashot / Bastien Bonnarme

UPCOMING EVENTS July 23: WSA Menehune Surf Fest, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street July 30-August 7: U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach, Pier

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