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Rock Lobster Open Season on Crustacean Begins at Midnight Oct. 1 E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Diver Jeff Bonisa of San Clemente holds his lobster report card from the Department of Fish and Game he purchased Tuesday. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

Town Hall Meeting on Nuclear Power Gets Testy at Times

Murphy: Power Outage Contemplations: Is it ‘Canceled’or ‘Cancelled’?

Battle of the Paddle Stirs Up Competition




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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The Capistrano Unified School District Trustees on Monday night awarded Ohno Construction Company the bid to complete construction of the San Juan Hills High School stadium. Ohno Construction, based in Fontana, bid $1.64 million for the project. San Juan Hills opened five years ago without a home stadium or swimming pool. The football teams and swim squads use the facilities at Tesoro High School about 13 miles away for “home” events. The stadium is expected to be completed in June 2012 after the scope of the project was expanded to include renovations to the school’s practice softball field and changes to portions of the shot put area. The stadium is the last major component of the school to be completed. Work is underway on the school’s swimming pool, which is scheduled to open in early 2012.


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

DANA POINT Dana Point City Council on September 26 considered a proposal to ban single use plastic bags in the city. Councilman Steven Weinberg said the city’s 2009 resolution implementing a voluntary reduction of polystyrene foam and plastic bags at city business and events isn’t working. “If you want something done you have to pass an ordinance against it,” he said. Council voted 4-1—Councilman Bill Brough opposed—to hand the matter off to Dana Point Destiny, a committee formed ad hoc in May with the purpose of stimulating the local economy and helping to establish the city as a destination. The vote called for the committee to include polystyrene foam, along with plastic bags, and return a draft ordinance by the December 12 City Council meeting and directed staff to begin an environmental review process immediately.

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… the SONGS Town Hall Meeting?

THE LATEST: The City Council and about 200 people packed the Community Center Tuesday night to discuss the Lessons Learned from Fukushima with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, officials at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station and the Interjurisdictional Planning Committee. The nearly six-hour meeting included outbursts from disgruntled audience members who railed against the question-and-answer format and the fact that the six panelists did not face them. The commission believes nuclear power plants in the United States do not pose an eminent risk, said Elmo E. Collins, Jr. the administrator of the NRC’s Region IV office in Texas. The NRC’s Greg Warnick, the senior resident inspector at SONGS, also attended. SONGS Chief Nuclear Officer Peter Dietrich assured the audience the power plant was safe, offering a litany of statistics about its construction and sturdiness in an earthquake and tsunami. The IPC’s Sara Kaminske addressed the emergency evacuation plans. Protestors brought in signs and covered their mouths with red tape to signify their displeasure. One show of hands indicated a large portion of the room had come from outside San Clemente. WHAT’S NEXT: The town hall meeting resumes October 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center with speakers chosen by Headrick. FIND OUT MORE: For more information, log on to —Stacie N. Galang


... Ralph’s?

THE LATEST: Ralph’s is asking the city to help find ways to lower the cost of renovating its El Camino Real store after bids on the project came back 25 percent above budget, putting the project on hold. Representatives of the supermarket chain met earlier this month with about 10 city staff to discuss reducing expenses, said Jim Holloway, San Clemente’s community development director. The climate for bids on construction projects has spiked recently, he said. “I think that that caused them to reexamine some of the things they were planning,” Holloway said. Ralph’s told the city the construction bids came in more than $1 million dollars above their expected plan, according to emails exchanged by city staff. Ralph’s presented a dozen items the company wanted city officials to consider changing, including exterior lights, water fountains and features, sidewalk pavers and the historic tile murals. “Before the project goes south, we may offer to have a team from the city work with them to value engineer to help reduce project cost,” City Planner Jim Pechous said in an August 30 email. The golf course clubhouse had similar woes, he said. WHAT’S NEXT: Ralph’s spokeswoman Kendra Doyel said the company was “pretty shocked” when costs came in so high, but has seen similar projects affected in other communities. “We continue to work on this project diligently and would really like to get a project open and able to serve the community sooner than later.” Ralph’s has no timeframe for the work to start. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for more information. —SNG

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... the Driftwood with the Flag?

THE LATEST: The driftwood that has flown the American flag since shortly after 9/11 will soon get a safer beachfront location. Recent surf conditions caused the landmark to shift north from its spot near Poche Beach and make it susceptible to washing out to sea. San Clemente resident Joe Wilson, who placed flowers near it on September 11, said he wanted to preserve the driftwood by organizing a group to move the dried log, which weighs an estimated 750 to 1,000 pounds. He contacted Mayor Lori Donchak, and she put him in touch with the Palm Beach Park Association, which owns the beachfront there. Lynda Cline, manager of the 126-unit Palm Beach Park Association, said members were too old to move the driftwood, but welcomed the idea. They set aside a spot—on higher ground—of their 2-acre beach. “Everybody who’s been around San Clemente knows about it,” she said. “It will be good to have it in a safe place.” WHAT’S NEXT: Wilson hopes to recruit about 50 people to move the driftwood 40 feet inland or give moral support. He also hopes to secure 3/4-inch plywood to help slide the hulking object. The move is set for 11:30 a.m. on October 13. “Whoever wants to come down is more than welcome,” Joe Wilson said. “The more hands the better.” FIND OUT MORE: To volunteer, email or visit for updates. —SNG


… Target Opening?

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ing of Target is slated for October 5. The store will feature a grocery section that includes fresh produce, meats and baked goods. The 142,206-square-foot Vista Hermosa store will have a Target Café, Starbucks, Pizza Hut Express and pharmacy. The Minneapolis-based chain is expected to employ 200 workers in the San Clemente store and generate $300,000 in sales tax revenue to the city. WHAT’S NEXT: The store will open on Wednesday, October 5 with the official grand opening on Sunday, October 9. FIND OUT MORE: See —SNG


…Mandarin Immersion?

THE LATEST: Capistrano Unified School District trustees on Monday approved a Mandarin Chinese immersion program, the first in an Orange County public school system and one of about 80 nationwide. “A challenging economic environment is no excuse for not being able to offer new and innovative educational programs requested by our community,” Board Clerk John M. Alpay said in a statement. “There is intense demand for this language, and in an era of school choice and competition, our ability to offer this program to our families reaffirms this District’s status as an innovative provider of quality education.” Alpay, a corporate attorney who represents San Clemente, suggested and pushed for the program. WHAT’S NEXT: The school site to house the program has not been identified. The program should be in place by the 20122013 school year. FIND OUT MORE: See more information at —Jonathan Volzke

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News Bites

City and Community Calendar

Compiled by Stacie N. Galang

P r o ps , R ec o gniti o ns and M o rsels o f I nf o Exchange Club Names Lifeguard of the Year: Kris Moore

in the Class of 2012, qualified for the spring semester Dean’s List at Babson College. The dean’s list recognizes outstanding student scholarship at the Wellesley, Mass. college.

the address, residence name if known and a brief description of the yard and its features. Send nominations to or call 949.366.2653.

Foundation Gives $27K to Courtney’s SandCastle

Republican Women Event Registration Ends October 7

u The Alderson Family Foundation, with

Lifeguard of the Year sponsors Dave Donaldson, owner of BeachFire, Pat Huber, Rainbow Sandals marketing director, Garth Day, Exchange Club President Jim O’Brien and Project Chairman Jeremy Conrad stand with the board made for Kris Moore. Courtesy photo u The Exchange Club hosted its eighth annual Lifeguard of the Year banquet September 22, naming Kris Moore this year’s honoree. For his work with San Clemente’s Marine Safety, Moore received a specially made surfboard bearing his name. The surfboard was manufactured and donated by Garth Day. Additional sponsors of the Lifeguard of the Year were BeachFire and Rainbow Sandals.

Marblehead Elementary Receives $1,500 Grant for Garden u Western Growers Foundation awarded Marblehead Elementary a $1,500 grant for a garden consisting of a citrus orchard, herbs and various fruits and vegetables. Marblehead was one of 10 schools to receive funds this year. “When you see a child pull up his first carrot from a school garden and see the pride in his eyes, you really start to understand the magic of this effort,” said Paula Olson of Western Growers Foundation. The group supports school gardens to teach children where their food comes from and the benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. Since 2002, the foundation has funded more than 500 school gardens throughout California and Arizona.

SC Student Makes Babson College’s Dean’s List u San Clemente Mallory Mosk, a student

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the help of fellow nonprofit Hope 4 Hanna, donated $27,000 to Courtney’s SandCastle, the universally accessible playground being constructed at the La Pata-Vista Hermosa Sports Park. The donation will pay for the playground’s musical instruments and sound panels, which are intended especially for children with autism and other sensory disabilities. “Donations are the lifeblood of any charitable organization, and for Hope 4 Hanna and the Alderson Family Foundation to recognize our similar goals in helping children with disabilities, is heartfelt,” said Mina Santoro, Courtney’s foundation chairwoman. Santoro expressed her gratitude on behalf of the foundation board.

u Radio talk show host Roger Hedgecock

will be the guest speaker at the San Clemente Area Republican Women’s October 12 meeting. The cost is $25 and includes a lunch at Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club at 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente. The registration deadline is October 7. Event check-in begins at 10 a.m., speaker at 10:30 a.m. and lunch at noon. For more information, contact Chalone Warman at or call 949.492.7765.

Saddleback Church San Clemente Hosts Baby Shower

Team Captains Sought for October 23 Hunger Walk u The Hunger Walk for Family Assistance Ministries will be October 23 in San Clemente. Organizers seek team captains to participate and recruit 10 others to join them for the 24th annual walk, which starts at 1 p.m. at the San Clemente Community Center at 100 N. Calle Seville. They aim to build participation, said walk Chairwoman Jan McKay by email. “This is a very easy and fun walk to stomp out hunger,” she said. “Yes, there is a great need in San Clemente and Orange County.” Clients of the San Clemente nonprofit come from San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo. Last year, the charity gave more than $2 million of food to the hungry, and the need is increasing. For more information, visit

Front Yard Garden Contest Nominations Due October 1 u San Clemente Garden Club requests nominations for its fifth annual Front Yard Garden Contest. Nominations are open to residential and business gardens. The front yard gardens are judged by their view from the curb. A committee comprised of club members judges the nominees in drive-by viewings. Winners will be announced at the Garden Club Plant Sale at the San Clemente Community Center October 8. Nominations must be submitted by October 1 and include

Thursday, Sept 29 Pajama Storytime 7 p.m. Stories for kids read by the Sunshine Readers at the library. Wear your PJs. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3493,

Friday, Sept 30 Free Yoga Fridays 7:30 am, 9a.m., 12 p.m., 4:30 p.m. New Students can enjoy free yoga on Fridays at The Practice Yoga Studio for the month of September. 111 W. Ave Palizada, Unit 12. San Clemente Military Support Council 12 p.m. Meeting at the Next Door Restaurant. 647 Camino de los Mares, Suite 126, 949.492.1131,

Saturday, Oct 1 Neighborhood Garage Sale 8 a.m.12 p.m. The Forster Ranch Community in San Clemente holds a giant garage sale with more than 1,200 homes participating and more. More info:, CPPF Nature Talk – Ethnobotany 10 a.m.-11 a.m. A nature-themed lecture is held in association with the monthly meeting of Caspers Park Preservation Foundation at the Visitor Center, Ronald Caspers Wilderness Park. Call for info and directions, 949.923.2210,

Expectant moms at Camp Pendleton attended a baby shower by Saddleback Church San Clemente. Courtesy photo u Seventeen military moms-to-be attended a baby shower by Saddleback Church San Clemente September 10 at Camp Pendleton. Volunteers decorated the clubhouse, prepared food, brought cake and organized baby games with prizes and raffles. Each mom received a diaper bag with the basics. The church’s military ministry hosts four baby showers a year plus other events. For more information, visit www.saddleback. com/sanclemente.

Historical Society to Convene October 2 for Annual Meeting u San Clemente Historical Society’s will host its annual meeting October 2 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ole Hanson Beach Club. Society leaders will make a presentation of current and future projects involving the city’s most valuable historic structures and hold the election of three of the seven members of its board of directors. For further information, contact society President Georgette Korsen at

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Monday, Oct 3 Spanish Conversation 11 a.m. Meet at Café Calypso for coffee and conversation. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.9803. German Speaking Group 2 p.m.–4p.m. German conversations at Café Calypso. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.8436.

Tuesday, Oct 4 City Council Meeting 6 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers, 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting 7 p.m. Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200,

Wednesday, Oct 5 Kiwanis Meeting 12 p.m. The local Kiwanis Club meets at Carrows. 620 Avenida Pico, 949.290.8729, SC Rotary Club 12 p.m. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619, www.

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Rock Lobster

Open Season on Crustacean Begins at Midnight October 1 and Locals are Counting Down By Stacie N. Galang San Clemente Times


lex Ray of San Clemente has six weeks to serve up a memorable wedding, and the opening of lobster season at midnight Saturday is key to his plan. The 26-year-old free diver hopes to snag enough of the California spiny lobster for the 150 guests attending his nuptials. “My goal is to get enough for appetizers for the wedding,” said Ray who started a graduate program in biological sciences and educational media design at University of California this week. With the state’s recreational seven lobster limit, he plans to gift extras for freezing until the big day. Fortunately, the chef will make a bisque, which requires less of the lobster meat. Ray will be among the other avid recreational lobster fisherman out at midnight hunting the creatures in the rocky coastline near San Clemente. “This is my fourth year in a row going out at night,” he said. “I’ve been bug diving probably for about six years.” Other enthusiasts will toss hoop nets from the San Clemente Pier or the side of a boat, hoping to scoop up the other-worldly looking creatures prized for their tastiness. Commercial lobster fishing kicks off October 5, which has a different set of restrictions. Ray traded out SCUBA for free diving, which allows him to more easily reach larger lobsters tucked in rocky hiding spaces. “It lets me squeeze in the cracks and get the biggest ones not necessarily out and about crawling around,” he said. The diver enjoys the thrill of the hunt and the ability to let other concerns go while as he seeks out his prey. “It’s a lot of fun and a chance to relax,” he said. “It’s fun to get in the water and focus on one thing and one thing only and not have all the other things in the back of my mind… That’s why I go to the bugs because they’re simpler creatures than weddings and masters programs.” A chef by day, Jeff Bonisa of San Clemente took up free diving about eight years ago. An avid surfer, Bonisa said he would see free divers out near Trestles. “We bought the masks and dive gear and went under the waves instead on top,” he said. “We got hooked from there.” He picked up his required lobster report card Tuesday at the Jig Stop in Dana Point in anticipation of the season opening. Every recreational fisherman seeking lobsters, regardless of age or location must carry a state-issued report card, which can be San Clemente Times September 29–October 5, 2011

Stephanie Hogan and Breck Girot of Hogan’s Bait and Tackle show some of their lobster fishing supplies at the Dana Point shop. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

purchased at a DFG office or approved retailer. Bonisa said he’s a bit worried about a red tide that could keep him and other divers from enjoying the October 1 opening if it doesn’t clear soon. He dives around San Clemente, though he didn’t want to share his best spots, and tries to go out Catalina and San Clemente Island sometime in the five-month season. “It’s a nice break from hunting fish,” Bonisa said. “When you’re always looking for yellow tail and white sea bass it gives you something else to focus on. It keeps diving fun all year round and it’s a nice change to be able to put lobster on the table.” Bonisa, who works in San Diego, said his favorite recipe is a honey and lime curry marinade he makes to grill his crustaceans. “When you finally find that gold nugget and get a good one, it’s a great feeling for me,” he said. “I can come home and have lobster for dinner and you’re not paying 45 bucks for [it].”

MAKING PLANS FOR LOBSTER SEASON Stephanie Hogan of Hogan’s Bait and Tackle in Dana Point starts planning for lobster season months ahead of time, purchasing gear like two different types of hoop nets, buoys, glow sticks, gloves and mackerel for bait. On Monday, she started posting a countdown to Saturday’s opening on the store’s Facebook page. “It’s exciting for me,” said Hogan, who’s owned the shop with her parents Barbara and Bill Hogan for eight years. She runs the shop with her boyfriend Breck Girot. They see fisherman seek out the lobsters from the piers, from the boats and more recently kayaks. They often go out to San Clemente Pier on opening night and fellow lobster fisherman stake out there spot in anticipation of midnight. She likened it to the television show Cheers where those seeking lobster at the opener call out each other’s name and New Year’s Eve. “It’s an event,” Stephanie Hogan said.

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ON THE LOOKOUT Patrolling the waters off the coast of Southern California will be Fish and Game Warden Rob Rojas who works out of Dana Point on the Thresher, a 60-foot, aluminum hull catamaran that sleeps up to seven crew members and has a deployable skiff. The lobster season is Rojas’s favorite opening. “Personally, I always look at it as an exciting time of year,” said Rojas, who also likes to dive for lobsters. “Usually, the water is still pretty warm. There’s just a mad rush of people, sport lobster divers, hoop netters to commercial fisherman. They’re all out there to harvest the tasty critter. For us, there’s always a lot of work to be done.” Inspired by father figures in shows like Flipper and Gentle Ben, the warden started work with the state in 1999 and covers the waters from Los Angeles south to San Diego. In the closed season, he and fellow wardens keep a watch out for those attempting to take the crustacean illegally. When the season opens, they’re on the prowl for those grabbing undersized lobster or more than the permitted seven bag limit. The creatures must measure 3 ¼ inches to be able to take them. Wardens are also enforcing the law, which requires everyone to carry their lobster report card, a fishing license if required and some kind of measuring tool. Wardens ensure recreational fisherman use legal methods — baited hoop net and gloves — to take their catch. No implements are allowed. Prior to midnight October 1, he will be searching for those who start early and spoil the hunt for others. “Our purpose out there is to protect the resource not to hassle people so there’s a resource for generations to come,” Rojas said. “People taking short lobsters overlook that it could be costly down the road.” Those who take undersized lobsters or more than the allotted seven limit deplete the numbers and limit their opportunity to breed, said the warden, who hold’s a bachelor degree in biology. The off-season lets the lobsters reproduce and breed, he said. Rojas recommended that people research the restrictions prior to fishing lobster. He’s heard it all when it comes to excuses that those fishing don’t have a measuring gauge, don’t know how to measure or planned to return an undersized lobster. Scofflaws can face misdemeanor charges, citations, fines and court if caught breaking the law, Rojas said. Recreation lobster fisherman also cannot sell their bounty, he said. But at midnight October 1, he understands locals revel in the chance to net their next meal. “That first night of lobster season, there’s always a ton of activity, a ton of people out,” the warden said. “It’s an exciting time of the year for a lot of people waiting for seven months to legally take lobster. They’ve been waiting to take their prize home and eat it.” Rojas advised the public to go out and have fun but know the regulations. SC

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SC Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By JONATHAN VOLZKE All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Monday, September 26 CITIZEN ASSIST East Avenida Pico/Avenida Presidio (7:58 a.m.) A caller reported traffic signals were out. Another motorist reported the same problem at Presidio and Calle Escuela. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Buena Ventura, 100 Block (7:25 a.m.) A resident wanted help with a 9-yearold who wouldn’t get in the car and go to school.

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DISTURBANCE Avenida Rosa/Avenida Monterey (12:09 a.m.) A caller reported a party. They didn’t know where it was, but said deputies would be able to find it because it was “very loud.”

Sunday, September 25 WELFARE CHECK Avenida San Diego, 100 Block (8:08 p.m.) A caller said a neighbor continually leaves her 10- and 7-year-old children home alone.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Buena Ventura, 100 Block (11:33 a.m.) A resident found syringes in her side yard. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Serra, 100 Block (2:27 a.m.) Two men burst through a caller’s fence and were stumbling around the yard. DISTURBANCE Avenida Del Mar/El Camino Real (2:13 a.m.) A caller reported more than a dozen kids fighting in the street. GRAND THEFT Avenida Miramar, 100 Block (12:55 a.m.) Some cellular phones were stolen; the owner turned on the GPS to let authorities know where they were.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Los Bautismos Lane/Avenida Magdalena (7:58 p.m.) A caller reported a man was pushing a shopping cart down the street. The caller said he lived in “a very exclusive neighborhood, and they just don’t see people like that here,” dispatchers reported.

Saturday, September 24

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Plaza Estival, 400 Block (7:21 p.m.) A man in the driveway of a complex was banging his head on the center console of his SUV.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Valencia, 300 Block (7:32 p.m.) A caller complained that a neighbor sprayed her kids’ equipment with a hose because they were playing music outside.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Pelayo, 100 Block (1:41 p.m.) “Don’t hit me with the drill,” a caller heard a woman shout. A man and woman were fighting.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON El Camino Real, 1800 Block (5:54 p.m.) A man carrying expensive music equipment was waiting for a bus. The caller thought that was suspicious.

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Man Killed in I-5 Accident


31-year-old tractor-trailer driver was struck by a car and killed near the Vista Hermosa exit of northbound Interstate-5 at about 6 a.m. Monday. The truck driver, from Tijuana, had pulled to the right shoulder because of a mechanical problem and was outside of his vehicle when a 64-year-old San Diego man driving a 1994 BMW 525i in the No. 4 lane drifted into the shoulder and sideswiped the commercial truck and its driver, said California Highway Patrol Officer Chris Goodwin. “The fatality occurred at the scene,” Goodwin said. Goodwin said he could not release the names of the two involved in the accident. The accident is still under investigation, he said. It was unclear whether the driver would be charged or whether the circumstances were suspicious. Goodwin did not know the origin or contents of the truck, a 2000 Freightliner. The CHP is asking for any persons who may have witnessed the collision to contact the office and 949.487.4000. SC —Stacie Galang


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Cup of Joe: By Joe Anderson

Oh Rats: The Leading Rodent Problem in Orange County Residents Should Take Care to Reduce Opportunities for Rodents


or a number of years, I have been San Clemente’s representative to the Orange County Vector Control District, a countywide district dedicated to the control of disease-carrying organisms, typically mosquitoes and rats. In my April column, I focused on the control of mosquitoes. This month, I will focus on rats and rat control. The roof rat is the leading rodent problem in Orange County. The Vector Control District receives more roof rat service requests than for all other services combined. This pest is not native to North America, but was introduced into the Western Hemisphere by colonists from Asia and Europe. The roof rat is now found in all

major American cities, where it has become a significant nuisance and public health threat. The reproductive potential of this species is phenomenal. Females bear an average of six Joe Anderson litters per year with each litter containing six to eight young, demonstrating why roof rats are capable of rapidly infesting and overwhelming urban neighborhoods. Roof rats move about our neighborhoods by using overhead utility lines, walls, fences, alleyways and occasionally

underground drains. They will consume almost all types of foods including backyard fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts, dog and cat food and garden snails. In addition to their potential to carry disease, roof rats frequently cause structural damage and loss of personal property. It is not uncommon for them to gnaw, strip or sever the wiring of appliances and vehicles. To reduce the likelihood of rodent infestation residents should: 1. Inspect the home for places rodents can enter. Rats and mice can enter a home through small openings of less than one inch in diameter.

Letters to the Editor Mea Culpas to Joe, not TCA Jim Bendel, San Clemente

Wow, my letter to the editor insinuating Joe Anderson had a fiscal stake in the 241 Toll Road Extension really struck a nerve, if Joe’s adamant rebuttal (SC Times, September 1) is any indication. I don’t know Joe personally, so admittedly, the accusation I leveled at him was unfair. If Joe says he is a career volunteer and his motives are pure, I have to take him at his word, although it’s not in my nature to trust politicians. For this, I feel I owe him an apology. Joe, I’m sorry. Sincerely. But, I will not apologize to Joe or anyone else for the primary contention I made in my letter—the majority of Toll Road stakeholders are driven by greed, not altruism. The amount of money being poured into the Transportation Corridor Agency’s neverending marketing campaign is an indication of just how much financial gain the developers along the toll road corridor expect to reap if the extension is ever built, which is San Clemente Times September 29–October 5, 2011

2. Eliminate pet food, birdseed and water placed outdoors. Ensure pet food is stored indoors in sealed metal containers. 3. Harvest fruit from trees regularly and collect any fallen fruit. 4. Reduce trash and debris. Orange County Vector control provides complimentary onsite inspections for mosquito breeding and rodent infestation and provides assistance in eliminating these vectors. For assistance, call the control district at 714.971.2421. 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


exactly why the onslaught continues. The good news is you can be sure the wily TCA will find a way to write these campaign costs off as a business expenses. I will also not be sorry for the other points I made: · The statistics used to justify the extension are outdated and biased. There are lies, damned lies and TCA statistics. · Camp Pendleton would rather the Toll Road issue go away entirely. (In March 2010, Maj. Gen. Anthony Jackson, the former commanding officer of Camp Pendleton, wrote a letter to the editor in a local paper about it.) · The risks of living in San Clemente are minute and another limited-access highway skirting the city will have marginal benefit if there’s ever a catastrophic release at San Onofre. Make sure you take a northbound entrance. And anyone who believes otherwise is just being naïve. Joe, if this includes you, so be it.

Nuclear Protestors Hampered at SONGS Open House Nancy Nolan, San Clemente

Last month, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station hosted a gathering at San Clemente’s Community Center. They offered a variety of information on leaflets, free water containers, gadgets green bags. Some of the participants wore green shirts indicating that nuclear energy is green energy, even one of our City Council members, Tim Brown, wore a green shirt. I did not wear a green shirt, nor did I eat any of the food offered by SONGS. I didn’t come for the information or free food that SONGS provided. I came to offer the public other information challenging the false assumption that nuclear energy is green. Green means safe to me. Nuclear is not safe, especially when a nuclear power plant is located on earthquake fault lines as is the case with SONGS, as is the case with Fukushima, Japan. Instead, I was told by a SONGS security

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man* operating on the lawn of the Community Center to “go stand in that tree.” Actually, I thought I was speaking with an actual police officer, but I should have known better because he took his orders from Gilbert Alexander moments before telling the two people I was with where to stand. It seems that Alexander, the spokesman for SONGS, felt we were intimidating harassing the people attending their event. If anything, he was threatening intimidating

SOAPBOX me. Strange though, because when spokesman was directing the two SONGS security men to break us up, there were no people in the courtyard except us. Isn’t it odd that a man who gets paid to speak doesn’t want others to? In my mind, it doesn’t matter to me if you’re a security guard at the Mission Viejo Mall, the Segerstrom Center for Performing Arts or SONGS, you do not have jurisdiction over public property. Gilbert Alexander and his security guards have no say so over where I can stand to offer my fliers unless I’m on their property. Unless I’m wrong, Gilbert Alexander does not have any authority on public property. I would like him to keep his ATV-quads off the lawn that my San Clemente taxes pay for. *Editor’s note: At the time the letter was written, the author was unaware that the security guards she referred to were in fact Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies.

9/11 Memorials Need Clean-up Gary Albert, San Clemente

I am sure who ever set up the memorial for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 at Avenida Vista Hermosa and the northbound on-ramp to Interstate 5 had the best intentions in mind. But when a memorial is left unattended, this not only dishonors those who lost their lives but also those who are losing their lives defending our country and those who are serving. I found this display in its condition offensive. How many people drive by it and don’t care that our flags are lying in the gutter? I respectfully removed the flags and signs. However, there still remains clean up to do on the overpass. Those responsible should dismantle the rest of the memorial.

Old Wall Phone Worked Christy MacBride-Hart, San Clemente

To Carol Davies (SC Times, September 15): Our cell and wireless landline phones also did not work during the blackout, but our ancient wall phone did, since a corded phone does not rely on house power.

‘Simple’ Phone is All That’s Needed Earle McNeil, San Clemente

To all of those who felt they did not have any landline phone service during the blackout, they did (SC Times, September 15). I made several calls. How, you ask? By having a couple of simple phones in my home, the kind that does not have a transformer to plug into the wall. They still sell them everywhere. All you plug in is the phone line jack. And while we are on the subject of emergencies, this outage and the fear of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station stress the need for the 241 Toll Road.

Traffic Light Timing Woeful David Bjorklund, San Clemente

Oh what a rare treat not to have to stop at a red light at the intersection of Camino de Estrella and Camino el Molino by Stater Bros. Market. A perpetual fleet of cars in both directions is halted for the few cars waiting to enter or leave the shopping center San Clemente Times September 29–October 5, 2011

A memorial for September 11 began falling apart within days. Courtesy photo

parking lot. This creates an even bigger mess for the freeway’s on- and off-ramps traffic piling up as a result of the poorly managed traffic lights. While we’re on the topic, Camino de Estrella’s traffic lights on the whole are poorly coordinated, inefficient and frustrating to anyone attempting to navigate to or from the freeway beyond the hospital or into Forster Ranch. What’s the deal? Can we not make the timing of our streetlights more efficient? Please tell me this can be improved.

Loss of Jobs, Small Business Lingers After ralph’s Marvin Dennis, San Clemente

So the big plan for a new Ralph’s with restaurants and other small businesses was killed. Here we are many months later, and the strip mall—yes, that’s a strip mall—is now empty. Businesses have closed or have endured the additional costs moving to new locations. The jobs that those businesses provided are lost, and we still have no movement on the new Ralph’s. Maybe some day. But even when—still assuming it will happen—we have a new market, that’s all we will have. There will be no reason to stay. For those of us who live in the area, there is a strong feeling of loss. Arguably, after North Beach this part of El Camino Real is the most unattractive in all of San Clemente. Fortunate, isn’t it, that in spite of all that was lost we were able to save that 2.5 seconds bit of ocean view for people driving south on the freeway.

in san clemente Cronyism Trumps Qualifications Gary Hopp, San Clemente

I attended the City Council meeting September 13. The actions of Mayor Lori Donchak, Jim Dahl and Jim Evert shocked me. They chose a resident for the Planning Commission who had never even attended a Planning Commission meeting. Zip, zero, not a one. Why would they do that, you say? I thought the same thing. Jim Ruehlin, a software specialist, was selected instead

of three much more qualified applicants. Now I’m sure Jim could maybe get up to speed after a couple of years. But three of the people he was selected over were already fully qualified. All three were architects with many years of experience designing projects and presenting them before planning commissions up and down the state of California. They were familiar with the terminology and practices used by professional planners, such as conditional-use permits, variances, zoning and land-use guidelines. Jim Ruehlin hasn’t even taken Planning 101. Seems to me his only qualification was that he was a loyal supporter of Donchak, Dahl, Evert and their pet development projects. The mayor and her pals have failed in their responsibility to use objective criteria to select the best-qualified people to serve on such an important commission as planning. We don’t need City Council cronyism in San Clemente.

Agencies Must Work to Improve Preparedness Beth Anne Boardman, San Clemente

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on September 8, South Orange County experienced an electrical outage, which extended south to Baja, Mexico and east to Yuma, Ariz. This was the largest power outage in Southern California history, according to San Diego Gas & Electric. San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano, the three centers of population in the southern-most end of the county, all suffered a complete loss of electrical power. As a result, traffic lights either ceased to function or went to flashing red. ATMs, cash registers, streetlights, gas pumps, all stopped working. Businesses, restaurants and schools closed and sent their employees home early. San Diego’s Lindbergh Field halted all incoming traffic and Amtrak stopped running its trains. All of these factors led to extremely heavy traffic on both surface roads and Interstate 5; intersections became gridlocked at the four-way flashing red lights and freeway off-ramps backed onto

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the freeway itself, causing jams, wrecks and fender-benders. A customer at a Radio Shack in Dana Point said it took her 2.5 hours to drive the seven miles from La Pata Avenue through the Ortega Highway interchange with Interstate 5. Normally, this would be a 10-minute drive. Due to the high heat, people left their engines running while stuck in traffic, and many people ended up abandoning their cars as they ran out of gas. At 7 p.m., it took me 30 minutes to drive from Golden Lantern and Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point to my home in north San Clemente, just off the freeway, a drive of usually seven minutes. Additionally, cellular phone reception ceased in some areas and was severely impacted in other areas, leading to failures in service and hampered communications between community members and loved ones. All of this occurred under relatively calm circumstances, fair conditions and a somewhat circumspect, tolerant attitude on the part of most people who understood, via the radio, that there was no real emergency and that everything possible was being done. And yet, under these “ideal” circumstances, no one could get anywhere in an efficient manner. The optimum emergency we experienced on September 8 was a telling dress rehearsal for what might happen in a real emergency, and the results are disheartening and concerning. In a situation where urgency and panic are high, such as a nuclear accident at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station or a severe earthquake or a military incident, the resulting chaos, confusion and gridlock are likely to be far worse. Not only that, but in the event of an accident at San Onofre, the public would simply sit in traffic under radiation, guaranteeing fatal or even long-term negative health consequences. It’s my opinion that there are no simple fixes for evacuating large numbers of people from this area. The main traffic problem was mostly on the surface streets, not the freeway, so the argument for the efficacy of the extension of the toll road completely loses ground. I believe that educating the public about emergency preparedness needs to be revamped, re-started and widespread. People need to know what options they have for staying in place and how to handle the threat of radiation. The city of San Clemente could and should work with the Red Cross and local hospitals and public agencies such as the Orange County Fire Authority and Sheriff’s Department to develop a new, more effective and more realistic disaster plan for its community members and families. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit readersubmitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Please limit your letters to 350 words. Because of the sometimes increased number of letters to the editor, the SC Times may be unable to include every submission in our print edition. We will be posting additional letters to our website at



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The List

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


Not What it Appears Art Exhibit 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Art exhibit on symbolism in the Saddleback College Art Gallery. Free admission. Open through Sept. 29. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,


Satin Blues 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, Food Truck Fare Thursdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A variety of gourmet food trucks that change weekly at the OC Fair & Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1543, Billy Watson 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,


DaVine Food & Wine’s Grand Opening/ Ribbon Cutting 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Grand opening with live music lots of food, wine, fun and more. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044,


Fritz Wine Tasting Welcoming Clay Fritz, Owner/ Winemaker from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers and chocolate. San Clemente Wine Company, 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, The RYZing Nick Terrafranca 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, Goliaths of the Pacific - Big Wave Hunters Kona Gallery presents Jason Murray’s big-wave retrospective show featuring images of watermen captured all over the globe for the past 10 years. 412 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.481.3747, San Clemente Times September 29–October 5, 2011


‘Drive’ is One Thrill After Another The amount of romanticism, retro homages, all-star actors and just sheer action makes Drive possibly the best film of 2011. Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn collaborates with Ryan Gosling who plays a nameless and friendless protagonist. He works at a repair shop, performs Hollywood stunt work and moonlights as a wheelman for criminals. Irene and her son Benicio (Carey Mulligan and Kaden Leos) move in next door and kindle a friendship with the driver. When her husband Standard (Oscar Isaac) returns from prison and refuses to take a job, the driver does it as a favor Courtesy of FilmDistrict and Bold Films and OddLot Entertainment for Irene and Benicio. Bryan Cranston, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks and Russ Tamblyn fill out the stellar cast playing opposite to type. Based on the James Sallis’ book and adapted by Hossein Amini, Drive is brilliant in no small part for Refn and Gosling. With Refn’s reputation for graphic violence in Pusher (1996), choice of ‘80s inspired soundtrack and exclusive L.A. filming, viewers feel as though they’re set somewhere amid Bullitt (1968), Risky Business (1983) and Pulp Fiction (1994) and have a blast throughout the whole ride. Gosling’s charisma and good looks lend themselves to his rough and dangerous hero, reminiscent of Steve McQueen. Though violent and crude at some points, Drive remains entertaining and breathtaking from start to finish. SC — Megan Bianco

The Max Weinberg 7+ 7:30 p.m. Special Lord of the Strings concert at the Norman P. Murray Center featuring the star of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and former Tonight Show Band Leader with former Chicago band member, singer and hit songwriter Bill Champlin . Admission $35-$70. 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, 949.842.2227, DJ & Groove Lounge 9:30 p.m. Dance while great DJs spin hit music at OC Tavern. No cover. Every Friday and Saturday. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, Interactive Cooking Class 6 p.m.-8 p.m. “Mama Mia Pizza Grill Nite & S’more” cooking class at Goin Native. Cost $55 each, includes cooking class, 5course meal, and take home recipes. 31661 Los Rios St., 949.606.6386, San Juan Capistrano, Jamquest 9 p.m. Live music & Aloha Friday at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, Carry The Zero 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400,


SJC Ridge Trail 5k & 10k Run 7:30 a.m. Participate in a 5k or 10k trail run race through San Juan Capistrano; there’s also a 9:30 a.m. mountain bike poker ride. Event start: Trail head at east end of Camino Las Ramblas (off I-5). More info:


Farewell to the Swallow’s 6 p.m.-10 p.m. The 15th annual Vintage Food & Wine Festival at Mission San Juan Capistrano with dancing to live music, wine tasting, food from local restaurants, casino games, silent auction and more. $50. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.4700, MCAS Miramar Air Show 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 5:30 p.m.9 p.m. Award-winning air show features the best military and civilian pilots in the world. Features daytime and twilight shows. 858.577.6000, Duo Tones 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Concert at Hulaville. Cost: $6. Call for reservations. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, Page 10

Patriot’s Day Marine Car Wash 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dana Point VFW Post 9934 presents the fundraising car wash in South Shores Church parking lot featuring Marine displays, police and fire vehicles and refreshments. 32712 Crown Valley Pkwy., Dana Point, Relay For Life of Dana Point 10 a.m.-10 a.m. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dana Point takes place in Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.370.2697, Pumpkin Patch 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sixth annual Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Regional Park featuring train rides, the haunted house, hay mazes and more. Admission is free. Open through October 31. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.997.3968, Cash’d Out 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also with Rachel Lipsky and Losers Like Us. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Cheryl Silverstein & Tim Reid Jr. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Female artist and company playing songs from the great American songbook & pop standards at Zona’s. 647 Camino de Los Mares, 949.940.8845. Blue Whale Watching Cruise 12 p.m.-2 p.m.; 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Search for blue whales with Dana Wharf on their high-tech OCean Adventure catamaran. Departures daily. Adults $42, kids (3-12) $29. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


John Zechiel and Gene Roberson 4 p.m. Season debut organ and piano performance at San Clemente Presbyterian Church for its second season of free musical concerts. 119 N. Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente, 949.492.6158.


Dana Point Historical Society’s Home Tour 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The 12th annual fundraising event featuring tours of seven homes, panoramic views, a classic car show, refreshments and wine at one of the homes, and more. Registration at Monarch Bay Plaza, West parking lot. Tickets $25-$35. 949.248.8121, Marine Wildlife Cruise 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Cruise offered by The Ocean Institute to explore marine mammals and more. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,



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

Salute to Hollywood: From Silent Movies to the Golden Age 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica’s exhibit exploring the early years of film-making featuring iconic costumes and photos. $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

Blue Whale Bonanza Capt Dave’s Safari has departures for whale watching. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,

Two-for-One at the Wharf Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Kids’ Fishing 12 p.m. Free fishing clinic followed by a half-day fishing trip hosted by Dana Wharf. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

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

Ukulele Night 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Fun, weekly, free event at Hulaville. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905,

Poul Pedersen 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live acoustic music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

The Zombie / Colin Blunstone / Rod Argent 7 p.m. Concert at The Coach House with The Strawbs and Scarlett Furies. Tickets $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


Smokey Karaoke 8 p.m. Karaoke and Mojito Monday at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,



Monday Night Laughs 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live standup comedy at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,

Iva Lee’s Industry Night and Live Music 5 p.m.–11 p.m. Industry night event at Iva Lee’s with food and drink specials, live music with The Eli Champan Band and more. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

Country Dancin with DJ Bubba 6:30 p.m. Every Monday at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

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


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Saddleback College Big Band 7 p.m. The Saddleback College Big Band performs great swinging standards and some new material that’s slightly off the radar. $10 general; $7 students/seniors. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, Kids Storytime at the Casa 10 a.m. Free storytime at Casa Romantica. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, Dan Lefler and the Danimals 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Rock ‘n’ roll at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, Rattlesnake Workshop 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Learn about Orange County rattlesnakes from experts at The Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Free event. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778,

UPCOMING: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 Oktoberfest Party 5 p.m.-7 p.m. San Clemente Villas by the Sea invites residents to the Chamber of Commerce’s Monthly Mixer. 660 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.489.3400, Plain White T’s 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $25-$28. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, *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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LIFE’S A BEACH: By Shelley Murphy

Blackout a Time for Contemplation, Frustration Despite hours in the dark, no rays of light on nettlesome spelling slipups


hen the widespread power outage hit earlier this month, I watched as some of my neighbors grabbed flashlights and waited for nightfall while others gripped belongings and headed toward the northern lights. My family weighed the pros and cons of staying home in the dark that night. Discussing the uncertainty of the power problem, my son asked the obvious question on all of our minds: “Does Facebook still work?” Deciding to stay, my older son volunteered to drive to the grocery store to stock up on supplies. He wasn’t alone in his quest, and by the time he arrived most of the ice and water had been snapped up; instead, he returned home about 30 minutes later with root beer, tortilla chips, salsa, chocolate donuts and Lifesavers candy (I’m pretty sure the irony escaped him). I must admit I voted to leave, but for a good reason: That night my husband and I planned to celebrate our wedding anniversary, and I wanted the gourmet dinner and air conditioning I’d been promised. Instead of a quiet dinner for two, we sat in the backyard and watched our sons throw

mountains of semi-frozen meat onto the barbeque while juggling cell phones trying to reach friends still blessed with phone service. We got through the night with plenty of proLIFE’S A BEACH visions: bags of batteries, By Shelley Murphy bottles of water, and containers of frozen food. The only thing in short supply seemed to be my patience. My impatience during the night only led to frustration the next morning when our electricity returned and I realized the widespread power outage had prompted Capistrano Unified School District to close its approximately 50 schools. Via various texts, emails and websites I read that most classes at San Clemente High School were “canceled,” and the remaining classes were “cancelled.” Already aggravated, the dual spelling sent me spiraling; I have been bugged for years about the convoluted communication, is it one or two Ls: canceled or cancelled? Knowing I couldn’t call the English

Department at SCHS for an answer, I naturally turned to the web. I surfed over to our city’s website and stumbled onto the News & Calendar tab. They seemed to share my bewilderment. On the same page, they listed the Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting as “cancelled” and Courtney’s Sandcastle Golf Fundraiser as “canceled.” Next, I attempted to reschedule our dinner reservation by sending an email to the restaurant. In return, I received a notice from their website confirming my reservation had been “canceled,” and thanking me for using their online reservation “cancellation” system. Come on people, let’s have some consistency, please. Many times, while walking through an airport, I’ve stopped to read flight status boards to find my plane or gate. While searching for my flight, I’ve noticed that airlines sharing the same boards often post flight status differently with some preferring “canceled” and others “cancelled.” A recent Huffington Post hurricane headline read: “Irene Flight Cancellations,” and the text immediately following

began “FlightAware, which tracks cancelations,…” An indecisive news report from Yahoo News read: “Flight cancelled after white powder found on plane…a Jet Blue Airways flight to Florida was canceled….” I suppose my curiosity, or preoccupation, with spelling and grammar stems from my early childhood. My grandmother would use a red pen to correct the letters I would send to her, and then she’d return the letters to me so I could correct the marked grammatical and spelling errors. It sounds terrible, I know, but she was a well regarded English teacher at a local high school and simply doing what came naturally or so I was told. Still searching for a spelling clarification, I turned to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary. According to the site, both spellings—canceled and cancelled—are acceptable; but most of their examples use canceled not cancelled. The power might be back on, but I am still in the dark. 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 their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

EVENT CELEBRATES CASA ROMANTICA G Casa Romantica’s Executive Director Jenifer Finley and Marketing Director Karen Ahola greet guests to the Toast to the Casa Saturday. Cellar General Manager Vince Bough serves cheese at the event. Photos by Stacie N. Galang

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uests of ninth annual Toast to the Casa gala fundraiser on September 24 feasted on local eats and sampled wines with the Pacific as a backdrop. The event was sponsored by Ron and Margaret Redmond, William H. Carson and Marina Goffredo, Jennifer Blake, Lisa and Phil Merryman, Best Valet, Signature Party Rentals, DeNaults True Value Hardware, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Universal Press, Signature Specialists Page 15

– Dr. Wyatt Simons, Saddleback Memorial, San Clemente Times, Fluidmaster, San Clemente Journal, Dr. Eric Johnson, Flipside Graphic Design and Bonded Cleaners. The restaurants supporting this year’s event are Antoine’s Café, Avila’s El Ranchito, Café Mimosa, Carbonara Trattoria Italiana, Hapa J’s, Iva Lee’s, Schmid’s Fine Chocolates, Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria, Sonny’s Pizza and Pasta, The Cellar, The Fisherman’s, Trader Joe’s. SC



& OUTDOORS Stories, scores, schedules & more

5 Best Bets FOOTBALL

Sailors vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School Sept. 30, 7 p.m.


Sporting a 4-0 record throughout nonleague play, the Tritons regroup for a key game against Newport Harbor High School.


Kings vs. Ducks, Honda Center Sept. 30, 7 p.m. With the regular season right around the bend, the Anaheim Ducks host a freeway friendly game against the Los Angeles Kings. Info:


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SCL Cluster Meet, Irvine Regional Park

Dolphins vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School

Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4, 3 p.m.

Oct. 4, 6:15 p.m.

There’s only a handful of matches left before the post-season hits the pitch as the LA Galaxy look to hold onto first place in the Western Conference.

Get out there and watch all the South Coast League teams burn up the trails as they vie for important points and big finishes.

Hardcourt rivals meet for a South Coast League showdown as the Lady Tritons host Dana Hills in an important early season match.






(From left) Mary Rushing, Beth Sanden, Kathy Webb and Brandy Byron are all smiles following the finish of the Orangeman Triathlon September 25. Courtesy photo


Real Salt Lake vs. Galaxy, Home Depot Center

SOFTBALL Locals compete at Orangeman Half-Distance Triathlon The inaugural Orangeman Half-Distance Triathlon went off with a bang September 25, as several area athletes wrapped up the event with big finishes. Of note, area residents Mary Rushing, Beth Sanden, Kathy Webb, Kyle Webb, Mike Slaby and Brandy Byron all competed at the triathlon. The USA Triathlon sanctioned event traversed the communities of Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel featuring a 1.2-mile open water swim off Salt Creek Beach Park, an out-and-back 56-mile bike course through the cities of Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano and a 13.1-mile run on the Salt Creek Corridor Trail. For more information and a list of final finishing times, visit

10U SC Splash roll To tournament championship San Clemente Girls Softball 10U Select team, the SC Splash, recently took home championship honors at the Orange County Fall Brawl tournament in Laguna Niguel. The tournament consisted of numerous select teams throughout the county as the Splash went 5-0 overall, outscoring opponents 27-7 in the process. The team was lead by pitcher Grace Krantz with strong defense from Amber Vaccaro (3B), Avery Colclaser (SS) and Kathryn Thompson (CF). The 10U Select SC Splash recorded a championship win at the The Splash defeated teams reprerecent Orange County Fall Brawl Tournament. Courtesy photo senting Tustin, Aliso Viejo, Orange, Huntington Beach and Mission Viejo on their way to the championship. Carly Fotch lead the team in hitting throughout the tournament while Lily Aasland provided the winning hit in the final inning of the championship game for the 2-1 victory.

JIU JITSU Penny Thomas takes first at South African National Championships Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Instructor and four-time World Champion black belt Penny Thomas took first place at the South African National Championships earlier this month. As a result, she earned the South African National Colours, the most distinguished award given in that country to athletes on an elite level. “We are so happy for Penny to earn such an honor and couldn’t be more proud that she is part of the Guillobel family,” the academy said in a release. “Penny joined us back in July and has been leading most of the classes at our Academy. We feel Penny Thomas. Courtesy photo so fortunate to have such a talent here.” The next stop for Thomas is Nottingham, England where she will compete in an elite grappling event, the Abu Dhabi Combat Club or ADCC World Championships. She will then return to San Clemente sometime next month. Originally from South Africa, Thomas is now an instructor in San Clemente training adults, children and self-defense for women. Later this fall, Thomas will lead a special free Women’s Self-Defense workshop on November 11. Space is limited. To sign up, contact Guillobel Jiu Jitsu Academy at 949.366.2107 or visit the Guillobel Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy, located at 146 Calle de Los Molinos, is run by four-time Pan American Games Champion Paulo Guillobel, a 4th degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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VOLLEYBALL Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club hosting tryouts and fall clinic It’s time for area youngsters to hit the court again as Saddleback Valley Volleyball Club is set to host a string of tryouts to fill its rosters for the fall season. On October 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., athletes from grades 3 to 8 and ages 10 through 14, will be able to attend tryouts at the SVVC Gym, located at 26923 Fuerte Drive in Lake Forest. Athletes are allowed to attend only one tryout for their respective age group while there is also a $20 tryout fee attached. Team placement practices will then be held October 4 to 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a commitment date set for October 10. For players who want to attend the club’s clinic only, there will be an elementary/jr. high 2011 fall clinic No. 2 for girls ages 8 to 14 going from October 10 through November 9. Practices will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays on the specified dates from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the club’s gym. The cost for the clinic is $200. More information is available at 949.380.7858 or


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Triton Report

By David Zimmerle

BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • At the Stanford Invitational

in Palo Alto last weekend, sophomore Melissa Eisele powered the girls to a team victory (68 points) and took home individual honors with a race time of 18:02.18 at the finish line of the 5k. Senior Molly Mann finished in sixth place with an 18:46 as a total of five Lady Tritons finished in the top 40. Meanwhile, the junior boys team finished in 10th place at the Dana Hills Invitational September 24. Next 7 days: Oct. 4 at *SCL Cluster Meet at Irvine Regional, 3 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF • The Lady Tritons (1-0

SCL, 4-4) nailed down their first big South Coast League win of the season edging Trabuco Hills 232-234 on September 22. Alex Cooper and Melissa Shew each medaled on the round with matching 4-over par scores. After the girls faced La Costa Canyon earlier this week, they traveled to take on Mission Viejo September 27 before squaring off against the Lady Diablos again

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Tritons Dig Deep For Fourth Victory Against Mater Dei

at home on September 29. Next 7 days: Oct. 4 vs. *Aliso Niguel, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 6 at *Aliso Niguel, 2:30 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS • The Lady Tritons

took in a home match against Laguna Beach September 26 before squaring off against Dana Hills at home on September 27. Next 7 days: Oct. 4 at *Tesoro, 3 p.m.; Oct. 6 vs. *Laguna Hills, 3 p.m.

By Cheynne Lee San Clemente Times


he San Clemente Tritons pulled off their fourth consecutive victory 28-21 last week against the seventh-ranked Mater Dei Monarchs in an overtime thriller. With seconds left, the Monarchs managed to tie up the game and send it into overtime. The Tritons started the extra period off with running back Mike Elespuru scoring on a 25-yard run up the middle and into the right pylon. From there, the defense held its opponent in order to secure the win. The Tritons began the game up 7-0 on their opening drive that was ignited by a 45-yard pass from quarterback Travis Wilson to tight end Chris French. Elespuru capped off the series with a


Tritons (2-1) rolled through Costa Mesa in three straight sets, beating their opponent 25-12, 25-14 and 25-11 September 22. Stephanie McFadden led with eight kills while Summer Cumin had a team high four aces and 23 assists. The team then hit the court at the Dave Mohs Tournament last weekend, which lasted until September 26 before heading home to face Edison on September 27. Next 7 days: Oct. 4 vs. *Dana Hills, 6:15 p.m.


(7-4) went 3-for-2 at the annual South Coast Tournament September 22 to 24 opening it all up with a 9-2 loss to Laguna Beach before edging out Capo Valley 9-7 to close out the first full day of games. The team then lost 7-6 to Northwood on September 23, but earned back-to-back

wins on the final day of competition beating Dos Pueblos 11-10 before handing Bishop’s High an 8-5 loss as well. In the win against Bishop’s, Scott Schneringer led with three goals while Derek

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7-yard touchdown run. Wilson ended his night completing seven of 13 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown. But it was Elespuru, with 102 yards on 23 carries, who made big plays for the Tritons. He took a 54-yard run in for a touchdown that gave the Tritons the lead 21-14 with 90 seconds left in the fourth quarter. That seemed to be the icing on cake until Mater Dei quickly scored with eight seconds left, forcing the overtime. After the game, head coach Jon Hamro said the team made some errors but they were able to bounce back. The Tritons face Newport Harbor Friday September 30 at 7 p.m. at Thalassa Stadium in San Clemente. Tune in 15 minutes prior to the start of every game at and enjoy the show. SC Cousineau totaled two on the game. The team then went on to face El Toro in South Coast League action September 27. Next 7 days: Oct. 4 vs. *Mission Viejo, 4 p.m.


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

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Pet SITTING Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 San Clemente,


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Grom of the WEEK Eric Weinhardt Age: 14, Dana Hills High School Eric Weinhardt is looking forward to making school surf team competition a highlight of his freshman year at Dana Hills. A regular footer comfortable on both short and longboards, Eric says he will continue to longboard but is concentrating on shortboard competition with an eye toward progressing to the junior pro and pro ranks. In the early summer, Eric made a trip to Las Flores in El Salvador and found it to be great surf break for practicing and improving. “Las Flores is a perfect right-hand point break—a great place to practice my turns,” he said. This season Eric will surf WSA, NSSA Open and some NSSA Explorer contests to work on qualifying for Surfing America Eric Weinhardt. Courtesy photo Prime events. With only one WSA contest in the books so far this season, Eric’s appearance in the repercharge of Event No. 1 saw him ranked ninth out of 50 surfers in the highly competitive Boys U16 Shortboard division. In his spare time, Eric enjoys jumping on his trampoline and filming and editing surf videos with friends. At school Eric is working hard to continue his three-year stretch of 4.0 GPAs in middle school. He would like to go to a college near the beach—hopefully UC Santa Cruz—to pursue a degree in business. Eric says he can see himself someday working in the surf industry, maybe as a surf team manager.—Andrea Swayne

Up With SUP

SURF RESULTS Nike 6.0 Surfing America Prime West Event No. 1, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef

Largest Field Ever Competes in 2011 Battle of the Paddle

BOYS U18: 1. Parker Coffin; 2. Taylor Clark; 3. Kanoa Igarashi; 4. Scott Weinhardt. BOYS U16: 1. Jake Marshall; 2. Skip McCullough; 3. Colin Deveze; 4. Nolan Rapoza. BOYS U14: Jake Marshall; 2. Griffin Colapinto; 3. Micky Clarke; 4. Nicholas Marshall. GIRLS U18: 1. Kulia Doherty; 2. Danielle Wyman; 3. Tia Blanco; 4. Lulu Erkeneff. GIRLS U16: 1. Kulia Doherty; 2. Frankie Harrer; 3. Kylie Loveland; 4. Tia Blanco.

Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


s the sport of stand-up paddling continues to grow, so does the Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle. The fourth annual event brought hundreds of SUP athletes and fans to the shore of Doheny State Beach September 24 and 25. It was an epic weekend of racing—the largest in Battle of the Paddle history—with more than 310 in the all ages Open Race on Saturday, 230 competitors in Sunday’s distance race and over 900 entries over the course of the two-day event. The Elite Race on Saturday saw 17-yearold Connor Baxter of Maui win his first major SUP event ahead of Australia’s 10-time world champion prone paddleboarder Jamie Mitchell and Danny Ching of Redondo Beach, the defending Battle champ. Candice Appleby (San Clemente/Oahu) won her fourth women’s Elite Race in as many years. Appleby continued to dominate in the 10-mile Dana Point to San Clemente round trip distance race, coming in first among the women and 43rd overall with a time of one hour, 30 seconds and 11 minutes. Annabel Anderson (AUS) was second at 1:32:22 and

22nd Annual Dale Velzy Classic, September 17, Doheny State Beach

in third was Brandi Baksic of San Clemente with a time of 1:32:44. Sunday’s distance race mens and overall winner was Ching with a time of one hour, 17 minutes. Men’s runner up Rob Rojas of San Clemente finished the race just 12 seconds behind Ching. Jamie Mitchell and Travis Grant, both of Australia, tied for third with a time of 1:20:23. Other top local finishers included San Clemente’s Nick Scheel, who came in third in the Kids Race and in the Team Relay, Team Hobie came in third among 44 fourperson teams in that race. Log on to for full results and to see a photo slideshow from the event. SC

Seafest Surf Contest to Include SUP


his year’s second annual T. Patterson Surfboards Seafest Surf Contest is expanding to a two-day event. A standup paddle race and surf shop challenge has been added on Saturday, October 8 to the Sunday, October 9 all-ages surf contest. The event will continue the traditional green theme with an Eco-Fair highlighting how the surf industry is doing its part for the environment. From making surf trunks from recycled plastic bottles to creating foam surfboard blanks from recycled

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polystyrene foam, there will be plenty of interactive displays on the beach, along with the action in the water. Surf and SUP demos will be offered for those who want to give these sports a try. A kick-off celebration will be held on October 7 from 9 p.m. to midnight at OC Tavern with a live musical performance by Johnny Monster. For more information and instructions for entering the contest, log on to SC —AS

Team Hobie celebrates a strong third place finish by Team Hobie #1 among the 44, 4-person teams in the Battle of the Paddle Relay. Team Hobie #2 also finished in the top 10 with an eighth place finish. Photo by Melanie Levy

Surf ForecasT Water temp: 63-67˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 12-15’+ Poor-Fair; Catalina: 10-20’ Fair Remarks: A good combo of building SouthSoutheast tropical swell and holding SouthSouthwest and Northwest groundswells is on tap for Thursday. Surge is generally light-moderate, and visibility is okay, making for generally poor-fair to fair diving conditions at best. Short range: Size is 3-5’(waist-chest-head high) for most of the region on Thursday morning, with a few larger peaks for top combo exposures. Size holds in the 3-5’ (waistchest-head high) range on Friday off a mix of Southwest and Northwest swells, and possibly a little more South-Southeast tropical swell. Conditions look clean for the mornings and good overall. Long range: The surf for the weekend is dependent on how Hurricane Hilary behaves the next few days. As of now, conditions are looking clean for the mornings; with most breaks holding steady in the 3-5’ (waist-head high) zone on Saturday off a combo of holding SouthSoutheast swell and West-Northwest swellmix. Stay tuned to for updates.

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Top three finishers only. LEGENDS 60-69: 1. Chuck McElvain; 2. Steve Stirret; 3. Bob Ramirez. GRAND MASTERS 50-59: 1. Mark Calkins; 2. Steve Tate; 3. Ed McMillien. MENEHUNE BOYS 14U: 1. Dylan Cox; 2. Kyle Perez; 3. Chad Biggs. MENEHUNE GIRLS 14U: 1. Rachael Tilly; 2. Kaily Biggs; 3. Meg Roh. JUNIOR MEN 15-19: 1. Noah Cardoza; 2. Pery Rohr; 3. Ben Cardoza. JUNIOR WOMEN 15-29: 1. Karina Rozunko; 2. Halley Rohr; 3. Hallie Frasco. MEN 20-29: 1. Darren Eudaly; 2. Josh Rapozo; 3. Matt Suckel. SENIOR MEN 30-39: 1. Jeremy Porfilio; 2. Brendan Garske; 3. Kurt Hurley. EXTREME LEGENDS: 1. Russ Elwell. MASTERS 40-49: 1. Guy Takahama; 2. Rubio Smith; 3. John Coshland. WOMEN 45+: 1. Katie Calkins; 2. Ellen Petrus; 3. Linda Trimm. WOMEN 19-44: 1. Marissa Berry; 2. Connie Hurst; 3. Biz Bittis. SUP: 1. Daniel Hughes; 2. Matthew Hughes; 3. Jeremy Porfillio. TANDEM: 1. Clay & Kristen; 2. Mark & Beth; 3. Landon & Casandra. MASTERS PADDLE: 1. Jiro Ikeda; 2. Rubio Smith; 3. Landon Yacobucci. JUNIORS PADDLE: 1. Rachael Tilly; 2. Kailey Biggs; 3. Rio Donaldson. Log on to for full results.

UPCOMING EVENTS October 1-2: Gatorade WSA Championship Tour Event No.2, Ventura, Surfers Point October 1-2: NSSA Southwest Open Event No. 3, San Onofre State Beach, Uppers October 8: Surfing America Prime West Event No. 2, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach October 8-9: Seafest T. Patterson Surf Contest, San Clemente, Pier

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