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Volume 6, Issue 41

Down this Road Before TCA Considers Pushing 241 to Ortega Highway E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

The Transportation Corridor Agencies is promoting its latest plan to extend the 241 Toll Road. File photo

A Less Testy Second Meeting on Nuclear Power Draws Hundreds

Eggleston: On the Meaning of the Word ‘Veteran’

Blake Shares on AARP Life@50+ in Los Angeles




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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO One less motorcycle deputy will be patrolling the streets of San Juan Capistrano after the City Council decided to dedicate more resources to Neighborhood Watch and similar crime-prevention efforts. The council voted this month to eliminate one of the three motor deputy positions, along with a long-vacant patrol deputy post to hire a sergeant and community services officer. That will give Capistrano a dedicated position to organize Neighborhood Watch programs, hold crime prevention meetings throughout the city and work with community groups on truancy and gang-reduction programs. The sergeant, meanwhile, will be able to better track crime trends and other issues. San Clemente and Dana Point have similar programs. The changes also save the city about $43,000 a year, said Chief of Police Services Lt. John Meyer.



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

City Attorney Patrick Munoz on September 26 reported two cases—Holistic Health and Beach Cities Collective vs. The City of Dana Point— brought by medical marijuana dispensaries now closed for operating illegally have been dismissed. The dispensaries sued the city, City Council and staff seeking a combined $50 million. The judge ruled against both but allowed the dispensaries to amend their complaints. “Beach Cities declined to amend and has filed a dismissal,” said Munoz. “Holistic Health neither filed an amendment nor a dismissal and the time limit to do so has now passed.” Federal prosecutors on October 7 announced a crackdown on dispensaries. While California law permits collective cultivation of marijuana in limited circumstances, it does not allow commercial distribution through the storefront model we see across California.” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. in a statement.

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...Nuclear Energy Experts?

THE LATEST: The second of two City Council meetings Tuesday devoted to nuclear power and San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in light of Japan’s Fukushima disaster brought out another 200 people and four experts over nearly six hours. Mayor Lori Donchak opened saying the council’s priority was to gain information but without the heckling of the previous outing. “We’re going to keep it civil,” she said. Donchak also touted the city’s leadership, challenging the audience to find another community weighing the issue as thoroughly. The crowd applauded. San Clemente Green’s Gary Headrick, who organized the speakers, first showed slides of a nuclear bomb detonating, protesters and Fukushima shortly after its disaster. Via Internet video, Arnold Gundersen of Burlington, Vt.-based Fairewinds Associates took aim at what he deemed a cozy relationship between the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the industry. The former nuclear industry executive also challenged the NRC’s risk calculations. Next, Dr. William E. Perkins and Dr. Helen Caldicott of anti-nuclear group Physicians for Social Responsibility spoke about the risks of cancer created by the use of nuclear power. “I don’t care what the nuclear energy industry says,” Caldicott said. “I speak to you as a doctor. We are absolutely credible.” The audience was largely supportive of urging of eliminating of nuclear energy, but a couple of nuclear supporters challenged speakers’ statistics about the radiation at Fukushima and played up its use as efficient and environmentally sound. Councilmember Tim Brown said San Clemente had average rates of cancer and San Clemente Times October 13–19, 2011

leukemia and only slightly higher than average rates of skin cancer. He questioned Caldicott’s suggestion that those living near power plants were being exposed to higher rates of radiation and more susceptible to the disease. Daniel Hirsch of nonprofit Committee to Bridge the Gap spoke about SONGS’ record of mishaps. Hirsh, who teaches nuclear policy at UC Santa Cruz, called for a “sensible, thoughtful phase-out” of nuclear power. WHAT’S NEXT: The council is expected to discuss SONGS at its October 18 meeting. FIND OUT MORE: See video of both sessions at —Stacie N. Galang


...Dogs in Parks?

THE LATEST: City parks and pooches could soon have a better relationship after a recent vote of the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission. Last week, the commission voted 5-1 to allow dogs on leash at all city parks except Park Semper Fi. Dogs also won’t be allowed in certain park areas like play grounds or where there’s synthetic turf. Commissioner Eric Swartz cast the lone “no” vote. Presently, pups are only permitted on leash at Verde and Mira Costa parks and off leash at Baron Von Willard Memorial Dog Park. Commission Chairman Steve Streger said about a dozen people spoke at the October 4 meeting. Most favored “broad access” for dogs at parks, while others either preferred some additional access or opposed it altogether, Streger said. City staff also asked to find areas within other parks that could be fenced off for off-leash dogs. The commission’s beach

subcommittee will also take a closer look at allowing dogs on leash at city beaches. WHAT’S NEXT: The decisions will eventually go to the City Council. FIND OUT MORE: To read the staff report, visit —SNG


...Max Berg Park?

THE LATEST: The city’s oldest park is on track for a facelift using federal grants and city funds. An estimated $915,000 in work at Max Berg Park will upgrade sidewalks, change traffic patterns and spiff up the landscape. Recent project switches could increase costs, according to the staff report. The City Council approved the plan 3-1 last week with Councilman Bob Baker dissenting. He objected to the use of the Safe Routes to School federal grant that he said didn’t make the route safer. “This is a good example of what’s wrong with government,” Baker said. WHAT’S NEXT: Staff expects to finalize the design and submit it to the Coastal Commission for permitting. The project would then go out for bid. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.san-clemente. org to see the staff report. —SNG


… Sirens Test?

THE LATEST: The 50-siren community alert system for San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will be tested October 19. It’s not an emergency. San Clemente has 19 sirens that will sound multiple times for three minutes each between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Public address messages may be heard, according to a news release

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from the city. Sirens installed in Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Camp Pendleton will also sound during the testing. WHAT’S NEXT: San Clemente will also test AlertOC, the city’s mass-notification calling system next week. Landlines will receive an automated phone message October 17 notifying residents of the siren testing. People and employees of city businesses who have registered with San Clemente at AlertOC. com will also receive a cell phone call, text message and email notification. “It is important that residents know this is only a test and there is no actual emergency,” the release says. FIND OUT MORE: For more information, visit or call the city’s emergency planning officer at 949.361.6109 or email her at —SNG


...Banning Plastic Bags?

THE LATEST: The use of plastic bags may be around a bit longer in San Clemente if the Coastal Advisory Committee follows a staff recommendation to hold off on a ban. The committee is expected to consider the ban at its October 13 meeting, but legal concerns and cost are among the reasons to delay a decision, according to a staff memo. San Clemente would have to pay an estimated $50,000 to create a necessary environmental impact report, which other communities have been forced to do, the memo says. The staff it would be worth waiting until pending court cases were decided. WHAT’S NEXT: The committee will discuss the ban at this week’s meeting. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.san-clemente. org to read the memo. —SNG

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P rops , R ecognitions and M orsels of I nfo

Thursday, October 13

Photo Campers Show Work

Local Authors-Sally & Quetzalcoatl Magaña 7 p.m. The authors visit the library to read from their new book, Lost Hope. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3493,

u Six San Clemente children graduated from Wheenk Photography Camp last month at San Clemente Presbyterian Church. Campers spent four weeks learning basic photography skills, which they shared through a photo exhibition. Wheenk Camps are once a week after school gatherings for kids from kindergarten to high school. In the photography camp, participants explored what is beautiful, meaningful and important. They also discussed what makes a good photograph and learned basic principles of photography such as subject matter, point of interest, background, framing, point of view and the rule of thirds. They went on photo safaris, shared their work on their own website and designed their own photo exhibition, which is currently on display at Wheenk! Physical Therapy located at 150 Avenida Cabrillo, Suite B in San Clemente. Wheenk’s next Party Production Camp is for students from kindergarten to fifth grade. The cost is $99. For more information, visit or call 800.943.3651.

Saturday, Oct 15 Pumpkin Patch Scare Away Hunger Event 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Event at Lowe’s to gather food and money for Family Assistance Ministries. Includes games, pumpkins and more. Free with contribution of non perishable items or a cash donation. 907 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.279.9660. In & Out Burger “Cover to Cover” Book Club Ongoing reading event at the library for children; check out and read five books to earn an In-N-Out award good for a free burger. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3493,

Monday, October 17 Community Acupuncture Clinic 5 p.m.7 p.m. San Clemente Collaborative- Wellness Committee presents the first-ever walk-in clinic offered in town. First-come, firstserve; no appointments. 1506 Calle Valle, 949.584.0728,

Tuesday, October 18 San Clemente Toastmasters 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Group meets in the Ole Hanson Beach Club. 105 West Avenida Pico, 949.892.8121,

Los Niños Guild Preps for Walk u Members of San Clemente’s Los Niños

Guild of Children’s Hospital of Orange County ready their walking shoes for the 21st annual CHOC Walk October 16 at Disneyland. It is a major fundraiser for Children’s Hospital, and the public is invited to walk and help raise funds. For more information, call Pam Fetzer at 949.361.9345.

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

Wednesday, October 19 TOPS Open House 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Take Off Pounds Sensibly, a nonprofit international weight loss support group, invites the public to an Open House at St. Clement’s By the Sea Church. 202 Avenida Aragon, 949.498.3052, 949.496.1648. Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Study session in Ocean View Conference Room; 7 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Thursday, October 20 Fundraiser For The Dorothy Visser Senior Center 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Cruise on the “Dana Pride” sponsored by Dana Wharf Sportfishing with a light supper, entertainment by Mike O/Bryan, a no-host cash bar. Tickets $25 per person. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.498.3322. San Clemente Times October 13–19, 2011

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Los Niños members Pam Fetzer, Linda Garner, Eileen Matthews and Phyllis Holmberg polish up their walking shoes. Courtesy photo

Rainbow Sandals Helps Courtney’s SandCastle u The charitable foundation raising funds for Courtney’s SandCastle, the accessible playground planned at the La Pata-Vista Hermosa Park, has two more ways the public can help. The foundation is selling all sizes of women’s dusty pink Rainbow Sandals for $25 each. The San Clementebased footwear company donated 1,000 pairs of flip-flops to be sold for Courtney’s SandCastle. The foundation is also hosting the RainBoo Classic Charity Golf Tournament

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Matthew Dupree, 7, Emma Massamiri, 6, Aria Smith, 7, Scotty Yim, 7, Liberty Boynton, 6 and Taylor Samerdyke, 7, show their photo skills. Courtesy photo

October 31 at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. Organizers are seeking hole sponsors and teams for the tournament. All proceeds from both fundraisers go to the foundation. For more information, visit or call Don Glasgow 949.481.0116.

Mary Perdue, ministries’ executive director. For more information, visit or call 949.492.8477.

Troop Hosts Merit Badge Day

Hunger Walk Organizers Add Events, Donation Opportunities u Organizers of the Family Assistance Ministries’ 24th annual Hunger Walk declared the week prior as Hunger Walk Week, adding events and special donation opportunities. The FAM Jam, a kickoff event to underwrite Hunger Walk expenses, will be October 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Café Calypso, 114 Avenida Del Mar and features San Clemente’s Kings of Leisure. On October 18, The Cellar at 156 Avenida Del Mar will donate 10 percent of sales to FAM and on October 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Christopher-Lee at 158 Avenida Del Mar will be donate for 10 percent of sales to the charity. Shoppers can also make donations in FAM cans at participating downtown merchants. The 2-mile walk, which serves as the nonprofit’s primary fundraiser, is set for October 23 at 1 p.m. at the San Clemente Community Center. The goal is to sign up 500 individual walkers to raise $65,000. Prizes are being offered to the top fund raising teams. Walk sponsorships are available starting from $75 to $5,000. Organizers have also created the virtual walker for those who can’t attend in person. Last year, more than 300 individuals and teams participated. “This year we want to exceed those numbers to match the increase in the number of people FAM is serving on a daily basis,” said

Troop 737 Senior Patrol Leader Eugene Krug and Scribe Teddy Carter ponder their next move in a game of chess in preparation for the troop’s merit badge day October 1. Courtesy photo u San Clemente Boy Scout Troop 737 hosted about 250 scouts from north San Diego, Los Angeles and Orange County for 30 merit badges and a trail to first-class rank advancement session October 1 at Shorecliffs Middle School. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and it’s a great opportunity to showcase beautiful San Clemente and all that our city has to offer,” said Eugene Krug, senior patrol leader. The merit badge day raised funds for Troop 737 scouts to attend camps such as Orange County’s Lost Valley or Los Angeles County’s Emerald Bay summer resident camp and high adventure camps, such as Florida Sea Base and Northern Tier in Minnesota and Canada. “This year, our scouts will raise $5,000 for camp funds, and we’re excited to send scouts from Troop 737 to camps all over the nation,” said Scoutmaster Dave Vollebregt.

Eye on SC

Strategy: TCA Considers Pushing 241 to Ortega Highway Officials say there’s no consideration of moving into San Clemente By Jonathan Volzke San Clemente Times


hree years after rowdy hearings that rejected a plan to extend the Foothill South Transportation Corridor 16 miles from Rancho Santa Margarita to the I-5 south of San Clemente, toll road supporters are considering building the road in phases. The first phase would go about four miles from Oso Road to just north of Ortega Highway in San Juan Capistrano. While Transportation Corridors Agencies say they have no plans beyond that, Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato, who sits on the TCA board of directors, said ultimately the road would continue to Avenida Pico in San Clemente in the second phase and ultimately tie in with the San Diego Freeway when a final route is approved. The new strategy comes three years after thousands packed the Del Mar Fairgrounds during an emotional hearing that saw the Coastal Commission reject a route for the 241 that cut through San Onofre State Park and crossed San Mateo Creek upstream of the famed Trestles surf break. An appeal of that decision was later rejected by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce. Toll road officials say they’ve held more than 250 meetings with supporters and opponents since 2008. They often heard suggestions that planners should find a new route for the toll road that pushes further east in Camp Pendleton—but the Department of Navy has opposed that, saying it would interfere with Marine Corps training. TCA Chief Executive Tom Margro said another frequent suggestion is that the agency build the rest of the road in phases. San Clemente Councilman Jim Dahl, also a TCA director, emphasized the initial extension project is to serve Rancho Mission Viejo, which has permission to build up to 5,000 homes east of San Juan Capistrano before the toll road is completed. “The 241 has traditionally been built in segments, not in one fell swoop,” said Dahl, who added he supports the idea. “This, because of development of the ranch, is the next segment.” Opponents, however, contend the new plan is just an end-run around the Coastal Commission and Commerce Secretary decisions. “In a nutshell, it’s clear the TCA is proposing an illegal piecemeal project already rejected by the California Coastal Commission and the Bush Administration,” Surfrider says on its blog. “They can’t evade the law by carving up the 241 into little chunks and then arguing that it’s a done deal.” TCA directors were scheduled to vote Thursday, October 13 on spending $3.9 million for several preliminary steps in the initial segment. Among them: preliminary engineering work, updating the environSan Clemente Times October 13–19, 2011

Supporters like these were among the thousands who filled the Del Mar Fairgrounds for the February 2008 Coastal Commission meeting on the 241 toll road extension. The commission rejected the plan. File photo

mental studies and exploring financing opportunities for the construction. That work was expected to take about a year. The estimated cost of construction is $195 million. The road could be finished in 2014. The toll roads are built with bonds backed by expected revenues from tolls. They are not government-backed. In Capistrano, the City Council had a special meeting Tuesday for toll road officials to brief the council on the new plan. Allevato said he wanted the council’s guidance before casting his vote. Capistrano council members, with Derek Reeve absent, voted 3-1 to endorse the initial segment. Opposition was sparse, but members of the business community turned out to support the extension. “If we plan this carefully, this can be a very, very beneficial thing for the city,” said Larry Thomas, a founder of Independence Bank in Capistrano and a San Clemente resident. “We can’t get panicked.” An earlier economic study by Beacon Economics commissioned by the TCA found the 241 completion would create more than 13,600 jobs in Orange County and nearly 4,000 other jobs statewide, while creating $160 million. In response to that, however, Surfrider said Margro testified the workforce necessary to widen the I-5 in South County was at least equal to that required to build the 241. “By stymying the I-5 widening project in favor of the SR-241 extension, the TCA are not only inhibiting job growth, they

are continuing to pursue more costly and less effective solutions to South Orange County’s traffic woes,” San Clementebased Surfrider Communications Manager Alexis Henry said. The extension received broad support on the council, although members were leery of the road’s endpoint just east of town. Councilwoman Laura Freese objected, saying she was worried about the plan’s impact on San Juan Capistrano, and particularly Ortega Highway. Residents frequently complain about traffic on the Ortega. “It doesn’t pass the ‘segment’ test,” Freese said. “What I’m afraid of is that it’s a ‘segment’ that will end here for 20 years.” She wanted the TCA to explore pushing the first segment all the way into San Clemente. Under the already approved development plan for Rancho Mission Viejo, a new four-lane road will branch off from Ortega Highway about four miles east of Antonio Parkway. That new route, “Cow Camp Road” would connect to Antonio Parkway north of Ortega Highway. Transportation planners contend traffic now using the Ortega from Lake Elsinore and traffic generated by the RMV development—approved for up to 14,000 homes in several phases—will use Cow Camp Road instead of Ortega. Upon hitting Antonio, the planners say, traffic that wants

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to go north will use Antonio to Crown Valley Parkway and reduce the load on Ortega Highway. The toll road would tie in with a street connecting to Cow Camp Road, “Street G. Capistrano council members said they want to ensure the interchange of Ortega Highway and the San Diego (I-5) Freeway is rebuilt before the toll road comes south, Ortega is widened to four lanes through town and that the Avenida La Pata connection between San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente is moving ahead. The $84 million Ortega interchange project is scheduled to begin next year. Dahl said even without TCA plans for a second phase, the San Clemente council should start considering how the new move could impact San Clemente. If the 241 toll road, which sees about 7,000 users daily where it now ends at Oso Road, extends to Capistrano, traffic will ultimately make its way to San Clemente on Avenida La Pata. “We, the city, need to get in front of this, and do some traffic studies of our own and see what conceivable impact would be on San Clemente surface streets,” Dahl said. “Who knows how many people would be going northbound on Antonio or westbound on Ortega to the freeway? We really don’t have any numbers … that’s part of what we’re voting on at the TCA, to go forward and do the studies necessary to understand what the outcome would be if this section of the 241 was completed. “It’s not just a simple discussion.” SC

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SC Sheriff’s Blotter Compiled By Stacie N. Galang 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.

Tuesday, October 11 SUSPICIOUS PERSONS Avenida Miramar, 100 Block (3:35 a.m.) A suspicious man was spotted in an apartment courtyard and when asked to show his face, he ran away. Once the caller went inside her apartment, someone knocked on her bedroom window. She believes it’s the same man but she can’t provide a description because she’s never seen his face. FIREWORK VIOLATION Boca del Canon, 300 Block (1:03 a.m.) Several juveniles were reported throwing fireworks from the bluff onto the railroad tracks below.

Monday, October 10 SUSPICIOUS PERSONS El Camino Real, 600 Block (10:38 p.m.) The alarm company for a bank asked deputies to check their branch. A man at the ATM called them about water coming down from inside the building, but no leak could be seen from security cameras. INDECENT EXPOSURE Via Suerte/Avenida Vista Hermosa (9:25 p.m.) A man in workout clothes was undressing in the parking lot next to his white Honda Civic. The caller, who had parked next to him, told the man to change in the gym to which he said he didn’t know they had a dressing room. The man continued to stay in his car and just stare at people. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Pico, 700 Block (4:37 p.m.) A man called deputies to report his 14-year-old niece was at San Clemente High with other juveniles who had given her drugs and alcohol.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Via el Risco/Via Los Tilos (6:15 a.m.) A resident called to report an unknown man. The caller thought it was suspicious he was walking around at that hour. TRAFFIC STOP Avenida Miramar/El Camino Real (3:45 a.m.) A 24-year-old man, who listed his occupation as student, was arrested after a traffic stop. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Victoria, 200 Block (2:31 a.m.) A resident overheard someone breaking into the laundry room. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Escalones, 100 Block (2:27 a.m.) A man sitting in the passenger seat of a light colored Cadillac kept getting out, approaching cars that stopped and getting back inside the car. The caller believed drugs were being sold. DISTURBANCE Cazador Lane, 300 Block (2:23 a.m.) A woman called deputies about two strange men her roommate brought home. Her cell phone was missing, and the men were trying to come into her bedroom. She wanted them to leave. DISTURBANCE Ganado, 1200 Block (12:03 a.m.) Several teenagers were in a garage with the door open. They were being loud.

Sunday, October 9 DISTURBANCE Avenida Del Mar, 200 Block (9:36 p.m.) A bartender at Avila’s went outside to stop a fight between a drunk man who was getting physical with his girlfriend. The man became verbal with the bartender. SUSPICIOUS PERSONS Calle Mayo, 4200 Block (8:53 p.m.) Two men were seen standing on the corner smoking cigarettes. They had walked up the street very slowly, stopping and looking at each house very carefully as if to get a make on each. CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Cangrejo, 0 Block (6:15 p.m.) A 16year-old was afraid to go to school because someone posted something on her Facebook page mentioning the mafia. DISTURBANCE Avenida Santa Barbara, 200 Block (7:24 p.m.) A man was challenging neighbors to fight and kept calling them names.

KEEP THE PEACE Buena Vista, 900 Block (1:14 p.m. and 1:55 p.m.) A painter called deputies twice when a neighbor came over and aggressively told him to stop sanding because it was creating dust. The painter felt threatened.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Calle Nina, 400 Block (7:02 p.m.) A house sitter arrived to find the hidden key missing and the front door unlocked. The caller had not entered and asked deputies to check the residence.

UNKNOWN TROUBLE Calle del Cerro, 1100 Block (8:04 a.m.) Deputies were called to assist a woman, with a kitchen knife, threatening suicide. She eventually admitted herself to the hospital.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (6:31 p.m.) A Roundtable Pizza employee believed a customer paid with a counterfeit $100 bill.

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City Council Corner: By Councilmember Bob Baker

Volunteers, Civically Engaged Always Welcome in City Service a collective vision for the benefit of our community today, tomorrow


emocratic governing is dutifully practiced in San Clemente. Residents have many opportunities available to them to share their concerns with City Council and have an effect on their community. Having served three years as your City Council member, I am very gratified by the number of residents who volunteer their time and money to champion local causes. Some people attend City Council meetings to speak, to observe or to learn about the functions of the city. For others, it’s volunteering with many of the organized groups in our town. I see the results of your efforts and say thank you. It’s greatly appreciated and helps keep San Clemente the wonderful community we

call home. Kiwanis, Rotary, Exchange Club, Elks Club, San Clemente Junior Women’s Club, Laura’s House, Be a Hero Become a Donor, Hope 4 Hanna, Rock the AuBob Baker tism Family Assistance Ministries, the Heritage of San Clemente Foundation and the Watershed Task Force are just a few of our many volunteer groups. With the holiday season on the way, now is the time to connect with a group and volunteer for their Thanksgiving food drive or adopt-a-family dinner drive. You could also bring an unwrapped

toy to the Metrolink Holiday Toy Express train event-Spark of Love Toy Drive coming to San Clemente on Sunday, December 4. This is also a good opportunity to encourage your children to give to those who are less fortunate. Those of you who attend City Council meetings know the council is not perfect. You listen to the dialogue and occasional diatribe and demonstrate a level of patience that is admirable. Whether you know it or not, you play a big role in City Council’s decision making and in our community’s success. Although the gain is not always immediate or tangible, you are appreciated for taking a stand and expressing yourself in public. You should

feel pride, satisfaction and accomplishment as you engage in community activities or activism on issues. This volunteer service is a valuable part of the process of ensuring a collective vision for the benefit of our community today, and in the future. To get involved in any of the activities mentioned here, call City Hall at 949.361.8254 and get connected. You can also find out about other volunteer opportunities on the city’s website at www. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at BakerB@ 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

The Village Voice: By Wayne Eggleston

The Word ‘Veteran’ Takes on Greater Meaning Next Month San Clemente Veterans Day ceremony set for November 5 at Park Semper Fi


hat does it mean to be a veteran in 2011? Veterans Day this year is November 11. This writer asked a number of veterans this question. I am proud to highlight in the first part Wayne Eggleston of the Village Voice two responses from a father and son from two of our most recent wars. The second part of this column spotlights a San Clemente icon Frank Denison of the 101st Airborne, the Screaming Eagles. Col. Stewart Navarre, retired U.S. Marine Corps who served in Iraq, said: “To me, being a veteran means having had the opportunity to serve my country with a group of people who have made a specific choice to place themselves in harm’s way, with the potential for paying the ultimate price or something short of that, in order to protect San Clemente Times October 13–19, 2011

the American people and my family—immediate and extended.” His son Zach Navarre, who served with the Marines in Afghanistan, said: “Being a veteran in 2011 means to me personally that there are still men and women in the world that are willing to sacrifice themselves for something bigger than themselves. True believers that can stand apart from social norms, throw on boots, strap on a Kevlar (vest) and get the job done. Being a veteran is to be included in a very exclusive club where its members have not only laid down their lives for their brothers in arms, their loved ones at home, but also every single American. A veteran is the epitome of a citizen; he is a true believer.” For those who know Frank, we are privileged to know a local iconic hero from the Greatest Generation. He joined the U.S. Army at 19, went to Fort Benning,

Ga., onto parachute school and ultimately joined the 101st. Along with 6,700 other 101st troopers, Frank jumped into Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. To Frank, in his delightful and frank way of saying, “You have not been in air combat until you jump out of a perfectly good plane, been shot at as you are descending to the ground, and then been shot at when you hit the ground. I thought I was invincible.” Over one in four were killed that day. After Normandy, Frank’s unit prepared for the invasion of the “low countries” and jumped behind enemy lines in Holland in Operation Market Garden or “Hell’s Highway.” Frank was then ordered to Bastogne, Belgium and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Surrounded by the Germans, the 101st broke out of that battle aided by General George S. Patton’s 3rd Army and fought their way to Hitler’s Eagle Nest at

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Berchtesgaden. America and San Clemente are grateful to this veteran who fought in the Second World War and then returned and joined the civilian ranks. God Bless, Frank, and all the men and women from every branch of the Armed Forces who served our country in war and peace and gave their energy, commitment and their lives so we have the freedom to worship as we chose, to be who we are and to believe that America’s greatest days are not behind us but right before our very eyes. The community is invited to a Veterans Day Ceremony November 5 at 1 p.m. at Park Semper Fi where we will honor all veterans and branches of the military. For details, please go to or call 949.498.4958. 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 to the Editor If You Don’t Like it, Move Peter Duffy, San Clemente

A word to all the folks who are distressed that there is no toll road coming anytime soon or fearful of the San Onofre nuclear reactors providing us much needed power: Move.

What are You Thinking? Peter Cassimatis, San Clemente

Regarding Gary Headrick’s guest column (SC Times, September 22): Gary, you asked in all sincerity “what was the City Council thinking” when they did not include your group in the informational meeting on SONGS scheduled for that Tuesday night. I cannot speak for the City Council, but I can speak for myself, and ask with the same level of sincerity, what are you thinking? Do you believe everyone should sign into your group-think that the most environmentally benign source of significant electrical energy we currently have available should be shut down because you say so? Do you think that wind and solar can ever be anything other than feel-good propaganda resources for energy generating companies as they secure more and more site approvals for coal, oil and gas-fired generating facilities? Perhaps

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council members think your belief that SONGS poses a significant danger and should be shut down may not be shared by everyone? Perhaps members suspect if you asked employees of any hospital the same poll questions about safety you asked the employees of SONGS, the responses would be an order of magnitude or two worse, and we would have to shutter those, too. Do you advertise the fact that most funding for environmental groups comes from the coal, oil and gas industry? Tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars are handed out to environmental groups with the mandate “now-go do the right thing.” The “right thing” seems to be to vilify the only form of energy currently available that has the potential to affect the bottom line of these companies – nuclear generation. Maybe they realize that your belief would logically ban all nuclear powered U.S. Navy ships from operating within 50 miles of the coast and certainly not allow them to berth in San Diego or Long Beach. And what about the dozens of medical nuclear sites in southern California? Shall we do away with those, too? If those repositories of nuclear fuel are OK, and it’s only the SONGS facility you believe is evil, maybe it’s not nuclear you’re concerned about

– just maybe it’s the desire to see more coal, oil and gas power plants being built so the environmental groups keep getting their funds and the power to “go do the right thing” as they see it.

SONGS Should Have Tent David Bear, Phoenix, Ariz.

It is important to create public awareness about nuclear power, particularly right now concerning Fukushima. Many news articles have been reporting that the Fukushima reactors are very close to cold shutdown, the implication being that once it is achieved, then there will be no further releases of radioactive material. This is not true. Cold shutdown means that the fuel is only generating a small amount of decay heat. When the water surrounding the reactor is less than 100 degrees Celsius that only means that the water is no longer boiling. It is a gross mischaracterization to state that just because the water is at 99 degrees that therefore there is no further fission — and thus releases — taking place. Unfortunately, it is not possible to stop melted fuel from fission. True, pumping water in helps to remove the heat that is being generated. But as long as the

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fission process continues, fission products will be created and released. The best that can be done is to try to contain the releases. To that end, building the tent is an excellent step to help reduce the release of fission products to the atmosphere. Of course, the tent must have a vent at the top and within that vent there must be charcoal filters or similar media to trap the radioactive fission products. The tent must also have sealed penetrations to allow the make-shift piping through so that further water cooling can continue. SONGS should have a similar tent, ready to go, just in case. If you like these letters, read more online: Toll Road Won’t Fix Traffic by Calvin Hecht of San Clemente SONGS Risk Does not Outweigh Benefits by Ricardo Nicol of San Clemente Rant Borders on Libel by John Tengdin of San Clemente ‘Hate’ Should be Left Out of Conversation by Jerry Collamer of San Clemente To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Please limit your letters to 350 words.



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Spotlight: The Grille

34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 105, Capistrano Beach, 714.308.2418 Most popular item: Braised lamb shank Best known for: 18 oz. center-cut ribeye steak Tucked in the Capistrano Surf Building, The Grille serves up what Executive Chef John Byrne calls “health-conscious” cooking. Since it opened in March, the eatery has offered made-to-order fare, including the sauces. A classically Chef John Byrne. Photo by Stacie N. Galang trained French chef, Byrne likes variety so two customers with the same meal get their dishes plated differently. The chef said he wants to make it fun for both the kitchen staff and the clients. Desserts, too, get the individual treatment. A popular confection is the French wedding cake — stacks of cream puffs filled with custard and topped with homemade toffee. Forks not necessary. Guests enter the restaurant with polished concrete underfoot, an open kitchen to their left and a view of the Pacific. Owner Ken Moon said he wanted the ambiance warm, comfortable and a bit masculine. To wit, he added auburn-colored felt around the bar-high tables and cushioned stools bear wrought-iron backs for seating about 30. Think steakhouse. (By the way, the same kitchen produces the food for neighbor Sunsets Bar.) Some customers come just for appetizers and the view. Payment: Cash or credit Reservations: Not necessary

Price Range: $5 - $23 Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.

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Just Dance Youth Dance Clinic 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The SCHS Dance Team holds its popular clinic for kids in kindergarten through fifth-grade in the high school’s main gym. Cost $55, includes T-shirt, dance lesson and much more. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165,


Tail of Two Cities - Paw-Risian Nights 5 p.m. Event by the Pet Project Foundation at the Dana Point Yacht Club with dinner, gaming and auctions. $120 per person, $200 per couple. 24399 Dana Drive, Dana Point, 949.310.3801,


A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee Prazak 2011 Read for the Record 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Event at the San Clemente Library for families to read “Llama Llama Red Pajama” do crafts and more. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3493,


Fighters for the World Fundraiser 6:30 p.m. San Clemente Collaborative hosts a wine tasting at Carbonara’s Trattoria to support Fighters for the World, helping local youth. $25. 111 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.1040, Black Cat Bone 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,


The Music Man 7:30 p.m. Musical production at the SC Skate Center with shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Oct. 22. $12. 310 Avenida Vista Montana, San Clemente,


Tolosa Wine TASTING Welcoming Kia Wilcox of Tolosa Winery 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. $15 for seven wines. San Clemente Wine Company, 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, Grapevine Graze Wine Pairing 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Wine tasting event at Boys & Girls Club to raise funds for the B&G Club serving South Orange County. 1 Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano, 949.939.2025,


Walk to End Alzheimer’s 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Event at Doheny Beach. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.757.3708,

Taste of Brews 12 noon. Event at Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 714.375.1132, Oktoberfest 6 p.m. Festivities at BeachFire Ladera with games, live music, contests, prizes, authentic food, drinks, costumes and much more. 25682 Crown Valley Pkwy., Ladera Ranch, 949.542.7700,


Music of the World: Germanfest at the Casa 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica presents a cultural event in the courtyard celebrating the music of Germany featuring musical guests Alpine Quintet, a beer and wine garden, German culinary delights and more. General admission $30. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


Music & Wine Tasting 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music and wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine. $20 includes wine and cheese pairings and crackers. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044,

Billabong TransparentSea Voyage Party 5 p.m. Ocean Institute presents a party with environmental advocates including surfer Dave Rastovich, screening of the movie Minds in the Water, a live concert by Band of Frequencies, art show and auction and more. Tickets $15-$20. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

Fountains of Wayne 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $23.50-$25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

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

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Local Sunday Sessions 6 p.m. Monthly music event at Cabrillo Playhouse featuring Chris Ferguson, Denise Rosier and Rick Paul. Suggested donation of $5. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,


Smokey Karaoke 8 p.m. Sing fearlessly at BeachFire and enjoy Mojito Monday. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Day Trip to the Autry National Center 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Casa Romantica hosts an all-inclusive day-trip to the Autry located in Griffith Park, Los Angeles. The day excursion will include tours of the new and permanent exhibitions, lunch and bus transportation. Cost $50-$60. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


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


FAM Jam 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Kick-off event at Café Calypso for Family Assistance Ministries’ annual Hunger Walk with music, hors d’oeuvres and live and silent auction fun. Tickets $35. 114 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949-492-8477,


The Expression Session Band 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Live mellow music for Wine Down Wednesday at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, *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:

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

On Life and Love After 50: By Tom Blake

The AARP Life@50+ in Los Angeles Inspiring E ach year, AARP’s Life@50+ National Event and Expo is held at a different city around the country. This year’s event was conveniently close—at the Los Angeles Convention Center—so my partner Greta and I attended it for two days. We’ve attended many of these events. We enjoy going because it’s always an enriching experience and an incredible value for the cost, a $25 entry fee for AARP members, $35 for non-members. No where else would you ever be able to see and hear such an array of incredible speakers and presenters that make it so rewarding. For example, the opening show at the Nokia Center was hosted by the dynamic and likeable James “JB” Brown, the host of The NFL Today on CBS. Brown is more than a sportscaster, he was a standout basketball player at Harvard and is a founding partner of the Washington Nationals baseball team. The AARP organization likes to have fun. Since former Miami Dolphin quarterback

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On Life and Love After 50 By Tom Blake

Dan Marino turned 50 a few days before the event, and is also on The NFL Today with JB, the AARP presented Marino with a giant (2 foot by 3 foot) AARP fire-engine red membership card. Before Marino exited the stage, he tossed a perfect 15-yard spiral

pass to JB. Then, the opening show took on a more serious tone. JB introduced Jane Goodall, the incredible 75-year-old woman who has devoted her life to the study and protection of chimpanzees and their habitat in Tanzania’s Gombe National Park. Goodall inspired the audience by speaking about the threats for hope about the future of our planet. In 1977, she established the Jane Goodall Institute, which has a program called Roots & Shoots (, a

youth-driven, global network of tens of thousands of members in more than 120 countries. Then, the opening show took on a lighter side when Carol Burnett and funnyman Tim Conway had a conversation about their 11-year run on the The Carol Burnett Show. Conway has to be one of the funniest people to ever have graced the stage. He answered audience questions with razor-sharp, improvised humor. Greta and I were invited by AARP, along with other journalists, to interview many of the celebrities. When one reporter asked Conway, “What do you do with your time now that you’re older?” Conway looked at his watch and responded, “At 8 a.m., I start drinking.” The AARP annual event always has wonderful entertainment at night. Greta and I agreed that Lionel Richie put on one of the best concerts we’ve ever seen. For us, the highlight of day two of the annual event was being able to interview

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basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and movie producer Spike Lee, who appeared together. They spoke for an hour about life, basketball and Kareem’s new sports documentary, On the Shoulders of Giants, a story about a 1940s basketball team called the Harlem Rens. In 2010, Kareem founded The Skyhook Foundation, ( a charity with a mission to motivate young people to pursue higher education through mentoring by people all over the country. There are so many choices of things to do at the annual event that it’s hard to squeeze them all in. Next year, the annual event is in New Orleans on September 20-22. If you can swing it, start planning now. 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@ See his website at SC

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GARAGE SALES GARAGE SALE SAT OCT 15, 7 AM TO NOON 310 VIA ALEGRE SAN CLEMENTE. New and like new items. pewter, crystal, snowboard, light fixtures, golf cart and lots of Tommy Bahama clothes. Dressing room available. Ramona Maney 949-463-3193 Quality Items - GARAGE SALE, October 15 Sat. - 8:00- 2pm 1531 Via Tulipan, San Clemente. Name brand clothing & shoes for mens, womens, little girl, & Designer Maternity (size S & M), no junk, lots of baby/toddler/kid accessories (pop-up sun tent, bed guard & nap bed), kids rocking chair, roller blades, tons of CD’s, collector albums, french oak sideboard table, oversized couch, oriental rug, plus more...just off Camino De Los Mares/ Camino Del ahead too: Valerie (949) 212-2391

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Harbor Grill Restaurant, Dana Point Harbor Now Hiring: Experienced line cook, min of 3 yrs experience. Part time, nights only. Contact Angel, 949-240-1416.


FREELANCERS The Dana Point Times, San Clemente Times and the Capistrano Dispatch are looking for freelancers to contribute to our publications. If you can write news or sports, shoot photos or copy edit, let us know. Experience is preferred, but we’ll consider others who are willing to learn and meet tight deadlines. Contact Jonathan at or call 949.388.7700 ext. 108.

Medical/Health Services FREE PREGNANCY TESTS Think you might be pregnant? Know for sure. Free services including limited ultrasound referrals, counseling, resources, classes, and support. Walk-ins welcome. Call 949-218-5777.

SERVICES Local Housekeeper or Office Cleaning Reliable, affordable, meticulous. EXCELLENT REFERENCES. 949-456-2376

SURF STUFF SHORT bOARD FOR SALE $95 White short board for sale. About 6’0. Perfect board for the grom to learn on. In Dana Point. Can email photos. Call 949-533-9761

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Jan Burdzinski In loving memory of our dear Jan Burdzinski who was born on March 26, 1948 and passed on September 21, 2011. Jan will be missed by his loving wife Susan, their beautiful son’s Brendan and Ian, dear mother Nora, adored sister Anna and her family, close brother and best friend Edward and cherished nieces and nephews. Jan will also be missed by his school friends, close friends, surf friends and all those he touched with his indiscriminate goodwill during his full throttle life which we will celebrate at Doheny State Beach on October 16 at 11 a.m. A potluck brunch will follow a paddle out at noon.

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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,

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

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

Appliances Services & Repairs ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 3200 Legendario,

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

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

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



Garrison Property Services, Inc. Lic. # B609809,




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

San Clemente Computer & Network Services 949.276.1581 Home Décor Sano Computers 949.492.2179 South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, CONCRETE Costa Verde Landscape License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27)



B Construction 949.481.8444 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, The Cooper Company General Contractor Bankruptcy Attorneys License #B 638754, 949.361.2538 The Gibbs Law Firm, APC 949.492.3350 Dunham Construction, Inc. 949.492.7100 110 E Avenida Palizada, Ste. 201, License #450880, Hutton Construction 949.492.2808 Beauty Supply Del Mar Beauty Supply 949.492.8180 COSMETICS 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste D, AVON 949.370.0433 San Clemente Window Fashions



Dr. R. Tyler Johnson DC, Chiropractic Center 1502 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.6440 South Coast Furniture & Mattress    949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, Christiansen Chiropractic 949.276.2956 903 Calle Amancer, Ste. 230, GRAPHIC DESIGN Images/Creative Solutions 949.366.2488 Commercial Real Estate 2927 Via San Gorgoinio, Ste. 100, Doug Echelberger HAIR SALONS First Team Real Estate 949.498.7711 407 W. El Camino Real, Kreative Hair Design                       949.498.6245 173 Avenida Serra

OC Tykes 949.429.1714 201 N. El Camino Real,



Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G -105, 1393 Calle Avanzado,

Annie Kyle, Mary Kay Cosmetics 949.248.2868

HOME LOANS Coldwell Banker Home Loans - 949.307.7982 nmls#261832. Tom Fashing, Mortgage Advisor,


Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 San Clemente,


OC - IT 949.488.0029 970 Calle Negocio,

CARPET Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G-105, Shaw’s Carpets 949.492.8070 135 Avenida Victoria

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

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

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The Home & Garden Stylist/ Vignettes of Refinement San Clemente,

Lange & Minnott 1401 N. El Camino Real, Ste. 109

Financial Advisor Timothy C. Metcalf, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC 949.862.1250

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,

KC Painting & Decorating


Periodontics & Dental Implants


Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 Paradise Jewelers 949.361.4367 1402 Calle Alcazar, 808 N. El Camino Real,


Pet Grooming

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

Landscape Lighting Costa Verde Landscape License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27)


Massage Therapy

C’Siren Day Spa 312 Avenida De La Estrella

Pet SITTING Curbside Pet & House Sitting            949.369.5074 San Clemente,


Pet Treasures 949.493.7297 949.361.9656 653 Camino de los Mares, Suite 100,



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


Arcadia Electric                                           949.361.1045 Janet M. Seymour, PsyD Gallagher Electric 949.412.6602 1443 N. El Camino Real, Ste. B P.O. Box 986,

Estate Planning, Probate, Trust


Dr. Alice P. Moran, DMD 949.361.4867 (GUMS) 949.218.8022 1001 Avenida Pico, Ste. K,



MUSIC LESSONS Danman’s Music School 949.496.6556 Leslie Lowe - Ukulele, Guitar 949.292.5019 & Bass Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 949.922.6388 413 Calle Pueblo,



Costa Verde Landscape License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Eric Johnson, D.D.S. 949.493.9311 Village Book Exchange 949.492.1114 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209, Greenscapes Landscape & Design 949.366.6564 99 Avenida Serra 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, Ronald Trosper, DDS 949.492.7140 Living Gardens Landscape Design 949.218.7459 BUSINESS COMPUTER SERVICE, 145 Ave Del Mar,


SC Rider Supply 949.388.0521 520 S. El Camino Real,


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

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

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PIZZA Izza Neapolitan Pizzeria 949.248.4925 376 Camino de Estrella,

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A to Z Leak Detection 949.499.4464 1218 Puerta del Sol, Bill Metzger Plumbing                          949.492.3558 1218 Puerta del Sol, Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 San Clemente Plumbing               949.366.2691 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 108,

POOL/SPA SERVICE & REPAIR Radiant Pool & Spa Service


PRESCHOOLS San Clemente Preschool 949.498.1025 163 Avenida Victoria

PRINTING Printing OC 949.388.4888 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203,


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Jim Thomas Roofing 949.498.6204 Janet M. Seymour, PsyD 949.633.0813 162 Calle de Industrias 1443 N. El Camino Real, Ste. B Manny Tau, Psy.D., PSY14892 888.949.5150 RUNNING STORE 300 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 218, Run More 949.940.0408 303 N. El Camino Real, Real Estate Altera Real Estate - “Sandy & Rich” 949.293.3236 Antonio Fiorello, Forté Realty Group 949.842.3631 San Clemente, Casa Verde Homes - Simon Wilson 949.212.5800 Century 21 OMA - Eric Benson 949.584.3751 Doug Echelberger First Team Real Estate 407 W. El Camino Real, 949.498.7711 Marcie George - Star Real Estate South County 949.690.5410 McDaniel Gilmore Group Surterre Properties 949.464.3226 Prue Putnins- Regency Real Estate 949.366.1984, Steve Smith 949.632.8139 Olympian Altera DCP,

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

Salon Bamboo 949.361.3348 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste. A, Salon Bleu 949.366.2060 207 S. El Camino Real, Sanctuary Salon & Spa 949.429.5802 1041 Avenida Pico, Ste. B,

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SECOND HAND/THRIFT SHOP South Coast Furniture & Mattress   949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, The Bargain Box 949.492.2800 526 N. El Camino Real,

SKINCARE A Beautiful You Skin Care 949.370.1852 1502 N. El Camino Real,


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



San Clemente Surf School 949.334.7649


Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar, The Termite Guy -Termite & Pest Control 106 W. Canada Ave., 949.940.1010 949.366.9386

Café Calypso 114 Avenida Del Mar #4 Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040 111 Avenida Del Mar, #B, The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar,

TILE & STONE INSTALLATION/ RESTORATION Yorba Linda Tile & Marble, Inc. 949.276.5752 714.757.3490

VACUUMS, SERVICE & REPAIR Best Blinds & Vacuums 73 Via Pico Plaza



WEBSITE DESIGN San Clemente Website Design        949.246.8345


Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital 949.429.1555 1242 Puerta Del Sol,

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

Water Wise Irrigation Costa Verde Landscape License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27)


TUTORING Study with Stacy 949.632.1176 Tutor Toes 949.429.6222 111 W. Avenida Palizada, Ste. 11,

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WINDOW COVERINGS Best Blinds & Vacuums 949.492.8719 73 Via Pico Plaza Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mare, Ste. G-105, San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515

Wine Bar The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar,

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

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Tritons vs. Mustangs, Trabuco Hills High School


Sharks vs. Ducks, Honda Center October 14, 7 p.m.

October 14, 7 p.m. Nonleague action is in the books now as the Tritons enter its first South Coast League game of the season against Trabuco Hills and sporting a 5-0 record.

Rally up the gang and go see the Anaheim Ducks take on its Western Conference rival as the home team sets it sights on another icy win. Info:

OC Championships, Irvine Regional Park October 15, 8 a.m. Take a trip north to watch the Tritons cross country teams square off against a slew of schools from Orange County. Info:




SCL Finals, SC Municipal Golf Course

Tritons vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School

October 17-18 The regular season is winding down and that means league finals are heating up as the Lady Tritons tee off in hopes of taking home a title. Info:

October 20, 6 p.m. South Coast League rivals hit the volleyball court at Dana Hills High with the Lady Tritons looking to lock down an important road win. Info:

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By David Zimmerle

Triton Report


a shaky first series, San Clemente remained undefeated Friday night, beating West Adams Prep 35-6. The fi fth-ranked Tritons concluded their non-league play and have started to prepare themselves for their first league game. With standout halfback Mike Elespuru placed on the injured reserve list with a left knee sprain, the Tritons executed their running game and displayed their depth as linebacker Herbert Gamboa filled in nicely for the injured Elespuru. Gamboa ran for 124 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. San Clemente will now debut their league play against Trabuco Hills Friday in an away game. Kick-off will be at 7 p.m. Tune in 15 minutes prior to the start of every game at www.schsfnl. com and enjoy the show. For an extended version of this story, visit — Cheynne Lee


At the South Coast League Cluster Meet No. 1 at Irvine Regional Park on October 4, the girls team went on to defeat Dana Hills, Trabuco Hills, El Toro and Aliso Niguel. Last year’s league champion, sophomore Melissa Eisele, came in first with a time of 17:31, followed by Molly Mann in 17:38 (third), Gracie Georgi (seventh) and Madison Huffman (ninth). The victory put the team in first place with league finals looming. The team is ranked second in the CIF-SS and top five in the state in Division I. The boys team lost outright in all four of its matchups. Both levels then went on to compete at the Clovis Invitational October 8 as the girls varsity team took first place in the 15th race of the day. Next 7 days: Oct. 15 at OC Championships at Irvine Regional, 8 a.m.

GIRLS GOLF • The Lady Tritons (1-2-1 SCL, 4-7-1) held out for two tough rounds recently San Clemente Times October 13–19, 2011

losing 235-248 to Los Alisos on October 4 before tying the Lady Wolverines 237-237 on October 6. The girls then went on to compete at the Ayala Tournament on October 10 before squaring off against Dana Hills and Trabuco Hills October 11-13. Next 7 days: Oct. 17-18 at SCL Finals at SC Municipal, 9 a.m./11:30 a.m.

GIRLS TENNIS • The No. 6 ranked Lady Tri-

tons traveled to take on Capo Valley October 11 before hitting the road for a match against Dana Hills on October 13. Next 7 days: Oct. 18 vs. Aliso Niguel, 3 p.m.; Oct. 20 vs. *Tesoro, 3 p.m.


(1-0 SCL, 5-4) picked up a big 3-0 win against Dana Hills in its first South Coast League match October 4. San Clemente went on to defeat its opponent 25-17, 25-20 and 25-23 in front of the home crowd at San Clemente High. Alexa Strange led the team with 13 kills, three aces, one block and 13 assists. Franki Darnold had eight kills and nine digs and Summer Cumin finished with 21 assists and two aces. The girls next faced Trabuco Hills on the road October 11 followed by a home match against El Toro High on October 13. Next 7 days: Oct. 14-15 at California Challenge Tourney at Torrey Pines, 3 p.m./8 a.m.; Oct. 18 at *Capo Valley, 6:15 p.m.; Oct. 20 a *Dana Hills, 6 p.m.

BOYS WATER POLO • The Tritons (2-1

SCL, 12-6) picked up a commanding 20-9 win against Mission Viejo October 4, blowing away the Diablos in all four periods of play for another solid South Coast League victory. San Clemente next faced Dana Hills on October 6 routing the Dolphins 19-4 at home as Tomas Mitchell, Scott Schneringer and Robby Stiefel each led with four goals apiece. Using their momentum, the Tritons then hit up a bevy of games at the So Cal Invite at William Woolett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine October 7-8. The Tritons went 3-1 overall at the tourney opening with a 17-3 loss to Bellarmine Prep before firing off three straight wins--a 12-7 victory against Davis, another 11-10 edge over Jesuit and an 11-10 win against Harvard-Westlake. Next 7 days: Oct. 14 vs. Villa Park, 3:15 p.m.; Oct. 18 at *Laguna Hills, 4 p.m.; Oct. 20 vs. *Dana Hills, 4 p.m. Page 24

SCOREBOARD TENNIS LOCAL TENNIS PRO EARNS PTR CERTIFICATION San Clemente’s Gage Gallagher recently earned his instructor certification in Junior Development by the Professional Tennis Registry. Gallagher has also earned USPTA certifications and modern tennis methodology teaching certifications at level 4 —the highest level currently attainable. He gives lessons to players of all ages and is one of two Instructors certified to teach MTM in South Orange County. Gage Gallagher, a 2010 graduate from San Clemente High, earned his Professional TenHe admittedly enjoys teaching nis Registry certification. Courtesy photo tennis like the pro’s play and especially advocates starting the sport at a young age. The 2010 San Clemente High School graduate earned top honors on the varsity tennis team and now plays for Saddleback College. For more information or to set up a lesson with Gallagher, reach him at gage4tennis@ or 949.573.5230.

SKATEBOARDING TRYOUTS ON TAP FOR UPCOMING SKATEBOARDING LEAGUE San Clemente High School, Bernice Ayer Middle School and Shorecliffs Middle School skateboarding team tryouts for the upcoming 2011-2012 Orange County Skateboarding League season were recently finalized as Ralph’s Skatepark will be the location for the south county team tryouts on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. This season will also include an entirely new group of high school and middle school teams from San Diego making for even more far-reaching competition. The league expects another winning season from its area San Clemente skateboarding teams. Last year, city teams earned No. 1 overall team and individual awards. For more information on tryouts and other team-related events, visit We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.




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Grom of the WEEK Colin Deveze Age: 13, San Clemente High School Colin Deveze has seen his share of competition from school contests to NSSA, WSA and Surfing America Prime. At the first prime of the season, September 24-25 at Seaside Reef in Cardiff, Colin’s experience, grit and intensity showed in the semifinals of the Boys U16 division. “It was my first wave of my semi heat. I came to the inside and the waves were really dumpy,” he said. “I made a turn in the wrong place and my fin sliced my foot open.” It wouldn’t have been such a big deal except that he had only a one-heat break to clean and seal up his wound and get back in the waColin Deveze. Photo by Jack McDaniel/ ter for the final and a second division heat directly following. Ultimately, Colin ended up on the podium accepting a third-place trophy in U16 despite the deep cut to his foot. The next weekend he took third in NSSA Open Juniors at Uppers and followed that at the October 8 Prime at Church’s with a fourth in Boys U16. In school, Colin enjoys biology and has started to think about where he’d like to go to college. So far, UC Santa Barbara is a front runner, due to its beachfront location. Last summer, Colin surfed a few contests in Florida, taking third in the Arnette and second in the Rip Curl Gromsearch. Lack of waves and “sharkiness” there made him “really happy and lucky to be a Californian,” he said.—Andrea Swayne

A Mountain Below, a Mountain Above New book Ghost Wave tells the story of the sunken mesa below the surface, the mountainous waves it creates above and man’s attempts to conquer both at Cortes Bank Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


hris Dixon, founding editor of, will be having a release party and book signing for a project he calls both amazing and terrifying—his new book Ghost Wave, the story of Cortes Bank. The party is scheduled for October 14 at Surfing Heritage Foundation, 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and beverages by Hawaiian Spring Water, Primo Island Lager and Peligroso Tequila will be served. Dixon will show photos and videos of Cortes Bank by the likes of Rob Brown and Jason Murray and talk story about the book, a tale of both the unusual maritime history of the area as well as the big wave surfers who first dared to ride its massive waves—the largest anyone had ever seen. “I wanted to illustrate how these surfers think,” said Dixon. “How they tempt fate on every wave.” The book also details half-told stories about the sunken channel island Bishop

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Rock that lies about 100 miles off the coast of Southern California only 12 feet under the surface at the bank and produces the biggest known surfable wave on the planet. Dixon’s writing answers the question of what motivates the big wave surfers’— men like Greg and Rusty Long, Peter Mel, Ken “Skindog” Collins, Grant “Twiggy” Baker and Mike Parsons—obsession for conquering its massive waves. It also tells the story of deep sea diver/engineer Jim Houtz and actor Joe Kirkwood who in 1966 sunk a ship on the submerged island to serve as an abalone processing plant and began surrounding it with rocks in an effort to create the island of Abolonia and control the lucrative fishing rights in the area. The Long brothers, Parsons, Baker and Houtz are scheduled to appear, along with Harrison Ealey who surfed Cortes Bank solo in 1962. For more information about the party, call 949.388.0313 or log on to To read more about the book, see SC

SURF RESULTS Surfing America Prime West Event No. 2, October 8, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach BOYS U18: 1. Taylor Clark, Encinitas; 2. Trevor Thornton, SC; 3. Scott Weinhardt, DP; 4. Matt Lewis, Cardiff. GIRLS U18: 1. Kulia Doherty, SC; 2. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 3. Frankie Harrer, Malibu; 4. Tia Blanco, SC. BOYS U16: 1. Griffin Colapinto, SC; 2. Patrick Curren, Santa Barbara; 3. Thelen McKinna, Malibu; 4. Colin Deveze, SC. GIRLS U16: 1. Frankie Harrer, Malibu; 2. Meah Collins, Costa Mesa; 3. Kulia Doherty, SC; 4. Tia Blanco, SC. BOYS U14: 1. Griffin Colapinto, SC; 2. Micky Clarke, Ventura; 3. Kei Kobayashi, SC; 4. John Mel, Newport Beach. NSSA Southwest Open Event No. 3, October 1-2, San Onofre State Beach, Uppers Local finishers only. MEN: 1. Trevor Thornton, SC; Jonah Carter, SC. JUNIORS: 1. Griffin Colapinto, SC; 2. Jake Davis, CB; 3. Colin Deveze, SC. MINI GROMS: 2. Crosby Colapinto, SC; 6. Ethan Mudge, CB. WOMEN: 1. Kulia Doherty, SC; 3. Tia Blanco, SC. GIRLS: 4. Tia Blanco, SC. LONGBOARD: 1. Cody Canzoneri, SC/Texas. See www. for full results.

Ghost Wave author Chris Dixon shows his latest book. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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WSA/WLA Longboard Open, September 30, Ventura, Surfers’ Point MEN: 1. Tommy Witt, SC; 2. Tony Silvagni, North Carolina; 3. Cole Robbins, Ventura; 4. Nelson Ahina, Hawaii. WOMEN: 1. Karina Rozunko, SC; 2. Kaitlin Maguire, Oceanside; 3. Kirra Kehoe-Potts, Santa Monica; 4. Natalia Smith, Hawaii.

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