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Super Bowl, Super Kids For second year in a row, game day ad includes a San Clemente boy E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

The TaxACT commercial that Cole Edwards, 8, of San Clemente, took part in was aired during the second quarter of the Super Bowl Sunday. Courtesy photo

Amid Woes, SONGS Continues Inspections of its Two Reactors

SCHS Baseball Hosts first Baseball Clinic for 300 Youth

Blake: Cow or Milk Debate Continues No Matter Age






SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO JSerra Catholic High School has hired Dr. John Freeh—brother of the former FBI Director Louis Freeh— as its new principal. Dr. Freeh, who holds a doctorate in English Renaissance Literature from Oxford University, will take the helm of the 1,050-student school in July. Freeh’s resume includes teaching and leadership roles at Gonzaga, Hillsdale College in Michigan and Wyoming Catholic College; he was Director of University Ministry at Gonzaga and directed Hillsdale’s RCIA program for students preparing to enter the Catholic Church. Freeh also holds master’s degrees from Georgetown and Northwestern. The school is conducting a nationwide search for a new president/CEO to replace Frank Talarico, who accepted the top job with Goodwill of Orange County, which is Orange County’s largest nonprofit organization.


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DANA POINT Border Patrol agents took seven people into custody Saturday afternoon at Dana Point Harbor for illegal human smuggling. At about 3:30 p.m. Saturday Border Patrol agents responded to assist Orange County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and the Customs and Boarder Protection Office of Air and Marine with the detention of a pleasure boat and seven passengers at the Embarcadero Launch Ramp, authorities said. Six of the seven detainees were determined to be in the county illegally—five Mexican nationals and one from Brazil. The seventh person taken into custody is a U.S. citizen. Three of the seven are females—the Brazilian and two Mexicans. According to San Diego Sector Border Patrol spokesman Jerry Conlin, the American is being held and will be prosecuted for alien smuggling and the six in the country illegally were processed for deportation.


What’s Up With... 1

… Shooting?

THE LATEST: A man shot by an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy early Tuesday morning outside San Clemente High School died and an autopsy was being performed, according Jim Amormino, a sheriff’s spokesman. The shooting occurred about 4:45 a.m. after a deputy made a traffic stop. The suspect pulled his vehicle in the school parking lot, according to Amormino. The deputy was not injured. Amormino said the driver of a white GMC Yukon plowed through a gate that blocked vehicle traffic to an access way on the west side of the gym. As the car was being towed away late Tuesday morning, it appeared to have front-end damage. It was unclear whether a passenger had been in the Yukon. A sheriff’s car with a blood hound in the back seat left the high school late in the morning. Classes at 700 Avenida Pico campus resumed Tuesday on schedule but authorities closed off the western most portion of the parking lot for hours while they completed their work. For the investigation, the Sheriff’s Department set up a mobile command unit in the closed-off section of the parking lot and detoured school traffic to the central entrance. WHAT’S NEXT: Deputies were awaiting the results of the autopsy. The incident is being investigated by the Orange County District Attorney’s office because a deputy was involved in the shooting. The DA’s office does not release information until the investigation is complete, spokeswoman Farrah Emami said by email. FIND OUT MORE: To see the full story and photos, visit — Jonathan Volzke and Stacie N. Galang San Clemente Times February 9–15, 2012



THE LATEST: Amid growing criticism, mechanical woes and a worker accident at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, both reactors at the power plant remained offline. Gil Alexander, spokesman for plant operator Southern California Edison, said this week engineers were preparing to inspect the Unit 3 steam generator, which had been shut down Tuesday, January 31 after sensors detected a water leak in the closed loop of water that circulates from the reactor, where it’s heated, to the bottom of the steam generator and back to the reactor. But local residents expressed concerns about the problems at the power plant and called for its closure at this week’s City Council meeting. “We don’t need San Onofre running to meet our power needs in Southern California,” said Patti Davis of San Clemente. Others called for an independent system to collect radiation data in the area and an epidemiological study to determine the power plants’ impact on cancer rates. Alexander has described the water leak as “best characterized by extremely small” and “mildly radioactive.” “It never did and still doesn’t pose a risk to workers or the public,” he said. Alexander said detectors near the leak registered “slightly elevated radiation” though not significant to pose a hazard to workers. Other detectors at the plant showed increased levels. “It was only a very slight uptick that then ended within several hours,” he said. Alexander said radiation levels returned to normal when the unit was shut down. Victor Dricks, a spokesman with the Nuclear Regulator Commission said the leak was .06 gallons per minute. The threshold for SONGS to declare what’s

Former San Clemente Police Chief Al Ehlow stands with retired officers Vern McGarry, Tom Jordan and Tom Haight. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

called an unusual event is a 25-gallons-perminute leak. On January 27, a contract plant worker fell into a reactor pool. He has since been put through a battery of medical tests and suffered no injuries or contamination, Alexander said. The worker returned to work the same day. He described the accident as “extremely rare.” “We will continue to monitor him for several days,” he said.

generator that served for over 30 years. The utility company planned to have the Unit 2 reactor offline for two months, a timetable that has not been changed, Alexander said. Dricks said so far only two of the 10,000 tubes had extensive enough wear and would now need to be plugged and taken out of service. SCE will be required to develop a plan for the other tubes showing unusual wear, he said.

WHAT’S NEXT: Dricks said the NRC has no restriction keeping SCE from returning Unit 3 to service. The SCE spokesman said engineers are preparing to conduct the inspections of the Unit 3 generator tubes and expect the process to take several days for an initial assessment. Already offline for planned upgrades, Unit 2 was installed 18 months earlier. The unit is showing accelerated wear, which Alexander described as indicative of new steam generators and consistent with the some wear patterns in the original steam


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… the Steed Memorial?

THE LATEST: The Interstate-5 sign to memorialize San Clemente’s only officer to die in the line of duty in 65 years was dedicated Friday, February 3 near the Cristianitos exit. (Cont. on page 4)

EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, February 9 Overeaters Anonymous Meeting 6 p.m. Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answer. No fees. 929 Calle Negocio, Suite H, San Clemente, 949.266.9631. Chat with Pat 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Talk with a doctor at The Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.3322, Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting 7 p.m. Ole Hanson Room in the Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200,

Friday, February 10 Grand Opening of iHope 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the non-profit to help the homeless. 106 W. Canada, 949.388.3633,

Saturday, February 11 Capo Bay League of Women Voters Event 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Speech by Lynda Sloan, director at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), on how we can help our youth take positive turns in their at risk lives. The Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.492.7675.

Sunday, February 12 San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

Tuesday, February 14 Seniors’ Valentine’s Party 11:45 a.m.12:30 p.m. Special event with a sing-a-long at The Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.3322, San Clemente Toastmasters 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking every Tuesday in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at the Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361. 8463, Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200,

Wednesday, February 15 General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 6 p.m. Community Development in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. 910 Calle Negocio, 949.361.8200, San Clemente Times February 9–15, 2012

(Cont. from page 3) Police officers who served with Officer Richard T. Steed along with city and state officials attended a dedication on the northbound side of the freeway and later a luncheon honor of the sign. As Former Police Chief Al Ehlow spoke about the fateful night November 29, 1978, the room grew quiet. Steed had responded to a medical call. “It’s not one of those calls that you would think of as dangerous,” Ehlow said. Despite wearing a bullet-proof vest, Steed suffered fatal gunshot wounds. State Rep. Diane Harkey, whose legislative work helped designate the freeway in Steed’s name, said it was a special honor to dedicate the sign to the fallen officer. WHAT’S NEXT: Private funds were raised to pay for the signs, including limited edition coins with Steed’s badge over an American flag and a portrait of him on the other side. The coins are $10.


THE LATEST: The City Council approved adding three recordable video cameras for $21,410 in the Pier Bowl to help keep the area secure. The cameras are expected to help Sheriff’s Deputies monitor the area, which has suffered from vandalism. The mural, for example, in the walkway under the railroad tracks has been vandalized recently, City Manager George Scarborough said. WHAT’S NEXT: Two of the cameras will cost about $4,000 and the third $10,000 because it requires a wireless link. Another $500 is needed for licensing costs, according to the staff report. FIND OUT MORE: Visit —SNG


FIND OUT MORE: To read an extended version of the story and to view photos, visit For more information about the coins, visit the city’s website or contact Stephanie Jones at 949.361.8352 or —SNG

… Cameras Near the Pier?

...Teachers of the Year?

THE LATEST: Fifty-eight teachers have been selected as the top educator at their schools, officials from the Capistrano Unified School District and Capistrano


Unified Education Association announced this week. In San Clemente, the teachers are Molly Newman at Truman Benedict Elementary, Kelly Newton at Concordia Elementary, Paola Paz Soldan at Las Palmas Elementary, Cheri Rusinkovich at Clarence Lobo Elementary, Krickette Fredrick at Marblehead Elementary, Kim Goode at Vista del Mar Elementary, Loretta Vavrick at Bernice Ayer Middle, Becky Walla at Shorecliffs Middle, Craig Adnams at Vista del Mar Middle and Patrick Harris at San Clemente High. The teachers are selected by fellow educators at their respective schools before being evaluated by a district committee. District winners will be announced in March and recognized at the annual Teacher of the Year Celebration at Ocean Hills Church in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, May 3, 2012. The three winners—one each at the elementary, middle and high school levels—will then compete in the Orange County Teacher of the Year contest. WHAT’S NEXT: The San Clemente teachers will now compete to be named one of three district Teachers of the Year. FIND OUT MORE: Visit capousd. to read more. —SNG

Compiled by Stacie N. Galang

PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO 2012 Member Drive Kicks Off on Co-op Grocery Store u San Clemente Community Market launched its 2012 member drive to open Orange County’s first cooperative grocery store. Eventually, community market leaders would like to open a store in central San Clemente that will offer a full range of organic and natural produce and household products. “The vision for the market also goes beyond the food aisle,” said Steering Community member Laura Engeman. “As a cooperative, the store is overseen by a board of directors elected by its member-owners.” In April 2011, the San Clemente Community Market officially incorporated as a California Cooperative and now has over 1,000 interested community members. The goal is to obtain 1,500 member-owners. To learn more about the market, visit www.

Captured in the Battle of the Bulge, Cozean’s grandfather spent 103 days as a prisoner of the German Army, losing 60 pounds and several friends to the bitter cold and starvation fare of a Nazi prison camp. After being liberated by the tanks of Gen. George S. Patton, he rejoined his wife, resumed his work as a carpenter and raised a family without ever mentioning what he endured. Nearly 50 years later, Robert Cozean suddenly began talking about his wartime experiences. As Jesse Cozean began interviewing him about his time as a POW, Robert Cozean underwent his second round of heart surgery in 10 years. While recovering, he lived with grandson, his “first sergeant,” who oversaw Robert Cozean’s medical care. Along the way, their relationship changed from that of a kid and his Papa to two men seeing each other for the first time. The book was published by Lyons Press.

Resident Inks First Book

FAM Receives $1,500 Donation

u San Clemente resident Jesse Cozean released his first book My Grandfather’s War: A Young Man’s Lessons from the Greatest Generation, a combined story of his grandfather’s experiences as a Nazi prisoner of war in World War II and Cozean’s own experience taking care of him at the end of his life.

u Body Awareness Physical Therapy, Inc. donated $1,500 to Family Assistance Ministries, which provides food, shelter and aid to those in need throughout south Orange County. “I feel that it is extremely important to give back to the community. As a local

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Chrissie Morgan Sulkess (right), owner of Body Awareness Physical Therapy, donated $1,500 to Mary Gray Perdue, Family Assistance Ministries executive director. Courtesy photo

business owner, I strive to support other local businesses, and help those in our own community having a difficult time,” Body Awareness owner Chrissie Morgan Sulkess and her husband Glenn Sulkess who live in San Clemente with their two children. “With these tough economic times, we all need as much support from one another as we can get. Family Assistance Ministries is a wonderful organization dedicated to helping those in need in our own backyard.” Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. Forward a picture along, too! We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to


Super Bowl, Super Kids For second year in a row, game day ad includes a San Clemente boy By Stacie N. Galang San Clemente Times


he anticipation mounted in the Edwards’ Shorecliffs home. It was Super Bowl Sunday, but the 50 or so people glued to the two flat-screen televisions cared less about the Giants, Patriots or Madonna than they did about 8-year-old Cole Edwards whose acting career would hit a truly national audience in a 30-second spot for TaxACT, a tax preparation software. Each commercial break, the people in the room would perk up to see what commercial came next. On one side of the open-concept living space, Cole, his siblings Sean, 12, and Paige, 15, and their friends camped out in front of one of the televisions. On the other side, parents Tracey and Bobby Edwards and the other adults kept watch for Cole’s smiling mug on their TV. For his part, Cole hung out at the fringes but occasionally swooped in near his older brother where the two elbowed each other for a bit. Finally, in the second quarter, the moment arrived. The actor’s Home Alone-like facial expressions earned peals of laughter, cheers and applause. The group was so excited they stopped and replayed the commercial a second time. Cheers went around the room again. “I’m not surprised,” said Bobby Edwards of his son. “He’s a unique individual.” Cole Edwards may be unique, but not unusual to San Clemente in the acting department. Last year, San Clemente’s Max Page took Super Bowl ad honors with his rendition of Darth Vader for Volkswagen. Cole’s bit, dubbed “It’s out there,” received thumbs up from TV critics, approval of voting consumers with USA Today and performed well on online social media polls. In the commercial, Cole suddenly feels the urge to relieve himself and jumps out of the pool to take care of business. But the world conspires against him, and at every corner he’s reminded of his urgency or thwarted in his attempt to reach a restroom. Finally, he returns to the pool, and the viewers are in on his secret but not his unwitting actor sister. TaxACT touts itself as “totally free” and the agency behind the commercial, J.W. Morton and Associates, tried to capture the concept in the ad, said David Morton, president of marketing services. The idea of a boy in a swimming pool began with dinner conversation at the Morton home. “We thought that was kind of fun,” Morton said. “We talked about it at the office, and it kind of snowballed from there.”

San Clemente Times February 9–15, 2012

Top: Cole Edwards, sits in the front of the room to watch his TaxACT commercial among friends and family. Photo by Stacie N. Galang Bottom: Cole Edwards, 8, was the main character in the TaxACT commercial that played in the second quarter of the Super Bowl Sunday. Courtesy photo

THE BUSINESS OF SUPER BOWL Both pint-sized San Clemente actors are part of million-dollar advertising machine that is Super Bowl Sunday. Kris Peterson, vice president of marketing for 2nd Story Software, said the parent company for TaxACT couldn’t have hoped for more with the commercial. USA Today’s consumer panel of 286 participants ranked the TaxACT commercial No. 11 of the 54 shown during the game though the USA Today-Facebook rankings, which let anyone with a Facebook account vote, put the spot in 26th place. “They were big brands and ginormous marketing budgets behind them and huge PR machines,” Peterson said of the competition. “In the context of that, I think we’re super thrilled with the results.” Unlike behemoth brands like Budweiser, Doritos or Honda, Peterson said the Cedar Rapids, Iowa company employs 70 people full time. She noted that 2nd Story was recently acquired by Bellevue, Wash.-based Infospace. The timing of the TaxACT commercial — 10 weeks before tax day — was ideal for the software company, she said. But it’s hard to say, especially so close to the airing of the ad, what it did to propel business, the marketing vice president said. “There’s a lot of noise going on,” she said. “We did see a spike in user connections to the website.” J.W. Morton has represented 2nd

Story Software for about five years. This was the first time either the advertising agency or the software company had ever purchased airtime during the Super Bowl, Morton said. The commercial’s director similarly lacked Super Bowl bona fides. “We were rookies all the way around,” Morton said. Morton said he too was pleased with the feedback the commercial was getting. “So we’re feeling pretty good for first-time advertisers with some pretty big brand names,” said the advertising executive from his Cedar Rapids, Iowa headquarters. “We feel like they’re holding their own just fine.” The software company just made the decision to jump into the Super Bowl, he said. By all accounts it was a costly, though calculated, decision. The reported expense for 30 seconds of Super Bowl airtime was $3.5 million this year. Morton said 2nd Story bought its time directly from NBC, which broadcasted the Super Bowl, but it wasn’t clear how much the software company paid. THE BIG STAGE Bobby Edwards said the performer’s gene skipped his generation. He ascribed Cole’s acting chops to his grandmother Faye Winfield Edwards who was a Broadway actress and singer in her day. “Finally, a grandchild measured up to her innate ability,” the father said with a

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chuckle. Cole’s acting odyssey began about 18 months earlier, Tracey Edwards said. Her friends had encouraged her to get Cole into the business. “He loves to ham it up,” she said. “He loves to be the center of attention.” His audition went well enough for the agent to sign Cole that day, Tracey Edwards said. The young actor got his first role in an Anthem Blue Cross commercial. “Once he did that part, he was hooked,” Tracey Edwards said. Cole shot the Super Bowl advertisement over two days during Thanksgiving week. Morton spoke highly of the commercial’s protagonist who spent much of his time in a pool or just drenched for the part. “Cole was great,” the advertising executive said. “He was fantastic to work with.” Morton and the others selecting the lead liked his look but appreciated his attitude best. “The director really focused on him because he was really easy to work with,” Morton said. Peterson said Cole really conveyed the theme of being totally free. “I think he did such a great job connecting on that level,” she said. Cole has embraced the celebrity. These days, he’s leaning toward being a “movie star” when he grows up, though he said lawyer was his second option. Pressed for a third choice, he offered engineer, which made sense for a kid who loves math best. “I’m really good at it,” he said. Really, anything’s possible. At least after the Super Bowl, Hollywood work has been steady for the San Clemente actor who preceded Cole. Max Page took parts in commercials for Kay Jewelers and DirecTV. He had a regular role in the detective drama Prime Suspect with Maria Bello, but after 13 episodes the show was cancelled, his mother Jennifer Page said. The 7-year-old has also kept busy doing charitable work for children’s hospitals and pediatric medicine, which he benefited from as a newborn with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot, she said. “He just loves to be around kids and help them feel better,” his mom said. Max, who must use a pacemaker for the rest of his life, has also lobbied Congress for additional funding for pediatric medicine. “We’ve had just a great year,” Jennifer Page said. “He’s been a part of so many charitable groups and been able to do so much good with children’s health care issues.” The family has tried to parlay Max’s celebrity into a way to provide hope to parents and children who similarly face medical challenges. “The whole experience has been nothing but wonderful for us,” Jennifer Page said. “It’s all what you make it.” Tracey Edwards and her husband are leaving Cole’s options open. “We’re seeing where he takes it,” she said. “As parents, we’re very proud of him.” SC


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.

Monday, February 6 VANDALISM IN PROGRESS El Camino Real/Avenida Del Mar (2:09 p.m.) Deputies were called on a report of a white Ford Ranger with occupants who were throwing bottles out the window. The culprits smashed a window on a parked car. SUSPICIOUS PERSONS/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Rosa/Avenida Monterey (10:39 a.m.) A man wearing a camouflage, hooded sweatshirt and black warm-up pants was seen walking along Avenida Rosa and looking into cars. SUSPICIOUS PERSONS/CIRCUMSTANCES El Camino Real, 300 Block (12:57 p.m.) A coffee purveyor employee called deputies about a man using the wireless connection to view pornography on his laptop inside the business. SUSPICIOUS PERSONS/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Pico/El Camino Real (12:26 p.m.) A woman described as a transient was standing in the middle of the street with an umbrella, making traffic go around her. It was not raining.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Calle Pluma, 800 Block (8:19 a.m.) Deputies were called to assist Orange County Fire Authority treating an elderly diabetic man who had been yelling at his wife.

MISSING JUVENILE E. El Portal/El Camino Real (8:38 p.m.) A woman called deputies to report her 15-year-old daughter missing since the day before at 3 p.m.

DISTURBANCE – MUSIC OR PARTY La Salle, 100 Block (2:53 a.m.) A caller reported a party with people outside screaming and throwing bottles in the street.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Pelayo, 200 Block (8:46 p.m.) A group of boys was running around the neighborhood playing with imitation guns.

911 HANG-UP – WIRELESS Calle Campana, 600 Block (3:09 a.m.) A woman who was crying called from her cell phone. Male voices were heard in the background. Dispatchers sent deputies and firefighters. DISTURBANCE Vista Montana, 200 Block (2:46 a.m.) A caller reported a woman screaming and the sound of glass was breaking. PROWLER Avenida Montalvo, 200 Block (2:01 a.m.) A man was seen in a backyard, but it was too dark for a description. The caller thought the man was drunk because he was staggering around. A deputy arrived and transported one male Marine back to base. VANDALISM IN PROGRESS Calle Mirador/Avenida Del Reposo (1:23 a.m.) A caller was following a man who was kicking cars. Though the caller lost sight of the culprit, he could hear him smashing things at the bottom of the hill.

Sunday, February 5 BURGLARY ALARM – AUDIBLE Avenida Serra, 100 Block (11:36 p.m.) Deputies were initially called about a loud alarm going off at a vacant commercial building but later were told a woman was swinging a bat at the building. A man was seen with her. It was the fire alarm that had gone off and county firefighters were contacted. INVESTIGATE PERSON DOWN Avenida Monterey, 200 Block (9:07 p.m.) A man, who was possibly drunk, was lying down in a driveway and screaming.

DEFRAUDING AN INNKEEPER Avenida Pico, 600 Block (8:20 p.m.) A Carrow’s customer left without paying but was still in the parking lot. DISTURBANCE Calle Portada/Portico Del Sur (7:20 p.m.) A group of juveniles was throwing toilet paper and fruits at passing cars. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Avenida Pico, 900 Block (7:21 p.m.) Deputies were called three times about a man who had been harassing customers at Circle K and Taco Bell. A 30-year-old man was arrested and held on $20,000 bail. TRAFFIC ACCIDENT – NON-INJURY Avenida Pico/Via Pico Plaza (6:10 p.m.) Deputies were called about an accident in the parking lot of Del Taco. One of the women was shouting obscenities at the other. Both women were separated. DISTURBANCE Bolivia, 400 Block (5:56 p.m.) A caller reported two teens had been throwing limes at her front door. The same culprits had been causing problems throughout the neighborhood. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Avenida Pico, 900 Block (5:41 p.m.) A Lowe’s employee asked deputies to check on a man who appeared to be drunk and had been kicked out of the store. The man had been drinking malt liquor. Minutes earlier an employee at the Exxon Mobile called about a transient man who appeared to be drunk and was scaring customers.

DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 35900 Block (2:29 p.m.) Deputies were called about skateboarders on the beach side using a wall for tricks. The boarders were not being courteous to walkers trying to enjoy the space as well. INDECENT EXPOSURE El Portal/Buena Vista (2:17 p.m.) A man, described as a transient and wearing a towel, was reported “touching his privates while people walk by.” The man was later reported to lifeguards and now wore a khaki trench coat. Deputies were dispatched to make contact with the man at North Beach. DRUNK DRIVING Avenida Pico/Avenida Vista Hermosa (2:09 p.m.) A woman who appeared to be drunk was trying to get into her car and leave. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Monterey Lane, 400 Block (12:59 p.m.) Deputies were called to a sober living home for a man who was out front hiding in bushes and under cars. He was not considered violent. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Avenida Vaquero, 400 Block (12:58 p.m.) A dog had been locked in a car and appeared to be in distress. Animal control responded. DISTURBANCE Avenida La Pata, 200 Block (11:55 a.m.) Juveniles were using razor scooters inside the skate park. INVESTIGATE PERSON DOWN El Camino Real, 3900 Block (10:41 a.m.) A woman, described as a local transient, was reported down and unresponsive. CITIZEN ASSIST Via Cascadita, 2700 Block (8:21 a.m.) Deputies were called about a substance that had been sprinkled around the parking lot. The caller reported that a maintenance guy put poison down as a result of an altercation with him last week. The substance was determined to be weed killer.

2012 Festival of Whales Coloring Contest

Every child who enters


Whale Watching or Fishing Ticket for kids 9 & under ALL ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN MARCH 4, 2012

GRAND PRIZE Let the seagulls sing you to sleep… with a one-night beach get-a-way for a family of four in a Ocean View Suite, at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Doheny Beach in beautiful Dana Point, CA. A warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie at check-in is the hotel’s promise of a warm and caring experience. IN ADDITION, Breakfast for four at Proud Mary’s in the Dana Point Harbor! And a whale watching trip for four from Dana Wharf Sportfishing!


DANAWHARF.COM *No photo copies will be entered.* Mail completed entry form & coloring page to: Dana Wharf Sportfishing, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 Contestant’s Name Address


Parent/Legal Guardian


Email I would like to recieve a child’s

Whale Watching Ticket

Fishing Ticket


Contest is open to all children ages 9 and under. All entries must be received by March 4, 2012 for judging. Dana Point Times, San Clemente Times, The Capistrano Dispatch and Dana Wharf Sportfishing assume no responsibility for lost or late entries. All completed entries will receive one child’s whale watching ticket or child’s fishing ticket, compliments of Dana Wharf Sportfishing, mailed to the address on the contest entry. We do not accept the tickets on any group outing, and no copies are valid. The grand prize winner will be contacted by telephone. Some entries will be displayed around Dana Point Harbor during the 2012 Festival of Whales. The Grand Prize entry will be displayed at Dana Wharf Sportfishing. Contest entries will become the property of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and cannot be returned. Employees of Picket Fence Media, Dana Wharf Sportfishing and their families are not eligible to win. All winners are responsible for taxes and applicable fees. All parents/legal guardians of the winners will be required to verify identity through a signed affidavit, social security number and valid driver’s license. Contest void where prohibited. Entry into this contest will serve as entrant’s agreement of the above contest rules. Coloring contest winner will be announced at the Festival of Whales Concert Sunday, March 11th at Baby Beach.


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Group Editor, Editor, The Capistrano Dispatch > Jonathan Volzke City Editor, SC Times > Stacie N. Galang City Editor, DP Times > Andrea Swayne ART/DESIGN Senior Designer > Jasmine Smith

THE VILLAGE VOICE: By Wayne Eggleston

Let us Find a Way to Compromise Proposed development next to ‘Historic City Hall’ draws concern over size


Business Operations Manager > Alyssa Garrett

Associate Publisher > Lauralyn Loynes

Distribution Manager > Andrea Swayne

> Michele Reddick (San Clemente)

INTERNS Austin Patrick Reagan

> Debra Wells (San Juan Capistrano)


Sales Associate Angela Edwards

CONTRIBUTORS Megan Bianco, Cheynne Lee, Shelley Murphy, Tawnee Prazak, David Zimmerle

OPERATIONS Finance Director > Mike Reed


A rendering of the proposed building by the Olen Properties is next to the Historic City Hall on El Camino Real. Courtesy image


n my January column, I wrote about the sometimes conflicting issues of being “business friendly and community friendly.” Maintaining our unique “village atmosphere” while encouraging new development can present challenges since developers wish to maximize their buildable square footage, which means building mass and height. Since my January article, a prime development example has presented itself as “business friendly and community friendly.” At the top of Avenida Del Mar adjacent to the Easley Building, Olen Properties, a respected Newport Beach developer, wishes to build a three-story, mixed-use project consisting of 16 apartments with 6,800 square feet of commercial space on the ground level. What makes this an interesting issue? The Easley Building in the 1920s and early 1930s had a number of city offices located there and is still referred to as the Historic City Hall, an iconic Spanish Colonial Revival structure at 101 S. El Camino Real. It also housed the Chamber of Commerce and was the city’s first bank building. Most important, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this nation’s highest preservation honor. It is also on San Clemente’s landmark list and some consider it to be our most viewed and treasured historic commercial building. I would also venture to state that it is the reigning majestic centerpiece of our downtown village when viewed from Avenida Del Mar. We are proud of our Spanish Village by the Sea and the small town and human-scale architecture. We need to protect and cherish what makes us so unique and well-known to our residents and visitors alike. So why the concern? The proposed building is 44 feet high and would tower over the Easley Building by 15 feet along with the size associated with the planned project of 220 feet long. Some feel that the height and mass of the Olen building would have a negative visual impact on the historic building and render it insignificant. Recent mixed use developments like this in San Clemente have not been

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successful, as this type of development is more successful in more urban and highly dense areas. The developer stated to me that they do not have any similar mixed use development experience in Southern California. On one hand, we need to encourage new investment in our downtown village, and on the other hand we also need to protect what makes us so very proud of our town-small scale pedestrian friendly atmosphere. And that is what 86 percent of the respondents said was so important in the survey, Vision San Clemente. So where do we go from here? First of all, we need to discuss issues and not personalities. When we focus on personalities, we never seem to resolve the issues and arrive at compromise. As this project proceeds through the process, we need a three-dimensional model and story poles, so we can visually see the potential height and mass. Over the course of time we have created a restaurant row of eight restaurants in this two block area without considering congested traffic and parking. The traffic is now backing up two blocks for the light to change when you drive south. For a development project this significant, an Environmental Impact Report is needed. Now, I know there will be those who say that legally it is not required, but there is a far greater issue here than the technical legal aspects, as this is a defining moment for the future of our historic resources. There have been moments in our brief history where we have taken a grievous course and literally destroyed part of our historical heritage. Hopefully, this moment will not be one of them. Yes, we can encourage investment in our beautiful downtown village and preserve our historic architecture in a harmonious fashion. Let us find a way to compromise so that it is a win-win for both the developer and our small town historic atmosphere. 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. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to

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Sticking to the physics, in the scientific community there is little disagreement about the basic conclusion that humans are causing at least some recently observed climate changes. Contrary to what some people would have us think, these observed changes are not based on a single data set that can readily be “fudged.” They are based on a significant number of independent data sets, all of which point to the same conclusion: The rate of change we are experiencing is significantly higher than any we are aware of in recent geologic time. Change is normal. Such rapid change is not. I recently saw an excellent summary in a letter in Chemical and Engineering Times. In sum, there have been three major periods of global warming from 100 million years ago to the present, of which the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum had the fastest heating rate of 0.025 degrees Celsius per 100 years. The letter continues, “Current warming, which has been called Modern Warming, is very fast by comparison, with a heating rate of 1 to 4 degrees Celsius per 100 years, between 40 and 160 times faster than the Palocene-Eocene period.” Life on land adapted, migrated or died. Life cannot adjust to this fast change, and the results we see so far are the poleward movement of many species, habitat loss, coral bleaching, and extinctions. The effect on the Earth system has been acidifying oceans, extreme weather, glacier melting, and sea-level rise. According to the letter, we now pump about 9 petagrams — or about 9 billion tons — of carbon into the atmosphere each year, and projections indicate that the rate may reach 25 petagrams each year before all fossil-fuel reserves are exhausted. The question is whether we are going to do something about this.


In your January 5, SC Times “Liberal Edition” of letters to the editor, it looks to me like a compilation of the “best of” “bleeding heart” complaints of issues typically discussed in this forum. I am not sure if this was coincidental, or merely a week of “No on Everything, Don’t Development Anything – If You Don’t like It, Leave” rhetoric. I would like to address the letters, in order of appearance, (Cont. on page 12)

SOAPBOX GUEST OPINION: By Linda Verraster, President San Clemente High School Education Foundation

SCHS Education Foundation Supports Teachers, Students Donations help keep vital programs available


id you know that California ranks 46th in K-12 spending per pupil and 47th as a percent of income? In the last four years, $9 billion dollars has been stripped from the budgets of public K-14 in California. You’d think this tale of woe would mean our students are getting a worse education than their parents and grandparents received. You would be wrong, at least in San Clemente. Through the Herculean efforts of faculty, staff and administrators, Capistrano Unified School District ranks in achievement as the highest among all the large districts in California. From 2003, the Academic Performance Index has actually been rising. San Clemente High School graduated 97 percent of students who started whereas the national average is but 87 percent and the California average is even less at 78 percent. Ninety percent of SCHS graduates who applied to the University of California system were admitted. Last year, 50 percent completed the requirements for admission to public universities in California. With almost 3,000 students, SCHS is itself like a small town, one struggling to maintain its facilities, many of which are outdated and under-equipped as the numbers of students have grown since its opening in 1964. With all the layoffs, you might imagine students would not receive individual attention from their teachers or their advisors, let alone find extra help from dwindling numbers of counselors.

Letters to the Editor (Cont. from page 10) as follows: • Randal Seech alludes to the 241 Toll Road extension proposal encroaching upon San Mateo State Park, as if a highway leading to, and through, a State Park would be unbearable. Got news for you, Randal, Interstate 5 runs through, and to, the San Onofre surf beach; that’s how people get to the beach. It also runs through Camp Pendleton and the nuclear facility, with no problems. • Roger Johnson speaks of the catastrophic SONGS facility, that we all know will never replace terrorist-sponsored oil demands — or coal-burning power plants — but will end all of our lives soon. This will be hampered by the fact that there would be no way out of danger in the event of a disaster, due to the inability to get successfully out of the area. By the way, I don’t know the statistics, but I would guess that more people have died in electric-plantrelated accidents and coal mining operations than nuclear accidents. You are welcome to prove me wrong. • Paul Carlton, the reason the attacks on the global warming lies have been successful is because the “thinking people” of the world stopped listening to the Al Gore-based scare campaign and started listening to the scientists who have called it what it is: crap. Incidentally, right-wingers and tea-partiers believe in climate change: It changed from 47 degrees this morning to 82 degrees this afternoon. • And then there is Rod Hillerts’ letter regarding the Sears-Kmart change. Really? This is a business decision made to make money. That’s what we do in private business in a capitalistic society. Americans need to understand that it is not the responsibility of private businesses to do what is best for the neighborhood “upgrade” but rather, it is their responsibility to shareholders to make money. I know that it is fashionable to think otherwise, but that’s how private business rolls. It looks as though Al Franken or Ed Schultz might have San Clemente Times February 9–15, 2012

Here again, you’d be wrong. Why? Because concerned and involved parents and local businesses have joined the dedicated high school professionals to step up. Whether in support of athletics, music, or drama programs, booster clubs and businesses alike are donating money and time. Among support groups, one of the most effective is the San Clemente Education Foundation. Over the last decade, the foundation has raised money for academic initiatives through fundraising campaigns and events such as the springtime Luau auction, as well as by sales of fence banners, SCHS logo Rainbow sandals and personalized bricks for the Walk of Fame. Ralph’s returns a percentage of money to the foundation spent by area families who sign up in the Community Contribution Program. SCEF uses this income to support academic initiatives to keep students on the path to college and beyond. Founders such as Jim and Kathleen Sigafoos knew that our students needed high quality degrees and credentials in ever-growing numbers if they were to compete in the global economy. A high school diploma alone wouldn’t be enough to open the door on well-paying employment in the future. Contributions made to the foundation benefit every student and family at our hometown high school. Specifically, the organization provides free after-school tutoring for any student twice weekly. It also supplements

the college counseling otherwise available to students. This alone ensures increased numbers of students take the correct classes to meet university requirements. SCEF also provides support for the International Baccalaureate Program where students are tested on curricula against students from all over the world. SCEF has increased the availability of Advanced Placement testing to students of limited means. Hundreds of parents have attended a series of evening seminars called College Knowledge on the college admissions and financial aid processes. The foundation also buys books and supplies for science and other programs. The SCEF provides college application workshops for mid-GPA juniors and seniors free of charge. Ahead, if fundraising is successful in 2012, the foundation may well begin supplemental advising for sophomores to even further improve their chances of success. Our annual fundraising program is winding down. If you would like to join your neighbors in support of the San Clemente High School Education Foundation preparing the future leaders of our community, please make a donation today. Visit and contribute to this kind of tangible community development. SCHS’s graduates will return the investment a hundredfold. 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. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to


been the guest editor that week. Please present a fair and balanced opinion section that shows both sides of the arguments and discussions on these issues. P.S. If you don’t, I will still read it because you have the right, as a private business, to include what you want in your opinion section. Page 12

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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK



ROBIN HENKEL AND BILLY WATSON 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

NATHAN & FRIENDS 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

WIN FREE TICKETS! The first person to email us with SC Times Free Concert Tix in the subject will receive a pair of tickets from The Coach House to see Comedy Club with Dana Daniels on Thursday, Feb. 16. Include your name and phone number. EMAIL:


ACOUSTIC EIDOLON 7:30 p.m. Joe Scott and Hannah Alkire play at Dana Point Community House, for the Lord of the Strings concert series. Tickets $25. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227,


LEROY 6:30 p.m.-close. Acoustic guitarist plays music at Zona’s. 647 Camino de Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.970.4568, KELLY FITZGERALD 9 p.m. Live music and Aloha Friday at Irons in the Fire. No cover. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900, ANGELIKA WILSON 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,



ST. VALENTINE’S DAY LOVE YOUR BEACH CLEANUP 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Clean up Doheny Beach. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, 949.496.6172,

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AT THE MOVIES WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN At least one film a year seems snubbed by the Academy. Last year, it was Ryan Gosling’s performance in Blue Valentine (2010). This year it’s Tilda Swinton in the chilling film adaptation We Need to Talk About Kevin. Swinton and Kevin, the film, have been praised throughout 2011, and the Oscars neglect in acknowledging her has caused quite a stir. In Lynne Ramsay’s screen version of Lionel Shriver’s novel, Swinton plays Eva, a mother haunted by a past event that occurred with her mentally troubled son Kevin (Ezra Miller). Throughout the film, we see Eva in past and present tense contemplate whether being a mother was the right choice. She grapples with her son’s hatred for her and humanity in general. Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly in We Need To Talk Much like The Shining (1980), We Need to Talk About Kevin is almost like a nightAbout Kevin. Courtesy of Oscilloscope Laboratories mare every woman wishes would never happen to them. The horror isn’t from a spooky house or ghosts, but a real life evil. The film should not only have received a nomination for the acting, but for the direction and editing as well. Swinton has little dialogue, but conveys so much emotion from her character to the audience that we are affected personally from her piercing eyes and timid voice. The effect is aided by Ramsay’s non-linear filmmaking and ambiguous sequences. SC — Megan Bianco

HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR ADULT RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FAMILY 8 p.m. Acclaimed NYC humorist Polly Frost brings her hilarious and heartfelt one person show at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $15. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www. CULINARY DEMONSTRATION CLASS: LATIN APHRODISIACS 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Latin Aphrodisiacs and signature cocktails with Chef Richard Sandoval at The Ritz-Carlton. Cost begins at $109. 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.2000, FARM TO FORK 10:30 a.m. Children’s program at The Ecology Center’s exploring veggie gardens and preparing small-plate meals with local chefs. Recommended for ages 6 to 12. Sign up in advance online. Cost $15 members, $20 non-members. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, MOVIE DAY AT THE COOP: THE FUTURE OF FOOD 9 a.m.-12 p.m. San Clemente Community Market hosts Kerne Erickson of the Committee for the Right to Know and a showing of the movie, The Future of Food. RSVP: 1506 Calle Valle, San Clemente, VESPER 10 p.m. Live music at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,


KONPLOTT JEWELRY TRUNK SHOW 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Konplott, Europe’s premiere fashion jewelry company, is making it’s debut at ErbaBath, Body & Jewelry with a special event and sale. 114 Avenida Del Mar, #1, San Clemente, 303.709.1590,


A TRIBUTE TO OUR NATION’S HEROES & FAMILIES 12 p.m.-3 p.m. The Kaleidoscope teams with Freedom Is Not Free to host a special event with patriotic entertainment, musical performances, speeches, shopping and food specials, activities for the whole family and more. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, www. BLOOD DRIVE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Donate blood at the DP Harbor; Bloodmobile will be in parking lot next to Mahe at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Golden Lantern. Page 14


BLUE WHALE BONANZA Capt Dave’s Safari has daily departures for whale and dolphin watching. Cost $55 adults, $35 children, 2 and younger free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,


MONDAY NIGHT LAUGHS 9 p.m.-11 p.m. Live standup comedy at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,


A ROMANTIC RENDEZVOUS 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Special event at Casa Romantica with live music by Elliot, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, chocolates, champagne and more. Cost $40 each. Special pricing featuring dinner at Carbonara’s available. Call for reservations. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


VALENTINE’S DINNER & MISSY ANDERSEN 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Iva Lee’s hosts a three-course dinner with live music and more. Cost $45 each. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, VALENTINE’S DAY CRUISE 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Dana Wharf hosts a romantic sunset cruise. Includes glass of champagne, treats and a cash bar. $32. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


THE JUNGLE BOOK 7 p.m. Shorecliff’s Junior High students perform in the auditorium, with shows Feb. 15 & 16. $8. 240 Via Socorro San Clemente, 949. 498.1660,


JASON FOSTER & BRANDI SMITH 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live acoustic duo at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, DECODING YOUR DESTINY 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Special event at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





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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The Cow or the Milk Debate Continues No Matter Age O ne of the hottest topics among older singles is the marriage versus cohabitation debate. Today, women readers share their opinions. Jennifer, Laguna Niguel stated, “Marriage is a personal and economic unit whose main goal is to provide a stable home in which to raise children. Two people can do a better job of this than one. Older people who often have grown children have already completed this task. They do not need to nail down a reproductive agreement. “Older people have often spent a lifetime working and accumulating assets and they frequently like to keep their finances separate. Many want their children or grandchildren to be their sole heirs. Marriage or re-marriage can interfere with this inheritance plan or complicate it. Sometimes, it’s simpler to remain single, even while living together. “Older couples who live together benefit from the closeness and companionship of a live-in partner and probably live longer, too.

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They can pool their money and talents, which means they will probably enjoy an enhanced lifestyle together. “Those who, for religious or other reasons, are uncomfortable with ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 this arrangement can By Tom Blake still get married.” Billie, not her true name, South Orange County, feels people who cohabitate endure the disapproval of others. She said, “I believe women are especially treated awful by society, relatives and friends with snide comments like, why would he buy the cow when he can get the milk for free. Also, they will come straight out and tell you that you are being used, and if your man really loved you he would make it legal. Women who are not married are treated like second-class citizens and are judged harshly. A common thought is that they

don’t have what it takes to keep a man; no one wants them, etc. “When it comes to family, if there are young children or even older children, you can’t introduce the person as a husband or wife, and the young children wonder, just what are you then? This is especially a problem if the extended family has faith beliefs that do not condone cohabitation. “So you might really care about these children, but in the eyes of the family, you are not the aunt, and you are not called Aunt Maggie, you are just awkwardly referred to as Jack’s friend Maggie, when you are much, much more than a friend. You cannot build a close relationship because they don’t recognize you as family... You are just that woman that lives or shacks up with Uncle Jack.” Comment from Tom: As a columnist, I strive to present both sides of issues and keep my opinions about what people say to a minimum. However, I have to mention that I strongly disagree with several

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of Billie’s points. I smile, however, remembering that a few years back, a caller to the Dr. Laura show asked Dr. Laura her opinion about me, the love-after-50-columnist, living with Greta without being married. Dr. Laura said, “She’s his shack-up honey.” I couldn’t thank Dr. Laura enough; I sold 53 extra copies of my “Finding Love After 50” book on Amazon that week. Billie continued, “Introductions are also awkward, and I have found people don’t get it, they look kind of blank and married women quickly move away, suspicious. Comment from Tom: Perhaps Billie meant “jealous,” instead of “suspicious.” So that’s it. Do you want the cow or just the milk? 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 See his website at www. SC




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Wolverines vs. Tritons, San Clemente High


Cougars vs. Tritons, San Clemente High

Dolphins vs. Tritons, San Clemente High

February 9, 3:15 p.m.

February 9, 4 p.m.

February 9, 7 p.m.

February 11, 11 a.m.

The Tritons are primed for the postseason but must first close out its regular schedule with a final match against Aliso Niguel High.

The Lady Tritons continue to wreak havoc in the South Coast League as the team closes out the regular season with a home game against Capo Valley.

With bragging rights always on the line in this match up, San Clemente hosts cross-town rival Dana Hills in its final game of the regular season.

With the postseason in full swing, the Tritons are looking for more success on the big stage as San Clemente hits the mat for CIF Team Championships.





By David Zimmerle

GIRLS BASKETBALL • The Lady Tritons (3-3 SCL, 14-9) dropped its nonleague game against Woodbridge High on February 4 as the Lady Warriors stormed to a 49-40 win against San Clemente. Down 19-8 at the end of the first period, the Lady Tritons got its offense in gear in the second frame outscoring its opponent 12-3 before heading into the half trailing 23-20. Both teams matched each other with eight points in the third period before Woodbridge poured on the points in the fourth period for the win. For San Clemente, Brogan Griffin had a team high of 10 points while Kathleen Harmann finished with nine points. The girls wrapped up the regular season at home with a South Coast League game against Laguna Hills on February 8. Next 7 days: N/A BOYS SOCCER • The Tritons (5-0-1 SCL, 16-4-3) are peaking in terms of San Clemente Times February 9–15, 2012


Gauchos vs. Anteaters, Bren Events Center February 15, 7 p.m. UC Irvine’s men’s basketball team gets back to conference play as the Anteaters host a battle royale against UC Santa Barbara. Info:

points, Capo Valley finished in third with 173 points. Laguna Hills crowned seven individual champions and qualified all 14 of its wrestlers for the CIF-Southern Section Central Divisional, slated for Feb. 17-18 at Canyon Springs High in Moreno Valley. San Clemente had just one champion as Jacob Clifton (122) took first in his class. But, the Tritons also qualified 11 of its wrestlers to the Central Divisional. Next 7 days: Feb. 11 at CIF Team Championships, 9:30 a.m.

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BOYS BASKETBALL • After beating Laguna Hills on the road, 58-50, on January 27, the Tritons (4-3 SVL, 13-11) hosted a Sea View League showdown with San Juan Hills High on February 4 and beat the Stallions in commanding fashion, 7437. San Clemente jumped ahead 22-9 after the first period and went into halftime with a 43-14 lead, never looking back throughout the final two frames. On the night, Brock Eissman led the Tritons with 17 points, Larry Licht had 13 points and Brian Bang finished with 12 points. The team went on to face Trabuco Hills on the road February 7 before closing out the regular season against Dana Hills on February 9. Next 7 days: N/A


CIF Team Championships, Villa Park High

Members of San Clemente High’s dance team gather for a photo after a performance at a regional Dance Competition Winter Dance Festival on January 28. Courtesy photo

power and performance as they near the post season. San Clemente fired off another lopsided win recently, shutting down Tesoro, 7-0, on February 3. The boys went into the half up, 3-0, before netting four more goals in the second half. Dylan Struthers led with two goals for the Tritons while Justice Duerksen, Jake Hendrickson, Oscar Hernandez, Sam Merritt and Gage Zerboni each scored one goal apiece. The team next hosted Laguna Hills on February 7 before closing out the regular season against Aliso Niguel—the only team to tie San Clemente in league play so far—on February 9. Next 7 days: N/A

the lone goal while goalkeeper Sheridan Hapsic recorded six saves on the match. San Clemente went on to face Mission Viejo on the road February 6 before closing out the regular season at home against Aliso Niguel on February 8. Next 7 days: N/A

GIRLS SOCCER • The Lady Tritons (40-2 SCL, 13-2-6) couldn’t muster enough offensive firepower to best Trabuco Hills on January 31, tying the Lady Mustangs 1-1. Trabuco Hills got on the board first and went into the half ahead 1-0 before the Lady Tritons knotted the game at 1-1 in the second half of play. For San Clemente, Nikki Faris netted

WRESTLING • No. 3 San Clemente couldn’t get past powerhouse Laguna Hills High at the South Coast League Finals February 4, as the Hawks claimed its 25th consecutive league finals title, setting an Orange County record with the elite finish. Laguna Hills wrapped up the event with 208.5 points, secondplace San Clemente closed out with 176

GIRLS WATER POLO • The Lady Tritons (5-0 SCL, 9-10) got back to its South Coast League schedule on February 6 as the team traveled to take on Tesoro. Next up, the girls hit the road for a game against Laguna Hills on February 7 before closing out the regular season at home against Capo Valley on February 9. Next 7 days: N/A

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BASEBALL • San Clemente High School’s varsity head coach Dave Gellatly headed the program’s first Free Baseball Clinic on January 28 as the event had a tremendous turnout from participants. Coach Gellatly, along with assistant coach Mark Giauque and 20 other student athletes, had more than 300 young players from 6-14 years old participating in multiple baseball drills, situation plays and hitting instruction in the batting cages. The clinic also raised $3,000 in donations that will go toward the high school’s baseball program. San Clemente’s baseball program has several other efforts in the works right now like conducting its Batter’s Up Fundraiser where family, friends and businesses can adopt a player, perform field work days where parents and players show up at the high school for field improvements and surveying efforts have also started on a new bull pen for pitchers. For more information, visit DANCE TEAM • The San Clemente High School dance team competed at the California Association of Dance and Drill Team Directors Regional Dance Competition Winter Dance Festival on January 28. It was the program’s first competition of the 2012 season as the team is also preparing to nationals in late March. Results for the event are as follows: first place in Medium Lyrical, first place in Intermediate Dance, first place in Character, second place in Large Lyrical and second place in Hip Hop. No soloists performed at the event. The girls are next back in competition on February 11 at Sonora High School in La Habra.


SCHS Athletes Commit During National Signing Day Kyle Murphy Picks Stanford By Cheynne Lee San Clemente Times


t was a proud day at San Clemente High School as 26 student-athletes signed their letters of intent. “This is really overwhelming, this is a tribute and celebration for our student athletes,” said Athletic Director Jon Hamro. Hundreds of students, proud parents and several media personnel equipped with notepads and cameras littered the campus’ Student Quad Wednesday, February 1, as the student-athletes were recognized for their accomplishments within their respective sport and in the classroom. Principal George Duarte reminded the college-bound students to “Just remember your roots as you are all Tritons.” The most anticipated announcement came with highly recruited offensive tackle, Kyle Murphy, who finally revealed which school he would be playing for and attending. After thanking his parents, teammates, coaches, friends, and teachers Murphy stated, “The school I will be going to for the next four or five years will be Stanford,” as he placed a Stanford hat upon his head. Murphy had held out throughout his last season with the football team and waited until today to announce his college plans. He was heavily sought after by USC, Harvard and other NCAA Division I schools. His brother currently plays football for Harvard. SC

San Clemente High School student athletes participated in Signing Day February 1. Photo courtesy of Brian Miller

SIGNING DAY Sophia Bott (Tennis) Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Marlee Carrillo (Soccer) USC Kayla Colapinto (Water Polo) UC Irvine Jane Cousineau (Soccer) Texas A&M Franki Darnold (Volleyball) University of Rhode Island Lauren Delgadillo (Softball) Yale Mike Elespuru (Football) University of Pennsylvania Mia Feiner (Volleyball) University of Pacific

Herbert Gamboa (Football) University of Montana Alex Gerrain (Soccer) University of Hawaii Manoa Sheridan Haspic (Soccer) Idaho State Dylann Hoffman (Volleyball) UC Irvine Molly Mann (Cross-Country) UCLA Kyle Murphy (Football) Stanford Danielle Orras (Water Polo) Sonoma State Daylin Petroff (Soccer) Concordia University Irvine Candyce Schroeder (Water Polo) University of Indiana

Summer Secrest (Softball) Columbia University Amanda Simkins (Soccer) University of Colorado Taylor Smith (Water Polo) Sonoma State Alexa Strange (Volleyball) University of Nebraska Kelsey Thornton (Water Polo) UC Irvine Christian Tober (Football) USC Dani Weatherhold (Soccer) University of Santa Clara Naomi Willet (Soccer) Notre Dame Travis Wilson (Football) University of Utah



REGISTRATION OPEN FOR PATRIOT YOUTH FOOTBALL The South Orange County Patriots Youth Football League is currently taking registration for players ages 7 to 13 who are interested in competitive tackle football. Registration for the league’s flag football division is also open for players ages 5 to 6. Athletes residing from the following areas are eligible: Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. There will be an Early Bird Special for players who are registered and paid for by March 31. Sibling and military discounts are also available. For more information, visit Coaching opportunities are also available to qualified individuals.

REGISTRATION NEARS FOR SAN CLEMENTE’S AYSO The American Youth Soccer Organization Region 111 in San Clemente is gearing up for its fall 2012 registration for players ages 4 to 18. AYSO is where everyone plays, teams are balanced, coaches are positive, good sportsmanship is taught and where players develop their soccer skills. Mail in registration begins March 1 with walk-in registration set for March 17 at Vista Hermosa Park. For more information, 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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APPLIANCES South Coast Furniture & Mattress 109 Calle de los Molinos,


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

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

OC Tykes 949.429.1714 201 N. El Camino Real,

BEAUTY SUPPLY 949.492.8180


San Clemente Computer & Network Services 949.276.1581

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 License #B 638754, 949.361.2538 Dunham Construction, Inc. 949.492.7100 License #450880, Hutton Construction 949.492.2808




Arcadia Electric 949.361.1045 949.412.6602 OC - IT 949.488.0029 Gallagher Electric P.O. Box 986, 970 Calle Negocio,


Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 Lange & Minnott 949.492.3459 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G-105, 1201 Puerta Del Sol, Ste. 203 Shaw’s Carpets 949.492.8070 FINANCIAL ADVISOR 135 Avenida Victoria Timothy C. Metcalf, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC 949.862.1250 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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South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 The Cellar 949.492.3663 109 Calle de los Molinos, 156 Ave. Del Mar,


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

HOME LOANS Coldwell Banker Home Loans 949.307.7982 nmls#261832. Tom Fashing, Mortgage Advisor, Curbside Pet & House Sitting 949.369.5074 San Clemente,



Images/Creative Solutions 949.366.2488 2927 Via San Gorgoinio, Ste. 100, Dr. R. Tyler Johnson DC, Chiropractic Center 1502 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.6440 HAIR SALONS Christiansen Chiropractic 949.276.2956 Kreative Hair Design 949.498.6245 903 Calle Amancer, Ste. 230, 173 Avenida Serra

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,

PAINTING KC Painting & Decorating


PERIODONTICS & DENTAL IMPLANTS Dr. Alice P. Moran, DMD 949.361.4867 (GUMS) 1001 Avenida Pico, Ste. K,

The Home & Garden Stylist/ 949.218.8022 PEST CONTROL Vignettes of Refinement Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 San Clemente, 1402 Calle Alcazar,



Paradise Jewelers 949.361.4367 Curbside Pet & House Sitting 949.369.5074 808 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente,


AVON 949.370.0433 Annie Kyle, Mary Kay Cosmetics 949.248.2868



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



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BOOKS Village Book Exchange 99 Avenida Serra


Eric Johnson, D.D.S. 949.493.9311 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209,

BLINDS San Clemente Window Fashions

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Del Mar Beauty Supply 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste D,

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949.218.3224 Schmid’s Fine Chocolate 949.369.1052 99 Avenida Del Mar,

Costa Verde Landscape 949.361.9656 License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Greenscapes Landscape & Design 949.366.6564 1046 Calle Recodo, Ste. I, Living Gardens Landscape Design 949.218.7459

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



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


PHOTOGRAPHY Memories Of Me Photos


PIZZA Izza Neapolitan Pizzeria 949.248.4925 376 Camino de Estrella,


Janet M. Seymour, PsyD 1443 N. El Camino Real, Ste. B

949.633.0813 A to Z Leak Detection 949.499.4464 1218 Puerta del Sol, Bill Metzger Plumbing 949.492.3558 MATTRESSES 1218 Puerta del Sol, South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 109 Calle de los Molinos, MOLD REMOVAL San Clemente Plumbing 949.366.2691 Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 108, 1393 Calle Avanzado,



Brian Wiechman, 949.533.9209 Radiant Pool & Spa Service V.I.P. Independent Mortgage Inc.



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

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,

San Clemente Preschool 163 Avenida Victoria


PRINTING Printing OC 949.388.4888 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203,


Barbara M. Thomas, PsyD 949.547.0833 655 Camino de Los Mares, Ste. 117 Janet M. Seymour, PsyD 949.633.0813 1443 N. El Camino Real, Ste. B OFFICE FURNITURE Manny Tau, Psy.D., PSY14892 888.949.5150 South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 300 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 218, (Cont.) 109 Calle de los Molinos,

REAL ESTATE 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 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, “Sandy & Rich” - ReMax 949.293.3236

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,




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TERMITES Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar, The Termite Guy 949.940.1010 106 W. Canada Ave.,




Pacific Coast Veterinary Hospital 949.429.1555 Salon Bleu 949.366.2060 1242 Puerta Del Sol, 207 S. El Camino Real, Sanctuary Salon & Spa 949.429.5802 WATER DAMAGE 1041 Avenida Pico, Ste. B, Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,


WATER WISE IRRIGATION Café Calypso 949.366.9386 Sure-Fit Screens 949.498.9412 114 Avenida Del Mar #4 Costa Verde Landscape 949.361.9656 Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040 License#: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) 111 Avenida Del Mar, #B, SECOND HAND/THRIFT SHOP The Cellar 949.492.3663 South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 156 Ave. Del Mar, 109 Calle de los Molinos, The Bargain Box 949.492.2800 ROOFING CONTRACTORS 526 N. El Camino Real, Jim Thomas Roofing 949.498.6204 162 Calle de Industrias RUNNING STORE Run More 949.940.0408 303 N. El Camino Real,


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


San Clemente Surf School Salon Bamboo 949.361.3348 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste. A,


WEBSITE DESIGN San Clemente Website Design 949.246.8345


949.276.5752 Bayside Window Cleaning 714.757.3490

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

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


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

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WINE SHOP & WINE TASTING San Clemente Wine Company 949.429.7076 212 ½ Avenida Del Mar,

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Bruce and Carol Barge of San Clemente are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Rachel, to John Landefeld, son of Meg and Seth Landefeld of Tiburon, California. A June wedding in Mendocino County is planned. Rachel is a 2004 San Clemente High graduate and a 2008 graduate of UC Berkeley. She is a partner at Greenstart, a clean technology venture capital firm in San Francisco. John graduated from Harvard in 2007 and is a medical student at UC Berkeley and UCSF. The couple met through their work on the Obama campaign and currently live in Berkeley.




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GROM OF THE WEEK Gus Day Age: 10, Concordia Elementary Gus Day’s natural surfing talent shines on both long and shortboards. “I like longboarding for the feel you get on the nose and I love to hang heel. But shortboarding is fun too,” Gus said. He credits his skill to the help of dad Gavin, brother Gunner and uncle, pro longboarder Josh Constable and thanks his other uncle Garth Day for making his boards. Gus is also a great basketball player. As point guard of his Boys & Girls Club team, his talent on the court earned him the league MVP award last season. Should his athletic skills lead to a career as a professional athlete, Gus says it would be cool but he’s definitely not chasing fame. “A lot of kids want to be famous and I’m just not into that. I kind of just want to cruise, surf, get a good job that pays good money and keep a low profile,” Gus Gus Day. Photo by Andrea Swayne said. “If I get good enough to play pro basketball I’d want to be on the Harlem Globetrotters.” Gus also plays drums and says he doesn’t like to just bang on them and throw the sticks around like a lot of rock drummers. He prefers the beats of his favorite type of music, reggae and ska. “At the last Lowers Pro Jordy Smith gave me his board,” said Gus recalling how he met one of his favorite pro surfers. “I think he was just mad that he lost and wanted to give it to a kid; but it was still really cool.” —Andrea Swayne

Capo Beach Artists, Surfers Work on Display at Ritz-Carlton

Nathan Yeomans on his way to a fourth place finish at the Volcom Pipe Pro. Photo courtesy Volcom/Bielmann

Nate Yeomans Conquers Pipe By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


an Clemente’s Nathan Yeomans was the only non-Hawaiian surfer still in the game at the February 1 ASP 5-Star Volcom Pipe Pro finals on Oahu’s North Shore. After a string of standout heats in huge conditions and a wipeout that inflicted some serious reef rash on his back, Yeoman’s

battled through to claim the fourth-place spot at the podium. In a post-contest ASP interview Yeomans called his result a great confidence boost and the best moment in competitive surfing he’s had. “To make the final was such an honor,” he said. The top three spots were claimed by Hawaiians John John Florence, Jamie O’Brien and Kai Barger, respectively. SC

The artwork of Capistrano Beach surfers, and brothers, Joe Aaron and Jordan Thomas is on display now through March 31 at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, One Ritz-Carlton Drive in Dana Point. Top professional longboarder Joe Aaron (20), is known for his innovative style on the waves as well as on canvas. His colorful art, surfboards and fins sold under his JoeMotion brand reflect an edgy/hip style that is cool, contemporary, mod and retro, all rolled into one. Jordan Thomas (17) has been creating contemporary and abstract works of art since the age of 7 and was recently a featured artist at the 2011 Philharmonic House of Design. His work includes dreamlike landscapes, nature and pure abstraction in vibrant color. Their work can be viewed seven days a week in the hotel’s Ambassador Hall as part of the “Wonders of the World” art exhibit. For information on the Ritz-Carlton, see Visit the artists’ websites: www. and SC —AS

RESULTS NSSA Southwest Explorer Event No. 5, January 14, Huntington Beach, Pier Local finishers only. MEN: 2. Josh Benjoya, Dana Point. JUNIORS: 2. Brandon Hawkins, San Clemente. SUPER GROMS: 3. Crosby Colapinto, San Clemente; 4. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 5. Ryan Martin, San Clemente; 6. Hagan Johnson, San Clemente. WOMEN: 3. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. GIRLS: 2. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. WOMEN (MAKE-UP FROM EVENT NO. 4): 2. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. Log on to for full results.

UPCOMING EVENTS February 11: NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Event No. 6, Oceanside, South Jetty February 12: NSSA Southwest Conference Explorer Event No. 7, Oceanside, South Jetty February 11-12: O’Neill Surfing America Prime Event No. 4, San Onofre, Upper Trestles February 18-19: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 7, Huntington Beach, Pier February 18-19: NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 9, Ventura, C Street February 25: SSS Orange County Middle School Event No. 3, Oceanside, Pier March 3-4: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 8, Dana Point, Salt Creek Beach

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