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Fields of Dreams

Vista Hermosa Park Makes Grand Entrance E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Courtney Faye Smith, 15, sits in the Courtney’s SandCastle Playground of Vista Hermosa Sports Park which celebrates its grand opening Saturday, February 25. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

Deputy Named in Shooting of Marine at San Clemente High

Taking a Hike? San Onofre Foundation Hopes So



INSIDE: Festival of Whales Event Program



SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO For 53 years, the San Juan Capistrano Swallows Day Parade has advertised itself as one of the largest non-motorized parades in the country. Organizers were firm on the rules. The website for the Fiesta Association, the non-profit group that runs the parade, is very clear. “Motorized vehicles (wheelchairs, scooters etc.), motors and/or generators of any kind are not permitted,” they read. “Floats must be either horse or hand drawn. There will be no exceptions.” This year, there’ll be an asterisk with that rule, thanks to Herb and Heidi Langefeld and the San Juan Capistrano City Council. Herb Langefeld, who uses a motorized chair, wanted to participate with a canine companion group. They were initially turned away by Fiesta, so the two appealed to the council on Tuesday, and the city made it a requirement of the street closure permit that medically required wheelchairs be allowed.


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DANA POINT City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to pass a second reading and adopt an ordinance banning the use of expanded polystyrene food service ware at local food vendors, city facilities and city sponsored events. Council also voted 4-1 to approve the “second” first reading of an ordinance that will ban point of sale distribution of single-use plastic bags at retail establishments. Councilman Bill Brough, who voted “No” on both, introduced his own ordinance favoring a more holistic approach to the problem and favors making the city a litter free zone to address the entire scope of protecting the environment from pollution. Coucilman Scott Schoeffel proposed adding a directive to the bag ordinance to include Brough’s proposal as well as instructing the Dana Point Destiny Committee to work on a program to incentivize business compliance.


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... Deputy-involved Shooting?

THE LATEST: The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Darren Sandberg is the deputy involved in the shooting of Marine Sgt. Manuel Loggins at San Clemente High February 7. Sandberg a 15-year veteran, served in the Marines and received the department’s Medal for Lifesaving and the Medal of Courage, according to the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs. While the union defended the deputy, Loggins’ friends have come forward to support a man they described as Christian, helpful and respectful. About 160 people had joined a Facebook page dedicated to Loggins, a father of three with a fourth on the way. “He would have done anything for any of us,” said classmate Jamie Lazar, 26, of San Clemente. Since June 2010, she studied nursing with Loggins at Stanbridge College in Irvine. “He would have been a hell of nurse. I’ll tell you that,” Lazar said. The sergeant had never displayed odd or erratic behavior, she added. “Even in the most stressful situations he was great,” Lazar said. “He was just calm and very focused, ready to help.” Giuliano Bonopaladino, who served with Loggins at the Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company in West Palm Beach, Fl., said the sergeant introduced him to Christian hip-hop and rap. “More than anything, he showed his faith,” said Bonopaladino, now of Miami. “It almost poured out of him. He was big dude, but he was so gentle.” WHAT’S NEXT: Sandberg remains on critical care leave. The Orange County District Attorney’s office continues its investigation. “They’re an independent agency, and they will look into all aspects of the shooting and San Clemente Times February 23–29, 2012

make a determination,” Spokesman Jim Amormino said. Still, residents like Timothy Brun expressed concern the incident was forming a wedge between San Clemente and its neighbors at Camp Pendleton. At this week’s City Council meeting, Brun called for the FBI look into the incident. FIND OUT MORE: To contribute to an educational fund created for Loggins’ children, bring donations to any Farmer & Merchants Bank branch or mail them to San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, c/o of Sgt. Loggins Children’s Memorial Fund, 1100 North El Camino Real, San Clemente, Calif. 92672. Make checks out to: Sgt. Loggins Children’s Memorial Fund. For more information, email heritage@ —Stacie N. Galang



THE LATEST: A sea of red-clad, anti-nuclear activists called for independent radiation readings and studies of cancer rates at the City Council meeting Tuesday. The council asked city staff to prepare a report detailing what agencies collect radiation measurements in the area. The turnout of protesters comes amid growing woes at neighboring San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Both reactors at the Southern California Edison-run plant remain offline. Unit 3 was pulled from service January 31 after a radiation leak, prompting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week to call for a reactor inspection. Unit 2 was taken offline for scheduled maintenance and upgrades in January and has required the plugging of some of its steam generator tubes. On January 27, a contract plant worker fell into a reactor pool and an ammonia leak November 1 forced SCE to issue an NRC-required alert.

WHAT’S NEXT: A “follow-up focused baseline inspection” must now be performed on Unit 3. FIND OUT MORE: Visit —SNG


... Building Heights Downtown?

THE LATEST: An effort to limit building heights downtown to two stories is gaining traction. Last week, a majority of the General Plan Advisory Committee members voted to toss out the three-story allowance on new structures and keep buildings to two stories. The vote was 10 for the reduced heights, seven against and two abstentions, according to Jeff Hook, principal planner and committee adviser. The GPAC’s decision is advisory but comes as Olen Properties proposes a three-story downtown development on El Camino Real. Hook said the majority of GPAC members supporting height reductions cited a 2009 survey in which residents said they wanted to keep the small-town character of San Clemente. WHAT’S NEXT: The GPAC has meetings set for March 14, April 25 and May 14. FIND OUT MORE: See www.san-clemente. org. —SNG


… Ole Hanson Tiles?

THE LATEST: The City Council approved four tile manufacturers for the terra cotta tiles that line the older sections of San Clemente. Four vendors— Arto Brick, GGBC/ Tilecrete, Malibu Ceramic Works and Terra Tile — met the city’s requirements. Gucciano Tataria of GGBC/Tilecrete told

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the council he could produce 8,000 different colored tiles, including the city’s desired hue. After his samples came back light, he brought more Tuesday in a darker shade. “I eat concrete,” he said. “I sleep concrete.” WHAT’S NEXT: Staff will update the city’s engineering standards to list the four vendors and make changes to test standards. The city also resumes the Ole Hanson tile sidewalk repair program that’s been on hold for months. 80 property owners will be notified that they must make sidewalk repairs. FIND OUT MORE: See the staff report at —SNG


... Lifeguard Tryouts?

THE LATEST: Tryouts for San Clemente’s seasonal ocean lifeguard and lifeguard trainees will be March 11, 7 a.m. at Marine Safety Division Headquarters, 620 Avenida Del Mar, on the beach north of the pier. Participants must complete an 800-yard swim in 13.5 minutes and a 1,200-yard run-swim-run. Later on the same day, the top candidates will be invited to interview. Those candidates that pass the interview will be asked to participate in a mandatory 92-hour training program in April. Candidates must be age 16 by June 30 and possess a valid work permit. Applicants under age 18 must have a signed parental consent form prior to the tryouts. The lifeguard jobs pay $15.97 to $19.41 per hour and the entry-level lifeguard trainees earn $8.47 per hour. WHAT’S NEXT: Applicants may apply at the Marine Safety Division Headquarters or online at FIND OUT MORE: Contact Rod Mellott at or call 949.361.8219. —SNG

EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, February 23 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 Front Room, San Clemente, 949.266.7175. Annual Meeting of Members 6 p.m. The SC Chamber Board of Director’s Installation and Award Ceremony at the Talega Golf & Country Club. 949.492.1131,

Friday, February 24 Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m. Celebrate the opening of State Farm Insurance-Greg Rolalino, 1401 N. El Camino Real, #109, 949.492.1131, Membership Orientation & Ambassador’s Council Meeting 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. SC Chamber meeting at OC Tavern, 2369 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1131,

Saturday, February 25 Fitness Boot Camp 9:30 a.m. San Clemente Boot Camp holds a free session for ages 18 to 55 at the San Clemente Boot Camp & Personal Training Facility. 1030 Calle Sombra, Unit B, San Clemente, 949.929.0140,

Sunday, February 26 Soul Food: “Visions of Oneness” 11 a.m. Free event at The Baha’i Center with this month’s theme on diverse aspirations for the unity of the human race, also featuring award-winning guitarist Eric Harper . 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.981.8805,

Monday, February 27 Mom Business Associates 12 p.m. Lavender Lounge Tea Company. 104 N. El Camino Real Suite B, 760.666.2359,

Tuesday, February 28 Volunteer Mentor/Tutoring Kick-off Event 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Meeting for people interested in being a mentor/tutor for local schools and the Boys & Girls Club. Held at SC Presbyterian Church. RSVP. 119 N. Avenida de Estrella, 714.347.0512, Rachelle.

Wednesday, February 29 Legislative & Transportation Council 12 p.m. Chamber meeting at at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. 654 Camino De Los Mares, 949.492.1131, www.scchamber. com. San Clemente Times February 23–29, 2012


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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Foundation Offers Ocean Insight to Vista Del Mar Students u The Gray Whale Foundation is offering 39 field trips for students at Vista Del Mar Elementary School. The foundation is working with Principal Scott Young to offer children an on-the-ocean expedition and experience that educates and inspires those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to take the ocean excursions. Students will collect data and help protect a species in danger of extinction, according to a news release. To learn more, visit

Community Resource Center of SC Welcomes Coordinator Helen Timpe, Laura’s House board member, with her husband Conrad Timpe and Margaret Bayston, Laura’s House CEO and executive director at the nonprofit’s launch reception. Courtesy photo

u The nonprofit Community Resource

Center of San Clemente has appointed San Clemente resident Suzanne Ansari as its coordinator. She brings more than 12 years of public relations and marketing experience to the job, including six years with Blenheim EquiSports. She will oversee all programs, special events and activities held at the resource center. In addition, Ansari will provide information and referral assistance for social services, community resources and support programs. “The depth and breadth of (Suzanne’s) experience, coupled with her boundless energy, compassion and drive for serving the San Clemente community made her stand out from a field of very impressive candidates,” said resource center President Paul Henry. Ansari was selected after an extensive search. “I am excited to use my gifts and talents to help the CRCSC become the one-stop center for our local residents who are seeking an easier way to navigate through the complicated maze of finding referrals for support programs and services,” Ansari said in a news release. The resource center is a faith-based, nonprofit that provides activities, programs and services to educate, develop and care for individuals and families’ health and development in San Clemente. The resource center is currently seeking additional service providers, professionals and volunteers. For more information or to volunteer, call 949.303.0353, email or visit

Downtown Tile Project Grows u The San Clemente Historical Society and the Downtown Business Association invites the public to attend a ribbon cutting for the third installation of the Landmarks on Del Mar Tile Project. The event, led by Mayor Jim Evert, will be Friday, February 24 at 5 p.m., 142-144 Avenida Del Mar near Griffin Optometry. The third installation began

February 7 and was completed this month. The floor mural features St. Clement by the Sea Episcopal Church and the wall mural depicts the Marquita House. The murals maintain the same artistic style of the completed murals at 114 Avenida Del Mar in front of Hotel San Clemente and 111 Avenida Del Mar in front of Carbonara’s Trattoria. In 2007, the city’s Planning Commission approved eight locations for the murals along Del Mar. The installations started at the top of Del Mar and are being created as funding becomes available.

Tax Prep Help Available u The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance or VITA program offers free tax help to people who generally make $50,000 or less and need tax preparation help. The IRS-certified volunteers offer free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals and can also help determine Earned Income Tax Credit eligibility. San Clemente’s has two VITA sites. For more information, call Family Assistance Ministries at 949.492.8477 or Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church 949.492.4101.

RE/MAX Downtown Office Grand Opening Set for March 1 u Three award-winning realtors, with

deep ties to the community, have formed a new partnership and returned to RE/MAX, opening their own office in downtown San Clemente. The grand opening is Thursday, March 1 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Jim Evert will be Friday, March 2 at 11:30 a.m. Owners Shelly Reyland, Carole Oberto and Maryanne Phillips of RE/MAX Coastal Homes are part of a world-wide network of more than 6,200 offices in 85 countries. The office will open with eight other agents. For more informa-

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tion, visit or call 949.276.2992.

Laura’s House Continues Capital Campaign Toward $4.5 Million u This month, Laura’s House announced the public phase of its $4.5 million Cornerstone Capital Campaign. The campaign was launched in September 2010 to fund the rebuilding of the nonprofit’s emergency shelter for families fleeing violent homes. The expansion of the Laura’s House Step Ahead transitional housing program is designed for shelter graduates who are in need temporary housing. “Without a viable option for long-term housing, women and children who are fleeing violent homes are often forced into homelessness or must return to their abusers,” said Amy Borst, Laura’s House clinical director. To date, Laura’s House has raised just over $3.8 million and hopes to raise the remaining $700,000. Laura’s House celebrated the launch of the campaign’s public phase February 15 during a private reception. For more information visit or call 949.361.3775.

Mentors, Volunteers Sought u Mentors and tutor volunteers are invited to a presentation by the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Program or GRIP in cooperation with nonprofit Community Resource Center of San Clemente. The kickoff event is Tuesday, February 28 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at San Clemente Presbyterian Church’s Fellowship Hall at 119 North Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente. By donating their time and talent, volunteers will support a child’s future and help prevent gang activity in the community. To RSVP, contact Rachelle Halsey at 714.347.0512 or via email


Fields of Dreams Vista Hermosa Park to Make Grand Entrance Saturday Morning the community and providing the feedback to make it what it is. “My function really was to help to provide leadership and guidance now to move the park project through to its ultimate final design, bidding and get construction started,” King said. Decision makers really had to adapt along the way. Courtney’s SandCastle, for example, was originally slated for Steed Park and later for the Marblehead Coastal project but found a home at Vista Hermosa Park.

By Stacie N. Galang San Clemente Times


ista Hermosa Sports Park is a dreamer’s destination. The park officially opens Saturday, February 25 at 8:30 a.m. with a host of festivities fitting for the grand $31.5 million, 45-acre space that boasts nine playing fields, unrivaled aquatics center, a state-of-the art playground and perimeter trail. Later this year, the park will add the privately run miniature golf course, Flowrider wave pool and concession stand. For 15-year-old Courtney Faye Smith, Vista Hermosa marks the culmination of years of sky-high ambitions to enjoy a playground near home. “It’s almost like it’s not real,” said the San Clemente High freshman who has muscular dystrophy and limited mobility. Now, nearly every child in the city and beyond will be able to enjoy a playground with two giant, accessible playsets, the sandbox and the two swing sets. Parents will appreciate the gated area, the picnic tables and restrooms. “They’re going to think they’ve entered heaven,” said Faye Smith, who’s been involved in the Courtney’s SandCastle playground at the park since she was 4. “We used to drive to LA to go to a place like this. This is going to be amazing.” Her mom Christine Smith said the anticipation to the opening has built up recently. “I didn’t think we’d be so excited,” she said. “All of sudden, it’s happening.” Beaches, Parks and Recreation Director Sharon Heider recently said the park sets the stage for creating “amazing humans.” “You never forget the stuff you learn on the baseball field,” she told a group at a park preview hosted by the San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation. “You guys built that for the next generation.” For City Landscape Architect Tim Shaw, who has overseen the project in recent years, said earlier this week on a golf cart tour of the facility that while tired he was pretty happy. “I’m anxious to get it completed,” he said. He’s labored away on everything from the 24,000-square foot solar-thermal heating system to the sewer system that drains water offer the site to a sophisticated retention basin. A project of this magnitude hasn’t been without its setbacks. Loads of rain caused construction delays last year and last-minute changes were needed to receive approvals from Orange County’s Public Health Department for the aquatics Center. “Some things were outside of the control of anybody, lots of little things,” Shaw said. ASPIRATIONS Former Parks and Recreation Director Bruce Wegner, who spent 18 years at the helm of the department until December

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An aerial view this week of Vista Hermosa Sports Park, which has its grand opening Saturday. Photo courtesy of Matt Nachreiner

Vista Hermosa Sports Park By the Numbers Number of fields: Nine Total Cost: $31.5 million Area: About 45 acres Cost of Paradise Miniature Golf: $2.5 million Cost of San Clemente Aquatics Center: $7 million

Soccer fields: 5 Baseball fields: 3 Football fields: 1 Pools: 2, one 50-meter pool and one 25-yard pool

2004, said the park is 15 years in the making. The city knew it needed more playing fields and space as it was growing. “We all recognized we needed them,” he said. But the challenge was trying to find the most appealing location with the least affect on residents, Wegner said. The metamorphosis into today’s park took many turns. An aquatics center, for example, had been planned for Forster Ranch Park but was put on hold because of the recession of the 1999s. Ultimately, the pools would be added to Vista Hermosa, which boasts one 50-meter pool, one 25-yard pool and children’s play structure. “I think the park out here is an example of working hard, making compromises, but ultimately it turns out to serves everybody’s needs really well,” said Wegner, who’s now a full-time pastor at Heritage Christian Fellowship. By this summer, Scott Melcher plans to open and operate the $2.5 million Paradise Miniature Golf with artificial wave pool on a .99-acre parcel on the site. He expects to employ as many as 50 in primarily part-time jobs. Melcher expects it to be “one of the coolest places to work in town.” In 2005, a light bulb went off in head to create the miniature golf course on the property. As a kid growing up in San

Clemente, he enjoyed a miniature golf course on El Camino Real near North Beach. “I thought it would be a neat idea to build one of those for the kids and the community,” he said. In November 2005, Melcher approached Community Development Director Jim Holloway with the idea of two 18-hole miniature golf courses. Eventually, the project evolved into its present plan of one course, the wave pool and food sale area. “I think what’s happened is it’s enhanced the sports park as a whole,” he said. “It’s another cool neat thing for kids.” Melcher has high expectations for the overall park as a unique area destination. “This will be the jewel of south Orange County as far as sports complexes are concerned,” he said. Al King, who retired in January 2010 after five years as Parks and Recreation director was blown away by the park after a recent visit. “It’s incredible,” he said. “It is absolutely amazing. It is gorgeous.” Before arriving in San Clemente, he had weighed in on the project as a resident and director of parks in San Juan Capistrano. King praised the community for having the vision to decide to create a park for

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LIVING THE DREAM Though it took more than decade to make the idea reality and done in phases, King contended it worked to the city’s advantage. The recession actually helped to find cost savings. “It was difficult at times to accept the fact that we were going to have to build this in parts,” he said. “In the end, it ended up being the best strategy and got outstanding results.” King lauded Shaw and Heider for their work to bring the project to completion. “I can’t say enough for the job Tim has done,” King said. “He’s really been the force. He’s lived with this day and night for several years.” Heider has been “just fantastic,” he said. King said Vista Hermosa Sports Park is something the city can be proud about for generations to come. “To me, it’s an awesome example of just success,” he said. “I think it really is a cause for celebration.” While he’s taken in by nearly every aspect of the park, he’s please to have been able to create a zero-depth entrance to the pools. It means even those who are in wheel chairs can enjoy the aquatics center. “Just imagine the joy and positive experiences as a res. of all that’s there,” he said. Wegner hasn’t decided what part of the new park he likes best. “It’s hard for me to say until people are in there,” he said. “One of the most exciting things, as a landscape architect is building parks to see them being used. But it’s how they’re used that’s really puts on the finishing touches.” Wegner expects to visit the park and watch it being used. “I’m real excited to see it happening,” he said. “It’s one thing to think it at the beginning and then to see it become reality. It is very gratifying.” Wegner believes the park will serve the community well. “It is an award winning park,” he said. “It’s worthy of the San Clemente name.” The park brings together the dreams of so many people. “It’s an accumulation of a bunch of ideas from a lot of people,” Wegner said. “It’s a reality that came out of a community vision over a lot of time. A lot of people have a fingerprint on the park.” SC


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

Tuesday, February 21 SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Calle Mendoza, 800 Block (4:16 a.m.) A woman complained someone was throwing golf balls at her window. CITIZEN ASSIST South El Camino Real/Avenida San Diego (1:57 a.m.) A deputy reported finding an elderly man who needed a ride to a friend’s house. But the man complained of shortness of breath, and the deputy learned he had just had just been released from the hospital after a heart condition. The deputy took the man to San Clemente Hospital, only to learn there that the facility is not a cardiac receiving center.

Monday, February 20 9-1-1 HANG UP Avenida Cordoba, 300 Block (10:23 p.m.) Dispatchers received a 9-1-1 call, but nobody spoke before the line disconnected. The operator said something was wrong with the line, which a deputy confirmed with the resident. DISTURBANCE Avenida Palizada, 200 Block (8:13 p.m.) A woman reported her roommate was still bugging her, even after deputies told him to leave her alone. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Camino Capistrano, 2900 Block (7:54 p.m.) A resident found a neighbor’s dog wandering and scooped it up for safekeeping. When the resident went to the neighbors’ house to check on them, the front door was unlatched. BATTERY Avenida Palizada, 200 Block (7:32 p.m.) A woman reported she was trying to pack and move out and her roommate kept taking her property. He also allegedly punched her twice and owned several weapons. San Clemente Times February 23–29, 2012

Sunday, February 19

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Buen Corzaon, 0 Block (7:11 p.m.) Two men were knocking on a door, trying to serve papers to someone who didn’t live in the home.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Del Mar/Alameda Lane (10:43 p.m.) A resident complained about a party that included a bounce house set up in the street.

ILLEGAL PEDDLING Calle de Anza, 200 Block (6:34 p.m.) A resident reported someone knocking on the door trying to sell something. The caller thought that was suspicious because it was late in the evening.

DISTURBANCE Canada, 100 Block (10:13 p.m.) A resident reported asking four or five men smoking marijuana on a patio to keep it down. One yelled back for him to be quiet or he’d shoot him.

PATROL CHECK Avenida La Pata, 200 Block (3:26 p.m.) Kids with scooters were riding at the skateboard park.

BATTERY El Camino Real, 3700 Block (8:26 p.m.) A man reported his girlfriend hit him over the head with a bottle, took his wallet and left.

KEEP THE PEACE Camino de Los Mares, 600 Block (2:54 p.m.) A patient accused two hospital employees of taking money from him. 9-1-1 HANG UP Paseo Verde, 0 Block (2:53 p.m.) A woman reported her 12-year-old son was hitting himself in the head.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE El Camino Real, 2400 Block (8:27 p.m.) A woman reported she was raped. A deputy reported that was untrue. A 20-year-old woman was taken into custody and held on $25,000 bail.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Camino de Los Mares, 600 Block (2:34 p.m.) A plumber found a knife in a drain, and thought maybe someone was trying to hide it.

RECKLESS DRIVING Camino de Los Mares/Calle Campana (7:39 p.m.) A dark gray truck was tailgating and driving with its high beam lights on.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Courte Tierra Cielo, 200 Block (2:13 p.m.) A resident reported a man was knocking on doors in his neighborhood, pretending to be a neighbor to talk to residents.

DISTURBANCE Calle Del Cerro, 1000 Block (7:18 p.m.) A man was screaming, but the caller couldn’t tell exactly where it was coming from. HIT AND RUN Camino Vera Cruz/Avenida Pico (6:47 p.m.) A caller reported the driver of a black Lexus hit his vehicle. The caller was following the Lexus.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY East Avenida Pico/Avenida Vista Hermosa (1:58 p.m.) A dog was reportedly locked in a red Volvo with all the windows up for more than an hour. DISTURBANCE Via San Gorgonio, 2900 Block (11:46 a.m.) A man reportedly hit a woman in the face during a fight. He said he was her ex-boyfriend. The woman declined treatment from paramedics. The man, 27, was arrested. He listed his occupation as a cashier. DISTURBANCE Camino de Los Mares, 600 Block (11:13 a.m.) A customer refused to leave a store. He wanted his prescription medication, he told deputies. DISTURBANCE La Ventana, 2800 Block (9:34 a.m.) A resident complained about jackhammering on a holiday. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Camino de Los Mares, 600 Block (8:27 a.m.) Deputies were directed to a woman who was crying because she “misplaced” her male companion. Both man and woman may have been under the influence of something.

DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 1800 Block (6:11 p.m.) A store keeper reported a man was hitting the displays inside the store. Dispatchers could hear him yelling in the background.

BRANDISHING A WEAPON Avenida La Pata, 200 Block (3:59 p.m.) A teen about 16 years old pulled a knife on a 14-year-old boy at the Skate Park and told him to apologize to another juvenile at the park, a caller reported. TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Avenida del Presidente, 2600 Block (1:49 p.m.) A caller reported being involved in a traffic accident. The other vehicle drove off and into a fence, and the driver was out, wandering. The other driver appeared dazed, then was biting himself. Deputies requested a blood tech. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida San Antonio, 100 Block (1:27 p.m.) A man reported a customer entered his home when he was not there to take the keys to a vehicle the caller was working on for him. The customer had the vehicle towed and didn’t pay the caller. The caller had also called deputies. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 2400 Block (11:39 a.m.) An employee reported a woman was asking for money and refused to leave. She was yelling at the employee. DISTURBANCE Escalones, 100 Block (6:04 a.m.) A caller reported a car alarm had been going off “all night.” It was parked in a neighboring complex under renovation. The caller called again about three hours later with the same complaint. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES El Camino Real, 800 Block (4:17 a.m.) A woman reported a man was knocking on her windows and refusing to leave. She’d met him at the laundry mat a week earlier.

Saturday, February 18 SUSPICIOUS PERSON Vista Montana, 200 Block (11:20 p.m.) A man told residents he’d ingested heroin and Vicodin. Deputies picked him up.

WELFARE CHECK Escalones, 100 Block (5:37 p.m.) A woman reported her roommate was drunk and getting ready to leave in his van. Dispatchers noted that she sounded under the influence, too.

PETTY THEFT Avenida Pico, 800 Block (8:20 p.m.) A teen-age girl grabbed a bottle of vodka and took off from a grocery store. She climbed into a white extra-cab Ford Ranger with black rims with two other girls.

ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLE Buena Vista, 1500 Block (4:42 p.m.) A resident called with a complaint about a pizza-delivery truck parked across the driveway. It’s an ongoing issue, the caller reported and asked that deputies issue parking tickets.

DISTURBANCE Via Calandria, 0 Block (6:06 p.m.) A woman reported her husband hit her and took away the keys so she couldn’t drive, even with the 18-month-old baby in the car. The man called and said his wife was trying to take his baby, and his car. No arrests were made, and the baby was asleep through it.

PETTY THEFT Via Cascadita, 2700 Block (4:28 p.m.) A man was allegedly watching people drop off items at the Salvation Army, then going and picking through their donations, a caller reported.

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CITIZEN ASSIST Via Soria, 0 Block (5:18 p.m.) A woman reported her husband just served her with divorce papers and had the kids elsewhere. He told the woman, she said, that the kids would never return to the home.


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> 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

Letters to the Editor FUZZY MATH ON RAIL SYSTEM JAMES W. TAYLOR, San Clemente

Normally, I would agree with Jerry Collamer (SC Times, February 16) when he writes “Whatever Assemblywoman Harkey Does, Do The Opposite.” However, this time she got it exactly right. Don’t just take my word for it, do the math. Here is how the high speed train is going to break even. The engineering firm Parsons Brinckerhoff is in charge of the planning for the California High Speed Rail Project, a project beloved by both President Obama and Gov. Jerry Brown. The project is in deep trouble since the cost has more than tripled since it was originally proposed. Here is how Parsons has adjusted the benefit part of the equation to justify the tripled costs. “Parsons said the high speed rail system could carry 116 million passengers a year, based on running trains with 1,000 seats both north and south every five minutes, 19 hours a say and 365 days a year. The study assumes the trains would be 70 percent full on average.” (Los Angeles Times, January 17) Read that again — every five minutes. Seven hundred passengers would travel on the high speed train every five minutes, 19 hours a day. And note that ticket prices are not specified. And to put that into perspective, roughly 3 million passengers travel between LAX and San Francisco and back every year. And just so you know. Parsons contributed heavily to the political campaign for the $9.9 billion bond measure in 2008. Get ready for a high speed train to nowhere and hundreds of closed schools in California.


I live in San Clemente. My family and I have been profiled by the Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies. We have been followed by them and given speeding tickets although not speeding. My husband has San Clemente Times February 23–29, 2012

been stopped while walking and requested to show his identification. With less than 1 percent of blacks living in San Clemente, why are my family and I stopped every six months? I wrote the mayor, chief of police services Lt. Paul D’Auria and Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens about the deputies. The mayor did not respond; the other two dismissed my claim so they knew about their deputies. I am not surprised they are changing their stories about the shooting of the Marine.


Recently, a writer (SC Times, February 9) addressed three letters which he complained were “liberal” and “bleeding heart.” He attacked my position that the Transportation Corridor Agencies should simply accept the current ban on their preferred 241 Toll Road route through our state park. The basis for his attack was that since Interstate-5 already cuts along the border of San Onofre State Park and crosses the entrance to San Mateo Creek valley there should be no objection to another major highway slicing through the San Mateo section of the park. What kind of logic is this? First of all, the I-5 already existed when San Onofre State Beach was established alongside it. And for some reason, the writer can’t understand objections to building a second highway, this time right through the park. Isn’t it obvious that two highways have more impact than one? Perhaps the impact of a highway cutting through the length of the San Mateo section of the park does not matter to him and others, but to deny that there would be an impact is ludicrous. Also, since when is park preservation a “liberal” issue? After all, it was a certain conservative governor, Ronald Reagan, who established San Onofre State Beach as a protected site in 1971. What was really puzzling was the nature of his criticism of another letter

suggesting San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is too dangerous to continue. Strangely, while downplaying the power plant’s dangers, he argues that we need an escape route, presumably the 241, in the event of a nuclear accident. Odd logic. He criticizes someone for claiming that the plant is dangerous, while arguing for a quicker way out of town in case a dangerous nuclear accident occurs at the plant. Just wondering: Wouldn’t it be better to avoid the necessity of needing a nuclear disaster escape route in the first place? How? It seems obvious. Still, I wasn’t aware that wishing to protect one’s city from possible nuclear contamination was “liberal.” While hammering at a third writer, he denies that climate change is taking place and claims that it was all made up by Al Gore. I have little patience for people who deny scientific data, so I won’t even

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CORRECTION: A sports report (SC Times, February 16, page 20) on the Girls Water Polo team at San Clemente High School incorrectly gave the score of the Lady Tritons game against Capo Valley. San Clemente won 23-6. address that part of his letter except to state that accepting the evidence of climate change is not “liberal” either. However, I am aware that there are some radical conservatives who refuse to accept climate change, evolution or anything else, which threatens their tenuous grasp on reality, much as their anti-science predecessors in the past refused to accept the evidence that the earth is round or that the earth revolves around the sun. 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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AT THE MOVIES: ‘THIN ICE’ HOLDS UP The poster for Jill Sprecher’s newest film, Thin Ice, claims that the movie is a “crime tale with twists worthy of Hitchcock.” The trailer gives audiences the impression that they are about to view a dark comedy set in a freezing, unpopular state a la the Coen Brothers’ Fargo (1996). But what they are really in store for is a film that does have a plot similar to a Hitchcock mystery and a setting like a Coens’ film, but lacking comedy. In Kenosha, Wis., a sketchy insurance salesman named Mickey Prohaska (Greg Kinnear) is willing to do anything to move out of the state and back in with his ex-wife (Lea Thompson), including rip off an old Greg Kinnear and Billy Crudup in Thin Ice. man (Alan Arkin) with a violin worth $30,000. But things get compliCourtesy of Wilson R. Webb/ATO Pictures cated when a locksmith (Billy Crudup) sees him try to rob the old man’s house and a series of unfortunate events results in a murder. Thin Ice is strange in theme and characters, but succeeds in shock. The story revolves around three men, yet the feature itself was created by two sisters, Jill and Karen Sprecher, and was produced by mostly women as well. It proves gender isn’t tied to genre. Though the film could have actually worked with some dark humor, Thin Ice still works with its lead actors and memorable plot twist. SC —Megan Bianco


AMERICA 8 p.m. Classic rock band plays at The Coach House, also with Beyond Conception and Don Brennan. Tickets $75. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

VISTA HERMOSA SPORTS PARK GRAND OPENING 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Special event to celebrate the opening of the sports park. 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente,


JIM & MORNING NICHOLS 7:30 p.m. Renowned guitarist and his vocalist wife perform as part of the Lord of the Strings Concert Series at the Dana Point Community House. Tickets $25. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227,

LATIN NIGHT 6:30 p.m. Music and the Faith presents artists Eric Harper and Miguel de Alonso at The Baha’i Center. Tickets $10, at the door. 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 562.208.1339 or 949.433.9555,

4TH FRIDAY TRAIL WALK 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Volunteer at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy to help make trails accessible to visitors. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778,

FAMILY STORYTELLING 1 p.m. An hour of nature stories told by beekeeper and storyteller Diane Wyzga at The Ecology Center. Free. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,

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

SAN O DAY HIKE 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Meet at San Clemente State Beach for a hike as part of the ongoing San Onofre Foundation Day Hikes in State Parks series. 225 Avenida Calafia, San Clemente, 949.366.8599,


CHEF’S TABLE: MARKET TO TABLE 7 p.m. Experience Ritz-Carlton style, how common ingredients are expertly prepared into a feast; dinner begins at 7, includes wine pairing. Cost $169. Call for reservations. 1 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Dana Point, 949.240.2000, CASH’D OUT 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also with The Mark Johnson Trio, The Brian Rogers Band. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, DESIGNING WITH SPIRIT 7 p.m. Casa Romantica hosts Part III of its Gardening Speaker Series featuring author and landscape designer Linda Cooper with an enlightening presentation on the spiritual aspects of gardening. Members $6, non-members $7. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, WHALE WATCHING 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Daily two-hour whale watching trips departing every hour at Dana Wharf. $19-$29. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


PROOF 7 p.m. The Cabrillo Playhouse presents its newest drama production with a gala pre-show reception with appetizers, drinks and a meet and greet with cast and directors (no additional charge). Tickets $20. Regular shows through March 18. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,


HART & SOUL 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.481.1222, San Clemente Times February 23–29, 2012

NATE HANCOCK 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music by Nate Hancock at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, HAZZ MATT 9 p.m. Live music and Aloha Friday at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, ELLIOT ON PIANO 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, THE CHOLULAS 10 p.m. Live music at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,

R/V Sea Explorer. Courtesy photo

NATHAN JAMES 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live Music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

MARINE MAMMAL CRUISE 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. An adventurous outing hosted by the Ocean Institute to observe and learn about sea mammals and more on the 70-foot R/V Sea Explorer. Cost $22-35. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

DEREK BORDEAUX 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Live band set with dinner and dancing at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

LIVE OAK REVIEW 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,


FAMILY STYLE 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Live band set with dinner and dancing at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

BIRD WALK 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Join guest leaders Robert Scrimger and Gary Meredith for a bird walk at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Cost $5-$10; members free. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778,


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THE DROP 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, (Cont. on page 12)




Javier Colon. Courtesy photo

(Cont. from page 10) JAMQUEST 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, 2000 LBS OF BLUES 8 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, CLEMENTINE DOES THE DIRTY DEED 8 p.m. An adult only play on Stage II at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $18. Shows through Sunday. No kids. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, HEART 8 p.m. Special concert at the Honda Center. Tickets start at $21.50. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,


SOUL FOOD: VISIONS OF ONENESS 11 a.m. Free event at The Baha’i Center with this month’s theme on diverse aspirations for the unity of the human race, also featuring guitarist Eric Harper . 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.981.8805,


PRAISE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERT 4 p.m. The group of instrumentalists and vocalists perform a free concert at San Clemente Presbyterian Church. 119 N. Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente, 949.492.6158. WYLAND ART LESSONS IN THE WILD 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Special art event by Dana Wharf aboard the Ocean Adventure Catamaran. Cost $44-$59. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, THE WHITE HOUSE GARDEN 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica hosts the Smithsonian Institution traveling Exhibit featuring images of 18 acres of formal gardens, secluded natural retreats and expansive parkland that surrounded the White House. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, RABBI BLUE 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, San Clemente Times February 23–29, 2012

avier Colon is the first voice of The Voice. Just a year ago, Colon was working in the music industry, singing and writing his “acoustic soul” under his own label. But then came The Voice, NBC’s answer to “American Idol.” Now, he’s got a recording contract, a $100,000 prize and is playing the Coach House on March 2. Colon was invited to audition for The Voice in early 2011, and almost skipped it because of another commitment. He went anyway, singing Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time. All four judges, Adam Levine, Cee-Lo Green, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera indicated they wanted to work with him, and Colon chose Levine, of Maroon 5. Colon worked his way through the show, singing Landslide with Stevie Nicks the final night. “I’m glad I went because The Voice was the best thing that’s happened up to this point in my career,” Colon said

OVERVUE HAPPY HOUR 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Drink and appetizer specials at the OverVue Lounge and Deck at Laguna Cliffs Marriott. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.5000, JAZZ BRUNCH 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Live music by Tom Morey and crew during brunch at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, STEVE BONINO 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, KID’S PET PARADE 1 p.m. The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association presents the annual Kid’s Pet Parade at Cook/La Novia Park where children aged 12 and under can bring their pets in costume for contests. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. Each contest has a $3 entry fee. Corner of La Novia and Calle Arroyo, San Juan Capistrano,


WINE + SIGN 6:30 p.m. The San Clemente Abolitionists invite you to an evening in support of California Against Slavery at The Cellar. Put an initiative on the ballot for our state by signing your name at our wine event. Free entrance. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


FAMILY PAJAMA STORY TIME 7 p.m. The Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, BLUE WHALE BONANZA! Capt Dave’s Safari has daily departures for whale and dolphin watching on a high-tech catamaran with underwater viewing pods and more. Call for times. 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 stand-up comedy every Monday night at Hennessey’s Tavern. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, Page 12

in a statement.. “I really try to put everything I am into my songs and performances. I never expect anything, and winning was a shock. I was 100 percent happy that I’d simply gotten to the final four contestants. When Carson Daly announced I was the winner, I was elated and I couldn’t believe it. I’m very thankful.” His original song and debut single Stitch By Stitch sold more than 145,000 and peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during its first week of digital sales. Colon performed Stitch By Stitch on the Tonight Show With Jay Leno. His new album, Come Through for You, was released on Universal Republic Records. The debut single from the album is As Long As We Got Love and features Natasha Bedingfield. Colon plays at 6 p.m. on March 2 at the Coach House, 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, Tickets are $25. Call 949.496.8930 or see —Jonathan Volzke


KNITLIT 6 p.m. KnitLit, the Knitting Book Group, meets the last Tuesday of the month at the library. Bring your knitting or other craft project and discuss the book I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,


WILL HEARD 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, WINE TASTING & LIVE MUSIC 6 p.m. Tasting with Aron Thun at The Cellar, and 7 p.m.-11 p.m. live music by Ruben Gonzalez. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, CHERYL SILVERSTEIN 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Jazz and pop standards by Cheryl Silverstein with John Paul Keene on piano, at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


KIDS STORYTIME AT THE CASA 10 a.m. Casa Romantica hosts storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


JASON FOSTER & BRANDI SMITH 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Acoustic music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, DAN LEFLER 7 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, WHITNEY SHAY 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to

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Welcome to Dana Point

Festival of Whales infused with fresh artistic talent of Dana Hills High School students



elcome to Dana Point and our 41st annual Festival of Whales. Whether this is your first visit or you are a resident of our beautiful seaside community, this year’s Festival and the whales it celebrates are sure to delight. We’ve already seen spectacular pods of Orcas, Humpback whales and literally tons of Gray whales. What will you see on a whale watching excursion? On land, we have a fun-filled lineup of family-friendly events starting with our hometown parade on Saturday, March 3. Retired pro football player Jim Everett will be the 2012 Celebrity Grand Marshal and Dana Point’s own Lindsay Steinriede, 2011 Woman’s World Champion Long Board Champion, will be the Community Grand Marshal. The parade starts 10 a.m. on Pacific Coast Highway at Selva Road and travels down PCH terminating at the Whale of a Block Party in La Plaza Park. The Dana Point Historical Society is continuing their tradition of a live reading of our namesake Richard Henry Dana’s book, Two Years Before the Mast. Over 100 volunteer readers will take turns to complete a public reading of the entire book in approximately 15 hours over three days. Stop by the Nature Interpretive Center on Scenic Drive above the Harbor and have a listen, March 2, 3 and 4. The Harbor is filled with art and music

during the entire Festival of Whales. Along the boardwalk, the Dana Point Fine Art Association will be hosting a show and sale. There will also be Art in the Park at Dana Point Harbor Drive and Island Way, movies, the Harbor Music Series, worldclass jazz, a concert at Baby Beach and much more. How about some food? There are delicious pancake breakfasts on March 4 and 11 hosted by our local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 and Ladies Auxiliary and Doheny Longboard Surfing Association. They’re great breakfasts for a great cause. Enjoy BBQ at Baby Beach. New this year is the first ever Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook Off featuring teams from some of the best local restaurants and the City of Dana Point. Proceeds from the Cook Off benefit a fantastic organization called Fish for Life that enhances the lives of those with special needs. Dana Point is an active community and the Festival of Whales reflects our commitment to health and fitness with numerous activities like tidepool hikes, walking tours, stand-up paddling clinics, a Dana Outrigger Canoe Club race, the Mickey Muñoz Mongoose Cup and the Festival of Whales Grunion Run, March 11. All these events and lots more are on the Festival of Whales program. There’s so much to do and see; plan to spend the weekend, or two, in Dana Point. And, like the whales do each year, I hope you’ll come back too. DP

Join the Migration for Less with Metrolink and OCTA



oin the migration at the Dana Point Festival of Whales and let OCTA and Metrolink get you there for less. Buy a weekend pass—valid for system-wide travel from 7 p.m. Friday through midnight on Sunday—for just $10. Weekend passes are available at any Metrolink station ticket vending machine. To get to the Festival of Whales from the San Juan Capistrano Metrolink station, take OCTA Bus Route 91 South to Dana Point. Bicycle riders—look for one of Metrolink’s special bicycle cars marked with large yellow “Bicycle Car” signs and take your bike onboard. Ride Metrolink to the San Juan Capistrano station and then hop on your bike and ride the bikeway to Dana Point and the Festival. Full train and bus schedules can be found at Using public transportation to and from the Festival is not only an environmentally friendly way to attend, a ride aboard a bus or train can add to the adventure and get you

great discounts at area businesses. Below are a few of the special deals riders can enjoy. • Present Metrolink, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder and save 50 percent off Dana Wharf and Ocean Institute whale watching excursion ticket prices. Advanced reservations required. Call Dana Wharf at 949.496.5794 ext. 7 and Ocean Institute, 949.496.2274 ext. 0 for reservations. • Present Metrolink, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes transponder and receive a special room rate of $69, single or double occupancy, at the Dana Point Marina Inn, 24800 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.496.1203, DP


Sarah Stanley

Lauren Black


hen the artwork of 2011 Dana Hills High School grad Carver Moore— now studying film editing at the Academy of Art in San Francisco—was chosen as the official logo for the Dana Point Festival of Whales; he was one of the few people surprised by it. Festival coordinator Penny Elia approached Moore’s digital photography teacher Natalie Hribar-Kelly near the end of last school year with an idea to engage the talented art students from Dana Hills High School as contributors to the annual event. Elia, Hribar-Kelly and her fellow art instructors were impressed—but not surprised—by the abundance of creativity and technical ability displayed by all who submitted logo designs. And they were delighted that Moore’s standout work will represent this year’s Festival of Whales. Moore said he was surprised and excited to be recognized in this way. And the fact that his design represents a local event that was a big part of his life growing up in Dana Point was a bonus. “I feel honored but a bit strange too, because this is the first time my work will be widely viewed by the public,” said Moore. The top five submitted works were

Dana Hills High School class of 2011 graduate Carver Moore stands by the Festival of Whales logo he designed. Photo by Andrea Swayne


Frankie Michinock

Renee Richardson

rounded out by entries from Sarah Stanley, Lauren Black, Frankie Michinock and Renee Richardson. Inspired by the designs, student involvement quickly grew to include an opportunity for students to show their work at Art in the Park—the exhibition of work by local artists now in its third successful year at the Festival of Whales. To prepare, a group of 90 students from all high school visual art departments was invited on a January field trip, whale watching aboard a Dana Wharf boat, interaction with professional guest artists and a tour of the Ocean Institute and its historic tallship Brig Pilgrim. Moore even took a break from his college studies and returned to Dana Point to attend—the same day when posters, signs and banners with his logo had their debut around town. The trip was designed to serve as inspiration and motivation, not only for next year’s logo competition, but also to spark the creativity of the students creating works for display at the Art in the Park. “It was a perfect opportunity for our students to venture out and get inspired to create work for the show,” said Hribar-Kelly. “The kids are very excited about submitting designs for the 2013 festival logo and are already working on ideas. I think it’s huge for art students to gain inspiration in the field, and exposure to professional artists is very important to their education.” Art in the Park founder, art consultant Jackie Gallagher agreed and predicted that the student art show will grow organically, just as the original show has over the years. “This is a great way to expose kids to the possibilities of a professional art career,” said Gallagher. “We started out three years ago with 15 artists and hope to have 70 this year, plus a large group of students.” Other plans to expand student involvement by including kids studying areas beyond the visual arts—music, theater, etc.—are already in the works. “What better way to get the community involved in the festival than to include our youth,” Elia said. DP

Whales in the Wilderness BY DOU G THOM P SON


tanding on the beach gazing out to sea, you are overlooking a true wilderness—not with massive migrations of zebras and wildebeests across vast African savannahs, but instead with impressive numbers of giant animals cloaked by the ocean’s watery wilderness. One of these regular travelers, right in front of us off our local coastline, completes the longest migration of any mammal on Earth—the roughly 10,000-mile round-trip journey of the California Gray whales. Each fall between September and October, Gray whales begin their long journey south from their traditional feeding grounds in the Arctic to the lagoons of Baja, where most were born. Their migration is triggered by the shortening days heading into winter when the ice forms and affects their food sources. They travel four to five thousand miles one way, depending on how far north they started. Gray whales travel about as fast as we walk, completing about 100 miles in 24 hours. Whales are marine mammals and breathe air. They must think about each breath and are not automatic breathers like us. They cannot completely fall asleep at any time or they would drown. They usually surface three to five times in a row, exhaling and taking in large amounts of air to re-oxygenate their blood; then while holding their breath, swim underwater for four to six minutes just below the surface, then repeat the process. They can stay underwater up to 20 minutes before surfacing.

Two blowholes (their nostrils) are connected directly to the lungs, so even a mouth full of water and food will not interfere with breathing. The blowholes are located on top of the head, making it easy to just slightly break the surface of the water to take in air. Gray whales’ eyes (about the size of softballs) are located on each side of their head, about seven or eight feet back from the tip of the jaw. They lack forward stereoscopic vision that we humans have and must move their entire body to see an object in front of them. They do have limited stereoscopic vision downward to aid in finding food on the seabed floor, where they filter small animals from the mud. Gray whales reach a length of 50 feet and weigh a little less than a ton a foot (in our world of gravity). All whales are weightless in water, so slowly pulsing their large flukes (tail) moves them forward efficiently. Baleen or filter-feeding whales, such as Gray whales, store blubber as a food source to allow them to make these long distance migrations away from their feeding grounds. They feed all summer in the foodrich northern seas, gaining literally tons of weight in blubber. Then in the fall, they head south and do not need to eat again for many months, using stored blubber as their food source. A pregnant female Gray whale may leave the northern latitudes weighting 90,000 pounds. She will travel many weeks to Baja where she will have a 12- to 15-foot baby that can weight up to 2,000 pounds at birth. The mother whale will gently support her almost helpless baby to take

This Gray whale is taking a look around doing what is called “spy hopping.” Photo by Doug Thompson

the first few breaths of air at the surface. Within a few hours, the baby will gain some coordination and be able to slowly swim alongside mom. The baby feeds—on rich, nourishing milk that is roughly 50 percent fat—from recessed nipples on either side of the mother’s genital slit. When the baby touches a nipple and makes a seal, the mother contracts the massive muscles around the nipple and shoots the thick milk down the baby’s throat. The baby will drink about 50 gallons a day and may grow to 70 percent of its adult length in the first year of life. Months later, when mom and her young whale return to the northern feeding areas, mom will have lost many tons of weight.

Gray whales are considered a coastal whale, meaning they normally stay within a few miles of shore, making them easy to observe during migration. Jump on a whale watching boat and become part of their mysterious journey. Doug Thompson is a noted marine naturalist with over 30 years of studying Gray whales in the lagoons of Baja. He is the author of Whales, Touching the Mystery and is Director of Expeditions for The SummerTree Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation which conducts ongoing natural history experiences, lectures and wildlife and marine expeditions worldwide. He will be speaking March 4 at 10 a.m. at Harpoon Henry’s and can be reached at DP

Historic Festival of Whales Forty-one and Counting BY CARLOS N. O LVERA, PRESI D ENT DANA PO I NT HI STO R ICA L SO CI ETY


he Festival of Whales is here once again. This year—year 41 and counting—we celebrate for the first time without Festival of Whales founder, author and Dana Point historian Doris I. Walker. Doris passed away in October but her memories and historical accounts of festivals past live on in her renowned book Dana Point: Home Port for Romance. One such memory recorded in the book is that of the full size whale characters—Sandy, Flo, Pheena and Herb—she brought to the corner of Dana Point Harbor Drive and Island Way years ago. Only Herb remains today, a live growing whale topiary, but Doris’ mark lives on in many festival traditions Dana Point has treasured for over four decades.

Back in July of 1971 the Dana Point Harbor opened its doors (docks) to the public. One of the first businesses to open at the wharf, and the only East Basin one that was fully constructed, was Don Hansen’s Dana Wharf Sportfishing. He moved his sportfishing operation from San Clemente and brought with him the need to share the experience of the sea with children. That was when Doris first got involved, quickly became responsible for the harbor’s public relations and created the first Festival of Whales Parade. The inaugural year was a small celebration consisting of a short walking parade of children between the only two harbor businesses at the time, Dana Wharf and the Wind & Sea. When Dana Point became a city in 1989, the first mayor, Judy Curreri, asked yours truly to organize the first parade under

city sponsorship. The route—eastward down Santa Clara, crossing Pacific Coast Highway at Violet Lantern—was chosen because we couldn’t get a permit to use PCH; or even to cross it. So we had a person hit the crosswalk signal and quickly moved parade entrants across to La Plaza where it ended at the Street Faire (today’s Block Party). After about 10 years, City Council chose not to sponsor the parade and local organizers continued the tradition with a parade on Golden Lantern. Two years later it returned to PCH; this time with Grand Marshals Doris I. Walker, Don Hansen and I in the lead—just to name just a few. In those early years Doris once brought Donald Duck from Disneyland to serve as Grand Marshal, as he was the only waterrelated Disney character at the time.


But over the years Doris and others made sure to never lose sight of the fact that the real stars of the show must always be the whales. Each year many different events take place throughout Town Center and the Harbor to celebrate Dana Point’s place along the Gray whales’ 10,000-mile annual migration and the abundance of sightings whale watchers enjoy just off our coast. In years past we had scuba sky diving into the ocean, mariachi bands, Navy parachute demonstrations and a Navy Special Boat Squadron. New this year we have a chowder cook off, professional sand sculptors and more. Although Dana Point celebrates this year’s Festival without our beloved Doris, her mark remains in both the traditions and spirit of the event. Check it out and you too can be a part of the history of Dana Point. DP

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Sponsor Spotlight San Diego Gas & Electric has been a proud sponsor of the Festival of Whales for over a decade. Their generous donations have made possible the expansion of many events and have been central to making the Festival what it is today. Be sure to stop by the SDG&E booth at Ocean Awareness Day, Sunday, March 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Baby Beach grassy area. DP

Adventures Dana Wharf Whale Watching

The originator of Whale Watching in Orange County invites you to celebrate over 40 years of exceptional whale watching. Excursions offer fun for all ages. Sightings of whales or dolphins are guaranteed or come back again and ride free. Boats depart every hour from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on festival weekends. Back by popular demand—the Whale of a Deal—all 8 a.m. tickets are just $10. For other departure times, adults are $32, senior and military $27, children 3-12 years $19 and children 2 and under are free. Two-hour whale watching excursions following their Marine Mammal Lecture both weekends at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. are also available. Trips are narrated aboard the 63-foot, state-of-the-art OCean Adventures catamaran. Prior to the 11:30 a.m. departure, a special lecture session from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s included with all 11:30 a.m. reservations. Tickets are $42 for adults, $29 for children 3-12 and free for children under 2. Purchase tickets online at www.zerve. com/DanaWharf/OceanAdv. Use Promo Code (FOW12) to save $5 per ticket (not valid on 8 a.m. special). For more information call 800.979.3370 or 800.590.9994 or visit

Ocean Institute Marine Mammal Cruises

More than just a whale watch, Ocean Institute cruises aboard the R/V Sea Explorer introduce participants to whales and other marine animals using state-of-the-art equipment including satellites, plankton nets, sediment samplers and video microscopes. Experience these magnificent animals and learn about feeding strategies, migration and behavior patterns. Cruise times are 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Festival weekends. Member pricing is $22 for adults and $19 for children 4 to 12. Non-member pricing is $35 adults, $22 children. Weekend admission to the Institute is included with the cruise ticket purchase. For more information, call 949.496.2274 or log on to

Capt. Dave’s Whale & Dolphin Safari

Get eye-to-eye with wild dolphins and whales—without getting wet—in two exclusive underwater viewing pods on board a high-speed, high-tech, sailing catamaran. One of the most unique dolphin and whale watching experiences in the world, the boat carries only 49 so excursions are never crowded and get passengers up close to wild marine mammals. See and hear below the surface with an underwater camera and hydrophone while an experienced marine naturalist narrates how the animals live. Trips are often narrated by Capt. Dave Anderson, himself, whose award-winning film on wild

Chowder Cook Off

Photo by Andrea Swayne

dolphins and whales has drawn people from all over the world to Dana Point. The front of the boat is low to the water to get you close to the animals and an onboard micro whale and dolphin museum is fun and educational. Trips are broadcast live on so passengers can actually wave hello to family and friends while out on the water with the whales and dolphins. And one of the best features—Mrs. Captain Dave’s triple fudge brownies are served complimentary on every safari. Cost: $55 adults, $35 children 3-12 years old. Call 949.488.2828 or visit for more information and reservations.

Dream Catcher Yacht Charters

Wouldn’t it be great to have your own custom version of a Jacques Cousteau adventure at sea? Board a luxury sailing or motor yacht skippered by an experienced Coast Guard-licensed captain for a threehour excursion for you and up to five shipmates. Prices start at just $55 per person. Departure times are whenever you want to go—Dream Catcher works with your schedule. If you want to search for whales and dolphins and see the spectacular Southern California Riviera coastline in a more personal and intimate setting, then Dream Catcher Yacht Charters has your private yacht waiting at the dock. Passengers can learn something about sailing and boathandling, if interested, or just sit back, enjoy the voyage and scan the horizon for sea life. Shhh…hear that? The whales are gently calling your name. Dream Catcher Yachts is celebrating their 20th year in Dana Point Harbor. For more info or to book a trip, call

949.248.7100. Visit Dream Catcher online at

Aventura Sailing Association

Enjoy a whale watching excursion powered by the wind aboard one of Aventura’s luxury 30-foot sailboats. Two and a half-hour trips run $35 per person, (must have at least six passengers); or enjoy a 30foot private boat for $210, (6 passengers maximum). Upgrades to larger vessels are available for an additional fee. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the serenity of being under full sail as you listen to the sounds of the sea and whales as they breach. Bring your camera and capture the whales as their tails fly high. For reservations and information call 949.493.9493 or log on to

Headlands Park and Nature Interpretive Center Interested in catching a glimpse of migrating gray whales from land? Visit the Headlands Conservation Park and Nature Interpretive Center. Situated high atop the 200-foot cliffs of the headlands, the park trails and scenic overlooks offer a great vantage point for viewing the whales passing below. The three-mile trail system is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset and Interpretive Center hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From the Ocean Institute visitors can walk up Cove Road to the park. The Interpretive Center is located adjacent to the park, at the terminus of Green Lantern. It’s a steep walk, but the spectacular views are worth it. For more information, log on to and click on the “visitors” button then on “nature interpretive center.” DP


Devin Hafey is delighted by the beautiful red sheephead she caught during a Fish for Life outing. This year’s Festival of Whales Clam Chowder Cook Off will raise funds to continue providing angling experiences for kids with special needs. Photo by Frank Armstrong


new addition to this year is the first ever Festival of Whale’s Clam Chowder Cook Off. A dozen of Dana Point’s finest eateries, along with a team from the city, will compete for bragging rights to the tastiest chowder in town on Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the harbor walkway near Island Way (E12 on the map). Tickets are $5 for five tastes or $10 for 13 and all proceeds will benefit Fish for Life, an organization that provides fun, memorable and inspirational angling experiences to young people with special needs. “Our mission is to enhance the lives of those with special needs by hosting complimentary half-day Dana Wharf Sportfishing trips aboard the Dana Pride,” said Jim Holden, Fish for Life founder. “This event will certainly help us to extend this often lifechanging experience to more kids.” Participating teams include: The Harbor Grill, Brio Tuscany Grille, Cannons Seafood Grill, Carlos Mexican Restaurant, Chart House, City of Dana Point, Harpoon Henry’s, Mahé, The Rib Joint, RJ’s Café, Tutor and Spunky’s Deli, The Vue at Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa and Wind & Sea Restaurant. Prizes will be awarded in three categories—Best Chowder, Best Booth Design and People’s Choice. Learn more about Fish for Life at DP —AS


Event locations coordinate with listings on pages 10 & 12

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Calendar of Events Saturday, March 3, 2012 E1 Festival of Whales Parade 10 a.m. The parade features floats, bands, balloons and more related to the Festival theme, Magical Migration. Parade route runs along Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern. E2 Whale of a Block Party 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at La Plaza Park. Hosted by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, the Block Party is a fun and educational carnival-style event for the entire family.

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Drive. Over 100 volunteers read in 10-minute shifts beginning Friday, March 2 from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. E15 Sand Sculpting Creation and Workshops 9 a.m.-Sunset. Archisand—professional sand sculptors and seven-time U.S. Open Sand Castle Competition champions—create a sculpture featuring whales and the 2012 Festival of Whales logo at Baby Beach. Sandcastle building workshops offered at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. At sunset watch as Archisand applies some cool LED colored lighting effects. See their work at

Event numbers correspond with the event map on pages 8 & 9 pancake breakfast, raffle prizes and entertainment, hosted by VFW post 9934 and Ladies Auxiliary at the OC Sailing & Event Center’s Dana Cove Room. Adults $6, $3 for children under 12. E6 Ocean Institute Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Enjoy a tallship sailing adventure and gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and whales. Non-member price $40 adults, $23 children 12 and under; members—$36 adults, $21 children 12 and under (min. age 4).

E3 Live Remote KSBR 88.5 Jazz FM 9 a.m. Stop in and visit with the DJs and staff from Radio KSBR 88.5 in the Dana Wharf courtyard area.

E11 So Cal Woodies Woodie cars will be on display at the grassy areas along the harbor walkway.

E15 Dana Outrigger Canoe Club Race In its 22nd year of historical paddling, Dana Outrigger Canoe Club will once again host a competition at Baby Beach. Spectators welcome.

E15 Ocean Awareness Day 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Interactive displays, demonstrations and entertainment showcasing environmental programs and issues related to the ocean.

E11 So Cal Woodies Woodie cars from the Southern California Woodie Club will be on display at the grassy areas along the harbor walkway. Take a stroll and enjoy these iconic surf wagons from days past. E11 Metropolitan Club Nash Metropolitan cars will be on display at the grassy areas along the harbor walkway. E5 Historical Society Public Reading 9 a.m.6 p.m. The Dana Point Historical Society hosts its second public reading of Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana Jr. Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic

Watch as Archisand sand sculptors bring the design in this concept rendering to life.

E15 Movie in the Park 6:30 p.m. Head to the grassy area at Baby Beach for a special showing of A Dolphin Tale. Free popcorn, hot beverages and snacks available. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and your own picnic.

Sunday, March 4, 2012 E8 Whale of a Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m.11 a.m. Start your day with a delicious

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2012 Festival of Whales Merchandise T-shirts and sweatshirts will be on sale throughout the Harbor and are available for purchase online at

E10 Marine Mammal Lecture Series 10 a.m.–11 a.m. Marine mammals are among the most beloved icons of the California coast and yet much of their life history and biology remains a mystery. Attend the Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching marine mammal lecture series at Harpoon Henry’s to learn some of the latest discoveries about them. Enjoy a continental breakfast as special guests present recent findings on whales, dolphins, other marine mammals and sharks. March 3: Great white shark expert Mary Blasius; March 4: Doug Thompson on Gray whales; March 10: Alisa SchulmanJaniger speaks on killer whales and March 11: Dennis Kelly on bottlenose dolphin and sea otters. Following the lecture, board the

OCean Adventures catamaran for whale watching. Lecture is free with purchase of the cruise and includes continental breakfast. Lecture and breakfast only $5 per person, at the door. For tickets visit www. or call 949.496.5794. E12 Art in the Park Local artists display a variety of works on the grassy areas at the corner of Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive. E6 Seashore Interpretive Family Hike 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Guided family tidepool hikes through the Dana Point Marine Protected Area with Ocean Institute naturalists. First come, first served. Sign up at the front desk of the Ocean Institute after admission is paid, no additional charge. E6 Ocean Institute 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a hands-on journey into the fascinating world of whales. Activities include crafts, animal feedings, ROV driving and tidepool touch

E15 “The Amazing Adventures of Captain Don” Book Signing 1 p.m.3 p.m. Author Donna Kalez will be signing her book “The Amazing Adventures of Captain Don” in the Dana Wharf booth at Ocean Awareness Day. Books $5. Purchase includes a free spin of the prize wheel with gifts valued up to $44. E15 Diamond Dig Noon-1 p.m. The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club Diamond Dig lets kids and adults pay for a shovel and dig for buried treasure—cash, toys and diamonds! Dress as a pirate and receive a clue.

E15 Whale of a Rubber Ducky Race 11 a.m.2 p.m. This fun spin on a traditional “Rubber Ducky Race” will be held at Baby Beach. Prizes awarded to the top three finishers. $6 per duck or 2 for $10; need not be present to win. E15 Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Compete in one of five categories: castles, whales and ocean creatures, pirates and ships, Woodies and surfboards, or patriotic emblems. Judging begins at 2:30 p.m. with awards to follow. Bring your own buckets and tools. Dyes and stabilizers not allowed—all natural. Sculpting creation areas are limited—first come, first served. E15 Whale of a BBQ Noon-4 p.m. Delicious BBQ specialties at affordable prices served up at Baby Beach. Choose from tri-tip sandwiches, mouth-watering chicken sandwiches, scrumptious salads and more. E10 Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Fishing Trip 12 p.m.–12:30 p.m. Clinic followed by a fishing trip from 12:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m. Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites kids to a dockside clinic to learn techniques from the experts, followed by a fishing trip. Adults are $39 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under free, equipment included. Call 949.496.5794 for reservations. E5 Historical Society Public Reading 9 a.m.noon. The Historical Society hosts its second public reading of Two Years Before the Mast at the Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive. Over 100 volunteers read in 10-minute shifts. Donations gladly accepted.

tanks. Admission: $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for children (3 -12 yrs); children 2 and under and members are free.

fornia.” Screenings every hour. Also, see a live whale watching broadcast from www.

E7 Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dana Point Fine Arts Association will host an art show and sale on the Harbor Boardwalk along the boat docks in Mariner’s Village. A portion of artists’ sales will benefit the Dana Hills High School Art Department.

E8 Stand-Up Paddling Clinics 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Join the SUP craze and learn why it’s the fastest growing water sport today. Westwind Sailing hosts 45-minute on-thewater clinics, on the hour, $10 per person, ages 12 and up. Call 949.492.3035 for details.

E8 Sailing Rides 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Westwind Sailing teaches passengers how to sail a Capri 14. Half-hour sessions $15 per boat, three people max., ages 5 and up. Call 949.492.3035 for details.

E9 Historical Society Town Center Walking Tour 2 p.m. Meet at 34091 (corner of Blue Lantern and PCH) for an historic Town Center walking tour of commercial and residential buildings. Call 949.248.8121 or visit for info.

E4 Free Film Screening and Live Whale Watching Broadcast 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Stop by the Dolphin Deck, 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, for a free viewing of Captain Dave’s award-winning documentary “Wild Dolphins and Whales of Southern Cali-


E10 Harbor Music Series Noon–3 p.m. A variety of music styles will be presented by the Dana Point Harbor Association in the Jolly Roger courtyard, Harpoon Henry grassy area and Mariner’s Village.

Calendar of Events Saturday, March 10, 2012 E15 3rd Annual Mongoose Cup 9 a.m. Join surf legend Mickey Muñoz and friends for a day of paddling fun. There will be an open fun paddle, Waterman Expo, SUP clinics and SUP relays. The event kicks off with a fun paddle, open to any type of paddling craft, and a harbor cleanup sweep. The Mongoose Cup will consist of SUP-only relays. Teams will be chosen by “luck of the draw.” Each elite Mongoose Cup safety paddler will draw names of three paddlers to complete their four-person teams. Entry includes commemorative Tshirt, BBQ lunch and a chance to paddle with Muñoz himself. Proceeds benefit the Festival of Whales, Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association and Doheny Longboard Surfing Association. Register online at http:// or on the beach starting at 7:30 a.m. For more info, call 714.262.8370. • Muñoz will have a book signing following the event at the Dana Point Yacht Club. Don’t miss this opportunity to get an autographed copy of his celebrated book No Bad Waves,Talking Story with Mickey Muñoz.

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make it today? The Commanders return for two more performances on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Under the musical direction of TSgt Jim Butler, this 20-piece big band is considered one of the finest of its kind on the West Coast. From big band to contemporary, there’s something for all musical tastes. The Commanders began in 1959 as a component of the North American Air Defense (NORAD) Command Band and then merged with the Air Force Band of the Golden Gate in 1979 at Travis Air Force Base. The group has toured the western United States extensively, appeared on numerous radio and television shows, performed at Carnegie Hall, Monterey Jazz Festival, Redwood Coast Jazz Festival and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and collaborated with the likes of Marvin Stamm, Steve Smith, Bob Hope, Walt Levinsky, Carl Saunders, and more. E11, 12 Cal Rods Car Club 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Cal Rod Car Club, formed in 1954 in the San Gabriel Valley, will display approximately 50 classics and hot rods along the harbor walkway. Many of these cars have been featured in automotive magazines and received awards from the Grand National Roadster Show, L.A Roadster Show, La Verne Cool Cruise, Dr. George Charity Car Show in Palm Springs and more. For more information visit E17 Whale of a Beach Cleanup 9 a.m.–noon Bring your work gloves and a recyclable bag or bucket and help clean up Doheny State Beach. Meet Ranger Vicki at the Lifeguard Headquarters and learn more about how you can help maintain our precious coastal resources. E12 Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook Off 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sample a variety of tasty chowders and vote for your favorites along the Harbor walkway near Island Way. Cost: $5 for five tastes or $10 for 13.

The Commanders US Air Force Jazz Band of the Golden West. Courtesy photo

E14 The Commanders US Air Force Jazz Band of the Golden West 11 a.m.-noon and 2 p.m.4 p.m. The Commanders US Air Force Jazz Band of the Golden West performs two shows on the grass adjacent to Art in the Park. Bring blankets, beach towels or beach chairs and settle in for some great entertainment. Can’t

Event numbers correspond with the event map on pages 8 & 9

Sunday, March 11, 2012 E17 Festival of Whales Grunion Run 10K, 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 1K Run The Grunion Run features a 10K at 7:45 a.m., 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m., Kids’ 1K Run at 9:45 a.m. and awards at 10 a.m. FREE prerun shuttle service will begin at 6 a.m. with pick ups at the Ocean Institute, OC Sailing & Event Center and Dana Point Harbor Drive at Golden Lantern. Proceeds to benefit the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association, a nonprofit organization that supports interpretive, educational programs at Doheny State Beach. Pre-registration and more information is available online at • A Whale of a Pancake Breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. inside Doheny State Park. Adults $6, $3 for children under 12. Bring your racing bib and receive $1 off breakfast. Proceeds from the breakfast will benefit Doheny Longboard Surfing Association and our local State Lifeguard Association. E11, 12 Cal Rods Car Club 10 a.m.3 p.m. The Cal Rod Car Club will display approximately 50 classics and hot rods along the harbor walkway. E10 Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Fishing Trip 12 p.m.–12:30 p.m. Clinic followed by a fishing trip from 12:45 p.m.–5:45 p.m. Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites kids to a dockside clinic to learn techniques from the experts, followed by a fishing trip. Prizes raffled after the clinic. Fishing trip bonus—the chance to see whales, dolphins and other marine life. Adults are $39 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under free, equipment included. Call 949.496.5794 for reservations.

E4 Capt. Dave’s Kids’ Carnival Noon2 p.m. Fun for the whole “pod”! Drop by the Dolphin Deck at 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive for free activities and prizes. Kids of all ages will have fun with games, crafts, face painting and more. E6 Ocean Institute Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Enjoy a tallship sailing adventure and gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and whales. Non-member price $40 adults, $23 children 12 and under; members—$36 adults, $21 children 12 and under (min. age 4).

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E15 Whale of a Concert and BBQ Noon4:30 p.m. FREE concert at Baby Beach with bands performing atop a specially designed floating stage. Tijuana Dogs—noon to 1 p.m., Lights (Journey Tribute band)—1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and Chicago Tribute Authority—3:15 p.m. to 4:30 pm. Bring beach chairs or blankets to sit on. BBQ specialties and a Spirits Garden provided (over 21 with valid ID). For info, call 949.248.3530. E14 Java and Jazz with The Commanders US Air Force Jazz Band of the Golden West 9 a.m-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon The Commanders US Air Force Jazz Band of the Golden West performs two shows on the grass. Bring blankets or beach chairs. Stop by The Coffee Importers between 8 a.m. and noon, mention Java and Jazz and get a FREE coffee! E17 Doheny State Beach’s Mobile Marine Mammal Museum 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mobile Marine Mammal Museum at the Doheny State Beach Visitor Center will present a free exhibition of genuine marine mammal artifacts for visitors to actively learn and gain an appreciation for these magnificent creatures of the sea. Please alert entrance station staff upon arrival so they can direct you to appropriate parking. Please note: Free vehicle parking at Doheny State Beach for Doheny State Beach’s Mobile Marine Mammal Museum is limited to one hour only. Rain cancels. Call 949.496.2704 or see for more information. E8 “Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey” Book Signing and Lecture 11 a.m.-noon Join author Capt. Dave Anderson at the OC Sailing & Event Center for a lecture and video on whale entanglement and a signing of his new book “Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey.” For more information call 949.488.2828 or see





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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

Phone 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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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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Single Man Thinks Women Talk Too Much on Dates S id and I were on the DePauw University swimming team together 50 years ago. He’s always had strong opinions about dating, which may be one of the reasons he’s never married. Recently, he said one of the dating no-no’s he finds with women these days is that some talk too much. Sid said: “Some men do it also but I think women have a corner on the market. I have talked with several male friends who’ve said they really liked some lady but she just wouldn’t shut up. I have a sister that does it, and have also had an intense interest in some ladies except I couldn’t get a word in the discussion. Sometimes I can’t even tell when they take a breath when they are talking. How is a good way to tell someone they are running their mouth too much?” When I included Sid’s opinion in my On Life and Love After 50 newsletter, women responded with their own strong opinions. Pauline said “Sid seems to have had a rough time, but unfortunately a lot of women get nervous and talking helps them get through the uncomfortable times. He needs more patience and also to learn to

tune the women out! Keep changing the subject and eventually they will run out of things to say!” Ceil wrote “The biggest talker I ever met was my beloved late husband. When I first ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 met him, he—the very By Tom Blake picture of health and fitness—told me he had written his own epitaph. I laughed and asked what it was. “He never finished what he was saying,” he replied. “As much as I loved him, he almost drove me to distraction at times, but he had many nice qualities, and I’m glad I stuck it out for our 25-year marriage. Sid is being way too rigid.” Jillian: “Women talk too much? Hardly. When I was going out with men I had met via Internet dating services, I was astounded at the nonstop chatter from many of them. When in a charitable mood, I ascribed their loquaciousness to first-date nerves. But the actual effect tended to be

a domineering self-centeredness. It put off any thoughts of a second date. I want a man who can carry on a conversation, but with me, not with himself.” Thelma said “Arggghhhhh! I’ve experienced men who TALK TOO MUCH! More than I can count. But the worst part of it is when they finally stop talking and you start to say something—or worse yet, they ask you a question—then they jump back in and start talking again before you’ve even finished your sentence!” She said she’s never called a man out on it until two days ago when she had a first date. They walked their dogs in a park. He kept interrupting her. After a half hour, she mentioned to him that his habit was rude. He apologized and told her the next time he’d talk less. Thelma sent an update: “He called me this morning and even though he was talking slower he was still hogging the conversation and interrupting me when I tried to say something. I got the feeling he wasn’t listening. So, bleh, there goes another potential…” Gale wrote “I know both men and wom-

en who are guilty. Suggestion for Sid: The next time he runs across a chatty woman like this, he should ask politely ‘How about we share the talk space for a while?’ That should clue her in.” Antoinette: “As a mid-55’s lady, I had to laugh as I can’t remember any of the men I have met or gone out with who didn’t love to monopolize the conversation. All I had to do to get someone to talk was to compliment them or ask what they enjoyed about their hobbies, work or traveling. When asked, a man will not turn down the opportunity to expand on anything as the majority of the time he will want to make his opinions known. I’ve also found men love to gossip as much if not more than women.” So, there you have it. Whether out on a senior date, or just with friends, be sure to share the conversation. 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

HIKING PROGRAM KICKS OFF AT LOCAL STATE PARKS he San Onofre Foundation started a hiking program to explore a multitude the beaches and back-country trails in two of California’s most popular and accessible state parks: San Clemente State Beach and San Onofre State Beach. The trails of San Onofre State Beach and San Clemente State Beach parks feature mountain and ocean views. Hikers trek through rugged chaparral, coastal sage scrub, coastal bluff, and beach environments. They follow paths walked by Native Americans for many thousands of years— and European explorers, missionaries, settlers and ranchers for centuries.


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Trails vary by interest and fitness level, but often include rugged hills, gentle river valleys, oceanfront canyons or cobbled beaches. Hikes are tailored for all fitness levels. And along the way, San Onofre Foundation’s experienced hike leaders will answer participant questions about hiking clothing, equipment and techniques; trail courtesy and safety; plants and animals and the rich natural and cultural history of the areas. Hikers also learn how they can become part of the nonprofit’s effort to save native wildlife and parklands for the enjoyment of future generations. The San Onofre Foundation is a non-

Upcoming San Onofre Foundation Day Hikes* *Verify details at

When: March 1 at 8:30 a.m. Type: Bluffs and trails, meet at entry kiosk at San Clemente State Beach Leader: Kathleen Cobb Duration: 2 to 3 hours profit that supports the educational and interpretive efforts of San Onofre and San Clemente state beaches. Foundation members also work to protect and

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When: March 8 at 9 a.m. Details: San Clemente State back country, meet at San Clemente Dog Park off La Pata Leader: Kathleen Cobb Duration: To be determined Time: March 15 at 8:30 a.m. Details: Inland trails of San Mateo, meet at Trestles Lot on El Camino Real Leader: Kathleen Cobb Duration: 2 to 3 hours preserve the parks. To learn more, visit the San Onofre Foundation’s website at www., call 949.366.8599 or email SC




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February 24, 7 p.m.

February 26, 1 p.m.

February 26, 4 p.m.

The Tritons have two of their best grapplers en route to the Masters Meet as both athletes look to secure a spot a the State Finals.

Seeded No. 6 for the Southern California regional playoffs, the Gauchos host San Diego City College in first round action.

College baseball is in full swing as UC Irvine’s men’s baseball team wraps up a three-game series against University of Washington.

After playing in eight games on the road, the Anaheim Ducks finally return to home ice to take on Chicago.

Following two road games at Dallas and Oklahoma City, the Lakers return to LA for a game against Minnesota.




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February 24-25, 2 p.m./10 a.m.

By David Zimmerle

GIRLS BASKETBALL • The Lady Tritons (15-11) couldn’t pull off an important upset win, losing, 63-55, while visiting Long Beach Wilson in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs on February 18. The game was close after the first period as San Clemente only trailed, 11-9, but next saw its opponent pull away slightly as Long Beach Wilson outscored San Clemente, 18-12, in the second quarter. Heading into the third frame, San Clemente trailed, 29-21, but could not find a way to cut into the lead as both teams continued to keep the scoring close in the final two periods of play. Despite outscoring Long Beach Wilson, 18-17, in the third, the Lady Tritons could not lock down its opponent on defense in the final frame for the win. Frankie Pinto and Brogan Griffin each finished with 15 points, while Kathleen Hartman contributed nine points in the effort. Next 7 days: N/A San Clemente Times February 23–29, 2012


Huskies vs. Anteaters, Anteater Ballpark

Triton Report

BOYS BASKETBALL • The Tritons (1413) made an early exit from the postseason after suffering a tough, 68-39, road loss at the hands of Etiwanda High in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA playoffs on February 17. San Clemente was held to single-digit scoring throughout the first three quarters before posting 15 points in the final frame. Down 18-8 after the first quarter, the Tritons were unable to get into an offensive rhythm while Etiwanda racked up the points and went into the half with a comfortable 32-17 lead. In the third period, the Tritons saw its lowest scoring effort of the four frames, and entered the fourth down, 51-24. Brain Bang led the team with 11 points, Brock Eissman totaled 10 points and Blake Kubly and Larry Licht each finished with seven points. Next 7 days: N/A


Blackhawks vs. Ducks, Honda Center

Knights vs. Gauchos, Saddleback College

CIF Masters, Temecula Valley High

Danielle Mellem (15, left) and Jane Cousineau (11, right) each jockey to get a head on the ball against a Rosary defender during CIF-SS Division 1 first round playoff action on February 17. Photo courtesy of Brian Miller

BOYS SOCCER • When the dusts from the Wild Card B match had finally settled, the Tritons (18-4-4) ended up facing Fountain Valley after the Barons beat Santa Margarita. Playing host to its opponent in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs on February 16, San Clemente eventually edged Fountain Valley, 2-1, for the key win. The Tritons scored in the first half of play and entered the second up 2-0. Despite letting in one goal for the remainder of the game, San Clemente held the Barons at bay and advanced to face Long Beach Poly at home in the second round of the playoffs on February 21. Ryan Stoll and Gage Zerboni both found the back of the net for the Tritons, while Justice Duerksen and Danny Martinez were responsible for assists. Next 7 days: N/A

GIRLS SOCCER • The Lady Tritons (15-2-7) kept its postseason hopes alive after besting the girls from Rosary High, 4-1, in the first round of the CIFSS Division 1 playoffs on February 17. Both teams matched each other with goals in the first half and entered the second tied, 1-1. But San Clemente turned up its offensive firepower in the second half, scoring three goals while shutting out its opponent throughout the final 45 minutes of play. Danielle Mellem had a great performance for the Lady Tritons, leading the team with two goals, while Marlee Carrillo and Daylin Petroff both finished with one goal. The team then advanced to host Saugus High in second round action on February 22. Next 7 days: N/A

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Timberwolves vs. Lakers, Staples Center February 29, 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS WATER POLO • The Lady Tritons (13-12) rolled to an impressive 15-6 win against Westlake while hosting its opponent in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs on February 16. San Clemente jumped ahead 5-2 after the first period and scored four more goals in the second, entering the half up, 9-2. Though the girls let in four more goals in the final half of play, its offense helped carry the team to victory by outscoring Westlake 6-4 through the third and fourth periods. Nicole Mannion, Mallory McCammon and Kelsey Thornton each had hat tricks of three goals in the win, while Taylor Smith and Cassidy Smithson both scored two goals. However, a continued run in the postseason was not in the cards this year for San Clemente as the girls lost a 14-12 heartbreaker to Montebello High in second round action on February 18. Playing at the neutral site of Whittier College, this game went into two straight overtimes before a winner was decided. Tied at 4-4 entering the second half, San Clemente’s offense made a nice run in the third period, outscoring Montebello 4-1 as the Lady Tritons held the 8-5 advantage heading into the fourth. But Montebello tied this one up, 11-11, at the end of regulation forcing the first overtime. After matching each other with one goal in the first overtime and heading into the second still tied, 12-12, Montebello put this one on ice, outscoring San Clemente 2-0 in the second overtime for the win. McCammon and Smithson each finished with three goals, Candyce Schroeder had two goals and Brigette Kimbrough, Makenna Smith, Taylor Smith and Thornton each had one goal apiece. Next 7 days: N/A WRESTLING • After qualifying 11 of its wrestlers to compete at the CIF Individual Championships at Colony High School, February 17-18, San Clemente’s list was whittled down to two who went on to qualify for the CIF-SS Masters Meet, February 24-25 at Temecula Valley High. John Castellini (third place, 132) and Ryan Ash (fi fth place, 195) are the duo to advance for San Clemente High’s wrestling program. Next 7 days: Feb. 24-25 at CIF-SS Masters Meet, 2 p.m./10 a.m.

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GROM OF THE WEEK Mason Klink Age: 16, San Clemente High School San Clemente High School junior Mason Klink has been surfing longboard for the school team for two years and also enjoys competing in San Onofre Surf Club contests. Mason practices at least four days a week before school with his teammates at T Street and has been concentrating on working on his fluidity on the waves. “I’m trying to connect my moves more smoothly. Overall I am just doing some basic fine tuning,” he said. “One of my favorite things about living in San Clemente is being able to surf with all my friends from school and keep surfing an important part of everyday life.” Mason says he enjoys checking out new waves but lately has been keeping his surf travels pretty close to home, making small road trips to San Diego, Malibu and other So Cal breaks. When not at the beach, he spends much of his free time skateboarding and snowboarding. In school he is especially enjoying his Cultures class and is maintaining a B average while working at T. Mason Klink. Photo by Andrea Swayne Patterson Surfboards three to four days a week. The job, he says, has sparked an interest in shaping surfboards, but only as a hobby. Mason is looking forward to going to college and hopes to attend a university in San Diego to stay close to the beach. “I don’t know what I want to do for a living yet but I do know that I want to get a business degree,” he said. —Andrea Swayne

Surf’s SUP in Peru


Surfing America Team USA competes at ISA World SUP Championships in Peru By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


an Clemente athletes Colin McPhillips, Emmy Merrill, Rob Rojas and Brandi Baksic are competing as part of the Surfing America PacSun USA Stand Up/Prone Paddle Team in the inaugural ISA World SUP Championships in Miraflores, Peru, February 19 through 25. Surfers and paddlers rounding out Team USA are Sean Poynter of Oceanside, Jay Wild (Truckee), Shane Scoggins (Oceanside), Gillian Gibree of Massachusetts and Santa Barbara’s Matt Becker. The team is being led by Head Coach Ian Cairns as SUP Surf Coach along with fourtime Olympian Jim Terrell, as paddle coach. Together they selected the team from mainland USA competitors based on the Battle of the Paddle at Doheny State Beach and Stand-Up World Tour results. “We are honored and excited to participate in this historic inaugural ISA World Stand-Up Paddle Championships. This will be the largest international field assembled for any SUP competition, ever, and we are excited to see how the PacSun USA Team fares on the world stage,” said Surfing America executive director, Greg Cruse. With only a couple of rounds into the competition, by press time on Wednesday it seemed that Team USA would indeed fare well. McPhillips had successfully won his first two heats in SUP Surf Men’s competition, scoring the highest score of Day 1, a 16.33 out of 20. “It’s always nice to get that first heat done, my legs were a little shaky and stuff, but it worked out,” said three-time ASP World Longboard Champion McPhillips in an ISA interview following his Round 1

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San Clemente’s Colin McPhillips scored the highest heat total, 16.33, in his first heat at the ISA World SUP Championships in Miraflores, Peru. Photo ISA/Tweddle

victory. “When I first heard the ISA was going to have SUP here, I was super stoked. To be with a great team, a great coach, we’re having a good time so I’m just super happy that SUP is a part of it all.” Merrill also started the week off in great form taking command of the SUP Surf Women’s early rounds, winning both her Round 1 and Round 2 heats. In her first heat Merrill’s win was convincing as she earned a score of 15.27 over runner up Shakira Westdorp of Australia (10.90) and third place finisher Penny Stemmet (RSA) (8.80). On Wednesday morning Merrill continued her dominance of the division with a 15.50 win over Peru’s Brisa Malaga (6.73) and Antonella Podesta of Brazil (3.06). Competition will continue through Saturday including SUP Surf technical, marathon and prone paddleboard races. Log on for results and a live webcast. SC

SURF FORECAST Water temp: 57-60˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 10-20’+ Fair-Good; Catalina: 15-25’+ Fair-Good Remarks: Small, peaky surf prevails at exposures on Thursday as new Northwest swell tops out and fresh Southwest swell builds in. Surge is light and visibility is good offering favorable diving conditions overall. Short range: Surf size is running 2-3’(kneewaist high) for most good breaks on Thursday, with a few larger sets for top combo spots. Morning conditions are fairly clean, though light Southerly eddy winds are an issue for some spots. Northwest and Southwest swells hold steady on Friday, with 2-3’ occ. 4’(knee-waist occ. chest/shoulder high) waves for the better exposed combo breaks. Light morning flow offers clean, generally fair conditions overall. Long range: A small combo of old Northwest and Southwest swells prevail for the weekend. Size is generally in the 2-3’(knee-waist high) range, with some occasional chest/shoulder high (4’) peaks for top breaks around the proper tides. Light morning winds and generally favorable conditions prevail. Stay tuned to for updates.

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WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 7, February 18-19, Huntington Beach, Pier Local finishers only. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Kade Matson, SC; 3. Jett Schilling, SC; 5. Nicholas Coli, SC. BOYS U12: 1. Cole Houshmand, SC; 3. Kade Matson, SC. BOYS U16: 6. Colton Overin, SC. BOYS U18: 2. Jordan Kudla, SC; 4. Brandon Hawkins, SC. GIRLS U12: 4. Kirra Pinkerton, SC; 5. Alexxa Elseewi, SC. GIRLS U14: 6. Malia Osterkamp, SC. GIRLS U16: 6. Kirra Connolly, SC. GIRLS U18: 1. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 2. Jacob Atwood, CB; 4. Rio Donaldson, CB. JR. LONGBOARD U18: 1. Dylan Cox, CB; 2. Casey Powell, SC; 5. Kyle Perez, DP. GIRLS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 3. Kaila Patterson, CB ; 6. Meg Roh, DP. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 3. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 4. Emmy Lombard, SC; 5. Karina Rozunko, SC. MEN 18 – 29: 3. Ricky Lovato, SC; 6. Jacob Cortez, DP. MASTERS 30-39: 5. Eric Rendon, SC; 6. James Bray, SC. LEGENDS 50+: 4. Dale Baker, SC. SR. MEN LONGBOARD 40+: 3. Rick Erkeneff, DP. MEN: 1. Cody Canzoneri, SC. MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9: 1. Nicholas Coli, SC; 2. Taj Lindblad, SC; 3. Jett Schilling, SC; 4. Patrick O’Connor, SJC; 5. Cooper Sutton, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 6. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. OPEN WOMEN’S LONGBOARD: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. NSSA Southwest Conference Open Event No. 9, February 18-19, Ventura, C Street Local finishers only. MEN: 2. Jake Davis, CB; 3. Colt Ward, SC; 4. Trevor Thornton, SC. JUNIORS: 1. Jake Davis, CB; 3. Griffin Colapinto, SC. MINI GROMS: 4. Ethan Mudge, CB. WOMEN: 4. Tia Blanco, SC. GIRLS: 4. Tia Blanco, SC. PERFORMER OF THE EVENT: Jake Davis, CB. For full results, log on to www.

UPCOMING EVENTS 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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