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Sunsets a New Dawn

Local Restaurant the Latest Evolution of a Family Business E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6 Still Water at Renaissance owner Damian Collins, Sunsets at the Pier chef Caryn Mayural and Still Water partner Edgar Carbajal gather at the bar to oversee major cleaning work being done at the newly acquired Dana Point hot spot. Photo by Andrea Swayne

No Pups on Beaches but More Access to Parks in the Works

Blake: Who Pays for the First Date? Depends

SCHS Girls Soccer Reaches Finals, Stumbles in Championship








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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Five years after San Juan Hills High School opened, students finally have a swimming pool. A $3 million aquatics center opened quietly this week. The 30-meter pool means that the swimming and water polo teams no longer have journey up Antonio Parkway to Tesoro High School, where they often had to practice early in the morning or in the evening to get pool time. The aquatics center is tucked between the locker rooms and the Stallions’ stadium—which is also unfinished. But Capistrano Unified School District trustees last year awarded a $1.64 million contract to finish the stadium bleachers, too. That work, which also involves changes to a softball field and shotput area, is expected to be finished in June.



DANA POINT City Council on Tuesday voted 4-1 to approve an ordinance banning point of sale distribution of single-use plastic bags at retail establishments. Councilman Bill Brough cast a “No” vote as he had in the two initial votes on the way to the ban’s final adoption. Two main modifications were added including an 18-month compliance exemption period for small businesses with gross taxable revenues under $4 million as well as the removal of the word “restaurant.” The Save the Plastic Bag Coalition threatened to file a lawsuit against the city and has challenged bans in other California cities on the basis that states, not cities, regulate restaurants. Council chose to follow the lead of Santa Cruz and Laguna Beach by revising the ordinance to exempt restaurants. The ordinance will take effect April 5, 30 days from Tuesday night’s final approval.


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… Dogs on Beaches?

THE LATEST: Pooches still don’t have access to the beach after the City Council decided Tuesday to hold off on allowing them on the seashore. But dogs — and their masters — could roam together at more city parks after the five-member panel voted to have the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Department put together a plan for more fenced dog runs at parks and phased-in, leashed-dog access at more than the two current parks. Dozens of dog owners pleaded to open up more city space to pups, especially at the beach “I hope you support the hopes and dreams of our pets and owners in San Clemente,” said Carolyn King. Other residents had misgivings about granting more access to dogs overall. For some the chosen beach spot between 204 Beach and Mariposa Point didn’t make sense. During high tide precious little, if any, sand is available. For others, the effect of potential waste was worrisome. “It seems not to make sense given what we know is a source of pollution,” said Council member Tim Brown. WHAT’S NEXT: Council woman Lori Donchak also asked for a financial plan that detailed the cost of greater dog access to more parks. FIND OUT MORE: See the staff report at —Stacie N. Galang


… the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast?

THE LATEST: Communities need religious institutions to minister to the less fortunate, said the Rev. Jack Sewell during his keynote address at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast San Clemente Times March 8–14, 2012

Tuesday at the city’s Community Center. The event, hosted by the San Clemente Kiwanis Club and the Pastor’s Fellowship of South Orange County, drew about 300, including civic and religious leaders. Throughout the two-hour long breakfast event, the group bowed to pray for the city, its youth, its leaders and its future. San Clemente High’s Madrigal choir also serenaded the group with two songs. The prayer breakfast also brought Marines from nearby Camp Pendleton. Sewell, also a U.S. Air Force chaplain, likened the role of faith leaders to scene from A Few Good Men where Jack Nicholson’s character Col. Nathan Jessup says the world wants and needs men like him protecting their walls. “The world wants us on that street corner,” Sewell said, adapting the line to the occasion. “The world needs us on that street corner.” The Catholic pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church spoke about his own journey to the chaplaincy and a providential meeting with the recruiter at a diocesan religious event.

killed by Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Sandberg February 7 outside San Clemente High School. The Orange County District Attorney’s office is investigating the shooting, In the meantime, friends and family have come forward to describe Loggins as generous man, father and mentor to fellow Marines. Mourners gathered March 2 to remember Loggins at the chapel at Camp Pendleton.

WHAT’S NEXT: In closing the event, Pastor Ron Sukut of Cornerstone Community told the group to be a light in their community.

THE LATEST: The developers of the now defunct Playa Del Norte project lost one of their lawsuits last week, keeping them from collecting the millions of dollars in damages they sought with the demise of Measure A. City attorney Jeff Oderman said by email this week that the judge in the case sided with the city and threw out the lawsuit. He said the city was pleased with the decision. Charles S. Krolikowski, who represents developers Linda and Shaheen Sadeghi, said he was disappointed. Krolikowski said his clients have 60 days to decide if they will appeal the decision in the damages lawsuits and they’re considering their options. “We feel that we have solid grounds to file an appeal,” the attorney said.

FIND OUT MORE: See for the full story. —Stacie N. Galang


… Marine’s Wife Giving Birth?

THE LATEST: The wife of Sgt. Manuel Loggins gave birth to a fourth girl Sunday, according to Wayne Eggleston, who has been in contact with the family’s attorney. It’s been nearly a month since Sgt. Manuel Loggins, a decorated Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, was shot and

WHAT’S NEXT: Last week, the attorney for Phoebe Loggins, Brian Dunn, said he plans to file multiple civil rights complaints against the county as a result of the shooting. His firm, Johnnie Cochran Law Offices, has already begun its own investigation. FIND OUT MORE: See for updates. —SNG


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… the Playa Del Norte Lawsuits?

WHAT’S NEXT: The remaining lawsuit related to the election has a hearing Thursday, March 8. Oderman said he believes the city has provided “multiple good reasons to support its position.” If the Sadeghis were to succeed, they could ultimately be granted the right to develop one of the North Beach parcels, according to Krolikowski. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for updates. — SNG


… Stop Signs on Ola Vista?

THE LATEST: Despite concerns about accidents and near misses along Ola Vista, a downtown street that crosses Avenida Del Mar, no stop signs will be put up. The City Council voted 3-2 to nix a recommendation by city staff to put up additional stops along the road despite concerns about car and pedestrian safety, especially near the Cabrillo Playhouse. Council members Jim Dahl and Jim Evert voted to erect the signs but their colleagues said the data didn’t support their installation and worried the addition of stops would increase fender benders. “I think the four-way stop is asking for trouble,” Council member Bob Baker said about the intersection at Ola Vista and Avenida Cabrillo “I really think we haven’t explored all the options,” said Council member Tim Brown. WHAT’S NEXT: The council did take up City Engineer Tom Frank’s recommendation to create red zones and reduce four parking spots at Ola Vista and Avenida Granada. FIND OUT MORE: See www.san-clemente. org to read the full staff report. —SNG

EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, March 8 Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting 7 p.m. Ole Hanson Room in the Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200,

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Friday, March 9 Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m. The Chamber hosts an opening celebration at Asher’s Boutique, 1001 Avenida Pico, E, 949.492.1131,

Saturday, March 10 Frog & Toad Walk 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Event at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Cost $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778,

Sunday, March 11 SCAA Meeting 3 p.m.–5 p.m. The San Clemente Art Association meets the second Sunday at the Community Center. Refreshments served. Members free, nonmembers $5 donation. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.7175,

Tuesday, March 13 Congressman Calvert Visit 9:30 a.m. The Congressman meets with city officials and the public in the Community Development Department, 2nd Floor Conference Room. 910 Calle Negocio, 949.361.8200, Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200, South Coast Detachment Marine Corps League 7 p.m. Open to all active duty, retired or honorably discharged Marines or FMF Navy Corpsman at the San Clemente Elk’s Lodge. 1505 N. El Camino Real, 949.493.4949, 949.361.9252.

Wednesday, March 14 Veterans of Foreign Wars Meeting 7 p.m. Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Elks Lodge. 1505 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.2489.

Thursday, March 15 BNI Meeting 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Meeting every Thursday at the Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club. 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 6 p.m. Community Development in the Conference Room. 910 Calle Negocio, 949.361.8200, San Clemente Times March 8–14, 2012


SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Avenida Victoria, 200 Block (7:55 a.m.) A caller reported a man was sitting in an Astrovan. The man told him he was waiting for a “friend,” but the caller walked with him to the house and there was no “friend” there. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Alameda Lane/Avenida Del Mar (3:34 a.m.) A 47-year-old woman was taken into custody on a warrant after deputies were called to investigate a suspicious person in a vehicle. She identified herself as a substitute teacher.

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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.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY El Camino Real, 1900 Block (10:26 p.m.) A woman said she needed paramedics, then the call disconnected. When dispatchers called back, they were told a customer fell. A man hurt his head but was not very cooperative. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE El Camino Real, 2500 Block (9:29 p.m.) A caller, nervous because of an earlier burglary, reported a man in a van in a parking lot. He’d been there about an hour, getting out occasionally to use a lighter or flashlight.

Monday, March 5 ROBBERY IN PROGRESS El Portal, 100 Block (1:27 p.m.) A deputy was flagged down by an employee of the Ranch market, who reported the store was robbed five to 10 minutes earlier. Eight people, including five women, were the suspects. The deputy said the crime was a burglary, not a robbery, and reported more than $10,000 was taken. They reportedly fled in a white Ford van and a dark blue or gray Ford Crown Victoria.

DISTURBANCE Colina Rodante, 1200 Block (8:45 p.m.) A security guard reported six males were giving him a hard time when he asked to see their pool-access keys.

VANDALISM Calle del Juego, 200 Block (1:09 p.m.) A woman reported someone threw a carton of chocolate milk at her house and vehicle—again. That was the third day in a row it happened, she said.

VANDALISM REPORT Calle del Cerro, 1100 Block (7:33 p.m.) A caller reported their car was keyed at Wal-Mart. The caller said the said the store said keying is becoming a problem and that deputies could review camera footage if desired.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Calle del Molinos/Avenida Pico (12:47 p.m.) A Toyota Tundra and Honda Odyssey tangled, but the woman, driving the Honda, refused to give her information and was allegedly threatening the other driver. DISTURBANCE Avenida Granada, 400 Block (10:46 a.m.) People on the top floor were throwing ice at people on the beach. They were doing the same thing the day before, the caller reported. STOLEN VEHICLE Avenida Cabrillo, 200 Block (9:22 a.m.) A 1996 Isuzu Trooper was reported stolen. It had been towed a week earlier for expired registration, but the computers didn’t show anything this time.

ILLEGAL PEDDLING Courte Estante, 0 Block (8:14 p.m.) A caller reported peddlers were yelling and screaming at each other when they rang doorbells.

DISTURBANCE Mariposa, 100 Block (7:25 p.m.) A woman reported she took her daughter for a visitation with her father, and the man hit the girl on the back of the head with his hand. She took the child and left, she reported. DRUNK DRIVING El Oriente/Avenida Las Flores (6:12 p.m.) A man showed up at a sober living home smelling like alcohol. He said he needed a place to stay but drove away in a minivan. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Camino de Los Mares, 600 Block (6:05 p.m.) A father took his boy to the hospital after the boy reportedly shot himself with a BB gun. But a nurse picked up on possibly conflicting stories while the boy was

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in surgery, so deputies were called. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Santa Margarita/Avenida San Luis Rey (5:48 p.m.) A man in his 20s with no shirt and jeans was spotted walking in the backyards of homes, then on the golf course. Deputies received more than one call. DISTURBANCE La Paloma, 200 Block (3:50 p.m.) A boy reported his uncle told him he wanted to stab him. The boy locked himself in his bedroom. WELFARE CHECK Camino Laurel, 2100 Block (3:42 p.m.) A woman reported her ex-husband separated the kids and she was worried. The kids were released back to their mom. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES El Camino Real, 2500 Block (3:32 p.m.) A man was standing outside the pool area, staring at residents who were sunbathing. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Pacific Coast Highway/Camino Capistrano (3:26 p.m.) A woman about 40 was walking along the train tracks, yelling and waiving her arms. KEEP THE PEACE El Portal, 100 Block (2:09 p.m.) A woman said she was living in a home and her husband changed the locks on her. She wanted to get some of her belongings. 9-1-1 HANG UP Avenida Victoria, 100 Block (12:49 p.m.) A female transient was told if she made one more 9-1-1 call for something other than an emergency, she would go to jail. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Calle Sarmentoso, 1200 Block (10:28 a.m.) A man drinking something from a paper bag was trying to contact kids walking to school. DISTURBANCE Buena Vista, 1100 Block (10:22 a.m.) A landlord allegedly pushed a neighbor. The caller wanted to stay on the line with dispatchers because the man also allegedly picked up an ax and other tools and was threatening. UNKNOWN TROUBLE South El Camino Real/Avenida Mendocino (3:07 a.m.) A woman was screaming “leave me alone” by the golf course. A woman who called would not give her name, only saying she was at a hotel. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Junipero, 0 Block (11:07 p.m.) A man reported his wife told him someone was kicking in the back door. She’d had problems with neighbors lately, she said, or thought it might have been her son’s new girlfriend. She wanted deputies to check the yard.


Sunsets a New Dawn

Restaurant the Latest Evolution of a Family Business By Stacie N. Galang and Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


itting on the patio at Sunsets restaurant, with its view of the iconic San Clemente Pier and the endless Pacific beyond, it’s easy to get lost in the idea that there’s nowhere else on Earth like this. Owner Damian Collins wouldn’t argue that feeling, but Sunsets at the Pier is really just one of the newest ventures—and the first in San Clemente—for Collins Holdings, a family-held business that has more than a dozen properties in Orange and San Diego counties. Just a few miles up Coast Highway is Sunsets Capistrano Beach, for example, and Damian Collins on Friday took over the Dana Point restaurant, bar and live music venue formerly known as Renaissance. Damian Collins took the keys to Renaissance, ran the Dana Point restaurant over the weekend, closed Monday to deep clean the eatery and reopened Thursday as Still Water at Renaissance. It’s an ambitious turnaround but only for those unfamiliar with the developer and budding restaurateur. For him, it’s just business. “We outwork everybody else,” Collins said in the patio of the soon-to-open Still Water. Inside, workers up on lifts and ladders dusted little-seen nooks and crannies in the cavernous space. “You do what it takes,” said his father and business partner John Collins, a commercial developer. The Dana Point location counts as the younger Collins’ third restaurant. In San Clemente, Collins opened Sunsets at the Pier September 1. The restaurant has become a popular breakfast joint with its macadamia nut pancakes and an evening hit with its cocktails, sushi bar and views. Damian Collins earned his restaurant stripes with Sunsets in Capistrano Beach, which opened July 4, 2008. Restaurants are just the latest evolution for the decades-old family enterprise. For nearly 40 years, John Collins has developed and rehabilitated properties in Orange and San Diego counties. The company’s holdings stretch from San Juan Capistrano south to Del Mar and east to Sabre Springs in central San Diego County. They own 14 properties, about 500,000-square feet of leaseable space and manage about 300 tenants, Damian Collins said. A lean operation, Collins Holdings has five office employees. The company hires contractors to perform tasks they can’t do themselves. “We outsource as much as we can,”

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Sunsets at the Pier is one of Collins Holdings’ newest ventures; the second of three forays into the restaurant business. Photo by Andrea Swayne

John Collins said. A privately held family business, John Collins opted not to say just how big the business is. “What counts to us is how well we conduct our business and how effectively we promote positive causes,” he said. The business philosophy, as John Collins likes to put it, is: One plus one equals three. It’s not that the businessman with a master’s degree in foreign trade from Thunderbird School of Global Management can’t add. “Two people working in the right direction do the power of three,” said the elder Collins. Basically, they position themselves to maximize opportunities. San Clemente Mayor Jim Evert walked Damian Collins through some of the paperwork and connected him with Cliff Jones, San Clemente associate planner, to clear the way for the restaurant. “I have had a great experience in San Clemente,” Damian Collins said. Jones is the city’s business liaison for the Pier Bowl and downtown areas and assists business owners with the paperwork needed to open in those sections of the city. San Clemente has business liaisons for the North Beach and Los Molinos areas as well, Jones noted. “We’re able to make sure the process goes as smoothly as possible,” Jones said. RIGHT PLACE, RIGHT TIME Originally from Michigan, John Collins moved to California as a kid, attended school in Europe for a couple of years and earned his bachelor’s degree at Cal State, Fullerton. Throughout college, he worked as a store clerk at now-defunct Alpha Beta supermarkets. John Collins happened to be sitting in the store cafe across from a developer when the two struck up a conversation. The man would hire him to work at his company to develop 10- to 30acre plots into shopping centers for chain

markets and other tenants. John Collins describes his career success as “unadulterated luck.” By the 1990s, he transitioned out of developing properties with supermarkets and into office building renovations. Part of the decision stemmed from the unwelcome battles waged in cities for the approvals, John Collins said. Rehabilitating existing properties proved sensible. The Collinses may be best known for their purchase of the Dana Marina Plaza in 2001. The family renovated the sprawling complex along Dana Point Harbor Drive from its bright yellow, quasi-Victorian style with retail only to a subdued, arts and crafts style complex blending office, retail and restaurants such as Mahé. John Collins credits his son for seeing the plaza’s possibility. Damian Collins graduated from the University of Hawaii, Manoa in 1999 and had a chance to work with a Harvard professor in Japan. But his father wooed him back to the mainland for a one-year stint at the family business. “I never left,” Damian Collins said. “I came back here and learned the business.” John Collins had eyed the dilapidated plaza for years, but couldn’t compute how it could be profitable as retail. The storefronts lacked street visibility—a death sentence for potential businesses. His son gave him the answer: mixing retail with office space. “I didn’t see it,” John Collins said. “He took us to another level.” TAKING THEIR LUMPS Success hasn’t been without its pitfalls. The Collins have tangled legally with tenants in the past, including Buckingham Palace in Capistrano Beach and Ferantelli’s in Dana Point, according to Orange County Superior Court records. “Ferantelli’s had history with code enforcement and Damian always worked closely with city staff as property owners

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to resolve issues with the tenant,” Dana Point City Manager Doug Chotkevys said. Damian Collins estimated that about 90 percent of the tenants are trouble free. But from time to time, they hit a crossroads and land in court. “We take our lumps as they come,” Damian Collins said. Chotkevys said Collins Holdings’ and Surfside Management’s are proactive in their attention to rectifying code and law enforcement problems when they take over a building and then mitigating potential problems. “When Damian [Collins] took over and transitioned the Buckingham Palace Bar— a place notorious for its high volume of police responses—to Sunsets Capo Beach he worked very closely with police services to get it right,” Chotkevys said. “As he develops new entertainment-related projects he continues to work with local law enforcement and planning staff to ensure that all potential impacts are mitigated. That makes him a good neighbor from our standpoint.” The transition into the restaurant business hasn’t been without its miscues, too. “We probably made every mistake you can make in Capo,” Damian Collins said of their first restaurant, Sunsets on Pacific Coast Highway. He said they hired friends — a big mistake. Also, they had a vision for a tropical-themed restaurant, but wavered on the idea. “Protect the brand at all costs,” said Damian Collins. At Sunsets, they also learned to standardize their drinks for consistency and tracking of inventory. At one point, Damian Collins said they hired the equivalent of a beverage auditor, who helped them pinpoint areas where they were losing money on cocktails via free drinks and inconsistent pours. “It was depressing, but it made us a lot stronger,” he said. “It’s all about pennies and nickels.” Now, Damian Collins said he’s confident he has the right people in place. “I’m super lucky because we have the best staff,” he said. These days, in the commercial development they seek out unique complexes to add to their portfolio. For John Collins, bringing his son into the company opened up the future for them. “If I do it well, he should be able to see the world from my shoulders,” the father said. Damian Collin’s ambitions are indeed lofty. Eventually, Still Water will feature Prohibition-era drinks and dishes by top chefs to complement them. Backers of the latest eatery, including skateboarding phenom Ryan Sheckler’s father Randy Sheckler and bartenderturned-partner Edgar Carbajal, hope it becomes a prototype for other restaurants. “I think we’ve got the perfect storm and the perfect team,” Damian Collins said. SC



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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Talega Gallery Recognizes Hard Work by Contributors u The Talega Gallery homeowners’ association recently recognized the hard work its volunteers did for the community. The 2011 Volunteer of the Year award was presented to Don Grow for serving six years, three as board president and three more in various positions. He also served on the Traffic & Safety Committee and the Operations and Maintenance Committee. The 2011 Certificate of Appreciation award was presented to Adrienne Klaas for her involvement in the Recreation Committee, the 10-Year Anniversary Committee, Architectural Committee, Adopt a Family Program and the Budget and Finance Committee. The association’s board of directors provided their time, came to meetings at a moment’s notice, listened to homeowner concerns, faced the difficult assignment of enforcing the governing documents, stayed current on new association laws, attended countless meetings and always made decisions with the community’s best interest in mind, said Recreation Manager Christine Petty in a news release.

Fundraiser to Aid BAMS’ Student

to relieve some of the family’s financial burden. Kate has an excellent prognosis for a full recovery. The workout is modified to accommodate all fitness levels. As an open house, participants can arrive any time before noon to participate. Food will be available for a donation, and the event also features a raffle and silent auction. A marrow registry will be available for those who would like to help patients in need. A simple cheek swab will allow participants to potentially save a life. For more information, contact Jeff Hughes at 760.473.1059.

Knights of Columbus Host St. Patrick’s Day Gala

Hundreds attended last year’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance hosted by the Exchange Club. Courtesy photo

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Patrick’s party March 17 at Our Lady of Fatima’s church hall from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The gala includes a traditional Irish dinner, dancers, music and beverages. A fun family affair, the organizers donate all proceeds to charity. Guests are encouraged to wear some green and speak with a brogue. The gala also features Mr. and Ms. Most Irish contest and the winners receive $25. The Knight’s of Columbus is a men’s fraternal organization dedicated to raising money for needed charities, including the Family Assistance Ministry in San Clemente. The dinner price is $16 for adults and $7 for children ages 5 to 12. Children 4 and younger are free. Tickets are limited to 200. For information, contact Guy Gansel at 949.361.0640.

Exchange Club Celebrates 45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Event

Kate Lopez. Courtesy photo u Bernice Ayers Middle School student Kate Lopez, 12, was diagnosed in the fall with osteosarcoma. A fundraiser for Kate is being hosted Saturday, March 10 at CrossFit Orange County, 927 Calle Negocio, San Clemente from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The entry fee for the workout is a $35 donation that includes a T-shirt. Kate continues to endure many rounds of chemotherapy after a lengthy surgery to remove the cancerous bone in her femur. The goal of Saturday’s event is

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u The Exchange Club brings its 45th St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and Dance to San Clemente March, Saturday 17 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Community Center at 100 N. Calle Seville. The event features corned beef and cabbage dinner by Carbonara’s Italian Trattoria, live music for dancing and performances by traditional Irish dancers. This party also includes a full no-host bar, soft drinks, coffee, cookies and door prizes. Guests can participate in a 50/50 drawing with a minimum value of $1,000 and a raffle for two tickets to Disneyland that includes dinner for two at the park’s exclusive Club 33. Tickets are $20 per person. Net proceeds from the event are given to local charities. For more information, call Gary Bridge at 949.285.7378.

Local Artist Teaches Free Painting Class for Kids

Egan is contributing her time and talent to teach art to youth. Classes are offered twice a week after school. Participants are exposed to drawing and classical oil painting techniques from a professional artist. For more information, call 949.492-0376. To learn more about Egan, visit

Warrior Night Set for March 16 u Socks for Heroes hosts Warrior Night Friday, March 16 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at On-Target in Laguna Niguel. Participants compete in a three-gun pistol shoot. The cost is $25 per person. Ten lane sponsorships are available for $250 with unlimited shooting for two. The nonprofit also seeks three prize sponsors to donate $500 each. Donors may also sponsor a wounded warrior or active duty Marine for $25. Since May 2011, Socks for Heroes has shipped 51,000 pairs of socks to help deployed military service men and women. For more information, call Jim Hogan at 310.728.9166.

Schools Host Symposium u Capistrano Unified will host its fourth annual parent, student and teacher symposium Saturday, March 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event — Safe use of the Internet, What Every Student with Special Needs and Their Parents Should Know — brings guest speaker James Christiansen, Evantix CEO and author of the Internet Survival Series. In addition, the symposium will feature workshops on a range of educational topics. The free event will be in the district’s boardroom at 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. Spanish interpreters will be available. Continental breakfast will be served. To RSVP, email tacarlisle@ or call 949.234.5345, ext. 2.

u An oil painting class for students age 11 and up is being offered free to members of the Boys and Girls Club in San Clemente. With a grant from the Kenneth A. Picerne Foundation, award-winning artist Nancy

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Democratic Club Meets March 14 u Guest speaker Linh Tran comes to the South Orange County Democratic Club meeting March 14 at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 Camino Del Avion. Linh is the administrator for the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force and Community Service Program Victim Assistance for the Westminster Police. The buffet dinner is $17 for members and $20 for non-members. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. RSVP by March 11 to

Republican Women Host Senate Candidate March 14 u The San Clemente Area Republican Women bring U.S. Senate candidate Rabbi Schifren to their Wednesday March 14, meeting. The event starts at 10 a.m. at the Bella Collina Town and Golf Club at 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente. Schifren is a Southern California native, a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and currently a language teacher in Los Angeles. For reservations, call Mary Ann Poladian at 949.498.9508.

Progressives to Discuss Local, Organic Foods March 15 u Sam Olmstead, president and founder of the new San Clemente Community Market, will speak at the South County Progressives Club’s meeting Thursday, March 15 at 6 p.m. The group will meet at the San Clemente Community Market, 1506 Calle Valle, San Clemente. A San Clemente resident, Olmstead is originally a dairyman from New Hampshire. He is also father of three and has extensive private and public sector business experience. The meeting is a potluck style. RSVP to

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THE VILLAGE VOICE: By Wayne Eggleston

Sgt. Manuel Loggins: Man, Marine and Father Remembered


n February 7, Sgt. Manuel Loggins was shot to death in the San Clemente High School parking lot by an Orange County Sheriff’s deputy, after yelling irrational statements and ignoring the commands of deputies, according to sheriff authorities. He was unarmed. While this writer will not be commenting on the circumstances and investigation, nor politicizing this issue, my focus is on sharing with you what I have learned about “Manny” the man, father, husband and Marine. I was privileged to be invited to the memorial service at Camp Pendleton at the beautiful white chapel adjacent to Marine Corps Headquarters. Loggins, a native of Joliet, Ill., enlisted in the Marines in 1998 and spent his career at various locations: Marine Corps Community Service, San Diego, Ft. Eustis Virginia, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, West Palm Beach and Camp Pendleton. Loggins was a transportation management specialist assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion at Camp Pendleton. He also attended nursing school at Standbridge College in Irvine. At the memorial service, Manny’s Marine buddies spoke respectfully of him as a mentor to Marines who expected discipline from his troops, but was always was there for their personal and family issues. His soft way of talking to others and being a big shoulder to others was described by

all who spoke on his behalf. All spoke of a man with a deep religious faith, who put his family first and inspired others to be better Marines and fathers. Manny was also into physical fitness and was always there to help others with their fitness training and health. Loggins’ awards include the Navy Wayne Eggleston & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Navy Unit Commendation Medals, three Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and five Meritorious Masts. Loggins left behind his wife, Phoebe and three children. His wife delivered a girl on Sunday, March 4. The oldest child attends San Clemente High School. I met his wife after the honor guard’s three-volley salute, and she was very dignified, poised and courteous. Many of their family members throughout the country were present with their well behaved and beautiful small children. According to his friends at the memorial ceremony, Manny, as a husband and father, devoted his time and energy to his family and they were the center of his life, being deeply rooted in his faith and a father role model for his family and the Marine Corps.

The Heritage of San Clemente Foundation, which manages and maintains Park Semper Fi and the Marine Monument, and the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce has established a Sgt. Loggins’ Children’s Memorial Fund. Whatever you can contribute would be most appreciated. We really want to show community support to this wonderful family. You can mail your contribution to the Chamber at 1100 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672 or stop by a Farmers & Merchants Bank to contribute. For further information contact The San Diego Padres have committed a donation and if anyone has a contact with the Angeles, we would be most appreciative. We also encourage San Clemente service organizations to donate to the fund, which will be for the education of Loggins’ children. There is also a fundraiser and raffle planned by his nursing classmates and fellow Marines at the Elks Lodge on Saturday, March 17 6 p.m. at 1505 N. El Camino Real, back entrance. To contribute items for the raffle and for further information, please contact Desiree Lomack at 707.933.6168 or SC PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to



inally, something we can all celebrate. Vista Hermosa Sports Park is a magnificent addition to our city, one which we can be hugely proud of. The amazing Courtney’s SandCastle universal playground, immaculate baseball diamonds, beautiful artificial turf for soccer, football, lacrosse fields and wow, Norb Garrett that aquatics center. Still to come are a putt-putt golf course and a wave pool. As I walked amongst my fellow residents and city officials last Saturday at the park’s grand opening, I not only took pause to appreciate the hard work and diligence of the city officials who helped oversee the $31 million project, but also to smile at the fact that finally we as a San Clemente Times March 8–14, 2012

community have something to celebrate together. The last several years have seen their share of bitter, acrimonious, highly charged defeats and suspensions of other projects that have pitted neighbors against each other while arguing the pros and cons of projects such as North Beach and Marblehead. On that glorious Saturday morning, it was oh so nice to be able to celebrate as a community. As Mayor Jim Evert said during the ribbon cutting, the youth of San Clemente are our future, and with this state-of-the-art sports park we have given them something that will help define their futures—a playground on which to learn, to cry, to cheer and to grow. Now that’s something we can all be proud of. SC Page 10

Mayor Jim Evert along with fellow city officials and San Clemente athletes cut the ribbon on the Vista Hermosa Sports Park February 25. Photo by Stacie N. Galang


Remember Fukushima: Disaster Bodes Ill for Local Plant San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station’s Risk Outweighs Benefit


ukushima is the home of the world’s worst nuclear power accident, which continues to leak radiation into the environment even as government officials claim to have things under control. As we approach this most unfortunate anniversary, it is important to remember that at least 15,839 people were killed as a result of the earthquake and tsunami while 3,642 others remain missing. There are still more than 88,000 people who are staying in shelters in 21 prefectures across Japan. Radiation has claimed huge swaths of land where contaminated food and water will be suspect for countless years to come. Reconstruction efforts are futile while attempts to scrub and scrape radioactive hot spots more than 100 miles from the accident only result in moving the problem from one site to another. Making matters worse, it is being incinerated or pushed into the Bay of Tokyo only to circulate

around the globe. The similarities between Fukushima and us are indisputable. Like our nuclear power plant, their facility was reaching its intended lifespan, it was built in Gary Headrick a seismic zone that was greatly underestimated, and warnings went unheeded while regulators gave the industry the benefit of the doubt. We differ in that San Onofre has 10 times the number of safety incidents over industry standards, according to analysis of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission data. By my own measurements at high tide, our tsunami wall rises only 14 feet above sea level. We’d have to evacuate more than 8 million people from this highly populated area and our society has not been trained how to respond to such an emergency in

the way that the Japanese have been. The list goes on. Why do we accept all this risk? Because the nuclear power industry continues to reap huge profits while ratepayers who pick up the tab for their failures are convinced that we can’t live without nuclear power, even though both reactors in California provide about 13 percent of the energy consumed in California. We have been without any electricity from San Onofre since January 31, and the lights are still on. The truth is that we can and must learn to manage without the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. It is the hunger for profits that motivates this deception while the public at large pins its hopes on a regulatory process reminiscent of the ignored warnings about the levees in New Orleans or the deep-water oil rigs in the Gulf or the financial institutions gambling with our life savings. It is all

the same, but with far greater repercussions, yet in this case we still have time to change the outcome. That is why it is important to remember Fukushima, and that is why it is important for us to take a stand against this particular nuclear power plant next door to us. On Saturday, March 10 there will be a special recognition for those lost and still suffering in Japan followed by a peaceful protest at San Onofre the next day. Fukushima Remembered, the recognition starts at 6 p.m. Saturday at the San Clemente Community Center. The rally begins at noon on Sunday, March 11 just follow the signs on Basilone Road. SC

San Clemente seriously talking about getting together and taking a stance against heroin in our community? We have a big problem, and it’s destroying the innocence of our children, following them into their young adulthood, stealing their dreams and sometimes killing them all together. You know that big banner on El Camino Real that gives us messages about our community? What about a banner that reads, “Stop selling heroin in San Clemente!” What could we possibly have to lose? I’m all about doing whatever it takes. Anyone with me?

into the process the last couple of years.

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Letters to the Editor ANY GROUP CAN RENT FIELDS BRIAN BISS, San Clemente

The author of a letter to the editor (SC Times, February 16) states he’s sad to know that if he is not on an AYSO team, he can’t play on the field at the Vista Hermosa Park. I am the registrar for San Clemente’s American Youth Soccer Organization, Region 111. AYSO Region 111 is a San Clemente based, nonprofit youth soccer organization. In AYSO, we have open registration that allows anyone between the age of 4 and 18 years to register. If this young person wants to join AYSO, please have their parent go to, and we will happily register them for our upcoming fall season. Since we are an all-volunteer organization, we can also find a volunteer position for the writer’s parents, too, such as in public relations, marketing or an advertising position. The author also states “he plays for the recreational team Elite Soccer League and they are not able to have their practice or games on that field.” The new Vista Hermosa Sports Park is owned and operated by the city of San Clemente. AYSO Region 111 rents the Vista Hermosa soccer fields in addition to many other city-owned fields for our spring and fall soccer seasons and pays tens of thousands of dollars annually to the city of San Clemente for the rental use. Any other organization is open to renting the fields and may find information to do on the city’s website. San Clemente Times March 8–14, 2012

For more information on AYSO Region 111, please go to or come to our upcoming registration at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park on Saturday, March 17 from noon to 4 p.m.


I have to share this experience. I took my wife out to dinner last month to celebrate her birthday. With some of the kids and grandkids, we were a party of 12. There are lots of great Mexican restaurants in the area, and because I have lived here for 24 years, I have tried most of them. I go to El Mariachi, in south San Clemente, because I like their food better than the others. Also, I like El Mariachi’s prices, service and atmosphere. The bill came to $277. I added a tip and paid with a credit card. After we arrived home, I got a phone call from our waiter. He told me the bill included an 18 percent gratuity and asked if I meant to add another 18 percent? I told him I didn’t realize that the tip was included and he said that he would take the extra tip off the bill. I am telling everybody how impressed I am with the honesty of El Mariachi. He didn’t have to call me, and I would have never known the difference. Thank you, El Mariachi.


Maybe I’m not hip to it, but is anyone in


I’m pleased that the city is planning on replacing a mishmash of different directional signs with a uniform program. I’m a little surprised that the public can only provide input on the color of the sign. I’ve watched the transition of the signs the last couple of years. They were wonderful designs. I especially liked that they added an iron enhancement to the signs at the bottom. That design has gone by the wayside because it was noted that people will use the iron detail for chin ups. Why not place iron enhancement on top of the sign? The signs would be unique for our Spanish Village by the Sea. The signs that you are now promoting are very generic. We will look like any other town in Orange County. It seems to me it’s a waste of time for the many volunteers who gave input

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What is it going to take for San Clemente deputies to start monitoring the red light running epidemic at Avenida Pico and the freeway? You cannot drive through there without a traffic jam caused by red light runners or close calls in the intersection. Now, we have the 18-wheeler that ran a red light and caused that tragic accident. I know this would be unpopular but should we have cameras there? Our sheriff’s deputies are frequently looking for speeders on Calle Del Cerro or in front of San Clemente High. Let’s spend a little time at the freeway overpass and see if the red light running can be reduced please.

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AT THE MOVIES ’WANDERLUST’ OUT OF SYNCH When a film fails to meet bank at the box office, it’s not always because the feature is bad, but sometimes because the film doesn’t have a broad enough target audience. This seems to be the case with Universal Studios’ latest comedy release, Wanderlust. It has infamous producer Judd Apatow, comedic filmmaker David Wain and stars Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd. When New Yorkers George and Linda (Rudd and Aniston) both lose their jobs after buying an expensive studio apartment, they realize they can’t afford to live in the Big Apple anymore and have to move out of state. Rather than stay and work with George’s obnoxious younger brother and his family in Atlanta, George and Linda crash (literally) into a 1960s time warped commune called Elysium. Justin Theroux, Malin Akerman, Kathryn Hahn, Lauren Ambrose and even Alan Alda co-star as washed-up hippie tenants. Wanderlust has a lot of far-fetched scenarios and over-the-top scenes, but Apatow’s hits such as Role Models (2008), Superbad (2007) and Horrible Bosses (2011) prove these elements less irrelevant to success. Despite some amusing comic performances people just aren’t interested in Wanderlust. Most movie-goers just aren’t into hippie nostalgia anymore. The film would have probably gained viewers if it were released 20 years ago. SC —Megan Bianco


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



BLACK CAT BONE 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

2ND ANNUAL LAGUNA BEACH A LA CARTE FOOD & WINE EXPERIENCE Experience world-class cuisine, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations, food and wine pairings and special offers by restaurateurs March 8-11 at various locations.

WIN FREE TICKETS! The first two people to email us with SC Times Free Concert Tix in the subject line will receive a pair of tickets from The Coach House to see Poxy Boggards on Saturday, March 17. Include your name and phone number. EMAIL:



PROOF 7 p.m. The Cabrillo Playhouse presents the drama with shows through March 18. $20. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,

DANA POINT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & THE WOMEN’S GLEE CLUB 7:30 p.m. The internationallyacclaimed U.S. Naval Academy Women’s Glee Club will appear in concert with the Dana Point Symphony Orchestra at St. Edwards Church. $8-$12. 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, 301.832.0388, ANGELIKA WILSON 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music at Wind and Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, NATE HANCOCK 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, VESPER 10 p.m. Live music at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 949.218.0120, San Clemente Times March 8–14, 2012


FESTIVAL OF WHALES 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Seafaring celebration in Dana Point Harbor featuring art exhibits, classic cars, paddling events, concerts, kids activities, whale watching and more. All weekend. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.1045,


ARTMUSICFOOD CELEBRATION 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friends of The Warehouse with a collection of customers and other businesses is hosting its 2nd annual celebration to launch the 2012 spring season. 216 Los Molinos, Unit A, San Clemente, 949.388.2159. FUKUSHIMA REMEMBERED: SPEAKER EVENT 6 p.m. Event at the San Clemente Community Center on the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan and nuclear power plant issues. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.218.4051. STARS OF TOMORROW PROGRAM 7 p.m. The 2012 Stars of Tomorrow finalists compete for $4,500 of scholarship awards at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Tickets $15. 25555 Alicia Pkwy., Laguna Hills, BEEKEEPING AND HONEY TASTING 1 p.m. Special event during The Ecology Center’s Tools for Change to learn all the skills of backyard beekeeping and a tasting of the wonder of local honey. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,


FUNNIEST HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY 7 p.m. Comedy at The Coach House. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,



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,

COUNTRY DANCIN WITH PATRICK & FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. Every Monday at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,



SCORE BUSINESS WORKSHOP 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Intro to Internet & Social Media Marketing at the SJC Library. 31495 El Camino Real, 714.550.7369,

POUL PEDERSEN 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live music at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, BEER & FOOD TASTING 6 p.m. Craft beer tasting and food pairing at The Cellar and live music at 7 p.m.-11 p.m. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


FUKUSHIMA REMEMBERED: PEACEFUL PROTEST 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. A rally held at San Onofre State Beach on the anniversary of the Fukushima Disaster. Gather at San Onofre, off I-5, exit Basilone Road. More info: 619.501.1031,

BLUEBIRDS: BIRDS OF HAPPINESS 7 p.m. Casa Romantica presents award-winning bluebird expert Jim Semelroth with an engaging presentation about the California bluebird. $6-$7. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

BLUE WHALE BONANZA Capt Dave’s Safari has departures for whale and dolphin watching on a hightech catamaran. $35-$55. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,

SADDLEBACK COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE 8 p.m. Concert in McKinney Theatre at Saddleback College. Tickets $7-$10. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,


OVERVUE HAPPY HOUR 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. Drink and appetizer specials at the OverVue Lounge ad Deck at Laguna Cliffs Marriott. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.5000, Page 15


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

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


Who Pays for the First Date Remains Controversial S enior singles frequently ask if the man should always pay for the first date. I asked singles for their opinion. Thea said, “I don’t think sharing should start with a first meeting or even the first handful of dates when you’re getting to know someone. That’s when the man asks you out and he (traditionally) pays, and I think that’s how it should be. But it hasn’t always worked out the way for Thea. She shared some awkward firstdate experiences: “I just turned 63 and have been divorced for 11 years. Many of the men I’ve dated have had the opinion that first dates should be “Dutch.” Some have even expressed that in emails before we met! Seems they won’t make that first date unless they know the woman will pay her way.” Thea’s been on first dates where the guys arrived before her and bought his coffee and didn’t offer to buy her coffee when she arrived. She continued, “I recall another first

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date for lunch where a guy embarrassed me after we had finished eating by stating, “We’re going Dutch right?” Another guy just put the money down for his meal and slid the bill over to me…for me to pay for ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 mine.” By Tom Blake Ms. AJ, Laguna Woods, cuts men no slack: “I am from the old school: the man pays, no matter what. All men have more financial resources than I. They are paying for my company through a meal. Fair trade.” Marsha said, “The man pays for the first date and asks the woman out if he is interested in seeing her again. Not the woman. The woman should offer to pay her way and he should refuse and pay. But it is nice to show the man that she is not taking him for granted and assuming he should pay. Merijoe, Irvine, shared: “I think it’s

disrespectful and rude to assume that the man pays just because he is the man; having the ability to pay for your own stuff gives you a sense of independence and not that you owe anything to anyone. It also allows you freedom to get the lobster if you want lobster. Larry, Rancho Santa Margarita, says, “I try to avoid an expensive lunch or dinner on a first date; then I don’t feel like I have been used. Here’s how I see handling the first-date cost: 1. The person who initiates the date should be prepared to pay—man or woman—no questions asked. 2. Keep the first date cheap. Meet for coffee, ice cream, something simple. Avoid lunch, dinner or drinks. 3. However, if the guy has any class, even if the woman asked him out, he should pick up the first-date tab and tip. I mean, what are we talking about? Five, maybe 10 bucks? (Remember, it’s

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for coffee) If a guy is a cheapskate on a first date—as Thea repeatedly described above—that’s a pretty good sign that he’s not long-term relationship material. 4. That being said, if the guy does pay for the first date, the woman should thank him and still offer to leave a tip. That gesture lets the guy know she appreciates his chivalry and she will likely be an expensesharer in the future. The key to expense-sharing among older singles: communication. Two people who see a possible future together can reach an understanding on expense-sharing by being honest right up front with their preferences. But maybe wait until the second date. And—if you order lobster— pay for it yourself! 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 SC

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2012 Big West Tournament, Honda Center

Oilers vs. Tritons, San Clemente High

Cougars vs. Tritons, San Clemente High

March 8-10, TBA The UC Santa Barbara men and UC Davis women will be defending champs at the 2012 Big West Basketball Tournament. Info:

March 8, 3:30 p.m. The Lady Tritons are poised to pick up a win as the team takes in a nonleague game at home against Huntington Beach. Info:

March 10, 2 p.m. Spend Saturday cheering on the Tritons as San Clemente takes to the field for a showdown with Capo Valley. Info:

The “Purple and Gold” have its sights set on big baskets and dominating its East Coast rival in this Sunday affair. Info:

March 12, 3 p.m. After competing in the Loara Tournament, the Tritons host its first game of the season—a doubleheader against Aliso Niguel.

three goals and a team-high five assists. Collins had seven saves with six goals allowed. The team then traveled to take on Los Alamitos March 6. Next 7 days: March 10 vs. Capo Valley, 2 p.m.; March 13 vs. St. Margaret’s, 5:30 p.m.; March 15 vs. Mount St. Joseph’s, 5:30 p.m.

By David Zimmerle

San Clemente Times March 8–14, 2012

March 11, 12:30 p.m.


Wolverines vs. Tritons, San Clemente High


Triton Report

GIRLS SOCCER • The Lady Tritons (17-3-8) rolled through cross-town rival Dana Hills High, 2-0, in the semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs February 28, en route to their 17 straight win. San Clemente dominated possession throughout most of the match, taking control early and netting a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute when Danielle Mellem scored off an assist from Natalie Higgins. The Lady Tritons sealed the win in the 77th minute off a header into the goal by Janae Cousineau that initially came into the box as a free kick from Marlee Carrillo. Goalie Sheridan Hapsic preserved the shutout as she recorded nine saves on the match. With the victory, the team extended its county record with a fi fth consecutive appearance in the CIF-SS Division 1 championship match on March 2, facing South Coast League rival Aliso Niguel (19-1-5) at Mission Viejo High School. However, San Clemente’s title hopes were cut short as the girls lost a 2-1 heartbreaker to the Lady Wolverines, and failed to win the championship. San Clemente got the 1-0 lead in the 13th minute after Nikki Faris beat Aliso’s goalie on a one-on-one runup, kicking the shot over her head and into the back of the net. The Lady Tritons had several other scoring opportunities, but could not find a way to pull away from its opponent. As San Clemente struggled with its overall depth and Aliso Niguel’s line changes, the Lady Wolverines scored twice in the final 15 minutes with goals coming in the 65th and 72nd minute by Lauren Benner and Dominique Bond-Flasza. The win for the Aliso Niguel ended an 11-year CIF title drought. Next 7 days: N/A


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GIRLS LACROSSE • The Lady Tritons (0-1) opened the season with an 11-9 road loss to Laguna Hills March 1. The team then hosted Capo Valley March 6 and took on St. Margaret’s March 8. Next 7 days: March 15 vs. San Juan Hills, 7 p.m. BOYS AND GIRLS SWIMMING • San Clemente started the regular season on the road against Laguna Beach March 8. Next 7 days: March 15,17 at So. Section Relays (Boys) at Capo Valley, 3 p.m./ 6 p.m.

Senior Amanda Simkins takes a hard slide tackle by an Aliso Niguel defender during the CIF-SS Division 1 championship match at Mission Viejo High on March 2. Photo courtesy of Brian Miller

BASEBALL • The Tritons (1-0) opened up the regular season at the Loara Tournament March 2 and got off to a great start after beating Canyon High 3-1. Pitcher Danny Atkinson got the win, pitching five innings while striking out two batters and giving up only two hits. The team continued with the tournament March 3, 6, 8 and 10. Next 7 days: March 12 vs. Aliso Niguel (DH), 3 p.m.; March 15 vs. Highly, 3 p.m. SOFTBALL • The Lady Tritons lost their season opener to Trabuco Hills, 3-2, while on the road February 28. The team then took on Rosary March 3 in the first round of the Foothill Tournament before traveling to take on Laguna Hills March 5 and Huntington Beach at home on March 8. Next 7 days: March 12-16 at Saddleback Valley Tournament at Alicia Park, TBA GOLF • After competing at the Servite Tournament to start the season on

BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD • San Clemente hosted its first preseason meet against Huntington Beach March 1. Next 7 days: March 10 at Irvine Invitational, TBA; March 15 vs. El Toro, 2:45 p.m.

February 27 at Western Hill Country Club, San Clemente (1-0) lost, 200-207, to Capo Valley at the Marbella Country Club on March 1. The team then faced Laguna Beach on March 6 before teeing off against Corona del Mar on March 8. Next 7 days: March 15 vs. Capo Valley at Talega, 3 p.m.

BOYS TENNIS • The Tritons took on Irvine March 1 before hitting the road to face Tesoro March 5. The team next hosted Mater Dei March 7. Next 7 days: March 9 at Laguna Beach, 3 p.m.; March 12 vs. Laguna Hills, 3 p.m.; March 13 vs. *Capo Valley, 3 p.m.; March 15 at Huntington Beach, 3 p.m.

BOYS LACROSSE • The Tritons (2-0) beat vaunted Foothill, the defending regional champions, 9-7, to open the season February 29. San Clemente had a 6-3 halftime lead, but Foothill tied 6-6 before the Tritons pulled away in the fourth quarter. Goalie Brodie Collins, a first-year varsity starter, finished with 14 saves. Jay Kassity had three goals, Robbie Burns and Lucas Anderson each netted two goals and Peyton Garrett and Aaron Self both finished with one goal. The team next hosted Mira Costa March 3 and won, 14-7. Kassity led with five goals while Peyton Garrett finished with

BOYS VOLLEYBALL • The Tritons (2-0) hosted Foothill in their first match of the regular season February 28 and rolled to a 3-0 victory, winning 25-18, 25-20 and 2520. Lucas Yoder led with 11 kills and Jack Yoder finished with a team high 16 assists. The team then shutout Beckman, 3-0, at home on March 1, winning 25-9, 25-17 and 25-20. San Clemente next traveled to Edison March 6 before hosting Trabuco Hills March 8. Next 7 days: March 9-10 at Best of the West Tourney at Poway, 3 p.m./ 8 a.m.; March 14 at Laguna Beach, 6:15 p.m.; March 15 at Capo Valley, 6:15 p.m.

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Randal G. Seech Randal G. Seech was born in Pennsylvania in 1949. He earned a Master’s degree in Psychology before moving west to California in 1974. He had been a resident of San Clemente for 25 years before his passing on February 18 when he suffered a heart attack while mountain biking in a local nature preserve. Randy taught at Concordia Elementary until his retirement two years ago. He developed a Japanese language program at the school and was Teacher of the Year in 2002. Randy loved being in nature, worked to preserve natural resources, was devoted to his family and friends, and was active in civic affairs – often contributing to the editorial page of the San Clemente Times. He also led a meditation group at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church. He is survived by his wife Evelyn Kodama, his mother Ann Seech, his brother Zachary Seech, and his three nephews Kyle, Trevor, and Todd. Memorial services will be held on March 10 at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church at 10 a.m.




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GROM OF THE WEEK Luis Alvarez Age: 13, Shorecliffs Middle School Luis Alvarez made his competition surfing debut this season on the Shorecliffs surf team and in WSA competition. This talented shortboarder is already making a name for himself, not only through his performance in the water but also for his work ethic, sportsmanship and intellect. Luis says he realizes that working on the basics as well as progressive maneuvers are both key to his future success. “Instead of focusing in one thing I am making an effort to improve all around,” said Luis. “If you focus on one thing, in the long run it doesn’t develop any depth. As people progress in surfing you see more airs and not as much Luis Alvarez. Courtesy photo power surfing. I think you really need a good combination of everything to be truly competitive.” Luis played soccer, studied martial arts and swam competitively for many years; even making it to Junior Olympics three times in swimming. This year he decided to focus on surfing and the martial arts of Jiu Jitsu and Kajukenbo. He also plays the violin. In school Luis works hard to keep all A’s and B’s and says he considers a college education an important part of his future but he’d also like to surf professionally some day. “I have a passion for surfing. I love it and want to surf until the day I die,” said Luis when asked what he likes most about surfing. When asked what he enjoys most about growing up in San Clemente, he answered with only one word, “Everything.” —Andrea Swayne

Hawaiian Style Homecoming Surfing America and Hapa J’s host welcome home party

Members of the USA SUP and Paddle team and friends gathered at Hapa J’s for a homecoming party. Pictured are (back row L to R) Colin McPhillips, Gillian Gibree, Emmy Merrill, Rob Rojas, Sean Poynter, Team USA Coach Ian Cairns (with sons Ethan and Malachai) and Surfing America Executive Director Greg Cruse; (front row L to R) Brandi Baksic, Shane Scoggins and Coach Jim Terrell. Photo by Jack McDaniel/Surfing America

By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


eam USA was treated to a Hawaiianstyle welcome home party hosted by Surfing America and Hapa J’s restaurant in San Clemente Monday night. The party was held in celebration of the team’s silver medal finish at the first ever ISA World Standup Paddle and Paddleboard Championships in Peru February 25.

Team members, their families and friends joined Surfing America Executive Director Greg Cruse, coaches Ian Cairns and Jim Terrell for a Hawaiian buffet, a screening of the video footage from the contest and a fun celebratory evening. Log on to to read the story of the team’s successful foray into international SUP and paddleboard competition and more photos from the party. SC

SURF RESULTS WSA Gatorade Championship Tour Event No. 8, March 3-4, Dana Point, Salt Creek Beach MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9: 1. Patrick O’Connor, SJC; 2. Cooper Sutton, SC; 3. Taj Lindblad, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 2. Kade Matson, SC; 5. Cooper Sutton, SC. BOYS U12: 1. Cole Houshmand, SC; 6. Trevor Sutton, SC. BOYS U14: 4. Curran Dand, SC. BOYS U18: 1. Josh Benjoya, DP; 6. Wyatt Brady, SC. GIRLS U12: 2. Alexxa Elseewi, SC; 5. Kirra Pinkerton, SC. GIRLS U14: 4. Alexxa Elseewi, SC; 6. Malia Osterkamp, SC. GIRLS U16: 3. Kirra Connolly, SC; 5. Malia Ward, SC. GIRLS U18: 2. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 5. Kassy Eldridge, SC. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Jacob Atwood, CB; 2. Rio Donaldson, CB; 3. Brandon Hoffman, SC. JR. LONGBOARD U18: 2. Casey Powell, SC; 6. Kyle Perez, DP. GIRLS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Meg Roh, DP; 3. Patrick O’Connor, SJC; 4. Kaila Patterson, CB; 5. Kyla Kelley, CB. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Emmy Lombard, SC; 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 6. Teresa O’Connor, SJC. MEN 18-29: 2. Ricky Lovato, SC. SR. MEN LONGBOARD 40+: 6. Rick Erkeneff, DP. OPEN MEN: 1. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 1. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 3. Keeley McWilliam, SC; OPEN MEN LONGBOARD: 2. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN’S LONGBOARD: 1. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 2. Lulu Erkeneff, DP.

BOARDSHORTS Mongoose Cup, Mickey Muñoz Book Signing Saturday Join surf legend Mickey Muñoz and friends for a fun paddle, Waterman Expo, SUP clinics and relays Saturday, March 10. Event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a fun paddle and harbor cleanup sweep. SUP-only relay teams chosen by “luck of the draw.” Each elite Mongoose Cup Safety Paddler will pick from the bucket names of three paddlers to complete their four-person teams. The start and finish for the flat-water relay race will be at Baby Beach. To be eligible for the Mongoose Cup teams must race 12 foot, 6 inch and under SUP boards. To register online, se Entry includes T-shirt and BBQ lunch. Beach entries will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. For info, call 714.262.8370. Following the event there will be a book signing at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Drive—with food, drinks and music— for Muñoz’ book No Bad Waves: Talking Story with Mickey Muñoz.

UPCOMING EVENTS March 10: SSS Orange County Middle School Event No. 4, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street March 17-18: Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 5, Huntington Beach, Pier March 24: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 8, San Clemente, Pier

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