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On the Road Again City’s efforts pave way for cyclists and pedestrians E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Bicycle advocate Brenda Miller of PEDal rides along the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route on Monday, June 25. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

State’s Top Energy Officials Urge Conservation

San Clemente Preps for July 4 Celebrations at the Pier

SC Little Leaguers Make Name for Themselves







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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO On the same night San Juan Capistrano passed its two-year budget, the City Council approved to eliminate the city’s $60,000 contract with its state and federal lobbyist, Townsend Public Affairs. The cut was made, albeit reluctantly, with a 4-1 vote because the city had to reallocate funds to pay for the Sun Ranch Drainage Project, which is a capital improvement project and will cost up to $3.22 million. “We totally respect the financial situation you’re in,” said Townsend President Christopher Townsend to the council. “No hard feelings.” The new budget goes into effect July 1, and the city will review and update it on a quarterly basis. At that time, if the budget allows for it, several councilmembers indicated that they would highly consider renewing a relationship with Townsend.




The Planning Commission on Monday voted to make changes to the conditional use permit for Coconuts bar and restaurant in Capistrano Beach. The hearing was called as a result of Dana Point Police Services receiving an increased number of calls relating to the establishment, as well as building and health related code violations. Changes will require Coconuts to limit live music to Thursday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to midnight, stop serving alcohol at 1 a.m. instead of 2 a.m., strictly enforce the maximum occupancy limit, install surveillance cameras and submit a new security plan within 30 days. Building code violations must also be corrected. According to Kyle Butterwick, Community Development Director, Coconuts owner Arpi Evans and building owner Tom Story have been cooperative participants in meetings with city staff and Sheriff’s Department officials.


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... a Teacher Facing Charges?

THE LATEST: A middle school math teacher, already accused of lewd conduct with two students, was charged this week with sexually assaulting a third student while alone with her on campus. Richard John Rack, 50, of San Clemente, was charged for the sex crimes against the eighth-grade female, including five felony counts of lewd acts on a child and one felony count of oral copulation of a minor under 16. If convicted of all felony counts, he faces a maximum sentence of six years and four months in state prison. Rack had previously been charged with two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance of two other students after a June 6 arrest. If convicted on these counts, he faces a maximum sentence of two years in jail. Rack has worked at Shorecliffs Middle School since 2002. WHAT’S NEXT: Rack is being held on $1 million and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Wednesday, July 18 at 8:30 a.m. Anyone with additional information is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at 714.347.8794. FIND OUT MORE: Visit for more. — Stacie N. Galang


... the Train Warning System?

THE LATEST: Tests of a prototype warning system at railroad crossings along the beach trail proved successful, helping to move the city closer to its goal of silencing train horns where pedestrians cross the tracks. By law, trains must honk at each of the city’s seven pedestrian crossings, but the noise has become a nuisance since the trail San Clemente Times June 28–July 4, 2012

opened. The prototype is designed to warn pedestrians, within a tight radius of the crossing, of approaching trains. City officials hope the system would satisfy safety concerns and ultimately keep the trains from honking. Last week, engineers from the Orange County Transportation Authority measured sound levels from the prototype and found that in the bluffs, noise was lower than the ambient noise and the train— without its horn blowing. WHAT’S NEXT: OCTA will take its findings to the California Public Utilities Commission, which has the authority to lift the horn-honking requirement. If all goes as planned, construction bids on the system will be released this fall, and construction could begin in winter. In an email, Community Development Director Jim Holloway said city officials were anxiously awaiting a decision by the utilities commission. FIND OUT MORE: See for updates. —SNG


... July 4 Flyover?

THE LATEST: The July 4 fireworks show will go on, but this year, without a helicopter. The city’s adopted Marine Light Attack Helicopter squadron 367 was transferred to a new headquarters in Kaneohe, Hawaii. While the Marine Corps had approved a flyover, none of the remaining squadrons at Camp Pendleton chose to do it, according to former mayor Wayne Eggleston, now the executive director of the Heritage of San Clemente Foundation. “The loss of a flyover affects over 500,000 people along the coast as our application included Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point and San Clemente,” he said by email.

WHAT’S NEXT: Nevertheless, the July 4 celebrations will continue, including the foundation’s event at Park Semper Fi, which will be open only to active-duty Marines and sailors and their families. The event at Park Semper Fi is free but requires reservations. Last year, 175 people watched the city’s fireworks display from the park. FIND OUT MORE: For reservations, call 949.498.4958 or email heritage@ To learn more about the city’s July 4 celebration, see the Getting Out section in this week’s paper. —SNG


... Summer Power?

THE LATEST: Anticipating a hotter than usual summer and the loss of power production from San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, the state’s top energy officials are urging consumers to conserve energy. The Flex Alert campaign kicked off Wednessay in Alhambra at a recently opened simulation training center where power grid heat wave drills are underway, according to a news release from the California Independent System Operator, which oversees the power grid. Executives from California ISO and Southern California Edison joined Robert Weisenmiller, chairman of the California Energy Commission chairman, on a tour of the facility Wednesday, June 27. They were expected to warn of potential power shortages and to encourage reduced energy use. “The weather forecast for Southern California shows temperatures will be above average in July and August—driving demand for electricity as the largest power plant in the area, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, is projected to stay closed this summer,” the news release said.

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WHAT’S NEXT: The Flex Alert campaign will launch a television advertising component to promote the program and to keep the lights on this summer. FIND OUT MORE: To sign up for Flex Alerts and track grid updates go to www.flexalert. org or —SNG


... the Foam Ban?

THE LATEST: Nearly one year after the ban on expanded polystyrene—or foam food containers—took effect, most businesses have complied. According to city staff, three businesses applied for undue hardship exemptions. Two asked for extensions as they converted from Exxon Mobil to Circle K convenience stores and complied within three months. When Shorecliffs Golf Course’s exemption was denied, Manager Joe Leicht appealed, saying the course could not find a reasonable alternative that was as durable as foam products. Also, paper products for soup and hot drinks are nearly double that of the foam products and customers use three times as many paper products than the foam, he said in a letter. Leicht said the added expense on top of already rising costs for items such as gas have meant no raises for and an inability to hire. City staff said that in general the program has been successful though business owners had expressed concern about cost and durability. The biggest challenge had been mobile trucks. In the past year, 16 complaints had been logged. WHAT’S NEXT: City staff said it planned to get the word out about the online complaint form. FIND OUT MORE: To learn more, visit www. —SNG




Thursday, June 28

Seats Open for July 4 Dinner

Member’s Event: Casa’s Summer 2012 Coast Culture Exhibition 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Casa Romantica hosts a special members-only event debuting its Coast Culture exhibition “Fossils, Shells, and Sea Cows.” Opens to the public June 29. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

u Tickets are still available for the San Clemente Ocean Festival’s 4th of July event, Dinner on the Pier. Guests are invited to partake in catered dinner on the Pier, provided by Fisherman’s Restaurant, and the city’s free fireworks show. Dinner includes barbecue chicken or ribs, coleslaw, beans, dinner roll and strawberry shortcake for dessert. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased by calling Fisherman’s Restaurant at 949.498.6390.

Friday, June 29 Abdu’l-Bahá’s visit to America 7:30 p.m. Centenary celebration dedicated to the services of the early American Baha’is at the Baha’i Center. 3316 Avenida del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.981.8805, www. TGIF Party 12 p.m. Celebration at The Dorothy Visser Senior Center with entertainment by Harold’s Breakaway. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322.

Saturday, June 30 Clean-Up 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Volunteer with the city of San Clemente to clean up Vista Los Mares. More info: 949.361.6188, www.

Sunday, July 1 First Sunday Book Sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. San Clemente Friends of the Library sale takes place in front of the SC Library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.276.63452, San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

Tuesday, July 3 San Clemente Toastmasters 7 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking in a supportive atmosphere at the Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361. 8463,

Wednesday, July 4 Independence Day Holiday San Clemente’s Fireworks Show 9 p.m. Free show at the San Clemente Pier. More info:

Thursday, July 5 Kid’s Summer Show: Jim Adams 10:30 a.m. Fun show for the kids at the Community Center with a talented ventriloquist. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.492.3493, San Clemente Times June 28–July 4, 2012

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Resource Center Offers Weekly Health Dance Class u Community Resources Center of San Clemente is holding a new weekly dance class designed to promote good health. “Dance 4 Health” features modern line dancing with a variety of dance styles and to all forms of music—not just country. Professional instructor Mel Branham will oversee the course. All levels of dancers are encouraged to attend, and no partners are required. Classes are Tuesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the lower level of the San Clemente Presbyterian Church at 119 North Avenida de la Estrella. There is a $5 fee for the class. For more information, call 714.803.0250.

Doheny Surf Fest to Help Parks u In an effort to preserve state parks threatened by closure, the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association and the San Onofre Foundation have teamed up to present the Doheny Surf Festival on August 11 and 12. This two-day fundraising event will feature all things surf, including exhibitions, demonstrations and autograph-signing opportunities with some of the sport’s premier talent. Food and drinks, including the Kona beer garden, will be available as well. Top food vendors, such as Serena Mexican Grill, Daphne’s California Greek and Nalu’s Island Grill will be on hand to serve guests. Live musical performances will be provided by artists such as Honk, Common Sense, Paula Fuga, Le Blorr and others. State budget cuts are forcing the closure of nearly 70 state parks. Many nonprofits have come to the forefront to save and support threatened parks and beaches. The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association and the San Onofre Foundation are committed to preserving San Onofre, Doheny and San Clemente state beaches. “This is a significant effort to show how much appreciation the citizens of California have for their public lands,” San Onofre Foundation President Steve Netherby said in a news release. “Every dollar we raise stays right in the local parks.” For more information, visit

Assistance League Gives Out Three Scholarships u The Assistance League of Capistrano Valley recently awarded $6,000 in college scholarships to three graduating seniors from San Clemente High School who are also from Camp Pendleton military families. Mary Margaret, Logan Kerzie and Henry Hernandez were awarded $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. The grants were presented at the San Clemente High School Senior Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 6, by former league president Maureen Karen Gaffney and education chairwoman Pat Redden.

St. Clement’s Volunteers Lend Hand with Returning Marines u Members of St. Clement’s Church, including some retired U.S. Marines, came together to welcome back San Clemente’s adopted unit, the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, with a barbecue on the beach at Camp Pendleton Friday, June 8. More than 50 volunteers, with two truckloads of donated food, organized a barbecue for 750 Marines, Navy Corpsmen and their families. The 2/4 Marines, adopted by the city in 1996, had recently returned from their deployment in Afghanistan. The event was hosted by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce and was co-sponsored by the Marine Corps League, the 2/4 Association and the city. “When we came back from Vietnam, we didn’t get a welcome home,” said Rod Rodriguez, a retired Marine and St. Clement’s congregant. “Our servicemen and women sacrifice so much for us. So do their families. We feel honored to be here and thank them in some small way.”

Barbara Telesmanic’s dog Buddy participates in the pet therapy program at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Courtesy photo

SC Resident, Dog Volunteer at Children’s Hospital OC u San Clemente resident Barbara Telesmanic and her dog, Buddy, have been volunteering every week in Children’s Hospital of Orange County’s pet therapy program. Buddy is the first “pit bull-type” dog in the program, according to Telesmanic. Buddy received his Canine Good Citizen certification last year and passed the therapy dog exam in February through Pet Partners, a therapy animal training program. Buddy achieved the highest rating a therapy dog can receive, the rank of Complex, which will allow him to visit any facility. Telesmanic is also a charge nurse in the Outpatient Infusion Center. “His charm, tenderness and lovable nature demonstrates the true personality of these wonderful dogs,” she said.

Golf Tourney Raises $54,000 u The Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area raised $54,000 at its 27th Annual Driving Dreams Golf Tournament held at the San Clemente Golf Club on Friday, June 1. More than 130 players participated in the tournament, which also featured contest games on the course, a live and silent auction and an awards dinner at the Irons in the Fire Clubhouse. All the proceeds went to supporting the Boys & Girls Club.

Club Helps Laura’s House u The San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club recently donated items in 18 bags for the “Birthday in a Bag” program at Laura’s House, a local domestic abuse shelter for women and their children. Each bag provided supplies for a birthday party for children at the shelter.

Volunteers from St. Clement’s Church help serve lunches to Marines in the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. Courtesy photo

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On the Road Again City’s efforts pave way for cyclists and pedestrians By Stacie N. Galang San Clemente Times


he bicycle has long served as a simple means for transportation, but the city is eyeing it as a tool to kickstart economic opportunities, improve the environment and keep residents healthier and happier. This month, San Clemente applied for a $176,000 bicycle-based grant from the Orange County Transportation Authority that would be matched by $26,000 from the city. If received, the grant would allow the city to increase signs along the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route, add more bike parking and develop a scan-code program for cyclists that would give them information about the city on their smart phones. It’s just the latest effort by city officials to make San Clemente more bicycle friendly. In January, the City Council made San Clemente the first community in Orange County to integrate a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan into its General Plan, the document that acts as a roadmap for the city’s decisions in years to come. Mayor Jim Evert said planning for bicycles and pedestrians would be a key piece to the city’s future. He was among a group of city officials who toured bicycle friendly Long Beach to get a sense of the possibilities for San Clemente. Evert said making way for more bikes could help businesses by drawing locals and visitors out to shop and eat. “I think if you have better transportation, a lot of local people will make the daily bike ride and end up in downtown where some may not currently venture because of parking,” he said. But the mayor noted that not all of the ways Long Beach has incorporated bicycles would work for San Clemente. Long Beach, for example, has many one-way streets that lend themselves to bicycle traffic, but that’s not the case in San Clemente. “You’ve got to remember, we’re working with infrastructure that already exists, and we have to work with what exists within that infrastructure,” he said. Councilwoman Lori Donchak, who served for years on the city’s Traffic Taskforce, hailed the decision for the city to better integrate other means of transportation aside from the car. A huge supporter of the a state and national program called Complete Streets, she said she hopes the city’s efforts will make San Clemente more walkable and reduce traffic. As the Wheel Turns San Clemente Transportation Engineering Manager Tom Frank said the city hired him in January, in part, because of his work to make streets more useable by more than just cars. The concept to consider the roads as more than just for use by car is often referred to as “multimodal,” and Frank said he believes San Clemente is making good progress. “Think of moving people by the most efficient way possible,” said bicycle advocate Brenda Miller. “That’s multimodal.” She agrees that the city is making great strides to better roadways for cyclists and walkers. “I think the City Council understands what it can become,” Miller said. “They were really visionary in that regard.” As an advocate who started the group PEDal, one of Miller’s goals is to improve the roadways at every one of the city’s 19 schools. She said 30 percent of all car traffic San Clemente Times June 28–July 4, 2012

Bicycle advocate Brenda Miller of PEDal stands near the Ole Hanson Beach Club with her passenger Foxy. Photo by Stacie N. Galang

is based on academic travel, that is, drop-offs and pick-ups from school. If San Clemente had safe ways for kids to get to and from school, fewer cars would be on the road. Miller’s 2010 study of bicycle and pedestrian traffic along the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route showed an average of 436 cyclists and walkers per hour for five hours in San Clemente. The numbers ranged from 50 per hour at Avenida Pico and Calle Deschecha to 270 per hour at the Trestles Trailhead at Cristianitos. Miller looks to cities like San Francisco and Portland, Ore. as models for increased bicycle use. “If you just look at the numbers and look at the data, if every child had a safe route, it makes a lot of sense,” the avid cyclist said. The added bonus would be that children and others who chose to walk and cycle would also get more daily exercise. Cycling Trends Pete van Nuys, executive director of the Orange County Bicycle Coalition and a San Clemente resident, said historically the city has been a friend of the cyclist. In 1976 during the country’s bicentennial, a pair of bicyclists created the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route from Canada to Mexico. San Clemente was a city along the way. Nearly 40 years ago, city planners helped to develop a portion that took cyclists off main roads and through downtown San Clemente, van Nuys said. “What it’s meant is a reduction in the conflicts between motorists and bicyclists,” he said. Victor Becerra, director of UC Irvine’s Community Outreach Partnership Center, said cities are increasingly looking at bicycle improvements as an economic tool and a means to keep its citizens healthier and the air cleaner. “I think people, in general, are looking for opportunities to get out of their car,” he said. Becerra noted that certain factors are improving communities’ ability to plan for bikes. For one, it’s easier for cities to redesign streets to accommodate bicycles than it is to get more cars on the road. Also, the car culture is evolving as more people realize the expense of driving. The director said cities looking to revitalize their downtowns and draw young professionals to live there must also create amenities they seek. Young people want to be more environmentally conscious and bikes are just one way for them to do so. Page 6

The Road Ahead Already, San Clemente is moving to design streets to accommodate more than the car. Though in the early planning stages, a 0.9-mile strip along El Camino Real — from North Beach to Dana Point — is being designed to include bicycle lanes on both sides of the road and a dedicated lane, known as a Class 1 bicycle lane, on the west side of the street. If all goes as planned, Frank said the city would like to have the permits in place within a year and construction would start shortly thereafter. When city leaders looked at the La Pata Extension, they also made sure the roadway that will eventually connect with San Juan Capistrano had bicycle lanes and a walkway for pedestrians. Miller advocated strongly for the bicycle and pedestrian components on La Pata given that students may use it to get to San Juan Hills High School. Another project that’s still in the conceptual stage is the Pico Corridor Project, which would create a route along the Segunda Deshecha Channel. If it moves forward, a paved path from Talega to North Beach would be created. Residents could walk, push strollers and ride bicycles from one of the city’s inland neighborhoods to the beach. Long-term, van Nuys would like to see San Clemente develop a bicycle and walking route from the business parks off Avenida Pico to other neighborhoods. He envisions roadways created without the daunting slopes. Becerra said cities like San Clemente are also trying to attract more tourists, especially in the summertime. Leveraging the environmental component can be way to draw in visitors, he said. “I think the environmental movement has certainly done a lot to get people to rethink what cities should look like and how they can promote of health and well being both environmentally and on a personal level,” he said. “They have created the pathways for cities to do something about making the place they’re responsible for healthier.” Frank agreed about the quality of life. “People will have an alternative method for transportation and get out of the car, ride a bike, exercise and enjoy the fresh air and the environment,” the transportation manager said. With fewer cars on the road, the air quality improves, too, he added. San Clemente should learn if it’s grant application is approved next month, Frank said. SC


SC Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY NEVILLE ROANE-KING 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.

Sunday, June 24 TERRORIST THREATS Avenida Del Poniente, 200 Block (10:46 p.m.) A man called to report that his neighbor in the unit above threatened to kill him. The caller said he was waiting in his garage for deputies to arrive. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (10:09 p.m.) A woman was seen lying on the train tracks by the entrance to the San Clemente Pier. The report was received second hand through a customer of Metrolink.

TRAFFIC HAZARD Camino De Los Mares (8:16 p.m.) A caller reported two juvenile females and one juvenile male who were “playing” in traffic. No contact was made with the subjects. DISTURBANCE Avenida Carmelo, 100 Block (7 p.m.) A woman called deputies about a physical altercation with her husband. She said that he threw her against the wall and then out of the apartment. DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Calle Lobina, 2300 Block (6:52 p.m.) A 15-year-old female called to report her mother had been drinking and was hitting her for no reason. INDECENT EXPOSURE Avenida Santa Margarita/El Camino Real (10:34 a.m.) A caller reported that a male was masturbating in a black Toyota pickup with a camper shell. He was described as in his early 20s, 6 feet 2 inches and about 200 pounds. He was last seen getting out of the truck and standing in the parking lot. DISTURBANCE Avenida Victoria/El Camino Real (2:25 a.m.) The bouncers at Red Fox Lounge used a stun gun on a man. He refused Orange County Fire Authority assistance. DISTURBANCE Mariposa, 100 Block (1:15 a.m.) A man

reported that his ex-girlfriend punched him in the face while he was sleeping. CITIZEN Via Alegre, 400 Block (12:38 a.m.) A man called to report his roommate took everything out of the fridge and threw it on the ground. The caller considered it harassment and demanded to speak to deputies.

Saturday, June 23 BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Camino De Estrella, 500 Block (8:11 p.m.) Two laptops were stolen from Kmart. A man called after hearing a fire alarm go off and seeing a silver BMW drive off onto Camino Capistrano from the back of the building. The car was last seen on Camino Mira Costa. WELFARE CHECK Avenida Pico/Plaza Pacifica (7:34 p.m.) Officers were called after a man was seen hitting his son, who was described to be about 6 years old. He allegedly pulled his son out of a white Toyota Tundra before striking him. DISTURBANCE Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (5:06 p.m.) A mom brought her 17-year-old daughter to San Clemente Hospital after she had been using heroin. The daughter was screaming and refusing to go inside to receive medical treatment.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Calle Alicante/Puerta Del Sol (2:16 p.m.) A man was seen jogging down the street wearing a bulletproof vest and a gas mask. MISSING ADULT Calle Puente, 800 Block (8:38 a.m.) A husband called to report his wife missing after she called and told him that she ran out of gas and was going to try to hitchhike home. He claims she called from a payphone. SHOTS HEARD Calle Puente, 1100 Block (1:59 a.m.) A Marine called to report that he heard two gunshots coming from the area and that he is familiar with what a gunshot sounds like. The shots he heard ended up being fireworks.

Friday, June 22 DISTURBANCE Calle Del Cerro, 1000 Block (7:19 p.m.) A 66-year-old man was arrested after spitting on his neighbor’s face and throwing her on the ground after an argument. The man, an artist, was released the following day. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE West Avenida Cadiz/Ola Vista (4:54 p.m.) A caller reported one man and two women snorting lines of cocaine in a gold Chevrolet Impala.


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BY THE NUMBERS: By Pall Gudgeirsson, Assistant City Manager & City Treasurer

From Dollars to Dolphins, What I Hear at the Barbershop Questions 67 & 68 —Robert Lamm, Chicago


have been visiting my groovy barber Becky at Bladewerks for 20 years and in the customary small-town barbershop where everyone knows each other, I walk BY THE NUMBERS in and hear, “Hey, Mr. Pall Gudgeirsson City Treasurer,” and the questions begin. Leaving the shop, it hit me that over the years I have probably answered at least “67 questions” that have come from her civic-minded customers. What follows are some of my favorites: What’s up with the Ole Hanson Beach Club? The Beach Club, but not the pool, will temporarily reopen for special events before construction starts now that it has been “tented” for critters. The plan calls for building rehabilitation at a cost of $1.5 million, and $1 million was added to the budget to restore the historical pool to its prior splendor. When are we going to get some lights

on the trail on Linda Lane? This $156,000 project will see 12 light poles installed from Linda Lane to the Pier. Due to high summer use, construction will begin after Labor Day. It will be nice to see who I run into. If I operate a vacation rental property, am I required to collect transient occupancy tax? Yup. Ten percent must be collected and remitted to the city whenever rented for less than a month. There are more than 150 registered properties and you can obtain a no-charge permit from our Business License division. Why are parking spaces reserved at the Library for city and county library staff and I can’t find a parking spot? There are 95 public spots with 10 assigned to library staff and four for city vehicles. This is a classic Catch-22, where the more successful Avenida Del Mar is, the tougher the parking. Where is the Nixon Library? Yorba Linda. Make sense? Nope.

Why was prohibition in effect at the municipal golf course restaurant? Due to some challenges getting the sluggish Alcoholic Beverage Control to issue our great interim operator Gary Greenberg a license, the muni bar was closed to alcohol sales but opened up last Friday to cheers. I expect the golfers to quit crying now. What company operates the city’s Facebook page? Facebook. What are the biggest projects in this year’s adopted budget? Several biggies include the $2.5 million Beach Club project, $2.3 million allocation to the Recycled Water Expansion Project, $1 million for new sidewalk construction and $5.8 million for street projects. When will the bridge under construction on Marblehead open? Next week - but not until completion of additional street and utility improvements. Public use cannot start until Coastal Commission permit requirements are met. I did sneak in a run across it and I don’t think it will fall down.

I am 93, on a fixed income, and the DMV did not renew my license. Can the city help me get to the market? The city provides free transportation for residents age 60 and older to and from shopping centers three days a week and daily roundtrips to the Senior Center. Call 949.361.8254 for more info. Or call Frank and ask him how he got his renewal on his third try. What time are the dolphins at the end of the Pier? Dolphins are wild and don’t have a set schedule. If we are lucky, we do get to see them several times a week. The Ohio family that asked the question ended up going to Sea World. Those are some of the 67 questions I’ve been asked. I can’t wait to get back to the barbershop for question 68. Happy 4th of July 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


The Welcome Home 2nd Battalion 4th Marines Parade could not have been such a success without the help of many organizations and people, and I wish to give gratitude and acknowledgments to all who helped. First, thank you City Council and city staff for your generous assistance in not only approving the parade but also your dedication in following through on every detail to make this happen. Thanks to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department who did a superb job with traffic and parking control and our very own RSVPs for controlling the barricades and direct-

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ing traffic. Without their volunteer help, we would not have been able to have this parade. Appreciation goes to the Classic Car Club who provided the magnificent cars for veterans. Thanks to San Clemente Villas By the Sea for their wonderful veterans who attended and who support veteran programs in San Clemente. For the thousands who lined Del Mar from El Camino Real to Park Semper Fi, I give special appreciation for welcoming our Marines home. The school children who waved flags and draped themselves in the patriotism of the day, I offer a very special thank you. Many of the Marines have families and were very touched and appreciative of your attendance. Walmart

provided water for the Marines and gave out hundreds of American flags along the parade route. Here’s a big thank you for your support. To the 2/4 Association and their veterans who suggested this parade, we are most appreciative. And, finally, thanks to the Marines who marched and the 1st Marine Division Band who inspired us all to be very proud of these men who sacrifice so much for us. We are very proud to be Americans. 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 readersubmitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Please limit your letters to 350 words.

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


SURFERS HEALING BENEFIT CONCERT FOR AUTISM 8 p.m. Fundraising concert featuring the band Common Sense in OC Tavern’s OCT Room. Tickets $20. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


BLACK CAT BONE 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, WHALE WATCHING 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Dana Wharf has daily two-hour whale watching trips departing throughout the day. Cost $30-$45. Times may vary. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,



SJC ROTARY/TOYOTA CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT 12:30 p.m. Tourney at San Juan Hills Golf Club. Fee $150 each. 32120 San Juan Creek Road, 949.233.7162.

BOOK READING AND SIGNING 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Lauren Bledsoe and local author Linda Pyle present a reading and book signing with Chiwan Choi, author of The Flood and Abductions, at Peet’s Coffee, followed by readings from the hosts and open mic. 801 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.226.1050, MOVIES IN THE PARK 8 p.m. Dana Point hosts a showing of Puss in Boots at Lantern Bay Park. Free event. Snacks available for purchase. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, WINE TASTING EVENT 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Grgich Hills Estate from Napa Valley. Seven wine tastes for $15. 2 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, RICK DALE 6:30 p.m.-close. Acoustic guitarist and vocalist at Zona’s. 647 Camino de Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.970.4568, San Clemente Times June 28–July 4, 2012

San Clemente will host its Independence Day celebration July 4 at 9 p.m. with a fireworks display from the Pier. As such, the end of the Pier will close at noon on Tuesday, July 3 for preparation, and the entire Pier will close Wednesday, July 4 at 8 a.m. and remain closed for the entire day. The Fisherman’s Restaurant will still be accessible to its patrons. During the show, a 1,000-foot perimeter around the Pier will be imposed, and ocean access within the area will be prohibited. Surfers, body boarders and swimmers must keep outside the zone as a safety precaution. For those watching the show from the sand, roping or blocking-off portions of the beach for private use is not permitted. For pedestrian safety and to avoid major traffic problems, San Clemente Police Services will be restricting vehicular traffic between approximately 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. in the entire lower Pier Bowl area. Pedestrians should take caution, especially with the increased crowds, to stay clear of the train tracks. When leaving the beach, people are asked to take their trash with them to reduce ocean pollution. Fireworks are otherwise banned within city limits. Alcohol on city beaches and within public spaces is also prohibited. San Clemente Police Services will strictly enforce parking ordinances. For a full listing of street closures, visit


SAWDUST FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-10 p.m. The annual arts and crafts exhibit is now open, featuring more than 200 local Laguna artists. Tickets $7.75 general admission. Runs through September 2. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030,

FESTIVAL OF ARTS 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The outdoor fine art exhibition with works by nearly 150 award-winning artists. General admission $7-$10. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.1145,

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE 10 a.m. Saturday to 10 a.m. Sunday. The 24-hour event at the San Juan Capistrano Sports Park. 1 Via Positiva,

FLOCK OF 80’S 3 p.m. Live 80s music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


FUNNIEST HOUSE WIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY 8 p.m. Live comedy at The Coach House. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, TOOLS OF THE TRADE: BOOK SIGNING 4 p.m.6 p.m. The Ecology Center features authors of The Urban Homestead, and Root Simple, Erik Knutzen and Kelly Coyne, who lead a discussion on homestead tips and D.I.Y. skills. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, CLEAN-UP 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Volunteer with the city of San Clemente to clean up Vista Los Mares. More info: 949.361.6188, PAINTING CLASS AND WINE 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Canvas, Paint and Wine, Oh My! hosts a painting class with wine. Cost $45, includes materials and instruction. Bring your own wine. 131-B Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 714.351.3323,


VILLAGE ART FAIR 10 a.m.3 p.m. Tons of vendors have arts, crafts and other fabulous items along Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente. Put on by The Downtown Business Association the first Sunday of the month. More info, 949.218.5378,


SUMMER CONCERT IN THE PARK 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Enjoy a free family-friendly concert at Heritage Park with opening band: Small World Band, and the main band: Revival - A Tribute to CCR & John Fogerty. Free. 3400 Old Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, Page 10

SJC HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR 1 p.m. See Los Rios District, the Mission and more. Meet at the train depot. $1-$2. 949.493.8444,


MOMMY MOVIE MONDAY 10 a.m. Special screening of the movie “People Like Us” for parents of infants at the Krikorian, with early bird prices. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469,


KARAOKE 8 p.m. Live karaoke every night at Taka-O. 21 and older after 9 p.m. 425 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.498.7111,



SCIENCE SHOW 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids’ event with activities at the Summer Event Series at the Kaleidoscope. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo,

BENNY/FLAMENCO 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


OCEAN INSTITUTE’S FIREWORKS CRUISE 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy a sunset cruise with the Ocean Institute and fireworks while listening to music provided by Jazz! FM 88.5 KSBR. Appetizers and desserts included. $40-$50. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


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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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Wasted Days and Wasted Nights Linger On Many older adults spend too many years in dead-end marriages and relationships


hy do I keep loving you when you always make me blue?” are words from “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights,” a popular 1959 song remade in 1974 by singer Freddy Fender. Lately, more and more people have been asking me why older adults waste years staying in dead-end marriages and relationships. A woman named Sharon wrote: “You meet someone and they express serious interest and days turn into months and months turn into years. But there is always some reason that the other person can’t totally commit—kids from a previous marriage, not the ‘right time,’ afraid of another divorce, and of course the classic, ‘Why do we need to get married ? Can’t we just live together?’ “After an on-again, off-again relationship with a man for 18 years (yes, I am a slow learner), we finally broke up—this time for good. My advice is that if a man or woman can’t commit to their partner within a reasonable amount of time (I would say a year to two at the most),

move on. Don’t waste precious years of your life like I did. “I just turned 60, so meeting someone may be too late for me. I wasted a lot of time on the wrong man.” For Sharon, perhaps ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 those 18 years weren’t By Tom Blake entirely wasted. There must have been some good in them for her. It’s not only women who get stuck in dead-end relationships. It happens to men as well. I have a male friend who has dated a woman for five years. They have great compatibility and fun together. He’s ended the relationship eight times, but each time he goes back to her. She’s the one who won’t commit, because he’s 20 years older and she fears she’ll become a widow. I know unhappy, miserable married couples who stay together. Why? I’m not an expert so I cannot authori-

tatively say why older adults remain in dead-end relationships. Everybody’s situation is unique, but here are a few of my ideas, and most of them center on fear. It’s damn hard to break the chain. It can rip the insides right out of your stomach. I know; I’ve been through it. You’re afraid you’re going to hurt the other person; you feel guilty, blame yourself. You fear that dividing the assets is going to wipe you out financially or cost you too much money and that you won’t be able to afford to live. Or, you fear leaving your home where you love many things that are such a major part of your life: your garden, friends, neighbors, the roominess, the location or having to abandon a cherished animal. Maybe you just hate being alone. These factors are huge and have to be weighed against the other side of the coin. The longer you stay in the wrong relationship, the longer you delay starting a fresh new life and delay the possibility of meeting a new person with whom to share the remaining years.

It takes incredible intestinal fortitude to make the break, and for some, they will never do it. The price is too dear. They may feel they are too old to start over. Staying isn’t necessarily a bad choice; it’s the best decision for them. But as many widowed people—who didn’t make the choice but had it forced upon them—have found, the human spirit is remarkable in helping people bounce back and find some rainbows later in life. Why do so many older people waste years by staying too long in dead-end relationships? Perhaps our readers will share their opinions. Tom Blake is a San Clemente resident and Dana Point business owner who has authored three books on middle-aged dating. For dating information: www. To comment: SC PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to




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Current New Orleans Saints center and San Clemente High alum Brian de la Puente and his wife Makenzie de la Puente will be hosting the Defend Your Dome fundraiser Tuesday, July 3 at Hapa J’s in San Clemente. The event runs from 4:30 p.m. to closing, and part of the proceeds will benefit the Brain Trauma Foundation, an organization designed to raise awareness and understanding of concussions. The event will include a silent auction with items ranging from signed footballs by de la Puente to a signed

Gudauskas brothers surfboard. All the money collected from the silent auction, along with $1 out of every taco sold, will go directly to the cause. “The local support for the event has been really cool. It’s been fun seeing how supportive this community can be. It’s inspiring,” de la Puente said. As a football player, de la Puente knows how important defending one’s dome can be, and he’s had his fair share of knocks.

Teen Little League Coaches Grab Spotlight Season’s success takes team to Tournament of Champions, Hollywood By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times

San Clemente Times June 28–July 4, 2012

SCOR E BOAR D MARTIAL ARTS TAE KWON DO STUDENTS WIN GOLD Members of the San Clementebased Sunrise Tae Kwon Do traveled to Atlanta, Ga. June 16 to compete in the 2012 American Tae Kwon Do United National Championship. Sunrise members Lea Mave, Damian Gullo and Ian Kim represented the studio at the competition and won gold medals in their respective events.


f you haven’t heard of them by now, you will soon. The story of San Clemente High freshman Chris Puckett, 15, and Cameron Shelley, 14, and how they coached a San Clemente Little League team to a Tournament of Champions first-place trophy has been documented everywhere, from the local nightly news to nationwide morning talk shows, making them local celebrities in the process. The saga began at the start of the 2012 San Clemente Little League season when Puckett’s father, Gary Puckett, caught wind of a junior division team that had no coach. After being told there was a shortage of volunteers, Gary Puckett decided the job would be perfect for his son Chris and friend Cameron. Both were ballplayers with years of experience and were already showing the desire and knowledge needed to be successful coaches, according to the father, himself a former Little League commissioner. After some brief talks with Little League leaders, the move was finalized, and the teenagers were named coaches. The kids on San Clemente American No. 2 quickly bought into their coaches’ philosophy and started winning, going all the way through to the District 68 Tournament of Champions. “No one was sure how we were going to do in the beginning, not everyone was happy with us being coaches,” Puckett said. “But once we won the championship, it felt a lot better and a lot of weight came off our shoulders.” Hollywood could not have written a better script, which is why so many major movie studios are now approaching the youngsters with hopes of developing their story for the silver screen. Producers who claim to have repre-

The couple decided to spearhead their first fundraising campaign after two close friends were involved in a car accident and suffered severe head injuries. That incident, coupled with the recent concern for concussions in football, led to the Defend Your Dome fundraiser. “On all fronts the (cause) strikes home with us. We really thought it was a good idea to shed light on how important and fragile the brain is,” de la Puente said. —Steve Breazeale


Chris Puckett, left, and Cameron Shelley have been making the media rounds since coaching a local Little League team to a championship. Photo by Neville Roane-King

sented the likes of Jack Black and Brad Pitt have put in calls. Gary Puckett, who is picking up where he left off as manager of the team, has been coordinating numbers, phone calls and emails, relaying them to the teen coaches and players. The thought of being portrayed by an “A-list” actor in theaters is something Chris Puckett and Shelley might have to get used to in the ensuing months if things fall into place. “I didn’t think I’d ever be (portrayed) in a movie because of what we did. It’s really cool though,” Puckett said. “I hope (the movie deal) goes through. I’ll be stoked to see (someone use my name),” Shelley said. Before the Hollywood types discovered the story, there was the feature on “Good Morning America,” which highlighted the team and the two coaches, dubbing them “The Good News Bears.” Then there was the visit to the television station KTLA on June 25, where Chris Puckett and Shelley sat down for several minutes to talk with the show’s hosts. “The TV interview stuff has been the

best part. The studio was so small,” Puckett said. Shelley admits he hasn’t been stopped by fans around town, but when he’s at school it’s a different matter. Classmates and teachers have all pulled him aside to explain where and when they saw him on television. Puckett and Shelley don’t seem to be fazed by the media storm swirling around them. As to having their names up in lights, the two revert back to the group of kids they taught, and the progress they helped the team make to become better ball players. “The fact that the team won it all is the coolest thing that’s happened,” Shelley said. “It was cool to be able to watch them all get better.” Tinseltown is still off in the distance, so while the coaches wait, they will stick to playing baseball. Both of them are in the Tritons baseball system and will try and move up in the ranks to join the varsity squad in the coming years. But no matter what happens, movie deal or not, the two are guaranteeing they’ll be back coaching in Little League again next year. SC

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LOCAL 15U VOLLEYBALL TEAM TAKES BRONZE The 949 Athletics 15U boys volleyball team took home the bronze medal June 17 at the Southern California Volleyball Associations 2012 Boys Classic. The event, which featured 40 clubs from across the Western United States, was held at the Anaheim Convention Center and American Sports Center. San Clemente members of the team include: Cale Foreman, Brandon Hopper and Marcus McGuire. —Steve Breazeale We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.

Triton Report

By Steve Breazeale

GIRLS DIVING • Senior Carlye Townsend has declared her intent to dive for the Northern Arizona University women’s diving squad. Townsend will dive for NAU on a partial scholarship in the fall.



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

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

BOOKS Village Book Exchange 99 Avenida Serra

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MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY Janet M. Seymour, PsyD 1443 N. El Camino Real, Ste. B



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CHOCOLATE/CANDY Schmid’s Fine Chocolate 949.369.1052 99 Avenida Del Mar,

COINS GraCorp Coins & Collectibles

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Costa Verde Landscape 949.361.9656 Danman’s Music School 949.496.6556 License: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 949.922.6388 COSMETICS 413 Calle Pueblo, AVON 949.370.0433 OFFICE FURNITURE Annie Kyle, Mary Kay Cosmetics 949.248.2868 South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos,


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GROM OF THE WEEK Trevor Thornton Age: 17, San Clemente High School Trevor Thornton won the High School Varsity Men’s division at NSSA National Interscholastic Championships this month, helping his San Clemente High School team to victory—the team’s third in a row and 12th over all. “I was really happy to win at NSSA Nationals. It always feels better when you’re doing it for your home town with the whole team there supporting you,” said Trevor. This ‘A’ and ‘B’ student plans to continue taking his senior year classes via the partial independent study program in the fall, to accommodate his busy contest travel schedule. After graduation he will continue his pursuit of a professional surfing career but also hopes to put in two years at Saddleback College before transferring to a four-year university to study psychology. Besides surfing, Trevor also enjoys writing. “I really like poetry and try to write something every day,” he said. “The coolest part about it is that the writer may have one intention, but readers will interpret it in Trevor Thornton. Photo by Jack their own personal way.” As a member of the Surfing America PacSun USA team, Trevor enjoyed McDaniel/ representing the country in international competition. He helped the team to a third place finish at this year’s Dakine ISA World Juniors in Panama and was especially honored to be chosen to travel with the adult team to China. He aged out of his spot on the USA juniors team this year and was honored at the Surfing America banquet and fundraiser at Casa Romantica on Monday, for his valuable contributions to the team. —Andrea Swayne

PacSun USA Surf Team Chosen


Surfing America announced 2012-2013 juniors lineup, five locals make the cut By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


urfing America, the San Juan Capistrano-based national governing body for the sport of surfing, announced the under-18 surfers chosen to represent the United States as members of the PacSun USA Surf Team. Five local surfers made the cut. Local surfers named to the team are Jake Davis of Capistrano Beach and, from San Clemente, Tia Blanco, Kevin Schulz Colt Ward and Griffin Colapinto. The announcement was made Monday night during the annual team introduction and fundraising banquet at the Casa Romantica in San Clemente. “With most of the team returning and the addition of talented new members, I am excited about our chances for gold at the

The local surfers chosen for the 2012-2013 Surfing America PacSun USA Surf Team are (L to R) Tia Blanco, SC; Kevin Schulz, SC; Jacob Davis, CB; Colt Ward, SC and Griffin Colapinto, SC. Photo by Jack McDaniel/

ISA World Junior Surfing Championships next spring,” said Surfing America Executive Director Greg Cruse. “New junior team coaches, Ryan Simmons and Micah Byrne, are chomping at the bit to start training. I know we have lots of great teambuilding and training activities planned, as well as scrimmages with other teams.” Here is the full team lineup: BOYS U18: Taylor Clark, Encinitas; Parker Coffin, Santa Barbara; Daniel Glenn, Florida; Nic Hdez, Santa Cruz; Colin Moran, Costa Mesa; Cam Richards, South

Carolina; Kevin Schulz, San Clemente. BOYS U16: Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; Jake Davis, Capistrano Beach; Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach; Jake Marshall, Encinitas; Thelen McKinna-Worrell, Malibu; John Mel, Newport Beach; Colt Ward, San Clemente. GIRLS U18: Quincy Davis, New York; Kulia Doherty, Rancho Santa Fe; Nikki Viessins, Florida. GIRLS U16: Tia Blanco, San Clemente; Meah Collins, Newport Beach; Frankie Harrer, Santa Barbara; Maddie Peterson, New Jersey. SC

Surfing America USA Championships, U18 Shortboard Divisions, June 19-23, San Onofre, Lower Trestles GIRLS U12: 1. Sunshine Patey, Hanalei, Hawaii; 2. Ashlyn Owings, Princeville, Hawaii; 3. Zoe McDougal, Haleiwa, Hawaii; 4. Kailani Jones, Haleiwa,Hawaii. BOYS U12: 1. Barron Mamiya, Waialua, Hawaii; 2. Cole Houshmand, San Clemente; 3. Eithan Osborne, Ventura; 4. Griffin Foy, Fullerton. GIRLS U14: 1. Meah Collins, Newport Beach; 2. Dax McGill, Haleiwa, Hawaii; 3. Mahina Maeda, Haleiwa, Hawaii; 4. Maddie Peterson, Wildwood, N.J. BOYS U14: 1. Jake Marshall, Encinitas; 2. Micky Clarke, Ventura; 3. Noa Mizuno, Honolulu, Hawaii; 4. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente. GIRLS U16: 1. Tatiana Weston-Webb, Princeville, Hawaii; 2. Dax McGill, Haleiwa, Hawaii; 3. Meah Collins, Costa Mesa; 4. Maluhia Kinimaka, Anahola, Hawaii. BOYS U16: 1. Jacob Davis, Capistrano Beach; 2. Colt Ward, San Clemente; 3. Thelen McKinna-Worrell, Malibu; 4. Seth Moniz, Honolulu, Hawaii. GIRLS U18: 1. Tatiana WestonWebb, Princeville, Hawaii; 2. Dax McGill, Haleiwa, Hawaii; 3. Mahina Maeda, Haleiwa, Hawaii; 4. Frankie Harrer, Malibu. BOYS U18: 1. Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach; 2. Cam Richards, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; 3. Jake Halstead, La Jolla; 4. Ian Gentil, Paia, Hawaii. CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S CUP WINNERS: Tatiana Weston-Webb, Princeville, Hawaii; Kanoa Igarashi, Huntington Beach.