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State of the Beaches Local groups dig deep to supplement the programs at San Onofre, San Clemente and Doheny state beaches E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Steve Long, retired superintendent of the area beaches and San Onofre Foundation board member, and Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association president Bill Brooks discuss the importance of the nonprofit organizations and the upcoming Doheny Surf Festival. Photo by Andrea Swayne

59th Annual San Clemente Fiesta Set for Sunday Morning

Seeing Double: SC Twins to Appear in Sitcom

Doheny Surf Festival Kicks Off Saturday







San Juan Capistrano will celebrate its inaugural Rodeo Week, from August 18 to 24, which will lead into the 12th annual Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo, August 25 and 26. Since its inception in 2001, the rodeo has become a celebrated event, drawing top competitors in the sport. The rodeo has also donated more than $100,000 per year to local charities—more than $1.1 million in its history—and has generated significant tourism and sales tax revenue for the city. For this reason, event organizers have worked with the San Juan Chamber of Commerce and local leaders to create a special week leading up to the rodeo, which is intended to showcase the community. Events include a barbecue, car show, live music performances and a tequila-tasting night.


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DANA POINT A group of Capistrano Beach residents organized to lobby City Council to ban vacation rentals. They’ve “had enough” they said, and the short-term rentals are not only disruptive, but illegal. The issue has been discussed since 2007, but at the April 3 meeting, council directed staff to perform a statistically valid survey of voters to assist in deciding how to proceed. According to a 2009 study, 134 homes were being advertised as short-term vacation rentals despite not being expressly allowed by the zoning code. Mayor Lara Anderson said survey results will be ready in time for the September 18 council meeting and will be on the agenda. “Whether we decide to enforce the codes or change the codes, it’s time to make a decision on what we want to do as a city,” Anderson said.


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… the Miramar?

THE LATEST: The city received a $20,000 state grant and will match it with $8,000 of its own funds to find ways to reuse the boardedup Miramar Theater and bowling alley. City Planner Jim Pechous said the city learned July 9 that it was awarded the grant from the State Office of Historic Preservation. “We were definitely excited and hope this would be a catalyst to facilitate the rehabilitation of the property and the structures,” said John Ciampa, staff planner on the project. The funds will be used to assess the building as a historic resource, consider its current condition and offer ways to rehabilitate it. The city underwent a similar process for Casa Romantica. “It kind of gives you a roadmap to adaptive reuse of the building,” Pechous said. Pechous said the city is working with property owner Marc Spizzirri. WHAT’S NEXT: Grant funding arrives October 1 and the final report is slated for completion by May 25, according to the grant application. FIND OUT MORE: See — SNG


… Sheckler Training Facility?

THE LATEST: Professional skateboarder Ryan Sheckler wants to increase his private indoor training facility by 9,200 square feet and leave another 1,500 square feet for offices to run his Sheckler Foundation and other companies. Gretchen Sheckler, the skateboarder’s mother, is seeking a conditional-use permit to allow for the training space, and the project will be considered at the Wednesday, San Clemente Times August 9–15, 2012

August 8 Planning Commission meeting. Ryan Sheckler has operated a smaller training facility in the business park for the past two years without complaint, according to the city staff report. The Shecklers are looking to the do the same in a larger location to accommodate the professional boarders’ training needs. The facility is private, intended primarily for Ryan Sheckler’s use, his friends and other professionals, the staff report says. The new space will provide the 26 parking spaces to his current facility’s five spots. The permit will only allow five people to use the facility from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., a restriction city staff said will ensure the space will be kept for private use. WHAT’S NEXT: City staff recommended the Planning Commission approve the permit request. The commission met after press time. FIND OUT MORE: See the city’s staff report at —SNG


along Interstate 5 will be constructed with the same dimensions of the existing walls only farther away from the freeway centerline to accommodate the widening. A new soundwall is planned between the freeway and the Shorecliffs Golf Course driving range. WHAT’S NEXT: OCTA will also host neighborhood coffee meetings. On Saturday, August 11 the meetings will be 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Paseo Flamenco in Seascape Village; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the corner of Grande Vista and Calle Quieto in Chateau and 11 a.m. to noon at Calle Canasta in Campana Canasta. On Saturday, August 18, the meetings will be 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Avenida Vaquero and Calle Guadalajara in Shorecliffs; 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Calle Vista Torito in Shorecliffs and 11 a.m. to noon at the corner of Calle Sopresa and Calle Frontera in the Coast. FIND OUT MORE: To learn more, visit — SNG

… Soundwalls?


THE LATEST: To gauge residents’ concerns about freeway soundwalls, the Orange County Transportation Authority started sending representatives door-todoor in neighborhoods near the project. Since Saturday, August 4, the representatives have been visiting homes in Shorecliffs, Chateau San Clemente, Seascape Village and Campana-Canasta. They are expected to stop at 300 homes, according to a news release. Overall, the transportation authority plans to add carpool lanes in both directions of the freeway from San Juan Creek Road to Avenida Pico and rebuild the Pico interchange. The $275 million project is funded by Measure M tax dollars and is scheduled for construction in late 2013. Three of the four project soundwalls

… Water District Elections?

THE LATEST: With three board member spots up for grabs in both the South Coast and Santa Margarita water districts, candidates have pulled paper in hopes of being elected in November. In the South Coast Water District, which serves Dana Point and areas of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, six candidates for have pulled papers as of August 6. Current board President Wayne Rayfield and Vice President Ingrid Mcguire are among the sitting members who have pulled papers for reelection. Joel Bishop, Dick Dietmeier, Rick Erkeneff and Gary Langdale round out the list of candidates. The Santa Margarita Water District, which services the Talega development

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in San Clemente, has had three candidates pull papers for election to its board. Among those who have pulled papers is current board member Charley Wilson, who has been on the board since 2000. Fred Carr and Chuck Gibson have also pulled papers. WHAT’S NEXT: The candidates have until August 10 to get the needed signatures and return their forms in order for it to become official. FIND OUT MORE: Visit the Santa Margarita Water District at and the South Coast Water District at www.scwd. org. — Steve Breazeale


… Ramp Closures?

THE LATEST: Upgrades to the southbound off-ramp at Camino De Estrella mean it will be closed for 55 hours from 11:59 p.m. Friday, August 10 to 4 a.m. Monday, August 14. The upgrades, by Caltrans, will add another exit lane to the off-ramp and widen the off-ramp from a single lane to a two-lane exit, according to a news release from the agency. Local street improvements include widening the bridge from five lanes to seven lanes, adding an additional westbound left turn lane from Camino De Estrella to the southbound 1-5 on-ramp and adding another eastbound through lane at Camino De Estrella, the release says. WHAT’S NEXT: Message signs will alert motorists of the weekend closures. FIND OUT MORE: For more information, contact Caltrans District 12 at 949.724.2000 or visit —SNG

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CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, August 9 Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting 7 p.m. Ole Hanson Room in the Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200, Pussycat Palooza The San ClementeDana Point Animal Shelter is having a feline adoption event now through August 31. Cats can be adopted for only $50. 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente, 949. 492.1617,

Friday, August 10 TGIF Party 12 p.m.-1 p.m. Fun at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center with entertainment by Robert Fields. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. Book Reading and Signing 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Lauren Bledsoe & local author Linda Pyle present a reading and book signing with Bridget Hoida, San Clemente author of “So L.A.” at Peet’s Coffee. Open mic follows. 801 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.294.4145,

Saturday, August 11 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, August 14 Family Storytime 9:30 a.m. Sunshine Readers entertain with stories at the library every Tuesday. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, Ukulele Class for Seniors 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. The Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. San Clemente Toastmasters 7 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking at the Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361. 8463, Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200,

Wednesday, August 15 General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 5:30 p.m. Library Annex Building Multi-Purpose Room. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.8200, San Clemente Times August 9–15, 2012


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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Street Gallery will sponsor a free art activity for children. For more information, call 949.369.8343 or visit www.scartgallery. com.

Pendleton Historical Society to Host Fundraising Event u The Camp Pendleton Historical Society is sponsoring its annual fundraising event to support the base’s historical programs, including the preservation and restoration of the Ranch House and the Las Flores Adobe. The fundraiser will be Saturday, August 11 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Ranch House, located at 1344 Vandegrift Blvd., Oceanside. Admission is $50 per person, which will include tours of the Ranch House, a live band, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and raffles. For more information, contact Don Gressly at 760.727.7126 or by email at

Gallery Hosts Artist Reception u Designs by Nature, a San Clemente gallery showcasing unique minerals and fossils, will hold its biannual artist reception on Saturday, August 11 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at 400 S. El Camino Real, Suite A. Refreshments will be served, and there will be opportunity drawings throughout the evening. The evening will feature artists Darlene Goins, Kegel Coff and Donna Coff—all residents of San Clemente. Goins and Donna Coff are both experienced jewelry makers, while Kegel Coff is a photographer and long-time rock collector. For more information, call 949.498.8358 or visit www.

Donated School Supplies Accepted Until August 29 u Burton Brown, an Edward Jones Financial advisor, will be collecting donations of school supplies and hygiene materials for underprivileged students in Capistrano Unified Schools from August 13 to August 29. This will be the fourth year Brown has organized the drive, which he describes as “a way to give back.” Donations will be collected at 300 S. El Camino Real, Suite 102B. For further information, contact Brown at 949.492.1274.

Knights to Sell Tri-Tip BBQ The Knights of Columbus from Our Lady of Fatima Church will be presenting their famous barbecue tri-tip sandwich in front of Billy’s Meats and Deli on Sunday, August 12. This will be the 11th year that 1,300 pounds of tri-tip will be charcoalgrilled and served on a freshly baked roll with condiments. The main chefs are Guy Varriano, Doyle Manning and Louis Gardner, along with numerous volunteers. All profits will be distributed to local charities. For further information, contact Varriano at 949.361.2747. u

SC Writer Publishes Novel u Local author, professor and longtime San Clemente resident Bill Thomas published his first novel in May 2012, titled “Upstage, Downstage, Cross.” Thomas serves as Beaches, Parks and Recreation commissioner for San Clemente and was added to the city’s Wall of Recognition at the May 15 City Council meeting. His novel takes place in Britain in the early 20th century and follows the theatrical life of a young aspiring actor. The book can be purchased in San Clemente at Mathom House, Village Books and Best of Britain, online through Barnes & Noble or Amazon or from the author by emailing

Adam Brownell. Courtesy photo

SC Grad Earns Scholarship Teen Wins Business Plan Contest at Concordia University u Adam Brownell, a student at San Clemente High School, was one of 40 Orange County high school students who participated in the first-ever Teen Entrepreneur Academy from July 15 to 20 at Concordia University in Irvine. The students were given the opportunity to listen to lectures from local entrepreneurs and business owners as well as prepare an original business plan. Brownell won a $1,000 prize for presenting the best business plan—a social media company called JukeBox. Brownell envisioned JukeBox as an Instagram-like social networking website for music, where friends can share and discover new artists.

Art Fair Set for August 18, 19 u The San Clemente Art Association, along with the City of San Clemente, will hold its 52nd annual San Clemente Fine Art-Craft Fair August 18 and August 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the San Clemente Community Center. Located at the corner of Avenida del Mar and Calle Seville, this free art fair brings more than 100 artists and artisans together to share their unique creations. The art fair is a juried event, accepting only art and crafts personally made by the exhibiting artist. In addition to perusing original paintings, prints and photographs, visitors to the fair can shop for unique handcrafted jewelry, fine ceramics, clothing and home décor. Jewelry and painting artists will showcase their skills at the A La Cart Demonstration Booth, and Side

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u Austin Reagan was one of three CUSD students to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Jim Mizell Memorial Water and Environmental Scholarship Program. Reagan graduated from San Clemente High School in June and will attend USC in the fall.

Local Writer Signs Deal for Three Suspense Novels u San Clemente resident and freelance reporter Terri Nolan signed a deal with mainstream publisher Midnight Ink for three novels. The suspense-thriller series, set in modern-day Los Angeles, features Birdie Elizabeth Keane, an investigative journalist who is determined to solve the mystery surrounding the sudden death of her beloved. The first novel, “Burden of Truth,” will be released in January 2013. A 22-year resident of San Clemente, Nolan is active in many community and civic activities and is a member of Mystery Writers of America, as well as Sisters in Crime. For information, email lisamehaffey@hotmail. com.

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State of the Beaches Local groups dig deep to supplement the programs at San Onofre, San Clemente and Doheny state beaches By Stacie N. Galang and Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


n the surface, the area’s three state beaches — San Onofre, San Clemente and Doheny — glisten with raw beauty and beckon to visitors as they always have. Mother Nature provided their majestic coastal cliffs, pristine shores and killer breaks, making them among the most popular in California’s park system. But local supporters and officials say the trio of beaches, like other state-run programs, are in need of plenty of belowthe-surface care, gone neglected because of tight budgets. “It’s always a game of cat and mouse,” said Parks Superintendent Rich Haydon, who oversees the three state beaches in south Orange County and north San Diego County. “The infrastructure is old. We have our share of deferred maintenance.” In particular, Doheny State Beach’s water delivery system and sewer treatment stands in desperate need of repair, Haydon said. It’s among the $1.3 billion in infrastructural improvements needed across the 180-state park system. Haydon said some of the pipes were replaced in the 1980s, and years of use and their ocean setting have caused them to wear down and break. Within the last month, the park maintenance staff has had to find and repair a 4-inch water main and it’s a constant challenge to fix the leaks and make the emergency repairs. Sacramento Woes Because of their popularity, the area’s three state beaches were never on the list of 70 state parks or beaches slated for closure earlier this year. Nevertheless, strapped state budgets have meant much needed, large-scale repairs have been postponed. In Sacramento, a scandal in recent months over $54 million in unreported state funds has prompted Gov. Jerry Brown to call for greater scrutiny across all state accounts. In the meantime, two top leaders in the California State Department of Parks and Recreation resigned. Last week, Brown said in a news release that he would use the found money to keep more state parks open and “fix serious park maintenance problems.” “The disclosure that the parks department had millions in additional revenues is mixed—it’s better to have more money than less, but it’s totally unacceptable for San Clemente Times August 9–15, 2012

San Clemente State Park is one of three local state beaches—along with San Onofre and Doheny—to benefit from the efforts of the San Onofre Foundation and Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. File photo

Parks personnel to squirrel away public funds,” he said in Friday’s release. “I extend my deepest appreciation for the donors who have come to the aid of our parks in this time of need. I ask for their patience as we take all necessary steps to make sure this never happens again.” But patience won’t plug leaky pipes, and local officials have no idea yet whether their projects will be among those selected for improvements. Steve Long, the retired superintendent of the area beaches and a San Onofre Foundation board member, noted that all the fees collected locally go back to Sacramento. The popularity of the regions parks does not mean they keep what they make. “There’s always chronic underfunding if you will,” Long said. He described the recently discovered money as “a drop in the bucket.” “Yeah, it’s an unfortunate story,” Long said. “Not all of the information is well understood … I do know our task is to address the educational programs. They are not funded.” Let’s Go Surfing Now In the meantime, cooperating groups in the form of the San Onofre Foundation — for San Onofre and San Clemente state beaches — and the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association are raising funds to keep the educational component of the parks available to the public. This weekend, the two nonprofits have joined together to host the Doheny Beach Surf Festival. Over two days, the groups plan to host live music, surf demonstrations, vendors and booths and exhibits from like-minded organizations. Bands like ALO and musicians like Eddie Money will perform at Doheny State Beach over the two-day festival. “Our main goal is to assist our local state parks,” said Jim Kempton, CEO

and executive director of the San Onofre Foundation. “So we’re never doing good enough because there’s always more that can be done to make the parks better, to educate park visitors and to improve the quality of the experience.” Because the Doheny Surf Festival is a fundraiser organized expressly to support local state beaches, the event and its supporting nonprofit organizations recently took some heavy criticism on a KFI-AM radio show in light of the discovery of millions of dollars of the unreported money that should have been available while the state parks system reported a $22 million deficit and planned to close 70 parks. “My best analogy of a cooperative association like ours is that it does what a PTA does for a school, or a football booster club does for the team,” said Bill Brooks, president of the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. “That’s an important thing for the public to understand. Our fundraising efforts provide support for the extras that would otherwise not be funded by the state, whether the state funding is there or not. The visitors’ center and aquarium, for example, wouldn’t necessarily get state money.” From learning how a surfboard is made and shopping for the newest in products and technology to watching tandem, outrigger and SUP demonstrations, visitors will be completely immersed in all things surf at the festival. The public can enjoy the festival for the cost of parking, which is $15. Tickets to the concert are $29 in advance and $34 at the door. A shuttle from Dana Hills High School will take visitors to and from the park for $5 per person or $15 for a family. Line in the Sand Brian Ketterer, Orange Coast district superintendent, said last year’s district budget was $14.2 million to pay for

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operating expenses and salaries at Orange County’s state beaches, including the three local, Huntington, Bolsa Chica, Crystal Cove and El Moro. Because of what’s happening in Sacramento, he has not received the final budget amount for this year. Locally, the state funding must care for 2,106 acres at San Onofre, the 254 acres at Doheny and 117 acres of San Clemente state beaches, according to Ketterer. Last year, 1.28 million people visited Doheny State Beach, 379,248 visited San Clemente State Beach and 1.62 million hit the beach at San Onofre, the district superintendent said. The funds raised by the cooperating organizations provide educational programs for visitors and area students. In 2010, the San Onofre Foundation’s total revenue was $90,578 and the Doheny State Beach Interpretative Association’s revenue was $62,288, according to their most recent available tax filings. Kempton said that one of the reasons the groups are putting on the surf festival is to expose more people to the area’s state beaches and what they provide. “It’s a gift that California gives itself, these parks, and they are the most special places we have,” he said. “Ours are particularly amazing because we have so many different activities that we do in them.” One of the most recent examples of supplemental funding is the purchase of a new set of kayaks that will be used for providing public kayak tours at Doheny and the printing of Junior Ranger coloring books for program participants, according to Brooks. The organization also applied for and won a $10,000 grant from Odwalla to buy trees for the park and is working on obtaining a matching grant. “Everyone in the organization is passionate about our parks,” Brooks said. “We all absolutely love them, use them and want to make sure that they last for everyone to enjoy—for our children and grandchildren and their children and grandchildren.” The visitors’ center and aquarium at Doheny — closed for repairs since 2007 — is in the final phase of renovation and, while Brooks said he can not yet announce a firm opening date, he expects the center to be open by the end of the year. “The funding for the remaining work is secured, we just to need to complete that last few details — stucco, the door, carpeting and a life support system for the ocean animals,” he said. “We are ordering display cabinets and are about ready to fill aquatic displays with water and introducing specimens.” Brooks noted that the best way to keep our ocean healthy is through education. “When people learn about the abundance of life under the waves, they become more attuned to how what they do on land effects the creatures in the water,” he said. “I hope the state has the wisdom to see that it costs more to close the parks than to keep them open.” SC


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

Monday, August 6 BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Calle Del Establo, 3800 Block (4:12 a.m.) Deputies responded to a call reporting that two men wearing dark clothing were trying to break into several vehicles and were seen jiggling car door handles. The caller said that multiple car alarms were going off. A 19-year-old man, who works at a pizza deli, was arrested and held on $20,000 bail.

Sunday, August 5 ASSAULT El Camino Real, 200 Block (12:11 p.m.) A 40-year-old contractor, wearing a wrist

guard, was arrested after he used pepper spray on an employee of The Red Fox Lounge. DISTURBANCE Ola Vista, 1500 Block (6:35 a.m.) A patrol check was performed when a caller reported a confrontation between an unknown man and woman, who were yelling at one another, tearing up bushes and throwing them into the street. The man took the woman’s purse and threw it in the street as well, the caller said.

Saturday, August 4 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE West Mariposa, 100 Block (11:10 p.m.) A caller reported that an unknown man was sleeping on the sidewalk near CVS. The man was described as “not homeless,” approximately 30 years old and wearing a white shirt and black jeans. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (10:08 p.m.) A 28-year-old man in the landscaping business was arrested after he was reported following a young man carrying a skateboard. DISTURBANCE La Ronda, 100 Block (3:35 a.m.) An unknown man walked up to the caller’s house and started banging on the front door. The caller stated the man was possibly

drunk and “very unruly.” The man was also seen urinating on a neighbor’s front porch. Deputies made contact with the man, who was detained but not arrested.

Friday, August 3 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Cristianitos Road/ 5 Freeway (5:25 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a man in his 70s, carrying a black briefcase and acting suspicious. The caller was concerned because the man was standing in traffic lanes near the freeway overpass. MUNICIPAL CODES VIOLATION Calle Juarez, 3000 Block (12:14 a.m.) A 59-year-old ex-business owner contacted police and told them that he was going to hurt himself and everyone he knows. The man also said that he wanted to die but could not do it himself. He claimed he was not armed, but his probation officer stated the man was armed and dangerous. Deputies arrived to find the man having trouble breathing, and he was taken to Saddleback Memorial Center, where he was later arrested.

medical attention and believed that there was a gun in the residence, though the roommate was yelling in the background that there was not. The female caller was described as intoxicated. SHOTS HEARD Calle Casita, 700 Block (3:28 a.m.) Deputies performed a patrol check after they received a call regarding multiple shots fired, glass breaking and people screaming near the Krikorian movie theater. Deputies determined the location of the disturbance to be in the Los Molinos area but were not able to locate any suspects.

Wednesday August 1 WELFARE CHECK North El Camino Real/Camino Capistrano (9:19 a.m.) A concerned citizen contacted deputies to report a man, wearing a red jacket and riding a bike, was seen pulling a small dog on a leash. The caller said the dog was “being jerked around.” The dog could not keep up, and the caller was concerned for the dog’s safety.

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BATTERY Avenida Acapulco, 500 Block (11:11 p.m.) A female contacted police, claiming that her 80-year-old male roommate had just punched her in the mouth and she was bleeding. She stated that she did not want

KEEP THE PEACE Marquita, 100 Block (4:28 p.m.) A man informed police that he was going to serve his female roommate with an eviction notice and feared she may become violent, as she has a history of violence.


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CITY COUNCIL CORNER: By Councilman Bob Baker

Every Neighborhood has its Hidden Treasures Talega, Forster Ranch add to city’s overall prosperity


onsidered by many as the most family friendly places to live in San Clemente, Talega and Forster Ranch represent our largest neighborhoods. Talega borders the Bob Baker Richard & Donna O’Neill Conservancy, a beautiful habitat reserve in the coastal foothills. About 9,000 people reside there in 3,800 residential units, from detached homes to affordable housing. Forster Ranch enjoys a population of approximately 7,700. Families have flocked to these tranquil and scenic locations in east San Clemente that bring wildlife, wilderness and people together. Just as we work to preserve

the sand on the beaches and ocean water quality for swimmers and sea life, we work equally hard to maintain natural open space. Talega and Forster Ranch also contain some of the newest, nicest public parks in our town with Talega, Liberty and Tierra Grande parks. All three are fun for youth featuring field space for softball, baseball, soccer and flag football. Forster Ranch Community Park, widely known as Pirate Park, is a 5-acre space with pirate ships to climb on, jeeps to ride in, alligators to walk on and bridges to cross. There is even a track for running, picnic tables, shade, bathrooms and ample parking. Mature landscaping, rolling hills and residential development surround these parks, enhancing the pedestrian friendly feel of these neighborhoods.

If you like to hike, you can access the integrated trail system that outlines the Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy from many points throughout Talega or catch the Forster Ranch Ridgeline Trail at the end of Camino Los Mares. Whichever trail you choose, you’ll experience breathtaking views of the ocean, hills, valleys and mountains. For a comprehensive trail map, print one out at And, by the way, during many of those cloudy days along the coast, just a little further inland, the sun is shining brightly! No matter where you reside, make time to explore the public assets found in Talega and Forster Ranch. You’ll discover another unique part of this paradise we call home. In addition to the abundance

THE VILLAGE VOICE: By Wayne Eggleston

Small Changes Can Make Big Differences Two areas of city need greater attention


ur elected City Council and city staff spend a lot of time discussing large development issues, but very little time resolving small issues that can have a profound effect on this community. It was also the same way when I was on city council for 12 years. Small issues that are “hot spots” involve basic maintenance, upkeep and small-scale infrastructure improvements, which can better the quality of life. Take, for example, the 100 and 200 blocks of South El Camino Real. Now, before I go further to describe the grit, it has bright spots in Del Agave Mexican restaurant, Antoine’s Café and Café 207, one of the city’s very best restaurants. Beyond these, this area is a mess and we can do much better. I am a great proponent of the “broken

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window theory,” which, in essence, says that if there is a broken window, trash, dirty sidewalks and more, the cycle continues. Crime follows this pattern. Take a walk in this area, and observe the Wayne Eggleston graffiti, empty storefront and a broken fence. Two restaurants act as if it is up to our tax dollars to clean their grimy sidewalks. Until a few days ago, the sidewalk was black with grease and food droppings. The city finally cleaned it after many complaints. But should it be up to the city or should these businesses be accountable for their own maintenance? Yes, the state does not permit hosing down the sidewalks, but there are other cleaning

methods. Another “hot spot” that is being neglected is North Beach. Several lots are owned by the city. While there is some maintenance, weeds and trash tend to accumulate. The City Council has taken no action on a plan. Several suggestions from residents have been to turn these lots into an expanded beach park and more parking, and if one looks back on the eminent domain documents that is, in fact, the original intent. However, plans have languished and the lots go unused. The Miramar Theatre and bowling alley continue to be eyesores. The Casino has breathed new life into North Beach, and we should all be very proud. The catalyst for North Beach’s success is the Miramar and turning it into a multi-purpose enter-

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of recreational opportunities, it is worth noting that our entire community benefits from the increased property taxes resulting from this new housing. Property taxes serve as the No. 1 revenue source for the General Fund. In Talega and Forster Ranch, property tax revenue has grown by 219 percent or $4.1 million since 2000. Every neighborhood has its hidden treasures and each contributes to our town’s welldeserved reputation as a fabulous place to live, work and play. If you have comments or questions, please email me at BakerB@san-clemente. org or call 949.361.8322. 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 letters@

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tainment venue. Stay tuned, as there now seems to be a spark of interest. Our mayor has been working with North Beach residents to improve this area until the Miramar gets off and running. One suggestion I made, and I believe he agrees, is to place boxed trees in front of the Miramar and the city-owned land. This, at least, would show that we as a city care. The most important responsibility of our city government is the health and safety of our community. We can and should do a much better job before the “broken window syndrome” takes over along South El Camino Real and North Beach. 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 letters@



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



SAN CLEMENTE BEACH CONCERT 6 p.m. Enjoy a free concert at the San Clemente Pier, featuring Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers. 949.361.8200,

COOKING CLASS: GOURMET EATING FOR ENERGY 6:30 p.m. Cooking class at Antoine’s Café. $50 each; includes recipes, dinner and wine. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763, SOUTH OC CHAMPS 8:30 p.m. The singles group for age 50-plus will have a meet and greet at Tutor and Spunky’s Deli. 34085 Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.248.1681,



TREVOR GREEN 9 p.m.12 a.m. The Shore is the newest music hot spot every Friday night. 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.481.6089,

MOVIES IN THE PARK 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Enjoy a free screening of the movie Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmeron at Rancho Mission Viejo Riding Park. There will also be games, activities and food for a fee. 30753 La Pata Ave., San Juan Capistrano. HAPPY 50SIH, THE MID-LIFE CRISIS COMEDY MUSICAL 8 p.m. Comedy musical onstage at Cabrillo Playhouse, playing through Aug. 12. $20. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465, WINE TASTING 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes ONX Winery from Templeton, CA. Try seven tastes for $15, plus crackers, cheese and chocolate. 2 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, MARTINA MCBRIDE 8:15 p.m. Concert in the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $33.75. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500, San Clemente Times August 9–15, 2012

GO.SEE.DO 59TH ANNUAL FIESTA STREET FESTIVAL Olé, San Clemente. The 59th Annual San Clemente Fiesta Street Festival gets underway Sunday, August 12 at 9 a.m. on Avenida Del Mar. The event, sponsored by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, brings food, games, music and even salsa — plenty of salsa — to downtown. Nearly 40 nonprofits will prepare food for purchase and host game booths, which help the organizations raise funds for their causes. Three stages will provide entertainment throughout the day with children’s activities, live music and dance performances. Activities for young children, including an Easter egg hunt and diaper derby, will be at the park near the community center. Bands will belt out tunes, and contests, like the tortilla toss, will be hosted at Stage 1 at the top of Del Photo by Stacie N. Galang Mar and El Camino Real. More live music and dance performances will be held at the center stage at Del Mar and Ola Vista. A highlight of fiesta is the salsa contest, in which 20 salsa makers vie for the titles of best individual and best restaurant as well as a host of other prizes, including people’s choice. For $6, the public can also sample six salsas from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and vote for their favorite. The winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. at Stage 3. The festivities wind down at 7 p.m. For more information, visit — Stacie N. Galang


DOHENY SURF FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Two-day festival at Doheny State Beach, with live music, exhibits and more. Tickets $29 presale, $35 day of. Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 619.954.4276,

SLAM IN THE RIBS POETRY NIGHT 8 p.m. Open mic for poetry at The Rib Joint Roadhouse—perform beat, slam, hip-hop, haiku or spoken word. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500,

BARK & BREAKFAST 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Bring the family and your dog(s) to Bella Collina VR Farm for a free continental breakfast. 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, 949.498.6604,

THE RACERS 10 a.m.-6 p.m. New exhibit on endurance car racing, with vintage photos on display at KONA Gallery and Photojournalism Center. 412 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.481.3747,


ILLUMINATION OF HOPE 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society at The Strand at Headlands Private Beach Club, featuring entertainment, food and an auction. $125. 27 Strand Beach Drive, Dana Point, 949.567.0612, ART FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Artisans line the streets of downtown San Juan Capistrano with art, crafts and much more. 949.493.4700, LIVE MUSIC CRUISE 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dana Wharf hosts the music cruise on the 95-foot Dana Pride with a full bar and more. Cost $19. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


COAST CULTURE EXHIBITION 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Casa Romantica’s exhibition that explores the history of the California coast. $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


SUMMER CONCERT IN THE PARK 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Concert at Lantern Bay Park featuring Boogie Nights, and opening act Wake the Street. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, MURDER BY THE MISSION 6:30 p.m. Murder mystery dinner at Sarducci’s. $59. 26701 Verdugo Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.9593, RABBI BLUE 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, JAMES DURBIN WITH DELTA ROSE 8 p.m. Live at The Coach House. $17.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Page 10




KALEIDO-KIDS: LEGO PLAYTIME 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Every Tuesday the Kaleidoscope hosts a fun event for kids for as part of its summer event series. Free. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo,


FUN CRAFTS FOR KIDS 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Mission offers daytime events for children ages 6-12 with various crafts that change daily; through Aug. 31. Tuesday is a “Miniature Adobe Brick House” craft. Free for members or $3 per child in addition to admission. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,


WEDNESDAY WINE TASTING 7 p.m.–8 p.m. Four-course wine tasting and food pairing at St. Roy Chef’s Pub at Vine; menu changes weekly. Cost $40 per person. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9376,


THE KALAMA BROTHERS 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Local’s night at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, SAN JUAN SUMMER NITES CONCERT & EXPO 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Swing and jazz concert by Close Harmony and a business expo with activities, food, drinks and more at Historic Town Center Park. 31806 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.4700, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to




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

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


Santa Barbara: A Romantic Weekend Getaway M

y partner Greta and I have been a couple for 14 years. When I planned a surprise weekend getaway July 28 and 29, the details seemed to easily fall into place. I booked two concert ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 tickets to see one of our By Tom Blake favorite entertainers, country singer Alan Jackson, at the Santa Barbara Bowl on July 28. Then, I booked two seats on Amtrak departing from San Juan Capistrano that morning for Santa Barbara. She loves the train. But, finding a place to stay was impossible. During the peak summer months, Santa Barbara hotels and motels require a two-night stay. I couldn’t book a room; I feared we’d have to cancel. For help, I was referred to Ruth McCombs, who has been finding hard-to-get accommodations in Santa Barbara for 20 years. She assured me she’d find us a

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room in the final days leading up to July 28, when the hotels ease their two-night requirement. True to her word, McCombs booked us into the Castillo Inn, a boutique motel, near the beach. On Saturday the 28th, we boarded the northbound train at 7:34 a.m. The fourhour ride was enjoyable. We arrived in Santa Barbara just before noon. The Castillo Inn was a 10-minute stroll from the train station. Dan Fitz, the general manager, gave us helpful walking maps of Santa Barbara, and he pointed out the stop locations of the electric trolley shuttle that runs along the beach and up State Street, the thriving commercial area. The trolley fare for seniors is a quarter. At 4:30 p.m., my Jackson, Mich., high school classmate of 55 years ago, Carm, and his girlfriend Sally picked us up at the inn and took us for an early dinner at the La Super-Rica Taqueria, a locals’ favorite that has no exterior sign. Julia Child went here often and helped make it famous. The wait to order was just 20 minutes;

La Super-Rica Taqueria is a popular Santa Barbara restaurant. Courtesy photo

I’m told it’s usually much longer. I knew the food would be excellent when the owner, an older Mexican gentleman, took our order at the walk-up window. He said they’ve been there 32 years. Nothing fancy: cash only, menu on a chalk board, daily specials, paper plates, plastic cutlery, inexpensive. Tastiest Mexican food I’ve ever had. I hate to think of what the cheese and bacon soup did to my cholesterol level, but it sure pleased my taste buds. I am particularly partial to restaurants that aren’t part of a

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chain. Our friends dropped us off at the Santa Barbara Bowl for the Alan Jackson concert. His eight-piece band is amazingly talented and he’s very personable. “Summertime Blues” is one of Jackson’s best songs. Sunday morning, after a refreshing sleep at the quaint, clean and delightful Castillo Inn, we caught the 9:38 a.m. train back. Amtrak service is vastly improved and includes complimentary Wi-Fi. By taking the train, we saved 10 hours of driving. Catching the train in San Juan Capistrano is convenient for South County residents. Overnight parking is available on the top deck of the parking structure. Keep McCombs’ telephone number—you might need her to find you a room. Santa Barbara travel contacts and websites: Ruth McCombs, 800.793.7666 Dan Fitz, General Manager, 805.965.8527 SC


Baby Brothers Break into Show Business San Clemente twins cast in television situation comedy ‘Suburgatory’ By Sara Gold San Clemente Times


t takes two, baby. Or rather, it takes two babies to fill a new role on season two of the popular ABC sitcom Suburgatory. San Clemente residents Aiden and Brody Weinberg, identical twin brothers born January 31 will conjointly play the role of Noah and Jill’s new baby, born to surrogate mother Eden. Aiden and Brody live with their parents, Brett and Ilyssa Weinberg, who moved to San Clemente from New York about three years ago. The boys got their start in acting after a friend of Brett and Ilyssa’s, a mother of twins in the acting business, asked permission to send a photo of Aiden and Brody to her agent. which eventually led to the boys’ first two television appearances. “This was all totally unexpected; we were totally shocked,” Brett said. Aiden and Brody portrayed Lily and Marshall’s newborn in the season seven finale of How I Met Your Mother, which aired in May. The boys also had a one-time appearance on Days of our Lives as Nicole’s baby in a dream sequence. “Everybody was awesome,” Brett said in regard to both jobs. “They genuinely want to play with your kids, and the boys have a great time.” “At first, when I was at How I Met Your Mother, I was so starstruck by the cast, but after spending five days on the set, I could see myself becoming friends with a bunch of them,” Ilyssa added. “Neil Patrick Harris has twins, so he

Ilyssa and Brett Weinberg hold their twin sons Aiden and Brody. Photo by Lindsey Jones

gave me a lot of advice.” Brett and Ilyssa said that while Aiden and Brody are “very socialized babies” who are generally comfortable around people, one challenge for the boys is not becoming fussy while filming. The parents also recalled that during the filming of How I Met Your Mother, both twins were uncomfortable having their vision blocked by actress Alyson Hannigan’s sling. Because the boys were less than six months old while filming How I Met Your Mother and Days of our Lives, Aiden and Brody were each able to be filmed for 20 minutes per day, as per California state law. Now that they are older than six months, the boys can each be filmed for up

to two hours per day on the set of Suburgatory. Although there was a possibility of Aiden and Brody being hired for the eighth season of How I Met Your Mother, Brett and Ilyssa instead accepted Suburgatory’s offer to have the boys regularly appear as Noah and Jill’s new baby in the second season, which started filming this month and will premiere on ABC-TV October 17. As identical twins, Aiden and Brody will both play the same role on Suburgatory, which is common for infant roles in film and television. According to Brett and Ilyssa, preparing the boys for a shoot primarily consists of dressing them in costumes, as no hair or make-up styling is required. The boys alternate filming, with one twin on set while the other is backstage, in order to maximize the duration of filming, as only the minutes spent on set count toward each boy’s daily limit. Brett and Ilyssa said that, overall, acting has been an enjoyable experience for both them and the babies. “We expected it to be tough, but really it’s so different than what you would think. Everyone’s there, having a good time,” Brett said. “Everything has been going smoothly so far. Aiden and Brody are really good babies – we feel very fortunate,” Ilyssa added. According to Brett and Ilyssa, acting gives Aiden and Brody the opportunity to have fun while also saving money for their college education. They’re not sure if the boys will continue as they get older. “The most important thing is that our boys are happy,” Brett and Alyssa said. “If they’re happy and they enjoy it, we’ll keep doing it.” SC



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MULT-FAMILY YARD SALES A variety of items available. Clothing, small furniture, toys, boys bike and more! Saturday, Aug. 11. 7-11. Rancho San Clemente. Pico to Calle del Cerro. Head up the hill, turn right on Vista Montana. Left on El Chico.

WEEKEND/NIGHT SITE SUPERVISOR: Orange County Arts facility is seeking a flexible individual interested in performing maintenance and setup/teardown for Exhibitions and Private events. Duties include day of event support, routine groundskeeping and cleaning. Weekend and night work is a requirement. Drug/Alcohol test and references required. GARAGE SALE 142 W. Ave. de los Lobos Marinos, San Clemente. Saturday August 12th, 7:00 a.m. Lots of tools, air guns, building supplies, Please send employment and wage history to christmas stuff, bedding, clothes,winter clothes, antique Lund snow skis, MISCELLANEOUS TRANSPORTATION toys, games, a desk, luggage,snorkle gear, and a free 36” T.V. MOTORCYCLE RENTAL WANTED HELP WANTED I want to rent your bike for SC Vacation Aug 26-Sept 7. Nothing fancy MAINTENANCE/FACILITIES MANAGER Orange County Arts facility is needed. Experienced, insured 54 yr old. or seeking a self motivated part time/full time facilities manager. Success- 903-466-6666

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After dropping the first of three sets to the were able to overcome a 14-12 deficit mid-way top-seeded Brazilian beach volleyball team, through Tuesday’s second set, which the AmeriSan Clemente resident Jennifer Kessy and her cans won 21-19. Kessy sparked the comeback with teammate April Ross dug in deep and rallied back-to-back blocks at the net, which made it 17-15. As the match entered the third set, the unpreback to an incredible, 2-1 semi-final victory at the Olympics on Tuesday, August 7. dictable London rain drenched the competitors and Kessy and Ross were set to face the No. 1 those in attendance, causing the playing surface to seeded American duo of Misty May-Treanor be less than ideal, according to the NBC announcand Kerri Walsh, the two time defending gold ers. But Kessy and Ross were able to ignore the medalists, in an all-American showdown elements and maintain their momentum by not August 8. Results were not available at press Jennifer Kessy. Courtesy photo allowing Brazil to take the lead for even a second in time. the third set. An authoritative spike from Kessy ended the set, 15-12, and propelled the duo into Wednesday’s gold The Brazilian team, made up of Larissa and Juliana, had never lost a set in the 2012 Olympics until Kessy and Ross medal match. —Steve Breazeale

Q&A With Local Olympian Mitch Kahn SC waterman reflects on ‘92 games, experience in Barcelona By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times


itch Kahn might be better known around San Clemente as a legendary waterman. A longtime dory boat racer, rower, stand-up paddle boarder and Ironman contestant, Kahn has competed in almost every San Clemente Ocean Festival since its inception 36 years ago. He’s also competed in lifeguarding events around the world to great success. But what some in town might not know is that Mitch Kahn captained the USA flat water kayak team in the 1992 Olympic games in Barcelona. It’s been 20 years since Kahn’s brief and heralded foray into Olympic kayaking, and the 52-year-old San Clemente resident sat down with the San Clemente Times to relive his Olympic past. San Clemente Times: You’re a known waterman around town. What first drew you to compete in aquatics? Mitch Kahn: Bill Hartman. He was the water polo and swimming coach at San Clemente High. They were just starting water polo up at the school my freshman year and (the coaches) saw a bunch of surfers over in the corner and said, ‘You guys must know how to swim’…So they recruited me into playing water polo and swimming. SCT: What about the ocean events you compete in? What sparked that? MK: The natural progression of the swimmer-water polo player is to get a summer job as a lifeguard at the beach. I ended up falling in love with lifeguarding. I worked for

Mitch Kahn with then President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush at the White House following the 1992 Olympic Games. Courtesy photo

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the San Clemente State Lifeguards for over 20 seasons… After my first season, one of the longtime lifeguards there realized I was a strong swimmer and paddler and thought I could be a good lifeguard Ironman. He taught me to row and from there I fell in love with the sport. So how did you get into kayaking and eventually, the Olympics? In the international lifeguard tournaments, you have to paddle a surf-ski, which is basically an ocean kayak with two pedals and you use a kayak blade…I got pretty good on the surf-ski and one of the U.S. kayak coaches, Billy Whitford, said, ‘Mitch you’d be a natural for kayaking.’ I was already 27 years old at the time, but that led to me really progressing in the kayak, even though I was later on in years. Was that thought to be too late to try and compete at the top level? Well, I had a good athletic background and was an AllAmerican water polo player at Long Beach State. But here I was at 27 and getting into kayaking. I started competing in Olympic festivals and decided at the age of 30 to make a run at it and compete in the ‘92 Olympics. Which you did. What happened in Barcelona? My story is kind of a bummer… What happened two weeks before the start of the Olympics is (the American team) had two, four-man boats race against each other and my boat happened to lose. We lost by one second in a three-minute race so it was close. But there were essentially eight guys racing for six spots on the (final) team. I was the team captain, went to the Olympics and two weeks before the games found out that I wasn’t going to race. I wasn’t an alternate, because I was actually on the team. I was a spare, which is like what you see in volleyball where half the guys on the bench don’t get into the game. Even though the race was a disappointment, you have to be happy with achieving so much in so little time. I had so much success so quickly. I won five races in the ’91 Olympic festival races. It was kind of shocking to the coaches because I was pretty new to the team, and I did as well as I did. Out of the 10 guys in qualifying, I placed fourth overall so that was part of the hard part of not being in a boat (at the Olympics)…But I believe everything happens for a reason, and I got over it…I’ve raced my whole life and had disappointments and I realized (the Olympics) was my one chance but that’s not what life is about. I remember the people and the places more than the finishes. Page 24

Triton Report By Steve Breazeale

San Clemente football players square off in their first practice of the season on August 6. Photo by Brian Miller

FOOTBALL • On August 7, the San Clemente Tritons Football season officially got underway as the team and coaches took the field for an early, 7 a.m. practice. The team did conditioning drills, lifted weights and did some light run-throughs throughout the day. In other football news, offensive lineman Sean Harlow recently committed to Washington University. Harlow, a senior, had been in talks with numerous universities around the country but decided on the Huskies July 31. Aside from the disappointment in the race, you were still the captain of a U.S. Olympic team. What was that whole experience like? It was an amazing experience. No other team is taken better care of than the U.S. team. It’s amazing. You walk into a room the size of a Nordstrom department store and you go station to station as they fit you for your opening ceremonies outfit, your tracksuit, shoes. You go get fit for a custom leather jacket, a gold watch, a ring. What kind of response did you get from back home? I actually have a cool story about that. I was a firefighter at the time, and I was going to take a three-month leave of absence for the Olympics. I’d used all my vacation up so I was going to have to leave without pay. The guys at the fire department decided to donate shifts while I was gone so guys would work in my spot for free, and I could get my normal pay. Nothing else in the world brings out that kind of generosity or camaraderie and national pride quite like the Olympics. I was indebted to those firefighters. SC




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GROM OF THE WEEK Jacob Atwood Age: 13, Shorecliffs Middle School Jacob Atwood started out longboarding but began competing on a shortboard last year as part of the Shorecliffs Middle School surf team. In SSS competition he was the middle school longboard champion and took first place at state and second at nationals. Jacob kicked off the new WSA season August 4 with a third-place finish in U18 Longboard. This summer he has been working toward advancing his shortboarding skills for the new season and plans to enter both divisions throughout. On a Tuesday practice session at Lowers, Jacob came face-to-face in the lineup with his favorite pro surfer Julian Wilson. The two exchanged small talk, Jacob Atwood. Photo by Jack McDaniel Jacob congratulated Wilson on his U.S. Open win and Wilson gave him half of a surfboard he snapped that morning. “It was pretty cool meeting him,” Jacob said. “In basketball you can’t just go down to the floor and talk with the pros.” Although focused on a pro surfing career, education comes first, he said. Jacob is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student who speaks Spanish fluently and would like to become a bilingual attorney. Having learned Spanish from his mom is something that has also added tremendously to his enjoyment of surf trips to Mexico. “I want to thank my parents for helping me, not only in surfing but with my education and life in general. I love them very much. I love my brother Noah too and hope we surf together for the rest of our lives,” said Jacob. “I owe all my success to my family and to God.” —Andrea Swayne

A New Beginning

SURF RESULTS WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 1 August 4, San Onofre State Park, Trail 6

Western Surfing Association kicks off a fresh season of amateur surf competition in Southern California By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


he San Clemente-based Western Surfing Association sent out the first amateur series heats of the new 2012-2013 competition season August 4 and 5 at San Onofre State Park’s Trail 6. The lineups—two separate areas running six-man heats—provided a weekend full of challenging and exciting competition for longtime competitors and many newcomers as well. Some of the new local surfers making their contest debuts are also some of the sport’s youngest, all 8 years old or less. In his very first contest, San Clemente resident Brayden Burch won the Micro Grom Boys/Girls U9 Shortboard Push-in division. Burch was one of four San Clemente surfers who dominated the division. WSA veteran Dane Matson took second, first timer Bane Corbett took fifth and, in his third season, Eland Hansler came in sixth. The new season continues over the next two weekends as other Surfing America member series, PacSun Surfing America Prime and National Scholastic Surfing Association, hold their first events of the season. Surfing America Prime Event No. 1 is set for August 11 and 12 at Camp Pendleton’s Del Mar Jetties, and NSSA

The WSA held the first amateur series contest of the new season August 4 and 5 at San Onofre State Beach, Trail 6. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

gets the season rolling with back-to-back Southwest Explorer events No. 1 and 2, August 25 and 26 at the Huntington Beach Pier. It’s not too late to throw your hat in the ring and vie for season titles and invitations to next year’s national championships. Combined, the three organizations’ schedules also offer competition opportunities for surfers of all ages in both longboarding and shortboarding. More information on how to compete can be found online at www., and Stay tuned to the San Clemente Times all season for information on upcoming events, stories and results. SC

Local finishers only. MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9: 1. Brayden Burch, San Clemente; 2. Dane Matson, SC; 5. Bane Corbett, SC; 6. Eland Hansler, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Jett Schilling, SC; 2. Nicholas Coli, SC; 3. Patrick O’Connor, San Juan Capistrano; 4. Taj Lindblad, SC. BOYS U12: 4. Kade Matson, SC; 5. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 6. Ryan Martin, SC. BOYS U14: 2. Kade Matson, SC; 4. Ethan Mudge, CB. BOYS U16: 2. Brighton Reinhardt, Dana Point; 5. Conner Dand, SC. BOYS U18: 1. Dylan Sonderegger, SC; 6. Jordan Kudla, SC. GIRLS U12: 3. Kirra Pinkerton, SC; 6. Samantha Sibley, SC. GIRLS U14: 3. Alexxa Elseewi, SC; 6. Tera Richardson, CB. GIRLS U16: 4. Tiarah Blanco, SC. GIRLS U18: 3. Malia Osterkamp, SC; 4. Tiarah Blanco, SC. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 4. Ian Diamond, DP. JR. LONGBOARD U18: 3. Jacob Atwood, CB. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 1. Emmy Lombard, SC; 2. Rachael Tilly, CB; 3. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 4. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. MEN 18-29: 1. Ricky Lovato, SC. LEGENDS 50+: 5. Parry Foskett, SC. OPEN MEN: 2. Cody Canzoneri, SC; 5. Dylan Sonderegger, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 1. Colleen Mehlberg, SC; 5. Kassy Eldridge, SC. OPEN MEN LONGBOARD: 1. Cody Canzoneri, SC; 6. Rick Ekstein, DP. OPEN WOMEN LONGBOARD: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 3. Emmy Lombard, SC; 4. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 5. Teresa O’Connor, SJC.

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