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A Toast to 10 Years Casa Romantica’s Biggest Fundraiser Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary Saturday E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Toast to the Casa is bringing 17 local restaurants in support of the Casa Romantica, the home of Ole Hanson and a historic cultural center in San Clemente. Participating local restaurateurs and Casa staff make a toast to the event. Photo by Jim Shilander

Candidates Outline How They’d Unite San Clemente

Planning Commission Nixes Proposed Height Restriction

Triton Football Hoping to Bounce Back from First Loss







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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The race for San Juan Capistrano City Council is now down to five candidates after Melissa Abbott-Kaffen announced Thursday, September 20 that she would step aside to support Roy Byrnes and Kim McCarthy. Calling it a “coalition-building move,” AbbottKaffen cited the pair’s work with Capistrano Common Sense, a local watchdog group, as an indicator of their shared political philosophies. “Since we are virtually on the same team … it makes no sense to dilute the vote with three reform candidates seeking the same two crucial seats,” Abbott-Kaffen said. Abbott-Kaffen said she will still be “heavily involved” in the election as a supporter of Byrnes and McCarthy. According to City Clerk Maria Morris, Abbott-Kaffen’s name will still appear on the ballot because the deadline to officially withdraw has passed.



City Council on September 18 voted 4-1 to regulate and tax the city’s short-term vacation rentals rather than enforce a ban currently in the zoning code. Mayor Lara Anderson cast the lone “No” vote saying she favored ridding the city of such rentals altogether. Anderson made a motion to enforce the current ban, but it did not go to a vote for lack of a second. Council members discussed results of a survey that showed more than half of those polled are in favor of short-term vacation rentals in Dana Point residential neighborhoods, an issue the city has been studying since 2009. Council directed city staff to come up with a plan to track, control and tax short-term rentals. City Manager Doug Chotkevys said he expects to have something to present by the November 20 council meeting.


What’s Up With... 1

… The City Council Race?

THE LATEST: City Council Candidate “0” Robert “Bob” Baker has withdrawn from the race, citing “personal reasons.” However, his name will remain on the ballot, due to the late timing of his withdrawal, a release from City Clerk Joanne Baade noted. “0” Baker’s candidacy has been controversial since the filing, creating the strange situation of having two candidates with identical names—the other being incumbent councilman Bob Baker—on the ballot for the same race. For balloting purposes, the incumbent Bob Baker was listed as “1” Robert “Bob” Baker. Incumbent “1” Bob Baker accused the challenger of essentially being a prop by those opposing his reelection, as someone whose name was on the ballot to intentionally confuse voters. WHAT’S NEXT: Baade also stated that should the challenger win a seat on the council despite his withdrawal, he could decide to resign immediately from the council, thus creating a vacancy that would require a special election. The council could then appoint someone to the vacancy temporarily. The winner of the special election would then serve out the original term, through the 2016 election. FIND OUT MORE: City Council candidates will be answering questions related to the city beginning in this week’s San Clemente Times and —Jim Shilander


… the Downtown Height Restriction Proposal? THE LATEST: By consensus, the San Clemente Planning Commission on September 19 voiced support for keeping the city’s current three-story restrictions in place for the area San Clemente Times September 27–October 3, 2012

of North El Camino Real and Avenida Del Mar, opposing a two-story height limit for the area proposed by the General Plan Advisory Committee. Members of the commission said they felt that the additional restriction violated property rights of building owners, and that allowances for three stories under restricted conditions, as are in place currently, would not adversely effect the city’s “small town character.” The commission had heard passionate testimony for more than three hours from those on both sides of the issue at a meeting in late August, but could not discuss voting in detail until this past week. WHAT’S NEXT: The height limit language, as well as the other language in the city’s general plan, must still go before the City Council. San Clemente Historical Society President Georgette Korsen stated after the commission’s decision that she and others from the group would take the fight for the proposed height limit to the City Council. Opponents of the GPAC restriction have also vowed to argue for the current language before the council. FIND OUT MORE: For updates on the progress of the general plan, check www. —JS


… City Business Liasons?

THE LATEST: The City of San Clemente was recognized Tuesday by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government as having one of the nation’s “111 Bright Ideas in Government,” for its Business Liason/Facilitator program, which operates out of the Community Development Department. The liaisons work directly with small businesses in their assigned districts and act as a contact person for the businesses

within City Hall. The liaisons also assist with questions on permitting, licenses and other areas. WHAT’S NEXT: The city doesn’t receive anything more than recognition for the program, but Community Development Director Jim Holloway said, he hoped the honor meant other cities might take a look at doing something similar. “It’s been very good,” Holloway said. “We’ve received three or four awards for this. I think it’s needed locally and that it’s an idea that could be used in other cities. We’ve done it for about a year-and-a-half, and it’s had a good effect in that short amount of time.” FIND OUT MORE: For more information, visit —JS


… the City’s Plans for Bikes and Pedestrians?

THE LATEST: The Planning Commission got an extended look at the proposed master plan for bicycles and pedestrians Tuesday, getting input from consultants, as well as resident and bicycle advocate Brenda Miller, who urged bold action be taken to protect bicyclists after two recent deaths in Laguna Beach. John Holloway of consulting firm KTU+A told the commission that the city was in a good position to improve the environment for bicyclists and pedestrians in the area, even if the topography of the city wasn’t a positive. Community surveys on biking found many who were willing to commute, Holloway said, but who were intimidated by the topography of much of the city, including a number of very steep hills. Holloway outlined a number of possible projects, some of which the city was already working on, such as improving

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bicycle parking downtown. WHAT’S NEXT: Portions of this master plan would be incorporated into the areas of the city’s general plan dealing with circulation. Miller urged the commission and city staff to be bold as they developed language, especially where it concerned safety for all people using the road. She pointed to two recent deaths in Laguna Beach, where bicyclists were struck and killed by cars on back-to-back days. “People shouldn’t have to feel they have to get in their car to protect themselves from other people’s cars,” Miller said. FIND OUT MORE: See —JS


…Online Voter Registration?

THE LATEST: The Orange County Registrar of Voters has announced the statewide launch of online voter registration. The program will allow citizens to register to vote without filling out and mailing traditional paper voter registration forms, the announcement said. WHAT’S NEXT: The new system will verify voter data via the Department of Motor Vehicles’ database by matching each applicant’s driver’s license or state-issued identification card number, birth date and the last four digits of their Social Security number. If everything checks out, the system will use the DMV’s electronic image of the applicant’s signature to complete the voter registration. The deadline to register for the November 6 election is October 22. FIND OUT MORE: Log on to the Secretary of State website at —Andrea Swayne


CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Friday, September 28 Open House 6 p.m.-8 p.m. The SC Collaborative and Fighters for the World hold an Open House/Happy Hour at the Community Market with a presentation on the HELP project, a youth empowerment project. 1506 Calle Valle, San Clemente, 949.212.7423. Dark Friday City offices closed. 949.361.8200,

Saturday, September 29 National Take Back Initiative 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Get rid of unwanted, unused prescription drugs safely. More info: 949.361.8200,

Sunday, September 30 San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

Monday, October 1 Sex, Dating and Relationship Seminar 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Josh McDowell leads a training seminar for pastors, parents, leaders and teachers on relationships at Capo Valley Christian Schools and Hope Harbor Church. Cost $10. 32032 Del Obispo St., San Juan Capistrano, Prop. 35 Discussion 7 p.m. San Clemente Abolitionists host discussion on Prop. 35 at The Cellar. Learn how your vote matters in the fight against trafficking. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.

Tuesday, October 2 Toastmasters 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking every Tuesday in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at the library, 242 Ave. Del Mar, 949.361. 8463, www.

Thursday, October 4 Themed Sunset Networking Mixer 5:30 p.m. Chamber event hosted by San Clemente Villas By The Sea. Theme is country western party, so dress up for a contest with prizes! 660 Camino de los Mares, 949.492.1131, City Council Candidate Forum 7 p.m. The League Of Women Voters and Downtown Business Assoc are hosting a City Council Candidate Forum on at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church. 119 Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente, 949.492.7675. San Clemente Times September 27–October 3, 2012


Compiled by Jim Shilander

PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO San Clemente Organization Sponsors Party for Marines u On Saturday September 15, San Clemente-based military outreach Words of Comfort, Hope and Promise sponsored a party for Marines and Sailors of the Third Assault Amphibian Battalion, family members and guests at Camp Pendleton’s Del Mar Beach. The patriotic-themed event began with a red carpet welcome for the Marines and their families, flanked by 50 state flags and dozens of cheering Americans. On hand to greet and show appreciation to our military families were Ms. America International 2012 Carla Gonzalez and Ms. California 2013 Shanna Olson.

Chamber Hosting October 4 Mixer u The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday, October 4 Sunset Networking Mixer is being hosted from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. by San Clemente Villas, at the Villas, and is free to both chamber members and the general public. The Villas are located next door to the San Clemente Saddleback Memorial Hospital. Western, rock and roll, and line dance music for dancing is by the Kelly Boyz Cowboy Band and a prize will be awarded for the best western costume. Western barbecue and refreshments are also included.

City Council Candidate Forum u The San Clemente Downtown Business Association (DBA) and the League of Women Voters (LWV) of the Capistrano Bay Area is hosting a Candidates Forum for those seeking election to the San Clemente City Council on October 4, at 7 p.m., at San Clemente Presbyterian Church, 119 N. Avenida de Estrella. The program schedule allows each candidate two minutes for an opening statement, followed by 90 minutes of written questions from the audience. Responses to questions will allow the audience to become familiar with major issues. The public is encouraged to attend. For any questions, call the League of Women Voters of the Capistrano Bay Area at 949.492.9428, or contact the San Clemente Downtown Business Association at

Author to Speak at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church u A special lecture by Presbyterian Pastor and Theologian D. Mark Davis, author of Left Behind and Loving It, will be held October 7 at 4 p.m., at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and School, 200 Avenida San Pablo, San Clemente. Davis offers a different perspective than the fear and doom

Marines from Camp Pendleton compete in a Tug-of-War at a party sponsored by Words of Comfort, Hope and Change on September 15. The San Clemente organization is dedicated to supporting the military and military families. Courtesy Photo

oriented end of the world teaching that is prevalent in much of the church. Davis will be preaching on Sunday morning and offering a lecture with questions and answers at 4 p.m. He will be available to sign copies of his book following the lecture. The event is free and open to the community.

San Clemente Chamber Seeking Help for SeaFest The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce is seeking assistance from citizens who might be willing to help run the surf contest for children and teens at SeaFest the first weekend of October. Those willing to help can call 949.492.1131. u

San Clemente resident at Fort Lewis College u Alexander Milewski of San Clemente, enrolled as a freshman at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Milewski’s current major is engineering. Fort Lewis College is a selective public liberal arts college that launches careers and changes lives through a compelling educational experience that features nationally recognized academic programs, extraordinary personal attention from faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunities.

Composer to Speak at Casa u On October 11, at 7 p.m., local composer, educator and trombonist Joey Sellers will give a presentation on the history of jazz. The evening speaker event is hosted in concert with Casa Romantica’s exhibition JAZZ JAZZ JAZZ!; a photographic exhibit showcasing the works of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Dan White and pioneering columnist and editor, William Gottlieb, on show at through October 18. As Director of Jazz Studies at Saddleback College, Sellers teaches jazz history,

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ensembles, improvisation and composition. He has received the Gil Evans Fellowship in Jazz Composition, the Sammy Nestico Award, and the Julius Hemphill Award. Seller’s commissions include Doc Severinsen, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, symphony orchestras in Tulsa, Long Beach and San Antonio and several works for the St. Louis Brass.

Orange County Sheriff’s Offering Help to Parents u The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is offering classes for parents of teenagers to help provide them with skills to deal with their changing children. A part of The Parent Project, classes will be held Thursdays beginning September 27 through December 6. The first six classes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; the last four meet 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. All classes take place at the San Clemente High School Library. Cost is $50, but scholarships are available. To register, call Janet Dunford at San Clemente Police Services at 949.361.8386. Topics covered will include ways to improve school attendance and performance, drug and alcohol intervention and ways to avoid arguing.

Scouts Begin Popcorn Sale u The Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of San Clemente started their annual popcorn sale this Saturday. The money collected will be used to fund the various programs that the Scouts participate in. The popcorn sale also has the “Popcorn For Our Troops,” program that folks can donate popcorn to our troops.

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Casa Celebrating 10 Years of Toasts City landmark hits major anniversary for fundraiser By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


s the ultimate Ole Hanson Home, one belonging to the city’s founder himself, Casa Romantica occupies a unique place in the city’s history. A little more than a decade ago, however, the fate of the home was unsure. It had gone through multiple owners and uses and proposals for different uses of the site before the city. But thanks to an anonymous benefactor, who helped the city turn the building into a cultural center, and the work of a tireless group of volunteers, the building has been restored into a place that’s used by people of all ages. This Saturday will mark the Casa’s tenth annual “Toast to the Casa” fundraiser. Two members of the original board of the Casa, Guy Varriano and Ruth DeNault, are serving as honorary chairs of this year’s fundraiser. Varriano remembers that the Casa was always recognized as something significant to the community, but once it ceased to serve as a home, questions about what should be done with it seemed to circulate constantly. “It became a historical house, but there were eight or nine changes of ownership and served as a retirement home before the city bought the property for $2.5 million,” Varriano said. That initial sale was key, he noted, because the understanding was that the building would remain intact. “That’s why it’s not condominiums,” he pointed out. At that time, the house was being leased out for events, but when the lease expired the city was at a crossroads as to what to do with the property. It was then that the city entertained a number of different ideas for the property, including turning it into a Mexican restaurant, before an anonymous donor stepped to offer $1 million to the city to turn the property into a cultural center. Wayne Eggleston had recently been elected to the City Council at the time of the donation. The previous council, he said, had actually favored the plan to turn the site into a restaurant. “Up to that time it was a very contentious issue,” Eggleston said. The night the decision was made, Eggleston said, some on the council wanted to have a study done to determine whether the use of the site as a cultural center was a good idea. At that point, a representative of the donor spoke and said that for the city to receive the money, the council had to decide that night whether or not to accept the funds, or else it would be lost. The council then voted, 3-2, to accept the funds. DeNault said the way the building had been renovated had, in many ways, helped to salve any hurt feelings with the way the vote went. “The man who was going to turn it into San Clemente Times September 27–October 3, 2012

Toast to the Casa honorary co-chairs Ruth DeNault and Guy Varriano recount how the Casa came to be a thriving part of the city. Photo by Jim Shilander

a restaurant was here and said it was ‘a better and higher use,’” she noted. “We don’t hear from a lot of those folks (who opposed the cultural center) any more. Since we’ve started we’ve been met with total support. From the moment it got off the ground, people have embraced this.” Once the funds were received, however, the real work had to begin. Varriano said much of the house was in “poor shape.” “We needed $2 million to allow us to start renovating,” Varriano said. In addition to the money, he noted, improvements and renovations also had to go through a historical architect to verify that everything was in keeping with the Spanish Colonial Revival architecture of the time. Additional construction has added an amphitheatre, gardens, and improved deck and a story circle area. The gardens have had a major effect in bringing in volunteers to the house. In addition to fundraising efforts, the Casa has also received grant funding from the state. “The floors required $40,000 to renovate,” DeNault noted. “There’s been new construction, old construction, just whatever was needed. Early on, we had to walk on boards (to get around during construction). But it’s a heart of the community. Everyone comes here and feels that.” DeNault credited the staff hired by the initial board with helping to see the building through those early troubles. “We had a small but good staff,” she

said. “We really weren’t worried about it.” With the foundations secured, the board members said the goal is now to expand the outreach of the organization, to bring more people into the building to enjoy it. “We’ve expanded our programs over the years,” Varriano said. “We’re averaging about 14,000 per year.” Some programs currently being offered include story time for young children, school group tours, but the board was looking to expand those offerings. “We would like to expand these more as we are able,” Varriano said. “We’ve set our (fundraising) goals higher for this event so that we are able to do that. DeNault said the Casa board wanted to see more people come in from across the region, not just San Clemente. “We want to introduce friends from a wider area to what we have to offer,” she explained. “We want to expand with more programs for children and youth. Right now we have a lot of older people, tours for senior groups.” Both said the Casa’s somewhat unique position made it difficult to see as a possible model for future renovations at historic sites, like the Miramar Theatre or the Casino. “We’re sort of unique in what we offer to the community,” Varriano said. “We’re well known and well accepted by the community.” DeNault said the Casa’s status as the home of the city’s founder played a part in the way the community supported the

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cultural center. “Each of those different places has its own life, it’s own impact in the community. Those we’ve been able to reach really identify with this property.” The Toast event began 10 years ago as a way for local restaurateurs to make an impact raising money for the organization. Varriano said Bill Brummet was the one who originated the idea for the Toast, and helped set it up as one of the biggest fundraisers for the organization. Other key players with formulating the Toast were Tony Carbonara and Bob Novello, Varriano said. This year, he said, should be one of the bigger events the Casa had hosted. “This was a wonderful gift from local restaurants to the Casa in the early years to give us our big fundraiser of the year and the biggest social event of the year,” DeNault said. “They offered it to us, and it became a beautiful way for people to become involved in a major way. There were many renovations done. Those early years were very busy with new construction.” This year’s event will feature food from 17 restaurants, wines from 40 wineries and five live bands, and serves as the major fundraiser for the year for the Casa. There will also be a raffle, as well as both a live and silent auction. The event lasts from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are $175, and can be purchased by calling 498.2139, ext. 10, or by visiting the Casa’s website, www. SC


Council Candidates on Uniting San Clemente As Development Ramps Up, town will need to Come Together Compiled by Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


he San Clemente Times asked the six City Council candidates five questions about issues facing the city. We will be printing their answers over the next several weeks. This week’s question: There does seem to be a growing divide in town based on where people live. Some residents of south San Clemente seem to think their issues are ignored by the city as development at Marblehead, downtown issues and North Beach draw more attention. Talega residents have voiced similar concerns. How would you attempt to bridge these divides and provide development opportunities throughout the entire city?

DAVID CLEGG: “Improvement to any area of our city is a benefit to all, whether its in your immediate neighborhood or downtown. We need development in all areas of San Clemente that will bring in revenue and reduce the tax burden to our residents.” JIM DAHL: “I think that there seems to be an attempt by some to portray a divide between the different areas of San Clemente. San Clemente is a very centered community. It is the mission of one of our elected and a formerly elected official that

there is a divide. The old Ole vs. Talega divide was created by a newspaper article a few years ago to stir the pot and emotions of our citizens. It did not work. But some agitators would like it to further their cause by continuing it. The completion of our new Ralph’s Market the new Senior Center and Downtown Fire Station and the new Vista La Pata Sports Complex will bring all citizens together with one common theme. That theme is Community. With the addition of these new community activity centers many of the citizens that feel a divide in the community will get a better understanding of what this community can achieve and bring us all together.” CHRIS HAMM: “Ole Hanson had a plan for our beach town that has guided us for 80 years. Fortunately, Talega was also built with a very similar plan. Regardless of where you live, we all chose San Clemente as our home because of its’ Village character. We need to work together to ensure the success of the entire community. I live on the north end of town, surf on the south end, golf on the southeast and work in the east. I have friends and family all over our town. I am

familiar with the issues facing each area. Working on the General Plan Advisory Committee over the past two years has given me additional insight into the unique needs of each part of town. As your council member I will work for the betterment of the entire community. It is important for us to ban together to ensure all future development fits with our town’s character. Our city council is elected to represent our community as a whole, not by district. As your Council Member I will listen to the concerns of all citizens. If you would like more information on my campaign please visit my website,” MIKE MORTENSON: “I don’t agree with parts of this question. For instance, I don’t see a “growing divide” among our residents, but rather progress towards coming together. One way to continue to make progress towards building a stronger community is to have all of our residents’ voices represented on the City Council, not just residents of the southwestern portions of the City where all of our council members live. Currently, there is no Council representative from the northern parts of San Clemente including Forster Ranch, Rancho San Clemente, the Reserve or Talega. As a resident of this area, I will offer a different perspective on the Council. I firmly believe that balanced decisions, ones that take into

WIESE FETED AS LIFEGUARD OF THE YEAR Fifth-year guard was overwhelming choice of colleagues By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


eddy Wiese has had quite the summer. The fifth-year lifeguard received a promotion, a nine-month supervisory position and won the lifeguard surf contest as well as a nearby volleyball tournament. And it got even better September 20, as Wiese received the Exchange Club’s annual “Lifeguard of the Year” award. Wiese, who started on Orange County’s beaches in 2008, said the award was “something I’ve looked at as something

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Teddy Wiese, left, receives a special surfboard in recognition for being named “Lifeguard of the Year,” by The Exchange Club. Exchange Club President Gary Bridge presented the award. Photo by Jim Shilander

really cool and an awesome thing.” “It’s a complete honor,” he added. “It’s an unbelievably humbling thing to be recognized by all of my peers.” While he couldn’t remember any one

specific rescue that stood out in his time as a lifeguard, Weise said there had been five or six that probably resulted in keeping someone from drowning. Bill Humphreys, lifeguard and Marine Page 8

account and weigh community-wide perspectives, benefit our entire community. I think it’s important for all of us to remember that San Clemente is one community, not a patchwork of neighborhoods. We all go to the same shops, frequent the same restaurants, have fun at the same beaches, parks and recreational facilities, and our kids share the same classrooms. Recognizing this, I will work tirelessly to further unite San Clemente for the good of all residents.” 1 ROBERT “BOB” BAKER: “I disagree that there is a growing divide between the different regions of the city. People disagree on issues all the time, no matter where they live. You and I disagree on this very point. It’s natural and a part of life in the United States. Most San Clemente residents have a shared vision of what our city should be, and the problems that affect one region affect us all. The Marblehead and North Beach issues have a real effect on the quality of life for a great many people. All of the city’s problems must be addressed, but certain areas are in more need of renovation and development. When these issues are solved, we’ll see a benefit to all residents.” More from the candidates will be printed in upcoming weeks, along with information on candidates for CUSD Board of Trustees. SC

Safety Chief, described the vote amongst the staff as “overwhelming” on behalf of Wiese. “It’s quite an honor to have peers recognize you like that,” Humphreys said. “Teddy’s worked every position on the beach.” Wiese made 40 rescues this past year, despite moving into a position that largely took him off the beach and into a supervisory and teaching role, Humphreys said. “He’s excellent working with the public and staff. A lot of the younger staff look up to Teddy.” Wiese received a painting from local artist Sharon Evert, a plaque and his name—joining past recipients—on a special surfboard that is displayed in the main lifeguard office. Weise said receiving the honor touched him. “This truly does mean the world to me,” he told the crowd at the ceremony. “This is something I’ve wanted for a long time.” In addition to his family, Wiese credited former winner and fellow lifeguard Steve Barrett for helping him along as a lifeguard. “If it wasn’t for Steve, I definitely wouldn’t have gotten to where I am today,” Weise said. SC


SC Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY ADAM HERZOG 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.

Wednesday, September 19 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Andalucia, 3900 Block (2:21 p.m.) A female reported a stolen credit card. A male was found with the card inside a motel, and would not open the door.

Thursday, September 20 UNKNOWN TROUBLE Ola Vista, 2400 Block (10:55 p.m.) A resident called police reporting a young male, around 14 or 15, walking around extremely intoxicated. The teenager only

had his underwear on and was asking for help. Police arrived and returned the drunk teenager to his parents. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 2600 Block (3:10 p.m.) A blonde woman was seen in the middle of the road, physically fighting with a male subject. A patrol check was requested.

Friday, September 21 PETTY THEFT Camino de los Mares/Calle Agua (6:00 p.m.) Police received a call that a man had taken a sandwich from a store without paying. The caller said that the man proceeded to eat the sandwich directly in front of the business he stole it from. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (1:08 p.m.) A woman came into the lobby looking to speak to a deputy. She seemed concerned and wanted to inform the deputy of a possible child abuse situation.

Saturday, September 22 ASSAULT REPORT Camino de los Mares, 600 Block (10:35 p.m.) A man was taken to the emergency room for injuries resulting from a fight with his brother. The injured subject was willing to direct police to his brother. RECKLESS DRIVING Avenida San Juan, 100 Block (5:56 p.m.)

Three unknown subjects where seen riding dirt bikes in the middle of the road. A driver called police stating they were driving wildly, and that he’d almost hit one of them. WELFARE CHECK Avenida Pico, 900 Block (2:36 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a male and female having their 3-year-old son shirtless begging patrons for money. It is suspected the family lives out of an older white station wagon with stuff piled on top of it. The car was located near the Taco Bell on Pico.

Sunday, September 23 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE El Camino Real, 2400 Block (12:06 a.m.) A man called police stating his neighbors were talking to him about planting illegal drugs in his room in a scheme to get him arrested. The caller also stated that he used heroin in the morning, and still may be under the influence. Police dispatchers noticed that the man sound extremely paranoid and mentally unstable. KEEP THE PEACE E Avenida Palizada/ Camino De La Estrellla (8:40 p.m.) The police were informed of a verbal argument that had broken out at the Valero gas station near U-Haul. The argument was between an employee of the gas station and an individual who was pumping gas. The employee

had reason to believe the individual broke one of the gas pumps. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS El Camino Real, 500 Block (11:54 a.m.) Animal control was notified when someone witnessed three pit bulls locked inside a silver Mercedes. All of the windows were up, and the dogs seemed to be in much distress.

Monday, September 24 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE El Camino Real, 600 Block (6:26 p.m.) A woman was seen in the CVS parkinglot crying in her car. The more concerning part was that she was drinking tequila, and the car was running. When the police arrived, the suspect had already driven off. TERRORIST THREATS REPORT El Camino Real, 1600 Block (7:16 p.m.) A man called 911 after receiving a written threat from a woman. However, when police arrived the woman was not on the scene. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE S El Camino Real, 100 Block (3:07 p.m.) A driver of a white van with a New Jersey license plate pulled over near a curb and dumped out a black trash bag on the side of the road. The witness was not only concerned about the illegal dumping of trash, but felt as if he was dumping something other than just trash.


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Business Operations Manager > Alyssa Garrett

Associate Publisher > Lauralyn Loynes (Dana Point)

Accounting & Distribution Manager > Tricia Zines

> Michele Reddick (San Clemente) > Debra Wells (San Juan Capistrano) Sales Associate Angela Edwards OPERATIONS Finance Director > Mike Reed


Taxing Questions Are high taxes on the wealthiest Americans a recipe for economic decline? Not if you look at the history books—and fiscally successful conservative administrations


ver since revealing his approximate tax rate last week, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has taken heat from rivals and critics over income derived mostly WAVELENGTHS from capital gains. While By Jim Kempton castigating those who pay payroll taxes of nearly 30 percent (but no income tax) Romney showed that he paid about half that rate—14 percent in 2011. Historically, tax rates on capital gains have not been so low since the Great Depression. Under President George W. Bush, the maximum capital gains tax rate was 15.35 percent The highest capital gains tax rate in U.S. history was put in place under Woodrow Wilson’s presidency during World War I, when it was as high as 73 percent, according to Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center. One of the biggest booms in US history started during the Wilson administration.

But here is the interesting thing: in our glory days of morning in America, when the magnificent USA was the envy of the world—all taxes were higher. Much higher. Take a look at tax rates set by these stalwart icons of free enterprise. DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER • Marginal Tax Rate on Regular Income over $400,000: 91 percent Maximum Tax Rate on Long-Term Capital Gains: 25 percent During the administration of conservative Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the marginal income tax rate for top earners in the United States was 91 percent. The maximum tax on long-term capital gains was 25 percent—a rate that remained in place for a decade. RICHARD M. NIXON• Marginal Tax Rate on Regular Income over $200,000: 77 percent - 70 percent Maximum Tax Rate on Long-Term Capital Gains: 27.5 percent 36.5 percent During the Nixon years, the regular tax rate for the highest income bracket decreased, but the capital gains rate rose by nine percentage points.

Mitt Romney’s father, George W. Romney, campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination in 1967 and released 12 years of tax returns, “in a move believed without precedent in American politics,” according to an article that year in the St. Joseph Gazette, a newspaper in St. Joseph, Missouri. Romney Sr.’s tax returns showed that he made $2,972,923 over the previous year, and the total taxes he paid were $1,099,555. So will low taxes help jump start the economy—or even repair it? Here is the strange but true fact: during two of the most conservative administrations in the last half century (when the economy was rocking for both labor and corporations) the rates for top income earners and capital gains were far higher than today. Let’s be real since none of the politicians will: to get back to reality we need to cut some and pay some. Ike did it. GM did it. All Americans used to get a little less and pay a little more. When we were great that is. It makes you wonder what all the one percent fuss is about.

SPECIAL THANKS Robert Miller, Jonathan Volzke CONTRIBUTORS Megan Bianco, Shelley Murphy, Tawnee Prazak INTERNS Kevin Dahlgren, Darian Nourian, Adam Herzog

Letters to the Editor NEW RALPH’S IS A SQUEEZE PLAY STEVE PEZMAN, San Clemente

The faux mission architecture is nice, but functionally the narrow aisles cause you to squeeze around other shoppers, the selection in many categories doesn’t include what we buy, and parking is difficult. In short, south San Clemente missed out by not getting a full size top caliber market at that location. Whole Foods would have been wonderful. At least a real Fresh Faire would have done the job. The new store doesn’t serve as a base-line grocery store for us. It’s convenient for emergency needs only. Too bad for us. Those that resisted the original plan for that site screwed the pooch. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Please limit your letters to 350 words.

Jim Kempton has been an entrepreneurial business owner, corporate executive and non-profit CEO bleeding heart. He believes free enterprise and good government can exist in partnership—and that America thrives when they do. SC

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

Grants: Free Bucks? “Come on and take a free ride” —The Edgar Winter Group


s there such a thing as a free ride when it comes to seeking and procuring “contributions” from other governmental agencies? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Although grants are a tremendous fiscal resource that the city has prudently employed to fund a variety of capital projects and programs, there are subtleties that ought to be contemplated before hitchin’ a ride. The city has a decentralized approach to grant management where our knowledgeable staff, commissions, federal lobbyists and elected leaders identify and seek appropriate grants to address specific community needs. Many vital projects and essential programs would not have been possible without these bequests; however, we must also be cognizant of the real costs. Consideration for accepting grants should include a review of ongoing maintenance costs for capital projects, as well as the considerable cost of applying, administering, monitoring, auditing and accounting for the grants. Often, “matching funds” are required which means that a funding source to equal the amount of the grant must be identified. Moreover, when accepting subsidies for programs, it

should be recognized that ongoing grants will cease to exist at some point in time, which means that recurring costs will have to be absorbed by the city BY THE NUMBERS and programs will have Pall Gudgeirsson to be eliminated or replaced with other funding sources. As an example, Community Oriented Policing Services, or COPS, grants are accepted on an annual basis and fund a sheriff’s deputy; however, our financial forecast assumes that the grant will disappear. Thus, when the grant goes away, the city would be responsible for funding the position. Are grants still free? It is also important to stay aligned with our goals and priorities and not allow the acceptance of a grant to interfere with other established priorities, unless there is a conscious decision to do so. If other programs are shoved aside due to limited staff resources, more critical programs may not get completed. We should also avoid the “bridge to nowhere” concept where a project is built since there are funds available—

BY THE NUMBERS: CITY PROJECTS AND THEIR GRANT FUNDS • Beach Trail $10.3M • Talega Parks Clean Water and Safe Neighborhood $1M • MO2 Dry Weather Diversion/Channel Reconstruction $2.8M • Parks lighting/Climate Action Plan/Bike Pedestrian Plan/ECR Bike Path $1.2M • Shoreline Erosion Study $1.1M • Coastal Conservancy • Measure M $6M • Street/Sidewalk Programs $2.1M • SONGS • Commercial Food Waste Diversion $400K • Street Improvements and Slurry Seal $461K • Emergency Preparedness $7,320 • T-Street

Overpass $285K • Urban Runoff Management Plan $700K • Storm Drain and Infrastructure Repairs $576K • Vista Hermosa Interchange $2.3M • Recycled Water System Expansion $18.5M • ECR/MOU1 Bridge Repair $276K • Golf Course Conservation Program $19K • Sports Park • Fun-on-theRun $90K • Safe Routes to School $856,000 • Community Development $500K/annually • Block Grants and Housing $155K • Youth and Obesity Programs $31K

and would be lost if not spent. An actual example in another city was the addition of a “roundabout” thoroughfare because there were grant funds available to do the project and, if not accepted, it would have been diverted elsewhere. Yup. As always, my key point is not to spend the grant funds before actually receiving the bucks or having an agreement in place to reimburse the city for expended funds. Ka-ching. Now, taking the green eyeshades off, let’s look at the benefits and positive outcomes of attaining grants. Indeed, the city has received over $35 million in grant funding over the past 10 years, which has been allocated to a series of worthy endeavors. We have been exceedingly successful in obtaining high profile and high dollar grants for a number of projects as listed above. Need I say more?

Additionally, two current and noteworthy grants include an OCTA grant of $176,000 to support the city’s Bicycle Corridor Improvement Program, which will help fund the Pacific Coast Bicycle Route signage, and parking improvements. This will provide bicycle parking and way finding signage through San Clemente. We bicyclists will also be able to use our new iPhones (and other mobile devices) to use the Quick Response (QR) codes to locate local businesses and navigate bike routes through our bicycle friendly city. An additional $1 million will help fund the Avenida La Pata Off-Road Bike Trail. There is an incalculable value in improving and maintaining our city infrastructure and providing vital programs to our citizenry. Are grants a free ride? No, but I do like the free bike rides. SC



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


SINGLES 50+ HARBOR AND COASTAL CRUISE 5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m. Cruise for singles 50+ hosted by Tutor and Spunky’s Tom Blake and Dana Wharf. Married couples welcome. $24. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,,


AIMEE MANN 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, BILLY WATSON AND ROBIN HENKEL 7:30 p.m.11 p.m. Organic blues from a dynamic, award-winning duo at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,


16TH ANNUAL IRON MAN 6 a.m. The Boys & Girls Club and Sheckler Foundation present the fundraising event with two-person teams competing in a variety of sports. Entry fee $300; includes food and drink. Register online. 501 Avenida Vaquero, San Clemente, 949.492.1177,


LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERT 7:30 p.m. Steve Wood (from Honk) and Beth Wood perform at the Dana Point Community Center. $25. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227, THE ACTIVEMPIRE 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Tenth Anniversary celebration with “Deep Water” band at The Shore. 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.481.6089, HART & SOUL 7 p.m. Live music and birthday celebrations at Adele’s. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.481.1222, BENZINGER WINERY 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Tasting at SC Wine Co. with seven tastes for $15. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, San Clemente Times September 27–October 3, 2012

ON STAGE: OZOMATLI, OZO GOOD The Coach House will be jumpin’ when Ozomatli takes the stage next Sunday with a concert doubleheader featuring a kid-friendly OzoKids performance followed by their regular set list known to “take you around the world by taking you around Los Angeles.” Their music is an LA-born urban-Latino-and-beyond collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga. The OzoKids show is like a regular Ozomatli show, but familyfriendly and designed to appeal to the younger set. Of course, kids are the VIPs and get their own “kids only” section in the front of the stage. The kids’ Courtesy photo set includes Ozomatli’s trademark fusion of music from around the world, with Latin American songs in English and Spanish. Ozomatli fans rejoice. The band is working on a new CD expected to be ready for release in springtime next year. They are also currently putting final touches on the TV musical score for Gabriel Iglesias’ new “Hey! It’s Fluffy” cartoons for the new season of “Stand Up Revolution” debuting in October. The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, Sunday, September 30. OzoKids show starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15. Ozomatli show starts at 8 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) and tickets are $30. Both shows are all ages. —Tyler and A.J. Bardzilowski


BATTLE OF THE PADDLE 7 a.m. Stand-up paddle event at Doheny State Beach with competitions and much more. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6172,

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY FUNDRAISER 4 p.m.6:30 p.m. The Friends of the San Juan Capistrano Library host a fundraiser featuring an author lecture/book signing with Capt. Dave Anderson and his book, “Lily: A Gray Whale’s Odyssey.” Also features refreshments, music and more for the whole family. Tickets $20. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,

iDANCE 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The SCHS Dance Team holds a dance clinic in the Main Gym for boys and girls ages 5-11. Cost $60, includes T-shirt. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165,

BRIAN YOUNG & THE BLUES STATION 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


WOMEN & WHEELS CAR CARE EVENT 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free event for women on car maintenance and car safety at Star Motors, includes a light breakfast and gift bag for guests. Register online. 32955 Calle Perfecto, San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.1970, MEET THE WINEMAKER 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Event at DaVine Wine with McPrice Myers, winemaker from barrel 27 and McPrice Myers wines from Paso Robles. $25; includes six tastings and appetizers. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, TOAST TO THE CASA 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Annual gala benefit at Casa Romantica with food from local restaurants, wine, bands and auctions. $175. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, DANA POINT BBQ CHAMPIONSHIP 12 p.m. The City of Dana Point and the Kansas City Barbeque Society host a world-class barbecue contest at Sea Terrace Park. Call for more information. PCH and Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, TASTE OF BREWS 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Event at Sea Terrace Park in Dana Point with two-dozen local breweries, in conjunction with the BBQ Champs. $40; includes unlimited craft beer tastes, snacks and water. PCH and Niguel Road, Dana Point, 714.375.1132,


CASINO’S BLUES BARBECUE AND BIRTHDAY BASH 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Casino San Clemente celebrates its 75th birthday with a barbecue, blues music and much more fun for the whole family. Food $3-$5. Free admission. 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.369.6600,


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FOOD TRUCK MONDAYS 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The SCHS Triton Music and Arts Club host an ongoing fundraiser Mondays with 5-10 different gourmet food trucks in the parking lot. Dinners will be about $10 each. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165,,




ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE 39 STEPS 8 p.m. The Laguna Playhouse. $30-$65. 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.2787,

SATIN JAZZ EXPRESS 6:30 p.m. Live music at Montego Restaurant. 27211 Ortega Hwy. Ste B, San Juan Capistrano, 949.481.2723,


FINANCIAL PLANNING SERIES 2 p.m.3:30 p.m. Free eight-week “It’s Your Money,” workshop series at the Ocean Institute on Wednesdays. Topic: Financial Planning II. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


WEDNESDAY WINE DINNER 7 p.m. Four-course food and wine pairing at Vine. Menu changes weekly. Cost $40 each. 211 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2079, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





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


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Internet Dating Can Lead to Wasting Time on Phantom Love


can’t estimate the number of times women have emailed me saying they’ve fallen in love with a great guy they met online. Some even add that they are contemplating marriage. There is a tone to these emails that make me suspect there has never been a face-to-face meeting. I reply by asking how their initial in-person meeting went. More often than not, the answer is similar to this: “We haven’t met in person but plan to sometime in the future.” When they ask for my opinion about their arrangement, I tell them they aren’t in love with a real person, but only an image. They get irked at me when I tell them that chemistry between two people is impossible to predict without meeting face-to-face, and they may be wasting their time. A woman named Jackie who lives in Orange County met a man online four years ago on a dating website called Christian Mingle. “Through emails and phone calls, there was magic,” Jackie said. “And then

we met in person. It was disastrous. I still feel queasy thinking about it.” Jackie said there was no kind way to tell the guy that she felt no chemistry, “not even a spark,” she said. But ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 here’s what’s puzzling. By Tom Blake After four years and a “disastrous” face-to-face meeting, Jackie is still corresponding with the guy and experiencing phantom love. “When we talk by phone and write, there is magic. I feel in love. We don’t live close enough to see each other often. I haven’t seen him in a year and a half. And, he’s on the edge of poverty, slipping downward as we speak.” I asked her why she continues this charade. “Loneliness, hopelessness, desperation…and mostly overwhelming fear that this is the best I can do…that nothing better will ever happen…that having a phone

friend is better than nothing,” Jackie said. I told Jackie that the time she is investing in this phantom love affair—one she knows will never work—is stealing time away from trying to meet someone nearby who would be more suitable for her. I suggested she attend one of our South County Singles 50+ meet and greet events at Tutor and Spunky’s, my Dana Point Deli. Her reply, “I don’t go to bars.” (I’ve never heard anyone refer to my deli as a bar before; it’s just a sandwich shop that happens to serve beer and wine.) I said, “Of course you don’t go to bars. That’s passé with older singles. But attending our meet and greet singles function isn’t like plopping down on a stool and listening to Billy Joel play ‘Piano Man’ with other lonesome souls at 9 p.m. on a Saturday. “Instead, you will meet face-to-face other friendly singles and if you have no interest in dating anyone you meet there, at least you won’t waste four more years on someone else with whom you have absolutely no

chemistry.” I think, for Jackie, getting out among new people would be a boost to her selfesteem. Perhaps, she’d even break away from her phantom romance. The internet is just one tool older singles can use to reach out to find potential mates. However, they need to get out and make new friends locally as well. The next meet and greet at Tutor and Spunky’s Deli is Thursday, October 11, 5 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The September event attracted approximately 135 singles age 50 an over. At the very least, Jackie could make some new friends. For more information about the South OC Champs Meet and Greet Club, see Tom Blake is a San Clemente resident and Dana Point business owner who has authored three books on middle-aged dating. For dating information: To comment: tompblake@ SC

Marching Band Hosts Food Trucks A need for funds prompts visit from gourmet vehicles


n seeking funds to help support themselves, the Triton Marching Alliance has happened on a way to bring the mobile gourmet food truck trend to San Clemente. The band is bringing in a number of food trucks, usually around six, on a weekly basis on Monday nights at San Clemente High School. The event, SC Food Truck Mondays, is serving as a fundraiser for the organization and is currently scheduled to run throughout the school year, except holidays, parent boosters MariAnne Ridsdale and Gwen Hegenwald said. The band is raising funds to help defray the costs of travel to and from games and competitions, as well as for coaches, music and uniform costs. The recent ruling by the San Clemente Times September 27–October 3, 2012

state outlawing fees for student participation in activities like band has also meant less funding, Ridsdale said, since many families have said they can’t afford to provide a donation to the program. Director Tony Soto, who’d been contacted by a food truck company that had heard of the plight of the band from another director, initially pitched the idea for the food trucks. In a flash, the band and booster parents agreed to the fundraiser, which began two weeks ago. In addition to food, the trucks, which serve everything from MexicanKorean fusion food to Italian, will also have entertainment, including open mic nights for bands, as a way to help promote the effort. Ridsdale, who’d been familiar with some

Customers at a recent edition of SC Food Truck Mondays line up for some mobile gourmet grub. Courtesy photo

trucks in Irvine and Anaheim, noted that they weren’t something that usually could be found as far south as San Clemente, but that between the efforts the truck owners take to promote themselves on social media, as well

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as the school’s location on Avenida Pico, they might become a pretty familiar and welcome sight for hungry San Clementeans. SC — Jim Shilander


CLASSIFIEDS Submit your classified ad online at FOR RENT STATION RENTAL AVAILABLE Magical Shears-upscale brand new salon- has FT and/ or PT station available for rent in Dana Point. Includes extended education by Paul Mitchell. Call Janell at 949-636-1980

GARAGE SALES BELLA VISTA 30-HOME NEIGHBORHOOD SALE Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pico to Del Cerro, then up hill four streets. Lots of good stuff including household, furniture, art and 50 pairs of great designer jeans in assorted sizes @ $10 each!

GARAGE SALE LISTINGS ARE FREE! Email your listing to Deadline 5pm Monday. No phone calls. San Clemente Times September 27–October 3, 2012

HELP WANTED RESPONSIBLE NANNY NEEDED A responsible nanny needed, pls submit your resume to DEDICATED NANNY WANTED A dedicated driver wanted, contact

MEDICAL HEALTH SERVICES HOME CAREGIVERS NEEDED FOR SOUTH OC ResCare HomeCare is in need of caregivers to assist seniors in their homes. F/T, P/T, & live-in staff with 1 yr exp who drive & have own vehicle. Please call Kathy at 1 (800) 707-8781 to learn more!

SERVICES LOCAL HOUSEKEEPER OR OFFICE CLEANING Reliable, affordable, meticulous. Excellent references. 949-456-2376

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AIR CONDITIONING Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A,


949.496.1926 949.492.5589 Designer’s Magic Flooring 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G -105,



ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, 3200 Legendario,

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

Images/Creative Solutions 949.366.2488 2927 Via San Gorgoinio, Ste. 100,

949.492.8180 Kreative Hair Design 173 Avenida Serra




All Season Air 949.579.0741 Mathom House Books 949.361.1633, Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 83 Via Pico Plaza, Village Book Exchange 949.492.1114 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A, 99 Avenida Serra


CARPET Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G-105,

Curbside Pet & House Sitting 949.369.5074 San Clemente,

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


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

PEST CONTROL Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar,



APPLIANCES South Coast Furniture & Mattress 109 Calle de los Molinos,

Red Point Digital

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


V.I.P. NMLS #145502, V.I.P. BK# 0909074, NMLS #331800

A to Z Leak Detection 949.499.4464 1218 Puerta del Sol, Bill Metzger Plumbing 949.492.3558 1218 Puerta del Sol, Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731

POOL/SPA SERVICE & REPAIR Radiant Pool & Spa Service


PRESCHOOLS San Clemente Preschool 163 Avenida Victoria,


Complete Business Insurance 949.943.9081 647 Camino de los Mares Ste. 108, PRINTING GIS/Galvez Insurance Services, Inc. 949.240.7445 Dr. R. Tyler Johnson DC, Chiropractic Center 1502 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.6440 CA# OE75910, Calle Negocio, Ste. 170, Printing OC 949.388.4888 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203, LANDSCAPING Christiansen Chiropractic 949.276.2956 PSYCHOLOGISTS 949.361.9656 903 Calle Amancer, Ste. 230, Costa Verde Landscape License: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) Barbara M. Thomas, PsyD 949.547.0833 CHOCOLATE/CANDY 655 Camino de Los Mares, Ste. 117 MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPY Schmid’s Fine Chocolate 949.369.1052 Manny Tau, Psy.D., PSY14892 888.949.5150 Janet M. Seymour, PsyD 949.633.0813 300 S. El Camino Real, Ste. 218, 99 Avenida Del Mar, 1443 N. El Camino Real, Ste. B



GraCorp Coins & Collectibles


949.350.4692 Kevin South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos,



San Clemente Computer & Network Services Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 949.276.1581 1393 Calle Avanzado,



Costa Verde Landscape 949.361.9656 Brian Wiechman, 949.533.9209 License: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) V.I.P. Independent Mortgage Inc. COSMETICS


AVON 949.370.0433 Annie Kyle, SC Rider Supply 949.388.0521 Mary Kay Cosmetics 949.248.2868 520 S. El Camino Real,



Danman’s Music School 949.496.6556 Eric Johnson, D.D.S. 949.493.9311 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209, Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 949.922.6388 413 Calle Pueblo,

ELECTRICAL Arcadia Electric

OFFICE FURNITURE 949.361.1045 South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos,

ESTATE PLANNING, PROBATE, TRUST Lange & Minnott 1201 Puerta Del Sol, Ste. 203



Antonio Fiorello, Forté Realty Group 949.842.3631 San Clemente, Century 21 OMA - Eric Benson 949.584.3751 Marcie George - Star Real Estate South County 949.690.5410 McDaniel Gilmore Group - Surterre Properties 949.464.3226 “Sandy & Rich” - ReMax 949.293.3236

REMODEL Casa Verde Homes 949.212.5800 License #B 906391, Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mare, Ste. G-105,

SALONS Salon Bamboo 949.361.3348 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste. A, Salon Bleu 949.366.2060 207 S. El Camino Real, Sanctuary Salon & Spa 949.429.5802 1041 Avenida Pico, Ste. B,

SECOND HAND/THRIFT SHOP South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, The Bargain Box 949.492.2800 526 N. El Camino Real,

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

TERMITES Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar,

TILE & STONE INSTALLATION Kohler Tile Contracting


WATER DAMAGE Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,

TUTORING Tutor Toes 949.429.6222 111 W. Avenida Palizada, Ste. 11,

WEBSITE DESIGN San Clemente Website Design 949.246.8345

WINDOW CLEANING Bayside Window Cleaning 949.215.2323 Clear Windows 949.485.8793 San Clemente,


RESTAURANTS Café Calypso 949.366.9386 114 Avenida Del Mar #4 Carbonara Trattoria 949.366.1040 111 Avenida Del Mar, #B, The Cellar 949.492.3663 156 Ave. Del Mar,


949.361.4867 (GUMS) Jim Thomas Roofing 949.492.3459 Dr. Alice P. Moran, DMD 1001 Avenida Pico, Ste. K, 162 Calle de Industrias

V.I.P. Independent Mortgage Inc Choose the Local Lender you can Trust! Deep family roots in San Clemente and Dana Point. Specializing in First Time Home Buyers, 2nd homes and Investment properties. FHA, VA, Conventional, Jumbo, and Portfolio Lending products, Refinances too! Rates are at a historical low, so call Brian Wiechman at (949) 533-9209!


Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 638 Camino de los Mare, Ste. G-105, San Clemente Window Fashions 949.498.9515


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Triton Report

By Adam Herzog and Steve Breazeale

BOYS WATER POLO • The Tritons (9-4) kicked off South Coast League play against El Toro on September 19 and lost, 12-8. Senior Joey Colton of El Toro dominated the game by scoring 6 goals. The Tritons then took on Northwood in the South Coast tournament on September 20 and were defeated 11-9. The Tritons bounced back the following day with a pair of victories; one of them a 13-3 victory over Buena Park and the other an 18-4 win over Riverside Poly. The Tritons kept the momentum going on the third and final day of the tournament with 13-9 and 11-6 victories over Capistrano Valley and Huntington Beach, respectively. On September 25, the Tritons traveled to Capistrano Valley and defeated the Cougars 13-8 in a league match. Next Game: 10/1 vs. Tesoro, 6 p.m. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL • The girls’ volleyball team bounced back from a 0-3 start to go 4-2 on the week at the annual Dave Mohs Tournament September 21-22. The Tritons two losses came at the hands of



At 6 feet tall, 168 pounds, 17-year-old Scott Savage can hold down the blue line with the best of them. In fact, the San Clemente native has been so good as a defenseman for the USA National U17 Team that he was chosen to participate in the inaugural CCM/USA Hockey AllAmerican Prospects Game at the First Niagra Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on September 29. The event will feature 40 prospects from all over the country that will be eligible for next year’s NHL Draft. Savage, who attended San Clemente High as a freshman and a sophomore, has been honing his hockey skills in Ann Arbor, Mich. for the past two years. He has been living with a host family and attending Pioneer High

Santa Margarita and Long Beach Wilson. The Tritons finished off the tournament strong by winning three straight matches against Murieta Valley, Marina and Los Osos, bringing their record to 4-5 on the year. Next Game: 9/27 vs. Capistrano Valley, 6:15 p.m. BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY • The Tritons boys’ cross-country team ran this week at the Dana Hills Invitational on September 22. In the Division 1 senior race, San Clemente finished 16th out of 19 teams. Individually, San Clemente’s top finisher was senior Sergio Flores who finished 15th out of 203 runners with a time of 15:39. The junior and sophomore teams finished 14th and 13th, respectively, while the freshmen team took first place. Next Meet: 10/2, Sea View League Cluster @ at Irvine Regional Park, 1 p.m. GIRLS CROSS-COUNTRY • The girls’ cross-country team also competed at the Dana Hills Invitational on September 22, finishing third overall in the Division 1 senior race. The top individual performer was senior Madison Huffman who posted a time of 18:09, good enough for a seventh place finish out 140 contestants. The junior, sophomore and freshman teams finished fi fth, third and sixth, respectively. Next Meet: 10/3, Sea View League Cluster

Scott Savage will play in the CCM/ USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, New York Saturday. Photo by Tom Sorensen

@ Irvine Regional Park, 2 p.m. GIRLS TENNIS • The girls’ tennis team took on Tesoro on September 20 to open up South Coast League play. Results were not available at press time. The Tritons were set to play on the road against Mission Viejo September 25; results were not available at press time. Next Match: 9/27 @ El Toro, 3 p.m. GIRLS GOLF • The Tritons look to get off to a hot start in the South Coast league as they take on Tesoro High School twice this week. The first match was held at Tijeras Creek Golf Club on September 25 and Tesoro came away with a 210-225 victory. Next Match: 9/27 vs. Tesoro @ Bella Collina Country Club, 2 p.m. FOOTBALL • Newport Harbor scored a stunner on September 21, toppling previously unbeaten San Clemente, 28-7 in a non-league home victory. The win lifts the Sailors to 2-2; San Clemente is now 4-1. The Tritons—playing without seven injured starters including senior quarterback Sean Donnelly—came out strong and dominated the first half of the game but were unable to cash in on several opportunities. Junior safety Collin Zines picked off Newport Harbor quarterback Cole Norris

School while training with and competing for the USA Hockey Developmental Team. So far he’s traveled with the team to Slovakia, Russian and Canada to play against top-level talent. While in Russia last season, Savage and the USA team won the Four Nations Tournament. “The best experience I’ve had in my hockey career was standing on the blue line in Russia singing our national anthem,” Savage said. Savage has committed to Boston College and is set to attend in the fall of 2013. To watch the All-American Prospects Game, log on to at 6:45 p.m. September 29 for a live feed. — Steve Breazeale

early in the first quarter with a leaping grab, setting the Tritons up at the Sailors’ 32-yard line. But as would be the theme for the first half, the Tritons threatened and couldn’t convert the turnovers into points. Late in the second quarter, the Tritons missed a 41-yard field goal and the Sailors took advantage on the next series, scoring on a 63-yard screen pass that represented more offense than they had posted in the entire half to that point. The half ended with the Sailors leading, 7-0. Newport Harbor piled onto its lead in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns—including a 52-yard touchdown run—to stretch its lead to 28-0. The Tritons struggled to find offensive consistency all night, dropping numerous passes, turning the ball over twice and suffering from numerous false starts and delay of game penalties. San Clemente avoided a shutout by scoring with four seconds left in the game as backup quarterback Loren Applegate— who started in place of Donnelly—engineered a late drive and Landon Cook pounded the ball into the end zone from two yards out. Next Game: 9/28 vs. Edison, 7 p.m. Watch the game on delay on Fox Sports West at 8 p.m. (check your local listings) and as always, you can watch the live home stream online at




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GROM OF THE WEEK Brayden Burch Age: 7, Concordia Elementary Brayden Burch has blasted onto the competition scene this season, taking wins in his first three events. He started the season off right, winning the Micro Grom U9 Shortboard division in his Western Surfing Association debut, event No. 1 at Trail 6. Brayden went on to claim top honors at the Gudauskas Brothers’ Stoke-o-Rama contest at T Street on September 15, then followed that up with yet another Micro Grom victory in WSA Event No. 2, September 23 in Ventura. “My dad taught me to surf when I was about four or five. Both my parents help me out a lot and that’s pretty cool,” said Brayden. “When I’m out in the water it feels like my head is just going off and I just have more fun every minute. When I’m on a wave it feels great.” Brayden tries to practice as much as he can at his favorite spots—T Street, Rivi, San O and Lowers—and is currently working on improving his snaps. When he’s not at the beach, he likes to stay active in other sports like soccer, Brayden Burch. Photo by Andrea Swayne football, baseball, skateboarding and swimming. He especially likes jumping off of high diving boards, he said. Brayden is a good student who says the two best things about school are recess and reading. Another favorite of Brayden’s is traveling. He’s already taken surf trips to Hawaii, Australia and Costa Rica and has dreams of becoming a professional surfer so he can continue to explore surf breaks all over the world. —Andrea Swayne

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SURF RESULTS Local finishers only. Key: San Clemente=SC, Dana Point=DP, Capistrano Beach=CB and San Juan Capistrano=SJC, Longboard=LB.

Surfing Heritage Foundation to host Dewey Weber biography signing, exhibit By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


fter four-and-a-half years of work and interviewing well over 100 people, Gerald “Jerry” Derloshon’s biography of ’60s surf icon Dewey Weber, Little Man on Wheels, will debut at the Surfing Heritage Museum, Saturday. The Surfing Heritage Foundation is hosting a members’ reception and book signing to celebrate the book release and the opening of a two-month long Dewey Weber exhibit at the museum, 110 Calle Iglesia, in San Clemente. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will include a panel discussion at 7 p.m. moderated by Derloshon. The panel will include the likes of Skip Frye, Steve Pezman, Linda Benson, Mike Tabeling, Kemp Aaberg, Lonnie Argabright, Don Craig, as well as Caroline and Shea Weber. The event is free to members, but SHF will be accepting membership applications on site. Non-members may pay a $15

WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 2, Donnie Solomon Memorial, September 2223, Ventura, Surfers Point Author Jerry Derloshon will appear at a book signing and reception at the Surfing Heritage Foundation, September 29. A collectible, leather-bound, first edition with balsa wood inlay of Little Man on Wheels, will be available for purchase. Courtesy photos

admission fee at the door. “The preservation of surf history, the focus of SHF and the work of authors like me who pursue the stories of surfing legends, is a natural fit,” Derloshon said. “For me to be with so many luminaries of surf to explore the life of Dewey Weber is an honor and I am looking forward to it greatly.” Derloshon’s book will be available for purchase at the signing and he is donating two collectible leather-bound, balsa wood inlaid, signed and numbered first editions of the book—one for the museum’s collection and another to be raffled off that night. Book sale proceeds will be shared with the Surfing Heritage Foundation, Derloshon said. For more information, see, www.surfingheritage. org or call 949.388.0313. SC

Battle of the Paddle Set for September 29-30


he fifth annual Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle returns to Doheny State Beach Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30. SUP athletes will vie for over $25,000 in cash and prizes—the largest prize purse on offer in the sport of SUP. Racers will also take part in two new Guinness World Record attempts for world’s largest paddleboard San Clemente Times September 27–October 3, 2012

race and the most surfers riding a wave. The Battle of the Paddle is more than just a SUP racing event. It is an ocean festival showcasing the sport by offering races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels, from beginners and families or companyrelay teams to elite competition. For more information, visit www.battleofthepaddle. com. SC —AS

MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9: 1. Bane Corbett, SC; 4. Brayden Burch, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Jett Schilling, SC; 3. Taj Lindblad, SC; 4. Nicholas Coli, SC; 5. Patrick O’Connor, SJC. BOYS U12: 3. Ryan Martin, SC; 4. Jett Schilling, SC; 5. Nicholas Coli, SC. BOYS U14: 5. Gunner Day, SC. BOYS U16: 2. Brighton Reinhardt, DP; 4. Lucas Taub, DP. BOYS U18: 2. Jordan Kudla, SC; 4. Connor Haddadin, DP. GIRLS U12: 3. Kirra Pinkerton, SC; 5. Zoe Mortensen, CB. GIRLS U14: 2. Alexxa Elseewi, SC; 3. Tera Richardson, CB. GIRLS U16: 4. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 5. Kirra Connolly, SC. BOYS LB U14: 4. Ian Diamond, DP. JR. LB U18: 5. Kai Diamond, DP. GIRLS LB U14: 1. Kaila Patterson, CB. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Emmy Lombard, SC; 2. Rachael Tilly, CB; 3. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 5. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. MASTERS 30-39: 4. Jimmy Bray, SC. OPEN MEN: 2. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 1. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. OPEN MEN LB: 4. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN’S LB: 1. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 2. Emmy Lombard, SC; 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. SR. MEN LB 40+: 2. Eric Diamond, DP. NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 2, September 22-23, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty JUNIORS: 1. Griffin Colapinto, SC; 2. Jake Davis, Capistrano Beach; 3. Colt Ward, SC. BOYS: 3. Cole Houshmand, SC. MINI GROMS: 2. Kade Matson, SC. WOMEN: 3. Chelsea Tuach, SC. GIRLS: 1. Malia Osterkamp, SC. LONGBOARD: 2. Christian Stutzman, SC. PERFORMERS OF THE EVENT: Colt Ward, SC, Highest combined score of the weekend, 18.06; Kade Matson, SC, Top wave score of the weekend, 9.60. Surf for the Sea, September 8-9, Oceanside, North Jetty PRO/AM OPEN: 1. Doug Van Merlo, SC.

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SURF FORECAST Water Temp: 66-68˚F Water visibility, conditions: San Clemente: 10-15’ poor-fair-; Catalina: 15-20’+ Fair Immediate: Solid SSE swell from Hurricane Miriam peaking on Wednesday, while minor/easing WNW swell and minor SW swell mix in. Surf generally hangs in the chest-head high to overhead zone throughout the better south exposed breaks of the region. Standout SSE spots in North Orange County will produce ocasional sets running 2-3’ overhead or so. Calm to light/ variable wind early in the morning, followed by a light to moderate westerly afternoon seabreeze. Long Range: Good size SSE swell from Hurricane Miriam will stick around through Thursday and Friday as well to keep up chest-head high occasional overhead surf (strongest in North OC), before fading out over the weekend. Meanwhile, successively larger pulses of Southern Hemi swells will find their way up through the week and into next week. The WNW swell fades out by the end of this workweek. Overall, good weather/wind conditions prevail. Check out Surfline for all the details!

BOYS 13-14: 1. Drew Hemnes, SC. JUNIOR MEN 15-17: 1. Jordan Kudla, SC; 2. Colton Overin, SC; 5. Tai Stratton, SC. COED BODYBOARD OPEN: 2. Luke Overin, SC. SURFBOARD WINNERS: Drew Hemnes, Chemistry surfboard. Log on to for full results.

UPCOMING EVENTS September 29-30: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 3, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef October 6: Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 2, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach October 6: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 3, Huntington Beach, 9th Street October 7: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 4, Huntington Beach, 9th Street

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August 29, 2012