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Help for the Haunted Local Resident is a Real Ghost Hunter E Y E O N S C / PAG E 7

Local ghost hunter and medium Kathryn Wilson offers help for homeowners experiencing paranormal activity and the spirits causing it. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Courtney’s SandCastle Getting Final Push to Completion

Former Triton Travis Wilson Makes First College Start

Council Candidates on Downtown Development







SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO None of the four Republican candidates for San Juan Capistrano City Council who actively sought their party’s support will receive an endorsement, the Orange County GOP Central Committee decided Monday, October 15. The committee, which met for the last time before the November 6 election to give its final approval for any endorsements recommended by the Endorsements Committee, voted unanimously not to endorse either team of candidates: incumbent Councilman Sam Allevato and Planning Commissioner Ginny Kerr or former mayor Roy Byrnes and Kim McCarthy. At one point, all four were considered for the Republican endorsement. On October 1, Byrnes and McCarthy were recommended for endorsement by a slim 2-1-1 vote, despite a heated dispute between McCarthy and Committee Member Mary Young.


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A quarter-mile area of Dana Point Harbor, including Baby Beach and docks A, B and C in the West Basin, were closed to swimming and other water sports for two days following a sewage spill on Tuesday, October 9, Orange County Health Care Agency officials said. According to agency spokeswoman Nicole Stanfield, the 1,000-gallon spill was caused by a root blockage in the South Coast Water District collection system. The Water District fixed the problem Tuesday, but the area remained closed for water quality tests, according to Stanfield. Results of the tests came back Thursday, October 11 and the Orange County Health Care Agency issued a notice at 2:45 p.m. removing the closure. Ocean recreation water quality updates are posted on the San Clemente Times website at


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…Courtney’s SandCastle?

THE LATEST: A nearly 11-year dream may soon become reality. The San Clemente City Council Tuesday approved $110,000 in matching funds to coincide with a final push to complete Phase 2 of Courtney’s SandCastle, the universal access play area at Vista Hermosa Sports Park. Phase 2 includes a sensory garden, which would utilize plants, water and other items to help stimulate the senses of those utilizing it. A number of parents addressed the council and stressed the importance of the sensory garden to children diagnosed with autism. The playground’s namesake, Courtney Smith, told the council that the sensory garden “benefits so many more children,” especially those who would have difficulty utilizing the current playground. “We’re asking, one final time, to complete this project,” Smith told the council. Beaches, Parks and Recreation Department Director Sharon Heider noted that a number of features from the original proposal for Phase 2 had been removed in order to assure that it would be more affordable, while remaining true to the original vision. WHAT’S NEXT: The foundation had originally proposed the council allocate $100,000, with the foundation responsible for the remaining $120,000 in fundraising for Phase 2 over the course of the year. Councilman Tim Brown suggested making it a dollarfor-dollar matching donation from the city, which he hoped would help spur donations. The motion and the new plans for Phase 2 were unanimously approved by the council. FIND OUT MORE: Visit —Jim Shilander San Clemente Times October 18–24, 2012


…CUSD STEAM Magnet School?

THE LATEST: The CUSD Board of Trustees were presented with ideas concerning the development of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) magnet school at the October 8 board meeting. President Gary Pritchard, along with Assistant Superintendent Julie Hatchel, outlined the conceptual framework for a school that will base its curriculum around project-based learning. The school is targeted to open in the fall of 2013. “I’m very hopeful that bubbling in answers on standardized tests will become a thing of the past in public education,” Pritchard said. Some of the conceptual ideas of the school’s framework proposed by Hatchel to the board include: A K-8 model, multiage classrooms (where students stay with one teacher for two years) and a yearround, single-track model (where students are in school all year). Dr. Michelle Vander Veldt of Cal State Fullerton will be taking a sabbatical to help get the magnet school off the ground. WHAT’S NEXT: The district is still working on the framework of the school with its target open date set for September, 2013. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. —Steve Breazeale


The documents are available to any resident who would like to inspect them. The documents cover the amount raised by candidates between January 1 and September 30. Councilman Robert “Bob” Baker has spent the most on his campaign thus far, $26,619.14, and has raised the most money, although the vast majority of that came in the form a $31,500 loan Baker gave himself. The other incumbent, Jim Dahl, has also lent his campaign funds, though at a far lower number than Baker. Dahl and his wife have loaned the campaign a total of $3,912. Dahl has received $6,407 in monetary contributions. Mike Mortensen has received the most money of any candidate in terms of monetary donations. The California Real Estate Political Action Committee gave Mortenson $10,000. Chris Hamm has received just less than half of the contributions to his campaign in-kind or through “nonmonetary contributions.” This includes receiving $1,844 worth of signs from Charles Mann and $388 worth of website services from Wayne Eggleston. David Clegg has provided the city with a form indicating that he anticipates receiving and spending less than $1,000 total for the campaign. WHAT’S NEXT: The next round of campaign finance statements are due October 25. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. —JS


…Campaign Expenditures?

THE LATEST: Campaign finance documents filed with the city by the five candidates for San Clemente City Council reveal a number of different approaches to the campaign.

…the Golf Course Restaurant?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council approved a new operator for the restaurant at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course Tuesday. The new operator, ZGolf, operates 17 course restaurants

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elsewhere in the state. WHAT’S NEXT: The company will be making $100,000 worth of improvements to the restaurant as a part of its lease, which will be for five years, with three successive options to extend the lease for five years. The company has also pledged to identify a wedding facility on, or near the clubhouse that could be used as an additional source of income for the facility. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit —JS


…the General Plan?

THE LATEST: The city’s General Plan Advisory Committee is planning to finish its work on drafting the document early next month. The organization has been meeting since 2010 in an effort to draft new regulations and plans for the city. The last meeting for the group is currently scheduled for November 1. WHAT’S NEXT: While the drafting is wrapping up for the committee, the work on the draft is not yet complete. The Planning Commission must review the proposals before turning over the recommendations to the city’s consultant, The Planning Center. Once that is complete, the public would have an opportunity to review the document and make suggestions, as part of a Planning Commission hearing process. The document would then go to the City Council for review and approval, likely by the end of May 2013. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. —JS

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EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Friday, October 19 Seniors’ Octoberfest 12 p.m. Celebrate at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center with entertainment by Breakaway. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. Chamber Membership Orientation Meeting 12 p.m. Chamber event hosted by OC Tavern, 2369 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1131,

Saturday, October 20 Healing Hands Walk 7:30 a.m. Join local Orange County youth in their first fundraiser at the San Clemente Pier that benefits the non-profit Wisdom Spring to bring water and education to the indigenous people in Africa. Cost $20 adults, $10 students. Register online:

Sunday, October 21 FAM’s Hunger Walk 12:30 p.m. Family Assistance Ministries 25th annual walk to raise money for families in need at the San Clemente Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.492.8477, Sierra Sage Autumn Fitness Hike 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Join the Sierra Sage chapter of the Sierra Club for about a 4-mile hike at The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy. Adults $10, kids $5. 949.923.2210,

Monday, October 22 Toddlertime 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Stories for children ages 2-3 with adult participation at the San Clemente Library 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Tuesday, October 23 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,

Wednesday, October 24 Annual Community Siren Test 10 a.m.1 p.m. More info: Bingo 1 p.m. Games at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322.

Thursday, October 25 Halloween Health Hunt 2:30 p.m. The Fun on the Run after-school traveling activity program transforms into a spooky scene with safe, fun and healthy activities now through Oct. 31 at various locations. More info: 949.429.8719, San Clemente Times October 18–24, 2012


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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Saturday, October 21, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the race site. Participants who cannot make it to the check-in are asked to arrive on race day at 6 a.m.

Friends of the Library Host Shredding Fundraiser u The Friends of the San Clemente Library is hosting a document-shredding event to raise funds for the library Saturday, October 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the San Clemente High School parking lot. Personal and confidential documents will be shredded on-site by Proshred. Paper shreds will then be recycled. There is no need to remove paper clips, binder clips, staples or rubber bands. A standard file box of documents costs $5 to shred. For more information, contact Nonie Fickling at scfotl@gmail. com or call 949.276.6342.

Students Celebrate Red Ribbon Week with Parade

Camino Real Playhouse Schedules Fundraising Show u The Camino Real Playhouse is hosting a special three-night fundraising performance called “Standing Room Only: A Musical Revue,” starting November 2. The show is a collection of Broadway hits from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “Golden Years” and modern Tony-award winning hits. Proceeds from the show will go toward supporting the Camino Real Playhouse. The November 2 and 3 shows begin at 8 p.m., and the November 4 show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $30 at the door or can be purchased by calling the box office phone line at 949.489.8082 or visiting

4th Annual 10K, 5K and 1/2K Benefits Autism Programs u Irvine-based IT firm Trace3 will host the 4th Annual San Clemente 10K, 5K and 1/2K benefitting Hope 4 Hanna on Sunday, October 21. Hope 4 Hanna was started in 2008 to help families dealing with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Proceeds from the event go toward Talk About Curing Autism and other Southern California-based programs that fund projects related to the disorder. A new addition to this year’s event is the TACA Fallapalooza Festival for Families, which features sensory-friendly family activities such as a bounce house, pumpkin painting, face painting, maskcreating stations and more. Registration fees for the race cost $40 for the 10K; $30 for the 5K; $25 for children under 15 running in the 5K; and $20 for the kids’ 1/2K. Entry into the Fallapalooza Festival costs $10 and is good for a family of four. Additional family members cost $5 each. The race will start at Plaza Pacifica shopping center, near Walmart, at 7 a.m. The kids’ 1/2K begins at 9 a.m. The pre-race check-in period will take place

u In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, students from San Clemente schools will march in unity, in what’s being billed as a “stand against substance abuse,” on Monday, October 22, at 4:15 p.m. The parade will travel along Avenida Del Mar, and the community is invited to show their support for the children. A ceremony and awards program will follow the parade at the Community Center Auditorium. Local business sponsors for Red Ribbon Week, which runs from October 22 to 28, include 7-Eleven stores in San Clemente and Selma’s Chicago Pizzeria. During the week, children wearing their Red Ribbon wristbands can receive one free Slurpee at participating 7-Eleven locations, and Selma’s is offering a free spaghetti dinner to children under 12 who visit the restaurant with their wristbands.

Applications Available for Ocean Festival Grants u The Ocean Festival is now accepting applications to be eligible for grant awards. Since 1993, the Ocean Festival has awarded more than $350,000 in grants to schools and organizations. Last year, the Ocean Festival committee awarded $5,000 in donations to recipients such as San Clemente’s Junior Lifeguard program and the Adopt-A-Class program in Dana Point for San Clemente students. The primary focus is on local ocean and beach-related needs. To view further guidelines, visit To obtain an application, call 949.440.6141. The committee will be accepting grant requests until October 26.

Anti-Bullying March in Laguna Beach on October 19 u San Clemente High School-based club Cool 2 Be Kind is participating in the inaugural People’s March Against Bullying on Friday, October 19, in Laguna Beach. The event is hosted by the newly-formed nonprofit National Association of People Against Bullying. Participants will meet at Main Beach and march to Laguna Beach City Hall. Several speakers will shed light on the national bullying epidemic, including Cool 2 Be Kind club president Victoria Mendez, 48th Congressional District candidate Ron Varasteh and NAPAB Executive Director Anna Mendez. All are welcomed to participate in the march and are encouraged to wear blue.

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Shorecliffs Foundation Fundraiser October 27 u The Shorecliffs Foundation’s fourth annual fundraising event, Living Coastal, will be held at Irons in the Fire in San Clemente on Saturday, October 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event will include dinner, live music (including performances by Shorecliffs teachers and students) and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit the academic programs for all grade levels at Shorecliffs Middle School. The event is open to all Shorecliffs parents, supporters and community members. Tickets are $50 at the door or contact the Foundation to purchase tickets in advance. For more information, contact 949.291.3343, or visit our website www.

Alert OC Testing Monday u The city of San Clemente will test AlertOC, a mass notification calling system Monday, October 22. All landline phones in San Clemente will receive automated phone messages notifying of the annual testing of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station emergency sirens, which will be Wednesday, October 24. Persons and businesses who have registered online with the city at will also receive cell phone, text message and email notifications. For more information, visit the city’s website at or contact the City’s Emergency Planning Officer at 949.361.6109 or tuckerj@san-clemente. org.

Library Hosting Local Author u The San Clemente Public Library will host local author Sandra Weaver, Monday, October 22, at 7 p.m. She will read from her recent book, “Wake Up and Join the Evolution” and will have a book signing to follow. The book presents scientific facts that have grave implications for the future of life on earth. This event is free and open to the public. Any questions regarding this event can be directed to Alicia Zach, 949.492.3493.

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Help for the Haunted Local ghost hunter and medium shares tales of helping homeowners and spirits By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


ith Halloween approaching, we set out to find spooky tales of haunted places in the area and found an experienced ghost hunter in our midst. She shared her story of how she became a helper for both homeowners experiencing paranormal phenomena and the lingering spirits responsible for the hauntings. For as far back as Capistrano Beach resident Kathryn Wilson can remember, her life has been full of psychic events, explained away as coincidence or imagination until finally finding her calling as ghost hunter and medium nine years ago. “I remember psychic things happening to me and my family since I was a little girl. Dreams would come true. I would have very strong intuitive feelings that would also come true,” said Wilson. “My mother and grandmother were also psychic. I recall a few times when my mom would wake up in the middle of the night and insist on praying for someone. Then, later we’d find out that person had been hurt or passed away.” Praying was a big part of Wilson’s life as a child and it remains so today. Having grown up Catholic, the family was nevertheless prone to open discussion about psychics and the paranormal. “I always wondered about ghost encounters. Wondered if some of the strange things that I had experienced actually were interactions with spirits,” said Wilson. She shared a story of visiting a family cabin in the mountains with her husband and extended family when her first son was still a baby. “We had been to the cabin many times and my sister and I always slept upstairs. It was strange, but whoever slept downstairs would always report being a little freaked out. One time, my sister and I decided to stay downstairs with my baby in a room with two twin beds with a port-acrib at the foot of one of them. That night, I was in the room rocking the baby to sleep when all of a sudden I felt someone gently squeeze my arm near the elbow. It didn’t freak me out because it almost felt reassuring somehow,” Wilson said. Wilson awoke in the morning to find her sister staring at her with a wide-eyed frightened look on her face and asking, “Did you see it? Did you see the ghost?” San Clemente Times October 18–24, 2012

Ghost hunter Kathryn Wilson took this photo of an apparition she said she encountered on a past paranormal investigation.

“My sister told me she woke up in the middle of the night and saw a dull glowing green figure of a man she described as ‘minuteman looking’ with a tri-cornered hat and carrying a musket. The figure, she said, was standing between the beds near the crib and appeared to be guarding us. My sister said she tried to go back to sleep thinking she was dreaming but opened her eyes several times before morning and saw him still standing there. From the way she described him, the squeeze on my arm suddenly made sense.” But, it wasn’t until nearly a decade ago, when Wilson’s two boys had reached their double-digit birthdays that she decided to pursue further knowledge and training on the subject. She began attending lectures on paranormal investigations during the day and joining ghost hunting groups at night. In 2006, Wilson joined the California Ghost Hunters, one of the only groups of its kind at the time. “There are tons of groups now. Ghost hunting has become very popular, largely due to the number of TV shows on the subject,” Wilson said, acknowledging that some of what is depicted on television is true but much that they show is not considered good practice in her field. “I realize that yelling at and taunting ghosts makes for good TV but think about it; you could be screaming at and disrespecting a spirit who was somebody’s grandma. It’s just plain rude.” Shortly after beginning her studies, Wilson met a demonologist from LA who researches procedures used throughout history to get rid of different types of paranormal entities. The two began working together to put together a team to help those who feel they are being plagued with paranormal activity in their homes or businesses. Since then, Wilson has investigated over 200 cases, mostly referrals from other teams and mostly in private residences

where people report things in their homes moving, hearing voices, seeing apparitions or having children or pets frightened by unseen forces. “Many other teams only do scientific research-based investigations. They set out to gather evidence via the recording of electronic voice phenomena or EVPs, detecting electromagnetic fields or EMFs or capturing video evidence, but they don’t try to help the client get rid of whatever is going on. That’s where we come in,” she said. “In the group I act mainly as a medium, to tell if a spirit is present, who they were, how they died, what they want and whether they are a human or nonhuman spirit. I go in and act as sort of a therapist, almost counseling and praying for ‘stuck’ spirits who are either too confused to cross over, don’t know how or are procrastinating leaving this world for whatever reason.” There are plenty of mediums that claim to be specialists at helping spirits cross over, but Wilson does not claim to be one of them. “I don’t like to say that I can cross people over, I think that is for God to do, but I feel like what I do, including praying for them, helps spirits become able to do it,” said Wilson. “I feel like this is my calling and I want to help.” Wilson said human spirits can be attached to a person, place or thing and when they die, they can become stuck, unable to cross over for some reason but unaware of why. She feels that those who died suddenly may be confused or others may be putting it off due to a feeling of unfinished business or in fearing judgment. Wilson has some simple advice for those who think they may have paranormal activity going on inside their home. She advises homeowners, renters or anyone living or working in such a building to never undertake ghost hunting on their own, as primary residents possess the authority to either invite or disinvite

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entities from the premises. Wilson’s team and others have also discovered that spirits don’t like black lights, so for some, she says, sleeping with a black light on will keep spirits at bay. Burning frankincense and myrrh also seems to have the effect of calming spirit energy. The blessing of homes is also a common tactic. Wilson also warns against drinking alcohol or taking depressant drugs, even Benadryl, while in the presence of paranormal activity, as these substances lower the body’s energetic defenses against spirits who would attempt to enter a living being. “Any form of do-it-yourself spirit communication such as dowsing rods, Ouija boards, etc. can be an open invitation,” she said. “You might use a Ouija board 50 times and nothing happens, then on the 51st time all of a sudden you have chairs moving around the house.” Wilson also warns about unscrupulous groups who charge hundreds, even thousands, of dollars for their services. “Our team and other good reputable teams never charge for cases,” Wilson said. “It’s like if we put a monetary value on it our hearts wouldn’t be in the right place. Our intent wouldn’t be pure.” On hauntings in the San Clemente and Dana Point area, Wilson said she can’t talk about the confidential findings in most private homes but did offer a comment about one local residence. “A former owner of the Doheny house in Capo Beach asked for my help and I can tell you there is definitely paranormal activity there,” Wilson said. Wilson said that she’s made requests to investigate Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Casa Romantica in San Clemente by people who have had experiences there. She would love to investigate these claims, but officials at both won’t allow it. She has been allowed to search one mission, La Purisima near Solvang, and found much activity there. When asked how she handles naysayers and those who would say the living have no place messing with the paranormal world, Wilson said she has yet to have that happen. “I’m sure there are many who feel that way but nobody has ever given me a hard time about it. And, it wouldn’t bother me if they did. I know my heart’s in the right place,” she said. “What usually happens is that people who I would never think would be believers end up telling me a story of an experience they’ve had.” “I do private readings for people for a donation only. Folks can pay anything they want,” Wilson said. Those who need help with something going on in a house or would like a reading can contact Wilson via email at Wilson can also be heard live Thursdays at 8 p.m. on her internet radio show “Spooky Kathy” at www.liveparanormal. com. Archived shows can be found on iTunes and History FM. SC


Downtown Debate Council candidates on what should—or shouldn’t—be allowed to be done downtown Compiled by Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


he shape of downtown San Clemente, and specifically the area around the intersection of Avenida Del Mar and North El Camino Real, has been the subject of heated feelings over the past few months. The city’s General Plan Advisory Committee recommended that the city adopt a new policy to restrict building height in the area to two stories. Currently, the city allows for “mixed-use” development in the area, allowing for business or office development that also included residences. Both those looking to preserve the status quo and those looking to restrict the height of downtown development fear the same thing—the loss of the downtown San Clemente they love, either to buildup and development or to the flight of shoppers and diners elsewhere to the city. What do you believe the future of downtown should look like, and should preservation or development be the goal? 1 ROBERT “BOB” BAKER: No city can ignore development, which is why I’ve supported responsible projects like Ralph’s, Target and Courtney’s Sandcastle. But we have to pursue any new development with an eye for maintaining our city’s unique character and quality of life. Preservation and development are not mutually exclusive. We can grow San Clemente’s business community and keep the Spanish style that makes our city so appealing. There is a middle ground here that will not make everyone happy but will protect our village character that we cherish so much. JIM DAHL: The Downtown T Zone was zoned MU-3 in the last San Clemente General Plan in 1993. Landowners expect to be able to improve their properties with this zoning in mind. They believe that this is their vested property right. If you look at the area today, 20 years later, there has not been a lot of building expansion made. This is the result of the lack of parking for these property owners to renovate their properties. The main concern of the Historical Society is with three story buildings that Avenida Del Mar will turn the street into a canyon. The Planning Commission is looking into a new tool to help with just this issue. It is form-based codes. This new tool is being used by many cities with historical districts. Form-based codes address the relationship between building San Clemente Times October 18–24, 2012

The shape that future development should take downtown has been a loud debate in San Clemente in the last few months, specifically, how high buildings can be built to. File photo by Heidi Mefferd

facades and streetscape and the form and mass of the buildings surrounding the building to be improved. The codes are presented in regulations. They designate both the appropriate form and scale of the development rather than only distinctions in land use. If you want to further look into form-based codes go to for further information. CHRIS HAMM: The thing that makes San Clemente unique is our village character. We cannot sacrifice that. We must preserve our historic resources while adapting to the changing needs of the community. Avenida Del Mar is special; it has a charm that draws people in. It will always have an appeal to shoppers. Two stories in our downtown village has been the status quo for 80 years and it should remain that way. Over the last 10 years we have seen a revitalization of Avenida Del Mar and El Camino Real without building up. Our downtown has never been more active and vibrant than it is now. We are lucky to have an active main street when so many other cities don’t. The key to maintaining our village feel is connectivity; the beach trail has done that by joining the north and south ends of town. As we continue to revitalize outward from Avenida Del Mar it will bring

people in. Responsible development while preserving our historical resources should be our goal. As your council member, I will work hard to preserve our historic resources and maintain economic vitality. For more information on my campaign visit MIKE MORTENSON: Preserving our smalltown, surf village character is of paramount importance to me. I don’t think smart development and preservation are mutually exclusive, as the question suggests. Rather, I think both can go hand-in-hand. To make that happen, we need to be very selective about what types of development the City will approve for the downtown area. I also think we need to support investment in our downtown areas by supporting our property owners and encouraging them to invest in and improve their properties. This investment is necessary for our “village” to continue to thrive. We need to be open to adaptive reuse of historical structures. We should work with our local merchants and business to develop creative solutions to attract more people downtown, and to keep them downtown for longer periods of time. One idea that I really like is more outdoor dining downtown to take advantage of the “World’s Best Cli-

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mate,” as we like to say. We must improve downtown parking and bicycle facilities. I think it’s also important to follow through on the Mayor’s and Downtown Business Association’s plan to improve the paseos and alleyways (burying power lines, cleaning up alleys, etc.) to further enhance the downtown feel. DAVID CLEGG: The best-looking part of Avenida Del Mar is the top area with the Spanish looking 3 story buildings. As you go down the street, you see the old one story 60’s style buildings, that do nothing to enhance the Village-by-the-Sea feel of our downtown. We need to provide incentives to the owners of these buildings so they will upgrade their properties to meet the architectural standards set by the city. This will make our downtown a destination for tourists and residents who want the experience of shopping and eating in a picturesque setting not found in a mall. Coming Next Week: The candidates will make their final pitches as to why the voters of San Clemente should choose them.


CUSD Candidates On Improving Relations Candidates on how to improve openness and relations between board members Compiled by Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


he relationship between the board, teachers, school administrators, parents and students has often been strained. The relationship within the board itself has shown to be fractious at times. Do you feel that the opinions and needs of all parties involved are considered equally in the decisionmaking process? What steps should be taken to improve these relationships? There has also been criticism that there isn’t enough transparency with the district. If this is an issue, what can be done to improve transparency and increase constructive dialogue? JOHN ALPAY Voters should ask if they can recall the last time they read in the traditional media about the chaos of CUSD. Those articles are no longer written. I was elected two years ago on a platform of restoring stability and

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.

Monday, October 15 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Del Mar, 100 Block (5:02 p.m.) A man reported to be possibly under the influence of drugs was seen falling in and out of sleep by the back door of Billy’s Meats, Seafood and Deli. The customer who called police said the man, who was in his early 20s, had been sleeping the corner for more than an hour. STOLEN VEHICLE El Camino Real, 500 Block (4:00 p.m.) A white Mercedes was stolen on the cross streets of Algodon and Avenida Mateo. The car was last seen before lunch on October 15, and the keys were left in the vehicle. San Clemente Times October 18–24, 2012

beyond question we have succeeded. Relationships in CUSD have improved immeasurably and once again CUSD’s focus is on education, not political turmoil. Several judges found previous iteraJOHN ALPAY tions of the Board in violation of existing sunshine laws and CUSD was chastised repeatedly for its need to act in a transparent manner. Reputations are easily earned but are slow to go away even with a new Board in place. But fortunately recent follow up reviews by a local judge and representatives of the District Attorney have verified and affirmed that the current Board is in full compliance with its legal obligations relating to transparency. In fact, CUSD’s transparency was visible during the entire 2012-13 budgetary process. The Board and Superintendent held in total

25 budget meetings, public forms and study sessions to allow for public input. This gave voters a front row seat to view the Board’s deliberation of school finances without spin or polish, including a Mission Viejo Trustee’s repeated efforts to discuss local parcel taxes and the Board’s negative response and conviction to live within its means. This transparency reaffirmed the Board’s commitment to a balanced budget without a tax increase. With stability restored, relationships have improved, transparency once again exists and CUSD continues to provide quality public education.

be just that. I pledge to make a very real effort to work with, and not against, my fellow board members. As far as transparency goes, I have never participated in backroom deals and have no desire to start now. I understand STEVE LANG that negotiation and discussion is paramount, and I firmly believe that the days of “us against them” needs to end.

STEVE LANG While it would not be fair for me to speak about board relationships to which I have no part, my personal belief is that “it’s only a good deal if it’s good for everyone.” Morale is key for all involved. Moreover, my 40 years in business has taught me that truth and respect is always possible, even if it leads to an agreement to disagree. I believe a “trustee” should

Candidate YOLANDA McNAMARA did not submit a response. Some residents of San Clemente will be voting in Trustee Area 1, which is currently represented by trustee Jack Brick, who is not running for reelection. Karin Schnell and Amy Hanacek are running for the seat. Questions answered by those candidates are available at SC

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY El Portal, 200 Block (3:19 p.m.) Child protective services was called to deal with a possible child abandonment situation. A mother left for a cruise, leaving her two 10-month-old twins with the father. However, upon dropping her off, the father claimed he was taking the kids and never returning.

ties had been drinking, and found a 9 mm handgun and shotgun locked in the safe.

clothes, but did not get to her skin. Animal control was sent to assess the situation.

PATROL CHECK Acebo Lane, 300 Block (7:04 p.m.) A homeless man was seen in the driveway yelling obscenities. The man was not yelling at a specific person, but was loud enough to require a patrol check.

RECKLESS DRIVING South El Camino Real/Avenida Barcelona (10:35 a.m.) An elderly woman was seen racing through the alley honking her horn for over a half-hour. The woman was driving a champagne-colored Buick.

DISTURBANCE North El Camino Real/Avenida Pico (9:58 a.m.) A patrol check was requested when someone witnessed a male and female hitting each other inside of their gold Honda Accord. The female seemed to be trying to get out of the car while the male was using force to not let her out.

WELFARE CHECK Calle Amistad, 100 Block (2:36 p.m.) A man called police, saying that his ex-wife was making vaguely suicidal threats. The woman called him saying that she would, “see you in my next life.”

Thursday, October 11

WELFARE CHECK Calle Guadalajara, 2800 Block (7:45 a.m.) A male caller stated that there was a woman that was “acting crazy and probably sick” but was refusing medical attention. The woman could be heard in the background, muttering nonsensical statements.

Sunday, October 14

Saturday, October 13 CITIZEN ASSIST Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (10:53 p.m.) A nurse at a hospital in San Clemente called police to inform them of an elderly woman who had been sleeping in her car in the parking lot. The nurse claimed that the woman was being abused by her caretaker, and that was the reason she was sleeping at the hospital. MISSING JUVENILE Calle La Veta, 3300 Block (10:29 a.m.) A 16-year-old ran away from home after arguing with her parents. The parents called police claiming their daughter walked out after they told her they would put her in a home for being out past curfew.

PATROL CHECK Costa Maritima 5600 Block (11:39 p.m.) A caller stated that a number of juveniles were in a pool area. The caller stated that they had jumped a fence and then left it open for others to come in. DISTURBANCE/FAMILY DISPUTE Calle Cuervo, 200 Block (11:09 p.m.) A woman called after having a domestic dispute with her husband. She claimed that her husband threw her against the couch. When police arrived, they found both par-

Friday, October 12 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Calle Cuervo, 100 Block (5:47 p.m.) A woman called police after her neighbor’s pit-bull attacked her. The dog ripped her

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DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 200 Block (11:27 p.m.) Police were called after a bouncer punched a man who refused to leave the bar. Medical assistance was not needed. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Calle Juarez, 3000 Block (7:49 p.m.) A 59-year-old man called police after a pharmacy gave him the wrong needles, and he shot up too much of his medicine. The man claimed he was “going down,” and the Orange County Fire Department responded to the situation. DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE El Camino Real, 2600 Block (3:32 p.m.) Police were informed of a physical domestic dispute between a male and female. The neighbors could hear the yelling and also heard the female falling to the ground. WELFARE CHECK Camino El Molino/Camino De Los Mares (10:42 a.m.) A drunken female was seen trying to kick out the back windows of a patrol car. The woman did not flee the scene and police were sent to control the situation.


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GUEST OPINION: By Mayor Jim Evert

An Open Letter Mortenson has support of many throughout city


ayne Eggleston recently penned a column in the San Clemente Times attacking Mike Mortenson. I ordinarily don’t respond to this type of campaign nonsense, Jim Evert but given Wayne’s past prominence I am compelled to do so. Make no mistake, Wayne’s “column” is not to inform. It is intended to smear Mike and divide our community. Wayne asserts that as a past city councilman, he has a “perspective of what qualities make for a good and dedicated councilmember.” As Mayor I agree with him on this point. Wayne endorses Chris Hamm and Bob Baker. Tim Brown also supports them and Lori Donchak endorses Hamm—giving Baker a total of two former or current councilmembers and Hamm three. Mike Mortenson has seven. Seven former council members and mayors support Mike, including Lori Donchak, Jim Dahl, Joe Anderson, Candy Haggard, Susan

Ritschel, Steve Knoblock and myself, along with many other city leaders, commissioners, business owners and activists. In addition, Mike is endorsed by the Orange County Republican Party, Orange County Register and Chamber of Commerce, among others. More important, Mike is endorsed by hundreds of San Clemente residents. So using Wayne’s logic, Mike is clearly the better candidate. Mike Mortenson grew up on the beaches of Orange County. Wayne’s statement that Mike is “from the East Coast and Los Angeles” is completely false and he knows it. Mike paid his own way through college and law school. He lived briefly in Washington, D.C., while working for the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He lived briefly in Redondo Beach while starting a successful small business. Neither Baker nor Hamm have ever started a business, worried about making payroll or created a single job. Because of Mike’s business experience he understands how important our local merchants and small businesses are to San Clemente. Mike Mortenson wishes to represent all

of San Clemente but believes it’s important to provide a representative voice from the northern parts of town, like Talega and Forster Ranch, because they currently don’t have a voice on Council. Mike never said “I wish to represent Talega” as Wayne falsely writes. Mike Mortenson has been forthright and consistent in his positions. He promises he will thoughtfully consider each issue on its own merits. The OC Register endorsed Mortenson over Baker and Hamm for this reason while noting that Baker “equivocates” on issues. Mike does not “dance around” the issues as Wayne ridiculously claims. As a successful attorney, Mike Mortenson is not a developer’s candidate. Mike hasn’t received a penny from a developer. Contrary to Wayne’s hysterical accusations, Mike is beholden to no one. But should Mike ever receive donations from a developer, he will not conceal it like Baker and Hamm. Ironically, these supposed “anti-developer” candidates have received thousands of dollars from an outof-town developer’s PAC. See for yourself

who paid for Hamm’s signs ($2,000) and those divisive, outrageous, false mailers ($15,000-plus). Ask yourself, why would Wayne write an entire column attacking Mike Mortenson when he could have highlighted Baker and Hamm’s ideas? The fact is, Mike is running to unite our community, not divide it. This scares Wayne Eggleston, Bob Baker, Charles Mann and their divisive cohorts to death. Without a divided community they become irrelevant, which is why they lie and attack Mike Mortenson and Councilman Jim Dahl. It’s time to stop the lies and petty nonsense. Let’s stop tearing San Clemente apart. Let’s focus on solutions—restoring North Beach, creating local jobs, addressing traffic and parking, preserving our village character and restoring our beaches. That is what Mike Mortenson is focused on. That is why I support Mike Mortenson and continue to support Jim Dahl. SC


through investment and business friendly policies are simply hiding their heads in the sand. As with everything in life, there is always room for improvement. To me, the November City Council election is about one thing: fresh ideas for a path forward. Mike Mortenson has them and Bob Baker (No. 1) does not. Mike Mortenson is offering (and willing to consider) creative ideas and provides an unbiased perspective. He is not tethered to old and tired ideas nor is he blinded by the perception that some of San Clemente’s oldest and most critical problems cannot (Cont. on page 14)

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@


Last Tuesday’s tragic accident on I-5, which sadly resulted in the loss of a Southern California resident’s life, demonstrated yet again the dire need for the 241 Toll Road to be completed to serve as a major alternative route to Interstate 5 in south Orange County. Traffic was backed up for hours and completely congested the city streets in San Clemente—especially El Camino Real. In recent years, other accidents, fires and an undetonated grenade San Clemente Times October 18–24, 2012

left I-5 gridlocked for hours because there is nowhere else for the thousands of motorists to go, other than local city streets, which cannot accompany them. How many more incidents need to occur on I-5 before we all recognize the desperate need—not just for convenience but for safety as well—of a major alternative route to I-5 that 241 would provide? The former arguments against focused on the chosen route, but I don’t think anyone could argue against the logical need for an alternative major route in this region that has millions of people.

DAN BANE, San Clemente

In the upcoming City Council election, we are confronted with two divergent paths forward—the “anti-business and investment” approach offered by incumbent Bob Baker (No. 1) versus the common sense, business considerate and fiscally responsible approach offered by candidate Mike Mortenson. Without question, San Clemente is already an exceptional place to live. But those contending that San Clemente cannot be strengthened or improved

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Letters to the Editor (cont.) (Cont. from page 12) be solved. Likewise, Mike has vowed to consider projects on their merits alone. Accordingly, he holds no preconceived bias that investment and business are bad and will harm San Clemente’s village character. To be clear, I am not against Bob Baker (No.1) as a person. Mr. Baker has selflessly given his time to serve San Clemente as a public official and I certainly respect and admire his several years of service. In fact, I owe my own time as a San Clemente Planning Commissioner in part to Mr. Baker, who voted me onto the San Clemente Planning Commission along with former council member Wayne Eggleston and current Councilwoman Lori Donchak. Perhaps what is most troubling to me is that Bob Baker is so antagonistic toward seemingly anyone that wants to invest in this town. Mr. Baker is quick to shoot down ideas yet offers no ideas of his own. For example, I recall Mr. Baker, along with Wayne Eggleston, promising a “to be named” alternative solution for the Miramar Theater during the Playa Del Norte referendum. To date, no solution has been presented by Mr. Baker. The only improvements made in North Beach were renovations to the San Clemente Casino, made by private investment. These improvements

have had a profound positive impact. Yet, Mr. Baker has been very vocal in his opposition to the Sadeghi’s and their efforts to invest in North Beach. I think everyone agrees that San Clemente’s charms are what make it so unique and they are certainly why my wife and I chose to make San Clemente our home. However, we can have both investment and maintain the “village character” that gives San Clemente its charm. But to do this, we need someone with vision and who can build consensus. Mike Mortenson is such a person.


Today we saw a bunch of people and their kids holding signs on a street corner in support of Steve Lang. They have every right to do that: freedom of speech. However, we took particular offense to the sign that said, “Our teachers love Lang.” As long-time CUSD teachers, we don’t know any teachers who support Steve Lang for school board. He has stated that he wants to place cell towers at CUSD schools and when asked how he would solve the district’s fiscal crisis, his solution is to move the OC Swap Meet to San Clemente High School. Steve Lang wants to slash

teachers’ salaries by 30 percent. He has lived in San Clemente for less than a year. Even worse, he is affiliated with the “Hold CUSD Accountable” slate that includes Reardon and others who sued CUSD for over $200,000 and who want to force teachers to work with no job security on at-will contracts. He is endorsed and supported by the anti-public school organization out of Sacramento run by former Washington, D. C. Superintendent Michelle Rhee. He and his cronies belittle the professionalism of CUSD teachers. We personally cannot vote for someone who does not value the years of education and commitment we have given to CUSD, a district whose test scores and students reflect the high expectations of the staff and community. We support John Alpay, the candidate that we trust to continue his efforts to bring stability back to Capistrano Unified. In his term as trustee, he has supported teachers as professionals and valued the work that we do daily with CUSD students.


Our family moved to San Clemente 28 years ago to enjoy the nice beach town atmosphere that the city has enjoyed since

Ole Hanson envisioned the coastal land so many years ago. Most of the residents of San Clemente feel the same way, as the over development advocate, Jim Dahl, has had his ideas and proposals voted down over his tenure as city councilman. It is time to let Jim Dahl know that development of our city has to be a slow process so that San Clemente doesn’t turn into a giant tourist shopping mall where there is little open space and traffic is oppressive. His voting record speaks for itself, and it is time for him to leave the city council. We need conservation-oriented city council people to run San Clemente in a logical, ecological way, so that our standard of life is not compromised for the sake of development. We need to make sure that #1 Bob Baker gets re-elected to the city council, as his record also speaks for itself, so that he can help shape the future of San Clemente and not lose her charm. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@sanclementetimes. com. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Please limit your letters to 350 words.



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


COOKING CLASS: DINNER IN A PUMPKIN 6:30 p.m. Organic and gluten-free cooking class at Antoine’s Cafe. Cost $65 each; includes recipes, dinner and a glass of wine. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763,


TAJ MAHAL 8 p.m. Legendary musician at The Coach House. $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SPINSTERS OF BLACKMEAD 8 p.m. Intriguing, suspenseful and mysterious play at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $18. Shows through Nov. 4. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,


BALLROOM BASH 7:15 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Annual Halloween costume party at the San Clemente Community Center with a dance lesson, prizes for the best costumes, munchies and more. Tickets $10. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.498.0233, WINE & MUSIC CRUISE 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dana Wharf’s cruise on a luxury catamaran with wine, snacks, music and more. Tickets $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, HAUNT AT HERITAGE HILL 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. The park is transformed into a haunted adventure with scary mazes, movies and more for the whole family. $5. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230, DJ MARC MORENO 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music every Friday night at The Shore. 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.481.6089, FALL WINE TASTING 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Try seven wines for $15 at San Clemente Wine Company. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, San Clemente Times October 18–24, 2012

AT THE MOVIES: ‘FRANKENWEENIE’ DELIGHTS Twenty-eight years ago an aspiring filmmaker named Tim Burton made a black and white short film for Disney called Frankenweenie, featuring character actors Shelley Duvall and Daniel Stern, and a dog their on-screen son brings back from the dead. Now in October 2012, five months after the TV adaptation Dark Shadows, Burton brings his own creation to life again as his first ever black and white stop-motion motion picture. In a tiny town called New Holland, an unpopular boy named Victor Frankenstein (Charlie Tahan) spends his days making home movies and playing with his dog and best friend Sparky. One day Sparky gets run over by a car and sadly passes away. Depressed and lonely, Victor suddenly becomes inspired by science class to bring the dog back to life with the use of ©2012 Disney Enterprises electricity (or lightning). Slowly his classmates discover his secret and want their own deceased pets back too. This new full-length Frankenweenie also reunites old Burton collaborators Catherine O’Hara and Martin Short as Victor’s parents, Martin Landau as his favorite teacher and Winona Ryder as girl next door Elsa van Helsing. To those who are familiar with the original short, the new version remains largely faithful to the source and includes some new characters and subplot. Not since Big Fish (2003) has Burton created such a fully delightful and charming film, as well as a throwback to his origins. —Megan Bianco


BACKYARD SKILLS: HOME BREWING 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Craft your own beer by learning brew-making basics with home-brewer expert David Sharp at The Ecology Center. Cost $30. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949-4434223,


SPRING AWAKENING MUSICAL 8 p.m. The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College presents Spring Awakening, an award-winning, bold, youthful coming-of-age musical in McKinney Theatre. $15. Runs through Oct. 28. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, DOHENY BEACH HALLOWEEN HAUNT 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Annual event at Doheny State Beach when the campground transforms into a spooky area, with educational booths, arts and crafts, a fun zone and more activities. Free admission; bring one can of food per person. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6172, JAZZ, JAZZ, JAZZ 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Last day to view Casa Romantica’s fall exhibition with 130 photographs in two collections, The Fine Art of Jazz and Portraits from the Golden Age of Jazz. $5. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, THE 1940’S RADIO HOUR 8 p.m. Play at Cabrillo Playhouse about fabled WOV, a seedy little New York radio station that takes to the air at the beginning of World War II. Tickets $20-$25. Shows through Oct. 28. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,


SIERRA SAGE AUTUMN FITNESS HIKE 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Join the Sierra Club for about a 4-mile hike at The Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy. Adults $10, kids $5. 949.923.2210,


LOCAL SUNDAY SESSION 6 p.m. Music from local artists Dane Petersen, Joe Eslick and the Dark Horse Band, and Strings Attached at the Cabrillo Playhouse. $5 suggested donation. Beer and wine served for donation., Page 19

HOPE 4 HANNA 10K/5K RUN & RESOURCE FAIR 7 a.m.-12 p.m. The fourth annual event at Plaza Pacifica benefitting Hope 4 Hanna to “Take Down Autism One Step at a Time.” $20-$40. 951 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.293.8385, YOGA AND LIFE COACHING DAY RETREAT 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Bardo Coaching hosts a retreat at Mission San Luis Rey for your mind, body and spirit. Pre-registration $108, at the door $120. 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, 949.444.3399,


CHILDREN’S CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC 7 a.m. Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club’s 21st annual golf tournament at Talega Golf Club. 990 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.499.1869,


FOOD TRUCK MONDAYS 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fundraiser with food trucks in the SCHS parking lot. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165,



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

THE STORY OF LEVI LEIPHEIMER 7:30 p.m. A screening of “The Levi Effect,” followed by a panel discussion about the state of professional cycling. 26701 Aliso Creek Road, Aliso Viejo, 949.425.3861,


SWALLOW’S PUMPKIN CARVING CONTEST 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Carve the ultimate pumpkin at the Swallow’s Inn contest; at 7:30 p.m. music by Billy Mac Band. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


ELI CHAPMAN 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, *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:

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Hunger Walk Celebrating 25 Years FAM has grown, but still event is still largest fundraiser By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


amily Assistance Ministry’s annual Hunger Walk is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The event, which serves as the largest single fundraiser put on by the organization each year, is being held Sunday, October 21. The organization supports hundreds of San Clemente families every year, providing food, career counseling and other aid for its clients. The organization also operates a 26-bed shelter for women and young children, and partners with 65 local organizations to provide support for struggling families throughout South Orange County. Bob Harnar, an original FAM board member, said the Hunger Walk was originally affiliated with CROPWalk, a national hunger organization based in Indiana, but that was only for one year. The Episcopal Service Alliance,

which was the forerunner of FAM, then took over the Hunger Walk, running it until 1999. As the organization’s reach has extended over the last few years, so has its budget. While the Hunger Walk continues to be a major fundraiser, it’s no longer the organization’s biggest source of income, he added. “It isn’t as large a percentage of the total, but that’s because it’s grown so much,” Harnar said. Most of the organization’s budget now comes from grants or other forms of support, he added. Mary Gray Perdue, the organization’s executive director, said the goal of the caseworkers and career counselors at the organization is to let people know “This is not your life story.” The walls of the offices are lined with photos of volunteers and success stories of families who have moved into jobs and steady environments. The walk will begin at 2 p.m. at the San Clemente Community Center with check-in starting at 12:30 p.m. The

Family Assistance Ministries staff members in the organization’s food bank warehouse. Pictured are executive director Mary Gray Perdue, left, Susan DeGennaro, Amie McLachlan, Nancy Martinez, Marjorie Patton and Lucy Stafford-Lewis. Photo by Jim Shilander

route will go from the Community Center up to the new Ralph’s on El Camino Real, then back to the Community Center. Perdue noted that the route is approximately 2.5 miles, representing the 25th anniversary of the event. Registration can be done online at famhungerwalk. SC

Brogan Hitting San Clemente October 27 Comedian headlining SC Military Family Outreach fundraiser By Bob Crittendon San Clemente Times


immy Brogan, one of America’s top standup comics and comedy writers, will take the stage at the San Clemente Community Center October 27, highlighting the 5th annual Encore Variety Show fundraiser of the San Clemente Military Family Outreach. The purpose of the show is to help fund the annual distribution of Thanksgiving turkeys to low income military families in north Camp Pendleton. We caught up with Brogan to see what energizes the man that the Los Angeles Times calls “an absolute master at interacting with the crowd.” RC: Your tour list reads like the song title, “I’ve been everywhere.” With great reviews in almost every major showroom and loads of movie and television work, could this possibly be your first time to perform in San Clemente? Jimmy Brogan: I’ve done shows in Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano and Carlsbad. I’ve been circling San

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Clemente my entire career preparing for this show. RC: Let’s begin at the beginning. When did you first realize that you were bound for a career in comedy? JB: When I was 8 years old I was frightened by a serious person and I’ve been funny ever since. RC: Were your parents and family supportive of this direction? JB: They didn’t quite understand what I was doing. I don’t come from a show biz family. The first time I did “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” in 1984, I talked to my dad the next day and he said, “Jack really seemed to like you.” He thought Jack Paar was still hosting the show. He hadn’t heard that Paar had retired in 1962 and Johnny Carson had been doing the show for 22 years. RC: Your nine years with the Leno show as writer and monologue creator are well known, but how have you and Jay managed to remain such good friends when Leno says you are “complete opposites?” JB: Yes, we are “complete opposites,” but we have one thing in common and that is the love of comedy. If you had a Venn diagram of Jay and me, that tiny part of the two Page 20

circles that overlap would be labeled comedy. RC: Although you are one of the country’s most successful comedians, you say that you “have no act.” What does that mean? JB: My act is very audience-interactive. Where most comics do a monologue in front of the audience, I do a dialogue with the audience. And I’m looking forward to making that connection with the San Clemente folks. The music and comedy variety show at 7 p.m. October 27 also includes high school vocalists from the “Stars of Tomorrow” competition, concert pianist David Dunford and a Beach Boys tribute from Woodie and the Longboards. The spotlight, however, falls on Brogan alone as the entire comedy segment. Open seating tickets for the October 27 show are still available at $25, and can be obtained at the office of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 2001 Calle Frontera in San Clemente, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., or at the San Clemente Community Center on the night of the show. SC

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Santa is back! Ho Ho Ho... Here is the deal... A special session with Santa includes session for 1 child, 15 minutes (additional child is $10) Parents and Doggies are FREE! All digital, printable, high-res. images on a CD are yours to keep! November 24 & 25, 11am- 4pm for $79. December 1 & 2, 10:30am- 3:30pm for $89. December 8 & 9, 10:30am- 3:30pm for $99. Reserve your spot! 949.361.0680 or


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

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,

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,


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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, Inc. 949.215.2323 Clear Windows 949.485.8793 San Clemente,

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OTHER INTERESTING STUFF HUGE TENT SALE @ CHILDREN’S ORCHARD SJC Children’s Orchard in SJC will be having a HUGE tent sale on Saturday Oct. 20th from 10am - 6pm! 50% off all clearance merchandise. 30% off all white tagged merchandise. Incredible merchandise at incredible prices! Other vendors participating are: Jerky Mama-Sbyke-IcargoBike-Bellela BabyTidepools Swimwear. 31878 Del Obispo st. SJC (Marshall’s center).

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Skipping Halloween, But Ready for Election Day Some wackiness brings fun to the political season


adore the arrival of autumn, with its pumpkin spice lattes and onset of the holiday season, but I can’t abide the horrible Halloween holiday. Every year I skip the spectacle and instead enjoy an early start to the Thanksgiving harvest. However, this year I’m pleased to pause for the presidential election. A self-proclaimed Ebenezer Scrooge of Halloween, you won’t see any haunting headstones littering my lawn, nor will you find any political proclamations in my yard. I support the electoral process and am thankful for the 19th Amendment, but I avoid most party propaganda. In fact, I just read my official sample ballot and found four men and two women are running for president, and one of the women is Roseanne Barr—it’s not a Halloween hoax. Roseanne Barr, former sitcom star and current Peace and Freedom Party hopeful, declared her candidacy during an appearance on the Tonight Show announcing her plan to legalize marijuana and “invade Mexico.” I last threw my hat into the political ring in elementary school in a run for class treasurer. I lost the election and still hold

my math teacher responsible for my landslide defeat and aborted political ambition. Despite my apolitical views, I respect the right to cast a vote in the presidential election. I LIFE’S A BEACH also really like visiting By Shelley Murphy my polling place and spinning that electronic voting wheel of fortune to earn my “I Voted” sticker. This year, for the first time, the election is a family affair and all four of us are participating in the political process on November 6. Our oldest son celebrated his 18th birthday a few months ago and quickly registered to become a member of the electorate. He involved himself in student government in middle school and throughout high school. Now in college, he’s part of associated student government and excited to vote in his first “real” election. He’s also a fan of sitcoms and cartoons, so I find it fitting that his first trip to the polls falls in an election year including political pundits Roseanne Barr and Big

Bird. Like the U.S. House of Representatives, ours is a house divided by debate, as demonstrated by discussions between my college kid, who champions raising taxes to support programs, and his conservative dad who defends his stance to back taxsaving measures. While our older son casts his vote to increase spending, our other son will work to increase the wages in his wallet. He’s also involved in student government but too young to vote, so he volunteered for the Student Poll Worker Program. According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Orange County ranks as the nation’s fifth largest voting jurisdiction with more than 1,500,000 registered voters, 10,000 poll workers, and 1,300 polling places. In a quest for volunteers, in 1996 the California State Legislature amended election law to allow high school students hands-on experience with the voting process by serving as poll workers on Election Day. Students participating in the program must meet certain criteria and, once certified, earn $75 while working on Election

Day and $20 for attending a mandatory training session. After attending his three hour training, my son came home with a 158-page Polling Place Operations Manual and a headache. He’s well-prepared for Election Day and looking forward to the quick cash – I mean earning important community service hours. The presidential election is about three weeks away and there’s still time to register to pick the next president and puzzling propositions. The last day to register to vote is October 22, and the deadline to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is October 30, at My husband votes by mail every year— obviously he doesn’t share my enthusiasm for stickers. Regardless of the issues his political apathy keeps him from the polls, but at least he votes. On November 6, be sure to vote and express your opinion. The presidential election only occurs once every four years—fortunately, pumpkin spice lattes return every autumn. SC PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to




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It only took five games for former San Clemente quarterback Travis Wilson to get his first start under center for the Utah Utes, who came to the Rose Bowl October 13 to play against Pac-12 rival UCLA. Wilson, who graduated from San Clemente High in 2011, was just the fourth true freshman to start for Utah in the school’s history. Wilson completed 23 out of 33 passes and threw for 231 yards and an interception in the Utes 21-14 loss to the Bruins. Current San Clemente head coach Jaime Oritz witnessed Wilson’s rise from high school quarterback to Divi-

Former San Clemente quarterback Travis Wilson started as a true freshman for Utah in a game against UCLA on October 13. Photo by Brian Miller

sion 1 starter and was in attendance for his former player’s debut. “It was definitely a good starting point for (Wilson). Being 18-years-old and starting in the Pac-12 is a good

Where are the Lakers? Cable contract disputes have taken the team off-air, leaving fans frustrated By Darian Nourian San Clemente Times


he Los Angeles Lakers are about to embark on yet another NBA calendar year, kicking off their season October 30 against the Dallas Mavericks. With the new additions of superstars Steve Nash and Dwight Howard, Laker fans all throughout southern Orange County are buzzing over the thought of yet another NBA championship, which would be the franchise’s 17th. Unfortunately for those fans, at least for now, Lakers games will not be seen by the majority of households in southern Orange County. The reason being that Time Warner Cable, the team’s new $3-billion television partner, has not been able to convince other cable providers to carry their two new networks, Sportsnet and Deportes. Cox Communications, DirecTV and Dish Network are all major television providers in the area that have continued to hold out on Time Warner’s new networks due to the asking price, which is reported to be $3.95 per subscriber per month, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

If a deal is reached between Time Warner and other cable providers, the Lakers will be back on air. “We are still in negotiations, but we are trying to get the new networks before the Lakers’ first official regular season game,” A public relations representative for Cox Communications said. A deal between providers is something that all local Lakers fans are hoping for so that they are able to watch the team come October 30. “I am a huge Lakers fan and it is really tough already not being able to watch their games,” San Clemente resident Oscar Montecinos said. “I just think that it’s getting out of control with all these big TV contracts. It should be about the fans, not the money.” Some Lakers fans have already gone to extraordinary lengths just to watch their team play. Steve Behmerwohld, a San Juan Capistrano resident and avid Lakers fan of 30-plus years, switched his television provider from Dish Network to DirecTV before the start of last year’s NBA season. He did so because at the time, it was rumored that Dish Network would no longer

carry Lakers games. Dish Network agreed to a deal to air the games one day before the start of the 2011 regular season—after Behmerwohld had already switched providers. “I understand that when you pay players so much money, somebody has to pay for it, so a television deal of such magnitude (20 years, $3 billion) is justified in an owner’s sense,” Behmerwohld said. “But it is really just a helpless feeling, since we can’t really control what our television providers do. I’m sure that the parties involved will come to a deal, it is just a matter of when and how much.” When 30 San Clemente residents were asked in an informal survey whether they were willing to pay $3.95 more per month for their television service to be able to watch Lakers games, all 30 responded that they would. “It is in the best interest of both parties to get this deal done before the start of the regular season and that is what we are hoping for,” a public relations representative from Dish Network said. This holdout could affect local bars and restaurants, which rely on being

feat,” Ortiz said. “I know he was excited to start but his ultimate goal was to win the football game,” “There were a couple of times where he threaded the needle pretty well and converted a couple of third down plays,” Ortiz said. “There were times he looked shaky and other times when he looked like a true pro.” Ortiz credited Wilson’s early success to him taking part in the Ute’s spring ball season, where Wilson learned the team’s offense and got acclimated to the pace of play. Utah will play at Oregon State on October 20. —Steve Breazeale

FOR THIS WEEK’S TRITON REPORT LOG ON TO WWW.SANCLEMENTETIMES.COM able to show these games for business. Michael Merrigan is the owner of OC Tavern Grill & Sports Bar in San Clemente and his restaurant carries DirecTV. “The people want to be able to come in and watch the Lakers, especially now more than ever with their exciting new acquisitions in Nash and Howard,” Merrigan said. “We haven’t been affected by the holdout so far, since it’s only the preseason…but as November inches closer, I do worry a little.” It seems as if professional sports have been attracted to holdouts lately. The NBA and the NFL players and owners’ contract negotiations drew mass media attention at the beginning of their respective seasons. The NHL players association is currently in a dispute with the league and in lock out mode. Now local television providers are in a dispute with Time Warner Cable. It is just another instance of business affecting the world of sports and many southern Orange County Lakers fans are suffering as a result. For now fans will just have to remain patient, having already missed the team’s first four preseason games. SC




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GROM OF THE WEEK Curran Dand Age: 12, Shorecliffs Curran Dand is in his second year on the Shorecliffs Middle School surf team and is preparing for the start of SSS competition. He is also competing in the WSA Championship series this season and is currently ranked No. 18 of 54 in Boys U14. This summer Curran made two podium appearances taking second— behind older brother Conner—at the San Clemente Ocean Festival and earning a sixth-place finish at the Gudauskas brothers’ Stoke-o-Rama contest at T Street. Curran says he likes competition both for the challenge and the camaraderie of his friends and fellow surfers. Lately he has been working on performing more on-rail carves, bigger power turns and wave selection. In school, Curran is Curran Dand. Photo by Rusty Melanson an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student whose favorite subject is math. He has yet to see a report card this school year but finished last year with all ‘As’ and one ‘B.’ “Obviously I’d like to be a pro surfer one day but my back-up plan is to become a chiropractor like my dad,” he said. “My dad’s career lets him to spend time with us surfing, traveling and taking us to contests. I also like the idea of helping people be healthy and enjoy their lives more.” Curran would like to thank his dad and brother for their coaching and Garth Day of G-Day Surfboards for making boards that work well for him. “I’d also like to thank my mom for waking up early to take me to before school sessions,’ he said. —Andrea Swayne

Small Shop, Big Win Infinity’s Dave Boehne Wins SUP Award By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times

Local finishers only. Key: SC=San Clemente, DP=Dana Point, CB=Capistrano Beach WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 3, October 13-14, Pismo Beach, Pier


eptember 27 was a big night for Dana Point’s Dave Boehne of Infinity Surfboards as he was selected as a winner in the second annual SUP Magazine, SUP awards. The magazine created the SUP Awards, stand-up paddling’s highest honor, to recognize the best athletes in the sport. To choose the winners, the magazine collects nominations from readers and fans worldwide and then ran the top five male and female paddlers, the top SUP expedition, the top philanthropic effort and the top movies of the year. “It was a huge honor to be chosen for this honor. I got fifth and our team rider Slater Trout from Hawaii got third,” Boehne said. “For two of our team riders to be chosen from among the larger brands is a great accomplishment. The movie Slater and I were in, “H2indO” also won an award, so it was an awesome night for us. I’m blown away by being chosen among such amazing world-class athletes.” For more information, see SC


MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9: 1. Bane Corbett, SC; 2. Brayden Burch, SC. BOYS/ GIRLS U10: 1. Taj Lindblad, SC; 2. Jett Schilling, SC; 3. Nicholas Coli, SC. BOYS U12: 3. Ethan Mudge, CB. BOYS U14: 2. Ethan Mudge, CB; 6. Gunner Day, SC. BOYS U16: 5. Conner Dand, SC. BOYS U18: 2. Jordan Kudla, SC; 3. Alonso Correa, SC/Peru. GIRLS U12: 3. Kirra Pinkerton, SC. 6. Malia Mauch, SC. GIRLS U14: 4. Tera Richardson, CB. GIRLS U16: 3. Malia Osterkamp, SC. GIRLS U18: 6. Malia Osterkamp, SC. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 2. Eland Hansler, SC. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 2. Kyla Kelley, CB. MASTERS 30-39: 5. Jimmy Bray, SC. OPEN MEN: 2. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN MEN LONGBOARD: 4. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN LONGBOARD: 1. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 2. Kyla Kelley, CB. VQS, Volcom Goldfish Series, October 6, Morro Bay, The Rock GROMS: 1. Gunner Day, SC Dave Boehne of Dana Point wins a SUP award. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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