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VOLUME 7, ISSUE 43
San Clemente Chooses
Take a Look at Council, CUSD, State and Federal Races SPECIAL INSERT
NRC to Sponsor SONGS Cancer Risk Study
Taste of San Clemente Highlighting Local Restaurants
Sand Replenishment Facing Challenges
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LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING
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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO A live leopard shark was discovered Monday at San Juan Hills Golf Club. Around 4 p.m., a course marshal discovered the shark, approximately 2 feet long, thrashing about on the 12th tee box. The marshal brought the shark back to the clubhouse, where cart attendant Bryan Stizer placed it briefly in a bucket filled with water and a bit of salt, before driving it out to Baby Beach in Dana Point to release it back into the ocean. According to Melissa McCormack, director of club operations, the shark had small puncture wounds near its dorsal fin and might have been dropped by a bird. Julianne Steers, chief aquarist at the Ocean Institute, said peregrine falcons and ospreys are common predatory birds in the area.
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Dana Point restaurateurs, the Olamendis, are celebrating their company’s upcoming 40th anniversary by unveiling the new, Olamendi’s Ultra-Premium Silver Organic Tequila. Jorge Sr. and Maria Olamendi opened their first restaurant in San Clemente in 1973 then moved to the current “original Olamendi’s” Dana PointCapistrano Beach location in 1976. By 2009 they were operating three locations in the city. During the past year they closed all but the original, in a decision to go “back to basics” with the restaurant and focus on moving forward with the line of private label gourmet foods and beverages they started in 2008. The line includes salsas, chips, organic coffee, beer and wine and now, after 15 years in the making, Olamendi’s Tequila. The tequila is now available at the restaurant and the brand will officially launch in stores by Thanksgiving.
SAN CLEMENTE’S TOP 5 HOTTEST TOPICS
What’s Up With... 1
… A San Onofre Cancer Study?
THE LATEST: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced Tuesday that it would sponsor a cancer risk study in the vicinity of six nuclear plants around the country—including San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The NRC noted that a committee at the National Academy of Sciences had made recommendations whether and where to perform the studies. The Academy will be conducting the study. The release stated that the Academy had recommended using the six sites, including San Onofre, based on the operating history, population size and the ability to gather data from state cancer agencies. WHAT’S NEXT: The Academy will work to begin the study in the next three months, and it will likely continue into 2014. The study is attempting to update a 1990 National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute report on cancer in populations living near nuclear facilities. Gary Headrick of San Clemente Green said he was very happy to hear about the study. At the recent NRC public meeting regarding the future of SONGS in Dana Point, many voicing concern about a potential restart of the facility cited health worries and wanted to see a study similar to the one proposed. Southern California Edison also released a statement regarding the study, that the study would provide “valuable research on the issue.” FIND OUT MORE: As more information on the study becomes available, and for the full story, check back at www.sanclementetimes.com —Jim Shilander
San Clemente Times October 25–31, 2012
… Sand Replenishment?
THE LATEST: City project engineer Tom Bonigut told members of various city commissions and the City Council Tuesday that it may take quite a bit of time to see any new sand on the city’s beaches, even as the city’s beach reclamation project has received positive feedback form the Army Corps of Engineers. Bonigut said the project would cost $11 million, of which $4 million would come from the city and the remainder from the federal government. The project would involve putting in new sand on a 3,400-foot section of beach, approximately 250,000 yards of sand. The same amount would have to be replaced every six years to keep up with current losses. WHAT’S NEXT: Bonigut said that while the project has been given the OK to be included as part of a larger appropriations bill, its future may be somewhat in doubt due to current Office of Management and Budget regulations. Bonigut explained that current OMB rules require 2.5 times the benefit for each dollar spent. This ratio may be an issue for funding the project in the future. He also stated that the absolute earliest time that replenishment work could begin was late 2015 or early 2016. FIND OUT MORE: For future updates, visit www.sanclementetimes.com. —JS
… Poche Beach?
THE LATEST: Bonigut also told the meeting that the falconry project at Poche Beach had been successful at driving the gulls from the beach, but that overall water quality at the county-run beach had not
improved, as the gulls had simply moved out to the ocean, just out of reach of the falcons, which were tethered. Bonigut said that while the project was somewhat successful, it likely wouldn’t be looked at as a solution to the bacterial problems at the beach. WHAT’S NEXT: Bonigut added that there were a number of options being looked at to try and lessen the bacteria levels at the beach, which has led to a number of posted warnings against going into the water at the beach. Possible solutions included trying to lessen the use of the nearby outlet pond or potentially getting rid of it altogether. The city is partnering with the City of Dana Point and the Prima Deshecha Landfill about ways to reduce potential runoff issues and other potential solutions to the issue. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.sanclementetimes.com. —JS
… the Bicycle Master Plan?
THE LATEST: The San Clemente Planning Commission approved moving forward with a portion of the city’s new bicycle and pedestrian master plan, which will be incorporated into the city’s new General Plan. The plan would ensure that the needs of bicyclists and pedestrians are considered in future planning and development decisions of the city. Primary city planner Jeff Hook noted that many of the changes, wouldn’t be all that applicable to all development, such as construction or remodeling of homes, but would be very important to consider in larger projects. WHAT’S NEXT: The plan must still be approved as part of the larger General Plan
package by both the Planning Commission and City Council. Hook expects final approvals to come in May 2013. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.sanclementetimes.com. —JS
… A SONGS Leak?
THE LATEST: A small hydrogen leak on the non-nuclear side of the generating facility at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station will force Southern California Edison to replace a small pipe fitting at the plant, which was discovered during testing over the weekend. The testing utilized a temporary boiler, which produced steam to heat the facility to its normal operating temperature. The nuclear reactors themselves were not on during the process. WHAT’S NEXT: The leak was reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Sunday, as well as the California Emergency Management Agency and San Diego Department of Environmental Health. A release from Southern California Edison indicated that the hydrogen was moving away from the leak, rather than accumulating. Since hydrogen is lighter than air, the hydrogen dissipated into the air. Both reactors are still shut down, as they have been since last January. San Onofre re-start opponent Gene Stone said the leak was part of “dangerous experiment,” at the plant. The California Public Utilities Commission will meet in Irvine Thursday and a potential investigation into the outage at San Onofre is on the agenda. FIND OUT MORE: Visit www.sanclementetimes.com. —JS Have a story idea or topic you would like to read about? Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org. www.sanclementetimes.com
EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Friday, October 26 Senior Center First Anniversary Party 11:30 a.m. Celebrate a successful year at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center with entertainment by Rick McClellan, lunch from 12-1 p.m. and cake all day long. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322.
Sunday, October 28 San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar.
Monday, October 29 Ole Hanson Beach Club Project 6 p.m. Public workshop to discuss the Ole Hanson Beach Club renovation held in the Multi-Purpose Room. 105 W. Avenida Pico, 949.361.8237, www.san-clemente.org.
Tuesday, October 30 Planning Commission Meeting 7 p.m. Adjourned regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, www.san-clemente.org. 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. sanclemente.freetoasthost.net.
Wednesday, October 31 Kiwanis Meeting 12 p.m. The local Kiwanis Club meets at Carrows. 620 Avenida Pico, 949.290.8729, www.sanclementekiwanis.com. SC Rotary Club 12 p.m. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619, www.sanclementerotary.org.
Thursday, November 1 Fun on the Run 2:30 p.m. The afterschool traveling activity program meets at various local locations to provide safe fun for kids Monday through Friday. Thursdays meet at Los Mares Community. More info: 949.429.8719, www.san-clemente.org. General Plan Advisory Committee Meeting 6 p.m. Library Annex Building, Multi-Purpose Room, 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.361.8200, www.san-clemente.org. Golf Course Committee Meeting 7 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, www.san-clemente.org. San Clemente Times October 25–31, 2012
Compiled by Jim Shilander
PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO San Clemente Collaborative Hosting Substance Abuse Forum u The San Clemente Collaborative will host a forum to discuss youth substance abuse in San Clemente on November 5 in the Little Theatre at San Clemente High School. A panel discussion will begin at 7:15 p.m. and will include drug and alcohol prevention and recovery professionals, as well as a student at San Clemente High School who is currently in recovery. They will discuss the easy availability of drugs, increasing drug potency, the abuse of prescription drugs, the consequences, both medical and social, or drug use as well as where to seek help. A number of area recovery and community organizations will also have information available at the event. The event begins at 6:30 p.m., with the panel presentation beginning at 7:15 p.m.
Exchange Club Presenting Semper Fi Golf Classic u The Exchange Club of San Clemente is presenting its annual Semper Fi Golf Classic Monday, October 29, at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. The event allows participants to play in foursomes with a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. The event benefits a number of charities at Camp Pendleton. Teams of three will play with a Marine. The cost of the event is $200 per person, which includes a dinner at Irons in the Fire. For the dinner only, the cost is $45. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., and the golf starts at 11 a.m. There will also be raffles, a silent auction and other fundraisers during the event. For more information on the event, contact Hank Snyder at 949.661-8298.
San Clemente-based Charity Holding Laguna Fundraiser u FeedingSomalia.org is hosting its second annual fundraiser Saturday, November 17, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Laguna Nursery in Laguna Beach. The event includes a beer tasting and brewing education by Left Coast Brewery Co. There will also be food, wine, a silent auction and gifts. The organization accepts donations via PayPal, credit card, check or cash. Attendees are also encouraged to bring their spare change to the event, as a symbol of the cost to feed refugees in Somalia, approximately 10 cents for one meal. The Laguna Nursery is located at 1370 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach. For additional information, contact Tina Monji at email@example.com, or 949.275.0414.
The San Clemente Education Foundation recently received $500 from Farmers Insurance, as part of its Community Sponsorship Program. SC Education Foundation board member John Redmond accepted the check, which was presented by local Farmers agent Lisa Newell.
SC Dentist buying back Halloween Candy for Troops u San Clemente dentist Eric Johnson will be accepting unwanted Halloween candy to November 1 and will pay $1 per pound, up to 5 pounds, as well as raffle tickets for prizes from local vendors, including South Orange County Baby Bootcamp, Safety in Motion, OC Tykes, and Tan-Talizing. Candy will be collected at Johnson’s office the day after Halloween only from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The candy must be unopened. It will then be shipped to troops overseas. For more information contact Johnson’s office at 949.493.9311 or online at www. drericjohnson.com.
San Clemente High School Presenting Our Town u San Clemente High School is presenting four performances of Our Town November 14-17. Playing the part of the Stage Manager, who guides the audience through the town and introduces its inhabitants, are Emily Czaja and Ryan Steel. The two young people who grow up together over the course of the play, Emily Webb and George Gibbs, are played by Sydney Sroka and Mason Burt. Emily’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Webb, are played by Rob Racke and Jenna Erickson. George’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gibbs, are played by Bill Richards and Leah Blanks. Other actors include: Alex Perkins, Alex Prince, Amadi Houston, Anthony Torcaso, Celeste Seifet, Chandler Hull, Danielle DiMarco, Denton Burt, Draco Tuder, El Seabern, Francesca Cavada, Gillian Perry, Katie McGowan, Nadia Kurihara, Paris Hull, Ryan Gibby, Sienna Smith, Sophia Racke, Tiffany Campbell, William Wakeman and Zuri Toral. The play also marks the SCHS directorial debut of new drama teacher Jeannine Marquie.
“Although written almost 75 years ago, this simple play captures the transience of human life and highlights the beauty and divine value of our short time on earth. I look forward to sharing the play’s simple, but important messages with audiences,” Marquie said. She has recently moved to the area from San Diego where she was a teacher, director and actor. The curtain will open for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at the box office for any performance at 5:30 p.m. Special $5 student rush tickets may be available 10 minutes before curtain if space is available.
SCHS Dance Presenting Fall Concert u The San Clemente High School Fall Dance Concert, “Hometown Glory,” is being held November 3 at 7 p.m. and November 4 at 4 p.m. in the main gym at San Clemente High School. The concert features the 11 Time USA National Champion SCHS Dance Team, featuring five routines that are being prepared for upcoming regional, State, and National competitions. Senior soloists for the Fall Concert include Selah Decew, Brooke Forstie, Megan Hayes, and Caili McDaniel. Also featured will be 4 ROP (Regional Occupational Program) dance classes in a hip hop extravaganza performed to music from the viral YouTube video, “Gangnam Style.” Tickets, $15 for adults, $10 for students and children, will go on sale one hour before each concert, and doors open 15 minutes prior to the first dance. For more information, go to www.schsdance.org. Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. Forward a picture along, too! We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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‘Taste’ Comes to Casino Event highlights area restaurants and work at local landmark By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times
he 22nd Annual Taste of San Clemente hits the city Friday, November 2, and it will do so at one of San Clemente’s major landmarks for the first time. This year’s Taste, the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce’s annual showcase for local restaurants and caterers in the area, will be held at the San Clemente Casino, which has been restored as a venue for events in the city. Chamber President Lynn Wood said the event is the key event on the organization’s calendar for promoting local restaurants, and not necessarily for bringing in money. “The board decided a long time ago that it doesn’t matter if we break even on it,” Wood noted. “The most important thing is to market the businesses. That’s our job.” This will also be the rare year for the Taste to be held indoors, in part to provide a stage for entertainment. Casino co-owner Linda Sadeghi said the Casino has some unique aspects to offer as an event venue. “I see it as a complement to all of the other venues,” Sadeghi said. “Perhaps it’s more entertainment directed, because it has a history as a music and dinner theater venue. And we can hold a larger group.” She noted that when the Casino opened in the ’30s, approximately 1,000 people celebrated in the ballroom. Today, it holds about 375, but has hosted between 500-600 on the grounds at open house events. “We’re also at a nice point with the renovations. We’re kind of in the home stretch.” Casino general manager Kelly Roemer said there have been eight large events open to the public since the building reopened. The venue also provides the ability to host events in a different area of town, North Beach, and Roemer said that location could help to make more people aware of what could be done in that area of the city. “We’re getting up there now with the improvements,” Roemer said. “This is why they (the Sadeghis) wanted the Casino in the first place, to host events of this nature. We’re excited. We’re right now taking part in monthly meetings to help and raise awareness of North Beach and try to find ways to get people to come up here.” Mayor Jim Evert said he was part of the group that was meeting to discuss North Beach. He said getting more events in the area was very important, and the Casino San Clemente Times October 25–31, 2012
Above: The newly restored and refurbished Casino San Clemente will host this year’s Taste of San Clemente. City officials and the Casino’s owners hope that the venue can be a key to aid in the resurgence of North Beach. Photo by Jim Shilander Left: Vito Raspatella of Tina and Vince’s serves up food at 2011’s Taste of San Clemente. Forty restaurants and wineries from around the area are participating in the event this year. Courtesy photo
could be the center of that effort. “The Casino is just an outstanding venue,” Evert said. “A lot of charities and organizations use it for their fundraising events… The renovations have been excellent.” There are a number of other events the city is scheduling in the area to bring more people there. This Christmas, for example, the annual Christmas train will be stopping at the North Beach Metrolink stop, rather than the Pier Bowl. Such events may include a farmers market and a small café that would by operated by the Casino and a local caterer. Some restaurants and other businesses are also using the event to make a splash locally. Restaurants, such as Sunsets at the Pier and South of Nick’s are participating in the event for the first time.
Brian Harrington, managing partner for Nick’s Restaurants, said any opportunity to connect to the community was welcome. “It gives us yet another opportunity to connect with our neighbors and guests outside of our restaurants,” Harrington said. “Our teams at both stores are always eager to show of their culinary talents and they get a real thrill seeing folks enjoy their creations. We have been fortunate to enjoy solid and healthy business levels since day one at both South of Nick’s Mexican Kitchen and Nick’s on Avenida Del Mar in 2010.” Harrington said it could be very helpful for a new restaurant to participate in events like the Taste. “It’s always a great way to spread the word, meet folks and personally get to know them and invite them in to see what we are all about. We love this community, we built two restaurants here. We want to be here with and for the community of San Clemente.” Another case is Bob Cooke, who is looking to open up a boutique cigar shop in town, Sweet Ash, with business partner James Moldenhauer. Cooke will be making cigars available for attendees
of the event. “We’re in the process, my partner and I, of trying to get a business in town. We’ve been cigar smokers for years. We’ve been looking for almost a year-anda-half, primarily in the center of town.” Cooke said he saw the event as a great way to make the community aware of the business as they try to find a storefront. “Being that it’s a local event for San Clemente, it’s important for us to be able to get our name out there.” Cooke said the company would be looking to be a wholesale boutique for cigars, and would ultimately be looking to obtain a liquor license as well, in order to serve brandies and other high-end liquors. As to the evening itself, there will be 28 restaurants and 12 wineries participating at this year’s Taste. The Casino’s stage also allows for live music. This year, the event will feature local cover band Sandbox, as well as Sharp Turn Ahead, a duo featuring 12-year-old twin brothers Kyle and Benjamin Sharp of Laguna Beach. Tickets for the Taste are $75 and are only available in advance of the event. Tickets can be purchased online (www. scchamber.com/Event_Registration. asp). There are only 250 tickets available. For additional information, contact the Chamber at 949.492.1131. SC www.sanclementetimes.com
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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.
Sunday, October 21 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE East Avenida Palizada/El Camino Real (6:11 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a transient male loitering out in front of the 7-11. The man was intoxicated, and his pants kept falling down. DISTURBANCE Calle Guaymas, 300 Block (4:46 p.m.) A woman called police saying her “crazy” husband, had been drinking and causing a disturbance. The woman left her home and went to her neighbors. The woman informed police that her husband owns a handgun.
WELFARE CHECK Avenida Vista Montana, 200 Block (8:07 a.m.) A woman called police and requested a welfare check on her 48-year-old friend, who called her and said she had been drinking and had taken too many Percocet. The Orange County Fire Department responded to the situation.
Saturday, October 20 WELFARE CHECK Avenida Palizada, 200 Block (3:58 p.m.) A mother called police to have them check on her 25-year-old son who called and said he had intentionally taken more than 50 Xanax pills in response to a family crisis. INVESTIGATE PERSON DOWN North El Camino Real/Calle Del Los Molinos (10:35 a.m.) A patrol check was requested for a transient male who was lying on the ground, possibly unconscious. The man was near the bus stop and the person who called police stated that it did not look like he was sleeping. BAR CHECK El Camino Real, 3300 Block (1:10 a.m.) Police were notified when about 20 Marines were seen out in front of Big Helyn’s bar, about to engage in a fight. DRUNK DRIVING El Camino Real, 1800 Block (12:10 a.m.) Police arrested a 35-year-old man for
drunk driving after finding him passed out in the car with the vehicle running.
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alcohol and pills. When police arrived they transported the man to the San Clemente hospital.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Talega/Avenida Vista Hermosa (9:57 p.m.) A man called police and requested a patrol check when he witnessed three subjects in dark clothing, with flashlights, attempting to get into vehicles.
WELFARE CHECK Escalones, 100 Block (1:58 a.m.) A man called police and requested a welfare check on himself due to incessant drinking. The caller said he has been drinking every day since his wife passed away five months ago, and has caught himself talking to objects like pillows and slippers.
ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Interstate-5/Avenida Vista Hermosa (3:01 p.m.) Police were notified of a subject who was throwing objects onto the freeway from on top of the overpass. One of the objects shattered the windshield of a vehicle driving underneath.
UNKNOWN TROUBLE Avenida Del Presidente/Avenida Magdalena (1:31 a.m.) A hysterical woman called 9-1-1 asking for police regarding a subject who was lying in the middle of the street, attempting to get hit by a car.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Pico, 900 Block (9:15 a.m.) A patrol check was requested for a suspicious male who was digging in trashcans and yelling at himself. The man was also seen waving his hands at passing vehicles.
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SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Vallarta, 800 Block (11:34 a.m.) A person called to report a group of subjects who were knocking on doors in the neighborhood asking if there were any deaf people around so they could give them a bible to read.
ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Estampida, 3100 Block (5:31 a.m.) A woman called police to report a domestic dispute with her fiancé. The caller said her fiancé was an aggressive former Marine, and he was extremely intoxicated on both
DISTURBANCE Maracay, 0 Block (4:52 a.m.) A newspaper carrier called police when a female and male were following her on her delivery route, and were outside the vehicle claiming she was driving under the influence.
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BY THE NUMBERS: By Pall Gudgeirsson, Assistant City Manager & City Treasurer
I’ve Got an Answer for That, From A to Z “Come on talk to me, so you can see what’s going on” —Marvin Gaye
udging by the number of queries I get time and again, there sure are a lot of things going on—and perhaps not going on—in our little burg by the sea! We BY THE NUMBERS tend to notice works-inPall Gudgeirsson progress, vacant lots, rundown historic buildings, and empty spaces and wonder why things aren’t getting done. So, from Andrew the Pelican’s travels to the Z-Golf eatery, what’s going on? When does Andrew the Pelican show up on the Pier for photo-ops? According to our expert fisherman at the pier, when he is in the mood. Sorry, no schedule. Will the beach trail at Linda Lane ever get lighted? Yup. In order to get people from the Linda Lane parking lot to the pier, 12 pedestrian lights costing $117,000 will be
installed to light the beach trail between Linda Lane and the pier by November 22. Brilliant! Can I renew my business license on-line instead of Pony Express? Beginning in 2013, you can renew and print licenses on the city website using a credit card or use the new kiosk at Community Development. What is happening with the Miramar? May seem like nothing going on, but a $20,000 grant has been awarded for a Historic Structures Report to get a structural assessment which will include recommendations for identifying adaptive reuses of the theater and bowling alley. We will get there. What’s up with the base-of-the-pier restroom project? Preliminary design is finished and once cost estimates are finalized will go to the City Council for approval with restoration imminent. New lights and new
bathrooms. Gotta like that answer. When will the General Plan be completed? The General Plan Advisory Committee is hard at work on all elements of the plan and final action on the General Plan, Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and Climate Action Plan is targeted for May 2013. Will we have a downtown Christmas tree with 61 days to go to Christmas? The elves are working on it, so stay tuned! Where is our outlet center? Lots going on with Lehman Brothers prepping for permits to restart Marblehead improvements, including grading of slopes around the Vista Hermosa Bridge. Then you will see trail system construction, Pico park and bluff-top park, Pico street light, landscaping and sidewalks, Vista Hermosa street improvements, street lighting, traffic signals, sidewalks and landscaping. Clos-
Letters to the Editor QUESTIONS ABOUT ALPAY MARK EARNEST, San Clemente
I have never met John Alpay. I can only assume that he works hard and does his best to be a good husband and father. What troubles me, however, is that Mr. Alpay will do whatever it takes to advance his personal political agenda. His placement on the CUSD school board provides a perfect example. As a result of the 2010 school board recall, which came about in part due to Mike Winsten refusing the union’s request to increase class sizes and fire hundreds of young teachers to save money for older teachers’ salaries and pensions, Mr. Alpay was “elected.” I use that term loosely because we did not vote for Mr. Alpay in the normal sense one might think. He snuck in the back door by virtue of being the only San Clemente Times October 25–31, 2012
candidate on the ballot when the recall passed. Mr. Alpay got his name on the ballot because the teachers’ union put him up to it. In fact, Mr. Alpay never intended to run for school board; he has much loftier goals—he wants to be mayor. But after getting embarrassed in his 2008 bid for City Council (he received a whopping 5.4 percent of the vote), Mr. Alpay needed a boost to his resume and saw jumping on the board as a golden opportunity. And because the union was doing all the recall campaign work, he had nothing to lose. Perhaps the most disappointing part of Mr. Alpay’s 2010 election is the fact that he affirmatively misrepresented himself to voters. Just prior to the recall, Mr. Alpay boasted that he was “not a union-backed candidate” and had been saying that
“since Day 1.” His own press release further promised, “Under no circumstances shall I seek or accept union assistance or support.” Either Mr. Alpay has completely flipflopped from two years ago or he was not being honest with voters from the outset. I want to believe Mr. Alpay was sincere in 2010, but his pro-union votes since his election, even when negatively impacting our children, and his union-funded advertisements (for example, the teachers’ union paid for Mr. Alpay’s door hangers) call his original statements into serious question.
JUDGE THE RECORDS OF CANDIDATES TOM BARNES, San Clemente
It is interesting how the supporters of Jim “Toll Road” Dahl and Mike “Buy from merchants in Santa Ana, not San Clem-
ing with the grading of the outlet center! It will come. Z-Golf? Tee it up and welcome Z-Golf as our new operator of the Municipal Golf Course restaurant. Look for the grand opening where Z-Golf will partner with a local charity to introduce themselves to the community and raise money for a great local cause. Z-Golf will be holding a “name the golf course restaurant” contest where the community will be invited to help pick a name for the restaurant. Name that restaurant! Don’t punish me for my answers. Hopefully I brought some understanding here today so you can see all the good things going on. SC PLEASE NOTE: The opinions offered here are solely those of the guest columnist and may or may not be shared by the San Clemente Times staff. We appreciate, however, their willingness to share their views, and we invite responses to be sent to letters@ sanclementetimes.com.
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ente” Mortenson try to spin the election. Since we cannot know for certain what a candidate will do in the future, we can only judge on their past historical behavior and actions. Jim Dahl’s record is clear: he tried to get rid of “open space” by supporting Measure C against the wishes of 70 percent of the voters; supported illegal signs at Marblehead that was overturned by the courts, costing the city more than $250,000 in fines and fees; favored a “Ralph’s on steroids” Village Courtyard that was ultimately rejected by the Council for a building more aligned to the village (Cont. on page 12) www.sanclementetimes.com
Letters to the Editor (cont.) (Cont. from page 10) character of San Clemente; supported the LAB project at North Beach that was turned down by 57 percent of the voters; and, has favored the extension of the Toll Road into San Clemente. Mike Mortenson was also a strong supporter of the LAB project at North Beach; started his campaign by placing his signs in illegal locations all over San Clemente; is willing to consider large illegal signs at Marblehead; is hypocritical about his support for local businesses by buying his campaign signs in Santa Ana; and, is not sure where he stands on the toll road extension into San Clemente. Bob Baker’s record is clear: opposed the attempt to get rid of “open space” at Pacific golf course; does not favor illegal signs at Marblehead; opposed the Ralph’s on steroids but supported the village character Ralph’s; stood with the 57 percent majority who rejected the LAB project at North Beach; supports local businesses by buying his campaign signs in San Clemente; and is opposed to the extension of the Toll Road into San Clemente. If you favor a loss of open space, behemoth buildings in the T-Zone, illegal signs at Marblehead, a land give-away at North Beach and the Toll Road extension, then vote for Dahl and Mortenson. If you favor a village character and fiscal responsibility for San Clemente vote for Bob Baker and Chris Hamm for City Council.
SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE, NOT INNUENDO MARVIN DENNIS, San Clemente
As usual the “Village Voice” prefers to use assumptions and innuendos. He is content to misrepresent the facts to suit his personal worldview. He’s happy to imply but loathes substantiating. He attempts makes his case for two candidates without presenting the whole picture. Chris Hamm may have lived through the biggest issues of the last decade but face it; he’s twenty-something years old and lived his entire life in San Clemente. That means he’s been on the planet for less than many of us have lived in San Clemente. He was a child when DeRail the Trail was formed and barely a teen when DeRail the Rail was started, the two biggest challenges that faced our community in the last 50 years. Living in a time “when” is not the same as being involved “with.” Bob Baker is another story. My questions to Bob are: How do you reconcile your three-story, view-blocking home at the beach with your position against threestory building opportunities for other local property owners on Del Mar? How is voting against recycling, wayside horns, a no-smoking ban at our local parks, and refusing to support the Downtown Business Association and Chamber of Commerce San Clemente Times October 25–31, 2012
being “fiscally conservative?” As a member of the City Council, is buying your stuff from a few local business owners the best you can do to support and enhance our Spanish Village by the Sea? No. 1 once is enough. Thanks anyway. The “Village Voice” does not speak for me. I too am on the General Plan Advisory Committee, appointed by City Council. We are there to provide the vision needed to move San Clemente forward in the next 20-30 years. Isn’t it unfortunate that many people’s vision looks to the past instead of the future as a way to keep San Clemente a great place to live? The past is gone. We must learn from it and do better going forward. We are blessed to live in San Clemente. The challenge is to make the future the best we can. Mike Mortensen understands how fortunate he is to be here. It was not the luck of birth that got him here. It was his choice. Mike Mortensen is also my choice for City Council.
CHAMBER ENDORSEMENT GETS IT WRONG MARY ANN COMES, San Clemente
Recent published comments from the chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce start out with, “The San Clemente Chamber of Commerce is entrusted with the responsibility of looking out for the welfare of our local merchants and small business.” The chairperson goes on to endorse Jim Dahl and Mike Mortenson for City Council. Really. Of course, all San Clemente residents want to “look out for the welfare of our local merchants and small business.” But why the chamber would endorse these two particular candidates for that job is a mystery. Both of those candidates have, in no uncertain terms, rejected the recommendation of the General Plan Advisory Committee (which speaks for the citizens) to limit downtown buildings to two stories. The GPAC made its recommendation after a study showed that residents want to “maintain—rather than change” San Clemente’s existing character. It appears the Chamber of Commerce, which has over the years received hundreds of thousands of dollars in free rent from the citizens of San Clemente, has conflated business development (which everyone wants) with real estate development (which no one wants, except maybe a few landlords and architects.) Think about it: If you owned a downtown business, would you benefit from someone living above you on a third floor? And do you think your rent would go down? So much for “looking out for the welfare of our local merchants and small businesses.”
Downtown real estate development could destroy the small town atmosphere most of us cherish about San Clemente. The only two candidates who have expressed serious reservations about the wisdom of three-story buildings downtown are Bob Baker 1 and Chris Hamm. The Chamber should endorse the two candidates who are truly best suited to “entrust with the responsibility of looking out for the welfare of our local merchants and small business.” Bob Baker 1 and Chris Hamm.
WATCH THE LIES LAUREN WEBER, San Clemente
I recently received the Baker/Hamm attack mailer against Mike Mortenson and I was appalled. I went to one of the forums and heard Mike address not only the Toll Road (opposed to the old 241 plan that was rejected, would not support terminating at Pico) and the Marblehead signage issue (would not support digital signs, may not have supported previous variance). It seems Wayne Eggleston and Charles Mann, along with Baker and Hamm, are behind these lies. And, at least from my perspective, their motivation is clear. When your voting record (Baker) includes votes against banning smoking in public parks, against handicapped accessible bathrooms at Courtney’s SandCastle, against safe sidewalks and crosswalks for kids to get to school—as well as votes against the farmer’s market, carnival, etc., it’s easy to see why you attack your opponents. Rather than making up lies and trying to divide people, it would be nice to hear what ideas the Baker and Hamm team have for San Clemente. I’m supporting Mike Mortenson, and so is everyone I know, because he’s got great ideas and a new perspective that our city needs.
TIME TO DITCH DAHL JOHN MERLINO, San Clemente
So it goes without saying, if you don’t involve yourself you can’t complain right? Well, I have never been one for politics and such, it is even hard for me to get to the voting booths to pick a president of our country, I am not sure if it is because it seems so distant or just hopeless. On the other hand, it is hard not get involved in an election when you pass the constituents on a regular basis walking the streets of your hometown. After attending a meeting to here candidates speak on there behalf, all suddenly became very clear to me, I need to get involved a bit more, so I am, by writing my opinions to be read by all and making sure I vote. I wanted to bring up one very sore subject I have. It is regarding Jim Dahl and his band of cronies. I have lived in San Clemente for over 20 years, grew up nearby in Mission Viejo but was always here
anyway surfing T-Street, Cottons, Trestles etc. I love San Clemente for its small town charm, tight community and visible relationship between residents and town. I have been on the front line watching the whole Marblehead project begin to take shape and then stop and lay dormant for several years—what an eye sore. When I heard the project was going to get started again, I asked in what shape, and again the strip mall style outlet malls was spoken. It makes me cringe at the thought of having an outlet mall on our coastal properties, but I managed to get over it when I was told how the project would look. It was not until I noticed Jim Dahl and Lang posters plastered all over the project that I started asking questions, like; “Why would they have their real estate claimed on their but Chris Hamm and Bob Baker #1 do not. Come to find out Dahl is a pretty shady operator and wants his council seat to push through on things that will degrade our community and coastline property for the sake of, you guessed it, Money in his pocket! You see I do not have much faith in a guy who takes a position that is suppose to represent the interests of the community which elected him, but also has only lived in San Clemente two years? Shame on us San Clementeans for electing this clown in the first place. Yeah I said it, he even went as far as representing another runner for city council, named, Bob Baker, for the sole purpose of splitting votes on the real Bob Baker. This was very alarming to me because Jim Dahl even admitted to not even meeting or knowing this Bob Baker, and yet he is the guy who signed his election papers to get him in the running. We know politics is an inherently dirty game, but ask yourself why Jim Dahl wants to have the owner of the Citadel Signage company put up huge LED displays adorning our I-5 coastal line. Could it be that he thinks they are a beautiful addition to our coastline? No! It is because has a financial interest in it? We should all start asking the questions, as I did, and understand what electing Jim Dahl will do to this community for the sake of money. It is like signing a contract with the Devil, we will get nothing in return. Elect Chris Hamm and Bob Baker No. 1 this year, lets get San Clemente back from this crook Jim Dahl; it only takes a step to begin the walk.
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Council Candidates make final pitch
Clegg, Dahl, Hamm, Mortenson and Baker ask for your vote COMPILED BY JIM SHILANDER
David Clegg: I practice traditional fiscal conservative values in both my personal and business life. I believe that water conservation should not be punished by voting in higher rates for residents as we recently experienced. As a resident and property owner in San Clemente for over 12 years, I believe that controlled and sustainable business growth can provide tax relief to residents while also improving the beauty of our community. I hold a bachelor’s of science in Business Administration and am now retired after a successful career of over 30 years with VF Corporation. My many years of experience in all aspects of business management, combined with the current management of my real estate investments, makes me uniquely qualified to assist in guiding the City of San Clemente. I will work to strike a balance that manages our growth and development while concurrently improving sustainable local job opportunities and the economy of our community overall. I will work to maintain the beauty of our Village by the Sea community by promoting improved beach maintenance, benefiting residents and visitors alike. As an outsider to the local political scene, my leadership is not affected by any outside influences. My sole allegiance is to the residents and community of San Clemente. Jim Dahl: During the next four years, as we emerge from one of the worst economic times in American history, I will concentrate my efforts on a balanced budget. I will work to enhance business opportunities in San Clemente by adding new businesses with new jobs. Public Safety will be high on my list. High quality Fire/Paramedic Rescue and Po-
lice Services are very important to our community. A safe community will always be a productive community. Historic Preservation and protection of historic structures is high on my list. The completion of the City General Plan and its elements with code and zoning ordinances is in the works and I will work towards its completion. Courtney’s SandCastle Phase II at Vista Hermosa Sports Park and the Ole Hansen Beach Club will be nearing completion. Beach sand replenishment, including working with the Army Corps of Engineers to restore our shore is also high on my list. Transportation is important, with completion of Avenida La Pata and Del Rio, and redesign of our freeway and interchanges and the implementation of our Bicycle Master Plan, we will have improved traffic circulation. Together in the next four years we can make a better and more vital San Clemente. Chris Hamm: What makes me different from the other candidates is that I am from San Clemente. From a young age, I recognized that we have something special. I have seen our town grow over the past 30 years, yet maintain its village character. We must protect that. Developers do not back me; I am running for City Council to ensure our quality of life for generations to come. I have grown up on our beaches and in our schools. As your Councilmember I will maintain our open space. I will continue to connect our community through trails and paseos. I will vote for traffic solutions that work for San Clemente. As a firefighter in town, I know the unique public safety issues facing us; I will make public safety a top priority. As a fiscal conservative I will maintain a balanced budget. Two years ago I was appointed to the General Plan Advisory Committee by City Council. I have worked tirelessly with other city leaders to help write the document that will guide our town for decades to come. A vote for me is a vote for San Clemente. For more information on my campaign visit electchrishamm.com. Mike Mortenson: I offer fresh perspectives, new ideas and a representative voice that’s currently absent from City Council. I will provide practical, common-sense leadership that unites our community. My decisions will always be based on each issue’s individual merits, with thorough and fair analysis given to all sides. As a fiscal conservative, I will ensure that San Clemente runs efficiently while providing the highest levels of service to our residents. We need to secure San Clemente’s long-term financial health by supporting our local merchants and businesses.
As a husband and father, I understand the importance of making San Clemente as safe as possible. I promise to work diligently with our public safety agencies and residents to make San Clemente even safer for all. As a life-long surfer, protecting our beaches and ocean is absolute must which is why I will support water quality improvement programs and will work toward replenishing our beach sand in a way that won’t interfere with our biological resources and surf breaks. Finally, I support preserving San Clemente’s surf village character by supporting investment in our village, strengthening our local merchants and businesses, and encouraging investment in and adaptive reuse of our historical sites and districts. 1 Robert “Bob” Baker: Our top priority must be residents first… not the interests of out of town developers. During my four years in office I have helped stop over-development and traffic gridlock from ruining our quality of life. I voted for smart development projects like Target, Courtney’s Sandcastle, our new affordable senior housing project and the new Ralph’s. I will continue to work against allowing the Toll Road to end at Avenida Pico. The Toll Road’s “segmented approach” that councilmember Jim Dahl voted in favor of will be a disaster for Talega homes near its terminus. I have always voted to keep our fiscal house in order. The city currently has the highest bond rating possible. Let’s keep it. Special interests, developers and PACs will try to influence this election by throwing money at other candidates. I didn’t accept campaign contributions of more than $99 in 2008 and I won’t in 2012. I have faced the difficult questions placed before me without showing favoritism. I have proven that I am willing to do what is right for our City. I did what I told you I would do four years ago. I promise to keep doing it for four more.
• How would you attempt to bridge these divides and provide development opportunities throughout the entire city? • How should the city act to lessen the impact of traffic in the community as it continues to grow? • What would you like to see done with the Marblehead property, and how would you help defray problems elsewhere? • What do you believe the future of downtown should look like, and should preservation or development be the goal?
CUSD Candidates Ask For Your Vote
Candidates in Districts 1 and 3 make their case for a place on the board COMPILED BY JIM SHILANDER
Steve Lang: I have run a successful business for 40 years in the most litigious and regulated state in the union. In those years, I have discovered that the vast majority of people are honest and hard working. However I have also been lied to, set up, and cheated. Nonetheless, I have never sued anyone, and not just because I think for the most part that those who gain the most from litigation are the lawyers. Rather, I know that seeking the most amicable resolution for all involved is the only way to do things. I have no egocentric notions of elevation and have never aspired to be a politician. On the contrary, I am simply running to help and serve the children and families of San Clemente, including our 10 grandchildren. I have financed my entire campaign without asking for support from anyone. I carry no political indebtedness and will have none to repay when I join the board. Instead, I will strive to do what’s best for everyone. I pledge to help us balance the budget and get out of debt, by in part, looking for safe and responsible sources of outside income. The state of California is in serious financial straits, yet the city of San Clemente remains solvent. Most if not all of San Clemente’s citizens strive to live with in their means, why can’t we work together to make our schools as successful as our community? John Alpay: Since taking office two years ago with over 69,000 votes, I have successfully restored stability to CUSD. Gone are the days of negative headlines in the mainstream media, replaced with a renewed focus within CUSD on education and the responsible use of taxpayer money.
While Sacramento cuts funding, CUSD still balances its budgets. I have successfully defended against efforts to eliminate academic programs, a decision justified by continued high test scores. In fact, students and their families now have more educational opportunities available. Students can now attend California Preparatory Academy, our new online public high school, Oxford Preparatory Academy, a new charter program in CUSD, or obtain fluency in Chinese by enrolling in the Mandarin Immersion Program. We have also strengthened our traditional public school environment with new partnerships with local businesses and governmental agencies. With interest rates at historic lows, CUSD is refinancing existing school facilities bonds and I have put in place a process by which Talega Mello-Roos assessments are next. Once completed, San Clemente taxpayers will see lower property tax bills. I have law and business degrees from UCLA; graduated from UC Berkeley and currently work as a corporate executive for a prominent Orange County based company. As a father with two children in CUSD schools and another in preschool, I want them to have the best education. As a taxpayer, I want my money spent responsibly. Please allow me the continued honor of representing San Clemente on the CUSD Board of Trustees. The third candidate, Yolanda McNamara, did not submit answers to the questions.
Amy Hanacek: I have enjoyed almost 20 years working in my children’s schools. CUSD teachers and administrators have done an excellent job educating my sons, despite receiving inadequate funding from the state. I am motivated to not only promote this road to success for all students, but also to enhance and improve this valuable path. My goal is to make CUSD a model district with outstanding and innovative curriculum and instruction presented by highly qualified teachers at each and every school. As a believer and strong supporter of public education, I will advocate for important educational reforms in California that will result in greater local control and flexibility in how we utilize state-allocated funds. I am committed to reforms that will equalize school funding in California and bring desperately needed resources to CUSD. In short, I will do my best to foster an environment of excellence in all areas of public education and remain committed to our children so that they may become the innovators and good neighbors of the 21st century.
Karin Schnell: Over the years I have worked in education on a variety of levels, from museum education to teaching at Cal-State Fullerton. Specifically for CUSD, I partnered with the district for grants for programs at elementary schools and coordinated the Capistrano Alliance for Arts Education to raise awareness and advocacy for arts education. I have served on several commissions as a community appointee by Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates on the John Wayne Airport Arts Commission and the newly formed Arts and Culture Commission in the City of Dana Point. As chair of both of these commissions, it is my responsibility to lead and work closely with my fellow commissioners and the community. It is vital to provide a truly 21st century education that prepares all children for our future workforce. This can be accomplished with STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Fields such as high technology and the entertainment business are central to California economic vitality. It is also important to educate our young people for college, work, and life using the “Four C’s” - critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration and creativity and innovation. As adults we must strive to be lifelong learners. I know as a board member my skills will include critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. As a parent, education advocate and community leader, I am the qualified, independent choice who will work for you and your children.
• Given the financial constraints the Capistrano Unified School District is operating under, difficult decisions will have to be made that will likely find some level of criticism, even if the board feels they serve an overall benefit. When it comes to the decision-making process, should board members base their decisions off what a majority of their constituent’s want or what they feel is best, even if it’s contrary to public opinion? What sort of ideas or changes would you bring to the table? • The 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 decision-making 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?
Voters Choosing in a Variety of Federal and State Races BY JIM SHILANDER
Due to the redrawing of district lines, San Clemente has been drawn into the 49th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Vista Republican Darrell Issa, who currently chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Issa has served in Congress since 2001. Republican Ken Calvert currently represents the city in Congress. His district has been redrawn to primarily include Riverside County and other parts of the Inland Empire. Issa is being challenged by Democrat Jerry Tetalman, a Carlsbad Realtor. A long-time political activist, Tetalman said that he'd volunteered previously on a number of different campaigns and decided to run this year because "it was time." "I really felt I needed to take a stand," Tetalman said. Tetalman said he would be in favor of phasing out the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. "I believe we need to move to renewables. The risks of San Onofre are too great, in terms of safety." Tetalman said he also opposed offshore drilling in the area, which he said Issa had favored. He pointed to the damage wrought by the 1969 oil spill near Santa Barbara. Tetalman said he would champion electrifying transportation, as well as high-speed rail if elected.
The incumbent is seeking her fourth term in the Senate. The former San Francisco Mayor has served since 1993. She currently serves on the Judiciary Committee, the Appropriations Committee, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Select Committee on Intelligence, Homeland Security Subcommittee of Appropriations and the Rules and Administration Committee. She is being challenged by Danville Autism advocate Elizabeth Emken. Emken is the former vice president for government relations at Autism Speaks, a national advocacy organization. She had previously worked at IBM. She had previously run for Congress in the 11th District, which is in northern California.
Corbett is best known for his involvement in a 2007 lawsuit while he taught at Capistrano Valley High School. Corbett allegedly disparaged creationism during a lecture, which prompted a lawsuit by a Christian student. The student initially won his suit against the Capistrano Unified School District in Federal District Court, but the suit was overturned on appeal. As a candidate, he has stated that he would champion equalization of state education funding, noting the funding problems of CUSD in recent years. Harkey currently serves as vice-chair of both the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and Revenue and Taxation Committee. She has recently spoken out against state funding of high-speed rail projects, and has promised to introduce a bill to de-fund the program in January if re-elected. She also serves on the Assembly Committee on Public Employees Retirement System and Social Security, the Assembly Select Committee on Biotechnology and the Banking and Finance Committee and Budget Committee.
Proposition 30 would increase sales taxes and income taxes for those earning more than $250,000 a year in order to fund schools and community colleges, as well as public safety services.
Proposition 31 would establish a two-year budgeting cycle, as well as force the state legislature to offset any spending over $25 million with corresponding budget cuts. It also forces a performance review of all state programs, as well as allows local governments to alter how laws governing state-funded programs apply to them.
Proposition 32 would forbid payroll deductions by unions or corporations to be used for political purposes. It would also prohibit unions or corporations from contributing directly to candidates or candidate committees.
Proposition 33 would allow auto insurance companies to set prices based on whether a driver has previously had insurance.
Proposition 34 would abolish the death penalty in the state, making life without parole the maximum sentence for those found guilty of murder. It would apply retroactively; meaning those currently under a death sentence would be commuted to life sentences.
Proposition 35 would increase the penalties for human trafficking, allowing for sentences up to life in prison, in some cases. It requires those found guilty of trafficking to register as sex offender, and to provide information on their internet access and identities.
Proposition 36 changes the state's "three-strikes law," to impose a life sentence only in the case of a serious or violent felony conviction. It would also allow the state to re-asses those currently facing life sentences for nonviolent felonies.
Proposition 37 would require labels on food that either is genetically modified, or processed food with genetically modified ingredients. Certain foods would be exempt from labeling. Genetically modified foods would also be prohibited from being labeled as "natural."
Proposition 38 would increase personal income tax rates on annual earnings over $7,316 using sliding scale from .4% for lowest individual earners to 2.2% for individuals earning over $2.5 million, for twelve years, and allocates 60% of revenues to K-12 schools, 30% to repaying state debt, and 10% to early childhood programs for the first four years.
Proposition 39 requires multi-state businesses to calculate their state income tax liability based on the percentage of their sales in the state.
Proposition 40 would accept the State Senate districts drawn by the Citizen Redistricting Commission. If rejected, the boundary lines will be adjusted by officials, supervised by the state Supreme Court. San Clemente sits in Senate District 36.
YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER
SC S a n C le m e n te
THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
MUSIC OF THE WORLD: GREECE, JOHN BASDAKIS 7 p.m. Authentic live Greek music and dance at Casa Romantica. General admission $25; members $20. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
FUNNIEST HOUSEWIVES OF OC 8 p.m. Comedy at The Coach House. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR & MOVIE 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Costume party, cupcake decorating, pumpkin carving and a showing of “Monster House” at Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3500, www.danapoint.org.
HALLOWEEN BOO CRUISE 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Dana Wharf hosts 20-minute cruises on their “haunted” vessel with goodies, a costume contest and more. $5. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com. HAUNTED HOUSE Dusk-11 p.m. JunQie’s costume and vintage apparel shop hosts a haunted house October 26-31. Adults $5, kids 12 and under free. Free treats and face painting. 24662 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.496.4406. CANINE COMPANIONS GOLF CLASSIC 12:30 p.m. Fundraiser golf tournament at Monarch Beach Golf Links with a celebration dinner at 6 p.m. $350. 50 Monarch Beach Resort Drive, Dana Point, 800.572.2275, www.ccigolf.org
AT THE MOVIES: ‘ARGO’ CAPTIVATES In retrospect, many expected Ben Affleck’s career to follow a path similar his Pearl Harbor (2001) co-star Josh Hartnett, a former teen heartthrob who makes occasional movie appearances. But Affleck already shared a Best Screenplay Oscar with best friend Matt Damon as both broke into leading men careers with Good Will Hunting (1997). After a string of action films and romantic comedies, Affleck took a note from George Clooney and tried his hand at directing. Turns out he’s pretty good at it. Movie critics and viewers loved Gone Baby Gone (2007) and The Town (2010). His latest project in theaters, Argo is receiving rave reviews as well. Based on real life events in 1979-80, Argo tells the tale of CIA-assigned exfiltration expert John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck in Argo. Tony Mendez (Affleck) flying to Iran to save six Americans hiding in the Canadian © 2012 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. embassy from Iranian radicals on the hunt for them. Mendez comes up with the scheme to rescue the group by pretending to make an on-location sci-fi movie titled Argo, with the help of make-up artist John Chambers (John Goodman) and director Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin). The first hour introduces the talented cast, including Bryan Cranston, Kyle Chandler, Clea DuVall, Rory Cochrane, Victor Garber, Chris Messina, Bob Gunton, Philip Baker Hall and Taylor Schilling. Hour two keeps moviegoers on the edge of their seats as Affleck and crew try to nonchalantly, yet hurriedly escape Iranian soil. The Town was a revelation for Affleck, but Argo is his magnum opus. —Megan Bianco
PUMPKIN PARTY 11 a.m.1 p.m. Kaleidoscope’s annual Halloween party where kids can dress up and get free candy, or pick and paint a pumpkin for $5. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, www.gokaleidoscope.com.
TRICK-OR-TREAT TALEGA VILLAGE 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Trick-or-treating with free Halloween bags for the first 500 kids, face-painting and balloon art. 801 Via Suerte, San Clemente, www.talegavillagecenter.com. SPAGHETTI DINNER AND FAMILY GAME NIGHT 6 p.m. Family event with food and games at St. Clement’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. Wear Halloween costumes. $15 per person or $30 per family. 202 Avenida Aragon, San Clemente, 949.492.3401, www.scbythesea.org. DOHENY BEACH HALLOWEEN HAUNT 6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m. The campground at Doheny State Beach transforms into a spooky area, with booths, arts and crafts and a fun zone. Free admission with one canned food item per person. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6172, www.dohenystatebeach.org. SHORECLIFFS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Fundraiser at Irons in the Fire with dinner, live music and a silent auction. Tickets $50 each. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.291.3343, email@example.com.
BOO AT THE ZOO 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Halloween- and westernthemed fundraiser at Zoomars Petting Zoo to benefit the Pet Project Foundation. $20-$40. 31791 Los Rios, San Juan Capistrano, 949.595.8899, www.petprojectfoundation.org.
DAVINE WINE TASTING AND LIVE MUSIC 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Taste some wine and enjoy live music by Marc “Selly” Seligson at DaVine Food & Wine. $15. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com.
DAY OF THE DEAD: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND FAMILY 12 p.m.-4 p.m. The San Juan Capistrano Library presents its annual celebration with live music, crafts, face painting, food and more. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org.
HALLOWEEN PARTY WITH LOCAL VINTNERS 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Come in your favorite costume and taste some wine made by your neighbors at San Clemente Wine Company. $15. 212 ½ Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com.
HALLOWEEN HALF MARATHON 5K/10K AND 1K KIDS RUN 7 a.m. Salt Creek Beach Park will be a spooktacular venue for the Halloween-themed runs. Wear your costume. Entry fees $15-$99. 33333 S. Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, orangemantriathlon.com.
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TIDEPOOL TERRORS 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A day of Halloween fun at The Ocean Institute with trick-or-treating, costume contest, stories, spooky science labs and more. Dress up. Cost $4.50-$6.50. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.
FOOD TRUCK MONDAYS 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The SCHS Triton Music and Arts Club host gourmet food trucks in the parking lot. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165, www.sctritons.com, www.curbsidebites.com.
HALLOWEEN STORYTELLING 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Ken Frawley, storyteller and puppeteer, at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, www.ocpl.org, 949.492.3493.
HALLOWEEN PHOTO BOOTH 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Lighthouse Church hosts a free photo booth at Las Palmas School with games and treats. 1101 Calle Puente San Clemente, 949.234.5333, www.livinghopeoc.org.
COSTUME PARTY 6 p.m.-10 p.m. SC Elks Lodge Halloween Costume Party open to the public with a taco bar, music by Miller Time Boogie, and more. $10. RSVP. 1505 N. El Camino Real, 949.492.2068, TKiernan@cox.net. HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. “Dungeon of Fear” haunted house for kids 14 and younger. 520 W. Avenida de Los Lobos Marinos, San Clemente. MICROBREWS BY THE MISSION A 12-venue “pub crawl” featuring micro/craft brews for $4, live music, food/ appetizers and more in downtown San Juan Capistrano. Camino Capistrano and Ortega Highway, 949.493.4700. CELLARWEEN 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Halloween fun and live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.sanclementetimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to firstname.lastname@example.org www.sanclementetimes.com
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ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50: Tom Blake
Love Story: the Email that Changed a Tennis Pro’s Life K irk Orahood is in his fifth year as the director of tennis and head coach for both the boys and girls tennis teams at JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano. While having lunch at my Dana Point deli one ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 day, he noticed my How By Tom Blake 50 Couples Found Love after 50 book on display and said, “I have a story that would have fit in your book.” Kirk said that on October 11, 2007, he and his twin brother Keith were driving home from work on Pacific Coast Highway when they noticed a woman with short blonde hair who reminded them of Valerie, Kirk’s sixth grade (1964) girlfriend. Kirk and Keith had a conversation about her and how she would likely look now. Kirk hadn’t communicated with Valerie in 43 years The next day, Kirk received an email, which, he said, changed his universe. “Emblazoned across my computer screen were the words, ‘Do you remember me?’” Kirk said as he described the message as very strong coincidence that makes one suspect the power of ESP. The email was from Valerie. “Anxious emails revealed that we were both divorced and unencumbered. Subsequent emails became phone conversations, which led to another revelation, a sweet, sexy, Southern accent—definitely not acquired in Bakersfield, where we had been in the sixth grade together. Valerie had been living in Nashville for years,” Kirk said. “One of the first questions she asked was, ‘Do you remember declaring at recess one day that you were going to marry me?’ I replied, ‘No.’” A friend of a friend of Kirk’s was attending a convention in Nashville had lunch with Valerie. She and the friend of a friend had wagered $1 to see who could locate the most classmates. San Clemente Times October 25–31, 2012
Kirk and Valerie Orahood’s love story is a tale of childhood sweethearts reuniting after more than four decades. Courtesy photo
“Valerie coyly suggested he locate ‘the twins,’ meaning my twin brother and me. He agreed, accomplished the task via Classmates.com and Valerie gladly paid up. She then contacted me through my tennis website, Kirk said. “Valerie asked if I ever visited Nashville. Yes, I had, for tennis events long past. But more importantly, I had three tickets to come see my daughter play college tennis in that area, when tennis season resumed in the spring.” They planned to see each other then. Kirk said Valerie became impatient. So much so that waiting until tennis season was no longer an option. She decided to buck the plan and bought a plane ticket to visit Kirk in San Clemente at the end of January. “I greeted her at John Wayne Airport. Valerie was so awesome and classy. Her smile was still the same, which is what I remembered the most about her,” Kirk said.
“We enjoyed an incredible sunset at Fisherman’s restaurant. I gave her a big ‘Gone with the Wind’ kiss as soon as we returned home from the romantic evening on the pier. “We had a great reunion, caught up on old times, present times and future times. She admitted to always loving me, having never forgotten me. I’d never forgotten her either. I believe good qualities that attract young people are inherent, still present in the mature version.” Tennis coach Kirk is a pretty romantic dude. For Valerie’s birthday, he wrote and recorded a love song titled; “A Friend of a Friend, of a Friend of Mine,” which was based on the luncheon in Nashville that Valerie had with Kirk’s friend of a friend. After singing the song to her, he presented her with a framed copy, CD in front, sheet music in the background and told her, “Every word in the song is true, including these: ‘You moved to the South, me to the coast; your cute little smile what
I remembered most.’” During their getting-reacquainted discussions, they discovered they had encountered brief near-sightings of each other in Crested Butte, Houston and Nashville, which prompted these words in the song: “We led separate lives, not too unlike, our paths never crossed, the timing not right.” Kirk also included words in the song based on another coincidence—they both have a boy and girl, the boys sharing the same unique first name, Hunter: “We both raised two kids, we did our best, you in Music City, me in the West.” Kirk invited Valerie back to Southern California for the 2008 Valentine’s Day week-end. He surprised her by driving to the Colonel Nichols Elementary School in Bakersfield. “There on the exact playground spot where I made my marriage proclamation 45 years ago, I asked Valerie if she would like to share the rest of her life with me. She said ‘yes’ and we were married in June, 2009,” he said. Valerie moved to Southern California and they bought a home in Laguna Niguel. Unfortunately, after unsuccessful attempts at finding suitable employment here and difficulty with selling her Nashville house, Valerie has temporarily returned to Tennessee. “We are back in our bi-domicile relationship until something changes,” Kirk said. The couple, however, is keeping the romance alive, commuting often to spend time with each other. Rest assured, the romantic, creative tennis coach and his wife will soon figure out a way to be together permanently. Tom Blake is a San Clemente resident and Dana Point business owner who has authored three books on middle-aged dating. For dating information: www.FindingLoveAfter50.com. To comment: tompblake@ gmail.com. SC www.sanclementetimes.com
Politics on the Silver Screen
Election season a great time to watch politically-inspired movies By Megan Bianco San Clemente Times
t’s election season in America and that means the government and media are working overtime. And so is the rest of the country in discovering the current state of politics and how they want their government run. In south Orange County, we have permanent reminders of political history with the Nixon estate in San Clemente and the Mission in San Juan Capistrano. Throughout time, creative people, such as writers and musicians, have been inspired by huge mainstream current events such as the presidential election and other controversial political episodes. Some of the best novels, albums and films have been inspired by politics, and often times it is this kind of news-inspired art that gets fans interested in digging deeper and learning more about what goes on in the government. One group of artists that certainly doesn’t mind going political for entertainment is the Hollywood film industry, delivering an abundance of films from which to choose. In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln signed a proclamation restoring the Mission San Juan Capistrano proper to the Catholic Church. In 1939, Henry Fonda played one of his most remembered roles: Lincoln. John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln portrayed the beloved president in the early days of his career as a small town lawyer defending two men wrongly accused of murder. One of the earliest portrayals of Lincoln on film, Fonda’s honest, easy going persona fit appropriately for people’s perception of the man and still lives up today. Also in 1939, Fonda’s best friend, Jimmy Stewart, played Jefferson Smith in Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Smith is a Boy Rangers leader who’s suddenly swept into the position of U.S. senator and discovers that his colleagues would rather spend time and money on turning his campsite into a graft induced dam. When his own team turns against him, Smith stands his ground for what he thinks is right. His secretary Saunders (Jean Arthur) teaches him, and the audience, how laws and bills are passed and can be used in his defense. Robert Redford would later play a similar type of character with optimistic naiveté named Bill McKay in 1972’s The Candidate, in the role of a California lawyer recruited to campaign as the next U.S. senator. What characters like Stewart’s Smith, Fonda’s Lincoln and Redford’s McKay show is the pos-
Ryan Gosling in The Ides of March. © Sony Pictures
sibility for a decent common man who truly cares to be in power. Real life politician, president, and later a San Clemente local seldom shown in a positive light in cinema is Richard Nixon, who is instead portrayed as paranoid, clumsy and awkward in the position of leadership. Oliver Stone’s biodrama Nixon (1995) caused complaints from the president’s close friends and family, but audiences and critics were fascinated by the performances by Anthony Hopkins and Joan Allen as the first couple of the early ’70s and the origins of the president’s infamous downfall. Dan Hedaya played Nixon in the 1999 teen comedy Dick, where he is fictionally duped by two ditzy school girls (Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams) when they discover his Watergate plans and tapes. The Ron Howard film adaptation of Frost/ Nixon (2008) not only featured a couple of scenes at the real Nixon estate, but also gave the former president (this time played by Frank Langella) a little more depth by showing him as a man tired and embarrassed for constantly being reminded of his mistakes. Redeeming or unlikable, films such as these illustrate that people in office are often flawed and human. Alan J. Pakula’s All the President’s Men (1976) went behind the scenes with journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (portrayed by Dustin Hoffman and Robert
Redford on screen) while they uncovered top secrets behind the Watergate scandal. By the end, Nixon resigns and Bernstein and Woodward become icons, while viewers get a sense that shady things are still happening all around. In John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate (1962), a soldier (Laurence Harvey) returning home from the Korean War is brainwashed into becoming a political assassin by communists, while his former platoon commander (Frank Sinatra) tries to unfold the truth of his current state. George Clooney’s The Ides of March (2011) features a bright staffer on the rise (Ryan Gosling) who leads a popular and likable presidential candidate (Clooney) only to discover he’s involved with a mistress (Evan Rachel Wood) who got an abortion. Filmmakers like Capra and Ford may prefer having a more positive outlook on politics in their idealistic movies, but Pakula, Frankenheimer and Clooney go all out on a dark and cynical view with scenarios that are unfortunately not too hard to imagine in real life as well as cinema. Movies are meant to entertain and also inform. With movies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Frost/ Nixon and The Manchurian Candidate, they may inspire us to pay attention to the news or elections more closely. Likewise, election season can also inspire us to discover or rediscover politically-themed movies. SC
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COBURN WINS SAN CLEMENTE CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
Competitive amateur golfers from all around Southern California gathered at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course on October 20 and 21 for the annual city championship. The tournament takes place every October, and is known for assembling a stellar field of high school, college and scratch amateurs. This year, Santa Margarita resident Jeff Coburn continued his recent success at the tournament, firing rounds of 68-69 for a 135 (-9). It was his second win in the last four years. San Clemente resident Dan Sullivan finished in second place, two strokes
The view from the green of the Par-5 seventh hole at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course, where the City Championship was held October 20-21. Photo by Steve Breazeale
behind Coburn. The tournament is a two-day event, and the field is cut from 160 players to 80 after the first day of play.
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The Journey of a Lifetime
At the age of 69, Steve Netherby traversed the entire John Muir Trail By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times
s an experienced outdoorsman, avid hiker and former camping editor for the magazine Field and Stream, San Clemente resident Steve Netherby has done his fair share of long treks all over the country. But at the age of 69, something compelled him to do something he hadn’t done before—hike the entire John Muir Trail. The John Muir Trail is a vast and elevated trail system that runs from the Yosemite Valley all the way up north to the peak of Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the contiguous United States. The trail spans 211 miles, but in the 29 days it took Netherby to complete the journey he estimates he hiked roughly a total of 250. “Approaching 70-years-old, it’s something I wanted to do for a while,” Netherby said. “I figured I’d better do it now, because I’m not getting any younger. I don’t know what 71 will be like.” Four days after the completion of his hike, Netherby celebrated his 70th birthday. Netherby described parts of the trail as “precipitous” and spent most of the time hiking at elevations between 9,000 and 10,000 feet. He crossed 11 passes that were over 11,000 feet and two passes above 13,000 feet. After hiking anywhere between eight to 15 hours a day through all that
The first round was plagued by rainy conditions, but those who overcame the weather to make the cut were rewarded with a hat sporting the words “I made the cut!” The low round of the tournament was shot by San Clemente resident Casey Strohsahl, who nearly shot himself back into contention with a second round 66 (-8). “(The round) should have been better,” Strohsahl said after carding his 66. “I left several putts inches short of the hole and bogeyed the 17th hole after hitting my best drive of the day.” —Adam Herzog
San Clemente resident Steve Netherby leaving the John Muir Wilderness after hiking for 29 days and 250 miles. Netherby turned 70-years-old four days after completing the trek. Courtesy photo
elevation Netherby lost 20 pounds. Granola with honey and powdered milk was his breakfast every morning. Lunch consisted mainly of high calorie energy bars and dinner was of the dehydrated variety in sealed bags. Despite three square meals a day, Netherby admitted it wasn’t nearly enough to counteract his rapid weight loss. Netherby did a majority of the hike solo and joined up with his friend, and San Clemente resident, Katt Cobb for the last six days of the journey, which included the scale up Mount Whitney. It would be Netherby’s seventh ascent up the mountain in his lifetime, but only his second entering from the west side trail head. Of course Netherby’s journey was not without its share of minor setbacks. One of his scheduled re-supply drop-off spots was located across Edison Lake, where Netherby had planned
on taking a well-known ferry to transport him across the water. But once he got there, the lake had run dry. In a moment of improvisation, Netherby navigated his way several miles around the lake to get to the crucial supply spot. He almost got lost once. It was during a night hike where all he had was his headlamp and the stars above to guide him along. “There are certain places where there’s no way to make a trail but they have rocks along the side to guide you. I was going up a pass at night and it was dark and I got off the trail,” Netherby said. “I saw the trail and got back on it and I said ‘This doesn’t feel right’.” Luckily, Netherby had a watch with a compass on it and he realized he was going north instead of south. A quick about face got him back on track. “If I hadn’t checked my compass I would have gone all the way down that pass again,” Netherby said. But those instances were miniscule in what otherwise was a very successful hike. A pocket-sized atlas and several topographical maps were essentially Netherby’s lifeline. The pages of his atlas are full of notes, indicating where and at what time he set up camp each night and when he departed the next morning. Even with decades of experience under his belt, the trip—which he said was the hardest, most ambitious he’s ever undertaken—still taught him some things. “I learned the value of time out there…when you get to a camp at night you have to set up your house…You’re in charge of doing everything and it takes time,” Netherby said. “I was compelled to push hard every day. I learned what the value was of every minute and every hour of every day.” SC
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GROM OF THE WEEK Grace Pelkey Age: 10, Palisades Elementary Grace Pelkey started swimming at 18-months-old and rode her first waves at age 3 atop the nose of her dad’s surfboard at Waikiki. In the years since, Grace has progressed into a talented shortboarder who now enjoys coaching friends who want to learn to surf. “I just love surfing so much I want to share it with everyone,” she said. “I like everything about it. The most exciting part is when I’m paddling hard for a wave. Then all of a sudden I’ve got enough speed to catch it and I know it’s time to stand up and have fun.” Grace has entered the past two Ocean Festival Groms Rule Contests and placed second last summer. This year she is practicing on weekends with her dad and two sisters—ages 6 and 8—preparing for the next WSA season. “I’m working on my turns and surfing more top to bottom on waves,” she said. Grace has also spent the last two summers in the Junior Lifeguards program and has also taken up stand-up paddling. In school she is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student and her favorite subjects are math and social studies. She has dreams of a future career as a professional Grace Pelkey. Photo by Todd Pelkey surfer, pro soccer player or veterinarian. Grace loves growing up in a surfing family and can’t wait to help her one-year-old brother when he is ready to catch waves on his own. “I have no doubt that my baby brother will become a surfer just like me and my sisters,” Grace said. —Andrea Swayne
News from the Surfing Heritage Foundation By Denny Michael and Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times
he Surfing Heritage Foundation last month debuted a new exhibit and book—both titled “Dewey Weber, Little Man on Wheels”—at an opening reception and signing by biographer Gerald B. Derloshon. The event featured a panel discussion of Weber team riders and associates, including Don Craig, Linda Benson, Kemp Aaberg, Skip Frye, Steve Pezman, Mike Tabling, Lonnie Albright, Shea Weber and Dewey’s wife Caroline. Frye had some great stories about riding Weber surfboards in 1961 with Mike Hynson (of Endless Summer fame), Dewey’s famous whip turns and how Dewey was Skip’s first idol. The evening drew a large gathering of Weber fans and team riders, past and present. Tall tales of “everything Dewey Weber” highlighted the evening. The exhibition, curated by Barry Haun, consists of key surfboards such as the Dewey Weber Performer—the single most produced longboard model in the history of surfing—photographs, illustrations and other objects that punctuate the development of Dewey Weber as an iconic
A group of Surfing Heritage Foundation directors, staff, members and Dewey Weber team riders, past and present, gathered for a photo at the “Little Man on Wheels” exhibition opening. Photo by Steve Wilkings
surfer, millionaire businessman and tireless industry promoter. The exhibit runs through December 22. MOURNING THE LOSS OF A LEGEND The international surfing family received sad news of the October 22 passing of Donald Takayama, Hawaiian Pro Designs founder and master surfboard shaper. “The Surfing Heritage Foundation Board, membership and certainly the entire surfing community is in mourning
over the recent loss of surf icon Donald Takayama,” Steve Wilkings, SHF photo archivist said. “We would like to extend our condolences to the family and many friends who loved Donald.” Log on to the Surfing Heritage Foundation website at www.surfingheritage.org to see some of the museum’s collection of photos of Takayama and read more about his much lauded career as a legend in the surfing world. R.I.P. Donald Takayama: 1943-2012. SC
RESULTS NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 5, October 20, Dana Point, Salt Creek Beach First place and local finishers only. MEN: 1. Remy Juboori, La Jolla. JUNIORS: 1. Chris Murnane, Carlsbad; 2. Lucas Taub, Dana Point. BOYS: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 4. Alonso Correa, San Clemente. MENEHUNE: 1. Ben Seaberry, Huntington Beach; 4. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 6. Crosby Colapinto, San Clemente. SUPER GROMS: 1. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 2. Hagan Johnson, San Clemente; 5. Kai McPhillips, San Clemente; 6. Jett Schilling, San Clemente. WOMEN: 1. Kulia Doherty, Rancho Santa Fe; 3. Alexxa Elseewi, San Clemente; 5. Kloee Openshaw, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla; 2. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. MASTERS: 1. Rick Takahashi, San Diego. SENIORS: 1. Eric Sorensen, Long Beach. SUPER SENIORS: 1. Rick Fignetti, Huntington Beach. DUKE: 1. Rick Fignetti, Huntington Beach; 4. Peter Townend, San Clemente. KNEEBOARD: 1. Tom Linn, Laguna Niguel. LONGBOARD: 1. Larry Schlick, Long Beach. For full results, see www.sanclementetimes.com.
UPCOMING EVENT November 3-4: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 5, Newport Beach, 54th Street