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The San Clemente Community Market is looking to bring locally-sourced produce to San Clemente. The co-operative’s goal is to eventually open up the first full-service co-operative grocery store in Orange County. Courtesy Photo

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Border Busts: Patrol Discovers Nearly $1 Million in Drugs

Council Disclosures Bring Support Into Focus

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Mountain lions in San Juan Capistrano’s eastern open space may force nighttime closures at the proposed Reata Park and Event Center, but plans for the project are moving on to the next stage after the Planning Commission approved a preliminary master plan for the site. A measure in the master plan that prohibits nighttime use of the park drew criticism from Open Space, Trails and Equestrian Commissioner Elliot Levenson. According to Ed Almanza, the city’s contracted California Environmental Quality Act consultant, the nighttime closure is necessary because of a “very high possibility of conflict between mountain lions and humans.” Almanza cited the discovery of deer remains that appear to have been preyed upon by a mountain lion and a UC Davis study of collared mountain lions in the area.

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The Ocean Institute held an official groundbreaking ceremony October 25 for the construction of the new Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. The Center will house immersion style learning stations including an ocean science landing and a historic maritime pier. Both will be built over Dana Point Harbor waters adjacent to the Ocean Institute. The Maddie James Foundation, created in 2011 in honor of Maddie James, a five-year old girl from Dana Point who died from a brain tumor, raised the final $1 million needed to fund the project. A public information meeting on the project will be held October 27 at 9 a.m. to discuss the project schedule and potential construction impacts. The meeting will take place onsite, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, in the Samueli Conference Center. An architectural model is on display at the Institute.

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… Campaign Disclosures?

THE LATEST: The latest round of City Council campaign disclosure forms shed some additional light about who’s backing which candidate. The campaign has largely evolved into two teams of two candidates facing off, each with one current council member and a younger challenger, with Jim Dahl running alongside Mike Mortenson and Robert “Bob” Baker and Chris Hamm. Retired businessman David Clegg did not have to file a disclosure form. The new disclosures, which cover only the month of October, were filed by the remaining four candidates last week. WHAT’S NEXT: Baker, who had previously loaned his campaign $31,500, loaned himself an additional $8,000. Baker has spent an additional $7,763 at Freeman Public Affairs, a campaign-consulting firm in Torrance. Hamm received an additional $5,665 in non-monetary contributions, including signs, mailers and flyers from Pacific Corporate Consultants of San Juan Capistrano, which is run by former City Council candidate Charles Mann. Former mayor and councilmember Wayne Eggleston is also listed as having paid for “print ads.” Dahl received $7,000 from “Business for a Better San Clemente.” The address of that organization is the same for the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce. Dahl also received and an additional $2,000 from a California Realtors Political Action Committee. Mortenson’s expenses include $8,731 to Bieber Communications, a political firm located in Santa Ana. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, see www.sanclementetimes.com. — Jim Shilander San Clemente Times November 1–7, 2012

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… A SONGS Investigation?

THE LATEST: The California Public Utilities Commission voted unanimously Thursday to investigate Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric with regard to the rates and operations at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. According to the PUC’s order, the investigation will consider “the causes of the outages, the utilities’ responses, the future of the SONGS units and the resulting effects on the provision of safe and reliable electric service at just and reasonable rates.” The Commission is also requiring Edison and SDG&E to track costs related to SONGS incurred after January 1 and expenditures for replacement energy related to the SONGS outages. WHAT’S NEXT: The schedule adopted by the PUC requires the utilities to respond within 30 days. San Clemente anti-nuclear activist Gary Headrick said he was pleased with the commission’s decision. A statement released by Edison stated that the utility was reviewing the order and that the company would comply with the accounting ordered. FIND OUT MORE: See the full story at www.sanclementetimes.com. — JS

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... School Board Refinancing?

THE LATEST: In an attempt to take advantage of historically low interest rates, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously on October 24 to approve the refinancing of the district’s 2002 Certificates of Participation in order to save the district roughly

$190,000 per year. Deputy Superintendent of Business Services Clark Hampton noted that the district’s Certificates of Participation, which is similar to a mortgage, was issued back in April 2002 and totaled $31.9 million. That money was used to help build several structures throughout the district, including district offices in San Juan Capistrano. With roughly $22.8 million of the certificate’s debt being callable, and with interest rates hovering at 3.68 percent, the board was urged by staff to approve the refinance. “(Interest rates) are almost at the lowest point they’ve been since this debt was issued…we want to grab that opportunity,” Lori Raineri, an independent public financer hired by the district said. WHAT’S NEXT: The board will consider refinancing General Obligation, or G.O, bonds in a November meeting. FIND OUT MORE: See www.capousd.org. — Steve Breazeale

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… The CUSD Trustee Seat?

THE LATEST: At the October 24 Capistrano Unified School District Board meeting, San Clemente resident Ken Starks said he had been threatened by board member John Alpay. Starks, who said he’d known Alpay’s opponent in the CUSD Trustee election, Steve Lang, for 15 years, alleged that Alpay called him October 22, insulted his religion and threatened his family. Starks said Alpay threatened to “take him down” if Starks’s website, www.whoisjohnalpay. com, remained active. Starks claimed that Alpay did not identify himself over the phone, but brought phone records and screen shots of the call to the meeting.

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WHAT’S NEXT: Alpay was prohibited from responding to public comment during the meeting. After the meeting, he called the charge, “Slanderous and unfortunate at best. Simply put, there is no place in a school board election for threats to be made against a person’s family.” He said later, “things have gotten very ugly. It’s a reflection of the time we’re in.” He added that he believed both Stark and himself were members of the same faith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Starks said he had not heard from Alpay since the incident. Starks said he moved to the area two years ago and became concerned about the schools due to problems his special needs child was having. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, see www.sanclementetimes.com. — JS and SB.

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… A Border Patrol Bust?

THE LATEST: Border Patrol agents at the checkpoint outside San Clemente intercepted two drug smuggling attempts last Thursday, finding drugs worth nearly $1 million within five hours of one another. Both stops involved U.S. citizens, a release from the Border Patrol stated. At one, a 31-year-old man’s nervous demeanor caused agents to refer him for a secondary inspection, where a K-9 inspection led to the discovery of nearly 35 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated value of $383,130. WHAT’S NEXT: The second investigation involved a 46-year-old man who also exhibited nervousness when stopped. The K-9 inspection turned up nearly 39 pounds of cocaine and nearly nine pounds of methamphetamine. The total value of the narcotics found was approximately $600,000. FIND OUT MORE: For future stories, visit www.sanclementetimes.com. – JS www.sanclementetimes.com


EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday , November 1 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.

Sunday, November 4 FOL First-Sunday-of-the-Month Sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The San Clemente Friends of the Library book sale with something for everyone. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, www.ocpl.org. Health Expo 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saddleback Hospital-San Clemente hosts the expo with vision exams, medical treatment, vaccines, cholesterol checks and more. 654 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949. 496.1122, www.memorialcare.org. San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar.

Monday, November 5 San Clemente Collaborative Quarterly Meeting 6 p.m. Panel discussion on substance use among teens in our community. Meeting takes place in San Clemente High School Little Theater. 700 Avenida Pico, www.sanclementecollaborative.com.

Wednesday, November 7 Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, www.san-clemente.org. SC Rotary Club Noon. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619, www.sanclementerotary.org.

Thursday, November 8 City Council Meeting 6 p.m. Regular meeting in City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, www.san-clemente.org. Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting 7 p.m. Ole Hanson Room in the Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200, www.san-clemente.org. Flu Shot Clinic 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. San Clemente Times November 1–7, 2012

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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO San Clemente High School Club Hosts 4th Annual Blood Drive and Marrow Registry

Friends of the Library Book Sale Offers Holiday and Christmas Selections

u In honor of a former teacher who died of cancer, the Be A Hero, Become A Donor club at San Clemente High School is hosting its 4th Annual Donor In-Spear-a-tion Blood Drive and Marrow Registry event on Friday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Triton Center. The event is named after San Clemente High School alumnus and former teacher Jeff Spear, who passed away four years ago after battling non-smoking lung cancer. “Coach Spear was adored by the community and his student population and there is no better way to keep his memory alive than to save lives in his honor,” club president Derek Cousineau said in a statement. Students who wish to donate can signup during lunch period until Thursday. No appointments are necessary for adults, who can walk in and move to the front of the line. For more information, call 949.842.9975 or email ginac@bahbad.org.

u The San Clemente Friends of the Library’s First Sunday book sale will take place November 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All holiday and Christmas books and music will be on sale. All proceeds benefit the library. The library is located at 242 Avenida Del Mar. For more information, call the bookstore at 949.276.6342.

Legal Volunteers to Participate in Health Care Expo u More than 30 volunteers from the Orange County chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators will be on hand to help homeless families at the Illumination Foundation’s Health Care Expo on Sunday, November 4 at Saddleback Memorial Hospital. Volunteers will help administer vision exams, medical treatment, flu vaccinations, cholesterol and glucose checks, as part of the association’s Community Connection program, a community service initiative that encourages the legal community to work together in support of local causes. For more information about the Orange County chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, visit www.orangecountyala.org. For more information about the Health Care Expo, visit www.ifhomeless. org.

Rainbow Donates Sandals to Courtney’s SandCastle u Rainbow Sandals has donated 300 pairs of sandals to the Courtney’s SandCastle Charitable Foundation to help raise funds for Phase II of the universally accessible playground. This is the second time the company has donated sandals, which foundation members will sell to raise money. A pair of sandals costs $25, but with the San Clemente City Council’s decision to provide up to $110,000 in matching funds

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San Clemente High School alumnus and teacher Jeff Spear passed away four years ago due to a non-smoking related form of lung cancer. A club at the high school will be hosting a blood drive in his honor Friday. Courtesy photo

to the project, a $25 donation effectively becomes a $50 donation. Sandals are offered in women’s sizes in pink and men’s sizes in green. For more information or to purchase a pair of sandals, visit www.courtneyssandcastle.org/donate/rainbow-sandals. There is a $6 charge for shipping and handling. The sandals are also available to purchase on eBay.

Art Association’s Small Works Show Set for November 4 u The San Clemente Art Association is hosting the 2012 Small Works Show on Thursday, November 4 to Thursday, January 3 at the San Clemente Art Gallery located inside the Community Center. The gallery will be open on weekdays from noon until 4 p.m. and on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Registration for the show will take place Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to noon. All canvas paintings 8-by-10 inches and under should be framed and wired. Wrapped canvases will be accepted but all sides must be painted and wired. Up to three paintings can be submitted and must be priced under $300 each. Entry fees are $10 for each painting or $25 for three paintings. Entrants must sign up for two gallery sittings. Winners will be announced at a reception on November 10. The top three winners and two honorable-mention winners will receive cash prizes. For more information, call 949.492.7175.

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u Armed Services YMCA is working with the San Clemente Watershed Task Force to help local military families during the holiday season. ASYMCA will be collecting toys through their Santa’s Workshop program to pass out to children of eligible military families. Nanci Mavar of SCWTF will collect the toys on December 1 and 2. Mavar can be contacted at 949.500.0494. Toys can also be dropped off at a collection box located in the lobby of Capistrano Toyota/Scion, located at 33395 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. On December 16, the two groups will host the Adopt a Marine Holiday Dinner for military personnel who are unable to go home during the holiday season. A $25 donation will sponsor a Marine’s dinner, beverages, a gift and entertainment provided by the Funniest Housewives of Orange County. Checks can be sent to the San Clemente Watershed Task Force, located at 555 North El Camino Real, A425.

Veteran’s Day and Marine Celebration November 10 u A ceremony honoring the birth of the United States Marine Corps and Veterans Day will be held Saturday, November 10 at Park Semper Fi in the San Clemente Pier Bowl. The ceremony will begin at noon. Lt. Col. Robert Weiler, commander of 2/4/ 5th Marines, will be the guest speaker for the event, which will honor all veterans, as well as members of the 2/4. A cake cutting event honoring the Marine Corps will be held at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Co-operative Bringing Community Spirit to Food Efforts are underway to bring local produce to a market in town By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times

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he San Clemente Community Market, a food co-operative started in 2010, regularly brings organic, locally grown produce into the city. Currently, only members of the co-operative are able to purchase the food, which is brought into the city from several locations throughout southern California. But the group is hoping that soon, a market may be opened up to the entire community. Sam Olmstead, one of the founders of the group, said ultimately the organization wants to operate a full-service grocery store with organic produce and a focus on locally sourced products. “We started talking about it in 2009, and we began organizing in 2010,” Olmstead said. “It was just necessity. It’s just tough to get fresh local organic produce in San Clemente.” Olmstead said the nearby border checkpoint south of San Clemente makes some farmers wary of sending produce north. Olmstead admitted that he had looked at the possibility of opening his own natural food store in town, but found it wasn’t a good idea. “I realized it would fail pretty fast. The larger grocery stores can just crush you on price.” At that point, he started investigating co-operatives. “I thought that would be the ticket. I started going to see groups and talk about it, and people seemed interested. We did an online survey and got over 400 responses from people who said they might join the co-op.” If the co-op market does open, it would be the first of its type in Orange County. Olmstead said the membership goal for the group would eventually be 1,500 people. “You could call it social entrepreneurship. The co-operative is established on a business model that works. Everyone who owns it has a stake in perpetuating it. San Clemente would be a great place for it.” It will probably take about 750 members to begin seriously looking at opening a market, Olmstead noted. Membership is currently about 65. Those early days, Olmstead said, were full of “visioning sessions,” where potential members described what they were looking for in a co-operative and a grocery store. While currently only members are able to purchase items, Olmstead said a store would be open to the public at large. A “Frequently Asked Questions” document provided by the organization states that a feasibility study will soon be underway to look at three possible locations for a store. Members pay an initial fee to join the group, which is pooled into a fund to San Clemente Times November 1–7, 2012

Sam Olmstead is one of the founders of the San Clemente Community Market, which seeks to provide a place for locally sourced produce and other foods in San Clemente. If the group is able to open a store in town, it will be the first of its kind in Orange County. Photo by Jim Shilander

provide initial financing for a store. This encourages members to recruit others, since more investors means that a store might be opened sooner. Members can receive their initial membership fee of $300 back if they move or if they decide to no longer be involved, though those people would have to wait for a new person to arrive. Most new members are recruited by friends and neighbors currently involved with the market, or from meeting people at community events, where Olmstead or other board members will often set up shop. Members are not required to work at the current market and would not have to work at the store once it opened, Olmstead said. One of the great benefits of the effort, he said, was that it provided a community of similar-minded people to be a part of. “I found out that this is much bigger than just access to food. I’ve met so many wonderful people doing this. It’s created a community. It’s not corporate, it’s owned by the people.” Devon Azzam was one of the first to become a part of the co-op effort. Azzam, who formerly lived in Santa Barbara, had been a part of an established co-op there, even joining the board, before moving to San Clemente. She said her previous experience was so positive it really made her want to bring something similar here. “It provided me with a sense of community,” Azzam said. “There were familiar faces, and it was a very warm, family

feeling. It just felt very comfortable in the place that I was living, and the co-op was a big part of that.” Azzam agreed that San Clemente could be a good place for a co-op. “I feel like there are a lot of people who are concerned about where their food is coming from, who want good food from the local area. It’s good timing in that respect. There are a lot of families, people wanting healthy kids and a healthy community.” Azzam said she’s seen a lot of dedication in the volunteers and board members here in San Clemente. The co-op she was a part of in Santa Barbara had been established in the ’70s, with much of the organizational work already done. “This has taken a lot more organization and dedication,” Azzam said. “It’s been much more challenging. But I’ve gotten to know the people a lot better. It’s a pretty dedicated group.” While most of the other board members haven’t been a part of a co-op board, Azzam said most have shopped at co-ops before, so they have some knowledge of what they would like to see in San Clemente. One new recruit is Susan Parmelee, who was just named to the board of the organization after being a part of it for the last year. Parmelee said she was recruited to join the market by Olmstead, who she’s worked with as part of the San Clemente Collaborative, the volunteer organization,

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for the last three years. “We were working on the health committee (of the collaborative), and he told me about it. To me, it was a great idea. Right now, it’s a pretty small group, but most of the people are new to me. It’s great to be a part of something like this.” Parmelee, who has been a part of a number of community initiatives, such as working in a homeless shelter and working as a counselor at Western Family Services, said the key for her is the opportunities the co-op could potentially provide for people. “I like that we’re trying to make groceries more local, to listen to what the community wants,” Parmelee said. She hoped that when the brick and mortar store actually came to fruition, it could provide a number of jobs for people in the community. The market currently operates out of a donated space on Calle Valle, where members can come to pick up items at a weekly market when food arrives from suppliers. There are a number of good local sources for produce, Olmstead said, including a number of farms near Escondido. The co-operative also receives apples and stone fruits from Lodi and avocados and citrus from Valley Center. The co-operative will be hosting an informational event Saturday at 9 a.m. at it’s location at 1506 Calle Valle. For more information contact 949.441.1266, or www. sanclementemarket.com. SC www.sanclementetimes.com


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SC Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY KEVIN DAHLGREN 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 29 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Avenida Talega/Camino Terra Grande (11:25 p.m.) Police received a report of a man parked in a sports utility vehicle at the end of Avenida Talega. The caller said the car had been parked for more than an hour. After a patrol check, it was found that the man was a licensed security guard hired by Rancho Mission Viejo Corporation.

Sunday, October 28 GENERAL BROADCAST Avenida Califia/I-5 Freeway (11:45 p.m.) Police were called after several witnesses

saw a vehicle traveling south on the I-5 freeway at an extremely high rate of speed. No description of the vehicle could be given, but one report said the car was traveling at least 120 miles per hour. DISTURBANCE Avenida La Pata, 200 Block (4:07 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for the Steed Park parking lot where several teenage boys were seen skateboarding and harassing people as they passed by. The caller told the dispatcher that the boys were smoking from what looked to be a marijuana pipe and drinking something out of a brown paper bag. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Monte Vista, 200 Block (2:46 p.m.) A man called police after watching two teenagers jump over a fence onto an abandoned property. The caller believed the men could have been squatting in the vacant residence. The boys were described as being between 16 and 18 years old, though no additional details were available.

Saturday, October 27 DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY Riachuelo, 2800 Block (10:51 p.m.) Police received a report of a group of juveniles drinking and being obnoxious in the street. The caller reported the group was drinking in the front yard of a residence while throwing glass bottles and cans into

the street. The caller was worried that when police came, the group would run into the garage, close the door and deputies would not be able to do anything. The group was also heard threatening to throw eggs at cars in the neighborhood. DRUNK DRIVING Avenida Vista Hermosa/Camino Vera Cruz (6:25 p.m.) A woman called police after witnessing a drunk driver on Calle Frontera. The caller told dispatch the driver of a silver Lexus sedan hit the curb before turning onto Avenida Hermosa. The Lexus was last seen driving through a red light on Avenida Hermosa traveling towards Camino Vera Cruz. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Fiesta, 200 Block (10:59 a.m.) A resident called police after a man carrying a clipboard began to ask him questions about his home security system. The caller said the man was unable to produce a permit for door-to-door soliciting and was worried he might be canvassing homes for a break in. The man was described as being in his early 20s, with dark hair pulled back in a ponytail, wearing a white t-shirt and black pants.

Friday, October 26 FOUND PROPERTY Camino San Clemente, 100 Block (7:40 p.m.) Police were called after a man found

a rusty pellet gun inside a recycling dumpster. The man thought the gun should be disposed of properly, rather than thrown out with other garbage. ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLE Avenida Dolores, 100 Block (4:53 p.m.) A white motor home was seen parked in front of a residence while people slept inside the RV. The caller told police that the motor home was using the residence’s electricity to charge its batteries. STOLEN VEHICLE Ola Vista, 2400 Block (3:03 p.m.) A woman called police after she was unable to locate her white 2011 Honda Accord. The woman believed her car was stolen while she did errands in the area. She last remembered parking her car near La Tiendita around 11:30 a.m. before shopping on Del Mar, but told deputies she may have forgot where she parked. Police were able to locate the vehicle behind Goody’s Tavern. RECKLESS DRIVING Paseo de Cristobal, 300 Block (8:34 a.m.) A white Isuzu Trooper was seen driving erratically near T-Street beach. A witness told dispatch the vehicle nearly hit a group of surfers walking up the hill before turning into a cul-de-sac and doing donuts in the street. According to the caller, the driver of the vehicle appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


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Local Politics Matter

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hile presidential elections rightfully take center stage, it’s important to remember that your vote in local elections can have a significant impact Norb Garrett on life here in San Clemente. From the size of a light bulb used in an original Ole Hanson home, to the color of paint chosen on a new business to determining whether a development project is right for San Clemente, decisions made in city government impact your quality of life in ways you may never have thought

about. If you’re not sure who should get your vote for one of the two available seats on San Clemente’s City Council, make sure to go online to www.sanclementetimes. com and read our Election Special. We’re fortunate in San Clemente to have a very passionate community, and we applaud all of the candidates for their willingness to dedicate their time and talent should they get elected (or re-elected) and join the sitting City Council members who already serve our community—often thanklessly. I’m often asked why we don’t endorse candidates and I have to remind those folks that as a free newspaper and media

platform, our role is to inform and educate, not to opine and pontificate. I have confidence in our readership to make its own decisions based on our exhaustive efforts to provide balanced information. We provide our Soapbox section each week for members of the community to share their opinions, and we do our best to provide a balance of columnists from voices in the community who share their thoughts about issues. Their opinions, I have to remind some folks, are theirs—not ours. Again, we strive to provide a balanced set of viewpoints. So please, do your part to help shape

our community by reading up on the candidates for City Council and vote for those who you feel best represent your sentiments about the future of San Clemente. And if you’ve never attended a City Council meeting, make sure to take the time to attend one in the near future for a first-hand look into the inner workings of city government. At minimum you’ll leave with a much greater appreciation for the important role our City Council plays in shaping your quality of life in San Clemente. And who knows, maybe that visit will motivate you to put your hat into the ring for the next election. SC

CITY COUNCIL CORNER: By Councilmember Lori Donchak

Public Art an Important Part of the San Clemente Landscape

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ublic art is happening in San Clemente. Public art enables us to involve local artists in the conception, development and transformation of a public space. The end result is a good vibe, a sense of renewal and a unique local identity. From sculptures and murals, to bridges and bicycle racks, public art reinforces a town’s distinctive sense of place. It can celebrate history and promote the ideals, activities, people and places we citizens hold dear. Already, public art has brought a wide-range of artistic styles and ideas to San Clemente. To further encourage public art, the General Plan Advisory Committee will be proposing policies to support and promote art in public places. San Clemente boasts a thriving art community. That makes us fortunate to have local talent to call upon. One example is Paul Gavin, who created the paintings above the underpass entrances at the foot of the pier. With their smalltown feel, the paintings bring a smile to the face, and have the added safety bonus of encouraging use of the railroad

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underpass. Another example of local artists at work is the painting of utility boxes, transforming them into eye-catching works of art in public spaces. Lori Donchak These boxes are fondly referred to as street art and have become focal points instead of distractions. The 17 submissions received during the pilot program were fantastic, though only five boxes were slated to paint. San Clemente Art Association members volunteered to work with city staff to provide consultation and facilitate the program. Much credit goes to city planning staffers Jeff Hook and Amber Gregg for bringing this program to life. They did a wonderful job, as did SCAA, who had previously worked on the logo and art contest that resulted in artwork for use in the 12 themed chapters of the new General Plan. Just this month your City Council approved another round of utility boxes to receive street art. A “Call for Artists” will run from January 2 to February 15,

2013. Twelve-year-old Jackson Hinkle and his mom Jann, whose “Surfs Up” art was chosen for the utility box near San Clemente High School, had a great experience with the pilot program. He says that his art “is the gift that keeps on giving!” Public art does in fact keep on giving as seen in other venues, like downtown, where public art in the form of floor and wall murals is attractively displayed. The Downtown Business Association spearheaded these mosaic tile projects, complete with seating areas, along Avenida Del Mar. The Historical Society also played a significant role. Eight locations were approved in 2007 by the Planning Commission and three have since been completed. The city used public art to enhance popular public spaces such as the TStreet Bridge. Built in 1981, the overpass structure had taken a beating from the harsh ocean environment and since it was necessary to repair why not also beautify with public art? Last year’s renovation included decorative Spanish tiles, which enhanced the overall look and feel

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of the area at a very modest cost. Recently, local artist Kathryn Stovall-Dennis did a masterful job designing and creating the vivid tile murals of Ole Hanson-style divers that mark the main entrance to the new San Clemente Aquatics Center. The benefits of public art are far reaching. Public art has even been known to discourage graffiti. Though graffiti occasionally occurs, the city’s graffiti removal program is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to ensure our community remains beautiful. If you see graffiti, please report it anonymously online at www.sanclemente.org or call 949.361.8385. If you have ideas about public art for San Clemente, please share them with me at donchakl@san-clemente.org. Your views will be timely as the General Plan Advisory Committee goes forward with their proposal on public art in our wonderful town. I look forward to hearing from you. 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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SOAPBOX WAVELENGTHS: By Jim Kempton

Vote Are You Doing? What they have to do to win the job doesn’t actually qualify them to perform it

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ore than 150 years ago, American author Ambrose Bierce wrote a scathing but hilarious political satire titled The Devil’s Dictionary. In it, he defined the word “vote” as: “the instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.” Voters often buy right in: 2008 challenger was bringing hope and change and told us that what took 12 years to create would get fixed in four. Now we are being told by the new challenger that if we just elect him all the problems in the Middle East will go away and 12 million jobs will leap back automatically from China—because Beijing will be afraid of our tough new leader. Thomas Jefferson was adamant that to have a republican form of democratic governance like America’s, we would need

to have a well-informed, educated populace. Unfortunately, most voters have either already made up their minds or are paying practically no attention to anything but the TV ads. This does WAVELENGTHS not bode well for us. As By Jim Kempton Winston Churchill once remarked, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Happily, San Clemente’s political field is much better. We have a slew of smart, educated, moderate, dedicated candidates who have not stooped to the name-calling of the national campaigns. Of course local politics has its own divisive flavors—in our town’s case the name calling was their own; a disingenuous effort to put

two Bob Bakers on the ballot didn’t fool anybody. As one of the silliest shenanigans in local history it was mercifully eliminated early. Interestingly, city officials whose positions I disagree with most frequently are often the ones I most respect for their personal integrity and consistency. Sometimes making decisions best for San Clemente is better than one made out of political expediency. And just because a candidate charms you doesn’t mean he’s going to support every issue you want. These well-qualified contenders have positions on many matters that may or may not agree with yours. But you need to know what they think to decide. More importantly, you need to first know what you think. So read up on the platforms and promises—and consider what it means for you,

your community and our nation. Vote—but don’t assume the next President (incumbent or challenger) will turn the whole world around tomorrow. Likewise, just because you like a local candidate don’t assume he will make the decisions you prefer. You have to know the issues. Because when it comes to voting, the enemy isn’t conservatives. The enemy isn’t liberals. The enemy is ignorance. Jim Kempton is an armchair political historian who describes himself as a middle of the road Demepublican. In this divisive, polarized era, that either makes him a communist or a fascist depending on your party preference. SC

have but one question for these candidates: How can we trust either one of you to make decisions for our city?

Hermosa Sports Park. It was defeated as Measure C by the people. And we got our Sports Park anyway. The Planning Commission approved and defended the Marblehead Sign Variance, a glaring violation of our quality of life, to appease a rapacious outlet mall developer. It was also approved by the City Council. Residents sued and prevailed in court to overturn the variance. The record shows you cannot trust the Planning Commission to uphold established city standards. Its poor judgment has cost taxpayers millions in legal fees, wasted time and energy. It takes a strong City Council to keep the commission in check. No. 1 Bob Baker and Chris Hamm are the only Council candidates strong enough to put residents’ interest first.

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Letters to the Editor THE OUTLET MALL AND THE ELECTION

be voted on. We would have saved over $1 million by now. Let’s get that on the ballot.

SUSAN LUSSIER, San Clemente

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH BAKER?

Why it matters who we vote for: Jim Dahl actually thinks we should be looking forward to the outlet mall. This is the No. 1 annoyance to me and everyone I talk to. If you have never been to an outlet mall, the prices on these seconds or last year’s models are not that good. You will do much better online at the end of a season. Go to the Carlsbad Outlet Mall—if you can find it. It’s on the non-view side of the freeway, but there are no signs (unlike The Citadel). There were only a few shoppers there on a Thursday. We would probably only gets crowds on weekends, when we already have the crowds coming to the beach. More traffic jams, yay. The other two outlet malls at Barstow and Cabazon are perfect. They get traffic from kids going to and from the (Colorado) River, Lake Havasu and Palm Springs. They’re also out in the middle of the desert, not wasting “prime view” property. Dahl favored the North Beach fiasco, Measure A, which the citizens of San Clemente voted down two-to-one. Thanks to the citizens for San Clemente, Jim Dahl lost. This also had the City Council divided, passing by only one vote (until we were able to bring it to a vote). The 32-foot highway signs cost the city of San Clemente over $238,000 in legal fees, with the fear that Dahl and fans would win and San Clemente would look like The Citadel. Thanks to the citizens of San Clemente, Jim Dahl lost. I think everything the City Council wants to pass—if over $1 million—should San Clemente Times November 1–7, 2012

VOTE RESIDENTS’ INTERESTS FIRST

AMY BORGERDING, San Clemente

My family and I love the Carnival. We go each year. We were just there a couple of weeks ago and I was shocked to see Bob Baker campaigning there, given that he voted against the Carnival. I also saw him campaigning once at the Farmer’s Market, even though he voted against that, too. What’s the deal with this guy? These votes suggest to me that Baker lacks common sense, but his actions sure prove that he doesn’t lack audacity. Speaking of audacity, I read the SC Times financial disclosure article and find it hilarious and totally hypocritical that Baker repeatedly criticized Mortenson for buying campaign signs in Santa Ana when Baker paid more than $20,000 to some political consultant in Los Angeles and spent a bunch of money in Texas and other states. Furthermore, he and Chris Hamm stated over and over again that they do not take money from developers yet found it completely acceptable to let them pay for their flyers and mailers? I find that extremely sneaky of both candidates. Finally, both Bob Baker and Chris Hamm have continually pointed fingers at the other candidates for having signs at places of business, accusing them of being in these businesses’ back pocket. However, Baker and Hamm also have their signs on commercial properties, including the Valero gas station off Palizada. So much for only having signs on “friends’ and neighbors’” property. Taking all this hypocrisy into consideration, I just

MARTIN BERUBE, San Clemente

With residents’ best interests at heart, the General Plan Advisory Committee recently voted to limit downtown buildings to two stories. The issue—and the vote—came up too quickly for parliamentary control to stymie residents’ strongly held sentiments on village character. Since then our Planning Commission overruled that GPAC vote, saying we should just trust them to “do the right thing.” Really? Let’s look at the record: The Planning Commission loved and defended Ralph’s Village Courtyard, a three-story parking garage and massive retail project 45-feet in height with miniscule set backs towering over El Camino Real. It was narrowly vetoed by the City Council The Planning Commission loved and defended the North Beach LAB project, a give-away of public land calling for 15 feet of fill dirt to be dumped on our beach parking lot, topped with a three-story mixed use dining and retail center blocking ocean views from properties on El Camino Real. This project ripped our town apart through two ballot actions; it was finally defeated as Measure A by a plurality of the voters. The Planning Commission loved and defended condos on open space, a zoning variance approved by City Council as the only way to fund development of the Vista

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COUNCIL NEEDS BUSINESS-FRIENDLY LEADERSHIP JIM ECKEL, San Clemente

San Clemente needs City Council members who possess the aptitude, experience and conviction to help lead it into the future. A very important area of our city is our charming downtown. As a property owner and former downtown business owner, I can tell you that maintaining our downtown charm is a top priority of both business and property owners. As a resident of twenty years, I can assure you there were times when our downtown may have appeared charming, but it was definitely not profitable for business or property owners. As with any downtown area, there has been and will (Cont. on page 12) www.sanclementetimes.com


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Letters to the Editor (cont.) (Cont. from page 10) always be turnover, which can be a healthy exercise in regeneration. However, it was not that long ago that the word “charming” was not your first thought when describing downtown. For most of the nineties, our downtown barely limped along and business turnover was very high. Fortunately, in recent years, beginning with Dave Donaldson’s Beachfire Grill restaurant, the downtown has thrived with the additions of Nick’s, The Shore, Mimosa’s, and South of Nick’s. However, there are challenges ahead for the economic viability of downtown in the form of increased retail competition from the future Marblehead outlet mall. We need to encourage sensible business development for downtown by resisting heavyhanded measures such as building height restrictions that would halt our upward momentum and sabotage our chances for sustained growth. Mike Mortenson and Jim Dahl are two City Council candidates who have been endorsed by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce, the San Clemente Downtown Business Association and the Orange County Register for one important reason; they understand that business is an important part to maintaining our Downtown vitality. From bartenders to board shapers, San Clemente runs on business. A City Council comprised of individuals who are aware of this reality is essential for a strong, fiscally responsible city. Mike and Jim will have my vote this coming November 6 and for the future sake of our much loved downtown, I’m asking you to do the same.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE JUNIEL WORTHINGTON, San Clemente

The Chamber of Commerce endorses candidates for the City Council and advertises for them. Their endorsed candidates then vote to give them $30,000 to $40,000 every year of San Clemente tax payer dollars via the city budget. So far Dahl during his career has voted to give the Chamber around $400,000 dollars. How much will Mortenson vote to give to them? Stop this

madness. Vote for 1 Robert Bob Baker and Chris Hamm for City Council to overturn this sweetheart deal that the Chamber has with its endorsed candidates.

ENOUGH ABOUT 1’S AND 0’S RICHARD FORD, San Clemente

Yet again I read about Bob Baker No. 1 accusing Bob Baker No. 0 of bad faith. I must be the only one who notices how much time he spends on this. Why doesn’t he give us a reason to vote for him? Well it occurs to me how little he has done. Honestly, from what I’ve seen Bob Baker No. 1 has voted no on some important improvements. He has voted no on bathrooms at Courtney’s Sandcastle, no on the Sports Wall of Fame, no on the Carnival, no on the Farmer’s Market and Safe Routes to School. He did vote yes on smoking in public parks. What has Bob Baker done? I can’t think of a project or policy that he introduced, worked on and brought to fruition. Our other Council members have championed causes like traffic reduction and bicycle improvements (Lori Donchak), improved public safety (Jim Dahl), and local business district committees (Jim Evert). These Council members have made a positive difference in San Clemente. In contrast, what has Bob Baker done? Small wonder his campaign is all about ones and zeroes. After four years that’s all he has to show us.

QUESTIONS ABOUT LANG JUDI HEIDEL, San Clemente

The October 25 issue of the SC Times published a letter highly critical of John Alpay, our current school board trustee. The writer, Mark Earnest, admits that he has never met John Alpay, so his purported knowledge about Mr. Alpay’s motives and intentions is puzzling. More importantly, Mr. Earnest’s facts are wrong. As one of the ten signers of the petition that initiated the recall of Mike Winsten, I can attest that the recall was not “union-backed”; the teachers’ union did not “put him (Mr. Alpay) up to it” (run-

ning for election). Mr. Earnest also claims that Mr. Alpay was not really “elected” and that he “snuck in the back door by virtue of being the only candidate on the ballot when the recall passed”. The option to not recall Mr. Winsten was available on every ballot to every voter in CUSD. Mr. Winsten was recalled by 61%. Mr. Alpay was opposed—by Mr. Winsten—and he won. As for Steve Lang’s own candidacy for school board trustee, he recently sent a brochure mimicking a report card full of “F”s for Mr. Alpay. One of those “F’s” was for engaging in reckless deficit spending. Mr. Lang cited his source for that “fact” as the Orange County Department of Education. The OCDE has since sent Mr. Lang a letter demanding that he delete that reference as the department had in fact commended the current board for its prudent budgeting. Mr. Lang also gave Mr. Alpay an “F” for increased taxes. The source cited for that “fact” was the CUSD agenda. I have confirmed with the district that no tax issues have ever been on any board agenda since Mr. Alpay took office. Finally, in the same SC Times issue, Mr. Lang’s response to the question “Why should voters cast their ballots for you” suggests that he deserves your vote because he is not a lawyer. It would seem to me that having attained a degree in higher education, whether in law or otherwise, would be an asset for a school board trustee, not a detriment. John Alpay has served our district with excellence, integrity and distinction. The facts speak for themselves.

HIT PIECE LIES ABOUT ALPAY BILL PRESTRIDGE, San Clemente

In the last issue of the SC Times a Steve Lang supporter, in a letter to the editor, included many untruths and deceptions about John Alpay. First, over 69,000 people did vote for John Alpay. Second, the school board does not vote on teacher pensions. STRS (State Teachers Retirement System) handles pension issues. Third, John Alpay has never been put on the ballot by, been endorsed by or received money from the

teacher’s “union,” which is CUEA (Capistrano Unified Education Association) It is an “association,” not a “union.” John Alpay was placed on the ballot, endorsed by and has received money from Children’s First, which is a nonpartisan, non-school district associated organization that puts kids before politics. In fact a majority of people in CUSD support Children’s First, as evidenced by the support two years ago during the teacher’s strike, recall and Measure H election. In Mr. Lang’s hit piece attacking John Alpay, the report card with all F’s states that John Alpay voted for a multimilliondollar “gift” to the teachers. In fact this “gift” was an early retirement incentive that will, according to outside sources, save CUSD over $1 million a year for five years. Mr. Lang forgot to include the latter part in his flyer. Also, Mr. Lang and his organization just received a letter from the attorney for the Orange County Department of Education to “cease and desist” using OCDE as a source on its flyer as Mr. Lang’s assertions on the flyer are untrue as related to OCDE documents. John Alpay has not sent out untrue hit pieces on Mr. Lang. John Alpay has told voters the truth. John Alpay has returned this district to being fiscally sound. John Alpay has worked long hours and diligently for the children and citizens of CUSD and deserves to be re-eleced to the CUSD School Board. As you go to the polls, ask yourself this question. Do you want a man who has lied and told untruths about his opponent as Steve Lang and his group have done, or do you want a school board member who is honest, told the truth and has helped turn CUSD around so education can take place? 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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GETTING OUT

YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER

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

thursday

FAIR TRADE HOLIDAY SHOPPING 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Shopping at Lincoln Street Boutique with proceeds going to organizations that help those suppressed by war. Wine and appetizers will be served. 141 Ave Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.705.7753.

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GINO AND THE LONE GUNMAN 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.

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TASTE OF SAN CLEMENTE 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Local restaurants and wineries offer their food and drinks to the event at Casino San Clemente, also features a silent auction. $75. 140 W. Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.369.6600, www.scchamber.com.

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WINE TASTING 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. SC Wine Company features Opolo Vineyards of Paso Robles, with cheese, crackers and chocolate. $15. 212 _ Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com SAN CLEMENTE VILLAS 10TH ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATION 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Live music by the SwingSet band at the SC Villas, with light refreshments and more fun. Free. 660 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.489.3400, www.sanclementevillas.com. THE ORIGINALITIES 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Live music every Friday night at The Shore; this week it’s reggae/ska music. 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.481.6089, www.theshoresanclemente.com. DAVINE WINE TASTING AND LIVE MUSIC 4 p.m.8 p.m. Wine tasting at DaVine Food and Wine with live music by Angelika Wilson from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Tasting cost is 5 wines for $15. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com. LIVE OAK REVUE 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com. San Clemente Times November 1–7, 2012

AT THE MOVIES: ‘FUN SIZE’ COMES UP SHORT Many teen comedies that tell the story of high school kids getting into trouble and having too much fun are often rated R—think Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) or American Pie (1999). Teen films that manage to successfully survive re-writes and editing sufficient to earn a PG-13 rating are few. Mean Girls (2004) managed to reduce crude content yet stay strong, but other teen movies aren’t so lucky. Nickelodeon’s first PG-13 rated film, Fun Size, is the latest victim of this process. High school senior Wren (Victoria Justice) and best friend April (Jane Levy) are invited to the coolest Halloween party, hosted by the cutest guy in school. But things go wrong when Wren is left in charge of her little brother, Albert (Jackson Nicoll). When Albert suddenly runs off, Halloween turns into a wild Victoria Justice and Jane Levy in Fun Size. © 2012 Paramount Pictures goose chase to find him before the night is over. School geeks Roosevelt (Thomas Mann) and Peng (Osric Chau) supply a car and help. Directed by Josh Schwartz of “Gossip Girl” and “The OC” with a script penned by “The Colbert Report” writer Max Werner, Fun Size can’t seem to decide whether to be a kids’ movie or teen comedy. The movie relies more on gags than plot, while subplots featuring Albert and a drugstore cashier come off slightly creepy. Chelsea Handler as the kids’ mom also seems out of place, as if part of a different film. —Megan Bianco

saturday

WALK FOR LIFE 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. The Pregnancy Resource Center in San Clemente hosts a 2-mile Walk for Life at the Dana Point Harbor. Island Way and Dana Drive, Dana Point, 949.218.5777, www.prcsanclemente.com

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HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Holiday boutique featuring decor, clothing, jewelry, gourmet foods, pet couture and more at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School. Benefits The Ark of San Juan. 31641 La Novia, San Juan Capistrano, 949.388.0034, www.arkofsansuan.org. HOMETOWN GLORY SCHS DANCE CONCERT 7 p.m. The 11-time National Champion San Clemente High School Dance Team performs in the school gym, with a second performance set for 4 p.m. Nov 4. Tickets $10-$15. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165, www.schsdance.org. FARM TO FORK 10:30 a.m.-noon. Kids learn the journey real food takes at The Ecology Center as they visit the edible garden and end by preparing small-plate meals. This month: a gluten-free menu. Cost $20-$25. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org. 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, www.caminorealplayhouse.org. THE HUMBLE HOOLIGANS 10 p.m. Live music at Molly Bloom’s Irish Bar and Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120, www.mollybloomspub.com. NIKKA COSTA 8 p.m. The Coach House. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.

sunday

VILLAGE ART FAIRE 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The first Sunday of every month, enjoy a sidewalk arts and crafts faire along Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente. This month will feature great holiday shopping with unique hand-crafted objects and art. Info: 949.218.5378, www.villagesanclemente.org.

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HEALTH EXPO 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saddleback Hospital-San Clemente hosts the expo with vision exams, medical treatment, vaccines and more. 654 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.496.1122, www.memorialcare.org. DINNER AND AUCTION FUNDRAISER 5:30 p.m.8 p.m. Fundraiser at Brio Tuscany Grille with proceeds going to the Glennwood House of Laguna Beach. $100. 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.333.1431, www.glennwoodhousing.org, www.briorestaurant.com. SUNDAYS AT SUNSET CONCERT SERIES 6 p.m. The South Orange County School of the Arts performs Broadway hits at the Dana Point Yacht Club. 24399 Dana Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6666, www.socsarts.org.

monday

COMEDY AND KARAOKE 9 p.m.–1 a.m. The night starts with live comedy and continues with karaoke at 11 p.m. at Hennessey’s Tavern. No cover. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121, www.hennesseystavern.com.

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tuesday

SMALL WORKS ART SHOW 12 p.m.-4 p.m. New art exhibit on display in the San Clemente Art Gallery at the San Clemente Community Center. Runs through Jan. 3. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.492.7175, www.scartgallery.com.

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wednesday

WOMEN’S WEDNESDAY WINE AND NETWORKING 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Women’s networking event with wine and more at SC Wine Company. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com.

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WEDNESDAY WINE DINNER AT VINE 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Four course wine and food pairings. $40/person. Reservations recommended. 211 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2079, www.vinesanclemente.com. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.sanclementetimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to events@sanclementetimes.com www.sanclementetimes.com


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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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Business Beat

BY JIM SHILANDER

News and updates on San Clemente’s business community

MILESTONES u San Clemente Villas by the Sea, a senior living and retirement housing community at 660 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, is inviting area residents to a free celebration of its 10th anniversary Friday, November 2, from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Festivities will take place in the spacious Villas lobby. Entertainment for dancing is provided by SwingSet, a popular south Orange County swing music group. Light refreshments will be served. u Asher’s Boutique, a woman’s apparel and shoe shop located at 1001 Avenida Pico, at the intersection of Pico and Avenida La Pata, will be holding a first anniversary celebration Thursday, November 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Owner Zari Godwin, who has operated clothing businesses for more than 20 years, said the anniversary celebration would include a number of discounts based on purchases, as well as the celebration. More information can be found at www. ashersboutique.com. u Artisan boutique Erba is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. Owner Lisa Rodarti opened the store in October, 2002, offering a Soho, New York boutique experience, while at the same time raising money and awareness for breast cancer. Erba primarily sells European apothecary items, gifts, books and artisan jewelry. “Erba has been well loved and supported by local small shoppers in San Clemente and nearby areas,” Rodarti said. “We are happy to celebrate 10 years strong, and we’re grateful to our loyal and kind customers.” Erba will host a special anniversary sale Saturday and Sunday, November 3 and 4. u Surterre Properties, a full-service real estate firm with six offices in Orange County—including one in San Clemente—is celebrating its sixth anniversary.

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The company is celebrating a number of sixes this year. The firm has completed over $6 billion in sales since the company’s inception in 2006. Surterre has grown to encompass 340 agents, 40 staff members and 6 offices, and they have affiliated with Sandstone Financial, Blue Water Escrow and Bask Magazine to provide clients with more convenient service. Surterre also has it’s own in-house advertising, which has launched a number of online, print and international initiatives. Learn more about Surterre Properties at www.surterreproperties.com. u San Clemente’s Paradise Jewelers is celebrating its fifth year in town, though owner Rick Dunning has been in the jewelry business for more than 30 years, having relocated from the Cleveland suburbs seven years ago. Assistant manager Joshua Gusse, who’s been with the company for four years, said the said the company has thrived in town, winning the “Ole” award as the city’s top jeweler the last four years, and he has seen an increase in business each year by offering quality services. “We’re the only jeweler in San Clemente that has a full-time master jeweler on premises,” Gusse said. “We do custom jewelry, repairs on the spot, we set stones.” Paradise also will buy gold, silver, diamonds and other jewelry sets as well, which Gusse said has been a key part of growing the business. That part of the business was also brought over from Ohio, Gusse said. Dunning said he’s tried to build the business in San Clemente the same way he did in at his business in the Cleveland suburb of Parma, Ohio, which he ultimately sold to his employees before moving to San Clemente. Dunning and his wife Debra also operate Paradise II on Avenida Del Mar. “The biggest thing was that we started from scratch there, too. I’m a guy who comes from all word of mouth.” The busi-

Gretchan Trudeau of Bamboo and Beyond shows off some of the store’s items. The store has recently been renovated and remodeled. Trudeau has owned the business since 2008. Photo by Jim Shilander

ness has also been changed by the increased prices of gold over the last several years, Dunning said.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS u Gretchan Trudeau of Bamboo and Beyond, located at 713 N. El Camino Real, said the new renovations at the store will allow customers to discover some new offerings, which was purchased in 2008. Trudeau said the front of the store had been remodeled, and a central island has replaced a checkout area near the back of the store. “We bought right at the beginning of the downturn,” Trudeau said. “That we’re still here is testament to people rediscovering we’re here. But people don’t realize we have as much as we do.” Trudeau emphasized the “Beyond,” portion of the store’s name, since the store sells everything tropical, from jewelry and candles all the way up to furniture, as well as bamboo poles and other items. The store imports from Bali, Thailand, Hawaii and other parts of the U.S. Trudeau, an interior designer, can also offer full interior design services herself as a service to customers.

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u Paul Gallo, the owner of Gifts on Del Mar has a message for those who might be fretting that the 18-year-old business vacating its store front on Avenida Del Mar recently: Don’t worry. Gallo said the growth of the business online had led him to decide to go online-only. “With the online business increasing, I couldn’t devote my full attention to the store-front and do the online business,” Gallo said. “It’d just been a constant increase, much greater than the storefront.” Gallo said going online, which he did 10 years ago, has allowed him to expand the reach of his engraved silverware, gifts and stationery business beyond the borders of Orange County. “I’ve been reaching people in New York, Chicago, Washington and I’ve sent things to Europe.” He’s also managed, despite some initial angry feelings from some of his loyal storefront customers, to keep many of his traditional customers. “There’s been an overwhelming response,” Gallo said. Many customers, especially those who don’t have much online experience, can still make their orders over the phone. “They trust my taste,” Gallo said.

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

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

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PEST CONTROL Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar, www.colonytermite.com

PET SITTING Curbside Pet & House Sitting 949.369.5074 San Clemente, dalmatian.love@cox.net

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POOL/SPA SERVICE & REPAIR 949.290.5616

PRESCHOOLS San Clemente Preschool 163 Avenida Victoria, www.sanclementepreschool.com

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949.388.6829 801.573.2370 KC Painting & Decorating 3349 Paseo Halcon, www.bringcolorintoyourlife.com

ROOFING CONTRACTORS Jim Thomas Roofing 162 Calle de Industrias

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A Beautiful You Skin Care 949.370.1852 1502 N. El Camino Real, www.abeautifulyouoc.com

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Costa Verde Landscape 949.361.9656 License: 744797 (C-8 & C-27) www.costaverdelandscaping.com Printing OC 949.388.4888 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203, www.printingoc.com

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Mathom House Books 949.361.1633 HEATING 83 Via Pico Plaza, www.mathomhousebooks.com All Season Air 949.579.0741 Village Book Exchange 949.492.1114 allseasonair@gmail.com, www.allseasonair.net 99 Avenida Serra Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 CARPET 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A, www.oasisair.com Designer’s Magic Flooring 949.496.1926 HOME DÉCOR 638 Camino de los Mares, Ste. G-105, South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 www.designersmagiccarpetandflooring.com 109 Calle de los Molinos, www.southcoastfurniture.com

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WEBSITE DESIGN San Clemente Website Design 949.246.8345 www.sanclementewebsitedesign.com

WINDOW CLEANING Bayside Window Cleaning, Inc. 949.215.2323 www.baysidewindowcleaning.com Clear Windows 949.485.8793 San Clemente, www.clearwindows-llc.com

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OBITUARY

LeRoy H. Foote Mr. LeRoy Foote, age ninety-three, well known teacher (up until age ninety) at Dana Hills High School, passed away after a rapidly progressive illness. Prior to 1981 he was a teacher and counselor in the Pomona Unified School District. Mr. Foote was born in Minnesota, was a graduate of St. Cloud Teacher College, University of Minnesota, UCLA and Claremont Graduate School. He entertained weekly with his singing over the past 24 years at Capistrano Beach Care Center. He was a member of San Clemente Presbyterian Church for many years. He is survived by his wife Louise (Bratton), daughter Diane Gates and husband Chip, son Duane Foote and wife Maria, 2 grandchildren, Brian Evans and Jenna Gamble and husband Dave. He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed in all our lives. A memorial celebration of his life will be held at San Clemente Presbyterian Church on Saturday, November 3rd, at 10:00 am. www.sanclementetimes.com


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SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

TRITONS PEE WEE RED WIN ORANGE BOWL

After another solid defensive effort, the South Coast Triton Pee Wee Red football team won the Orange Bowl championship game, defeating Los Alamitos 8-0 on October 27. The Tritons now move on to the Wescon Regional to play against other top pee wee teams from the region, which includes teams from southern California, Nevada and Arizona. In four playoff games, the Tritons have been solid on defense and with the victory over Los Alamitos, recorded their third shutout. Defensive lineman Jack Maudlin had two sacks in the Orange Bowl while

The South Coast Pee Wee Tritons Red celebrates their Orange Bowl victory. Courtesy photo

Tyler Hartigan and Nick Amico each recorded one sack. Cornerback Nick Hearing had two interceptions and safeties Drew Lepley and Koa Todd combined for 19 total tackles. The Tritons lone touchdown of the game came when quarterback Jake

Through the Uprights Tritons kicker Bret Miller sets a CIF-SS record for most consecutive PAT’s made By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times

San Clemente Times November 1–7, 2012

Triton Report By Steve Breazeale

BOYS WATER POLO • The Tritons (16-10, 4-3 league) had an up and down week during their final stretch of league play. It started with a last second 11-10 win over second place El Toro on October 29. Senior Robby Stiefel scored the go-ahead goal, breaking a 10-10 tie with the clock winding down to give the Tritons hope at making a league title run. But a 9-8 loss to fourth place Aliso Niguel on the road on October 30 may have dampened those title hopes. The Tritons have one game left on their schedule and it’s against Dana Hills, who have already clinched at least a share of the league title. Next Game: 11/1 vs. Dana Hills, 5 p.m.

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t was fitting that the final point tallied in the San Clemente football team’s 29-21 win over Tesoro on October 26 came off the foot of senior kicker Bret Miller. The point-after attempt that Miller put through the uprights not only put an exclamation point on a signature victory over a league rival, keeping the Tritons playoff hopes alive, but it also was a CIFSS record-setting kick. It was Miller’s 108th consecutive conversion kick made, which put him two clear of the old record of 106, set by John McGrory of Santa Margarita during the 2010-2011 football season. “I knew before the game I was one away from tying (the record). I didn’t think about it until after I made the kick. Then I realized we had just broken the record,” Miller said. “(The Tesoro game) was probably the most insane game I have ever been a part of…Just beating them in a last minute comeback was great.” Miller uses the word “we” when describing his efforts, giving credit to the offensive lines and holders that have helped him succeed. The senior has only kicked with two holders his entire high school career and senior quarterback Sean Donnelly has been the team’s holder since their sophomore season. But in a full circle type of moment, fellow senior Marcus Meredith, Miller’s freshman holder, was teeing it up for the record-breaking kick. As a three-year varsity team member Miller has been a steady force for the Tritons and his perfect point after conversion rate can attest to that. In 2010 he was 21/21. In 2011 he was 57/57 and in 2012 he is 30/30. The last time Miller can remember missing a point after attempt

Bailey scored on a 25-yard run. Members of the South Coast Triton Pee Wee Red team are: Owen Africa, Joel Alexander, King Amero, Nick Amico, Jacob Bailey, Charlie Bein, Jake Brannon, Connor Drasler, Ty Fotheringham, Nicholas Haerin, Dylan Hartanov, Tyler Hartigan, Kade Irwin, Michael Leiss, Drew Lepley, Wakely Lush, Jack Mauldin, George Meza, Cade Mills, Connor Presley, Zachary Rose, Trey Russell, Ben Skeffington, Justin Tanamachi, Koa Todd, Tyler Tornberg, Jack Turbeville, Ian Warner, Matthew Waskowski and Brandon Wu. Jonathan Todd coaches the team. —Steve Breazeale

GIRLS TENNIS • The Tritons were set to compete on the road in the CIF-SS Team Tennis playoffs October 31 against Brentwood. Results were not available at press time. The Tritons clinched the No. 3 seed out of the South Coast League.

Senior kicker Bret Miller kicks his CIF-SS record-breaking conversion on October 26 against Tesoro. Courtesy photo

was during his freshman year. He is also the owner of a slew of Triton kicking records. He owns the school record for most PATs in a season (57), most field goals in a game (3), most field goals in a season (9) and most kicking points in a single game (15), just to name a few. His accuracy and consistency, along with his ability to punt, have made him a recruiting target of several Division 1 college programs. So far, Miller has made visits to Stanford, UCLA, the University of Arizona, the University of Oregon, South Carolina, Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Auburn, Northwestern, Furman University, University of Miami

and the University of North Carolina. He’s also had talks with Ole Miss and Utah and was awarded his first official offer to play for the University of Arizona on October 29. A college career is still off in the distance, so for now, Miller is focusing on the job at hand. If the Tritons can get a win over Trabuco Hills on November 2, they might be considered for a Pac-5 at-large playoff berth. “We are very excited. We don’t have a guaranteed future so we are treating everything like it’s our last chance,” Miller said. “We are cherishing what could be our last week we have together. Hopefully it will continue.” SC Page 28

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL • The Tritons (10-21, 1-7) closed out their season with back-to-back losses to Mission Viejo on October 24 and Dana Hills on October 29. Both of the losses were three-set sweeps. After the two losses, the Tritons fell to the back of the pack, finishing fi fth in the South Coast League. BOYS AND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY • The Triton cross country squads have not raced since competing at the Mt. SAC Invitational on October 20. Both teams will race in their respective league finals on November 1. The girls will race for the South Coast League title at Irvine Regional Park at 1 p.m. while the boys will race in the Sea View League finals at Irvine Regional Park at 1 p.m. FOOTBALL • The Tritons (5-4, 1-2) kept their playoff hopes alive by defeating Tesoro 29-21 on the road on October 26. A win against Trabuco Hills this week could give them a strong enough resume for an at-large playoff berth. Next Game: 11/2 vs. Trabuco Hills, 7 p.m. www.sanclementetimes.com


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GROM OF THE WEEK Hendrick Osterkamp Age: 7, Vista Del Mar Elementary School Hendrick Osterkamp is relatively new to the sport of surfing, but that hasn’t stopped him from quickly becoming one of the local up-and-coming groms to watch. He started shortboarding about six months ago, after his dad encouraged him to give it a try during a trip to Cabo. “I tried it and liked it,” Hendrick said. “Since then I’ve been practicing and getting better. It’s such a fun sport and I want to be a pro surfer. So, I’m practicing as much as I can after school and every weekend hoping I will get the chance someday.” Hendrick’s short list of dream surf breaks includes Mavericks, Tavarua, Pipeline and Waimea and he hopes his future career will allow him to travel the world. Besides surfing, he also enjoys skateboarding, collecting shells and watching surf videos. Both frugal and generous, Hendrick likes saving his money to be sure he always has the means to buy gifts for his family. He is a very good student in school and even earned a good citiHendrick Osterkamp. Photo by Jack McDaniel zenship award last year. “I get good grades because I really like school and take it very seriously,” he said. Hendrick is thankful for the coaching he is getting from his dad and older sister. “I’m mostly working on my hits and floaters right now. I want to do my bottom turns more quickly too, so I can hit the lip more vertically,” he said. “When I’m on a wave I just feel really strong and really good. It’s hard to explain. I just love it.” —Andrea Swayne

RESULTS NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 4, October 27-28, Oceanside, Pier Local finishers only. MEN: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 2. Kevin Schulz, San Clemente. JUNIORS: 1. Griffin Colapinto, San Clemente; 4. Colt Ward, San Clemente. BOYS: 1. Cole Houshmand, San Clemente. MINI GROMS: 2. Hagan Johnson, San Clemente; 3. Kade Matson, San Clemente. WOMEN: 2. Tia Blanco, San Clemente; 3. Chelsea Tuach, San Clemente. GIRLS: 3. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. See www.sanclementetimes.com for full results.

San Clemente’s Greg Long paddled in to a huge tube ride—one of the season’s first Billabong XXL Award entries—at Jaws on the northern coast of Maui in early October. Photo by Bruno Lemos/BillabongXXL.com

Big Time San Clemente’s Greg Long starts big wave season strong By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times

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an Clemente-based professional big wave surfer Greg Long was one of a group of daredevil wave riders who cashed in on a big early October swell at

Jaws on Maui’s northern coast. As Jaws roared to life, it provided not only one of the earliest starts to a big wave season ever but also the perfect opportunity for Long and a handful of other paddle-in pioneers to come up with this season’s first entries into the annual Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards. The 2013 Billabong XXL award presentation is set for May, but until then videos of all the entries will be posted on the website at www.billabongxxl.com. A video of the Jaws session will also be posted at www. sanclementetimes.com. SC

Scholastic Surf Series, Orange County Middle School, October 27 San Onofre State Park, Church Beach TEAM: 1. Shorecliffs, 268; 2. Bernice Ayer, 172; 3. Thurston, 145; 4. Marco Forster, 103; 5. Don Juan Avila, 72; 6. Niguel Hills, 69.5; 7. Vista Del Mar, 43.5. BOYS: 1. Kei Kobayashi, Shorecliffs; 2. Jacob Atwood, Shorecliffs; 3. Curran Dand, Shorecliffs; 4. Shane Hardy, Shorecliffs; 5. Noah Hohenester, Bernice Ayer; 6. Noah Atwood, Shorecliffs. BOYS LONGBOARD: 1. River Covey, Shorecliffs; 2. Jacob Atwood, Shorecliffs; 3. Kai Takayama, Bernice Ayer; 4. Dante Madrigal, Thurston; 5. Jack Benjamin, Marco Foster; 6. Gus Day, Shorecliffs. GIRLS: 1. Alexa Elseewi, Bernice Ayer; 2. Tera Richardson, Shorecliffs;

3. Maya Harrison, Bernice Ayer; 4. Claire Kelly, Thurston; 5. Liv Stokes, Don Juan Avila; 6. Lily Benjamin, Marco Forster. GIRLS LONGBOARD: 1. Teresa O’Connor, Marco Forster; 2. Meg Roh, Marco Forster; 3. Maya Harrison, Bernice Ayer; 4. Kaila Patterson, Shorecliffs; 5. Gabriella McCormick, Bernice Ayer; 6. Kaelen McKracken, Shorecliffs. COED BODYBOARD: 1. Luke Overin, Bernice Ayer; 2. Derek Reynolds, Bernice Ayer; 3. Shane Kimbrough, Bernice Ayer; 4. Kian Feiner, Shorecliffs; 5. Logan Manning, Shorecliffs; 6. Jayson Cramin, Niguel Hills.

UPCOMING EVENTS November 3-4: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 5, Newport Beach, 54th Street November 10-11: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 4, San Diego, Mission Beach, San Fernando Street November 17: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 6, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef December 1-2: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 5, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty December 1-2: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 6, Huntington Beach, Pier December 8-9: Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 3, San Clemente, T Street December 8: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 7, San Diego, Mission Beach, San Fernando Street December 22-23: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 7, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef


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