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Crosstown Traffic Work on San Juan I-5 project will begin next month E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Major construction projects along Interstate 5 will have profound effects and cause a few headaches for motorists from San Clemente and neighboring cities. Photo by Brian Park

Marblehead Developer Suing Over Election Claims

Former Triton Star Wilson Reflects on Freshman Year

CUSD Issues Apology to Oxford Academy







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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission on Tuesday denied Zoomars Petting Zoo’s latest attempt to keep Juan, the controversial dinosaur replica, on its property in the Los Rios Historic District after determining the structure was inconsistent with the 236-year history of the area, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is the state’s longest continuously inhabited neighborhood. The commission voted 4-2 to deny Zoomars owner Carolyn Franks’ proposed revision to her conditional use permit, with commissioners Tim Neely and Jeff Parkhurst indicating they could see the structure stay on the property with proper screening to block its view from Los Rios Street. After the decision, Franks said she would speak with city staff to determine if anything else can be done to save the structure.



DANA POINT Anglers aboard the Dana Wharf Sportfishing squid boats have been pulling in squid ranging between 3 to 15 pounds at an eyebrow-raising clip over the past week. According to Dana Wharf general manager Donna Kalez the boats out on January 5 caught a total of 800 squid while 400 were caught the following night. On January 8, five boats reeled in an astonishing 1,818 squid. Captain Brian Wooley is a 17-year veteran of the waters and believes this year’s run is slightly abnormal. “It’s been really good (over the past four days)…I’d say we are getting anywhere between five to 20 squid per fisherman out there,” Wooley said. Dana Wharf will continue to offer evening trips as long as the squid stay in the area. For pricing and other information call 949.496.5794 or log on to


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…Another Election Lawsuit?

THE LATEST: Steve Craig, developer of the proposed Marblehead Coastal outlet mall, filed a defamation suit last month against Charles Mann, Mann’s wife and Mann’s political action committee, Watchdog for San Clemente. The suit stems from claims made in some of the mailers put out by the PAC during last year’s City Council election, which focused on the placement of candidates’ signs on the still-vacant Marblehead property. The specific mailer mentioned in the suit, dubbed “San Clemente Voter Alert,” showed mock $1,000 bills next to a picture of the signs for City Council candidates Jim Dahl and Mike Mortenson on the property. One of the bills reads “Outlet Mall Developer,” and the mailer urges the reader to “Follow the Money!” The suit alleges that the flier implied Craig had made a $1,000 donation to one or both of the candidates. No such donation was made, Craig stated. The suit also states that the implication implied an illegal act, since a donation such as the one allegedly inferred would need to be reported. WHAT’S NEXT: There are no hearings currently scheduled for the suit. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit — Jim Shilander


…the Ole Hanson Beach Club Restoration?

THE LATEST: The final shape of the planned rehabilitation of the Ole Hanson Beach Club has yet to be decided and may not be for some time. The San Clemente City Council continued San Clemente Times January 10–16, 2013

discussion of the planned rehabilitation at its meeting Tuesday but ended the discussion, deciding to further investigate the proposed plans after residents, as well as council members, voiced concern over the rehabilitation proposal. Historic architect Christopher Smith called the building “a jewel in so many ways,” and said the three current proposals for the project were based on the historic use of the facility. The project originally began as a $2.5 million rehabilitation project, Beaches, Parks and Recreation Director Sharon Heider told the council, but examination of the facility revealed more work that needed to be done, increasing the potential price by more than $1 million. The department had proposed putting off some aspects for a later time, as funding became available. WHAT’S NEXT: Councilwoman Lori Donchak said it was also important to line up the financing for the project and advised Heider to include the future priorities when the city begins to discuss its Capital Improvement Plan.

WHAT’S NEXT: OPA’s Chairman of the Board Bob Kuhnert asked trustees to provide the school a copy of the final investigation conducted by T. Davis and Associates. “Just as OPA released results of their investigation to CUSD and the public in good faith, we ask the board to reciprocate in good faith,” Kuhnert said. The trustees agreed to agendize the item for their next meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, January 23. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. —Brian Park


FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, see — JS


In its inaugural year, OPA, the south Orange County branch of the Chino-based charter school, achieved a 993 out of 1,000 Academic Performance Index score—the highest mark in the district and the second highest in the county. Both the district and the school conducted their own investigations and found no credibility to the allegations.

…CUSD Apology?

THE LATEST: After issuing a statement in December publicly exonerating Oxford Preparatory Academy of allegations that teachers at the charter school helped students cheat on state standardized tests, the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees did so again at their meeting Monday. “I think it’s important as a district we apologize to Oxford,” Superintendent Joseph Farley said. “This is a strong instructional program with a very high API score that it earned.”

…Upcoming SONGS Hearings?

THE LATEST: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has tentatively scheduled two meetings to discuss the tube degradation at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The body has scheduled a briefing on the status of the investigation of the tube degradation at Unit 2 of the plant on February 7 at its headquarters in Maryland at 10 a.m. Another hearing, this one to consider a petition by the environmental group Friends of the Earth for an amendment to Southern California Edison’s license to run the facility will be held January 16. Although the NRC had rejected a petition by the group for a review of the license in

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November, it had allowed the group to have a hearing by the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board. The panel of three judges is considering a hearing request filed by Friends of the Earth, which argues that the NRC’s Confirmatory Action Letter to Edison last year should be treated as a license amendment. Legal briefs are being submitted to that board this month, the agency said, and a decision is not expected until after that time. The February 7 meeting will be available to the public via webcast. FIND OUT MORE: For additional information on the webcasts see — JS


…a Plastic Bag Ban?

THE LATEST: San Clemente’s Coastal Advisory Commission will meet Thursday at the San Clemente Community Center to discuss whether to ask the City Council to approve a city-wide ban on single-use plastic bags. The council has twice declined to consider a ban in recent years, but with a new majority, commission members said at their meeting last month that it might be worth investigating a potential ban again. WHAT’S NEXT: The commission will have to determine whether or not it wants to present the ban as a priority for the council when it sets its priority list for 2013 next month. Assistant City Engineer Tom Bonigut told the body last month that other cities had had much more success in recent years defending such bans in court. FIND OUT MORE: For updates after the meeting, see — JS

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CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, January 10 Seminar-Setting Goals That Stick 11:30 a.m. Chamber event held at the Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club. 200 Avenida La Pata, 949.492.1131, Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting 7 p.m. Ole Hanson Room in the Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200,

Friday, January 11 Chamber Membership Orientation 12 p.m. Chamber event hosted by OC Tavern. 2369 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1131, www.

Saturday, January 12 Health Expo 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Health-focused event designed to educate on the benefits of prevention through nutrition, exercise and health screenings at the San Clemente Event Center in Old Town San Clemente. 111 W. Avenida Palizada, San Clemente, 949.872.1602,

Sunday, January 13 San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. SCAA Meeting 3 p.m.–5 p.m. The San Clemente Art Association meets the second Sunday at the Community Center. Refreshments served. Members free, nonmembers $5 donation. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.7175,

Monday, January 14 After School Club 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Stories, crafts and more for children ages 5 and older at the San Clemente Library. Advanced signup required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Tuesday, January 15 Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting 6 p.m. San Clemente Aquatic Center. 987 Avendia Vista Hermosa, 949.361.8200,

Wednesday, January 16 Travelin Game Show 10:30 a.m. Special event with lots of timeless games at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center with lunch and entertainment by Breakaway. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. San Clemente Times January 10–16, 2013


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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Fair Housing Foundation Hosting Tenant Rights Event u The Fair Housing Foundation will be holding a Tenant Rights Workshop at the San Clemente Community Center at 100 N. Calle Seville, from 3 p.m.-5 p.m., on Thursday, January 17. The workshop is free and open to the public. Attendees will learn about their protections under fair housing laws, what their rights and responsibilities as tenants are and how to deal with tenant-landlord disputes. A housing counselor will also be on hand to answer any questions from participants. The Fair Housing Foundation services residents of the city of San Clemente. The organization is contracted by the city and receives funds through Community Development block grants. The group also educates the public about fair housing rights and responsibilities through workshops, trainings and community events. FHF provides mediation and counseling services through its housing assistance hotline and walk-in clinics. The organization also investigates issues of discrimination related to housing. For more information or to RSVP for the workshop, call 800.446.3247.

Inventory Reduction Sale at Library Bookstore u The Friends of the San Clemente Library bookstore is running an inventory reduction sale through Saturday, January 12. Inventory is being added each day. All books are half-off.

City Seeking Wall of Recognition Nominees The San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Department is accepting nominations for any resident of San Clemente who has lived here for a minimum of 10 years and who meets the qualifications to be recognized on the Wall of Recognition for the year 2013. Nominations will be accepted from nonprofit organizations or from 10 or more residents of San Clemente. The Wall of Recognition was approved by the City Council in 1994 to honor individuals who have dedicated their time to improve the quality of life for residents and visitors to San Clemente. It is located in the hallway in the lobby area of the Community Center. A total of 30 San Clemente residents have received this honor since its creation. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m., February 22. To obtain further information on the nomination criteria, contact the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Department at 949.361.8237 or send an email to u

St. Margaret’s students Victoria Lee, Alissa Ohanesian and Carolyn King recently helped to lead a used book drive that provided over 4,000 books for elementary and middle schools in San Juan Capistrano, as well as the public library. Courtesy photo or log onto to view the policy.

San Clemente Resident Helps Create Book Drive

San Clemente Area Republican Women Federated Selects New 2013 Board

u Carolyn King, a resident of San Clemente, Alissa Ohanesian, Victoria Lee and Harout Ohanesian, students from St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, in September of 2012 founded a club called Books for a Brighter Future. Sharing a love of reading, the group’s mission is to share literature in a way that will both benefit and involve their community. The group organized a book drive that included donations from the entire St. Margaret’s community. Their efforts resulted in a successful turnout of nearly 4,000 books within a three-week period. Having collected a variety of new to gently-used books, the group donated them to some of San Juan Capistrano’s underprivileged elementary and middle schools, as well as the local public library.

u The San Clemente Area Republican Women Federated has elected a new board of officers for the year 2013. Newly elected President Chalone Warman will be assisted by Phyllis Nielsen, first vice president in charge of programs; Judy Lawry will serve as second-vice president, where she will oversee membership. The third-vice presidents are Mary Lou Jacobs (Fashion Show), Boops Costalas and Diana Kelly (fundraising), Pat Donnelly (recording secretary) and Rita Bennett, treasurer. Orange County Republican Women Federated President Susan Hamilton installed the new board members at the SCARWF December meeting and Christmas party. Members all brought unwrapped gifts to be distributed to Marine families at Camp Pendleton. Newspaper columnist Brian Calle was the guest speaker. To learn more go to www. or

San Clemente Lacrosse Casino Night Saturday u The San Clemente Boys Lacrosse Team is hosting a Casino Night fundraiser Saturday, January 12, at Talega Golf Club in San Clemente, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event includes a buffet dinner, donated by the OC Tavern, and includes a silent auction and raffles. A Texas Hold ‘em poker tournament includes prizes for the top three winners and requires a $100 buy in. For $40, attendees can play $200 in chips for various casino games, including black jack and craps. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit www.

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Saddleback Jazz Faculty Offering Concert u The Saddleback College Jazz Faculty kicks off their spring semester on Monday, January 28 at 7 p.m. in the McKinney Theatre. Faculty members will be playing original music by Saddleback College’s student composers. The ensemble features: Jerry Pinter on saxophone, Ron Stout on trumpet, Jamie Rosenn on guitar, Luther Hughes on bass, Paul Johnson on drums and Director of Jazz Studies Joey Sellers on trombone. Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for students and seniors. Call the ticket office at 949.582.4656 (Wednesday through Saturday, noon-4 p.m.) or order tickets online at

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Caltrans’ Interchange Project to Effect South County Motorists Major construction at the I-5/Ortega Highway interchange will effect San Juan Capistrano and neighboring cities By Brian Park San Clemente Times


raffic has long been a concern of many San Juan Capistrano residents, but in the coming year, those concerns will be shared with residents of cities to the south, including San Clemente Caltrans is scheduled to begin major construction for the massive Interstate 5/ Ortega Highway Interchange project in mid-February. It’s a project that’s been on the minds of traffic officials, San Juan Capistrano city leaders and residents for more than a decade and will likely stay that way for at least two more, when it’s scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015. The $86.2 million project will completely rebuild the Ortega Highway bridge over I-5, construct a new northbound loop onramp, reconfigure the northern portion of Del Obispo Street leading to the bridge and apply several changes to existing on and off-ramps. “It’s a pretty substantial project,” said Gloria Roberts, chief spokesperson for Caltrans’ local District 12. “We’re doing demolition and building a whole new bridge.” Traffic engineers identified the interchange as a major choke point and initiated a study of the area in 2000, according to Caltrans’ 2009 project report. At the time the report was published, the overburdened interchange carried about 99,000 cars per day. Engineers said the current configuration could not accommodate a projected increase in traffic of around 121,000 cars by 2030. Within the project’s scope area, studies also showed that accidents along Ortega Highway occurred at twice the rate of the state average and “at a much higher

An overhead illustration of Caltrans’ proposed changes to the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange. Courtesy image

rate” on the I-5 southbound off-ramp for similar areas. According to the report, the roadways in the area featured nonstandard lane widths—10 and 11 feet, when Caltrans requires 12 feet—and that Ortega Highway, which predates I-5, did not have the required shoulders—about 8 feet—for bridge separation. “This is a whole reconfiguration,” Roberts said. “Part of this project is to relieve congestion because the area is growing.” Although San Juan Capistrano will bear the brunt of construction, increased congestion along detour routes make this a local problem for all motorists traveling through the city. “It is a regional challenge,” former city council member Laura Freese said. “Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and our other

neighbors to the north and south are definitely going to feel it because they use that interchange and they use Del Obispo and our other streets to get to the freeway. They’re all going to have to figure out alternate routes.” One of Freese’s last acts as a council member included establishing the Economic Preservation Committee, a group made up of city officials and local business owners that aim to curb the adverse effects of the project on business, especially in downtown. Together, the group has already formulated several ideas and voiced some of their concerns with Caltrans and the department’s contracted project management firm CALTROP. Following Caltrans’ closure of a Chevron and Jack in the Box,

both on the corner of Del Obispo Street and Ortega Highway, the committee submitted their own design for a welcome banner to be wrapped around raised chainlink fences. Caltrans combined their own design standards with the committee’s suggestion to produce the current banners, which serve to welcome and inform motorists. The committee has also reached out to the city and the Orange County Transportation Authority to consider lowering rates to use Historic Town Center Park for events, creating a trolley service to carry passengers from JSerra Catholic High School into downtown and decreasing Metrolink fare prices. Caltrans is bound by strict rules that prohibit promotional projects that do not focus on traffic, according to Roberts. Caltrans and CALTROP have both taken on community outreach efforts, however, through informational meetings, publishing reading material and social media tools, like Facebook ( ortegainterchangeproejct) and Twitter (@ OrtegaHighway), to inform residents of construction updates. By the end of the month, Caltrans expects to have a complete project schedule, according to Roberts. For now, the city and the committee has been told that construction work would be limited to evening and early morning hours. Full closures are expected on the northern portion of Del Obispo Street, going as far west as El Camino Real, for two separate periods of three and four weeks. Proposed dates and times of the closures will be included in the project schedule. For more information about the I-5/Ortega Highway Interchange project, visit www. SC



an Clemente’s own highway project is on track to get underway this year, with the first work being done on “segment 2” of the larger Orange County Transportation Authority project, the widening of I-5 between the San Clemente city line to just south of Avenida Vista Hermosa. The project will widen I-5 to accommodate a high occupancy vehicle lane through the length of the project, and is slated to last until 2015. The third segment of the total project, which includes the widening of the Avenida Pico exchange, is scheduled to begin construction in 2014 and last until 2017. Another project will include a rubberized asphalt overlay through the length of the city, which will begin in 2017. San Clemente Assistant City Engineer Tom Bonigut noted that the process of preSan Clemente Times January 10–16, 2013

paring for the widening of the interchange had already begun. Two properties, the Shell Oil station and Burger Stop, will have to be acquired by OCTA and Caltrans because they will have to be demolished to accommodate the widened road. Julie Toledo, who is handling community outreach for OCTA on the project, said the appraisal process for the properties was ongoing now. Once that was completed, which she estimated would take a couple of months, negotiations between the city and the property owners will begin. Toledo believed that since all of the public outreach on the project had shown the two businesses as being eliminated, the public, the city and the business owners themselves were all well aware of what was going to happen. The recent takeover of two businesses in

San Juan Capistrano had caught residents and city officials by surprise. Toledo and others from the OCTA have become fixtures at city events and meeting trying to get the word out about the project. OCTA has a regular booth at the monthly Farmer’s Market on Avenida Del Mar and has been meeting with a number of “stakeholders,” throughout the city, including civic groups and homeowner’s associations. Toledo said a larger community meeting would be held at the end of the month to provide updates on the project. Another unrelated project that will affect residents of San Clemente and Capistrano Beach is the widening of the overpass on Camino de Estrella/Camino del los Mares. The project is being done by Caltrans and is on track to be completed in May, David

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Richardson, a spokesman for Caltrans, said. The project was conceived because of the increased traffic at the exit in the last several years, Richardson said, and is adding an additional left-turn lane to the off-ramp in an effort to eliminate or reduce traffic problems on I-5. As drivers approach the exit, the traffic light can sometimes delay drivers coming off the freeway he said. The bridge is being widened to accommodate that traffic. The project necessitated the removal of two palm trees to accommodate the widening of the street to accommodate the widening of the bridge. Richardson said Caltrans had contacted the city about possible mitigation of the issue but did not receive a response, and thus went ahead with removing the trees. —Jim Shilander


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, January 7 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Avenida Del Mar, 600 Block (8:20 a.m.) Deputies were called to the railroad crossing near the pier, where an unknown man was seen attempting to jump in front of passing trains. Upon arrival, deputies were able to determine that the man was a Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton. After calming the man down, officers transported him back to base where he was transferred to the custody of Military Police. DISTURBANCE-MECHANICAL Avenida Pico, 900 Block (4:16 a.m.) A patrol check was requested for the area where a large group of employees were using power tools in the Albertsons parking lot. The caller wanted the group to quiet down the tool use during the early hours of the morning.

Sunday, January 6 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCES Avenida Pico, 500 Block (4:03 p.m.) An employee of a gas station called police after it was discovered that a credit card reader had been tampered with. Employees were notified by a customer who noticed a broken protection seal while trying to pay for gas at the pump. ASSAULT REPORT Avenida Adobe, 200 Block (1:20 a.m.) A man called police to file a report after he was attacked by an unknown male while walking his dogs earlier in the night. The man told officers he was walking along the street with his dog when someone ran up behind him and punched him several times in the back of the head. The man was unable to give a description of his attacker.

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moving personal items into a storage facility discovered they had been locked inside the facility. The two were attempting to leave the storage facility when they discovered the front gate had been locked for the night. A deputy with the gate access code was sent to the scene to open the gate. DISTURBANCE Calle Sarmentoso, 1200 Block (4:31 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for the area of Bernice Ayer Middle School where as many as 10 juveniles were seen shooting each other with paintball guns on the roof of the school. ANNOYING PHONE CALL El Camino Real, 100 Block (3:03 p.m.) A man called police after receiving several harassing phone calls and text messages from a former customer. The man told police that he was being harassed constantly for two months and wished to know what he could do to make the phone calls stop.

Friday, January 4 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT-UNKNOWN INJURIES South Ola Vista/Paseo de Cristobal (3:59 p.m.) San Diego Gas & Electric and the Orange County Fire Authority were called to the scene of a single car accident. The driver of the car was complaining of neck pain after colliding with a telephone pole. The driver was treated at the scene for minor abrasions and it was determined that no structural damage was done to the pole. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Boca de la Playa/Avenida Pico (9:06 a.m.) Two teenage males were seen attempting to light Christmas trees on fire near lifeguard tower 14. The caller was unable to give a description of the teens, but was worried they may hurt themselves if they were not stopped. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino de Los Mares/Marbella (12:24 a.m.) Police were called after an elderly man was seen standing near the fire station and angrily waving his cane at passersby. The man was taken into custody after deputies witnessed the man urinating in the bushes nearby. After a background check, it was determined the man had outstanding warrants and was taken to Central Men’s Jail.

Thursday, January 3 DRUNK DRIVING Via Pico Plaza/Avenida Pico (11:13 p.m.) A patrol check was requested in the area of Via Pico Plaza after a silver Honda Civic was seen driving with only parking lights. The vehicle was also seen driving onto the curb while turning into Via Pico Plaza. The driver of the car was last seen entering Staples. Page 8


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THE VILLAGE VOICE: By Wayne Eggleston

Council Majority a Closer Match with Residents’ Priorities Economic growth should respect city’s character, improve forgotten areas new year is upon us. And a new City Council that for the first time in decades has the same development views as the majority of its residents. Topics like open space, small-town atmosphere, developments that respect our heritage and character and a sacred civic trust that will not sell valuable cityowned, beach-front land dedicated to parking/beach park land to a developer for a shopping center. These are just some of the views supported by our new council majority. I remember in the mid-’90s when the city voted to demolish two historic structures in the Pier Bowl and build a 72-unit motel, which would have destroyed a valuable public view corridor. Fortunately, due to a botched private sale and a 10-page Coastal Commission letter stating numerous reasons why they would not approve it, this monster was never built. And how about the massive Los Angelesstyle Ralph’s development voted down 3-2 by the council? Thank you Lori Donchak


for your common sense vote. In 1998, the council overwhelmingly voted to turn Casa Romantica into a Mexican restaurant, “Taco Romantica.” That issue propelled Wayne Eggleston me into serving on city council for the next 12 years. Fortunately, an “angel” came along and contributed $1.3 million to turn our most historic structure into a very successful cultural center. These are just some of the illconceived votes by a city council that was eventually voted out of office. A new day has dawned with a majority of our leadership in concert with those who wish for economic growth, but not by turning our “Spanish Village by the Sea” into another Huntington Beach. Organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce need to recognize that the majority of council members and citizens are very supportive of the above issues.

Our chamber was unfortunately on the opposite side of these issues. I am a member of the chamber and have many good friends in the organization. I joined hoping to lend another perspective. It is time for the chamber to recognize that we can have economic development and at the same time maintain our unique small-town atmosphere without creating traffic congestion and “Huntington Beach South.” Remember, the treasures of our past and our unique charm provide for the future. Several 2013 priorities for our city council include the following: completing the General Plan update, extending the beach trail, improving traffic, revitalization of North Beach, the Miramar Theatre, the city manager transition, economic development, funding for La Pata extension, implementation of the bicycle plan and improving resident communication. If I may suggest to the city council an issue that seems to get lost in discussions regarding master planning and



Why Weight?


round the holidays, people tend to spend more time eating than anything else. I, for one, am definitely guilty of packing on the pounds. With two holidays back to back, I know that I speak for a large number of the teenage population when I say, “we really let ourselves go.” It’s not only the overeating that is killing our figures, but the lack of desire to exercise and be outside where the weather is slowly but surely getting colder. With this in mind, I went to the department stores today, looking for some winter wear to hide my bloated body and was surprised at the

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large developments, and that would be improving small “hot spots” around San Clemente. An obvious one is North Beach. Why not place boxed trees along the cityowned property and Miramar property next to the sidewalk, which would give the impression that “something” is being started? At the very least it would help clean up the area. Another “hot spot” is the 100-200 block of South El Camino. I wrote about this area several months ago as being afflicted with “broken window syndrome.” We still have dirty sidewalks, litter, broken fences, vacant storefronts and sidewalks that need to be replaced. These small “hot spots” get lost in the bigger picture issues, and that is a shame, as they do not require master planning but just plain old upkeep and maintenance. Improving these small areas would make them sparkle and help the businesses— think economic development. Let us wish our city council a happy and productive New Year. SC

lack thereof. Instead of finding a large array of long sweaters and baggy pants, my eyes were assaulted with mini shorts and silky tank tops. This made me feel suddenly very inadequate standing there, with a body that I knew was now too white and too un-toned to wear such garments. Are we no longer afforded the luxury of winter? The few months where we get to maybe eat a bit more than we should and work out less than we did, and still be able to feel comfortable in our skin? Women already are expected to look a certain way. We are not only shown how

we should look through magazines and media, but also through our local stereotypes. Looking forward to the “down-days” of the colder months was what kept me going through my summer workouts, and now that they are finally here I know that I won’t be able to fully enjoy them. So I ask you this; are we all so concerned about what we look like and what other people think of us, that we are preventing ourselves from enjoying our bodies? If the answer is yes, winter’s comfort could soon be permanently over for us all. Amy Martin attends California Pre-

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


BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO 8 p.m. Beethoven’s most performed and most recorded work in the violin repertoire in concert in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Tickets start at $25. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2121,


BLACK CAT BONE 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, CALI CONSCIOUS/GENELLE 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


SHOWOFF: INTERNATIONAL PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL 8 p.m. The annual playwright festival at Camino Real Playhouse featuring 10-minute plays by seven directors, with the audience voting for the winner. Tickets $18-$24. performances through Jan. 13. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,


MICHAEL LANCE 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m. Acoustic surf rock at The Shore. 201 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.481.6089, RICO BROWN 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, WINE AND MUSIC CRUISE 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dana Wharf’s cruise on a luxury catamaran with wine, snacks, music and more. Tickets $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, SONIC PARK 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, San Clemente Times January 10–16, 2013

ON STAGE: GREAT WHITE FEATURING JACK RUSSELL The Coach House will host rockers Great White featuring Jack Russell, Friday, January 11, the next stop on the band’s current world tour. “We’ve mainly stayed in the States but we’re going to Europe in February and then on to Australia,” said Jack Russell, front man and co-founder of the original Great White. “Most of our fans are in the U.S. so we’ve stayed close, but we’re also anxious to go overseas.” Although the band is currently working on a new album they hope to release in mid-summer, Russell said the playlist includes mostly classic tunes. “People really want to hear the songs they grew up listening to in high school... Sometimes we shake it up a bit with new songs but mostly we’re playing the staples and hits,” said Russell, adding that the band has enjoyed enGreat White Featuring Jack Russell. Courtesy photo tertaining Coach House audiences since about 1985. “It’s a really great place to see a concert. There’s not a bad seat in the house. You can practically spit on the performers, not that I suggest doing that,” he joked. Russell promises a “really outrageous” show. “If you want to do some rocking, come on down,” he said. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the band takes the state at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. For more information, tickets or dinner reservations, see or call 949.496.8930. —Ariana Crisafulli


HEALTH EXPO 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Event designed to educate on the benefits of prevention through nutrition, exercise and health screenings at The San Clemente Event Center in Old Town San Clemente. 111 W. Avenida Palizada, San Clemente, 949.872.1602,


2013 OC THROWDOWN 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Watch as some of So Cal’s fittest men and women compete in tests of strength and stamina at the OC Fair and Event Center. Admission $35, parking $5. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.708.1500,, BEATLES VS. STONES - A MUSICAL SHOOT OUT 8 p.m. Musical “throw down” between the tribute groups Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash at The Coach House. Tickets $15-$18. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, ASTRONOMY NIGHT 5:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m. Gaze into the night sky through telescopes and learn the constellations with astronomy experts at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Adults $10, kids $5. More info: 949.489.9778, MARIACHIS AT THE MISSION 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. The second Saturday of the month, enjoy live mariachi music at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Free with admission $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, CAMPFIRE PROGRAM 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Every Saturday night families can enjoy entertaining activities, presentations and more at Caspers Wilderness Park. Free. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2207,


WHALE WATCHING 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Dana Wharf offers daily whale watching tours on the OCean Adventure catamaran. Cost $30-$45. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


DANNY SERAPHINE’S CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY The Coach House. Tickets $18-$20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, Page 12

HUTCHINS CONSORT: BACH AND ROCK 3 p.m. The Hutchins Consort presents the works of Johann Sebastian Bach played alongside the best of Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harum, Lennon/McCartney and Queen, at St. Mark Presbyterian Church. Tickets $15-$25. 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, 888.996.2838,


SAN CLEMENTE ART ASSOCIATION WINTER JUDGED SHOW 12 p.m.4 p.m. Show in the Art Gallery at the San Clemente Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.492.7175,


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,


SALSA CLASS AND DANCING 7 p.m. Stillwater features a salsa dance class with Coach Eric Romero followed by open dancing starting at 8:30 p.m. Admission for dance class is $20; open dance free. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


RUBEN GONZALEZ 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


STORY TIME FOR CASA KIDS 10 a.m. Stories for kids ages 3-5 at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. Free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


MISSION GARDEN TOURS 10 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Guided tours of the Mission gardens. Free with paid admission $5-$9 plus $1-$2 for tour. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to





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


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Where are the Single Men? “W

here are the single men?” is a question I’ve heard at least once a week for the 18 years I’ve been writing newspaper columns about dating after 50. The question comes from single women age 50+, frustrated by the shortage of eligible single men to date. Over the 18 years, the shortage of men has gotten worse because the older we get, the number of single women grows and the number of available men shrinks. I took a quick look at the 2010 Census statistics for California to get a handle on the number of single women vs. single men in some of the age categories over 50. These are strictly estimates based on my interpretation of the stats. The ratio of single women to single men is: • At ages 50-54, about even • At ages 60-64, close to 2.3 to 1 • At ages 70-74, close to 4 to 1 However, women are quick to point out that these ratios don’t capture the true

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picture, that the effective ratios are far worse. Why? Women say that many of those single men included in the Census numbers aren’t relationship worthy, and they rattle off a litany of reasons why. ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 Women say that men: By Tom Blake • Tend not to go to social and singles events • Are too set in their ways • Are boring, out of shape, lazy, or not healthy enough for a relationship • Are grumpy • Expect to be waited on • Only want sex • Are only interested in younger women • Don’t want a committed relationship • Want a nurse and a purse It’s no wonder that women are asking, “Where are the men?” By age 70, with

the above considerations included, the effective ratio may not be four-to-one, but six-or-seven-to-one. Of course, single men have their own lists of why women aren’t relationship worthy. Widows don’t exactly have it easy either. In 2009, of women 65+, 41 percent were widows. There were four times as many widows (8.9 million) as widowers (2.1 million). When widows tell me they’d like to date a widower, they face a ratio of at least 4.2-to-one. They also ask, “Where are the men?” At a convention I attended a few years ago, a 43-year-old woman TV reporter said to keynote speaker Dr. Ruth Westheimer, “I can’t meet any single men. Where are they?” Dr. Ruth gave the best answer I’ve ever heard about the shortage of men: “The ratio is a fact of life, you can’t change it. However, if you put your mind to having a nice appearance, an openness to meeting new people, a willingness to

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do social things, and you have a positive attitude, you can effectively reduce the ratio.” Dr. Ruth also told the woman to acknowledge the ratios, be aware of them, but not to dwell on them or complain about them, nor make excuses because of them. And then she added: “Commit to having a good life, with or without a man.” When single women realize that an important reason why they haven’t met a man is because the numbers are against them—that it has little to do with the women themselves—accepting the lack-of-men situation should be easier for them. To comment: In January, there will be two singles 50+ meet and greet gatherings. On Thursday, January 10 and Thursday, January 24, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. For information, see SC


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In an effort to give back not only to the community but to communities around the world, the San Clemente United Soccer Club, in conjunction with Futbol 4 Dreams and the San Clemente High School soccer program, recently donated over 160 uniforms, 67 pairs of cleats, 180 soccer balls, 100 ball pumps and 100 soccer bibs to children living in towns in Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa and Mexico. Kerri McClellan, the club’s director of community services, took over one year ago and immediately saw a willingness in her players and their families to reach out and help others. The club’s initial efforts started around

Children from the town of Soweto, South Africa, display the uniforms and soccer balls that were donated. Courtesy photo

town, with beach clean-ups and volunteer time at senior living centers. One parent eventually came up with the idea to start a used equipment drive. New and used jerseys, cleats and everything in between was

Q&A With Utah QB Travis Wilson By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times

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ravis Wilson had a breakout year playing under center for the Utah Utes. The 20-year-old San Clemente native started his first game as a true freshman against UCLA on October 13, passed for 1,311 yards on the season, threw seven touchdowns and rushed for four more, going 3-4 as a starter. We caught up with Wilson to get his thoughts on the season, the future and a block that made him a mini-YouTube sensation. San Clemente Times: You graduated from San Clemente early in order to go play spring ball at Utah. What was that transition like? Travis Wilson: I was fortunate I got to graduate early, and everyone was super excited about me being at camp (in Utah). Once we started, I got a lot of reps and playing time. I was definitely excited to learn the offense. SCT: You were behind two seniors, senior starter Jordan Wynn and senior Jon Hays, in the quarterback pecking order. Did you learn anything from them at all? TW: It was a really good (situation) and Jordan has always been there for me. He definitely taught me a lot when he was here. (Wynn) pretty much taught me about the Utah program and the whole offense…If I was making a mistake, he would correct it. SCT: After Wynn went down against Utah State (shoulder injury) there was a quarterback battle between you and Hays. What were those practices and workouts like, knowing that one of you would be named starter for the next game? TW: I pretty much treated every practice the same. I always want to compete and get better and I went into every practice like I was competing to get the starting job. After Jordan got hurt, that caused both of us to step it up. SCT: You eventually won the gig and your first start came against UCLA (on October 13). Were you nervous at all? What was on your mind heading into that game? TW: Yeah, I was definitely nervous. It was my first game starting but I feel like I didn’t let (the pressure) affect me, as it should have. I played confidently, like I normally did in high school. The coaches and players were behind me too, that was a big part in making me feel comfortable and confident, ready for the next step. SCT: The game against Cal (October 27) was a breakthrough game for the entire team. You rushed for a touchdown and you guys put up 49 points. And you put up the same number again next week (against Washington State). What was the energy like in your locker room during that

collected and donated by the club’s players and parents. McClellan soon met with Nicolette Iribarne, founder of the organization Futbol 4 Dreams, and the two set to work to distribute the San Clemente club’s collected gear. “I felt that it was important that we give back. The players and parents just loved getting involved…Once we talked with (Iribarne) it completely took off,” McClellan said. The first batch of hand decorated soccer balls, designed by each member of SC United, went to Soweto, South Africa. In December, soccer bibs were sent to El Nino, Mexico. —Steve Breazeale

WRESTLING • The Triton wrestling team had five wrestlers place first; four place second and three place third in their respective weight classes at the Ontario Invitational on January 5. The all-around performance paid off and for the fourth time this year, the Tritons took home a tournament championship trophy. For a full edition of this week’s Triton Report, please visit

Former Triton Travis Wilson became just the fourth true freshman quarterback to start for Utah in the school’s history when he took the field against UCLA on October 13. Photo courtesy of University of Utah Athletics

stretch? TW: It was great, everyone was super excited. I knew once we started to get things going it would be better. Everyone was pumped, and I was glad we got those two crucial in-conference wins. SCT: In the Cal game you put a big hit on one of their linebackers in the backfield while blocking for your teammate. Did you take any notice of the fan reaction to that play? Right now the video of your block has over 19,000 hits on YouTube. TW: I knew the crowd was excited and everyone was pumped up. I was just going out there ready to play and I was supposed to block that guy and I did. It was an exciting play and something I’ll always remember. SCT: How did you see your role change throughout the Page 20

season? TW: At the beginning I was in that wildcat stuff, running the ball more. But as the season progressed I got a lot more reps and that helped me get better. I definitely thought my passing got better with more experience and I had more confidence… (The passing game) is still something I need to improve though. SCT: As quarterback you’re usually forced to take on a leadership role in some capacity, how do you feel you handled that as a freshman? TW: I think I handled it well. I still think I need to be more of a leader than I was last year…I’m definitely a ‘lead by example’ player more than a verbal one. I feel like your actions better describe (your leadership ability) rather than just talking about it. But being a verbal leader is important. Showing what you have on the field and doing the right things on and off the field will make you a better player. SCT: How would you rate the Ute’s 2012 season? TW: I don’t think we did as well as we should have. We didn’t make a bowl game…so that was devastating. We should have done a lot better than we did and that’s something we have to correct this year. SCT: How would you rate your individual season? TW: I believe I played well but I don’t believe I played well enough to win more games. I made mistakes on some things and I was definitely inconsistent at times. I have to make sure I get a lot better this year. SCT: Now that you have a season under your belt, what’s the one area you feel you need to improve on the most in your overall game? TW: I think it’s being more consistent. I have to be the same quarterback every year. With that comes more experience, more practice and looking at film and making sure I’m taking advantage of my time off. SC




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GROM OF THE WEEK Brighton Reinhardt Age: 15, Cal Prep Academy Brighton Reinhardt of Dana Point has been building a successful record so far this season and is currently ranked among the top 10 in the Surfing America Prime series and the top 5 in the WSA for Boys U16. “My goals for the rest of the season include doing well at the WSA West Coast Championships, finishing strong in Prime and getting a good result at the U.S. Championships,” he said. “I am working hard and hoping to earn a spot on the PacSun USA Surf Team.” Brighton is putting in the time training with DSC and surfing as much as possible, usually at Lowers, his favorite local break. “Every time I surf I practice as if I’m in a heat, so I have more confidence every time I compete,” he said. Brighton’s long term goals include having a career as a professional surfer as well as attending college. As a high school freshman, Brighton is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student who enjoys both the freedom of scheduling and the challenges of completing his course work via independent Brighton Reinhardt. Photo by Andrea Swayne study. While he’s not surfing or studying, Brighton enjoys playing the guitar. One of his biggest challenges as an athlete is a bone disorder he was diagnosed with as a baby. The condition affects his left tibia and the screws in his knee and ankle and the metal rod in his shin sometimes make surfing a bit painful. “The doctors say I should outgrow it, but for now I just do what I have to do and try not to let it bother me,” Brighton said. —Andrea Swayne

Pier Rat Challenge a Success for Local Surfers The WSA hosted the annual memorial event in conjunction with regular season Event No. 6 By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


he San Clemente-based Western Surfing Association hosted its annual Midget Smith Memorial Pier Rat Challenge in conjunction with event No. 6 of the season, January 5 and 6 at the San Clemente Pier. Despite frigid temperatures Saturday and rain on Sunday, more than 300 competitors from the Under 9 Micro Groms to the Legends enjoyed shoulder to overhead waves—depending on the size of the competitor. On Saturday, a Friends of Midget division ran concurrently with the Open Men’s division. The day also included a paddle out in memory of legendary shaper, judge and surfer Jeffrey “Midget” Smith who passed away in 2009 following a long battle with cancer. The Pier Rat Challenge was first held to raise money to help with Smith’s medical bills and has since become a treasured an-

Gunner Day of San Clemente caught a big air in Boys U14 competition Sunday at the WSA Midget Smith Memorial Pier Rat Challenge at the San Clemente Pier. Photo by Sheri Crummer

nual event in his memory. Local surfers from San Clemente, Capo Beach, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano made quite an impression, taking 26

trophies collectively. For more information including full results and more photos, log on to www. SC

EVENT RESULTS First place and local finishers only. Key: San Clemente=SC, Dana Point=DP, Capistrano Beach=CB, San Juan Capistrano=SJC.

MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9: 1. Bane Corbett, SC; 5. Dane Matson, SC; 6. Logan Crossan, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Jett Schilling, SC; 2. Nicholas Coli, SC; 3. Patrick O’Connor, SJC; 6. Bane Corbett, SC. BOYS U12: 1. Zach McCormick, Encinitas; 3. Ryan Martin, SC; 4. Jett Schilling, SC; 6. Ethan Mudge, CB. BOYS U14: 1. Griffin Foy, Fullerton; 2. Noah Hohenester, SC; 5. Gunner Day, SC. BOYS U16: 1. Blake Dresner, Encinitas; 2. Conner Dand, SC; 6. Nick Melanson, SC. BOYS U18: 1. Noah Collins, Manhattan Beach; 3. Jordan Kudla, SC. GIRLS U12: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla; 4. San Clemente Times January 10–16, 2013

Lexi Morgan, SC; 5. Samantha Sibley, SC; 6. Kirra Pinkerton, SC. GIRLS U14: 1. Meah Collins, Costa Mesa; 3. Alexxa Elseewi, SC; 5. Tera Richardson, CB. GIRLS U16: 1. Meah Collins, Costa Mesa; 4. Malia Osterkamp, SC; 6. Kirra Connolly, SC. GIRLS U18: 1. Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff by the Sea; 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 4. Malia Osterkamp, SC. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Trevor Anderberg, Encinitas. JR. LONGBOARD U18: 1. Ricky Cunningham, San Diego; 5. Marco Colombatto, SC. GIRLS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Lexi Morgan, SC. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 1. Emmy Lombard, SC; 2. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 5. Kyla Kelley, CB; 6. Teresa O’Connor, SJC. MEN 18-29: 1. Sean Johnson, Canyon Coun-

try; 2. Ricky Lovato, SC. MASTERS 30-39: 1. Paul Pugliesi, Oceanside. SENIOR MEN 40-49: 1. Pedro Diaz Rangel, Oceanside. LEGENDS 50+: 1. Javier Huarcaya, Oceanside; 3. Dale Baker, SC. OPEN MEN: 1. Sean Johnson, Canyon Country; 2. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 1. Heather Jordan, Oceanside; 4. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 6. Kassy Eldridge, SC. OPEN MEN LONGBOARD: 1. Ricky Cunningham, San Diego; 2. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN’S LONGBOARD: 1. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 2. Kyla Kelley, CB. SR. MEN LONGBOARD 40+: 1. Lance Albright, Huntington Beach. ADAPTIVE SURFERS: 1. Devin Eshelman, San Diego.

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UPCOMING EVENTS January 12: SSS Orange County Middle School and High School, Event No. 3, Oceanside, Pier January 20-21: Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 4, Santa Cruz, Steamer Lane February 2: SSS Orange County Middle School and High School, Event No. 4, San Clemente, Pier February 9-10: Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 5, San Onofre State Beach, Upper Trestles February 9: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 8, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty February 16-17: WSA Championship Series, Event No. 7, Huntington Beach, Pier February 23-24: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 8, Dana Point, Salt Creek March 2-3: NSSA Southwest Open, Event No. 9, Ventura, C Street March 3: SSS Orange County Middle School and High School, Event No. 5, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street March 16-17: Surfing America Prime West, Event No. 6, Huntington Beach, Pier

SURF FORECAST Water Temp: 54-57˚F Water visibility, conditions: San Clemente: 4-6’ Poor+, Catalina: 10-15’ Poor-Fair Immediate: Rising West-Northwest wind/ groundswell mix and trace South pulse on Thursday with 2-3-4’ waves (knee-waistshoulder high) at many breaks and slightly larger sets for best winter breaks in the afternoon. Steadily rising northwest winds on Thursday continue into Friday morning for mainly poor conditions. Long Range Outlook: More West-Northwest wind/groundswell on Friday with 2-4’ waves for most exposures as top breaks hit 5’, head high, on sets. Steady northwest winds due through Friday morning. The West-Northwest eases going into the weekend as the winds steadily drop for smaller but cleaner surf on Saturday. Waves continue to weaken through the weekend. Check out Surfline for all the details!

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