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Cabrillo Celebrates 60

SC community theater an intimate experience for audiences E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6 Members of the board of the Cabrillo Playhouse in front of the theater. The board is considering bringing back several popular shows from each of the theater’s six decades for their anniversary season. Photo by Jim Shilander

City Council Approves Beach Maintenance Policy

San Clemente Mother Writes AntiTrafficking Book

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The Fiesta Association, the all-volunteer group which organizes the historic Swallows Day Parade, announced last Wednesday they will not be serving beer this year during the parade’s companion event, the Mercado. Citing a rise in alcohol-related incidents during the Mercado over the last several years, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department is restricting beer sales to two hours, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., according to Kathy Hooper, Mercado chairperson and Fiesta board member. However, board members said it wasn’t financially prudent to open the Mercado’s beer garden for just two hours, so they decided to do away with beer sales entirely. Last year, sheriff’s deputies made eight arrests during the Mercado. The board believes eliminating beer sales will help make the Mercado a more family-friendly event.




Friends of the Dana Point Library board members agreed to a licensing contract with the Orange County Public Library system allowing the nonprofit group to reopen its library bookstore last Thursday, which was shuttered by the county in November due to unresolved issues between members of the local branch. A draft of the agreement was approved in December and sent to all Friends of the Library groups that operate bookstores throughout the county—in county run libraries, but the Dana Point board held out— until now. County Librarian Helen Fried, met with local members last week to clear up language in the agreement and answer any lingering questions. A grand reopening of the bookstore, at 33841 Niguel Rd., is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, February 9.


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… City Beach Policy?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council approved the city’s first beach ecology and maintenance policy Tuesday. Sharon Heider, Beaches, Parks and Recreation director told the council the city was trying to be a good steward of the ocean and protect one of its most valuable assets by creating the policy. With the city consistently losing sand for almost three decades, a number of issues, such as kelp cleanup and the growth of areas of cobble, had become a concern. However, due to a lack of consensus about whether removing cobble would exacerbate or hold off beach erosion, the policy would leave the cobble in place. WHAT’S NEXT: Heider said the city will take a different approach depending on the season. During the high traffic period of late spring and summer (approximately May 15-September 15), the city will continue to groom sand and remove major build ups of kelp, but to not do so in the winters, to allow for the kelp to provide nutrients to the sand. The policy would also keep cobble in place. Council member Jim Evert asked Heider to consider topping large areas of cobble with sand if at all possible during the summers. FIND OUT MORE: For the complete story, see — Jim Shilander


…An Anti-SONGS Rally?

THE LATEST: Local anti-nuclear advocates celebrated a year without the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Saturday, hearing from celebrity activist Ed Begley Jr., as well as others, as they prepare for the next public hearing on the status of Unit 2, scheduled for February 12. San Clemente Times February 7–13, 2013

Begley noted his own experiences with conservation, which he began in earnest in 1970, and said those hoping to see the plant shut down for good had a responsibility themselves to help manage their own power usage. “If we want to keep San Onofre closed, we have a responsibility to conserve,” Begley said. Begley noted a number of steps that could be taken immediately to conserve power, such as the installation of energyefficient weather stripping, and putting non-essential electronics on power strips, to allow them to be turned off all together at night. “We have a role in this too,” Begley said. “We have to step up and conserve.” WHAT’S NEXT: Gary Headrick, the cofounder of San Clemente Green, which organized the event, said one of the goals was to get residents ready for the next local Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing on the restart in Capistrano Beach next Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Capo Beach Church (formerly Capo Beach Calvary Chapel), 25975 Domingo Avenue. The facility has seating for 1,100. FIND OUT MORE: For information on the webcast of the February 12 hearing, see — JS


flushed into the city sewer system. The system cannot break down prescriptions, Bonigut said, meaning that expired prescriptions were regularly finding their way out into the ocean. Bonigut noted, however, that regulations currently allow for residents to put prescriptions in the trash, and that the city offered regular drop off events. These outlets, as well as the potential cost of the drop box, led city staff to conclude that the best option for the city at the moment was to encourage residents to throw the prescriptions away, rather than flushing them. WHAT’S NEXT: Council member Lori Donchak noted that Dana Point had set up a prescription drug drop box in December, and that it might be worth seeing how effective it was. If it had been effective, as it had been in the city of Claremont, she noted, then it might be worth putting a drop box in a secure location. She also noted that regulations called for special procedures for disposing of drugs in the trash to keep animals or children from finding and consuming them. The council agreed to revisit the issue in six months when information could be gathered from Dana Point. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, see — JS


…Prescription Drug Disposal?

THE LATEST: San Clemente will redouble efforts to educate residents on guidelines for disposal of prescription drugs. Assistant City Engineer Tom Bonigut told the council that the effect of prescription drugs on the environment was considered an “emerging concern,” by the state, due to the amount that was regularly

…Thefts from Cars?

THE LATEST: A recent number of thefts from cars has prompted a renewed warning to residents to be aware of the dangers of leaving valuables inside their vehicles in plain sight. San Clemente Chief of Police Services John Coppock said that while the recent thefts did not represent a major wave, it was important for residents to be aware

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of what was in their vehicles, as well as to simply lock their vehicles, to prevent theft. “A lot of the thefts we’re having are simply from people leaving their cars unlocked,” Coppock said. Items that made for easy targets included purses, laptops and smartphones, Coppock said. In many instances, “car fishers,” simply walked down the streets checking to see what car doors were open and then rummaging through the open ones. Residents also needed to take greater care to keep valuables out of plain sight if they were to leave them in the car. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, see www. — JS


…More Utility Box Art?

THE LATEST: The deadline for the next round of the city’s popular “Street Art” program, which allows utility boxes to be painted, is approaching rapidly. The pilot program, launched in January of last year, which allowed five traffic control boxes were painted by local artists depicting city history and culture. WHAT’S NEXT: All applications for the next round of the program, which will allow another five boxes to be painted, are due February 22 at 5 p.m. If chosen, the artists will receive a $500 honorarium and $200 for materials. FIND OUT MORE: For more information on the project, and for a map of locations of the boxes, see www.san-clemete-org. — JS

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CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, February 7 KindnesSCounts 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The San Clemente family of PTSA’s and San Clemente Police Services presents its Community Partnership Forum for the Prevention of Bullying and Violence at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church. 119 N. Ave. De la Estrella, 949.361.8200,

Friday, February 8 Chamber Membership Orientation 12 p.m. OC Tavern, 2369 S. El Camino Real, 949.492.1131,

Saturday, February 9 Trail Clearing and Weeding 8 a.m.11:30 p.m. Volunteer to clean and beautify the trails at the The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, www.

Sunday, February 10 San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

Monday, February 11 Help With Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Anger 10:45 a.m. Recovery International provides help to gain control over distressing emotions and improve general well-being. Meets Mondays. Free. El Toro Library, 24672 Raymond Way, Lake Forest, 949.458.2504,

Tuesday, February 12 Ukulele Class 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Instruction at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. Seniors’ Mardi Gras Party 11:45 a.m.12:30 p.m. Celebrate at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting 6 p.m. San Clemente Aquatic Center. 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, 949.361.8200,

Wednesday, February 13 Human Affairs Meeting 3 p.m. Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200, San Clemente Times February 7–13, 2013


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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO San Clemente Scouts Complete Service Work u San Clemente Boy Scout Troop 113 recently had three scouts complete community service projects for their advancement toward becoming Eagle Scouts. Matthew Hooper volunteered for Words of Comfort, Hope and Promise, which serves military families by helping to prepare Christmas care packages for troops serving overseas in Afghanistan and Japan, collecting toys for Camp Pendleton Christmas parties and decorating the site for Combat Logistics Regiment 15’s family Christmas party on Camp Pendleton. Mitch Olesinski collected over 1,000 new and used book donations for The Bookman, a global charitable organization that gives away almost 1 million new and used books per year, primarily to groups and agencies serving the underprivileged, as well as teachers, military veterans, families, activeduty troops and to other charitable groups. Kyle Merrill organized a community electronics recycling fundraiser event with the Bernice Ayer Middle School Recycling Club, along with Absolute Green Electronics Recycling, an electronics recycling and IT asset recovery and management service company. Over 170 car-loads of unwanted electronics, including TV’s, computers, phones, cameras, calculators and printers were collected.

SC Author Jane Porter the Subject of Book Discussion u Jane Porter, a San Clemente-based author, will be the guest at a special afternoon tea on Sunday, February 10 at 2 p.m. at The Posh Tea Room & Cafe. Porter will be discussing her latest book, The Good Daughter, which is the second book in her Brennan Sisters Trilogy. The Posh Tea Room is located at 220 Avenida Del Mar. Books will be available for sale as a part of the event. To RSVP for the event, email

Las Palmas Elementary Seeks Jog-a-Thon Sponsorships u Las Palmas Elementary School is seek-

ing sponsorships from local businesses and families for their largest annual school fundraiser, the Jog-a-Thon. The event will raise funds for a remodeling project that will transform the school’s library into a more inviting space for kids to read and learn through the latest library technologies. The March 12 Jog-a-Thon features a circular course on which the students run and accumulate laps to earn pledges. Sponsors receive significant signage and recognition throughout the event and solicitation of pledges. Jog-a-Thon sponsorship opportunity

Kyle Merrill, Mitch Olesinski and Matthew Hooper of San Clemente Boy Scout Troop 113 recently completed major service projects in efforts to achieve the Eagle Scout rank. Courtesy photo

deadline is February 19. To donate online, go to Those interested are asked to contact the Jog-a-Thon sponsorship chair, Heather Liwski at 949.374.8844,

SC Garden Club Offering Additional Scholarships u The San Clemente Garden Club is accepting applications for multiple scholarship opportunities for new and current college students. The application and eligibility guidelines can be downloaded from the Club’s scholarship page at Completed applications must be postmarked by March 1. The San Clemente Garden Club has a tradition of supporting Saddleback College students studying horticulture, botany, landscape design or environmental concerns. The Club has increased its scholarships opportunities this year to include current UC Irvine students and graduating collegebound San Clemente High School seniors. For scholarship questions, contact Barry Gorelick, Scholarship Chair, barryold@gmail. com. Each year, the Club’s Scholarship and Junior Gardener Programs are funded by the proceeds from the annual Garden Tour. This year’s tour is Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See the group’s website for upcoming ticket sales information.

South Coast Singers Hosting Auditions u South Coast Singers is holding open auditions for their spring season later this month. Auditions will be held Tuesday evening, February 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Dana Hills High School in the choir room. For more details about the audition process and member information, call 949.613.7840 or visit Weekly rehearsals for their mid June concerts will start the following Tuesday evening 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at this same location. South Coast Singers is also sponsoring

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the 2013 annual Stars of Tomorrow vocal scholarship competition. Forty high school students from south Orange County will be auditioned. Eighteen will advance to the finals. Students can compete in either the musical theater or classical categories. The competition finals and the scholarships will be awarded on Friday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the Laguna Hills Community Center. Advance purchase tickets are $15, or they can be purchased at the door for $20. For further information, advance tickets and directions visit or call 949.613.7840.

Mariners Sea Scouts Hosting Open House u Mariners Sea Scouts kick off their spring season on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. with an open house and informational meeting, which will include a tour of facility and refreshments for prospective new members. Youth from throughout south Orange County are invited to learn about the opportunities available with the local Sea Scouts program. The meeting will take place at the Orange County Sailing and Youth Facility at 34451 Ensenada Place in Dana Point Harbor. Mariners offers a co-ed boating program to youth ages 12-18 designed to allow kids an opportunity to have fun with their friends in boats of all sizes at a very low cost. Recreational sailing and racing, along with fun weekend trips to Catalina and the Channel Islands, allow participants to become fully competent in handling boats of all sizes. No previous boating experience is required. Mariners offer an extensive fleet of small and large sailboats along with trips aboard the tall ship Spirit of Dana Point. In addition, kayaks, rowing boats, outboard motor boats and motorized inflatable dinghies are available for member use. Mariners youth have the opportunity to sail and live aboard the Spirit of Dana Point every summer for a nineday trip at sea. Weekend competitions take place twice a year with Sea Scout groups throughout the state. Each spring season, a $10,000 college scholarship is awarded to a graduating Mariners high school senior in honor of former Mariner, Christopher Cvengros. Mariner Sea Scouts are a part of Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing Division and have been based at the Dana Point Harbor for over 35 years under the leadership of Jim “Skip” Wehan. Additional information can be found at website at

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Cabrillo Playhouse Celebrates 60 Years Local theater group opening up playhouse in new ways By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


or a little house in downtown San Clemente, the Cabrillo Playhouse has seen more than its fair share of memories. San Clemente’s home to community theater is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Although the Cabrillo will formally inaugurate its anniversary season later this year, board of directors president Tom Dillard said the theater will be celebrating throughout the year. Artistic director Rick Kerrigan also noted that the board is considering bringing back a different play from each of the Cabrillo’s six decades as a way of marking the anniversary, as well as providing audiences who’ve helped support the theater group with an acknowledgement of their own favorites. The theater just wrapped a production of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, and will soon be embarking a production of the comedy Dixie Swim Club, which will begin its run February 22. “We have a pretty definitive list of all the shows that have been done,” Kerrigan said. One such show, Bell, Book & Candle, was the first for the Cabrillo in its current facility in 1966. That night brought out then KNBC-Los Angeles news anchor Jack Latham, who reported from the opening, with footage from the play as well as rehearsals. “I guess there weren’t many other theatres opening up at the time,” Kerrigan joked. Looking back through the past catalog of performances, he said, had certainly been a great way to get a look into the history of the theater. According to a note from the thenpresident of the board (unnamed) in

the program for Bell, Book & Cradle, the group was founded in late 1952 as the San Clemente Community Theater (the note includes a mention of San Clemente having fewer than 3,000 people in population at the time). The group performed its first play, Two Blind Mice, the following March at Casino San Clemente. Because the group had fewer members than called for in the cast, additional cast members were brought in from Camp Pendleton and Laguna Beach. After that production, the group lived a largely itinerant existence. The list of host facilities for the group eventually numbered 11, including the Casino, before the group finally landed its permanent home in 1966. These included the Community Clubhouse, the San Clemente Beach Club, the old Capistrano Unified High School and Las Palmas Elementary school. Rehearsals were often conducted in the homes of group members. The City Council eventually consented to allow the group to rehearse and store sets and props in the old City Hall garage. In efforts to raise funds for a permanent theater, the group had a number of fundraising events, and hosted speakers such as Karl Malden. The group nearly had a space in Bonito Canyon Park (the letter indicated that the council had promised space to the theater group), but the project proved too difficult financially, leading to the use of the Cabrillo space, and the new name for the group. Kerrigan came to the Cabrillo in 2004, as an actor and director. Soon after, he joined the theater’s board. Because the theater building itself was constructed inside a house, Kerrigan said there are obviously some limitations, in terms of space, for directors and actors to deal with. But that can work as both a positive and a negative, Kerrigan said.

Cast members of The Mousetrap gather in the Cabrillo Theater green room before a recent performance. The cast said the intimate space provided by the converted home brought positives and challenges. Photo by Jim Shilander

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The board of the Cabrillo Playhouse is looking back into the theater’s past for its anniversary season. Photo by Jim Shilander

“There’s no question it’s very small in terms of space. But I’ve worked in other theaters where filling the hall makes or breaks you. We’re at just 66 seats, so we don’t really have to worry about that. We’re not trying to fill a 300 seat auditorium.” That small size also allows for an extremely intimate experience on stage, Kerrigan said. “I do love the intimacy. As an actor, you can always see the first few rows, because they’re right on top of you,” he said. Actors from the production of The Mousetrap said much the same. “Sometimes you can hear them talking in the front rows,” Gregory DePetro said. “But I like the intimacy.” On the other hand, the small size of the stage itself presents some real challenges for set designers and directors. “It’s difficult to somehow fit something that was designed to be on larger stages and figure out how to make it work,” he noted. Kerrigan said when the home was converted into a theater, the space used for the stage and seating was given a sloped ceiling, which he thought was likely put in place for acoustics. “That’s actually limited us in terms of having some taller actors. And what’s interesting is that there’s actually a tall, flat roof there, the ceiling’s all a façade.” The director of the most recent production, Nakisa Aschtiani, said the space helps to keep her on her toes as a director. “You have to take into account how the audience is going to see it,” Aschtiani said, explaining that just having actors standing in one place for prolonged periods made the stage seem that much smaller. “You have to keep the actors moving.”

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The building does, however, offer plenty of space for storage of props, costumes and sets, as well as good space for construction of those sets, he said, as well as plenty of room for actors in the green room. Kerrigan also cherished the community aspect of the group. Aside from the intimate connection with the audience born from the small space, casts of shows typically interact with audiences on the patio after each performance. Then there’s also the chance encounters with fans throughout the city where the actors can be “civilians.” “It’s such a tight knit community,” Kerrigan said. “So many have been around throughout the entire history of the group. It’s a great responsibility.” Dillard said the group is also looking to expand its appeal to more than just regular theatre-goers. This includes events like the once-a-month Sunday Sessions on the third Sunday of each month. Dillard said the concert series allows local bands and singer-songwriters with an opportunity to be heard, as well as providing a fundraiser for the theatre. The theatre group also has a regular presence at the San Clemente Farmer’s Market and Art Fair each month. “We hear from people all the time that they don’t know we’re here,” Dillard said. Like Kerrigan, Dillard, an attorney, also got involved with the group first as an actor. After moving to San Clemente 16 years ago, he was looking for a way to become involved in some activity within walking distance from his home. “We’re (attorneys) all just frustrated actors,” Dillard joked. “If you love theatre, it’s a great place to be.” SC

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SC Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY VICTOR CARNO All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

Sunday, February 3 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Presidio/El Camino Real (6:19 p.m.) A caller indicated that he was arguing with a man—who was wearing red flannel pajama bottoms and threatened to “bash a beer bottle over his head.” The man was last seen carrying two bottles adn walking behind the buildings headed northbound on El Camino Real. WELFARE CHECK Via Socorro, 200 Block (3:51 p.m.) A caller requested a welfare check for a loved one who had not been heard from in three days and was depressed due to a death in the family. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (1:23 p.m.) A homeless woman, approximately 65 years old, was reported to be sitting on a bench in front of a store yelling at customers. The woman talked about a gun, but no weapon was seen

Saturday, February 2 HIT AND RUN PARKED CAR Camino El Molino/ Camindo de Estrella (11:51 p.m.) An informant called in saying that a man driving a yellow Toyota had just hit his car and sped off toward the freeway. The caller also said that the subject was yelling at him while driving off. The dispatch log indicates that the dispatcher thought the caller was drunk. DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Mar Escarpa, 4400 Block (11:44 p.m.) Police received a call stemming from a verbal, and possibly physical, dispute between a man and a woman. Police showed up to the subjects’ backyard to find the two still screaming at each other. The female seemed to be intoxicated. DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Calle Amistad, 100 Block (11:27 p.m.) San Clemente Times February 7–13, 2013

A caller said a man and a woman were fighting in the apartment unit upstairs. The woman explained to the police that the man had slapped her in the face.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Vera Cruz/Calle Sarmentoso (1:48 p.m.) An informant called police because of three kids and one adult shooting airsoft guns close to a school’s softball field. When asked to leave the field, they refused. The informant was concerned because of the recent school shootings.

TRAFFIC HAZARD Avenida Salvador, 700 Block (8:27 p.m.) The caller said kids in the neighborhood had built barricades in the middle of the road, blocking all lanes.

DISTURBANCE-MECHANICAL Calle Bienvenido/Via California (12:05 p.m.) Seven juveniles were seen skateboarding at an extremely high rate of speed down the hill and impeding traffic. Witnesses stated that the juveniles’ parents drop them off there every Saturday.

UNKNOWN TROUBLE Vis Presa, 700 Block (8:11 p.m.) Several callers reported that a man who appeared to be bloody was walking toward the 700 block. Informants reported that the man was breathing heavily and not talking to anyone. The subject was described to be about 5 feet 7 inches tall, medium build, with dark hair. 9-1-1 HANG UP Calle Seville, 200 Block (7:28 p.m.) A frantic and out of breath elderly woman called police this stating, “It’s my son and that’s all I’m going to say,” before she hung up. Police arrived and the woman said that her 49-year-old son was drunk and had tried to burn down the house while he was in the bathroom. She also said that he took off on foot wearing orange pants. Deputies later apprehended and arrested the man. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE La Rambla/Boca Del Canon (6:13 p.m.) A small landslide occurred this weekend on the beach trail south of T-Street. Police were immediately called to the scene where there were reportedly basketballsized boulders. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE El Camino Real, 3300 Block (5:06 p.m.) Police received a tip about a subject who had stolen $10,000 cash, a leather jacket and an Ipod two weeks ago. The caller stated that the subject was inside the business playing pool and the subject’s red Nissan Maxima was parked by the front entrance. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Vera Cruz, 0 Block (4:33 p.m.) Police were called because of a family panhandling outside of the Target main entrance. It was reported that the father was in a red Ford van and was forcing his son to go ask people for money. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida de las Palmeras, 300 Block (2:41 p.m.) A man called 9-1-1 and requested to talk to a deputy because he believed he was being followed by someone. He would not give a description of who was following him. KEEP THE PEACE Via Zapata, 100 Block (2:36 p.m.) A woman called police because her neighbor was in her backyard cutting down her trees because of an ongoing property line dispute.

DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 3900 Block (11:21 a.m.) An informant called police because of a homeless man inside of a Carl’s Jr. It was reported that the man was begging for money and being extremely aggressive toward the employees. The man was described as 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall, small build, and wearing a grey sweatshirt and pajama pants. MUNICIPAL CODE VIOLATIONS Camino Mira Costa/Plaza Estival (9:57 a.m.) A caller requested for deputies to come to Kelly’s Doughnuts and contact the male sitting outside because he allowed his two large dogs to defecate at the end of the walkway by the planters and refused to pick it up. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Gaviota, 200 Block (3:30 a.m.) A woman called police because a 17-yearold boy knocked on her door and insisted that she knew him. She said he came around the side yard to the front of the house and seemed to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. She also saw that he had a cell phone in his hand that he claimed had a dead battery. BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Avenida de los Lobos Marinos, 100 Block (2:25 a.m.) A man called police because he witnessed a man break into his daughter’s car. The informant stated that the subject was in his daughter’s car as he yelled at him from his front door. The man was last seen running westbound on Los Lobos Marinos, wearing a grey plaid shirt and blue jeans. DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Campo Raso, 2800 Block (1:04 a.m.) Police received a call from a man who said that his wife had taken too many pills and was beginning to make threats against him. Sometime later, the wife called police and explained that her husband was out of his mind. Police reported that the wife did not sound sober. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Avenida Pico, 700 Block (12:55 a.m.) A woman called police because she said she was on a bus with four juveniles who

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appeared to be drunk. She said she wants to make sure that the kids did not get into a car and drive off, but she made it clear that she wanted to remain anonymous.

Friday, February 1 WELFARE CHECK Plaza Estival, 400 Block (9:26 p.m.) A woman called police because she believed that her 48-year-old son was going to commit suicide due to his recent separation with his wife and his history of being an alcoholic. The caller also reported that her son had made a recent phone call to his uncle, stating that he was in a bathtub while drunk. It was unclear if he had any narcotics on him at the time. DISTURBANCE Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (9:35 a.m.) A man called police screaming that his ex-girlfriend was chasing after him. The informant was in his car getting on the freeway from the Beach Cities entrance. DISTURBANCE Paseo de Cristobal, 300 Block (6:28 a.m.) A woman told police she and her baby were being kicked out of her mother’s house, again. They had been staying with her mother off-and-on for several months. DISTURBANCE Camino Bandera, 400 Block (3:34 a.m.) A man reported receiving a call from his friend, who said that she had been physically abused by her boyfriend and required paramedics. The boyfriend left the residence in his black Dodge truck, which contained a shotgun. He was later found by police on the cross streets of Pico and Camino Vera Cruz. ASSAULT REPORT Avenida Dolores/El Camino Real (12:24 a.m.) A caller reported that a woman struck the informant’s daughter in the head at a gas station. The woman had left the scene in a blue Lincoln Navigator and was being followed by the informant.

Thursday, January 31 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Calle Guaymas, 300 Block (7:38 p.m.) A father called police to inform them that his 39-year-old daughter had consumed 20 Xanax pills in order to overdose. The man was on a train returning to San Clemente. The mother took the daughter into the hospital after police arrived. CITIZEN ASSIST El Camino Real, 500 Block (2:02 p.m.) A woman called police saying she was being harassed by a man in a white SUV. The informant also stated that she doesn’t know the man, but he gave her an electric wheelchair on Christmas.


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GUEST OPINION: City Council Corner by Chris Hamm

What’s Behind Emergency Services? Clearing up confusion about firefighters and paramedics In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the SC Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the SC Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at


appy New Year from your newest elected council member. When I meet people, the first thing they ask is, “What do you do for a living?” Usually, after telling them I am a firefighter stationed in Talega, they ask, “When I call for the paramedics, why does both a fire truck and an ambulance come to my house?” I thought I would take this opportunity to explain emergency services in San Clemente. The city of San Clemente operates differently from the cities around us because of a forward-thinking fire chief in the 1980s who set forth cutting-edge policies in fire protection and EMS. Our system is very

efficient and cost-effective for residents. The city contracts with the Orange County Fire Authority for emergency services. We have three fire stations located in Chris Hamm town. The first is Station 50 on the north end of town, which houses a fire engine (no ladder on top) and the city’s ambulance. Station 59 in Talega houses a fire truck with a big ladder, “Jaws of Life” and other heavy equipment. Station 60 located downtown is our busiest station and houses a fire engine. All of our fire stations have firefighters who are cross-trained as paramedics and ride on the fire engines and trucks. The ambulances have two EMTs and transport sick and injured people to the hospital. Station 50 has only one paramedic on duty, to reduce costs, while the other stations have two paramedics. Because the majority of our calls are medical related calls, I will explain the two most common scenarios in San Clemente:

If you live in the north end of town, and you call 911, Engine 50 and the ambulance will respond to your house, and if transport is necessary, Truck 59 will respond for additional personnel. Once the patient is placed into the ambulance, one paramedic from Truck 59 will transport you to the hospital. Truck 59 will go back in service, one person short, available to respond to other emergencies. Engine 50 will also go back into service, available to respond. Once the patient is dropped off at the hospital, the ambulance will meet up with Truck 59 to return the paramedic. If you live in the east or south and you call 911, either Truck 59 or Engine 60 will respond with the ambulance. If transport is necessary, one paramedic will get in the ambulance and assist you to the hospital, while the rest of the crew from Engine 60 or Truck 59 go back in service to respond to other emergencies. Just like in the above scenario, after the patient is dropped off at the hospital they return the paramedic to their respective crew. If you haven’t heard, an Emergency

Transportation Program is available to San Clemente residents looking for low cost emergency services. This subscriptionbased program, which costs $40 per year, covers the subscriber and all his/her legal dependents in the household. This allows for emergency transportation to the local hospital as many times as emergency service is needed during the year. Without the subscription, residents incur the usual service charges of $417.75 for EMT/ambulance service and/or $827.50 for paramedic service. To sign up, call 949.361.8282 or download an application at Remember, we live in the fire station for one third of our lives (at least). If you see any of the crews out training, grocery shopping, or fueling the equipment please say “hello” and ask a question or two. I hope this has helped to explain how the fire department works in San Clemente. Chris Hamm is the newest member of the San Clemente City Council. He was elected to his first four-year term in November 2012. SC

your bag in the car and are going for it and voila, no ticket. How brain dead does one have to be not to figure that out? But wait—there’s more. At least they didn’t take the Park Commission’s advice and make it an actual crime. The Einsteins over at that Commission wanted to make not picking up your dog’s poop a criminal offense. Yeah, I’m not making this up people. And so, I suppose the third time you’re caught, it’s a life sentence. Imagine sitting in the clink with killers, bank robbers and the like when they ask you what you’re in the big house for. “Not picking

up dog poop.” That’ll get you the respect and esteem you need. Finally, the just plain nuts. These five “wizards” decided that our town is too cheap to put doggie pooper bags in these new dog friendly parks. I kid you not. We’re not like Dana Point and most other towns that put pooper bags in parks. We’re too cheap. Besides, like one of your fine “public servants” stated, “some people take more than one.” What does she think they’re taking them for? To pack a ham sandwich for (Cont. on page 20)


In case you weren’t there, you should know that our City Council made three decisions on dogs last Tuesday. One good, one silly and one just plain nuts. The good? They legalized people walking their dogs in more of our parks. This at least pulls our collective heads somewhat out of the sand to view reality. This, in as much as people have been walking their dogs in pretty much all our San Clemente Times February 7–13, 2013

parks since at least the 15 years I’ve lived here (and our beaches, but that’s another story where our heads are still stuck up our collective you-know-what’s). So fine folks—keep on doing what you’ve always been doing. The silly? They increased the fine for not picking up your dog’s poop. Wow, that’ll stop that in a New York second. Come on, really? One, it’s almost impossible to be found guilty of not picking up your dog’s doo. Even if you’re seen by animal control walking away after your dog goes, all you have to say is you left

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SOAPBOX Letters to the Editor (Cont. from page 16) lunch? I don’t think so. Maybe she feels picking up after your dog when it’s not in a park is not a good thing. Well I do. But wait–there’s more. Some of us responsible dog people pick up poop whenever we see it, even if ours are not the poopers. In a park or on the trail, wherever, we see poop, we know it should not be there and pick it and put in the trash. Just a good— should be normal—thing to do. But now, at these additional dog friendly parks, anyone who wants to do the right thing will have to figure out how many bags to take, not only for their own dogs, but for the dogs of any miscreants who haven’t picked up after their dogs. Reasonable? No. Smart on the town’s part? No. What were our wizzes thinking? Someone actually stated that the non-dog owners wouldn’t want to pay for pooper bags. So, they’d rather walk in poop? Besides our town pays to power wash the tennis court in Verde on a regular basis. I don’t play tennis—why should I be forced to pay for that? For the same reason we should pay for pooper bags. It’s for the good of the residents of our town. So I urge you to write, email or call City Hall and our five and tell them this was a really bad (or the adjective you have in mind) decision that should be reversed.


Last September, as reported in this paper, I hiked the John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley to the peak of Mt. Whitney. The JMT is an iconic hike, through perhaps the most beautiful country in the High Sierras, and I had wanted to complete it since I was a teenager. After my pack and I had ridden trains and buses from San Clemente to Yosemite, I set out on the trail with a sense of elation and happy anticipation. As I trekked upward from Yosemite’s Happy Isles toward Vernal and Nevada Falls, I recorded my impressions on my iPhone’s audio notes application. Ironically, my seventh voice memo on that blue-sky day was a sobering one, all about San Clemente’s neighboring San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, or SONGS: I asked myself, “What if SONGS melts down while I’m up here and Jackie (my wife) is home in San Clemente?” First, I might not find out for days, possibly weeks—there’s no cell phone service over 98 percent of the trail. Second, once I did find out, I would do all in my power to get home to my wife; we’ll have been married for 46 years this February and, if she were exposed to the radiation, I would want to be with her, to hold her close and share her fate. But would I be allowed to return? What if she was trapped in the evacuation zone and I couldn’t get to her? The questions that came, one after the other, were heart wrenching. For too many years, we in Orange and San Diego Counties have, in exchange for San Clemente Times February 7–13, 2013


solution that will. This solution will require working with many organizations including the county, the Water Quality Board and the California Coastal Commission, and our city should lead this process. And yes, it will cost us more down the road, but in the end, our most precious assets here in San Clemente, our beaches and ocean environment, will be saved and protected for all of us. Let’s all do the right thing.


the privilege of residing and working in this beachfront paradise, lived in denial that we risk health and life-years every day to what the recent book Nuclear Roulette by Gar Smith, rightly calls “the most dangerous energy source on the planet.” In our lifetimes, we may never sheath the sword of Damocles that hangs over us here—in the 4,000-plus tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste (produced by the plant, when it’s active, at the rate of 500 pounds per day, and stockpiled a few miles from our doors) that no container, natural or manmade, can imprison indefinitely. What we can do is limit the existential threat of a Fukushima-style meltdown. SONGS has been shuttered for a year. More than 700 workers there are slated for layoff. In towns around Orange County, homebuilders are offering full-featured homes that require no outside power. The time is right and ripe for closing SONGS for good—and turning our talent and treasure to advancing green power and diminishing greatly the frightening legacy we bequeath to our children and grandchildren.


I am writing in response to a letter written by a concerned San Clemente citizen, which was published last November in the SC Times. The writer questioned why San Clemente has spent over $1 million dollars for projects associated with improving the water quality at Poche Beach when it isn’t even located within the city’s boundaries. He felt strongly the County of Orange and Dana Point should be responsible for cleaning up the Poche water quality instead of San Clemente. It is because of this rationale that his

concern seems very reasonable to him and maybe to other concerned San Clemente folks. However, I have been actively involved in the Poche Beach problem for some time and have a different opinion. It is based on recent studies and information specifically contained in the December 2012 submittal of the Comprehensive Load Reduction Plan. This submission by the city, is in response to the San Diego Water Board’s Resolution to strategically reduce harmful bacteria and chemicals that exist in current high levels in two of San Clemente’s largest watersheds the Prima and Segunda Deschecha Canada channels. While it is true that Poche’s runoff outfall is actually located in Dana Point along an Orange County Beach, the water in this runoff is practically all from land located within San Clemente, south from the ocean, north to the Deschecha landfill. The Prima watershed drains the largest area in San Clemente, followed by the Segunda watershed, which outflows at North Beach. This outflow has some pollution, but for the most part it is not the major problem. It is because of our stormwater runoff at Poche that San Clemente fully shares in the responsibility. If there was no San Clemente storm water outflow at Poche, there would be no polluted scour pond, no seagulls living off the pond and, most importantly, no unsafe ocean water due to heavy localized pollution. But unfortunately that is just not the case. Since we cause the problem, it is only reasonable that we help with the solution, and we are working at it. While the UV filter system is cleaning up a good portion of our runoff, there is a lot more to do to really fix the problem. And some of the recent attempts to deal with the birds have not worked. We need to find another

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“Question Authority” was a popular slogan that emerged from the 1960s suspicion of government. It should be applied now to the San Clemente Watershed Task Force, the Clean Ocean Project, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and every other organization recommending that San Clemente ban the use of plastic bags. In order to swallow the argument, as expressed by Donia Moore, one has to accept a series of assumptions: That the presence of plastic bags (and their smaller pieces) in the ocean poses a threat to marine and human life; that the citizens of San Clemente, by using plastic bags, are contributing significantly to this problem; that appealing to the citizens of San Clemente by ways not involving the force of law would be ineffective; and that banning the use of plastic bags in our town would make a significant dent in this problem. Regarding the first assumption, many of us have grown weary of experts—both inside and outside of government—warning us of the latest environmental calamity that never materializes. From the dangers of DDT and Alar, to the threats posed by human-overpopulation and global cooling by particulate matter in the atmosphere, the public repeatedly has been scared into believing that the sky is falling. Citizens ought to question authority and suspect that the outcry against the use of plastic bags is just another in a string of false alarms. As for the remaining assumptions, how refreshing it would be if the San Clemente Watershed Task Force instead directed its efforts at convincing us of their veracity. Resorting to the force of law to ban plastic bags would harm businesses that make plastic bags, inconvenience businesses that use plastic bags and strip all of us of another small freedom to choose.

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

AT THE MOVIES: ‘WARM BODIES’ A ZOMBIE LOVE STORY Just when people thought zombies were about to be as overexposed as vampires, Summit Entertainment and Jonathan Levine go and put a spin on the trend with Warm Bodies. We’ve seen horror with zombies in 28 Days Later…(2002) and Dawn of the Dead (2004), comedy in Shaun of the Dead (2004), and even Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012). Now, here comes a new romantic comedy about beauty and a different kind of beast. In a post-apocalyptic world, zombies outnumber humans and if there’s anything worse than zombies, it’s a “boney” (flesh eating skeleton). One zombie called “R” (Nicholas Hoult) sees a young girl named Julie (Teresa Palmer) and becomes strangely attached to her. When Julie accepts R despite his lack of speech and skin, and befriends him, he © Summit Entertainment, LLC. All rights reserved. slowly starts feeling more human by the day. But not everyone is as accepting of a “nice” zombie, especially Julie’s zombie-killing leader father (John Malkovich). Dave Franco, Rob Corddry and Analeigh Tipton co-star. The Australian Palmer and English Hoult are not only good at their put-on American accents, but also give life to what could have easily been stiff characters emotionally. Though a love story involving a zombie sounds unbelievable in theory, Levine adapts Isaac Marion’s popular book with wit and fun from beginning to end. Warm Bodies is a kind of bloody valentine for young viewers. —Megan Bianco



ARTISTS’ RECEPTION 4 p.m.-8 p.m. The Shed debuts the new “Arrival” exhibit. 24471 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.429.5591,

SUNSET NETWORKING MIXER 5:30 p.m. Valentines Day themed Chamber mixer hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric Company. Those attending in red attire will be judged for best overall outfit. Cost $10-$20. 662 Camino de los Mares, 949.492.1131,

PRO BULL RIDING SHOW 6:50 p.m. Special event at the Honda Center. Tickets start at $17. 2695 E. Katella, Anaheim, 714.704.2500,

BILLY WATSON WITH ROBIN HENKEL 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

CHRIS CRAM 8 p.m. Live music at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500,

NATHAN JAMES AND BACK PORCH BLUES 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

VALENTINE DIAMONDS WINE PAIRING DINNER 6:30 p.m. Wine pairing dinner at The Wine Bistro to benefit the Dana Point Youth Charitable Foundation. Cost $75. 34091 La Plaza, Dana point,




SCHS FASHION SHOW AND TRUNK SALE 7 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente High’s FIDM Fashion Club presents a fashion show trunk sale featuring items from local boutiques. $8-$10. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165,


MARDI GRAS CELEBRATION 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Special wine tasting at SC Wine Company. $15 includes seven wines, cheese and chocolate. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, DANA POINT SYMPHONY OPENING NIGHT 7:30 p.m. The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto will be performed by Elizabeth Pitcairn on the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius of 1720, at St. Edward’s. $10-$15. 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, 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, THE WAILERS 8 p.m. Reggae concert at The Coach House. Tickets $29.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, San Clemente Times February 7–13, 2013

SECOND STAGE STAND-UP 7:30 p.m. Live comedy at Camino Real Playhouse the second Saturday of the month. Tickets $15. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Families can enjoy activities, presentations and more at Caspers Wilderness Park. Free. 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2207,


VALENTINE TALL SHIP SAIL 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Treat your valentine to a romantic tall ship adventure at sea with the Ocean Institute. Light refreshments included. Cost $40 adult, $23 child. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,


HUTCHINS CONSORT CONCERT: GIT ALONG, LITTLE ADAGIOS 3 p.m. The Hutchins Consort performs classical music literature with vibrant Americana and Bluegrass at St. Mark Presbyterian Church. General admission $25. 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach, 888.996.2838, ST. CLEMENTS BY-THE-SEA CONCERT SERIES 6 p.m. St. Clements By-the-Sea presents an evening with vocalist Amy Savin in Okie Hall. Tickets $15 (suggested donation). 202 Avenida Aragon, San Clemente, 949.492.3401. Page 22

SOUTH BOUND JONNY 2:30 p.m. Sunday Funday at The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Capt. Dave’s Safari has daily whale and dolphin watching tours on a high-tech catamaran. Call for times and reservations. Cost $55 adults, $35 children, 2 and younger free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,



FAT TUESDAY CELEBRATION 6:30 p.m. Iva Lee’s hosts a Fat Tuesday celebration with a three-course dinner, feathered masks, beads for all guests, and live music by Maxwell Garces Gypsy followed by The Fremonts. $35. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,


GOOD NEIGHBORS CLUB OF CAPISTRANO VALLEY 11 a.m. The ladies group meets at Irons in the Fire for lunch, to discuss local items of interest, and enjoy an entertaining program by Bruce Radder’s Ukulele Players. 150 Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.361.0586. TASTE OF SAN JUAN 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Fiesta Association presents the kickoff to the Fiesta de Golondrinas with the food tasting event at San Juan Hills Golf Club featuring cuisine from local restaurants. Admission $20. 32120 San Juan Creek Road, 949.493.1976,


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,


WINE DINNER AT VINE 7 p.m. Four-course food and wine pairing at Vine. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2791, *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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SC Mom Finds Calling as Modern Abolitionist Yim coauthors book on ending modern slave trade By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


imberly McOwen Yim of San Clemente never pictured herself as an activist, as someone working to end a modern form of slavery. But that was years ago. Yim is the coauthor of a new book, Refuse to do Nothing: Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery, which provides information for people looking to get involved in fighting human trafficking and sex slavery, is available now at Amazon and other online outlets. Yim herself awoke to the issue only a few years ago. “I was invited by some friends to see a screening of the film Call + Response,” Yim said. Originally, she thought she was going to be there in support of a friend who was helping to do the marketing for the film. “I completely underestimated the effect of the film and the subject matter,” Yim said. “There was suddenly the reality that slavery still exists and millions of people are being enslaved. It’s illegal everywhere in the world and yet it’s one of the most profitable illegal enterprises.” The film includes stark first-hand accounts on the new slave trade by a number of prominent figures in politics and entertainment. The movie inspired Yim to become involved in a major way. “I found myself almost paralyzed by how horrific it was, but the more I learned, the angrier I got,” she explained. “My heart was now broken and I had to decide that I could no longer just be educated about it.” Yim said she started talking about the issue to everyone she knew. “I probably killed a lot of conversations,” she joked. She contacted a number of friends, school mothers and church members to San Clemente Times February 7–13, 2013

San Clemente mother Kimberly McOwen Yim’s new book provides information for people looking to get involved in fighting human trafficking and sex slavery. Courtesy photo

view another documentary on the subject. Fourteen indicated they would, but one person’s response made her change focus. “She told me, ‘I’ll come, but only as long as you tell me what to do about it, not just feel bad.’” At that point Yim began researching, finding those things that an average person could do about the issue. She began compiling and putting materials together for public distribution. She also envisioned a big event that could bring in people from across the city. Yim began knocking on doors of areas businesses, meeting with church groups, doing anything possible to rally support. She soon found a circle of people willing to help, including Dawn Mednick, the owner of The Cellar, a restaurant, wine bar and cheese shop on Avenida del Mar in San Clemente. “She said, ‘I get it, I’m all in,’” Yim said.

The group organized a screening of Call + Response at Casino San Clemente in July of 2010, which included a question and answer session with director Justin Dillon. That allowed them to see who was truly interested in the issue, in addition to raising awareness, Yim said. “Moms brought their young daughters from high school. Some kids came in from college,” Yim said. “But we left going, ‘what now?’” At around the same time, Yim was getting to know Shayne Moore, a mother turned activist known as the “global soccer mom.” Moore, who is married to a college classmate of Yim’s husband, had used speaking events and a blog to educate people about the spread of HIV/ AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Yim said she decided to reach out to Moore. “She needed to know about this,” Yim said. She began contacting Moore to raise her awareness of the trafficking issue, and the two slowly got to know each other over the phone, at alumni events and through other forms of communication. When the two met one another in Washington to lobby for reauthorization of an important human trafficking law, Moore tried to convince Yim to start blogging herself. While Yim initially demurred, telling Moore, “I’ll stick to San Clemente,” Moore was persistent. After blogging on the subject for about a year, Yim said Moore called her up and told her, “I’m ready.” When Yim asked her what she meant, Moore told her that she was ready to help her write, “that book you have in your head.” Moore told Yim to send her about 10 chapters to get started. “I actually had so much I wanted to say that it was pretty easy,” Yim said. Moore’s previous work as an author helped open up a few doors in the literary world, helping the duo land an agent, which led to multiple authors for the book. Yim said the key for her has been real-

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izing that she had much more power than she believed she did. “Hopefully this will help turn the tide and make more people aware and give them the practical tools they need,” Yim said. Looking back at the movement that helped end slavery in America helped her understand the commitment necessary, she said. The women who helped to lead the abolitionist movement, she noted, lacked the vote, the ability to communicate their concerns on a mass-scale and often lacked the financial wherewithal to contribute monetarily to the cause on their own. “They went from not thinking they had any influence to using every bit of influence they could, whether it was helping to raise money, getting together, working and boycotting slave-made products 200 years ago. I realized, we’ve done this before. This isn’t anything new.” Locally, Yim said there will be a bake sale held February 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Cellar to support, an organization that helps provide care for those who have been victims of exploitation. Yim said there will also be a book signing March 11 at The Cellar, which she said is important, since Mednick and the others in her group, San Clemente Abolitionists, had been important to the effort. “I’m just thankful to this neat group of women with whom this would not have been possible,” Yim said, especially noting Mednick, Tracy Stay, Julie Knights and Lisa Paredes, along with her parents as people who helped her realize her goals. Another event, this one at San Clemente Presbyterian Church, is scheduled for March 24. Yim will also be speaking at The Justice Conference, an event that brings together advocates against trafficking, in Philadelphia February 22 and 23. SC


Business Beat


News and updates on San Clemente’s business community

NEW DEVELOPMENTS u A number of downtown San Clemente businesses have joined together as part of a national effort to encourage residents to shop locally. Started in 2009, the 3/50 Project is a national effort that encourages people to spend at least $50 each at three different local businesses each month. By spending more money locally at independent brick and mortar businesses, customers keep more money in their cities through payroll, taxes and other expenditures, the project’s literature states. Spending that same money at either a chain store or online brings in less revenue. Michael Kaupp, Downtown Business Association president said, joining the effort had been a point of emphasis in the group. “I know that the DBA has pushed for involvement in this over the last two years, we have distributed material to shops, bag stuffers to customers and had several presentations at general membership meetings,” Kaupp explained. “It is a great program and we believe it has great value for San Clemente.” The following San Clemente businesses are listed on the project’s website (www. as participating in the

project: 5 Elements Spa and Boutique, Angel Wings, Avenue Accents, BeachFire Bar and Grill, Christopher Lee Ltd., Del Mar Beauty, L Design Downtown Flowers, Erba Inc., Jewelry Forever, La Casa Verde de Granada, Mac and Madi Unique Children’s Boutique, Mathom House Books, Inc., Maui Mermaids, OC Tykes, Pacific Water Solutions, Petit Bonhomme, Rascal’s Ladies, San Clemente Art Supply and Custom Framing, Shore Gardens Nursery, Stanford Court Antiques, Urban Renewal Decor, Villa Cucina Home and Kitchen and Vintage Inspired Apparel and Home Decor. u San Clemente Municipal Golf Course is under new management, and its clubhouse restaurant is getting a new name to go along with the makeover. Restaurant general manager Reggie Parks said the new name, Pride of the Pacific Bar and Grille, was chosen from approximately 170 entries in a contest to rename the restaurant, which was formerly known as Irons in the Fire. “All the entries had some thought put behind them,” Parks said. “A lot of them referenced local lore or something that was representative of the community.” Parks said that “Pride of the Pacific” was chosen primarily because the course is

already known locally by that moniker, and the phrase already appears on sportswear sold in the clubhouse. Parks said he would be commissioning a local artist to create a new logo for the establishment as part of the remodel currently going on at the facility. A temporary sign designating the new name will be put up shortly, he indicated, until a new permanent sign is created. u San Clemente-based clothing and accessories manufacturer Electric has announced a major expansion into Europe, which includes the opening of a new office in France. The company is also planning to expand into Asia, which will include putting products into stores in Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and China. The company also announced that it will introduce additional product lines, including watches and electronic accessories. The company has also announced plans to introduce additional snow goggles to its current product line, as well as the creation of a new logo.

MILESTONE While the location in San Clemente has not been around as long, Wahoo’s Tacos is celebrating the chain’s 25th anniversary this u

Swiss-born Los Angeles designer Eliane Declercq was judged the winner of the Royal Fashion Show held Saturday at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club in San Clemente. Declercq, left, with model Chanel Copple, created the fully knit dress from over 4,600 strands of yarn. The judges stated that they liked how Declercq had used knit in a much more simple way than some if the other designers. The dress will be displayed at a traveling exhibition of dresses worn by Princess Diana. Photo by Jim Shilander

year. To celebrate, the chain will be offering a number of different offers on the 25th of each month. For a full listing see the company’s website at




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18 TRITONS SIGN LETTERS OF INTENT A wide range of the athletic programs at San Clemente High School were well represented on February 6 as 18 seniors participated in the school’s National Letter of Intent signing day. The list of athletes who have committed to play at the NCAA Division I or II level includes: Robbie Stiefel (boys water polo) Air Force Academy; Sydney Fuertes (girls soccer) UC Santa Barbara; Kaylen Sims University of Illinois; Colin McDermott (boys soccer) Air Force Academy; Lucas Yoder (boys volleyball) USC; Makenzie Northrup (girls volleyball) Villanova;

Sean Harlow will play football at Oregon State in the fall. Photo by Steve Breazeale

Kayleigh Hall (girls tennis) Toledo; Sean Harlow (football) Oregon State; Landon Cook (football) Univ. of Minnesota, Crookston; Gabby McGann (girls basketball) Whitman

College; Danielle Mellem (girls soccer) College of Charleston; Sara Kebede (track and field) Tulane; Gage Zerboni (boys soccer) UCLA; Jack Yoder (boys volleyball) USC; Bailey Tanner (girls volleyball) Univ. of Washington; Jordan Riggs (lacrosse) Southwestern Univ.; Bret Miller (football) Univ. of Arizona; Sam Hunter (football) Univ. of Minnesota, Crookston. For a full recap of San Clemente’s National Letter of Intent day, visit —Steve Breazeale

Little League Challenger Division Makes History San Clemente Aquatics will host the club’s first ever swim meet at Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center February 8 through 10. Courtesy photo



The San Clemente Little League Challenger Division will feature a Junior and Senior team for the first time in the league’s history. Courtesy photo

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For the first time in the Challenger Division’s 23-year history, a Senior team will take the field at Vista Hermosa Sports Park as part of the San Clemente Little League Opening Day festivities on February 23. The Challenger Division, which was established in 1989, is a separate division of San Clemente Little League that has enabled boys and girls with physical and mental challenges to play the sport of baseball. In years past there has always been a Junior team of the Challenger Division but this year, due to growing numbers, there will be a Senior squad for children 13 and older. The San Clemente Sr. Tritons will

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play their very first game against Newport Beach Bull Sharks on February 23. The San Clemente Jr. Tritons will play Lake Forest Jr. Angels the same day. The Challenger Division is open to any boy or girl between the ages of four and 18, or anyone up to 22-years-old that is still enrolled in a high school program, who face a physical or mental challenge. No local residency is required and it is free to all players. Both the Junior and Senior teams will play 10 games this season, with five being played at home and five on the road. For those wishing to enroll their child in the Challenger Division, visit the league’s website at and click on the ‘Challenger’ link. Email the completed form to Mark Neidl at SC Page 28

fter relocating from the Ole Hanson Beach Club to the Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center last March, San Clemente Aquatics swimmers have been itching to compete in front of their home crowd. From February 8 to February 10, they will finally get their wish. 475 swimmers representing 10 swim teams from around Southern California will descend upon the new aquatics complex at Vista Hermosa Sports Park to compete in the Blue/JO Max Championship Meet, the San Clemente club’s first meet in their new digs. The large meet is warranted. San Clemente Aquatics’ numbers have doubled, increasing to 468 active members, in

the 11 months since relocating and in the process, establishing San Clemente Aquatics as one of the larger swim clubs around. The meet is restricted to swimmers who have achieved a “blue time” standard in their particular event. 42 swimmers from San Clemente Aquatics have reached that mark and will compete over the weekend. “I think the meet will be a very exciting way to showcase our new facility and our outstanding, growing team,” San Clemente Aquatics head coach Keith Kennedy said in a press release. “This meet will give our swimmers a chance to demonstrate their community pride.” SC



Sophomore forward Blayne Martinez had an assist and a goal in the Tritons 2-0 win over Mission Viejo on February 2. Photo by Steve Breazeale

ritons sophomore forward Blayne Martinez has played a crucial role in the San Clemente boys soccer team’s run to a South Coast League title and his recent performance down the stretch is why he’s our Athlete of the Week. In the Tritons’ title-clinching 2-0 win over Mission Viejo on February 2, Martinez scored a goal and tallied an assist. The goal was Martinez’s 19th of the year, which ranks second on the team and adds to his growing school sophomore scoring record. The assist increased his season total to four. Martinez is now second on the team in total points with 34. SC

SPORTS & OUTDOORS Niguel on February 6. Results were not available at press time.

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BOYS SOCCER GOES UNDEFEATED IN SOUTH COAST LEAGUE A perfect in-league season for the San Clemente boys soccer team was capped off with a 1-0 win over visiting Capistrano Valley on February 5. Junior Bryce Kaminski scored the goal with an assist from junior Dylan Struthers. The Tritons (25-2-1, 8-0) will be a No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS playoffs and will host a game in the first round on February 22.

By Steve Breazeale

Make sure to follow our sports section on Twitter @SouthOCsports for in-game updates, news and more. TRITONS BOYS BASKETBALL BEATS STALLIONS, INCHES CLOSER TO LEAGUE TITLE The San Clemente boys basketball team knew they needed to win their matchup on the road against San Juan Hills on February 5. A win would bring them one game closer to claiming a Sea View League title, a trophy no Tritons boys basketball team has claimed since 1975. The Tritons relied on their full court pressure to get the job done and walked away with a 69-53 win over the Stallions, pulling them closer to their ultimate goal. A decisive match against third place Trabuco Hills is now looming on the horizon. The Tritons (16-10, 6-1 league) started off the game against San Juan Hills (7-20, 1-6) looking sluggish by their standards. An offense that is on an historic scoring pace (averaging just under 70 points per game) managed to score only 28 first half points. The Tritons were threatening to pull away while building a 12-6 lead early in the first, but the streaky outside shooting of the Stallions pulled the home team back to within four with just over 40 seconds left in the quarter. Four of the Stallions six made shots in the first were from beyond the arc. Things got tighter in the second, as San Juan Hills cut the Tritons lead to 2320, but a dagger 3-point shot from Tritons sophomore forward Sam Darnold ended a 4-1 Stallions run and San Clemente closed out the half with a 28-24 advantage. Full-court pressure defense has been a useful tool for the Tritons all season long and they stayed away from using it in the opening half. But as the third quarter got underway, the Tritons continuously hounded the Stallions backcourt and ate up their shot clock. “(San Juan Hills) played really well in the second quarter controlling the tempo so we knew we had to get that tempo going to our speed…that’s where we want to be,” San Clemente head coach Marc Popovich said. The San Clemente defense forced the Stallions to turn the ball over which led to transition buckets for senior forward Jake Terkoski, who scored 12 points in the third quarter and recorded one steal. The Tritons outscored the Stallions 19-13 in the third quarter. Twenty points separated the two teams San Clemente Times February 7–13, 2013

WATER POLO RETURNS TO THE POOL AGAINST EL TORO After a few days off the San Clemente girls water polo team returned to league play with a game on the road against El Toro on February 6. Results were not available at press time. The Tritons (1114, 3-2) last league game will be against fourth place Trabuco Hills on February 7.

Junior midfielder Oscar Hernandez and the Triton boys soccer team went a perfect 8-0 to claim the South Coast League title. Photo by Steve Breazeale

midway through the fourth quarter as a result of a 10-0 Tritons run, which was highlighted by a no-look pass from senior Cody Bean to a cutting Anthony Pinelli that put San Clemente up 55-39. The Tritons ended up scoring 41 points in the second half to claim their second win in a row. One more win would make history. “If we are going to finish things off Thursday (against Trabuco Hills) we are going to have to play a heck of a lot better,” Popovich said. “(Trabuco Hills) is playing to tie us for a league title and we’re playing to win one outright. There’s going to be a lot of emotion that night and its senior night…We’re going to be well prepared.” Dana Hills (19-7, 6-2) is also in the mix for a league title after defeating Laguna Hills 54-36 February 5. TRITONS WRESTLING PLACES SECOND AT LEAGUE FINALS The San Clemente boys wrestling

team finished second to longtime rival and 2013 South Coast League champion Laguna Hills on February 2 as part of the South Coast League finals. The Tritons had 12 wrestlers qualify for CIF, a list that includes: Christian Orpineda, Danny Garcia, Jacob Sandoval, Justin Kleinman, Tim Parten, John Castellini, Brian Degennaro, Rick Simpson, Mike Marshall, Ash Ryan, Austin Aceves and Tyler Maxwell. GIRLS BASKETBALL CLINCHES SOUTH COAST LEAGUE TITLE With consecutive league wins over El Toro and Laguna Hills on February 2 and February 4, respectively, the San Clemente girls basketball team wrapped up the South Coast League title for 2013. The team’s most recent wins were convincing, as they held both the Chargers and Hawks to under 38 points while scoring more than 50 in each contest. The Tritons (17-5, 7-0) final game of the regular season was against Aliso Page 30

TRITONS SHUTOUT MISSION VIEJO DIABLOS ON THE ROAD A South Coast League title may not be in the cards for the San Clemente girls soccer team in 2013 but that didn’t stop them from playing the role of spoiler against Mission Viejo on February 4. A strong defensive effort was the key for the Tritons, who shutout the Diablos on the road in a 1-0 victory. Mission Viejo (9-5-2, 4-2-1 league) entered the game in a first place tie with Dana Hills (9-1-4, 4-1-1). Dana Hills defeated Tesoro 3-0 on February 4, which put the Dolphins alone at the top spot. San Clemente (9-5-6, 2-2-3) only solidified their third place position with the win. In the 30th minute of the opening half Tritons junior forward Nikki Faris took the ball from the sideline and streaked into open space near the Diablos box. Faris then shook her chasing defender and found herself with just the keeper to beat, which she did by shooting the ball into the near side of the net to give the Tritons the 1-0 lead. The Diablos picked up their offensive intensity following the Tritons goal and tried to get one of their own before the halftime whistle. They were met with strong resistance in the form of the Tritons back line defense. Senior defenseman Sydney Fuertes and Kelly Jameson provided important stops that broke down the Diablo attack in the closing minutes. Both teams postured with one another throughout the second half and as the game wound down, the Diablos were awarded a corner kick in extra time and got a good ball into the box, but it was cleared away as the final whistle sounded. The Tritons played against first-place Dana Hills on February 6. Results were not available at press time. It would be the second time in two days the Tritons would face a first-place team. SC

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GROM OF THE WEEK Tera Richardson


Shorecliffs Middle School eighth-grader Tera Richardson has been surfing for seven years, and now, in only her second competition season, has risen to the top ranks of her school surf team. In Scholastic Surf Series competition Tera came up with her second win in a row February 2 at the San Clemente Pier. The win catapulted her into the No. 1 ranking among SSS Orange County middle school girls. “I felt pretty confident at the end of the final but I honestly didn’t know I won. When I found out I was really surprised and happy,” she said. “The waves were Tera Richardson. Courtesy photo small and I just knew I had to do my best on whatever waves I could catch.” Tera is also competing in the WSA this season and is ranked No. 3 in the Girls U14 shortboard division. She has also recently joined a water polo team and says that she has plans to try out for both the San Clemente High School surf and water polo teams next year. In school, Tera is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student whose favorite subject is art. Painting at home in her spare time is also a favorite hobby. Looking into the future, Tera said she will continue to pursue a pro surfing career but would also like to become a doctor, a chef, or an artist someday. For now, she will enjoy working on her surfing by practicing at least three days a week. “Being on the waves just makes me happy,” she said.—Andrea Swayne

SSS: Shorecliffs Still in the Lead


Orange County middle school surf teams met February 2 at the San Clemente Pier for the third event of the Scholastic Surf Series By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


range County middle school surf teams gathered at the San Clemente Pier February 2 for the third Scholastic Surf Series event of the season. The weather was warm and although the waves were small, in the 2- to 3-foot range, they stayed glassy and contestable throughout the event. Noah Hohenester from the Bernice Ayer team turned in an exceptional performance to take his second Boys Shortboard win in a row making him the No. 1 rated surfer in the division. Also, taking back-to-back wins was Tera Richardson from Shorecliffs Middle School. Her victory also sent her to the top of the ranks in Girls Shortboard. With two contests remaining in the season, Shorecliffs is in the lead. “All the teams are chasing second behind Shorecliffs,” said contest director Carolyn Krammer. “The Bernice Ayer team, consistently in the second-place spot, has been working very hard to close the

Chris Ward takes second place at Volcom Pipe Pro, February 2. Photo by Bernie Baker

gap and have so far dominated the season in Coed Bodyboard.” The next event is scheduled for March 3 at Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach. For more information, including full results and ratings, visit SC

Teresa O’Connor (Marco Forster Middle School) and Alexxa Elseewi (Bernice Ayer Middle School) jump for joy following the trophy presentation at the SSS OC Middle School competition February 2 at the San Clemente Pier. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

RESULTS SSS Orange County Middle School, Event No. 4, February 2, San Clemente, Pier TEAM: 1. Shorecliffs, 263; 2. Bernice Ayer, 189; 3. Thurston, 147; 4. Marco Forster, 117; 5. Don Juan Avila, 56; 6. Vista Del Mar, 50; 7. Niguel Hills, 49. BOYS SHORTBOARD: 1. Noah Hohenester, Bernice Ayer; 2. Curran Dand, Shorecliffs; 3. Bryce Crane, Shorecliffs; 4. Gunner Day, Shorecliffs; 5. Noah Atwood, Shorecliffs; 6. Jeremy Shutts, Thurston. BOYS LONGBOARD: 1. Jacob Atwood, Shorecliffs; 2. Gus Day, Shorecliffs; 3. River Covey, Shorecliffs; 4. Kai Takayama, Bernice Ayer; 5. Jack Benjamin, Marco Forster; 6. San Clemente Times February 7–13, 2013

Luke Overin, Bernice Ayer. GIRLS SHORTBOARD: 1. Tera Richardson, Shorecliffs; 2. Alexxa Elseewi, Bernice Ayer; 3. Bethany Zelasko, Shorecliffs; 4. Lily Benjamin, Marco Forster; 5. Maya Harrison, Bernice Ayer; 6. Ashley Beeson, Niguel Hills. GIRLS LONGBOARD: 1. Teresa O’Connor, Marco Forster; 2. Maya Harrison, Bernice Ayer; 3. Kailey Biggs, Shorecliffs; 4. Gabriella McCormick, Bernice Ayer; 5. Kaila Patterson, Shorecliffs; 6. Kendall Osorio, Marco Forster. COED BODYBOARD: 1. Derek Reynolds, Bernice Ayer; 2. Brad Prolo, Shorecliffs; 3. Luke Overin, Bernice Ayer; 4. Shane Kimbrough, Bernice Ayer; 5. Kian Feiner, Shorecliffs; 6. Kyle Saavedra, Marco Forster. Page 34

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 56-57 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 4-6’ Poor-Fair; Catalina: 15-30’ Fair-Good Immediate: Modest new round of westnorthwest swell tops out on Thursday and continues Friday. Waist-chest high (3-4’) surf shows for exposed breaks. Standout winter spots and windswell magnets see occasional larger sets. Long Range Outlook: Saturday will see a continuation of small west-northwest swell leftovers prevail through the day. Another pulse of long period west-northwest swell will move in on Sunday. Check out Surfline for all the details!

Ward Runner-Up at Volcom Pipe Pro San Clemente-based pro surfer Chris Ward finished second, behind Hawaii’s John John Florence, at the Volcom Pipe Pro at the Banzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore, February 2. Ward emerged from the field of 124 competitors to become the only surfer representing mainland USA in the final. Australia’s Josh Kerr came in third, followed by Olamana Eleogram of Hawaii. To watch the action online, log on to www. for heats on demand, or tune in to ESPN2 on February 24 at 8 a.m. PST for a one hour special with highlights from the event. —AS

UPCOMING EVENTS 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 March 23-24: WSA Championship Series, Event No. 8, Dana Point, Salt Creek

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