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YOUR NO. 1 SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS, SPORTS, EVENTS AND MORE MARCH 28-APRIL 3, 2013

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Early Intervention in Gang Fight

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Shorecliffs Middle School Principal Kenny Moe, left, and School Resource Officer Rod Valdez are among the adults involved with the county’s GRIP program, which uses rewards and exposure to opportunities to offer youth an alternative to gangs. Photo by Jim Shilander

City and DBA Examine Alley Improvement Possibilities Downtown

Sim Shines in Surprise Start for Triton Baseball

City Council Lays Out Capital Improvement Priorities

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LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO In an effort to help downtown businesses during reconstruction of the Interstate 5/ Ortega Highway interchange, the City Council unanimously approved a 50 percent reduction in fees for special activities and use of downtown city parks over the next two years last Tuesday. Fee reductions will only apply to activities within the Historic Town Center area, which comprises most of downtown. Both reductions are effective until March 2015, the same year Caltrans’ $86.2 million project is scheduled to conclude. The city hopes reducing the fees, which are required to conduct special events on both public and private property, will encourage and promote downtown’s economy. The council also directed city staff to determine the financial impacts of possibly expanding the reductions citywide.

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The South Coast Water District’s Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to move forward with infrastructure improvement plans attached to the Dana Point Town Center project. In February, the City Council voted to continue on with a five-phased construction plan to complete the project—with two phases focused on SCWD water, sewer and recycled water improvements along Del Prado Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway. The $19 million project was approved in 2008, but when the recession stunted economic growth, Town Center construction plans halted. The city plans to begin construction late this fall. At a March 14 district board meeting, David Youngblood, SCWD director of engineering said staff had worked closely with the city and Dudek—a California-based environmental consulting firm—on the phased approach.

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meeting ran long, the council did not get a chance to review a proposal for a singleuse plastic bag ban, as had been expected. However, the council agreed to agendize the proposal at a future council meeting. The earliest that could come up is the council’s May 16 meeting.

…City Financial Planning Session?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council got a look at the long-term financial picture of the city Tuesday afternoon, and the results weren’t entirely what the council might have wanted to see. City Manager Pall Gudgeirsson said the city definitely will be working toward a balanced budget for the coming fiscal year, but noted that several major financial challenges may bring some difficulties. City Finance Manager Judi Vincent told the council that the city faces “significant fiscal challenges” in the coming years, and “negative operating positions” over the next five fiscal years. This, she noted, is mostly due to revenues mostly property and sales taxes rising at a slow rate while the city’s two highest costs, its police and fire contracts, begin to increase. The city is also facing a significant outlay in its insurance costs. The city’s insurance provider has changed the way it assesses its fees, meaning the city will be responsible for either a one time $3 million fee by July 1, or pay in installments over six years, but incur more than $1 million in interest payments. The council voted to make a one-time payment at the installment rate, then pay the rest in a lump sum to avoid the future interest payments. The city is also expecting a couple of windfalls in the coming years. The city is expecting to sell the 24 lots it still holds from the Bellota Mobile Home Park, near Shorecliffs Golf Course. The city expects to use those funds to help pay down its general liability insurance payments and to set up a $2 million reserve for maintenance of the San Clemente Pier. The city is also expecting to receive $3 million a year in sales and property taxes when all phases of Marblehead Coastal, both the residential and commercial portions are completed. San Clemente Times March 28–April 3, 2013

FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. sanclementetimes.com. — JS

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San Clemente City Councilman Jim Evert considers what city projects to prioritize in the coming year. Council members used different colored dots to indicate what projects they favored and what priority they placed on them. Photo by Jim Shilander

WHAT’S NEXT: The city will conduct a budget workshop May 16 and has tentatively scheduled a public hearing on its proposed 2014 budget for June 4. The budget should be on track toward adoption two weeks later. Gudgeirsson said that despite the difficulties, the city still intends to have a balanced budget. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, see www.sanclementetimes.com — Jim Shilander

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…Capital Improvements?

THE LATEST: In addition to hearing about the city’s financial prospects, the City

Council also layed out its own priorities for projects in the coming year at its meeting Tuesday. The council unanimously voted to approve directing staff to plan for a renewal effort for the city’s Clean Ocean Program fund. The fee collected from all city residents is set to expire at the end of the year without citywide approval. The council also voted to ask city staff to look at ways to “fast-track” beach improvements for the rest of the city’s beach restrooms. The city is currently planning repairs to the most heavily used restrooms at the foot of the San Clemente Pier. Other high priorities included street lighting for Calle Valle and Los Molinos, improvements to the Ole Hanson Beach Club—up to $1.2 million—and a Poche Action Plan. WHAT’S NEXT: Because the priorities Page 3

…Downtown Alleys?

THE LATEST: San Clemente residents expressed hope but also questions about the potential for the city’s proposed Paseo Improvement Project for alleys in the downtown T-Zone area—roughly El Camino Real and Avenida Del Mar—at a development workshop Thursday at the San Clemente Community Center. The project is still in its initial development stages but would coincide with upcoming “under grounding” of utility lines by San Diego Gas & Electric. With the need for utility poles eliminated, the city and Downtown Business Association are investigating ways of making the alleys—which parallel El Camino Real and Avenida Del Mar—more pedestrian-friendly. “This is one of the most important projects to happen in the downtown in the last 25 years,” DBA president Michael Kaupp said. Kaupp said the city is looking at potential improvements in lighting, paving, wayfinding signage and landscaping in the area, as well as potentially allowing businesses to have common trash receptacles. If enough improvements could be made, Kaupp said, it is even possible some businesses could open up entrances along the alleys. Kaupp noted similar efforts in cities like Laguna Beach as proof of how it would work. He also said the work of psychologist Paco Underhill, who posits that the (Cont. on page 5) www.sanclementetimes.com


EYE ON SC (Cont. from page 3) environment that shoppers find themselves in, such as a parking lot, can influence the value they place on their shopping experience. Kaupp said things like unsafe parking lots or ugly or plain facades could make shopping experiences less enjoyable. WHAT’S NEXT: Associate City Planner Cliff Jones said the final version of the plan, with community input, will likely go before the City Council in July. More public input sessions would be scheduled before that time. Brian Hannegan, a senior planner at San Clemente-based RRM Design, which is assisting with the design of the project, said he will take the input and review where trash enclosures might best fit, along with ways to dress up rear building facades and other landscape improvements. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, see www.sanclementetimes.com. — JS

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…a SONGS License Amendment?

THE LATEST: Southern California Edison announced Friday that it will consider voluntarily submitting a license amendment to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission related to the restart of Unit 2 of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. A news release from Edison stated that the amendment hearing it is considering requesting will not be adjudicated. If they choose to go to the amendment process, the utility will petition for a “no significant hazards consideration determination,” which would mean that NRC technical evaluation of the amendment will determine whether or not running at 70 percent for five months represents a “significant safety hazard.” Edison released an evaluation by an engineering firm earlier this week that stated it could potentially run Unit 2 at 100 percent power for 11 months. The release indicates the utility wants to be sure a restart decision could be made in time for the summer. Edison previously resisted calls for an adjudicated license amendment hearing, which has been called for by opponents of the plant’s restart as a way to get “independent experts” to examine plans to restart the plant. The environmental group Friends of the Earth petitioned the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board to call for an adjudicated hearing on Edison’s license and a hearing took place Friday at the Board’s offices in Maryland. Gary Headrick, a vocal opponent of the restart plan, said in a release from San Clemente Green, that the move was part of a pattern at Edison to avoid additional oversight. “In the past, Edison has requested minor amendments as a PR ploy to claim they’re complying with the process. It San Clemente Times March 28–April 3, 2013

looks like they’re trying the same trick again,” Headrick stated. “If the NRC approves, Edison could put off the public hearing process until after Edison restarts. By then, it could be too late.” Edison is petitioning to restart Unit 2 at 70 percent power and run for five months, at which point tube wear in Unit 2 will be evaluated. Both units at the plant have been shutdown since January 2012, when tube wear resulted in a small leak in steam generator tubes in Unit 3. Unit 2, which was shut down for refueling, was also found to have tube wear upon inspection, though not to the same level. WHAT’S NEXT: The NRC announced Monday that it would meet with Edison to discuss the request on Wednesday, April 3, at its headquarters in Rockville, Md. A release from the NRC indicated the meeting will focus on compliance with the NRC’s Unit 2 technical specifications. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, see www. sanclementetimes.com — JS

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…the 241?

THE LATEST: Recent movement by the Transportation Corridor Agency to ask for permission from the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board for approvals has spurred rumors of another attempt to extend the toll road project south to Trestles—an effort blocked amid major conflict within the San Clemente area by the California Coastal Commission and the Commerce Department in 2008. The TCA is now proposing to extend the road in segments, with the terminus of the initial segment planned for Cow Camp Road near San Juan Capistrano, a road that would be put in place during construction of homes in Rancho Mission Viejo. WHAT’S NEXT: Bob Baker, the city’s current representative on the TCA board, said he had not heard of any explicit plans on his time on the board, although he said he understood why people might suspect plans to move to Trestles again. He also noted the TCA did not receive a permit for construction at the SDRWQCB meeting March 13, and it would take at least until next month to receive it. County officials indicated at the state Historic Preservation office hearing last month that the potential designation of the Trestles as a National Historic Site may also complicate the issue. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, see www. sanclementetimes.com. —JS

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Getting a GRIP on Gangs County program shows kids the virtues of a gang-free life By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times

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an Clemente may not have the same gang problems as some larger cities in Orange County, but gangs are still here. For those looking to stop gangs, they say the key is to keep kids from joining them in the first place. That’s the goal of Orange County’s Gang Reduction Intervention Program, or GRIP. The program, which is in 42 schools across eight county school districts, focuses on giving children, who are considered to be at-risk for joining a gang, reasons to avoid them, through mentoring programs and providing rewards for those who’ve succeeded in the program. A gang injunction in San Clemente is in place in three areas, between Camino De Los Mares, Interstate 5 and Calle Campana; all of downtown San Clemente west of I-5 (except for the area around San Clemente High School) between Avenida Pico (north to Avenida Presidio) and Avenida Calafia; and north of I-5 between Avenida Magdalena, Avenida Pala and Avenida Santa Margarita. The injunction prohibits known gang members from meeting in public, along with other restrictions. San Clemente School Resource Officer Rod Valdez said the GRIP program has been in San Clemente for the last three years and improvements were noticeable soon. The program is in two middle schools in the city, Shorecliffs and Bernice Ayers. Each school has approximately 30 students in the program. “The main thing is the attendance, truancy and tardiness have been reduced about 70 percent,” Valdez said. Shorecliffs Middle School Principal Kenny Moe said he’d seen the program’s effectiveness in students in his school, but said a single program couldn’t act as a cure-all. “It’s provided different opportunities or looks for kids,” Moe said. “It opens up doors later on that they might step through.” Moe took particular note of an event last year when 10 students visited the offices of Ford Motor Company in Irvine, where they got a look at the process behind designing cars. He also said, however, that all students, regardless of socio-economic or parental status, could be considered “at-risk.” The program works by giving at risk students a chance to see beyond the borders of their neighborhood or even their city, according to Valdez. Students who San Clemente Times March 21–27, 2013

Ed Molina will be running the second annual GRIP soccer camp during CUSD spring break. He called his experience running the camp last year “extremely fulfilling.” Photo by Jim Shilander

improve their attendance and grades get the opportunity to attend sporting events, like a Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game, or a Chivas-USA soccer match. All the rewards offered to those participating in the program, he said, were things that the program could deliver. “We don’t promise something we can’t do,” Valdez said. Valdez said that for many students in the program, an opportunity to attend major sporting events don’t come along very often. Many come from single parent homes or from impoverished backgrounds. “We’re showing them something they’ve never seen,” Valdez said. Many of the students in the program, he said, haven’t traveled anywhere north of Mission Viejo, let alone Anaheim or Los Angeles. The program’s focus on middle school and elementary school students is important, Valdez said. It was much harder to reach students who might already be going down a negative path once they reach high school. From his post at San Clemente High School, Valdez said he’s already seen improvement in the high school performances of those in the program. “We’re seeing a decline in high school kids dropping out because of getting through to this group of kids,” Valdez said. Valdez said one student, who remained anonymous due to privacy concerns, had recently had made a dramatic turnaround. He’d asked Valdez and others in the program to help him purchase new clothes that weren’t gang affiliated to wear to school and around the city. “He’s been going to class and his grades have skyrocketed,” Valdez said. Valdez explained that in addition to the rewards, he, along with representatives

from the District Attorney’s office and caseworkers, regularly met with students, and got regular “report cards” from teachers on their progress. “It just works,” Valdez said. The program also has an enforcement component. The district attorney’s office has prosecuted parents for child truancy and other actions that can contribute to delinquency. Most cases don’t actually get that far, however, with more coming in the form of family interventions or meet-ups. Moe said this emphasis was of particular help to administrators and teachers. “Every school has these issues, and it’s not necessarily an issue of money. It’s an issue of parenting. It allows you some more resources in dealing with some of these situations,” he explained The next reward event for GRIP students definitely has a more local flavor. Students will get to attend a special soccer clinic over three days during Spring Break, April 8-10, at Vista Hermosa Sports Park. Ed Molina, who has coached AYSO youth soccer in San Clemente, said the camp would primarily focus on building basic soccer skills, especially since players had different skill levels. Valdez said he expects about 40 kids at the camp, about 20 from each school. “Most of these kids know each other, so we’re trying to get them in different groups,” Molina said. “We’ll rotate with different coaches. Most will be kids I coach on my club team.” Molina said. While soccer would be the way in, Molina said, much of the event will focus on teaching life lessons, about dedication and hard work. “They’ll come out of there feeling good about doing something collectively,” Molina said. “We want to say, ‘Hard work pays.’”

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Gage Zerboni, who was recently named the county player of the year as a part of San Clemente’s CIF-Southern Section Champion soccer team, will speak to the kids as well. “They can see that these are kids right in their backyard who have been successful, through the lesson of hard work. But it’s not about soccer, it’s about life. Anything you want to do, you really have to work hard. A lot of this is about having them look within,” Molina said. It also means a lot to students that people cared about what happened to them, according to Molina Molina, who currently serves as president of the Parent-Teacher-Student Association at San Clemente High School, said he first asked to get involved with the program by Trudy Podobas, of the Capistrano Council of PTSAs, a supporter of the GRIP program. “I had no idea what I was getting into,” Molina admitted. “I knew a little about GRIP, but I’m sort of a ‘’Yes Man’ when it comes to my community. I love my community.” Molina said that helping at last year’s event brought him particular pride. “It was extremely fulfilling,” he said. “To know they benefited from the training and the volunteers and the community support, it was just extremely fulfilling. And the feedback from the parents was great. They all said there kids had definitely gotten a workout.” Moe said you could see the effect the camp had on students. “The kids were excited about the experience of being coached,” Moe said. “For some of them it was the first time soccer was organized in that way. They were completely jazzed and pumped up about it.” SC www.sanclementetimes.com


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CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, March 28 Easter Celebration Noon. A traditional “Easter dinner” and entertainment by Tony Rogers at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center. Suggested donation $4. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. Business Networking Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Chamber event at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club. Cost $15. 200 Ave. La Pata, 949.492.1131, www.scchamber.com.

Friday, March 29 Dark Friday City offices closed.

Sunday, March 31 Easter Sunday Service 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. Special services at San Clemente Presbyterian Church. There’s also a Spanish service at 12:45 p.m. 119 N. Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente, 949.492.6158, www. scpres.org.

Tuesday, April 2 City Council Meeting 6 p.m. Regular meeting in City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, www.sanclemente.org.

Wednesday, April 3 Spring Bingo Luncheon 11 a.m.-3 p.m. San Clemente’s Los Ninos Guild of CHOC hosts their annual bingo luncheon at Talega Golf Club with prizes, auction and more to support CHOC. 990 Avenida Talega, 949.492.7327. Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Study session; 7 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, www.san-clemente.org. Kiwanis Meeting Noon. The local Kiwanis Club meets at Carrows. 620 Avenida Pico, 949.290.8729, www.sanclementekiwanis. com. SC Rotary Club Noon. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619, www.sanclementerotary.org.

Thursday, April 4 Preschool Storytime 10:30 a.m.–11 a.m. Children ages 3-5 are invited to the library for stories and learning activities; sign-ups required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, www.san-clemente.org. Bridge 1 p.m. Games at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. San Clemente Times March 28–April 3, 2013

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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Sunsets at the Pier Wins Chamber Mixology Contest The judges at the ninth annual San Clemente Mixologist competition Thursday at Adele’s at the San Clemente Inn crowned Sunsets at the Pier’s “Makaha Crush.” as the winner, while the People’s Choice Award went to Ole’s Tavern’s “White Wash.” As the judge’s winner, “the Makaha Crush” will be served in all eight competing restaurants for the coming year. The drink is a mix of cucumber vodka, sweat and sour mix, lychee and ginger infused simple syrup, lemon juice and ginger ale. Best presentation went to Taka-O’s SCTKO. The event is sponsored by the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce. Judges at the ninth annual San Clemente Mixologist competition included Michele Parrish, Julie Ragenovich, Marine 1st Lt. Max Bernstein, 1st Lt. John Rehberg, and City Council member Jim Evert. Photo by Jim Shilander

Relay For Life Kickoff Tuesday San Clemente’s 10th annual Relay For Life will kickoff on Tuesday, April 2 at OC Tavern at 6 p.m. Join friends, family and neighbors in building a team and learning all about the relay. Each year, more than four million people in over 20 countries take part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Survivors, caregivers, sponsors and other Relay supporters are all invited to the kick-off, which will include food, festivities and stories of those whose lives have been affected by cancer. In the last four years alone, the San Clemente event has raised nearly $200,000. For more information about the San Clemente Relay, visit www.relayforlife.org.

Clarence Lobo Elementary School students Bryce Pinkerton, foreground, Sage Mayne and Aubrie Jalowie got up close and personal with this monthold calf at a Dairy Council of California presentation at the school last week. Photo by Jim Shilander

San Clemente Students Named to Dean’s Lists

Family Assistance Ministries Offering Free Tax Preparation

Three San Clemente students, Nicholas Lekas, Eric Morgan and Alonso Quirarte, were named to California State UniversityFullerton Mihaylo College of Business and Economics Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall semester 2012. To be eligible for Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better and take a minimum of 12 letter-graded credits, or four courses. Two San Clemente residents, Jared Gutkowski and Andrew Shubin, made the academic Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University. Students are honored for a fall 2012 grade point average of 3.5 or better.

Family Assistance Ministries has openings for free income tax preparation for those who make $51,000 or less through the VITA—Volunteer Income Tax Assistance—program. Assistance is available at FAM’s Resource Center, located at 1030 Calle Negocio, Saturday April 6 and April 13 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 949.492.8477 to set up an appointment, but walk-ins will be accepted.

San Clemente Toastmasters Hosting Open House The San Clemente Toastmasters will host an open house Tuesday, April 2, at 6:45 p.m. The event will include an open demonstration of the group’s program, speeches and include several distinguished members of the group. Refreshments, desserts and finger foods will be served. Information on the group can be found at www.toastmasters. org.

information, please contact Gina Cousineau at 949.842.9975.

Shorecliffs Hosting E-Waste Fundraiser

Blood Drive Friday at SCHS The Be a Hero Become a Donor Club at San Clemente High School is hosting its final blood drive this school year Friday, March 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is open to all. The organization is hoping to supply a third of the blood for San Clemente this year. First time 16-year-old donors require a parent and physician’s permission and 17-year-olds require parent permission. Community members are welcome and will go to the front of the line. Appointments can be made online by logging on to www. sandiegobloodbank.org, clicking on “Donate Blood,” selecting “appointments,” and providing the sponsor code SCLM. For more

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Shorecliffs Middle School will host a drop-off eWaste fundraiser Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the school’s Vista Hermosa parking lot. Items accepted include televisions, computers (both PCs and laptops) and monitors, office equipment (telephones, fax machines and copiers), computer accessories (keyboards, printers, scanners, cables, mice) and consumer electronics (tape players, VCRs, stereo equipment, radios, personal digital assistants and cell phones). Household and kitchen appliances will not be accepted. For questions, email smsvolunteers@yahoo.com.

Katy Perry Jacket Auction to Benefit San Clemente Charity The parents of Katy Perry donated an original outfit worn by the singer to support the San Clemente-based nonprofit organization, HOPE for SMA. The gray and white snowsuit is on sale via eBay and bidding will be accepted until March 28 (though the auction may be extended). All contributions made for Katy’s snowsuit will be tax deductible. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is the leading genetic killer of infants and children, according to the organization. For more information on the group visit www.hopeforsma. org. To find the auction, visit ebay.com, and search “Hope for SMA” and “Katy Perry.”

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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 website.

Monday, March 25 INFORMATION REPORT Avenida del Presidente, 100 Block, (11:39 p.m.) A woman told police she was walking home from a bar and a subject approached her, forced her to touch his privates and attempted to assault her. No weapons were seen. The assailant was described as being approximately 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brown hair. He was last seen on foot walking toward Valencia. The caller was talking slowly and was possibly intoxicated. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Avenida Pico, 900 Block (9:40 p.m.) A caller reported seeing a tan car with its flashers on between a pair of driveways of two drive-thru restaurants with no one around. The caller said they had never seen anything like it. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle de la Luna, 0 Block (9:15 p.m.) A woman called in reference to an ongoing problem with a neighbor. The male neighbor had driven by her home earlier in the day and yelled obscenities at her. The woman said she was home alone and her dog was acting like there was someone outside, but she didn’t see anyone. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Vera Cruz/Avenida Vista Hermosa (8:30 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a man sitting on a wall by a main gate. The man had blonde hair, glasses and was not wearing shoes. DISTURBANCE Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (5:23 p.m.) San Clemente Times March 28–April 3, 2013

A man was seen wandering in and out of traffic. The man was described as being in his 50s, with a white beard, wearing black pants, red socks and a green Boston Red Sox St. Patrick’s Day hat. DISTURBANCE Avenida Algodon, 100 Block (3:54 a.m.) A man called police because a woman in his room refused to leave. The man said she was knocking on his door and when he opened it, she forced her way in. The woman walked out while the caller was on the line.

Sunday, March 24 TRAFFIC ACCIDENT NON-INJURY El Camino Real/ Canada (10:13 p.m.) A man driving a silver Mitsubishi Eclipse ran into a parked car and then attempted to drive off, but his vehicle was not drivable. The man was last seen headed into the alley behind an abandoned gas station. The man was possibly intoxicated. WELFARE CHECK Avenida Del Mar, 100 Block (9:45 p.m.) A woman in her 30s was seen roaming around in the middle of the street, looking in trashcans and picking up bugs. The woman was described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, thin, with straw colored hair in a bun and wearing a white sweater and red pajama bottoms. DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY Avenida Pico/Boca de la Playa (7:10 p.m.) A woman notified police about a church group that was singing loudly on the beach. The woman asked that the group be relocated farther away from the residential area because she did not want this occurring every Sunday. 9-1-1 HANGUP Camino de los Mares, 600 Block (7:06 p.m.) A woman told a police dispatcher a man told her to call police because he wanted to be shot. She said the man was sitting across the street from a gas station. Police were finally able to make contact with the woman in front of a nearby restaurant, but by that time, the man was gone. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/ CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Vista Montana, 200 Block (6:41 p.m.) An informant called police because there was a 12-year-old boy sitting in a tree. The boy stated he had nowhere to go and his mother had locked him out. The boy was wearing a pink shawl and shorts. The informant asked to be anonymous and didn’t want police contact. STOLEN VEHICLE Avenida de la Estrella, 1500 Block (6:14 p.m.) A woman at the Pico Auto Collision Yard called police because she had just been notified that a bald man had gotten into her 2000 Chevrolet Malibu and drove off. The woman said she had

paid for the vehicle already and had the keys. DISTURBANCE La Paloma, 200 Block (4:22 p.m.) A man notified police of an argument taking place next door. He said he could hear things being thrown around and a lot of swearing, which he felt was not appropriate for a Sunday. DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Via Vistosa, 2700 Block (1:02 p.m.) A mother called police because her son and daughter were in an altercation. The daughter had tried to hit her brother with a metal box. The daughter told her brother she was going to kill him and explained to him exactly how she was going to do it.

Saturday, March 23 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/ CIRCUMSTANCE Camino de los Mares, 600 Block (9:58 p.m.) A man walked into Ralphs and told the front desk that there were multiple people following him. He returned an hour and a half later and stated that he still had the same problem. The man was 5 feet 6 inches tall and had short dark hair. WELFARE CHECK Camino Laurel, 2100 Block (8:56 p.m.) A woman called police because the woman who was house-sitting for her was not answering the door or the phone. The woman staying in the home was 46 years old and diabetic. The caller said she was unable to get into the house. DISTURBANCE Avenida San Dimas, 100 Block (7:51 p.m.) A man notified officers of three men who kept knocking on his door demanding money for the bus. They eventually left and were last seen walking toward El Camino Real. PETTY THEFT Avenida Pico, 900 Block (7:04 p.m.) An employee of an AT&T store called police because a customer had stolen a display Samsung Galaxy S3, worth almost $650. The employee stated that a second male distracted him while the subject stole the phone. Both subjects were last seen walking toward Walmart. PETTY THEFT REPORT Escalones, 100 Block (6:28 p.m.) A woman reported that her baby’s father came by her house, and while he was visiting, stole her bankcard and some keys. The man’s roommates told her that he was not home when she called his house. She believed that he was at home and the roommates were covering for him.

parked in the Kmart parking lot. The caller tried to contact the owners, but they did not answer. The RVs were not allowed to stay in the parking lot if the owners were not present. The informant was advised to have them towed if the owners didn’t respond to deputies. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/ CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Cabrillo, 200 Block (5:21 p.m.) A man had told the caller that he was locked out of his car and would return later to retrieve it. When the man returned later to get his car, he tried opening his door with a hanger and then tried gaining access to a red convertible Ford Mustang. The informant then saw the man sit in a black Ford Ranger parked next to the Mustang. HIT AND RUN PARKED CAR Avenida Cabrillo/ El Camino Real (4:22 p.m.) A man detained a female in a white Mustang who had just hit a parked truck. The man said he would keep the woman at the scene until police could arrive because the woman seemed to be intoxicated. MISSING ADULT El Camino Real/Avenida Victoria (4:12 p.m.) A man called police to report that his girlfriend had disappeared with his 2-year-old son. The last time the man had heard from his girlfriend was four days before. KEEP THE PEACE Calle Recodo, 1000 Block (3:39 p.m.) A man asked police to stand by while he changed the locks on his business. The man has had problems with his brother showing up and was concerned about a possible altercation taking place. INVESTIGATE PERSON DOWN El Camino Real, 1900 Block (3:51 p.m.) An Outrigger Tavern employee notified police of a man who was passed out on the sidewalk. It was unknown if the man was breathing or not. DISTURBANCE Avenida Pico, 700 Block (12:36 p.m.) Police were called to check on kids in the quad area of San Clemente High School. The kids were playing some type of slapping game that was beginning to get out of control. PROWLER Avenida de los Lobos Marinos, 500 Block (1:23 a.m.) A man called police and stated that he had just chased three subjects, all dressed in black, out of his yard. Two of the subjects ran up his street and one subject ran down the street. He thinks they were trying to get into a house that was under construction, located next door.

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Letters to the Editor NOTHING UNNATURAL ABOUT TRESTLES DESIGNATION JERRY COLLAMER, San Clemente

There’s not a surfer in America who doesn’t hold the U.S. Marine Corps in high regard. And there’s not a surfer in the world who doesn’t hold the Trestles famous surf breaks in high regard, whether they’ve surfed them or not, Trestles is globally revered. President Nixon saw first-hand, Trestles unique surfing environment and instructed the Navy to let the surfing world enjoy it. Rated one of the 12 great surf spots on the planet, Ronald Reagan when governor, dedicated San Mateo Campground (part and parcel of the Trestles experience), as mitigation for the precious beach acreage SONGS occupies at San Onofre. San Onofre Surf Club in fact predates the Navy’s ownership of Camp Pendleton. Surfing at San Onofre/Trestles is historic: from ‘Trails’ campsites, north past SONGS, to San O surf beach, to the Marine’s beach club facility at Church, on up to Lowers, then Uppers, and finally Cottons Point, Marines and civilians surf Trestles together in perfect harmony. Recognition of Trestles’ historical significance in no way impedes, diminishes or compromises the brave and valiant efforts of the U.S. Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton. Registering Trestles as a Historic Place, is the most natural thing in the world, because Trestles is natural, historic and our treasure—everyone’s treasure. Pendleton’s 18-mile coastline affords abundant open beach for Marine training, miles from Trestles. Same as it’s always been. Recognizing Trestles as uniquely special, is as natural today as Marine and civilian surfers trading waves at Trestles, with military maneuvers purposely kept miles away. The only landing-crafts at Trestles are light-weight, foam-filled, fiberglasscovered wave riding tools. The military San Clemente Times March 28–April 3, 2013

knows, a popular state beach park is no place to practice war games. So they don’t. San Onofre State Beach Park or Trestles, is the peaceful, non-military portion of Camp Pendleton, making it a one of a kind place. That’s historic, and registering that fact is essential.

CONCERN ABOUT MONEY MAY LEAD TO BETTER CARE PAM ALESCU, San Clemente

Under the crash cart antics of the Affordable Care Act comes a nice therapeutic dose of electric shock called the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. What this little treatment plan states is the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) can reduce reimbursement payments to hospitals whose patients return within 30 days of discharge. CMS recognizes early readmissions as a “probable marker for poor quality of care.” Like an open hospital gown, hospitals are now being exposed and scrambling to cover their assets with a sudden interest in promoting quality transitional care and discharge planning. This is an unfortunate reminder that in many instances money trumps quality patient care. However, the threat of CMS penalties will result in improved quality care for patients; signifying this is a step in the right direction even if the motivator is keeping the green flowing. Ultimately, the patient will benefit in the end.

plant. This way, the six million people living closest to San Onofre, which is operated by Southern California Edison, will have their say in the matter. I’m guessing those evacuated from Fukushima two years ago in Japan might like to have this option as a do-over. Today, their former homes, schools, shops and parks are shuttered in a veritable 20-kilometer “dead zone” which, some experts predict, could last as long as 10,000 years. Last September, the Friends of the Earth reported that 58 percent of SCE customers polled living within the San Onofre service area opposed the reopening of the power plant. The only trouble was that figure represented a mere 406 out of 700 people questioned—hardly an overwhelming groundswell of opposition, in my opinion. To counter those findings, SCE said, any survey of its customers’ opinions should “accurately describe the role San Onofre plays both in power generation and reliability and grid support.” Not exactly the most comforting of words if you ask me. A simultaneous special election in Orange and San Diego Counties will allow millions of people the opportunity to voice their opinion on this contentious issue. After all, if San Onofre blows one day, where will everyone go? There simply aren’t enough condos in Palm Springs to accommodate us all.

GUN VIOLENCE WARRANTS A HEARING

VOTERS SHOULD HAVE SAY IN SAN ONOFRE

ALESSANDRA COLFI, Oceanside

DENNY FREIDENRICH, Laguna Beach

There is a simple and direct way to resolve the debate about San Onofre. The issue needs to be put to a vote in Orange and San Diego counties on the same day. County supervisors in the two regions need to draft identical ballot measures that simply ask for a thumbs up or thumbs down vote on reopening the nuclear power

The victims of gun violence and their loved ones deserve a vote—and so do our children and communities, before more senseless murders occur out of our apathy or misplaced priorities. I wrote the following letter to Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).

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CORRECTION: In last week’s issue of the San Clemente Times, Our Lady of Fatima teacher Daniella Kelly was misidentified in a photo for an article titled, “What If?” In the photo she appeared next to student Peyton Ehmke who won an award for her essay entry in the 14th annual Holocaust Art and Writing Competition. The story also neglected to recognize student Zachary Yates (class of 2004), a previous winner from the school who won first place and a $500 check for his entry in the poetry division. “Dear Congressman Issa: I see you have been favorably rated by National Rifle Association, but we know NRA is representing the interests of the gun industry, not of gun owners. Who represents non-gun owners? It’s time to put people’s wellbeing before profit. Will you support legislation to limit the capacity of magazines to no more than 10 rounds? Will you support legislation requiring universal background checks—which are supported by 92 percent of Americans and even 74 percent of NRA members? Will you support legislation requiring gun owners and new buyers to receive mandatory firearm training and to pass a test to be granted a license? Will you support a ban on military-style assault weapons? These will be very important steps toward keeping our kids and communities safer from gun violence. Thank you for giving serious consideration to this issue.” To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ sanclementetimes.com. San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Please limit your letters to 350 words. www.sanclementetimes.com


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AT THE MOVIES: SPRING BREAK LIKE NO OTHER In an era where crazy party movies are along the lines of Fun Size or 21 & Over, no one was expecting the most talked about party flick of the year to be created by renowned indie filmmaker Harmony Korine. Even more alarming is the cast is not made up by his usual unknown actors, but by Oscar nominee James Franco, Disney Channel starlets Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson from “Pretty Little Liars,” and Korine’s own wife Rachel. But ultimately, Spring Breakers has become the raunchiest and satirical teen romp of the year. While on spring break from college, three bad girls (Benson, Hudgens and Korine) and a good girl (Gomez) head to Florida to party and get wasted. When the fun goes too far and lands them in jail, a rapper-gangster (Franco) bails them out and recruits them to be a part of his world of crime.For those old enough to remember Korine’s Kids, which raised eyebrows 18 years ago, Spring Breakers uses a familiar theme of very young people doing very bad things. Korine, the very definition of a “love him or hate him”—type of filmmaker— creates this surreal world of tongue-in-cheek dialogue and trashy morals. Franco gives a hysterical, nearly unrecognizable performance, while Gomez proves she’s ready to graduate from the teeny-bopper scene. —Megan Bianco

YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER

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

thursday

TOMORROW’S ARTISTS OF TODAY OPENING 6 p.m.8 p.m. Casa Romantica debuts the student art exhibit titled Tomorrow’s Artists Today in a special evening event featuring an awards ceremony, refreshments and more. Free admission; donations accepted. On display through April 18. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www. casaromantica.org.

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NATHAN RIVERA 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music and food at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com. SENIOR TWILIGHT DINNER 5 p.m. Dinner event for seniors at the Dana Point Community Center. Donation $8. 34052 Del Obispo St., Dana Point, 949.248.3536, www.danapoint.org. THIRD RAIL BLUE 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com. TARYN DONATH 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.

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ALIVE 2012 GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE 7 p.m. Calvary Chapel San Juan Capistrano celebrates Easter with three events March 29-31 in the Saddleback College Gymnasium. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.443.2572, www.ccsjc.com.

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ROB STALEY 8:30 p.m. Live music at The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com. SOUTHLAND MEGA GROOVE 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com. San Clemente Times March 28–April 3, 2013

SASHA EVANS & WINE TASTING 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Live music during wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine (wine tasting starts at 4 p.m.). Tasting fee $15 for five wines. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com.

WATER / COMMUNITY FORUM 1 p.m.-3 p.m. The Ecology Center a free community skillshare on the topic of water, featuring experts and leaders in the regional water community. 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.TheEcologyCenter.org.

KESTON & THE RHYTHM KILLERS 8 p.m. Entertainment at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa’s OverVue Lounge featuring pop rock. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.661.5000, www.lagunacliffs.com.

EASTER GARDEN PARTY 12 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The Kaleidoscope Entertainment Center and Color Me Mine host the 3rd Annual Easter Garden Party with a complimentary Easter egg hunt, petting zoo, face painting, pottery painting and more. Space for certain activities is limited. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo, www. gokaleidoscope.com.

MARCH MADNESS TASTING 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Wine tasting at SC Wine Company. Enjoy 7 tastes for $15; includes complimentary cheese plate and chocolate. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com COCO MONTOYA 8 p.m. Coco Montoya with 7th Sons and Kingtime at The Coach House. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. THE REFLEXX 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com. GROOVE LOUNGE 10 p.m. Live DJ and dancing at OC Tavern. No cover. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com.

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SPRINGTACULAR: EGG HUNT & MORE! 7:30 a.m. San Clemente’s annual event at Vista Hermosa Sports Park starting with the Kiwanis pancake breakfast, crafts, games and fun with the Easter Bunny, then at 11:15 a.m. the Easter egg hunt begins. 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente, 949.361.8264, www.san-clemente.org.

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DANA POINT EGG HUNTS 9 a.m. Easter egg hunts and more fun activities for kids at two locations in Dana Point: Pines Park (34941 Camino Capistrano, Capo Beach) and Sea Canyon Park (33093 Santiago Drive). More info: 949.248.3530, smurphy@danapoint.org. OCEANSIDE HALF-IRONMAN 7 a.m. Thousands of triathletes swim, bike and run a total of 70.3 miles with a course starting in Oceanside, making its way through Camp Pendleton and back. More info: www.ironman.com. Page 12

CRAIG COLLEY 8 p.m. Live entertainment at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa’s OverVue Lounge featuring eclectic mixed rock. 25135 Park Lantern,Dana Point, 949.661.5000, www.lagunacliffs.com. SUGAR LIPS (“G”) 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, www.goodystavern.com. UNDERCOVER LIVE 8 p.m. Live music at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com. COMMUNITY EASTER BRUNCH A brunch for in-need individuals and families sponsored by the Family Assistance Ministries and the City of San Clemente. More info: 949.492.8477, www.family-assitance.org. WYLAND ART LESSONS IN THE WILD 9 a.m. Dockside presentation and art lesson via video with Wyland at Dana Wharf, followed by whale watching at 10 a.m. Cost $25-$45. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.com. SATISFACTION 10 p.m. Rolling Stones Tribute Band in the OCT Room at OC Tavern. $5. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877, www.octavern.com.

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EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCH & EGG HUNT 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Join Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club for an Easter brunch buffet, as well as an egg hunt and much more fun for the family. Cost $39.95 adults, $14.95 kids. 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, 949.498.6604, www.bellacollinagolf.com. (Cont. on page 17)

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GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 12) EASTER SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m.; 10:45 a.m. Special services at San Clemente Presbyterian Church. There’s also a Spanish service at 12:45 p.m. 119 N. Avenida de la Estrella, San Clemente, 949.492.6158, www.scpres.org. SAN CLEMENTE FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. VUE EASTER BRUNCH 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Vue restaurant hosts a champagne brunch with live entertainment by John Troy, children’s activities include an Easter egg hunt and face painting, as well as a jelly bean counting contest. Adults $85; Children ages 6-12 $40. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949-487-7516, www.lagunacliffs.com. MOTIF EATER BRUNCH & ACTIVITIES 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Champagne brunch also featuring a egg hunt, visits with the Easter Bunny, face painting and more fun for kids. Cost $115 adults, $36 children. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3200, www.stregismb.com. THE OLD BIRD 5 p.m. Special production on Stage II at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $18. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org. BASTARD SONS OF JOHNNY CASH 1:30 p.m. Live music at The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com. HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR 1 p.m. SJC Historical Society leads a tour to see Los Rios Historical District, O’Neill Museum, the Mission, Rios Adobe and more. Meet at the train depot on Verdugo Street. Every Sunday. $2 adults, $1 children. 949.493.8444, www.sjchistoricalsociety.com. THE MARILYN SEARCH - FINAL SELECTION 3 p.m. Witness the final callback audition at Camino Real Playhouse as women compete for the coveted role of Marilyn Monroe. Tickets $10. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org. 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, www.danawharf.com. MARINE MAMMAL EXPLORATION CRUISE 1 p.m. The Ocean Institute’s cruise on its 70-foot R/V Sea Explorer to observe whales, dolphins and more wildlife. Cost $22-$35. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.

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MONDAY WEEDING 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Volunteer with staff at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Call for info, 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org.

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

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

San Clemente Times March 28–April 3, 2013

UPCOMING EVENTS: SAN CLEMENTE-DANA POINT ANIMAL SHELTER The San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter along with “the Guys in Blue” will host a Helpful Honda Pet Adoption event in coordination with the Pet Project Foundation, Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shelter is located at 221 Avenida Fabricante in San Clemente. In addition to highlighting the shelter’s adoptable animals and offering reduced adoption fees, Honda employees will be providing gift baskets with leashes, collars and other pet care items to the new owners of adopted animals. The adoption event will also include a special rabbit adoption, egg decorating, informational booth and a visit from the Easter Bunny. As part of Honda’s commitment to being helpful to the community in 2013, this local event is one of many being hosted in an effort to raise awareness for adoption as one of the most humane and beneficial ways to bring a new pet into the family and help decrease pet overpopulation and euthanasia, a statement from the Southern California Honda Dealers association said. Statistically, six to eight million pets end up in shelters each year and nearly half of those will probably not be adopted. The shelter currently has 23 dogs, 21 cats and more than 30 rabbits available for adoption (some rabbits come in pairs). For updates, follow Honda and Pet Project Foundation on Twitter @HelpfulHonda and @PPFSavealife. Information about the shelter, including photos and profiles of adoptable animals, and what to consider before adopting a pet, can be found online at www.petprojectfoundation.org.

Pet Adoption Set for Saturday

A canine competitor races at last year’s Wag-a-Thon. Photo by Tony Tribolet

The Pet Project Foundation will also be hosting its 20th annual Wag-a-Thon fundraiser April 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Dana Point Harbor. The annual walk helps raise funds for the shelter. The event will include live entertainment, vendor booths for shopping and refreshments. There is also the annual “Doggy Dash” race for canines. Cost for admission is $30 with pre-registration through April 22 and $35 at the event and for registration after April 22. Each additional family member is $5. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.petprojectfoundation.org. Admission includes a T-shirt and goody bag. The shelter is also looking for sponsors for the event. Information on sponsorship can be found by visiting www. petprojectfoundation.org. SC

Wag-a-thon Coming April 27

JAM SESSION 10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Bring your instruments and make music at the San Clemente Senior Center every other this month. 117 Avenida Victoria, 949.498.6524.

WINE CLASS: ABC-ANYTHING BUT CABERNET 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Wine class at SC Wine Company. Reservations Required. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com

WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Get eye-to-eye underwater with dolphins and whales without getting wet on Capt. Dave’s hi-tech catamaran sailboat; 2.5 hours daily. $55 adult, $35 child (3 to 12), under 2 free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, www.dolphinsafari.com.

KENNY’S BIG OPEN MIC 8 p.m. Get onstage and sing at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, www.danapointstillwater.com.

wednesday

WINE DINNER AT VINE 7 p.m.-9 p.m. A four-course wine and food pairing at Vine. Reservations recommended. Cost $40 per person. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2079, www.vinesanclemente.com.

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SPRING BINGO LUNCHEON 11 a.m.-3 p.m. San Clemente’s Los Ninos Guild of CHOC hosts their annual bingo luncheon at Talega Golf Club with prizes, auction and more to support CHOC. 990 Avenida Talega, 949.492.7327. BISHOP’S CHESS CLUB 6 p.m. Chess instruction, games and discussion at the San Juan Capistrano Library. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org. Page 17

UPCOMING EVENTS APRIL 4: BIG HEAD TODD & THE MONSTERS 8 p.m. The Coach House. Tickets $30. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. APRIL 5: BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 9 7:30 p.m. Dana Point Symphony presents Beethoven Symphony No. 9 at St. Edward’s Church. Tickets $10-$15. 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, 301.832.0388, www.danapointsymphony.com APRIL 6: FARM TO FORK: KIDS COOKING CLASS 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The Ecology Center hosts an event where kids can prepare a farm-fresh dish with freshly harvested strawberries. Cost $20 member/$25 notyet-member. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.sanclementetimes.com. www.sanclementetimes.com


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

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GUEST OPINION: On Life and Love After 50 by Tom Blake

A Stark Reminder on the Fragility of Life Hold tight to your loved ones, for you never know when your world will change

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experienced firsthand last week how life can change in an instant. One second, your organized, wonderful life is moving along exactly as you had planned—in my case, over the last 70 years. The next, ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 something happens and By Tom Blake throws a wrench into your hopes and dreams. My life-partner Greta agreed to let me publish this story, saying, “Hopefully, it will remind older adults to live life to the fullest, for we never know when it could change.” On Sunday, March 10, Greta and I met two of my 1957, Jackson, Mich., high school classmates and their wives for an early dinner at Shanghai Red’s—a waterfront restaurant in Marina Del Rey—near LAX. Greta mentioned on the drive up she hadn’t eaten much that day because her stomach was queasy. At the restaurant, she only sipped water and didn’t order food. After two and a half hours of the old buddies reminiscing and telling summerof-1960 stories, Greta and I got in the car, headed back to San Clemente and chatted about the enjoyable reunion. Near Long Beach, she dozed off. As we drove past the Orange County Airport, she said, “Was I dreaming?” I said, “I don’t know, you were pretty quiet.” Then, she got sick in the car. Luckily, we had a trash bag that served as a receptacle. And then she said, “Where are we?” I said, “On the 405 heading for home.” She said, “Where have we been?” San Clemente Times March 28–April 3, 2013

Her question puzzled me. duty, a neurologist from Houston inter“In Marina Del Rey, with Rick, Linda, viewed and tested Greta via Skype—today’s Mike and Roz.” technology is amazing. The doctor could “Really?” read all of the reports remotely. The doctor I said, “You don’t remember?” said Greta had a perfect score for normal “No.” brain functions. That was somewhat reasShe repeated the “Where have we suring. been?” question five times before we But, the doctor was puzzled by the pulled into our driveway. At first, I thought short-term memory loss. Greta still she was joking, but quickly I knew somecouldn’t remember where we had been thing was seriously wrong. four hours before and why she was in the At home, she repeated the question. I hospital. called her daughter, Terri, and briefed her Greta stayed at the hospital overnight. about what was going on. Terri and her I left at 1 a.m. The doctor said there was husband Don immediatenothing more I could do. “When it comes down Other than the loss of ly drove to our home. When they came over, short-term memory, she Don said to Greta, “What to it, there is nothing seemed OK. day is it?” Monday morning, bemore important in life fore “Wednesday,” Greta going to the hospital, said. It was Sunday. I kept busy. I washed a than the people near “Let’s go,” Don said, few clothes, tidied up “We are taking Greta to the house and cancelled and dear to us.” the emergency room at Greta’s early week ap—Tom Blake San Clemente Hospital.” pointments. The waiting room was like a circus, Pondering the “what ifs” scares the living jammed packed with ailing folks. To the hell out of you. For 15 years, we have been hospital’s credit, they took Greta, a potena couple. Was our incredible life together tial stroke victim, inside immediately. about to change? Greta was a dichotomy. She couldn’t reWhen I entered the hospital room and member the events from that day or from saw her, with a big smile on her face—and the day before. However, when checking that inner beauty she possesses shining in, she stated—without hesitation—her through—I lost it. Tears of joy caught up social security number, home address and with me. Terri cried as well. But Greta was birth date. When she couldn’t remember not out of the woods by any stretch. A brain her personal physician’s name, my heart scan was scheduled for that morning. Her sank. daughter Tina arrived from Temecula, givA battery of tests followed. I watched ing Greta a big lift. the monitor. Her blood pressure was way Later that afternoon, after all the tests too high and her pulse too rapid. She had had been analyzed, a visiting neurologist an IV in each arm. She looked like a pin came into the room and said the brain cushion. A couple of hours went by— scan revealed no problems, that Greta had slowly. suffered an incident of Transient global Because there was no neurologist on amnesia—a rare occurrence. Page 18

For people over 50 in the USA, only 23 in 100,000 have this short-term memory loss. Normal memory function usually returns within 24 hours, and that seemed to be happening. Greta was remembering some events from the day before. Greta’s four children were incredible, three came to the hospital and Tammi called from Phoenix. What a support group they were, which Greta and I both needed and appreciated. The doctor said Greta could go home Monday afternoon. That’s when I lost it for the second time. When an event like this happens, we stuff our emotions into a corner and push them aside, focusing on what needs to be done. When the good news comes, the emotions erupt. My sweet Greta was coming home. She was going to be OK. At night, after a long nap, she joined me at the dinner table. I cooked her a salmon dinner with spinach and broccoli. We reiterated how blessed we are, and how much we mean to each other. Life can change in an instant. Be kind to everyone and hug your family, friends and loved ones. When it comes down to it, there is nothing more important in life than the people near and dear to us. Tom Blake is a San Clemente resident and Dana Point business owner who has authored three books on middle-aged dating. For dating information: www.findingloveafter50.com. To comment: tompblake@gmail. com. SC PLEASE NOTE: 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 editorial@sanclementetimes.com

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San Clemente Woman Becomes ‘Lady Leatherneck’ Lombardo hoping to help female Marines and Corps spouses By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times

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fter seven years, Jenna Lombardo made the transition from Marine back to civilian life. Now the San Clemente mother of three is hoping to help her former comrades-in-arms and their spouses in a new way. Lombardo recently partnered with a social networking site for Marines and their families called Leatherneck.com. Lombardo, who enlisted in the Marines at 20 and served two tours of duty in Iraq, will be known as “Lady Leatherneck” on the site, and write about the issues facing female Marines, Marine spouses and families. The website serves as a forum where Marines of different ages and eras—from World War II veterans to those currently serving or considering enlisting—can talk to one another and offer advice. Lombardo enlisted in August 2005, but had wanted to be a Marine since she was 14. As a native New Yorker, she said she wanted to do something to respond to the 9/11 attacks. She was attending college courses and working at the New York Post before enlisting. She was stationed at Camp Pendleton and then sent to Iraq for her first tour. “I did motor transport, convoy operations and a few night raids,” Lombardo said of her first tour. On her second tour, Lombardo served in analytical intelligence. She was attached to an infantry unit as a “Lioness.” In that role, she would perform searches on women—men were not permitted to do so—and worked to “bridge the cultural gap” between Iraqi women and the American military. She also worked on extracting intelligence and disposing of enemy ammunition.

Jenna Lombardo of San Clemente has parlayed her experience in the Marine Corps to become “Lady Leatherneck” for a new Marinefocused social networking site. Courtesy photo

“I traveled a lot in my second tour,” Lombardo said. “It was most enjoyable being out alongside the infantry units with the opportunity to interact with people. And it never hurt to be able to blow something up.” Along with her role, Lombardo said she saw a difference between her first and second tour in the country. The first tour was largely about assessing threats, while her second was much more about building relationships. “Times changed as the years went by,” she said. Lombardo was nominated three times as “Enlisted Woman of the Year” and was combat meritoriously promoted to sergeant in 2008. In her new role with Leatherneck.com, Lombardo said

she will write articles each week on issues facing Marines like her. “We’re all Marines, we’re all created equal in that,” Lombardo said. “Women face challenges on a daily basis, whether it’s women in combat, dual military relationships, the needs of family members or equality.” Lombardo said she would also tackle concerns about when, as a woman serving in the Corps, to start a family, as well as leaving children behind and the most effective ways of getting back into the Marine physical fitness levels after having a child. If successful, Lombardo said, her blog may be spun off into its own website. Other topics she’ll discuss, Lombardo said, include making the transition she’d just made, from “government employee to civilian.” “The site is also for Marine Corps spouses, as well as all those who support Marines, past, present and future,” she said. Though her time in the Corps ended last October, before the Pentagon approved placing women in front-line combat missions alongside men, Lombardo said it’s something that women have actually been doing for a long time. “Women have served alongside infantry unity for quite sometime. Now it’s just a permanent attachment, as opposed to a temporary augmentation. Women have the determination, the courage and the ability,” she said. Lombardo and her husband, Staff Sgt. Michael Lombardo, have three children. She said her husband is currently training for deployment at Camp Pendleton. She is also resuming her college education, which she’d started in New York before she enlisted, at Argosy University. SC


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SAN CLEMENTE TRAIL RUN REGISTRATION OPEN

This year’s San Clemente Trail Run will be slightly different from runs in year’s past. Instead of runners being clocked manually, there will be a special timing system using chips to give more accurate and faster results, according to event organizers Fred and Louise Yeilding. The fifth annual San Clemente Trail Run is set to take place the morning of April 27, with runners taking their marks near the Forester Ranch Ridgeline Trailhead off Camino Del Rio. There will be a 5K and a 10K run to accommodate all skills. Proceeds

The fifth annual San Clemente Trail Run, set to take place April 27, will use special chips to clock more accurate race results. Courtesy photo

will benefit the Family Assistance Ministries and Friends of San Clem-

ente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation. Due to the number of participants, there will be two staggered mass starts this year. The 5K runners will take off at 7:45 a.m. and the 10K runners will take off at 8:05 a.m. Early registration is now open. Cost of the 5K is $30 on or before April 21 and $40 thereafter. The 10K is $35 before April 21 and $40 thereafter. Event and registration information can be found at www.sanclementetrailrun. com. Questions can be directed via email to sanclementetrailrun@cox.net. —Steve Breazeale

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GATORS RUGBY GOES UNDEFEATED The U12 San Clemente Gators rugby team went undefeated this season in the Southern Conference of the Southern California Youth Rugby league. The team, which plays in one of four conferences dotted throughout the country, ended up scoring a conference-high 209 points while giving up only 31 points on defense. The U12 team is: Hugo Toughey, Christian Mosconi, The U12 San Clemente Gators rugby team scored a conferenceRory Gavin, Christian St Clair, high 209 points this season. Courtesy photo Gage Doble, Jacob Whittsel, Ryan Meany, Michael Lewis, Nathan Flaherty, Justin Proctor, Brody Jones, Nicole Wantlin, Max Neuhausel, Sean Rhyan, Anthony Nolfo, Cooper Campbell, Walker Sheppard, Aiden Falk, Ethan Winters, Tyler Bashor, Joshua Cassarino, Brett Hannemann, Wyatt Eberle, Trey Torticil, Austin Rose and Brad Foreman

SAN CLEMENTE’S FINNERTY NAMED GIRLS SOCCER COACH OF THE YEAR San Clemente High School’s Stacey Finnerty has had a long track record of success at the helm of the Tritons girls soccer team, which included a playoff berth in this year’s CIF-SS Division 1 Championships. For her efforts, the California Coaches Association has named her the winter girls soccer Coach of the Year for the Southern Section. The Tritons went 10-7-6 overall this year, going 2-3-3 in the South Coast League.

VOLLLEYBALL DYER NAMED TO ALL-TOURNEY TEAM As a freshman, San Clemente resident Noah Dyer has already made some noise on the preps volleyball circuit. Dyer, a setter for the Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball team, helped lead the Warriors to the finals of the Laguna Blanca Tournament Championship on March 16, where they lost to Beverly Hills in two sets. At the conclusion of the tournament, Dyer was named to the all-tournament team along with teammate Nick Worrell. Dyer is also an accomplished beach volleyball player and is coming off a successful 2012 season, during which he won 14 events, including the Cal Cup State Championships.

CHEER SC CHEERLEADERS HOLD 2ND ANNUAL CHEER THERAPY DAY San Clemente High School students Brooke Renard, Paige Augello and Nicole Guillotte have seen their cheer-and-dance therapy sessions for special needs children grow since they came up with the idea last year. On March 22, the three cheerleaders, along with other members of the Tritons Members of the San Clemente High cheer squad put on a cheer cheer squad, hosted another therapy day on March 22 for children with special needs. session in which six children Courtesy photo with special needs turned out to take part in the cheer and dance therapy exercises held in the school’s multipurpose room. The children were taught cheers, stunts and dance routines. More sessions are expected to take place in the future.

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San Clemente resident Noah Dyer was named to the all-tournament team at the Laguna Blanca boys volleyball tournament. Courtesy photo

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Triton Report By Steve Breazeale

SIM SHINES IN SURPRISE START AS TRITONS BEST DOLPHINS 2-0 With their current No. 1 starter, senior Cody Maples, feeling the effects of a sore arm, junior pitcher Andrew Sim was called upon to take the mound for the San Clemente baseball team’s first Sea View League home game of the season against crosstown rival Dana Hills on March 26. Sim, who was called up from the junior varsity squad two weeks before the start of the season, turned in a six-inning, twohit, three-strikeout effort and the Tritons went on to win 2-0. After Sim was taken out of the game before the start of the seventh inning, the Dolphins (7-8, 0-4 league) lineup, which had been quiet until that point, suddenly woke up. Senior relief pitcher Marshall Pautsch inherited a no outs, runners at first and second scenario but managed to work his way out of the jam, emphatically striking out the last Dolphins batter to end the game. The win pushed the Tritons (9-3, 2-1) record above .500 in league play for the first time this season. “I never really expected to start the first home, league game,” Sim said. “It was real stressful at the end but we pulled through.” The Tritons (9-3, 2-1) got a defensive boost in the top of the second inning from sophomore catcher Lucas Herbert, who turned what could have been a damaging situation into a bizarre, inning-ending double play. With runners at second and third base the Dolphins tried to put on a risky squeeze play, but Herbert sniffed it out. Herbert chased the Dolphins’ runner back to the third base bag, which was already occupied by the Dana Hills runner coming in from second. Herbert applied one tag then made a throw to teammate Kent Burckle, who finished the play and the inning with another tag. It was a confusing series of events that turned out to be a crucial point in the game, considering the score was 0-0 at the time. “I haven’t seen that (scenario) before and probably never will again,” San Clemente head coach Dave Gellatly said. “It was a heads up play on (Herbert’s) part. It probably saved us the game.” In the next frame the Tritons took the lead on a Brock Eissman sacrifice fly that scored fellow senior Shane Elias-Calles. The Tritons would tack on one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning on an Elias-Calles RBI single that brought Herbert in from third base. San Clemente will now host Aliso Niguel, who is slated to start standout San Clemente Times March 28-April 3, 2013

Sophomore Lucas Herbert went 1-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in the Tritons 2-0 Sea View League win over Dana Hills on March 26. Photo by Brian Park

sophomore pitcher Kyle Molnar, on March 28 at 3:30 p.m. TRITONS VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS PAST TESORO, REMAINS PERFECT Behind another solid outing from Lucas and Jack Yoder, the San Clemente boys volleyball team defeated Tesoro on the road in three sets on March 26. Lucas Yoder led the team with 13 kills while Jack Yoder tallied four kills, five aces, two blocks and 32 assists as the Tritons won convincingly 25-14, 25-18 and 25-14. The win kept the Tritons perfect 17-0 record on the season intact and earned them their first South Coast League victory of the year. After a match against Trabuco Hills on March 28, the Tritons will host three-time defending South Coast League champion Dana Hills in what will be a crucial and important game that will help shape the top of the league standings. Next Game: 3/28 at Trabuco Hills, 6 p.m. TRITONS BOYS LACROSSE BOUNCES BACK FROM LOSS WITH LEAGUE WIN OVER DIABLOS The Tritons traveled to take part in a rematch of last year’s US Lacrosse Southern Section Championship on March 23, as they squared off against Corona Del Mar. The Sea Kings were able to rally late, breaking a 6-6 tie in the fourth quarter by scoring three unanswered goals to win 9-6. San Clemente (5-3, 2-1) then traveled to face South Coast League opponent Mission Viejo on March 26 and walked away with a 15-2 win. Peyton Garrett (three goals, two assists), Alec Turner (three goals, one assist) and Jack Renard (three goals, one assist) paced the Tritons offense in the win.

SAN CLEMENTE TENNIS WINS ‘BATTLE OF THE UNBEATEN’ WITH COUGARS Both the San Clemente and Capistrano Valley boys tennis teams had perfect 2-0 South Coast League records heading into their March 26 match, which left room for only one team to emerge unbeaten. The Tritons (7-2, 3-0) were led by the strong doubles duo of Billy Whitaker and Matt Greenberg, who won all three of their sets in the format to help push San Clemente to a 12-6 win. The Tritons will now travel to play Dana Hills, winners of their last three contests, on March 28. Next Game: 3/28 at Dana Hills, 3 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE FALLS TO DIABLOS The San Clemente girls lacrosse team lost its third straight South Coast League game on March 26, falling to Mission Viejo 16-8. Next Game: 3/28 at Trabuco Hills, 5:30 p.m. TRITONS SOFTBALL WINS LEAGUE OPENER The San Clemente softball team ended a three-game losing skid with a much needed 5-2 win over visiting South Coast league opponent Tesoro on March 26. The Tritons (4-8, 1-0) had mixed success in the preseason but were able to bounce back to defeat the Titans at home behind two-run innings in the fourth and fi fth. The Tritons lineup was able to get to Titans senior starting pitcher Megan Gipe to the tune of seven hits, three of which were home runs.

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The Tritons will have had six days off before returning to the field for a road game against Dana Hills on April 2. Next Game: 4/2 at Dana Hills, 4:30 p.m. SWIM TEAMS SET FOR STRETCH OF LEAGUE COMPETITION The San Clemente boys and girls swim teams were set to compete against Trabuco Hills in a non-league meet on March 26. Results were not available at press time. The meet against the Mustangs will be the last non-league meet the Tritons compete in for some time, as matches against Sea View League opponents Dana Hills, Laguna Hills and San Juan Hills are all on tap for the Tritons April slate. Next Meet: 4/2 vs. Dana Hills, 3:15 p.m. TRITONS GOLF IN FIRST PLACE With three straight wins dating back to March 19, the San Clemente boys golf team has vaulted to the top of the Sea View League standings. Two of the Tritons (6-3, 3-0) most recent wins came in a double header sweep of Laguna Hills on March 19 and March 21, respectively. The Tritons also defeated San Juan Hills 197-205 on March 26. Next Match: 3/28 vs. San Juan Hills, at San Juan Hills Golf Club, 2:30 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD SET FOR TRABUCO HILLS INVITATIONAL The San Clemente boys and girls track and field teams were set to compete in a league dual meet against Tesoro on March 27. Results were not available at press time. The team now prepares to travel to Trabuco Hills to compete in the Trabuco Hills Invitational from March 29 to March 30. www.sanclementetimes.com


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GROM OF THE WEEK Ethan Mudge Age: 11, Shorecliffs Middle School

Ethan Mudge has amassed many great memories during this year’s competition and is looking to cap off the season with more as the NSSA Open, NSSA Explorer and WSA Championship series come to an end. So far, one of his greatest came during an NSSA Open event in Huntington Beach where everything just “came together” for him and he earned one of his best scores ever. “I caught a really good bomb in the last five minutes of my heat and got three vertical hits and a cutback and the judges gave me a 9.5,” said Ethan with Ethan Mudge. Photo by Sheri Crummer a huge grin while reminiscing between heats at the WSA Gatorade Championship Series event at Salt Creek on March 24 where he was awarded the first-place trophy in the Boys U14 division. His next big goals include qualifying for the Surfing America U.S. Championships and continuing on his quest for PacSun USA Surf Team membership. “I really enjoy contest surfing because it’s fun to compete against the other guys because I never know how good they’ve gotten since the last time I surfed against them,” Ethan said. “I always learn something from the other guys. They push me to get better.” In school Ethan is a straight ‘A’ student who has his heart set on studying Spanish in college someday as well as making a name for himself as a professional surfer. The order in which he pursues these goals will depend on how well his surf career is going by the time he is ready to graduate from high school, he said.—Andrea Swayne

Local Surfer Wins Big Wave World Tour

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 57-59 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 6-10’ Poor-Fair Catalina: 10-15’ Fair+ Immediate: Blend of leftover southsouthwest swell and small, steep-angled northwest swell prevails on Thursday for knee-waist high waves, (2-3’) at better exposures. Standout focal points see a few slightly better sets around the proper tides. The swell mix lingers on Friday, setting up more knee-thigh-waist high surf, (1-3’) at the better breaks.

San Clemente big wave pro surfer Greg Long crowned world champion By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times

Long Range Outlook: Saturday is looking slow off a continued blend of minor Southern Hemi and northwest swells. A possible new shorter period west-southwest to west swell fills in for the end of the weekend, potentially bumping the region back up into fun-zone surf. Check out Surfline for all the details!

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ollowing a challenging and memorable year, San Clemente-based big wave professional surfer Greg Long topped off the season as this year’s Big Wave World Tour champion. A crowning party, attended by Long’s friends, family, fellow surfers and industry representatives, was held last week at the Surfing Heritage & Culture Center (formerly the Surfing Heritage Foundation) in San Clemente. And although reigning BWWT champion Peter Mel could not attend, he phoned in to congratulate Long on his victory. Long did not take the top spot on the podium at any of this season’s events but his combined points totals from secondand third-place finishes provided the consistency necessary to claim the title.

BWWT STANDINGS 2012/2013 1. Greg Long (USA) 2155.5 2. Jamie Sterling (HAW) 1160.7 3. Carlos Burle (BRA) 1150 4. Peter Mel (USA) 1148.7 5. Ken Collins (USA) 826.5 6. Gabriel Villaran (PERU) 823 7. Zach Wormhoudt (USA) 688.5 8. Ben Wilkinson (AUS) 674.25 9. Jose Gomez (PERU) 621 10. Joao De Macedo (PT) 555 11. Ramon Navarro (CL) 517.5 12. Jeff Rowley (AUS) 494.75 San Clemente Times March 28–April 3, 2013

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Greg Long of San Clemente is the 2012-2013 Big Wave World Tour champion. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Long’s second-place finish at the Nelscott Reef Classic, third at the GoPro Maverick’s Invitational and second at the Billabong Pico Alto earned the points necessary to pass runner-up Jamie Sterling of Hawaii, 2155.5 points to 1160.7 for the 2012-2013 win. His season was also marked by other memorable events, both exhilarating and frightening. Not only was Long featured on the silver screen as an actor and stuntman in the film Chasing Mavericks, he also survived a near drowning accident after a multi-wave hold down while surfing a massive swell at Cortes Bank. “After nearly drowning at Cortes Bank in December I questioned whether or not I would ever return to a life of riding big waves. Two of the contests in this year’s world tour, Mavericks and Nelscott Reef, took place after my accident. The Mavericks contest within one month’s time,” Long said. “To me, winning this year’s world title represents something

far greater than just being on top of the ratings at the end of the year. It represents a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication to overcome one of the greatest adversities I have faced in my life in an effort to continue following my dream and passion.” After enjoying the moment, Long is already looking forward to continuing to pursue his passion for big waves following a short break at home. “At the moment, I am enjoying some time at home in San Clemente and have no immediate travel plans,” he said. “The next Big Wave World Tour event is to be held down in Punta Lobos, in Chile. The waiting period begins April 15 and runs through the end of June.” Long is also a contender in the upcoming Billabong XXL Big Wave Awards scheduled for May 3 at The Grove in Anaheim. He is nominated for the $50,000 XXL Ride of the Year for a massive ride at Jaws in Hawaii in October. SC

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RESULTS WSA Championship Series, Event No. 8, March 23-24, Dana Point, Salt Creek Local finishers only. MICRO GROM BOYS/ GIRLS SB U9: 1. Brayden Burch, San Clemente; 2. Bane Corbett, San Clemente. BOYS/ GIRLS U10: 1. Taj Lindblad, San Clemente; 2. Jett Schilling, San Clemente; 3. Nicholas Coli, San Clemente; 4. Patrick O’Connor, San Juan Capistrano. BOYS U12: 2. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 5. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 6. Ryan Martin, San Clemente. BOYS U14: 1. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 3. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 4. Gunner Day, San Clemente; 6. Nathan Carabba, San Clemente. BOYS U16: 2. Brighton Reinhardt, Dana Point; 4. Lucas Taub, Dana Point; 6. Conner Dand, San Clemente. BOYS U18: 3. Jordan Kudla, San Clemente. GIRLS U12: 3. Samantha Sibley, San Clemente; 4. Lexi Morgan, San Clemente. GIRLS U14: 1. Alexxa Elseewi, San Clemente; 3. Tera Richardson, Capistrano Beach; 5. Bethany Zelasko, Dana Point. GIRLS U16: 1. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; 4. Alexxa Elseewi, San Clemente; 6. Kirra Connolly, San Clemente. GIRLS U18: 4. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. BOYS LB U14: 3. West Archer, San Clemente. JR. LB U18: 6. Jack Benjamin, San Juan Capistrano. GIRLS LB U14: 2. Lexi Morgan, San Clemente. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Teresa O’Connor, San Juan Capistrano; 2. Rachael Tilly, Capistrano Beach; 3. Emmy Lombard, San Clemente; 4. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point; 6. Kyla Kelley, Capistrano Beach. MEN 18-29: 4. Ricky Lovato, San Clemente. SENIOR MEN 40-49: 2. Rick Erkeneff, Dana Point; 3. Shane Miller, Dana Point. LEGENDS 50+: 1. Parry Foskett, San Clemente; 2. Dale Baker, San Clemente. OPEN MEN: 1. Cody Canzoneri, San Clemente; 4. Kevin Schulz, San Clemente. OPEN WOMEN: 1. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point. OPEN MEN LB: 3. Cody Canzoneri, San Clemente. OPEN WOMEN LB: 1. Lulu Erkeneff, Dana Point; 2. Tory Gilkerson, San Clemente; 3. Kyla Kelley, Capistrano Beach. SR. MEN LB 40+: 5. Rick Erkeneff, Dana Point. For full results, see www.sanclementetimes.com.

UPCOMING EVENT April 6-7: WSA Championship Series, Event No. 9, Oceanside Harbor www.sanclementetimes.com


March 28, 2013  

San Clemente Times

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