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Dream Comes True in a ‘Moment’ San Clemente man fulfills coaching dream as part of reality show E Y E O N S C / PAG E 1 0 Vince Moiso put off his dream of coaching football to start a family. As part of the USA Network show “The Moment” the San Clemente man was given the opportunity to coach at the University of Notre Dame. Tasos Katopodis/USA Network

Concerns Voiced About Potential Growth in General Plan

First Class of SC Sports Hall of Fame Revealed

Special Section: South County Real Estate Guide







The City Council on Tuesday, April 16, reviewed three-year-old plans for a proposed 13-acre park on 60 acres in the Northwest Open Space. Conceptual plans for the first phase of the park were approved by the council in 2009. Those plans were effectively shelved when city staff was reassigned to develop a new park in the East Open Space in 2010. City staff sought the council’s input to update the plans since other additions have changed the landscape of the area. The cost of the project has also gone up from $2.8 million to $3.68 million, of which $2.45 million is funded. The council made adjustments to the existing plans, including cutting the number of community gardening plots in half to add organic gardening, reducing the number of horseshoe pits and adding bocce ball courts.


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The Orange County Board of Supervisors recently voted in favor of a five-year extension of the contract between the county and the project management company charged with overseeing the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization project. County records show this change marks the fifth time an amendment to the contract has called for an extension since it was first signed in 2003. The original five-year contract was set at nearly $7 million with an expiration date in 2008. Four amendments later—including contract increases, term extensions and a few discounts—the total before the vote was $8.5 million. This amendment brings the total to $13.2 million. According to a staff report, the five years will serve to maintain continuity in the project as the waterside portion moves forward with permits, engineering and design.


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…The General Plan?

THE LATEST: Members of the General Plan Advisory Committee voiced deep concerns Thursday about some of the initial findings in the draft version of the environmental impact report for the general plan prepared by city consultants The Planning Center. GPAC members who attended the meeting Thursday were most worried about projections that nearly doubled the city’s current square footage available for nonresidential uses. Brian Judd of the Planning Center said this was achieved largely by looking to more efficiently utilize space in certain targeted areas of the city, such as on Camino de Estrella near Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and Los Molinos, as well as increasing the intensity of use of city business parks. WHAT’S NEXT: The draft EIR has begun a 45 day public review period, after which feedback can be analyzed and incorporated into the final report, principal planner Jeff Hook said. This would likely push back final approval of the new general plan to late August or early September. FIND OUT MORE: The draft version EIR and a draft version of the general plan are available on the city’s website, — Jim Shilander


…the Toll Road?

THE LATEST: The Transportation Corridor Agency Board of Directors approved a conceptual design for an extension of the 241 toll road to a terminus just outside San Juan Capistrano on April 18. A spokesperson for the agency said the vote was taken in order for the proposal to be considered by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. The board did San Clemente Times May 2–8, 2013

not approve a proposal that went further south, as the TCA had initially planned before its proposal to connect to Interstate 5 near San Onofre State Park was rejected by the Department of Commerce in 2008. The Tesoro extension currently being planned calls for extending the 241 to Cow Camp Road, east of San Juan Capistrano, and would ultimately be accessible to San Clemente residents via Avenida La Pata, once that road is extended. WHAT’S NEXT: The TCA has stated that there will be additional public meetings on the Tesoro extension proposal. The concept of phases in the 241 extension has raised concerns among opponents of connecting the road near the state park. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. — JS



THE LATEST: Edison International President Ted Craver told investors on a conference call Tuesday that the Southern California Edison parent company would likely consider shutting down one or both units of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station if the utility was not given permission by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to restart Unit 2. Both Units 2 and 3 have been shutdown since January 2012 after a leak was discovered in a steam generator tube in Unit 3. WHAT’S NEXT: There are two separate SONGS cases before the NRC that would allow for a potential restart this summer. The utility has submitted a proposal to run at 70 percent power for five months and then inspect the generator tubes in Unit 2 for additional wear, which it submitted as part of a formal investigation of what lead to the leak in Unit 3. The utility has also asked for a license amendment to restart

the plant at 70 percent power, saying that doing so would provide no additional safety hazards to operate the plant. The NRC Region IV issued preliminary approval of the license amendment to allow for restart last month, but no formal approval has come from the agency as yet. The utility has indicated that if a restart is granted it likely could not start the plant until June 1 at the earliest. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. —JS


… Beachside Fires?

THE LATEST: At a meeting last week, he Orange County Board of Supervisors formally opposed the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s (SCAQMD) suggestion to eliminate wood burning fires from Orange and Los Angeles County beaches. “With the geographical differences between each beach in Orange County, a universal ban would impose a one-sizefits-all approach,” said Orange County supervisor John Moorlach. Citing public health concerns, the city of Newport Beach sought to remove dozens of fire rings from two beaches, Corona del Mar and Balboa, last year. The measure received city council consent and went before the California Coastal Commission. Ultimately the commission tabled its decision and airquality regulators became involved. Throughout its OC Parks, the county maintains 11 fire rings, seven at Aliso Beach, and four at Capistrano Beach. According to a staff report, the county has received no complaints regarding beachside fires over the course of 10 years. WHAT’S NEXT: Chairman Shawn Nelson (4th District) abstained voting on the

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measure, because he represents Orange County on the SCAQMD board. Nelson said he did want to take a position on the proposal before the air district’s June 7 public hearing in Diamond Bar. The board is expected to rule on that date. FIND OUT MORE: Stay with for updates. —Andrea Papagianis


…CUSD Staff Cuts?

THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees last Wednesday approved cutting 61 non-teaching positions due to budget reductions, although only 32 employees will actually be affected by the cuts. Jodee Brentlinger, assistant superintendent for personnel services, told the board that nearly half of the positions were currently vacant, and with funding uncertain it was best to eliminate them. Among the staffed positions being eliminated, a number were instructional assistant jobs and positions in the district’s bilingual programs. Trustee Ellen Addonizio opposed the measure. The board approved a more equitable distribution of funds for debt service on common facilities, such as the new district headquarters in San Juan Capistrano. WHAT’S NEXT: The board also approved spending more than $1.6 million to outfit 36 additional campuses with wireless internet connectivity upgrades. Twenty schools, including San Clemente, Dana Hills and Capistrano Valley high schools, were upgraded between 2010 and 2012. The district will be going to bid this winter on connectivity services. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the meeting, visit —JS


CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, May 2 Sunset Networking Mixer 5:30 p.m. Chamber event hosted by Dana Wharf Sportfishing with catered food and a Harbor cruise. Cost $15-$25. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.492.1131, Golf Course Committee Meeting 7 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Friday, May 3 Chamber Golf Tournament 11 a.m. Marine Memorial Golf Course-Camp Pendleton, 949.492.1131,

Saturday, May 4 Saddleback Church San Clemente Men’s Ministry Breakfast 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Men’s event at the new building. Cost $5. 1311 Calle Batido San Clemente, www.saddleback. com/sanclemente.

Monday, May 6 Children’s Late Spring Program Signups Sign up now for children’s programs at the library beginning May 13. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Tuesday, May 7 SC Sunrise Rotary Club 7:15 a.m.– 8:30 a.m. Meeting at Signature Grille at the Talega Golf Club, 990 Avenida Talega, 949.369.0663, City Council Meeting 6 p.m. Meeting in City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, Toastmasters 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking every Tuesday at the library, 242 Ave. Del Mar, 949.361. 8463,

Wednesday, May 8 Veterans of Foreign Wars Meeting 7 p.m. Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Elks Lodge. 1505 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.2489. Kiwanis Meeting Noon. The local Kiwanis Club meets at Carrows. 620 Avenida Pico, 949.290.8729, SC Rotary Club Noon. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619, Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Study session in Ocean View Conference Room; 7 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, San Clemente Times May 2–8, 2013


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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Art Association Hosting Jewelry and Summer Shows The San Clemente Art Association has announced its first Spring Jewelry Show, which spotlights art jewelry made by SCAA artisans. Examples of handmade original art will be displayed for sale in the San Clemente Art Gallery on May 5. All artists will be on hand to answer questions. The gallery is also hosting the Summer Judged Show, with over 100 pieces of members’ art representing a variety of disciplines: painting (oil, acrylic, and watercolor), pastel, mixed media, wax encaustic, sculpture, photography and jewelry design. The show opened April 28 and continues through June 13. Both shows will be held at the San Clemente Gallery, San Clemente Community Center, at the corner of Calle Seville and Avenida Del Mar. Admission is free to all events. The gallery is open to the public daily: Weekdays noon to 4 p.m. and weekends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information regarding this event please contact the San Clemente Art Gallery at 949.492.7175.

South OC Democratic Club to Host SONGS Talk The monthly dinner meeting of the South Orange County Democratic Club will be held on Wednesday evening, May 8, at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center, 25925 del Avion, San Juan Capistrano. The guest speaker will be Rochelle Becker, who has been actively involved with nuclear safety issues for 35 years. She co-founded the Alliance for Nuclear Responsibility in 2005, working with state and federal elected representatives and oversight agencies. She has worked with organizations on safety issues at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Buffet dinner is at 6 p.m. (members $17, non-members $20), meeting at 7 p.m. RSVP by May 5 via email to

Students from the pre-school program at Our Savior’s Lutheran School ride at the Trike-a-athon fundraiser Friday. The event is part of an ongoing fundraising program at the school. For information, call 949.492.6165 or visit Photo by Jim Shilander

and Vince Ferragamo and former Panthers quarterback Steve Beuerlein. Registration is limited to 150 players. Appetizers will be served, and blackjack and roulette games can be played to earn raffle tickets for prizes. To register, or for more information, visit, or call Jim Holden at 949.285.8819.

Local Student Makes Forensics All-America Team Holland Michelle Smith of San Clemente has been named to the All-American Team at the American Forensic Association’s (AFA) 36th National Individual Events Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan. Smith was among 496 competitors at the event and competed in after dinner speaking and as a part of the forensics team at Cal-State University-Los Angeles. Holland has previously won individual speaking awards at a number of regional events in California, Arizona and Nevada. Holland, a senior, hopes to become a speech coach.

Friends of Beaches, Parks and Rec Fundraiser Set for June 28

Fish For Life Annual Poker Tournament Coming Soon Fish For Life will hold its annual Texas Hold ‘Em fundraiser Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at the Talega Golf Course in San Clemente. The organization provides special needs children and young adults with the opportunity to go ocean fishing. The $100 cost to reserve a seat at the event includes a three-quarter day fishing trip pass from the Dana Wharf Sport Fishing. First place in the event receives a trophy and four-night stay at the Beachfront Waikiki Grand Hotel. Other prizes will be awarded for second through fifth-place. Among the competitors will be a number of former NFL stars, including former Rams quarterbacks Jim Everett

The Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Recreation Foundation will host its third annual Benefit Golf Contest, Friday, June 28, at the Municipal Course. Funds raised will provide scholarship money for youth recreational programs and the second phase of Courtney’s Sandcastle—a universally accessible playground at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park—which will include water features and beautification. All entries are tax-deductible The event will include a putting contest, and prizes for longest drive, closest to the pin, “beat the pro,” and other competitions. There will also be a dinner and awards ceremony. Youth group leader foursomes will have their own

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competition for the sports group yearly trophy. A $150 donation includes 18 holes of golf and dinner. $500 supports a foursome. For reservations and information check out the Foundation website,

Rose Society Tour Highlights South OC Gardens The Rose Society of Saddleback Mountain is sponsoring a self-guided tour of five homes in San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Laguna Hills and Capistrano Beach on Saturday, May 11, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to exploring area gardens, the Elegant and Enchanting Garden Tour will pass through three of the garden homes. Tickets may be purchased for $25 online at www. or for $30 on the day of the tour at 25284 Ericson Way, Laguna Hills. This event helps sponsor horticultural scholarships to local colleges and universities.

SCHS Fashion Design and Marketing Club Presents Spring Show San Clemente High School’s Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing Fashion Club will present a men’s and women’s fashion show May 11 at the Triton Center. The event, “Into the Wild,” will feature wildlife themed fashion, and all of the models will be wearing animal masks. City boutiques have donated clothing and salons have donated hair styling services. Admission is $8 and proceeds will benefit the Sierra Club as well as senior class group members. The event will also include auctions and food, donated by Taka-O. Have something interesting for the community? Send your information to


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Vince Moiso coaches a player at Elkhart Central High School, located near the campus of Notre Dame. Photo by Michael Hickey/USA Network

Making a Dream Come True in a Moment San Clemente man gets second chance at coaching football By Shelley Murphy San Clemente Times


ould you turn your life upside down and trade a successful career in California to chase a dream coaching college football in Indiana? As a contestant on USA Network’s new reality series, “The Moment,” San Clemente resident Vince Moiso tackles that question. The show, hosted by Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner, gives nine contestants a second chance to pursue their dream careers and possibly change their lives forever. Vince spent most of his life on a football field. After playing in college and Europe, he looked forward to a promising coaching career. But, life intervened and Vince found himself facing the proverbial fork in the road and taking an unexpected path—a path that didn’t include football. San Clemente Times May 2–8, 2013

Vince Moiso meets with ‘The Moment” host Kurt Warner at the University of Notre Dame. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/USA Network

Making Plans While Keeping a Secret

In January 2012, Vince’s wife Shelby Mosio read online that producers for “The Moment” were accepting applications, so she jumped at what she thought might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. She nominated Vince as a contestant with hopes he would realize his dream of becoming a professional football coach. “I sent an email thinking that I’d never hear anything back,” she said. “Within 24 hours we got a response, and they wanted to come out and talk to our family.” Soon, Vince and Shelby, married 16 years, and their two daughters, Isabella, 15, and Viviana, 11, welcomed producers to their home. “They interviewed our family all day,

taking video of us, watching us ride bikes, watching the girls play outside, and then they said, ‘OK, we’ll let you know,’” Shelby said. After their visit, producers continued calling to ask questions. “Then it came to an abrupt stop, several months went by without hearing anything,” she said. About six months later, Vince grew impatient and suggested they contact producers, but Shelby asked him to wait. Shelby kept it quiet, but she received a call in July, and Vince had been selected. Stunned and surprised, Shelby managed to keep the secret all summer by focusing the family on their vacation plans. Keeping her family preoccupied, Shelby secretly worked with producers to prepare for

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Warner to ambush (the reality TV term for surprise) Vince in September. Shelby worked steadfastly the first three weeks of September to meet producers’ every request without knowing what they had planned for Vince. “I knew I’d nominated him to be a professional football coach. I knew immediately after ambushing him he was flying to Chicago and he’d be gone for 11 days, unable to contact us,” Shelby said. Vince, vice president of marketing at GBI Tile & Stone, Inc., said he noticed in early September that Shelby seemed preoccupied. “I thought, ‘What is going on around here,’” he said. But he added, “I’m so busy at work that I’m not putting two and two together.” Producers plotted with Shelby and Paul Hill, head coach of the San Clemente High School girls’ softball team, to set the stage. The Moiso’s daughter Isabella plays on the team, and Vince helps Hill with the girls’ practices. When Hill suddenly called a team practice on a hot Sunday in September at Tierra Grande Park, an unsuspecting Vince said he agreed to it, not thinking anything was out of the ordinary. “He knows I won’t say no to him, so it was a totally plausible thing,” Vince said. While Vince readied for practice, Shelby spent the morning silently orchestrating the surprise by packing Vince’s travel bag, preventing Vince from leaving the house early, hiding about 50 friends and family at the park, and then meeting Warner in a hidden limousine at Tierra Grande. Vince recalled driving to the field, “It’s Sunday, it’s hot; I’m cursing Paul the whole way, thinking why didn’t I just say no.” Arriving at the field Vince noticed cameras and a couple people filming. He questioned Hill, “He told me it was something to do with the high school so I didn’t think anything of it.” Meanwhile, Shelby and Viviana met Warner in the waiting limo and delivered the travel bag. They exited the car and waited, hiding behind bushes. Hearing their cue, they started running and stopped behind Vince. Warner tapped Vince on the shoulder. When he turned around Warner said, “Congratulations Vince, you’ve been selected for ‘The Moment.’ We’re going to give you an opportunity to coach football in South Bend—you’re going to the University of Notre Dame!” With that, Warner whisked Vince away.

Plans Deferred By Life Changes

Vince started playing football at age seven. He played in high school and then at a small college in Oregon. He transferred after one year to the University of San Diego as starting quarterback for the 1993 and 1994 seasons. At USD, he met his future wife, Shelby. After college, Vince tried out for the NFL. Ultimately, a football team in Finland drafted him and he played two seasons in Europe.

EYE ON SC On a brief break between finishing in Finland and before starting in Italy, Vince returned to California to propose to Shelby and visit family, including his father. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s had begun taking its toll on his father. Vince left for Italy and during the season his father’s condition deteriorated. He received the call to come home—quickly. Sadly, Vince didn’t arrive in time. Vince attended his father’s funeral in April 1996 and returned to Italy to finish the football season. Meanwhile, Shelby stayed stateside, planning their October wedding. Married only a couple months, opportunity knocked with offers from both European teams to return to play and coach. “They offered me more money, but we’d both have to be in Europe, and at that exact time, we discovered she (Shelby) was pregnant.” Vince found himself at the fork in the road, “Suddenly I have to get a job, I have to make enough money to support not only my family but to support my mother because my dad died. That was a really hard decision.” Their decision landed them in San Clemente 16 years ago and as Vince said, “The rest is history.”

A Dream Fulfilled

Vince abandoned his hopes of becoming a professional football coach—until that tap on the shoulder at Tierra Grande.

“Obviously I know who Kurt Warner is, but it takes a minute to register and then, on top of that, I see my college friends, family and other friends in front of me—everybody is there. It was so much to process, it was really weird. I didn’t say anything. I put my hands on my knees and my head down,” Vince said. Vince remembered, “I was kind of in shock, I didn’t believe it was happening—it was very surreal.” He added, “A hundred thoughts are going through my head; I have a whole schedule and appointments for next week, how am I going to do this?” Producers drove Vince to the airport and took his computer and phone to restrict his outside communication. In South Bend, Vince was sequestered, his only contact with his assigned mentor Sam Wyche, who coached the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII. Initially, filming presented its challenges. “The first day was really tough. I was cautious. The best advice I got was ‘just let go.’ As I did that, it was one of the best experiences in my life,” Vince said. “What you’ll see on TV is really about football, but for me the experience was socially, professionally and spiritually an unbelievable personal growth experience.” Vince compared his experience on the show to 10 days of free therapy. “I hadn’t spoken about my father for

The Moiso family (L-R) Vince, Viviana, Shelby and Isabella on the field at Notre Dame Stadium. Photo courtesy of Shelby Moiso

16 years,” Vince said. “There was this immense guilt and responsibility not seeing him—I harbored all of that. I realized it was easy to walk away from football because that’s the connection I had with my dad. I’m very thankful that this show happened for me at this point in my life.” Vince admitted to feeling mixed emotions facing a second chance at his dream career. “I was reminded of the passion I had for

the sport, the love I had for the game and it all came back in one huge rush of energy,” he said. “The toughest part of any decision we’d have to make is, are we willing to uproot our family out of San Clemente? We’ve become very attached to San Clemente.” “The Moment” debuted April 11 on the USA Network, Vince’s episode is scheduled to air May 3. For more information and show times, see SC


Volunteers Honored by City Rodriguez, Lalley feted as Volunteers of the Year By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


hose who gave to the city most in the last year were honored last Tuesday at the Pride of the Pacific Bar and Grill at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course, for the city of San Clemente’s annual Volunteer of the Year ceremony. This year however, not one, but two selfless citizens were honored. Carla Lalley, who serves as manager of the San Clemente Friends of the Library Bookstore, and Rod Rodriguez, who works in a number of capacities for the city, including as events chairman of the city’s Memorial Day festivities, were both named Volunteers of the Year. Rodriguez, who last month helped to organize a family day event for the city’s adopted Marine unit, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, was asked by the city years ago to revive the Memorial Day event, which had dwindled in attendance to only a few citizens each year. Last year, over 800 people attended the city event, Mayor Bob Baker noted in his introduction. “It’s a real special day for me as a

Marine,” Rodriguez said of his efforts. “It’s the day we honor the real heroes of the country.” Rodriguez said he focused on putting out more information about the event into the public in order to get people to attend. “I like the idea of getting more people involved in Memorial Day,” Rodriguez said. “I think it was something we just didn’t want to see die out.” Lalley had actually nominated another member of the Friends of the Library board, Nonie Fickling, for the award, so she was shocked when she won. Lalley has been volunteering at the library since 2009 and oversaw a revamp of operations at the store. She volunteered over 900 hours at the library last year, after volunteering more than 800 hours the year before. The figure went well beyond the number of any other volunteer at the library. Lalley did not have any experience working in a bookstore when she started volunteering at the library, she said. After starting, some of the other volunteers suggested that she might be a good fit to manage the bookstore, based in part on her experience in sales.

San Clemente Mayor Bob Baker presents plaques to Carla Lalley and Rod Rodriguez, who were honored as city Volunteers of the Year last Tuesday. Photo by Jim Shilander

“Right away they asked me if I might be interested in taking over as manager,” Lalley said. “I think they thought that I was a little bit younger, and they knew I had experience in sales,” she said. “It just kind of evolved. We have a huge group of volunteers. Everyone does their part, I just herd them together.” Other volunteers honored at the event included Fred Butler, a longtime

Neighborhood Watch block captain in the Princesa neighborhood, Bob Nelson, of Tri-Cities RACES, an emergency amateur radio program, Andrea Workman of the Community Emergency Response Team, Sandra Ackerman, a board member of the Pet Project Foundation, Fickling and Tom Collins of the Retired Senior Volunteers Program. SC


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.

Tuesday, April 30 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE North El Camino Real/Mariposa (1:34 p.m.) A man said he believed the people in the car following him were selling stolen property. The man said he wanted deputies to make sure the items were not stolen so he could buy them. ABANDONED VEHICLE Avenida Crespi, 400 block (11:37 a.m.) A patrol check was requested for a blue Buick that had been parked in front of a nearby residence for over a month. WELFARE CHECK Avenida Palizada/Calle Seville (10:10 a.m.) An elderly man was walking in the middle of the street and seemed disoriented. The man was reported walking on Palizada toward the beach, wearing a blue shirt and khaki shorts. WELFARE CHECK La Ronda, 100 Block (10:01 a.m.) A man said his friend left a sober living facility with his father. The caller said the two men were seen in a vehicle smoking marijuana provided by the father. KEEP THE PEACE Avenida Pelayo, 100 Block (9:51 a.m.) A woman told police her neighbors kept moving their fence closer and closer, encroaching on her property line. The neighbors had also allegedly removed vegetation belonging to her. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Finca, 0 Block (7:42 a.m.) A father called police and informed them his son was under the influence of methamphetamine and was in the backyard, beating the bushes with a broom handle, claiming he was looking for his girlfriend. The son said his eyes were closed because laser beams would shoot out from them otherwise TRAFFIC ACCIDENT-NON INJURY Avenida Vaquero, 100 Block (6:10 a.m.) A man driving a beige Nissan Maxima fell asleep behind the wheel and ran into San Clemente Times May 2–8, 2013

a closed auto shop’s property. The driver asked to speak with a deputy about the damage to the property.

WELFARE CHECK Via Huelva, 0 Block (11:43 a.m.) A woman reported that she kicked her 22-year-old son out of her house and took back her car from him. She soon received a text message from him saying that he was going to overdose on heroin and then shut off his phone.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Ola Vista/Avenida Valencia (5:04 a.m.) A man reported seeing a man on a bike and a woman running with a backpack. Both were going northbound on Avenida Valencia.

TRAFFIC HAZARD Avenida San Gabriel, 100 Block (11:05 a.m.) A dumpster had been sitting in the same place for more than two weeks. The caller said passersby were throwing their garbage in it and it was blocking traffic. The caller was concerned that it may cause an accident.

Monday, April 29 DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE Calle Lobina, 2300Block (10:43 p.m.) A mother called police because her daughter was becoming verbally abusive because she wasn’t allowed to go to a concert.

PATROL CHECK Avenida Pico/Camino Vera Cruz (10:06 a.m.) The caller was concerned about a memorial that had been set up with over 20-lighted candles visible. The caller thought one of the candles may fall over and start a fire.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Linda Lane, 400 Block (7:35 p.m.) A man was seen walking up the path from the beach near Linda Lane with two bikes. The caller thought the man might be stealing them. The subject loaded the bikes into a Toyota Tundra with a female passenger and proceeded to leave the beach. CITIZEN ASSIST Monterey Lane, 400 Block (6:57 p.m.) A man told police a 22-year-old man who lived in Santa Ana had threatened to kill or hurt a former classmate (not the caller), who now lives in San Clemente. Later research discovered that the subject is away at school in Arizona and the threats made were to hurt someone who had hurt him in high school. DISTURBANCE Avenida Pico, 900 Block (6:24 p.m.) Two men were seen fist fighting outside the Walmart garden center. No weapons were seen.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Finca, 0 Block (2:02 a.m.) A man called police to report seeing 10 males and females dressed in camouflage shining lasers into residences. Dispatch call history showed the caller had been diagnosed with a mental illness.

Sunday, April 28

WELFARE CHECK Calle Grande Vista, 3100 Block (5:53 p.m.) A man received a text from his daughter saying, “SOS I need help at this address.” The caller then hung up the phone because he was getting a call from his daughter’s husband. The caller said he would call back. FOLLOW UP REPORT Camino de los Mares, 600 Block (3:18 p.m.) A woman was reportedly using fraudulent checks at Pets Plus. An employee called dispatch and reported that the woman had gone into Ralphs and they would be able to identify her. The woman left the parking lot in a silver Range Rover with a man and a young child. WELFARE CHECK Avenida del Presidente, 2600 Block (2:32 p.m.) A man called police from Arizona because he hadn’t heard from his girlfriend in over a month. The girlfriend had three children and was supposed to come to Arizona to drop them off.

MISSING ADULT Avenida San Diego, 100 Block (8:20 a.m.) A man reported that he hasn’t seen his wife in two weeks. The woman was described as 41-years-old, 5 foot 1 inch tall, and had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, for which she took medication.

PROWLER Calle Heraldo, 2800 Block (11:18 p.m.) A woman called police and said she was home with her disabled husband and grandson and could hear someone outside her window in the side yard. She said that she wasn’t expecting anyone and it sounded like someone was trying to remove the window screen and enter the residence. DRUNK IN CAR El Camino Real/Avenida San Gabriel (11:05 p.m.) A woman was sitting in a black Ford Focus with an intoxicated male passenger, and they were both asking people for money so they would be able to drive back to their sober living house. The woman was lying down on the driver’s side floorboard. The woman was arrested and is being held at Central Women’s Jail. A court appearance was scheduled for Tuesday. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Avenida Junipero, 100 Block (9:25 p.m.) A male and female were seen parked in a dark Ford Ranger. The two were reportedly “shooting up in their veins” and may have been juveniles.

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SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Junipero, 0 Block (5:22 p.m.) A man was reportedly standing outside his residence and filming women in the area with a large camcorder. The man was described as being in his early 50s, short and stocky, with curly brown hair. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Avenida Calafia/Ola Vista (10:12 a.m.) A man wearing a red-hooded sweatshirt and shorts jumped onto the Metrolink railroad tracks, causing a train to perform an emergency stop. UNKNOWN TROUBLE El Camino Real/Avenida del Mar (2:07 a.m.) Several calls were made to police dispatch regarding multiple subjects laying on the ground. It was reported that a possible altercation occurred with the bouncers. Eyewitnesses were quoted saying, “Call 9-1-1. Does he have a pulse?”

Saturday, April 27 INVESTIGATE PERSON DOWN Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (9:59 p.m.) An intoxicated man was passed out and foaming at the mouth. The subject was breathing, but was found unresponsive. The man was described as being in his 20s, with a heavy build and was located about 15 yards from the pier on a bench. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Interstate 5/Camino de Estrella (7:08 p.m.) A caller reported seeing a man crawling up the embankment on the side of the freeway, by the shopping center. The man seemed distressed and unable to stand up. No vehicle was seen nearby. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Pico/Calle Amanecer (7:01 a.m.) A man with a red mohawk was seen repeatedly body slamming himself into a chain-link fence. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Vera Cruz/Via Blanco (5:23 a.m.) A woman called police from an intersection and reported that she had just been at a party, 20 minutes prior, and a man had touched her inappropriately. The man then kicked her out of the party.

Friday, April 26 DISTURBANCE—MUSIC OR PARTY Avenida Vista Montana, 200 block,(11:27 p.m.) A large group of males were reported drinking, yelling and throwing bats in the street. The caller said police had been out to the area early, but the group was starting up again. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Granada, 400 Block (10:57 p.m.) A caller said a driver pried an underground parking gate open to get a vehicle inside. The caller was unable to provide a description of the vehicle or anyone inside.


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GUEST OPINION: Wavelengths by Jim Kempton

Cinco de Mayo Francais Who would have imagined the great food and drink we enjoy on this Mexican holiday, celebrated so fervently in California, is partly the work of the French?


inco de Mayo, the great American holiday, will be celebrated once again on Sunday with food, drink, parties and parades. While most Californians will be riotously enjoying a day of great cooking and beer, Mexico hardly recognizes the holiday. Their big celebration is September 16, in honor of the country’s independence from Spanish rule in 1810. Cinco de Mayo, meanwhile, commemorates Mexico’s freedom from a different oppressive European empire, France. After the Mexican-American War, Mexico’s shattered economy and exhausted government was bankrupt. President Benito Juarez eventually had to default on all foreign debt. France (one of the major debtors) was building an empire under Napoleon III. Seeing a chance to extend his holdings in the New World, he installed his brother, Maximilian the archduke of Austria as Emperor of Mexico, along with his wife Carlota, daughter of

Leopold I, King of the Belgians, to pay the debt. Historically, whenever the French arrive, the cooking is forever changed—always for the better. Modern Mexican cooking is considered by WAVELENGTHS culinary historians to be By Jim Kempton a fusion of three cuisines—indigenous, Spanish and surprising to many French. Maximilian brought his French cooks with him, introducing the Mexican aristocracy to French cuisine, which they took to like the rest of the world—with gusto. Mexican native ingredients along with French techniques made an excellent culinary marriage. New World foods like avocados, squash blossoms, tomatoes and chocolate were perfect for French-style dishes like mousse (guacamole) crepes (enchiladas) rich sauces (mole) and consume (jugo de carne.) A wide variety

of French baked goods and sweet breads such as bolillos and conchas are still mainstays of Mexican bakeries today. And let’s not forget Queen Carlota, she brought brewers from Austria and Belgium—who started the tradition of great beer that Mexico is now famous for. The empire of Maximilian and the presidency of Porfirio Díaz were both influential in promoting la comida francescada (“Frenchified” cooking.) However that did not stop Diaz from executing Maximilian after the French were finally defeated. So Mexico won its freedom and Max lost his head. The lasting result is French culinary influence, the delicious sauces and cooking techniques that helped Mexico become one of the five great cuisines of the world. So we have to thank the French—you would never have had flan, pescado Vera Cruz or chiles in nogado without them. As for Cinco de Mayo here in California, UCLA’s Center for the Study of Latino

Health and Culture said the holiday was actually invented in modern-day California in 1863 and has continued to be celebrated in the United States, but is almost completely ignored in Mexico. Nonetheless, gringos (along with their Hispanic friends north of the border) celebrate the day with beer, guacamole and chicken in rich sauces—all here because of the French. Jim Kempton is an inveterate Mexico lover and food enthusiast. He is at work on a book about surfing and food entitled “The Surfing Chef.” He can be accosted at SC

was donated by the developers of Broadmoor as part of the deal that was struck with the city. This is common practice and I’m glad it happened as Verde Park has been enjoyed by countless people over the decades and is one of San Clemente’s hidden gems. When the land was donated, I assume that it came under control of city regulations, not association CC and Rs. I question whether this assertion of abiding by the good neighbor clause has any legal merit. While I sympathize with the minority of residents who have impacted views, I

believe the language of the petition is too strong, asking for the outright removal of dozens of trees and a height limit of 20 feet. I would ask the city to consider a compromise approach. Trim the trees, top the trees, thin the trees—but don’t remove trees. Our world needs more trees, not less.

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There is quite a stir in my neighborhood about the tall trees in Verde Park. I live in the Broadmoor neighborhood and I—as I assume every other resident in Broadmoor did too—just received a petition asking me sign up to support a request for the city to remove all eucalyptus trees from Verde Park and trim all the other trees to a maximum of 20 feet. I completely understand why residents San Clemente Times May 2–8, 2013

who have their views blocked by these trees are up in arms about this and I sympathize with my neighbors, but I am hopeful that some middle ground can be reached on this issue. The petition cites a “good neighbor” clause in the covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC and Rs) that puts a maximum tree height of 20 feet for the houses within Broadmoor. It’s asking the city to abide by this good neighbor clause on cityowned land, and I question whether the Broadmoor CC and Rs have any authority over Verde Park. The land for the park

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SOAPBOX GUEST OPINION: City Council Corner by Councilmember Lori Donchak

Going Green with the Marblehead Coastal Project Parks and open space an important third phase of development


ver the years, we’ve all waited patiently for visible progress on plans approved in 2005 for the privately owned Marblehead Coastal property off Interstate 5 at Avenida Pico and Vista Hermosa. It’s been hard to drive by the site, which is in the heart of our community, and see glimmers of activity, mostly occasional sightings of seemingly idle heavy equipment. The tough beating the economy took definitely extended to the Marblehead Coastal property. I am happy to report that there are signs of forward motion on all three parts of this project. Yes, three parts. Today’s column is devoted to part three, the “green space” portion of the project. We all know about the other two parts: the commercial development by Craig Realty Group and the residential development by Lehman Brothers. However, not much is known about the significant recreational and open space components that will envelop the area and offer outdoor enjoyment to all. Here are some little-known facts: • While the entire project is 248 acres, a full 126 acres is master-planned as open

space or recreational areas. Contrary to what many may know, slightly more that 50 percent of the Marblehead Coastal property will be green. For perspective, San Clemente, in total, is Lori Donchak zoned 41.7 percent open space. This equates to about 5,000 acres and includes golf courses. If you add in our beaches and parks, our “green factor” for the whole city also gets pretty close to 50 percent. This speaks well to our great quality of life here. • The project includes walkways connecting Marblehead Coastal with Pacific Coast Highway below. The four miles of meandering pathways connect to four parks. The Naming San Clemente citizen contest named them Sunset Park, Pico Park, the Jim Johnson Memorial Sports Park and Canyon View Park. • Protected open space nurtures rare Coulter’s saltbush, Blochman’s dudleya, and federally threatened coastal California gnatcatcher and also preserves and enhances 11.7 acres of wetlands and 88.9 acres of coastal sage scrub/needle grass

upland habitat, resulting in the restoration and preservation of 100 acres of degraded habitat. The open space also ensures the protection of this home to many animals including Cooper’s hawks, ospreys, California quails, barn owls, greater roadrunners, red-shouldered hawks and more. • The project will have a state-of-the-art urban runoff mitigation system to ensure the highest of water quality standards are met. Two bridges will be in place to ensure canyon wildlife is preserved. City staff has worked hand-in-glove with the California Coastal Commission to make sure the area is maintained to the highest standards. • Near the Vista Hermosa freeway offramp, three non-lighted soccer fields are planned, as is a lighted basketball court, which will be part of San Clemente’s recreational system and open to all. Public amenities such as restrooms, shade structures, picnic tables and barbecue areas will also be included in the recreational spaces. Look forward to more information on the trails and parks in the near future. These community assets will deliver community health benefits and create a more sustainable future for San Clemente. Meanwhile, the latest from Craig Realty is

that they plan to have Phase 1 of Plaza San Clemente shops open for holiday shopping in 2014. Lehman Brothers intends to share their marketing plan soon for building 313 luxury homes. Finally, I send my sincere thanks to the Watershed Taskforce and San Onofre Foundation for demonstrating such fine community stewardship at the 2013 Earth Day events. Let’s keep the good feelings and good practices going to keep San Clemente beautiful for today and tomorrow. I enjoy hearing from our residents and can be reached at or 949.361.8322. Lori Donchak has served on the San Clemente City Council since 2006. She served as Mayor and also serves as a board member of the Orange County Transit Authority. 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



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


WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Get eye-to-eye underwater with dolphins and whales without getting wet on Capt. Dave’s hi-tech Catamaran Sailboat. $55 adult, $35 child (3 to 12), under 2 free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828,


HEALING HANDS FUNDRAISER 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Art fundraiser at Transformation at Gallery 1951 with local students and Wisdom Spring Inc. raising money to bring the water to a village in North India. Features a silent auction and more. Fundraiser continues through Sunday starting at noon daily. 1951 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 703.505.5152, BILLY WATSON AND ROBIN HENKEL 7 p.m.10 p.m. The duo plays live blues and jazz at The Cellar, 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, ALEX AND MICHAEL FROM FLOCK ACOUSTIC THURSDAYS 9 p.m. The Coach House. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,


ROUTE 66 8 p.m. Cabrillo Playhouse presents a musical review of the classic ‘50s-’60s automotive songs onstage. Tickets $20$25. Shows through May 12. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,


AT THE MOVIES: THIS ‘MUD’ STICKS WITH YOU Two things keep happening to 14-year-old Ellis in Jeff Nichols’ new film Mud: He answers questions with “I don’t know,” and gets punched in the face after hitting someone. Not too uncommon for an ordinary teenage boy, except his redundancy leads him to some strange and new occurrences in his Arkansas hometown. Nichols’ film is not just a comeback of sorts for Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, but also a refreshing love-note to Southern living. While his parents are in the process of separating, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and his friend Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) explore an abandoned island. There they discover a boat in a tree and a homeless man named Mud (McConaughey). Mud is waiting for his Photo by Jim Bridges old sweetheart, Juniper (Witherspoon) to stop by, and soon he recruits the boys as his messengers and errand runners. Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson and Sam Shepard co-star. Much like Nichols’ earlier indie hit, Take Shelter, Mud has a calm, natural feel and flow that is a trademark for the director. There is an innocence and subtlety that keeps the mood from becoming too dark and is in keeping with the young characters’ awakenings. Sheridan leads the film effortlessly and becomes one of the best young actors in cinema today. Mud is both a drama and coming of age story for all ages with a timeless theme that solidifies Nichols’ relevancy in film.—Megan Bianco

THE BEST OF BRUCE 8 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse presents The Best of Bruce featuring six of Bruce Alexander’s award-winning 10-minute comedic plays. $18. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,

SHORECLIFFS CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION 7 p.m. Shorecliffs Golf Course hosts a party for Cinco de Mayo with dancing and music with DJ Al Benavidez, plus food and drink specials. 501 Avenida Vaquero, San Clemente, 949.492.1177,

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

THE ECOLOGY CENTER GUIDED TOUR 1 p.m. Tour at The Ecology Center of the historic home, gardens and outdoor learning stations. Free. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,

THE OUTSANE 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also with Bunny, Mother Function, and “Rocky, Ava & McKenna.” $12. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, LIVE MUSIC AND WINE TASTING 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. George Fryer performs live during the 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, PETER MAX ART EXHIBITION 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The artist will unveil his new Masters series at The Bluffs gallery featuring interpretive works of famous artists. Second show on Saturday. RSVP. 1338 Bison Ave., Newport Beach, 866.398.8390, BOOTLEGGER BREWERY TASTING 5 p.m.9 p.m. SC Wine Company features a beer tasting with a local brewery. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

BEST OF BROADWAY CONCERT 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The San Clemente Choral Society presents their spring concert featuring Broadway hits at St. Andrew’s by-the-Sea Church. Tickets $5-$15. 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente, 949.496.7456, FOOD DRIVE 9 a.m.-noon. Donate canned and packaged foods to support Family Assistance Ministries at four San Clemente locations: Albertson’s next to SC High School, Albertson’s next to Wal-Mart, Ralph’s in Talega and Ralph’s on Los Mares. Also Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. 949.636.0526, SCAPINO 8 p.m. Camino Real Playhouse presents an Italian farce. $24. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,

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,

MIKE HAMILTON 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Sundried Tomato Cafe. 821 Via Suerte, San Clemente, 949.388.5757,


THE PIANO STORY 3 p.m. A narrative concert about the piano at Saddleback College. $12. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

FIRST FRIDAY FILM 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Showing of the movie, Hope Springs, at the library. Donation $2. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.5132,

7TH ANNUAL BUILD-ABOAT CHALLENGE The Ocean Institute presents its Build-A-Boat Challenge, a oneday contest in which participants design, build and race their own boats. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274,

AUTOBAHN 8 p.m. The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College presents a collection of seven one-act plays set within an automobile’s front seat. Studio Theatre. Shows through May 12. $15. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION Noon-6 p.m. San Clemente’s 23rd annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Max Berg Plaza Park with entertainment, a free Zumba class, crafts, authentic food, fun activities and more. 1100 Calle Puente, 949.361.8264,

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BACKYARD SKILLS: SOLAR OVENS 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Learn how and why to build a solar oven at the Center for Living Peace. Cost $12. 4139 Campus Drive, Irvine,


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MISSY ANDERSEN 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, SAVE THE SCENE WITH DJ TUMOLO 9 p.m. StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, DJ RUCKUSS 9 p.m. Live DJ and music at Sunsets, 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880,



VILLAGE ART FAIRE 9 a.m.3 p.m. Monthly art fair in San Clemente along Avenida Del Mar with more than 50 local artisans displaying arts and crafts, as well as the Sunday Farmers Market. 949.218.5378,


SUNDAY BOOK SALE AND MOTHER’S DAY BASKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friends of the Library book sale in front of the San Clemente Library with books for children and adults; plus they’re featuring a gift basket drawing for Mother’s Day. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.276.6342, OC MARATHON AND HALF MARATHON 5:30 a.m. and 6:15 a.m. The full marathon starts near Fashion Island and ends at the OC Fairgrounds. There are also half-marathons and a 5K. For info, see 7TH ANNUAL DANA POINT GRAND PRIX OF CYCLING 7 a.m. Annual cycling race featuring multiple events for professionals, amateurs and kids through downtown Dana Point. This year there will also be a Cinco de Mayo Street Fair in conjunction with the race. More info: 619.504.9977, CINCO DE MAYO CONCERT 6 p.m. Students of the South Orange County School of the Arts present a mariachi concert at the Dana Point Yacht Club. $10-$14. 24399 Dana Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.1994, TEE OFF FOR DOGS 10 a.m. Charity golf tournament and dinner at Monarch Beach Golf Links. Entry $225 per golfer or $220 foursome. 50 Monarch Beach Resort, North Dana Point,

RANCHO DAYS FIESTA 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate the legacy of early California at Heritage Hill Historical Park featuring live music, dance, food, activities and much more for the whole family. Admission $3-$4. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230,


FOOD TRUCK: CURBSIDE BITES 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Head to San Clemente High School for some good eats from OC’s top gourmet food trucks. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.751.6192,


JURIED STUDENT ART EXHIBITION Noon-4 p.m. The Saddleback College Art Gallery presents 80 works of art in various mediums by students. On display through May 16 only. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,


CLASSIC FILM SERIES 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The West Coast Film Festival presents a showing of Gone with the Wind at St. Margaret’s School in the Marcus J. Hurlbut Theater. Tickets start at $16.25. 31641 La Novia Ave., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.0108,


AUTHOR READING/LECTURE 6 p.m. Special presentation by Joyce Okazaki, who will share her personal experiences of the Manzanar concentration camp, in La Sala auditorium at the library. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,

HALF-PRICE WHALE WATCHING Noon and 2 p.m. Dana Wharf offers half-price whale watching trips and more. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, DUSTIN FRANKS 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


CHERYL SILVERSTEIN 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Live music at the OC Tavern with Cheryl Silverstein, vocalist; Stu Pearlman, pianist and Alan Levin, bassist performing jazz and blues. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


MIKE HAMILTON 7 p.m. Live music at The Rib Joint. 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.9500, WEDNESDAY WINE DINNER 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Vine features a four-course food and wine pairing. Cost $40 person. 211 N El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949-361-2079, SOUTH ORANGE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CLUB 6 p.m. Dinner at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center. $17-$20. 25925 del Avion, San Juan Capistrano. *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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Business Beat


News and updates on San Clemente’s business community are a lot more families who can’t afford to buy a new car.” More of the business is now focused on connectivity, rather than stereos, Siegel said. The store has been in business at the location since 1978, originally opening as Electronic Dreams, and becoming Beach Autosound in 1988.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS u Treasures Discovered, 103 Avenida Del Mar, 949.388.3850 Tammy Layton and her husband Dwight aquired the former Antiques and Uniques store at 103 Avenida Del Mar. The couple took over the store March 1, but will be holding a grand opening for the now rechristened Treasures Discovered this weekend. Tammy said the couple has been able to keep many of the same dealers and suppliers that had been a part of the store previously. This has made the transition easier for both the store and for the Laytons, she said, who are opening their first retail businesses. Both are educators, Tammy having been a substitute teacher for many years in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District and Dwight as President of Bristol University in Anaheim. Tammy Layton said there were some subtle changes to the store. With her husband’s love for all things nautical, she said, the store has added a number of nautical items, including model ships and speedboats. Tammy brought in some of her own jewelry. The store is also now doing more on consignment, and has had everything come in from jewelry to dining room tables. “A lot of people seem to be scaling down,” Tammy said, leading to many more people bringing in items. The store will be giving away gift certificates and will host a number of sales this weekend. In addition, there will be free samples courtesy of Edible Arrangements.

MILESTONES u South County Mobile Electronics, 724 N El Camino Real, 949.366.9400, Dean Ricter, the owner of South County Mobile Electronics, said the people of San

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Christina Vo (second from left) said her experiences growing up in the manicure business led her to want to establish a family atmosphere for employees at V Spa Boutique. With her are employees Chelsea Whitaker, Lisa Corless and Anika Schuda. Photo by Jim Shilander

Clemente, along with military customers from Camp Pendleton, have allowed him to stay in business even as the market has changed dramatically for car audio system shops like his. “This business has changed a lot, particularly with the down economy,” Ricter said. “The community has really supported us. We’ve been very fortunate to weather this storm.” Ricter bought the business, then known as Beach Autosound, 11 years ago. He had worked for the previous owner, who also owned a location in Huntington Beach. When the two stores were bought out, Ricter said the plan was to shut down the San Clemente location, but he bought it himself. Employee Kevin Siegel said many businesses like South County Mobile Electronics have had to close in the past few years, as the demand for high-end electronics for cars has softened. Where there were formerly

South County Mobile Electronics owner Dean Ricter said the community’s support has allowed his business to weather major changes to the industry over the last decade. Photo by Jim Shilander

7,000 shops in Southern California, there are now about a 1,000, Siegel said. “Back in the day, we would sell a lot of high-end things, now everybody’s going for the cheapest thing possible,” Ricter noted. Contrary to stereotypes, Ricter said the majority of the store’s business now comes from older customers. “We’ve changed from a younger demographic to older clientele,” Ricter said, noting that about 60 percent of the business came from people 35 and over. “People are holding cars longer, and it’s cheaper to spend a couple hundred dollars to upgrade. There

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u V Spa Boutique, 418 North El Camino Real, 111 Avenida Palizada, 949.361.1222, Christina Vo said its appropriate that her business will be celebrating its second anniversary near Mother’s Day because it was her own mother’s experiences as a manicurist that made her want to open a business of her own. “I always wanted to start my own business and be the kind of place where she could be comfortable and not be taken advantage of,” Vo said. “I wanted it to be a happy environment for everyone and to be a family, where everyone is lending a hand to one another. We just learn as we go. They adapt and adjust to the changes that come up.” Vo said her experiences growing up close to the trade made it an easy choice to go into the nail salon business. “Ultimately, what better way to start a business than to start with something you already know,” she said. The boutique has just added a new location at 111 Avenida Palizada, in Old City Plaza, which will focus on eyelash extensions and skin care, along with a number of other services. The location will also serve as a studio to feature local artists and vendors. “I always liked the historic plaza,” Vo said. “It’s part of the charm that no other city has. The opportunity just came up perfectly. I’d wanted to have a little boutique where we could sell jewelry and feature local artists. It’s another way to show we’re not corporate.” SC


Hope for Homeless Felines

San Clemente family has fostered 40 kittens for local shelter By Elysia Gamo San Clemente Times


San Clemente woman and her family have been bringing hope to lost felines without a home for two years and intend to continue the tradition, indefinitely. Jennifer Pecorella started out as a volunteer dog walker at the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter but said she always wanted to participate in the shelter’s cat fostering program but had to wait until her children were old enough. The foster care program helps rehabilitate animals who are sick, orphaned or in need of socialization by offering them a temporary home with a volunteer foster family, until they are ready to be put up for adoption. But, children living in prospective foster homes must be at least 6 years old to qualify for the program. When Pecorella’s youngest child Anthony was nearly 6, the family went to the animal shelter and signed up as a foster family. Fostering has been a non-stop project for them since they cared for their first three cats, two years ago. Pecorella’s daughter Mia, has kept track of each cat and kitten they have helped—so far they

In just two years’ time, the Pecorella family (of San Clemente) has fostered 40 kittens as part of the San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter’s cat fostering program. Pictured here, Jennifer Pecorella and daughter Mia with current foster kitties. Photos by Elysia Gamo

have fostered 40. Each cat’s story has opened up her children’s eyes about the harsh realities these unfortunate animals have to face. It has been a great opportunity for her children to experience because it educates them and teaches responsibility, she said. The Pecorella family agrees kittens are much easier to take care of than puppies because the mama cat provides most of the care and litter boxes are much easier to clean than accidents puppies have while in the process of being house trained. “And fostering kittens is so rewarding because you know you are socializing these babies into becoming a good little pet for any person,” Pecorella said. According to the Pecorella children, in order to care for kittens properly, all one has to do is play with them, give them healthy food and nurture them with love. The family acknowledged that it is dif-

ficult when it comes time to return them to the shelter for permanent adoption, because it’s easy to become emotionally attached, even in the short amount of time they spend in the foster home. Each night before taking a cat back to the shelter, Pecorella pens a little note to send with it. She writes information about each cat’s personality and adds at the end of every letter: “If there’s any reason why you cannot take care of this cat financially or emotionally please send it back to me.” Pecorella said she wishes that everyone who adopts one of her foster cats would call her because it the best feeling to know that a shelter cat has found a home. “People don’t realize how much (domesticated cats) depend on us, so it’s our responsibility to take care of them,” she said. The Pecorella family is currently fostering two cats, Ralphie and Ursa, who are in need of a permanent home. Both have extraordinary personalities that, according to her, will suit anyone in search of a loving pet. “Ralphie is one of the most beautiful cats I have ever seen. He has green eyes and unique markings on his silky coat,” Pecorella said. “He’s a gentle giant with a kind and caring personality.” Ursa is a sweet, quiet cat who loves to be talked too. She has some trust issues, but Pecorella is working on that, using her favorite freeze dried chicken treat to lure her out to socialize. “Her sweet little meow warms my heart every single time,” she said. “I am really hoping that Ursa and Ralphie will be adopted together, because they are very bonded.” Information about kitten fostering, volunteering or making a donation to the shelter can be found online at SC

SPECIAL OLYMPIANS GATHER AT SCHS Third annual event brings special needs students from across area to San Clemente By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


Special Olympics participants from San Clemente, Dana Hills and Tesoro high schools, as well as Vista del Mar Middle School, participated in swimming and track and field events, including the tug of war, April 25 at San Clemente High School. Photo by Jim Shilander

San Clemente Times May 2–8, 2013

thletes from four local schools gathered at San Clemente High School Thursday for events that were as much about camaraderie as competition. More than 120 students participated in the Special Olympics event. The high school has hosted the district-sponsored competition for the last three years. And while there are track and field and swimming events, students in the program most enjoy seeing one another in a fun environment, said Jamie Finnsson, Best Buddies advisor and Structured Testing, Educationally based, Promoting Independence and student-centered instruction teacher. “This is a big deal for them,” Finnsson said. “They love being with their friends. This is often the one time this year they

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get to see each other.” Finnsson said the events were focused on getting everyone involved, such as getting those who might not be able to participate in running events into throwing events. Finnsson’s son Jonathan said since the program brings together a number of schools, it helps to create good relationships between the programs in different schools to help support specialized education. Volunteers from a number of different SCHS programs also participated in the event. Food was prepared by cooking classes, members of the yearbook staff took photographs and physical education teachers and coaches helped to run the events and cheered on participants. A number of stores, including Albertson’s and Walmart, also donated water for the event. SC

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The Dana Point Grand Prix of cycling started out as an idea to get the community involved and interested in professional and amateur cycling events. That was back in 2007, when a discussion between Steve Weinberg, the current mayor of Dana Point, and President of the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation Roger Worthington, turned into something serious. Since its inaugural season the Dana Photo by Andrea Swayne Point Grand Prix has grown to become one of the most prestigious events on the USA Cycling National Criterium Calendar. Criterium racing features riders making laps around closed courses at top speeds. In six short years the race has grown from seven race

categories to 13 and on May 5, some of the top amateur and professional racers will flock to the area around the streets of Del Prado Avenue and Old Golden Lantern to compete for the $23,000 cash prize purse. Race day will kick off with a 7 a.m. start time featuring the Category 5 racers, who according to event organizer Russell Ames is made up of “bluecollar” amateurs who aren’t totally devoted racers. The finale will be the Pro 1 NCC event, which starts at 4:10 p.m. and features some of the top criterium racers in the world. Current USAPro No. 1 Ken Hanson recently committed to race, according to Ames. —Steve Breazeale

City Names First Sports Hall of Fame Honorees Enquist, Kiraly, Lutz, McPhillips to be a part of inaugural group of athletes honored By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times


t was announced April 28 that Sue Enquist, Karch Kiraly, Bob Lutz and Colin McPhillips will be among the nine athletes inducted into the San Clemente Sports Hall of Fame inaugural class. Five additional San Clemente athletes are slated to be enshrined as well, according to a press release issued by the Friends of San Clemente Beaches Parks & Recreation Department. The additional names are expected to be released sometime this week. Enquist, a San Clemente High graduate, is among the most famous names in American softball. As a player at UCLA (1975-1978) Enquist led the team to the NCAA National Championship game every year, winning the title three times. Enquist was an assistant softball coach at UCLA from 1980-1989 and served as cohead coach from the 1990 season on until she took over as the sole head coach in 1997. In all, Enquist played on or coached 11 UCLA National Championship teams, helping build a dynasty in the process.

San Clemente surfer Colin McPhillips is among the nine elite athletes that will be enshrined in the city’s inaugural Hall of Fame class. Photo by John Alvarez,

“My San Clemente sports experiences afforded me a UCLA education, an opportunity to compete nationally and international all over the world,” Enquist said in a press release. “They may have called San

Clemente a sleepy little beach town back then, but for me, it was way ahead of the curve regarding opportunities for girls to participate in sports in the ’60s, ’70s and beyond.” Kiraly is regarded by many as one of the preeminent figures in both indoor and beach volleyball. The longtime San Clemente resident is the first, and only, volleyball player in history to have won Olympic medals in both indoor and beach volleyball. All three of Kiraly’s Olympic medals are gold. He was a part of the successful USA volleyball team at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles as well as the 1988 gold-medal team in Seoul, South Korea. Kiraly and his playing partner, Kent Steffes, won gold in beach volleyball at the 1996 Olympics. After he retired from playing, Kiraly turned to coaching and was an assistant for the USA Women’s National Volleyball Team that won the silver medal at the London Olympics in 2012. In September of 2012, Kiraly was named the Women’s National Team’s head coach. Lutz, who lives in San Clemente, won

a total of nine tennis singles titles and was a prolific doubles player, tallying 43 career wins in the format, including four U.S. Open doubles titles (1968, 1974, 1978, 1980). Lutz also won a doubles title, with longtime playing partner Stan Smith, at the Australian Open in 1970. Lutz was especially effective when playing for his country as a member of the United States Davis Cup teams from the late 1960s to the early 1980s. In both singles and doubles, Lutz amassed a career 15-2 record at the prestigious event. McPhillips joins the group as one of the resident surfing icons around town. McPhillips has been a prolific surfer since he turned 18-years-old and has won multiple American and world titles. McPhillips won the U.S. Open of Longboarding in 1994 and in 2007. He is a three-time Association of Surfing Professionals Long Board Champion and was the group’s No. 1 ranked surfer in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Check back to www.sanclementetimes. com throughout the week for updates on the five remaining inductees who have yet to be announced. SC

New Season, New Challenges for Young SC Coaching Duo

E (From left to right) Ryan Kline and Jett Jordan of the San Clemente Little League Junior Bulldogs receive instruction from their coach, Christopher Puckett, during practice. Photo by Steve Breazeale

San Clemente Times May 2-8, 2013

ven at a young age, Cameron Shelley, 15, and Christopher Puckett, 16, are becoming veteran coaches in their own right. The two made a name for themselves last year when they guided a San Clemente Little League Juniors team all the way to a District 68 Tournament of Champions title, coaching kids that were one year their juniors and in some cases, their same age. In 2013 the two are back at it again, only this time, with a team they did not get to hand pick.

This year Shelley and Puckett were given control of a team filled with kids relatively new to the game of baseball, presenting another challenge for the two San Clemente High sophomores to tackle. 13-year-old Marcus Manzanares has only played two years of baseball and has seen significant improvement not only in his game, but the game of his teammates due to his young coaches’ instruction. “They’ve helped me with my catching, my pitching,” the Bulldogs resident catcher and relief pitcher said. “And they’ve

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also taught me a lot about the outfield. They’re really good coaches.” Because of the team’s lack of experience, fundamentals, such as throwing and fielding, have been the staples of the Bulldogs practices this year and the team has enjoyed mixed results in the American Juniors division. “Our record is 3-7 but it’s just those mini, inside the game victories. They feel good,” Shelley said. SC —Steve Breazeale

SPORTS & OUTDOORS several weeks. He has since steadily increased his workload and his no-hit performance bodes well for the Tritons as they prepare for the home stretch in league play. As they have been for most of the season, the Tritons (20-6, 6-2) remain at the top of the Sea View League standings, with an important two-game series against Dana Hills set for May 1 and May 3. Results were not available at press time. Second-place Aliso Niguel (15-11, 5-3) has won two games in a row and is closing in on the Tritons. The two will cap off their respective seasons with a two-game series against one another on May 7 and May 9. Next Game: 5/3 vs. Dana Hills, 3:30 p.m.

Triton Report By Steve Breazeale

BOYS LACROSSE STIFLES GREAT OAK 17-5 IN PLAYOFF OPENER The San Clemente boys lacrosse team started fast and furious on April 30 in the first round of the CIF playoffs, building up an early lead which they never gave up en route to a 17-5 win over visiting Great Oak at Vista Hermosa Sports Park. Senior Jordan Riggs triggered on a solo move and found the goal early to open the scoring barrage for No. 7 seeded San Clemente (13-5) in the first quarter. Junior attackman Peyton Garrett would follow suit by scoring six goals, including three in the first, and notching two assists in the contest. Jack Renard (three goals, three assists), Austin Streeter (two goals) and Robbie Burns (two goals, three assists) also scored in the first quarter. The Tritons had built a comfortable 11-0 lead in the second quarter before No. 10 Great Oak (12-6) netted their first goal. San Clemente’s defense set the tone early and had six different players force takeaways (Stone Sims, Max Lepley, Blake Gonzalez, Jack Renard, Austin Streeter and Jordan Riggs). Great Oak got two goals each from Hunter Campbell and Alexander Cunningham. Austin Lickley and Collin Zines rounded out the scoring for the Tritons. San Clemente will now travel to face perennial lacrosse powerhouse Foothill on May 2. San Clemente lost to Foothill 14-4 back on March 2. Next Game: 5/2 at Foothill, TBD TRITONS VOLLEYBALL BOUNCES BACK TO CLAIM SHARE OF LEAGUE TITLE A three-set loss to rival Dana Hills on April 25 certainly put a damper on the San Clemente boys volleyball team’s hopes at an outright league title in 2013. With top player Lucas Yoder on the bench still nursing a concussion, the Tritons needed to defeat Capistrano Valley on April 30 in their last game of the season to ensure a share of the South Coast League title. The Tritons (29-2, 7-1 league) were pushed by the Cougars early but did not break, holding on for a 3-1 win. Capistrano Valley dropped the first set 25-22 but countered in the second, winning 25-23. With the league title on the line the Tritons rallied to take the next two sets in convincing fashion, 25-12, 25-17. The Tritons were led by senior AJ Hammer who had a team-high 11 kills and four aces. Garrett Costello and Shawn San Clemente Times May 2–8, 2013

Junior Peyton Garrett led the San Clemente boys lacrosse team with six goals in their 17-5 first round win over Great Oak in the CIF playoffs. Photo by Kathy Renard

Stephens each contributed 10. San Clemente and Dana Hills will now flip a coin to determine who will be the league’s No. 1 team when the CIF-SS Division 1 playoffs begin on May 7. Next Match: At CIF playoffs, TBD TRITONS TENNIS ENJOYING PERKS OF WINNING LEAGUE Winning the league title outright has its benefits, as the San Clemente boys tennis team learned when they took to the courts on April 30 to compete in the South Coast League finals. Because of their solo first-place finish the Tritons were awarded four singles and four doubles entries into the tournament, more than any other opponent. That quickly translated into more opportunities to advance. The doubles team of Matt Greenberg and Billy Whitaker entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed and won both of their early round matches to advance to the semifinals, which will take place May 2 at the Laguna Niguel Racket Club. The combo of Nic Valko and Ryan Mariano also reached the semifinals. The Tritons No. 3 doubles team of Sutton Hulse and Josh Hegewald gained some momentum after winning their first

match, but were bounced from the competition in the second round. The Tritons No. 4 doubles team of Yuki Mizutani and Tosch Truman suffered the same fate after winning their first round matchup. Freshman Jay Yeam was the lone Tritons singles player who advanced past the first day. Yeam, the No. 4 seed, was set to play in the singles league finals May 1. Results were not available at press time. Next Match: SCL Doubles Finals, 5/2 at Laguna Niguel Racket Club, 1 p.m. MAPLES NO-HITS TESORO Senior pitcher Cody Maples has had an impressive season by any standards. As the San Clemente baseball team’s ace, Maples has lived up to the name. He’s had several impressive starts but his no-hit performance against non-league opponent Tesoro on April 24 has set a new standard. Maples pitched a complete game in the Tritons 5-0 win, striking out five while walking three while failing to give up a single hit. One of the more eye-popping stats embedded in Maples historic performance is the sparse 71 pitches he needed to navigate his way through the Tesoro lineup. Maples suffered an injury in mid-April and had been on a strict pitch count for

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DEPALMA, SCHWARTZ CRACK TOP-3 AT GOLF LEAGUE FINALS Senior Matt DePalma fired off rounds of 72 (E) and 73 (+1) at the Sea View League finals on April 30 to claim second place. Sophomore Sammy Schwartz was able to put together rounds of 74 (+2) and 80 (+8) at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course, good enough for a third place finish. Shane Barriera (75-85) was able secure fi fth place after winning a four-hole playoff, earning a coveted spot to play in the CIF Southern Individual Regional tournament on May 15 at Skylinks Golf Course in Long Beach. The Tritons ended their season with a 4-4 record in league, putting them in a logjam with San Juan Hills and Mission Viejo, who own the same record. San Clemente finished fourth based on headto-head competition and will look to earn an at-large berth to compete in the CIF-SS team tournament. SOFTBALL LOSES CRUCIAL LEAGUE MATCHES Needing to be perfect down the stretch in order to make noise in the South Coast League standings, the San Clemente softball team dropped four league games in a row from April 18 to April 30. Losses to Mission Viejo, El Toro, Dana Hills and Tesoro, respectively, have the Tritons sitting at 1-5 in the standings. Next Game: 5/2 at Capistrano Valley, 4:30 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE FALLS TO EL TORO IN SEASON FINALE The San Clemente girls lacrosse team dropped their last game of the season to visiting El Toro 17-7 on April 25. The Tritons tallied a 2-13 overall record on the season and went 0-8 in the South Coast League. BOYS SWIMMING AT LEAGUE PRELIMS Sophomore swimmer Josh Schwartz placed first in the 100 backstroke at the Sea View League prelims on April 30. Schwartz qualified for CIF in the event last year.

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GROM OF THE WEEK Dane Matson Age: 7, Vista del Mar Elementary

Dane Matson is a second-grader who loves math, but when he’s not sitting behind a desk at school he’s probably surfing at Lowers, his favorite local break. Dane practices as much as possible and enjoys the coaching he gets from his dad and his older brother Kade. “I go surfing almost every day and balance on my Indo Board a lot too,” he said. “I’m working on floaters right now.” Dane wants to be a pro surfer when he grows up and dreams of competing in Indonesia and at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa. Dane said the best things about living and surfing in San Clemente are being in the water, seeing dolphins in the lineup, his nice group of friends—most of Dane Matson. Photo by Sheri Crummer/ them fellow surfers—and that he goes to a great school. Every day would be perfect, he said, if he could surf morning to night, stopping only to eat macaroni and cheese or popcorn chicken. Dane finished in second-place at the WSA West Coast Championships at Church Beach, Sunday in the Micro Grom U9 Shortboard division. He put on a good show in the semifinals, drawing cheers from the crowd. When asked why he thought all three judges deemed one of his top two waves worthy of a score in the 6-point range, Dane had a pretty good idea of what it was. “My dad said it was because I did a blow tail, but I think it was because of my big smacker!” he said.—Andrea Swayne

WSA Crowns Season Champs Locals Shine at Western Surfing Association 2013 West Coast Championships By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times

Local groms (L to R) Nicholas Coli, Patrick O’Connor, Jett Schilling, Alexxa Elseewi and Teresa O’Connor clown around while waiting for Randy Gilkerson to cook their pancakes. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

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SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 59-62 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 6-10’+ Poor+ Catalina: 10-15’+ Fair Immediate: A mix of easing long period south groundswell and trace northwest windswell sets up knee-, waist- and shoulder-high (2-4’) waves at many breaks on Thursday. Standout exposures see lingering head-high (5’) sets around the proper tides. Light southeast to south morning flow sets up fairly clean conditions, before moderate+ afternoon onshore flow picks up out of the west-northwest to northwest. The swell mix continues to ease on Friday, setting up knee- to waist-high+ surf (2-3’+) at the better breaks. Light/variable to light morning winds give way to a moderate westerly sea breeze in the afternoon.


ore than 300 competitors gathered at San Onofre State Park, Church Beach, Saturday and Sunday for the Western Surfing Association Hoppy Swarts Memorial West Coast Championships. Many local surfers made podium appearances after qualifying for the event on two levels—surfing five regular season events to qualify for the championship contest and seven events to qualify for West Coast Champion titles in individual divisions. Although the surf was relatively small—the sets seldom reaching the adult shoulder-high mark—surfers found plenty of opportunity to shine during the 22 hours of competition in this two-day, double area event. The beach was packed with spectators and athletes who enjoyed the end of season celebratory vibe, a pancake breakfast and a lunch time barbecue while watching the very competitive action from the sand. From 24 divisions—covering surfers from Micro Groms under age 9 to Legends over 50—emerged seven local West Coast Season Champions. From San (Cont. on page 38)


Longboarders (L to R) Tory Gilkerson (event winner, San Clemente), Lulu Erkeneff (second-place finisher and West Coast Champion from Dana Point) and Kyla Kelley (third-place finisher from Capistrano Beach) swept the top three spots in the Open Women Longboard division. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

Long Range Outlook: A modest new south groundswell fills in for the weekend setting up more knee-, waist- and chest-high waves (2-3’+) for best exposed breaks. Trace northwest windswell blends in for a few broken up/sectiony lines at the combo beachbreaks. Our coastal eddy returns late weekend, but morning conditions look okay. Check out Surfline for all the details.

UPCOMING EVENTS Jimmy Bray of San Clemente on his way to a fourth-place finish in Masters 30-39 shortboard competition. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

Legends 50+ contest winner and season champion Javier Huarcaya, pro surfer Sunny Garcia and Surfing America executive director Greg Cruse gather for a photo while taking in the action at the WSA West Coast Championships finals on Sunday. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

Mark Thornton gives fellow Adaptive Division surfer Chris Oberle a tow down the path. Oberle came in first in the division but runner-up Thornton claimed the season title. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

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May 4: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 9, San Diego, Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier May 5: NSSA Southwest Explorer, Event No. 10, San Diego, Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier May 4-5: SSS Middle School State Championships, Oceanside Harbor May 16-19: NSSA West Coast Championships, Huntington Beach, Pier June 14-16: Surfing America USA Championships, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach (continues June 18-22 at Lowers) June 15-17: NSSA National Interscholastic Championships, Dana Point, Salt Creek June 18-22: Surfing America USA Championships, San Onofre State Park, Lower Trestles


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SC SURF RESULTS WSA Hoppy Swarts Memorial West Coast Championships, April 27-28, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach

Nathan Carabba of San Clemente took home the second-place trophy in Boys U14 competition. Photo by Sheri Crummer/

(Cont. from page 36) Clemente, Brayden Burch took the title in Micro Grom Boys/Girls U9 Shortboard, Jett Schilling in Boys/Girls U10 Shortboard, Conner Dand in Boys U16 Shortboard, Jordan Kudla in Boys U18 Shortboard and Cody Canzoneri in Open Men Shortboard. Rachael Tilly of Capistrano Beach is the Girls U18 Longboard champion and, from Dana Point, Elenna “Lulu” Erkeneff is the season champ in Open Women Longboard. Four area surfers, despite taking firstplace in the contest, couldn’t quite catch up to season points leaders for the season title.

Contest wins went to San Clemente surfers Kade Matson in Boys U14 Shortboard, Malia Osterkamp in Girls U16 Shortboard and Lexi Morgan in Girls U14 Longboard. The new season kicks off August 3 and 4 with Event No. 1 at San Onofre State Beach, Trail 6. Surfers age 16 and under are invited to enter the 8th Annual Menehune Surf Fest, July 6 in Huntington Beach. This is a “just for fun” summer specialty event and not part of the regular season schedule. For more information, including the full 2012-2013 season schedule, visit www. SC

First place, season champs and local finishers only. KEY: San Clemente=SC, Dana Point=DP, San Juan Capistrano=SJC, Capistrano Beach=CB. MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9: 1. Brayden Burch, SC; 2. Dane Matson, SC. MICRO GROM SEASON CHAMPION: Brayden Burch. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Jett Schilling, SC; 2. Taj Lindblad, SC; 3. Nicholas Coli, SC; 4. Patrick O’Connor, SJC. BOYS/ GIRLS U10 SEASON CHAMPION: Jett Schilling. BOYS U12: 1. Dagan Stagg, Carlsbad; 4. Kade Matson, SC. BOYS U12 CHAMPION: Griffin Foy, Fullerton. BOYS U14: 1. Kade Matson, SC; 4. Nathan Carabba, SC. BOYS U14 CHAMPION: Griffin Foy. BOYS U16: 1. Conner Dand, SC; 3. Brighton Reinhardt, DP. BOYS U16 CHAMPION: Conner Dand. BOYS U18: 1. Jordan Kudla, SC. BOYS U18 CHAMPION: Jordan Kudla. GIRLS U12: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla; 3. Kirra Pinkerton, SC; 4. Samantha Sibley, SC. GIRLS U12 CHAMPION: Tiare Thompson. GIRLS U14: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla; 3. Tera Richardson, CB. GIRLS U14 CHAMPION: Tiare Thompson. GIRLS U16: 1. Malia Osterkamp, SC. GIRLS U16 CHAMPION: Rachel Tominaga, Manhattan Beach. GIRLS U18: 1. Rachel Tominaga; Manhattan Beach; 3. Malia Osterkamp, SC. GIRLS U18 CHAMPION: Rachel Tominaga. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 1. Trevor Anderberg, Encinitas. BOYS

LB U14 CHAMPION: Trevor Anderberg. JUNIOR LB U18: 1. Ricky Cunningham, San Diego. JUNIOR LB U18 CHAMPION: Ricky Cunningham. GIRLS LB U14: 1. Lexi Morgan, SC. GIRLS LB U14 CHAMPION: No surfers qualified for this title. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Emmy Lombard, SC; 4. Kyla Kelley, CB. GIRLS LB U18 CHAMPION: Rachael Tilly. MEN 18-29: 1. Sean Johnson, Canyon Country; 2. Ricky Lovato, SC. MEN 18-29 CHAMPION: Sean Johnson. MASTERS 30-39: 1. Paul Pugliesi, Oceanside; 4. Jimmy Bray, SC. MASTERS 30-39 CHAMPION: Paul Pugliesi. SENIOR MEN 40-49: 1. Neil Bern, Carlsbad. SENIOR MEN 40-49 CHAMPION: Neil Bern. LEGENDS 50+: 1. Javier Huarcaya, Oceanside; 3. Dale Baker, SC. LEGENDS 50+ CHAMPION: Javier Huarcaya. OPEN MEN: 1. Sean Johnson, Canyon Country; 3. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN MEN CHAMPION: Cody Canzoneri. OPEN WOMEN: 1. Samantha Lamirand, Cardiff by the Sea; 3. Lulu Erkeneff, DP. OPEN WOMEN CHAMPION: Samantha Lamirand. OPEN MEN LB: 1. Ricky Cunningham, San Diego; 4. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN MEN LB CHAMPION: Ricky Cunningham. OPEN WOMEN LB: 1. Tory Gilkerson, SC; 2. Lulu Erkeneff, DP; 3. Kyla Kelley, CB. OPEN WOMEN LB CHAMPION: Lulu Erkeneff. SENIOR MEN LB 40+: 1. Lance Albright, Huntington Beach. SENIOR MEN LB 40+ CHAMPION: Lance Albright. ADAPTIVE SURFERS: 1. Chris Oberle, Los Angeles. ADAPTIVE SURFERS CHAMPION: Mark Thornton, Carlsbad. Log on to for full results.

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San Clemente Times

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San Clemente Times