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Fires Under Fire Future of beach fire tradition in question due to air quality concerns E Y E O N S C / PAG E 4

The future of beach fire pits like this one near T Street may be in doubt, due to questions about air pollution. Photo by Jim Shilander

Council Gets Earful on Height Limit, View Protection Proposals

County Settles Lawsuit in the Death of Marine at SCHS Last Year

Special Section: South County Real Estate Guide







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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The Orange County Transportation Authority is stepping to the plate to help San Juan Capistrano businesses offset some of the negative effects of construction on the Ortega Highway bridge with a new campaign that aims to promote travel to the city. Throughout the two-year course of Caltrans’ Interstate 5/Ortega Highway interchange project, Metrolink passengers who visit San Juan Capistrano will be eligible for deals and discounts at several downtown businesses by showing their tickets. The Mission, Zoomars Petting Zoo and Camino Real Playhouse are among nearly two dozen businesses that are offering deals. The campaign was put together by OCTA’s community outreach team and the city’s Economic Preservation Subcommittee.



DANA POINT Two weeks after being arrested, a former Dana Point yacht broker, accused of stealing $1.5 million from area residents, pleaded not guilty to charges of elderly abuse and grand theft on Tuesday, days after his return to Orange County. Edward Sellers Fitzgerald, 60, was extradited last Friday from Florida and booked into Santa Ana Central Jail, where he is currently being held on a $1.6 million bond, said Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. He did not fight extradition. Fitzgerald, who disappeared in 2009, is accused of using his former yacht brokerage, Dana Island Yacht Sales and Charters, to defraud 26 people. He was arrested May 10 in Delray Beach, Fla. and charged with 58 felony counts. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 at 8:30 a.m. in Newport Beach.


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…Downtown Events?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council approved a lower subsidy to the Downtown Business Association at its meeting Tuesday, despite concerns from the organization that it faces new challenges in the coming year. The organization, which had been subsidized at $44,000 in previous years, requested an increase in the subsidy to $61,400 as part of the fiscal year 2014 budget for the city. The council approved a slight decrease from the previous funding level, $40,312. Councilmember Tim Brown raised concerns at the city’s budget workshop last month about the increase since the organization had been directed last year to begin formulating a plan to decrease the subsidy. DBA President Michael Kaupp told the council the area is facing “interrupters and detractors” in the coming year, with work on Interstate 5 and Avenida Pico disrupting freeway traffic, utility work downtown and, perhaps most importantly for businesses, the Marblehead Coastal outlet mall’s scheduled opening during the holiday season in 2014. WHAT’S NEXT: The council will vote to formally approve the entire city budget at its next meeting, June 18. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit — Jim Shilander


…Building Heights?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council got its first official look at the controversy surrounding a proposed height limit in downtown San Clemente last Wednesday as they met with members of the General Plan San Clemente Times June 6–12, 2013

Advisory Committee and Planning Commission to discuss the points of disagreement between the two groups. Central to the controversy is whether to permit development, either new or as additions to current properties, three-story to buildings on Avenida Del Mar and El Camino Real between Avenida Palizada and Presidio. GPAC co-chair Alan Korsen, speaking on behalf of the committee, said the committee’s proposal ultimately reflected the will of the public, as expressed in a 2009 city-wide survey, that put a priority on maintaining the city’s “unique village scale, branding value of history and human scale.” Planning Commissioner Julia Darden said the commission understood and supported the notion of preserving the feel and character of the area and was not advocating for three-story development. Darden and other commission members became convinced last fall that a blanket ban on three-story development would be “too blunt a tool,” to achieve that goal. WHAT’S NEXT: The council will make a final decision on the height limit when it gets to look at the completed General Plan this fall. Jeff Hook, the city’s principal planner, said the council would probably have two meetings to discuss the entire General Plan, but the format of how the meetings would work had yet to be determined. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit — JS


…the Loggins Suit?

THE LATEST: The Orange County Board of Supervisors announced a formal settlement of the lawsuit with the family of the Marine killed in February 2012 by an Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy at San Clemente High School.

County spokesman Howard Sutter confirmed that a settlement of $4.4 million had been reached, but declined to state how the funds would be distributed to the family of Sgt. Manuel Loggins, who was killed after a confrontation with deputies February 7, 2012. The Deputy who shot Loggins, Darren Sandberg, was cleared of any criminal wrong-doing in the case last fall. The supervisors had approved a settlement offer last month, but had to wait for approval from the family in order to formally settle. WHAT’S NEXT: A call to the attorney for the family, Brian Dunn, was not returned by press time. FIND OUT MORE: For any future news, visit — JS


…Soccer in SC?

THE LATEST: The development of soccer in San Clemente was a major topic of discussion at the San Clemente City Council meeting Tuesday. The council approved a partnership with Elite Soccer, which provides a middle ground between the recreational level offerings of the city and more expensive club soccer teams, parents and coaches said. A standing-room only crowd of parents, coaches and players made appeals to the council on behalf of the program. The partnership provides increased access to city fields for the organization, which had been using school and other facilities, which they said were causing safety issues for players. WHAT’S NEXT: The council also agreed to move forward on negotiations with the French Soccer Institute on a plan to build a $25 million private soccer facility behind Richard T. Steed Memorial Park.

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The group plans to develop the eight unused acres behind the softball complex at the park. If that were to take place, FSI also wishes to develop two soccer fields at Vista Hermosa Sports Park to be used by the group while their main facility is under construction. Council members were adamant that no public funds would be used in construction of the facility. Councilman Tim Brown expressed hope that by developing unused space the city could free up funds for parks elsewhere around town. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit — Jim Shilander and Steve Breazeale


…a City Tree Policy?

THE LATEST: The City Council heard from tree preservation advocates and those looking to preserve views at its joint meeting with the GPAC and Planning Commission May 29. Tree preservationists said a change to city policy to allow private landowners to pay for the removal of public trees that block or disrupt their views could lead to a substantial loss to the city’s tree canopy and urged the council to adopt seasonal pruning policies rather than cutting trees down. Those concerned with view protection said the city had “stolen” views and lowered property values as a result of their loss. A number of residents in the Broadmoor community, which had views affected by city trees growing in Verde Park, said they had lost $10 million to $15 million in property values as a result of the loss of views. WHAT’S NEXT: The council voted to examine the issue again “at the earliest convenience.” FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit — JS


Future of Beach Fires in Question Air quality board examining effects of beach fires across region By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


an Clemente’s beach fires have been the sight of cookouts, marriage proposals and all sorts of camaraderie for as long as the city has existed. But new questions about air quality coming from another Orange County beach town to the north may put the tradition in jeopardy, or at the very least, change it. The South Coast Air Quality Management District board is currently considering a proposal to ban or curtail the burning of wood and other products at beaches throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties. While a proposal for an outright ban on beach fires is currently set for the board’s meeting in Diamond Bar on Friday, Sam Atwood, the AQMD’s media office manager, said the board will table the proposal until its July 12 meeting, in order to conduct additional public hearings. A hearing will be held June 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency (1107 Jamboree Road) in Newport Beach. Another meeting will be held the next day in El Segundo. Newport Beach’s city council voted last March to eliminate fire pits from two beaches—over community health concerns and resident complaints that beach fires had become a public nuisance. And over the course of the last year, the city sought California Coastal Commission approval to remove 60 fire rings. The commission denied the petition, in part because the AQMD’s current policies exempt beach fires from regulation. Atwood said the body had operated under the thinking that beach bonfires were not an air quality concern. But the complaints had brought an opportunity to look at the issue. “It made us look at an issue we hadn’t examined,” Atwood said. Currently, beachside bonfires are permitted in 890 park-provided fire rings throughout 14 beaches in Los Angeles and Orange counties. According to the AQMD staff report— which introduced the proposed ban, included in changes to Rules 444 and 445—residents in the agency’s district are exposed to “some of the highest ambient concentrations in the nation” of particulate matter—described by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a particle San Clemente Times June 6–12, 2013

Damon Kinnaman, Steve Bartock, Mark Hupert and Jonathon Bartock meet up often around a beach fire. It’s a tradition and a part of beach culture they say would be “a crime” to do away with. Photo by Andrea Swayne

pollution, a mixture of very small particles and liquid droplets, made up of components such as acids, dust particles, organic chemicals and metals. The AQMD had examined studies on the health effects of wood smoke (done primarily in areas where wildfires had taken place or in areas of the country where residents used wood-fired stoves for heat), and also conducted monitoring in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, the results of which were released last month. No monitoring was conducted or is planned for San Clemente or anywhere in South Orange County, Atwood said, since the AQMD wanted to conduct tests where the concerns had been raised, as well as where a higher density of rings are present. That monitoring, he said, found that levels of harmful chemicals from wood smoke did increase in areas close to fire rings. In some cases, those levels were at a point that would cause warnings to be issued about staying indoors or to cancel certain outdoor events. Atwood did say, however, that the AQMD is considering other options, including a buffer zone between fire pits and residences, since smoke does seem to dissipate the further away from the beach the residences are. The board could also mandate increasing the distances between fire pits themselves, as a way to reduce the chances of a larger smoke bloom being produced. District staff is also recommending a public demonstration of propane or natural gas fires (which are in place in Southern California Boy Scout camps) as a potential alternative. Educational efforts would also continue, he said,

to make sure people only burned “clean wood” as opposed to painted or treated wood, construction materials or plastics, which are far more harmful to air quality. San Clemente City Council member Tim Brown was outraged when he heard about the potential for a bonfire ban. Brown said he sees an outright prohibition of beach fires as an overreach by the AQMD. “This is a classic example of trying to fix something that’s not broken in response to the request of a few,” Brown said. The studies conducted and studied by the board, he said, seemed to point in a direction far different than an outright ban. “Frankly, it tells us information we could all assume was true and then applies it in a way that doesn’t make any sense,” Brown said. “What hasn’t been provided is a link between beach smoke and truly harmful health effect to human beings.” Brown also objected to a policy that might apply a one-size-fits-all approach to the issue. He noted that San Clemente, unlike Newport Beach, has a buffer area between residences and beach fire rings in the form of the railroad tracks. The city’s health indicators were all above average except for the skin cancer rate, which itself is a product of beach culture, like beach fires. Another issue at play, Brown said, is class, especially in some of the areas where complaints had been made. “It isn’t necessarily the beach fires, it’s the people,” Brown said. “It’s about people wishing other people would stay off the beach and away from their homes.” Brown noted that the city does have restrictions in place on what can be done

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with its own fire rings. Users are prohibited from using painted wood, as well as any wood with nails still inside, and fires are restricted to a height of 2 feet, in order to keep them to a level to allow for a lifeguard to intercede in case they get out of control. The most important loss from a ban, Brown said, would be cultural. Between city and state beaches, San Clemente has 169 fire pits. “One of the things I enjoy most is that by and large, some us have stopped doing it ourselves, but man, do our kids love it,” Brown said. “My love for it was reinvigorated by my kids.” Brown said a ban might also turn the beach into a daytime only activity, since, other than during the height of summer, there is no way to stay warm on the beach for the majority of the year. At a council meeting Tuesday, Brown said he was continuing to speak with officials in Huntington Beach and from the AQMD in order to work out a potential solution that avoids an outright ban. On Sunday, despite a hazy day on the beach, a number of groups, large and small, had set up pits. Most gathered were opposed to a ban, but said they could understand why residents living near the fire pits might want something done. San Clemente resident Dennis King said he had a difficult time imagining life at the beach without the fires. King was at a fire with dozens of other people, and the group seemingly absorbed passersby as members of the group saw people they knew and greeted them. “I’ve had them all my life. It’d be a shame if the next generation can’t have them,” King said. “Here’s one fire pit and there’s 30 to 40 people enjoying it. If there’s no fire pit, there’s no people.” At another ring, Kayla Zampa, a Bay area resident who regularly visit San Clemente, said the beaches she frequents in Santa Cruz and other areas do not allow fires. “It’s something I enjoy having the opportunity to come down here to do,” Zampa said. “They’re a fun time and a fun activity.” Robert Padilla, a Dana Point resident in the same group as King, said he did not understand how people who were opposed to beach fires could knowingly move into an area where beach fires are a part of the culture. Padilla had grown up on the Gulf Coast, where beach fires are also a regular part of life on beach. “If people are going to move into an area where these things have been going for years, they ought to think twice,” Padilla said. “But I might feel differently if it were my house. But I also would have known these things are going on.” Padilla said he believes good supervision and educational efforts might help the situation if it continues to be a problem. SC Andrea Papagianis contributed to this report.

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CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, June 6 Sunset Networking Mixer 5:30 p.m. Chamber’s Caribbean-themed mixer hosted by San Clemente Villas By The Sea, dress the part for a chance to win prizes. Tickets $10-$20. 660 Camino de los Mares, 949.492.1131, Mind Fitness Fun Class 11 a.m. Weekly class for seniors to improve mental fitness and memory at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Avenida Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322.

Friday, June 7 Courtney’s SandCastle Poker Tournament 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Poker fundraiser at a private residence in Talega. Buy in $150, refreshments available, and great prizes. More info: Open House 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The Chamber celebrates the first anniversary of Starfish Signs & Graphics. 940 Calle Amanecer, 949.492.1131, Boys & Girls Club Golf Tourney Noon. Charity golf event at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. 150 E Avenida Magdalena, 949.492.1131,

Sunday, June 9 SCAA Meeting 3 p.m.–5 p.m. The San Clemente Art Association meets the second Sunday at the Community Center. Refreshments served. Members free, nonmembers $5 donation. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.7175,

Tuesday, June 11 South Coast Detachment Marine Corps League 7 p.m. Open to all active duty, retired or honorably discharged Marines or FMF Navy Corpsman at the San Clemente Elk’s Lodge. 1505 N. El Camino Real, 949.493.4949, 949.361.9252. Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting 6 p.m. San Clemente Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200, Planning Commission Meeting 4 p.m. Adjourned regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Wednesday, June 12 Human Affairs Meeting 3 p.m. Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200, 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. San Clemente Times June 6–12, 2013


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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Pair of Events at Animal Shelter The San Clemente-Dana Point Animal Shelter will hold a canine licensing and vaccination clinic Wednesday, June 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the shelter, 221 Avenida Fabricante in San Clemente. Rabies vaccines will be available for $5, bordetella and DHLP vaccines for $10 and microchips for $35. Licensing late fees will be waived during shelter business hours on June 12. The shelter is also looking for donations of plastic dog crates of all sizes but particularly for large dogs. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call 949.492.1617. In honor of June being designated “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month” by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the shelter is also offering $25 off the cost of cat adoption fees. The shelter has a number of playful kittens, adolescents and mature cats of all ages and personality types. For an adoption fee of $75, adopters can take home a cat that has been spayed or neutered, is current on all vaccinations, has been examined by a veterinarian, treated for fleas, de-wormed and has received a microchip to help locate them should they be lost. Kittens will also be available for viewing at the Dana Point Library at 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point on Saturday, June 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Paula Becker, Pet Project Foundation volunteer at or 949.595.8899 or call the San ClementeDana Point Animal Shelter at 949.492.1617.

12th Annual Paint San Clemente Plein Air Event Next Month The San Clemente Art Association will host its 12th Annual Paint San Clemente Plein Air competition from June 15 to June 22. Members of the public are invited to view the artists’ progress as they paint each day during the weeklong competition, which is held in the open air, rather than in a studio. Artists are limited to entering two paintings, which must be painted in San Clemente during this week, and then framed and wired for hanging at the exhibition following the contest. Artists from as far away as Massachusetts will be competing with local artists Rick Delanty, Steve Kell, Alan Nowell and Jennifer Friend. More than $13,000 in prize money will be given out as part of the event. Highlights of the week include a Quick Draw competition on June 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in front of the Community Center, and Plein Air on the Lawn, June 2223 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will be followed by the Collector’s Evening Gala on Saturday June 22, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the San Clemente Community Center. Winners of the competition will be announced at that

San Clemente artist Rick Delanty’s hosting an in-home show at his home this weekend. Courtesy photo

time and paintings will be available for sale. Quick Draw Paintings will be for sale following judging at 4:30 p.m. on June 15. For more information, please contact Sandy Beeler at

Delanty Hosting Home Exhibition San Clemente artist Rick Delanty will host an in-home studio viewing of artwork June 8 and 9 from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and the public is invited. Delanty was recently named to signature status at the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, which includes open-air painters from across the country to the annual Laguna Plein Air Painting Invitational in October. As a signature member, Delanty will lead painting workshops and mentoring sessions, as well as participate in special exhibitions. Delanty said the designation recognizes both the quality of an artist’s work as well as leadership.

Camp Bow Wow Fosters Adoptable Canines Doggie day and overnight camp at Camp Bow Wow in San Clemente offers pet adoption in addition to boarding facilities. With the facilities necessary to provide temporary foster care for homeless animals, Camp Bow Wow also has a nonprofit organization called the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation dedicated to helping dogs in need of permanent homes as well as other barriers to the health and welfare of animals. Available for adoption right now at Camp Bow Wow is Stevie, a 2-year-old Chihuahua mix that loves to cuddle. He’s a bit shy at first but warms up quickly and is very sweet

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and affectionate. Stevie is being fostered for New Beginnings for Animals. They can be reached at 949.348.8057 for adoption information or to schedule a meeting. Also available for viewing at Camp Bow Wow is Buddie, a 4-year-old black and white Shih Tzu with one blue eye and one brown eye. Buddie was surrendered by his owner and is being fostered for I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue at 949.713.9875. For more information about these and other foster animals or the Stevie, a 2-year-old Buddies FoundaChihuahua mix is in foster tion, contact Camp care at Camp Bow Wow in Bow Wow, 220 San Clemente is awaiting Calle Pintoresco in a permanent home. San Clemente, at Courtesy photo 949.218.7387 or log on to

Pruitt Named to Dean’s List at Clemson University Monique Rebecca Pruitt of San Clemente has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University of Clemson, S.C., for the spring 2013 semester. Pruitt is majoring in Marketing. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student achieved a grade-point average between 3.50 and 3.99 on a 4.0 scale. Have something interesting for the community? Send your information to


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.

Wednesday, June 5 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via Belleza, 0 Block (2:21 a.m.) A woman said she had been turning off her pool using a controller inside home, but it kept going back on. The woman told authorities she thought there may have been someone on the side of the house turning it back on.

Tuesday, June 4 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (7:55 p.m.) A caller reported a large man wearing a torn green shirt, baggy black pants and black gloves running “really fast” up and down the pier. The man would occasionally stop and make “big grunting sounds.” The caller thought the man was being aggressive and that the pier was “not a place to do that.” SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Amistad, 100 Block (6:28 p.m.) A man and woman who were not allowed on the property were in the community center bathroom. The woman was in the restroom and wearing a purple shirt. The man was carrying a skateboard. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Escalones, 100 Block (5:31 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for the alley behind a nearby laundromat. The man said he believed people were going in and out of garages to do drugs and then loiterring in the alleyway. The man thought authorities might scare them off. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Amistad, 100 Block (2:09 p.m.) An adult man and a girl who appeared to be a minor were in front of the building. The caller said the two were not allowed to come in to the facility. DISTURBANCE Avenida Victoria, 600 Block (11:57 a.m.) A drunk homeless man was reportedly swearing at people as they passed by. He was last seen sitting on a bench on Avenida Victoria. San Clemente Times June 6–12, 2013

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE El Camino Real, 2300 Block (9:38 a.m.) A man wearing a backpack and dirty sweatshirt was reportedly standing next to the liquor store and talking to a pole. WELFARE CHECK Via Los Tilos, 300 Block (7:16 a.m.) A young man, who appeared to be in his late teens, was found in a black Honda civic, slumped over his steering wheel with the engine running. DISTURBANCE Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (7:09 a.m.) Authorities were called to investigate an ongoing confrontation between two men. One man drove up in a white Ford truck and began yelling profanities and physically threatening the other because the man’s brother owed him money. TRAFFIC ACCIDENT—NON-INJURY Escalones, 100 Block (6:55 a.m.) A woman driving a dark gray Volkswagen had crashed into a telephone pole while trying to leave a vacant parking lot and proceeded to drive over plants on the edge of the caller’s property.

Monday, June 3

CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Santa Barbara, 400 Block (10:34 p.m.) A man, who said he worked for a door and window company, told authorities he thought he had not secured the front door when he left his project for the night. The man was en route from Yorba Linda.

BURGLARY REPORT Calle Bienvenido, 4100 Block (12:46 p.m.) A woman called police from her car after she checked on a vacant apartment unit. When she opened the door, the light was on and graffiti was on the walls. She did not know if anyone was inside the apartment unit at the time, but requested a walk through. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (12:31 p.m.) A man, a woman and two children were panhandling in a parking lot. The caller was concerned and felt the two kids should be in school.

WELFARE CHECK Trafalgar Lane, 100 Block (8:47 a.m.) A woman helped an elderly woman get back into her apartment after she had fallen trying to take out the trash. She asked police to come and check on her.

DISTURBANCE Avenida Palizada, 300 Block (9:01 p.m.) Authorities responded to a call about a woman screaming at her daughter for an hour and threatening to hit her. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Del Presidente/Avenida Valencia (8:39 p.m.) A woman, who seemed to be under the influence of drugs, was begging for money. The caller said the woman had jumped in front of his vehicle and began pounding on the hood of the car when he declined to give her any money. The woman was described as a teeneger with red hair.

DISTURBANCE Calle Frontera, 2900 Block (4:57 p.m.) A man and woman who were pulling a

INDECENT EXPOSURE El Camino Real, 500 Block (1:22 p.m.) A homeless man, described as being in his 60s, wearing a white hat, long sleeved shirt and pants with a tear in the left leg, was reportedly flashing his genitals and urinating in a parking lot.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE El Camino Real, 3900 Block (10:51 a.m.) A woman was found sleeping in a hotel lobby and when the caller asked her to leave, the woman went back to sleep. Authorities were informed later that the woman possibly had alcohol poisoning, so paramedics promptly brought her to the hospital.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino de Estrella, 300 Block (11:40 p.m.) A young man was riding around a gated senior community on a bike. The subject was described as wearing a black baseball cap and a blue and black flannel shirt.

FIREWORK VIOLATION Avenida Lobeiro, 200 Block (7:57 p.m.) Bottle rockets were being shot off, possibly from Avenida Montalvo.

wagon, walked up to a house and told the caller that they did not live there, but knew the people who lived there. When the caller tried asking further questions, the man and the woman became verbally confrontational.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Negocio, 1000 Block (7:38 a.m.) A woman told authorities she had received a call from one of her employees, who said someone had dumped a bunch of trash in a dumpster and then put a lock on it.

Sunday, June 2 ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Calle Juarez, 3000 Block (10:08 p.m.) A man called police after a 59-year-old man fell down and hurt his neck. The dispatcher said two men were heard yelling in the background, but the caller said it was nothing, “just two old guys yelling.” SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via Amapola/Calle Nuevo (8:51 p.m.) A caller said she was standing by with a woman who was screaming and crying hysterically. The crying woman was described as in her 20s, with black hair, wearing a grey shirt and grey pants.

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CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Vista Hermosa/Camino La Pedriza (7:48 p.m.) A woman driving a gray Lexus called police because her husband, who had Alzheimer’s disease, kept trying to turn off the engine as she was driving. She had pulled over in the bus lane on Vista Hermosa. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via Toluca/Via Cisco (6:19 p.m.) There had been an ongoing problem with a man driving a black Ford Ranger with a “makeshift camper” on top, who had been driving around and scaring children in the neighborhood. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Ramona, 100 Block (5:08 p.m.) A man called authorities after his neighbor came over and asked him to stop barbecuing because he was concerned about explosives in his truck that might be ignited. The neighbor then went back to his own house. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Puente, 100 Block (3:05 p.m.) The principal of Las Palmas Elementary received a call from a teacher saying an unknown man was walking through campus checking for unlocked doors. The principal called police and requested their presence. Sheriff’s deputies performed a walk through with her. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 1300 Block (3:02 p.m.) An employee of the Days Inn reported a woman who refused to leave her room. When hotel staff knocked on her door she refused to speak with the staff or to answer the door. TRAFFIC HAZARD Senda De La Playa/Avenida Estacion (12:29 p.m.) Railroad repair was called out to fix two railroad arms that were malfunctioning. The arms were going up and down even when no train was coming. DISTURBANCE Calle La Quinta/Calle Agua (2:36 a.m.) Two parties were being held at the same time in the same area. People from both parties had come outside to try and fight with people from the other party.

Saturday, June 1 DRUNK IN CAR Avenida Pico/Interstate 5 10:50 p.m.) A beige Jeep Grand Cherokee was swerving across the freeway. The Jeep exited the freeway and pulled into the McDonald’s parking lot. CITIZEN ASSIST Via Hidalgo, 2900 Block (8:24 p.m.) A caller witnessed a suspicious man drop off a young girl for a child custody exchange. The child said she neither knew the man who had dropped her off, nor had she seen him before.


CITY EDITOR Jim Shilander, 949.388.7700, x109


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GUEST OPINION: City Council Corner by Mayor Bob Baker

Tree Policy About Being A Good Neighbor Number of trees that could be replaced is minimal


am going to build a beautiful city on the ocean … the architecture will be of one type … homes will be located on sites where nearly everyone will have his view preserved forever.” — Ole Hanson, founder of San Clemente From this quote, you can see that San Clemente’s founder understood how important ocean views are. The city of San Clemente does not officially protect private views and does not get involved in private owners’ view disputes. The city relies on neighbors being good neighbors and counts on them to be respectful. If a tree on someone’s property were blocking a view from their neighbor’s property, a good neighbor would be willing to allow trimming or replacing the offending tree—just as they would hope that their good neighbor would, not because it is mandated by the city (which it isn’t) but

in the effort to promote goodwill and harmony in the neighborhood. By accommodating a neighbor, the neighbor keeps their view and the value of the home, thus helping to keep the entire neighborBob Baker hood’s value high. I believe the city of San Clemente should be a good neighbor. The city can oblige some residents by allowing replacement of trees (on city property) that are blocking views and reducing the value of their property. That’s it, plain and simple. This will not lead to “deforestation” as some have suggested recently. Strict requirements will be in place. The sheer cost of tree replacement will be one of the control factors. We all agree that trees have intrinsic

value. I wholeheartedly respect the value of trees. They provide a canopy of shade for our lawns, parks and play areas, a home for birds to nest and add beauty to the environment. This proposal does not affect any privately-owned trees. Your trees, in your yard, are your trees. This proposal offers an opportunity for a property owner to request the replacement of city-owned trees that are blocking a view with another more appropriate tree at the owner’s expense. Here are some important numbers. Currently there are an estimated 360,000 trees in the city of San Clemente. The number of trees that may be replaced as a result of this proposal is approximately 100. That figure represents less than one-tenth of 1 percent of the trees in our entire city. What will be the impact of replacing one-tenth of 1 percent of our trees to most

residents? Imperceptible. What will be the impact of replacing one-tenth of 1 percent of our trees to the homeowners this will benefit? Immeasurable. I say we let the city of San Clemente be a good neighbor and allow replacement of a few offending trees. Bob Baker is in his first term as Mayor of San Clemente in 2013. He was re-elected to the San Clemente City Council in 2012 after first being elected in 2008. He is a more than 20-year resident of the city. SC

able for all the legal talent involved in the dispute to get together and devise an outcome that is more just and makes more sense. Stop the hemorrhage in legal fees. Settle the lawsuit out of court. Come up with a solution that could include some of the following ideas. Use the fund to mitigate the impact on city beach parking, which will be caused by population growth outside the city. Now, about 70 percent of summer beachgoers come from outside the city and that proportion will keep growing for many years to come. Our beaches are county, state and national recreational resources. Expand the use of the fund to include construction of beach parking facilities in various locations, and/or the summer lease of existing facilities such as school

parking lots, and connect them to the city’s beach access points and visitor points of interest, by tram or shuttle service. The seasonal lease of existing parking lots would be a very flexible and economic solution to summer parking that avoids the cost of constructing and maintaining parking facilities that would be underutilized most of the year. But no matter what the details, the city and the plaintiff must try to settle this lawsuit out of court with a compromise that will benefit all of San Clemente’s present and future residents and visitors.

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The city of San Clemente and therefore us, its residents, is the defendant in a $9.7 million lawsuit that appears to have no real winner no matter what the outcome. If the plaintiffs, represented by San Clemente resident Brad Malamud, prevail, the city will refund the $9.7 million Beach Parking Impact Fund that has accumulated in the city’s coffers since 1989 when builders of homes in the city, inland of Interstate 5, started paying a fee on each new lot to “mitigate the impact of new development on beach parking.” But, according to the lawsuit, the parking wasn’t needed and the fund was not used, so the law requires that the fees be San Clemente Times June 6–12, 2013

refunded to over 5,000 current property owners, even though they may not be the ones who paid into the fund. If, on the other hand, the city prevails, it could be preserving a fund that may be difficult, or even impossible, to use because it requires, among several restrictive provisions, that beach parking facilities be constructed close to beach public access points. Of the city’s 14 beach public access points, nine are to underutilized beaches located in well-established residential neighborhoods with no space to build such parking. The other five beach access points have adequate parking. Costly litigation, possibly protracted by appeals leading to such unsatisfactory results for either side seems a waste of money and time. It would be far prefer-

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


JAZZ AT THE CASA 7 p.m. Casa Romantica presents an evening of jazz, avant garde and funk grooves performed by the Grammy-winning ensemble of the Saddleback College Jazz Faculty. General admission $25. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


AT THE MOVIES: ‘NOW YOU SEE ME,’ MAYBE YOU WON’T There’s a stigma with the action movie genre, that outside of the flashy chase or explosion sequences with famous actors running around on screen, the story gets stuck behind plot holes and campy direction. Most of the time, action movies are led by one star, but sometimes they take all-star casts along for the ride too. The newest example of this is Now You See Me, which brings a heavy combination of action, mystery, fantasy and ensemble storytelling. In New York City, four magicians who call themselves the Four Horsemen (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco) come together to rob banks and wealthy businessmen as part of their extravagant magic shows. FBI agent Rhodes (Mark Ruffalo) and Interpol agent Dray (Mélanie Laurent) search to find the secret to their magic tricks. Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine co-star. Now You See Me combines action, © 2013 Summit Entertainment, LLC. magic and mystery, along with both young and veteran actors, to the delight of both male and female filmgoers. While the concept seems great in theory, the screenplay is packed with too many plot twists and depends too much on suspending disbelief. Louis Teterrier’s direction is flashy, but occasionally borders on corny. Unfortunately, the end of the feature leaves the audience left wishing this cast was in a better film. —Megan Bianco

WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Get eye-to-eye underwater with dolphins and whales without getting wet on Capt. Dave’s hi-tech Catamaran sailboat. $35-$55. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, THE BRUERY - BEER TASTING 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Local craft brew tasting at SC Wine Company with complimentary refreshments. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, 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,

ALOHA RADIO WITH CHRIS AND THE MODERN MINDS 8 p.m. Surf band at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

THE FREMONTS 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

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

JERI CURL-KEEP’IN OLD SKOOL ALIVE 9 p.m. Throwback to the ‘80s at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

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

DAVE DAVIES OF THE KINKS 8 p.m. Live concert at The Coach House. $20-$23. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

HAWAIIAN REGGAE VIBES 9 p.m. Reggae at OC Tavern with Ikaika Beamer and Mikey Ortiz. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,

RITE OF SPRING CONCERT 8 p.m. Pacific Symphony features works of Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky performed at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Tickets online. 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787,


MOVIES IN THE PARK KICKOFF 8 p.m. The city of Dana Point kicks off the Movies in the Park series with a showing of “Mary Poppins” in Lantern Bay Park; free popcorn and refreshments available for purchase. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530,


LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERTS: THOM BRESH 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. World renowned guitarist, entertainer and son of Merle Travis performs at the Dana Point Community House. Tickets $30. 24642 San Juan Ave., 949.842.2227, MATT STEPHENS 7:30 p.m. Live acoustic guitar and cover songs at the new Five Vines Wine Bar. 31761 Camino Capistrano No. 11, San Juan Capistrano, 949.800.9145, San Clemente Times June 6–12, 2013


DON PEDRO AND THE RIFFTIDE 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music overlooking the Dana Point Harbor at Vivo Rooftop Lounge, Hilton Hotel in Doheny Beach. 34402 Pacific Coast Hwy.,Dana Point, 949.661.1100.


BILLY VERA AND THE BEATERS 8 p.m. Live concert at The Coach House. $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, COOKING CLASS 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Healthy cooking class of “Family-Style Italian Bites” with Chef Giuseppina of Massari Foods at Goin Native. Fee $50 includes three courses and recipes. 31661 Los Rios St., 949.493.5911, San Juan Capistrano, Page 18

CIRCUS VARGUS 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The circus comes to OC with Circus Vargas’ “Magikaria! A Fantastical Magical Experience” bursting with mystery, magic, music and more at the Irvine Spectrum through June 10. Tickets start at $25. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180, ASTRONOMY NIGHT 8:45 p.m.-10:45 p.m. Gaze into the night sky through telescopes learn the constellations with astronomy experts at The Reserve/Richard & Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Adults $10, kids $5. More info: 949.489.9778, SWIM ACROSS AMERICA 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Join the “Swim 4 the Cure to Fight Cancer” and swim at the Vista Hermosa Aquatic Center. 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa, 949.361.8200, SECOND SATURDAY ART FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Local and regional artists feature their arts and crafts, also includes local musicians, business and restaurant specials, and more in downtown San Juan Capistrano along the streets of Camino Capistrano, Yorba, Verdugo and Los Rios. More info: 949.493.4700, CHILDREN’S BUREAU CLAMBAKE 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fun event to benefit Children’s Bureau, a nonprofit leader in child abuse prevention and treatment, featuring food, a silent auction, dancing and more at the Oak Creek Golf Club. Tickets $250 per person. 1 Golf Club Drive, Irvine, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES 8 p.m. Classic musical at Camino Real Playhouse. Shows through June 9. Regular shows $30. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, BEN WOODS 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Live flamenco guitar at DaVine Food & Wine along with wine tasting that starts at 4 p.m. Tasting fee $15 for 5 wines. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, ALOHA RADIO 9 p.m. Live band at Sunsets. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880,



SAN CLEMENTE FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

GETTING OUT 16TH ANNUAL SAN CLEMENTE CAR SHOW 10 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 300 cars from exotic to classic, vendors, entertainment and exhibits presented by the Downtown Business Association. Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.498.1242, KATIE HAWLEY BENEFIT BEACH RUN 7:30 a.m.9:30 a.m. Participate in a 2.6K beach run starting at the San Clemente Pier to benefit Katie Hawley, who’s battling cancer. Minimum donation $40. More info: 406.546.1990, WORLD OCEANS DAY 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebration event at The Ocean Institute with activities and much more for the family. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr., Dana Point, 949.496.2274, THE ART OF LIFE: BULLZ ART SHOW AND THEATRICAL READING 1 p.m. A unique art show and book reading from author/artist Elizabeth Bull with self expression, mixed media on canvas, silent auction and more at Luxe Restaurant and Bar. Free admission. 24582 Del Prado Ave., Dana Point, FREE FISHING FOR KIDS Noon. A fishing lesson and more for kids at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, 2ND ANNUAL BIKE AND BOMBERS 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Event at the Lyon Air Museum. 19300 Ike Jones Road, Santa Ana, 714.210.4585, BA2LA 4 p.m. Duo from Buenos Aires plays live at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


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


COUNTRY DANCIN WITH PATRICK AND FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. Every Monday at The Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


WINE DINNER 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Vine features a four-course food and wine pairing. $40. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949-361-2079, WINE CLASS: SUMMER WINES AND SUMMER FOOD 6 p.m. Class at SC Wine Company. Call for more info and reservations. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, STORY TIME FOR CASA KIDS 10 a.m. Every Wednesday kids ages 3-5 are invited to hear stories at Casa Romantica. Free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

MEDITERRANEAN GATHERING COOKING CLASS 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Cooking class with Chef Caroline Cazaumayou at Antoine’s Café which includes demonstration, recipes, a glass of wine and dinner. $50 per person. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763.

KRIS WINRICH 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

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




RATTLESNAKES OF ORANGE COUNTY 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Informative lecture on snakes at the RMV Presentation Center; part of The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Call for info, 949.489.9778,


MIKE HAMILTON 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Ribjoint 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, 949.661.9500,

SOUTH COAST SINGERS CONCERT 4 p.m. Concert with music from “across the pond” that combines old and new favorites at St. Andrews by the Sea. Additional shows June 21 and 23. $20. 2001 Calle Frontera, San Clemente, 949.613.7840, *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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DBA Prepping for Latest Car Show Sunday Long-running event features familiar favorites By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


ans of the long-running San Clemente Car Show will get another chance to scope out some of their favorite classic automobiles Sunday on Avenida Del Mar. The Downtown Business Association’s annual event brings together 300 classic and contemporary cars on an annual basis. Dave Anderson of Creative Images, who helps to run the event for the DBA, said he has already turned away in excess of 50 applicants who wanted to show their cars. Another 30 car owners have been waitlisted. Anderson said a number of those cars on the waiting list usually become a part of the show each year, due to last minute changes. “I’m really planning on it,” Anderson

Classic cars like these will line up again this year along Avenida del Mar as part of the Downtown Business Association’s annual car show. File photo

said. “You don’t want to disappoint anyone.” Anderson said the show has become a destination for many car enthusiasts from across the West each year. One group from Arizona makes it their one annual trip. “I’m very pleased with the caliber and diversity of the cars we have,” Anderson said. “It’s a great day for San Clemente. Many of the cars are one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable. They’ve been a life-long project for some of these people. I’m absolutely

Crowds in the tens of thousands are expected at the 18th Annual San Clemente Car Show. File photo

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amazed every year.” Some of the cars at this year’s event include a 1923 Ford T-Bucket, a hot-rod modified Model T, a couple dozen woodies and many classic “muscle cars” from the ’50s and ’60s. DBA President Michael Kaupp said the car show is one of two premiere public events for the DBA each year—the second being the holiday kick-off celebration, Puttin’ on the Glitz. Kaupp said the event has, in the past, served as the primary fundraiser for the Glitz, and had been remarkably effective at getting people to the downtown area. “It was originally founded when it was pretty quiet downtown,” Kaupp said. “Obviously, it’s succeeded in doing that.” Anderson strongly encourages residents to utilize a shuttle service being run from San Clemente High School, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crowds have been estimated at 20,000 to 30,000 in the past, Anderson said, which made an already difficult parking situation nearly impossible. While the crowds are large, Anderson said they’ve never been unruly, which makes for an extremely family-friendly event. The event will be held between El Camino Real and the San Clemente Community Center and along Ola Vista

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between Avenida Cabrillo and Avenida Granada. Part of the Ola Vista area will be designated as “Gasoline Alley,” where cars will be able to rev engines. That will be in addition to a single “fire up” moment for all the vehicles that run. While there won’t be food booths or trucks, Anderson said all the downtown restaurants will be open to show-goers, and a DJ will provide live entertainment. Although it has taken place unofficially in the past, there will not be a “cruise” associated with the event this year. A late start on planning forced the cancellation of a planned car rally, which would have included a cruise in North Beach on Saturday. Anderson said he was hopeful that in the future, there could be such an event held before the show, since it would provide both an opportunity to see the cars in action as well as a chance for camaraderie amongst car owners. Not that that a lack of camaraderie has been an issue in the past. Anderson said nearly every year, car owners are lined up by 5 a.m.—nearly two hours before the start of the staging process—due in part to having a single point of entry to the street, but also because it serves as an opportunity for like-minded people to talk about their cars and catch up. Jim Huey of San Clemente is one of those who have been involved in every event. Huey is part of a group that includes a number of other vintage Mercedes-Benz 190 SL owners, and said his group sees the show as one of the best to attend. The group will have 12 or 13 cars at this year’s event, he said. “I think it’s the location,” Huey said. “It has a really pleasant backdrop with the stores down Del Mar.” Huey’s 1961 model always enjoys a good crowd, both from locals and from friends who come from as far away as Diamond Bar to get a look at his car, along with other members of the club. “I’ve had other cars, but this is the one that has been the most popular,” Huey said. “I’ve taken it every year. I usually just bring this one.” SC


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News and updates on San Clemente’s business community NEW DEVELOPMENT u San Clemente Nutrition, 111 W. Avenida Palizada, 949.300.0263, sanclementenutrition Dana Point-based trainer Ken Roycroft and partner Craig Hartley have partnered with a number of like-minded people in San Clemente to provide free fitness instruction to the city. The group has taken over the San Clemente Nutrition smoothie and nutritional drink operation as a home base, but means to provide something more than drinks, Roycroft said. “The goal is to have as many ways for people to get as fit as we can,” Roycroft said. That meant providing free fitness boot camps, cardio kickboxing, Zumba and yoga instruction. Roycroft said he and his partners felt that by knocking down the financial barrier to fitness, it took away that excuse for people. The smoothie bar, located in the Old City Plaza, has become a meeting place and a way to support the operation financially,

Roycroft said. In addition to smoothies, the bar boasts Herbalife products, herbal teas and aloes. “It’s kind of a get to give thing,” Roycroft said. Roycroft said the beach boot camp is now up to 40 people at each session, but he was hoping the have 100 by the time summer begins. Victoria Velasquez said the store focuses mostly on the nutritional side of the weight loss and fitness equation. “By getting people involved in free exercise, they’d be more apt to listen to the message on nutrition,” Velazquez said. Velazquez credits a better understanding of nutrition with helping to save her life, after being diagnosed late in life with Celiac’s disease, which prevents her from digesting gluten. “I’ve been getting back my stamina. The energy has been a really good thing,” Velazquez said. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.

MILESTONES u Starfish Sign Printing & Graphics, 940 Calle Amanecer, Suite A, 949.429.6700, Starfish Signs has been designing and creating large signs and graphics for San Clemente businesses for the past year. Married owners Laura and Mike Reilly founded the company a year ago after both had retired from their previous careers in 2011. Laura worked in health care and Mike was an engineer. “We decided we wanted to go into business for ourselves,” Mike said. “My job had involved a lot of travel and I wanted more time at home, to be more involved in the community and to try something new.” Laura said the business also gives she and her husband the opportunity to truly be creative, something they weren’t always able to do in their previous positions. “Every day is something different, every day is a different project,” she said. Mike said the sign business allowed him and the company’s staff to have a new cre-

ative outlet to help new and established businesses. “My background is in project management, and this involves working with clients closely and providing support to their businesses,” Mike said. “What we like is that we’re creating something tangible, kind of like manufacturing.” The company’s projects have included graphic vehicle wraps, banners and all manner of different sign and graphics work. While the couple said their business has led them to work with clients throughout Orange and San Diego counties, their priority is working with businesses in San Clemente whenever possible. “We live here in San Clemente and it’s special to open up here, because we wanted to live where we worked,” Mike said. The company will be hosting an open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, following a San Clemente Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting earlier in the day.

GUEST OPINION: Conscious Living by Meryl Gwinn

A Call to Action and to Oranges I

’d like to introduce my new wellness column fashioned for a time that is harnessing a shift toward a more—forgive me if this word is too trendy—“conscious” form of living. Many of us are already active participants in this shift and many more are taking the first investigative steps into finding out what conscious living is all about. We can’t help it. As a society we are becoming increasingly aware of unsettling issues in our environment. Large corporations are sickening our crops and our health, the presence of genetically modified organisms in our food supply is making headlines and grocery stores are super-domes of questionable and dubiously labeled products. Even the honeybees, for cryin’ out loud, are reportedly on the outs. Profit at the expense of life (and pure honey) is not a sustainable practice. But what should we do about it? We’re unsure whether to storm the White House or go vegan-extremo—to the horror of our spouses and children. But I do think many of us are looking for easy changes for a wholesome approach to healthful living. Taking responsibility for our own health maintenance through informed decisions will leave us less sick, more energized and reduce our dependence on bigger outside systems with questionable agendas. Whether we want to improve our physical health or simply provide the purest niche for our families, following a more San Clemente Times June 6–12, 2013

natural, back-to-basics design will bring us closer to what our bodies need in order to thrive. I believe that cleaning up our diets, simplifying our spaces and reconnecting with nature CONSCIOUS LIVING can help us to revive By Meryl Gwinn our powerful intuitions. Combine information with intuitive action and life gets far easier and more enjoyable. It really works. Solutions versus synthetics—it’s practical and GMO-free. We, as mindful consumers and informed participants in our own wellness, are at the forefront of this movement. And as a community, our little corner of the world offers up an ample bed of resources. Local farms, organic markets, juice bars, fitness and yoga centers and various forms of alternative healthcare and healing practices keep popping up all around us, offering a preventative approach to wellness. I’d like this column to evolve with a place that is evolving, one that is harvesting a healthier, more nurturing environment for its community members—our own little built-in healthcare system. This column will make full use of the knowledge and awareness of people in our community who are out there taking a forward step, so that we can return to a more classic form of doing. It’s what may have been thought of in the past as grandma

THE ORANGE ADVANTAGE Here are a few easy ways to use the orange to our organic advantage: • Immunity tonic: Vitamin C is a pricelessly potent antioxidant that can prevent and reverse cellular damage. Remember scurvy? It aids in the detox process, promotes healing and kicks the immune system into gear. Incorporate fresh squeezed citrus into your morning routine. • Air purifier: Orange peels are refreshingly fragrant. Place dried peels in cloth bags and hang in musty places, or boil them stovetop for a rejuvenating aroma. stuff—buying less, making more, saving tinfoil, sneaking in movie snacks—and it’s edgier than we thought. This column will also include ideas for adapting non-harmful and non-toxic daily habits, using less and therefore spending less. South Orange County carries a reputation for good looks. Let’s be empowered to use them for branding a message of sustained health and real, natural beauty, in place of a superficial appearance and artificially manipulated aesthetics. So let’s get started by paying tribute to our namesake fruit and make the “orange” in Orange County stand for immune-boosting tonics, citrus-based beauty regimens and the “good stuff” in our kids’ lunchboxes—farm to face, literally.

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• Household cleaning: Citrus is antifungal, anti-microbial and antibiotic. Add juice and orange zest to white vinegar for a strong chemical-free household cleaner. • Essential oil: Citrus improves microcirculation and enhances tissue oxygenation which helps the body to respond to stress and recover from exercise more effectively, and is especially useful for promoting healthy skin. • Animal/pest deterrent: Many animals, insects and other pests despise the strong scent of orange peels. Sprinkle some in your garden to prevent cats and other animals from using it as a litter box. Meryl Gwinn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology, has studied yoga, health, food, and humans around the globe. She is a constant pursuer of natural medicine and whole-healing solutions. She believes in the power of choice, simplicity and plants as preventative medicine. She is committed to inspiring this change in self and in system. Gwinn welcomes reader feedback at 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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Swimmers of all age groups are invited to enjoy a day in the water at the second annual Swim 4 the Cure to Fight Cancer on June 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Vista Hermosa Aquatic Center in San Clemente. The event will be put on by Swim Across America, a nonprofit organization that aims to prevent, fight, and treat cancer. “I want to bring positive energy around something that is very negative,” event director Steve Hops said. He went on to say that he had his own personal bouts with cancer in the past,

Out on the Links San Clemente Golf Roundup By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times

PONCINO MISSES CUT AT US OPEN QUALIFIER Hoping to add his name to the select group of five golfers who earned a coveted spot in the 2013 U.S Open on June 3 in the sectional qualifying stage, San Clemente resident Vinnie Poncino missed the cut after firing rounds of 70-79 for a total of 149 (+6). According to the Southern California Golf Association’s website 102 players assembled for the two-day tournament, held at Newport Beach Country Club and nearby Big Canyon Country Club, to compete for five available spots in the country’s most prestigious tournament. Unlike regular PGA Tour events and majors, the U.S Open is what the name implies. It is open to a select group of amateur golfers who qualify through regional events to make it into the field. This year’s Open will be played at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania from June 13-16. Poncino shot a 70 (-1) at Newport Beach Country Club and a 79 (+7) at Big Canyon Country Club. The winning score of 133 (-10) was carded by Bio Kim of Pasadena. SCHNEIDER WINS 2013 SAN CLEMENTE MEN’S CLUB PRESIDENT’S CUP The San Clemente Men’s Golf Club’s Presidents Cup is a tournament that started in early April and was decided on May 3 when Frank Schneider defeated Derek Duesler, 5 and 3. Schneider was able to best the field of 64 golfers, who competed in the match play tournament, and take home the $350 first-place prize. Schneider paved his way to the finals by defeating John Simonich 6 and 5, the largest margin of victory in the Flight D bracket, in the first round. He then best Joseph W. Robben 4 and 3 in the second round, and Frank White 3 and 1 in the third round. In the flight finals Stan Adams pushed Schneider to a sudden-death scenario after drawing even after 18 holes. Schneider was able to emerge victorious after winning the 19th hole. Schneider won by default in the semifinals after his competitor withdrew, which gave him an automatic berth in the finals. Duesler, the runner-up, defeated Ray Rodriguez in 20 holes in the semifinals. For his second-place effort, Duesler earned $250. SC San Clemente Times June 6-12, 2013

and wanted “people to come support the fight for research.” Thanks to Howard Burns, who created all the events, the day will kick off with the Star Spangled Banner and then go into a new event this year, the cannon ball contest. A series of games will follow, including the new 100-yard seal sunbather relay. Along with the fun games will be a number of raffles where contestants can win anything from a surfboard from Kona, Hawaii to sailboat excursions. This is a free community event and a

complimentary lunch will be provided to all swimmers. Raising over $45 million dollars since 1987, Swim Across America’s mission is to ensure that the swimmers participating are cognizant of the fact that they can have a huge impact when it comes to the fight against cancer. The Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center is located at 987 Avenida Vista Hermosa. —Victor Carno

SCOR E BOAR D SOCCER WEST COAST FUTBOL CLUB TAKES BACK-TO-BACK WINS The 13U West Coast Futbol Club traveled to Chino Hills and Cerritos in consecutive weeks and came away with the first-place tournament hardware in both events. The team went 4-1 in the Legends Championship in Chino Hills from May 18-19 and then went a perfect 6-0 to win the Cerritos Cup from May 25-27. San Clemente residents on the team include Natalie Crapo and Hannah Parrick.

The 13U West Coast Futbol Club recently won back-to-back tournaments. Courtesy photo

SOFTBALL SAN CLEMENTE SOFTBALL STRIKES GOLD IN SAN DIEGO The San Clemente Girls Softball 10U Gold All Star team won the Mira Mesa Runway Classic Tournament in San Diego on June 2. The team scored an impressive 72 runs over the two-day tournament en route to the victory. The 10U Gold team includes: Jasper Adams, Anna Bjorklund, Stolie Erickson, Sarah Newman, Chalice Rogers, Felicitas Sanchez, Helena Skov, Ashley Tuggle, Alexa Waldfogel and Olivia Winters.



he College Baseball World Series is in full swing and as usual, southern California is well represented up and down the rosters of some of the top teams in the nation. Anyone who kept an eye on the University of Oregon’s team this season was sure to notice a familiar face. San Clemente’s Aaron Payne is now the starting second baseman for the Ducks, who were bounced from the tournament on June 3 following an 11-4 loss to Rice. Payne was struggling to get on base in the opening rounds of the tournament but after being plugged into the leadoff spot for the Ducks June 2 game against Rice, the San Clemente product responded well. Payne had his best game of the postseason at the plate, going 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored in a dominating 11-0 Page 24

San Clemente’s Aaron Payne played second base and led off for the University of Oregon baseball team in the College World Series. Photo by Eric Evans/Oregon Athletic Communications.

Oregon victory. In the decisive game against Rice on June 3 Payne went 1-5 with one run scored in the loss. Payne was an integral member of a Ducks team that won a school record 48 wins in 2013. He was second on the team with 59 games started and carried an on base percentage of .368 to go along with a .241 batting average. At second base, Payne made only five errors all year and boasted a .981 fielding percentage. Another top performer from the area was San Juan Capistrano’s Grahamm Wiest, who pitched a complete game three-hitter for Cal State Fullerton against Columbia in the first round of the tournament. Wiest gave up no walks and struck out four in the Titans 4-1 win. Wiest played high school ball at JSerra. SC —Steve Breazeale


Q&A With Jimmy Bankson, San Clemente Senior Guard and Cal Lutheran Commit By Darian Nourian San Clemente Times

ast season Jimmy Bankson helped the San Clemente boys basketball team make history, as the Tritons captured the school’s first league title since 1975. With his stellar play, the 6-foot-1-inch senior not only elevated his team to an 1811 overall record (7-1 Sea View League) and a league championship, but also made first team all-league and second team all-CIF. Bankson, the Tritons resident scorer, averaged a team-high 13.9 points per game. Many will remember his 30-point onslaught against Capistrano Valley in the first round of the CIF-SS playoffs. It’s this individual scoring prowess that has given Bankson the opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level and he will do so next year at Cal Lutheran, an NCAA Division III school that plays in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). “I consider basketball one of my passions and I hope to play it for as long as I can,” Bankson said. “The last four years at San Clemente have meant so much to me, but I am really excited for the future.” San Clemente Times sat down with the former Tritons standout to see what he thought of his team’s historic run last season, what he thinks about playing basketball at the next level, and a potpourri of other basketball-related topics. San Clemente Times: How did you feel being a part of San Clemente history this year? Jimmy Bankson: Being a part of history at San Clemente was truly an honor. Going into the year, we knew we had a shot at winning league and that no team had done so since 1975. Once the season got closer to the end of league, we were in a great spot. Our last league game against Trabuco Hills was the clincher, and it was such a satisfying feeling. Basketball has been overlooked at school for years, but we put it back on the map. It’s a really great feeling knowing I was part of one of the best basketball teams in San Clemente history. SCT: How are you preparing for basketball at the next level? JB: I am mainly just trying to further my skills. Currently I am playing club basketball to prepare for next year. I know I am going to have to get faster, stronger, and better overall to excel in college. I am mostly excited to play in that college atmosphere with all of those crazy fans in the stands. It feels weird knowing I am


San Clemente senior Jimmy Bankson recently committed to Cal Lutheran to play basketball. Bankson led the Tritons in scoring this past season, averaging 13.9 points per game. Photo courtesy of the Bankson family

Triton Report By Steve Breazeale

BENOIT PLACES SEVENTH AT STATE MEET Junior Kelsey Benoit capped off his successful 2013 track and field campaign with a seventh-place finish in the shot put at the CIF State Track and Field Championships on June 1. Benoit was able to muster up a throw of 58 feet, 8 inches in the preliminary rounds on May 31 at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Clovis, putting him in fi fthplace in the qualifying stages. In the finals, Benoit bettered his previous attempt by tossing a throw that measured 58 feet, 11 3/4 inches, good enough for the seventh-place finish. San Clemente Times June 6–12, 2013

Great Oak’s Nick Ponzio won the event with a throw of 66 feet, 2 1/2 inches. TRITONS BASKETBALL PLAYERS, STAFF TO HOLD SUMMER CAMP In an effort to bridge the gap from youth basketball to the high school level, the San Clemente boys basketball program will be offering basketball camps this summer. Head coach Marc Popovich, along with his players and coaching staff, will be offering camps that stress skill development for kids in second through eighth grades. Students entering grades two through five will have one camp from June 17-21 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students from grades five through eight will have camp from July 8-12. Current Tritons players including Sam Darnold, Cole Fotheringham and Nick Crankshaw are scheduled to assist in coaching duties. For more information email Popovich at

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going off to college, but I am definitely ready to play some basketball. SCT: What was your best memory of San Clemente Basketball? JB: I had a lot of great memories, but it definitely had to be winning league senior year. We ended a 37-year drought at San Clemente and finally earned our program some respect. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long line of success for the program. SCT: How did you become such a good shooter? Any tips? JB: I became a good shooter through simply putting up countless shots over time. I have always had a basketball hoop in my backyard, so it was always easy to get shots up. Just putting my work in and developing a good shot was always my goal. I found that shooting was a strength of mine around middle school, so I really looked to work on it to make shooting a weapon of mine. Over my high school career, my coaches wanted “Basketball me to shoot so has been that helped my confidence. overlooked I feel that confiat school for dence in oneself years, but we is the biggest Whenever put it back on key. you take a shot, you have to visuthe map.” alize it going in, — Jimmy Bankson and you should never be afraid to take a shot either. If it is a good look, shoot the ball. If it does not go in, move on and make the next one. SCT: Who is your Basketball Idol? JB: Kobe Bryant. His work ethic and determination is unbelievable. I couldn’t believe it when he walked out on the court with a torn Achilles and made two free throws and then walked off on his own power. It definitely was one of the most inspirational things I had ever seen. Also, he is a tremendous player, one of the best of all time. It was a treat watching him play as I grew up. SCT: Besides yourself, who do you attribute the success in your basketball career to? JB: I attribute my success to my parents mostly. They were the ones who drove me to practices and games all these years and pushed me to be my best. They were my number one motivational figure. Also, my sister, who currently plays on the (San Clemente) varsity girls team believed in me and gave me confidence. I would also like to thank all of my high school coaches, who had the confidence in me to let me shoot the ball. SC

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GROM OF THE WEEK Trevor Thornton Age: 18, San Clemente High School

After four years on his high school surf team, Trevor Thornton is excited to be graduating. His years with the team were marked by many victories and culminated with an MVP award. As high school comes to a close, Trevor is planning his next steps toward a pro surfing career. “I’m going to take a little time off, enjoy the summer, then start college online while working on my pro surfing career. Looking back on surf team, it was definitely a good experience but I’m ready to move on,” he said. “’I’ll be traveling a lot, improving my surfing to a point Trevor Thornton. Photo by Catherine Gregorya where I feel comfortable competing at a higher level and starting to earn points toward qualifying for the World Tour.” He will begin by competing in an ASP 4-Star event in Acapulco, Mexico in early July. Outside of surfing, Trevor doesn’t know what other career he is interested in pursuing but he does know he’d like to be an entrepreneur. “I’d love to have my own business someday. I like being independent,” he said. Independence is something he learned while completing high school via independent study. “Besides getting to surf more, I learned self-discipline, got to experience more in the real world and had to be responsible for my own learning,” he said. “I liked studying English and government but I really enjoyed the gourmet foods class. I learned that cooking great food is really not that hard. That’s a skill I know I can use.” ”—Andrea Swayne

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San Clemente High School surf team wins Oakley Challenge By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


team of three seniors and one junior from San Clemente High School brought home $5000, the Orange County regional champion title and some priceless memories from this year’s Oakley High School Surf Team Challenge. The event, held at 54th Street in Newport Beach on June 1, brought together 10, four-member teams from high schools across Orange County for an unusual contest format with a prize purse earmarked to benefit the participating teams. The SCHS team—coached by John Dowell and made up of junior Colton Overin and seniors Kevin Schulz, Ethan Carlston and Jonah Carter—persevered through an intense day of competition to meet Dana Hills, Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor high schools in the final. The format is different from regular surf contests with hour-long, tag-team heats where each surfer is allowed only four waves and scores are combined for


The San Clemente High School team (L to R) Coach John Dowell, Kevin Schulz, Ethan Carlston, Colton Overin and Jonah Carter won this year’s Oakley High School Team Challenge. Photo by Lowe-White

a team total. One “whammy” surfer per team can double the score of one wave— hopefully his best—by claiming it with double fists in the air at the end of the ride. Small and inconsistent surf and low tide made choosing a “whammy” in the final difficult. But with less than 20 minutes left in the heat, Schulz claimed a 6.0 score, topping the 5.4 and 5.3 claimed by Newport and Dana. The entire team contributed huge scores in the final and as a team were “as

good as it gets,” said Dowell. The final minutes of the heat left defending champs Newport in need of a 9.0 or higher to catch San Clemente. Josh Benjoya scored for Dana Hills, bringing them into the second-place spot, then Overin cemented San Clemente’s win with a 4.23 with only a couple of minutes remaining. “This was probably one of the most fun contests of my entire high school career,” Schulz said. “Only blatant interferences get called and claiming waves for double points made for a lot of drama and heavy

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competition. We took second to Newport last year by less than one point so this win was really awesome. Also, it was a great last team competition before graduation.” San Clemente won with 29.47 points, followed by runner-up Dana Hills with 23.91, Newport Harbor in third-place with 23.34 and Huntington Beach in fourth with 15.83. SC

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