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Everybody in the Pool! More than a year after opening, Vista Hermosa Sports Park is staying busy E Y E O N S C / PAG E 6

Lindsey Haines and Alexah Freeman enjoy a swim at the San Clemente Aquatic Center Tuesday. The Aquatic Center and Vista Hermosa Sports Park have begun their second summer of operation. Photo by Jim Shilander

Edison Formally Begins SONGS Closure Process

San Clemente Baseball Player Looking to Make National Team

San Clemente Fire Rings Likely Safe From Restrictions







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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The Second Saturday Art Fair, a popular weekend attraction in San Juan Capistrano, may have to fold up shop due to an escalating drop in artist vendors since 2011, say the event organizers, Randi and Joel Peshkin. The art fair attracts local and out-of-town artists and tourists to the city monthly. However, since the city’s municipal code began require an annual permit fee three years ago, vendors have become reluctant to participate, the Peshkins said. The city previously required artists to only pay a “per event” permit fee. Initial annual licenses cost $49 and subsequent licenses for returning vendors cost $16 annually. Cindy Russell, the city’s chief financial officer, said a user study is being assembled to measure the art fair’s impact on local businesses.



DANA POINT The United States Postal Service has placed its Dana Point location on the market, with a price tag of $6.1 million. With approval to move the office, at 24551 Del Prado Ave., the mail provider has taken the next steps in its relocation process. But questions over finding adequate space in Dana Point remain, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Richard Maher. The post office, he said, is not under pressure to move, but in an effort to cut costs and downsize oversized locations, is considering alternate accommodations. City staff has said that moving the 18,000-square-foot operation, in the heart of town, could help move development in Town Center revitalization plans along. Maher said if a suitable location is not found, the post office will pull the property off the market and stay put.


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THE LATEST: Southern California Edison formally notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission of its intention to retire the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, officially starting the clock on the plant’s decommissioning process. While Edison announced the closure of the troubled plant June 7, it did not officially notify the NRC of plans to stop producing power. Both nuclear reactors, Units 2 and 3, have been out of service since January 2012, when a small radiation leak was discovered in the latter, due to abnormal wear. Similar wear was found in Unit 2 upon inspection. The utility must now submit a decommissioning plan to the NRC, but has two years to do so. In a statement, Peter Dietrich, Edison’s chief nuclear officer, said the utility will rely on staff with experience decommissioning a past San Onofre reactor in formulating its plan to protect the well being of the community and employees. “Safety will remain our top priority as we transition to the decommissioning process,” Dietrich said. WHAT’S NEXT: The road to decommissioning is a familiar one for Edison. In 1992, the utility began the process to dismantle an aging Unit 1 reactor and over the course of seven years removed all spent nuclear fuel. While the decommission process is nearing completion, now, 20 years later, work still remains to remove pollutants from ground soil. The retirement of the two remaining generators at San Onofre is expected to be a “multi-decades long process” according to Ted Craver, chairman and CEO of Edison International, SCE’s parent company, as the remaining reactors produced more than twice the power as their predecessor. San Clemente Times June 20–26, 2013

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Donchak, who also serves on the board of directors of the Orange County Transportation Authority, said the project still requires a final $6.9 million to be completed, but construction could begin before it is received.

…La Pata Funding?

THE LATEST: The California Transportation Commission has approved $5.1 million to help complete the extension of Avenida La Pata from San Clemente to San Juan Capistrano. Tom Franks, San Clemente’s transportation engineering manager, said the city received word from the CTC Wednesday about the approval. The extension will close the final four miles between the end of the road near Calle Saluda in Talega and the Prima Deshecha landfill near San Juan Capistrano. Franks said the cost of the project is high due to the difficult grading and bridge construction work required by the terrain, along with the normal costs of road construction. In addition to providing a non-freeway connection between San Clemente and San Juan, the completion of the road will ease the commute to San Juan Hills High School for students living in Talega. The La Pata extension will also be close to the planned terminus of the 241 Toll Road near Cow Camp Road in San Juan. WHAT’S NEXT: The project is scheduled to be bid later this summer, Franks told the City Council Tuesday. Groundbreaking is currently scheduled for December and the project is expected to take 2.5 to 3 years at a cost of approximately $94 million. Franks told the council that he received word from the county Tuesday that if bidding came in under $65 million, it would be done at one time, but if over that amount, it would be done in phases, starting with the closure of the La Pata gap. San Clemente City Councilwoman Lori

FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit — JS


…the CUSD Budget?

THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees got a first look at an updated version of the district’s 2013-2014 budget, but the final shape of that budget will still likely depend on what gets adopted in Sacramento. Clark Hampton, deputy superintendent for business and support services, told trustees the district was not expecting significant changes from the state as leaders move toward a budget compromise, but said the district is expecting more funding this year than in 2012-2013. However, under current projections, the state will likely not restore the amount of funding the district had before the economic downturn until at least 2021, Hampton said. WHAT’S NEXT: Trustee Jim Reardon said it was important the board continue to examine all programs in the budget to measure their effectiveness and whether that money was the best use of resources. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit – JS


…Beach Fires?

THE LATEST: Amendments to the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s fire pit proposal would spare San Clemente’s beach fires from changes,

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SCAQMD officials noted Thursday at a public hearing in Newport Beach. Under the new rules proposed by the board, cities with fewer than 15 pits on their beaches, such as San Clemente, would largely be exempt from restrictions on the proximity to homes, though locations may have to be adjusted slightly. Some fire rings may have to be moved or removed, like at Doheny State Beach, due to a need to move the rings 100 feet apart because of their proximity of residences. WHAT’S NEXT: The AQMD will formally vote on the proposal July 12 at its headquarters in Diamond Bar. AQMD member Barry Wallerstein noted in an exchange with Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown that he felt San Clemente would make a good test case for propane or natural gas pits, due to the proximity of lifeguard towers to the fire rings. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit — JS


…Calafia Parking?

THE LATEST: The California Coastal Commission voted Friday to allow California State Parks to increase the Holiday rate for parking at San Clemente State Park to a flat $20 per day, which could go into effect in time for the July 4 holiday. WHAT’S NEXT: Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown said the proposal caused a hazard for those living in neighborhoods around the Calafia lot, since it was likely beachgoers would try to find spots in residential neighborhoods nearby. He also feared that fewer people would cycle through the parking lot on a given day, since the higher cost provided more reason to stay longer. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. — JS




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Friday, June 21 Dark Friday City offices closed. Ballroom Bash 7:15 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Monthly dancing event at the San Clemente Community Center featuring a lesson in the foxtrot followed by open dancing to various types of music. Tickets $10, includes refreshments. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.360.8200, Ribbon Cutting 11:30 a.m. Opening of Pet Treasures. 653 Camino de los Mares, 949.492.1131,

Sunday, June 23 San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

Tuesday, June 25 City Council Committee and Commissions Interviews 6 p.m. The City Council conducts interviews for open positions. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, Toastmasters 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Practice public speaking every Tuesday in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at the library, 242 Ave. Del Mar, 949.361. 8463, www.

Wednesday, June 26 SC Rotary Club Noon. Pride of the Pacific Bar & Grille, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619, Planning Commission Meeting 4 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Thursday, June 27 Summer Reading Program Show 10:30 a.m. The library kicks off their summer programs for kids with an entertaining show by singer/songwriter Craig Newton who plays multiple instruments. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, Jewelry Trunk Show 10:30 a.m.-noon. Creations by Suzi offers unique jewelry in this special sale at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. Networking Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Chamber networking event at the Sunrise Café. Cost $15. 701 N. El Camino Real, 949.492.1131, San Clemente Times June 20–26, 2013

Lee Wanderer of San Clemente paints a scene of Cafe Mimosa across the street during the “Quick Draw” event Saturday at the San Clemente Art Association’s Plein Art Competition. Another outdoor event will be held Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards will be given at the San Clemente Community Center Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Photo by Jim Shilander

New Leadership Team For SC LDS Community

of Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement and is a reviewer for the National Science Foundation grant programs.

At a semi-annual conference on June 5 for the south Orange County members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, a new stake presidency of leadership was elected to serve the church’s local congregants. President Greg Stapley of San Juan Capistrano, first counselor Mark Boud and second counselor Scott Smith, both of San Clemente, will now preside over the San Clemente Stake of the church, which includes approximately 3,500 members from nine congregations throughout San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point. President Curtis Reese of San Clemente was released from nine years of lay service, along with his counselors William Bunker and David Lindahl. Representatives from the church’s Salt Lake City headquarters including Elder Anthony D. Perkins and regional authority Rueben Acosta, attended the conference to officiate the change, which will go into effect immediately.

San Onofre Foundation Names New Board Members The San Onofre Foundation has named two new members to its board of directors, Wendy Yoder and Justin F. McCarty III. Yoder is an avid photographer and serves as a SOF Director and as Chairwoman of the San Clemente State Beach Historic Cottage Committee. McCarty is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, who pursues his surfing and mountain biking endeavors at our local state parks. He serves as a senior vice president for a commercial bank and has served on the boards

Assistance League Names Scholarship Winners The Assistance League of Capistrano has awarded four scholarships totaling $6,000 to graduating seniors, who are the children of military families stationed at Camp Pendleton. The four students, who recently graduated from San Clemente High School, and their scholarship amounts, are Elizabeth Bracken, $2,000; Marisa Hernandez, $2,000; Bethany Barrios, $1,000; and Anne Custis, $1,000. Funds for the scholarships were raised by proceeds from the Assistance League’s thrift store, the Bargain Box, located at 526 N. El Camino Real in San Clemente. Donations also support the Capistrano Valley and surrounding areas.

Casa Hosting Luau Event Sunday To mark the opening of its 2013 Coast Culture Exhibition, “San Onofre, Birthplace of Southern California Beach Culture,” the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens will host an evening luau on June 23, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The luau event will include a preview of the San Onofre exhibition, food prepared by the Hawaiian Surf Club, ukulele performances and live music by Glenn and Joice Alapag. The event is open to the public. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for food and beverages. The exhibition is sponsored by Hurley and the San Clemente Times, with help from the Surfing Heritage Culture Center and the

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California Surf Museum, with contributions to the exhibition including the San Onofre Foundation, the Hawaiian Club of San Onofre, the Acjachemen Nation, the Camp Pendleton Historical Society, the San Onofre Surfing Club and the San Onofre and San Clemente State Parks. Following the opening night luau on June 23, the exhibition will be on display at Casa Romantica through August 25. Among the exhibits will be a collection of notable surfboards including the board Whitey Harrison rode when he discovered San Onofre in the early 1930s, Dale Velzy’s balsa board that he shaped on the beach at San Onofre and Mick Fanning’s “Thruster,” which he rode to win the Trestle’s Hurley Pro. A four-part speaker series hosted in concert with the exhibition will begin on June 27 at 7 p.m. with a presentation by Steve Long, senior advisor to the San Onofre Foundation, entitled “San Onofre: The Making of the Park.”

Benefit Event June 30 Tamara Bordeaux is a 27-year-old San Clemente resident battling stage-four Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She has completed six rounds of chemo and still has seven more to go. The benefit will be held on Sunday, June 30, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Zona’s Italian Restaurant in San Clemente. The event will include two bands, a silent auction and hourly raffles. A percentage of the restaurant’s proceeds will also go toward the effort, and several other local businesses have also made donations. All monies raised will go straight to Tamara. An account has also been set up at Wells Fargo Bank, “The Tamara Bordeaux Donation Fund.”

Local Students Named to Dean’s Lists Rachel Dordal of San Clemente has been named to the dean’s list at Muhlenberg College for the spring 2013 semester. Students must earn a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average to attain dean’s list status. Mulenberg is located in Allentown, Penn. Two San Clemente students, Elizabeth Griffin and Zachary Petersen, have been named to Loyola Marymount University’s dean’s list for the spring 2013 semester. Students named to the dean’s list have completed 15 semester hours at LMU and earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better. Additionally, a student must have completed all of his or her courses and never received an “F” in any course. Have something interesting for the community? Send your information to


Second Time Around Vista Hermosa Sports Park enters its second summer of operation By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


fter nearly a decade in planning, San Clemente’s Vista Hermosa Sports Park became a reality with a large celebration in February 2012. But with the celebration and the honeymoon period ending, the city must now confront the reality of dealing with what’s rapidly become one of the busiest spots in town. When it opened more than a year ago, San Clemente Recreation Director Pam Passow said she and her staff were expecting to have a little bit of time to get used to the facility before it reached peak use in the summer. However, the weather did not cooperate with that plan. “We expected we would get a slow ramp up, being open in February,” Passow said. “We expected to have cool weather, but last February we had one of the warmest early spring’s we’ve had. So day one, this place was busy.” The two pools, including the larger 50-meter pool, have been in high demand since the opening of the park as well. Part of that may have come as a result of the concurrent closure of the Ole Hanson Beach Club, but Passow said, the aquatic center was designed to allow for more activities than the beach club. “There’s so many different groups that like to swim, they all want to be swimming at the same time. At the beach club, with only a 25-yard pool, we only had one thing going on at a time and here we have mul-

(L to R) Perla Garcia, Ruby Garcia and Maritza Ramirez enjoy the kid’s section of the San Clemente Aquatic Center Tuesday. Photo by Jim Shilander

tiple things going on at the same time. We built it, and now everybody’s coming out of the woodwork saying, ‘OK, thank you, now let’s swim.’” Passow said the same has largely been true for the athletic fields, which have quickly been filled up to the point where the parties conflict. “As soon as fields were built, we had multiple requests for the same times, the same fields,” she said. “After school, until about 8 or 9 p.m., they’re packed, every single day… We thought maybe we would have a little bit of space. We don’t.” Passow said during school hours the fields obviously do not get the same amount of use, although there are a good number of pick-up games during those periods. During the summer, camps usually keep things full up to an even greater degree, she said.

That busyness also means challenges for maintaining the fields and pool at a high level. That may be more of a challenge in future years, since a special city fund designated to assist with the park’s upkeep is currently slated to run dry by early 2015, City Manager Pall Gudgeirsson said. After that point, maintenance funds will have to come out of the city’s general fund. Passow said staff was doing its best to try and adapt to the new challenges presented by the use of synthetic turf on some fields and need to maintain the state of the art pool. “This is such a large facility, and we have had amenities we haven’t had before, for instance synthetic turf,” she said. “And there’s a learning curve for how you maintain that. We want this to last as long as possible. We’ve worked very hard with


Then-Mayor Jim Evert shares a laugh with former Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jim Everett at the opening of Vista Hermosa Sports Park in February 2012. File photo

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425: Summer - daily average pool users 189: Off-season - daily average pool users 592: Total Current Pass holders 27,625: Pass Uses June 2012 to May 2013 53,313: Drop-in Users June 2012 to May 2013 3,296: Users of the Ole Hanson Beach Club in August 2011 13,441: Users of the San Clemente Aquatic Center in August 2012 31: Organizations regularly using athletic fields Events held at the park: Carnival Colossal, Springtacular, National Night Out, Friendraiser and Sports Wall of Fame unveiling, swim meets, sport tournaments and opening days for a variety of sport organizations Figures courtesy of the city of San Clemente.

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contractors to maintain the facility and make sure we’re doing this correctly.” Staff has also received training on how best to maintain the pools, which has often meant changes from the way that pools were maintained in the past. “Nobody likes it when the pool closes, especially us, because our patrons are upset,” Passow said. “If there’s a pool closure because we’re not paying attention, that’s not OK. We want this to look new, not just after one year but at 10 years.” The same is true of Courtney’s SandCastle, the universal access park created for children of special needs. Passow said the park has opened up recreation opportunities not just for children but for parents as well. “We have seen parents who are in wheelchairs be able to play with their kids that in a typical playground might not be able to get near the swing to be able to push their kids,” Passow said. The park has also played host to a number of field trips from Capistrano Unified School District special education classes. The Courtney’s SandCastle Foundation is currently wrapping up fundraising for the second phase of the playground, which will include a sensory garden. Passow said she did not anticipate much disruption, since the garden is set apart from the rest of the playground. The park has also served as a place for the city to come together, even if, at the beginning, residents from both old San Clemente and Talega were not quite sure what to make of the park. “When we first opened, there were a lot of San Clemente residents who came here who didn’t live in Talega, and who didn’t know they were allowed to come in here,” Passow said. “They didn’t realize it was a city facility, meaning it’s a community facility. And then there were Talega residents who believed this was part of the Talega community and no one else was allowed to go.” Former city manager George Scarborough said the park carries an important role in uniting a city that has recently been divided by a number of highly charged emotional issues. “The psychological division between east and west is much less than it used to be and there’ll be reasons it will be reduced,” Scarborough said. “Vista Hermosa Park’s one, having a community facility that everyone will utilize extensively that will bring people together in a way where we don’t have another facility like that in the center of the new community, It will bring people together in a way that will break down a lot of those east-west barriers.” The facility is also not quite finished. The city is examining the possibility of using the vacant fields just outside the sports park for various purposes, including additional sports fields or as an event space. Last year the area hosted the Carnival Colossal, a major fundraiser for the Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation. 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, June 18 KEEP THE PEACE Camino Azulejo, 0 Block (4:24 a.m.) A security company asked a man to leave the area but he refused to cooperate. The man was inside a Nissan. DISTURBANCE Avenida San Juan, 100 Block (12:27 a.m.) A caregiver called authorities when her patient’s granddaughter got into a verbal confrontation with her boyfriend. The boyfriend was thought to be on methamphetamine and had broken into the house.

Monday, June 17 DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY Rio Lindo, 100 Block (10:46 p.m.) A man hosting a party called police after a group of uninvited people showed up. He requested police assistance. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Fabricante, 200 Block (9:04 p.m.) A couple was suspected of casing a house when they were seen driving an off-white Lexus through a neighborhood and taking pictures of one house in particular. CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Guijarro, 0 Block (6:21 p.m.) A mother called police regarding her 17-year-old son who had just graduated and moved in with his girlfriend and her mom. The mother said her son was refusing to come home. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Fabricante, 200 Block (4:24 p.m.) A man called dispatch after witnessing two men in their late teens or early 20s with suitcases loitering in a parking lot. The man said the two men left the suitcases in the bushes behind a building. UNKNOWN TROUBLE Avenida Del Poniente, 200 Block (3:08 p.m.) Dispatch received a call on a business line from a woman who was crying hysterically. The dispatcher said it was hard to understand what the woman was San Clemente Times June 20–26, 2013

saying. The caller finally tried to step outside for better reception when they lost cell phone contact. VANDALISM IN PROGRESS Ola Vista, 1600 Block (1:43 p.m.) Five boys between the ages of 10 and 14 were reported to authorities for skateboarding through an alley, setting off car alarms and breaking pots. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Del Mar, 200 Block (10:57 a.m.) A woman was seen running down the street screaming “oh no” with a man following her on a skateboard. Witnesses say that the man and woman had been loitering in front of a business together for several days, and that they had hid a blue bag in some bushes near the parking lot of the business. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via Apuesto, 0 Block (5:16 a.m.) A woman reported hearing her neighbor’s car alarm sounding for over seven minutes. When she decided to walk outside and inform her neighbor, a red truck with gardening equipment in the back pulled up in front of her. She said the driver seemed startled to see her and quickly drove away. BATTERY Avenida Espada, 2100 Block (2:28 a.m.) A man contacted authorities after he was approached by another man while walking on Calle Frontera. He said the man asked for money that he owed him, but when he said that he didn’t have the money, the man proceeded to punch and kick him while he was down. The subject left the scene in a black Range Rover.

Sunday, June 16 SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Costero Vista, 4000 Block (11:09 p.m.) A woman called deputies when she noticed people inside of a dark green Jeep Cherokee possibly doing drugs. She called back and said deputies had passed the vehicle and were talking to the wrong people, but at this point the vehicle had already moved to a different street. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via Barracuda, 500 Block (8:35 p.m.) A call was made regarding two parked vehicles with multiple people inside dealing drugs. The caller said one of the vehicles was a Jeep Grand Cherokee with a sticker that read “I LOVE SAN QUENTIN,” on the rear window. DISTURBANCE Avenida La Pata, 200 Block (8:22 p.m.) A woman at a baseball field called police after the umpire ordered a man in his 30s to leave. She feared the man was waiting in the parking lot. Other witnesses said the man was possibly drunk or on drugs and was being confrontational with people in the parking lot. Page 7


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GUEST OPINION: Wavelengths by Jim Kempton

San Onofre: Birthplace of California Beach Culture A new exhibit at the Casa Romantica celebrates the influence of San Onofre’s lifestyle


his Sunday a summer exhibit will open at the Casa Romantica—one that hits very close to home for those who have ever spent an afternoon at the beach. The festivities for opening day at the Casa will be a “beach culture” affair. The Hawaiian Club of San Onofre will be cooking a luau, playing authentic island-style music and doing what Hawaiians have honed to a fine art—enjoying beach life. The Surfing Heritage has loaned special surfboards, the California Surf Museum has brought rare artifacts and the San Onofre Surfing Club has provided great support. Admission is free, Kona is supplying the beer. Oh yes, for full disclosure—I am the curator. The exhibit itself will attempt a “James Michener’s Hawaii style of presentation, all tied to the connection to surfing and the beach culture it pioneered. It will include a look at the geography, geology, animals, plants and the San Mateo watershed. The Acjachemen Native People will

the birth of the cool. When wave riders from all over the globe visited San Onofre for the paddleboard and surfing championships in the 1930s, they were astonished by what had developed into a unique culture complete with rituals, invented language, custom sport attire and inventive maneuvers on their evolving equipment. These influences have now been emulated in locales around the globe. In the last 60 years, surfing has become an essential part of the American image, in many cases replacing the cowboy as the epitome of the rugged individualist, the free-ranging explorer and the inventive entrepreneur that so defines America to the world. Hawaiian shirts and functional board-shorts have become an industry worth billions in annual sales. The wave field at San Onofre from Old Man’s to Upper Trestles is the “Yosemite of Surfing.” It is the capitol of a national recreation culture. The surfing lifestyle

be present, as will the reed watercrafts they used to navigate the estuary and the fishing grounds outside the surf line—connecting them as the region’s first wave riders. It will touch on WAVELENGTHS the rancho days, and By Jim Kempton Camp Pendleton’s influence on the area as well as a surprising sonar surfboard development that helped win WWII. Influenced by the Hawaiian lifestyle, San Onofre surfers fashioned a world of their dreams combining ancient Polynesian rituals and space-age instruments of leisure. The colorful characters had names as memorable as tribal chieftains and their custom wave-riding weapons became statements of style. It was the embryonic stirrings of what would eventually become a national and worldwide phenomenon. For beach culture, it was

that has emerged from the San Onofre beaches is a uniquely American invention, one of the first to affect the national consciousness as a truly recreational culture. This exhibit hopes recognize its significance and celebrate its contribution. Everyone who has experienced the beach culture we enjoy today should come have a look at the story of how it was invented. Jim Kempton is an inveterate patron of the surf lifestyle and President of the California Surf Museum. He hopes you will support the exhibit and Casa Romantica so he can convince his children he is not a surf bum. 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


I read the article on “Tree Policy About Being a Good Neighbor.” There does not appear to be any mention that the city broke the Broadmoor Rules of the 17-foot tree height restriction, and Broadmoor would have had to make a special exception for the city if the trees were to be 20 feet in height. The maximum tree height allowed by special exception in the Broadmoor development is 20 feet high. These were the terms and conditions of Broadmoor gifting the land of Verde Park to the city. The residents of Broadmoor San Clemente Times June 20–26, 2013

now have to ask the city to remove or replace these trees with ones that meet the restrictions, rules and regulations that the city signed off on. In my opinion there is no issue to consider. The city can get in compliance or risk legal action from the property owners of Broadmoor who signed off on the petition to remove the trees. This is not a complex issue. The city broke the rules and has a moral, ethical and legal obligation to rectify the situation. The city being the offender should be the one to bear the expense, not the Broadmoor homeowners. This has nothing to do with “private owner’s view disputes” as stated

in Mr. Baker’s guest opinion. It has to do with the city keeping its commitment that the Broadmoor homeowners relied on. If the residents in Broadmoor can be fined for letting their trees grow past the 17-foot tree height restriction, why can’t Broadmoor fine the city for breaking the rules? This is not about politicians counting votes. It is about the residents of San Clemente protecting our community and our property values and taking action. On Barcelona Street, the overgrown trees have busted up the curbs, sidewalks and streets, making it unsafe for the elderly, children and disabled. This is typical of many of our streets in San Clemente.

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Being in a wheelchair at this time, I have witnessed this first hand and it has been very difficult to get around on many of our streets in San Clemente and it is my belief our city should be safe for all of us. Wake up San Clemente. VERDE TREES DESERVE PROTECTION STEVE NETHERBY, San Clemente

I’ve looked at trees from both sides. My family owned an orchard of apricot trees in what is now Silicon Valley when I was young, and I sat like a monkey in their branches during apricot season, feasting.


Letters to the Editor (cont.) Every summer, my six brothers and I spent a month at a summer camp in the Sierra foothills where we afternoon-napped and night-slept under towering, fragrant ponderosa pines. When we moved to San Clemente 40 years ago, part of the allure of the property we bought were six stately pines. But they soon grew precipitously tall and threatened our house, and I employed my felling skills once again. Since then, we’ve planted trees that provide us shade in summer, windbreaks in winter, the soft beauty that only trees can give, places for kids to climb and swing and birds and butterflies to shelter and nest. The tree in back helps anchor our house to the top of the slope, where we like it. I appreciate, too, the fact that my trees provide oxygen for the world to breathe, and snag and sequester in their cells smudgy I-5 exhaust emissions bent on poisoning our village’s ocean breezes, while ours and all the trees around dampen highway whine. We lace and prune them, top them when necessary, to gratify uphill neighbors. So I can relate to both sides of the tree issue Mayor Baker wrote about in the June 6-12 issue—the tree-lover’s side and that of the lover of ocean views. But Verde Park? In the ’70s, our girls ran among the eucalyptus trees there while Jackie and I photographed outdoor gear in the green-

ness for Field & Stream. We often walked the park with our children, our Springer spaniel and a Frisbee. I walked again among the Verde Park eucalypti on a recent afternoon. The bark of some was almost black, deeply grooved; others were smooth and white as marble; yet others reminded me of the coloring of Appaloosa horses I’ve saddled and packed for mountain trails. Music rustled in the leaves and the air was aromatic. Eucalypti are habitat for over 100 species of birds, and their leaves home to monarch butterflies. Red-tailed hawks nest in tall trees like these. Eucalypti have a long history in California and have been put to a multitude of uses here. From furniture and cabinetry to medicines and pier pilings, they have the reputation of improving the climate where they’re planted and have been called “the tree of California.” Mayor Baker calls “plain and simple” the matter of replacing these graceful old giants. He dismisses them as being “less than 0.1 percent of … our city’s trees” and says the impact would be “imperceptible.” Plain and simple their removal? Imperceptible? Our mayor proposes to remove 100 trees belonging to all 68,000 citizens of San Clemente to benefit approximately point-one percent of us. I’ve worked side by side with Mayor Baker on a number


of key local quality-of-life issues, but the side of me that loves trees and all the ways they serve us causes me this time to side with those who want to protect the Verde Park eucalypti from city chainsaws. However, I can’t speak for you. I invite you to visit Verde Park and walk the grass beneath its trees. You’ll feel the magic of the place as I do or you won’t. I bet you will, and I hope you’ll let the mayor know.

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


GARDEN ANGEL VOLUNTEERS 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Volunteers needed every Thursday at Los Rios Park with Goin Native. Bring gloves and clippers. 31661 Los Rios St., 949.606.6386, San Juan Capistrano,


RUSSO AND STEELE CLASSIC CAR AUCTION PREVIEW PARTY 6 p.m. Browse more than 350 European sports cars, American muscle cars, hot rods and customs at the Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina for the annual auction; party benefits CHOC. $150, includes dinner. 1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, 602.252.2697,


COOKING CLASS: SUMMER CHILLIN AND GRILLIN 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Goin Native presents an outdoor cooking class featuring Chef Dan from the French Culinary Institute of NY demonstrating easy grill recipes. Fee $60, includes take-home recipes. 31661 Los Rios St., 949.493.5911, San Juan Capistrano,


MOVIES IN THE PARK 8 p.m. The City of Dana Point kicks off the Movies in the Park series with a showing of “Madagascar 3” in Lantern Bay Park; free popcorn and refreshments available for purchase. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3530, WINE TASTING 5 p.m.-9 p.m. SC Wine Company features Steven Kent Winery of Livermore. Tasting includes refreshments. 212 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, JIM NICHOLS BAND 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, BIG COUNTRY 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $20-$23. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, San Clemente Times June 20–26, 2013

AT THE MOVIES: ‘THIS IS THE END’ Six years ago, after making Knocked Up, Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel created a short film called Seth & Jay vs. the Apocalypse for kicks. When a release date for the short fell through, the film fell into obscurity and the actors continued on with their careers. Now the duo, along with Rogen’s writing partner Evan Goldberg, are revisiting the short with their latest fiasco farce This Is the End. The apocalypse hits L.A. as best friends Seth and Jay attend a party at James Franco’s house. A huge hole in the backyard swallows a number of celebrities and the Hollywood Hills are set aflame. The three friends, as well as Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride, barricade themselves in Franco’s house while chaos reigns. Rihanna, Emma Watson and Michael Cera make amusing appearances along the way. What isn’t surprising about This © Sony Pictures Is the End is the amount of genuine humor and comedic timing the cast creates by mocking themselves in the midst of hysteria. What is surprising is that while not only hilarious, the film also has an actual, thorough storyline about friendship and growing up after finding success. Rogen and Goldberg’s movie is one of the funniest comedies so far this summer and one of the more uniquely crafted and directed. —Megan Bianco


DANA POINT CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Classic car show at the St. Regis Monarch Beach starting Friday and with judging and awards on Sunday. Saturday features Hot Rods and Customs in the Park with free admission. 1 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 949.234.3200,


FROM PALLETTE TO PALATE 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Paint San Clemente’s artful taste gala with dishes from local restaurants at the Community Center. $35. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.366.1601, PAINT SAN CLEMENTE COLLECTOR’S EVENING GALA 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Announcing the winners of the Plein Air Competition and paintings available for sale at the Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.210.3658,

COMMUNITY TABLE: PIZZA AND BEER 4:30 p.m.6 p.m. The Ecology Center food and drink event with coboven fired pizza with local and organic ingredients. Beer available for 21+ with ID. $40-$45. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,



CHEESE CLASS 101 7 p.m.10 p.m. Special event at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

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


CATCH A WAVE: BEACH BOYS CONCERT 7:30 p.m. The Beach Boys Show tribute band performs at the Dana Point Yacht Club. Come early for dinner. $15-$20. 24399 Dana Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2900,

KALEIDO KIDS SUMMER EVENT: DAVE THE MAGICIAN 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Magic event for kids at the Kaleidoscope, as well as games, face painting and much more. Events every Tuesday though August. 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy., Mission Viejo,

BONFIRE 10 p.m. AC/DC tribute band at OC Tavern. Tickets $10. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,

THE GATSBY SMOKES 7 p.m. San Clemente band plays at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,


LUAU AND SAN ONOFRE EXHIBIT OPENING 4 p.m.8 p.m. Casa Romantica hosts a free luau with food, entertainment and more to celebrate the debut of its Coast Culture Exhibition on San Onofre that features historical stories, rare photographs, surfboards, artifacts, paintings, vintage memorabilia, and more. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


ASHUN 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Live music and dinner at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, LEE ROY 4 p.m. Music at Sunsets. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880, FREE FISHING FOR KIDS Noon. A fishing lesson at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, Page 10



MICROBREWS BY THE MISSION 4 p.m.8 p.m. Enjoy delicious microbrews and food at great prices in downtown San Juan Capistrano on the last Wednesday of every month. More info: 949.493.4700,


ELI CHAPMAN 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, MIKE HAMILTON 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Ribjoint 34294 Pacific Coast Hwy, Dana Point, 949.661.9500, *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 NEW DEVELOPMENTS u Corky’s Cafe, 2727 Via Cascadita, 949.492.1135 Behsheed Jamsheed, the new owner of Corky’s Cafe, the diner near the Department of Motor Vehicles on Via Cascadita, is hoping to reopen the restaurant Monday, June 25, after a month-long renovation. But there will be more than cosmetic changes to the eatery. Jamsheed, who is from Iran, will turn Corky’s into essentially two different restaurants after the renovations are completed this weekend. Corky’s will keep the American breakfast and diner food the restaurant has done in the past in the morning and for lunch, then will change crews and serve Mediterranean and Persian food for dinner. Jamsheed said he initially purchased the restaurant last November. “Before we (his partners and himself) put in an offer, we stopped by a couple of times. We liked the place, we liked the location, but we didn’t like the flooring or the paint. Other things were worn out. Something had to be done.” Jamsheed came to the United States for the first time in 1973, and spent 12 years here, 11 as a student. After receiving a degree at USC, he eventually earned a doctorate in environmental engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York before going back to Iran, where he taught in universities and opened businesses before returning to the U.S. in 2007. He wasn’t necessarily looking to open a restaurant, but said he’d been looking to do something. Since he’d been to San Clemente to visit a sister while he lived in Iran, he decided to make it his permanent home, where he’d raise his two youngest children. Jamsheed said the morning and lunch staff, including the cooks, will remain from before the renovation, and many had used

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location was available in April, she said, they jumped on it. “We had to move a lot more quickly than we had anticipated,” Condello said. All proceeds from sales at the store will go to the organization. The store will hold a grand opening June 29 at noon, and will thereafter be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.


New Corky’s Cafe owner Behsheed Jamsheed, here with his son Arteen, will add a new dinner menu when the restaurant reopens Monday following a renovation. The restaurant will keep traditional American breakfast and lunch items for those meals, then serve Mediterranean and Persian food at dinner. Photo by Jim Shilander

the time away as a vacation. A second crew of wait-staff and cooks would be brought on to handle the new menu, which will include traditional kebabs, seafood and salads. Breakfast and lunch will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dinner will be available from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. u iHope Gift and Thrift, 542 N. El Camino Real, 949.279.3975, Sandy Condello is newly returned to San Clemente, but she’s no stranger to helping charities set up fundraising thrift stores. After friends told her about San Clementebased homeless charity iHope, Condello said she decided to bring her skills to this area. “I heard about it through friends who

were volunteering,” Condello said. “When I moved back from the desert, I decided to get involved and help.” Condello said the neighbors should actually help the store, which sits by a number of other charitable thrift stores on El Camino Real. The iHope store will sell clothing, jewelry, accessories, toys, surfboards, dishes, linens, small appliances and furniture. “I see that as a positive,” Condello said. “People who go to thrift shops, they love to go from one shop to another to find some treasure. We’ll all have different merchandise.” Condello said the charity was looking into potentially opening a charitable store for “about a year,” but no location was immediately available. When the El Camino Real

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u Designs By Nature, 400 S. El Camino Real, Suite A, 949.498.8358, Sheila Martin, the owner of Designs by Nature, said she’s been blessed to be able to see people grow up at the store, and to see all sorts or cross-generational encounters over the course of the store’s 21 years in business. “I’ve watched people grow up, some people are collectors, some people are gift givers,” Martin said. “We’ve had people 80 and up and some 5 and under, and something that the 80-year-old are surprised by are some of the questions the 5-yearolds come up with. It’s really a place for all ages.” To celebrate the anniversary, the gallery will host a special reception Saturday, June 29. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the event will turn the gallery into a museum for a night, though Martin admits that many seem to see the gallery as a museum anyway. Fossil collector Tony Mathis will show off a number of his pieces, including reptile and fish fossils, on both floors of the gallery. Refreshments will be served throughout the evening, and a number of opportunity drawings will be held. Martin said she’s been grateful for all of the free advertising her customers have always given her. “I get referrals from a lot of people, and they’re the best referrals,” Martin said. SC

SC LIVING GUEST OPINION: Life’s a Beach by Shelley Murphy

Returning to the Nest Extra vacation time ahead for local students


s a parent of two students, my calendar operates on the school year schedule with June as my year-end instead of December. This time of year, exhausted parents of school-age kids can attest that June trumps December’s parties, presents and pageantry. The close of the school year sparks a surge of year-end activities and puts parents in a panic to attend a plethora of classroom parties, sports banquets, award ceremonies and graduation celebrations. Weary parents finally crawling across the finish line into summer might be surprised to find an extra two weeks of vacation on this year’s school calendar. Students in the Capistrano Unified School District see their vacation jump from the traditional 10 weeks to 12 as a result of furlough days—students ended the school year earlier (June 11) and start the next school year later (September 9). CUSD students embarked on their summer vacations last week, but tomorrow marks the official onset of summer. The summer solstice on June 21 occurs when the sun reaches its furthest point from the equator providing the most hours of daylight, or our longest day of the year.

The extra sunshine signals the start of the summer season and signs pop-up in our neighborhood as my street converts to an obstacle course of basketball hoops, skateboard LIFE’S A BEACH ramps and lemonade By Shelley Murphy stands. While my younger son begins his vacation, my older son completed his freshman year of college last month and arrived home a few weeks ago to spend the summer. Navigating the road of young adulthood comes potholed with challenges, but so far his first summer home we’ve managed to compromise on most matters - except sleep. I anticipate my older son finding it difficult to adjust to the additional hours of daylight ahead. In the year since he graduated high school, he transformed into a creature of the night. The kid who enrolled in zero period at San Clemente High School for four solid years, and sat in a classroom with pen and paper ready to go when the bell rang at

6:40 a.m., now can’t seem to pry his head off the pillow before noon. His day begins when dusk falls. He spends his nights seeking out pool parties, sporting events, midnight movies, and avoiding garlic cloves and holy water. In his defense, he worked hard during his freshman year and after surviving fraternity rush and finals week, I’m happy to see him getting some much needed sleep. We’re both much more relaxed this month as compared to last June’s pomp and circumstance. A year ago when he graduated, I dissolved into a bundle of nerves. As his college departure date loomed closer, I became a basket case and convinced myself he’d never be home again. I marked every family occasion, including our “last” lunch at his favorite restaurant and our “last” night together at home—in hindsight, I may have overreacted just a bit. A year later, I’m happy to report the bird does fly home to the nest for summer. Especially if the nest is outfitted with their comfortable queen size bed, a bathroom shared with only one sibling and hot food that doesn’t resemble anything found in a

cafeteria meal plan. The prison-like conditions of a tiny dorm room also did wonders for his outlook. My son’s actually looking forward to our annual summer vacation—the same one he routinely moaned and groaned about being forced to endure against his will. Soon, I’ll be spending the extra two weeks of vacation with my boys while savoring sandy beaches, saltwater shores— and every moment. In the blink of an eye, summer will slip away and another school year will start bringing with it backbreaking schedules and heart-breaking goodbyes. Shelley Murphy has lived in San Clemente with her husband and two sons for the past 14 years. She’s a freelance writer and contributor to the SC Times since 2006. 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

FRIENDS FOUNDATION RAISING FUNDS WITH GOLF TOURNAMENT Event raises money for summertime recreational scholarships and sensory garden By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


he Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation is looking for golf foursomes for their latest fundraiser. The foundation is hosting its third annual “Friends of San Clemente” golf tournament June 28 at San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. Board member John Dorey said funds from the event, which will include a number of contests at different holes, as well as a putting contest, will primarily go toward providing scholarships for needy children throughout the city to participate in recreational programs, as well as the city’s junior lifeguards, drama, dance and skateboarding programs. “We want to help underprivileged kids in town, kids at or near the poverty level, be able to have swimming lessons or be able to participate in the recreation programs the city puts on,” Dorey said. Dorey said funds would also go to the San Clemente Times June 20–26, 2013

Courtney’s SandCastle Foundation to help pay for second phase of construction of the playground at Vista Hermosa Sports Park, which will include a sensory garden filled with aromatic plants, a musical pathway and interactive water features. The Courtney’s SandCastle Foundation is attempting to raise funds to match the city’s own contributions for the project. Dorey said that while there will be a dinner and silent auction following the tournament, starting at 5:30 p.m., the foundation is still actively looking for golfers to populate the foursomes. That event begins with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The Foundation is also planning the second annual “Stoke-a-Rama” 14-and under surf event and 13th annual Skate Contest in September, as well as its annual Carnival Colossal & Expo in October. For information on the event, visit, or call 949.276.8866 or 949.492.4036. SC

Members of the Friends of San Clemente Beaches Parks and Recreation Foundation and staff from the city’s recreation department in front of the “Friends” Meeting Room at the San Clemente Aquatic Center. Photo courtesy of Bill Thomas

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Local soccer club San Clemente United came up just short in last week’s Joy Fawcett Invitational but came back to take home the firstplace hardware one week later in the Swallows Cup, which was held in San Juan Capistrano from June 15-16. The SC United U11 team went undefeated in the tournament and was crowned the Flight II champions after defeating FC Impact 3-0 in the finals. The team defeated their opponents by a combined score of 19-1 in four

The SC United U11 soccer team went undefeated en route to capturing the Swallows Cup Flight II Championships on June 16. Courtesy photo

SC Men’s Golf Club Championships Provide Excitement

SC Youth Wrestling Wins Western State Championships Local club notches 15 medals as tournament hosts

Low scores, exciting playoffs have become the norm for the club’s biggest tournament

By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times


By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times


f there’s anything that the members and fans of the San Clemente Men’s Golf Club have come to expect from their annual Club Championship in recent years, it’s that low scores and sudden-death playoffs have become tradition. The Club Championship is the group’s largest, most prestigious tournament of the year and the 43rd installment of it begins on June 21 and runs through June 23. Members can elect to compete in both the gross-score or net-score division. The gross-score is where the club champion emerges from, given the straight up, stroke play format. The net club champion division features golfers playing to their individual handicap, which awards them strokes on certain holes. It is the gross-score division that has provided the fireworks in recent years, according to the club’s Director at Large Rick Fleming. As a past champion (1999) and long standing board member, Fleming has seen an influx of talent and new equipment equate to very low scores, which has set up epic duels on the final day of competition. “Once upon a time it used to be a little over or a little under par that would win it…It’s gotten to a point where six or eight under for the three days will do it. Even par doesn’t quite get it anymore,” Fleming said. “You can see the history there…A number of the years have come down to playoffs.” Last year young-gun Van Johnstone IV, a former San Clemente High and Saddleback College golfer, caught up to the eventual winner Andy Horner on the back nine, forcing a two-hole playoff. Horner would seal the win on the par-5 11th hole. In 2011, five-time champion and club legend John Adams was forced into a multiple-hole playoff in which he San Clemente Times June 20-26, 2013

games played and allowed their one and only goal against in the first round. The team is: Sean Sullivan, Elijah Tomlinson, Gage Dobos, Ian Fu, William King, Sammy Perez, Lucas Pattinson, Beau Merritt, Gage Roberts, Daniel Tuscano, Matthew Economos, Leo Sanches and Jonas Perez. The team is coached by Eric McManus. —Steve Breazeale

The San Clemente Men’s Club Championship trophy will be up for grabs this weekend. Photo by Steve Breazeale

eventually prevailed to claim his record number of Club Championships. Adams’ five wins are currently the benchmark for the Men’s Club Championship, but there are a few who are chasing him that will be in the mix this weekend. Fleming expects three-time champion Scott Johannes (1991, 1994, 1995) to perform well, along with three-time winner Greg Schweitzer (2001, 2009, 2010). “These guys are good. The guys who are going at the end of the day are very good players…they’re either former college players or those who have regained their amateur status,” said Dave Hamdorf, club vice president and tournament chairman. The back nine at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course is where the club champion can win or lose the title. Fleming recalled how the mini-gallery the tournament draws usually starts to swell as the players make their way into the canyons that traverse the final few holes. By the time the final group gets to the par-4 18th, the crowd and tension grows. On June 23, that same crowd will likely be there, and given the recent history of the event, they will be treated to same late fireworks. SC Page 16

he San Clemente Youth Wrestling Program knew that if they were going to claim the 4th annual Western States Championships on June 1, they would have to go through perennial powerhouse Poway in order to get there. When it came down to it, it was the San Clemente club notched dead even with Poway at the top of the heap and the two groups split a share of first-place. “To be the champ you have to beat the champ and we really wanted to beat Poway, unfortunately we had a few of our better kids not available. But tying Poway tells us that the program is definitely headed in the correct direction,” San Clemente Youth Wrestling head coach Mike Marshall said in a press release. Teams from California, Arizona and Nevada showed up for the tournament with participants ranging from ages 4-15. In all, 29 different youth wrestling clubs were represented at the tournament, which was held at San Clemente High. San Clemente had 15 different wrestlers medal in their respective weight groups and age divisions, including four gold-medal winners. Graysen Crites won the four to five-year-old, 34-40 pound weight class. Eight-year-old Jayson Flener won his age bracket. Christian Nunez (13-14-year olds) won the 71-81 pound bracket while teammate Kyle Marshall won the 140-152 pound division. Elias Briones (40-45 pounds), Bryce Kohler (60-65), Daniel Smiley (63-70), Alec Fletes (129-140), Thomas Wilfert (142-150) and Jimmy Klink (140-155) all finished second in their weight classes. Justin Root (51-61), Cody Marshall (62-63), Jackson Combs (91-96), Hunter Gallagher (92-98) and Mark Calentino (138-140) finished third in their groups. “Many of these boys have been practicing and training since mid-November and as a staff we are really very pleased with the progress we see in the individuals as well as the club as a whole.” Marshall said. SC

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AIR CONDITIONING Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A,



Images/Creative Solutions 949.366.2488 2927 Via San Gorgoinio, Ste. 100,


South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 Kreative Hair Design 109 Calle de los Molinos, 173 Avenida Serra




ASAP Appliance Service 949.361.7713 Oasis Heating & Air 949.420.1321 3200 Legendario, 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd. Ste. A,



San Clemente Art Association 949.492.7175 100 N. Calle Seville,

BEAUTY SUPPLY Del Mar Beauty Supply 949.492.8180 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste D,

South Coast Furniture & Mattress 109 Calle de los Molinos,



Complete Business Insurance 949.943.9081 647 Camino de los Mares Ste. 108, BOOKS Mathom House Books 949.361.1633 GIS/Galvez Insurance Services, Inc - 949.240.7445 83 Via Pico Plaza, License # OE75910. 940 Calle Negocio, Ste. 170, Village Book Exchange 949.492.1114 99 Avenida Serra

CHIROPRACTIC CARE Christiansen Chiropractic 903 Calle Amancer, Ste. 230,



Lure of Chocolate, Gourmet Foods & Gift 949.439.1773 Schmid’s Fine Chocolate 949.369.1052 99 Avenida Del Mar,

COINS 949.350.4692 Kevin

South Coast Furniture & Mattress 109 Calle de los Molinos,


MOLD REMOVAL Jarvis Restoration -24/7 949.362.5388 1393 Calle Avanzado,



Brian Wiechman, 949.533.9209 Equity Coast Mortgage, a division of Pinnacle San Clemente Computer & Network Services 949.276.1581 Capital Mortgage,

CONCRETE Costa Verde Landscape License: 744797 (C-8 & C-27),

MOTORCYLE PARTS & SERVICE 949.361.9656 SC Rider Supply 949.388.0521 520 S. El Camino Real,



Danman’s Music School 949.496.6556 Eric Johnson, D.D.S. 949.493.9311 647 Camino de los Mares, Ste. 209, Janet Poth - Violin & Viola 949.922.6388 413 Calle Pueblo,

ELECTRICAL Arcadia Electric


ESTATE PLANNING, PROBATE, TRUST Lange & Minnott 1201 Puerta Del Sol, Ste. 203


FURNITURE South Coast Furniture & Mattress 109 Calle de los Molinos,


GLASS SCRATCH REMOVAL Bayside Window Cleaning, Inc.


South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos,

PAINTING KC Painting & Decorating 949.388.6829 3349 Paseo Halcon,


Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar,


SALONS Salon Bamboo 949.361.3348 150 Avenida Del Mar, Ste. A, Salon Bleu 949.366.2060 207 S. El Camino Real, Sanctuary Salon & Spa 949.429.5802 1041 Avenida Pico, Ste. B,

SECONDHAND/CONSIGNMENT SHOPS South Coast Furniture & Mattress 949.492.5589 109 Calle de los Molinos, The Bargain Box 949.492.2800 526 N. El Camino Real,

Colony Termite Control 949.361.2500 1402 Calle Alcazar,

PHARMACIES Sea View Pharmacy 665 Camino De Los Mares, #101


TILE & STONE INSTALLATION Kohler Tile Contracting


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PRESCHOOLS San Clemente Preschool 163 Avenida Victoria,



Bayside Window Cleaning, Inc. 949.215.2323 Clear Windows 949.485.8793 San Clemente,


Printing OC 949.388.4888 Offshore Construction 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203,


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Herbert Eyes Red, White and Blue San Clemente catcher Lucas Herbert to compete for spot on USA U18 baseball team By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times

an Clemente baseball head coach Dave Gellatly knew that the incoming sophomore transfer from Milton, Georgia would be a special talent. At 16-years-old Lucas Herbert, the soon to be starting catcher for the Tritons, had already committed to UCLA and played for the USA Baseball 14U National team that captured a bronze medal at the COPABE Pan Am Championships. When he arrived on campus, whispers of his power swing and ability behind the plate ran their way through San Clemente’s preseason practices. In his first game with the Tritons Herbert quickly turned those whispers into shouts. Gellatly recalls a preseason tournament in Fresno, when Herbert first sat behind the plate with an opposing runner on first base. Herbert received a pitch in the dirt then waited for the base runner to make a move. After the runner hesitated, Herbert fired a bullet from his knees to the first baseman who laid down the tag on the stranded runner for the out. “We didn’t really know who he was and we heard all these great stories,” Gellatly said. “He blocked a pitch then waited for the runner to make a decision, which most high school catchers don’t have the patience to do. Most catchers would immediately throw to first or second and Lucas just waited. Then he just threw him out at first.” Herbert batted .280 with three home runs and 11 RBIs during his sophomore campaign, a year that was hindered by a hand injury, and played an integral role in the Tritons run to the second round of the CIF-SS Division II Championships. With the hopes of keeping his strong age 16 season going, Herbert set off on June 18 to try and win a coveted spot on the USA Baseball 18U National team roster.


Triton Report By Steve Breazeale

TRITONS DIVERS NAMED ALL-AMERICANS The National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Associations made their top-100 All-American diving selections and three Tritons made the list. San Clemente Times June 20-26, 2013

Lucas Herbert is competing for a spot on the USA Baseball 18U National team this week in Cary, North Carolina. Photo by Brian Park

mind, as he prepares to face some of the top pitching talent in the nation. “I don’t’ feel like there’s extra pressure. All I can do is play my hardest and hope for the best,” Herbert said. “I’m just going to be more aggressive and not let them intimidate me too much. It’s just baseball.” Aside from stepping into the batter’s box to take on potential collegiate and professional pitching arms, the nature of Herbert’s position dictates he work with those players as well. As a catcher Herbert has impressed Gellatly and the Tritons coaching staff to the point that they let go of the reigns when he is behind the dish. Usually, Gellatly and his staff like to relay what pitch to throw to the catcher from the dugout, who then passes that along to the pitcher on the mound. But after just a few games the Tritons coaching staff realized that Herbert was more than capable of calling his own game. Although he missed several games because of his hand injury, the battery of Herbert and the Tritons’ pitchers proved to be effective. The pitching staff compiled a 13-7 overall record and boasted a 1.88 ERA. Tritons senior Shane Elias-Calles was a regular fill-in at catcher in Herbert’s absence. Now Herbert will have to get to know several pitchers as quickly as he can in order to show off his communication and physical skills behind the plate. “I like catching good pitchers. I like guys that hit their spots, it will be fun,” Herbert said. “It will be a good experience working with new guys.” The USA Baseball staff is expected to make their selections for the Team Trials early next week with the final roster of 20 to be announced later in the summer. It all culminates in a trip to the IBAF 18U World Cup in Taiwan in August. For updates on Herbert’s progress at the Tournament of Stars, visit SC

Herbert, along with 143 other players, was invited to USA Baseball’s week-long Tournament of Stars in Cary, North Carolina, which puts the top 18U players in the nation on display. From there, USA Baseball will whittle the number down to a select 40 players to compete in the 18U National Team Trials. Of the 40 players who advance to the trials, 20 will eventually be selected to represent the 18U National team. Having spent time on the roster of USA Baseball’s 14U team back in 2009, Herbert is eager to get back to that level and join the ranks of the stars and stripes.

“It would just be a great experience and be an honor to wear the uniform that all the great players have worn,” Herbert said. Herbert and the other players will be divided into eight teams and will play four games a day for four days straight with an evaluation day set for June 21. At 16, Herbert will be among the younger players in the crowd at the Tournament of Stars. A good deal of the players attending will be entering their high school senior season while Herbert will be heading into his junior year. That hasn’t weighed on the standout catcher’s

Junior Makena Chamoures was given All-American distinctions for the third time in her high school career. Chamoures is currently competing in the summer region 9 New Mexico, where she has qualified on the one-meter and three-meter boards. Chamoures placed fourth and fi fth, respectively in the events. Chamoures is looking to place in the top-15 in the region, which would earn her a spot in the zone stage of competition. Freshman Haley Farnsworth capped off a solid first-year campaign with the Tritons by also being named to the AllAmerican list. Freshman Caleb Dickson was also awarded All-American honors.

Junior Makena Chamoures was named a NISCA All-American for the third consecutive year. Courtesy photo

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GROMS OF THE WEEK: San Clemente High School and Shorecliffs Middle School Surf Teams

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San Clemente High School surf team. Photo by Janice Aragon

In NSSA National Interscholastic Championship competition last week, teams from San Clemente claimed top honors in both high school and middle school competition. The San Clemente High School varsity team topped runner-up Huntington Beach 140 to 108 in team competition and sent four individual surfers to the podium. Breyden Taylor took second-place in the men’s division, Mason Klink was third in longboard and Malia Osterkamp and Kloee Openshaw took third and sixth, respectively. Shorecliffs Middle School’s A team sailed past the competition with 136 points to runner-up Aviara Oaks’ 86. The Shorecliffs B team came in sixth overall. In total, seven Shorecliffs surfers made it to the podium. Kei Kobayashi, Ethan Mudge and Gunner Day came in first through third, respectively, in the boys division. In the girls division, Alexxa Elseewi won, Tera Richardson took third and Bethany Zelasko was fourth. In longboard Jacob Atwood and River Covey claimed second- and fourth-place, respectively. —Andrea Swayne

Bringing Home Bronze


U.S. juniors team third in the world By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


t was quite a week for local under 18 surfers who were part of the bronze medal winning team representing the United States among a field of 300 juniors from 30 countries. The PacSun USA Surf Team had their best showing yet on the world stage taking third-place at the 2013 ISA World Junior Surfing Championships in Nicaragua, which wrapped up on June 16 after eight days of fierce competition. The team finished behind gold medalist Australia and Hawaii in silver. A full fifty percent of the team was made up of local athletes Kevin Schulz, Colton Ward, Griffin Colapinto, Tia Blanco (all from San Clemente), Lulu Erkeneff (Dana Point) and Luke Davis (Capo Beach). Cam Richards (South Carolina), Nikki Viesins (Florida), Parker Coffin (Santa Barbara), Colin Moran (Costa Mesa), Jake Marshall (Encinitas), Frankie Harrer (Malibu) and alternate Thelen McKinnaWorrell (Malibu) rounded out the remainder of the team. Schulz and Erkeneff made the decision to surf in the contest and skip their high school graduation ceremonies—Schulz from San Clemente High and Erkeneff from Dana Hills. Both said they were honored to have been chosen to represent the country and compete among the world’s best and most well-regarded under-18 surfers from all over the world. It was a bittersweet decision, but well worth it, they said. “The trip was life changing, getting to meet people from all over the world who are just as passionate as I am about surfing and competing. Everything

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The PacSun USA Surf Team with their bronze medals at ISA World Junior Surfing Championship closing ceremonies in Nicaragua June 16. Photo ISA/RommelGonzales

happens for a reason and although I am a little bummed about missing graduation, I am so amped to be a part of such a great program,” Erkeneff said. “I feel like that’s where I was supposed to be. Being a part of this team was a great ending to my high school career and even though I wasn’t here to walk with my classmates, it was worth it.” The USA team also earned the silver medal in the annual Aloha Cup, relay style team completion. The relay team was made up of Erkeneff, Schulz, Richards Moran and McKinna-Worrell. Individual medals were won by Veisins (bronze, Girls U18), Marshall (bronze, Boys U18) and Harrer (copper, Girls U16). Surfing America Executive Director Greg Cruse had high praise for the team’s individual talent, teamwork and best ever showing at the ISA World Juniors. “We have always had the talent to do well, but what has been missing in the past was the sense of ‘team.’ New coaches Ryan Simmons and Micah Byrne set out last June to build a cohesive unit out of our individual talent,” Cruse said. “It was great to see the kids finally understand

this concept and watch them pull together and buoy their team mates to a bronze medal in the finals and to a silver medal in the Aloha Cup Team Relay.” For full results, heat scores and video highlights, see SC

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SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 66-69 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 8-14’ Poor+Fair Catalina: 15-20’+ Fair Immediate: A mix of NW windswell and SSW groundswell on Thursday for waistshoulder high waves, (3-4’). and Friday for waves mainly at or under waist high, 1-3’. Light/variable to light onshores Thursday morning give way to a moderate westerly sea-breeze in the afternoon, with similar looking winds for Friday. Long Range Outlook: Combination of SSW groundswell and NW windswell slowly eases over the weekend. New SSW swell shows next week. Check out Surfline for all the details!

NSSA National Interscholastic Championships, June 15-17, Dana Point, Salt Creek Beach Top four team results and local finishers only. COLLEGE TEAM: 1. San Diego State University-Black, 139; =2. UC San Diego, 96; =2. Mira Costa-Red, 96; 4. Saddleback, 84. COLLEGE MEN: 4. Doug van Mierlo, SDSU; 5. Jeremy Carter, Saddleback. COLLEGE WOMEN: 1. Kaleigh Gilchrist, USC; 2. Marissa Shaw, SDSU. COLLEGE LONGBOARD: 6. Bobby Hasbrook, Saddleback. HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY TEAM: 1. San Clemente, 140; 2. Huntington Beach, 108; 3. Melbourne, 86; 4. Dana Hills, 78. VARSITY MEN: 2. Breyden Taylor, San Clemente. VARSITY WOMEN: 2. Danielle Wyman, Dana Hills; 3. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; 6. Kloee Openshaw, San Clemente. VARSITY LONGBOARD: 3. Mason Klink, San Clemente; 4. Ben Bagg, Dana Hills. MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM: 1. Shorecliffs-A, 136; 2. Aviara Oaks, 86; 3. Sowers-A, 70; 4. Bernice Ayer, 53. MS BOYS: 1. Kei Kobayashi, Shorecliffs; 2. Ethan Mudge, Shorecliffs; 5. Gunner Day, Shorecliffs. MS GIRLS: 1. Alexxa Elseewi, Bernice Ayer; 3. Tera Richardson, Shorecliffs; 4. Bethany Zelasko, Shorecliffs; 5. Gabriela McCormick, Bernice Ayer. MS LONGBOARD: 2. Jacob Atwood, Shorecliffs; 3. Kai Takayama, Bernice Ayer; 4. River Covey, Shorecliffs. For full results, see www.

UPCOMING EVENTS June 18-22: Surfing America USA Championships, San Onofre State Park, Lower Trestles June 22: Doheny Longboard Surfing Association 17th Annual Menehune Surf Contest, Doheny State Beach, Boneyard June 26, July 3: NSSA National Open and Explorer Championships, Huntington Beach, Pier July 6: WSA Menehune Surf Fest, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street July 14: California State Games, Camp Pendleton, Del Mar Jetty August 3-4: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 1, San Onofre State Beach, Trail 6 September 21-22: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 2, Ventura, Surfers Point

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