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Back to School in San Clemente Seven new principals bring new leadership to city’s schools EYE ON SC/PAGE 6

Heidi Crowley of Shorecliffs Middle School is one of seven new principals taking the reins at San Clemente schools this year. Photo by Jim Shilander

Former Middle School Teacher Pleads Guilty in Sex Abuse Case

Back to the Gridiron: Tritons to Open Season Friday

Property Owner to Appeal Rooftop Bar Denial







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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library will finally be able to break ground on their new bookstore after the City Council last Tuesday approved a $60,000 loan to the nonprofit volunteer group. The money will come from the city’s general fund reserve and will go toward moving the current bookstore, located in the rear of the library, to a more visible area fronting El Camino Real. The Friends will have to pay back the loan within five years. The council also awarded Riverside-based Avi-con Inc. with a $327,000 contract for the construction. The loan was necessary because the Friends had raised $287,000 for the project over eight years, but construction bids for the project were higher than projected. The Friends expect to pay back the loan using sales from the new bookstore and through fundraising.




With roughly 80 percent of local water coming from sources outside of Orange County, regional water agencies are taking steps to prepare for unforeseen disasters including the latest measure, potable emergency water trailers paid for by a Department of Homeland Security grant. The South Coast Water District, along with a dozen other agencies, received a resource for transporting drinking water in the event of an emergency, said Trisha Woolslayer, the water district’s environmental health and safety manager. Each trailer holds up to 2,000 gallons of water, which could provide one day’s supply of drinking water to 2,000 people. Each trailer is a considered a “mutual aid resource,” Woolslayer said, meaning the hosting agency can and will deploy the tool where it is most needed. “The way we are set up logistically, we have to rely on each other,” she said.


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…the Rack Case?

THE LATEST: Former Shorecliffs Middle School teacher Richard Rack pleaded guilty Monday to four felony counts of sexual assault against one student and performing lewd acts on two others. Rack’s jury trial in the case began last week and the prosecution rested its case Thursday. The defense was scheduled to begin its presentation Monday, but Rack’s plea put an end to the trial. Deputy District Attorney Vanessa Woods, who prosecuted the case, said the testimony of all three victims, as well as other girls who testified about other incidents, were vital to the outcome. Woods said there was no deal in exchange for Rack’s plea. Rack pleaded guilty to two felony counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15, one count of lascivious acts on a minor under 14 and one count of oral copulation of a minor under 16. Rack, who had taught at the school since 2002, originally faced eight counts, but four were dropped. WHAT’S NEXT: With the guilty plea, Rack, 51, faces up to 10 years in state prison and will have his name on the National Sex Offender Registry for the rest of his life. A sentence hearing has been scheduled for October 18 at 8:30 a.m., at which point the victims and their families may speak, as can Rack. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit – Jim Shilander


…La Pata?

THE LATEST: The Orange County Board of Supervisors voted last week to send the extension of Avenida La Pata between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano to bid, San Clemente Times August 29–September 4, 2013

and while the financial gap in the project is not yet closed, closing the gap between the cities will be the county’s first priority, Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates said. “The challenge we have had is closing the funding gap,” Bates said. “But OC Roads and the Orange County Traffic Authority are taking a close look at closing the final gap of $18 million.” While that gap still exists, Bates said, the funds to close the road had been reached. The remainder of the funds would be geared to other elements of the project, such as landscaping along the side of the road and infrastructure improvements in San Juan. WHAT’S NEXT: The bids are expected to be opened at the supervisor’s meeting October 23. San Clemente City Councilwoman Lori Donchak, who is also an OCTA board member, noted there were concerns on the city’s side about one element of the project. Trucks from San Diego County regularly dump trash in the Prima Deshecha landfill, which is run by Orange County. That contract is coming up in 2014. Donchak said she was concerned that trucks would start coming down Avenida Pico and onto La Pata when the road was completed (likely between 2016 and 2017). Bates said the contractual issues with the county had not yet been looked into, but that she was aware of the concern. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. – JS


…the Chamber Building?

THE LATEST: Negotiations are continuing between the city and the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce regarding the future of the chamber’s lease of the building at 1100 N. El Camino Real.

The Chamber sent a release to members Monday outlining its position, noting that the lease between the city and chamber expires this December. While the Chamber requested keeping the current lease of $100 per year, the council denied that request and the two entities began negotiations on a new lease agreement and the potential purpose of the property earlier this year. On July 1, the chamber sent a letter to the city with an offer to purchase the property, as well as outlining questions about the size and scope of what could be purchased. Mayor Bob Baker said that while he could not comment on the progress of the negotiations, “there was more to it” from the city’s perspective, than the chamber’s letter to its members indicated. WHAT’S NEXT: City Manager Pall Gudgeirsson said Wednesday he would be meeting with the Chamber board next week to discuss the city’s response to the letter. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. – JS


…Rooftop Bar Appeal?

THE LATEST: San Clemente Community Development Director Jim Holloway told the City Council last week that his department received notice that Dave Gutierrez, the owner of the property at 1509 N. El Camino Real that was rejected as the site of a rooftop bar by the Planning Commission last month, would be appealing the body’s ruling to the council. Planning commissioners had concerns about the parking situation, as the site has limited on-site parking and would require a number of parking waivers, as well as the noise that might be generated

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from the roof. The commission did approve a sign permit for the property. Mayor Bob Baker said he wanted clarification on whether the sign approval would move forward with the property if the proposal for the bar was ultimately rejected. WHAT’S NEXT: City Planner Sean Nicolas, who worked on the proposal, said the appeal had not yet been scheduled and that the department was waiting to hear from Gutierrez as to how he wanted to proceed. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. – JS


…Prescription Drop Box?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council approved the installation of a pharmaceutical drop box at the offices of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at city hall last Tuesday, although the council also encouraged residents to dispose of prescriptions in the trash at home. The proposal, which was forwarded to the council by the Coastal Advisory Commission, would be patterned on a similar effort in Dana Point, which collected 267 pounds of expired prescriptions last year. Mayor Bob Baker expressed concern that the drop box might actually discourage people from throwing away their prescriptions, and if they continued to forget to drop them off at the sheriff’s department, it would defeat the purpose. WHAT’S NEXT: Councilman Tim Brown also expressed similar concerns, but said he would support the proposal on a trial basis. He asked that sheriff’s department staff encourage people to throw away the prescriptions at their homes in the future. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. – JS

EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Friday, August 30 Labor Day Celebration Noon, Holiday celebration at the Dorothy Visser Senior Center with music by Robert Fields. 117 Ave. Victoria, San Clemente, 949.498.3322. Dark Friday City offices closed;

Sunday, September 1 Friends of the Library First Sunday Book Sale 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Books on a variety of topics for sale at great prices the first Sunday of the month at San Clemente Library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.276.6342,

Monday, September 2 Spanish Conversation 11 a.m. Meet at Café Calypso for coffee and conversation. 114 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.9803.

Tuesday, September 3 Library Fall Program Sign Ups 10 a.m. Advance signups for the seven-week series of children’s programs at the library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493, City Council Meeting 6 p.m. Regular meeting in City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Wednesday, September 4 Fair Housing Certification Management Training 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The Fair Housing Foundation will be holding a Fair Housing Certification Management Training at the San Clemente Community Center. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200, Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Study session in Ocean View Conference Room; 7 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

Thursday, September 5 Golf Course Committee Meeting 7 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, Sunset Networking Mixer: Taste of South County 5:30 p.m. Chamber mixer hosted by Independence Bank with food and drinks from local restaurants and much more. Cost $10-$20. 32291 Camino Capistrano, 949.492.1131, San Clemente Times August 29–September 4, 2013


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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Local Students Named to Dean’s Lists Brennan Clinebell of San Clemente is one of 629 students who made the Dean’s List at California Lutheran University for the spring semester. Clinebell is majoring in criminal justice. Students qualify for the Dean’s List by maintaining a 3.6 grade point average. Three more local students, Kerry Friedman, Katelyn Jaramillo and Alyson Zinniker, were named to the Dean’s List at Northern Arizona University for the spring 2013 semester.

SC Island DAR Honor Good Citizen Award Winners The San Clemente Island Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution honored good citizens and counselors from Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Valley, Dana Hills, San Clemente and San Juan Hills high schools at a luncheon at Sarducci’s Capistrano Depot in San Juan Capistrano. Kelley Gomez from Dana Hills won the Norma Wilson Good Citizen Award. Additionally she competed against other students from Orange County and won the DAR District 12 Good Citizen Award. Other winners included Patrick Brennan from Aliso Viejo, Charlie Crane from San Juan Hills, Sierra Gage from Capistrano Valley and Isabelle White from San Clemente. San Clemente Island Chapter of DAR has 120 members from all over South Orange County. For more information, visit www.

Garden Club Presenting Bat Lecture Scholarships The San Clemente Garden Club is will host its first monthly meeting of the season at 1 p.m., September 4, at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church, 2001 Calle Frontera. The event will feature guest speaker Stephanie Remington, known as “the Bat Lady of Orange County.” The club will host its annual fall plant sale on October 12. More information can be found on the club’s website, The club also recently presented scholarships to three San Clemente students attending college in the fall. This year’s scholarship recipients include William Cox, a recent SCHS graduate attending Soka University, Shane Dewees, a recent SCHS graduate attending UC Santa Barbara and Mary Laurie, a continuing Saddleback College student pursuing a career as a sustainable food systems consultant. The club has awarded three $1,000 scholarships for students for study in horticulture, agriculture, environmental concerns, forestry, marine

The San Clemente Garden Club recently awarded scholarships to three San Clemente students studying environmental sciences and other related fields. Two of the scholarship winners, William Cox and Mary Laurie, are pictured with former club president Bette Langford. Courtesy photo

science and related studies. The scholarship program is paid for through sponsorships and proceeds from the annual garden tour in June.

Book Signing Saturday for Orange County Author Orange County Author Sonia Marsh will hold a book signing at San Clemente’s Mathom House Books, 83 Via Pico Plaza, on Saturday, August 31, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., in support of her recently released book, Freeways to Flip Flops: A Family’s Year of Gutsy Living on a Tropical Island. Marsh and her family left their home in Lake Forest in 2004 to move to Belize, and the book recounts the reasons behind the move and the family’s experiences going from a modern setting to a tropical island without modern conveniences. She is also hosting a special launch party of the new My Gutsy Story series, which includes a panel of four authors of other inspiring adventures to be presented at the South Coast Village Regency Theater in Santa Ana on Thursday, September 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

City Creates Naming Contest for Highest Point On Tuesday, August 20, the San Clemente City Council approved a contest to name the highest point in San Clemente. This point is located on the northern portion of the Cristianitos Trail about one half mile up from the trail access point at Avenida Talega and has an elevation of 1,008 feet. The purpose of the contest is to promote civic pride and good health through outdoor activity and to leverage the popularity of the San Clemente Coastal Trail to other trails in San Clemente by naming and publicizing the highest point. The winner of the contest will receive a Page 5

gift certificate to a local establishment and recognition at a future council meeting. The chosen name will be officially identified at the highest point with monument signage and added to the city trail map. Directional signage will be placed to lead people to the highest point and deflect them away from the Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. A sitting bench will also be installed. To submit entries, email Laura Ferguson at or fax to 949.361.8283 by October 7. Submissions will be evaluated on an anonymous basis and will be considered against these criteria: originality, best fit with San Clemente’s unique character and ease of pronunciation. Multiple entries are allowed. There are no age restrictions for contestants. For more information, call 949.361.8254.

Mechanics of Surf Breaks the Subject of Latest San Onofre Foundation Lecture The San Onofre Foundation will present the latest installment of its summer lecture series on Tuesday, September 17 at 8 p.m., in the Historic Cottage at San Clemente State Beach Campground, 225 Avenida Calafia. Kevin Wallis of Surfline will give a presentation on the surf mechanics of San Onofre and Trestles. Wallis oversees daily forecasts for California, Mexico and Central America and offers official forecasts for many of Association of Surfing Professional World Tour Championship Tour events. Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. Forward a picture along, too! We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to


Seven New Principals for SC Schools Outsiders and familiar faces now dot educational landscape Story and photos by Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


urnover can be a fact of life in education. Just as students move on, so to do teachers and administrators. But this year, San Clemente has seen a pretty significant turnover at its highest levels, with seven new principals coming to schools in the city. The new principals come from across the country and state, as well as from within the Capistrano Unified School District. In one case, a new principal stayed within the same school. All of the new school leaders will be working this year to transition faculty and students into the Common Core, the newest curriculum standard for California and 44 other states across the country. The change, principals said, will help students in the long run by emphasizing critical thinking and other skills needed to succeed in their future careers. Troy Hunt Vista Del Mar Elementary Like Foucart, Troy Hunt is coming back to the school setting form an administrative post, though his was much closer to home. Hunt worked as director of educational services in the Cypress School district, which served only about 3,600 elementary students. His new school, Vista Del Mar Elementary, has approximately a third of that number on its own. “I got to return to my passion of working

Paul Foucart of Concordia Elementary School. San Clemente Times August 29–September 4, 2013

Troy Hunt of Vista Del Mar Elementary and Sandra McKinney of Vista Del Mar Middle School.

Faith Morris of Marblehead Elementary School.

Heidi Crowley of Shorecliffs Middle School.

with kids and teachers,” Hunt said. “We don’t really have that opportunity in the district office. This is an incredible school.” Hunt and his family have actually moved into Talega, where he met some of his school’s families at a recent barbecue. He’s also met with staff and members of the Mako Foundation, a parent-run group that fundraises for the school. “I can’t believe how kind people are and the values that they have. Children say ‘please,’ and ‘thank you,’ shake your hand and look you in the eye,” Hunt said.

“It’s an exciting time to be in education and it’s a great time to be here.” Sandra McKinney Vista Del Mar Middle School Sandra McKinney is moving up a grade level, moving to Vista del Mar Middle School from Clarence Lobo Elementary in San Clemente. McKinney said it’s very helpful to have been a part of San Clemente, in her case, as both a resident and an educator, in making such a shift. “When the opportunity presented itself, I happily accepted, McKinney said. “I’m looking forward to a new adventure.” Unlike the city’s two other middle schools, Shorecliffs and Bernice Ayer, no other schools feed into Vista Del Mar other than the elementary school, which creates a unique feeling among students and parents. A number of families also have students on both sides of the building, which makes being involved easier, she said “They’re here from Kindergarten through eighth grade, which means there’s much more of a K-8 feel to the school,” McKinney said. “You establish a sense of community here more than a typical K-5.” Paul Foucart Concordia Elementary School Paul Foucart has come to San Clemente’s southernmost school from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District in Danville, where he had been serving as Page 6

director of curriculum and instruction, as well as instructional technology. Foucart, a native of Massachusetts, said he wanted to get back to a school setting, rather than an administrative one. “I really missed the energy of being at a site,” Foucart said. “That’s where I enjoy it most.” Foucart officially started his new position August 5 and has been meeting with parent groups and staff. Parents and students may also notice a few physical changes to the school, though they were mostly cosmetic, Foucart said. “We’ve kept the traditions of Concordia but gave it a face lift,” Foucart said. “I felt a sense of camaraderie right away. The community at large has been very supportive. It’s always difficult to replace a legend (former principal Dave Gerhard), but we want to keep the traditions of the school.” Faith Morris Marblehead Elementary School Faith Morris has moved to Marblehead from her previous post at John Malcom Elementary School in Laguna Niguel, where she had been since 2006. Morris said she was pleased with the work being done at the school, but said every now and then, a change could be healthy. “I was very happy where I was, but I have a philosophy of always leaving a place before you stop having fun,” Morris said. Malcolm was having success when she left, Morris said, with good parental involvement and good numbers for open enrollment. She said she saw a number of the same positives at Marblehead and said she enjoyed getting to know the lay of the land at the new school. Morris said transferring schools within the district also made the move easier. “You already have a support network, you already know the policies and the initiatives,” Morris said. “But it’s still good to get people from the outside to bring in a different perspective.” Morris said one of her goals is to grow the size of the school, now at approximately 430 students, though that number may rise when the residential Marblehead development begins. Heidi Crowley Shorecliffs Middle School Heidi Crowley is taking her first crack at a principal position with her new job at Shorecliffs. Previously, Crowley had been an assistant principal at Aliso Niguel High School. Staying in the district, she said, definitely made the move easier. “It definitely helps to have people I can rely on as far as advice,” Crowley said. One such person is retired predecessor Kenny Moe. Crowley said the two have known each other since she was a teacher at New Heart Middle School in Mission Viejo and Moe was her principal. “He’s been super helpful and he’s been available when I’ve needed him,” Crowley said.


Cheryl Sampson of Clarence Lobo Elementary School.

Michael Halt of San Clemente High School.

Coming from a high school setting to a smaller middle school made everything seem more personal, Crowley said. She has already met with staff to begin planning the year, as well as having met with parents during registration. She hass also worked to get up to speed on the Gang Reduction Intervention Program.

Mass. Halt was familiar with San Clemente, however, having spent training weekends at Camp Pendleton as a member of the Marine Corps Reserve. Coming from such a different perspective, he said, could be helpful to most any organization. “Everyone needs a fresh set of eyes to bring fresh ideas,” Halt said.

Cheryl Sampson Clarence Lobo Elementary School Cheryl Sampson is the only new principal in San Clemente to stay within the same building, moving up from serving as assistant principal into McKinney’s old seat. “That’s what makes it such a nice transition,” Sampson said. “I know the staff and they know me.” It was also a help, she said, knowing that McKinney isn’t that far away in case she needs advice. Sampson came to Lobo three years ago from a teaching position in northern California. Still being relatively new to the district, she said, allowed her to bring a perspective from the outside, as well as knowledge of what was already working at Lobo, such as the Olweus anti-bullying program put in place last year. “Things are going very well here, in math and language arts. We’re just going to keep doing what we’ve been doing well,” Sampson said. Progress is being made in the anti-bullying effort, she said. “We just had the first round of research come back and the results are remarkable.” Michael Halt San Clemente High School Michael Halt has already made on big change as principal of San Clemente High School. Halt closed campus for lunch for seniors. San Clemente had been the only school in the district to allow students to go off-campus for lunch. “The desire was to make sure the policies were in sync throughout the entire district,” Halt said. Halt said he was discussing with student leaders how to make up for the loss, looking to add a senior privilege that would be roughly equivalent to what was lost. Halt comes the furthest of any of the new principals, having previously served as the principal of the West Tisbury School, a K-8 school in Martha’s Vineyard, San Clemente Times August 29–September 4, 2013

The Common Core All the principals said they see real benefit with the move toward the Common Core, which they said, will prepare students to think more critically, rather than merely recite answers. Common Core standards begin to go into effect statewide this year after, being adopted in 2010, as part of the Department of Education’s “Race to the Top” initiative. The program emphasizes what are called the “Four C’s,” collaboration, communication, critical problem solving and creative thinking. Hunt said what’s been missing from public education over the last decade or so has been a focus on producing creative and critical thinkers. “If you look at businesses and colleges, they were getting the best and the brightest students, but they couldn’t work with others or they couldn’t think critically. They knew how to read, how to write and how to take tests,” Hunt said. Hunt used an example from the spacerace era to illustrate what had been lost. “On Apollo 13, the astronauts relied on the engineers and other people on the ground to collectively work together and to think critically to come up with a solution,” Hunt said. “Kids weren’t coming out (of public schools) with these skills.” Foucart praised the changes. He noted the program would ultimately be entirely computerized, a change, he said, will better prepare students for an increasingly digital future. Howley said she has been strategizing with staff and others on how to best use staff development time to discuss ways to implement the new curriculum. The new collective bargaining agreement between the district and teachers allows for three instructional furlough days that Crowley said would be almost entirely devoted to Common Core. “It’s not just ‘What’s the answer,’ but ‘How did you come up with that answer,’” Crowley said. SC Page 7


SC Sheriff’s Blotter

DISTURBANCE Calle Juarez, 3000 Block (4:56 p.m.) A man called deputies and said he was beaten up by his brother. After deputies arrived, the fire department responded to examine head injuries. DISTURBANCE Avenida Del Mar, 100 Block (4:11 p.m.) A male transient was throwing trashcans and kicking items. He then left the area.

p.m.) A transient was loitering outside a restaurant. The man was saying he recently got out of the hospital. The caller was attempting to escort the man to the bus stop.

not usually bark. The homeowners were not there and the caller was concerned something might be wrong. Subjects had been known to hide in the bushes in the back of the house near the golf course.

DISTURBANCE Cerca/Riachuelo (4:42 p.m.) A young boy was riding a motorized bicycle up and down the street at a high speed. The caller said this was an ongoing issue and the child was not being supervised.

CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Adobe, 200 Block (8:16 p.m.) A caller said an older man had threatened their 14-year-old daughter while surfing at T Street. The man had also become violent with another surfer.

DISTURBANCE El Camino real, 2400 Block (3:27 p.m.) Two hotel guests were in a physical altercation in the parking lot due to a dispute over missing property. The two subjects moved away from the parking lot and toward a nearby alley.

DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 3700 Block (7:38 p.m.) Someone staying at the Comfort Suites was throwing oranges at vehicles from their room and hit a vehicle. The owner of the vehicle was quite upset.

Tuesday, August 27

STOLEN VEHICLE Avenida La Pata/Avenida Pico (11:26 a.m.) A man, described as being approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, was trying to get into vehicles in the shopping center parking lot. The man tried to open car doors, but when someone saw him, he pretended to put fliers on the windshield. The man then ducked out of the caller’s sight.

WELFARE CHECK Avenida Cabrillo, 100 Block (12:13 p.m.) A caller heard moaning coming from the man who lived upstairs. There was no answer at the door. A ladder truck was called out in order to gain entry into the second floor unit.

DISTURBANCE-MECHANICAL Calle Campanero/Avenida Talega (6:11 a.m.) A caller said groundskeepers were using leaf blowers since just after 6 a.m. The caller said they had spoken to the property manager about the issue, which had recently begun.

DRUNK DRIVING Avenida La Pata/Avenida Pico (2:52 p.m.) A Mary Kay branded four-door sedan was driving toward Avenida Pico from the Las Brisa residential area at approximately 2 miles per hour. The vehicle was occupied by two males who were “looking all around and appeared high.” Both appeared to be in their late teens.

DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 2400 Block (9:35 a.m.) A male transient was yelling at customers and putting a hose between his legs.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via Adrian, 0 Block (4:47 a.m.) A woman said she heard what sounded like someone walking on her roof or in her side yard. The woman asked if police would check the perimeter of the house.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE El Camino Real, 2700 Block (2:10 p.m.) A caller said he had put a large number of tools in a friend’s vehicle, but the friend drove off. The caller said he did not know the man very well.

DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY Avenida del Presidente/Avenida Magdalena (12:23 a.m.) A caller asked for a patrol check because a number of juveniles were out on a cliff drinking and being too loud.

KEEP THE PEACE Calle del Comercio (1:23 p.m.) A caller said there was an ongoing issue with a female neighbor, who kept telling the caller and the caller’s children to “shut up” when they played outside.

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.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Montilla, 0 Block (5:38 a.m.) A man going door-to-door with pamphlets was accused of stealing newspapers. A caller told deputies he noticed that his newspaper, which was delivered earlier that day, was gone.

Monday, August 26 CITIZEN ASSIST Vista Blanca, 3800 Block (10:30 p.m.) A woman called deputies convinced her next door neighbor was setting off explosives. Police advised her the sounds were coming from Camp Pendleton, but the woman would not accept the explanation. PROWLER Avenida Miramar, 200 Block (9:58 p.m.) A woman said she saw someone with a flashlight roaming through her gated, private backyard. The woman told deputies that she was not going to check her backyard again because she was home alone with two children. She was advised to stay on the line until deputies arrived. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Gema, 0 Block (7:28 p.m.) A homeowner told police there were multiple people inside his home. He was in a car, outside. It was unclear whether the homeowner’s tenant was among those in the house. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Las Posas/Camino Vera Cruz (6:29 p.m.) A woman called deputies and said that she saw a nice looking black purse. San Clemente Times August 29–September 4, 2013

Sunday, August 25

SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Boca del Canon, 300 Block (1:21 p.m.) A man was passed out in a red Oldsmobile. The man could not be woken up and there were beer bottles around the vehicle.

DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY Avenida Vista Montana, 100 Block (11:52 p.m.) Juveniles were skateboarding at Clarence Lobo Elementary School. TRAFFIC ACCIDENT-UNKOWN INJURIES S. El Camino Real/Avenida San Gabriel (7:59 p.m.) A man was helping move a disabled vehicle from a parking space. When the vehicle began to move, he was unable to get out of the way and suffered damage to his left foot.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Cristal, 0 Block (4:51 a.m.) A woman said a man and a woman had been sitting on the grass in front of her location for the last few hours. The woman said she could hear voices, but was unsure if the couple was still there.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE El Camino Real, 3700 Block (7:31 p.m.) An employee at a hotel said a man staying at a neighboring hotel asked for use of a computer. The employee said the man could use it for 10 minutes, but when she told him his time was up, he refused to stop. When the woman went behind the counter to call police, the man came behind the counter and began harassing her. The man then left, but the woman feared he would return. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Camino de los Mares, 600 Block (4:58

DISTURBANCE Avenida Victoria, 500 Block (12:46 a.m.) A caller reported a loud party at a residence down the street. The caller said there was a large bonfire and reported being concerned a physical altercation might start between the partygoers.

Saturday, August 24 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Vaquero, 400 Block (11:14 p.m.) A caller said a dog in a neighboring house had been barking all night. The dog did

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ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Camino de los Mares/Camino de Estrella (7:10 p.m.) A golden-brown puppy was running in traffic in the intersection. San Clemente Animal Control was advised of the issue. KEEP THE PEACE W. El Portal/El Prado (4:57 p.m.) Two people were riding bikes on the rails at Max Berg Park. One of the subjects ran over a child, but no medical attention was needed. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Estacion, 1800 Block (3:22 p.m.) Dispatch received a call from a man who was “rambling about the government and blowing up something in San Clemente.” The man was calling from the Metrolink station in Tustin. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Vista del Oceano/Avenida del Presidente (3:07 a.m.) Cypress Cove security officers reported a man ducking behind a building on the property. The man was wearing a dark hoodie and carrying a bag. DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY El Camino Real, 2500 Block (2:56 a.m.) A caller reported a loud party down the street. Partygoers were in the street yelling and racing vehicle engines could be heard. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 3100 Block (2:41 a.m.) A man was kicking vehicles parked on the street. The man was described as between 20 and 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, and wearing a black T-shirt and jeans. The man was last seen walking southbound on El Camino Real.

Friday. August 23 DISTURBANCE Avenida Pelayo, 100 Block (9:26 p.m.) A man was walking up and down the street yelling racial epithets. The man was described as bald, shirtless and wearing khaki shorts and work boots.


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New General Plan to Re-Shape City Public outreach and meetings have made process more democratic


s many readers know, San Clemente is in the final stages of updating its General Plan. This is a process which started in late 2008 and should be completed during the fall of 2013—a five year period—with the final approval and adoption by the City Council expected during late fall. The General Plan is a strategic level document and is a “blueprint” for the future. It represents the community’s vision—a constitution made up of goals and policies to direct decision making regarding land use, housing, circulation, noise, parks and recreation, growth management, urban design, natural resources, hazardous materials, economic development and several other elements. All specific plans, ordinances, regulations, etc. of the city will need to be revised, as needed, to be in compliance with the General Plan. The current update is being called the “Centennial General Plan” since it updates the last prior plan adopted in 1993—for a 15 year period from 2013—which includes 2025, the 100th year anniversary of the founding of San Clemente by Ole Hanson. I was privileged to serve on two of the city organizations which actually

developed the new plan. First, the seven-member Planning Commission which is responsible for the development of the plan, and second, as one of two planning commission representatives/ LEW’S VIEWS members of the special By Lew Avera General Plan Advisory Committee that drafted and reviewed the proposed plan prior to submission to the commission. GPAC was composed of 26 members—many from the city’s various committees and commissions, interested organizations and seven members-at-large from the community. The most important aspect of this process is that the city of San Clemente is to be commended for its public outreach via the GPAC and thereby essentially involving every citizen of the city in the process. Between the GPAC and Planning Commission, there have been in excess of 75 meetings covering detailed development—all open to the public for attendance and particularly for public comment and input. Many were attended by individuals expressing their ideas and

goals and by community organizations doing the same. In addition to these meetings, there were a series of seven “focus area” meetings centered on seven major geographical areas in the city such as North Beach and the Pier Bowl, seeking public input on the design of these areas. Each of these meetings was attended by a large number of citizens expressing their preferences and ideas. Probably the most significant aspect of this 2013 update is the shift in technology in developing and publishing the plan. This shift has driven the cost—use of an outside consultant, staff and public hours devoted to its development—and the length of time, 2008 to 2013, from start to completion. Prior plans, while available on the city’s website, were generally “printed” in form and were readily provided to users in printed documents. The new plan will be completely web-based with every facet and dimension/part of the plan on the Internet. A user will be able to use the plan in virtually its entirety without a single piece of paper. Printed versions will be possible, but rare, and may be provided on an exceptional basis as a public service at the discretion of the city.

Citizens are encouraged to watch for the upcoming public and open meetings of the City Council scheduled for September and the following months, attend the meetings and provide their comments and support for the plan’s adoption as our roadmap for the next 15 years. Detailed information on the meetings—dates, time and specific agendas—may be obtained on the city’s website, Lew Avera is a retired career officer, Lt. Col., U.S. Marine Corps. He was a resident of San Clemente in 1963-1965 while serving as a Company Commander at Camp San Mateo. He returned to San Clemente in 2001 when he retired from the international Accounting/Consulting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Managing Director. He has been a director of the Talega HOA since 2003, was foreperson of the Orange County Grand Jury in 2004-2005, and served on the San Clemente Planning Commission from 2005 to 2013. 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


If we use Rosalind Williams’ analogy (“Time to Revisit Bikes on Beach Trail,” SC Times, August 15-21), that bicycles should be banned on the beach trail, because “most are courteous and follow the rules, but many do not,” then should we ban walkers because most walkers are courteous, but many walk in large groups San Clemente Times August 29–September 4, 2013

taking up the entire width of the trail causing problems for others? Should we ban dogs on leashes because most dog owners are courteous, but many let their dogs run across the trail on long leashes causing danger to others on the trail? Should we ban children even though most families with children control their kids, but many do not? I am an avid bike rider who rides the beach trail on a regular basis and I disagree that “most people do not walk their

bikes across the bridges.” I think there is room for all (walkers, joggers, dogs, kids and yes, bicyclists) on the wonderful beach trail in our city. We all need to be mindful of others and pay attention on the trail.


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I was happy to see our most precious

resource featured on the cover (SC Times, August 15-21). In the “Water Worries” article, we learned about Southern California’s water issues. In short, the water we use every day is limited, and the journey it takes begins in either Sacramento or the Colorado River, and it requires a lot of time, energy, money and even water to reach our tap. The article offered solutions too, one of these being the proposed Doheny (Cont. on page 12)


Letters to the Editor (cont.) (Cont. from page 10) Desalination Project. But with numbers and figures like $150 million (the startup cost of the project), 50 percent (the increase in price of our water to pay for the plant) and 30 million (the amount of saltwater gallons sucked up by the plant everyday), it makes my brain hurt. I believe that before we spend more money on meeting, consulting, proposing and building ways to turn saltwater into drinking water, we should focus on using less. Small, individual actions over time have the power to make a big, collective impact. Together we can solve our “water worries” for free. Inside your home, take a shorter shower, turn off the faucet when brushing and only wash full loads of laundry. Outside, consider removing your lawn, which uses almost 750 gallons of water per week. Plant drought tolerant and native plants that use less water instead. Finally, consider the water footprint of everything. This is the water hidden inside the goods and services we use every day, for example, the cotton T-shirt you’re wearing which uses 700 gallons in order to grow, harvest, weave, package and ship it to the store. If we care about life, then we should care about water. Without it, we wouldn’t be here. If we care about water, and if we care about tomorrow, we should take action today. You can start with this list. For the next step, visit The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano or online at www.

$680 million dollars spent on defective equipment at SONGS was entirely Southern California Edison’s business (“SONGS Closure a Result of Boxer’s Actions, Not Edison’s,” SC Times, August 22). The fact that the defective equipment could have posed a public safety threat should not be a consideration. Does SCE now expect the wasted $680 million dollars to be put on the public’s dime? Should a private corporation be allowed to continue to invest in a facility that has become a dangerous dinosaur? It seems to me, that if nuclear energy is to be a part of our energy infrastructure then the more logical approach would be to lobby the private and public sectors for research and investment into new technologies, rather than to continue to throw money at 50-year-old technology. This of course would require a new vision, a new way of dealing with the problems of energy consumption. Unfortunately, a new vision will be impossible as long as we allow foggy logic based on the dislike of a senator to influence the discussion.

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


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES: MATT COSTA 6 p.m.-8 p.m. OC Parks’ annual concert series at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach with a performance by local indie rock icon Matt Costa and The Blank Tapes. Free admission and parking. 33333 S. Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.923.2280.


FREE CONCERT SERIES: RYAN LERMAN Noon. The Music Department at Saddleback College presents a free concert hour featuring independent artist Ryan Lerman in McKinney Theatre. Admission is free. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

AT THE MOVIES: FUN AND MAYHEM AT ‘THE WORLD’S END’ It happens all the time in Hollywood: one concept is floating around in development, and another similar one is also being produced. It happened in 1998 with Antz and A Bug’s Life, and then 2009 with Observe & Report and Paul Blart: Mall Cop. This year, director Edgar Wright and friends are back together to give audiences the second apocalyptic farce of the summer. Titled The World’s End, the demons in This Is the End are now replaced with robotic clones. After ending rehab, compulsive liar and addict Gary (Simon Pegg) recruits his old pals Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Andy (Nick Frost) to “pub crawl” across their hometown of Newton Haven, England. But the four friends have grown up and are getting tired of Gary’s antics and he can’t seem to take a hint. Also © Focus Features everyone around them seems to be acting strangely. And all the pubs seem to look exactly the same once they arrive. Rosamund Pike and Pierce Brosnan co-star as Steven’s sister and the friends’ former professor. The World’s End is the third and final feature of the Wright-Pegg-Frost trilogy, following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). While it is unfortunate that the Apatow crew’s own spoof came out two months earlier, Wright’s film is funny enough with a big enough fan base for the comparison to not matter. — Megan Bianco

BRASSFIELD WINERY TASTING 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Tasting event at SC Wine Company. 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, SAWDUST FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Annual art festival with more than 200 artists displaying paintings, photography, crafts, jewelry, clothing, blown glass, and much more. Runs through September 1. Admission: adults $7.75, kids $3.25. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.494.3030, ART EXHIBIT DEBUT 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Saddleback College Art Gallery presents an art reception for “3 Transitions – Work Overtime: Paintings by Don McKinney.” On display through Sept. 13. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

LEE ROY 6 p.m. Live music at Sunsets. 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880,

JERI CURL 8 p.m. Michael Jackson meets Prince in a hilarious throw back of the 80s at StillWater. Cover $5. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

THE HIGHWAY MAN SHOW 7:30 p.m. Special live show at The Swallows Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

HAZZMATT 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

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



RUBBER BEAN, RAW BLAKE AND TUNNEL VISION 9:30 p.m. A night of rock/soul/reggae/ska at OC Tavern. Tickets $5. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,


MARSHALL TUCKER BAND 8 p.m. Classic rock band in concert at The Coach House. Tickets $35; call for info. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, THE MONSOONS 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Live music 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, San Clemente Times August 29–September 4, 2013

MUSIC UNDER THE STARS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, dining and dancing in the courtyard of Mission San Juan Capistrano. Tonight features music by The Fab Four: Ultimate Tribute to the Beatles with “Ed Sullivan.” Ticket info online. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300,


FLIGHTS AND SOUNDS SUMMER FESTIVAL 7 p.m. Concert at The Orange County Great Park featuring Colin Giles (reggae “rocksteady” folk soul) and headliner Western Standard Time (ska band). Free; parking $10. Sand Canyon and Marine Way, 866.829.3829, THE FOUR CORNERS BAND 8:30 p.m. Music at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 949.218.0120. Page 14

FESTIVAL RUNWAY FASHION SHOW 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Festival of Arts presents a fashion show with artists competing to create the most inspired couture using reclaimed, reused, or recycled materials. Free with festival admission. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582, THE BAYOU BROTHERS 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, SWING LAB 7 p.m. Themed event at StillWater featuring an evening dedicated to the Roaring 20s with swing music and more; period attire encouraged. Call for ticket info. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS: LIGHTS, CAMERA, INACTION! 8:30 p.m. The final night to view the Festival of Arts’ Pageant of the Masters with this year’s theme, The Big Picture. Tickets $15-$220. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, 949.497.6582, MIKE WALLACE 8 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799, CALICONSCIENCE 9 p.m. Live music at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,


VILLAGE ART FAIRE 9 a.m.3 p.m. More than 60 vendors have arts, crafts and handcrafted items along Avenida Del Mar in San Clemente. Put on by The Downtown Business Association the first Sunday of the month. More info, 949.218.5378,


SAN CLEMENTE FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. ELEPHANT PARADE - WELCOME TO AMERICA Elephant sculptures are on display throughout Dana Point including local beaches, public parks, resort properties, Dana Point Harbor and other high-traffic locations to increase awareness and benefit The Asian Elephant Foundation. More info: (Cont. on page 17)

GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 14) IAN’S JAZZ TRIO AND BRUNCH 10 a.m. Brunch and live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, PANNING FOR GOLD 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Try your luck at finding gold in custom-designed troughs at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Cost $3 with admission. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300, WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Get eye-to-eye with dolphins and whales on Capt. Dave’s hi-tech catamaran Sailboat. Daily trips lasting 2.5 hours. $55 adult, $35 child (3 to 12), under 2 free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR 1 p.m. SJC Historical Society leads a tour to see Los Rios Historical District, O’Neill Museum, the Mission, Rios Adobe and more. Meet at the train depot on Verdugo Street. $2 adults, $1 children. 949.493.8444, 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,


15TH ANNUAL LABOR DAY PIG ROAST 1 p.m. The Swallow’s Inn and The Capistrano Eagles MC present a pig roast celebration with live music by Family Style. Donation $15. LABOR DAY 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,


KARAOKE 9:30 p.m. Get on stage at Hennessey’s Tavern every Monday night. No cover. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,



BRIO SHOWCASE OPEN MIC 8 p.m.–Midnight. Open mic at Brio Tuscany Grille 24050 Camino del Avion, Suite B, Dana Point, 949.443.1476,

HART AND SOUL 8:30 p.m. Live music at Montego Restaurant and Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.481.2723,


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,


LECTURE: CONSERVING DEAD TREES FOR CAVITY NESTERS 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Lecture on The Cavity Conservation Initiative at the RMV Presentation Center, part of The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy events. Free. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, BRIAN YOUNG AND THE BLUES STATION 7 p.m.10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

JOHN HIATT 8 p.m. Acclaimed musician and songwriter John Hiatt at The Coach House. Tickets $55. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, WEDNESDAY WINE DINNER 7 p.m.–8 p.m. St. Roy Chef’s Pub at Vine features a four-course food and wine pairing every Wednesday night dinner; menu changes weekly. Cost $40 per person. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.9376,

EDITOR’S PICK SEPTEMBER 5: Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra 8 p.m. Ottmar Leibert and his band Luna Negra bring southwest border-country flamenco music to the Coach House stage. Far from old school flamenco, songs from Liebert’s latest release, “Dune,” include a mix of acoustic and electric guitar, Ottmar Liebert. gypsy accordion, electric bass, Photo by Joe Mozdzen funky drum-boxing and percussion. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30. Dinner reservations are also available. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to



est Coast Film Festival co-founders and veteran film producers Stephanie Heredia and Robert Kline have kicked off their third annual event which runs Wednesday, August 28 through Sunday, September 1. The five days of films will be showcased primarily at Regency Theatre in downtown San Juan Capistrano, but also at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School’s Performing Arts Center and the Ocean Institute in Dana Point. This year, Kline and Heredia have shaped the festival to give their guests a sneak peek into the film-making process, from the inception of a story to its creation. “People want to know how you get a film made,” Kline said. “Our message to the community is, ‘Let’s watch film together. Talk to the film makers. Interact with them. Let’s share our passion and love of film.’” Below is the full remaining film festival schedule: THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 Singin’ in the Rain 1 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café The classic MGM musical starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. Angels in Exile 4 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café A documentary following two homeless youths living in South Africa, narrated by Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron. Free Willy 4:30 p.m., Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive Enter the Dragon 7 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café The 40th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s legendary film. The show begins at 6:30 p.m. with a special martial arts demonstration by United Studios of Self Defense. An after party will be held at Guapas Tapas & Wine Bar, located

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of declawing cats. Director and veterinarian Dr. Jennifer Conrad will also be available for a Q&A session. Crossroad 5 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café The dramatic film’s director and producer Shervin Youssefian will be available for a Q&A session. Go with Le Flo 7:30 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café The film’s producers and husband-and-wife duo Michael Glover and Robyn Rosenkrantz will be available for a Q&A session. The show begins at 7 p.m. with a special musical performance by the pair. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 West Coast Film Festival co-founders and veteran film producers Stephanie Heredia and Robert Kline are set to kick off their third annual event, August 28 through September 1, in San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point. Photo by Brian Park

next to the theatre. FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 Black Beauty/Looney Tunes Back in Action 3 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café A double family feature. Caddyshack 7 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café The movie will be preceded by a golf pro from San Juan Hills Golf Club. An after party follows the film at the Vintage Restaurant and Steakhouse. SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 The Paw Project 2 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café A documentary on a grassroots effort to stop the practice Page 17

An American in Paris 1:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School A pre-film reception will take place at 1:30 p.m. at El Adobe de Capistrano. USC School of Cinematic Arts Films 2 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café A collection of short films by students from the University of Southern California’s film program. Cruzin’ 5 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café A documentary on Olympic cyclist Tony Cruz as he and 14 of his friends ride their bikes 1,000 miles from north to south Vietnam over 12 days. Heaven and Earth 7 p.m., Regency Theatre and Rick’s Café West Coast Film Festival co-founder Robert Kline, the producer for the 1993 Oliver Stone film, will lead a discussion and Q&A session with Le Ly Hayslip, the author of the autobiographical memoir, “When Heaven and Earth Changed Places,” which inspired the film. An after party will follow the film at Thai Juan On, 31878 Del Obispo Street, and includes a no-host bar. For the full story, visit SC –Brian Park





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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News and updates on San Clemente’s business community MILESTONE

Rachael Place and the staff of Ray’s Barber Place will celebrate 10 years in business next month. Photo by Jim Shilander u Ray’s Barber Place, 400 S. El Camino Real, 949.361.6626, Rachael Place has spent 10 years building up her clientele and looking for the right team at Ray’s Barber Place. Now, she says, she has found it. “I have an awesome staff that it’s taken 10 years to build,” Place said. “It’s handpicked. I’ve gone without staff sometimes to find the perfect fit.” Place said she’s picky because it’s hard to find barbers with the necessary skill-set to work with the kind of diverse clientele she’s cultivated. While a sizable portion of the shop’s business comes from the military, it takes more, she said, than the ability to shave someone close to bald, to work for her. Barbers need to have similar skills to cosmetologists to handle surfers’ long, scissor cuts, or hot towel face shaves. “Everybody here can handle anything from one end of the spectrum to the other,” Place said. While it’s a competitive world for the barber shops of El Camino Real, there’s also a sense of community among the employees of the different shops, Place said. “It’s as friendly as competition can be,” Place said.

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The shop itself, the former office of Doheny Plumbing, has also gone through its own share of makeovers. Last year, new chairs and hard wood floors were brought in, providing a classic barbershop feel. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening, the shop will be hosting a pub crawl at a number of local bars on September 6. After meeting at the shop for pizza, Place said customers and staff will move to local bars for pre-arranged specials. The shop is also an official November 1 “shave down spot” for “Movember,” a month-long effort where participants grow mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health issues.


Ernie Sandoval and son Stephen Sandoval chose Smashburger as a franchise, Ernie said, due to an emphasis on a diverse menu and quality ingredients. Photo by Jim Shilander u Smashburger, 806 Avenida Pico, Suite E, 949.218.4900, Ernie Sandoval said customer requests and a natural fit with their business model led to the selection of San Clemente as the newest location for his family’s Smashburger franchise. Locations were opened last year in both Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo, but customers told him he needed to come to San Clemente, Sandoval said. “A lot of us live here, and we wanted to

concentrate on south Orange County,” Sandoval said. “San Clemente’s the southernmost city in Orange County and the location next to a large high school is perfect. It took us a long time to get here.” Sandoval spent 28 years with various McDonald’s restaurants in San Diego, but was inspired to go off with his son in search of a “higher-quality concept” for their own franchise. Sandoval said his son Stephen, a trained chef, liked Smashburger because it offered a more diverse menu, including fresh beef, salads and vegetarian options, quality of ingredients, as well as the ability to serve beer and wine. “It reaches out to a different clientele,” Sandoval said. Sandoval added, there’s also a desire to make dining more of an experience. Since the burgers and other menu items take longer to cook, Sandoval said, it’s more of a place to be enjoyed with friends and family. Tables are all bussed by staff. “We don’t have a trash can (in the dining area),” Sandoval said. u Jennifer Joyce Ceramic Arts, 131 Avenida Navarro, 310.392.4626, A noted ceramic artist and teacher, Jennifer Joyce said she’d been waiting for a change of scenery, and when the opportunity came to relocate her studio space from Santa Monica to San Clemente, she jumped at the chance. “I was waiting for a change,” Joyce said. “I’d been working in Santa Monica for 25 years, and in the same location for 17.” That location, as fate would have it, was on Pico Boulevard, and the new location, on Avenida Navarro is just a short distance from Avenida Pico. “I found another Pico,” Joyce said. “I had friends here and they convinced me to come down. It’s a more relaxed lifestyle. Santa Monica was getting fairly frenetic.”

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Jennifer Joyce has brought her ceremics studio and gallery to San Clemente after a quarter-century in Santa Monica. Joyce will also be teaching classes. Photo by Jim Shilander

The grand opening of the studio took place on July 27. Located in a former wood shop, Joyce said there’s plenty of space, not just for her to work and to display her own art, but also to provide a home for other artists. Already, both a jeweler and painter have set up shop in the space, and Joyce said she is working to bring in additional local artists to display their own work. Joyce will also be offering ceramics classes, which she’s taught for 20 years in Santa Monica. Joyce said all ability levels are welcome. “All levels are going to be able to come here and work,” she said. “I love working with beginners and intermediate people. The more advanced are pretty self-sufficient. My longest running student (11 years) was a trial lawyer who’d never had any experience.” In addition to teaching at her studio, Joyce has already become involved with the ceramics department at Saddleback College and said she’s already been introduced to members of the local arts community. Joyce is also helping to support the Q’eros people, an indigenous people of Peru who live high in the Andes mountains. Some of the native people’s weaving will be available for sale at the studio. The website for that effort is SC


Building a Resumé on Reggae San Clemente band was born from desperation and love of reggae By Victor Carno San Clemente Times


an Clemente’s own Joint Committee, a local reggae band, took the stage as part of the entertainment lineup at the city’s 60th annual Fiesta Street Festival. The band played a myriad of reggae infused jams intended for all types of music lovers. They lived up to their growing popularity as a laid back, beach city band. Despite having only been together for around a year, the band has already shared the stage with some of reggae’s biggest and most notable acts, including, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Black Uhuru, and opened for Dennis Quaid’s band, The Sharks. Joint Committee released their debut album, “California Sky,” on February 23,

San Clemente-based reggae band Joint Committee has played locally and with a number of prominent reggae bands. Courtesy photo

and have since received quite a bit of radio play. Bassist Adam Gerhard said Joint Committee was created mostly out of desperation and quick thinking. Gerhard had been in a prior band with the lead singer and guitarist, Jeremiah Rich, called Badfooters. “Unfortunately, that band could never really get on the same page so we had to make a difficult decision to move on,” Gerhard said.

When the Badfooters broke up, they still had a show scheduled with Steel Pulse, a Grammy Award-winning roots reggae band from Birmingham, England formed in 1975. Having booked a show with such a notable band, they definitely did not want to be forced to cancel. Gerhard and Rich had a total of six weeks to find a new drummer and keyboard player, form a new band, and write enough songs to get them through the show. Rich met

the new keyboardist, Lavay Loranger, who knew a drummer named Kevin Lyons. “I almost fell over when I saw that Kevin was the drummer. We were actually really good friends growing up,” Gerhard said. Although they all have day jobs, Gerhard said the band practices regularly and is looking forward to a full schedule of performances ahead. “It’s our passion and not too many people get to make a living doing something that they love,” Gerhard said, adding that what keeps the band going is all the support they receive from friends, family and loyal fans. Gerhard said he was drawn to reggae music having grown up surfing in San Clemente and being surrounded by reggae and beach culture. He went on to say it was the blueprint when they all got together because they have been listening to reggae their entire lives. Reggae seems to be the heartbeat of Joint Committee, but Gerhard pointed out that all of the members take their different musical influences and mold them into their own sound. To check out that sound, visit the band’s Facebook page, at jointcommittee. The band’s next show is scheduled is scheduled for September 27 at the Coach House33157 Camino Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano. For tickets and other information, call 949.496.8930, or log on to SC




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MARTIAL ARTS GRACIE BARRA SAN CLEMENTE HOLDING FUNDRAISER Gracie Barra San Clemente is attempting to raise $5,000 to donate to the Mighty Oaks Foundation, which provides scholarship funds to combat veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu outfit is hosting a practical and motivational seminar on September 21. The seminar will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Gracie Barra San Clemente, located at 1011 Avenida Pico, Suite A. For more information or to donate, contact Lauren Morrison at

SOCCER SC UNITED CLAIMS OC KICKOFF CLASSIC HARDWARE The San Clemente United 16U boys team defeated CFC Untouchables 2-0 in the finals of the OC Kickoff Classic on August 25 to claim the first-place trophy. The SC United 16U team includes: Carlos Berber, Parker Brewer, Nick Guarino, Max Briles, Lucas Aviles Muniz, JD Toland, Jack Ridder, Kailash Kumar, Wyatt Easton, Danny DiGiacomo, Bradley Zieminski, Jake Bettinelli, Francisco Caudillo and Neecon Raji. The team was coached by Eric McManus and Jessse Hardeman. —Compiled by Steve Breazeale


n August 30, the bright lights of Thalassa Stadium will be switched on to cover the San Clemente football team and their opponent for the first time in 2013. The Tritons will open their season against Long Beach Jordan at 7 p.m. All eyes will be on junior quarterback Sam Darnold, as he is pegged to lead the San Clemente offense, which is full of young players. Darnold has said the Tritons will run an up-tempo offense and, given his dual-threat ability, he will likely be the one setting the pace of both the running and passing game. The Tritons breezed through the first four games of their preseason slate in 2012 but at a large cost. Several key injuries, like the one suffered to former quarterback Sean Donnelly’s throwing shoulder, hurt the Tritons’ South Coast League aspirations. As of August 28, San Clemente head coach Jaime Ortiz said there were no lingering injuries carrying over from the Tritons summer camps and they will field a healthy squad. Long Beach Jordan went 5-5 overall last season and went 3-3 in the seven-team Moore League. They did not make a CIFSS playoff appearance. Key players to watch on August 30: • Sophomore running back Vlad Dzhabiyev. He broke through in the summer and will be the lone man in the backfield in the Tritons spread offense. He’s also one of the youngest players on the roster. • Senior defensive end Kelsey Benoit. Benoit will be a catalyst for the Tritons defense as he looks to lead a relatively


San Clemente resident Xavier Johnson, 10, won the Camper of the Week at the SC United summer camp and was awarded a Manchester City shirt by the English club’s representative, Den Davis. Courtesy photo

SC United Gets an Assist From Across the Pond By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times


he 200 youth soccer players who took to the fields of Vista Hermosa Sports Park earlier this month were under the watchful eyes of members of the most prestigious clubs in world soccer. Once again, as part of the SC United summer training camps, coaches, former players and current liaisons from clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City and Newcastle United came to the camps to offer guidance and coach the youth of San Clemente. San Clemente United director of coaching Chris Murray grew up in the United Kingdom and played professionally in Scotland, making ties with players and coaches along the way. Those relationships he built have lasted and laid the groundwork for the English entourage’s San Clemente Times August 29-September 4, 2013

annual visit. Coaches spent time with players, ages 8-17, honing their technique and overall soccer ability. They even had Daniel Nicol, a strength and conditioning coach for the Scottish Premier League team Patrick Thistle, work on running and jumping technique. “Once a kid sees the level of the coaches and former players, it’s a great learning experience,” Murray said. The coaches worked with the high school age players in an effort to help them become more polished as they move on to the next level of competition, according to Murray. Den Davis (Manchester City), Eric Macmanus (Newcastle United) and Matt Broadhead (Manchester United) are all involved in their club’s scouting initiative and keyed the players in on what scouts look for when assessing young talent. SC

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San Clemente graduate Ricky Humes is on the roster for the Luther College football team. Courtesy photo

inexperienced defensive line • Senior tight end Jason Wright. With a young receiving corps surrounding Darnold, Wright will be a familiar target. In other San Clemente football news: Luther College freshman and 2013 San Clemente graduate Ricky Humes has earned a spot on the university’s football team. Humes, who was a member of the Tritons historic 2011 team, is listed as a defensive back on Luther’s roster. As a senior at San Clemente, Humes recorded nine total tackles and played in six games. Luther College, which is a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC), will open their season on September 14 against St. Olaf College. SC

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Q&A With Brian de la Puente The New Orleans Saints starting center and San Clemente native shares his thoughts on the upcoming season By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times


rian de la Puente began his first season as the full-time starting center for the New Orleans Saints at a tumultuous time. Three years removed from winning the organization’s first Super Bowl Championship, head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire 2012 season due to an alleged involvement in a player bounty scandal. The aftermath of the suspension left the Saints in a difficult spot as they attempted to pick up the pieces and finished the season with a 7-9 record. This season, Payton will be on the sidelines calling the shots, which has de la Puente, a San Clemente native, excited about his team’s chances. We caught up with de la Puente fresh off a 31-23 Saints preseason victory over the Houston Texans, to get his thoughts on the season, “Bounty Gate,” and of course, fantasy football. San Clemente Times: How has your summer been? Did you get to come back home to San Clemente and spend some time in town? Brian de la Puente: This summer has been good, we are heading into our fourth preseason game and camps have been good. It’s been a hot summer but I’m excited to get the season started. My wife and I went home for the tail end of June and a majority of July. It was nice. I got some good surf in and I got to enjoy the beach, which was fun. It was nice going home and coach (Jaime) Ortiz and the high school really opened up their doors to me when I was there so I could go work out at my leisure. SCT: Did you run in to any of the Tritons players? BDLP: I tried to get into the weight room when the linemen were there … Last offseason I worked out with coach (Pat) Harlow down at San Clemente Gym so I always try to come by and talk to the linemen. I tell them this is the time to put in hard work and lay the foundation heading into the season and just to wish them luck. I tell them ultimately it’s a game, and they should enjoy it while it lasts. I just try and talk them into the fact that hard work pays off. SCT: What has it been like having Sean Payton back on the sidelines? BDLP: You have your leader back. You have the voice that was missing. You have the ultimate decision maker. He’s our leader. It kind of brings that excitement, that energy, that refocus back as we are looking forward to the future. SCT: There was a lot of media attention around you guys last year. How big of a distraction was the Bounty Gate saga? BDLP: We definitely don’t want that situation at all. But the guys on this team and the leadership that we have was incredSan Clemente Times August 29–September 4, 2013

Brian de la Puente and the New Orleans Saints will open their 2013 NFL season against the Atlanta Falcons on September 8. Photo by Michael Hebert/New Orleans Saints

A sign in the likeness of Brian de la Puente’s No. 63 jersey hangs on the Thalassa Stadium scoreboard at San Clemente High. Photo by Steve Breazeale

ible. It was incredible how much focus we had and the ability to put our blinders on, staying the course. It speaks volumes to the leaders we have on this team and the guys the organization brings in and keeps here. The foundation has been set here since the coaching staff came in in 2006 … We kind of got closer as a group. When you go through things like that, you come out on the other end as a closer, tight-knit group. SCT: Last year was your first full year as a starter. What was it like learning on the job as the season went on? BDLP: I kind of went back to my college days, realizing that I am a leader on this team. For me, personally, I’m not a vocal

leader but I’m going to lead by example. I want to be the first one in and the last one out … So in terms of being that leader, I know I’m still hungry and you can’t ever let complacency come in. SCT: Your quarterback, Drew Brees, put up another monster season last year. What’s it like playing with him and being a part of that offense? BDLP: Drew is a not only an exceptional football player but he’s also an exceptional leader. He was a big part of keeping this whole thing together. Being a part of his success was an honor. With him, you learn how to be the best and compete hard. You talk about work ethic … this guy is in a different world. He sets the bar for the team, which is contagious. Being able to work with a guy like that is a privilege. SCT: Talk to me about the offensive line. There was some roster shakeup after Pro Bowl tackle Jermon Bushrod left, but what do you see out of this group and how has your relationship with the linemen changed after playing with them for one full year? BDLP: Yeah, Bushrod went to Chicago but Charles Brown has stepped in really nicely. We’ve all been getting on the same page … Communication is big and plays into how you set different looks … Having another year with that communication is only helping it get better. We have some undrafted guys that are showing some

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promise. There are moving parts but I’m getting excited to get the season going. SCT: I have a fantasy football draft later tonight. Any up and coming players on the Saints I should know about? Any sleeper picks you can key me in on? BDLP: I don’t’ know much about fantasy but a lot of my buddies play. You can’t go wrong with our guys. Drew, Jimmy (Graham)… Darren Sproles, they’re the guys (laughs). There are no secrets. Our guys are the guys. Fantasy has gotten huge but it’s something I’ve yet to partake in. SCT: Who is an opposing defensive player that is tough to deal with? Anyone stick out that you would build a defense around? BDLP: We played the Texans last night. Talking about sacks, I think J.J. Watt. Talking about swatted balls, J.J. Watt. He’s an exceptional player and he’s going to have a long, great, career. He’s going to cause us linemen some problems. He’s a guy you have to consider. Every team’s defensive line is exceptional at this level. There are no off days. Top to bottom the guys, they’re the best of the best. Just because we played the Texans last night though, I’d say Watt. The Saints will travel to play the Miami Dolphins in their final preseason game on August 29. They open their season at home against the Atlanta Falcons on September 8. SC




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Age: 13, Shorecliffs Middle School We caught up with David Economos while en route to the airport in Kaua’i, on his way home from a weeklong trip with his family—one more surf getaway before school starts. David will be starting the eighth-grade this year at Shorecliffs Middle School and is looking forward to his second year of SSS competition on the school surf team. He credits his success and progress in surfing to his supportive parents and coach Kevyn Dean at DSC. At school, David is an ‘A’ student whose favorite classes are P.E. and English. His dream for the future includes a career as a professional surfer but he is also interested in the posDavid Economos. Photo by Marina Sulkhan sibility of becoming either a chef or a pastor. “Or maybe even all three,” David said. David also enjoys skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, playing club soccer and drawing. He has spent the summer surfing two to three times a day, having fun while working on his wave selection. “Sometimes I see a wave, get excited and go for it because I just want to go. Then I end up on one that’s not very good and get stuck inside on a good set,” David said. “I want to get better at wave selection because I get impatient and take the wrong waves when I know I could be getting better ones. I’m working on my patience.” This season David will be surfing in WSA Championship Tour because, although he enjoys free surfing, he loves competition and wants more contest experience, he said. —Andrea Swayne

RESULTS First-place and local finishers only. NSSA Explorer, Event No. 1, August 24, Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier JUNIORS: 1. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente; 2. Lucas Taub, Dana Point. BOYS: 1. John Mel, Newport Beach; 3. Kade Matson, San Clemente. MENEHUNE: 1. Dagan Stagg, Carlsbad; 2. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 5. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach. SUPER GROMS: 1. Connor Marshall, Encinitas. WOMEN: 1. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; 6. Samantha Sibley, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla; 4. Kirra Pinkerton, San Clemente; 5. Tera Richardson, Capistrano Beach; 6. Alexxa Elseewi, San Clemente. SUPER SENIORS: 1. Jon Faure, Encinitas. DUKE: 1. Rick Fignetti, Huntington Beach; 3. Peter Townend, San Clemente.

Patrick Gudauskas of San Clemente takes top honors at the ASP 4-Star Vans Pro in Virginia Beach, Va., August 25. Photo by ASP/Bobby Shadley

Victory in Virginia San Clemente pro surfer Patrick Gudauskas wins Vans Pro By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


atrick Gudauskas of San Clemente is bringing home the hardware and a $15,000 prize for taking the win at the Association of Surfing Professionals 4-Star Vans Pro in Virginia Beach, Va. on Sunday at the East Coast Surfing Championships. Gudauskas held the lead from start to finish in the final, managing to edge out runner-up Deivid Silva of Brazil, who charged to within 0.05 points of the win late in the heat. At the final buzzer, Gudauskas took top honors with a two-wave combined score of 12.67 points (out of 20) to Silva’s 12.63. Hawaiian, Keanu Asing placed third with 11.00 points and Kaito Ohashi of Japan came in fourth with 9.10. “That was my first time in Virginia to compete in the ECSC event. It was a really enjoyable trip with fun waves and tons of

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things to do on the side,” Gudauskas said. “For me, this win was a huge boost for my confidence and season as I’ve been having a lot of close losses over the past year or two.” Gudauskas’ victory contributes 1,000 points toward his ASP World Ranking, where he sits at No. 57. He is currently the No. 36 rated surfer, and an alternate, on the ASP World Championship Tour ranking. “The purpose of going there was for me to get my winning rhythm back and create some momentum for the back half of my season. To win on American soil, and in a Vans event, was icing on the cake,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the next four months of competing in World Tour Prime events, looking for more great results and more fun ahead.” For more information about ASP events and rankings, log on to www.aspworltour. com. SC Page 26

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 65-67 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 10-15’+ Fair-Good Catalina: 15-20’+ Good Immediate: Looking a touch better through the end of the work week as a new round of south-southwest to south groundswell fills in and trace northwest windswell picks up slightly. Through Thursday and Friday most breaks are in the knee-thigh-waist high (2-3’) range. By the afternoon Friday we expect potential plus sets for standouts. Light/variable to light onshore winds in the mornings give way to a light to moderate westerly sea-breeze in the afternoons through the end of the week. Long Range Outlook: Modest south-southwest/south swell tops out late Friday into Saturday as northwest windswell lingers. Best exposures are good for knee-waist high waves (2-3’) with occasional sets to chest high (3’+). Those waves back down through the end of the weekend. Check out Surfline. com for all the details!

NSSA Explorer, Event No. 2, August 25, Pacific Beach, Crystal Pier JUNIORS: 1. Jay Christenson, Pacific Beach; 3. Lucas Taub, Dana Point. BOYS: 1. John Mel, Newport Beach; 4. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach. MENEHUNE: 1. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 4. Ryan Martin, San Clemente; 5. Crosby Colapinto, San Clemente. SUPER GROMS: 1. Connor Marshall, Encinitas. WOMEN: 1. Tiare Thompson, La Jolla; 5. Samantha Sibley, San Clemente; 6. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente. GIRLS: 1. Alyssa Spencer, Carlsbad; 2. Alexxa Elseewi, San Clemente; 4. Kirra Pinkerton, San Clemente; 5. Tera Richardson, Capistrano Beach. SUPER SENIORS: 1. Mike Glevy, San Diego. DUKE: 1. Jim Ferguson, Santa Rosa; 3. Peter Townend, San Clemente. For full results, log on to

UPCOMING EVENTS September 7-8: Surfing America Prime, Event No. 1, Camp Pendleton, Del Mar Jetties September 7: NSSA Explorer, Event No. 3, Huntington Beach, Pier September 8: NSSA Explorer, Event No. 4, Huntington Beach, Pier September 21-22: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 2, Ventura, Surfers Point September 21-22: NSSA Open, Event No. 1, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty

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