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End of the Line for the Toll Road? Revised agreement has some declaring the end of the 241 extension EYE ON SC/PAGE 4

After nearly a decade of questions, the fate of the 241 South Toll Road extension, and how it will affect the famed Trestles surf break, shown here, may have been sealed by a new agreement between the TCA and Caltrans. Photo by Andrea Swayne

TOP 5: San Clemente Man Killed in Grocery Store Parking Lot Friday

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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO San Juan Capistrano will reevaluate their plans to build the first phase of a community park in the Northwest Open Space after city staff received proposals from consultants that varied dramatically in scope and cost. In April, the City Council updated plans to build the 13acre park to reduce the number of community gardening plots from 200 to 75, to set aside land for a commercial organic farm lease and to include two horseshoe pits, two volleyball courts and two bocce ball courts. City staff received four proposals to amend the park plan, but the costs ranged from $9,675 to $60,630. Nelson Miller, interim director of development services, attributed the disparity to an unclear understand of the city’s request for proposals. Miller said reevaluating the project will allow the city to find an alternate approach for design and construction.




A settlement has been reached with the owner of Holistic Health, a former marijuana dispensary, and the city of Dana Point. According to the settlement, judgment will be entered in favor of the city and the shop’s owner, Garrison Williams, is barred from “any sale, distribution, storage or transportation of marijuana in the city.” Terms include a $1 million judgment against Holistic Health. Legal proceedings date back to 2009 when the city set out to fight its six marijuana shops. The city alleged shops violated zoning ordinances and questioned whether they complied with state law barring their operation as for-profit businesses. There are now no dispensaries in the city. Holistic Health closed in 2011. An Orange County Superior Court awarded the city $2.68 million later that year. The case was appealed and the 4th District Court of Appeals found facts remained to be tried. The settlement ends litigation.


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…the Fatal Accident at Ralphs?

THE LATEST: A San Clemente man was struck and killed by a pickup truck last week while walking in a grocery store parking lot. The Orange County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 4:45 p.m. Friday afternoon reporting a pedestrian had been struck by a driver in the Ralphs grocery store parking lot at El Camino Real and Avenida Barcelona in San Clemente, authorities said. The pedestrian, Paul Michelena, 46, of San Clemente, was walking with his 11-yearold daughter when a Ford F-150 traveling westbound hit and ran over him, narrowly missing the girl. His daughter escaped without serious injury. According to OCSD spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock, Michelena was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later. WHAT’S NEXT: The investigation is ongoing but drugs or alcohol do not appear to have been a factor, Hallock said. The driver’s name has yet to be released and no charges had been filed as of press time. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. – Andrea Swayne


…the Farmer’s Market?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council voted Tuesday to extend the term of current Sunday Farmer’s Market operators Rick and Sandy Heil for another two years, but agreed to open up the management of the market for bid after that period. The council took up the question after receiving resident complaints about the market’s management, including a number who said the event had shrunk in recent years and no longer provided the amount of San Clemente Times October 17-23, 2013

fresh food they desired. “It’s more fast food than farmers’ market,” Freda D’Souza said. Rick Heil defended his management of the market, noting that he and his family had been asked to run another market on Saturdays in Corona del Mar. He said the growers who come to the market, mostly from north San Diego County and north Orange County had done good job of keeping up with the standards the state holds them to, as well as providing quality offerings to local customers. WHAT’S NEXT: Councilmembers were in agreement that the current market ran well, but differed on whether to fully extend the Heil’s term. Four members agreed to extend the term two years, rather than the full three, and then to go to bid at the end of that time. Councilwoman Lori Donchak differed, saying she preferred to open the bidding now. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit – Jim Shilander


…the General Plan?

THE LATEST: The City Council continued its work on the city’s draft general plan Tuesday, and a timetable is now in place for formal adoption of the document. The council moved through the portion of the document dealing with mobility and complete streets. Discussion centered on cleaning up language and removing parts the council saw as unnecessary, such as language encouraging city employees to use non-motorized methods of getting to work. WHAT’S NEXT: The council will attempt to complete its discussion of the document Wednesday, November 13, with formal adoption of the final document set for its

regular November 19 meeting. Principal City Planner Jeff Hook told the council he would be able to make the changes to the document in time for formal adoption in the six days between the two meetings. Jim Holloway, the city’s community development director said there is no timeline in place for design meetings to create new guidelines for the council’s preferred two-story height limitation for the downtown T-Zone. FIND OUT MORE: For updates on the process, visit www.sanclementetimes. com. – JS


...the Clean Ocean Fee?

THE LATEST: The city received only 30 written protests of the proposed increase of the clean ocean fee, falling short of the 11,000 protests needed to stop the process. That means a ballot will be sent to the city’s more than 22,000 property owners next week for a vote on whether to allow the first increase in the program’s history. The increase, up to $6.23 per month for a single family residence on a public street, was necessary to keep up with the costs of the program, Assistant City Engineer Tom Bonigut said. Councilwoman Lori Donchak said a majority of the protests questioned the need for the increase. Bonigut said if the increase was rejected, the city would have to scale back its programs, including efforts to clean up Poche Beach. He estimated a rejection would mean a 20 percent overall reduction in services of the program. The council also authorized Mayor Bob Baker to cast 29 votes, representing the city’s own parcels in favor of the increase. WHAT’S NEXT: Ballots will be mailed out October 25, with a due date of December 10.

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…a Second Fatal Accident?

THE LATEST: A four-vehicle accident near the intersection of Beach Road and Coast Highway in Capistrano Beach claimed two lives Sunday afternoon. Two vehicles—a Mini-Cooper driven by a 15-year-old student driver and his instructor, and a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Capistrano Beach resident John Knowles Jr., 43, and Kerensa Donselman, 32, inside—were traveling northbound at approximately 1:20 p.m., said Orange County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Jeff Hallock. The two other vehicles involved, a van and Honda, were traveling southbound. Hallock said a preliminary reconstruction of the accident indicated the Jetta attempted a “passing movement,” putting it in the path of the two other vehicles. It appeared the worst of the collision occurred between the Jetta and the van, he said. Both Knowles and Donselman were killed. Authorities currently have no estimation as to the speed the vehicles were traveling at the time of the crash, Hallock said. According to a sheriff’s department Twitter page post on Monday evening, authorities believe alcohol may have been a factor in the accident. Investigators are awaiting toxicology confirmation. WHAT’S NEXT: The investigation into the crash is ongoing. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www. – JS

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End of the (Toll) Road? Revised TCA/Caltrans agreement puts doubt into future toll road extension proposal By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


n amended agreement between the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency and California Department of Transportation approved last week has invited speculation about whether a toll road connection to Interstate 5 near Trestles will ever be attempted again. But officials at the agency say it’s too early to pronounce Foothill South dead. The agreement, which was approved by the agency’s board by an 8-6 vote, with San Clemente Mayor Bob Baker among those voting in opposition, extends the period the TCA can collect tolls on the 241 until 2053. However, the agreement, as currently written, forbids the collection of tolls for any extension of the toll road south of its current terminus at Oso Parkway after 2041. This means any extension, including a proposal to extend the terminus to Cow Camp Road near Rancho Mission Viejo, or any revised plan to connect the toll road to Interstate 5 nearer to the San Diego County line in San Clemente, would have to pay for itself by 2041. After the TCA loses its right to collect tolls, the roads, which belong to Caltrans, become free. The Foothill East board manages the 133, 241 and 261 toll roads. A separate TCA board, the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency manages the 73 toll road between San Juan Capistrano and Newport Beach. San Clemente City Councilman Jim Evert is the city representative on that board. Whether this means permanent relief for San Clemente residents opposing the toll road—who have kept an eye on the plans of the agency since the California Coastal Commission and Department of the Commerce rejected a proposal to connect the 241 near Trestles—is still to be decided. The opposition to the toll road was a galvanizing issue for activists in the city for the last decade, leading to a coalition of environmental groups, surfing organizations and others to oppose a proposal to connect the toll road near the San Diego County line. Opponents of the extension believe that construction of the toll road would lead to significant environmental degradation at the famed Trestles surf break, as well as cause problems for the nearby San Juan Creek watershed. Proponents cite the increased population San Clemente Times October 17-23, 2013

The scene at the 2008 California Coastal Commission meeting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds at which the original toll road extension proposal to trestles was rejected. File photo by McKenzi Taylor

of the southern portion of Orange County and already heavy traffic through area on the weekends as reasons to build the road, as well as the need for an alternative route out of the area in case of a disaster. The county’s planned extension of Avenida La Pata between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano may help to alleviate some traffic issues supporters of the toll road said made the route a necessity. The Cow Camp extension of the 241 had been seen as a “phased” way of doing the project, though officials did not indicate what the second phase of such a project would be. Planners of the Rancho Mission Viejo developments have made contingencies for both possibilities in the construction of the development. A move to try and designate the Trestles surf break a historic landmark has been led, in part, as an attempt to place an additional brace against future toll road development. Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, the California policy manager for the Surfrider Foundation, which was at the forefront of opposition to the extension, said she had “mixed feelings” about the result. “It’s really kind of a bailout, in my opinion,” Sekich-Quinn said. If the ridership of the roads was not such that the agency could be kept afloat, she said, then Caltrans shouldn’t be responsible for helping keep the agency going. “Right now, we’re pleased, but we’re not doing cartwheels. We never underestimate the TCA’s efforts at keeping, blindly, trying to build this road.”

Lisa Telles, a spokesperson for the TCA, noted the current agreement that was just renegotiated represented the sixth such change to the original document, and said such an amendment could easily provide the agency with the ability to build and finance an extension. Telles said the agreement with Caltrans had “nothing to do” with the proposed 241 extension. “When we build south of Oso Parkway we would have the ability to finance it,” Telles said. Todd Spitzer, a member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and TCA board member, also voted against the refinancing, in part for what he saw as unnecessary politicization. Spitzer said for now he believes, any chance of extending the toll road is essentially dead. “I feel it’s been significantly hindered to the point it’s on its last breath,” Spitzer said. “I really do think that was the nail in the coffin, at least in regard to this administration.” By taking away the right to collect tolls after 2041, Spitzer said, the state removed any chance of financing the road south of Oso Parkway. Without the promise of tolls to repay construction costs, he said, there was no reason to build. Spitzer said he believed Gov. Jerry Brown was personally opposed to the extension of the toll road, which was evidenced by the TCA having to negotiate directly with Brian Kelly, the state Secretary of Transportation, rather than a lower level person at Caltrans. Spitzer said

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he believed Caltrans could have downgraded Foothill East if the agreement had not been agreed to, essentially forcing the agency to agree to the proposal at risk of losing its business. “That is way below his pay grade,” Spitzer said. “I absolutely believe the Governor used the cooperative agreement to satisfy the environmentalists against Foothill South.” Spitzer called the agreement a “total rip-off” that made the refinancing of Foothill East a political point. This was why he voted against the agreement, he said. Those same political considerations, he added, were what led to the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board to vote against the TCA’s proposed extension of the toll road to Cow Camp Road in June. The TCA has appealed the decision to the state water board, which is beginning its review process. Baker said he voted against the agreement because he thought TCA was going against its basic tenets. “My concern has been TCA violating its basic principle, to pay off the debt as soon as we can,” Baker said. “I think they’re violating that by refinancing. I’d rather see the roads free as soon as possible.” Baker said his impression of the negotiations were that TCA officials already had an eye toward renegotiating the cooperative agreement at a later time. At Tuesday’s San Clemente City Council meeting, Baker advised toll road opponents, “Don’t pop the champagne corks yet.” SC

EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Tuesday, October 22 Joint City Council / Commissions / Committees Meeting 7 p.m. Meeting at Wedgewood at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.8200, Toastmasters 7 p.m.–8:40 p.m. Practice public speaking every Tuesday in a friendly and supportive atmosphere at the Baha’i Center. 3316 Ave. Del Presidente, 6463.

Wednesday, October 23 Kiwanis Meeting Noon. Meeting at Carrows. 620 Avenida Pico, 949.290.8729, SC Rotary Club Noon. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619,

Thursday, October 24 Business Networking Luncheon 11:30 a.m. Chamber networking event at Inka Mama’s Peruvian Cuisine. $15. 821 Via Suerte, 104, 949.492.1131,


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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO SCHS Dance Program Set for October 18 The San Clemente High School Dance program will host “Chance to Dance,” a dance showcase at the San Clemente High School Triton Center on October 18 and 19, 7 p.m. at 700 Avenida Pico. The showcase will feature the USA National Champion San Clemente and Glendale High School dance teams as well as a number of other dance squads from SCHS, including a special all-male squad. San Clemente’s own all-male dancers, including dads, brothers and friends of the SCHS Dance Team, featuring “gansta-hip hop” and some surprise break dancing, will be taking their own turn on stage as part of the performance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and children, available at the box office at 6 p.m.

T. Patterson Hosting Pumpkin Carving Event T. Patterson Surf Shop will host a pumpkin carving contest Tuesday, October 29 at 4:30 p.m. The event will include live music,

food and prizes. The shop is located at 1407 N. El Camino Real. For information, call 949.366.2022.

Anti-bullying March October 25 The National Association of People Against Bullying, a San Clemente-based organization, and the Cool 2 be Kind Club of San Clemente High School will host its second annual People’s March Against Bullying in Laguna Beach on Friday, October 25 at 5 p.m. The purpose of the march is to bring awareness to the continuing problem of bullying among teens. A number of speakers will be present to talk about the need for a change in laws concerning bullying. Those looking to participate are asked to meet at Main Beach in Laguna Beach.

San Onofre Foundation presenting ‘Woofstock’ The San Onofre Foundation is presenting the inaugural “Woofstock—People and Paws for our State Parks” fundraising and community outreach event benefitting the San Onofre Foundation and Pet Project Foundation on Sunday, October 27 from

noon to 5 p.m. Woofstock’s goal is to promote respect and preservation throughout San Onofre and San Clemente state beaches. Tickets are on sale now for $15 online or $20 at the door. Additional tickets are $5 per person, children under 12 are free. Tickets can be found at woofstock2013. or www.sanofoundation. com. A goody bag for attendees includes a Woofstock punch card for sponsor samples or gifts, a doggie bandana and an official T-shirt. The event will be held at San Clemente State Beach Campground, Campfire Center & Nature Area, 225 Avenida Calafia, San Clemente. Free parking is available at Concordia Elementary School.

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ing to shake. Orange County Fire Authority was called for assistance. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Estacion, 1700 Block (6:09 a.m.) A caller said they could hear “lots of screaming” coming from the beach area in North Beach. A person who appeared to be homeless, was walking up onto the rocks. The person was wearing a lot of clothing.

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.

KEEP THE PEACE Camino Capistrano, 3000 Block (4:58 a.m.) A woman told deputies her roommate was bullying her. She said the roommate had been texting her and threatening to call 9-1-1 because the caller wouldn’t open the garage door.

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CITIZEN ASSIST El Camino Real, 2100 Block (11:42 a.m.) Transients were reportedly setting up camp behind a commercial complex. KEEP THE PEACE Via Toluca, 100 Block (10:56 a.m.) A man said his landlord and two others were in the backyard without permission. He wanted them off the property.

DISTURBANCE Calle Seville, 100 Block (Noon) A female employee called deputies after a homeless woman locked herself inside of the business’ bathroom and refused to leave. The employee told deputies that the woman was saying that she would attack the supervisor if the employees did not shut up. The woman was reportedly sitting in a wheelchair and was able to walk.

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Marquita, 100 Block (10:48 a.m.) A man who was on a “drinking binge” was start-

CITIZEN ASSIST El Camino Real, 600 Block (8:11 a.m.) A woman called authorities from outside


the Surterre Realty offices. She was holding a large piece of plastic wrap and she was afraid it would blow into the middle of the street and possibly blind a driver.

Sunday, October 13 DISTURBANCE Escalones, 100 Block (1:06 p.m.) A man reported a homeless man lying on his driveway sleeping, with his feet in the street. The caller was concerned the man may get run over. It was later reported the sleeping man had a nose injury and required medical attention. WELFARE CHECK Avenida Barcelona/El Camino Real (6:31 a.m.) Deputies were called to Ralph’s for a welfare check on a man who was found lying in the bushes with blood on his head and left eye area. The caller told deputies the man was now standing and demanded the caller get away from him. WELFARE CHECK Avenida Palizada/El Camino Real (1:53 a.m.) A man was asked by a friend to pick up a woman and give her a ride. The man said the woman began smoking meth in his car and he pulled over and kicked her out near a gas station. The driver called deputies and requested a welfare check on the woman because she lives with her parents, but had recently been kicked out of the house.

Saturday, October 12 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Granada, 200 Block (11:21 p.m.) A woman called deputies after finding a wire bent into the shape of a hook on her back porch. The woman was worried someone had attempted to burglarize her residence. UNKNOWN TROUBLE Santa Ana Lane/Capistrano Lane (11:52 p.m.) A witness called deputies after seeing a woman walking on the sidewalk while screaming and bleeding. The woman was last seen walking up Santa Ana Lane. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Paseo Vista, 100 Block (10:03 p.m.) A man called deputies after spotting two subjects hiding in the bushes behind his residence. He told deputies the two men left after he yelled at them. Deputies received a second call from the man 25 minutes later, saying after deputies left, the two men had come back and were again hiding in the bushes. CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Amistad, 100 Block (4:18 p.m.) A woman called deputies after noticing someone had left a drawing of a scary face on her front door. The woman was worried because she thought it was related to a sexual harassment case she is the plaintiff in.


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GUEST OPINION: Wavelengths by Jim Kempton

Spending Secrets If we want to shrink the budget deficit, shouldn’t we know where our taxes are being spent?


hile Congress dithers about whether to drive the nation off the fiscal cliff now or put it off for six weeks, the debt (for which there seems to be no ceiling) continues to rise. But what are our tax dollars actually going for? According to the Constitution, it should all be public. The statement and account clause in that revered document makes plain the fact that tax money spent must be accounted for. Yet vast hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars are spent by the security and intelligence community with no accounting whatsoever. Shouldn’t we know at least something? The Fifth Estate, the new movie about the WikiLeaks scandal opened last week, offered an opportune backdrop to consider the secrets our nation has been keeping. What is our perspective about what should be secret and what shouldn’t? No matter what you think about the rights and wrongs of Julian Assange’s revelations

that set the intelligence community (and the nation) abuzz, one thing seems perfectly clear: We the public know very little about what goes on inside the intelligence apparatus of our governWAVELENGTHS ment. By Jim Kempton The number and functions of these bureaus themselves are bewildering: CIA, NSA, FBI, NRO OHS, DIA, OICI, INR, and TFI, just to name ones that aren’t directly attached to the military. The budget or number of employees in any of these agencies is “classified,” so it is not public knowledge even though it sometimes leaks out. But from whistleblowers and inside leaks, best estimates include some 195,000 intelligence employees. Disclosure of the total intelligence budget, defenders complain, would lead to security leaks. True, yet sensitive data on

where and what certain programs spend could be shielded—but does the entire budget have to be unknown? The Constitution says absolutely not—the public must know how much the government is spending. Covert activities were what our Founding Fathers were most afraid of, and the reason we have our Bill of Rights too. King George cavalierly imposed capricious taxes for his own needs, and the colonists greatly resented it. Yet today we spend vast swaths of our tax dollars with no accounting available. Our Constitution provides many interlocking controls to protect our free and open society. One of the core protections is that the United States shall not have government in secret. So why does our government—going back at least to the Roosevelt administration and encompassing every other president from JFK to Reagan and Bush to Obama—keep so


I’ve been a huge fan and promoter of the Sunday morning San Clemente Farmers’ Market since I moved here with my children in 1995. The market is highlighted in a song I co-wrote to inspire pride in our Spanish Village by the Sea and entice visitors and locals alike to enjoy downtown. “Sweet San Clemente” was adopted as an official song by the City Council in February 2008. Sadly, the current farmers’ market manager is anything but sweet. The vendors he has fired and others who have quit are testimony to his tyranny. Our market has San Clemente Times October 17-23, 2013

much secret information from us? The Constitution tells us that in the long run, government in secret is far more dangerous than is the disclosure of information. Adhering to the Statement and Account clause would be a good start if this Congress means what it told the voters about its fidelity to the Constitution and its commitment to open government. Jim Kempton is a strong supporter of the U.S. Government, as a good, honorable entity with the ability to protect, defend and enhance the lives of its citizens. Although he admits inexcusable self-imposed ignorance about many governmental activities, he never-the-less believes they should not be kept hidden from the public, especially when it pays for them. 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


shrunk in size and scope. Yet he continues to turn down local residents who want to sell everything from herbs and spices to dog treats. He has yelled rudely at downtown merchants, art gallery volunteers, young children and shoppers attempting to park. For me, his firing the Gama Farms family was the final straw. I met city councilmembers last July with suggestions to grow the market, increase revenue for the city, benefit downtown merchants and shoppers. We asked council and the city manager to invite bids from other market managers before the current contract expires December 31. Soon thereafter, the Health Department received “anonymous” complaints

that I was offering “samples” to market shoppers to promote Always Inn. Since then, the manager has grabbed the plates of food from vendors’ hands and thrown them in the trash. What’s atrocious is that the manager makes $60,000 to $90,000 a year and gives the city a paltry $2,200. The market belongs to San Clemente. There are three locals and five others who operate other markets interested in taking over. Whoever wins the contract, council should ensure that the Sunday morning Farmers Market and perhaps an afternoon market in Talega operate as concessions to provide much needed revenue for San Clemente.

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


FARM TO FORK: ADULT COOKING CLASS 6 p.m.7:30 p.m. Cooking class at The Ecology Center where you can explore the garden, harvest, and prepare a meal alongside a professional chef. $35-$45. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,


LEON RUSSEL 8 p.m. The Coach House. Tickets $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, MCPRICE MYERS WINERY TASTING 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Special wine tasting event at DaVine Wine through the weekend. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044,


HALLOWEEN/OKTOBERFEST BALLROOM BASH 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dance and celebrate Halloween and Oktoberfest at the monthly dancing event at the San Clemente Community Center, featuring a lesson in merengue and Polka steps followed by open dancing to recorded music. Costumes encouraged. Admission $10. 100 Calle Seville, 949.498.0233,


PTF PARENT UP EDUCATION SERIES 9 a.m.-10 a.m. A parent psychologist visits St. Margaret’s Episcopal School’s Hurlbut Theater, to help teach how to raise selfreliant, appreciative children. Free. 31641 La Novia Ave., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.0108, RUMBLE KING WITH SPECIAL GUEST MOONSHINE 8 p.m. Concert featuring American rock/roots at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

AT THE MOVIES: WHEREFORE ART THOU ‘ROMEO AND JULIET’ There is a fine line when it comes to screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s work. Unfortunately with such high notoriety, screen interpretations can come off as forgettable, uninspired or brilliant. Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh have been the two most successful at placing Shakespeare on screen, but Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes proves less successful with his recent interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. As we all learn in high school, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet come from two families with contempt for each other that runs deep. When Romeo (Douglas Booth) meets Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld) at a masque, it is love at first sight. But with love follows passion, rivalry and death within the families. Damian Lewis, Natasha McElhone and Ed Westwick costar as Juliet’s parents and cousin Tybalt, while Kodi Smit-McPhee is Romeo’s Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth in Romeo and Juliet. ©2013 R & J Releasing, Ltd. friend Benvolio and Stellan Skarsgård is the Prince of Verona. Adapted by Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei, there isn’t anything different or new from the traditional 1968 screen version by Franco Zeffirelli people love. It doesn’t put a new spin on the classic like Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 modern adaptation either, so it feels lacking. The scenery and costumes are pretty and Steinfeld gives a fine performance, but the direction borders on unintentionally campy and Lewis gives one of the hammiest portrayals of Shakespeare on film. —Megan Bianco


SAN CLEMENTE OKTOBERFEST 2013 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The inaugural Oktoberfest for all ages with live German music, craft beer, food, games and competitions held at Old City Plaza. Admission $5 presale; $10 at the door. 111 W. Avenida Palizada, San Clemente,

ANNUAL RED RIBBON PARADE AND CELEBRATION 4 p.m. Community parade celebrating the drug-free campaign featuring local student bands, dance teams and more. Starts at Baskin Robbins in downtown San Clemente. Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.361.8386,

ULTIMATE BEERFEST OC Noon-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.9 p.m. Sample tasty brews from top craft brewers and plus food trucks and mobile vendors onsite at the OC Fair and Events Center. $50. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, 866.490.3665,

OPEN MIC 9 p.m. Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400,


2013 BEACHCOMBER GOLF EXPO 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Brand-new golf initiative expo at Monarch Beach Golf Links featuring vendors and info on golf. 50 Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point, 951.845.4653, COMMUNITY SYMPOSIUM ON SAN ONOFRE Noon. Community event on the topic of decommissioning San Onofre and the dangers of nuclear waste at the Center for Spiritual Living Capistrano Valley. $10. 1201 Puerta Del Sol,Ste. 100, San Clemente, 949.240.6463. FREE GALLERY OPEN HOUSE 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Gallery 104 hosts a free open house. 166 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.218.0903,



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FAM Celebrates Pair of Fundraisers this Weekend Relief agency serving more than 750 new clients per month this year By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


ne of the city’s most prominent relief agencies, Family Assistance Ministries, which provides food and relief to nearly 3,000 families in the region each month, is hosting a pair of fundraisers this weekend. The first, to be held Friday, is the second FAM Jam, a dinner, dance and auction at Bella Collina Towne and Golf Club. Organizers hope to see growth for this year’s installment, which is the second go-round after a one-year hiatus. The first event was held in 2011 at Café Calypso on Avenida Del Mar. Last year, the event was skipped in order to devote more time and resources to the 25th anniversary of the agency’s signature Hunger Walk. “We wanted to expand,” event organizer Jan McKay said. “And it really was a wise decision. This year we’re able to accommodate 150 to 200 people versus about 70.” The event will include a number of items donated by FAM board members themselves, said Mary Gray Perdue, the agency’s executive director. “It’s turned into a really lovely event,” Perdue said. “The board members have really stepped up. For one auction item, the Italian board members are going to cook an Italian meal, for example.” Other board members have donated wine from their personal collections, Perdue said. Only a few tickets are available for the event, which can be purchased at Tickets are

Volunteers, staff and community partners of Family Assistance Ministries are celebrating a major fundraising week, with an event Friday and the Hunger Walk Sunday. Photo by Jim Shilander

$75 for individuals. Sunday marks the return of the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, the Hunger Walk, which will again go from the San Clemente Community Center up to the Ralphs on El Camino Real, then back to the Community Center. Nearly 600 people walked in the event last year. Perdue said despite some growth in the economy, the agency is servicing approximately 755 more people per month than it did at this time last year. The agency

has 10 staff members, 100 volunteers and more than 90 community partners, including businesses, civic groups, churches and hundreds of individual donors, she said. “More people are trying to live on reduced incomes,” Perdue said. “For a lot of people, it’s medical issues that push them over the edge.” Perdue said she has been told, on more than one occasion, by new clients that they used to donate to the organization, but never envisioned needing its services themselves. She’s also got the other side of the story, where former clients return to good financial health. “You get to hear stories of people getting back on their feet, which is what makes this worthwhile,” Perdue said. “We tell people, ‘This isn’t your life story.’” FAM is also now a certified Second Harvest Food Bank, allowing it to receive and distribute additional food from the Department of Agriculture. While most recipients of the additional food are already clients, Perdue said this allows the agency to provide more food to its clientele, many of whom are facing homelessness. Check in for the walk begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, with the event commencing at 2 p.m. Registration and donations can be made at At the conclusion of the walk a “Finish Line” event will be held at Tequila’s Chop House and Cantina, located at 215 S. El Camino Real. Space for the wrap-up event is limited to 120 people. SC


Hitting the Street and the Rides Homecoming parade and carnival show off civic pride Text and photos by Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


venida Del Mar welcomed the annual San Clemente High School Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon. Hundreds turned out to get a view as the classes, teams, clubs and organizations made their way down the street. With the theme of “Sagas” the class floats showcased movie franchises, including The Chronicles of Narnia, Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Harry Potter. The Carnival Colossal brought approximately 20,000 to the fields near Vista Hermosa Sports Park between Thursday and Sunday. The event, one of the largest fundraisers for the Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks and Recreation Foundation, also included an expo for area businesses and nonprofits. SC

SCHS seniors rounded out the parade with the ‘Harry Potter’ saga.

Cheerleaders Andrea Stein, Lexi Camarena, Taylor Stafford and Kelsey Chriss.

Granger Mitchell, left, and Sloan Lazar enjoy a ride together.

GUEST OPINION: Life’s a Beach by Shelley Murphy

Parents’ Weekend a True Test Walking the fine line between enabling and disabling


couple weeks ago I attended San Clemente High School’s Back to School Night. It’s not often I’m encouraged to ask questions about my younger son’s school day and in return receive more than one word answers. I take advantage of all invitations welcoming me into my sons’ homes away from home. Of course I jumped at the chance to attend the college equivalent of Back to School Night: Parents’ Weekend. Like its counterpart, Parents’ Weekend is the only opportunity to visit my older son’s campus and ask questions without causing him public humiliation or college exile. Our son is a sophomore, so my perspective of Parents’ Weekend has changed. Last fall, after receiving a cheery brochure promising a memorable reunion with my son, I enrolled our family in every weekend event. We went on more campus tours, ate at the family breakfast under a tent with school administrators, attended a pregame party with other officials, socialized at the football game and more. As promised, I have memories of the weekend and most include my son comSan Clemente Times October 17-23, 2013

plaining about attending another lame event. Vowing not to repeat my rookie mistake, I tossed this year’s glossy offering and instead accepted an email invitation to our son’s fraternity LIFE’S A BEACH barbecue. By Shelley Murphy The email asked us to dress in school colors and arrive at the “house” at noon for a bountiful barbecue, then participate in a pre-game tailgate and afterwards cheer the home team onto victory at the stadium. The fraternity festivities guaranteed fun, provided we could keep pace with 20-year-olds. I couldn’t wait to get inside the house I’d been banned from gawking at but at the same time, I was nervous and told my husband my plan to avoid all food and bathrooms. I likened it to a train wreck—I wanted to look but was afraid of what I might see. As a sophomore, our son lives in an apartment, not a dorm—but like the dorm, I don’t get to visit it much either. Hoping to spend some quality time with my son, I suggested meeting in the

morning at his apartment and walking to the fraternity house together. He replied, “Don’t even think about coming over before 11.” My protests for more time together were countered with his plea for privacy. The next day, I arrived promptly at 11 a.m. to find my son still in bed. My younger son and my son’s roommates all grabbed video controllers and started shouting, while a football game blared in the background. With nowhere to go, no one to talk to, and an hour to kill until my husband arrived, I decided to clean the kitchen. I hear your groans, but my choices were to watch football, play football video games or stare at walls covered by football pennants. I know all about the fine line between enabling and disabling. I’ve read studies suggesting over-parenting produces college students more likely to be depressed and less satisfied with their lives. I cleaned anyway. And for the record, my son and his roommates seemed pretty happy and not the slightest bit depressed with their clean kitchen. If you think my behavior is bad consider

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the notorious tale of one mom and her lint roller. Legend has it while at her son’s apartment during Parents’ Weekend she looked for a vacuum to tidy their carpet. Unable to find one, she whipped out a lint roller from her handbag, dropped to her hands and knees, and rolled the entire carpet clean. At noon we walked to my son’s fraternity house. Similar to secrecy surrounding their ceremonies, passwords and handshakes, I’m forbidden to write about our barbecue at Kappa Tappa Kegga. I can say I got a lingering look into his home away from home. I noticed there isn’t any carpet in the house–either linoleum is easier to hose down or they heard I was coming. SC PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the SC Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the SC Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at editorial@




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The tenth annual AYSO Section 11 VIP Tournament will be held Sunday at Vista Hermosa Sports Park. The VIP Program offers players with special needs a chance to compete in structured soccer games. This year’s tournament has 43 teams from AYSO Sections 11 and 1 that will be in attendance. Teams from programs Sports for Exceptional Athletes (San Diego) and TopSoccer will also be there. The tournament is funded by donations and a silent auction held at AYSO Section 11’s annual meeting and is free for all teams. Each team will play two 40-minute games and there will be entertainment and lunch provided to the players. The tournament will feature three age divisions, including a younger division (12U), older division (12 and up) and a mixed division (all ages). —San Clemente Times

AYSO Section 11 VIP players in action during the 2012 tournament. Courtesy photo

Still Going Strong 10 Years Later


The Friday Night Live Broadcast Team Celebrates 10-year Anniversary By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times


or 10 years, Rich Corder and his team have found a way to bring San Clemente football games to the family, friends and fans of the team by way of a live video and audio feed. The “Friday Night Live” broadcast has become a staple at every Tritons football game and this year, they celebrate their 10-year anniversary. The San Clemente Times caught up with Corder recently to get his thoughts on how the project came to life and his favorite memories while in the booth. San Clemente Times: What was the motivation behind starting a live feed of Tritons football games? Rich Corder: The original idea of “Friday Night Live” began in the summer of 2004. Ben Villa, Rodney Runolfson and I were all coaching together at San Clemente High. We were coaches on the freshman football team. The three of us started talking about how cool it would be to broadcast Tritons football games live over the internet … We approached Eric Patton, who was the head coach, and he bought into the idea. As a broadcast team, I was the offensive play-byplay commentator, Ben was the defensive commentator and Rodney ran the computer during the show and also provided commentary during the broadcast. SCT: How easy or difficult was it to pull off live webcasts 10 years ago? How has technology helped you throughout the years? San Clemente Times October 17-23, 2013

By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times

O The original Friday Night Live broadcast team in 2004 (From L to R): Rodney Runolfson, Rich Corder and Ben Villa. Courtesy photo

RC: Our first couple of seasons were live audio only … Ben and I had the easy jobs with the broadcast. Neither one of us were computer savvy. Rodney was the key to running the broadcast in the beginning … This year the “computer guy” torch was passed on to Frank Kling. SCT: Is there any way of telling who your fan base is made up of? Obviously a lot of San Clemente residents, but anyone else? RC: We have a great following, some that have been with us from the beginning. But we have had Tritons fans tune into the broadcast from all over the United States, even Japan and Mexico. We reach alumni, player families, current students and fans that just love high school football. SCT: How much training did you have in broadcast before taking this on? RC: My broadcast training was on the job, beginning with our first broadcast in 2004. My real job was working in the City of San Clemente for almost 27 years. I was a Sergeant with the San Clemente Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department until I retired in 2006. The only radio experience that I had was from inside a patrol vehicle through our dispatch center. I had a few years of experience announcing softball games at the high school when my daughter Tiffany played there. My experience grows every

year through “Friday Night Live.” SCT: What are some of your favorite broadcast memories over the past ten years? RC: My favorite memories of “Friday Night Live” come from working nine years with my fellow broadcaster Ben Villa, who passed away at the beginning of this year … I loved Ben and I miss him dearly. We were good friends for almost 30 years. I have dedicated this season of broadcasting in his honor I will also never forget my broadcast from last week in honor of Saylor Voris, a Tritons cheerleader who is in the hospital now fighting Leukemia. I was told that Saylor watched the varsity games over the internet from her hospital room. Several cheerleaders wanted to make signs in support of Saylor. There was so much support and love by so many people going out to her. One of my other favorite memories is unfortunately a tragic one. It had to do with the response of love and support shown by the San Clemente and Dana Hills football programs after the tragic passing of Nick Pasquale. I had the pleasure of coaching Nick when he was a freshman. For the next three years, Nick was a star and inspirational player on varsity. SC

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n Saturday some of the top amateur golfers from southern California and around the state will descend upon the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course to take part in the 32nd annual San Clemente City Amateur Championship. The event has an illustrious pedigree, with names like Mark O’Meara and Paul McGinley, former PGA Tour champions, inscribed on the winners trophy. The two-day event will start early Saturday morning. Those who make the 80-player cut will advance to Sunday. Littered among the event’s 152 confirmed golfers are local San Clemente golf legends. John Adams, a three-time city amateur champion, Ed Harper, a 1981 San Clemente High grad and member of the Tritons Golf Hall of Fame, Kirk Rose and Van Johnstone IV are all slated to compete. Jeff Coburn is set to defend his 2012 title. Coburn also won the event back in 2009. Head golf professional Dave Cook said that the course is a very pure southern California golf event. Not only is it a fine display of amateur skill, the golf course itself provides a true test. The rough will not be exceedingly long but the Muni’s greens will be in great shape, according to Cook. The grounds crew has not aerated their greens, which will mean pure rolls for the large, sloping greens the Muni is known for. “It’s all amateurs and everyone plays from the same tees. It’s the biggest one we have every year, it’s kind of been a tradition for a while. It’s a great event,” Cook said. SC



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As the San Clemente fall sports programs enter the heart of league play, we take a look back on the important stats and numbers posted by Tritons athletes over the course of the season.


fter engineering a game-winning drive against then No. 5 ranked Stanford on October 12, Utah quarterback Travis Wilson was carried off the field by the fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Wilson, a former standout for the San Clemente High football team, threw for 234 yards, completing 23 of 34 passes, two touchdowns and one interception to give Utah their biggest win of the season to date, a 27-21 victory. Although Wilson and the Utah (4-2, 1-2 Pac-12) offense struck for the final score of the night, it was the Utes defense that made the pivotal play. With the Cardinal (5-1, 3-1) lurking at the goal line with less than one minute to go, quarterback Charlie Hopkins threw two consecutive incomplete passes on third and fourth down, turning the ball over to Utah. The final pass attempt was hindered by pressure from the Utah defensive front. Wilson’s performance was an improvement on last week’s, when he threw six interceptions against No. 10 UCLA. Utah will travel to play Arizona on Saturday. —San Clemente Times

Triton Report

164 Number of total kills tallied by sophomore outside hitter Cali Hoye. Hoye recorded 20 kills in the Tritons girls volleyball team’s October 10 win over Tesoro. 47 Assists recorded by sophomore setter Marie Paris in the San Clemente girls volleyball win over Tesoro. The 47 assists were a season-high for Paris.

Travis Wilson threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns to guide Utah to a 27-21 upset victory over No. 5 ranked Stanford. Photo courtesy Utah Athletics

goals per contest and has posted double digit goal tallies twice this season.

17:16 Winning time posted by senior Melissa Eisele at the South Coast League cross country cluster meet on October 8. Eisele finished twenty seconds ahead of her next closest competitor. 6 Number of match medals won by San Clemente golfer Alex Cooper. Cooper’s six medals, awarded to the golfer with the lowest score of a match, is currently the 13th best mark in the county. She medaled in back to back matches for the Tritons on October 8 and October 10 in a two-game sweep of San Juan Hills.

3-0 South Coast League record of both the San Clemente and Dana Hills girls volleyball teams, who will face each other on October 17. San Clemente will be the host team in the first of two matches between the two rivals.

3 Sacks recorded by San Clemente senior defensive end Kelsey Benoit, which leads the team. Benoit had two sacks against La Costa Canyon on September 6.

96 Total goals scored by San Clem-

10.47 Average yards per catch for senior tight end Jason Wright this season. Wright has caught three touchdown passes, his last one coming on September 6.

ente boys water polo junior attack Chase Hamming. Hamming is averaging five

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Josh Hoffman. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Age: 12, Marco Forster Middle School When Josh Hoffman sets his mind on something, nothing stands in his way. About a year ago he decided to learn to surf and to try out for the team at Marco Forster Middle School. “I had a great mentor, Mark Sombrano,” Josh said. “He taught me the basics, brought me to different surf breaks to expand my knowledge. I think his help was key and I’d like to thank him for it.” Now, this bright seventhgrader from Dana Point is a member of his school surf team and competes in the SSS and WSA. His most recent podium appearance came October 6 in WSA Event No. 3 at Huntington Beach, where he took third in U14 Longboard. Josh’s dad surfed and his grandfather was one of the best locals at Killer Dana back in his day. This family legacy is part of what drew Josh to the sport. “My family plays a big part in supporting my desire to be a surfer,” he said. “They support me with everything I need to be successful and really care about my passion.” Josh is not only fiercely committed to having a pro career someday, but also to invent a new process or product that will revolutionize surfboards of the future. “I also have a drive to ride big waves and hope to travel the world in search of waves that are un-crowded, massive and powerful,” he said. “I love the adrenaline rush and tell myself when I’m in the lineup, ‘Don’t paddle unless it’s menacing. Paddle for the biggest waves.’” —Andrea Swayne

From Italy to San Clemente: Documenting Surfing’s Mecca


Italian filmmaker celebrates city surf breaks By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


talian action sports filmmaker Pier Francesco Macchi may become a familiar site around some of the area’s best surf breaks in the coming weeks, and he’s looking for help from local surfers. Macchi is putting together a documentary on surfing, Surf on the Road, consisting of 10 to 12 episodes, for the Italian action sports website With the assistance of Chris Iltis, from San Clemente Surf School, Macchi will be exploring 10 surf breaks all located in or around San Clemente. Shooting will begin soon. “It’s not about pro surfers, though there will be some. It has to be about characters, the surf culture and history,” Macchi said. “So local riders, local shapers all surfing

RESULTS Local finishers only. KEY: SC=San Clemente, DP=Dana Point, SJC=San Juan Capistrano, CB=Capistrano Beach. WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 3, October 12-13, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS U9: 2. Dane Matson, SC; 3. Bryce Pinkerton, SC; 5. Cannon Carr, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Brayden Burch, SC; 2. Dax McPhillips, SC. BOYS U12: 1. Kai McPhillips, SC. BOYS U14: 1. Noah Atwood, CB; 2. Shane Hardy, SC; 4. Ryan San Clemente Times October 17–23, 2013


Italian documentarian Pier Francesco Macchi will be telling the stories of surf breaks across the area in the coming months for an Italian action sports website. Photo by Jim Shilander

different spots. That’s already enough to cover.” Previously, Macchi did a series on snowboarding in the Italian Alps and said surfing represents the last of his frontiers of sorts. “Doing it here, in the mecca of surf, is the cherry on top,” he said. Macchi is working to get local sponsors on board and has set up a Facebook page to keep people abreast of what’s going on with the series, Iltis said though San Clemente’s surf breaks run all the way from San Onofre to Poche Beach, some of which may not

be located in the city’s boundaries, all are closely connected to surfers in the area. “It’s not a typical surf movie where you’re going for action shot after action shot,” Iltis said. “There’s going to be a lot of back story. ‘Why do you like to surf here.’” Macchi and Iltis said they’ve already done an interview with shaper Bill Stewart on his arrival to San Clemente and to surfing and becoming a name known to surfers worldwide. Another episode will focus on one of the members of the surf school’s team, a young surfer going through trials and tribulations that come with the sport. “She doesn’t have to be a big name, it’s all about the personal connection,” Iltis said.

Martin, SC; 6. Noah Hohenester, SC. BOYS U16: 3. Nathan Carabba, SC. GIRLS U12: 2. Kirra Pinkerton, SC; 4. Samantha Sibley, SC. GIRLS U14: 3. Kirra Pinkerton, SC; 5. Samantha Sibley, SC; 6. Cameron Duby, SJC. GIRLS U16: 4. Bethany Zelasko, DP; 5. Lily Benjamin, SJC. GIRLS U18: 1. Malia Osterkamp, SC; 4. Kirra Pinkerton, SC. BOYS LB U14: 3. Joshua Hoffman, DP; 4. Jimmy Wynne, SC. JR. LB U18: 5. Jack Benjamin, SJC; 6. Kaimana Takayama, SC. GIRLS LB U14: 1. Cameron Duby, SJC; 2. Lexi Morgan, SC; 5. Malia Mauch, SC. GIRLS LB U18: 1. Rachael Tilly, CB; 2. Emmy Lombard, SC; 3. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 5. Kyla Kelley, CB. LEGENDS 50+: 3. Dale Baker, SC. OPEN MEN: 5. Cody

Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN: 2. Malia Osterkamp, SC; 3. Kirra Pinkerton, SC; 6. Samantha Sibley, SC. OPEN MEN LB: 1. Cody Canzoneri, SC. SR. MEN LB 40+: 3. Michael Takayama, SC; 4. Eric Rendon, SC. NSSA Open, Event No. 3, October 12-13, Cardiff by the Sea, Seaside Reef JUNIORS: 2. Gunner Day, SC. BOYS: 2. Jett Schilling, SC; 3. Ethan Mudge, CB. MINI GROMS: 1. Jett Schilling, SC; 4. Nicholas Coli, SC. WOMEN: 1. Tia Blanco, SC; 2. Malia Osterkamp, SC. GIRLS: 1. Alexxa Elseewi, SC. PERFORMERS OF THE EVENT: Tia Blanco, SC; Jett Schilling, SC; Gunner Day, SC. For full results, log on to

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Water Temperature: 65-68 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 10-15’ Fair Catalina: 15-25’ Fair-Good Immediate: South-southwest swell eases as a small mix of northwest swell and south-southeast tropial swell continues for Thursday. Most breaks offer knee-thighwaist high (2-3’) waves, while standout combo spots pull in plus sets (3’+) at times. Light offshore winds in the morning give way to a light westerly sea-breeze in the afternoon. Long Range Outlook: Small mix of southsouthwest groundswell, south-southeast tropical swell and northwest swell eases Friday into the weekend, for mainly kneethigh high waves, (1-2’+) as the fine weather holds. Check out for all the details!

Macchi said that while he’s tried each of the sports he’s covered before, his time in San Clemente—expected to be around three months—will include his own personal surfing education. To become involved, Macchi encouraged people to “like” the Facebook page, where they can find out how to share their stories. SC

UPCOMING EVENTS October 26: NSSA Explorer, Event No. 6, San Diego, San Fernando Court November 2-3: NSSA Open, Event No. 4, Newport Beach, 54th Street November 9-10: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 4, San Diego, Mission Beach, San Fernando Place November 16-17: NSSA Open, Event No. 5, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach November 23: NSSA Explorer, Event No. 7, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Seaside Reef December 7-8: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 5, San Clemente, Pier

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San Clemente Times