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Parking in Peril? Beach parking lawsuit will be heard at end of the month EYE ON SC/PAGE 5

Parking at North Beach and the city’s $10.5 million Beach Parking Fund are at the core of a lawsuit spearheaded by San Clemente resident Brad Malamud against the city. Photo Brian Park

TOP 5: School Funding Vote Angers Talega Residents

Triton Water Polo and Volleyball Teams Advance in Playoffs

‘Pink Panther’ Coming to Triton Center Stage this Week







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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO In celebration of the San Juan Capistrano Library’s 30th anniversary, Friends of the Library volunteers rolled out the red carpet for the man behind the iconic building’s design, architect Michael Graves. On Friday, Graves, who is a part of a group of influential architects collectively known as the “New York Five” and whose design of the library was heralded by Newsweek magazine as “the first authentic postmodern masterpiece,” made his first trip back to San Juan in more than a decade. Graves answered questions during a daytime press conference and said San Juan’s library, along with Denver’s, were his favorites. In the evening, Graves led a lecture, sharing photos from his time as a young student in Rome, of his home in Princeton, N.J. and some of the products he’s design for companies like Target and JC Penny.




A herd of Asian elephant statues will soon depart Dana Point for foreign and domestic soils, as the Elephant Parade’s first American exhibit comes to a close. The open-air exhibition benefitting The Asian Elephant Foundation has called Dana Point’s streets, parks, docks and hotels home since August. The foundation traces its roots to an elephant hospital in Thailand, where founder Marc Spits met an injured elephant, named Mosha. The young elephant lost a portion of her leg after stepping on a landmine and needed surgery and a prosthetic to survive. Spits formed the foundation and through its marquee fundraising event highlights the endangered Asian elephant’s plight through artwork and advocacy. The 38 colorful elephant statues will be gathered at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern, through Saturday, November 16, for a final community farewell.


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…the Talega Mello-Roos?

THE LATEST: Talega residents voiced strong displeasure at the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees’ vote to hold off returning funds from a recent refinancing to taxpayers last Wednesday. In August, the board voted 6-0, with San Clemente’s John Alpay, the board president and Talega resident, recusing himself, to hold off on returning the $17.4 million, from a community financing district, or Mello-Roos, used to pay for facilities needs at San Juan Hills High School, Vista Del Mar and San Clemente High School. The board said there were concerns about needs at SCHS, such as the deteriorating condition of the pool and Triton Center, as well as poor condition of the roof in different areas. Talega residents told the board Wednesday they were not aware of the vote at the time, which was why no one appeared at the board meeting to oppose it. Resident Laura Ferguson presented the board with a petition signed by more than 250 residents, asking them to reconsider the vote. Trustee Jim Reardon said the board had expected to hear from more Talega and San Clemente residents at the meeting, noting the vote reflected a lack of such input. WHAT’S NEXT: The district is conducting a full survey of the needs at SCHS this year, which led to a vote to consider the issue again in 2014. Superintendent Joseph Farley said it would be unwise for the board to make any specific decision at the meeting regarding the funding, to allow for the survey to move forward. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit – Jim Shilander San Clemente Times November 14–20, 2013


…the Ole Hanson Beach Club rehab?

THE LATEST: The San Clemente Planning Commission dealt a blow to a portion of the City Council’s preferred vision for the Ole Hanson Beach Club rehabilitation project last Wednesday. The commission approved a negative declaration for the proposal 5-1, meaning it will not negatively impact the historic nature of the facility. However, in doing so, it asked that the proposal eliminate four windows located above double doors on the pool-side arch of the facility. Commissioners were concerned the windows did not respect the historic nature of the facility. WHAT’S NEXT: The proposal will go back to the City Council. Council members have previously indicated a desire to move forward with the double doors and windows, to create a “sense of arrival” at the facility.

WHAT’S NEXT: In addition to issues at the site itself, SCHS had to find a new teacher, after James Dunlap resigned in September. A retired teacher, Bob McCarroll took over the program, but resigned due to health concerns. After two attempts to find a new teacher, principal Michael Halt announced last week the hiring of Warren Cesar. Cesar, who will start later this month, had previously taught at the junior college and high school level in the High Desert. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit – JS


FIND OUT MORE: For more on the meeting, visit – JS


shop was found to contain levels considered unsafe. The district has hired an environmental consultant to clean up the site, and the district is examining the county’s findings before it makes a final determination on when to open the shop.

…SCHS Auto Shop?

THE LATEST: After months of uncertainty, the Auto Academy program at San Clemente High School has hired a new teacher with eyes on getting the program up to full speed soon. Earlier this fall, dust containing lead particles were discovered at the Auto Academy. Two samples taken by the county from inside the shop itself were within acceptable levels, said Marcus Walton, chief communications officer for the Capistrano Unified School District. However, a sample taken outside the

…CUSD Ranch Agreement?

THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees approved a final agreement with the developers of Rancho Mission Viejo last Wednesday, providing a framework for the financing of school facilities in Planning Areas 1 and 2, just outside San Juan Capistrano. The agreement sets up funding the district will receive from developers of the property for elementary and middle school facilities. The agreement gives homeowners in the development the opportunity to raise additional funding if full state funds are not available for the construction of such facilities. “This is quite an accomplishment, something great to celebrate,” Superintendent Joseph Farley told the board.

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WHAT’S NEXT: The agreement sets up a timeline for a district study on the needs of high school students in the development. This includes where they will be housed, whether that means expanding San Juan Hills or Tesoro high schools, or setting aside land for a school inside Rancho Mission Viejo. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the agreement, visit – JS


…the La Cristianita Monument?

THE LATEST: The city’s monument to the first Christian baptism of native Californians will have a new home starting November 21. The city’s La Cristianita Monument, which was on display at City Hall at 100 Avenida Presidio, will be unveiled at its new home at the Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens with a dedication ceremony at the site at 10:30 a.m. This marks the second time the marker has been moved. While an official marker is at the historic site of the baptism on Camp Pendleton, the state placed a second marker within city limits to commemorate the event in 1957, before moving it to City Hall to allow for construction of Interstate 5. Moving the site was a longtime dream of the the city’s late matriarch Bertha Henry Taylor. Giovanni Cirocco, a Casa Romantica member, donated funds to have the marker moved and restored in her memory. WHAT’S NEXT: Information will be added on the marker about the location of the site on Camp Pendleton. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the ceremony, visit –JS


Parking in Peril?

Beach parking fund lawsuit could change North Beach developments By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


lawsuit against the city of San Clemente led by gadfly Brad Malamud will be heard later this month but its effects may be felt throughout the city—in particular North Beach. The lawsuit, 1997 Walker Family Trust v. City of San Clemente, seeks the return of more than $10 million in fees paid by developers and landowners from the city’s Beach Parking Impact Fund. Malamud, the lead attorney, has become the public face of the plaintiffs. The suit will be heard Monday, November 25 at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana, with a decision expected the next day. The fund was put in place in the 1980s, as a number of large-scale developments east of Interstate 5 were beginning or in the planning stages. Since the city’s population was increasing, the city required developers and homebuilders to pay into the fund to provide new beach parking opportunities. There was $10.5 million in the fund as of July 1. However, the city has not created additional beach parking spaces since the fund was started. The city’s website lists only three city-owned areas as having parking lots, the Pier Bowl (Parque Del Mar), North Beach and Linda Lane. The city has metered street parking and stalls at T Street and other beach access points. The state took over parking fees at Calafia in 2008, formerly handled by the city. Malamud paid the fee when he built his home and moved to San Clemente in the mid-’90s. The fee was originally $1,500, but was later reduced to $750. “Throughout the years, when I’ve run into people who worked for the city, I’d ask, ‘How’s the fund doing,’” Malamud said. “They would tell me it was still there. I didn’t put much together until a few years ago, when I found out the fund had amassed to $8 or $9 million at the time.” Malamud said he was researching another city project when he discovered the amount in the fund. “I began to look into why it wasn’t spent,” he said. “That’s when I sent a letter to the city outlining the law. I did a lot of research and figured it all out. I asked the money be paid back to all lot owners.” The letter was sent in March 2012. When the city’s response indicated staff believed the law was being followed, Malamud filed suit on August 15, 2012. “I think almost everyone was unaware of it (the fee),” Malamud said. “Unless you San Clemente Times November 14–20, 2013

The lack of beach parking in the Pier Bowl, and the lack of options for future parking there, is an important factor in the future of the city’s efforts to add beach parking. Photo by Jim Shilander

build custom homes, the developers paid the fee, so when the homeowner bought the home, there were all kinds of fees. So the buyer doesn’t know those fees were paid … Everybody I’ve talked to wants their money back.” Since then, Malamud has been a consistent presence at City Council meetings, especially when the subject of projects at North Beach comes up. THE NEED REMAINS Goldfarb said the city collected the funds for a legitimate purpose, creating new parking as a result of doubling the city’s population. That did not mean, he said, that the city needed to spend the money immediately or within five years, as Malamud maintains. “The purpose of a developer fee is to be forward looking,” Goldfarb said. “The need often does not manifest until all the development is completed.” The City Council has set a deadline for itself to identify and purchase land to add beach parking by the end of 2014, Goldfarb said, at which point, unused beach parking funds will be returned. “It’s interesting that no one has jumped on this bandwagon, to say ‘Let’s not build beach parking,’” Goldfarb said. “People realize there’s a need to create beach parking. People realize people who live east of I-5 do, in fact, go to the beach.” In 2011, the city examined the possibility of adding other beach parking in the Pier Bowl but community members voiced opposition toward proposals to meter residential parking. The council voted at the time to concentrate efforts on encouraging people to park at Linda Lane Park or create a shuttle program from San Clemente High School during the summer months. With no recent serious consideration given to constructing a tiered parking structure in the Pier Bowl, expansion of parking at North Beach has come forward as a potential site for using the fund, espe-

cially as redevelopment efforts at Casino San Clemente, the Miramar Theater and Ole Hanson Beach Club proceed. There are already plans to add more than 30 spaces at a city owned lot between Kaylani Coffee and Ichibiri Japanese Restaurant using beach parking funds. However, if a ruling in the lawsuit were to go against the city, City Manager Pall Gudgeirsson said the project would go forward, using money from the general fund. The city also planned to use the fund to build parking for the Playa Del Norte project—a nearly 49,000-square-foot shopping and dining center proposed by LAB Holding of Costa Mesa—before it was ultimately rejected in 2011. Malamud maintains there is no beach parking shortage at North Beach that would necessitate such additional spaces. He also dismisses any notion of needing funds for the city to provide parking for the Miramar or any other development. “The sole purpose this money can be used for is to build parking that’s required due to a shortage caused by non-coastal zone development,” he said. “We don’t build parking for the Casino the Miramar and car shows.” Malamud called claims by the city that spots were required for redevelopment of the Miramar as “the borrowed parking theory.” The city was unable to provide information about how much parking the venues had used while they were opened, he said. Malamud added that a second ordinance, passed in 1996 related to the fee was passed at a time when the Casino and Miramar were both closed, so the city knew the impact on the closures of the Miramar and Casino. The city also allowed Metrolink to take spaces at North Beach for commuter parking when it began service there, and promised the Coastal Commission there would be no beach parking shortage in the area, Malamud says.

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“Had there been a need, with all that money, the city would have spent it,” he said. Goldfarb rejected Malamud’s interpretation. The city had actually purchased the El Camino Real lot near Kaylani using beach parking funds, he said. In addition, since other beach access points were filled up, many residents were now using North Beach to access other beaches. In the city’s brief, Goldfarb says Malamud “myopically focuses on a single beach.” “In reality, there are beach parking shortages throughout the city, particularly at the Pier Bowl, which will be partially alleviated through expenditures from the BPIF fund,” the city’s brief states. And it is reasonable to believe that since historic venues in North Beach had previously utilized the North Beach parking lot, those spaces would be needed once they were operating again. The trailhead of the Beach Trail had also increased the need for parking in North Beach, he said. Goldfarb said he is confident of the city’s position. “We are right on the law, and we are right on the facts,” Goldfarb said. NORTH BEACH RESIDENTS WEIGH IN North Beach resident and business owner Elly Harris said she does not believe North Beach faces a parking shortage. “We just don’t have the infrastructure and the development to build up to fill up the parking lot,” Harris said. The additional parking spaces in the lot on El Camino Real will help, she said, but without a current shortage, it is not meeting a critical need, at least until additional development is undertaken. North Beach resident Don Slater serves on the North Beach Community Association’s parking, traffic and safety committee. He disagrees with Malamud’s conclusions about the lack of need for parking in the area. And questions his motives. “He’s applied for lawyer’s fees, so it’s pretty obvious what he’s doing it for,” Slater said. “I think he’s in it to make some money.” Slater said his conversations with residents in the area did not jibe with Malamud’s. “None of them even know about it (the lawsuit) and they all think it’s pretty crummy,” he said. “I think he should have to provide a huge number of people who say they want the money. When the beach club, the casino and the theater are all hosting events, there’s not going to be any spare parking. Beach parking has to be a part of it (the solution).” Slater said he feared if the lawsuit were to go against the city, potential businesses looking to come into North Beach might stay away. “I don’t think they’ll look elsewhere in the city, because there’s really nowhere else to go. I think those developers and their jobs will go somewhere else, like Oceanside or Dana Point. We’re not the only spot in the world.” SC

EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, November 14 Coastal Advisory Committee Meeting 7 p.m. Ole Hanson Room in the Community Center, 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.361.8200,

Sunday, November 17 San Clemente Farmers Market 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

Tuesday, November 19 City Council Meeting 5 p.m. Closed session; 6 p.m. Business meeting in City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,


PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO CUSD Superintendent Answers Community’s Questions Capistrano Unified School District Superintendent Joseph Farley will answer the community’s questions on the district’s new funding formula and its transition to national Common Core standards during a forum at Capistrano Valley High School on Wednesday, November 20. Parents and community members are invited to take part in a “conversation with the superintendent,” starting at 7 p.m. in CVHS’ new Performing Arts Center. The discussion will be moderated by CVHS Foundation President Jane Shafron. Capistrano Valley High School is located at 26301 Via Escolar in Mission Viejo. For more information, visit the district’s website at

Wednesday, November 20

SCHS Club Rallies for Blood Donation Event

Planning Commission Meeting 6 p.m. Study session in Ocean View Conference Room; 7 p.m. Regular meeting in Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200,

San Clemente High School’s Be a Hero, Become a Donor club hosted its fifth annual donor inspiration event Friday in honor of teacher Jeff Spear, who passed away from non-smoking lung cancer in 2008. The

SC Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY QUINN CONWAY 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.

MONDAY, November 11 BURGLARY REPORT Terraza Vista Bahia, 100 Block (4:29 p.m.) A caller reported multiple phones and wallets were stolen from a truck. PETTY THEFT REPORT East Avenida Palizada /El Camino Real (3:19 p.m.) A wallet and phone were reported stolen.

SUNDAY, November 10 RECKLESS DRIVING East Avenida Pico /Avenida Vista Hermosa San Clemente Times November 14–20, 2013

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Sterling Ungphakorn, Trever Gabay and Matt Greenberg with blood donor Brooke Ramirez and Monique Moran of the San Diego Blood Bank. Photo by Jim Shilander

event provided an opportunity for blood donors to register as a bone marrow donor, in honor of SCHS sophomore Saylor Voris, who requires a bone marrow transplant for the treatment of leukemia. The club hopes to host two or three more blood donation events this year. For more information, visit

Metrolink Service Between San Clemente Pier and Oceanside to Shut Down this Weekend Metrolink lines between the San Clemente Pier and Oceanside stations will be shut down Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 to complete neces-

(7:38 p.m.) A caller reported hearing two vehicles doing donuts in the parking lot. The caller did not see the drivers or the vehicles.

sary work on the Santa Margarita Bridge in Camp Pendleton. Metrolink’s Orange County and Inland Empire-Orange County lines will not operate between the two stations. Amtrak, BNSF freight trains and the North County Transit District’s COASTER service will also be affected, according to a Metrolink press release. Amtrak service will only operate between Union Station in Los Angeles and Irvine. Passengers are asked to plan accordingly. There will also be no bus service or alternate transportation provided for Metrolink passengers in the affected area. Tracks will re-open for regularly scheduled service in time for the morning commute on Monday, November 18. The temporary closure is necessary for the San Diego Association of Governments’ Santa Margarita Bridge project. Construction crews are working to replace the singletrack railroad bridge across the Santa Margarita River with a new reinforced concrete double-track bridge. The project is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014. Visit and www. for more information.

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News and updates on San Clemente’s business community

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Del Mar, 200 Block (1:04 a.m.) A man was detained in a restaurant for attempting to set the kitchen on fire. Upon being restrained, the subject began to cooperate.

SATURDAY, November 9 SHOTS HEARD Camino San Clemente, 300 Block (9:17 p.m.) An informant reported hearing three to four gunshots. They sounded as if they were possibly from a rifle, emanating from either the cul-de-sac or the new development across the street from the beach. The caller did not see who fired the shots. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE La Rambla, 300 Block (1:05 a.m.) As guests of a loud party began to dissipate, a group of partygoers was seen outside throwing beer bottles. When the caller asked the group to leave, one of the subjects wrote down the caller’s address and talked about vandalizing his home and slashing his tires. The man who threatened the caller was seen leaving the area with six to seven others in a tan, retro, 1975-1980 Chevy van.

San Clemente doctors Adam Crawford and Yelana Wood, along with physician’s assistant Marie Patam, celebrate the opening of the new Premier Physicians Group offices in San Clemente. Photo by Lauralyn Loynes

NEW OPENING u Premier Physicians Group 724 S. El Camino Real, 949.493.6113,

Premier Physicians Medical Group has opened a new medical practice in the former Skullcandy building at 724 S. El Camino Real. Page 6

The new practice includes Dr. Adam Crawford and Dr. Yelana Wood. The offices for both had previously been located on Camino de los Mares. The practice, which officially opened Friday, brings the location a new feel as a standalone business, rather than as a suite located in a larger facility. Parking is also devoted only to the practice. The office has been remodeled to fit the new use.


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GUEST OPINION: Culbertson Chronicles By Larry Culbertson

Ole Hanson Day is Coming Historical Society event will celebrate San Clemente’s founder


an Clemente was founded 88 years ago this December and the San Clemente Historical Society is planning a commemorative celebration of the city’s founder, Ole Hanson. According to The Story of San Clemente, by Homer Banks, in July 1925, the cattle were herded out. In August, four engineers set up tents where El Camino Real meets Trafalgar Lane and proceeded to survey the first 125 acres of the new city. Horace Taylor was in charge with William Ayer next in command. Ayer later became the first city engineer of San Clemente. Aided by aerial photographs, a careful contour map was created to guide street placement to maximize views from as many lots as possible. Every street line had to meet with Hanson’s approval. To naysayers who thought it was folly to build a town in such a remote location, Hanson laughed and insisted that California was just beginning. Hanson said the ocean coast between Santa Monica and San Diego would be “built up solid in a few years, so that one could toss and orange from house-top to house-top from San Diego to Los Angeles.”

San Clemente founder Ole Hanson will be celebrated December 6. Photo provided by Larry Culbertson

Ole Hanson, Jr., the eldest of Hanson’s six sons, became director of sales. He convinced his father that if he wanted his dream city to come true, he needed to sell the idea “en mass” and not by “sharpshooting.” So rather than an army of sales people pitching to prospective buyers individually, they decided to put up a large tent where Ole Hanson could pitch to hundreds at a time. Ads were placed in newspapers around Southern California to come to San Clemente to learn about the new city. A large

tent was erected at the top of Avenida Del Mar. Opening day, December 6, 1925, was cold and wet in San Clemente. It had rained the night before and the mud was ankle deep along Avenida Del Mar. By noon, 600 people had arrived at the tent. They were served a chicken lunch and a speech from Ole Hanson. More than $125,000 in sales (lots were only $300) occurred that first day. Buyers were required to build using Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. An architectural review board had to approve the design of each building before it was given a building permit. In return, buyers got the use of the pier, the beach, the community pool, Plaza Park, the Social Club (Community Center), horse stables, 17 miles of bridle trails, the golf course and all of the city infrastructure. By January 1, 1929, the population had risen to more than 1,000. Total land sales were $7.5 million. Ole’s Spanish Village had become a reality. More than 500 buildings were built by the time the Great Depression hit at the end of 1929. Construction ground to a halt, and the requirement to build in SCR architecture was eventu-


When I bought my home in Presidential Heights in 1999, I had a terrific ocean view. Since that time, the more than 60 eucalyptus trees on the Municipal Golf course have greatly diminished our views. Eucalyptus are cheap and fast growing but soon become a huge liability. They are a fire hazard, subject to breakage, disease San Clemente Times November 14–20, 2013

ally lifted. We still have just over 200 of those Ole Hanson era buildings left. It is important to preserve them. They are an important part of our history. San Clemente City Council declared December 6 to be “Ole Hanson Day,” back in 1975. That year was the city’s 50th anniversary. This year, we will be celebrating Ole Hanson Day on December 8 with a chicken dinner, “The Speech” by an Ole Hanson impersonator and a sharing of The Ole Hanson Story, which is a motion picture of San Clemente under construction in the 1920s. We are encouraging 1920s clothing, and a prize will be given for the most authentic outfit. The cost is $12 for members and $15 for non-members. Call Mary Ann Comes at 949.498.0116 for reservations. Larry Culbertson was elected as the president of the San Clemente Historical Society in 2012. 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


and toppling without warning, as seen in Costa Mesa when the young women was crushed in her car. Most of the golf course trees are planted in close proximity to numerous homes. If you go to the San Diego Botanical Garden, you will see them described as “widow makers.” Our community is designated a fire hazard zone and eucalyptus simply “explode” in a fire. Other cities are recognizing their liability and removing them. San Clemente should follow suit. I think everyone appre-

ciates trees if they are chosen and planted responsibly. There is nothing “neighborly” about planting groves of trees that grow to the height of a 10-story building. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ San Clemente Times reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers. Please limit your letters to 350 words.

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at Café Calypso Beachside Chat is a spirited, town hall forum on community issues, hosted by SC Times editor Jim Shilander. All are welcome. For the remainder of the year, Beachside Chat will be held nearly every Friday (excepting the Fridays after Thanksgiving and after Christmas) at Café Calypso.



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


CAR WASH 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Support the staff of Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute by getting your car washed at the shopping center off Pico in San Clemente near Carl’s Jr. and Michaels. 949.361.8200,


AT THE MOVIES: ‘THOR’ AVENGES AGAIN Thor saves the day once again. It’s only been six months since the release of Iron Man 3, and Marvel already has the newest Avengers-themed feature out in theaters. After a mixed reaction the first time around with Thor in 2011, the demi-god fared better opposite his fellow superheroes in The Avengers last year. Solo again, television director Alan Taylor makes his blockbuster debut with Thor: the Dark World. On his home world of Asgard, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) discover a group of creatures called Dark Elves set on destroying their world. In London, Thor’s love Jane (Natalie Portman) is sucked into a wormhole and infected by the powerful weapon, Aether. Thor reluctantly aligns with his villainous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) © 2013 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2013 Marvel. All Rights Reserved. to save Jane and put a stop to the Elves. Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård return as Jane’s colleagues Darcy and Erik, while Jaimie Alexander and Rene Russo reappear as Sif and Frigga, Thor’s mother, respectively. Comedy made the first Thor entertaining, as is the case in Dark World as well—particularly from Dennings and Hiddleston. The back-and-forth between Asgard and earth is again a little cluttered, but the cast, action sequences and witty dialogue manage to make the film a fun, entertaining ride for fans. For viewers looking for a return to the less gritty and more adventurous superhero movies, Thor: the Dark World is one to watch. —Megan Bianco


ELEPHANT PARADE: FINAL FAREWELL 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Celebration at Lantern Bay Park to bid farewell to the elephant scupltures that have visited Dana Point for two months. Event features live music, merchandise sales, creative workshops and more. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3500,


BUBBLES & BITES 4 p.m.-6 p.m. DaVine Food & Wine presents a special evening with wine from Iron Horse Winery and oysters from The Harbor Grill Restaurant. $30 for five tastes and oysters. RSVP. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044,

GARDEN ANGELS 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Volunteers meet every Thursday in front of the Montanez Adobe at Los Rios Park to help maintain the garden and more. Bring Gloves and wear close-toed shoes. 949.606.6386,

CASH’D OUT 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also featuring Second Hand Smoke and Triple Shot. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

MICHAEL & THE LONESOME PLAYBOYS 7:30 p.m. Music at The Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

THE MONSOONS 9 p.m. Live music at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.218.0120,


FALL BALLROOM BASH 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dancing event in the San Clemente Community Center with a lesson in the waltz followed by open dancing to music of all kinds for couples and singles. $10. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 949.498.0233,


EWA BORYCZKO’S MADAME MODJESKA 8 p.m. Ewa Boryczko shares the journey of Polish actress Helena Modjeska in this solo performance at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $25, or tickets and post-show reception $40. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, SLAPBAK 8 p.m. Funk at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, I BAND 9 p.m. Live music at Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.3400, RYAN RICKMAN 8 p.m. Live music and dinner at Wind & Sea Restaurant. 34699 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.6500, San Clemente Times November 14–20, 2013

COVERED CALIFORNIA ENROLLMENT FAIR 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Informational fair on health care coverage and enrollment presented by the San Clemente Collaborative. 100 N. Calle Seville, San Clemente, 714.347.9677,


SOUL FOOD 10:30 a.m. Free public event for reflection and spiritual growth with presentations and more at The Baha’i Center; the theme for this month is “Inner Landscape.” 3316 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.433.9555,


SERRANO ADOBE 150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Heritage Hill Historical Park and OC Parks present a celebration for 150 years of the Serrano Adobe, featuring a new exhibit, open house, photo booth and hands-on activities. Free. 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, 949.923.2230, GOT UKULELE? 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Ukulele players and fans are invited to get a Hawaiian music lesson and jam session, every Sunday. Call for location and more details. 949.829.2675, Page 10


COOKING CLASS: HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE 6:30 p.m. Cooking class at Antoine’s Café, featuring: Tomato Tarte Tatin. $50. 218 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763,


SMOKEY KARAOKE 8 p.m. Get on stage at BeachFire, every Monday. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, PALATE BUILDER WINE CLASS 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Class at The Cellar with Ian Blackburn. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


CHEESE PAIRING CLASS 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Learn to pair cheese and wine at San Clemente Wine Company. Call for reservations. 212 ½ Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,


HART & SOUL 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Live music Montego Restaurant and Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.481.2723, JT DOUGLASS 7:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,


CASA WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS 7 p.m. A special “Holiday Chef Presentation” at Casa Romantica featuring Chef Erica Tucker. Tickets $10-$15. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


POLITICAL POLARIZATION CHAT 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. The Progressives of South Orange County meeting at Agostino’s By the Sea Restaurant with UCI professor Peter Ditto speaking on “Why Republicans and Democrats Just Can’t Get Along.” 34700 Coast Hightway, Capistrano Beach. RSVP at *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to




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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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Bringing the Screen to the Stage San Clemente High School drama department presents ‘Pink Panther’ with modern twist By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times


ne of cinema’s most famous and funny characters will be coming to San Clemente High School this week. Jacques Clouseau, the bumbling French police detective with the outrageous accent, takes the stage at the Triton Center Wednesday through Saturday at 6:30 p.m. as the school’s drama department presents “Pink Panther Strikes Again: Looking for Love.” The play is adapted from the fourth film in the original Pink Panther series. Director Jeannine Marquie said the play is unique for a number of reasons, including the source material and the way it has been adapted to a modern sensibility. But the reason behind the play’s choice was fairly simple. “It’s the comedy,” Marquie said. “San Clemente has a rich history of doing traditional plays. I wanted to get the kids a little out of their comfort zone and give the community something ridiculously funny.” Marquie said while recent films starring Steve Martin revived public interest in the character, most of her students, who were aware of the films, were most familiar with the Blake Edwards/Peter Sellers version. “A lot of them said their families had the whole set on DVD, so I recommended they visit, or revisit, them,” she said. This helped give students a running start on the show which was helpful as the schedule was compressed with a late start of school, she said. This adaptation involves a number of filmed components, which will be shown along with the action on stage. Marquie said the decision was born out of a desire to make the material more relevant. The filmed bits chronicle Clouseau’s typically bumbling search for a paramour, mimicking a dating reality show. Marquie said having a number San Clemente Times November 14–20, 2013

Inspector Clouseau (Mason Burt) attempts to flirt with a young lady (Paris Hull). Photo by Jim Shilander

of students on campus with knowledge of film made the task fairly simple. “They just ran with it,” she said. The filmed portions also provide a break for the cast and crew to arrange the numerous scene changes necessitated in the show, she said. Senior Mason Burt is taking on the iconic Clouseau role. Burt said doing the kind of absurd slapstick humor required for the role is a new experience. Burt watched a number of the Sellers films to study his mannerisms and other affectations for his own portrayal, but he’s also tried to bring his own viewpoint. “With Peter Sellers’ version of the character, he always thinks he’s right, even when it’s obvious he’s made a mistake. I’ll act confident, but he’s sure he’s right,” Burt said. The senior did, however, try to take some of the mannerisms and facial expressions for his own. Junior Evan Harris plays Chief Inspector Dreyfus, Clouseau’s former boss who’s been driven to an insane asylum by his Page 13

hatred for his underling. When Harris discovered the choice of play, he and his father rewatched all the Sellers films. “This was my dad’s and my favorite,” Harris said. “Peter Sellers was wonderful as Clouseau. It’s hard to do the show and not be compared to the original cast,

because it’s so great. I feel like it’s big shoes to fill.” Harris said it was hard for him to assume the role Herbert Lom made so iconic in the films, but said he’s identified ways he can make the character his own. “This is the first villain-type character I’ve played,” he said. “In doing the part, I like to look down on people because Dreyfus looks down on everyone else.” Harris said the Triton Center stage itself, being situated above the audience, tends to make his actions bigger and more pronounced. “You have to be a lot larger with everything, which is something I’m not very accustomed to,” he said. Harris and Burt both said they liked having the security of having more than one chance at doing the video work, as opposed to on stage. “It also forces you to cement the characterization earlier,” Harris said. Doors open for the play at 6 p.m. each night, with the box office opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $10 to $25. For more information on the performance, visit SC

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Exploring Options after the Death of a Spouse Advice for widows: Don’t give up the pension to remarry


majority of widows and widowers loved being married. Many want to recapture a similar happiness and security by remarrying, but by doing so some risk losing a deceased spouses’ pension and health insurance. I suggest they not remarry if it means losing those benefits. Carolyn, a widow of three years, understands the importance of protecting her deceased husband’s pension, and she plans to marry. She’s just got to be a bit patient. Carolyn said, “I was widowed in March 2010. Although we loved each other very much, our marriage wasn’t as good as it could have been. After he died, I spent the first year adjusting and not seeking any new relationship. “The death was quite a relief since the final struggle had been so enormous. I grieved like an hour glass, with a little bit of sand going through the neck of the bottle each day. When it was over, I was able to move on. Most of my crying was done beforehand.” Carolyn continued, “After the first

year, I started thinking about a new relationship. My husband was supportive of me seeking a new relationship and told our boys, ‘Your Mother will someday be with someone else. I want ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 her to find a new man. By Tom Blake Please be supportive of her when she finds someone.’” Carolyn is turning 55 in a few days. In 2011, she tried internet dating, but it wasn’t her cup of tea. She just didn’t meet the right man for her. She said, “After feeling discouraged about the online prospects, I looked around. There was a man at my church that I had been aware of for some time. He and I started attending a weekly church meal event. After six months, we started dating. “I am in love with him,” Carolyn said. “We have been dating for a year and a half. We have been on an international trip together, as well as two domestic trips. He was dumped twice by previous

gals for completely odd reasons. “There were some aspects to my marriage that were very challenging and difficult,” she said. “My new friend and I both have had difficult relationships that allow us to connect in a way that is healthy for us both. We allow each other to bring up past difficulties with no judgment or comparison to our new relationship. Carolyn added, “I receive a government pension that does not allow me to remarry before age 57. I only have two more years to go. We are maintaining separate households, I still have one child at home and he has a brother living with him. We have determined that we will either sell my house or rent it out in a couple of years. We will move into his house (he has the better home). “I am delighted to have found my match,” Carolyn said. “I would advise people to try the different avenues available for dating, but look around you to see who may be in your immediate path. Waiting has allowed us to take our time with family getting used to the idea. We plan to marry in December 2015. The

brother knows he will be moving out by then.” Carolyn has a good plan: Wait to marry and keep the pension. To comment, email Tom at tompblake@ The next singles age 50+ Meet and Greet is Wednesday, November 20, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Tutor and Spunky’s Deli, located at 34085 E Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 116 in Dana Point. For more information call 949.248.9008 or visit Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. See his website at SC PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the SC Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the SC Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at




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Before Shorecliffs Middle School students are released for their short holiday, the physical education department is hosting a race that will kick start festivities. On November 21, the Shorecliffs P.E. Department will hold their 19th annual Turkey Trot race. The race, which was concocted by the P.E. department as a means to raise funds, has been one of the most popular events on the school calendar, according to Chris Darnold, a P.E. teacher at the school. Darnold

estimates that more than 90 percent of the student population, along with teachers, administrators and alumni, take part in the event. The race takes students roughly two miles off campus, directing them near the beach and back. Since the event’s inception, students were charged $5 to participate and the cost is the same this time around. The top times for both the boys and girls divisions receive a Turkey Trot T-shirt, and a turkey will be rewarded to the students with the

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top overall times. Darnold said that the event is great for promoting year-round fitness and is an effective way to get almost the entire student body involved in one project. “We thought it would be fun to incorporate an off campus run … It’s evolved into one of the most exciting days on campus,” Darnold said via email. “It is truly an awesome day, one that continues to spark the one-town feel of San Clemente.” — San Clemente Times


Don Glasgow begins another charity collection drive, which may be his most ambitious yet

LITTLE LEAGUE For those who missed the November 9 San Clemente Little League registration, a second opportunity is on the horizon. The Little League will be holding a second registration day on Thursday, December 5 at St. Andrews By the Sea United Methodist Church, at 2001 Calle Frontera, from 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. There will be a late fee applied to all who register after December 5. For more information visit

BASKETBALL The Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area is holding sign-ups for their 2014 youth basketball league on Saturday, December 7 at the club, located at 1304 Calle Valle, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The league is open to children, boys and girls, ages 8-18. Division age is based on the age of the player as of December 2, 2013. Last season, 360 kids participated in the league. The basketball league runs from January 6 to March 14, with one practice and one game each week. Cost is $65 for current Boys & Girls Club members and $95 for nonmembers, which includes the $30 annual membership fee. For more information, call Matt Clark at 949.484.0195.

SWIMMING Don Glasgow poses with children from El Nino, Mexico while visiting the town last year. Courtesy photo

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fter just two weeks of collection efforts, San Clemente resident Don Glasgow’s house is already surrounded by bicycles. The 76-year-old has made a name for himself as the man around town with a cause and this time, for the remainder of the calendar year, his cause is collecting new or gently used bikes to donate to the needy. Glasgow is attempting to collect 100 bicycles, refurbish and fix them, and donate them to the people of El Nino, Mexico. Glasgow operates through churches and has been active in El Nino for five years. This is not Glasgow’s first city-wide call for donations. In 2012, Glasgow collected over 30,000 golf balls and 400 complete sets of golf clubs to donate to the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group for

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their Combat Golf Tournament. The year before that, Glasgow collected over 9,000 pairs of shoes, which he sorted, washed and delivered to the needy in Mexico. Bicycles are a different idea altogether, but Glasgow believes they will serve a practical purpose. “My goal with these bikes is to hand them off to families with kids who can’t afford a bike. I want the adult bikes to go to a family who needs a means of transportation to find a job,” Glasgow said. “I love devoting my time in retirement to anything that has the chance of making another life better by utilizing resources of others, like these bikes.” Glasgow has only been at it for two weeks and already he has collected 20 bicycles. He says the space around his house is getting crowded but, the way Glasgow looks at it, the more the merrier. To learn more about Glasgow’s cause email SC Page 17

San Clemente Aquatics swimmers will go the distance on Wednesday, November 20 as part of their Swim-A-Thon and non-perishable food drive. The swimmers who take part in the event will swim 200 lengths of the pool at Vista Hermosa Aquatics Center or swim for two straight hours, whichever comes first, in order to raise funds for their club. The money raised will go toward new equipment and travel needs. The club will also be holding Karli Thuen, pictured, and members of the San Clema non-perishable food drive in conjunction with Family Assist Min- ente Aquatics swim club will hold a Swim-A-Thon on istries throughout the day. FAM is a November 20. Courtesy photo nonprofit organization based in San Clemente that serves the homeless and working poor. All the food donated during the drive will go toward their efforts. For more information on the Swim-A-Thon and the non-perishable food drive, visit We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.

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SPORTS & OUTDOORS both the third and fourth quarters to get the victory. Papilion led the way with six goals, two assists and two steals. Chase Hamming had four goals and three assists and Michael Hamming had three goals. Goalie Adam Sandor had seven saves on the night. The Tritons were set to play against Long Beach Wilson in the first round on November 13. Results were not available at press time. If the Tritons advance past the first round, they will play the winner of the match between Loyola and Los Alamitos on November 16 in the quarterfinals.

Triton Report By Steve Breazeale

The playoffs are in full swing for San Clemente’s fall sports teams that have made it through league play. Multiple teams are poised to make deep runs or pull off upsets along the way. For in-game updates and news for all the San Clemente fall sports programs during playoff time, follow us on Twitter @SouthOCsports. GIRLS TENNIS FALLS TO PALM DESERT IN PLAYOFFS After clinching a solo third-place finish in the five-team South Coast League, the San Clemente girls tennis team earned a berth in the CIF-SS Division 1 Tennis Championships. On November 6, the Tritons traveled to play Palm Desert, the No. 1 team out of the Desert Valley League. The match was closely contested but in the end, Palm Desert pulled off a 10-8 victory, pushing them into the second round. The Tritons finished the regular season with a 9-4 overall record. TRITONS FOOTBALL BATTLES MUSTANGS BUT FALLS LATE The fact that the San Clemente football team has been battling injuries all season was no more apparent than when they took the field against Trabuco Hills on November 8, in their last game of the season. The Tritons played the game without seven players who were regular starters when the team opened their season nine weeks ago. But despite the injuries, the Tritons (28, 0-4 league) nearly won the game against the Mustangs (6-4, 2-2), who had been a county top-20 team for most of the season. As was the case when they played Tes-

The San Clemente girls cross country team is looking to advance into the CIF State Championships for an eighth consecutive year. Photo by Steve Breazeale

oro one week earlier, the Tritons jumped out to an early lead against the Mustangs. Sophomore quarterback Cole Fotheringham was given the nod to start and he connected with junior receiver Jake Russell in the second quarter for a 39-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-0. Russell finished the night with two catches for 41 yards. Trabuco Hills’ response was lightningquick. Quarterback Jacob Breeland found receiver Tommy Kelley downfield for a 79-yard touchdown pass 19 seconds later. Senior Collin Zines returned a Trabuco Hills punt 65 yards the other way for a score at the three-minute mark that would give the Tritons a 14-7 lead at halftime. When the Tritons look back, a blocked punt of theirs in the opening minutes of the third quarter will sting the most. The Tritons attempted to punt from their side of the field, but the kick was blocked and

Junior Michael Hamming (6) and the San Clemente boys water polo team defeated Irvine 16-9 in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships on November 12. Photo by Steve Breazeale

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the ball was sent sailing into the end zone, where Trabuco Hills’ James Pierce jumped on the ball for the score. San Clemente would counter with a 45-yard field goal, marking the fourth lead change of the game, but Trabuco Hills scored with under four minutes to go in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Two sophomores in the backfield led the Tritons. Fotheringham finished the game with 112 yards passing, with one touchdown and one interception, and running back Vlad Dzhabiyev tallied 70 rushing yards. Senior tight end Jason Wright capped off his final high school game with a team-high six catches for 47 yards. TRITONS WATER POLO AVOIDS ELIMINATION San Clemente boys water polo head coach Marc Parker caught a glimpse of his team’s CIF-SS Division 1 wild card opponent, Irvine, the day before the two teams squared off in the playoffs. Parker knew if his team focused on defense, they would have a good shot at advancing to the next round. The defensive effort was certainly there on November 12, as the Tritons defeated Irvine at home, 16-9, punching their ticket into the first round. San Clemente gave up two early goals, one of which came playing with a man down, but after Andrew Papilion netted his second goal of the first period to make it 3-2, the Tritons defense came to the forefront. The Vaqueros did not score again until there was one minute left before halftime, and the Tritons took a 6-3 lead into the second half of play. “All game I thought our defense was good. Our defensive intensity in the lanes forced them into some bad situations. If you can hold a team to three goals in the first half you’re going to be in the game no matter what,” Parker said. San Clemente erupted for five goals in

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SAN CLEMENTE CROSS COUNTRY IN FAMILIAR TERRITORY The San Clemente girls cross country team has a chance at reaching the CIF State Championships for an eighth consecutive year. On November 16 they will take the first step towards qualifying for the prestigious meet when they compete in the CIF-SS Prelims at Mt. SAC. Head coach Dave Proodian feels his team is peaking at the right moment. They are coming off a third-place finish in the South Coast League Finals, where their average three-mile time was 17:45. Senior Melissa Eisele finished in second-place, less than one second behind the winner. The Tritons competed at this level against some of the top high school cross country teams in the county, including Orange County champion Capistrano Valley. The Tritons will look to be one of the top four teams in Race 7 at the Prelims. The top four finishers advance to the CIFSS Finals in two weeks. “We’ve been in the State Championships for the last seven years, though it seems to get routine, it never is,” Proodian said. “The girls need to be in top running form … It’s always exciting. All the summer miles and work on the track and in the hills has paid off.” TRITONS GIRLS VOLLEYBALL BEATS BECKMAN IN CIF-SS PLAYOFFS The San Clemente girls volleyball team traveled to play Beckman in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1AA Championships on November 12 and came away with a four set victory. The Tritons were tested by Beckman but won 25-19, 20-25, 25-20, 25-22. Freshman Cassie Stewart tallied a team-high 14 kills. Junior Becca Dunn had 11 kills and Taylor Brubaker contributed 10. The Tritons punched their ticket to the playoffs by claiming second-place in the South Coast League. Beckman was the second-place team out of the Pacific Coast League. The Tritons will now host Lakewood, out of the Moore League, on November 14. San Clemente has not played Lakewood this season. If the Tritons advance to the quarterfinals, they will play the winner of the match between Orange Lutheran and Santa Barbara, two perennial playoff teams.




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Age: 12, Shorecliffs Middle School Matt Economos was inspired to start surfing by his older brother just over a year ago and, with the help of his brother and dad, has since become an avid and enthusiastic longboarder. “My brother kept asking me to go along. I decided to give it a try after seeing him come home super stoked all the time, talking about how the waves were super good. I thought, ‘I wish I could do that.’ I gave it a try and loved it,” Matt said. He now competes in Scholastic Surf Series events as a member of the Shorecliffs Middle School team. He also entered the event at the San Clemente Sea Fest in September earning a fourth-place finish in Boys U17 Longboard. Matt practices five to six times a week but never lets it take precedence over his studies. This bright sixth-grader is a straight ‘A’ student. He also Matt Economos. Courtesy photo makes time for playing club soccer, a sport he has been involved in for six years. Matt rides shortboards as well, but says he prefers longboarding because it feels like “freedom” to him. “I love cross stepping to the nose and staying there as long as I can, then walking back and going for a big turn, cutback or a helicopter,” he said, adding that he also draws inspiration from watching pros like Alex Knost and Joel Tudor. “I like Alex’s huge fades and style on the nose. It’s super gnarly when he leans back. And Joel is super clean and noserides for like ever.”—Andrea Swayne

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San Clemente Times November 14–20, 2013

RESULTS Local finishers only. KEY: SC=San Clemente, DP=Dana Point, CB=Capistrano Beach, SJC=San Juan Capistrano WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 4, November 9-10, San Diego, Mission Beach, San Fernando Place


rawner Boards has announced the development of a new stand-up paddle team for kids. A meeting at the shop, 220 Avenida Vaquero in San Clemente near the DMV, is scheduled for Friday, November 15, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for those interested in finding out more about the team. Free food and refreshments by Surfside Pizza, located next door to the shop, will be served. Brawner Boards and Sandwich Island Composites have joined forces to sponsor all training and equipment. Representatives from SIC will join Brawner staff at both events to answer questions and introduce the team concept. SUP team tryouts will be held Saturday, November 16, beginning at 9 a.m. at Baby Beach in the OC Dana Point Harbor. The team has spots for athletes in three age groups, 7-10, 11-13 and 14-19. From beginners to elite-level racers, the team will welcome those with a true passion for SUP and a willingness to dedicate themselves to the sport. Team members will receive training with some of the world’s best SUP athletes and top riders will have the opportunity to compete nationally, said owner Damian Brawner. Training will also include a conditioning program, incentives and clinics. “Anyone who would like to try out but is unable to attend the Friday or Saturday events should contact us for more information,” said store manager Norm Robilio. “We are pleased to be in a position to provide access to this great sport for kids who are really interested in becoming a part of the team.” Brawner Boards can be reached at 949.429.9601 or SC


Brawner Boards store manager Norm Robilio prepares to welcome youth interested in finding out more about the shop’s new stand-up paddleboard team. Photo by Andrea Swayne



Water Temperature: 61-64 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: San Clemente: 8-12’ Poor-Fair Catalina: 15-20’ Fair Immediate: Modest blend of continued Southern Hemi swell and building northwest swell-mix prevails on Thursday. Most breaks offer continued knee-waist high (2-3’) waves, while standout spots pull in plus sets to chest high (3’+) at times. Calm to light offshore winds in the morning give way to a light+ to moderate westerly seabreeze in the afternoon. Long Range Outlook: Small Southern Hemi energy continues heading into the weekend as a potential decent pulse of northwest windswell picks up. Expect mainly kneewaist-chest high waves (2-3’+) for better breaks then, with potential larger sets for windswell magnets. Favorable conditions may continue Friday, but look to be gone by the weekend. Check out for all the details!

November 16: SSS, Orange County Middle School and High School, Event No. 2, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty November 16: NSSA Explorer, Event No. 7, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Seaside Reef November 23-24: NSSA Open, Event No. 5, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach December 7-8: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 5, San Clemente, Pier December 14-15: Surfing America Prime, Event No. 3, Dana Point, Salt Creek Beach December 21-22: NSSA Open, Event No. 6, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Seaside Reef January 4-5: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 6, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty January 11: SSS, OC Middle School and High School, Event No. 3, San Clemente, Pier January 19-20: Surfing America Prime, Event No. 4, (Sunday and Monday, MLK weekend), Santa Cruz, Steamer Lane

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MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS SB U9: 4. Dane Matson, SC; 6. Bryce Pinkerton, SC. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 1. Brayden Burch, SC; 2. Dax McPhillips, SC; 3. Bane Corbett, SC; 6. Dane Matson, SC. BOYS U12: 1. Kade Matson, SC; 2. Jett Schilling, SC; 5. Hagan Johnson, SC; 6. Taj Lindblad, SC. BOYS U14: 3. Noah Hohenester, SC; 5. Kade Matson, SC; 6. Jett Schilling, SC. BOYS U16: 1. Nathan Carabba, SC; 3. Curran Dand, SC. BOYS U18: 2. Brighton Reinhardt, DP. GIRLS U12: 2. Samantha Sibley, SC; 3. Kirra Pinkerton, SC; 5. Malia Mauch, SC. GIRLS U14: 3. Samantha Sibley, SC; 5. Kirra Pinkerton, SC. GIRLS U16: 1. Malia Osterkamp, SC; 6. Bethany Zelasko, DP. GIRLS U18: 1. Malia Osterkamp, SC; 3. Kirra Pinkerton, SC. BOYS LONGBOARD U14: 2. Jimmy Wynne, SC. JR. LONGBOARD U18: 4. Kaimana Takayama, SC. GIRLS LONGBOARD U14: 2. Cameron Duby, SJC; 3. Malia Mauch, SC. GIRLS LONGBOARD U18: 1. Teresa O’Connor, SJC; 3. Rachael Tilly, CB; 4. Emmy Lombard, SC; 5. Kaila Patterson, CB. MEN 18-29: 1. Ricky Lovato, SC. LEGENDS 50+: 2. Dale Baker, SC. OPEN MEN: 2. Brighton Reinhardt, DP. OPEN WOMEN: 2. Malia Osterkamp, SC; 4. Alexandra Frost, SJC; 5. Bethany Zelasko, DP. OPEN MEN LONGBOARD: 6. Cody Canzoneri, SC. OPEN WOMEN LONGBOARD: 1. Cameron Duby, SJC; 3. Kyla Kelley, CB. SR. MEN LONGBOARD 40+: 1. Eric Rendon, SC; 4. Michael Takayama, SC. NSSA Open, Event No. 4, November 2-3, Newport Beach, 54th Street MEN: 2. Kevin Schulz, SC; 3. Colt Ward, SC. JUNIORS: 3. Cole Houshmand, SC. BOYS: 3. Jett Schilling, SC. MINI GROMS: 1. Jett Schilling, SC; 4. Taj Lindblad, SC. WOMEN: 2. Tia Blanco, SC. GIRLS: 4. Alexxa Elseewi, SC. For full results, log on to

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