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Junior Will Tribucher and the San Clemente boys baseball team have their sights set on besting their school-record mark of 23 wins set back in 2013. Photo by Steve Breazeale
Historical Society Looking to Move to Former Chamber Building
San Clemente Man Given Legion of Honor for World War II Service
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SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Lawyers for Community Common Sense, the local newspaper that sued the city of San Juan Capistrano over a closed-session decision to remove news racks at city properties, are challenging an attempt to remove three council members and the city attorney from the lawsuit. Attorney Wayne P. Tate filed papers Feb. 20 challenging a motion filed by attorneys for the city, who wish to strike the names of Mayor Sam Allevato, Councilmen Larry Kramer and John Taylor, and City Attorney Hans Van Ligten from the lawsuit. “This argument, if sustained, will set the precedent that elected and appointed government officials are authorized to violate the First Amendment of the citizens they represent with virtual impunity,” Tate wrote. The city’s motion argues that the lawsuit threatens the four men’s freedom of speech using the state’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation law.
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Formal murder charges from Panamanian officials came shortly after ex-U.S. Marine Brian Brimager pleaded not guilty to federal charges of falsifying documents and obstruction of justice in connection to the disappearance of former Dana Point resident Yvonne Baldelli. Brimager was indicted in June and charged with 10 counts of obstruction and one count of making false statements to a federal officer. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Baldelli’s dismembered remains were found on a Panamanian island in August. In September 2011, Baldelli and Brimager relocated to the Bocas Del Toro region of Panama. The couple moved into a five-unit hostel on Isla Carenero, where Baldelli’s remains were found. The indictment claims Brimager engaged in a cover up to explain Baldelli’s whereabouts after she disappeared in November 2011. Brimager is currently in federal custody.
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…SC Police Services?
THE LATEST: San Clemente will be getting a new chief of police services later this month, officials confirmed. City Manager Pall Gudgeirsson announced Tuesday that Chief John Coppock was promoted to captain last week by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and will take over operations of the department’s south county offices in Aliso Viejo on March 21. That date is also the first day his successor is scheduled to take office. Coppock served in the San Clemente Police Department in the ’80s and ’90s before moving into the OCSD. Coppock took over as San Clemente’s chief in March 2012. He called the move “bittersweet” since he enjoyed working in San Clemente so much. Coppock noted that the San Clemente position was a prized one in the department. WHAT’S NEXT: The county’s job posting for the position closes March 10. Gudgeirsson will interview candidates Friday, March 14, but said he was not sure exactly how many applicants there currently are. The position is open to all lieutenants in the Sheriff’s Department—save one. Coppock’s wife, Cindi, herself a former SCPD officer, will be unable to apply due to the department’s anti-nepotism rules. Coppock said he knows some of the other potential applicants who have served in the city previously. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit www.sanclementetimes.com. – Jim Shilander
THE LATEST: After hearing of progress being made on the Outlets of San Clemente last month, the San Clemente City CounSan Clemente Times March 6–12, 2014
cil received an update on the residential component of the Marblehead Coastal development Tuesday. Lisa Gordon, a representative of Lehman Brothers, said the company is completing the first phases of the development’s habitats, parks and trail systems. Additionally, work is being done on Avenida Vista Hermosa in order to open the road to traffic. Eventually, the city will add four new parks to its portfolio, as well as several miles of trails. The site, located west of Interstate 5 on Vista Hermosa, is slated to have 308 residential lots. WHAT’S NEXT: Lehman Brothers put the property on the market earlier this year but has yet to find any takers, Gordon said. She said one potential buyer had taken a serious look at the property. The company hoped to open Vista Hermosa in December, and to start work on the four parks in July, Gordon said. Construction should take one year, she said. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the story, visit www.sanclementetimes.com. – JS
…Bikes on ECR?
THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council approved preliminary designs Tuesday for improvements to the city’s bicycle infrastructure along El Camino Real, from Camino Capistrano to North Beach. The project will ultimately construct a bicycle lane on both sides of the road that will be separated by striping. Additionally, a bicycle and pedestrian path will be built on the west side of the road and be separated by barriers. The city’s recently approved general plan included measures to improve the city’s non-motorized transportation infrastructure. Planning Commission chair-
woman Julia Darden said when the body approved the preliminary design last month, city officials from Newport Beach and Laguna Beach spoke in admiration of San Clemente’s dedication to making the project happen. WHAT’S NEXT: Construction is slated to start in early 2015 and will coincide with road improvements required as part of the Marblehead Coastal project.
Culbertson said the office setting could also allow the group to work and do research, since it was often difficult finding particular items of interest in the storage facility. He added that the group would be open to acting as a visitor’s bureau, as the chamber had done in the past, on weekends. The chamber is still serving as the city’s tourism bureau from its new offices in the Talega Business Park.
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…the Chamber Building?
THE LATEST: The city’s now vacant building at 1100 N. El Camino Real that housed the San Clemente Chamber of Commerce has at least one potential tenant ready to move in—the San Clemente Historical Society. Historical Society President Larry Culbertson sent a letter to the city and council members last week expressing interest in renting the building, which the chamber vacated following a dispute with the city over the amount of rent the organization would pay. Culbertson noted the structure is itself potentially historic, making it a good fit for the organization. City manager Pall Gudgeirsson said the city and chamber are still negotiating over potential uses for the property. WHAT’S NEXT: The society, which has been without a permanent home since closing its museum on Avenida Del Mar in 2006, is looking for a place to house its archives that currently sit in storage, Culbertson wrote. The society pays about $500 a month to store its archives. The chamber had been paying $100 a year in rent, which the City Council had hoped to increase. Page 3
…Talega CFD Funds?
THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees will meet Friday, March 7, to discuss a 2006 refinancing of the Talega Community Facilities District, which could return millions to residents. The refinancing issue was raised in January by a group of Talega residents following research into the development’s finance agreements with the district. While the district’s board voted to rescind a previous vote to keep funds from a 2013 refinancing of the development’s bonds, residents said they discovered the district had not returned funds from the 2006 refinancing to residents. District staff have been investigating the issue since. At the time of the refinancing, the total amount of the bond, as well as its length, was reduced, which district staff said may have been the way the bond was returned to the residents. WHAT’S NEXT: Superintendent Joseph Farley said previously that he hopes to return funds to the residents. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at district headquarters, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. FIND OUT MORE: For news updates, follow @S_C_Times on Twitter. – JS www.sanclementetimes.com
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Bonaparte’s Order Welcomes SC’s Reiss World War II veteran received one of France’s highest military honors By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times
or decades, Jim Reiss didn’t like to talk about his service in World War II, mostly out of a sense he didn’t do enough to cover himself in valor. Today, however, one of the newest recipients of the Legion of Honor, a military order created by Napoleon Bonaparte, is much more apt to talk about his experiences. Reiss was drafted in 1944. He received a special waiver to graduate from Redford High School in suburban Detroit in January of that year, just months after his 18th birthday. After basic training, he was assigned to the U.S. Army’s 106th Infantry Division in Indiana and shipped out aboard the Queen Elizabeth in September. The division was sent to the front lines of the Ardennes forest to relieve a veteran unit in eastern France that December. “We were at the front lines for six days and the Battle of the Bulge happened,” Reiss said. The battle represented Germany’s last great offensive on the Western Front. Hundreds of thousands of troops attacked the western allies, taking them by surprise and threatening to halt their advance. As a forward unit fresh out of training the 106th was overwhelmed. Reconnaissance patrols conducted by members of Reiss’ unit in the days before the attack had led members to say “something big was coming up.” “We lasted for two days, then they surrounded us and our colonel surrendered on Dec. 15,” Reiss recalled. “I was wounded in the left foot and leg by shrapnel, as well as the back. I was dropped at an aid station so I could be ambulatory.” A French medic managed to save his foot, which was set for amputation due to severe injuries and frostbite, with massage, bandaging and washing. Reiss still carries a slight limp. He was taken to a hospital camp near Cologne, where about 5,000 prisoners of war from varied Allied nations, including New Zealand, Australia, France, the Soviet Union and Great Britain, were housed. “I was numb and dumb,” Reiss said. “I frankly don’t know how I got through it. It was one of those remarkable things you just wonder about afterward. We got San Clemente Times March 6–12, 2014
San Clemente resident Jim Reiss just received one of highest military awards from France for his service in World War II. After years of not talking about his service, Reiss now discusses his experiences freely. Photo by Jim Shilander
“I was numb and dumb. I frankly don’t know how I got through it. It was one of those remarkable things you just wonder about afterward.” —Jim Reiss very little food, even in the hospital. What medical surgeries were done were done without anesthesia. It was a remarkable time for me, but all I remember is just getting through it.” Reiss can now joke about his experiences. “I don’t think I’d do it again,” he said with a laugh. After another POW camp was accidentally bombed by the Allies, Reiss and his fellow prisoners were moved. Reiss was taken via horse-drawn cart, and a threeday trip in a railroad car to a Stalag outside of Frankfurt, Germany. In April, his camp was liberated by American troops under Gen. George S. Patton. “He was very upset over the fact that one of his nephews had been captured,” Reiss said. “He was a lieutenant. He was hell bent for leather to get in there.” There was plenty of reason, Reiss said, to think he wasn’t going to make it through the war. The camp was plagued with disease including an outbreak of spinal meningitis. “We were all lousy with lice, we had no showers or anything like that,” he said. “The food was abominable, we had less than 600 calories per day. I went 195 (pounds) on the front lines to about 125. We were living on ourselves. They figured we had about 90 days left if we weren’t active or anything like that. It was a really terrible time.” Reiss said other than the fact that they had no food, the Allies really weren’t abused by the Germans guarding them. The young soldier caught pneumonia and was moved to a hospital in France,
then shipped home. He celebrated V-E Day aboard that ship. “That was an amazing day,” Reiss said of May 8, 1945. “We were all guys who had come out of hospitals. I was in the first contingent that landed in Boston Harbor. All the boats were shooting off water. It was quite a thing.” Reiss went back to Michigan after the war and used the GI Bill to get a degree from the University of Michigan. He landed a job with General Motors and was later transferred to California. Reiss and his wife Jeanne, moved to San Clemente in 1988, after retiring. They have four children. FROM DEFLECTION TO OPENNESS While he talks about his World War II experience now, Reiss hid what happened to him in the service for decades. “I think I was ashamed of the fact that some of my buddies had made a run for it (during the battle),” Reiss said. “I was wounded and I didn’t think I could make it. Some of my buddies got out, though I found out later they got captured too. I think I would have tried to fight my way out if I could. It’s an experience I wouldn’t wish on anybody.” Reiss was awarded both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, and received medals for being an ex-POW and for his participation in the Battle of the Bulge. He had to petition for the Legion of Honor, but he encouraged others to do so. He was formally awarded the medal with five other Southern California men at a ceremony in Chula Vista last week. “There are very few Americans who
get it, but anyone who participated in the liberation of France, so long as they participated in one of four battles, is eligible to receive it,” Reiss said. John Reiss said his father largely deflected talk about the warwhen he and his siblings were growing up. John, who works in television production, eventually convinced his father to be a part of a documentary film in order to share his experience. “He’d change the subject, he’d deflect,” John said. “Really, he felt like he could have had a chance to run and not be captured. That somehow ate him alive and he felt like less of himself. But he did what he was supposed to. It was kind of a deep secret where he never felt good about the whole situation. He had a chance to run, but he was kind of blown up.” John said he really wanted to hear about his father’s experiences because he’d been so silent on the subject. “I wanted to ask him the questions I always wanted to ask,” John said. “There were some deep questions that came out about the way prisoners were treated and how the Russians were treated like less than dogs compared to the other Allies.” John said the documentary, titled An American Hero, helped give his father the sense of self-assuredness to talk about his time on the front lines and as a POW. “On his 80th birthday, we showed the video to all his friends and all these people had no idea he was in World War II, and these were some of his best friends. He kind of came out,” John said. “After that we could ask him questions, and it didn’t feel wrong to talk about.” SC www.sanclementetimes.com
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SC Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY CATHERINE MANSO All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD website.
Tuesday, March 4 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Vista Montana, 100 Block (1:00 a.m.) A caller informed authorities of two men lingering in the apartment complex. They were “hanging around” vehicles that had been broken into earlier in the day.
Monday, March 3 DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 1300 Block (9:06 p.m.) A man asked a woman at the Ocean View Inn whether hookers would be provided if
he rented a room. The woman’s husband asked the man not to talk to her in that way and the man began cussing and hitting windows. The man was described as wearing a white hoodie and had three bags draped over his shoulders. ABANDONED VEHICLE Avenida Madrid, 300 Block (7:11 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a large white camper that residents in the area call “the beast.” The owner moved the vehicle on street sweeping days, but people in the neighborhood found it to be an “eyesore.” CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Casino, 3700 Block (6:14 p.m.) A woman called police after her son’s friend put an ad on Craigslist for free items with her son’s contact information.
DISTURBANCE Avenida Del Mar, 200 Block (9:37 a.m.) A man challenged another man to come out and fight him. The man then started doing push-ups.
Sunday, March 2 DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 200 Block (11:29 p.m.) A drunken man wearing a Detroit Red Wings jersey urinated in front of the door at Goody’s Tavern. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Calafia/Avenida Montalvo (2:30 p.m.) A caller reported a drunken man walking on the railroad tracks. The man was wearing a red shirt.
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TRAFFIC HAZARD South El Camino Real/Avenida San Juan (3:03 p.m.) A caller informed deputies of an irregular light at the intersection that was not cycling properly.
DRUNK IN PUBIC East Avenida Pico/Freeway 5 (11:45 p.m.) A 55-year-old man, wearing a green shirt, red shorts and brown shoes, was yelling at a woman in the parking lot of a restaurant.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Del Presidente, 3100 Block (11:43 a.m.) A homeless woman, who was standing outside the exit of a school, was reportedly screaming obscenities and talking to herself. She was described as wearing a scarf over her blonde hair, wearing a blue skirt and a backpack.
SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Puente/Escalones (9:15 p.m.) A caller reported hearing a female scream in the area. UNKOWN TROUBLE Via Presa, 600 Block (8:13 p.m.) A man across the cul-de-sac was breaking the
front window to a townhouse and asked the caller to dial 9-1-1. SUSPICIOUS PERSONIN VEHICLE Camino De Los Mares/Camino De Estrella (6:28 p.m.) A caller said a man was standing outside of a car talking to a 2-year-old baby inside it. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Cabrillo, 200 Block (5:15 p.m.) A caller said a pickup truck with a trailer was stuck in a flooded hole. Another subject was jumping on the trailer. The driver was “burning rubber” trying to get out and he was concerned the trailer would tip.
Friday, February 28 DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 3900 Block (11:35 p.m.) A group of around 30 juveniles were seen getting into a verbal fight with a group of homeless men. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE La Esperanza, 100 Block (10:49 p.m.) A homeless woman refused to leave the library because of the rain. DISTURBANCE Eminencia Del Sur, 3000 Block (9:10 p.m.) A caller informed authorities that he threw an underage party and “things are getting out of hand.” Guests were refusing to leave.
EYE ON SC CITY AND COMMUNITY CALENDAR Thursday, March 6 Sunset Networking Mixer 5:30 p.m. Chamber of Commerce meeting at Mulligans Sports Bar. The chamber will be collecting canned food items to donate to Family Assistance Ministries. $10-$20. 1401 Calle Valle, 949.492.1131, www.scchamber.com. Golf Course Committee Meeting 7 p.m. City Hall Council Chambers. 100 Avenida Presidio, 949.361.8200, www.san-clemente.org.
Sunday, March 9 SCAA Meeting 3 p.m.–5 p.m. The San Clemente Art Association meets the second Sunday at the Community Center. Refreshments served. Members free, nonmembers $5 donation. 100 N. Calle Seville, 949.492.7175, www.scartgallery.com.
Monday, March 10 San Clemente Junior Woman’s Club Monthly Meeting 6:30 p.m. Adult Day Health Care Center, 2021 Calle Frontera, San Clemente, www.scjwc.org.
Tuesday, March 11 South Coast Detachment Marine Corps League 7 p.m. Open to all active duty, retired or honorably discharged Marines or FMF Navy Corpsman at the San Clemente Elk’s Lodge. 1505 N. El Camino Real, 949.493.4949, 949.361.9252. 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.toastmastersclubs.org.
Wednesday, March 12 SC Rotary Club Noon. Pride of the Pacific Bar & Grille, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619, www.sanclementerotary.org. Veterans of Foreign Wars Meeting 7 p.m. Group meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Elks Lodge. 1505 N. El Camino Real, 949.498.2489.
Thursday, March 13 Assisteens New Membership Meeting 7 p.m. The Assisteens Auxiliary of Capistrano Valley invites prospective members to an informational meeting at 868 Calle Vallarta in San Clemente. For more information and application paperwork see www.assisteens.org, email HBewcs5749@ gmail.com or call 949.412.8712. San Clemente Times March 6–12, 2014
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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Tickets will be on sale at the door or may be purchased from Exchange Club members. Tickets are $20 and children under 12 and are admitted free. For questions, call Tom McKeown at 949.498.3602.
SC Villas Presentation Focuses on Memory A free presentation Wednesday, March 12 at San Clemente Villas by the Sea, focuses on tactics and education of those worried about their own memory skills and addresses concerns of care givers and relatives. The presentation, which takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., covers many topics, including the differences between normal memory changes, mild-cognitive impairment and early-stage dementia. The public is invited to come ask questions of two geriatric experts and get their input about modern dementia identification tools and treatment. Gerontologist Jane L. Mahakian, previous director of Elder Care Programs at the University of California, San Francisco and CEO/founder of Aging Matters, Inc., will conduct the workshop. Neurologist Dr. Ali Elahi, founder and medical director of the Orange County Neurology Clinic in Mission Viejo, will also speak. For information about memory care and grief support groups, or to attend the presentations, call Aileen Brazeau, at 949.289.1534 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 949.212.4105. San Clemente Villas by the Sea is located at 660 Camino De Los Mares.
Pair of St. Patrick’s Events Next Saturday in San Clemente The Knights of Columbus will host a St. Patrick’s Day dinner Saturday, March 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Church’s McGowan Hall at 105 N. La Esperenza. Dinner will include traditional corned beef and cabbage. A hot dog option will be available for children. The pub bar opens at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. Price for adults is $20, children 6-12 are $7 and those 5 and under are free, with a $50 family maximum. The event will include Irish music, dancers, singing, a children’s craft
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Madeline Giles, left, and Alessandra Manta, perform a traditional Irish dance at the Exchange Club of San Clemente’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner last year. File photo by Jim Shilander
room and the “Mr. and Mrs. Most Irish” contest. Proceeds will benefit Knights of Columbus charities and go toward church debt reduction. For more information, call Guy Gansel at 949.361.0640 or Frank Jarvis at 949.366.6119. The Exchange Club of San Clemente will host its 47th annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner dance at the San Clemente Community Center Saturday, March 15. The event raises funds for local charities and worthy causes such as the Boys & Girls Club, police officer and fire fighters of the year, lifeguard of the year, Laura’s House, the San Clemente High School Music Department and other local community service organizations. A traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner will be catered by Carbonara’s Restaurant from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and The Couchois Brothers Band will perform until 9:30 p.m. Dancers from the Aniar Irish Dance Academy will perform traditional Irish dances at 7 p.m. and door prizes will be presented. Attendees are encouraged to wear green.
San Clemente Beach Lifeguards will hold tryouts for seasonal ocean lifeguard and trainee positions on Sunday, March 9 at the Marine Safety Division Headquarters. Headquarters are located on the beach, north of the Pier, at 620 Avenida Del Mar. Tryouts start at 7 a.m. and consist of an 800yard swim in 13.5 minutes or less and the completion of a 1,200-yard run-swim-run. The use of wetsuits, goggles, fins or other swimming aids are not permitted. Later that day, the most successful candidates will be invited to interview for an evaluation of their educational, training and work experience. Candidates who successfully complete this physical assessment and oral interview process will be invited to participate in a mandatory 92-hour training program held in April and May. To be eligible, candidates must be at least 16 years of age with a valid work permit by June 30. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a signed parental consent form prior to participating in the tryouts. Applicants must complete an online application at www.san-clemente.org/jobs or apply in person at the Marine Safety Division Headquarters. For details, contact Rod Mellott at email@example.com or call 949.361.8219. Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. Forward a picture along, too! We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cassanos Leaving Pier Bowl Restaurant By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times
lthough the restaurant will stay in place, Sharon and Dave Cassano will be leaving their eponymous pizzeria across from the San Clemente Pier at the end of March. The Cassanos say their lease on the property at 626 Avenida Victoria has not been renewed New ownership will take over the restaurant on April 1.
“We always thought we’d be able to pass this down to our children,” Sharon said. “We have never been late on our rent in 28 years. They can’t take away the memories and support we’ve received.” Dave Cassano said despite the location near the beach, the business has relied on the community to thrive. “You can’t survive on tourists,” Cassano said. “It’s locally supported.” The Cassanos estimated they’ve employed several hundred San Clementeans, giving many their first job. They’ve
actually employed the children of former employees and had marriages between employees, they said. The couple said they were planning to take some time off but may open another restaurant if the opportunity presents itself. “Our love for the community will be pushing us,” Sharon said. “We’re overwhelmed by the response from the community.” The Cassanos are welcoming residents to stop by and share their memories during their final month. SC www.sanclementetimes.com
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Letters to the Editor DOGS SHOULD BE ALLOWED ON AREA BEACHES JAKE BRANNON, San Clemente
I am a dog owner. I purchased a dog in October and had hoped to be able to walk it on the beach and many other places. But I found walking your dog in the sand is unpermitted. I believe that if your dog is trained you should be able to walk it on the shore but not in the water. That someone would get a ticket for doing such a thing is wrong, especially if they do no harm to others or the environment.
EDISON GOT WHAT IT DESERVED BETHANN CHAMBERS, San Clemente
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rick’s San Clemente Green organization (“Shutdown and Decommissioning: The Big Picture,” SC Times, Feb. 27), but he obviously does not know what really went on at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station or the serious mismanagement that occurred there for many years. My husband, James Chambers, worked at SONGS for 27 years. If the replacement steam generators had not failed, eventually the whole organization would have imploded. SONGS had been in a downward performance spiral since the late 1990s. There are always two sides to every story. My husband was retaliated against for raising safety concerns back in 2010. Southern California Edison got what they deserved.
PRO-NUKE ADVOCACY TOO LATE JERRY COLLAMER, San Clemente
Having just read the San Clemente Times’ (“Shutdown and Decommissioning: The Big Picture,” SC Times, Feb. 27), I’m reminded: local die-hard nuke fans still argue their pro-nuke point of view, even though San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is permanently shuttered, never to restart—a decision made by its owner, Southern California Edison, based on the financial question mark of fixing SONGS’ mechanical fallibility. This was a billion dollar roll of the dice that came up “craps” on SONGS’ first roll, when their new steam generators leaked radioactivity—an “oops” of biblical proportions if gone unchecked. Page 8
Edison decided they could no longer afford the risk. For pro-nukers bemoaning the loss of SONGS, take it up with Edison. The nuke-buck stopped with them. SONGS’ nuke-horse has left the barn, and it ain’t coming back. FYI: For those selling the virtues of nukes here, you’re selling to an empty room.
SPEND FUNDS ON YOUTH MARCI MEDNICK, San Clemente
I can’t help but question the city’s choice of spending $58,000 to bring the Pacific Symphony to San Clemente for a performance (for which the city may or may not get donations to off-set the cost). While I applaud the city’s efforts to (Cont. on page 10) www.sanclementetimes.com
SOAPBOX GUEST OPINION: City Council Corner by Lori Donchak
Crossing Guards Play Key Role There are steps to reduce the dangers for children at pick-up and drop-off
ave you thanked your crossing guard today? Crossing guards protect our children as they come and go from school each day. Their efforts can only go so far. For this reason, it is especially important to drive safely around schools. In an ideal world we might all walk to school. However, for a variety of reasons this isn’t realistic. For those who can, please do—it’s good for your health, for the safety of others and for the environment. It’s a great way to build friendships in the community. Our city is committed to making the streets safe for travelers of all kinds. A strong example is the recent City Council approval of San Clemente’s new General Plan, which includes significant new policies and proposed improvement projects to help meet the transportation needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists and public transit users. Check it out at www. san-clemente.org. For years, the city of San Clemente’s Traffic Task Force helped address traffic hot spots in town to keep people safe. The task force set a top priority for school
safety that continues on. This year, Concordia Elementary School successfully appealed to the city to fund a crossing guard. Vista Del Mar Elementary and Middle school, the city’s largLori Donchak est grade school, also received funding for an additional crossing guard on Avenida Talega. In both cases, the school district’s decision to reduce bus service created challenging traffic patterns in the neighborhoods. The job of a crossing guard is not easy and requires patience. They must have training and a good working knowledge of major streets, the vehicle codes and map reading skills. Important qualities crossing guards must have are the ability to build a partnership between city government, parents, school administrators, PTA, community, and vehicle drivers. And did I mention high energy? San Clemente crossing guards are truly school ambassadors, setting a positive tone for children and parents alike each and every morning and afternoon. We’re fortunate to have
such dedicated folks looking out for our kids. San Clemente has partnered with the Safe Routes to School program to improve safety at San Clemente High School and Las Palmas Elementary School. By applying for SRTS grant funding, the city created a safer walking experience for our youth. Never before had continuous sidewalks existed along the path to the high school, even though there are freeway exits and entrances along the route. SRTS also funded sidewalk improvements at Las Palmas Elementary School, where parents advocated for a safer walk or bicycle ride to school. All of these measures take safety to a new level. Now it’s up to us to also make sure we do our part. Those who drive on campus and in neighborhoods near schools can play an important role by following safe driving practices: • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits, both in school zones and in neighborhoods surrounding schools. Comply with school drop-off and pick-up procedures. • Avoid loading or unloading children at
locations across the street from a school. This forces youngsters to unnecessarily cross busy streets mid-block rather than at a crosswalk. • Carpool. Consider dropping off five minutes earlier or a staggered pick-up time. • Consider forming a Walking School Bus (www.walkingschoolbus.org). If you’d like to initiate one for your school, I’d love to help you be a pioneer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks for your safety efforts. And please extend a special thank you to our community crossing guards who bring such dedication to school each and every day. Lori Donchak has served on the San Clemente City Council since 2006. She has previously served as Mayor and also serves as a board member of the Orange County Transit Authority. 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 columni sst 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 email@example.com
Letters to the Editor (cont.) (Cont. from page 8) increase our access to cultural events, I, as a long-time resident of San Clemente, think that investing in the health and welfare of our residents is of far greater importance, especially given the recent trends in our community as highlighted in the health survey conducted by both the Kaiser Foundation and Mission Hospital. Both surveys concluded that there is a significant increase in teen/young adult alcohol and drug use and sadly, also document the drastic increase in the number of overdoses and suicide attempts. In light of this, I believe a more appropriate use of city funds would be to support a grant request made to the city by the Wellness and Prevention Center, a partnership between Western Youth Services and San Clemente High School, to provide students access to a mental health social worker on campus. This is where I would choose to spend my tax dollars as it will directly impact the lives of our children on a daily basis. Since its opening in January, a mental health social worker has made contact with over 400 students. Realistically, that’s probably a far greater number than would attend a symphony concert. San Clemente Times March 6-12, 2014
‘BEST TOWN’ SHOULD NOT INCLUDE NUCLEAR WASTE ROGER JOHNSON, San Clemente
It is nice to hear happy talk about San Clemente being “the best town in the world,” but in the letter, (“Setting the Record Straight,” San Clemente Times, Jan. 30), Andy Jezuitski apparently doesn’t know that 92672 is also home to one of the worst nightmares any town could have: a nuclear waste dump. Unfortunately we have enough uranium here to fuel 20,000 nuclear warheads. Most of it is sitting outside the domes in pools vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and human error. The rest is stacked openly in a parking lot a few hundred feet from Interstate 5 and the Pacific Ocean. It would be nice if San Clemente were an ideal place to have children and raise a family, but unfortunately our health and safety will remain in question for many decades to come. That is why the National Academy of Science is now studying our town and all others within 30 miles for cancer streaks possibly caused by the radiation Southern California Edison has been discharging into the ocean and the air we breathe since 1968. Our health and safety is also
endangered by the just-released NRC plan to keep the nuclear waste right here for the next 60 years and possibly forever. Radioactive contamination could render worthless hundreds of square miles in Southern California. The San Clemente City Council has voiced its opposition to the NRC’s decommissioning plan, but where is the outrage from mothers, real estate agents and business leaders? Where is the concern of Rep. Darrell Issa who has done nothing to protect his own district? Radioactive waste must be transferred from cooling pools to transportable casks, and moved far away to a secure and remote “temporary” site until the nation figures out a permanent solution. After a half century of creating nuclear waste, the government has no solution in sight. It is possible there may never be a permanent solution. The new plan to make zip code 92672 a long-term nuclear waste dump may be a solution for the nuclear industry, but this is completely unacceptable for those of us who live here. There are a lot of great things about San Clemente but being designated as a nuclear waste dump is not one of them.
FROM THE MIND OF ZELESKI
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YOUR SEVEN-DAY EVENT PLANNER
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THE LIST A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
WINE TASTING 6 p.m.8:30 p.m. DaVine Food & Wine features two of Paso Robles’ hottest new wineries: Law Estate Wines and Dilecta Winery. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com.
VOCAL COMPETITION 7:30 p.m. Saddleback College’s vocal competition featuring student singers at McKinney Theatre. The audience chooses the winner. Tickets $10 general admission. 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, www.saddleback.edu/arts.
LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERT: LAURENCE JUBER 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Laurence Juber, two-time Grammy winner and Wings lead guitarist, performs at Dana Point Community House. Admission $25. 24642 San Juan Ave., 949.842.2227, www.lordofthestringsconcerts.com.
LISTENING FOR FROGS AND TOADS 6 p.m. Evening hike to search for frogs and toads, and to learn more about these animals, at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Cost $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, www.rmvreserve.org. DEREK BORDEAUX 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Live music at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, 949.661.7799, www.saltcreekgrille.com.
VR GREEN FARMS PRODUCE BASKET PROGRAM 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce baskets, fruit, gourmet specialties and more every Saturday at VR Green Farms, located at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club. 200 Avenida La Pata, San Clemente, www.vrgreenfarms.com/basket.
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AT THE MOVIES
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR ‘THE WIND RISES’ Those of us who grew up in the 1990s remember enjoying entertainment brought to us by Disney and Nickelodeon. At the same time the Japanese animation Studio Ghibli introduced the family cult-classics, Kiki’s Deliver Service (1989), Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001). Ghibli now brings us its latest fantasy adventure, The Wind Rises. The animated tale shows the vibrant life and career of Jiro Horikoshi (voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as he dreams and studies to be a great airplane designer. From childhood to adulthood, Jiro’s relationships with his younger sister Kayo (Mae Whitman), his soulmate Nahoko (Emily Blunt), his best friend Honjo (John Krasinski) and grouchy boss Kurokawa (Martin Short) © 2013 Nibariki - GNDHDDTK unfold against the backdrop of the Great Depression and World War II. William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin and Elijah Wood also provide voices for the American dubbing of the film. Director Hayao Miyazaki, who received a Best Animated Feature Oscar nomination for The Wind Rises, is considered one of the greatest animation directors of all time. In The Wind Rises, he takes a more subtle approach here compared to Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). The beautifully drawn sequences, along with historical references, may actually interest older viewers more than younger audiences. This only goes to show that animation appeals to all ages. While Disney and DreamWorks move forward with computer animation, 2D animation stays vibrant through Ghibli. —Megan Bianco
EL PRESIDENTE BALL 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Fiesta Association’s annual formal Western-style dinner and dance with live music and more, honoring the Fiesta president. Dress in early-California attire. El Adobe de Capistrano, 31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1976, www.swallowsparade.com/presball.aspx. J. RICKARDS WINERY TASTING 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Wine tasting with Jim Rickards winemaker at San Clemente Wine Company. 212 ½ Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067, www.scwinecompany.com.
Young buccaneers are invited to the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club’s annual Diamond Dig Sunday at Baby Beach. Photo by Andrea Papagianis
EDITOR’S PICK: DANA POINT FESTIVAL OF WHALES 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. The 43rd annual festival continues this Saturday and Sunday with a variety of fun and educational and activities including whale watching, arts and crafts, food and more around the Dana Point Harbor. All the details at www.festivalofwhales.com.
MARIACHIS AT THE MISSION 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. The second Saturday of the month, enjoy live mariachi music at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Free with admission $5–$9. 26801 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com. BING EXHIBIT RECEPTION 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Event at The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center featuring Bing Copeland and a timeline of Bing surfboards. $5. 110 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, www.surfingheritage.org.
FARM TO FORK: ADULT COOKING CLASS 11 a.m.1 p.m. Explore the garden, harvest produce and learn how to prepare a delicious meal at The Ecology Center under guided instruction from a professional chef. $40 members, $20 non-members. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org.
SAN CLEMENTE FARMERS MARKET 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Bundles of flowers, fresh produce and much more every Sunday on Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. Page 12
MARCH WILDFLOWER WALK 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Guided hike searching for wildflowers and more at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy. Admission $5-$10. 949.923.2210, www.rmvreserve.org.
COUNTRY DANCIN’ WITH PATRICK AND FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
SMOKEY KARAOKE 8 p.m. Your turn to get onstage at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232, www.beachfire.com.
AN OCEAN ODYSSEY AT THE CASA 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Casa Romantica features the opening reception for the exhibit by John Hall, “An Ocean Odyssey.” Show runs through April 13. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, www.casaromantica.org.
DREAM BROTHER 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
SOUTH COUNTY’S GOT TALENT 7 p.m. South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce talent show at The Coach House. Tickets $75-$100. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS 5 p.m.-8 p.m. An array of food trucks gather every Wednesday at San Clemente High School in the parking lot near Triton Center. Take dinner to go or eat there and enjoy live music. Proceeds benefit the SCHS Marching Band. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165, www.sctritons.com. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.sanclementetimes.com. Have an event? Send your listing to email@example.com www.sanclementetimes.com
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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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MEET THE FOUR CORNERS BAND San Clemente group brings together musicians from regions across the United States By Catherine Manso San Clemente Times
O Scouts ((left to right) Daniel Grace, Jack Proctor, Zachary Wilson, Richard Lyu and Grant Foster recently received special new badges for work in science and technology. As part of their work, the boys were able to visit the Mars Rover testing grounds. Courtesy photo
San Clemente Scouts Make History Five SC boys among first recipients of NOVA badge By Jim Shilander San Clemente Times
hile the Boy Scouts of America might conjure images of roasting marshmallows to the accompaniment of campfire songs, or service projects for various organizations, five San Clemente youth have become pioneers for a new type of scouting award. Grant Foster, Daniel Grace, Richard Lyu, Jack Proctor and Zachary Wilson, all students at Vista del Mar Elementary School, recently graduated from Webelos to Boy Scouts. But they have also become the first Orange County scouts to be given awards in the scouts’ new NOVA program, which provides the opportunity to earn additional merit badges in engineering, science and mathematics. San Clemente Times March 6–12, 2014
The young scouts received the award for projects they conducted on tracking sun spots, calculating the size of eruptions by dropping mints into soda, as well as investigating a crash site on State Road 71. The scouts also visited the testing ground for the Mars Rover project. George Proctor, the father of Jack and a former Eagle Scout, said the projects help to broaden the horizons of scouting and acknowledge the role of technology throughout modern life. “There’s a lot now that can be carried in a backpack,” Proctor said. “You have state-of-the-art materials that are pretty high caliber. People forget that scouting is really a junior leadership program. It’s not about making Eagle Scout, it’s about letting boys mature into leaders.” SC
ver the clattering of dishes and half-empty glasses, guitar strings began to tune and microphones started to shift at Molly Blooms Irish Pub. It seems like a typical night at any bar in San Clemente. And while The Four Corners Band came together Feb. 22 like their other gigs before, playing a set that included songs like, “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Bennie and the Jets,” and even some jazz, this four-piece ensemble has a bit of a different story than most. As a band they’ve had their share of obstacles, like the lead singer having to fly in to town every few months from Boston, but they’ve managed to stay together for over a decade. “We converged our lives together in different ways,” said drummer David Reedners. “I’m from San Clemente, our keyboard player is from South Carolina, our guitar player is from Boston and our bass player is from Alaska, hence the name The Four Corners Band.” Each band member has other occupations. Reedners is a physical therapist and has been for the past 35 years. Bassist Paul Fomey and Greg Gardner, the keyboard player, are software engineers who met at IBM. And lead singer Mark Davidson was an engineer who later got involved with marketing. Each of them met through mutual friends and shortly after they began practicing, they became The Four Corners Band. Each musician has their own reason as to why they keep on playing. Reedners admitted that for him, it’s a hobby. But it’s
Members of The Four Corners Band play at Molly Bloom’s last month. Photo by Catherine Manso
one he’s worked on for the past 50 years. Gardener credits music for his involvement in the software industry. “I met my first Macintosh at music school,” Gardener said. “I realized this was going to change the world.” Davidson, makes the trip from Boston to San Clemente every couple of months in order to play gigs with the group. He says that as his life progresses he hopes to spend more time in Southern California rehearsing and playing shows with his bandmates. “It’s a little bit of a challenge with the distance,” Fomey said. “Fortunately, Mark comes in to town very often, but practice is a bit limited. We all fully support Mark in his goals to come out here more.” The band played with special guests Michael Czaja, Eric Shore and Kristen Wheelock, each of whom have played with the band from time to time, depending on the venue. The Four Corners Band will perform again on Sunday, May 25 at Iva Lee’s, at 555 N. El Camino Real. The time will be announced at a later date. SC www.sanclementetimes.com
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Boys Soccer On Mar. 4, the stage was set for high drama to unfold between the San Clemente and Palos Verde boys soccer teams. After conceding an equalizing goal in stoppage time at the end of the second half, the Tritons found themselves in a double overtime deadlock with the Sea Kings in the CIF-SS Division 1 semifinals. After five rounds of the ensuing penalty kicks, it was San Clemente who emerged with the win. The Tritons (25-2-1) will now defend their CIF-SS title in the Championship Finals on Mar. 8 against Loyola at Warren High School in Downey at 7:30 p.m.
tempt in penalties and junior Matias Ledesma buried his fifth attempt to give San Clemente the win.
Senior Bryce Kaminski scored a goal in the Tritons win over Palos Verde on Mar. 4. Courtesy photo
Senior midfielder Bryce Kaminski scored the Tritons first-half goal. Junior keeper Cole Martinez was able to block the Sea Kings’ fifth shot at-
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San Clemente High School spring sports teams gear up for new season By Steve Breazeale San Clemente Times
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BOYS GOLF Head coach Mike Hurlbut said the 2014 version of his team is one of the most talent-laden squads he’s seen. The Tritons, who placed third in the Sea View League and advanced to the CIF Division Championships in 2013, return four of their top-6 players from last year and have picked up three freshmen who are already looking to make an impact at the varsity level. Sophomore Shane Barriera and junior Sammy Schwartz, the team’s top duo, along with senior Reese Wahlin and junior Austin Briggs, make up the core returning group. Freshman Beau Hagan and Ryan Moore have already made it into the starting rotation, with fellow freshman Brannon McCabe waiting close behind in the wings. Right now, the Tritons top six players hold a scoring average of 43 or below, with Barriera (35 stroke average) and Schwartz (36) leading the charge. “This is the first time we’ve had this quality of talent try out,” Hurlbut said. “We’re really excited to have our returners coming back. Having three freshmen on the team is also a definite bonus.” BASEBALL The diamond will be full of returning starters and players on this year’s San Clemente baseball team, which bodes well for the Tritons as they look to build on their historic 2013 season. The Tritons won a school-record 23 games last year, highlighted by a 12-game win streak, and made it to the second round of the CIF-SS Division 2 Championships. The finish was slightly disappointing, according to head coach Dave Gellatly, but the season as a whole was a success. The Tritons return standout junior left-handed pitcher Kolby Allard, who pitched most of last year with a nagging back injury that limited his pitch count and workload. San Clemente Times March 6–12, 2014
Girls Soccer The San Clemente girls soccer team’s run through the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships came to an end on Feb. 28, when they lost to HarvardWestlake 1-0 in the quarterfinals. The Tritons paved their way to the quarterfinals by defeating JSerra and Los Alamitos in the first and second rounds, respectively. Senior Nikki Faris scored both of the Tritons goals in the second-round matchup. Compiled by Steve Breazeale
Opponent Location, Time Aliso Niguel El Niguel CC, 2:30 p.m. Aliso Niguel Tourn. Aliso Viejo CC, 12 p.m. Capo Valley/Aliso Niguel Talega GC, 3 p.m. Capistrano Valley Marbella CC, 3 p.m. Tesoro Coto de Caza CC, 2:30 p.m. Tesoro Talega GC, 3 p.m. Laguna Hills Bella Collina, 2:30 p.m. Dana Hills Talega GC, 3 p.m. Laguna Hills Laguna Woods, TBA San Juan Hills San Juan Hills GC, 2:30 p.m. San Juan Hills Bella Collina, 2:30 p.m. Corona del Mar Talega GC, 3 p.m. Corona del Mar Newport Beach CC, 2 p.m. Estancia Tourn. Mesa Verde CC, 12 p.m. Mission Viejo Mission Viejo CC, 2:30 p.m. Mission Viejo Bella Collina, 2 p.m. El Toro Bella Collina, 2:30 p.m. El Toro Mission Viejo CC, 2:30 p.m. Camp Pendleton GC, 9:30 a.m. League Finals CIF Southern Indiv. Regional Skylinks GC, 1:30 p.m. CIF South Coast Team Champ. Talega GC, 7:30 a.m. CIF Indiv. Champ./SCGA Qualif. Mission Lakes CC, 8 a.m.
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BAS E BA L L Beau Hagan, pictured, is one of three freshmen to make the San Clemente boys golf varsity squad in 2014. Photo by Steve Breazeale
Despite the limitations, Allard turned heads by maintaining a 1.43 ERA in 54 innings pitched, striking out nearly twice as many batters as he walked. Gellatly said Allard is healthy and has turned into more of a power pitcher, having been clocked as high as 91 mph in the offseason. Junior pitcher Will Tribucher will be the No. 2 starter. In all, the Tritons have 12 players who Gellatly feels comfortable putting on the mound, which makes the rotation deeper than it was last year. Position players Lucas Herbert (catcher), Trevor Beard (third base) and Kent Burckle (infield) will again play important roles on the field and in the lineup. “We did not score a lot of runs last year and our pitching kind of carried us through. This year I think we’re better on the mound, defensively and I think we’re better offensively,” Gellatly said. “I don’t think there’s an automatic out in the lineup no matter who starts.” SOFTBALL First-year head coach Bill Malcolm will attempt to right the ship for the San Clemente girls softball team, following a 5-20 effort in 2013. The Tritons were very young last season, fielding a number of underclassmen. Many Page 22
Date 3/7-15 3/19
Opponent Loara Tourn. El Toro (double header)
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Laguna Hills San Juan Hills Anaheim Lions Tourn. Dana Hills Aliso Niguel Laguna Hills Laguna Hills San Juan Hills San Juan Hills Tesoro (double header)
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Dana Hills Dana Hills Aliso Niguel Aliso Niguel
Location, Time TBA, TBA Saddleback College, 4 p.m./7p.m. SCHS, 3:30 p.m. SCHS, 3:30 p.m. TBA, TBA DHHS, 3:30 p.m. ANHS, 3:30 p.m. LHHS, 3:30 p.m. SCHS, 3:30 p.m. SJHHS, 3:30 p.m. SCHS, 3:30 p.m. Saddleback College, 4 p.m./7 p.m. SCHS, 3:30 p.m. DHHS, 3:30 p.m. SCHS, 3:30 p.m. ANHS, 3:30 p.m.
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of those same players now return with valuable varsity experience. Malcolm brings 25 years of travel softball coaching experience to the table, and so far, he has been impressed by the Tritons efforts in the offseason. Playing in the President’s Day Tournament in Anaheim last month, the Tritons went 4-2. (Cont. on page 26)
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Bob & Cathy Adams Ahrens Chiropractic Anderson Trust Mr. & Mrs. Nick Arentz Dr. Valdamar & Nancy Ascencio Assurant Specialty Property Bank of the West Beach Angels of San Clemente Body Awareness Physical Therapy Fred Bouman Don & Karen Brown Tyler & Karen Bryson
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SPORTS & OUTDOORS S O F T BA L L Date 3/6 3/8 3/10-13 3/20 3/22 4/1 4/3 4/15* 4/17* 4/24* 4/29* 5/1* 5/6* 5/12* 5/14*
Opponent Huntington Beach Foothill Tourn. Saddleback Valley Tourn. Trabuco Hills Foothill Tourn. Pioneer Chino Dana Hills Tesoro Mission Viejo El Toro Dana Hills Tesoro Mission Viejo El Toro
Location, Time SCHS, 3:30 p.m. Tustin, TBA Alicia Park, TBA SCHS, 3:30 p.m. Tustin, TBA SCHS, 3:30 p.m. SCHS, 3:30 p.m. SCHS, 4:30 p.m. THS, 4:30 p.m. MVHS, 4:30 p.m. SCHS, 4:30 p.m. DHHS, 4:30 p.m. SCHS, 4:30 p.m. SCHS, 4:30 p.m. ETHS, 4:30 p.m.
*--denotes league game
B OYS A N D G I R LS SW I M M I N G / D I V I N G Date 3/13-14 3/15 3/17 3/25* 3/29 4/1 4/15* 4/22* 4/29* 5/6 5/7 5/8 5/9 5/13 5/15 5/17
Elise Sawall reels in a pop fly during a San Clemente girls softball practice. Photo by Steve Breazeale
(Cont. from page 22) “We’re going to have a good year. They’ve got all the things that make a good team,” Malcolm said. “For just throwing them together and shuffling the cards and seeing where we are going, I’m pleased.” The Triton pitching rotation will feature the righthanded juniors Lauren Kane and Jordyne Prussak. Kane also projects to be a middle of the order bat in the Tritons lineup that features other power hitters like senior catcher and captain Shannon McCasland, junior shortstop Kelsey Horton and junior outfielder Lauren Gonzales. BOYS SWIMMING AND DIVING The San Clemente boys swim and dive team has not won a league title since 2004, and head coach Marc Parker believes the team’s depth and a key offseason transfer gives them a good shot at finally bringing home a championship banner in 2014. Aidan Pastel, who specializes in the 200-meter freestyle, is a sophomore who transferred from Washington D.C. He will join a Tritons relay team that sent three units to the CIF-SS Prelims last season. Junior Chase Hamming, who was a part of the relay teams in 2013, figures to be a part of the group yet again, as well as being a part of the onetwo punch in the 200-freestyle alongside Pastel. Reigning South Coast League diving champion Caleb Dixon will help the Tritons rack up valuable CIF points. Seniors Coby Larinde (500 and 200 freestyle), Ben Chong (200 individual medley and 100 backstroke) and John Chetwynd (50 and 100 freestyle) return. “We are trying to focus on that league title. We haven’t had one in 10 years so it’d be nice to get one of those and put it on the board for us. Our depth will be the key for that,” Parker said. GIRLS SWIMMING AND DIVING The San Clemente girls swim and dive teams went undefeated in Sea View League dual meet action last year. But when it came time for league finals, where teams can field four swimmers in each event, a lack of depth tripped them up and they placed second behind Mission Viejo. Winning by slim margins became the trademark of last year’s team. The Tritons won two head-to-head matches against the Diablos and Dana Hills by a combined two points. The Tritons will rely on a large returning group that includes distance swimmers Raselle Chetwynd, Flora van der School (backstroke), El Seabern (breaststroke) and San Clemente Times March 6-12, 2014
Opponent Capo Relay Prelims Capo Relay Finals El Toro Mission Viejo Beckman Ironman Trabuco Hills Dana Hills Laguna Hills San Juan Hills Girls League Prelims Boys League Prelims League Diving Finals League Finals CIF Diving CIF Swim Prelims CIF Swim Finals
Location, Time CVHS, TBA CVHS, TBA ETHS, 3:15 p.m. MVHS, 3:15 p.m. BHS, 9 a.m. THHS, 3:15 p.m. DHHS, 3:15 p.m. SCHS, 3:15 p.m. SCHS, 3:15 p.m. ETHS, 3 p.m. ETHS, 3 p.m. ETHS, 3 p.m. ETHS, 4 p.m. Riverside, TBA Riverside, TBA Riverside, TBA
*-- denotes league meet
B OYS LAC R O S S E
San Clemente boys lacrosse senior captain Stone Sims will anchor the Tritons defense and be a part of a talented returning group in 2014. Photo by Steve Breazeale
Elizabeth Cruz (butterfly). The Tritons are particularly deep in the freestyle and will plug incoming transfer Emily Gough into the rotation. The girls diving team will again be a strength when it comes to CIF competition. A group featuring senior Makena Chamoures, Haley Farnsworth and Sophia George earned more CIF points for the Tritons than the entire swim team in 2013. All three divers return this season. BOYS LACROSSE A talented group of seniors will lead the San Clemente boys lacrosse team into the new year. Senior captains Peyton Garrett, Stone Sims, Collin Zines and Austin Streeter headline what head coach Mike Hutnick described as a “phenomenal and powerful core.” The Tritons finished second behind South Coast League rival Tesoro last season, losing two games to the Titans by a combined three goals. If the Tritons are to get over the hump and into the top of the league standings this year, the four captains will be crucial to their efforts. Garrett (High Point University), Sims (Albany) and Streeter (Bellarmine) are the program’s first-ever Division 1 commits. Garrett, the reigning back to back league Offensive Player of the Year, led the team in 2013 with 63 goals and 29 assists. Streeter scored 36 goals and tallied 20 assists while collecting a team-high 91 ground balls. Zines had 26 goals and 15 assists. Sims, who had a teamhigh 32 forced turnovers, will anchor the defense. Hutnick says the team worked on fine tuning the little Page 26
Date 3/8 3/15 3/17* 3/19 3/21 3/29 4/1* 4/3* 4/8 4/9 4/10 4/15* 4/19 4/22* 4/25 4/29* 5/1*
Opponenet Palos Verdes Great Oak Trabuco Hills Huntington Beach Corona del Mar Foothill Tesoro El Toro Arapahoe Smokey Hill Cherry Creek Tesoro Agoura Trabuco Hills Rancho Bernardo El Toro Mission Viejo
Location, Time PVHS, TBA SCHS, 12:30 p.m. THHS, 5:30 p.m. SCHS, 5:30 p.m. SCHS, 7 p.m. SCHS, 12:30 p.m. THS, 5:30 p.m. SCHS, 5:30 p.m. Denver, TBA Denver, TBA Denver, TBA SCHS, 5:30 p.m. AHS, TBA SCHS, 5:30 p.m. SCHS, 5:30 p.m. ETHS, 5:30 p.m. MVHS, 5:30 p.m.
*--denotes league game
things in the offseason and a rigorous preseason schedule, including a trip to play top programs in Colorado, will help their progress. “There’s a lot of talent on this team and when they put it all together it’s a beautiful thing. So we’ll be making a push this year that’s for sure,” Hutnick said. GIRLS LACROSSE After a two-win season in 2013, San Clemente girls lacrosse head coach Joshua Cain and his staff began implementing a zone defense, hoping it would not only help the team defend better, but improve their concept of team play as well. Every girl on the team is a returning player and for many of them, this will be their third year playing alongside each other. After playing together for all those years, (Cont. on page 28) www.sanclementetimes.com
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Opponent San Juan Hills Laguna Hills Dana Hills LA Shoot Out Tourn. Mission Viejo Corona del Mar Trabuco Hills Tesoro El Toro St. Margaret’s Trabuco Hills Tesoro El Toro Mission Viejo
*--denotes league game
Junior middle blocker Brandon Hopper, right, and the San Clemente boys volleyball team are looking to make another deep CIF playoff run in 2014. Photo by Steve Breazeale
Senior Matt Greenberg, pictured, will team up with Billy Whitaker on the San Clemente boys tennis team’s No. 1 doubles pairing. Photo by Steve Breazeale
(Cont. from page 26) Cain believes the team is starting to reap the benefits. He has seen the team transform over the offseason, from one that relied on a few individuals to a more cohesive unit. “We’re switching from where it was a couple of them as individuals, taking the ball because they didn’t quite trust their teammates to pass. Now they feel super comfortable together, the chemistry is there and they’re really working well as a team,” Cain said. Leading scorer Katelyn Miner, defender Shelby Thompson and midfielders Olivia Merlino, Emily Twilegar and Ariana Petrikas return.
ker was almost unbeatable last season and the two will return to play alongside one another this year. Greenberg and Whitaker went 56-1 overall last year, going undefeated in league play. The rest of the Tritons doubles teams will be made up of returning players and few call-ups from last year’s junior varsity squad. “It’s definitely a whole new team … But we have some very good recruits this year,” Greenberg said. “It won’t do any good to just have individuals here, we have to all work together and keep up our two and three doubles teams.”
BOYS VOLLEYBALL Last season, the San Clemente boys volleyball team had the luxury of fielding several standout seniors who powered them to appearances in both the CIF-SS Division 1 and CIF Regional semifinals. With a majority of the Tritons starters now gone to graduation, this year’s squad is preparing to fill their predecessor’s shoes. San Clemente’s lone returning starter will be senior outside hitter Shawn Stephens. Due to injuries, senior Peter Van Liefde saw considerable playing time in the final third of the season and will make a contribution to a veteran outside hitter unit. The Tritons will have to adjust to their new 6-foot tall senior setter Nick Goldstone, who is taking over for the team’s former setter, 6-foot-4-inch All-CIF selection Jack Yoder, who was able to dish out lofty sets high above the net. Goldstone, along with the passing abilities of the team’s outside hitters and liberos—where newcomers Kyle Hunt, Marcus McGuire and Cale Foreman figure to be in the mix—will be crucial to the Tritons attempt at another deep playoff run. “We have good size, especially at the net. That translates both to blocking and hitting, so we’ll be consistent there,” head coach Ken Goldstone said. “If we can pass the ball consistently and serve-receive, everything else will fall into place.” BOYS TENNIS The three-time defending South Coast League champion San Clemente boys tennis team took a hit to graduation but return a handful of impact players that should keep them in contention. Senior Nic Valko was on the team’s top doubles duo last season but will make the switch to singles in 2014. Jay Yeam returns and will be in the top three of the singles rotation. Freshman Michael Bott has already impressed head coach John Stephens and will likely break through into the singles unit. The doubles team of Matt Greenberg and Billy WhitaSan Clemente Times March 6-12, 2014
GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD The distance runners will again be a strength for the San Clemente girls track and field team. The Tritons oneand two-mile racers will be led by standout cross country runners like Melissa Eisele, Sydney Szabo, Kelsey Carroll, Katie Carroll and Gracie Georgi. Senior Jessica Erickson will run the 400-meter as well as other distance events. Head coach Dave Proodian expects the Tritons throws team to excel and possibly compete for South Coast League individual titles. Anna Gillis, Madison Chronister and Haley McCabe all compete in the shot put and discus and could be valuable point-getters for the Tritons this season. The Tritons lost a good amount of sprinters to graduation but will be led by returning senior Tanaz Nourian. “It’ll be interesting to see because there’s always someone who comes out of nowhere. We know how our distance girls will be because of cross country. We know how our returning throwing team will be … So it will be ok. It’s a tough league,” Proodian said. BOYS TRACK AND FIELD If the 2014 California State All-Comers & Indoor State Leaders Meet on Feb. 21 is any indication of things to come, the San Clemente boys track and field team can look forward to getting plenty of points out of their field event athletes in 2014. The Tritons top throwers, seniors Rocky Fenton and Kelsey Benoit, and triple jumper Arik Nesbit all had impressive showings at the preseason meet. Fenton posted the seventh best mark in the shot put (56-7), the fifth best mark in the weight throw (58-2 3/4) and the longest mark in the discus (181) at the meet. Fenton’s discus throw was nearly four feet longer than the next closest competitor. Benoit, who finished seventh in the shot put at the CIF State Championships last year, threw the third farthest mark. Nesbit’s triple jump of 46-9 1/2 was the fifth highest mark. Adding depth to the Tritons other events will be the likes of Clayton Skinner (110-meter and 300-meter hurdles) and Kevin Mariano (400, 800). SC Page 28
Location, Time SCHS, 5:30 p.m. LHHS, 5:30 p.m. SCHS, 5:30 p.m. Laguna Hills, TBA MVHS, 11 a.m. CDMHS, 3:15 p.m. SCHS, 5:30 p.m. SCHS, 5:30 p.m. ETHS, 7 p.m. SMES, 4:30 p.m. THHS, 5:30 p.m. THS, 5:30 p.m. SCHS, 5:30 p.m. SCHS, 5:30 p.m.
B OYS VO L L EY BA L L Date 3/11 3/13 3/14-15 3/21-22 3/25 3/27 3/28 4/1* 4/3* 4/15* 4/17* 4/22 4/24* 4/29* 5/1* 5/2-3 5/6* 5/13 5/27
Opponent Laguna Beach Laguna Hills Best of the West Tourn. OC Championships Fountain Valley San Juan Hills Alumni Game Tesoro Trabuco Hills Dana Hills Capistrano Valley Aliso Niguel Tesoro Trabuco Hills Dana Hills Redondo Classic Tourn. Capistrano Valley CIF Playoffs State Regionals
*-- denotes league match
Location, Time LBHS, 5:15 p.m. LHHS, 5:15 p.m. TBA, TBA TBA, TBA SCHS, 6:15 p.m. SJHHS, 6:15 p.m. SCHS, 7 p.m. THS, 6:15 p.m. SCHS, 6:15 p.m. DHHS, 5:30 p.m. SCHHS, 6:15 p.m. ANHS, 6:15 p.m. SCHS, 6:15 p.m. THHS, 6:15 p.m. SCHS, 6:15 p.m. RHS, TBA CVHS, 6:15 p.m. TBA, TBA TBA, TBA
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Opponent Fountain Valley Huntington Beach Woodbridge El Toro Irvine Corona del Mar Capistrano Valley Dana Hills El Toro Tesoro Dana Hills Ojai Invit. Tesoro Capistrano Valley League Prelims League Finals
*--denotes league match
Location, Time SCHS, 3 p.m. HBHS, 3 p.m. WHS, 3 p.m. SCHS, 3 p.m. HIS, 3 p.m. CDMHS, 3 p.m. SCHS, 3 p.m. DHHS, 3 p.m. ETHS, 3 p.m. THS, 3 p.m. SCHS, 3 p.m. Ojai, TBA SCHS, 3 p.m. CVHS, 3 p.m. Niguel RC, TBA Niguel RC, TBA
B OYS A N D G I R LS T R AC K A N D F I E L D Date 3/6 3/14 3/15 3/20 3/22 4/3* 4/4-5 4/17* 4/24* 4/26 4/30* 5/6 5/9 5/17 5/24 5/30 6/6-7
Opponent El Toro OC Classic Irvine Invit. Aliso Niguel Triton Invit. Tesoro Trabuco Invit. Dana Hills Mission Viejo OC Championships Trabuco Hills League Prelims League Finals CIF Prelims CIF Finals CIF Masters State Meet
*--denotes league meet
Location, Time SCHS, 2:45 p.m. SCHS, 4 p.m. Irvine, TBA ANHS, 2:45 p.m. SCHS, TBA THS, 2:45 p.m. THHS, TBA SCHS, 2:45 p.m. MVHS, 2:45 p.m. MVHS, TBA SCHS, 2:45 p.m. TBA, TBA TBA, TBA THHS, TBA Cerritos College, TBA Cerritos College, TBA TBA, TBA www.sanclementetimes.com
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GROM OF THE WEEK ELIJAH SCHOENIG
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Age: 12, Bernice Ayer Middle School/ Capo Virtual Online School Elijah Shoenig was born a waterman. As a toddler he developed a love for the ocean and was always excited to be among the waves. He first took up wave riding via bodysurfing and bodyboarding. Then, just over a year ago, his dad taught him to surf. “All of my friends surf and I just decided it was time to give it a try,” Elijah said. “It took me awhile to get into it but now I love it, both longboarding and shortboarding.” Elijah is a dual-enrolled sixth-grader attending school part-time on campus at Bernice Ayer Middle School and part-time online. This is his first year on the BAMS Surf Club, which fulfills part of his physical education credit, Elijah Schoenig. Photo by Andrea Swayne much to his delight. Elijah is a multi-talented athlete, musician and a straight-A student. He plays lacrosse on a travel team, stand-up paddles and was a Junior Lifeguard for three years. He also enjoys fishing and outrigger racing. “My Dana Outrigger Club team went undefeated last year then we won the championship,” he said. “That was really fun.” Doing most of his studies via independent study allows him to pursue other interests, such as studying robotics, he said. He is a member of Vex Robotics, a team that designs and builds robots for competition. Elijah is also a guitarist who has played gigs with his instructor’s band at Sunsets at the Pier and the Cabrillo Playhouse. “I love blues, surf and rock,” he said. “Some of my main influences are Johnny Cash, Freddie King and, of course, Dick Dale.”—Andrea Swayne
Mongoose Cup Showcases the World of SUP The fifth annual event at the Festival of Whales also supports the Wounded Warrior Project By Brian Park San Clemente Times
hen it first began, back in 2010, the Mongoose Cup at the Festival of Whales primarily drew adventurous water-sports enthusiasts looking to catch the stand-up paddleboarding wave, recalls legendary surfer Mickey “Mongoose” Muñoz, the event’s inspiration and namesake. Since then, as the sport has grown exponentially in popularity, Muñoz said there’s been a greater need and a more focused effort to introduce stand-up paddleboarding to newcomers. “Now, because it’s probably the fastest growing water sport in the world, it’s definitely attracted more of the mainstream,” said Muñoz, a Capistrano Beach resident. The Mongoose Cup has always served as a stand-up paddleboarding expo of sorts, a collection of activities to show off the latest and greatest in the sport through clinics, races and live demonstrations by companies and enthusiasts. New to this year’s showcase is the Mongoose Cup’s partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization
Stand-up paddling enthusiasts and newcomers take to the waters off Baby Beach at a past Mickey Muñoz Mongoose Cup event. Inset: Mickey Muñoz demonstrates his SUP style with his dog Gidget at a past Mongoose Cup event. Photo by Alan Gibby
that supports veterans who have suffered severe injuries while serving in the military. The day kicks off with the Wounded Warrior Project Paddle, a recreational paddle that will take participants around the island at Dana Point Harbor. Proceeds from the Mongoose Cup will
benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as the Sport of Kings Foundation, a nonprofit organization Muñoz helped start in support of those in the Southern California surfboard-building industry. This year’s stable of activities also includes an adaptive paddling clinic for
disabled athletes. The clinic will include demonstrations by experts like Pam Patterson, who teaches adaptive kinesiology at Saddleback College. Contest director Barrett Tester highlighted one company that will be bringing a double-haul canoe that allows wheelchair-bound individuals to experience the thrill of paddling. Tester also said the Mongoose Cup will feature a demonstration of XSUP, a new game that combines stand-up paddleboarding with elements of hockey, lacrosse and soccer. In addition, there will be board and proper stroke demonstrations for beginners, as well as a yoga SUP clinic, where participants can practice yoga while out on their boards. The Mongoose Cup will take place at Baby Beach, starting at 9 a.m. Entry costs $25 and includes the Wounded Warrior Project Paddle, paddling skills clinics, a “Luck of the Draw” relay and a barbecue lunch. For an additional $25, guests can enter into the Sport of Kings Foundation races and receive a Mongoose Cup T-shirt. To register, visit www.mongoose2014.eventbrite.com or sign up at Baby Beach the day of the event. SC