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Remembering Hobie Alter Surf and sailing legend brought fun to the masses EYE ON SC/PAGE 8

Hobie Alter “flies” his invention, the Hobie Cat sail boat. The boat was one of many of Alter’s creations that helped to change the face of surfing, sailing and other action sports. Photo: Richard Graham, Courtesy of SHACC

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way as city officials and representatives from developer National CORE broke ground Monday on a new 19-unit affordable housing project on Avenida Serra. City Councilwoman Lori Donchak said the project was a tangible example of the city’s efforts to allow more people to live and work in San Clemente. The location of the project, two blocks from Avenida Del Mar, was ideally suited, she said, for allowing employees of downtown businesses to walk or bike to work.

Five things San Clemente should know this week Settlement Leaves Ratepayers with $3.3 Billion Electric Bill THE LATEST: Southern California electric ratepayers will have to pay some $3.3 billion in replacement power due to the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station as part of a potential agreement reached Thursday between the plant’s owners and utility advocacy groups. Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas & Electric, The Utility Reform Network and the California Public Utilities Commission’s Office of Ratepayer Advocates have worked out a tentative agreement on who will pay—customers and utility shareholders—and how much they will pay of the estimated $4.7 billion for the purchase of auxiliary power and expenses related to faulty equipment. SONGS was shutdown in January 2012 after a radiation leak and abnormal wear in new steam generators was detected. Citing rising costs and restart uncertainty, Edison chose to retire the plant in June 2013. WHAT’S NEXT: Through utility bills starting in February 2012, some of the $3.3 billion for replacement power has been collected. Under the proposed agreement, this could continue through January 2021. The agreement does let ratepayers off the hook for the more than $1 billion associated with damaged steam generators. During a call with investors and the media Thursday, Ted Craver, president of Edison International, said the settlement provided a “balanced outcome.”—Jim Shilander and Andrea Papagianis

City Moves Forward with El Camino Parking Lot THE LATEST: The San Clemente City Council voted Tuesday to move forward with plans to build a parking lot at the city-owned site along El Camino Real in North Beach despite the city’s recent loss of Beach Parking Impact Fee monies. The final shape of the lot, however, is still to be decided. Instead, the city will utilize $835,000 of approximately $1.2 million in a developSan Clemente Times April 3-9, 2014

City Councilwoman Lori Donchak, Housing Coordinator Denise Obrero, Lucy Dunn of the Orange County Business Council, National CORE President Steve PonTell and city principal planner Jeff Hook toss some dirt at the groundbreaking of the Avenida Serra affordable housing project Monday. Photo: Jim Shilander

a single access point with traffic coming in both directions in the lot was too reminiscent of other city projects with reputations for bad parking. Councilman Bob Baker, who voted against the project, called it a “terrible waste of money” that wouldn’t alleviate parking issues. FIND OUT MORE: For more on the proposal, visit—JS

La Pata Extension Breaks Ground Friday The San Clemente City Council declined to ban ecigarettes from city parks and trails, like the Forster Ridgeline Trail, Tuesday. File Photo

ers improvement fund created in 2005 with Talega developer fees. The money had been set aside to target North Beach revitalization. A preliminary plan prepared by the city provided 33 parking spaces, with one access point. The city’s proposal also included a decorative archway and other architectural features modeled after other city landmarks. Residents of the area said the lot was necessary. Don Slater said the North Beach Community Association was supportive of the proposal, calling it an important component to the future of North Beach with increasing business in the area. WHAT’S NEXT: The council voted 4-1 to move forward with the project despite having some concerns. Mayor Tim Brown said many features could be “value engineered” to be less costly or removed entirely. Council members Lori Donchak and Chris Hamm expressed concern that

THE LATEST: The long-awaited completion of Avenida La Pata, the road connecting San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, will finally break ground Friday. The $73 million project, which has been in the county’s transportation plans since the 1960s, will connect the road from its current terminus near Calle Saluda in San Clemente and the Prima Deshecha landfill in San Juan Capistrano. The sections are 2.27 miles apart. WHAT’S NEXT: The project will be completed in three phases. The first will close the gap between the two cities. The second and third phases will include road widening projects. The second and third phases are currently not funded. Work is scheduled to be completed in fall 2016. The groundbreaking will be held at 10 a.m. at Avenida La Pata and Calle Saluda.—JS

Avenida Serra Housing Project Gets Start THE LATEST: A project that had been on the city’s radar since 1998 is finally underPage 3

WHAT’S NEXT: The project will cost $7 million, of which the city’s share is $2.63 million, in addition to an $800,000 loan to purchase the property. John Seymour of National CORE estimates the project will take 15 to 18 months to build. The property will have a live-in manager and 18 units reserved for residents at 30 percent, 50 percent and 60 percent of the city’s average median income. Rents will range from $465 to $900 per month. Seymour said a recent search found an average 1-bedroom apartment in San Clemente cost $1,800 per month. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit—JS

Council Rejects E-Cigarette Ban in City Parks THE LATEST: Citing a lack of scientific data on the potential health effects of ecigarettes, the San Clemente City Council rejected a proposal to ban the devices in city parks, trails, beaches and other areas where regular cigarettes are currently banned. The Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission recently voted unanimously to approve the proposal. Three council members, Mayor Tim Brown, Bob Baker and Chris Hamm, however, said the lack of definitive scientific data about the effects of the devices on the users and the potential effects of secondhand use made the ban premature. Brown said prohibiting the devices was “a bridge too far,” especially when the Food and Drug Administration had yet to give any indication about any health hazards. WHAT’S NEXT: City staff said law enforcement feared the potential use of marijuana in similar devices if and when it was approved for recreational use in the state.—JS

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Trio of Scouts Achieve Eagle Rank Boy Scout Troop 113 of San Clemente recently held an Eagle Scout Court of Honor celebrating Patrick Miller, Alex Kline and Nicholas Welter. The event was held Sunday, March 23. Patrick Miller earned 21 merit badges and has held three leadership positions. For his Eagle Scout project, Miller built and installed six benches and a small garden at Palisades Elementary School in Dana Point commemorating four teachers who recently retired. The gardens serve as a waiting area for parents picking up their children from school. Alex Kline has earned 28 merit badges and held six leadership positions. Kline built a new display case for baseball trophies and other awards at San Clemente High School. The cases are located at the Little Theater. Nicholas Welter has earned 35 merit badges and held four leadership positions. His project, to design and build a 30-by-25foot “SJH” concrete logo at San Juan Hills High School sits next to the home stands, which students call “The Brand.”

San Clemente Island Chapter DAR Celebrates Local Veterans, Students Last November, the Daughters of the American Revolution’s San Clemente Island Chapter membership presented 14 Veterans with certificates of appreciation for their service. They were Navy veterans Everett James, Rod Magner and Mike Wiechman; Army veterans Manual Jurado, Daniel O’Conner, Ray Swanson; Air Force veterans Fred Butler, Thomas Kalen, Dana Murton, Donald Vanderlan; Marine Corps veterans Bob Bobst, Winston Goller, David Krisjanson; and Coast Guard veteran Lynn Smith. These veterans served a combined total of 124 years in the United States military. Smith received a U.S. Department of Transportation Advanced Certificate for Meritorious Service following Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Murton was Missile Combat Crew Commander during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Goller was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 12 Air Medals in Vietnam. He was also ejected over the Atlantic Ocean at 43,000 feet, without oxygen and waiting two hours in the water. Bobst received the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. The local DAR chapter also recognized local students who displayed dependability, leadership, patriotism and service to their community at Sarducci’s in San Juan San Clemente Times April 3-9, 2014


Avenida La Pata Groundbreaking Ceremony 10 a.m. Intersection of Calle

Saluda and Avenida La Pata. Orange County Public Works hosts the start of the connection between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. SATURDAY, APRIL 5

Salvation Army Donation Drive and Free e-Recycling Event Sponsored by

San Clemente Presbyterian Church and the Community Resource Center. 119 N. Avenida de la Estrella

San Clemente Boy Scout Troop No. 113 members Patrick Miller, Alex Kline and Nicholas Welter were recently named Eagle Scouts. Courtesy photo

Capistrano on March 12. Nicolas Salvini of San Clemente High School was among students who received the DAR Good Citizen Award. Salvini is the senior vice president of the Associated Student Body, was captain of the SCHS soccer team and volunteers as a bible school counselor at St. Edwards the Confessor Church. Salvini raised $15,000, participated in radio interviews and led lectures to build a well in Kenya through the Healing Hands Africa project. Emily Adams from Capistrano Valley High School, Danya Hu from Dana Hills High School and Brianna Samonte from San Juan Hills High School also received the Good Citizen Award. —Catherine Manso contributed to this report

Author Speaks to Parents on Addiction Issues Author David Sheff spoke to a crowd of parents and students at the San Clemente Community Center Tuesday. The writer of two books on addiction, Sheff focused on finding ways for families to prevent addiction and how to deal with the issues surrounding treatment. Visit for more on the event.

Pair Named to Asuza Pacific Dean’s List Two San Clemente residents, Dana Pernot and Andrew Shubin, have been named to the deans’ list at Azusa Pacific University for the Fall 2013 semester. To be eligible, students must earn a gradepoint average of 3.5 or better.

Author David Sheff speaks to a packed crowd at the San Clemente Communitty Center Tuesday. Photo: Andrea Swayne

HeartChase San Clemente Returning this May

San Clemente Churches Uniting for Easter Event Six San Clemente-based churches will host a cooperative Easter Sunday service April 20 at Vista Hermosa Sports Park, beginning at 6:30 a.m. The Easter Together event has 10 years of history. Different worship teams and pastors will provide music and share the sermons. The churches are mostly non-denominational. Participating churches include Calvary Chapel San Clemente, Heritage Christian Fellowship, South Coast Community Church, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship and Cornerstone Community Church.

San Clemente Presbyterian Church will serve as the host of the second annual HeartChase fundraising event for the American Heart Association Saturday, May 10. The event, which organizes participants into teams involves clues placed throughout the community and encourages activity. Teams are currently organizing for the event, which honors Tony Carbonara, who passed away in January 2013. Have something interesting for the community? Send your information to

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DANA POINT A former Dana Point youth minister who was arrested in Colorado last month and charged with the sexual assault of a child committed suicide March 24. Nicholas Henshaw, 35, of Fort Collins, Colo. was found dead in a Loveland, Colo. hotel, confirmed Stephen Hanks, a deputy coroner investigator with Larimer County. In February, the former-youth minister at Capo Beach Calvary Church, now Capo Beach Church, was charged with one count of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust but was out of jail on bail. In 2003, officials looked into suspicions that Henshaw had committed lewd and lascivious acts with a child, but due to a lack of evidence, no charges were filed.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO Antolin Brito, a 30-year-old San Juan Capistrano man, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving after a crash that killed his 5-year-old daughter and injured three of his other children on Saturday, March 22. Brito was arrested in his hospital bed at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, just hours after the accident that killed his daughter, Yuliana Brito, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock. The crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m. when Brito drove a Ford Explorer through the intersection of Junipero Serra Road and Camino Capistrano, into the parking lot of a senior community and down into an embankment, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.



All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website. The calls represent what was

Saturday, March 29 DISTURBANCE Via Vistosa, 2700 Block (11:56 p.m.) Dispatch received notice of “drunk kids” driving in a golf cart. DISTURBANCE- MUSIC OR PARTY Via Mango, 2000 Block (10:09 p.m.) A caller reported teenagers “smoking pot and drinking” out on a balcony.

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, March 31 DISTURBANCE Avenida De la Paz/El Oriente (3:30 p.m.) A caller reported four juveniles doing skateboard tricks in the middle of the street. The caller said they were nearly hit by several vehicles.

Heidi Perez, Teter Romero, Jacque Nunez and Adelia Sandoval sing a traditional Native song.

Embracing Heritage Celebration of Panhe Raises Awareness of Sacred Land STORY AND PHOTOS BY CATHERINE MANSO, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


ribal members from the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation came together with local community groups on Sunday, March 30 at the San Mateo campground at San Onofre State Park for a celebration of the continued preservation of the tribe’s coastal land. The Celebration of Panhe, which included tents, displays, artists and speakers, honored the protection of Native American land. Panhe, which means “place by the water,” is a historic, preserved and sacred village of the Acjachemen people and has been active for more than 8,000 years. The United Coalition to Protect Panhe and The San Onofre Foundation sponsored the event to educate the public on the culture and history of the Acjachemen people and the current dangers facing the village. The day was filled with prayers, songs, storytelling and dancing. Rebecca Robles, a board member of the San Onofre Foundation and co-director of the UCPP, is a lineal descendant of Panhe

Flautist William Cox plays for the crowd at Panhe.

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villagers. The goal of the event, she said, was to inform the community and preserve the numerous tribes and languages scattered throughout the state. “It’s an archeological district, a registered sacred site, and for us, it’s a traditional, cultural property,” Robles said. “We come back here and it would be the equivalent to Mecca or Jerusalem. It’s a sacred place for us.” Robles said tribal members and supporters were concerned about the proposed extension of the 241 Toll Road and its potential impact on Panhe. She hoped that through the involvement of the tribe and coalition, they would be able to protect their native land. “Doing events like this showcase who we are as a people and what our traditions are,” Robles said. The event has traditionally been held in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations. Teresa Romero, chairwoman of the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, said a number of the groups involved with the protection of the site had sprung into action to try and make the event happen earlier. “(The United Coalition to Protect Panhe) contacted other indigenous groups and community groups who are committed to the community and the preservation,” Romero said. “Everybody has a message here and it’s definitely worth hearing.” SC

SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE East Avenida Pico/Calle De Industrias (1:05 p.m.) A man wearing black pants and no shirt was seen rolling around in the grass. CITIZEN ASSIST Calle Pintoresco, 200 Block (11:46 a.m.) A caller reported someone had gained access to their office and deleted computer files. DISTURBANCE El Camino Real, 2700 Block (10:26 a.m.) A man, described as being 5 feet 5 inches tall and wearing a Lakers hat, bought a drink and threw it and his money at the door.

Sunday, March 30 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Campana, 600 Block (10:42 p.m.) An unknown individual threw eggs at a resident’s door. DISTURBANCE Camino De Los Mares, 600 Block (10:30 p.m.) A woman called from the parking lot at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center-San Clemente to report a man “yelling and running around.” He was described as wearing a white hoodie. WELFARE CHECK Camino De Estrella/Freeway 5 (7:48 p.m.) Officials were alerted to a person wrapped in a blanket and lying on the street. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle De Comercio, 2700 Block (3:06 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for a juvenile, wearing all-black, baggie clothes, who was seen drinking a beer. DRUNK IN PUBLIC Avenida Montalvo, 200 Block (2:38 a.m.) A drunken 5 foot 7 inch-tall blonde woman was seen trying to open different doors.

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DISTURBANCE- MUSIC OR PARTY Via Arboleda, 2700 Block (9:31 p.m.) Authorities were informed of someone playing pornography loudly on their television. 911 HANGUP-WIRELESS El Camino Real, 3600 Block (9:00 p.m.) A caller told officials that a man was trying to get inside his room. DISTURBANCE Avenida Del Mar/Ola Vista (7:15 p.m.) Twenty people were asked to leave a business because they were “out of control,” spraying silly string. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Via Carino/Camino Tierra Grande (1:02 p.m.) A juvenile boy, wearing a white Tshirt, black jeans and a rosary, claimed to be selling discount cards for the basketball team at San Clemente High School. When a person asked the boy questions, he did not provide any answers.

Friday, March 28 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Monte Vista, 100 Block (9:45 p.m.) A woman told sheriff’s deputies someone was trying to break into her front window. DISTURBANCE Gema/Calle Pastadero (9:19 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for three juveniles throwing rocks and sticks at passing cars. DISTURBANCE Camino De Estrella/INterstate 5 (5:33 p.m.) 5 Dispatch received notice of a group of juveniles with skateboards, breaking glass and taking a washer apart. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Calle Serena, 200 Block (12:20 p.m.) A man drove up to a resident’s house in a white GMC truck and proceeded to bathe himself in the bird bath.

Thursday, March 27 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino De Estrella. Camino Mira Costa (4:11 p.m.) A patrol check was requested for an individual hitting golf balls. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Presidio, 100 Block (11:51 a.m.) A caller asked to speak with a sheriff’s deputy to inquire about crime in the area. She said she was new to the state.


Farewell to a Pioneer of Fun

accessible toys than what was available on the market,” said longtime friend and fellow waterman Henry Ford.

Hobie Alter passed away March 29 leaving an undeniably significant mark on board sports and sailing culture BY ANDREA SWAYNE, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


ince the late 1940s, if an outdoor activity was fun and “happening” in southern California, it was happening somewhere near Hobie Alter. More than 65 years after he first began dabbling with making a better surfboard, it is safe to say his recent death will never erase the indelible mark he left on board sports and sailing culture. Nor will his memory fade in the hearts of family and friends. Hobart “Hobie” Alter, pioneer of the modern surfboard, proprietor of Southern California’s first surf shop and inventor of the Hobie Cat sailboat, died Saturday, surrounded by family, in his Palm Desert home. He was 80. Since being diagnosed with cancer five years ago, friends said Alter had also been battling a host of other health challenges. Even before official word of his death was posted on the Hobie company website, social media posts, text messages and phone calls alerted the surf and sailing communities of his passing and set off the exchange of fond memories. Friends and admirers converged online, in the shops and on the sand, “talking story” about the man credited with revolutionizing surf and sail. For many in south Orange County, remembrances included talk of interactions with Alter during one of his last public appearances. In December, he came out to a celebration for the release of his biography by Paul Holmes, Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves, at the Surfing Heritage and Culture Center in San Clemente. The event was attended by many surf industry icons, as well as Alter’s friends and fans who came to reminisce about the legend’s long and storied life. BUILDING A BETTER BOARD As chronicled in Holmes’ book, Alter’s revolutionary changes to the surfing and sailing industries began when he started shaping balsa wood surfboards in his family’s Laguna Beach garage in 1950. “I was just getting into surfing and some friends told me Hobie (Alter) was the guy to go to for a board. I went to his garage and we struck up a 60-year friendship,” said friend, fellow surfer and co-worker Wayne Schafer. “Every board I’ve ever had has been a Hobie.” Alter’s father grew weary of the sawdust mess in 1954 and helped the budding

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Hobie Alter. Photo: Leo Hetzel, Courtesy of SHACC

shaper open his Dana Point shop on Pacific Coast Highway. A shortage of balsa wood prompted Alter’s early experimentation into new materials and the transition to foam and fiberglass began. Alter and his friend and co-worker Gordon “Grubby” Clark developed a polyurethane foam that, when covered with a fiberglass shell, led to lighter, more high performance surfboards. The new method and materials also streamlined production and lowered costs. Clark was staying with Schafer at Schafer’s Poche Beach home on Beach Road at the time. Recovering from back surgery, Clark was bedridden when Alter asked for his help, knowing Clark had studied math and chemistry in college. “That’s how it all started, right here in my beach house,” Schafer said, while reminiscing in his home surrounded by walls covered with black-and-white photos of his surf adventures. “Grubby had nothing to do besides lying in bed reading and looking at TV, so he agreed to help.” Clark gave a Hobie a list of books to bring him from the library, and he began reading and studying the chemical properties of foam to use for surfboard blanks. “One night I was invited to a little shop Hobie and Grubby had rented in Laguna Canyon,” Schafer said. “We went at midnight because their experiments were top secret.” Schafer recounted how he helped the two pour cement into a broiler, purchased from a used marine dealer in San Pedro and then cut in half. The cement was poured over a surfboard form to make a mold, Schafer said. Steel fasteners were fabricated to Alter’s specifications at the local metal shop for use in holding the mold lids closed. “The cement and metal were necessary because when the foam expanded it kept blowing their wooden molds apart,” Schafer said. “I remember it vividly, how I was sworn to secrecy. ‘Wayne we can’t talk about this,’ Hobie would say.”

But later, when Alter began churning out the new surfboard technology, people did talk. Word got out and Alter’s little shop put the Dana Point/Capistrano Beach area on the map as a surfing mecca. Throughout his career, Alter’s ideas and innovations continued to shape and advance the surf industry. The invention of removable surfboard fins and his company’s early involvement in surf apparel led the Hobie brand to its place among the most successful surf industry brands of all time. A CAT THAT COULD ‘FLY’ In 1967, a love of sailing led Alter to apply his foam and fiberglass recipe toward building a lighter and more affordable sailboat that could be launched from the beach and handled by a single sailor. The result was the Hobie Cat, which according to the Hobie website, remains the world’s best-selling catamaran. Not only has the Hobie Cat remained wildly popular since its 1968 launch, the Hobie catamaran class of multi-hull sailboats is, to this day, the largest. And the Hobie regattas that kicked off around the same time the boats were introduced continue to draw thousands of participants each year. The Hobie Cat craze took off worldwide, said Schafer, who helped Alter launch this new sailboat to the masses. “We bypassed the yacht clubs and created our own class. This catamaran was for the average joe,” Schafer said. “Even without advertising, we scrambled to keep up with demand, but we had such fun doing it.” Alter’s continuous search for the next great plaything let him to make other design innovations including skateboards, a fly-fishing pontoon seat called a Float Cat and a remote controlled high-performance glider he called the Hobie Hawk. “Hobie always wanted toys to have fun with, but he wanted better and more

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SHARING OPPORTUNITIES AND STOKE The group of friends and collaborators surrounding Alter since the 1950s reads like a who’s who of legendary board shapers and creators of the surfing and sailing lifestyle—Corky Carroll, Mickey Muñoz, Dewey Weber, Phil Edwards, Walter Hoffman, Phillip “Flippy” Hoffman and many more. Alter was always surrounded by members of his generation’s close-knit tribe of watermen. One such compadre, Dick Metz, Alter’s friend of 65 years and business partner of more than 55 years, describes Alter as “unusual in so many ways.” “He would set his focus on something and put everything he had into it. It was like that with the Hobie Cat,” Metz added. “When it was too windy and cold to surf he set sights on making a boat so we could all go sailing. Then he just built it from scratch.” Alter was remarkably inventive, creative and intensely focused, Metz said of the man whose formal education ended with high school. “He didn’t have schooling for it and I often wondered how he knew how to do so many things. From designing things to building the machinery to fabricate his designs, it was like he was from another world.” After graduating from college, Metz was bartending at the Sandpiper in Laguna when Alter offered him the opportunity to manage his Hobie retail business, which by that time had grown to include 20 stores. “I’d probably still be tending bar if Hobie hadn’t come along and offered me that job. He gave so many of us opportunities, and for that I will be forever grateful,” Metz said. “He was a great friend and business partner. I can’t say enough about him and the legacy he leaves behind.” Although the Hobie brand eventually evolved into many separately owned entities for different product lines, the “Hobie family” Alter created still remains. Alter’s sons, Jeff and Hobie Jr., run Hobie Designs and manage the company’s licensing operations. “Many of the kids who started working for our stores during summer breaks or right out of high school, have grown into careers with Hobie,” Metz said. Alter was honored with a Surfing Industry Manufacturers Association Waterman Achievement award in 1993, was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 1997 and into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011. Not so much an inventor as a “perfector,” Alter made a career out of improving existing sporting equipment. If it looked like fun, he was all in. “Hobie was hell-bent on making things better. And if he was doing it, you could just about bet it was going to be the next big thing,” Ford said. “He did all the work and we had all the fun.” SC

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GUEST OPINION: City Council Corner by Bob Baker

Preparing for Warmer, Drier Days to Come City has made efforts to ensure water will always be available


other Nature forgot to declare winter on Southern California. This means we need to be prepared through warmer days yet to come. Though we in San Clemente live at the beach, we can’t forget much of California is a desert. Water is our most scarce and precious resource. The year 2013 was the driest year the state of California has ever experienced. In January, Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought. On March 18, the city of San Clemente declared a drought. Since then the city has asked residents and business owners to voluntarily conserve 20 percent of the water they use. Much appreciation goes to those who have already done so.

The year 2013 was the driest year the state of California has ever experienced. In January, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought. On March 18, the city of San Clemente declared a drought.

–Bob Baker

The city has also reduced its own water consumption by removing turf grass in key areas where it is non-functional and switching public parks over to recycled water. It is important to remember that

90 percent of our water is imported from other sources and some of that water is from Northern California. City resources (tax dollars) are now committed to extending the life CITY COUNCIL of our current supply of CORNER water by recycling it. As By Bob Baker you may have noticed, there is extensive work being done along our city streets to expand our recycled water system. This green initiative enables San Clemente to reduce its dependency on imported water from the Metropolitan Water District by approximately 8 percent. The recycled water will replace potable water now being used for irrigation purposes. It will also more than double the amount of recycled water produced at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. This is the third largest project ever undertaken by the city. Another major project and positive example of government taking care of its citizens is the Upper Chiquita Reservoir. This huge undertaking involved many jurisdictions and agencies, including San Clemente. The $53 million project, completed in 2011, was funded by the participating agencies—each contributing a percentage of the cost per water amounts reserved. The result was the construction of a reservoir to provide our region with

substantial new water reserves to meet customer demand during disruptions of water deliveries. These interruptions can be unanticipated, as we saw during a 1999 break in a primary supply pipeline. Sometimes they are planned, as when the Diemer Filtration Plant in Yorba Linda is shut down for maintenance. The goal for the reservoir is to provide more than 240 million gallons of water to serve 170,000 families in an emergency. Investing in innovative water recycling projects is one of the smartest investments our city can make. Thank you to our current City Council and members of our prior councils who played a role in supporting these long-term infrastructure projects. Thank you to the residents for your support and being conscientious in your water use. Unfortunately, droughts seem to be the new norm. It is wise for all of us to make our water conservation efforts a permanent part of our lives. I look forward to hearing your comments. I can be reached at Bob Baker was elected to the City Council in 2008. He served as Mayor from December 2012 to December 2013. SC PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the SC Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the SC Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at


I find it of great interest how the very same people who complained about a twostory parking lot are now the same ones complaining about a small parking lot. I think we have found the problem, the whiners that stop everything from being improved, then whine about it. You can paint a one-bedroom house any color you want, but you still have a onebedroom house. Those who said we just need it remodeled and it will be great got exactly what they ”thought” they wanted. The problem is they do not think very much. They do not create. They do not improve. They just whine. They whine about saving the Miramar and they have an eyesore forever. They whine about the nuclear plant and now we San Clemente Times April 3-9, 2014

are scratching for power and will be paying 25 percent more. We are a town and a state where guppies get water and farmers leave due to lack of water. Cheap trees are protected and views are destroyed. Where forests are allowed to be eaten by bugs and destroyed by fire for fear of killing insects. Where a freeway is gridlocked every day, dumping oils and trash in our waters, when a simple toll road would resolve it. We cannot have a Presidential library, but we got an outlet mall instead. The list is quite long, but most of the whiners have not been here very long to truly know what a great city this used to be. When you get ready to complain, I suggest you do so to the city management. They once told me that even if it is wrong, they do it because that is who pays them. I always thought you hired experts to do things you are not really qualified to do.

Join the San Clemente Times for Beachside Chat, Friday at 8 a.m. at Café Calypso. Beachside Chat is a spirited, town hall forum on community issues, hosted by SC Times editor Jim Shilander. All are welcome. Beachside Chat is held every Friday at Café Calypso, 114 Avenida Del Mar.

Then again, I think whiners feel if they grow a ponytail, they are environment specialists. If they used to surf a little, they are community leaders or if it is the biggest income producer in their history, it is worth lying to people.

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At the Movies: ‘Muppets’ Not Wanted


The List

What’s going on in and around town this week COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK

Thursday | 03 AN OCEAN ODYSSEY 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Ocean-inspired works by local artist John C. Hall on exhibit at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens. Admission $5. Runs through April 13. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, PIZZA PORT FUNDRAISER 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Raise money for San Clemente resident Sean Lynn, who was paralyzed in a car accident. Present the event flier and Pizza Port will donate 20 percent of all receipts back to HelpHOPELive to help Sean. Call or email to get a flier. 301 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.940.0005,

Friday | 04 FISH DINNER AT OUR LADY OF FATIMA 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Community dinner at McGowen Hall with a no host bar, beer and wine. Cost $7-$13, or $40 maximum per family. 105 N. La Esperanza, San Clemente, 949.492.4101, BIKRAM YOGA 6:30 p.m. San Clemente’s community yoga class meets the first Friday of each month. Drop in rate $5; proceeds donated to charity. 711 North El Camino Real,

As noted in the opening number of the latest Muppets extravaganza, Muppets Most Wanted is the puppet group’s seventh feature film since The Muppet Movie, 35 years ago. For a decade, there seemed to be a dry spell for the popular family performers before Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller brought them back with a bang in The Muppets (2011). Now the revamped hit franchise is back a second time with Stoller and James Bobin penning the less than stellar Muppets Most Wanted. After their ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. successful comeback in the last movie, the Muppets are lured into management by a seedy agent named Dominic Badguy (Ricky Gervais) who gets them gigs all across Europe. But the agent is secretly working with the “most dangerous frog in the world,” Constantine, a Kermit look-alike. The evil Constantine tricks Kermit into going into prison in his place and then takes over as leader of the “Muppet Show.” Tina Fey and Ty Burrell co-star. Celeb cameos include Christoph Waltz, Salma Hayek, Saoirse Ronan, Chloë Moretz and Tom Hiddleston. As usual, the Muppets promise family-friendly entertainment for all ages, but Most Wanted seems to be fit more for the younger crowd, as evidenced by underwhelming box office numbers. While a gag or two tickles the adult sense of humor, parents will find themselves sitting through an hour and 42 minutes of entertainment meant for kids. — Megan Bianco

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS 7:30 p.m. The Department of Theatre Arts at Saddleback College presents the musical with shows through April 12. General admission $15. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656, LORD OF THE STRINGS CONCERT 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Richard Smith and Julie Adams, national guitar champion and award-winning cellist, play for the concert series at the Dana Point Community House. Tickets $30. 24642 San Juan Ave., Dana Point, 949.842.2227,

Saturday | 05 NEW CO-OP GROCERY STORE 9 a.m. Stop by to learn about the first co-op grocery store in Orange County. Organizers of the San Clemente Community Market will be on hand to provide updates on the project and explain how the public can become involved. 1506 Calle Valle, San Clemente, 949.441.1266,

Sunday | 06

FAMILY FILM FEATURE 10 a.m. The family is invited to watch a fun movie at the library. Free admission and popcorn. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, WE ARE EARTH DAY FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The Ecology Center presents a celebration with live music, giveaways, food from Chipotle, hands-on activities and more. The program is aimed to increase awareness on how we can have a good impact on the Earth. Free. 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,


BIRD WALK 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Reserve docent and bird expert Tom Eastman leads the adventure observing resident and migrant birds at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Admission $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, VILLAGE ART FAIRE 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop and stroll downtown San Clemente where over 60 artisans offer fine arts, crafts and more. 100 block, Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.395.7008, FIRST SUNDAY BOOK SALE 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Books on a variety of topics are offered for sale at great prices the first Sunday of the month at San Clemente Library. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.276.6342, HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR 1 p.m. Meet at the Depot Platform for the Historical Society’s guided tour of San Juan Capistrano. Every Sunday. Cost $2-$4. More info: 949.493.8444,

Monday | 07 TRAIL CLEARING & WEEDING 7:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Spend time in the beautiful outdoors and volunteer to clear/ maintain trails at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy. Free. 949.923.2210, Photo: Andrea Swayne

San Clemente FarmerS market • aPrIl 6 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Bundles of flowers, fresh produce and much more every Sunday on Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine.

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

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SMOKEY KARAOKE 8 p.m. Your turn to get onstage at BeachFire. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Tuesday | 08 WHALE WATCHING 10 a.m., noon, 2:30 p.m. Half-priced whale watching with Dana Wharf. Tickets $22.50. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, DANA HARBOR TOASTMASTERS MEETING 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Practice becoming a confident communicator in a fun learning environment at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.441.6179,

Wednesday | 09 CASA KIDS STORY TIME 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Stories for kids at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens every Wednesday. Free admission. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, SNAKES 101 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free informative lecture at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. 949.489.9778, GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Food trucks gather at San Clemente High School. Benefit the SCHS Marching Band. 700 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.492.4165, For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to

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SC SC LIVING San Clemente


Saylor Soldiering On SCHS sophomore now home after battling leukemia BY JIM SHILANDER, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


aylor Voris thought nothing of the cold she’d caught the first week of school. As captain of the junior varsity cheer team at San Clemente High School, Voris powered through the cold to cheer at that week’s football game. “I figured it was just the start of school, lots of germs and stuff,” she said. That cold, however, turned into something that changed her and her family’s life. Over the weekend, Voris felt worse. Her throat ached and a mark had suddenly appeared on her leg, which her family thought might be a bug bite. She went to urgent care, but the doctors didn’t examine her throat or the bite. She was given antibiotics. Her mother, Konnie, said she slept with her daughter that night but the mark, and her symptoms, were getting worse. On Monday, Sept. 16, Saylor’s father John brought her to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in San Clemente. After a culture was taken, Saylor and Konnie were sent to Mission Hospital, where more tests were done. “At Mission, they told me she had leukemia,” Konnie said. Saylor was taken for her second ambulance trip of the day to Children’s Hospital of Orange County. “I had all my stuff ready for school. We were going to the ER and I figured they’d draw blood. I had all my school clothes and books,” Saylor said. Saylor said the next day was when the diagnosis really set in. “I was in shock,” she said. “I’d never spent a night in the hospital before. I’d broken my arm when I was little, but other than that… I woke up and really didn’t know where I was. I asked ‘Is this real?’” Konnie said she and her husband John felt the same way. “It felt like it was a nightmare and we couldn’t wake up,” Konnie said. “Every night we’d stay there, we would wake up and say ‘It’s not real,’ and every day, there we are and it is real.” Konnie said it was hard knowing that their son, Sam, was at home, often alone. Konnie and John were essentially living at the hospital, trading 48-hour shifts. While Sam would also visit his sister, there were points, like after her transplant, when her San Clemente Times April 3-9, 2014

Photo: Saylor Voris holds up the beads she’s earned over the course of her treatment for acute myeloid leukemia at Children’s Hosptial of Orange County. The beads signify different events in her treatment. Photo: Jim Shilander

It felt like it was a nightmare and we couldn’t wake up. Every night we’d stay there, we would wake up and say ‘It’s not real,’ and every day, there we are and it is real.

—Konnie Voris, mother of Saylor Voris

quarantine would not allow it. Saylor endured several rounds of chemotherapy and other treatment lasting 40 days, before she could go home for two or three days. Then it would be back to the hospital for treatment. Much of the time she didn’t spend being treated, she was essentially quarantined, due to the effect the treatment had on her immune system. Konnie said she could get violently sick, have mouth sores that made it difficult to eat or have her feet swell to the point it was difficult to walk. “It seemed that any side effect, the rarest, she got,” Konnie said. Saylor has 10 strings of beads that provide her with a physical remembrance of her story. Each bead marks a significant event, whether it be a night or holiday spent at the hospital, a day of chemotherapy treatment, or an injection. During the height of her treatment, “the bead lady” was the only one who might be able to visit her. “The prettier the bead, the worse the thing is,” Saylor said. The treatment itself, however, is not enough to save Saylor. Due to genetic mutation, the type of cancer she has required

a bone marrow transplant to fight off. After her fourth round of chemotherapy, a donor was found. She does not know the identity of the donor, a 22-year-old woman who donated adult stem cells. The donor has already sent a gift, but won’t be able to reveal her identity until Feb. 14, 2015. Saylor came home for good on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day. But a return to school, and a return to something resembling the old normal, will have to wait for several more months. Saylor is about half-way through a 100 day quarantine necessitated by the transplant. She’ll be on a restricted diet until then. It won’t be until 80 days later that she can again be around large groups of people. Her 180 day period ends Aug. 14, which happens to be her mother’s birthday. She still visits a clinic twice a week to check her heart and liver, as well as looking for signs her body might be rejecting the bone marrow graft. She still takes 60 pills a day to help combat that and other effects of the cancer, and she still has two lines in her body that must be cleaned regularly. “The big risk is that if that doesn’t take, we’d have to undergo a different transplant of some sort,” John said. “It’s a lot to do, but it’s worth it, to have her home,” Konnie added. That does entail sacrifice. The Vorises can’t have people over or go out to restaurants as a family. Administering Saylor’s pills, Konnie says, is itself stressful. “I’m always second guessing myself. I know I did it right,” Konnie said. “But in the beginning I’d go into her room in the middle of the night just to be sure she’s breathing.” In addition to the emotional and physical toll of the treatment, Saylor and Konnie

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said there’s also the constant reminders of what she’s missing out on. Saylor’s social media is flooded with reminders of friends’ 16th birthday parties and learning to drive, which she can’t be a part of. That’s in addition to the formal events lost, the dances missed and losing out on cheering at the Homecoming game. Her picture for the yearbook was taken at CHOC, before her chemotherapy treatments robbed her of her hair. “There’s a bunch of stuff that I’d really looked forward to,” Saylor said. “I’d already planned my whole 16th birthday party. And then I didn’t get to have it… I just want to go to the mall, I just want to go to the beach.” The Vorises say they’ve received tremendous support from their neighbors, the SCHS community and the city at large. John’s colleagues at the city of Orange Fire Department got their heads shaved to support all of the children in the oncology wing at CHOC. Neighbors have mowed their lawn, cooked meals and checked in on Sam while they’ve been away. Saylor also got to watch SCHS football games online and was able to Skype into the cheer team’s banquet during her treatment. The family is also encouraging residents to help others the way Saylor was helped. Over 1,000 people have already been added to the bone marrow registry as a result of Saylor’s fight, with a goal of signing up the entire city in mind. “Hopefully somebody actually gives in Saylor’s name because that will make it worth it for all of us,” John said. “We knew they probably wouldn’t be a match but it might save another kid.” Saylor said there are a couple of additional milestones she’s looking forward to. Her family has been involved for years in San Clemente’s Relay for Life, but will, for the first time, be seeing it from the side of the survivors. Saylor has her own team, “Saylor’s Soldiers,” to raise money for the American Cancer Society. She’s hoping to be well enough to make an appearance at the event, which will be held July 26 and 27, in order to share her story. She’s also looking forward to returning to school. A teacher at CHOC has allowed her to keep up with her courses. She’s wanted, desperately, to go back to school since the start of her treatment. “I’m going to go back junior year and start it all fresh and have a great year. And do everything that I didn’t get to do,” she said. That includes a return to cheer, as well. “I’m really looking forward to that, I love cheer,” Voris said. “That’s my sport, it’s what I love to do. It’s what I do every day. It’s my own little family that I have.” Her treatment has also given her a new goal. Saylor said she now wants to go into nursing, inspired by the example of the nurses who’d helped her through her treatment. SC

SC LIVING GUEST OPINION: Conscious Living by Meryl Gwinn

Absence Breeds Mindfulness Small, thoughtful changes can make all the difference


ecent rains have brought some much-needed relief from our epic drought. They also posed a sharp illustration of the absence, however intermittent, of a basic need like rainwater. Times like these call attention to life’s important essential elements and hopefully leave you considering personal choices. Below are some ways we might be more responsible for our health at home: FIRE Firing up leftovers? Microwaves work by causing water and fat molecules to vibrate, making food hot. Our bodies have a hard time understanding how to respond to these super-fast moving particles, and the nutrients in microwaved food have proven to have a marked negative effect on human blood. What comes out of the convenience machine is denatured matter that could possibly harm your system. Admittedly this is a controversial subject, and the microwave debate centers mainly on whether electromagnetic waves produce free radicals, which can interact with food, changing its chemical structure. But why take an unnecessary chance? If you must, reheat food in the oven or stovetop, or better yet avoid leftovers period. Fresh, living food contributes to an anti-inflammatory diet. Life equals life. AIR Don’t voluntarily pollute your home’s air. Switch out paraffin candles with beeswax or soybean. Petroleum-based candles—the most popular kind—emit chemicals like toluene and benzene. Petrol is non-renewable and the object of a consistent history of invasion and disruption of the world’s people and resources. Opt for organic incense or essential oils which are 100 percent pure and medicinal. Since many common items like hairspray, cleaning products and fake fireplaces all emit a certain amount of volatile organic compounds, ventilation is key. Open windows for cross-ventilation, and adopt purifying plants like peace lilies or English ivy to help filter stagnant air. Breathe easier and observe respiratory conditions, allergies and asthma improve. WATER Our water travels. The Northern Sierras, the Colorado River and local groundwater supply our drinking water. But mountain springs might also flow through sulfur, zinc or arsenic-laden formations and groundwater can pick up industrial contamination. This waste water is treated at facilities by separation, ferric chloride and bleach to name a few methods, but

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the end quality, although worthy of EPA standards, may be suspect. At The Waterhouse in Dana Point—a gem for pure, remineralized water and home filtration systems—I recently tested municipal tap CONSCIOUS LIVING water for Total DisBy Meryl Gwinn solved Solids (TDS) and compared the result to standards reported by the World Health Organization. Over 400 TDS was read. Healthy water will read around 50 TDS, evident of necessary minerals, where dead or distilled water will read near zero. Tap water is a cocktail of some natural occurring elements and about 300 other possible contaminants. Water from a No. 7 plastic water bottle yielded a 600+ TDS reading, which could reflect contaminants leaked from the container. Such contaminants could include bisphenol A, a chemical—believed by many to be a hormone disruptor—common in sports bottles, baby bottles and 5-gallon water jugs. Plastic products are marked with a number that describes its material. Plenty of research supports avoiding numbers 3, 6 and 7, as they denote the presence of harmful chemicals that may be leached. Bottles marked No. 1, 2, 4 and 5 are deemed “safer” plastics. Purchase a quality water filter for drinking and maybe one for your shower. Chlorine bleach and other chemicals are rapidly absorbed by the skin. Carry and utilize glass in your home and be mindful of how you use one of our most important elements. Visit The Waterhouse at 24671 La Plaza to be enlightened on all things water and water filtration systems. Although “toxic” may be the buzzword of the century, don’t let cynicism render you inactive. Tiny changes can make all the difference. The human body is incredibly resilient and able to heal given the right environment, food and care. The earth, with all its plants and cyclical perfection has the same intention, assuming we don’t take too much for granted. Namaste. May all beings everywhere be happy, healthy and free. Meryl Gwinn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and has studied yoga, health, food and humans around the globe. Gwinn welcomes reader feedback at SC PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community Picket Fence Media 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 Picket Fence Media. Information included in this column should not take the place of medical advice. Readers are encouraged to speak with a health care provider for questions regarding information about contaminants discussed here. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at

Photo: Jim Shilander

Stephen Darlington directs members of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Oxford University { I N S A N CL EM ENTE } Tuesday. The choir, which performed last weekend at Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, hosted the choirs of San Clemente High School, Tesoro High School, Dana Hills High School and the All American Boys Choir for workshops Tuesday.


Doheny Blues: Headliners Announced

Tickets now on sale for annual beach and blues event


n the coming weeks, more artists will be announced, but this year’s Doheny Blues Festival line-up is taking shape with Gregg Allman and The Doobie Brothers headlining Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, respectively. Rounding out this year’s festival will be Buddy Guy, Gov’t Mule, John Nemeth & The Bo-Keys, Vintage Trouble, The Mannish Boys Revue ft. Kid Ramos & Sugaray Rayford, James Cotton Blues Band & Friends, Keb’ Mo’, Charles Bradley & The Extraordinaires, Ruthie Foster, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bonis King, Nikki Hill, James Intveld & Rosie Flores and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale now at The annual event has brought blues to Doheny State Beach for nearly two de-

George Thorogood & The Destroyers perform last year during the 16th annual Doheny Blues Festival. Photo: Andrea Papagianis

cades. Past years have seen performances by Bonnie Raitt, John Fogerty, Al Green, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Etta James and the Roots Band, Chuck Berry, B.B. King, Little Richard and more. SC


Last week’s solution:

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

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ART GALLERIES San Clemente Art Association 949.492.7175 100 N. Calle Seville,

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Boys Lacrosse Edges Tesoro Following Tough Losses, Heads to Denver Playing against No. 3 ranked Corona del Mar last week, the San Clemente boys lacrosse team found themselves in a defensive battle that ended in a 4-3 loss. When the Tritons played host to top-ranked Foothill on March 29 eight days later, it was another close game, but one that saw both offenses firing on all cylinders. The Knights overcame an 8-5 halftime deficit, and got enough late goals to survive a potential upset in a 17-16 win over the Tritons. No. 5 San Clemente (6-2, 3-0 league) found their offensive groove in the second quarter. Foothill was able to build a 4-1 lead by dominating the faceoff circle, but once San Clemente and Will Bozarth found success in the spot, the Tritons went on a 5-0 run to take the lead. The Tritons got two goals from senior Collin Zines and Jack Renard and one from Torin Alm in the span of six minutes to take a 6-4 advantage. With the Tritons dominating possession in the second, Foothill was held without a shot on offense until just under three minutes to play before halftime. Foothill (7-1) answered in the third quarter with a run of their own. Led by junior attack Nate Marano the Knights

scored four unanswered goals to tie it up 9-9. Marano scored once and tallied an assist in the quarter. The game’s final 12 minutes was an offensive display that resulted in six lead changes and a combined 14 goals scored by both teams. San Clemente came back from being down 11-10 when Tritons senior attack Peyton Garret drove to the net, collected a pass from Renard and tied the game on a one-man advantage. Renard scored one minute later to give the Tritons the lead. Both teams committed multiple turnovers in the final minutes and exchanged blows until the score stood at 16-16. With just over one minute to play, Foothill’s sophomore attack Kevin Kodzis netted the game winner on a feed from Nick Matzek, ending the scoring barrage for good. “Our defense did not perform today. You look at the Corona del Mar game and we held them to four goals and our offense didn’t perform. Today our offense performed and our defense failed,” San Clemente head coach Mike Hutnick said. “It was a high scoring game and a shootout, it came down to the wire and there were too many turnovers, which has been our Achilles heel.” On April 1, the Tritons were able to cast off last year’s woes with an 8-7 comeback victory over league rival Tesoro. Tesoro defeated San Clemente twice last year en route to the South Coast League Title. Tesoro jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in the first quarter. The Tritons were able to rally and were led by senior Austin Streeter’s three-goal effort to seal the win. The victory puts the Tritons in the driver’s seat for the title in 2014. San Clemente will continue their tough stretch of games and travel over 1,000

San Clemente senior forward Bryce Kaminski was named the South Coast League MVP. Photo: Steve Breazeale

miles to face the No. 4 team in the west of the Under Armor Regional ranks, Arapahoe of Colorado, on April 8. From there, the Tritons will play Smoky Hill (April 9) and No. 1 Cherry Creek (April 10).

Tritons Soccer Players Earn All-League Honors Several San Clemente boys soccer players earned All-South Coast League honors recently. Senior forward Bryce Kaminski had a standout year and was named the league MVP. Kaminski proved himself to be a prolific scorer and netted 26 goals on the season. He scored a goal in all four of the Tritons postseason games and had a streak of 14 consecutive games, dating from Dec. 13 to Jan. 22, where he found the back of the net. Junior forward Blayne Martinez (20 goals, nine assists), senior midfielder Oscar Hernandez (five goals, eight assists), junior midfielder Santiago DiGiuseppe (four goals, 18 assists) and senior defender Dylan Struthers were all named to the league first-team. Senior midfielder Alek Cucuk, sophomore defender Kenneth Higgins, and junior goalie Cole Martinez were named to the second-team. Junior Matias Ledesma and senior Trent Shaw were given honorable mentions.

Singles Dominate for Tritons Tennis in Win Over Cougars

San Clemente defenseman Stone Sims and the Tritons boys lacrosse team are 3-0 in South Coast League play and will head to Denver next week to play elite competition. Courtesy photo

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Tritons came away with a 13-5 victory thanks in large part to a dominant performance from their singles players. The Tritons won eight of nine singles games, including sweeps from freshman Michael Bott and senior Nic Valko. Senior Matt Greenberg and Billy Whitaker earned the Tritons three points by sweeping their doubles matches. Kyle Darby and Caden Culp also won two doubles matches, rounding out the scoring for San Clemente.

Controversial Call Doesn’t Stop Tritons Baseball in Walk-Off Win Holding on to a two-run lead over Ayala in the top of the seventh inning on April 1, San Clemente pitcher Dylan Riddle threw a ball in the dirt that got past catcher Lucas Herbert, allowing one Ayala base runner to score. The ensuing throw back to home plate got past Riddle, who was covering the base, prompting another Ayala base runner to try for home. Herbert recovered, blocked the plate and applied a tag with the ball and the runner was called out. The Tritons thought they had secured a close, 8-7 win in the fourth round of the Anaheim Lions Tournament. But before they could celebrate, the call was reversed. A meeting between umpires resulted in a reversal of the initial call and an obstruction was slapped on Herbert, allowing the run to score and the game to continue. San Clemente would rally one inning later and score the winning run on an Ayala throwing error, ending the game for good. Both teams were set to play again on April 2. Results were not available at press time.


Sanden Wins Big in Rome

San Clemente hand cycle racer on her way to competing on all seven continents

Sanden celebrates on the podium at the 2014 Rome Marathon. Courtesy photo BY STEVE BREAZEALE, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


an Clemente’s Beth Sanden is on a mission to complete one marathon on all seven continents. Sanden, who is partially paralyzed from the waist down, has raced her custom hand cycle in several exotic locales in years past and on March 23, she officially checked Europe, her sixth continent, off her list. Sanden took part in the 2014 Rome Marathon and won her division, being offered a place on the winner’s podium at the end of the event. Sanden said that the environs for the Rome Marathon was unforgettable, but because of the ancient city’s history, it was not ideal for hand cycle racers.

“It was rough with those cobblestones. I felt like there were centuries of dirt flying up in my face,” Sanden said. “But it was amazing because it was Rome. We started at the Coliseum, went through the Vatican. It was just incredible some of the places they mapped out.” Sanden competed in the Los Angeles Marathon on March 9 and plans on traveling to race in the Boston Marathon on April 21. The only continent left for Sanden to compete on is Antarctica. The process of finding a way to race on the icy terrain has been difficult, but Sanden says she has secured a spot to race in a marathon there sometime in 2015. SC



he San Clemente adult recreation sports leagues are wrapping up their winter seasons and the playoffs are on the horizon. Here is a breakdown of the softball and soccer seasons with additional playoff information. Registration for the recreation department’s spring leagues is underway. For more information, visit CO-ED 7 v. 7 SOCCER The co-ed 7 v. 7 soccer league’s regular season ended on March 30. The playoffs are set to begin on April 6. Team SC will enter the postseason tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after compiling a 7-2-1 regular season record. Team SC was the season’s highest point-getter, with 22, narrowly edging out second-place Sand Pippers, who garnered 21 points. Team SC will face No. 8 seed Sporting Real FC in the first-round at 9 a.m. Sand Pippers will play No. 7 Slammers FC at 12 p.m. on the other side of the bracket. The

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championship will be decided on April 13. SOFTBALL The Tuesday men’s D League is already into the second round of their playoff tournament. The 1500’s earned the No. 1 seed and a bye into the second round, where they will play the winner of Got the Runs/Mound Hogs. Team Rip One was set to face Surf-NSluggers and Insanity was set to face Dirty Birds on April 1. Results were not available at press time. The Tuesday men’s D+ League championship was decided on March 25, and Sofa King came away with the hardware. Sofa King came into the tournament with a 4-5 overall record, but was able to defeat Sleeve of Wizards 9-8 in the first round and breeze past Coast Concrete 23-8 in the championship match. Dazed and Confused and Ole’s Tavern were set to play a best two out of three series on April 2 to determine the Wednesday men’s D+ League. Results were not available at press time. Dazed and Confused scored 58 runs in two playoff games to advance to the championship series. SC Page 28



All 100 golfers participating in the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club’s charity golf tournament attempt to putt their ball onto the green of the par-3 fifth hole at Monarch Beach Golf Links. Courtesy photo

Golf Tourney Benefits Pendleton Marines The Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club held its 22nd annual charity golf tournament on March 31 at Monarch Beach Golf Links in Dana Point to benefit local charities. Eight Marines stationed at Camp Pendleton and eight wounded warriors were honored and teed it up with 100 other

golfers for the event, which featured a scramble format tournament. Tournament highlights included several putting contests, including a challenge pitting all 100 golfers on the same green vying to putt their ball in the hole at the same time. A total amount of funds raised was not available at press time.

Combat Golf Tournament Set for June The Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group will host the popular Combat Golf Tournament at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club on June 2. The proceeds from the event will benefit the support group and their efforts in assisting members of the Fighting Fifth Marines out of Camp Pendleton and their families, as well as injured veterans. The tournament will feature dozens of active-duty marines and wounded warriors and provides golfers with several unique challenges to complete while on the course. Last year, the tournament featured a golf mine field on one of the fairways and contestants had to tee off wearing standard issue helmets and flak jackets on another. For more information on the tournament, visit

Tournament Win Propels Tritons Frosh/ Soph Volleyball to Win Streak The San Clemente frosh/soph boys volleyball team went undefeated at the Tesoro Tournament on March 15, and haven’t looked back since. The Tritons used the tournament win as a platform to many more. Since the tournament, they have beaten Fountain Valley and San Juan Hills. They are coming off a second-place effort at the Foothill Tournament on March 29, where they lost to Mira Costa in the championship game. The Tritons frosh/soph team includes: Zack Gardner, Michael Monier, Chris Ryley, Jake Seifert, Bryce Curtis, Jess Hunt, Keenan Cleaver, Andrei Elkins,

The San Clemente High School frosh/soph boys volleyball team celebrates their tournament win at Tesoro High School. Photo: Mark Gardner

Kyler Presho-Hartung, Kian Feiner, Miles Hamro, Sean Carroll, Jimmy Wilson and Kyle Merrill. The team is coached by Jack Iverson and Matt Hunt.

Tritons Football to Hold Youth Camp The San Clemente High School football program will be conducting the first ever Triton Football Academy, starting April 13. The clinics are geared to prepare middle school aged players for competition at the high school level. Attendees will take part in weight room exercises and football training on the field and will be coached by the Tritons varsity staff and several guest coaches. There are three scheduled sessions that will be held on April 13, April 27 and May 4. Cost for all three sessions is $60 or $25 for one day. For more information, visit San Clemente Times April 3-9, 2014

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Out the Door to Ecuador


Samantha Sibley

Local members of the Surfing America USA Surf Team travel to the ISA World Jr. Championships BY ANDREA SWAYNE, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


our local members of the Surfing America USA Surf Team left for Ecuador Monday to represent the United States at the International Surfing Association World Junior Championships, set for April 5-13. San Clemente-based surfers Griffin Colapinto, Malia Osterkamp and Tia Blanco, along with Jacob Davis of Capistrano Beach, departed from LAX feeling prepared and excited to meet their teammates from elsewhere in California and from the East Coast in Salinas, Ecuador for the event. The four local athletes were accompanied on the trip by team manager and Surfing America Executive Director Greg Cruse, also from San Clemente. Cruse commended this year’s group, referring to them as a super talented and cohesive team. “They truly are a team and will work together to keep each other performing at their peak,” Cruse said. “We are super excited to be on our way to Salinas to begin our quest for gold.” The local contingent will be joined by fellow Californians Kanoa Igarashi (Hun-

RESULTS Western Surfing Association Championship Tour, Event No. 9, March 29-30, Dana Point, Salt Creek Beach MICRO GROM BOYS/GIRLS U9: 2. Dane Matson, San Clemente; 5. Conan Craig, San Clemente; 6. Makai Bray, San Clemente. BOYS/GIRLS U10: 3. Bane Corbett, San Clemente; 5. Brayden Burch, San Clemente; 6. Dane Matson, San Clemente. BOYS U12: 1. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 2. Sebastian Mendes, San Clemente; 3. Kai McPhillips, San Clemente; 4. Taj Lindblad, San Clemente. BOYS U14: 1. Ethan Mudge, Capistrano Beach; 2. Shane Hardy, San Clemente; 3. Noah Hohenester, San Clemente; 4. Kade Matson, San Clemente; 5. Sebastian Mendes, San Clemente. BOYS U16: 1. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente; 2. Curran Dand, San Clemente. BOYS U18: 3. Lucas Taub, Dana Point; 4. Brighton Reinhardt, Dana Point. GIRLS U12: 1. Kirra Pinkerton, San Clemente; 3. Samantha Sibley, San Clemente; 5. Malia Mauch, San Clemente. GIRLS U14: 4. Cameron Duby, San Juan Capistrano; 5. Kirra Pinkerton, San Clemente. GIRLS U16: 3. Bethany Zelasko, Dana Point; 5. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente GIRLS U18: 2. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; 4. Kirra Pinkerton, San Clemente. BOYS LB U14: 2. Ricky Fodor, Dana Point; 4. Jimmy Wynne, San Clemente. GIRLS LB U14: 1. Cameron Duby, San Juan Capistrano. GIRLS LB U18: 3. Emmy Lombard, San Clemente; 4. Kyla Kelley, Capistrano Beach; 5. Cameron Duby, San Juan

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Local members of the Surfing America USA Surf Team (L to R) Griffin Colapinto, Malia Osterkamp, Surfing America Executive Director Greg Cruse, Tia Blanco and Jacob Davis, gathered at LAX Monday on their way to Ecuador for the ISA World Junior Championships. Courtesy photo

tington Beach), Nic Hdez (Santa Cruz), Jake Marshall (Encinitas), Nolan Rapoza (Long Beach), Frankie Harrer of Malibu. East Coast team members are Daniel Glenn from Florida, South Carolina’s Luke Gordon and Maddie Peterson of New Jersey. The team is coached by Ryan Simmons and Micah Byrne. Shortly after arriving at their destination on Tuesday an 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit Chile, triggering a tsunami alert in Ecuador. “The tsunami warning definitely got our blood flowing,” said team videographer Justin Jung of San Clemente. Team members, coaches and chaperones were a bit shaken, but after the “all clear” was given, everyone relaxed and re-set in preparation for the event. The contest will be broadcast live at SC

Capistrano; 6. Teresa O’Connor, San Juan Capistrano. MEN 18-29: 3. Ricky Lovato, San Clemente. MASTERS 30-39: 6. Jimmy Bray, San Clemente. SENIOR MEN 4049: 4. Jeff Jones, San Clemente. LEGENDS 50+: 3. Rick Toohey, Dana Point. 5. John MacPherson, Dana Point. OPEN MEN: 1. Cody Canzoneri, San Clemente; 2. Kei Kobayashi, San Clemente; 5. Randy Gilkerson, San Clemente. OPEN WOMEN: 1. Malia Osterkamp, San Clemente; 6. Kloee Openshaw, San Clemente. OPEN MEN LB: 4. Cody Canzoneri, San Clemente; 6. Kaimana Takayama, San Clemente; OPEN WOMEN LB: 1. Cameron Duby, San Juan Capistrano; 3. Kyla Kelley, Capistrano Beach; 6. Lexi Morgan, San Clemente. SR. MEN LB 40+: 1. Eric Rendon, San Clemente; 3. Michael Takayama, San Clemente. Scholastic Surf Series Event No. 4, Orange County High School and Middle School, March 22, Huntington Beach, Goldenwest Street Team and local finishers only. MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM: 1. Shorecliffs 251; 2. Thurston 181; 3. Bernice Ayer 125; 4. Marco Forster 110; 5. Vista del Mar 89; 6. Niguel Hills 67; 7. Don Juan Avila 50. MS BOYS: 1. Noah Hohenester, Bernice Ayer; 2. Curran Dand, Shorecliffs; 3. Ethan Mudge, Shorecliffs; 4. Gunner Day, Shorecliffs; 5. Gus Day, Shorecliffs; 6. Noah Atwood, Shorecliffs. MS BOYS LB: 1. Gus Day, Shorecliffs; 3. Keith Christl, Bernice Ayer; 4. Noah Atwood, Shorecliffs; 5. Ricky Fodor, Marco Forster; 6. Jared Bernier, Bernice Ayer. MS GIRLS: 1. Bethany Zelasko, Shorecliffs; 2. Alexxa Elseewi, Bernice Ayer;

SURF FORECAST Water Temperature: 58-61 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: 6-8’ poor Immediate: Healthy west/northwest swell mix fades on Thursday, blending with a modest dose of peaking south/southwest swell. Decent-size surf in the waist-chest-shoulder high (3-4’+) zone prevails at better exposures, as top breaks see plus sets. Conditions are much improved from earlier in the week with calm to light offshore morning winds, before an afternoon sea-breeze develops. Size is down a notch for Friday as our blend of swells fade, but nice conditions continue for the morning with a fun combo running for the beachbreaks. Longer Range Outlook: Fun blend of new southwest and west/northwest swells is on tap for the weekend, with favorable morning conditions looking likely. Check out for details.

4. Lily Benjamin, Marco Forster; 5. Rachel Hall, Marco Forster; 6. Zoe Mortensen, Shorecliffs. MS GIRLS LB: 1. Cameron Duby, Marco Forster; 2. Alexa Ross, Vista Del Mar; 5. Kendal Osorio, Marco Forster; 6. Alexxa Elseewi, Bernice Ayer. MS COED BODYBOARD: 1. Noah Hammond, Shorecliffs; 3. Nick Furlotte, Shorecliffs; 4. Gavin Pellkoffer, Vista Del Mar; 5. Jason Parsons, Vista Del Mar; 6. Jeremiah Verhines, Marco Forster. HIGH SCHOOL TEAM: Tesoro 54 def. JSerra Catholic 39; El Toro 45 def. St. Margaret’s Episcopal 31. HS MEN: 1. Will Doudna, St. Margaret’s; 2. Colin De La Pena, JSerra; 3. Liam Galligan, J. Serra Catholic. HS MEN LB: 1. Harrison Hewiss, JSerra; 3. Alex Kamgar, St. Margaret’s. HS WOMEN LB: 4. Bri Hagan, JSerra. HS COED BODYBOARD: 2. Sean Galligan, JSerra; 3. Chriss Prynn, St. Margaret’s. For full results, see

UPCOMING EVENTS April 12-13: WSA Championship Tour, Event No. 8, rescheduled, Oceanside, South Harbor Jetty April 19-20: NSSA Open, Event No. 9, Oceanside Harbor, South Jetty April 26-27: NSSA Open, Event No. 10, San Onofre State Park, Upper Trestles May 10-11: WSA West Coast Championships, San Onofre State Park, Church Beach May 15-18: NSSA West Coast Championships, Huntington Beach, Pier May 31-June 1: Surfing America Prime, Event No. 6, Oceanside, Harbor North Jetty (New date)

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Samantha Sibley. Photo: Sheri Crummer

Age: 11, Shorecliffs Middle School We caught up with Samantha Sibley Sunday at the Western Surfing Association Championship Tour event at Salt Creek in Dana Point. Despite challenging conditions, she was ripping and the judges awarded her efforts with a solid 8.0 score. She eventually earned a thirdplace finish in Girls U12 shortboard and now sits solidly at No. 3 in the ratings. Following is a quick Q&A with the talented sixth-grader. Dream surf trip: “I would start in Hawaii and visit all the islands and surf all the great spots there. Then I would fly to Indonesia and travel by boat to all the islands.” Favorite after-surf grinds: “My homemade acai bowls with agave and coconut.” Board and shaper: “I ride a 4’9” Byrne. It’s really fast and floaty. It’s easy to paddle into waves and at the same time it’s high-performance and easy to turn.” Sponsors: “Jack’s Surfboards and my mom and dad.” Favorite school subject: “I like history because I like learning about our past. I just find it really interesting.” Music: “Katy Perry. I really like her.” Television: “Ridiculousness.” Book: “Divergent. I loved the book but the movie was a big disappointment.” Surf heroes: “Lakey Peterson because she’s young and really determined. She never gives up. I also like Lisa Andersen. She’s really nice.”

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