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Flower Power

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The seating area of the Calle Akelia home on this year’s San Clemente Garden Tour is surrounded by many plants native to California. Watch where you step, as turtles and tortoises roam freely throughout the backyard. Photo: Eric Heinz

Toll Roads: What You Need to Know from Last Week EYE ON SC/PAGE 3

SCHS Golfer Pak Takes Second at Regional CIF-SS SPORTS/PAGE 15

Founders’ Cup: Are Wave Pools Really the Future of Surfing? SURF/PAGE 18


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LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING detailed data collection, methods of the study and more statistics are published. In March, IBI presented its overall findings regarding The Toll Road estimated traffic in South Orange County. It showed constructing a toll road under the TCA’s proposals would have little to no effect on traffic. When the city’s study results were presented to the TCA on Thursday, most of the Joint Board was not satisfied with the presentation. Fred Minagar of Laguna Niguel and the chairman of the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency said he would rather examine the study when it’s completed and approved by San Clemente, but he also said there were many details of the study that, citing his 35-plus years’ experience as a traffic engineer, he would like to see included. WHAT’S NEXT: IBI officials said they would present the final draft of their traffic study when it is published and accepted by the city of San Clemente.

Lou Leto, farthest left, is confirmed by San Clemente City Council as the 2018 Wall of Recognition honoree on Tuesday, May 15. Photo: Eric Heinz

What’s Up With... Five things San Clemente should know this week City Council Recognizes Lou Leto, 2018 Wall of Recognition Honoree THE LATEST: Longtime member of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) under the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), Lou Leto was named the 2018 honoree for the city’s Wall of Recognition. The honor is given as a “citizen of the year” type of award. WHAT’S NEXT: Leto’s name will be inscribed on the wall that is located within City Hall. —Eric Heinz

All Things Toll Road from this Week THE LATEST: The May 10 meeting of the Joint Board of the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) revealed the tense nature of the issues regarding the potential construction of a toll road through San Clemente and South Orange County. Between the dozen or so public speakSan Clemente Times May 17–23, 2018

ers, a director getting into an argument with one of the speakers and constant finger-pointing rhetoric from the dais all but foreshadowed that this issue probably won’t be solved by the powers that currently be—they’ve been at this for more than two years and faced off against one another in past decades, and in all cases, both sides have presented wildly conflicting data. Two boards combine to make the Joint Board, the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (F/ETCA) and the San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency (SJHTCA). Directors are City Council members appointed to the boards by their respective cities. At the May 15 San Clemente City Council meeting, city attorney Scott Smith made note that the Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, May 22 will vote on whether to keep the 241 extension (the mouth of the toll road that is proposed to go through San Clemente) in its transportation master plan, as the city and the TCA settled on a portion of an ongoing lawsuit related to the proposed roads. • TCA JOINT BOARD CRITICIZES SAN CLEMENTE’S IBI STUDY PRESENTATION THE LATEST: IBI Group representatives came to the TCA meeting on May 10 expecting a cold welcome, and that’s what they received. The IBI study is awaiting San Clemente City Council approval before the

• COALITION TO SAVE SAN CLEMENTE FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST TCA’S OSO BRIDGE APPROVAL THE LATEST: On Wednesday, May 9, the Coalition to Save San Clemente (CSSC) filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court asking the court to order the TCA to revisit public meetings regarding the Oso Bridge project, which is the gateway to construct the 241 southbound. “The suit alleges that the defendants failed to provide adequate public notice and opportunity for the public to comment prior to issuing approvals for the Oso Bridge project that will connect the 241 Toll Road to Los Patrones Parkway,” a press release stated. “The suit also alleges that the Bridge Addendum was never formally approved by Transportation Corridor Agencies or Caltrans.” WHAT’S NEXT: The objective of the lawsuit, according to the Coalition, is to have the Oso Bridge project approval ruled as void and to stop any other projects related to the bridge until compliance, in its view, has been reached. • TOLL ROAD CEO RECEIVES 5-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION, RAISE THE LATEST: Some considerable objections to giving a raise and contract extension to Mike Kraman, the CEO of the TCA, were met with rebuttals of praise from the agencies’ board members for the work he’s done in the last four years. The Joint Board voted, with directors Kathy Ward and Steve Swartz of San Clemente and Brian Maryott of San Juan Capistrano dissenting, to extend Kraman’s contract for another five years and Page 3

approved an annual raise of 6 percent from his 2017 base salary. Kraman’s base salary at the time was $249,600. According to Transparent California, his entire compensation, including benefits and retirement, was more than $416,000 in 2017. Although the city representatives from municipalities in the crosshairs of the TCA’s new toll road proposals said Kaman has been adversarial in tackling these issues, other directors said they wouldn’t judge him for actions that were made by the board and not by the CEO. WHAT’S NEXT: The board has the authority to terminate Kraman’s contract at any time, but as of now he is contracted through 2023. Kraman initially joined the TCA as a traffic engineer. • SPITZER ANNOUNCES OPPOSITION TO TOLL ROAD IDEA 14 (THROUGHPASS) THE LATEST: According to a press release from the office of Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer on May 11, the third district representative announced his opposition to Toll Road Proposal Idea 14, the proposal that would be constructed directly through San Clemente. The press release did not state Spitzer was opposed to any of the other seven proposals of traffic relief (four of which are for toll roads) still being studied by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), which administers The Toll Roads. The release said Spitzer believes this specific toll road would “negatively impact San Clemente,” the release stated. Spitzer also serves on the TCA’s Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor board and the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). The areas where the proposed Idea 14 would be constructed is in OC Supervisor Lisa Bartlett’s fifth district in the south. WHAT’S NEXT: Via email communication through Spitzer’s office, he said he has not opposed any other alignments at this time. Spitzer said his motivation to oppose Idea 14 was because of the massive amounts of public comments and emails he’d received from people in San Clemente. “Supervisor Spitzer is looking at all options with an open mind, but he will not be voting on any toll road that disrupts communities,” his communications specialist wrote in an email. Supervisor Spitzer emphasized the need for TCA to work with San Clemente in finding solutions and to remove Proposal Idea 14 from the table, his press release stated. —EH (Cont. on page 4)

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New Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Storage Bill Passes House THE LATEST: Although this isn’t the be-all, end-all piece of legislation that would ensure spent nuclear fuel could be moved to another location other than San Onofre, it’s a major step in the process. On May 10, the U.S. Congress passed a bill that would reestablish Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste holding facility and allow for licensing to take place, create a program for temporary storage of the fuel and holds the Department of Energy accountable for such actions, as it is the federal branch responsible for all spent nuclear fuel. The bill, H.R. 3053, was championed by Republican Rep. John Shimkus, IL-15, and co-sponsored by San Clemente’s Republican Congressman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-49. Issa has another bill that is of his own design that would amend Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 (NWPA) to allow for temporary storage until the federal government finds or establishes a permanent repository. As of today, spent nuclear fuel cannot be stored in temporary locations due to provisions in the NWPA. WHAT’S NEXT: The bill would also give the secretary of the DOE the ability to prioritize facilities that currently house the

fuel or construct a new site if it’s financially prudent. This is not a decision likely to sit well with Nevada. It was then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, who pushed for the closure of the site in 2010 after it was de-funded by the Legislature. A concession buried in the new bill’s text is that the secretary of the DOE needs to find a way to avoid transporting the spent nuclear waste through Las Vegas to Yucca Mountain. The incident of faulty steam generators didn’t take place at SONGS until 2012 and the power plant wasn’t announced closed until 2013. The bill’s vote, which passed with 340 representatives in favor and 72 against, included all three representatives (two Democrats and one Republican) from Nevada voting no. The bill will have to be scrutinized by a Republican-heavy Senate that has pushed for storage of spent nuclear fuel since President Donald Trump took office and put a $120 million price tag on finding solutions for storing the fuel. —EH

Short-Term Rentals Amendment Causes Furor among Stakeholders THE LATEST: Following a special meeting on May 9 conducted by City Council

on the issue of short-term lodging units (STLU) and short-term apartment rentals (STAR), representatives passed an amended ordinance on Tuesday, May 15. The amendments stem from a lawsuit against the city of San Clemente by the Vacation Rental Alliance. The changes include implementing a 300-foot buffer between each STLU and STAR, but also creating areas in North Beach, the Pier Bowl, an area around Avenidas Montalvo and Lobiero, portions along S. El Camino Real and the downtown area. No changes were made to parking requirements; STLU and STAR owners will have to use the parking that’s already available to them. The argument for the last two years from proponents of STLUs is that the city should only punish people who cause distress for their neighbors, and some said that this was a primary mean of income for either retirement or savings. Some of the proponents who had operated STLUs in the past fell outside the city’s newly created areas where they’re allowed. Opponents have criticized STLUs as outof-place, saying such operations belong in business districts, where people vacationing won’t disturb residents in their own neighborhoods. WHAT’S NEXT: There are some areas in the ordinance that would be given an eight-year grace period to operate. After

that, they would have to cease operations. The city is now collecting hotel nightly taxes on the businesses just as it does with its established lodging businesses. Short-term renting is defined by the city as living in a location for 29 days or fewer. —EH

City Opens Survey for Beach Trail Use THE LATEST: The city of San Clemente’s Beaches, Parks and Recreation Department will conduct a survey of beach trail use. Trail users can expect to see recreation division staff on the trail throughout the day from May 21-29 at various times and locations along the trail. The beach trail was ranked as the highest priority and the city’s most popular recreation amenity based on feedback from the public during the compilation of the Beaches, Parks and Recreation master plan, which was completed earlier this year. WHAT’S NEXT: The findings from the survey and study will be presented at the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on June 7 in City Council Chambers, located at 100 Avenida Presidio. For more information, contact the Beaches, Parks and Recreation Department at 949.361.8237. The survey can be found at www.sanclemente. org/beachtrailsurvey. —Staff


Community Meetings SUNDAY, MAY 20

DEL MAR FARMERS’ MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Bundles of flowers, fresh produce and much more every Sunday. Avenida Del Mar. MONDAY, MAY 21

CITY BUDGET MEETING 4 p.m. The city of San Clemente and City Council will review next year’s budget items at a public meeting. City Council Chambers, 100 Avenida Presidio. 949.361.8200. TUESDAY, MAY 22

MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Intended for ages 12-18, students will learn about mental health and receive certified training. The event is May 22 and 29, and students must attend both meetings to receive certification. No cost to attend. Boys & Girls Club of the South Coast Area, 1304 Calle Valle, San Clemente. 310.948.1758. SUNRISE ROTARY 7:15 a.m. San Clemente Sunrise Rotary meets every Tuesday at Talega Golf Course Signature Grille. 990 Avenida Talega. www. BECAUSE I LOVE YOU MEETING 6:30-8:30 p.m. Meets every Tuesday. Because I Love You (BILY) helps parents find solutions to any crisis they are experiencing due to their children’s (adult or minor) poor choices. Presbyterian Church. 119 Avenida De La Estrella. WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

SAN CLEMENTE ROTARY Noon. The San Clemente Rotary meets every Wednesday at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course Wedgewood Restaurant. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena. 949.233.7981. THE MARKET AT NORTH BEACH 4-8 p.m. Food vendors, craftspeople and live music is all available at the Market at North Beach. 1832 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.361.8264.

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Girls Host Lemonade Stand to Help Local Man Bound to Wheelchair A group of local girls, aged 7-8, hosted a lemonade stand to help raise money for the Schenkenberger family. Steve Schenkenberger is a local who grew up in San Clemente. He was struck by a drunk driver, leaving him with traumatic brain injury. Schenkenberger has five boys, all under 10 years old. The group raised $255 for Schenkenberger and his family, and an anonymous donor matched their efforts. “The girls were able to see firsthand the love strangers have for one another in this town,” said Shannon Mills, who provided the photos from the event. “There were so many people who stopped and donated, one person even emptied her whole wallet out. Although the girls wanted to help this family, the Schenkenberger’s ended up helping the girls more so. Lori, Steve’s wife, was such an example of faith and love to all of us.”

Weeklong Campaign Seeks to Assist Veterans The Albertsons Companies Foundation will host an in-store fundraising campaign in May benefiting Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) Bob Hope Veterans Support Program, which assists veterans transitioning from the military to civilian careers. During a weeklong campaign from May 23-29, Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions shoppers throughout Southern California will be asked to make donations in support of the program via the pin pad at registers, with 100 percent of the donations going directly to ESSC. Over the past decade, The Albertsons Companies Foundation has raised more than $10.5 million for ESSC services, $2 million of it specifically through the Veterans Campaign, according to a press release. The Bob Hope Veterans Support Program provides one-on-one employment services as well as referrals to other resources to meet the unique needs of military personnel and veterans transitioning out of the military into a civilian job, starting their own small business or pursuing higher education. Since launching in 2014, the program has served nearly 1,100 veterans and families with employment support and referrals to other resources, placing more than 600 into civilian positions and 83 into degree-seeking education opportunities. Free to veterans, who do not need to have a disability to participate, the program was launched with a generous seed grant from The Bob Hope Legacy. Veterans or potential employers interest-

Several local girls got together to host a lemonade stand to benefit the family of Steve Schenkenberger, a father of five boys who lives with traumatic brain injury. Photo: Courtesy of Shannon Mills

ed in learning more about the Easterseals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program may visit or call 760.737.3990.

Deadline for Paint San Clemente Event is June 2 Pain San Clemente, a plein air painting event for local artists, will take place from June 23-July 1 around the city of San Clemente. Registration to enter a work of art into the event is due by Saturday, June 2. All events for this exhibit are free unless noted. Tickets to the awards reception and exhibit on June 30 at the gallery are $15. For information regarding Pain San Clemente, contact San Clemente Art Association at 949.492.7175 or find them on Facebook. For more information regarding Pain San Clemente registration, contact Mary Scott at 858.663.4054 or at www. The San Clemente Community Center is located at 100 N. Calle Seville.

Computer Instructors Wanted for Cyber Café The Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Recreation Foundation formed its Cyber Café 18 years ago to introduce the city’s senior population to computer technology and to obtain email addresses to utilize the new desktops and other updates. Within the next few weeks, the Cyber Café will move to Vista Hermosa Sports Park into the Aquatic Center Friends Room to accommodate more courses and students, including those who can bring their own portable computers. However, what is missing are instructors. Accordingly, the computer staff is searching for volunteer instructors, tutors and coaches with reasonable computer backgrounds, who will be able to gain reasonable practical experience in its new center. Founda-

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tion Director Dan Fineberg and his staff will provide training for volunteers. If interested, call 949.276.8866 or email

La Pata Extension Complete Orange County Public Works announced that after four years of construction, the Avenida La Pata Extension Project is complete. This was the largest roadway project in the department’s history, according to a press release. Newly completed lanes as part of the project’s widening phase were opened for public use on April 26, with crews continuing to perform minor cleanup activities over the coming weeks. OC Public Works and its contractor, Sukut Construction, began construction of the project’s first phase, the 2.27-mile “gap connector” in April 2014, where crews excavated and relocated approximately 900,000 cubic yards of refuse within the county’s Prima Deshecha Landfill and moved approximately 14.8 million cubic yards of soil. That connection was completed in August 2016, providing a direct route between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano, Rancho Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch and other neighboring communities. The $136 million project was funded through a combination of funding sources from Rancho Mission Viejo, Communities Facilities Districts, State Measure M and Proposition 1B Funds, the La Pata Road Fee Program, OC Waste & Recycling, County Road Fund (State gas tax allocation) and utility reimbursements. The Orange County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted in December 2013 to authorize the construction of all three phases for the Avenida La Pata Extension Project. Have something interesting for the community? Send your information to by Monday the week of publication.

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It’s Great that We’ve Saved, Now We Have to Keep


he San Clemente Historical Society has a long record of successfully leading the preservation of our cultural history including several major structures of significance. Saving and restoring historic structures such as Casa Romantica, The Casino, Ole Hanson Beach Club and now the Miramar project is gratifying. However, saving the buildings is not enough. It is also incumbent upon us all to actively support those businesses and organizations that appropriately operate those facilities. Why keep the HISTORICAL buildings if we can’t use HAPPENINGS By Tom Marshall them? Many hurdles must be cleared by those who wish to operate in a historic structure including financing, massive paperwork, legal issues and approvals from several government agencies. For example, the community wanted the Casino to be used as it was originally designed as an event center. When artists Linda Sadeghi and her husband bought the Casino nine years ago, the private

event business was new to them, but out of love and respect for the property, the Sadeghi’s learned and persevered. “It has been a true joy to not only own this architectural beauty, but to build the business within. Happy to report…the business is stabilized and flourishing,” Sadeghi said. Last year, Sadeghi was able to indulge her passion for jazz by offering low-cost jazz performances every other Thursday evening, thus showcasing the music from the Casino’s heyday. “We don’t look for profits there, but I love reviving the history of live music seaside,” Sadeghi said.

Fortunately, the “community was supportive and that support has continued to grow as our exhibitions and programs have increased in ways we could hardly imagine at the beginning.

Ruth DeNault, Casa Romantica

The preservation of Casa Romantica became a community-wide obsession in the early 1970s. Propelled by a $1.25 million anonymous contribution, the aging property was brought back to life as a community cultural center. Still owned by the city, but operated by a nonprofit board of directors and staff, the Casa has fulfilled its mission and then some. “Fortunately, the community was supportive and that support has continued to grow as our exhibitions and programs

have increased in ways we could hardly imagine at the beginning,” said Ruth DeNault, the Casa board president. The Ole Hanson Beach Club has just undergone a near $6 million rehabilitation by the city. Due to the age of the building, its proximity to the ocean and the decades of continual use, the project involved much more work than originally planned. But it is now open in all its previous splendor, and patrons are returning at an encouraging pace for swimming and private events. The Miramar project, however, is still in its relative infancy. The former 1930s-era movie theater and bowling alley is planned to become an event center and variety of restaurants. Though city and Coastal Commission approvals have finally been obtained, much work remains. Former San Clemente mayor Wayne Eggleston has been involved with the building’s owners in the project and reports no restoration will begin until leases have been signed to operate the facilities. Structurally sound, the building needs considerable rehabilitation. No leases are in the works yet, as far as we know, but Eggleston promises, “progress is underway, and this community will once again take pride in knowing that demolition was not an option.” The facilities mentioned in this column are unique to this area, and we at the Historical Society urge everyone to support their continued operations. Tom Marshall is a member of the board of directors of the San Clemente Historical Society and a retired journalist. 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


San Clemente High School Auto Academy students celebrated another year of automotive education. They proudly wore their Auto Academy shirts, a privilege that has to be earned by keeping up with their grades and mastering many of the finer automobile repair arts that students learn from instructor Warren Cesar along with assistant instructor Janice Schroeder. The dedication and commitment of Mr. Cesar and Ms. Schroeder to inspire their students to master mechanical and electronic systems is impressive, as academy

Students of the San Clemente High School Auto Academy recently met with industry professionals during an Industry Night and Car Show. Photo: Courtesy of Lou Leto

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SOAPBOX students can achieve professional ASE certifications, making them more employable (and probably at a higher rate than entry-level minimum wage) than their high school peers who do not develop these skills. These students’ ability to utilize modern diagnostic equipment puts them on the same knowledge level as some of the new car dealership shop personnel. This does not mean that they will only turn to shop work as a career. Many students voiced plans of going on to college or advancing their skills at technical schools, knowing that their earning power might not force them into immediate deep student-loan debt. The instructors invited many schools, aftermarket companies and auto dealerships to participate by showing their opportunities, services, vehicles or wares and talking with the students. Smitty Smith, technical sales coordinator for Edelbrock, one of the leading automotive aftermarket companies in the state, said it was nice to see a school with automotive classes. The tricked-out daily transportation vehicles that bring students to school each day were side-by-side with a collectible Mercedes Benz gullwing, an exotic McLaren, with a modern-performance Porsche and a new Jaguar near some radical 1962 and 1963 Corvettes. The Model A club came out in force, driving in with various historical examples that are now 90 years old (the same age as our city of San Clemente). This year’s annual meet the industry night was a lively and encouraging evening, with all participants leaving with some valuable information about automotive careers, equipment and new friendships.


My neighbor, Col. Joe, is now living in a residential care facility. He is 87 years old and can no longer live alone in a two-story home. He sold his property and moved into a guest home on the 300 block of Calle Escuela. The street is marked as no parking from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. This was to keep the San Clemente High School students from parking on residential streets, I think. I used to park my Ford Focus on a neighbor’s double drive-way.

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I was asked not to park there because the space is needed for the tenants and medical personnel, loading and unloading of vehicles with walkers and wheelchairs. I visit my friend Joe quite often, as all of his family lives back east. I park my 2000 Ford Focus, a white station wagon, across the street. It is the same location I have parked for a total of 380 visits for more than two and a half years. I have my handicap placard and a Broadmoor guest parking pass that I have posted in my car, but I have been issued two parking citations in that period of time. The officers who wrote these citations should be aware that this is the same location, same vehicle, they have seen parked in the same spot, 380 times. It should be clear that the owner has a handicap placard and has displayed such notification many times in the past years. The cost to me is $43. Joe said he would help pay the fine and go to court with me. I told him, “No way, pal.” The Orange County Sheriff’s Department turned down my request for appeal of the citation.


We would like to know, what gives? There has been road construction and improvements on Avenida Pico from Calle Amanecer to Avenida La Pata for a very long time. It just does not seem to get completed in a timely fashion. Apparently this project is not well-planned or expedited as work on it has been very inconsistent. It seems to be a city job instead of a contractor. Also, there has been some kind of construction going on Avenida Pico from La Pata in an eastern direction that has taken even longer than the apparent road improvement going south on Avenida Pico. This particular job seems to have no end and work is done from time to time. This segment of the roadway is very beat up and will obviously have to be repaved whenever it is concluded. It is difficult to understand how these two separate jobs are taking such a long time. It does get very annoying to drive over the rough road. We believe that these type of projects could be much better planned and expedited.

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Thursday | 17 TABLE TENNIS FOR SENIORS 10 a.m.-1 p.m. All seniors 55 or older are welcome to join the Table Tennis Club at the Shorecliff Terrace Mobile Home Park. Any skill level is welcome and entry is free. 3000 Calle Nuevo, San Clemente. 949.481.2275.

Friday | 18 ORANGE COUNTY WINE CRUISE 5:30 p.m. Join Dana Wharf for an evening cruise aboard a luxury catamaran. The cruises run Friday and Sunday. $49. Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching. 34675 Street of the Golden Lantern, Dana Point. 949.496.5794. LIVE MUSIC: THE CHRIS ANDERSEN BAND 7:30 p.m. The Chris Andersen Band will perform at Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.291.4859.

Saturday | 19 TALEGA RUN CLUB 7:30 a.m. Whether you are about to tackle your first 5K or you are just keeping your cardio and running prowess in top form, be sure to stop by Peet’s Coffee in Talega. Every Saturday a group runners of varying skill level take a brisk threemile run around a predetermined course. Admission is free. 801 Avenida Talega, San Clemente. 949.588.5054. MOVIE: ‘CHURCH OF THE OPEN SKY’ 6 p.m. A screening of Church of the Open Sky will take place displaying incredible feats. Surfer Dave “Rasta” Rastovich is one of the performers who makes crazy surfing look easy. There will be food, music, a raffle and an auction. The event is a fundraiser for Tom Morey and Sport of Kings. Basham’s Factory & Surfshop, 213 Calle de Los Molinos, San Clemente. 949.361.2203. San Clemente Times May 17–23, 2018



Buddy Guy. Photo: Courtesy

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, MAY 19 AND 20: DANA POINT DOHENY BLUES FESTIVAL 11 a.m. The Doheny Blues Festival is a two-day music event at Sea Terrace Park. More than 20 artists will perform including Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Larkin Poe and more. Tickets range from $140-$475. Sea Terrace Park, 33410 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point.

Sunday | 20 SOUL FOOD: MOUNTAINS OF LIFE 11 a.m. This program will explore the challenges of life and how we can create spiritual strength to overcome them. Paulo Escobar, a singer, songwriter, rapper, beat-boxer, artist, chef and revolutionary, will perform. San Clemente Baha’i Center, 3316 Ave Del Presidente. 949.791.9192. YOGA ON TAP 11 a.m. Yoga on Tap is held at Left Coast’s tasting room in San Clemente. This is a one-hour yoga class, followed by a pint of beer. $10. Left Coast Brewery, 1251 Puerta Del Sol, San Clemente. 949.276.6014 or ST. EDWARDS PARISH FIESTA 12-8 p.m. St. Edwards the Confessor Catholic Church is hosting their annual fiesta. Families are welcomed for a weekend of carnival rides, food, drink, entertainment and more. St. Edwards the Confessor. 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point. 949.496.1307.

Pier, will host the fundraiser “Uncork your Pride” on Monday, May 21. The Cellar, 156 Avenida Del Mar. Tickets are $50 and include a complimentary glass of wine, a PierPride wine glass and a raffle ticket for great prizes. Purchase tickets at or call 949.545.8970. BINGO AT GOODY’S 7 p.m. Every Monday, Goody’s hosts a bingo night for a charity of the month. Cards are $1 per sleeve, and raffle prizes are offered. Goody’s Tavern. 206 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949. 492.3400.

Tuesday | 22 HAPA J’S TACO TUESDAY 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Join Hapa J’s for a taco Tuesday that reaches beyond your average chicken or carne asada tacos. Enjoy seared ahi poke, kalbi short rib and kalua pig tacos in addition to the more traditional selections. 2016 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente. 949.276.6675.

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Monday | 21 UNCORK YOUR PRIDE 5:30-8 p.m. PierPride, the nonprofit organization that raises money for maintenance and rehabilitation of the San Clemente

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y now, we can easily say samesex romances can find success in commercial film. It’s been 13 years since Brokeback Mountain became a smash with two of the biggest heartthrobs in Hollywood playing lovers. It’s been 30 years since My Beautiful Launderette and Maurice. Bound (1996), Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) and Carol (2015) are a few successful lesbian tales. Call Me By Your Name was a big hit last Oscar season. Now, Sebastián Lelio releases his adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s Disobedience. Ronit Krushka (Rachel Weisz) returns to her family’s neighborhood in a strict, traditional Jewish community in Hendon, England when her father, the local rabbi, suddenly dies. She’s spent the past few years in New York as a photographer after being shunned out of the community for a past lesbian affair. Now, Ronit’s back to discover that her cousin and father’s successor, Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) is married to her ex, Esti (Rachel McAdams). So what does Disobedience bring to the oppressed lesbian theme that so many indie movies haven’t already? Well, the Jewish setting is pretty interesting and unique, instead of the Christian background we’ve seen in fiction before. The tormented romance itself isn’t really anything new or groundbreaking. Lelio, who also recently had success with A Fantastic Woman (2017) as a LGBTQ film, directs the film as a typical melodrama. This mostly reflects in the performances, particularly by Weisz who spends the whole film with a frown on her face. Fortunately, Disobedience does have a semi-happy ending in a subgenre where tragic conclusions have become cliché. SC

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San Clemente Garden Tour to feature exquisite residential landscapes BY ERIC HEINZ, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


here’s a lot of life in this year’s San Clemente Garden Tour. Some gardens feature waterfalls, others have turtles and tortoises roaming about, and a four-acre property—yes, in San Clemente—are all part of the series of horticultural mastery. On Saturday, May 19, the San Clemente Garden Club’s annual tour will showcase five specially selected coastal gardens. People can guide themselves to the various home garden tour locations. The tour will include complimentary food tastings prepared by local restaurants and caterers. The gardens will be marked with “flutter flags” and signage to guide patrons. Musical entertainment will be provided at one garden this year too. The annual garden tour supports civic beautification, scholarships, school garden grants and more. The tour will take place rain or shine; no refunds. Gardens are not wheelchairaccessible or suitable for small children. Wear comfortable shoes. The following descriptions of the gardens were compiled by Freda D’Souza of the San Clemente Garden Club. Calle Bienvenido in north San Clemente, Harbor Estates area: The homeowners restored a childhood home, creating extraordinary gardens with more than 80 varieties of coastal native plants and a few non-native plants and shrubs to showcase the benefits of ecology, attracting monarch butterflies and hummingbirds. The property has been updated with sustainable

The four-acre property located at the Via Blanco home on the San Clemente Garden Tour, which takes place May 19, has vast home gardens throughout its grounds. Photo: Eric Heinz

San Clemente Garden Tour

The tour takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. Advance tickets are available through May 18 for $30 each or four for $100. Tour tickets with garden directions will be mailed. To order tickets, visit www. to pay online with PayPal. Will call tickets will be at the Via Blanco location. Tickets purchased on May 19 at any of the gardens cost $40 each. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser will support the San Clemente Garden Club Scholarship Fund, civic beautification, school gardens and numerous conservation organizations. For questions, call 2018 Garden Tour Chairman KK Ciruli at 949.547.8484 or email, or Bette Langford at 949.498.3317 or email:

wood decking, three dry water wells, a planted slope, and an arbor and perimeter garden. Café Rae will serve its signature Mediterranean salad on the deck, next to the newly created pond. Calle Fino Clarete in Forster Ranch, El Encanto area: The front area of this garden features native and drought-tolerant plantings, enormous fishtail palms, monkey flowers and spider flowers popular with butterflies and hummingbirds. The backyard has a tropical feel with an expansive fountain, pool, fireplace and seating area, as well as stunning metal art. The gardens also feature windmill palms in which two orioles are currently nesting,

a dry creek for water harvesting and a rain barrel to hand-water plantings. The Cellar in San Clemente will host tastings at the backyard barbecue station at this property. Via Blanco, Forster Ranch, Tocayo Hills: This garden spans an incredible four-acre site. Right upon entering the property are a plethora of white roses, three large strawberry trees, Jerusalem sage, olive trees and a beautiful urn. The driveway is lined with native plantings leading to a covered patio where Sprouts Farmers Market will provide a smorgasbord of tastings during the 2018 garden tour. Toward the rear, the homeowners often dine and entertain outdoors with a

On Calle Akelia, Talega, Sabella development: Eight years ago, this property had next-to-no landscaping. The homeowners transformed the front garden into terraced beds with stone and agave, and with more than 50 varieties of drought-tolerant succulent plantings. The front-facing side yard also features native plantings and a guava tree. Beyond the gate is an impressionist collage of colorful beauty. These gardens are an oasis for people, butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and several turtles and Russian tortoises. The property boasts more than 25 fruit trees, various native and non-native plantings, five avocado trees, raised planter boxes with cabbage, rhubarb, dill, tomatoes and other herbs and vegetables, hanging strawberry planters, a fire pit, fountain, patio seating area and other seating areas to enjoy the flora, fauna and wildlife, artichoke bushes and a cage with iguanas. Always Inn San Clemente and Always Spice Catering will serve a variety of Mediterranean-themed savory tastings with decadent brownies prepared by Sugar Blossom Bake Shoppe. Avenida Arlena, southeast San Clemente, Presidio area: The front garden features plants that can handle full sun and minimal watering. The side garden features a retaining “Happy Wall” planted with more than 25 different varieties of succulents, a large water fountain, pigmy palms with hummingbird nests and other trees, a seating area with potted succulents and citrus trees, and a tropical zen sanctuary. The rear garden features a koi pond, waterfall, bar area, perimeter plantings with a wide variety of plants, and seating areas to enjoy the coastal views. The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar will serve tastings on the patio in the rear garden during the tour. SC

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Mother’s Day Regret and Reflection


ast Sunday we saluted mothers, or as we are otherwise known, the unpaid laborers who love unconditionally. On Mother’s Day, moms are typically treated to beautiful buffet brunches with savory snacks and presented with pretty packages topped with bows. The second Sunday in May is one of the most profitable holidays on the calendar and Anna Jarvis’s greatest regret. Jarvis, the women credited with founding Mother’s Day in the United States, never married nor had any children. Inspired by her mother Ann Reeves Jarvis, who started Mother’s Day Work Clubs to teach women how to care for their children, Anna sought to establish a day to honor her mother and commemorate all mothers. After her mother’s death, Anna organized the first Mother’s Day observance in May 1908 in West Virginia. Anna’s determination to see the day recognized nationwide never wavered and she continued her quest. She started letterwriting campaigns and lobbying state governors to declare the second Sunday of May—the Sunday nearest the date of her mother’s death— a nationally observed LIFE’S A BEACH holiday. On May 9, 1914, By Shelley Murphy President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring Mother’s Day a national holiday. But by 1924, after working years to establish the holiday commemorating mothers, Anna grew to regret her efforts. She detested the commercialization of Mother’s Day with card companies and flower shops cashing in on the day. Anna spent the rest of her life planning boycotts and writing petitions to rescind the holiday before dying in 1948 at the age of 84. Anna would be furious to learn that last year, according to the National Retail Federation, shoppers spent a record $23.6 billion on Mother’s Day gifts such as brunches, jewelry, flowers and cards. This May marks 23 Mother’s Day observations held in my honor. My family struggled for years to find an annual holiday tradition the four of us could enjoy celebrating together. As a new mom, I thought what could be better than taking my two toddler boys to a delicious buffet brunch? The answer: a root canal. Realizing firsthand that San Clemente Times May 17-23, 2018

Mother’s Day is the most popular day to dine out, my kids and husband tried serving up home-cooked meals, but that led to me cleaning messy, cluttered kitchens. It took time, but we established our Mother’s Day tradition. When our boys were starting middle school, we began celebrating the day at Angel Stadium. Yes, it was my idea. I willingly traded tasty brunches for stale peanuts. And our plan works great, if the Angels are scheduled to play in Anaheim on Mother’s Day. One May, we found ourselves without a team in town to cheer, I improvised and planned a quick weekend getaway. That Saturday we checked into a hotel about an hour’s drive from home. While unpacking and preparing for our dinner reservation, my two pre-teen boys began building forts with hotel furniture. Of course, I told them to stop and of course they didn’t listen. Soon came the cry, “Owwwww, my arm!” My older son held his limb as I examined his arm and declared him fit for dinner. Later that night, before crawling into his hotel bed my son said his arm still hurt, I took another look and gave him Tylenol. Mother’s Day morning I woke early, crept to my sleeping son’s side and instantly regretted my prior diagnosis and procrastination. My older son and I spent Mother’s Day morning in the emergency room where doctors and x-rays confirmed my son’s broken arm.


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Pet of the Week: Bean SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


Bean. Photo: Courtesy of the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter

ean is a 9-year-old pug who is just as sweet as they come. She is very affectionate and loves a good belly rub. While she gets along just fine with dogs during playtime, Bean would prefer to be the only dog in the home so she doesn’t have to share attention. If you would like to know more about Bean, please call the San Clemente/Dana Point Animal Shelter at 949.492.1617, or visit with her at 221 Avenida Fabricante, San Clemente. SC

new mom, I thought “whatAs acould be better than taking my two toddler boys to a delicious buffet brunch? The answer: a root canal.

This past Sunday, the Angels played baseball in Anaheim, and I spent the day attending the game with my husband and Facetiming with both of my boys. As expected, my oldest son once again teased me about our memorable morning spent in the emergency room that second Sunday in May. Years later, I still regret my Mother’s Day decision to delay my son’s treatment. But one decision I have never once regretted is being my boys’ mom. Shelley Murphy has lived in San Clemente with her husband for the past 18 years, where she raised her two sons. She’s a freelance writer and has been a contributor to the San Clemente Times since 2006. SC PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the SC Times provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the SC Times or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at

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FROM THE ARCHIVES Casa Romantica, home of San Clemente founder Ole Hanson, is seen here in circa 1928. Hanson would go on to sell the property following the effects of the Great Depression. The location is now a historical and cultural center open to the public. Every week, the San Clemente Times will showcase a historical photo from around the city. If you have a photo you would like to submit for consideration, send the photo, your name for credit as well as the date and location of the photo to



Calm Focus San Clemente junior Alex Pak’s demeanor takes him into SCGA Qualifying Tournament BY ZACH CAVANAGH, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


olf has frequently been called “a good walk spoiled.” It can be a frustrating, irritating, throw-your-club-in-the-lake kind of sport. San Clemente junior Alex Pak said he’s never thrown a club. (That makes one of us). It’s that even-keeled demeanor that has carried Pak to his third straight CIF-SS Individual Championships and SCGA Qualifying Tournament on Thursday, May 17 at Rancho San Marcos Golf Course in Santa Barbara. “I get frustrated,” Pak said, “but at the end of the day, you have to know frustration’s not going to get you anywhere. I’ll tell myself I’ve hit a bad shot, but that’s about the extent of it.” Even the best golfers are eventually going to shank a shot into the rough and have to play out of a divot, behind a tree or in a bunker. The better golfers, like Pak, are able to keep it together and play out of anywhere to salvage a hole. “He’s got every shot available in his bag,” San Clemente coach Marc Parker said. “If he does get himself into a tight situation, he’s able to usually come out with it and save himself quite a few strokes where most golfers in high school aren’t able to do that.” Pak’s game has been molded by growing up in golf-course-filled San Clemente.


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Softball Opens Playoffs on the Road San Clemente opens the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs at Kennedy of La Palma on Thursday, May 17. Kennedy (16-7) won the Empire League. San Clemente (11-8) San Clemente Times May 17–23, 2018

San Clemente junior Alex Pak will compete in his third consecutive CIF-SS Individual Championships and SCGA Qualifying Tournament on Thursday, May 17. Pak qualified with a second-place 67 at the CIF-SS Southern Individual Regional on May 7. Photo: Zach Cavanagh

He took to golf at around four or five years old and practices regularly at Shorecliffs Golf Club. “It’s not the longest course, but you’ve got to have a good short game around there,” Pak said. “You’ve got to be able to play from bad lies. That’s really helped me. Playing there every day, I know how to feel uncomfortable. I know what to expect.” Pak can hit out of a tough situation, but the real key to success, of course, is to avoid being in the tough situation at all. Parker praised Pak’s course management this season, and Pak’s ability there was showcased at the CIF-SS Southern In-

dividual Regional on May 7 where he shot a five-under par 67 for a second-place finish. “I played clean golf,” Pak said. “It wasn’t anything spectacular, really. Didn’t make any mistakes, hit fairways and greens and made some putts out there.” While he struggled with a six-over 78 at the CIF-SS South Coast Divisional team championships at Talega Golf Club on May 15, Pak is looking to hit that clean mark again in hopes of qualifying for his third straight regional state qualifier with a top-28 showing on Thursday. “When I’m on, just like last week, my game is always in good shape,” Pak

said. “It’s just a matter of can I avoid the mistakes, can I avoid the big numbers because that’s what really kills me. I know I can make birdies out there.” Pak shot a three-over 74 in the event last season to qualify and again embraces the tough conditions of a windy Rancho San Marcos. “I love shaping shots, hitting it low, hitting it high,” Pak said. “That really suits me in the wind. When other players may be struggling, I look forward to that challenge because I know I can deal with it.” Those are the words of someone whose walks could never be spoiled. SC

finished third in the South Coast League. San Clemente won three of its last four games. Kennedy lost two of its last three. If the Tritons advance, they would play the Rio Mesa-Agoura winner on Tuesday, May 22.

long jump. He grabbed the eighth out of nine qualifying spots in the 100 at 11.04 seconds and got through long jump in seventh at 21 feet, 7.75 inches. Zanzonico set a personal record in the high jump at six feet, four inches. He qualified in fourth. Catsimanes was the lone girls qualifier for the Tritons. She advanced in the 1,600-meter with her best time of the season at 4:59.86.

May 12 at Riverside Aquatics Center. All six entries will compete in the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex in Clovis. Rowan hit two All-America consideration marks in his individual events. He swam for fourth place in the 200yard individual medley at 1:51.15 and touched in at sixth place in the 100-yard backstroke at 50.23 seconds. Williams finished seventh in the 50-yard freestyle (21 seconds even) and won the consolation final in the 100-yard freestyle at 46.01 seconds. Rowan, Williams and juniors James Gamette and Jared Smith pushed the Tritons through in the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay. San Clemente finished eighth in the 200 medley at 1:35.86 and 11th in the 400 freestyle at 3:09.49.

Three Qualify for CIF-SS Track Finals Senior Jack Shippy qualified in two events and sophomores Hana Catsimanes and Marcus Zanzonico each advanced in one event at the CIF-SS Division 1 preliminaries on Saturday, May 12 at Trabuco Hills High School. All three advanced to the CIF-SS Division 1 finals on Saturday, May 19 at El Camino College in Torrance. Shippy qualified in the 100-meter and

Boys Swimming Sends Six Entries to State San Clemente seniors Weston Rowan and Boston Williams each qualified in two individual events, and both were part of two qualifying relay teams in the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships on Saturday,

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Are Wave Pools Really The Future of Surfing? Thoughts from the recent WSL Founders’ Cup in California’s landlocked Central Valley BY JAKE HOWARD, SAN CLEMENTE TIMES


he smell of cattle and dust lingers in the stiflingly evening air. It’s 95 degrees as the sun two-steps with the horizon. There’s not a breath of wind. The local casino’s doing brisk business cashing in on regulars’ social security checks. Former world champ Joel Parkinson takes a seat at a blackjack table, with a black, 10-gallon cowboy hat perched on his head. On the back lawn, a woman sings Waylon Jennings tunes while her backup band infuses the airwaves with a honky-tonk twang. It’s a fitting soundtrack as we’re only an hour outside of Bakersfield, home of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens. This is what Saturday night in Lemoore looks like during the inaugural WSL Founders’ Cup at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch. In recent weeks, the surf spotlight has shown brightly on advancements in wave pool technology. In the midst of the contest in Lemoore, another wave pool facility

San Clemente surfer Kolohe Andino well positioned at the Surf Ranch in Lemoore for the inaugural WSL Founders’ Cup. Photo: Courtesy of WSL

in Waco, Texas strategically released a string of video clips heralding their rendition of a freshwater wedge. As they say, social media’s been blowing up ever since. Considering how bad the surf around San Clemente and Dana Point has been in recent months, both pools look like a ridiculous amount of fun, but after spending a weekend in the heart of the Central Valley at the Surf Ranch, I think I prefer a good day on the cobblestones at home. “Call it wave-riding, but don’t call it surfing,” joked Steve Pezman, the founder of The Surfer’s Journal, a few years back when the wave pool thing was just shifting into gear. After sitting front and center for all the action in Lemoore, it’s pretty clear Pez knew what he was talking about. Wave pool surfing takes almost all of the vari-

ables out of the sport. The last thing I’m saying is that there isn’t a time and a place for man-made waves—there absolutely is— but in my mind, the surf experience encompasses a lot more than ripping a few turns to the beach. “This is like figure skating or the floor routine in gymnastics or the halfpipe in Olympic snowboarding,” described one spectator in Lemoore. “The surfers should have to tell the judges what their routine is before they catch a wave and then be scored on the degree of difficulty.” In each heat of the Founders’ Cup, competitors were given a left and a right-hand breaking wave to try and garner a score. There were no dramatic, last-minute rides. No strategical twists. There was no hassling for position or priority. There were no paddle battles. Heck, there wasn’t




Water Temperature: 60-64 degrees F Water Visibility and Conditions: 5-8’ Fair Thursday: Mix of old SSW swell and new SW swell combine for waist-shoulder high (3-4’) surf at good spots while standouts see sets to head high (5’). Small NW swell mixes in the background. Light to light+ S winds in the morning, turning more SW/WSW in the afternoon.



t was a pretty epic showing by a whole slew of San Clemente surfers at the WSA West Coast Surfing Championship last weekend. Local surfers notched wins in an incredible 11 different divisions. With so much talent enjoying so much success, it doesn’t make picking a Grom of the Week very easy, but an extra tip of the cap is due to Kai McPhillips, who won the under 16 division. “I was only in my wetsuit for 12 hours this weekend,” joked Kai on Instagram when the contest was finally done and dusted. Held in Oceanside in fun and contestable conditions, Kai made the most of the surf to lock in another great competitive result.

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any paddling at all. Competitors waited in waist-deep water for their wave, took a couple strokes and then did their best to perform on the 700-meter race track. I still can’t figure out why they were wearing leashes? For fans of progressive surfing, it showcased the incredible talents of the athletes. For purists, it lacked the sand and salt. Not to get too deep here, but the ocean is a source of solace. It challenges us. It humbles us. It enlightens us. It provides. It takes. It’s a retreat from the nonsense we endure on land. It’s a fountain of youth. Over the years, it’s helped soothe the souls of friends battling cancer and other terminal illnesses. It’s eased the minds of other friends battling substance abuse. It gives meaning to kids and adults with disabilities. It helps soldiers coming home from war. It’s there when you need it. It doesn’t discriminate. It’s free, and almost always, it’s good for what ails you. “Maybe they could at least put some toothless alligators or something in there to make it interesting? Maybe a mechanical shark like the Jaws one at Universal Studios that chases the surfers if they fall off?” pondered another fan in Lemoore. The Founders’ Cup served as a dry run to the upcoming WSL World Championship Tour event that will take place at the Surf Ranch this September—the contest that replaced the Hurley Pro and Swatch Pro at Lower Trestles. It was an opportunity for contest organizers, production crews, surfers and fans alike to work out the kinks and fine-tune the details before a world title hangs in the balance. While there’s no shortage of squabbling going on about the place that wave pools should occupy in surfing, perhaps the legendary Phil Edwards put it best when he said, “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.” SC

Kai McPhillips hoists more hardware for the family trophy case at the WSA West Coast Championship. Photo: Jason Kenworthy

The kid’s been on a roll as of late. Earlier this spring he helped San Clemente High School’s Junior Varsity surf team claim the NSSA High School State title. He finished runner-up behind teammate Ethan Mudge in a final that was an all-Triton affair.

Led by his father, Colin McPhillips, a three-time world longboard champion, Kai and his younger siblings are quickly climbing the ranks and becoming a potent force to reckon with at amateur surf competitions up and down the California coast. SC

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Outlook: Fun size SW swell maintains waistshoulder high+ (3-4’+) surf at best spots through the weekend with new SSW swell moving in to hold up those sizes into early next week. Small NW swell continues to mix in. Larger SSW/S swell due mid next week. Be sure to check the full premium forecast on Surfline for more details and the longer range outlook.

May 17, 2018  

San Clemente Times

May 17, 2018  

San Clemente Times