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S A N J U A N C A P I S T R A N O ’ S N O. 1 LO C A L N E W S PA P E R

J A N U A RY 2 7– F E B R U A RY 9, 2 0 1 2 VOLUME 10, ISSUE 2

Full Circle City Began with Brown, Celebrates 50 Years with Brown E Y E O N S J C / PAG E 4

Councilmen John Taylor, Sam Allevato, Governor Jerry Brown, Councilman Derek Reeve, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Freese and Mayor Larry Kramer attended the luncheon celebrating 50 years of cityhood at El Adobe on Thursday. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

Capistrano Man Shot Dead in Dana Point Home EYE ON SJC/PAGE 3

Are You Ready for Some Football? SPORTS/PAGE 18

Rotary CARe Show, Poker Run, Set for Feb. 4 SPECIAL SECTION




SAN CLEMENTE The Navy hospitalman whose notebook ramblings about bombing San Clemente High prompted an evacuation on the first day of school will serve four months in the brig, must forfeit $3,976 of pay and was demoted to the lowest pay grade during his special court martial hearing Tuesday. Daniel P. Morgan pleaded guilty to one charge of unauthorized absence and one charge of disorderly conduct in military court at Camp Pendleton. In court, the hospitalman apologized to San Clemente and the Marines and Navy. Morgan also faces an administrative hearing that will likely result in his discharge from the U.S. Navy, attorneys said. The prosecutor sought a five months sentence, a pay cut for five months and a demotion. Morgan’s attorney argued he was a “good kid” and the episode had been atypical.



DANA POINT The city is hosting a second public workshop to discuss the Doheny Village Plan on January 31, 6 p.m. at the Dana Point Community Center, 34052 Del Obispo Street. The meeting will give the community another opportunity to weigh in on the future revitalization and development of the Doheny Village area of Capistrano Beach and is a follow-up to the first meeting held November 5. Doheny Village boundaries are: Pacific Coast Highway to the south, Camino Capistrano to the east, railroad tracks to the west and the Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano border to the north. Roma Design Group, the firm hired by the city to develop the plan design, will study the public suggestions as they plan the project. More information, including a summary of comments from the first meeting, is online at


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... Capistrano Man Shot?

THE LATEST: Authorities identified a man shot to death by a Dana Point homeowner as Ross Thomas Wells Mortensen, 26, of San Juan Capistrano. Mortensen pleaded not guilty to burglary charges in court on January 23, hours before being shot to death after apparently breaking into a Dana Point home, according to court records. Orange County Superior Courts show not only that Mortensen apparently battled a drug problem, but had also appeared in Orange County Superior Court on Monday to plead not guilty in an unrelated burglary case. Then, about 10:45 p.m. Monday night, a resident was asleep in his home on the 34000 block of Capistrano by the Sea, off Del Obispo Street when he was awakened by a noise. He ultimately armed himself and shot Mortensen. WHAT’S NEXT: No arrests were made; the investigation continues. FIND OUT MORE: See —Jonathan Volzke


... Activist Injured in Crash?

THE LATEST: Orange County Republican activist Alice Anderson was critically injured January 21 when she inexplicably served into oncoming lanes on Camino Capistrano, triggering in a six-car collision near Mission San Juan Capistrano. The Dana Point resident represents the 73rd Assembly District on the Orange County Republican Central Committee and is the parliamentarian of the Capistrano The Capistrano Dispatch January 27–February 9, 2012

Valley Republican Women, Federated. Anderson, 79, was traveling west on Ortega Highway about 6:15 p.m. when she apparently swerved from the left-turn lane at Camino Capistrano and made a right turn, Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino said. Anderson headed north in the southbound lanes, striking two vehicles head-on. One overturned in front of the Capistrano Trading Post. In all, five people were injured in the accident, although Anderson’s injuries were the most significant. WHAT’S NEXT: Friends said Andersen was expected to recover. The crash occurred near the Mission front-gate construction project, which has the sidewalk and a portion of the right side of the northbound lanes of Camino Capistrano shut down. Workers on Monday morning put up a stout barrier along the construction site, but Mission officials said that improvement was planned before the accident to increase pedestrian safety.

WHAT’S NEXT: Goodrich was free on $100,000 bail after his January 17 arrest, according to court records. He is next due in court for arraignment on February 14. He faces a felony charge of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and a misdemeanor allegation of damaging public property at the school. FIND OUT MORE: See —JV



the southbound traffic lanes, then the sidewalk and into a chain link fence before plummeting down a steep slope and slamming into a concrete-block equipment building at the Marco Forster sports fields. Other witnesses reported the Jeep narrowly avoided another accident when it blew through a red light at Camino Del Avion and Del Obispo moments before the wreck. Goodrich, a 2008 graduate of Dana Hills High School who played on the baseball squad there, escaped. His passenger, Bryan Dakota Ferguson, was trapped in the flaming vehicle and killed. The two had attended school at Marco Forster.


... Charges Filed in Wreck?

THE LATEST: A 21-year-old man at the wheel of a Jeep that careened off Del Obispo Street and burst into flames in the Marco Forster Middle School field faces manslaughter charges for the death of his friend in the August 16 wreck. Witnesses said the Jeep driven by Alexander August Goodrich, 21, was traveling at a high rate of speed—as much as 100 mph—north on Del Obispo in San Juan Capistrano, when it sideswiped another vehicle, careened across

... Driving Range Lights?

THE LATEST: The City Council this month approved a request from San Juan Hills Golf Course to install lights on their driving range. The council, in a rare unanimous vote, even went a step further than the staff recommendation, allowing the course to keep the lights on until 10 p.m. Staff recommended a 9 p.m. shut-off. The decision overturns the Planning Commission, which rejected the request for lights, primarily out of concern on how the lighting would affect wildlife in the

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adjacent San Juan Creek. The issue spurred a dozen letters to the council, and many from students at San Juan Hills High School, who said their golf team would benefit from being able to practice after dark. WHAT’S NEXT: San Juan Hills Golf Course, at 32120 San Juan Creek Road, has embarked in a major facelift the past few years and residents and community leaders are complimentary of the upgraded clubhouse. After the council vote Tuesday, Mark Bodenhamer, the executive director of the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, tweeted “Kudos to SJC Council! Didn’t TALK about economic development, they acted.” FIND OUT MORE: See —JV


... State of the City?

THE LATEST: Mayor Larry Kramer will give his “State of the City” address on Thursday, February 23. Kramer, in his first term on council, will also honor Capistrano Librarian Teri Garza, who is expected to retire this year. While then-Mayor Sam Allevato relied on a promotional video for his state of the city address, Kramer said he plans to have City Manager Karen Brust on hand to directly answer questions about city issues. WHAT’S NEXT: The event will be at El Adobe and begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $50, and tables of 10 are available for purchase. All tickets must be purchased in advance. FIND OUT MORE: See or call 949.493.4700 for tickets and information. —JV


Full Circle City Began with Brown, Celebrates 50 Years with Brown By Jonathan Volzke The Capistrano Dispatch


ocal history is too often overlooked, despite its importance to a community, Gov. Jerry Brown told San Juan Capistrano’s community and business leaders who filled the banquet room at El Adobe de Capistrano to celebrate the city’s 50 years of incorporation on Thursday. Brown steered clear of politics in his six-minute speech, but showed his knowledge of Capistrano by references to the city’s history and that of Rancho Mission Viejo. He compared his family’s land holdings—2,700 acres—to that of Rancho Mission Viejo—22,800 acres— but told those in attendance they should learn the history of their own land. “It is interesting to look at all of the deeds of all the property you own, go back as far as you can,” Brown said. “That to me is a history that is often neglected. Often we know the history of the world, the history of the United States, but we rarely know the history of the state... and even more rarely do we know the history of our neighborhood, where we live.” Those representing much of Capistrano’s 50-year history was in the room, along with those who will guide its future. Around 1960, San Juan Capistrano residents were worried. The school board had just decided the new high school in the area should be built in San Clemente, and locals feared Capistrano itself would be taken over by that beachside city. Community leaders quickly and almost quietly circulated a petition to formally incorporate Capistrano into a formal city. They gathered 41 signatures, and ultimately the Board of Supervisors approved the election. That was held in

Governor Jerry Brown signs a Celebration flag for the time capsule as Committee Chairwoman Jan Siegel looks on. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

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Governor Jerry Brown, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey and Monsignor Art Holquin. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

April 1961, with San Juan School designated the polling place. By the end of the day, 363 residents had voted to approve a new city, with 89 against. San Juan Capistrano, with a population of 1,163, was formally a city. Then Gov. Edmund “Pat” Brown visited Capistrano to congratulate the residents and in “recognition of San Juan Capistrano as one of the most historic mission communities in California.” In 2011, after three years of preparation, a committee of residents led a yearlong celebration of the city’s golden anniversary. It only seemed right, Jan Siegel thought, to invite Gov. Jerry Brown, Pat’s son. Invitations were made, but the governor’s schedule didn’t allow a visit. Until Thursday. Brown attended a luncheon at El Adobe hosted by Rancho Mission Viejo Chief Executive Officer Tony Moiso. More than 200 people attended, including current and former City Council members, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey and a host of community and business leaders. Moiso, whose uncle, Richard O’Neill, had been a leader in the Democratic party, introduced Brown. Moiso told the crowd that regardless of Brown’s politics, he had been a political force, working for change, for four decades. Brown was elected Secretary of State when he was just 32, and was governor when he was 36. When he ran for president of the United States, he beat Bill Clinton in six states—although Brown never took more than $100 from any single donor. He also served as mayor

of Oakland before again taking the governor’s chair. “Whether or not you agree with his politics, you must acknowledge Governor Brown for a lifetime of public service,” Moiso said. Moiso also told those in attendance they should go to the governor’s website and listen to the State of the State Address themselves. “He’s got great vision, huge goals big dreams for our state,” Moiso said. Brown got a rousing round of applause, and immediately joked that although he thought maybe the glowing introduction had gone on a little too long, he realized it was a rarity for a member of his family to be showered with accolades in South Orange County. Many of the region’s key leaders were in the audience. In addition to Harkey, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens attended, as did Transportation Corridor Agencies CEO Tom Margro. The event began with the presentation of colors from the city’s adopted battalion, the 1/11, and the units commanding officer Lt. Col. James McDonough and Sgt. Major Daniel Krause. Also in attendance were members of the Belardes, Forster, Lacouague and Nieblas families, as well as Chamber of Commerce President Stephanie Frisch, Historical Society President Tom Ostensen, Gretchen Stroscher-Thomson, Rick Julian and Robb Cerruti former Sheriff Brad Gates, Myron Sukut, James Littlejohn from the Boys & Girls Clubs, retired Judge Warren Siegel,

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Rotarians and others. Renee Bondi sang her rendition of the community’s most famous song, “When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano” as the attendees enjoyed a lunch of chicken and shrimp. Monsignor Art Holquin from the Mission gave a blessing before the meal. Despite his non-political speech, Brown did get a bit of an earful at lunch, as Mayor Larry Kramer and Mayor Pro Tem Laura Freese, sitting at his table, lobbied him to slow the dissolution of redevelopment agencies. But as Brown has said firmly that redevelopment is dead, so there’s no use delaying the funereal. Siegel was a driving force behind the yearlong celebration of the city’s anniversary. She chaired a committee that included Pam Gibson, Councilwoman Laura Freese, Ken Friess, Ann Forster, Erin Kutnick, Jerry Nieblas, Randi Peshkin, Mozelle Sukut, Don Tryon and Jonathan Volzke. The yearlong celebration started in January 2011 with a historical collection of never-before-seen photographs from the Yorba Collection and continued with monthly events—or as part of regular events—through the Tree Lighting Ceremony in December. The committee is also working with the Historical Society to bury a time capsule in February. Siegel said the luncheon with Brown was a perfect addition to the events, considering his father honored the city when it began. “History always has a way of going full circle in historic San Juan Capistrano,” Siegel said. CD

EYE ON SJC Saturday, January 21

couldn’t pay for it.

SJC Sheriff’s Blotter

ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Avenida Pedrigal, 25700 Block (10:42 p.m.) A man returned home to find his 24-year-old female roommate not breathing. Dispatchers told him how to conduct CPR.

DISTURBANCE Camino De Vista, 26500 Block (12:36 a.m.) A resident complained a tenant above was bouncing a ball just to be irritable.

9-1-1 HANGUP Calle San Antonio, 26400 Block (10:40 p.m.) Dispatchers received two calls about a man going down the street banging on cars.

PROPERTY FOR DESTRUCTION Pinewood Lane, 29300 Block (6:36 p.m.) A resident turned in a rifle to be destroyed.


DISTURBANCE Alipaz Street, 32700 Block (7:54 p.m.) A woman reported she and her husband were in an argument, and he wouldn’t leave.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Lobo Street, 31600 Block (4:45 p.m.) A resident spotted two kids near a neighbor’s yard and thought they were up to no good.

RECKLESS DRIVING Via Los Pajaros/Camino Capistrano (10:48 a.m.) A car was towed after deputies stopped the driver for reckless driving.

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Camino Capistrano/San Juan Creek Road (4:57 p.m.) Three vehicles were involved in a traffic wreck. Two flatbed tow trucks were required.

BATTERY REPORT Via San Vincente, 31100 Block (8:42 a.m.) A woman reported her sister pushed her, then left. She was headed toward Torrance. The caller said she didn’t think she was coming back, but would call if she did.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Via Errecarte, 30900 Block (4:36 p.m.) A resident reported a man tried to talk his way into their home.

All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website (www.ocsd. org). The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided.

Sunday, January 22 CITIZEN ASSIST Lobo Street, 31600 Block (9:49 p.m.) A man said he felt threatened when a neighbor threw an American flag over the fence onto his property. TRAFFIC ACCIDENT Camino La Ronda/Paseo La Branza (7:50 p.m.) A 34-year-old man, who identified himself as a mechanic, was arrested after a traffic accident. He was being held on $10,000 bail. The wreck was about a block west of the La Ronda intersection where residents have voiced concern about motorists running a stop sign. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Ramos Street, 26600 Block (5:47 p.m.) A man reported his neighbor was standing in front of his gate with his German shepherd off leash, trying to intimidate him. They’d been in an argument a day earlier, and an earlier call also referenced the “aggressive” shepherd. DISTURBANCE Via El Rosario, 31000 Block (4:03 p.m.) A man was arguing with his girlfriend after she took his narcotic patch and wouldn’t return it. DRUNK DRIVING Ortega Highway/San Diego Freeway (12:33 p.m.) A caller reported a woman putting gas in her car seemed drunk. She got in her car and took off on the freeway. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Avenida Aeropuerto/Calle Perfecto A man parked his Dodge dually with a camper shell at the end of a street, then slept in it all night. The Capistrano Dispatch January 27–February 9, 2012

TRAFFIC STOP Camino Las Ramblas/San Diego Freeway (2:25 a.m.) A woman was arrested after deputies spotted a car driving on one rim. Paramedics were requested for a “hysterical” woman. A 20-year-old woman, who identified herself as a student, was taken into custody. FOLLOW UP REPORT La Novia/Valle Road (7:13 p.m.) A 30-year-old woman was taken into custody. She said she worked in sales.

Friday, January 20 DISTURBANCE Ortega Highway, 27800 Block (2:20 p.m.) A man reported he was in an argument with his mother—who had been drinking—when she walked out of the house and fell down a hill. She was, he reported, wearing “minimal” clothing. KEEP THE PEACE Ortega Highway/Camino Capistrano (10:54 a.m.) A woman reported she was going to meet a man who sold her computer without permission and wanted deputies to stand by. DEFRAUDING AN INNKEEPER Ortega Highway, 27100 Block (1:43 p.m.) A man ate some food inside a gas station mini-mart, but then told the clerk he

Thursday, January 19

VANDALISM REPORT Camino Capistrano/Avenida Aeropuerto (4:11 p.m.) A city requested to meet with a deputy about a vandalism and possible theft of city property. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Verdugo Street, 26700 Block (12:15 p.m.) Deputies were called to assist firefighters investigating a vehicle leaking fluids in the parking structure.

Wednesday, January 18 TRAFFIC STOP Calle Aspero/Del Obispo Street (10:03 p.m.) A man, possibly driving under the influence, was taken into custody. The 29-year-old identified himself as an engineer. INDECENT EXPOSURE Plaza Drive, 31800 Block (6:02 p.m.) A man was seen pleasuring himself in a white van in a plaza parking lot. He drove off when he realized he’d been spotted. ILLEGALLY PARKED VEHICLE Camino Las Ramblas, 34000 Block (5:14 p.m.) A caller reported five vehicles were parked in handicapped spots but were not displaying placards. DRUNK IN CAR A man was arrested after a caller reported seeing him park “weird.” The car’s lights remained on and the driver remained in the car, possibly passed out. A 37-year-old

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man, who identified himself as a cook, was taken into custody. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Edgewood Road/Peppertree lane (4:58 p.m.) Deputies were called to a report of a dog bite, but no one was bitten. Another report said the dog appeared to be hit by a car, but that wasn’t accurate, either. It was, the deputy reported, just a loose dog. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Via California/Camino Las Ramblas (8 a.m.) A caller reported a vehicle, and its driver, appeared to have been involved in a traffic collision. The hood on the Ford Edge was smashed, the caller reported, and the driver, a woman, looked shaken up, too. Deputies could not find any reports of recent wrecks. DISTURBANCE Alipaz Street, 32700 Block (3:17 p.m.) A woman reported her elderly mother was out front, banging on her door and wouldn’t leave. Dispatchers could hear the banging.

Tuesday, January 17 CITIZEN ASSIST Ortega Highway, 27100 Block (10:03 p.m.) A woman at Denny’s reported her boyfriend had been arrested by the CHP and the car towed. She needed a way to get home in Santa Ana. FRAUD REPORT Plaza Drive, 31800 Block (10:47 a.m.) A pharmacy alerted deputies that a woman was coming to pick up a Vicodin order with a fake prescription. Deputies took a 45-year-old woman into custody. She said she was unemployed. ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Junipero Serra Road/Camino Capistrano (6:33 a.m.) Orange County Fire Authority dispatchers requested deputies help track down a fire after receiving different reports of its location. The fire ended up being on the hillside in Rancho Capistrano. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Country Court, 26100 Block (1:22 a.m.) A caller heard loud noises on the roof. They didn’t think it sounded like an animal. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Via Errecarte, 30900 Block (1:20 a.m.) A resident called about someone sitting in a silver Nissan parked with its engine running. They called back 30 minutes later to report the person was out of the car, pounding on the door of the house across the street.


Fiesta Hosts ‘Taste of San Juan’ at Golf Course

Horses at Capistrano Stable Under Quarantine Neuropathogenic Virus discovered in horses at Rancho Sierra Stables

The Capistrano Dispatch

an Juan Hills Golf Course is the new venue for the Fiesta Association’s ‘Taste of San Juan,’ a chance to mingle and sample food from more than a dozen local restaurants. The event will be 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. Admission is $20, which includes food tastings. There will be a no–host bar. Participating restaurants to date include L’Hirondelle, Sun Dried Tomato Café, Ricardo’s Place, The Vintage Steakhouse, Fred’s Mexican Café, Mollies Famous Café, Vito’s Italian Ristorante, O’Neill’s Bar and Grill, El Adobe, Z Pizza and others. Purchase advance tickets at the San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, 31421 La Matanza Street, or the door. For more information about the Fiesta Association, call 949.493.1976 or visit www. The Taste is a major fundraiser for the Fiesta Association, an all volunteer organization that puts on the Swallows Day Parade and associated events. The parade, the 54th annual, will be held March 24. CD


By Jonathan Volzke The Capistrano Dispatch


Taste of San Juan. Courtesy photo


Fiesta Grande

Kids Pet Parade

Hoos’Gow Day

Wednesday, March 21 6 – 9 p.m. The Swallows Inn

Friday, March 23 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 26 1– 3 p.m. Cooks Park *(Rain Date – March 4)

El Presidente Ball

54th Swallows Day Parade & Mercado Street Faire

Saturday, March 17 6:30 – 11 p.m. El Adobe Restaurant

Saturday, March 24 Parade starts at 11 a.m. and Mercado – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Transportation Leader Outlines Goals The Capistrano Dispatch


ewly selected Orange County Transportation Authority Chairman Paul Glaab unveiled his strategic initiatives for the year ahead, placing the focus on exploring options for bus and rail commuters as well as fasttracking Measure M2 project delivery. Glaab’s priorities call for implementing first and last mile connections for rail users, making use of federal, state and local funding, and creating a financial strategy to speed up M2 project construction. “I am eager to start delivering the transportation projects residents and voters are anticipating for 2012,” said Glaab, also the Mayor of Laguna Niguel and a member of the Metrolink board of directors. “As always, our goal is to keep Orange County moving and this year The Capistrano Dispatch January 27–February 9, 2012

we’re working hard to achieve that objective.” The 17-member board includes Supervisor Pat Bates, while Glaab represents South Orange County. The mayors of each of the cities in Orange County select two local members to represent their district. Peter Herzog of Lake Forest also represents South County on the panel, which has an annual budget of $1.2 billion for public transportation and transportation-improvement projects. The strategic initiatives unveiled by Glaab Monday include: • Improve passenger rail service • Create ridership programs

• Expedite capital project delivery • Build collaborative relationships • Take advantage of funding opportunities • Optimize street and bikeway networks • Select I-405 locally preferred strategy • Support sustainability initiatives • Improve goods movement • Enhance efficiency and effectiveness The agency is sharpening its focus on the “first and last mile,” determining how commuters use public transportation from the bus or Metrolink stop to the final destination. Toward that, directors on Monday approved a program to connect and improve bikeways, coordinating the efforts of cities. Public meetings will be held on the plan. For more information, see CD

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ore than a dozen horses at Rancho Sierra Vista Equestrian Stable have been infected with neuropathogenic equine herpes virus-1, prompting a quarantine at the stables and a visit from the State Veterinarian’s Office. The virus does not affect humans, but has sent shivers through Capistrano’s equestrian community. It is contained at Rancho Sierra on Avenida de La Vista, but that stable neighbors Sycamore Trails and the Shea Center. The virus which displays cold-like symptoms, is passed horse-to-horse and can be potentially deadly or cause neurological damage. There is no vaccine specifically for the virus, and the stable will be quarantined for 21 days past the last visible symptoms. As of Thursday, the state reported 16 horses have tested positive for the virus, but only one has displayed neurological damage. The virus passes when horses have nose-to-nose contact, share water facilities or when a handler touches the facial area of an infected animal, then carries it to the face of a non-infected horse. It does not live long enough to travel very far through the air. Horse owners, however, worry about their animal picking up an infection at a show, group event or on a trail. About 100 horse owners and others gathered at Stone Field on January 19 to meet with Dr. Kent Fowler, animal-health branch chief at the Food and Agriculture Department. Fowler told the equestrians that containing the virus relied on them. Fowler warned them to use good “biosecurity,” keeping horses owners know or suspect of being infected at its home stable and away from other horses. He also urged horse owners to take their animal’s temperature frequently, because a rise could indicate infection. See health/equine_herpes_virus.html and for more information. CD



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JAN SIEGEL: Moments In Time

Like Father, Like Son: Mr. Brown Comes to Capistrano A funny thing happened as we were wrapping up the Celebration Committee, which honored the 50th incorporation of the city of San Juan Capistrano. It all began when, in JAN SIEGEL researching events that had happened 50 years ago to celebrate our cityhood, I ran across articles in the Coastline Dispatch about the visit of then Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown in May 1961, to congratulate the city and in “recognition of San Juan Capistrano as one of the most historic mission communities in California.” “The invitation was extended by Coastline Dispatch co-publisher Karl Wray, a member of the State Park Commission and friend of the governor.” The Governor and Mrs. Brown were

greeted at the Mission by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Vincent Lloyd-Russell and signed the visitors book. They were entertained by “Spanish musicians and were also presented to the Sisters.” Mr. and Mrs. Jose Rosan hosted a reception at their “lovely rustic home, the Rancho San Juan. Co-sponsors of the event were the City Council and the Chamber of Commerce.” Mayor Carl Buchheim, Councilmen Don Durnford, William Bathgate, Tony Olivares and Edward Chermak and their wives along with former Chamber president C. Fulton Shaw and his wife were among the dignitaries at the Rosan Rancho. “It (was) expected that the governor may relax long enough to take a swim in the Rosan pool.” The Celebration Committee, the city of San Juan Capistrano and Tony Moiso on behalf of Rancho Mission Viejo

invited Governor Jerry Brown, “Pat” Brown’s son, to come in May 2011 for a 50th celebration. Scheduling conflicts made a May visit by the Governor impossible. However, in December, 2011 the Governor’s office called Tony Moiso and advised him that Governor Jerry Brown would come to San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, January 26 to congratulate the city on 50 years of cityhood. A lunch at El Adobe Restaurant was hosted by Tony Moiso and Rancho Mission Viejo. The Celebration Committee sent out invitations. Beside city and county dignitaries, invitations went to organizations and individuals who actively supported the year long activities of the Celebration Committee. The Governor was presented a framed copy of the press coverage of his father’s visit 50 years ago. The

Celebration Committee also presented the Governor with a 50th anniversary T-Shirt. Because of the Governor’s visit, the date for burying the Time Capsule for the 50th anniversary was moved to Saturday, February 4, at 10 a.m. at the Historical Society on Los Rios Street, so that coverage of the event could be included. The Celebration Committee activities extended an additional month. But the Governor coming to San Juan Capistrano certainly added to our finale. Those of you under 40 may be around at the 100th anniversary of our city and be able to look back and remember this Moment in Time. Jan Siegel is a member of the Cultural Heritage Commission and Historical Society Board of Directors. Her name appears on the city’s “Wall of Recognition.” CD

has all the original buildings and every building was occupied and the streets were bustling with tourist. You can’t keep tearing down old San Juan to rebuild. It will no longer be historic. Look at our beautiful elementary school that was demolished many years ago and replaced with an ordinary looking elementary school. Our beautiful high school gym that was demolished many years ago. Many of us who went to school here are still just sick about those buildings being torn down. San Juan is not a San Clemente. We do not have a Del Mar Street and I think most of us do not want a Del Mar Street. But, if some of our city leaders have their way we might end up with

one. We don’t want streets going every which way through town. What is the purpose? More traffic? Our new interchange will bring the traffic! Please wake up loyal San Juan residents and look at what is being planned. Most of us live here because it is a peaceful and enjoyable place to live. With all the changes purposed it will not be peaceful. Let’s at least try to perserve what we have left. Let’s not allow anymore of old San Juan to be destroyed.

Letter to the Community PRESERVE SAN JUAN —Ivy Sims Damon, San Juan Capistrano

I feel as though I need to voice my opinion to some of the changes our city leaders are trying to pass through. My name is Ivy Sims Damon and my family moved here in 1947. My brother and I grew up on La Matanza Street and I now live on El Horno Street. My neighborhood, the Flats area, is itself a concern for us every few years when the leaders try to push more into this area or try to open up our street for through traffic. Our leaders talk about keeping San Juan historic but just think back to the history that has already been destroyed by wanting to “improve” our city and make it more shopping friendly. There is The Capistrano Dispatch January 27–February 9, 2012

talk of a hotel next to the Trading Post. Well, there was a beautiful hotel next to the Trading Post that was torn down and replaced with small boutique shops and a restaurant. These never really went over like they were exspected to. We had my grandfather’s hardware store which was where the Provencial building is and Chades Market next to it. Now we have shops that are so expensive people only window shop. If our main street would have been left alone I think more tourist would be shopping and enjoying visiting and walking our streets, other than just visiting the mission. Our city would be a charming, historic city as it once was. We were in Julian recently and the main street still

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Rotary CARe Show Set for Feb. 4

Saturday, February 4, 2012 C O M M U N I T Y C E N T E R S P O RT S PA R K

The classic, new and exotic will headline two important fundraising events scheduled for February 4 when the 9th Annual Rotary/CARE Car Show and 4th Annual Dr. Joe Cortese Memorial Motorcycle Poker Run again roll into town. The Car Show once again promises a stunning display of antique and classic cars and trucks, as well as the return of the popular “New Car Row,” with the latest models from the San Juan Capistrano Automobile Dealers Association and other area dealers. South County Lexus will show the 2012 Lexus LFA sports coupe, which starts at $375,000. The events are being presented The Rotary Club of San Juan Capistrano and Capistrano Animal Rescue Effort (CARE) to raise funds for rescuing homeless and abandoned pets, as well as for Rotary’s projects that help children, youth, military families, and others. “We are delighted to once again join with CARE on these great events to raise funds for such worthwhile community projects,” Rotary President Paul Murai said in a statement. “Our title change — from the CARe Show — more accurately reflects the great partnership that has developed.” Scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday (rain date Feb. 11) at the San Juan Capistrano Community Center/Sports Park, the Car Show attracts more than 400 vehicles and 1,000 attendees, making it one of the most popular events in San Juan. A number of car owners and guests bring their dogs, which must be well-behaved and leashed. The companion Poker Run, named to honor long-time Rotarian and CARE founding member “Dr. Fleas,” as Dr. Joe Cortese was affectionately known, is now in its fourth year and looking to attract several hundred bikers from all over Southern California. This year’s run will start at 8 a.m. with check-in at Orange County Harley-Davidson, 8677 Research Dr. in Irvine, wending its way along a scenic South County route to the finish at the Car Show. Rotarians Carol Daderian and Steve Rose are respective directors of the Car Show and Poker Run, with guidance from Phillip Schwartze and Steve Cohon. The popular Disc Dogs Demo Team, food by Los Golondrinas, kids’ face painting, plus displays, vendor booths, and opportunity drawings will also be part of the day. Cars from all over Southern California are expected to participate in the open-class show, with trophies going to the top 15 entries, including a Mayor’s Trophy winner selected by Mayor Larry Kramer. Car owners are encouraged to enter their vehicles for a $30 fee until January 27, or $40 after and at the door. Registration includes two admissions to the show. Admission to the show is $5 for adults, $2 for children (11-17 years) and free for kids 10 and under. The Sports Park is at 25925 Camino de l Avion. Poker Run participants will make several stops around South Orange County to pick up their poker hand, culminating at the Rotary/CARE Car Show. The fee of $30 for rider and $20 for passenger by Jan. 27, or thereafter $35 for rider and $25 for passenger, will include coffee and donuts, lunch, prizes for best and worst poker hand and CarShow admission. Online registration is now open for both events. For further information on the Rotary/CARE Car Show or Poker Run, visit, e-mail drcaroldds@, or call 949-661-3594. Follow on Facebook at www. and on sjcrotarycarsho.

4th Annual

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Poker Run





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


FOURTH FRIDAY TRAIL WORK 8 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Volunteer to help make trails accessible to visitors at The Reserve/ Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Drinks and snacks provided. Free. 949.489.9778,



PET ADOPTION 12 p.m.-4 p.m. The Ark of San Juan will be at PetSmart in the new Costco/ Staples plaza with cats and dogs up for adoption. 33963 Doheny Park Road, 949.388.0034,


CHRISTIAN FORD MAGIC 7 p.m., 9 p.m. The illusionist visits Camino Real Playhouse on Stage II for two mindblowing shows. $15. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,


TOOLS FOR CHANGE 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Ecology Center’s exhibition with sustainable household products, a play area and learning space for children. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,




WHALE WATCHING 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. Whale watching trips at Dana Wharf. $19-$32. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,


NETWORKING BREAKFAST 7:30 a.m.9 a.m. Chamber networking event at The Vintage Steakhouse. $15 member, $25 potential members. 26701-B Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.3400,


The Capistrano Dispatch January 27–February 9, 2012

ON STAGE: GEOFF TATE AND FRIENDS ACOUSTIC SET While there’s very little on Geoff Tate’s solo debut that couldn’t fit within the ever-evolving musical scope of Queensrÿche, the difference of a solo album lies in the expression of those songs and how they actually came to fruition. SCT: Who are the “and friends” at your acoustic set? Tate: I think that some of the best music comes from collaboration, and some of the best collaboration comes from playing music with people that you care about and have a history with. I feel fortunate that my closest friends will be joining me for these concerts, friends that I have been playing music with for most of my life. Jason Ames on guitar and vocal, Lyle Ronglien on guitar and vocal, Randy Gane on keyboards, Courtesy photo and Chris Zukas on guitar. After dinner at my home, the guitars usually are brought out and a jam session ensues. These concerts and this tour are really just an extension of that. Good friends, good wine, music and stories shared. Your birthday is coming up January 14. How do you plan to celebrate? It is tradition in my family to celebrate one’s birthday for the entire month so... 17 days to go. Geoff Tate performs at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano Sunday, January 29. Doors open at 5 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25. For tickets, visit For information, see —A.J. Bardzilowski


LOS RIOS GARDEN ANGELS 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Meet the first and third Thursdays at the Montanez Adobe inside Los Rios Park to volunteer at the park, meet friends and more. Bring gloves. 31661 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.606.6386,



FIRST FRIDAY FILM 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Showing of The Conspirator, a film directed by Robert Redford starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright and Kevin Kline, at the library. Donation $2. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.5132,



GARDEN CLASS FOR TEENS 9 a.m.-11 a.m. New gardening class for teens ages 13-17 the first Saturday of the month at Los Rios Park to teach gardening skills and more. Bring gloves. 31661 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.606.6386,


FAMILY FILM FEATURE 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Showing of the movie, Dolphin Tale, for the whole family to enjoy at the library. Includes free popcorn and more fun. Free. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, RIBBON CUTTING - LOS RIOS ROCK SCHOOL 5 p.m.-6 p.m. The Chamber celebrates the opening of the new Los Rios Rock School with a ribbon cutting and concert. Free. 32124 Paseo Adelanto, Ste. 5, 949.493.4700,




HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR 1 p.m. SJC Historical Society leads a tour to see Los Rios Historical District, O’Neill Museum, Montanez Adobe, the Mission, Rios Adobe and more. Meet at the train depot on Verdugo Street. Every Sunday. $2 adults, $1 children. 949.493.8444, Page 13


PRESCHOOL STORY TIME 11:15 a.m. Children ages 3-6 and their caregivers are invited to join the library for stories, songs, crafts and fun. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,



GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY - RESIDENCE INN 10 a.m. Chamber event to celebrate the opening of the new Residence Inn. 33711 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.4700,


UPCOMING: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 HOW TO SURVIVE YOUR ADULT RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR FAMILY 8 p.m. Acclaimed NYC humorist Polly Frost brings her hilarious, heartfelt show at Camino Real Playhouse. $15. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, FARM TO FORK 10:30 a.m. Children’s program at The Ecology Center’s exploring veggie gardens and preparing small-plate meals with local chefs. Recommended for ages 6 to 12. Sign up in advance online. Cost $15 members, $20 non-members. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, TOOLS OF THE TRADE / SUSTAINABLE CHOCOLATE TALK AND TASTING 1 p.m. Event at The Ecology Center to learn about the sustainable methods of growing, processing and preparing chocolate, from seed to mouth, with Chocolatl’s creator Deanna Moore. Free event. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, CAPO BAY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS EVENT 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Speech by Lynda Sloan, director at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange County, on how we can help our youth take positive turns in their at risk lives. Public Welcome. The Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.492.7675. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at Have an event? Send your listing to




COMMUNITY CALENDAR friday 01.27 Coffee Chat 8 a.m. The Capistrano Dispatch hosts a spirited town hall forum on community issues. All are welcome. Camino Real Playhouse, on El Camino Real, just south of Ortega Highway. Occurs every Friday tuesday 1.31 Preparing Your Child for High School 6:30 p.m. The Capistrano Council of the Parent Teacher Student Association presents a two-hour panel on experts on getting your student

ready for high school. CUSD Board Room, 33122 Valle Road. Register at monday 2.6 Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Commission Meeting 6 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

Wednesday 2.9 Old Capistrano Farmers Market 3 p.m., Yorba Street, one block south of Ortega Highway between Camino Capistrano and El Camino Real.

Tuesday 2.8

Transportation Commission Meeting 6 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

City Council Meeting 6 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

friday 2.10 Next regular issue of The Dispatch publishes.


TOM BLAKE: On Life and Love After 50

Single Man Thinks Women Talk Too Much on Dates


id and I were on the DePauw University swimming team together 50 years ago. He’s always had strong opinions about dating, which may be one of the reasons he’s never married. Recently, he said one of the dating no-no’s he finds with women these days is that some talk too much. Sid said: “Some men do it also but I think women have a corner on the market. I have talked with several male friends who’ve said they really liked some lady but she just wouldn’t shut up. I have a sister that does it and have also had an intense interest in some ladies except I couldn’t get a word in the discussion. Sometimes I can’t even tell when they take a breath when they are talking. How is a good way to tell someone they are running their mouth too much?” When I included Sid’s opinion in my On Life and Love After 50 newsletter, women responded with their own strong opinions. Pauline said, “Sid seems to have had a rough time, but unfortunately a lot of women get nervous and talking helps them get through the uncomfortable

times. He needs more patience and also to learn to tune the women out! Keep changing the subject and eventually they will run out of things to say!” Ceil wrote, “The bigON LIFE AND gest talker I ever met LOVE AFTER 50 By Tom Blake was my beloved late husband. When I first met him, he -- the very picture of health and fitness -- told me he had written his own epitaph. I laughed and asked what it was. “He never finished what he was saying,” he replied. “As much as I loved him, he almost drove me to distraction at times, but he had many nice qualities, and I’m glad I stuck it out for our 25-year marriage. Sid is being way too rigid.” Jillian: “Women talk too much? Hardly. When I was going out with men I had met via Internet dating services, I was astounded at the nonstop chatter from many of them. When in a charitable mood, I ascribed their loquaciousness to first-date nerves. But the actual

effect tended to be a domineering selfcenteredness. It put off any thoughts of a second date. I want a man who can carry on a conversation, but with me, not with himself.” Thelma said, “Arggghhhhh! I’ve experienced men who TALK TOO MUCH! More than I can count. But the worst part of it is when they finally stop talking and you start to say something--or worse yet, they ask you a question--then they jump back in and start talking again before you’ve even finished your sentence!” She said she’s never called a man out on it until two days ago when she had a first date. They walked their dogs in a park. He kept interrupting her. After a half hour, she mentioned to him that his habit was rude. He apologized and told her the next time he’d talk less. Thelma sent an update: “He called me this morning and even though he was talking slower he was still hogging the conversation and interrupting me when I tried to say something. I got the feeling he wasn’t listening. So, bleh, there goes another potential…”

Gale wrote “I know both men and women who are guilty. Suggestion for Sid: The next time he runs across a chatty woman like this, he should ask politely ‘How about we share the talk space for a while?’ That should clue her in.” Antoinette: “As a mid-55’s lady, I had to laugh as I can’t remember any of the men I have met or gone out with who didn’t love to monopolize the conversation. All I had to do to get someone to talk was to compliment them or ask what they enjoyed about their hobbies, work or traveling. When asked, a man will not turn down the opportunity to expand on anything as the majority of the time he will want to make his opinions known. I’ve also found men love to gossip as much if not more than women.” So, there you have it. Whether out on a senior date, or just with friends, be sure to share the conversation. Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. To comment on his column, email him at See his website at CD

Helpful Guys in Blue Hit San Juan Capistrano T The Honda Helpful Team made a visit to Costco on a rainy day to hand out umbrellas. Courtesy photo

The Capistrano Dispatch January 27–February 9, 2012

he Helpful Guys in Blue were out and about in San Juan Capistrano earlier this month, helping out at a pet adoption as well as at local golf courses and shopping centers. They walked dogs, carried golf clubs, unloaded groceries, distributed water and lip baum and generally lending a helping hand wherever it was needed.

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Just like on TV, but without the catastrophes. For more information, visit Residents can also follow the Honda Helpful Team on Twitter (@HelpfulHonda) and Facebook (search‘Honda Helpful’) fan pages to learn about the Helpful Team’s whereabouts and receive helpful driving information. CD

Locals Only

BUSINESS DIRECTORY The only directory featuring San Juan Capistrano businesses exclusively

AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING Oasis Air Conditioning & Heating 949.420.1321 31648 Rancho Viejo Rd., Ste. A,




Independence Bank 32291 Camino Capistrano, Suite A,


Excel Electric - CA #793860 949.493.7769 Dunn-Edwards Painting, Inc. 949.234.1201 32238 Paseo Adelanto E-I, 31896 Plaza Dr. Unit D-1, Plaza Del Obispo Center


San Juan Photo & Digital 949.661.5668 949.373.8963 Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano Exciting New Audio Tour 949.234.1300 32301 Camino Capistrano, 26801 Ortega Highway, PLUMBING


A to Z Leak Detection 949.499.4464 INSURANCE Lightning Technology, Inc. 949.488.0029 Capistrano Health & Life 949.697.9454 Chick’s Plumbing 949.496.9731 32963 Calle Perfecto, Pronto Plumbing (El Plomero) 949.246.3589 JEWELER 31878 Del Obispo Ste. 118-227, COMPUTER SERVICES Abby’s Fine Jewelry Design 949.493.3632 San Clemente Computer & Network Services 32382 Del Obispo, Ste. C-3, SCP Plumbing/ CuraFlo of O.C. 949.493.2426 949.276.1581 27126 Paseo Espada STE. 705, Tired of Waiting I.T. Services 949.922.7727 KITCHEN DESIGN PRINTING Kitchen & Bath Designs 949.661.4080 Printing OC 949.388.4888 27231 Ortega Hwy., Unit B COINS 27134 Paseo Espada #B 203, GraCorp Coins & Collectibles 949.350.4692 MOLD REMOVAL ROOF MANAGEMENT SERVICES Jarvis Restoration 949.362.5388 Bryan Krueger Enterprises, Inc. 949.212.0499 ELECTRICIANS 31942 Paseo Sagrado, 33208 Paseo De Cerveza, Ste. B Excel Electric 949.493.7769 32238 Paseo Adelanto E-I, Friess Electric 949.248.4222 32332 Camino Capistrano, Suite 102


GARAGE SALES GARAGE SALE to benefit Eagle Scout Project Fundraiser! Saturday February 4. Starts 7 AM at 26511 Calle Lucana, San Jan Cap. LOTS OF INTERESTING ITEMS!!!

HELP WANTED The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley is presently recruiting for two positions: PROGRAM AIDE (Part-time) Part-time Program Aide position to work with students ages 7-12 after school. Hours will be 2pm-6pm, Monday through Friday. Duties will include planning and implementing activities in one or more of the following areas: education; social recreation; arts and crafts; and physical education. Requirements: high school diploma, experience working with children, communication skills to deal with children and with the general public (bilingual in Spanish a plus), CPR and first aid certification. If interested, please contact Nicole Watson, Unit Director, at 949.240.7898 extension *19 or by email at YOUTH TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION DIRECTOR (Full-time) Works with youth (ages 7 – 18) to teach computer and technology skills ranging

WATER DAMAGE Jarvis Restoration 949.362.5388 31942 Paseo Sagrado,



YOGA Adelanto Studio Yoga & Life Arts 32118 Paseo Adelanto, Ste.9,


LIST YOUR BUSINESS IN “LOCALS ONLY” This handy, go-to reference tool keeps your business in front of potential customers 24/7. Call Angela Edwards at 949.682.1667 or email


MORTGAGE Capistrano Health & Life

SLAB LEAK REPAIR SCP Plumbing/ CuraFlo of O.C. 949.493.2426 27126 Paseo Espada STE. 705,


Capistrano Valley Christian Schools 949.493.5683 32032 Del Obispo Street,

S U B M I T Y O U R C L A S S I F I E D A D O N L I N E AT W W W.T H E C A P I S T R A N O D I S PAT C H . C O M from typing/keyboarding to computer software applications. Generally works with 7 -30 youth per hour in the Computer Lab. Plans, implements and supervises a variety of creative programs with an emphasis on technology. Creates a positive environment for youth in support of BGCA values. Promotes and markets programs to increase membership and attendance. Administers department within resources allocated. Maintains facilities for members’ health and safety. Updates Club website. Supports all audio/visual equipment usage. Works with IT consultant to support and maintain the Club’s computer equipment and network. Drives Club van to transport members. May manage special programs or events. Communicates with staff, parents and members of the community to explain, promote and develop programs. Requirements: Minimum of 2 years’ work experience in a BGC or similar organization planning and organizing youth development activities. Associates degree. Strong communication skills and understanding of group dynamics. Demonstrated organizational and project management abilities. Basic knowledge of updating and managing websites. Ability to repair technology equipment . Proficient in Microsoft Office (particularly Word). Demonstrated ability to use AV equipment. Demonstrated skill with using video development software. CPR and First Aid certifications. Valid driver’s license and clear driving record. Must secure Class B license within one year of hire. Ability to work a variable schedule generally between 9 am and 8 pm. If interested, please contact Lynn Watson, Office Manager, at 949.240.7898 extension *10 or by email at The Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley is an equal opportunity employer.






Highlanders vs. Anteaters, Bren Events Center

National Letter of Intent Day, Every Campus

January 28, 5 p.m.

February 1

UC Irvine’s men’s basketball team gets set for a conference battle with UC Riverside as the Anteaters are poised to snap a losing skid.

February 1 is National Letter of Intent Day, when high school athletes officially announce their college of choice. Over at San Juan Hills, Hope Frisch will become the school’s first softball player to get a scholarship. Info: www.thecapist-



Prep League Finals, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School February 7, 5 p.m. The Tartans host the six-team Prep League wrestling finals and expect to send as many as five local wrestlers to the CIF championships. Admission is free.

Bobcats vs. Lakers, Staples Center

Stars vs. Ducks, Honda Center

January 31, 7:30 p.m.

February 1, 7:30 p.m.

After two games on the road against Minnesota and Milwaukee, the purple and gold head back to Staples Center for a game against Charlotte.

Following a double dose of road games, the Anaheim Ducks return to home ice for a hard-hitting contest with the Dallas Stars. Info:


By Jonathan Volzke The Capistrano Dispatch

Youth Football Signups Underway The Capistrano Dispatch


s San Juan Hills Golf Course has expanded itself into a true sports bar and restaurant, it’s become a popular watering hole around town—for people and horses, alike. Equestrian Shelly Barker initially asked for a hitching rail, which the golf course happily provided. Then Renee Ritchie went a step further and requested a corral. That, too, got the OK. The San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition and American Horse Products donated money for the work, and Tino Ironworks built the corral. A ribbon-cutting is set for 10:30 a.m. February 12. The project gives a whole new meaning to saddlebags. Only in San Juan … For more information about the Equestrian Coalition, see For information about San Juan Hills, see CD

outh Orange County Patriot youth football registration is open for 2012. The SOC Patriots have a longstanding tradition of providing competitive tackle football for ages 7-13 and flag football for ages 5 and 6. Players within the following areas are eligible: Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita. Registrations fill up fast, so be sure to register right away to ensure a spot on a team. There will be an Early Bird Special for those registered and paid by March 31. Sibling and military discounts are also available. Just go to our “Registration” section of our website at www.socpatriots. org to sign up today. Coaching opportunities are also available to qualified individuals. CD


Photo courtesy of Renee Ritchie





Where Do You Put Your Clubs?

an Juan Hills struggles in Sea View League play continued January 19 with a 53-43 home loss to Aliso Niguel. With the loss, San Juan falls to 9-11 on the season, 0-5 in league play. With the victory, Aliso’s record improved to 4-10 on the season, 3-2 in league play. The night did not start out well for the Lady Stallions as leading scorer Abby Conklin was out because of the flu. Two baskets by Olivia Vega and one by Allie Biedermann kept the score tied at 6 half way through the first quarter.


Aliso then went on to outscore San Juan 8-4 during the rest of the quarter to take a 14-10 lead after one quarter. Two baskets each by Evelyn Fox, Annika Van Galder and Vega kept San Juan in the game during the second quarter, but Aliso was able to maintain their lead throughout the quarter. Their largest lead was 17-12 after a three-pointer by Wolverine guard McKenna Hayes with 5:40 to play. San Juan was able to cut the lead to 25-23 at the half. Aliso Niguel increased their lead to 32-25 after the first two minutes of the

The Capistrano Dispatch January 27–February 9, 2012

third quarter before San Juan began to mount their charge. A basket by guard Vega cut the lead to 32-27 with 4:43 to play. Two baskets by Fox cut the lead to 32-31 with 4:08 left. A basket and free throw by forward Biedermann gave the Stallions their first lead of the night at 34-32 with 9 seconds remaining. A basket by Hayes tied the score at 34 at the end of the exciting third quarter. Asking many players to play the entire game, without rest, and the demanding use of a box and one defense by Stallion coach Taryn Cummins that held Aliso’s leading scorer Chloe Sharabba scoreless for the first third quarters finally began to take its toll. A basket by Fox tied the score at 36 each.

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A free throw by center Erin Thompson gave the lady Stallions their last lead at 37-36 with 5:56 to play. That’s when Sharabba finally went to work scoring three baskets and a pair for free throws to give Aliso a 45-37 with 2:30 to play. The two teams traded baskets the rest of the way resulting in Aliso’s 53-43 victory. San Juan Hills guard Evelyn Fox led all scorers with a season high 16 points. Olivia Vega added 13 points. Before spraining her ankle late in the game, Stallions forward netted an additional 9 points and added 11 rebounds. Hannah Noll led the Wolverines with 12 points. CD —Greg Spear

The Capistrano Dispatch  

January 27, 2012

The Capistrano Dispatch  

January 27, 2012