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Measure B Vote Nears
Fate of Distrito La Novia will be decided June 7 E Y E O N S J C / PAG E 6
Signs urging voters to cast their ballot pro and con are sprinkled throughout San Juan Capistrano, but mostly on the east side of town. Photo by Jonathan Volzke
City Council Approves New City Manager Contract
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SAN CLEMENTE San Clemente’s Pier service road will get a $43,000 facelift with the addition of terracotta colored Ole Hanson tiles and dyed concrete. In a 3-2 vote, the City Council, under its authority as the Redevelopment Authority, green-lighted the project, adding to the $1.8 million in overall improvements to the area known as the Pier Bowl. The work will create 1,025 square feet of tile work and the remaining 400 square feet will be of dyed concrete to match the tiles. The City Council approved a much smaller and less costly tile crosswalk May 17, but members of the Pier Bowl Merchants Association, led by president Rick Anderson, rallied to come up with $10,000 of the cost difference. All the Pier Bowl work is expected to be complete by mid-June, and a ribbon cutting is planned at that time.
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DANA POINT City Council on Monday unanimously voted to go after four Strand at Headlands homeowners who owe Dana Point more than $86,000 in special property tax assessments and penalties. According to the city staff report, the vote “authorized the city attorney to prosecute a foreclosure action and to collect, in the name of the city and on behalf of the owners of the bonds, all amounts due on account of the delinquent special taxes with respect to the property identiﬁed in referenced resolution.” The multi-million dollar homes, located in one of the priciest coastal neighborhoods in the state, are part of a MelloRoos district—a special tax method that uses the sale of bonds to pay for public amenities and improvements then assesses special taxes on residential properties to pay down principal and interest on the bonds.
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…Closing the La Pata Gap?
THE LATEST: The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the $70 million Avenida La Pata connection between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Supervisor John Moorlach called the route, decades in the planning, a vital link for regional transportation as well as a necessary alternate to the San Diego Freeway, particularly in times of emergency. The final Environmental Impact Report, approved Tuesday, studied the proposed project that will widen, improve and extend the roughly four-mile road connecting San Juan Capistrano to San Clemente. The plan will create a four-lane roadway. Supervisors supported the so-called eastern alignment for the road, which moves the roadway more than 350 feet from the closest home. Another route studied, the western alignment, had more utility and right-of-way issues. WHAT’S NEXT: Money will be an issue. Of the more than $70 million required to build the project, only about $30 million is identified, leaving a $40 million funding gap, the county said. Officials are working on “federalizing” the road, meaning it will be eligible for federal funding. A consultant is expected to be brought on board next month to launch that process. FIND OUT MORE: See www.ocpublicworks.com —Jonathan Volzke
…Bullying in CUSD?
THE LATEST: The family of Daniel Mendez, the San Clemente High School The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011
student who shot himself to death in a Talega neighborhood, has settled its lawsuit against the Capistrano Unified School District alleging school officials did not do enough to stop bullies from picking on Mendez. Attorney James Traut, who represented the family, did not return a call for comment, but told Orange Coast Magazine in a story on the case this month that the family did not receive any money from the district. But in a related issue, the Cool 2 B Kind (C2BK) Club started at San Clemente High in the wake of Mendez’s death is being honored next month by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Orange County as a “2011 Ambassador of Peace.” The club set up hotlines and a safe atmosphere for kids to talk to other kids. WHAT’S NEXT: The coalition will honor the club between noon and 2 p.m. on June 3 at a luncheon in Costa Mesa. FIND OUT MORE: See the Beyond the Blackboard blog at www.thecapistranodispatch.com for details on the settlement and www.vpcoc.org for details on the Violence Prevention Coalition. C2BK has a Facebook page and can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org —JV
…Getting MTBE Out of Capistrano’s Water?
THE LATEST: Construction is underway on the $1.6 million filtering system designed to remove any trace of MTBE from Capistrano’s water. The treatment plant, a series of eight vessels 22 feet tall and 10 feet in diameter, is going in adjacent to City Hall.
Officials cited the treatment plant as key to get the city’s water system back on track. The utility’s operation is facing an $8.2 million shortfall, which officials blame primarily on not being able to use the Groundwater Recovery Plant to its full capacity because of the MTBE. WHAT’S NEXT: Assistant Utilities Director West Curry said four vessels are hooked up and the remaining four will be delivered on June 3. The system should be operational before the end of July. FIND OUT MORE: Watch www.thecapistranodispatch.com for updates. —JV
…The Council Hiring a City Manager?
THE LATEST: A unanimous City Council on May 17 approved a three-year, $218,000 annual contract that will make Karen Brust Capistrano’s next city manager. Currently working in Del Mar, Brust attended the meeting. Addressing those in the City Council chambers, Brust promised to “live and breathe and work together as one with the community. “I want to be accessible to all of you so that I can understand the traditions, culture, history and the wishes of our community, city council and mayor.” She then walked the room, greeting about 100 people in attendance. Her contract includes $10,000 a year in deferred contributions as well as $10,000 in moving expenses. Brust said she and her family would move to Capistrano as soon as they can sell their home in Del Mar. Her contract also includes use of a city vehicle—a Ford Hybrid Escape—and a city cell phone and laptop. She also starts with 180 hours of
vacation and 108 hours of sick leave. She will pay her own contributions to her retirement, but the city still pays “the employer share,” which will be 27.11 percent of her salary, coming out to $59,099 a year. WHAT’S NEXT: Brust starts her new job on June 30. FIND OUT MORE: See the complete story at www.thecapistranodispatch.com —JV
...Grub Fest Scrubbed?
THE LATEST: Organizers of the Great Western Grub Fest chili cook off cited a triathlon proposed for the same day as their reason for canceling the event this year. Homefront America had already received a fee waiver from the City Council to hold its event in Historic Town Center Park on September 25, but said the planned Orangeman Triathlon on the same day would make it difficult for participants to reach Capistrano. The City Council earlier this month agreed 3-2 to allow the triathlon to use city streets and trails for the bicycle portion of the event, which will begin and end in Dana Point. The bicycle portion, however, will take riders out Ortega Highway into the Cleveland National Forest, forcing the closure of Ortega east of La Pata from about 8 a.m. to noon on September 25. WHAT’S NEXT: Grubfest organizers said they will bring back the event next year. The triathlon now will hold its packet pickup festival in Historic Town Center Park on September 24. FIND OUT MORE: See www.orangemantriathlon.com and http://www.homefrontamerica.org —JV www.thecapistranodispatch.com
Eye on SJC
SJC Sheriff’s Blotter Co mpile d by E r i n T hom as All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site (www.ocsd.org) and reflects data available from calls placed from the field by the responding officer(s). An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.
Monday, May 23 Disturbance Via Corrizo, 26200 Block (10:16 p.m.) A person contacted authorities after a woman and her boyfriend entered the caller’s garage through a dog door and threatened to damage their vehicle. The woman had been harassing the informant prior to the incident.
that he was staging an intervention for a man who was getting violent while detoxing from alcohol. A passerby reported that he saw a man trying to avoid deputies as they drove by. Disturbance Spotted Bull Lane, 29500 Block (8:46 p.m.) A woman called 911 during an argument with a homeowner who had told her that she could live there, but then made her stay in a tent in the backyard. The homeowner was trying to take away the woman’s house key during the argument and kept telling her that she was in danger. Robbery in Progress Paseo Pamela, 26400 Block (5:53 p.m.) A man reported a robbery at his house after the suspect beat him up and brandished a knife while attempting to take his money.
Suspicious Person Ortega Highway/Interstate 5 (7:13 p.m.) A transient was reportedly walking on Ortega and pounding on car windows.
Illegal Peddling Camino de Vista, 26400 Block (2:40 p.m.) A person called police when a solicitor refused to leave their property. The suspect claimed that he was from AT&T, but the complex only had a contract with Cox Communications. He had been asked to leave on multiple occasions.
Suspicious Peron Paseo Barona/Via Cuartel (5:14 p.m.) Somebody called 911 to report a man walking up and down a street carrying a pad and pen, but not going door to door.
Battery Avery Parkway/Interstate 5 (10:18 a.m.) A man reported an assault on one of his soccer players when a player on the opposing team punched him from behind.
Assist Outside Agency Via Positiva, 0 Block (1:42 p.m.) A caller told police after talking to a child at school who had been hit with a shoe by their mother. The child had facial bruising and scratches on their neck.
911 Hangup Ortega Highway, 27100 Block (1:46 a.m.) After hanging up on a call to authorities, an informant called back and reported that they could hear an argument between numerous people. The caller stated that they could also hear a woman screaming and that the fight had possibly become physical.
Disturbance Steeplechase Drive, 30900 Block (9:27 a.m.) A person contacted authorities during an argument about money with their intoxicated father-in-law. Disturbance Del Obispo Street/Camino Capistrano (7:29 a.m.) A woman called 911 and claimed that a bus driver was abducting her. During the call, the driver was heard in the background telling the woman how to catch the correct bus. The driver called police and said that the woman had left the bus and was walking back to the bus stop, adding that the woman seemed mentally disturbed but was not violent.
Disturbance Del Obispo Street/Calle Aspero (10:36 p.m.) A person called police to report an argument between a man and a woman in a parked van, and stated that the woman had pushed the man out of the car. The man appeared drunk and climbed onto the hood of the vehicle.
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Suspicious Person Paseo Monte Vista, 31900 Block (4:16 p.m.) A caller reported a woman loitering outside of their residence that appeared to be on drugs.
Disturbance Calle Arroyo, 27400 Block (10:42 p.m.) A man contacted authorities and stated
Suspicious Person/Circumstances Camino del Avion, 25500 Block (1:02 p.m.) A person called 911 after seeing
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four subjects loitering on school grounds. One of the subjects checked the door of a classroom.
to report her daughter breaking glass and throwing things around the house while searching for a check.
Elderly Abuse Alipaz Street/Via Postiva (11:17 a.m.) A person reported an elderly man trying to ram his truck onto a field. The informant couldn’t tell if the subject was just having driving issues or not.
Suspicious Person Ortega Highway, 26800 Block (4:09 p.m.) A person contacted authorities to report a man who looked in the windows of their business and asked the employees strange questions.
Suspicious Person/Circumstances San Juan Creek Road/Paseo Christina (10:55 a.m.) A man called 911 and stated that he found a twin stroller loaded with baby toys in a deserted area.
Suspicious Person Morningstar Lane, 27600 Block (3:39 p.m.) A person called police to report their neighbor’s friend urinating on the caller’s front door. The informant was the president of the Homeowner’s Association and had experienced problems with the neighbor in the past.
Terrorist Threat Alipaz Street, 32700 Block (9:36 a.m.) A man contacted authorities to report his intoxicated roommate threatening to kill his wife. Grand Theft La Matanza Street, 31400 Block (7:51 a.m.) A woman called police to report that her son had stolen and forged 11 checks from her. Her son was sleeping and was unaware that his mother was calling. Citizen Assist Paseo Mar Azul, 30900 Block (5:09 a.m.) A person called 911 to report a car being repossessed with a person still inside of it. Suspicious Person/Circumstances Sundance Drive, 31500 Block (12:09 a.m.) A man called police after hearing his front door open and slam shut while he was sleeping.
Friday, May 20 Suspicious Person/Circumstances Calle La Bomba, 30700 Block (11:59 p.m.) A man was reported pulling a female who had almost collapsed into his car. Drunk in Public Ortega Highway/Del Obispo Street (11:11 p.m.) A person in a Jack in the Box reported two intoxicated men that were stumbling and falling. The informant was concerned that they were going to drive. Disturbance Camino Capistrano, 31800 Block (10:25 p.m.) A person called 911 to request an ambulance for an injured woman after a fight broke out at a wedding reception. Disturbance—Family Dispute Camino Santo Domingo, 28000 Block (9:05 p.m.) A woman called 911 after her daughter trashed her house while possibly on drugs. The woman had also called police twice during the afternoon
Assist Outside Agency Spotted Bull Lane, 29500 Block (1:52 p.m.) Authorities were contacted after an intoxicated woman fell off a chair and started bleeding from her head. A man was heard in the background of the call arguing with other people. He called 911 to state that there was no emergency and he did not want any medical assistance. Suspicious Person Via Fortuna, 27500 Block (12 p.m.) A person called 911 to report a man taking down “Yes on Measure B” signs and putting them in his garage. The caller had put up the signs originally. Assist Outside Agency Mission Hills Drive, 27100 Block (12:28 p.m.) A woman called police when a large rattlesnake entered her house. The informant locked herself and her baby in the nursery.
Thursday, May 19 Battery Paseo Carolina, 32200 Block (10 p.m.) A woman called police after a group of men attacked her brother and he began bleeding from the mouth. The informant stated that her brother knew the subjects. Welfare Check Eastview Court, 26300 Block (3:29 p.m.) A concerned neighbor contacted authorities to report a family with two children living without electricity for weeks and only using candlelight. Patrol Check Interstate 5/Ortega Highway (12:33 p.m.) A person called police to report a man shooting a BB gun at cars on the freeway. Citizen Assist Via de Aguila, 32100 Block (10:18 a.m.) A person called 911 after their toddler locked himself in the bathroom and the informant couldn’t get in. www.thecapistranodispatch.com
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Distrito Decision Due Polls Open June 7 for referendum vote on Distrito La Novia By Jonathan Volzke The Capistrano Dispatch
or decades, the land on both sides of La Novia east of Valle Road sat virtually fallow. In 1982, the City Council approved a 300-room hotel on the north side, but nothing was ever built. In 1998, the council approved 440 homes on the south side, but nothing was ever built. The land, about 150 acres in total, remained quiet, has long been used by hikers and bicyclists. The local garden club even plants sweet peas there every year, filling the south side of La Novia with beautiful purple flowers and a wonderful springtime fragrance. And now, it’s a battleground. Voters on June 7 will go to the polls to decide whether to stick with the old plans or endorse a plan of fewer homes, condos, retail and office space and 500 horses that was approved in 2010. The city shopped the south side to hotel developers, but the plan—approved in hopes of luring a hotel in time to capitalize on the 1984 Olympics—never went anywhere. In 2006, a City Council majority on its way out approved a developer’s agreement for the 440 homes on the north side, ensuring the approvals wouldn’t expire and the building fees would be forever locked at reduced rates. When the new City Council majority was seated in 2006, then-Mayor Sam Allevato said publicly he recognized a tide had turned in Capistrano. In 2002, voters had rejected the city-approved Whispering Hills housing development and high school in a referendum. The same year, voters said “no” in an advisory measure over Home Depot on the city-owned Lower Rosan Ranch on Stonehill Drive. Then in 2006, voters used a referendum to overturn a council-approved development, rejecting a housing plan on the driving range at San Juan Hills Golf Course on San Juan Creek Road. This time, voters also muzzled city leaders a bit, approving Measure X to require a vote of the public any time the use was changed on land identified as “Open Space” in the General Plan. That election also brought Mark Nielsen and Lon Uso into office. Another change: Lake Forest-based Advanced Real The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011
STREET POLL: Measure B With the June 7 election approaching, we asked San Juan Capistrano residents whether they support the new Distrito La Novia plan. We found voters Monday and Wednesday throughout San Juan Capistrano. By Kylie Corbett
Yes on B:
NO on B:
“If something’s going to be there, it might as well be something we want, and if it creates more jobs, that’s good, because a lot of people need them right now. I don’t know about the congestion it’ll create though.” —Gina Dappen
“I moved to San Juan to live in a small town and keep that small town feeling, and I’m very opposed to any more development in this town. I think we need to clean up the areas that need to be cleaned up, and not develop new areas, and keep our town with a small-town feeling that we all moved here for.” — Gail Nelson
“We need the revenue businesses will provide for all the city’s services. I know it’s either one project or the other, and [Measure B] will be more open space. I also want the stable because I’ve always felt it’s a good place for one.” —Sarah Shelton
“I just think it will be much more attractive. I like the idea of the open space and I particularly like the idea of having the outlooks, because a few times I’ve been up there, and it’s absolutely beautiful on the top to see the ocean.” —Nancy Ambrose
“I think there should be a compromise between both, so development, but at the same time, keep the naturalistic aspect. Both options should be looked at, instead of just 100 percent develop, or 100 percent keep it natural.” —Christian Fortunati “My stance is against all that development for the fact that, look at all the empty stores we have already, and building more stores, retail, and office space, seems so foolish. Also, I think the 500 horses are a big issue. I’m pro development residential, because more homes might possibly make homes more affordable.” “I’m for slow growth, and it’s already a beautiful city. There’s so much equestrian stuff already that creates horse smell and all that. Instead of putting it between where the people live, it would make things better if they just pushed it out toward the Ortega, and develop where it needs developing.” — Dave Martinek
“I think it’s the best thing that could happen to our city. We need to maintain our equestrian outlook, and the whole notion of developing that corner is really important, rather than having the bloom of houses that were considered before.” —Nancy Cangiano
Estate purchased the south side of La Novia, making them the owners of both parcels. With the election, Allevato said he recognized things had changed in Capistrano, and appointed Nielsen and Uso to work with residents and Advanced Real Estate to develop a plan that would reduce the number of houses—which can cost cities more money than they generate in property taxes—and develop an overarching plan. Distrito La Novia was borne from that process.
The original San Juan Meadows project was 275 single-family homes and 165 senior units, with 30 acres of open space. The new Distrito plan includes 94 homes and 130 apartments and condos. The single-family homes are on the north side, with a 500-horse equestrian center. The condos and apartments are on the south side, with 107,000 square feet of commercial space. Overall, the project would have 90 acres of open space. That plan was approved by the entire City Council in 2010. That same night,
however, voters refused to return Nielsen and Uso to office. With three seats open—Tom Hribar did not seek re-election—voters elected John Humphrey, Larry Kramer and Derek Reeve. Humphrey and Kramer support Distrito, while Reeve opposes it. Immediately after the approval, opponents circulated a referendum petition. Developer Rick Julian made concessions and reduced the size of the project, but the referendum went forward. The City Council placed it on the June 7 ballot. Critics contend the project is too large and doesn’t fit the character of Capistrano, particularly on the north side—which includes a four-story parking structure. On the south side, some have argued it’s unfair to existing homeowners to add horses to the meadows. The effort created strange bedfellows. Trevor Dale sat on the committee that helped design Distrito, but now opposes it. John Perry was a supporter of building the housing on the golf-course driving range, but opposes Distrito. Both are leaders in the effort. Nielsen and Uso, carried into office as slow-growth advocates, were labeled sell-outs by many who campaigned for them. Supporters say the new project is better because it creates more open space and brings retail to the east side of the freeway. They also say the equestrian center is important to the town. In the campaigning—where the developer has spent more than $90,000 on mailers and small neighborhood gatherings, compared to just over $7,000 raised by the project opponents—both sides have seized on the same facts to argue their cases. The new plan generates about 1,000 more trips a day, opponents say. Supporters counter that it produces fewer trips in the morning, when streets are most clogged, and that most of those trips will be the neighbors themselves stopping at the retail center. Even the Planning Commission didn’t like the project, opponents say. Supporters counter that individual commissioners did like it, but after several meetings recognized that changes needed to be made, so rejecting it would be the quickest way to get it to the City Council. The project is complicated because it sits on the long-closed Forster Dump. Either project requires the developer t o reopen the landfill—but the new project is less invasive to the landfill than the already-approved plan. The Registrar of Voters announced that more than 1,000 Capistrano residents had registered to vote between the November election and the cutoff for the referendum. Typically, special elections draw a much smaller turnout than regular elections, but Capistrano is anything but typical—especially when it comes to growth. CD www.thecapistranodispatch.com
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Letters To The Community YES IS LESS.... WHEN YOU DON’T SHOW THE ENTIRE PROPOSED PLAN! —Kimberleigh Gavin, San Juan Capistrano Ask “why” the equestrian center is not pictured in the YES campaign’s marketing materials. Why are they calling the proposed 500 horse equestrian center “Open Space?” The YES campaign is working very hard to sell their plan through “wine and cheese” parties and “coffee” chats. Neglecting to show the 500 horse equestrian center is deceptive marketing. Remember, horses do not walk to their home... for every horse is a truck and a horse trailer. Can you imagine the traffic this will create along La Novia and San Juan Creek Road? How
many of the YES campaign folks actually live off La Novia? We are noticing every night NO signs are replaced with YES ones. YES supporters have even gone so far as to tape notices on NO signs saying the homeowner was “lied to.” Who is doing the lying here? Being called “liars and troublemakers,” sign removal and nighttime notices are dirty campaign tactics. Between the two choices, I’d take the houses over the enormous equestrian center any day. I say build the 1998 plan. A designated park and senior housing is preferable to 500 horses and equestrian facility with no public open space. I enjoy our equestrian atmosphere and have shared the trails with horses for
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ONLINE POLL years, but 500 horses (that could double with another City Council’s approval) and equestrian center is just too large for this part of town. I have walked the hills daily for 13 years and know this site like my own backyard. Most SJC voters have not spent time enjoying this area they are making decisions about. I urge you to take the time and read the ballot—understand what you are voting for. This Measure is extremely important. Once this land is developed, it will be there forever. It is a beautiful area and it deserves the best plan we can create. We can do better. Send ARES back to the drawing board or build the 1998 plan. Vote NO on Measure B.
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YES IS LESS. PERIOD. —Erin Kutnick, San Juan Capistrano By now I’m sure you’ve all seen a sign, flier, or mailer about Measure B (the Distrito La Novia project). This measure will be on a special ballot on June 7 and it is imperative that you vote in this election! (Cont. on page 10)
BRUCE TATARIAN: Guest View
Former Planning Commissioner: I Voted ‘No;’ But I Support Distrito La Novia I support Measure “B” (Distrito / San Juan Meadows), have always supported this project as a far superior alternative, and will be voting YES. This one is simple: It’s either houses or horses. One we already have in excess, and the other typifies who we are. A mistake was made years ago to entitle 440 homes and a freeway hotel on this highly visible hillside entry to our town. The community worked together over the past four or five years to correct this mistake; providing a wellbalanced mix of equestrian, far fewer homes, tasteful commercial, and much greater open space. Please understand we have absolutely no option to keep this property undeveloped, which makes this one a no-brainer. I have The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011
yet to find any San Juan resident who is in support of slapping another 400-plus homes and a hotel on this hillside. The motivation of a small group of detractors to this much improved use of property is unclear. However, a disturbing statement has been recklessly thrown around by these folks that must be addressed. They repeatedly imply that the planning commission was against this project. This is untrue and disingenuous. If you listen to the record, you will find that the planning commission was wholeheartedly in favor of replacing the current entitlement with something better. It’s just that on April 27, 2010, the project wasn’t yet ready for final approval, so it was passed upstairs
to the City Council for help. This is not conjecture, as I was on the Planning Commission during these deliberations, worked with my fellow commissioners and the developer to identify areas of improvement, and we made substantial progress. But a project of this importance and complexity doesn’t get digested in a single bite. So after three months and five Planning Commission meetings we felt it necessary and fair to move things forward and include your City Council. In fact, it was my motion. The City Council then did a remarkable job of curing the key concerns; including traffic mitigation, reducing building density and reducing the number of horses. They took a good plan and made it great, which was
always our intended outcome. The Planning Commission was not denying this project, we were doing our job; and it resulted in a better, less dense plan. So please do not be misled by a simpleton sound bite to explain a multifaceted approval process. This project is a very good alternative; it’s good for the residents, it’s good for property values, it’s good for our future economic health, and most importantly it’s good for reinforcing our equestrian and open space uniqueness. If you think this makes sense, please proactively reach out and vote YES on “B” on or before June 7. It’s truly now up to you. Bruce Tatarian is a former SJC Planning Commissioner. www.thecapistranodispatch.com
SOAPBOX MICHAEL JOHNSON: Guest View
Facts, Lies, and Opinions Regarding Measure B
et’s get our facts straight, folks. Some people are accusing the volunteers who collected signatures as being liars and con artists. That simply was not the case. I’m sure some facts were misquoted by a couple of volunteers. But personally, I always told the truth. The vast majority of people I spoke to eagerly signed when told they could have a say in this project. Over 3,000 residents wanted this on the ballot. Also, the photo used on signs and in flyers was correct. It showed the actual footprint of the approved project and correct density, height, and location of buildings. The only differences were cosmetic exterior changes. I verified this picture with the developers before this picture was ever used. In the city’s haste to get a deal brokered with the developer, they overlooked some important points that need to be considered. * Insufficiant mitigation for neighboring mobile home park residents who would be subjected to potentially hazardous fumes and particles in the air when the dump is dug up, and throughout grading and construction. (The park should be closed, the residents fairly compensated, and the place empty before one shovel of dirt is ever turned over.) No one, including our city council, seems to care about the approximately 110 families living there. * No park for kids living in the condos and apartments. (City’s fault for not mandating) The only area set aside for a play area is the top floor of the 4-story parking garage. * A parking garage is a huge eyesore. On the site map at the city, it is designatLetters (Cont. from page 8) The area in question is bordering both sides of La Novia east of Valle Road. The developer who owns this property has two approved plans. The original plan that from 1998 which calls for 275 homes, 165 apartments, 300-room hotel, and a church or school. This is far too large and will require an extensive amount of grading to complete. We do not want this project built. Four years ago, the City Council worked with the developer and a citizen sub-committee to scale back that project because it was so large and did not really fit the needs of either the city or the residents. After a lot of negotiation and over 30 public hearings, a new plan was approved last November. That plan (Distrito La Novia) calls for 94 homes and 130
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ed “Open Space” because the top floor (apartments above retail, office, comwill have Astro-turf on it. On the develmercial, all on the same property) in opers flyers, it is colored green, to give SJC. This would be outside our norm. you the impression it’s a park. It’s not. Irvine and downtown Fullerton are full * The project is not limited to 500 of them, but not here. Is this what we horses. Future councils can legally want San Juan to look like? increase this to 1,597 (63.9 acres ORS x In my opinion, previous and current 25) horses if Measure B passes. Under city council members, who also serve perfect conditions, 887 (35.5 acres ROS as the members of the Redevelopment x 25) horses could be allowed under Agency, financially mismanaged the the previous plan. (I am personally not city’s resources so badly that they apagainst having a modest proved this project, equine facility.) But the no matter how many “Neither plan real issue is this: When unanswered quespeople bought homes in works for San Juan as tions there were, and the surrounding neighno matter how much borhoods, there was they sit, but I believe opposition. Revenue no plan that included generation in the RDA horses or stables. These that there is a solution Zone was the drivparcels were zoned for ing factor behind the that would generate city‘s overzealousness homes, a hotel, and “institutional use” projects. pushing this plan badly needed revenue in So are their property through. The mixed rights being ignored? use on “Distrito” is for the city.” But if Measure B is as dense as is allowdefeated, the developer able by city code. The would still have to request a zoning developer’s “Yes is Less” slogan, is not change in order to put any horses on the an accurate depiction of the reality of the Meadows parcel, even though horses density of the total project. are allowable in the Forster Canyon The developer told me repeatedly, Comprehensive Development Plan. (I “Mike, we would make more money verified these facts with city staff before developing the original entitlement.” I writing this column.) have a hard time believing him. If he * There is no Environmental Impact could have built the original plan, he Report (EIR) specifically done in rewould have already done so. I believe gards to any equestrian facility. The real that he didn’t build the original entitleimpact is not known. When a concrete ment because he’d have to connect plan is submitted, the city council can, at Via California (very expensive), dig their discretion, order the developer to up a larger portion of the dump (very provide an EIR. But since the facility was expensive) and have to tear down a mas“conceptual” none was actually required. sive hill on the south side of the project * There are no Mixed Use Projects and repack it (very expensive). But
more importantly, this new plan creates a huge windfall from the massive ongoing revenues generated from leasing offices, retail, apartments, and condos, that he never could have imagined possible when he first bought these properties with the previous zoning. If Measure B is defeated, the developer can submit a “substantially different” plan the very next day. Judging the current climate, if he asked for a shopping plaza and offices (drop the apartments and condos) on Distrito, and to drop a chunk of homes in order to make room for an equestrian center permanently capped at 350 to 500 horses on the Meadows, he would probably get a 4-1 approval from the council. He’d be able to piggy-back off of studies that have already been done, saving money and time. Neither plan works for San Juan as they sit, but I believe that there is a solution that would generate badly needed revenue for the city, that would allow the developer to make a bundle of money AND that would be agreeable to a majority of citizens. But Measure B needs to be defeated in order to get a compromise. If Measure B passes, citizens will end up getting ridiculous amounts of traffic, we’ll be subjected to unknown environmental hazards, all the while the developer and his partners/investors make a huge windfall profit. If Measure B is defeated, citizens will get a chance to be a part of future negotiations and permitting processes from the very beginning. The choice seems pretty obvious to me. Mike Johnson (not the attorney Michael Johnson) is a longtime resident and businessman.
condos/apartments, and an equestrian area. NO hotel or school but instead a small retail center similar to Marbella Plaza. Something that would benefit the residents on the east side of town and reduce a lot of the cross-town traffic getting to the shopping across the freeway. The biggest misconception out there is that if you vote “no” there will be no development. This is simply not true. Whether we like it or not, the land is not zoned for open space and it will be developed. What we need to decide is do we want the old project with 440 units, 250,000 SF of commercial space, and only 30 acres of open space OR the new project which is 224 units, 107,000 SF of commercial space and 90 acres of open space. The choice seems pretty clear. As a 13-year resident who lives in very close proximity to the area, I fully sup-
There isn’t an option for no development on this piece of land. Vote yes on Measure B.
port the smaller, less dense project that will improve the intersection at Valle Road and La Novia, add more trails, provide much needed retail (on a small scale) to the east side of the freeway, and preserve the equestrian lifestyle so important to San Juan Capistrano. As a former transportation commissioner I can tell you that building less homes is the best way to reduce the traffic impacts. The more homes built, the more new cars on the road. For all these reasons, we need to choose the smaller project that better suits the needs of our community. I urge you to talk to your friends and neighbors about this very important issue because in a small election like this, every single vote will matter! The most important thing to remember is that yes means less development.
Vote ‘Yes’ On Distrito, and Other Thoughts —Ruth Clark, San Juan Capistrano Horses are very important in San Juan Capistrano and the new plan for the Distrito will be good. There is a lot of land up there (off La Novia), more than most people realize. Vote yes! As our city grows, and it will, another hotel will be needed in the future and what a great spot on the hill. It would also be great to realign La Novia with the north freeway ramps. I know it’s not in this plan, but I would like to see a beautiful hotel with a fabulous valley and ocean views similar to the Laguna Cliff Marriott in Dana Point on Park Lantern. It would www.thecapistranodispatch.com
SOAPBOX JOHN PERRY: Guest View
Confused About Measure B?
re you confused by the claims and counterclaims being made by the supporters of Measure B scheduled for election on John Perry June 7, 2011? You should be. The land developer Advanced Real Estate Services (ARES) is spending over $100,000 to confuse you in order to win this election. According to the public disclosure of contributions, the developer has donated $90,000 in the initial reporting period to himself from his company ARES. The disclosure shows that $40,000 was spent by ARES to hire Charlton Research Company of Oregon and a political consultant to develop a Public Judgment Model to shape your opinion on Measure B. Eileen Padberg, a political consultant used this model to conduct focus groups to develop a slogan and a strategy to convince you that the developer’s project was smaller (YES IS LESS) and more beneficial to the community. The focus groups used questions such as “if you had to choose between two development plans where one was smaller, which would you choose?” Since most voters in this community do want more development, the smaller plan would be their choice. The next question would be “if we told you that the current plan was smaller than the 1998 plan, which would you choose?” The truth is when the two plans are compared, they are about the same density based on constructed square feet. The focus groups were not told or shown Letters (Cont. from page 11) be great for horse show people, tourists, seminars and meetings. We only have the Best Western on Ortega, the future luxury Banderas next to the Mission and the future Marriott Residence Inn on Stonehill (a live-in with no restaurant or public rooms.) There seems to be nothing so permanent as a temporary building. San Juan Capistrano is now celebrating 50 years as a beautiful historic city, yet we have an ugly old modular unit for our City Hall. It’s fine to be fiscally conservative but we are acting like cheap tightwads. Surely we can build an attractive, historic looking City Hall in a better location, one we can all be proud of.
Less What? —Roxwell Hafdahl, San Juan Capistrano Yes is not less—unless you mean less The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011
any facts to back up the claim that the current plan was much smaller. The objective of the campaign is to confuse voters into believing that their “Yes on Measure B” would result in a smaller and more beneficial development. How did we get two plans approved by the city for the same property? It is a planning nightmare and difficult to understand. We need to read the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Section 3 very carefully to track the evolution of the 1998 plan to the current plan. See nodistrito.com for complete EIR. The Mesa (Meadows) portion of the property became a dump in 1956 as the Forster Canyon landfill where, over the years, industrial, household and commercial waste was deposited in several steep canyons. An estimated 3 million cubic yards of waste was deposited up to the closure in 1976 when the County of Orange deactivated the landfill and closed it using regulations in place at that time. The property was sold to the developer ARES in 2000 with the 1998 entitlement for 275 single family homes, 165 senior citizen apartments, with an affordable housing component, and a 7.74-acre park over the closed landfill. The Mesa (Meadows) property had remained undeveloped since the landfill closure despite a series of owners and building plans. The Distrito property is the lower portion of the property between San Juan Creek Road, La Novia and Valle Roads. This property was purchased in 2002 by ARES with entitlements dating back to
1983. In 1983, the City Council zoned the property for a hotel on the easterly 9.7 acres. The hotel was intended to be a low-profile building with a maximum exposed wall height of 18 feet and a maximum elevation of 35 feet. It was to start with 200 rooms with a future addition of another 100 rooms. The developer who secured the entitlements for the hotel was unable to build the project, so the land remained vacant but still under the zoning that only a hotel could be built on that portion of the Disrito property. The other part of the Distrito property is part of the Forster Canyon Planned Community and was zoned for a “Public Institutional” building such as a school, church, or other public building. That portion did not attract a developer from 1983 until the present. In 2007 ARES, with the assistance of City Councilmen Mark Neilsen and Lon Uso, proposed to combine the two properties under a new development called Distito La Novia/San Juan Meadows. The objective of this new development was to transfer some of the housing density from the Meadows property to the Distrito property and to create a 500horse equestrian facility and 94 houses on the property previously occupied by the 275 homes and the 165 senior citizen apartments. The Distrito property would become much denser by using an urban mixeduse concept to build vertically and use a parking structure, rather than garages, to house the parking for the 90 for-sale
condos located in four three story buildings This density shift also includes 40 for-rent apartments (with an affordable component) with retail businesses on the first floor and the apartments on the top two floors of the two additional three story buildings. The plan also includes boutique retail, market and restaurants, and an office building all multistory with elements towering to 45 feet in height. The San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission, after many public meetings and hearings, declined to approve the new project citing concerns that the project would be incompatible with surrounding neighborhoods because of “building intensity and massing, and traffic that could not be mitigated to acceptable levels.” In November, the City Council approved the development (after 20 or more contentious public meetings) overriding the Planning Commission denial. Councilmen Neilsen and Uso cast their vote for the project after being defeated that day in the municipal election. People are being confused by the slick campaign drafted by an Oregon think tank and by a paid political consultant that “Yes Is Less” and by the ARES claims that they will build the 1998 project if Measure B is defeated on June 7. ARES has not provided calculations that prove the claim that the current project is less dense, so the voters should understand that until the density claim is verified, “Yes is Less” is just another slogan. San Juan Capistrano John Perry is one of the leaders for the referendum against Distrito La Novia.
quality of life for the people who live in this neighborhood. This project, if approved, would have a massive negative impact on the people who actually live there. The Distrito Project should be voted down for the following reasons: 1. It violates the General Plan—The General Plan states that new development should take into account the surrounding neighborhood and the desires of its homeowners. There is no doubt that the majority of the people who live in this area are opposed to this project. This proposed project requires a General Plan Amendment. General Plan Amendments are a big deal and should not be taken lightly. The company that bought this property knew full well what they were buying—or should have. 2. Red Herring—The threat made by the proponents that if denied, the developers could build a 300-room hotel is highly questionable. This site has
been entitled since 1983 and it has been obvious that a hotel of this size was not economically feasible, even in good economic times. A convention hotel with 300 rooms and the necessary conference and banquet space would cost in the neighborhood of $ 200,000 a room or a total of $ 60 million. Absolutely no chance. A current report by Atlas Hospitality Group reported that in the first quarter of 2011, there were 498 hotels in California in default or foreclosed on. Of that, Orange County has 1,780 rooms in default. What this means is that a large hotel will never get built, therefore traffic concerns will be alleviated for the foreseeable future. Hopefully, the developers when denied will come up with a more reasonable and less dense plan that takes into account the concerns of neighbors. 3. The Distrito Plan—Aside from the
fact that there is not enough demographic support for a retail project of this size in this location, has anyone ever seen a neighborhood shopping center that relied on structured parking, and in this case subterranean structured parking? I do not believe there are any neighborhood shopping centers in all of Orange County that have structured parking. Retail is all about good demographics, traffic, exposure and convenient parking—think the Vons Center or Ralph’s here in San Juan Capistrano. Two highdensity specialty centers come to mind that have structured parking and that have failed—the Kaleidoscope Center in Mission Viejo and the Triangle Square Center in Costa Mesa. Plentiful and convenient surface parking is a key element in the success of retail projects. 4. Mixed Use Projects—Urban planners seem to like the idea of mixed use projects, but the fact of the matter is most (Cont. on page 12)
SOAPBOX Letters (Cont. from page 11) of the ones that were built during the real estate frenzy, have had problems, some foreclosed and some sitting with vacant space. Many, entitled mixed use projects all over Southern California never got built because the lenders won’t touch them. The inherent conflicts when retail, office and residential are thrown together, are very difficult to overcome. 5. Detracts from the Downtown Retail Corridor—The city’s emphasis should be on the downtown corridor, which has struggled during this recession and even before the recession. To push retail on the other side of the freeway, diverting retail traffic, seems like a very poorly thought out strategy that will negatively impact retail tenants in the downtown / Camino Capistrano area. 6. The Planning Commission—Commissioners voted against this project, citing concerns about traffic, too much density, ingress and egress problems, inadequate parking, and a general concern about the environmental issues facing the project. 7. Traffic, Traffic, Traffic—8,000 trips a day. Need I say more?
Concerns About Distrito —Jack Eidt, San Juan Capistrano First off, from the perspective of an urban planner with 25 years of experience in the field, the Distrito La Novia/ Meadows project is not “smart” growth. Building apartments mixed with commercial and office uses is only considered desirable when housing is in close walking proximity to shops, restaurants, the post office, parks, and most important, alternative transportation modes. Distrito-Meadows offers little of the above, just a commercial space off the freeway without “critical mass” as some former council members would advocate. No smart growth plan would place apartments over commercial so far from downtown, the train, anywhere to walk. And make no mistake, constructing 93 more sprawling homes on 10,000 square-foot lots is more stupid growth. Planned not for the sake of “community character” but for Advanced Real Estate Services (ARES), who understands the wealthy-horsey crowd have all the new home money these days. Oh, and the less-well-off forced to live crammed against the freeway looking down at a yogurt shop and the medium-speedlane. And let’s not forget the city council hungry to raise fees by cluttering the hills and San Juan Creek Road instead of taxing their wealthy friends who support this sprawl development. Why is there more “open space” offered in the new plan? The landfill is The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011
unbuildable for housing but perfect for clip-clopping equestrians. Some people around San Juan, like the entire development establishment backed by tens of thousands of contributed dollars and focus groups, want us to believe if we don’t go for the Distrito Mixed Use Plan, then we will see the 1998 plan with more homes, more commercial space, less open space. Well, not so fast. If the plan reverts to the original approval, there is little chance the mix of homes and hotel built over a landfill would be constructed. Why did the project not move forward during the go-godevelopment years of the 2000s? A hotel is already under construction across the freeway. And let’s face it, the market for more hotels is not robust. Therefore only the residential part of the project would (possibly) move ahead. I do think the 1998 residential plan is more sprawl and worse than the latest Meadows alternative. If it really were the case of one or the other, clearly the latest is better. But I see no chance for a reversion to a plan they have not been able to build for more than a decade. Who will buy a home swathed in toxic (landfill) methane fumes? Who is buying any new homes these days? I say No on B; we can do better with less commercial orphaned off the freeway, and sprawling homes chopping up the landscape. Just look at the real estate community who supports the measure and those council members who loved Rancho Mission Viejo’s thousands of homes and the toll road cutting in half our wilderness and park areas. If more development were the option to the Distrito, why would they invest their time and money? These people want more, but also know only certain things make money these days. We can do better, San Juan, than trading away open space and traffic to deal-hungry developers for “fees.”
Be Careful with Your Vote —Barbara Cole, San Juan Capistrano One must care about a world one will never see. — Bertrand Russell I have resided in this city for 12 years. At 83 years of age I find it a most delightful place to live. My home is in the Seasons Senior Apartments complex at the corner of Ortega Highway and Rancho Viejo Road. In the dozen years I’ve been here I have witnessed slow but consistent development, both commercial and residential, resulting in the erosion of the atmosphere which was present when I moved here. Traffic at the intersection has increased markedly over time and particularly so with the advent of construction at Ladera Ranch. As each commercial
project has been added to the surrounding neighborhood, residents have experienced a noticeable rise in noise level due to the presence of more large trucks including delivery vans, and trash and heavy equipment haulers. Additionally, more emergency vehicles are responding to more calls for service; a greater number of motor cycles are visiting on the week-ends; and more buses and car pools are ferrying more students to and from school. I’m not aware of what the twelve-year growth figures actually are, but without a doubt the city has the measurements because we know there is to be a major undertaking to improve freeway access to alleviate the growing congestion at Ortega and the 5. By the way, horse trailers and feed trucks are not exempted from the list of vehicles already mentioned. Among others, they serve the equestrian center located at the foot of Rancho Viejo Road where not only are horses stabled, but young steers are penned there as well. These animals which were born to graze live in cramped quarters to be used by riders practicing how to separate individual animals from the herd. Even though we are two or three blocks away, when the wind blows in our direction, the odor from the cow pen is far from fragrant! A person who has watched environmental degradation consequent to increased construction doesn’t need to be half bright to understand that with each increment of development in an area there will follow innumerable changes. Not only will the current status be affected, but so also will conditions in the long term as they will emerge in an unforeseen future. Whatever the outcome of the June 7 election, whether a “yes” tally or a “no” tally prevails, it is clear at this moment that the projected development of the Distrito site will alter the character and quality of San Juan life, the effects of which will ricochet throughout this community for years to come. Responsible voters who consider themselves to be first class caring citizens need to think deeply about marking their ballots. A “no” vote will signal the City Council that it would be prudent in the future to consult the electorate-atlarge about such an important decision, especially so when the Planning Commission and the county have withheld their approval of the project. We are better folks than to let self-serving enterprises dictate what is good for San Juan just because the city is in dire financial straights and needs the revenue. We’re better than that. Let’s defeat Measure B. Let’s then send the project back to the developers for a rethink. Let them design a plan that will be supportive of the greater good for the entire commu-
nity. Then we will be able to use our votes to make a more enlightened choice.
Questions, Questions, Questions —Ira Rosenbaum, San Juan Capistrano I am writing this letter because I am confused over all that is going on with the Distrito vote. Why for instance has The Dispatch allowed both the Mayor and the former Councilman Mark Nielson use the paper as a soapbox to expound about their support for the project? They voted for it in spite of all the concern raised by the local citizens. Why has the developer been allowed to provide a multi column article to support his position? Will the newspaper offer people from the “NO” camp equal space? Why has it been so difficult for the developer to implement the previously approved plan for the property- hotel/ school or church and a combination of homes and senior living facilities? The reason given was that no one wanted to build a hotel. Well in the in the past six months San Juan has approved two separate hotel projects, one of which has already broken ground. Is the reasoning rather that the developer just didn’t want to do the work to find some one who would build a hotel? The developer points out that he will fix the dangerous interchange at Valle Road and the North bound on ramp to the I-5. It is a dangerous traffic situation. Why hasn’t the city or Cal Trans done something about it? Why hasn’t the City pushed to get it fixed? San Juan promotes it self as being an equestrian community enjoying a rural life style. I think that is great and was one of the reasons my family and I moved here. San Juan has existing stables for approximately 2,000 horses. These are not filled to capacity and a good number of the stables are filled with horses that are not owned locally. Why are we trying to become the horse warehouse of Orange County by approving a development that will ultimately add stables for an additional 2,000 horses? These horses will come from outside of San Juan. Why do we need a horse show arena with its attendant noise, lights and traffic right in the midst of a residential neighborhood? I am confused. I don’t understand the reasoning behind a “yes” vote on measure B. We the citizens need a re-do, just like the developer received, but this time for a development that is not only consistent with the towns values but also consistent with the surrounding neighborhood.
It’s the Nimbys —Sandra Estep, San Juan Capistrano I am not a person who gets openly (Cont. on page 14) www.thecapistranodispatch.com
SOAPBOX Letters (Cont. from page 12) involved in politics, but with all the lies that are getting thrown around about Measure B, I have to make a statement. Last year I attended several San Juan city council meetings, originally pertaining to trees in my neighborhood, on the agenda was the development for Distrito La Novia. It piqued my interest and I attended more meetings. I listened to the city councils members and the developers hash out the various concerns and watched them work together to produce what I thought was a very positive development. At the meetings that I attended I also I listen to the few naysayers (some of which were very nasty) that argued against the project, but other than being anti anything they did not seem to offer any alternatives ideas as to what the owner should do with their property. Basically NIMBY to anything. Then came the petition gathering in front of our local Vons. After viewing the information and talking with the gatherers (some of which were not even San Juan residents) I found some errors in their presentation and pointed them out, I was all but called a liar and ignored. I
found it very wrong that a petition with such blatant errors could be used to sway people into signing something that will ultimately cost the city of San Juan Capistrano thousand of dollars. Now I am getting flyers in the mail with the same errors (basically lies) and I can’t stand by without saying something. I would like to make some points known about the facts: 1. ARES will fix the poor design of the La Novia and Valle Road that will help with traffic. Thank you! 2. Stacked and packed? The proposed development that the planning commission approved is way less dense. There would be a lot more traffic if a school were built, as anyone who has to drive by any of the many private schools around town at 3 p.m. can attest to. 3. Small Town? I’m sorry, but we lost the small town when we lost the lawsuit with Glendale Federal and opened up those hills to building in the first place. 4. The Equestrian Center the original proposal asked for 750 horses but after working with the city the final number was 500. I guess if you put “could ultimately” in front of something you don’t have to state the truth. And if anyone knows anything about horse shows
they’re not something that generates a lot of noise and lights. 5. One question: What about the rights of the people who own the land that makes up Distrito La Novia and San Juan Meadows? 6. Unknown dump excavation? Barrels of toxins? Check out this web site for the full environmental impact disclosure http://www.sanjuancapistrano.org/Index.aspx?page=1285 7. The old plan is approved and could be developed if ARES wanted, but they and the city came up with a much better plan and if people had taken the time to really look at the proposed development I feel we would not be wasting thousands of dollars on an election based on lies. My family moved into the area in 1957 and I have seen so many changes—some good and some bad—but this is the first one that I wanted to get involved in. I see the development of Distrito La Novia and San Juan Meadows as a good project that will bring much-needed jobs and income to our area. Please check the facts for yourself and I’m sure you will then vote yes on Measure B.
What’s He Thinking? —Carole Matson, San Juan Capistrano I just read another letter from John Perry. Does he just not listen or does he want to deceive people? He says “Vote No” for less traffic...hello Perry...don’t you think 440 homes and a 300-room hotel will cause more traffic than the $92 million homes and no hotel if you vote yes? News flash, vote no and there will be a lot more traffic! And you’re living in la la land if you think there will not be any development if you vote no. Open your eyes and ears. Yes is really less! And to the lady who does not want to live near horses because she comes from Ohio: Before you get in a tizzy about living near horses, just look below your home... there are three stables already in the neighborhood! Just remember, if you vote no, you’ll have more horses! To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. The Capistrano Dispatch reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.
JOHN TAYLOR: Guest View
LARRY KRAMER: Guest View
All Residents Should Support B Yes on B’ is Yes on Open Space
urge you to vote and to vote YES on Measure B. Voting Yes is in your and the city’s best interest. There are many good reasons for voting “Yes,” no matter where you live in our wonderful city. This is a better development than that approved in 1998. All of the land under discussion is zoned for development. It will be developed under this new plan or under some variation of the old plan. It is not zoned Open Space and will not be left undeveloped. The new plan provides fewer residences by nearly half (224 verses 440) and a modest amount of commercial instead of a 300-room hotel and church or school. The upscale 94 homes, nearby shopping and easy accessibility to nearby open space will increase the value of all homes in the vicinity. The proposed apartments and condominiums will provide more affordable housing that are in reach of more people. Not everyone needs, wants or can afford a single-family residence. Of the 154 acres, 90 acres, or 62 percent, will be open space. More importantly is that much of that open space will be accessible to you. Under the 1998 plan none of it is accessible to the general population. The new trails and trailheads will connect to our already fine trail systems making much of our open space The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011
even more available to all of us. I love having stables in town and fear that if we do not support them they will slowly disappear. We are going to lose Ortega Equestrian Center. Loss of our stables would change forever the character of our town. The confusing and unsafe intersection of the I-5 off-ramp with Valle Road and La Novia will finally be fixed. Valle Road will be widened and will contain a sidewalk. Any development will increase traffic. The mitigation approved for the new plan better mitigates that impact. I prefer Avendia California to connect to Valle Road instead of La Novia. At the city level we are cutting the budget to live within our means. However, that means cutting services that you want and deserve to have. That includes road, water, drainage and park maintenance and services. The current road maintenance is on nearly a 15-year and longer cycle. Next year we may not have money to resurface any roads due to budget constraints. The best way to improve this is for the city to increase revenue through property and sales taxes. The revenue from this land is now very little but increases tremendously when developed. This will not cost you anything but will improve our ability to deliver needed services. We have not
s a long time San Juan resident, living in the Los Rios District for more than 20 years, I have been a staunch supporter of open space and ensuring our town retains its small-town feel and character. That’s why I’m voting Yes on Measure B and I urge you to do the same. Some have asked me if this election is a choice between development and no development and each time I tell them it’s a choice between two developments, the No on B plan of 440 homes (275 single family and 165 senior apartments), a 300-room hotel and a public institution facility such as a school OR the Yes on B plan of 94 single family homes, 130 condos and apartments and a small shopping center the size of Marbella Plaza. A Yes on Measure B is 50 percent less residential! With regard to open space which we all cherish, a YES vote on Measure B would preserve 62 percent of the
increased the number of policemen for years. The way to be able to afford that is to increase the tax base and the revenue generated from it. We all want to preserve our small town. That does not mean there will not be changes. It does mean that we must
property for open space—and connect trails, provide two look out points and trailhead parking. The Yes on B plan is also great for our city as it will bring a lot of economic benefits to town. With the Yes on B plan we’ll see an increased revenue stream that our city desperately needs. The development fees for this project are $11 million and the project is estimated to bring in $600,000 annually in sales and property taxes that can help fund projects and improvements throughout or city. Overall I feel the Yes on B plan is much better for San Juan and is a project that we can all be proud of. It is a great balance of open space, houses, shopping and equestrian. I urge you to look at the facts for yourself and vote “Yes on Measure B” for a well balanced project. John Taylor was elected to the City Council in November.
be smart about the changes made. Voting “Yes” on Measure B is voting for a smart change that will bring benefit to all the residents of San Juan Capistrano. Again, I urge you to vote on June 7 and to vote “yes!” Larry Kramer was elected to the City Council in November. www.thecapistranodispatch.com
THURSDAY & FRIDAY Noon – 7 p.m.
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, JUNE 9TH
THURSDAY, JUNE 9
12:30 Hana Surf Girls – A film directed by Russ Spencer, Bison Films 2:00 Earth Day Featuring Wyland – A film by Producer/Director Chris Morrow and Associate Producer Gino Beltran, provided by the Ocean Institute 2:30 Nature Propelled Elements (2010) – A film by Seth Warren documenting the connection between natural energy and sports, provided by the Ocean Institute 3:15 Unlocking the Secrets of the Blue Whale – Filmed and produced by Richmond Productions, provided by the Ocean Institute 4:15 Oil + Water Elements (2007) – A film by Seth Warren, Tyler Bradt and Nick Franczyk documenting the longest petroleumfree road trip ever, provided by the Ocean Institute 4:45 Our Playground, Their World – A film provided by The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation 5:15 7 Miles from Dana Point – A film by Capt. Larry Hartmann 5:45 SUP ATX – A film by SUP ATX documenting a stand-up paddle journey from Malibu to Austin 6:00 Watershed Revolution – A film by Rich Reid and Paul Jenkin
FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH
12:30 Boating Safety – Presentation and meet & greet with Wild Bill Wichrowski, Captain of the Kodiak from the television show “Deadliest Catch” 2:00 The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water – Film provided by the Surfrider Foundation 2:30 180 Degrees South – A film starring Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, Doug Tompkins and Jeff Johnson, directed by Chris Malloy, Woodshed Films Inc. 4:15 Earth Day Featuring Wyland – A film by Producer/Director Chris Morrow and Associate Producer Gino Beltran, provided by the Ocean Institute 4:45 Hana Surf Girls – A film directed by Russ Spencer, Bison Films 6:00 Nature Propelled Elements (2010) – A film by Seth Warren, provided by the Ocean Institute
SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH
10:30 Clean Water – Slideshow produced by OC Dana Point Harbor 11:00 SUP ATX – A film by SUP ATX documenting a stand-up paddle journey from Malibu to Austin
1-3 Roland Jenster 3-5 Jason Feddy
FRIDAY, JUNE 10 11:15 Electric Boating – Presentation by Mike Gunning, Electric Yachts of Southern California 12:00 Clean & Green Boating Practices – Presentation by Michelle Kearney, The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation 12:45 Beginning Sailing – Presentation by OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship 1:30 From Boys to Men: An Adventure in Paradise – Presentation by Marshall Lubin, author and sailor 2:00 The Cycle of Insanity: The Real Story of Water – A film provided by the Surfrider Foundation 2:30 Watershed Revolution – A film by Rich Reid and Paul Jenkin 3:15 Wild Dolphins & Whales of Southern California – A film by award-winning filmmaker Capt. Dave Anderson, followed by a Q & A with Capt. Dave 4:15 Boating Safety – Presentation and meet & greet with Wild Bill Wichrowski, Captain of the Kodiak from the television show “Deadliest Catch” 5:15 180 Degrees South – A film Starring Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia, Doug Tompkins and Jeff Johnson, directed by Chris Malloy, Woodshed Films Inc.
SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH
10:30 Clean Water – Slideshow produced by OC Dana Point Harbor 11:15 Electric Boating – Presentation by Mike Gunning, Electric Yachts of Southern California 12:00 Clean & Green Boating Practices – Presentation by Michelle Kearney, The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation 12:45 Navigation – Presentation by OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship 1:30 Tales From The Pod: Lily The Whale – Presentation by awarding-winning filmmaker Capt. Dave Anderson, Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari 2:15 From Boys to Men: An Adventure in Paradise – Presentation by Marshall Lubin, author and sailor 2:45 Hana Surf Girls – A film directed by Russ Spencer, Bison Films 4:00 Wild Dolphins & Whales of Southern California – A film by Capt. Dave Anderson
1-3 Vincent Mitchell Duo 3-5 Jeff & Ray
SATURDAY, JUNE 11 12-2:30 Rob Eller 2:30-5 Jennifer Corday
SUNDAY, JUNE 12 12-2:30 Jason Feddy 2:30-5 Jeff & Ray
OC Sailing and Event Center Public Docks 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point, CA 92629 Dana Point Harbor is right off the I-5, centrally located between Los Angeles and San Diego.
The Boat Show is an easy drive with plenty of FREE parking and FREE show shuttle service. 866.374.2628 www.danaboatshow.com
EASY TO FIND
$1 FRIDAY - $1 Admission, $1 Hot Dogs, $1 Beer, $1 Soda
SATURDAY & SUNDAY BOAT SHOW EXHIBITORS: Allen Cadillac GMC • Danmer Custom Shutters • Allstate Insurance • Arrow Custom Covers • Aventura Sailing Association • B. Candy • Boatique Graphics • Burgee Magazine • CA Department of Boating and Waterways • California Deluxe Windows • California Recreation Company • Calioptics Importer • Cape Hatteras Marine Inc. • Catalina Express • Coolest Shoes in California • CR&R • Cutco Cutlery • Da Vine Food & Wine • Dana Outrigger Canoe Club • Dana Point Boaters Association • Dana Point Chamber of Commerce • Dana Point Jet Ski & Kayak Center • Dana Point Marina Co. • Dana Point Marina Inn • Dana Point Times • Dana Point Yacht Club • Dana West Marina • Dana West Yacht Club • Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching • Dick Simon Yachts • FCI Watermakers • Giumarra Vineyards • Heartsavers • Hennessey’s Tavern • Jerky Jerks Jerky • Kona Brewing Co. • Living Like a Pirate • Gear • MarineSync Corp • Morgan Stanley • Nordhavn Yachts • OC Sailing and Events Center • OCC School of Sailing and Seamanship • Orange County Rods • Outbound Yacht Services • Pacific Home Remodeling • Parking Concepts • Punka Pacific • Quality Marine Products • R-Mac & Associates, Inc.
• RAGZ Incredibly Soft Pullovers • Rescue Tape-Harbor Products, Inc. • Sailology • Schooner Curlew • Sea Pointe Construction • Sears Home Services • Sun Country Marine • SUP ATX • The Log, Sea Magazine, Boating World • Trade Wind Inflatables • US Customs and Border Protection • USCG Auxiliary • Viewdoo Antifog • Waddell Wellness & Performance • Wyndham Resorts • Wyndham Vacation Ownership
BOAT & WATERCRAFT EXHIBITORS: Bayport Yachts • California Yachts • Ceasar Inflatable Boats, US • Compass Point Yachts • Crows Nest Yachts • Cruisers West Yacht Sales • Cruising Yachts • Dana Point Jet Ski and Kayak Center • Dick Simon Yachts • Dixon Yachts • Dream Catcher Yachts • Duffy Electric Boats • Elco Marine • Farallone Yacht Sales • Heritage Yacht Sales • Mariners Yacht & Ship Brokerage • Mc Clintock Yachts & Ship Brokerage • Mikelson Yachts • Mission Motorsports • Newport Boats • Nordhavn Yachts • Sailtime Orange County • SkipJack Boats • Solar Power Crafts • South Coast Yachts • Sunset Inflatables & Marine • Trade Wind Inflatables • Valkyrie Yachts • Wayne C. Jones, Yacht Broker • West Coast Multihulls
GREEN EXPO EXHIBITORS: AirMaax • AdVinylize • Aliso Electric • American Grass & Turf • Birdsong & The • Eco-Wonders • Candelaria Solar Electric • Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari • Clean Harbors • Dana Point Earth and Ocean Society • Duffy Electric Boats • E. Paint Co. • Electric Yachts of Southern California • Family RV • Green Castle • Metromint • Modaa Inc. • OC Waste & Recycling and Bilge Pad Exchange Program • Ocean In Motion Van • Ocean Institute • Orb Element International LLC • Organic Tree • Revco Solar Engineering • Saddleback Environmental Awareness Club • Sambazon • Solar Power Crafts • Solatube • SunWize Technologies • Surfrider Foundation, South OC Chapter • Team Kids • The Ecology Center • The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation • Wyland Mobile Learning Center • Z-Kart
GOURMET FOOD TRUCKS:
Auto Gelato • Bacon Mania • Barcelona on the Go • Chomp Chomp Nation • Dogzilla Hot Dogs • Longboards Ice Cream • Piaggio on Wheels • Rolling Sushi Van • Seabirds
$3 off – with coupon (see back cover) $5 off – purchase online (visit www.danaboatshow. com
Hennessey’s Tavern • Kettle Masters • Kona Brewing Co. • Parducci Vineyards
KIDS AREA: • Wyland Mobile Learning Center • Ocean In Motion Van sea creatures tank • Birdsong and the Eco-Wonders kids concert (morning of Saturday June 11th) • Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Safari arts & crafts table • Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society kiddie pool & prizes • Ocean Institute arts & craft booth
OTHER FEATURES: • Free boat rentals • Free stand-up paddleboard trial demos • National Marina Day raffle • JUGGY water-jug sculpture
...AND MORE Sponsors are listed in yellow.
It’s a bit of an unusual situation, but you can ultimately help survivors of the disasters in Japan—after a fundraiser for the fundraiser. The Camino Real Playhouse has scheduled a fundraiser for Japan from noon to 6 p.m. in Historic Town Center Park on El Camino Real. That event includes four bands: Ugly Paint 1st Rodeo (featuring David Tyson and Kevin Craig), West Coast Strayz” (Richie Uhl) and Martin Gerschwitz (of “Iron Butterﬂy”) and his friends. Tickets are $20 and are available online at www.caminorealplayhouse.org or by calling Martin Gerschwitz at .949.291.1811. The proceeds from the “Concert for Japan” fundraiser will go to Red Cross Disaster Relief/Japan with a small percentage to beneﬁt the Camino Real Playhouse for their organization and sponsorship of this event with Martin Gershwitz. But the San Juan Capistrano City Council refused to waive the fees for the event—because most of the money is leaving the country—so the “On a Mission” program is trying to raise more than $3,000 to cover those costs. The On a Mission fundraiser is at Ciao Pasta across from the Mission on Camino Capistrano on Tuesday, May 31. It starts at 7 p.m. Gerschwitz will play that event, too. On A Mission is an informal fundraiser on the last Tuesday of each month. Those who attend pay $20—half for the pasta and half for the fundraiser. —Jonathan Volzke
YOUR TWO-WEEK EVENT PLANNER
A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
MISSION SJC’S HISTORICAL EXHIBIT 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mission San Juan Capistrano’s historical collection is revealed starting today featuring precious and rare paintings, religious artifacts and historical documents. Free with paid admission $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
FUNDRAISING FOR A FUNDRAISER
FAITH AKO CONCERT 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Concert at Hulaville featuring the Bay Area’s premier female vocalist in traditional Hawaiian music. Tickets $5. Call for reservations. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www.hulavillecafe.com. SWALLOW’S LIVE MUSIC 2:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Live music at Swallow’s Inn starting with Rod & The Pistons then at 8:30 p.m. Dawson’s Gang performs. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
NATURE HIKE 8 a.m.-9 a.m. Join Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy one-mile hike on the Nature Trail at Caspers Park. Free. Parking $5. 33401 Ortega Hwy., SJC, 949.923.2211, www.ocparks.com/caspers.
SWEET CHARITY 8 p.m. The multi Tony-winning Broadway musical premieres at Camino Real Playhouse. Shows through May 29. Tickets $24-$40 (or May 14 Gala night for $50). 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org.
MIKE DEBELLIS AND FRIENDS 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Jazz music on the patio at Ciao Pasta Trattoria every Sunday. 31661 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.5002, www.ciaopasta.net.
JANN BROWNE 8:30 p.m. Live music at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
HAWAIIAN DANCERS & SINGERS 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Maui Visitors Bureau visits with dancers and singers at Hulaville. 2720 Camino Capistrano, San Clemente, 949.369.1905, www.hulavillecafe.com.
RETURN OF THE FAT PLANT MAN & PLANT SALE 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Class at Goin Native with Clifford on exotic and unusual succulents. Class with handout is $10. And: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Plant sale open to public. 31661 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.696.6386, www.goinnative.net.
COMPATIBLE FLOWERING DESERT PLANTS IN THE NATIVE GARDEN 9:30 a.m. Class at Tree of Life Nursery. 33201 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.728.0685, www.californianativeplants.com. YOGA IN NATURE 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. the Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Tickets $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org. PET ADOPTION 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Ark pet adoption event. 949.388.0034, www.arkofsanjuan.org. EVITTE PALMER 7:45 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Vintage Steak House. 26701-B Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.3407, www.thevintagesteakhouse.com. The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011
MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. The Heritage of San Clemente Foundation and the city present an event at Park Semper Fi, The Marine Monument, honoring all branches of the military featuring with guest speakers, a swing big band and much more. 949.498.4958, www.marinemonument.com.
MEMORIAL DAY BBQ 12 p.m. Swallow’s Inn hosts a special event for the holiday with barbecue food and live music by Family Style starting at 2 p.m. 31786 Camino Capistrano, SJC, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com PEDAL POWER 10:30 a.m. Event at The Ecology Center about building bicycle literacy in our community with basic bicycle info and more. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, www.theecologycenter.org. PAJAMA STORYTIME 7 p.m. Wear your PJs to the library and listen to stories by the Sunshine Readers. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org. Page 23
PRESCHOOL STORYTIME 11:15 a.m. Children ages 3-6 and caregivers are invited to the library for stories, rhymes, crafts and fun. No registration required. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org.
OLD CAPISTRANO FARMERS MARKET 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Every Wednesday at El Camino Real and Yorba; 949.493.4700..
GARDEN TOURS 10:15 a.m.-10:45 a.m. explore the Mission grounds with a tour guide. Free with paid admission of $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
LOS RIOS PARK VOLUNTEER GARDEN DAYS 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Join others for an active day of volunteering at Los Rios Park featuring a free lunch at Ramos Cafè for those who participate. Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays and the 2nd and 4th Mondays each month. 31661 Los Rios, San Juan Capistrano, 949.606.6386, www.goinnative.net.
PALE RIDERS 8 p.m. Live music with the Pale Riders on Friday and Saturday night at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, SJC, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
LEUKEMIA CUP REGATTA Three-day event at Dana West Yacht Club in Dana Point including a regatta and kickoff party, June 3; breakfast, races, a Dinghy Poker Run, dinner, live and silent auctions, June 4; and more fun June 5. 949.661.1185, www.danawest. com.
(Cont. on page 24) THIS WEEK’S WEATHER 5.27 Mostly Sunny H: 71° L: 58° 5.28 Partly Cloudy H: 67° L: 54° 5.29 Partly Cloudy H: 65° L: 52°
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GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 23)
Family Film Feature 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The San Juan Capistrano Library shows the fun family-friendly Gnomeo and Juliet for everyone to enjoy. Free admission and popcorn. 31495 El Camino Real, 949.248.5132, www.ocpl.org.
Dispatch Restaurant Spotlight
Old Fashioned Country Hoe Down 2 p.m.-7 p.m. A day of family fun held at Canyon Oaks Ranch to benefit the horses and children of Bethany’s Gait Youth Ranch featuring live music, line dancing, a barbecue, games and crafts, auctions and more. Tickets $25-$65 or family of four for $125. email@example.com, www.bethanysgait.org. Blue Jeans, Boots & Swing 5 p.m.-9 p.m. an evening of live music, entertainment, barbecue, casino tables, auctions, drinks and more at J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center to support programs by Working Wardrobes. Couples $225, tables $750-$2,500.26284 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano, 714.426.0444, http://www.workingwardrobes. org/events.htm.
The Old 97’s & Sarah Jaffe 7:30 p.m. Concert at The Coach House, also with Whalen. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
LOVE 146 Event 7 p.m. Free “awareness” event at The Cellar on the fight against child trafficking. Complimentary snacks and wine for purchase. More information: San Clemente Abolitionists Facebook. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663, www.thecellarsite.com.
Sunsets Capo Beach 34700 Pacific Coast Highway, Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880, www.sunsetsbar.com Best known for: An incredible ocean-view patio Most Popular item: Angus burgers The smell of the ocean breeze sweeps past the open doors to an inside setting reminiscent of the Big Island. The feel of Hawaii has been made more accessible to guests in Sunsets, a restaurant and bar. “The aloha spirit was born in Sunsets restaurant,” said manager Ken Moon, just “Moon” to those who know him. “We definitely wanted to make it a fun place to go and know [our guests] will always want to come back because of the warm, fun atmosphere.” The restaurant has live entertainment each week, with local bands or a disk jockey. He has also made it his priority to provide “high-end, good-tasting food” to accompany the full cocktail service. “I don’t like Sunsets. Photo by Jonathan Volzke going out to eat at different restaurants because you don’t know how they are cooking your food,” Moon said. “I make sure that we have food that uses the right oils and ingredients to make it taste good for my guests.” The menu has more than a dozen offerings, including an ahi-avocado-mango stack, crab cakes and more. Price Range: $6 - $16 Reservations: Not needed
Payment: Cash and all major credit cards accepted, ATM on site Hours: Open everyday at 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, with later closing on weekends and busy nights.
Go to www.thecapistranodispatch.com and under “Getting Out” share your thoughts about this week’s restaurant.
California Missions Resource Studio 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mission San Juan Capistrano presents its new studio with information on all 21 missions for students, teachers and more. Free with paid admission of $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
Two-for-One at the Wharf Dana Wharf has half price on all fishing trips. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, www.danawharf.
The Marshall Tucker Band Celebrates 40 Years of Music BY A.J. Bardzilowski
orty years ago, the Marshall solo album of songs from 30 Tucker Band roared out of years ago entitled Soul of the Spartanburg, SC at the dawn of South. What’s the backstory on the ‘70s. They began forging a musifinding those songs? cal legacy that quickly turned into The Marshall Tucker Band was a legend. On April 5, marking the in between records (in 1981) so I band’s 40th anniversary, the band had the time, and I owned the stureleased The Marshall Tucker Band: dio so I recorded these soul songs. Greatest Hits (Shout Factory). I stopped short of completing a We caught up with lead singer, full album because it was time to and sole remaining original memdo another MTB record so I put ber of the band, Doug Gray, on his the tapes away and never looked thoughts about the upcoming show. back until now. SC TIMES: Have you performed SC TIMES: You just returned at the Coach House in the past? last week from Kuwait and Iraq The Marshall Tucker Band headlines the Coach House May 27. What is your impression of the Courtesy photo having played for our troops Coach House as a venue? and are currently on a multi-city It is a very intimate venue and filled with most of our tour… What do you do with your free time if there is any? friends that have been there with us over the past 20 years. I think about occupying my free time (laughs). And try to SC TIMES: Will the majority of the songs come from the spend as much time with friends and family especially both Greatest Hits release? Will it include venerable hits like of my daughters. “Heard It In A Love Song” or “Can’t You See?” Friday will be rockin’ at the Coach House. See you there. Of course. It would be foolish of us to not play those fan The Marshall Tucker Band headlines the Coach House May favorite songs. Our fans are great and so supportive, and we 27. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets love giving them what they want. are $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, SC TIMES: You simultaneously released a long-lost R&B 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. CD
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By Evelyn Caicedo
Rattlesnake Workshop II 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. Learn about Orange County rattlesnakes from an expert at the Rancho Mission Viejo Presentation Center. Free. Reservations required. 949.489.9778, www.theconservancy.org. Native American Basket Weaving 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn the art and culture of basket weaving at Mission San Juan Capistrano on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Free with paid admission of $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
Karaoke 7:30 p.m. Joel and Les host Karaoke at Swallow’s Inn. Plus $2 tacos and free popcorn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
Guest Bartending and Live Music 6 p.m. The fun starts early with guest bartending at Swallow’s Inn. At 8 p.m. the band Road Work performs live. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www. swallowsinn.com. Evening Networking Mixer – Zoomars 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mixer hosted by Zoomars Petting Zoo with live music by the Kelly Boyz and much more. Members $10, others $20. 31791 Los Rios St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.4700, www.sanjuanchamber.com.
Ibiza Ultra Lounge 7 p.m.-close. European-style nightlife featuring a DJ spinning in the ultra lounge at Tannins Restaurant & Wine Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy., Suite C, San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.8466, www.tanninstrestaurant.com/ibiza. *For our full calendar, visit the “Event Calendar” at www.thecapistranodispatch.com. Have an event? Send your listing to firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecapistranodispatch.com
LIFE IN OUR COMMUNITY
COMMUNITY CALENDAR friday 5.27 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 monday 6.06 Open Space, Trails and Equestrian Meeting 6 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto
Final Workshop on Los Rios Street Circulation 6 p.m., Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion tuesday 6.07 City Council Meeting 6 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto
wednesday 6.08 Transportation Commission Meeting 6 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto friday 6.10 Next regular issue of The Dispatch publishes.
Election Day Voting takes place for Measure B, the Distrito La Novia referendum. See www.ocvote.com
*Meeting agendas at www.sanjuancapistrano.org
ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50: By Tom Blake
Avoid Romance Scams E mails with subject lines like this get my attention: “Boy have I gotten scammed.” Marilee wrote, describimg the charade: “I originally joined Match.com last summer and a couple months later this drop-deadgorgeous contractor started emailing. I mean GQ-model worthy. Almost too good to be true! “The pictures were great; he was an architect and supposedly had a job in Malaysia and lived in Greenville, MissisON LIFE AND sippi. When he was done, LOVE AFTER 50 originally to be in about By Tom Blake five weeks, we’d meet. Right away the emails were off—you get that feeling—never any specifics. Just that six years earlier his wife had been killed in a car accident. OK, the sympathy factor—then his poor son with him, but never any specifics. No matter what approach I took and no matter how I phrased it, he sent no details.
“At one point there was so much prosy prose I asked if he copied that out of a romance novel! There were some tense usages that were incorrect and a few cracks in the timetable. Then, an email that said he and his son had been mugged. It was time to go for the jugular—my money!” When Marilee didn’t send the money, the guy disappeared. She said two more guys with the same modus operandi also contacted her: ‘Working overseas but from the USA…will get together when I return...’ The timetable to meet gets pushed back and then, the inevitable plea for money. Marilee’s experiences are just your typical romance scams. She was smart and avoided losing any money. On May 4, The Wall Street Journal featured an article titled, “Online, Is Dream Date a Scam,” written by Elizabeth Bernstein. Bernstein wrote that many profiles on websites are fake, “…created by scammers looking to defraud individuals. In many cases, they are able to take in
sophisticated victims…” Bernstein related a story of a 45-year-old business manager based in Washington, D.C. who met a 28-year-old woman who looked like a model on eHarmony. They emailed for two months, spoke on the phone and even viewed each other on Skype. Bernstein’s article stated, “They never met in person. Then one day, she wrote and said her mother was very sick and she was trying to raise money to pay the hospital bill. She asked for $5,000. Mr. Samuels wired it to her.” She disappeared. He’d been scammed. What happened to Marilee happened on Match.com. What happened to the businessman happened on eHarmony. Regardless of what these dominant dating websites claim, there are romance scammers lurking on them. And when the victims contact these big sites to complain, they usually reach an outsourced-customer-service representative based in—you guessed it—Malaysia or India or the Philippines—countries where the labor is cheap.
Marilee was right. The guy sounded too good to be true and he was. Every senior who is looking for love online must ask themselves, why is this drop-dead-gorgeous person interested in me? Trusting one’s instincts can keep a person from being scammed. A good website to learn about romance scams is www.RomanceScams.org. Site statistics reveal there are 17,323 current members. Since 2005, there have been 48,432 members who have admitted losing $14 million. There have been 5,545 scams reported and 7,761 pictures of scammers submitted to the site. Older singles might also want to access Bernstein’s article. Most importantly, people should never give money or personal financial information to a stranger! Tom Blake is a San Clemente and Dana Point resident who has authored three books on middle-aged dating. See his website at www.FindingLoveAfter50.com and email him at email@example.com. CD
Film Fest Coming to Capistrano By Maryann Douda The Capistrano Dispatch
or the first time in history, San Juan Capistrano will be home to its very own film festival. The West Coast Film Festival of San Juan Capistrano will be making its debut this August from the 22 through the 25. Housed at the Regency Theatres, the four-day festival will include a variety of films ranging from high profile classics to more cutting edge independent films. Co-founders, and husband and wife team, Robert Kline and Stephanie Heredia are working with Warner Brothers to bring an array of high quality films to the inau-
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gural festival. The festivities will begin with the Warner Brothers classic Casablanca, which will set the tone for the rest of the festival. But why host it in San Juan? For over a decade Heredia has dreamed of having a festival in her hometown. Last year when the Regency Theatre opened downtown, she saw an opportunity to make this dream a reality. The duo tested the waters by premiering their documentary Ronald Reagan an American Journey last year at the Regency. After three screens sold out, they realized a large interest in film existed within the San Juan community.
Also, the theatre is fully equipped with Rick’s Café, which provides meals delivered to movie watchers. In fact, the style of Rick’s Café inspired the choice of Casablanca for the first film, as it shares a similar aesthetic to the café, as envisioned by theater owner Lyndon Golin. Rick’s café is going to play a central role in the festival, not only providing meals but also serving as a hub for the public to meet with directors and as a discussion spot for lovers of cinema. This open atmosphere is part of what is going to make this festival unique. “We want to have a film festival with a lot of community involvement,” Kline said.
Golin also shared this same vision, hoping to create a festival that celebrates the local community. With themes such as Cowboys and Angels that will celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the city of San Juan and the purchase of the Angels by Gene Autry, the festival will mix both local history and fun. “Our festival is for you, if you love history and film,” Kline said. With something for everyone, including family friendly options, the festival will be a great way to end the summer. Tickets will be available in early June, both online and at the Regency, and buyers will have the option of purchasing either a perscreening ticket or a four-day pass. CD www.thecapistranodispatch.com
Bethany’s Gait Healing Horses and Children Charity has fundraiser set for June 4 By Cory Saul The Capistrano Dispatch
student at Coastal Mountain Youth Academy, an alternative-education program for at-risk teenagers, came to the ranch at Bethany’s Gait angry and pessimistic. Cristi SilverbergRose, co-founder of a horse-and-human therapy program called Bethany’s Gait, remembers the girl as hard to work with and so disrespectful even her chosen horse, Lacey, would avoid her. But that changed when an adult approached her and suggested showing compassion for the animal. “Something clicked after that,” said Kelley White of Coastal Mountain Youth Academy. “Three weeks later we took a picture of her taking a nap on Lacey’s back.” The slogan of Bethany’s Gait is “Rescuing children and horses together.” The non-profit was started in August 2006 and has rescued 30 horses and worked with more than 300 children and young adults. Many of the at-risk children have stayed with the program for multiple years. “We rescue horses from people who can’t afford them anymore, or from being neglected or abused, and then use them to work with at-risk children,” SilverbergRose said. “These children are either part of the foster care system, or dealing with problems with addiction, anxiety or discipline.” Silverberg-Rose was inspired to start Bethany’s Gait while volunteering at a now-defunct San Juan Capistrano program called Camp Cookie, which worked with foster children and horses. Here, she met 5-year-old Bethany. “Her way of coping with the abuse she suffered was to shut herself off from the world,” said Silverberg-Rose, “but when she was around the horses, she changed. She became a normal girl again.” The program at Bethany’s Gait is relatively simple. Children or young adults are brought, either individually or in groups, to the ranch, where they are introduced to the horses. Each person chooses his or her own horse, and then receives instructions on feeding and caring for the animals. “In certain situations, the children nurse the horses, or work up to horsemanship and riding,” said Silverberg-Rose. “It is all with the aim of creating that special relationship. We employ a technique called Equine Communication Partnership Rituals, which establishes bonds based on how horses communicate with each other. Along with that we have mental health specialists on site to work with the children throughout The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011
Above: Bethany’s Gait co-founder Cristi Silverberg-Rose stands next to Karisma, a horse rescued by the organization from an abusive owner. Karisma is one of 17 horses used in the non-profit’s at risk youth therapy programs. Below: Lacey, a 22 year old quarter horse waits to be fed at Ortega Equestrian Center, where 5 five of the 17 horses owned by Bethany’s Gait reside. Photos by Cory Saul
the process.” “It’s pretty amazing, what Bethany’s Gait is doing,” said Julie Ryan Johnson, head of the San Juan Capistrano Equestrian Coalition. “To have so many kind horses, so immaculately maintained, is incredible. In this economy, Cristi
[Silverberg-Rose] has adopted horses regardless of age or background from people who otherwise couldn’t care for them. It’s amazing that she is giving these animals a home.” Bethany’s Gait does charge small fees for a few of its programs, but most of its
support comes from private donations. A hoedown will be held on Saturday, June 4, at the foundation’s ranch off of Ortega Highway. Tickets for and information about the fundraiser are available at www. bethanysgait.org. Information on volunteering and participating in the programs will be available at the event as well. “We have actually worked Bethany’s Gait into our curriculum,” said Coastal Mountain Youth Academy’s White. “It can be taken as elective credit, and helps the kids build relationships and improve communication skills. We’ve even had horses act as sponsors for kids recovering from alcohol abuse.” Silverberg-Rose has just completed moving five of the foundation’s 17 horses to the Ortega Equestrian Center on Calle Arroyo. “Since most of the people we serve are located in Orange County, we want to be more conveniently located for them,” she said. Lacey’s keeper, the girl once disrespectful and angry girl, will be sharing her story at the Bethany’s Gait Hoedown. “Ever since that change, she has applied the basis of her friendship with her horse to other relationships,” said Silverberg-Rose. “She hated Lacey, and Lacey hated her, but now they share great relationship. It was a complete 180-degree turn.” See www. bethanysgait.org for more information. CD www.thecapistranodispatch.com
Shea Event at Montage Raises More than $600,000 The Capistrano Dispatch
he J.F. Shea Therapeutic Riding Center and its creative team of supporters truly know how to throw a fundraising party. They proved that on Saturday, May 21 in an event called “SheaFari— Rockin’ on the Wild Side.” The safari-inspired charity event at the Montage, Laguna Beach was billed as an evening of “ferocious fun and rock ‘n’ roll” for the benefit of the Shea Center and its clients with physical and cognitive disabilities. Under the leadership of Shea Center board member Julie Frost and event producer Michelle Holmen, SheaFari’s underlying “wild” theme was present throughout the evening, starting with untamed cocktails, adventurous appetizers and “Born to be Wild” entertainment. SheaFari began on the Pacific Lawn at Montage, where more than 360 guests arrived wearing various combinations of zebra stripes, panther spots and black tie. Guests strolled through the grounds where they looked over an array of more than 200 silent auction items while theatrical stilt walking zebras sauntered through the crowd stopping for pictures with guests. Entertainment also included street dancers and cirque-like aerialists performing against a Pacific Ocean backdrop. Filling the air was a disc jockey-meshed stream of classic rock songs like “Born to be Wild” and “Wild Thing” to well known hip hop beats that set the mood for the safari-rock theme. Guests then moved to the Montage’s Grand Ballroom for dinner, in another
wildly decorated setting. After dinner one of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of the Michael Lewis Friends of the Disabled Award to Eden and George O’Connell of San Juan Capistrano and Debbie and Rhoads Martin of Laguna Beach. The award is named after the Center’s first rider and is presented to individuals, couples and organizations who are exemplary in community support, volunteerism and philanthropy. Now, 33 years later, Michael Lewis is still a rider at The Shea Center and was in attendance. To help present the awards, 4-year-old Maddie Fragner, diagnosed with cerebral palsy and one of the many hundreds of Shea Center success stories, walked across the stage and threw kisses to the
Martins and O’Connells in appreciation of their generous support. Emcee Shawn Parr, radio personality on Go Country 105 FM and strong supporter of Shea, led a live auction which included two nights in a deluxe ocean view suite and romantic dinner for two at the Montage, an authenticated autographed guitar by the Rolling Stones, a private chef’s dinner for up to 12 with wine pairings at the Montage’s Studio restaurant, a beautiful, priceless Sheltie puppy, dressage riding lessons with Olympic champion Guenter Seidel, a Costa Rica adventure, and a private inhome performance by Mezzo soprano Michaela Martens. The evening continued with music and dancing provided by the popular
band, Haute Chile. Reflecting on SheaFari’s overwhelming success, The Shea Center executive director Dana Butler-Moburg gave her appreciation to the many, many generous individuals and organizations that donated their time, talent and treasure, beginning with SheaFari presenting sponsors Jenny and Bill Klein as well as Julian Movsesian of Succession Capital Alliance. She concluded saying, “Everyone in attendance owns a piece of The Shea Center’s success. Please know how much your help changes the lives of those we serve.” For more information on The Shea Center and its programs, call The Shea Center at 949.240.8441, ext 109 or go to www. sheacenter.org. CD
Stoneybrooke Turning Containers into Church, School The Capistrano Dispatch
arents, teachers and staff at Stoneybrooke Christian School have not had to go far to help create a school, church and community center for the poor in Nepal—using shipping containers. They did it right on the San Juan Capistrano and Ladera Ranch campuses, thanks to a partnership with the nonprofit Cargo of Dreams. “God has certainly provided a great blessing to us by allowing us to partner with Cargo of Dreams to make this dream become a reality,” said Dennis Bock, the assistant superintendent of Stoneybrooke Christian Schools located on Via Escolar across form Capistrano The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011
Valley High School. Using two cargo containers, school volunteers installed wiring and insula-
tion and subflooring. Drywall and cabinetry is now being installed and the containers have been painted. One Page 28
container was worked on in Ladera, the other in Capistrano. So far, all the construction materials have been donated to the school. The teachers, parents and staff have collected sleeping mats, building blocks, books, and classrooms supplies. About $26,000 has also been raised to ship the containers to Nepal. The plan is to complete the construction by the second week in June and pack the containers for shipping. Stoneybrooke’s main campus is at 26300 Via Escolar, while its second campus and junior high schools is at 26122 O’Neill Drive in Ladera. See www. stoneybrooke.com or call 949.364.4407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to help with the project. CD www.thecapistranodispatch.com
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Stallions Hire Water Polo Coach The Capistrano Dispatch
ith construction of the campus swimming pool finally underway, San Juan Hills High School has moved forward with hiring a new water polo coach. Daniel Newberry is the new head coach for its girls’ and boys’ water polo programs. He replaces Mike Stachowski who served as the Stallion head coach
since 2009, and also coaches at Tesoro High—where the Stallions have played and practiced since the school opened four years ago. Newberry comes to the Stallions after 11 years as an assistant coach at Capistrano Valley High School. At Capistrano Valley, he assisted the varsity while also serving as a head coach for the Cougars lower-level teams. During this time, Newberry helped the Cougars to one league championship in water
polo, three league championships in swimming as well as back-to-back CIF titles in swimming. He also has been an assistant in the aquatics program at Saddleback College since 2006. An alumnus of Capistrano Valley, Newberry graduated in 1998 where he participated as a member of the aquatics program for four years. Newberry inherits a water polo program that has seen its share of disappointments. The Stallions did not field
either program when it opened in 2007, and it has had to travel to Tesoro for practice and games because of the delay in pool construction for the past two years. San Juan Hills is scheduled to open its aquatics facility in January of 2012, which Athletic Director Armando Gonzalez said will definitely have a positive impact on the program by attracting quality studentathletes. Newberry will begin his assignment immediately following the swim season. CD
Eagles Make Run at League Title The Capistrano Dispatch
he Capistrano Valley Christian School junior high girls soccer team played for the league championship for the first time in more than a decade this month. The Lady Eagles beat Our Lady of Fatima 5-1 in the first round, then cruised by Mission Viejo Christian 6-1 in the semi-finals. The team narrowly lost the championship, falling 2-4 to Aliso Viejo Christian School. Still, it was a great season for the Lady Eagles, who overcame key injuries throughout the season and even saw their playoff run bolstered with some help from fi fth-grade students called up for the tournament. CD
The Eagles soccer teams from left to right: Co-Head Coach David Anderson, Emily Shanton, Luke O’Shea, Ryan Rapattoni, Jacob Castillo, Megan McBean, Bo Barker, Taylor Schickling, Josh Anderson, Mikayla Casey, Co- Head Coach Jeff Jaeke. Bottom Row Justin Jaeke, Hanna Dougherty, Parker Hadley, Craig Pendleton, Gabby Bellizzi, Kahley Jaeke, Lilly Watt, Taylea williamson, Caylin Duenas. Courtesy Photo The Capistrano Dispatch May 27–June 9, 2011