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Protecting Public Transportation Special counter terrorism team works to keep rail and bus systems safe E Y E O N S J C / PAG E 4
The new counter terrorism team, here pausing while on patrol at the Capistrano station, includes deputies Timm Puszta, with dog Foose, Ron Byers, Juan Viramontes, Chuck Ivec and Sgt. Tim Rainwater. Photo by Jonathan Volzke
Santa Cruz Man to Run SJC Utilities Department
Mission Gala Set for September 16
Hitting Walls When Dating
EYE ON SJC/PAGE 6
GETTING OUT/PAGE 13
SJC LIVING/PAGE 16
LOCAL NEWS & IN-DEPTH REPORTING
More than 3,000 San Clemente High School students spent their first day of school in the campus football stadium and gym, after Marine investigators discovered writings on base that seemed to indicate a Navy hosptialman had left an incendiary device on campus. Students were evacuated about 8:45 a.m. to the stadium after authorities searched it, then later moved to the gym to avoid the scorching heat. The man, who had failed to show for his duties Wednesday, was being held by military authorities. He was identified as Daniel P. Morgan. Authorities said they were unable to find any connection between San Clemente High and Morgan. No devices were found, and classes resumed Thursday.
DANA POINT Walter Lawrence Dalie, 52, a former Dana Hills High School student, has been extradited to Orange County to face charges for the 1978 murder of Laguna Beach architect Brent Tobey. Dalie, who was 19 at the time, is accused of going to the Laguna Beach home of Tobey, 55, stabbing him 17 times in the back and then fleeing. In August of 2010, he was linked to the murder scene through DNA evidence while serving a 50year sentence in a Connecticut jail for the 1985 murder of his girlfriend. She was bludgeoned to death with a hammer. Dalie is being held without bail at the Central Jail in Santa Ana and will face a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
S a n J u a n C a p i s t r a n o ’ s T o p 5 H o t t e s t T o p i cs
What’s Up With... ...The Power Outage? THE LATEST: Capistrano residents were without power for well over three hours Thursday, as power officials reported an interruption in the power grid between Southern California and Arizona. The power went out about 3:35 p.m., spurring city workers to place stop signs at the city’s major intersections. The two reactors at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station were tripped when the plant’s systems detected the outage and proceeded to shut down. The plant, which receives its power from San Diego Gas & Electric, shut down safely and poses no danger to workers or the public, said Lois Pitter Bruce, an SCE spokeswoman. WHAT’S NEXT: As of The Dispatch’s press time at 8 p.m. Thursday, the power was still off. It was unclear if the interruption would cause the paper to be delivered late. FIND OUT MORE:Watch www.thecapistranodispatch.com for updates. —Jonathan Volzke
...The Utilities Department? THE LATEST: Capistrano water customers are not due a refund ,even though the city set water rates to raise enough money to pay back a bond that was never issued, a second attorney told the City Council on Tuesday. Attorney Michael G. Colantuono, a noted authority on the regulations governing how California cities can raise rates and fees, said taxpayers were not due a
refund, even if projections used to set the rates anticipated expenditures – such as the bond – that never occurred. Residents John Perry and Clint Worthington have contended the city should refund the $1.3 million collected annually to repay the bond, since the bond was never issued. But Colantuono, hired to review the same decision by City Attorney Omar Sandoval, said the city was fine as long as the money collected through the rates were used for the utilities department. WHAT’S NEXT: Perry was accompanied to Tuesday’s meeting by an attorney hired by residents. That attorney said the money should be refunded. At the same meeting, the council agreed to spend $44,900 on a consultant to review the operations and finances of the Utilities Department, in an effort to ensure it is operating efficiency and to try and pinpoint how the department ended up with an $8.2 million deficit. FIND OUT MORE: See www.thecapistranodispatch.com —JV
…A Sound Wall on I-5? THE LATEST: Caltrans will proceed with a concrete block soundwall on the west side of the I-5 between Ortega Highway and Camino Capistrano, despite the objections of merchants who say it will block freeway views of their shops. Business owners in the Capistrano Home Center, along with city and Chamber of Commerce officials, protested Caltrans’ plans for the block wall, but Caltrans District Director Cindy Quon said in a September 2 letter the agency will proceed with the original plans because the wall was
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included in the plans unveiled in 2005. Additionally, she said, homes on Avenida Padre need to be protected from the freeway noise. The wall is part of the improvements Caltrans is making to the southbound on and off ramps. Quon said going with clear soundwalls would add too much money to the project, especially at this late date, as would other changes. “Any significant changes to the project at this late juncture would be adverse to the public interest, either in terms of escalated project cost and delay or in terms of the need to start over with an analysis of the impacts of a changed project,” Quon says in the letter. “Either would be unacceptable.” WHAT’S NEXT: Quon said businesses can join the Adopt-A-Highway program so their names would appear on freeway signs, and that two of the businesses in the plaza were a benefit to the city and residents and therefore could qualify for a freeway sign – if they were willing to pay for it. FIND OUT MORE: See the three-page letter at www.thecapistranodispatch.com —JV
…The Christmas Train? THE LATEST: The City Council on Tuesday agreed to spend $2,000 to bring the Metrolink Toy Train to Capistrano. The train has traditionally stopped in Capistrano, but did not last year because of Metrolink budget cuts. The train, which runs through Southern California, features thousands of lights, animated characters and even Ole’ St. Nick.
The train costs $310,000, and Metrolink this year has asked cities to contribute $2,000 to defray the costs. City Manager Karen Brust said the Chamber of Commerce and 50th Celebration Committee declined to pay the money. WHAT’S NEXT: The train will likely stop in town on December 4 this year – the night after the city’s Holiday Tree Lighting Event. While that initially concerned Councilwoman Laura Freese, other councilmembers thought it would be an advantage, as it would be another event to draw residents downtown. FIND OUT MORE: See www.thecapistranodispatch.com —JV
…E-Verify for Businesses? THE LATEST: Councilman Derek Reeve is proposing that any business that gets a San Juan Capistrano business license promise to not knowingly hire an illegal immigrant. Reeve said his proposed ordinance would require businesses make a good-faith effort, using E-verify, and that complaints would be investigated by a City Manager designee. Filing a false complaint maliciously would be a misdemeanor, he said in a news release announcing the move. Reeve said other cities, such as Temecula, have similar ordinances in place. Capistrano already requires city contractors to pledge to use E-verify. WHAT’S NEXT: Reeve said he will introduce his proposal at the September 20 council meeting. FIND OUT MORE: See his entire release at www.thecapistranodispatch.com. —JV www.thecapistranodispatch.com
Eye on SJC
Transit System Launches Counter Terrorism Unit Special team works to keep rail, bus service safe By Jonathan Volzke The Capistrano Dispatch
decade after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that rocked the United States, life seems pretty much life-asusual in San Juan Capistrano. Tourists wander the Los Rios District and visit the Mission, students are returning to school, the City Council is debating spending and other issues. And that’s pretty much the way authorities want it. But beneath the surface, things have changed. Authorities have undergone advanced training in everything from bomb techniques to counter-intelligence and new programs have been launched to ensure the public remains safe—and feels that way. Capistrano, after all, has no obvious targets: No tall buildings, no federal buildings, not even a stadium at San Juan Hills High School. But a set of railroad tracks cuts through the city, and public buses run on Capistrano streets. Authorities this month rolled out a new program to ensure those don’t become terrorist targets, particularly with the 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks looming. Countywide, an average of 160,000 people ride OCTA buses on weekdays. The Metrolink trains see 14,000 to 15,000 people a day during the week. In Capistrano, an average of 1,165 people board OCTA buses daily, while an estimated 268,000 people board Metrolink trains in Capistrano annually. Officials from the Orange County Transportation Authority and those from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department on September 1 announced a counter-terrorism unit dedicated to the county’s rail and bus lines. Specially trained deputies, wearing shirts identifying themselves as part of the unit, are randomly riding Metrolink trains and checking transit stations. “Millions of trips are taken aboard public transit each year in this county, and we have no greater responsibility than to ensure the safety of our passengers,” said OCTA Chair Patricia Bates, also the Fifth District supervisor. “It is crucial that law enforcement, transit agencies and our riders remain vigilant in efforts to prevent any threat to our security.”
Capistrano Plans 9/11 Memorial Mission San Juan Capistrano’s bells will toll during a September 11 tribute to those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks a decade ago. Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and Orange County Fire Authority Chief Keith Richter will also speak at the San Juan Capistrano 9/11 Day of Remembrance at 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 11 at Historic Town Center Park, 31806 El Camino Real. The memorial will also include an Orange County Sheriff’s Department Color Guard and bugler; OCFA engines; an invocation by Mission Monsignor Art Holquin and comments by Capistrano Mayor Sam Allevato. At 8:45 a.m., the Mission will ring its bells, which will echo through the park, to signify when the first tower was hit. Capistrano Valley Christian School students will sing “God Bless America” and the Rev. Phil DeVaul will give the closing prayer. Coffee and donuts will be served. The Capistrano Dispatch September 9–22, 2011
Sheriff’s deputies who are part of the Orange County Transportation Authority’s new counter terrorism unit board a Metrolink train. Courtesy photo
The effort is funded by a $122,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. Just like San Juan Capistrano contracts with the sheriff’s department for police services, the OCTA has a contract with the department to patrol Metrolink trains, stations and OCTA buses. With an annual budget of $5 million, the Mass Transit Bureau is made up of 20 deputies and three sergeants. Two sergeants and four deputies from that force make up the counter terrorism unit, along with a canine handler and dog. They received additional training as a terrorism liaison officer, and have the means and training to stay up to the minute on the latest terrorism threats and intelligence. During one weeklong training, deputies saw experts blow up a vehicle to show the impacts of explosives. In the same course, trainers actually built an office only to blow it up, too, said Sgt. Tim Rainwater, a member of the special counter terrorism unit. “It was a real eye-opener,” Rainwater said. Team members have also worked with federal air marshals on counter terrorism efforts and have access to the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center, a multi-agency effort with the sheriff’s department, Orange County Fire Authority, Anaheim Police, Huntington Beach Police and Santa Ana Police. The Counter Terrorism Team is one of several prongs in the OCTA/OCSD effort. Most recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded OCTA $487,000 through the Transit Security Grant Program to support additional transit security patrols, anti-terrorism teams and other patrols. The added patrols will be provided over the next three years, independent of normal Transit Police Services staffing and the Counter Terrorism Team, and will operate in coordination with other law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County. “The support of the federal government is vital to our counter terrorism operations, and I want to thank Orange County’s congressional delegation for their efforts in bringing much-needed funding to our region,” OCTA CEO Will Kempton said. Page 4
Members of the OCTA/OCSD counter terrorism unit patrol the Capistrano train station. Photo by Joseph Mason
During the past five years, more than $26 million in grant funding has gone toward implementing Homeland Security measures, including security cameras on buses and at rail stations, training, communications gear, emergency plans and assessments and additional security measures at transit bases and facilities. On a recent Sunday, Rainwater and members of the unit—wearing black shirts reading “Sheriff Counter Terrorism Team” rode the Metrolink train into South Orange County. At each stop, deputies got off the train and patrolled the platform. Deputy Timm Pusztai held explosives-sniffing canine Foose, a chocolate Labrador, on a leash as they walked the platform. The specialized education only adds to the deputy’s basic training, Rainwater said. He compared work on the transit system to that of any neighborhood beat cop: A patrol officer might notice something amiss—a vehicle or individual somewhere they don’t belong—but the effort also relies on building a relationship with the community so residents themselves feel comfortable reporting something amiss to deputies. “It’s just like neighborhood watch,” Rainwater said. “We’re out here watching, but we’re also looking for the ridership to step up and tell us ‘something’s not right here.’” CD www.thecapistranodispatch.com
Eye on SJC
Santa Cruz Man Hired to Run City Utilities Department The Capistrano Dispatch
eith Van Der Maaten has been selected as San Juan Capistrano’s new Utilities Director, City Manager Karen Brust announced Friday. Van Der Maaten comes to the city with 15 years of experience in civil engineering and water service operations and a wealth of experience in the field. He has worked for the city of Santa Cruz since 2006 and the San Jose-based California Water Service Company (Cal Water) in several roles for a decade. Cal Water is the largest investor-owned American water utility west of the Mississippi River and the third largest in the country. Van Der Maaten begins in his new post on September 26 with a starting salary of $132,456 plus benefits. Similar to the city manager, Van Der Maaten will contribute 100 percent of the employee’s share of the enhanced retirement benefit
SJC Sheriff’s Blotter Compile d By JONAT H A N VO LZ KE All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website (www.ocsd.org). The calls represent what was told to the deputy in the field by the radio dispatcher. The true nature of an incident often differs from what is initially reported. No assumption of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information provided.
Wednesday, September 7 THREATS REPORT Rancho Viejo Road, 31600 Block (7:59 p.m.) A woman reported her mother-in-law threatened to kill her. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Alipaz Street/Calle Lucana (5:59 p.m.) A group of high school students ran out of the creek bed when a car that looked like an undercover sheriff’s car passed. The caller said they were looking around and possibly hiding things in the bushes. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Via Tonada, 32000 Block (5:45 p.m.) A man was napping on a yard. Trouble is, no one knew him. SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Via Carlos, 32000 Block (5:16 p.m.) The Capistrano Dispatch September 9–22, 2011
with the Orange County Employees’ Retirement System. In his role with Santa Cruz, a city of nearly 60,000, he managed a staff of 36 in the fleet, facilities, street and traffic maintenance divisions and was responsible for an operations budget of $7 million. As engineering manager for Cal Water, Van Der Maaten managed 29 employees responsible for maintaining the assets for a large water utility, and he assisted with the development of the annual $13 million maintenance budget for 26 operating water districts. San Juan Capistrano’s Utilities Director oversees the operation and development of the city’s sewer, water production and distribution systems, water treatment plant and more. Keith Van Der Maaten faces some challenges: The Utilities Department shows an $8.2 million deficit, the city’s Groundwater Recovery Plant has not produced as much drinking
water as intended, and the City Council on Tuesday approved a $44,900 audit spurred by concerns about the deficit, recent rate increases and the water plant’s troubled operations. Van Der Maaten, who started in the industry when he was 19, was drawn to this city because of its small-town strong community values. He is honored to be a part of San Juan Capistrano’s team and looks forward to getting to work. “I really look forward to the challenges that lie ahead in regards to maintaining a high quality of utility services,” he said in a statement released by the city. “Because of my background and experience in working for a large utility, I have a wealth of knowledge and am able to obtain solutions. I am a technical and financial problem solver, and I am looking forward to engaging the community to develop solutions to the challenges that we will face.”
City Manager Karen Brust said Van Der Maaten will be an asset to the city and its operations especially with his forensic engineering background. “Keith has the technical, managerial and financial leadership and experience that we need to deal with our water issues and aging infrastructure,” she said in the statement. “He will be an excellent fit for our city, and we are thrilled that someone with his caliber of professionalism and expertise is joining us to serve our community.” Van Der Maaten has a bachelor’s of science degree in civil engineering from San Jose State University and a master’s in business administration with a concentration in Leading People in Organizations, and Managing Innovation and Technology from Santa Clara University. He is a registered civil engineer in the State of California since 2000. He is married with a young son and another child on the way. CD
A car was sitting in the same spot for a few days, gutted and with no license plates. The caller suspected it was stolen and was told by dispatchers not to touch it.
DISTURBANCE Avenida de La Vista, 31500 Block (7:25 p.m.) Two neighbors got in an argument over sprinklers. Both neighbors called, one saying the other pulled her hair.
(12:58 p.m.) A black Jeep was off-roading on the horse trails. That’s illegal.
BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Camino Capistrano, 31800 Block (3:45 p.m.) A man was trying to break into vehicles, a caller reported. He was wearing orange reflector sunglasses.
ASSIST OUTSIDE AGENCY Alipaz Street, 32300 Block (4:46 p.m.) Deputies took a mail-tampering report.
FAMILY DISPUTE Del Obispo Street/Camino Capistrano (3:24 p.m.) A caller reported a man and woman in a physical fight in a car. The man got out and walked away.
DISTURBANCE Paseo Adelanto, 32400 Block (8:17 p.m.) Someone was throwing eggs.
Monday, September 5
CITIZEN ASSIST Paseo Espada, 27100 Block (10:06 a.m.) A boy refused to go to school. DISTURBANCE Calle Chueca, 30800 Block (9:33 a.m.) A woman reported her ex showed up, punched her in the face and went inside the house. Deputies entered the home, but he was gone. WELFARE CHECK Paseo Carolina, 32200 Block (9:09 a.m.) A woman reported her neighbor was abusing her kids by yelling at them. BURGLARY IN PROGRESS Verdugo Street, 26700 Block (7:08 a.m.) A male in a gray hooded sweatshirt was seen breaking into vehicles in the parking structure. He was riding a bicycle.
Tuesday, September 6
DISTURBANCE Camino Capistrano/Verdugo Street (6 p.m.) A transient was reportedly confronting people and walking in the street. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Buccaneer Court, 33000 Block (5:09 p.m.) A caller spotted two men wearing black masks and dark clothing and carrying BB guns. STOLEN VEHICLE Sonoma Way, 29200 Block (4:12 p.m.) A man reported his 1986 BMW 325 was stolen. CITIZEN ASSIST Avenida Los Amigos, 32100 Block (2:34 p.m.) A resident thought someone was poisoning animals in the neighborhood. RECKLESS DRIVING Oso Road/Camino Capistrano
Sunday, September 4 DRUNK IN PUBLIC Camino La Ronda, 28300 Block (10:48 p.m.) A man wanted his wife arrested, he said, because she was drunk in violation of her probation. A 45-year-old woman was arrested. DISTURBANCE Via Entrada/La Novia Avenue (8:44 p.m.) Kids were throwing water balloons at passing cars. FOLLOW UP REPORT Valle Road, 32800 Block (4:31 p.m.) A resident who earlier reported a burglary called deputies to say the suspect in that crime was texting, asking if he could pick up his stuff. DISTURBANCE Calle Villa Clara, 31200 Block (10:07 a.m.) A man said his wife threw a cup of hot coffee on him and punched him. The man told deputies she was got upset when he spit in her face. She left with her young son, but the man refused to tell deputies what kind of vehicle she was in. STOLEN VEHICLE Camino Capistrano, 32000 Block (9:18 a.m.) A man reported someone tried to steal his car with his granddaughter inside. The caller had the would-be thief detained, too. A 29-year-old man was taken into custody. www.thecapistranodispatch.com
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WE HAVE A SPENDING PROBLEM
ith the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaching we asked readers, community leaders and staff to contribute thoughts and memories about that fateful day. Here is a sampling of the responses we received. —Jonathan Volzke Laura Freese, San Juan Capistrano City Councilwoman The phone rang at our house at 6 a.m. from a friend in Pennsylvania. She was in a high state of agitation and cried out “Turn on the TV! We are being attacked!” We immediately turned on the TV to hear the news report of the first plane to hit the first tower. Within minutes of turning on the TV, we saw the second plane careen into the second tower. Then we knew that, indeed, we were under attack! I knew people who died in the attack. A friend’s son. Another friend’s son-inlaw. I also know a wonderful young man, who through grace and luck, was able to escape. He came to our house for Thanksgiving a year later and, slowly and painfully, told us the story of his escape. He told stories of heroism but also of people turning their backs on the needs of others. His story of running down a street just after the buildings collapsed, trying to find shelter from the clouds of smoke and debris and having people lock their doors in his face. As in any situation, there are those who are heroes and those who are cowards. We lost our innocence and our feeling of safety. But we are resilient and flexible and change as we must. I was adamantly against us going to war in Iraq. I was even more against the refusal to adapt our economy to a wartime economy so that we could afford the war. History has taught us that being at war in Afghanistan is a losing proposition.
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Obviously, we do not bother to learn from history.
—Bill Odelson, San Juan Capistrano businessman I will use the opportunity of this letter to respond to Pat O’Brien’s column in the August 26 issue. Your letter shows you are nothing but another name-calling government employee who knows nothing about what it takes to be successful in America. You bash the Tea Party over and over stating “they are up to no good,” “they don’t understand what government ia all about,” “they are selfish,” etc. This from a “college professor” who has and will always be on my payroll. Mr. O’Brien states “we need more taxes, not cuts.” This only shows what is wrong with him and what he is teaching our children. This country does not have a revenue problem; we have a spending problem. We also have a lack of leadership from government. Both parties have overspent, and it must stop now. The taxes have moved many jobs out of California and out of America. The unions in this country at one time were useful, but have long outlived their purpose. They have brought us overpaid government employees at all levels, benefits for these same overpaid employees that last their entire lifetime. It’s time for it to stop. We can not continue to borrow 42 cents out of every
Stacie N. Galang, San Clemente Times City Editor On September 11, I headed to Logan Airport in Boston as a cub reporter working for the Boston Pilot, the Catholic newspaper for the Archdiocese of Boston. Earlier that morning as I prepared for an uneventful day, I had turned on the television, which I rarely did, and learned about the planes hitting. I could hardly process what was happening, but knew I needed to get into the office. At the press conference, I would learn that two of the planes involved in the terrorist attacks had left from Boston. In the smallest of ways, I was covering the largest news event of a generation. That day, all of downtown Boston had been evacuated as a precaution. I stayed late to finish my work. When I left later that night, I was the only person on my trolley — the B Line back to my Allston neighborhood. The somberness of that day will always be with me. Tom Hribar, retired Marine, former council member What a tragedy September 11, 2001 has been for America. Laws were passed which challenged and saddened many of us 60-year-olds who grew up in a much more free society. Billions of dollars were immediately spent on more police, more law enforcement and an entire new governmental agency was created named the home land security agency. Remember what life was like before airport security? America has
certainly changed. The question is, “Have we overreacted? Jasmine Smith, San Clemente Times Art Director I was working as a photo editor at Zuma Press—a photojournalism company that supplies original images to media outlets Page 8
dollar we spend. It does not work. We must spend less, limit taxes, limit loop holes, limit government and get professors who will rebuild America, not turn us into another Europe. The only people who are acting like “Howdy Doody” are the government employees like Mr. O’Brien, and the bums in the White House. Mr. O’Brien talked about the Tea Party acting like they are “Terrible Twos,” but in fact we just lived through the Terrible Second year of this administration and can’t take much more. I have never responded to any comment in any newspaper before today, but your column made me very mad. I think you speak for a very, very, very small group of America, and you and your group has screwed up the country enough. Here comes the Tea Party made up of Reps, Dems, independents and Americans that love this country and want it back where it belongs: On top. Wow, I feel better now. To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ thecapistranodispatch.com 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.
worldwide—in Laguna Beach. Before heading to work, I briefly saw a few minutes of news on TV—not enough to really grasp what was going on. At work, very graphic images from Ground Zero started coming across my desk, and I got a close-up look at the magnitude of what had happened. The images I edited that day included one shot of a single body falling from one of the towers. That photo will remain burned into my memory forever. CD www.thecapistranodispatch.com
YOUR TWO-WEEK EVENT PLANNER
Reverend Monsignor Arthur Holquin. Courtesy photo
A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. COMPILED BY TAWNEE PRAZAK
TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL Annual event presented by the Ocean Institute featuring interactive living-history encampments, including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, knot tiers, Port Royal Privateers and more. Hours: Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost $8-$10. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.2274, www.ocean-institute.org.
BLOOD DRIVE 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Donate blood to the American Red Cross at Independence Bank. 32291 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.373.8963, www.sanjuanchamber.com. MUSIC & WINE TASTING 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Live acoustic music by Angelika Wilson and wine tasting at DaVine Food & Wine. Cost is $ 20.00 and includes wine and artisan cheese pairings and crackers. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, www.davine-wine.com.
ROMANCE OF THE MISSION
The Reverend Monsignor Arthur Holquin will be honored at the 2011 Romance of the Mission beneﬁt gala presented by the Mission Preservation Foundation on Friday, September 16. The event will feature a concert in the Ruins of the Great Stone Church with two-time Grammy nominee, baritone and actor Rod Gilfry. “This is an important year as the historic Mission aims to raise funds to preserve the historic Sala building and relocate the gift shop to the street,” Mission Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence-Adams said. “We are also extremely proud to honor Monsignor Holquin for his contributions and love of Orange County’s only mission.” The black tie affair begins at 6 p.m. with a reception in the front gardens, followed by the concert, then dinner in the Main Courtyard by The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. “It is a privilege and honor for me to be a part of celebrating Monsignor Holquin or ‘Padre’ to all of us at the Mission; and at the same time raise funds for the new entry and Gate House,” board chair George O’Connell said. “Eden and I look forward to this very special evening in which history continues to be made.” For tickets, underwriting opportunities or information about The Romance of the Mission, contact Barb Beier at 949.234.1323, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.missionsjc.com. —Jonathan Volzke
9-11 10TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL SERVICE 8 a.m. Public memorial at Historic Town Center Park hosted by The City of San Juan Capistrano with a tribute to Firefighters, Law Enforcement and First Responders, as well as the ringing of the Mission Bells. 31852 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.5911, sanjuancapistrano. org.
AMERICAN HEROES TRIBUTE FUNDRAISER AT IVA LEE’S 5 p.m.-8 p.m. An event honoring our fallen heroes at Iva Lee’s with a three-course dinner, wine tasting, silent auction, entertainment by Steve D’Arca and more. Cost $100 each. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855, www.ivalees.com. SEPTEMBER 11 REMEMBRANCE 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Pay tribute at this 10-year anniversary event of 9-11 at Crown Valley Community Park. Free. 29751 Crown Valley Pkwy. Laguna Niguel, 949.425.5100, www.cityoflagunaniguel.org.
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SECOND SATURDAY ART FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The San Juan Chamber presents the monthly art event showcasing 60 artists, craftspeople and musicians along the streets of Camino Capistrano, Yorba, Verdugo and Los Rios. 949.493.4700, www.sjcartfair.org.
DOHENY DAYS 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Annual two-day music festival at Doheny State Beach featuring Cake, Weezer, G. Love & Special Sauce, Ben Harper, Ziggy Marley, Donavon Frankenreiter, Katchafire and more. General admission $50-$60 single day; $80 for both days. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, dohenydays.com. DIY SUCCULENT WREATH CLASS 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Make your own wreath with an expert at Goin Native. Cost $60. Other classes on Saturday: 10 a.m. Jewelry class and 1 p.m. Succulent container class. 31661 Los Rios St., 949.493.5911, San Juan Capistrano, www.goinnative.net. The Capistrano Dispatch September 9–22, 2011
A TASTE OF ITALY 6 p.m.8 p.m. The American Express Travel Office holds a special event to explore Italian vacation possibilities, taste authentic foods, and more. The Wyndham Orange County, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714-540-3611, www.americanexpress.com.
SWALLOW’S INN DANCE CONTEST 7 p.m. Join the fun and dance at Swallow’s Inn. Live music by Mark Liddel & The Wildcats. Live music starts at 7:30 p.m.; dance contest at 8:30 p.m. Arrive early to sign up. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
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.
ROAD WORK 7:30 p.m. Live music at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
MISSION READERS BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP 10:30 a.m. Join other readers for a lively and informal discussion of “Fortune’s Rocks” by Anita Shreve at the San Juan Capistrano Library. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org.
FOOLS 8 p.m. New romantic comedy debuts at Camino Real Playhouse. Tickets $24-$40. Shows Thursday-Sunday for three weeks only. Gala Night Sept. 17. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, www.caminorealplayhouse.org.
JOHN SLOAN SINATRA TRIBUTE 7:45 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Vintage Steak House. 26701-B Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.3400, www.thevintagesteakhouse.com. SWING SHIFT 8:30 p.m. Live music at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com. FRIDAY NIGHT CHILL & GRILL 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Goin Native hosts a cooking class featuring a tailgate BBQ with the Boyz of USC. 31661 Los Rios St., 949.493.5911, San Juan Capistrano, www.goinnative.net. (Cont. on page 14) THIS WEEK’S WEATHER 9.09 Partly Cloudy H: 77° L: 59° 9.10 Partly Cloudy H: 74° L: 57° 9.11 Partly Cloudy H: 75° L: 59°
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GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 13)
Coastal Cleanup Day 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Beach and creek cleanups held throughout Orange County, including a cleanup at Los Rios Park. Volunteers will receive a free T-shirt, and will be treated to lunch following the event courtesy of San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club. 31790 Paseo Adelanto, www. sanjuancapistrano.org, www.coastal.ca.gov.
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Multicultural Arts Music Concerts at the Library 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Loafer’s Glory brings their refreshing blend of old-time and bluegrass music to the San Juan Capistrano Library for two shows. Tickets $5-$10. 31495 El Camino Real, 949.493.1752, www.musicatthelibrary.com.
Kenny Loggins with The Blue Sky Riders 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House. Tickets $100. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
Saved By The Mission Bell 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Children and adults can listen to Spanish-speaking audio tours at the Mission daily. Admission of $5-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com. Tijuana Dogs 2:30 p.m. Live music at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
Pajama Storytime 7 p.m. The National Charity League Sunshine Readers offer energetic and entertaining stories for chilren of all ages at the library. Wear your pjs and join the fun! 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752, www.ocpl.org.
32341-G Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano www.facebook.com/newstartnutrition, 949.463.6549 Most popular item: Wild berry and peanut butter cup smoothies Best known for: Choice of 20 different smoothie flavors Looking to make a healthy change in your life? According to owner Mary Goudie, New Start Nutrition may just be the place to start. A health and wellness business featuring a nutritious three-part meal consisting of a mango flavored aloe vera shooter, an herbal tea concentrate and a creamy meal Photo by Andrea Swayne replacement smoothie for $5 will get you started. More than just a smoothie bar, New Start also offers 21-day Weight Loss Blitz. Blitz challengers pay in $21 at the start and use the friendly competition of the group to motivate changes in health, including losing weight and inches. The winners of each challenge are treated to prizes—70 percent of the pool goes to the person who loses the greatest percentage of body fat and 30 percent to the one who loses the most inches. “The Blitz is a great way to get started on a path toward a more healthy life, said Goudie. “We all know it takes 21 days to make a habit so this is a launch pad to fitness of both body and mind. We like to say that small changes add up to huge results.” Membership is not required to enjoy smoothies on site or purchase products for making them at home. New Start also offers gluten, soy and dairy free options and your first visit is free. Hours: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Price range: $5 Payment: Cash, credit Reservations: Not necessary Go to www.thecapistranodispatch.com and under “Getting Out” share your thoughts about this week’s restaurant.
Cooking Class: Spanish Fiesta 6:30 p.m. Cooking class at Antoine’s Café with Chef Caroline Cazaumayou. Includes recipes, dinner and a glass of wine. No corkage fee if you bring your own wine. Cost $50 per person. 218 South El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.1763, www.antoinescafe.com.
Curiosity Carts 10 a.m.12 p.m. A hands-on learning experience for kids 5 and older with replicas of mission artifacts used by the Juaneno Indians at Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300, www.missionsjc.com.
AT THE MOVIES
BY Megan Bianco
Many feature films include Our Idiot some sort of comic relief as a sidekick, supportBrother ing character or just a character, usually Means Well minor to break the ice of a scene or tension built in a sequence. And usually the said character is humorous in a rather clownish or idiotic way. Rarely is the comic relief ever the main focus of a whole film. An exception is most famously Steve Martin in The Jerk (1979), which would be infamously his breakthrough role. This season, Paul Rudd stars as the title character in Our Idiot Brother. Ned (Rudd) isn’t so much a complete idiot, as he is lacking in some serious common sense. He’s been arrested once, and now going to jail a second time for selling pot to an exhausted police officer. His girlfriend (Kathryn Hahn) gets a new boyfriend (T.J. Miller) while he’s away and doesn’t even allow him to see his own dog. His sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer) don’t know what to do with him when he is released from prison because his naiveté and cluelessness keep unintentionally affecting their own lives. Co-stars round out with Rashida Jones as Deschanel’s girlfriend, Hugh Dancy is the guy that comes between them, Adam Scott as Banks’ best friend and Steve Coogan plays Mortimer’s pseudo-intellectual husband. Even with a lead and minor character as the dim comics, Our Idiot Brother still The Capistrano Dispatch September 9–22, 2011
By Andrea Swayne
Club Swallow’s 7 p.m. DJ Paul at Swallow’s Inn, as well as beer pong games, Taco Tuesday and more. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
San Juan Summer Nites Concert Series 6 p.m. Last concert of the season featuring The Trip performing classic rock ‘n’ roll, a business expo, youth area, food and drinks for purchase all at Historic Town Center Park. Free admission. 31852 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.5911, www. sanjuancapistrano.org.
Michael Grimm 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House also with Corey Crowder and Connie Rae. Tickets $20. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com.
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manages to bring a lot of laughs without tiring quickly like many disjointed comedies. What’s surprising is how many dramatic themes and subplots are included in Evgenia Peretz and David Schisgall’s script (divorce, sexual confusion, abandonment) when the movie could have worked just fine with the girls’ comical frustration with their older, less bright brother. Nevertheless, Our Idiot Brother is entertaining enough with its cast’s comedic timing and Rudd’s endearment as a simple junkie. CD San Clemente resident Megan Bianco is a senior at Cal State, Northridge majoring in screenwriting and film criticism. She is a graduate of the California Conservatory of the Arts and JSerra Catholic High School.
American Made 7:30 p.m. Live music at Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, 949.493.3188, www.swallowsinn.com.
Yardbirds 8 p.m. Concert at The Coach House also with Delta 88s and Rising Water. Tickets $28. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, www.thecoachhouse.com. SONGS Public Workshop 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Preparedness Information for the Nuclear Power Plant at SJC City Council Chambers. 32400 Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.4565, www.sanjuancapistrano.org. *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 9.09 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
Meeting 7 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto tuesday 9.13 Planning Commission Meeting 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto wednesday 9.14
monday 9.12 Youth Advisory Board Meeting 5 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto Open Space, Trails and Equestrian
City Council Meeting 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto thursday 9.22 San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Public Meeting 7 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto friday 9.23
Transportation Commission Meeting 6 p.m., City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto
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TOM BLAKE: On Life and Love After 50
A Man Wonders if Women are Too Hurt to Love Again D avid was widowed at age 65. In the eight years since, he has dated many women and had two serious relationships. He was married for 40-plus years, his only marriage. “Re-entering the dating market at age 65 has been a real education,” he said. He stated that in the two serious relationships (both two-plus years), one woman had several divorces over a 30plus year span and the other claimed she had no serious relationships in the 20 years since her divorce. David said, “Am I strange in that the women I have met and even the couple that I had ‘serious relationships’ with have erected a wall to protect themselves from further hurt? It appears that they must have been hurt so deeply—maybe they can never again have a deep relationship with a mate?” David said he reached this conclusion from the simple absence of their
use of the words “we” and “us” in talking about their relationship with him. He said, “Everything for them was based on ‘I,’ ‘me’ or ‘my.’ In both cases, my family and ON LIFE AND friends included ‘my LOVE AFTER 50 By Tom Blake lady’ in all functions (they invite us)—but, the two women’s families excluded me and each woman considered that normal—and I knew almost none of their friends. “Am I over analyzing failed relationships? I was the one who terminated both of these relationships because I felt used. Why can some women easily use ‘us’ and ‘we,’ whereas others just can’t get beyond their ‘I,’ ‘me’ or ‘my’ usage?” David shared a little about himself:
“I am a relatively successful Orange County professional, nice home, reasonably financially secure, good education (MBA). I have two great daughters, also happily married, with three grand kids. I am very proud that they are all contributing members of society!” David teaches at a university near his home and also has a successful business practice. David spoke of usage of the word “we” in his marriage. “My wife and I would finish each others sentences and we could many times commit our mate (to attending an event), based on knowing how the other partner would respond. We would almost always use ‘we’ or ‘us’ to respond to invites/ events, ownership of almost everything and most commitments. For example; It was not my house, it was ‘OUR’ house. ‘We’ would be invited to events or ‘we’ would invite friends or
family to visit.” David said he used the terms “we” and “us” easily with the two ladies he was involved with, but, rarely would they use those terms. He concluded, “My question is more aimed at the possible difference between those who have been in a ‘lifetime’ relationship where deep compatibility existed vs. those who—for whatever reason(s)— have never experienced that close of a commitment to think of themselves as part of a ‘we’ or ‘us’ couple?” What’s your opinion? Is David over analyzing the “we” vs. “me” issue, or has he not yet found the right woman for him? Email me at email@example.com. Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. To comment on his column, email him at TompBlake@gmail.com. See his website at www.FindingLoveAfter50.com CD
Awards will be bestowed for lifetime achievement: Longtime Artistic Visionary Leader to Dean Corey and Opera Superstar to Rod Gilfry. These honorees were selected by Arts Orange County’s executive committee.
The Arts Awards are open to the public. Arts Orange County is the county’s official arts council and local partner for the California Arts Council. See www.artsoc.org for more information. CD
Arts Group Honors Mission The Capistrano Dispatch
ission San Juan Capistrano will be recognized as Orange County’s most important heritage site when it is honored with a Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy Award for lifetime achievement at Arts Orange County’s 12th Annual Orange County Arts Awards. The award will be presented on September 20 at the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. Mission Executive Director Mechelle Lawrence-Adams will receive the award, as presented by Wylie Aitken, one of 11 members of the California Arts Council
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as appointed by the governor and state legislature. “I couldn’t be more proud of the Mission,” Aitken, a Mission Preservation member and a founding partner of Orange County law firm Aitken, Aitken and Cohn, said in a statement. “As a legacy, Arts Orange County recognition is significant not only as it relates to individual artists, but also as it relates to institutions, institutions that promote historical culture. This jewel of the missions has never sparkled so bright as it has in recent years.” In addition to the Mission’s honor, two other Helena Modjeska Cultural Legacy
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Stallions vs. Dolphins, Dana Hills High School September 9, 7 p.m. San Juan Hills looks to bounce back from an upsetting Week 1 loss as the team takes on Dana Hills. Info: www.sjhhs.org/athletics
Irvine Lake Mud Run, Irvine Lake September 10, 8 a.m. Get outdoors for a great cause and a chance to meet your favorite reality television stars at the Irvine Lake Mud Run. Parking lots open at 6:30 a.m. Info: www.irvinelake-
Stallions vs. Lions JSerra Catholic High School
Stallions vs. Vanguards, El Modena High School
The Tartan/Rainbow Sandal Invitational San Clemente Muni
September 13, 5 p.m.
September 15, 7 p.m.
The lady athletes take to the ﬂoor for a cross-town rivalry. Info: www.sjhhs.
The Stallions continue a tough pre-league schedule against the always-tough El Modena Vanguards at El Modena.
September 16, 12:30 p.m.
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The Tartans girls varsity golf in its ﬁrst big tournament of the season. Info: www.smes.org
Another Year, Another Sellout for RMV Rodeo More than 7,000 people ﬁlled the stands over the twoday Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in late August, another sell-out weekend for the 11-year-old event. The Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo is popular among the nation’s top professional cowboys because its $200,000
purse is the richest among two-day rodeos. But with fast-paced action and a lively vendor area—including a Saturday-night concert—the rodeo is a fan favorite, too. Charities beneﬁt, too—so far, the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo has donated more than $1 million to
charities, primarily the Camino Health Center and Shea Therapeutic Riding Center. The San Juan Capistrano Open Space Foundation also receives money from the rodeo. For more information, see www.rmvrodeo.com CD Photos by Scott Schmitt, San Juan Photo & Digital
San Juan Hills in Season Opener The Capistrano Dispatch
ew head football coach Aaron Flowers said he’d created a tough schedule for his San Juan Hills Stallions football squad, and it didn’t take long for them to know he was right. Villa Park put up 34 points in a furious first quarter of the Stallion’s regular-season opener on September 1, en route to a 46-6 victory. San Juan Hills faces Dana Hills this week, then El Modena, so it won’t get any easier. To the team’s credit, Villa Park is the defending Century League champion, but the Stallions, with only five returning starters on the squad, showed their inexperience with three consecutive turnovers. Flowers said he intentionally picked tough opponents for the Stallions’ pre-league lineup, because the fi fth-year team has a history of wins in the pre-league games, only to stumble in league play—when it counts the most. CD
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