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In Defense of Days Gone By The Historical Society aims to protect San Juan Capistrano’s most important commodity—it’s history E Y E O N S J C / PAG E 4

The San Juan Capistrano Historical Society celebrated their 50th anniversary with a family-friendly event they hope encourages continued stewardship of the city’s history. Photo by Brian Park

Planning Commission Reviews Downtown Hotel Proposal

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SAN CLEMENTE The San Clemente City Council approved a modified proposal for the rehabilitation of the Ole Hanson Beach Club at its meeting Tuesday. In addition to approving $2.5 million to rehabilitate the club itself, the council also approved separate spending on additional exterior projects, including repairs to the pool, roof and kitchen facilities. Members of the San Clemente Historical Society spoke out against the proposal, which they said made unnecessary changes to the exterior, including the addition of double doors to both sides of the building, at the entrance and then immediately across from them at the pool entrance. Barring issues with the California Environmental Quality Act or other setbacks, Beaches, Parks & Recreation Director Sharon Heider told the council that the work on the project would likely take up to 18 months, lasting to January 2015.




Ten years in the making, the Ocean Institute’s waterfront interactive center in the OC Dana Point Harbor is now open. Named in memory of a 5-year-old girl from Capistrano Beach, the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center was completed after Maddie’s family helped raise $1 million for the project. Built directly on the water, the new 300-foot, 10-inch Ocean Science Discovery Landing features hands-on science and maritime history exhibits. On Saturday, May 18 almost 800 walkers participated in the third annual “A Mile for Maddie,” a 1.2-mile walk from Strands Vista Park to the Ocean Institute—this year corresponding with the Seaside Learning Center opening. With a fundraising goal of $100,000 to help sustain programming at the Ocean Institute, the Maddie James Foundation surpassed their mark by raising $108,000.


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…the Downtown Hotel?

THE LATEST: A proposal to build a 136room hotel and residential enclave in the heart of downtown San Juan Capistrano drew criticism from the Planning Commission, who called initial designs “overbuilt.” Irvine-based development company Urban Village is proposing to build the hotel and 38 single-family, three-story townhomes, along with over 10,000 square feet of commercial space, on a 3.1-acre property, just behind the Egan House and south of Historic Town Center Park. The commission got its first look at the project on Tuesday, May 14. After reviewing the site plan and conceptual drawings, commissioners said there were too many elements in the project. Among their concerns included a lack of parking for residents’ visitors and the hotel’s location behind homes. The project also proposes to extend Forster Street all the way through to Del Obispo Street. WHAT’S NEXT: Urban Village will take the commission’s comments and submit updated plans by the end of the month, according to Urban Village co-founder Joshua Host. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story and updates, visit www.thecapistranodispatch. com. —Brian Park


…the Planning Commission Interviews?

THE LATEST: The City Council conducted their first public interviews to fill all five seats on the Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 15. The Capistrano Dispatch May 24-June 13, 2013

All five incumbent commissioners—Sheldon Cohen, Tim Neely, Roy Nunn, Jeff Parkhurst and Robert Williams—took part in the process. They were joined by three newcomers: Evan Chaffee, a staff member in Senator Mark Wyland’s office; Ian Gardiner, a construction professional; and Dave Solt, a former member of the dissolved Housing Advisory Committee. It was the first time the council held public interviews since changing the citizen commission structure and appointment process in November. Previously, a council subcommittee conducted interviews and made their recommendations to the council for a final vote. WHAT’S NEXT: The council initially intended to vote and make their appointments after the interviews, but with Mayor Pro Tem Sam Allevato absent, they decided to wait until their June 4 meeting to make their final decisions. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, including all eight application packages, visit To watch the interviews, visit www. —BP


The city hopes that combing the two positions will provide the financial flexibility to contract a new city and traffic engineer for no more than $211,400, according to a staff report. In addition to the public works director, two other positions, the utilities program manager and a utilities operator, would be unfunded. The merger would create two new positions, a financial and administration manager and an associate engineer, who would focus on sewer and water related projects. A total of five positions would be unfunded to support four new positions. Although the city would save $121,545 in salary and benefit costs, contracting for engineering services would likely increase by $166,400. WHAT’S NEXT: The Utilities Commission considered the proposal on Tuesday, May 21. Although commissioners were supportive of the idea, they voted to table the discussion to include City Manager Karen Brust’s input. The commission will likely reconsider the item at their June 4 meeting before it is considered by the City Council. FIND OUT MORE: For updates, visit —BP

…the Utilities and Public Works Merger?

THE LATEST: The city is considering merging its utilities and public works departments, effectively creating a new position to oversee both while adding two new positions. Under the proposal, current Utilities Director Keith Van Der Maaten would manage the combined departments. Jim Ross has served as interim public works director since former director Nasser Abbaszadeh was let go last April.


…a SONGS Ruling?

THE LATEST: A federal panel last Monday ruled the public can petition for an extended hearing process before a panel of judges regarding plans to restart the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, but stopped short of setting such a process in motion. The Atomic Safety Licensing Board said the environmental group Friends of the Earth had proven that the Nuclear

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Regulatory Commission’s restart plan essentially amounted to a change in the way Southern California Edison intends to operate the plant. As such, the public is allowed to ask for an adjudicated public review of the utility’s restart proposal. WHAT’S NEXT: A public hearing on the NRC’s investigation will be “in the not too distant future,” said spokesman Scott Burnell. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit —Jim Shilander


…the School Bus Fees?

THE LATEST: The daily fee to transport Capistrano Unified School District students is set to go up next year after the school board approved a 20 percent increase on Wednesday, May 8. The increase raises the current daily school bus fee from $2.68 to $3.22 and will help mitigate the rising cost of fuel, according to district staff. Transportation costs for school districts are not typically funded by the state, according to Deputy Superintendent Clark Hampton. The state education code caps the maximum allowable fee at $8.82 per day, which is roughly equal to the actual cost, Hampton said. Most of the funding for school buses comes from the district’s general fund. The last increase was approved in 2009. WHAT’S NEXT: Students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches are also eligible for free transportation. FIND OUT MORE: For more stories from the school district, visit —BP


In Defense of Days Gone By The Historical Society aims to protect San Juan Capistrano’s most important commodity—it’s history By Brian Park The Capistrano Dispatch


here aren’t many other cities in Orange County that can claim as rich a history as San Juan Capistrano. From the city’s most prominent landmark, the Mission, to the historic buildings that line downtown streets, residents, and those simply passing through town, are constantly reminded of San Juan Capistrano’s storied past at every turn of the road. But it’s at the nexus of history and progress where the city’s motto, “Preserving the Past to Enhance the Future,” is often tested. City codes, master plans and the commission review process provide the legal foundation for preservation. At the community level, however, it’s the Historical Society that serves as the gatekeepers of San Juan Capistrano’s yesteryears. The Historical Society celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. What started as a subcommittee of the Chamber of Commerce has grown to become a collection of some of the city’s most definitive and enthusiastic supporters of the history and traditions found in Capistrano Valley. The society aims to preserve, protect and promote San Juan Capistrano’s history through informational programs and archival efforts, which includes a collection of photos, documents and artifacts in their headquarters at the O’Neill Museum. Many of the Historical Society’s current volunteers are descendants of its founding members, yet still more are relative newcomers to San Juan Capist-

rano, who say they were drawn to the society for the same reasons they moved to the area in the first place—an appreciation for the city’s character, culture and traditions. “Coming to San Juan Capistrano was a blessing,” said Jan Siegel, a 26-year resident who began volunteering for the society in 1994. Siegel, who writes a regular column in The Dispatch about interesting historical characters and events, was a history major in college and was always involved in local historical groups in other cities she’s lived in. “The common interest is that everybody involved here enjoys history and wants to maintain what we have,” Siegel said. “We are, after all, the cradle of Orange County history. We have a responsibility to the citizens of San Juan Capistrano and all of Orange County.” For Ilse Byrnes, she took up that responsibility not long after she moved to San Juan Capistrano in 1959 and watched as construction crews bulldozed a number of historic adobes off the current site of the Camino Real Playhouse’s parking lot. “That really upset me,” said Byrnes, who grew up in Switzerland, where she said she was influenced by a number of intensive historic preservation programs. Since then, Byrnes has become somewhat of a one-woman preservation army. In 1976, she began the process of placing Los Rios Street, the oldest continuously inhabited neighborhood in California, onto the National Register of Historic Places. Her application was granted in 1983, and now the neighborhood is protected by the Los Rios Specific Plan, which the city approved partly to ensure

Dave Belardes showcases traditional Juaneño artifacts to guests at the Historical Society’s Historical Fiesta Days celebration. Photo by Brian Park

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The O’Neill Museum has served as the Historical Society’s headquarters since 1976, after it was moved from behind El Adobe de Capistrano, across the train tracks and onto Los Rios Street. Photo by Brian Park

its continued place on the register. In addition to Los Rios Street, Byrnes has had nine other San Juan Capistrano sites placed onto the register. Her work has drawn the attention of others throughout the county, including Supervisor Patricia Bates, who appointed Byrnes to the county Historical Commission. Byrnes also helped place Casa Romantica and the Goldschmit House, both in San Clemente, and Crystal Cove State Park onto the register. “It’s a pretty lengthy process,” Byrnes said. “The quickest one I ever did took about six to eight months and that was for the Blas Aguilar Adobe. All the others took at least a year or two.” Given the sheer volume of information and research, few, if any, of the Historical Society’s projects are completed quickly. Not long after Don Tryon moved to San Juan Capistrano 24 years ago, he joined the Fiesta Association to handle their publicity for the Swallows Day Parade. Tryon was introduced to the Historical Society while on a hunt for archival photos for the parade’s brochures. “There were about 300 to 400 negatives and photos just scattered all over the place. It was such a mess that you couldn’t even get to the room next door,” Tryon said. “I’m sort of a neatnik and I wanted to clean things up.” Since joining the Historical Society, Tryon and a group of fellow volunteers have taken it upon themselves to organize the society’s photo and document collection, which now includes close to 8,000 categorized pieces with another 100 left to go. “I thought it would be a simple task.

Big mistake. It’s 24 years later and I’m still working on it,” Tryon said. “People found out about what we were doing and offered their collections to donate or to copy. I’ve also gone to places like UCI and the Huntington Library, and I’ve come up with some fabulous stuff.” Tryon said the society is currently working on cataloging their collection into an online database—a process that involves identifying uncategorized people, making corrections and eliminating duplicates. Siegel and another group are undertaking a similar project with some of the society’s physical artifacts. But the biggest challenge the Historical Society faces is the long term viability of its stewardship, members say. “That’s a general concern. You need young people to start being aware of the value of history and the dangers of it being ignored,” Byrnes said. To try and raise awareness of their mission and to get more young people involved, the Historical Society held a family-friendly event called “Historical Fiesta Day” on Saturday, May 18. Guests were invited to tour the O’Neill Museum grounds, as well as several display booths featuring pre-Mission and native Juaneño artifacts. It was the first time the society held such an event. Volunteers were happy with the turnout and now hope to make it an annual event. “Our membership is aging and that was the purpose of the event—to make younger families aware that we exist and we’re a viable part of the community and we want you to be a part of it,” Siegel said. “I think we succeeded in doing that. I’m hoping that it was a good first step.” CD



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Sellout Crowd Takes in the Battle of the Mariachis Mission San Juan Capistrano welcomed more than 4,000 visitors on Saturday, May 11, for the ninth annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival. Before a panel of judges and a sold-out crowd, mariachi bands from throughout the state competed for cash prizes. Mariachi Chula Vista from San Diego earned first place and won $2,000. Mariachi Mestizo from Delano, Calif. finished second and won $1,500. Los Angelesbased Plaza de la Raza Youth Mariachi Ensemble finished third and won $1,000, and trumpeters Carlos Vidaurri and Edgar Aguilar also won the Tom Tracy “Shining Star” awards and $500. Mariachi Juvenil Azteca from San Diego earned an honorable mention nod and $750

of service, community involvement and their overall contributions to the local economy. All winners, including the Man and Woman of the Year awards, will be announced at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Installation Dinner and Awards Banquet on July 11. Nominations for the Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year awards will be accepted until June 14 and May 24, respectively. Official entry forms are available at the chamber’s website,, or by emailing or calling the chamber at 949.493.4700. Completed forms can be emailed or sent by fax to 949.489.2695. They can also be mailed to the chamber’s office at San Juan Capistrano Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 1878.

Local Girl Scout Honored for Top Cookie Sales

Mariachi Chula Vista from San Diego finished first and won $2,000 at Mission’s San Juan Capistrano’s ninth annual Battle of the Mariachis Festival. Courtesy photo

Held in the Mission’s central courtyard, the festivities began with a performance of the National Anthem by local performers from the Capistrano Community Mariachi Program. Laura Sobrino, known as the “Mariachi Queen” for her contributions and pioneering efforts in the local mariachi music scene during the ’90s, emceed the event for the fourth time.

The Capistrano Valley Girl Scouts held a ceremony on Friday, May 17, at Marco Forster Middle School to honor local troops and scouts who sold and donated the most Girl Scout cookies from January to March. Kate Pointer from Troop 2901 in San Juan Capistrano came away with a firstplace trophy for selling a total of 1,568 packages. Jacey Greene from Troop 2705 finished second with 600 packages sold, followed by Hannah Yeager, from Troop 528, with 519 packages sold. Phoebe Wagner from Troop 2705, also based in San Juan Capistrano, finished first for most cookie shares, or most packages donated to the military, with 192.

Chamber Seeks Nominations for Citizen and Business of the Year Awards The Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for this year’s Citizen of the Year and Business of the Year awards. Nominees for the Citizen of the Year must be San Juan Capistrano residents and should have demonstrated their commitment to improving the city’s economic, cultural, educational and social wellbeing. The selection committee is made up of past award recipients and a member from the Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors. Nominees for the business category will be based on their quality The Capistrano Dispatch May 24-June 13 , 2013

Kate Pointer, from San Juan Capistrano Girl Scout Troop 2901, received a first-place trophy for selling the most cookies in the Capistrano Valley Girl Scouts. Courtesy photo

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Pointer finished second with 156, followed by Leah Weiss from Troop 576 with 120 cookie shares. Cookies donated through the Girl Scouts of America are placed into care packages that are sent to troops stationed around the globe. Troop 2901 donated their cookies to Operation Help a Hero’s Operation Rack Pack program, which provides care packages for single Marines who have just returned from deployment. Pointer paced the way for her troop, which sold the most cookies in all. Troop 781, yet another San Juan Capistrano troop, finished second. For her efforts, Pointer will be recognized on May 29 at a ceremony and dinner for all Orange County Girl Scouts who sold more than 1,000 packages. “It felt really, really good to win. I did a victory dance,” Pointer said. “I went to my dad’s work and sold like 50 boxes of cookies every time I went there, and I went around the neighborhood. I just asked everyone.”

Mission to Unveil 200-year-old Painting to Begin Restoration The public is invited to watch as Mission staff and conservators investigate a 200-year-old painting that has been hidden for 40 years in Serra Chapel. The painting was originally installed in the 1800s to replace the missing piece of a 12-piece set depicting the Stations of the Cross. However, years of neglect took its toll on the painting, and in 1973, Fr. Vincent Lloyd Russell commissioned a painter to create a duplicate that was placed over it. The other 11 paintings were restored between 2005 and 2009. A recent donation from a Mission supporter has now made it possible for the Mission to begin an investigation into the original 12th station painting in hopes of restoring it. The Mission has contracted Susan Brown Painting Conservators and Display Art Installation Services to uncover the painting for the first time in 40 years, following morning Mass on May 30. Conservators will examine the painting before making their recommendation for a course of treatment. “Having never seen the original painting except in old historic photos, I am excited to uncover and see, for the first time, this piece of early Mission history,” said Jennifer Ring, the Mission’s museum registrar, in a statement. Paid visitors are invited to watch the

process, which is expected to take several hours.

St. Margaret’s Students Donate $6,500 for Marine Animal Rescue In response to an unusually large number of sick sea lion pups coming ashore in Orange County, a group of St. Margaret’s Episcopal School students banded together to donate more than $6,500 to help the Pacific Marine Mammal Center’s efforts. Students from lower, middle and high school collected money through Otter Pop and bake sales, saved their allowances and spent late nights rolling up spare change to donate to the Laguna Beachbased center. In March, the center reported that 18 sea lion pups had come ashore in one weekend, including a record-high of 12 in a single day. The pups, which were all discovered to be malnourished, were found all along the Orange County coastline, from San Onofre State Beach to Seal Beach. That month, 84 of the 86 animals under the center’s care were sea lions, which need two to four months to nurse back to a healthy weight.

Mission San Juan Capistrano will unveil a 200-yearold painting that has been covered for 40 years in hopes of restoring it. The worn painting was covered by the copy above. Courtesy photo Have something interesting for the community? Tell us about awards, events, happenings, accomplishments and more. Forward a picture along, too! We’ll put your submissions into “News Bites.” Send your info to


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News and updates on San Juan Capistrano’s business community NEW DEVELOPMENTS u Harlow’s Fine Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails, 31111 Rancho Viejo Road, 949.240.8100, City and business leaders gathered at Marbella Plaza to welcome San Juan Capistrano’s newest restaurant, Harlow’s Fine Cuisine & Crafted Cocktails, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 10. Harlow’s boasts a small but eclectic menu that changes regularly, depending on what ingredients are in season and their local availability. All meat, seafood and produce items are bought strictly from environmentally conscious suppliers, according to the restaurant’s website. All food items are also guaranteed to be free of GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, and all meats are antibiotic and hormone free. The menu also denotes which dishes contain nuts, are gluten and dairy free and are vegetarian and vegan friendly. “I eat extremely healthy, quality foods at home and if I would not bring something into the kitchen at my house, it certainly won’t be in the kitchen at my restaurant,”

SJC Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY ANDREA SWAYNE All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department website ( 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.

u Guapas Tapas & Wine Bar, 26762 Verdugo Street, Suite C, guapastapas The finishing touches are still being added at Guapas Tapas & Wine Bar, but the staff has been assembled and the new restaurant’s owner and head chef are eye-

ing a grand opening in about two weeks. Tapas is a Spanish style of cuisine that features smaller, appetizer-like dishes that are meant to be enjoyed with a drink and shared in the company of friends to encourage conversation. Owner John Muniz and head chef Matthew Brady did their research on other tapas restaurants in Orange County, and they believe the concept has legs in San Juan Capistrano. “It makes sense to be here because of the Mission and the Spanish history,” Muniz said. “It’s simple comfort food, but people in Orange County expect a certain level of quality, so we’re trying to set up a whole experience here and create a social place.” Although tapas comes from Spain, Brady said his menu shows a distinct global influence and will feature local organic ingredients. Guapas will carry popular tapas items like patatas bravas, a spicy potato dish, and ceviche, which are all meant to be paired with specialty craft beers and wines. Brady, a certified craft beer expert, or cicerone, and Muniz, himself a certified

sommelier and former bartender, have put together a lineup of 44 bottled craft beers and 12 rotating beers on tap. “A lot of our beers will be Southern California and west coast based, but we’ll also have beers from all over the world,” Muniz said. Guapas will not carry beers like Budweiser or Miller. However, the entire staff has been trained to help customers select beers to their taste, pair beers with certain dishes and samplers will also be available. “The cool thing about this craft beer movement is that it’s a lot like wine because you can pair them with the food we’re making,” Brady said. When Guapas officially opens, Muniz said the restaurant will be able to seat up to 60 guests indoors and another 40 in an outdoor lounge. The restaurant will be open at 10:30 a.m. everyday, close at 2 a.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and close at 9:30 p.m. all other days. The Chamber of Commerce has tentatively scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening mixer on Thursday, June 13.

INVESTIGATE PERSON DOWN Rancho Viejo Road/Junipero Serra Road (4:36 p.m.) Deputies were requested when someone described as an “older person” was seen lying in the grassy area of a business complex.

BIKE STOP Paseo Adelanto/Ramos Street (1:14 a.m.) A bicycle stop ended with an unemployed, 20-year-old woman being arrested and taken to the Intake Release Center where she remains in custody.

two sons were in a physical fight. No weapons were seen.

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Camino Capistrano, 32300 Block (12:41 p.m.) A caller reported seeing two men drinking behind a business in Plaza del Rio.

DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY La Novia Avenue/San Juan Creek Road (11:47 p.m.) A loud party was reportedly going on at Ortega Equestrian Center. Revelers complied with deputies’ request to quiet down.

owner Bonnie Harlow Kingston told The Dispatch in an interview in November when the restaurant was still under construction. The restaurant’s bar features a cocktail menu inspired by prohibition-era drinks as well as contemporary recipes. Cocktails range in price from $11 to $14. Harlow’s also offers wine by the glass and a selection of local beers. On Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Harlow’s offers a special three-course brunch for $29 and bottomless champagne for $6. Brunch is also accompanied by live musical performances. Private party reservations and catering is also available.


Tuesday, May 21

Thursday, May 23

SUSPICIOUS PERSON Calle Santa Rosalia/Calle el Sauzal (10:10 p.m.) Deputies made contact with a reportedly suspicious subject who was seen “hanging out at the corner.”

TRAFFIC HAZARD Del Obispo Street/Camino Capistrano (8:16 a.m.) The railroad track barrier arms were stuck in the down position and no train was approaching.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Don Juan Avila/El Camino Real (8:24 a.m.) A patrol check was requested when a teenaged boy and girl were seen having a verbal argument near the library.

Wednesday, May 22

Sunday, May 19

DISTURBANCE-GANG Calle Delphina, 26500 Block (9:06 p.m.) A gang-related disturbance resulted in three subjects being detained. The Orange County Fire Authority was also requested due to a reported head injury.

KEEP THE PEACE Verdugo Street, 26700 Block (9:12 p.m.) A taxi driver told deputies other cab drivers looking for fares near the train station do not have the proper permits to be working in San Juan Capistrano.

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DISTURBANCE-MUSIC OR PARTY Peppertree Bend, 32200 Block (11:29 p.m.) A caller reported loud, live band music and a party in the area. Seven other complaint calls from various points in the city were received by dispatch between 9:43 p.m. and 11:29 p.m. this same night.

Saturday, May 18 TRESPASSING Avenida de la Vista, 31500 Block (2:44 p.m.) A group of juveniles were using a swimming pool without permission.

Friday, May 17 DISTURBANCE-FAMILY DISPUTE La Calera Street, 31400 Block (1:37 a.m.) A woman called police when her

Thursday, May 16 SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES Junipero Serra Road/Interstate 5 (8:44 a.m.) A bicycle with a red backpack tied to it was sitting under the freeway overpass for 40 minutes with no rider nearby. PROWLER Paseo Rosarito, 26600 Block (12:56 a.m.) A prowler was reported in the area. Deputies arrived within five minutes, but found no suspicious person in the area.

Wednesday, May 15 HIT AND RUN Ramos Way/Ramos Street (10:59 a.m.) A 50-year-old man, whose occupation was listed as a certified personal accountant, was arrested for suspicion of hit and run. He was transported to the Intake Release Center and released later the same day after posting bond. VANDALISM REPORT Junipero Serra Road, 26300 Block (6:07 a.m.) A caller reported vandalism to school buses near the JSerra Catholic High School athletic fields.



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GUEST OPINION: My Turn by Jonathan Volzke

Planning Commission Selection Process Improved As the city and community landscape has changed, so too should the commission


applaud the City Council for holding public interviews for the Planning Commission— a first for the city. I just wish there’d been more people to interview. A quick refresh: PreviJonathan Volzke ously, those who wanted to serve on any of the city’s commissions (and we have more than just about any other Orange County city) filled out a paper application. The City Council would then appoint a subcommittee of fewer than three members to review them, conduct interviews if necessary and make a sweeping recommendation to the full council for the committee appointments. But because it was just two council members doing that work, it was all done, legally, behind closed doors. And almost always, the full council would approve the recommended appointments with no changes and hardly any discussion. There’s no doubt the process worked to a great degree: We have some fine commissioners (all volunteers) doing some fine work for the city. Commissions, each with a different area of responsibility, essentially review proposed developments and other projects. The idea is each project gets some expert vetting—in traffic, cultural heritage, etc.—before it reaches the council. Oftentimes, commissioners stand as guard dogs to our image of San Juan Capistrano: tearing at projects that don’t fit in and growling enough to scare others away outright. But it also failed us, too. Without substantive discussion from the dais, there was no way to tell what council members were looking for in a commisThe Capistrano Dispatch May 24-June 13, 2013

San Juan Capistrano resident and construction professional Ian Gardiner was one of three new faces to interview for a seat on the Planning Commission on Wednesday, May 15. All five incumbents also took part in what was the first public interview process conducted by the City Council. Photo by Brian Park

sioner, and therefore, what they were looking for in the future of the city. And when you hear that San Juan Capistrano is “not business friendly,” it’s often coming from someone who has tangled with a commission or two … or three or four. The new process, of public interviews for the Planning Commission, came after Mayor John Taylor and Larry Kramer took a look at how other cities deal with their commissions. Their work resulted in the elimination of the housing and transportation commissions as they stood and the addition of public interviews for planning. The public process was carefully orchestrated. The applicants filled out a questionnaire in advance, council members reviewed it. The applicants made a timed statement and the council members asked a set number of questions,

all in public. They’re due to announce their decisions—again made in public— next month. This is a far better process to allow us insight as to what council members are looking for in commissioners. As I said, my only complaint is that only eight people—including all five of the incumbents—applied. I like and respect all of Planning Commissioners—there are some incredibly smart men on that dais—but commissions shouldn’t be a lifelong job. Some of them have sat up there for as long as I’ve been in town. Now, it’s easy to say they’re only there until the council doesn’t want them there, but that’s only partly true. A past council tried to make some changes and managed to only pass a policy that 20 percent of the commissioners change during appointments. Even that wa-

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tered-down effort was pushed aside. The commissioners bring a lot of professional expertise, and there’s something to be said for the stability and wealth of knowledge they bring, again, as volunteers, to the community. But there should also be a sense of knowing when it’s time to leave the party, to step aside and let some new blood in. For all the advantages of stability and background, the benefits of change may be more important now than ever. The city and its residents are changing and we have to ensure that commissioners are in touch with the community. Sitting in a quasi-authoritative position for a decade or more can create tunnel vision, too, where it’s easy to shut out new ideas. Finally, commissions can prove to be excellent training grounds for future leaders. That gives an individual a chance to learn a bit how government works and also gives the public a chance to weigh their actions, to create a record for a candidate. The city is evolving under new leadership and elected officials, and the commission-selection process is finally starting to change, too. The public interviews and appointments are a tremendous first step, but it will be disappointing if it’s the last. San Juan Capistrano resident Jonathan Volzke is the founder of The Capistrano Dispatch and now works for Faubel Public Affairs.CD PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the Capistrano Dispatch provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the Capistrano Dispatch or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at




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



JUSTIN FOUTZ 8:30 p.m. Live music at The Swallow’s Inn. Rob Staley also performs at 8:30 p.m. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

PHOENIX 8 p.m. Fictional play at Camino Real Playhouse inspired by the life, death and rise to fame of singer/songwriter Nick Drake. $18. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082, FULL FLOWER MOON HIKE 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Nighttime walk under a full moon at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Admission $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES 8 p.m. The classic musical debuts at Camino Real Playhouse. Preview night $24, regular shows $30. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,


BACKYARD SKILLS WORKSHOP: BASICS OF BEEKEEPING 1 p.m-3 p.m. The Ecology Center’s workshop on how you can support important pollinators like bees to create a thriving garden. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,


THE ARK OF SAN JUAN DOG AND CAT ADOPTIONS 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dogs for adoption at PetSmart and 12 p.m.-4 p.m. for cats. 33963 Doheny Park Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.388.0034, THE TOLEDO SHOW 10 p.m. A film noir soul and femme fatale cabaret show at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, DICK DALE 8 p.m. Guitar legend headlines at The Coach House. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, The Capistrano Dispatch May 24-June 13, 2013

AT THE MOVIES: ‘STAR TREK’ BEAMS INTO DARKNESS With Iron Man 3 still at the top of the box office and The Great Gatsby experiencing a mixed reception, it’s now time for the next star-studded, fun-filled blockbuster of the season. Enter J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, a sequel four years in the making after the hit revival of the old franchise from Abrams in 2009. The familiar characters of the famous series have returned—and in a big way. When a number of attacks causing hundreds of deaths occur, Cpt. Kirk (Chris Pine), Mr. Spock (Zachary Quinto), Uhura (Zoë Saldana) and Bones (Karl Urban) of Starfleet head to the USS Enterprise to tackle the universe’s biggest threat, a villain by the name of John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch). Alice Eve joins the team as Carol Wallace, a science officer with secrets of her © 2013 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved. own, and John Cho, Simon Pegg and Anton Yelchin return as Sulu, Scotty and Chekov, respectively. Like with most sequels, Abrams has a lot to live up to after his first successful Trek film. Here there is less character development and a more straightforward good-versus-evil story. Though a blend of both themes would have been fitting and Saldana and Eve appear underappreciated; Into Darkness still gives audiences some very exciting chase sequences and rather solid lead performances from Pine and Quinto. —Megan Bianco

CHILDRESS M.A.C.Y. AWARDS Noon. The Segerstrom Center for the Arts hosts 35 local high schools and 400 students who will be awarded for their musical theater performances. $20. 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787, JOHN SLOANE (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,


KSBR BIRTHDAY BASH JAZZ FESTIVAL AND FOOD TASTING 3:30 p.m. The Saddleback College radio station celebrates its 25th year with a concert, food tasting with local restaurants and much more at Village Green at Oso Viejo Park. $55-$60. 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,,


MEMORIAL DAY FINE ARTS SHOW 2013 9:30 a.m.5 p.m. The Dana Point Fine Arts present an art show and sale in the Harbor. 34624 Golden Lantern, Dana Point,, THE SERRA CHAPEL TOUR 11:15 a.m. Tour at the Mission in honor of Father Junípero Serra, who was born 300 years ago this year. $6-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, KEVIN FARLEY 7 p.m. Stand-up comedy at the Irvine Improv. Tickets $17. 71 Fortune Drive, Suite 841, Irvine, 949.854.5455,


DP MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Ceremony to remember and honor all those who gave their lives in all wars. Held in Pines Park. 34941 Camino Capistrano, Dana Point,




MARCH TO THE SEA 8 p.m. All-around rock band at StillWater. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003,

MIKE DEBELLIS 6:30 p.m. Live music at Montego Restaurant and Bar. 27211 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.481.2723,


MICROBREWS BY THE MISSION 4 p.m.-8 p.m. A 14-venue “pub crawl” featuring craft brews, live music, food/appetizers and more in downtown San Juan Capistrano the last Wednesday of the month. Camino Capistrano and Ortega Highway, 949.493.4700,


BOOK SIGNING 7 p.m. Jennifer Edlund signs her book “The Experiment” at The Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, NATIVE AMERICAN BASKET WEAVING 10 a.m.1 p.m. Experience the art of basket weaving, a Native American tradition, at Mission San Juan Capistrano. Free with admission. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300, JOURNEYS TO THE PAST 3:30 p.m. Storyteller Jacque Tahuka-Nuñez visits The Fountains at Sea Bluffs to present a unique look at the lifestyle and culture of the Acjachemen Nation. 25411 Sea Bluffs Drive, Dana Point, 949.234.3008.


MIDNIGHT WHISKEY BAND 3 p.m. Memorial Day celebration at Sunsets, 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880,

DANA POINT HARBOR BOAT SHOW Noon-7 p.m. Opening day of the four-day boat show with boat products, power and sail vessels and more near the OC Sailing & Events Center in the Dana Point Harbor. Thursday admission is free, general weekend admission $12. 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point, 949.496.2979,

SWALLOW’S MEMORIAL DAY BBQ 2 p.m. Head to The Swallow’s Inn for a barbecue and live music by Family Style and CEMC. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

JIMI NELSON 7:30 p.m. Live music at The Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, (Cont. on page 11)

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A NEW YOU Your Local Resource to a Healthier Life...

HERE’S TO A NEW YOU Taking care of both body and mind is imperative in the quest for a healthy, happy life. “A New You” brings together information from a collection of resources in the tri-city area to help you do just that. From finding the best workout and nutrition regimens for you, to caring for skin, eyes and teeth, this special pull-out section is meant to be kept as a handy reference guide. SC Times, DP Times and Capistrano Dispatch readers can also find “A New You” online at, and Special thanks to: Golden Traut, Pure Yoga San Clemente; Mo Langley, Personal Trainer; Lissa Trevino and Nick Fowler, Ocean Physical Therapy; Liz Montagna, Yoga Physical Therapy; Irma A. Juarez-Drew, Vida Hermosa Chiropractic and Dr. John a. Hovanesian, Harvard Eye Associates.

Yoga: A Healthful Practice for Body, Mind and Spirit By Golden Traut, Instructor, Pure Yoga San Clemente

As a yoga teacher, when I ask new students what brought them to yoga, the answer is always one or more of the following: To build strength, gain flexibility and to relieve mental stress. I assure them they have come to the right place, but it never takes much convincing since it is obvious from the very first class that with practice, anyone can and will become stronger, more limber and more peaceful through yoga’s holistic approach to honoring and caring for every part of the body from the inside out. Mobility is improved by gently stretching muscles and by taking joints through their full range of motion, which is therapeutic for connective tissues. Full-body strength is also improved with an emphasis on engaging the deep core muscles, which stabilizes the pelvis and spine to improve overall posture, on and off the mat. This is all done while staying deeply connected with the most powerful tool we harness in the body, our breath. Simply noticing the breath naturally deepens and regulates inhalation and exhalation, bringing practitioners out of the flight or fight response and into a more relaxed state. This teaches us to find ease within ourselves in each moment as it unfolds, regardless of outside influences and is a very effective way to relieve stress both mentally and physically. Engaging in conscious breathing also tones the diaphragm and expands the lung capacity, making it easier for the body to sustain sufficient oxygen levels in the blood stream long after the practice is over. This is just the beginning too. When I check back with students who have practiced consistently, I always hear they have gained much more than expected. Students tell me they feel more connected to themselves and their own bodies and as a result, begin to notice habits physically, mentally and in their lifestyles that may not be healthy or helpful. Yoga students eventually become their own teachers and find it easier to live a more balanced life by being aware of how much control they have over their own well being.

ALICE P. MORAN PERIODONTICS Dr. Alice P. Moran, DMD, is a board certified periodontist who provides comprehensive, leading-edge periodontal care to preserve your special smile. Dr. Moran’s capabilities include guided dental implant surgery, aesthetic gum enhancement and treatment of gum disease. She belongs to an elite group of periodontists—only 15 percent nationwide—who offer the Periolase as an alternative to traditional osseous surgery. 1001 Avenida Pico, Ste. K, San Clemente, 949.361.4867 (GUMS),

ALIGN PILATES CENTER The team at Align Pilates Center focuses on bringing the body, mind and spirit into balance through quality instruction. Pilates is a form of movement developed to simultaneously strengthen, stretch, tone and align the body. It concentrates on proper form, breath and the mind/body connection to create a full-body workout that is both very versatile and highly affective. Pilates is truly a unique form of exercise that improves one’s health and quality of life. 26850 Ortega Hwy, Ste. K, San Juan Capistrano, 949.481.3577,


I believe these subtle benefits are the reason a simple practice of postures evolves into a way of life. I know many students, including myself, who serve as a living testimony to these claims. But the only way to truly know the benefits of a regular yoga practice is by trying it yourself. Golden Traut is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher at Pure Yoga San Clemente. She teaches vinyasa yoga, linking breath to movement and encourages tuning into the sensations in the body. She is inspired by her travels and the many people she meets to continue helping others take care of themselves. Pure Yoga San Clemente, 415 Avenida Pico, Ste. M, 949.492.5048,

Did you know that yoga poses such as stretching your arms over-head with your palms facing up can help relieve depression? —Liz Montagna, MPT, RYT, Yoga Physical Therapy

As San Clemente’s only natural and organic whole foods store proudly serving South County, Hanson’s is dedicated to healthy lifestyles, carrying fresh and organic produce, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, locally baked artisan breads, gluten-free everything, sushi, craft beer and wine, herbals, supplements, vitamins and ecofriendly household products. Our deli is famous for its all-natural meats, artisan cheeses, vegan choices, fresh salads and raw juicing/smoothies. Hanson’s is open Mon-Sat 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. 415 Avenida Pico, Ste. P, San Clemente, 949.218.1690,

HARVARD EYE ASSOCIATES Harvard Eye Associates is world renowned for staying on the forefront of technological and surgical advances for the sole purpose of providing you with the finest eye care you deserve, and achieving your best possible visual result. We take great pride in being the Southern California area’s top eye care provider. Call or log on to our website for more information or to schedule an appointment. 665 Camino De Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.273.0131,

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Banana, Apple or Pear: How to Find the Right Exercise for You By Mo Langley, Personal Trainer

How do you find the right exercise? Do you answer the quizzes in the magazines? Do you watch other people in the gym? Do you listen to your best friend and do her workout? Do you try the latest crazes? Has anything worked? While any of these, or countless other methods, may work for certain people, I prescribe to the simple idea of body type. Are you a banana, apple, or pear? All three types have their own characteristics that include body fat and muscle. Your body type is determined genetically and truly can be enhanced by the type of workout you choose.

BANANA The banana, or the ectomorph, is characterized by higher body fat and has a difficult time building muscle. They generally have long limbs, long feet and fingers, and do not gain weight very easily. They are considered “skinny” and oftentimes too skinny. We see many of them running long distance races, unfortunately, that only enhances their body type. I recommend resistance training programs for the banana to build more muscle mass and create strong bones, since this is the body type more prone to osteoporosis. The banana should cut down on their cardio to build muscle and may create more curves by swimming, using the water as resistance. APPLE The apple, or the mesomorph, is characterized by an upside down triangle shape, they are those “fit” people that we see so often here in Southern California. They are generally more lean and muscular, although if they do gain weight, it is in their upper body. A common belief is that mesomorphs have it made, with their strong and athletic builds, although, women especially, find themselves being too bulky too easily. I recommend a combination of equal cardiovascular exercise combined with weight training for the mesomorph, to keep a good combination of lean muscle mass and body fat. The mesomorph is able to keep their muscles longer and less bulky by adding yoga or Pilates into their program as well.

The combination of movement, posture and breath control in these two types of exercise can create a less bulky look.

PEAR The pear, or endomorph, is a body type characterized by a smaller upper body and more curves or body fat around the hips and upper thighs. This body type has strong legs and a smaller, less muscular, upper body. You will find most women and some men fall into this body type. While endomorphs have a harder time than other body type in losing fat, even in the most extreme cases they can be just as fit as other body types. For pears, who usually carry extra fat around the lower abdomen, hips and thighs, the key is to start with a program that burns calories instead of a lot of strength training. The extra weight pears carry can cause increased pressure on lower joints, such as knees, hips and feet, so it is important for pears, at first, to avoid engaging in exercises that can add stress to these areas. That means trading high-impact exer-

cises like tennis, jumping rope or other activities that involve intense and repetitive movements for low-impact cardio workouts like walking or biking. Light weight training is also important to increase mid- and upper-back strength. The most important aspect of an effective exercise program is to find the one that is right for you, mentally as well as physically. By doing the appropriate exercises for your body type, you will achieve your desired goals faster and you will find yourself motivated to stick with it. And as always, check with your physician before starting any new exercise program. Mo Langley has been a NASM certified personal trainer since 1999. She is an avid surfer and accomplished athlete, having completed Ironman New Zealand in 2006. She does workouts in her Dana Point home, outdoor workouts and in-gym workouts at facilities throughout Orange County. Her services include oneon-one and small group training. You can find more information on her at

How much water do you need? According to the Institute of Medicine, recommended water intake is 3.0 liters for men and 2.2 liters for women. Since one liter = 33.8 fluid ounces, men are advised to drink 101.4 fluid ounces, or 13 cups (a cup is eight fluid ounces) of drinking water and other beverages per day, and women are advised to drink 74.4 fluid ounces, or nine cups, per day. —Mo Langley, NASM certified personal trainer iStockphoto

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JUICE IT UP Your body is begging you to juice! Since raw juice requires hardly any digestion, your body rapidly absorbs all the goodness of the vegetables and fruits. Juice It Up juices a nutrientpacked selection of fresh ingredients. If you feel like chewing something, they are still the go-to place for the largest selection of the most delicious Sambazon Açai bowls in San Clemente. 802 Avenida Pico, San Clemente, 949.542.7979


OCEAN PHYSICAL THERAPY Ocean Physical Therapy is Orange County’s premiere wellness headquarters. Our staff is knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated to incredible service and results. We offer physical therapy, personal training, massage and yoga therapy to ensure your best recovery. Owner, Lissa Trevino, P.T., M.P.T., A.T.C., has been called upon to help numerous professional athletes from the AVP to the NFL. Come for therapy. Come to train with the best. You will not be disappointed! 901 Calle Amanecer Suite 320, San Clemente, 949.366.6785

ORANGE COAST WOMEN’S MEDICAL GROUP Mark Sayed, D.M.D., has been providing orthodontic treatment for children and adults in South Orange County for over 18 years. Dr. Sayed supports the community by sponsoring events and activities, including donating orthodontic treatment. The Smiles Aplenty for Camp Pendleton Program will benefit an enlisted military soldier and or dependent child with free orthodontic treatment with a value of up to $5,700.00. Call Mark Sayed Orthodontics for details on how to participate. 32241 Suite H Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3993,

OCWMG is an OB/GYN practice with offices in San Clemente, Irvine, and Laguna Hills. We offer comprehensive in-house services including ultrasound, bone density screening and nutrition counseling. Areas of expertise include VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and robotic laparoscopic surgery. Additional wellness services for women include the One Day Wellness appointment and medical weight loss. Call or log on to our website to learn more about the practice or to schedule an appointment. 1300 Avenida Vista Hermosa, Suite 150, San Clemente, 949.829.5533,

PURE YOGA SAN CLEMENTE Strength, balance, flexibility, peace. Pure Yoga is San Clemente’s newest Hot Hatha and Power Flow yoga studio featuring a large clean facility with every amenity possible to support your yoga practice. We teach a system of yoga synthesized from traditional Hatha yoga techniques and contemporary Vinyasa and Power Flow Yoga. Classes consist of a set series of postures and breathing exercises designed to stimulate every major system of the body resulting in increased strength, balance, flexibility and overall health. 415 E. Avendia Pico, #M, San Clemente, 949.492.5048,

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Some Juicy Information

Organic Content Although none of the local juice bars researched use 100 percent organic ingredients, a couple of independent businesses come very close and all use some organic produce. Hanson’s Market Juice Bar in San Clemente said they use about 90 percent organic fruits and veggies in their blended juices and smoothies. The Organic Tree Juice Bar in Dana Point is similar—using no ready-made blends, only raw organic produce—with the one exception being coconut water and pulp. Organic Tree offers blends for detoxing and addressing specific health issues, as does Nékter Juice bar in Laguna Niguel. Organic Tree takes an extra “green” step by compacting their fruit pulp waste and sending it to South Coast Farms—a certified organic grower in San Juan Capistrano where they purchase much of their produce— for compost.

By Donia Moore and Andrea Swayne

How healthy is juicing? Health and fitness guru Jack LaLanne, the original “juicer,” lived to be an active, healthy 96 years young. Promoting juicing as a cause of his longevity, Jack’s vitality could be a good indication of how healthy a habit it is. The jury is still out—among the mainstream medical profession—on the many claims juicing proponents make with regard to cleansing, detoxifying, weight loss and disease reversal. Among avid juicers however, these claims, are well supported by personal experience, not scientific research. While some studies caution that because juicing removes most of the fiber in produce, it is less healthy than eating whole fruits and vegetable. Others say that in the absence of fiber, nutrients are more easily absorbed and drinking it gives the digestive system a break. Wherever you fall in the debate, nearly all agree that taking in more fruits and vegetables, in whatever form, is imperative to good health, and juicing doesn’t let you off the hook with regard to keeping whole produce in your diet. Also, if you intend to make juicing a major part of your diet, be sure to check with your doctor or nutritionist first to avoid any possible interactions with medication or nutrient deficiencies. When choosing how much juice to add to your diet, keep in mind research by the renowned Mayo Clinic which advises that juicing is healthful in moderation, but can be high in

Melissa Caverly, Juice It Up franchise owner, said about half of her business comes from raw fruit and vegetable juice sales as opposed to smoothies. Photo by Andrea Swayne

Non-produce Ingredients

Organic Tree Juice Bar in Dana Point juices whole fruits and vegetable juices to order. Photo by Andrea Swayne

natural sugars and low in fiber. Whole fruits and vegetables remain the best source of fiber in a diet and adding a lot of juice can inadvertently add sugar, and therefore calories. Juicing is, as they say, “trending.” According to an article published in the Wall Street Journal in January (“Juicers Invade Kitchen Counters”) market research shows home juicer sales topped $215 million in 2012, a 71 percent increase over the previous year. For many, home juicing is a great way to know exactly what you’re getting. But for most, a trip to the local juice bar brings with it the ease and convenience today’s busy lifestyles demand. From larger chains to independent raw-produce-only juice bars, healthful options are readily available. Before you visit a local juice bar for a refreshing juice blend or smoothie, know what you’re looking for when you order. As always, read the menu for specifics—like sherbet, dairy (yogurt) or soy bases and supplement add-ins—and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Following are a few brief points to consider when ordering.

Juice It Up, a chain with a location in San Clemente, specializes in all-fruit smoothies and juice blends using fruit and vegetable juices as well as whole fruits and vegetables. While their whole fruit smoothies don’t include soy or dairy products, they have other smoothies that do. “Our focus is about 50-50 between raw juicing and fruit smoothies,” said San Clemente-based franchise owner Melissa Caverly. “I am continually amazed with the benefits of raw juicing and see it every day in my regular customers. From clearer skin to increased energy, I really believe it makes a difference.” Jamba Juice, another chain with a San Clemente store, has a similar smoothie menu and all-fruit/all-vegetable options. Juice Stop, an independent juice bar in San Clemente, also has all-fruit and non-dairy smoothie bases available, as well as dairy and soy ingredients. Captain Mauri’s, another long-time San Clemente business, serves refreshing antioxidant filled smoothies and blends. None of the juice bars listed use processed sugar, high fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives.

Gluten Free Options You wouldn’t think that the ingredients in these drinks have a gluten component, but wheatgrass seeds, although nutrient rich, contain gluten. So unless wheatgrass is certified gluten-free, wheatgrass juice can contain some if seeds are present in the grass used to make it. Cross contamination where wheatgrass is grown can also occur depending on how it is harvested and processed. Concerned? Try other healthful greens like spinach or kale juice instead. The bottom line is, whether homemade or purchased, juice is a great way to add a tasty and refreshing nutritional boost to your diet and enjoy the benefits that the vitamins and anti-oxidants in pure juice provide.

Did you know that ginger, an herb known mostly for its therapeutic effects in nausea, also has powerful abilities to combat inflammation? Ginger contains phenolic compounds that inhibit the enzymes responsible for generating mediators of pain and inflammation. Scientists attribute its anti-inflammatory action as the basis for its positive effect on rheumatic disorders. — Irma A. Juarez-Drew, D.C., C.C.S.P., Vida Hermosa Chiropractic iStockphoto

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When resistance training exercises using multiple large muscles are used with very little rest between sets, they can elicit aerobic and metabolic benefits. According to research presented in the ACSM Fitness Journal, May 2013, these metabolic benefits can be present for up to 72 hours after a high-intensity exercise bout has been completed. —Nick Fowler, B.S., ESS, personal trainer, Ocean Physical Therapy

Food Fight By Irma A. Juarez-Drew, D.C., C.C.S.P., Vida Hermosa Chiropractic

Regular chiropractic care is an amazing tool for the maintenance of proper body biomechanics but I also encourage my patients to get plenty of exercise and eat a healthy diet, rich in organic fruits and vegetables. The food you choose can help fight off common barriers— such as pain an inflammation—to health. Below are a few tips for healthy eating that I believe can greatly improve your quest toward a beautiful life—a “vida hermosa.“ • Eating processed carbohydrates can lead to chronic inflammation and pain. Research has shown that eating carbs such as bread, crackers, tortillas and pastas will lead to the formation of arachidonic acid which creates an inflammatory process in the body. • The modern diet is lacking in essential omega 3 fatty acids and putting these nutrients back into the diet can impact many health aspects. The health benefits of fish oil include positive influences on inflammation, pain, swelling, kidney function, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes, inflammatory bowel, allergies and more. Vida Hermosa Chiropractic, 31654 Rancho Viejo Rd., Ste. E. San Juan Capistrano, 949.481.1996,

SPORTS CLIPS HAIRCUTS The Sport Clips Experience: Sports on TV, a relaxing neck and shoulder massage, legendary barbershop-style steamed-towel treatment and a great haircut from “guy-smart” stylists who specialize in men’s and boys’ hair care. It’s what we call the MVP Treatment, and it only takes about 20 minutes! Open seven days a week. No appointment necessary. 638 Camino De Los Mares #F100 (Ocean View Plaza Ralphs Shopping Center), San Clemente, 949.276.8200,

STELLALUCY GLUTEN-FREE MARKET StellaLucy is a truly original food store catering primarily to those who cannot (or prefer not to) consume gluten. The store goes far beyond the typical gluten-free products to offer thousands of items not easily found elsewhere, along with making fresh baked goods available on weekends. There are also choices for those with additional food allergies such as nuts, soy, lactose and corn. Plus, the staff is very knowledgeable and helpful in offering suggestions to customers. 110 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.4631,


• Discover the Latest Breakthrough in the Wellness Revolution • The Amazing Power of Stem Cell Nutrition • How to Enhance Your Natural Renewal System Today 151 Calle Iglesia, San Clemente, 949.542.8600,

SUN SALUTE YOGA Our mission is to provide a safe, warm loving studio environment with committed teachers who create relationships and safe yet deep experiences for the enrichment of their students’ lives in a home like environment. From beginners’ basics, stretching and guided meditation, to Power Yoga, Yoga & Weights, Hot Yoga Fusion and more, there are many classes to choose from. Sun Salute Yoga is a place to retreat, restore and rebuild. 24655 La Plaza, Ste. A, Dana Point, 949.371.6097,

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Remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, having a healthy breakfast the morning of your workouts will definitely enhance your performance. Why? If you are eating dinner at 7 p.m., by the time you wake up it’s usually between six and nine hours later and your body is literally starving. You have basically fasted for hours, and you need to feed it a.s.a.p. before it starts to slow your metabolism to survival mode—hence breakfast. —Mo Langley, NASM certified personal trainer

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SUPCO STAND UP PADDLE COMPANY Fitness instructors, outdoor enthusiasts and health gurus are all catching on to the many health benefits of stand-up paddling. SUP is a great low-impact way to exercise and target your core muscle groups. Due to the volume and size of stand-up paddle boards, people of all ages and athletic abilities can partake in this fun and active sport no matter what your water background is. Come paddle with us today. 1103 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, 949.715.9730,,



Dry Eye in Disguise By Dr. John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS, Harvard Eye Associates

It’s that time of year where eyes often begin to itch, turn red or become very watery. Yes, it is allergy season once again. However, it may be more than allergies that are causing these symptoms. Many people who think they have ocular allergies may have something entirely different—Dry Eye Disease. DED symptoms mimic those of ocular allergies, making the condition difficult to diagnose. Even the name “Dry Eye Disease” seems like a misnomer, because frequently watering eyes is a symptom, caused by reflex when the cornea is dry. Because of this, many people with DED are unaware of their condition. Most DED cases involve poor quality tears, whereas most people think the condition involves low quantity tears. The majority of DED patients have Meibomian gland dysfunction, where their oil glands are blocked. This causes the oil layer of tears to be deficient, and tears simply evaporate off the surface of the eye faster than they should. Over time, DED can lead to more serious issues, such as cornea damage. Too often, dry eye is addressed by a quick treatment of the symptoms, ignoring the real underlying issue, and ultimately keeping the window to dry eyes open. When it comes to your eyes, don’t just keep “bandaging” the symptoms. There are several things you can do to take care of your eyes if you are experiencing itchy, gritty, scratchy, sandy or burning sensations.

The first step is to make sure you visit your eye care professional to determine if you are dealing with ocular allergies or DED. If you do have DED, then warm (but not hot) washcloths pressed gently on the eyes for several minutes can help alleviate discomfort and aid in treating the root cause. Eye drops are an effective solution (no pun intended) for temporary relief. A more permanent solution is now available in the LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System. Essentially, it’s a much more effective and longer lasting solution than warm compresses that fights Dry Eye Disease from the root of the problem by applying direct, controlled warmth and pressure to the inner eyelid and glands. Thermal pulses evacuate the affected glands of clogging oils, allowing for the eye’s normal lipid flow to resume. If you think you’re experiencing ocular allergies, then make sure that’s what they really are by having a checkup with your eye care provider. Dr. John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS, is a specialist in cataract and laser surgery, cornea and pterygium surgery at Harvard Eye Associates in San Clemente and Laguna Niguel. He has published two eye surgery textbooks—one on the subject of advanced cataract surgery and one on pterygium surgery—and recently appeared on the television show “The Doctors” to explain how the LipiFlow® system works. Harvard Eye Associates, 665 Camino de Los Mares, San Clemente, 949.273.4508,

Did you know that scar tissue is actually a good thing? After an injury, your soft tissues (i.e. muscles, tendons and ligaments) naturally heal with scar tissue which is less elastic than uninjured tissues, but is necessary for repair. But, too much of it can be detrimental and require mobilization by a physical therapist or massage therapist to restore mobility. —Lissa Trevino, PT, MPT, ATC, owner, Ocean Physical Therapy

Vida Hermosa Chiropractic is owned by Dr. Irma A. JuarezDrew. She specializes in sports medicine and utilizes the highly sought after Cold Laser which greatly enhances healing time for a faster return to sports. Dr. Irma is also a certified Graston Practitioner. Graston Technique is an instrument-assisted myofascial release that increases mobility in the joints. Vida Hermosa also offers organic whole food and gluten free vitamins. No long term chiropractic contracts required. 31654 Rancho Viejo Rd., Ste. E. San Juan Capistrano, 949.481.1996,

WHITE LOTUS DAY SPA White Lotus Day Spa is an intimate space where you can rejuvenate and relax in a warm, tranquil environment. Serene inspired surroundings soothe the senses and provide for a truly comfortably experience. We customize over 30 types of natural chemical peels based on an individual’s needs. In addition to our outstanding skincare services we offer relaxing, hot stone, therapeutic and deep tissue massages as well as spray tans, eyelash extensions and eyelash tinting. 24582 Del Prado, Ste. F, Dana Point, 949.496.2977,

YOGA PHYSICAL THERAPY Liz Montagna, MSPT, RYT, offers fun physical therapy with a yoga twist. She integrates her 15 years of experience in physical therapy with the therapeutic benefits of yoga, offering a comprehensive and holistic approach to patient care. Private one-on-one sessions with Liz include a physical therapy evaluation, customized therapeutic yoga prescription, massage, electrical stimulation and ultrasound as needed for pain relief—no insurance or prescription necessary. Call for a free consultation. 901 Calle Amanecer, Ste. 320, San Clemente (inside Ocean Physical Therapy) 949.366.6785, mobile 714.299.9642,, www.yogaphysicaltherapy. net.

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Getting Back in the Game By Lissa Trevino, PT, MPT, ATC, Ocean Physical Therapy

So, you’ve suffered an injury and the doctor has prescribed physical therapy. The shock’s worn off, the surgery is done and now you’re looking down the long road to recovery. Don’t let that road stop you, because you can get back in the game. Physical therapy will help you to better understand your unique injury and the steps necessary to return to a normal, healthy and sporty life. Skilled therapists act as your coach, personal trainer, and cheering section—in short, your full support team. A large part of our focus is education and confidence-building. Whether you’re a hobby athlete, a weekend warrior, or a pro, the first thing you must do is take control of your healing process. Your physical therapist will help you set goals each week with sports-specific exercises, and at a pace that won’t risk re-injury. We teach you how to listen to your body. Pain is there for a reason—it is a warning to back off, use restraint, don’t push too hard, etc. We understand the depression and frustration, alienation and loneliness, mental and financial stress that can accompany an injury. Don’t be discouraged that your life has changed, because you can return to an active life. Good therapists also send you home with a reasonable workout to accomplish on your own. Homework enables and empowers you to take control of your healing process. You are part of the team, your team. You must be an active


participant, not just sitting on the bench. Follow your doctor’s instructions, schedule regular treatments with your physical therapist and do your homework. All of these things will keep you firmly on the road to success. You live your life with passion. You participate in athletics with passion. It only makes sense to go about your healing treatment in the same manner.

Lissa Trevino, PT, MPT, ATC, is a physical therapist and owner of Ocean Physical Therapy. Her credentials include a master’s degree in physical therapy from Chapman University and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from CSU Long Beach. She also served on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball medical board from 2006 to 2011. 901 Calle Amanecer, Ste. 320, San Clemente, 949.366.6785,

GETTING OUT (Cont. from page 10) MATT PAGANO ACOUSTIC 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Music at Sunsets, 34700 Pacific Coast Hwy., Capistrano Beach, 949.276.8880,


DANA POINT SYMPHONY CONCERT 7:30 p.m. The Dana Point Symphony’s final concert of their series, featuring Sibelius’ Finlandia, Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 and more at St. Edward’s Church. Tickets $10-$15. 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, 301.832.0388,


HONK 8 p.m. Classic rock/surf band best known for the music in Five Summer Stories at The Coach House. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, PETER PAN 7:30 p.m. Fun for the family with the production of the classic fairy tale onstage at Musical Theatre Village. Tickets $14-$16. 36 Mauchly, Irvine, 949.753.1996, WINE AND MUSIC CRUISE 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Dana Wharf’s cruise on a luxury catamaran with wine, snacks, music and more. Tickets $49. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, BENNY CHADWICK 7:45 p.m.-11 p.m. Live music at The Vintage Steak House 26701-B Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.3400, JIMI NELSON 8:30 p.m. Live music at The Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, FARM TO FORK: KIDS COOKING CLASS 11 a.m.1 p.m. The Ecology Center invites kids to explore the garden, harvest and prepare a meal alongside a professional chef. Ages 6-12. Cost $20-$25. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,



IN THE GARDEN OF THE CASA: AN EXHIBITION BY GIANNE HARPER 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Casa Romantica artist-in-residence Gianne Harper has been painting the Casa gardens for months and the public is invited to view her work, on display through June 9. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, CIRCUS VARGAS 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The circus comes to Orange County with Circus Vargas’ Magikaria! A Fantastical Magical Experience bursting with mystery, magic, music and more at the Irvine Spectrum through June 10. Tickets start at $25. 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, 949.753.5180, ARCHITECTURAL WALKING TOUR 10 a.m. Discover San Juan Capistrano architecture on a guided walk that includes adobes, Spanish-era dwellings and modern buildings. Meet at Verdugo Street. A $5 donation supports the Friends of the Library. For more info, call 949.489.0736. BEATLES VS. STONES 8 p.m. Tribute band showdown at The Coach House with Abbey Road (Beatles) and Jumping Jack Flash (Rolling Stones). Tickets $15-$18. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930, The Capistrano Dispatch May 24-June 13, 2013

THE ECOLOGY CENTER GUIDED TOUR 1 p.m. Engage in a docent-led tour of The Ecology Center’s historic home, gardens and outdoor learning stations. Free. 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223, SWALLOWS WALK AND TALK 1 p.m. Tour at the Mission that gives visitors an opportunity to learn about the Legend of the Swallows of Capistrano, hear facts and see the Mission’s Swallows Vocalization Project. Offered daily. Admission $6-$9. 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano, 949.234.1300, DAVINE WINE’S GRAND EXPANSION PARTY 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Special celebration at DaVine featuring guests from Paix Sur Terre Wines in Paso Robles, live music, appetizers and more. $35. 34673 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.493.4044, WHALE AND DOLPHIN TOURS Get eye-to-eye underwater views of dolphins and whales without getting wet on Capt. Dave’s hi-tech catamaran sailboat; 2 1/2-hour trips daily. $55 adult, $35 child (3 to 12), under 2 free. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.488.2828, INSECT AND ARTHROPOD FAMILY NATURE WALK 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Family-oriented search for creeping, crawling and flying insects and other arthropods at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Cost $5-$10. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778, CORONA DEL MAR SCENIC 5K 7 a.m. 5K run in Corona del Mar with a feast at the finish line hosted by Newport Beach’s finest restaurants. $15-$38. Heliotrope and Ocean Blvd Corona del Mar,


FIRST SUNDAY BOOK SALE 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The Friends of the Library book sale in front of the San Clemente Library with gently used books for sale at bargains price for children and adults. 242 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.276.6342,


WEEDING WITH RESERVE STAFF 7:30 a.m.-10 a.m. Help out and volunteer at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Land Conservancy. Call for info and directions, 949.489.9778,



PRESCHOOL STORYTIME 11:15 a.m. Stories for children ages 3-6 at the library. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,

HALF-PRICE WHALE WATCHING Noon and 2 p.m. Dana Wharf offers half-price whale watching trips and more, Tuesdays and Wednesdays this month. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794, CURIOSITY CARTS 10 a.m.-Noon. A hands-on learning experience for kids 5 and older with replicas of mission artifacts used by the Juaneño Indians at Mission San Juan Capistrano. 26801 Ortega Hwy., 949.234.1300,


NETWORK BREAKFAST MIXER 7:30 a.m.9 a.m. The Chamber hosts a breakfast mixer at The Vintage the first Wednesday of the month, Topic: the Urban Village development project. Cost $15-$25. 26701-B Verdugo St., San Juan Capistrano, 949.661.3400,


STORY TIME FOR CASA KIDS 10 a.m. Every Wednesday kids ages 3-5 are invited to hear stories at Casa Romantica. Free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139, OLD CAPISTRANO FARMERS MARKET 3 p.m.7 p.m. Every Wednesday at El Camino Real and Yorba in San Juan Capistrano; 949.493.4700. KARAOKE WITH LES & JOEL 7 p.m. The Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188,

HYATT REGENCY NEWPORT BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL Third day of the jazz festival at the Hyatt in Newport featuring multiple award-winning artists in an outdoor setting. Admission $55 for a single day or $90 for a weekend pass. 1107 Jamboree, Newport Beach, 949.729.1234,

THE BISHOP’S CHESS CLUB 6 p.m.-7:45 p.m. The club is open to anyone and meets in the library’s periodicals/ fireplace room for games, instruction, and discussion. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,

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


FREE FISHING FOR KIDS Noon. A fishing lesson and more for kids at Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,



COUNTRY DANCIN’ WITH PATRICK AND FRIENDS 6:30 p.m. The Swallow’s Inn. 31786 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.3188, Page 11

JAZZ AT THE CASA 7 p.m. Casa Romantica presents an evening of jazz, avant garde and funk grooves performed by the Grammy-winning ensemble of the Saddleback College Jazz Faculty. General admission $25. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,


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Monday 6.3

Tuesday 6.11

Cultural Heritage Commission Meeting 5 p.m. City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

Open Space, Trails & Equestrian Commission Meeting 6 p.m. City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. www.

Reception for Wall of Recognition Honorees 2 p.m. A ceremony for this year’s Wall of Recognition honorees, Steve Behmerwohld, Sheldon Cohen, Pat Forster, Arturo and Maria Galindo and Jacque Nuñez. SJC Community Center, 25925 Camino del Avion.

Planning Commission Meeting 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. Friday 5.31 Coffee Chat 8 a.m. A spirited town hall forum on community issues, hosted by The Dispatch founder Jonathan Volzke. Occurs every Friday. All are welcome. El Adobe de Capistrano, 31891 Camino Capistrano.

Tuesday 6.4 City Council Meeting 6 p.m. City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto. www.

Planning Commission Meeting 6:30 p.m. City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

Thursday 6.6 Design Review Committee Meeting 4:30 p.m. City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

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GUEST OPINION: On Life and Love After 50 by Tom Blake

Cutting the String in a Yo-Yo Love Affair Woman’s situation reflects problems many face


e loves you. He loves you not. Onagain off-again relationships can be difficult to break away from. A reader, Susan, age 56, is having difficulty breaking away from this type of yo-yo love affair. Susan writes, “I met a man last year in July who I was going to do business with. The first meeting seemed like a great business fit. A week later he called and asked me to meet him for a drink. “He lived two hours from me. We met halfway at a waterfront cafe. Five hours later, we were still sitting at the same booth smiling and having a great time. “Through the next five months, emails and texts flew back and forth. He visited my home a few times and after a few months we were intimate. I knew I was in love and so was he, but we withheld that information from each other. “Just before Christmas, after a great night of dinner and opening presents, he told me he loved me. I couldn’t profess my feelings at the time. He left shortly after for a family gathering. I texted him immediately that I had loved him for a long time.” When Susan’s boyfriend got the flu, Susan took care of him at her house for a week. After that, he didn’t say he loved Susan anymore and was less enthusiastic about their relationship. “After a few months, I confronted him, and told him it wasn’t working for me anymore. “He said, when I didn’t respond instantly to his Christmastime love comment, it made him draw back and think more about what he was doing and slow down, even though it was only 10 minutes from the time he told me he loved me until I texted him. The Capistrano Dispatch May 24-June 13, 2013

“He has reasons why he can’t move closer to me—he needs to take care of his dad, he has only been divorced 15 months and is still thawing out and other reasons. But, he still wants ON LIFE AND to visit me weekly for LOVE AFTER 50 By Tom Blake two or three nights. “He doesn’t like to talk on the phone, only emails and text. I become depressed after his visits. At 56, I’m ready to move forward and he is backing off but holding on. “A therapist told me when words and actions do not match, be warned. He loves me but not enough to be in a full-time relationship or move closer. He works from home and can work anywhere. “I am trying to back out of the relationship. As I try, he comes on stronger, then backs away again. “Last week he bought a puppy, a fulltime commitment. I wanted to work on us first and now he is totally consumed with the dog. “I have never been in a long-distance relationship; he has a few times and is very comfortable with them. He says he doesn’t see anyone else, and would like us to go hours or days without communication. I say OK, let’s start right away. He backs up again. I can’t figure out what is happening. “His new saying is he should find a woman he doesn’t like every five years and buy her a house. I have my own home and do not need anyone to pay my way. It is almost an insult. I need advice.” When pondering the dynamics of this

relationship as Susan described it, the term “dysfunctional relationship” jumps out at me. It wasn’t her slow response to telling him she loved him that caused him to want to rethink the relationship. It was something he didn’t like when he lived at her home. He says he won’t commit 100 percent to Susan because he has to be a caregiver to his father and has to recover from his divorce. Now he has a dog that is a full-time commitment. He is a yo-yo man. He says or does something that makes her pull away, and then, like a yo-yo on a string, reels her in again. Finally, he likes to stay at her house a couple of nights a week—of course he does, he enjoys the benefits. After he leaves, she’s depressed. But she’s the

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one who allows this to go on. Breaking up with yo-yo man will be hard because he will try to entice her back in and she’s passive. Why did she wait months to confront him when he changed? Susan needs to move on. By staying with him, she lessens her chances of finding someone else with whom to share her life. To comment: Tom Blake is a Dana Point business owner and San Clemente resident who has authored books on middle-aged dating. See his website CD PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, the Capistrano Dispatch provides Guest Opinion opportunities in which selected columnists’ opinions are shared. The opinions expressed in these columns are entirely those of the columnist alone and do not reflect those of the Capistrano Dispatch or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at






Young volleyball players will soon have a place in San Juan Capistrano to hone their skills after the Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for a new club on May 14. The commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for 949 Volleyball Club to begin operations in a 15,600-square-foot warehouse building, located at 32701 Calle Perfecto. The club will offer training for beginning players, starting at 10 years old, and advanced training for players up to 18 years old, said club director Justin DeBlasio, who is the former head vol-

San Juan Hills junior Ryan Shickling, along with other top-level high school volleyball talent, play for 949 Volleyball Club. Photo by Brian Park

leyball coach for San Juan Hills High School and recently finished his first year as head coach at his alma mater, Santa Margarita Catholic High School. With the addition of his club,

Camping Out

get to see the wildlife. That’s a great campground.”

A guide to the many popular camping destinations in the area By Steve Breazeale The Capistrano Dispatch


t’s about that time for locals to dust off their camping gear in the garage and make a trip to one of the many popular getaway destinations in the area. From San Clemente to San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point and back, each different campsite offers a wide range of exciting and unique activities to get you off the couch and into the surrounding wilderness. Here is a list of some of the most popular camping spots in the area along with some helpful tips on what to do when you get there. Caspers Wilderness Park 33401 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, 949.923.2210 Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park is only a few miles inland off Ortega Highway, but it looks and feels like another world. Caspers Wilderness’ 8,000 acres of open space and 35 miles of trail systems make it the largest in the region. For hikers, mountain bikers, campers and equestrian riders alike all of that space can translate into solid day of exploring. Unlike neighboring parks, reservations for campsites at Caspers can be relatively easy to get. While weekends are busy, especially during the summertime months, it’s not necessary to reserve several months in advance. Just around one month before you make your trip should be enough time to secure a prime spot according to Caspers’ supervising park ranger Dennis Shaffer. Caspers is also one of the more affordable options for camping in the area, with rates starting at $20 per day for all three of the different campsites. Ortega Flats is for the RV crowd, Live Oak is for tent camping and Starr Mesa is the equestrian zone. The park’s equestrian offerings help separate it from other campsites in Orange County. Each space in the Starr Mesa campgrounds has its own corral, which comes with a $3 per day, per horse fee. The Capistrano Dispatch May 24-June 13, 2013

DeBlasio said the area will become an “athletic row” of sorts. The row of warehouse buildings on Calle Perfecto also features Redline Athletics and Baseball Performance Academy. 949 Volleyball Club is the club team for many of the top players in the area, including San Juan Hills junior Ryan Shickling, who plays for the club’s U17’s Black team. Other players on the club’s elite, high school-level rosters include San Clemente’s Lucas and Jack Yoder and Dana Hills’ Christian Hessenauer. DeBlasio hopes to open the club by September 1, just in time for fall tryouts for high school students. —Brian Park

The 35-mile trail system that snakes through Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness in San Juan Capistrano offers dozens of scenic vistas. Photo courtesy of OC Parks

The staff at Caspers provides weekly nature hikes, campfire programs and expert discussions on the ecosystem and wildlife in the area. For those who want to do their own thing, the trail system at Caspers provides easy to moderate hikes. Shaffer’s favorite trail is the 3.5-mile Loskorn Trail. “It’s a beautiful hike with really good views. It’s fairly short and you can get on top not only of Coto de Caza but to see most of the park area,” Shaffer said. San Onofre State Beach San Onofre Bluffs is located south of San Clemente on I-5 (Exit Basilone Road); San Mateo Campground is one mile inland from I-5 (Exit Cristianitos), 949.492.4872 The two different camping options at San Onofre State Beach are unique in their own way. On the ocean side of the freeway are the San Onofre Bluffs, which have campsites perched along the cliffs that stretch down the beach. Just one short mile away, on the inland side, is the San Mateo Campground, which is more of a traditional Southern California camping scene. Both sites cost $35 per day. Those staying at the Bluffs can take one of the six major trails leading down to the beach, where surfing, fishing and hiking are the main attractions. At San Mateo, campers are nestled into one of the many valleys, where they can explore the area and see all kinds of wildlife. “San Mateo is what you really picture what a campground is. It’s not an urban campground and you’re out in the boonies,” Lauri Cobel, special event permit coordinator for the Orange Coast District said. “You Page 16

San Clemente State Beach 225 Avenida Califia, San Clemente, 949.492.3156 As one would expect, the ocean is the main draw for campers at San Clemente State Beach. The campsites are perched near the bluffs off of Avenida Califia, with multiple access trails leading down to the water and beach below. For surfers, the beach is near some prime real estate. To the south lies Trestles and even further down the way is San Onofre State Beach with its well-known surf break. The San Clemente Beach Trail extends from the San Clemente Pier all the way down through San Clemente State Beach and beyond. The going rate for a campsite is $35 and weekends book quickly. The occasional Saturday or Sunday might be available through the State’s reservation website,, but if one wants to grab a two-day weekend spot, it’s best to plan several months ahead. Doheny State Beach 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949.496.6172 For those thinking of booking a summertime camp spot at Doheny State Beach, time is of the essence. A beachfront campsite at one of the most popular campgrounds in the state is a tough ticket. On the first of each month, the 120 sites available for seven months down the road usually sell out within minutes according to Cobel. The reason behind the demand is the park’s proximity to just about everything. A camper on the beach is just a few steps away from the Pacific Ocean and a popular surf break. The park’s snack bar offers kayak, stand-up paddleboard and bicycle rentals. And just around the corner is the Dana Point Harbor, which has shopping and restaurant options. But for those who want to dig a little deeper into the camping scene at Doheny, take a walk up to the nearby headlands to walk the two-mile long looping trail around the area. Walkers will encounter postcard-style views of the harbor and coastline as well as a preserved sliver of land with indigenous wildlife. For cyclists, the paved San Juan Creek trail starts right at the beach and heads east for about five miles, taking riders into nearby San Juan Capistrano. Campsites at Doheny during peak season (March 1 to November 30) are $60 per day. CD


Stallions Can’t Hold on to Warriors Volleyball Digs Lead in First Round Loss Deep Yet Again to Advance to Regional Semis T F By Steve Breazeale The Capistrano Dispatch

he San Juan Hills baseball team won a back and forth 10-inning wild card game against Pacifica on May 14 in the CIF-SS Division 2 Championships but couldn’t hold on to the momentum as they lost to Northwood 12-5 in the first round on May 17. The Stallions (17-15) made a late season push to bolster their overall record and earned an at-large berth to play in the wild card round, where senior pitcher Evanne Wilkes threw arguably his best game of the year.

By Steve Breazeale The Capistrano Dispatch

or the second time in consecutive games, the Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball team found themselves with their backs against the wall in a huge CIF playoff game. After dropping the first two sets to visiting Bishop’s School on May 21 in the first round of the CIF Southern California Division 3 Regional Championships, the Warriors rallied back to win three sets in a row and earn a berth in the regional semifinals. The win over Bishop’s kept the Warriors five-set undefeated streak intact. The team has been pushed to five sets three times this season and has yet to lose. It was also the second time in four days the Warriors won in five sets in come from behind fashion. On May 18, the team captured the school’s first ever CIF-SS Division 5 title and they did it by overcoming a 2-1 set deficit. The story was much of the same against Bishop’s, only this time the odds against Saddleback Valley Christian were even greater, as the health of standout freshman setter Noah Dyer was a question mark heading into the match. Dyer sprained his ankle in the CIF-SS title game but suited up and played a good majority of the match against Bishop’s. Dyer would end up with 10 kills on the night. Dyer and the rest of the Warriors were thrown off their game in the first set by Bishop’s serving game. The visitors from La Jolla went wire to wire in the first set, tallying four aces, for a 25-19 win. The second set was more competitive, as senior middle blocker Nick Worrell began his high level of play with a threeblock, two-kill effort in the set. After a block by Worrell put the Warriors up 23-22, Bishop’s went on a 3-0 run to take the set 25-23. Bishop’s Scott McPherson fueled the offense and he wreaked havoc on the Warriors in the first two sets, tallying 10 kills and an ace. “All the little things that we normally do well, like pass in system and keep in system, we couldn’t do at all the whole game,” Warriors head coach Ryan Van Rensselaer said of his team’s early ef-

The Capistrano Dispatch May 24-June 13, 2013

Wilkes went nine innings, allowing eight hits and no walks while giving up only one earned run in a 3-2 Stallions win. The Stallions offense was able to piece together the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning to get the win and earn a berth in the first round. In the first round game against Northwood, the Stallions held a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning but gave up a huge seven-run inning to the Timberwolves bats in the sixth, which proved to be their undoing. Northwood scored four runs in the second inning and seven runs in the sixth to claim the victory. CD

Senior Nick Worrell had 10 kills, six aces and eight blocks in the Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball team’s five-set win over Bishop’s in the CIF Southern California Division 3 Regional Championships on May 21. Courtesy photo

forts. “We couldn’t stop (McPherson)… but it was more of us than them.” From there the Warriors made a concerted effort to stifle McPherson and the team’s big players up front, led by Worrell, were up to the task. With Worrell bottling up the middle at the net and the emergence of Dyer as an offensive weapon in the third set, the Warriors opened up a late lead and took the set 25-19. The Warriors dominated the fifth and final set, highlighted by three straight blocks by Worrell that pushed the score to 7-1. Worrell would finish the night with 10 kills, six aces and eight blocks. Van Rensselaer accredited the team’s sluggish start in the win to their CIFSS title winning performance on May 18. After working toward capturing the Southern Section title all season long, Van Rensselaer thought his team seemed uninspired heading into the regional stage. At the team’s practice on May 20, Van Rensselaer noticed a different, unfocused team out on the court. He stopped practice for 30 minutes so they could all get together and set new goals. “There was no fire. I ended up taking almost a half hour off just to say, ‘Let’s talk. If we don’t get our heads straight and our hearts straight we don’t have a chance’,” Van Rensselaer recalled. “It was tough to mentally get focused but now…a state championship is real.” The Warriors were set to play No. 1 seeded Francis Parker in the semifinals on May 23. Results were not available at press time. For updates on the Warriors progress throughout regionals visit CD Page 18

From left to right: Brittany Khan, Rebecca Millard, Katie McLaughlin, Kaitlyn Albertoli and Karli Thuen were part of the JSerra girls swim CIF-SS Division 1 Championship team. Courtesy photo

Twice as Nice: JSerra Girls Swim Team Makes History By Steve Breazeale The Capistrano Dispatch


or the second year in a row, the JSerra girls swim team emerged as the top team in Division 1 after claiming the CIF-SS Championship on May 11 at Riverside City College. Last year’s triumph was impressive, given the team was made up mostly of freshman. But this time around, the Lions won in historic fashion. The 400 freestyle relay team, made up of senior Rebecca Millard and sophomores Karli Thuen, Katie McLaughlin and Kaitlyn Albertoli, set a new national record after posting a time of 3:21.20. The Lions group bested the old mark of 3:21.63 set by Germantown Academy

earlier this year. The win was the final race of the day and it pushed the Lions 11 points clear of second-place Corona del Mar. The 400 freestyle capped off what was a record-setting day for the JSerra team. The team’s 200 freestyle relay posted a 1:32.35 time, which bettered their previous county record. The 200 freestyle relay group consisted of the same swimmers as the 400 freestyle team. McLaughlin won the 100 freestyle (50.65 seconds) and the 100 butterfly (52.93). McLaughlin’s time in the 100 butterfly was a county record. Sophomore Karli Thuen provided crucial points for the team after capturing the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:01.81. CD

May 24, 2013  

The Capistrano Dispatch

May 24, 2013  

The Capistrano Dispatch