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Prioritizing Needs, Finding Fixes South Orange County schools are dealing with major facility needs E Y E O N S J C / PAG E 4

Aging elementary, middle and high school campuses in Dana Point and San Clemente, like Palisades Elementary, are among several Capistrano Unified School District sites that require moderate to extensive facilities upgrades. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

Photos from the Taste of San Juan, Kids Pet Parade

Eagles and Warriors Punch Tickets to CIF-SS Basketball Semifinals

INSIDE: 43rd Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales Event Guide







SAN CLEMENTE City Council members seemed open to finding new ways of financing potential beach sand replenishment, including asking voters to pay into an ongoing maintenance fund, similar to the Clean Ocean Fee. Marine Safety Chief Bill Humphreys said the city is still in the running for a potential Army Corps of Engineers project that would provide for large scale work, between Linda Lane and T Street beaches. The city currently utilizes twice-yearly sand pushing to keep up the sand supply, but, Humphrey said, that does not stop the slow erosion of the beach. Mayor Tim Brown said he is open to asking city voters if they’d agree to tax themselves, to pay directly into a beach sand replenishment fund, since it would likely be an ongoing issue that could not be addresses solely from the city’s general fund.




In addition to widening Interstate 5 between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano to add a high-occupancy vehicle lane, and the reconstruction of the Avenida Pico interchange, the Orange County Transportation Agency is embarking on other projects to reduce congestion, ease traffic flow and improve local roadway safety. OCTA has begun work to sync traffic signals along Antonio and Crown Valley parkways. The project garnered approval from the OC Board of Supervisors, which includes partnerships with local cities. Work on Crown Valley Parkway will impact 30 traffic signals along 9 miles of road, from Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point to Antonio Parkway in Ladera Ranch. New equipment will be installed in Dana Point and Laguna Niguel. The project is currently underway and is expected to cost $459,000. Log onto for updates.


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…Byrnes’ Apology?

THE LATEST: City Councilman Roy Byrnes apologized last Tuesday for comparing fellow council members to World War II dictators and the Ku Klux Klan but maintained his belief that they acted similarly to Adolf Hitler’s intimidation squads while countering petition gatherers trying to recall Mayor Sam Allevato. “If I came up perhaps too emotionally or too steadfastly, then certainly you are due an apology,” Byrnes said to Allevato and Councilmen Larry Kramer and John Taylor. Along with his apology, however, Byrnes also referred to Allevato and his supporters as a “goon squad” and likened them to Hitler’s brown shirts, members of the Nazi Party who helped the dictator rise to power. “In my mind, it was not similar. It was identical,” Byrnes said. Byrnes’ statement followed demands for an apology from the three councilmen, as well as several residents who came up to speak. Kramer said Byrnes had “gone a step way too far.” WHAT’S NEXT: Recall supporters have until March 7 to gather 3,503 signatures, 20 percent of San Juan’s registered voters, to enact a special election. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit

– Brian Park


…the News Rack Lawsuit?

THE LATEST: Attorneys for a local newspaper that sued the city of San Juan Capistrano over a closed-session decision to remove news racks at city properties are challenging an attempt to remove three council members and the city attorney The Capistrano Dispatch February 28–March 13, 2014

from the lawsuit. Wayne P. Tate, the lawyer for Community Common Sense, filed papers last week challenging a motion filed by attorneys for the city, who wish to strike the names of Mayor Sam Allevato, Councilmen Larry Kramer and John Taylor, and City Attorney Hans Van Ligten from the lawsuit. “This argument, if sustained, will set the precedent that elected and appointed government officials are authorized to violate the First Amendment of the citizens they represent with virtual impunity,” Tate wrote. The city’s motion argues that the lawsuit threatens the four men’s freedom of speech, using the state’s anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation law, which is intended to protect citizens from litigation that threatens to silence or intimidate them from public participation. Last week, publishers for Common Sense announced that lawyers from the First Amendment Project, an Oaklandbased nonprofit organization, will join Tate as co-counsel. WHAT’S NEXT: The anti-SLAPP motion is scheduled to be heard in Orange County Superior Court on March 6 by Judge James Di Cesare. FIND OUT MORE: For the full story and updates, visit www.thecapistranodispatch. com. – BP


…the Phone Scam?

THE LATEST: The city of San Juan Capistrano is warning its water customers of a potential phone scam that asks for credit card information to settle water bills. In a statement released by the city last week, a San Juan water customer reported that they had received a phone call requesting payment for an overdue account and to provide a credit card number.

The call was automated and prompted the caller to enter information through their phone keypad, according to city spokesperson Lori Doll. WHAT’S NEXT: The city said it does not contact customers for bill payments by phone, and if a customer receives a suspicious phone call, they should hang up and call the city’s water billing department at 949.493.1515. FIND OUT MORE: For more information, visit – BP


…the Superintendent Search?

THE LATEST: The Capistrano Unified School District is asking for the community’s input in their search for the next superintendent. Parents, students, community members and CUSD employees are invited to participate in an online survey to provide their input on desirable attributes of the next superintendent. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the school board selected national firm Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates to conduct the search. Superintendent Joe Farley announced that he will retire on June 30, after four years at the head of the district and a 40-plus-year career as an educator. WHAT’S NEXT: Two community forums were held earlier this week. The online survey, which will be up until Sunday, March 2, can be accessed at http://goo. gl/Q0DQvp. The search firm will take the public’s input and present that information, along with a leadership profile and candidate criteria, during the board’s March 12 meeting. The district expects to name a new superintendent in May, according to a release.

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…the TCA?

THE LATEST: Members of the Foothill/ Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency board unanimously rescinded a 2008 resolution giving the chairperson and CEO special contracting authorities made outside the public’s eye. With it, CEO Neil Peterson and Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett were stripped of the authority to cosign contracts outside the public’s scope. The 6-year-old board statute gave the two the authority to sign contracts worth up to $25,000 for legislative support and strategy measures. The CEO could executive such contracts alone, but extensions had to be approved by the chairperson. WHAT’S NEXT: At the body’s Feb. 13 meeting, Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer criticized the power. “Once an elected official is on the record as hiding from the public’s scope, trust is lost,” Spitzer said. Spitzer noted he believed Bartlett was acting within her authority as chair. The problem, however, was her authority was granted by previous boards, and the decision to continue the resolution was “hidden” in budget approvals, he said. Bartlett said she was following “standard operating procedure” and that nearly every other agency in Orange County operates under the same procedure, allowing an executive to sign for certain items. “Our policy is actually more restrictive, with regard to dollar amount,” Bartlett said. “We also have the chairman sign off on the resolution.” FIND OUT MORE: For the full story, visit

– Andrea Papagianis and Jim Shilander

EYE ON SJC South County’s Facilities Needs Overall District Need: Estimated $822 million Available Funding: $44.8 million Hypothetical: If available funds were spread out evenly between all Capistrano Unified School District schools, each school site would have $801,000 available. But the heating and cooling system repair needs at Dana Hills High School are priced at about $2.3 million. Additionally, at San Clemente High School, costs for roofing and fire alarm upgrades are estimated at more than $3 million. Proposed Projects: CUSD has identified eight schools as having priority needs, including elementary, middle and high schools in Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Beach, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel and San Clemente. Many of the south Orange County schools have aging facilities with high-dollar needs. Dana Hills High School was built in 1973. The school’s heating, cooling and air conditioning system is in need of repair or replacement. Costs to replace the school’s HVAC air handlers, which circulate air throughout the school’s buildings, are estimated at $2.5 million. Schools across south Orange County are in need of major maintenance and upgrades. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

Prioritizing Needs, Finding Fixes South Orange County schools dealing with major facilities needs By Andrea Papagianis and Jim Shilander The Capistrano Dispatch


ith Gov. Jerry Brown’s new Local Control Funding Program giving school districts statewide greater authority over funding and budgeting, districts are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. And for the first time in years, the Capistrano Unified School District is discussing what can be done versus what couldn’t or had to be cut. While returning to a full school calendar and reducing class sizes to previous levels remains at the forefront of discussion, the district is starting to address long-overdue maintenance needs in aging schools in south Orange County, from San Clemente to Aliso Viejo. One year ago, outgoing Superintendent Joseph Farley said the district’s facilities needs were pushing toward $1 billion, highlighting a multi-year goal to complete upgrades and modernization efforts at several campuses. Needs were more narrowly defined in December as CUSD’s Board of Trustees readdressed a 2009 study by consultant WLC Architects where needed maintenance estimations topped out at more than $822 million across the district. “The district has acknowledged many of our sites have needs,” district spokesman Marcus Walton said in an email. “Staff is addressing those needs as resources allow.” While the district has needs everywhere, San Clemente and Dana Point are home to some of the oldest schools in the district, many of which pre-date the district’s formation in 1965. The increasing maintenance costs inherent in older buildings meant the economic downturn affected those buildings more, said Board of Trustees President John Alpay, who represents San Clemente. “With many of CUSD’s oldest campuses located in the southern portion of the school district, San Clemente and Dana Point based facilities took a disproportionate hit,” Alpay said.

The Capistrano Dispatch February 28–March 13, 2014

Eight aging schools from San Clemente to Aliso Viejo were identified by staff as having immediate essentials in need of repair, with costs totaling $13 million. At San Clemente High School, those needs are estimated at $6.145 million for new roofing, fire alarm upgrades, artificial turf, flooring, painting and other general maintenance. For Dana Hills High School the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system needs replacing. Estimates place the project costs at $2.5 million. Shorecliffs Middle School along with, Las Palmas, Palisades and R.H. Dana elementary schools also made the list, with combined repairs and general updates sitting near the $4 million mark. Those south county schools were all built prior to 1977, with Shorecliffs being the most recent addition. But with an estimated $44.8 million in available facilities funding, the district has just 5 percent of monies required to cover all its needs. Projects at Dana Hills and San Clemente high schools could soon go out to bid, but until numbers come back, district efforts to identify funding sources are a bit premature. GAINING MORE CONTROL Brown’s reemphasis on local control during his State of the State speech in January made his position clear: Educational action should remain at the local level. “With six million students, there is no way the state can micromanage teaching and learning in all the schools from El Centro to Eureka,” Brown said. “And we should not even try.” In July, Brown signed sweeping legislation to overhaul the ways California’s public education system is funded, providing one of the biggest changes to K-12 funding in decades. At the crux of Assembly Bill 97 was the Local Control Funding Program, aimed at providing districts serving higher-needs students—such as lower-income students (Cont. on page 6) Page 4

Las Palmas Elementary School is one of the district’s oldest. Originally built in the late 1920s, Las Palmas was demolished and rebuilt in the ’70s. An estimated $400,000 in general upgrades is needed. Palisades Elementary School wears visible signs of its 50 years with dated buildings and worn roofing. The Capistrano Beach school has $463,000 in immediate needs for general maintenance and painting. R.H. Dana Elementary School was built in 1969. General facilities upgrades and window replacements have been pegged as needed, bearing a $547,000 price tag. San Clemente High School has some of the district’s highest dollar needs. More than $6.145 million in upgrades and repairs were identified for this school built in 1965, including roofing, artificial turf, fire alarm upgrades, painting, flooring, lockers and performing arts center repairs. Shorecliffs Middle School sits near the Dana Point-San Clemente border needing an estimated $2.545 million in general upgrades, roofing, flooring and painting. Some of the school’s portable classrooms also need reconstruction and/or repairs. Shorecliffs was built in 1977. At the beginning of the fiscal year, the district had about $57 million in facilities funds with limited uses. Leaving out spoken-for funds, the district has about $44.9 million available, but Community Facilities District funds can only be used for new facilities at certain schools and other funds have limits on their uses, making the financing of projects difficult. Figures courtesy of the Capistrano Unified School District

EYE ON SJC (Cont. from page 4) and non-native English speakers—with increased funding. The law also gives local districts more control on how state funding is spent. “Instead of prescriptive commands issued from headquarters here in Sacramento, more general goals have been established for each local school to attain, each in its own way,” Brown said in his speech. “This puts the responsibility where it has to be: in the classroom and at the local district.” The increased flexibility comes with some stability in funds. In 2012, California voters approved Proposition 30, which allowed increases to both the state sales tax and on incomes greater than $250,000, which were earmarked for education funding. The proposition didn’t increase funding, but rather maintains funds by preventing further cuts to education. The district is now considering its facility funding options. In a December 11 board presentation, staff suggested trustees consider issuing Certificates of Participation for upfront funding from Talega’s Community Facilities District. But those funds are limited to new construction at school’s serving the community’s students. The district originally considered Talega’s Mello-Roos funding as a source to mitigate San Clemente’s needs, but a recent refinancing of the fund will return an estimated $17 million to

taxpayers in the area. District staff also recommended looking at School Facility Improvement Districts for areas without CFDs. The funding comes from region-specific general obligation bonds that would pay off CFDs, providing funds for higher-needs schools. This option requires an additional viability analysis. Additionally, district staff indicated that school facility bonds could make it to the 2014 ballot, giving voters the say into funding facility needs across the state. But with specific-use limitations on various funds, the district has yet to earmark funds for projects and has not set construction timelines for when work could occur. GETTING BACK TO BASICS For CUSD, like many of its educationalcounterpart agencies, 2008’s economic downturn meant severe budget cuts at the district level and steep downfalls in state and federal funding. “Given the magnitude of these cuts, we witnessed a reduction in the school year, increase in class sizes, steep cuts in teacher and staff compensation and the evisceration of deferred maintenance,” Alpay said. In 2009, class sizes were up to 31 students in elementary schools. The school year was reduced to 175 days during the 2011-2012 school year, but the district restored two additional days in 2013. Trustees expect to restore a full 180-day school year for 2014-2015. An agreement


with the Capistrano Unified Education Association, signed in August, begins to bring down class sizes. “Next year we will witness an increase in funding, and the trustees have made clear the first priorities will be on reducing class size and restoring the school calendar,” Alpay said. “The level of funding is simply not there to add facilities improvement to the list of immediate priorities; at least not yet.” “Once funding is available, schools in dire need of facilities upgrades, San Clemente High School being a prominent example, will receive the extra attention they need and deserve,” Alpay said. At a meeting last year, Alpay discussed the possibility of constructing a new pool at the high school. Alpay suggested upgraded facilities could serve as a selling point for parents, who could soon decide between sending their children to San Clemente or San Juan Hills high schools, once the La Pata gap between San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano is connected. Since Talega residents helped pay for construction at San Juan Hills through a CFD, those students are given attendance priority but currently attend SCHS. Members of the SCHS arts community have asked the district for a performing arts facility to replace the downtrodden Triton Center. The center is old and is badly in need of repairs. Mainly the ceiling needs fixing to cover a gaping hole.

Walton emphasized that the health and safety of students and staff is always a priority for the district. He added the district had consistently addressed facility issues using the resources available during the downturn. The district estimated building a new theater at SCHS would cost $17.3 million. The number is based on recent construction of a similar facility at Capistrano Valley High School, accounting for subsequent increases in construction costs. New arts facilities at Capo Valley were paid with Mello-Roos funding from Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo, along with grant funds. Without those sources of funding, SCHS Principal Michael Halt is realistic about what can be done in the immediate future. When he toured the campus during his interview process last year, he understood needed improvements would take some time. “It was clear the physical condition of the school was going to be a challenge,” Halt said. However, the school’s staff has continued to make the best of the hand they’ve been dealt, by balancing teachers’ wants and the true needs of the school. “They’re facing challenges that other teachers don’t have,” Halt said. “But they’re professionals and they’re doing the best job they can.” Halt added he felt confident talks with the district could help address some of San Clemente high’s needs. CD Brian Park contributed to this report.

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PROPS, RECOGNITIONS AND MORSELS OF INFO Tickets Available for Fiesta Association’s El Presidente Ball

Tickets cost $55 and can be purchased by calling 949.493.1976 or at Fiesta Association meetings, which take place every Wednesday until the Swallows Day Parade, starting at 7 p.m. at the Nydegger Building, 31421 La Matanza Street. Meetings are preceded by social time, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Fiesta Association is still accepting items for its silent auction. To donate, email

City Recognizes Distinguished Local Sheriff’s Deputies Nancy Ingham and John “Fish” Fischle, the Fiesta Association’s 2012 senior dignitaries, take to the dance floor during last year’s El Presidente Ball. Photo by Brian Park

Tickets are on sale for the Fiesta Association’s next event, the annual El Presidente Ball. The Western-style formal dinner will take place on Saturday, March 8, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at El Adobe de Capistrano, 31891 Camino Capistrano. The event also includes live music courtesy of Swing Shift, dancing and a silent auction. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in Western, Spanish, Mexican or early California attire. The Capistrano Dispatch February 28–March 13, 2014

The San Juan Capistrano City Council last Tuesday recognized three of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s finest for their service to the community. Sgt. Ira Essoe, a 28-year veteran, announced his retirement earlier this year. Essoe worked in San Juan for 18 years, beginning as a deputy in 1992. After being promoted to the county jail and later serving two deployments with the Air Force, he came back to the city as an investigator, from 2002 to 2005. He later returned as a sergeant in 2009. “It’s been a great honor to serve the city and the sheriff’s department,” Essoe said. “The streets and the trails and the people Page 6

Carlos Sanchez (holding the plaque) was recognized as San Juan Capistrano’s Deputy of the Year and invited to take a photo with the City Council and Lt. John Meyer. Photo by Brian Park

here are all part of my second home.” Lt. John Meyer, chief of police services, said Essoe will continue to be involved with the department’s mounted enforcement unit. Meyer and Mayor Sam Allevato also recognized San Juan Capistrano Deputy of the Year Carlos Sanchez. Sanchez, a school resource officer, provides a presence at local school campuses. In addition, he has started homework clubs, neighborhood bus-greeter programs and a bi-lingual parent education program, Meyer said. Sanchez is also active in the District Attorney’s Office’s Gang Reduction Intervention Program, GRIP. Meyer said Sanchez is “the best I’ve ever seen in all aspects of the job.”

The city also honored Deputy Bill Simandl, who was recognized for the fourth straight year by the Orange County chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his efforts to stop suspected drunk drivers. Since coming to the city in 2011, Simandl has arrested 120 people suspected of driving under the influence, according to Meyer. 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 information to


Festival of the Swallows Opens with Taste of San Juan, Kids Pet Parade Story and photos by Brian Park The Capistrano Dispatch


n the build-up to the 56th Swallows Day Parade, the Fiesta Association kicked off the Fiesta de las Golondrinas season last week with two events. On Thursday, Feb. 20, around 500 guests filled El Adobe de Capistrano for the Taste of San Juan. Nineteen restaurants from in and around San Juan Capistrano participated in the event, during which guests tasted a variety of dishes and voted for their favorites at the end of the night. El Adobe won for the “Best Appetizer” of the night. Sundried Tomato American Bistro & Catering came away with the “Best Original Dish.” Perennial winner L’Hirondelle won for “Best Main Course,” and downtown sweet factory 3:16 Bakery

SJC Sheriff’s Blotter COMPILED BY BRIAN PARK 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. An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD website.

Tuesday, February 25 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Los Rios Street, 31300 Block (8:24 a.m.) A caller said six juveniles were smoking drugs and whistling at women walking on their way to school.

Monday, February 24 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Los Amigos, 32200 Block (4:22 p.m.) A man, described to be a 40-year-old transient wearing a beige shirt and slacks, was sitting on the corner. The caller said the man was “being homeless and drunk.”

won for “Best Dessert.” On Sunday, Feb. 23, children and their pets put on a show in the Kids Pet Parade at Los Rios Park. The kids and their critters, some dressed in coordinated costumes, walked through the park for the crowd and a panel of judges, which included Capistrano Unified School District Trustee Anna Bryson, Zoomars Petting Zoo owner Carolyn Franks, Mission Grill owner John Gillotti and Jim Curwood, grand marshal for this year’s parade. Contestants competed in several categories. At the end of the event, Franks and Mayor Sam Allevato presented Noelle Ahney and her dog, Nero, with the “Best in Show” award. The two will now get to walk in this year’s Swallows Day Parade, scheduled to take place Saturday, March 22. CD

Mission Grill owner John Gillotti and Ali Mosqueda display their chorizo jalapeno queso dip.

Chef Jaime Hernandez from Fiano’s Restaurant pours olive oil over bruschetta.

(9:25 p.m.) Dispatch received a call from the Marriott Residence Inn about two guests, a man and a woman, who were drunk and in the lobby. The woman was lying on the ground on her stomach.

The city was advised that a 30-foot tree, about a foot in diameter, had fallen in the park.

Saturday, February 22

DISTURBANCE Mission Street, 26600 Block (8:53 p.m.) A woman said her husband, who she had been separated from, was refusing to leave her residence.

ILLEGAL PARKED VEHICLE Camino Capistrano, 33700 Block (12:12 a.m.) An employee at the Marriott Residence Inn said a woman parked her car in the loading zone and had left. Dispatch told the caller that deputies do not enforce parking on private property, but the caller said they had done so before and asked for a deputy to respond.

DISTURBANCE Via Del Rey, 25800 Block (11:23 p.m.) A man called after he said he was in a verbal argument with his neighbor from across the street. The caller said his neighbor and two friends threatened to beat him up. The caller mentioned his pregnant wife was coming home from work, and he was concerned. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Paseo Santa Clara, 26500 Block (10:21 p.m.) A woman said someone came to her door and broke her lock. The woman said she didn’t see it happen, but she believed it was a man she may know. DISTURBANCE Del Obispo Street/Paseo De La Paz (1:58 p.m.) Four juveniles were seen on a roof at the Marco Forster Middle School athletic fields, near an office and billboard.

Friday, February 21

Sunday, February 23

TRAFFIC HAZARD San Juan Creek Road/Paseo Christina (8:54 p.m.) Guests at a large party were in the street, blocking off the roadway.

DRUNK IN PUBLIC Camino Capistrano, 33700 Block

PATROL CHECK Calle Arroyo/Via Estenaga (5:59 p.m.)

The Capistrano Dispatch February 28–March 13, 2014

Carolyn Franks and Mayor Sam Allevato awarded Noelle Ahney with the “Best in Show” award.

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Thursday, February 20

TRAFFIC ACCIDENT-UNKNOWN INJURIES Camino Del Avion/Del Obispo Street (5:58 p.m.) A black Audi and a black GMC truck were involved in an accident in front of the San Juan Sports Park. The caller complained of pain and was taken to San Clemente Hospital. A 23-year-old man was arrested and taken to Intake Release Center. He was later released. SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE San Juan Creek Road/La Novia Avenue (3:34 p.m.) A man was seen dancing in the middle of the street and later behind the gate of the private community on Avenida La Mancha. The caller said the man was a resident of the community. The dancing man was described to be 6-feet tall with curly brown hair, wearing a red jacket, shirt and jeans.

Wednesday, February 19 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Capistrano/Avenida Padre (5:40 p.m.) Two men were seen selling stereos out of a dark SUV that was parked in front of Petco.

Tuesday, February 18 SUSPICIOUS PERSON/CIRCUMSTANCE Camino Capistrano, 31400 Block (7:57 p.m.) Two females were seen drinking and smoking drugs behind the portable classrooms at the back of the Junipero Serra High School campus. DISTURBANCE-AUTO INVOLVED La Novia Avenue/Valle Road (5:41 p.m.) A man was seen riding a motorcycle in the hills, heading toward the water tower. INVESTIGATE PERSON DOWN Camino Capistrano/Del Obispo Street (2:04 p.m.) A man wearing a dark gray sweatshirt and gray pants was seen taking a nap on the sidewalk, north of Union Bank and south of El Adobe de Capistrano. CITIZEN ASSIST Paseo Barona, 27700 Block (10:58 p.m.) A man called and said he thought someone had possibly hacked into his computer and accessed his email. The man reported no loss but said some information from a recent deposition could have only been discovered on his computer.

ART FROM THE START Dana Hills High School students get glimpse into professional art careers, create festival art High school is a time for exploring college options, developing new interests and beginning to formulate a plan for the future. For art students at Dana Hills High School, the Festival of Whales provides just such an opportunity. It’s an opportunity program organizers hope could give start to budding art careers. Now, in its third year, a joint program between Festival of Whales organizers and DHHS

Sarah Holen

Sarah Holen designed the official logo for this year’s Festival of Whales. Photo by Andrea Papagianis

gives local teens a chance to design the official logo and to create and display their work among professional artists at the Art in the Park exhibition and sale, held both festival weekends. The program includes an inspirational field trip whale watching aboard a Dana Wharf Whale Watching vessel and exploring the Ocean Institute’s brig Pilgrim. Ninety students take photos, sketch and film the experience to serve as inspiration for work they will display at Art in the Park, and for the 2015 logo design contest.

Raechel Grable

Madeline McGrath

ALL ABOARD Visit the festival for less with Metrolink and OCTA

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The Orange County Transportation Authority and Metrolink will once again offer an environmental- and budget-friendly route to and from the Dana Point Festival of Whales. Just $10 buys a Metrolink weekend pass, valid for system-wide travel all day Saturday and Sunday. Weekend passes are available for purchase at all Metrolink station ticket machines. To get to the Festival of Whales from the San Juan Capistrano train station, take OCTA Bus Route 91 south to Dana Point. Bus transfers are

free with your Metrolink ticket. Bicyclists, take your wheels with you onboard one of Metrolink’s specially marked “bicycle cars.” Then from the San Juan station, follow the San Juan Creek bike trail for three miles to Dana Point. For full bus and train schedules, log on to OCTA and Metrolink can also help you get great deals at local businesses when you mention these offers and present your Metrolink ticket, OCTA bus pass or 91 Express Lanes

Festival organizer Penny Elia said, as the program has grown and evolved, students are being provided a new level of guidance as teachers use a curriculum that more closely mimics real-world commissions. The quality of the student work shows an increasing professionalism and students, including this year’s logo design winner Sarah Holen, say the experience has piqued an interest in the possibility of pursuing art-related careers. Holen, a 2013 Dana Hills graduate, is now attending Saddleback College where she plans to finish two years before transferring to a four-year university. Her career interests include business marketing, the automotive industry and art. “I was really excited to have my art work join that of famous artists, like John Van Hamersveld and Wyland, who have done logos in the past,” Holen said. “Designing a Festival of Whales logo is like being a part of Dana Point’s history.” The four runners-up are Raechel Grable, Madeline McGrath, Sophie Gutteridge and Renee Richardson. Be sure to stop by Art in the Park to check out the work of our talented local youth. —Andrea Swayne

Sophia Gutteridge

Renee Richardson

transponder. WHALE WATCHING: Receive a 50 percent discount at Dana Wharf Whale Watching or the Ocean Institute. For more information and to make reservations call Dana Wharf at 949.496.5794 and the Ocean Institute at 949.496.2274. HOTEL: The Dana Point Marina Inn, 24800 Dana Point Harbor Drive at the Dana Point Harbor, is offering a special $79 rate, single or double occupancy. For reservations, call 949.496.1203. COFFEE: Buy one premium coffee beverage at The Coffee Importers and get a second one free. Coffee Importers is located at 34531 Golden Lantern Street, in Mariner’s Village at the Harbor. Offer expires March 31. APPETIZER: Receive one free appetizer (chef’s choice) at Wind & Sea Restaurant. One per table, with purchase of entrée in the dining room. Offer valid March 1-9. Wind & Sea is located at 34699 Golden Lantern in the Harbor. For reservations, call 949.496.6500.

Welcome to the 43rd Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales By Lisa Bartlett, Mayor of Dana Point It is that magical time of year again when the majestic gray whales migrate through the waters off the Dana Point coastline, making the city a premier location for up close viewing. To celebrate this spectacular yearly occurrence, we are honored to host the 43rd Annual Dana Point Festival of Whales. We begin with the Festival of Whales Parade, through downtown on Pacific Coast Highway, March 1 at 10 a.m. and flow into two weekends, jam packed, with activities and events for the whole family. I am proud to announce this year’s Parade Grand Marshal is Jay “Sparky” Longley, owner of Rainbow Sandals and the Community Grand Marshal is 2014 Dana Point Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year and longtime parade announcer Gene Burrus. Attractions include music, art, classic cars and boats, stand-up paddling, foot races, marine exhibitions, environmental education and more. Many of the activities and events are free of charge. Whale excursions are also available, and I encourage you to look into the many opportunities for first hand viewing on the ocean. You just cannot imagine how large and spectacular the gray whales are until they come up next to your ocean vessel, and you are close enough to see how gracefully they navigate through the water. The festival includes venues throughout the city, providing many opportunities to explore Dana Point. The Harbor, Town Center Lantern District, Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center high on the Headlands overlooking the Harbor, Lantern Bay Park, Doheny State Beach and the Ocean Institute are but a few places we hope you will visit. Don’t miss the Dana Point Symphony’s third season kick-off performances March 7 and 8 aboard the brig Pilgrim at the Ocean Institute. Detailed information on events and activities, an area map, schedule and more can be found on the pages of this program or online at | Page 3

EVENTS AND ATTRACTIONS ARTS AND CULTURE Art in the Park March 1, 2, 8, 9; 10 a.m.4 p.m. Local artists along with students from Dana Hills High School display a variety of artwork on the grassy areas at the corner of Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive. 12 Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale March 1, 2, 8, 9; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Art show and sale on the Harbor boardwalk along the boat docks in Mariner’s Village. Works by many award-winning local artists will be available for purchase. 7 Public Reading of Two Years Before the Mast March 7, 8, 9; March 7, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; March 8, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and March 9, 9 a.m.-noon. The Dana Point Historical Society hosts the fourth annual volunteer public reading of Richard Henry Dana Jr.’s Two Years Before the Mast at the Nature Interpretive Center, 34558 Scenic Drive. Free. 949.899.0907. 5 Walking Tour of Town Center March 1, 2, 8, 9; 2 p.m. Meet a guide from the Historical Society at 34091 Pacific Coast Highway—at Blue Lantern and PCH—for this historic Town Center tour of buildings, homes and landmarks circa 1924 to 1939. Free. 9 Polynesian Connection March 1; 10 a.m.4 p.m. The Hula Connection (Leinani Hula Hui’ana) presents a day of Polynesian culture with music, dance, food and hands-on educational experiences for all ages at Baby Beach. Activities include lei-making, fire knife and hula/ Tahitian dancing, poi-ball twirling, air-brush tattoos, face painting, coconut husking, outrigger canoe demonstrations and more. 15

a state-of-the-art whale research, rescue and whale watching vessel named Lily. The boat was named after a gray whale, wrapped in gill net, that made national headlines when Capt. Dave and rescue team members disentangled her. His rescue work also landed him a television appearance on the “Ellen Degeneres Show.” Attendees will be invited to have some hands-on fun with research and rescue equipment. Signed copies of Capt. Dave’s book, Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey, will be available for purchase. 4 Captain Dave’s Carnival March 8; Noon2 p.m. Drop by Capt. Dave’s Dolphin Deck at 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive (near Baby Beach) for free activities and prizes. Kids of all ages will have fun with games, crafts, a bounce house and more. Face painting and animal balloons will be available for a small fee. It’s fun for the whole “pod.” 4 Movie Viewing March 1, 2, 8, 9; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit the Dolphin Deck for a free viewing of Capt. Dave Anderson’s award-winning documentary Wild Dolphins and Whales of Southern California. In 1995 Capt. Dave mounted an underwater camera and hydrophone on the bow of his boat and began taking his cameras on every trip. It took five years to create the documentary, an experience Capt. Dave says that has forever changed his life. Screenings held every hour. 4

CLASSIC CARS & VINTAGE BOATS So Cal Woodies March 1, 2; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Woodie cars from the Southern California Chapter of the National Woodie Club will be on display at the grassy areas along the Harbor walkway. 11

CAPTAIN DAVE’S WHALE WATCHING AND MORE 949.488.2828, Whale Watching March 1, 2, 8, 9; Departure times vary For information about Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, call, check out the website or turn to “Whale Watching Excursions” on page 12. 4

Antique & Classic Boat Society March 1, 2; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Classic vessels from the Southern California Chapter of the Antique & Classic Boat Society will be displayed in the water and on land along the Harbor walkway. 11

Lily, a Gray Whale Tribute March 1; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Capt. Dave presents a free tour, whale rescue and research lecture and book signing aboard his new 62-foot catamaran,

Porsche 356 Club March 8; 10 a.m.4 p.m. The Southern California chapter of the 356 Club displays classic Porsche models at Waterfall Park on Dana Point Harbor Drive. 14

Whale of a Classic Car Display March 8, 9; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Cal Rod Car Club will display a variety of classics and hot rods, along the Harbor walkway. 11

DANA WHARF WHALE WATCHING AND MORE 949.496.5794, Whale Watching March 1, 2, 8, 9; Departure times vary For information about Dana Wharf Whale Watching, call, check out the website or turn to “Whale Watching Excursions” on page 12. 3 Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Fishing Trip March 1, 2, 8, 9; clinic noon12:30 p.m., fishing trip 12:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m. Free dockside fishing clinic followed by a fishing trip where kids 12 and under fish for free. Adults are $39, plus license and equipment. 3 Kids Adventure Expo March 2; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Inagural event features hands-on experiences promoting a variety of ocean activities: boating, kayaking, paddleboarding, snorkeling, diving and more. Held at the Dick Simon Yachts parking lot near Dana Wharf. Free. Games and rides offered for a nominal fee. 9 Marine Mammal Lecture Series March 1, 2, 8, 9; 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Enjoy a continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s while marine biologists present recent findings on whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. March 1: Dean Gomersall, California Sea Lions; March 2: Doug Thompson, Gray Whales; March 8: Alisa Schulman-Janiger, Gray Whale Census and Killer Whales; March 9: Todd Mansur, Gray Whale Migration and Blue Whales. Then climb aboard Dana Wharf’s OCean Adventures catamaran for a 2.5-hour whale watching trip at either 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Tickets are $55 for adults, $35 for seniors and children 3–12, and children 2 and under are free. Lecture only, $5. 13 Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild March 1, 2, 8, 9; 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. Learn from renowned environmental artist Wyland via a dockside video presentation and art lesson aboard Dana Wharf’s OCean Adventures catamaran. Children can enter their art in a contest to win great prizes. $5 per child. Proceeds benefit the Wyland Foundation. 3

DIAMOND DIG Diamond Dig March 2; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dig for buried treasure at the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club Diamond Dig at Baby Beach. Dress as a pirate and get a head start. Cost is $10 per shovel. Last year, toys, bicycles and a diamond necklace were among the booty found. 949.842.0594, 15

DOHENY STATE BEACH Doheny State Beach’s Mobile Marine Mammal Museum March 9; 11a.m.-3p.m. A variety of genuine marine mammal artifacts will be on display at Doheny State Beach’s Visitor Center, near the park entrance, for visitors to actively learn and gain an appreciation of these magnificent creatures of the sea. Please alert park staff upon arrival so they can direct you to free, onehour parking. Free. Rain cancels. 949.496.2704, 16 Whale of a Beach Cleanup March 8; 9 a.m.-noon. Bring work gloves and a recyclable bag or bucket and help clean up Doheny State Beach. Meet Park Interpreter Vicki at Lifeguard Headquarters to learn about how you can help maintain precious coastal resources. Free. 16

FOOD Polynesian Connection Luau March 1; 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Experience the unforgettable sights, smells, sounds and tastes of beautiful Polynesia with an authentic luau at the OC Sailing & Events Center. Tickets are $50. 949.973.7281, 8 Whale of a BBQ March 2; 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Delicious barbecue specialties at affordable prices will be served up adjacent to Baby Beach during Ocean Awareness Day. 15 Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook Off March 8; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sample a variety of tasty chowders from local restaurants and organizations and then vote for your favorites along the Harbor walkway near Island Way. Cost is $10 to taste every entry. 11 (Cont. on page 6)

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(Cont. from page 4) Whale of a Concert BBQ March 9; Noon5 p.m. Concessions for scrumptious barbecue specialties will be available at the OC Sailing & Event Center adjacent to Baby Beach. A Spirits Garden will be available for those over 21 with a valid ID. 15 Whale of a Pancake Breakfast & Raffle March 2; 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Start your day with a delicious pancake breakfast, raffle prizes and entertainment, hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9934 and Ladies Auxiliary at the OC Sailing & Event Center’s Dana Cove Room. Adults $6, children under 12 are $3. Show your Grunion Run racing bib for $1 off. 949.275.3142. 8

GRUNION RUN 6th Annual Grunion Run March 2; Registration, 6:30 a.m.; 10K, 7:45 a.m.; 5K, 8 a.m.; Kids’ 1K, 9 a.m.; Awards, 9:15 a.m. The sixth annual Festival of Whales Grunion Run 10K, 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 1K Run will take place in Doheny State Beach. This is a fast and flat scenic run/walk. Entry fees are $45 for the 10K, $40 for the 5K and $20 for the 1K. 16

MERCHANDISE Festival Logo Merchandise T-shirts and sweatshirts will be on sale throughout the Harbor during both festival weekends. Merchandise is also available for purchase online at

MICKEY MUÑOZ MONGOOSE CUP STAND-UP PADDLE Mongoose Cup SUP March 8; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Stand-up paddle with famous surfing icon and legend Mickey Munoz and friends in the fifth annual Mongoose Cup at Dana Cove Park and Baby Beach. Enjoy a great day of fun, SUP clinics and camaraderie. Activities include a Wounded Warrior Project Paddle, Waterman Expo & Paddling Skills Clinics, Sport of Kings Races, Luck of the Draw relays and a delicious barbecue too. Clinics will cover paddling and training techniques, SUP racing skills, water safety, fitness, adventure paddling, SUP yoga and more. 949.276.4431, 15

MOVIE IN THE PARK Finding Nemo March 1; Dusk/6:30 p.m. Finding Nemo will be presented free of charge by

the city of Dana Point’s Community Services and Parks Department at Lantern Bay Park, 25111 Park Lantern Road. Free popcorn, hot beverages and snacks will be available. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinner to enjoy an evening of entertainment under the stars. 949.248.3530, 18

MUSIC Symphony Spectactular March 7, 8; March 7, 7 p.m.; March 8, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Dana Point Symphony presents Symphony Spectacular aboard the brig Pilgrim, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive at the Ocean Institute. The show is an ocean-themed extravaganza with the symphony, singers, dancers and high-flying aerialist dancers from the Luminario Ballet of Los Angeles. Tickets are $25 for adults and children 15 and over. Children under 15 free at Saturday’s matinee. 301.832.0388, 17 Harbor Music Series March 1, 2, 8, 9; Noon3 p.m. Live music performances in a variety of styles will be presented by the Dana Point Harbor Association in the Dana Wharf courtyard, the grassy area near Harpoon Henry’s and Mariner’s Alley. Free. 10

OCEAN INSTITUTE WHALE WATCHING AND MORE 949.496.2274, Whale Watching March 1, 2, 8, 9; Departure times vary. For information about Ocean Institute whale watching, call, check out the website or turn to “Whale Watching Excursions” on page 12. 6 World of Whales March 1, 2, 8, 9; March 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; March 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and March 8-9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Take a hands-on journey into the mysterious and fascinating world of whales and explore a variety of fascinating phenomena unique to these magnificent animals. There will be opportunities to examine how they communicate and eat, to see how pollution can affect them and create fun whale-themed crafts. Additional activities in the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center include animal feedings, ROV driving and tide pool touch tanks. Admission price is $6.50 for adults, $4.50 for children 3-12, children 2 and under are free. Members are free. 6

Ocean Institute Jazz Festival Feb. 28, March 1, 2 Opening night, Feb. 28 kicks off with a wine and appetizer reception and concert. March 1 is the gala evening with a cocktail reception, silent auction, gourmet dinner prepared by chefs from local resorts and a jazz performance. A relaxed lunch and encore performance will be held March 2. All events benefit educational programs at the Ocean Institute. 949.496.2274 ext. 337, 6

Whale’s Tale Tall Ship Sailing Adventure March 1, 8; 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. From “devil fish” to “friendliest whale,” explore how time and discovery have shaped man’s perception of the magnificent gray whale. Join the Ocean Institute for an exciting tall ship sailing adventure and gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California coast. Non-member price is $40 for adults and $23 for children 12 and under. Members are $36 for adults and $21 for children. Minimum age to participate is 4. 6

Whale of a Concert and BBQ March 9; noon1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Bands perform at Baby Beach atop a floating stage. Free. Bring beach chairs, towels and blankets and enjoy an afternoon of musical entertainment. Barbecue specialties will be available for purchase, along with a Spirits Garden for those over 21 with a valid ID. 15

Seashore Interpretive Family Hike March 1, 2, 8, 9; Times are based on tides Take a guided family tide pool hike through the Dana Point Marine Protected Area with Ocean Institute naturalists. Hikes are available on a first come, first served basis. Sign up at the front desk of the Ocean Institute. Free with paid admission. 6



Ocean Awareness March 2; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Dana Point Harbor Association presents interactive displays, demonstrations and entertainment showcasing ocean and environmental programs and issues. The event is free and located near Baby Beach at the OC Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place. 15

Festival of Whales Kickoff Parade March 1; 10 a.m. The parade features floats, bands, horses, giant balloons, community organizations and more related to the Festival theme, “Magical Migration.” Parade route runs along Pacific Coast Highway from Selva Road to Golden Lantern. 1

RUBBER DUCKY DERBY Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby March 2; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Hosted by the Dana Point Women’s Club, this fun spin on a traditional rubber ducky race is held at Baby Beach. Duckies can be purchased in advance by calling 949.859.5706 or the day of the event at the DPWC booth at Baby Beach. Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers. Duckies are $6 each or two for $10; need not be present to win. 15

SAND SCULPTING Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition March 2; 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. OC Parks presents a competition on the sand at Baby Beach. Teams, from families and friends to hard-core sand sculpting enthusiasts are welcome. Sculpting areas are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Compete in one of five categories: castles, whales and ocean creatures, pirates and ships, woodies and surfboards or patriotic emblems. Judging begins at 2:30 p.m. with awards to follow. Bring buckets and tools. Dyes and stabilizers are not allowed. 15

SAILING AND PADDLING 949.492.3035, Sailing Rides March 1, 2, 8, 9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Westwind Sailing, at the OC Sailing & Event Center, teaches passengers how to sail a Capri 14. Half-hour sessions are $15 per boat, three people max, ages 5 and up. 8 Stand-Up Paddling Clinics March 1, 2, 8, 9; 10 a.m.3 p.m. Join the SUP craze and learn why it’s the fastest growing water sport today. Westwind Sailing hosts 45-minute on-the-water clinics, on the hour, for ages 12 and up. Cost is $10 per person and lifejackets will be provided. 8

STREET FAIR La Plaza Street Fair March 1; 10 a.m.2 p.m. The Dana Point Chamber of Commerce invites you to the annual Street Fair Festival for an unforgettable day of food, games, music and entertainment for the whole family. The carnival-style fair, with vendor booths and a farmers market, begins immediately following the Festival of Whales Parade at La Plaza Park. 949.496.1555. 2

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Parking Shuttle Stop Event Whale Watching Excursions/Viewing Festival Merchandise Drinking Fountain Shuttle Route Parade Route Shuttle Route First Saturday



WATER TAXI NEW THIS YEAR Daily service will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the two festival weekends. Service runs between Dana Wharf and the Ocean Institute for $3 round-trip per person. Tickets may be purchased at Dana Wharf Whale Watching or at the Ocean Institute. Park and then ride this fun new water taxi, taking in all the great sites from the water. Your captain will share interesting facts and features about the Dana Point area and its fascinating history. Ride all day for only $5 per person. PARKING AND SHUTTLE SERVICE FREE shuttle service will be available every day of the festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended service hours the morning of the parade (March 1) and the afternoon of the Whale of a Concert (March 9). Parking in the Harbor is free, but limited to four hours and is strictly enforced. Parking at Doheny State Beach is $8 for the entire day.


PARADE DAY SHUTTLE (MARCH 1) FREE shuttle service will be available one hour prior to and at the conclusion of the Festival of Whales Parade. Park in the Harbor or Doheny State Beach and then ride to the drop-off location for the northerly parade announcer stand. At the conclusion of the parade, meet at the drop-off location and the shuttle will return you to the Harbor.

WHALE OF A CONCERT SHUTTLE (MARCH 9) FREE shuttle service will extend until 6 p.m.

STREET FAIR SHUTTLE (MARCH 1) FREE shuttle service will be available from all Harbor locations to the Street Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Page 8 |

T-shirts (long and short sleeve) and hooded sweatshirts will be on sale throughout the Harbor during both weekends of the festival.

WALKING DIRECTIONS FROM OCTA BUS STOP For those utilizing the OCTA bus stops on Pacific Coast Highway, the festival can be reached by walking down Dana Point Harbor Drive to the Harbor’s Golden Lantern entrance or you can enter Doheny State Beach (direction sign at bus stop near bridge), walk along the green barrier fence, then proceed toward the beach to the marked Festival of Whales shuttle stop. Ride the shuttle FREE to all event locations.

The Dana Point Festival of Whales is an ocean-friendly event with many of our booths, displays and exhibits being very close to water’s edge. We ask that all our sponsors and exhibitors keep this ocean location top-of-mind and refrain from using balloons, stickers, tattoos, flyers, single-serving water bottles or other materials that might find their way to the receiving waters of the Pacific Ocean. We also ask all of our guests to keep these practices in mind as they spend a glorious day or weekend taking in the beauty of this special location. Drinking fountains are plentiful for the refilling of water bottles that can be purchased at multiple event locations. Or bring your own and refill throughout the day. See the event map above for water fountain locations. Please help us keep the Festival of Whales clean and green for generations to come. Thank you. —Dana Point Festival of Whales



6 12th Annual Ocean Institute Jazz Festival 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Ocean Institute

SATURDAY, MARCH 1 7 Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Harbor walkway near Mariners Village 12 Art in the Park 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive 1 Festival of Whales Parade 10 a.m.-Noon. Pacific Coast Highway 2 Street Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. La Plaza Park 11 So Cal Woodies and Antique & Classic Boat Society 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Harbor walkway 15 Polynesian Connection 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Baby Beach and Baby Beach Park 8 Sailing and Paddling Lessons 10 a.m.4 p.m. Westwind Sailing at OC Sailing & Event Center

16 6th Annual Festival of Whales Grunion Run 10K, 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 1K Run 6:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Doheny State Beach 8 Whale of a Pancake Breakfast and Raffle with Entertainment 8 a.m.-11 a.m. OC Sailing & Event Center 15 Whale of a Sand Sculpting Competition 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Baby Beach 7 Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show and Sale 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Harbor Walkway near Mariner’s Village 12 Art in the Park 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive 8 Sailing and Paddling Lessons 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Westwind Sailing at OC Sailing & Event Center 11 So Cal Woodies and Antique & Classic Boat Society 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Harbor walkway 9 Kids Adventure Expo 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dick Simon Yachts parking lot

13 Marine Mammal Lecture Series 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Harpoon Henry’s 3 Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. OCean Adventures catamaran at Dana Wharf Dock 10 Harbor Music Series Noon-3 p.m. Dana Wharf courtyard, Harpoon Henry’s grass area, Mariner’s Alley

3 Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. OCean Adventures catamaran at Dana Wharf Dock 13 Marine Mammal Lecture Series 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Harpoon Henry’s 15 Ocean Awareness Day 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Baby Beach Park

3 Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip Noon-5:45 p.m. Dana Wharf Docks

15 Whale of a Rubber Ducky Derby 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Baby Beach

6 Ocean Institute Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Ocean Institute

15 Diamond Dig 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Baby Beach

6 Seashore Interpretive Family Hike Time TBA based on tides. Tide pools near Ocean Institute 4 Lily: a Gray Whale Tribute 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari

15 Whale of a BBQ 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Baby Beach Park 10 Harbor Music Series Noon-3 p.m. Dana Wharf courtyard, Harpoon Henry’s grass area, Mariner’s Alley

9 Dana Point Historical Society Walking Tour of Town Center 2 p.m. Blue Lantern and PCH

9 Dana Point Historical Society Walking Tour of Town Center 2 p.m. Blue Lantern and PCH

8 Polynesian Luau 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. OC Sailing & Event Center

6 Seashore Interpretive Family Hike Time TBA based on tides. Tide pools near Ocean Institute

6 12th Annual Ocean Institute Jazz Festival 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Ocean Institute 18 Movie in the Park: Finding Nemo Dusk. Lantern Bay Park

6 12th Annual Ocean Institute Jazz Festival 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Ocean Institute

WEEKEND 2 FRIDAY, MARCH 7 5 Dana Point Historical Society Public Reading of Two Years Before the Mast 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Headlands Nature Interpretive Center 17 Dana Point Symphony’s Symphony Spectacular 7 p.m. Public pier adjacent to the Ocean Institute

SATURDAY, MARCH 8 5 Dana Point Historical Society Public Reading of Two Years Before the Mast 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Headlands Nature Interpretive Center 15 5th Annual Mickey Munoz Mongoose Cup & BBQ 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Baby Beach 16 Whale of a Beach Cleanup 9 a.m.-noon. Doheny State Beach 7 Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Harbor Walkway near Mariner’s Village 12 Art in the Park 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive 11 3rd Annual Whale of a Clam Chowder Cook-Off 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Harbor walkway beginning at Island Way 13 Marine Mammal Lecture Series 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Harpoon Henry’s 11 Whale of a Classic Car Display 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Harbor walkway 14 Porsche 356 Club Southern California 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Waterfall Park on Dana Point Harbor Drive 3 Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. OCean Adventures catamaran at Dana Wharf dock 8 Sailing and Paddling Lessons 10 a.m.4 p.m. Westwind Sailing at OC Sailing & Event Center 4 Movie Viewing: Wild Dolphins and Whales of Southern California 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari 10 Harbor Music Series Noon-3 p.m. Dana Wharf courtyard, Harpoon Henry’s grass area, Mariner’s Alley

4 Captain Dave’s Carnival Noon-2 p.m. Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari 4 Lily: A Gray Whale Tribute 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari 6 Ocean Institute Whale’s Tale Tall Ship Sailing Adventure 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Ocean Institute 9 Dana Point Historical Society Walking Tour of Town Center 2 p.m. Blue Lantern and PCH 17 Dana Point Symphony Presents: Symphony Spectacular 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Public pier adjacent to the Ocean Institute 6 Seashore Interpretive Family Hike Time TBA based on tides. Tide pools near Ocean Institute

SUNDAY, MARCH 9 5 Dana Point Historical Society Public Reading of Two Years Before the Mast 8 a.m.noon. Headlands Nature Interpretive Center 7 Dana Point Fine Arts Association Show & Sale 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Harbor walkway near Mariner’s Village 12 Art in the Park 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Island Way and Dana Point Harbor Drive 13 Marine Mammal Lecture Series 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Harpoon Henry’s 3 Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild 10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. OCean Adventures catamaran at Dana Wharf Dock 11 Whale of a Classic Car Display 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Harbor walkway 8 Sailing and Paddling Lessons 10 a.m.4 p.m. Westwind Sailing at OC Sailing & Event Center 16 Doheny State Beach’s Mobile Marine Mammal Museum 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Doheny State Beach’s Visitor Center 15 Whale of a Concert on the Water, BBQ and Spirits Garden Noon-5 p.m. Baby Beach 10 Harbor Music Series Noon-3 p.m. Dana Wharf courtyard, Harpoon Henry’s grass area, Mariner’s Alley 9 Dana Point Historical Society Walking Tour of Town Center 2 p.m. Blue Lantern and PCH

3 Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip Noon-5:45 p.m. Dana Wharf docks

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GET TO KNOW THE GREAT MIGRATORS Gray whales travel past the Dana Point coast each year as part of their annual 10,000-mile migration

By Sean Vogt, Natural Resources Protection Officer, City of Dana Point Gray whales are known as the great migrators. The grays seen during winter off the coast of Dana Point have already traveled nearly 5,000 miles. In the longest migration of any mammal, gray whales travel over 10,000 miles roundtrip from Arctic feeding waters to calving waters in Baja California, Mexico. Many people ask why this species of whale travels so far each year. The answer is simple: female gray whales are fantastic mothers. Gray whale calves have the best chance of survival if they are born in the sheltered lagoons of Baja. Entering the world in these warmer, more saline waters means calves can stay warm and easily float to the surface to breathe without wasting energy, thus expending more energy building up their blubber for the trip back to the Arctic. In addition, their main predators, orcas (also known as killer whales), are less able to gang up and kill calves while within these shallow lagoons. If orcas venture too close, adult gray whales can come together and use violent tail slaps to fend them off. Generally, pregnant gray whales start arriving in Baja by late December, with most of them giving birth in January and February. Since gestation is approximately 12 to 13 months for this mammal, this is also the time that adult, non-pregnant females begin estrus and breeding. While it is possible for females to give birth each year, they typically give birth and mate in alternate years. Gray whale breeding behavior is complex, but quite the party, with groups mating during the southward migration and in the Baja lagoons from late November through early February. Calves are approximately 14 feet in length and weigh a whopping 1,500 pounds at birth. They spend approximately two months nursing. The calves drink up to 50 gallons of milk, which is 53 percent fat, each day, before their mothers leave the protection of the lagoons and escort them to the Bering and Chukchi Seas off the Alaskan coast. During the northward migration, calves continue to nurse, relying on their protective and loving mothers to fend off predators and deliver them safely to their Arctic feeding grounds by June or July. Mothers slowly wean their young off milk while teaching them how to feed on bottomdwelling invertebrates—mostly shrimp-like crustaceans. Gray whales spend the summer months in the Arctic building up fat reserves by feeding on up to 1 ton of little critters per day. When fully grown, grays can weigh up to 40 tons and reach lengths of 45 feet. Instead of Page 10 |

A gray whale raises its tail fluke while swimming off the coast of Dana Point. Photo by Debra Kettler

teeth, a gray whale’s upper jaw holds numerous overlapping plates of long, stiff hair-like structures called baleen. To feed, the whale sucks in water and sediment from the ocean floor, closes its mouth and forces the water and mud through its baleen, trapping millions of tiny invertebrates. It then uses its 1-ton tongue to break up and swallow its catch. When days begin to shorten in October, Arctic waters begin to cool and the ice pack increases. This signals the start of yet another southward migration and the natural cycle repeats itself. Many press releases this winter have touted a dramatic increase in near-shore gray whale sightings this migration season. This December and January, monitors on the Palos Verdes peninsula counted the third-highest number on record since the 1980s. However, large-scale trends and anecdotal evidence actually indicate a decrease in near-shore sightings in southern California since the early 1970s. This is despite a consistent increase in the number of gray whales. The trending movement away from near-shore routes may be a result of natural factors, but more likely is due to increased noise pollution from sonar and boat engines, harassment by recreational and commercial vessels and ship strikes near the coast in shallow-water fishing spots and shipping lanes. Because gray whales are intelligent animals with average life spans similar to humans (up to

Sean Vogt, Natural Resources Protection Officer for the city of Dana Point. Photo by Andrea Swayne

80 years), it seems reasonable to hypothesize these creatures communicate with each other and avoid areas where they were previously harassed. Currently, only a fraction of migrating grays actually follow the Southern California shore. Most are too far off shore to see from the mainland—using the Channel Islands as navigational markers—so it would be a shame to force these special few away. The federal government passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, or MMPA, to combat the issues that

could cause many of the approximately 20,000 remaining gray whales to steer clear of a nearshore route. Amended in 2012, the MMPA is the most recent national protective legislation in response to a long history of whaling. The MMPA is a piece of comprehensive legislation designed to protect all marine mammals in the United States, including otters, manatees, seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales. The MMPA states that “the act of hunting, killing, capture, and/or harassment of any marine mammal; or, the attempt at such” is illegal. Gray whales in the Pacific Ocean are still hunted by humans—mostly legal subsistence hunting by indigenous populations in Russia and the U.S.—and were nearly hunted to extinction by the early 1900s. European and U.S. whalers killed at least 10,000 gray whales between 1840 and 1900 along the west coast of North America. Thankfully, the International Whaling Commission made it an international crime to hunt gray whales (as well as most other whale species) in the 1940s, which is likely the only reason grays still exist on our coast. Atlantic gray whales were not as lucky, as they were likely hunted to extinction by European whalers prior to the end of the 18th century. In order to be in compliance with the MMPA, the average person simply needs to learn about how these majestic creatures interact with the environment and avoid disrupting their behaviors. For example, boats should travel at a safe speed and never cut in front of a marine mammal’s path of travel or encircle it. The MMPA states that all vessels must observe from a safe distance of at least 300 feet. Whales can be curious and often approach boats. Viewing them in this manner is not illegal, as it is beyond the boater’s control. In this case, place the boat in neutral and enjoy the whale until it is ready to move on. Perhaps the whales will put on a show and leap out of the water, creating an unforgettable moment. For those that do not do well on boats, the conservation areas atop the Dana Point Headlands offer some of the best views of the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants in Orange County. Sean Vogt has a Master of Science degree from CSU, Fullerton and more than 10 years of experience studying marine biology. As the Natural Resources Protection Officer for the city of Dana Point, Vogt manages the Nature Interpretive Center at the Dana Point Headlands, open-space parks adjacent to the Center for Natural Lands Management Preserve and the Marine Protected Area along the city coastline. With the help of nearly 100 volunteers, Vogt launched citizen-science wildlife monitoring programs late last year, including surveying marine mammals visible from the Headlands.

WHALE WATCHING EXCURSIONS See why Dana Point is the ‘Whale Capital of the West’ Most boat excursions are 2-3 hours long. Reservations are recommended.

Dana Wharf Whale Watching Expert captains and certified naturalists narrate each excursion, detailing the whales’ movements through their natural migration path. As the originator of whale watching in Orange County, Dana Wharf remains family owned and operated and is exclusively endorsed by worldrenowned marine life artist Wyland. Marine Mammal “rain checks” ensure you see a good show of whales or dolphins, or your next trip is free. Excursions depart every hour, on the hour, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during festival weekends. Trips run approximately two hours. Tickets are $45 for adults, $35 for seniors and military, children 3-12 years $25 and children under 2 are free. Want a whale of a deal? All 8 a.m. trips are

just $15 per person. Marine mammal lecture and whale watching trip combos are offered both weekends for a oneon-one educational experience with guest marine biologists. Tickets are $55 for adults, $35 for seniors and children 3-12, and children under 2 are free. Tickets include the lecture and continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., followed by a 2.5-hour whale watching trip aboard the luxurious 63-foot, state-of-the-art, OCean Adventures catamaran at 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. A specially priced sunset trip with cocktails, wine and beer, runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. For reservations call 800.979.3370 or 800.590.9994 or log on to

Courtesy of Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching

Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari The most unique whale watching trips in the world puts visitors eye-to-eye with dolphins and whales via underwater viewing pods. It feels like swimming with wild dolphins and whales but without getting wet. Capt. Dave’s high-speed, high-tech catamaran Lily comfortably carries only 49 passengers and a smaller, more intimate catamaran carries 20 passengers, so trips are never crowded. Listen in on the sounds of marine mammals below the surface with a research hydrophone while an experienced marine naturalist narrates how the animals live. Trips are often led by Capt. Dave Anderson himself, whose award winning film on wild dolphins and whales has drawn people from all over the world to Dana Point.

Courtesy of Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Ocean Institute Gray Whale Adventure Cruise More than just a whale watch, the Ocean Institute’s Gray Whale Adventure Cruises introduce participants to whales and many other marine animals using state-of-the-art equipment including satellites, plankton nets, sediment samplers, touch tanks, viewing aquariums and video microscopes. Two viewing levels and a bowsprit stretching out over the water provide visitors with a breathtaking view of dolphins, whales, sea lions and other ocean life. Learn about feeding strategies, migration and behavior patterns from the Institute’s experienced and knowledgeable captains and educators. Indulge your inner scientist with this unique opportunity to experience one of the greatest mammal migrations on Earth, aboard the Ocean Institute’s 65-foot research vessel R/V Sea Explorer. As Page 12 |

an educational platform the vessel is ideal. This floating lab plays an important part in the nationally recognized, nonprofit educational facility’s educational programming. Throughout the year, research conducted aboard the vessel is integrated into the Ocean Institute’s curriculum offered to over 15,000 students annually. The 2.5-hour cruises are offered at 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on festival weekends. Member pricing is $22 for adults and $19 for children 4 to 12 years old. Children must be at least 4 years old to attend. Non-member pricing is $35 for adults and $22 for children. Weekend admission to the Institute is included with the cruise ticket purchase. For more information and reservations, call 949.496.2274 or log on to

Courtesy of The Ocean Institute

The fronts of Capt. Dave’s catamarans are low to the water offering an up close view of sea animals. An onboard whale and dolphin micro-museum adds an extra fun and educational opportunity to learn more about marine mammals. Trips are broadcast live on www. so you can wave to family and friends tuned in online at home. And one of the best perks of the trip is Mrs. Captain Dave’s delicious triple fudge brownies, served as a special treat on the ride back. Mention this article for 10 percent discount. Special offer is good during the Festival of Whales only. Call 949.488.2828 or visit for more information and reservations.




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34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 phone 949.388.7700 fax 949.388.9977 The Capistrano Dispatch, Vol. 12, Issue 4. The Dispatch (www.thecapistranodispatch ) is published twice monthly by Picket Fence Media, publishers of the DP Times ( and the SC Times ( Copyright: No articles, illustrations, photographs, or other editorial matter or advertisements herein may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. The publisher assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, art, photos or negatives. Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. Printed in the USA.





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SPECIAL THANKS Robert Miller, Jonathan Volzke CONTRIBUTORS Megan Bianco, Victor Carno, Catherine Manso, Tawnee Prazak, Jenna Ross, Dana Schnell, Tim Trent, Michael Vogeler

Letters to the Editor PLEASE, DR. BYRNES —Patrick Pearson, San Juan Capistrano Dr. Roy, Dr. Roy, Dr. Roy. I’m impressed how vividly you can recall the brown shirts in Nazi Germany, but you can’t remember how to apologize to your fellow councilmen and citizens of San Juan Capistrano for your disgraceful comments. If any of the other council members would have made derogatory comments like you did, they’d have been run out of town on a rail. I noticed that all of your supporters were conspicuously absent from the last council meeting: Councilman Derek Reeve, Kim McCarthy, John Perry, Clint Worthington, Jim Reardon and Kim Lefner. Like rats from a sinking ship, they bailed on you. Please, please, please, do the city and yourself a favor: Resign your City Council position immediately. It’s a shame to see your incompetence displayed in such a public forum.

San Juan Capistrano City Councilman Roy Byrnes. Photo by Brian Park

RECALL SUPPORTERS TEAR DOWN THE CITY —Kathy Hooper, San Juan Capistrano The more I hear about the ridiculous recall attempt against Mayor Sam Allevato, the angrier I get. Obviously, the charges against him are unfounded. Blaming Sam for increases in our water rates is completely unwarranted. Also, trying to twist his support of the The Capistrano Dispatch February 28–March 13, 2014

Groundwater Recovery Plant into something negative is just wrong. The GWRP is one of the major reasons why our city will go through this drought with minimal impact compared to other California cities. We should be applauding his foresight, not condemning him for it. However, the thing that upsets me most is that the small group of people—not all of them are citizens of our town—who are trying to push this recall do absolutely nothing constructive for our wonderful city. Instead of using their time to help the community they say they love, they just sit back, criticize and try to tear down what so many dedicated residents have worked so hard to build. I’ve met hundreds of wonderful people and volunteers while working in the community over the past 35 years, including serving 30 years on the Fiesta Association’s Board of Directors and many years on the city’s Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Commission. In all these years, I have never seen any member of the recall group lift a finger to help. One of their complaints is that public open space is not made available to the public. However, wonderful projects like the Dr. Joe Cortese Dog Park, 2C Ranch and upcoming Reata Park and Event Center have been turned into wonderful public-use areas by the manpower and donations of the Open Space Foundation’s volunteers. You’ll see people like Sam Allevato, John Taylor, Larry Kramer and so many others physically working at these sites and so many other sites in town, but I have never seen anyone from the recall group offering to help there either. Not only that, but they condemn the efforts of these volunteers. Again, these are volunteers working on behalf of the community. It doesn’t matter how much of their time these valuable volunteers dedicate or the amount of good work they do. The recall supporters don’t want to join in the good of the community. They just seem to want to destroy the good in

the community. It has been an honor and a joy to be a volunteer in our community for so long, and I know that Sam Allevato feels the same way. He truly has our city’s best interests at heart. Please see this latest vindictive stunt for what it is and say no to the recall.

The famed cliff swallows of Mission San Juan Capistrano have been tougher to spot in recent years, as increased urbanization has forced the birds to find alternative nesting spots. Courtesy of Mission San Juan Capistrano

LET’S BRING BACK THE SWALLOWS —Jim Curwood, San Juan Capistrano Fifty years ago this spring, my parents, sister and I came to San Juan Capistrano to attend Mass and see the town. What a wonderful place. After walking around town and the Mission, we stopped to get an ice cream. Leaving the store with my strawberry ice cream, I opened the door, took two steps and a swallow pooped on my cone. I started to cry and threw away my ice cream, but my dad said, “It’s your lucky day. There’s a Chinese proverb that says it’s good luck to get pooped on by a bird.” How often does that happen? In 52 years, two other times! My point is, San Juan Capistrano is a very special place, and those little birds are our endless economy, like York Minster, the Grand Canyon, etc. You figure, conservatively speaking, at least a billion people worldwide know about our fine

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town and our beloved swallows coming back to Mission San Juan Capistrano. Even Bugs Bunny. Our town has grown quite a bit in the 50 years since I first visited in 1964 at 8 years old. To continue this fine tradition for the next 50, and far beyond, I suggest we remove a swallow plug from each tile roof in town for 10 years or so. Then we build 20 or so mud holes, 10-by-10, with the specific mud swallows use to build their nests, surrounded by native plants to attract bugs they love to eat. Put a fancy rope around them and a brass plaque that says, “This is where the swallows get their mud for their nests.” It would be a great visitor photo opportunity. Volunteers would maintain them. Set a goal of two million visitors by 2016, five million by 2021 and 10 million by 2030. All businesses in town would prosper beyond belief. If you build the hotels, they will come. I guarantee it. If you travel, you are aware that when you say you are from San Juan Capistrano, people respond, “That’s where those swallows come back to,” or something about those birds. We should act now. It’s just something to think about with the swallows coming back March 19. From your very proud Grand Marshal for the 56th Swallows Day Parade, March 22. Be there! WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU To submit a letter to the editor for possible inclusion in the paper, e-mail us at letters@ or send it to 34932 Calle del Sol, Suite B, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624. The Capistrano Dispatch reserves the right to edit reader-submitted letters for length and is not responsible for the claims made or the information written by the writers.




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TROUBLE BUBBLES AT THE HOT SPRINGS 8 p.m. Annual San Juan melodrama at Camino Real Playhouse, based loosely on San Juan Capistrano history. $18-$24. Shows through March 22. 31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,



DANA POINT FESTIVAL OF WHALES 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. The 43rd annual festival kicks off today featuring heaps of fun events and activities including whale watching, a parade, carnival style street fair, arts and crafts, the Grunion Run foot races, concerts, sand sculpting, SUP events, food and more at the Dana Point Harbor and throughout the city. Parade starts at 10 a.m. and runs southbound on Pacific Coast Highway beginning at Selva Road. The festival runs for two weekends: March 1, 2, 8, 9. 888.440.4309,


WATER-SAVING AND TOMATO WORKSHOPS 10 a.m. Two of Plant Depot’s experienced nursery team members present a short talk on water-saving tips and tomatoes. 32413 San Juan Creek Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.2107, MARDI GRAS GREEK-STYLE FESTIVAL 6 p.m.-midnight. Celebration at Mission Grill with live music, food, costume contests and more. Tickets $15-$50 including dinner. 31721 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.543.3445,


GRUNION RUN 10K, 5K AND 1K 6:30 a.m. Participate in a flat and fast 5K or 10K run/ walk or kids’ 1K in Doheny State Beach as part of the Dana Point Festival of Whales. Registration online or available race morning. Benefits the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association. 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.496.6172,


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AT THE MOVIES: ‘POMPEII’ ERUPTS WITH ACTION Every movie genre uses story tropes but none more so than the action-adventure films. In Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest extravaganza, Pompeii, there seems to be every trope known to man, but they aren’t necessarily used a bad way. Some movies you watch for the sake of guilty pleasures when you don’t want to think too hard and just want to be entertained with exactly what you expect for two hours. In 76 A.D., an orphan slave named Milo (Kit Harington) is traded from Britannia to Pompeii right before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The daughter of the ruler of Pompeii, Cassia (Emily Browning) is arranged to marry villainous Roman Senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland), but she and Milo fall in love with each other. Meanwhile, Corvus schemes to take over the city and kill off all © Sony Pictures non-Romans. Carrie-Anne Moss and Jared Harris co-star as Cassia’s parents. Anderson’s previous cult flicks, Mortal Kombat (1995) and Resident Evil (2002), show he can make a movie popular despite criticism, meaning Pompeii might find a following too. Game of Thrones star Harington is fairly awkward in his film debut. Unfortunately, awkward could describe most of the other performances as well. Unlike P.T. Anderson, P.W.S. Anderson is a director of flashy aesthetics and heavy fight scenes, rather than subtle acting. Pompeii tends to be predictable and corny but not the least bit boring for action fans. —Megan Bianco


TRAIL CLEARING & WEEDING 7:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Volunteer to clear/ maintain trails at The Reserve/Richard and Donna O’Neill Conservancy. Free. 949.923.2210,



SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO FARMERS MARKET 3 p.m.–7 p.m. Fresh flowers, produce and specialty foods for sale Every Wednesday at Yorba Street and Camino Capistrano. 949.493.4700,



GARDEN ANGELS 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Volunteers meet every Thursday at Los Rios Park to help maintain the garden and more. Bring gloves and wear close-toed shoes. 949.606.6386,



FIRST FRIDAY FILM 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Monthly movie presentation in La Sala auditorium at the San Juan Capistrano Library. Donation $2. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.5132,



THE ARK OF SAN JUAN RESCUED PET ADOPTIONS 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dogs and puppies, cats and kittens for adoption at PetSmart. 33963 Doheny Park Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.388.0034,


SECOND SATURDAY ART FAIR 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Arts and crafts by local and regional artist, also featuring live music, business and restaurant specials in downtown San Juan Capistrano. 949.493.4700, EL PRESIDENTE BALL 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Fiesta Association’s annual Western-style dinner and dance with music and more, honoring the Fiesta president. El Adobe de Capistrano, 31891 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1976, Page 10

SECOND STAGE STAND UP 7:30 p.m. Comedy show at Camino Real Playhouse. $15. 31776 El Camino San Juan Capistrano, 949.489.8082,


FARM TO FORK: ADULT COOKING CLASS 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Explore the garden, harvest fresh produce and learn how to prepare a delicious meal at The Ecology Center under guided instruction from a professional chef. Tickets $40 members, $20 non-members. 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano, 949.443.4223,



SADDLEBACK JAZZ LAB ENSEMBLE 7:30 p.m. Bruce Babad performs with the Saddleback College Jazz Lab Ensemble in the McKinney Theatre. Tickets $10. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,



AUTHOR READING ON CALIFORNIA HISTORY 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Talk on “Mission Indians, Yankees, and Mariners: California History Reconsidered” at the SJC Library. 31495 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, 949.493.1752,



SOUTH COUNTY’S GOT TALENT 7 p.m. South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce talent show at The Coach House. Tickets $75-$100. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,




TONIC 8 p.m. Alternative/indie band in concert at The Coach House. Tickets $25. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

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Joint City Council and Utilities Commission Meeting 6 p.m. City Hall, 32400 Paseo Adelanto.

El Presidente Ball 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. A Western-style formal dinner event with live music and dancing at El Adobe de Capistrano, 31891 Camino Capistrano. Guests are encouraged to come dressed in Western, Spanish, Mexican or early California attire. Tickets can be purchased at Fiesta Association meetings, every Wednesday, starting at 6:30 p.m., at the Nydegger Building, 31421 La Matanza Street.

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

Friday 3.7 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.

Wednesday 3.12 CUSD Board of Trustees Meeting 7 p.m. Capistrano Unified School District Office Board Room, 33122 Valle Road. Friday 3.14 Next issue of The Dispatch publishes

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

Overcoming Adversity: It’s No Easy Task, But a Necessary One Finding positives in hardships can help one pursue new opportunities


s a columnist and a retail business owner, I hear about hardship that happens to people between the ages of 50 and 90 nearly every day. Some of the news is brutal. People lose their loved ones, pets, jobs or homes. They develop health issues. These things are a part of life and growing old, and my heart aches for them. When adversity hits us personally, it can be a huge downer, almost more than we can stand. But somewhere in the darkness, sooner or later, a flicker of light will appear. And it’s up to us to seek that light and gather the strength to go on and not give up hope. It may take a long time to get through the grief or to take action to change our lives, but that is easier said than done. Dee emailed, “Your articles have gotten me through a very difficult time in my life. Eighteen months ago, I left a marriage after 37 years of verbal, emotional and physical abuse. “In July, I had a coffee date with someone I met online. He is wonderful, fun and so many other things my husband never was. We laugh and talk for hours and I feel so lucky to be with him. Please tell all the ladies out there not to give up. You never know where life may lead you.” Glen wrote, “I had been in a marriage for more than 23 years when my ex suddenly decided to file for divorce. Although it came as a huge shock to me and all or our friends, I still held out hope that she might come back. The Capistrano Dispatch February 28–March 13, 2014

“I went to counseling and did my best to try and understand what was going on and how I would move forward at age 51. I can’t tell you when it happened, but I slowly began to understand that I needed to ON LIFE AND LOVE AFTER 50 take charge and make By Tom Blake a new life for myself. It took 39 months to complete my divorce, although there were no complicated issues. “During that time period, I met the absolute love of my life. Thanks for the articles that help people make sense of the sometimes complicated world of dating after 50.” For a third example, meet Linda. She and I have known one another for close to a quarter of a century. Soon after I opened Tutor and Spunky’s Deli in 1988, Linda and her husband, Joe, started coming in for sandwiches. They owned a produce brokerage business with an office just down Pacific Coast Highway from my shop. I was impressed with them as a couple: smart, fun, friendly and handsome. Over the years, I lost track of them. A few weeks ago, I saw Linda at the deli. We had a chance to catch up. She said her life had been difficult recently. I was stunned when she told me Joe suddenly passed away four years ago at age 63. She had moved to a nearby city.

Three years after losing Joe, Linda started to realize that she had to take initiative to change her life. Six months ago she met Pete, a widower, online and they are now a couple, involved in a long-distance relationship. Last week, she brought Pete into the deli to introduce him to me. They have plans for a future together. Both followed the light at the end of the tunnel—and found each other. Adversity, as tough as it is, often leads to opportunity. It’s up to us to recognize it and pursue it. To comment, email Tom at tompblake@ CD PLEASE NOTE: In an effort to provide our readers with a wide variety of opinions from our community, The 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 The Dispatch or Picket Fence Media. If you would like to respond to this column, please email us at

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Community Input Sought for Library Bookstore


he San Juan Capistrano Friends of the Library is seeking the community’s input to help put the finishing touches on its new bookstore. The Friends have set up an online survey to determine their vision for the bookstore, from the types of books to sell to store hours. The survey, which also asks for a suggestion for the name of the store, can be found at the Friends’ website, The Friends of the Library is the nonprofit volunteer organization that supports the library’s efforts, including staffing the bookstore. The bookstore is currently in its final stages of construction and a grand opening is scheduled to take place June 1. CD






For in-game playoff updates, follow us on Twitter @SouthOCSports Girls Basketball The No. 3 seeded San Juan Hills girls basketball team was upset by No. 6 Corona del Mar 38-37 in the CIF-SS Division 3AA Championships on Feb. 26. The Sea View League champion Stallions (22-4, 8-0 league) stifled Corona del Mar defensively in the firsthalf and held a 23-7 lead at halftime. But Corona del Mar turned the tables on them in the final two quarters, outscoring the Stallions 31-14. The

Stallions shot a season-low 28 percent from the field. San Juan Hills was led by Jordan Coleman’s 11 points. Girls Soccer St. Margaret’s is on a hot streak at the right time. The Tartans entered the CIF-SS Division 5 Championships as a wild card team and has since won three matches, earning a berth in the quarterfinals. The Tartans beat Desert, La Serna and Arrowhead Christian, respectively. They will travel to play La Quinta on Feb. 28. San Juan Hills drew a tough

Warriors Cruise Past Saints, Into CIF Semifinals By Michael Vogeler The Capistrano Dispatch

Boys Basketball The JSerra boys basketball team has won three playoff games and will play Buckley at home on Feb. 28 in the CIF-SS Division 4AA quarterfinals. — Compiled by Steve Breazeale

Last Second Tip-In Sends Eagles Hoops Into Playoff Semis



iding a 14-game winning streak into their CIF-SS Division 5AA quarterfinals matchup against Xavier Prep on Feb. 25, the Saddleback Valley Christian boys basketball team used a second-half surge to earn a 77-53 victory, keeping their streak intact. The Warriors will now play Bishop Diego in the Division 5AA semifinals on Feb. 28. Xavier Prep (14-13) scored the game’s opening points on a layup by Matt Stearns, but that was the only lead they would have in the contest. In the opening minutes, the Warriors (24-5) forced four turnovers in a row and jumped out to a 14-3 lead and a major momentum swing. The Saints weren’t done yet, fighting back to get within striking distance, trailing 33-25 at the half. The second half was a different story. Late in the third quarter, Xavier Prep pushed to within three points of Saddleback Valley Christian but the Warriors responded by scoring nine unanswered points on three consecutive 3-pointers.

matchup with Santa Margarita in the first round of the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships on Feb. 21 and lost on the road 2-0. The Stallions (9-4-6, 3-2-3) punched their ticket to the playoffs by claiming second place in the Sea View League.

Saddleback Valley Christian’s Reece Bearden surveys the floor during the Warriors CIF-SS quarterfinals game against Xavier Prep on Feb. 25. Photo by Jenna Ross

The scoring spree from behind the arc gave the Warriors a 57-45 lead heading into the fourth. Saddleback Valley Christian outscored Xavier Prep 20-8 in the fourth quarter, highlighted by a breakaway dunk by Irshad Hunte that put the game out of the Saints’ reach. The Warriors (25-5) were led by Eric

Rwahire’s 17 points. Hunte and Miles Seward both scored 16 points. The Warriors have outscored their two playoff opponents by a combined score of 167-96. They defeated Albert Einstein Academy 90-43 in the opening round on Feb. 21. “It’s all about our defense. If we play solid defense, we will be fine.” Saddleback Valley Christian head coach Tom Lewis said. CD

Capistrano Coyotes Capture Title, Eye Playoff Debut By Steve Breazeale The Capistrano Dispatch


n a season filled with firsts, the Capistrano Coyotes ice hockey team clinched the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League Varsity 2A division on Feb. 10. The newly formed team, which draws players from across the Capistrano Unified School District, accomplished the feat in its first season in the league. Due to their first-place finish, the Coyotes were awarded a first-round bye in the Varsity 2A playoffs. They will face the win-

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ner of San Diego South/Villa Park in the quarterfinals at Anaheim Ice on Mar. 1. The Coyotes (13-0-1) put up another convincing stat line in their 6-1 divisionclinching victory over Long Beach Prep on Feb. 10. Already in control with a 1-0 lead, the Coyotes signature high-powered offense took off in the second period. The team scored four unanswered goals, including one from Paul Boutoussov, Cooper Bird, Alec Grollman and Max Kamper. Zach Wollivar netted the Coyotes final goal in the third period.

Cooper Bird celebrates his second period goal in the Capistrano Coyotes 6-1 win over Long Beach Prep on Feb. 10. Photo by Leslie Bird

The Capistrano Coyotes finished the regular season as the only unbeaten team in regulation. CD Page 14

low and steady won the race for the Capistrano Valley Christian boys basketball team in their 54-52 victory over No. 2 seed Bellarmine-Jefferson in the CIF-SS Division 5A quarterfinals on Feb. 25. The No. 10 seed Eagles’ (16-11) first eight points came from free-throws alone, and after taking an early lead, the team slowly built toward a winning effort. The Bellarmine-Jefferson (18-11) guards played an aggressive and physical game by using a full-court-press. This tripped up the Eagles offense early, but with a few minor adjustments, the Eagles were able to push the momentum in their favor, taking a 23-15 lead into the second quarter. “We switched a few of our guards around in order to overcome the fullcourt-press, but really, our guys just manned up,” Capistrano Valley Christian head coach Zach Brogdon said. Sophomore point guard Peter Abramsky scored a team-high 16 points and led the dismantling of Bellarmine-Jefferson’s press by bringing the ball up the court. Abramsky was also involved in the game’s deciding play. At the end of the fourth quarter, with close to 10 seconds remaining on the game clock and both teams tied at 52, Abramsky took a 3-point shot attempt and narrowly missed. With the ball floating near the rim, Eagle’s center Simon Okolue leapt and tipped in the deciding bucket with four seconds left. “We really worked on our confidence since the last two games and all of us believed we could win this game,” Brogdon said. The Eagles now advance to the semifinals to play No. 3 seed Santa Clarita Christian High School on Feb. 28. It will be the deepest the Eagles have gone in the postseason tournament since the 2009 season. CD —Victor Carno

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