March Special Election Set for Playa del Norte

2010 School District Candidates Introduced

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Changes At and Around San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
SONGS has new plant supervisor, is getting new steam generators and has a new reef offshore
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San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Photo by Andrea Swayne

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A city-owned parcel owned by the city on Stonehill Drive in San Juan Capistrano is worth about $9 million, representatives of The Home Depot told officials in a September 9 letter. The city and The Home Depot are discussing a home-improvement store on the parcel, which is just west of the San Diego Freeway and Camino Capistrano. The Home Depot wants to enter an exclusive negotiating period with Capistrano officials. “A definitive purchase price will be developed during the exclusive negotiation period when the development costs have been developed,” says the letter, from Beverly Metz, senior real estate manager for The Home Depot. Ironically, The Home Depot was rejected for the same parcel in an advisory measure put before San Juan voters four years ago. Now, City Council members—including some who led the fight against the store then—say they need the sales-tax revenue The Home Depot could generate.


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…Special Election for North Beach Project?
from the bank on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. A Sheriff’s Department helicopter and a number of ground units searched for the man. WHAT’S NEXT: Lieutanent Mike Jansen said witnesses described the man as a white, aged 25 to 30, 160 to 180 pounds and about 5-foot-11 inches tall. He wore a green hat, a purple and black flannel shirt and had short black hair and a scruffy black beard. FIND OUT MORE: The search for the suspect continues. Anyone with information should call Orange County’s Bank Robbery Apprehension Team (BRAT) at 949.770.6011. —Andrea Swayne THE LATEST: The proposed Playa del Norte project will again be included on the ballot in a special election on March 8, following a 3-2 decision by City Council on Tuesday. The City Council initially approved the approximately 49,000-square-foot commercial development during a meeting last July, but opponents of the project garnered enough qualified signatures for a ballot referendum. The council opted for stand-alone election, which could cost San Clemente $151,500 to $168,500 in fees. Even though the March date is the most expensive—compared to a general election date in November 2012, which would have cost $8,500—other cities in the county could also choose to set a special election at that time, possibly bringing down the overall cost. WHAT’S NEXT: Council members also opted to have the city attorney prepare an impartial analysis of the ballot measure to avoid an additional $43,000 charge to print the entire resolution. City Clerk Joanne Baade will post a notice Wednesday at City Hall, the San Clemente Library and on the city’s website calling for arguments for and against the measure. Those arguments are due on October 5 and rebuttals on October 14. Other costs for the city regarding the election include $16,700 to the county Registrar of Voters Office for tallying and verifying signatures on the original petition and another $3,000 to translate the ballot into Spanish. FIND OUT MORE: For more information, visit www.san-clemente-org. —David Zimmerle already in place on campuses. Trustees also voted to drop out of the California School Boards Association, which provides policy and other support for districts. The non-profit agency, however, has been hit by salary-related scandals. CUSD will save $17,000 a year in dues. WHAT’S NEXT: Trustees next meet at 7 p.m. on September 28 at CUSD headquarters. FIND OUT MORE: See the Beyond the Blackboard blog at —Jonathan Volzke

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The City of Dana Point will present Star Spangled Spectacular, a free picnic concert in Lantern Bay Park on September 26 at 3 p.m. The Capistrano Valley Symphony lead by conductor John Santana will present all-American music including works by Bernstein, Copland, Ellington, Gershwin, Foster and Sousa. Special guests, the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton, will also play a set of patriotic favorites. In the hopes of sparking an interest in music in local youngster, the event will include, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., a musicianhosted, hands-on activity for kids called an “Instrument Petting Zoo” where children will be able to hear, touch and play various orchestra instruments. Lantern Bay Park is located at 25111 Park Lantern Road. For more information call 949.248.3530 or send an email to


…Safe Trestles Winner Announced?



…City Program Receives Gold Medal?

…Lots Happening in CUSD?


…Bank Robbery at Wells Fargo?

THE LATEST: The Wells Fargo Bank at 638 Camino De Los Mares was robbed on September 16. Sheriff’s Lt. Colin Murphy said the hold up happened around 3:36 p.m. The bandit handed the teller a note. No weapons were seen. The bank robber was last seen fleeing

THE LATEST: San Clemente High School students Quinn Hatoff and Yanchen Zhang are among 20 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists, making them eligible for thousands of dollars for college and placing them in the top 1 percent of seniors who took the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. To reach the finals, students must have an outstanding high school record, be endorsed and recommended by their principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. The student and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes an essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities. Approximately 15,000 students will become finalists, then become eligible to become National Merit Scholarship winners. The district had seven semi-finalists last year. At the district level, trustees this month settled a two-year-old lawsuit filed against CUSD by the cities of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita after the district cut most of its bus routes. Those cities alleged the district did not complete proper environmental studies. The settlement does not call for any money to change hands, and mostly sets up regular meetings between the agencies and formalizes traffic-control measures

THE LATEST: San Clemente’s Beaches, Parks & Recreation Division on September 17 earned the top gold medal award—and $10,000—as part of the Governor’s Spotlight on Fitness, the city announced. This recognition was given by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in honor of the city’s “Fun on the Run” fitness program. Fun on the Run was among 2,000 entries nominated. The gold medal award comes with a $10,000 grant to help sustain the program. The Governor’s committee will come to San Clemente soon to formally present the $10,000 check to the City Council. WHAT’S NEXT: The Fun on the Run Fitness programs include Fun on the Run Mobile Recreation (funded by Saddleback Memorial Medical Center and Mission Hospital, and Community Development Block Grants), plus Goal Zone after-school sports, Half Time Happenings lunch time programs and monthly fitness excursions funded through the St. Joseph Health System Foundation. The Governor’s committee said it was impressed with the city’s programs and will be encouraging other cities to implement similar efforts. “It is an honor to have the city’s program—founded on the notion of building healthy kids and keeping our youth productive after school—serve as a model for California,” Mayor Jim Dahl said in a statement. FIND OUT MORE: —DZ

THE LATEST: Phase 2 of Safe Trestles—an ideas competition that explores ways to create safe, low-impact access to the Trestles surf break—is complete. Five teams were selected from Phase 1 to develop their designs over the summer while working with stakeholders— Architecture for Humanity, Surfrider, and the San Onofre Foundation—local agencies, and the community toward finding low-impact solutions that serve visitors to the beach, restore wetlands that have been damaged by the path, preserve and improve vistas and offer education about the site’s history and the coastal environment. The focus of the competition has been less about identifying a winning scheme, but to use the discussion and design ideas as a collective and a tool for the evolution of Safe Trestles. The winner will be given the opportunity to work with the San Onofre Foundation. WHAT’S NEXT: Winner: The Wave Design team: CO-LAB design office, Los Angeles; Honorable Mention: innovative crossing solution, Easy*Safe*Dry, Design team: kola+kle, Berlin; Honorable Mention: Unveiling the Natural, Design team: ERGO4, Heilbronn, Germany; Honorable Mention: educational component, Safe Trestles Transect, Design team: Lager Raabe Skafte Landscape Architects, Inc., New York; Honorable Mention: site mitigation strategies, The Long Trail, Design team: Ken Smith Landscape Architect: Workshop West, Irvine. Access to Trestles, one of North America’s most celebrated waves, is threatened because of safety and environmental concerns. In response, a coalition of groups organized by the volunteer non-profit organization Architecture for Humanity launched “Safe Trestles,” an open-to-all, two-stage design competition to create a safe pathway to serve surfers, the local coastal community and day visitors to San Onofre State Beach. FIND OUT MORE: Everyone is encouraged to check out the designs and post comments at —DZ

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SC Sheriff’s Blotter
All information below is obtained from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site ( and reflects data available from calls placed from the field by the responding officer(s). An arrest doesn’t represent guilt. The items below are just a sampling of the entries listed on the OCSD Web site.

DISTURBANCE Via Socorro, 200 Block (8:16 p.m.) Caller states she was attempting to build a plastic storage shed and the neighbor reached through the fence and knocked it down, in turn injuring her wrist.

Saturday, September 18
SUSPICIOUS PERSON El Camino Real, 100 Block (2:38 a.m.) Someone wearing a checkered jacket in front of a tavern was hit by a skateboard. CITIZEN ASSIST El Camino Real, 2300 Block (3:09 a.m.) Woman called saying her boyfriend locked her in his motorhome in the plot and went into work. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Avenida Mesita, 100 Block (5:24 a.m.) Caller called 911 complaining about an ongoing barking dog. When told it was inappropriate to call 911 the caller stated he would hunt that dog down, and then it would turn into 911 call.

SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE South Ola Vista/ Avenida de Los Lobos Marinos (7:50 p.m.) Caller reported a severed cat’s head surrounded by a floral arrangement at the intersection.

Thursday, September 16
SUSPICIOUS PERSON Mira Velero, 100 Block (2:23 a.m.) Caller says she has been hearing voices all night and they have been waking her up. ILLEGAL PEDDLING Camino La Pedriza/ Calle Vista del Sol (5:33 p.m.) Several people were out selling paintings in the neighborhood.

Monday, September 20
COURT ORDER VIOLATION Avenida Lobeiro, 200 Block (11:59 a.m.) Caller states he has a restraining order against his roommate who is not supposed to come within 5 feet of him and the roommate just violated the order. Roommate was still on location. SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCE Avenida Pico, 900 Block (9:20 p.m.) At the customer service desk someone called the store three times stating they are from L.A. and they left their 5-year-old child there one hour ago. They searched the store but were unable to locate any lost 5-year-old children in the store. SUSPICIOUS PERSON IN VEHICLE Avenida Pico/ Via Pico Plaza (8:28 a.m.) In the far southwest corner of a strip mall, a female was slouched over the steering wheel. The vehicle was running and inching backwards.

Wednesday, September 15
ILLEGAL PARKED VEHICLE Via Umbroso, 600 Block (3:25 p.m) Caller reported a vehicle illegally parked 28 to 34 inches away from the curb. Caller just measured it with a measuring tape while on call. ROBBERY IN PROGRESS Avenida Pico, 900 Block (9:34 p.m.) A man wearing a grey sweatshirt ordered food, then took the money when the register was opened. He was last seen running towards bushes next to the store.

Friday, September 17
SUSPICIOUS VEHICLE Camino Mira Costa, 3500 Block (9:14 a.m.) Caller reported large blue van with no plates in side plot. It has been parked there for four days and the caller feels it is stolen. SUSPICIOUS PERSON Camino Capistrano, 2800 Block (12:41 p.m.) Caller reported a person with long hair that’s possibly dealing drugs out of the residence. Person sits out front and several different cars are always coming and going from the residence.

Sunday, September 19
SUSPICIOUS PERSONS Avenida Mastil/ Camino Faro (7:32 a.m.) At the dead-end of Mastil some young men were drinking beer, videotaping themselves on skateboards and one was wearing a Richard Nixon mask. ILLEGAL PARKED VEHICLE Calle Nuevo, 3000 Block (12:07 p.m.) Unattached trailer parked on hill. Caller concerned it might roll down.

• CITY WILL EXTEND CONTRACTS WITH TRUGREEEN LANDCARE: After hearing a report from a representative from San Clemente’s Beaches, Parks and Recreation concerning the possibility of extending the contracts with TruGreen Landcare for streetscape maintenance, beach maintenance, beach and park restroom maintenance and landscape maintenance of the Negocio facilities, City Council voted 4-1 to keep the company’s services and not seek any other bids from other landscaping firms. City staff recommended Mayor Jim Dahl approve and authorize a contract amendment providing for streetscape maintenance, park maintenance, beach maintenance, beach and park restroom maintenance and landscape maintenance for an additional period of two years and six months, through June 30, 2013. Councilmember Lori Donchak was the only nay vote in the decision saying the city should look for more competitive bidders in this economic climate as some of the contracts related to the approval are about five years old and total approximately $1 million. Despite a 14 percent reduction in cost by TruGreen, Donchak believed the city could do better. However, councilmember Eggleston pointed out that in three years the city would be saving around $500,000. Another benefit that TruGreen provides, which was pointed out several times by City Council, is that it employs a large part of its staff with people from San Clemente. Overall, the city has been happy with TruGreen Landcare’s performance and sought to reward the company with a contract extension because of that very reason.


City and Community Calendar
Thursday, September 23
Fall Prevention Awareness Presentation 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Falls Coalition members
will host an informative event to teach seniors how to lower their fall risk. Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

Membership Orientation & Ambassador’s Council Meeting 12 p.m.; 1 p.m.
The Chamber hosts two events at Round Table Pizza. 612 Camino de los Mares, 949.492.1131,

Laura’s House Annual Gala
6 p.m. Reception and dinner fundraising event with live and silent auctions, opportunity drawings and entertainment. Held at The Island Hotel Newport Beach. 690 Newport Center Drive, 949.361.3775,

SC Sunrise Rotary Club
7:15 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Heritage Grille at the Talega Golf Club, 990 Avenida Talega, 949.369.0663,

Library After-School Club
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Club for kids 5 and older at the library featuring crafts, activities, stories and more. Sign up required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Seniors’ Birthday Celebration
12 p.m. Entertainment by Eddie Greeley and more at the Senior Center. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

Monday, September 27
Physical Fitness for Seniors
9 a.m.-10 a.m. Aerobics class at the Senior Center. Cost $19. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

Saturday, Sept 25
Coastal Cleanup Day
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Be a part of the largest cleanup around; meet at San Clemente Pier. 949.361.8204,

Wednesday, September 29
Preschool Storytime
10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Stories for kids ages 3-5 at the library. Sign up required. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

Fun on the Run
2:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Traveling kid’s activity program at various SC locations; details listed online. 949.361.8264,

Character Counts Jamboree
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Family event to teach children good character traits. Held at Vista Del Mar School. 1130 Avenida Talega, 949.361.8368,

Kiwanis Meeting
12 p.m. The local Kiwanis Club meets at Carrows. 620 Avenida Pico, 949.290.8729,

Capo Bay League of Women Voters
3:30 p.m.-6 p.m. The public is invited to a social and a presentation of the pros & cons of the propositions to be voted on at the November General Election at the Seascape Clubhouse. RSVP. 100 Alondra, 949.492.7675.

Tuesday, September 28
Special CUSD Meeting
Time TBA. The Capo school district board meets in the Education Center Board Room, 33122 Valle Road, 949.234.9200,

SC Rotary Club
12 p.m. Irons in the Fire, 150 Avenida Magdalena, 949.361.3619,

League of Women Voters Meeting
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Discussion of the November 2 ballot measures held at the Dana Point Library. 33841 Niguel Rd, Dana Point, 949.496.5517

Friday, September 24
Ribbon Cutting
11:30 a.m. The Chamber celebrates the opening of Chin’s Acupuncture. 415 N. El Camino Real, 949.492.1131,

Thursday, September 30
Seniors’ Dana Pride Cruise
5 p.m.-7 p.m. Cruise sponsored by Dana Wharf Sportfishing benefiting the San Clemente Seaside Senior Center. $25. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.498.3322,

10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Kids ages 2-3 can enjoy stories, activities and learning at the library with a parent/guardian. 242 Avenida Del Mar, 949.492.3493,

International Day of Peace Celebration 7 p.m. The Baha’I Center of San
Clemente. 3316 Avenida del Presidente, 949.218.8284,

September 23–29, 2010 • San Clemente Times • Page 5

CUSD: Stay on Course or a Pendulum Swing?
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oters go to the polls on November 2 with the option to keep the current Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees, usher in a new majority or really mix things up. Five of the board’s seven seats are on the ballot—two by recall—and five incumbents that ran as a team are being challenged by a slate of five challengers. Here are their ballot statements: TRUSTEE AREA 3, SHORT TERM JOHN ALPAY, San Clemente Commissioner/ Businessman, CUSD has forgotten that its primary purpose is providing the best possible education for our children while responsibly managing taxpayer dollars. I will work to restore quality education and operate a fiscally sound school district. Due to Sacramento’s never-ending incompetence, revenue to CUSD continues to decline. Raising taxes is simply not an option. As your next Trustee, I will work responsibly to cut spending by reducing expenses unrelated to the classroom, including decreasing the number of attorneys utilized by CUSD. In these difficult times we need integrity and honest leadership. I am seeking office independent of special interests. No one can accuse me of accepting support from the unions or any trial attorney organizations. I earned my law and business degrees from UCLA and my undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. From there I became a corporate executive at international and Fortune 500 companies, responsible for multi-million dollar budgets. I also serve in the community on non-profit boards and as a San Clemente Commissioner. As a father of three children under six years, I want them to have the best education possible. Let’s rebuild our district together. Vote John Alpay CUSD Board of Trustees, Area 3. MIKE WINSTEN, Attorney/ Independent Businessman, You elected me by a landslide margin of victory 2 years ago to restore honesty, integrity and accountability to CUSD—and we’ve accomplished much. Bringing reform and positive change is difficult in a district which spends approximately 85% of its budget on salaries/benefits for public employees—most who are represented by powerful union leaders and special interests fighting to preserve an unsustainable financial status quo for themselves, instead of putting our children’s education first. Despite continuous union opposition, I’ve successfully: Balanced the budget; Stopped deficit spending; Refused increased taxes; Slashed administration expenses; Promoted conservative fiscal policies; Fought to save teachers’ jobs; Fought for smaller classes. This year, CUSD was the State’s highest achieving large District! I earned my undergraduate degree from Cornell, law degree from USC, and MBA from UCI. As a business and real estate lawyer operating my own business, I’m a proven, results-oriented leader. My wife and I are proud parents of four children in CUSD schools and 1 in pre-school. As your Trustee, I discharge my duties with as much care for your family as my own. My job is not done. I’m working to bring positive change and accountability. Vote No Recall. TRUSTEE AREA 5 GARY PRITCHARD, Community College Professor, When it comes to education, I think like a dad. I want to know our children are learning in safe, well-maintained neighborhood schools with the support of first-rate teachers. CUSD needs true leadership from parents who

understand what’s best for our kids. I teach at Cerritos College, where I have served as department chair and in other leadership positions. I have successfully brought additional money into my college district and partnered with local high schools to promote career opportunities. I recognize that our schools are in crisis. I have the commitment and experience necessary to be part of the solution. As a CUSD trustee, I’ll bring expertise in budgeting, music education, career education, and integrating our schools with colleges. I am a native Californian. My daughter attends a CUSD elementary school. My wife and I own a home in my trustee area. I’m a dad who wants local control and the removal of outside political forces from our schools. I have the educational and administrative experience to do this. I look forward to serving the families and taxpayers of CUSD. Let’s rebuild our district together. Vote Gary Pritchard CUSD Board of Trustees, Area 5. GARY V. MILLER, Retired Teacher Declined to submit statement. PAUL HEBBARD, Certified Public Accountant, KEN LOPEZ MADDOX, Businessman/ Tax Consultant, I am honored to serve on our school board. With your support, I will continue the reforms now underway. But I can’t do it without you. I need your help to fight powerful special interests and public employee union leaders. As a former member of the California State Legislature, I served on the State Assembly’s Education Committee—educating and protecting children is my top priority. While in the legislature, I authored California’s Amber Alert system, the “Safe Surrender” bill to protect newborns, was co-author of legislation requiring class size reduction and led efforts to protect children from toxins on campus. As a 17-year police officer, I proudly served as a DARE officer in nearby schools—I am committed to making our schools safe and drug free. I have a Masters Degree in Management and was a Senior Fellow at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Social Research. Despite fierce opposition, I have: Balanced the budget, Refused demands for a parcel tax, Slashed a bloated administration, Oversaw a top to bottom facilities assessment, and Held the line on wasteful spending. This year we were the State’s highest achieving large District! Vote no on the recall. TRUSTEE AREA 4 ANNA BRYSON, Capistrano Unified School District Governing Board Member, You elected me four years ago to restore integrity, accountability, and conservative fiscal policy—and we’ve accomplished much: Balanced the budget; Stopped deficit spending; Refused to increase taxes; Reduced bloated administration; Posted checkbook, budget online; Fought to keep smaller class sizes; Repaired buildings and removed old portables; Promoted classroom discipline and parental rights. Currently, we are among the State’s highestachieving large Districts! Having been CEO of a software technology firm, I’m a careful steward of your tax dollars. I watch every penny to improve student learning—and promise voters to keep our District solvent. Salaries and benefits are 85 percent of our budget. Hit by the state’s budget crisis, we reduced administrative salary expenses 10 percent last year—this year, we needed to reduce similarly the costs of our union contract. Sadly, union leaders refused to be a part of the solution. They called a union strike. This unnecessary strike deprived our chil-

dren of three days of normal classes, disrupted lives, and needlessly destroyed goodwill—for no positive purpose. Nonetheless, my words throughout the strike sought to bring us all back together. With your vote, I will continue working tirelessly to guard against tax hikes and to advance student learning. SAAM ALIKHANI, University Student, We need strong leadership to restore educational excellence and accountability in CUSD. I will jettison the partisan politics and reject outside interests that have plagued this district. I have been a lifelong resident and active participant in the district. I attended CUSD schools, and have seen the problems as well as the solutions, from both a student’s and taxpayer’s perspective. As site council president at a CUSD high school, I managed a large budget and worked with all stakeholders to create educational plans for students to learn and excel. I served as the student trustee to the CUSD board. I have successfully represented the taxpayers and the students’ best interests at all times. I have advocated the importance of education to multiple state legislators in Sacramento to gain additional funding for our schools. I will work with local businesses, community colleges, and universities to create the best opportunity for our children. Partisan politics and special outside interests have no role in educating CUSD students. I will focus on education. I ask for your support so that together we can restore the integrity and reputation of CUSD. Let’s rebuild our district together. Vote for Saam Alikhani, CUSD Board of Trustees. TRUSTEE AREA 6 MARTHA MCNICHOLAS, Engineering Entrepreneur, In this budget crisis, it is critical that fiscal decisions made by Trustees be based on what is best for our children and their educational success. As a parent of a recent graduate and a high school student, I know the impact on students of the recent budget cuts. Local school boards are limited by Sacramento’s complicated system of financing public education. As a Trustee, I will work to make sure CUSD’s needs are communicated to our legislators, and will promote increased local control of education dollars and fiscal responsibility. Parent involvement in public education is essential not only to the individual student’s success, but for our schools and communities to thrive. I am proud of my 15 years of successful experience and service on and off campus. I will encourage ongoing parent and community participation. I will bring the strengths of technical analysis and a logical approach to problem solving from my engineering education at Stanford University, and 35 years of experience as a real-world practicing engineer (engineering manager, project leader, quality assurance manager, designer, failure analyst, etc.) towards achieving excellence in CUSD. Let’s rebuild our district together. Vote for Martha McNicholas, CUSD Board of Trustees. ELLEN ADDONIZIO, Certified Public Accountant Learn more: You elected me by a landslide margin of victory four years ago, to restore honesty, integrity and accountability to CUSD—and we’ve accomplished much. Bringing reform and improvements is a challenge in a district which spends approximately 85 percent of its budget on salaries/

benefits for public employees—most of whom are represented by powerful union leaders fighting to preserve an unsustainable status quo. Despite union opposition, I’ve successfully: Balanced the budget; Refused to increase taxes; Reduced administration expenses; Reduced union contract expenses by 10.1 percent; Enacted strong anti-nepotism policies; Created a districtwide facilities assessment; Promoted conservative fiscal policies and family values. As an experienced certified public accountant, I commit to you my 26 years of auditing, investigative accounting and tax services experience. My expertise in long range capital and operational budgeting and cost accounting will allow me to ensure that scarce education dollars meant for our children actually reach them. With your vote, I will continue working tirelessly to bring positive change and accountability to CUSD. TRUSTEE AREA 7 LARRY CHRISTENSEN, Capistrano Unified School District, Governing Board Member, Four years ago I was fortunate to be elected to restore honesty, integrity and accountability to CUSD—a continuing mission that is achieving success. Bringing reform and positive change is especially difficult in a district which spends approximately 85 percent of its budget on salaries/ benefits for public employees – most of whom are represented by powerful union leaders fighting to preserve an unsustainable status quo. Despite continuous union opposition, I’ve successfully: Balanced the budget and stopped deficit spending; Refused to increase taxes; Reduced bloated administration; Enacted strong anti-nepotism policies; Created a district-wide facilities assessment; Promoted conservative fiscal policies; Fought to save teachers’ jobs to keep smaller class sizes. This year, student achievement in CUSD soared to its highest levels! Having owned an engineering firm as well as being blessed with a loving family, I am impassioned to complete a renovation of CUSD’s facility department in order that the needed upgrades to classrooms can be provided for all of the communities’ children. My job is not yet done. With your vote, I’ll continue working tirelessly to bring positive change and accountability to CUSD. LYNN HATTON, Small Business Owner, We need to rebuild our district and restore our focus on our children and their educational future. I believe that we need people on our Board of Trustees who care about and have a vested interest in the students of our community. We need people who understand education and will not waste our precious CUSD resources on out of court settlements. We need people who will put first the best interests of our children. My entire life has been dedicated to education in California. My children attend middle school in our district, my husband teaches at Cal. State Fullerton, I have held parent leadership positions at our schools and my professional career entails supporting students, families, teachers and administrators to ensure success. With the right leadership and working with all stakeholders we can rebuild our district. If elected, I will be committed to: Ensuring success in college and career for all students, Building mutually beneficial relationships with local universities and businesses, Developing and retaining our best and brightest faculty, Transparency in decision making Fiscal and systemic accountability. Let’s rebuild our district together. Vote Lynn Hatton, CUSD Board of Trustees, Area 7.

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Changes At and Around San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
SONGS has new plant supervisor, is getting new steam generators and a new reef offshore
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itting just south of San Clemente, the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station provides power to San Clemente residents and is just as much a part of the community as the city’s sandy beaches, Ole Hanson architecture and family feel. And while the plant’s been under increasing pressure from regulators, and some members of the public, changes have been underway in how it is managed, how it operates and even in the waters near the ocean-front plant. A New LeAder He talks clearly and calmly and doesn’t hesitate to mix in sports analogies, but James “Joe” Sheppard doesn’t mince words when it comes to the performance of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. “SONGS doesn’t meet the standards set in our industry,” Sheppard said. “That doesn’t mean the plant is unsafe. That doesn’t mean the plant is staffed by bad people. Our standards are very, very high. There are things at SONGS that we do better than anyone else in the industry…and there are things we have to learn.” Sheppard’s words also don’t leave any question whose job it is to see that those lessons are learned. “I am not going to be a caretaker,” said Sheppard, 61, who was appointed San Onofre’s interim Chief Nuclear Officer on September 2. “I will do what I think necessary to move the organization in the right direction.” Sheppard, who had been consulting with SONGS operator, Southern California Edison, since January, took the helm a day after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued another letter critical of operations of the plant. SONGS has been under increasing pressure for two years to address issues of quickly identifying and addressing most minor problems. He takes over for Ross T. Ridenoure, who held in the position for two-and-a-half years before stepping down for what he said were “the best interests of the station.” Sheppard is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Duke University. He is a licensed Senior Reactor Operator and a graduate of the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations’ Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course. He previously was President and CEO of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company—which had been shut down by the NRC just before he took the reins in 1993. Sheppard is credited with addressing a list of 16 items the NRC said needed correcting before the plant could restart. It was operating again by 2004. Sheppard is confident he can find similar success at SONGS. The keys he said, are setting the standards of success, ensuring all employees share the same definition of that success and that managers know how to send the message down the line. Despite years of bad headlines, Sheppard said morale at SONGS is good. “Every employee workgroup I have met with has said without fail ‘I want to make SONGS better,’” Sheppard said. “So I have enlisted them in the cause to make SONGS better.”

A new steam generator slowly made its way to San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station earlier this month. Photo courtesy Southern California Edison

He likens procedures to a good golf swing—repetition brings about the desired results. He doesn’t admit to being as much a sports fan as one who recognizes the natural analogy between coaches getting players to do the best on the field and managers getting employees to do their best at work. “Everybody wants to be a winner,” he said. “No one likes derogatory things said about them … It’s how we use that going forward, as a motivational tool: Here’s how we win, by going forward every day using the right procedures.” Sheppard, who is taking an apartment in San Clemente, has a wife, Linda, two daughters, three granddaughters and his first grandson on the way. He enjoys reading military history, learning lessons he also brings to SONGS. “I like to see how great military leaders could get ordinary people to do extraordinary things,” Sheppard said. He excused himself from the interview to go meet with NRC officials, then the public, at a recent SONGS update community meeting. —Jonathan Volzke New 640-tON SteAm GeNerAtOrS Southern California Edison will be replacing two 640-ton steam generators in its Unit 3 reactor beginning October 10. Built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Japan, the first steam generator made its way from Camp Pendleton’s Del Mar Boat Basin to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station beginning September 9, but had to reach its ultimate destination at a slow rate. SCE even requested that California Highway Patrol briefly shut down the southbound Interstate-5, September 16 to transport the generator via a heavy hauling transporter often referred to as a crawler. “After the generators arrived at the Boat Basin on August 24, a heavy haul crew began preparing the new power plant components for the first phase of the trip atop a ‘Crawler’ whose tank-like tracks are

well-suited for the beach portion of the route,” SCE spokesman Gil Alexander said in a statement. “At a staging area near the Las Pulgas Road, the generators will be transferred to a 256-tire “Goldhofer” for the dirt and paved road part of the trip with the generator expected to reach the plant on September 20. The generators will make the trip to the plant at a pace of roughly 1.5 miles per hour. The entire trip will take between one and two weeks. And the second of the new Unit 3 steam generators is expected to start the same transport process on September 24.” SONGS replaced the Unit 2 reactor earlier this year—a process that took about six months and was completed last April. All went according to plan. Essentially, the Unit 3 reactor at San Onofre will be shut down from three to four months, which will include the replacement of the old steam generators with the new, a refueling of the reactor along with further maintenance, all while adding about 1,000 temporary workers at SONGS, Alexander said. To replace the steam generators, workers will create an opening at the top of Unit 3’s dome. The project should be completed by the end of the year. —David Zimmerle A New reef The Wheeler North Reef, a 174-acre artificial reef, built approximately one mile off the coast of San Clemente by Southern California Edison in the summer of 2008 is flourishing. The reef, a requirement of the California Coastal Commission, was designed as a mitigation project to address environmental impacts thought to be caused by the ocean-water cooling system at SONGS, produced its first full-canopied kelp forest this summer and studies show that sea life is flourishing. The $46 million project, named after Caltech scientist and kelp-restoration expert Wheeler J. North,

is the result of a 15-year study dating back to the ’80s. “When the permits were first sought to build SONGS the state agreed to grant conditional permits as long as we study the impact of the plant on marine life,” said SCE spokesman Gil Alexander. “The Coastal Commission-ordered study came with a condition that if we found any adverse impact we would have to deal with it. So we built the plant and started a 15-year study by independent scientists (mostly from UCSB) that determined the ocean-water cooling system used at the plant had an effect on the natural San Onofre kelp reef, perhaps reducing the size of it somewhat by stirring up the sand at the bottom and preventing sunlight from reaching the kelp.” It was also determined that some eggs and larvae, that would otherwise have produced adult fish, were being sucked into this water system and dying which also effected the number of fish in the area. Not only are the scientific studies demonstrating the reef’s success, but local anglers have noticed its impact on marine life as well. “The fish are attracted to the new structure and the abundant kelp growth acts almost like a roof on their house making it very attractive as a rookery for many species including calico bass, sand bass and sculpin,” said Dana Wharf Sportfishing Captain Michael Hansen. “We usually fish along the old, natural structure for more mature fish but it is nice to know that new generations of fish are spawning at Wheeler North.” Snorkeling and SCUBA diving outfits have also been pleasantly surprised by the reef’s success. Beach Cities SCUBA in Dana Point has been visiting the reef a lot since this past spring they said. Stand-up paddlers (SUP) have also been reporting an increase of wildlife sightings including juvenile great white sharks in the area, a development that many believe points to a healthy food chain along the reef and the new ecosystem it created. “SUP has become very popular recently and people are starting to see some of the life out there that they previously wouldn’t have,” said SCE’s lead marine biologist Patrick Tennant. “Overall as these kelp beds thrive and provide a food source, all levels of the food chain are coming back.” Scientists are continuing to study the number and size of fish and making estimates of how many tons of fish are on the reef. The multiple levels of data are being collected so that they can make an accurate determination of the increase in fish offshore that can be attributed to the man-made reef. Have scientists come to any conclusions regarding the impact of the reef? “What we saw in 2009, just a year after placing the rocks (making up the reef) on the ocean floor was an immediate response of juvenile fish moving into the area,” said Tennant. “What we’re expecting in this last round of surveys completed just last month is that all of those young fish are now going to be adult fish resulting in a very dramatic addition in weight and numbers of fish offshore. A scientific advisory panel looks at the data and ensures that everything that we expect out of the reef is occurring and that it is doing everything we thought it would do.” —Andrea Swayne SC

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News Bites
the office of Dr. Eric Johnson will host an official ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony on saturday, september 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. located at 647 camino de los Mares, ste. 209 in san clemente. san clemente residents, patients and friends are all invited to attend the event. also in attendance at the event will be members of the san clemente city council, the chamber of commerce, local businesses and other community leaders. lunch, music and entertainment will be provided, in addition to a raffle, which will include a brand new Kindle. More information is available at 949.493.9311 or by visiting
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the 8th Annual Toast To The Casa, an evening of elegance, event will be held september 25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. reserve your tickets to the most spectacular gala benefit of the year in south orange county. tickets are $175 with early registration prices set at $150. early registration is offered as a benefit to members, toast supporters and friends. Purchase tickets before september 7 and receive a $25 discount per ticket. for more information or to reserve your tickets call the casa office at 949.498.2139 ext. 10.
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laguna Woods art association is hosting demonstrator and award-winning landscape painter Rick J. Delanty at its upcoming meeting on Monday, september 27 at 7 p.m. in clubhouse 3 auditorium in laguna Woods Village. the role of acrylics as a versatile and enduring medium in plein air painting will be featured, as the artist will create a painting from start to finish during the meeting, which will then be donated to the association for auction to audience members present at the demonstration. delanty is a former arts educator of 32 years in capistrano Unified school district, retiring four years ago to devote full-time to painting in the studio and en plein air (outdoors). With degrees in art and literature, he has painted professionally since 1981, and exhibited at the laguna festival of the arts between 1985-1990. currently he exhibits paintings in the essence gallery in laguna Beach, Courtesy photo divine inspiration gallery of fine art in santa Barbara, Westervelt’s gallery in laguna niguel, and his own studio and gallery in san clemente. Preservation of california’s resources, history and open spaces, particularly along the coast, is one of the artist’s primary interests. last year he was commissioned to create in paint the mission statement of the san onofre foundation in a large plein air painting, “san Mateo Valley,” that evokes the image of that valley as it might have appeared over a century ago. as one of crystal cove state Park’s fourteen juried artists who show in the plein air gallery in the park, rick creates paintings that are interpretations of that environment and its cottages. rick painted at Hearst castle this past spring, as one of 13 california artists who were privileged for the first time to paint on park grounds. rick is a member of both the laguna Plein air Painters association and the california art club, as well as christians in the Visual arts (ciVa). He will be painting for the third time at next month’s laguna Plein air invitational at the laguna art Museum, and again in october at the sedona invitational in arizona, where last year rick was awarded both “collectors’ choice,” and “sponsor’s award,” by which one of his paintings was selected into the permanent collection of the l’auberge resort. to view more of rick’s work, visit www.delantyfineart. com. for directions to the event and admission, contact Maria faur at the 3rd Annual World Medical Tourism and Global Healthcare Congress will be held at the Hyatt Hotel in los angeles september 22-44 and san clemente’s own Terry Lee Ives—a health insurance broker with more than 30 years of experience—will be in attendance as the official photographer of the event. this gathering will bring together up to 2,000 U.s. and international delegates, more than 10,000 pre-arranged networking meetings, up to 500 buyers of healthcare services, up to 200 sponsored buyers through the Buyers ViP program, up to 150 exhibitors and sponsors. delegates from more than 60 different countries and will have cocktail receptions and entertainment each night. More information is available by visiting or emailing


Saddleback Church San Clemente Military Ministry hosted its 2nd Military Baby Shower on camp Pendleton recently and a total of 13 expectant moms were in attendance. all celebrated with donated items like cake, food, fun and being an “extended family,” as their immediate family could be up to 2,500 miles away. Beautiful homemade blankets for each mom to wonderfully decorated cookies were also generous personal touches that too were donated. a wonderful harp player also delighted those in attendance, and guests played several fun games to help break the ice. if you would like to help and/or donate to their future baby showers, call 949.609.8359 or email

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the San Clemente Junior Women’s Club will be participating in the 2nd Annual Hope 4 Hanna —”taking down autism one step at a time” event on sunday, october 10, 2010. this event includes a 10K/5K run/walk for the adults, and 1K/2K run for the kids. start time for all races is 7 a.m. at the Plaza Pacifica shopping center in san clemente, near Wal-Mart. Hope 4 Hanna, a competitive run/walk that raises money to support autism, has set a goal to raise $100,000. for information on how to participate in the event visit the san clemente Junior Woman’s club is always interested in obtaining new members who are looking for a way to give back to their community and make new friends. they are a casual group of civic-minded women who meet the second Monday of each month to discuss ways to raise money and donate their service to the community. Monthly meetings are held at the rio adult day Health care center, 2021 calle frontera. for more information visit

six-hundred backpacks filled with supplies were collected and given away to the San Onofre School on camp Pendleton at the Saddleback Church San Clemente Military Backpack Giveaway and Ice Cream Social. More than 30 volunteers came out to help at this two-hour event, and every family in line was able to get a backpack and then grab a bowl of ice cream. for more information, call 949.609.8359, email or visit www.saddlebackchurch/sanclemente.

the 6th Annual International Day of Peace Celebration is set for saturday, september 25 at the Baha’i Center of San Clemente, located at 3316 avenida del Presidente. doors open at 7 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. representatives from multi-faith groups will be offering devotions for unity and peace, and you will be treated to the beautiful music presentations of leslie and Kelly, ruby and summer spiro, gia sachs, aria Bruss, and suzy K. dual keynote speakers for the event are dr. Wilma ellis and dr. firuz Kazemzadeh. the theme of this year’s talk is “Human rights—Prerequisites for Peace.” and mayor pro-tem of san clemente, Bob Baker, will give the opening welcome. this event is free to the public, and no donations will be solicited or accepted. for more information, email or call 949.433.9555.


there will be a fundraiser for Judy Jones on sunday, september 26 at 4 p.m. Jones is running for the california state assembly 73rd district. for more information, visit or call 949.366.5859.

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his last week an ASP World Tour surfing event—the Hurley Pro—was held right in our backyard at Lower Trestles. With a big south swell and most of the globe’s best professional surfers in attendance, some 5000 largely local spectators were treated to an extraordinary display of athletic performance; one that rivals any sporting event in the world for excitement, color and sheer athleticism. Nine-time World Champ Kelly Slater won in a final that provided the biggest waves and most spectacular surfing of the whole contest. South African Jordy Smith’s big airs, Australian Taj Burrow’s disappearing act (in a rare Lower’s tube) and Owen Wright’s monster rotational maneuvers showcased the innovation, creativity and physical prowess that are elevating surfing to new heights. Professional surfing events now have over $100,000 in prize money and cost more than a million dollars to produce. Live webcasts, heats-on-demand, electronic scoreboards and instant replays have taken surfing’s competitive presentation to a whole new level. To have such a prestigious annual event in San Clemente’s surfing playground should be a source of pride and enjoyment for a small town that has rarely otherwise made the international news since Richard Nixon left his Western White House at Cotton’s Point. But the weekend the Hurley Pro’s big white tents and twostory scaffolding went up and the cadre of international pros

booked out every hotel and rental home in town, another contest was being held. Not more than a mile down the cobbled beach, the San Onofre Surf Club annual Surf Championship enfolded at Old Man’s. The small jerry-rigged scaffold at San Onofre held a five-man judging panel and a couple of announcers—hardly WAvElEngTHS a match for the amphitheater-like by Jim kempton atmosphere at Lower Trestles. The food was not catered by the Fisherman’s Restaurant, transportation wasn’t a luxurious shuttle bus and the show was not produced by IGA. But the contest, now in its sixth decade, was a wonder to behold. On the beach considered the birthplace of California surf culture, families that have been surfing there for four generations, drove down the only dirt road left in Southern California where you can still park right at the sand. Club tees, hats and jackets were the uniform, picnics the food and camaraderie the atmosphere. An air of festive celebration reigns here. Family members from ages 8 to 75 competed in divisions that had often been won by their grandfathers 50 years ago, showing that DNA can be a strong draw. So can environment if you grow up barbequing on the beach,

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listening to slack-key guitar and riding waves in every type of condition. It is my belief that every family in San Clemente should attend one of the San Onofre Surf Club annual contests. Much of the beach culture San Clementeans embrace was invented right here. It is worthwhile passing it along to the kids and to reflect on what made us want to live here in the first place. You won’t find finer people, better families—or more fun at the beach than the San O surf contest. And you cannot enjoy a richer experience of the true California lifestyle. As for the surfing, well it wasn’t quite at the level of the pros, but there were many spectacular performances nonetheless. And they were playing real good for free.
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Letters to the Editor
JeRRY COLLAMeR, San Clemente

My neighbor Brenda Miller is running for San Clemente city council. I refer to her as “Good Neighbor Brenda,” because she is. I say, “Hi good neighbor Brenda.” She answers back, “Hi neighbor!” We’re lucky to live in San Clemente because of neighbors like Brenda. Brenda’s goal in running for council is to keep San Clemente good. Good in ways those of us, who’ve lived here a good-long time, want to keep it. That quality-of-life thing lucky SC’ers cherish. San Clemente is extra special. Special in ways other towns aren’t. Because other towns weren’t created from scratch by a gifted visionary—Ole Hanson. Ole’s Dream. Ole’s Vision. Ole’s Plan. Phrases we hear a lot here. Ole’s “Spanish Village by the Sea.” Mr. Hanson’s descriptive label etched permanently into the soul of San Clemente on Nov. 8, 1925. A crazy visionary notion, sold out of a tent, in pouring rain, where Ave Del Mar and el Camino Real are now. Ole’s dream survived that November 1925 downpour. And the 85 years since, against
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all odds, because of good neighbors like Brenda Miller. Smart, caring neighbors, willing to stand on street corners asking, “Don’t you want to preserve Ole’s dream too?” Ole’s vision: “A city like a park, where everyone will have an ocean view—a beach enlivened with people getting a healthy joy out of life.” Good Neighbor Brenda’s goal is to keep Ole’s perfect vision alive. That’s why I call Brenda Miller my good neighbor. Because Ole Hanson and Brenda share the same dream of how this town should always be. In Ole’s words: A place where people can live together more pleasantly than any other place in America. Brenda speaks for Ole. And she speaks for me too. Boy does she. Loud and clear.

8 a.m. Friday, October 1 at café calypso
114 avenida del Mar, suite 4, san clemente
Please join us the first and third Friday of every month for our open community forum.

MICHAeL SMITH, San Clemente

It’s time to get over the Playa del Norte development scheme and move forward with a better idea and plan. It (Cont. on page 14)


Saying Goodbye to Summer and Looking Forward to the New School Year I
’ve never been so happy to say goodbye to summer. As a southern California native, I can’t remember a colder July 4th or Labor Day barbeque. The wacky weather wasn’t the only bummer: I spent most of the summer camping—in my own home. A faulty refrigerator sprang a leak in July and we’ve been without a kitchen since. But hope is on the horizon, my refrigerator is back in the house and I no longer need to move my car out of the garage to get the milk. So, it’s with gusto that I bid farewell to summer and say hello to a new school year. I welcomed the ritual of buying backpacks, stocking up on supplies and finding fashionable wardrobes. Starting school also means completing the customary forms, writing checks and marking important dates on the calendar, such as Back to School Night and the CHARACTER COUNTS! Jamboree. I like Back to School Night. It’s fun seeing familiar faces, sensing promising possibilities, and meeting enthusiastic educators. Although I’m past the point of searching for my child’s name on a desk and reading a note written to me in crayon, I still like walking in their footsteps. With two kids returning to classrooms at different campuses, that means two Back to School Nights. In the Capistrano Unified School District, elementary schools host their parent evening October 5-7; middle schools September 22-23; and San Clemente High School on September 28 (for more information visit Principal George Duarte invites parents to visit SCHS from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 28, “Please come; whenever we can increase communication between the parents and the staff good things happen.” Duarte added, “One of the most important parts of Back to School Night is to put a face to the name—to know which teachers are working with their children.” Besides meeting teachers, its beneficial listening to them, Duarte Shelley Murphy said, “Students won’t always have full disclosure when they’re reporting to their parents about what is expected of them, so it’s great to hear it from the teacher’s mouth—I think it’s important to hear what the expectations are from the teacher.” One of the many programs at SCHS, and at all CUSD schools, is CHARACTER COUNTS! The program bases its curriculum on six ethical values, or Six Pillars: Trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship (for more information call 949.361.8368 or visit “CHARACTER COUNTS! is so important not only to the schools and students, but to the community. We reinforce the good character kids learn at home; and, if they’re not learning it, it’s an opportunity to teach kids the importance of their day-to-day choices,” said Leslie Mowers, CHARACTER COUNTS! Coordinator for the City of San Clemente. While each school integrates the program into the

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school environment differently, Duarte agreed on its importance, “I think that it’s harder to be a teenager today because of all the temptations that are out there; so, to recognize character traits like respect and responsibility is so important, especially during the teen years.” Mowers added, “If the language of these Six Pillars is used consistently with children, we can curb bullying in school—we’re teaching kids to become responsible adults.” Mowers invites everyone to the thirteenth annual CHARACTER COUNTS! Jamboree on Saturday, September 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vista del Mar Middle School (1130 Avenida Talega). Sponsored by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, City of San Clemente and CUSD, the event relies on over 250 adult volunteers and about 50 student volunteers. This year’s theme, the Rain Forest, focuses on protecting the environment and includes a children’s health fair. The free family fair features over 80 fun craft and game booths; local dance and martial arts performances; and educational displays by the OC Sheriff’s Department and OC Fire Authority; food may be purchased at any of the seven vendor booths. Next week, the September equinox officially signals the end of summer and start of fall. While warmer weather isn’t likely, I can still hope for a successful semester and a completed kitchen.

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Letters to the Editor (cont.)
(Cont. from page 12) will be very interesting on September 21 when the City Council meets and will need to decide whether to withdraw their hasty and very questionable approval of the LAB proposal or to force the issue by placing it before the voters in a future and most likely expensive election. Proponents of this development have made a big issue out of spending big bucks for a needless election. But that’s where they are wrong. The recent petition approved by San Clemente citizens does not call for an expensive election. That call is going to have to be made by the City Council instead should they not withdraw their previous marginal 3 to 2 vote approval. This decision will ultimately come down to what Joe Anderson and Lori Donchak’s deciding votes will be. Bob Baker and Wayne Eggleston made their opinion of the project very clear at the July 19 City Council meeting where both quite eloquently and logically pointed out all the obvious flaws and irresponsible spending of the City’s money (which of course is really our funds as San Clemente residents and taxpayers) by prudently voting against it. Now, however, in the recent SC Times article “Viewpoint: City Council Candidates on the Issues,” both Joe and Lori seem to have had a change of mind on the North Beach development. Joe talking about his major challenge of making quality improvements on North and South El Camino Real and making them more representative of the “Village Atmosphere.” Joe further states that, “We have yet to find a truly effective formula we can all agree on.” Hum, how do you read that? Lori talks extensively on “continuing on to insist on conservative fiscal policy.” She goes on to state “as such, steps will be necessary to make sure that public safety, clean beaches, well cared for parks....ingredients that make our beach town special are maintained at high levels.” One can only hope that Joe and Lori will abide with their promises and apply them to our precious city assets like North Beach. If not, and they continue to support the LAB development, it will be very telling to the voters. Perhaps they would be better severed by selecting other City Council candidates that don’t support this upside-down development.

The North Beach area in San Clemente. Staff photo

RICHARD FORD, San Clemente

Gee Tom Barnes, thanks, you’re such a help. First you

and your cronies block what the majority of the city voters have already voted for… to improve the North Beach area with the Playa Del Norte project. Now that you’ve possibly caused the delay in moving the project forward with your petition you recommend (the price of democracy) that the city council push the vote to 2012 because of costs. Of course in the “general interest” of the city you suggest to the city council that “by far” the cheapest costs would be in 2012 and bring the “largest turnout.” Your petition signers were never told of the true costs…I know because I challenged them while they were seeking signatures. I see that your continued disingenuous arguments will lead another attack on the council if they “don’t see it your way.” First you create the problem, then you set up the players who must clean up your mess. If nobody were

watching you might be considered an angel—I’d vote for you if you were on the other side. It’s as simple as this Tom, you don’t want the Playa del Norte to move forward, the majority of us in San Clemente do. Your group will cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars and you’re not man enough to admit it and you’ll look to blame anyone other than yourselves. San Clemente, please become informed about the project at Playa del Norte. Understand that is was initiated by a group of San Clemente citizens to improve the area and the town overall. Know that at its roots it was the city that asked for help from developers and that over the last four years this plan has been refined, re-defined and made smaller intentionally by the developer. (Cont. on page 16)

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Letters to the Editor (cont.)
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The Truth about Parking I
have seen many differing opinions about the Playa del Norte parking, so I decided to find out the truth for myself. I researched the EIR Parking chapter 4.6, pages 150 through 179, and talked with City Planner, Sean Nicholas. I also discovered that the Key Point page found on the city’s website was the “without Café” numbers, but the error was corrected on September 13 to reflect the “with Café” plan approved by the City Council. Only 34 parking spots will be lost west of El Camino Real once Playa del Norte is built. Let me explain why this is true. There are currently 340 parking places west of ECR (EIR pg 154). As I give you the parking numbers below I am including the 20 NEV (golf cart) spots. Sean gave me their numbers and locations. The parking plan map in the EIR on pg. 158 does not include these NEV spots nor the parking place removed to save a large tree in the small lot by OHBC. The triangle lot is currently 107 spots, but 15 will remain in the small lot next to Ole Hanson Beach Club (OHBC). Estacion (the street that runs along the beach) will only lose 10 parking places to build the Beach Trail Café. Deshecha by Ichibiri’s will become nose-in parking, so the number increases from 13 to 60 (+47). About 27 of these are the row of parking places that are currently on the edge of the triangle lot that will become part of Deshecha. Deshecha between the Casino and Miramar will remain the same. Pico parking increases by two as the spots in front of

GUEST OPINION: By Christy MacBride-Hart

So, the pro-development clique of the City Council—miffed by the results of the referendum and prodded by Mrs. Sadeghi—have unleashed their wrath on a member of the referendum movement, accusing Mr. Jim Smith of leaking to the local press information concerning a secret deal for Playa del Norte between them and LAB Holding. In essence, the deal would sell or lease a large portion of North Beach parking to the Sadeghis to build on in return for a nominal fee during construction and around $1 million sale price after that, for a land valued at between $4 and $8 million and owned by all citizens of San Clemente. These kinds of deals are not unique to us. Anyone who has read or heard recent stories about cities like Bell and Industry is well aware that these shenanigans happen all around us. There too, their City Council usually comes down hard on the few citizens who dare ask questions, even putting some in jail, and it takes the efforts of newspapers like the Los Angeles Times to expose them. Mr. Smith is no newspaperman, so he does not enjoy a constitutional protection for his sources as they do, but he has every right to question City Hall about those deals that affect all of us and also inform the public about them just as the Los Angeles Times does. We don’t have the luxury or the resources of that kind newspaper here, but we most certainly can do as many of the citizens of other cities have done and rise up and ask questions openly and not just if and when pleases the Council. If the story is a “misinformation” as Mrs. Sadeghi says, then let us hear their version openly, because the fact is that the majority of San Clementeans believe Mr. Smith’s version of the facts, as proven by the results of the referendum. In the meantime it would be better if the City Council were to back off from their persecution of Mr. Smith at least until the results of the coming election for City Council are in.

OHBC become nose-in places. Boca de la Playa by OHBC increases by four partly because of five new NEV spots. Boca de la Playa behind the Casino and Miramar remain the same. Finally, the El Camino Real site (the vacant lot next to Ichibiri’s) will have 15 parking places. So that’s 340 – (107 – 15) – 10 + 47+ 2 + 4 + 15 = 306 remaining west of ECR and a net loss of only 34! East of ECR the flood channel will have 74, the Marblehead lot 93 and the Pico lot 86 which will be 253 new parking places. So now we have 306+74+93+86=559 parking places when PDN is built. There is not a parking structure in the current plan for Playa del Norte, but the City considers it as possibility in the distant future, if more parking is needed for North Beach. The $1 a day Metrolink parking will be moved east of ECR, but any rider with a City Annual Parking Pass or willing to feed the meter can still park west of ECR. The City decided to pay for the parking with an existing “Beach Parking Fund” and took the job away from the LAB. Now the city will be able to control and adjust the parking and, most important, to collect the revenue. And that’s the whole truth about the North Beach Parking.
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GUEST OPINION: By Linda Verraster

YES on Measure H: A Change for Better Representation in CUSD A
s one of the parents involved from day one getting Measure H on the November ballot, I urge you to vote YES. Measure H represents real, fiscally responsible reform for our very large school district. Measure H changes the way we elect our Board of Trustees that will save over one million dollars in election costs to the district in the next 10 years alone. This is real money that can stay in the classroom in these very difficult economic times. More importantly it will allow for more local control of our schools and hold our elected officials accountable to the voters. CuSD currently elects Trustees by the “at large” method requiring candidates for the school board to reach about 220,000 registered voters! An effective campaign costs upward of $100,000.00. Raising this amount of money to run for a school board seat is an insurmountable task for ordinary citizens who want to serve the community in which they live. The cost to the candidate is exorbitant and results in money from special interests outside of our district being tapped for campaign dollars. Additionally, as a voter, you will rarely have an opportunity to look a candidate in the eye, shake their hand, or even ask them a question about their education priorities for our kids. A candidate for our school board must currently reside in a specific geographic area. Passing Measure H will allow voters in that area to elect their representative. This means that your vote will actually count. We can attract better candidates and hold them accountable to their constituents. The cost to run for a school board seat becomes

TOM BARNES, San Clemente

On September 2, 2010 the Sierra Club Sage Group unanimously passed a resolution against the proposed LAB development at North Beach in San Clemente. Along with their opposition to the LAB Project, the Sierra Club supported the North Beach Green Alternative as a “nice open-space park” to start the revitalization of North Beach. In their resolution, the Sierra Club noted that the LAB Project “does nothing to improve [the] situation” of the area and buildings along the ocean side of the highway that need to “be revitalized and made more attractive.” It is clear that the Sierra Club has joined an increasing number of San Clemente residents who see the LAB Project as a bad deal for the city. From finances to parking to beach access to Metrolink use, the Sierra Club opposes the project for a variety of reasons. The North Beach Green Alternative welcomes this endorsement, and as soon as the ill-fated LAB Project is put to rest, the real restoration of North Beach can begin with, in the words of the Sierra Club, “the creation of the North Beach Green Alternative.”

more reasonable and will reduce the influence of all special interests in our election process. If you are a San Clemente resident how likely are you to know the person running for a CuSD seat in Rancho Santa Margarita? Can you really be sure that the folks from Rancho Santa Margarita have thoroughly researched the candidate running here? In fact, in the last election the candidate who received the majority of votes in San Juan Capistrano, a parent leader and well known businesswoman, did not get elected to the CuSD Board of Trustees. Essentially, the San Juan Capistrano residents’ votes did not count in that election because the voters in Rancho Santa Margarita and Mission Viejo out- voted them. The outcome of the 2008 election was determined by two cities and neither city had a candidate running in their Trustee area! A YES vote on Measure H ensures that your vote counts. This change is necessary to restore democracy as it was intended in CuSD. The school district has grown too large to adequately serve its constituents with an “at large” voting method. Outside special interests are funding and controlling our local elections. Let’s focus on what matters, the education of all children, and hold our elected leaders more accountable. And lastly, let’s do what’s fiscally responsible—pass Measure H in CuSD.
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REY HARJu, San Clemente

Every time I talk to the people that collected signatures opposing the North Beach renovation, mostly they want to talk about the city giving away property valued at $9M for $1M to $1.8M. Most don’t have any idea how these numbers came about. The $9M came about assuming high density development such as condos, restaurants and hotels. Nobody wants that. The $1M to $1.8M is part of the total cost of about $20M to bring the project into existence, exactly like the citizenry wants. How does the city know what the citizenry wants? Over the last few years, the City held public work shops, planning meetings, dedicated City Council meetings, and even a general election ballot measure. In the end, the LAB agreed to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $20M to bring this vision into existence. The City agreed to sell the land at
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a price that made this all possible. A higher price would render the current design impossible. You’d have to add more commercial space to make a higher price possible. That’s not what we want. The Playa del Norte project will end the blight in North Beach. Though this project is for only a small part of North Beach, it will bring the Miramar Theatre and Casino back to life. The homeless, the drug dealers, the “bowling alley,” the weeds in that parking lot and that vacant lot will all disappear. North Beach will become what Ole Hansen originally intended: A vibrant element of our Spanish Village by the Sea. Although the North Beach Green Alternative was not involved in the circulation of petitions for the referendum,

now that signatures have been certified by the Orange County Registrar of Voters, we urge that voters support it to stop the LAB Project once and for all. For more information about a public park at North Beach go to:

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California Coastal Cleanup Day
same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events of the year. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun! Help do your part in San Clemente. This year’s event will be held on Saturday at the San Clemente Pier from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact Mary Vondrak at 949.361.8204 or to sign up. Interested in participating regularly in beach cleanups? Check out information on the San Clemente Adopt-A-Beach program at

S a n C le m e n te

Come be a part of one of the largest volunteer events of the year at the 26th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 25. California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. In 2009, more than 80,600 volunteers worked together to collect more than 1,300,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, Photo by Andrea Swayne and waterways. The Guinness Book of World Records hailed California Coastal Cleanup Day as “the largest garbage collection” (1993). Since the program started in 1985, more than 800,000 Californians have removed 14 million pounds of debris from our shorelines and coast. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by The Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the

The List
forecast: partly cloudy • high: 74° low: 56°

Piano Bar

7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live piano with Elliot every Friday and Saturday at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

tHe comPlete Works of William sHakesPeare aBridged

A day-by-day guide to what’s happening in and around town this week. Compiled by Tawnee prazak

Hani naser Band

8 p.m. Multi-talented musician/instrumentalist plays at The Coach House also with Toulouse Engelhardt / Agent 22. Tickets $22.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

8 p.m. Final day to see The Cabrillo Playhouse’s presentation of three guys covering 37 Shakespeare plays in less than two hours. Full of energy, fun and laughs. Tickets $15. 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, 949.492.0465,

tHe sHea center family BBQ & country faire

smootHie Jones and tHe red X

Billy Watson

7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

9 p.m. Reggae night at BeachFire and happy hour all night for guests dressed “Island-Style.” No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Traditional fundraising event includes a barbecue dinner from Claim Jumper Restaurants, rider demonstrations, country carnival games and prizes, silent and live auctions, live music and dancing. Tickets available. 26284 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano, 949.240.8441 ext. 101,

smootH live entertainment

tHe droPPers

Bayou BrotHers

6 p.m. Live music every Thursday and Friday at Irons in the Fire. 150 E. Avenida Magdalena, San Clemente, 949.542.3900, www.

9:30 p.m. Live music at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672, 949.218.0120,

7:30 p.m.–11 p.m. Iva Lee’s. 555 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2855,

casPers camPfire Program

Witness tHe sickness

8 p.m. Concert at OC Tavern featuring Agent Orange and a video premiere. Call for ticket info. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,

forecast: sunny • high: 85° low: 59°

8 p.m.-9 p.m. An hour of learning, games and fun around the campfire at Caspers Wilderness Park. Free; parking $5. 33401 Ortega Hwy., 949.923.2207,

forecast: sunny • high: 86° low: 59°

missiles of octoBer natHan & friends

cHaracter counts JamBoree

8 p.m. Band at Renaissance. 24701 Del Prado, Dana Point, 949.661.6003, 9 p.m. Back-porch blues at BeachFire. No cover. 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Annual character-building event for youth to learn trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Features games, educational booths, activities, performances and more. Vista Del Mar School, 1130 Avenida Talega, San Clemente, 949.361.8368,

star-sPangled sPectacular

forecast: sunny • high: 85° low: 59°

PumPkin PatcH

3 p.m. The city of Dana Point presents a free picnic concert with the Capistrano Valley Symphony performing popular patriotic songs at Lantern Bay Park. 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point, 949.248.3500,

matcHBook, mossBack & saWBuck Wine tasting

10 a.m.–6 p.m. Irvine Park Railroad’s fifth annual pumpkin patch with activities including train rides, hay rides, haunted house, hay maze, pony rides, moon bounce, face painting, animals and more. Free admission; prices for activities vary. Open daily through Oct. 31. Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, 714.997.3968,

san clemente farmers market Jazz BruncH

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fresh produce, flowers and more every Sunday along Avenida Del Mar. Rain or shine. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tom Morey live at Salt Creek Grille. 32802 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.661.7799,

5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. San Clemente Wine Company welcomes Steve Crosta of Crew Wines who will be pouring some winery-only wines and raffling off a few bottles. Tasting fee is $15 for seven wines with cheese, crackers & chocolate. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,

care Pet adoPtion

12 p.m.-4 p.m. Capo Animal Rescue Effort hosts a pet adoption at PetSmart. A gallery of available pets is online. 33963 Doheny Park Road, 949.240.1735,

tHe great Western gruB fest

Big nigHt out

tcHaikovsky’s first Piano concerto

8 p.m. The Pacific Symphony opens their season with the wellknown concert in Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the OC Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $25. 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, 714.556.2787,

5 p.m.-close. Melting Pot offers diners a chance to win a trip for two to France while dining on French-inspired dishes. Other prizes available. 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.1966,

11 a.m.-5 p.m. A family oriented, community-wide, amateur chili cook-off to benefit our troops and military families. Tickets $5 each. St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, 31641 La Novia, San Juan Capistrano, 949.248.9468,

kids’ fisHing

toast to tHe casa

12 p.m. Free fishing clinic on the dock followed by a half-day fishing trip for kids hosted by Dana Wharf every Sunday. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, 949.496.5794,

Justin taylor Band

9 p.m.-1 a.m. Live dance music every Friday & Saturday at Brio Tuscany Grille. 24050 Camino Del Avion, Monarch Beach, 949.443.1476,

fondue & a flick fridays

6 p.m.-10 p.m. Themed “An Evening of Elegance,” this year’s event at Casa Romantica features food from local restaurants, wine, entertainment by four live bands, dancing, live & silent auctions and more. Funds go to Casa programs. Tickets $175 each. RSVP. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

tHe Beautiful girls

7 p.m. Hit band plays at The Coach House also with Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad / Kinetix / Jahrootsalem. Tickets $15. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,

5 p.m. Join The Melting Pot on Friday evenings for a threecourse fondue experience and movie pass for $27 per person. 647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.1966,

tossed salad

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Popular drag queen dinner show at Adele’s; 18 and older. 2600 Avenida Del Presidente, San Clemente, 949.366.1121,

aloHa Ja reggae

7:30 p.m.-close. Live music at Mahe. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, 949.240.6243, (Cont. on page 23) September 16–22, 2010 • San Clemente Times • page 21


SC Times Restaurant Spotlight

By Madi Swayne

Mario’s by the Sea

32545 Golden Lantern, Suite F, Dana Point, 949.240.1967, BEST KNOWN FOR: Large portions and a warm, friendly environment MOST POPULAR ITEM: Mostaccioli alla vodka Mario’s by the Sea is an Italian-style family restaurant that has been serving Orange County since 1989. The restaurant was opened 21 years ago by the original Mario. Mike Perakis was next in line, then, in 2007 current owner and operator, Hooshar Perakis (Mike’s son) took over the business. During that time their craveable fare has earned them a loyal following. Mario’s by the Sea’s most popular item, mostaccioli alla vodka, combines mostaccioli— prepared perfectly al denté—with a garlic, mushroom and vodka sauce. Chicken and seafood pair quite nicely with this entrée. Mario’s by the Sea is participating in Orange County Restaurant Week—September 26 through October 2—and will feature a $30 three-course meal that allows customers to select from four delicious entrees. In addition, Mario’s by the Sea has an e-club, which you can sign up for online to receive special offers and coupons. Though Mario’s offers an extensive wine list, there is no corkage fee for your first bottle of your favorite wine brought from home. PRICE RANGE: $5-$20 PAYMENT: Cash, credit card RESERVATIONS: Online or by phone HOURS: Mon.-Thurs. 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Have you eaten at this restaurant?
Go to and rate your overall experience. We’ll post the results in next week’s issue of the SC Times.

Last week online voters gave

The Next Door

647 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.940.8845
(Rated on a scale of 1–5 stars)

San Clemente residents and Mario’s by the Sea regulars, Charise (left) and Teresa Erickson enjoy their favorite dish, Chicken alla vodka and a glass of the House Wine, which both described as, “Fantastic!” Photo by Madi Swayne

ABOUT OUR REVIEWS: In each issue we’ll highlight universally critical points including “Most Popular Dish,” “Best Known For” and “Price Range.” But most importantly, we’re inviting you to participate each week and rate the restaurant based on your experiences. Go to and under “Restaurant Guide” rate it from 1 to 5 then share your thoughts on the SC Times forums.
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forecast: sunny • high: 82° low: 58°



8 p.m. Live music at BeachFire and “Taco Night.” 204 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.366.3232,

Self-Titled Musings
Pete Yorn set for first-ever show at The Coach House
ete Yorn’s fifth solo studio effort and Vagrant Records debut, sees the Los Angelesbased singer/songwriter peeling away the baroque orchestrations of his critically acclaimed previous work to expose a beating rock ‘n’ roll heart. Much of the self-titled album’s raw power comes courtesy of producer Frank Black, who in 2008 invited Yorn up to a Salem, Courtesy photo Ore. studio for some spontaneous sessions. The result is exuberant and edgy, with songs like The Chase and the album-opening Precious Stone ringing out loud and strong with chiming guitars, soaring harmonies, and Yorn’s soul-wrenchingly wrecked vocals. “It just makes me want to put my fist in the air,” Yorn says of the new album. “There’s something about it that’s really empowering. It’s a minimalist record for me, all of the instrumentation is distilled down to a more simple form.” Your fifth studio album is set to release on September 28, 2010, the same day as your show at the Coach House. I’m excited. It will be like a record-release celebration. I’m looking forward to playing live at the Coach House as I’ve never played there but I’ve heard about it for many years. What kind of set will the audience be in store for at the Coach House? I will certainly be focusing on my latest material but will also be including older songs from previous records. There are some great rock riffs on the new album that are reminiscent of a combination of Ramones, The Pixies and so on. Who are you inspired by? Who has influenced your sound the most? I began playing the drums and guitar when I was 13 or 14 and at that time I was into The Smiths, REM and The Cure. As I got older, I listened to Neil Young, The Who, Springsteen and so on. I like to go with the flow and whatever feels good. How was it working with Frank Black, of Pixies fame, on the new album? Frank was instrumental on this record. It’s my most rockin’ record yet. He produced it and got me to bring out the rock in me. For a free download of the latest single off Pete’s new album, go to Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Advanced tickets are $22.50 and can be purchased at The Coach House or online at www.thecoachhouse. com. For more information call 949.496.7935. SC —A.J. Bardzilowski/ David Zimmerle
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7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,

12 p.m.-4 p.m. Saddleback College Art Gallery presents an exhibit showcasing illustrators’ personal views about the state of the world and environment. Runs through Sept. 30. 28000 Marguerite Pkwy., Mission Viejo, 949.582.4656,

forecast: partly cloudy • high: 75° low: 57°



7 p.m. Dana Point Library offers storytime for youngsters. 33841 Niguel Road, Dana Point, 949.496.5517, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Join SC Wine Company for happy hour featuring three wines for $5, glasses of selected wines for $5 and mugs of beer from $5 & up. 212 1/2 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.429.7067,


7 p.m.-8 p.m. Educational wine tasting and food pairing every Wednesday at Vine. $40 each. 211 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.361.2079,



10 a.m. Casa Romantica hosts storytime for youngsters ages 3-5; free. 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, 949.498.2139,

10 a.m. Screening of the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps for parents of infants at the Krikorian, tickets $6.75. 641 Camino de los Mares, San Clemente, 949.661.7469,


7 p.m.–11 p.m. Live music at The Cellar. 156 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente, 949.492.3663,


9 p.m.–1 a.m. The night starts with live comedy and continues with karaoke at 11 p.m. at Hennessey’s Tavern. No cover. 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point, 949.488.0121,


7:30 p.m. Pool tournament at Knuckleheads Sports Bar. $5 entry fee. 1717 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.492.2410. 9:30 p.m. New comics every week at Molly Blooms Irish Bar & Restaurant, 21+ no cover. 2391 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente 92672, 949.218.0120,

forecast: mostly sunny • high: 76° low: 58°


UPCOMING: September 30

8 p.m. Singer/songwriter at The Coach House. Tickets $22.50. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, 949.496.8930,



6 p.m.-9 p.m. More than 50 artists fill the streets of downtown San Clemente with fine art displays and sales. 949.218.5378, UPCOMING: October 2–3

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Casa Romantica presents a new exhibition featuring the impacts Nixon made on SC with memorabilia, stories, displays and much more. Runs Sept. 28 to Nov. 2. Admission $7 adults, $6 members, kids free.



7:30 p.m. Live country music and dance lessons with the Kelly Boyz at OC Tavern. Cover $5 before 9 p.m. 2369 S. El Camino Real, San Clemente, 949.542.8877,

6 a.m.-sunset. The annual Stand Up Paddling contest with surf legend Gerry Lopez lands at Doheny Beach in Dana Point for a weekend of fun on the water and the beach. Features numerous contest categories, prize money, expo, celebrations and more.


7 p.m. Taco-Tuesday, DJs spinning ’80s hits and drink specials for those in ’80s attire at Caliente Coastal Cantina. 34085 Pacific Coast Hwy., Dana Point, 949.493.0549,

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Hope Through Harmony
Member of San Clemente singing group uses music to battle Parkinson’s
By Kirsten Amavisca San Clemente Times


by Myles Mellor Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9X9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3X3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. Puzzles come in three grades: easy, medium and difficult. Level: Medium
Last week’s solution:

S a n C le m e n te

See today’s solution in next week’s issue.


ob Barry, a Project Manager at Volt Engineering, reeled into depression when he was diagnosed with Parkinson Disease nine years ago. Although he has a successful career and a loving family, he became angry at God and full of self-pity. He lost his ability to run and even walking became difficult. Eventually his right arm began to shake, and his voice became softer. After four years of asking, “Why me?” Barry discovered that the choice before him was to either sit and wallow in his grief and discomfort, or throw himself against it. He decided the latter, with gusto. Barry joined the Tremble Clefs, one of only a few such singing programs in the nation, and while experts agree singing is physically and cognitively beneficial to those with Parkinson’s, Barry also found a great hobby, made lasting friendships and developed a new attitude toward life. Barry first heard the Tremble Clefs while attending a Parkinson’s support group at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest. He thought it looked like fun. Whether a confident or closet singer, breaking into song has more benefits than meets the ear. Aside from boosting your mood and confidence, music is clinically proven to reduce your brain’s perception of pain, reduce blood pressure, is extremely effective in memory recall and can regulate heart and respiratory rates, according to the Center for Music Therapy in Texas. The Tremble Clefs, sponsored by the National Parkinson Foundation, employ music as therapy. Music therapy is a “tool of great power... because of its unique capacity to organize or reorganize cerebral function when it has been damaged,” said Professor of Neurology Oliver Sacks. Music therapy helps patients cognitively, and physically by using their voices and moving their bodies. New research shows that exercise, social stimulation and singing can help postpone Parkinson symptoms even more effectively than early diagnosis and medication. Less than a dozen Tremble Clefs groups exist in the nation, with one in Orange County, free to those with Parkinson’s. After he saw the performance four years ago, Barry joined. Approximately 40 people with Parkinson’s and their caretakers journey to the Florence Sylvester Senior Center in Laguna Hills every

Members of the Tremble Clefs gather for a weekly meeting at Florence Sylvester Senior Center in Laguna Woods. Photo by Kirsten Amavisca

Parkinson Disease is a non curable neurodegenerative disease largely affecting the nervous system. According to the National Parkinson Foundation, brain cells (neurons) produce dopamine, which is a chemical that relays messages between the parts of the brain that control movement. When enough dopamine cells are damaged, motor symptoms of Parkinson’s appear. The disease affects approximately 50-60,000 people each year, over a million in the United States, and over six million worldwide. Monday morning to sing. The meetings are directed by Bonnie Teder, a certified music therapist and Karen Skipper, a certified Voice Therapist. Teder plays the piano while Skipper conducts, and everyone sings. Every three months Tremble Clefs puts on a concert. This time the theme is “Life Songs” so songs at a recent practice included Morning Has Broken, an old hymn (made famous by Cat Stevens), and Help from my Friends by the Beatles. Barry even has a rap solo during We Will Rock You by Queen. Jim Feeney, diagnosed with Parkinson’s for 11 years, said if he doesn’t come to practice he can see the negative consequences, but if he does come his voice feels stronger both directly after practice and all through

the week. Bob Sickler from Laguna Woods said the stretching, yawning, and voice exercises absolutely help. Meeting and practicing with the Tremble Clefs turned Barry’s attitude around. He saw people who could barely speak having a great time singing as loudly as they could. He saw people in more advanced stages of Parkinson’s who were just glad to be there, and he decided not to feel sorry for himself, but to be grateful for all that he did have. “I didn’t know I had a voice until I thought I might lose it,” Barry said. Now he sings all the time—in his car, at Tremble Clefs and even in the newest group he’s joined, the Beach Cities Harmonizers. After Barry had been with the Tremble Clefs for three years, Karen Skipper—who helps out at Tremble Clefs—told Barry her husband was part of the Beach City Harmonizers barbershop-style chorus and quartet, and she thought that he should join. Barry joined the San Clemente chapter of the Harmonizers about a year ago. Not only has Barry thrived singing with the Tremble Clefs and Harmonizers, but he made friends and gained confidence while he was at it. He continues to golf, fish and dress as Santa Claus at Christmas. He walks, drives, and spends time with friends and

THE BEACH CITIES HARMONIZERS Fun and talented, old and young, tenors and bass—Beach Cities Harmonizers brings the best of all worlds when it comes to singing. This barbershop-style singing chorus is made up of men from the Beach Cities area. Fifteen to 20 men ages 25 to 93 come together every Monday evening at the San Clemente Presbyterian Church to practice and sing, having fun while they’re at it. “We just love singing,” said John McCallum, conductor of the Harmonizers. McCallum comes to the meetings after a full day of work and commuting. Two individual quartets have formed from the chorus. One is called “WYSIWYG” (What You See Is What You Get) and the other is called “Harmony Partners.” The quartets often do their own gigs, but the chorus comes together for group concerts every couple months. Some of their newest recruits include Bob Barry from San Juan Capistrano and Bob Sickler from Laguna Woods. Barry and Sickler also sing for the Tremble Clefs, a singing group for those with Parkinson’s, where they heard of the Beach Cities Harmonizers. Barry joined the Harmonizers about a year ago, and Sickler joined just three months ago. Both say that they are very much enjoying the camaraderie and challenge of a professional group. Beach Cities Harmonizers sing for schools, retirement homes and Rotary Clubs, where they have often raised much money for educational causes. “It’s our way of giving back,” says Warren Willard, former chapter president. With Barry and Sickler now in the group, Beach Cities Harmonizers has decided to team up with Tremble Clefs and give a Parkinson’s awareness concert on November 20. “Shake, Rattle, and Sing” will feature the Tremble Clefs as well as the Beach Cities Harmonizers and both quartets. Beach Cities Harmonizers meets every Monday at 6:45 p.m. at San Clemente Presbyterian Church. family. In a poem he wrote last year, Barry tells his perspective: “Someday my whole body will shake and I cannot stop it, but not today…Someday my voice will be barely audible, but not today…Today I will sing songs with my friends loud and clear, because I can…Today I will play golf with anybody that wants to, because I can…Today I will do everything with passion and excitement, because I can today.” For more information on the Tremble Clefs call director Bonnie Teder at 949. 458.7042. SC

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Monarchs vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School Sept. 24, 7 p.m.
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Red Bulls vs. LA Galaxy, Home Depot Center Sept. 24, 8 p.m.
This is a crucial match for the Western Conference leading Galaxy as they host a New York Red Bulls squad that is making a case for first place out east.

Dana Hills Invitational, Dana Hills High School Sept. 25, 8 a.m.
The best of the best collide on the course at Dana Hills High School in this annual meet that draws top schools and its athletes.

Chargers vs. Tritons, San Clemente High School Sept. 28, 4 p.m.
The Tritons host a crucial South Coast League match against El Toro High School. The Chargers have had San Clemente’s number for the last decade, so look for the Tritons to come out fully prepared.

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FOOTBALL • The Tritons (4-0) topped the

La Costa Canyon Mavericks (2-1) in a 28-21 road win on September 17. With both teams tied at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter, the Tritons scored 14 unanswered points off the big arm of quarterback Travis Wilson. Wilson not only connected with Jordan Micalef for a 69-yard touchdown in the second quarter, but also found Jacob Graff for another 55-yard touchdown. Heading into the half, San Clemente held a 21-7 lead. After a fumble recovery in Tritons end zone left the Mavericks with another score, the third quarter also saw the Tritons with another trip for six points as Colin Cobb Jr. ran in a 3-yard touchdown for a 28-14 Triton lead. After the Mavericks cut the lead to 28-21 in the fourth quarter, the Tritons defense intercepted La Costa twice in the final four minutes to preserve the victory. Wilson had another big night for San Clemente going 15-of-22 passing for 323 yards, zero interceptions and a short-yardage rushing touchdown in the first quarter of play. Mike Elesperu led the backfield assault with 78 yards rushing, while Micalef finished with 108 receiving yards with Terrell Johnson finishing with 83. Next 7 days: Sept. 24 vs. Mater Dei, 7 p.m. NEXT GAME: September 24 vs. Mater Dei Monarchs Location: San Clemente Time: 7 p.m. 2009 record: 6-5 (2-2 league) 09 vs. SCHS: DNP Affiliation: Trinity Coach: Bruce Rollinson 2010 Team Overview: No. 13 Mater Dei is still considered one of the top high school football programs in Southern California despite starting out the 2010 season 0-2. Right now the Monarchs are especially hurting as they come into dubious battle with Tritons after losing a 44-13 decision to Centennial Corona last week—their worst defeat since losing 48-7 against Mission Viejo in 2005. Coach Bruce Rollinson has 15 returning players this year, among them standout quarterback Max Wittek (6-4, 215). Though USC-bound Wittek had a solid 2009 season where he passed for 2,126 yards and threw 15 touchdown passes, he’s only thrown one touchdown pass in two games. On paper, it

looks like the No. 5 Tritons defense will have to continue with some major harassment on Wittek by breaking through Mater Dei’s already shaky offensive line, which allowed three sacks on their star QB last week. Senior Victor Blackwell is a top target for Wittek’s and has shown he can produce when given the opportunity. But Blackwell—also a USC commit—has also struggled early after suffering a shoulder injury against Carson in the first game of the season. Nothing looks easy for Mater Dei in 2010 and they’ll be looking for a breakout game against San Clemente before they take on the tough as nails Edison Chargers next week.

• The boys cross-country team took part in the Mt. Carmel Invitational at Morley Field in San Diego on September 18. It was a tough go for the senior boys team as they took 17th place with 422 points in the Event2 Large School Senior Boys 2.95 mile race, but overall the boys picked up some great meet experience. Chris Dunn (70th place, 16:46) had the highest finish for the team followed by Willie Griffith (82nd, 16:53) and Brooks Bolsinger (101st, 17:45). The junior boys team finished in 16th place with 501 points as Adam Degree (63rd, 17:30), Drew Gerdeman (76th, 17:46) and Brian Bang (94th, 18:20) took the top three spots on the day. Next 7 days: Sept. 25 at Dana Hills Invitational (Boys and Girls) at Dana Hills High School, 8 a.m.

Quarterback Travis Wilson slings out a screen pass to one of his wide receivers during last week’s game against La Costa Canyon. Photo by Brian Miller

21 before hitting the road to face La Costa Canyon on September 22. Next 7 days: Sept. 27 vs. Trabuco Hills at Bella Collina, 2:30 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS • The Lady Tritons

have been busy on the court with matches against Huntington Beach on September 13, Mission Viejo on September 14, Edison on September 16 and Fountain Valley on September 23. Next 7 days: Sept. 27 at Aliso Niguel, 3 p.m.; Sept 28 at Dana Hills, 3 p.m.


GIRLS GOLF • The Lady Tritons (2-0

SCL, 2-2) took on both Dana Hills and Newport Harbor at El Niguel Country Club on September 14, before a lone match against Dana Hills on September 16. On that day, the girls posted a 219-236 win against the Dolphins as Dawn Chapman and Dani Weatherholt each shot a 41 (+5) on the round and also medaled. The team then headed off to SC Municipal in San Clemente to host the Rainbow Sandals/Lady Triton Invitational on September 17. Earlier this week the girls took on La Costa Canyon at Talega on September 20, traveled to take on San Juan Hills at Marbella on September

improved to 6-0 on the season after going undefeated during the first two days of the Dave Mohs Tournament on September 1718. The team opened the tourney defeating Carlsbad 25-19, 25-10, and then defeating Chaparral 25-15, 25-15. The girls then had a showdown with Corona Del Mar on September 18 and beat their opponent in two straight sets before charging through Dana Hills in two straight that same day. Earlier last week, San Clemente beat Torrey Pines 25-17, 25-21, 29-31 and 25-22 in their season opener on September 14 followed by a 2512, 26-24 and 25-15 win against Esperanza on September 16. In those two early games, Alexa Strange led with 30 kills while Molly Yoder put down 27. Next 7 days: Sept. 28 at Edison, 5 p.m.

(3-1) opened the season with a 9-6 loss to Huntington Beach on September 14, but followed that up with a close 11-10 win against Clovis West on September 16. In their opener Tomas Mitchell led with two goals, while against Clovis West Scott Schneringer and Chase Yu each led with three goals each. The boys then stayed put up north to take on a field of opponents at the Clovis West Tournament September 17-18. Scores reported included an 11-8 win against San Lomas and another 9-7 win against Clovis. On September 21, the team traveled to take on Dana Hills in its first league game of the season. Next 7 days: Sept. 23-25 at South Coast Tourney, TBA; Sept. 28 vs. El Toro 4 p.m.

ALUMNI UPDATE • San Clemente High’s


Ryan O’Toole Punches ticket for LPGA Tour Ryan O’Toole, a 2005 graduate from San Clemente High School, has earned more than $45,000 this year, leaving her in seventh place on the LPGA tour’s money list—just what she needed to earn a conditional LPGA tour card. O’Toole nailed down her first big cash win of $7,000 after taking first on the leader board last May at the Mercedes-Benz Kansas City Championship. She also had another $16,100 win during a tournament in London, Ky. O’Toole has plans to gain full status on the tour by going to final stage Q School later in the year. She was also inducted into the San Clemente High Triton Golf Hall of Fame on September 17.

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SC MEN’S GOLF CLUB MEMBERS SWING AWAY AT RECENT EVENTS Following are San Clemente Men’s Golf Club results from three recent events in the month of September: 4 Man Goodwin Scramble Results (September 1): GROSS—Rick Fleming, Scott Moore, Ron Borg and Andy Horner (first place, 60, $50), Hector Amaya, David Hamdorf, Ken Loren, Bob Austin (second, 62, see net), Frank Schneider, Mike Heusser, Bob Doubleday, Jerome Pechac (third, 65, $35); NET— Hector Amaya, David Hamdorf, Ken Loren and Bob Austin (first place, 58.4, $50), Stephen Shelly, Nick Azzollini, Tom Scarlata and Ken Meyers (second, 60.9, $35), Jon Friel, Chris Lee, Frank Malis, Bruce Lewis (third, 61.0, $30), Doug Barr, Kent Bergstrom, George Fowler and Carlisle George (fourth, 61.4, $25), Jim Hester, Ron Pontius, John Briggs and Dennis Mark (fifth, 61.6, $25), Jimmie Johnson, Jack Wilson, Cliff McCraw and Bill E. Parish (sixth, 61.7, $25), Don Stroup, Gene Habich, Jim Cookson and Clint Bliss (seventh, 62.6, $20), Harry Larson, Tom Colt, Lee Beck, Jim Needham (eighth, 63.3, $15), Garry Mogster, Hal Barnett, Dave Olsen and Jerry Martinez (ninth, 63.4, $15), George Kiepper, Al Roy, Tom Von Gremp and Sam Shepard (10th, 63.5, $15); CLOSEST TO PIN ($10 each)— #2 Jimmie Johnson (5’ 2”), #9 Tom Von Gremp (8’ 4”), #13 Stan Adams (4’ 7”) and #15 Jim Needham (6’ 7”). San Clemente Men’s Golf Club (September 11): LOW GROSS—Craig Carney (first place, 71, $70), John Manning (second, 72, $60), Greg Johnson (third, 74, $50), Mike Fox (tied fourth, 75, $40), Craig Ervin (75, $40), Cam Thompsen (75, $40), Robert Goto (tied seventh, 76, $25) and Dave Hamdorf (76, $25); LOW NET—Mike Lichty (first place, 65, $70), Rick Coulter (second, 66, $60), Jon Greer (third, 67, $50), Tom Von Gremp (fourth, 68, $50), Jim Mosich (fifth, 69, $40), Dennis Mark (tied sixth, 70, $30), George Kiepper (70, $30) and Robert Grant (eighth, 71, $20); CLOSEST TO THE PIN ($10 each)—#2 Mike Lichty, #9 Roy Miller, #13 Sam Keefe and #15 Paul Newhart. Annual Meeting—Apple Tournament (September 17)—*** Hector Amaya steps down as president and hands over the reigns for 2011 to Derek Duesler***: GROSS—Rich Fleming, Derek Duesler, Ron Borg and Scott Moore (first place, 157, $40 each); NET—Jimmie Johnson, Cliff McCraw, Jeff Reenders and Joe Tatala (first place, 135, $40 each), Len Maier, Hector Amaya, Jerome Johnson and Dave Hamdorf (second, 140, $30 each), Bob O’Callaghan, Greg Cramm, Dick Mather and Byron Nelson (third, 143, $25 each), Noel Murchet, Dick Ostoich, John Laur and Gary Klasse (tied fourth, 144, $20 each), Wally Short, John Spere, Bob Steere and Richard Fuchs (144, $20 each); CLOSEST TO THE PIN—#2 George Udris (12”), #9 George Udris (1’11”), #13 Derek Duesler (17’) and #15 Paul Gleason (11’5”).

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SC OPEN NETS BIG WINNERS IN SKATE AND SURF The 10th Annual SC Open skate and 3rd Annual SC Open Surf contest highlighted the weekend of September 18-19 as some of the city’s best local boarders competed for big placements in each category. The contest promotes local youth with healthy activities while raising funds for the Friends of San Clemente Beaches, Parks & Recreation Foundation. Following are results for the skate contest held at Ralph’s Skate Court at 241 Avenida La Pata: Best Trick: 1. Blake Spencer, 2. Roger Campbell, 3. Devyn Flanner; Male 7 & Under: 1. Dustin Henricksen (49.5), 2. Myles Strampell (48.5), 3. Hunter Eaton (41.5); Male 8-9 Years: 1. Chance Power (62.0), 2. Nolan Houghton (59.5), 3. Kaleb Van Niel (41.0); Male 10-11 Years: 1. Mateo Rael (65.5), 2. Colby Franz (49.5), 3. Donovan Liebelt (47.5); Male 1213 Years: 1. Antonio Moya (71.0), 2. Tyler Martin (65.5), 3. Griffin Crane (59.0); Male 14-16 Years: 1. Andrew Miller (60.0), 2. Chase Newton (48.5), 3. Max Worthington (48.0); Male 17 & Up: 1. Blake Spencer 67.0, 2. Dane DeBellis (61.5), 3. Cody Moyles (55.0); Female 8-12 Years: 1. Macy Eaton (33.5), 2. Brooke Krufal (32.0), 3. Annaleise Rael (31.0). Following are the results for the surf contest held at the San Clemente Pier: Male 7 & Under: 1. Hagan Johnson (7.7), 2. Liam Mateer (5.5), 3. Nicholas Coli (4.2); Male 8-9 Years: 1. Griffin Foy (13.5), 2. Ethan Mudge (8), 3. Spencer Franticola (4.8); Male 10-11 Years: 1. Ashton Wright (11), 2. Shane Hardy (7.7), 3. Broden Thorton (4.7); Male 12-13 Years: 1. Drew Hemnes (8.3), 2. Jonathon Ross (6.5), 3. Jordan Cheatham (5.8); Male 1416 Years: 1. Noe McGonagle (11.5), 2. Ryan Graves (7.7), 3. Dylan Sonderegger (7); Male 17 & Up: 1. Micah Mullen (11.5), 2. Ethan Carlston (11), 3. Rick Lovato (9.7); Female 7 & Under: 1. Kirra Pinkerton (10.8), 2. Kaila Wright (10.5), 3. Jasper Adams (6.3), Female 8-12 Years: 1. Malia Osterkamp (9.5), 2. Malia Ward (8.5), 3. Leilani McGonagle (5.5); Female 13+: 1. Kloee Openshaw (4.5), 2. Malia Ward (5.2), 3. Malia Osterkamp (3).


1ST ANNUAL PADDLE POKER RUN TO LAUNCH THE NEWLY-FORMED STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING CLUB Founder of the newly-formed Orange County Paddleboarding Club (OCPC), Brad Kinney announces the 1st Annual Paddle Poker Run September 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newport Dunes Resort & Marina in Newport Beach for paddleboards, kayaks and canoes. Paddlers will begin in the swimming lagoon then follow a map through the beautiful channels of Linda, Harbor and Balboa Islands while picking up poker chips at designated locations. Newport Dunes is catering this first-class event. Monster Energy is a sponsor along with BoardzDirect and Gina’s Pizza. OCPartypics ( will be shooting the event with three photographers to support the family fun-filled day. “The purpose of the event is to enjoy an end of summer day with family and friends while participating in a healthy and fun activity. The weather is forecasted to be sunny and warm,” Kinney said. OCPC has also obtained a permit from Newport Harbor Patrol. The event entry includes an organized paddle poker run with one hand of cards to win prizes, fiesta buffet lunch, no-host bar, music, and OCPC board stickers. Paddlers will be given a poker chip at each of the seven chip stops. Three support boats will provide poker chips, water and Monster Energy drinks. Prizes will be given for: First back to the lagoon with seven chips and top one through five best hands. The best poker hand will win a paddleboard, paddle, leash and bag. The organizers of the event have coordinated rentals for kayaks, paddleboards and canoes for those who don’t have their own. Admission for those who want to celebrate on the beach with the paddlers without participating in the water activities is free. To learn more about the event or purchase tickets contact Brad Kinney at 949.690.7874, email, or visit the website at
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SANDEN STAYS BUSY WITH MULIPLE EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES San Clemente’s Beth Sanden has been busy as of late, competing in numerous events around the county. Sanden took first in the H/C at Disney Half Marathon on September 5, went skydiving on September 11 before heading off for a Triathlon in Malibu on September 12. Of note, Ron and Michelle Morton joined Sanden for her skydiving Courtesy photos experience as well. Beth Sanden then took second place at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon on September 12. SCORES WANTED: We want to run your scores, results and announcements in “Scoreboard.” E-mail, fax 949.388.9977, snail mail or drop off the information to us at 34932 Calle del Sol, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624 by each Monday at 5 p.m.



Slater Slays Trestles


Grom of the Week Nicholas Coli
Age: 7, San Clemente Nicholas Coli competes in the Western Surfing Association (WSA) Gatorade Championship Tour. On August 7 at San Onofre Trail 5, he kicked off the season with a fourth place in Micro Grom U9 Shortboard. Then on September 19 at the SC Open, Nicholas took third in Boys 7 and Under. One may assume that for such a young surfer this is likely his first contest season. Not so for Nicholas. Already a WSA veteran, this season will be his third. When asked what he likes most about surfing, Nicholas said, “It’s a great thing to know how to surf and it keeps me busy. My dad is a great coach and I really like to surf with friends.” He also credits living so close to the beach as being very helpful. “I love living here and thank you to my mom Photo by Sheri Crummer/ and dad for giving me this opportunity.” Opportunity is a pretty big word for most second-graders, but not for Nicholas. “I really don’t know how to spell it, but I sure know how to say it,” he said. Not only a very grateful kid, he’s also very bright and witty as well. He also happens to be very good at Jiu Jitsu and brought a silver medal home for the Guillobel studio at a San Pedro tournament last week. —AS

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Hurley Pro September 12-18, San Onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles QuARTeRfInAL 1: 1. Mick Fanning, AUS, 12.60; 2. Kieren Perrow, AUS, 8.20. QuARTeRfInAL 2: 1. Kelly Slater, Florida, 17.03; 2. Owen Wright, AUS, 15.97. QuARTeRfInAL 3: 1. Bede Durbidge, AUS, 13.27; 2. Jordy Smith, ZAF, 11.87. QuARTeRfInAL 4: 1. Dane Reynolds, Ventura, 14.80; 2. Taj Burrow, AUS, 12.90. SeMIfInAL 1: 1. Kelly Slater, 15.87; 2. Mick Fanning, 10.43. SeMIfInAL 2: 1. Bede Durbidge, 1.67; 2. Dane Reynolds, 5.63. fInAL: 1. Kelly Slater, 18.13; 2. Bede Durbidge, 14.13. SC Times Taking Nominations for Grom of the Week Do you know a local grom—age 18 and under—who has yet to be featured as the Grom of the Week here on the SC Times surf page? If so, please share your suggestions with us by sending an email to aswayne@ to tell us about your nomination. Please include contact information for the parents of the young surfer as well as highlights of their recent accomplishments in the sport. We are very proud of our up and coming surf talent in San Clemente and are delighted to highlight each and every one in our publication.

Nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater takes history making win at Hurley Pro
By Andrea Swayne San Clemente Times


ith the 2010 Hurley Pro now in the books, this year’s event will go down in history as nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater defeated Australia’s Bede Durbidge with a crowd-pleasing barrel, topping off an already impressive display of multiple aerial maneuvers by both competitors in the final. When the horn sounded Slater came out on top, 18.13 to Durbidge’s 14.13 and took home the unprecedented $105,000 prize. Slater’s win at Trestles, his 43rd tour victory, marks yet another milestone in his illustrious career coming exactly 20 years after his first professional surf contest victory at Trestles and was his fourth win elite tour win at Lowers, having taken wins in 2005, 2007, 2008 and now 2010. The win also catapulted him up the ratings to the No. 1 spot on the World Tour and putting a 10th world championship well within his line of sight.

Kelly Slater celebrates his win on the podium at the 2010 Hurley Pro on September 18, 2010. Photo by Gibby/

“Looking back at my career, I never would have fathomed a ninth title, let alone a 10th,” Slater said in a post-event ASP press release. “I don’t know what to say. It’s still a long road ahead. We still have four events and I’m just trying to soak in this win and not even think about everything right now.” Last year’s Hurley Pro winner Mick Fanning (AUS) also commented on what it was like to face Slater in the semis, saying that his maneuvers, “made my brain explode.”

That sentiment was shared by many spectators on the beach as they witnessed “brain exploding” surfing in epic 7-foot surf by the surfer who could quite possibly be known as the 10-time ASP World Champ at the end of this year’s tour. For more information on the Hurley Pro, including heat by heat wave scores and highlights, log on to SC

September 25-26: WSA Gatorade Championship Tour, Event No. 2, Carlsbad, Ponto September 25-26: NSSA Southwest Conference Open, Event No. 2, Oceanside, South Jetty September 25: Dale Velzy Surf Classic and Luau, Dana Point, Doheny State Beach September 25-26: Quiksilver Newport Beach Surf Championships and Echo Beach Challenge, Newport Beach, 54th Street SC Times online video show
This week on BoardShorts, check out highlights of the action at the 2010 Hurley Pro surf contest at San onofre State Beach, Lower Trestles. *PLeASe noTe: San clemente Times BoardShorts videos can be purchased directly through videographer Rob elseewi for $10 per segment. check out the archived episodes for footage of friends and family and note the name of the video you are interested in buying. To order your copy, send an email to or call 949.701.5711.

Battle of the Paddle set for October 2 and 3

SuRf foRecAST
Water temp: 58-62˚F Water visibility and conditions: San Clemente: 10-15’ Fair; Catalina: 15-25’+ Good Remarks: Light surge and a small mix of SSW swell and NW wind/groundswell prevails Thursday and into the weekend, offering up increasing visibility and fair dive conditions. Short range: A small mix of leftover SSW swell and fading NW wind/groundswell combo prevails on Thursday. Most breaks remain pretty small scale, in the 1-2-3’ range, as top exposures pull in some occasional slightly larger sets. Conditions are mostly clean early, but looking poor to fair at best due to lack of swell. Long range: A trace mix of NW swell and old Southern Hemi energy prevails into the weekend, with very small surf on tap across the region. Conditions are looking poor/marginally rideable due to lack of size, stay tuned.


he Rainbow Sandals Gerry Lopez Battle of the Paddle returns home to Dana Point on October 2 and 3, following a successful summer event in Hawaii. This classic event is a stand-up paddle festival and complete exposition that includes a series of races and demonstrations for all ages and skill levels. From beginners, to family and company relay teams, to high intensity elite level competition. The Battle of the Paddle is more than an ordinary paddle race. For international elite paddlers it presents a championship-styled SUP race with the sport’s largest cash purse of $25,000. For those just getting their feet wet in the world of SUP, it represents the ideal opportunity to learn about the sport, the fun, the equipment and the global community behind it. This year’s event includes a free SUP Expo, kids’ activities and a wood board carving workshop in addition to the races. The Elite

Last year’s Battle of the Paddle. Photo by Tom Servais/Rainbow

Race will feature some of the world’s best including past champions Danny Ching, Jamie Mitchell and Dana Point’s own Chuck Patterson. Hurry and register, entries already exceed last year’s record of 650 and this year’s field is expected to exceed 750. Event info and registration is now open at SC —Dana Point Times

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