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New Restaurant Coming to Dana Point Harbor

Remember when the venerable Jolly Roger restaurant in Dana Point Harbor closed its doors? Well, a replacement has been found. The new restaurant will be called “The Waterman at Dana Point Harbor” and it will be owned by the same company that operates Sunsets in Capistrano Beach and San Clemente (at the pier), and StillWater [...]

The Tragic and Scandalous Origins of Doheny State Beach

Official records will tell you that the original 41 acres of Doheny State Beach was donated by Southern California oil tycoon Edward Doheny on May 31, 1931. Many people don’t know that tomorrow – February 16th – marks the anniversary of the Doheny family tragedy that directly resulted in Doheny’s donation of the oceanfront property [...]

Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Hold Public Meeting Regarding the Restart of San Onofre

It has been almost a year since San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was shut down on January 31, 2012 due to a leak in Reactor 3. A subsequent investigation of the plant revealed substantial degradation in the plant’s steam tubes — components that are critical for the plant’s safe operation. Any leak in the steam [...]

Patch Sponsoring a CUSD School Board Candidates Debate

We’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating, our local San Juan Capistrano Patch does a great job following hyper-local politics. Not only do they report the races in great detail, but they sponsor civic events that facilitate participative democracy at the local level. In the latest example, the Patch is sponsoring a debate [...]