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F E B R U A RY 1 1 –24 , 2 0 1 1 VOLUME 9, ISSUE 3

Best of San Juan

Residents cast their ballots for the people and places that make Capistrano special S P E C I A L 1 2 - PAG E I N S E R T Don DeNault and his son Michael inside the family’s hardware store on Del Obispo Street. Anytime you walk into DeNault’s, someone offers to help, which is why the store won “Best Customer Service” in the 2010 People’s Choice awards. Photo by Jonathan Volzke

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SAN CLEMENTE An image of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin popped up near the bowling alley and Miramar theater Saturday morning. A group holding a rally against the Playa Del Norte project happened upon the scene with black spray paint reading, “Yes on A,” and blue paint crossing it over. Written on the side was the phrase, “No on crony capitalism.” Both sides of the Measure A debate have condemned the graffiti. The image, actually a six- to eight-foot sticker, was removed within hours of the first calls. An employee of the city’s graffiti removal contractor not only had to remove the sticker but also paint over the scarred portions of the wall. Though the Stalin sticker was the first related to Measure A, the culprit has struck before with images of Frankenstein and monsters. The word “Talega” appears on the works.

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DANA POINT Two of the three medical marijuana dispensaries red-tagged and closed on January 24 for municipal/building code violations appealed the city’s actions at a six-hour hearing on February 4. The hearing was presided over by retired Orange County Judge Jim Smith at Council Chambers. Smith was approved to hear the case in a special meeting of the City Council held earlier the same day. The council had previously agreed that the appeals should be heard by an impartial third party in order to avoid the appearance of bias against the dispensaries. The council offered Holistic Health and Beach Cities Collective a hand in choosing the judge but they declined. Council then asked that one be assigned randomly by JAMS arbitration and mediation service. Smith’s decision whether the businesses will be allowed to reopen is expected some time this week.

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…Smooth Puss Out?

THE LATEST: Adios, Smooth Puss. The San Juan Capistrano Fiesta Association, the all-volunteer group that puts on the Swallows Day Parade and related activities, has ended a decades-long tradition of selling “Smooth Puss” buttons to help keep folks out of the Hoos’gow. Fiesta President Steve Weekes announced in January the board of directors was considering doing away with the “Smooth Puss” tradition because the title offended some people who felt it had become slang for a woman’s private parts. Others who supported keeping the name contend the president is just being a sour puss. The parade is a 53-year tradition in Capistrano, although it’s unclear just how far back the “Smooth Puss” buttons go. The buttons were sold as bail to get folks out of the roving jail that Fiesta members take around town the day before the parade. Weekes announced meeting that “Hoos’gow” buttons would now be sold instead of those labeling the wearer a “Smooth Puss.” WHAT’S NEXT: The Fiesta Association meets on Wednesday weekly up until parade day, which is March 26 this year. The group meets at 7 p.m. at the Nydegger Building. New members or potential members are encouraged to attend. But on Wednesday, February 16, Fiesta hosts “Taste of San Juan” with local restaur