Dana Point

  • Calendar

    October 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Where's the Beach? Orange County's War Over Public Sand

    It's 7:02 on a recent summer evening, and the main gate at Strands Beach, located next to a parking lot on Selva Road on the north side of Dana Point Harbor, slams shut. The gate, which opens to the Strand at Headlands development, locks at this time every evening from May through September; from Oc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Orange County Beaches Still Relatively Clean Despite NRDC's Tougher Testing Standards

    As we recently reported, Orange County did well in Heal the Bay's beach water quality report, as most of our beaches usually do, although they were helped by a lack of rainfall and the resulting lack of polluted runoff from storm drains and other sources. Now comes the Natural Resources Defense Coun ... More >>

  • News

    June 12, 2014


    Not completely Wyland-ed yet

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2014

    Empty Rifle Case Scares the Piss Out of Dana Hills High School

    Anyone missing an empty rifle case? Because one was found just before noon Thursday in Dana Point. In the Dana Hills High School parking lot, prompting a four-hour campus lockdown, frantic texts between students and their parents and, reportedly, the conversion of classroom sinks into urinals becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Kawamata Seafood: New Poke Place Opens in Dana Point

    Could this be the turning point for poke, the Hawaiian raw fish dish, that up to now has played second fiddle to sushi? Let's look at the evidence: Costco in Tustin at The District is selling it on weekends, and new joints like PokiNometry in Anaheim are popping up and dedicating their entire menu o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2014

    Julian St. John Captured and Held as Gunman in Dana Point Shooting That Led to Manhunt

    See the update at the end of this post on the suspect's arrest this morning. ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 10, 8:56 A.M.: The search for a man who shot and wounded another man in Dana Point Sunday morning ended last evening in San Onofre, with still no sign of the gunman. The vehicle he drove off in was spo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2013
  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    Khloe Kardashian the Elephant ... I Mean ... Khloe Kardashian's Elephant Goes Missing!

    The Khloe Kardashian elephant went missing! No, that's not a dig at the mammoth size of the realest of the unreal reality stars on the E! network's Keeping Up with the Kardashians. It refers to the elephant statue Lamar Odom's main squeeze dolled up for a public display in Dana Point to raise fund ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Elephants Invade Dana Point!

    Elephants are parading through Dana Point, not to promote a circus but to draw attention to the plight of the endangered Asian elephant species. After debuting together for VIPs at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort Thursday morning, 30 life-size elephant sculptures were sprinkled throughout Dana P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Happy International Surfing Day Again! Appeals Court Affirms Public Access to Strands Beach

    Since they put houses up and down from the Dana Point Headlands, the city, developers and owners of those "exclusive" pads have done all they can to keep the unwashed public (i.e., you and me) off public Strands beach. Hours have been restricted, access gates have been locked and tales of vandalism, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Young Girls - Still Water- December 12, 2012

    Despite much hesitation about Googling their name, Houston-based band Young Girls were not,  in fact, girls. Being of the distinct opposite sex, these Texas boys knew how to put on a good show, even if Still Water's often reputed 'older' Wednesday night crowd was sparse at best. The two-ye ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Anti-DUI Deputies Flood Streets of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano Tonight

    If you're driving south tonight--or north from South County--you may want to program your GPS to avoid the cities of Dana Point, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano.That's because the Orange County Sheriff's Department, which patrols all three, is holding "saturation patrols" from 8 tonight through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    12 y.o. Boy Allegedly Leads Deputies on Chase That Ends With Car Burning to the Ground

    A 12-year-old boy allegedly led Orange County sheriff's deputies on a car chase from San Juan Capistrano to Dana Point early today before crashing into a tree and fleeing on foot as the family Chevy Aveo burst into flames.Dennis the Menace was found hiding in bushes, and the car burned to the ground ... More >>

  • Food

    September 13, 2012

    Hooray for Stacks Pancake House!

    [Hole In the Wall] This Dana Point breakfast spot inspires lines worthy of a club

  • Calendar

    August 30, 2012

    Micah Brown

    Constellation Room

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    [UPDATED with I.D.'s Confirmed:] Hoarding Cited as Hampering Firefighters at Home Where Author Died

    Dana Point Historical SocietyDoris J. Walker-Smith​UPDATE, NOV. 1, 2:19 P.M.: The Orange County Register confirms that the couple killed in Sunday's fire in a cluttered home on Bremerton Street in Dana Point was Jack Pierson Smith and his wife, the author and Dana Point Historical Society founde ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Pacific Blue Whale Gets Up Close and Personal with Viewing Boat Off Dana Point

    ​Passengers, a videographer and even the skipper are still shaking their heads over an unusually close encounter with a Pacific blue whale from a viewing boat in the fleet of Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari Friday afternoon off Dana Point."Dude, that was a miracle," a woman can be heard sa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Marijuana War Alive And Well In Dana Point

    ​Despite this week's news that the federal government is declaring war on medical marijuana dispensaries, an attorney for one such operation that was shuttered by Dana Point officials in March 2011 says his client hasn't given up yet. Jeff Schwartz, who represents Beach City Collectives, which is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2011

    Dana Point BBQ Championship

    ProfessorSalt.comBeef brisket from Los Alamitos team Inhale BBQ​Last Friday and Saturday, September 23 - 24, fifty BBQ teams from across the Western states took over the lush lawns of Sea Terrace Park for the inaugural Dana Point BBQ Championship. Top teams featured on TLC's BBQ Pitmasters show su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    This Saturday: Dana Point Lobster Fest

    Photo Courtesy of Dana Point Lobster Fest ​Last year was the first year of the Dana Point Lobster Fest and evidently it was successful enough that they're doing year two this Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 4 to 9pm at Doheny State Beach.

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    [UPDATED with Dispensary Filing $30-million suit against city:] Dana Point Wins Another Judgment Against Cannabis Clubs

    ​UPDATE, JUNE 17: Seems like the back-and-forth legal wrangling between the city of Dana Point and a pair of marijuana collectives is never going to end. The latest news: According to a recent OC Register story, Holistic Health, one of three Dana Point dispensaries that have been ordered to pay mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    [UPDATED: Pot Club Rescinds Truce]: Dana Point Officials Winning War on Medical Pot?

    ​UPDATED, May 13, 12:25 PM: The Beach City Collective rescinded a truce offer yesterday that had been extended to the Dana Point City Council in a May 4 letter, the Dana Point Times has reported. The medical marijuana dispensary had offered to withdraw its $20 million lawsuit against the city if D ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2011

    Alcantara Piano Trio

    St. Edward's Church

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Dana Point Shuts Down Three Pot Clubs

    ​It's getting harder to find legal marijuana in Dana Point. In March 2010, city officials sued half a dozen cannabis collectives in an effort to shut them down, demanding access to patient lists and other records. The next month, sheriff's officials raided the Safe Harbor Collective as well as hom ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Dana Point Martial Arts Shop Tops Hot List

    ​The Dragon Institute on Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point has nabbed the No. 1 spot of MyFoxLA's "Hot List" for Orange County martial arts shops.The institute specializes in Wing Chun Kung Fu that teaches how smaller, weaker persons can defend themselves against big creeps or county Supervisor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Surfrider Foundation Strikes Back for Access to Beach Below Dana Point Headlands

    ​Dana Point sued the state last month to keep locks and posted hours on gates leading to the Headlands' access paths to the public coastline. Now, the Surfrider Foundation--the San Clemente-based nonprofit that promotes the right to low-impact, free and open access to the world's waves and beach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Dana Point Sues State to Keep Gates Locked to Headlands' Public-Access Paths

    Keep off!​Remember all that crap flowing about guaranteeing public access to the magnificent Dana Point Headlands while plans were winding through the city and state for a gated community of 118 multimillion-dollar homes atop the bluff?The operative word above is "bluff."

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Dana Point's Legal Ping-Pong Match Over Cannabis Collectives is in Full Swing

    SafeHarborCollective.comDana Point Safe Harbor Collective looks safe from here.​Sheriff's deputies served search warrants at a Dana Point medical marijuana dispensary and four homes in San Clemente associated with the business.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Mexi Restaurant Uses ¡Ask a Mexican! Logo for Ad in Dana Point Paper, No One Asks for Permission

    ​The few times I bother with Dana Point, I pick up a copy of the Dana Point Times. It works--better than the Orange County Register's community rags, but it ain't no Fullerton Observer. But I haven't visited in months, so imagine my surprise when a reader forwarded me an early November copy of the ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 19, 2009

    Turkey Trot

    Corner of Dana Point Harbor Dr. and Golden Lantern

  • Calendar

    October 8, 2009

    Dana Point Art Festival

    Lantern Bay Park

  • Calendar

    June 18, 2009

    Father's Day Art Show

    Dana Point Harbor

  • Calendar

    June 11, 2009


    Doheny State Beach

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Dana Point's Beautiful Bridge To Semi-Nowhere Opens

    Giant ceremonial scissors made an appearance along Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point this morning, as members of the city council and OC Board of Supervisors member Pat Bates dedicated a brand new pedestrian bridge.It's not just a pedestrian bridge, though. It's "beautification." It's a "great wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2009

    Heal The Bay Gives the Baby Beach a Clean Bill Of Health

    Heal the Bay has released its annual report card of California beach water quality. Each of Orange County's beaches has received a grade, and the 88-page report has some other info on the county. Let's break it down:We've got two "beach bummers." On Heal the Bay's list of the top 10 worst beaches in ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 14, 2009
  • Calendar

    April 9, 2009

    Junior Oceanographer

    Ocean Institute

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    Politics Devours Journalism In Dana Point, Courtesy Of Twitter

    Here's a story. Your reporter attends Dana Point City Council workshop tonight about the proposed Town Center design. Your reporter leaves midway through, unsure of what to later write about the generally uneventful first half of the meeting. Your reporter returns home a few hours later, for some re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    It's Time To Harpoon A Whale Of A Cliché In Dana Point

    SparkyLeigh / Flickr / Creative CommonsBrighten up your baleen and brush your blowhole, because for the next two weekends, Dana Point hosts its 38th annual Festival of Whales. Despite the fact that I've lived in that silly little seaport for some two decades, I have exactly zero memories of this eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Starting This Friday: Dana Point Restaurant Week

    Not a moment after the first ever Orange County Restaurant Week winds down (it ends this Saturday, March 7th, after a one week extension), another "Restaurant Week" waits in its wake.  Up next? Dana Point with its own Dana Point Restaurant Week. It starts this Friday, March 6th and runs to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    This Week in Reasons To Be Embarrassed About Dana Point

    Now, I love Dana Point, my sleepy, crusty, adorable harbor-village-that's-trying-to-dress-up-as-Newport hometown. But its legal cityhood is only a little bit younger than I am, and so I can relate to the public embarrassments it has had in the last week or so. You turn 20, you're told that you're an ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 12, 2009


    Pyrate Adventure Sail

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2009

    To Do Tonight 1/6

    Wildcat Duo, 7:30 p.m.Not one, but two wildcats. Wow. Renaissance Dana Point, 24701 Del Prado Ave., Dana Point, CA; 949-661-6003Playwright Festival, 7 p.m.Learn to write plays and listen to live readings.Fullerton College, 321 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, CA; 714-992-7433TNT Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.A dyna ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    Rendezvous To Be Replaced By New Steakhouse

    The revolving door of eateries continues.  According to the Capistrano Dispatch, the space that the recently departed Rendezvous occupied in San Juan Capistrano's train depot is being developed by the people behind Gemmell's of Dana Point.In it's place, come mid-January, will be a steakhouse calle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2007

    Sunday's Headlines & Surprises: The Shame of Wayne Gross

    Dana Point Gets a Celebrity! Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his wife, Cookie, have purchased a $7.6 million gated-community “vacation” home in Dana Point, according to the Times. Though “Hot Property” reporter Ruth Ryon didn’t share more details about the location, you can assume it’s at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2007

    Monday's Headlines & Surprises: Ass Slapping Fun!

    Worm Attack in Dana Point? TMZ reports that Orange County police are investigating former Los Angeles Laker/Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman for allegedly committing a “crime” inside the Hennessy's Tavern near PCH in Dana Point. The celebrity website says Rodman was accused of slapping a female custom ... More >>

  • Features

    October 19, 2006

    Alan Hess

    The architecture critic and author shares some of his favorite things

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2006

    Dana Point: Not As Disgusting As It Used To Be

    Santa Monica's Heal the Bay has issued its 16th annual Beach Report Card, documenting the water quality at Southern California's beaches-- though "quality" may not be exactly the right word, since the report card lists SoCal's top ten beaches in terms of water pollution. This year, Los Angeles Count ... More >>

  • Features

    October 20, 2005
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