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    The regional water control agency staff will meet on Friday in Mission Viejo’s Council Chambers.  The purpose is to explain and receive feedback on proposed regulations for South OC cities regarding control of urban runoff water.

    Mission Viejo’s City Manager Dennis Wilberg  expressed concern the tenative new regulations will be “burdensome and costly.”  He said, “Proposed numeric targets for pollutants are seen as impossible to achieve. 

    Especially expensive would be a proposal requiring existing storm drains be fitted with water treatment devices. 

    The meeting begins at 10 am and is expected to continue through the afternoon.

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    A large section of Jeronimo Road is sinking. Exploratory excavation by L.T. Engineering began Monday to obtain soil samples and determine the cause. City officials are also working with soil engineers and the Santa Margarita Water District.

    The section of roadway affected is east of Marguerite. Jeronimo remains open, but the number one lane eastbound is closed for the construction activity. The lane closure may exist for a period of time, pending an answer to the problem. Reconstruction and asphalt replacement will then need to be completed.

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astronomy-at-library-crop    On  Friday  and Saturday the Mission Viejo Library and Scopes-4-Schools, Inc., will host a two-day astronomy festival at the Library. It is geared for all ages.

    The free event starts at noon on both days, with participants viewing the sun through solar telescopes. Friday features webcast interviews with professional astonomers. On Saturday the event ends with a star-gazing party.

    This year is the 400th anniversary of when Galileo Galilei first looked at the night sky using a telescope. He was the first scientist to do so and his discoveries marked the beginning of modern observational astronomy. In celebration of Galileo’s work the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and UNESCO have declared 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy.

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 3rd

12 noon – 4 pm – Solar viewing – safe public viewing of the Sun with special H alpha telescopes (weather permitting)

12 noon – 4 pm – Childrens activities

12 noon – 9 pm – Local student’s Astronomy Art Work Display

12 noon – 9 pm – Astronomy Images Exhibit

12 noon – 7 pm – Live webcast of interviews with professional astronomers

7 pm – 9pm – Expert Panel Discussion and Q & A Session

Saturday, April 4th

12 noon – 4 pm – Solar viewing – safe public viewing of the Sun with special H alpha telescopes (weather permitting)

12 noon – 4 pm – Childrens activities

12 noon – 9 pm – Local student’s Astronomy Art Work Display

12 noon – 9 pm – Astronomy Images Exhibit

8 pm – 11 pm – Star Party – view planets, the Moon, stars and nebulas through telescopes provided for the public (weather permitting).

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100-Yard Boys Butterfly [Photo by Louis Martinet]

Boys 100 Yard Butterfly (Photo by Louis Martinet)

    Mission High’s aquatic teams had excellent performances in Saturday’s 37th Annual Swimming and Diving Invitational at the Marguerite Swimming Complex. The Diablo gals scored 3rd overall among 30 statewide schools while the guys finished 5th.  About 640 student athletes competed.

    The Diablos were exceptional in the 1-meter diving competition. Kyle Kolar won the boy’s diving while Cameron Dehn took 5th. In the girl’s diving, Haley McNamara and Samantha Adams placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

    John Daniec was a standout for Mission, winning the 500-yard freestyle while taking 3rd in the 200-yard freestyle. He was a member of MV’s 2nd place 400 Yard Free Relay and 8th place 200 Yard Medley Relay.  Daniec is rated the No. 3 swimmer in Orange County by OCVarsity.

    Camille Hopp swam for 2nd in the Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke and also helped attain 2nd for the 200 Yard Free Relay.

    Following are the results for the Diablo swimmers and divers. For full meet results, go to Boys’ Final and Girls’ Final.

Boys Varsity 200 Yard Medley Relay
8 Mission Viejo – “A” 1:42.03 22.0
Weissman, Tyler [ 26.50]
Daniec, Jon [ 27.97]
Baker, Andrew [ 24.57]
Kespradit, Brian [ 22.99]

Boys Varsity 200 Yard Freestyle
3
Daniec, Jon Mission Viejo 1:41.78 16.0 CIF, AC
24.19 50.38 [26.19] 1:16.51 [26.13] 1:41.78 [25.27]
6 Weissman, Tyler Mission Viejo 1:44.76 13.0 CIF
24.53 50.66 [26.13] 1:17.76 [27.10] 1:44.76 [27.00]

Boys Varsity 1 M. Diving
1
Kolar, Kyle Mission Viejo 521.65 20.0 CIF
5 Dehn, Cameron Mission Viejo 455.00 14.0 CIF
16 Melendez, Joshua Mission Viejo 139.80 1.0

Boys Varsity 100 Yard Butterfly
15
Baker, Andrew Mission Viejo 58.08 2.0
26.63 58.08 [31.45]

Boys Varsity 500 Yard Freestyle
1
Daniec, Jon Mission Viejo 4:27.31 20.0 CIF, AA
24.36 51.28 [26.92] 1:18.42 [27.14] 1:45.72 [27.30]
2:12.95 [27.23] 2:40.05 [27.10] 3:06.98 [26.93] 3:34.10 [27.12]
4:01.08 [26.98] 4:27.31 [26.23]
3 Weissman, Tyler Mission Viejo 4:40.90 16.0 CIF
25.15 52.82 [27.67] 1:21.17 [28.35] 1:49.87 [28.70]
2:18.21 [28.34] 2:46.31 [28.10] 3:15.16 [28.85] 3:43.91 [28.75]
4:12.69 [28.78] 4:40.90 [28.21]

Boys Varsity 200 Yard Free Relay
9 Mission Viejo – “A” 1:32.14 18.0 CIF
Knitz, Michael [ 23.17]
Kespradit, Brian [ 23.15]
Blount, Ryan [ 22.67]
Ewoldt, Steven [ 23.15]
29 Mission Viejo – “B” 1:39.79
Camarda, Nick [ 25.01]
Parker, Blake [ 24.63]
Munton, Michael [ 25.18]
Miller, Joshua [ 24.97]

Boys Varsity 400 Yard Free Relay
2 Mission Viejo – “A” 3:18.01 34.0 CIF
Baker, Andrew [ 50.73]
Knitz, Michael [ 50.65]
Weissman, Tyler [ 48.16]
Daniec, Jon [ 48.47]
17 Mission Viejo – “B” 3:30.71
Ewoldt, Steven [ 52.12]
Blount, Ryan [ 51.17]
Ly, Antonio [ 52.19]

GIRLS
Girls Varsity 200 Yard Medley Relay
9
Mission Viejo – “A” 1:55.63 18.0 CIF
Quan, Rachyl [ 30.61]
Hopp, Camille [ 30.98]
Guy, Taylor [ 28.12]
Spadoni, Marina [ 25.92]
24 Mission Viejo – “B” 2:02.17
Warkentin, Kelsey [ 37.84]
Westberg, Sasha [ 28.36]
Macey, Jennifer [ 29.30]
Leyds, Megan [ 26.67]

Girls Varsity 200 Yard Freestyle
9 Morris, Chelsea Mission Viejo 1:55.64 9.0 CIF
27.21 56.24 [29.03] 1:25.83 [29.59] 1:55.64 [29.81]
11 Hughes, Olivia Mission Viejo 1:59.55 6.0 CIF
28.07 58.44 [30.37] 1:29.44 [31.00] 1:59.55 [30.11]

Girls Varsity 200 Yard Ind. Medley
9 Adams, Casey Mission Viejo 2:12.64 9.0 CIF
30.51 1:04.86 [34.35] 1:42.31 [37.45] 2:12.64 [30.33]
10 Colin, Carly Mission Viejo 2:13.46 7.0 CIF
29.96 1:04.61 [34.65] 1:43.36 [38.75] 2:13.46 [30.10]

Girls Varsity 50 Yard Freestyle
9
Acosta, Ashlyn Mission Viejo 24.73 9.0 CIF
16 Guy, Taylor Mission Viejo 25.76 1.0

Girls Varsity 1 M. Diving
2
McNamara, Haley Mission Viejo 475.25 17.0 CIF
3 Adams, Samantha Mission Viejo 461.85 16.0 CIF
14 Rommel, Christine Mission Viejo 372.05 3.0 CIF

Girls Varsity 100 Yard Butterfly
7 Guy, Taylor Mission Viejo 1:00.48 12.0 CIF
28.40 1:00.48 [32.08]

Girls Varsity 100 Yard Freestyle
10
Acosta, Ashlyn Mission Viejo 55.08 7.0 CIF
26.99 55.08 [28.09]
14 Skaggs, Nicole Mission Viejo 56.54 3.0
26.91 56.54 [29.63]

Girls Varsity 500 Yard Freestyle
9
Morris, Chelsea Mission Viejo 5:06.20 9.0 CIF
27.96 57.75 [29.79] 1:28.38 [30.63] 1:59.19 [30.81]
2:30.13 [30.94] 3:01.01 [30.88] 3:32.28 [31.27] 4:03.68 [31.40]
4:35.07 [31.39] 5:06.20 [31.13]
10 Hughes, Olivia Mission Viejo 5:13.21 7.0 CIF
28.91 1:00.14 [31.23] 1:31.64 [31.50] 2:03.16 [31.52]
2:34.44 [31.28] 3:06.16 [31.72] 3:38.29 [32.13] 4:10.28 [31.99]
4:42.00 [31.72] 5:13.21 [31.21]
13 Colin, Carly Mission Viejo 5:16.80 4.0 CIF
29.12 1:00.75 [31.63] 1:32.85 [32.10] 2:05.07 [32.22]
2:37.14 [32.07] 3:09.27 [32.13] 3:41.59 [32.32] 4:13.83 [32.24]
4:46.07 [32.24] 5:16.80 [30.73]

Girls Varsity 200 Yard Free Relay
2
Mission Viejo – “A” 1:41.01 34.0 CIF
Hopp, Camille [ 24.98]
Acosta, Ashlyn [ 25.00]
Adams, Casey [ 25.82]
Skaggs, Nicole [ 25.21]
19 Mission Viejo – “B” 1:49.25
Macey, Jennifer [ 27.53]
Leyds, Megan [ 27.60]
Zepeda, Kristen [ 27.33]
Warkentin, Kelsey [ 26.79]

Girls Varsity 100 Yard Backstroke
12
Quan, Rachyl Mission Viejo 1:03.86 5.0 CIF
31.32 1:03.86 [32.54]

Girls Varsity 100 Yard Breaststroke
2
Hopp, Camille Mission Viejo 1:07.57 17.0 CIF
31.59 1:07.57 [35.98]
6 Adams, Casey Mission Viejo 1:09.81 13.0 CIF
33.32 1:09.81 [36.49]

Girls Varsity 400 Yard Free Relay
5 Mission Viejo – “B” 3:43.34 28.0 CIF
Colin, Carly [ 57.26]
Morris, Chelsea [ 54.80]
Spadoni, Marina [ 56.13]
Skaggs, Nicole [ 55.15]
6 Mission Viejo – “A” 3:45.99 26.0 CIF
Hughes, Olivia [ 58.19]
Guy, Taylor [ 54.75]
Acosta, Ashlyn [ 55.73]
Adams, Casey [ 57.32]

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    The sidebar has a new feature called Twitterings.  It allows the Dispatch to provide tidbits which might have niche interest or which would not have sufficient newsworthy content for an immediate article.  The succinct format is limited to 140  characters per item, allowing readers to scan for items of interest within a few seconds.

    The most recent Twitterings are shown in the sidebar.  To view previous items click “Twitterings” at the top of the box.

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    For the second time this month, a sewage leak in Mission Viejo closed Doheny State Beach.  The latest incident occurred Monday on Crown Valley near Coco’s Restaurant.

    Bob Gummerman, General Manager of Moulton Water District, told the Dispatch a couple one liter plastic bottles caused the problem.  One of the bottles tilted and stuck in the 10-inch sewer pipe.  That caused a solid waste backup to the previous manhole where sewage water escaped through the manhole cover, into the street gutter, and down the storm drain on the eastbound lanes of the street.

    The leak was reported at 10:01 am Monday and fixed at 10:26 am.  Based on the leakage during that time, the escaped volume was estimated at 750 gallons, although officials were uncertain how long the leak existed before being reported.

    Doheny State Beach re-opened today, Friday.  Under state law a beach must be closed if a spill is reported, regardless of whether any tests have been performed.  Opening a beach must be preceded by two consecutive days of testing showing acceptable bacteria counts.

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As a parent of two elementary age students, I am very disturbed and concerned about Mayor Ury’s threat to the teachers. Teachers are dealing with continuous worries of layoffs and year-after-year increases in class sizes and workload.

No other factor has as much impact on the education of our children as teachers. Ury’s lack of understanding of this fact shows he is out of touch with his constituents.

Teachers’ salaries as-is can hardly support a middle class life style in this area. Ury needs to work harder and find a better way to deal with the budget issue.

Ali Eslami

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