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Roll up your sleeve, it’s flu shot time Seven pages of prep football previews PAGE A20 PAGE B1 Marilyn Hanes Your RB/Poway Neighborhoood Specialist 39 Homes already closed for my clients in 2013 - LOCAL SUPER COUPONS PAGES A17 & B9 I can Sell Yours Too! (619) 540-6750 50 cents THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013 | VOL. 59, ISSUE 13 BRE#00634965 RB park might still be in PUSD site’s future RB/4S DIGEST Pancake breakfast The 45th annual Rancho Bernardo Kiwanis Club pancake breakfast will be 7 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 at Rancho Bernardo High School, 13010 Paseo Lucido. Tickets are $6, with children 4 to 8 years charged $3. Each ticket includes one entry in the 39-inch flat screen television drawing. There will also be a silent auction. Proceeds will go to charitable projects. Win a Kindle Fire or Current Resident Presorted Standard US Postage PAID San Diego CA Permit No. 2551 Rancho Bernardo High School Friends of the Library is holding an opportunity drawing on Sept. 28 for a basket with $200 in prizes including a Kindle Fire 8GB and John Grisham book signed by the author. Tickets are $5. Buy at the RB Kiwanis pancake breakfast on Aug. 31, the RBHS Foundation breakfast on Sept. 28 or any time at the RB High library. 14023 Midland Road Poway, CA 92064 (includes tax) BY ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK There is the possibility that part of a Poway Unified property in Rancho Bernardo could become a park, while the rest is developed for homes, said Superintendent John Collins. In an attempt to make the sale more appealing to Rancho Bernardans and developers, the Poway Unified School District has again extended the bid deadline for its 10.88-acre site along Avenida Venusto. Bids were to be opened at PUSD’s Sept. 16 board meeting, but earlier this month Collins requested the board extend the submission deadline to Nov. 8, with the goal of opening bids on Nov. 12. Collins said he asked for the bid opening delay “so that we may continue to build on the community support in order to maximize the potential value of the site while meeting the interests of the local community. To date we have had a number of good meetings with some of the leaders from the Bernardo Heights Association and the Rancho BerCOLLINS nardo Planning Committee.” He said the goal is to see if part of the land can be set aside for a park while the rest is developed for residential use. The district set the minimum acceptable bid at $6.6 million for its vacant Rancho Bernardo property dubbed “the water tower site.” After giving the City of San Diego multiple opportunities last year to make a purchase offer, in January it opened the sale to others, with an initial deadline of March 11. That deadline was extended to May 17 and later to Sept. 13. The November deadline is the fourth extension to potential developers. The district obtained the land more than two decades ago with the intention of building a school. That never happened. Years later a nearby water tower made the site incompatible for a school due to state earthquake standards, but it was occasionally used for temporary storage. In 2006 PUSD tried to include it as part of a land swap when looking for a new district office, but Rancho Bernardans objected to the plan that would have led to construction of 171 condominiums. The idea was later abandoned. Per city guidelines, a parcel designated for a school that is not built is to be first considered for park space or other recreational facility before it can be sold for other purposes. According to city standards outlined in the Rancho Bernardo Community Plan, Rancho Bernardo has a 34-acre park space deficiency since the standard is 2.8 acres per 1,000 residents. With RB being built out, many have said this is likely the last opportunity to gain additional park space. When the district announced last year it wanted to make another attempt See PROPERTY, Page A22 Experts advise how best to deal with coyotes BY ELIZABETH MARIE HIMCHAK Eliminating access to food, water and shelter are key to discouraging coyotes from Rancho Bernardo neighborhoods, according to wildlife officials. To do this, do not leave pet food outside, remove bird feeders, pick up fruit from the ground, empty pet water bowls and cover other water sources since coyotes will even drink chlorinated water. Also, thin shrubbery and landscaping so they cannot create dens, seal off access under patios and porches, secure trash cans to fences so they cannot be tipped over and install motion lights. If an encounter occurs, blow on a metal or brass whistle — but not a plastic whistle, blow a party horn, clap hands, shout loudly, throw a can containing marbles in the coyote’s direction or squirt it in the chest with a Super Soaker-style water gun filled with a half-cup of ammonia — but not bleach, California Department of Fish and Game Natural Resource Volunteers Kim Maskalenko, left, and Ro Rozinka, and Warden Lance Weihe explained how Rancho Bernardans can coexist with coyotes.  Photo by Elizabeth Marie Himchak said Kim Maskalenko, a natural resource volunteer with the California Department of Fish and Game. Maskalenko, CDFG Warden Lance Weihe and Natural Resource Volunteer Ro Rozinka plus USDA Wildlife Service Specialist Terry Cox told more than 100 Rancho Ber- nardans how they can coexist with coyotes during the Aug. 22 Rancho Bernardo Community Council meeting. The speakers were invited in response to some residents’ growing concerns about dangers posed to their pets by coyotes. An increasing number of sightings and encoun- ters have occurred in recent months, according to some residents. Weihe said if a coyote is encountered while walking a small dog, pick the dog up and “take a stand. Don’t just walk away.” He said people must break the coyote’s focus, since it will be zeroed in the pet. He said leashes should not be long enough to allow dogs to walk several feet ahead and advised carrying a long flashlight that if needed can be used as a weapon if the coyote attacks. “We are taking over their territory, they are not taking over ours,” Rozinka said before explaining the physical traits of a coyote that help it be among the most adaptable and smartest wild animals. “They will push the envelope to see what they can get away with and have been conditioned to not fear you,” Cox said. Outrunning a coyote is not likely Rozinka said since they can run at 25 miles per hour all day while hunting and at 45 miles per hour in short spurts if being hunted due to their long, spindly, very fast legs. Rozinka said Native Americans called coyotes “the most confident walker in the wilderness” for good reason. Unlike other animals that primarily count on one sense, he said See COYOTES, Page A22

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