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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009 San Diego Community Newspaper Group  Volume 14, Number 34 SDUSD trims deficit but will pay a price BY ADRIANE TILLMAN | VILLAGE NEWS The San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) Board of Education has finalized the 2009-’10 budget on paper that shows cuts the board could make to close the $63 million budget gap. However, its school-by-school impact is unclear and plenty could change as the school year unfolds. On paper at least, the board identified 18 ways to close the deficit that include increasing the minimum number of bus riders from eight to 15 students to save $4.24 million; not reducing the K-2 class size to save $8.1 million in teachers; not purchasing text- books next year to save $6.5 million; eliminating 30 vice-principals to save $3.36 million (the employees will not be fired but return to the classroom); and letting go of 53 special education staff to save $2.6 million. While the board decided not to fire any teachers, staff without teaching certificates can get a pink slip, according to Jack Brandais, SDUSD spokesman. “The cuts are not binding,” said John de Beck, who represents the coastal schools on the board of education. “They are the board’s present view of what SEE DEFICIT, Page 5 HEROIC MEASURES Heroes lead guitarist Hank Easton lets some classic rock riffs fly June 28 during the opening of this season’s La Jolla Concerts by the Sea. The free Sunday series runs from 2-4 p.m. at the Cove’s Scripps Park, with country rockers Nitro VILLAGE NEWS | PAUL HANSEN Express on tap this Sunday, July 5. Judge drops Pool’s restraining order BY ALYSSA RAMOS | VILLAGE NEWS A federal judge on June 29 lifted a temporary restraining order dismissing an ongoing federal case that involves the harbor seal colony at La Jolla’s Children’s Pool, sending the case to state court. United States District Judge William Q. Hayes ruled last Monday that the city of San Diego, along with La Jolla Friends of the Seals — an animal rights group — must continue their litigation, battling in state court. Hayes dismissed the federal lawsuit and a restraining order protecting the colony. Paul Kennerson, attorney for swimmer Valerie O’Sullivan, who sued and won her case against the city of San Diego 2004 after authorities cited her and others for “flushing” the Children’s Pool seal colony, said he called Judge Yuri Hoffman and wrote a letter to deputy city attorney George Schaefer in an effort to set a court date sooner than an upcoming July 20 hearing. “The federal case is now dismissed,” Kennerson said, reading the June 30 electronic letter SEE ORDER, Page 3 The most beautiful man in the world at LJP BY CHARLENE BALDRIDGE | VILLAGE NEWS La Jolla Playhouse opened the world premiere of Claudia Shear’s “Restoration” June 28. Directed by Playhouse artistic director Christopher Ashley, it continues through July 28. “Restoration” is not a play about the Restoration, that period of English history beginning in 1690 when Charles II restored the English, Scottish and Irish monarchies, but about the restoration of Michelangelo’s 1504 work David, in time for the nine-month celebration of the sculpture’s 500th anniversary. The creation of “Il Gigante” from its block of marble was contentious (two sculptors were involved prior to Michelangelo’s commissioning) and so was the cleaning method. After much wrangling and several departures, including the director of the Academy, it was decided that David would be cleaned a mix- ture of with distilled water and cellulose at Florence’s Galleria dell’Accademia. The gallery was never closed. Author Shear portrays a dumpy middle-aged art restorer named Giulia. She was born in SEE BEAUTIFUL, Page 4 PHOTO BY CRAIG SCHWARTZ Playwright and actress Claudia Shear (right) cleans the foot of David in La Jolla Playhouse’s “Restoration.” Star-spangled skies over SD America’s Finest City celebrates the Fourth of July in style with a number of spectacular fireworks shows, from San Diego Bay to Mission Bay to La Jolla Cove. So grab a blanket and head to the water for the festivities! • Paradise Point Resort & Spa’s ninth annual “All American BBQ and Fireworks Extravaganza” on Friday, July 3 at 9 p.m. Features live entertainment, all-you-caneat Kansas-style barbecue, carnival activities and a 30-minute fireworks display over Mission Bay. Open to the public. $59 for adults, $25 for children ages 12 and under. For more information call (800) 344-2626. Paradise Point Resort & Spa is located at 1404 Vacation Road, Mission Bay. • La Jolla Country Club: Fireworks can be seen from Mount Soledad, July 4, 8 p.m. • La Jolla Cove, July 4, 9 p.m. • Mission Bay Yacht Club’s fireworks can be seen all over the bay, on Mount Soledad and in Pacific Beach, July 4, 9 p.m. • SeaWorld: Fireworks can be seen all over the bay and in Crown Point, July 3-5, 9:30 p.m. • Ocean Beach Pier, July 4, 9 p.m. • San Diego Bay, July 4, 9 p.m. • San Diego Symphony (Embarcadero Marina Park South), July 4, 9 p.m. — Staff report

La Jolla Village News, July 2nd, 2009

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