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VILLAGE NEWS DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS! Scott Appleby & Kerry ApplebyPayne LA JOLLA Fall back and get an extra hour LA JOLLA’S PREFERRED SOURCE FOR LOCAL NEWS of sleep on Sunday, Nov. 4 San Diego Community Newspaper Group THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2012 A Family Tradition of Real Estate Success 858-775-2014 DRE#01197544 DRE#01071814  Volume 18, Number 5 E L E C T I O N 2 0 1 2 : C A N D I D AT E S TAT E M E N T S SAN DIEGO MAYOR DISTRICT 1 CITY COUNCIL CARL DEMAIO My top priority is fixing city finances, restoring services, repairing our roads and getting San Diegans back to work with job creation. I’ll bring people together. As mayor, I will lead by example and create the most open and transparent city government in the nation. I’ll always take a balanced approach. The city continues to fall behind each year on regular maintenance of our roads and infrastructure. The incoming mayor will need to catch up on backlogged infrastructure maintenance estimated at $900 million and cut through regulatory red tape that has stifled BOB FILNER We need solutions to move our city forward, not political agendas, endless lawsuits and political standoffs. I will make city government work for all San Diegans — not just developers and other special interests — rebuilding aging infrastructure in our neighborhoods and restoring basic city services. • I will create good-paying jobs by making San Diego an alternative energy leader, expanding our port into a maritime center and building an innovation-based economy for the 21st century. • I will improve our schools so every child has SEE DEMAIO, Page 2 SEE FILNER, Page 2 RAY ELLIS As your councilmember, I will focus on restoring community services. I strongly support pension reform and will solve the pension issue. I will get San Diego’s fiscal house in order so that we can bring back library hours, restore neighborhood parks and fix the potholed streets in our community. For an explanation of select local and state propositions, see Page 5 LJ Town Council officials vow Christmas parade will go on, but $30,000 still needed BY DAVE SCHWAB | VILLAGE NEWS It’s official: the 55th annual La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival will go on. But the La Jolla Town Council, which sponsors the event — taking place on Dec. 2 — and the La Jolla Parade Foundation, which supports it, need the community’s help with sponsorships and donations to make up for funding shortfalls. “There will be a parade,” promised Ann Kerr Bache, parade chair. “But we need to raise more money — about $30,000. We’re hoping for community support so we can continue the tradition.” Inflation and a recessionary economy continue to make fundraising a challenge. Kerr Bache said donations supporting the parade from individuals and companies alike have fallen short this year, while inflation continues to take its toll. In past years, the La Jolla Christmas parade received county grant funding from county Supervisor Pam Slater-Price ($7,500), as well as $5,000 from Supervisor Ron Roberts last year. “Unfortunately, this year we were informed that the grant we applied for requires purchases only — single-year expenditures,” said Kerr Bache. “We used to count on that money to cover the cost of renting safety equipment, barricades, porta-potties, trashcans, a sound system, walkie-talkie equipment etc. — all of which we rent for obvious sound business practices. By the time we heard from their office and were notified of this it was too late to apply for any other grants.” Kerr Bache said the parade foundation remains optimistic the community will answer the call for Santa and his Christmas colleagues will indeed make an fundraising help. “Typically in a appearance at the La Jolla Christmas Parade and Holiday given year, about 70 Festival, which was in danger of being canceled due to lower-than-normal donations this year. DON BALCH | Village News percent of our donations are from individappearance this year by the Wells Fargo uals and businesses so we are hopeful,” stagecoach and horses. she said. Last year, about 20,000 attended the The event, she said, costs approxi- parade and festival and about 2,000 peomately $55,000 to stage. ple, 68 equestrians and about 100 cars This year parade fundraising was participated in the parade. aided by the newly formed La Jolla This year’s theme, “Christmas in the Christmas Parade Foundation, a 501(c)3 Village,” is embodied in the parade nonprofit that allows for tax-deductible poster, which highlights a photo from contributions. the Historical Society of the Cameron “In the past, people gave to the La Jolla Highlanders Band sponsored by La Jolla Town Council Foundation,” said Kerr Music Company marching in the 1984 Bache. “But we needed to create a special Parade. foundation, the La Jolla Parade FoundaParade grand marshals are François tion, purely for managing and running and Diana Goedhuys, owners of Girard the parade.” Gourmet. Other parade marshals, The parade kicks off at 2 p.m., Sunday, including youth marshals, will be Dec. 2. Following tradition there will be announced closer to the parade. equestrians, floats, beauty queens, fire La Jolla’s Christmas parade tradition is engines, marching bands, and miscella- unique because it is organized and conneous and vintage vehicles carrying ducted entirely by community volunparade marshals. There will be a special SEE PARADE, Page 2 SHERRI LIGHTNER I’m a 53-year resident of San Diego, UCSD graduate and professional engineer who raised my family in La Jolla, built a small business with my husband and served as a longtime volunteer community leader. Since being elected to City Council in 2008, I have made critical reforms to city pensions and retiree healthcare and implemented managed competition, saving taxpayers over a billion dollars. I also cut my pay by 9 percent and my staff's by 6 percent. As a result, our city has been able to balance its budget and achieve a surplus while other SEE LIGHTNER, Page 2 QuickHits La Jolla High conquering financial woes With public schools battling budget cuts year after year, the Foundation of La Jolla High School is fighting back by reviving its “Conquer the Cuts” fundraising program to counter the challenges ahead. “Budget cuts affecting San Diego city schools like La Jolla High School have become all too familiar. Every school year brings with it a new set of budget cuts and obstacles to surmount,” said Jeff Macelli, president of the Foundation of La Jolla High School. “This year’s campaign will require the support of everyone in our community, from parents to local business owners.” The foundation will maintain all proceeds donated to Counter the Cuts II and distribute funds to the school based on its most immediate needs. Funds raised in the past have gone to new technology, grounds beautification, and restoring and improving athletic fields, the auditorium and other buildings. “This year the foundation has been asked to fund items that historically you would expect your tax dollars to provide: textbooks, classroom equipment, school supplies, campus maintenance and teaching staff,” said Macelli. “The foundation will work hard to make sure that every dollar you contribute goes directly to continuing the tradition of academic excellence at La Jolla High School.” So far, the foundation has raised $53,000, more than one-third of the way toward its $150,000 goal. “We’re off to a great start, but we still have a long way to go,” he said. Anyone interested in making a donation can visit — Mariko Lamb Art & Wine Fest an overwhelming success For two days, masterful works of juried art, the sweet sound of live music and world-renowned libations hit the streets for the fourth annual La Jolla Art & Wine Festival on Oct. 13 and 14 on upper Girard Avenue. This year, the charity-driven festival was successful in raising more than $100,000 from the free event to support underfunded programs at four public La Jolla schools. Including funds raised from this year’s two-day event, organizers of the La Jolla Art & Wine Festival and their community partners have been successful in raising more than $220,000 for art, music, science, physical education, technology and on-site medical care programs at Muirlands Middle School and Bird Rock, La Jolla and Torrey Pines elementary schools over the past four years. — Mariko Lamb SEE BRIEFS, Page 3

La Jolla Village News, November 1st, 2012

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