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Three years ago, San Carlos resident Bonnie Demming was at a hair salon appointment when two women, Louise Smith and Tobie Scheibel, told her she had to be in the San Diego Follies. The then 80-year-old was skeptical at fi rst but after a bit of soul searching and looking back on her life as a dancer — in high school she performed in Balboa Park, as a teacher she taught her students folk dances, and in Mrs. San Diego

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Demming wants more people her age — if they have some talent, a desire to be on stage and commitment to rehearsing — to also experience the thrill of performing. Now in its 10th year, Christian Community Theater’s San Diego Follies is looking for more 55-and-older seniors to be part of the show, which will be held June 22–25 at the Helix Performing Arts Center in La Mesa. Auditions for interested vocal performers will be held on March 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m. and

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and Mrs. California contests performing Hawaiian dances — Demming decided to audition. “I went and tried out and sure enough the first thing they said is, ‘Oh, you are going to be in it and you are going to be a showgirl,” she said, adding that she only agreed to be a showgirl after seeing the feathered costumes. “In the show, all the girls come up on stage in their costumes and they say who they are and their age, so I get up there and I say, ‘I’m Bonnie Demming and I’m 83 and everybody claps.”

Over the past months, we’ve been following the various efforts to attract new grocery stores to move into previously abandoned markets. We might be quite close to a new tenant in the old Albertson’s at Waring Road and Zion Avenue in Allied Gardens. Linda Lasher, center manager for Cloverfield Management, says talks there are ongoing and constant between the center’s owner and Grocery Outlet, Inc. — a bargain market chain that is headquartered in Berkeley, California. “We don’t have signatures on the contract yet, but the talks are ongoing. We’re hopeful there’ll be an announcement very soon,” Lasher said. The notice of application for a license to sell beer and wine at a market has been on the front door of the old Albertson’s for a couple of months now, and

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Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal may be retiring as the spiritual leader at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue, but wants both congregation and community members to know he’s not going far. “I’ll still be around. [My wife and I] aren’t moving. If anything, I’ll be busy driving my wife crazy. She’s already talking about moving out after I retire,” Rabbi Rosenthal said, laughing. “I’ll still be around for emergencies and special events.” The last day of his 29-year tenure with the synagogue will be March 5; after that, he plans on doing some volunteer work and possibly taking some classes. But most importantly, he looks forward to spending more time with his children and grandchildren. He’s also looking forward to traveling to Israel for Passover. “It’s been both an honor and privilege to be with the

same institution for the past 29 years. It’s not common to be with the same institution for so long,” he said. “I’m parting with many friends and affection. It’s been a real privilege.” Throughout his tenure, the rabbi has racked up a long list of accomplishments; in addition to leading many groups of synagogue members to Israel, he’s been a longtime proponent of Israel advocacy. He’s made countless visits to synagogue shut-ins and seniors through home visitations, and he’s served as president of the San Diego Rabbinical Association three times. He’s even been honored by the San Diego City Council. On Jan. 31, the council signed a proclamation declaring that the day would forever be known as “Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Day in San Diego.” “I was touched. It is a great honor for the city to recognize me in that way,” he said. See ROSENTHAL page 3

Rabbi Leonard Rosenthall poses with his wife Judy after being honored with a proclamation by the San Diego City Council. (Courtesy of Leonard Rosenthal)

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Our four communities and where they came from

A view of San Carlos from the top of Cowles Mountain at the cusp of developing the Navajo neighborhood in 1969 (Photo by Phillip Pryde)

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Most people tend to wonder where their communities came from — how did they originate? Who built all these homes and businesses? Why are they named what they are? We actually started thinking about this when an irate reader told us we were crazy — that Capri Drive is not in Del Cerro, and never has been. (It is in Del Cerro, if only just barely.) But it got us thinking about the history, and how a whole bunch of land tracts and developments became the four communities our newspaper serves. So, with thanks to the San Diego Historical Society, the city of San Diego, and news stories over the decades of San Diego history, here we go.


Grantville is actually the first of our communities to have its identity. It really got started in 1887, when the Junipero Land and Water Company decided the area that is now Grantville, right near the San Diego Mission de Alcala, needed a home for Civil War veterans. The company actually got one single building erected before the effort died for lack of money and will. Since that didn’t really work out, the company decided it was a good idea to start selling off tracts of land to others interested in building homes and other types of buildings, so they did. It’s interesting to note that Grantville was named in honor of President Ulysses S. Grant. But the post office built in

Grantville couldn’t be called Grantville, because there was already a Grantville post office in California. So the post office was named “Orcutt.” (Further note of interest, to me at least — there is now a California community named Orcutt. It’s just south of Santa Maria, and I used to live there.) Grantville is today basically a business and industrial area of San Diego, which many people would like to convert into a commercial and residential area. Pretty much the entire Grantville area has been rezoned to try to make that happen, and it probably will, when there is enough money available to make it so. Given the plans set forth so far, it will take a lot of money.

Allied Gardens

Some of the tracts of land in that general area — about 1,000 acres to begin with — were eventually acquired by local developers Louis Kelton and Walter Bolenbacher, under the name Allied Contractors. They began building homes and developments in the area in 1955. Since the company was named Allied Contractors, it didn’t take a great leap of imagination for the area to be called Allied Gardens. It’s essentially a residential development community with a strong community identity that local organizations work hard to keep strong.

San Carlos

In 1950, developers Lou Burgener and Carlos Tavares bought up several tracts of land in what is now Clairemont. They ran in water and sewer lines, built streets, and began building

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houses as fast as they could, sometimes as many as 10 in a day. Those homes sold as fast as the developers could build them, growing into the large community we know now. That’s one of two factors in our community rundown. One is that it gave Tavares the wherewithal to start buying land and building homes and commercial structures in what we now know as San Carlos. The building boom carried on through the 1970s, creating the San Carlos community. The other factor is how San Carlos got its name. Tavares was convinced that he should name it after himself. He was not convincing himself so much as he was making his wife happy. You see, Clairemont was named after his wife, Claire. She considered it a favor returned.

Del Cerro

That brings us to our last community area covered by this newspaper. Del Cerro means “of the hill” in Spanish, and anyone who has ever driven around Del Cerro can certainly understand where that came from. Most of the almost totally residential area of Del Cerro seems to sit on a hill, or in a canyon between the hills. It’s probably the most upscale of our communities, although some San Carlos boosters might argue that. It really has only one commercial center, with Windmill Farms surrounded by a few other businesses. It’s also probably the only one of our communities that feels itself under threat from a nearby entity with designs on some of its property — namely, San Diego State University. SDSU has been talking expansion for years, and some of the property the school is looking at is actually in Del Cerro, and residents don’t take kindly to that. There is a court case under appeal in the courts right now — it’s been there for several years. Our communities are now, for the most part, built out. If there is any major building in the future, it’ll pretty much have to be like San Francisco had to do — grow up, not out. —Doug Curlee is Editor-atLarge. Reach him at doug@sdcnn. com.■

 Rosenthal, from page 1 Yet despite his long list of accomplishments and accolades, what sticks out most, he said, is the sense of community he’s helped create within the congregation. “Everyone likes each other, they’re friendly with one another and we’ve built up the Tifereth Israel Synagogue Endowment Fund, which will guarantee the future. We have a great staff and really wonderful, loving congregants,” he said.

Kindness, inclusion and the next chapter

In his departure, especially in the current day, age and political climate, the rabbi also has messages of kindness and non-partisanship for both the congregation and community at large. “I would tell people to not be so partisan and to not

build these borders between countries. Political statements can wedge between people,” he said. “The nice thing about my congregation, and the board of directors, is that we can disagree with each other strongly but we leave meetings as friends. People who have strong political opinions should get along with each other instead of demonizing each other.” He also sees value in helping the less fortunate, including people who are arriving to the U.S. from another country. “About 20 years ago, the congregation was quite active in helping with Russian refugees. We adopted families, helped supply furnishings and we helped them find jobs and make connections within the community,” he said “They were very grateful for that

assistance and some continued to be members of the congregation after that.” The rabbi’s final days at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue will be bittersweet; he’s been wellloved by his congregants. He will be missed. “The congregation was surprised, and some were saddened when I announced my retirement, but they understood,” Rosenthal said. “It’s just time for me to move onto the next phase of my life. Change can be good and sometimes things have to be shaken up in order to move on. I think of myself of being of the previous generation.” —Margie M. Palmer is a freelance writer who has been racking up bylines for over a decade. Reach her at mmpst19@■

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Del Cerro resident and Holocaust survivor Max Schindler (Photo by Ron Stein)

Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, along with 79 other orphaned young female Holocaust survivors, was also brought to the United Kingdom for rehabilitation. Immediately smitten by Max, a romance followed and they were married in 1950 at the West London Synagogue. Max was the first of “The Boys” to marry, and Rose was honored by being escorted down the aisle by Leonard Montefiore (philanthropist and son of Sir Moses Montefiore), who was largely responsible for the founding and funding of the Committee for the Care of Children in Camps, the organization that rehabilitated the 732 young concentration camp survivors. Max and Rose left England for New York in 1951 and moved to San Diego in 1956. Even though he had less than five years of formal education, Max was very intelligent and a fast learner. His beginnings in IBM machine tabulating lead to a nearly 30-year career in software development and design for Convair Division of General Dynamics. Max was known for his humility and concern for others. Concurrently, from 1967 to 1977, Max and Rose operated a successful retail fabric store called Roxy’s Fabrics in the Allied Gardens area of San Diego. Their modest home of 49 years in Del Cerro became what his children referred to as the “Schindler Country Club,” where three generations gathered on weekends and holidays to play and celebrate living. Max returned to his childhood home of Cottbus, Germany in 2015, along with Rose, three of his four children and one grandchild, after attending the 70th Anniversary of the Liberation of AuschwitzBirkenau, in Krakow, Poland. He arrived in Cottbus to a hero’s welcome and visited the Bewegte Grundschule (the primary school his brother Alfred attended and where he is memorialized), the New Synagogue (a church-turned-synagogue that opened only days before where

a special ceremony was held for Max’s return), and finally Stadthalle Cottbus (City Hall). At Stadthalle Cottbus, Max was welcomed by the city manager and other city officials who officiated a special ceremony reserved for visiting dignitaries: the signing of Das Goldene Buch der Stadt Cottbus: The Golden Book of Cottbus. Together with his wife Rose, Max was honored in San Diego with the Local Heroes Award by KPBS during Jewish Heritage Month in May 2016. Max’s oral history about saving his father’s pocketwatch chain through the camps, was read into the California State Record on May 1, 2000 during the California Senate's Yom HaShoah Observation as Resolution 153. Max often spoke to schools, military and fraternal groups about the loss of his family, his experience in forced labor and Nazi concentration camps, as well as his renewal and the rebuilding of his life in both England and the United States. His living testimony is available for viewing at the USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Max never forgot about his past, but this didn’t cloud his view of the positive potential of people and his belief that the world can heal from its past wounds. He was a survivor through and through, from exile and the horrific loss of family as a child during the Holocaust, to living a fulfilling and beautiful life before finally succumbing to stage IV melanoma at the age of 87. The tragic experiences in Max’s early life never dimmed the light of this man who exemplified quiet strength and resolve, and love for life and family. Max’s life was a testament to the strength of the human spirit. —Jeff Schindler is the son of Max Schindler. The Schindler family requests contributions in his father’s name be made to the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., USC Shoah Foundation Institute of Los Angeles, Jewish Family Service of San Diego or Boys Town Jerusalem.■


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 Grocers, from page 1

Grocery Outlet has applied for a license to sell beer and wine at the old Albertson’s store at Zion and Waring, giving hope to neighbors who have long needed a nearby grocer. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

the applicant is indeed Grocery Outlet. There are currently 10 Grocery Outlet stores in the San Diego region. Nearby locations include Santee, El Cajon and Casa de Oro. The newest Grocery Outlet opened in January in Mira Mesa, so it looks like the company is very interested in expanding into the region. According the company’s website, Grocery Outlet customers are “bargain hunters, coupon clippers, working parents, thriving families, and those who love high-quality products at very low prices.” The website also says that most Grocery Outlet stores

are “independently operated by locally-based families.” We’re not sure whether the Allied Gardens store will be operated by a local family, but we’ll let you know when we know. At the abandoned Fresh and Easy store on Navajo Road in San Carlos, things are, apparently, not nearly so close to fruition. Athena Property management president Mike Garner relayed through a spokesperson the status there. “We are talking with several different interests about that space,” he said. “There are a number of companies interested enough to talk about it, but not near any kind of agreement

yet with anyone. It should be noted that some of the groups interested in the property are not grocery companies, but other kinds of businesses.” Waiting to hear on that gave us a chance to check with other food marketers on their possible interest. What we did find out is that Whole Foods and Sprouts know of the property, but aren’t interested. Sprouts said the facility just isn’t big enough for their kind of operation. Whole Foods just isn’t interested. We’ll keep an eye on both.

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Del Cerro Action Council news Jay Wilson At the Jan. 28 meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC), police community relations officer John Steffen reported on the crimes in the area and stated that they had declined. There were only three burglaries in the past four months. “People are paying attention to their surroundings and that decreases the crime rate – keep those doors and windows closed and locked,” he said. Officer Steffen then introduced Capt. Rich Freidman who oversees the Eastern Division of the Police Department. He commented that he had held a “meeting with a cop” earlier this week in San Carlos and that he would be holding more in the community. Steffen was asked about an incident on Raymar with a homeless individual. He said the department’s Quality of Life Team had responded and handled the matter. The incident led to a discussion about the homeless situation at the proposed ColRich development along College Avenue. He said he has been working with the ColRich Company regarding the dense brush, and that ColRich has indicated that they will be working on this issue in the canyon. There are two to four individuals living in that area at any one time. “Furthermore, we just acquired a ‘Stay Away’ order with the cooperation of the ColRich Company,” Steffen said before introducing Lt. Jordan, who is responsible for all of the Navajo Area. Jordan stressed that you should call the police any time you think there is an issue that could be a police matter. Corporal Mark Peterson from SDSU also spoke. He reported that the last piece of the fence adjacent to Millpeak is in the works. SDSU is working on a plan with the final property owner. Construction should start within four weeks. “[SDSU police officers] are doing proactive patrols in the Adobe Falls area,” he said. “We know that the internet is keeping people directed to Adobe Falls. If you see a problem at the Adobe Falls area, call our law enforcement office at SDSU.” Call 619-594-1991 to reach the SDSU police. You may also call Peterson’s office at 619-594-1447.

A resident commented on the gate at the bottom of Adobe Falls Road and asked who owned it. Peterson responded that the gate is owned by the Smoke Tree complex. There was also a question about the size of the SDSU Police Department. “We are in the process of hiring new officers,” Peterson said. “Currently there are 29 officers and that is one more than we had in the 1970s. “ Liz Saidkhanian, director of outreach for Councilmember Scott Sherman, reported that Sherman is the chair of the Smart Growth committee for the city which will address needs of the existing community to balance with redevelopment. She was asked about the “road” that appears to be going up the hill into Del Cerro from below the west end of Del Cerro Boulevard. It is from an SDG&E project and they will be revegetating the area. Ashley Campbell, our new representative from Rep. Susan Davis’ office, said Rep. Davis will be working on health care for all and that she will be strongly fighting for civil rights. The evening’s program was presented by Lisa Lind, the Senior Planner for the city of San Diego, who is working on the Grantville Trolley Station/ Alvarado Creek Enhancement Study. The study will address water quality, flooding to the area, and enhancement of the storm water channel/creek as an amenity. Two workshops are scheduled: Feb. 13, at the Mission Trails Visitor Center from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Junior Achievement located at 4756 Mission Gorge Place. DCAC president Mark Rawlins then gave a brief update on the Friends of Del Cerro effort to form a Maintenance Assessment District in Del Cerro. More information is available on the Friends of Del Cerro website, This is a long, involved process. Once all the information is available, there will be public meetings required by the city. The next meeting of the DCAC will be Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. at Temple EmanuEl. The DCAC website is —Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council. Reach him at jwilson@mtrp. org.■

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LETTERS Tough fields

Re: “Area ballpark fields face vandalism, thefts” [Volume 23, Issue 1 or] For people with disabilities, the fields have been disastrous to get around before the vandalization! I can’t imagine how hard it’s going to be now. —Suzanne ChappelletMatez, via Facebook

Right neighborhood

Re: “Letters: Wrong neighborhood” [Volume 23, Issue 1 or] You previously published my letter to the editor “No MAD” two issues ago (Volume 22, Issue 12) which indicated that Temple Emanu-El is on 6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro. But, Suzanne Ross’ subsequent letter to the editor insisted that Temple Emanu-El is in San Carlos and that it is offending and irksome to say that is in Del Cerro. However, in a Jan. 24th call to the temple, the person answering the phone was emphatic that it is in Del Cerro. Moreover, a map of the proposed Del Cerro Maintenance Assessment District show that the temple’s street, Capri Drive, is clearly within Del Cerro. Further, the long-standing Del Cerro Action Council and newly-formed Friends of Del Cerro conduct their meetings at Temple Emanu-El. If the temple is not in Del Cerro, why do these organizations meet there? I have owned the same home in the Del Cerro highlands since 1971, which even Ms. Ross recognizes is definitely in Del Cerro. But every year since then, my real estate property tax bill has stated that my home is located in the San Carlos Estates. This may explain why Ms. Ross erroneously thinks that Temple Emanu-El is in San Carlos. —Stuart R. Josephs [Editor’s note: Thank you Mr. Josephs for clearing that up for us. The Mission Times Courier regrets not catching the error. The issue of neighborhood borders and why some people have different perceptions of them is further explored in this issue on Page 3 in Doug Curlee’s feature “Our four communities and where they come from.”] Perhaps the writer Suzanne Ross is confusing Temple Emanu-El with the Tifereth Israel Synagogue. Tifereth Israel is located in

San Carlos at 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd., 92119, near Whelen, while Temple Emanu-El is at 6299 Capri Ave., 92120. It is at the intersection of Capri Avenue and Del Cerro Boulevard in the community of Del Cerro. Hopefully Ms. Ross won’t need to feel so irked now. —Elaine Evins I read, with a mixture of bemusement and bewilderment, your “Letters to the Editor” column last month. As a 35-year resident of Del Cerro, I could not believe the comically inaccurate and poorly-written piece by Suzanne Ross, in which she asserts that Capri Drive “never has been, and never will be” considered part of Del Cerro. This must have been jarring news for the residents of Capri Drive! Perhaps Ms. Ross hadn’t noticed the “Welcome to Del Cerro” sign that greets motorists coming north on College Avenue from the freeway. Perhaps she wasn’t aware of Capri Drive’s intersection with — surprise! — Del Cerro Boulevard, immediately adjacent to Temple Emanu-El (whose congregation should certainly consider themselves a valued part of the Del Cerro community). I grew up on Adobe Falls Road, on the low-density residential half of the street which is only accessible from Del Cerro Boulevard. From kindergarten to the sixth grade, I went to Hearst Elementary School, at 6230 Del Cerro Blvd. All that time, I fully believed that I was a resident of Del Cerro. Thank goodness Ms. Ross and her letter were there last month to set me straight! In case there was still any ambiguity about the very clear boundaries of Del Cerro, we might consult with the San Diego Police Department, who conveniently have posted their comprehensive map of San Diego’s neighborhoods online. One look confirms that Capri Drive, as well as all of the community surrounding Del Cerro Boulevard, is officially considered Del Cerro by the police. The Del Cerro Action Council lists several businesses and community assets on its website, all indicating that the area in question is included within their community. Even that modern-day, all-knowing oracle of cartography, Google Maps, is on board with the notion that Capri Drive is deep in the heart of Del Cerro.

Growing up, we referred to the area surrounding Hearst as “Baja Del Cerro,” a tonguein-cheek moniker meant to distinguish our little neighborhood from “The Hill.” Call it whatever you like today, but it was widely accepted as part of Del Cerro all the same. So, take it from me, a native son of Del Cerro, that you don’t have to live atop the hill with the “snobs” (as Ms. Ross calls them) to be part of the Del Cerro community. —John Robert Crawford Why didn’t you print a simple correction to the piece that listed Temple Emanu-El as being located in Del Cerro instead of San Carlos? Instead you gave Suzanne Ross a platform to label all of the residents of Del Cerro as “rich snobs” not once but twice. Community newspapers should be bridge builders between neighboring communities not forums for those who seek to bad mouth others to the detriment of all. I thought Mission Times Courier was better than that. —Jody Rowley [Editor’s note: Ms. Ross’ letter, in addition to the colorful comments she made about Del Cerro, did address the issue of Del Cerro’s MAD proposal, which is a topic that the Mission Times Courier has been following in our opinion pages for several months. If it had been a letter only bad-mouthin’ a neighborhood, it would not have been printed. We receive off-topic letters quite frequently and do not print them. Ms. Ross followed all the protocols to get a letter published and it is her right to have her views expressed.] With all the hate-filled propaganda going on everywhere we look, it would be nice to be able to turn to our “sweet neighborhood newspaper” to see what is going on in our community in hopes of bringing us together. It is extremely irresponsible to include in our newspaper the exact hate-filled nonsense we are trying to escape. It is clear in Ms. Ross’ letter that she is extremely bitter about something that extends well beyond simply where certain neighborhood barriers lie and referring to them by proper name. Really?! And to top it all off, the information is completely wrong. Why in the world, given the position you are in, would you want to spread such negativity in the form of a letter that includes nothing more than

impertinent rambling? In a world that needs more positive change, if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem. Please be more responsible in the future. We would all appreciate it. —Tina Mickelson-Topacio In regards to the opinion letter titled “Wrong Neighborhood” written by Suzanne Ross and published in Volume 23, Issue 1 of the Mission Times Courier, I write to request you clarify the inaccuracies published in the letter and refrain from publishing such offensive and unsubstantiated claims in the future. First, the author has clearly mixed up Temple Emanu El on Capri Drive (firmly and without a doubt located in the Del Cerro Neighborhood) with Temple Tiffereth Israel (located near Whelan Drive as mentioned in Ms. Ross’ letter) in the San Carlos neighborhood. Ms. Ross’s letter is inaccurate and the Mission Times Courier should have fact checked before printing the letter and issuing the Editor’s Note revision. Second, and moreover, there is no place in our local paper for accusatory and offensive language regarding residents of our local community of Del Cerro, a community that this newspaper serves. Ms. Ross refers to Del Cerro residents as “rich snobs,” and that sending children to preschool at Temple Emanu El in Del Cerro “will comfort them (snob-wise) to offset tuition (i.e. bragging rights)”. Ms. Ross is misinformed regarding the location of Temple Emanu El and her hate-based rhetoric regarding local residents is disappointing and inappropriate. To quote Ms. Ross’s words, “shame on you for printing such falsehood.” —Nicole Morgan

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Border Patrol to speak on current and future fences

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Protestors have raised their voices since the recent presidential election — particularly about the proposed extended border fence or wall. Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) is interested to hear how well the current fence is doing in stemming drugs, human trafficking and “alien” crossings. On March 14 at The Brigantine restaurant in La Mesa, Sgt. Sergio Rojas of the U.S. Border Patrol and Customs agency will enlighten us about the results of

the current fence — erected in the San Diego area during the 1990s — and discuss the ramifications of a future completed fence. Check-in time for the 11 a.m. meeting is 10:30 a.m. A fullcourse luncheon will be served at noon, followed at 12:30 pm by our speaker. Cost of the luncheon meeting is $25 and reservations are required. Please RSVP to NCRWF99@gmail. com (use RSVP in the subject line) or call 619-990-2701. April 11 will be the NCRWF annual evening meeting. The evening will include dinner, speaker and the famous Navajo Road Show — a silent auction on members’ own antiques and collectibles. Dozens of other items will also be up for auction or sale. The site of the event will be the Elks Club in El Cajon. More details to follow, but mark your calendar! For more information on all our activities, visit us at

Security at the border will be discussed at the next Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated meeting. (Wiki Commons) and also like us on Facebook. We’d love to have you join us. —Judy McCarty is publicity chair of the Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated. Reach her at jhmccarty@cox. net.■

Housing Summit marks begging of fix to San Diego's urgent housing crisis District 7 Di Dispatch ispatch Scott

Sherman San Diego is facing a severe housing crisis. Unless we begin working together to help fi x this problem, working families will continue to struggle to make ends meet. In fact, the cost of housing has reached unimaginable numbers. The average cost of rent in our region has reached $1,743 a month and the median cost of buying a home has surpassed half a million dollars. It has gotten so bad that San Diegans now spend more of their annual income on housing than San Franciscans! This high cost of housing has grave negative implications on our future local economy. Current conditions are forcing families to make the painful decision to relocate and seek more affordable areas to live. All of these statistics mean that the status quo is no longer acceptable. We need widespread reform to housing policy to turn this situation around. To begin the work, I teamed with Councilmember David Alvarez and others to hold a Housing Summit where the public offered input and presented solutions to our housing crisis. We took the ideas offered from the participants at the summit and are developing a comprehensive work plan to respond to the housing crisis in our city this year. There is no one solution to combat the housing crisis. We need a multifaceted approach to increase the number and affordability of homes. The city must incentivize developers and property owners to increase housing stock. Over the course of the year, we will also explore streamlining requirements and

processes within our city departments to promote housing affordability. Creating strategic master plans, restructuring fees, and utilizing new technologies will help lower the cost of housing. As a native San Diegan, this issue is personal to me. This is why I am excited to take this challenge on. There has never been a better time

to improve housing affordability. The future of the middle class in San Diego is on the line. —Councilmember Scott Sherman represents the District 7 neighborhoods of Mission Valley, Allied Gardens, Grantville, Del Cerro and San Carlos on the San Diego City Council.■

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push San Diego County to the forefront in our efforts to elect Democrats on all levels. Hayes has been a lifelong advocate for women, workers, and equal justice. She was previously a member of Dianne Feinstein’s kitchen cabinet, organized studio employees with the Teamsters, and has volunteered for countless campaigns. Find out more about our meetings visit our website at lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub. com, or friend us on Facebook. Here’s hoping to see you on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC), already one of the largest and most active chartered Democratic clubs in the county, is experiencing a record influx of new members and intrigued guests as we explore the actual facts of a Trump presidency and their effect on our long held American values. We had a standing room crowd of over 210 attendees to hear our allstar panel of environmental heroes at our Feb. 1 meeting, and are expecting big turnouts for our March 1 panel about the utterly contemptible Trump immigration policy, and then our April 5 meeting featuring the renowned environmental activist Tom Steyer, founder of NextGen Climate. If ever there was a time to join with fellow Democrats and progressives, Trump’s alarming group of Republican anti-government ne’er-do-wells should be your clarion call. It turns out that all one needs to head a Trump cabinet department you are totally

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unqualified to lead is to make millions of dollars of campaign contributions to Republican senators. Or direct the EPA if you have sued it multiple times in the past. Or head Housing and Urban Development if you admit you have no expertise in that field. Become Secretary of State if you head a large corporation that does mega-business with our sworn enemy. Head the Labor Department if you are against all manner of employee protections. Want to reform banking? Add six Goldman Sachs people to your inner circle. Want peace in the Middle East? Put hawks in charge of the Defense Department. Want to create transparency in the White House? Put a spin-mistress propagandist in charge of your messaging. And this is just a partial list. Want to fight back? Resist? We have proven strategies

to influence our elected representatives and hold them accountable. Join LMFDC for as little as $30 a year and become involved. We serve the communities of La Mesa, San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, the College Area, Mt. Helix, Santee, Casa de Oro, and other nearby East County communities. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the very nice La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, just off University Avenue in La Mesa. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. with the meeting and program kicking off at 7 p.m. Our March 1 meeting will feature UCSD professor Michael Provence, a modern Middle Eastern historian who specializes in Syria and the Arab region. He will talk about recent U.S. Middle East policy and the possible consequences of the new rhetorical landscape. We hope

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Provence will unravel the effects of the Trump immigration ban on refugees in the U.S. and in this volatile war-torn region. We’ll also be privileged to hear from Democrat Ben Kalasho, himself an IraqiAmerican, and an influential member of the large Chaldean community in East County. Councilmember Kalasho was elected to the El Cajon City Council in November. Prior to his landmark election, he was the founder and president of the San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, which is one of the fastest growing business groups in San Diego. Lastly, the newly elected chairperson of the San Diego County Democratic Party, longtime activist Jessica Hayes, will highlight the party’s efforts to fight and counter radical right-wing policies and

—Linda Armacost is president and Jeff Benesch is vice president of programming of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. Reach them at■

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More from U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis Congressional Watch Andy Cohen (Editor’s note: This is the finale of a two-part interview with U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis. Read the first part at tinyurl. com/z9qs82s.) As a new Congress begins its two-year term, Democrats have their work cut out for them. As the Trump era begins, Democrats will be hard-pressed to counteract the policy changes brought about by the Trump administration and his Republican allies in Congress. The first skirmishes have already begun. Only hours after taking the oath of office, Trump signed executive orders that began the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — or Obamacare — despite the administration’s and Republicans’ complete lack of an alternative to replace it. The new administration has made vague overtures about a replacement plan that Trump says will provide insurance for everyone, but no details on such a plan have been offered. While the ACA is in no danger of disappearing immediately, it may be just a matter of time before 20 million Americans who have gained insurance on the exchanges nationwide will lose it. In San Diego, that means 300,000 will lose their insurance; twice that number of Medi-Cal recipients could lose access to coverage, according to U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-53) of San Diego. The fight to preserve and improve, rather than dismantle, the ACA has been a particular focus for Democrats — and even some Republicans — since the presidential election on Nov. 8. On Jan. 15, Davis and Scott Peters (D-52) held a joint press conference at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego to discuss the threat that gutting the ACA presents. In attendance were a number of doctors and ACA beneficiaries, each of whom considered Obamacare a saving grace; all expressed intense concerns over the ramifications of a repeal of the ACA. “I can’t tell you how many San Diegans I’ve heard from who are scared to death of losing their health care,” Davis said at the press conference. “We all need to remember that this won’t just impact those who obtained insurance through the law. Repeal would affect virtually everyone who has health insurance.” In the days since the Obama administration began to wind down, the former president’s signature health care reform legislation has

found new popularity, something it never did enjoy since the law’s passage in 2010. “We have to learn from why our message [on Obamacare] didn’t resonate. We have to understand better what made the difference for people [to vote for Trump],” Davis said. “Some of it doesn’t seem related to what was occurring in the economy or even in their own communities.” Also of grave concern to Davis and her Democratic colleagues is the future of Social Security and Medicare. “In San Diego, we have strong numbers of people on Social Security and Medicare. We know that’s critically important. What policies you support means something to the people who receive (those services).” Davis noted Republican efforts to privatize Social Security. “There are maybe some changes that can occur, but we don’t believe it should be privatized,” Davis said. The economic impact of privatization, she said, could be devastating: 40 percent of seniors in San Diego would be living in poverty without Social Security. “There is $6.6 million spent in San Diego by recipients every month that boosts our economy. That’s important to me and it’s certainly important to the people I serve.” While Social Security and Medicare have a significant impact on the local economy, military spending packs the real wallop. According to the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp., military spending accounts for 22 percent of all jobs in the San Diego region. It would seem, then, that new president’s insistence that our military is woefully unprepared and dilapidated (they’re not, according to Davis) would seem to bode well for the locals. Part of Trump’s campaign rhetoric involved significantly increasing military spending. Throwing money at the problem, real or perceived, however, may not be the sole answer. Davis, who sits on the House Armed Services

Committee, believes that the country may be due for another round of base relocations and closures (BRAC), with an eye on efficiency. “San Diego has benefitted more from BRAC than it hasn’t,” she said. “But on the other hand, we have many installations [nationwide] that have more facilities than they need.” Closures and/or downsizing can be done in a manner that boosts, rather than decimates, local economies. “San Diego has downsized where we could,” Davis said, specifically pointing to the portion of Naval Training Center on Point Loma that is now known as Liberty Station, a mixed-use development that is viewed as a success story. The trick, she said, is to find other industries that are willing to come in and fill the economic void left by a base closure, much like what happened in San Diego. Still, Davis said, despite the number of military installations in the county, San Diego is likely safe from another BRAC. “We are not in as much jeopardy as other areas around the country. There are other facilities that are outdated and not being used, and they should be looked at,” she said. And despite the periodic fervor for a new international airport at Miramar, Davis said that is not on anyone’s radar. “We need Miramar,” she said. “Miramar is functioning well.” Also looming ominously are the Trump administration’s policies on immigration. Trump has already issued executive orders banning refugees and immigrants from several majority Muslim countries — an action that has been met with enormous backlash. Trump also signed an executive order paving the way for his favorite pet project, a wall running the length of the U.S.-Mexico border. Yet to be determined is the fate of nearly 11 million undocumented residents, many of them living in California. “People here in California are very concerned about what’s going to happen,”

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Davis said. “Schools in my neighborhood, kids are going to school and asking their teachers ‘what happens if I go home and my parents aren’t there?’ They believe that’s a possibility, even if they know they themselves were born here. Parents are making plans for what could happen.” Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) have had fairly extraordinary success, Davis said, with over 750,000 people registered under DACA alone to go to school and stay in the U.S. “It would be ideal if, as even George W. Bush advocated, that we could find a path to citizenship,” Davis

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said. “That works for businesses and for families.” Some of Trump’s policies have also placed the San Diego region’s border economy is at risk, she said. “We have to ensure that Trump doesn’t harm that symbiosis,” Davis said, referring to the growing interdependence in a region with the single busiest land port of entry in the world. It remains to be seen how effective congressional Democrats can be in staving off some of the policies of the Trump administration they view as overly extreme over the next four years. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at■

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and draped judiciously over the eggs with just enough excess to drip down the sides, yet without engulfing the other Biscuits ingredients. and gravy My comcombo plate panion, a (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.) Midwestern transplant who gravitates to hearty breakfasts, “She would make them for gave rousing approval to the bisfriends and family at her house cuits and gravy, which he ordered every Saturday morning. People in combination with eggs, bacon, from all over the U.S. come here maple sausage and hash browns. for them,” says Coleman, reHe was particularly wowed by the vealing only that “they’re made moistness of the biscuits and gendifferently” compared to other erous measure of black pepper in standard recipes. the sausage-based gravy, noting We ordered a short stack of the only other place in San Diego two. I’d guess based on their that makes the dish to his liking light, springy texture that is at Mystic Mocha in University extra egg whites are folded Heights. into the batter. Whatever the The recipe for Grandma grandmotherly technique, they Jennie’s buttermilk pancakes disappeared from our plate in is top secret. It hails from the a jiff. grandmother of Coleman’s husFrom the lunch menu band, Henry. (starting at 11 a.m.), an array

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of homey, American classics emerge: country fried steak, meatloaf with real mashed potatoes, triple-decker clubs, and charbroiled burgers. Always on the lookout for a Reuben sandwich that meets my back-East standards, this one excelled with plenty of tender corned beef tucked into buttery grilled rye bread, and oozing with melty Swiss cheese, mild sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing. Served with crispy, medium-cut french fries, we paired it also to a side of potato salad and navy bean soup, both of which offered fresh, clean flavors. A dessert case stocked with pies and cakes made onsite daily winks devilishly from the front lunch counter of the spacious dining room. I found it impossible to pass up the classic chocolate cake, which possessed the density and rich cocoa flavor I craved – a far cry from the extreme, sugary ilk sold at grocery store bakeries. Brother’s is a hidden gem to those seeking the true definition of “comfort food” before other kitchens began resurrecting it as a faddish concept. And in keeping with its reputation as a

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place where prime rib once ruled the dinner hour, prior to when Coleman began serving only breakfast and lunch, the beef is served from morning to afternoon on weekends. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. Reach him at fsabatini@san.■

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EDUCATION PHHS Student of the Month

Patrick Henry High School News Elizabeth Gillingham

Digital badges The district is launching digital badges for students in middle and high schools as a way of recognizing a skill or achievement a student has earned. Electronic badges are popular among young adults, used by industry, and something we believe will support students as they enter the post-secondary world of college and career by displaying what they can do, as well as what they know. These badges can be collected over time and shared on social media and through resumes. Our badging system is supported by UCSD Extension and other local business partners. Starting last year, 2015/16 school year, students’ records will be reviewed and badges will be awarded for various achievements. Students will receive badges for last year’s accomplishments only and any future accomplishments going forward. Badges will be awarded twice a year following each semester term. Sample of badges that students can earn include:

● Advanced Placement test scores at 3+. ● College coursework. ● CCTE college articulated coursework. ● Successful completion of a career technical education pathway. ● Students who scored “standard met” on the math and or ELA sections of the Smarter Balanced Exam. ● Students who score “ready” on the English EAP. Students who earn badges will receive notification of their badges through the Gmail feature of their Google apps for education. Gmail was turned on for secondary schools and will only function as a means for this notification. To ensure student safety, students will not be able to send or receive emails to or from any other entity. More information about the district program and instructions for students who would like to accept their badges can be found at Let's celebrate another way to say great work and be on the lookout for the next generation of resumes.

(l to r) Vice principal Cynthia Bolton, Mrs. Packer, Brittany Packer, Mr. Packer and Kiwanis member Doug Grosmark (Courtesy of PHHS)

Britney Packer is a senior at Patrick Henry High School and it was an easy choice picking her for PHHS Student of the Month for January. When we asked teachers to nominate students, Britney’s name came up several times as being a very hard working student who is always willing to assist other student in and out of

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her classes. She has a special heart, as exhibited by her love for others including animals. Recently, Britney noticed a hurt rabbit on campus and notified administration since she wanted to make sure it was taken care of. The rabbit was subsequently taken to an animal hospital by vice principal Jennifer Pacofsky for care.

Additionally, Britney is part of our amazing Instrumental Ensemble and Marching Band Core and plays both the flute and piano. She is an integral part of performances and is hoping to attend Oregon State and eventually to become a high school band teacher. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors!

PHHS teacher honors Kyra Bartlett has been selected as the Patrick Henry High School Teacher of the Year. Kyra has been a teacher at PHHS since 2002 and serves as our special education chairperson. Special education teachers have an amazing task before them, as they are expected to help children succeed regardless of their disability. To make this work, you have to be willing to go the extra mile that might include expectations that extend into summer months and beyond the typical four years that is needed to get them through their educational goals.

As our department chairperson, Kyra takes on this responsibility from the moment a student starts their eighthgrade year, as she encourages both middle schools, Lewis and Pershing, to invite her to any IEP meetings held to help with the transition plan. This allows her to plan a program for every Henry student that includes matching the case managers with the student’s needs (instead of random placements) and ensuring they are in the right program from the beginning. In this process, she typically selects the most See PHHS page 15


ď ľ PHHS, from page 14 challenging students to be on her caseload. Everyone who has met Kyra knows that her heart is in the right place and that she cares about every student at Henry. A parent of a past graduate saw the nomination and sent Principal Gillingham this endorsement: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I AM SO PROUD OF Kyra Bartlett and believe with all of my heart that she is SO deserving of this! I can't wait to tell my son! Who, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m proud to say, is still working hard up there in Chico and currently has a GPA of 2.76 and a major GPA of 3.12!â&#x20AC;? Nice work to Kyra and special thanks to her for all she does to help students who struggle find their way to college and their careers! PHHS teacher Greg Chronopolos was selected as Region IX Educator of the Year and will be honored at the California League of High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s yearly conference in Sacramento this month where he will be a finalist for the state Educator of the Year title for Northern and Southern California regions. In her nomination letter, Principal Elizabeth Gillingham stated: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greg Chronopolos is formally a mild-to-moderate

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(l to r) PHHS Teacher of the Year Kyra Bartlett, CLHS Educator of the Year 2016 Chad Miller, and CLHS Educator of the Year 2017, Greg Chronopolos (Courtesy of PHHS)

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Friends of the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library president Joan Curry (left) at the Jan. 28 book sale (Courtesy of Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library)

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We will be changing the day and time of our biweekly Teen Scene program. Instead of taking place every other Wednesday, we will host the program every Tuesday at 3 p.m. Teens and tweens are welcome to this free program

On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Friends of the Allied Gardens/ Benjamin Library had their first book sale of the year. People from near and far came to take advantage of the great prices and large selection. The money generated from these sales is vital to the success of our library. Thanks to the Friends of the Library efforts (and believe me, putting together these book sales is a huge effort), we can provide a variety of programs, supply



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The conquering coyotes of Mission Trails Audrey F. Baker Coyotes are an infusion of color — buff against gray, tawny chestnut-red beside blond, swatches of brown, balanced against light-whitish underparts. They are readily recognized by their delicate facial features and a gray patch between the eyes that complements the fox-like rufous muzzle. This medium-sized wild dog displays the contour of a young German shepherd, and bears a regal deportment. Touched by humility when traveling, the black-tipped bottlebrush tail is carried low. Coyotes communicate with yips, whines, barks and howls. Their daily sounds add to the chorus of life at Mission Trails Regional Park. Atop a ridge and silhouetted against the night sky with extended chest, head thrown back and howling at the moon, coyotes present a signature image of life in nature. Their clear, penetrating yellow eyes flash intelligence. Oversized erect ears are not only keen, but convey social rank, and indicate the animal’s disposition. Canis latrans’ greatest claim to fame is its remarkable adaptability to modern life. First encountered by Lewis and Clark in 1804, the “Prairie Woolf”

of the Great Plains is now “America’s Top Dog” — found in every state, except Hawaii. All this accomplished in the last 75–100 years! The grassland animal found a welcoming niche as populations of its chief predator, the wolf, were eradicated and the forests they inhabited were transformed into agricultural and lumber enterprises. Many attributes contribute to its successful adaptation. Coyotes are monogamous with long-term bonding. Their strong family relationships revolve around a mated pair and its offspring and can embrace extended family relationships with sub-adults (non-disbursed individuals under one year old), transients and non-breeders. Intensified whines and yaps of late winter and spring signify courtship time. Love blossoms in February and lead to births of five to seven in midApril to early May, however their mortality rate is high. Born blind, coyote pups’ eyes open in 10 days. They see the world at three weeks and soon are rough-housing to establish their social position. Coyotes teach their children well, honing senses of smell and hearing and applicable hunting techniques. Keenly alert, they are more omnivorous (generalized diet) than carnivorous and specialize in small/medium size prizes. Their menu includes birds and eggs, amphibians and reptiles.

Coyotes are frequently spotted in Mission Trials Park. (Photo by David D. Cooksy)

They chomp year-round plant material and gorge melons, cactus fruits, berries of late summer and fall, and snack on insects. Then there’s those tasty rodents! Ah, there’s work to be done here. Coyotes are part of the rhythm of life at Mission Trails Regional Park. Though principally nocturnal, they are often diurnal. From grassy to dry slopes, to moist areas and open woodlands, they sniff and examine the ground to follow the “bobsled routes” (run-ways established in debris) of the California Vole.

They espy the earthen mounds of the larger Townsend Vole dotting grassland vegetation. In open drier habitats of sage and chaparral, they cruise among Yucca and sandy soil for the San Diego Pocket Mouse. Their due diligence aids in “park maintenance” and in preserving a healthy ecosystem for man and animal. Without them, quick and prolific breeders can easily upset the balance of nature. Coyotes lead focused lives. Territorial, they are keenly aware of their surroundings. Under the watchful eyes of

ravens positioned in sycamores and hawks camouflaged in oaks, they easily clock in 20 miles a day traversing park corridors and narrow byways. They generally hunt solo or as a pair. One may act as a decoy, or wait in ambush. Their quickness and agility affords feasts of rabbits, hares, and ground squirrels. Raccoons and skunks watch out! They don’t shun carrion, either! Cruising at 25 to 30 mph, and achieving speeds over 40 mph, they easily run relays to tire quarry. Western Coyotes weigh 20 to 30 lbs. Add another 10 lbs. for their eastern counterparts. Affectionately described in Kumeyaay tales as a great trickster who is often outwitted, coyote’s encounters with Southwester Pond Turtle and Sink Bug Eleodes are the stuff of legends! A sighting is a lucky event. When frightened, these timid critters run with tail between hind legs. Their stealth allows them to co-exist with us. The key is to “keep it wild.” The “Good Neighbor Policy” depends on their remaining wild and maintaining a natural fear of us. —Audrey F. Baker is trail guide at Mission Trails Regional Park. Reach her at For more information on events at the park, visit or call 619-668-328. Special walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Chris Axtmann at 619-668-2746 or at■


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Awarding the volunteers at Mission Trails Farms, The Trails Eatery, MTRP Foundation, Rita's Del Cerro, Cheers Deli, and The Golden Bagel. —MTRP Visitor Center volunteer Linda Payne Smith ■

Jay Wilson

Volunteers at Mission Trails are very special people. On Feb. 4, we held the 21st Annual Volunteer Awards Program sponsored by the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. In 2016, park volunteers logged over 13,000 hours. Volunteers in nine categories were recognized and each received certificates of appreciation from Councilmember Scott Sherman, City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department and the MTRP Foundation as well as a $50 gift card from the MTRP Foundation. The Volunteer of the Year for 2016 is Steve Haiman. He is a graduate from the Trail Guide Class of 2006. Since then, he has led 400 nature walks, with 49 walks in 2016 alone. Over the years, has also given numerous outreach presentations on bats and other topics to elementary schools, and this past October gave bat presentations at six elementary schools to over 500 kids. Steve has always been willing to pitch in and help out on a moment’s notice with school programs when needed, and at the Visitor Center Front Desk when we are short-handed. His enthusiasm and love for the park is obvious and contagious. Some of you may have met Steve sharing the history of George Cowles.

Are you ready to give back?

Mission Trails Volunteer of the Year Steve Haiman (Courtesy of Mission Trails Park Foundation)

2016 Volunteer Awards were also presented to: Bob Graham — Habitat Restoration Jerry Bierman — Trail Restoration Vance Mills — Park Beautification Roy DeRego — West Sycamore Volunteer Crew Nancy Conyers — Trail Guide Daryel Stager — Park Patrol Mary Wagner — Gift Shop Dianne Hill — Visitor Center Visitor Center director David Lee ended the evening by congratulating the volunteers who had five, 10, 15 and 20 years of volunteer service. There is more information about all the volunteer opportunities on the homepage. A special thank you to the businesses who contributed to this event: Olive Garden Restaurants, Living Coast Discovery Center, Windmill

That’s what I was thinking about when I planned what I would do after retirement from teaching young children for 31 years. I wanted something different, something that mattered. Since my mother had enjoyed Mission Trails Regional Park for years (she hiked Cowles Mountain at age 82) and on her passing, my family made a donation to honor her with a plaque at the campground. That was the first time I had ever been to the Visitor Center and I have lived in San Diego for 58 years. I decided that volunteering at Mission Trails was different than anything I had done before, so I became a Visitor Center Volunteer. In my 15th year here at Mission Trails, what I enjoy most are the visitors who come into the center, many who are new to the facility. As volunteers, we meet people from all over the world, some who barely speak English but love the outdoors. And, seeing local families with young children teaching them to respect nature as they set a good example for exercise by taking a hike. “I saw a lizard,” a child tells me with excitement. For him, it‘s a first. To see the wonder of a 2-year-old’s face when he first sees a three-dimensional actual-size mountain bobcat in

a mural display is rewarding for the volunteers and staff. Where else can you see a helicopter mountain rescue from your workplace? Or changing art exhibits all year long? We once experienced a group of cross-country bike riders riding from the Atlantic to the Pacific — they had 12 miles left to go. So, if you want some diversity in your life with people who care, consider becoming a Visitor Center volunteer. It’s worthwhile. As a bonus, you will learn how to pronounce (maybe even spell) Kumeyaay, Shawii, Kwaay Paay,

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Ewaa and Cowles (pronounced “kohl’s”) Mountain.

Get involved

All of us at Mission Trails are looking forward to another great year in 2017. For more information about becoming a volunteer, and/or to learn about all the activities in the park, check the website at If you are looking for a venue for an after-hours event, contact Maggie Holloway at or call her at 619-668-3280. —Jay Wilson is president of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. Reach him at ■

EVENTS AT MISSION TRAILS PARK Feb. 18 – Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC); Family Discovery Walk, 3 p.m. (VC) Feb. 19 – Nature Walk, 8 a.m. (WS); Trail Crew, 8 a.m. (KLC); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC) Feb. 21 – Lake Murray Walk & Talk (Meet at the ball fields, 7001 Murray Park Drive, 92119) Feb. 22 – Fortuna Trail Restoration, 9 a.m. (EFSA) Feb. 24 – Stars at West Sycamore 7 p.m. (WS) Feb. 26 – Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC) March 1 – Fortuna Trail Restoration, 9:00 a.m.- (EFSA); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC) March 4 – Wildlife Tracking Walk, 8:30 a.m. (Oak Grove Loop Trail); Mountain Bike with a Ranger, 9:00 a.m. (WF); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC); Star Party, 6 p.m. (KLC) March 5 – West Sycamore Volunteer Crew, 8:00 a.m. (WS); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC); Concert featuring Gregory Page, 3 p.m. (VC) March 8 – Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC) March 10 – Stars at Mission Trails, 7 p.m. (KLC) March 11 – Habitat Restoration Crew, 8:00 a.m., (KLC); Guided Nature Walk, 8:30 a.m. (KLC); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC); Discovery Table: Bird Nests, 10 a.m. (VC) March 12 – Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC); San Diego Native American Flute Circle, 1 p.m. (VC) March 15 – Fortuna Trail Restoration, 9 a.m.- (EFSA); Guided Nature Walk, 9:30 a.m. (VC) All activities are free! VC = Visitor Center; KLC = Kumeyaay Lake Campground; EFSA = East Fortuna Staging Area; WF = West Fortuna 92124; WS = east end of Stonebridge Parkway 92131

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Lots of construction activity at the Orchard Hardware/L A Fitness center. I have not had confirmation on what is being built there. I also do not know what is happening with the former Blockbuster store site, but stay tuned to this column for updates as I get them. Jack in the Box (on Lake Murray Boulevard on the cusp of La Mesa and San Carlos) has moved a few hundred feet south

I received some emails from folks who are new to attending our SCAC bi-monthly meetings and were pleasantly surprised at the variety of subjects brought forth and discussed as well as the variety of governmental officials who send a representative to participate in our meetings. Typically, they are: San Carlos Branch Library — David Ege, Branch Manager Magnolia Science Academy — Principal Gokhan Serce Navajo Community Planners, Inc. — Dan Northcutt, San Carlos Representative Allied Gardens and San Carlos Recreation Councils — Terry Cords Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation — Jay Wilson San Diego Police Department — CRO John Steffen San Diego Police Department — Battalion Chief Yamoney or Lt. Jeff Jordan City Attorney Mara Elliott’s office — Jeff Burke Rep. Susan Davis’ office — Lee Steuer State Senator Toni Atkins’ office — Myrna Zambrano State Assembly Dist. 77 representative Brian Maienschein’s office — Rob Knudsen State Assembly Dist. 79 representative Dr. Shirley Weber’s office — Lee Hernandez County Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s office — Victoria Floyd Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office — Darnisha Hunter City Councilman Scott Sherman’s office — Liz Saidkhanian

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Feb. 17 – March 16, 2017


News from the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council Shain Haug At the Jan. 24 Town Hall Meeting of the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC), we received reports from Liz Saidkhanian of Councilmember Scott Sherman’s staff, Ashley Campbell of Rep. Susan Davis’ office, San Diego Police Department Liaison Officer John Steffen, and San Diego Fire Department Battalion Chief Glen Holder. Our primary speaker was Jose Reynoso, President of the College Area Community Council (CACC). CACC has extensive experience in the matter of mini dorms — residences that have been converted to high-occupancy for college students. Mr. Reynoso spoke to the problems imposed on the community by those residences and how the CACC has dealt with the issue. An ordinance was recently enacted to control this practice but it only applies to the college area. He suggested that we keep our eyes open for the expansion of mini-dorms to Allied Gardens and Grantville. If so, we can ask for extension of the ordinance to our community. The full details of these presentations will be found in the meeting minutes that will be published in the March 21 newsletter. The Jan. 24 meeting also welcomed AGGCC’s newest members: Jessica Read, Sophia Frost, Cassie Rivaldi, Teag Carpenter and Barry Price. We welcome their talents and energy. Our next Town Hall Meeting will be on Tuesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Our speaker will be John Wurster of Affirmed Housing, the organization that is converting the Motel 6 on Alvarado Canyon Road to a residence for homeless military veterans and plans to build a similar residence at the corner of Fairmont Extension and Twain Avenue. The council feels that these new neighbors; the conditions at the properties; what they may bring to the area; and what we can do to support the

goals of these ventures are of critical interest to our community. We are looking into a joint homeless outreach project by which we might support the folks in the Affirmed Housing units and that would let us stay in touch with those developments. More to follow as we progress. Join your neighbors from the Navajo Community on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 9 a.m. at 5839 Mission Gorge Road where we will begin picking up trash around the intersection of Mission Gorge, Fairmont, Alvarado Canyon Road, and Camino Del Rio North. Looking ahead, at the May 23 Town Hall Meeting we hope to have a presentation by the city’s Code Compliance Department. At the Sept. 26 meeting, the San Diego Unified School District Enrollment Options Officer will provide details on the district’s School Choice Program, the options available, and the enrollment procedures. This will bring essential information about school choice to our families with school age children. The board of directors meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Our next meeting will be on March 6. For as many years as I can remember, the Ascension Lutheran Church has offered us the use of the church facilities for our monthly Community Council Board meetings and for the bimonthly Town Hall Meetings. I wish I had more to give in recognition of this generosity and of the many other services that the church performs for the community. This comment will have to suffice. It is not near enough, but at least the congregation will know how grateful we are to have the church as a neighbor. Most sincerely, thank you. —Shain Haug is president of the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council. Reach him at Suggestions for Town Hall Meetings and council action will be much appreciated.■


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5 things to know about integrative heart care Use natural supplements wisely

Dr. Poulina Uddin Heart disease is the leading cause of death among both men and women in the United States, taking the lives of 610,000 Americans every year. While conventional medicine can offer heart patients the very latest technology in terms of medications, surgeries and interventional procedures to treat heart attacks and other acute heart conditions, preventing those problems is often less precise and sometimes more complex. Certainly risk factors such as family history, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and genetics are important, but often there are other, less obvious aspects involved as well Here are five things to know about integrative heart care, which focuses on caring for all aspects of a person’s health:

Look beyond the physical symptoms

If someone comes in with a heart attack, I ask what happened that day. Were they angry with someone? Was there a stressful event? All of the physical risk factors are important, but why did it happen on this particular day? And the majority of the time, there is some emotional or environmental trigger. An integrative approach to heart care takes all of those factors — physical, emotional, psychological and social — into

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consideration when determining treatment and crafting an individualized care plan for each patient that reflects and acknowledges their unique lifestyle.

Make nutrition and exercise realistic and achievable

Physicians often instruct heart patients to eat well, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle, but patients may not have the knowledge and tools they need to follow through on those instructions. A patient who is depressed, for example, is unlikely to stick to an exercise program unless the depression is addressed. Nutrition and cooking classes, for example, can help patients learn to make heart-healthy meals. I recommend being very specific about dietary recommendations. I actually ask the patients what they are eating, make a list,

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and then give very specific recommendations for substitutions, portions, and problem foods. For example, replace your white rice with brown rice or quinoa, or eat only half of what you have taken on your plate. This makes it much easier for people to get started in the process.

Learn effective ways to manage stress

Stress and anger can be major risk factors in heart disease, and learning to deal with these negative feeling can lower risk and benefit overall wellness. I am a big proponent of dealing with stress. I send plenty of patients to acupuncture or healing touch, a therapy that focuses on the energy field surrounding the body. And I teach breathing exercises in my office. I often recommend yoga, and I recently became a certified yoga instructor myself

because I want to be able to set up classes for my patients who are apprehensive about doing it on their own. A lot of patients just need that support.

Complement conventional medicine rather than replace it

The integrative approach complements rather than replaces conventional heart care. For a generally healthy patient who may be slightly overweight and have high cholesterol, lifestyle changes such as improving their nutrition, exercising and managing stress may be enough to lower their risk, and having a personalized plan to follow makes that more realistic. If after six months there is no improvement, it may be time for medication — and that often raises questions about prescription versus supplements or “natural” products.

Natural supplements such as fish oil and turmeric have a proven anti-inflammatory effect on the body and can help reduce risk, but for someone who has already had a heart attack or a stent placed in an artery, standard medications such as aspirin and statins are part of the recommended treatment. Some patients, however, may be reluctant to take prescription drugs, preferring instead to use herbs or supplements. While these alternatives may do the same thing as prescription medications, they tend to be far less regulated and tested for safety and effectiveness than prescription drugs. Red yeast rice, for example, can be a substitute for statins, but the chemical effect on the body is essentially the same, and you’re still taking a pill that may or may not be as safety-tested as a prescription. Successful integrative heart care starts with an open, honest dialogue with your physician, and creating a care plan that addresses your unique physical, emotional, social and spiritual health. —Dr. Poulina Uddin, M.D. is a board certified integrative cardiologist at the Scripps Women’s Heart Center and is on the medical staff at Scripps Mercy Hospital, which has campuses in Hillcrest and Chula Vista. For more information, please visit or call 858-914-2297.■


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Feb. 17 – March 16, 2017


 Follies, from page 1

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Whitener of Del Cerro and Bonnie Demming of San Carlos are performers in the San Diego Follies. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

March 4, 10 a.m. to noon at the Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Church, 455 Church Way in El Cajon. On March 5, tap dance and acting auditions will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and ballroom and swing dancing auditions from 5 to 6 p.m. at Liberty Station, 2650 Truxtun Road in San Diego. “We’d love for people if they’ve ever sang before or been in a choir, or even in high school if they’ve been a performer, we’d love to have them come and audition — even if they don’t think they still got the chops, it would still be fun,” San Diego Follies founder Paul Russell said. Russell was first inspired to start the San Diego Follies after witnessing the success of the Anderson University Senior Follies show during a trip to North Carolina 12 years ago. “I thought, ‘We need to do this in San Diego,’” he said. “The first year, we had 8,000 people come see the show. It really surprised us, the interest in doing it.” Russell describes the Follies as a great tradition that gives seniors an outlet for their talents. “Some of our people have been professional performers their whole life but now that they’re retired, or they are grandparents and want to have more time to travel or whatever, they don’t perform as much,” he said. “This gives them an opportunity to still do that.” Lucie Romanava of San Carlos is one such talented senior. She was a folk dancer in Russia and when she retired from that took up ballroom dancing and even competed in the Czech Republic and Italy. The San Diego Follies give Romanava a chance to continue dancing and performing, which is more difficult for seniors in Europe due to stigmas about age, she said. “[Seniors] don’t have this kind of entertainment, this kind of ballroom dancing, even in Rome,” she said. “People in America know how to enjoy life.” For Carol Whitener of Del Cerro, the Follies inspired her to bring her singing out of the shower and onto the stage. “You push yourself to do something new because it really makes a difference how you feel about yourself,” she said. In her first year in the Follies, Whitener was a background

performer and the following year she was more upfront and even appeared in some comedy skits, she said. Now she takes vocal lessons and performs at cabarets like the one held at Hennessy’s in La Jolla. “Now I get up in front of people and do things I never thought I would be doing and I think it has a lot to do with getting involved with the Follies,” she said. Although the San Diego Follies is a production of Christian Community Theater, Russell said that the show is open to all religious denominations. “One of our soloists who has done it in the past, she’s a Jewish rabbi and she’s amazing,” he said, adding that the show attracts people from all walks of life and listed off a past judge, an aircraft carrier captain, ex-Vegas showgirls and the first woman firefighter in San Diego as former or current performers in the show. “It’s pretty cool that we have such a variety of people.” In addition to the variety of people, this year’s San Diego Follies will present a variety of the best acts of the last nine years, including tap and jazz dance routines, comedy skits and chorus numbers of Beatles and Beach Boys medleys, Russell said. “We’ve done some 300 numbers over the past 10 years,” Russell said. “We went back with a committee and went over that list of 300 and we’re trying to pull the very best of those numbers and reproduce them live on stage.” While there are always performers who return to the San Diego Follies every year, Russell said there are the seniors who can’t for various reasons, which is why he wants to get the word out about the benefits of becoming part of the cast. “These people have become a community within themselves and they do activities, travel together, go to other shows together and it’s a great way to spend your energies as a senior,” he said. “So we hope a lot of people come and audition and be part of it.” For more information about the San Diego Follies, visit —Reach Jeff Clemetson at ■

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SCFOL Amazon book sales

We thank all who patronize our monthly Used Book Sales. But did you know that SCFOL also sells books online at Each month, our sorters carefully look at each donated book for special tomes. Then, our Amazon book sale chairperson, Ruth Coleman, decides on a fair price that will hopefully bring us a quick sale. Visit the above website, then click on the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;productsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; button to see all of the titles we have to offer.

Welcome Sarah Hendy-Jackson

New to the San Carlos Branch Library, Sarah HendyJackson was born in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills town of Sonora, California. In 2005, she enrolled at UCSD majoring in Literature and Linguistics, and then continued her graduate studies there in English Literature. After discovering Library Science, she is rethinking her area of study. A part-time UCSD instructor of freshman literature and composition, HendyJackson has added Library Assistant to her resume and David Ege has asked her to assist him with adult programing at our branch. She would love to hear your program suggestions. Reach her at


Through March 2, Hazel Ross, Mary Harrison, and Skip Mills are presenting, â&#x20AC;&#x153;â&#x20AC;ŚAnd Now for Something Completely Differentâ&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? in the Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery. Ross is known for her local art classes and creating new and unusual art techniques, some of which she will be demonstrating on Saturday, Feb. 18, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m. March 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;30, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss Sumi Japanese paintings by Stephen Smith who is also an accomplished acrylic, pastel,

and water color painter. Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s livelihood and hobbies have spanned a range of arts including theatrical dance, stage management, Chinese acrobatics, judo, kendo, and ikebana. Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paintings are gentle and relaxing; he is certified in Asian Brush Paintingsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Four Gentlemen: orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum, and plum. His artist reception is March 18, noonâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m.


Feb. 17, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m., Matthew Parcasio from the San Diego County Department of Aging & Independent Services will present an overview of nearly 30 programs and services provided by the AIS department and other community resources. March 13, 10:45-11:45 a.m., Angela Lapin will explain the science of essential oils. Learn what they are and how they are used. This is a fun and educational class teaching natural solutions for your health.

Books and authors

Feb. 24, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m., author Marlene Wagman will discuss her book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Behind Every Great Man: The Forgotten Women behind the Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Famous and Infamous.â&#x20AC;? Who said men should monopolize the glory? Discover the little known women who have put the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s alpha males on the map. From ancient times to the present, men have gotten most of the good ink. Yet standing just outside the spotlight are the extraordinary and overlooked wives and companions, who were instrumental in shaping the destinies of their famous and infamous men. Wagman teaches in the Sweetwater District. March 9, 12:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2 p.m., the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Club selected â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tin Horse,â&#x20AC;? by Janice Steinberg. Meet the author on Friday, March 24, 2â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m., when Steinberg discusses her novel. Set in the 1920s and 30s, in Los Angelesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Boyle Heights neighborhood, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Tin Horseâ&#x20AC;? is a rich multi-generational story about the intense, often-fraught bond that sisters share and the dreams and sorrows that lay at the heart of the immigrant experience. Books are available near the Reserves; please check them out at the front desk.

Sarah Hendy-Jackson is the new San Carlos Branch library assistant. (Courtesy of SCFOL)


March 17, 1â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m., OASIS presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tales of Strong Womenâ&#x20AC;? about ancient stories from Egypt, Russia, and Ireland depicting women who were both beautiful and skilled. Swords, bows and arrows, and battle axes were no problem for these women. Join storyteller Marilyn McPhie and celebrate ladies who werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afraid to make their mark on the world. To pre-register, call 619-527-3430.

Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; spring nature adventures

Starting March 15, on the third Wednesday of the month from 2:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:30 p.m., our weekly After School Special program will have a wildlife focus. March 15, join us for Nature Adventures presented by Linda Hawley, Ed.M., trail guide at Mission Trails Regional Park, as we learn about San Diegoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wild animals. We will examine specimens, read books, sing songs, and make crafts. At the March 15 program, kids will learn about the amazing lives of nocturnal woodrats and get to examine a real woodrat den. No pre-registration required; these programs are fun for all ages.

Kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; special event STEM classes

Challenge Island, for ages 7â&#x20AC;&#x201C;12, will be held Feb. 22, 4â&#x20AC;&#x201C;5:10 p.m. Kids will learn that monkeys live on the canopy level of the rainforest and participants will create a monkey swing set.

Challenge Island encourages creativity, critical thinking, and social skills while instilling a love of science and engineering. Pre-registration required; call 619-527-3430. Saturday, March 11, 1:30-4 p.m., students in grades 5â&#x20AC;&#x201C;8 can join us for a Mathematical Origami Workshop (with paper insects). In this hands-on, interactive workshop, students will develop an intuitive understanding of 3D shapes and explore the fi ner details of spatial geometry. Through creative work with paper and by creating paper insects, participants can develop their understanding of math and geometry and work with peers in a fun, supportive environment. This program is brought to us and will be taught by students from All Girls STEM Society and is open to both boys and girls. Pre-registration is required; call 619-527-3430 or enroll at ca--el-cajon/events/.

Dates to remember

Feb. 20: CLOSED, Presidentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Day March 3, 1:30â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3:30 p.m.: SCFOL Member-only Pre-Book Sale (donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget your membership card) March 4, 9:30 a.m.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;3 p.m.: Monthly Used Book Sale â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Sue Hotz, is a board member of and publicity chair for the San Carlos Friends of the library. Reach her at publicity@ sancarlosfriendsofthelibrary. org.â&#x2013;



ď ľ Library, from page 15 where they will indulge their creativity, learn new skills and have fun with their peers. Local talent and interests highlighted at the library The Benjamin Branch display cases are bedazzled with collections from our friends, patrons and fellow staff members this February and March. "Zelia's Life with Barbie," runs through Feb. 24. Zelia is a San Diego Public library clerk who works at the San Carlos Branch. "I started collecting Barbies in 1991 when I received the Nigerian Barbie doll as a Christmas exchange gift,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My collection has grown to 100 dolls." Alas, we could not fit all 100 Barbies in our case, but we are happy that Zelia decided to share some gems from her collection. In March, we can all look forward to catching a glimpse of a Depression glass and vintage â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fun with Dick and Janeâ&#x20AC;? books, not to mention an exhibit of historic San Diego and Vegas collectibles!

For our young patrons

On Feb. 23 at 10:30 a.m. we will be having a very special Library Loversâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Story Time. Come join us in celebrating your place for information, reading and more with library-themed stories and crafts. Also, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to join us for our Baby & Toddler Story Time every Tuesday at 10 a.m., our regular Preschool Story Time Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. and Yoga Story Time the first and third Fridays of the month at 10 a.m. Along with our great story times we have a number of other fun and interactive programs for children. On alternating weekends, we have our Science Saturday program where children get the opportunity to conduct their own science experiments and learn how science works. This program falls on the first and third Saturday of the month. On the second and fourth Saturdays, we have our Crafts for Children. Children get the chance to create their own works of art that they can take home and show off. Until next month, see you at the library! â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Kathryn Johnson is the managing librarian for the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library. Reach her at JohnsonKA@sandiego. gov.â&#x2013;


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FEATURED EVENTS Scout Troop 959 Pancake 18 Breakfast Saturday

Boy Scout Troop 959 will hold its 24th annual Pancake Breakfast from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the San Carlos United Methodist Church, 6554 Cowles Mountain Blvd. Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon and a mixed fruit bowl. The troop will also host the San Diego Bloodmobile so guests can donate blood if they wish. The event will feature a silent auction of gift items. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $6 from the scouts or at the door for $7. All proceeds support the Adventure program and Summer Camp activities.


Meet Marlin Briscoe Wednesday

Marlin Briscoe, the first starting AfricanAmerican NFL quarterback, will speak at Grossmont College from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 220, Building 26, 8800 Grossmont College Drive. Briscoe played for the Denver Broncos and became the runner-up for Rookie of the Year in 1969. The event, part of the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Black History Month series, will be hosted by former Chargers defensive back Jim Tolbert as Briscoe discusses his greatest lesson in life: persistence. Visit bit. ly/2kl364B.

â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The End of the Trailâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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Backpacker Dana Law will share pictures and stories from a journey of a lifetime in a presentation titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The End of the Trail: Completing the Pacific Crest Trail,â&#x20AC;? starting at 12:45 p.m. in College Avenue Center, 6299 Capri Drive. Visit

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation presents at least two free concerts each month. All concerts begin at 3 p.m. and are performed in the Visitor Center Theater, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail. Donations for the musicians are appreciated. Upcoming concerts are: Sunday, Feb. 19, JAMB, bass clarinet quartet Sunday, March 5, Gregory Page, guitar Visit

Live Music at College Avenue

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Monday, Feb. 27 The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senior Food Program will be at College Avenue Center to distribute 30-pound food boxes from 1 to 3 p.m. This is a USDA program to improve the health of income eligible seniors 60 years of age and older by supplementing their diets. To be eligible, applicants must be at least 60 years old, a resident of San Diego County, and meet the federal income guidelines. Eligible applicants must apply in person with proof of identification; proof of income (Social Security Retirement, disability, employment pension, veterans benefits pay, SSI or bank statement); and proof of address. Visit


Get a Restful, Refreshing Sleep

Monday Learn from Dr. Victoria Sharma, medical director at Sharp Grossmont Hospital Sleep Disorder Center, about ways to get a good nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sleep, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Reservation required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online at

An estate planning expert will explain why everyone should have a will and some need a trust. This free session will provide valuable information on inheritance taxes and legal issues. A free consultation is available. Presented by Norm Timmins, J.D., gift and estate planning director of the Grossmont Hospital Foundation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Grossmont Healthcare District Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa. Registration required. Call 1-800-827-4277 or register online atâ&#x2013;

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â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Amended Realityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Through Friday

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation presents â&#x20AC;&#x153;Amended Reality,â&#x20AC;? an exhibit featuring works by artist Gail Ackley, in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail. Ackley is interested in local shore birds. Her paintings also present elements of landscapes, as well as pieces drawn from family photos that communicate universal themes about relationships. The center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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STAGE CUES African-American Read-In

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Join Sydney Brown and T Ford for an African-American Read-In of literature by African-American writers. The event, part of Black History Month at Grossmont College, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in Room 355, Building 36, on the college campus, 8800 Grossmont College Drive. Visit

OON FILM â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Birth of a Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

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The Cuyamaca College Black Student Union will host a viewing of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Birth of a Nation,â&#x20AC;? based on the story of Nat Turner, the enslaved man who led a slave rebellion in Southampton County, Virginia, in 1831. The screening is part of the collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s program for Black History Month, and will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Digital Theater in B-101 on the campus at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. Free and open to the public. Visit

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The College Avenue Center, 6299 Capri Drive, occasionally presents live musical performances. Here is the upcoming lineup: Feb. 20, 12:30 p.m., Latin Singers Concert Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m., â&#x20AC;&#x2122;50s Party with the Vidals March 3, 12:30 p.m., Beto Nagima, Spanish and classical guitar Visit

Food Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Senior Food

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Movies at College Avenue Center Mondays and Tuesdays in February and March The College Avenue Center (6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro) will host movie screenings in the coming weeks. The showings start at 1 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. Free for supporting members; $2 for all others. The lineup includes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Think Twiceâ&#x20AC;? on Tuesday, Feb. 21 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Denial,â&#x20AC;? Tuesday, March 7 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eight Days a Week,â&#x20AC;? Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14 â&#x2013;

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Is it Time to Replace Your Water Heater?


A water heater is one of those home-appliances that many of us take for granted â&#x20AC;&#x201C; until something goes wrong. From taking showers to cleaning loads of laundry, we rely on our water heaters to help us with crucial tasks and conveniences every day. Review the following questions to help determine if it may be time to replace your water heater.

When in doubt, call your Ideal Service Experts! (619) 583-7963 Don & Melissa Teemsma 2nd Generation Owners, Ideal Plumbing Heating Air Electrical

)PX0MEJTZPVS5BOL You can find the age of your water heater by searching for the manufacturerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sticker on the water heater, and writing down the serial number. Most water heater manufacturer websites have a reference to help decode your serial number to determine the age of the tank. In general, manufacturers recommend anyone with a water heater more than ten years old should consider replacing it.

How Does the Water Look & Sound? As time passes, you may begin to notice a strange discoloration within your water, or hot water that appears to be particularly â&#x20AC;&#x153;rustyâ&#x20AC;? in smell and hue. Though rusty water isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always an indication that your water heater is failing, it can be a sign that the tank could begin to leak soon. If you hear creaking, banging, or knocking - you may need your water heater inspected. Most of the time, these noise related issues are a result of sediment build up in the tank. As the scale comes in contact with the heating source it creates noise. *TUIFSF&WJEFODFPG-FBLJOH If you begin to notice water around your tank, then chances are youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dealing with a small pinhole leak in the tank. Unfortunately, there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any simple way to fix a leaking hot water tank, meaning that your only solution will be to replace it as quickly as possible in order to avoid the threat of flooding. Before replacing your water heater, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll want a professional to check that there are no other leaks coming from fittings or connections to the tank.

Key Elements of a Water Heater Installation t8BUFS)FBUFS%SBJO1BO1SFTTVSF3FMJFG%SBJO-JOF Damage from a leaky water heater can cause significant additional expenses when you have to address wet walls or even dry out the structure. Protect your property with a water heater drain pan and pressure relief drain lines, both of which should be ran to the exterior whenever possible. t(BT4IVU0Ä&#x152;BOE(BT'MFY$POOFDUJPO Shut off should be a new, easy turn ball valve style with yellow coated stainless steel flex line. t8BUFS4IVU0Ä&#x152;7BMWF While you may have a working valve now, we always replace the shut off valve because 10 years from now, you will want a working valve. Many times we see original valves and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work because they are old and corroded. t)BSE1JQJOH Ideal typically does not recommend flexible connections on water lines, as they often times leak, causing water damage to the water heater and/or surrounding area. Instead we use all brass unions and weld pipes together.

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