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territories. Under current regulations, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) customers who have installed solar energy systems receive “full retail price” — which is basically a 1-for-1 credit on their bill — for each kilowatt hour of energy they

ity-planning efforts in San Diego are set up to involve the many community planning groups in order to set agendas, or wish lists, for what projects are deemed most important. Every planning group in the city has similar kinds of problems making the wishes come true. The Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) recently sent a wish list of six items it hopes the city will fund and complete over the next five years. The three top items have been on the NCPI list for more years than some people like to remember. Number one on the list is Alvarado Creek stormwater and flooding issues. We’ve written before about the Alvarado Creek problems, and some steps have been taken to alleviate the immediate flooding problems there. The city of San Diego has dredged and cleared some of the non-native vegetation and trolley construction debris left behind. The city is now working with the trolley people to continue that cleanup, but those are at best temporary measures, awaiting the long-planned and debated construction of a permanent fix. Planning board member Dan Smith, a developer whose property near Mission Gorge Road and Interstate 8 is always flooded when it rains, has been a constant leader in calling for the creek fix and other work there as essential to the overall development plans for the Grantville area. “I’ve got plans in file cabinets that detail previous efforts to build a permanent channel for the creek that have gone as far as design and cost analysis. One of them dates back to 2000, and would have cured the problems halting massive redevelopment in the Grantville area. But that’s as far as it ever got,” said Smith. “There are definite plans on the books for the big Centerpoint residential and business development, but those plans can’t really happen without a permanent fix for the creek problem.” The city is now working with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to get a grant from the regional agency

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Community mourns the loss, remembers the life of John F. Pilch Jeff Clemetson Editor


n Tuesday, May 3, the Navajo community lost one of its most involved residents when John F. Pilch died from a fast-acting cancer at the age of 76. Pilch was a longtime community leader who served on various local, city and county boards and

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committees. He was also a regular contributor to this publication. For the past 20 years up until his death, Pilch served the San Carlos Area Council, twice as president, and as vice president and secretary. He also served as chair of the San Carlos/Lake Murray Recreation Council from 2012 on. “He loved this community, he just loved it,” said Judy Pilch, John’s wife of 47 years. “And he didn’t do anything for any recognition, he just did it because he just loves this community.” Judy described her husband as “the guard dog of San Carlos” — an appropriate description according to the people who worked closely with him. “He was Mr. San Carlos,” San Diego City See PILCH page 3

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f San Diegans are still considering “going solar” this year, they only have about two months left to get their installation complete and certified in order to see the absolute best return on their investment, but thanks to the state’s public utilities commission, solar in California is surely here to stay. Changes to how residential rooftop solar customers are billed, however, will take place as compromise. Assembly Bill 327 (AB327), which Governor Brown

Roof-top solar will soon be less attractive but will still save customers money. (Courtesy of Sullivan Solar Power Company)

signed into law last October, goes into effect soon, once the number of solar installations within the public utility’s territory reach a cap — determined at 5 percent of the utility’s peak capacity — which is expected to happen mid-July in San Diego. Other areas of the state have until July 1, 2017 to reach the cap in their


Mission Times Courier

May 20 - June 16, 2016


May 20 - June 16, 2016 Mission Times Courier 

John Pilch was a supporter of and volunteer for local emergency responder groups. (Courtesy of Mickey Zeichick)

Pilch, from page 1 Councilmember Scott Sherman said. “He didn’t have any kids, but everyone in San Carlos was connected and part of his family, the way he looked at it.” Before he passed, Pilch was awarded a proclamation from the city making April 14, 2016, John Pilch Day in San Diego. “It listed all of his accomplishments, which were numerous in that community,” Sherman said. The city is also looking into naming the community garden at the San Carlos Rec Center in Pilch’s honor. “We’re trying to get it done — bring in all the stakeholders, make sure everyone agrees — we’re looking at it right now,” Sherman said. “That’s where I used to run into John the most, the community garden.” Jay Wilson, executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, worked with Pilch for more than 20 years. Pilch sat on the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee for 18 years and the two were part of the group that produced the 4th of July Music Fest and Fireworks Display held at Lake Murray from 2004 to 2011. “There were three of us crazy enough to put on a show with a $50,000 price tag and invite 6,000 of our closest friends, and [Pilch] chaired that from day one,” Wilson said. Although the 4th of July event eventually ended due to the possibility of litigation if there was an accidental fire, Pilch and Wilson continued to show their patriotism by donating their time to another community project. “For almost 15 years he and I put up American flags on Navajo Road,” Wilson said. “We did this every legal holiday. I think we missed one.” Pilch was also an active supporter of emergency responders. He was a volunteer disaster service worker for the San Diego County Community Emergency Response Team from 2004 to 2014 and a member of the San Diego Police Department’s Use of Force Task Force in 2002. And on every anniversary of 9/11, Pilch would bring cakes to local fire and police stations. “You can’t replace somebody like that; who has that kind of

energy and commitment and time to do what he did,” Wilson said. From 2000 to 2009 and again from 2010 to 2012, Pilch was a board member of the Navajo Community Planners Inc. (NCPI) and served as chair from 2002 to 2005. Last year, he could have run again for the NCPI board but chose not to so he could offer his opinions on the projects in ways boardmembers cannot, said Terry Cords, who represents Allied Gardens on the NCPI board and worked closely with Pilch on a number of issues. “John felt more empowered as a political commentator, in a sense, than he did actually being on the board,” Cords said. “I thought that was an interesting approach because I don’t think many people expected that. I think they would have thought John wanted to be right in the middle, controlling it, pulling the strings and that wasn’t John in many ways.” “He was a great guy, very passionate about the community and worked very hard to make our area a better place, which he did,” said Matt Adams, current NCPI chair. “He is going to be sorely missed and is absolutely irreplaceable and the community has suffered a big loss.” Pilch was well-known for the extra effort he would put into his community work, going above the rest in being prepared and knowledgeable about the issues. “He would take on any issue that he felt strongly about and he did it at a level where there’s probably nobody who will equal his involvement level,” Wilson said. “One of the things John would do is faithfully watch the local television network for government and watch the council meetings and watch the planning board meetings,” Cords said. “He would go and testify at a number of those as well, and he would always take the trolley down. He didn’t like to drive and park, so he took the trolley down. And he would be there for hours, if he had to be, to get his testimony in. He was one of those guys that if he had something, he was a bulldog. He had a bone in his mouth and you weren’t going to get it out.” Judy Pilch said it was just her husband’s nature. “He loved knowing things. He was interested in everything in this community and in this city,”

she said. “One of a kind, there should be more like him, I think.” Pilch’s knowledge of the issues and his passion for his community made him a valuable asset, even to those he sometimes disagreed with. “He actually worked here in my office,” Sherman said. “John and I are different political parties but, I tell you what, I respect the guy’s love of community so much, that I wanted to bring him in here.” Pilch was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He went to Cathedral Latin High School and then went on to study psychology at John Carroll University. John and Judy were married in 1969 while John pursued a law degree at Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He graduated in 1970. “John put himself through law school while working for the Travelers Insurance company as a claims examiner,” Judy Pilch said. “In those days you had to be either in law school or a lawyer to be a claims examiner. Today you need to be 17 with a clipboard.” In 1973 the couple moved to Hartford, Connecticut, when John was transferred to work in the Travelers’ main offices there. In 1977, he was transferred to San Diego and became claims manager of Travelers’ legal malpractice office, specializing in risk management. After retiring from Travelers, Pilch worked short stints at a few other companies in San Diego before fully retiring and dedicating himself to community involvement. In addition to the community groups Pilch served that were mentioned above, he also served as vice-chair on the City of San Diego Parking Advisory Board from 2006 to 2011; chaired the administration and audit committee for the San Diego County Grand Jury from 2006 to 2007; held various officer positions at the Lake Murray Kiwanis from 2000 to 2011; and was an advisory committee member for Building Better Health East County from 2010 to 2013. “That guy was out every weekend doing something for this community,” Adams said. “This really is a big loss, not only for his family, but for the community at large. We’re going to miss him terribly.” —Write to Jeff Clemetson at■



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May 20 - June 16, 2016


Cookies for a cure Student turns cookie and lemonade stand into successful cancer fundraiser Margie M. Palmer


ophia Pruden isn’t your average high schooler; in the past eight years, the Patrick Henry High School 10th grader’s signature fundraiser, Sophia’s Cookies for a Cure, has raised more than $40,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This year, Pruden hopes to raise another $15,000 to help find a cure for blood cancers. She has raised over $13,000 so far. Her journey down this path began when she was quite young. “I was seven at the time and I decided to hold a lemonade and cookie stand outside of my house to honor the memory of my aunt Amy,” Pruden said. Amy McFadin, who was a teacher at Grossmont High School, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) when she was 26. After three rounds of chemo, she was preparing for stem cell collec-

tion but unfortunately her body could just not handle the intense chemotherapy. She died from a cerebral hemorrhage just three months after her diagnosis. Her family went to a bunch of Leukemia & Lymphoma Society fundraisers, Pruden said, but she quickly realized she wanted to do one of her own. That first year she and her family made “maybe two or three big jugs of lemonade and about 50 dozen cookies.” Much to her surprise, that cookie and lemonade stand raised nearly $800. Last year, her efforts brought in more than $11,000. “People kept asking if I planned on keeping it up — that’s how it’s grown. Now it’s grown so big that we need to have an entire street blocked off for it,” she said. And grown it has. This year’s plan involves baking roughly 300 dozen cookies and squeezing enough lemons to make close to 60 gallons of lemonade. It will also feature live

Sophia Pruden squeezes fresh lemonade for annual event Cookies for a Cure that raises money for leukemia and lymphoma research. (Courtesy of Sophia Pruden)

music, a bounce house, hot dogs and other food, an art table and a raffle table. “It’s a five-month process. I start squeezing and freezing the lemonade in January,” she said.

“All of that is done from scratch. We don’t have a lemon tree so all of the lemons come from donations or from family friends that pick them off their trees. “My grandfather handles the

cookies; he’s retired and baking cookies is his hobby,” she said, adding that his ingredients are donated as well. “Our house pretty much smells amazing all the time.” San Diego Chapter Leukemia & Lymphoma Society representative Janet Hamada, who currently serves as the local chapter’s Student of the Year Campaign Manager, said Pruden has been an integral part of the success of the San Diego Chapter for many years. “This year, Sophia was nominated to be part of the Student of the Year campaign, which is a 10-week, blind fundraising competition that takes place between nominated high school leaders who are known for being volunteer-driven, goal-driven and motivated,” she said. On May 15, Pruden was notified she won the honor, having raised the most money over a six-week period. “When Sophia’s name came up, we knew she’d be a great fit for this campaign. What’s impressive, is that we also have a man/ woman of the year campaign that runs simultaneously and sometimes these students raise more money than the adults.” Pruden’s neighbors feel that part of her success relates to her being successful in encouraging community members and local businesses to collaborate. “I am extremely proud of Sophia and honored to be her neighbor. She has become the jewel of our neighborhood,” said Josie Piraino-Chavez. “We all look forward to the yearly block party and are grateful that this little girl who was faced with tragedy brought together a community for a good cause.” Sophia’s Cookies for a Cure will take place on May 29 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 6821 Rolando Knolls Drive in La Mesa. For more information on the event, or how to make a tax-deductible donation visit —Margie Palmer is a San Diego-based freelance writer who has been racking up bylines in a myriad of news publications for the past 10 years. Reach her at■


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The new San Carlos Library is one of the projects on the NCPI list of priority projects that is in the design and development phase. (Courtesy of San Carlos Friends of the Library)

List, from page 1 to begin design and preliminary work on the creek solution. But it will all come down to money — where to get it, and how to spend it. There could be state and federal money in addition to city funding, but the planning process has to be identifiably far along — at 30 percent — before those plans can advance to actually turning over shovels-full of dirt. Much of this local money will have to come from developer impact fees, which would not come into play until there is actually some development going on, according to Seth Litchney of the city planning department. Numbers two, three and four on the wish list have the same financing problems with devel-

oper impact fees that will not be paid until there is actually development going on. They are the restriping of Fairmount Avenue between the I-8 ramps; the badly needed realignment of Alvarado Canyon Road; and the expansion of the Allied Gardens Recreation Center. All are dependent on the developer impact fees that have not been paid, because there is no development currently going on. Many have likened this to a Catch-22 situation. That’s probably accurate, but it is what it is. Items five and six on the wish list are actually showing measurable progress, at least by comparison. Number five is the Pershing Middle School joint-use project, where a half a million dollars has

already been allocated to replace artificial turf at the school site. The sixth and final wish list item is actually in the design and preparation stages for the long-awaited San Carlos Library replacement. This has been planned and talked about for at least two decades, if not longer. The site was once a gas station, so environmental cleanup is still ongoing. Once the county hazmat people give the OK, the city can buy the property and get that project rolling. None of this is easy, and none of this will happen next week. But at least people are thinking about all of it, which hasn’t always been the case in the past. —Doug Curlee is Editor-atLarge. Reach him at doug@sdcnn. com.■


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May 20 - June 16, 2016

OPINION LETTERS Candidates support bad bike policy

Re: “District 7 candidates weigh in on the issues” [Volume 22, Issue 4 or]


California’s voting rights leading the way Alex

Padilla If there’s one thing that every American should agree with, it’s this: Voting is the fundamental right in our democracy, the one that makes all others possible. The right to choose our representatives is why patriots dumped tea into Boston Harbor, why women marched for the 19th Amendment, and why 51 years ago people of all races joined together to win the passage of the Voting Rights Act. But one of the most insidious ideas in the 2016 election is that voting rights are negotiable. More than 20 states have enacted voting restrictions that could prevent many Americans from exercising their fundamental right to vote this November. We saw the logical outcome of these laws last month in Arizona, when local election officials closed 70 percent of polling locations in Maricopa County. We will never know how many people didn’t vote that day, frustrated by fivehour lines and overwhelmed poll workers. The reason given in Arizona was “cost-cutting,” but it

City budget proposes road, neighborhood improvements Scott

Sherman The Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget recently proposed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer is a balanced budget that will keep San Diego going on the right track. The budget would increase funding for roads 189 percent since 2014. That’s over 200 miles of roads that would be completed if this budget is approved by the City Council.

wouldn’t have happened if the Supreme Court hadn’t done some cutting if its own—in a 2013 decision that shredded the protections in the Voting Rights Act. Before that decision, a place like Maricopa County with a history of disenfranchising people of color would have had to petition the U.S. Department of Justice before closing polling locations. But today, states with a long history of racial discrimination are free to change voting rules to deprive people of their most sacred right in our democracy. If Arizona is a story of when voting rights go wrong, California wants to be an example of when voting rights go right. Our voter registration has surged leading up to the June 7 primary, driven by hotly contested presidential races for both Democrats and Republicans. As the state’s top elections official, I asked the Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown for emergency funding to ensure local elections officials could hire and staff polling locations and process additional ballots. Unusual in this fractured political climate, Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature voted unanimously to approve the funding, and Governor Brown signed AB 120. The law provides an additional $16 million to all 58 California counties to help cover costs for the June 7 presidential

primary as well as the verification of ballot initiative signatures for the November general election. The money will allow the Secretary of State’s office to hire more phone interpreters for the voter hotline and conducting polling place observations in all 58 California counties. Access to information about voting is now available in 10 languages. California Democrats and Republicans are working together to expand access to voting. There’s no excuse for the partisan divide in our country around voting rights. But the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the Voting Rights Act has given free rein to those who want to try to cling to power by suppressing voter turnout. Former Republican Senator Jim DeMint recently admitted that voter ID laws help elect “more conservative candidates.” History shows that voter suppression is doomed to fail. We want as many people of all kinds to vote, regardless of their political persuasion. That’s the path to true democracy, and California is leading the way. If you live in California, make sure your registration is up-todate by visiting RegisterToVote. or RegisterToVote. Ca.Gov before the May 23 registration deadline.

In addition, the budget would fund an additional $6.4 million in new and replaced sidewalks and streetlights. It would also commit $5.8 million in increased spending for storm channel and drain cleanings. This is great news since District 7 is particularly susceptible to flooding during heavy rainstorms. The FY17 budget would also increase hours at a number of recreation centers and fund $2.5 million in park improvements. Traffic improvements in the Mission Valley area is also included. $1.4 million would be invested in traffic signal optimization to ease congestion in the area as well as major improvements on the Friars Road and state Route 163 intersection.

Other District 7 specific improvements would include: Replacing synthetic turf at Pershing Middle School Joint Use Field in San Carlos Repaving the San Carlos Recreation Center and Allied Gardens Library parking lots. Not only will this budget improve city services, it is also fiscally responsible. The proposed budget would allocate $20.8 million to fund the Pension Payment Stabilization Fund and $7.6 million to fully fund General Fund reserves at 14.75 percent. These measures would ensure that the city would have the resources needed during an economic downturn.

—Alex Padilla is California’s Secretary of State. ■

—Scott Sherman represents District 7 on the San Diego City Council. ■

Your interviews with District 7 candidates showed that Scott Sherman openly admits to supporting the Bicycle Master Plan Update. If this plan is fully implemented, you can forget about that quick trip to the neighborhood store for a quart of milk or to the local fast food place. It won’t be quick. The Bicycle Master Plan Update says we should allow bicyclists on many of our roads to get into vehicle lanes and make you drive behind them at whatever their speed is — maybe 10 or 15 mph. Just wait till these planners’ dreams come true and the number of bicyclists clogging up the lanes makes a quick trip impossible any time of day. It is even proposed that some roads become “Bicycle Boulevards” in which they will “prioritize bicycle travel above vehicular travel.” They may put speed bumps in these roads to slow down traffic. Signs will alert you that bicycles have priority. Imagine taking an extra 10 or 15 minutes to get to work each morning. Candidate Caballero might be just as bad based on his comments in the interview. It’s hard to know for sure. We need to consider this destruction of our roads when voting for City Council members. —Richard Robertson, San Carlos

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Eliminate the expletives

Re: “Letters to the editor” [Volume 22, Issue 4 or] I was sadly disappointed in your April/May issue with regard to a letter from a reader. I’m hoping you printed an expletive by mistake and that you will print an apology in the next issue. If that’s not the case, what happened to your standards? You do realize that as a society the moral standards that we all try to live by are being destroyed daily in our movies, magazines, in our everyday speech and now in your little newspaper. Why? You have to know that children and very impressionable teens read your newspaper and myself an adult don’t care to read expletives in a newspaper. If you continue to go down the road of slimy journalism, I for one will not read your newspaper any longer nor patronize any of your advertisers. I implore you not to lower standards ... stay strong and take the high road. —Steve Gilbert, Del Cerro Reading the letter for a “Retraction demand” in your AprilMay edition, does your paper not censor or edit words that may be considered by many to be inappropriate or offensive? I am not even comfortable quoting those words in my correspondence to you! —Tom Harpley, San Diego

Grocery store blues

Re: “Outlook bleak for new food

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Letters, from page 6 outlets” [Volume 22, Issue 4 or] At least we got our Vons back at Lake Murray Boulevard and Baltimore. —Aleta El Sheikh, via Facebook Thank you for the update, even if the news isn’t good. —John Crawford, via Facebook We desperately need a new market. —Christy Moloney, via Facebook

Investigate PHHS

We (neighbors and taxpayers) would like an investigation of the “Music/Arts Building” at Patrick Henry. The building has been in

progress for three years and the end is not in sight. When America is about last in science, math, etc., we in San Diego are spending who knows what on this fiasco. Oh, after many meetings of fellow neighbors, we are sure that Patrick Henry will have kids on Broadway when the Chinese take over our country — thanks San Diego school system.  Why not consider educating kids, and not in song and dance? We are fed up with the school system, city government, state government, and the Fed. Sure, keep spending our money and see when the teachers ask for more what the vote will be. You can contact me at any time, we have had enough. It is time to vote! —Mary Ellen Graves, San Diego ■

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May 20 - June 16, 2016


County party head, City Hall reporter headline in June

Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch


t’ll be another star-studded affair for the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. On Wednesday, June 1, just six days before the vital California Primary Election, none other than Francine Busby will highlight our program. Head of the San Diego County Democratic Party, Busby is a frequent guest of the club and will no doubt give her progress report on the state of Democratic candidates running for office in many crucial primary races. She’ll be joined on the program by noted City Hall reporter and longtime Voice of San Diego (VOSD) scribe, Andrew Keatts. It should make for a fascinating conversation, with Busby relating her views of what we need to do as activists and progressives to help Democrats win at the polls on June 7, and Keatts telling it like it is — his observations as to who is probably going to win in several vigorously contested city and county races. Will the San Diego City Council keep its Democratic majority? Will Mayor Faulconer win without

Andrew Keatts

Francine Busby

a November election contest? Keatts will relate why it’s so difficult to unseat an incumbent in San Diego primary elections. Busby has distinguished herself as a strong advocate for women and girls, public education and equal opportunity for all Americans. She is the former executive director of Run Women Run, a nonprofit organization dedicated to electing pro-choice women. Busby has also served as the president of the Cardiff School District and previously ran for Congress. Since 2004, she has been at the forefront of the dynamic growth of the San Diego County Democratic Party as a candidate, mentor, volunteer, North Area Vice Chair, and fundraiser. Keatts has the City Hall beat at VOSD and, in his own words, “writes about land use, development, politics, all the things that work together to make the city the way it is for the people that

live here.” Keatts is a 2006 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, and previously worked for the San Diego Daily Transcript. He claims to like the Baltimore Orioles, food, music, beer, his dog Bodie and his wife, not necessarily in that order. Also on the docket, we’ll hear from our friends on the Lemon Grove City Council — both now running for mayor of that neighboring town — George Gastil and Racquel Vasquez. We hope to not only hear them tout their accomplishments, but endorse one or the other. They’ve been longtime members and supporters of our club, and it appears it’s a no-lose proposition for our membership and the city of Lemon Grove. We’ll also be voting on the 2016 slate of officers for the club, and Busby will do us the honor of swearing the newly elected into office. And lastly, on Saturday, June

May 20 - June 16, 2016 Mission Times Courier 4, the LMFDC will proudly march in the La Mesa Flag Day Parade, now an annual tradition, one in which a “President Obama” joins our procession with a special “Secret Service” detail. It’s always an honor and a lot of fun to join our many fellow La Mesa organizations in walking the couple mile parade route through the heart of town. La Mesa, like many of the communities we represent, is filled with fellow Democrats and supporters. Our members also live in San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, Grantville, Santee, Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, College area and several other close in East County communities. Our meetings are open to all and take place in the lovely La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., just North of University Avenue. We gather on the first Wednesday of every month and begin at 7 p.m. after a half hour of social time with snacks, salads, beverages, desserts and much camaraderie. Don’t forget our Annual Party in the Park on July 6 as we celebrate Independence Day at the beautiful Mission Trails Visitors Center. Details can be found on our website and follow us on Facebook for all the latest news. —Linda Armacost is president and Jeff Benesch is vice president of programming of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. Reach them at■


A Healthy Smile is Ageless I recently had a patient come in for a checkup who had brought in her 92 year old mother a few years prior. Her mother had been getting neglectful about looking after her teeth and she wanted to have me take a look at what was going on inside her mouth. After reviewing the situation, I could see that this was a 92 year old woman who was engaged in living life, who visited her family and friends and wanted to keep herself healthy as long as she could. I mentioned to the daughter that in order to get her mother’s dental health into shape, she would need some extensive dental care including fillings, crowns, and a fixed bridge, along with some cleaning appointments. When her mother was told this, she said “Yes, let’s do the work. I’m not getting any younger and I want to go back to enjoying my meals and feeling good about myself and my health.” Well, we proceeded to take care of our 92 year old patient’s needs and she became very fond of coming in to see us. She responded well to our dental therapy and treatment plan. We could see that she was smiling again and was pleased at how well she could now chew and speak with her teeth and gums in good condition. The daughter mentioned that she and her mother were so appreciative that we had taken the time to share with them all the options for her dental care, even though she was 92 years old. Getting back to the recent interaction with the daughter, I heard that her dear mother had passed away last year at 97 years old but was chewing and eating comfortably until the very end. She also said that she felt her mother’s dental health and well-being was partially responsible for her longevity and good spirit. The message that I wish to share is that it is never too late to pursue having a healthy mouth so that you can eat well, socialize with confidence and have the opportunity to live a richer quality of life. Wishing you the best of health and happy smiles! Bradley A. Ross, DDS is the owner of Mission Trails Dentistry, located at 6902 Navajo Road at Jackson Drive. Dr. Ross welcomes questions from readers at dentistrysandiego@gmail. com 619-582-9700


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Luncheon and fashion show honor ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’


McCarty It’s Flag Day and it’s the end of the Primary Election Season — we’re celebrating! “Stars and Stripes Forever” sets the theme of the Navajo Canyon Republican Women’s annual Luncheon and Fashion Show fundraiser June 14 at the Bali Hai Outdoor Pavilion on Shelter Island from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fashions by Mira Mesa’s Dress Barn in various sizes will be modeled by our own members and once again we will have our popular opportunity drawings for baskets of goodies and door prizes. The Bali Hai’s delicious lunch buffet and no-host cocktails will complete the day. Tickets are $40 each. For any questions and to RSVP, email or call Glenda at 619-284-9958. Send checks payable to NCRWF to 4432 Swift Ave., San Diego, Ca. 92116. A portion of the proceeds will benefit our charity, Shelter to Soldier. The California GOP primary has settled down since only one presidential candidate remains. All the local candidates are working very hard to get your attention and your vote. These candidates don’t get all the publicity, but they are just as important. Whoever you choose, be sure to vote.

Seventeen impressive candidates participated in our recent NCRWF community forum from mayor to county supervisor to city attorney to judge. I hope you were there to mark your ballot. In addition, 13 Federated Republican Women are candidates for the GOP Central Committee and you will find some listed in your specific ballot. They are: Allyson Smith, Delores Chavez Harmes, Debbie Lenson, Claire Plotner, Gina Roberts, Judy Rees, Sandy Waeker, Jeannie Foulkrod, Jean Roesch, Waskah Whelan (our NCRWF candidate), Martha Doiron, Myssie McCann, Paula Whitsell. One final point in the primary election: If you registered as an Independent Party member, you are a member of that party and cannot vote in the Republican Party Primary. You will have to re-register as a Republican by May 23 to get a Republican ballot. There will be no meetings during summer but we’ll be busy registering voters at the Del Mar Fair and at the new citizen ceremonies in downtown San Diego and volunteering at GOP headquarters to help elect our many excellent Republican candidates running for local office. It’s all a lot of fun, and if you’d like to join us, contact waskahwhelan@aol. com. We’ll be back at the Brigantine for our regular luncheon meeting Sept. 13. You won’t want to miss that meeting because all the contentious ballot propositions and proposed tax increases and bond issues will be reviewed to make you an informed voter. For more information on all our activities, visit us at our fantastic new website, and also check us out on Facebook. —Judy McCarty is publicity chairman for the Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated. Reach her at ■

LOCAL NEWS New Community Relations Officer takes the wheel in Navajo area

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Joseph Ciolino


he Navajo communities have a new Community Relations Officer (CRO) — John Steffen. Steffen served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps as infantry, stationed in Washington, D.C. as well as overseas. After leaving the military, Steffen did something he always wanted to do as a kid – he joined the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). He has been with the SDPD for 12 years and last month he took over the CRO position for the Eastern Division in the Navajo communities, which acts as a liaison between community and business groups and the police department. The Navajo community area includes the neighborhoods of Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos. Steffen grew up in the Navajo area, but never really paid attention to the crime in the area when he was younger. He said he was typically a good kid and never had any real negative experiences with the police. In 2004, Steffen began his police work as a patrolman at Mid-City, where he served for five years. He also spent six years working in the Central Division before transferring to the Eastern Division where he has now been for about a year. Most of the criminal activity in the Navajo area Steffen hears about are property-type crimes such as burglaries to houses and vehicles. In fiscal year 2016, there were approximately 171 burglaries within the entire Eastern Division, he said. Another issue is the homeless problem. The Eastern Division has two police officers working to provide the homeless with services, housing and help them get back on their feet. If they can’t gain compliance voluntarily, police will move on to legal enforcement, which includes citations, arrests and stay away orders, he said. Steffen also works closely with The Citizen’s Review Board on Police Practices. The boards’ goals are to review and evaluate serious complaints brought by the public against officers; review all officer-involved shoot-

Navajo area’s Community Relations Officer John Steffen (Courtesy of Officer Steffen)

ings and in-custody deaths; and review and evaluate the administration of discipline arising from sustained complaints, according to the board’s webpage on the website. “I think it provides a conduit for the community members to express how they’re feeling,” Steffen said. “It helps to [create] positive influence policy.” “The department has taken a position of listening carefully to the residents about the issues that concern them and addressing those concerns,” he said. “By doing this we can build up a strong and positive relationship between the officers and the people they serve.” The department has done this by expanding on the CRO position into every service area to better communicate with residents and give more focused attention, he said, adding that negative perceptions of police sometimes make the job of police work difficult. “If they’re not willing to talk to us then we don’t know there’s a problem – and we can’t work on fixing it,” he said. In order for police to turn public opinion of their work positive and eliminate negative

perceptions, steps need to be made to enhance community policing which, according to Steffen, the Eastern Division is already doing. This includes participating in community events and meetings, conducting safety presentations, neighborhood walks, home and business evaluations and coordinating the Neighborhood Watch program. Steffen is enjoying his new role so far and he hopes to continue to make it easier for the community to get in touch with the police so they can better solve their issues. He has plans to expand the Neighborhood Watch program by getting more people to get involved, setting up groups and motivating them to keep the program going. “I think [the Neighborhood Watch is] going to provide a human touch rather than somebody behind a badge,” Steffen said. —Joseph Ciolino is an editorial intern for San Diego Community Newspaper Network, the parent company of the Mission Times Courier. Reach him at ■


FEATURE 12 Mission Times Courier May 20 - June 16, 2016 Local heroes honored during Jewish American Heritage Month Sara Appel-Lennon


ewish American Heritage Month is celebrated across the nation to recognize Jewish American achievements ever since Jewish people immigrated to America 350 years ago. It is celebrated in May to coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day on May 5 — the day we remember the 6 million Jews murdered in Europe under Hitler’s command between 1933 to 1945. This year, in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month, Union Bank and KPBS recognized Marjorie Morrison and Rose and Max Schindler as local Jewish heroes. Morrison started PsychArmor Institute, the only national nonprofit organization using free online classes to educate nonmilitary Americans about military culture. PsychArmor also provides medical, mental health, employment, and financial resources for veterans. Del Cerro residents, Rose and Max Schindler were honored for speaking to groups about their experiences as Holocaust survivors and for starting the New Life Club, an organization for the survivors of the Nazi Holocaust that has members who are residents of Del Cerro and La Mesa. Because of their painful past, the Schindlers remained silent about their Holocaust experiences for 30 years. The New Life Club was a way to come out and share their experiences. “I did not readily admit I was a Holocaust survivor,” said Max.

(clockwise from top) Max and Ruth Schindler; Marjorie Morrison (Photos by Ron Stein); the Shindlers’ concentration camp tattoos (Photo by Sara Appel-Lennon)

“Never again is our motto,” said Rose. “A lot of people don’t know about the Holocaust. We need to tell our story so the world doesn’t forget.” Whenever the couple are asked to speak publicly about their experiences, Max tells his audiences to re-tell the stories because “the Holocaust shouldn’t be forgotten.” Max and Rose were both teenag-

ers when the Nazis rounded them up. Max’s father offered the SS officer a suitcase full of valuable office products so he and his two sons could stay together. In return, they were given a choice to go to a work camp or a ghetto. His father chose for all three to go to the work camp since they would surely die in the ghetto. Max survived six concentration camps from 1942-1946.

Rose was sent to a work camp in 1944. When an inmate asked Rose her age, she told him she was 14. The inmate urged her to say she was 18 so she would be sent to a work camp instead of the gas chambers. The Schindlers met in England after World War II, thanks to Leonard Montefiore, who paid the English government to transfer 1,000 orphan kids there after the war. Rose and Max were the first Holocaust survivors in the group to get married. Montefiore walked her down the aisle as her father would have, if he were still alive. In 1951, they arrived in New York with less than $50 and lived in a bug-infested hotel for five years. On the third day they arrived, Rose started working as a seamstress in the Garment District. Max worked in the insurance business and held part-time jobs on weekends. He visited San Diego to check the job market, never returned to New York, and asked Rose to join him. In the early 1950s, the Schindlers started the New Life Club to meet other Holocaust survivors and remember their families. The club built a memorial wall in front of the La Jolla Jewish Community Center (JCC) and hosts an annual memorial service.

The Butterfly Project

To educate about the Holocaust, the Schindlers schedule daily talks at schools, colleges, churches, military bases and other organizations. After their presentations, they paint ceramic butterflies with their audience as part of The Butterfly Project, started by former San

Diego Jewish Academy teacher Jan Landau and artist in residence, Cheryl Rattner Price. Rattner Price said that The Butterfly Project uses art and education as a call-to-action to remember the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust by inviting participants to paint the ceramic butterflies and display them. “I work with a very serious topic, the Holocaust. I get to be creative and playful and help the world to feel more connected,” she said. The goal is to have 1.5 million painted ceramic butterflies posted on buildings all over the world. The idea emerged from its cocoon after Landau saw the documentary film, “Paper Clips” by Joe Fab, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker. The film takes place in Whitwell, Tennessee, a primarily white Christian town of 1,600 people. Middle school principal, Linda Hooper, wanted to teach her students about the Holocaust. The students discovered Norwegians wore a paper clip on their shirt collar as a silent protest against the Nazis during the war. Their teacher asked them to write letters asking people to send a paper clip to symbolize each person who the Nazis murdered. The goal was to collect 6 million paper clips. They collected 30 million paper clips; 11 million are stored in an old German railway car in front of the school as a memorial. The project received world acclaim because of Fab’s film and a book written about it in Germany. See HEROES page 13


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Heroes, from page 12 Another inspiration for Landau was a poem, “The Butterfly,” written by Pavel Friedmann in the Terezin concentration camp in 1942. It is about no butterflies living in the ghetto. This was the last concentration camp where Max Schindler stayed, and where Holocaust survivor and Butterfly Project volunteer, Ela Weissberger, 86, created art and sang in a children’s opera as a form of protest. The Butterfly Project has been active in San Diego for 10 years and in over 300 schools. In 2012, Rattner Price took The Butterfly Project to Poland. In keeping with each butterfly representing com-passion for each child killed, Rattner Price and her team hand-carried the ceramic butterflies in suitcases instead of shipping them. Once in Krakow, Poland, she noticed a JCC located 15 kilometers from the Auschwitz concon centration camp. She ran into the building and shared the butterfly story. The Jewish Polish community embraced it. As a result, Rattner Price arranged for ceramic butterflies to be manufactured in Poland. Now, 4,000 ceramic butterflies adorn buildings bordering Poland and Germany. Her team also travelled to a bomb shelter in Sderot, Israel. A 7-year-old girl stopped speaking due to trauma from a barrage of daily rockets. She started speaking only after painting a ceramic butterfly. Again, The Butterfly Project expanded its wings when Rattner Price and Fab col-

(inset) The Butterfly Project founders Cheryl Rattner Price and Jan Landau affix the plaque for the Holocaust Survivor Wall of Butterflies at San Diego Jewish Academy; Rattner Price with Terezin Concentration Camp survivor Ela Weissberger. (Photos courtesy of Cheryl Rattner Price)

laborated on a new documentary film, “Not the Last Butterfly.” Its initial screening took place this year on May 4 at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. The audience gave a standing ovation, and requested a second screening the following day for Holocaust Remembrance Day. It took four years, a camera crew of 10 people, and 200 hours of footage to make this film. “I feel like it’s my third child,” said Rattner Price. Repairing the world is a core value for Jewish people. Celebrating Jewish American

Heritage Month gives our nation a chance to recognize Jewish Americans who repair the world by their achievements, leaving a beautiful legacy for future generations. It’s a race against time for the Schindlers. As Max said, “There aren’t enough survivors to go out and speak.” Endeavors like Ruth and Max speaking about their Holocaust experiences, The Butterfly Project, and the film, “Not the Last Butterfly,” continue to educate about the Holocaust and teach tolerance

long after Holocaust survivors no longer can. [Author’s Note: New research shows the Nazis tortured and murdered more than 20 million people under Hitler’s command. Including soldiers, 70 million people died during World War II. For more information about The Butterfly Project visit] —Sara Appel-Lennon is a freelance writer and former professional clown. Visit her website at■


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Patrick Henry High School News Elizabeth Gillingham

Links Achiever PHHS senior and salutatorian Jabril King-Mahdi was honored as one of 32 African-American male high school students last month at the Town & Country for the 30th Annual Links Achievers Award ceremony. King-Mahdi was recognized for having the highest GPA of all the Achievers and is known at Henry for being an amazing leader and great student. We were very proud to be represented by him and we’re excited to see him get this special recognition. Each year, the San Diego Chapter of the Links identifies a high school male senior that has distinguished himself in academics, sports, the arts and/ or community to participate in The Achiever Program. Those selected for this program are exposed to workshops and seminars geared toward college preparedness, leadership, financial responsibility, gentlemen training and etiquette; they

attend art and enrichment activities which include topics ranging from social justice to success and wealth building. In addition, Achievers gain a sense of brotherhood and camaraderie participating in this enrichment program and build lasting relationships by being paired with a mentor. The mentors are outstanding and prestigious members of the business and professional community and play an important role of providing guidance and support. The expectation and goal of this program is that Achievers will make a lifelong commitment to give back by serving as mentors and roles models in their respective communities. In 2016, San Diego Links Achiever Program celebrated its 30th Anniversary. The Achiever Program has made an indelible mark on the San Diego Community, the San Diego Chapter of the Links has donated and raised funds for the program and has awarded over $1 million in scholarships. 

(l to r) CyberPatriot National Commissioner Bernie Skoch, Quinn Razak, Khang Nguyen, Ian Rodney, Daniel Khuu, Liam Weinfurtner, Michael Simmons, Jeremiah Albrant, a CISCO Representative, and Air Force Association chairman Scott Van Cleef (Courtesy of Patrick Henry High School)

National Youth Cyber Defense Competition In April, a team from Patrick Henry High School traveled on an all-expenses-paid trip to the CyberPatriot VIII National Finals Competition in Baltimore, Maryland with their Senior Naval Science Instructor, Ron Flaherty. Since 2009, CyberPatriot’s National Youth Cyber Defense Competition has challenged teams of two to six students to harden simulated computer systems and resolve real-life cybersecurity situations faced by industry professionals. The competition provides students hands-on experience securing computer networks while exciting, educating, and motivating them toward careers in cybersecurity and other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

(STEM) fields. Led by PHHS instructor John Wood, the Patrick Henry High School National Finalist team was one of just 12 teams to advance from a pool of 1,281 All Service Division teams. The CyberPatriot competition consists of two high school divisions, with public, private, and home schools competing in the Open Division and Junior ROTC units, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, and Civil Air Patrol squadrons competing in the All Service Division, as well as a Middle School Division. In all, more than 3,300 teams registered to participate in CyberPatriot VIII, marking more than 55 percent growth to the competition field from last

season. Registered teams represented all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada, and U.S. Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Europe and the Pacific. Following two preliminary rounds in November and December, CyberPatriot VIII teams were categorized within their divisions as Platinum, Gold, or Silver Tier teams, with Platinum Tier teams representing the highest scoring teams and the only teams eligible to advance all the way to National Finals. During an additional two elimination rounds, the Patrick Henry High School team demonstrated the teamwork, critical thinking skills, and technical knowledge necessary to distinguish itself from other Platinum Tier teams and win its coveted National Finalist spot. During the competition’s only inperson round, teams competed to defend virtual networks and mobile devices from a professional aggressor team. The National Finalists also faced off in three additional competition components: the Cisco Networking Challenge, the Leidos Digital Forensics Challenge, and the Facebook Cybersecurity Challenge. These extra challenges exposed the competitors to new elements and skillsets of the many career opportunities available to them. Though the PHHS team did not make the final top three teams, we are very proud to report that we won the Cisco Networking Challenge! Congratulations to our team! See PHHS page 15

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Students of the Month

Big wins in boys track and field The boys track and field team were league champions for Eastern League and hit the following milestones this season: Scripps Ranch’s loss to us was their first dual-meet loss in 10 years; Patrick Henry’s first win over Mira Mesa in nine years; and first track and field league title since 1989! Congratulations to our boys team!

Congratulations to PHHS Winter Guard Team Alan Reyes

Marshall Cotta

Alan Reyes was selected for April as our student of the month and awarded during the Grantville/Allied Garden Kiwanis Club meeting last month. Reyes was selected for his dedication and service for our student-led coffee cart, where he has served as the manager and an employee all four years at PHHS. Reyes’ service is impeccable as he approaches the work with a smile and friendly sales pitch that warms the hearts of every staff member before they even take a sip of the coffee the students are selling. As part of a functional math class, students in this class learn how to tally their products, take orders, count cash, monitor their inventory, stock their shelves, and work with the public at large by taking their business from class to class. “The kids are always professional, efficient, and conscientious,” said teacher Matt Pruden. “I have personally noticed how so many of them have grown as more confident students and people through this interaction and responsibility.”

“Cotta has been a member of the PHHS Improv Team for four years,” wrote his theater teacher. “This year he is our referee which means he runs our shows. He’s a wonderful, gracious host and makes the audience feel comfortable. He was also seen in the PHHS Production of ‘Amadeus’ last year and looks great in a colonial wig! “Marshall is a real team player. He always volunteers to help out and he offers any support or resources he can to help any production run smoothly.” In a statement, head counselor Terry Walsh described Cotta as “gracious, humble, and readily accepts challenges.” “He has quite an amazing personal story, often speaking about it at conferences and meetings, in support of City of Hope,” continued Walsh. “He helps his parents with their business downtown at the 10th Avenue Theatre. At school, Marshall has been involved in many plays, musicals, improv and Bel Cantos choir. He has been accepted to SDSU School of Music beginning next year.” It’s hard not to love Cotta because of the way he presents himself at school. He truly is a role model and an exceptional student. He will be missed by all of us at Henry!

Marshall Cotta was selected for the month of May and had many teacher recommendations for his respectful and courteous ways

PHHS Winter Guard team competes February through March at various events and this year came on top by winning the Gold Medal in their classification at the 2016 Winter Guard Association of Southern California Championships held on April 16 at Huntington Beach High School. We are proud of their hard work and dedication!

(l to r) Kellie Formanek, Eliza Rosales and Maya Rozenshteyn (Courtesy of PHHS)

Chevron Engineering Challenge Kudos to our freshmen team of future engineers for their outstanding results at the Chevron Engineering Challenge. Kellie Formanek, Eliza Rosales and Maya Rozenshteyn placed second at this Regional Design Competition. Students were given a design brief and approximately six hours to sketch, build and present their design. Our three students ranked second out of a total of 15 teams (and were the only team comprised of only girls). They designed an outdoor barbeque system that impressed the judges and led them to the finals. They won $100 each and have been invited to attend the state finals in Sacramento in May. —Elizabeth Gillingham is principal of Patrick Henry High School. ■



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Mission Trails Regional Park is the bee’s knees Audrey F.



he 1920s catchphrase, “it’s the bee’s knees,” expressing the height of excellence, sums up a day that includes time spent under the umbrella of nature at Mission Trails Park. Honey bees pack and carry the richest pollen in tiny baskets located at the mid-segment of their legs. Your emersion into nature is an equally enriching experience. This summer, make a bee line to Mission Trails. Take a hint from the bees – stop and smell the wild roses. Catch the graceful movement of a leaping lizard. “It’s the snake’s hips!” You’ll have a roaring good time as you examine the scope and beauty of your surroundings and the endless variety of its content. The landscapes are truly “the caterpillar’s kimono!” Fill your summer with the rhyme and rhythm of life in wild San Diego and all that jazz! Our MTRP Trail Guide walks are an opportunity to learn more about natural Southern California, with its unique landscapes, habitats, local history, plant and animal life. The walks are free, interesting, fact-filled, and geared to all ages and interests. Grab sturdy shoes, that comfortable hat, water bottle and sunscreen and hit the trail!

Morning walks are offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. You’ll start from the park’s Visitor and Interpretive Center, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. The walk beginning from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail, at the San CarlosSantee border, gives a different perspective of the park and its diverse habitats. These walks are offered from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and take in historic Old Mission Dam. Wildlife Tracking with MTRP Tracking Team members presents the world of tracks, scat, bedlays and other critter evidence that indicate the presence of lesser-seen animals inhabiting the park. It’s two hours of dirttime fun, so wear long pants for close-up observation. See you at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, June 4 in front of the Visitor Center. Discovery Table: Plant Parts is an opportunity to engage in hands-on science as MTRP Trail Guides introduce you to basic plant structure. Drop by the Visitor Center Saturday, June 11 between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and play our match game connecting each plant part to its function and discover what is inside seeds. Star Party Luminaries are revealed with Mars and Saturn rising in the southeast and Jupiter to the west on an evening

Drive and Belle Glade Avenue. Birding Basics enhances your nature experience by identifying birds “at a glance!” MTRP Bird Guide Winona Sollock’s class explains five simple techniques and gives tips on field guide use. (Bringing one is optional.) Class meets in Room A, inside the Visitor Center on Saturday, June 25 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

California Wild Rose (Rose Californica) (Photo by Audrey F. Baker)

one day short of a quarter phased moon. Join MTRP resident star gazer George Varga as he scopes the Double Star Alcor/Mizar in Ursa Major and M13 (Hercules), M92 and M5 globular clusters, and more. Rain cancels. We gather between 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground Day Use Parking Lot. Bird the Loop with MTRP Birders Jeanne Raimond and Millie Basden for avian adventures on the Visitor Center Loop Trail. Explore multiple habitats seeking typical species that make

MTRP their home. Recommend binoculars and bird book. Join us from 8 to 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 18. We meet in front of the Visitor Center. La Mesa Walk and Talk combines a stroll along Lake Murray’s scenic shores with your MTRP Trail Guide and topics in nature. This month, we chat up “Coyotes: Our Wiley Native Canines,” and enjoy a morning at scenic Lake Murray. See you Tuesday, June 21 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., meeting at Ball Fields by entering Lake Murray Community Park at Murray Park

Family Discovery Walk is an invitation to share nature’s summer magic as a family experience and see the seasonal changes it brings. Learn about plant and animal adaptations by examining those that transition into summer inactivity and those that flourish under sunny days. Our Trail Guide-hosted interactive outing focuses fun, childhood enrichment, and memorable moments in nature! See you inside the Visitor Center on Sunday, June 26 at 3 p.m. for 90 minutes of outdoor fun. Meanwhile, come on out and enjoy the park! Visit for more information and our events calendar, or call 619-668-3281. Special walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Chris Axtmann at 619-668-2746 or at —Audrey F. Baker is a trail guide at Mission Trails Regional Park. Reach her at aud1baker@■


News from the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation Jay

Wilson Explore Mission Trails Day

“Connecting with Nature” is the theme for the 2016 Explore Mission Trails Day to be held on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This popular event features free guided nature walks, talks and programs throughout the park, including live animals and special programs for children. The San Diego Natural History Museum and Scholastic Publishing’s Ms. Frizzle and The Magic Schoolbus will present a special program featuring coyotes for children in the amphitheater at the Visitor and Interpretive Center. There will also be free pony rides beginning at 9 a.m. at the East Fortuna Staging Area. The pony rides operate until 2 p.m., but the line will close at 12:30 p.m. There will also be a minimountain bike track, a climbing wall, crafts for children, and many Discovery Stations at the East Fortuna Staging Area. SDG&E is participating at the East Fortuna Staging Area by displaying two electric vehicles and will be available to discuss the many benefits of this new technology. Electric vehicles are great for the environment and are available in many models to suit lifestyle needs. The Santee and Lake Murray Kiwanis Clubs will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs and sodas. Thank you to our sponsors: Republic Services Inc., the city and county of San Diego, Superior Ready Mix, Kaiser Permanente, SDG&E, Lightspeed Outdoors and in-kind donations from San Diego Family Magazine and San Diego Community News Network.

Amateur Photo Contest

Enjoy the park, and pause to take that special picture to be entered into our contest. The deadline to submit photos is May 31. We especially encourage children 12 and under to participate. If you are involved with a photo club, please pass this information on to the members. Go to and scroll down under “More News” for more information and entry forms. The divisions are: Adults (18plus) and Students (13-17); and the categories are: Flora (plants), Fauna (animals), Landscapes, People and/ or Man-Made Structures and any photo from the children 12-andunder division.

Mountainbiking with a ranger

On June 4, meet at the West Fortuna entrance to Mission Trails located at the very east end of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in Tierrasanta. Remember to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and food. Join Ranger Araceli Dominguez and MTRP Foundation administrative assistant and member of the San Diego Mountain Bike Association, Maggie Holloway, for this fun-filled nature and progressive beginner series of rides. If you are new to riding, this is for you! Come early and volunteers from the San Diego

The climbing wall at the East Fortuna Staging Area is always popular with children and adults. (Photo by David Cooksy)

Mountain Biking Association will help you make adjustments to your bike. The program will begin again in October.

Art exhibition

The next art exhibition “Nature: Near and Far” features three award-winning nature photographers – Will Gibson, Kim Hirsch, and Jack Quintero, and will be on display from May 20 to June 17 in the Visitor Center Gallery.

Free concert — May 29

Rewind to a bygone era with an afternoon of endearing, enduring, enchanting, and entertaining music from London-born ‘croonadour’ (crooner + troubadour) and V2 recording artist Gregory Page. The Gregory Page songbook has been featured in film, on television, the BBC and NPR’s “Prairie Home Companion.” He is an international touring artist, and has performed his one-man show in Europe to both critical and popular acclaim. There are only 93 seats in the theater and the event is first come, first served. Our June 5 concert features Caprice Strings and on June 12 enjoy a performance by the San Diego Native American Flute Circle.

Art Smarts — May 28

Learn how to draw herons and egrets in chalk pastels. The class is from 1 to 4 p.m. and costs $25 or $88 for four consecutive classes.

Summer Camp

Camp for for children ages 6-12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11 to 15, River Camp; July 25 to 29, Creep Crawly Camp; August 1 to 5, Nocturnal Creatures Camp; and August 15 to 19, Nature Detectives Camp. visit website for more information and registration form.

Private events

The Visitor Center is also a spectacular venue for a private after-hour event such as a wedding, retirement party, celebration of life, or business mixer. Contact Maggie Holloway at 619-668-3280. —Jay Wilson is executive director of the Mission trails Regional Park Foundation. Reach him at jwilson@■

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Spring events at the library



May is our anniversary

May brings flowers and memories of some of life’s watershed events like proms, graduations and weddings. In 1982, May 15 marked the first meeting of the San Carlos Friends of the Library. It was founded with the expressed mission of “focusing public attention on the library’s services, facilities and needs; to strengthen and expand library services; and to stimulate the use of the library facilities as a cultural resource center for the community.” One year later, the Navajo Canyon Golf Course restaurant was the site of the first anniversary dinner for the Friends’ 174 members. Do you remember managing librarians Ruth Gardner or Verna Stewart and youth services librarian Heather Reed? Betty Sherman was SCFOL’s first president; other first board members were Diana Mattershaw, treasurer; Leola Robinson and June Jamieson, secretaries; Lesley Frazier, newsletter; Beryl Levine, membership; and Betty Sherman, book sales. We thank the San Carlos Community for its continued support over the last 34 years as we continue the mission of the SCFOL founders and work toward the branch’s expansion.

Congrats to Victoria Crisologo

Patrick Henry High School’s Victoria Crisologo was named a city-wide grand prize winner in this year’s “Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest.” Her essay was one of the top 14 chosen from this year’s 1,197 essays submitted city-wide. Each of the 12 grand prize winners received a laptop computer donated by Computers 2 SD Kids and other prizes donated by Lloyd’s Pest Control. We are super proud of Victoria, and congratulate all of this year’s participants.

In memory of John Pilch

The San Carlos Friends of the Library have lost another friend. John Pilch passed away on May 3. Pilch was an avid supporter of our branch library and a very involved volunteer. He was also active in many other San Carlos activities and organizations. He will be missed at many community venues. Our sincerest condolences are sent to his family and friends.


Over 150 attended our two-day “Show In Living Color.” Kudos to the San Carlos Garden Club members who created gorgeous floral displays that emulated the artists’ beautiful paintings. The art gallery never looked so grand. May 10 through June 2, Sam

Paintings by James J. Flynn give insight to how the minds of those with dementia work. (Courtesy of San Carlos Friends of the Library)

Essay contest grand prize winner Victoria Crisologo (Courtesy of SCFOL)

Lee’s lovely oil paintings will adorn the walls of our gallery. Don’t miss his artist reception on May 21, from noon to 2 p.m. June 7 – 30, Dr. Roberta Flynn will be showing the paintings of her late husband, James J. Flynn, whose art gives us an insight into the minds of those with dementia. Mr. Flynn was an opera singer for 35 years and a 42-year resident of Allied Gardens who developed Lewy Body dementia following a brain injury. At Stellar Care, a compassionate assisted living facility for people with dementia, he participated in “Memories in the Making” art classes supported by the Alzheimer’s Association of San Diego. Dr. Flynn will be available at the June 18 artist reception from noon to 2 p.m. to answer questions about the art programs at Stellar Care and the Alzheimer’s Association. Mr. Flynn’s paintings have been paired with Del Mar artist Mark Sherman and sold at auction.

Youth corne

The “After School Special” Wednesday programs from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. continue through June 15. During the same time slot starting June 22, they will be replaced by our Summer Reading Program’s family-friendly special events; the first of which is “Amazing Dana, the Magician.” The Summer Reading Program is open to all ages. This year’s theme in honor of the summer Olympics is “Read to Win.” More details next month. June 2 is the last day to “Do Your Homework @ the Library” for this school year. Thursdays’ “Process Art” is taking a summer hiatus, but all other youth programs will continue during the summer months. Our Challenge Island Science Series for ages 8-12 meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 4 – 5 p.m. This spe-

cial series encourages kids to take on exciting challenges that promote creativity, critical thinking, and social skills while instilling a love of science and engineering. Signup is a must as space is limited. June 8, Challenge Island presents “Pyramid Peak.” In this session, kids will travel back to 2,500 B.C. when pyramids were being built in ancient Egypt. They will be challenged to build pyramids, make mummies, and write their names in hieroglyphics. May 31 is the deadline to turn in your “Name that Character” identifications. Entry forms can be picked up at the youth service desk. How many popular children’s book character silhouettes you can name?

Books and speakers

June 9 from 12:30 – 2 p.m., the Library Book Club is discussing “Center of Everything” by Laura Moriarty. On May 27 from 2 – 3 p.m., local author Toni Noel will give budding authors publishing hints during her lecture “My Journey to Publishing.” In the early 1970s, Noel was the San Carlos Community Council’s representative tasked with finding the site for the current San Carlos Branch Library. We hope you will also join us in November at the annual SCFOL meeting when she recounts that process. OASIS programs include Dave Selak’s lecture on May 20 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. about the “Demure and Defiant — San Diego’s Historic Women.” On June 17 from 1 – 3 p.m., lecturer Erica Macht will teach us about “Healthy Habits for Adults: Eat Your Fruits and Veggies.” Sign up at the library.

Dates to remember

May 30: Closed for Memorial Day June 3 from 2 – 4 p.m.: SCFOL members-only pre-book sale June 4 from 9:30 – 3 p.m.: Used book sale June 4 – July 7: First Folio events; all events require a free ticket which are available at June 7: San Carlos Branch Library is a polling location; the library is open but all branch library programs are cancelled. —Sue Hotz is publicity chair for the San Carlos Friends of the Library. Reach her at publicity@ ■

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Kathryn Johnson The Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library is gearing up for summer. We are very excited about this year’s “Read for the Win!” summer reading program and our weekly programs that will appeal to kids of all ages. The fun begins with our Kick Off program on Tuesday, June 14 at 3 p.m. We will be hosting the Boo Hoo Crew, a high energy children’s music group. If you and your kids aren’t able to attend the Kick Off, please be sure to visit us at one of regular Tuesday programs at 3 p.m. featuring the following fun programs: June 21 — USA Jump Stars Be amazed by this high energy, dynamic group of jump rope athletes! Location to be determined. June 28 — Scott Land Marionette Live-action puppetry at its best! Children will be introduced to the disappearing art of marionettes and meet some very interesting characters while doing so. July 5 — Wild Wonders Kids and adults are welcome to the library for an opportunity to “tame” their curiosity for “wildlife.” Attendees will get up close to some amazing animal ambassadors while learning some

fascinating animal facts. July 12 — Little Catbird Join us for fun, classic children’s music with delightful puppets. July 19 — Hullabaloo Are you ready for some footstomping fun music? Then join us for the fun, fast paced musical talents of Hullabaloo. July 26 — Mad Science: The Science of Sport Come sweat, bounce and shake your way through some awesome experiments that are sure to inform you about the human body and the equipment we use in sports. Aug. 2 — Pacific Animal Production Get a dose of “edu-tainment” in this safe environment with a variety of animals who have scales, tails, paws or claws. Aug. 9 — Found Object Juggling Show We end our Summer Reading program series on a very high note with this fun-filled and hilarious show for all ages. Thank you and please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any questions.

News and notes from your County Supervisor Dianne


Great news for families: A new library just opened in East County and at least two more are in the works. The new county branch in Alpine is a beauty. It includes a community room, children’s area and mosaics that tell the story of Alpine. It is believed to be the first “zero net energy” structure built by local government in our region. Due to its novel design and next-gen energy features, it uses no more energy than it produces. It’s a landmark project for the county and saves taxpayer utility costs. Meanwhile, the recently approved county budget includes money for new libraries in Lakeside and Casa de Oro. Both would replace the dated, undersized branches in those communities. Stop scams: I want to thank the hundreds of seniors and caregivers from throughout East County who have attended my “Don’t Get Hooked” events over the past year to learn how to fight off financial scammers. My office has teamed up with the District Attorney’s Office, the Sheriff’s Department and other agencies to bring attention to this important issue. I plan to host more of these

free community forums in the future. Stay tuned. East County’s finest: It’s always a great privilege for me to present county proclamations to those who have done amazing things. A couple of recent recipients: · Educator Janet Ratkovic Feilen. Janet was named Cajon Valley Teacher of the Year and San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 2015. She has helped “at risk” and disabled children for decades. · Rachel Owens-Sarno of Lakeside. Rachel began her rodeo career in 2009 and is now the reigning Miss Rodeo California. Local heroes like these do us proud each and every day! For more District 2 news, go to or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email Have a great East County day!

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News from the Allied Gardens/ Grantville Community Council Shain Haug The Board of Directors of the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) met on May 2 and discussed working on the website and the continued need for skilled technical assistance. The board is also still looking for the contribution of a used laptop. Jenner Smith resigned from the position of AGGCC President and was appointed to take the position of Vice President. Shain Haug was appointed as AGGCC President. The minutes of this meeting will be published in the May 2016 newsletter.

Friday concerts

Theo and the Zydeco Patrol would have been an outstanding start to our 2016 First Friday in the Park Concert Series. Unfortunately, the weather just ignored our enthusiasm. The threat of rain was too certain and too much to risk so we cancelled the concert. Indeed, it rained during the day, soaking the park, and then rained again during the time the concert was to occur. We hope to get a refund of at least part of the park permit fee so we can reschedule this amazing group to a Friday night this summer. On June 3, join us to enjoy The Rollers and their cover of all The Beatles’ hits. Bring back those days of yore and try to explain the lyrics you love to your children and grandchildren. The Rollers are one of San Diego’s premier Beatles tribute bands and one of California’s youngest. The ages of the band’s members range from 19 to 21. Members of the group attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA) for middle and high school, where they would go to the La Jolla Kiwanis three times a school year to perform with the SCPA Jazz Band and Chamber Strings Ensemble.

Keep your calendar open for the remaining concerts:

July 1 – Classic Buzzband (Classic Rock) Aug. 5 – Sirens Crush (Pop Top 40) Sept. 2 – Rachel Aldous and The Road Home (Bluegrass, Folk, Americana) The concerts at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center Park begin at 6 p.m. and the last note sounds at 8 p.m. The recreation center restrooms will be open through the concert and until 9 p.m.


The concert series would not be possible without the generous contributions of our neighbors: Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical; Council District 7, Councilman Scott Sherman Community Projects Programs and Services grant; Kaiser Permanente Hospital; Allied Gardens Shopping Center; Benchmark Brewing Company; Jersey Mikes; Mission Trails Church; Superior Ready Mix; Windmill Farms; Toyota of San Diego; Longhorn Grill; Carillo & Sons Collision Centers; John’s Automotive Care. Each month, as space allows, we will tell you something about each of these supporters (and will continue to do so until everyone is mentioned even though that will take us beyond the concert series). Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical is your one stop shop for all your home repair needs. Ideal specializes in plumbing, HVAC, electrical and full-service kitchen and bath remodeling. Family-owned and operated since 1960, this year Ideal celebrates 56 years in business. Councilman Scott Sherman was elected to office in 2012 to represent the District 7 communities of Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Grantville, Linda Vista, Mission Valley, San Carlos, Serra Mesa, and Tierrasanta.

Town hall The AGGCC holds a Town Hall meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each odd numbered month. Our next Town Hall will be on Tuesday, May 24 at the Ascension Lutheran Church, at the corner of 51st Street and Zion Avenue. The high point of the May 24 meeting will be attendance by Councilman Sherman. After a few comments on matters pending before the City Council, Sherman will open to questions from the community. Sherman grew up in Allied Gardens and now resides in the home in which he was raised. He has a lot of territory to cover in District 7, but how fortunate we are to have a representative who so intimately understands our concerns and interests. —Shain Haug is the President of the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council. He can be reached at aggccshain@yahoo. com. Your suggestions for Town Hall meetings and any topics that you feel the Community Council should address will be much appreciated. ■



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he Navajo Community lost a very dedicated community member and a very loyal friend of mine when John Pilch passed away on May 3. I worked with John for more than 20 years, beginning in 1995, when I was the Community Representative for Navajo while working for Councilmember Judy McCarty. In addition to working on many community matters, for 15 years we shared the privilege of placing the American flag along Navajo Road from the eastern half of the driving range to Bisby Lake. Last week, Police Community Relations Officer John Steffen called to inform me of a substantial increase in home burglaries — 15 in the past month in Del Cerro. Again, entry was through open windows or unlocked doors. Lock your doors and windows and establish Neighborhood Watch in your neighborhood. Steffen will help establish your Neighborhood Watch. His phone number is 858495-7971 and his email address is Councilmember Sherman updated us on District 7, Navajo Area, and Del Cerro in particular. The Del Cerro Boulevard median is a top priority for him. He recently held a meeting with city staff and SDG&E to resolve the matter. The weeds should be cut down by now. Next, a plan will

be developed for replanting the median and maintaining it until the new vegetation is established. At the May Navajo Community Planners [NCPI] meeting, I introduced a motion which passed unanimously; NCPI urges that the city require SDG&E to replant the median with droughttolerant native plants instead of ice plant as initially proposed by SDG&E. Sherman is working with Park and Recreation, Development Services, and the Public Utilities departments in addition to SDG&E. Sherman outlined new city legislation he helped spearhead to promote community gardens. Property owners who agree to a community garden for a minimum of five years now receive a tax credit. He added that infrastructure and improving community services is a priority; library and rec center hours have been extended; and 11,000 potholes have been fixed in District 7 in the past three years. Since there was no current policy to incentivize employees, we developed a program that motivates employees to bring forth their ideas. If we adopt an employee idea, the employee shares in the savings. One will extend the life of the Miramar Landfill by 10 years. Code enforcement is another issue, and as the chair of the Audit Committee, I requested an audit of Code Enforcement. The operation was antiquated so we have

added staff and the entire system is being upgraded. There will even be a 311 app to report concerns. Sherman emphasized that he and his staff are on-duty to help us, and if you have a city-related issue, call Liz Saidkhanian at 619-236-6677. Our second guest speakers were Sharmaine Moseley, the executive director of the Citizens Review Board on Police Policies, and volunteer board member Kathy Vandenheuvel. Together they explained the vital role of their board, which reviews and evaluates serious complaints brought by the public against police officers; reviews all officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths; and reviews and evaluates the administration of discipline arising from sustained complaints. Visit for more information. Nicole Borunda, the Community Relations Manager for SDSU, announced a new website, She wants more people from Del Cerro to become involved. Mark Rawlins, Chair of DCAC, gave a presentation on establishing a Maintenance Assessment District [MAD]. More information is available at He urged everyone to get involved in order to fully understand what a MAD can do for Del Cerro. —Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council. Reach him at■

News from the San Carlos Area Council Mickey



ur next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. Our guest speaker will be announced next month. Our bi-monthly meetings are open to the public.

John F. Pilch

The SCAC is mourning the loss of John F. Pilch who passed away May 3, 2016. For the past 20-plus years everywhere in our neighborhood, John was somehow involved in making life better: 4th of July celebrations; area cleanups and wall repainting; movies and concerts in the park; fun runs; adding stop signs to our streets; fighting cell towers and the list goes on. If it was happening here, John was involved, and mostly not in a shy way. With his help, things got done! May 3 was a very sad day, but because of John’s involvement we have a brighter tomorrow. Councilman Scott Sherman’s office, along with Jay Wilson, presented John with a Proclamation and a John F. Pilch Day was named. John was very proud of this proclamation as we are all proud of his many contributions to our area.

Prom outfits

Thanks to the generosity of our residents we were able to provide dozens of dressy outfits for our Patrick Henry High School prom attendees. Men and women’s

clothing, purses, and costume jewelry were donated. Thank you to Ms. Dawn Marino at PHHS who helped the students select their outfits.

From our May 4 meeting

A San Diego Fire-Rescue representative discussed fire and fall prevention, reverse 911 instructions for cell phones and reminded us to make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working. State Senator Marty Block discussed SB 1333 which will make it Illegal to smoke cigarettes or vapors in parks and on beaches. He also discussed SB 1257 which allows students to explore volunteer work in a career they might not know about. State Assemblymember Brian Maienschein discussed AB 1639 which will create a set of guidelines and training to help coaches, parents, and student athletes identify symptoms of SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest); and AB 2582 which addresses the current need to help our disabled community find employment in California. City Councilman Scott Sherman gave an update of what the city has worked on and what it has planned for District 7. He said 103 miles of repaved road and approximately 11,000 potholes were repaired this year. Urban gardens are being more fully endorsed and encouraged by the City Council. The City Council is also making it easier for charter schools with less than 1,300 students to be developed. Charter schools fill the gap left when student circumstances may otherwise not encourage continuing

their education. New turf will be put in at Pershing Middle School and the San Carlos Rec Center parking lot will be repaved. Some innovative light-control technology will be used to ease the flow of traffic near Friars Road and Mission Valley Road. During questions, residents brought up concerns about the cell towers at the Masonic Lodge on Tommy Drive. They are an eyesore and have not been maintained in accordance with promises made to the community. Concern was also expressed about the need for a pedestrian crossway on Jackson Drive from the Bank of America area to the Keil’s Shopping center. The annual meeting and election of SCAC Directors and Officers was held. The results are: President, Mickey Zeichick; Vice President, Mark Schulze; Treasurer, April Boling; Secretary, Mickey Zeichick (interim); we received applications for Board positions.

Get involved

We are creating a new Interested Persons list and if you would like to be a part of that list or if you wish to discuss a matter, please contact me at mrzeichick@ San Carlos Area Council dues are due (just $7 per household and $15 for a business); please send them to SCAC, P.O. Box 19246, San Diego, CA 92159-0246. —Mickey Zeicheck is president of the San Carlos Area Council. Reach her at mrziecheck@gmail. com. ■


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‘Road Songs’ concert

26 Thursday, May 26


‘Dollar-A-Dish’ 31 Through Tuesday, May 31

Restaurants throughout San Diego are participating in this annual campaign benefiting San Diego Food Bank’s “Food 4 Kids” backpack program. The program provides weekend backpacks full of food on Friday afternoons for school children in need. Participating restaurants select one of their best-selling items and donate $1 each time that dish is ordered throughout the month. Restaurants participating (and their dishes) include: 100 Wines Kitchen in Hillcrest (melted brie), Corvette Diner in Liberty Station (Patsy’s pastrami burger), MooTime Creamery in Coronado (ice cream cakes) and more. Visit for a full list of restaurants.

3rd annual America on Main Street 21 Saturday, May 21

This year’s festival in Downtown El Cajon has a theme of “The Beach Comes East!” The free event will feature three stages with live music performances starting at noon with local folk-rock band Berkeley Hart performing and culminating with the surf-rock stylings of Retro Rockets from 6 – 8 p.m. with several acts in between. There will be carnival rides for all ages including a Ferris wheel, carousel, “Spin-a-Rama,” and more. Vendors, kids’ crafts, a petting zoo and much more highlight this family-friendly event. Visit for further details.

Joe Rathburn hosts regular themed, acoustic showcases at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living, located at 4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H in Grantville. This edition will feature guest band Folding Mr. Lincoln performing “road songs.” Tickets are $15. Show starts at 7 p.m. Visit for tickets.

Gregory Page concert

29 Sunday, May 29

Troubadour Gregory Page will perform a public concert at 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Mission Trail Park, located at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Visit


Caprice Strings concert Sunday, June 5

Trio ensemble of violin, viola and cello Caprice Strings will perform a public concert at 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center at Mission Trail Park, located at 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. Visit


Tolan Shaw concert Thursday, June 9

Joe Rathburn hosts regular themed, acoustic showcases at Vision: A Center for Spiritual Living, located at 4780 Mission Gorge Place, Suite H in Grantville. This edition will feature guest singer-songwriter Tolan Shaw and the theme will soon be announced. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 7 p.m. Visit for tickets.


21 Saturday, May 21

This one-day arts and crafts fair will take place from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Tierrasanta Town Center (10633 Tierrasanta Blvd.) There will be an array of handmade craft items to peruse made by local artisans. There will be a “Patriot’s Day Parade” starting at 10 a.m. on Tierrasanta Boulevard; and a barbeque dinner from 4 – 9 p.m. at the Tierrasanta Recreation Center (11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.). The day will wrap up with a fireworks display at dusk. Visit for more information.

Public art reception

22 Sunday, May 22

Five award-winning artists will host a public reception from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Visitor Center Gallery at Mission Trial Regional Park (1 Junipero Serra Trail). The five artists are Ellary Branden (mixed media), Will Gibson, Kim Hirsch, Jack Quintero (photography), and Marc Kitaen (photo illustration). The photography and mixed-media pieces will be on display through noon on Friday, June 17. Visit for more information.



‘Science Fiction, Science Future’ Saturday, May 21 – Monday, Sept. 5

This traveling exhibition opens today at Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (1875 El Prado, Balboa Park) in the main exhibit gallery. The exhibit brings to life innovations and inventions once considered only science fiction, but now are becoming reality. Visitors will have an interactive experience with robots, holograms, invisibility and more. “Science Fiction, Science Future” was created by the Scitech Discovery Centre in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc. Visit


‘Plants to attract birds and butterflies’ class 28 Saturday, May 28

For this free gardening class, Armstrong Garden Centers will teach you which plants will attract birds and butterflies to your garden to help pollinate fruits and vegetables. The Mission Valley/Grantville store is located at 10320 Friars Road; there are several other San Diego Armstrong locations. This session starts at 9 a.m. Visit for more information.


‘Adding Life to Years: Aging Well Program’ Thursday, June 2

This will be part one of a three-part series on aging at the College Avenue Center (6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro). Dr. Bruce Sachs, Senior Clinician with Jewish Family Service of San Diego will present the interactive discussion about adding enjoyment to life. Dr. Sachs has been a practicing psychologist for over 30 years. Visit for more information.

Saturday, June 4

This two-mile art and music walk will be held from noon to 8 p.m. along Adams Avenue. The free event will include exhibits, performances and more throughout Normal Heights and Kensington. Live music acts will feature numerous genres on various stages. Food trucks, beer gardens and more will also be featured. The complimentary “Comedy Trolley” will be available with stops up and down Adams. Visit for more information and a full schedule.

‘Healthy Aging’ 26 Thursday, May 26

Dr. Jamin Eiseman, Geriatrics, Kaiser Permanente will be visiting the College Avenue Center (6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro) to present a talk on healthy aging. He will also answer questions from attendees. Visit for more information.

Art Around Adams

ON FILM Film and discussion with Ralph DeLauro: ‘May in the Summer’

13 Monday, June 13

San Diego Oasis presents this film class at their location in Mission Valley (Third floor of Macy’s 1702 Camino del Rio North) starting at 1 p.m. The film by writerdirector-star Cherien Dabis is a semi-autobiographical look at romantic confusion and family pressures set in Amman, Jordan. The class fee is $10. Visit for more information.


Stage Cues

12 ‘Chapter Two’

Through Sunday, June 12

Lamplighters Community Theatre (5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa) presents Neil Simon’s comedy-drama with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The story follows recent widower and writer George Schneider as he attempts dating at the prompting of his brother Leo and meets a keeper — Jennie Malone. Meanwhile Leo has a fling with Jennie’s neurotic — and married — friend, Faye. Visit for tickets. ■


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Growing tasty tomatoes at home is easy Gary Jones


omatoes are, by far, the most popular home-grown “vegetable.” (It’s really a fruit.) Their ubiquity is not surprising for obvious reasons. They are very easy to grow and the flavor of a backyard tomato is sensationally better than store-bought. Whether you are a tomato newbie or a hardcore tomatomaniac, there is always a new variety to try or a new tomato trick. (Remember the “upside-down” tomato craze a couple of years ago)? Here is some juicy insider information that you may not know about tomatoes. A myth or two may be dispelled along the way. These tips are the result of years of growing both heirlooms and hybrids, and also from listening to customers — tomato growers love to talk. Tomato stories are about as tall as fish stories. “The one that got away,” has its tomato equivalent: “A squirrel ate it.”

Let’s review the basics: Soil – All vegetables give a lot. They produce a lot of foliage as well as fruit, all in a short time. It is only reasonable that if the soil feeds the plant, then you have

got to maximize the soil. Amend it well — to conserve water, improve texture and increase nutrient availability. Work in an organic starter fertilizer at the same time. Container size – If growing in containers, size is important. Most people want to grow tomatoes in too small a pot. A 15-gallon nursery pot is the right size, not a 5-gallon pot. Too small containers cause the watering to be uneven, which can cause other problems mentioned below. Feeding – Tomatoes are not heavy feeders. If you feed too often — even with a food designed specifically for tomatoes — you will end up with lush, beautiful plants and little fruit. A light feeding every other month is sufficient. Watering – Tomatoes need a consistent supply of moisture. They will suffer if you let them go too dry before watering. They can develop blossom-end rot and will be much more susceptible to diseases. Use an organic mulch to keep the soil evenly moist. Blossom-end rot – This is when the bottom of the tomato develops a dark brown patch which begins to rot. A lack of calcium is the cause. However, you


Heirlooms are ideal to grow in our climate because they rarely get disease. (Courtesy of Armstrong Garden Centers)

do not need more calcium. You need a consistent supply of moisture. There is plenty of calcium in California soils, but plants can only take in calcium as it is soluble in water. Uneven watering means insufficient calcium. Heirloom or hybrid? – One of the ways of distinguishing the two is that hybrids have been bred for disease-resistance. Here in California, we have an ideal tomato growing climate and heirlooms rarely get disease. But there is no question that heirlooms are not as productive. Grow both. Use heirlooms for their incredible variety of flavor, shape and color and hybrids for production. Tomato flavors – Yes, there are many, many tomato flavors. Some taste rich and smoky (purples and blacks). Some come

already salted (Black Krim and others). Some have a rich, fruity wine taste. Some are super sweet (yellows and oranges — Sungold wins every cherry tomato taste test). Where will you find all these flavors and more? From heirlooms – that is why they are grown. Why not to grow beefsteaks? – Beefsteaks are everyone’s dream tomato. But inland gardeners beware: Beefsteaks produce little fruit when temperatures are above 85 degrees. If you want a few spectacular tomatoes early in the season and that is all, grow them. Coastal gardeners: Grow beefsteaks. Pinching or pruning – Don’t. There is no need. The technique for removing side shoots was developed in cold-


summer, European climates. Removing most of the foliage made it possible for the sun to reach and warm the entire plant. We get plenty of heat and sun in California for tomatoes to produce beautifully without any pinching or pruning. If you do, your fruit may get sunscald. Don’t refrigerate – Keep tomatoes at room temperature. Cold temperatures turn the sugars to starch, ruining the home-grown flavor. —Gary Jones is the Chief Horticulturist at Armstrong Garden Centers, which has locations on Friars Road and Morena Boulevard. Email your drought and gardening questions to ■





A thousand bottles of booze on the wall Frank

Sabatini Jr.


’ve eaten inside liquor stores before — pizza at Fiori’s in Mission Hills, a lobster roll at Corner Liquor in Normal Heights, and a memorable “meter feeder” ham-and-Swiss sandwich in the presence of attorneys making liquid purchases at Mixon Liquor and Deli near the Downtown courthouse. But in terms of ambiance, nothing beats KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro. More than a wine depot, KnB impresses with a dramatic 20-foothigh wall of bottled spirits that leaves you wondering which way to run in the event of an earthquake. The zillion-dollar inventory carries everything imaginable: Aquavit from Norway; Arak from Lebanon; Eau Ve Vie fruit brandy from Switzerland; the brown-bag stuff; and you name it. In the center of it all is a fullservice bistro with ample seating. Opposite the liquor display is a full bar flaunting some serious craft brews. Wander toward the back of the room and you end up in the company of wine — lots of it — lining the shelves in a quieter dining area. Where there is alcohol of this magnitude, there are requisite munchies. Here, it’s a mix of everyday bar food done well and

café fare stamped with a fair dose of pizzazz. As our party of eight settled in at a table on the busy front patio (it was a full house inside), we pondered what drinks would pair best to items such as spicy deviled eggs, loaded tater tots, a guacamole burger, fish and chips, and a few other dishes up for consideration. Beer, of course. And it just so happened we came on a Wednesday, when all drafts are $4 apiece, whether served in 12- or 16-ounce glasses. It’s a swell deal considering the choices spanned from high-octane cult favorites like Stone’s seasonal “Enjoy By” series and a couple of citrus brews to imperial porters, a spiced lager, and the “Hopocalypse” double IPA by Drake’s Brewing Company that I ordered. When our food arrived, I basically kept a fork in each hand; one for my own meal and the other for wandering into reachable territory of others at the table. (I was among family, good friends and my spouse, so nobody minded.) The Huevos de Diablo is a single egg, halved and deviled with a peppery, whipped yolk and topped with slices of grilled jalapenos. As the most inexpensive starter on the menu ($1.25), it went down in four easy bites. It’s been a while since tater tots gave me a palatable rush. I’m basically sick to death of them, although when they’re called “tot


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KnB Wine Cellars 6380 Del Cerro Blvd. (Del Cerro)


Prices: Appetizers and salads, $1.25 to $15; flat breads, sandwiches and burgers, $8 to $13; entrees, $8.50 to $14 KnB Wine Cellars is both a restaurant and a bottle shop. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

bombs” and come strewn with roasted jalapenos and pieces of crispy bacon, I couldn’t resist. Better yet, they were crispier than most and mantled in hot, bubbly mozzarella cheese, which smoothed out their starchiness with a buttery essence. Two of my tablemates ordered the panchito burrito encasing a beer-battered chile relleno and juicy carnitas in a large flour tortilla. After coincidentally encountering a rancid chili relleno the previous day from one of my go-to taco shops, I wasn’t inclined to try it at first. But when the oohs and aahs started, I succumbed. It was fresh and flavorful enough to heal my psychological scars. The winning dish of the evening was the fish and chips, a meal that so often fails lately in other places because of skimpy portions,

soggy batter or both. These would likely earn kudos from the most persnickety of Brits, even though limes were substituted for lemons, and the tartar sauce was spiked with Chingon Hot Sauce, which is made locally in Lemon Grove and sold at KnB. But the tweaking of citrus and the medium-spiciness of the tartar worked superbly on the large pieces of cod, which yielded an abundance of moist, flakey meat beneath firm, non-greasy batter. The fries, too, were above-average — clean, crispy and not overly salted. The menu is rather eclectic, extending to four different types of Angus beef burgers, various flat breads, blackened tuna salad, fettuccine in creamy tequila sauce and more. From the sandwich category, there’s “the yogi,” which layers melted brie, apples, honey and arugula between toasted olive

bread. Pass me the wine list for that one. A few desserts sourced from San Diego Bakery are also in the offing. We passed around the chocolate-peanut butter dome, a gloriously dense creation that sated our palates from only a couple of spoonfuls each. KnB also serves brunch from 10 – 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, when $14 will buy you all the mimosas you can drink in that time span, and in a fitting environment that celebrates the myriad structures and nuances of liquor, beer and wine. —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. You can reach him at ■


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Summer camps in sunny San Diego email; or call 858-488-1000.

By SDCNN staff


McGrath Family JA BizTown Summer Camp

Campers may not be old enough to drive, work or vote. But that will not stop them from running a business, starting their own company and earning a profit as they become JA BizTown citizens this summer. The adventure starts as campers apply for a job and work at one of the 21 life-sized San Diego businesses.

Ages: 9 – 11 years old Dates: Choose July 11 – 15 or July 18 – 22 or July 25 – 29 Mission Fed JA Finance Park Summer Camp

The high-tech camp prepares young people for the real world by teaching them how to plan for career and financial success. Working with interactive technology, campers learn to manage their personal finances and discover the importance of spending money wisely. The camp incorporates STEAM methodologies with an off-site scavenger hunt at Balboa Park.

Ages: 11 –14 years old When: July 25 – 29 All camp sessions are $255 and take place Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. To register your child, visit or call 619-906-4905 today!

SUMMER CAMP SPOTLIGHT Camp Invention 800-968-4332 Since 1990, Camp Invention has taken summer fun and transformed it from ordinary to extraordinary! Simply stated - it’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with activities that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Camp Invention is offered at nearly 1,400 schools and serves more than 94,000 students nationwide. Local district educators facilitate the activities and enthusiastic high school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children. With brand new programming each and every year, boys and girls new to camp or returning to camp are guaranteed to have a unique and exciting experience. Plus, over 94% of parents and educators surveyed observed improvements in their child’s and students’ outlook on learning and increased interest in using science to solve problems. Learn more by visiting or by calling 800.968.4332.

San Diego is an ideal place for summer camps. With access to world-class sports fields, mountains, beaches and deserts, it is a fantastic place for sports and outdoor camps. With access to metropolitan museums and cultural institutions, it is great for arts and education camps. And the sunny weather is certainly a bonus, as well. The following is a brief list of some of San Diego’s exciting, educational, active and enriching programs to keep your young ones busy and engaged this summer.

LOCAL CAMPS San Diego Civic Youth Ballet

Ballet classes are augmented with activities in arts and crafts, jazz classes and field trips to cultural institutions. Located at 1650 El Prado, San Diego. Visit; email; or call Danika Pramik-Holdaway at 619-233-3060.

Museum of Photographic Arts Instruction in photography, video, animation and more for grades one through 12. Located at the Museum of Photographic Arts in Balboa Park, 1649 El Prado, San Diego. Visit mopa. org/camps; email info@mopa. org; or call Deborah Klochko at 619-238-7559.

Spanish Village Art Center

Art classes taught by the artists in Spanish Village for children ages 5 and up or students in grades two through

There are 17 locations throughout San Diego County offering camps that nurture the potential of kids, help them live healthier lives and learn to support their communities. Visit, or call 858-292-9622 for more information.

Museum of Man

eight. Located at the Spanish Village, 770 Village Place, San Diego. Visit spanishvillageart. com/classes/; email; or call 619-233-9050

San Diego Museum of Art

Weeklong summer camp or teen studio for students in grades one through 12 led by artist instructors that include hands-on art activities and trips to exhibitions at the museum. Located at the San Diego Museum of Art in Balboa Park, 1450 El Prado, San Diego. Visit; email summercamps@sdmart. org; or call Gwen Gomez at 619-232-7931.

Watersports Camp

Sponsored by the Peninsula Family YMCA, this camp offers instruction in wakeboarding, surfing, sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, windsurfing, marine science and more. Located at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, 1001 Santa Clara Place, San Diego. Visit;

Weeklong camps for kindergartners through fifth grade that dive into the worlds of myth, mystery and science. Located at 1350 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego. Visit; email; or call Margaret Hartnett at 619-239-2001.

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

Science activities for age groups ranging from pre-kindergarten to junior high school. Located at 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego. Visit; email; or call 619-238-1233 ext. 806.

Salvation Army Kroc Center

There are several camps to choose from, including: Kroc Adventures featuring daily outings; Sports Camp with activities like rock climbing, skateboarding, swimming, etc.; Spiritual Discovery Camp with Bible studies; Pee Wee Camps for youngsters and more. Located at 6845 University Ave., San Diego. Visit; or call 619-287-5762. — For a more complete list of summer camps throughout San Diego County, visit ■


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Solar, from page 1 add to the grid. These generous incentives have helped create a boon in solar rooftop sales in California — and especially San Diego County — in the last decade, with San Diego currently ranked No. 2 in the nation, according to a recent report from advocacy group Environment California. Los Angeles is ranked No. 1. “According to researchers who examined solar power installations in 64 American cities in nearly every state, San Diego had enough solar capacity at the end of last year to power about 47,000 homes,” Environmental California stated in a press release referencing their report. In addition, the city of San Diego recently promised to install even more solar-generated power systems as part of their goal to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2035. Just last month, San Diego Airport unveiled a new 3.3 mega watt (MW) system, which officials stated is expected to save the facility up to $8 million over the next 20 years. All this growth has increasingly impacted the state’s utility companies, who have lobbied intensely in recent years to boost fees for rooftop solar customers or eliminate incentives for the installations altogether. “San Diego has been a leader in renewable energy, particularly solar power, for years,” said Daniel Sullivan, president and founder of San Diego-based Sullivan Solar Power. “Environment California’s report has ranked San Diego as one of the top solar cities in the country for three consecutive reports and that’s very encouraging and we welcome that growth. Because we’re so aggressive and proactive as we move away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy, we are quickly moving towards reaching the maximum capacity that the public utility will allow to receive metering.” While other states such as Hawaii, Arizona and Nevada have curtailed or nearly eliminated net metering — a method that incentivizes solar customers for contributing energy to the grid from their rooftop systems — the California Pubic Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted in January to retain the program, despite alternative proposals from the state’s three investor-owned public utilities, SDG&E, PG&E and SoCal Edison. “The way net metering works — you have a solar powered system on your roof and the energy from that system automatically flows into your electric service panel,” Sullivan said. “Energy will first go to satisfy any loads in the home and anything that is in excess of what is needed in the home gets fed out into the street or onto the distribution grid with SDG&E. In doing so, you literally spin your meter backwards and generate monetary credits with the utility on your electric bill.” In the evenings, when residential solar systems are no longer working, customers automatically begin to accumulate debits with the utility, which are later balanced out with the energy the customer added to the grid during daylight hours for billing purposes. Though CPUC is retaining net metering and those with systems today will continue to get full retail credit through the life of

their systems, AB327 will make it a little less appealing for new solar customers. Amber Albrecht, a representative from SDG&E, said there is “little change to the existing program” and credits will remain “full retail value minus about two or three cents,” but others say those cents add up and the additional fees the utility will soon be allowed to enforce on its customers will further chip away at the incentives. New charges planned include a one-time “interconnection fee,” which CPUC will determine (between $75 – $150), and a “nonpassable solar fee,” a monthly service charge that will cover the costs of meter readings, billing services and help defray low-income customer programs. Despite these post-cap changes, Sullivan said there are ways to enhance the installation to continue the appeal for users. “A system’s performance needs to line up with a customer’s usage profile to optimize the benefit on a moving-forward basis,” he said, adding that his team performs a detailed pre-installation analysis for each project. “If we move customers onto a time-of-use rate that is specific to solar and design the system to optimize production during onpeak hours, then it is financially advantageous.” East County’s climate causes homes to expend more energy, requiring larger solar footprints than coastal areas but added benefits. Sullivan emphasized, however, that since not all homes have south- or west-facing roofs, some prospective clients may not be suitable for optimization or even installation. “We always had to take [the usage profiles] into consideration when determining how good a system was going to perform, but now it is even more crucial to get it right on the front end, or the return on investment can be much longer.” While two months may seem like plenty of time to get an install in under the wire — April saw 18 MW of installations and 37 MW still remain under the 617 MW cap — Sullivan said things are moving more rapidly than people realize, due to the installation backlog and the scope of the process, which can take up to 40 days to complete. Add to that the sheer number of installs yet to come. “There will be acceleration toward the cap by all local solar companies,” Sullivan said. “If you sign up for solar now, it is a risky endeavor because you may not get it installed before the cap is hit.” Despite the seeming “gloom and doom” surrounding the upcoming cap, Sullivan was quick to point out that rooftop solar is still the way to go. “While it is not as attractive to go solar in a couple of months as it is today, the state of California supported rooftop solar and it’s my belief they are going to continue to do so,” he said. “It is not just the right thing to do as far as global warming is concerned, but we have a finite amount of fossil fuels. It is logical, we need energy to survive and we need energy to support our economy. Being dependent upon a finite amount of fossil fuels controlled by a few special interests is not the way of the future.” —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at■


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