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Townhomes Tennis Club led by Head Pro Manny Perez, who served the community with lessons, clinics and social events. Gradually, the racquetball courts were replaced by offices. At this time, Ferguson was a student at San Diego State University and also a member of the club. “It was like a second home to me,” said Ferguson, a native San Diegan. “There were always people to play with and I could get a court whenever I wanted one. I think a large majority of San Diego players hit at the club during that era. It was a great place to be.” See TENNIS CLUB page 11


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el Cerro residents recently suffered a despicable home invasion crime that resulted in the death of one woman and major injuries and trauma to a second woman. This definitely impacted everyone living in and near Del Cerro, and still does.

I received a call from Liz Saidkhanian, the Community Outreach Director for Councilmember Scott Sherman suggesting a special (Del Cerro Action Council) DCAC meeting which was held on June 23 at Temple Emanu-El. DCAC chairman Mark Rawlins opened the meeting by thanking the overflow audience in the Synagogue. “We hope to receive some clarification this evening and a path to a solution,” he said and then introduced Sherman. “I share your concern and

tonight we want to hear from you and receive information from the representatives from the city’s and SDSU’s police departments,” Sherman said. The SDSU administration was invited, but declined. On a side note, in the spring of 2015, I met SDSU president Elliot Hirshman at a meet and greet for him in Del Cerro. He stressed his interest in developing a strong relationship with Del Cerro. A month after meeting Hirshman, I contacted his office and requested a See DEL CERRO page 22

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lan Ferguson treasures tennis traditions in San Diego. He launches a new era as the owner and founder of the Del Cerro Tennis Club with a Family Fun Tennis Day on Saturday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Navajo area complex. He recently renovated the four-court facility on 4956 Waring Drive with the hopes it will become a new focal point of fun and fitness for the community. The site of the Del Cerro Tennis Club has a long history with roots dating back to the 1970s, when it was called the Juegos de Juan Tennis Club. It consisted of tennis and racquetball courts, a restaurant, pool, and spa. The club offered memberships, day passes and professional instruction. Then in 1981, it was renamed Tennis

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rantville Green medical marijuana providers will once again apply for Planning Commission approval to open for business in Grantville, knowing it will once again be an uphill battle against the city of San Diego. This time, Grantville Green will apparently be going it alone. Living Green, another applicant, is not on the agenda for the July 21 Planning Commission hearing. Both were on the docket for the June 23 meeting of the commission. They were in line to be heard back in April, when the commissioners threw up their hands and delayed the whole process for several shops around the city. Both applicants asked for more time to decide what to do. Grantville Green is coming back to the commission on the July 21, while Living Green asked to be put off until a date yet to be determined. The Planning Commission’s April decision to postpone action indefinitely brought about a change in the city’s rules regarding the location of the shops and their proximity to riparian parklands. That change created a new method of measuring whether the proposed locations were within 1,000 feet of the designated parklands. The change, though, may not have done Living Green (at 4417 Rainier St.) and Grantville Green (at 4410 Glacier St.) any good. It appears, even with the new method of measurement, both are well inside the 1,000 foot barrier. “We will again be recommending denial of the applications,” said Edith Gutierrez of the city’s Planning Department. In the Grantville Green case, there is also the problem of that location’s proximity to the Stein Education Center, which the city defines as a school under the land development code. That’s also



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Medical marijuana dispensary applicant Living Green will have one last hearing before the Planning Commission to make its case to operate in Grantville. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

on their own, has now hired well-known attorney Michael Cindrich, who will represent the partners at the July 21 Planning Commission hearing, and wherever it goes after that. Living Green, on the other hand, has not so far asked to be put on the agenda, and may be out of time to do so for at least this cycle. Their attorney, Gina Austin, could not be reached for comment. If the commission decides against the two applicants —

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(l to r) United Way of San Diego County staff members Torrey Albertazzi and Silvana DelPiccolo; Rabbi Laurie Coskey, its incoming president and CEO; board member Kenneth Weixel, managing partner at Deloitte & Touche; and staff member CJ Robinson at the kickoff to Deloitte’s nationwide day of service on June 10 at Boys & Girls Club of Vista. (Courtesy of United Way)

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ust call her “Rabbi Laurie.” Everybody does. “I lost my last name in the early 2000s,” she said with a smile, “because I was a message vessel for poverty issues in San Diego.” Rabbi Laurie Coskey, who holds a doctorate in education, is known far and wide for her activism and advocacy for social justice. She holds the title of rabbi in residence at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in the Park West neighborhood, part of an interfaith outreach program. A fierce advocate for public education, Coskey is chairperson of the Trustee Advisory Council for the San Diego Community College District. And she is also chair of the board of directors of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation (SDCCC), the nonprofit public-benefit organization created by the city of San Diego to manage and market the convention center. The latest news is that Coskey has been selected as the new president and CEO of United Way of San Diego County, a nonprofit based in Clairemont Mesa with a multimillion-dollar budget. She believes she was chosen for the job because of her reputation, as she put it, as a “bridge builder” and “trusted broker.” Jacqueline Parks, chair of the board of directors of United Way of San Diego County, explained in a statement why Coskey was hired. “We had some outstanding candidates for the position, and our search committee conducted an extensive nationwide search to find the best candidate to serve the community,” Parks said. “Laurie wrote her doctoral dissertation on United Way, and had a firm understanding of our role in the community and strategic vision,” Parks said. “She brings with her strong long-term relationships in the San Diego

community and a reputation as a key collaborator, working across party lines. We are confident that she will be the leader we need as we unite the community, helping every child to thrive.” As soon as United Way announced its hire, Coskey’s smartphone began filling up with text messages from well-wishers congratulating her on the new job. She shared two texts that particularly touched her heart: • From Maribel Mckinze, organizer at UFCW local 135 — “In whatever I can do to help United Way, please let me know, I was definitely one of those kids who took advantage of the programs and was able to make it through with United Way.” • From Cindy Marten, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District — “Your gifts that make you perfect for this job are: your compassion, your wisdom, your ability to bring people together around a vision, your network of heart-based leaders who deliver on action, your thoughtful way of always pushing when pushing is needed to reach an outcome. You are a truly a UNITER. Who better to lead the United Way to serve our community than you?” Although she won’t start her new job until July 14, Coskey sat down with San Diego Uptown News to discuss her career move and share how her life experiences have led her to this new challenge as head of the 96-yearold nonprofit. With her plate more than full, Coskey said she recently resigned from two boards: Interfaith Center for Worker Justice, a national alliance of worker justice organizations; and Southern Border Communities Coalition, an alliance of immigrant and border advocacy organizations. Coskey stressed that United Way did not require her to step down from those groups. Coskey said she will remain involved with the boards of both the community college district and the convention center. “They

relate well to the work that United Way is doing,” she said. “I was not actively looking for a job,” Coskey said. “For the past 15 years, I have been doing the most transformative work … focusing on sustainability of working families. The capstone was working to pass the minimum wage increase in San Diego [which voters approved on June 7 in the California Primary]. This will improve the lives of 170,000 working people in San Diego. They will also get five sick days per year.” Coskey tears up as she talks about how much working families will benefit from the simple act of raising of the minimum wage. She pointed out that many mothers work two or three jobs to make ends meet. “They only want one thing: to give their children a better life,” she said, dabbing at the corners of her eyes. “When someone put the bug in my ear about the opening at United Way, I knew it was on the cutting edge of working to help kids,” she continued. “They do real work on the ground, for real children. I know these children and their mothers [from her previous work]. I knew I could flip the coin: helping children. It will be yin and yang for me. It will be complete synergy for my work here in San Diego. I will be firing on all pistons. We have to make a difference for all children.” The local United Way’s motto is: “We change the odds for every child through quality education.” The website lists three key areas of focus: education, family stability and chronic homelessness. Although Coskey hasn’t yet started at United Way, she has been meeting with the staff and the board of directors to familiarize herself with the inner workings of the nonprofit. She candidly stated that she hasn’t yet drawn up any goals for United Way, but she has aspirational goals. “That is,” she said, “to get to know our incredible staff and See UNITED WAY page 25

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Tips for staying cool during a heat wave Jennifer Margulis White When summer comes to mind, we often imagine spending our days lounging on the beach, having a picnic, and enjoying the outdoors. But warm summer weather has some miserably hot days as well. Days of intense heat can make it impossible to be comfortable and in some cases potentially dangerous. Most of the year Southern California has a rather mild climate, but we do see days that creep into the triple digits making it hard to stay cool, especially if you don’t have air conditioning in your home. Here are a few tips to help you beat the heat: Stay out of the sun. Take advantage of A/C by having lunch in a restaurant, visiting the library, walking through a mall, going to a museum, or seeing a movie. If you are outside, try to find shade and a cool breeze to relax in. You can also visit a “Cool Zone,” of which there are over 100 locations in the San Diego region. To find a location, visit San Diego Network of Care’s list at bit. ly/28YwsiG. Hydrate properly. Drink 6 to 12 ounces of water every 15 minutes. Avoid caffeine, and instead drink a sports drink that contains electrolytes, which will help hydrate you properly. Take it easy. Wear light-colored clothing that breathes, like linen, cotton or silk, and add a hat to keep you cool. If you’re exercising or working outside, know your limits and be sure to take breaks. Rest during the hottest part of the day. Act quickly. Be sure you know the signs of heat illness: dizziness, headache, muscle cramps and nausea. More serious symptoms, profuse sweating, convulsions and

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Mark Rawlins’ guest editorial promotes a Del Cerro Maintenance Assessment District (MAD), alleging various benefits such as enhanced maintenance and beautification of medians, public right-of-ways, open spaces, canyons, parks and sidewalks. These so-called benefits are luxuries and will be very expensive for Del Cerro property owners. In 2003, the same proposal was made but defeated by the grassroots opposition of many Del Cerro property owners. The Del Cerro Taxpayers Association was instrumental in defeating this ill-conceived proposal because: • The MAD was nothing more than a blatant tax increase; • In our opinion, Del Cerro already was beautiful as it was; and • If improvements were needed, they should be paid for by the property and sales taxes already being collected. These same reasons continue to be the basis of our opposition to the MAD that now is being re-proposed. Once again, we are in the process of mobilizing Del Cerro property owners through another grass-roots effort to soundly defeat this new MAD proposal. We have collected many signatures opposing the MAD. The overwhelming majority of Del Cerro property owners that we have contacted have signed our petition. Only an extremely small of people have declined to sign. Mr. Rawlins lists several specific landscaping projects for the MAD. In this time of severe drought, such landscaping would be most irresponsible. He also estimates the cost to each property owner to be $90 to $144 each year, but then indicates that the city will be required to determine the actual cost. Knowing how bureaucracies operate, these costs will only skyrocket. In any event, this annual cost will be added to our property tax bills. Mr. Rawlins further states that with 850 signatures, the city will pay $15 to $50,000 to establish the MAD and that the city will hire an Assessment Engineer. It appears likely that these additional costs also will be passed on to Del Cerro property owners. Many homeowners believe that the MAD will circumvent Proposition 13’s benefits. This MAD is being proposed at a time of potential federal and California tax increases, such as the likely November 2016 ballot measure to extend the California sales tax. To sum it up, MAD is bad! We urge all Del Cerro readers to attend the next meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council on July 28 at 7 p.m. at Congregation Emanu-El to voice their opposition to higher taxes. For additional information, please call our secretary, Donna Dose, at 619-463-4024. —Stuart R. Josephs, CPA, is president of the Del Cerro Taxpayers Association.■

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Re: Time for a facelift, Del Cerro? [Volume 22, Issue 6] Dear Mr. Rawlins: I read over your piece in the Times Courier — June/July, 2016 — regarding the Del Cerro MAD. I am not sure what your experience is with San Diego taxation processes. But I think that any assessment to homeowners in the Del Cerro area relating to MAD ($7.50 – $12) would be a bad idea. Once the city gets involved in taxes/fees they never stop and keep on going up over the years beyond inflation percentages. In one sense, Proposition 13 is continually being ‘skirted’ with various property taxes (called fees) proposals to homeowners. I am not too interested in the article’s proposed list of improvements, especially College Avenue and Del Cerro Boulevard. Keep in mind there is a planned 39-home construction project near the corner or College Avenue and Del Cerro Boulevard. I live up on Dwane Avenue and I don’t see where the listed improvements will add to my property value. —Donald L. Helmich, San Diego MAD can make sense, but after paying into a fund for years to underground utilities, our section scheduled for 2016, was cancelled. We had zero input. That alone helps the hood look better. Gives us pause for another special cost with no control. —Brian Chandler, San Diego In your last issue, I read with interest about there may be a need for a Del Cerro tax increase under the guise of MAD — a cute way to sell the residents an HOA/Mello-Roos. Come on, at least be honest and call it what it really is — an HOA. Because of the strangle-hold that state/federal unions have on our state, they are looking

for any way they can to generate funds to take care of the basic needs of our community that they have for the last 95 years. I mean basic, basic services that the city used to always provide. But with prevailing wage of $64 per hour on building projects; six-figure salaries for many city, state employees; and retirement/pension costs (retire at 55 and get $65,000-110,000 per year for the rest of your life with free medical care), the money is just not there to fix potholes, pull weeds in the medians, repair cracked sidewalks, mow the grass at parks and schools (many of these entities have volunteers doing these jobs). They are going to spin [this] in such a way that you almost feel a duty to help them out. But then you remember that you already pay extremely high taxes to take care of these basic services. If you pass this tax increase, that’s what it really is, won’t it bother you? It bothers me. It’s called “double taxation.” And as you know, once a tax is added, it is never, never, ever taken away. The article says that it needs only 850 signatures to get on the ballot. That seems unfair considering there are thousands of residents in Del Cerro. What if 850 of us went to a City Council meeting and demanded the basic services that used to be provided for residents. We all know that both Democrats and Republicans have been quoted as saying “the unions run the state, we can’t stop them.” —Steve Gilbert, San Diego Notice that the Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) proposed at is aimed at “old and tired” streets within a quarter mile of College Avenue and Del Cerro Boulevard, yet it proposes to tax properties as far north as Patrick Henry High School, with no benefit north of College and Rockhurst. A small group is trying to leverage funds from a larger group. —Paul E. Girard, San Diego ■

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Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch At the 3rd Annual Party in the Park on July 6, the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC) filled the patio to overflowing at Mission Trails Visitors Center, as nearly 150 passionate progressives (including 20 new members) reveled in the glory of a nearly perfect summer evening. With the sun-tinged hills and cliffs as the backdrop, we dined on Cheers subs and home-baked pies; heard park naturalist Linda Hassakis enthrall with details of the 5 Peak Challenge, snake skins, and bobcat sightings; and listened to luminaries like Supervisor Dave Roberts, Party Chief Francine Busby, City Attorney candidate Mara Elliott, and D-9 finalists Ricardo Flores and Georgette Gomez. Lastly, we were thrilled to have our own board member Colin Parent announce his candidacy for La Mesa City Council in a well-received and very motivating speech. Parent touched on the clear divisions in his race against two incumbents, one of which denies that climate change is real, and the other an ardent Trump supporter. Which brings us to the subject of

our summer and fall meeting topics: stark contrasts between parties — Trump-ism versus the common good. Never have we had a presidential referendum quite so delineated as this one on almost every issue of national importance and discussion. Our meetings will cover gender equity, immigration policy, xenophobia, climate change and perhaps most relevantly, gun violence and the Republicans’ inability to enact or accept meaningful gun reform. Our next meeting, Wednesday, August 3 at 7 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center will feature an all-star panel of experts to discuss, dissect and divulge why the NRA has such a pistol-lock grip on the Republican Party, which even as we reel from the tragic events of the past few weeks, will not consider a renewal of the assault weapons ban, a limit on the size of ammo clips, enacting sensible background checks or closing the gun show loophole — all of which are wildly popular notions with the voting public. Our panel will feature members of law enforcement, veterans and the Director of Public Outreach for the San Diego Chapter of the Brady Campaign, Ron Marcus. The San Diego chapter of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence has been the voice of the national Brady Campaign in San Diego County for well over a decade. In the wake of so many recent tragic mass shootings, the chapter has grown rapidly, organizing into an See DEMS page 8


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Dems, from page 7 even stronger voice for sensible measures to prevent gun violence. They believe in a balanced approach that ensures the rights of all to enjoy essential personal freedoms while maintaining a truly safe community. In 1981, Jim Brady, White House Press Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, was shot in the head during an attempt on the President’s life. Remarkably, Jim survived, and was forced to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. After that, he and his wife Sarah founded the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and devoted the rest of their lives to crusading for sensible firearm legislation in the United States. Ron Marcus serves as one of many volunteers on the board of the San Diego Chapter of the Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence. He became active in the chapter following the devastating Sandy Hook shooting tragedy. As Director of Public Outreach, he is responsible for marketing and media relations for the chapter, whose primary aim is to help reduce gun violence by educating the public and working with government at the local, state and federal levels. Another panelist will be combat veteran and former Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher. Fletcher currently teaches classes in the UCSD department of political science, mentoring and advising students and helping to develop public policy projects. He supports Democratic candidates and progressive causes; is a member

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McCarty (clockwise from top left) Ron Marcus, Nathan Fletcher and Colin Parent (Courtesy of La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club)

of the national advisory board of Organizing for Action and is a member of many other progressive groups and organizations. On March 13, 2013, Fletcher brought together law enforcement, community, business, labor and faith-based leaders to form San Diegans United for Common Sense Immigration Reform. The coalition came to an agreement to advocate for a pathway to citizenship, reform the immigrant visa system, smart border security, and basic human rights. This year, it’s vitally important for San Carlos, Del Cerro,

Allied Gardens, College Area, Santee, La Mesa and Mt. Helix Democrats to get involved with local and national politics as the stakes are higher than ever. There are generational changes pending on issues spanning immigration reform, women’s health, voting rights, Supreme Court appointments, climate change, living wages, Convadiums, open space, and so much more. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive at 6:30 p.m. Check out our website at Please join us soon. —Linda Armacost is president and Jeff Benesch is vice president of programming for the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. Reach them at jeffbenesch@■

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avajo Canyon Republican Women Federated (NCRWF) members are planning an actionpacked, fun-filled early evening event open to everyone including spouses, friends and family at the El Cajon Elks Lodge Tuesday, Aug. 9. This special evening begins at 5 p.m. with bidding on many donated items of value at the Road Show Silent Auction. The auction will continue throughout the evening with a no-host bar for adult beverages and a full-course dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the program. Well-known radio and television personality Bob “Sully” Sullivan and our own District 7 City Councilman Scott Sherman, who enjoy political bantering on the radio, are bringing their “show” on the road, offering a unique mix of political commentary and good-natured humor. Please RSVP to or call Marjie at 619-990-2791. Cost is $30. The El Cajon Elks Club is located at 1400 E. Washington Ave. in El Cajon.

NCRWF will have a full schedule this fall. We will continue to meet at The Brigantine restaurant in La Mesa on the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. Cost for the full-course luncheons and program will remain the same at $20. Reservations are required at On Sept. 13, we will have a full review of the proposed general election’s propositions and taxes by San Diego Tax Fighters chairman Richard Rider. Voters need this crucial information before entering the ballot booth. The differing philosophies between Republicans and Democrats will be enumerated by Tony Krvaric, Chairman of the San Diego County Republican Party and Shirley Kaltenborn will review the history of Federated Republican Women. Oct. 11 will feature California District 71 Assemblyman Brian Jones as he finishes his final term. His observations on the State Assembly should be very illuminating. Finally, we’ll get an Election Wrap-up on Nov. 15 by prominent political consultant, Jason Roe. As he is involved in many campaigns locally and nationally, we can expect to hear the inside scoop and many anecdotes from the campaign trail. Membership in Navajo Canyon RWF is open to any woman who is a registered Republican. For more information on all our activities, visit our newly-designed website, and check us out on Facebook. —Judy McCarty is publicity chair for the Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated. Reach her at■


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une 22 turned out to be quite a historic day. It was the day that House Democrats decided to stop talking about gun violence and do something about gun violence. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” they’ve repeatedly insisted after each massacre. “Thoughts and prayers” won’t do anything to prevent the next massacre from happening. And yet “thoughts and prayers” are all that have been offered up by this Congress — both the House and the Senate — after Aurora, Newtown, Charleston, San Bernardino, and now Orlando. A week prior, Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut — where 20 first-grade students and six teachers/administrators were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary — took to the Senate floor for a 15-hour filibuster to demand action on gun violence. It led Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to schedule a vote on four different gun violence bills, two sponsored by Republicans and two by Democrats. All four went down to defeat, but at least there was a vote and everyone was on record as to where they stand. Now it was the House Democrats’ turn to do something — anything — to push for a vote on “no fly no buy” legislation — a bill that states that someone on the terror watch list cannot legally purchase a gun — and an expanded mandatory background check bill, which ensures all who wish to legally purchase a firearm must go through a background check, no exceptions. Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans are, shall we say, somewhat less than enthusiastic about such legislation. Led by civil rights icon John Lewis (D-GA), House Dems decided to stage a good old fashioned sit-in to try and force their Republican colleagues to hold a vote on gun legislation. This would be the House of Representatives’ version of a filibuster, since no such mechanism exists in the lower chamber. It is an issue that has occupied a special place in the conscience of Scott Peters (D-52). As reported here in February’s edition, Peters began a ritual of taking to the floor of the House each week to read just some of the names of those who had been killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre on December 14, 2012. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough,” he said from the floor of Congress. “Moments of silence are not enough. Maybe, Mr. Speaker, instead of a moment of silence, the American people can get a moment of action; a moment of action that might keep their

Rep. Susan Davis, D-53 2700 Adams Ave. #102 San Diego, CA 92116 Local: 619-280-5353 Washington: 202-225-2040 Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-50 1611 N. Magnolia Ave. #310 El Cajon, CA 92019 619-448-5201 202-225-5672 Rep. Darrell Issa, R-49 1800 Thibodo Road #310 Vista, CA 92081 760-599-5000 202-225-3906 Rep. Scott Peters, D-52 4350 Executive Dr. #105 San Diego, CA 92122 858-455-5550 202-225-0508 Rep. Juan Vargas, D-51 333 F St. #A Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-422-5963 202-225-8045 community from being next.” As the Democratic protests began, Speaker Ryan, having no intention of bringing any gun measure to the floor, decided to shut his colleagues from across the aisle down and adjourned the session of Congress. It was a strategic decision: The majority party, and thus the House Speaker, controls the CSPAN cameras, which are the only cameras of any kind allowed on the chamber floor, and those cameras are only allowed to operate while the House is in session. By terminating the session, Ryan cut the cameras and thus the only way for Democrats to draw attention to their cause. Or so he thought. House rules do not allow any cameras or recording devices on the House floor, but Scott Peters decided that it was a rule that needed to be broken in this instance, and began live-tweeting the sit-in, complete with photos and short videos. His staff then strongly suggested he download the Periscope app, allowing him to stream the sit-in its entirety. Word spread, and eventually CSPAN began televising Peters’ feed live. “If they will turn the cameras on, we will turn our cameras off,” Peters said in one of the first speeches from the House floor during the sit-in. “When they turned the cameras off, we thought that was wrong that they would not let the American people know what was going on here. Turns out there’s an app for that.” The sit-in, Peters said, was about two things: Making sure people who buy guns over the internet or at gun shows are subject to the same background check that purchasers at stores such as Wal-Mart are subject to; and to make sure suspected

terrorists are not legally allowed to buy guns. “I want to tell my Republican friends to not harden your hearts,” said Juan Vargas (D-51). Vargas then began to describe the events of July 18, 1984, in San Ysidro, in what was then the worst massacre in U.S. history, where 21 people were gunned down and 19 others injured in a McDonald’s restaurant by a mentally disturbed James Huberty. “These weapons have no place in society,” Vargas said. “They’re built for one thing: To kill human beings quickly by people who are not trained to use them.” He was referring to the uzi used in that attack and the type of assault rifle used in Newtown and most recently in Orlando. Susan Davis (D-53) told the story of Willie James Jones, the valedictorian of his 1994 graduating class at Lincoln High School who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting while at his graduation party. “How anybody could need a weapon of mass destruction is beyond me,” Davis said in her speech. “But some of my Republican friends tell me it’s very complicated, we shouldn’t try to simplify this issue.” The sit-in ended after 25 hours and zero votes taken on gun issues. But ironically Paul Ryan’s determination to shut the Democrats’ protest down may have backfired, as the social media broadcasts probably drew more attention than it ordinarily may have. It remains to be seen what effect the protest will have in the long term. Darrell Issa (R-49), who is facing his biggest reelection challenge yet, saw a bill he sponsored become law last month. The Freedom of Information (FOIA) Improvement Act will embed in federal law the notion that a “presumption of openness” is the rule, making business conducted by government agencies available for all to see and making it more difficult for government officials to deny the release of information requested under FOIA. The legislation also creates an online portal to submit FOIA requests, creating a more streamlined and accessible process. The bill was pushed by major media organizations across the country. Duncan Hunter (R-50) is facing even more scrutiny over his use of campaign funds. Finance records contained multiple charges at Ki’s restaurant in Cardiff by the Sea — 21 transactions in all. Ki’s restaurant provides catered school lunch delivery to Christian Unified Schools, and Hunter’s children are enrolled in an affiliated school in El Cajon. All charges occurred during the school year. Hunter opposes increased spending on public school lunches, and supports legislation that would loosen nutrition standards for public school lunches. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at■

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he man who the Mission Times Courier once proclaimed was the “Nicest Man in Allied Gardens” was honored June 28 with a proclamation making June 28, 2016 John Peterson Day in the city of San Diego. John Peterson received the proclamation from City Councilmember Scott Sherman at the council chambers in front of many friends and family who were there to show support. Sherman listed the good deeds Peterson has performed for the community over the years — many of them as a member of the Kiwanis Club, which held its own recognition ceremony for him on June 23. “The recognition for ‘John Pete’ was intended to coincide with his 50th anniversary in the Kiwanis Club,” Grantville Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club president John Crawford said. “We actually had to postpone the recognition from May to June, but we still wanted it to be a surprise. John was disappointed when we let the milestone pass by without recognition in May. Little did he know what we had in store for him.” Peterson’s service to the community has involved a number of projects, including overseeing the display of American flags on Waring Road during holidays, which he has done since 1970. Peterson also helped to found SpringFest, which was a signature event in the community for more than 12 years. In 1976, he helped create the flagpole at what is now “The Triangle” at the corner of Waring Road and Zion Avenue. “When that flagpole has needed maintenance over the years, John’s been the spokesman for the cause,” Crawford said, adding that Peterson is also the kind of person who has always been willing to help a neighbor in need. “I remember one occasion when he had a neighbor approaching 100

years of age, and John coordinated an effort to provide some muchneeded yardwork that she was unable to complete for herself.” According to Peterson’s personal memoir titled “Ramblings,” he was born on Nov. 28, 1927 in Winslow, Arizona. He moved to San Diego in 1944 in the middle of his senior year in high school when his father retired from Santa Fe Railroad. He graduated from Sweetwater High School at age 16. After high school, Peterson lived in Ocean Beach before being drafted into the Army, where he served as a cartographer stationed at Fort Belvoir in Virginia and then in Tokyo, Japan as a member of the 64th Engineer Battalion. He served until 1947. Peterson received a degree in business administration from San Diego State University and just before graduation began his career at Kettenburg Boat Works, where he worked from 1951 to 1989, rising from parttime employee to vice president. Peterson met Norma Lee Gray at Kettenburg and the couple married in 1953 and remained married for over 60 years until she passed. The Petersons moved to Allied Gardens in 1954 where they raised a daughter, Susan, and a son, Jim. Peterson joined the Grantville Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club in May 1966 and served as president in 1971-72. He was awarded the club’s highest honor, Kiwanian of the Year, in 1973-74, 1996-97 and 2011-12. “A 50-year commitment to just about anything is commendable, but with John, it’s even more so,” Crawford said. “He hasn’t been just a member, he’s been a motivator, a good example, and truly one of the good guys in our community. As a Kiwanis member, his dedication is an inspiration to the rest of us. He makes other people want to join our club, and once they’ve joined, he inspires people to become even better as volunteers.” —Reach Jeff Clemetson at jeff@■

LOCAL NEWS Tennis Club, from page 1 Gradually over the next 25 years, the courts fell into disrepair. They were closed and considered unsafe. Travelers driving by the abandoned courts on 4965 Waring Drive often wondered about the status of the facility. Ferguson, however, took action and in 2010, he started his quest to make this nook once again a thriving tennis Mecca. He has spent the last six years making gradual improvements. On July 16, it will be ready for the Family Fun Tennis Day, and then on Aug. 1, it will be open to the public. The Del Cerro Tennis Club will host a USTA Oncourt Training for 10-and-under tennis from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is open to anyone who wants to learn the latest coaching tips in working with beginners of all ages. The fee is $15 for this national training. Check in is at 8:45 a.m. To register for the USTA training, go to The public is invited to stop by the Del Cerro Tennis Club from 1 to 3 p.m. to participate in a free Family Fun Tennis Day for adults and kids of all ages. Also, the general Open House will be from noon to 5 p.m. for food, drink and giveaways for anyone who wants to stop by and say hello or just take a look around the club. “Progress has been steady and there was so much to do to make this once again a great place to play,” said Ferguson. “The transformation is amazing and I think people will enjoy it.” The four courts have been

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The Del Cerro Tennis Club has four newly refurbished courts. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

completely rebuilt and resurfaced in the striking colors of U.S. Open blue and green. The roads have been repaved and cobblestone pathways now grace the entrance to the club. The facility includes a grandstand court for featured match play and an inviting outdoor patio for social events. Ferguson converted a condominium into a clubhouse with a lounge and television viewing area. Future improvements include the renovation of the pool and building a gym for member use. Ferguson said he is striving to create a small tennis community based on a monthly membership for a boutique atmosphere. Other offerings will include day passes to the public. Lessons and programming for adults and kids are just around the corner. The Del Cerro Tennis Club will be a family affair. Ferguson’s

daughter, Anne Marie, a graduate of Valhalla High, will be the club manager. His son Adam, a graduate of Steele Canyon High, will be an instructor. “I’m so happy to be a part of the family business and I want to help build it into something great,” said Anne Marie. “I look forward to getting to know the members of the community. We hope people will stop by and say hello.” For more information, email or go to DCTC. com. —Karen Ronney is an awardwinning national tennis coach and author of “Proud Parents’ Guide to Raising Athletic, Balanced and Coordinated Kids, A Lifetime of Benefit in Just 10 Minutes a Day.” Reach her at■

hen it comes to strong finishes, members of the Patrick Henry High girls’ tennis made their mark. The San Diego Hall of Champions recently bestowed prestigious post season honors to three players who were named to the First-Team All-Eastern League squad. Lady Patriot Julia Ronney, the Eastern League singles champion, was named Player of the Year. Senior Stasia Khinich and sophomore Nikki Wakeland earned First-Team All-League Doubles honors. All three received Breitbard Certificates of Athletic Achievement for their athletic efforts. “These young ladies worked very hard year round to maintain and improve their games and it showed,” said Patriot Coach Cheryl Gilbert. “Their dedication was to be admired and they set the bar for their teammates.” Ronney, a junior, clinched the singles title and top honors without dropping a set. For that accomplishment, she was named Player of the Year by a coaches’ vote. Ronney is also a three-time All-League recipient and the 2014 doubles champion with partner Hailey Broderick. Khinich and Wakeland were outstanding singles players for the Patrick Henry and transitioned to doubles for post season play. The duo were finished second overall in league. “It seemed like a natural fit to bring Nikki and Stasia together in doubles,” said Patriot Assistant Coach Karen Brown. “They were

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very good friends off the court and their doubles skills were a perfect match.” The three Lady Patriots were joined by the “sister” teams of twin seniors Ali and Paulina Nguyen and siblings senior Alex and junior Jade Loucks, who respectively finished 5th and 6th in the Eastern League. “We understood each other without saying a word,” said Ali Nguyen. “All I had to do was look at Paulina and she knew what I was thinking.” This group of seven outstanding players was an integral part of the driving force that helped Patrick Henry place second in the CIF Division II Team Championships. “It was a great experience being on the same team with my sister and being her doubles partner,” said Jade Loucks. “It brought us closer together. I’m also glad we were able to be a part of a great team.” —Karen Ronney ■


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he widely rooted concept of a “gastropub” has arrived to Mission Valley, in a tucked-away segment of Camino del Rio South that dead-ends at TGI Fridays. Situated at the base of a low-rise office building, the Mission Valley Gastropub is the re-branded version of Bali Thai Café under the same ownership. So for customers who grew fond of the café’s Asianfusion cuisine and small craft beer selection, most of it still remains. Also, in terms of atmosphere, little has changed. The inviting front patio offers more seating compared to inside, where the cozy central bar adds sparkle to a sleek, colorless design. In its previous incarnation, the menu featured more Thai dishes. Gone are the colored curries and drunken noodles. They’ve been replaced by a couple trendy versions of avocado toast and a variety of ramen, the latter of which holds zero appeal to me in the summer months. My companion, however, considered ordering the “Cali” ramen stocked with lemongrass carne asada and fried avocado as our waitress insisted on this muggy evening that consuming the steamy-hot broth triggers the body into cooling

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(clockwise from top) Egg-topped bihun goreng noodles with chicken, shrimp and tofu; Indonesian chicken satay; spicy avocado mushroom toast; (bottom) Wok-fried chicken wings (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Indonesianstyle tasted more like how a roadside diner in Oklahoma would serve them — wonderfully crispy but terribly plain despite a generous sprinkling of shallots and scallions over them. The tamarind and aromatic spices I expected in the recipe were absent. But the Indonesian chicken satay delivered a memorable flavor rush from sweet soy sauce, lime leaves and bits of high-fat candlenuts strewn throughout the accompanying peanut dressing. Compared to its Thai version, which we also

ordered, the chicken seemed as though it was marinated longer, and it came with the added bonus of a savory, caramelized coating that forms when the flames hit the viscous soy sauce. For the Thai satay, the poultry is kissed instead with coconut milk and various spices. Softer in flavor, it became livelier when dipped into the sweet vinegar dressing served alongside. From the specialties list, we shared the bihun goreng, a classic Indonesian stir fry of vermicelli noodles, cabbage, bean sprouts, green onions and various proteins, all topped with a fried egg that’s usually well-done as it was here.

Strewn throughout the semi-sweet and slightly smoky noodles were underseasoned shrimp, chicken and toasted tofu. The ingredients are meant to be tasted in their unadulterated form, without the support of chili peppers or zesty sauces used in other Asian fry-ups. My companion, who’s generally fearful of spicy dishes, plowed through the dish with gusto as I doused every bite with chili sauce while longing for bigger flavors. Next time I’ll spring for the beef rendang, a slow-cooked Malaysian dish not commonly found in San Diego that brings into the scheme ginger, shallots and coconut milk. Or if I visit with a nagging sweet tooth, the orange-glazed chicken topped with fresh mangos seems like a winning bet. In addition to seven beer taps, the bar offers wine and soju cocktails. Combined with a comfortable, unfussy atmosphere and a menu that combines Asian fare with a few American dishes, the establishment fits the modern, general definition of a gastropub, regardless of what the Brits who give makeovers to ailing pubs in England might argue. —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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Based only on the cheeseburger sliders, the patties were dry and had a heavy fried taste. The moist buns, fresh fixings, and special sauce, however, came to their rescue. Drink and food prices drop down by about 25 percent during happy hour.


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Patrick Henry High School News

PHHS celebrates 47th Senior Awards Night The 2016 recipients of the Junior University Book Awards (Courtesy of Patrick Henry High School)

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n June, the Patrick Henry High School (PHHS) class of 2016 was formally recognized by many community organizations through scholarships and other school awards to approximately 70 students. Many students received cash scholarships ranging from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands. In addition to the community awards and scholarships, the faculty at PHHS gave awards to top students who achieved excellence in different departments and special awards given to students in categories like Patriots of the Year and President’s Academic Excellence. For a complete list of students who received awards and scholarships, view online at

Junior University Book Awards Every year, different universities recognize outstanding juniors in local secondary schools by presenting books to the top 1 percent of the class. They do this to help attract the best students to their schools and to provide name recognition for counselors and schools when talking about options for their seniors. They also encourage students to look at school outside the area by providing incentives (like promises of scholarships) for students who might select them the following year. The counseling team starts with a ranked list and tries to award each book based on the student interest and talents. This year, the book awards were given to the following students:

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the community as well as academic success by giving them a book award and a $1,000 merit scholarship per year if they apply and are accepted. ALLISON was selected because she has been identified as someone who displays a significant commitment to her school and her community and is ranked # 4 and has a GPA of 4.61. • Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award: Harry Guerra The Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science award was given by the University of Rochester for rigor and high achievement in science classes and also high PSAT scores in math. HENRY was ranked #6 and has a GPA of 4.56. • Fredrick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award: Rachel Kosic The University of Rochester selects students who have demonstrated strong personal character and a commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues. RACHEL was selected and was ranked #6 and has a 4.56 GPA. • George Eastman Young Leaders Award: Abdullhadi Alshami This award was formerly called the Kodak Young Leaders Award. It is given to deserving students for their high grades in challenging courses; involvement in extracurricular activities and/or strong leadership experience at school and in our community. The award is from the University of Rochester and may lead to a $40,000 scholarship towards tuition if the student applies and is admitted. ABDULLHADI was selected and ranked #7 and has a GPA of 4.50. • Williams College Book Award: Stephen Nguyen The Williams College Book Award program is designed to encourage intellectual excellence and to recognize student achievement. STEPHEN was selected to receive this honor and is ranked #7 and has a 4.50 GPA. • Xerox Award for Innovation and Information: Charles Wong The Xerox Award for innovation and technology is given to students who demonstrate achievement in the pursuit of innovative approaches and an appreciation for the possibilities of technology. CHARLES was selected and was also ranked #7 and has a GPA of 4.50. See PHHS page 15


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PHHS recognized by district for energy conservation efforts Patrick Henry High School continues to shine in school-wide efforts to conserve energy. Last year, Henry was named No. 1 in the county and this year we came in third with a 5.8 percent reduction. The San Diego School Energy Conservation Competition is sponsored by the San Diego Gas Electric Company by offering prizes to schools who find ways to cut down their energy usage. Coming in third place earned us a cash prize of $300 that will go to our Environmental Club who sponsored many of the cost-cutting ideas we put into practice. The goal of the competition was to lower every school’s electricity use, reduce their carbon footprint, and create fantastic campaigns. • Kearny High School (SDUSD): 1st place – 15.3 percent reduction • Scripps Ranch High School (SDUSD): 2nd place – 8.0 percent reduction • Patrick Henry High School (SDUSD): 3rd place – 5.8 percent reduction • San Diego High- SciTech (SDUSD): Most Momentum Lincoln High (SDUSD): Most Creative Campaign Action • Mater Dei Catholic (private): Best Overall Campaign PHHS student representatives were sent to the Board of Education meeting to be recognized with their advisors Adria Van Loan and Courtney Kern. —Elizabeth Gillingham is principal of Patrick Henry High School.■

Transitional kindergarten classes at Foster Elementary focus on reading fundamentals. (Courtesy of Foster Elementary School)

Transitional Kindergarten program continued at Foster Karla Shiminski


oster Elementary will continue to offer Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and the Extended Transitional Kindergarten, for the 2016-17 school year. This program opens the school’s doors to children who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and March 1 with free public education for those who live within the Foster boundaries. Benefits of Transitional Kindergarten/ Extended TK include: • Opportunities for younger 5-year-olds to develop academic and social skills that will help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond. • Academic programs taught by fully-

credentialed teachers that are both age and developmentally appropriate. • A modified kindergarten curriculum aligned to the Common Core State Standards that develops a strong academic foundation in oral language development, literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts. • The promotion of cooperation, self-confidence, self-regulation and positive attitudes about school and learning. Foster Elementary strives for a diverse student population that brings together students and their cultures from around the world. The school believes in the idea that success and failure of our students are not predictable by student identity. The school achieves equity by cultivating the unique gifts, talents, and interests of every child with the belief that all children will succeed.

Foster partners with a variety of community resources to bring physical education and the arts alive for our kids. Partnerships also support our families and beautification for our school. Parent and community volunteers provide reading support programs such as Everyone A Reader, classroom assistance and the PTA. Registration for Foster Elementary opens Aug. 15 and classes resume Aug. 29. The public is encouraged to stop by the school and the TK classroom to see what exciting and engaging things are happening. For more information, call the office at 619-582-2728 or email Karla Shiminski at —Karla Shiminski is principal of Foster Elementary.■

Parenting in the Digital Age: Internet Safety Tips • Kids often have numerous accounts. Along with reviewing who is following them, look at their activity. If there isn’t a lot of activity, they may be using a different account. Investigate further.

• Cyberbullying over the weekend spills into school on Monday. Inform school officials if your child was involved in a cyberbully incident so that they can monitor the situation during the day.

• Be sure that geo-tagging is off on all social media sites, which prevents someone from identifying where your child is posting from.

• Don’t dismiss the issue. Whether your child plays it down or is seriously upset, get involved. Parents of “bullycide” victims (kids who have committed suicide due to bullying) frequently comment that they wish they had taken the issue more seriously.

• Teach them never to post the name of their school, home address or areas where they frequently hang out.

Alison Jacobson, The Safety Mom, is a preeminent voice on safety, wellness and healthy living and a Cox Communications partner. From environmental toxins and healthy eating to sports injuries and cyber bullying, The Safety Mom is always on the lookout for the issues facing children of all ages, as well as the entire family. Here she provides cyber safety tips for parents just in time for the summer months when kids may be home alone more often. • Know your child’s passwords and review their social media sites weekly. Ask them how they know new friends or connections and if they don’t know them, do not allow them to follow.

• Assume that status updates, photos and videos posted on social networks are permanent. Just because a profile is deleted or information is removed, older versions can continue to exist on other sites. • Never allow your child to arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they’ve met online by themselves. • Teach kids to not respond to messages that are inappropriate. Encourage children to tell an adult if they ever encounter anything that makes them feel uncomfortable. • Parents and guardians should consider downloading a monitoring service app that allows them to view the child’s smartphone activity.

• If necessary, get law enforcement involved. Many school districts around the country have a police officer or several assigned to the school who are always on campus. This would be the first law enforcement personnel to approach. Ask him/her for their suggestions on handling the situation.



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16 Mission Times Courier July 15 - Aug. 18, 2016 Rec centers chock full of summer activities Terry Cords


ctivities at our local recreation centers are picking up and getting busy for the 2016 summer season. Kids are out of school and there is no better place for youth activity than the San Carlos Recreation Center or the Allied Gardens Recreation Center for healthy and constructive activities for our youth. There are also numerous activities for adults and seniors.

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This summer, the San Carlos Recreation Center is offering a number of activities including “Pee Wee Sports” (different sports games each week include basketball, soccer, tee ball and more), “Gymnastics and Tumbling,” “Ballet and Introduction to Dance,” and “AYOP Tae Kwon Do,” in addition to basketball and volleyball programs. The Parks Fit San Diego 2016 Challenge is

offered, as are Civic Dance Arts. For moms and dads, we offer “Parents Night Out” the second Friday of each month. This program is for children 6 – 12 years and goes from 5 to 9 p.m. and gives parents a chance for a night out on their own. Cost is $10 per child and includes dinner. Camp Coyote offers day camp for children through Aug. 26. Hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Extended hours are available. The camp includes arts, sports, games, cooking, weekly field trips

RECREATION and more. The inaugural “Movie in the Park” will be held Aug. 6 beginning at dusk. This family-friendly event is free. The featured film is “Ferngully.” There will be organized activities starting at 5 p.m. Limited snacks and beverages will be available. Please bring your blanket and/or lawn chair to enjoy the movie with us. We hope to make this an annual event. The San Carlos Recreation Council May meeting included the sad news that we lost our friend and most recent council chairman John Pilch to cancer. John served as council chair for the past four years and provided the community with strong and positive leadership and representation. He will be missed. The Recreation Council elected new board members for the following positions: Terry Cords (chair), Jay Wilson (vice chair), Greg Gross (treasurer) and Lonny Mitchell (secretary). The next meeting is July 20. For greater details on programs, visit the San Carlos Recreation Center website at and scroll down to the “Program Guide” to get hours of operation, types of programs offered, scheduled dates, times and costs of the programs being offered this summer. There are many healthy activities being offered for people of all ages. Center Director Kristy Wells and her staff are always ready to help and assist with your recreation needs by calling 619-527-3443. Or just drop in to the center at 6445 Lake Badin Ave.

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dusk and is free of charge. The Summer Lunch program Center Director Faamalo start July 25 and runs through “Malo” Lutu, Assistant Center Aug. 19. It’s open to anyone age Director Ashley Josephson and 1 – 18 years of age at no charge. Allied Gardens Pool Manager Lunch time is noon – 1 p.m. and Dominic Mangiapane oversee snack time is 3:30 – 4 p.m. There a staff of 11 Recreation Center will be a BBQ on Aug. 5 startpersonnel (recreation leaders and ing at noon. The Summer Lunch Ground Maintenance Personnel) program is offered in partnerwho are dedicated to providing ship with the San Diego Unified the community the best activities School District (SDUSD). the city of San Diego has to offer. The May 2016 Allied Gardens There is a lot going on at the Recreation Council meeting Recreation Center this summer. featured a presentation by the The 2016 Summer Basketball and Parks and Recreation Planning Volleyball Fundamental Camps Department and the San Diego have started; the second sessions Unified School District of a are still available, starting in late plan for the addition of turf July and/or early August. The San on the athletic field at Marvin Diego Youth Camp is open and Elementary School, 5720 taking registrations for ages 5 – 14. Brunswick Ave. The Planning Campers will participate in arts, Department and SDUSD were crafts, indoor/outdoor games, team seeking input from the public on building, brain teasers, swimming the project. The next meeting on and much more. Daily drop-ins are this matter will at the September available on most weekdays. Recreation Council meeting. Also offered are the following For greater details, visit programs: Craft N’ Creations, the Allied Garden Recreation Tiny Tots Reading Lots, Dance Center website at to Evolve, San Diego Civic park-and-recreation/centers/ Dance Arts, Aryn’s Hatha Yoga, recctr/allied and scroll down Parks Fit San Diego 2016, Book to the “Program Guide” to get Nook, Allied Gardens Teen hours of operation, types of proCenter, free play badminton, grams offered, scheduled dates, basketball and pickle pall. times and costs of the programs Coming soon are coed youth vol- being offered for the Summer of leyball and coed flag football. 2016. There are lots of healthy “Parents Night Out” is held on activities for interested people the third Friday each month, 5 – of all ages! 9 p.m. Cost is $10 per child and Allied Gardens Recreation includes dinner. Center is located at 5155 Each first Friday evening this Greenbriar Ave.; phone 619summer there is a free open235-1129. Allied Gardens Pool air music concert sponsored by is located at 6707 Glenroy St.; the Grantville – Allied Gardens phone 619-235-1143. Kiwanis and the Allied Gardens – Grantville Community Council. —Terry Cords is chair of “Movie in the Park” will be held the Allied Gardens Recreation on July 16. The movie starts at Council.■


Encountering nature at Mission Trails Regional Park

Prey,” then enjoy an easy walk. From the sea hawk Osprey to famed Red-Tailed Hawk, tales will be told. 9:00-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16. Meet at Ball Fields. Enter Lake Murray Community Park at Murray Park Drive and Belle Glade Avenue.

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or ancient Greeks, the word “psyche” had two meanings — butterfly and soul. The striking beauty and fragility of these fleeting creatures leaves an extraordinary impression. Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini), found along the willow-lined waters of Mission Trails Regional Park, is a true marvel. Its name honors French Entomologist Pierre J.M. Lorquin who came to California in the Gold Rush days, not for material wealth, but to catalogue ephemeral treasures. Its identifying markings are predominately blackish wings, orange upper wing tips and distinctive pearl neckless crossing all wings. 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, 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 Carlos/ Santee 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 reveals the world of tracks, scat, bedlays and other critter evidence indicating the presence of lesser-seen animals inhabiting the park. Join in for two hours of dirt-time fun – wear long pants for close-up observation. Meet your Tracking Guide at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 6 in front of the Visitor Center. Discovery Table: Owl Pellets

Lorquin’s Admiral (Photo by Audrey F. Baker)

is your opportunity to participate in hands-on science and dissect an owl pellet to discover what scientists learn when using this important tool to study these night-time flyers. Inside Visitor Center lobby, Saturday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Evening Bird Walk is our special summer birding event led by MTRP Resident Birders Jeanne Raimond and Millie Basden. Travel the trail into the grasslands and learn about the unique features of owls. Look and listen for nighthawks, poorwills, bats, deer and more. Space is limited. Sign-up at 619-668-3281. We meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 in the parking lot at Bushy Hill Drive and 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail, across from the Kumeyaay Campground Entry Station for two hours of avian exploration. Star Party Luminaries delight. Join MTRP Star Gazer George Varga as he scopes in the Ring Nebula (M57) in Lyra, the Hercules Cluster (M13), Globular Cluster M22, the Lagoon Nebula (M8) in Sagittarius and more. Clouding/rain cancels. View from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, gathering at far end of the Kumeyaay Campground Day Use Parking Lot. La Mesa Walk and Talk combines a scenic lakeshore experience hosted by your MTRP Trail Guide with a brief topic in nature. We’ll chat up, “Birds of

Summer Twilight Walk invites you to beat the heat with an evening interpretive walk. You’ll experience the dusky nocturnal world of MTRP and its transitions into night. Learn about changes that occur under night-time skies. Bring jacket and flashlight for this Trail Guide-led walk through wildland San Diego on Saturday, Aug. 20, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. We start from the Bushy Hill parking lot, across from Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station. Birding Basics enhances your nature experience by identifying birds “at a glance!” MTRP Bird Guide Winona Sollock explains five simple techniques and gives tips on field guide use. Bring yours if you like. Meet inside Visitor Center, on Saturday, Aug. 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Family Discovery Walk presents nature’s summer magic as a family experience, highlighting the seasonal changes it brings. Learn about plant and animal adaptations by examining those transitioning into summer inactivity and those flourishing under sunny days. Our Trail Guide-hosted interactive outing focuses fun, childhood enrichment, and memorable moments in nature. Meet inside the Visitor Center at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 for a 90-minute adventure in nature. 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 caxtmann@ Meanwhile, come on out and enjoy the park! —Audrey F. Baker is trail guide at Mission Trails Regional Park. Reach her at aud1baker@gmail. com.■

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“March of the Goslings” was selected Best of Show in the Mission Trails Amateur Photo Contest. (Photo by Darlene Luckins)

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ission Trails says goodbye to a great Senior Ranger. For the past two years, Andy Quinn has served as an outstanding Senior Ranger for Mission Trails Regional Park. Unfortunately for us, he has accepted a new position as a district manager for the San Diego County’s Park and Recreation Department, which he began on July 8. He did an outstanding job during his tenure at Mission Trails and he will certainly be missed by the city staff and the MTRP Foundation as well. This year we had 142 entries for the 24th annual Amateur Photo Contest and we were very pleased with all the new photographers entering the contest. All 142 photos were on display in the Visitor Center Gallery from June 18 through July 15. Each photo was judged by a panel of expert nature photographers: Patricia Simpson, Hans Kuwert, and Wendy Esterly. Their selection for the Best of Show was “March of the Goslings,” and the public voted “Good Morning Little Squeaker” as the winner of the People’s Choice. Both photos are by Darlene Luckins. Throughout the year, there are always people and businesses lending a hand by donating their time and expertise to MTRP and the MTRP Foundation. Each month Cameron Scott, a videographer, donates his time and expertise to produce a video of all the art exhibitions on

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display in the Visitor Center Gallery. Each video is posted on our home page as part of the art exhibition section found under “More News.” On the second Friday at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground and the fourth Friday at West Sycamore, the San Diego Astronomy Association offers a “Star Party” with telescopes for the public to view the universe beginning at sunset. In the business world, Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical; Republic Services; and Adventure-16 continually donate in-kind services to the MTRP Foundation. Countless MTRP volunteers continually donate their time and expertise such as George Varga, who also conducts a “Star Party” at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground on selected Saturdays listed on the Events Calendar. Outstanding nature photographers Gerry Tietje and David Cooksy are continually taking photographs for MTRP Foundation events and providing photos for the Mission Times Courier and the Tierra Times. And there is Fred Kramer, president of the Volunteer Trail Guides and Terry Gaughen who donate hundreds of hours every year to the park. And a special thank you to Tom Thompson who is frequently seen volunteering at the front desk and edits all of my articles. It definitely takes a village to maintain Mission Trails, and those listed above are just a handful of the more than 100 volunteers actively donating their time and expertise to MTRP. Check out our website under “More News” to learn about all the events and activities from free guided trail walks, to star parties, camping at Kumeyaay Lake Campground, concerts and art exhibitions, and children’s summer camps – all at Mission Trails. —Jay Wilson is executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. Reach him at■

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News from the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council Shain Haug Town Hall and board meeting The Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) holds a Town Hall Meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each oddnumbered month at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church, located at the corner of 51st Street and Zion Avenue. Our next Town Hall Meeting will be on July 26. Presentations will be made by the San Diego Police Department Community Service Representative and a representative of the San Diego Fire Department. Our primary guest will be Susan Braun, who will speak on “The Raising of America” documentary series. Braun holds a bachelor’s degree in child development from Cornell University and a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. She represented our community by serving on the San Diego City School Board, District B, for three consecutive terms beginning in 1990. “The Raising of America” documentary series is the first national, fully-integrated media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americans look at early child health and development. Minutes of the July 11 AGGCC board meeting will be provided on request.

Friday concerts

On July 1, the performance of the Classic Buzzband at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center was attended by almost 2,200 enthusiastic neighbors and friends. What great sounds and sights! The children zipping around; the dancing; the happy faces; and the gorgeous mellow feeling of a summer evening picnic in the park. Once again, our special thanks to Ideal Plumbing for the hot dogs and for their bright smiles. We appreciate the everyday commitment this company makes to the community. Our next Rec Center concert will be on Friday, Aug. 5 between 6 and 8 p.m. featuring Siren’s Crush, a high energy, all-live band that specializes in today’s dance music. They have performed across the country with many national acts. Band members Victor and Angie Sagastume, and their 12-year-old daughter have been Allied Gardens residents for 10 years. You won’t want to miss

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Because of the generous contributions from our First Friday in the Park Concerts sponsors, we were able to schedule five concerts. We had to cancel the May 6 event because of rain. We were not able to recover all of the costs of the cancelled performance but we are working on funding to make up for that loss with the hope we can schedule a concert on Oct. 7. More to follow. Our sponsor Longhorn Bar & Grill has been an Allied Gardens/Grantville icon since 1968 and is now serving three generations of our neighbors. Since 2011, the new owners have been upgrading the premises without losing the neighborhood feeling and their well-earned reputation for great service. The owners are dedicated supporters of not only our concert series but of Kiwanis, Little League, our schools, local merchants, and many community activities. Stop by soon, take a seat in the John Wayne Room, and enjoy an outstanding burger. Our sponsor John’s Automotive Care has been owned and operated at 6267 Riverdale St. by Del Cerro resident John Eppstein since 1998. When John’s expert automotive technicians work on your car, even for only minor work like an oil change, you leave with a full analysis of its condition and of work that might be required for your safety. The next step in John’s customerfocused service approach is to figure out what is important to the customer and to tailor the job to customer’s specifications. The deserved winner of many awards, John and his company support many community activities including our concert series, Little League, and the Boys & Girls Club of East County. For more information, visit —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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ur next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. We will have a candid update from the principal of the Magnolia Science Academy (site of the former Cleveland Elementary School) regarding when the Academy will move to their new home. We will also have a special guest speaker which will be announced in the August edition of the Mission Times Courier. As always, this meeting is open to the public. At our July 6 meeting, Sue Braun, former San Diego Unified School District Trustee, presented an 11-minute trailer of the powerful documentary “The Raising of America,” which is a five-part documentary series that explores the questions why so many children in America are fairing so poorly and the consequences for the nation’s future. It is becoming more commonly understood that children can learn at any age and years before they start kindergarten. The flags along Navajo Road will continue to be set up and taken down on all holidays that are associated with patriotism and with respect to our men and women in uniform. The flags will be set out by Jay Wilson, Terry Cords and others from the SCAC board and membership, and maintained through the John F. Pilch

Memorial Fund. Anyone wishing to donate to this specific fund, please send your check made payable to SCAC at the P.O. Box below. A report of the memorial fund will be made at our SCAC bi-monthly meetings. At the June 8 Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) meeting, presentations were made regarding the cell phone equipment to be placed on the San Carlos Recreation Center property and the status of the Magnolia Science Academy Site. At the July meeting, we had an update on the cell phone and lively discussion. It was voted unanimously by the SCAC board to not approve any of the three possible alternatives for a cell tower design because we still have unanswered questions: Is there another site on this property? Is there another site not on this property? If the cell tower with clock is placed attached to the building, who will maintain the clock to ensure it is working, and how will this impact parking, walkability, and play? Visit our plot (C-1) at the San Carlos Community Garden and you will be amazed at how a little attention helps plants thrive. A special thank you to our gardener extraordinaire Luciano Emanuele. If you would like to experience the serenity of this area and do not otherwise have access, please contact me at Logging on to is a good way to keep updated on what is happening in our neighborhood. SCAC dues are due ($7 per household and $15 for business). Please send your check for membership to: SCAC P.O. Box 19246, San Diego, CA 92159-0246. —Mickey Zeichick is president of the San Carlos Area Council. Reach her at■

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meeting that would include DCAC board members, the councilmember’s office, and residents regarding Adobe Falls. I was informed by Megan Collins, his chief-of-staff, that they did not believe this was an appropriate time to meet with community members and that the SDSU administration would instead be meeting with the councilmember. Saidkhanian informed me a meeting is now scheduled with the SDSU administration. At the June 23 special meeting, Captain Bernie Colon, who heads up the city of San Diego Police Department’s Eastern Division, expressed his condolences to the family for their loss and emphasized the impact a crime of this type has on the police officers. He stressed that his division works closely with SDSU’s Police Department. “The city has the responsibility of the streets and residents, and SDSU is responsible for their 30-plus acres that includes a major portion of Adobe Falls,” he said. Caltrans is also responsible for a portion of Adobe Falls. I have requested a map of the entire Adobe Fall area and it will be posted on the website as soon as it is available. Colon stressed the importance of community members contacting the police when they see something that does not look right. “If it is not an emergency, call the business office at 619-531-2000 and 911 if it is an emergency,” he said. “This was a good example. Neighbors called 911 and two off-duty police officers responded immediately; their actions most likely saved the life of the second victim. The Police Department has taken steps to decrease greatly the waiting time when dialing the business office. Neighborhood Watch works and Community Relations Officer for Eastern Division, John Steffen, will help you establish your Neighborhood Watch.” Steffen, who grew up in Del Cerro, can be reached by phone

Security around Del Cerro has become a concern in the wake of a recent homicide. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

at 858-495-7971 and by email at Captain Colon then introduced the head of the Homicide Division, Captain Dave Nisleit, who said that because of the ongoing investigation, there is little he can say at this time so as not to contaminate the case. He did say the suspect is in custody and he is quite confident the suspect was not a transient from the Adobe Falls area. Colon also introduced the 12 officers present, including Assistant Police Chief Todd Jarvis, and SDSU Police Chief Joshua Mays. Chief Mays reiterated the cooperation between his department and Captain Colon and his officers. “You will see more SDSU officers in the area during the summer because school is out and we can devote more time to the area,” he said. “My staff is not large and we

serve the entire campus 24/7.” Nicole Borunda, the Community Relations Manager for SDSU also spoke. One concern is the storm drain tunnel that runs from the SDSU side under Interstate-8 and comes out at Adobe Falls. The initial plan was to block the entrance, but because of the potential buildup of debris during a storm, the tunnel cannot be secured in any fashion. She also said she is working with the neighbors adjacent to Adobe Falls and with the property owners adjacent to the south end of Millpeak to close off that area with a fence. To contact Borunda, call 619-594-2078 or email nborunda@ The lieutenant for Eastern Division who oversees the Navajo Area, referenced the Quality of Life squad that was formed specifically to deal with homeless problems around Del Cerro and other Navajo communities. Virtually every one of the more than 200 people attending the meeting reiterated concern for the lack of action, particularly by SDSU. Hopefully the meeting scheduled between Councilmember Sherman and the SDSU administration will answer some of these questions and we can move forward with long-term resolutions. One possibility is that SDSU could transfer ownership of their Adobe Falls property to the city, which in turn could develop the area as an open space park with trails, creating a much safer environment. A suggestion at the meeting resulted in DCAC chair Rawlins creating a petition supporting the SDSU property at Adobe Falls be transferred to the city of San Diego, which you can download from our website DCAC meets again on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. The board is expecting a positive update from SDSU, Councilmember Scott Sherman’s office and from our Police Department. —Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council. Reach him at■


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FEATURED EVENTS ‘Stroke and end of life care’ talk 17 Sunday, July 17

The Hemlock Society of San Diego will sponsor this public meeting with a talk on the subject: “Stroke and end of life care.” Two doctors, Branko Huisa and Jim Sinclair, will discuss how to recognize, treat and survive the disabling effects of stroke. This free event will be held at the Scottish Rite Center (1895 Camino del Rio South, Mission Valley) starting at 1:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Senior activities 19 Tuesdays starting July 19

Lunch and activities for seniors will be held each week at Ascension Lutheran Church (5106 Zion Ave., Allied Gardens). The events will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, call 619-582-2636.

‘Foods and Moods’ 19 Tuesday, July 19

Shadia from Healthy Adventures will host this talk about foods that affect mood. This discussion will give insight and dispel myths surrounding “mood foods” and diets that contribute to mood elevation or making us lethargic. The talk will be given at 12:45 p.m. at the College Avenue Center (6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro). Visit jfssd. org for more information.


‘Brew School’d’ 13 Saturdays, July 23 and Aug. 13

Finest City Improv will stage two performances of their popular “Brew School’d” series where comedy meets craft beer. The Saturday, July 23 show will be at Burning Beard Brewers (785 Vernon Way, El Cajon) and the Saturday, Aug. 13 performance will be at Mission Brewing (1441 L St., Downtown). At each location, improvisors will transform these tasting rooms with a stage, seating and sound. Four characters – including one real-life brewmaster – will evaluate four beers while the audience follows – and drinks – along. Shows start at 8 p.m. and tickets are $24-$29. Visit for tickets.

Live comedy: George Lopez 29 30 Friday, July 29 – Saturday, July 30

Sycuan Casino’s concert series in their Live & Up Close Theatre (5485 Casino Way, El Cajon) has just gotten underway. Their first comedy shows will feature George Lopez, one of the original Latin Kings of Comedy. Known for his self-titled ABC comedy and stand-up routine examining race and culture, Lopez is sure to serve up laughs and social commentary. There will be a 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. show each night. Tickets are $69 - $79. Visit for more information.


Smokey Robinson

28 Tuesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 28

Sycuan Casino’s concert series in their Live & Up Close Theatre (5485 Casino Way, El Cajon) starts with three performances by the legendary Smokey Robinson. The singersongwriter is known for hits like “Cruisin’,” “Just to See Her,” and many more. Shows are at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $69 - $79. Visit for more information.



KC and the Sunshine Band

Thursday, Aug. 4 – Friday, Aug. 5

Sycuan Casino’s concert series continues with two performances by KC and the Sunshine Band in the Live & Up Close Theatre (5485 Casino Way, El Cajon). The disco and funk band is responsible for well-known songs like “That’s the Way (I Like It)” and “Boogie Shoes.” Shows are at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $89 - $99. Visit for more information.


Siren’s Crush Friday, Aug. 5

This upbeat dance band will perform as part of Allied Gardens First Fridays Summer Concerts in the Park series. This group promises to deliver a high-energy performance including contemporary pop songs and class dance favorites. All ages are welcome and neighbors are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket to get comfortable for the show. This event will be held from 6 – 8 p.m. at Allied Gardens Community Park (5155 Greenbrier Ave.). Visit for more information.


‘Petit Point Needlework’ by Linda Gillespie

31 Through Sunday, July 31

Ladybug Art Center (4685 Biona Drive, Kensington) will be displaying more than a dozen handcrafted art pieces by Linda Gillespie. Her Petit Point is a delicate version of needlepoint using finer linen, needles and thread. Her pieces depict historical buildings including San Diego’s Heritage Park. The artwork will be on display through the end of July. Visit for more information.


2017 Anza-Borrego Desert photo contest

10 Through Saturday, Dec. 10

This contest is now open for digital submissions. Photographers can submit up to 10 photos for free for evaluation by a panel of judges. Between 100 – 200 entrants will be asked to submit a printed photograph for final review ($5 judge/processing fee). The public will then vote for a “people’s choice” winner in each category. Visit for more guidelines.



Latin American Festival and Mata Ortiz Pottery Market Friday, Aug. 5 – Sunday, Aug. 7

Bazaar del Mundo hosts this annual festival with folk art, food, entertainment and more. It will showcase San Diego’s largest collection of Mata Ortiz pottery plus artisan jewelry, Mexican clothing and colorful collectibles. Live demonstrations will be given featuring different forms of artwork including painting clay pots, weaving handpulled wool and carving animals from wooden stumps. The event will be held from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Visit for more information.

ON FILM Film and discussion with Ralph DeLauro: ‘The Lady from Shanghai’

18 Monday, July 18

San Diego Oasis presents this film class at College Avenue Center (6299 Capri Drive, Del Cerro) starting at 1 p.m. The film stars Orson Welles as an Irish sailor entangled in murder with a shady lawyer and his sultry wife (Rita Hayworth). The class fee is $2. Visit for more information.

Outdoor Family Movie Night: ‘Kung Fu Panda 3’

23 Saturday, July 23

Mission Trails Church (4880 Zion Ave., Allied Gardens) will host several movie nights throughout the summer on their front lawn. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Popcorn and fun will be provided. Visit for more info.


Film and discussion with Ralph DeLauro: ‘Delicacy’ Monday, Aug. 1

San Diego Oasis presents this film class at their location in Mission Valley (third floor of Macy’s at 1702 Camino del Rio North) starting at 1 p.m. The film stars Audrey Tautou as a widow whose zest for life is unexpectedly rekindled by her office subordinate played by Francois Damiens. The class fee is $12. Visit for more information.



Youth basketball camp

Monday, Aug. 1 – Thursday, Aug. 4

Grossmont College is presenting this basketball camp for boys and girls entering third – ninth grades. Daily instruction from college coaches and players will help kids learn new skills and perfect others. Each day there will be group and individual tests on new skills with prizes. Registration is $75 per child and includes a T-shirt. Camp will be held at the Grossmont College Gymnasium (8800 Grossmont College Drive). Visit for more information.


Bingo night

Saturday, Aug. 6

Ascension Lutheran Church (5106 Zion Ave., Allied Gardens) is hosting a bingo night. Entry is a $15 donation. For more information and to RSVP call 619-582-2636



’80 Days; A Musical’

Thursday, July 28 – Friday, Aug. 5

The Grossmont College Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory program brings high school and collegeage students together to perform family-friendly summer theater in the Stagehouse Theatre. This year’s performance by the students will be an adaptation of “Around the World in 80 Days,” the timeless tale of amazing adventure with Phileas Fogg attempting to circumnavigate the globe in less than 80 days in order to win a sizeable wager. Performances will be held at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre (8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon bordering La Mesa. Visit for tickets.


‘The Dixie Swim Club’ Through Sunday, Aug. 7

Lamplighters Community Theatre (5915 Severin Drive, La Mesa) presents a comedy about five women who have remained friends since their time together on a college swim team 33 years ago. Visit for tickets.■


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Phileas Fogg travels to San Diego

“80 Days! A New Musical”

Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020

July 28 – Aug. 6 For tickets and showtimes, visit or call 619-644-7234.

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an Diegans, who want to travel to different continents without leaving the county will now be able to at Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre. Members of the 3rd Annual Summer Conservatory Program are presenting an adaptation of “Around the World in 80 Days” called “80 Days! A New Musical.” The adventure story is directed by Theatre Arts instructor and local artist, Brian Rickel. He gives a lot of credit for the program’s inception to Theatre Arts Department Chair, Beth Duggan. “This is the brainchild of Duggan and some others in order to give students an opportunity to perform,” he said. “It was her dream to have a program where students could work with professional artists. Our faculty all work professionally in the city.” Another goal is to have high school performers involved in each staging. “We want to continue to connect with the high school community, since that’s part of our outreach,” he said. “A third of our cast this summer are from high schools in the area.” Delia Mejia, a sophomore at

"80 Days! A Musical" is based off of the Jules Verne novel written in the Victorian Era. The Grossmont College production is directed by Brian Rickel (right). (Poster courtesy of Grossmont College, photo courtesy of Jordan Kubat)

Grossmont, gets to portray the Indian princess and Phileas Fogg’s love interest, Aouda. Mejia has been involved with the conservatory for two years and is enthusiastic that high schoolers can be a part of each show. “I think it’s so important that high schoolers can learn what it’s like to take part in a college production,” she said. “I love being able to let them experience something beautiful like this.” A unique aspect of “80 Days” is gender bending and cross-cultural casting. Safiya Quinley, a former Grossmont student currently studying at USC, plays a female version of Jules Verne’s popular character, Passepartout. “I actually

transferred to another school two years ago,” she said. “However, I’m back for the summer to be a part in the conservatory. It’s been really fun to be back, because the Grossmont theater community is really welcoming.” Rickel wants the diverse ensemble to seem natural. “I love that the script comments on equality, without saying anything about race,” he said. “It’s important that anyone can play in these stories.” Helping with the visuals of Fogg’s journey is Grossmont sophomore Carissa Ohm, who works in the theatre’s costume shop. She is aiding costume designer, Corey Johnston. Ohm finds that clothing

can really impact a performance for the better. “Watching actors wearing different clothes, even using shoes in rehearsals, can completely change how they act and move,” she said. “Suddenly, they step into the character and channel the role.” Audience members are going to recognize many of the musical numbers used in the plot. None of the cast/crew members want to spoil which well-known songs will be used, but Rickel was able to mention types of genres incorporated in Jeannette Thomas’ book. “Popular songs are featured,” Rickel said. “We cover everything from dance pop to a little bit of country.” An important aspect that Rickel

wants audiences to know is that Fogg’s quest is geared towards all ages. “This is a family-friendly play that’s not just for kids,” he said. “We want to create an experience that celebrates traveling with others. I encourage people to take a trip after the evening and see different parts of the world.” Grossmont College’s melodious odyssey gives adults and children an opportunity to see a new theatrical event while also showcasing young rising talent. No need to bring a passport to the world premiere event. Several of the performances are already sold out, so buy tickets as soon as possible. —Dave Dixon is a freelance writer with a bent toward theater and film. Reach him at■




FEATURE United Way, from page 3 see how the organization works; to meet the board and find out their mission; to meet the funders who make our job possible; and to show appreciation for all that they have done. I want to strengthen our partnerships in the community … and we will celebrate our 100th anniversary in a few years. United Way has evolved from its beginnings as Community Chest to one of the most respected community organizations in San Diego — and nationwide.” According to the website, United Way had a total revenue of $15.7 million and a total expenses of $17.5 million in fiscal year 2014-15. Over at the San Diego Convention Center, the current fiscal year 2017 budget shows total operating revenues of $36 million with total operating expenses of $33.4 million, according to its website As chair of the SDCCC, Coskey described how her job there is perceived as a “big and important and powerful role. “This year, we’ve hired a new president and CEO — the first time in 25 years,” she said. Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, a veteran venue manager with an extensive resume, was lured to San Diego from Louisville, Kentucky to replace the retired Carol Wallace. Expansion is perhaps the most crucial issue involving the convention center. San Diego is one of the top tourist destinations in the U.S., and the convention center is known for Comic-Con and large gatherings that focus on the healthcare

Rabbi Laurie Coskey (Courtesy of United Way of San Diego County)

and innovation industries. A convention center brochure titled “2016 Fast Facts” shows that by far Comic-Con is the No. 1 event with attendance of 130,000, resulting in 63,000 hotel nights and providing a regional impact of $140 million. The runner-up is the Society for Neuroscience convention, which draws 32,000 people, resulting in 54,000 hotel nights and providing a regional impact of $110 million. And the convention center will host the Major League Baseball All-Star Fanfest from July 8 — 12 as the All-Star Game returns to San Diego on July 12 at Petco Park. Coskey emphasized the corporation’s board remains adamant that the expansion should be contiguous to the existing convention center. However, San Diego voters will decide in November whether or not to approve the Citizens’ Initiative, a funding plan for a proposed multiuse stadium for the Chargers and a convention center expansion in East Village. “Our convention center is 75

percent full,” she said, noting that 60 percent capacity is considered A-plus. “We are falling off the rafters. People like to come to San Diego. We get the highest marks for hospitality and food.” Comic-Con officials are urging a contiguous expansion, too, as the annual convention only grows larger, year after year. Coskey declined to weigh in on the Citizens’ Initiative or on the fate of a 6-acre site adjacent to the convention center that is key to a contiguous expansion. The lease-holder on the property, Fifth Avenue Landing, wants to build two hotels there. The land is owned by the Unified Port of San Diego. She hinted that the hotel project is not a done deal. Whether dealing with expansion plans at the convention center, or advocating for children and working families, or supporting the local LGBT community, Coskey is one busy activist. She traces her desire to make the world a better place to her family. “I grew up in LA with a large, loving Jewish family,” Coskey said. “I did not come from a life of adversity.” However, adversity found the Coskey family. On Dec. 14, 1963, the Baldwin Hills Dam disaster occurred when the reservoir suffered a catastrophic failure and 250 million gallons of water rushed into neighboring communities. Five people were killed and 277 houses were destroyed — including the Coskey’s home. “I’ve never shared this story with a journalist before,” she said. Coskey and her sisters were 6, 3 and 1 at the time. And in an era before cellphones, her dad was on the golf course when he got

July 15 - Aug. 18, 2016 Mission Times Courier the news about the disaster and he had no way of immediately reaching his wife to find out the family’s fate. “We barely had time to get out,” Coskey recalled. “We barely had time to rescue the baby from the house.” The Coskeys lost everything: their home and furnishings, their family pictures, their toys and clothes. “In two minutes, our life changed forever,” Coskey said. It would also be a defining moment for such a young child. “I was struck by the kindness of friends and strangers,” she said. “But it wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized how deeply it affected us. Things we care about are just items, like pictures. My Social Security card is still gone. I realized that it is family that is important.” Five years later, at age 10, Coskey notified her family that she wanted to be a rabbi. They didn’t have the heart to tell her that a woman couldn’t be a rabbi, in those days. Yet, Coskey would become one of the first female rabbis in the U.S. after being ordained in 1985 from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. The graduate of Stanford would later earn her doctorate from the University of San Diego after writing her thesis on United Way. “And 22 years later, I am about to go to work for United Way.” —Ken Williams is a contributing editor and can be reached at or at 619- 9611952. Follow him on Twitter at @KenSanDiego, Instagram at @KenSD or Facebook at KenWilliamsSanDiego.■

What is United Way? By working with nonprofits, schools, businesses and community leaders, United Way of San Diego County tackles issues impacting children and families in San Diego. It is focused on education and academic success via three milestones: kindergarten readiness, third-grade literacy, and making sure students are prepared to graduate high school and go on to college and career. The nonprofit plays a unique role, bringing the right people and resources together to spark breakthrough community action that elevates every child and family toward a brighter future. United Way solves complex problems by maximizing existing community partners/resources and establishing common goals to create permanent change in the community. United Way’s efforts include anchoring the City Heights Partnership for Children and the Vista Partnership for Children. LIVE UNITED is a call to action for everyone to get involved by donating and volunteering. Learn more at Offices are at 4699 Murphy Canyon Road (Clairemont Mesa). Call 858-492-2000.

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News and events at the San Carlos Library

LIBRARY Art shows



Summer is half over

School summer vacation is half over. “It can’t be!” the kids shout while parents groan, “another six weeks, really?” July 15 marks the halfway point of the library’s Summer Reading Program. Sign up by age group at bit. ly/1UqH2zI, record your summer reading hours/books, and find the list of prizes for each reading level. Prizes may be claimed, until supplies last, anytime before August 30. Our adults who reach their reading goals may choose either a book from our “free book rack” or a $5 voucher good at our monthly Used Book Sale. Book sale revenues drop during June and July so please support your library by increasing your future purchases.

Summer Special Events

Over 100 kids and adults attend our Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Summer Reading Program Special Events. Next up are these fun family favorites: • July 20: “Animal Champions” from Pacific Animal Productions. Which animal lives the longest, is the longest, jumps the highest, or has the best camouflage? Meet these animals live. • July 27: Literature Comes to Life presents “Swimmy.” Kids from the audience will participate in acting out the story, complete with costumes and direction provided by teacher and children’s theater actress Stacey Wein. • Aug. 3: “Circus Marionettes” from Pig’s Eye Puppets. Ten marionette circus performers present a fast moving show, and answer questions about this ancient form of puppetry. • Aug. 10: “The Found Object Juggling Show” with Michael Rayner. This wacky and hilarious show will keep you entertained as Michael balances and juggles a variety of surprising impromptu objects. • Aug. 17: “Totally Tide Pools” with Living Coast Discovery Center. Living is tough in tide pools! Discover the crazy ways their inhabitants have adapted to stay safe. The program is interactive and is our final Summer Special Event; come and celebrate with us!

Battle of the Funny Books

The large bulletin board in the Children’s area shows the book standings in “The Battle of the Funny Books.” July 21 is the day votes will be counted to determine the elite eight; the Aug. 4 vote tally narrows the field to the final four; after the Aug. 11 count, only two books will remain in contention and on Aug. 18, Youth Services Librarian Erin Moore will post San Carlos’ choice for the “Funniest Book.” Don’t forget — your vote counts.

“Window Seat” is a photo by San Carlos Branch Library clerk Tim Mountain. (Courtesy of SCFOL)

Challenge Island

What did youth do before video games? Pinball! The second Wednesday of every month from 4 – 5 p.m., Challenge Island presents a unique science- and engineering-based program that encourages kids ages 8 – 12 to create, think outside the box and become part of a team. Aug. 10, kids return to pre-1977 and the days of “Pinball Passion.” Along with their tribe mates, they will create their own unique pinball game and invite other tribes to play it and compete for the highest score. Space is limited. Call 619-527-3430 or come in to sign up.

Chess and other summer fun

Our Chess Club is expanding and we’ve had to purchase more chess boards! Join this group of under age 18 youth on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 5 – 7 p.m. New members at any skill level are welcome. It’s a fun way to improve logical thinking skills and increase math ability. The club was organized by Luke, who is a student and library patron. We hope to see you on July 26, Aug. 9 and 23. Tuesdays at 4 p.m., join kids ages 3 – 8 for yoga and stories. Toddlers and preschoolers listen to stories and actively participate in making themed crafts, singing songs and learning rhymes on Fridays at 10 a.m.


A San Carlos favorite, Mark Carlson, is back with stories about the “Ghosts of Little Bighorn” on Aug. 19 at 1 – 2:30 p.m. Learn what led to the war where Custer’s 7th Cavalry Regiment and six tribes of the Sioux and Cheyenne nations fought for supremacy and survival.

Dates to Remember

Now until Aug. 15: sign up for Summer Reading Program Aug. 5, 2 – 4 p.m.: SCFOL Members-Only Used Book Pre-Sale Aug. 6, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.: monthly Used Book Sale —Sue Hotz is publicity chair for the San Carlos Friends of the Library. Reach her at publicity@ sancarlosfriendsofthelibrary. org.■

Hefner’s first place entry at this year’s Del Mar We thank Dr. Roberta Fair. Flynn for displaying the In our Art Gallery Aug. art of her husband, Jim 9 – Sept. 1, Tim Mountain, Flynn, and for the inforour San Carlos Branch mative reception attended library clerk for over 20 by over 70 patrons who years, will display another learned about Stellar skill in his repertoire: Care’s “Memories in the photography. Mountain Making” art classes spon- graduated from San Diego sored by the Alzheimer’s State University with a Association. major in geography, which Local artist, Mike instilled in him an eye for Hefner’s artist recepnature’s complex beauty. tion is July 16, noon – 2 His photographs depict a p.m., in the Winer Family variety of local venues and Community Room & Art are waiting to find a place Gallery of the San Carlos in your home. Please plan Branch Library. His plein on attending his artist air paintings will be on reception Aug. 20, noon – exhibit until Aug. 4 and 2 p.m. A portion of all art include, among his other sale proceeds are donated prize-winning paintings, to the library.

Books and authors The San Carlos Library Book Club will discuss “Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant on Aug. 11 at 12:30 – 2 p.m. Join us as Rick Crawford tells stories of San Diego’s history described in his latest book, “San Diego Yesterday” on July 22 from 2 – 3 p.m. Crawford is the manager of Special Collections at the San Diego Public Library, and as the former San Diego Historical Society‘s Archives Director and editor of the Journal of San Diego History for nine years, he has written extensively on local history. Crawford is the author of “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Vignettes of San Diego History,” and “The Way We Were Author and historian Rick Crawford will discuss his book “San Diego Yesterday” July 22. (Courtesy of SCFOL) in San Diego.” ■


Adding to your summer reading? Try a favorite tool of librarians Kathryn Johnson


any people have already compiled and started digging into their summer reading list. Whether it was a list that was published in a magazine, recommendations from friends or books you have flagged in your Good Reads account, there are many ways to put together a list of good books to read any time of year. If you haven’t had a chance to uncover some good titles to indulge in yet, I suggest looking at one of my favorite tools, a free resource available from the library entitled NoveList Plus. NoveList Plus can be somewhat overwhelming in the amount of features it has. One of my favorite uses is to look for books in a given genre by using the “I’m in the mood for books that are...” feature on the home page. If I feel like reading something that’s upbeat and conversational or intense and suspenseful, all I have to do is click on the tab for books that fall in that category. NoveList Plus makes it easy to get a better sense of each title by including a summary and,

many times, professional reviews. I have found many gems thanks to this feature. Another wonderful aspect of this resource is the ease it provides for exploring a genre that is new to you. As a librarian, it is important to be familiar with titles from a variety of genres. I have often relied on NoveList Plus for recommendations for good titles that fall in the categories such as horror or Westerns so that I am sure I am reading a good representation of the genre. The great thing is that NoveList links to the library’s catalog so when you are viewing a title, you can easily check to see where it is in our system. Outside of the library, access to this amazing tool only requires the internet and a library card. From the San Diego Public Library’s homepage,, simply scroll down to the “I Want to…” option in the middle of the page. Using the dropdown menu, select “Search Articles and Databases...” Once you select the “Books and Literature” button on the left side of the page, the NoveList monitor will appear. As a regular user of this resource I feel I should caution you to ensure

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Part 2: How Cosmetic Dentistry Enhances Lives I have always enjoyed providing many different treatment modalities in my practice and cosmetic dentistry ranks as one of the most satisfying. I love hearing from my patients how their new smile has positively affected many aspects of their life.

that you have plenty of time on your hands as it is very easy to get lost in this book lover’s oasis. In fact, if you do get a chance to explore NoveList Plus, please let us know what you think when you stop in. All patrons that mention “NoveList Plus” will receive a small prize. —Kathryn Johnson is managing librarian of the Allied Gardens Benjamin Branch library. Reach her at johnsonka@■

Today's treatment options include the use of all-porcelain restorations to fill gaps, improve and even out shade differences beyond whitening, reinforce thinning and cracking teeth, and to create the “new you”. Some patients choose cosmetic dentistry in lieu of plastic surgery to enhance their appearance and self confidence. Here are stories from 2 recent patients of mine. “Sarah” is a friendly, warm person but was always covering her mouth with her hand when she smiled. She felt embarrassed of her teeth that had chipped and were shorter in length after many years of grinding her edges down. Using a combination of all-porcelain crowns and veneers (facings), I was able to add some length, even up the edges, fill in some dark spaces between the teeth and provide a smooth, esthetic smile that matched her lower lip shape, creating a more youthful appearance. Sarah is thrilled with her new smile and this has greatly improved her confidence in her business and personal life. “Robert” was recently divorced and back on the dating scene at 55 years old. He wanted to keep his natural color but improve the shape of his crowded teeth without braces. I was able to provide thin porcelain veneers, some minor bonding with composite, whitening of his lower teeth, gum sculpting with the laser to reduce a gummy smile look, and 4 all-porcelain crowns on his canines to protect his teeth from grinding wear in the years ahead. He is so happy with his youthful smile and his teeth not only look better but function well. My message to you is that cosmetic dentistry is a positive and exciting way to help you feel great about your smile and dental health. It is not limited to those that just want a “Hollywood” smile, it's a wonderful way for anyone to improve their appearance and enhance their lives.


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