VOL. 102, ISSUE 13 • MARCH 27, 2014
ENLIGHTENING LA JOLLA SINCE 1913
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La Jolla preservationist testifies at hearing on post office sales ■ Task force effort seen as model in push to save icons COMMUNITY: A
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BY PAT SHERMAN Architectural historian Diane Kane, a member of the Save Our La Jolla Post Office Task Force, was invited to testify on the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) sale of
historic post office buildings, March 11 in Oakland, Calif. A group of La Jollans formed the task force in January 2012 in response to the USPS’s announcement that it plans to sell La Jolla’s 1935 post office and relocate its services. The task force, under the auspices of the La Jolla Historical Society, has thus far succeeded in its effort to prevent the USPS from selling
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the post office at 1140 Wall St. (or even placing it on the market). The March 11 hearing, organized
by the President’s Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), was a response to language inserted into January’s omnibus spending bill that blocks sales of historic post offices until a federal probe is complete. As part of that inquiry, Congress has requested that the ACHP file a report on the disposal of historic post offices (a concurrent,
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La Jolla Library supporters seek new members
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BY ASHLEY MACKIN he definition most people have for the word “friend” probably has a lot of components to it. To name a few, friends care, they’re supportive, they offer input, and they may give money every once in a while. But they get something in return, too. The same applies to Friends of the La Jolla Library, who number about 100. To be a “Friend” of the library is to contribute a set amount every year (starting at $10) to support the library and its many programs. In 2013, members and donations totaled about $24,000. The Friends also receive $4,000-$5,000 each month from the ongoing used book sale they operate at the library. Increasing the number of Friends is a goal for the 2014-2015 board of directors, who talked about some of the feel-good incentives at a March 19 meeting.
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Incoming Friends of La Jolla Library Board President Bill Boehm with outgoing President Susan Middleton and incoming Vice-President Sallie Warren. PHOTOS BY ASHLEY MACKIN
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La Jolla Library programs are funded by the Friends and attended by people of all ages. Here, instructor John Ledingham helps Deyon Vanderweele with computer questions during the free, weekly computer lab workshop.
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Investigation into alleged elder abuse case continues ■ Victim’s family seeks his divorce from alleged abuser Editor’s Note: Though the alleged perpetrator has been named in some other news reports, La Jolla Light is refraining from using her name unless charges are filed against her.
BY PAT SHERMAN San Diego Police are continuing to investigate an incidence of alleged elder abuse and extreme animal neglect in La Jolla that surfaced March 7 when the victim’s family contacted local media. A 58-year-old woman is accused of abusing
Robert Stella, a 90-year-old war veteran and retired state department employee she was living with in his home in the 6600 block of Avenida de las Pescas. Stella’s granddaughter, Emily Criscuolo, said that when the family had Stella removed from his home in February and transferred to a local senior care facility, he was disoriented, malnourished and dehydrated with severe bedsores. They allege the woman routinely tied him to his bed and locked him in his room without food or water. Stella’s home and yard were piled with trash and hoarded items, and overrun with dogs and cats later removed by animal control officers.
SDPD Media Relations Lt. Kevin Mayer said police are investigating charges of financial abuse and neglect (a form of elder abuse, Mayer confirmed), in addition to animal neglect. “The suspect is the caregiver Robert Stella and alleged wife of the victim,” Mayer responded, via e-mail. “These cases can be very complicated and take time to investigate. No arrest has been made at this time. The investigation is continuing.”
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The disturbing conditions inside the home of Robert Stella (pictured) at the time he was taken to a residential care facility last month. San Diego County in 2008. Son-in-law, William Redfield (husband of Stella’s daughter, Michelle), told the Light Stella insists the signature on the marriage certificate is not his, and doesn’t appear to be his, though added, “We’re operating right now as if that is legitimate, just because the only thing we can really do now is to go ahead and get a divorce for him.” Stella’s family is attempting to have his alleged abuser removed from the home, though the action could be complicated by the marriage. Weeks prior to the allegations surfacing, the Light received three pages of
Robert Stella gets a visit from a four-legged friend while recuperating at a local care facility. COURTESY PHOTOS
unsolicited, type-written answers allegedly from Stella to its weekly “10 Questions” column, in which notable La Jollans answer questions about their lives here. The family confirmed that a telephone number for Stella handwritten at the top of the typed document is that of his alleged abuser. Phone messages left at the number by the Light — which had a woman’s voice on the greeting — were not returned. A response to the question, “If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?” beings with “Of course, my beautiful, vivacious and charming wife Victoria.”
FROM LIBRARY FRIENDS, AA1 “There are things, like the Friends Reception, that we offer to supporters,” said former membership chair Kathleen Harrison. The annual event is a way to thank friends with food, drinks and entertainment, plus an opportunity to see how the library operates behind the scenes. The free programs provided by the library — such as the yoga classes, toddler story times, writing groups, computer classes, movie screenings with popcorn, and the popular LEGO Club (which has an average of 20 children participating each week) — are all possible because of Friends’ membership funds. For one participant of the Computer Help Lab (11 a.m. Fridays), the free programs are “an absolute godsend.” Although former La Jollan Deyon Vanderweele said she moved to Clairemont six months ago, she still comes to the La Jolla library for its programs. “I don’t have a computer at home, but it seems I can’t live without one. I don’t know what I’m doing technically now, but I will soon,” she said. “Having an instructor right here to answer questions is great.” Of the many events, Head Librarian Catherine Greene told La Jolla Light, “We believe the library has cultural responsibilities to the community, so we want our programs to reflect that. We try to offer things people want to do that are not going on somewhere else nearby. If no one shows up, we know there isn’t the want (and we move on to something new).”
Friends Membership Levels ■ Individual: $10 a year ■ Family Member: $25 a year ■ Book Lover: $100-$249 a year ■ Book Collector: $250 a year ■ Patron: $500 a year ■ Number of Friends: More than 100
How to Become a Friend ■ Online: lajollalibrary.org/join_us0.aspx ■ In person: Stop by the library at 7555 Draper Ave. ■ Information: (858) 552-1657 Adding that the Friends are “amazingly helpful and very supportive,” she said Friends contributions help make the library what it is. Greene said in the last 10 years, the City of San Diego had to cut library hours and staff. As a result, one full-time library assistant was laid off, the full-time youth librarian became part-time, and operating hours were cut. The Friends rallied together and contributed enough cash to pay the salary of a full-time library assistant and return the part-time youth librarian to full
UC San Diego physics professor emeritus John Asmus is also mentioned in the document, as one of several men Stella met with “for decades” at Harry’s Coffee Shop on Girard Avenue to discuss politics, travel and current events. Asmus, who met Stella in 1964 when they were both employed at General Atomics, met his alleged abuser shortly after she and Stella became acquainted. Asmus said he found the abuse allegations “shocking,” though not entirely inconsistent with a recent decline in his friend’s health and living conditions. “It’s hard to understand that could
Dan DeSousa, a lieutenant with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services, said that on March 2, Stella’s caretakers — including an Arkansas man renting space in the home from the alleged abuser — relinquished five cats and four dogs to animal services, which were in fair condition, with minor medical skin conditions. Stella’s family contacted animal services again on March 7 to alert them to the conditions in the home, at which time they returned and seized another five cats and four dogs (including a Jack Russell Terrier, Pomeranian, Chihuahua and Manchester Terrier). At that time, animal control discovered and removed a cat from the bathroom that had been dead for days. DeSousa said charges filed by animal services will likely be animal neglect, a misdemeanor which carries a sentence of a “slap on the wrist” fine to six months in jail. “Animal abuse is deliberate,” and harder to prove, DeSousa said. “It’s entirely up to the courts what they believe is an appropriate sentence.” Criscuolo said her grandfather met his alleged abuser in 2001, in an alley behind Stella Maris Academy (operated by Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Church), at a time when he was still overcoming the loss of his wife, Maria, who died from breast cancer. The family says his new suitor moved into the home in 2006, around the same time they allege she took out a $350,000 loan against the house. Though the family says they believed the woman to be his girlfriend-companion and caretaker, their attorney recently learned of a confidential marriage certificate filed in
time. “It’s been really great,” she said. Furthermore, Arlene Powers, co-chair of the Friends Art Committee said the quarterly art exhibitions (and sales) offered in the community room “could not be done without the support of the Friends.” Powers said Friends’ funding paid for the wall covering in the room, where concerts are also held, so that the sound is confined, but art can be hung on the walls, too. The Friends produce and host the art shows. Their next juried exhibition has the theme “The Child,” which has (thus far) received 90 submissions of photos, paintings and mixed media celebrating youth. There will be a free, public reception for “The Child,” 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at the library, 7555 Draper Ave. As an honorary entry, an enlarged image of Greene’s father as a child, lying in the grass reading a book to his stuffed animals, will be on display. Upon hearing the announcement, Greene exclaimed, “My father would be tickled!” A board of directors that serve three-year terms manages the Friends’ membership and library programs. At the March 19 meeting, its officers were elected. These are: President Bill Boehm, Vice-President Sallie Warren, Recording Secretary and Assistant Treasurer Jim Stewart, Corresponding Secretary Moreen Fielden, and Treasurer Mark Leinenweber. Former president Susan Middleton will serve as past president. Coming off two consecutive terms, Middleton was honored at the meeting with flowers and a gift from board members. ◆
www.lajollalight.com happen or that the allegations are true,” said Asmus, though adding, “I don’t see how he was physically capable of hoarding of all the stuff and all the animals that were reported.” Asmus said the first time he met Stella’s female companion, she operated a cable access TV show on Time Warner called “Victoria’s Secret Library,” in which she would invite guests to take part in panel discussions on books and other subjects. Asmus would appear when the topic had to do with physics, science or art restoration — his areas of expertise. “He (Stella) was really down in the dumps with the demise of his wife,” Asmus recalled. “We thought his involvement in the TV programs was really a godsend for him — it gave him a new lease on life.” La Jolla real estate broker and mediator Joe Klatt twice appeared on “Victoria’s Secret Library” in 2003 and 2004, once on a panel demonstrating dispute resolution techniques. “She seemed like a very bright, very intelligent, very sincere woman,” Klatt said. “She was well respected, very professional.” However, Criscuolo claims that smoothness is what allowed the woman to allegedly con her grandfather, including more than $100,000 Stella allegedly gave her to turn a book he co-wrote with his late wife into a movie. Criscuolo said the movie never materialized. Redfield claims the woman used her cable TV program to “ingratiate” herself to Stella in the beginning. “She spent a lot of time talking to him about how amazing the book was and how he had to be on the show,” he said. “That’s how the whole relationship started after they met in the alley.” The last time Professor Asmus saw Stella was a year-and-a-half ago, when he picked him up at his home to join the group at Harry’s a final time. Because Stella’s home phone had long been disconnected, Asmus said, he had a hard time reaching him, eventually contacting his female companion. “She got back to me and said next Monday I’ll have Bob at the top of the driveway and you can pick him up,” Asmus recalled. “He was rather feeble at that point. He wasn’t quite his own self but he was fairly conversational. … The yard had lots of stuff in it — that surprised me. … I mentioned it to him. I said, ‘It looks like your garage has overflowed,’ but I didn’t really get a straight response to my question.” Redfield said Stella is walking again and aware of what happened. “He’s 90 years old, so it’s going to be a long, slow recovery,” Redfield said. “He could barely talk (before) … but each day is a lot better. He’s had really good days and he’s had some really upsetting days, because he’s had to reckon with all the damage and the wreckage, but he’s really happy to be away from her. He’s singing again, which was his passion.” ◆
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Experts offer advice on spotting and preventing elder abuse Tips for family on spotting elder abuse ■ Stay actively involved in your family member’s life. ■ Take notice of any unusual bank or credit card activity. ■ Take notice of multiple deliveries from online and/or department stores. ■ The suspected abuser tries to isolate the elder, so he or she becomes totally depended on the abuser. ■ New acquaintances of the suspected abuser move in with the elder.
Tips for elders to prevent being victimized ■ Always get two or three opinions. ■ No matter how much you trust or love someone, always read and understand any document before signing it. ■ If you do not understand a document, seek advice from a third-party trusted advisor or attorney. ■ Insist on reviewing your own financial documents yourself. ■ Surround yourself with trusted advisors. ■ Have a trusted third-party review your financial documents to assist you. ■ Beware of door-to-door sales persons who use high pressure sales tactics or offer a deal to good to be true. ■ Never, under any circumstances, give a caller any portion of your bank account number, credit card number or social security number. ■ Sign up for the “Do Not Call Registry.” ■ Shred all material containing your personal and/or financial information before your put it out with your trash. ■ Never leave outgoing mail attached to your mail box. ■ Ask for new or replacement checkbooks be mailed to your bank for pickup and not your residence. —Source: San Diego Police
Additional elder abuse prevention tips Paul Greenwood, head of Elder Abuse Prosecution at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, provides these tips: ■ Choose a caregiver with caution: Do not assume that by hiring a caregiver through a bonded agency you are guaranteed to get someone who has been checked. There is no current law requiring mandatory background checks for in-home caregivers in California. ■ Keep and inventory of all jewelry: Jewelry is the number one item that is stolen from homes occupied by elders. Not only should your jewelry be kept in a locked drawer, you should have photographs of rare, valuable or sentimental items in a separate location. ■ Conduct a self-credit search two or three times per year: Identity theft is rampant. The only way to have peace of mind is to obtain a credit search periodically from one of the three major credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and Trans Union. This will enable you to discover whether someone has applied for or obtained a credit card in your name. ■ Every telephone should have caller ID: Seeing if the incoming call is classified as “private” or “unknown” will allow you to be on your guard. Crooks love the telephone. It is their weapon of choice. ■ You will never win the Canadian lottery: If a smooth talking caller says you are the proud winner of the Canadian
For more information or to report suspected abuse, call Adult Protective Services at 1 (800) 510-2020. lottery, he or she is lying. Similarly, if you get an email from Nigeria or letter from Madrid indicating that you could receive a substantial amount of money, such communications are always fraudulent. ■ Have your bank send a duplicate statement to a trusted family member or financial advisor: Elders whose sight is failing are at greater risk because they may rely upon the very person who is stealing from them to insure that the financial transactions are in order. An independent pair of eyes that is able to look over bank statements every 30 days will be able to catch suspicious activities in the early stages. ■ Always have a second line of defense at your front door: Either have a locked screen door or a security chain guard at your front door. Crooks will attempt to gain entry to your home by using excuses such as a fake emergency, or false uniforms and badges. By having a second line of defense, you will be able to communicate with the stranger on the doorstep without exposing yourself to the possibility of a forced entry. Never allow any stranger into your home, even if the emergency seems real. Instead, tell the stranger you will call 911. ◆
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The Bishop’s School Endowed Science Lecture Series will present “The Art of Falling Apart” with Adah Almutairi, Ph.D., 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 at Geier Family Presentation Hall, Teitelman Science Center, The Bishop’s School campus, 7607 La Jolla Blvd. Almutairi is the director of the Center Adah for Excellence in Almutairi Nanomedicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Studies, Principal Investigator, Laboratory for Bioresponsive Materials, University of California, San Diego. The public is invited to the free event. Questions? Call (858) 875-0790. ◆
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FROM POST OFFICE, AA1 similar report is being conducted by the USPS’s independent Office of Inspector General). The ACHP has until April 17 to report back to Congress, largely based on testimony it received from Kane and others at the Oakland hearing. Kane said the hearing was specifically organized to assess USPS’s handling of the Section 106 Review process, part of the National Historic Preservation Act, which requires federal agencies to evaluate the impact of all federally funded or permitted projects on historic properties. Since the sale of La Jolla’s post office was announced, La Jolla’s task force has been successful in obtaining federal, state and local historic designations for the Wall Street post office. Kane said the concerns of those invited (largely community stakeholders from California, where the most historic post office sales have occurred) included keeping post offices’ publicly owned art and architecture in the public realm (La Jolla’s post office includes a mural painted in 1939 by one of San Diego’s most accomplished, early 20th century artists, Belle Baranceanu). “There was a lot of energy in the room and a lot of commonalities among the stories,” Kane said of the threehour meeting. “The ACHP was both trouble-shooting and looking for answers. … They asked us several times, ‘What advice do we give to Congress? We need to tell Congress something.’ … They got an earful.” In addition to her prepared testimony, which took the USPS to task for “poor communication, an opaque administrative structure and tight public response deadlines,” Kane spoke of the task force’s “painful” Section 106 consultation with the USPS. After fighting the USPS’s initial assertion that its quasigovernmental status made it exempt from the Section 106 process (and other federal regulations), said Kane, the task force received a “consultant-prepared historical evaluation” and protective covenant language for the Wall Street post office that was so vague the task force feared none of the property’s historic aspects would be preserved
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Save Our La Jolla Post Office Task Force member Diane Kane.
should the building be sold. “They did this boilerplate report and said we’re going to just stipulate that the building is historic because we want to sell it really fast, and we have to do something to protect its historic nature,” Kane said, noting that the USPS initially planned to designate the new owner as the enforcer of the covenant, which preservationists view as a fox guarding the hen house scenario. “The initial package we got was just complete gobbledygook,” said Kane, who has compiled similar reports for Caltrans. “Federal regulations (require that) you have to have a qualified person do this report, and whoever did it was clearly not qualified.” Kane said the report contained no explanation as to why the USPS now considered La Jolla’s post office historic, or which National Register criteria it met. According to the California State Office of Historic Preservation (also represented at the hearing), the USPS approached the agency to sign off on some seven already completed post office sales using this boilerplate protective covenant. La Jolla’s task force eventually provided its own covenant
language and evaluation qualifying La Jolla’s post office for a national historic designation under National Register Criterion A (for its association with La Jolla’s community planning and development) and Criterion C (for its WPAera Spanish Eclectic architecture and its WPA-era lobby mural). The property was eventually placed on the National Register of Historic Places, though to date, Kane said, the task force is uncertain how the building is actually listed, and objects to the omission of its community history as significant. For the building to be sold, Kane said, the USPS must still locate a third party to enforce its protective covenant — something the City of San Diego, La Jolla Historical Society and San Diego-based Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO) have all said they have no money for. The task force has recommended the USPS place money in an escrow account for “periodic monitoring” and “some cushion in case you have to go to court to enforce the provisions of the covenant” with its new owner. “The USPS has just flatly refused to entertain any compensation,” Kane said.
No alternative in sight Despite several “scouting” visits to La Jolla, the USPS says it has been unable to locate a suitable site in which to relocate Wall Street’s postal services. Kane said the task force maintains the most desirable alternative would be for a community organization to purchase the building at fair market value and lease the required space back to the USPS to keep postal operations in place (an option USPS representatives have told the Light is unfeasible, due to the building’s awkward configuration). During the hearing, Kane said attendees praised the La Jolla task force as a model in the fight to preserve historic post offices. “That’s how we’ve been able to stay open for two years,” she said. “I took them apart piece by piece and forced them to go back through the process. Essentially, the USPS learned how to do Section 106 on our post office. … They botched it so badly that we’ve tied them up in knots for two years.” ◆
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Kalman Aron in his studio with his ‘Portrait of Henry Miller.’ ELISABETH CAREN San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis outlines her plan for a fourth term at her campaign headquarters in downtown San Diego.
Attorney Robert Brewer speaks with La Jolla Light about his qualifications for district attorney and why he feels it is time for a change. PHOTOS BY PAT SHERMAN
DA faces first challenge for office in 11 years ■ Bonnie Dumanis downplays alleged politicking, focuses on goals, career strengths BY PAT SHERMAN hree-term San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who was uncontested in her first two bids for re-election as the county’s top prosecutor, has competition this time as she seeks a fourth term in the June 3 primary election — among them, attorney Robert Brewer. The La Jolla Light met with both candidates this month to talk about their plans to protect the region if victorious. A third candidate, Terri Wyatt, a former prosecutor in the DA’s office, did not respond to an interview request by press
time. Her interview will run in next week’s edition. A former prosecutor, Brewer has surpassed Dumanis in fundraising with $482,000 to her $341,000 as of last month’s campaign disclosure reports (Wyatt has about $20,000). Dumanis holds the power of incumbency, and the backing of Mayor Kevin Faulconer, San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore and all five county supervisors. Though voters historically turn out in smaller numbers for county-wide races, Brewer said they should not take the district attorney’s race lightly. “No felony case is filed in San Diego County without the approval and review of a deputy district attorney — and there were 17,000 felonies filed last year in San Diego County,” he said. “The district attorney also files 80 percent of the misdemeanors in the county. … The district
Thursday, March 27 ■ Sunrise Rotary of La Jolla meets, 6:55 a.m. The Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro. $20. (619) 992-9449. ■ Qi Gong, 9:30 a.m. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. Gentle exercises for all ages and abilities. LaJollaLibrary. org or (858) 453-6719. ■ Pen to Paper writing group meets, noon, Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. LaJollaLibrary.org or (858) 552-1657. ■ La Jolla Traffic and Transportation Board meets, 4 p.m. La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. info@ lajollacpa.org ■ San Diego New Music Festival, San Andreas Quartet, 7:30 p.m. Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. $10-25. (858) 454-5872.
Friday, March 28 ■ La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club Breakfast Meeting, 7:15 a.m. La Jolla Marriott, 4240 La Jolla Village Drive. $20. LaJollaGTRotary.org or (858) 395-1222.
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La Jolla Development Permit Review Committee
BY ASHLEY MACKIN Two projects came before the Development Permit Review (DPR) committee meeting March 18 — one for a preliminary review and the other hoping for a final review. ■ The preliminary project calls for demolishing an existing residence and constructing a twounit, three-story condominium building at 7452 Herschel Ave. Representing applicant Daniel Linn, development feasibility analyst Joe LaCava started his presentation with a discussion of context. Calling the 7400 block of Herschel Avenue “a unique block in our community,” LaCava said it has the highest residential
Daniel Linn shows the DPR committee photos of the properties on the block with the proposed project superimposed to show scale. ASHLEY MACKIN density allowed in La Jolla. Several buildings surrounding the 3,200-square-foot property are high-density condos. Despite the high-density allowance, the number of units and floor-area ratio (FAR) proposed in the new project is
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less than what is permitted by the La Jolla Community Plan and the zoning laws for that area. Per the Community Plan, three units are allowed on the lot, the project proposes two. Similarly, a FAR of 1.8 is allowed, and 1.49 is proposed.
the streetscape,” LaCava said. Proposed is an exterior of stained-wood siding, a nonreflective aluminum roof of polished or buffed silver color, stucco and trees that are suggested in the Community Plan. To show scale and relationship to the neighborhood, LaCava and Linn presented photos of the street with the proposed structure digitally implanted to scale to show the building’s height as it compares to neighboring buildings in either direction. Linn said the windows could be partially opened for ventilation but would be clouded for privacy. However, for the upper floors, the windows do not face any immediately adjacent neighbors because nothing else is that high, so privacy is less of an issue. However, the DPR committee questioned whether the windows would be transparent or translucent, and requested samples
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DPR committee reviews two projects proposed for Herschel, Fay avenues
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FROM COMMUNITY CALENDAR, A1 ■ Computer Help Lab, 11 a.m. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. LaJollaLibrary. org or (858) 552-1657. ■ Kiwanis Club of La Jolla meets, noon, La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7155 Draper Ave. First three meetings free as a member’s guest, then $15. CraigBratlien@ gmail.com or (858) 945-2280. ■ Fourth Friday Jazz Series, Lori Bell and friends, The Interplay Trio. 8 p.m. La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. $15-25, ticket includes hor d’oeuvres and glass of wine. (858) 459-0831.
Saturday, March 29 ■ Ikebana flower arranging, 8:50 a.m. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. $19. LaJollaLibrary.org or (858) 552-1657. ■ Seniors Computer Group, 9:30 a.m. Wesley Palms, 2404 Loring St., Pacific Beach. Free for guests, $1 monthly membership. (858) 459-9065. ■ Book discussion, Lt. Commander William H. “Sweetwater” LaBarge, USN (Ret.) “Lightning Strikes Twice,” 7 p.m. D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. (858) 456-1800.
Sunday, March 30 ■ La Jolla Open Aire Market, 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. Girard Avenue at Genter Street. (858) 454-1699. ■ Concert, Pianist Sean Cairne, 3:30 p.m. 7555 Draper Ave. LaJollaLibrary.org or (858) 552-1657.
Monday, March 31 ■ Ico-Dance class, all ages and abilities, 9 a.m. La Jolla Community Center, 6811 La Jolla Blvd. $7 members, $12 nonmembers. AmandaBanks.com/ico-dance ■ Raja Yoga class, guided by the Nataraja Yoga and Meditation Center, 4:30 p.m. Congregational Church of La Jolla, 1216 Cave St. Donations accepted. (858) 395-4033. ■ Write Out Loud presents Orpheus Speaks, noon, Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St. $12-17. (858) 4545872.
Tuesday, April 1 ■ The Boardroom San Diego for those changing careers, 8 a.m. La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave. Meshell Zwicker “What to stop doing and start getting more done.” First three meetings free, then $25 three-month membership. RSVP required: TheBoardroomSanDiego.org or (858) 522-0827. ■ Healing Relaxation Yoga with Sharon Hinckley RYT, 8:45 a.m. YMCA Firehouse,
7877 Herschel Ave. $10 drop in (monthly pass available). SharonYogArt@san.rr.com ■ Rotary Club of La Jolla, noon, La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St. Lunch $30. (858) 459-1850. ■ Hatha Chair Yoga, 12:30 p.m. Riford Library, 7555 Draper Ave. LaJollaLibrary.org or (858) 552-1657. ■ Soroptimist International of La Jolla dinner meeting, guests welcome, 5:30 p.m. 939 Coast Blvd. $15 per meeting at a three meeting a month minimum; $104 annually. Guests free with RSVP: email@example.com ■ Bird Rock Community Council meets, 6 p.m. location TBD. firstname.lastname@example.org ■ Community Balance Class, 6 p.m. Ability Rehab, 737 Pearl St., Suite 108. Free for MS Society members, $10 nonmembers. (858) 456-2114. ■ Toastmasters of La Jolla meets, 6:30 p.m. La Jolla YMCA Firehouse, 7877 Herschel Ave. Free for guests, and $85 six-month membership. email@example.com ■ Jazz concert, Brad Mehldau Trio, 7:30 p.m. The Scripps Research Institute, 10640 John J. Hopkins Dr. $30-35. Part of the Athenaeum Jazz at TSRI program. LJAthenaeum.org/jazz ■ Music Lecture, Art and Music of the Renaissance, 7:30 p.m. Athenaeum, 1008 Wall St. $20-25. (858) 454-5872.
Wednesday, April 2 ■ Kiwanis Club of Torrey Pines meets, 7:15 a.m. Torrey Pines Christian Church, 8320 Scenic Drive North. First two meetings free, then $15. firstname.lastname@example.org ■ Torrey Pines of La Jolla Rotary meets, noon. Rock Bottom Brewery, 8980 La Jolla Village Drive. $20. GurneyMcM@aol.com or (858) 459-8912. ■ Tapping to the Stars, dance classes for women, 12:30 p.m. advanced; 1:30 p.m. beginner. La Jolla YMCA Firehouse, 7877 Herschel Ave. For pricing, e-mail email@example.com ■ Destination Health Lecture Series, 6:30 p.m. 6919 La Jolla Blvd. Ryan Bradley ND, MPH “Treating Diabetes Naturally.” (858) 459-6919.
Thursday, April 3 ■ Sunrise Rotary of La Jolla meets, 6:55 a.m. The Shores Hotel, 8110 Camino Del Oro. $20. (619) 992-9449. ■ La Jolla Community Planning Association meets, 6 p.m. La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. firstname.lastname@example.org ◆ All events are free unless otherwise noted ■ E-mail Community Calendar items: email@example.com The deadline is noon, Thursday
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Cindy Greatrex: 153 votes
Peter Wulff: 127 votes
Charles Schevker: 88 votes
Maureen Murphy: 82 votes
Cathy Jones: 50 votes
Vote totals in from Town Council trustee election a Jolla Town Council President capacity. At the March meeting, van Cindy Greatrex reported to La Galder and Donaldson were honored La Jolla Jolla Light that in the council’s Certificates of Recognition Town with yearly election of March 2014, there from the California Legislature for were eight candidates for five trustee service. Council their cabinet openings. These eight A 2014-2015 officer election will
candidates were: Cindy Greatrex, Karen Hickman, Cathy Jones, Maureen Murphy, Charles Schveker, Howard Singer, Jessica von Buelow and Peter Wulff. ■ Vote Counts: Cindy Greatrex: 153 votes, Peter Wulff: 127 votes, Charles Schevker: 88 votes, Maureen Murphy: 82 votes, Cathy Jones: 50 votes, Karen Hickman: 28 votes, Jessica von Buelow: 8 votes,
Howard Singer: 6 votes. The Town Council also noted with thanks and gratitude the sixyear tenures of former trustees Jennifer van Galder and John Donaldson, who have served the maximum amount of terms in their
be held at the Town Council’s regular meeting on April 10. The officer slate is: President: Steven Haskins, 1st Vice President: Glenda Rothberg, 2nd Vice President: Yolanda de Riquer, Treasurer: Ron Jones and Secretary: Charles Hartford. Greatrex remains onboard as Immediate Past President, having served the maximum of two terms. ◆
of the glass and an elevation study showing the window placement at the interior elevations of the lot in relation to neighboring buildings. The applicants agreed to provide the elevation study, as well as a material sample board for the standing seam metal, wood and stucco; and to consider alternatives for the treatment of the cement-paved driveway, at the next meeting. The DPR committee did not vote on the project at the March 18 meeting. ■ Hoping for a final review, a proposed project for two of three units at 7350-7354 Fay Ave. came before the board. The project would demolish both units at rear of the property (7350 and 7352 Fay Ave.) and build one, three-story unit. The single-family residence at 7354 Fay Ave. would remain. However, due to inconsistency with the renderings presented, the project could not garner approval. Members noted that some drawings featured a driveway and others did not. Further, plans mentioned a chimney that could not be found on renderings, which were created after the DPR committee reviewed the project in August 2013. DPR Chair Paul Benton asserted that a licensed architect did not prepare the drawings, which presenter Sharok Eslamian confirmed. The project vote was tabled to a future meeting, pending updated plan renderings. ◆ — DPR committee next meets 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. LaJollaCPA.org
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Principal Chris Hargrave gives a tearful farewell speech to the staff and foundation members at a going away luncheon in the school library.
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uirlands Middle School teachers, staff and foundation members bid farewell to Principal Chris Hargrave at a going away luncheon in the school library March 21. Hargrave had been principal since 2003 and moves along to the San Diego Unified School District’s Office of Leadership Development. Reporting to SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten, Hargrave will help train new administrators and principals
in the Common Core Curriculum the state adopted and will implement, and will work with the six area superintendents to create a cohesive school system. New Muirlands principal, Harlan Klein, began his job on March 25. Klein was formerly principal at Innovations Middle School in Clairemont. Before that, he was the principal at the Toler Elementary School in Bay Park. ◆ — From Foundation Reports
Above: Jane Wheeler (left) presents Chris Hargrave (center) with a tribute plaque.
Left: A plaque made for Chris Hargrave by local artists Jane Wheeler and Shanon Cunnignham
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CRIME NEWS Residents thwart burglary in progress at their Bird Rock home
home invasion and attempted burglary took place approximately 3:30 p.m. March 12, in the 5400 block of Bellevue Avenue in Bird Rock. One of the residents came home from work that afternoon to find an intruder in the house, reportedly filling his suitcases with items to steal, although nothing was taken. After the resident wrestled with the intruder, the burglar escaped to a white SUV parked in the alley next to the home, where a driver was waiting, and sped away. The suspect is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 6 feet 1 inch tall, with reddish “scraggly” hair. The resident recorded the license plate number and gave it to police, who are investigating. ◆ — Ashley Mackin
Police Blotter March 18 • Vehicle break-in/theft, 8500 block El Paseo Grande, 11 a.m. • Assault with deadly weapon other than a firearm, 5300 block La Jolla Mesa Drive, 12:30 p.m. • Cause great bodily harm, death of elder/ dependent adult, 1100 block Agate Street, 2:25 p.m.
March 19 • Grand theft (unspecified), 1000 block Prospect Street, 5:37 p.m. • Theft (unspecified), 300 block Coast Boulevard, 6:30 p.m.
March 21 • Battery with serious bodily injury, 8600 block Vila
La Jolla Drive, 8:07 a.m. • Grand theft (over $950), 5200 block La Jolla Hermosa Avenue, 1 p.m. • Grand theft (over $950, 8800 block Villa La Jolla Drive, 4 p.m. • Vandalism (over $400), 6800 block Draper Avenue, 7:30 p.m. • Vandalism (over $400), 600 block Gravilla Street, 8:45 p.m.
March 22 • Vehicle break-in/theft, 7000 block Vista Del Mar Avenue, 12 p.m. • Grand theft (over $950, 6000 block Greenhedge Row, 8:40 p.m.
March 23 • Vehicle break-in/theft, 2200 block Vallecitos, 3 p.m.
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Art Alive boasts a â€˜Spanishâ€™ theme for 2014
ome 120 floral designers will transform famous works of art from The San Diego Museum of Artâ€™s Permanent Collection into exquisite floral displays for the 33rd annual Art Alive fundraiser, April 11-13, at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park. Valerie Cooper, Sarah B. Marsh-Rebelo and Jacki Johnson-Widder are the 2014 event chairs. Carlos Franco of Green Fresh Florals in San Diego was selected as the Rotunda Designer and will transform the Museumâ€™s Rotunda into a floral experience themed after the gardens of the Alhambra â€“ the Moorish palace in Granada, Spain. Also taking inspiration from Balboa Parkâ€™s Spanish Baroque architecture, Francoâ€™s design will bring to life the sights, sounds, and scents of Spain incorporating fountains, citrus, olive, and palm trees, and cascading gardens of roses, jasmine, and bougainvillea. Franco, who was trained in Paris and London, designed the Rotunda in 2006 and 2009, led a floral workshop in 2013, and has created floral interpretations for Art Alive for the last 20 years. The floral exhibition will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13. Admission is free for members, $20 for nonmembers, and free for children age 6 and under. In addition to viewing the exhibition during museum hours, Art Alive 2014 offers these related events: â– Bloom Bash gala, 7 p.m. April 11 ($250); â– Garden of Activities for families, noon to 4 p.m. April 12 and 13;
Dr. Harry Anthony (right) of La Jolla is congratulated by Cal Poly Pomona Provost Marten denBoer. COURTESY
La Jollan honored for work at Cal Poly Pomona The San Diego Museum of Artâ€™s 33rd annual Art Alive floral exhibition takes place April 11-13. COURTESY â– Lecture, â€œFleurs,â€? by Contemporary artist Jennifer Steinkamp, 11 a.m. April 12 ($40 SDMA and MCASD members, $60 nonmembers); â– Floral Masterclass: Manicured European Garden, 10 a.m. April 13 with Tam Ashworth of Isari Flower Studio & Event Design in Solana Beach ($100 members, $125 nonmembers). More details at (619) 696-1999 or visit sdmart.org â—†
a Jolla resident Dr. Harry A. Anthony, a former chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (1973-1976) was honored by Provost Marten denBoer with inclusion on the Provost Wall of Excellence during an event at the university on March 14. The wall honors those recognized as an outstanding professor between 1964 and 1996. Anthony received the universityâ€™s Distinguished Teacher award in 1975. â—†
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LA JOLLA LIGHT - MARCH 27, 2014
A12 FROM DA ELECTION, A1
Weâ€™re one of the safest urban counties, public safety-wise. I think people know me. Iâ€™m tested and trusted. As I go into the community, they like what weâ€™re doing in the DAâ€™s office.
â€” Bonnie Dumanis San Diego County District Attorney seeking a fourth term Arnold Schwarzenegger for violating victimâ€™s rights by reducing the prison sentence of a political allyâ€™s son by more than half (without giving the family a chance to argue against the commutation). Both Dumanis and Brewer say that, if elected, they plan to crack down on elder abuse, identify theft and human trafficking, all of which are on the rise. Dumanis met this month at the U.S.-Mexico border with Attorney General Kamala Harris (who has
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also endorsed her) to discuss Dumanisâ€™ initiative to combat sexual exploitation and the trafficking of human labor. â€œWeâ€™ve just begun to see the enormity of it,â€? Dumanis said. Dumanis, whose office boasts a 94 percent conviction rate, said San Diego County has the lowest crime rate in 30 years. â€œWeâ€™re one of the safest urban counties, public safety-wise,â€? she said. â€œI think people know me. Iâ€™m tested and trusted. As I go into the community, they like what
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weâ€™re doing in the DAâ€™s office.â€? Brewer, who underscored his leadership serving in combat during the Vietnam War, and role in successfully prosecuting a deeply embedded KGB spy, said his primary goal will be to â€œregain the confidence of law enforcement,â€? which he says Dumanis has lost. Dumanis attributed the loss of support to â€œholding people accountable.â€? â€œThat includes police officers,â€? she said. â€œWe prosecute where
attorney has the power to take peopleâ€™s freedom away, and has the power to put people on death row. Thereâ€™s no more impactful person in the county.â€? Dumanis said sheâ€™s used that power to unite a divided office after narrowly defeating former DA Paul Pfingst in 2002, going on to cut the officeâ€™s budget by $14 million and increase diversity. â€œWhen I was a deputy DA in the office there were only six women out of more than 60 deputy DAs,â€? she said. â€œNow, a little over half are women.â€? Dumanis highlighted her officeâ€™s role in the prosecution of sexually violent predators, working to craft and assure passage of Jessicaâ€™s Law (designed to reduce sexual offendersâ€™ ability to re-offend), as well as her officeâ€™s role in prosecuting the killer of teenagers Amber Dubois and Chelsea King. Dumanis also touted â€œgutsy moves,â€? such as going after unlicensed contractors who prey on wildfire victims, and an ongoing suit against former Gov.
necessary and sometimes they donâ€™t agree with those decisions.â€? Dumanis said her office meets monthly with police chiefs and assistant chiefs from cities around the county, as well as the U.S. attorney. â€œWeâ€™re always looking to improve,â€? she said. â€œThere is a process by which any issues that come up are addressed. Recently, theyâ€™ve expressed some concern about how cases have been handled when (officers) are injured and we looked nationwide at how those are handled.â€? While in her 2006 bid for reelection, Dumanis garnered unanimous support from San Diego County law enforcement; Brewer now boasts the endorsement of 98 percent of local law endorsement â€” including the Deputy Sheriffâ€™s Association of San Diego County, San Diego Police Officers Association, San Diego County Probation Officerâ€™s Association and police associations in Carlsbad, Coronado, Oceanside, Escondido and other cities. â€œTheyâ€™re sick and tired of her being a politician, theyâ€™ve
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