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Vol. 102, Issue 27 • July 3, 2014



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Oil Rigs to Living Reefs SIO students tout benefits of program for California Fireworks show 9 p.m. Friday, July 4th at La Jolla Cove


Dad shares tips for keeping children safe in the sun, A18

Hillary Clinton greets a well-wisher as she signs copies of her new book, ‘Hard Choices’ at Warwick’s Bookstore in La Jolla June 25. Photos by Pat Sherman

‘Hard Choices’ book tour brings Hillary Clinton to La Jolla By Pat Sherman ormer U.S. Secretary of State and (as many either hope or dread) prospective 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton was in La Jolla June 25 to sign copies of her new memoir, “Hard Choices.” A line of 1,100 people who gained admittance by pre-ordering Clinton’s book snaked down Girard Avenue, spilling onto Prospect Street. Clinton first visited the store in 2003, to sign copies of her book, “Living History.” She was also in town last week to speak at the BIO International Convention in downtown San Diego. While waiting to enter Warwick’s, Brent and LJ Livingston of Chula Vista bought their daughters two of the sixdozen Hillary Clinton cookies Girard Gourmet baked for the event. LJ Livingston said she explained to her daughters that many other nations

F YMCA gymnast team takes top national honors, A26

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By Ashley Mackin For their graduate studies at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), students Amber Jackson and Emily Callahan figuratively and literally dived into their research. Hoping to implement a program called Rigs-toReefs for decommissioned oil rigs off the coast of California, they call their graduate project Rig2Reef Exploration, and want people to understand its potential ecological value. Callahan said many oil rigs (or oil platforms) situated in the oceans off the U.S. coasts have been in place for decades allowing sea life to grow on the bases, effectively turning them into artificial reefs. Rigs can range in height from 90 feet to well over 500 feet. “These are awesome ecosystems,” Callahan continued. “There is not an inch of the platform that does not have sea anemones, sea stars and other life. With the Rigs-to-Reefs program, the See Rigs to Reefs, A16

Aquarium welcomes interim director

Emily, 9, and Stella, 7, pose with their copies of Clinton’s book. The sisters were accompanied by grandparents, Bill and Randi Hatch of Olivenhain.

By Pat Sherman Native San Diegan Steven Schindler — who as a child recalled wonder-filled visits to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) — has been selected as the institution’s interim executive director. Schindler, who holds a business degree from San Diego State University with an emphasis on marketing, began June 18, replacing former executive director, Nigella Hillgarth (who left Birch after nearly 12 years to accept a position as Steven president and CEO of Boston’s New Schindler England Aquarium). Schindler, who after just days on the job told La Jolla Light he was in awe of Scripps’ work with weedy See Aquarium Director, A17

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