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LABOR UNIONS LAUNCH APPLE APP “ASK CARL THIS” Talented Tots Benchley-Weinberger students blast off to the past with a tribute to the good ol’ days.

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Home away from home SDSU mentor program promotes international collegiate relations.

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The San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council has unveiled a free app for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch called ‘Ask Carl This” that takes shots at the conservative City Councilman for what it says is his refusal to face tough questions. The DeMaio camp says it expected nothing less. “We have known all along that the government labor unions were going to do everything in their power to stop Carl DeMaio from becoming mayor because they oppose his fiscal reform package,” the councilman’s campaign director, Ryan Clumpner, said in a statement. “San Diegans have been burned for years by outrageous taxpayer giveaways at City Hall. They will see these attacks for what they are: desperate attempts to stop the fiscal reforms we need.” Among the questions posed on the app are: “Carl, why did your company take $2.7 million in government contracts?,” “Carl, why did you spend 45 times more on mailings than the entire City Council?,” and “Carl, why did you take $100,000 from developers?”

The photograph, former Padres’ vice president of marketing Andy Strasberg says, was taken during “the darkest day in my career.” The Budweiser and Toyota advertisements splashed across the centerfield scoreboard dominate the image. But a closer look at the photograph reveals sitcom star Rosanne Barr on the video screen singing – some would say butchering – the national anthem on July 25, 1990, at what was then called San Diego Stadium. It was an infamous performance, a performance vilified across the country, a performance thenPresident George H.W. Bush called “disgraceful.” It was a performance captured in Strasberg’s new book,

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Organized labor is taking its fight against mayoral hopeful Carl DeMaio to Apple. By David Ogul


“You’re lucky if you can make $200 a week.” By David Ogul

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Carlos Robles is like a lot of other men in San Diego County. The divorced father of two has a reliable pickup, often takes his two young sons to elementary school and says he is up to date on his child support payments. What separates Robles from most is that he’s finding employment these days by patiently waiting with a few dozen other day laborers on the sidewalk off the parking lot at Home Depot on Fairmount Avenue in Grantville. “I’m just looking for a job, just trying to make ends meet,” the 38-year-old El Cajon resident said. The Mission Times Courier recently took a stroll down to Home Depot to see if any of the folks there looking for work wanted to talk about their experiences. On this morning, Robles was the only one willing to do so. Here is some of the conversation with a man who said he was laid off just recently from a steady construction job:

An underdog candidate seeking to represent San Diego’s redrawn 7th city council district has caused a political stir by saying mayoral hopeful Carl DeMaio tried to pressure him into dropping out of the race in a bid to benefit fellow Republican Scott Sherman. DeMaio’s campaign manager, Ryan Clumpner, issued a statement denying Rik Hauptfeld’s allegation, which was first reported on the San Diego Rostra website. “He met with Rik once, and was very clear that he was not asking him to drop out of the race,” Clumpner said. In an interview later with KNSD San Diego, Clumpner went further: “The councilman declined to endorse him, and

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(left) Larry and Gigie Price with students and mentors of the ISM (above) Program TutorMentor Karen Corsini gives her student Haruka Yamagishi a cupcake for her birthday.

Friends of Lake Murray By Barbara Cleves Anderson I meet so-called poachers in the early hours at Lake Murray. I’m not sure they are really poachers until I see them hurry off of the lake when the lake truck starts to make its round. I don’t know if all of these fishermen are poachers.* If they are, they are breaking the fishing laws. The Fish and Game Department makes periodic and unannounced visits to see if the person has a fishing license. However, the employees of Fish and Game are stretched thin and unable to make contact with everyone who fishes. Lake staff approaches most people who fish to make sure they are following state and county fishing regulations. Most fishermen and women “catch and release” fish and so do poachers. That is unless the fish is prize worthy; then poachers rush out and buy a permit. The trouble is I like most all who fish – even poachers. I have learned about birds and which owls are sighted and of a nesting osprey. We have seen Great Blue heron babies in a nest in past years but I think that this is the first time we may have osprey babies. I’m sorry that the late Joe Robinson is not here to see them. He built a platform years ago near the dam hoping that they would procreate…but nothing. When we had arson fires at the lake, poachers gave us information about the arsonists. They denied the accusation but after being questioned, there were no more fires. We have also learned what other things go on at night, like the kids who are out all night partying. Once a poacher cut down a black crowned night heron that was hanging from a tree with fishing line wrapped around it’s leg. People were upset by the See BARBARA page 9

SDSU Mentors Cross Cultures By Cynthia Robertson Tucked away on the edge of a canyon overlooking eucalyptus trees on Aztec Circle Drive is a little cottage on the San Diego State University campus. The small building may appear plain from the outside, but the inside of the International Student Center warmly draws visitors to stay for a while. Bettina Roggenkamp, a business student from Germany, greets the visitors, offering them a cold bottle of water and some candy from one of several jars around the room. Bright, pleasant abstracts and oil paintings of flowers line the walls, and there are books about travel on the tables. On a recent visit, Karen Corsini was tutoring Linguistics Major Haruka Yamagishi from Japan. Yamagishi had first seen San Diego about a year ago to look around the campus and the city. “I loved the weather and the people and the convenience of the trolley and buses. And I feel like I have another mom with Karen. I can talk to her like I can’t with my friends,” said Yamagishi in clear English. Corsini hugged her at the end of the tutoring session. “I’m leaving to go back to Japan for spring break, and it will be my birthday,” Yamagishi said, holding a homemade cupcake and card from Corsini. Larry and Gigie Price are the founders of the International Student Mentor-Tutor Program. “The hardest part that we have to deal with is getting enough mentors. Every business or organization has its challenge, and that’s what ours is,” Larry said.

“But once the mentors start, they’re hooked, and sometimes they’ll take a few more students,” Gigie said. “There’s no limit to how many they can have.” Paloma Onate, from the Canary Islands, said her mentor was a retired Navy man named Stan who has helped her find a good doctor and given her some kitchen utensils for her apartment. “I email him when something about the American system comes up, for example about fees. The last thing I asked him was about the California Renewal fee,” Onate said. Nick Barraza, a student himself at SDSU, joined the ISC program last semester. “I consider the students I teach to be mentors to me as well. I have learned just as much from them as they have from me,” said Barraza, who is majoring in Environmental Science. So far, Barraza has already mentored two students, one from Barcelona Spain, the other from Monterrey, Mexico. He treats the students as his friends, tutoring them in coffee shops and taking them to farmers’ markets. “They all seem to agree that meeting American students and making friends with non-international students is very difficult, given See MENTORS page 9

The Price of Safety. Dear Ask the Cop: I returned home and found a note on my door saying the police came to my home to check my burglar alarm. I apologize for the need for police to respond. It also says something about a permit. What permit do I need? Please let me know more about this. Alarming in San Diego Dear Alarming in San Diego: In the fascinating technological world we find ourselves in, most of us are availing ourselves to home or business alarm systems which call the police when activated. In a City of nearly a million and a half people, one can only

imagine the number of alarms active day and night. In the current economic climate, police services are a valuable commodity as shrunken organizations seek to effectively combat crime with less and less officers on the front line. For illustrative purposes, in Eastern Division alone, during the calendar year 2011 your men and women in uniform were dispatched to over 5100 alarm calls for police service. Those calls resulted in officers being out of service for over 2700 hours of policing time. That time is precious. It’s the time they’d be slowing down motorists, poking around back alleys scouring for burglars, and watching drug houses for criminal activity. It’s also less officers available and near you when you need to dial 911. The true travesty is that over 99% of these calls were completely unnecessary false alarm responses. The San Diego Municipal Code requires that all alarms in the City of San Diego be permitted, regardless of their dispatching policy. In short, if you have an alarm on your home or business, you should also have a permit with the City of San Diego. Permits can be obtained by going online to . The permit must be renewed according to its listed schedule. It is important to note that these unnecessary calls for police services on false alarms put a major burden on our City’s already taxed Police Department. Habitual false alarms will result in the owner being billed for Police services. There is a schedule of penalties for revocations due to false alarms. These can add up to over $2000 for the 4th revocation of the alarm permit. Any alarm user whose alarm system generates a police call for service without first obtaining an alarm user permit within fifteen days of notification, will be assessed a penalty fee of over $146 per police call for service until the permit is obtained. We ask alarm subscribers to help save unnecessary expense and vital officer hours by taking the following steps: See COP, page 9 — April 1, 2012

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The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club traveled to Costa Rica to help outfit 35 children with eyeglasses.

SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB SPRINGFEST BLOOMS IN MAY Peterson, GAG Kiwanis Member PROVIDES SIGHT FOR SORE EYES By John It’s not too early to be making your plans for the biggest SpringFest celeBy David Ogul

San Carlos optometrist Jeffrey Hall and his wife, Fern, were looking to get away for a bit, so they went on a 12-day odyssey to Costa Rica – where they helped fit some three dozen children with designer eye glasses, contributed to the construction of a soccer field and worked with at-risk youth in a jobtraining program. The Halls, who run Lake Murray-San Carlos Optometric Center, were among 14 local residents belonging to the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club who went on the excursion, the latest in a long list of charity efforts on which the group has embarked. “We’ve been very fortunate, and when you’ve been fortunate, you have an obligation to give back,” Hall said. Sunrise Rotary President Manuela Bump-Murillo agrees. “We all want to make a difference in the world, and we’re trying to have an impact on these children’s lives,” she said. The Rotarians flew from San Diego on Jan. 5, stopping in Dallas en route to the Costa Rican capital of San Jose. They quickly went to work. Early its first morning, the group took a bus to Cortago, a town some 16 miles east of the capital that sits about 4,700 feet above sea level. There, Jeffrey Hall examined the vision of 55 children who had

bration ever. The weekend of May 11-12 will see Allied Gardens Park morph into a scene of fun and frolic, with carnival rides, inflatables, food booths, display booths, the GAG Kiwanis parade, an Allied Gardens History booth and music filling the air. Come one, come all, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – spread the word! This year SpringFest will include a midway of games for kids, from little guys to teenagers. A variety of games will keep the carnival atmosphere alive. Plans are being made to have the booths manned by local volunteer organizations who will share in the profits. If your organization would like to sponsor a booth please contact Luisa Moore at (619) 414-6350. More good news: The price of beer in the beer garden is being lowered in the spirit of doing our part in this “not too robust” economy. Tables and chairs will be provided in the beer and wine garden for your relaxation and enjoyment. Food may be brought into the beer garden to enjoy with your beverage of choice. The Windmill Farms stage will be a busy place with bands and karaoke. Friday evening the featured band will be Fusion Beat, an Orange County band of eight teenagers, between the ages of 13 and 16, who have already been crowned with the 2012 Orange County Music Award’s Peoples Choice Award and have won other local talent competitions and Battle of the Bands. Their

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GIVE TASTE A COLLEGE TRY THIS MONTH Interested in experiencing the culinary diversity of the College Area? April 15 will be the perfect day to indulge in the 2nd Annual College Area Taste, which will feature more than 20 restaurants, including San Diego Desserts, Terra American Bistro, Laylah’s Patty & Jerk and Buddies Burgers. The Taste will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. To buy tickets, visit: Proceeds benefit the College Area Business District in our efforts to give each member business the ability to flourish. For more information about the College Area Business Improvement District, visit

STATE REPUBLICAN LEADER RON NEHRING AT NCRW APRIL MEETING ture, County, City and Judicial offices. Local Republicans will want to attend to support their favorite candidates, or if undecided, to meet them personally, listen and choose. As in the past, the forum is free and will include a light supper and wine. It will be held at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in San Carlos at 6556 Park Ridge Blvd. It’s also time to award our yearly scholarship of $150 to a deserving, registered Republican woman seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree. If you qualify, please send a short resume of your recent educational and work background and a summary of your educational and personal goals to Waskah Whelan at Deadline is May 20. See you at SpringFest!

By Judy McCarty

Barrett Tetlow, executive director of San Diego County Republicans, spoke to Navajo Canyon Republican Women at the March meeting

Ron Nehring, former State chair of the Republican Party, will be our featured speaker at the April 10 meeting at The Brigantine restaurant in La Mesa. His presentation will center on the thinking of party leaders as we go into this year’s election. Check-in time for the 11 a.m. meeting is 10:45 a.m. Luncheon will be served at noon, with the speaker following at 12:30 p.m. The price for the full-course luncheon is $20. Due to space limitations, reservations are required. Please RSVP to NCRWF99@ or call (619) 448-6054. You won’t want to miss the NCRWF preprimary Election Forum Friday evening, May 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The candidate forum will feature Republican candidates for Congress, State Legisla-

GARDEN CLUB BLOSSOMS FOR 50 YEARS “A Show in Living Color” San Carlos Branch Library Community Room April 20

The San Carlos Garden Club has been an active organization since July 7, 1962. On June 26, 2012 they will celebrate their 50th Anniversary. One of their community projects is “A Show in Living Color,” which is the creative pairing of paintings by local artists and floral designs by club members. This free show is the San Carlos Garden Club’s gift to our community, and is sponsored by the San Carlos Friends of the Library. Garden Club Members participating in this year’s show are Ruth Cassidy, Jo Cormier, Genny Deutsch, Dorothy Driscoll, Rita Kuehn, Ruth Leerhoff, Bea Lorentz, June Mason, Peggy Matthews, Joyce Mc Manus, Marj Myers, Shirley O’Connell, Susan Pappert, Gayle Regan, Terry Seaburg, Carol Sebastian, Carol Weckman, Tana Wilson, Gail Dill, Carol Lynnet and Ann McDonald. Participating artists are Jen Bottoms, Mollie Kellogg, Jean Waters, Hazel Ross, Judy Burnett, Laura Jean Thompson, Midge Hyde, Renee Seabring, Charlene Mosley, Dixie Sampier, Lori Sandstrom and Nora Clemens. For further information contact Flower Show chairperson Joyce McManus at (619) 449-3230, or check the SCFOL website at

Springfest, from page 3 high-energy performances of classic and pop rock appeal to audiences of all ages and leave people exclaiming “I can’t believe those kids are so young!” Shine up your dancing shoes because Rockola is coming back to SpringFest on Saturday evening. San Diego’s favorite classic rock band will be playing your favorite songs and have you dancing the night away. Rockola always draws a large crowd of fans from all over San Diego so come early to get a good spot in front of the bandstand for a concert to remember. Please be aware of some rules that apply to events in city parks: No smoking, no glass containers, and no alcohol permitted except in the beer and wine garden area. Remember this is a family event for the enjoyment of everyone, a time to celebrate spring and the advent of summer and the good life in our wonderful Navajo community. Spread the word and get ready to party!



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BENJAMINBRANCH FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY By Anne Lee An old saying states that “April showers bring May flowers.” I feel San Diego got a head start in March. By May our yards should be magnificent. Now, “Hello, sunshine.” The members of Benjamin Branch Friends of the Library chapter are looking forward to nice spring days and warmer weather. Nonrainy days do encourage our Allied Gardens neighbors and friends to support the activities at the library. ESSAY CONTEST The 15th annual Writing for Literacy Essay Contest of 2012 ended with a wonderful celebration March 13. Family and friends were in attendance to support Julia Sperrazzo and Hannah Teves. Our third winner, Alvaro Luken, was unable to attend but did receive all of the awards, certificates and prizes. The essays of our winners have been submitted to the city judges. The citywide celebration is scheduled May 3 at the Balboa Park Club. At that time, the grand prize winners will be announced. A special prize of $500 will be awarded in honor of Jack and Carolyn Winer, who supported the contest both financially and creatively from its inception. Plans for the next year are uncertain at this time. However, they may be announced at this celebration. OASIS CLASSES The last class of the winter series to be presented by our Friends of the Library chapter is scheduled for Wednesday, April 18 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room. “A Taste of Ta’i Chi/QiGong, a full-menu class to reduce stress” will be presented by Leslie Johnson Leech, M.S. Like all of our free Oasis classes, this one is fully underwritten by our library chapter. However, to reserve your seat, please call Oasis at (619) 574-0674 or the library at (619) 533-3970. Further classes to be offered in the summer and fall are still being selected.

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1ST ANNUAL TASTE OF SAN CARLOS A BIG SUCCESS; RAISED MORE THAN $7,000 FOR GREEN ELEMENTARY More than 200 people packed the clubhouse at the Mission Tails Golf Course on Friday, March 9 to attend the First Annual Taste of San Carlos! Guests were treated to sumptuous food from Sei Sushi, Longhorn Café and Saloon, Dinner a Go-Go, I Love Tacos Catering, Nicolosi�s, I Love Cupcakes and the Mission Trails Golf Course. People lingered well after tasting the food to socializing with friends and neighbors, enjoy a drink from Ballast Point Brewery or a glass of wine, and bid our a variety of beautiful silent auction baskets. Many unique baskets were available offering bidders the opportunity for a personal tour of Clear Channel hosted by radio personality Clint August, amazing Padre tickets, as well as baskets featuring items donated by Revive Day Spa, Mission Trails Market, Santee Party Zone, BevMo and more. The Taste of San Carlos event was a huge success and the Green Elementary Foundation would like to thank its sponsors, donors, and volunteers for helping raise over $7000 for the Academic and Athletic Programs at Green Elementary. Without the help from our financial sponsors Team Northcutt REALTORS®, Aquaspecs, Longhorn Café and Saloon and our service sponsors including Bella Dia Designs, Toonheads, Fletcher Hills Printing, Keg and Bottle, Al’s Sports Shop, Sir Speedy Printing, and more, this event could not have been such a success. Thanks to all who attended, volunteered, and donated! We hope to see you all again next year. For more information, please visit

BOOK SALES Tentative dates for gently-used book sales are Saturday, April 28 and Saturday, July 28 from 9:30 to 1 p.m. Not only do we have many wonderful, beautiful books but also some records, books on tape, DVDs and other treasures at very reasonable prices. NEWS TO USE Head Librarian, Linda Moskovics, retired at the end of March. Contact the library for a complete calendar of upcoming events. Friends of the Library Membership: For more information call Karen Carter at (619) 229-0739.


Our children will soon have a new place to play!

Cheers erupted when the final design of the Lake Murray Community Park playground was unanimously approved by the San Carlos/Lake Murray Recreation Council March 21. District 7 City Councilwoman Marti Emerald, recreation council members and dozens of playground supporters attended the meeting for a detailed plan review by Tracy Dahlkamp, chair of the Lake Murray Playground Project (LMPP), Charlie Daniels from the City of San Diego Parks & Recreation Department, Mike Eisert of Coast Recreation and Landscape Structures Inc., and David Reed of David Reed Landscape Architects who donated his services in designing the playground. “As the chairperson of the San Carlos/Lake Murray Recreation Council Board, and speaking for the board members, we are pleased that the pieces of the Lake Murray Playground Project finally came together,” said John Pilch. “We are also pleased to have approved the project as it was presented to the board at its March 21st meeting. The new playground will be an asset to the Lake Murray Community Park, San Carlos, Del Cerro and neighboring Navajo communities for many years. Our congratulations to the LMPP Committee for their efforts to make this happen and for providing the children of the community with a new and safer place to enjoy the outdoors.” The Lake Murray Playground Project was formed nearly three years ago with the goal of designing, funding and rebuilding the playground on the shores of Lake Murray.  The group raised $185,000 through fundraising events, corporate and individual donors and grants from national playground supporter KaBOOM!  and  the County of San Diego. “We did it dollar by dollar,” said Dahlkamp.  “We are so proud of this community for coming out, for participating in all of our events and for every donation.  Everyone worked together to raise the money and now we are going to make our dream come true.”  The City of San Diego is also providing $212,000 in local developer impact funds to ensure that the playground is completely ADA-compliant, making it accessible for every child in our community. The new playground will have challenging play structures designed for children ages 2-5 and 5-12, built-in shade, lots of swings and slides, and play spaces for kids of all ages with an emphasis on physical activity.  The accessibility plan includes completing the walking path to encircle the park. To complement the natural beauty of Mission Trails and Lake Murray, the design incorporates natural colors and textures.  Let’s build it together We are planning a community build, so that everyone will have a chance to bring the playground to life.  We will have many volunteer opportunities so be on the lookout for ways to get involved. The construction timeline is being formulated, but LMPP expects the playground will be ready for play sometime this summer. You still have a chance to put your permanent mark on the playground.  We have a few remaining opportunities to sponsor a piece of playground equipment, or you can purchase a personalized paver until May 1. For more information, or to make a donation, go to 

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VIETNAM WAR HERO PHOTOS NEEDED FOR D.C. EXHIBITION The people of the state of California suffered among the greatest number of losses in the Vietnam War, sacrificing 5,577 servicemen and women in combat. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s (VVMF) mission to honor these heroes continues with the National Call for Photos, a movement to collect photos of the more than 58,000 service-members inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, DC. When collected, all photos will be displayed for generations to come at The Education Center at The Wall, a place on our National Mall where our military heroes’ stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With the support of schools, volunteers, friends, and family from around the country, VVMF has collected more than 25,000 pictures to date, but only

1,901 from the state of California. The task is far from complete. Generous support from volunteers, fellow service-members, family, and friends is still needed in order to gather the remaining 3,676 photos necessary to honor our heroes from California for display at The Education Center. With a groundbreaking planned for November 2012, The Education Center at The Wall is a multi-million dollar, state-of- the-art visitor’s center and learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and the Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had their friends and family members, their hometowns, and the Nation. The Education Center will feature the faces of the 58,272 men and women on “The Wall,” and will forever honor those who fell in Vietnam. Those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served and perished will have their stories shared. “California – especially the city of San Diego – suffered some of the highest casualty rates in the Vietnam War,” said Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF). “The Education Center at The Wall will allow Americans to put faces with the names of brave men and women who lost their lives, fostering their appreciation and respect for generations to come.” VVMF urges the citizens of San Diego to assist the National Call for Photos by submitting photographs of fallen service-members and generously supporting the Education Center, ensuring that the sacrifices of our military heroes are never forgotten. How to Submit a Photo If you have a picture of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on The Wall, please help the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund honor these individuals by putting a face with their name. You may use either of the following methods to submit your photograph: Submit Online If you have a digital copy of the photograph, you can upload the photograph at Mail a Copy of Your Photograph Make a copy of your photo. VVMF does not want original photos and cannot be responsible for returning photos. When having the photo copied, ask the photo professional to make it the highest quality possible, use a glossy finish and reproduce the photo at an 8-by-10 size, if possible. Be sure to include the photo submission form, and please indicate on the front of the envelope that a photo is enclosed. Mail to: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Attn: Call for Photos 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 104 Washington, D.C. 20037 For more information about how to add a photograph to the collection, please contact VVMF at (202) 393-0090 or via email at Support the Education Center at The Wall by visiting, calling 866-990-WALL, or by texting “WALL” to 2022.

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explained to him why…It sounds to me like Rik didn’t like, did not appreciate, the answer he got. I think, at the end of the day, this is just a candidate who’s having a lot of trouble getting any traction, and making a desperate attempt to get some free press.” Hauptfeld and Sherman are both conservative candidates. Sherman, like DeMaio, has the backing of the local Republican establishment. The Sherman and DeMaio campaigns also share the same treasurer, April Boling. Hauptfeld, who is making his first run for public office, said he met with DeMaio on Jan. 13 at a downtown eatery. After some small talk, DeMaio suggested that Hauptfeld run for school board. Hauptfield said DeMaio told him that “he would put the machinery behind me to get me on the school board, because they could use one of their guys on the board.”

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“We came to the United States to escape that, to achieve freedom, to leave oppression and intimidation behind. Those kind of tactics have no place in our political system and we’re not willing to participate.”

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DeMaio, from page 1 According to campaign statements on file at the City Clerk’s office, significant contributions to DeMaio’s effort have come from presidents of property management companies, principals at real estate firms and heads of construction companies. However, donations also have come from the likes of cashiers at Home Depot, retirees and homemakers, according to the filings. In all, DeMaio collected $969,943.50 in 2011. DeMaio gave his campaign more than a third of that amount. The app is among myriad Labor efforts targeting the conservative councilman who has long criticized taxpayer-subsidized pensions. The Labor Council formed a committee, Too Extreme For San Diego, to oppose his candidacy, and it collected $60,000 last year, according to campaign disclosure forms. The money came from San Diego Works! Another committee sponsored by San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council. Statements show the committee has spent a large chunk of its money on web services, including $9,524 paid to Applied Paradigms of Sacramento, $5,000 to Joint Medias of Sacramento, $4,524 to Fireball Studios of Sacramento, and $3,251.94 to Storefront Political Media of San Francisco. Too Extreme For San Diego has created a website,, that lashes out at the candidate for everything from his contributions to his employment history, a history that Labor says includes his business accepting millions of dollars in government contracts. Said Clumpner: “Carl DeMaio started and ran two successful companies that focused on improving efficiency and performance in a many organizations, including government agencies. That’s exactly the type of expertise the City of San Diego needs.” Lorena Gonzalez, secretary-treasurer and chief executive officer of the local Labor Council, disagrees. “He’s a hypocrite,” she said. “He poses as a watchdog when he’s made millions of dollars off government contracts through (his) Performance Institute.” But isn’t the latest app preaching to the proverbial choir? “Eventually he’s going to have to answer some of these questions. Our local media has done a terrible job of asking about his past.” Recent polls show DeMaio leading the pack of mayoral candidates, with Democrat Bob Filner and Republicans Nathan Fletcher and Bonnie Dumanis further behind.

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The 19th annual Caver-Cardinal charitable golf tournament and dinner auction will be held May 7 at Admiral Baker Golf Course to benefit two of San Diego’s oldest high schools. The tournament will consist of a four-person scramble shotgun start at 1 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner and auction. The cost for golf and dinner is $150.Sponsoring this event are the San Diego High School and Hoover High School Foundations, nonprofit organizations that raise money for programs at these inner-city schools with a combined enrollment of over 5,000 students from culturally diverse backgrounds. Proceeds from the event are used to provide scholarships and support for special academic and athletic programs at the schools. Last year each school received $8,600. A portion of the golf fees, as well as money raised by selling tickets for raffle prizes and items auctioned at the dinner following the golf tournament, will be shared on a 50-50 basis by the foundations. The organizing committee, comprising San Diego and Hoover High School alums, is seeking golfers as well as donors of auction and raffle items. Donations are tax deductible. For more information, call Penny Guarnotta at (619) 440-7255 or Ed Ott at (619) 670-0694. A golf registration form can be requested through



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Patrick Henry High School’s young musicians have been earning local, statewide and national recognition. Several students were selected by audition to the San Diego District, California AllSouthern, California All-State Honor Bands, and All-National Honor Band and Orchestras. “I am very proud of these talented and hardworking students,” said Matthew Kalal, the director of instrumental music and Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair at Patrick Henry High School. “They have stretched themselves outside their comfort zones to a higher level of accomplishment.” All-National Honor Band Tenth-grade flutist Sara Kornfeld Simpson was selected as a member of the All-National Honor Band.

While it is only April, if you are a parent of child who will be entering kindergarten next year, the time is now to check out Gage Elementary. We are hosting our Kindergarten Open House on Wednesday, April 11. We welcome you and your child to come join us for our running club from 7:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and take a few laps with our students, stroll through our gardens, and absorb our student’s energy and enthusiasm for learning. Our kindergarten classrooms will be open from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., and you can meet with our teachers from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Gage Variety Show is back by popular demand! This year’s show will be Friday, April 20, for one show only. This event is open to the public, so please join us for singing, dancing and skits that are sure to amaze and entertain. Tickets can be purchased at the Gage office, and are $5 for adults and $3 for children. The proceeds benefit our Fifth Grade Boosters. We look forward to seeing everyone there. Gage is also excited to introduce our 20112012 site Teacher of the Year, Mrs. Ferris! Mrs. Ferris has been cornerstone at Gage for the past 16 years, teaching kindergarten and first grade. Every day, Mrs. Ferris finds creative and fun ways to bring out the very best in her students. What also makes Mrs. Ferris so special is she works tirelessly for the Gage Community. Regardless of the activity at Gage, you can bet that you will find Mrs. Ferris there with her infectious smile and limitless energy, doing everything she can to make our students Gage experience memorable. Thank you, Mrs. Ferris, for all that you do and have done, to make Gage great! Gage Elementary is committed to seeing every child reach their potential, through a rich and rewarding learning experience. Check Gage Elementary out on Facebook, or give us a call at (619) 463-0202, to find out more about upcoming events.

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California All-State Honor Bands Five students from San Diego Unified were selected by audition to the 2012 California All-State Honor groups, and three of them are students from Patrick Henry. Two were selected to the All-State Concert Bands: William Nakamura (senior, tuba) and Sara Kornfeld Simpson (sophomore, flute). The third student was selected to the All-State Jazz Band: Ryan Linvill (senior, tenor saxophone). The All-State concert occurred last weekend at the California All-State Music Education Conference held in Fresno. All the concerts performed during the weekend were of the absolute highest caliber of music and musicianship, according to Kalal. California All-Southern Honor Bands Again, five students from San Diego Unified

were selected by audition to the 2012 California All-Southern Honor groups, and three of them were students from Patrick Henry. The students selected to the All-Southern Bands: William Nakamura (senior, tuba), Greg Albrecht (junior, baritone saxophone) and Sara Kornfeld Simpson (sophomore, flute). The All-Southern Honors Concert was at the beautiful University of Redlands Jan. 29, said Kalal, who added the music was fantastic. San Diego Unified Honor Band and Orchestra Patrick Henry had 17 Patriots that were selected by audition to the district honor band and orchestra, and they performed Feb. 25 at Copley Symphony Hall. San Diego State University’s Director of Bands Shannon Kitelinger conducted the honor band and San Diego Symphony principal tubist and Summer Pops conductor Matthew Garbutt conducted the honor orchestra. The students who made the band and orchestra were: Zachary Rivera (junior, violin) Yanni Thai (freshman, violin) Charles “Tommy” Hines (freshman, violin) Miles Head (sophomore, string bass) Jessica Fallon (senior, flute) Haylea Hesketh (junior, flute) Sara Kornfeld Simpson (sophomore, flute) Jenny Laird (junior, oboe) Nicholas Petersen (senior, bass clarinet) Greg Albrecht (junior, baritone saxophone) Joshua Stewart (senior, trumpet) Marc Absin (junior, trumpet) Josh Summers (sophomore, trumpet) Julia Sanders (senior, French horn) Jonah Perine (senior, baritone) Lloyd Kay (sophomore, baritone) William Nakamura (senior, tuba)

PHHS ALUMNI READY TO TEE OFF The newly created Patrick Henry High School Alumni Association, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has established the 1st Annual Patrick Henry High School Alumni Golf Tournament and Reunion BBQ to be held on May 21 at the Admiral Baker Golf Course & Clubhouse near the campus. Deadline to sign up for the event is May 7. Tournament registration will start at 11 a.m. with the golf tournament shot-gun start commencing at 12:30 p.m. The first 144 paid golfers will enjoy the completely remodeled Admiral Baker North Course (construction will be completed later this month), while the final 144 golfers will enjoy a fun, less challenging South Course layout. Golfers and BBQ Reunion attendees will be greeted to the 5:30 p.m. Reunion BBQ, Auction and Awards ceremony with a performance by the PHHS band and cheerleaders. Tilted Kilt ladies and cheerleaders will be on hand to help you with raffle and opportunity drawing ticket purchases. Co-title sponsors PhotoBin and BMW of San Diego will have a display of fabulous new BMW cars and services all around the clubhouse. A golfer making a hole-in-one at one of two par 3’s on either course will win a new car valued around $30,000 courtesy of Hole-In-One Sponsors (all alumni, along with the Craig Hauenstein, GM of BMW of San Diego): San Diego Volvo (Steve Hinkle), Bob Baker Fiat (Kurt Anderson), Frank Toyota (Gary Fenelli), and Mini of Escondido (Tom Brecht).  Other Par 3’s will have opportunities for other prizes, along with Tournament, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin prize winners.  This is a great opportunity for other PHHS Alumni business owners and professionals to showcase their goods and services to other alumni and to promote Patriots helping Patriots. Golfers and BBQ Reunion attendees may pay electronically for their entrance fees (only $100 per golfer which includes BBQ and Tee Prize Package, or $25 for non-golfing BBQ attendees), make donations, offer auction items and sponsorships at Or print and complete the attached flyer and mail a check (preferred, as this saves the organization the 3-percent processing fees) to the PHHS Alumni Association, Inc., 9292 Activity Road, San Diego, CA  92126. Hurry, as space is limited for both options. Interested parties can periodically check the website for updated auction item offerings, sponsor and donor links, participant listing and other information. This is a 100 percent volunteer effort.  All net proceeds, overseen by the PHHS Alumni Association, Inc. Board of Directors, will directly benefiting programs and facilities at the school. With sponsorships of more than $30,000 in hand along with a projected offering of another $30,000 in auction and raffle items; the 1st annual event will be a very fun for all those participating and already proves to be a smashing success.   Visit for all the up-to-date Alumni Golf Tournament news or to pay electronically via credit card or PayPal. Call Mary Treadwell at (619) 846-9732 or Kevin Carlson (‘78) at (858) 566-6700 ext. 214 for questions/information. — April 1, 2012

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our extremely fast-paced lifestyles and the language barrier,” he said. Harold Martyn, who joined the program in 2006, is another mentor. “ I like to think of the experience as a way of enriching my own life as well as the lives of the international students who come to the campus to study,” said Martyn, who has been assigned several students from all over the world, including China, India, Taiwan, and Spain. A student from India saw the ocean for the first time when Martyn took him to Ocean Beach for lunch at the pier café. Another student stepped inside a church for the first time. “Several students have enjoyed Thanksgiving Dinner with our family. A trip to the top of Mt. Helix allows me to point out the area but also discuss why a cross is allowed on top of Helix but is a controversy on Mt. Soledad,” Martyn said. The Tutor-Mentor Program had its beginnings when, in 1999, the Prices answered a newspaper ad calling for volunteers to tutor. At the time, theprogram was under the direction of Vola Mitchell. When she became very ill in 2003, she asked the Prices to take over her program. They were honored, accepting the challenge. That same year, they changed the format into a tutoring and mentoring program based on personal experience. “We believe that the students learned faster and retained information much better when they were provided with hands-on experience with tutoring and learn about American culture,” Gigie said. When the Prices wrote the manual for the mentoring program, Larry gave it to his late father, Sol Price, to read over. “He was known as the ‘critic,’ and he took pride in that, so I knew he’d tell me exactly what he thought,” Larry said. True to his ways, Sol read through the manual and tossed it at his son. “He said he didn’t know what I needed a manual for what we’re going to do. He said, ‘This mentoring thing wasn’t about education. It was a ‘feel-good’ program,’” Larry said. Larry laughed before adding, “And he was right. It is a ‘feel-good program.’ Being a volunteer in this program is like having a young adult in your family, but with all the fun and no trouble. It’s all about relationships.” The Prices are recipients of the 2010 Hugh Jenkins Award given to individuals who promote global understanding. For more information about becoming a volunteer mentor-tutor, go to

sight of this bird and thought that it was dead. After the line was cut from the tree and the heron flew away. Unfortunately, it was trailing the line. One poacher told me he would never, ever leave the monofilament on the ground after seeing a duck that was completely wrapped in the stuff. He tried to save the bird but it was too late. I felt the same way when a duck was hit by car after entering the lake. It died a terrible death. That is only one reason there is a 10-mile per hour speed limit on the lake road. During breeding season the wildlife is occupied with thoughts other than crossing the road. Yes, it was a male mallard probably trying to reach a female. E-mail from Boat US Foundation Association stated that they have started a campaign called “Keep More Butts Out Of The Water.” The organization says too many fishermen throw their used cigarettes in the water. Evidently they are either concerned about the fish or having clean water. This organization is out of Alexandria, Virg. and calls itself the premier boating association. Smoking at our lake is not allowed for several reasons: Fire being the biggie. There is an ordinance against smoking in parks and beaches. Lake Murray qualifies as a park but who would have thought about the implications of lots of cigarette butts in our reservoirs. Heavy fines are levied against those who litter the shores or pollute our lake water with cigarette butts. Thinking about litter…Coastal Cleanup Day is Sept. 15. Inland the event is I Love a Clean San Diego. We focus on children to come to the cleanup event. Schools, churches and scouts usually sign up to help. We split the lake up into two portions. The main greeting and sign up area is at the boat dock. This year our two people that have taken the ball field side of the lake are going to be missing. If anyone is interested in taking Arleene and Charlie’s place let’s talk. It is a fun day. Tom Gitchoff would like to invite everyone to join an exercise group at the lake. He writes… We’ll be by the fly fishing area next to the boat dock doing our “Boot Camp” exercises at 9 a.m. and every Thursday thereafter…unless rain. April 19 we will have the Naval Commander back to talk about his around the world tour. He wants to talk in April and May because it will be a twoparter. We have another conflict with the room schedule in May. We may have the meeting a week earlier on May 10 at 5 p.m. I will be sure to notify everyone in my next column. We meet at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Wandermere Drive and Park Ridge Boulevard. For more information call Barbara at: (619) 463-9706. *Poacher is a word that has to do with pilfering or in the olden days of rustling.

THE CIRCUS COMES TO DAILARD The Dailard Elementary Spring Fling is an outdoor carnival that brings families together for games, food and fun. This year’s event will be held April 14 on the school campus. The carnival, themed The Big Top this year, will feature a Fun House, Cake Walk and an Inflatable Obstacle Course. The food, of course, is standard carnival fare: cotton candy, kettlecorn and tacos. Dailard is located at 6425 Cibola Road. Call (619) 286-1550 for more information. Grossmont College dedication ceremony 1962

GROSSMONT COLLEGE OPENS ITS DOORS FOR ITS 50TH A 50-year anniversary doesn’t happen every day, so Grossmont College will celebrate its golden moment in history with a blowout weekend of free events for the community to enjoy April 13 and 14 at the El Cajon campus. Music lovers, foodies, dancers, amateur scientists, artists, CSI fans, poets, fitness and health devotees, theater lovers, techies, gamers, math whizzes – there’s something for everyone. So much so that visitors will want to come both days for the hands-on activities and demonstrations showcasing Grossmont’s incredible offerings and extensive learning opportunities. “Our faculty and staff are opening our doors and inviting local residents to take advantage of the incredible resources that are available in their backyard,” said Grossmont College President Sunny Cooke. “We’re hosting a funfilled, family-oriented festival that will appeal to the community like never before.” Featuring an old-fashioned Sock Hop dance, a dozen gourmet food trucks, cooking classes, a dedication ceremony for the college’s two newest high-tech buildings, and even the opportunity to join in an attempt to set a new world record, the two days will be jam-packed with events celebrating the college’s half-century of academic excellence in the East County. See GROSSMONT page 16

Cop, from page 2 Assure that your alarms are in good working condition. Test the system and obtain repairs if necessary. When you leave your property, check to be sure all doors and windows are secure before you activate your alarm. If a housekeeper or other person will be on your property, advise them of your alarm code and how to work the system. Explore the option of having your alarm company contact you first before dispatching the police to your business or residence. We hope these precautions will help us serve you better by reducing the number of false alarms your officers have to respond to. Please don’t be the house or business that cries “Wolf!” Sincerely, Officer Edward Zwibel SDPD Community Relations Officer

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RENT SENSE: THE PRIORITY OF RENT By Neil Fjellestad and Chris De Marco Fjellestad, Barrett & Short Whatever the reason, there seems to be some confusion about the financial priority of rent and the difference between paying rent and making the mortgage payment. Some basic points: Rights to your home as an owner are granted with a deed. If you are borrowing funds to become an owner your lender can restrict your ownership to protect their loan. These restrictions generally assure that you own the real estate as long as you live up to your end of the agreement and are defined in a trust deed (collateral instrument most often used in California to secure a mortgage loan). These restrictions allow the home to be legally transferred to the lender as a last resort and further allow them to re-sell it to get a return of their money. In all of this the state laws generally favors the borrower as the home owner while recognizing the loan as a promise to payback the lender as agreed. The rights and responsibilities of a tenant are spelled out in a lease or rental agreement. These contract items need to be in strict conformance to state and federal housing laws so that the tenant can rely on the terms of a legally-binding contract to protect their ability to enjoy possession of the rented home. The requirement to pay rent in advance has to be met as agreed in the lease. Failure to live up to this primary requirement on their part will normally deny them initial possession. Non-payment of rent anytime during the lease begins to quickly unravel every other protection they have as a renter; both immediately and in our information-driven society it could continue to hinder the renter from obtaining another home for a very long time. This lease contract is so essential to all parties that its adjudication is governed very carefully by laws and regulations that protect the renter and the rental owner. An eviction (unlawful detainer) action is limited to whether the tenant is in major breach of the lease. The primary test is whether the rent is paid by the renter and accepted by the owner/manager. If the tenant cannot document the payment and receipt of rent possession is returned to the owner/manager. An action by a mortgage lender to forcibly evict a homeowner as a last resort in order to recoup their loan will often take months or even years. The action for the rental owner/manager to regain possession of a rented home should only take about 60 days. Remember that the long term financial negative effect is similar for the renter. These facts should emphasize the priority to pay rent before any other obligation; on time, every time. — April 1, 2012

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The La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club raised $10,000 to help fund its trip to Costa Rica to help administer eye examinations to local children. The volunteers also brought donated medical supplies to a hospice center, and built an aqueduct in a town without electricity and running water.

been pre-screened by a Rotary Club in Cartago. Thirty-five of the kids needed glasses, said Hall. With designer frames donated to the Rotary and about $600 in Rotary funds for lenses, all 35 now have new glasses. “It was pretty much an all-day thing,” Hall said of the examinations and fittings. Later during the trip volunteers later went to a wheelchair repair shop that is part of a job-training and education center for at-risk youth, brought donated medical supplies to a hospice center, built a soccer field and clubhouse in one town and an aqueduct in another where the villagers had no electricity or running water. In all, the club raised some $10,000 to pay for its efforts, including $2,500 from its members, a matching $2,500 grant from Rotary District 5340, $1,000 from John Streamlau’s Friends Foundation, $3,000 from the San Pedro Curridabat Rotary Club and $1,000 from a member of the Cartago Rotary Club. “We basically visited and helped out with a bunch of projects,” Jeffrey Hall said. “It’s part of what we do: `Service about Self.’ We’re a small club, but we do a lot of stuff.” Indeed, Rotarians on a prior trip went to an impoverished Honduran town to set up a micro-financing endeavor that strives to provide women with the training and knowledge needed to start their own businesses. “It was a very worthwhile trip,” Bump-Murillo said. Sunrise Rotary members point out that working in foreign countries is only a small part of what they do. Locally, the group has done everything from funding an anti-bullying project at a La Mesa elementary school to fixing up picnic tables at Lake Murray. “When you know about a need, you can’t ignore it,” Bump-Murillo said.

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By Mariclaret Patton, Principal he annual Benchley-Weinberger variety show wrapped up this past weekend. The theme was music through the ages and “Back in Time” was presented to a standing room crowd. Students sang, danced, tumbled, designed sets, and presented skits to music that spanned the decades. From “Johnny B. Good” and the “Hand Jive” to Cyndi Lauper and Des’ree, songs through the ages brought back memories for all who were in attendance. The B-W variety show is a huge endeavor and an example of the undaunted community spirit of our school. The team effort of parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members paid off tenfold; the results, students experiencing success and a concrete example that “Together we can.” More than simply a spirit builder and a great time, the variety show offered students a real-life experience to practice those standards-based communication skills that are an integral part of the Benchley-Weinberger magnet program across the curriculum. Memorizing lines, writing a skit, designing and building a set, creating costumes, choreographing dance steps, or acting in a character role are all either literacy or math based abilities that the students had the opportunity to demonstrate. Add to that eye contact, diction, expression, and preparedness and the circle is complete-interpersonal, global, and artistic/alternative communications. Benchley-Weinberger succeeds in bringing our vision to life: To provide a challenging curriculum and teach high level communication skills in a supportive learning environment, and to empower every student to become a successful lifelong learner and effective communicator in the 21st century. Teachers reported that students who struggled with reading or standing in front of their classrooms back in first grade were now the fourth and fifth graders who sang a solo or announced the show. Parents touted the work of the Benchley staff in creating an environment that supports all learners in becoming their personal best on and off stage. We hope you will become part of the B-W experience. Whether you are a current B-W family or you are one of our past, you are welcome to be part of our community. Additionally, it is that time of year when we register our neighbor-


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By John Peterson Phoebe Hearst Elementary student Jonathan Marshall was honored in March by the Kiwanis Club of Grantville-Allied Gardens as the “Student of the Month” from Hearst Elementary School. Joining Jonathan at the presentation of his award were his parents Brian and Rosemarie Marshall; his grandmothers Geraldine Marshall and Betty LaCava; Mrs. Iannuzzi, one of Jonathan’s teachers; and Ms. Jorgensen, Principal of Hearst Elementary. Each month GAG Kiwanis honors an outstanding student from Hearst Elementary, Lewis Middle School, and Patrick Henry High School. The students are awarded a plaque and a gift certificate by Kiwanis. Jonathan was selected by his teacher for his scholarship, character, and his participation in school activities. In addition to being an outstanding student, Jonathan is quite active in youth sports. He plays on a basketball team at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center that has advanced to the city playoffs. Life after basketball becomes baseball for Jonathan, who plays in the San Carlos Little League as well as on a travel baseball team. His favorite position is catcher. Jonathan also plays the guitar and serves as an Altar Server at Saint Therese Catholic Church. What a terrific and energetic young man! The GAG Kiwanis is proud to honor Jonathan for his academic success and for his participation in sports, music and his church. We wish him the very best in his scholastic career as he moves on to middle school, high school and college. It would not surprise me to see Jonathan at another Kiwanis meeting in the future getting more awards for his efforts. Way to go, Jonathan!

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SAN DIEGO AREA PETS GO ONLINE Lucky Pup Dog Rescue, San Diego, has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet. The site currently has over 359,000 home-

DID YOU KNOW? San Diego is host to wild parrots of unknown origin. The birds, green cheeked Amazon parrots, actually make entertaining pets that enjoy human interaction. While the domesticated parrot’s curiosity may make it a delight, the wild parrots’ mischievous streak can frustrate even the most patient homeowner. The birds have been spotted all over the county, including Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Pacific Beach, El Cajon and Lakeside.

HOPPING MAD FOR BUNNIES By Sari Reis With the Easter Bunny season just over, I thought it would be a great time to talk about rabbits. Rabbits have been domesticated for more than 500 years; currently more than 2.2 million Americans have welcomed them into their homes as pets. In the past decade, they have actually surpassed hamsters as our favorite small animal companion. There are more than 45 recognized breeds of rabbits ranging from two to 15 pounds. If spayed or neutered and kept indoors, rabbits can live an average of five to 10 years. Although usually caged when indoors, rabbits require plenty of cage-free time to exercise and play. A minimum of 30 hours per week is recommended. Be sure to rabbit-proof their exercise area before you let them out. Rabbits are chewers and will chew on furniture, rugs, and electrical

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For the last 11 years, Chef Francesco Basile has been treating locals at his Italian hideaway, Antica Tratorria. From the moment I walked in, I felt like I was at a quaint bistro in southern Italy – this may be the best Italian restaurant in San Diego. Antica is an absolute treasure nestled in La Mesa. The food exceeds expectations and surpasses similar restaurants in Little Italy and the Gaslamp Quarter. - By Jim Madaffer


ocated in the same shopping center as Vons, Outback Steakhouse and Golden Spoon, Antica has been a local favorite for years, retaining many of the same customers who dined when Chef Franco, as his friends call him, first opened his doors. The chefs at Antica Tratorria know how to cook really good Italian food. Chef Franco was born near Palermo, Sicily, and grew up cooking at some of the finest resorts and chicest towns in Italy. After immigrating to the United States 20 years ago, he moved to Huntington Beach and worked for an old friend from his hometown at a restaurant called Mangia, Mangia. He held a few more cooking jobs in Orange County before landing in San Diego, where he was chef at Osteria Panevino. In 2001 he opened Antica Tratorria and hasn’t looked back since. I am also proudly Italian and have been to the motherland a couple of times. When it comes to Italian food, my favorite by far is the culinary style of Southern Italy. Chef Franco’s Antica rivals any of my fine dining experiences in Sorrento, Sicily or Rome. Shortly after settling into a charming corner table, our waiter, Andy Gomez, brought fresh warm bread, which is baked fresh throughout the evening. Complementing the bread was a tasty olive oil and balsamic. We were offered sparkling water while we perused the extensive wine list. Antica’s menu is simple and the prices reasonable. No entrée is priced more than $22 and most pasta dishes ranged between $11 and $16. We asked what the popular items were and they smartly told us “everything.” Standouts on the menu include Chef Franco’s delicious bone-in pork chop (Maiale Alla Piemontese, which I have since had for lunch on a return visit), pistachio crusted salmon (Salmone Al Pistacchio) and “Bosatina” (Little Purse) ravioli stuffed with wild porcini mushrooms. We ordered the “Risotto Ai Funghi” made with arborio rice cooked in a vegetable stock, porcini and wild mushrooms, parmesan cheese with truffle oil ($16) and “Farfalle Al Portobello,” made with bowtie pasta with grilled portobello mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus in a vodka cream sauce ($13). While we waited for our entrees, we enjoyed a delectable Mozzarella Caprese made with fresh burratacheese, fresh sliced tomatoes, fire roasted red peppers, and crisp basil ($10). For wine we selected a bottle of Super Sicilian, Rapitala ’07 for $34. The service, food and wine were splendid. The timing between courses was precise and unrushed. Chef Franco has a 10-year-old daughter and his wife Marta helps in the back office. He is passionate about his family and the food he prepares. Unsurprisingly, customers are treated as though they are guests in his home. The menu at Antica changes every month so it is always fresh and seasonal. Chef Franco welcomes special requests for anything not on the menu. Antica Tratorria is a real Italian treasure and I can’t wait to go back again.


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Last month we decided to throw our 3-year-old daughter a birthday party. We didn’t want to pay more than $200 for a play gym so we decided to stay local at Lake Murray. As soon as we got there at around 10 a.m., I rushed to save us three picnic tables beside the lake. I really didn’t need to hurry – the area stayed pretty vacant for a while. As we set up the few decorations we had, I noticed how many empty spots there were around the lake. It’s a shame. Lake Murray yielded a wonderful birthday for our daughter. Our friends and her preschool classmates were surprised at how much they enjoyed the lakeside party. Our children had a wide open space to run and play; we enjoyed sitting beside the water; and even the resident birds seemed interested in joining the celebration. There were at least three geese, several ducks and more than a few coots angling for a few crumbs. And although we didn’t feed the birds – park officials don’t allow it – we appreciated their company. (OK, maybe not the geese so much. They were a little aggressive and were about as tall as the toddlers.) In addition to our feathered friends, we made new human friends, too. One woman, a sweet grandmother named Mona, came by when we were setting up. “Are you having a birthday party?” she asked. I told her we were indeed celebrating that morning. She smiled and walked on, only to return approximately an hour later. Mona told me she lived near the lake and visited quite often. She went home to get Quinn a little present, a now-cherished Beanie Baby bear that surprised everyone at the party. “Did you know her?” my friends asked me. I didn’t, but there’s something about Lake Murray that creates friends from strangers. Another woman and her daughter wandered by with their family. Her grade school-aged daughter offered a few of the kids at our party candy. While I don’t extol the virtues of accepting candy from strangers, this little girl was so sweet it was hard to say no. Her mom was staying here in San Diego to pursue her MBA at San Diego State University. The family, originally from Beijing, was actually returning to their home country to allow the woman time and space to study. They joined us for cake and we all took time to soak in the good vibrations at Lake Murray that day. As everyone left, they mentioned how much fun they had at our rather informal get-together. “It was a blast,” they said. “We need to do it more often.” It’s true. We really do need to do it more often. In this challenged economy we don’t need to be paying several hundreds of dollars to companies to entertain our children. Not when there’s a natural playground with friends – feathered or not – around for our free use and utter enjoyment.

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Grossmont, from page 9 Dubbed “A 50-year Spectacular,” the celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the college’s Main Quad with student musical performances until 7:30 p.m. of the gospel choir, jazz ensemble and Afro-Cuban ensemble. A Sock Hop dance at 7:30 p.m. will cap Friday’s celebration with Footloose, a live classic oldies band in the Main Gym for all ages. Free dance lessons in a classroom near the Main Gym will have you doing the twist, the swim and the mashed potato in no time to show off at the Sock Hop. Among Saturday’s events: a 9:30 a.m. dedication ceremony for Grossmont’s remodeled student center, along with the Student Services and Administration building; a Department Fair from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; classic vintage cars on display: a Guinness World’s Record attempt at noon in the Main Quad with free T-shirts for joining in. After working up an appetite, enjoy the savory fare of a dozen gourmet food trucks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The college’s celebration is scheduled to end at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The Department Fair will feature the latest educational innovations and technologies of Grossmont’s departments and disciplines, including theater arts, music, health professions, culinary arts, math and English, administration of justice, and exercise science. What’s on tap: Create your own video game, dissect a sheep brain, and make your own lip balm, lipstick, super bouncy balls and ceramics artwork; Drawing and painting either digitally or with paints and pencils; Compete in a mathematics “Wheel of Fortune” game; Tour a mock indoor crime scene, blood-spatter room and bullet trajectory demonstration; Tour the college’s TV studios, digital audio recording studio and college radio station; Take a compass traverse and GPS scavenger hunt; Watch student drama performances and tour the college’s performing arts theater; Preview a dance concert staring students; Watch Arabic dancing; See a demonstration of a rooftop telescope; Learn job-hunting techniques at the Career Center; Information on enrolling; Youth sports clinics led by college coaches on football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, tennis and softball; A free body mass index reading at the Student Health Services office and a demonstration of an ultrasound echo machine; A complete schedule of events can be found at No child care will be available. Grossmont College is located at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. For driving directions and a campus map, visit — April 1, 2012

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Padres, from page 1 “Fantography.” The picture is one of more than 7,500 that baseball fans from around the country submitted to Strasberg, whose book includes 300 of the pictures taken on everything from Canon Power Shots to Kodak Instamatics. “There are a lot of fans who are passionate about the game who decided to take a camera to the ballpark and record their experience,” says Strasberg, whose idol as a kid was Roger Maris and who now lives near Mission Trails Regional Park. “The fascinating thing to find is what was important to them.” What was important to some was getting a picture of Padres pitchers Bruce Hurst and Larry

Andersen clowning around in 1991. For others, it was Hall of Fame right fielder Roberto Clemente glancing up at the camera while signing autographs at Forbes Field in 1957. For Strasberg, it’s a picture of him posing at the edge of the right field seats at Yankee Stadium in 1966, the arm of a “gangly teen in thick-rimmed glasses” around the shoulder of the former American League MVP, home plate some 370 feet behind them. For Jan Brooks of San Diego, it was Rosanne Barr singing the national anthem. “She started off pretty decent, but somewhere along the way, she kind of lost it,” said Brooks, who was once known as Grandma Padre. “I thought it would be a good idea to take a picture of her. That was the best picture I could get.” Brooks, who said she had gone to 38 consecutive home openers until the Padres fired Bruce Bochy as manager, was sitting in a suite with several co-workers from “I actually thought it was pretty funny.” She was in a club box with some with co-workers from Naval Ocean Systems Center. “I thought it was pretty funny,” she said. “The other fellows in the box were not too happy.” Photographs that were reproduced for the book are making the rounds at local library exhibits, with a stop at the College-Rolando branch in April and May. The book, which Strasberg hopes will be the first of many, was scheduled to go on sale at stores by Opening Week. It’s also available through Amazon. com. “It’s a wonderful idea,” Brooks said of the book. Strasberg established but two rules while collecting the pictures: No photos of players in action, and no shots from professional photographers. The biggest challenge in putting the book together, Strasberg said, was organizing the pictures. Stumped on how to arrange the shots, Strasberg turned to a friend. “He said, `Step back, look at all the photographs, and the themes will become apparent.” The result? Chapters on everything from Mascots (such as the San Diego Chicken) to Moon-

lighting (including players working at other occupations in the off season). Some of the more memorable snapshots include young children. In one especially poignant picture, a young Andy Weiner is holding Mickey Mantle’s jersey in the Yankees’ locker room at the House that Ruth Built. “It was an incredible Yankees moment that I’ll never forget,” he wrote in the book. Fans’ incredible moments are what the book is all about. Howard Frank of San Diego submitted a picture taken of him shaking hands with his boyhood idol, Ernie (Let’s Play Two) Banks, at a 1957 B’nai Brith event in Chicago. “That was my hero, and that was the first picture I was able to take with not only a major leaguer, but someone I idolized. It showed him to be a person, not someone who acted like he was on a pedestal.” Strasberg’s book, Frank said, “illustrates the beauty of baseball and how it has a special meaning to everyone, I think more so than any other sport.” Kerry Tucker submitted a picture of his then 5-year-old daughter, Blake, at a Padres spring training camp in 1985. The girl with blond braids is clutching a pen in her right hand, a Padres program in her left. She’s looking up pleadingly at San Diego relief ace Rich “Goose” Gossage, but all that can be seen of the future Hall of Fame pitcher in this picture are the pinstripes on his pants. The caption? “Goose legs.” “It’s just an awesome picture,” said Tucker, who has the same shot from that 1985 spring training moment hanging from his office wall at Nuffer, Smith, Tucker Public Relations in San Diego. “Just look at her looking at that player. She probably doesn’t even know who he is, but she’s in awe.” Added his daughter, now 31: “That photo embodies my childhood. Going to spring training was something we did every year. I might be one of the few people around who would say that (former Padres spring training headquarters) Yuma is probably one of my favorite places on Earth.”

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DEL CERRO ACTION COUNCIL By Jay Wilson, Del Cerro Action Council President

SARANAC-MOHAWK COMMUNITY GROUP By Gale Susan Barlow, Group Member Woe to those who did not wait for the official start of spring to set out their summer vegetables. The Saranac-Mohawk neighborhood experienced hail over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Weather was not all that was hailed at the monthly meeting. The Saranac-Mohawk Community Group heartily welcomed the new College Area Community Liaison Officer, John Graham, at the March 21st gathering. Officer Graham brings over 30 years SDPD experience, including 27 years teaching at the police academy, to his new assignment. His Academy subjects are Arrest and Control, Crime Prevention and Community Policing. Officer Graham is a recipient of an Alonzo Award and a Lamplighter Award for his work in Central Division. His SDPD background included service in the Northern, Southern, and Central Divisions before transferring to Eastern two years ago. “I was a CRO [Community Relations Officer] at Central and became a CLO [Community Liaison Officer] in March 01, 2012. I’m also working the front counter at Eastern till we have volunteers to cover the front counter. In my spare time I help the detectives with digital evidence,” said Officer Graham. The Harriet Tubman Village Charter School has embarked on a fundraising campaign through Neighbors are invited to contribute tops from many everyday items. For the list of eligible products from Avery to Ziploc, please see: The school earns 10 cents for every boxtop donated. Please bring the box tops to the Tubman office between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on school days. The College Area Community Planning Board (CACPB) and College Area Community Council (CACC) has tasked the CACC Outreach Committee to create a web site and a logo for the CACC. Artists are invited to submit logo designs to CACC Chair Doug Case at: dcase@ Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who represents our Second County District, will speak at the April 11 CACC meeting at 7 p.m. at the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Road. The moveable feast known as the College Area Taste is scheduled for Sunday, April 15, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. As we go to press, 20 College Area restaurants have signed up to offer house specialties to participants. The See MOHAWK, page 23

Community involvement works. In the middle of March, I was contacted by Del Cerro residents regarding two neighborhood concerns: an abandoned vehicle and too many commercial vehicles belonging to one company, parked on a residential street. I contacted our Police Community Relations Officer, Ed Zwibel, and within 48 hours the abandoned vehicle was removed from the street. A call to the City’s Code Compliance Department resulted in a letter to the owner of the commercial vehicles and that matter should be resolved. When you see a city-related problem in your nieghborood, take action! For a street-related matter, you can call (619) 527-7500, or go on the city’s website In the “search” box in the top right hand corner, type “Street Division Service Request.” The Request for Service webpage will pop up. Click on the purple Street Division Request line; then complete the form using the Text or Map option. The first time you fill out the form you will be asked for your name, etc. You only have to fill that out once. Mark it as a favorite web page. The next time you have a street-related problem or concern, you will only have to fill out the problem. You will receive an automated response providing you with a tracking number and instructions on how to track the status. When action is taken, you will receive an email response. The Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) website is up and running, with a big thank you to George Janczyn who set up the website and maintains it. The NCPI website is Go to the website and sign up to be notified whenever there is a new posting to the website. George also helps maintain the DCAC website: Sign up on the DCAC website to be notified whenever there is a new post. At the March NCPI meeting, Michael McSweeney was reelected as a board member representing Del Cerro. Each community in the Navajo Area; Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos, have four elected representatives. At the March Navajo NCPI meeting, Eric Bolby, who chairs the San Diego Canyon Lands Committee, made a presentation to the NCPI Board requesting support for his effort to help preserve about 10,000 acres of canyon lands owned by the City of San Diego. Currently the canyons (such as our own Navajo Canyon) are “designated open space.” Eric is spearheading the effort to have canyons throughout the city become “dedicated open space.” This would further protect the canyons from ever being sold, and it will preserve the open space. More information is available on the San Diego Canyon Lands website at If your neighborhood does not have an active Neighborhood Watch, it is time to start one. Officer Zwibel is ready to assist you at any time. Neighborhood Watch continues to be a viable deterrent to crime in residential neighborhoods, but it does require initiative by the residents to form one. You may email Officer Zwibel at zwibel@pd.sandiego. gov for additional information. He will meet with you and your neighbors to outline the benefits of Neighborhood Watch and help you organize a Neighborhood Watch. The DCAC email list is growing. Please continue to ask your friends and neighbors to send me their email addresses and I will add them to the list. The list remains confidential. Your DCAC board would like to hear from you. If you have a city-related problem or concern, please email me at The next quarterly meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council will be Thursday, April 28, at 7 Temple Emanu-El.

SAN CARLOS FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY By Sue Hotz Spring has sprung and with it brings the hope of renewal. We thank all who have renewed their Friends’ membership and welcome our new members. For those who have been putting it off, the cost of membership is nominal. Envelopes and forms are available in the library and on our website. All programs listed here are free, underwritten by SCFOL, and are open to the public. For additional information, check our website, or call the library at (619) 527-3430. APRIL ART: In keeping with our springtime theme,

the San Carlos Garden club, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary in June, will once again delight the eye with “A Show in Living Color.” This is the creative pairing of paintings by local artists and floral designs by members of the Garden Club. These beautiful flower arrangements and paintings will be on display in the Community Room on April 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The art will be on display from April 10 through May 3. FIRST SATURDAYS: SCFOL Used Book Sales will be held on April 7 and May 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with morning performances by Cowboy Bob for your shopping pleasure. Sale proceeds are our main revenue source and buy library books, equipment and programs. Your suggestions on how these funds could be spent to enhance our library may be put in writing and emailed or dropped off at the library addressed to our president, See SPA page 20 — April 1, 2012

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By John F. Pilch, San Carlos Area Council President

The two projects presented at the Allied Gardens Community Council Town Hall Meeting on Feb. 6 are moving forward through the development process. The Village at Zion will consist of 58 senior apartments to be constructed on the vacant lot at Glenroy and Zion Avenue in Allied Gardens. The developer will be representing his project to the Navajo Community Planners Inc. (NCPI) on Monday, April 16. He will be asking for a recommendation of approval on the project, as it will be an action item on the agenda.

The next meeting of the San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. We are working on a program and speaker for this meeting and will publish it in the April 27, 2012 edition of The Mission Times Courier. The program may deal with the San Diego County Water Authority’s plans to re-line Pipeline 4, which means Jackson Drive will be torn up again. Watch for our article next month. The SCAC thanks County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for taking the time from her busy schedule to address our members and residents at the March 7 meeting. Ms. Jacob discussed her revamped district, in which 620,000 residents live. She also discussed the Live Well San Diego Program, which has identified three behaviors (smoking, poor nutrition and lack of exercise) that lead to four chronic diseases (respiratory problems, obesity and diabetes, cancer, and cardiac ailments) that cause 50 percent of deaths in the United States, 57 percent in San Diego County, and 62 percent in the East County. The Building Better Health – East County program, which she sponsors, is working to reduce the 62 percent by educating residents of the benefits of a healthier and more active lifestyle. Another goal is to reduce the substantial costs of treating and dealing with obesity. Ms. Jacob also discussed the financial condition of the County, which has a Triple AAA Credit rating, a balanced budget and no deferred maintenance. She stated that the County has saved $700 Million by Managed Competition, Outsourcing, and Business Process Re-engineering. Ms. Jacob discussed the threat of AB-109, which shifts state prisoners and parolees to the county effective October 1, 2011. San Diego County is to receive 2,000 prisoners and 2,000 parolees, of which 22 percent are repeat offenders. More funding is needed from the State, since the 800 empty beds in county jails are filling rapidly. In addition to responding to questions from the audience, Ms. Jacob asked that we advise the community about a hearing on the SDG&E proposed rate increase of $1.1 billion and an additional $460 million for uninsured fire losses from the 2007 wildfire. This also includes past and future liabilities for infrastructure problems, which is unrealistic. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday, April 5 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Al Bahr Shrine, 5440 Kearny Mesa Road, 92111. We need as many residents as we can gather to attend to oppose what SDG&E is proposing. At a time of substantial profits by Sempra and SDG&E, this proposal is unconscionable. Our thanks again to Ms. Jacob for her visit and remarks. The annual elections meeting of Navajo Community Planners, Inc. was held on Monday, March 19 at Temple Emanu-el on Del Cerro Boulevard (west of College Avenue). The election for the two San Carlos seats resulted in Dale Peterson being re-elected and Mary Miller replacing me on the NCPI Board. My thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and who supported my efforts for re-election. Now that the election is history, we move on. Dale and Mary join Rich Burg and Matt Adams as the four San Carlos representatives on the NCPI Board. My plans include attendance at future NCPI meetings and perhaps joining a subcommittee or two to maintain the SCAC voice at Board meetings. The Quail Brush Generation Project, a peaker plant proposed to be built adjacent to the Sycamore Landfill, is generating a great deal of interest, mainly opposition from local and Santee residents. A private company, Cogentrix, formed Quail Brush Genco LLC, and has applied to the CEC for permission to construct and operate a 100-megawatt, electrical generating facility. Electricity for this peaker plant will be generated by 11 natural gas-fired engines, which will have 100-foot stacks for each, with a tie-in to the SDG&E lines on and over the landfill property. The process is expected to last more than one year. More information is available at You can also call (800) 822-6228. A hearing at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center was held on Thursday, March 22, with a large crowd attending. Cogentrix plans to continue to provide updates at the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee meetings. The next meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center and is open to the public, with no charge to attend. We continue to await the investigation report of the San Diego Police Department regarding the violent collision at Jackson Drive and Lake Badin Avenue that injured at least seven occupants in the vehicles. City Traffic Engineering has indicated that a study of the intersection for traffic controls will be conducted after they receive the SDPD report. As this article goes to print, there is nothing new to report. I’m working with Mary Ann Wallace of Councilmember Marti Emerald’s office on this issue and hope to have more information to provide sometime soon. Plans for a District Seven Candidates Forum in the Navajo Area continue to move forward, with a tentative date of Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. at Lewis Middle School in Allied Gardens for the event. The site was selected due to its central location in the Navajo Area and is hosted by the D-7 Steering Committee, composed of community leaders from each of the areas and planning groups in District 7. If you would like to receive information about speakers, meeting reminders and agendas and other local news, please send an e-mail message to jfpilch@ and request that your name be added to the SCAC Interested Party e-mail list. Rest assured that your privacy will be respected and neither your name nor your e-mail address will be shared with anyone. Messages are sent “Bcc” to prevent you from being spammed. Finally, if you have an issue you wish us to consider or just have a question about the community, please contact me at (619) 462-1408 or by e-mail at Thank you.

By Marilyn Reed, AGCC President

It is important for people with any concerns about this multifamily housing project to attend the meeting and speak to the proposal. The Board members of NCPI will take into consideration all public comments on the issue before making a recommendation. The meeting will be held at the Temple Emanu-El, 6299 Capri Drive and will begin at 7 p.m. Many residents attending the February Town Hall Meeting also requested further information on the Shawnee project (renamed the River Bend development). The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for this project was released on Feb. 24. The public comment period is now open and will close on April 9. This does not leave a lot of time to submit your comments regarding the construction of 999 multifamily residential units as well as 24 single family homes on a 22.88-acre site. The project location is east of the San Diego River and west of Mission Gorge Road at the western end of Old Cliffs Road in Grantville. In addition to almost 1,000 multifamily units, there will be 37,500 square feet of commercial and a 2.57-acre population based park. Traffic was the main concern of many residents. Although the presenters of the project sited no significant impacts to traffic congestion and parking issues, residents remained skeptical. The traffic analysis portion of the Environmental Impact Report can be viewed by accessing the City of San Diego website at http://clerkdoc.sannet. gov/Website/publicnoticee/pubnoticequa.html. Anyone wishing to comment on the EIR for the Shawnee Project may do so by April 9. Comments can be sent to P. Lizzi, Environmental Planner, City of San Diego Development Services Center, 1222 First Avenue, MS 501, and San Diego, CA 92101 or by email to The project name (Shawnee/CG7600 Master Plan) and project number (174988/SCH No. 20100111074) must be included with your written or emailed comments. All submitted comments become part of the final document and may be used by the City Council in their decision making process. The next AGCC Town Hall Meeting will be on May 29 and the last opportunity to hear candidates running for office before the June Primary. On May 29, AGCC will present Congressman Filner and Councilmember DeMaio as speakers. Both are running for the office of Mayor of San Diego. Do not miss this is unique opportunity. The location is the Ascension Lutheran Church, 5106 Zion Ave. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. This is an extremely important election year. Come out and listen to those who will directly impact our community.

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Jenna’s Barber Shoppe. Styling for men, women & children. Wheelchair friendly. Old time expert haircuts at affordable prices. Colors & perms. 7424 Jackson Dr.#1A (across from Keil’s in Bank of America lot) Tues-Fri., 8:303:30pm; Sat. 8:30-noon. By appt., 619-644-3669. (1/13) Pet/Housesitting Services. Est. 1983, Bonded. Pet-tenders offers feeding, walking, plant care, housesitting-and above your own home! 619-298-3033. (04/13) Locksmith - Discount Deadbolts & Rekeying - security door viewers, patio door locks, simulated alarms, magnetic door stops. Cliff Henderson 619-840-3327 - Lic #LCO4353 Bonded - Never a trip charge! (4/13) Roofer, Lic #863660, honest & reliable. Repair termite damage, install skylights, seamless gutters, custom sheet metal. No job, too small, FREE ESTIMATES. Call Tim Walford 619-992-7508. (4/12) Just ask Crystal - specializing in odd jobs for seniors, but ALL ages welcome. Organizing home & yard. Grocery shopping, errands/meal preparation. Caretaker assistance & reprieve. Moving? Downsizing? Help before, during, and after. Holiday help for parties & decorating. Too many jobs to list, just ask! Gift certificates available. San Carlos resident with local references. Call Crystal 619-887-1211 (1/13) Wallcovering Contractor-Enhance the beauty and value of your home! Removal, prep and installation. Precise, superior workmanship by Mr. Elisha Blatt, Lic.# 644396. Discounts on wallcoverings available. Free estimates. 619-582-4449 (07/12) Gardening Service: Lawns, hedges, weeding, trimming, we do it all! 25 years experience, Allied Gardens resident since 1983. Weekly/bi-weekly service. Licensed/insured. Free estimates. 619-287-6947 (07/12) Quality exterior carpentry. Decks, Fences, Patio Covers andTermite Repair.Lic 365241 www.aactionbuildersofsandiego. com Bob 619-275-1493 (04/12) Flute/Piano Instruction. 32 years experience. Beginner to advanced. Music Education. B.A. Degree. Reasonable rates. Available for teaching in your home or mine. Rick, 619-2868012. (03/13) Linda’s Puppy Love. Bonded, licensed, insured pet & housesitting service offers daily dog walks, cat care, vacation visits, overnight care, love, care & attention. www. 619-857-3674. (08/12) Painting int. & ext. 32 years. Ceilings, floors, cabinets. Quality work, reasonable, clean. LC# 620471. Call 619-6746373. (11/12) Roy L. Schwarz Tree Service. I.S.A. Certified Arborist. Dependable service since 1977. 60-foot aerial truck. WE-6180A. Lic #775662. 619-282-3562. (10/12)


Roofing, licensed, bonded, second generation Allied Gardens roofer. Over 100 homes in Allied Gardens roofed. Repairs, all types of roofing. Free estimates. Call 619-2877149. (1/13) Keith Everett Construction and Handyman Service: All phases of home remodeling and repair. Window and door replacement specialist. Repair or build any style of fence, deck, or patio cover. Kitchen and bath remodels. Senior discount, references. No job too small. Lic #878703. Call 619-255-3499. (3/13) 10% off – Builders Express – Full Service Building contractor. 29 years experience. Honest, reliable. Room, bath, kitchen remodels, plumbing, electrical, stucco. Free estimates. Lic 490616 619-297-2280. (8/12)

owned, repairs and all types of roofing. Free estimates. Call 619-229-9112. (10/12)


German Setter Tile and Marble. Professional marble/ tilesetter with 26 years experience. European craftsmanship. Punctual & dependable. License #872804. Contact Jens Sedemund: 619-415-6789 or (10/12)

Giant clam shells (2) one is 21” across - $25. One is 14” across $15. Both for $35. 619-286-5464. (4/12)

Computer Repair – Set Up – Tune Up. PC HELP for Families, Seniors, Home Offices. Trusted in homes for over 25 years. BBB & CA Lic #81527. Call 619-992-5882. (8/12) Painting. Quality work int. & ext. Neat clean & fast, average size room, just $70. Call now for free estimate. 619-280-7752 (4/12) 4 LITTLE COOKS. Hands on cooking classes for kids, ages 6-13. 619-463-7576. (5/12)

Turn your breezeway, entryway, patio into a cost-effective room edition. Easy, quick, will add valuable space to your home. Builders Express Lic 490616 619-297-2280. (8/12)

Caregiver – experienced, affordable, passionate and attentive to your loved one (Alzheimer’s exp.) References. (light cleaning, errands, appts.) Margaret, 619-255-1620, ft/ pt. (6/12)

Guitar Lessons. All ages and levels. 24 years experience playing and teaching. Lessons at recording studio in Del Cerro. SDSU graduate. Call Wayne 619-540-5827. (4/12)

Sing! Sing! Sing! Grow your voice! Take voice lessons with Susan Simmons, New Expressions School of Music, 4434 30th Street. Call 858-349-8490 for appointment. (7/12)

San Carlos Handyman Service: Reliable, affordable, licensed and insured. No job too small. Call Dan @ 619-9945680. (8/12) Let Stronger, Safer Seniors improve your strength, balance, stamina and confidence! We offer you fun and invigorating personalized workouts in the privacy of your home. Call Pam Melody, Certified Personal Trainer, at 619-962-7144 or email to to schedule your free consultation. (8/12) Bathtubs & Sinks Refinished like new without removal. Thirty years experience – same owner. Lic #560438. Call “Cory Tate” Bathtubs & Sinks Refinishing at 619-464-5141. (2/13) Carpet cleaning by Tim the owner operator. A 12-year veteran carpet cleaner backs all his service commitments up with a 100% money-back guarantee. A happy customer is a future client. 619-772-4764. BBB affiliate. (7/12) Handyman/Carpentry: Repair and replacement of plumbing, electrical repair, installation of water heatings, doors, windows, cabinets, flooring, fencing. Pressure washing of driveways, all phases of home repair. And remodel including kitchen and bathroom remodel. No job too small, free estimates. Raised in Allied Gardens, 17 years in construction. Dan Paterson 619-481-9978. (8/12) Let me help you spruce up your yard. Coast Guard veteran recently returned to native Allied Gardens, restarting landscape business, trailer, tools...handyman, solid, responsible Todd Miller 541-261-6422. 619-286-3679. (4/12)

ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT SELLING OR BUYING A HOME IN THE AREA? I would love to introduce myself to you. I am a longtime Realtor who raised my kids in Del Cerro. Please visit my website at to learn more about me. It would be a pleasure to help you. DRE #01392134. Casa Pacific. 619-287-7777. (4/12) Business and Residential renovations, remodels, and updates. Free initial estimate. One-year warranty on all work. Fully licensed and insured General Contractor. References available. KNG Construction Services, license #900907. Call Kirk at 619-315-4652. Rolando Village Resident. (6/12) Landscape maintenance, installations, repairs, sprinklers, shrubs, lighting a specialty, residential & commercial. Business since 1979. Call Darrell 619-401-9835 or 619-972-8744. (7/12)

HELP WANTED Hairstylist wanted. Day spa & salon. Located in the heart of San Diego near USD. Booth rental $130/wk. Call Lana: 619-297-5764. (4/12)

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Sell Avon. Make extra income. Be your own boss, only $10 to start. Call Linda 619-805-6719. Bilingual. (4/12) Will your job alone allow you to live the lifestyle you deserve? Create wealth and happiness in a part-time business. Take control of your life. Will train and help support you to success. Call now 858-598-6370. (12/12)

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Go Go Crate, for dog or cat. Black epoxy, double door. L 24, 20 H, 17 W. $50 - Sylvia 619-286-5991. (4/12)

REAL ESTATE Thinking about making a move? Choosing the right Realtor is a matter of developing a relationship that is both professional and personalized. You’ll need an agent with the experience, knowledge and expertise to get the job done. You will need an agent that will market your house better than the competition and strongly negotiate on your behalf. Visit my website at to learn more about me. It would be an honor to assist you. DRE#01392134. Casa Pacific Realty. 619-287-7777. (4/12) Are you confronted with a foreclosure or short sale? No worries, my team and I are skilled short sale negotiators that have been trained and certified and have helped many families in this situation. Visit my website at to learn more about me. WE CAN HELP! DRE#01392134. Casa Pacific Realty. 619-287-7777. San Carlos Senior Apts. 62+, studio, 1BR + 2BR $695$1235, no smoking or dogs. Call for appt. 619-461-4111 (4/12) Del Cerro SINGLE STORY! MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION! $498,000. 4 bd/2ba, RV parking, HUGE REMODELED KITCHEN! Lynn Dasteel, Casa Pacific DRE#01392134. Del Cerro 5bd/3ba COMPLETELY REMODELED WITH VIEWS! Huge price reduction $735,000-$749,000. Lynn Dasteel, Casa Pacific DRE #01392134. 619-287-7777.

FOR RENT San Carlos Senior Apts. 62+, studio, 1BR + 2BR $695$1235, no smoking or dogs. Call for appt. 619-461-4111 (4/12)

CLUBS Lake Murray Laughter Yoga Club. All welcome. Free. Fridays 10-11 a.m. Enter Kiowa Street. Meet right of boat dock. Diane 619-462-7233; 619-972-7234 cell (6/12) St. Therese Parish will have the annual Italian Dinner Party at Saint Therese Social Center, 6026 Camino Rico, on Sunday, March 4 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Menu includes spaghetti & meatballs, salad, rolls and coffee. Adults $8 in advance and $9.50 at the door, Children $4. Call Dolores at 619-582-3683 or Rose at 619-469-0795 for information and tickets. (3/12)

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Weber grill - small like new. Was $140; will sell for $75. 619-286-1705. (4/12)

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Laborer, from page 1 On the reaction day laborers get from passersby and others: “The worst experience was four or five years ago. The Minutemen would come by and they would try to provoke us and tell us we don’t belong here. The police were pretty cool about it, just trying to keep them away from us. We’re all just looking for work, trying to mind our own business.” On the type of work he finds: “Moving jobs, anything with heavy lifting. Some construction and cement work. A lot of landscaping. A lot of things that older citizens can’t get done and need some help with.” On the state of the economy for a day laborer: “After the recession hit, construction jobs have been scarce. Nobody wants to be here, we all just want to work. … It’s really bad. You’re lucky if you can make $200 a week.” On why he comes to this Home Depot: “They’re very fair here. They just want us to stay over on the sidewalk and not interfere with anything. … This place also has better people, better clients.”

Mohawk, from page 20 College Area Business Improvement District (BID), the host of this second annual event, will provide free shuttle service along the College Ave. and El Cajon Blvd. Taste route. Please see: cfm?Pageid=3 for details, or call the BID at: (619) 582-1093. The next meeting of the Saranac Mohawk Community Group will be on April 18. The Saranac-Mohawk Community Group is a neighborhood of the College East District, comprising residential and business neighbors from the north side of El Cajon Boulevard to Alvarado Road and from Reservoir Drive to 70th Street monthly meetings are open to the public on the third Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Road. The Group hosts speakers and advocates for public safety, beautification, traffic calming, and park development projects. For more information, please contact Terry Shirley, Chair, at

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SCFOL, from page 20 Judy Williams. Thank you for your continued support. TUESDAYS: Weekly, 4-4:45 p.m.: Yoga for Kids, age 3 and up. Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Zumba class. 3rd Tuesdays, 6:30-7:45 pm: Open MIC Night. All ages, all talents welcome: sing, dance, comedy, story-telling. WEDNESDAYS: Weekly (except April 18), 3-4 p.m.: TEENS-Big theater screen Wii gaming. Fourth Wednesday, April 25, 7 p.m.: Author Lianne Downey will discuss her novel, “Cosmic Dancer, an Interdimensional Fantasy.” THE LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAY, APRIL 19. Activities normally occuring on that day are canceled. THURSDAYS: First four Thursdays of the month, 2-3 p.m.: Gentle Yoga with Dr. Carolyn Meeks, MD. WEEKLY, 3-5 p.m.: Family-PG-Films shown on our theater size screen. Second Thursday, 1 p.m.: Librarian’s Book Club: April 12 selection is “Sky of Red Poppies” by Zohreh Ghahremani. May 10 selection is “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese. Copies are available at the library. FRIDAYS: Weekly, 10-10:40 a.m.: Pre-School Story Time & Songs. April 20, 2-3 p.m.: FREE OASIS PROGRAM, Richard Lederer, well-known writer and KPBS Radio Personality, will speak on “The Lighter Side of Aging,” in the main room of the library. Please register at the library or with OASIS. SATURDAYS: Second Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and fourth Saturday at 1 p.m: Mindfulness Meditation led by Dr. Funshine. Second Saturday, 10:30 to noon: the adult “Story Swap Group” teaches oral story telling. Homebound SC Library patrons may call 527-3430 to have books delivered to their homes.

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DECIDING BETWEEN A WILL AND A TRUST By Sara Wuori, Esq. Most people know that it’s important to have an estate plan in place so their assets will be distributed as they’d like upon their death, rather than be distributed according to the California Probate Code. Unfortunately, many people fail to take action because they are unsure of what is involved in creating an estate plan and what type of estate plan they need. People are often uncertain if having a simple will is sufficient for their specific situation or if they actually require a trust. If you do not own a home or if you have assets totaling less than $100,000, a will may be appropriate for you. A will is a legal document which allows you to leave instructions setting forth who will receive your assets when you die. It can be revoked by you during your lifetime. Should you die intestate, meaning without a will, your assets will be distributed by a court to your nearest relatives according to California Probate Code. If you die intestate and you have no living relatives, your estate will be distributed to the State of California. If it is your desire to leave a gift to someone outside of your family, such as a close friend, unregistered domestic partner, or charity, a will ensures that your desires are carried out. Your will allows you to nominate someone that you trust to act as the executor of your will. This is a serious decision because the executor has many important responsibilities including distributing your assets according to the instructions in your will. If you have minor children, a will allows you to nominate a guardian to care for your children until they reach the age of 18. If you eventually decide that a will is suitable for your specific situation, you should also consider having an advance health care directive and power of attorney for assets, should you become ill or incapacitated. There are some drawbacks to simple wills: Most problematic is the fact that a will does not prevent probate. Depending on the size of your estate, probate can be an expensive and time consuming process. It is also a court process so the distribution of your estate is a matter of public record. If you own a home or have assets totaling more than $100,000, a trust may be more appropriate. Like a simple will, a trust is a legal document which can be revoked or modified during your lifetime and allows you to leave instructions setting forth who will receive your assets when you die. One of the greatest benefits of a trust over a will is that a trust does allow your beneficiaries to avoid the time and significant expense of probate and also keeps the distribution of your estate private. Your will or trust not only provides directions for the transfer of assets upon your death, but can also help you fund retirement or education for your surviving family, make charitable contributions, reduce death taxes, and allow for asset preservation and risk management during your lifetime. Whether a will or trust will best fit your needs, it is important to take action and have some type of estate plan in place so that your assets are distributed upon your death according to your wishes. If you have any questions about Wills, Trusts or other estate planning options, please visit for more information or call (619) 462-0995 to speak with an attorney at Suzuki Wuori, LLP.

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San Carlos’s Jr. Pee Wee Cheer won last year’s Jamz Cheer Competition at Magic Mountain.


The Mighty Mite Mohawks team is just one opportunity available through the San Carlos Pop Warner program.

SAN CARLOS POP WARNER 2012 Pop Warner strives to inspire youth, regardless of race, creed or national origin, to practice the ideals of sportsmanship, scholarship and physical fitness as reflected in the life of the late Glenn Scobie “Pop” Warner. Founded in 1929, it continues to grow and is the only youth football, cheerleading and dance organization that requires its participants to maintain academic standards in order to participate. More than 400,000 boys and girls, ages 5-16, participate with 5,000 programs in the United States, Mexico and Japan. The goal of San Carlos Pop Warner (SCPW) is to enable children to benefit from the participation in team sports in a safe and structured environment. SCPW instructs players and cheerleaders in fundamental skills and values that will give them an advantage throughout their lives. SCPW has no tryouts our goal is to have complete rosters of 35 players for each of the 6 teams. Everyone will play under the league rules and the teams are made based on age and weight. San Carlos Pop Warner was founded in 1968 and until recently it was called Alvarado Pop Warner, because it drew players from all over the then-East side of the San Diego Region. A few of the current board members and league volunteers remember being playing and cheering for Alvarado Pop Warner when they were young. SCPW has taught numerous players including notably University of Texas standout, NFL Player and Heisman Trophy Winner Ricky Williams. Seventy-five percent of all current NFL players played Pop Warner. SCPW also has competed in regional playoffs and cheer competitions and has sent teams to the Pop Warner Super Bowl and Cheer Nationals. Youngsters interested in becoming football players or cheerleaders and adults interested in volunteering with San Carlos Pop Warner must attend one of the following sign-ups. Each team needs volunteers to help with coaching and game-day activities. Complete registration information can be found at and on Facebook as San Carlos Pop Warner. Come early as teams will fill up fast. Early registration: March 30, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and March 31, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., East County Masonic Temple, 7849 Tommy Drive. April 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., San Carlos Recreation Center, 6445 Lake Badin Ave. May 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave.

Cheer is a major component of San Carlos Pop Warner Program (SCPW). Cheer director Kari Rice was elected in 2010 and has since more than doubled the number of cheerleaders to 71 for the 2011 Season. The cheer squads support and cheer for the football team in their age group plus they compete in their own competitions. In 2011, SCPW had three cheer squads win in the San Diego Competition and advance onto regional level encompassing all of Southern California. The Pee Wee cheer team advanced to the Pop Warner Nationals held at Disney World, Orlando, Fla. They took fourth in this competition and were nominated for the Sportsmanship Award. “It took 26 yrs for us to get to nationals and be placed. It was an honor,” said Rice. “The girls worked hard and did not give up.” Cheer is a great way to work on team skills, build athletic ability and contribute to the success of the SCPW Program. Rice would like to have each of the competitive cheer teams have that same opportunity in 2012 – her goal is to have 100-to-120 cheerleaders involved with San Carlos Pop Warner.

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Classically falcon-shaped, owing to its size and color, the white-tailed kite is often mistaken for a gull. A closer look reveals a seasoned and precise hunter. Hovering from 15 to 18 feet above the ground while facing the wind, this agile glider can be seen over MTRP’s grasslands and open woodlands, scanning the ground with its piercing red eyes, in search of rodents, reptiles and insects. Perhaps its distinctive “squeaky door” sound will draw your eyes skyward on your next trip to MTRP. Our MTRP Trail Guide walks are an opportunity to learn more about natural Southern California, with its unique landscapes, habitats, local history, plant and animal life. The walks are free, interesting, fact-filled, and geared to all ages and interests. Grab sturdy shoes, that comfortable hat, water bottle and sunscreen and hit the trail! Morning walks are offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. You’ll start from the park’s Visitor and Interpretive Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. The walk beginning from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station, Two 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, held on the first Saturday of each month, reveals the secret lives of animals and offers insight into their survival techniques and habits. Tracking Team members assist in indentifying and interpreting tracks, scat and habitats. At 8:30 a.m. on April 7, meet in front of the Visitor Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos for a two-hour tracking adventure. April’s Discovery Table, presented on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. inside the Visitor Center, offers a hands-on, fun-for-all ages opportunity to learn about the variety of nest shapes, sizes and materials. Test your skill matching eggs to the right nest! Birding at Old Mission Dam, with MTRP Resident Birder Jeanne Raimond, is an opportunity to observe bird behavior and hear their voicing during nesting and mating season. Bring along your bird book and binoculars if you wish. Our outing is on Saturday, April 21, from 8 to 10 a.m. Join us at Old Mission Dam Parking Lot, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee. Birding Basics, a 90-minute class conducted by Mission Trails Bird Guide Winona Sollock, teaches five simple techniques to identify birds “at a glance!” You’ll also pick up tips on bird field guide use. (Bringing one is optional.) Class meets on Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. inside the Visitor Center, Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Star Party Sites in April include the Whirlpool Galaxy of Ursa Major, M81 and M82. MTRP Resident Star Gazer George Varga reminds us the party is one day short of First-Quarter Moon, and he’ll be scoping in on its features. Saturn may also be visible for viewing. Meet us at the far end of the Kumeyaay Lake Campgound Day Use Parking Lot, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee on Saturday, April 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. Meanwhile, come on out and enjoy the park! Visit for more information and our events calendar, or call (619) 668-3281. Special walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Heidi Gutkecht at (619) 668-3279 or at — April 1, 2012

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On Sunday, April 8, San Diego Native American Flute Circle performs in the Visitor Center Amphitheater from 1 to 3 p.m. Our concert on April 15, presented in cooperation with the San Diego Chapter of the American Harp Society, features two accomplished harpists, Alexandra Tibbitts and Julia Schorn. The performance of the play “SQUAWK!”, by the SDSU Theater Arts Department, has been rescheduled for Friday, April 20 at 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center Amphitheater. SQUAWK! is the very African tale of a bird “ Peace Song Competition.” It is a delightfully funny allegory for all ages, and represents the factions and individuals vying for power in the formative years of the new South Africa. Told mainly in “bird language,” much of the story can be understood by children of any language. The 20-member Santee Community Chorus will perform in the Visitor Center Theater on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. The music is secular, ranging from Disney to Mozart to what founder Elizabeth Kimery calls “simple but beautiful arrangements.” WriteOutLoud presents a reading of “The Domain of Arnheim” by Edgar Allan Poe at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, 2012. This free program will be in the Visitor Center Amphitheater. “The Domain of Arnheim” portrays Ellison, who has inherited $450 million (in the early 19th century!), and decides to use the inheritance to create “the perfect landscape.” It is sometimes considered Poe’s greatest if little known story... a lighter side of Poe most are not familiar with. WriteOutLoud is an organization committed to inspire, challenge, and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience. “I Feel Pretty” is the title of the award winning photograph of an Anna’s Hummingbird photographed by Mission Trails Volunteer Gerry Tietje at Lake Murray. Gerry’s photo took first place in the recent “Viewers Choice Awards” at Gallery 4311 located at San Diego Hospice.


Walk along any of our 42 miles of trails, and you will see a vivid display of wild flowers. There are more than 300 varieties of wild flowers within Mission Trails. Free Art, Music and Theater “Four from the SD Watercolor Society – Voe Naturelle” is the art exhibit in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Gallery through April 13. More than 50 pieces of watercolor art will be on display. From April 14 through May 4, nature photographer Scott Streit will have a solo show with a reception on Sunday, April 22. The deadline for entering our 19th annual Amateur Photo Contest is April 27. Applications are at the Visitor Center or on our website at Click on Events, then Photo Contest to download the application.

Discovery Table on April 7 On April 7, stop by the Discovery Table in the lobby of the Visitor Center between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and learn about bird nests. See if you can match bird eggs to the correct bird nests! “Nature Adventures” for Children Birds: Beaks & Feet Determine What They Eat!is the topic for Linda Hawley’s Nature Adventure classes for children 3 and up to be held April 17-19 at the MTRP Visitor Center. For more information, go to, click on Nature Studies, and then on Children’s Classes on the drop-down menu. Mark Your Calendar for the evening of July 7 The Mission Trails Foundation is teaming up with the plein air painters of the California Art Club (CAC) for a joint art sale/fund raiser the evening of July 7, at the MTRP Visitor Center. The CAC members are being invited to create a painting at Mission Trails, with best paintings for sale on the evening of July 7. Proceeds will benefit the MTRP Foundation and the CAC. Meet the artists, enjoy wine, cheese, and chocolate and purchase a painting. Tickets will go on sale on May 1: $35 for individual and $50 per couple. All the information will be on our website. Keep up-to-date with Mission Trails by signing up on our homepage to receive our e-News Updates at You may also “like us” on Facebook.

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THE IDEALFromCONNECTION Don & Melissa Teemsma April 1st is not only April Fool’s Day, it marks Ideal’s 52nd year in business. Over the years, we have built an Ideal culture that has served our customers and employees well. Part of that culture is humor in the workplace. A good laugh and appropriate joke or funny story helps to ease the sometimes difficult routine of the jobs we do every day.

“Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.” -Lord Byron

My father is a good example of one who uses appropriate humor and has been part of building humor into our Ideal culture. He remembers funny anecdotes that happened and likes to retell them. Who doesn’t like a funny story? Read on for some humorous encounters while on the job: Don & Melissa Teemsma 2nd Generation owners, Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical

The Whisker-Faced Intruder One day I was running late to an appointment. As I pulled up to the job, I grabbed my homemade roast beef sandwich and inhaled it. As I got out of my truck, a dog met me on the walkway leading to the front door. As a gesture of goodwill, I tossed my last bite to this cute fuzzy faced dog. He seemed grateful; of course he followed me to the door.

When the homeowner answered the door she invited me in and brought me in the master bathroom to show me the repairs needed. As we left the bathroom I went to my truck for tools and materials and the homeowner attended to other matters. When I returned, we found the dog had took up residence on the master bed. The homeowner looked at me and asked, “Is that your dog?” I replied, “No, I thought it was yours.” We then realized the dog had snuck in. Thankfully, we both started to laugh.

The Dog of Terror Some customers are unable to be at their home for their appointment, so they leave a note and a key. On this day we had a key under the mat and a note: “Beware of Dog. He is locked up in the bedroom. Please repair kitchen faucet and return key to under mat.” Well, the plumber entered the home and began to go toward the kitchen when he was met by the household dog of terror. In a panic, our tech reached for the front door and flew into it. Instead, he found himself in the coat closet. This was before cell phones, so when the homeowner arrived an hour later, the threat was returned to his doggy room.

The Business Man who Put on His “Wet” Suit for Work (No, he was Not a Surfer!) Often customers are distracted and hurried - this experience was classic. The homeowner was taking me from place to place, showing me what different problems needed repair. He was in a hurry to leave for a business appointment, dressed in his suit and tie and very nice shoes. He said I have two problems, the valve sticks open and the handle pulls off in your hand because you have to pull so hard to get the water on. As he was telling me, he grabbed the handle and you guessed it, he gave a live demonstration. A day blessed with a good laugh, a funny story, or an amusing moment seems to increase our happiness and makes life more interesting and enjoyable. A good sense of humor is an advantage in the sometimes unpredictable world of service and repair. Humor in the moment can help make to things better and help ease the moment. Yes, there is a time and a place but when I think of life without humor, it’s hard to imagine. For the full length article and more funny encounters, visit our blog:

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