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Allied Gardens February 3, 2012

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Fletcher Hills Volume XIX – Number 2

DISTRICT 7 CANDIDATE PHAME CRUSADER

KATHERINE NAKAMURA’S EFFORTS PAY OFF

Bluebird of Happiness The Mission Trails Visitor Center gallery will inspire the budding nature photographer in you.

Matthew Kalal and Katherine Nakamura

By Charles Iyoho

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District 7 candidate Rik Hauptfeld is running a grassroots campaign. Hauptfeld doesn’t have big contributors nor is he aligned with large organizations. “We need a change and a more independent voice,” he said. Hauptfeld said there are many people who feel the same way. When he attended a recent Allied Gardens Community Council meeting, he was buoyed by the number of people who approached him after his speech, which included an explanation of his independent status. “It was tremendously encouraging for me,” he said. “We’re about the community – we don’t have a bunch of money behind us.” As an independent candidate, Hauptfeld said he is maximizing free resources to get his message out there. “In our opinion, the web – social media – is our great equalizer because they’re free,” said Hauptfeld, who added that his Facebook likes and Twitter followers continue to increase. Unlike his fellow District 7 candidates, Mathew Kostrinsky and Scott Sherman, Hauptfeld did not grow up in San Diego. Hauptfeld said he doesn’t believe it’s a bad thing to be a relatively newcomer to the city. “Because I’ve seen other cities, and lived in other places, I developed a ruler by which to measure San Diego. And let me tell you, San Diego is a fantastic place,”

Katherine Nakamura remembers clearly her son’s first musical concert at Patrick Henry High School’s cafetorium in fall 2008. Her husband, sitting beside her, expressed aloud his displeasure with the facility to Nakamura, who was then president of the County Board of Education. “He spent most of the concert hissing at me that I should be ashamed of myself,” said Nakamura, whose husband is an architect and school designer. “I had just spent eight months working to get Proposition S on the ballot, funding for its political campaign and gathering political support from across the city, among my many other duties at the time,” she said. “My response to him was, ‘Could you give me a minute?’” Hard work pays off – Nakamura became one of the main driving forces behind the movement to get funding for the new Patrick Henry High Arts, Media and Entertainment Academy (PHAME) center. PHAME will supplant the school’s inadequate multipurpose cafetorium.   Following years of extensive

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RIK HAUPTFELD RAISES HIS INDEPENDENT VOICE Hearty Romance Patty Mooney and Mark Schulze celebrate 30 years of love this Valentine’s Day.

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Howdy, Readers Charles Johnson saddled up to Gage Elementary School for Literacy Night.

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District 7, which includes Allied Gardens, College, Del Cerro and San Carlos, has quite a decision to make on Election Day 2012. Mission Times Courier ran articles on candidates Mathew Kostrinsky and Scott Sherman in its Dec. 2 issue. In this issue, we introduce you to the third candidate, Rik Hauptfeld, a Tierrasanta resident who aims to increase community activism. By Genevieve A. Suzuki

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San Carlos has a gem in Mira Day Spa, which is nestled beside Pizazz Salon and Essential Points Acupuncture along Jackson Drive. Don’t let the Mira Day Spa’s black and white sign fool you into thinking this day spa is for functional minds only. Once inside, clients are treated to a variety of visual and tactical pleasures. And while it’s not easy to decide to treat yourself to a massage, once you’ve experienced the treatments at Mira Day Spa, it’s that much more difficult to deprive yourself. Like many people who are still semi-devoted to their New Year’s resolutions, I’ve begun trying to work out regularly at L.A. Fitness on San Carlos. Although it’s great for my health and highly recommended by my doctor, my new exercise regime has done a number on my couch potato body, resulting in sore muscles and the occasional back spasm. The new physical activity coupled with the extra time spent in front of a computer demanded I seek the tender ministrations of a professional. When I entered the spa, I was invited to fill out the customary form for new clients. I marked down that my trouble areas – my back and neck – needed special help. See SPA page 20


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DOWNTOWN SAN DIEGO BOARD GETS A NEW CHAIRMAN By Charles Iyoho The Downtown San Diego Partnership Board just got a new chairman. Ignacio De La Torre, who serves as the vice president of external affairs for AT&T Regional, has been named the chairman of the organization’s 2012 board, as announced at a sold-out reception Jan. 25 of about 600 attendees at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. “Investing in San Diego builds a strong and vibrant community,” said Torre, who’s worked at AT&T for 23 years. Torre first joined the Downtown San Diego Partnership and its board of trustees 10 years ago. The Downtown San Diego Partnership advocates for the economic growth and revitalization of Downtown, working closely with regional business organizations and government agencies to identify needs, develop strategies, shape public policy and implement programs that strengthen the business climate and quality of life in Downtown San Diego. It was formed in 1993 by the merger of two Downtown business organizations: San Diego Downtown Association and Central City Association – formed in 1952 – and San Diegans, Inc., which was formed in 1958. The veteran AT&T employee said he specifically wants to focus on, “advancing redevelopment activities, supporting high-impact projects and ending homelessness. “What’s good for the city is good for the region,” Torre said. “It all comes back to investing in our future.” Kris Michell, Downtown San Diego Partnership president and CEO, said Torre’s “commanding leadership and visionary style” made him a strong candidate for chairman. “The end of redevelopment spells a new, challenging age for our organization,” said Michell. “Ignacio’s institutional and business savvy affords us a solid leader in a demanding time.”

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By Barbara Cleves Anderson Because those of us who frequent the lake are asked the same questions many times, I have been told I need repeat the answers in print. Newcomers that visit Lake Murray ask popular questions. Frequent lake users are probably tired of answering the questions themselves and so I was elected to help disseminate information. Most of you have read the following before: No. 1: How far is it around the lake road? From the zero mark on the road at the Kiowa Street entrance to the Del Cerro gate it is 3.23 miles. If you come onto the road at the many possible entrances you need to add or subtract your mileage that is painted on the road. The lake road is an out-and-back course. No. 2: Why can’t we outlaw bikes? They have a right to the road. They don’t have a right to ride their bike too fast or erratically. Why can’t we outlaw roller bladders? Runners have a right to use the road. Why do walkers line up across the road making it difficult for anyone to go around them? They don’t care? Why do people turn around on the road without looking where they are going? They are thinking about what they are going to have for dinner. No. 3: This is my question: Why don’t lake users learn the name of the points and bays? Why don’t they learn the mile markers? I have written about this important safety issue many times. If there is an accident, and they do happen, how can one tell the 911 operator where the injured or ill person is down? It is difficult for the operator to pass the information along. I always hear about something that is just around the bend or up that little hill. See BARBARA page 9

PROJECT AIMS TO PROVIDE PERMANENT HOUSING FOR HOMELESS By Charles Iyoho San Diego’s homeless population just got a big boost. Local business and city leaders have started a new project called Connections Housing, which will provide permanent housing for the city’s homeless population. The project’s groundbreaking, held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 26 was held on the rooftop of a 6th Avenue parking structure located on 1250 6th Avenue. Officials say the 6th Avenue location will serve as the site where the project will be implemented. “Connections Housing is an extraordinary project for so many reasons,” said Jim Silverwood, president of Affirmed Housing Group, one of the many organizations and businesses that will be assisting with the project. “We are honored to be a part of this stellar partnership, and part of the cause to end homelessness in San Diego.” San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, San Diego Council President Pro Tem Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Todd Gloria were guest speakers at the meeting. Representatives of Affirmed Housing Group, Family Health Centers of San Diego, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and PATH Ventures were also on-hand. Other partners in the project include Alpha Project, Centre City Development Corporation, the San Diego Housing Commission, Turner Construction Company, UnitedHealth Group and U.S. Bank. Officials say the aim of the Connections Housing project is to transform the current facility into an “integrated service and residential center aiming to end homelessness in San Diego.” Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in December of 2012. Bob McElroy, president of the Alpha Project, a non profit that offers support services for seniors and residents who are mentally ill, disabled, low income and homeless, said the facility will include interim beds, permanent supportive housing units, a community health clinic and “a variety of support services on-site made available through partnering agencies.” San Diego Housing Commission President Richard C. Gentry said the Housing Commission will be giving “close to $1 million annually in housing vouchers See HOUSING page 9

Reporting Crimes Dear “Ask the Cop”: I’ve been told that I should call the police when I see a crime occurring. When is it important enough to call the police? What do I say? I don’t want to be a nuisance or to “cry wolf” all the time but can you tell me when the police want to be called? Wannabee Good Samaritan Dear Concerned Resident, The general rule of thumb is to call the police via 911 when persons and property are at immediate risk. When a suspect is in the process of committing the crime and risk of injury and death are imminent. Most people know about

the 911 system and what constitutes a crime in progress or emergency. The area most in need of clarification is when it doesn’t jump out as an emergency and you’re not calling for a police report or information. The San Diego Police Department has two non-emergency numbers to use in this scenario, they are (619) 531-2000 and (858) 484-3154 if you live in the (858) area code. One great tip is to program the nonemergency phone number into your cellular phone so you can speed dial it when you see something that merits it. People seem to have a misperception of when police want to be called. My rule of thumb is that anytime you wish police officers were present to see what you’re seeing, you should call. We are not aware of a problem or potential problem until we get those calls. We have police cars in your neighborhood and dispatchers/call-takers waiting at police headquarters to put the pieces of the crime puzzle together. It is not a bother to get your calls, but rather a service. Those calls for service get officers off the main arteries and avenues and into the smaller streets. It’s how we contact the door-to-door solicitors operating without a permit and casing houses. It’s how we learn about suspicious cars, drug deals, transient camps and graffiti. The San Diego Police Department staffs the call center with people just for this purpose. No one has to be dying for you to call us. And each of these calls generates an incident number and something tangible, to be tracked for future crime trends. For examples of these types of calls, please visit the police department’s web page for an exhaustive list. This non-emergency number is also where you call to report a crime that has already occurred. The ability of the police to locate and arrest criminals often depends on the thoroughness and accuracy of the report you submit. The following information checklist should be used for reporting both emergency and nonemergency crimes: See COP, page 9


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ENSURING YOUR VOICE IS HEARD WHEN YOU CAN’T SPEAK By Sara Wuori, Esq. It’s hard to believe 2011 has come to an end and that we are already a full month into 2012. Many of us have probably made New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, spend more time with our loved ones, or just have more fun. These are all great goals to work toward but perhaps we should all consider squeezing in just one more New Year’s

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resolution: Get our estate planning documents in order. (And this goal is so much easier to achieve than purging our cupboards of all our favorite snack foods.) When we think of estate planning documents we often think of either a will or a trust. Most adults should have one or the other of these documents depending on their individual circumstances. However, there are two additional and very important estate planning documents that everyone should have whether or not they have a will or trust. These documents are the advance health care directive and financial power of attorney. Although no one wants to think they may someday lack the ability or capacity to communicate their desires regarding medical treatment should they become ill or be involved in an accident, it is better to clearly address these desires in an advance health care directive. An advance health care directive is a written document, which informs your physicians, family, and friends of the types of medical treatment you would like to receive should you become unable to communicate these desires yourself. It addresses specific treatments that you may want or not want, under any circumstance, such as the insertion of feeding tubes, the use of heart and lung bypass machines, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation. An advance health care directive can also state your desire to stay at home rather than a nursing facility and state your preferences regarding organ donation and your burial wishes. Additionally, appointment of a conservator of the person through a court proceeding can be avoided by having an advance health care directive. The financial power of attorney is a written document, which allows another person, known as your agent, to act on your behalf in regard to financial transactions. These transactions can include withdrawing from and depositing funds to your bank accounts, paying your bills, signing your income tax returns, operating your small business, managing your real property (including sales or collecting rents), transferring property into your

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trust, managing retirement accounts, and making investments. This document can be critical to have in place should you ever become mentally incompetent to handle your financial affairs yourself and it eliminates the need for a court proceeding to appoint a conservator of your estate. There are two types of financial powers of attorney. The first is the durable power of attorney, which allows your agent to act immediately upon the signing of the document and later, in the event that you become mentally incapacitated. The second financial power of attorney is the springing durable power of attorney. The springing durable power of attorney only takes effect upon incapacity determined by physicians. If you are later determined to have regained capacity, the agent under the springing durable power of attorney may no longer act on your behalf. Financial powers of attorney can grant the agent broad powers over your financial affairs. That is why it is important for you to appoint a person you trust to act as your agent, should it become necessary, rather than leaving this very important decision to a court. If you don’t already have an advance health care directive or financial power of attorney, make it a goal to have them created for you in 2012. It will be one less worry for you and your loved ones. If you have previously created these documents, take a moment to review them and make sure they still reflect your wishes. It’s good practice to review these documents at least every five years. Additionally, if you have an advance health care directive that was created in another state and you now reside in California or spend a significant amount of time here, take the time to verify that your advance health care directive is valid here. If you have any questions about advance health care directives, financial powers of attorney or other estate planning documents, please visit www. thesandiegoattorneys.com for more information or call 619-462-0995 to speak with an attorney at Suzuki Wuori, LLP.

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SAN CARLOS FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY By Sue Hotz Happy Valentine’s Day. We love our members, volunteers, and patrons. Our goal is to have every library patron become a Friends of the Library member. It’s never too late to join. Consider giving a gift to the library in honor or memory of a friend or loved one. Memberships start at $5 for seniors and students, and family memberships are reasonably priced at $20. Membership envelopes/forms are in the library and on our website. Congratulations to the 55 local students who entered the Friends of the Library annual essay contest. Our area awards presentation to winners from Benchley-Weinberger, Pershing, and PHHS, will be held Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the library. All programs listed here are free, underwritten by SCFOL, take place in the Library’s Community Room, and are open to the public. For additional information, check our website www.sancarlosfriendsofthelibrary.org, or call the library at (619) 527-3430. FIRST SATURDAYS: SCFOL Used Book Sales will be held on Feb. 4 and March 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. At 10 a.m. Cowboy Bob will perform in the Children’s area of the library. Sale proceeds are our main revenue source and buy library books, equipment and programs. Thank you for your continued support. DAILY: Artist and San Carlos resident, Jean Waters, will have her colorful collages on display in the Community Room, from Feb. 7 thru March 1. Her artist reception is Feb. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. TUESDAYS: NEW: Weekly, 4 to 4:45 p.m: Yoga for kids, age 3 and up. NEW: Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Zumba class. NEW: Third Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.: Open MIC Night. All ages, all talents welcome: sing, dance, comedy, storytelling.

KIWANIS THANK YOU TO THE NAVAJO COMMUNITY By John Peterson The Kiwanis Club of Grantville-Allied Gardens would like to publicly thank the Navajo Community for its wonderful support of our annual Christmas tree sales lot. This was our 24th year of selling Christmas trees as our annual fundraiser. Even with a down economy and lots of competition we were able to sell out our inventory of trees and even have a couple of days to rest up before Christmas! We started selling Christmas trees in 1988 when we placed our first order (with much trepidation) for 110 trees. This year we had three shipments of trees totaling 1032 trees – what a difference – and we owe it all to the terrific support we get from our community. We opened the lot on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and on Dec. 22 we had 19 trees left. We loaded them in a truck and took them to Miramar Air Station to donate to the Marines. That evening we celebrated our success at the now empty tree lot! I wish I could tell you how many times I heard a customer on the tree lot say, “We always but our tree from Kiwanis because all the money goes back to the community.” And that is true. Kiwanians donate their time and energy as do other volunteers such as members of Key Club, Circle K and Builders Club. On busy weekends we even had volunteers from New Entra Casa, a home for female ex-offenders trying to turn their lives around. It is their way of thanking us for all the support we provide them throughout the year. We want you to know how much we do appreciate your support. Without you we could not support our youth organizations, Patrick Henry Key Club, SDSU Circle K, Lewis Middle Schools Builders Club and the K Kids at Hearst Elementary. Without you we could not support Allied Gardens Little League, Cub Scout Pack 928, Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp, AGCC Holiday Festival, cookouts for students at Lewis Middle School and Foster Elementary, Harvey Academic Awards at Lewis Middle School, Student of the Month awards for students from Patrick Henry High, Lewis Middle School and Hearst Elementary. Without you we could not give scholarships to deserving students from Patrick Henry Key Club and SDSU Circle K. Thanks to your support we were able to donate and maintain the Community Flagpole and to display the American flags along Waring Road on national and patriotic holidays. Your support of our Christmas tree sales fundraiser allowed us to start SpringFest and to sponsor the Kiwanis Parade each year. I could go on but you get the idea, it is you, our customers, who really make these things happen and we applaud and thank you. Together we are making our community a better place to live!

WEDNESDAYS: WEEKLY, 3 to 4 p.m.: TEENS – Big theater screen Wii gaming. Third Wednesday, 4 to 5:30 p.m.: SCFOL Board meets. Fourth Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.: Railroad buffs and students of Black history – join us for an entertaining evening as SDSU professor emeritus, Ted Kornweibel, delights us with stories behind his new 200+ photo, coffee-table book, Railroads in the African American Experience: A Photographic Journey. THURSDAYS: NEW: First four Thursdays of the month, 2 to 3 p.m.: Gentle Yoga with Dr. Carolyn Meeks, MD. WEEKLY, 3 to 5 p.m.: Family-PGFilms shown on our theater size screen. Second Thursday, 1 p.m.: Librarian’s Book Club: Feb. 9 selection is The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma: March 9 selection is How To Be An American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway. Copies are available at the library.

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February Feature - Richard Lederer (right) presents American Trivia Feb. 23 at 12:45 p.m. The College Avenue Center welcomes back wordsmith and author Richard Lederer to our center for an entertaining and informative look at American Trivia. Lederer is well known in San Diego and around the country for his many years at KPBS radio, with his popular “A Way With Words” show. He has written numerous books for both children and adults. His engaging style will keep us all laughing as well as encouraging us to use our brains! Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. Computer Class: Computer Survivor Skills – If you are new with computers or would like to learn some new skills, this is a great short hands-on class to find out how to keep your computer running well and troubleshoot minor problems. Before taking this class, you should already know how to use a computer, mouse and keyboard. Feb. 9 through April 12 AARP Tax Preparation – AARP Tax-Aide is the Nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax counseling and preparation service available to all tax payers with middle to low income. AARP Tax Aide pays special attention to the needs and concerns of taxpayers 60 years and over. The volunteers are trained in cooperation with the IRS. Tax help is by appointment only. No walk ins. Spaces fill up quickly, call early to make your appointment. Appointments will be Thursdays and Fridays: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For appointments call (858) 637-3270. Feb. 15 & 29 at 1 p.m. Computer Class: Exploring Google – How many times have you heard, “Just Google it”? What is Google and what does that mean? Google is a leading search engine that helps you locate information on the Internet. In this course, you will learn about some of the other useful and fun features of Google, including email, news, maps, videos, calendars and health and financial information. (Please have a Google/Gmail account before the class or come to an Open Lab session before the 1st day of class to start one. Help is available.) The College Avenue Center also offers hot Kosher lunches served Monday to Friday at noon. Soup & Salad Bar offered Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Suggested Donation: $4 for Seniors, $7 for all others.


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SAN CARLOS RESIDENTS CELEBRATE THREE DECADES OF LOVE This Valentine’s Day will be a special one for Patty Mooney and Mark Schulze, owners of San Diego-based award-winning video production company, Crystal Pyramid Productions (since 1981). What many of their clients do not know is Mooney and Schulze are husband and wife (Mooney, an internationally published poet, kept her name) and they met on Valentine’s Day in 1982. Their story, which has appeared in a few anthologies including “Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Lover” and “OMG! Wedding Stories,” has been one amazing adventure after another for the past 30 years.

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Schulze started Crystal Pyramid Productions in 1981 after graduating from UCSD. At that time he was a one-man band, videotaping special events, TV spots for non-profit groups and short industrials with a single camera, tripod and VCR. The company grew rapidly after Mooney joined him in 1982, and today produces and shoots for broadcast and corporate clients such as Extra, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, PUMA, and many more.  They’ve enjoyed many kudos for their work over the last few years, including an inaugural Heilbron Award last year, the Women Who Mean Business award, Tribute to Women in Industry Award, Most Admired CEO Award, and the San Diego Chamber of Commerce’s “Outstanding Community Involvement Micro-Business Award.” During the 1980s and 1990s, Schulze and Mooney helmed several instructional videos via their offshoot company, New & Unique Videos. “Massage for Relaxation” was the world’s first massage video. “The Great Mountain Biking Video” was the world’s first mountain-bike title and featured POV footage shot with the first-ever helmet camera. Schulze, known as “Wiz” to those who know him best, in 1987 clamped a three-chip video camera atop a motorcycle helmet with a cable running to a VCR in a padded backpack, so the thrilling experience of mountain biking could be shared with viewers. In the coming months, New & Unique Videos’ titles will be available on demand at kiosks in Sony Style and Microsoft stores.  In 1993, the couple embarked on a journey around the world with their mountain bikes, charting a few more world-firsts. “Full Cycle: A World Odyssey” was the world’s first mountain-bike travel adventure documentary and it features scenes at the first-ever Himalayan Mountain Bike Rally (in which the couple participated), and the first-ever scuba mountain bikers off the coast of Costa Rica. “Full Cycle” garnered multiple awards including a Telly, a Chicago Festival Silver Award and New York Film Fest award, and was highly reviewed. What new tricks does the couple have up their sleeves for the next 30 years? They are planning a vacation in New Zealand where they first fell in love with each other back in 1982. Mooney recently started a couple of new websites to make people laugh – www.AirPoetry.com and www.LampHatCollection.com. Knowing how short life is, the couple will continue walking hand-in-hand toward the sunset, enjoying each other’s love and company and making each other laugh.

16TH ANNUAL ROLANDO STREET FAIR By Virginia Martin, RCC Publicity Co-Chair “Make a Wish Baby!” Do those lyrics ring a bell? They will when you see Ambrosia playing at the 16th Annual Rolando Street Fair March 25. Their huge hits, “Biggest Part of Me,” “You’re the Only Woman,” and “How Much I Feel” will have the entire community dancing in the street! The Rolando Street Fair has become a real music event in San Diego. Band coordinator Stephanie Bonner continues to use her influence to attract big names and local favorites to our event. In addition to Ambrosia, the music lineup includes Lee Coulter, Steph Johnson, Cathryn Beeks, and Len Rainey and the Midnight Players. More than 100 vendor booths and non-profit community organizations will entice you with delicious food, hand-made items, and services. In addition, there is a Kid’s Corner with rides and activities. The Rolando Community Council (RCC) produces this event. Financial support of more than $10,000 from the San Diego City Arts and Culture Commission and Marti Emerald’s District 7 Council Office make it possible. We salute both offices for supporting this celebration of our community. We also recognize our partners in production: the College Area Business Improvement District and the College Neighborhoods Foundation. Their contributions are essential. And finally, our thanks to the many Rolando volunteers whose hard work makes this event a success year after year. It wouldn’t happen without you. More volunteers are needed on the day of the Street Fair and to distribute advance flyers and posters. If you can assist in either activity, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Supi Bhullar 619-796-5585 or bhullar.supi@gmail. com. For more information and vendor applications, please visit www.rolandocommunitycouncil.org. Mark your calendars now for March 25 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event occurs on Rolando Boulevard between El Cajon Boulevard and Solita Avenue. “Like” us on Facebook at Rolando Street Fair.

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BENJAMIN BRANCH FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY By Anne Lee As anticipated, January was a busy month for members of the Benjamin Branch FOL chapter. Planned activities, including a well received Oasis program on Mark Twain, the annual meeting on Jan. 25, and a most successful winter used book sale on Jan. 28, were accomplished. The calendar for February offers many interesting events as well. OASIS CLASSES The next class presented by our FOL chapter will be held Feb. 15, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the community room of the library. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” will be presented by attorney Martin Kruming. This is not a cooking show, but rather an exploration of the influences of global multi media. Like all of our Oasis programs, this one is fully underwritten by the Friends. To reserve a seat, please call Oasis at (619) 574-0674 or the library at (619) 533-3970. ESSAY CONTEST The local winners of the city-wide Writing for Literacy Essay Contest have been selected. Thirty-four students submitted essays to be judged, and the teachers have been notified of those who won. Our local celebration honoring these winners will be held March 13 at the library. NEWS TO USE Margaret Dilloway will speak about her new book Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the community room. Regularly scheduled classes, Knitting Circle, Adult Hatha Yoga, Zumba, Healthy Back Yoga, Navajo Adult School Mystery Class, and Benjamin Branch Book Club will continue. Check with the library for all upcoming events. Children’s classes include Preschool Story Time, Yoga for Kids and Crafts for Kids. There are so many interesting things to do! If you would like to become more involved, call either the library at (619) 533-3970 or Karen Carter at (619) 229-0739 for more Friends of the Library information. New participants are always welcome!

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COLLEGE-ROLANDO FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY By Marie Grace Celebrating Black History Month: Join us Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. for Extreme Rahim, magic & entertainment. It’s free! Tax Help will be offered Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays starting at 9 a.m. First come, first served. No appointments. Come in during the months of February and March to see the historical photo display of the MGM back lot that existed from 1930 through 1959. This display is an authentic chronicle of the craft of movie making. Preschool Story Time takes place every Friday, except Feb. 10, at 10 a.m. in the children’s area, followed by children’s yoga. Arts & Crafts for Kids with Cheryl will take place on the second and fourth Saturday at noon in the Community Room. Zumba Gold/Low Impact Fitness will be held on the first and third Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the community room. No reservation required. Aryn’s Family Yoga Hatha Yoga for Adults will be held on the second and fourth Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the community room. No reservation required. Just bring a yoga mat or towel and wear comfortable clothing. Learn to Knit Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Seminar Room B. It’s free and supplies will be provided. The Book Club selection for February is “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. Copies are available for checkout at the circulation desk. The book discussion will take place on the second Saturday of the month, at 10 a.m. in Seminar Room B. No registration or membership required. Our Friends’ Book Sale room is open every Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the front counter.

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DID YOU KNOW?

1,525,000,000 miles of telephone wire a strung across the U.S. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily. 123,000,000 cars are being driven down the U.S’s highways. 166,875,000,000 pieces of mail are delivered each year in the U.S. 27% of U.S. male college students believe life is “A meaningless existential hell.” 315 entries in Webster’s Dictionary will be misspelled. 56,000,000 people go to Major League baseball each year. 85,000,000 tons of paper are used each year in the U.S. 99% of the solar systems mass is concentrated in the sun. A 10-gallon hat barely holds 6 pints

SAN CARLOS HIGH SCHOOL MEET HONORS PATRICK HENRY COACH The 9th Annual Elmer Runge Track and Field Classic provides a great opportunity for San Diego businesses to show their commitment to the community and attract patronage. This annual San Carlo-area sporting event will be attended by more than 2,500  athletes, coaches, families, and sports enthusiasts from the San Diego and Southern California region.  Advertising space in the program and field banner recognition is available. Another method of supporting this community effort is through donations; monetary support and snack bar foods are greatly appreciated. Sixteen high school teams have already signed up for the Elmer Runge Classic to be held at Patrick Henry High School March 17. The Lincoln Hornets are making their first appearance. Returning high schools include Mira Mesa, Point Loma, Madison, the St. Augustine Saints, Our Lady of Peace, Southern Section powerhouse Glendora, Montgomery, Grossmont, High Tech High, Maranatha Christian School, and Coronado. There are only 9 team spots left as of the last count. Patrick Henry High School, the host of this event, has a newly completed track and field surface, providing excellent conditions for new meet records and personal bests field events and running events are starting at 9 a.m. and the anticipated ending to the meet is 3:30 p.m. The meet honors long time Patrick Henry coach Elmer Runge, whose athletes won numerous league and CIF honors during nearly 30 years of coaching. The featured event is the Thom Hunt Invitational Mile in recognition of the accomplishments of the Patrick Henry alumnus and former coach.  If you have any questions about meet details, please contact Coach Tom Sweet at (858) 243-4260 (cell), or Coach Andrew Myette at (619) 857-1332 (cell). They may also be contacted via email: tsweet@sandi.net or amyette@sandi.net. Robert Dixon is the Elmer Runge Track Meet advertising and donations contact.  He can be reached at (619) 589-0700 and via email dixon.famiy@cox. net. More details may be found at the PHHS Cross Country and Track and Field website which is www.phxctf.org.

ST. THERESE ACADEMY Each year, the National Geographic Society sponsors a Geography Bee for students in grades 4 to 8. Congratulations to this year’s St. Therese Academy Geography Bee winner, 5th grader Ryan McNamara. First runner-up was Nicolas Trevino. It was an incredible competition with each of the 25 participants representing his respective class with great confidence, pride and enthusiasm. We wish Ryan well in his written exam to determine the state competitors. A high score qualifies him to compete at the state level. Winners of the state bee proceed on to Washington D.C. to participate in the National Geographic Bee. The national winner receives a $25,000 scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. We wish Ryan good luck in the next level of competition. St. Therese Academy students, faculty and staff celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-Feb. 3. The annual week’s long festivities kicked off with an old-fashioned ‘50s style “Sock Hop,” complete with enthusiastic party-goers donned in poodle skirts and blue jeans. Pizza, hot dogs, cotton candy and other refreshments were available, as well as the opportunity to compete in hula hoop and bubble gum blowing contests. Daily activities held throughout the rest of the week included a staff vs. students volleyball matchup; “Ethnic Hot Lunch” day, showcasing a variety of international cuisine selections loving prepared by academy parents; “Career Day,” “Talent Show” and a family roller skate night held at a local rink. There was clearly something for everyone and it was great to see such participation and support on the part of so many. Many thanks to all who made the week such a tremendous success! Save the Date for 2012 Auction: March 10, 5 to 11 p.m. at the Town & Country Resort. Get ready to dig out your “Angel Flights” and platform shoes as St. Therese Academy flashes back to the ‘70s for “Saturday Night Fever,” this year’s theme. Teresa Wilkinson is the event Director. For more ticket information or to make a donation to this great fun-filled event, please contact Teresa at Teresa.Wilkinson@CH2M.com.

SIMON YOUTH FOUNDATION SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR $1 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS For the twelfth straight year, Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon property.

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Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships are awarded through the Simon Youth Scholarships program and in partnership with local Simon properties. The application period is open now through March 1. Locally, students can pick up a copy of a scholarship application at the Simon Guest Services at Fashion Valley. Applications also can be downloaded at the SYF website at www.syf.org/our-initiatives/scholarships/ community-application. Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2012 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property is eligible. The program will award a one-time scholarship of up to $1,400 to students who plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school. In addition, ten regional awards called “Award of Excellence” will be given to top candidates. The regions eligible are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Miami, New York, Orange County (CA), Orlando, and Seattle/Tacoma. Students from these areas will have the opportunity to win a $2,500 scholarship that is renewable for up to three years. In 2011, the Simon Youth Scholarships program awarded $1.15 million to 260 students nationwide. “Our mission is to ignite hope for a brighter future in students, and our Foundation is proud to partner with Fashion Valley to award scholarships that will remove some of the financial obstacles that would otherwise prevent a student from achieving the dream of a college education,” said J. Michael Durnil, Ph.D., the President and CEO of SYF.  The 2012 SYF Community Scholarship recipients will be selected by Scholarship Management Services, a third-party administrator. Students are selected based on a variety of criteria, including financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Those students who are the first in their family to pursue a post secondary education will also be given close consideration. The completed application, along with official school transcripts and parents’ most recently filed tax form, must be sent to Scholarship Management Services by March 1.


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FEBRUARY HOLIDAYS ENLIVENED WITH A VISIT TO MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK By Audrey F. Baker, Trail Guide February’s calendar celebrates romance and two presidents. Our MTRP naturalist calendar reflects the spirit of the month. What better place to evoke the emotion and sentiment of love than among the park’s breathtaking scenic views and the delicate blooms of pearly everlasting, forget-me-nots and San Diego sweet pea? Even the wind carries the whisper of music among yellow fiddlenecks growing along our trails. Expand your focus on history to include natural San Diego. Learn about local notables, geologic and cultural periods of the area, and familiarize yourself with the native plants signature to Southern California living. Our trail guide-led walks are an opportunity for a chance encounter with songbirds, wildlife and a variety of other amazing natural wonders. Unique landscapes and habitats enliven local history and support an abundance of plant and animal life. The walks are free, interesting, fact-filled, and geared to all ages and interests. 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 Trails, 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 is an 8:30-to-10:30 a.m. adventure held on the first Saturday of every month. It teaches the classic techniques used by miners and trackers of Olde California and modern enthusiasts. Tracking team members aid you in identifying and interpreting tracks, scat, and habitats. Learn about local critters and the plants that nurture and protect them. On Feb. 4, meet in front of the Visitor Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. See PARK page 15

Grossmont, from page 3 paint the 8-by-20-foot mural that has been welcoming visitors to the Del Mar showcase since 2005, each year with a different theme. Another outreach effort involving Ventura is the college’s Veterans Art Project, which each Friday gives military veterans a chance to spend a day in the ceramics studio to possibly benefit from art therapy. Counselor Mary Rider obtained the college grant funding the project. “It’s a creative outlet for returning war veterans – no grades, no pressure – just a way for them to learn ceramics and share time with other vets who have been through the same kind of experiences that they have,” Ventura said. At the Jan. 17 governing board meeting, Ventura was presented with an engraved award, along with a gift certificate from Barnes & Noble and lunch with district Chancellor Cindy L. Miles and Governing Board President Bill Garrett. Prior to the award presentation, a conga line of wellwishers surprised the Southeast San Diego resident, who also works part-time in the ceramics programs at two other community colleges. Ventura came to Grossmont College in 1993 as a part-time lab assistant before leaving in 1995 to accept a position at San Diego Job Corps, teaching art to teens and young adults for 10 years. In 2005, Ventura was hired back at Grossmont College as a full-time lab tech. In the six years he’s held the job, Ventura has worked hard to improve the facilities housing the ceramics program, from refurbishing and organizing a dedicated area for glazing to building storage shelves to accommodate the needs of the steadily growing classes. These days, Ventura does the prep work for five classes, each with between 30 and 40 students. “I really love to work hard, to feel productive,” Ventura said about his hectic life that also includes an occasional venture back in the ceramics studio for some creative time of his own. With a lifelong interest in art, the East Los Angeles native initially wanted to get into package design as he headed to Cerritos College, a community college in the suburbs of Los Angeles, but a time conflict led him to taking a ceramics class instead. “Once I touched the clay, I never looked back,” said Ventura, a tall, affable sort whose double-pierced earrings and salt-and-pepper hair tied in a ponytail hint of an iconoclastic nature. “It was like being a kid again playing with clay.” He dreamed of a professional career as a ceramic artist, continuing his training at Otis Art Institute, a leading art college in Los Angeles and working as a production potter in the studio of his Cerritos College mentor. But with three children to raise, he eventually took a job as a maintenance mechanic welder for Sears, a position he held for 22 years until the 1992 L.A. riots linked to the beating of Rodney King prompted the relocation of the Sears plant. It was then he made the move to San Diego to try his hand at a full-time career in ceramics. At first, he continued traveling back to Los Angeles for jobs here and there, mostly assisting established artists in the area. But the more hours he spent working at the three San Diego region community colleges, the more he found himself relishing the time he spent helping students. “Maybe it’s because I grew up in East L.A. that I’m able to connect with students like those at Job Corps and community colleges – students facing challenges and who have a lot going on in their lives,” he said. Whatever the reason, Grossmont College benefits hugely from the dedication of workers like Ventura. “Al’s contributions to the district are very deeply felt by everyone,” Miles said. “We are blessed to have such hardworking, committed people serving the students, colleges and the district.”

Hauptfeld, from page 1 said Hauptfeld, who was born in Yugoslavia and spent most of his youth in St. Louis, Mo. And it’s because San Diego is such a fantastic place that Hauptfeld wants to help protect it, he said. “We’re trying to raise awareness and raise the level of community activism,” Hauptfeld said. On Jan. 27, Hauptfeld wore flip-flops, jeans and a white buttoned-down shirt to do a walkthrough of Tierrasanta for more than two hours. Within the five days, he covered more than a thousand homes. “I want to be a representative in the true sense of representative,” said Hauptfeld. “If the people of District 7 want to scream and yell while I’m in office, I will scream and yell for them.” Hauptfeld, 40, worked in the construction management industry until he was downsized in 2009. He and his wife, Phyllis, then made the decision for Hauptfeld to become a stay-at-home dad to his three daughters, Ohana, 6, Francis, 4, and Hilary, 3. Hauptfeld said in his personal bio: “Through the experience of losing my livelihood, our family home, and taking on the responsibilities of a stay at home dad, I have learned patience, humility, compassion, perseverance and empathy.” Not one to sit on his laurels, Hauptfeld soon became very involved with Ohana’s school, Kumeyaay Elementary. He joined its foundation – a group of parents that coordinates fundraising programs – to support its mission of augmenting programs that were cut by the San Diego Unified School District. As the Kumeyaay Elementary representative for the District Advisory Council, Hauptfeld deals with Title I allotments for special programs. Title I funds are distributed among schools that classify at least 45 percent of their students as economically disadvantaged. Although Kumeyaay does not qualify for Title I funds, the school is still allowed to have a non-voting member of the advisory council. One of Hauptfeld’s proudest moments while sitting on the council was helping to maintain the percentage at 45 percent as compared to a proposed 75 percent, which would have left thousands of students without the help they need. “Do you know how many students would have been affected,” asked Hauptfeld, shaking his head. “To me, a student is a student is a student. … A kid in need is a kid in need.” Hauptfeld’s commitment to the next generation has in part inspired his run for office. “I am not a political insider, but I am extremely passionate about doing my part to ensure that future generations enjoy the same opportunity to live as safe and prosperous life as we live today,” he said.

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MISSION TRAILS – FROM MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS TO MUSIC By Jay Wilson, Executive Director As I complete this article, the sun is rising up over Cowles Mountain and illuminating Mission Gorge from the Visitor Center Terrace vantage point. The sky is clear following a good rain over the past 24 hours, and a patch of lowlying fog is beginning to rise from the bottom of the Gorge.

“Nature Adventures” for Children Linda Hawley’s Nature Adventure classes for children 3 and up will be held Feb. 20-23. Hawley delights children of all ages with the animated enthusiasm she brings to her entertaining two-hour programs at the MTRP Visitor Center. Factual information is introduced about San Diego’s wild animals each month, using songs, puppets, real pelts, replicated skulls, scats, tracks and taxidermy specimens. The lesson is followed by an easy trail walk and a return to the classroom, where children make a related take-home craft. Lessons about the Kumeyaay people and the flora of MTRP are included. The topic for February will be “Bothersome, but Beneficial Backyard Bandits” and the animals featured will include the opossum, raccoon & skunk. For more information, go to www.mtrp.org, click on Nature Studies, and then on Children’s Classes on the drop-down menu.

Art and Music Through Feb. 10, enjoy the beautiful art of Margaret Larlham on display in the Visitor Center Gallery. Margaret is a plein-air painter and her medium is pastel. Forty-three of her paintings are on display. The majority is of Mission Trails. “Though most of my paintings were done in the past 18 months, Mission Trails has functioned as an outdoor studio for me. ‘Through Fire’ (2003) is included, as it gives a sense of the passage of time and is a reminder of the crises – in this case, the Cedar Fire – and the weathering we all experience,” she said. From Feb. 11 through March 2, enjoy the magnificent work of two artistic photographers Nancy Varga and Rick Wiley. Rick will be portraying the four seasons at Mission Trails. Nancy’s exhibition will be “Eye for Nature.” It will feature photographs through the eyes of a nature photographer displaying wildlife to landscapes photographed throughout Western North America. See TRAILS page 15

Housing, from page 2 from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to sustain the residential program.” The UnitedHealth Group has also invested an additional $15 million, said Steven Henry, UnitedHealth Group community investment management director. “Connections Housing is a critically important component of our overall effort to end homelessness in San Diego,” said Centre City Development Corporation Board Chair Kim John Kilkenny. For more information on the project, go to www.sdconnections.org.

Cop, from page 2 • Type of crime • Location: exact street address and nearest cross street • Time of occurrence • Weapons used • Number of persons injured and types of injuries Vehicle information: type, license number, color, year, make, model, unusual characteristics (e.g., dents, bumper stickers), number of persons, etc. Suspect information: race, gender, age, height, weight, hair color, hair length and style, eye color, facial hair, clothing type and color, other characteristics (e.g., tattoos, missing teeth, scars, and glasses), direction of flight, etc. As the saying goes, “If you see it, say it!” Help bring issues to our attention and make full use of the police services available to you. We are here for you at all hours, every day of the year. Your police officers are here while you sleep, while you celebrate the holidays and every other day. Call those numbers mentioned whenever you feel activity is suspicious. Help us make your streets even safer and call anytime! Sincerely, Officer Edward Zwibel SDPD Community Relations Officer

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Barbara, from page 2 Which bend and what little hill? No. 4: I have been asked to repeat the osprey nest story. Here goes: I have been running at Lake Murray for over three decades. During that time I have noticed the ospreys fishing especially when the lake is being stocked. Ospreys are also called fish eagles. Ospreys are the sloppiest nest builders. They aren’t too good at mating either. They used to build nests near the offices near the lake administration when the offices were near the dam and Alvarado Bay. Staff told me that the ospreys were so inept at mating workers had to yell at the osprey to turn around. No wonder there were no babies. A few years ago the ospreys decided to build one of their disheveled nests on the power line pole next to the golf course. A couple of the branches were on the power line. One day when it was drizzling, the branches caught fire. The San Diego Gas and Electric truck was repairing the pole and I asked if they had an environmental department that would build a safe nest on top of the pole. They did and they did. Unfortunately, it is a little uptown for the birds and they only use it for dining. Our next Friends of Lake Murray meeting will be a week early due to a conflict with the room rental. We will meet on Feb. 9. Our speaker will be Capt. Charles MacVean, Ph.D. He graduated summa cum laude in Communications on board the USS Forrest Sherman. His second doctorate was in philosophy. Capt. MacVean completed a course in Polaris Strategic Deterrent Patrols, was a navigator of the USS Washington, reported to the Secretary of Defense and served as Assistant of Atomic Energy. He was commanding officer of the USS Seawolf and conducted extensive operations in the Pacific. There is a rumor that Charles is the protagonist in the book “Blind Man’s Bluff,” which he denies. The Friends meet at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Park Ridge Boulevard and Wandermere Drive at 5 p.m. Remember, we are meeting one week early this month. For more information, call Barbara at (619) 463-9706.

7 Things You Must Know Before Putting Your Home Up for Sale in 2012 A report has just been released which reveals 7 costly mistakes that most homeowners make when selling their home, and a 9 Step System that can help you sell your home fast and for the most amount of money. This industry report shows clearly how the traditional ways of selling homes have become increasingly less and less effective in today’s market. The fact of the matter is that fully three quarters of homesellers don’t get what they want for their homes and become disillusioned and - worse - financially disadvantaged when they put their homes on the market. As this report uncovers, most homesellers make 7 deadly mistakes that cost them literally thousands of dollars. The good news is that each and every one of these mistakes is entirely preventable. In answer to this issue, industry insiders have prepared a FREE special report entitled “The 9 Step System to Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar”. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report call toll-free 1-800-311-3674 and enter 1000. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your FREE special report NOW to find out how you can get the most money for your home. This report is courtesy of Premier Bancorp Realty Group Lic. No. 01861259. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright [C] 2011


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GAGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEWS By Rob S. Ferris

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Gage Elementary School’s running club received a visit Dec. 14 from the Patrick Henry High School Track and Cross Country Teams. Our students were truly inspired meeting and running with Coach Sweet’s teams, and many have set personal goals to grow into Patrick Henry High School athletes. We thank Coach Tom Sweet and the student athletes who braved a cold morning to come run with the Gage Gators. Congratulations to Alec Ege, Samuel Chavez, Ho Zheng and Ethan Nguyen, who were our top runners for the first semester! Remember these names – it won’t be too long before we will see these four in Patrick Henry High jerseys. Gage is a community-first school, dedicated to providing San Diego and San Carlos with future leaders. Certainly there is no finer example of our student’s dedication, hard work, and commitment to their fellow students than our Safety Patrol. We are very proud that this team has been awarded the Eastern Division Best Patrol School Award, presented by Councilmember Marti Emerald. The Gage PTA, teachers and parents cannot thank our safety patrol coordinators, Cindy Merris and Kelly McFarlane, enough for keeping our children safe coming and going from school every day, and for their leadership. On Jan. 19 Gage welcomed our community to our Literacy Night, where our students were truly entertained and memorized by the story telling and music of Charles Johnson, the Paper Bag Cowboy. Gage Elementary thanks and deeply appreciates The Yellow Book Road for their contribution to this fun event. The Yellow Book Road has been a San Diego County destination for children’s books, and educational materials, and Gage was excited to partner with them for this event. Special thanks to Michelle Brum-Orstad and all of our teachers for making this a fairy tale night to remember. Soon we will see our 4th and 5th Graders shipping out to the USS Midway. Don’t worry, Gage Moms, you won’t be shopping for Navy uniforms just yet. Rather, our 4th Graders will be discovering the science of magnetism and energy, while our 5th Graders will be learning about weather and oceanography. Our 4th and 5th Grader’s aren’t the only salty dogs at Gage! Our 1st Graders just returned from a whalewatching voyage of their own. Special thanks to our 1st-grade teachers and H&M Landing for a very special day. Gage Elementary has been proud to serve the San Carlos Community since 1963. Visit us on Facebook or even better in person. Please send us your ideas and comments to gagepta@gmail.com.

GEMS& JEWELS By Enhancery Jewelers, Kathleen White, Graduate Gemologist, GIA VALENTINE GIFT IDEAS What is your symbol of love? Our romantic Valentine’s jewelry selection will help complete a beautiful day to be remembered. If you’re thinking of proposing on Valentine’s Day we have a wide selection of engagement rings in varying styles from traditional and vintage to contemporary. This would also be a wonderful time to upgrade an original wedding ring to a new fresh style as well. Jewelry, Roses and Chocolate, Yes! Enhancery Jewelers will take care of it all and make you look like a hero! We have the finest selection of beautiful diamond and gemstone jewelry at prices you’ll be sure to love. The hot new “Pandora” bracelets can be personalized with sterling silver or gold charms that let you convey how much she means to you. Why give her roses that will only wilt. For less than the cost of a dozen roses you can give a beautifully boxed, long stem real rose permanently preserved in 24 karat gold that she can cherish forever. The best chocolate should be guilt free and Enhancery Jewelers has it. Luscious “Chocolate” Pearls will make her heart melt. BIRTHSTONE OF THE MONTH-AMETHYST Sincerity is the personal trait usually associated with rich purple amethyst for those born in February. Greeks and Romans felt the stone had such powerful healing effects that it was often placed under pillows to cure insomnia. Amethyst is the beautiful purple variety of the quartz family. With a hardness of seven it is a very wearable gemstone, making it a perfect accessory for all occasions. Call Enhancery Jewelers 619-282-3900 for answers to any gem and jewelry questions you may have. Enhancery Jewelers is located in the Chili’s Shopping Center at 4242 Camino del Rio N.#17 (at I-8 & Mission Gorge). Open Tues.-Fri., 10-6pm; Sat. 10-4pm. Martin and Kathleen White have owned Enhancery Jewelers for over thirty four years. They specialize in diamond and gemstone jewelry, custom design, appraisals, jewelry and watch repairs.

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COME MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS AT ST. DUNSTAN’S St. Dunstan’s is offering a variety of events in February. Come by and have some fun with us. Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! (Let the Good Times Roll!) – Please join us for Mardi Gras. Our annual fundraising event will be held Feb. 18 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to bring your appetite because we will be having jambalaya, gumbo, bread pudding, pecan pie and much more. Then spend the rest of your evening looking at the fabulous goods in our French Market, taking part in the silent auction, and dancing the night away to our wonderful Dixieland band. This is an adults-only event. Tickets are $50 each person. Please contact the church office at (619) 460-6442 to reserve your tickets today. Although our Mardi Gras fundraiser is for adults only, St. Dunstan’s believes that the grown-ups shouldn’t have all the fun, so on Feb. 19, we will be hosting our Kid’s Mardi Gras celebration. Join us at 11 a.m. for the fun. Have your kids decorate their bikes, scooters, wagons or whatever to take part in the Mardi Gras parade. Following the parade around our campus there will be crafts, food and more French Market! This event is free to all. We hope that you plan to join us on the 18th and 19th to Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! St. Dunstan’s is offering Ash Wednesday services Feb. 22 at 6:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. See MARDI GRAS page 23


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SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY REDUCES ADOPTION FEES FOR FURRY VALENTINES The San Diego Humane Society and SPCA is holding its second annual Valentine’s Day-themed animal adoption promotion, “My Furry Valentine” to help raise awareness and to find homes for more animals. Now through Feb. 14, all animal adoption fees are reduced to $14.  “By utilizing this unique promotion, we hope to bring more awareness to the importance of animal adoption and ultimately help more animals find loving homes,” said Kelli Herwehe, PR Coordinator for the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA.  “Potential adopters must still complete the screening process and meet with an adoption counselor to ensure the animal is the right match for your family. It’s a great time to find an animal to love this Valentine’s Day.” The reduced adoption fee includes microchipping, spay/neuter, vaccinations and a veterinary exam. To fall in love this Valentine’s Day and take advantage of the reduced adoption fees, please visit one of the San Diego Humane Society’s locations: Central Campus: 5500 Gaines St. in San Diego; North Campus: 572 Airport Road in Oceanside (for cats/small animals); 2905 San Luis Rey Road in Oceanside (for dogs).

HEADLINE: PET HEALTH INSURANCE: TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY? By Sari Reis

DID YOU KNOW? Lassie is undoubtedly the world’s most famous dog and is a character who has starred in many movies, TV shows, and books over the years. Lassie was created by Eric Knight and published as a short story in the Saturday Evening Post in 1938 and as a novel in 1940. All of the “Lassie’s” were male collies and all the official Lassies are descendents of the original Lassie.

During the recent holiday season I had the unfortunate experience of having one of the dogs I was caring for become ill. After conferring long distance with the owner, we decided I should to take his dog to the emergency clinic. While we were waiting to be seen, several other pet owners came in. Some were carrying their dog in their arms, others on leash, but all were there because something was wrong. Fortunately, our situation turned out to be a minor problem. The dog was treated for dehydration and nausea and I was allowed to take her home. But what if it had been something major? What if she required surgery that cost thousands of dollars? Would her owner have been able to afford it? As pet owners, we know that part of our responsibility in caring for our pets is keeping them healthy. That means regular vet visits, vaccinations, teeth cleaning, flea treatments, etc. But what if, in spite of all we do, they get sick or hurt. Are we financially prepared to deal with that? A lot of my clients have asked me whether they should purchase pet health insurance. In order to give them an intelligent answer I decided to do some investigation. What I found is that there are a dozen insurance companies offering pet health insurance and all of them work the same way. You pay premiums according to the coverage option you select. When a veterinary service is required, you pay the veterinarian directly and if the service is covered, the insurance company will reimburse you a pre-determined percentage of what you paid. Maybe.

You see sometimes there is what they call “pre-existing conditions” that are not covered. And sometimes there are “breed-associated diseases,” which lead to “breed-specific exclusions.” Confused yet? There is hope. I came across a wonderful book, called “Speaking for Spot” by Dr. Nancy Kay. The book is all about being an advocate for your dog. (It could be cat or bird or rabbit. The information is just as useful.) Dr. Kay helps unravel the confusion about pet health insurance by telling you what questions to ask the insurance company before you buy. After reading her book and following her advice, you should have the information you need to decide if you want pet health insurance and where you should buy it. (According to VPI, they reimbursed $100 million in insurance claims in 2010.) I want to mention here that there are some alternatives to purchasing pet health insurance. There is a payment option called CareCredit, which provides a line of credit for veterinary services. Or, you can set aside a specific amount of money each month and put it into a special pet savings account. Of course you must do it regularly and don’t use the money for anything other than a major pet expense. The only thing worse than your ‘furry kid’ being sick or hurt is not being able to pay for the necessary treatment. Don’t let that happen to you. Plan for it! Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services. She can be reached at (760) 644-0289 or by visiting her website at www.missionvalleypetsitting.com

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Whether you are a local foodie looking to sample the latest fare from San Carlos’ best restaurants and caterers or a neighbor looking to enjoy an adult evening mingling with friends and listening to music, the Taste of San Carlos is for you. Join the Green Elementary Foundation on March 9 at the Mission Trails Golf Course, 5:30 p.m. for this culinary event featuring local restaurants as well as fine wine and craft beer vendors. Tickets are $50 per couple and $30 per individual. Check out www.TasteofSanCarlos.com or the Taste of San Carlos Facebook page.

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THE GARFIELD WELCOMES THE AMAZING ACRO-CATS San Diego is going to the cats! After CATS enjoyed a successful run at the Civic Center, Samantha Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats will now perform at Garfield Theatre in February. The Amazing Acro-Cats will perform feats of agility, including pushing carts, riding skateboards, rolling barrels, ringing bells, turning on lights, walking tight ropes, and jumping through hoops. Also appearing is the all-cat combo, “The Rock-Cats,” which features Pinky on guitar, Dakota on drums, Nue on keyboards, and Hen-diana Jones, a chicken with a penchant for the tambourine. Under the careful direction of master trainer Martin, the performance offers a unique blend of spectacle, entertainment, education and public awareness. Martin, a pioneering feline behavioral expert, has devoted her life to animal welfare and public education to help people better understand their animal counterparts. The Garfield Theatre is located at 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037. Show times for the Acro-Cats are Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.; Feb. 17 at 8 p.m.; Feb. 18 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 for children ad $18 for adults. For more information, visit www.lfjcc.org.

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TANTALIZING TREATS AT THE 2ND ANNUAL COLLEGE AREA TASTE Spend the afternoon indulging your culinary cravings as you take part in the tastiest event of the season! Discover the College Area through this selfguided culinary adventure. This year’s 2nd Annual College Area Taste will be held April 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature your old, new and soon-to-be favorite restaurants. Food connoisseurs will enjoy over 25 restaurants on one afternoon in the urban neighborhood of the College Area. Take the afternoon to stroll through this diverse neighborhood with its charming storefronts, lively atmosphere and of course its wide array of tasty treats. Indulge your taste buds with flavorful bites from tantalizing appetizers to desirable desserts, hearty dishes to American classics. Come prepared to please your appetite and get your nosh on! With samples created from the area’s renowned chefs, you’ll want to get your fill and even come back for more! Known for its assortment of dining, the College Area is the newest up and coming destination for foodies everywhere. Tickets to the 2nd Annual College Area Taste are just $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the event.  Proceeds benefit the College Area Business District in an effort to give each member business the ability to flourish. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit CollegeAreaBID.com or call (619) 233-5008.  Tickets are limited so purchase them soon to secure your ticket to this ultimate “taste.” This year’s College Area Taste promises to be every bite as good as last year – if not better!

Neal Svalstad, general counsel for Hitachi Home Electronics America Inc. and last year’s LAF-Off winner, will be back to defend his title.

SDVLP READY TO SHOW LAWYERS ARE FUNNY The San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP), an organization that provides free legal services to thousands of clients every year, will hold its sixth annual LAF-Off (Lawyers are Funny) event March 22 at the House of Blues in downtown San Diego. Lawyers can be funny! After five years of sold out performances, LAF-Off audiences have confirmed what most would not believe – the men and women of the legal profession, so serious by day, can have you rolling in the aisles at night. LAF-Off features five lawyers and three law students doing hilariously funny stand-up comedy routines that are judged by three equally funny attorney “judges.”   Neal Svalstad, general counsel for Hitachi Home Electronics America Inc., last year’s LAF-Off winner, will be back to defend his title. Also returning is former contestant and LAF-Off judge Dan Lawton as emcee. Once again City National Bank is LAF-Off’s Presenting Sponsor, with additional major support provided by Procopio Cory Hargreaves & Savitch, Cohelan, Khoury & Singer, JonesDay, and Cooley LLP, among other sponsors.  LAF-Off will kick off with VIP and general cocktail receptions at 5 p.m., followed by the comedy competition at 6 p.m. VIP tickets are $100 each and General Admission tickets are $60 each. Registration is available on-line at www.lafoff.com. All proceeds from LAF-Off support the work of SDVLP.

Enter the Dragon: The San Diego Chinese Center hosted the 30th Annual 2012 San Diego Chinese New Year Food and Cultural Fair Jan. 28-29. The Year of the Dragon is considered the luckiest year of the Chinese zodiac.


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HEART HEALTH MONTH By Danielle Schwaderer, ND

February is American Heart Month and there is no better time to raise awareness regarding cardiovascular health, preventative measures, and several of natures best kept cardiovascular treats. With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the US, understanding the risk factors is the first step towards prevention. According to the CDC, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and secondhand smoke are the main risk factors for heart disease. The majority of these risk factors can be controlled with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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High blood pressure control: One of the most important things that can be done to prevent cardiovascular conditions and heart attack is to reduce high blood pressure. A healthy blood pressure reading is generally 120/80 or less. When blood pressure levels exceed 140/90, a visit to a health care professional for treatment is recommended, as high blood pressure can cause detrimental and often irreversible damage to the blood vessels and the heart. Pharmaceutical and herbal agents are available to help reduce blood pressure levels along with exercising, managing stress, maintaining a healthy weight, limiting alcohol intake, and eating a diet high in fiber, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and reducing intake of processed foods are all ways to keep blood pressure in check. Hawthorn: Hawthorn (Crataegus sp) is known among many herbal medicine and natural health circles as being the ultimate cardiovascular tonifier. Hawthorn contains many bioflavonoids, allowing it to be a wonderful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant alternative. The actions of Hawthorn range from regulating the rhythm of the heart, stabilizing vasculature, improving blood pressure, protecting against arterial plaque formation, balancing cholesterol, improving venous stasis, and much more. Beyond addressing physical ailments, hawthorn is recognized as having positive effects on the mental and emotional sphere. Hawthorn is thought to be beneficial for individuals whom are irritable or for those suffering from heart conditions related to emotional heartache. Hawthorn is admired for opening the heart to forgiveness of others or forgiveness of life events that may be keeping a person from healing. Medicinal properties of Hawthorn are present in the flowers, stems, and berries of the sacred Hawthorn tree. Hawthorn can be purchased and consumed as an herbal tincture, tea, capsule, or in combination with other botanicals and cardiovascular protective nutrients. Skullcap: Often an underappreciated herb, skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora) can aid the cardiovascular system by addressing nervous tension, stress, and anxiety that can constrict blood vessels, contributing to high blood pressure. Known in the herbal world as a nervine, a compound that has an affinity for the nervous system, skullcap may help individuals address the physiologic effects of stress and prevent cardiovascular ailments. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Current research shows that omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent and reduce plaque formation inside of arteries, lower harmful cholesterol (LDL) and triglyceride levels, enhance the protective effects of cholesterol (HDL), decrease inflammation, and lessen the likelihood of forming a clot. Omega-3’s are superior to Omega-6 and Omega-9’s because they feed the anti-inflammatory cascade, where as the others can actually contribute to inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in wild Alaskan salmon, grass-fed beef, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds, fish oil and cod liver oil. *If you are pregnant or considering using herbal agents listed in this article, please consult your health professional to assess potential herb/drug interactions. The FDA has not evaluated the statements used in this article. Dr. Danielle Schwaderer is a California licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) practicing natural medicine at Symmetry Health in San Diego. Visit www.SymmetryHealthChiro.com for more information about Dr. Schwaderer or follow her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Dr.Schwaderer.

PRIME HEALTHCARE RANKED TOP 15 HEALTH SYSTEM IN THE NATION Prime Healthcare Services, the parent company of Alvarado Hospital Medical Center and Paradise Valley Hospital, has been recognized as one of the 15 Top Health Systems in the Nation by Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of information, based on quality of care, efficiency and patient satisfaction. This is the second time in four years that Prime Healthcare has earned the national distinction. Prime Healthcare was recognized as a Top 10 Health System in 2009 by Thomson Reuters in its first-ever landmark study of health systems based on quality and efficiency. Prime Healthcare is the only West Coast health system to receive this coveted recognition. According to Thomson Reuters, when compared to other hospital systems, Prime Healthcare saved more lives, caused fewer patient complications, made fewer medical errors, followed recommended standards of care more closely, had shorter hospital stays and scored better on patient satisfaction surveys. Among 321 health systems, 2,194 hospitals and over 8 million patient discharges included in the study, Prime Healthcare Services had the lowest mortality rate, the lowest medical complications and the highest patient safety index. Prime Healthcare ranked higher than the other 21 health systems in California and the more than 30 other health systems on the West Coast. The Thomson Reuters study is the only independent study of its kind that evaluates health systems based on objective measurements derived from public data and peer-reviewed methods; it should also be noted that health systems may not apply or pay for consideration in this study.

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Alvarado Hospital was recognized as part of the only hospital system in California—Prime Healthcare—named one of the nation’s top 15 by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. The prominent award is based on objective criteria such as clinical outcomes, patient safety, patient satisfaction and operational efficiency. “Our healthcare system excelled even in this elite group,” said Luis Leon, CEO of Alvarado and Paradise Valley hospitals. “We have long been proud of our clinical quality, but now San Diegans can see that the high level of quality care, better survival rates, fewer complications and better patient safety provided to our patients has been validated by an outside source based on federal data.” Researchers from the Thomson Reuters “100 Top Hospitals” program analyzed the clinical quality and efficiency of more than 300 health systems to identify the top 15 in the nation. The study found that regardless of their size, the top health systems shared many of the same qualities, including: lower 30-day mortality rates, better survival rates, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays, better patient safety, and core measure adherence In fact, top health systems had 23% fewer adverse patient safety events than expected and had better adherence to core measures of care than their peers. “This independent comparison of hospital systems shows Prime, with its physicians, as a leader amongst healthcare systems in many of the key areas focused on improving health outcomes and safety in a standardized head to head comparison,” said Dr. Ted Mazer, chief of staff, Alvarado Hospital. “Patients should certainly take these findings into account when choosing where they obtain their hospital-based healthcare services.” Prime Healthcare, which operates 14 hospitals in California and one in Texas, ranked higher than the other 21 health systems in California and the more than 30 other health systems on the West Coast. The study used the 2010 Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) and the CMS Hospital Compare data sets to examine health systems with two or more short-term, general, non-federal hospitals; cardiac and orthopedic hospitals; and critical access hospitals.

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Trails, from page 9 Enjoy polar bears, to Yellowstone, the northern lights, and the Grand Canyon. Nancy and her husband George are both Trail Guides at Mission Trails. In addition, they have spent the last eight summers as volunteers at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This experience has certainly influenced Nancy’s subject area. On Feb. 19, Mary Lu Brandwein will perform with her Shakuhachi Japanese flute at 3 p.m. In addition, the San Diego Friends of Taka Sumi-e plein air painters, along with their master teacher Takashi Ijichi, will have an exhibition and demonstration in the Visitor Center from 1 to 5 p.m. Sumi-e is the traditional Japanese brush painting art form depicting nature primarily using black ink on rice paper. Free concerts are held on the third Sunday of each month, and are sponsored by the MTRP Foundation. The second Sunday of every month, the San Diego Native American Flute Circle performs in the Visitor Center Outdoor Amphitheater from 1 to 3 p.m. Become a Friend of Mission Trails Contribute $25 or more to the MTRP Foundation and we will send you a four-color “Friend of Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation” card. This is our opportunity to show our appreciation to everyone who financially supports the MTRP Foundation throughout the year. To become a Friend of the Mission Trails Foundation, go to www.mtrp.org, and click on the “donate” button in the top left- handcorner of the page. Keep up-to-date with Mission Trails by signing up on our homepage to receive our e-News Updates. Gerry Tietje, Mission Trails volunteer, took this photo of a male Mountain Bluebird while walking the Spring Creek Canyon trail. “There was a flock of 40 to 50. The last time I saw them in the park was in 2007, so I was pretty excited. They normally are not found this far west,” said Tietje.

Park, from page 8 On Feb. 11 our monthly Discovery Table will feature “Kumeyaay Games.” It’s an examination of the toys and games Native American children used for enjoyment and to learn social concepts and critical survival skills. Children visiting this interactive station can “make and take” home their own stick dice game. This all-ages activity is slated for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., inside the Visitor Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Our “Fab-Feb” Bird Walk will traverse the Oak Grove Loop Trail. Join MTRP resident birder Jeanne Raimond in search of migratory and resident species. Go “natural eye” or bring binoculars and field guide. See you at 8 a.m. Feb. 18 in front of the Visitor Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos for a two-hour avian adventure. Birding Basics, the 90-minute class presented by MTRP resident birder Winona Sollock teaches five simple techniques to identify birds “at a glance”

and offers tips on field guide use. Bring yours along if you prefer. Meet in the Visitor Center Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. February’s Star Party with resident star gazer George Varga is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 25. George will be setting up his telescope at the end of the Kumeyaay Campground’s Day Use Parking lot, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee to scope deep sky objects such as the Orion Nebula, Little Beehive (M1), the Crab Nebula. Meanwhile, come on out and enjoy the park! Visit www.mtrp.org 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 hgutknecht@mtrp.org.


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Murphy, from page 1 planning sessions and meetings by Nakamura and her supporters, San Diego school board members, during their regular meeting Dec. 13, voted unanimously to approve funding for PHAME, a new and expansive facility, whose features are expected to include a theater and orchestra pit, a new production studio – with career technical educational facilities for vocational training – and dressing rooms. A groundbreaking for the facility has been tentatively scheduled for June 2012. For many individuals, including parents, school officials, city officials and local performance groups, the new center has been a long time coming. It took more than 42 years and several failed attempts by past principals for the school to finally receive the funding needed for the facility. “It’s been a battle every step of the way,” Nakamura said. PHAME: The Beginning Nakamura saw the urgency of getting a new performing arts building at Patrick Henry when school officials revealed to her their decades-long efforts toward building a new facility. Intrigued, she began looking into the project and, following further research on the issue, she realized it wasn’t just the Patrick Henry community that had been devoid of a local performing arts hub. The whole eastern region of San Diego – despite strong appeals and demands for one – was similarly starved. A couple of weeks following her son’s concert in November 2008, Nakamura and Matthew Kalal, director of Visual and Performing Arts at Patrick Henry High, began the initial planning process for the new performing arts facility in the family room of her home, outlining their plans on sliding glass doors with colored grease pencils. They crafted ideas for an auditorium, a production studio, and a community performing arts center. Their plans morphed into the first three phases of the project. It was also during these meetings the two eventually came up with the name PHAME. The need for the facility had become so apparent that engineering students at Patrick Henry began drawing up designs and plans for the project, said Nakamura. “I couldn’t believe such a high performing school didn’t have so much as an auditorium,” Nakamura said.  For the next few years, Kalal and Nakamura continued to work on the original vision brainstormed in Nakamura’s living room. The two rallied students, teachers and parents to speak at more than ten meetings held by the Board of Education. Although their efforts eventually led to funding for the first two phases of the project, they still had a long way to go, according to Nakamura. A Bump in the Road In the fall of 2010, Nakamura lost her re-election bid with the Board of Education, mainly due to “just working too hard trying to solve the budget crisis,” she said. The election loss appeared to be a setback, but Nakamura, with the help of her supporters, continued to work tirelessly on PHAME. She collaborated closely with the superintendent, Richard Barrera, the president of the Board of Education, and Kevin Beiser, who served as a representative for Patrick Henry on the board.  Nakamura later introduced an idea for the final phase of PHAME, which would consist of a joint-use agreement with either Grossmont Community College or the San Diego Community College.

After several months and failed attempts, however, no deal ever went through.   The following June, Nakamura and Kalal received further bad news during a meeting with Patrick Henry principal Patricia Crowder and the school’s facilities department when they were told that the project needed to be scaled back and reduced in scope. Crowder, Kalal and Nakamura were devastated. “It would simply have destroyed the very essence of the facility and its original vision, not only for the school, but for the community,” Nakamura said. Unfazed by the setback, Kalal and Nakamura spent the next few weeks meeting at Coco’s Bakery Restaurant, developing strategies, planning meetings and devising plans to get more supporters by outlining the need to replace Patrick Henry’s outdated facility.  Nakamura eventually created and developed phame. us, a website where she could post information on the project, updates, plans and pictures.  Months later, Nakamura, and the newly developed PHAME Academy Action Committee, began holding a series of meetings in the backroom of Nicolosi’s Italian Restaurant. Nakamura said the meetings typically consisted of community leaders, students, parents, teachers, planning groups and performing arts groups.  During the summer, the committee also held community meetings in Patrick Henry’s cafetorium, inviting a select group of influential individuals who could help with the project.  Making Real Progress During a Nov. 29 Board of Education meeting, members of the PHAME Academy Action Committee urged board members to place a motion by Beiser to make PHAME a priority project for the school district as an agenda item.  Immediately afterward, Barrera co-sponsored Beiser’s motion, but in a nod to opponents on the Board, board members required that the schools in the cluster contribute 4 percent to the project. In the following weeks, Nakamura, and her supporters, rallied parents and community members in the area’s cluster schools. On Dec. 13, 2011, their concerns were allayed when Board of Education members voted to approve final funding for the PHAME project. The Last Phase Nakamura said school officials are still seeking donations from community members to support PHAME. The Patrick Henry High School Alumni Association will be hosting a golf tournament and barbeque May 21 at the Admiral Baker Golf Course. Officials have also contacted famous Patrick Henry alumni, such as actress Annette Bening and actor Brian Stokes Mitchell. Nakamura said she and supporters are also starting the Cowles Mountain Community Foundation.  The first event, the “Call of the Mountain,” has been slated for spring. “We still have a way to go to make PHAME everything it can be for the community,” said Nakamura. “But PHAME is well on its way.” For more information on PHAME or to donate, visit phame.us.

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REAGAN FOUNDATION’S LARRY GREENFIELD IS KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT NAVAJO CANYON REPUBLICAN WOMEN’S FEB. 14 MEETING By Judy McCarty

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­SAN CARLOS AREA COUNCIL NEWS By John F. Pilch, San Carlos Area Council President The next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be held March 7 at 7 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library. Our guest speaker is scheduled to be County Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Now that San Carlos has been moved back in County District 2, we’re anxious to hear from our new County Supervisor about her plans for the district and our area in particular. We will also have reports from representatives of our elected officials and the San Diego Police Department. Given the violent collision that occurred on Jackson Drive at Lake Badin on Tuesday, January 24 at 8:30 p.m., perhaps it’s time some traffic controls were considered for this intersection. Having driven in the area regularly, I noted that vehicles entering from the north side on Lake Badin have difficulty sighting vehicles approaching the intersection westbound from Lake Murray Boulevard. That lack of sighting may have been a factor in the incident on the 24th. The San Carlos Area Council has volunteered to residents at the intersection to assist in getting Traffic Engineering to conduct a study to determine what type of traffic controls are available and if necessary, attempt to have All-Way Stop signs installed. More complaints are being heard about Jackson Drive becoming a raceway and if Stop signs, such as those at Twin Lake are needed, so be it. Please send an e-mail with your thoughts to me at jfpilch@hotmail.com. Many thanks to Lt. Kenneth Stewart and Community Relations Officer Ed Zwibel for the information they provided at the January 4th SCAC meeting. Lt. Stewart warned the group about a female thief, known as “The Church Bandit”, based on her targeting of churches and business offices to steal items from purses, after distracting the victims. She is Hispanic, about 5-foot-7-inches tall, heavyset, in her late 50s, wears glasses, and has long dark hair and crooked teeth. She has worked her scam from Mission Valley to Alpine. Pass this along to your friends and neighbors and employees/volunteers in the office of your church or synagogue. The news from CRO Zwibel dealt with a new five-person squad of officers assigned to Eastern Division, thanks to lobbying efforts by our new Captain, Andy Mills. They will assist See SCAC, page 22

Ronald Reagan, the political “sweetheart” of Republican women, will be the focus of the Navajo Canyon Republican Women’s Valentine’s Day meeting, Feb. 14, at The Brigantine restaurant in La Mesa. Larry Greenfield from the Reagan Foundation will be our main speaker. 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@ gmail.com or call (619) 697-2235. Sharon Angle, who ran unsuccessfully against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada in the last election, was a surprise guest speaker at our January meeting. She was the guest of our keynote speaker, Linda Paine of the Election Integrity Project. We learned that the single-most used method of election fraud is with absentee ballots fraudulently obtained and turned in. The Election Integrity Project is actually going through the registrar’s voter list and looking for duplicates and fake names. If you are handy with a computer and want to work from home on this project, contact ruth@electionintegrityproject.com. As Sharon said, “If the vote isn’t secure, then our vote doesn’t matter.” All citizens can help to make sure we have clean elections.

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SARANAC-MOHAWK COMMUNITY GROUP NEWS By Gale Susan Barlow, Group Member Terry Shirley, Group Chair, started the New Year with a well-developed wish list of neighborhood improvements, compiled from community input. At the Jan. 18 meeting, neighbor Troy Murphree presented Tim Taylor, Councilmember Marti Emerald’s liaison to the College Area, an illustrated report documenting blocks without sidewalks and adequate lighting. The comprehensive

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wish list specifies locations for street repair and traffic calming, as well. The goals are to make our community even more pedestrian friendly, safe, and attractive. Taylor clarified that although our community is now in the new Ninth Council district, Councilmember Emerald, who represented us when we were the Seventh District, is continuing to serve the Saranac-Mohawk Community until a District 9 Councilmember begins her or his term. Therefore, Taylor is still the go-to liaison for Saranac-Mohawk. He can be reached at (619) 236-6677 and at taylort@sandiego.gov. Councilmember Emerald, who resides in the College Area, has filed papers to run for the District 9 Council seat. Not only did the Saranac-Mohawk Community change from District 7 to District 9, but we also changed from the Mid-City to the Eastern Division of the SDPD. One ramification of this latter change is that our neighbors who volunteer as a Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) team continue to work with Mid-City but are no longer assigned to their own neighborhood. Nevertheless, the team reported that crime in our corner of the College Area remains low and that their entire beat is relatively peaceful. The monthly report from the Park Advisory Committee about the Tubman School joint-use park included an update on funding to create a natural turf field in the undeveloped school recreation area. At the end of 2011, City staff recommended that $150,000 in Developer Impact Fees be marked for development of this green space. Additional funding will be available when The Dinerstein Companies pulls building permits for Phase II of their Alvarado Apartments project, now rising on Alvarado Rd. See MOHAWK page 23


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

The quarterly meeting of the DCAC was lively Jan. 26. Our feature program was presented by Fire Captain Jeff Butler and his crew from Fire Station 31 in Del Cerro. As of July 2011, state law requires all single-family homes with an attached garage or a fossil fuel source to install CO alarms. Firefighter Alex Wallbrett emphasized the dangers of CO, and why we need CO alarms in our homes. You can’t see or smell CO – it can kill you! It is produced whenever fuels such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood or charcoal is burned. Appliances operating normally are fine, but when operating incorrectly, dangerous levels of CO can result. Butler said at the very least, you should have a CO alarm on each floor. A copy of the flyer they handed out at the meeting is posted on our website at delcerroactioncouncil.org. Ben Zeiger, our representative for Assemblymember Marty Block, detailed a Senior Financial and Health Care Seminar that was to be held Jan. 31 at Congregation Beth Jacob. On Feb. 4, Assemblymember Block will host a Cal Grant Workshop to assist college bound students find sources to help pay their tuition. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at Hoover High School at 4474 El Cajon Blvd. Ben may emailed at Ben.Zeiger@asm.ca.gov or call him at (619) 462-7878. Mary Ann Wallace, Council Representative and Policy Advisor for Councilmember Marti Emerald announced Councilmember Emerald has been reappointed as chair of the City’s Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee. She will also be serving on the Rules, Budget and Finance, and the new Economic Development and Strategies Committee. Mary Ann also announced on Tuesday, the City Council approved allocating $150,000 in Development Impact Funds to help complete the funding for the Lake Murray Park Project Playground. There will be a free community cleanup and recycling event will be held March 24 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Qualcomm Stadium. For a copy of the flyer, go to our website. Mary Ann’s email is MWallace@sandiego. gov and her phone number is (619) 236-6677. We welcomed Sgt. Brown who recently joined the police department’s Eastern Division. He currently works second watch (2 p.m. to midnight) and is responsible for the Navajo area. Individuals are again in our neighborhood knocking on doors allegedly selling something. Sgt. Brown recommends if you are concerned, and it is not an emergency, call 619.531.2000. The best news for Del Cerro was the court decision in December requiring San Diego State University to submit a new EIR regarding their proposed housing development at Adobe Falls. The appellate court found SDSU’s latest EIR did not comply with CEQA. SDSU must now go back to the drawing board and draw up a new EIR that complies with CEQA as per the court opinion, circulate it for public comment, etc. Residents on Lambda brought up the ongoing parking problems because of all the youth sports activities. Drivers are continually double parking and even blocking driveways for extended periods of time while their children practice soccer or baseball. Speeding cars remains a problem. It was suggested residents email me with what they consider the speeding hotspots. The results will be given to the Police Department’s Traffic Division. We will also be contacting Cal-Trans regarding a traffic merging concern on the I-8/College Avenue Interchange. Our next meeting will be April 26. The meeting will include election of officers. Let us hear from you if you have a comment or concern.

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ALLIED GARDENS COMMUNITY COUNCIL By Marilyn Reed, AGCC President

Allied Gardens Community Council will hold a special Town Hall Meeting Feb. 6. This meeting will be dedicated to the discussion of projects (in various planning stages) for the Allied Gardens and Grantville areas. Currently, there are two projects on the agenda for Feb. 6. The first to be presented will be a project proposal for the vacant lot at the corner of Glenroy and Zion Avenue. This lot is very familiar to the community and is often referred to as the Christmas Tree Lot, sponsored by the Allied Gardens/Grantville Kiwanis. The project’s developer has requested an opportunity to address the community and to present his plans for the property. Previously at the Oct. 17 NCPI (Navajo Community Planners Inc.) meeting, the developer and his representative suggested the project’s purpose would be to provide senior housing with approximately 50 to 55 multifamily residential units. He is now prepared to share some very specific plans for the 1.2 acres and has requested time on AGCC’s agenda to introduce and discuss them with the community. The second project on the agenda for Feb. 6 will be a presentation on Shawnee Project by the project’s representative, Mike Dunham. This new housing development will contain approximately 1,023 housing units; 1,000 of which will be multifamily residential and about 23 single-family homes. The Shawnee project will be located close to the Superior Ready Mix Plant on Mission Gorge Road and is moving ahead through the City planning process for approval. Although the project has already been presented to the community planning board (Navajo Community Planners, Inc or NCPI), redevelopment group (Grantville Stakeholder’s Committee) and the Allied Gardens Community Council (at a previous Town Hall Meeting), Dunham has requested time to update the community on the progress of this project. This residential development is not only a multifamily/single family residential project, but will also have commercial and retail space available. Dunham will present traffic studies, which reflect the expected increases in population density and possible impacts to community streets such as Mission Gorge Road, Greenbrier and other neighborhood streets. Included in his presentation will be the plans for the architectural development of both the multifamily and single-family residential units. Also, the allocation of parkland to accommodate future residents and the involvement of the San Diego River as part of the proposed project will also be discussed. The Feb. 6 Town Hall Meeting (as well as all of AGCC’s Town Hall Meetings) will be held at the Ascension Lutheran Church (located at 5106 Zion Ave.) and will begin at 7 p.m.

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Spa, from page 1 Mira Day Spa’s Sommer Willis is a refreshing ray of sunshine. She gives off the kind of vibes you want from a masseuse. A positive person who loves her neighborhood – she cites Windmill Farms as one of her absolute favorite spots for lunch – Willis has a great touch. After I told her I felt drained from my daily routine, she told me it’s important to treat yourself every now and then. “We must take care of ourselves first so that we can take care of others,” Willis said. “We are coming from a much better place when our cups are full. It is a pleasure to give when we are feeling loved and pampered.” Now that’s a philosophy I could get behind. Willis’s treatment room is as good as any downtown or hotel spa in San Diego. There’s classical music quietly playing in the background, dim lighting, and a decadently warm massage table – my favorite part of the process. Because I opted for the Valentine’s Day special – a 45-minute Chocolate Massage followed by an Organic Honey and Cocoa Facial – there were also red petals to greet me, placing me in a very happy mood. Until this treatment, red petals on any table or floor were relegated to scenes from movies. A warning for any chocoholic: The Valentine’s Day special smells delicious. Willis told me the antioxidants in cocoa nourish and protect the skin cells by scavenging free radicals and allowing optimal cell regeneration. As she applied the cocoa oil to my back, I couldn’t help but wonder whether chocolate candy bars offer the same benefits. The accompanying hot rock therapy on my back was a unique experience, but one that paid off in spades. Willis also used camphor and menthol lotion to keep circulation flowing in the tense muscles of my back and neck and hot towels to relieve tension in the feet. After the massage, I received the spa’s signature mini-facial with Josh Rosebrook’s organic enzyme and a honey exfoliant that softened my skin and gave me a nice glow that my husband insisted he recognized upon my return home. I also experienced the peppermint foot mask and a pure Shea butter and paraffin hand treatment. By the time Willis was finished, I felt renewed, hydrated and relaxed. Mira Day Spa is an ideal gift for any Valentine who’s overstressed and overwhelmed. Heck, it’s a great present for anyone – even if the intended recipient is yourself.

SAN CARLOS UNITED METHODIST PRESCHOOL SCHOOL NEWS San Carlos United Methodist Preschool, located at 6554 Cowles Mtn. Blvd., is preparing for 2012 summer and fall registration. Open registration for the community will take place March 19. Our school accepts children between the ages of 2.5 (who are fully potty trained) through 5 years of age. We provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn and grow through developmentally appropriate, hands on, play-oriented activities.  In addition to our 3-hour classes and our flexible Extended Day Care hours, we provide an Extended Pre-K, 4.5-hour long program for those children who just miss the Kindergarten cutoff date or for those children who are being granted the gift of time, and won’t start Kindergarten till 2013. If you are interested in receiving more information, please contact the preschool office at (619) 464-4335 or stop by for a tour between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS SERVICES

Painting. Quality work int. & ext. Neat clean & fast, average size room, just $70.00. Call now for free estimate. 619-280-7752 (2/12) 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)

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. (2/12)

10% off – Builders Express – Full Service Building contractor. 29 years experience. Honest, reliable. Room, bath, kitchen remodels, plumbing, electrical, stucco. Free estimates. Lic 490616 www.BuildersExpressUSA. com 619-297-2280. (8/12) Turn your breezeway, entryway, patio into a cost-effective room edition. Easy, quick, will add valuable space to your home. Builders Express Lic 490616 www.BuildersExpressUSA.com 619-297-2280. (8/12)

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)

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

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)

San Carlos Handyman Service: Reliable, affordable, licensed and insured. No job too small. Call Dan @ 619-994-5680. (8/12)

Quality exterior carpentry. Decks, Fences, Patio Covers and Termite Repair. Lic 365241 www.aactionbuildersofsandiego.com Bob 619-275-1493 (04/12) Pet/Housesitting Services. Est. 1983, Bonded. Pet-tenders offers feeding, walking, plant care, housesitting-and above all...spoiling...in your own home! www.pet-tenders.com 619-298-3033. (03/12) 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, 619-286-8012. (03/13) Professional Power Washing. We specialize in cleaning driveways, patios, tile roofs, stucco, wood decks, rain gutters. Call 619-460-8177 www. sandiegopowerclean.com. (03/12) Save water, save money. Take the hassle out of irrigation scheduling, and upgrade your irrigation system with a ‘smart’ controller or timer. Your watering schedule will be adjusted as the weather changes. Rebates available. Call 619-251-3775. (02/12) Contractor/handyman, small jobs ok. Plumbing, carpentry, electrical, doors, roll up garage door repair, laminate floors. Licensed and insured, Bill #701783. 619-698-0375. (02/12) Linda’s Puppy Love. Bonded, licensed, insured pet & housesitting service offers daily dog walks, cat care, vacation visits, overnight care, love, care & attention. www.lindaspuppylove.com 619-857-3674. (08/12) Painting int. & ext. 32 years. Ceilings, floors, cabinets. Quality work, reasonable, clean. LC# 620471. Call 619-674-6373. (11/12) Roy L. Schwarz Tree Service. I.S.A. Certified Arborist. Dependable service since 1977. 60-foot aerial truck. WE-6180A. Lic #775662. 619-2823562. ARoyLTreeSVC.com. (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 619-287-7149. (1/13)

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 pkmelody@sbcglobal.net 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. www. trulycleancarpets.com 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. 619-2863679. (2/12) 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) Lori’s House Cleaning – Reliable quality work – Reasonable prices. References available. 619-582-9586. (2/12) Honor Guard Roofing since 1993. Allied Gardens, family 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 jens@germansetter. com. (10/12) 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) Babysitting. Responsible 15-year-old female. Great with kids, honest, respectful, intelligent tutoring available. Able to work weekdays after 3 p.m. and weekends. Just call Makenna Miller. 619-286-3679. (3/12) Babysitting services available by young energetic Patrick Henry High School graduate, dependable and trustworthy, local San Carlos/ Del Cerro resident reasonable rates. Call 619-286-3939. (2/12) 4 LITTLE COOKS. Hands on cooking classes for kids, ages 6-13. 4littlecooks@gmail.com. 619-463-7576. (5/12) 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) 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) Estate planning services. Quality personal service. Compassionate, competent legal representation for wills and trusts. Call Suzuki Wuori, LLP for a consultation. 619-462-0995. (2/12)

FOR SALE Tire chains, pair, never used, in case, for sedan $25.00; Jaguar hub cap - 8” $25.00. 619-286-5464. (2/12) Men’s jeans, size 42. $5.00 ea or 6 for $25.00. Very good condition. Call 619-286-5991. (2/12) Bookshelf – wood, 5 levels, great condition, 70 inches high x 24 wide. $55. Call 619-668-0436. (2/12/) Propane-powered heater. Mounts atop 5-gallon tank. Plus 2 extra tanks. Ideal for garage excellent condition. San Carlos. $100 for all. 619-589-2033. (3/12) Man’s small, like new, leather jacket. Asking $50, OBO. 619-286-5991. (2/12)

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SCFOL, from page 4 FRIDAYS: WEEKLY, 10 to 10:40 a.m.: Preschool Story Time & Songs. WEEKLY, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Children’s Board Games: Ages 6-12 years. FREE OASIS PROGRAM: Feb. 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m.: History of Balboa Park presented by Gabe Selak, Public Programs Manager, San Diego History Center. This talk features the development of Balboa Park from its earliest uses, the Expositions of 1915 and 1935, through today. 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 a.m. to noon: The adult “Story Swap Group” teaches oral storytelling. Homebound SC Library patrons can call 527-3430 to have books delivered to their homes.

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SCAC, from page 18 with crime reports and work where needed in the expanded Eastern Division. He also mentioned that Mayor Sanders has asked Vehicle Abatement to strictly enforce the ordinance about parking vehicles on lawns. You can report violators by phone to (858) 495-7856 or on the City website at www.sandiego.gov and click on the Police Department for a form to complete. CRO Zwibel then introduced Deputy City Attorney Karolyn Westfall from the Neighborhood Prosecution Unit. She works out of the Eastern and Southeast Division offices and prosecutes low-level, quality of life crimes. Her focus is on problem people and problem cases. DCA Westfall can be contacted at (619) 533-5676 or by e-mail at KWestfall@sandiego.gov. In addition, information was presented about fire safety, smoke detectors, cooking safety, electrical hazards, home heating safety, candle safety advice and clothes dryer safety. I provided the information and led the discussion, due to the local engine crew not being available to attend. You can access more information about all these topics and more, especially carbon monoxide detectors, at www.sandiego.gov/ fireandems/safety/tips. Mary Ann Wallace of Councilmember Marti Emerald’s office reminded the audience of the California Energy Commission’s (CEC) hearing about the Quail Brush Generation Project at the Mission Trails Visitor Center Jan. 25 in the afternoon. 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 adjacent to the Sycamore Landfill. 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. This hearing is the first step in a lengthy process, expected to last more than one year. More information is available at www.energy.ca.gov/quailbrush. You can also call (800) 822-6228. We attended the hearing and heard concerns expressed about the visual impact, air pollution, Indian artifacts in the soil, increased traffic during construction of the plant, loss of property values and quality of life issues. Cogentrix plans to continue to provide updates at the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens Advisory committee meetings. The next meeting is scheduled for March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center and is open to the public, with no charge to attend. With respect to the expanded telecom sites in San Carlos, both were discussed at the meeting and there was no opposition to either. One is at the San Carlos United Methodist Church on Navajo Road and Cowles Mtn. Boulevard, where Sprint proposes to replace four antennas with 12 in the existing steeple. The other is at St. Dunstan’s Church on Park Ridge Blvd. and Wandermere Drive, where Sprint proposes to add three antennas to the nine in the existing obelisk on the south end of the parking lot. Neither proposal will result in changes to the exterior of the structures. Both were unopposed and recommended for approval at the Jan. 23 meeting of the Navajo community Planners, Inc. At the Dec. 19, 2011 meeting of NCPI, the Board approved an appeal of the decision of the hearing officer who approved the Conditional Use Permit for the Grow Smart Child’s Academy on Jackson Drive. This occurred in spite of unanimous opposition by NCPI (13-0) and opposition by the neighbors. With the appeal now on file, the project moves on to the Planning Commission, where we were recently advised that it has been placed on the docket for their Feb. 2 meeting in City Council Chambers at 9 a.m. The SCAC agreed to work with AT&T and the condo owners at Spring Hill adjacent to the Masonic Lodge on Tommy Drive about the design of the tower on the lodge building. A meeting took place Dec. 13 to review the possible changes in the design of the exterior of the tower and some additional landscaping to shield the Spring Hill condo residents from the tower. Since then, M&M Telecom, for AT&T, presented design changes to the residents. We’re pleased to report that the condo residents are satisfied with the new design of the tower and landscaping and the project can now move forward. Plans for a District Seven Candidates Forum in the Navajo Area continue to move forward, with a tentative date of 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 Seven. More details will be provided, as they become available. 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@hotmail.com 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 www.jfpilch@hotmail.com. Thank you.

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PASTEL SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO MEMBER SHOW The second annual “members” art show of the Pastel Society will be held in the Allied Gardens library until March 2. There will be an opening reception for the public Feb. 7. This members-only exhibit features work by all levels of artist, from beginning to professional. Pastel Society of San Diego offers their first meeting of 2012, which will be held at 2 p.m. in the Point Loma/ Hervey Branch Library, 3701 Voltaire Street, Feb. 5. Refreshments will be served. The public is welcome. The Pastel Society of San Diego has an active membership, sponsoring an annual juried show that is recognized for the quality of the art that is drawn from a large pool of skilled pastelists. The 2012 juried show will open April 25 in Spanish Village of Balboa Park. New members will be immediately eligible for full benefits, including meetings, member shows and the society’s online newsletter. The mission of the Pastel Society is to educate about, and increase interest in the use of pastels. Pastels range from chalk to pencil, from soft pastels to oil pastel sticks. It is a very flexible medium, lending itself to sketching with visible strokes and lines, or full coverage as a painting. It is believed that the ancient cave painters of France used pastels in creating some of the first paintings known to man. Pastels were first mentioned by Leonardo da Vinci in 1495, but came into frequent use in the 1600’s. Although Degas is probably the best-known pastel artist, there are innumerable others, including Whistler, Toulouse-Lautrec, Manet and Renior. Mary Cassatt is considered by many to be the artist who popularized Pastel painting in America. The Pastel Society monthly meetings are held every other first Sunday of the month. Vistors are always welcome. The meetings feature a demonstration by premier pastel artists. Visit www.zhibit.org/pssd information on meetings, exhibits and membership.

Mardi Gras, from page 10 Our Retiree Lunch will be held on Feb. 23 at noon. The menu and entertainment is still being finalized but we promise it will be delicious and fun as always. Everyone is welcome but reservations are requested so we can plan enough food. Please contact the church office at (619) 460-6442. Although many people look at Lent as a time of giving something up it can also be a time of taking something on in your spiritual life. If you are looking for something to take on consider that St. Dunstan’s will offer Lenten Adult Education beginning Feb. 29 at 5:30 p.m. The program is being worked out and will include dinner and the lesson for $5. Childcare will be provided. Please visit our website (www.stdunstans.org) for more details and please consider joining us during Lent. At the end of February St. Dunstan’s Youth Group will be participating in the 30-Hour Famine. The 30-Hour Famine is an annual event that raises money for World Vision (an international non-profit that promotes sustainability in third world and other developing countries primarily through child sponsorship) by having teenagers fast for 30 hours as a show of solidarity with those in the world who face poverty and starvation as daily threats. The kids have made it their goal to raise $30 (at least) each in order to participate in the Famine. Besides fasting for 30 hours the kids will also play games and do activities to help simulate the difficult choices for people without access to a variety of foods, medicines or even clean water sources. In addition to that they also take part in a service project during that time. If you are interested in donating to help support the Youth Group please go to the St. Dunstan’s website (www.stdunstans.org) and click on the “Donate” link on the Home page. If you would like to find out more about the 30-Hour Famine please contact Rebekah Carter at the church office at (619) 460-6442. St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church is located at 6556 Park Ridge Blvd. in San Diego (Del Cerro area off Navajo near Patrick Henry High School). For more information, please visit our website at www.stdunstans.org or call the church office at (619) 460-6442.

If the Tubman joint-use park project passes several other approval hurdles early in 2012, design could start as early as July 2012. Tim Taylor will be arranging a meeting with Councilmember Emerald and the SaranacMohawk Park Advisory Committee to sort through the alphabet soup of the park development process and help residents achieve their goal of public green space at a site that has been designated for joint-use for over 30 years. The next meeting of the Saranac Mohawk Community Group will be Feb. 15. 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 Rd. 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 tshirley@cox.net.


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