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The Flying Leatherneck museum at MCAS Miramar opens the cockpits of Top Gun fighter jets.

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Fletcher Hills Volume XVII – Number VII

Cowles Mountain Named ‘Best Hiking Trail’

Dorothy Leonard

Open Cockpit Days

The Mission Times Courier is featuring profiles on two candidates this month. We look forward to publishing additional candidate profiles in the coming months. By Patrick Pierce Term limits have opened a spot at the top of the City of San Diego’s nonpartisan leadership structure. Jerry Sanders will be leaving as mayor of America’s Finest City next year after serving two consecutive terms. His pending departure has some of the city’s biggest politicos lining up to replace him. Candidates actively seeking to fill this position are a congressman, district attorney, city councilman, state senator, state assemblyman, and many other ambitious residents. As of June 23, 2011, 14 candidates have filed a statement of intention to run with the San Diego City Clerk’s office. Six of those 14 candidates have also filed committee organization paperwork. Potential successors for Sanders’ seat include well-known names like Carl DeMaio, Bonnie Dumanis, Bob Filner, and Nathan Fletcher. On Tuesday of this week, Senator Christine Kehoe announced that she

Sharon Bay, publisher and editor of San Diego Family Magazine congratulates Jay Wilson, the Executive Director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation for the Cowles Mountain Hiking Trails being selected the best hiking trail in San Diego County by the magazine’s readers. San Diego Family Magazine states the park is home to “lots of kidfriendly tours and easy hikes for all levels, short or long.  The Visitor Center is awesome.”  Jay accepted the award on behalf of the Mission Trails Regional Park and the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. For more information about upcoming events at Mission Trails, see related stories on pages 5, 6 and 19

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Lake Murray July 4th Music Fest & Fireworks

Ask the Cop

Read the first installment of our new feature. Officer Zwibel answers our readers questions.

As this issue is getting ready to go to press, we continue to wait for decisions to be made by various governmental agencies, including the City of San Diego, regarding the fireworks display over Lake Murray on July 4th. We faced many expected and some unexpected issues with the State of California and the City of San Diego. Although we were able to satisfy most of the requests/demands made by various departments, we remain in limbo as this goes to print. Sorry we didn’t have more information to provide in this issue. For updates about the Music Fest and Fireworks, please visit While you’re on the site, consider signing up for automatic e-mail updates about all the listed events in the Navajo Communities. The Music Fest Committee (Don Brennan, Jay Wilson and John Pilch) thanks all who supported the event this year.

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Background, Current Position: Legal, District Attorney - San Diego County Age: 59 Affiliation: Republican Official campaign web site: Major endorsements to date: I’m honored to have so many bipartisan endorsements early in the campaign, including San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders; San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts; San Diego City Councilman

Background, Current Position: Business, San Diego City Councilmember - District 5 Age: 36 Affiliation: Republican Official campaign web site: Major endorsements to date: I believe that everyday San Diegans will choose the next mayor, not the special interests, union bosses or politicians. That’s why I am not actively seeking Carl DeMaio those endorsements and why I was thrilled to announce that my campaign received the support of over 1,400 San Diegans in just the first 14 days of the campaign.

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Del Cerro Park to celebrate 50th Anniversary in July City Councilmember Carl DeMaio to speak at July Community Association Meeting In 1961, residents of the fairly new Del Cerro neighborhood rallied together to raise funds to build a park and a membership-based swimming pool and tennis club for the community to enjoy. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the facility, which continues to be a popular, well-maintained recreation facility, that some call the ‘best kept secret in Del Cerro.’ The Del Cerro Park Board is inviting its members to celebrate this special occasion at the pool’s annual Independence Day Celebration, to be held Monday, July 4 at 2 pm. Not only will the event include pool games hosted by the lifeguard staff, but there will also be fun prizes for the kids, and watermelon, ice cream, and cake for everyone. Later in July, the Del Cerro Community Association (DCCA) will host its annual “Meeting on the Green.” The event, which serves as the association’s annual meeting and election of directors will be held Thursday, July 21 at 7 pm in the park, located at 6475 Del Cerro Blvd. City of San Diego District 5 Councilmember Carl DeMaio will be the featured speaker at the event, along with representatives from the San Diego Police Department, and a discussion of community issues. DCCA members will have the opportunity to vote for the election of its 2011-2012 directors at the meeting. To minimize disruptions, the pool will close to members at 6 pm on the day of the meeting, and it is requested that only adults attend the meeting. The entire public is welcome to the meeting. For more information, contact Del Cerro Park General Manager Donna Dose at (619) 463-4024.

Friends of Lake Murray

By Barbara Cleves Anderson Dr. Bob Gordon has returned to his home in Del Cerro after climbing to Mount Everest’s base camp in the Nepal region of the Himalaya Mountains. The camp is 18,000 ft. up the mountain. He and the 20 member group trekked even farther. Dr. Bob enjoyed the sojourn but made light of the broken arm he received in a fall. The wonderful overall experience was obviously more remarkable than a bad ow--ie. Bob has been hiking for years so it didn’t seem as though the climb to the camp was an overall physical problem. Though he climbs the treacherous* Cowles Mountain frequently, he also climbs Mount Whitney each year and looks to be in very good condition except for his broken arm. Being a surgeon I wonder if he gave advice to those tending to his break. Coming home from the lake one morning Bob and his dog Ginger stopped and we talked about his adventure. He said that his co-hikers were terrific. His guides were outstanding, but he hesitated a bit when I asked him about the food. He said, “Uh…it was good.” It didn’t sound like the best review. Of course he didn’t travel all that way for the food. What impressed Bob, besides the beauty of the mountains was how everyone he met was friendly. He observed that most people world over are the same. We care about the same things; family and home are uppermost. During our conversation about Dr. Bob’s trek he commented about the other hikers in his group. Many were women. Some traveled solo to have the adventure. Bob was pleased and surprised that these women were confident, See BARBARA, page 9

Preventing Smash And Grab Vehicle Break-ins Q – Officer Zwibel, I’ve noticed a lot of broken glass on the street as I pass by Mission Trails Regional Park, and my car was even vandalized. I saw a police car there when I parked, and still this happened to me. What can I do to prevent this, and what is the San Diego Police Department doing? A – Thank you for your question. Most people are unaware of just how quickly a vehicle can be burglarized while parked in an open area such as a trailhead or shopping center. The crime spans a matter of seconds, and many videos show that a black and white police car passing through might delay the would-be burglar a moment until it passes. Then they’re in the car and going through your

property. Most commonly, burglars will use a spring loaded metal punch or porcelain object to quietly shatter the glass. They will reach in and take anything of value. Usually they are in and out in less than 20 or 30 seconds. The most appropriate preventive measure follows the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Simply, remove all visible items which could be conceived as valuable from the vehicle. This includes phone charging cords, electronics, purses, loose change, bags, etc. Sounds like common sense, but some things are a touch more subtle. GPS suction cup mounts are often still attached to the glass, and as most of us know, it isn’t a stretch to assume that valuable piece of electronics is stashed in the center console or glove box. Please remove these. Even the marks from the suction can lead a vehicle to be burglarized vs. another. Old bags or shopping bags are another huge problem. While you know that your workout socks and undergarments are the only things in a bag, a potential burglar will visualize bars of gold in each one. Only a smashed window will let them know for certain. The vast majority of window smash vehicle occurrences are for the purpose of burglarizing. Many vehicles devoid of belongings will never be touched. The only additional preventative measure to avoid being targeted by a car thief would be to add a visible auto theft deterrent such as a steering wheel lock, etc. The combination of a car with nothing valuable visible and an anti-theft device in plain sight make it an extremely unlikely target. Often times hundreds of dollars in damage is sustained only to have a thief take spare change from the center console. We conduct undercover operations, in addition to our uniformed patrols of higher volume car burglary sites. Nothing we do however can match the effectiveness of people merely securing their belongings before arriving at a venue. If it’s all in the trunk or out of the vehicle, criminals will move on to places presenting easier victims. We really just don’t often see a case where a window is smashed and nothing is taken from the vehicle. Simply taking away an opportunity for victimization is worth a pound of investigative cure. Do you have a question for Officer Zwibel? E-mail

Jumbo Lemon Harvested In La Mesa g A La Mesa woman recently harvested an lemon from her tree that looks more like a softball! Kim Taylor said the jumbo, organic lemon measured 17” in diameter and was about 8” in length.

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Rabbits Spell Trouble For Gardens, Lawns By Greg Nichols Mari Jarvis has stopped fighting the rabbits. A resident of San Carlos whose house fronts the base of Cowles Mountain, Jarvis often wakes to find four or more cottontails—the hoary coated critters whose white bellies, elongated hind legs, and eponymous puffball tails distinguish them from other species— nibbling her lawn. Though initially irked by their voracity—small numbers of rabbits can reduce a lawn to a patchwork of brown in a few weeks—Jarvis eventually resigned herself to their appetites. From sheer persistence, the cottontails have also earned a measure of tolerance from the family’s yellow

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lab, Winnie, who now cedes her turf without so much as a chase. Residents in the Mission Trails area living near green space and abutments began noticing what appears to be a spike in the cottontail population early last summer. After two relatively wet winters—7.94 combined inches in December, January, and February of 2010 and 7.40 inches in the same months of 2011—vegetation in the area flourished. With well irrigated lawns providing a secondary food source, higher cottontail numbers are little surprise. For grillers and green thumbs, this abundance can mean havoc for backyard oases. “They’ll nibble on lawns, on grasses, they’ll eat ornamental flowers, they’ll eat vegetables certainly,” says Vincent Lazaneo, Urban Horticulture Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension. “They can do some serious damage if they come often enough.” Small, fast, and persistent, cottontails are also notoriously difficult to deter. This has many in the area worried they may be fighting a losing battle. On Wing Span Dr., where Mari Jarvis and her neighbors have been under siege for months, the damage is evident. “Look at this grass,” says Arnie Rosenberg, a Wing Span Drive resident, as he surveys his front lawn. “They eat right down to the dirt.” Though loners in the wild, on this block it’s common to see cottontails cluster in twos and threes as they chomp unfenced front lawns with impunity. Unlike deer, which nibble only the tips of plants, the cottontails’ long and constantly growing incisors allow them to shear grass almost to the ground. Whatever stubby blades are left can’t survive the additional assault of urine and feces. Up and down Wing Span Drive, large brown patches on nearly every lawn substantiate what residents are calling “an explosion” in cottontail activity. Desert cottontails are common throughout the semi-arid land of the western United States and northern Mexico. They make their dens under lowlying brush, in abandoned badger holes, and beneath raised houses, sheds, and woodpiles. Active in the morning and evening, they hunker down during hotter parts of the day to conserve water and energy. Cottontails extract most of their water from the grasses and plants that comprise their diet, making them well suited to environments like Cowles Mountain that lack streams and rivers. Unlike many species of rabbit, desert cottontails can, and in Southern California frequently do, breed year-round if food is plentiful. A cottontail litter can have as many as six kits—short for kittens—and a single female can bear See RABBITS, page 3


San Diego Police Department Watch Commander, Officer Frank Cali, issued an alert for the Mission Times Courier area. Due to the MO and the suspect description, there is a very good chance that these two incidents are related and may be the same suspect. We urge that business who operate in the early morning hours owners relate these reports to employees. 06/25/11 5:08am 6125 BALBOA AVE CLAIREMONT MESA EAST COMMERCIAL ROBBERY A male entered the Shell Gas Station at 6125 Balboa Ave and pointed a black handgun at the clerk who was making coffee. The suspect forced the clerk to the cash register and demanded cash. The suspect left westbound Balboa Ave in a possible blue vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 30’s, 5’10”, 160 lbs, with a mustache or goatee, who was wearing a powdered blue hoodie sweatshirt with a white jacket and blue jeans. The Robbery Unit is investigating. 06/25/11 521am 4282 CAMINO DEL RIO NORTH GRANTVILLE COMMERCIAL ROBBERY A male entered the Body Beautiful Car Wash at 4282 Camino Del Rio North and walked up to the counter with no clerk. The clerk was making coffee. The suspect saw some money on the counter unattended. The suspect took the money and started to leave. The clerk confronted the suspect. The suspect pulled out a black semi auto handgun and the clerk backed away. The suspect left eastbound on Camino Del Rio North. The suspect was described as a Hispanic or a light colored Black male, 25 year old; 6’0”, thin build, who was wearing a dark blue or black hoodie and blue jeans. The Robbery Unit is investigating.

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College-Rolando Friends of the Library Summer Movie Matinees, Saturdays at Noon. 7/2 Toy Story 3, 7/9 Megamind, 7/16 Despicable Me, 7/23 The Last Airbender, 7/30 The Karate Kid. One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program, Fridays at 10 a.m. 7/1 Harlynne Geisler’s Folktales, 7/8 Amazing Dana Magic Show, 7/15 Joe Gandelman & Friends, 7/22 Literature Comes to Life, 7/29 Mad Science of San Diego. The Book Club selection for July is Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Copies are available for checkout at the circulation desk. The book discussion will take place on Sat., Jul. 9 at 10 a.m. in Seminar Room B. No registration or membership required. Our adult yoga class is held every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in the community room. No reservation required. Just bring a yoga mat or towel, and wear comfortable clothing. Zuma Gold (low impact) will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 9:30 in the community room. No reservation required. Our Friends’ Book Sale room is open every Tuesday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Saturday from Noon to 2 p.m. Donations are welcome and can be dropped off at the front counter. Preschool Story Time takes place every Friday at 10 a.m. in the children’s area.

Lake Murray Kiwanis Club SERVE PANCAKES By John F. Pilch In addition to holding our regular meetings on Jun. 4 and 18, Lake Murray Kiwanis (LMK) members prepared a pancake breakfast for overnight campers at Green Elementary School on Jun. 11. Students and parents spent the evening enjoying a variety of camping and campfire activities, including a BBQ, s’mores and a movie. They awakened to a breakfast of buttermilk pancakes, orange slices and orange juice, fresh strawberries and coffee for the adults. We had a great time working with Monica and Natalie, the moms who put this all together and whose battle cry was “Yay, pancakes”. A similar event is being planned after school begins in September and we look forward to participating again. In July, we’ll hold our regular breakfast meetings on the 2nd and 16th and an evening meeting at Coco’s on Lake Murray Blvd. on the 20th. Also on our July calendar is the Veterans Village Stand Down at San Diego High School on its last day, Sun., Jul. 17. Lake Murray Kiwanis members have been involved in this event for many, many years and find it most rewarding. In 2010, we prepared more than 2,000 “World Famous” Lake Murray Kiwanis buttermilk pancakes for breakfast and more than 1,000 hamburgers for the lunch crowd and helped with the food service of both meals. We look forward to continuing the tradition in 2011 and beyond. LMK will not have its hamburger and hot dog booth at the Lake Murray Jul. 4 Music Fest this year, since that portion of the event has been cancelled. Hopefully, the traditional event on the 4th of July will continue next year. See KIWANIS, page 4

Lake Murray Kiwanis Club member Jay Wilson cooks up pancakes for Green Elementary overnight campers.

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A Full Spring Calendar For College View Estates By Ann Cottrell, CVEA Secretary Young and old, College View Estates neighbors came together in early June for our 11th annual block party. As always, the highlights were the chili cook off and dessert contest. First place in the chili contest this year went to our guest, Tim Taylor, Councilmember Marti Emerald’s representative for the College Area. Sierra Sharp and three high school classmates took first place in the dessert contest. A climbing wall, bounce house, water balloon contest, and chalk art kept the kids and teens busy. Hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, watermelon were popular with all. The primary activity of course was just socializing with neighbors. We were especially pleased to get to know six of the new families who have recently moved into the neighborhood and to have a chance to chat with Councilmember Emerald. CVEA’s neighborhood garage sale in April was a great success with 35 households participating. Realtors Mary Lee Adamske and John Adamske sponsored this event. Five C.V.E. homes were featured in the April Home Tour presented by College Neighborhoods Foundation. The Theme of this year’s tour was “Back to the Future: Rediscovering the Organic and Sustainable Mid-Century”. CVEA was a sponsor for the Hardy Elementary School’s Jog-a-Thon in April and subsequently made a contribution to the Hardy School Library in memory of Bill Hagan, a long-time CVEA activist and block coordinator. College View Estates Association meets the last Tuesday of each month at a neighbor’s home and is open to anyone in the community. — July 1, 2011

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Celebrate Your Summer At Mission Trails! By Audrey F. Baker, Trail Guide July’s iconic holiday on the 4th not only celebrates national independence, but also reminds us of the freedom of summer. It’s a time of endless possibilities, fun activities, and meaningful experiences. Whether your schedule is open, or not so, plan to make the most of summer by enjoying Nature. Every visit to Mission Trails Regional Park is a mini-vacation. Cares drift away when you surround yourself in scenic beauty, and contemplate the flight of a butterfly. Our Trail Guide-walks are an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural world, with its unique landscapes and habitats, local history, plant and animal life. Free, interesting, and fact-filled, the walks are geared to all ages and interests. So, gear up for summer by donning sturdy shoes and floppy hat, grab water bottle and sunscreen, and join us on the trail! Morning walks are offered every Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday, from 9:30-11:00 a.m. You’ll start from the park’s Visitor and Interpretive Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. The walk beginning from Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, at the San Carlos-Santee border gives a different perspective of the park and its diverse habitats. These walks are offered from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month, and take in the historic Old Mission Dam. Wildlife Tracking Walk, 8:30-10:00 a.m., reveals the secret lives of animals by interpreting the signs they leave behind on the trail. Examine “scat,” browsing, bedlays, tracks and more to gain insight into their survival techniques and habits. Wear long pants for two hours of “dirt-time” fun. On Jul. 2, meet at front of Visitor Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. July’s Bird Walk, Saturday, the 16th, from 8-10 a.m., will be held at scenic Lake Murray. Our Resident Birder Jean Raimond tells us, that in addition to bird sightings, there also will be opportunities to view the butterflies of San Diego County. Bring binocs and a field guide if you’d like. We meet on the North side of Lake Murray (dirt lot by the ball field), Murray Park Drive and Bella Glade Avenue, San Carlos. Our Summer Twilight Walk, Saturday, the 16th, at 7:15-8:45 p.m. is a great way to experience the park as it transitions between dusk and evening. You’ll stroll through Grasslands and along Riverfront and, in this active time for wildlife. Keep an eye for critter sightings! Bring along a flashlight and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Join us at the Kumeyaay Campground Entry Station, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee. Family Discovery Walk, Sunday, the 17th, 4:00-5:30 p.m., engages young children in the joy of Nature, and is an opportunity for parents to spend quality time with children, and share the outdoor experience. Walking to the Kumeyaay grinding rocks site, the group will observe seasonal changes. We start from the Visitors Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Bird Basics, conducted by MTRP’s Winona Sollock, is a 90-minute class that teaches 5 simple techniques for “at a glance” bird I.D.-ing. Pick up tips on using your bird field guide (bringing one is optional). See you on Sat., Jul. 30, 1:00-2:30 p.m., inside the Visitors Center, Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. …and meanwhile, come on out, and enjoy in the park! Visit for more information and events calendar, or call (619) 668-3281. Special request walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Heidi Gutknecht at (619) 668-3279 or at

San Carlos Friends of the Library By Sue Hotz We thank our City Council and Mayor for maintaining the libraries’ current hours of operation, allowing them to continue serving our communities. Your support is vital in keeping our library a viable community asset. We are always looking for new San Carlos Friends of the Library (SCFOL) members and volunteers. Renew or join today! Applications are in the library and on the web site. Contact Judy McCarty at, or leave her a note at the library. The next SCFOL Used Book Sales will be Jul. 2 and Aug. 6 from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Thank you for your donations and purchases. Proceeds are our main revenue source and buy library books, equipment and programs. Also for purchase, daily from the library staff or book sale cashiers, are mugs for $5 and gold main library ornaments for $10. All programs listed here are free, underwritten by SCFOL, take place in the Library’s Community Room, and are open to the public. For more information, visit, or call (619) 527-3430. Jul. 5 to Aug. 4: Our featured artist is Watercolorist, Renee Sebring. Her reception is Sat., July 16, 12-2 p.m. Children’s Board Games: Canceled for July & August, will resume in September. Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m.: Wii gaming on our big theater screen. Third Wednesday, 4-5 p.m.: San Carlos Friends of the Library Board. Wed., Jul. 27, 7-8 p.m.: Local author and Quaker Minister, Commander Sheri L. Snively, shares her first-hand experience of the grim reality of combat while serving as a trauma hospital chaplain with the Marines in Iraq. Hers is a timely story, not to be missed. Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 p.m.: Family-PG-Films shown on a theater size screen. Film titles available at the library. Second Thursday, 1 p.m.: Librarian’s Book Club. Jul.14 book selection is “Strength in What Remains,” by Tracy Kidder. Aug. 11 book is “Half Broke Horses” by Jeannette Walls. Fridays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.: YOGA with Dr. Carolyn Meeks, MD. You must arrive before 8:30. Summer Reading Program ends Aug. 15: The theme is travel: Kids (One World Many Stories), Teens (You Are Here), and Adults (Novel Destinations). Registration for all three programs is online only. Complete details and prizes can be found at summerreading.shtml. SCFOL is offering additional prizes to those who read double the required number of books. Start reading now! Every Friday thru Aug. 12, 10-11 a.m.: Kids’ Summer Events: Jul. 8 Mad Science-education and comedy show; Jul. 15 Sparkles- magic and clowning; Jul. 22 Hullaballoo- music and singing; Jul. 29 Craig Stone-magic; Aug. 5 Literature Comes to Life- interactive storytelling theater; Aug. 12 Amazing Danamagic. Fridays, 3 p.m.: Teen Summer Events: Parental permission required. Jul. 8 Introduction to blogging (part 1); Jul. 22 blogging (part 2); Jul. 29 Teen financial Workshop; Aug. 5 making hardware jewelry. Check our web site and the library for complete details. Every 2nd and 4th Friday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: “Writer’s Workshop” encourages frustrated authors. Third Friday, 4 p.m.: Meditation & Stress Reduction Yoga led by Dr. Funshine. Second Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: The adult “Story Swap Group” teaches oral story telling. Homebound SC Library patrons can call (619) 527-3430 to have books delivered to their homes.

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Mission Trails Celebrates Summer in July By Caroline Harrod The Mission Trails’ Cowles Mountain Hiking Trail was voted the best hiking trail in San Diego Family Magazine’s “2011 Best of Family Fun” contest (see photo on front page). This family friendly magazine is designed to encourage and provide information and resources to families living in San Diego. Once a year, readers are invited to participate in a survey listing their favorite family spots throughout the San Diego Region. To learn more about San Diego Family Magazine and their family resources go to Children’s Summer Nature Class Schedule Week-long Science & Biology of Nature – Educational Program Instructor Alicia Berg brings her brand of fun into these science classes for children ages 4 – 10. Classes offer a personal exploration of the wildlife and plant life of the park with fun walks, demonstrations, arts and crafts. Cost for the week program is $100 per child. Class time is 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. The classes are: July 25-29 “The Art of Science” August 15-19 “Creepy Crawlies”. Minimum number of students for class is 10. Registration deadlines are: July 20 for The Art of Science, and August 10 for Creepy Crawlies. For more information, email Ms. Berg directly at Children’s “Nature Adventures!” Linda Hawley’s Nature Adventures! for children 3 and up returns September thru June. Go to and click on More Children’s Classes for details. Concert in the Theatre Sun., Jul. 17, from 3-4 p.m. “The Rascals” start off the fun followed by the barbershop quartet, “The City Councils” in the air-conditioned Visitor Center Theatre. “The City Councils” have performed the National Anthem many times for the San Diego Padres. Everyone is invited to a reception in the Visitor Center Gallery after the performance. The San Diego Regional Native American Flute Circle will have their monthly “jam session” in the Outdoor Amphitheater on Sun., Jul.10 from 1-3 p.m. Renowned storytellers team up in the Theatre Local storytellers, Mary Holma and Cynthia Griffin will be spinning Native American Folklore Tales entitled “Whispers in the Wind in the Visitor Center Theater on Jul. 24 at 3 p.m. Teller of Tales Mary Holma, is known throughout the San Diego County for her special “Seuss On The Loose” program. Her stories reflect her love for animals and nature. She enjoys incorporating music, rhythm and audience participation into her programs. Mary has been telling her stories professionally for 12 years and has performed in a variety of venues. Cynthia Griffin has entranced audiences in venues ranging from libraries to Red Hat Society events; from holiday parties to folk festivals. Known for her “Tales With A Twist and A Grin”, Cynthia’s programs are filled with light-hearted, and often surprising tales. Specializing in stories adults can lose themselves in, Cynthia strives to reawaken audiences a sense of wonder and enjoyment for life. These two storytellers will join together to share time-honored Native American stories and some animal tales that will leave you with a sense of appreciation for nature and a people’s oral traditions celebrating it. Free Phone App listing Mission Trails There is a new app listing Mission Trails Regional Park called “NatureFind”. Anyone can download it for free at the App Store. Once you have it, just type in your zip code or city and you’ll find the park listed! Follow Mission Trails on Facebook We want you to like our page on Facebook! Post on our wall with your personal stories and pictures - a fun way for everyone to see and hear about your amazing times at the park. You can also visit us online at

Benjamin Branch Friends of the Library By Anne Lee It’s summertime, vacation time, and time to regroup for a great summer and fall. Members of the Benjamin Branch Friends of the Library (FOL) are pleased that the City Council has restored the hours that the library is open. We can now make our plans for the next six months. And, so can the library staff. Many events and activities are already planned for the summer for children and for adults as well. Of most importance to the Friends is our book sale scheduled for Sat., Jul. 16 from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Funds raised from these sales help support many activities. We gratefully accept donations of used books and then truly appreciate your shopping with us. Please, no textbooks or magazines. Four Oasis classes are being scheduled during the next six months. Specific topics and dates will be announced in August and September. The 15th Annual Writing for Literacy Essay Contest will again be sponsored by FOL. Topics and dates will be announced soon after school resumes in September. Any questions about an event or activity, contact the library at (619) 583-3910. For questions about the next book sale or regarding Friends of the Library, call Karen Carter at (619) 229-0739.

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Rabbits, from page 3 as many as 30 kits per year. In normal years, San Diego’s dry summer months shrink the rabbits’ available food supply and offset populations that rise in the plentiful spring months. One consequence of suburbanization in eastern San Diego is that irrigated lawns and gardens now provide a stopgap source of food. “Their strategy for survival is to take advantage of abundance,” Lazaneo says. “As vegetation dries down, they’re going to be looking at the greenery in yards.” That’s bad news for residents living near green space and nature preserves, who can expect more cottontail damage in the dry weeks to come. Even for residents who don’t live near canyons or trails, though, an increase in the rabbit population may yield undesirable consequences. As Scott Tremor, a mammalogist with the San Diego Natural History Museum, points out, one of the first things ecology students are taught in school is the coyote/lagomorph model. When rabbit populations grow, predator populations respond. “If there are more rabbits, we’ll end up seeing coyote populations increase,” Tremor says. “There’s always a lag. And then rabbit populations will decrease and we’ll see them going after cats and dogs more, jumping into people’s yards.” Since coyotes cover significantly more ground—around three miles per night—than the homebody cottontails, residents throughout the Mission Trails area should stay vigilant. Meanwhile, on Wing Span Drive, people have adopted a variety of pest management strategies to help save their lawns. Next door to Jarvis, Sharon Fields and Kimberly Washington, whose diabetic schnauzer developed a taste for rabbit poop, lined their backyard fence with wire mesh. When the rabbits still got in, the couple did another sweep to plug openings they’d missed. So far their diligence has paid off—they haven’t seen a rabbit in their backyard in months and their dog’s blood sugar is back under control.

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Whooping cough and the new school immunization law.

In 2010, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) declared whooping cough an epidemic in California. According to the CDPH, the number of whooping cough cases recorded in 2010 (9,477) represents the most cases reported in the state in 65 years. Whooping cough affects people of all ages, including adolescents and adults.

Beginning July 1, 2011, students will not be admitted to grades 7 through 12 of any public or private school unless the student has been fully immunized against pertussis. Students will be required to receive a whooping cough vaccine called Tdap, unless an exclusion applies. Tdap is a single booster vaccination that helps to protect against three diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough). Some children may have already received the vaccine. If this is the case, a note provided to the school from a doctor or healthcare provider is acceptable. For more information about the requirement, talk to your doctor or local health department.

How can I help protect my family?

Families should visit their doctor or healthcare provider as soon as possible to avoid the back-to-school rush. Your healthcare provider can advise whether other family members may need to be vaccinated, too. If you don’t have a regular doctor, check with your local county health department about vaccination. Costs for the whooping cough vaccine may be covered by your health insurance plan. You can also check with your local or state health department or your provider to see if you qualify for the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program. The VFC program offers vaccines at no cost for eligible children through VFC-enrolled doctors. Find out if your child qualifies through your doctor or healthcare provider.

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Front yards are a different story. Arnie Rosenberg, who lives next to Fields and Washington, keeps a pellet gun handy to defend his unfenced lawn. Desert cottontails are classified as game animals under California’s Fish and Game Code. Tenants and property owners don’t need a license to trap or kill cottontails that are damaging crops or landscaping (though residents who want to go this route should contact the California Department of Fish and Game to determine the best legal methods for doing so). Rosenberg, a crack shot from 30 feet, says he averages two or three kills per week. He admits, though, that while personally satisfying, his approach hasn’t done much to keep the rabbits at bay. According to Vincent Lazaneo, the best approach for dealing with cottontails is exclusion by means of a short fence. Cottontails don’t jump very high and aren’t adept burrowers. A chicken wire fence 24 inches tall and buried at least six inches is enough to keep lawns and gardens relatively rabbit-free. Modular fence panels and short fence stakes are available for unfenced front lawns. Noisemakers are also available, though Lazaneo says these are less effective. “A lot of the things to scare them away they learn don’t have much bite. There are some repellants that work for a while, but it depends how hungry the animal is.” Lazaneo says that chemical repellents are most helpful if applied before the rabbits have raided a yard. Once they’ve found a source of food, they’re likely to be less deterred by non-lethal measures. While some breeds of dog may scare cottontails away, there are no guarantees. All three households interviewed for this article have dogs, and all three have plenty of rabbits. In the end, residents who live near wilderness will always be burdened by—and blessed with—the resilience of the natural world. With the rabbits showing no sign of relenting, Mari Jarvis may have found the best way to cope. Every morning she makes a cup of coffee, looks outside, and spends a few meditative minutes watching the rabbits nibble their breakfast. If you can’t beat them, Jarvis figures, you may as well enjoy them.

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How can I document that my child has received the Tdap vaccine before the start of school?

There are several different forms that can be used to document when and where your child received Tdap. Some examples include a Blue Card from the California Immunization Registry (CAIR), a Yellow Card or California Immunization Record, or even a letter from your doctor or healthcare provider. Ask your school representatives, doctor or local county health department about which forms are accepted as documentation of the Tdap vaccination.

What is whooping cough?

Whooping cough, also called pertussis, is a highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by severe coughing fits. Whooping cough usually starts like a cold and then turns into a bad cough over time. Coughing can last for more than three months and can make breathing very difficult. There may also be vomiting after a coughing fit. The whooping sound is usually heard as a person inhales after a coughing fit. Older children and adults are less likely to make the whooping sound. Whooping cough may lead to complications, such as pneumonia or rib fracture in adolescents and adults.

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DeMaio, from page 1 Why I am running for mayor: City government is broken and we need real reform. San Diegans are sick of empty rhetoric and endless talk by politicians – they want details and action. That’s why I have developed a 90-page comprehensive plan to fix San Diego’s financial problems and make city government work again for the people. The plan transforms five years of deficits into five years of surpluses and saves roughly $1 billion dollars for taxpayers. More importantly, it allows us to restore services and fix our roads. I’m running for mayor to implement that plan. My top three campaign issues: The single most important issue is fiscal reform, which includes comprehensive pension reform. Our city government is in a complete state of deficit, dysfunction and disrepair. And as a result, our financial crisis has negatively impacted even the most basic city services like road repairs, emergency response times and neighborhood services. We cannot address these other issues in a meaningful way until we get our finances back on track.

Share Your Culture and Host an International Student Foreign high school students are scheduled to arrive soon for academic semester and year homestay programs, and the sponsoring organization needs a few more local host families. The students are anxiously awaiting news of their new families. These young ambassadors are looking forward to fulfilling their life-long dreams. According to Pacific Intercultural Exchange (P.I.E.) President, John Doty, the students are all between the ages of 15 and 18 years, are English-speaking, have their own spending money, carry accident and health insurance, and want to share their cultural experiences with their new American families. P.I.E. currently has programs to match almost every family’s needs, ranging in length from one semester to a full academic year, where the students attend local public and private high schools. “At this critical time in our country’s history, hosting an international teen is the best and purest form of public diplomacy the United States has,” said Doty. P.I.E. area representatives match students with host families by finding common interests and lifestyles through an in-home meeting. Prospective host families are able to review student applications and select the perfect match. As there are no “typical” host families, P.I.E. can fit a student into just about any situation, whether it is a single parent, a childless couple, a retired couple or a large family. Families who host for P.I.E. are also eligible to claim a monthly charitable contribution deduction on their itemized tax returns for each month they host a sponsored student. For the upcoming programs, P.I.E. has students from Germany, the Former Soviet Union, Venezuela, Argentina, Brazil, Hungary, Croatia, Korea, Mexico, Slovakia, China, and many other countries. P.I.E. is also participating in a special government-funded program to bring scholarship students from the Newly Independent States of the former Soviet Union to live in American communities. P.I.E. is a non-profit educational organization that has sponsored more than 25,000 students from 45 countries since its founding in 1975. The organization is designated by the United States Department of State and is listed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel (CSIET), certifying that the organization complies with the standards set forth in CSIET’s Standards for International Educational Travel Programs. Doty encourages families to contact the program immediately, as it will allow the proper time for the students and hosts to get to know one another before they actually meet for the first time. Families interested in learning more about student exchange or arranging for a meeting with a community representative may call P.I.E., toll-free, at 1-866-546-1402. The agency also has travel/study program opportunities available for American high school students as well as possibilities for community volunteers to assist and work with area host families, students and schools.

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Biggest professional accomplishment(s) as an elected public official: On the city council I’ve fought wasteful spending through direct performance audits of city departments and careful review of department budget requests. I’ve offered a laundry list of cost-saving proposals to the Mayor and City Council. A significant number of reforms have been enacted – saving over $100 million dollars in the first two years of my term. I’m also proud to have led the fight to defeat Prop D last year, a $500 million sales tax increase But my biggest accomplishment is still in the works - pension reform. Several of my pension reform proposals have now become law, but only after applying intense pressure on city leaders to act. We are not done yet, which is why I authored the Comprehensive Pension Reform ballot measure that voters will get to vote on in the June 2012 election. The ballot measure moves city employees to a 401(K) program, ends pension spiking, requires city employees pay their fair share for pensions, and caps our liability going forward to save taxpayers hundreds of millions in the next 10 years alone. Similarities to current San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders: Mayor Sanders and I both care deeply about the future of San Diego. I’m pleased to have him as a partner on the Comprehensive Pension Reform Ballot Measure for the June 2012 election. Differences between Mayor Sanders and me: I come from the business world, whereas, the mayor has served admirably in government most of his life. So, I bring a different perspective. What separates me from the rest of the crowded field of talented candidates to replace the outgoing mayor: I am the only candidate that has a comprehensive plan to fix our city’s problems. I am also the only candidate who comes from the business world, where you have to make tough decisions and deliver value for customers. We need more of that in government. Finally, I’m the only candidate running who can point to a lengthy record of results in saving taxpayers money and reforming government. Why I am the best choice to become San Diego’s next mayor: I’m a businessman and I know you cannot turn around a financially troubled organization without a clear, comprehensive and detailed plan of action. I have that plan. My Roadmap to Recovery, a 90-page comprehensive plan that reforms the current pension system, fundamentally rethinks how our city government operates with an emphasis on delivering services in faster, better, and more efficient ways. I think San Diegans are tired of empty talk out of City Hall. They want their next mayor to be ready to implement a real plan on day one. What I like best about living in, working in, and calling America’s Finest City home: San Diego is the envy of the nation for so many reasons: our beaches, bays, canyons, climate, neighborhoods; the list goes on and on. For these reasons, we are all proud to be San Diegans. Unfortunately, our city government has been an embarrassment. Once we reform city government and get it back on track, San Diego will be unstoppable. We will be able to pursue so many of our dreams and make them a reality. — July 1, 2011

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wITH SCHOOL BUS SERVICES shrinking, SchoolPool offers AN ALTERNATIVE SOLUTION With school districts in the region either cutting back bus services or raising fees for them, parents searching for an alternative solution for getting their children to school can take advantage of a free SANDAG program. SchoolPool is a secure online ridematching service for parents with children in grades K-12. The program helps busy moms and dads save time and money, and it benefits the region as a whole by reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Parents with children who attend the same school and live in the same neighborhood are matched with each other so they can share responsibilities for getting the children to school. In addition to ridematching, SchoolPool now also helps parents connect their children with bike buddies and walking school buses. Bike buddies are groups of students who ride bikes to school together with adult/parent leaders. Walking school buses are groups of children walking together with one or more adults. Bike buddies and walking school buses can be as informal as two families taking turns biking or walking with their children to school, or it can be highly structured with an established route and timetable. SANDAG provides free safety gear, such as bike helmets, to families who sign up for bike buddies and baseball caps for students who walk. All public and private elementary, middle, and high schools within San Diego County are eligible to join SchoolPool. The service is part of the SANDAG iCommute program, which seeks to reduce traffic congestion and offer commute choices by helping travelers find alternatives to driving alone. SchoolPool is now enrolling schools for the 2011-12 school year. A list of those already signed up is available on the SchoolPool Web page at Interested parents should contact their children’s school and ask the transportation coordinator to sign them up for SchoolPool. If a school is not a participant, school staff can enroll their campus in the program by calling 511 and saying “SchoolPool” when prompted. An iCommute employee will help set up a safe and secure network for free. Once a school is enrolled, parents just need to sign up for an account on www. to find matches. For more information, call 511 and say “SchoolPool” or e-mail

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tenacious and felt empowered enough to climb to the base camp and beyond not knowing anyone there. Bob seems to be one of the men who champions and encourages females to succeed in their endeavors. I said that it was always nice to hear from a man who is an advocate for women. He said, “How can I not? I’m surrounded by them.” Runner, Corrine Beck (AKA Pink Shorts) mother of a 10-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter told me that she is seven months pregnant. She has just a little tummy. Corrine is still wearing her famous pink shorts and can outrun almost everyone at the lake. Her pregnancy reminds me of two moms that ran at the lake during their eight months of pregnancy. Kathy Edwall’s baby is now a young man and Ann McCune’s baby daughter Elizabeth is 12 years old. Elizabeth made her Lake Murray debut at two weeks old with mom pushing her in a baby jogger. Corrine’s husband asked how her pregnancy could have happened… she said, “Do you really want me to tell you?” Corrine is a nurse. She probably knows. Cass Construction Company is almost finished with the wastewater pipe project at the lake. And as I have written many times, they have been cognizant of lake visitors and kept their encroachment to a minimum. Cass did a massive amount of work and didn’t interfere with our lake experience. People were irritated when the sign on the Del Cerro gate was taken down. The sign said,” If you don’t hit the sign, your run doesn’t count.” Construction Supervisor Rob England told me he thought that it was a shame that someone took the sign down. He put up a new sign for us. It says, “If you don’t touch the bulls-eye your lap won’t count.” All is well. It’s not that we are superstitious. We want each mile to count. Lake friends ran the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. John and Sean run the lake together but were separated during the run. Randy has been training at the lake for months with some speed work and leaving the lake to tackle hills. David Bagley also ran the marathon. When I asked how he did he said, “The sun was still out when I finished.” That’s a positive. The race started early in the morning. Please put the “I Love a Clean San Diego” cleanup on your calendar – Sept. 17, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Once a year we get the lake environs really clean. The Fly Fishing Club gets junk out of the lake. It’s a good experience for kids of all ages and they know that they are volunteering to a good cause. We will provide bags, gloves and snacks. Jack Nichols will be the Friends speaker on Jul. 21 at 5 p.m. Jack was born and raised in San Diego. He attended University of Oregon and Northwest Christian University, B.A. Jack attended Butler graduate school, PhD. and D.Th. He served as pastor of the fastest growing church of his denomination in the country. He was the manager of the Babe Ruth baseball team.. Jack directed Y. Indian Guides, was President of the county organization of the Muscular Dystrophy Assoc., was on the county board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America, President of the Computer Genealogy Society of San Diego and President of La Mesa Lions Club. Jack’s talk will be “Secrets of Balboa Park. We meet at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Wandermere Dr. and Park Ridge Blvd. For more information call Barbara at (619) 463-9706. There will be no August meeting. * In 2009, there were six rescues by the fire department all year on Cowles Mountain. In 2010, there were 13 rescues. In 2011, Jan. 1-Jun. 15 year-to-date, there have been 18 rescues. Use caution on the mountain’s award-winning trails.


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Dumanis, from page 1 Kevin Faulconer; former U.S. Congresswoman Lynn Schenk; former San Diego Port Commissioner and Downtown Partnership President Laurie Black; Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts; and Lemon Grove Mayor and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Board Member Mary Sessom. Stay tuned, there will be many more to come. Why I am running for mayor: After 37 years of public service, including eight years as San Diego County District Attorney, I’m confident the chief executive experience I’ve gained leading an office of nearly 1,000 employees and three labor unions will keep San Diego moving forward, if I am elected Mayor. I love a challenge and I believe my skills can make a difference in the mayor’s office. My top three campaign issues: There are several issues facing the City of San Diego that we will be talking about over the next year. Among them are, obviously, pension reform, jobs and government efficiency. Without a doubt, San Diegans want pension reform, and I am a strong supporter of reform that makes fiscal sense. Biggest professional accomplishment(s) as an elected public official: One of my biggest accomplishments is being elected the first woman district attorney in San Diego County. Another is the passage of Jessica’s Law, which our office wrote and sponsored, and is working to protect our children from sexual predators. Similarities to current San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders: Mayor Sanders has led us through one of the most difficult times in the recent history of this city. We should all be grateful for his leadership and guidance. I’ve known Jerry for nearly 20 years and we both share a fiscal responsibility, focus on public safety, a no-nonsense approach, and a commitment to integrity that leads us to do the right things for the right reasons. Differences between Mayor Sanders and me: We obviously have different backgrounds and experiences. I’m sure those different career paths inform our leadership style. What separates me from the rest of the crowded field of talented candidates to replace the outgoing mayor: I am the only candidate that has chief executive experience. I took the reins at a difficult time in the district attorney’s office and was able to bring people together and build consensus, while protecting public safety with a consistent 94 percent felony conviction rate. I am the only candidate who’s run a large government organization with a $140 million budget. And I have a proven track record of bringing change and increased efficiency to government. Throughout my career, I’ve been a team builder, innovator and organizational strategist. Why I am the best choice to become San Diego’s next mayor: As a 37-year resident of San Diego, former Superior Court Judge and three-time elected San Diego County District Attorney, I’ve seen the best our city has to offer, and I’m committed to keeping us on the right track. I’m the only candidate with the chief executive experience to lead San Diego forward on a path to reform. I’ve done it before and I can do it again. What I like best about living in, working in, and calling America’s Finest City home: I love everything about San Diego - the people, the natural beauty, the weather, the Chargers, the Padres, and the amazing depth of talent that can be found in so many different areas of business, government, and education. When I’m away from the city and am returning on a plane approaching Lindbergh Field, I’m always so proud to live and work in a city that’s not only one of the finest in America – but one of the best in the world.

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Semper Fi in the sky The Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum at MCAS Miramar is hosting “Open Cockpit Days” this summer. On selected weekends, visitors will be able to climb up a boarding ladder and climb into the cockpit of an F-18 Hornet jet fighter and a F-5E Tiger II. Both fighters are painted in the Russian-style “Aggressor Squadron” scheme featured in the movie “Top Gun”. The museum is free to all visitors and is open daily from 9am-3:30pm except for Mondays when the museum is closed. Most of the docent guides are retired Marines and have combat experience in many of the aircraft on display. Also in attendance on Open Cockpit days are servicemen, both active and retired who have actual experience in the aircraft. The Flying Leatherneck Museum is dedicated exclusively to United States Marine Corp aviation and features actual planes on display outside on the meticulously groomed grounds, as well as models, artifacts, and uniforms on display inside. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase authentic Marine Corp squadron patches, pins, as well as books and models. Visitors can also purchase a 15-minute spin in the cockpit of an F-18 Hornet flight simulator. This simulator allows you to fly over downtown, Coronado, and anywhere else in San Diego County. The museum is accessed through it’s own gate located halfway down Miramar Road on the North side of the base. Just look for the red Marine Corp flag, as well as the Stars & Stripes flying on either side of the gate.


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Lee Dennis: Skeet Enthusiast, Community Leader, Great Guy By Jim Madaffer Lee Dennis, a native of San Diego and icon of VR Dennis Construction Company and Mission Gorge Development passed away on Jun. 11, 2011 after a brief fight with cancer. Edward Lee Dennis, 66 was a very active in the community and worked in his family business for over 50 years. His grandfather moved to San Diego and started the VR Dennis Rock Quarry along Mission Gorge Road in 1934. In those early days of San Diego, Interstate 8 was but a two lane highway and dairy farms lined the San Diego River from what is now Lakeside and Santee west past Qualcomm Stadium. He helped build the community of Allied Gardens and his company was the first to build the paved roads into Yosemite Park. At one point in their history, VR Dennis provided virtually all the asphalt used on roads throughout San Diego. VR Dennis sold the quarry to current owners Superior Ready Mix Lee Dennis in 1996 but maintained a stable of industrial buildings and land along Mission Gorge Road. Always involved in supporting the community anyway they could, in 1997 Lee along with brothers Gary and Jim gifted to the Allied Gardens Little League the ball fields and surrounding land along Old Cliffs Road. He graduated from the San Diego Military Academy and went on to electronics trade school. He enjoyed Skeet Shooting and was a major supporter of the California Skeet Shooters Association as well as the National Skeet organization. He is known in the sport as the “Godfather”to California skeet. Lee provided computers and related equipment at various competitive events as well as donated funds to the national organization. In 2006 Lee received the California Skeet Shooter Association’s Ray Boller Award and his place in the National Skeet Shooters Hall of Fame. “He was an all-around good hearted person”, said his brother Jim Dennis. Former Councilmember Jim Madaffer and Publisher of the Mission Times Courier remembered Lee as “a dear, dear friend for many years and someone I could talk to for hours on end on just about any subject”. Lee is survived by his wife of 37 years, Linda as well as son Shawn and daughter Laura both of San Diego and three grandchildren Kai, Kaleb and Cade and well as nieces Suzi, Donna and Kari and nephew Patrick.

San Diego’s Godmother: Dorothy Leonard By Larry Stirling

San Diego is blessed with hundreds of publically spirited citizens who contribute time, talent, and energy to the well being of our city. Back in my day, candidates for city council faced an important double challenge. In the primary election, the candidate ran against all comers who had to be residents of the specific district. Then they had to run citywide during the general election. Campaigning from San Pasqual to San Ysidro gave candidates like me the opportunity to legions of volunteers who serve our community with distinction. Of the hundreds, Mrs. Dorothy Leonard stands out. Married to husband Dan, she is a successful wife, mother, and a grandmother. Like so many successful female public figures, she started out in the Parent-Teachers Association. The inadequacy of the City of San Diego’s planning for the impact of Tierrasanta on the San Diego Unified School Dorothy Leonard District drew Dorothy inexorably into participation in the newly formed Navajo Canyon Community Planning Group in whose territory Tierrasanta was to be located. Her intelligence, level headedness, and visionary competence won her the presidency of the planning group and a perch from which to address the San Diego City Council in regards to the growing urban areas of the Seventh District then represented by retired Naval Officer and successful business man Jim Ellis. While contemplating the completion of San Carlos and the birth of Tierrasanta, the community planning group also addressed the issue of “open space” and the fate of both Cowles and Fortuna “mountains.” Dorothy credits Jim Ellis for asserting that the area should be “preserved” as open space. My guess is that she handled Jim as she handled me, letting us think her good ideas were actually ours. I sense that she operates on Ronald Reagan’s principle that “There is no end to the things you can get done when you don’t care who gets the credit. Whatever the germ of creation of the now impressive and ever-growing Mission Trails Regional Park, there is no doubt in my mind that Dorothy was calling the shots. See Dorothy, page 19

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San Carlos Resident Appointed To Women’s Foundation Board Ashley McElravy has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the San Diego Women’s Foundation. The San Carlos resident has been a member of the Foundation for three years and has been active in the Marketing, Membership, and Long Range Planning committees. She currently chairs the planning committee related to San Diego Women’s Foundation’s signature Annual Grant’s Celebration. In addition to her role in business development and marketing at Gafcon Inc., a women-owned construction management and consulting firm with a long history of support for San Diego nonprofit organizations, Ashley is an avid community volunteer and serves on the board for the Urban Land Institute Young Leaders. Ashley is a member of the Society of Marketing Professionals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA. — July 1, 2011

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Travels With Fido By Sari Reis

Are you done with the sports yet?

Considering taking your dog on summer vacation with you this year? Great idea! However, you need to ask yourself some important questions before you start planning the trip. First, is he healthy enough for travel? What kind of vacation would be fun for him? Is he adventurous? Does he like new situations? Does he get along well with people and other dogs? The answers to these questions will determine whether you want to go somewhere bustling with activity or a quiet cabin by a lake. Once the general location is determined, make inquiries as to whether the place is dog-friendly. Some hotels permit dogs, but do not allow them to roam the grounds and they are not permitted at local attractions, restaurants, etc. Inquire if they have any size or breed restrictions. Dog-friendly spots invite Fido to join you just about anywhere you want to go and often have special dog trails, dog parks, dog beaches etc. Ensuring the location you choose will meet the needs of your pet, will be vital to your enjoyment and his. Plan to have your dog with you at all times. Do not leave them alone at a hotel, campsite and certainly never, ever in a parked car while you are out enjoying the local color. If you must leave your dog for a period of time, look into kennels, doggie daycares and pet sitters in the area. If you make arrangements ahead of time, you won’t have the last minute concerns about what to do about the dog while you are at a “no dogs allowed” function. Now that you have determined where you are going, you have to determine “how” you’re going to get there. Car? Plane? If you’re driving, make sure you have a secure means of containing the dog. That means using a crate, a special car seat, or a harness designed for vehicular travel. If your dog gets carsick, he should travel on an empty stomach. Keep the car well ventilated and always have plenty of water for him. Take frequent breaks for him to exercise and go potty and be sure to clean up after him. Although dogs love to stick their heads out the window, many dogs have sustained serious eye injuries from flying debris, so keep the windows only slightly cracked and never let a dog ride in the back of an open truck. Considering flying? This is a good option if your dog is small enough to fit under your seat. Too many things can go wrong if the dog is crated in the cargo bay. An alternative for a larger dog is “Pet Airways”. They let all of the dogs travel in the cabin. In either case, packing for your pet should include: medications, identification, medical records, toys, blankets, bed, food, treats, water, bowls, crate, sun screen, insect repellent, collar, leash, harness, life jacket, sweater, and a recent photo. Only through proper planning and preparation can you ensure an enjoyable vacation for both you and your pooch. Safe travels! Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the Owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services – (760) 644-0289 –

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Sandy, Chessie and Zoe Owen of La Mesa were among the best dressed at last year’s Dog Days of Summer event.

PETCO, San Diego Padres To Set World Record World Records® Officials will be at PETCO Park’s annual “Dog Days of Summer” event to count dogs, as PETCO attempts to set the world record for most dogs at a professional sporting event. The record setting attempt will take place during the Wed., Jul. 27 7:05 p.m. game as the San Diego Padres take on the Arizona Diamondbacks. To help encourage attendance of pets and their

parents, tickets will be free of charge to accepted applicants courtesy of PETCO. The deadline to submit applications was Jun. 20 and were accepted on a first come, first serve basis. An official Guinness World Records® representative will be in attendance to verify the record and share the result with attendees by the end of the night. Last year’s sellout event was open to 500 dogs. However, this year the event has been expanded to allow up to 750 dogs to participate and become part of history. “Last year’s event was our biggest and best yet, which is why we are excited to set the record for the most dogs at a professional sporting event,” says Greg Seremetis, Vice President of Marketing for PETCO. “At PETCO we are passionate about having our dogs active in all aspects of our life and thanks to our partnership with the San Diego Padres, this includes inviting hundreds of dogs out to the ballpark.” In the spirit of PETCO’s commitment to “Think Adoption First,” local shelters will be in attendance to educate the public on the importance of pet adoption and help find pets a loving home.

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an Diego is a melting pot for culinary offerings from around the world. But it wasn’t easy to find Russian and Ukrainian cuisine in this neck of the woods before Village House Kalina opened its doors in La Mesa several weeks ago? Fortunately for local diners, Kalina dishes out some of the best cuisine from that part of Europe available -- including traditional favorites like borscht, pirogy, chicken Kiev and strogonoff. If you love these classic epicurean treats, head for Kalina and enjoy! Village House Kalina has a three-course lunch menu and a dinner menu served all day long. The chef makes a daily meat and cheese platter, which is available at $10.99 for the assorted meats and $8.99 for cheeses. The appetizers are some of the best dishes in this exotic cuisine. We love the eggplant salad ($6.95) a peasantstyle mixture made with eggplant, walnuts, tomatoes and onions. The carrot salad ($5) is another favorite. This consists of fresh grated carrots with spices and walnuts. Beets are a staple in Russian and Ukrainian cooking, so you’ll find a vegan beet salad ($5), as well as the timeless favorite soup known as borscht. Lalina has two different varieties of this popular beet soup -- Ukrainian borscht with beef, cabbage, celery, carrots, bell pepper, onions, and potatoes (along with beets) and the meatless, vegetarian version. The beef-based borscht costs $6.99, and the vegetarian borscht is $5.99. Either way, this is a delicious and hearty soup, served with a heaping spoonful of sour cream on top. Pirogy ($6.99) is the most recognizable Ukrainian dish on the menu. These hand-made dumplings are filled with potatoes and onions or potatoes and cheese. Then they’re tossed in butter and served with sour cream or yogurt sauce. You must try these, if you haven’t already. Chicken Kiev ($19.99) is a dish fit for a king. The elegant entree is made from a boneless chicken breast, rolled around cold garlic butter and herbs. The chef breads it and bakes it -- and when you cut it open, the chicken makes its own sauce. The chicken is served with mashed potatoes, and it is succulent. If you like strogonoff, you can order it at this restaurant with either beef, chicken, or vegetables. We had the vegetarian version, and it was chock full of veggies in a rich creamy sauce. The chef serves the strogonoff with noodles or potatoes, and it’s priced at $15.99 on the dinner menu. Stuffed cabbage is another Ukrainian delicacy. The traditional cabbage rolls are called golubtzi or holubsti in Ukrainian, but whatever you call them you’ll enjoy these beauties (stuffed with ground beef, carrots, sauteed onions, herbs, and rice). The cabbage rolls are served with tomato sauce and accompanied by sour cream or yogurt sauce. Zharkoe (one of the most popular beef dishes throughout Russian and the Ukraine) is another specialty. This stew, made with braised beef, onions, carrots, and prunes, is priced at $15.99. Shashlik is another favorite. It consists of a skewer of meat marinated and grilled, then garnished with vegetables and served with pomegranate sauce on the side. You can order it made with pork ($13.50), chicken ($12.49) or lamb ($15.50). The dessert list includes baked apples with dried fruits and nuts ($5.99) blini with fruits ($5.99), and sour cherry soup ($7.95). The chef prepares a special dessert every day, and ice cream is always available for dessert. The Russian tea with fruit flavored syrup ($2.75) is the most popular beverage on the menu. Kalina is located in a small strip mall in La Mesa, with plenty of parking outside the door. The decor at this unpretentious eatery is quaint and comfortable. The interior is decorated with antique samovars (used for brewing tea) and other collectables from Russia and Ukraine. You can ask for carry out service, and there’s even free local delivery with a minimum order of $20

Summer Pops Concert On The Green Returns July 17 The 70-piece Tifereth Israel Community Orchestra (TICO), with Conductor David Amos, is returning to the Allied Gardens Community Park for the 7th consecutive year. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Come early, bring your dinner in a picnic basket and have a wonderful evening. Bring your low back chairs, and invite your friends and neighbors. David has selected another great variety of music for the concert including: A Free Lance by Sousa, selections from Les Miserables, a Spanish Paso Doble (Amparito Roca), Jurassic Park, Fire Bell Polka by Strauss, My Fair Lady, Russian Sailors’ Dance, American Fantasie by Victor Herbert, Stars and Stripes, a waltz by Lehar. We can always use financial support, and it would be appreciated. Visit to make a contribution and to keep up to date on the events in the Navajo Community. See you at the Summer Pops Concert on the Green.

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College Area Theater Co-founder Recognized As Small Business Owner Of Year Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) honored theater leader Delicia Turner Sonnenberg as the 39th Senate District’s “Small Business Owner of the Year.” Sonnenberg co-founded the non-profit Moxie Theatre, located in the College Area, which seeks to create more diverse and honest depictions of female characters for the stage. “By producing smart performances that defy stereotype, Moxie Theatre has quickly become a force in the San Diego arts community, and Delicia Turner Sonnenberg as Artistic Director has played an enormous part in that evolution,” Kehoe said. “Moxie Theatre enhances San Diego’s economy and the city’s growing arts scene, and the region is stronger because of Delicia Turner Sonnenberg’s contributions.” Before co-founding the Moxie Theatre in 2005, Sonnenberg served as the Artistic Associate of San Diego Repertory Theatre. She has received numerous theater honors, including the Living Legacy Award from the Women International Center, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship through Second Stage Theatre in New York, and the “New Visions” Award from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle. To learn more about the Moxie Theatre, visit The annual small business award is sponsored by the California Small Business Association and recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs from each Senate District in California.

Celebrate Ocean’s Amazing Sharks At Birch Aquarium Soak up an entire month dedicated to sharks at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Throughout the month, special hands-on programs for all ages will celebrate these mesmerizing and misunderstood ocean predators. Snorkel with the Sharks, July 9, 23 & 30 (also available Aug. 27 & Sept. 10): Join aquarium naturalists on an unforgettable face-to-face excursion with sharks that live just off the La Jolla coast. Learn about the shark species and the ecology of their underwater homes. Intermediate swimming ability is required and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. Participants must supply their own gear. 8-10 a.m. $30 per person. Ages: 10+ (minors must be accompanied by a paid adult). RSVP: (858) 534-7336 or at SEA Days: Extended Shark Edition! July 16 & 17: Experience Science, Exploration and Adventure at our extended shark SEA Days. Meet local sharks and learn why these animals are misunderstood during engaging presentations in the Education classrooms. Shark-themed activities and exhibits will help reveal that sharks are vulnerable and critical members of ocean habitats. See what it takes for a baby leopard shark to grow up. Discover how sharks use their teeth the way humans use utensils and learn about the latest shark research from Scripps scientists. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cost: Included with regular aquarium admission. Ocean Authors Presentation “Demon Fish” with Juliet Eilperin, July 28: Juliet Eilperin, a science writer for The Washington Post, traveled around the world investigating the fascinating and often inexplicable ways different peoples and cultures relate to the ocean’s top predator. Join us for this special presentation during which Eilperin will discuss her adventures researching her new book – Demon Fish: Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks – and why sharks remain among nature’s most awe-inspiring creatures. A book signing will follow her talk, and books will be available for purchase. 6:30-8 p.m. $5 per person. RSVP: (858) 534-5771 or at

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Get Into the Swing… With Junior Tennis Camps, Classes Say goodbye to summer boredom this summer and hello to fun and fantastic camps and classes at Lake Murray Tennis Club. We welcome kids ages 5 through high school at the 5th Annual Mission Trails Tennis Academy. Seven sessions of week-long camps are offered from June through August. Fees are $125 per session. Sibling, multi-camp discounts and scholarships are available. All levels are welcome from beginners and intermediate to high school/ tournament players. Coach Karen Ronney, a Lake Murray teaching pro, Patrick Henry High Coach and USTA National QuickStart trainer, will bring the new 10 and Under Tennis format to camps and classes. Intermediate and advanced players will improve their skills through instruction, games and competition. Playing tennis has never been easier! For more information, contact Coach Karen Ronney at (619) 644-1166 or or pick up an application at the Lake Murray Tennis Club.

From left to right: Coach Karen Ronney, Whitney Chiraboga, Samantha Contreras, Maddy Kleine, Nicole Deeb, Hanah Ratican, Madelyn Pownceby, Brooke Ronney, Alexis Ronney. Not pictured are Juliette Diveley, Katie Cordero and Megan Stormburg.

Local Players Win San Diego Area Junior Team Tennis Championship Sunday afternoons at local tennis courts were well spent for ten Navajo area tennis players, who compiled an impressive 8-0 record to win the San Diego area Junior Team Tennis championships sponsored by the United States Tennis Association. The Lake Murray Warrior Eagles, a group of high school players, dominated the 18-and-Under Intermediate Division of the USTA’s San Diego Section. They train at the Lake Murray Tennis Club year round and compete for different local high schools. In the off-season, they gather at the club to hone their skills as the Warrior Eagles for Junior Team Tennis program. The Warrior Eagles were led by Patrick Henry High coaches Karen Ronney and Alexis Ronney, who guided the group on Sunday afternoons from March through June. Each competition consisted of two singles and two doubles matches. After dominating opponents from San Marcos to Chula Vista, the Warrior Eagles then advanced to the Junior Team Tennis Southern California Sectionals in June at California State University Northridge. They were one of eight teams from Ventura, Orange, Riverside and Los Angeles Counties, the Imperial Valley and Desert Communities. The Warrior Eagles finished strong in pool play winning many singles and doubles matches in exciting third-set tiebreakers. “It was an amazing accomplishment to pull together a group of players ranging from 15 to 18 years-old,” said Karen Ronney, a teaching pro at Lake Murray Tennis Club. “Many had never met and it was critical to build solid doubles teams in a short time. They accomplished this goal with great communication and fantastic sportsmanship.” Leading the Warrior Eagles singles were Brooke Ronney (Patrick Henry High), Samantha Contreras (Clairemont High) and Whitney Chiraboga (Patrick Henry). The doubles specialists were Nicole Deeb and Juliette Diveley (Patrick Henry), Megan Stormburg (Frances Parker) and Madelyn Pownceby (Patrick Henry), Maddy Klein (Patrick Henry) and Katie Cordero (Academy of Our Lady of Peace), and Hanah Ratican (Patrick Henry.) “We worked on basic doubles strategies and playing smart tennis,” said Warrior Eagle Coach Alexis Ronney, an AllConference player from Grossmont College. “But the most important thing is to relax and have fun. If you can do that, everything else falls into place.” The Warrior Eagles were part of the approximate 300 players who qualified for the USTA event at CSUN in nine divisions. The tournament was organized by the Ken Grassel, the Junior Team Tennis Coordinator for the Southern California Section. He is relatively new to the post, but a tennis veteran player and a USTA official. “If you prepare and give it your best effort, you get rewarded in so many ways,” Grassel said. “We wanted players, parents and coaches to have a good time and I think we accomplished that goal.”

Grossmont College Women’s Tennis Reigns As Conference Champions By Karen Ronney

From left to right: Sharon Reibstein, Alexis Ronney, Margaux Lawton, Lupita Sandoval, Jazmin Ortiz and Jami Thomas.

The Grossmont College women’s tennis team is very familiar with a winning tradition and this season was no different. After earning 11 State and nine conference titles since 1988, the Griffins once again reached another amazing pinnacle of athletic success. They won the 2011 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title with a 16-4 overall record and were finalists in the Southern California team championships. It was a display of outstanding tennis by a squad blessed with depth, talent, outstanding coaching, and a host of individual accomplishments. This year, the list of honors for Grossmont includes Coach Megan Lowrey Haber as the PCAC Coach of the Year and Matt Worthington as the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year. Top singles player Jazmin Ortiz won the PCAC championship, and teammate Sharon Reibstein was a finalist. Ortiz and Reibstein, both freshmen, teamed up to win the PCAC doubles tournament. Other top All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference players from Grossmont include the doubles team of Alexis Ronney and Margaux Lawton. In the California Community College Tennis Championships in Fresno, Ortiz was a finalist in singles and she paired up with Reibstein to reach the finals of the doubles. They finished with a No. 2 ranking in the State in the Community Colleges Division and received All-State Honors in both singles and doubles.It was an impressive display of dominance from the start of the season to its finish for Ortiz and Reibstein. Other Grossmont College players who contributed to the teams’ success include Jami Thomas, Lupita Sandoval, Taryn Andrews, Nicole Fredericks, Amanda Smith, Alyssa Paraiso, Michelle Robles, Kate Schroeder and Chelsea Stapa. This was a tough but fun year,” said Haber, who finished her 12th season as head coach at Grossmont. “The competition was intense and the girls gave 100 percent each day. That’s a challenge to do while maintaining their grades and leading busy lives. I look forward to another strong team for the 2012 season.” — July 1, 2011

Coach Steve Frazier, Courtney Velasquez, Hannah Harrison, Emily Barnes, Cambria Galloway, Emma DeGirolamo, Coach & Starlings alumni Karlie McKee. Front Row: Kaelie Barnes, Zoe Suggett, Elizabeth McCue, Hailey Lusti, Heather Murphy, Brittney Beeche, not shown; Ariana Garcia

Navajo Starlings Take the Gold By Cary E. Murphy Navajo Starlings U12 took 1st place in the Gold Division at the Starlings San Diego County Championships held at Alliant University. The team is comprised of 5th & 6th graders attending 10 different elementary and middle schools throughout the greater Navajo area. The division had 14 teams, and the hard work put in by the girls over the course of the season paid off when the team took first in its pool to move into the gold division. They then won three matches to capture the title, including a very tough and competitive three game semi-final match against Santee. They led the entire way in taking a two game match against East Lake in the final. Coach Steve Frazier’s Navajo team consistently played hard throughout the day, with contributions from all the team members. The focus on effort and team work lead to screams and jumps for joy as the final whistle blew, confirming a close 2 point victory in the final game of the day.After winning the championship match Navajo Director, Ken Rutan could be overheard telling the girls that what impressed him the most was how they responded after losing the first game of the semi-final match by a wide margin. When others might have gotten rattled and started pointing fingers, they stayed positive, pulled together and continued to focus on putting forth their best effort. They showed the make-up of champions and were rewarded for it. The Navajo club also had teams that took 2nd and 3rd in the U14 Gold Division of the County Championships. With 22 teams competing in their age division, Coach Randy Barnes’ team lost a close match to a highly skilled Tijuana team in the championship, and Coach Bob Pierce’s team beat Santee in the third place match. Starlings began a with a single inner-city San Diego team in 1996. The founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization is Byron Shewman. He played volleyball at San Diego State University and is a former USA Men’s Volleyball Team member (1971-75). Shewman played and coached professionally in Europe, and is currently an author, a Contributing Editor of Volleyball Magazine and the Executive Director of Youth Without Borders, a non-profit focused on providing medical and educational assistance to youth. Club volleyball has traditionally been a fairly exclusive sport. Starlings was started with the concept of broadening the opportunities for girls to play club volleyball and learn the life lessons that can be obtained from participation in sports. From its meager beginnings, Starlings is the now the largest junior volleyball club in the nation ─ serving over 3,000 girls in 50-plus clubs across America. Within San Diego County alone, the club has 75 teams based in various communities throughout the county. The County Champion/Navajo U12 team, as well as other Navajo teams, will be participating in the Starlings National Tournament, Jun. 16-18. The tournament is being held in San Diego. For more information, visit the club at

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MTLL Phillies Advance To Championship Game Congratulations to the Mission Trails Little League Phillies for advancing to the championship game! After dropping the first game in District Tournament of Champions play, the minors won their next four, putting them into the championship game. Unfortunately, they came up a bit short with a loss to La Mesa National, but they were great representatives for Mission Trails throughout the tournament season Your community is very proud of all you accomplished!

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Save your skin in the sun By Dr. Danielle Schwaderer and Joel Detjen, BSc Say bye, bye to June gloom, and hello to sunshine! With all of the San Diego sunshine comes the concern for proper UV safety. In this day and age many San Diegans understand the cancer risks associated with frequent and prolonged sun exposure, although confusion remains surrounding safe and effective sun screens and after sun products. Selecting Healthy Sunscreens: When selecting a sunscreen, avoid purchasing products containing parabens or oxybenzone. Both of these constituents are considered estrogen mimickers, and thus have been linked to problems with hormones, allergies, organ system toxicity, and even hormone sensitive cancers such as breast and ovarian cancers. To avoid purchasing products that contain these nasty ingredients, choose sunscreens that have ingredients that are easily recognizable. Ingredients such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, PABA and coconut oil are relatively safe constituents that offer SPF protection. For help making an educated decision about which sunscreens and other cosmetic products are safe and effective, the Environmental Working Group has created a user friendly online database. Visit Skin Deep at to search for safe cosmetic products and recommended sunscreens and ingredients. After Sun Exposure: Not only is it important to be mindful of the type of products applied prior to sun exposure, but research shows that it is also important to apply the right product following sun exposure as well. Free radicals produced by the combination of chemicals found in sunscreen and UV radiation have been shown to accelerate aging and are a risk factor for the development of some — July 1, 2011

skin cancers. To protect against free radical damage, apply 100% pure aloe or body oil high in antioxidants after mild to moderate sun exposure. The following ingredients are recommended for after sun application as they are high in antioxidants and other nourishing ingredients: Aloe vera gel, 100% pure: Aloe vera is very soothing to minor sunburns as it cools the skin and provides many nutrients that help heal skin after sunburn. When applied topically, Aloe Vera has been recognized for improving wound healing, decreasing inflammation, and improving the pain that accompanies sunburn. Coconut oil: Coconut oil is very nourishing to the skin especially after mild to moderate sun exposure. When applied topically, extra virgin coconut oil has been reported to properly moisturize the skin, reversing the aging process associated with sun exposure. Additionally, coconut oil has been reported to improve collagen formation following damage created by sun exposure. Olive oil: Extra virgin olive oil is a very good source of antioxidants, and is protective against UVB radiation when applied shortly after sun exposure. Olive oil and other natural oils are capable of absorbing into the skin more rapidly than lotions, offering more protection against damage. Topically applied extra virgin olive oil can reduce free radical damage and improve the aging process that occurs after sun exposure. Windmill Farms carries several of the EWG’s top rated sunscreens including Aubrey Organics and wonderful after sun treatments including Radiant Infusions’ After Sun Body Oil. See you at The Farm! *Suggestions provided in this article are intended for first degree sunburns only. If you develop symptoms of nausea, vomiting, fainting, or oozing blisters after sun exposure please consult your physician. References: Environmental Working Group: Skin Deep Cosmetic Database; Davis, R.H. et al. Mannose6-Phosphate: Anti-inflammatory and wound healing activity of a growth substance in Aloe vera. American Podiatric Medical Association. Feb. 1994; Nevin KG, Rajamohan T. Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skin components and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. June 2010; Budiyanto A, et al. Protective effect of topically applied olive oil against photocarcinogenesis following UVB exposure of mice. Carcinogenesis. Nov. 2000.

Kiwanis, from page 4 The Lake Murray Kiwanis Club meets at Marie Callender’s on Alvarado Rd. and I-8 at 7:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. On other Saturdays, we try to schedule community service projects, like the cleanup of the Navajo Road median and the painting of the comfort station at the foot of Cowles Mtn. If these service projects have some appeal, then Kiwanis may be the right group for you. Visit www. for more information about LMK or contact me at or (619) 462-1408.


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Dorothy, from page 12 Mrs. Leonard also approached former County Supervisors Lucille Moore and Dick Brown both of whom responded to her leadership and contributed timely help to the creation of one of the largest city parks in the entire country. When I was elected to the 7th City Council seat, Mrs. Leonard showed me her tattered copy of an early master plan for Mission Trails. The park to be did not have yet have a name. It had no boundaries. It had no financing. All it had was Dorothy. But that was enough. Grateful for her political support, respectful of her leadership position in the community, but mostly impressed by her competence and sincerity, I successfully requested the City Council to adopt the extensive park boundaries. Pursuant to her earlier efforts, Mayor Pete Wilson and newly elected County Supervisor Roger Hedgecock had in 1977 successfully sponsored Proposition C which provided 15 million dollars in park bond money. It didn’t hurt that I became the newly appointed chairman of the Public Facilities and Recreation Committee. With money in hand, the city made cash offers to property owners within the adopted boundaries, never threatening eminent domain acquisition. In short order, the park lands were mostly acquired. During that time, I solicited all the community planning groups to submit names for the huge new park. Deanna Spehn of the Tierrasanta Planning Group submitted “Mission Trails Regional Park.” The inspired name fit both the physiognomy and history of the park terrain like a glove and immediately stuck. With the land acquired and the park named, the serious work of park development got started and continues to this day with Dorothy Leonard acting simultaneously as midwife and godmother. The result is that forty years later Lucille Moore, Dick Brown, Jim Ellis, Larry Stirling, Roger Hedgecock, Pete Wilson, Dick Murphy, Jim Madaffer, Lucy Killea, and an array of other elected officials who have contributed to the parks creation have come and gone. Dorothy remains with her steady hand on the parks shoulder gently guiding and nurturing her geographic child into adulthood. Along they way, Dorothy found time to be the statewide president of the California PTA, serve on the zoning appeals board of the City of San Diego, brought intelligence and common sense to the all-important Planning Commission at the peak of the city’s growth rate, and later served as a founding member of the city’s pioneering Campaign Ethics Commission. She served in each of those positions with honesty, dedication, and distinction that for too many years we all took for granted. On behalf of all San Diegans, I thank her for her not only for the years of kindness to me and my family but much more importantly, for her dedicated, competent, and quiet public service to all the people of San Diego. She has truly been an exemplar of the City motto: “Semper Vigilans.”

Elections, from page 1 would not be running for mayor. The primary election is Tuesday, June 5, 2012. A candidate must receive a majority of votes cast to become San Diego’s next mayor. If an individual candidate fails to earn a majority of votes in the primary, the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. The winner of general election then becomes the newest mayor of San Diego. Stay tuned for what is shaping up to be a very active and, likely, entertaining political campaign.

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Allied Gardens Community Council Come Learn About Our History By Marilyn Reed, President Our featured speaker for July will be Mr. J. A. Cooley who will be speaking on the history of Allied Gardens. Through Mr. Cooley’s vast contacts over the years he has history and lore to tell us about how our neighborhood was developed in the beginning. Mr. Cooley is President of the J. A. Cooley Historical Foundation located at 4233 Park Blvd.James Cooley Historic Foundation in San Diego, CA is a private company categorized under Museums and Art Galleries. James was born in San Diego and grew up in our area. He has stories to tell of what Allied Gardens looked like before it became developed land. We’ll find out how Waring Road was named and background facts on how life used to be for our area. Join us for a little history on Jul. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church.

San Carlos Area Council By John F. Pilch, President The San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) will not meet in July and August this year. Our first meeting after the summer recess is scheduled for Wed., Sept. 7, with a speaker to be named at a later date. In the interim, we continue to work on the City Redistricting issue, with a focus on keeping all the Navajo communities in the same City Council District. Laura Gilbert, Director of Communications at Alvarado Hospital, brought Peter Adamo, the hospital’s new administrator, to our June meeting to provide us with an update about the facility. Alvarado Hospital Medical Center is undergoing $30 million in renovations and technology upgrades that will occur over the next two years. Prime Healthcare Services, which purchased the hospital in November 2010, has already invested about $10 million in the facility. The investments are centered on patient unit renovations; information system enhancements (electronic medical records) and medical equipment upgrades, including new spine and cath lab technology. Mr. Adamo also announced that the hospital’s emergency department will be tripled in size, which will be a benefit to San Carlos and neighboring See SCAC, page 21

Rahma Ahmed Yahya, a Tubman School kindergarten student, was one of 40 volunteers at the June Beautification Day event. -Photo by GSB Photo.

Saranac-Mohawk Community Group By Gale Susan Barlow, Group Member Neighbors new and old gathered for the monthly meeting of the SaranacMohawk Community Group and continued their lively discussions on the walk home through the lingering twilight of Jun. 18. The meeting proved to be a news fest for local, College Area and Citywide information. District 7 Councilmember Marti Emerald’s representative Tim Taylor discussed the new Community Gardens ordinance. With a unanimous Jun. 7 vote, the City Council made it easier to establish shared garden space on residential or commercial property. Neither a water meter nor a fence is required under the new regulations. Taylor said that a brochure describing the process for creating a community garden is in the works. He can be contacted at The report by Community Relations Officer René Murillo started with the announcement that crime-wise, he had nothing of consequence to report for the Saranac-Mohawk neighborhood. However, Officer Murillo cautioned that crimes of opportunity occur when people leave doors and windows unlocked. He advised that residents report any suspicious activity to the nonemergency SDPD number: 619-531-2000. “No situation is too small,” Officer Murillo said. “SDPD tracks the addresses of calls for service, not the address of the caller.” Since police staffing levels for a particular neighborhood are determined in part by the frequency of calls for service, it’s important to report nonemergency concerns and to identify oneself as a Saranac-Mohawk resident. Group Chair, Terry Shirley, said that residents can purchase Neighborhood Watch signs with the new blue logo for $35. Volunteers to help Terry with the installation are invited to contact him, please, at The Jun. 4 Beautification Day at the “Harriet Tubman Village Charter School inspired a multigenerational crowd of weeders, mulchers, and

munchers to improve the popular walk route around the school grounds. Tubman is planned to act as headquarters for a community cleanup with dumpsters for large trash items in September. The SaranacMohawk community appreciates all the support from Tubman Principal Lidia Scinski, her staff and students, and the parents and grandparents of the Parent Teacher Student Association (see photo). The Saranac-Mohawk Park Advisory Committee report included a printed outline of the funding, design, development, and approval process required by the City and the San Diego Unified School District to create a joint-use park at the Tubman School. While the process is daunting and requires oversight from the local recreation council to the State architect’s office, Committee members continue to work with Councilmember Marti Emerald to create public green space at the heart of this District 7 community. The next meeting of the Saranac Mohawk Community Group will be on Jul. 20. 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 Blvd. to Alvarado Rd. and from Reservoir Dr. to 70th St. Meetings are open to the public and are held monthly on the third Wednesday from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Rd. The Group hosts invited speakers and advocates for public safety, beautification, traffic calming, and park development projects. — July 1, 2011

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Del Cerro Action Council By Jay Wilson, President

Congratulations to Mathew Kostrinky on being elected to represent Del Cerro and to serve on the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) Board. He was unanimously elected at the June meeting. NCPI meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at Temple Emanu-El. Four members from each community; Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos serve on the board, which handles land use issues within the Navajo Community. The next item before NCPI, relating to Del Cerro, is the application by AT&T to replace the three cellular antennas at the Del Cerro Fire Station with 12 antennas. AT&T is requesting a variance because the proposed structure will exceed the existing height limit. At this time there is only a notice of application filed. A copy of the notice is posted at the fire station. I’ll provide more information as it becomes available. George Janczyn, tracks water, environment and technology matters through his blog He provided NCPI with an update on the on-going litigation between SDSU and the City of San Diego, over SDSU’s proposed development of their Adobe Falls property. Visit George’s blog to keep updated. Reluctantly, the Lake Murray July 4th MusicFest and Fireworks may have to be cancelled. Contributions from all sources are down significantly. This, coupled with the litigation against the City, and ever increasing requirements by the City, are jeopardizing our committee to stage the event. Please

check the Navajo Events website at for any update. If we’re able to stage the event, it will be fireworks only at 9:15 p.m. Repairs continue on two storm projects on Wenrich Drive and Bounty Street. The Wenrich project was planned to remove the existing 36-inch corrugated metal pipe (CMP) and replace it with 36-inch reinforced concrete pipe (RCP). At the same time, the Bounty Street Outfall failed. This is the pipe conveying storm water into the Navajo Canyon. The combined projects are due to be completed within three months. The large amount of stockpiled dirt currently sitting on Wenrich Drive will be gone and the street restored. Audits are continuing for our energy conservation program. You may check the web site to review the results from homes already completed. Visit and click on the Del Cerro link. One of the best results from an audit showed a homeowner was averaging over $300 a month for electricity. It was determined 50% of the electric bill was paying for just 17% of the electricity usage. This was primarily attributed to an electric water heater installed in the home. The recommendation was to replace the existing water heater and install a hot water recirculating pump. This is projected to reduce the electricity bill significantly. City Council redistricting is moving forward. I urge you to stay informed. The Redistricting Commission’s proposed map was due to be published on Jun. 24. Their website is All types of maps are being proposed by various interest groups. One is the Tax Payers Association. Their map and related information is at The Redistricting Commission will be holding a community outreach meeting at the Mission Trails Visitor Center on Thursday evening, Jul. 21. Please check their web site to confirm the time. Our next quarterly Del Cerro Action Council meeting will be Thursday, Jul. 28 at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Send me your email address if you would like to receive periodic updates on Del Cerro and the surrounding community: Contact me anytime if you have a community related question or concern.

SCAC, from page 20 communities. The new ER is scheduled to be completed in 2013. In the interim, the current ER is being reconfigured to improve service to patients. Laura Gilbert shared some of the Alvarado’s recent achievements, including being the first in the western U.S. to achieve two specialty stroke designations from The Joint Commission. The certifications are as a Primary Stroke Center and a Stroke Rehabilitation Center … “so stroke patients can receive the best care from the ER through rehabilitation”. She added that Alvarado Hospital is focused on being one of the best stroke facilities in San Diego. Mr. Adamo addressed some concerns from the audience about the hospital changing ownership and emphasized the financial support the new owners are providing as well as the stability Alvarado Hospital now has as part of a 14-hospital system. Mr. Adamo said that Alvarado Hospital will be hosting several open houses over the next few months and he invited the community to visit to see the improvements. In addition, we had a presentation by the applicant, Hunan Arshakian, and his architect, Roger Utt, regarding a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate a child care center in a single-family residence at 6261 Jackson Dr. One of the issues discussed was the lack of parking for this facility. Another is the noise coming from 6271 Jackson, where the applicant currently operates a child care center in a single-family residence. SCAC Directors were unable to decide on

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recommending approval of the permit, based on the need for more information. There was opposition from a neighbor, who promised to bring some neighbors to the Jun. 20 Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) meeting. The CUP Application was on the Agenda for the NCPI meeting on Jun. 20 and was met with a number of questions from Board members. Although the applicant and his architect stated that there were no parking issues, a neighbor produced a number of photos that pictured jaywalking, U-turns and parking over the sidewalk, while in the driveway. In addition, the applicant did not produce an Issues report from the City that Board members felt was most important. The result was a Motion to Table the vote on the application until the Jul. 18 meeting. In the interim, the applicant is to provide NPCI with the requested information, to allow an informed vote to occur in July. If you are interested in this issue, please plan to attend the meeting at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-el on Del Cerro Blvd and Capri. If you would like to receive information about speakers, meeting reminders and agendas and other local news, send an e-mail message to jfpilch@hotmail. com and request that your name be added to the SCAC Interested Party e-mail list. If you have an issue you wish us to consider or just have a question about the community, contact me at (619) 462-1408 or

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Who Sponsors SpringFest? I am a member of the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club and also serve on the SpringFest Committee. I thought it would be helpful for folks to know that Kiwanis initially created the SpringFest event and has been part of it since its inception, but Kiwanis doesn’t currently organize the event. SpringFest, Inc., a non-profit 501C3, was officially created about 3 years ago and is responsible for the entire two-day event. Kiwanis, along with the family of Kiwanis youth, assists with many SpringFest duties and also sponsors the parade, but SpringFest, Inc. coordinates the entire event including the beer garden, booths, car show, childrens’ rides, entertainment, etc. Our SpringFest Committee, consisting of local neighbors, works nearly year-round doing the necessary planning and fund raising to host this long-running community festival. Folks might also be surprised to know that SpringFest is a community event, pure and simple. It does not attempt to be a fund raiser; our goal is to be able to continue hosting SpringFest . All funds collected are used to pay for expenses; “surplus” funds are returned to the community via volunteer groups who assist in the event.  It’s really a team effort, and as it grows each year, more volunteers are needed. If anyone would like to be involved in SpringFest, please have them contact Chairperson Sherry Kelly at  springfestinc@gmail. com. Best regards, Debbie Yost Debbie, thanks for taking the time to write to us! What are your thoughts on happenings in the community? The Mission Times Courier welcomes Letters to the Editor. Letters can be e-mailed to Editor@ or mailed to Letter To The Editor, 6549 Mission Gorge Road #199, San Diego, CA 92120. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Healing Touch Therapeutic Massage. Deep-tissue, sports, Swedish massage for rehabilitation and/or relaxation by appointment only. Introductory one-hour massage $35 (normally $50) at home office by certified LMT and HHP. Call Suzy 619-767-8866. License #92010781. (07/11)


Sing! Sing! Sing! Grow your voice! Breathing techniques; increase range. Have fun while you learn. Take Voice Lessons with Susan Simmons. 858-3498490. (07/11)

San Carlos room for rent - furnished, share bath, kitchen, laundry. No pets, smoking, alcohol or drugs. Utilities included. $450 - 619-698-7319

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FREE CLASSIFIEDS Free classified ads are available to private parties and to non-profit organizations that do not charge for their services. Only one ad per party or organization will be accepted per issue as a free classified - additional ads must be paid for with submission of the ads. Free classifieds are limited to 25 words or less. Ads of more than 25 words cost 50¢ per additional word; payment must accompany the ad. All free classifieds will run for only one issue even if you indicate on the ad that you want it to run more than one time. All classified ads - free or paid - must be submitted by mail only or hand-delivered to Postal Annex at 6549 Mission Gorge Road, Box 199, San Diego CA 92120. THE LAST DATE PRE-PAID ADS WILL RUN IS PRINTED AFTER EACH AD - IF NO DATE IS GIVEN, THE AD RUNS ONLY ONE ISSUE. The following ad classifications are eligible for free classified ads: FOR SALE, GARAGE SALES, LOST & FOUND, WANTED, FOR RENT, NOTICES and YOUTH SERVICES. However, this does not include WANTED ads for multi-level sales or FOR RENT ads for vacation/rental condos or NOTICES for any profit-making organization. We do not guarantee that we will run all free classifieds submitted. If you include payment for an ad that normally is considered a free classified, we guarantee that it will be printed in the next available issue, unless it is inappropriate for a family oriented newspaper. We will not call or write to inform you if your classified ad does not qualify as a free classified; we simply receive too many ads to provide that level of service. We do not mail copies of the newspaper for proof of publication.

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Abraham: father of all religions Abraham whose birth name was Abram, is often referred to as “the father of all religions” and he features prominently in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This is because he was the first to accept the concept of “One father, and only one father” as commanded by God. According to both the Hebrew Bible and the Qur’an, Abraham is the forefather of many tribes, including the Ishmaelites, Israelites, Midianites, Edomites. Abraham was a descendant of Noah’s son, and Lot was his nephew. Both Abraham and Lot had visits from three mysterious angels who relayed messages from God and were instrumental in setting the stage for the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church: Vacation Bible School, Patriotic Concert Registration for this year’s Vacation Bible School has begun. This year the kids will take a “High Seas Expedition – Exploring the Mighty Love of God.” Their days will consist of amazing crafts, wild games, yummy snacks and swashbuckling Bible adventures! Vacation Bible School will be held Mon., Jul. 25 thru Fri., Jul. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon and is open to all children who will be entering kindergarten through 5th grade. Cost is $30 per child. Be sure to hurry and sign up, spots are on a first come-first served basis and registration closes on Jul. 20. For more information or to register please call (619) 460-6442. We hope you will join us on the High Seas! The annual Independence Day Concert by the San Diego Concert Band will be held a day early this year. Please join us on Sun., Jul. 3 at 2 p.m. on St. Dunstan’s front lawn to enjoy a program of awesome music that includes arrangements of traditional patriotic favorites and works by American composers. Be sure to stick around following the concert for an ice cream social, or better yet, plan to spend the day with us and join us for service at 10 a.m. followed by a BBQ lunch, then sit back and enjoy a fabulous concert and delicious ice cream. Be sure to bring your own chairs or blankets and don’t forget sunscreen! St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church is located at 6556 Park Ridge Blvd. in San Diego (Del Cerro area off Navajo near Patrick Henry HS). For more information, please visit our web site at or call (619) 460-6442.

La Mesa and UCCLM

worship, the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM). They have a great story to tell, a story of continuing community involvement, growth, inclusiveness and extravagant welcome! The people of UCCLM, including several of its founding members, invite you to join them for a special worship service at 10 a.m. A brand new housing development,  Sun., Jul. 31, a service in which memories of scores of young families starting new lives far the church and the city of La Mesa will be from home and friends, and a fledgling church shared, among them the establishment of which held services in its recently ordained Charley Brown Children’s Center, the building pastor’s living room - that was, for many, life in of the present church and the congregathe northwest stretch of La Mesa, California, tion’s roll in acquiring sidewalks, community the part now zip-coded 91942, in the 50s. medical transportation and a hospital. Those young parents are now grandparThe church is located at 5940 Kelton ents and great-grandparents and the commu- Avenue, La Mesa, 91942, (619) 464-1519, nity they built thrives, as does their house of

Reliving Shared History Sunday, July 31

Sounds of Ascension: A Warm Welcome To The Richton Ringers Ascension Lutheran Church is pleased to welcome The Richton Ringers “California here We Come Summer Concert Tour 2011”! The Richton Ringers, a community handbell choir from Richton Mississippi was founded in 2009 by John Howard. Playing 4 octaves of Schulmerich handbells, and 3 octaves of Handchimes, The Richton Ringers is an interdenominational Christian ministry seeking to perform beautiful handbell music for the glory of God and the spiritual inspiration and edification of  its audiences. This is free to the public. The concert will be held Sun. Jul. 17 at 4 p.m. Ascension Lutheran Church is located at 5106 Zion Ave. For more information, call (619) 582-2636

Vacation Bible School at St. Dunstan’s Church

July 25 – 29 9 A.M. – 12 noon 30 per child To register call Jennie Morse at (619) 460-6442 Children entering kindergarten through sixth grade are welcome! 28 CA DRE#01377881

St. Dunstan’s

Episcopal Church

6556 Park Ridge Blvd. San Diego, CA 92120

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Circulation: 30,000. Published 12 times in 2011 and delivered to more than 24,500 homes and businesses in the communities of Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Fletcher Hills, Grantville, San Carlos, Northern La Mesa, Rolando & the College Area by Mission Publishing Group, LLC. An additional 5,500 copies are distributed to more than 130 businesses and community centers in the communities. Classified ads and articles must be submitted by mail, e-mail or dropped off at our business address, Postal Annex at 6549 Mission Gorge Road, PMB #199, San Diego, CA 92120. (Vons Center) Publisher reserves the right to refuse any advertisements or material submitted which are deemed to be objectionable. Publisher’s liability for errors: The Mission Times Courier assumes no financial liability for errors nor for omission of copy and upon request will furnish a letter of correction to the advertiser. The Publisher, Mission Publishing Group, LLC., shall not be liable for any error in published advertising unless an advertiser proof is requested in writing 12 days prior to publication date and clearly marked for corrections. If the error is not corrected by the Publisher, the liability, if any, shall not exceed the space occupied for the error. Further, the Publisher shall not be liable for any omission of an advertisement ordered to be published. On written request, Publisher shall reschedule and run the omitted advertisement at the advertiser’s cost. All claims for adjustment

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GEMS& JEWELS By Enhancery Jewelers, Kathleen White, Graduate Gemologist, GIA

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Shopping at Enhancery Jewelers can also benefit your favorite community organization. A percentage of all of you purchases and jewelry repairs will be donated to your designated non-profit organization. We are currently contributing to these local community groups Globe Guilders, San Diego Zoo RITZ, CCT/CYT, San Diego Madres Youth Baseball, Mt. Helix Park Foundation, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research, Soroptimist International of La Mesa, San Diego and La Jolla, Rady’s Children’s Hospital Del Cerro Unit and many more regional and national organizations. Please let us know when you shop which organization you belong to, or would like to support and all your future transactions will be credited to their donations.


Ruby is the birthstone for the month of July and is also designated for the 40th wedding anniversary. In ancient legends it was believed that the wearer of ruby was blessed with health, wealth, wisdom and outstanding success in affairs of the heart. Many women like to combine rubies with diamonds in their wedding or anniversary bands. Ruby is the red variety of the corundum family, which is also the same family as sapphire. With a hardness of nine on the Mohs scale ruby is the next hardest stone to diamond. 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., 10–6 pm; Sat. 10–4 pm. Martin and Kathleen White have owned Enhancery Jewelers for over thirty two years. They specialize in diamond and gemstone jewelry, custom design, appraisals, jewelry and watch repairs. Visit us online at www.enhancery. com and become a fan on Facebook Advertisement

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