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Fletcher Hills Volume XIX – Number 11

COMMENTARY

THE SHRINKING WORLD OF THE DAILY NEWSPAPER By David Ogul

Play On Neighborhood kids jumped, swung and spun at the Lake Murray Playgound opening Oct. 12. Page 2

ELECTION 2012 COVERAGE A closer look at several local races

NEW 79TH DISTRICT FEATURES EXPERIENCED CANDIDATES Mary England

Write Stuff San Carlos resident Melanie Ross releases children’s book, The Hope Chest. Page 8

Shirley Weber

By Dave Schwab

Democratic educator and San Diego State University professor Shirley Weber opposes Republican businesswoman and La Mesa Chamber of Commerce presidentCEO Mary England for the 79th Assembly District seat Nov. 6. There is no incumbent in the freshly minted, redistricted 79th District, which represents La Mesa, Lemon Grove and parts of Spring Valley and National City as well as sections of San Diego and Chula Vista. Distinct in many ways, there are still decided similarities between the two candidates. Both come from modest economic backgrounds. The daughter of Arkansas sharecroppers who has lived in California since she was 3, Weber is a UCLA graduate who earned her doctorate by 26 years old. In 1988, Weber was elected to the San Diego Unified School Board, where she served two consecutive four-year terms until she retired in 1996.

Thomas the skyward Russian Tortoise finds a new home at Mission Trails Park. Page 19

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The future of education is at stake Nov. 6 say candidates in the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) Board of Trustees, District B race. Businessman Scott Hasson, who refers to himself as the reform candidate, is squaring off against Bernie Rhinerson, who has worked with two high-profile San Diego public relations firms and currently is chief of staff and district relations for the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD).

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EVANS FACES TOUGH CHALLENGE FOR SCHOOL BOARD By Genevieve A. Suzuki

The District B seat both men are competing for is being vacated by retiring trustee William Schwandt, who has endorsed Hasson as his replacement. San Diego Community College District is the second largest community college district in the state of California. The district serves more than 80,000 students each semester through 3 twoyear colleges – San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College and San Diego See COLLEGE page 9

See BOARD page 10

COLLEGE BOARD CANDIDATES WANT TO FIX BROKEN SYSTEM By Dave Schwab

See OGUL page 9

Current San Diego Unified School District board president John Lee Evans has his hands full Nov. 6. After the spring primary election, in which Evans’ opponent, Mark Powell, received 57 percent of the votes for the School Board District A seat, Evans had a lot of ground to make up. Whether the incumbent candidate has accomplished what is necessary to win remains to be seen. Evans’ plan is to stay the course. “The goals are to continue what we’ve been doing – placing the emphasis on keeping teachers in classrooms, keeping classroom sizes small, keeping administration small, increasing parental involvement,” said Evans. Powell disagrees, saying the board needs a new vision and needs to work closer with teachers. And while Powell thinks increasing parental involvement is important, he doesn’t believe Evans is the candidate to do it. Evans lacks

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Tortoise Saved

Anyone looking for the quintessential situation showing the demise of American journalism need not look any further than the sleepy community of Vista some 35 miles up the road from Mission Valley. It wasn’t long ago that six different reporters writing for six different daily newspapers covered virtually everything in a town that, at the time, had maybe 40,000 residents. The Vista Press, the Oceanside Blade-Tribune, the Escondido Times-Advocate, the San Diego Union, the Evening Tribune and the San Diego County edition of the Los Angeles Times regularly reported from the city, providing watchdog coverage from several highly skilled journalists.

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LAKE MURRAY PLAYGROUND OPEN FOR PLAY The newest neighborhood destination for play: the city playground at Lake Murray Community Park.

Friends of Lake Murray By Barbara Cleves Anderson The outbreak of hate around the world and our own country is tiring and sad. Rancor and agitation are rampant. It seems that religious and civil wars are breaking out all over and I am concerned about our children and grandchildren. I worry they are impacted by what they hear and see on the news and from those whom they love. It has been said the earth will not sustain itself. We don’t need to help destroy it. If one believes the world is in imminent danger of ending because of wars, natural disasters, over population or human madness, why not try a little harder to get along? We have always had wars, but isn’t this a little much? Saying that, why are there so many wonderful people we call friends? They come from all over the world to our lake and our neighborhoods. Their ethnicities are as varied as their native languages and religions. They are all colors. They are tired of wars, poverty and/ or hate. They are welcomed into our fold. They become part of our lake family. This how our family works… We used to call it the prison grapevine. I mean that in a good way. An example of compassion we feel for one another: If someone gets sick, is going to have an operation, or worse. The next day everyone knows and details will be forthcoming. Sometimes those details are a little muddled but it gets worked out. People aren’t being nosy; they care. The first thing they ask, “Is there anything that I can do for you?” When there is angst everywhere I keep telling myself there is nothing we can do, but that’s wrong. There is something we can do – I challenge See BARBARA page 20

With the completion of surfacing, final equipment installations and safety inspections in recent weeks, the chain-link fences that encircled the new playground were removed Oct. 12 in the afternoon, just as neighborhood children were getting out of school. The playground soon filled with happy kids running, jumping, sliding, climbing, swinging and spinning on the new play equipment. “It really is a dream come true,” said Tracy Dahlkamp, chair of the Lake Murray Playground Project committee, which worked in the community for more than three years to design and fund the nature-inspired playground on Lake Murray’s north shore. An official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new playground is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14. Invited guests include Mayor Jerry Sanders, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Councilmember Marti Emerald, Councilmemberelect Scott Sherman, San Diego Parks and Recreation staff, playground sponsors and donors, community council representatives, and neighborhood families. Refreshments will be served. The new playground is designed for accessibility and challenging playtime. The modern and colorful design includes sail shades, Lake Murray-themed panels, two massive climbing rocks, a rock wall, swings, a variety of slides and monkey bars, spring toys, and a spinner seat.

In addition to a completed sidewalk loop, the new playground also features inscribed pavers donated by a number of families and businesses. Due to renewed demand for the personalized pavers, the Lake Murray Playground Project committee has opted to offer a second round of paver sales, with proceeds to fund other future improvements at the park such as shade trees and additional seating. Pavers can be purchased directly through the Lake Murray Playground Project website, at www.lakemurraypark.org.

NCPI APPROVES BLUE AGAVE PATIO PLAN By Dave Schwab Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) approved terms for security and a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to allow Blue Agave bar and nightclub use of an existing patio, but tabled a vote to approve revisions to 60-unit Village at Zion affordable housing seniors project, ruling more community input was needed. NCPI also voted unanimously due to scheduling conflicts to change its meeting place next year. The group will continue to meet the third Monday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. But starting Jan. 21, 2013, NCPI’s meeting location will change from Temple Emanu-El at 6299 Capri Dr. to Zion Avenue Community at 4880 Zion Ave. The Blue Agave patio CUP request was continued from NCPI’s Aug. 20 meeting to allow a subcommittee led by vice chair Anthony Wagner to determine a set of permit conditions that would satisfy all parties, including police, that the establishment, open until 4 a.m., See BLUE AGAVE page 18

CYBER CAFÉ KEEPS SENIORS CONNECTED Technology moves so quickly that it can be difficult to keep up. The Cyber Café at Jewish Family Service (JFS) helps seniors sharpen their technology skills as well as pick up some new ones. The Cyber Café, located at the JFS Social & Wellness Center in Congregation Beth Jacob at 4855 College Ave., is a drop-in computer lab with one-onone instruction and tutoring for computer basics, word processing, online shopping, internet, e-mail, and using social media. Participants can work on one of ten new computers at their own pace, or bring their own laptop, use Wi-Fi, and enjoy the community environment. Participants can also get help with See CAFE page 7

Ask the Cop is on break for November. The column will return in December, just in time for the holiday season. If you have a neighborhood question for the San Diego Police, please email askthecop@MissionTimesCourier.com


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SAN DIEGO DESSERTS AMONG BAKERS SUPPORTING MAMA’S KITCHEN Rolando’s San Diego Desserts is just one of the local restaurants, hotels and catering companies that has pledged its talent to create and donate delicious pies for the upcoming Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale. The fundraiser benefits Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that delivers healthy meals at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer. All proceeds from pie sales go directly into funding thousands of free, hot and nutritious Mama’s Kitchen meals, which help ensure that no one living with AIDS or cancer will go hungry in the San Diego community. Many of San Diego’s top pastry chefs, caterers, and bakeries donate traditional Thanksgiving pies for this annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale. Mama’s Pie in the Sky volunteers will deliver the pies to more than 20 sites throughout San Diego County for pickup Wednesday, Nov. 21. “The annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky pie sale has become a Thanksgiving tradition in San Diego. It provides an opportunity to check off one more thing from your holiday ‘to do’ list while supporting our mission,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “The price of one pie is just $20, and enables us to provide six nutritious, home delivered meals to our neighbors affected by AIDS or cancer.” In 2011, the Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale was the biggest and most successful to date, netting more than $100,000 through pie sales and event sponsorships for the organization. In 2012, Mama’s Kitchen hopes to sell more than 6,000 pies during the six-week sales period, and raise $125,000 and fund more than 39,000 meals. Additional pie bakers are needed to help with the effort. Individuals and teams are encouraged to volunteer to sell pies for a chance to win prizes from generous sponsors. Pie Sellers are also encouraged to use their social media networks to promote their participation in Mama’s Pie in the Sky, as all sales funnel through their sales website.  Pies are on sale now and continue through Nov. 18. Fresh pumpkin, pecan, apple and no-sugar added apple pies are available for just $20 each. Pies can be purchased online via www.mamaspies.org or by calling (619) 233-6262.

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By John Pilch, SCAC President

We recently discovered vandalism to the “Welcome to San Carlos” monument on the Navajo Road median between Park Ridge Boulevard and Jackson Drive. The lettering was pried off the concrete face of the monument, which faces traffic eastbound toward Jackson Drive. All that remains is “Welcome to an.”  The monument has been in place for about 10 years, with no previous damage. The San Carlos Area Council was pleased to participate in the unique design of the monument, which has flagstone on its face, to match that which is on the MTRP Visitor Center. This was selected rather than the cobbles used on monuments for our neighboring communities of Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and Grantville.  The damage by an unknown person or persons has been reported to the City Streets Division and to the San Diego Police Department. If you have any information about this incident, please contact SDPD Eastern Division at (858) 495-7900. We are working with the City to have the damaged lettering replaced.

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Getting Crafty Ascension Lutheran Church is hosting a craft fair Nov. 10. Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Set-up time is 7:30 p.m. This is an opportunity to sell your personally made crafts – the charge is simply whatever donation you feel is appropriate for what you sell. Ascension Lutheran Church is located at 5106 Zion Ave., San Diego. Please contact Emily at (619) 583-4663 or hartetal@cox.net.

NAVAJO GIRLS FASTPITCH REGISTRATION FOR 2013 NOW OPEN With more than 400 players in 2012, Navajo Girls Fastpitch softball league has grown into one of the most popular youth sports leagues. Registration is now open for the 2013 season for girls ages 5 to 16 who would like to play in a fun and competitive league. Online registration can be accessed at www.navajosoftball.com. A free practice T-shirt will be included for girls who register before Nov. 30. Though fees have remained the same as last season, the cost will go up after Dec. 15. Coaches and managers are also needed and those interested can apply online, as well. The mission of Navajo Girls Fastpitch is to provide a positive and safe environment for girls age 5 to 16 to participate in friendly competition, to develop athletic skills and to build self-confidence, while they learn to play fastpitch softball. Navajo Girls Fastpitch is a recreational softball league dedicated to the principals of teamwork, sportsmanship, friendship, leadership and citizenship. The 2013 recreational league season will begin with teams forming in January. Practices and then games kick off in early February and run until the beginning of May. The following divisions will be offered: Mini’s (5 to 6 years), 8 and under, 10U, 12U and 14U/16U.

GLIMPSE THANKSGIVING KUMEYAAY STYLE! By Audrey F. Baker, Trail Guide

Walmart celebrated its Neighborhood Market’s grand opening by awarding several thousand dollars to local non-profit organizations.

WALMART MARKET APPEALS TO LA MESA’S POCKETBOOK By Genevieve A. Suzuki Chalk it up to the cult of Walmart. Whether you’re a fan of the discount chain or a detractor who abhors its big business misgivings, there’s one thing that’s difficult to deny – Walmart knows how to rally its troops. At least 20 Walmart associates decked in green polo shirts fervently joined company executives and community leaders the morning of Oct. 17 to celebrate the new Walmart Neighborhood Market’s grand opening along Grossmont Boulevard. Each time a Walmart executive greeted the crowd with a “Good morning, associates,” the

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Twenty books were presented to the Allied Gardens branch library book collection by Navajo Canyon Republican Women, Fed., in September. Pictured, from left, are Kathryn Johnson, branch manager, and Evelyn Blume, long-time NCRWF member.

NCRWF WORKING TO GET OUT THE VOTE By Judy McCarty The national election is less than two weeks away and Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated members are pushing ahead with their grassroots efforts: stuffing envelopes, distributing flyers, reminding voters to send in their absentee ballots or get to the polls. Our October meeting was dedicated to informing ourselves about the propositions and proposed Constitutional amendments, which will have such a strong impact on California governance. NCRWF also hosted a booth at La Mesa’s Oktoberfest, registering voters. If you agree this is an all-important election and want to help the Republican cause, contact our political chairman, Waskah Whelan, at (619) 222-5268 or waskahwhelan@aol.com. There’s still time to get a copy of the Romney Plan or our Guide to Republican Volunteering, which lists all the campaigns. There is life after the election, of course, and NCRWF members are looking forward to celebrating the club’s 50th Anniversary at their annual fundraiser, a Luncheon and Fashion Show. It will be held Nov. 13 at the beautiful Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fashions for all ages will be provided by Saks Fifth Avenue – Off 5th in Mission Valley. Cost is $40 per person. It’s always a good time. RSVP to mcatesfamily@cox.net (use RSVP in subject line) or call (619) 697-2235 or (619) 287-7788. Installation of officers for the new year will take place at our annual Christmas party and toy collection in the home of Ginny Wisley. Our regular meeting schedule at The Brigantine in La Mesa will resume in January 2013.

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FAMILY FUN AT CABC FALL FESTIVAL

For the third consecutive year College Avenue Baptist Church is hosting a free neighborhood “Fall Festival” on its expansive campus at 4747 College Ave., near the intersection of College Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard. The Nov. 10 festival is from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., and will feature dozens of family-friendly attractions, musical performances, entertainers, games, crafts and plenty of food. While some activities will take place outdoors, most of the activities will take place “rain or shine” inside the CABC Family Center/Gym. This center is large enough to accommodate several hundred people at a time and offers plenty of room for games, activities and stage performances. Here are just a few of the attractions planned for this year’s festival: •More than 20 fun carnival games including a small-fry basketball-shooting contest, a pumpkin ring-toss, and a giant fish tank for catching candy and prizes. •Two jump houses! •Musical entertainment from the College Avenue Preschool students and other various local groups. •Mind-boggling illusions and comedy from Looney Dooney. •Amazing balloon artistry from “Vinny the Twister.” •Free pizza lunch! •Crafts for a variety of skill levels, face painting, and much more! If you need more information, call the church office at (619) 582-7222.

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SAN CARLOS AREA COUNCIL

DEL CERRO ACTION COUNCIL

By John F. Pilch, SCAC President

By Jay Wilson, DCAC President

In accordance with our new schedule, the next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting is calendared for Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Dr. This is the day after the general election and we hope you take the time to exercise your privilege to vote. In addition to the Presidential race, there are many important races and ballot issues for your consideration Nov. 6 or earlier, if you vote by absentee ballot. Please remember your vote is your voice in how government is run and by whom. The confirmed guest speaker for the Nov. 7 meeting is District 7 Councilmember-elect Scott Sherman. Sherman plans to discuss his priorities for his first year in office as our representative for the new D-7. He also plans to respond to questions from the audience. Please mark your calendar and attend the meeting to hear what’s in store for our community, the Navajo Area and the City in 2013. As previously reported, we’ve moved the start time to 6 p.m. to accommodate the library staff, since the facility closes at 8 p.m. This met with success at the Sept. 5 meeting, as we were able to adjourn by 7:45 p.m. We hope this earlier start time is not an inconvenience to our members and residents. The “Welcome to San Carlos” on the Navajo Road median was vandalized, with many letters pried off the concrete face of the monument. It is the subject of a separate article in this month’s Mission Times Courier. At the Sept. 5 meeting, we discussed an effort by residents in the area near the intersection of Cowles Mountain Boulevard and Boulder Lake Avenue to get Stop signs installed to control the traffic on the roadway. Gary Baldwin gave a brief presentation on behalf of the group that is gathering signatures on a petition, now that Traffic Engineering has conducted a study and advised them that it does not qualify for All-Way Stop signs. At the request of the residents, Traffic Engineering will be conducting an additional traffic study in October, to include a school day and a weekend day, for traffic to the back trail on Cowles Mountain. The petition is the first step in the “alternative process” of getting the Stop signs installed. If you’re interested in assisting with your signature on the petition, it will be at the San Carlos Branch Library in the public documents section. The audience favored this traffic control for Cowles Mountain Boulevard, after previously voicing its opinion to not have the speed limit increased from 35 to 40 mph on this section of roadway in San Carlos and NCPI agreed. Also on the Sept. 5 agenda was the proposed increase in the speed limit from 30 to 35 mph on the segment of Golfcrest Drive, from Navajo Road to Tuxedo Road. SCAC directors voted unanimously in favor of the proposal, to allow the area to continue to have radar enforcement. In addition, the motion requested the entirety of Golfcrest Drive, from Tuxedo Road to Mission Gorge Road, be considered for the speed limit increase, again to allow for radar enforcement. This was on the Agenda at the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. meeting Sept. 24. The Board voted 12-2-1 to recommend an increase of the speed limit. The remainder of Golfcrest Drive was left to Traffic Engineering to determine if they wished to study the area and propose a similar increase. At the Mission Trails Regional Park Citizens Advisory Committee meeting Sept. 4, Craig Balben reported that the work on the SDCWA Pipeline #4 Relining project has begun in the park. He also reported that the Jackson Drive segment, near the intersection with Navajo Road, should see some work commence in October. The portals on Jackson Drive are near Park Ridge Boulevard, in front of Keils, and east of Golfcrest. Traffic will be re-routed at each location, with one lane in each direction on the same side of the roadway. The left-turn pocket into the shopping center will be unavailable during construction. Patrons of the center will have to enter on Navajo Road or travel down See SCAC page 11

COLLEGE VIEW ESTATES ASSOCIATION By Ann Cottrell, CVEA Secretary College View Estates Association turned 20 this year! Formally organized in 1992, CVEA built on a 30-year tradition of mutual support and social life including a progressive dinner. While the goals of mutual support and good times continue, the organization has become more formal with incorporation in 2010 and gaining 501(c)(3) status in 2011. Membership has grown to include over half of CVE households. The annual fall Progressive Dinner continues to be a major community event. More than 50 neighbors gathered in September for appetizers in a neighbor’s beautiful yard then divided into smaller groups for a more intimate main course in one of several homes before reconvening in yet another lovely yard for a moonlit dessert. The only dampening element to this festive occasion was commemorating the recent loss of Rosary Nepi, CVEA’s first and only president. Councilwoman Marti Emerald read her proclamation declaring Sept. 11, 2012 as Rosary Grace Nepi Day in the Seventh Council District. At CVEA’s September meeting Gary Campbell, former vice president, assumed the role of president. CVEA also voted on its top priorities for Capital Improvement Projects to submit to the College Area Community Council. CVEA board member, Henry Bertram, is taking a leading role, along with SDSU representatives, in developing a College Area Community Garden (CACG). The site chosen for the CACG is on the east side of the SDSU campus behind the Children’s Center

The top of Del Cerro, on either side of Pasatiempo Avenue, is receiving an upgrade. For several years there has been a large asphalt slab adjacent to the street. First, it was the temporary location of Fire Station 31 while a new station was constructed; the original plan was to then return it to its natural state. City staff then determined several undergrounding projects in the Del Cerro and San Carlos areas could be accomplished in succession. By utilizing the same asphalt pad, thousands of dollars could be saved while using the space as a storage yard for utility undergrounding equipment and supplies. The area was leased to the undergrounding contractor. The area has now been scraped, and the property will be re-vegetated. On Oct. 13, Cathy and Dan Northcutt, with Team Northcutt Realty, led a clean-up project for the Pasatiempo open space park. It is across the property mentioned above; there is a spectacular view from this open space gem. Team Northcutt Realty has volunteered to continue this effort. Over the years large boulders have been painted with graffiti, many bottles have been emptied and broken, and all kinds of trash have been left on the site. Now it is receiving a facelift. Working with open space park ranger Jason Allen, volunteers spent two hours removing everything from furniture, to bags, to glass. Ranger Allen is working with Paul and Gil Koury from Life Deck to help with the graffiti removal. As soon as any environmental concerns are cleared with city staff, a graffiti-removal technique will be tested. It is very unfortunate that some local residents have not assumed responsibility for keeping the park property pristine – free of trash and graffiti. At the same time it is encouraging to know that other individuals are willing to step up and lend a hand. There are volunteer groups all over the city volunteering monthly to help maintain and improve open space canyons and parks. Within in the Navajo Community there are volunteer groups working in the open space areas of the Navajo Canyon and Rancho Mission Park. The Lake Murray Park Playground is open! This 8,000-square-foot miracle is the result of three-and-a-half years of hard work by a group of very dedicated community members who volunteered countless hours to make this project a reality. Take your children and/or grandchildren to the park and enjoy the fantastic array of equipment. One of the slides has rollers instead of the normal smooth surface, which allows children with cochlear implants to enjoy a slide since it does not generate static electricity. The official dedication of the park See DCAC page 21

COLLEGE AREA COMMUNITY COUNCIL By Doug Case, CACC President At the Oct. 10 joint meeting of the College Area Community Council and the College Area Community Planning Board, a public hearing was held to determine the College Area’s most critical Capital Improvement Program needs. After input from community members, the following were determined to be the top six needs (in order of priority): (1) pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements for all of Montezuma Road, including determining the feasibility of a two-way bike lane on the north side from Collwood Avenue to Fairmont Avenue, (2) improving pedestrian corridors on Reservoir Drive by installing sidewalks on the east side and installing sidewalks and street lights on the west side of 70th Street between El Cajon Boulevard and Alvarado Road, (3) a joint-use park at Tubman School, (4) pocket parks throughout the College Area, (5) enhancing walk-ability on El Cajon Boulevard, including sidewalk improvements, and (6) a pedestrian footbridge across Montezuma Road near Hardy Elementary School. Also at the meeting, both the SDSU Police and San Diego Police provided some interesting recent statistics. On Sept. 28, a maximum enforcement night was conducted with participation by San Diego Police, SDSU Police, California Highway Patrol, San Diego City Schools Police, California Public Utilities Commission (charter bus safety division), USD Police, Southwestern College Police, California Alcoholic Beverage Control, and San Diego County Probation Department. The statistics for the night were: four DUI Arrests, two Drunk in Public Arrests, seven Minors in Possession of Alcohol Citations, one Drug Arrest, five First Response Notices (disturbance warnings), 12 Administrative Citations ($1000 fines for excessive noise), five PUC Bus Safety Code Violations, eight Other Arrests, 19 Misdemeanor Citations, 42 Traffic Citations, 55 Traffic Warnings, 50 Field Interviews, 56 Citizen Contacts, two Vehicle Impounds, one Detox (Alcohol) Transport, and two Alcohol-Related Hospital Transports. In addition, 16 party buses were stopped. Of those, five received PUC violations (as included above), and four were deemed unsafe by the CHP and removed from service. A second maximum enforcement night was held the last weekend in October. SDPD Eastern Division community liaison Sgt. Dean Thomas provided statistics for C Squad operations for the month of September: 11 Drunk in Public Arrests, one Narcotics Arrest, 71 First Response Notices, 22 Administrative Citations, six Social Host Ordinance (Alcohol) Citations, nine Minor in Possession of Alcohol Citations, 38 Minors in Consumption of Alcohol Citations, six Other Misdemeanor Arrests, 36 Hazardous Citations, 18 NonHazardous Citations, 13 Traffic Warnings, 90 Field Interviews, 26 Citizen Contacts, 16 Parking on Lawn Citations, 11 Detox (Alcohol) Transports, seven Transports to Hospital or County Mental Health. Although most of these are See CACC page 18


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Letter from the Editor By Genevieve Suzuki

November’s a big month for our country. On Nov. 6, we return to the polls to cast our votes for the President of the United States. And whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or a member of another political party, you should understand what a privilege you have in selecting the leader of our nation. We’re not a people ruled by a dictator nor are we a country forced to endure a sham election. Rather, we’re a democracy, and, as our Founding Fathers wanted, we are a nation governed for the people by the people. It’s easy to feel disenfranchised by the government and the state of affairs in our country. It sometimes seems we elect representatives who make decisions based on the needs of the few, rather than for the good of the many. But if you feel disenfranchised, with all due respect, it’s your fault. While we may not be able to walk into a legislator’s office to demand an immediate sit-down, we can at least speak loud enough to make our voices heard. We can write letters, make calls, and become civic activists for our community. It’s far too easy to sit on the couch, complaining our elected officials don’t know what they’re doing. It’s much more difficult to get involved and refuse to sit idly by. One of the traditions I’ve appreciated at every service club meeting I’ve attended – Optimist, Kiwanis, Rotary – is the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Until attending these meetings, the last time I said the Pledge of Allegiance was in grade school. Drummed into our heads by our teachers, the pledge was a matter of rote memorization. It never really struck a chord with me. These days when I say the Pledge of Allegiance, holding my right hand over my heart, I feel several emotions – mostly pride, but sometimes sadness and worry we’re losing that commitment to country. Written by Francis Bellamy in 1892, the Pledge was created in an effort to buoy sinking patriotism. If it sounds familiar, that’s probably because we continue to face that very same problem today. The United States is struggling with its self-esteem. Thanks to an endless barrage of news and gossip about us around the world, and our willingness to descend into a world ruled by Hollywood and the likes of Honey Boo Boo, we’re losing much of the confidence that made America a superpower in the first place. Am I advocating we become Big Brother to the world, insisting upon and pushing our ideals on other countries? Absolutely not. But what we need to do is grow up a little and allow constant rhetoric thrown at us to roll off our backs. What we must do is practice civic engagement. No matter who is elected this year, we must keep them honest by letting them know we’re paying attention. And we need to do this on local, state and national levels. Otherwise, that hard won independence for which our forefathers and mothers fought becomes merely a part of history and not the present.

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LOCAL AUTHOR OFFERS HOPE By Genevieve A. Suzuki Melanie Ross was meant to write a children’s novel. The San Carlos mother of two has the kind of sweet personality and enthusiasm for life any parent would want in an author writing books for their children to read. And kids will read Ross’s book, The Hope Chest. Beautifully illustrated by Tess Heimbach, the story takes its reader on an adventure through a fantastical land that includes leprechauns and a secret army of earthworms. The book, which features a friendship between two girls – one an orthodox Jewish girl and the other a Catholic Filipino American girl – also demonstrates to young readers the importance of appreciating your fellow person for their differences. Ross first came up with the idea for her novel while at a friend’s holiday party. “The house was filled with antiques and I’ve always loved antiques as a child. ... Their coffee table was this beautiful old hope chest, and I had always wanted a hope chest as a child.” It was then the idea for her book flew into her head. She sketched out an outline, wrote it up on her computer, and read it nightly to her children, Cameron and Madeline, now 22 and 19 respectively. Ross’s children loved the story, which remained unpublished for years. In fact, when Cameron was a summer camp counselor he read a copy of it to his young wards. “They wouldn’t let him put it down,” said Ross. “That really made me feel good… That my son was reading my book.” Eventually, however, the story was stashed aside while Ross concentrated on her career and raising her children. “I was a busy single mom, working and taking care of my kids,” said Ross, who was widowed when her children were very young. Years later, after Ross had remarried, her husband Mark asked to read the story. Unsurprisingly, he loved it. “I said this has got to get out. This must get published, it’s wonderful,” Mark said. Before publishing the book, Ross had to find an illustrator who could imagine her tale. After a chance meeting at Office Depot, Ross found HeimSee AUTHOR page 23

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College, from page 1 Miramar College – and six continuing education campuses. Both candidates have compelling reasons for running. Hasson claims the educational system is broken in several ways and needs to be repaired. One of the things in the community college district that needs to be fixed, said Hasson, is which students get priority for classes given shrinking enrollment and fewer classes caused by state budget cuts. “Back in 2008 the district had 100,000 students and right now we have 80,000,” he said. “We know state funding has been cut dramatically for community colleges. The San Diego Community College District is really considered to be grades 13 and 14 now that San Diego Unified School District is graduating seniors with less than 10th grade reading skills and deficient in math. The college district needs to initiate remedial reading and math for those students, get them caught up. I would like to see graduating high school students be given priority for classes that are available.” Rhinerson stresses that his longtime experience in public relations and in education and as an SDUSD administrator qualifies him to tackle tough issues on the SDCCD board. Rhinerson said what the SDCCD needs is to have “advocates on the board who support public education and can communicate that to our representatives in Sacramento who are providing funding for public education in California.” The new District B trustee, said Rhinerson, needs to be able to “work effectively with the business community in building partnerships for job training. “My experience for 25 years running my own business, and my experience in public education in the K-12 system, are a unique combination of qualities for someone who work to provide quality education in our community colleges,” he said. Previously elected president of the Tierrasanta Community and Town Council, Hasson said he originally got involved with educational issues when asked by community members to join the successful fight against closing highperforming Vista Grande Elementary. “Teachers and the principal came to me and we did a full-blown plan to stop San Diego Unified from the closing the school,” he said. Hasson said SDCCD board as presently constituted does too much rubber stamping and too little questioning of money matters that come before it. “As an operations and financial manager for an energy company, I look at (budget) numbers, negotiate with vendors, all day,” he said. “I know the community college district is run fairly well financially. But I don’t hear them (trustees) asking any questions. They’re spending taxpayer dollars without questioning how the project manager is doing the job. I just really think they need to ask questions on projects. I’ll come to this board asking questions, thinking outside the box. What we do (fiscally) in turn affects the value of what student education is going to be.” Rhinerson said he never thought he would run for public office. But over the last 5 years watching the challenges public education is facing, he said, “I’ve gotten very passionate about doing public service to help education. I see how important education is to the entire community. Unless we can give kids the opportunity through education to be successful, we’re going to have to build more prisons and more of a welfare system. The best money we can invest in California is in education. A recent study shows for every dollar we invest in education, society gets four dollars back. We have to be able to get people in jobs in successful careers.” Rhinerson said the community college district and local businesses need to partner to provide job training which translates into economic success. “The community colleges are one of the gems in San Diego,” he said. “We need to partner with car dealerships and biotech and others to provide training and certification programs for our young people. We need to work with the state legislature and local government to find ways to fund our community college system, where we’re not tearing it down, but rebuilding.”

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Ogul, from page 1 Not anymore. Today, there is but one reporter covering Vista, a city that has grown to be among the largest in North County with close to 100,000 residents, a city on the front lines in solving homelessness, a city as affected by redevelopment’s demise as any other, a city where conservative Christians once succeeded in taking over the local school board. Vista is not alone. Just down the road in East County, readers in La Mesa not long ago could rely on several newspapers to keep them abreast, including the Californian, the La Mesa Scout, the San Diego Union and the Evening Tribune. Today, not one newspaper reporter in the region covers “the jewel of the hills” on a full-time basis. It’s almost as bad in San Diego, the second largest city in California and the center of one of the largest metropolises in the country, a city covered by just one daily newspaper. So much goes unreported in what backers proudly proclaim as America’s Finest City that politicians can more easily hatch plots aimed at siphoning our tax dollars without anyone watching. True, websites such as voiceofsandiego.org or Patch.com, along with neighborhood papers that include the Mission Times Courier, have picked up some of the slack. But the loss of advertising dollars is sounding the death knell for a once-vital American institution, the daily newspaper. According to the American Society of News Editors, the number of newspaper reporters and editors has plummeted to 41,000 this year, from a high of nearly 57,000 in 1990. According to Erica Smith, author of a blog called Paper Cuts, nearly 40,000 overall newspaper jobs – including those in circulation and advertising – have been eliminated since she began writing about the crisis in the middle of 2007. It’s not like newspaper publishers have a choice. Readership has declined by more than a third – a loss of some 20 million subscribers – since 1990, according to the Pew Research Center. Meanwhile, media companies continue to provide information on the web for free, providing yet another incentive for readers to ditch the broadsheet. Many of the papers that have survived, including dailies in Detroit and New Orleans, print only a few days each week. Locally, the U-T recently completed its purchase of the North County Times, leaving the region with one paper, one voice. The result? Fewer options for readers. More influence concentrated in the hands of the few. To me, a veteran journalist who grew up reading the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner every day, someone who would later subscribe to several newspapers, including the Union-Tribune, Los Angeles Times and New York Times, the loss is most painfully felt through the dearth in diversity of coverage. A registered Republican for more than 30 years, I covered Ronald Reagan’s last campaign stop the night before the nation elected him its 40th president. I’ve interviewed civil rights icon Rosa Parks. I’ve been chased out of the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse by a very angry Tommy Lasorda. I’ve talked to serial killers in their prison cell. And I’ve covered more than my share of prep sports events, including a few football games when Junior Seau was playing on both sides of the line for Oceanside High School. I’ve seen a lot in my 32 years as a writer and editor working for numerous daily newspapers in Southern California, including an 11-year stint as an editor for The San Diego Union-Tribune. But it’s time to call it quits. Time to move on. Time to come to grips with the fact I don’t like what is happening to journalism today. Time to admit I have no desire to take part any longer in a profession that has moved so far from where it was when I wrote my first professional story for California Journal on an Olympia typewriter back when Jimmy Carter was still in the White House. Of course, I had a little help with my decision. The folks at the paper once known as The San Diego Union-Tribune laid me off just weeks ago for the second time in 16 months - the first in June of 2011 and the second after I had landed a reporting job at its latest acquisition, the North County Times. As Edward R. Murrow once said, good night, and good luck. Editor’s Note: The North County Times’ loss is the Mission Times Courier’s gain. We look forward to publishing writer David Ogul’s column every month. As a community newspaper, we can’t think of a better new addition to our cadre of writers than Ogul. Have an idea for David to write about? Write him at ogul@ missionpublishinggroup.com


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MissionTimesCourier.com — November 1, 2012 Mark Powell (left) is squaring off against incumbent San Diego Unified School District Board president John Lee Evans (right). Powell criticized Evans’ lack of a business background.

Board, from page 1 business acumen and experience in the classroom, said Powell. Powell, an adjunct professor who owns his own real estate business, has been a public school teacher and administrator. Powell is also a product of the San Diego school system – he graduated from Madison High School in 1979. Powell said he would never have advocated selling off school board property to raise funds, as the board voted to do Oct. 9. The two properties are the former Barnard Elementary site in Ocean Beach and an undeveloped parcel in Paradise Hills. “You’re giving away valuable land for very little money,” he said. Another issue is that Evans promised teachers raises when his budget couldn’t afford it, according to Powell. When it was time to hand out the raises, the board didn’t have any money. Although there had been rumors Powell was running against Evans out of revenge for being fired as an administrator, Powell firmly denies such a motivation. He said he had never been fired, but instead reassigned to the classroom 14 years ago after standing up to former San Diego Unified School Board president Alan Bersin. And when it comes to laying off staff, Powell thinks it’s ridiculous for Evans to take credit for saving 1,500 teachers’ jobs this year. Because he was among those who laid them off in the first place, he shouldn’t be taking credit for rehiring them, said Powell. “Of those 1,500 teachers, 15 of them were Teachers of the Year – he voted to fire the best employees,” Powell said. Evans said the state didn’t leave them much choice in spring. “What happened is we’ve had budget cuts every year for the last four years. We’ve cut administration, we’ve cut transportation. In the last year we didn’t have enough money to pay 1,500 teachers. So they had to be laid off,” Evans said. “What we were able to do was sit down with the unions and come up with concessions. My position is we had been abandoned by the state – they were not going to give us enough money because they were waiting to see what happened with the November ballot measures. So we had to seek a local solution.” The school board has since developed a better relationship with the teachers’ union and has vowed to sit down with the union to come up with a solution, according to Evans. “We have an agreement that we are going to solve this problem together, rather than being in a stalemate,” he said. Despite the obvious ambivalence between the two school board candidates, there is at least one point on which both candidates agree – teacher evaluations should be instituted. “Teachers need an evaluation system that’s fair and equitable,” said Powell, who doesn’t think the evaluations should be used to terminate teachers. “They should be used to improve teaching.”

OBITUARY Ann MacCullough (1938-2012) Ann Winslow MacCullough passed away March 16, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM at the age of 74. She was active on the San Carlos Area Council; Navajo Community Planners; SOHO; the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation; San Diego Board of Library Commissioners; the San Diego Friends of the Library; the Commission for Arts and Culture; and the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women. A celebration of Ann’s life takes place Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 from 2-4PM at 6230 Calle Majorca, La Jolla, CA 92037. Please RSVP to Sharin MacCullough Greenleaf at (408) 806-4292.

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79th District, from page 1 England, a Lemon Grove City Councilmember since 2000, is the former president of Lemon Grove Chamber of Commerce. The daughter of a self-made painting contractor who worked seven days a week, she said their family’s “brightest day” was when her father, who had a fourth-grade education, earned his contracting license. Neither candidate intended to run for State Assembly. “I never really considered myself a politician,” said Weber. “My vision as an educator had always been teaching and working with kids and schools. It was really not on my agenda of things to do.” Weber said she was “recruited” to run in the 79th Assembly District race by Toni Atkins of the 76th Assembly District and others who convinced her she had the right credentials for the job. England said she became a candidate because she “did not see a Republican running” and, given it was a brand new legislative district, she thought it was a great opportunity to run. “It was the perfect political storm for me – new district, open primary.” Weber said her eight years’ experience on the San Diego Unified School Board during tough financial times will serve her well as a legislator in a financially strapped state. England said she’s primed to run after 12 years’ experience as an elected city councilwoman and as a businesswoman, having represented both Lemon Grove and La Mesa chambers of commerce, promoting small businesses on a daily basis. Both candidates feel creating jobs and nurturing a supportive environment in which business can flourish is a central focus of this – or any – Assembly District race. “Clearly, one of the key issues is how do we help develop more jobs and a jobfriendly environment,” said Weber. “We need to train young people for the changing dynamic of the workplace that’s there. We have to figure out ways to develop strategic partnerships between businesses and our university system. To me, the hallmark of what California is is about having a strong educational system.” “I bring experience as an elected official and managing corporations, the Lemon Grove and La Mesa chambers of commerce,” said England. “I’ve been fiscally responsible, and I’m a consensus builder. Right now what we need is to forget about our differences and work together to turn this state around. Businesses need to quit leaving. We need to cut bureaucracy. I know how to energize change. I know how to make hard decisions.” Weber said her years of experience working with budget cuts in the San Diego Unified School District gives her insight on how to deal with a state in fiscal crisis. “The budget crisis in California is older than just the last few years,” said Weber. “This issue of financing schools and California is also much older than this current recession.” England said her extensive business experience means “my learning curve will not be as great as my opponent’s.” “I’ve been working with business practically my whole life,” England said. “I have a grasp of budgets. I know that you cannot spend more than you take in.” In looking at proposed legislative bills, England promised to examine all sides. “Why do we need it? Who’s it going to help, and who is it going to hurt?” she said. Growing up in a family of eight children, Weber said she learned early how to compromise. “What I bring to the table is an ability to work across the aisle and with people who are very different than me to try and find common ground,” she said. “I’ve done that all my life. And, at this point in my life, it’s a natural flow for me to do it at the next level.”

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PATRICK HENRY SCORES NEW FOOTBALL FIELD By Mike Stetz Getting tackled on the old Patrick Henry High School football field could be particularly bruising. It was old. It was hard. It was ready to go. Thankfully, it has. A new football field was completed in time for this year’s season and everyone involved – players, coaches, administrators – are saying it’s as welcome as a perfectly executed touchdown-scoring two-minute drill. For one thing – and the most important thing, actually – the new field is safer. It’s softer. Its seams aren’t coming apart like the old one. “There’s a lot more give to it,” said Jack Lococo, the school’s athletic director. “The old one was like playing on hard dirt.” Injury concerns were mounting every year the field aged. Concussions were a possibility, given the lack of give in the turf. The new field features state-of-the-art turf, which consists of in-fill materials of sand and rubber, making it more pliable. A new sprinkler and drainage system were also installed, so the field can be wetted and disinfected, Lococo

said. The truth is graphic – players sweat, bleed and even vomit on the field, so it needs to be cleaned. Hey, it’s football not checkers! It’s not just the football players who use the field, either. It’s also where other sports, such as field hockey and soccer, are played. A new track and field track surrounding the football field was also installed as part of the project, which took about four months to complete. According to the San Diego Unified School District, the improvements included a 50,307 square-foot allweather track, a 79,306 square-foot football field and an extra 20,660 square feet of turf beyond the end zones for other track and field events. While welcome, the additions did cause some disruptions. For instance, construction took place during last year’s football season, so the team had to play all of their games away from home. That’s never easy. They finished with a 3-7 record. The improvement project cost $1.9 million with the money coming from Proposition S capital improvement bond funds. The firm, Byrom-Davey, was the general contractor and it does a lot of such work throughout Southern California. It’s completed more than 200 similar projects, according to Steve Davey, the president and CEO. The time had simply come for the old field to go, he said. It had reached the end of its shelf life, plain and simple. The Georgia-based company that supplied the new turf is called FieldTurf and it’s a leader in the industry, he said. Even grass fields have their limitations due to age, Davey noted. They get worn and become uneven. “It’s way better than when we were kids,” he said, of these new fields. The drainage system allows for the field to be in playing condition regardless if it rains, he added. “You can play all year round.” The new turf is getting more advanced and durable all the time, he added. The new field should last 12 to 14 years. “It’s cool stuff.”

FANTASTIC SIX SENIORS LEAD THE LADY PATRIOTS

(from left) Kayla Velloso, Madelyn Pownceby, Brooke Ronney, Whitney Chiraboga, Hanah Radican, Maddy Kleine

FIELD OF DREAMS By Mike Stetz Last year, the Patrick Henry High School Patriots varsity football team finished the season at 3-7. Even the Chargers – at a disappointing, playoff-missing 8-8 – did better. But this year, the Patriots are playing like the Patriots – of New England, that is. They started the season 6-1! Could it be the new football field? See PHHSP page 20

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for THE BEST of your neighborhood! WELCOME TO THE INAUGURAL NEIGHBORHOOD BEST ISSUE! Everyone plays favorites. It’s hard not to live in a city and find a regular rhythm of living. Some people prefer to shop at Windmill Farms for something to eat at home, while others would rather have a juicy cheeseburger at Longhorn Cafe followed by a dipped cone from Fosters Freeze in Allied Gardens. This year we decided to introduce the Mission Times Courier Neighborhood Bests issue, a newspaper that would include several pages of what our readers deem the best around our part of San Diego. Sure, sometimes readers ventured out of our service area for their picks, but for the most part everything we need and love is right here in town.

And though we at the Courier hope you enjoy this issue, we have to cop to a little selfish enjoyment in creating it. Finding out our readers’ favorites felt a lot like reading a friend’s diary – a guilty pleasure, to be sure. As with any request for feedback, we were sometimes surprised by your responses. For instance, when it was time to cast nominations, one reader suggested the Best Thing About City Hall is that “Roger H. is still around.” Then, when it came to vote, good ol’ Roger actually received a number of ballots in his favor. While we’re still in the dark as to who this Roger guy is, you’ve given us food for thought in the future. So heads-up, Roger H., we’re looking for you. If you think your favorite got short shrift, I invite you to write me at editor@ missiontimescourier.com so I can include your opinion in our Letters to the Editor section. I also want to remind you this is only the beginning. If your personal Neighborhood Best didn’t win, there really is always next year. - Genevieve A. Suzuki

 Best Place to Clean Your Ride BODY BEAUTIFUL

Best Bank MISSION FEDERAL CREDIT UNION

2045 Pacific Hwy., San Diego or 690 El Cajon Blvd., El Cajon (619) 544-7070 (San Diego) or (619) 588-4099 (El Cajon) www.bodybeautiful.com Body Beautiful may as well be a car spa with a motto like, “We don’t just wash your car, we make its body beautiful!” In addition to good service, this car wash offers affordable prices and regular discounts to anyone who signs up online for their email list.

2020 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego (858) 524-2850 www.missionfed.com Mission Federal Credit Union doesn’t have stockholders pulling its strings, which allows it to give its customers lower rates on loans and fewer fees. In business since 1961, Mission Federal is the largest financial institution exclusively serving San Diego County.

Best Place to Buy Your Ride TOYOTA OF EL CAJON

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Best Place to Fix Your Ride SAN CARLOS AUTO

8865 Lake Murray Blvd., San Diego (619) 464-1234 www.sancarlosautoservice.com San Carlos Auto Service bills itself as your complete source for your service and repair needs, whether it’s American or import. The company’s goal? Accurate professional service done right the first time guaranteed.

Best Hair Salon Best Day Spa PIZAZZ SALON & SPA

7676 Jackson Dr., San Diego (619) 582-2275 www.pizazzsalonandspa.com Pizazz Salon owner Nancy Losek has owned her salon since 2003. Two burglaries last year may have cost her supplies and money, but her customer base is staunchly loyal to the stylish Losek. Mira Day Spa, which is associated with Pizazz, is also a San Carlos treasure, featuring talented masseuses and aestheticians, such as Sommer Aliava.

Best Barber ALLIED GARDENS BARBER SHOP

Best Realtor CHIP & DALE BRENT OF SAN DIEGO PROPERTIES

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Best Plumber Best Home Repair IDEAL PLUMBING, HEATING, AIR & ELECTRICAL

5161 Waring Road, San Diego (619) 583-7963 www.idealsvc.com In summer Ideal Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electrical was awarded the 2012 Heilbron Award, which recognizes San Diego companies that exemplify the payit-forward spirit. Ideal’s stellar work in the community and A-1 professional service have contributed to its reputation, which earned it Mission Times Courier’s Best Plumber and Best Home Repair awards.

5142 Waring Road, San Diego (619) 582-6842 This is your dad’s barber shop. A traditional spot that sometimes rattles customers unprepared to discuss politics, Allied Gardens Barber Shop is the kind of venue to which you’ll return regularly, if even just to listen in on the live debate.

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for THE BEST of your neighborhood! Best Dentist DR. DOUG GROSMARK

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Best Chiropractor DR. MARK LEWIS

Best Do-Gooder Organization GRANTVILLE-ALLIED GARDENS KIWANIS CLUB

www.alliedgardenskiwanis.org Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis members say it’s not really work to get together every week to plan service events. A tight-knit group that feels more like family than your Great Aunt Lettie, the GAG Kiwanis easily blends community service with social events. Feeling guilty about your neighborhood apathy? Join the GAG Kiwanis Club on Thursday mornings at 7 a.m. at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center.

Best Thing About City Hall Favorite Politician MAYOR JERRY SANDERS Looks like Mayor Jerry Sanders is pretty popular round these parts. He easily took both categories, Best Thing About City Hall and Favorite Politician. Sanders, who will soon hang up his mayor’s hat in December, has made tough decisions, such as compensation cuts for employees, to save the city millions of dollars. While we have two very passionate contenders for Sanders’ seat, there’s no doubt many of us will miss seeing – as well as hearing the occasional expletive from – our everrefreshing outgoing mayor.

Best Thing About SpringFest THE PEOPLE Carnival eats, bright lights and fun rides pale in comparison to the people behind the scenes at SpringFest. From the moment the groups march down Greenbriar Avenue for the SpringFest parade to the final clean-up on the very last day, SpringFest is a glorious example of what a community can accomplish if it puts its collective mind to it.

Best Thing About Being an Aztec SPORTS So the Aztecs aren’t exactly winning national titles. Doesn’t mean San Diego State University’s teams don’t have heart and talent! This year is the last year Aztec Football will compete in the Mountain West. Next year SDSU will join the Big East and go head-to-head with schools, such as Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple. Talk about geographically challenged… Oh well! Go Aztecs!

Favorite Activity at Lake Murray WALKING Walking for at least 30 minutes a day may help you stave off frequent trips to the doctor’s office. Luckily for us, we live in a city with the best weather in the country, and there’s nothing better than going for a stroll around Lake Murray. Whether you’re a bird enthusiast or a hard-core cardio addict, it’s easy to reach the lake’s 3.2 mile endpoint before having to turn around and walk back to your car.

6612 Mission Gorge Rd., Suite B, San Diego (619) 282-8181 www.sandiego-chiropractic.com Perhaps most impressive about Dr. Mark Lewis is his medical network, which includes primary care physicians, orthopedic surgeons, neurologist and neurosurgeons Because Lewis’s focus is on treating the whole person, by establishing a relationship with another practice member, he is able to treat his patients as a whole and not just a condition.

Best Casino VIEJAS CASINO

5000 Willows Road, Alpine (619) 445-5400 www.viejas.com With gas at what seems like an all-time high, it’s hard to imagine anyone taking their hard-earned dollars and gambling it away. But if you can control your spending, trying your luck at Viejas Casino may just pay off in dividends. Just don’t blame us if you’re eating instant ramen for the rest of the month.

Best Park Best Place to People Watch BALBOA PARK It’s totally reasonable that the best place to people watch is also the best park in San Diego. What began as 1,400 acres of scrub-filled mesa overlooking Downtown San Diego in 1868 has since become one of our city’s must-sees. On any given day, you can spot a street musician, a shave ice vendor, a Mexican artisan, young ballet dancers or San Diego City Guard band members. Families are especially fond of the park, which features a carousel, several fountains and first-class museums. Who needs Central Park when you’ve got Balboa Park in America’s Finest City?

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for THE BEST of your neighborhood! Best Place to be Seen CHURCH The Mission Times Courier community is nothing if not a reverent one. Our readers seem to have their priorities in the right place. Although Home Depot and San Diego Desserts were in the running, the Buy Guy Upstairs edged them out by a prayer.

Hidden Gem (non-eatery) OLD MISSION DAM AT MISSION TRAILS PARK The lazy man will tell you the Mission Trails Park visitor center is the place to go. The tapped-in local will tell you that you ain’t seen nothin’ until you’ve been to the Old Mission Dam, a nationally registered historic landmark and starting point for hikes into Oak Canyon, the East Fortuna Mountain region, or along Father Junipero Serra Trail and the San Diego River.

Liveliest Place for Live Music SDSU OPEN AIR THEATRE

5500 Campanile Dr., San Diego (619) 594-0234 www.as.sdsu.edu/viejas_arena A few months ago, the SDSU Open Air Theatre (OAT) hosted a little-known musician named Jack Black and his musical partner, K.G. The two, also known as Tenacious D, delighted concertgoers with profanity and a giant organ – not the kind at Balboa Park, either. While the performance wasn’t for those with delicate sensibilities, OAT served as an ideal venue for the edgy show.

Best Place to Take the Kids SAN DIEGO ZOO

2920 Zoo Dr., San Diego (619) 231-1515 www.sandiegozoo.org It’s true our kids grow up spoiled with a world-class zoo just minutes away. The San Diego Zoo features a terrific kids’ section, complete with a fun mini-playground, interactive exhibits and engaging programs. Let Anaheim have its mouse – we’ve got lions, tigers and bears. Oh my, indeed.

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Best Veterinarian RANCHO SAN CARLOS PET CLINIC

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Best Place to Groom Fido PRICILLA’S DOG GROOMING

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Best Pet Store PETCO

10410 Friars Road, San Diego (619) 563-0071 www.petco.com Located on Friars Road in Mission Gorge, Petco has an impressive inventory. Need crickets for your Jackson Chameleon? Check. Chicken feed? Check. Want to only feed your cat organic food that has been selected by New York’s top chefs? OK, you got us there, but we bet if you look hard enough, you might find what you’re looking for at this popular chain store.

Best Place to Spend Five Bucks DOLLAR TREE

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Best Grocery Store WINDMILL FARMS

6386 Del Cerro Blvd., San Diego (619) 287-1400 www.windmillfarms.net Windmill Farms is what you get when you add fresh fruits and vegetables, organic produce, a good selection of dairy alternatives and an amazing deli. The store’s dedication to the community makes it an easy choice when selecting this Neighborhood Best. No need to tilt at windmills at this wonderfully independent grocer.

Best Senior Discounts SOUPLANTATION

6171 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego (619) 280-7087 www.souplantation.com The seasoned senior readers of Mission Times Courier know food tastes better when you get it with a discount. Souplantation’s well-stocked salad bar is just the tip of the veggie platter. All-you-can-eat fresh fruit, house-made soups, hot pastas and sweet desserts make Grantville’s Souplantation the smart choice for anyone looking for real savings.


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5575 Lake Park Way, La Mesa (619) 713-1950 www.gofishanthonys.com Anthony’s Fish Grotto has been in San Diego for more than 60 years years. The La Mesa restaurant offers lakeview dining and simple – but reliably delicious – seafood. Anthony’s chowder easily contends with any other chowder on the California coast. For dog owners, Anthony’s is a reprieve from restaurants who close the door on your puppy’s cute little mug. Outdoor dining makes it totally possible to chow down with man’s best friend.

Best Place to Get a Burger and Fries Best Neighborhood Haunt LONGHORN CAFÉ

6519 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego (619) 283-0831 www.facebook.com/longhorncafesandiego A variety of tasty burgers and sides along with friendly service has made Longhorn Cafe a family favorite for over 40 years. Nestled in a busy strip mall in Grantville, the burger joint offers unique charm with their hearty meals. Red vinyl booths greet patrons or you can opt to sit at the bar to get a prime spot on game day. An added bonus: an entire room of John Wayne memorabilia to feed your Duke fancy.

Best Breakfast D.Z. AKIN’S

6930 Alvarado Road, San Diego (619) 265-0218 www.dzakinsdeli.com This restaurant and delicatessen has been family owned for three generations. Breakfast is just one thing keeping folks in and around the La Mesa and College areas coming back. Everything is made with fresh and fine ingredients and early risers can eat at 7 a.m. D.Z.’s extensive dinner and lunch menus boast more than 130 sandwiches among other homestyle picks.

Best Spot to Get Your Drink On KNB WINE CELLARS

6380 Del Cerro Blvd., San Diego (619) 286-0321 www.knbwinecellars.com A bit off the beaten path, KnB Wine Cellars is tucked next to Windmill Farms in the Del Cerro Shopping Center. They keep a well-stocked supply of any libation imaginable plus offer a secluded spot to enjoy a drink or two. Their rotating taps boast an impressive assortment of micro-brews from San Diego and elsewhere. Oenophiles won’t be disappointed, either – there’s definitely a vino for even the most discerning taste.

Best Ethnic Restaurant NICOLOSI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT

7005 Navajo Road, San Diego (619) 461-5757 www.nicolosis.com Nicolosi’s has had a few different locations over the years but Mission Times Courier readers were ecstatic when they settled in San Carlos a couple years ago. Dishes are crafted using fine ingredients and time-honored recipes that have been passed down over the years. Traditional Italian desserts will beckon you to take a few more bites – can you really say no to their cannoli? We can’t.

Best Pizza MONA LISA ITALIAN FOODS

5156 Waring Rd., San Diego (619) 286-2242 www.monalisaitalianfoods.com Mona Lisa’s pizzas offer the standards of a great pie with unique topping combinations to spice things up. If you’re feeling creative you can have them pile on the toppings of your choice or you can choose from of their signature creations. If you’re having trouble deciding between two choices, they’ll let you do a half-andhalf pizza so you really can have it both ways.

Best Place to Get a Steak RUTH’S CHRIS

1355 North Harbor Dr., San Diego (619) 233-1422 www.ruthschris.com With two locations in San Diego, Ruth’s Chris coaxes Mission Times Courier readers to both Downtown and Del Mar for great steaks. These upscale steakhouses strive for perfection when it comes to serving their USDA Prime steaks. The cut of your choice arrives on a sizzling hot plate so you can savor every bite.

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Keep your Home Safe & Dry This Fall Water can be a major cause of damage to drywall, cabinets, flooring and valuables. A water leak can start anywhere but the most common areas are at the water heater, air conditioning coil, water filtration system or under any sink. I have seen plenty of water damage over the years. Some of the most damaging losses come from a water supply line between the fixture shut off and a faucet or appliance. The damage can be even more devastating if you have wood floors.

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A slow leak often goes unnoticed until it has been going on for a long time and caused major damage. By the time it’s obvious, a lot of wood and drywall can become ruined and sometimes mold forms too. It can be costly to undo the damage. Water loss protocols and concerns of mold have even changed how insurance and plumbing companies deal with these situations. Being proactive and using quality products will help to prevent an unnecessary water loss and damage.

Plumbing Leak Prevention Checklist

Install a Water Heater Drain Pan & Water Alarm: In the event your water heater leaks the drain pan will catch small leaks. Larger leaks will fill up the pan more quickly. Installing a water alarm near the water heater will alert you before a leak becomes major. Replace Connectors and Supply Lines with Stainless Steel: Corroded, rubber and vinyl water supply lines should be replaced with braided stainless steel by a manufacturer that has a good reputation for quality and product liability. Please note: do not store corrosives under your sink. The vapors can cause your stainless steel lines to rupture.

Maintain Problematic Drains: Check for signs of a sewer drain clog and catch it before you have a full stoppage. Roots in drainlines cause unexpected stoppages. Maintain problematic drains regularly to prevent backups and overflows. Check your Home’s Water Pressure: Ensure your home’s plumbing system is at a safe level. Regular PSI is between 60-80, and according to code, anything over 80PSI is considered excessive. If the pressure is too high you may need to install, repair or replace the pressure regulator.

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Blue Agave, from page 2

CACC, from page 6

has sufficient onsite security. Blue Agave’s adding the patio on to its existing permit put its square footage above 5,000 feet triggering a need for a CUP and community review. Noting Blue Agave “did not disproportionately contribute to police or fire calls,” Wagner presented the advisory group with a list of 20 conditions for approval of the nightclub’s CUP. Conditions proposed included CUP renewal every five years rather than the standard seven years, as well as a requirement that seven security officers be on duty for every 100 restaurant/ bar patrons during Blue Agave’s operating hours Friday through Sunday. Representatives from Blue Agave, and a couple of NCPI board members, said they felt the proposed CUP conditions were excessive. “I believe this Conditional Use Permit would be a hardship because it’s (CUP permitting) a very expensive and time-consuming process,” said Elizabeth Carmichael, representing Blue Agave. “If you’re saying Blue Agave’s demand for police and fire calls isn’t disproportionate, why should you require the CUP to be renewed every five years instead of every seven,” asked board member Matt Adams of San Carlos. Wagner answered it was felt to be necessary because permitting of this alcohol-serving establishment was a complicated situation with overlapping jurisdictions. Adams added that he felt seven security persons per 100 patrons was also extraordinary, particularly given Blue Agave’s 427 seating capacity. Adams moved, and Wagner agreed, to amend proposed conditions to change renewal from five to seven years, and to strike requiring the seven security guards per 100 ratio to a “minimum number to satisfy the chief of police.” The group’s vote to approve the conditions as amended was 14-1. Robin Madaffer, a partner in the law firm of Schwartz Heidel Sullivan, LLP, gave a presentation on Village at Zion Senior Apartments, reintroducing the affordable housing project proposed on a 1.21-acre parcel at the intersection of Zion Avenue and Glenroy Street. Noting the project has been significantly altered since originally proposed, downsized from three to 2 stories and now to include underground parking, Madaffer appealed to the group to vote to approve the project, which had been redesigned to address community concerns and because developers were up against a tight timeline. NCPI Chair Allen Jones cautioned that the project is on an abbreviated timeline for approval. “Because this is an affordable housing project, it will be processed very rapidly and on a preferred basis,” he said. “This will go to a (city) hearing whether or not we have a voice. If we don’t act tonight, we won’t have an opportunity.” Several audience members spoke out against the project, contending, though redesign was an improvement, that the project failed to address parking problems presented by the senior apartment complex, which would next to a congested Allied Gardens pool, public park and playing fields. NCPI board member Marilyn Reed of Allied Gardens agreed. “This project is very dense and doesn’t fit into a single-family home area,” she said. “There are 110 signatures (opposing) on a proclamation here signed by neighbors who didn’t have a chance to be here tonight because they weren’t informed in time. In any case, it’s still a significant project even though you’ve lowered it from three to two stories.” NCPI board member Mathew Kostrinsky of Del Cerro concurred. “My biggest concern is that this is a replay of what happened with Shawnee (large-scale project approved by city without community vote of approval),” he said. “I agree that we need to discuss this more.” Kostrinsky suggested a special meeting could be called between now and NCPI’s next meeting in November to give the community more opportunity to weigh in on the merits of the project. Wagner implored project applicants to agree to such a meeting before returning to NCPI in November for another vote on the project. “You and the community are not as far apart on the project as you might think,” he said. The group’s next meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.

for the College Area, the C Squad is responsible for proactive enforcement for the entire 50 square miles in the Eastern Division, including Mission Valley (East of Highway 163), Serra Mesa, Kearny Mesa, Birdland, San Carlos, Tierrasanta, Grantville, Del Cerro and Allied Gardens.

Tennis, from page 12 This season, Chiraboga has found her niche in singles. She is a veteran of competition with a consistent baseline game that wears out her opponents. Ratican, who received All-League honors in 2011, is currently undefeated at No. 1 doubles with partner, Ronney. Rounding out the squad of the fantastic five include senior Kayla Velloso, a four-year member of the Lady Patriots. She is well-respected by her peers for her determination to succeed in school and sports.   “These girls have a fighting spirit that is to be admired,” said Patrick Henry co-coach Jay Gelbart. “They also maintain top grades and are involved in many other activities. Yet when they come out to the court, they have fun and absolutely take care of business.” Juniors Victoria Robertson and Lindsay Brown hold the No. 1 and  No. 2 singles positions. They are also top-ranked junior players in Southern California. Rounding out the doubles line up are juniors Kalee DeHamer, Charlotte Kleske and Rachel Griffith. Sophomore standouts are Courtney Gilbert and freshman Alex Louks.     The Patrick Henry junior varsity has done well sweeping their past five matches against local schools. The Lady Patriots singles players are freshmen twin sisters Ali and Paulina Nguyen, and sophomores Jessica Sweiss and Alex Kelly. Doubles specialists are sophomores Caitlyn Contreras-Olafson, Andrea Ochoa and Kaitlyn Wilson-Stenzel. Freshmen are Lauren Haneke-Hopps, Berenice Taboada, and twin sisters Briana and Raena Henderson-Dicken. Other key members of the team include managers Matt Honig, Joey Gross, Cliff Moore and Richard Freeland. Nicole Fredericks, a tennis standout at Grossmont College, is a volunteer coach helping the JV better prepare for competition.   “We have come a long way in a short time,” said JV coach Cheryl Gilbert. “The girls have learned to be more consistent and play smarter. It’s a great learning experience and a stepping stone to future varsity competition.”

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Kumeyaay, from page 4

Russian tortoise Thomas was adopted from the San Diego Humane Society by Alicia Berg, an educational program instructor for the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. Thomas will be visiting classrooms with Alicia to help teach children about why you need to take good care of your pets.

TORTOISE COMES OUT AHEAD Thomas the Tortoise has a new home!

Thomas, a Russian tortoise found in August suspended in a tree in Oceanside with helium balloons duct-taped to the top of his shell, has a new home. Alicia Berg, a reptile expert and an educational program instructor for the Mission Trails Regional Foundation (MTRP Foundation), adopted Thomas. He was initially in the care of the San Diego Humane Society, but he is not a member of Alicia’s household. Thomas will be visiting school classrooms throughout San Diego County to teach children about animal cruelty and neglect.

Military Family Nature Fair – Nov. 3

On Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Equestrian Staging Area of MTRP will be the home of the First Military Family Nature Fair, sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club. More than 20 exhibitors, including the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Natural History Museum, Mission Trails Regional Park, the MTRP Foundation, Family Adventure in Nature, MCAS Miramar, and the San Diego Nature Collaborative are participating. All exhibitors will have hands-on displays and activities and will share information about their nature-based programs. There will also be guided nature hikes offered by Mission Trails Volunteer Trail Guides. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and light refreshments will be for sale by the Lake Murray Kiwanis Club. See TORTOISE page 25

the bountiful gifts of the earth. Like its national counterpart, the Kumeyaay Thanksgiving is a time of feasting, ceremony, stories, games, dance, song, and celebrating with friends and family. To all of San Diego, enjoy! Our trail guide-led walks are an opportunity to commune with nature, enjoy chance encounters with multiple bird species, wildlife and other natural wonders. Unique landscapes and habitats enliven local history and support abundant plant and animal life. The walks are free, interesting, fact-filled and geared to all ages and interests. Morning walks are offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. You’ll start from the Visitor and Interpretive Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. The walk beginning from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, at the San Carlos-Santee border, gives a different perspective of the park and its diverse habitats. These walks are offered from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and take in historic Old Mission Dam. Wildlife Tracking is an 8:30-to-10:30 a.m. adventure teaching classic techniques used by both trackers of Olde California and modern enthusiasts. Tracking team members aid you in identification and interpretation of animal signs, and give insights into critter habits. On Saturday, Nov. 3, meet in front of the Visitor Center. November’s Discovery Table presents “Photosynthesis!” Stop by our science table in the Visitor Center lobby on Saturday, Nov. 10, between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to learn how life on earth would not exist without this amazing plant process. Bird the Grove with resident birder Jeanne Raimond and explore the habitats of oak grove loop trail in search of hawks, migratory and resident birds. Bring bird book and binoculars if you have them. See you Nov. 17, in front of the Visitor Center, for this 8-to-10 a.m. event. Star Party Sites abound as MTRP’s Star Gazer George Varga scopes on Jupiter in the southeastern sky, and the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and its companion, M32. Light from these two objects takes 2.5-2.9 million years to reach the earth! We meet at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground Day Use Parking Lot, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17. Family Discovery Walk is our active and essential outdoor experience for parents and their children. Bring “the Fam,” delve into the world of nature, and enjoy quality time exploring the trail to the Kumeyaay grinding rocks site. We’ll gather inside the Visitor Center. See you from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Meanwhile, come on out and enjoy the park! Visit www.mtrp.org for more information and our events calendar, or call (619) 668-3281. Special walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Heidi Gutknecht at (619) 668-3279 or at hgutknecht@mtrp.org.


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Barbara, from page 2 everyone to be as agreeable and caring off the lake road as we are to each other each day. Maybe we can start a “nice” coalition. It could spread. When we are gone the only thing left of our legacy is our reputation. I am very lucky because I know of an outdoor place I can go to appreciate nature and get really good hugs too. Art Wrightson walks with his wife, Diane, several days of the week. Art walks a little longer distances the rest of the week. After their oldest daughter had breast cancer Art started walking the Susan Komen three-day walks every year. Each day is a grueling 20 miles. He has been doing the walks for about five years and this year raised $23,080 for the organization. He thanks everyone who helped him by donating and wishing him well. Congratulations to Tracy Dahlcamp and the Lake Murray Playground committee. The construction gates were taken down a few days ago and kids immediately took over. Every time I drive by, children are playing on all of the new equipment. I walked my dog there this afternoon to get a closer look. It was wonderful to hear the children’s happy chatter. There will be a ribbon cutting with dignitaries and neighborhood families to celebrate. Tracy said the event will take place at the park Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited and refreshments will be

PHHSP, from page 12 “I think we just have a good bunch of kids,” said head coach Mike Martinez. “They’re very talented and fast and athletic.” This year’s squad has a lot of team speed, he said. And the off-season conditioning has made them stronger. And the coach’s staff has been pared down, making it more nimble and responsive. The new field has helped in that it provides a bigger place to practice, he said. But he thinks that’s where the benefit ends, at least when it comes to wins and losses. Jack Lococo, the school’s athletic director, agrees with the coach. “I think it (the success) has to do with the kids,” he said. Last year, because the new field was being constructed, the team had to play all of its game on the road. And that can definitely be a factor, Martinez agreed. But the team started a perfect 2-0 on the road this season. “Go figure.”

served. Great work everyone! The speaker at the Friends of Lake Murray meeting Nov. 15 will be Chis Van Gorder. Chris is the executive director of five Scripps hospitals. He spoke to us before. He took doctors and nurses to Haiti to operate and administer to injured after the earthquake. Chris is also a trainer for the Sheriff’s Departments volunteer search and rescue program. He is bringing information on a new center to San Diego. It will be helpful for the treatment of cancer. He sent the following report about his talk: In 2013, Scripps will be opening the Scripps Proton Therapy Center – only the second west of the Rockies. This $220 million therapy center will bring one of the most specialized cancer therapies in the nation to San Diego. The centerpiece of the center is a 90-ton cyclotron that will generate the energy for five treatment rooms. The center will also have CT and MRI diagnostic capabilities, patient exam rooms and more. Three of the rooms will be movable gantries three stories tall, which are rotational machines designed to deliver the therapeutic beam at the precise angle prescribed by the physician. The Friends meet at 5 p.m. at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Wandermere Drive and Park Ridge Boulevard in San Carlos. For more information call Barbara at (619) 463-9706.

COMMUNITY LEADERS ELECTED AS GAG KIWANIS OFFICERS Realtor Gary Blume was elected president of the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club in San Diego, heading a list of distinguished community leaders elected to head the successful Kiwanis Club for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. Installation ceremonies were conducted Sept. 22 by Kiwanis District Lt. Gov. Tom Bilotta, a member of the Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club, at a festive installation party with a pirate theme at the home of member Debbie Yost. It was catered by Celebrity Chef Tina Martini. Promoted to immediate past president was Luisa Moore, also a local realtor with Re/Max, who did a fabulous job as president for the past year. New president-elect is Rev. Bob Wall, pastor of the Zion Avenue Community Church, and vice president is Chrissy Tanoura, a psychology counselor. Joe Huston was elected treasurer. A former member of the Lake Murray Kiwanis Club, volunteer for the San Diego Symphony and former president of the Sea World Toastmasters Club, Huston See KIWANIS page 26

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ST. DUNSTAN’S GOES TO THE DOGS

Throughout the morning 15 people participated in the cleanup of the Pasatiempo open space park. Open space park ranger Jason Allen worked with the volunteers. His pick-up track was full of trash and debris by the effort’s end.

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In honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi (the patron saint of animals), St. Dunstan’s own Fr. Ken Simon stepped out to bless animals at three locations around the San Carlos/La Mesa area. Fr. Ken was at the Lake Murray Community Park on Thursday, Oct. 4, to meet with neighbors and their pets; at Petco on Friars Road on Saturday, Oct. 6, where in addition to blessing animals that were brought to him he also blessed the animals up for adoption at an adoption event being held there; and in the St. Dunstan’s courtyard on Sunday, Oct. 7. An animal blessing is a very simple thing – just a way to say thank you for our four-legged (or winged or slithering or crawling) friends and to ask for their continued health and well-being. Fr. Ken met a lot of new pet friends, and was pretty tempted to adopt one himself while he was at Petco!

will be held Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. The Del Cerro Action Council website is delcerroacountilcouncil.org. There you can keep up-to-date on events and concerns in Del Cerro and the Navajo Community. There is also an opportunity to leave a message/concern regarding Del Cerro, the Navajo Community, or any cityrelated issue or concern. The board of directors of the Del Cerro Action Council would like to hear from you. You can also sign up for the Del Cerro e-news updates; your email address is always kept confidential, or you may contact me at jwilson2@cox.net. The Navajo Community Planners, Inc. website is navajoplanners.org. Visiting this site will keep you updated on all the land-issue matters coming before NCPI. Please remember to vote!

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We are thankful to be your neighborhood healthcare provider for the last 40 years. To show our commitment to your health, we invite you to a FREE evening of learning, eating, turkey raffle, and health screenings.

Free Health Screenings: • Prostate (PSA blood test) • Skin Cancer • Blood Pressure • Body Mass Index

Fun and Food: • Chair Massages • Healthy Cooking Demo and Samples • Turkey raffle and Other Door Prizes

Learn: • Lectures and health panel discussion on issues of importance to San Diegans, including skin cancer, prostate health for men, sexual health presented by one of our “Sex in Our City” experts and much more! Followed by Q&A.

Goody Bags and Door Prizes This event is free, but reservations are strongly recommended. Call 800-ALVARADO (800-258-2723) or register online at AlvaradoHospital.com. For more information, visit our website!

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COMMUNITY CLASSIFIEDS Business Opportunities

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Will your job alone allow you to live the lifestyle you deserve? Create wealth and happiness in a part-time business. Take control of your life. Will train and help support you to success. Call now 858-598-6370. (12/12)

Jenna’s Barber Shoppe. Styling for men, women & children. Wheelchair friendly. Old time expert haircuts at affordable prices. Colors & perms. 7424 Jackson Dr.#1A (across from Keil’s in Bank of America lot) TuesFri., 8:30-5:30pm; Sat. 8:30-noon. Walk-ins or By appt., 619-644-3669. (1/13)

For Rent SENIOR LIVING (62+) IN SAN CARLOS. Quiet, non-smoking community with pool & spa. Studio & 1BR $720-915. 619-461-4111. 7717 Tommy Street (01/13) Studio Space For Rent. Hourly or Share. La Mesa. For dance, yoga, pilates. 619-466-5890. Call Elaine. (11/12)

For Sale White Baby Crib. Good Condition. $20. 619-5831062 (11/12) Sleigh deluxe desk 5 drawer, 24K embossed leather top/beveled glass, hardwood W46”D23”H30” perfect $295 619-337-2722 (11/12)

Roy L. Schwarz Tree Service. I.S.A. Certified Arborist. Dependable service since 1977. 60-foot aerial truck. WE-6180A. Lic #775662. 619-282-3562. ARoyLTreeSVC.com. (10/13) Gardening Service: Lawns, hedges, weeding, trimming, we do it all! 25 years experience, Allied Gardens resident since 1983. Weekly/bi-weekly service. Licensed/insured. Free estimates. 619-287-6947 (07/13) Wallcovering Contractor-Enhance the beauty and value of your home! Removal, prep and installation. Precise, superior workmanship by Mr. Elisha Blatt, Lic.# 644396. Discounts on wallcoverings available. Free estimates. 619-582-4449 (07/13)

Handyman Special: Fixer, in La Mesa. 4BR House plus. $400,000 as is. 619-501-1883 (Owner) (11/12)

ROOFER, Lic.#863660, Honest & Reliable, repair termite damage, install skylights, seamless gutters, custom sheet metal. No job too small, free estimates. Call Tim Walford, Ph. #619-992-7508 (5/13)

Commercial Real Estate For Sale. 7082 El Cajon Blvd. 6,000 SF, plus income. Upstairs, 1.500 SF, 3 bathrooms. Zoned for Retail/Manufacturing. $895,000. Owner 619-286-3939 (11/12)

Linda’s Puppy Love, a bonded, licensed, insured pet sitting service offering daily walks, cat care, overnight stays-your home, lots of love. 619-857-3674. www. lindaspuppylove.com (05/13)

Collector Plates - Yellowstone, Phoenix, Oregon, gilt trim, $4.00 each. Darning egg and handmade box with darning thread. $200 for both. 619-286-5464. (11/12)

Pet/Housesitting Services. Est. 1983, Bonded. Pet-tenders offers feeding, walking, plant care, housesitting-and above all...spoiling...in your own home! www.pet-tenders.com 619-298-3033. (04/13)

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Locksmith - Discount Deadbolts & Rekeying security door viewers, patio door locks, simulated alarms, magnetic door stops. Cliff Henderson 619-8403327 - Lic #LCO4353 - Bonded - Never a trip charge! (4/13)

Landlords/Realtors. Please send your most humourous landlord/tenant stories for inclusion into a non-profit book to benefit homeless/senior center. 5173 Waring Rd. #350 San Diego, CA 92120 (11/12) “Crossing the Bridge” Live Play for Families @ C3 Performing Arts Center, Nov 11, 4:30pm. LifePlay presents a first-of-its-kind improvisational performance to showcase revolutionary communication skills to help families resolve conflict, experience deeper connection, and create more peace in your home.  Visit www. LifePlayProductions.com (11/12)

Contractor/Handyman, Most Trades. Licensed, Bonded and Insured. No Job too Small. Call Bill. 619-698-0375, Cell 619-895-7119 (4/13) Quality exterior carpentry. Decks, Fences, Patio Covers and Termite Repair. Lic365241. www. aactionbuildersofsandiego.com. Bob 619-275-1493 (4/13) Termite, Fungus & Dryrot Damage, Structural Repair for your home or business. R&G Quality Work,

Inc. Ruben Griffin, licensed contractor #922775. (858)836.2134. Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is a client. (3/13) San Carlos Handyman Service: Reliable, affordable, licensed and insured. No job too small. Call Dan @ 619-994-5680. (3/13) Flute/Piano Instruction. 32 years experience. Beginner to advanced. Music Education. B.A. Degree. Reasonable rates. Available for teaching in your home or mine. Rick, 619-286-8012. (03/13) Keith Everett Construction and Handyman Service: All phases of home remodeling and repair. Window and door replacement specialist. Repair or build any style of fence, deck, or patio cover. Kitchen and bath remodels. Senior discount, references. No job too small. Lic #878703. Call 619-255-3499. (3/13) Bathtubs & Sinks Refinished like new without removal. Thirty years experience – same owner. Lic #560438. Call “Cory Tate” Bathtubs & Sinks Refinishing at 619-464-5141. (2/13) Roofing, licensed, bonded, second generation Allied Gardens roofer. Over 100 homes in Allied Gardens roofed. Repairs, all types of roofing. Free estimates. Call 619-287-7149. (1/13) Lake Murray Laughter Yoga Club. All welcome. Free. Fridays 10am-11am. Enter Kiowa St. Meet right of boat dock. Diane 619-462-7233; 619-972-7234 cell (1/13) Let’s give your yard a makeover! Coast Guard Veteran recently returned to native Allied Gardens restarting landscape business along with handyman services. Family man. Knowledgeable , dependable. Todd. 619-286-3679 or 541-261-6422 (01/13) Sing! Sing! Sing! Grow your voice! Breathing techniques; increase range. Have fun while you learn. Take VOICE LESSONS with Susan Simmons. 858-3498490 for appointment. (12/12) Painting int. & ext. 32 years. Ceilings, floors, cabinets. Quality work, reasonable, clean. LC# 620471. Call 619-674-6373. (11/12) Carpet Cleaning by Tim the owner operator. Clean Carpet improves the quality of air you and your family breath, it is the key to a healthy home. Your carpet will look, feel, and smell better. (619)772-4764 www. trulycleancarpets.com BBB member. (11/12) BARGAIN

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Specializing in all home repairs Interior and Exterior. Fixture upgrades and remodeling. Family owned and operated! No job too big or too small! Licensed/Bonded/ Insured. License #828251B. Call for a free estimate. Office 619-741-2012 or Toll free 877-412-BOYZ (2699) (11/12) Handyman/Carpentry: Repair and replacement of plumbing, electrical repair, installation of water heaters, doors, windows, cabinets, flooring, fencing. Pressure washing of driveways, all phases of home repair. And remodel including kitchen and bathroom remodel. No job too small, free estimates. Raised in Allied Gardens, 17 years in construction. Dan Paterson 619-481-9978. (11/12) Lori’s House Cleaning. Reasonable Prices - Quality work. Office 619-582-9586 (11/12) Lawn Service. Weekly, bi-weekly. Edge, mow, etc. Reasonable and dependable. Weed control. Pruning. Sprinklers repaired. Flowers, vegetables, roses, shrubs planted. A.S. horticulture degree. Call 858-831-1722 (11/12) Hauling,construction and yard clean-up. Demos,light maintenance. Call Carlos 858-495-0548, cellular 619-813-9988, E-mail: chiripas1@aol.com (11/12) Neck or Back Pain? FREE Physical Exam and Xrays (for new accidents). GET ADJUSTED AT HOME OR WORKPLACE. Dr.Jack Silvestre 619-621-4266,Dr. Danny 619-600-0063 2Clinics: 4560 College Ave,92115/ 9265 Activity Rd 92126. ESPANOL,Arabic, Tagalog, Chaldean. (11/12) Painting. Quality work int. & ext. Neat clean & fast, average size room, just $70. Call now for free estimate. 619-280-7752 (11/12)

Wanted Wanted to Buy - A Low Mileage Toyota Camry, light or white color, from private party only. Call 619-2863939. (11/12))

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“Old fashioned compassion, cutting edge knowledge” Full service pet hospital including: cancer care, knee surgeries, skin diseases. Always reachable. Completely new in house lab equipment, digital radiographs and complete system integration. 4223 Palm Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91941 easy freeway access from 8, 94 or 125 off the Spring St. exit. helixpethospital@sbcglobal.net

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Author, from page 8 bach. “She came from a military family and had the discipline to finish it,” Ross said. “Most importantly, she saw my vision. She visualized what I visualized.” Much of the book, save for the earthworm army and magical creatures, is drawn on Ross’s own experiences. Like Ross, The Hope Chest’s main character is a young fan of antiquing. “My mom and my Aunt Bessie and I would go antiquing,” she said. Ross also had a silverware set from her antiquing days. “My aunt Bessie gave me a silverware set when I was 4.” Her mom and aunt also gave her cookbooks and tablecloths. To this day Ross collects square cake plates, attractively displayed throughout her home. Antiquing clearly has a warm spot in Ross’s heart. “Professors of writing always say write what you know. This is a mix of what I know,” she said. Ross’s books are available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble. She will be reading and signing books at Barnes & Noble in Grossmont Center Nov. 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

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PETS OF THE MONTH San Carlo resident Kathy Caro submitted this adorable photo of her beagles Belle (left) and Andy. “My brother and I adopted this sister and brother combo 16 months ago as puppies. They are named after two of Snoopy’s – the world’s most famous beagle – litter mates in the Peanuts comic strip.” Think you have an adorable pet? Submit photos to editor@missiontimescourier.com.

TRADITIONAL VS. HOLISTIC VETERINARY CARE By Sari Reis As a professional pet sitter, I am frequently asked to recommend a good veterinarian. I am always happy to do so and habitually ask if the client’s preference is traditional or holistic medicine. Many people have asked what the difference is between the two and if one is better than the other. Both of these philosophical approaches exist in human healthcare as well as in veterinary medicine. One is known as traditional, conventional or Western medicine and the other is known as holistic, natural, Eastern, complimentary or alternative medicine. The rudimentary difference between the two is their theoretical approach. As explained by Dr. Sara Skiwski in an online article for Green Little Cat: “Traditional medicine generally works from the disease model with emphasis on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. The body is viewed as a machine with disease being the result of a breakdown of the mechanism. The body is a passive recipient of treatments designed to fix it. In the holistic approach, disease prevention is the goal. The body is viewed as a living organism with disease as a result of being out of balance. Holistic medicine deems the body capable of self-repair and administers treatment to support the body in self-healing.” Both traditional and holistic veterinarians complete eight to ten years of schooling to become a DVM, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Holistic veterinar-

ians continue their studies to learn about herbs, flower essences, acupuncture and acupressure, homeopathy, chiropractic, massage therapy, Reiki, etc. These are considered alternative or complimentary therapies. Traditional veterinarians who want to become specialists continue their studies the same as our medical doctors do in areas such as dermatology, surgery, oncology etc. Again the basic difference between the two approaches is that traditional care focuses predominantly on the physical symptoms. A typical check-up for a dog or cat would include a comprehensive physical exam, perhaps some diagnostics such as a blood panel for older pets, maybe a stool and urine sample and perhaps some questions about diet, particularly if there are weight issues. In a holistic wellness assessment, there would be a comprehensive physical exam, perhaps some diagnostics, inquiry into the behavior of the pet, his medical history, the environment in which he exists including diet, emotional stressors, etc. The traditional veterinarian is your best bet in an acute emergency situation when surgery, hospitalization, and drugs for pain management are required. The holistic veterinarian can take over when the pet is stabilized and home, helping the pet to fully heal by feeding a nutritious diet, perhaps with natural supplements, and utilizing alternative techniques such as acupressure, Reiki, or whatever will help the pet to recover to complete wellness. There is definitely a time and place for both traditional and holistic care. My preference is a veterinarian who can do both. As Dr. W. Jean Dodds has stated: ”Medicine is an art and a science and pet health is a dynamic process that changes.” That being said, it is imperative for responsible pet parents to educate themselves as to the alternatives available in the ongoing health and well-being of their “furry kids.” Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting Services. For more information you can reach her at (760) 644-0289 or www.missionvalleypetsitting.com.

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Walmart, from page 4

Tortoise, from page 19 Nora’s Art for Children

Art classes for children 5-12 are being taught by Nora Kearney-Johnson. She is an accomplished artist with a great background in teaching art to children. The art classes are offered on the next three Saturdays: Oct. 27, Nov. 3, and Nov.10, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the MTRP Visitor Center. The Oct. 27 topic is Anna’s Hummingbirds/Ink/Watercolor; Nov. 3 is Kumeyaay pottery/ Ink/Colored Pencil; and Nov. 10 will be Orange-Throated Whiptails/Crayon Resist/Watercolor. The cost is just $12 per child, per class, and includes all art supplies. For more information and to register go to www.mtrp.org/assets/ files/250653.pdf or check out our website at www.mtrp.org.

Nature Adventures for Children

Linda Hawley’s two-hour “Nature Adventures!” program for children 3 and up, will return soon to the MTRP Visitor Center. You can attend “Bats: Spook or Special” on Oct. 30, 31, or Nov. 1, “Reindeer? No, Mule Deer! (& Lagomorphys)” on Nov. 6, 7, or 8, and “Lions, Coyotes & Bobcats, Oh My!” on Nov. 13, 14, or 15. Factual information is introduced about San Diego’s wild animals using songs, puppets, pelts, replicated skulls, scats, tracks, and taxidermy specimens. The lesson is followed by an easy trail walk. Returning to the classroom, the children make a related, take-home craft. Participants attend only one morning per topic, and must be accompanied by an adult. Adults (and siblings under 3) always attend free! The cost is $10 per class, per child, and discounts are available for attending multiple months. For more information go to www. mtrp.org, click on Nature Study, and then on Children’s Classes.

Art Exhibitions

Through Nov. 9, ten members of the San Diego Chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America will have a spectacular display of their art in the Visitor Center Gallery at MTRP. From Nov. 10-30, solo photo artist Blake Shaw will have a unique display of his nature-related photography.

Concerts

On Sunday, Nov. 11, the San Diego Native American Flute Circle will perform in the Outdoor Amphitheater from 1 to 3 p.m. On Sunday, Nov. 18, Silverwood returns to the Visitor Center Theater. Silverwood is known for its full, rich sound and stirring rhythms, performed over a wide spectrum of music styles.

Become a Volunteer

David Lee, the center director for Mission Trails is always looking for good volunteers. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the Visitor Center, or in the park. Go to www.mtrp.org, click on The Park and then Volunteer. All the opportunities are presented.

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opening,” said Raley. “We look forward to serving the people of our community, helping save them money so they can live better.” The La Mesa Neighborhood Market, which now occupies a space left vacant for three years by Circuit City, is a stone’s throw from grocery store Ralphs and Toys “R” Us. Walmart was a welcome tenant, said Madrid. “A vacant building’s never a good thing.” For its part, Ralphs is trying to stand strong amid the Walmart Neighborhood Market frenzy. For several days, the bright red and yellow Ralphs signs have marketed the deep discounts offered by the store. During the Walmart Grand Opening, it was easy to spot Ralphs’ storefront announcement that wine and spirits were on sale. At press time, it was unclear whether Ralphs had renewed its lease, which comes up this year. One thing’s for sure – the Kroger grocery chain has its work cut out for it. The Walmart Neighborhood Market featured most items cheaper than Ralphs, Vons and Albertsons, the three major grocery stores in La Mesa that will be most affected by the new guy in town. The La Mesa Walmart Neighborhood Market is the first of its kind in San Diego County. The 39,000-square-foot La Mesa store features a pharmacy, a self-serve deli, fresh produce, meats, cheeses and prepared foods. The store also carries frozen foods, dairy products and baked goods. To its credit, in addition to opening its market in La Mesa, Walmart is charging headfirst into the local community. As part of its grand opening, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation awarded $4,000 in grants to the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center, Boys to Men Mentoring Network, Catholic Charities and College Preparatory Middle School. Additionally, a $15,000 grant was presented to SAY San Diego. Funds will be available throughout the year for local community service organizations. Interested groups can visit foundation.walmart.com for more information.


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5. For your gravy, roast some small diced carrots, onion and celery in a pot until caramelized. Add the turkey neck and sear it until it turns brown. Add chicken broth to the pot and simmer for about 1-1/2 hours and slurry, or combine cold water and corn starch to thicken the gravy, before straining it and bringing it to a simmer for about two or three minutes.

BENJAMIN BRANCH FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY By Anne Lee October offered everyone a bit of a rest prior to the holiday rush beginning in November. Besides Columbus Day – not really a holiday celebrated on the West Coast – and Halloween, there have been many advertisements alerting all to the fast-approaching Thanksgiving and December holidays. There was a quote many years ago: “There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.” Traditionally it has been the time to “go over the river and through the woods” to visit family and friends and to eat. With the addition of football, it still will be this year. Is it time to purchase a new television? Perhaps. Whatever the case, just remember Thanksgiving is a time to say thank you. Speaking of which…

BOOK SALE

Thank you to everyone who has made each 2012 book sale so successful. Oct. 27 was the last book sale for the year, although many books are continually available for sale by the FOL. Susie Gretler, her committee and many volunteers have done a mammoth job organizing, setting up, selling books, etc., and then cleaning up to ready for next year.

ESSAY CONTEST

Thank you to all school personnel, teachers, students, parents, librarians, essay judges, sponsors and SDFPL (San Diego Friends of the Public Library). Information about this year’s  contest has been sent to each area school, public and private. All 4th, 8th, and 10th grade students are encouraged to enter. Specific information is available from teachers. There are great prizes to be won!

OASIS CLASSES

Thank you to those FOL members who review the Oasis classes and presenters who might be of most interest to  the community each quarter. The FOL have offered  interesting courses free to all who attend at the Benjamin Branch. This month we will offer “Antiques, Collectibles and Ephemera” by anthropology professor Gage Skinner.  The Antiques Roadshow style presentation will be offered Wednesday, Nov. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Community Room. To reserve your seat call Oasis at (619) 574-0674 or the library at (619) 533-7970.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY

Thank you to all members of FOL nationwide who contribute so much to each community library. During October, library personnel have acknowledged and thanked FOL   members for all that is done to benefit the library. This month Catherine Johnson, head librarian at Benjamin Branch, and her staff provided refreshments at the monthly board meeting. We all sincerely appreciated this. Thank you so much!

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