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Tecolote Canyon

Tecolote Valley Farm (circa 1950)

Part 1 by Bill Swank

The Kumeyaay people lived at the mouth of Tecolote Canyon for over 2,500 years. The name Tecolote Canyon appeared in 1845 on the first pueblo map of San Diego. By 1872, the San Diego Union reported Judge Hyde ranched “a fine tract of land in that beautiful little valley

Photo courtesy of the Isham family

about a mile north of Old Town.” The same year, the Daily Alta California noted Judge Hyde “has a well of water on his lands in the Tecolote Valley. It was sunk forty-nine feet. The surface of the grounds it is sunk in is about sixty feet above the level of of the sea and is located two miles from the shore of False Bay.” Finding water in California was as important as finding gold. In 1882, the Fish family sailed to San Diego

aboard the schooner, Matinee. Shortly after their arrival, William Fish built one of the first dwellings in Tecolote Canyon. His spinster daughter, Roberta Fish, lived in the house for over 50 years. In the late 1910s, young Arthur Kelly and a friend explored Tecolote Canyon. When the boys returned home, Arthur asked his father, John Lincoln Kelly,“Where is the Grand Canyon?”The SEE Tecolate Canyon, page 6


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that I was waiting for some cows at La Jolla Shores, people thought I had lost my mind. I attended a pretty cool reenactment (p16). This edition has a lot more local information about the neighborhoods, enjoy the following pages and please support the advertisers who make this paper possible. I would be remiss if I did not

By Chris O’Connell

Greetings once again to the loyal readers and welcome to the newcomers! This edition I hope, as always, you will enjoy and more importantly, learn something new about what is happening in the neighborhoods. We are celebrating a lot of history lately; March was a busy month with the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League team beginning their 60th Season. Linda Vista kicked off their year-long celebration of their 75th Anniversary. Clairemont High School class of 1966 is preparing for their 50th Reunion and there is a piece in this edition, which will really bring you back to that time. The page 1 story by Bill Swank about Tecolote Canyon is a real look back at history. Swank Be careful in the canyons there has been numerous rattlesnake informed me there is so sightings. This particular one was in Tecolote Canyon inside a much information on the log, along with a beehive. canyon there was no way Photo courtesy of Marla Gilmore, Tecolote Nature Center it could be contained in just one article as it mention my father as this April 15th would not do Tecolote justice. Part 2 he would have turned 90 years old, a of his masterful piece will be great dad and career newspaper man. published in the May edition. Hopefully you enjoy this edition of Speaking of the canyon, Trent the Clairemont Times as always I can Robertson wrote a nice piece this be reached at month on snakes, as rattlesnakes have chris@clairemonttimes.com and at been spotted in Tecolote, please be (858) 752-9779 careful and let them be. Reminds me, I’ve met a few snakes in the grass in my life they were not in the canyon though, but I digress. In March I posted on social media

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Clairemont Womens Club by Marge Weber

We sprang into action before Spring had sprung with our Lunch and Laughter fundraiser for the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station here in San Diego.We raised $2300 for their good works with returning veterans.We will present the Warrior Foundation with a check at our May Installation Meeting in Mission Valley.Thanks to all who purchased tickets or made donations and to local donors for the raffle prizes. The Comedy Palace had a delicious buffet and 3 comedians who entertained us. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 6 at 1 pm. We will be electing new officers for the coming year. We meet at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Avenue. Please park

around the corner on Mt.Albertine in the Church parking lot. Refreshments will be served. Other projects we support are scholarships for Clairemont and Madison High Schools, Storefront, CCSA, Pennies for Pines and sending a student to a leadership seminar. Since last June, we have delivered almost 1000 Boxtops for Education to Cadman Elementary School. For ourselves, we enjoy outings for lunch once a month, a book club, bus trips to Viejas, an Out and About group and gatherings at each other’s homes. As you can see, we are a busy group. Want to join us and help give back? For more information about CWC, visit our website at www.clairemontwomansclub.com or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 or Evelyn at (858) 279-4367 Contact us or attend a meeting to learn more.

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6 • The Clairemont Times • April 2016 would tell them we’ve got squatter’s rights and they’d leave us alone. The Squaremont gas and electric company ran some poles through the canyon right by By Bill Swank our house. My father worked out a deal. He paid $10 a year and we could stay.” “People couldn’t believe we’d climb the hill to Kelly Street and go to Photos school in Linda Vista. We didn’t have Courtesy of Bill Swank electricity, plumbing or running water. In the winter when it rained, there was lots of water in the creek Tecolate Canyon and we’d make boats.” Continued from page 1 Russell also remembers rounding up cattle and goats that would climb the canyon trails and get into people’s backyards. He explained the family had their own brand for the Romo Ranch. “It was two R’s. The one on the left was an upside-down R.” In the 1940s, there was a festival in Old Town. Mr. Romo loaded goats and hogs and drove to San Diego Avenue where he released them. Russell remembers watching the people try to catch the livestock. We need more celebrations like Aerial view of Tecolote Valley Farm, circa 1950. For reference the road that today. to the left is Gardena Ave, the winding row of trees top to bottom is Tecolote Creek. Photo courtesy of the Isham family Russell’s father was of Spanish descent and his senior Kelly answered,“You mean the mother was a member of the Luiseño Grand Canyon of the Colorado? It’s tribe. Russell served for a time as the away over in Arizona.” Arthur was chairman of the San Luis Rey Band of certain that he and his companion Mission Indians. had discovered the Grand Canyon. In 1946, Dr. Charles Isham bought According to a 1936 San Diego 101 acres of arable land at the mouth Tribune article, The Handbook of of Tecolote Canyon. He was an American Indians claimed the canyon obstetrician and wanted to raise his was named for an abundance of vines kids on a farm. At the time, Larry was which the Aztecs called “tecolil.”The 6, Robert was 3 and Carol Ann was a theory was confirmed by George newborn. This slice of heaven was Marston’s brother-in-law, Chester called Tecolote Valley Farm. Gunn. The Spanish word “tecolote” “My dad was a very charismatic, more accurately describes “the canyon very kind, soft spoken man who of the burrowing owl” or “the large always had time to listen to us,” Carol horned owl.” Ann remembered fondly. The Romo family farmed and “Dad had a coronary in 1957, sold ranched the south end of the canyon the farm, put his practice on hold and from the early 1930s until 1962 when moved the family to Guadalajara their wooden home burned to the while he recuperated,” said Larry. ground. Russell (74), the youngest of “Before that, in addition to delivering five children (Richard, Ralph, Rudy babies, he was a gentleman farmer.” and Rita), recalls that everybody knew Mrs. Claradora Isham wrote a his father, Richard Romo. comprehensive family history.“We “Whenever the city would try to raised horses, cows, pigs, chickens by move us out of the canyon, my father the hundreds, alfalfa, oats, some fruits

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and berries, almost all our vegetables, especially artichokes.” Larry recalled, “We ate artichokes all the time.” Carol added,“We (the kids) even sold them in Mission Hills. We loved living on the farm.” She remembered riding her bike near the home as a young girl.“We had what we called the high road and the low road. There was a flat spot by the high road and my mother told us that nuns once lived there.” In my research, I noted the Sisters of Mercy built a late 19th century retreat on a former hog farm in Tecolote Canyon. 1951 Isham Family Christmas card picture. Photo courtesy of the Isham family Carol Ann’s off-hand statement is the only didn’t get hurt riding bareback,” Carol supportive information found about a Ann commented.“Our horses were two-story building that was used for named Chico, Tango and Klondike.” an orphanage. The Larry remembers, sisters also started a “My dad teamed up small infirmary that with a Hollywood film became Mercy crew and they filmed Hospital. us riding horses all Middle-brother Bob over Clairemont. It was remembered hunting all open space back jackrabbits in the then.” “RR” brand of Romo Ranch canyon and barren It was an idyllic time Photo courtesy of the Romo family mesa top.“They were for the Ishams. All all over the place.”Typical farm kids, become emotional about life on the the boys learned to drive a war farm and rarely visit the property, surplus jeep when they were very because so much has changed. young.“I loved spinning broadies Larry Isham does not remember (donuts) with big rooster tails,” people dumping trash near his home. confessed Bob. It was a time when The canyon was still primeval in the kids had a lot of freedom. 1950s. That would change. Next Like Russell Romo, the Ishams month’s column will detail how remember the canyon was full of Tecolote Canyon was saved. owls. All three laughed when told the Email: Bill@ClairemontTimes.com Romo kids would sneak over and ride Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista their horses bareback.“It’s too bad we Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, didn’t get to know them. I hope they with East Clairemont off in the distance.


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De Anza Revitalization Plan Meeting The Planning Department of the City of San Diego is inviting public participation in the creation of a new plan for De Anza Cove and the surrounding area. The De Anza Ad-hoc Committee was formed by the Mission Bay Park Committee to provide input and feedback to the City throughout the planning process and help vet planning concepts and ideas. The Committee serves as a representative voice of the regional park users, surrounding community and stakeholders and helps publicize opportunities for public involvement.

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Morena Blvd. Changes may be in the works for the future of Morena Blvd from Gesner St (the street just north of the Clairemont Dr Bridge) all the way heading south to Tecolote Rd. The City of San Diego Planning Department is looking for feedback from the public on the three alternatives for Morena Blvd (graphic) or provide feedback keeping the street as it is. For a lot more information as well as more visuals www.sandiego.gov/planning/comm unity/profiles/clairemontmesa/ For questions or comments regarding the Morena Corridor Specific Plan, please contact: Michael Prinz, Project Manager at mprinz@sandiego.gov or (619) 533-5931 The next Clairemont Community Planning Group Morena Blvd Station Area Plan Ad Hoc Subcommittee Meeting will be April 18th at St. David’s Episcopal Church, 6 pm. 5050 Milton St, 92110

Balboa Avenue Station Plan Sub Committee Set to Meet in April by Chris O’Connell

For the past 8 months Clairemont Community Planning Group (CCPG) members as well as members of the public have served on the Morena Blvd Station Ad Hoc Subcommittee spearheaded by the City of San Diego. The focus was and continues to be Morena Blvd from Gesner to Tecolote Rd. (The Linda Vista Planning Group and their Ad hoc subcommittee have also continue to meet.) Now yet another subcommittee

group is being formed and meeting (two actually as Pacific Beach also has a subcommittee) for the Balboa Avenue Station Area Plan again spearheaded by City of San Diego. The area as it relates to the Balboa Ave Station Plan stretches south on Morena Blvd to roughly Baker St West into Pacific Beach Mission Bay Drive to Rose Creek heading North over Grand and Garnet Ave. The northern eastern boundary is just north of Avati Dr & Morena and West over to Santa Fe St. As of the print deadline for this

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On The Mesa April is an exciting month at San Diego Mesa College. Here are some of the events open to the public! 4th Annual Arnie Robinson Track & Field Invitational. Come watch some of the best high school and college track and field athletes in Southern California compete at Mesa College’s Merrill Douglas Stadium. Events include relays, pole vaulting, discus, and the special long jump competition in honor of former coach and Olympic Gold Medalist,Arnie Robinson. Free parking. Saturday.April 2, beginning at 8 a.m. General Admission: $5.00; Students with ID: $2; Children 5 and under free. Cesar Chavez Celebration Campus Event. Guest lecture by Enrique Morones, Director of Border Angels, and Richard Griswold del Castillo, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University, authors of The Power of One: The Border Angels Story. Monday,April 11, 9:35 – 11:00 a.m. Room H-117/118. Free. Art Exhibit: New Codex Oaxaca: Immigration and Cultural Memory. A touring exhibit curated by Marietta Bernstorff that explores immigration to the United States.Artists along with the people from the village of Tanivet and other communities affected by immigration have generated artworks through deep research and intense dialogue. Runs through Wednesday,April 13. 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Mesa College Art Gallery. www.sdmesa.edu/art-gallery. Free. i2i Regional Finals @ Mesa. Community college students go head-to-head in this Shark Tank-like idea competition before industry leaders, educators, activists, and potential investors. Come see what community college students bring to the table at the final event of the idea2innovate competition. Friday,April 8, 1:00 p.m. Room G-101. www.sdmesa.edu/i2i. Free. Mesa College Theatre Company

Presents: “UN-SHELTERED”. Voices of San Diego’s homeless come to the stage in this original play based on interviews conducted by Mesa’s Experimental Theatre students with San Diego’s downtown homeless population. Performances take place on a site-specific location in the loading dock area adjacent to Mesa’s Apolliad Theatre. Audience members may be seated on the stage or bring blankets and/or chairs for seating on the ground. Dressing warmly is encouraged. In the event of rain, the production will relocate inside the theatre. Several performances will include post-show discussions with Mesa College students and faculty and moderated by staff from Father Joe’s Villages. Runs Tuesday,April 12, through Sunday,April 17.All shows start at 6:30 p.m. $10 General Admission. 619-388-2621 or www.sdmesa.edu/drama. Canyon Day. Join Mesa College and help clean Tecolote Canyon! Since 2008, Mesa, its neighbors and friends have gathered together to clean a branch of the Tecolote Canyon nature trail adjacent to the college. Everyone is welcome. Volunteers receive free t-shirts (while they last), snacks, and informational talks about the flora, fauna and geology of the canyon presented by Mesa College professors. Do something good for Mother Nature in the company of great people doing great good for our community! Saturday,April 16, 2016. 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sign up on the event page www.facebook.com/SanDiegoMesaCollege. More info at www.sdmesa.edu/canyonday. Free. Linda Vista Fair Parade. Are you a Mesa College alum or future student? Join students, faculty, and staff to march in the Linda Vista Fair Parade on Saturday, April 23. Prez Pam Luster is the Division Marshall.Then stop by our booth to find out about summer classes and activities on the Mesa! Spring Athletics. For a complete list of athletic events, please visit www.gosdmesa.com

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Born & Raised in Clairemont/Bay Park by Ed Harris, Candidate for San Diego Mayor

Kevin Faulconer is a nice enough guy. He’s worked hard to build an image as a down-to-earth problem solver. His political handlers claim that polls show he’s viewed favorably by most voters. In fact, they say he’s done such a good job that he’s now a contender to be California’s next governor. So an obvious question is, why am I running against him for mayor in the June 7 primary election? The reason is that Mayor Faulconer’s carefully burnished image is at odds with his actual performance. When he ran for mayor in 2013, he said he would fix our streets and create a plan of action to deal with the city’s billion dollar backlog of neighborhood infrastructure repair. But the city’s Independent Budget Analyst recently confirmed what all of you who drive or walk on our streets already knew: Our neighborhood streets, sidewalks and other city infrastructure have gotten worse, not better. And Faulconer’s long-term “plan” to solve this problem is a ballot measure that just perpetuates the budget shell game that created the problem to begin with. I won’t play political games with our city’s infrastructure. As a San Diego City Councilmember, I saved the city millions of dollars by blocking a terrible deal negotiated by Faulconer with the operator of Belmont Park. In 2014, the Independent Budget Analyst confirmed my objections, saying the city could do much better. Faulconer promised to stem the loss of highly-trained police officers, firefighters and lifeguards that threatens the safety of our neighborhoods, but during his tenure the problem has gotten much worse. Our crime rate has spiked, and we recently learned that loss of trained 9-1-1 dispatchers have resulted in long delays in responding to emergency calls.

secure. Faulconer promised he would protect taxpayers in negotiations to keep the Chargers in San Diego. His solution? A $200-million-dollar giveaway of our tax dollars for a billionaire owner and traffic gridlock in Mission Valley. In contrast, I support the Citizens’ Plan, an initiative that finally gives the voters a say, prohibits use of public money for a Chargers stadium, and makes major hotel owners pay their fair share. Faulconer promised he would expand our Convention Center to keep our visitor industry strong. But he is so beholden to campaign contributions from hotel owners that he’s been unable to present a viable expansion plan voters can support. Unlike Faulconer, I will never put political ambition ahead of solving real problems. Faulconer has been mayor a little more than two years, but he’s already focused on running for governor. San Diego deserves better leadership. During my time of service as a U.S. Marine, I learned to focus on teamwork and self-sacrifice to achieve goals. I have carried those values with me when I built a small business, to my service as a San Diego Lifeguard, and as a City Councilmember for the 2nd District. As your mayor, I will restore quality city services, protect our neighborhoods and coastline and support a livable minimum wage. What I won’t do is substitute news conferences and photo ops to promote my political career for real progress in addressing our city’s challenges. I prefer substance over sound bites and San Diego over Sacramento. With your support, I can and will do better. Ed Harris is a husband and father of two, a San Diego Lifeguard Sergeant, Spokesperson for the San Diego Lifeguard Association and a former District 2 San Diego City Councilmember. For more information visit www.HarrisForMayor2016.com Email: Edharrisformayor@gmail.com

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City Council Unanimously Approves Floating Stadium an Homage Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones to Jack Murphy by Scott Sherman, District 7 Councilmember

Recently, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved my and Supervisor Ron Roberts Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone Proposal, a program that will help expand community access to fresh produce through a property tax incentive for urban agriculture on vacant, blighted land. The new program will provide communities throughout the entire City an economic tool to incentivize the development of community gardens on eyesore properties.An Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone reduces the property tax of a participating parcel owner in exchange for a minimum five year contract for the usage of the site for urban agriculture.

The new measure is made possible as a result of State Assembly Bill 551 introduced by Assembly member Phil Ting (D) which was signed into law during the 2013 state legislative session. I appreciate the support of my Council Colleagues for approving my measure that will incentivize the development of urban agriculture in San Diego and gives property owners an additional tool to transform blighted property in their communities.This new program will also help further our mission of developing and maintaining an equitable, healthy, and sustainable food system in San Diego. Once the measure is approved by the County Government in the next couple months, our office will be looking for empty lots in the community and property owners that may be interested in the new program. If residents may know of locations for a potential community garden, please contact my office at 619-236-6677 or email ScottSherman@SanDiego.Gov

Street Updates by Chris Cate, District 6

Last year Mayor Faulconer pledged to repair 1,000 miles of San Diego streets over five years. Since December 2015, District 6 saw a total of 56 miles of street repaired and more than 5,000 potholes filled. Three streetlight attachments were installed and more than 9,000 linear feet of sidewalk was

repaired and laid. In Clairemont alone, 3,308 potholes were filled, and streets including Batista and Mount Aguilar, were improved. While this is a good start, I know there is much more to be done. We will continue to prioritize streets in our district and advocate for more funding. Email: chriscate@sandiego.gov Phone: (619) 236-6616 Website: http://www.sandiego.gov/citycouncil/cd6/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/D6ChrisCate Twitter: https://twitter.com/chrisjcate Mailing Address: 202 C Street, 10th Floor San Diego, CA 92101

CITY OF SAN DIEGO REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The City of San Diego invites proposals from qualified firms or individuals to lease a City-owned property located at 4425 Bannock Avenue, San Diego, CA 92117. Assessor’s Parcel Number 360-220-01 Requests for Proposals (RFP) submission and lease requirements are set forth and available on the City of San Diego’s website at https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/rfpbannock.pdf The last date to submit proposals is 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time on April 28, 2016. Public viewing is scheduled for April 8, 2016 from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and April 13, 2016 from 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at 4425 Bannock Avenue, San Diego, CA 92117. For further information, please contact by email aibrown@sandiego.gov (Aurora Brown, Property Agent, City of San Diego)

COMMENTARY by Louis Rodolico

If you were around 50 years ago you may remember Jack Murphy’s dream of a floating stadium. City Council and Jack were serious about it, but, at that time, the floating stadium was too expensive. So the San Diego Stadium was built on land in Mission Valley. On August 20, 1967 the Chargers played their first game at San Diego Stadium. A rendering of one possible docking location for a floating stadium. In 1980 the voters have upper seating that was approved changing the name to Jack hydraulically lowered for transport. It Murphy Stadium. In 1997 Qualcomm could have its own water purification agreed to pay the city 18 million plant and (solar) power generation. dollars for stadium improvements in Our harbor is 2,000 feet wide and the exchange for a name change to Floating Stadium would only need to Qualcomm Stadium. be 500 feet wide. There would be As an homage to Jack, let’s take a fresh look at the potential of a floating excitement when the stadium came to town, kind of like the circus. In order stadium. to minimize trips the NFL would The current Qualcomm stadium costs San Diego taxpayers 12 million a probably alter schedules so both San Diego and Los Angeles teams played year, there is maintenance and 40 multiple home games in a row. The million dollars left to pay on the most Stadium would still be available 80% recent improvements. The Chargers of the time for soccer and other would like us to build them a new revenue generating events, for all west stadium downtown, which would coast cities including Mexico. The best involve granting them the use of a part is if the NFL decides it no longer site. The taxpayers are also being asked to pay for about half the cost of wants to play, at a given location, they can raise the anchor and move to a new stadium. Football teams play greener pastures. The local taxpayers about 12-14 home games yearly, that’s will not be saddled with demolishing less than 4% of the days of the year. If there was a second football team who and removing a large structure like could share the new stadium, then the the current stadium in Mission Valley. I am not against football, I am stadium would be used 8% of the searching for an alternative that time. If two football teams go to LA eliminates taxpayer dollars to build a that would be a stadium used 12% of new stadium and to demolish it later. the time. The numbers begin to make The Qualcomm naming rights expire sense. next year. Who knows, maybe The Floating Stadium, shared by Qualcomm, or a new Floating both Los Angeles and San Diego, may Stadium, will be named Jack Murphy not be as tongue and cheek as one Stadium once again. might think. The NFL, or other third party, would own the stadium so Rodolico is a Candidate for City Council taxpayers would be off the hook. It’s a Louis District 1 Website: louisrodolico.com vessel not a building so Development Louis Rodolico has been a resident of Services would be off the hook as University City since 2001 and has been a well. It would garner international pro-bono community advocate for over 30 interest. The Floating Stadium would years. unite.uc@gmail.com


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Speaker Emeritus Toni G. Atkins Honors Margaret Moody by Toni G. Atkins

Margaret Moody of Clairemont was one of four posthumous honorees at the district Woman of the Year celebration. Her daughter, Victoria Moody Geissler, accepted the award on behalf of her mother. Speaker Emeritus Atkins called Mrs. Moody “a feminist to the core” who was passionate about reproductive rights and supporting local candidates she believed in, by chairing, managing

or aiding political groups and clubs. She died Feb 2. She was 81.

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They shoot horses, don’t they? Five months ago, I launched a campaign for school board against impossible odds. The notion of truth and responsibility blinded my senses in this seemingly Herculean task. Like castles in the air, I would dream of representing voters in our mutual belief that the San Diego Unified School Board should not be bought and sold by the labor unions. Yet strangely, I am pro-union. It was my strategy to keep organized labor out of this race since these cash cows had nothing to lose by remaining neutral. All the candidates are registered Democrats and I believe

pro labor. It was my heartfelt belief that by sheer truth telling and honesty, I could climb this mountain. But something more prophetic occurred in that I failed to secure the requisite nominating signatures. Like a good golfer, I needed to keep my eye on the ball and failed. For every one signature obtained, one hundred citizens would refuse to participate. I am the captain of my own destiny and by relegating responsibility to others, I should have realized the potential for failure. I could feel being led to the political gallows and subconsciously wanted an end to the process. I set myself up for defeat. They shoot horses, don’t they? In politics, one is dependent on events outside the self. The same is true of most other personal efforts in

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life. The irony is that I used my nearly forty years in the sport of triathlon as an asset in seeking the noble goal of being elected a school board trustee. It doesn’t work and I should have made the connection. In triathlon, one is dependent solely on the self. There are no outsiders judging my ability, personality and fitness as with running for political office. Robert Kennedy once said,“Moral courage is rarer than courage on the battlefield.” This explains why so few citizens become candidates. It seems to me that as a society, we put more effort in remodeling our bathrooms than taking an interest in someone running for

school board. We take self-interest to the extreme. This is sad. My only regret is not having the requisite organization replete with financial resources when I first started this quest some five months ago. Somehow, with no hope, I sought an escape and finally realized that the twenty-one needed signatures keeping me off the ballot were a blessing. Be nice, do good deeds and don’t be a stranger as we at the Clairemont Times value your participation. Daniel J Smiechowski has been a resident of Clairemont since 1967 and can be reached at smiechowskid@aol.com or 858.220.4613

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Africa Calls … Kenya & Tanzania by Robert Ross

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“Africa, the place time overlooked. The place of tales told by adventurers. The place so beautiful, yet so troubled. Africa, your sigh, heard by so few.” – From a Travelers Journal

Out of Africa, the movie, begins with the wistful, dreamy voice of Meryl Streep. “I had a farm in Africa ... I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong hills ... I had a farm.” The movie transports me to a different era. I dream of Africa, of adventures, of a spirit set free. And I hear Africa’s sigh. Landing at Nairobi International

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Bob & Ingrid Ross with Maasai warriors.

Airport, our safari vehicle waiting, we head north to a tented camp in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Ol Pejeta, between the foothills of the Aberdares and snow-capped Mount Kenya is home to the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee sanctuary, and the “Big Five,” a term coined by hunters to identify animals most difficult to hunt on foot, the African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros. By the end of day two, we’d photographed four of the big five, but the fifth, the African leopard, would live up to its reputation, elusive, secretive. We would learn that spotting the leopard is on everyone’s wish list, including our driver’s. Next stop, the Samburu National Reserve. Rich in animal species, the Reserve offered a dramatic landscape and a fascinating look at the Samburu tribe. Up early in the morning for safari, we visit a tribe living outside the Reserve. The Samburus, related to the Maasai, are a nomadic people focused on tending their livestock.The homes in the encampment resembled little

thatched beehives; easy to disassemble when it was time to move on. Most spoke Swahili and their tribal language. The young children were learning basic English with the help of Catholic nuns, who live about a mile from the settlement. The Samburus and the Maasai have become less nomadic than in the past because they have recognized the need for education. Kenya is home to over forty tribes, the largest being the Kikuyu. Swahili and Reticulated Giraffe on the Samburu National Reserve. English are the two population at over 800,000. Known for official spoken languages, but many Kenyans also their bright red colorful dress, they, like speak their the Samburus, are pastoral and tend to tribal language their herds of sheep, goats, and cows. as mentioned Their homes, mud and stick type earlier. English structures, are arranged in a large circle, was inherited making up the community. as a result of Back in Nairobi, a visit to Karen British colonial Blixen’s home was high on the list. rule beginning Located in an area of Nairobi referred in 1895. to as “Karen,” the home, occupied from Kenya broke 1917 to 1931, is now a museum. from colonial Karen and her husband moved from rule, declaring Denmark settling on four hundred independence acres of land. Her experiences with in 1963. the Kikuyu tribe, a failed coffee crop After a and a free spirited lover were the focal seven hour point of her book Out of Africa, drive through mountains and inspiring many a European and American traveler. countryside, The hour flight from Nairobi to we arrive at Kilimanjaro airport in Tanzania took us Sarova Lodge in Lake Nakuru National over a vast area of the Serengeti, Park. Tired from the drive I try to revealing animal migration routes. The relax, respond to e-mails and reflect on Serengeti hosts the largest mammal our journey so far. We’ve seen the stark contrast between the primitive and the migration in the world, including over a 21st century, a modern Nairobi with million wildebeest. freeways and traffic jams and shanty Crossing the Great Rift Valley we towns in the countryside. We’ve head for our final destination, the witnessed Kenya’s dependence on Ngorongoro crater.The world’s largest eco-tourism, at the same time feeling inactive volcanic caldera is a 300 the threats of terrorism from square kilometer sanctuary for neighboring states. thousands of animals; herds of The safari lodges we stayed at in antelope, zebras, gazelles, buffalo, Kenya and Tanzania were each unique. wildebeest, leopards and rhinos. In Some, with thatched roofs blended in 1979 the area became a UNESCO World with the African savannah. Others, like Heritage Site. tent lodges gave the appearance of Back to Nairobi, our safari was over, isolation, deep in the jungle. All were no sighting of the leopard, but enough comfortable, offering all the amenities memories to last a lifetime. of a nice western hotel. Dinner Singer Richard Mullin captured our typically consisted of buffet type meals Africa experience with these words: in a central dining area. For added “The only man I envy is the man who safety, armed game wardens were has not yet been to Africa, for he has so always present at the lodges. Our last safari stop in Kenya was the much to look forward to.” Maasai Mara National Reserve.The Maasai, a semi-nomadic people, occupy Robert Ross is a long time resident of Clairemont. When not writing or exercising, he southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. enjoys travel and classical guitar. He can be The 2009 census places the Maasai reached at sandiegoross@yahoo.com


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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by Lolo & Big J

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is a film that has been many years in the making. It was originally set to be released in summer 2015, but was pushed back an entire year to allow for script rewrites. Needless to say, the hype has been building for quite some time. Small plot morsels have been making their way onto the internet for the better part of two years, slowly setting the expectation bar ever so high. We too had high hopes for what some have been calling “the greatest gladiator match in history.” Seriously, what could go wrong in a movie featuring both Batman and Superman? Apparently a lot could go wrong. We sat in our car after watching “Dawn of Justice” unsure how to feel. Underwhelmed is the first word that came to mind. Overall, this movie is an absolute mess. In an attempt to tell two stories simultaneously, director Zack Snyder, along with writers Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer, have created a jumbled story with too many moving parts. The story itself is inane. The stage is initially set for strife between Batman and Superman, which is an undertaking of its own, but in addition, Snyder et al. also used this platform to set up the impending “Justice League” movie, which comes out in 2017. The narrative, if you can call it that at all, is completely disjointed because of it. Scenes jump from one place to the next in no clear sequential order as we are left to follow the muddled pieces of this puzzle. The pacing is atrocious. This movie is 2 ½ hours long, and given the lack of a clear story, it really shouldn’t be over two hours. To compensate, there’s lots of filler, mostly in the form of dream sequences and visions, which do double duty as Justice League character introductions. If these were in a different, better movie, they might have been pulled off more seamlessly, but in a film already overstuffed with content, they stick out like a sore thumb. Jesse Eisenberg is easily one of the worst parts of the film. The decision to cast him as Lex Luthor baffled us, and he confirmed our fears the first minute he came on screen. We have liked Eisenberg elsewhere, and it’s not like his performance is dreadful, he’s simply not suitable for this part. His performance fluctuates from enigmatic and pointed, like the part he played in “The Social Network,” to nervous, spastic, and quirky, like the

parts he played in “Zombieland” and “Adventureland.”The point is we have seen Eisenberg be this character before, and we’re tired of it. He could have been a menacing, calculated antagonist, but instead, it drained us to watch him. Unlike past Batman films, the villains here do not dazzle. There are a lot of mighty action sequences and beautiful visuals throughout “Batman v Superman,” as well there should with a budget of $250 million. This is Zack Snyder’s specialty, but what he has actually given audiences is a film full of style and flash with little to no substance. It has a dark, grim tone, which is fine, but we know Snyder is attempting to recreate what his mentor Christopher Nolan did very successfully in his own Batman series.“The Dark Knight” is one of our favorite comic book flicks, so “BvS” should be right up our alley. Unfortunately, what Snyder winds up putting on screen comes off more Michael Bay than Christopher Nolan. Explosions come in abundance, but the entire thing lacks the gravitas and emotional oomph we received from a more capable director. Snyder took everything wrong with “Man of Steel” and doubled down on it. So many elements could have been removed entirely and it wouldn’t have hurt its directional flow one bit. Not everything about “Dawn of Justice” is bad. There are some excellent elements sprinkled within its run time. Despite the internet’s collective freak-out upon hearing the casting decision, Ben Affleck does a great job as Batman/Bruce Wayne. Batman is an awesome character. He’s very relatable, but is also extremely conflicted. Affleck, with graying hair and a more buff and gruff exterior, fits this role perfectly. Maybe the DC Universe can find a place for a standalone Bat-fleck movie after all. You’d expect Batman to be the best thing about a movie with his moniker attached to the title. Unfortunately for Affleck, Gal Gadot stole the show for us as Wonder Woman. Gadot’s on-screen presence is mesmerizing, and when she shows up as Wonder Woman in the thick of battle, it was the one time we actually felt invested in the film. We cannot wait to see her standalone film. There has been a stark contrast brewing ever since this movie was screened for the press. The majority of critics disliked “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” many for the same reasons listed above. Hardcore comic book fans have been quick to come to the movie’s defense. Critics don’t always get it right, but the bottom line is for a movie called “Batman v Superman,” there’s not a whole lot of “v” about it. It’s too chaotic and uneven, too CGI-heavy, and too stuffed with extraneous details that hindered our enjoyment of it as a whole. The

parts we liked aren’t enough to make this a classic comic book film we will revisit in the future. Our rating: 3/5. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, and Amy Adams.

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Cows on the Beach at La Jolla Shores by Chris O’Connell

The La Jolla Historical Society recreated a scene at La Jolla Shores from 1906 last month, the famous Cows on the Beach photo 110 years later. Early morning beach walkers, surfers, kayakers and guests at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club woke up to

a pretty amazing scene as the cows took their place to recreate the picture. Students from El Capitan High School Future Farmers of America program transported and handled the 11 dairy cows for the 2016 Version of Cows on the Beach. For more photos, visit www.clairemonttimes.com/cowsonthebeach

A picture of the 1906 picture Cows on the Beach from the La Jolla Historical Society.

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May is the “Magic Window” for Home Sellers! by Jeff S. Katz

Backed by eight years of data, information released by Zillow economists shows that, nationally, homes sold between May 1st and May 15th; sell around 18.5 days faster and for 1 percent more than the average listing. Another recent report indicates that San Diego saw the largest decline in housing inventory over the past year with 30.2% less homes available for purchase in January 2016 when compared to January 2015. At the time of the report, this figure equated to less than 5,700 homes available for purchase throughout the entire county of San Diego. Why is this information important to Clairemont, Bay Park, and Bay Ho residents considering selling their home? In February 2016, San Diego Magazine ranked Clairemont as one of San Diego’s “Next Hot Neighborhoods”. What used to be a secret is no longer, and well-qualified homebuyers from Coronado to Rancho Santa Fe are choosing to move to our tree lined cul-de-sacs. There are of a number of alluring factors, but at the moment, the properties bordering Mission Bay are considered to be some of San Diego’s most desirable

coastal investments, offering great potential from $500,000-$850,000. Many owners have maintained the original charm of their homes, which in turn become ideal properties for buyers looking to expand upon the great foundation and generous lot sizes plotted by Clairemont’s founders. Low supply and high demand, in combination with the success of “Do It Yourself” programming, has brought a surge of home buyers with deep pockets that are willing to spend to relocate into the community they desire, and many of them want to find a home that they can renovate themselves. With this in mind, think twice the next time a REALTOR says that you need to spend handfuls of money preparing your home for sale, or considering selling your home to an all cash investor. With May just around the corner, and the right listing agent, you could be in prime position to extract top dollar from a great family and looking forward to starting the next step in your journey. If you are considering selling, or would like to know the value of your home for free, contact Jeff S. Katz at 619-206-7979 or Sold@JeffSKatz.com.

Healthy Teeth Tips for You in Today’s World of Health & Wellness by Landon Libby, DDS

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Clairemont High School Class of 1966 Preps for 50th Reunion by Chris O’Connell

I have been in touch with a number of alumni from the Class of 66 at Clairemont and it has been great hearing stories. This one particular piece was emailed to me by Janelle Shumaker regarding a picture from back in the day, in her words: “I think one is particularly fun one. It’s from the day we all graduated from Marston. Our classmate, Pat Burns Helsing, saved it. I believe it is on the Ute Drive side of Marston in June 1963. I think the old cars and the style of dress of our parents makes this a great time stamp. Looking back, it’s a milestone in all our lives ... We began the next September as “the new kids” at Clairemont High. Those 3 years at Clairemont were the last we enjoyed as carefree kids. We would emerge on the other side of high school as young adults. In the next few years after graduation, some of us

would begin college, some embark on careers, others tour the world on Uncle Sam in Southeast Asia and still others would start a family. Looking back at high school, we remember the importance of a football game and school spirit and our first romances and peer pressure. We remember buying $1.00 worth of gas, heading to the beach and enjoying great friends. We didn’t have big responsibilities and our “pressures” were term papers and homework. Hopefully our reunion will let us come together, share old stories, renew old acquaintances and make new friends. Our reunion committee email is: chs66sandiego@gmail.com” We’ll be sharing more stories and photos in future editions if you know anyone from Clairemont Class of 1966 please forward the contact information. Clairemont High School Class of 1966 50th Reunion will be on October 15, 2016 at the Hilton Mission Bay.

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Community Wide Clean Up at Qualcomm by Chris O’Connell

On March 12 a free community wide cleanup for San Diego residents was held at Qualcomm Stadium and was deemed a success, according a City of San Diego Environmental Services spokesperson. Some of the quotes I heard from the long line of cars and trucks: “I am saving money so I am happy, I don’t mind the wait at all.” “By coming to this event, I just saved myself over $50 in dump fees.” All the City employees I spoke with greeted every attendee with a smile and thanking them for stopping by, one employee told me, “some people pulled up grumpy, but its ok at the end of the day they are doing something positive.” 108 tons of debris collected more than 32 tons of recyclable material diverted from the Miramar Landfill To learn more about events such as this or if you have recycling/trash questions, call (858) 694-7000 or visit the City of San Diego Environmental Services website: www.sandiego.gov/environmental-services

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Pollinators: Do we need them? by Susan Lewitt

Since most of us like to eat, we need our native pollinators. Over 30% of our foods, such as almonds and apples, are only possible because of pollinators. This does not include animal feed that relies on pollinators, such as alfalfa for cattle. Native pollinators are important to biodiversity in San Diego.They are an integral support system for native plants and native fauna. Many birds eat the seeds or fruits produced by these pollinators, or eat the pollinators. Pollinators help native plants become established where erosion could be a problem.They insure the survival of rare plants.They help with pest control. One example, the syrphid fly sucks aphids dry like little juice boxes, while other insects use the caterpillar bodies of some pests as a feeding ground for their larva. San Diego has a great diversity of native pollinator species: 600+ bees, 5 humming birds, 23 bats, 446 moths, 146 butterflies, plus assorted pollinating flies and beetles. Examples include the squash bee which goes anywhere squash plants are located and the white-lined Sphinx moth, also known as the tomato hornworm, which can be a pest, but parasitic insects keep their numbers down.The Mexican long tonged bat is another San Diego pollinator, which likes nectar and pollen from cactus and agaves, but will also visit hummingbird feeders. An avian pollinator is the black chinned humming bird, which migrates from Southern Canada into Mexico and back. To protect native pollinators, there needs to be habitat that provides food and shelter for all stages of their lives. This includes a community of native plants, which would provide nectar and pollen, patches of bare soil, plus dead trees or logs useful to these pollinators for nests, many of which are solitary ground nesters. It is important not do damage by tilling or using pesticides. Some of them, specifically moths, are nocturnal, so less outdoor night lighting is better. Motion sensors help.These night creatures follow the moon light and artificial lights confuse them. An important species, Monarch

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Saturday, April 16 10:00-2:00 Clairemont Day at the Bay – De Anza Cove Visit our booth at this fun event at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay Sunday, April 17 9:00-12:00 Sunday in the Garden – TNC Get dirty with Ranger Steven and Friends in their ongoing effort to beautify the native garden and surrounding areas. Sunday, April 17 9:00 am Guided Nature Walk- Via Las Cumbres We’ll be going in at the Via Las Cumbres entrance in Linda Vista Follow the road until you see us. Look for our sign. Wednesday, April 20 1:30-3:00 Art & Activities for Kids - TNC This month’s theme is seeds and plants. Go on a seed hunt with Park Ranger Steven, plant your own seed to take home, story time, make a nature collage. FREE! Saturday, April 23 8:00 am Audubon Society Birding Walk -TNC All experience levels welcome! TNC = Tecolote Nature Center entrance Updated schedules are posted at www.meetup.com/Friends of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Like us on Facebook/Friends of Tecolote Canyon

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butterflies, may be widespread, but is losing ground due to habitat loss and usage of Monsanto’s products including pesticides. One method of helping is to plant plenty of native milkweed plants. Buy native milkweed plants at native plant nurseries, or from California Native Plant Society plant sales, one of which is coming up this month in conjunction with the Spring Garden Festival of Cuyamaca College Department of Ornamental Horticulture, April 23, 9-3pm, a free event. 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA. 92019, Phone: 619-660-4000 There are butterflies breeders specializing in Monarchs. One breeder, Renee Gogans, manager of the Trade Winds Hotel in Pacific Beach, has a butterfly sanctuary.These beautiful Monarch butterflies mature among milkweed plants and are available for

The many canyons in the neighborhoods are home to a variety of snake species, including two that are venomous. Snakes don’t have to present a threat as long as hikers and others utilizing the canyons pay attention and exercise a reasonable amount of caution.The rattlesnakes that inhabit our canyons play an important role in controlling rodent populations and deserve our respect and consideration. The most common rattlesnake, in our area, is the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, which exhibits a pattern of dark brown blotches against a lighter background. This particular snake can be found in a number of different habitat types.We also have the Red Diamond Rattlesnake, which has the typical diamond pattern and can be seen in a number of color variations. Both snakes have a triangular-shaped head which distinguishes them from our non-venomous species. Unlike the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, the Red Diamond Rattlesnake has a distinct

preference for coastal sage scrub vegetation and is considered a sensitive species. We have two species of medium sized snakes that display stripped or banded color patterns.The Chaparral Whipsnake is black with two pale yellow stripes running the length of its body.As the name implies, this snake is seldom seen because it moves very quickly.The California Kingsnake can be dark brown or black with either white or yellow stripes or bands. King Snakes are so called because they occasionally kill rattlesnakes. One of the most common snakes in our canyons is the Gopher Snake. It is the largest snake in the area and is extremely beneficial in controlling gopher and ground squirrel populations. Unfortunately, because of its large size and mottled coloration it is mistakenly identified as a rattlesnake and killed. No snakes in our open space canyons should be killed.They are protected wildlife and the benefits they provide far outweigh any danger they pose.

release. According to her website,“We grow all the Milkweed and Monarchs here in PB. So far we only serve local, we do not ship.” Keeping these butterflies local is a good thing because these are migrating butterflies and releasing them in new areas might cause them to become confused, lost, and not able to return to their original

breeding grounds. Renee keeps the area pesticide free and welcomes visitors, but please call first. Website: www.sandiegobutterflyrelease.com or call 619-813-6507. For more butterflies, SD Zoo Safari Park has its Annual Butterfly Jungle through April 10th. (www.sdzsafaripark.org) (619) 231-1515.


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San Diego Gulls Hosting Learn to Play Ice Hockey Clinics The San Diego Gulls will host several Learn to Play clinics at local rinks beginning this month. The first clinic, each of which has four sessions, will take place at Poway Ice Arena (12455 Kerran St #100, Poway, CA 92064), with sessions on Saturdays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Additional clinics will be held at Poway Ice Arena on Saturdays, May 14, 21, June 4 and 11 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. and at Carlsbad Icetown (2283 Cosmos Ct, Carlsbad, CA 92011) on Sundays, April 10, 17, 24 and May 1 from 10:15-11:15 a.m. More sessions will be added in the near future. The San Diego Gulls Learn to Play program, like the Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play program in Orange County, is designed for new hockey players with little or no hockey experience. Staff from The Rinks, an affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks and San Diego Gulls, as well as coaches from local rinks and host venues, will review the basics of skating as well as fundamentals of hockey such as shooting, passing and stickhandling. Learn to Play programs are designed for players under the age of 12 include all necessary equipment, at no cost to the participant. “We are very excited to bring our Learn to Play program to San Diego,” said Ari Segal, Gulls President of Business Operations and Special Assistant to the CEO of the Anaheim

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Kearny Komets Win CIF The second-seeded Kearny High Komets defeated the top-seeded El Camino High Wildcats by a final score of 66-43 to win the C.I.F. San Diego Section Division I title at the Jenny Craig Pavillion (JCP) on the campus of the University of San Diego in Linda Vista on Friday evening, March 4. The victory by Kearny avenged an earlier 63-49 loss to the Wildcats during the Sweetwater High Red Devils Invitational back in December. Kearny senior point guard Takoda Browne, who was also the star quarterback on the Komets football squad last fall, missed that first encounter against El Camino, but made his presence felt this time around with a steal and a thunderous, two-handed slam dunk that sent the Kearny faithful

Ducks.“Increasing access to hockey, exposing new people – especially young kids – to our sport, and having a positive impact in local communities are not only core organizational values of both the Anaheim Ducks and San Diego Gulls, but also critical aspects of our strategic plan to grow the sport regionally. We are thrilled to partner with Poway Ice Arena, Carlsbad Icetown, and other local rinks to enable hundreds of San Diego county kids to try the sport of ice hockey at no cost whatsoever.” Participants in the San Diego Gulls Learn to Play program will be provided with an equipment bag, helmet, shin guards, hockey pants, elbow pads, shoulder pads, gloves and a jersey to use for the four week session in order to be fully protected on the ice. The use of full hockey equipment provides protection and allows the participant to feel like a real hockey player, wearing all of the necessary hockey gear. “Our programs have had great success in Orange County and we are excited to bring that proven model to San Diego,” said Art Trottier, The Rinks Vice President.“With three NHL teams and five AHL teams in California, we are committed to continuing to grow the sport at the grass roots level, and there’s no better place to start that than with our youth, the next generation of hockey players and fans.” For more information, visit www.sandiegogulls.com/learntoplay

at the JCP into a feverish frenzy. That vaulted the Komets to a commanding 36-16 advantage as the two battling ballclubs headed to their respective locker rooms at halftime. After the intermission, it was more of the same as the Wildcats would get no closer than 12 points as Kearny would pour it on down the stretch and pretty much pull away for the win. Senior shooting guard Gianni Ortiz finished with a game-high 18 points to pace the Komets. Ortiz was followed in the Kearny statistical column by Browne (13 points) and junior forward Robby Robinson (12 points and 17 rebounds. The victory clinched the Komets second C.I.F. boys basketball championship in three years. Kearny also won a C.I.F. title at the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign, but that triumph came in Division III. “We’ve been putting in a lot of hard work lately,” said Ortiz. The hard work continued to pay off

A Sustainable Agriculture Growing at Clairemont High School by Morgan Bailey

The word conservation is now becoming a common household term and many San Diegans are looking at how they can do their part in achieving a sustainable San Diego. With lawns withering and gardens going dry some are wondering where our coastal Oasis is headed. Students at Clairemont High School, however, are seeing these challenges not as threats but as opportunities to rethink the way we use our resources and grow our food. Clairemont High is partnering with ECOLIFE Conservation to build a sustainable agriculture program using an innovative method known as aquaponics. This agricultural method uses fish waste as a natural fertilizer for the plant which in turn cleans the water for the fish. Because the system recirculates, it uses 90% less water

than traditional agriculture. With the technical support of ECOLIFE, students at Clairemont High are designing, budgeting, and building their aquaponics system. The project will revitalize a neglected garden space and will be used year after year to empower students to take a lead role in creating a sustainable future. To truly have an impact, however, the project needs the support of the community. ECOLIFE and Clairemont High are looking for community donations and building materials to help make this project a success! Please consider donating or becoming a business sponsor in this amazing project. Your support will create a lasting impact on the students and the sustainability of San Diego. If you are interested in learning more please visit our fundraising site www.gofundme.com/2j6y2924 or contact mbailey@ecolifeconservation.

For more news and information visit: www.clairemonttimes.com for the Komets in the state playoffs as Kearny defeated the Edison High Chargers of Huntington Beach 65-58 in the first round of the C.I.F. Division III Regionals before being eliminated in a tough 59-57 loss at the hands of the Calabasas High Coyotes in the second round. Madison Warhawks Make it to CIF Finals The third-seeded Madison High Warhawks suffered a tough 59-44 loss at the hands of the fifth-seeded Bonita Vista High Barons in the C.I.F. San Diego Section Division III Finals played at the Jenny Craig Pavillion on the campus of the University of San Diego in Linda Vista on Friday afternoon, March 4. Madison shipwrecked the Coronado Islanders 70-58, flew over the Granite Hills Eagles 68-63, and defeated the El Central Union Spartans 55-50 in overtime to make their first appearance in a boys basketball championship game since the 1995-96 season against the Luke Walton-led

University of San Diego High School Dons at the Valley View Casino Center. The Warhawks held a 28-22 advantage between the two battling ballclubs heading into the locker room at halftime. Unfortunately after the intermission, Madison was outscored 22-5 by Bonita Vista in the third quarter to seal the victory for the Barons. Junior Terrell Carter, who was also the star quarterback for the Warhawks football squad last fall, finished with a team-high 16 points in the paint to pace Madison. Carter was followed in the Warhawks statistical column by senior shooting guard Manuel Robles with 10 points, all of them coming in the first half of play. Rob Stone is a life-long resident of the San Diego area and is also a certified talent scout through Sports Management Worldwide. Rob has been working with and helping to assist sports agents in getting their clients signed to contracts. If you would like a professional scouting report written up on your favorite athlete, you can feel free to contact Mr. Stone directly. He may be reached at: (619) 241-6516, rstone@smww.com, Sportsguyrob@att.net, www.smwwscout.com/scout/robstone, www.rsscouting.blogspot.com


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