Clairemont Times April 2017

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Clairemont Times Serving Clairemont, Bay Park, Linda Vista & Kearny Mesa


News of the Neighborhoods


APRIL 2017


Celebrity Chefs Announced for “Taste of Mesa” Fundraiser at San Diego Mesa College

Earth Day Clean-Up Opportunities by Tina Rysedorph



CalAtlantic Homes to Unveil Clairemont’s Tavara Ridge this Month

Semi Pro Baseball Returns to the Field at Madison High School by Steve Taylor

A collection of 52 brand new, single-family homes is coming soon to Clairemont. Nestled along a canyon’s edge, Tavara Ridge will feature contemporary residences inspired by Santa Barbara, Plantation and California Ranch architectural styles. The new neighborhood is set to be unveiled on April 22. “Tavara Ridge will offer a new

Outlook. Celebrity chefs will be able to experience Culinary Outlook firsthand, alongside students, during this exhilarating hands-on event. The fundraiser, scheduled for the evening of Thursday April 6, will feature Maeve, founder and owner of Sugar and Scribe, Food Network Champion 2015 and winner of Best Bakery, Best New Restaurant La

Tecolote Creek empties into Mission Bay on the north side of the entrance to Fiesta Island. This location will be one of the many sites that “I Love a Clean San Diego” will seek to clean up during the annual Creek to Bay Clean-up that will be held (this year) on Earth Day - Saturday, April 22nd. Members of the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group will be captaining this event. The mouth of Tecolote Creek is an important habitat for shorebirds and migratory ducks. Scaups, redheads, widgeons and pintails can all be seen foraging in this area, as well as herons and egrets. Trash and detritus from the entire Tecolote Creek watershed washes into Mission Bay at this location. It is one of the areas of the bay that is least affected by tidal flows and that’s another reason that trash accumulates there. This is the 15th year that “I Love a Clean San Diego” has organized this event. Last year 6,400 volunteers pitched in to remove 150,000 pounds of litter from 110 sites across San Diego County. Registration for this event opens April 1st. Please contact Janelle Hickey at 619-704-2778 or go to

housing option in an established and thriving community,” says Laurie Massas, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for CalAtlantic Homes San Diego.“This neighborhood was designed for those seeking open concept homes that reflect how modern families live.” The two-story homes will offer 2,875 to 3,347 square feet of living space with up to five bedrooms and four-and-one-half bathrooms. There are three floor plans to choose

San Diego Force Baseball is a competitive collegiate, semiprofessional baseball team based in San Diego. Our team is comprised of college age athletes and players eligible to play professional baseball from San Diego, across the USA, and Canada. Come out and see these young players grow as they continue their journey to playing professional baseball. We are excited to be returning to Clairemont and the field at Madison High School for the 2017 season. We’ll be playing 30 home games in June and July against teams from southern California, Arizona & Nevada as part of the Southern California College Baseball League. The San Diego Force was formed to provide a higher competitive level of baseball for players and to improve their skills, instructed by professional and knowledgeable coaching staff. We provide players the tools to play with a professional organization that understands how to develop successful players and championship teams. The Force organization is a year round baseball organization with full time office staff, scouts and coaches. The Force front office

SEE Taste of Mesa, page 2

SEE Earth Day, page 14

SEE CalAtlantic, page 4

SEE The Force, page 17

Recently, San Diego Mesa College announced two celebrity guest chefs who will be participating in “Taste of Mesa,” a cooking-show style fundraiser celebrating the grand opening of the newest state-of-the-art kitchen and on-campus restaurant, Culinary

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Greetings readers, thank you for picking up this copy of the paper, I hope you enjoy it and learn something new. Please pass this edition along to a neighbor or coworker and of course, please recycle so we can keep the circle going. Some interesting things happening in the community, including a proposed new restaurant at the bottom of Clairemont Drive overlooking Mission Bay. Tavara Ridge, the homes being built on the former Stevenson Elementary school site will be having their first open house later this month. In sports lot of baseball news, Bill Swank, the baseball guru of San Diego, wrote about forgotten Little League fields in the neighborhoods. He also wrote a little tongue and cheek piece about a particular piece of baseball equipment that I am sure you will find amusing. Semi pro baseball will be coming back to Clairemont as the San Diego Force will begin play this summer over at Madison High School. If you are a “foodie” there is the Taste of Mesa event at Mesa College, which will showcase food with celebrity guest judges and also highlight the amazing new culinary kitchen/facility on the campus. The Taste of Morena will also be later this month, purchase tickets early as this event does sell out. There will be quite

a variety of restaurants and establishments to sample so plan accordingly for a great night of food and drink. With Earth Day being celebrated later this month there is plenty of outdoor activities to help preserve Mother Earth from Tecolote Canyon (p1), to the annual Mesa College Canyon Day Canyon Clean-Up (p15). Volunteers are always appreciated in cleaning up the local green space, I was recently introduced to a new organization Clean Trails (p14) be sure and check out the work they are doing. Speaking of work Spring is here and I have been trying to spruce up our own piece of property. I wrote a little piece about bark mulch (p15) and how and where you can get some free mulch or some inexpensive options. Call your buddy and ask if you can borrow his pickup truck for a trip to the Miramar Greenery. In future editions I will also share some landscape blunders & hopefully some growth stories. As always, do not hesitate to email or call or 858 752 9779.

Chris O’Connell, Publisher

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Jolla, along with Executive Chef, Kevin Templeton of Barleymash, San Diego Celebrity Chef 2014-15 and recently featured on Food Network’s ‘Beat Bobby Flay’. “If you have been to any restaurant in San Diego, chances are good that a portion your meal may have been prepared by a Mesa College Culinary Arts student,” stated Dr. Pamela Luster, President.“Our goal is to prepare our students to contribute to San Diego’s amazing culinary scene, and with this event and the support of our celebrity chefs, we can do that.” “Taste of Mesa” will showcase Culinary Outlook, and feature internationally-inspired cuisine and three cook-off competitions between alumni, students and an advanced baking team. Guests will be able to bid on food-themed silent auction items such as restaurant gift cards, liquors, wine and culinary tools. VIP ticketholders are invited to judge the culinary competitions, watch the celebrity chef competition, and receive a culinary gift bag. Culinary Outlook, hosted in the new Mesa Commons, was funded by voters via Propositions S and N. The proceeds from “Taste of Mesa”

will be used to purchase ingredients and supplies that will help train students for the farm to table style restaurants that are becoming more common in today’s market and prepare them to become valued employees in the service industry. “The students need to learn what is changing in the industry, and we need

to teach them more before they leave,” Culinary Arts/Management Professor Tonya Whitfield said.“With this fundraiser, we can do more for them.” Tickets for the Taste of Mesa are $25 for students, $50 for the general public and $125 for VIP. For tickets, visit For sponsorship opportunities, contact Anne Zacovic at For alumni involvement, contact Professor Tonya Whitfield at

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New Restaurant/Destination Venue for the Former San Diego Visitors Information Center by Chris O’Connell

Last month news came out that the old San Diego Visitors Information Center along Mission Bay at the Bottom of Clairemont Drive was going to enter into a 25 year lease agreement with a company called Shoreline Mission Bay, LLC. A new restaurant called Shoreline was proposed which would completely once again make the location a destination. The preliminary plan for the property located at 2688 East Mission Bay Drive in Pacific Beach calls for a complete remodel of the 4,600 sq ft building which sits on just over two and a half acres. Shoreline, LLC is proposing to invest roughly $3 Million Dollars to the property and restoring its former landmark status with a modern twist and still retaining a piece of the visitor center vibe. According to the proposed lease agreement the development plan for Shoreline includes the following a counter-service dining restaurant, along with takeout grab and go options, retail wine and craft beer sales to be served and consumed on-site, a bike and beach rental kiosk, walk-up coffee and juice bar, along

with a beach and souvenir retail shop. In a nod to preserving the past history of the location the new owners are also planning a visitor’s educational component with trained staff to accommodate locals and visitors alike. The current renderings for the new site focus on bringing the outdoors in with oversized windows, functioning glass walls/doors as well as extensive outside dining/gathering spots for beautiful Mission Bay views. (visit for the proposed images) The tentative plan would take roughly a year, so do not be surprised if you see positive action being taken place on this shuttered eyesore in the near future. We’ll keep you posted.

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your own family doctor as your insurance dictates. • If results are normal, please add the EKG to your youth's medical chart to use as a baseline. • If results are abnormal, please contact your doctor's office and let us know if you'd like us to reach out to your doctor for consult. • If you do not have access to medical care, please check our Find A Doctor page, or contact us for assistance. How to register for a FREE screening first visit: 1. Click on the screening date you want to register for and complete the form. 2. Download and fully complete the parent screening packet—A MUST! 3. Bring it with you to the screening, plus a self-addressed stamped (business size) envelope in which we’ll mail you the results. 4. Teens should dress in t-shirt, sweat pants or sports shorts. Girls wear a sports bra. 5. IMPORTANT: It costs our foundation $20 per registered teen whether you show up or not. We urge you to attend so we can continue to offer this free service.

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among, each with a spacious great room for entertaining friends or gathering with the whole family. Priced from the high $800,000s, all floor plans feature a downstairs bedroom and an al fresco California Room. The new community is situated within walking distance of neighborhood parks and shopping

centers and located just minutes from the beach, employment hubs and entertainment of Mission Bay, La Jolla, Mission Valley and Downtown San Diego. To be among the first to hear about sales releases and more, join the Tavara Ridge VIP list at For additional details, please contact Stephanie Norris at (949) 751-8951 or

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yourself if you know what you’re looking for, and knowing what you’re looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help home sellers deal with this issue before their homes are listed, a free report entitled “11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection” has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To order a Special Report today. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report, call toll-free 1-800-277-3160 and enter 1003. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn’t cost you the sale of your home. This report is courtesy of Mary Fickert BRE# 01192082 - HomeSmart Realty West. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright © 2016


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Some Estate Planning Basics by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

1. Surprisingly to me, about 35% of folks die without leaving a will or trust to pass on their property. This is called dying “intestate.” The result is that your property passes to your heirs in a “pecking order” pre-established by the California Probate Code–possibly not in the manner you would have chosen had you made a will or a trust. Another negative consequence of dying intestate is that your estate may have to undergo a costly and time-consuming probate before title to the property can be transferred to your heirs. 2. So, to effectively pass on your property, should you use a will or a trust? As a starting point, if you own a home, you should make a trust. This is because when you die, no probate of the trust would be required, whereas a probate would be required if this house passed, instead, by a will. When you do set up a trust, be sure to transfer title to the house by deed to yourself as trustee of your new trust. 3. Just what is a “trust?” A trust is an arrangement whereby you as “trustor” transfer certain property to a “trustee” (typically yourself while you are alive) who holds and manages this property for the benefit of a “beneficiary” (again, typically yourself while you are alive, and whoever you leave the property to, upon your death). The terms of this trust are set forth in a trust instrument (usually called a Declaration of Trust or Trust Agreement). 4. In the above case, what type of trust should you use? Typically, you will use what is called a revocable living trust. Such a trust is “revocable,” since you can change its terms in any manner while you are still alive. It is “living,”

because it is created while you are alive. 5. If you create a revocable living trust, are there other estate planning documents you should create at the same time? If so, what are they? Yes, there are some supplemental estate planning documents you should have. Here are the most important ones: • Will – This will should provide that anything that was not transferred into your trust, or disposed of by other means (such as a life insurance policy death benefit payable to its beneficiary) will pass to your trust and be distributed as a part thereof. • General Power of Attorney – this is a general/financial power of attorney–by which you designate an “agent” to conduct your affairs if you are unable. • Advance Health Care Directive – contains: a health care power of attorney – by which you designate an agent to make emergency medical and related decisions on your behalf if you are unable; set forth “pull the plug” provisions if you so desire; and provide organ donation directions as you see fit. 6. If you’re married, what estate planning documents do you need? Typically a married couple will have one “joint” trust instrument between yourselves, and a separate will, general power of attorney, and advance health care directive for each of you. The above “Basics” are generalizations only and should not be taken as legal advice for the reader’s particular situation. Richard F. McEntyre is a lawyer practicing law in the areas of estate planning and administration, having served the San Diego community as a lawyer for over 40 years. House calls available. Dick’s office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279),

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Stats from March 11, 2017 Community-wide Cleanup Event at Qualcomm Stadium 65 TOTAL TONS OF DEBRIS WAS DROPPED OFF 40 TONS WERE RECYCLED. 144 TV’s 75 Computer Monitors 47 Refrigerators/Freezers 5 AC Units 56 Microwaves

36 Washers & Dryers 15 Stoves 8 Dishwashers 22 Gas Water Heaters

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Chapman Team Chatter The last couple months have brought us quite a bit of news, but honestly I can’t see it has changed anything in real estate a great deal. Our inventory is still low, people are still refinancing their homes (perhaps not quite as many), the Federal Reserve has raised the interest rate charged to the banks. Each of these could make up an entire article but safe to note just briefly, some of the refinancing has been accomplished with the adjustable interest rate loan. The interest rate raise from the Federal Reserve may have back fired since the rate on a 30 year fixed rate loan is 4.125% instead of 4.25% . The big news in San Diego has

been Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley has been receiving proposals: among them a soccer field with a smaller stadium, new homes and $10,000 in cash for the land. San Diego State announced they want 47 acres for expansion. There have been other proposals and more will come. This is a prime piece of real estate that we all realize once it is gone it’s gone. For that reason the decision what to do with this valuable asset needs time and all alternatives considered and investigated. The land is not going anywhere. This is a real challenge for the San Diego elected officials. If we can help you with any real estate questions, please give us a call, Diana at (858) 344-3358 or Bobbie at (619) 208-9430

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Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

We sprang into action after Spring had sprung with our “Bunco With a Purpose” fundraiser for the Clairemont Boys and Girls Club. The fundraiser was March 25 and due to a March 20th deadline for articles to be printed in the Clairemont Times, the May issue will give the final details of that project. But for now, a big thank you to all who purchased tickets or made donations and to local donors for the raffle prizes. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, April 5 at 1 p.m. at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Ave. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church

parking lot. Our program will feature Tom Leech who will speak to us about women who have played key roles in setting aside natural areas like our own Kate Session and Bea Evanston [Balboa Park] and Ellen Browning Scripps [Scripps Park in La Jolla]. Refreshments will be served. We will also be electing new officers for the coming year. Come join us to find out who we are, what we do and how we enjoy ourselves. We hope everyone is enjoying the return of Spring and Daylight Saving Time. For more information about CWC, visit our website at 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.

Community Meetings - Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 4/6/17 (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 4/18/17 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop, 92117 LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 4/20/17 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:00 PM American Legion Post 731 7245 Linda Vista Rd., 92111 LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 4/24/17 (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL Please visit our website at or our Facebook page at Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council for meeting dates and locations

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Religious Directory Clairemont Lutheran Church 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:30, 10:00 (English) & 11:30 am (Spanish) Sunday School for kids 9:45am Holy Cross Lutheran Church 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Visit Lifeline Community Outreach on Facebook

St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Church 4124 Mt. Abraham Ave., San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 277-3133 Weekend Mass Times Saturday 5:30pm Sunday 8:00, 9:30, 11:00am, 1pm/Spanish St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool 5050 Milton Street, San Diego CA 92110 Sunday Worship Times: 8am Holy Communion Rite I (Traditional) 9:25am Sunday School & Adult Forum 10:30am Holy Communion Rite II (Contemporary) Childcare available Sunday’s from 9am to Noon For information on advertising your place of worship in the Religious Directory please call or email Chris O’Connell, Publisher (858) 752-9779

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chalked and watered before a game,” local doctor and their Merchant said. mother was a former Squaremont Just like a major league ballplayer, professional women’s Dave still remembers his only home baseball player during World War II.” By Bill Swank run from the early 1960s. He hit it off Steve Moore, a neighborhood stud. “At the end of the Real ballplayers never forget season, the Clairemont something as important as their first Leagues would have a home run. playoff to crown the Bruce Kleege also remembers Clairemont champion,” Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista hitting a home run at Sampo, but can’t said Tom.“All teams Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, with East Clairemont off in the distance. recall who served his gopher ball. participated: Hilltop, Tom and Bob Mulvaney, twin sons North Clairemont, of PCL Padres president Jim Mulvaney, Tecolote (Sampo have a favorite Little League story from Field) and Balboa.” 1961 that was picked up by the Kevin Fountain, Associated Press and New York Times. Director of Media “We faced the Bob and Tom Mulvaney proudly wear their 1961 Giants Little photo courtesy of Tom Mulvaney League uniforms. Yankees, who were in first place,” down on at least a million sunflower explained Tom.“We Relations for Little seeds and Pixie Stix from the Snack were behind 8 to League Baseball in Shack after the game. Obviously I 6... in the bottom of Williamsport, the last inning. We wasn’t destined for the majors.” Pennsylvania, wrote, Although Jim Bouton won 21 games loaded the bases, “Unfortunately, we do Raymond Frey’s observation is more for the 1963 World Champion New two outs... I came to not have the record bitter than sweet.“My manager, after York Yankees, he is better known as bat.... my identical on how long each of someone made an error, threw his hat the controversial author of the tell-all twin brother Bob those leagues were on the ground and proceeded to baseball classic, Ball Four. John Thorn, was coaching third chartered, however, in stomp on it. Even at that age, I the official historian for Major League base. Scott 1957, all of Clairemont remember thinking he was such a dork Baseball, selected the closing line of Lindstrom was established the for doing that.” Ball Four as “the most famous in pitching.” Clairemont Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame baseball literature.” “I swung late, but Hilltoppers, a league “You spend a good piece of your pitcher Bob Lemon had a similar hit the ball over the that is still active life gripping a baseball and in the thought.“Baseball was made for kids, first baseman’s head today.” end it turns out that it was the other and grown-ups only screw it up.” slicing just inside Balboa Little way around all the time.” The mystery ball park that nobody the right field foul League on Mt. Acadia More than 50 years later, long line. Three runs Boulevard is all but seems to remember was located near forgotten Sampo Little League Field on score as I slide into forgotten, but it the top of the grade on Clairemont Knoxville Street in Bay Park still third base. Giants remained active into Drive below “The Quad.” Its exact maintains a firm grip on Dave Win! Our team the new millennium. Bob and Tom Mulvaney proudly wear location was probably the site of Cerro Merchant. their 1961 Giants Little League uniforms. As Clairemont aged, rushes onto the Pueblo Senior Apartments at 2835 “There was no grass on any of these field, picks up twin photo courtesy of Tom Mulvaney the league had to Clairemont Drive. It is believed when fields - pretty tough stuff - and before brother Bob and disband because of a Claremont’s original Little League games and practices, we would go carry him off the field.” lack of players. diamond could not handle all of the around the infield and pick up Bob laughed and added,“I do have a In the late 1950s and early 1960s, parking, the league moved to Sampo glove-fulls of rocks. Some of the Dads distant memory as there were Little League ballfields at a 12-year-old in “The Square” near Merrimac Avenue in Field in the late 1950s. Clairemont simply swallowed all of 1961 of having North Claremont. They are not these ballfields. The players are now problems trying to forgotten by Mark Nickell and his find a practice grandfathers. But for all of their golden friends. field. Our coach, As the shopping center grew, the memories, how many kids stood in Mr. McLain, and league moved to Mt. Etna and later right field waiting to turn 12 so they our assistant Hickman Field on Clairemont Mesa wouldn’t have to play baseball for their coach, Mr. Layton, near 805. Mark shared a photo of his fathers again? decided that we North Clairemont Little League team Times change and baseball’s grip on would construct from the 1960s and his friend, Marc kids has changed, too. our own practice Wilson, recalls watching Terry Turner Bob Uecker retired from major field and throw a no-hitter at the Clairemont league baseball with a career .200 proceeded to do Square field. batting average. The beloved just that. It was Mark followed with self-depreciating Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster has located about one humor,“I remember going hitless in my this Little League memory:“The biggest mile from Sampo minor league season.”There must have thrill a ballplayer can have is when Field in Tecolote been some big league arms in the Cerro Pueblo Senior Apartments resident and loyal New York Yankees Canyon.” your son takes after you. That North Clairemont Little League. fan Bob Raymond stands on the site of Clairemont’s original Little Tom then Larry Fandel is nostalgic. “My biggest happened when my Bobby was in his photo by Bill Swank League field on Clairemont Drive. rattled off the memory is that spectators could park championship Little League game. He names of over their cars along the first or third base really showed me something. Struck would drag the infields before games twenty kids who played at Sampo and lines. When there was a good play or a out three times. Made an error that lost with a section of chain link fence the coaches of all six teams. home run, the place would go wild the game. Parents were throwing towed behind a truck. Then either one “Mr. Sampo had a construction with a cacophony of horns blaring. But things at our car and swearing at us as of the coaches or sometimes one of company and, as I remember, lived sadly, drive-in baseball has gone the we drove off. Gosh, I was proud.” the kids would water down the infield right by the field. On reflection, he way of the drive in-theater.” and run the chalk lines down the first was quite generous to let the league Larry has another memory, perhaps and third baselines. I used to love use the property,” he said. shared by other former Little Leaguers. doing that stuff and thought the field Bob remembered the Jones brothers “Sorry, I really don’t remember much looks so cool when it was freshly For More Little League Stories see page 13 were on the Giants.“Their father was a about baseball other than chowing

Clairemont’s Long Forgotten Little League Ballfields

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San Diego Fire Stations - 2017 Citygate Report City cries budget shortfall but continues to green light non-optimal projects

The February 2017 Citygate report was just issued, 84% of calls are medical and 2.39% are for fires.The reports analysis is limited and does not show; FRS 56 in West UC, ambulance times and the effects on patient outcomes by not building the Governor to I-5 connector or the Regents Road Bridge. The old 2010 Citygate report used radii to determine both the UCSD and 50 fire stations proposed locations. By contrast the new 2017 report uses travel times and distances to determine the location of firehouses. San Diego has many canyons and radii models are a flawed method to determine fire station placement in urban areas interrupted by canyons. For example a house may be a quarter of a mile across a canyon using radii, but a 3 mile drive from a fire station. Based on the old radii report fire station 50 is located at Nobel and Shoreline. 50’s isolated location with a canyon to the south and airport to the east provides little bang for the buck. The new 2017 report came to the March 8th PSLN City Council sub-committee as an information item. The question now is; are we going to use it or fast track station 50 based on the old 2010 radii report? The attached illustration includes both of the proposed fires stations for our area; UCSD and 50.The city goal is

UTC or 27 in Clairemont (illustration below center).You do not need graphics to illustrate that 50 in its current location will not serve UC very well; you only need to have lived in UC. The optimal location for 50 to support both Clairemont and UTC would be in the vicinity of Governor Drive & Genesee Avenue (illustration below right). Why is 50 not near Governor & Genesee? Well UTC has a substantial FBA budget so it has the 12 million dollars to build fire station 50, UCSD also has the money to build their new fire station; Clairemont and University City do not have the budget. Although the 12 million to build each new station will come from UCSD & UTC the 2.2 million a year operating cost, for each station, comes out of the general city budget which both Clairemont and University City help pay for.That 2.2 million a year adds up to 220 million dollars a century, bringing the total century cost for each station to 232 million dollars.The phrase “City of San Diego” had become a misnomer when it comes to placing emergency assets. What we currently have are Economic Fiefdoms who have the money to build a station that serves them well but not those outside of their community who are also paying for operation. If 50 remains at Nobel and Shoreline then UTC will soon have 3 fire stations. As a consequence during the evening rush, when emergency calls are the greatest, the bulk of our emergency assets will have to fight rush hour traffic to get

fire station in the vicinity of Governor and Genesee? Fire stations cost 232 million a century to build and operate. If the city is serious about their budget

to have a first responder at a house 7 ½ minutes after a 911 call is made. Currently 50 is located 1 ½ miles from 35 so there is considerable overlap. 50’s proposed location fails to reach University City in 7 ½ minutes during evening rush hour which is also the peak time for emergency calls (below left illustration). During non-rush hour 50 is barely better than either; 35 in

south from UTC. Every consultant, citizen and politician recognizes that north south traffic is the problem, so why are we deploying so many assets in UTC along an east west line? Building 50 at Nobel and Shoreline is a mistake. However if it is built Citygate is still recommending another new fire station in UC. Why not just build one

why not build one optimally placed station instead of two? See lower right illustration. For additional detail go to: One Fire Station or Two, 2016 Ballot Looms, March 2016 Clairemont Times, Page 9. I believe the fissure that has existed over the Regents Road Bridge is a factor in placing 50 at Nobel and Shoreline, since this forces the new UC fire

Commentary by Louis Rodolico

station, not to be central, but to be in west UC, like the current FRS 56.This is all part of a private Grande Bargain about 8 years ago.The current placement of fire stations came out of unpublished sub-committee meetings between UCPG and, I assume, Citygate and the Fire Department. UCPG does not publish their sub-committee meetings which is a Brown Act violation.The Regents Road Bridge controversy has resulted in banning anyone form East UC from being on the UCPG board and has placed the FRS in West UC, not central to best serve the community. In my opinion this underrepresentation of East UC exasperates the problem.To help resolve it, West, Central and East UC should be separate UCPG areas. UCPG announced, at their last meeting, that they do not like to publish too much detail because it just confuses people. I hope this writing has helped to remove some of that confusion. The city is crying budget shortfall, but is the city willing to take an overall look at spending? Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 website:

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Beauty and the Beast by Lolo & Big J

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When her father Maurice is taken prisoner after wandering into a strange castle and picking a rose from the garden of its monstrous resident, the Beast, Belle trades herself for his freedom. Now a permanent guest in the Beast’s castle, she begins to discover not everything at this place is as it seems on the surface. “Beauty and the Beast” is directed by Bill Condon and is a live action adaptation of Disney’s 1991 best picture nominated animated film of the same name. It stars Emma Watson as Belle, the intelligent, well read outcast of her small French village ... every day like the one before. Joining her are Kevin Kline, who plays her father Maurice, deemed crazy by their little town full of little people; Luke Evans, who plays her unwanted admirer and all around self-centered jerk Gaston ... who uses antlers in all of his decorating; Josh Gad, who plays Gaston’s flunky sidekick LeFou; and Dan Stevens as the titular Beast..and there may be something there that wasn’t there before between he and Belle.Also in the film primarily in voice form are Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Nathan Mack as Chip, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, and Audra MacDonald as the operatically-inclined Madame Garderobe. Unfortunately, all of the secondary characters are far more interesting than Belle and the Beast both together and apart, but this movie is not called “Lumiere and Cogsworth,” now is it? Since this version is almost entirely an adaptation of the animated film, audience members should know what to expect going into this live action version if they have seen the original. It’s the same story with the same major plot points.There are some changes, a few new songs, a few alterations to previous songs, and a few new scenes. Disney also attempts to close some of the plot holes from the original as well. This version gives the audience a little more back story on Belle’s family through an extremely contrived plot device.This is one of the changes we did not like and it brought the film to a screeching halt.This version also gives some explanation as to why the Beast is the way he his, along with some culpability for the servants of the castle who faced punishment for the Beast’s actions at the beginning of the story.We are glad this particular change was included because many were left wondering why all of the Beast’s servants suffered the same fate he did in the animated tale. The world these characters exist in feels a little artificial at times and harkens back to classic live action Disney musicals, though this can be seen as a positive and a negative depending on how you look at it. BigJ felt this was done on purpose, and I saw it as lazy conceptual work and bad digital implementation, especially coming off of a successful remake like “The Jungle Book” from last year. Some of the CGI is very good, however the biggest point of contention for both of us is the character of the Beast himself, especially in his face. It lacks a bit of depth, looks somewhat cartoonish at times, and isn’t as hard and jagged as the Beast from the animated version. One of the most important parts of any movie is casting.We were thrilled when the final cast list was announced for this movie, so how did they all hold up in reality? Mostly, everyone is “fine,” and that’s the biggest compliment we can give them. Josh Gad, Luke Evans, and Kevin Kline are excellent, whereas Emma Watson and Dan Stevens are only okay, but the chemistry between the two of them is unfortunately quite lackluster. Finally, the classic songs we know and love from our childhoods are still as splendid as always.While most remain the same, some of the lyrics are changed here and there. BigJ feels these changes were necessary to organically fit into this version of the story, and

while I can buy that for the most part, some of the alterations worked and some felt distracting and unnecessary. Then, we have the issue of the entirely new-to-the-movie tunes.These ones aren’t quite as memorable as the others and were apparently made by Alan Menken for the original movie, but were left on the cutting room floor.They seem to be injected for Academy consideration only. It is hard for us to look at this piece of film independently from its source, which is something we have always tried to do in the past.Where we may see differences as flaws, some new film goers who have never seen the original may feel completely differently than we do. For us, this is mostly an entertaining film that can be fun and may make you smile if you don’t think about it too hard. It’s not as bad as we were fearing, but it is nowhere near as fantastic as we had ultimately hoped it would be. Our rating: 3/5. “Beauty and the Beast” is directed by Bill Condon and stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Ewan McGregor, and Ian McKellan. It is rated PG for some thematically scary elements and frightening images. Visit our blog at for more reviews, and follow us @lololovesfilms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for extra content! For inquiries or comments, please email:

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Beers by the Bay Amplified Ale Works in Miramar by Brian Riehm

The establishment of the Amplified Ale Works tasting room in Miramar, at 9030 Kenamar Dr #309, is the result of the growth and popularity of the namesake restaurant in Pacific Beach. Alex Pierson moved California Kebab Restaurant from the San Diego State area to the beach in 2012. After enjoying home brewing, he tried his

background. Musical themes abound in both the merchandise and beer names. Bar tables are decorated in themes: rock, punk, or alternative, using album cover art. The flight board used to hold tasters is shaped like a guitar. The non-musical decoration is the World Beer Cup “American Style Wheat” gold medal for Whammy Bar Wheat along with two silver medals from the San Diego International Beer Festival. The six beers I sampled were all excellent. I started with Pig Nose Pale Ale, bitter and hopped-up with four hops. It was delicious with a crisp

Clairemont Little League Jock-and-Cup Stories by Bill Swank

Tasting Room Manager Sebastian with the right glass style for every beer.

hand at brewing commercially at the restaurant. Alex wanted a musical theme for the renamed restaurant, because he and his business partner had become friends going to local shows. Eventually, the demand for the house beers at Amplified caused Alex to open a larger production facility in Miramar almost a year ago. I talked to both Alex and his tasting room and sales manager, Sebastian Widman about their beers and the tasting room. Alex is very pleased with that all of his beers are gluten-reduced. The gluten reduction doesn’t impact the taste or the sugars available to the yeast in the fermenting process. After sampling their beers, I agree. I couldn’t tell the difference from untreated beers. Amplified brews across a wide range of styles, with 16 beers on tap at both locations. IPAs, pales, stouts, and Belgians were available during my visit. A big change coming to Amplified is the decision to start canning beers, to start on April 4th. One of the first beers canned will be a dry-hopped Imperial Kölsch,“Reel Big Kölsch,” a collaboration with recording artists Reel Big Fish. The other will be a juicy, hazy pale ale; Juice Springsteen & the Yeast Street Band. The Amplified tasting room is located in a strip mall with plenty of parking. When I walked in, I immediately noticed a Stevie Ray Vaughn video providing musical

finish. The Bearded Guard is a Biere de Garde, one of my favorite styles, but little brewed in San Diego. This ale had a heavy malt character and a complex taste from Belgian esters. Electrocution IPA is the flagship beer of Amplified. It had a very rich hop taste, but without the normal bitterness. The Amarillo and Mosaic hops are used in this beer are some of my favorites. The find of the evening was Black Hole Saison, brewed with midnight wheat to give a darker, chocolate taste to the Saison, but little bitterness. Juniper berries and Rosemary round out the spicing. It is rare to find such a new unique taste with all the breweries here in San Diego. This just released beer will hopefully win some awards. Smokin’ Kiwi is a smoked hoppy red, a lighter version of the style, with the smoke flavor very much in the background, for just a little added flavor. Since it was still March, I finished off with Irish Lullabies, a dry Irish Stout on nitro. This was more chocolatey and smooth, rather than rich and sweet, and a very nice finish to the evening. Amplified Ale Works is a beer lover’s dream. They have a full line up and high quality across numerous styles; an under-rated gem, worth the visit. Brian Riehm is a long-time Clairemont resident and follower of the local craft beer scene. You can keep up with all his beer reviews by following @BrianRiehm on Twitter and reading his blog (

not find female protective cups. In the 1960s, Therefore, the two girls my neighbor’s on his team would have 10-year-old son, to wear boys’ athletic Joey Schickler, supporters and cups. was a catcher for The main memory of one of the Balboa my son’s first year in Little League Little League is a cute, teams. He was a little redheaded girl in nice kid, but not the batters box wearing much of a a batting helmet with ballplayer. His her ponytails stylishly younger brother, coming out of each Patrick, couldn’t earhole ... and a wait to be old pronounced bulge in enough to play the front of her uniform Little League. pants. Their mother In 2010, the remembered a Clairemont Hilltoppers time Patrick could Little League hosted barely walk home Sporto Vilkair (Sport from school. Upon Wolves), a baseball team questioning, the of 11 and 12-year-olds younger Schickler from Vilnius, Lithuania. reluctantly The Lithuanians spoke admitted that he little English, but were Lithuanian catcher wears his athletic wore his big surprisingly adept at supporter and cup on the outside of his uniform. (photo by Bill Swank) brother’s playing our national protective cup in pastime. While his underwear watching the game from behind home that day. Unfortunately, he inserted the plate, I noticed the catcher had an cup upside down and his inner thighs unusual item of equipment. It wasn’t were rubbed raw. until he turned around that I realized 1975 was the first year my oldest he was wearing his jockstrap on the son, Eric, played at Balboa Little outside of his uniform like a codpiece. League. Along with the other parents, I Between innings, I asked a young lady attended a pre-season meeting at the who was acting as translator why was coach’s home. He explained two new the catcher wearing his supporter on rules: girls would be allowed to play the outside. As she talked with the Little League baseball for the first time catcher, neither betrayed any reaction and all players were required to wear to my question. The young lady matter protective cups. He gave a detailed of factly explained that the boy wore account of his conversations with his jock and protective cup on the doctors, nurses, trainers and sporting outside of his uniform because it was goods store managers, but he could more comfortable that way.

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Clean Trails in San Diego by Steve Jewett

Clean Trails is a volunteer group known as the “Erasers” of litter for our trails and outdoors. Each Clean Trails volunteer knows that the environment needs all of us to help to keep our trails free from litter. Not only is litter unsightly and bad for the flora and fauna of our local trails, but it ruins the outdoor experience for everyone. Unfortunately, right now there is all too much litter on our trails. Litter happens both accidentally and intentionally. The litter found on our trails includes a long list of bad things; wrappers, water bottles, caps, dog waste and so much more. How it got there is a long story but we at Clean Trails are working hard to eliminate litter from San Diego area trails.

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Mansa, Red Willow, Spiny Rush, Pacific Blackberry and Soft Rush) that require a bit more water. Exotic plants may need watering three times a week, while these need water about once a week. For the dryer areas, there are 73 easy to grow plants to choose from,

Earth Day Continued from page 1 for more information. Please help members of the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group help to restore this area of important waterfowl habitat to a more pristine condition on Saturday April 22nd from 9 am until 12pm. This creek mouth is part of a mudflat and the work will be messy. Waders or grungy clothing are recommended.

including Oregon Grape for Clairemont, a winter and spring bloomer and Purple Sage for Mira Mesa, which blooms in the spring and summer. Calscape has all this information and more ( to help you select native plants that are suitable for your area. You can check by zip code or town/city name to see what plants work well where you live. You will see groupings of plants under full sun, shade, trees, annuals, perennials, succulents and more. Calscape shows the blooming seasons, the color of the bloom, how big they get, if they need summer water, and other pertinent plant facts. From this guide you can select a variety of plants giving you year round color. Ready to plant natives? Come to the native plant sale Saturday April 29 at the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon, from 9 am to 3 pm. Another opportunity to help our environment on Earth Day is to participate in San Diego Mesa College’s annual Canyon Day cleanup. Tecolote Canyon Natural Park Ranger Janice Lavallee leads this event that has involved the local community since 2008. For more information, visit 17352314/ or ommunications/community/canyon-day/ .

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Tecolote Nature Center

5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110 • 858-581-9959 Monday – Closed, Tuesday –Saturday 9:00-4:00, Sunday 9:00-2:00 Saturday, April 15 9:00-11:00 AM – Weed Warriors Canyon clean up with Ranger Janice Sunday, April 16 9:00 AM Sunday in the Garden Volunteer with Park Ranger Steven Get dirty, have fun, help out your community Wednesday, April 19 1:30 – 3:00 PM Art & Activities for Kids This month’s theme is Earth day. Meet a critter from Project Wildlife and create nature related crafts. Thursday, April 20 10:00-11:30 Nature Adventures! Bothersome (But Beneficial) Backyard Bandits! Raccoons, Opossums, Skunks ... and one wears a mask! These are nocturnal animals we often see, hear and SMELL in our own yards! Learn why they are human helpers. Sing 3 new songs about them. Saturday, April 22 8:00 AM Audubon Society Bird Walk All skill levels welcome

10 Thumbs by Chris O’Connell

Bark Mulch One of My Go To Ground Covers Over the course of my lifetime, I cannot begin to tally how much bark mulch I have wheel barreled and spread. Good quality bark mulch has been a go to for decades. Every Spring it started out raking and bagging leaves. From there it was re edging the beds around the perimeter of the house. If I was not working at the family house, it was summer landscaping jobs, and now as a homeowner tending to our own property. All the rain we had this winter has been great, the downside weeds. I recently had a private company dump 5 yards of the black mulch. The deep dark color can make your yard and your landscape pop. Did I need 5 yards probably not, but the trick is lay it down thick if your goal is weed suppression. If you spread it too thin those little weeds they will find the daylight. A pesky weed or two might make it up, but it is far easier just grabbing that token weed. What about filter cloth you might ask, for me no dice when it comes to

mulch. However, for all the rocks and dg I have spread at our place filter cloth was a must. The areas where I have mulch I want to plant and grow more things and over time the mulch lessens and mixes in with the native soil when next Spring comes around another new layer of the good stuff. No more weeding and a continuous new transformation each year. I am not saying my way is the right way, but it works for me. Do your research or talk to your gardener, this can be a very inexpensive way to spruce up your property. Where am I going with all this? Well, take a ride up to the Miramar Greenery for City of San Diego residents the price can be right and some mulch is even free. • City of San Diego residents may self-load up to two cubic yards of compost or mulch for free with proof of residency. There is a charge for this product if Greenery staff loads the compost or mulch. There is also a charge for wood chips. • Fees must be paid at the Miramar Landfill fee booth located at the landfill’s entrance. • All Greenery products are priced by the cubic yard and include sales tax. One cubic yard is equal to the size of six 32-gallon trash cans.

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Calling all inventors and creators. There are four more sessions of Pursuing the Spark: Moving Inventors and Creators Forward seminars this month. Join us for information you can use to move your project forward. Topics still to be covered are How Do I Create Affordable Prototypes?; What are Crowdfunding and Kickstarter?; How do I create marketing and business plans?; and How do I present my ideas? The Second Tuesday Concert will feature Alex Ciavarelli with a jazz guitar performance. Come enjoy the great sounds and the cool vibe of this library’s space. Finally, Health Information at Your Fingertips on Saturday, April 22 will give you the secret to finding reliable health information on the internet. There is always an exciting opportunity, development or inspiration happening at your library! Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include Second Tuesday Concert Series – Alex Ciavarelli 4/11 6:30pm Health Information at Your Fingertips 4/22 11am Third Tuesday Banned Books Club 4/18 6pm meeting at an alternate location Wednesdays: Chair Yoga 11:30am E-Book Clinic Various Saturdays 10am Call or come in to sign up. Basic Computer Skills Various Saturdays 10am Call or come in to sign up. Bargain Book Sale, 4/8 9:30-1 Find lots of high quality books at low, low prices! Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs Mondays:Sign Language Story Time (Ages 1-5) 10am Tuesdays:Rhythm & Rhyme Story Time (Ages 1-5) 11:45am Wednesdays:Craft Time (ages 3-8 years) 5pm Saturdays:Lego Builders’ Club (Ages 3-8) 2pm Sparkles Reading Party (Ages 3-8 years) – 2nd & 4th Saturdays at 10:30am Crazy 8 Math Club (ages 6-12 years) –Beginning Season 2 April 6th Do Your Homework @ the Library Mon through Thurs only Receive free assistance with your K-8 homework.

April is month of celebrations! Visit the library and check out a book from our terrific displays celebrating National Library Week, National Poetry Month, National Humor Month, Titanic Remembrance Day, Bat Appreciation Day and Earth Day! Special Events Thursdays: Adult Writer’s Group returns 2pm Whether you are a regular or new to the group join us to share your writing talents. National Library Week Celebration @ your Library 4/12 1-2:30 Come and meet Councilman Chris Cate! He will join us from 1:00-1:30 to share his love of the library by reading one of his favorite children’s books. There will be crafts, face painting of your favorite book characters and of course a Dewey Decimal Scavenger Hunt. All welcome. Adrienne Nims & Spirit Wind Music Program for Adults 4/12 6pm Adrienne will bring her passionate energy and dazzling musicianship along with her talented band, Spirit Wind, to our library! Bring a friend or two. D.I.Y. Teen Project 4/19 3:30-4:30 Teens: 12 – 18 years old. Join us on the patio each month, for a new craft. This month we’ll be making a cloud light that you can hang up in your bedroom. Bugs inside Out! 4/26 2pm A local entomologist (scientist who studies insects) teaches all about bugs! Learn about their survival strategies, observe and study bugs with microscopes and more. Ages 9-12. Friends of the Balboa Library BIG Book Sale! 4/29 10-3 Are you looking for a giant selection of books at very low prices? Stop by and peruse our many books, dvds, magazines and more. New! Tech Tutoring 4/1, 4/15, 4/19, 4/26 & 4/29 12:30-1:30 Are you looking to expand your technology skills? Do you need a hand figuring out your tablet or phone? Make an appointment for 1 on 1assistance! We’ll help take you from novice to confident! Sign-up required. New! STEAM Series A=Art with Qixels 4/28 3:30-4:30 3rd – 6th grades.Bring your creativity and we will provide the Qixels. Fuse your Qixel creation with a blast of water also provided and you have a Qixel masterpiece to take home. Sign up required. Recurring Events Children’s Events

Wee Reads 4/7, 4/14 & 4/21 10:30 B-5y/o Join us for a fantastic time at the library with stories, rhymes, and songs. Enjoy a special Earth Day Wee Reads on 4/21 Preschool Story Craft with Miss Remi 4/6 & 4/20 10am Pre-5y/oListen to a terrific story and enjoy creating a related craft. Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 4/13 & 4/27 10am B-5y/o Miss Jennifer enhances well-loved kid’s stories w/signing, then singing & bubbles! Chapter Book Storytime with Miss Terri 4/5, 4/19 & 4/26 6pm K – 2nd grades.Storytime for our early readers. Come and listen while practicing listening skills. Children’s Book Club Discussion 4/21 3:45-4:45 3rd – 6th grades. Join us for a lively discussion! Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm Enjoy working on a new craft each week. Bring your creativity and a friend and have fun! Mondays: Lego Club 4-5pm K – 6th Come build amazing creations, crafted from Lego. Paws to Read 4/11 6pm K – 5th Emerging readers, come read to our Love on a Leash certified dogs. They listen to stories as you practice reading in a positive and encouraging environment. Drop in & Play 4/28 10:30am B-5y/o Parents & children come enjoy an informal playtime, while getting to know other families Pajama Signing Storytime 4/25 6pm B-5y/o Come in your PJs and enjoy stories told through signing with Ms. Jennifer. Adult Events Chair Yoga for Adults 4/3 & 4/10 11:15-12 Join us for this relaxing fitness program, presented by Lois Schenker. Tuesdays: ESL Group for Adults 12-3 Volunteer Mrs. Henderson assists adults in reading, writing, & speaking English in everyday life. Stitching Circle 4/4 & 4/11 1:30-3 Bring your knitting, crocheting, & other stitching projects for a chance to share ideas & helpful hints with fellow hobbyists. Instruction may be provided. Balboa Branch Library Book Discussion 4/18 11:45 Engage with fellow readers through a new selection every month. This month we’ll read and discuss A Perfect Spy by John LeCarre.

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The Clairemont Library will be closed for two weeks, April 10-21, and when we reopen the process of checking books in and out will be much faster and easier. The book drop will remain open during this time and any holds waiting here will have their expiration dates extended an additional two weeks. Contact the library with any questions. Adults Fridays: Tech Friday 3pm Come learn how to get the most from your electronic devices, phones, tablets and laptops. This is an informal event so bring your questions and your devices and we’ll help you answer that question that’s been bothering you. Literary Book Club 4/5 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, “Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Music Concert with The Mesa College Serratones 4/26 6pm Free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library. Tweens/Teens Art Class 4/5 4pm Robert Gulli, a local artist presents an art classfor kids and teens. All painting supplies are provided. Book Club for Kids— 4/25 4:30pm 9 and up! This student-run club is a chance for young people to read and discuss their favorite books. Sign up by visiting or calling the library. Saturdays: Button Making 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Tuesdays:Homework Help 6pm Free help is available for children who are stuck on a particular question or concept or just need assistance with a paper or report. Thursdays:Kids Craft Club 4pm Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time! Children Sign Language Storytime 4/6 10:30am Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Stories and Play 4/27 10:30am Joyce leads a fun storytime with stories, songs and play! Fridays:Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran! 10:30am Join Miss Fran as she reads fun picture books and sings songs!

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Name: Chicken Age: 15 years old Gender: Spayed female Breed: Siamese mix ID #: 237624 Adoption Fee: $25 Chicken, a 15-year-old Siamese mix, is looking for a loving home to call her own. Her previous owner fell ill and unfortunately could no longer take care of her. A shelter is no place for a shy, senior girl like her, and she’d love to find a family to love very soon.

Her caregivers describe her as an affectionate old soul. She loves to be with her humans and will purr

and rub her head on your hands for attention. She’s a no fuss, no muss kind of gal, who just wants to be your only kitty with a warm spot to take naps and someone to rub her cheeks. Her adoption fee includes her spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, 30 days worry-free insurance from Trupanion Insurance, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam! Chicken is available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society’s Oceanside Campus at 572 Airport Road. To learn more about making her part of your family, please call (760) 757-4357. ADOPTION HOURS: 7 DAYS A WEEK 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

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works year round scouting players, speaking with coaches, community members, and sponsors. From top to bottom our objective is to build a successful organization year after year. The staff takes great pride helping players achieve their goals playing college and professional baseball. The staff works hard to have eligible and qualified players sign to play professional baseball. It’s our knowledge, dedication and determination that set us apart. Come out and see our games at Madison High School this summer and be part of the Force family. For more information, visit our website and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

San Diego Force Facts • 3rd Place 2016 NBC World Series • 35-10 2016 Season • 40-8 2015 SEASON • 7 Division Championships • 3 League Championships • 9 World Series Appearances • .847 winning percentage • 325 plus games won since 2008 • Average 38 wins per season • 125 plus players signed to Professional baseball • Numerous awards and recommendations accomplished in 9 years.

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Who is Calling and What Do They Want?!!! Hiya, was formerly known as the Whitepages Caller ID & Security Call Blocker. This is a Free, highly rated, downloadable app that is available from the App Store and the Google Play Store. It can automatically protect you from Malicious and Unwanted calls, provide Caller ID, and Reverse Number Look-Up.You search phone numbers, and access and control info within the Hiya app. It also provides detailed info that includes a “threat level rating,” and helpful users’ comments that detail their experience with that number. Hiya can block and send straight to voicemail, the following: Scammers - Want money or are found to be fraudulent. - BAD. Blacklisted calls - Numbers you

choose to block. - GOOD. Spam - Calls from telemarketers, bill collectors, solicitors. - ANNOYING. In addition to using Hiya, I am also registered with the: National Do Not Call Registry You can register one time (registration Never expires), your landline and cell phone numbers. 1. Online at: www. (you have to respond to a confirmation email.) 2. Call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register. There is no way to rid yourself 100% of these calls, but by using these two tools, you can get pretty close. Smiles and Safe Searching, Kim Schultz (see page 5)

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