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


News of the Neighborhoods


APRIL 2018


San Diego Community College District and San Diego Unified Set to Hold Joint Board Meeting on April 17 at Clairemont High School Expanded opportunities for high school students to enroll in community college courses and making college free through the San Diego Promise will be among

Unified School District (SDUSD) hold a joint board meeting on April 17. The meeting, which is open to the general public, is the seventh

Representatives from the San Diego Community College District Board of Trustees and the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education will meet on April 17 at Clairemont High School starting at 5 p.m.

the topics discussed when the governing boards of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) and the San Diego

since the two boards first held a joint session in 2011. Past meetings have focused on SEE SDCCDB, page 5



San Diego’s Deadball Nine by Bill Swank

It’s a new baseball season. One hundred and fifty years ago, pitchers were required to throw the ball over the center of the base so the striker could hit it. The game we know and love today was quite different in the 19th Century. It wasn’t until 1893 that the pitcher’s rubber was moved out to 60 feet, 6 inches. By that time, pitchers were trying to strike the batter out. Professional baseball is divided into eras: the 19th Century (1871-1899), the Deadball Era (1900-1919) and the Modern Era (with its many subheadings). Home runs were rare until Babe Ruth began pounding a “livelier” ball over outfield fences at a previously unimagined rate. “Fans” didn’t exist in the 19th Century. People who followed base ball (two words) were known instead as “cranks.” A crank was a crazy person. The term was meant as an insult. When it became accepted into the vernacular, a new insult had to be found. Cranks became known as “fans.” The word may not sound insulting, but what do fans do? They blow air, just as leather-lunged cranks blew air at the players, the managers and, especially, at the umpires. How many know that San Diego County is “The Birth Place of

Baseball in California?”The first recorded evidence of baseball being played in the Golden State appears in the diary of Azariah Smith, an 18-year-old private with the Mormon Battalion. On March 6, 1847, Smith, while in bivouac at Mission San Luis Rey near present day Oceanside, wrote,“We drilled as before and through the day we play ball and amuse ourselves the best we can. It is cool weather and clothing scarce.” The first organized game in San Diego was not played until almost 25 years later on May 6, 1871 when 18 eager ballists met on the (Horton) Plaza in New Town. Nobody bothered to keep score, proof that San Diego has always been laid back. Although it took a long time for baseball to blossom in San Diego, a surprising number of 19th Century ballplayers found their way to paradise and died here. The following nine profiles of San Diego transplants from the “pre-deadball era” would make a competitive “nine” on any diamond. Though technically not “deadballers,” these men played with a dead ball and they are, most certainly, dead. So, here, revitalized in alphabetical order, your S-a-n-D-i-e-g-o Deadball Nine! SEE Deadball Nine, page 8

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Happy April! When I think of April I think of baseball, and while I am not a super crank I am a crank. This month as you saw on page 1 Bill Swank returns to his writing roots with a baseball column. The San Diego Historical Society identified Bill Swank as "San Diego's preeminent baseball historian." I believe it to whenever we sit down to chat he is always talking ball, I love it. I never heard of 99% of the guys but I love it! I hope you all like the Deadball Nine it is a truly unique piece. Also, as you see to the right here Swanky put out a call to action for you, the readers, if you can help him out please oblige. Last month I introduced you to a new journalist Tanya Sawhney whom I am extremely happy to have working with the paper. This month Tanya wrote a very informative piece on HomeSchooling (p3) which I hope you will all enjoy. I am excited to introduce yet another new contributor Major

Garrett a real Clairemont native from way back in the day, check out his introductory Padres column on page 10 where he comes out swinging. This is going to be a fun column and hopefully a fun baseball season for the hometown team. Major welcome aboard! I tell people often I fell as* backwards into creating a newspaper this was never in my plans ever, and yet here are into our 7th year. Thank you to the readers, and the business owners who make this paper possible as well as the close to one hundred people behind the scenes who make each edition happen. In closing, this edition is dedicated to my father a lifelong newspaper employee and WWII vet. Dad would have been 92 this month, he may be gone, but he is never forgotten. Enjoy this edition folks and as always, feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance at (858) 752-9779 or

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WANTED: Photos of Oscar’s and Clairemont Theater by Bill Swank

Nobody seems to have photographs of two North Clairemont Square landmarks: Oscar’s Drive-In and the Clairemont Theater. If you don’t have a photo, feel free to share your memories of these former Clairemont institutions. San Diego ate double-deck hamburgers at Oscar’s Drive-Ins long before In-N-Out came to town. My memory of the Oscar’s on Clairemont Mesa involves Ronnie Bushy the drummer for Iron Butterfly. Who can forget “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida?” Before fame, Bushy didn’t have a car and was always begging rides from friends. Eventually, he got a tiny German Prinz, an early version Ron Bushy “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” drum solo. of today’s Smart Car only uglier. It had a very distinctive style and picked it up and set the tiny auto on size, so when we saw it in Oscar’s top of the hill with all four wheels parking lot... we knew Ronnie was dangling in the air. inside the local hangout. I’m still not sure how he got it This was in the days when there was always some kind of construction down. Please send your photo(s) to Bill at the Square. The Prinz was parked beside a small mound of dirt, so we Swank:

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Homeschooling: A Growing Trend in American Education by Tanya Sawhney

Every educational system lays out a wide range of opportunities to help students stay involved in the learning

process. It is hard to say how many children are being homeschooled in the United States, but this significant number has been growing at a fast pace. Many Americans seem to have joined this fast growing educational trend. As a parent, you only want what is best for your child. This new innovative technique is a parent driven movement with the curriculum chosen, purchased and instructed by the parent. To ensure that their children receive adequate education, an increasing number of parents are choosing to teach their children at home. Recent statistics indicate that 1.8 million kids were homeschooled in the United States in 2012. This shows a significant rise from 850,000 in 1999 to 1.1 million in 2003. Today, homeschooling is becoming a part of the mainstream. It is legal for parents to homeschool their children in all 50 states, each with varying requirements. When parents decide to homeschool, they take on the duties and responsibilities of both a teacher and administrator. This environment allows the child to lead the way for the natural learning process. Homeschooling families design curriculum in a way that helps the kids understand lessons by experiencing them, they learn about the world in a way that is appropriate to their abilities and interests. For instance, a science lesson could include field trips to science centers and nature walks. Grammar lessons are taught from reading books and real conversations. Similarly, history is learned from visits to historical sites or museums. Elisa Hilliard, a homeschool mom

for the past 15 years shares that children have an opportunity to interact with a larger group of people from different age groups when they are homeschooled. As far as the social aspect goes, Elisa says that homeschool cooperatives, enrichment classes which are held at various locations are an effective medium for socialization. Her advice to families thinking about homeschooling their kids is to stop worrying about whether they are doing it the ‘right way’ because it is a lifestyle which concerns about what’s right for you and your family. Parents can choose to homeschool either

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independently by filing with the state or with a private school for support. State funded charters are also an option for new homeschool families to help with financial assistance says Elisa. Linda prefers to make educational choices for her children herself because she knows her children better than anyone and consequently which programs would benefit them. “My son is a sharp sky observer so we make sure to take him to every astronomical event at the science museum and after returning we help him write a report on his experience” says Linda who believes that homeschooling is about making SEE Homeschooling, page 6

First things first! Senior Engineer Sharon Humphreys from SANDAG, will speak to us about the Mid Coast Trolley project and its impact on the Balboa/Morena area. Welcome to our next meeting on Wednesday,April 4th. Our program should interest all Clairemont locals. Ms. Humphreys will be speaking right after the opening of the meeting and give a 15-minute presentation with questions afterwards. Find out what’s happening at the entrance to Clairemont! In addition, there will be an election of officers for the coming fiscal year. The big excitement for us is our annual Fundraiser FASHION WALK FOR WARRIORS benefiting the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station (WF-FS) right here in San Diego. At our last meeting, two speakers told us about the wonderful things the Foundation does to help veterans transition to civilian life including getting sports back into their lives. Two of their veterans partook in the Paralympics in S. Korea playing basketball. WF-FS also reunites families by sending them home during the holidays by providing them with airline tickets and having parents here when

they are faced with hospital confinements. There is also a village downtown that veterans can live in and relearn to take care of themselves. All volunteers and administrators serve without pay! So, mark this on your calendar as a fundraiser to support and have an enjoyable afternoon. Here are the details of our Fundraiser: It will be held Saturday,April 21 at the Butcher Shop in Kearny Mesa. No Host bar at 11:30, sit down lunch and festivities from Noon - 3pm. Fashions by Chico’s, door prizes and basket raffles Tickets are $45. Treat yourself and a family member or friends to a pleasant afternoon and support a great cause. For tickets, contact Bea at 858-278-1821 or Mary at 858-292-8698. In March, the book club discussed The Passion of Artemisia by Susan Vreeland, who was a San Diego author and the Daytime Gourmets enjoyed meeting at the Godfather restaurant. A trip to Viejas Casino was also enjoyed. We hope to see you at our April meeting to learn about us and how we serve the community. We meet at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Avenue. Park around the corner in the church parking on Mt.Albertine. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. and refreshments will be served. For more information about CWC, visit our websites at or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 or Evelyn at (858) 279-4367.

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Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Enforcement Operations Underway in San Diego The San Diego Police Department recently began bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operations with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists, bicyclist and pedestrians. Routine traffic patrols will focus efforts in trouble spots while special targeted patrols in the Pacific Beach and Downton area will also be deployed to crackdown on drivers, pedestrians, bicyclist and scooter riders who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users. The department has mapped out locations over the past 3 years where pedestrian and bicycle involved collisions have occurred along with the violations that led to those crashes. Officers will be looking for traffic offenses made by drivers, bicyclist and pedestrians alike that can lead to life changing injuries. Special attention will be directed toward drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to stop for signs and signals, failing to yield to pedestrians in cross walks or any other dangerous violation. Additionally, enforcement will be taken for observed violations when pedestrians cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Pedestrians should cross the street only in marked crosswalks or intersections. Pedestrian fatalities are rising in California as more people use non-motorized means of transportation. Locally, the San Diego police Department has investigated 1000’s of fatal and injury collisions involving Bicyclist and pedestrians during the past three (3) years. In 2013, California witnessed 701 pedestrian deaths accounting for over 23 percent of all roadway fatalities, much higher than the national average of 15 percent. A national study reveals that pedestrians and drivers do not obey laws and signals consistently and many often use cell phones, text and listen to music while walking or driving. Only 60 percent of pedestrians said they expected drivers to stop when they were in crosswalks, even though they have the right-of-way. The following safety tips can save lives and stop this tragedy: Drivers can: - Look out for bicyclist and pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night

or in bad weather. - Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are likely to be. - Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to the pedestrians too. - Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path - ‘Share the road’ with bicyclists - Be courteous; California law now mandates at least three feet of clearance when passing a bike riders - Look for cyclists before opening a car door or pulling out from a parking space - Yield to cyclists at intersections and as directed by signs and signals - Be especially watchful for riders when making turns, either left or right Bicyclists: - Wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. If under 18 years of age, it’s the law - A helmet is the single most effective way to prevent head injury resulting from a bicycle crash - Riders are considered vehicle operators; they are required to obey the same rules of the road as other vehicle operators, including obeying traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. - When cycling in the street, cyclists must ride in the same direction as traffic. - Bicyclists should increase their visibility to drivers by wearing fluorescent or brightly colored clothing during the day, and at dawn and dusk - To be noticed when riding at night, the law requires a front light and a red reflector to the rear - For additional safety, use a flashing rear light, and use retro-reflective tape or markings on equipment or clothing Pedestrians can: - Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and signals. - Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk. - Pay attention to the traffic moving around you. This is not the time to be texting or talking on a cell phone. - Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you. - Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night. - Look left-right-left before crossing a street. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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promoting student success from pre-kindergarten through college. The continued collaboration of these two educational organizations has resulted in more community college classes offered in the high schools, improved student performance, and a fourfold jump in the number of high school students taking college courses on a tuition-free basis through the San Diego Promise. The session is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the auditorium at Clairemont High School, 4150 Ute Drive, 92117. “These joint meetings represent an

opportunity for our two districts to evaluate the progress we have made and make additional plans to ensure students are prepared for both higher education and the workforce,” said SDCCD Chancellor Constance M. Carroll. SDUSD Superintendent Cindy Marten agreed. “As two of the largest public education systems of their kind in California, it is vital that the San Diego Unified High School District and the San Diego Community College District continue to collaborate,” she said.“The progress we have made over the years has well served our students, our community, and our economy.”

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What Happens When You Die Without a Will or Trust? by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

Except where you hold title with another as a joint tenant, or have designated your beneficiary under an insurance policy, retirement plan, or IRA, if you die without leaving a will or a trust (called dying “intestate”), your entire estate will pass in accordance with what are called the laws of intestate succession. Assume you own a home and some mutual funds, and you die intestate, here’s what would happen under California law: 1. If, when you died you were married and had two children, and the home and mutual funds were owned by you and your spouse as community property (meaning, essentially, any property acquired by either spouse while you are married, except acquired by gift or inheritance) (in which each of you own an undivided one-half interest), your spouse would receive your one-half community property interest (in addition to the one-half interest that he or she already owned). 2. If, when you died you were married and had two children, and the home and mutual funds were owned by yourself as your separate property (meaning property you, alone, had

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acquired by gift or inheritance, or had owned before you were married), your spouse and two children would each receive one-third of your estate. 3. If, when you died you were unmarried and had two children, each of your two children would receive one-half of your estate. It gets more complicated where you have no spouse and no children. Your estate then passes by “degree of kinship” to your parent(s); but if none surviving, to your brothers and sisters; but if none surviving, to your grandparents; but if none surviving, to your uncles and aunts, and so-on down the line. The point of all this: to avoid what would perhaps be an unintended disposition of our property, we should each pass on our estates by the appropriate written instrument – trust or will. The above statements are generalizations only and are not to 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 are available. Dick’s office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279),

constant school violence has lead many parents to believe that public schools are not a safe environment for their children. Many homeschool families are unhappy with the academic standards and believe they can do a better job at home. Amanda Jacobs homeschools her 7 year old to provide him with a better schooling environment, free of bullying and drug abuse. Although the percentage of children being homeschooled continues to grow, many question the quality of education that parents can provide to their children with limited resources. Educators are concerned as

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personal and positive choices for your own family. One of the biggest reasons that homeschooling is becoming so popular is the perception that public schools are becoming more dangerous and violent. Recent media reports of

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to whether or not parents are as qualified as the certified professional teachers in the field of education. Many families quit home education for their children due to the financial stress that comes along with it. Middle class families are less inclined towards this education system as it requires for one parent to be home most of the time which leads to a single income. In fact, many argue this statement saying that homeschool families do save on

child daycare costs which are no longer required. Doubts are raised about homeschooled children being over-dependent on their parents, rather than having a well balanced development of independence by spending quality time among peers and adults other than their parents. Every child is unique and parents need to make up their mind regarding whether or not to homeschool their child, taking into account their child’s ability and needs. While it may be a better choice for many parents who are deciding on homeschooling their children it should also be noted that this method needs to be approached with caution and studied about thoroughly. Tanya Sawhney is a Freelance Journalist and can be reached at: Photos: Courtesy of a HomeSchool Mom

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The Chapman Team Chatter by Bobbie Chapman

The Chapman Team are not lenders. The following is our understanding, a borrower becomes eligible to drop the Mortgage Insurance which is required when the purchase of a home or second home with less than 20% down payment of the purchase price. First and foremost, the Payment on the Home has to be Current to qualify to have the Mortgage Insurance removed. If the Mortgage Insurance is based on a termination date in the middle of amortization period or applicable loan is 78% of the original appraisal price the Mortgage Insurance would automatically terminate. Must be included at the time the loan contract was granted. If the borrower purchased the home at the original value, they can request the Mortgage Insurance be terminated or removed in writing when the loan

value is 80% if the original value. A borrower can request the Mortgage Insurance be terminated in writing and the loan to value is 75% of loss of Original Value and borrower has owned the property for 2 to 5 years. The Chapman Team is not a lender and this article is based on personal experience or outside information. For expert advice, contact your favorite lender or call us for a referral. The interest rate on a 30-year fixed rate on a conforming loan has risen to an average of 4.375% and 15 year approximately 3.875%. The inventory of homes for sale or rent is still low and prices are still going up. The big question is, when does the inventory of homes for sale increase and prices reach a stability point. For general real estate questions, we are at your service, call Diana (858) 344-3358 or Bobbie (619) 208-9430. Thank you for your input and business.

Questions About Your Water Bill by Chris O’Connell

There are a couple options if you still have questions or concerns about your water bill. Call the customer care line at 619-515-3500 or 619-515-3516 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Customers can also email their concerns to A

customer service representative will respond within approximately 72 hours. Last month the City of San Diego held Customer Service Support Sessions in Kearny Mesa, where residents could address their water bill concerns in person. At press time for this edition, there were no scheduled Customer Support Sessions for the month of April. If that changes, I will post to our social media accounts and

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 Lifeline Community Fellowship Saturday at 5:00pm Food/Fellowship Sunday Worship 9:00 am Christian Science Church and Reading Room 3410 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (619) 276-5034 Sunday Worship Service and Sunday School: 10:00am Wednesday Testimony Meetings: Noon

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: 8:00am - Holy Communion Rite I (Traditional) 10:00am - Holy Communion Rite II (Contemporary) Wednesday Short Service w/Communion 6:15pm 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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Squaremont By Bill Swank

Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, with East Clairemont off in the distance.

Photos by Bill Swank

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Bill Bernhard (1899-1907) Born: March 16, 1871 – Clarence, New York Died: March 30, 1949 – San Diego, California “Strawberry Bill” Bernhard complied a solid 116-81 major league record pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies (1899-1900), Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1902) and Cleveland Bronchos/Naps (1902-1907). With a calm and steady personality, Berny became an effective minor league manager through 1917. He moved to Southern California in the 1930s, became the information chief at Santa Anita Racetrack and, later, a shipping clerk at Stationer’s Corporation in San Diego. His remains are interred at Clarence Fillmore Cemetery in Clarence, New York. Warren William “Hick” Carpenter (1879-1892) Born: August 16, 1855 – Grafton, Massachusetts Died: April 18, 1937 – San Diego, California “Hick” Carpenter was the best left-handed third baseman in the history of baseball. His nickname came from the hickory bat he used while playing for the Cincinnati Reds. He was a solid hitter and outstanding fielder in an era when players did not use gloves. His best season was 1882 when he batted .342 and led the National League in hits and RBIs. After baseball, he worked as a railroad conductor and, eventually, an inspector with the U.S. Customs Service in Arizona, Texas and California. In San Diego, he renewed his friendship with former Reds teammate, second baseman Bid McPhee. The two attended some Padres games at Lane Field but were most often seen at the bay with their fishing poles. Carpenter is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery, San Diego in an unmarked grave. Clarence “Lefty” Hopper (1898) Born: May 27, 1874 – Jersey City, New Jersey Died: September 27, 1959 – San Diego, California

“Lefty” Hopper pitched and lost two games for the 1898 Brooklyn Bridegrooms. Somehow, he managed to score a run for the Bridegrooms. The Brooklyn Eagle described Hopper as “slight in build and apparently too light for the company.” He is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in San Diego. Albert Krumm (1889) Born: January 13, 1865 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Died: June 15, 1937 – San Diego, California Poor Al Krumm had a reputation for being a troublemaker, but is only remembered for surrendering 11 runs and losing the single game he pitched in 1889 for his hometown Pittsburg Alleghenys. One of his teammates was Billy Sunday who, prior to Billy Graham, went on to become America’s best-known evangelist. Krumm returned to the steel mills and oblivion. It is not known how or when he arrived in San Diego. He is buried at Glen Abbey Memorial Park in Bonita, California. business has gone a little too far. It is all wrong to suppose that your hands will get battered out of shape if you don’t use them. True, hot-hit balls do sting a little at the opening of the season, but after you get used to it there is no trouble on that score.” When an injury forced him to wear glove in 1896, he set a fielding record that stood until 1925. McPhee retired to Ocean Beach in obscurity and, in 1932, The Sporting News incorrectly reported that he was deceased. He wrote to a friend that it was “not often a man has the pleasure of reading his own obituary.’” McPhee’s Hall of Fame plaque noted his “sober disposition and exemplary sportsmanship.” His remains are in Shepard Lane, Cypress View Mausoleum in San Diego. Charlie Newman (1892) Born: November 5, 1852 – Juda, Wisconsin Died: November 23, 1947 – San Diego, California In 1892, Charlie Newman was batting .333 for the New York Giants when he was stricken with typhoid fever. The outfielder returned to his native Wisconsin for recuperation and joined the Chicago Colts late in the season. He never regained his early promise and became a policeman. Newman served as chief of police in Janesville, Wisconsin from 1921 until 1937 and retired in San Diego. Chief Newman is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery in Albany, Wisconsin.

Bid McPhee, Old Judge

John Alexander “Bid” McPhee (1882-1899) Born: November 1, 1859 – Massena, New York Died: January 3, 1943 – San Diego, California Bid McPhee acquired his nickname at an early age by “doing the bidding of his elders.” He is recognized as the greatest second baseman of the 19th Century. Bid did not use a glove until 1896 and toughened his hands by soaking them in salt water. “I never use a glove on either hand in a game. I have never seen the necessity of wearing one, and besides, I cannot hold a thrown ball if there is anything on my hands. The glove

Joe Quest, Official (Baseball) Record

Joe Quest (1878-1886) Born: November 16, 1852 – Newcastle, Pennsylvania Died: November 14, 1924 – San Diego, California You’ve heard of a “Charley horse.” Joe Quest played ten years in the major leagues, but is remembered solely for introducing the term charley horse to the baseball world. There are several versions about the origin of “charley horse” and they all lead back to Joe Quest. The earliest (and least

colorful) appeared in the Boston Globe in 1886.“Quest gave the name ‘Charlie horse’ to a peculiar contraction and hardening of muscles and tendons of the thigh.” In 1871, at age 18, the first year of professional base ball, Quest was with the Cleveland Forest Citys. From 1879 through 1882, he played second base for Cap Anson’s three-time National League champion Chicago White Stockings. Anson said of the second sacker:“His strongest point was trapping an infield fly, and in this particular line he was something of a wonder.” He became embroiled in an “affair of the heart” and was traded to the Detroit Wolverines “before he got shot.” Following his playing days, Quest became an umpire and worked the 1886 World Series. Anson got him a job at City Hall in Chicago where he was accused of embezzlement. In 1912, it was reported Quest was dying in Alabama, but he moved to San Diego and lived 12 more years. On his death certificate, his occupation is listed as “ballplayer.” Joe is buried in an unmarked grave at Mont Hope Cemetery. Harry Raymond (1888-1892) Born: February 20, 1862 – Utica, New York or Sauquoit, New York Died: March 21, 1925 – San Diego, California Raymond, a man of mystery, was one of the last third basemen not to use a glove. He didn’t have much use for a bat either. In 1889, he created the fewest runs of any regular in the big leagues, but in 1890, his best year, he hit .259 for the Louisville Colonels (American Association). He also scored the winning run in the last championship series game between the American Association and the National League (Brooklyn Bridegrooms). It wasn’t until almost 100 years later that it was discovered his real name might have been Harry Truman. He is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park. Albert Goodwill Spalding (1871-1878) Born: September 2, 1849 – Byron, Illinois Died: September 9, 1915 – San Diego, California Big Al Spalding was one of baseball’s earliest stars. His lifetime numbers on the mound were 252-65. Playing for the Boston Red Stockings, Al was the winningest pitcher in baseball from 1871 through 1875. In 1876, he continued as the top hurler in the newly formed National League throwing fastballs for the Chicago White Stockings. He even posted a .313 lifetime batting average. Spalding didn’t use a glove until SEE Deadball Nine, page 9

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Albert G. Spalding, Spalding Baseball Guide

1877 when he had a vision for the future. He left the game to devote full attention to Spalding Sporting Goods which began producing quality baseball equipment: bats, balls, gloves and uniforms. The first Spalding’s Official Rules Guide for Baseball appeared in 1878 and continued to be

published annually until 1942. He became president of the White Stockings in 1882 and was briefly president of the National League. After his wife’s death in Chicago, he married his mistress, Elizabeth. They moved to San Diego in 1901. Elizabeth was a close associate of Madame Katherine Tingley and the newly weds built a mansion on the grounds of her Theosophical Society property on Point Loma. Al was involved in civic activities and politics and almost became a U.S. Senator. When he died, he left a $60,000 estate to his wife and three sons. Madame Tingley assumed she would inherit a huge chunk of the Spalding fortune, but, in baseball parlance, she got shutout. According to his will, Spalding’s ashes were supposed to be scattered over Point Loma, but in 2013, a woman named Rebecca claimed to be in possession of a bronze urn that “contains the incinerated remains of Albert G. Spalding, cremated on September 11, 1915.” Don’t mess with Madame Tingley? Who to paraphrase? “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas or “Where have you gone, Al Spalding?” by Simon and Garfunkel. To read all the Squaremont columns visit:

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Padres Column – Partially about the Padres by Major Garrett

Who am I? Why am I here? Some of you may know who I am and therefore legitimately wonder why I am here. Many more of you have no idea who I am and that, necessarily, makes the second question far less important. Adm. James Stockdale (an authentic American hero) asked that question as he introduced himself as Ross Perot’s vice-presidential nominee in 1992. It is appropriate for me as well – considering I really don’t belong on these pages. Who am I? I am a native San Diegan who grew up in the rough border lands separating Clairemont and Kearny Mesa. For the purposes of this column, that’s who I am. Forget my title, my D-list celebrity status or whatever you have come to think about me as a journalist. I am here because I grew up where you live now. My dreams were born at Charles A. Lindbergh Elementary School, Mildred L. Hale Junior High School and James Madison Senior High School. I spent careless and joyful Friday nights at what was Family Fun Center and has been for some many decades Boomers. I walked my dog “Ruffy” without a leash through Tecolote Canyon and later played golf on sun-splashed Friday afternoons at what was the Sam Snead Golf Course (75 cents for nine holes). I played tennis at Mesa College and played Kearny Mesa Little League and Pony League and Clairemont Mesa Colt League baseball. I bought my first ice cream cone at Baskin Robin’s 31 Flavors in the brand-new shopping center at Balboa and Genesee. I bought my first doughnut at Winchell’s next door. I saw the following movies at the original Clairemont Theatre: Billy Jack, Live and Let Die, The Last of Sheila, Frogs, Soylent Green, The Food of the Gods and the Spy Who Loved Me (of these only The Last of Sheila holds up – check it out…a very clever whodunit). Almost all of these places have disappeared or the names have changed. But they were there once. And so was I. I grew up on Mt. Albertine Avenue and when the house I grew up in was built, Balboa Avenue was still dirt. That was 1962. My house was the end of the line on Albertine Avenue. Behind us was a canyon – same one that runs along Genesee now and where Mt. Ainsworth, Mt. Abraham and Boyd Avenue all eventually terminate. That canyon was filled in 1967 and my endless backyard suddenly had a fence, neighbors, sidewalks, gutters and a place to ride my bike and play

street football. I’m no country kid. Gaining more houses, friends and asphalt was an upgrade. Two years later the Padres joined the National League. I was seven and only beginning to understand what sports and the sports page was all about. I also learned the radio was for more than KCBQ and rock ‘n’ roll. I could listen to the Padres. And I did. As often as I could. I became a Junior Padre and was one every year I was eligible – those plastic brown souvenir jackets were mighty hot in the summer. I went to every Picture Day and Helmet Day. I went to a few Bat Nights but back then the bats were much closer to regulation size and the chase for a foul ball could become quickly weaponized. I once wrote Jerry Coleman a fan letter. Remarkably, he wrote me back. Of all the pieces of memorabilia in my life, through four presidential administrations, five presidential campaigns and thousands of political rallies, that which I wish to this day I had kept under lock and key was that letter from The Colonel. The Padres lost 110 games in 1969 but I didn’t care. I have never really cared about games the Padres lose. I care mostly that they exist. You can’t be a Padre fan and be obsessed with winning. Hell, you can’t even be vaguely interested in winning. You have to let that go and enjoy baseball, San Diego and the process of living with endless hope, grinding disappointment and being a laughing stock among your friends, of being an oddity at road games – “You’re a Padre Fan?!?! That’s so funny. I didn’t know they exist!” When I arrived at the University of Missouri for my freshman year in 1980, my friends inspected me as if I were a scientific oddity – a walking, talking, reasoning Padres fan. Well, I thought I was reasoning. I mentioned Adm. Stockdale because that was the first presidential campaign I covered. I remember so much about it because it was so new to me. President George H. W. Bush had just won the Gulf War and was presiding over the end of the Cold War (the “End of History” some historian who sounded smart then but doesn’t now called it). Bush looked unbeatable. Bill Clinton was roaring through New Hampshire, dogged by allegations of sexual affairs, dope smoking and draft dodging (damn exciting stuff for a reporter who was still trying to learn the mechanics of delegate allocation). Then Ross Perot showed up and for a fleeting month or two led Bush and Clinton in the polls (which is the time I covered his campaign). By the time of Stockdale’s debate with Al Gore and Dan Quayle (for which Stockdale had less than a

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619-839-9543 • week to prepare), Perot was an amusing distraction – kind of like the Padres. The Padres are like that for most San Diegans – an amusing distraction. There is a hearty core of true believers, though. The number may have grown in size since the NFL team that used to exist in San Diego relocated to magnificent Carson. For me, the Padres are a passion. I love them like my long-lost youth. They are the nostalgic marrow of my being. I cannot separate my childhood from the Padres and wouldn’t try – even for Eric Hosmer’s salary. On these pages I will write about

myself, my old neighborhood and the Padres. I might also write about other topics. But it will mostly be about me, Clairemont and the Padres. A good deal of it will be about what I remember – not exactly what now is. After all, I haven’t lived in San Diego as a resident since 1980. But I am frequent visitor and fervent booster. I love my hometown. I love the Padres. And damnit. I love Clairemont. And Kearny Mesa – I hope that’s okay too. Major Garrett is Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, host of “The Takeout” podcast and author of the upcoming book “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office.”

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CEQA Judge Rules Not To Hear Arguments About Public Safety And The Regents Road Bridge Commentary by Louis Rodolico

In a precedent setting ruling CEQA Judge, Katherine Bacal, refused to hear any arguments, including public safety arguments, about the Regents Road Bridge. If not overturned on appeal California Municipalities can now collect Development Impact Fees (DIF) without providing development. The city has found a path to completely ignore the bridge public safety advantages and they did it with an overwhelming number of taxpayers in opposition. So anything in a city or community plan is now optional, this CEQA ruling affects all of California. Taking projects off the plan, like the 70 million dollar Regents Road Bridge, will help San Diego with its rising 2.5 billion dollar pension debt. San Diego has played rough with pension whistleblowers in the past, threatening to arrest pension board trustee Shipione in 2004. How did we get to the point where San Diego puts pensions above public safety? In 2008 the University Community Planning Group (UCPG) voted against an expansion of the Westfield Mall and UCPG wanted the Regents Road Bridge. However the Mall did not want the bridge, they wanted all traffic funneled up Genesee. Leveraging its construction dollars, Westfield engaged a legion of lobbyists who harvested the community argument over the Regents Road Bridge. They identified NIMBY’s on the Regents Road Corridor (see map) whose property value would increase if the bridge were not built and with city support; fixed elections and created their own customized UCPG “voice of the community” that could be trusted not to raise the public safety alarm. This new UCPG hid important community issues with undocumented sub-committee meetings. Two thirds of the community want the bridge built, but lobbyists restricted all of them from being on the UCPG “Community” board. In 2008 council candidate Lightner, withheld her anti-bridge bias until after the election. In 2008 Westfield Mall entered into a secret agreement with the Friends Of Rose Canyon (FORC). See Link. These secret agreements affect our tax dollars. The FORC director was well compensated. In 2014 Westfield Mall paid the half million dollars, for the EIR, to get the

bridge off the plan. See Link. Everything had been teed up for the December 2016 hearing on the bridge. Lightner withheld ambulance mortality data and put a muzzle on public safety officials, unlike the 2006 bridge hearing where public safety officials willingly testified and council voted to build the bridge. At the

ambulance service times. South UC is a peninsula with 2 of its 3 main roads incomplete. Thanks to lobbyists and undocumented UCPG fire station subcommittee meetings, there will soon be three fire stations in North UC (UTC) and none in South UC, see map. Recognizing this disparity, float units are prepositioned

poverty. Hate continues to sprout in new places as corporate greed drives its roots deeper into our culture. Will we find the courage to reverse this trend? City Council and CEQA rulings delivered one big winner: Westfield Corporation opened its new UTC expansion late last year, and then

December 2016 hearing there was no roll call to verify speaker’s slips. The venue Lightner chose was council chambers, not Golden Hall, so council could be duped about the numbers of persons in the audience who wanted the bridge. The customized UCPG, falsely represented the “will of the people” as no bridge. School Supervisor John Evans falsely represented that the school district did not want the bridge while failing to note that his house would go up in value if the bridge were not built. When it was all said and done council voted the bridge down. Why should City Council care if these NIMBY’s don’t want this bridge? Council members knew that monies for the bridge could now go to their district and or their pensions. UCPG and NIMBY’s were vindicated and they were the righteous ones. Truth be told, they were bought off for betraying the rest of their community. Southwest UC received; private enclaves, the Fast Response Squad and complete underground wiring. The city’s underclass in Southeast UC got stuck with; overhead wires, the high pressure underground sewage lines and excessive traffic delivering poor

throughout South UC. See Link For the foreseeable future University will be controlled by lobbyists loyal to a secretive corporate cabal, rubber stamped by a customized, entrenched UCPG. The bridge and anti-bridge groups will continue to hate each other, providing a distraction. Our tax dollars are directed, quietly, in board rooms. The city will continue to favor the western private enclaves and West UC will reciprocate with UCPG voting as directed by the city. Everyone else will find out about projects when it is too late to have input. For example; we recently got details on the Clairemont Drive - Genesee Avenue high pressure sewage lines when the construction documents were at 60% completion. Canyons and CALTRANS have right of refusal, voters do not. Voters want the SDGE alignment, but San Diego consistently rejects community input. See Clairemont Times, December 2017 page 11. This is not just a local lobbyist phenomenon. Congress routinely ignores the electorate when it comes to issues like: gun registrations, balanced budgets, health care and tax equity pushing more citizens into

promptly announced its sale to Unibail-Rodamco for 16 billion. Westfield Mall will soon be; comfortably nestled between two Fire Stations, have a new bus/trolley terminal and all traffic/customers funneled up Genesee. Westfield re-designed our planned community to improve their property value. With a tip of its hat, Westfield leaves with this message; thanks suckers. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University since 2001 Links: CEQA Filings FORC Secret Agreement with Westfield ment/thirty-something-brother-and-sister-andatop-san-diego-politics/ Westfield Half Million for EIR 5221087/dif_exhibits.pdf Planning Commission Oct 27th Audio Only 1:14:25 Times “The quicker we can get there the better off the patient will be” “Bridge improves response times 30 seconds” view_id=8&clip_id=6816 Float Units Medics-and-EMTs-Lack-of-Ambulance-Staff-Im pacting-Emergency-Response-Times-in-the-City -475187953.html

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A closeted gay teenager who leads a simple life, but is struggling with coming out, connects with another gay teen online who grapples with the exact same issue. High school is hard enough as it is, but when you have a secret, and that secret is that you’re gay, we can imagine it would be infinitely more difficult, especially if you’re ever faced with people who aren’t accepting. “Love, Simon” is directed by Greg Berlanti, who doesn’t direct movies all that often. The screenplay is written by Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker, who are both writers on the television drama “This is Us.” It is based on the book “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda” by Becky Albertalli. It stars Nick Robinson as the titular Simon, who describes himself as a normal high school senior. He has lots of friends (Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, and George Lendeborg Jr.) and they do regular ol’ high school things like drinking way too much coffee and binging on carbs at the Waffle House. Simon even likes his parents (Josh Duhamel and Jennifer Garner) and his little sister (Talithia Eliane Bateman), who is an aspiring chef. There’s just one thing. Simon has a huge secret: he is gay, nobody knows it, and he’s not out. He’s afraid to tell the people he loves about his secret because he doesn’t want anything in his life to change. We can see a lot of people criticizing “Love, Simon” for being a little too John Hughes in its execution. Simon attends a glossy upper-class suburban school with teachers who are unlike any you would encounter in real life. The film is a bit overly sentimental and maybe even a little formulaic. Lucky for us, we can deal with sentimental and we love John Hughes. Beyond the glossiness, this teen romantic comedy is also a coming-of-age story that really hits at the spirit of its subject. It’s one of the best coming-of-age stories we have seen in recent years. Through Greg Berlanti’s direction and Nick Robinson’s expert, mature, layered performance, we empathize with what Simon is going through and see how difficult it is for him to hide who he really is out of fear of change, judgment, or both. We feel for Simon and his struggle even though we have never had to experience something like this ourselves. Nick Robinson continues to impress us with his

acting and he always offers such nuance in the characters he plays. We have no doubt he will continue to do amazing things in his career. We fell in love with Simon, as well as his friends, thanks to a wonderful supporting cast as well. Though Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel are limited to an occasional quip or a moment of charm, both of these actors get a monumental, powerhouse moment to shine that will bring the waterworks and make you wonder who’s cutting onions in the back row. There are actually many instances here that

brought us to tears. We sat through “Love, Simon” completely enthralled by its joy and humor. We were touched by its heart. We remembered what it felt like to fall in love. This is a movie that should be seen by people everywhere. Please don’t let this movie slip by you. Please give it a chance. Our rating: 4/5! 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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619 527 7500 alcohol, bitterness, and country of origin for each style. Each taster ordered comes with a small tag with the same information to help the customer better understand the beer drinking experience. Deft is aiming for an underserved market niche by focusing on styles from Ireland, Britain, Germany, and Belgium, rather than loading up on West Coast IPAs so popular in San Diego. The beers are intended to be brewed to style, but by Brian Riehm not necessarily 100% as Nuspl always wants to add a bit of his own touch to In case you missed it, Bay Park has a each one. He also mentioned that new brewery, Deft, at 5328 Banks St beer goes better with good food, so a near the south end of Morena Blvd, food truck is available Fridays and which opened last November. Mo Saturdays. Take out from local Nuspl, co-founder and head brewer favorites like JV’s Mexican, Andre’s talked to me about starting up a Cuban, and Bull’s BBQ can be brought in. Giovanni’s new location on Linda Vista Rd. can deliver as well. Nuspl also believes that the growth of the south Morena area will bring a demand for a neighborhood brewery. I asked what would help businesses in Bay Park. He felt that there was a need for better pedestrian access given the growth of the area. He is very close to the Linda Vista trolley stop, but it is difficult to walk to the brewery from there. Better traffic flow with the new development coming to the area would also help. The beers I sampled were memorable and a bit unique for San Diego. I started with DeftHopt, an English style IPA that is finished with Mosaic hops for a hoppier balance than the standard English Mo Nuspl in front of the tap line at Deft Brewing. India Ale. This beer is intended to bridge the gap to European styles for the west coast nano-brewery in the shadow of clientele. Another English style on tap heavyweights Coronado and Ballast is Day of the Deft Porter, which won a Point. Before taking up brewing, bronze medal at the New York Nuspl was a mechanical engineer for a International Beer Competition. It is a large electronics firm, living in Bay true porter tending with a little Park for over a dozen years. His love of bitterness to remind you that it’s a beer, he had done well in beer with very subtle caramel and home-brewing competitions, and coffee notes. Shanagarry Summer is an desire for a change led him to found Irish Red that is light with caramel Deft. The brewery name comes from sweetness, very easy to drink. Next up the idea of making clever and skillful was Austere Abbot, a Belgian single. So use of all available material. He chose many Belgians are dubbels, tripels, and European styles that harken back to quads that I guess you have to specify. German styles he loved in college. This lower alcohol version could be a The brewery’s cheery interior nice gateway beer for your friends features a gorgeous natural edge wood who aren’t yet into craft beers. But, bar, lacquered by Nuspl himself. More who are those people anyway? My importantly, there are a dozen beers biggest surprise was how much I liked on tap, produced from a two-barrel SauerRoggen, a sour rye. It was very system visible to customers. When I light and with a mellow sourness that visited, there was a cool breeze melted away, leaving the rye at the keeping the interior cool. True to its end. It is one of the few sours that I family-friendly billing, a father and his have tried more than once, and seems young daughter were present. Deft like a good candidate for a breakfast clearly has a dedication to beer beer. It was also great to see an Alt-bier education, even if Nuspl didn’t talk on rotation. Dussel-deft Secret is a about it. The tap board provides Sticke Alt-bier, meaning “secret” due to information on each beer’s profile, the addition of extra malt to add

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Beers by the Bay

New Beer in Bay Park

flavor and alcohol. Alt-biers are a little between ales and lagers, being brewed at cold temperatures with top-fermenting ale yeasts. Bruxelles Trip was a more familiar Tripel with plenty of esters, banana, but still not as boozy as traditional Tripels. I finished with a Golden Mule, a British golden ale with Lime and Ginger, which weren’t overpowering. It seemed like

a much preferable summer ale to a Shandy. Deft brewing is a little brewery doing big things with European styles right here in Bay Park. 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 (

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Each year, Earth Day - April 22 - marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.The Earth Day was the brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, a staunch environmentalist who hoped to provide unity to the grassroots environmental movement and increase ecological awareness.The Senator first came up with the idea in 1969 when an oil spill occurred in Santa Barbara, California. At the time, environmental issues were not enough of a concern to bring about any effective change. The Senator had an idea to direct some of the energy and enthusiasm of the anti-war movement toward issues regarding pollution. This day celebrates Mother Earth’s environment and raises public awareness around the world to the challenges regarding the well-being of the planet and all the life it supports. Earth Day has continued to grow over the years. In 1990, it went global, and 200 million people in 141 countries participated in the event, according to the Earth Day Network. Earth Day 2000 included 5,000 environmental groups and 184 countries. By celebrating Earth Day, people can also create changes in their everyday lives and in their communities that will have a positive impact on the world around them.

Meaningful ways to celebrate Earth Day Planting a tree is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. When people plant trees they are doing more than just beautifying an area. Planting one will just add to the health and wellness of the world that we live in. • Pick up a discarded bottle and recycle it (even if it isn’t yours) • Make a pledge to keep water clean and accessible for years to come • Earth Day is a wonderful time to stop and appreciate our global home and the amazing gifts that Mother Nature has given us.Take a walk in nature and simply appreciate it. • Give your car the day off this Earth Day. Plan to get to work, school, and happy hour using a more eco-friendly mode of transportation instead. Walk, ride your bike, take the bus, even carpooling is a great option. Join San Diegans in celebrating Earth Day 2018 at the annual EarthFair which features the largest free environmental fair in the world. The event is accompanied by entertaining music, health foods, a children’s parade, and a Kids Zone. Date - Sunday, April 22, 2018 Location - Balboa Park Central Mesa Hours - 10:00am to 5:00pm Tanya Sawhney is a Freelance Journalist and can be reached at:

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In lieu of the Facebook Breach or Non-Breach last month, and last year’s Experian hack; I am highly recommending that now is the time to take some small steps to protect your identity. Five Things You Should Do Now • Commit to a regular schedule (at least twice a year) to: Recheck your Privacy and Security Settings. Especially for sites like: Facebook.ALL your Email accounts (Gmail,Yahoo,AOL, etc.) Banking, Credit card and Financial sites. ALL the Internet Browser or Browser’s you use. (Google Chrome, Microsoft’s, Internet Explorer and/or Edge,Apple’s Safari, etc.)

• Make Passwords Long, but Easy to Remember: A good example could be a phrase like:“Take the 20 groceries and drop off at the neighbors’ house.” Add caps and punctuation to create this password result: takethe20GroceriesanddropOffatneighbo rsHouse!! * (For multiple passwords, consider a company like Lastpass that Instructs you to create just one, very long, memorable password for everything.) • Prior to entering ANY personal info, Ask Yourself...“Is it necessary?”“Am I OK knowing that it might be shared on the internet; possibly forever?!!” • Consider 2-step authentication. For example, use both:A numeric code & A Face or Fingerprint recognition method. • Don’t Ignore your Updates! And finally, call me at 619-261-1585 (see page 4) if you need help, or have questions with any of the five steps. Smiles and Safe Searching, Kim Schultz

Kearny High Students Designing Districtwide Wellness Program by Corri-Anne Burgess

Kearny High School of Science, Connections & Technology (SCT) students, Claire Lytle, Geryka Fortnuato and Jamie Lynn Leano presented at the 2018 California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (CAHPERD) State Conference in Oakland, California on February 23rd. San Diego Unified School District’s Physical Education Resource teacher, Lynn Barnes-Wallace along with Kearny SCT teachers, Corri-Anne Burgess (GIS), Daina Weber (English) and Jennifer Ogo (Biology) have created a cross-curricular, multi-grade and multi-year project to engage high school students in the importance of wellness. GIS (geographic information systems) students have been tabulating, mapping and analyzing student BMI data to better understand the relationship between early elementary to high school wellness.This data is being used to implement healthy strategies at younger

ages, increasing the awareness of the importance of overall wellness as outlined in the District Wellness Policy. Kearny SCT students are designing elementary school fitness curriculum that incorporates not only movement but the health and science content that goes along with it.The goal is to excite and educate elementary school students while giving high school students the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of wellness and empower them to make change. The presentation was attended by school board members, county office administrators, university professors, district nursing leads, as well as district physical education leads across the country. Funding for this presentation was supported by the Department of Nursing and Wellness and College, Career & Technical Education (CCTE). For more information on the Wellness project visit:

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California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Garden Tour: “Native Gardens for Beauty and Sustainability” by Susan Lewitt and Judie Lincer

CNPS wants you to see how beautiful and sustainable native gardens are. Participate in this tour and you will see unique gardens that present many different ideas of what can be done with our precious native plants. Come walk these gardens and get inspired with ideas to create your own sanctuary. The tour is Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm each day. The private gardens, 21 in all, plus some non-residential and public gardens are scattered throughout North County, including Encinitas, Cardiff, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. The cost of the tour is $25 per person with an optional add-on guided tour of Sky Mountain Permaculture Demonstration Garden at an additional $10. There are fascinating water catchment features in these gardens, including bowls, dry stream beds and charming fountains and bridges.

San Diego County Nature Challenge Dotted throughout some of the gardens, are unique garden art works and eye-catching sculptures. Docents, owners and designers will be available at all of these gardens to answer questions and point out features. By having native plants in our gardens we are creating a sustainable space and protecting biodiversity. Come tour these gardens and see the benefits and beauty of native plants! For more information and to purchase tickets go to Any questions can be directed to Judie Lincer at

Protect Rural Lands to Protect Nature and People: Support “SOS” by Kay Stewart and Susan Lewitt

As Earth Day approaches, please keep in mind the ripple effect: everything you do affects the planet, from wild plant and animal biodiversity, to our own health. The more we change our planet, the harder it is for most wild species of plants and animals to survive. One of our biggest impacts is when farms and ranches are converted to housing, and the co-existing plants and wildlife are wiped out. San Diego’s rural land is supposed to be protected from subdividing into small home lots by the County General Plan. The Plan allows adding up to 50,000 new homes by expanding the several dozen rural “villages”, not by dividing large rural parcels that are far from major roads. The villages already have services that homeowners need – water, utilities, fire protection, larger roads, and schools. And the impact on wild animals and plants is reduced to the boundaries of the villages, rather than converting intact rural land parcels that frequently include native habitat. But land speculators can make huge profits converting those distant rural lands. They mislead people by saying that “we need housing.”They

don’t want people to realize that the County General Plan allows new housing. Please read this April issue’s Conservation News about one speculator’s plan that threatens a large rural area. If you act by April 9, you could help prevent it from happening. The public shouldn’t have to leap into action every time a new speculator wants to violate the General Plan. So a huge alliance of over 20 San Diego area groups are working to get an initiative called “SOS – Save Our San Diego Countryside” on the Fall ballot. This initiative would require every proposed General Plan amendment to automatically go to a public County-wide vote. The petitions to put the initiative on the ballot must be turned in by May 1. If you haven’t signed a petition already, and you’d like to, or want to help gather signatures, send a note to If “SOS” gets on the ballot and passes, it may be able to stop sprawl. The benefit to San Diegans includes reduced greenhouse gas output from excessive commuting, reduced fire risks by reducing long strands of powerlines over wildlands and reduced direct destruction of San Diego’s native animals and plants. CNPS cares.

The 2018 City Nature Challenge, a worldwide competition to see which city can make the most observations of their local flora and fauna over a 4-day period. San Diego is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world. From April 27-30, 2018, the San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) is spearheading a local effort to document as many species as possible via iNaturalist. How to get started: 1. Download the free iNaturalist app to your Android or iPhone 2. Join the 2018 City Nature Challenge: San Diego iNaturalist project 3. Take photos from April 27-30 to make observations of wild plants and animals in San Diego (in your backyard, at a park, etc.) 4. Upload your photos to iNaturalist 5. Learn more as the iNaturalist community helps identify your observations What do we consider wild plants and animals? Examples of things that are wild: birds flying through a yard, bees and insects visiting flowers, plants growing without irrigation in areas, such as canyons and open spaces. Examples of things that are not wild: domestic animals like dogs and horses, captive animals at the zoo, planted trees, flowers and the like. An observation records an encounter with an individual organism at a particular time and location. This includes encounters with signs of organisms like tracks, nests, or things that just died. When you make an observation, you’ll record: Who You Are You will need to make an iNaturalist account and please only make personal observations. Where You Saw It Record both the coordinates of the encounter as well as their accuracy. You can obscure the location from the public. What You Saw Choose a group of organisms like butterflies or better yet a specific organism like the Monarch butterfly. If you provide evidence you can leave this blank and the community can

help. When You Saw It Record the date of the encounter, not the date you post it to iNaturalist Evidence of What You Saw By including evidence like a photo or sound, the community can help add, improve, of confirm the identification of the organism you encountered. Help the community by taking clear well framed photos, by including multiple photos from different angles. Your observations do not need to include all of these parts, bu they do in order to become research quality observations for each separate critter encounter. If you observed something not wild, like a lion in the zoo or a planted rose in your garden, make sure to mark it as captive/cultivated to prevent it from becoming research quality. For more guidance visit: rted App training will be held at the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center on 4/7 from 10am to 1pm. Are you a social butterfly? If so, we welcome you to participate in one of the many City Nature Challenge events we have scheduled around the county: • Balboa Park BioBlitz | Saturday, April 28, 11AM–3PM • Nat Cayoneer Hikes| Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 • San Diego River Park Foundation BioBlitz at Boulder Creek Preserve | Saturday, April 28, 8:30AM • Earth Discovery Institute BioBlitz at San Diego National Wildlife Refuge | Friday, April 27, 9AM • Mission Trails Regional Nature Walks | Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29 • Tijuana Estuary Nature Walks| Saturday, April 28 • Hike San Diego Hike| Saturday, April 28 For more information visit:

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ESL Conversation Club Fridays 2pm If you are looking for a relaxed environment to practice your English language skills, join us Second Tuesday Concert Series featuring Doug Walker & the Circle of Jazz 4/10 6:30pm Join us for this popular program featuring local professional musicians at no cost to you. Literature Comes To Life 4/11 4pm Returns with costumes, props and a drama coach for children to be the star of their own production of classic stories. Join the fun and mayhem The Friends of the North Clairemont Library Book Sale 4/14 Our Friends have been busy processing many new items on a variety of subjects. The NC Book Club 4/17 6:30pm Check for copies of “Clara and Mr. Tiffany,” at the front desk STEAM Intergalactic Coding 4/18 4pm (Ages 9-12) Learn how computer programs are created & start coding Online registration required. Trust Review: Revise, Renew or Restate? 4/19 1pm An informative and revealing presentation that will explore various choices, costs, advantages and disadvantages. Bring your Trust and questions to this dynamic talk on 4/19 at 1pm Call or stop by to sign up. Sensory Storytime 4/25 at 2pm Registration required.

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Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include Social Scrabble for Grown Ups 4/3 5pm & 4/12 1pm E-Book Clinic 4/7 & 4/21 10am Adult Coloring Club 4/24 6pm & 4/26 1pm

Adults Mondays: American Sign Language for Adults 3pm This weekly class is taught by educator Thomas Hauser and will give students a basic understanding of ASL. The class runs twelve weeks and is about one and a half hours long. Space is limited so call to reserve your place. Be a Citizen Journalist 4/3 6pm Have you ever wondered how reporters come up with the news they publish or how the news works? Then come to this session to learn the basics of the news business from local working journalists who will answer your questions on what goes into covering the news of the day. Learn the difference between real news and “fake” news. Literary Book Club 4/4 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, “The Painted Veil” by W. Somerset Maugham. Make Your Own Book! 4/24 6pm Now is your chance to learn simple binding techniques and make a book of your own. Make one for yourself or create a unique gift for someone else! Space is limited contact the library. Music Concert 4/28 6pm Enjoy music by Paivikki Nykter! This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library.

Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs Mondays: Sign Language Story Time (rec 0-5 y/o) 10am Mondays: Preschool Story Time (rec 3-5 y/o) 11 am Tuesdays: Story Time (rec 0-5 y/o) 1pm Wednesdays: Baby Story Time (0-2 y/o) 11:30am Wednesdays: Kids Craft Studio (3-8 y/o) 4pm Wednesdays: Family Story Time (all ages) 6:30pm Saturdays: Lego Builders’ Club (3-8y/o) 2pm Love on a Leash (ages 3-8 years) 4/14 10:30am Homework Help (grades K-8) -

Kids & Teens Launch Foam Rockets! 4/12 4pm It’s time again to “Spring into STEAM” with science based programs at all our branches. Kids age 9-12 can make and launch foam rockets into the air in this interactive program! Free program! Book Club for Kids! 4/24 4:30pm A book club especially for kids ages 9 and up! This student-run club is a chance for young people to read and discuss their favorite books. Tuesdays: Homework Help 6pm Homework help is available free at the library! Trained volunteers are here to help kids get unstuck on those difficult problems or writing

assignments. Thursdays: Game Time 3pm Break out the board games for a little tabletop fun! Thursdays: Kids Craft Club 4pm Craft time has something new every time! Saturdays: Button Making 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Little Ones Sign Language Storytime 4/5 & 4/19 10:30am Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Baby & Toddler Storytime with Stay & Play 4/12 & 4/26 10:30am Fun toddler stories along with play time afterwards! Fridays: Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran! 10:30am Join Miss Fran as she reads fun picture books and sings songs! All Ages 3D Printer-Clairemont Library’s own 3D printer is available for use by interested young people and adults. We have yet to set up regular open times but those interested in printing something can talk to library staff for details. Designs should be saved as STL files. To see thousands of pre-made designs go to Prints should take less than two hours. BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390

Celebrate National Library Week (April 8-14), Earth Day (April 22), National Poetry Month and of course National Humor Month! We look forward to seeing you! Special Events New Book Discussion for 7th & 8th Graders! 4/6 3:45pm Sign up and join us for a fun discussion of The Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry Girl Next Door Honey (grades 3-6) 4/25 3:30pm Local Beekeeper, Hilary Kearney, will provide an interactive presentation teaching children what a beekeeper does and explores the concepts of pollination, beehives and

bees’ lifecycles. Children’s Events Mondays: Lego Club 4-5pm (k-6th) Come build amazing creations, crafted from Lego. Tuesdays: Homework Help 4-6pm (k-12) Wednesdays: Great Read Aloud Storytime with Miss Terri 6pm (k-gr2) Storytime for our early readers. Fridays: Wee Reads 4/6, 4/13 & 4/27 10:30am (b-5y/o) Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm Enjoy working on a new craft each week. Bring your creativity and a friend and have fun! Preschool Story Craft with Miss Remi 4/5 10am (pre-5y/o) Listen to a terrific story and enjoy creating a related craft. Paws to Read 4/10 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. Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 4/12 & 4/26 10am (b-5y/o) Miss Jennifer enhances well-loved kid’s stories with signing, singing, and bubbles! Teens DIY 4/18 3:30pm (gr 7-12) Drop in and Play 4/20 10:30am (b-5y/o) Enjoy a relaxed & informal play time with your child while getting to know other families. Pajama Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 4/24 6pm (b-5y/o) Come in your jammies and enjoy stories with signing and bubbles! Adult Events New! Celebrate Poetry Month w/Ms. Cheryl 4/7 11:30 Create a poetry project. Materials provided. Mondays: Happy and Healthy Adults 4/2 & 4/9 11:15am Join us for a relaxing fitness program Tuesdays: Stitching Circle 4/3 & 4/10 1:30 Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Wednesdays: Tech Training 4/4 & 4/21 12:30 Do you need help with your electronic device, setting up your email, or other basic computer questions? Wednesdays: ESL in the evenings 6:30-7:30pm. Learn ESL needs such as reading, writing and speaking English in everyday life.

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POLICE BLOTTER VEHICLE BREAK IN 6900 Linda Vista Rd 5900 Linda Vista Rd 4600 De Soto St 4000 Mt. Acadia Blvd 2700 Cowley Way 5900 Linda Vista Rd 3100 Cowley Way 4200 Asher St 2500 Chicago St 6900 Linda Vista Rd 4700 Clairemont Dr

2000 Via Las Cumbres 3100 Cowley Way 2200 Comstock St RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 3500 Paul Jones Ave 4500 Pochahontas Dr 5900 Linda Vista Rd 3100 Cowley Way BATTERY 7000 Linda Vista Rd 5500 Genesee Ct 6500 Tait St

VANDALISM 3400 Del Rey St 3000 Cowley Way 4300 Bannock Ave 4800 Cole St 2200 Morena Blvd

FRAUD 3000 Clairemont Dr. 5200 Balboa Ave. 4900 Mt. Alifan Dr

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Successful St Patrick’s Day Recycling Event by Chris O’Connell

According to staff from the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department the Community Wide

Cleanup held at SDCCU Stadium on March 17th was a success from previous years as close to 149 (148.91) tons of material was recycled. Despite a cloudy/rainy start to the day, City of San Diego residents brought old cars, boats, jacuzzi tubs, e-waste and much more to be recycled. To learn more about City of San Diego Environmental Services and Recycling visit: tal-services or call (858) 694-7000

Partial List of Items Dropped Off 150 Console TV’s 92 Refrigerators 84 Microwaves 75 Med/Large TV’s 45 Small TV’s 35 Computer Monitors 27 Gas Water Heaters 25 Clothes Dryers 23 Window A/C’s 23 Stoves 16 Dishwashers 15 Clothes Washers 13 Freezers 5 Mini Refrigerators

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Squaremont, Bill Swank, DeadballNine, SDCCD, SDUSD, Tanya Sawhney, Clairemont Womans Club, Pedestrian Bike Safety Enforcement SDPD, 52 Weeks...

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Squaremont, Bill Swank, DeadballNine, SDCCD, SDUSD, Tanya Sawhney, Clairemont Womans Club, Pedestrian Bike Safety Enforcement SDPD, 52 Weeks...