Clairemont Times August 2017

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


News of the Neighborhoods




Updates on the Ongoing Mid-Coast Trolley Construction



Potential Reduction of MTS Bus Service in Clairemont & Surrounding Neighborhoods MTS Transit Optimization Plan (TOP) and other Transit News by Lynn Parrish

by Chris O’Connell

Construction is happening at both ends of the line South to North. This is very evident if you travel up in the UTC, UCSD area. To the south over the San Diego River a new bridge is being built which can be seen travelling along Friars Rd. In addition, new bridge construction over Balboa Ave near Santa Fe St is currently underway. Back in January twelve eucalyptus trees and one palm tree were

removed along Morena Blvd near Baker St. I was told by John Haggerty, Division Director of Rail Implementation, SANDAG that for every tree taken down there is a 1to1 replacement and for the mature trees such as the eucalyptus there is a 2 to 1 replacement. Unfortunately because of space issues along the tracks plus over potential overhang trees will not be replaced in that area. However, SEE Trolley Construction, page 4

MTS conducts a system wide planning effort every 10 years in an attempt to balance service. This process is known as the Transit Optimization Plan (TOP). The goal is to leverage existing resources while reversing the trend of decreasing ridership. Simultaneously with the TOP, SANDAG is conducting a Fare Study, which is the precursor to fare increases. In addition, the MTS Access (Para transit aka ADA transit) with a large increase in demand has implemented stringent administrative changes to the eligibility process deterring potential riders from completing their applications. MTS Access is much more costly to operate than Fixed route. The TOP is focused on Fixed Route buses and the trolley was not part of the TOP. All of these measures described above are another way that is justifying a reduction of service to Clairemont and other communities. After attending the MTS Board meeting and TOP Public Hearing July 20 and hearing 49 plus testimonies from across the MTS service area about the impact in their neighborhoods, I have summarized the proposed changes for the

primary routes. Perhaps transit riders and parents who are depending on these Bus Routes for transportation to school, work, shopping, medical appointments and/or our beautiful beaches will appreciate these notes and if not already submitted comments, submit them. Summary of Proposed Changes (TOP) to Fixed Route Bus Routes #27 Streamline route to Kearny Villa Rd. instead of Convoy St. between Balboa Ave. and Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #41 No changes proposed. This route originates in Fashion Valley Transit Center and generally runs along Genesee through Clairemont and ends at Gilman/Myers on the UCSD campus. Weekday service 15-min frequency until PM, weekend 30-min frequency. #44 No longer serve Clairemont. Replacement of existing service from Clairemont Square east along Clairemont Mesa Blvd. with proposed 105. Proposed 44 will originate in SEE MTS Bus Service, page 6

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Happy August! The Mid-Coast Trolley is beginning to get real. And with the trolley there will be some short term (4 years) construction and traffic issues. But what happens when the trolley is up and running? How will it impact the neighborhood? Well, now is the time to learn and comment. The bottom of page 3 provides you a link to learn about Morena Blvd and some proposed changes/concepts/ideas as it relates to City streets. Feedback is wanted. Hopefully you will also have the chance to learn about the Draft Morena Corridor Specific Plan Also on page 3 you are all cordially invited to learn about the Clairemont Community Plan Update meeting on August 8th. This is a series of monthly meetings addressing the future of the entire community. Bill Swank in his Squaremont (p8) column takes you back to a time long, long before he was a contributor to this publication.

For the readers who enjoying biking or if you ever wanted to pedal over the Coronado Bridge check out the 10th Annual Bike the Bay on (page 4). Also for you green thumbs Susan Lewitt once again provides us with another Native Plant of the Month to spruce up your property or balcony: the Toyon (page 15). Last month 1,000+ hockey fans lined up to view arguably the most iconic sports trophy in the history of sports (page 19). I hope you enjoy the rest of the summer and this edition, if you have any questions relating to this copy or in general please do not hesitate to email or call. and/or (858) 752 9779

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CCPG Votes Against High Tech High Request for an Increase Number of Students Last month the Clairemont Community Planning Group (CCPG) unanimously voted not to approve the Conditional Use Permit for High Tech High (HTH). HTH had been before the board and the project review subcommittee on numerous occasions over the past 6 months presenting their proposal. HTH, new owners of the property, is hoping to increase the number of students on the campus at Mt Acadia Blvd from the permitted 1110 to 1636. The CCPG and members of the public spoke against the proposed student increase citing the increase in traffic immediately around the school as well as the neighborhoods leading up to the property. Roughly a decade ago enrollment at the former Horizon Christian peaked at or around 1,000 students and many spoke about how congested the area

was at that time. Most recently enrollment had fluctuated from 300-500 students. Members of the CCPG made it clear during their comments this is not a vote against “education” or “High Tech High” but rather the negative impact the increased number of students would have on the neighborhood. While the CCPG board voted against the increase in students, the board is only advisory to the City of San Diego. HTH will now present to the Planning Commission downtown (as of the print deadline no date had been set when that will take place.) If you would like to follow this as it heads downtown visit the Planning Commission website (frequently) and check for future items on the posted agendas: mmission/documents/agenda

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Community Input Wanted! Morena Blvd The public comment period for the Morena Corridor Specific Plan is now open. The document can be read at this link (copy exactly & scroll down) or here: ommunity/profiles/clairemontmesa There is also a hard copy at the North Clairemont Library front desk. Comments can be provided via email to: Michael Prinz, Senior Planner

Planning Department Please submit comments on the draft Specific Plan by Friday, August 25, 2017.

Clairemont Community Plan Update Meeting OPEN TO THE PUBLIC The public is also invited to the Clairemont Community Plan Update Ad Hoc Subcommittee meeting on August 8th from 6-8 pm at North Clairemont Recreation Center, (Room 2) 4421 Bannock Avenue, 92117.

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10th Annual Bike the Bay, Rare Car-Free View from San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge

Trolley Construction Continued from page 1

somewhere along the entire 11 mile line new trees will be planted. I recently spoke with Terry Martin, Construction Manager, Mid-Coast Transit Constructors specifically about the 3 local stations Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive and Balboa Avenue. Interestingly enough these will be the last stations built because these are at grade level. Space is needed at these three spots as staging areas for the entire project. With regards to the ongoing Genesee Ave construction in the UTC area, the widening of the road is scheduled to be complete at the end of 2017. Early 2018 is when the concrete supports will be placed down the middle of the

road ending at Westfield mall. Since this project will be crossing over Interstate 5 twice there will be freeway closures at night and potentially on the weekends. If you have questions email: or call (877) 379-0110.To stay up to date on the project, visit and and @MidCoastTrolley on Facebook & Twitter SANDAG recently shared a flyover video of the entire 11 miles which I posted on our website The trolley is scheduled to begin operation in 2021.

Mesa College Fashion, French Students Learn and Explore this Summer in Paris Throughout July, students from San Diego Mesa College’s award-winning Fashion program became fully immersed in the fashion, history, and culture of Paris, France. This annual trip is led by Fashion professor Susan Lazear, who guides students as they learn about one of the most influential cities in the world, with visits and tours of museums, designers, and more. Among the highlights was an exhibit

celebrating 70 years of famed designer Christian Dior, held at the Fashion and Textile Museum of the Louvre. “Students researched Dior and learned about the significance he played in Fashion’s history,” said Lazear. “They were excited to see the exhibit, which was the largest Dior retrospective ever.” Additionally, students toured two of the largest retail stores in Paris –

On Sunday, August 27, bike lovers from all over the country will gather for a rare opportunity to ride across the world-renowned San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. At the tenth annual Bike the Bay, nearly 3,500 participants of all bike-riding abilities will cruise through five cities along the Bayshore Bikeway, experiencing the region’s most breathtaking views on one of its premiere bike paths. In 2007, San Diego Bike Coalition Executive Director Andy Hanshaw worked with the Bike Coalition to bring Bike the Bay to life. Today, it remains the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, empowering its work to advocate for and protect the rights of all people on bikes from Imperial Beach to Oceanside. “We started Bike the Bay ten years ago as a way to raise money for biking countywide while showcasing the character of our region and the abundant opportunity we have to become the most bike-friendly place in the country,” says Hanshaw. “Now, this ride has become a San Diego staple – a summer tradition for families, tourists and locals who want a remarkable view of the place they call home.” On Sunday, August 27, bikes will pedal into Embarcadero Marina Park South on Harbor Drive. The ride will begin in two waves beginning at 7 a.m. A lane on the San Diego-Coronado Bridge will close to cars to allow participants to pedal the 2.1-mile bridge safely and completely car-free. The remainder of the 25-mile route

rolls through five surrounding cities including Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City and the City of San Diego. The ride follows the Bayshore Bikeway – a nationally renowned bike path and destination for thousands of two-wheeled travelers every year. A portion of the National City stretch of the bikeway will be completed just prior to the event, offering riders of the 10th annual Bike the Bay a new experience on a familiar route. Post ride, participants can enjoy live entertainment, food trucks and a Coronado Brewing Co. Beer Garden at Embarcadero Marina Park South. To celebrate the ride’s 10-year anniversary, the Bike Coalition will distribute commemorative medals to go along with the memories made along the ride. Exclusive Bike the Bay cycling jerseys are available for purchase as well. Registration, course maps and other information can be found at Registration is required and should be done as early as possible as previous years have sold out. A portion of Bike the Bay proceeds benefit the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, an organization advocating for and protecting the rights of all people who ride bicycles. For more information on the San Diego Bike Coalition and making San Diego County a better place to ride bikes, please visit

Galeries Lafayette and Bon Marche and the Gobelins Manufactory, a historic weaving studio that has produced tapestries for French monarchs and government since Louis XIV. Other museum visits included Versaille, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, the Picasso Museum, and the Fragonard Perfume Museum, where they learned the history of how perfume is made. Joining the Fashion program was French professor Uriel Ornelas, who led a group of Mesa students studying French. Cultural visits included music performances throughout the city,

museum visits, and a sampling of some of France’s sweetest cuisine, ranging from macarons and hot chocolate to crepes and Berthillon ice cream. For more information on Mesa College’s Study Abroad program, including next year’s visits to Costa Rica and Madrid, visit keep up with their travels, follow them on Facebook at More information on the Mesa College Fashion Program can be found at

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San Diego Mesa College Accreditation Reaffirmed On June 23, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges reaffirmed San Diego Mesa College’s accreditation through 2024.This included accreditation for Mesa’s Bachelor’s Degree in Health Information Management program. “This is great news for our students, especially for those enrolled in our Bachelors program,” said Dr. Pamela T. Luster, President of Mesa College.“The Commission has reaffirmed that San Diego Mesa College continues to be in compliance with accreditation eligibility requirements, which guarantees our students will continue to receive the excellent

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MTS Bus Service Continued from page 1

Old Town and travel north via Linda Vista and Convoy and at Convoy and Clairemont Mesa turn right (east) to end in Kearny Mesa at the corner of Clairemont Mesa and Complex Street. #50 Will be reduced to only peak rush hours - Monday thru Friday. Proposal replaces the northbound 105 service at Clairemont Mesa and Clairemont Drive intersection, turn left and continue westward on Clairemont Mesa and Regents Road to Governor Drive and turn right (North) and end at University Towne Centre Transit Center but only during rush hours. Outside the peak hours, downtown bound riders will be required to go north and east to travel South (Proposed 105) or if closer to Old Town taking the Proposed 105 and the Green line (trolley) and another transfer to bus downtown thus taking a 20 minute ride and changing into an hour plus ride. This operational practice of multiple transfers decreases ridership. #105 Increase frequency to 15-min weekday and 30-min weekend Instead of Milton St./Burgener Blvd. use Denver St/Ingulf St. Instead of going *left at Clairemont Mesa Blvd to serve Regents and Governor will turn right and end in Kearny Mesa at Clairemont Mesa and Complex Street. This proposal targets Mesa College students from the North and South using 235. The TOP proposes to increase frequency for 235 to weekday midday service to 15-min. Transfers to 41 to go North (since 50 and 105 no longer available) will be difficult at Clairemont Mesa Blvd and Genesee when before with the 50 and 105 there were not any transfers all the way to University Towne Centre or Downtown. Multiple transfers discourage ridership. Summary The net results of all of the TOP’s proposed changes are a reduction of

service to Clairemont. The TOP emphasizes travel east to Kearny Mesa with 2 routes, the 44 and 105. The continuous service south to Downtown (50) and north to University Towne Centre via Governor Drive during the day to report to jury duty, use Central library, Federal Building, Social Security office, shopping, recreation, UCSD, medical offices and other public services and buildings will be eliminated. The Green Line Trolley has already been changed to no longer connect with the Orange Line Trolley at Santa Fe Depot. How the TOP affects bus stops is not available. To conclude, in 2008 many of the Bus Routes described above were reduced (especially the 105) and after the recovery have not been restored. Unlike our libraries’ hours that were slowly, incrementally restored to pre-2008 hours, I cannot see this happening with MTS. One could argue with the completion of the Mid Coast Trolley Line (aka UCSD Blue Line extension) from Old Town to University Towne Centre service levels might be restored. In the meantime, the same needs exist and continue to expand with ever increasing congestion on the streets and highways. Clairemont seniors, students, and our potential transit riders deserve the reliable and consistent alternative to the automobile we have depended on for a very long time. There is still time to comment Public Comment on these TOP proposals will be accepted by MTS until September 20 at 2:00 PM. The MTS Board will vote the TOP on September 21. The City of San Diego representative on the MTS Board is Lorie Zapf and the Board of Supervisors representative is Ron Roberts. The MTS Board does not meet in August. There are 4 ways to submit your comments: 1. Telephone Hotline: (619) 595-4912 (Voicemail) 2. Email: 3. Website: 4. U.S. Mail: MTS TOP Comments, 1255 Imperial Ave., Suite 1000, San Diego, CA 92101 Comments prepared by Lynn Parrish, long time resident of North Clairemont. Ms. Parrish is a transit rider and serves as the Fixed Route Consumer – Alternate on the MTS Accessible Services Advisory Council and is a member of the Consumer Accessible Transportation Committee-San Diego.

Coastview Veterinary Hospital Hires Dr. Dore Pei To better accommodate the growing demand for quality veterinary care in the Clairemont area of San Diego, CoastView Veterinary Hospital is pleased to announce the recent hire of Dr. Dore Pei who joins the CoastView family as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Pei is seeing patients now, on site, every Wednesday through Saturday. “In addition to better meeting the demand for out-patient and surgical services,” said business owner and medical director Dr. Laura Schultz,“I can now expand the mobile veterinary component of CoastView by offering more house call appointments.”

Dr. Pei received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Irvine, earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and finished clinical rotations at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Most recently, Pei worked as the medical director and associate veterinarian in the Uptown area of San Diego. “I feel so fortunate to be welcomed into the CoastView family,” said Dr. Pei, “and I’m looking forward to meeting new clients and caring for their furry critters.” (For more information see page 17)

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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.

A Clairemont Probation Officer Reflects on the Past… 2,500 years ago, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus the Obscure understood that the world is in a constant state of change. Almost fifty years ago, as an obscure probation officer supervising a caseload of obscure juvenile delinquents in booming Clairemont, I understood the world was in a constant state of crazy which hasn’t changed at all. What has changed is the term “juvenile delinquents.” JDs are now known as “justice involved youths.” As a young probation officer, I quickly learned the futility of discussing cause and effect with youthful offenders. Did the kid understand what he had done wrong? The answer was always the same:“I got caught.” Incidentally, I used the male pronoun, because, in the 1960s, very few delinquents were girls.

Bill Swank interviews detainee at Juvenile Hall in 1967 (Bill Swank archives)

Last month, I bought a case of beer at CVS in The Village and was asked to show my driver license. I am and look 77 years old. That is crazy, stupid

change. As I walked outside into the parking lot, a man abruptly applied his brakes, backed up his pick-up and said,“Hi, Mr. Swank. I’m glad I saw you, I wanted to say goodbye, because I’m leaving Clairemont. It’s gotten too crazy.” In the early 1970s, this salt-and-pepper-bearded senior was a teenager and I was his probation officer. Clairemont was a lot crazier back then and it was an era that predated “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” At the time, Clairemont had the highest burglary rate in San Diego. Dopers ransacked homes to find money for drugs. Guns were rare, but aggressive, anti-social thugs were common. A few years later, we stopped locking up kids who were “beyond the control of their parents,” because space was needed in Juvenile Hall for more serious offenders. Plain and simple, drugs were the problem. • In 1971, while checking on my kids at Clairemont High School, one staggered into the office and slurred, “Hi, Mr. Bill.” His prior history included getting busted for smoking dope at a La Jolla love-in, sniffing glue behind the PB Rec Center, high on reds (Seconal, a barbiturate) at Clairemont High School, high a second time on reds at CHS, drunk on beer and wine in a car, wasted on reds at the South Claremont Rec Center. Actually, he was a nice kid who never hurt anyone, but himself. As we headed to my car, he wandered off. I called him over and he willingly complied. We didn’t cuff kids in those days. Prior to taking him to Juvenile Hall, we stopped at his home so his mother could see his condition. She denied that he was under the influence and blamed his actions on black lights and rock’n roll. He would be dead before age 21. • Another good-looking kid who went to Clairemont High and his older 17-year-old brother both got kicked out of their home. Their stepfather beat them for years and the mother sided with her brutal husband. These kids were different, because they had a gardening service and were actually making it on their own. Not surprisingly, the younger brother (my kid) had a propensity for violence. While under my supervision, he was accused of stealing incense sticks from a PB head shop and beating the clerk into unconsciousness. Violence would haunt him. In 1980, I read in the newspaper that he was found stabbed and beaten to death in Golden Hill. I assumed it was a drug deal that went bad. He was only 26 years old. • Three doper friends were smoking weed and hunting rabbits in the canyon with .22s. One was accidentally shot and died. The other two ended up on probation. They were small-time thieves and big-time potheads. One of the kids was likable; the other was dislikable. The likable kid continued to get into trouble and went to Rancho del Campo. Somehow, the other kid found a girlfriend who did more to straighten him out than I ever could. He got off probation early, but was killed at 20 when he walked into the path of a speeding vehicle while under the influence of drugs. • Before taking over the Clairemont caseload, I’d worked five years at Juvenile Hall. I remembered a beautiful girl who had been in the Hall twice for “beyond control” behavior. She came from a terrible home environment. Her father was an ex-con; her mother an alcoholic. She was on my caseload in 1971 and I found a foster home for her. When things didn’t work out, she went to live with her maternal grandmother who was nuts. Two years later, I learned that she murdered her grandmother. • Four Clairemont High kids were arrested for possession of marijuana following a concert at the Sports Arena. Three of them were good kids, but the fourth was sullen and hostile. Several years later, he was killed while robbing a Clairemont gas station at gunpoint.

Evidence photo of Clairemont delinquent and stolen Marlboro cigarettes (Bill Swank archives)

• The punk in this SDPD Polaroid stole 31 packs of Marlboro cigarettes from a Clairemont convenience store. The picture was taken at the northern substation as evidence. Although the cigarettes were hidden inside his shirt (it was a time before kids wore backpacks), he denied stealing them. His mother complained that the police and probation officer were always harassing her son. • I found 4 grams of marijuana under another ward’s mattress and told him we were going to Juvenile Hall. The problem was his dog, a barking, snarling Doberman Pinscher

standing on the kid’s bed. I ordered him to put the dog in the garage. On the way to Juvie, I learned he was the cousin of the kid who was accidentally killed while smoking dope and hunting rabbits. He wanted to quit drugs, but couldn’t. A weekend in Juvenile Hall produced a dramatic change in his behavior. He attended school regularly and stayed out of trouble. Perhaps holding the kid accountable was therapeutic. • I had another kid who was an habitual truant. His mother allowed him to stay home when he didn’t want to go to school... which was all of the time. When I got his case, I warned him that if he wasn’t in school, he was going to the Hall. The next day, I checked with the attendance secretary at Hale Junior High School. The kid was absent, so I went to his apartment. He was hiding in the closet. His mother began screaming and crying. As we approached Juvenile Hall, the boy told me that he didn’t go to school, because he didn’t have shoes. I took him inside and got a pair of sneakers. Being in custody had visibly shaken him. He promised to go to class if I would give him another chance. Because he had missed so much school, he was placed in special education. In reality, he was a very nice kid and a good-looking kid who quickly became a hit with the girls. Three years later, I was invited to his high school graduation from Madison High School. His mother no longer hated me. • Undercover cops and drug busts were popular during this era. I processed the first search warrants for undercover cops in the late 1960s. Clairemont was targeted in 1970 and several sellers were on my caseload. One had sold LSD to an officer. What made this kid unusual was his blond crewcut. His father was in the Navy and wouldn’t allow longhair. This “pusher” was good to his mother and little sister. He wore clean clothes and got good grades. One day, while driving on Doliva Drive beside Madison High School, I noticed the longhair pukes selling dope along the fence. One kid stood out from the rest. He had a blond crewcut and clean clothes. I pulled over and saw bills inside his shirt pocket. A search revealed he was in possession of several bindles that turned out to be PCP. The kid went to Rancho del Campo and I always felt bad about it. So many punks get to slide, but I exercised close supervision. It was very unusual for probation officers to put their wards in Juvenile Hall in the early 1970s. I was disgusted by other officers who did nothing when their kids committed additional crimes SEE Probation Officer Reflects, page 9

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Probation Officer Reflects Continued from page 8

while on probation. • In the middle 1980s, a young man was installing drapes in our home and asked my wife if she was married to a probation officer. As a youth, I had caught him with stolen motorcycles in his extra room. He went to Rancho del Campo. I remembered him immediately and was glad he’d become a useful member of society. He bore no ill will toward me for busting him. • Upon reaching adulthood, several of my former wards would contact me when they had minor scrapes with the law or problems in their marriages and jobs. One showed up at my door with his two young children. Eventually, he admitted that he’d “kidnapped” them during a visitation and there was a warrant for his arrest. I called his ex-wife and she wasn’t surprised to learn he had come to me. When this kid turned 18, I had sent him a birthday card and enclosed a

dollar. His mother told me it was the only birthday card he’d received in his life. I returned the kids to the mother’s apartment. The last time I saw him was in the 1990s. I was then working in our adult division and he was on his way to honor camp for a drug offense. A short time later, I heard he was killed in a drug deal that went bad. Looking back on my career, I tried to change kids into law-abiding citizens. I’m not sure of my impact, but apparently some did change. The man in the CVS parking lot credited me with straightening him out. He was from a broken home and claimed to be afraid of me. In my memory, he was a just kid who made a mistake. Probation officers can help the kids who want to change, but some never change. They never appreciated our intrusion into their lives, either. Now, we’re all on Social Security... Email:

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The start of the fall 2017 semester at San Diego Mesa College is gearing up to be one of the most exciting yet. When classes start on August 21, Mesa will welcome new students from the Summer CRUISE and San Diego Promise programs. It will also be the final year for the first graduating class of the Health Information Management baccalaureate program. Throughout the summer, Mesa’s

popular Summer CRUISE program, a free orientation for new students, attracted more than 400 undergraduates eager to start their higher educational goals. With both morning and evening sessions, CRUISE attendees included recent high school graduates, adult learners who have not attended college within the last three years, and students transitioning from Continuing Education or the Armed Forces. Also taking part in the CRUISE program were students from the recently expanded San Diego Promise program, part of the San Diego Community College District’s effort to help financially burdened students attend college by providing scholarships. The program has grown

Dozens of Projects in UTC/Golden Triangle Prompt the Launch of New Outreach Program With nearly 50 major public and private construction projects underway and planned within the Golden Triangle community over the next five years, SANDAG has launched a public outreach program to provide up-to-date construction information to the community and bring project teams together to minimize impacts. Named Shift, the program is a partnership with the City of San Diego, University of California San Diego, Metropolitan Transit System and Caltrans. It has been designed to provide residents, businesses and commuters impacted by construction with information and resources to minimize disruption, confusion and potential traffic challenges. The program will also serve as a unique hub for coordination and regular communication between the many construction teams involved with each major project. The Shift program will provide up-to-date information about potential travel impacts like traffic, noise, detours and road closures related to construction in the Golden Triangle area at The website includes an interactive project

map that allows users to track information about each active and planned project as well as links to transportation resources. Additionally, construction notices regarding planned impacts are aggregated on the website and the @ShiftSanDiego Twitter handle to ensure the community has information available at all times in one convenient place. Several other tools have also been developed to help people stay engaged and find the information they need, including: Construction information hotline: 844-SHIFT-SD (844-744-3873) Email: Twitter: @ShiftSanDiego Text alerts: Text ShiftSD to 797979 The variety of projects include high-profile transportation infrastructure like the widening of the I-5/Genesee interchange, the Mid-Coast Trolley, several high-rise apartment complexes, cutting-edge university facilities, medical buildings, the Pure Water project and numerous private developments. For more information on Shift and to sign up for alerts, visit

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Chris O’Connell (858) 752-9779 from 200 to 800 students, with nearly 300 of those expected to attend Mesa. It will also be the start of the final year for the first graduating class from Mesa’s Health Information Management (HIM) baccalaureate degree pilot program, who will be

awarded bachelor’s degrees in May 2018. Mesa’s HIM program was recently one of 15 throughout the state to be extended by the California State Senate until July 1, 2028. To stay up to date with Mesa College, visit

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Rob Jones Month of Marathons Wounded Marine Will Run 31 Marathons in 31 Days in 31 Different Cities, October 30th in San Diego Rob Jones, a retired Marine Corps Sergeant who lost both legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, is upping the

ante on his historic accomplishments. It’s not enough that he won a Bronze Medal in the Paralympics. Or that he was the first and only double above the knee amputee to ride a normal bicycle 5,180 miles across America. Now, he is set to run 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 major cities. Starting in London on October 12th, and continuing in the United States and Toronto, Rob will run 26.2 miles in the selected city on his own, travel to the next city, and repeat, ending appropriately on Veterans Day in our Nation’s Capital. Why would he undertake such a daunting and formidable challenge? Because he lives by his motto,“Survive. Recover. Live.” And because he realizes that being a

double amputee does not mean that he is incapable of continuing to serve his country even though he has retired from military service. On October 30th, 2017 Rob will be running a marathon in San Diego. Rob has several reasons for putting his body under the extreme stresses that this challenge will require. First, he

believes in giving back. During his epic cross-country bike challenge, Rob raised over $126,000 for nonprofit military charities that helped him recover from his injuries, all the while honoring other veterans by raising awareness across the country about the fortitude of our military men and women. Rob also believes in an America where people never stop trying to improve themselves. He knows that “America’s most valuable resource is its people, and only if the citizens of America are constantly trying to improve themselves, can America be at its greatest.” To learn more visit and follow him on social media @RobJonesJourney.

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Money in San Diego Politics Puts The Regents Road Bridge And Public Safety Dead Last Commentary by Louis Rodolico

The amount of money flowing in and around City Council District 1 is astounding. It affects commuters and neighbors like Clairemont to the south. Here is a list of how money in San Diego jeopardizes public safety; Money 1; Businesses like the Westfield Mall wants all traffic funneled up the Genesee corridor in order to bring in all those consumers. Westfield Mall provided the half million dollars to fund the PEIR to get the bridge off the plan. According to Smart Growth & Land Use Hearing city staff testimony; if the bridge is removed “about half” of the money developers paid to the bridge fund will need to be returned to the developers. Developers can only collect after the Regents Road Bridge is removed from the plan, not before. This would be a huge windfall for Westfield and other businesses on the Genesee corridor. If the bridge is taken off the plan Westfield will receive a refund from the city probably 10-20 million dollars. Which in turn provides more money for future political contributions and so on and so on. Plus Westfield and other businesses get all those customers funneled up the Genesee Corridor. Win, Win. They are corporations, faceless-immortal citizens who have little or no interest in the perils that confront mortals. They see us only as consumers, traffic and public safety being our problem not

schools, during his presentation he did not identify himself as a resident of Southwest UC. His presentation was intended to convince the City Council that he alone represents the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) position on the matter. The School Superintendent has shown no support for the Evans assertion that the bridge will make it less safe for children. The overwhelming majority of the community wants the bridge since it will also allow SDUSD students from UCSD and UTC (aka North UC) to have a shorter and safer commute plus reducing traffic on Genesee is an important regional public safety issue. I have reached out to the City Attorney about the Evans testimony, given that an elected official did not divulge that he would personally benefit from the hearing outcome, this matter is under review. Money 3; Why should City Council care if these NIMBYS in University do not want this bridge. If council removes the bridge from the plan, half of the money already collected for the bridge will now go into the city general fund, which can be used for their district and or their pensions. Given the jeopardy of the city pension program, council members along with city planners were not functioning as disinterested third parties. I was personally outraged to see that the December 5th, 2016 council did not call on the Fire Chief, Ambulance Company, Emergency Room Staff and

FORC has raised about a million dollars over the years and the only improvement I can see is a 300 foot dirt path with 3 benches at the

theirs. The new blue line terminates at the mall, should we be re-planning University to service a mall? Malls may not even exist in the future, but ambulances will. Money 2; Residents who live near the planned bridge do not want it. They want a private enclave to bring up their housing value. Public safety for their neighbors in East UC and Clairemont is not in their lexicon. During the December 5th City Council hearing John Evans, who is a resident of Southwest UC, presented himself as an elected representative of the city

other witnesses to present public safety issues. Also city planning did not pursue the number of additional people injured or killed due to uncompleted roads affecting ambulance service times. Planning Commission members have no compensation tied to the bridge; last October they voted 6-0 to build the bridge. Money 4; In 2004 the Friends of Rose Canyon (FORC) monetized the community argument over the bridge. The monies were ostensibly needed to bankroll lawsuits against government.

southwest Genesee entrance. The bulk of the money seems to have gone to the director’s salary to lobby against the bridge. According to public records FORC is sitting on about half a million dollars with the only foreseeable expense being the directors salary. FORC ID#: 65-1227043 I have been a public safety advocate for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this. I see it as anyone’s civic duty to confront such folly. Coordinated by lobbyists these four pots of money are all working in unison against public safety. Review

the PEIR - Executive Summary. Also; Fire Chief “we will always tell you, the quicker we can get there the better the patient will be” the bridge reduces all emergency travel times by 30 seconds; this also includes travel times from the patient site to the emergency room. Longer ambulance travel times are cruel and also mean the city (That’s Us Taxpayers) will not prevail in lawsuits. On December 5th, 2016 why didn’t city council ask the Fire Chief, Ambulance Company or Emergency Room Staff to testify? What is the city hiding? Our main advocate for public safety is; The Citizens For The Regents Road Bridge and they need funding for legal costs. Visit their website at: http://www.citizensfortheregentsroadb Louis Rodolico has been a resident of San Diego since 2001 Links: Final PEIR Executive Summary pdf pages; 508 thru 510 p_amendment_final_peir.pdf Planning Commission Oct 27th Audio Only, Fire Chief 1:14:00 view_id=8&clip_id=6816 SG&LU Hearing, Staff Testimony about Returned Funds; view_id=50&clip_id=6829 City Council December 5, 2016 SDUSD Trustee 1:49:06 (MP4 at 2:29:23) view_id=3&clip_id=6835

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A chronicling of the evacuation at Dunkirk that followed the defeat of the allied forces. “Dunkirk” is Christopher Nolan’s latest film, a war drama about the evacuation at Dunkirk during World War II. There is a large cast, who play soldiers trying to escape and the civilian sailors coming to rescue them. Some of the more recognizable cast members are Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Harry Styles, yes, the Harry Styles of One Direction fame. The story is told across three timelines from three different perspectives of the battle from the land, the sea, and the air. It looks at the perspective of the soldiers on the beach over the period of a week, the perspective of the civilian sailors over a day, and the perspective of the air force pilot over an hour. This movie is visual storytelling at its finest. It serves to immerse the audience in the hellfire and tension of battle more than anything else. From the moment “Dunkirk” begins until the second it ends, the audience is put in the thick of World War II on a sandy beach with guns blazing, planes soaring, bombs flying, soldiers running and ducking, and scores of nameless troopers lined up awaiting safe passage home. There isn’t a whole heck of a lot of dialogue. There aren’t many identifiable characters, at least not in the traditional sense. The people in this movie are not overly developed beyond their posts, such as fleeing soldier, shivering soldier, heroic fighter pilot, or commanding officer. The most developed character in the film is Mark Rylance’s Mr. Dawson, his son Peter, played by Tom Glynn-Carney, and Peter’s friend George, played by Barry Keoghan, as well as Tommy, played by Fionn Whitehead, though their main archetype is to represent patriotic English citizens doing different duties in the name of their country. These characters all have the same look, hairstyle, hair colors, and body type, and this is clearly done on purpose. This is probably Nolan’s most minimalist film yet. “Dunkirk” is visually stunning and gorgeously shot. What Christopher Nolan is able to do with a camera is nothing short of fantastic. He puts the audience right in the thick of the battle of Dunkirk and makes us feel every twist and turn from the planes in the sky, every splash and sway from the boats in the ocean, and every sound and explosion of bombs being dropped on the British soldiers. The editing is fantastic as the three timelines are cut together to make sure the tension and excitement remain high throughout its run time. Nolan’s use of practical effects over digital ones serves to enhance the look, feel, and authenticity of this movie. The cinematography is stunning, and Hans Zimmer does it again with a haunting, ticking score that elevates the final product. The action is relentless, and the sounds of battle never let up for one single moment. Our one big critique of the movie is Nolan’s choice to keep the bulk of the characters nameless and (relatively) faceless. Some people will love this choice, but it was a bit of a

rub for us. We wanted to be able to root for these individuals and wish for their ultimate survival, but we didn’t feel a connection to them since they aren’t really developed. Despite this minor critique,“Dunkirk” is yet another solid offering from Nolan and gives a unique perspective on how to approach a war film when they are a dime a dozen in Hollywood. It’s a “big picture” spectacle, one that begs to be seen on the biggest screen possible. “Dunkirk” is directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Cillian Murphy, and Harry Styles. It is rated PG-13 for wartime action and violence. 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 Rough Draft? – Great Draft by Brian Riehm

Meeting up for beers, but you aren’t sure if the kitchen quality will be up to the same high standards of San Diego craft breweries? Rough Draft might be your go-to place. Offering an excellent variety of San Diego style IPAs and a first-rate kitchen; Rough Draft is among a few local brewers serving lunch and dinner in-house. I caught up with Rough Draft owner Jeff Silver at the tasting room and kitchen located at 8830 Rehco Rd Suite D, San Diego.

in restaurants and stores in San Diego. He is also examining where he might add up to two tasting rooms. I suggested Bay Park, which is starting to accumulate some breweries. Silver has a plurality of West Coast IPAs in his line-up, due to local demand, but he also has a variety of styles among the 18 beers on tap. Even though Rough Draft brews a variety of IPAs, the Amber Ale is the best seller. San Diegans expect a mix of IPAs, so 7 of 18 taps had that variety. I asked him about Freudian Sip, an American Strong Ale, one of my favorites. It was originally designed to be barrel aged, but he found it was excellent even before aging, so it is offered in two varieties. He just introduced a hazy (unfiltered) IPA; that couldn’t quite be described as a New England style IPA. In my opinion, it competes in that area. Rough Draft also has an extensive barrel aging program. Right now, they are aging primarily in Pinot Noir and Bourbon barrels. Some of the

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Silver opened the doors of Rough Draft in 2012, and in 2015 he added the kitchen. The local food trucks, while offering good food, couldn’t always accommodate his desire to have a consistent presence. Having a kitchen solved that problem. The Rough Draft name came from a pun intended to mean a work in progress, as well as the beer reference. Silver is always trying new beer recipes with a goal to always be growing the business. He sees the business as a local operation that is part of the community. All of the beer-making takes place in the same location as the tasting room; visitors can see where the beer is being made while they imbibe. The entire operation is on display, from grinding the two row barley to fermenters, the last and longest step in the process. I saw some spent grain destined for re-use at Stehly Farms; Silver said that he gets the grapefruit for the Weekday Grapefruit IPA in return. If you can’t make it to the tasting room, Rough Draft is being sold in local Costco, and

barrel aged beer is available in bottles, with more on tap. The tasting room has a nice mix of seating arrangements, including a traditional wood topped bar facing two big screens with sports. There are also four person bar tables and stools, and some longer tables for bigger groups. The barrel aging room next door doubles as an event venue, with ales and dinner available for your event. The kitchen menu includes Paninis, hot and cold sandwiches, flatbreads, charcuterie boards, meat pies, and sausage rolls. The kitchen menu options are very complementary to the ales. The Cubano sandwich I ate was crispy and perfect, with just the right mix of mustard and pickles to go with the porchetta. On this visit, I sampled six beers. I tried the best-selling Amber Ale first. Creamy caramel comes right at you up front. This is a solid beer with lots of malt body and is very smooth; I only noticed the hops at the end. Identity Crisis is a great name for a blonde stout and an example of Silver’s desire to experiment with new varieties.

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Without the darker roasts, it isn’t as bitter as other stouts, yielding a semi-sweet vanilla and coffee infused drink. Apricot Wundersauer is a sour BerlinerWeisse. This beer is tart, but not overly so; the apricots provide a mellow backdrop as does the wheat. This is a very good beer for the style. Eraser IPA is in the Northwest style, characterized by more malt, darker color and more resinous hops. If you like your IPA bitter, this IPA is for you. Grapefruit Weekday IPA is a lower alcohol offering infused with local grapefruit. You can really taste the ruby red; it seems like a great brunch beer. There is a load citrus hop taste up front in AmaGalaCitraScade, a hazy IPA. It has good carbonation, bringing out all the citrus bitterness that lingers on the palate. My last sample on this

trip was Bourbon Barrel Aged Freudian Sip, one of my few five-star beers. A tang from the ale hits the front of the tongue first. The bourbon flavor carries the booziness on the back. Finally, subtle floral notes linger if you sip this beer slowly. My wife and I have also enjoyed Hop Therapy Double IPA, Emboozlement Tripel, and Southern Triangle IPA on other visits; these are all excellent as well. Rough Draft is that go-to place where you can count on great beer and great food in one location. It’s worth the trip from Clairemont. 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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Native Plant of the Month: Toyon (heteromeles arbutifolia) by Susan Lewitt

Hollywood? Did the name come from Toyon (aka Holly berry, or California Holly) with its many bunches of red berries as inspiration for the new settlers? This plant gets up to 30’ tall and 15’ across. Late spring to early summer, it’s covered with clusters of white flowers


with a mild Hawthorne-like scent, followed later by mounds of red berries, which are absolutely eye catching. It is found in chaparral, oak

woodlands and evergreen forest communities, but dominates coastal sage brush communities. It ranges from Western California to the Sierra foothills, and throughout much of California. It can be used on banks and as hedges, helping to keep deer out. The flowers are visited by butterflies and

thrush, other birds, coyotes and bears enjoy these berries. The berries which contain cyanide are tolerated by these animals, but not by humans, until it is cooked to remove the cyanide. Native Americans have used this berry as tea or jelly or in pancakes and with porridge. It grows well with 2 times monthly summer watering and tolerates more water in well-drained soil. It thrives in many different soil types (clay, sand, Toyon close up w red berries (photo by Susan Lewitt) serpentine). It does better than its exotic counterpart, water. When planted alongside your Cotoneaster, which requires more house, it helps prevent fire damage,

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other pollinating insects, making it a great plant for bird and butterfly gardens. Mockingbirds, American robins, cedar waxwings, hermit

Toyon in Bloom

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especially when given a bit more water. It grows in part shade in dryer areas, or in full sun. Its growth is moderate, adding about 10’ in three years. This beautiful plant is one of many easy growers for your garden. Find information on this and other native plants at Calscape ( and the CNPS Garden Native workshop, September 16, 2017 from 8 am to 3 pm.

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Be Sure to “Fund” Your Trust as Part of the Estate Planning Process by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

You may have a beautifully prepared trust instrument (Declaration of Trust or Trust Agreement) which sets forth your exact intentions and directions as to whom is to receive the property in your trust (in the trust estate) when you die. However, unless you transferred your titled assets (examples: house, bank accounts, stock brokerage accounts) at or after the time you created your trust, when you die these titled assets, depending upon their values, may well require a probate (long, costly court procedure) to enable their respective titles to be transferred into your trust, before your successor trustee can transfer these assets out of the trust to your intended trust beneficiaries. Simply listing these titled assets on a schedule attached to your Declaration of Trust is not enough. You must transfer your legal ownership in each such asset to

yourself as trustee of your trust. Typically at the time your trust instrument is prepared, your attorney will prepare the deed necessary to transfer legal title to your home into your trust, and you yourself will be responsible for transferring the other titled assets into your trust. This process is often called “funding” your trust. And it is somewhat of a “hassle” for some folks to do this. This is because you usually must personally visit your bank to change title to bank accounts and must correspond with stock brokerage firms and complete lengthy forms to transfer such brokerage accounts. But all your effort is certainly worthwhile, if by doing so you avoid a probate! 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),

Renters Decimate the Clairemont Condo Market! The dog days of summer just don’t exist in this condo market! Properties are selling faster than you could ever imagine! In June the average time a condo was on the market was only 15 days! What a great time to sell! And what a great time to buy with rates at historic lows! Let’s talk condos for a minute. With rents now averaging $2,000 per month first time home buyers use to buy condos to protect themselves from ever rising rents! buyers can find condos and buy them with only around $10,000 down plus a few thousand dollars more in closing costs. Obviously with rents at $2,000 per month and rising owning your own place with total payments of roughly $2300 per month is a no-brainer! No money? Remember, the down payment and closing costs can be a gift from a family member or even a close friend. shows that on any given day there are only 5 or 6 condos in the Clairemont area to choose from under $350,000. At you see the

HOA fees and can figure out which complex you can afford to buy into and how many bedrooms and bathrooms you’ll get. All that’s left is to figure out when you’d like to move. But a word of caution! Don’t put in your 30 day notice at your current rental just yet! Expect it to take 30-45 days to get the keys to your new place after we get your offer accepted. Once you’ve done your online research on we can set appointments for you to see the inside. Usually we’ll see two or three condos the first time out and then only the new ones that come on the market. Be patient, these condos sell quickly and we have seen that it can take months to find just the right condo and get an offer accepted. By doing lots of shopping beforehand, you will be confident when we write the offer on your new home.

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information on the check, the scam is called “check washing”. The criminal cashes the check, which goes unnoticed for weeks and now your bills are late and the money is gone from your account! What Can You Do Write checks only with a pen that has unwashable ink. This is a free gift I am offering this month to new and existing clients. (See Page 5 for more details) Also, do not leave checks in an unlocked mailbox. Finally, for extra protection, ask your bank for “security” checks. They are usually encoded with hard to recreate holograms, watermarks, etc. This protects you from a stolen check that is then laser printed into usable blank copies. Safe Searching and Safe Checking Writing

We all know how important it is to be safe on the internet and to prevent our personal information from being compromised. But are you aware that “checks” also carry a high security risk? Unfortunately, it was a scammed Kim Cares client who first alerted me of this threat. The Check Scam The woman mailed out check a monthly payment to her cable company for $120. Weeks later her new bill reflected the previous month as unpaid. She checked with her bank for information on that check number and sure enough the check amount was changed from $120 to $1200 and was paid to an unknown person!! What Likely Happened Her mail was either stolen from inside her mailbox or from the local post office. The thief applied chemicals to erase and then alter the by Clairemont Realty Steve Innis, Broker/Owner 858-922-2410 BRE 00644965

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We want to thank the Clairemont community for making North C’s Summer Reading Program a great success! All ages, adults too, participated and you can see the children’s names and the adult book reviews on the board as you enter the library. The great news is there is still time to sign up and be eligible for prizes. The program runs through August 15. Children will receive fun and delicious prizes and adult can enter into a raffle for valuable gift cards. This month North C. will host an amazing, kid-friendly science show with Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, high-energy dancing with Dance to Evolve, and a grand finale party with Mad Science, all on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Also, adults may join in the fun with Scrabble Social Club, the Second Tuesday Concert Series, and Adult Coloring Club, all on Tuesday nights.

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Happy Summer! We hope everyone is having a terrific summer, going to the beach, vacationing to new places, eating lots of ice cream and of course reading lots of great books. Reading by Design - Summer Reading Program continues through August 15 so don’t delay, register today at home or the library and read your 10 books or hours and collect terrific prizes. (while supplies last)

Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include: 1st Tuesday Scrabble Social Club 8/1 5pm 2nd Tuesday Concert Series – Bassett Brothers 8/8 6:30pm Bargain Book Sale 8/12 9:30-1 4th Tuesday Adult Coloring Club 8/22 pm Saturdays: E-Book Clinic & Basic Computer & Smart Device Help 10am

Special Events SRP Sparkles the Clown 8/3 10am Be part of a fun interactive show with magic, bubbles and more! Challenge Island 8/9 6pm Families will come together as a unified tribe and be part of volcano-trekking tribes that will build and erupt their tribal volcanoes. Sign up is required. SRP Twinkle Time 8/10 10am Join us for this super special closing program! Listen to Twinkle and friends’ catchy tunes and learn and dance and grow through music. Thursdays: Reading by Design! Summer Reading Program 10am Pajama Signing Storytime (b-5y/o) 8/8 & 8/22 6pm Come in your jammies and enjoy Miss Jennifer’s storytelling with signs. New! Tech Tutoring 8/2, 8/5, 8/9, 8/16, 8/19 & 8/23 12:30-1:30 Are you looking to expand your technology skills? We’re here to help. Make an appointment for one-on-one assistance. Sign-up required.

Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs: Mondays: Sign Language Story Time (rec 1-5 y/o) 10am Mondays: Preschool Story Time

Children’s Events Mondays: Lego Club 4-5pm Chapterbook Storytime (K-2nd grade) with Miss Terri 8/2,8/16 & 8/23 6pm

Also special this month will be a Solar Eclipse Sky Party to mark the solar eclipse that will take place Monday, August 21 at 10:15 a.m. This is the first solar eclipse viewable from the U.S. since 1979. We will have viewing glasses (while supplies last), a scavenger hunt, coloring pages and solar eclipse information.

Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm Enjoy working on a new craft each week. Bring a friend and have fun. Paws to Read 8/8 6pm Emerging readers, come read to our Love on a Leash Certified Dogs. Preschool Story & Craft (pre-5y/o) 8/17 10am Come and listen to a terrific story and make a fun craft based on the story. Wee Reads 8/4, 8/11 & 8/18 10:30am Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 8/24 10am Miss Jennifer reads and signs beloved children’s books followed by songs and bubbles! Krafternoon for Kindergarteners 8/26 1-2pm Enjoy working on a new craft each week Teen DIY Project (7th-12th grades) 8/16 3:30-4:30 Adult Events ESL for Adults 8/1, 8/15 & 8/22 12-3 Ms. Henderson will assist adults with various ESL needs such as writing, reading and speaking in everyday life. Stitching Circle 8/1 & 8/8 1:30-3 Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow hobbyists. Instruction may be provided. Balboa Branch Book Discussion La Rose by Louis Erdrich 8/15 11:45 CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 (858) 581-9935

Adults Conflict Resolution 8/1 5:30pm Learn the skills to resolve problems the right way. Literary Book Club 8/2 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, “Let the Great World Spin” by Colom McCann Make Your Own Book! 8/22 6pm This program teaches adults how to make simple bindings to create a one-of-a-kind book of your own! Space is limited so make sure to sign-up on the city calendar website or call the Clairemont Library. Music Concert with Devesh

Vashishtha 8/30 6pm Tech Fridays 3pm Need some advice on how to get the most from your smart phone or tablet? Tech Fridays are an informal chance to ask our tech expert Kerry any questions. Kids & Teens Summer Reading Program! 8/1 4pm Mad Science demonstrates science principles through wacky experiments! 8/8 4pm Michael Rayner is a master of juggling and balancing! 8/15 4pm The Big Finale! Join us for games, treats and fun! Book Club for Kids! (ages 9&up) 8/22 4:30 This student-run club is a chance for young people to read and discuss their favorite books. This month the group will discuss “Chains” by Laurie Halse Anderson Saturdays: Button Making 10:30am Thursdays: Game Time 3pm Break out the board games for a little tabletop fun! Thursdays: Kids Craft Club 4pm Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time! Little Ones Sign Language Storytime 8/3 & 8/17 10:30am Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Baby & Toddler Storytime with Stay & Play 8/10, 8/24 & 8/31 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. Prints should take less than two hours.

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Zoey BREED: POTBELLY PIG DOB: June 28, 2011 Place of Birth: West Virginia Likes: Belly rubs, food, sun bathing, food, hummus, food! Dislikes: Loud vehicles, eggplant, mushrooms, running out of food.

Thank You! We Couldn’t Do This Without You – The Pet Parents of Clairemont In order to better accommodate you, we’ve added a new member to the CoastView family. Veterinarian Dr. Dore Pei now sees patients Wednesday through Saturday at CoastView Veterinary Hospital on Clairemont Drive Please join us in welcoming Dr. Pei to CoastView and to the Clairemont neighborhood

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Name: Pepsi Age: 7 years old Gender: Spayed female Breed: American Pit Bull Terrier mix ID #: 217015 Adoption Fee: $95 Pepsi, a 7-year-old American Pit Bull Terrier mix, is looking for a loving home. Just like her namesake, Pepsi is sweet, bubbly and energetic. Her silly personality and happy-go-lucky attitude have made her a favorite among staff and volunteers, and she brings smiles to everyone who is lucky enough to meet her. She’s affectionate, smart and would love to join you in new training classes

to keep her mind active. Other dogs make her a bit nervous, so she may do best as your only pet, but we guarantee she has more than enough personality to keep your heart full.

Her adoption fee includes her spay, permanent microchip identification, current vaccinations, 30 days worry free insurance from Trupanion Insurance and a certificate for a free veterinary exam! Pepsi is available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus at 5500 Gaines Street. To learn more about making her part of your family, please call (619) 299-7012. ADOPTION HOURS: 7 DAYS A WEEK 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

Cat & Dog CPR According to the American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), if your pet needs CPR you should: • Check to see if he’s breathing. If not, place your dog or cat on his side and begin CPR. • Administer rescue breaths. Gently extend your pet’s neck, then holding his jaws closed, form a seal by placing your mouth over your pet’s nose. Blow into his nostrils every 3 seconds. Make sure that no air escapes

between your mouth and his nose. • Pump hard, pump fast. If you don’t feel a heartbeat, deliver 3 quick chest compressions for every breath administered. • Continue administering pet CPR until your dog or cat begins breathing again on his own. As a general precaution, be sure to locate a 24-hour veterinary service in your area. This way, if something happens and your dog or cat needs urgent care, you’ll know where to go for help and can get him there quickly.

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POLICE BLOTTER VEHICLE BREAK-IN 4700 Santa Fe St. 3400 Cowley Way 2600 Magnolia Ave. 6600 Alcala Knolls Dr. 1100 W Morena Blvd. 4600 Olney St. 6800 Salizar 3100 Cowley Way VEHICLE THEFT 6900 Beagle St. 5500 Balboa Ave. 4300 Moraga Ave. 2200 E Jewett St. 3100 Clairemont Dr.

2300 Morena Blvd. 2500 Clairemont Dr. VANDALISM 3000 Ulric St. 6900 Linda Vista Rd. 6200 Osler St. 2500 Chicago St. 4300 Mt. Hukee Ave.

THEFT 3600 Mt. Abbey Ave. 5500 Balboa Ave. 5500 Balboa Ave. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 5800 Mt. Alifan Dr. 1500 Clairemont Dr.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 4800 Mt. Armour Dr. 4900 Mt. Frissell Dr. 4400 Mt. Henry Ave. 7300 Linda Vista Rd.

FRAUD 5900 Linda Vista Rd. 4200 Balboa Dr. BATTERY 7000 Levant St. 3800 Camto Aguilar

“If you do not report it or call us, in our mind it did not happen” San Diego Police Officer Call 911 to report an emergency Non Emergency 24 hours (619)-531-2000 Compiled from info at

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Young & Old Come Out to See the Stanley Cup in Mira Mesa On June 30th Chad Ruhwedel a Defenseman on the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins treated over 1,000 hockey fans to see up close and personal the Stanley Cup. Ruhwedel, a Scripps Ranch native posed for countless pictures at the San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa for over 2 hours. As is the tradition with all members

of the winning team each player “has the Cup for a day”. After the public appearance Ruhwedel had plans with friends and family to continue the party.

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