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Reminder: City of San Diego Water Rates to Increase on Sept. 1
"The House the Whole Town's Talking About" by Bill Swank
Increase was approved by City Council in 2015 for water infrastructure and reliability projects The City of San Diego reminds all water customers that rates are increasing 4.82% beginning Sept. 1, 2019, to help pay for water reliability and infrastructure improvements. Combined with the 1.46% increase in water rates from the San Diego County Water Authority, the total increase is 6.28%. This is less than the 7% increase originally approved by the City Council for fiscal year 2020. To ensure customers pay only for what is necessary to provide water to their homes and businesses, the City’s goal is to complete a Cost of Service Study (COSS) every five years. The 2015 COSS considered the need for water pipeline maintenance and replacement, along with continued investment in water quality testing and increases in costs passed on from other water agencies. The City Council then approved estimated increases through June 30, 2020. The next COSS will be completed in 2020. Prior to the implementation of each increase, the City analyzes the initial estimates to ensure they are still correct. This year’s increase is lower than originally approved because of the availability of local water and the lower than estimated rate increase from our wholesaler, reducing the increase to 6.28% from the previously approved 7%. Of that 6.28%, 1.46% is due to increased water rates from the San Diego County Water Authority. The old rates were used for the period prior to Sept. 1 and new rates will be used for the period starting Sept. 1. Future bills will be calculated using just the new rates. The net impact to each customer, assuming equal usage, will be an increase of approximately 6.28%.
For customers living in single-family homes and using 1,200 cubic feet, or roughly 9,000 gallons of water per month, the 6.28% increase will equate to
approximately $5.58 per month, or $11.16 more per bi-monthly water bill. Individual usage and corresponding expenses will vary. Customers who need financial support to pay their water bill can learn more about the City’s Help to Others (H20) assistance program by calling (619) 515-3500. For water conservation tips and information about rebates, reading your water meter and detecting leaks, visit: sandiego.gov/public-utilities.
Longtime Clairemont resident Jack Carpenter is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. This honor was bestowed for "outstanding contributions to the profession.” Jack contacted me in June 2018 about Mid-Century Modern architecture and the SOHO (Save Our Heritage Organisation) self-guided driving tour booklet for Clairemont. This is a key excerpt from that booklet: “While the majority of Clairemont’s commercial and residential tract housing is relatively mundane and repetitive, the 62-year-old community contains some of the best surviving examples of Mid-century Modern architecture in San Diego.” I informed Jack that I was not a fan of Clairemont’s Mid-Century Modern heritage, which lead to further electronic dialog between us. Jack offered to give me his private tour, which opened my eyes to a hidden gem to be discussed in depth. Lloyd Ruocco has been called “The Father of San Diego’s Post-War Modern Architecture.” The visionary Ruocco said, “Good architecture should call for the minimum use of materials for the most interesting and functional enclosure of space.” He believed in big windows, open floor plans and easy access to the outdoors. Jack and I met at the Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ on Fairfield Street. Jack considers this church, built in 1954 with the aid of congregation members, to be Ruocco’s greatest gift to Clairemont. For me, it was a privilege to SEE Whole Town is Talking, page 8
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From the Publisher by Chris O’Connell
Happy August! Here we are in the dog days of summer…. Ah, summer in San Diego it cannot be beat! Stay hydrated! I hope you will find this edition interesting. Thank you for reading and please support the advertisers, they as well as many contributors and others make this little newspaper possible. What’s in this edition? Well, we have me addressing a perceived bias in our pet profile selections. Really? Yes, Really. Ironically enough the pet as you saw on page 1 is a cat this month. (p7) Major Garrett puts this Padres team in perspective. (p10) Weeds in the medians. Morena has been cleaned up hopefully Genesee is next. I posted the picture on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and there was no lack of comments. Here’s hoping City employees can clean up Genesee and other areas. (p5) Interesting OP/ED this month about a piece of property at the bottom of Clairemont Drive, that will soon be in the news. In addition, I have a follow up
to a fun fact piece I started last month with the Port of Los Angeles this month some news from the Port of San Diego. (p3) LoloLoves Films reviews Spider Man. (p12) Susan Lewitt brings us some composting information. (p15) With back to school fast approaching, I found a cool piece on school nurses, big shout out to school nurses! (p20) Throughout all the pages there are tidbits of information, I hope you will find useful. Don’t forget if you are interested in staying even more up to date sign up for our weekly newsletter at www.ClairemontTimes.com. Thank you again for reading and finally if there is a spot you would like a bundle of papers dropped off each month please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 752-9779
The Best Hiking Spots to Kick Off the Month of August by Owen Megura
Imagine hiking the stunning San Diegan mountains overlooking the crisp sandy beaches and the powerful yet soothing ocean waves. These are the things that make San Diego the beautiful place it is. According to Pacific San Diego, there are hiking trails for everyone, and Torrey Pines State Park provides many
explained. “I especially like hiking there during the springtime because the wildflowers are beautiful and colorful,” Manna stated excitedly. Manna has visited many trails, including the Guy Fleming Trail in Torrey Pines State Reserve. “The Guy Fleming Trail is beautiful and a great place to hike, but unfortunately they don’t allow dogs,” Manna stated. “The hike is still in a very pretty location,” Manna elaborated.
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Views of the cliff sides from the Guy Fleming Trail near Torrey Pines Beach.
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opportunities for stunning photography, as its trails explore the cliffs above Torrey Pines Beach. The hike offers two trails: the Razor Point Trail, measured at about 1.3 miles, and the Guy Fleming Trail, which is measured at about 0.7 miles. These trails are labeled at a fairly easy difficulty and are perfect for an afternoon stroll. The Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail, while still retaining an easy difficulty, is much longer than those mentioned at Torrey Pines. This trail is home to many attractions such as waterfalls and rivers, and spans a distance of 4.7 miles. If someone prefers a longer hike while still putting in little effort, the Los Penasquitos Canyon Trail is perfect for that occasion. The Lake Poway to Mount Woodson Trail is a hiker attraction that takes a step up from this article’s predecessors. At the end of this trail, the famous Potato-Chip Rock stands, a death-defying shred of rock that attracts many hikers. However, the trek up to the top spans 6.4 miles and is full of steep walkways and unforgiving challenges. Avid hiker Linda Manna discovers that hiking in the early morning outdoors is a perfect way to connect with nature and feel calm before the day begins. “I like Tecolote Canyon because I can walk to it from my house, and it isn’t crowded” Manna
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Manna, besides enjoying nature’s stunning visuals, also has seen some wildlife amid her walks on the trails. “I saw a rattlesnake coiled up in the middle of the path ready to attack,” Manna said. “I have also seen some wild coyotes during my hike.” Manna concluded. According to AccuWeather, weather predictions for the month of August state that the temperatures will range anywhere from 76 degrees to 81 degrees. Whether someone prefers hiking during the day or in the morning, the weather predictions promise nice and sunny days perfect for a lasting hike. If somebody is feeling like a nice hike during the month of August, the weather combined with popular trails makes hiking a perfect morning or daytime activity to participate in. Depending on which trail someone chooses to conquer, there will always be promising visuals and opportunities to catch many species of wildlife living in the shrubs and trees. A couple reminders for any hiker would be wearing proper footwear, appropriate clothing, sunblock as well as plenty of water to keep hydrated. Owen Megura is an upcoming senior high school student who aspires to be a journalist. He plans on majoring in Journalism and minoring in Photography in order to become a travelling photo journalist in the future.
First Impressions: Protea Properties Project on Clairemont Drive Service for the Mid-Coast Trolley is scheduled to begin in late 2021 when 3 stations will open in the Clairemont community at Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, and Balboa Avenue. Many have been eagerly anticipating what will happen on the property at the foot of Clairemont Drive at the corner of Morena Blvd. and Ingulf Street. This site will be directly across Morena Blvd. from the Clairemont Drive Trolley Station. It is temporarily being utilized as the Mid-Coast Trolley’s construction lay-down yard. The community has long hoped that something positive will happen at this key location, ever since the popular JR’s Restaurant and other businesses closed so many years ago. In 2016, the new owner Protea Properties introduced themselves to the community under a large tent on the site. At that time, they wanted to meet locals and to listen to their input. Protea didn’t have much to share at that time other than a desire to work with the community, and stated their intention to make a long-term investment in Clairemont. Their commitment was to build a visually appealing and quality “gateway” project that all would be proud of for decades to come. Since that time, Protea has been working on many design ideas. One of their early outreach efforts included asking neighbors and other community members for feedback. More recent efforts included three invited focus groups of approximately six people each, assembled by Glen Schmidt, Jim Elko, and James LaMattery. Glen’s group and Jim Elko’s group met with the Protea team separately several weeks ago, and the following describes their experience: Arriving at the La Jolla offices of Protea Properties, we found a professional yet casual corporate environment. The relaxed setting seemed to reflect the demeanor of firm’s founder, Jeffrey Essakow, which was friendly, approachable, and authentic. We discovered Jeffrey has had a successful track record of encouraging community input and incorporating some of those ideas into the final project. An example of this is upgrades to Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade where Protea designed a family-friendly environment and created a venue for community events. Del Mar
The Clairemont Times • August 2019 • 3 residents were initially skeptical, but gave rave reviews once the Flower Hill re-do was completed. Back to our meeting with the Protea team. We listened to Jeffrey and his development team describe their ideas while showing some drawings for the site. They showed us a mixed-use project with apartments, offices, and retail. The concept allows for neighbors and on-site residents to work-live-play locally, while being just across the street from the Clairemont Drive Trolley Station. The Protea site will also have 150 Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTS) parking spaces for commuters in accordance with their agreement with SANDAG. There will also be additional parking for the mixed-use project. The Protea team envisions creating an exciting destination, as well as incorporating elements unique to our Clairemont community character. During the meeting, Jeffrey frequently asked, “What would you like to see built here?” Among the answers were “cool and unique places” for locals to walk to for coffee, a meal, meeting friends, or simply relaxing with a book in a nice courtyard. The retail offerings are not yet determined, but plans are to include a small specialty market in the mix. Though the building sketches were not set in stone, the focus group members’ impressions were positive. The development will be angled and terraced so as not to crowd bordering streets, nor look like a big box. A large courtyard will serve as a public gathering place and the structures will be articulated for visual interest. The development will not be under 30-feet, which has been a hot topic for our community. It is uncertain how buildings might affect views but we hope any impacts will be minimal. We also learned that the existing site topography has more than a 20-foot elevation change from Morena looking up the hill eastward. Overall, everyone who participated was favorably impressed with Protea’s goals, preliminary design, and sensitivity to our community’s desires. Final designs will need to be studied and issues remain such as addressing pedestrian/bike safety and traffic flow. We are looking forward to seeing more detailed plans that everyone in the community can weigh-in on. And, we understand that opportunity will be coming very soon. Jim Elko (Clairemont resident and leadership team member for Housing the Next 1 Million) Glen Schmidt (Clairemont resident, landscape architect, and member of Clairemont Planning Group. Glen is not a consultant for the Protea project and has no financial connection to it.)
Fun Facts from the Port of San Diego by Chris O’Connell
Last month in this spot I shared some information, specifically a tweet, from the Port of Los Angeles regarding top imports and exports in 2018. I reached out to the Port of San Diego to see if they would like to share some fun facts and sure enough, they came through. Top imports: • Bananas and other perishables from Dole Fresh Fruit Company. (South America) • Vehicle imports from Europe, Asia and Mexico • Bauxite from Australia • Fertilizer from Norway
• Steel products from Europe and Asia • Sugar from Mexico We receive 3.9 billion bananas per year from Dole Fresh Fruit. These bananas service grocery stores on the West Coast. They are distributed as far north as Canada and as far east as Denver, CO. We Export: • Automobiles • Steel • Project cargo • We also export Budweiser Beer to Ecuador. The beer is shipped back on the Dole vessel. Next month some fun facts from San Diego International Airport.
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Vision Health as You Age Ask the Expert: Dr. Linda Chous, OD, Chief Eye Care Officer with UnitedHealthcare
Many people tend to expect their eyesight to decline with age – perhaps requiring a stronger eyeglass prescription or “readers” to scan the daily paper. And while some changes to vision are linked to age, there are some steps we can all consider to help our eyes stay as healthy as possible. Are my eyes going to keep getting worse as I age? Is there anything I can do to slow the progression of vision decline? By no means is your eyesight guaranteed to deteriorate with age, but it is perfectly normal to notice changes to your vision as the years pass. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to stop normal vision changes. However, it is important to maintain regular appointments with your eye doctor (see below) to help identify pressing concerns. With age, it is normal to experience: • Minor adjustments to your eyeglasses prescription or needing to use “readers” for the first time; • Trouble distinguishing colors, such as blue from black; and • The need for more light to see well. Although these changes are often normal, they can also be signs of conditions like cataracts or even diabetes. If you experience sudden vision loss or any rapid change to your eyesight, contact your eye care provider immediately. I have noticed tiny spots or specks float across my vision. What is that all about? Many people notice tiny specks within their field of vision. These small spots are tiny threads of protein that float across the gel-like substance between your eye’s lens and retina. Usually there is no need to worry if you only notice these spots occasionally and they disappear after a few minutes, but only a dilated eye examination can determine the cause of the “floaters”. However, if your vision is overcome by these specks or you are noticing vision loss, contact your eye doctor as soon as possible, as it could be a symptom of a sight-threating condition. What are some of the most common vision-related diseases that come with age? Here is the scoop on some of the most common age-related vision conditions: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) AMD is the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 65. AMD causes damage to the macula, the small spot on
the retina that enables people to see clearly and to view things straight ahead of them. Common symptoms of AMD are distortion and blurring of the center of your field of vision. If caught in the early stage, there are potential benefits from taking certain prescription medications and nutritional supplements. However, late-stage AMD is much more difficult to treat. Research has found that certain factors like heredity, ultraviolet light exposure, and smoking may increase the risk of developing AMD. Consult with your eye doctor to determine if a preventive treatment plan is right for you. Cataracts The lens in your eye is like a camera lens – it is clear and allows light to pass through to create an image. A cataract is the clouding of this lens, blocking the flow of light to the back of your eye (retina), which ultimately causes loss of sight. There are many kinds of cataracts, and most usually form slowly and do not cause pain. If the clouding is small, it is possible you may not even notice it. However, significant clouding can form in some people and, ultimately, negatively impact vision. The good news is cataracts are treatable via surgery that removes the clouded lens and replaces it with a clear plastic lens. Cataract surgery is generally safe and is one of the most common surgeries done in the United States. Once a cataract is removed, it cannot grow back Glaucoma Glaucoma is caused by increased pressure inside the eye, which can cause permanent vision loss and blindness if left untreated. There are several types of glaucoma, but the most common form usually has no noticeable symptoms in the early stages – the only way to detect it is by visiting your eye care provider for routine testing. Treatment may include prescription eye drops, oral medications, laser treatment surgery or a combination of any of these. It is important to find glaucoma early because once vision is lost, it cannot be regained. What are the best ways to keep my eyes healthy as I age? Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is as important for your eye health as it is for your overall physical health. Some of the best ways to protect your eyes as you age include: • top smoking. Smokers are up to four times more likely to develop AMD and may contribute to the development of cataracts. • Maintain a healthy weight. Conditions associated with being overweight, like diabetes and heart disease, increase your risk of developing vision loss
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Photo of Genesee Avenue at Mt Herbert Ave on 7/22/19 I posted this photo on our social media channels and the comments were aplenty. Recently weeds were pulled by volunteers down on Balboa Ave, and volunteers up in University City have done the same. The City recently went on a weed pulling spree on Morena Blvd. Here's hoping Genesee and other medians are next. (Photo by Chris O'Connell/The Clairemont Times)
from cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy. • Wear sunglasses. Help protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays (read on to learn why it is so important). • Be physically active. A study found people who are physically active experienced less vision loss over 20 years compared to those who didn’t exercise. • Eat a healthy diet. Colorful fruits and vegetables like leafy greens, tomatoes and blueberries, contain nutrients that can keep your eyes healthy and reduce the risk of AMD. Do sunglasses really protect my eyes? Sunglasses can be a great fashion statement, but more importantly, they act as a buffer between your eyes and the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Exposure to these UV rays can put you at greater risk to develop cataracts and AMD. When shopping for your next pair of shades, look for a pair that offers UV protection that will block out 99% to 100% of UV rays. It is important to know polarization is different from UV
protection; however, most sunglasses that are polarized also provide UV protection. Be sure to check out the product tag or ask for assistance in choosing the right pair. How often should I see my eye care doctor? Staying on top of your eye exams is crucial to helping maintain your eye health as you age. You should aim to see your eye doctor annually even if your vision hasn’t changed. Many potentially blinding eye diseases, like glaucoma, have no symptoms in their early stages. In fact, many systemic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, can be first found during a “routine” eye exam. Not only is it important in helping to catch early warning signs, it allows your doctor to have a trackable record of your eye prescription and eye health over the years, which can be useful when diagnosing an eye disease. That said, if you notice any sudden changes, please see your doctor immediately.
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City Council Proclaims August 28 as San Diego Continuing Education Day Nation’s Largest Noncredit Institution Recognized for Contributions toward Civil Rights Movement by Allura Garis
San Diego City Council will present San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE) with a City Council Proclamation pronouncing August 28, 2019, the first day of fall
Civil Rights leader Coretta Scott King delivered a speech at ECC in 1985, award-winning artist and humanitarian Stevie Wonder performed a concert at ECC in 1986 and Civil Rights activist and American poet Maya Angelou performed and spoke at ECC in 1987. SDCE has received numerous first place awards over the past 12 years during the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, an event that began out of ECC in 1980 by
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semester, as San Diego Continuing Education Day in San Diego. During the City Council meeting on July 23, 2019, City Council members voted unanimously to support the proclamation, which recognizes SDCE as the largest adult education provider of noncredit college instruction in the state and several important historical events have occurred at SDCE that have impacted the history of American civil rights. SDCE’s Educational Cultural Complex (ECC) is one of seven campuses in San Diego. ECC serves as SDCE’s flagship campus and has established a reputation in southeastern San Diego as a vibrant educational and cultural center with rich roots, especially amongst the city’s African American residents. SDCE’s Historical Preservation Ad Hoc Committee meets regularly to preserve, conserve, protect and display objects and artifacts of historical significance that belong to ECC. The committee’s work was instrumental in the creation of the City Council Proclamation. ECC has been a symbol of community and African American activism since its beginnings in 1972. Under the leadership of President Turner Cortez, the Committee intends to memorialize the significant contributions and events that impacted the history of American civil rights at SDCE. Many significant events have ties to ECC, including the California Commission to establish Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a federal holiday. Former SDCE Provost, Dr. Robert Matthews, hosted a committee at ECC and a successful campaign that ultimately established the federal holiday in 1983.
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former SDCE Provost, Dr. Robert Matthews, and fellow Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter) brothers organized. The San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) Board of Trustees adopted a resolution last year to support the recognition of the impressive civil rights history associated with ECC. Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., President of SDCE, presented plans to request an official Civil Rights Landmark Designation of SDCE’s ECC and the SDCCD Board of Trustees approved the submission of a proposal to the City of San Diego for official Civil Rights Landmark Designation of ECC. “The inclusion of ECC as a national landmark is important because out of the thousands of landmarks in San Diego not too often are ethnic and minority groups truly represented,” said President Turner Cortez. “Too often American history is shared without regard to racial groups. As a higher education institution, we must continue to celebrate social justice and cultural diversity because black history is American history. The public recognition will remind our students about their rich heritage and ancestors who continued to excel at all areas in life despite hardships and obstacles.” Every February, SDCE invites the Mountain View community to commemorate Black History Month through art and performance at ECC. SDCE’s long-term vision is to update the historic theatre at ECC to continue the legacy and inclusion of all cultures by promoting and supporting live performance. For more information about SDCE please visit, SDCE.EDU.
The City of San Diego oversees and manages more than 400 parks, 40 of which are in District Six alone. The City’s park system supports and provides opportunities for individual growth, cultural exchange and enrichment, youth development, special needs programming, and senior services. I believe we must continue to encourage our families and friends to visit our City Parks and feel safe and secure while doing so. Much like Neighborhood Watch programs and Designated Online Transaction Spaces (D.O.T.S.), Blue Light Emergency Phones are an additional community policing tool for reducing and deterring crime. The color of Blue Light phones is associated with the police. Calls from any of these phones connect directly to a 911 dispatcher, such that emergency personnel can determine precisely where the call is being made from, unlike calls received from a mobile phone. More and more cities are installing these devices because they have
proven to be a valuable part of a comprehensive public safety strategy. “Blue Light Emergency Phones are reliable and efficient. These phones will allow San Diegans the ability to report emergencies in a swift fashion, and serve dually as a crime deterrent,” stated Councilmember Chris Cate. Blue Light Emergency Phones were first installed in 1991 on college campuses in response to federal legislation. Nearly three decades later, Blue Light Emergency Phones can be found throughout District 6 at community colleges, San Diego MTS Transit Stations, and hospitals. Among the many cities who have implemented Blue Light Emergency Phones are: Boston (MA), Santa Ana (CA), Winona (MN), Charleston (IL), Grand Rapids (MI), Auburn (WA), and Rexburg (ID), to note a few. Blue Light Emergency Phones have even been installed recently at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA. Graphic Courtesy City of San Diego
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There is NOT a Dog Bias with The Clairemont Times Pet Profile by Chris O’Connell
Over the years I have heard from folks who email me about “not enough cats being profiled” as part of the pet profile section. Is this false news? Nope. I created the pet profile page in the very first edition back in 2011 as a way to include precious family pets in the paper. Over the years we have profiled dogs, cats, pigs, birds and horses plus other animals. Still awaiting the comedian to send their precious pet rock or chiapet. Here is how it works send a photograph of your PET. Sometimes I receive pictures of people overtaking the picture with their head, then you can faintly make out a pet. This is a PET
PROFILE not a glamour shoot. Pet only photos, please. As for the accusation there is a pet bias. I assure you, there is not. I run through the list and next up is profiled. I can only publish what people email over. If you reckon you have sent your pet and it has not been profiled, please send it again. If you would like to see a history of pets profiled check out this link (https://clairemonttimes.com/archive/) you’ll see all the pets front and center on page 1. In order to have your pet profiled: Email a picture of your pet, pet name, breed, date of birth, place of birth, likes and dislikes to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
The Whole Town is Talking Continued from page 1
have this highly respected architect explain the design significance of this special church. Surprisingly, the thing I will remember most from our conversation is the
Newspaper advertisement in May 19, 1951 San Diego Evening Tribune
undulating brick wall along the northwest fire lane. Jack explained how Thomas Jefferson used this serpentine technique to make simple, single-brick wide walls that did not require reinforcement. Jack’s only criticism of the Pioneer Ocean View Church concerned the remodeled brick wall behind the pulpit which closed off a garden view through a
previous large window. Connection with nature is essential to Mid-Century Modern architecture. Then he took me to a startling home designed by Lloyd Ruocco near the corner of Field and Arnott Streets in South Clairemont. Between 1950 and 1960, the number of houses in Clairemont increased from 1,133 to 18,111. The population exploded from 3,372 people in 1950 to 62,137 in 1960. Imagine all the stories that could be told by the newcomers who moved to Clairemont in that boom decade. This is the only story you will ever read The house includes an accordion-pleated Hospital to support her son. He proudly about a beautiful Mid-Century Modern proclaimed his mother “certainly deserved fold-away door, a breakfast bar and an house that also moved to Clairemont to win.” S-wall paneled with half-round birch during that same time period. Apparently the Woodens never lived in strips. The exterior is a combination of Jack heard this home was constructed the home and sold it to Alvin and Maxine cement block, glass and redwood." at the County fairgrounds and Green, prominent civic-minded, Drawing tickets were distributed with transported to Clairemont in the early Republican activists in the early years of each paid admission upon entry to the 1950s. Clairemont. Home Show. The Ruocco designed house That’s not exactly what happened, but Alvin worked as a salesman for was valued at $16,000, a lot of money in it is close. National Register and served two terms in 1951. The A headline 1950 and 1951 as president of the original drawing in the May 17, Clairemont Town Council. would be 1951 San Diego His wife, Maxine Wise Green, worked held at the for Congressman Clair Burgener. She was Union reads, end of the one of the first commissioners of the “Home Show show. The California Commission on the Status of House Draws structure Women and, in 1959, the Clairemont Repeat Visits.” would be Women’s Club selected her as the Woman The article moved and of the Year. began, “The rebuilt on The current owner, Steve Farkas, chance of the winner’s confirmed the residence was sold to winning the choice of Clairemont pioneers Alvin and Maxine 'House That three Green. It is his understanding that the San Diego possible home was delivered piecemeal to the lot Built' is locations: Street view of 1951 Lloyd Ruocco designed home at 2847 and reassembled. Over the years, repairs drawing Rolando Arnott Street (photo by Bill Swank) hundreds of spectators for second and even third visits to the National Home Show under way in the Electric Building, Balboa Park. A lineup extended almost two blocks when the show opened for the Architect Jack Carpenter (right) visits with Adam Miles Patio of Lloyd Ruocco designed home at 2847 Arnott Street fourth day outside the Pioneer Ocean View Church of Christ Church. (photo by Bill Swank) yesterday Miles and his dogs, Chloe and Mina, were on their daily walk (photo by Bill Swank) through the South Clairemont hills. afternoon.” The description for have been made, but the clean, classic "the house the whole town's talking Village, Clairemont or Fairmount Mesa. lines and external integrity of the structure about” is "as modern as tomorrow and as Marilyn Slauth, newly crowned Miss remain unchanged. comfortable as an old shoe.” In building San Diego, drew the lucky ticket of Mrs. I agree with SOHO. the house, “members of the San Diego Rose L. Wooden, a nurse at Mercy This Clairemont home is one of the Chapter, Building Contractors Association Hospital. When a friend heard on the best surviving examples of Mid-Century of California, use products manufactured radio that Rose won, the nurse was Modern architecture in San Diego. in this county as far as possible.” astounded. “I can’t believe it,” she said. You are invited to drive past 2847 “More than $2,000 worth of hardwood She had attended the Home Show on Arnott Street, but please do not bother the cabinets, equipped with magnetic catches, opening day, but was unable to see the residents. are in the house. Kitchen walls are a light main attraction because of the crowds. To Jack Carpenter FAIA: Thanks for gray paneling of baked enamel. Wide, Her son, Pvt. Anthony Wooden, was the tour, Jack. sliding doors make the patio part of the on furlough waiting to be shipped to living area. A cement block fireplace of Korea with the Army’s 7th Armored Email: Bill@ClairemontTimes.com modernistic design in the living room is Division. His mother had been widowed To read all the Squaremont columns, visit: http://clairemonttimes.com/category/squaremont/ backed with a barbecue pit on the patio. since he was a baby and worked at Mercy
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New Medicare Rule Could Hurt Sick Seniors by Kenneth E. Thorpe
Two in three Medicare beneficiaries live with multiple chronic diseases. A new Trump administration proposal could make it harder for them to manage their conditions. The Department of Health and Human Services plans to change the way Medicare pays for potent, physician-administered medicines. Officials claim they can cut costs by imposing price controls on these drugs. In the long run, this price-capping scheme would reduce innovation and patient access to medicines. That would lead to worse patient outcomes and higher medical costs overall. The new proposal deals with Medicare Part B, which covers advanced drugs administered in physicians' offices and hospitals. These therapies help millions of patients with cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other debilitating conditions. Physicians currently purchase these medicines up front and bill Medicare for reimbursement after treating patients. The government repays doctors the average U.S. sales price of the drugs, which cost almost twice as much in America as in other developed countries. To bring U.S. drug prices in line with prices in Europe and Canada, HHS plans to move to a "reference pricing" system. Part B drug reimbursements would be tied to the average prices paid in over a dozen foreign countries. Drugs are cheaper abroad for a reason. Most foreign governments impose artificially low price caps on drugs. If manufacturers refuse to meet these demands, governments refuse to cover those medicines. These low prices discourage companies
from launching drugs in these countries. As a result, chronic disease patients suffer from reduced access to the latest medicines. Patients in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, and the other countries included in HHS' reference pricing index waited a median of 14 months to access each new drug released between 2011 and 2018. Meanwhile, roughly 90 percent of these medicines were immediately available to Americans. If HHS' plan takes effect, delays like this will become common in the United States. That could be a death sentence for patients with late-stage cancers and other serious diseases. The United States leads the world in biopharmaceutical innovation, producing more than half of all new medicines created worldwide. That research isn't cheap. It often takes billions of dollars to create a new drug. The overwhelming majority of experimental medicines fail during clinical trials. The administration's Medicare overhaul would decrease the potential returns on R&D investments. Firms would scale back research into breakthrough treatments for cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. Over the next five years, 31 million Americans will be diagnosed with a chronic disease and 1.7 million will die from one. American researchers are currently working on thousands of experimental treatments. These advances could help patients live longer, healthier lives and avoid costly hospitalizations. But these treatments may not come to fruition if HHS begins capping drug prices. Kenneth E. Thorpe is a professor of health policy at Emory University and chairman of the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease
Peerspace Sharing Economy Venue Rental Service Announces San Diego Launch by Anders Steele
Peerspace Now Offers San Diego’s World-famous Outdoor Venues, Theaters, Bars, Restaurants, Lofts and Office-spaces, for Parties, Meetings, Photo Shoots and More Peerspace, the world's largest
marketplace for hourly rentals of unique spaces for events, meetings, photoshoots, and media productions, today announced the official expansion of their offering to San Diego. Peerspace provides simple booking of over 10,000 venues along with expert event support. Peerspace locations are currently available in areas including San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Austin, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, and Atlanta with dozens of locales launching throughout 2019. “As a proud native San Diegan it’s been amazing to witness the viral growth of Peerspace in my
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Free Movies in the Park Mark the dates on your calendar by Chris O’Connell
Downtown SD: The Little Mermaid (G)
Bring your chair, blanket, snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars. All the movies start at dusk. This list is a very small portion of local movies, the full schedule throughout the city and county can be found along with more information on the website listed below.
Mission Bay 10/5 Santa Clara Point, Mission Bay: Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
Bay Park 8/2 Tecolote Community Park: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (PG-13)
Pacific Beach 8/3 Kate O. Sessions Neighborhood Park: Finding Dory (PG)
Bay Ho 8/10 Cadman Community Park: The Sandlot (PG)
Serra Mesa 8/24 Cabrillo Heights Neighborhood Park: Space Jam (PG)
Clairemont 9/6 South Clairemont Community Park: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG)
University City 8/9 Nobel Community Park: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) 8/16 Doyle Community Park: Jungle Book (2016) (PG)
Downtown 8/17 USS Midway Museum,
Ocean Beach 8/16 Robb Field: How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
To view the complete list of movies throughout the City of San Diego and the County visit: http://www.summermoviesinthepark.com
home town,'' said Matt Bendett, Co-founder at Peerspace. And with our official launch, we are adding hundreds of venues, investing in marketing, and building a local community of hosts and guests. I'm inspired by the variety of unique spaces across San Diego county, from National City and the Gaslamp to Vista and Oceanside." Notable Peerspace San Diego locations include a stunning indoor/outdoor venue in Mission Beach, a downtown industrial loft space, an open, modern event space, a lifestyle loft in East Village and a Barrio Logan indoor/outdoor event space. To view all Peerspace San Diego locations, please visit: https://www.peerspace.com/venues/san-die go--ca “Working with Peerspace to me has been a game-changer, said Jason Weinert, Co-Founder, Yard and Sea, one of the hottest outdoor events venues in the beach area of San Diego. Peerspace is so seamless to work with, it makes connecting to my perfect customer easy, while providing the most exciting, quality experience possible.
“I own a production company and took a risk building out our own production loft. I cannot tell you how nice it is to have additional rental revenue coming in when we are not shooting. On most months, the revenue from Peerspace covers our rent entirely,” said Kirk Hensler, owner of Hale Productions. “The feedback has been amazing and it's pushed us to design even more content-worthy spaces, including our new 3,700 sq ft lifestyle loft with vaulted ceilings and 20' brick walls. Many local and national brands have already shot lookbooks, commercials, and content for social in the new space.” Peerspace enables property owners to generate income from their facilities, offices, and spaces which would otherwise remain empty or underutilized seasonally or on certain days of the week. For event and meeting planners, Peerspace removes the hassles of intricate booking negotiations and paperwork, while Peerspace’s expert support provides knowledgeable guidance and service to make sure events go off without a hitch.
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A Padres Column by Major Garrett
It Only Looks Like a Mirage by Major Garrett
We saw it, right? We watched the Padres beat the hated/admired Dodgers three straight games before the All-Star break. We read how those road wins propelled the Friars into the Wild Card conversation and how the National League was beginning to wonder if the club was for real. That all happened, right? We didn’t imagine that ... did we? We wonder because after the break the Padres have looked nothing like the team that confidently dispatched the Dodgers. Nothing at all. Swept by the Braves at home followed by lackluster three-game series in Miami, Chicago and New York. From June 30 to July 25 (the day I wrote this column), the Padres won five games and lost 14, fell into last place in the NL West and out of serious contention for a Wild Card berth. The All-Star break felt like a springboard. It turned into an elevator shaft. What are we watching? A team that doesn’t know who it is. A team that doesn’t know what it is. And a team that doesn’t have any idea how to win when it counts. This is what comes with a young team. Those Dodger victories look like a mirage, some cruel trick of the light and we feel like suckers believing the Friars were better than they are. But the wins were real. They were a glimpse of our future ... a future where the Padres will roll in and beat the best teams in baseball with regularity. But not yet. At the All-Star break the Padres realized they were in the hunt. They also realized each game going forward had meaning. MLB beat writers were including the Padres among teams that might make a big trade to solidify a post-season push. The accolades brought pressure. As a rule (baseball is as full of written rules as it is psychological ones) pressure makes a young team tighten up, press more and chirp less. In May I wrote about the value of chirping (link: https://clairemonttimes.com/the-baseballcombination-that-matters/). Its value only increases deeper into the season. When ballplayers talk about “grinding” through the season, they’re not kidding. It may look like a lark, but baseball is mentally exhausting. Keeping loose, relaxed and at ease with the grind of a baseball season is one of the most difficult
challenges competitive teams face. For younger teams, the challenge is almost insurmountable. Baseball, as even the casual fan knows, is built around failure. Each game is comprised of hundreds of small actions and maneuvers (pitch location, infield shifts, stolen bases, relay throws, wild pitches, passed balls, opposite field hits, extra bases taken, foul balls, one-hop throws, line-drives caught, pop-ups missed) and games are won and lost at the thinnest margins of execution. How young are the Padres? The team’s average of MLB years of experience is 4.1. Yes. That is the team average. For the pitching staff, the average is a paltry 2.9 years – 2.3 years if you eliminate 10-year veteran Craig Stammen. Our outfielders average 4.2 years of MLB experience. We are almost unimaginably young for a team hovering around .500. For young teams, the pressure to win in July and August can look and feel completely different than it did in April or May. It may sound ludicrous, but the focus on winning becomes a burden and a distraction. The best teams know this. The best teams focus on baseball, not winning -- on fouling balls off to extend an at bat; on taking an extra base because they have done their homework on outfield angles and the relative arm strength of the given outfielder; on pitching to contact instead of pitching for strikeouts. As much as I hate to admit it, I have become a student of the Dodgers because the Padres will never make it to the World Series without dealing with LA. The Dodgers have been trying to perfect this baseball-first discipline for the past three years – building a roster this year that minimizes drama and focuses intensely but calmly on baseball. As of this writing, they are 30 (!) games over. 500. The Padres are not built. The Padres are under construction. The Padres do not know what their future bullpen will be, only that the current bullpen has some serious holes. The Padres do not know who will play second base or catcher. It has only been within the last month that the club decided who would play center field. No team with a flimsy bullpen and uncertainty behind the plate, second base and center field can compete. For two years, the Padres have been trying to figure out if Manuel Margot can play center field at the highest level. Margot is only 24 but it feels like he has been around and full of promise for years. His promise is real. His talent as an outfielder is well above average. At age 24, it looks as if he can now handle big league
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pitching and steal bases. These are all summer of ’19 discoveries and they have relegated Wil Myers to the unsustainable role of grotesquely over-paid pinch-hitter. The Padres now appear willing to give Luis Urias a full-time shot at second base. Why Ian Kinsler remains on the roster mystifies me – nearly as much as why he was signed in the first place. Perhaps Kinsler will be stuffed like a pair of twice-darned socks into a late-July trade – the player to be forgotten later. Urias has tremendous fielding talent and deserves a shot to mature alongside shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and between veterans Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado. Hosmer might be on his way to becoming the J.T. Snow of our era – meaning the worst-hitting first baseman in the game – but he is the best of the available options and, like Myers, too costly to trade. Urias needs to know he belongs and he can only learn that by starting every day. Lastly, the Padres need to identify a catcher. Together, Austin Hedges and Francisco Mejia have a batting average of .206 with 11 homeruns and 39 RBI. That is not playoff material. Hedges is 26 and Mejia is 23. For the remainder of this season, a platoon makes sense. Hedges is the better defensive catcher, but that does not make up for his perpetual offensive struggles. Mejia may be the best long-term project. We cannot discuss the future without analyzing the Kirby Yates situation. Yates
“... but baseball is mentally exhausting. Keeping loose, relaxed and at ease with the grind of a baseball season is one of the most difficult challenges competitive teams face. For younger teams, the challenge is almost insurmountable.”
is the best reliever in the game and will remain under team control next year – meaning he is not a half-season rental. Yates (31 saves, 1.05 ERA and 42 percent strikeout rate) will command a huge price on the trade market. The Padres could land one and possibly two top-tier prospects and unload the unusable Myers (due a teeth-gnashing $22.5 million next year alone) in the process. That is the only scenario where dealing Yates would make any sense. But I’m not sure even that would be worth it. Trading Yates would tear my heart out. He is an exceptional pitcher and the soul of our bullpen. I would hate to see him in the playoffs in another uniform. If next year is the year the Padres really compete, can we do it without Yates? Would trading him now torpedo clubhouse morale and plunge Friar Faithful into another summer of thrown-in-the-towel blues? I say keep Yates. Let him tutor recently promoted phenoms Adrian Morejon and Michel Baez. While that is happening, under-performing relievers (Logan Allen and Craig Stammen) can put up or pack up. As I often tell young journalists, your career only looks strategic in retrospect. While you are living it, you have a goal but are moving here and there and making coin-flip decisions. Some work out. Some crash and burn. For the Padres, there is a strategy and management is happily assembling real talent with amazing upside. There will be ups and downs times when the club looks unbeatable and times when it looks befuddled. It is all real. It only looks like a mirage. Major Garrett was born and raised in Clairemont, is Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, host of "The Takeout" podcast and author of the book "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office."
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How Would Pasteur Heal Todays Body Politic? Commentary; Louis Rodolico
The methods Pasteur used to address microbes/germs hold an answer for our toxic politics. In the mid 1800’s, Louis Pasteur and others were unable to convince the medical profession that hand washing and operating room sanitation would reduce
microbes and improve patient survival. Back then surgeons did not believe in operating room sanitation. They believed that microbes did not exist in the air, but were spontaneously introduced into a patient by God’s will. The spontaneous creation of microbes came from the belief that God created the Universe out of nothing in 7 days; therefore God also spontaneously introduced microbes/germs in those who deserved death. In the 1840’s Ignaz Semmelweis was a young doctor whose observations challenged that assertion. He noticed that the Bartsch birthing clinic had a 3% mortality rate, here hands were washed, clean linens and clean field were the rule. Doctor Semmelweis also noticed that another birthing clinic, the Klein clinic, had an 18% mortality rate. Klein’s clinic used no sanitary measures. They did not wash hands and wiped their hands and equipment on bloody aprons that had been used for previous patients. The overwhelming number of microbes the Klein methodology introduced resulted in six times as many mothers dying. Voila! Sterile fields and hand washing procedures improve patient survival. Not so fast. Klein was a “Free Thinker” and organized to protect the status quo. Klein had the backing of the; clergy, medical establishment and all the material and service suppliers. In operating theatres Free Thinkers kept day’s old cadavers so they could route around in the cadaver to figure out how the patient should be stitched back together. Free Thinkers then went immediately from cadaver to putting their unwashed hands inside a living patient. Some Free Thinker had mortality rates over 90%. Regardless, Klein and the Free Thinkers eventually prevailed and ran
Doctor Semmelweis out of town. Semmelweis was ridiculed by the medical establishment and committed to an asylum where he died as a result of being beaten by guards. Surgeons would jokingly drag their scalpels in the filthy floor sewer drains before cutting into their patients mocking that lunatic
Semmelweis. The wealthy establishment won the day. Confronting the wealthy establishment here in San Diego has also failed. Here Westfield Mall along with; NIMBYs, government workers and a cadre of lobbyists figured out they could enrich themselves by removing key roads in order to funnel; traffic, customers and therefore money to a wealthy Westfield Mall. Mall lobbyists fanned hate in the community, pitting neighbor against neighbor, thereby keeping the spotlight off themselves. Westfield paid a half million dollars for an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), to remove the Regents Road Bridge, an EIR that somehow did not consider ambulance service times. With the bridge no longer on the city plan, 35 million dollars in Development Impact Fees must now be refunded to the Mall and other developers. To date only one of Universities 3 main roads has been completed. According to county statistics not having finished these key roads in University results in 7 citizens not making it alive to the emergency room each year, but why would a foreign owned mall like Westfield care about that? This remains an important public health issue and like Pasteur citizens face a well-financed opposition. Several times I have requested ambulance and FRS-56 statistics from the city, no response. What is being hidden, are there more than 7 deaths per year? Westfield is a microcosm of what is happening nationally; we can clearly see how the political sausage is made and how hate plays a key role. Corporations should not control public safety decisions affecting the body politic like; police, fire, ambulances & health care. The insurance component of our healthcare system can
be heartless and corrupt. Unlike other things we need there is no option with health care, we perish or pay the inflated prices forcing many into bankruptcy. Like most of the industrialized world American Healthcare needs to be under government aka voter control much like police and fire responders. If we were to vote to privatize the police, for example, will we be put on hold while they verify our police insurance? The more we privatize the more rights and public safety we forfeit to corporations who will withhold a response until payment is secured. Pasteur’s answer was to eliminate microbes that harm the body. Any behavior that harms the body politic also needs to be eliminated. As the Westfield case illustrates, unchecked corporate greed is a hazard. We have to find a cure for this disease at all levels of politics. Big money curses socialism, which is simply voter control. Corporations have successfully lobbied to pay lower taxes, increasing their control over; politicians, our tax dollars and our lives. Our votes continue to mean less and less. It is insidious to watch corporations gain more power while simultaneously decreasing their taxes and contributions to health care. The U.S. now has the most expensive healthcare system along with dropping life expectancy. (Search: How does U.S. life expectancy compare to other countries) Pasteur openly challenged the Free Thinkers, but for decades Pasteur helplessly watched thousands suffer and
perish needlessly. To his credit, he never gave up and only towards the end of his life did the medical community stop blaming God and embrace sterilization in the operating room. I am hopeful that corporations like Westfield Mall and their cabal will not remain unchallenged modern-day Free Thinkers, dragging their proverbial scalpels in filth. Our city should be better than this. In University todays Free Thinkers have the political power and an age-old message; “Roads do not matter, if you or a loved one are delayed getting to the emergency room alive, well that’s Gods will” Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 and is a candidate for District 1 City Council louisrodolico.com San Diego Politics https://timesofsandiego.com/opinion/2018/11/11/ opinion-count-the-ways-san-diego-city-keeps-pu blic-in-dark/ Westfield EIR http://www.louisrodolico.com/uploads/7/5/2/2/75 221087/dif_exhibits.pdf CEQA Refuses to Hear http://clairemonttimes.com/community/ceqa-jud ge-rules-not-to-hear-arguments-about-public-saf ety-and-the-regents-road-bridge/ Planning Groups, Sherman on KUSI https://www.kusi.com/audit-shows-community-pl anning-groups-may-be-in-violation-of-brown-act
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“Spider-Man: Far From Home” Movie Review by Lolo & Big J
A couple months ago, Marvel Studios released "Avengers: Endgame," which marked an over 10 year, 22 movie-long story that finished the character arcs of some of the most beloved heroes in the universe. The question is, where does the Marvel Cinematic Universe go from here? With every ending, there is a beginning, and "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is the first movie of this latest era, introducing the world to new heroes and fresh villains. All of the people who were snapped out of existence by Thanos have returned five years later in an event called "the blip," and much has changed, including what people will believe and accept as reality. As Peter Parker (Tom Holland) prepares for a class trip to Europe, strange phenomena start occurring all over the world as cities are destroyed by what are said to be elemental creatures comprised of earth, wind, water, fire, etc. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) contacts Spider-Man to ask him to assist a new hero named Quentin Beck (who has been dubbed Mysterio by the media) (Jake Gyllenhaal), an earthling from an alternate reality who has faced these elements before in a different dimension. Spider-Man must find his confidence and accept his true calling if he hopes to defeat this villain that is unlike any he has faced up until now. "Superhero fatigue" has been the topic of conversation for years now, pretty much since the original "Avengers" was released. So far, the Marvel train has shown no signs of slowing. It has powered through every possible roadblock with ease, and if "Far From Home" is an example of what's in store for the MCU moving forward, we couldn't be more elated. This movie is an amazingly fun time full of frights, fights, delights, and an awesome display of visual ambition. We think Tom Holland was the perfect casting choice to play both Spider-Man and Peter Parker as he combines the awkward nerdiness of Parker with the fast-talking wit of Spider-Man with ease. In a post-snap world, Peter also wrestles with the emotional heft of “Endgame” and being an Avenger who is also just a high school kid who wants to have fun with his friends. Holland has settled into the role nicely, and we cannot wait to see him take on a more substantial part moving forward in the Avengers and the MCU. Zendaya is such a treat to watch in the "Spider-Man" movies, and we love how she is evolving MJ's persona. She injects some much-needed enrichment and freshness into the character of MJ, and she and
Holland have marvelous chemistry together. Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the greatest actors of all time, so naturally, we were thrilled when it was announced he'd be playing Quentin Beck, aka Mysterio. Gyllenhaal is a fantastic new addition to the franchise, and he brings the required charm, likability, and passion a character like Mysterio needs to be effective. With this character's abilities comes some amazing reality-bending special effects that look totally breathtaking. The action scenes are brilliantly achieved, especially towards the latter portion of the film. The twists and turns the script takes may not be entirely shocking, but they are executed in µa way that felt seamless to us. What makes the character of Spider-Man so great is that people can
relate to him despite that he is a super-genius who is super-sticky and super-strong. It's the human element and the humor that keeps people wanting to see more of the character, and that is really brought to the forefront in "Far from Home." This version of Spider-Man wholly unique, but also maintains the spirit of the character from the source materials. Spider-Man is one of our favorites in a universe filled with fantastic characters and stories, and Marvel just keeps continuing to impress us. We had a blast with this film and cannot wait to see what happens next. Visit our blog at www.lololovesfilms.com for more reviews, and follow us @lololovesfilms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for extra content! For inquiries or comments, please email: email@example.com.≤
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Some Estate Planning Basics by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law
1. Surprisingly to me, about 35% of folks die without leaving a will or trust to pass on their property. This is called dying "intestate." The result is that your property passes to your heirs in a "pecking order" pre-established by the California Probate Code–possibly not in the manner you would have chosen had you made a will or a trust. Another negative consequence of dying intestate is that your estate will have to undergo a costly and time-consuming probate before title to the property can be transferred to your heirs. 2. So, to pass on your property should you use a will or a trust? As a starting point, if you own a home, you should make a trust. This is because when you die, no probate of the trust would be required, whereas a probate would be required if this house passed, instead, by a will. When you do set up a trust, be sure to transfer title to the house by deed to yourself as trustee of your new trust. 3. Just what is a "trust?" A trust is an arrangement whereby you as "trustor" transfer certain property to a "trustee" (typically yourself while you are alive) who holds and manages this property for the benefit of a "beneficiary" (again, typically yourself while you are alive, and whoever you leave the property to, upon your death). The terms of this trust are set forth in a trust instrument (usually called a Declaration of Trust or a Trust Agreement). 4. In the above case, what type of trust should you use? Typically, you will use what is called a revocable living trust. Such a trust is "revocable," since it can be changed in any manner or even terminated while you are still alive. It is "living,"
because it is created while you are alive. 5. If you create a revocable living trust, are there other estate planning documents you should create? If so, what are they? Yes, there are some supplemental estate planning documents you should have. Here are the most important ones: • Will – This will provide that anything that was not transferred into your trust, or disposed of by other means (such as a life insurance policy death benefit payable to its beneficiary) will pass to your trust and be distributed as a part hereof. • General Power of Attorney – this is a general/financial power of attorney–designating an "agent" to conduct your affairs if you are unable. • Advanced Health Care Directive – contains: a health care power of attorney – designating an agent to make emergency medical and related decisions on your behalf if you are unable; "pull the plug" provisions if you so desire; and organ donation directions as you see fit. 6. If you're married, what estate planning documents do you need? Typically a married couple will have one "joint" trust instrument between yourselves, and a separate will, general power of attorney, and advance health care directive for each of you. Always ready to be of service, I am Dick McEntyre, having served the San Diego community for over 40 years. If you have a tough time getting around, I will gladly make a "house call." Dick McEntyre is a lawyer doing estate planning, estate administration, and real estate legal work. His office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279).
West Mission Bay Drive Bridge Replacement Project Update City of San Diego Public Works Department Project Description The West Mission Bay Drive Bridge Replacement project replaces the existing four lane West Mission Bay Drive Bridge, built back in the early 1950s, with two separate three-lane structures, providing an improved transportation link across the San Diego River. Key improvements of the new bridge include: two new parallel bridge structures with three lanes in each direction; a bike path on both bridges; and roadway widening and improvements along Sports Arena Boulevard, West Mission Bay Drive and the westbound I-8 off-ramp. Updates Construction crews continue to complete the Cast in Drilled Hole (CIDH) piles of the new (eastern) bridge, and concrete has recently been poured for the first column. They also continue the
utility work, recently finishing the utilities in the roadway near the bridge. New retaining walls under the Interstate 8 freeway along Sports Arena Blvd. are under construction. The walls will be built in phases to construct them to their full height and create the final wall finish. In the final phase, a few months from now, the walls will be texturized. They are located on both sides of Sports Arena Blvd. to support existing slopes under the current bridge. This is all part of a new traffic alignment on and off the new bridge structures. Construction Schedule: Project began July 2018 and is expected to be complete in mid-2022. Contact Us: For questions or concerns, please call the West Mission Bay Drive Bridge Replacement Project line at 619-363-2698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please reference the "West Mission Bay Drive Bridge Replacement Project" in your inquiry.
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Random Acts of Greenness: Composting by Susan Lewitt
There are numerous ways of reducing the amount of materials that we discard and reducing the energy we use. Using less, reusing more, recycling more, and upcycling are some approaches. Another important method is composting. The bonus? Free nutrient rich soil! There are many ways to compost. Passive, active, vermiculture and Bokashi composting are some of the choices. Vermiculture uses a special kind of red wiggler worm, not garden earth worms. They digest the materials faster than the earth worms and give you worm castings. Unlike earthworms, they don’t thrive in most gardens, preferring warmer, richer environment of the worm bin. Bokashi composting is an aerobic using containers with tight-fitting lids. It is one of the types that can handle meats, dairy, oils, plus greens and browns. (https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/out doors/gardening/bokashi-compost) The following information addresses mainly active and passive composting. After you decide which type of compost you want, pick an appropriate enclosure. Some of the choices include tumblers, open bins, closed bins, stationary bins and moveable bins. Some are easier for active compost, while tumblers and closed bins work for passive composting. Open bins work for vermiculture. Now for the ingredients: greens (nitrogen rich) and browns (carbon rich). Greens include produce peels and rinds, houseplant and outdoor plant trimmings, tea leaves, coffee grounds, cooked rice, pasta and grains, corn husks and cobs, sod, seaweed, old herbs and spices, dried and dead flowers, dead non-diseased plants and egg shells. Browns include, fallen leaves, pine cones, shredded office/school papers, newspapers, mail, brown paper bags, toilet, tissue paper, napkins and toweling, straw, and animal bedding, untreated wood scraps and sawdust, twigs, corrugated cardboard and used coffee filters. Unless you are doing Bokashi composting, avoid breads and grains with dairy. Recycle glossy paper with standard recycling. Moldy items are suitable. Avoid too much citrus. Chop up the materials using hedge shears or other safe, sturdy cutting tools. Before you fill your compost bin, if it’s directly on the ground, put a weed block,
Tecolote Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA 92110 • 858-581-9944 followed by hardware cloth and finally burlap on the ground where the bin will be, to keep weeds out. The burlap will degrade into the compost. Follow that with a combination of greens and browns, plus water, pre-composted material, or garden soil. Add some twigs and small branches to allow oxygen to circulate. Mix greens and browns in a 50/50 ratio. You may add up to 4 times as much browns as greens. For passive composting, aerate with a pitch fork or aerating tool to blend, especially when adding new materials. Turn it once a week to once a month. For the active method, more frequent turning is needed. To help speed up the process, disassemble the active compost pile completely and put it back together with the top on the bottom. Finally, add water, then cover with burlap and the lid. If you have problems, here are solutions: For bad odor (anaerobic decay) add browns to oxygenate. If the pile does not get warm enough, add more water, more twigs and more greens and aerate. To discourage ants, add more water. If you see flies or rodents, make sure there’s no exposed foods, and it is chopped up and buried in the compost. Avoid composting meats, dairy and oils, unless you know about Bokashi composting. For more information, such as the right enclosure, how hot compost should be, and how long each method takes, visit www.solanacenter.org/ or www.thespruce.com The California Native Plant Society’s (CNPS) upcoming events: Meeting, August 20, 6:30 pm: California Native Plant Songs and stories, CASA Del Prado room 101, Balboa Park www.cnpssd.org
Progress Continues on the Rose Creek Bikeway Over the past several months, construction crews made significant progress on the Rose Creek Bikeway as they completed work on the pedestrian bridge south of Santa Fe Street and began construction of the bikeway on Santa Fe Street between the cul-de-sac at the northern end and the new pedestrian
bridge at the southern end. Recent construction activities on the west side of Santa Fe Street included: • Clearing of the roadway shoulder to make way for the new bike path • Shifting chain link fencing further west on Santa Fe Street to accommodate the new wall and curb that will form the
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Saturday, August 3 9:00 a.m. Outdoor Beautification Volunteer opportunity Location TBD. Email Park Ranger Erika for details email@example.com Saturday, August 17 9:00-11:00 Weed Warriors Volunteer with the Park Rangers to make your canyon awesome! Help is needed in the restoration and revegetation areas. Gloves and tools provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. No flip flops please. Bring sun protection and a refillable water bottle. * Arrive early to get a good parking spot. Wednesday, August 21 1:30-3:00 Art & Activities for Kids- Free! Get crafty and have fun! Ocean themed nature crafts and activities. Program is free! Donations to the Friends of Tecolote Canyon are always appreciated. *Many volunteer opportunities available! 858-581-9959 www.sandiego.gov/volunteer-program Activities are posted at www.meetup.com/Friends of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Like us on Facebook/Friends of Tecolote Canyon www.friendsoftecolotecanyon.org
western edge of the bikeway • Installing a wall and setting forms for the new curb Other construction milestones achieved on the Rose Creek Bikeway project over the last few months included continued drainage improvements and utility work, railing installation, and paving of the trail at the I-5/Mission Bay Drive undercrossing. While significant progress has been made to date, there are many critical items that need to be completed before the new bikeway will be safe to ride. SANDAG reminds potential users that the entire Rose Creek Bikeway project area is an active construction zone and trespassing on the path is prohibited. The project is expected to be complete and open to the public in mid-2020. To learn more about the project, please visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/RoseCreekBik eway. Did You Know? The newly relocated and upgraded Rose Canyon Bike Path opened to the public in early July. The relocation of the the Rose Canyon Bike Path was necessary to support construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley and to allow space for two new
light rail tracks for the future Trolley and a second heavy rail track for the passenger and freight trains that run through the canyon. The approximately one-and-a-half mile stretch of upgraded bike path runs along Interstate 5 (I-5) from the northernmost point of Santa Fe Street to Gilman Drive/La Jolla Colony Drive and will be used by more than 400 bicyclists daily. The recent upgrades to the bike path included: • 2,100 tons of new asphalt pavement • Over 7,000 feet of new fencing and guardrail • Striped lanes, underground utilities, and landscaping • Storm drainage improvements to prevent future flooding in this area A 1,000-foot section of the new bike path, near Gilman Drive/La Jolla Colony Drive, will remain unfinished while crews complete construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley underpass. This section is anticipated to open in early 2020. When complete, the Rose Canyon Bike Path will connect to the future 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail that will run from Oceanside to Downtown San Diego.
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NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931
Beginning Chess Club Tuesdays: 3:30pm Practice your chess skills or learn the game Summer Reading Program 8/7 4pm SRP wraps up this month with Magician Arty Loon Don’t miss our last interactive children’s performance of the summer. Second Tuesday Concert Series 8/13 6:30pm Features classical music in a Debussy trio with local favorites Camarada Genealogy Workshop 8/22 1pm Learn how the library can help you discover your heritage. Call or come in to sign up. Play Scrabble: Tuesdays 8/6 & 8/27 5pm & Thursdays 8/1 & 8/8 1pm Enjoy the game of Scrabble in a fun, social environment. Zentangle 8/29 1pm Will offer something different this month with a stacked and tangled project titled “Princess and the Pea”. Explore your creativity through the use of patterns in a relaxing environment. Friends of the Library’s Book Sale Will return on Saturday, September 14 from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. after a brief hiatus during August. Remember, your purchases at the book sale supports this library. BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390
It’s Showtime at Your Library! Put books center stage this summer and join the 2019 Summer Reading Program. There’s still time to sign up for this annual event that delivers action and adventure through reading. San Diego residents of all ages are encouraged to sign-up online or in-person. Earn prizes for all ages through August 31st and experience fun and educational programs! Summer Reading for All Ages: Thursdays 10am
8/1 - Craig Newton’s Amazing Multicultural Music Show! 8/8 – Sparkles the Clown – Bubbles and Magic Show! Summer Wildlife with Park Ranger Melanie Fontana 8/3 12:30 Calling all nature explorers! Join us at the library for a special Summer Wildlife program with Park Ranger Melanie Fontana from the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Discover how our San Diego summer weather impacts the wildlife in the region. Summer Family Movie @ the Library: “Ralph Breaks the Internet” 8/21 3pm Take a break from the summer heat and cool off with this special movie screening. All ages welcome! “Six years after the events of ‘Wreck-It Ralph’, Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a Wi-Fi router in their arcade, leading them
into a new adventure when they begin the search for a spare part to fix a beloved videogame. Ongoing: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Yes, this is possible to accomplish by reading one book a day to be finished in 3 years! Contact library staff for more information. Check Out Nature Backpacks! “Check Out Nature Backpacks” are a jump-start to getting into nearby nature. The packs can be borrowed from the library like a book and include field guides, activity books, binoculars, bug kits, a water bottle, first aid kit, compass, and more. The packs can be borrowed at seven participating branches or by placing a reserve request to have one delivered to another San Diego Public Library location. https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library/c heck-out-nature Children and Teen Programs: Lego Club Mondays 4-5pm Build your LEGO masterpiece. [Pre-K - 6th grade] Paws to Read 8/13 6pm Practice reading out loud to patient therapy dogs. [Pre-K – 6th grade] Pajama Signing Storytime w/ Miss Jennifer 8/13& 8/27 6pm Learn signing while enjoying storytime in your comfy pajamas. [Birth– 5 yrs.]
Great Read-Aloud w/ Miss Terri Wednesdays, 6pm except 8/28 Listen to entertaining stories while practicing listening skills. [Kinder - 2nd grade] Make a Project @ the Library: Solar Oven 8/21 3:30-4:30pm Construct your own solar oven using basic materials like a cardboard box and aluminum foil. Then take your oven outside where you can make delicious s'mores by harnessing the Sun's energy! All supplies provided. SIGN-UP REQUIRED. [3rd – 6th grade] Signing Storytime w/ Miss Jennifer 8/22 10am Learn sign language while enjoying storytime, music, and bubbles. [Birth – 5 yrs.] Wee Reads for Baby & Toddler Fridays 8/2, 8/9 &8/16 10:30am Enjoy stories, music, and rhymes. [Babies- 5 yrs.] Drop in & Play 8/23 10:30am Enjoy playtime with babies and toddlers while getting to know other families in the community. [Babies- 5 yrs.]
Kids’ Krafternoon Saturdays, 1-2pm Create a fun craft at the library to take home. [Kinder - 4th grade] Adult Programs: ESL - Adult Beginning English Tuesdays & Wednesdays 12-2pm Except 8/27 Geared toward newcomers learning English. Stitching Circle 8/6 & 8/13 2-3:30pm Bring your knitting, crocheting, and other stitching projects to the library. Instruction may be included. Balboa Book Discussion Club 8/20 11:45-12:45 Read “The Round House” by Louise Erdich and then join us for a lively and thoughtful book discussion. Copies available for checkout.
San Diego International Airport Relocates Cell Phone Waiting Lot by SDIA
To support ongoing airport improvements, San Diego International Airport recently relocated its cell phone waiting lot just northwest of its current location, closer to the terminals. A complimentary customer-service amenity offered by the airport, drivers may park for free in the cell phone lot for up to 60 minutes while they wait for the call that their loved ones have landed in San Diego. Featuring 85-spaces, the cell phone lot is a popular benefit for drivers accessing the
airport. The cell phone lot is located east of the Airport Authority Administration Building on Harbor Drive. It will be accessible via a traffic light at Liberator Way. For more information visit: www.san.org
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Port of San Diego Grants Lease for San Diego Symphony’s Bayside Performance Park The Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners has granted a lease for The San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association’s Bayside Performance Park project, a significant milestone in the Symphony’s efforts to build a permanent facility on the San Diego Bayfront. A “park within a park,” the project will include the construction of a new performance venue to be operated by the Symphony as well as park improvements in the Port’s Embarcadero Marina Park South behind the San Diego Convention Center. “The San Diego Symphony is investing a minimum of $45 million in
events, while maintaining public access to most of Embarcadero Marina Park South the majority of the year. With this important step now complete, the Symphony may begin construction as early as September. Bayside Performance Park Project components include: • A performance stage covered by a tensile structure with superior sound quality – the design complements the design of the Convention Center and downtown skyline; • A signature feature of the design is the sunset steps at the back of the performance stage. During non-event
improvements, including many public amenities and better performance facilities, creating a new, year-round attraction on the San Diego Bay waterfront. We’re confident concert-goers will love the improved access and state-of-the art stage and sound system, and bayfront visitors will love the new and improved park,” said Chairman Garry Bonelli, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “As we reach this important milestone in the development of a permanent outdoor performance space, Bayside Performance Park, I want to recognize the incredible partnership that has existed over the past four-and-a-half years between the Port of San Diego, the California Coastal Commission and the San Diego Symphony Orchestra,” said Martha Gilmer, San Diego Symphony CEO. “The work we have accomplished together to create and activate a public performance park will be transformative and have lasting impact to San Diego residents and visitors. Our hope is that it will become a coastal destination for everyone, and an iconic landmark for the region and its coastline.” Since 2004, the Symphony has assembled and disassembled a temporary venue in the park for its Bayside Summer Nights concert series. The approved lease, with an initial 15-year term and four options to extend for a total of up to 50 years, allows the Symphony to operate the Bayside Performance Park for concerts and
hours, the sunset steps will be an additional viewing platform for the public; • Sloped lawn with temporary/removable seating open to the public during non-event hours; • New, permanent restrooms; a dining and retail pavilion; environmentally sensitive landscaping and lighting; and other public amenities; • Widened public promenade around the venue (from 8 to 12 feet) that will remain open to the general public, including during event hours; • Visual public art element to be illuminated from within and visible from the exterior of the acoustic shell; and • Refurbishment and/or replacement of existing benches, the basketball courts and exercise equipment, gazebo, lighting and restrooms. Public benefits include: • Most of the park to be open to the general public for 85 percent of the year with programming involving paid admission or rental events limited to 15 percent of the year; • Four free public events each year, two of which would occur Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day; • Open rehearsals for Symphony concerts; • Free public educational events; • Some reduced ticket pricing at each concert; and • A financial contribution by the Symphony toward a future expansion of Pepper Park in National City.
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Our Seniors Are Worth Protecting by Mara W. Elliott, San Diego City Attorney
My maternal grandmother, who helped raise me and my brother, spent her final years in a safe and comfortable care facility. My mother visited with her every day to ensure that she was properly cared for, fed, and bathed. Sadly, this is not the case for many seniors in San Diego. As our aging population grows, so, too, do opportunities to rob seniors of their independence, their financial resources, and their dignity. Yet society often averts its eyes from mistreatment of our seniors, especially when it is perpetrated by their own family members. When mistreatment is reported, the resources to combat the problem are sparse and difficult to identify. That’s why my Office has made it a priority to protect our vulnerable elderly residents from violence, neglect, and economic crimes. Since 2017, my office has prosecuted approximately 85 elder abuse cases, allowing us to holding offenders accountable. Early intervention in elder abuse situations can prevent more serious crimes from happening in the future, which is why we are enlisting the public’s help. The elderly are uniquely vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. Unscrupulous caregivers isolate an elder from friends, family, and other support networks in order to carry out their abuse in secret. Neighbors and anyone else concerned about an elder’s well-being should speak up if they see something suspicious. We recently filed criminal charges – including charges of willful cruelty – against the owners and operators of two independent living facilities that held elderly and dependent residents in deplorable conditions. The residents of these facilities, run out of single-family homes in quiet
neighborhoods, feared that speaking up would get them thrown out on the street. Yet the 11 victims, ranging from 57 to 84 years old, were subject to vermin infestations, exposed to feces in the community shower, and denied access to food, water, and telephones. One elderly victim had to live in an unventilated garage, another in a tent on the side of the house. Some residents suffered from heat exposure and had to be transported to local hospitals for medical attention. Due to our intervention, residents were removed from these dangerous conditions. Our priority is to ensure victims secure safe and stable housing. My Office also acts when seniors fall victim to financial crimes and scams, which they are increasingly vulnerable as social isolation and cognitive changes affect their financial decision-making abilities. Whether it is a caretaker fraudulently writing checks from their accounts, or an elusive stranger who convinces a victim to send money or share financial information, these crimes are widely underreported. Often, victims are too embarrassed to speak up. Sometimes the harm is done by a beloved and trusted family member, and the victim does not wish to pursue criminal charges. In a recent case we filed against a family-member “caretaker,” the defendant, the victim’s alcoholic daughter, pleaded guilty to physically assaulting her mother. When her mother tried to call 9-1-1, the defendant slapped, pushed, and threatened her. The mother fled to a neighbor’s house to call the police. If you know of an elder who is being mistreated by a caregiver or family member, please contact my Office’s Domestic Violence and Sex Crimes unit at (619) 533-5544, or the San Diego Family Justice Center at (866) 933-HOPE (4673) or (619) 533-6000. Once a victim is connected to our office, we help get them the support they need so they don’t return to a dangerous situation. Not everyone can spend their golden years in the company of family, but mistreatment should never be the price of companionship.
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Compassionate care and wellness wisdom: How school nurses keep San Diego children healthy and ready to learn San Diego Unified School District Bridging the needs of health care and education, school nurses play an important role in student success every day. From checking blood sugar to administering medications, nurses provide personalized care to thousands of students, and are essential in keeping students healthy in and out of the classroom. The job is unpredictable, and school nurses must be quick to assess a situation and respond appropriately. A nurse may bandage a scraped knee from the playground or respond to a student having a life-threatening asthma attack – it’s all in a day’s work. School nurses receive training in trauma response and have special backpacks with lifesaving supplies in case of a disaster. They also monitor school absences, perform health screenings and work with families to address medical issues or access health insurance. “There are two kinds of nurses out there, the ‘save your life’ kind and the ‘hold your hand’ kind. I like to think that school nurses are a bit of both,” said Lauri Biondo, a resource nurse.
In San Diego Unified, the role of a school nurse goes well beyond direct care, extending to vaccination tracking, wellness and health education. School nurses are on the front line of teaching children about healthy eating habits, dental hygiene and the importance of exercise. In fact, every San Diego Unified school nurse has a bachelor’s degree and a School Nurse Services Credential, which recognizes that school nurses are also educators. Emotional awareness is a big part of the role as well, as a school nurse must be sympathetic to the issues and problems that typically concern children; while a scraped knee may seem minor to an adult, it's a big deal to a young student. The overarching goal of school nursing is to make sure students are healthy enough to learn. In fact, the practice of keeping nurses staffed in schools originated in the early 1900s in New York when a school district hired public health nurses to go into homes and show parents how to care for children who were absent because of infectious diseases. Keeping students healthy is serious work. During the 2018-19 school year alone, there were over 311,500 school health office visits, including 122,400
Specialized Physical Health Care Procedures which include administering routine and emergency medications, checking blood sugar, catheterizations, G-tube feedings and much more; plus 107,300 vision, hearing and dental screenings. Additionally, San Diego Unified nurses oversaw more than 6,600 Special Education Health Assessments for Individualized Education Programs last year. It's a level of activity that is comparable to that of a community health facility, but the day-to-day of a school nurse is very different. A site nurse typically works independently, unlike a nurse who is part of a team at a hospital or health clinic. “Because we can’t be everywhere all the time, one of our big tasks is to train the school staff in daily activities such as administering medication, so that staff can adequately take care of the children,” said Biondo. Today, a significant amount of the workload is the management of chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma. With allergies a serious concern, school nurses are alert for signs of a reaction and they train school staff to administer lifesaving treatment, such as an
EpiPen. “No day is ever the same,” said Lynn Vogel, site nurse at Patrick Henry High School. “We see emergencies on a regular basis: kids injured, allergic reactions, anaphylaxis, heart issues. I was an ER nurse and this is not that different.” San Diego Unified is home to a Nursing & Wellness team of 116 site nurses; 19 program, resource and cluster nurses; 84 site health technicians and 12 itinerant special education health technicians. Across the district, there has been an increased emphasis on student and staff wellness. Each school has a designated wellness coordinator. Wellness includes proper nutrition, nutrition education, and regular physical activity as part of the total learning experience. Vogel said school nurses embrace the challenge of combining immediate care with teaching wellness practices that can benefit students for a lifetime. “Nurses become very vested in schools, and I haven’t met a nurse yet who isn’t a strong advocate for wellness,” said Vogel. For more info on San Diego Unified’s Nursing & Wellness mission, see: https://www.sandiegounified.org/nursing-a nd-wellness
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