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Performing Arts Center Theater Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at CPMA by Chris O’Connell

I guess I was a little shocked when I visited the Creative, Performing & Media Arts Middle School Dedication Ceremony. The list of speakers was to be expected, Principal Scott Thomason spoke eloquently of how this new center was a long time in the making. Dr John Lee Evans, SDUSD Board of Education Trustee reiterated how this was all part of the Vision2020, Quality School in Every Neighborhood. Abby

Hickman a Student at CPMA expressed her love of the arts and how excited she is to the be the first generation to perform in such a magnificent theater. Abby’s mom, as well as a teacher at CPMA Cathy Hickman, expressed how this will bring the neighborhood together and the entire city together through the arts. It wasn’t the building that shocked me, no doubt it is impressive (we’ll get to that) but rather the students, 6th,7th & 8th graders. After the ribbon cutting I was expecting a tour, which we received, what I was not expecting was a performance, a diverse sampling of the various arts programs. SEE CPMA, page 2


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From the Publisher, It’s hard for us to believe that we’ve been bringing The Clairemont Times to the neighborhoods for just over three years now. It seems like it was just yesterday that “News of the Neigborhoods” was an idea that we were determined to turn into a reality. It’s been a wonderful journey filled with extreme peaks and valleys of learning and growing, and most of all a great satisfaction that we’ve delivered a publication with thoughtful content, backed by the best “darn”advertisers around! Along the way, we have tried to make “News of the Neighborhoods” become a part of our everyday mindset. Early on, we realized that in order to capture your attention and loyalty, we needed to provide information and content that was useful, made you laugh, and want to come back each month for more. Our readers, contributors and advertisers have proven to us that they are what makes The Clairemont Times.

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• The choir performed a flawless performance of “Home” a song currently well known on the local radio stations. • A group of roughly 35 students played an instrumental version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. • Two students on the giant stage captivated the audience as they recited Hamlet,Act III, scene i. • The next performance was like going back in time listening to the students perform the Theme from Peter Gunn, the horns, the bass it was amazing. • There was a CPMA video collage

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With that being said, we’re excited to announce that we’ve launched a new interactive website that will extend our Neighborhoods online. We will continue to publish The Clairemont Times every month, but our goal is to expand our Community with additional information and opportunities online. Our goal is to make www.ClairemontTimes.com your Community website where you can simply click to find out what events are happening in our area, what’s new, what’s hot and just about everything under the sun that is going on in our corner of the world. We’ll be calling all writers with a “local voice” to share their expertise with you on subjects like fashion, shopping, education, lifestyle, local sports, arts, entertainment and more. We’ll be expanding our business listing to aid our readers in making smart consumer decisions. We will also make it easy for you to interact with Facebook, Twitter and other social media outlets. In other words, our goal is to make www.ClairemontTimes.com a valuable tool in navigating your busy lifestyles.

What you can look for at the new www.ClairemontTimes.com : • You’ll find that we have a growing array of online content that can be viewed for free. Some of this content goes more in depth or gives you behind the scenes access to an article that appeared in print and some of it will be web-only such photo galleries and videos. Either way you’ll find great local-interest content by and about the people, places, and things that matter most to you! • For all you business owners, not for profits, clubs, organizations find and add your events to our calendar for free! • Join the conversation taking place online by leaving a comment or sharing to Facebook,Twitter, etc. • A directory to help you discover local gems and share them with your friends.You can also find or leave reviews of local businesses or add your business to our directory for free! Or upgrade your listing for even more benefits. • Advertising opportunities that will drive informed, intelligent consumers to your business.

• You will be able to view all content for free and comment, create an event or listing or post a review by simply signing in with your favorite account (Facebook,Twitter, Gmail, etc.) • Post your Community Announcements whether it is a birth, an engagement or wedding or a garage or moving sale … www.ClairemontTimes.comis your neighborhood website. We invite you to come grow with us and Your Community! Please feel free to contact us at: mailto:chris@clairemonttimes.comor (858) 752 9779 with any questions or comments. Here is wishing everyone a Happy, Safe Holiday Season. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! Sincerely,

which captured students just being themselves. • Lastly a Good Time dance number which brought the energy up in the theater as the mini talent showcase came to its conclusion. The 432 seat theatre is impressive, all state of the art. A deep enough stage so that the show will go on without ever knowing things are happening behind the many layers during any performance. The acoustics, the mechanical systems and catwalks seamlessly integrated virtually hidden. There is a dedicated ticket booth at the front of the building. A control room run by the students which we were told was the most high tech, at

the moment, in San Diego. From the dressing room, to the music classrooms and even something as mundane as a loading dock feet from the stage for ease of moving scenes or musical instruments and equipment. You would think nothing of the building as you approach the front doors from the parking lot. However, it is designed for outdoor performances with multiple layers or landings: performers on the top level, maybe the musicians below and the final landing for the audience. I thought nothing of it as I was entering the building, but as it was pointed out at the end of the tour it is brilliant. This theater performing arts center

has put Clairemont on the map. I will never look at that building the same way again. But it is the talent performing inside the building that is the real star, I am guessing we will be seeing and hearing more from the alumni of CPMA in years to come. To learn more about the CPMA Middle School visit www.sandi.net/cpma 5050 Conrad Ave, San Diego, 92117 or call (858) 8005550. For more pictures of the performances and the tour, visit: www.ClairemontTimes.com

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Update Raise the Balloon: by James LaMattery, Spokesperson for Raise The Balloon

Raise the Balloon committee members have formed a Consensus Project to gather input from the community that will be used to identify

what residents want before city planners finalize amending the Clairemont and Linda Vista Community Plans and before developers submit plans to build in our neighborhoods. The Project’s first task is developing a 12-question Survey that everyone will be encouraged to participate in order to gather input on how traffic, supporting infrastructure, and quality of life will be impacted by the changes proposed in the Morena Blvd Station Area Planning Study. The data collected will also be used

to finalize the two Community Initiated Plan Amendments that will be presented to the San Diego City Council. When created, the Survey will be available online at www.raisetheballoon.com for all residents to complete. Committee members will also go doorto-door with IPADs to help neighbors complete the survey who do not have online access. Members are also organizing “coffee meets,” at local coffee shops to hold informal informational meetings within the neighborhoods.

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Mid-Coast Trolley Extension Receives Environmental Approval The Mid-Coast trolley extension received final environmental approval on November 21st, and the project is now poised to compete for federal funding and move forward into construction. The SANDAG Board of Directors voted unanimously to certify the state environmental document, known as the Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (SEIR).The vote comes on the heels of the environmental approval issued last month by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The next step is to seek approval from the FTA to enter into final engineering and to secure a full funding grant agreement (FFGA) from the FTA’s New Starts program.Anticipated in late 2015, the FFGA would provide 50 percent of the project funding. Including financing, the project is

expected to cost approximately $2 billion, with half coming from the FFGA and half from the region’s TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation. The Mid-Coast Trolley is one of the region’s highest priority transit projects.As an extension of the San Diego Trolley Blue Line, it will provide a notransfer ride from the international border and communities south of Downtown San Diego all the way to UC San Diego and University City, with local stops at Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive & Balboa Ave. It is projected to increase daily transit ridership by 21,000 riders each day. Construction on the Mid-Coast Trolley is anticipated to start in late 2015, with servce slated to start in early 2019. Visit sandag.org/midcoast for more information.

Holiday Saving Tips by Renee O’Connell

Are you looking to save a little money this holiday season? • Do some of your Holiday shopping at The Serenity Shop in Clairemont, they have a huge selection of cards for all occasions, as well as literature & jewelry. Best of free gift wrapping! The Serenity Shop 4740 Clairemont Mesa Blvd in the Diane Shopping Plaza. • If you are buying gift cards as presents this Christmas buy them at VONS they have a vast selection with

many different stores/companies. Plus, when you use your VONS rewards card you get bonus points at the Gas Station. Ask your checkout clerk for more information on the fuel savings, I recently bought a couple gift cards and found I saved $0.60 a gallon off at the pump. There are a couple local Chevron gas stations where you can redeem your fuel points, plus there is

Bike for Sale I recently met a Clairemont resident who called about a bike he wanted to sell. I asked if he could email me a picture and I would post online and in the next print edition. Emailing was not an option so we headed over to his house and I tell you I could not have met a nicer man. 90 years old a WWII veteran, who loves his old bike but his days of riding it are over. It is a pretty sweet bike. After doing some research it looks to be an early 90’s Trek, with hardly any wear on the tires.A clean, Trek MultiTrak 700 21 speed bike. I have more pictures I can email. If you are interested he is asking $150. Call me at (858) 752 9779 or email me at chris@clairemonttimes.com a VONS gas station on Garnet in PB. • Heading out of town this holiday season? San Diego International Airport is offering convenient, discounted Holiday parking in the Economy Parking Lot at San Diego International Airport. Now through January 31, 2015, the airport is offering a coupon to help save travelers an extra $2/day at the lot located at the corner of Pacific Highway and Washington Street.

The Economy Lot offers: • Shuttle pick-up and drop-off at your car • Short transit time to the terminals of 5–10 minutes • Dedicated shuttles operating 24 hours a day • Staffed parking booths • Lowest parking rate among on-airport lots For more information on all of San Diego International Airport’s choice parking options or to print the coupon, visit: www.san.org/Parking. Present coupon upon exiting the lot. If you have any tips, please share, email me at renee@clairemonttimes.com


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The Clairemont Woman’s Club As we contemplate our past memories and prepare for this holiday season, it is especially important to remind ourselves that there are many families in the Clairemont area having a difficult time surviving much less figuring out how to get through this holiday season. Clairemont Woman’s Club promotes social concerns, civic interests and educational activities for the community. We know firsthand that there is strength in unity and we strive to find ways to help our community at each meeting. Many of us bring food and toiletries to our meetings and these goods are delivered to a central location here in Clairemont each month. We save our pocket change and bring it to our monthly meetings to support a project called “Pennies for Pines”. It is amazing how this change can add up and at the end of the year we send it to a designated forest in California to plant more trees. We recycle the Christmas cards we receive each year and early in December we spend time together cutting and pasting pictures to form Christmas trees that will bring a smile

and brighten the trays delivered by Meals On Wheels during the holiday season. For the past two years we have supported Birthline, an organization here in Clairemont, that supports young woman from pregnancy through the child’s fifth birthday. This year our two main projects are the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, here in San Diego, and scholarships to one senior girl at both Madison High School and Clairemont High School to be used to continue their education after high school graduation.This is just a brief list of some of our projects, but each one supports the idea of “a hand up not a hand out”. Would you like to know more about our club? We will be celebrating our holiday party this month, but we welcome you to our next general meeting, which will be held on January 7, 2015, at the Balboa Community Church located at 6555 Balboa Avenue, at 1:00 p.m. Please consider joining us so that you can give yourself the opportunity to find out more. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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DECEMBER LIBRARY EVENTS The Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting 12/17 4pm

RECURRING EVENTS Mondays: Lego Club 4pm We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination

Craft Time Tuesdays 5:30pm For children and their families with our Youth Services Librarian, Karina.

CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD., 92110 SPECIAL EVENTS Adult Book Club 12/3 6pm Members will discuss The Secret History, by Donna Tartt Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop 12/16 6pm This will be a fun workshop. Sign up is required! Call 858-581-9935 Please bring a bag of candy to share. Free Concert De La Motte Strings 12/17 6pm Please join us for this fabulous evening of classical music! This program is made possible through generous donations from the Friends of the Clairemont Library.All are welcome, and no sign-up is required. RECURRING EVENTS Art Class for Children Ages 6-12 12/3 4pm The class is led by Robert Gulli.

Homework Help Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. Free Homework Help for students in grades K-12.Tutors are adult volunteers

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On the 1st and 3rd Thursday 10:30 am “BabySign Storytime”, a storytime with sign language for children ages 02 and their caregivers

Get ready for the holidays with a Candy Kiss Guess at the library.Visit us during the month of December and fill out a raffle with your best guess. Winner will be announced December 22, 2014. Good Luck!

On the 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursdays 10:30 am Storytime with our Youth Services Librarian, Karina. Fridays 10:30 am Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Gingerbread House Program 12/10 6-7pm Come to the library and have fun decorating a beautiful Gingerbread House! For children 6 th grade and younger with parent/caregiver.

Wednesday: “Stories with Ms. Susan” 12/10 6pm For K-4th graders. Come and listen to some terrific stories and to wish Ms. Susan good luck and happy reading as she begins her new adventure! Thursdays: “Preschool Activty w/Miss Linda” 12/4, 12/11 &12/18 10am Fridays: “Wee Reads” Baby & Toddler Storytime 12/5, 12/12 &12/19 10:30am Saturdays: “Kids Krafternoons” 12/6, 12/13,& 12/20 1-2pm

Balboa Book Club 12/16 11:30am (Note Time Change) Members will discuss Wild by Cherl Strayed. Paws to Read 12/9 & 12/23 6:00 pm Therapy dogs provide a positive and fun environment for children to practice reading. Brought to you by Love on a Leash

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

In the 1950s, P.B. was cool. Clairemont was searching for an identity. Shopping centers in residential communities were cutting-edge in the Fabulous Fifties. South Clairemont had the Quad at Burgener and Clairemont Drive. North Clairemont had the Square on Clairemont Mesa Boulevard between Clairemont Drive and Clairemont Drive. If you were a Clairemont teenager attending Mission Bay (before Clairemont High School was built), “Square” was not a cool name for a shopping center (or anything else for that matter). Many kids wouldn’t admit they lived in Squaremont. Today, early Clairemont homes, churches, commercial and public buildings are recognized as examples of San Diego Modernism design. Squaremont has become a comfortable place to live, but the community still searches for identity. Even Clairemont’s eastern and southern borders remain ill-defined.This column begins a search for the heart and soul of Clairemont. As we approach the holiday season, the first question: How does Clairemont celebrate Christmas? For over 60 years, our churches have faithfully observed the birth of Jesus, but other communities have signature Christmas traditions.

Clairemont (actually Bay Park) is the home of City Lights, San Diego’s finest year-around Christmas store located off Morena Boulevard. If you want to decorate your home, this is a good place to start. But, how do you decorate a community? Regularly included on lists of top ten residential Christmas Lights Displays in San Diego County are over 40 homes on Lana Drive and Jamar Drive in North Clairemont. Other displays are known as Christmas Card Lane, Jingle Bell Hill, Christmas Wonderland, Candy Cane Lane, Starlight Circle, Holiday Hill and Christmas Circle. Item #1: Clairemont should have an equally bodacious name for its fine Christmas lights display. For the past four years, Clairemont High School’s drama department, under the direction Stacey Allen, has presented a Christmas theme play. “They bring the families out to share a celebration of the holidays,” said Allen. This year’s production is “Madame Scrooge.”We hope this community tradition will continue to grow. Where can you find Santa Claus in Clairemont? In the late 1960s, oldtimers remember a Santa Claus at the Walker Scott department store in the Square. In the 1970s, Santas rang Salvation Army bells outside FedMart on Balboa. Today, Santa Claus visits the Clairemont Town Square the day after Thanksgiving. Over the decades, Santa has appeared frequently at the Square, but nobody remembers or recorded details or dates. Readers are invited to contact the Clairemont Times with their memories of Christmas in Clairemont.

Religious Directory Atonement Lutheran Church www.atonementlutheranchurchsd.com 7250 Eckstrom St (Balboa & 805) San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 278-5556 Sunday Worship Time 9 am, Bible Study 10:30 am Clairemont Lutheran Church www.clairemontlc.org 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:30, 10:00 (English) & 11:30 am (Spanish) Sunday School for kids 9:45am Holy Cross Lutheran Church www.holycrossword.com 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Northminster Presbyterian Church www.northminstersandiego.com 4324 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (858) 490-3995 Worship Service and Sunday School Nursery thru 6th Grade at 10am “A Community of Faith, Grace and Service – Making a Difference for Christ” Pathway Christian Fellowship www.pathwayonline.org 3811 Mount Acadia Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 277-3027 Join us Sundays at 10 am

Joyful Living Spiritual Center www.joyfullivingsandiego.org Services and classes at the LiveWell Center 4425 Bannock Avenue, San Diego 92117 Sunday services and Junior Church at 10 am Are you ready for a happier, healthier and more abundant life? St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool www.saintdavidschurch.com 5050 Milton Street, San Diego CA 92110 Sunday Worship Times: 8:00 am Traditional • 10:30am Contemporary For information on promoting your place of worship in the Religious Directory please call or email Chris O’Connell, Publisher (858) 752-9779 chris@clairemonttimes.com

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San Diego Charger Donald Butler Visits John Muir School in Clairemont

by Chris O’Connell

Students at the John Muir Magnet School in Clairemont have the San

Diego Chargers to thank for their new fitness equipment facility on campus. The school applied for and was awarded the Chargers Champions Grant. Donald Butler, linebacker for the Chargers was on hand recently for the ribbon cutting. Butler, showed off his dance moves by joining the students when the “San Diego Super Charger Song” came on. He also tried his hand at archery doing pretty well, hitting the target with each shot. The linebacker took Q & A from students. Some of his advice to the kids “get plenty of exercise, utilize this fitness center be healthy and active” Also,“don’t be a bully or put up with bully’s.” When asked about superstitions before games,“None really, although I do enjoy a nice Epsom Salt bath on Saturdays before game day.” For more photos of his visit www.ClairemontTimes.com

Chapman Chatter

Top 10 Reasons to List A Home During the Holidays 1. People who look for a home during the holidays tend to be more serious about buying. 2. Serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the Holidays which in turn means less competition and more money for you. 3. Starting in January, the amount of listings will dramatically increase. With more properties on the market, there will be less demand for your particular home. 4.The houses show better when decorated for the Holidays! Buyers are more emotional during the Holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price if it’s something they really want. 5. Often, buyers have more time to look for a home during the Holidays than during a regular work week, especially during winter vacations! 6. Many people want to buy before the end of the year due to tax reasons. 7.Traditionally, January is the month for corporate transfers to begin new jobs. Since these transferees cannot wait until Spring to buy, you must be

on the market now to capture that market. 8.You can be on the market and still have the option to restrict showings during the Holidays for your special family occasions. 9.You can sell now for more money and out title company can provide a delayed closing or extended occupancy until next year! 10. By selling now, you have the opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer during the Spring, when many more houses are on the market for less money! This will allow sell high and buy low. Buying or selling a home is one of the most important decisions a person will make in one’s lifetime. It is very important to choose a Real Estate Agent or in our case TEAM who will work both diligently and patiently with you. We here at the Chapman Team hope we can assist you in your next Real Estate Transaction. Bobbie, Diana & Amory Chapman. Call us at (858) 344-3358

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92110 Single Family Homes Active – 26 Pending Sales – 0 Sold – 2 Average SOLD Price $900,000 ATOM 59 Days

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What Is Happening on Morena Blvd? by Chris O’Connell

This is a question I have been fielding lately. For those of you travelling

The project includes pipeline testing, retrofitting and replacement activities. The current project on Morena Blvd is officially labeled:

Morena Blvd 2015 (Project 49-28) The Projected Completion date is April 2015 To learn more about the Pipeline Replacement, Pipeline Valve Replacement and Retrofitting, and Hydrostatic Pressure Testing visit: http://www.sdge.com/keyinitiatives/pipeline-safety-enhancement-overview In the meantime, for the next few months you can potentially expect: • Seeing trucks and equipment on the streets • Excavation sites • Temporary “No Parking” signs on

the streets • Possible lane reductions or closures, detours • Temporary delays on surface streets • Work-related noise • Occasional odor of natural gas SDG&E Contact & Safety Information 1-800-411-7343

Potholes in your Neighborhood? Morena Blvd specifically from Clairemont Drive South towards Linda Vista you have probably noticed at some spots traffic is down to one lane. As of press time the construction has been focused around Morena & Ashton to Asher (for landmark oriented folks Luce to High Dive). Currently SDG&E is performing a Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan.

NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENTS AC Water & Sewer Group Job 1004 At the most recent Clairemont Community Planning Group a representative from the City of San Diego presented the above mentioned job which is expected to start in June 2015 and last for 111 working days.

Scope of Work The AC Water & Sewer Group Job 1004 project proposes replacing roughly 7,030 linear feet of existing 6” water pipeline with with 8 & 12 inch PVC pipe. The project also plans on replacing roughly 2,217 linear feet of 8 inch sewer pipe. The water and sewer pipeline replacements will occur within the existing trenches. New pedestrian ramps will also be included during this project.

Location The replacement pipeline will take place along Chicago St, Napier St, Ashton St, Goldfield St,Asher St, Morena Blvd & Denver St.

Notification The City of San Diego will notify the residents by mail 30 days prior to start of construction and the contractor will notify residents by door hanger 10 days before the start of construction on their block.

Learn about all local projects online To view this and other local projects, visit http://www.sandiego.gov/cip/ click on the “Project Information”Tab, search projects by District.

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Drought Alert: Mandatory Water Use Restrictions Began in November by Scott Sherman, District 7

In response to continuing drought conditions statewide, the city has enacted its drought alert stage of mandatory water use restrictions. Thankfully, San Diego residents have for the most part already taken common sense measures to conserve water. New restrictions effective November 1st: Water on 3 Assigned Days a week: • Residences with odd-numbered addresses (301 Drought Drive):Water ONLY on Sundays,Tuesdays & Thursdays. • Residences with even-numbered addresses (500 Conservation Circle): Water ONLY on Saturdays, Mondays & Wednesdays. • Apartments, condominiums and businesses:Water ONLY on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. Water at the Right Times (Time limits for standard sprinkler systems) • November 1 to May 31, water

between 4 pm-10 am for ONLY 7 MINUTES when using a standard sprinkler system. • June 1 to October 31, water between 6 pm-10 am for ONLY 10 MINUTES when using a standard sprinkler system. Additional Drought Alert Restrictions: • Stop operation of ornamental fountains, except to the extent needed for maintenance purposes. • Use a hand-held hose equipped with a positive shut-off nozzle or timed sprinkler system to water landscaped areas. • Do not water when it is raining. • The washing of automobiles, trucks, trailers, airplanes and other types of transportation equipment is only allowed during the following times: • Between 4 pm-10 am from November 1 to May 31. • Between 6 pm-10 am from June 1 to October 31. If you have any questions regarding the new water restrictions pleased don’t hesitate to contact my office at 619-236-6677 or email me at ScottSherman@sandiego.gov. For more information, please visit the Water Department’s website here: http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/drought/prohibitions.shtml

Volunteers Needed for the SDPD The San Diego Police Department’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), northern division, is seeking additional volunteers to serve the Clairemont community, as well: UTC, Bay Park, Pacific & Mission Beach’s, and La Jolla. RSVP duties include patrolling of our local neighborhoods while serving as additional eyes & ears for our police department. We assist uniformed officers with directing traffic where needed, we support disaster preparedness & homeland security efforts. Additionally, we look for stolen vehicles using our license plate readers, write tickets for handicap space & red zone infractions and for out of date license plate registrations. RSVP vol-

unteers visit elderly residents living alone to check on their welfare & safety and we check homes for residents on vacation. Volunteers are from all walks of life, must be at least 50 years of age and possess a valid Calif. drivers license. We offer flexible schedules; a minimum of three days per month of service is required. Here is your opportunity to be part of a talented team of San Diegans serving our community. Don’t wait-our next academy begins after the 1st of the year. Contact RSVP in the Northern Division at 858-5521737 or E-Mail to sdpdnorthern@pd.sandiego.gov

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It’s Time to End the Over Commercialization of Christmas by Daniel J. Smiechowski

It is that time of year when we’re headed down a slippery slope of toys for every girl and boy. Consumers will spend untold billions on things that quite frankly, they don’t need.As far as I know, Christmas is about the spreading of hope and joy throughout the world. Why must our culture and society over indulge in materialism like some drunken sailor in a Spanish port? In short, why not moderate our spending behavior and give the gift of goodwill, love and good health. Every November beginning with the notorious Black Friday until the final bells toll at midnight of Christmas Eve our free market runs amok. It seems to me that many adults during this period of joy to the world lose their senses and revert to infancy in regard to unmet needs.We ought to put “Christ” back in Christmas.That is not to say we live in a pluralistic society of tolerance. The celebration of the winter solstice, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Ramadan, which ended on July 28th of this year are all celebrated and welcome in these United States. As for the government and Christmas, the traditional lighting of the White House Christmas Tree together with a secular leaning electorate pose somewhat of a juxtaposition in how we Americans view this sacred holiday. I remember years ago before that fateful (faithful) day in 1973 Roe vs.Wade when the religious left was a vital voice in the American political landscape.The

likes of Father Drinan of Boston College School of Law, civil rights leader Father Groppi of Milwaukee and of course Daniel Berrigan,Vietnam War protester made headlines within both the Catholic Church and Democratic Party. These men truly believed in putting “Christ” in Christmas. America’s philosopher, John Dewey a self avowed humanist/pragmatist who was beaten down as a leaning Communist by some within the Republican ranks was raised in a religious household and had never totally disavowed the rights of the true believers. It seems to me that taking “Christ” out of Christmas is somewhat like taking Republic out of Republican. Professor Dewey was well aware that America has more churches per capita than any other western industrialized nation. Let’s keep the spirit of Christmas in our hearts and to some degree close our pocketbooks as we approach this merry season. Personally, I’m a little partial to December 25th having been born in the “City of Churches,” Milwaukee,Wisconsin on December 24th and having a mother who played cello in the Catholic Church and Father who graduated from the seminary. So, Merry Christmas to all or as they say in Normandy, Joyeux Noel! Be nice, do good deeds and don’t be a stranger as we at The Clairemont Times value your participation. Daniel J. Smiechowski has been a resident of Clairemont since 1967 and can be reached at smiechowskid@aol.com or 858.220.4613

Community Meetings Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP (3rd Tues. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117

S G N I T E E M NO R E B M E C E IN D LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL (3rd Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls Drive, 92111

LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP (4th Mon. of the month)5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL (2nd Wed.of the month) 6:30PM LiveWell Senior Center 4425 Bannock Ave, 92117


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Holiday Concerts and Performances at Mesa College Thu, Dec. 4 – Jazz and World Music at Dizzy’s. A dual performance featuring the San Diego Mesa College Concert Jazz Band, directed by James Romeo, and the college’s new World Music Ensemble, directed by Dr. N. Scott Robinson.Thur., Dec. 4, from 7 to 9:00 p.m. at Dizzy’s at San Diego Jet Ski Rentals Showroom - 4275 Mission Bay Drive, San Diego. Tickets: $20.00 Fri., Dec. 5 – Spanish Stage Premiere of “ACTOS” Four original one-act plays, written, produced and performed in Spanish by college honors students, presents vignettes of the challenges of following your heart and finding your reality in the U.S. and Latin American society. 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 6,Apolliad Theatre. ACTOS is the only chance to see live, original Spanish plays in San Diego! General admission of $5 is requested. Call 619-388-2228. www.sdmesa.edu/drama. One showing only! Through Fri., Dec. 9 – Student Art Exhibition Fall 2014.

The Mesa College Art Gallery presents close to 100 artworks in drawing, design, digital media, printmaking, photography, painting, ceramics, fashion and sculpture, produced by students enrolled in Studio Art classes and the Fashion Department. Many are for sale. Free admission. Call for hours: 619-3882829; www.sdmesa.edu/art-gallery. Sat., Dec. 13 – Holiday Music Performance. The public is invited to this annual holiday music performance featuring the Mesa College Vocal Ensemble and Classical Guitar Ensemble.The free concert will take place in the atrium of the Learning Resource Center (LRC/Library) on Sat., Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. Suitable for all ages, but not recommended for children who cannot listen attentively.There is no admission fee; donations are appreciated. Free parking is available; closest parking is in the A Parking lot across from the flagpole. For a full listing of events, go to www.sdmesa.edu/news/events or get the free iMesa Mobile App.

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Get in the mood for winter with this Italian classic When I think of cold weather and soul-satisfying food, my go-to recipe is this classic Italian minestrone soup. My love affair with minestrone began several years ago on a chilly and foggy winter night at Arrivederci Ristorante in Hillcrest. In this Chowhound’s humble opinion, Arrivederci arguably has the best minestrone around. In my quest to replicate this hearty soup, I found a recipe that is just as satisfying, if not better in a different way. Some tips for making this soup: stock up on the ingredients and have everything handy; chop all the veggies in small, evenly cubed dice for an even consistency and beautiful presentation; and the most important tip… the pesto and Parmesan cheese rind are key to the depth of flavor. I usually cut off the rind of my Parmesan block and store it in the freezer until I’m ready to make this soup. And sometimes, I double this recipe and freeze the extra for the rare day that a rainy, soup-weather kind of day strikes in San Diego. Enjoy! ABOUT CLAIREMONT’S CHOWHOUND: Clairemont Chowhound Michael Baehr is a home cook and self-proclaimed foodie. He loves sampling new eateries and welcomes your suggestions for local restaurants, fast food and specialty markets to review. Email: ClairemontChowhound@ClairemontTimes.co

Is It Soup Weather Yet? Clairemont Chowhound Italian Minestrone Soup Ingredients 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 ounce of pancetta, diced 1 1/2 cups of green cabbage, chopped 1 cup of onions, diced 1 cup of carrots, diced 1/4 cup of celery, diced 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 cup of diced, drained, canned plum tomatoes (NOTE: I also rinse the tomatoes quickly to ensure a clear broth) 2 quarts of chicken broth (low sodium!) 1/2 cup peeled, diced potato 1 ounce Parmesan cheese rind 3 ounces dry vermicelli or angel hair pasta, broken into small pieces 1/4 cup drained, canned chickpeas 1/3 cup drained, canned kidney beans 1/3 cup Pesto 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper Freshly grated Parmesan cheese Directions 1. Heat the oil a large soup pot over medium heat. Cook the pancetta until the fat melts (3-5 minutes). Be careful not to brown the meat. 2. Add the chopped cabbage, onions, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook 6-8 minutes. Add the drained tomatoes and sauté another 2-3 minutes. 3. Add the broth, diced potato, and Parmesan cheese rind. Bring to a simmer and cook 30 minutes. 4. When the vegetables are tender, add the pasta, chickpeas, kidney beans and cook another 8-10 minutes until the pasta is tender. 5. Remove the Parmesan rind and season with pesto, salt and pepper. Top with grated Parmesan.

San Diego’s Own Geno’s Food Friendly Sauces are BACK! After a four year personal hiatus, what better way to celebrate 30 years in business? Geno’s Award Winning flavors has proven itself as a Distinct Savory Sauce and is available this time in two flavors. Geno’s original Mild which kids prefer over ketchup and a Spicy hot made with our exclusive proprietary chili. What makes Geno’s different? Unlike other sauces that can overpower and cover up the flavor of food, Geno’s Distinct Savory Sauces enhances and adapts to their Natural Flavor and Geno’s has no aftertaste. Geno’s was born as a barbecue sauce yet has won National Awards as a steak sauce, ketchup, hot sauce, marinade, dipping sauce and is amazing on pizza, pasta and veggies. Geno’s is low in sugar, salt and has no MSG, cholesterol or Trans fats even under heat where they show up and Geno’s has no preservatives, artificial colors or artificial flavors like hickory smoke flavor that other brands put in. Geno’s

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Do You Know About H2O in San Diego? by Tina Rysedorph

We are beginning the cooler rainy season (hopefully!) here in our semiarid climate when we get most of the water for the whole year over several months from a number of downpours. It is the perfect time to think about what we will do about water here in San Diego. Water in general is a good place to start. The water on earth now is all the water we have ever had or will have. In other words, we are drinking the same water as the dinosaurs! What percentage of water on Earth do you think is water that we can safely consume? Believe it or not, a mere one percent of the Earth’s water is potable. All of this water is recycled constantly and watersheds all over the world are a part of that cycle. Every urban, suburban, rural and wild space collects water. In areas where there is an abundance of impermeable surfaces such as asphalt and concrete that do not allow water to soak into the ground, water carries with it whatever was dumped and deposited along the way. San Diego and Tecolote Canyon are no exception to this unfortunate byproduct of development. Storm water and irrigation can result in runoff, conducting a great deal of garbage and contaminants into watersheds, affecting wildlife all the way to and in the ocean. In fact, the Pacific Garbage Patch consists mostly of land waste that was carried into the ocean.

Participants will enjoy activities, refreshments and time with Santa.The cost includes Goodie bags filled with surprises and snacks of cookies and hot chocolate.Arts & Crafts will be provided by the Tecolote Nature Center. Don’t forget your camera for a photo opportunity with Santa! Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014 Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Cost: $1.00/child $2.00/adults Where:Tecolote Recreation Center

Disposing of litter and potential pollutants properly and using plants (such as California native plants) that require little to no fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides help decrease what ends up in our watersheds. Permeable hardscape such as pavers and decomposed granite help decrease runoff. Rainy season aside, California is in the midst of one of the worst droughts in recent history. San Diego, which has received an average of 10 inches of rain over the last 30 years, had only 2 inches last year. San Diegans are beginning to use less water, but we continue to use (and waste) too much – a high percentage of it dedicated to landscaping. Most of our water supply comes from decreasing non-local sources, making our current water usage unsustainable for the long run. Alternative and costly water sources such as desalination and wastewater recycling may help in the future, but conservation is the only current and lasting solution. Replacing thirsty plants with drought tolerant options and reducing the size of lawns and watering them less often are examples of ways to conserve water during periods of drought. Now is the time to do what you can to protect San Diego’s watersheds and conserve water. It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our creeks, rivers, bays and ocean clean and free from pollution, and to preserve what little water we have available to us. Jasper Rysedorph also contributed to this article.

4675 Tecolote Rd. San Diego, CA 92104 Space is limited and Pre-registration will be taken on Wednesdays, December 3, 10 & 17, 2014. Pre-registration hours are 2:00-5:30 p.m. at the Tecolote Recreation Center. More information is available at (858) 581-9930 Sponsored by the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department & the Tecolote Recreation Council.

Tecolote Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110 858-581-9959 Thursday, December 4 • 12:00-2:00 Project Wildlife Information Booth Meet a Cassin’s Kingbird and Acorn Woodpecker and learn about these interesting animal ambassadors. Sunday, December 7 • 8:00 a.m. California Native Plant Society Walk Join a CNPS member on a guided walk. Thursday, December 18 • 11:00-1:00 Project Wildlife Information Booth Another visit from our feathered friends and Project Wildlife. Saturday, December 20 • 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weed Warriors Clean up the canyon with a Park Ranger.Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Gloves and tools provided. Saturday, December 27 • 8:00 a.m. Audubon Society Birding Walk Join an experienced guide on an easy walk. See and hear our resident birds and winter visitors such as the Cedar Waxwings. For more information or to schedule a guided walk for your youth or adult group contact the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group (TCIG) at 858-581-9959 or visit us at 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110. Updated activities are posted at www.meetup.com/Friends of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center


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Home for the Holidays by Kevin Casillo

With San Diego offering so much during this spectacular time of year, why spend the holidays anywhere else? San Diego’s skyline never

known as Christmas on the Prado) Friday, December 5th 3 pm – 11 pm and Saturday December 6th from noon until 11 pm. A drive to Julian is a must do too. The scent of apple pies, cider and all things sugar wafts out into the streets beckoning one and all to indulge in

this is what holidays are all about. Why else would we go through all the effort of decorating only to repack everything in three weeks? I am fortunate in that I still have my Mom who still bakes Italian cookies and frets over finding the perfect Christmas gift. Like you’ll see here in

View of the San Diego Skyline from Shelter Island.

fails to impress. Whether it’s the long standing tradition of lights illuminating Bertrand’s Mr..A’s, or the lights that line the Prado in Balboa Park. San Diego knows how to welcome the season. Visit Spanish Village with its bright colored pavers and dazzling Christmas Trees decorated with brilliant silver and stunning reds and gold and all things that sparkle and glow. Why not make a weekend of visiting all the highlights. The skating rink at Coronado and the Hotel Del is a must see. If you haven’t experienced their Holiday Brunch, I highly recommend it. (It’s Christmas, splurge on yourself too) Your taste buds will not be disappointed. Pack a wicker basket full of your favorite holiday treats, a captains chair, blanket and scout out the perfect spot to view the annual Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay. Two Sunday evenings of spectacular festive mariner showmanship. This year, Sunday December 14th and again Sunday December 21st. Show begins 5:30 but arrive early this is well attended. December Nights (formerly

our Christmas Tree, she actually found fresh baked savory delights. Christmas an eggplant ornament to send! At the Trees can be found just about everyripe old age I am, where in the she still sends packcity. Many shopages of homemade ping mall lots cookies, handwritten have them, but notes of admiration there are plenty and love that can of local only a mother can Christmas Tree do. So I return the farms.You visit favor by sending her and tag the one cookies I make from you are conher own well guardvinced that 30 ed recipes she’s perfoot tree will fit fected over 90 years. into that 8 foot As a kid, I remember corner, and with Dean Martin and all the excitePerry Como ment of your Christmas songs inner child, cut playing on the old it down and Hi-Fi as Mom standtake it home. ing at our fireplace Only to learn stacked with Birch your vision of logs, pine cones perfect fit had from the yard and nothing to do stockings for all us with you’re the The Famous Eggplant Ornament kids all hung with monstrosity care. Cards taped to leaning next to every arch in the living and dining you. But don’t take it too hard, we’ve rooms and on the backs of every all done that one. (HINT) Whether you buy your tree on a farm or a lot, have them cut the bottom by taking at least 4 inches off, when you get it home drop it in a bucket of water overnight) It will soak up that water and stay fresh for weeks. For all you first timers out there, yes, you must still keep water in the stand and it should be filled daily if needed. Remember, if you have large dogs with large tails or small dogs with large tails, keep that tail away from the tree (and fireplace)! The best part of the holiday season is family, friendship and food. For me

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door. Her tradition, whatever the scene on the first Christmas card received she painted that scene on the mirror above the fireplace. Traditions of all faiths are celebrated during December and we all pledge to make a difference, make the world a better place. The reality, we become too consumed by the day to day needs and climb right back into survival mode, too busy to fulfill all promises made. So when the bright lights are dimmed, collection bells are no longer ringing and holiday decorations are tucked away remember to do one thing that will help a friend or neighbor struggling with loss or terminal illness.After all Isn’t that what Christmas ought to be too? Well, my friends wherever your holiday season takes you, I offer my most sincere wish for a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and New Year. Want more photos, visit www.hotshots360.smugmug.com


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“The Search” is Going Strong by Gary Hyde

Since we first launched “The Search” back in September things have been progressing. Bands, and solo performers from across the country have been showing interest in furthering their music careers. It doesn’t matter what kind of music you play, you WILL get a chance to show off your talent exactly the way you want. As I mentioned back when we first announced this, we are really hoping for the local talent in the neighborhoods to come forward. If you know an artist or a band, this is the opportunity! Pacific Records in conjunction with Gary Hyde Music and The Clairemont Times neighborhood newspaper present “The Search” We are looking for some great new recording artists to participate in “The Search” CD project. It will be released and promoted worldwide by Pacific Records.All artist’s selected for “The Search” CD will receive a standard recording royalty. Here’s what you do:

Go to Pacific records.com, click on the A&R tab.There you will be able to listen to song demo’s of the tunes available for you to record (new songs hav continuously been added).When all of the songs have been put on the site, you will have between 50-100 songs to choose from. Remember these are song demo’s.This Search is all about you or your band transforming great songs into magnificent recordings worthy of national release. Great songs can be put into almost any genre of music, so don’t let categories stop you from showing off your artistry. Once you have finished recording your song, you then submit it to Pacific Records. Hopefully you will be one of 10-12 artist’s chosen for the CD project. Some other great opportunities and events will be associated with “The Search” so keep checking PacificRecords.com and ClairemontTimes.com and their Facebook pages and blogs for more details. Good luck. “The Search – for something new – starts here – it might be you”

THE ROB STONE FOOTBALL SCOUTING REPORT: TOREROS, DUCKS, BULLDOGS, AND WARHAWKS TAKE BITES OUT OF OPPONENTS To view the complete Rob Stone report visit www.ClairemontTimes.com The Madison High Warhawks football team soared over the Point Loma High Pointers 36-14 to capture the Western League championship in a contest at George Hoagland Memorial Stadium on the campus of James Madison High School on Friday evening, November 7. After starting out this season 0-3 with losses to the El Capitan Vaqueros, St.Augustine Saints, and Eastlake Titans, the Warhawks have now reeled off seven consecutive victories over Bonita Vista, Mira Mesa, Mission Bay, Olympian, Kearny, La Jolla, and Point Loma. Six-foot-one-inch, 180-pound senior quarterback, KUSI silver pigskin finalist, and Utah State commit Kareem

Coles demonstrated accuracy and a nice touch for Madison against Point Loma in completing sixty-five percent of his passes, (13 out of 20, good for 205 yards passing and a career-high five touchdowns through the air). Meanwhile, five-foot-eight-inch, 145pound junior wide receiver Marc Quinlin displayed good hands, catching six of Coles’ spirals for 60 yards and 5-foot-11-inch, 205-pound senior running back Isaiah Osborne ran the ball robustly, bulldozing his way for 86 yards on 17 carries for the Warhawks. Rob Stone is a lifelong resident of the Clairemont Mesa/Kearny Mesa area and is also a certified talent scout through Sports Management Worldwide. If you would like a professional scouting report on your budding son or daughter’s sports talent, feel free to contact me directly., rstone@smww.com, Sportsguyrob@att.net, or 1 (619) 241-6516. www.rsscouting.blogspot.com & www.smwwscout.com/rob-stone

San Diego Holiday Activities and Entertainment by Bartley Stratton

How The Grinch Stole Christmas Location:The Old Globe, Balboa Park Dates: Nov 15- Dec 27th More info: https://www.theoldglobe.org/tickets/production.aspx?PID=11481 Balboa Park December Nights Location: Balboa Park Dates: Dec 5 and 6th More info: http://www.balboapark.org/decembernights/ The Nutcracker Ballet Location: Civic Theatre, Downtown San Diego Dates: Dec 13-Dec 21st More info: http://californiaballet.org/ Mission Bay Christmas Boat Parade of Lights Location: Mission Bay Date: December 13th More info: http://www.sandiego.org/events/parades/ christmas-boat-parade-of-lights-mission-bay.aspx San Diego Bay Parade of Lights Location: San Diego Bay Dates: December 14 & 21st More info: http://www.sdparadeoflights.org/ Hot Buttered Run: 10K and Kids 1K Kandy Kane Race Location: Mission Bay Date: Sunday Dec 21st More info: http://energyevents.com/sandiegohotbutteredrun Holiday at Hotel Del Coronado Location: Hotel Del Coronado Dates:Thanksgiving through Jan 4th More info: http://hoteldel.com/events/holidays-2014/

Come Meet Santa at Bay Park Coffee Bay Park Coffee & Bay Park Connection/Red Tree Realty is hosting a meet Santa and holiday gift wrapping event. Volunteers will wrap your holiday gifts, all supplies provided, and will be accepting donations for

future Bay Park Elementary school events. Bring your camera, come take photos with Santa, plus get a jump on wrapping your holiday gifts. Sunday, December 14th 3pm-5pm Bay Park Coffee 4130 Napier St, San Diego, 92110


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Captain’s Corner Sponsored by Outer Limit Charters by Captain Paul Fischer

most important tool on the boat. The first is placing the boat in a fishy location which can change day to day or even hour by hour. What we do is troll around looking for fish indicators when an indicator is seen, such as a shark fin, we turn the boat and head towards the object.As

Seaforth Sportfishing in Mission Bay is home to about 12 sportfishing boats and where we tie up our boat the Outer Limits, the boat I’ve been on since 1997. We specialize in all marine related activities from fishing and whale watching to marine research. We do it all. I have logged over 9 years of sea time since I started as a sophomore in High School and 17 years later I still feel like I made a great career choice. And now I am excited to be sharing some fish stories or answering questions here in the Clairemont Times. San Diego is home to the world’s largest and most modern sportfishing fleet. Trips See my answer to the most range from just a few common question I get: hours fishing locally up to long range adventures too “Which hook should I use?” far away destinations, such as, Clipperton atoll 2,100 at www.ClairemontTimes.com miles away. When fishing offshore you realize just how big the ocean real- we get close we scan the object for ly is.The pelagic species tuna, dorado fish. If a school of fish is seen the next and yellowtail are always moving step is to identify the direction the fish around the ocean.A typical offshore are swimming to get to the leading trip consists of trolling four feathers or edge because more fish would swim jigs behind the boat and driving around under you increasing your chances of a looking for fish indicators.Tern birds, hook up. If you stop on the back end floating kelp, temperature differences the fish have probably already swam are all good indicators. The side scanaway before your bait gets into the ning sonar is hands down the second water.

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Each year seems like there are a few keys to catching more fish consistently. This year offshore I would have to say it was all about the hammer sharks.We started seeing the hammers in late June and about the middle of July for whatever reason the hammer sharks started following schools of yellowfin tuna. This lasted for about six weeks. Every hammer shark we saw was following a school of tuna.That did not mean the fish would always bite, but electronically with our side scan sonars we saw fish associated with the sharks. In September, we spent many of our trips around San Clemente Island chasing a nice grade of yellowfin tuna. The tuna would appear every morning on the south east end of Pyramid Rock just off the shallows.The east end of the island drops off fast, so many mornings we were just a mile off land.The fish Battery 4600 Winnebago Ave. Vehicle Break-In 4100 Genesee Ave. Residential Burglary 6400 Mt. Aguilar Dr. Fraud 5100 Balboa Arms Dr. Vehicle Break-In 3500 Waco St. Commercial Burglary 5000 Santa Fe St. Residential Burglary 5000 Mt. Etna Dr. Vehicle Theft 5100 Bellvale Ave. Vehicle Theft 4600 Knapp St. Residential Burglary 6600 Forum St. Vehicle Break-In 4100 Quapaw Ave. Vehicle Break-In 3300 Cadden Dr. Vehicle Break-In 3000 Clairemont Dr. Commercial Burglary 4400 Manito Way Assault 4800 Mt. Casas Dr.

would move in and feed on market squid at night in the 100-300 fathom curve.The market squid is typically caught for bait and calamari on their spawning grounds typically in approximately 20 fathoms (6 feet to a fathom) but when not spawning live in deeper water. Like clockwork every morning the fish would be somewhere on the curve and typically move off during the day. The San Clemente Island fish were time of day sensitive and did not like to bite too well in the afternoon so we would move off the island and look for kelps or move to the island and try and take advantage of the large yellowtail the island had to offer this year. Then there was the exotics, a day spent offshore had the potential for catching a striped or even a blue marlin. Wahoo was caught farther north than ever before (we caught ours at San Clemente Island) and we even found an albacore tuna. This year was exceptionally good for us on the Outer Limits; we had great fishing on our local charters fishing from Mission Bay to Del Mar.The Coronado Islands had consistent yellowtail action since the beginning of the year and the offshore scene was one for the record books. The yellowfin or ahi fishing was the most consistent for us in late September and October when we also started catching more dorado or mahi mahi. We’ll have a lot more fish stories to come in future editions stay tuned. For more information or questions about Outer Limits Sportfishing: visit www.OuterLimit.net Vehicle Theft 4800 Calle Neil Vehicle Break-In 4100 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Break-In 4500 Manitou Way Battery 4200 Avati Dr. Battery 5000 Canosa Ave. Vehicle Break-In 3300 Cowley Way Fraud 6600 Beadnell Way Vehicle Break-In 3600 Morlan St. Assault 3100 Cowley Way Vehicle Theft 4800 Frink Ave. Vehicle Theft 3400 Cowley Way Vehicle Break-In 4300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Break-In 4500 Mt. La Platta Pl. Commercial Burglary 5800 Mt. Alifan Dr. Vandalism 4200 Genesee Ave.


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