Clairemont Times February 2016

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New College Students to get a Jumpstart on Success Mesa College students enjoy a cup of java between classes at the Terrace Cafe on the first day of spring semester. Enrollment is still open for spring semester; see

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High school graduates and new college students and their families can get a head start on college life at a new event at Mesa College that they are calling “Saturday on the Mesa: Jumpstart Your Success” on Saturday, February 27.

The free event will give those entering Mesa during the summer or fall semesters a taste of college life, to get a feel for what’s in store, and, like the title says, to get a jump start on navigating and succeeding as a college student. “College can feel like a whole new world,” said Dr. Ashanti Hands,

the new Vice President of Student Services at Mesa College.“The transition can be overwhelming… not only for students, but for their parents as well. So, we’re creating a day to welcome students and their families to the campus to build relationships and establish clear pathways for success before their

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first class even begins.” Over the course of four hours, Mesa College faculty and staff will lead tours, activities and workshops that will help students and their parents find out how to apply to Mesa and register for classes, how to prepare for assessment tests, and SEE Jumpstart on Success, page 12




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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Happy February and Happy Leap Year! Now there is no excuse not to do the chores as we have an extra day in February. I have to say I am excited about this edition; in an effort to bring you not only “News of the Neighborhoods” this is a paper for and by many people in the community. This month, and moving forward, we are introducing a new film review segment in the paper. LoloLovesFilms are a husband and wife who live in Clairemont and run a very popular movie review blog. You can find their review on page 15. This edition also features a couple of commentary pieces (pages 8 & 9) one regarding a vision for Bay Park & the other a vision for our neighbors to the north in University City. These are community members who have a vision and are simply looking for alternatives or at least presenting ideas, ideas to get people talking and thinking. The authors of both projects readily admitted in their presentations these projects are not without their

own respective challenges, but it could be a starting point. I credit them both by taking the time and effort to plan and present and of course for submitting a written piece to the Clairemont Times. Have a look and send them your feedback. Did you know two Major League Baseball Hall of Fame players are scheduled to appear in Clairemont later this month? Ozzie Smith & Cal Ripken, Jr will be part of a clinic for the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League. (see page 24) Lastly, if you are looking for information on preparations for El Nino San Diego City Council Member Scott Sherman shared a link from the City of San Diego website in his column (p12) There is a ton more information in this edition. As always I hope you enjoy, thank you for reading and please support the advertisers who make this paper possible.

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Clairemont Womens Club by Marge Weber

Our February meeting will be a pot luck for members to celebrate our 62nd year serving the community. You may ask how we serve our community. We give two $1000 scholarships to Madison and Clairemont High Schools. We support Meals on Wheels, the Storefront for homeless kids, Boxtops for Education to Cadman Elementary, Cleveland National Forest, leadership programs for youth, Heifer International and local agencies to help those in need. Our main project this year is the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station (WFFS) here in San Diego helping veterans transition back into civilian life. This is NOT the national Wounded Warriors Project. This is a

San Diego project staffed by volunteers. [see above] We are sponsoring a “LUNCH AND LAUGHTER” fundraiser at the Comedy Palace at 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. to support WFFS with a lunch buffet and 3 comedians and door prizes. It will be on Saturday, March 5, 11:30 to 3 p.m. Lunch will be marinated chicken, gyros with peppers and onions, salad, rice pilaf, pita bread and hummus, bakalav dessert, coffee, tea, and soda. Come out with members of your family and support this worthy project ... get rid of winter doldrums. Tickets are $40 Contact Marge Weber for tickets .. .858 274 8848 For more information about CWC, visit our website at or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 or Evelyn at (858) 279-4367 Contact us or attend a meeting to learn more.


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Squaremont By Bill Swank

The Heart and Soul of Clairemont When I began writing this column in 2014, my goal was to tap into the heart and soul of Clairemont. I’ve lived here for almost 60 years and frequently heard that Clairemont had neither. Last December, the Union-Tribune featured over 50 “San Diegans who give the gift of their hearts year-around, lifting our spirits along the way.” None of those fine individuals, recognized for their volunteerism and philanthropy, live in Clairemont. However, one of the 50 is Steve Olsen, who lives on a ranch in the Highland Valley between Escondido and Ramona. He sells mesquite charcoal and firewood. In 2011, he opened Mike’s BBQ in Escondido. He and his family have generously supported local schools, law enforcement, the military, the Susan G. Komen cancer charity and the Humane Society. In 2015, a second Mike’s BBQ opened in the Clairemont Village shopping center. If you have a dog, buy your bones at Mike’s. All proceeds from “Bones 4 Homes” go to the Humane Society. Their barbecue and drafts are good, too. We all have neighbors and friends in Clairemont who volunteer their time and energy for the betterment of our community. They may not have a financial cushion to qualify as benefactors, but, regardless, they deserve to be recognized for their service. Perhaps their disposable

income is spent on mortgage payments in lieu of philanthropy. You know who you are. The people you help know what you do for them. Squaremont salutes you as “The Heart of Clairemont.” So, where can one find the soul of Clairemont? I’ve always believed humility should be an essential element of religion. I’m not a Catholic, but the current Pope is a humble man. I am impressed with his concern for poor people. According to the Internet, there are more than 100 places of worship in Clairemont. Did you know several of our most prominent churches had inauspicious beginnings? Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, with its commanding view of Mission Bay, can trace its roots back to 1953 when services were held down the hill at Red Sparks Plumbing Shop in Bay Park. Parishioners listened to the mass and prayed while seated on

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of Christ on Fairfield Avenue. Lloyd Ruocco, father of San Diego Post-War Modern Architecture, designed the original United Church of Christ in 1954. The Clairemont In 1953, St. Mark’s Methodist Church opened in the San Diego Emmanuel Airpark Cafe Baptist Church (Photo Courtesy of Archives of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church) was formed when Clairemont’s closest Hindu temple Emmanuel Baptist of Pacific is the International Society for Krishna Beach merged with Consciousness (commonly known as Clairemont Baptist on Galveston Street in 1971. The Hare Krishna) center on Grand original Pacific Beach church Avenue in Pacific Beach. The ancient Zoroastrian community started with small weekly congregates on Maynard Street in fellowship meetings at the Mission Beach Women’s Club University City. Perhaps our most unusual house of on Santa Clara Point. worship is Dai Dao Tam Ky Pho Do Contemporary Toa Thanh Tay Ninh - Toc Dao Caodaist Modern-style Clairemont Clairemont Lutheran Church was designed to resemble temple at the corner of Clairemont Lutheran Church in North the open pages of a bible. (Photo by Bill Swank) Mesa Boulevard and Luna Avenue. It is Clairemont was designed by modeled after the original “Holy See” Robert DesLauriers to temple in Tay Ninh, Vietnam. The resemble the open pages of a toilets and bathtubs. bible. It was completed in 1966. yellow in their banner stands for In December of that year, DesLauriers also drew the plans for Buddhism, blue represents Taoism and St. Mark’s Methodist Church Northminster Presbyterian Church on red is for Confucianism. Caodaism opened in the long-forgotten Clairemont Mesa Boulevard near Cole recognizes “all religions are one”. San Diego Airpark Cafe. The Avenue (1965) and Abu Bakr Siddig We should be respectful toward all airstrip was soon paved and Mosque on Balboa Avenue by religions and religions should be renamed Clairemont Drive. Interstate 805 (1986). respectful toward other religions. In Today, the church is locally We also have Kehilat Ariel America, we have freedom of choice. renowned for its stained glass Messianic Synagogue at 3219 Continue being good to one walls. Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, San Diego another. Help a little, old lady across Another church with a Baha’i Center at 6545 Alcala Knolls the street. magnificent bay view is the Drive in Linda Vista, Rigpa Buddhist She will be you some day. Pioneer Ocean View Church Meditation Center on Morena Boulevard south of Costco and the Email: Caodist Temple at corner of International Society of Divine Love in Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Clairemont Mesa and Luna. Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, Tecolote Canyon. (Photo by Bill Swank) with East Clairemont off in the distance.

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Religious Directory Atonement Lutheran Church 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 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:30, 10:00 (English) & 11:30 am (Spanish) Sunday School for kids 9:45am Holy Cross Lutheran Church 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Northminster Presbyterian Church 4324 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 (858) 490-3995 Sunday Worship Time 10:00 a.m. Northminster Preschool (858) 270-3760

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A New Idea for Bay Park: A Town Center Park COMMENTARY by Glen Schmidt, FASLA

As many people know, the City of San Diego is in the process of creating a new Specific Plan for the Morena Corridor to provide a vision for potential improvements and development guidelines. This effort is partially in response to the future construction of the Mid-coast Trolley that will be built along Morena with stops at Tecolote Rd., Clairemont Dr. and Balboa Ave. With proximity to the freeway, Mission Bay, Downtown and beach communities, as well as the future Mid Coast Trolley, Bay Park will certainly attract more development interest to improve properties that are not being utilized to their ultimate potential. Much of the discussion of the Specific Plan has been focused on the potential negative impacts of growth along the corridor. Certainly we should ensure that any future development in Bay Park matches the character of our community and

and a small train station that was built near what is now Morena Boulevard. Soon after the land sale for this new development the economy experienced a sharp decline and only a few home sites were sold. Some of these beautiful craftsman homes remain jewels of the community. In 1937 a new subdivision was re-envisioned and named Bay Park Village. The new road layout designed for this development remains today. The central core of the design for Bay Park Village was a commercial and civic district surrounding a public park and plaza. The park encompassed the entire block between Morena, Chicago, Ashton and Napier. It was a public open space transferred as a gift by the developer to the City of San Diego unfortunately, in the 1950’s, the City in their wisdom (or lack thereof) decided they didn’t want to maintain the park anymore. They sold off portions of the

help us all to visualize what this might look like. My ideas are grand and certainly represent an ideal solution without identifying funding. But sometimes it’s good to dream.

One of the concerns of the neighborhood surrounding this site is parking impacts. My firm was the landscape architect for Waterfront Park on Harbor Drive downtown where we constructed a large parking structure under the park. Using that example as a model, my design includes 80 to 100 parking spaces under the park that would relieve parking in the neighborhood even as the businesses become more successful. The park would be a little over 1-acre and would be a simple design inspired by the original 1937 park design with a central open space of turf for flexible play and gathering lined with palm

brings us positive change, but there is also the potential to use this opportunity for community improvements; improvements that, in my view, would enrich the lives of all of the residents in Bay Park. There are a number of potential opportunities, including making Morena Blvd more pedestrian and bicycle friendly and adding public parks as future development occurs. The idea I would like to focus on for this article is bringing back a park that was once in the central business core of Bay Park, to create a Town Center Park. Bay Park has a very rich history of development that dates back to 1887 when the Morena Subdivision was mapped in Bay Park’s current location adjacent to False Bay (Mission Bay)

property and built a fire station on the site. Today there is a taco shop, office building, and an outdated fire station surrounded by an ever improving commercial district with local businesses and restaurants. It would be a huge improvement to our community to bring back a public park again in this location. A place for gatherings, picnics, farmers markets, movies in the park, and many other activities to bring open space to the central core of Bay Park and to bring us closer together as a community. I am a professional landscape architect experienced in park design so I decided to create a design to open this discussion and

trees. It could include a shade structure and performance platform, shade trees, elevator and stairway from the parking below, gardens to stroll through and enjoy, and a community identity monument. We can also think about simpler solutions that don’t include underground parking, moving

the fire station, or using the entire site, but the idea of recreating a park in this location that was once a place for families to gather and play is one I think we should consider. If you like this idea I hope you will make your desires known to the City of San Diego. You can email community planner Michael Prinz at and our Councilmember Lorie Zapf at Or feel free to contact me at Glen Schmidt, FASLA, is a landscape architect and planner and a 35 year resident of Clairemont and Bay Park. His landscape architecture and planning firm, the Schmidt Design Group, Inc. has won over 100 local, state and national awards for design excellence, including 11 local Orchid Awards from the San Diego Architectural Foundation.

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Regents Road Bridge – Who Pays? COMMENTARY by Louis Rodolico

There is quite a wrestling match in progress involving freeing up funds for the Regents Road Bridge. City Planning is compiling a new EIR which is scheduled to be presented in November to City Council. Council could vote to eliminate the bridge and remove it from the plan or to build it, there may be other options. The development in UC and Clairemont was designed around this bridge being built. Had the original planners suspected that these roads would not be built, the community would have been laid out differently. Over the next century, building the bridge will save the region about 1.4 billion dollars and result in thousands fewer traffic accidents involving; property damage, injury and death. All this loss so a few UC properties can gain a property value increase and or a more pristine view of the canyon, at the risk and expense of everyone else. Conflagration & Fire Storms With Global Warming, wildfires are an ever increasing risk. Many areas of

the UC community currently have only one way out. It is sober safety practice to have multiple ways out. If there is another conflagration, like in 2003, then most if not all the roads are more likely to become grid locked. East UC residents will be directed away from the Genesee gridlock and east into the conflagration. Ironically the west residents, who are fighting the bridge, will receive the best route out. This puts emergency personnel in an impossible position. Instead of protecting persons and property their priority becomes traffic and the added difficulty of positioning emergency equipment. Emergency responders have given up waiting for the Regents Road Bridge and are implementing other strategies, like the one year pilot rapid response team based in West UC. The rapidly growing senior community is in Southeast UC. Loss of Life There are three schools, Curie Elementary, Standley Middle, and UCHS, with 3,500 students at Genesee and Governor Intersection. It’s a disgrace that any community would hold itself and their school children in

such low regard. Pedestrians need to be extremely careful when crossing over-congested intersections on the Genesee corridor even if they have the right of way. By having all the north south traffic meant to be shared by Governor to Gillman, Regents and Genesee funneled thru the Genesee corridor there is greater overall risk for the community. The deaths and injuries are a matter of record. If the bridge is not built, the next century will result in thousands of additional accidents involving property damage, injury and death. Unfortunately when there is a tragedy on the Genesee corridor those who do not want the Regents Road Bridge built find a way to blame the victims. As a community we need to recognize that failing to complete the Regents Road Bridge and Governor Drive to Gillman is the biggest part of the problem. It is ironic that the Mayor, who is all about jobs, has allied himself with UC leaders who push jobs out of UC because of traffic. These are the same leaders who are fighting the bridge. New Firehouse: Our area has one of the slowest emergency response times. Currently rescue vehicles on Genesee are forced to head southbound on the north bound lanes during the evening rush hours of 3Pm to 7PM. The 2016 firehouse ballot attempts to compensate for not putting in these roads by adding two additional firehouses. One of the ballot proposed location is at Stresemann and Governor which is extreme West UC. This location will improve response

times and lower the fire insurance rates for West UC but not East UC. Benefits of the fire house radiate out from it. If we build the bridge we only need one new firehouse centrally located near the Standley Rec Center. According to the ballot a new firehouse costs 232 million a century. Traffic Man Hours: It can take 20 extra minutes to get thru the Genesee-Governor intersection during the rush hours, 1/3 hour x 15,000 cars x 250 work days equals more than one million man hours wasted each year. $20 per hour works out to more than $20 million in lost wages each year. Building the bridge would cut these times in half or one Billion dollars over the next century. Conclusion: So one billion for lost man hours, add gas and we’re at $1.175 billion. A second firehouse costs 232 million per century so not building the bridge cost us taxpayers about 1.4 billion over the next century. Let’s not forget the thousands of additional accidents involving; property damage, injury and death. With all the trials of trying to provide safety and health care for our families some government officials are party to twisting environmental laws to eliminate a critical road, a road that would improve emergency travel times in an area with some of the lowest times in the city, all the while cleverly diluting the impact by distributing the cost to the taxpayers in all 8 San Diego City Districts. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 and has been a pro-bono community advocate for over 30 years.


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3 Day Turnaround Illustration 01 shows where there are no secondary north-south roads which are utilized for inter-community trips. We can see why so much traffic is funneled thru Genesee, it has the landfill and Marine Base to the east and two uncompleted roads to the west all placing additional north-south traffic on Genesee corridor. The Interstates are primary roads that are also burdened by the incompletion of the bridge. Governor to Gillman was removed from the plan


decades ago, and now the Regents Road Bridge is in jeopardy. Failing to build these arteries gives us the congestion and high accident rate we have today. Carving out a private enclave in West UC puts additional load on the Genesee corridor and raises the accident and mortality rate for the community at large. No one is against anyone living in a gated private community but it makes no sense to create one by carving out a hole in the urban road grid.

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Burn Institute Program Offers FREE Lifesaving Smoke Alarms to Seniors National safety statistics show that adults age 65 and older are two times more likely to die in a home fire than any other segment of the population; for those over age 75, that risk nearly quadruples. Despite these alarming statistics, thousands of seniors throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties are currently living in homes without a working smoke alarm. One of the best ways seniors can improve their chances of escaping a residential fire is by making sure their

home is equipped with an operating smoke alarm. The Burn Institute is working towards ensuring that every senior’s home has just that. Their Senior Smoke Alarm Program provides seniors with free smoke alarms and instillations. Screened and trained community partners and volunteers assist the Burn Institute year-round in installing the free alarms. To qualify for this lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older and own your own home. To

sign up for this program or see if you are eligible, call the Burn Institute at 858-541-2277, ext. 18. Having a working smoke alarm in your home reduces your chances of perishing in a house fire by 50%. Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor of your home. “In a fire, seconds count,” said Susan Day, Burn Institute Executive Director. “Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11pm and 7am when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spread, giving seniors enough time to get out.”

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The California Women’s Chorus is coming to San Diego for their annual

choral convention. Would you like to sing with them? Come and learn all the 3-part “… Regards To Broadway” Hits with Sweet Harmony Women’s Chorus. Practice sessions are held every Thursday 9am-Noon at the North Clairemont Rec Center, 4425 Bannock Ave, 92117 Off Genesee Upcoming Schedule In March we’ll have an area

rehearsal with other choruses from Southern California. On April 29th and 30th we’ll all practice with Director Tom Barich, almost 200 of us from around the state at the 4 Points Sheraton on Aero Drive. On May 1st, we’ll sing our concert for San Diego and present this year’s Vocal Music Scholarships to area students. There’s no business like SHOW BUSINESS! For more information call 858-565-8653 or visit

As our population ages, we are busier than ever and need more volunteers to help ensure we can continue to serve all who are in need and avoid a waiting list. We are in severe need of more volunteers in the Clairemont area. Volunteers deliver meals between 10:30-1:30pm. They pick up their meals near the Clairemont square and deliver to clients in Clairemont and Linda Vista. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please visit our website at or call us at 619-295-9501.

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Kim Cares Tech Tips:

Did You Know?

Did you know if you have an email address that is tied to an internet provider (a bill) you will lose that email address if you change providers? I learned recently, (and nearly had a heart-attack over it) when I moved and transferred my name off the AT&T account that I had for years. The day after my name was off the account, I tried to log into my AT&T“” email address I was using for the last 20 plus years, only to find that it was gone. All my contacts and important emails were gone! When I called AT&T they said this is what happens. They said that if I could get the person who now had the account under their name, to call and reestablish my email in the next 24 hours that I could save my email address. Luckily, my email address did get saved, but it forced me to realize the need to create a NON-internet provider based email account. I choose to create a free “Gmail” account provided by Google. If you notice my contact email in my Clairemont Times ad (page 5) is now listed as instead of the one ending in I still receive correspondence in my AT&T email, but I have merged it so I may access it from my Gmail account on one screen.

Interestingly, when I called AT&T twice to verify email addresses associated with their internet service and told them what had happened; both agents said you don’t lose your email when you change providers, move to a non-AT&T serviced area, or take your name off the account. But I am telling you that is “exactly” what happened to me. So that being said, below are the main Internet providers I deal with in San Diego; along with the corresponding email extensions I was able to find. It is possible there are more. If you are worried about this dilemma, I recommend calling your internet provider and finding out if your email address and all its history will disappear forever if you move to a non-serviced area, change internet providers, or take your name off the account. • Cox cable • Time Warner cable • AT&T And as a fail-safe quick solution, I recommend, immediately, either printing your contact list, or copying it to a portable external storage device, like a thumb drive. Do the same with your important emails. You won’t be sorry you did. Smiles, Kim Schultz

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From the Desk of Chris Cate by Chris Cate, District 6

The City of San Diego works effectively, efficiently and collaboratively when residents are connected, involved and engaged. I appreciate the opportunity to share some of my budget priorities for Clairemont for Fiscal Year 2017. My full memo can be found on my website at 6/pdf/memo/fy17budgetpriorities.pdf. Police Investigative Service Officers (PISO),ADA adaptations (Olive Grove Community Park), street lights, street

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how to apply for financial aid. Special workshops for parents, some in Spanish, will also be held. A resource fair will also provide information on Mesa’s student-focused programs for veterans and first-generation college students, and help that is available for low-income students, students with disabilities, and more. Activities led by faculty across several disciplines will give students a taste of college classes, and attendees will also find out how to get involved in student life and the more than 30 clubs offered at Mesa. Prospective students will also meet the college’s peer navigators – student mentors who guide freshmen through their first year at Mesa College. Student ambassadors will be on hand to offer

resurfacing, traffic signals, playground enhancements (North Clairemont Recreation Center), library improvements (Balboa & North Clairemont), and crosswalks, to note a few. Police Investigative Service Officers (PISO) play an essential role in performing critical services that support and assist in the public safety work of sworn police officers including the enforcement of parking violations such as Oversized Vehicle Ordinance violations. Email: Phone: (619) 236-6616 Website: Facebook: Twitter: Mailing Address: 202 C Street, 10th Floor San Diego, CA 92101

guided tours of the campus and acquaint prospective students with Mesa’s state-of-the-art instructional facilities including the Math+Science Complex, Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, and Learning Resource Center. “Mesa College has truly transformed in the last few years,” said President Dr. Pamela T. Luster.“Thanks to the voters of San Diego, we have incredible teaching facilities, and we’re now adding new faculty members at historic rates. We know that once potential students come to campus and have a look around, and meet our amazing faculty and staff, they will want to come to school here.” Dr. Luster will be on hand on February 25 to welcome parents and students. Find out more and register for “Saturday on the Mesa: Jumpstart Your Success” at

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Emergency Preparedness for the Next El Nino Storm by Scott Sherman, District 7 Councilmember

Recently, the San Diego region was pummeled with heavy rains, hail, and flash floods in the first round of El Nino storms.Weather experts in the region are predicting future storms that could lead to even more severe weather. Before the recent storm, the city declared a state of emergency and worked diligently to clear clogged storm drains and storm channels.Though some homes and property in the district were damaged, things could have been a lot worse. To further help, our office teamed with District 7 business Superior Ready Mix, and the Urban Corps to fill 60 tons of sand into over 5,000 sandbags to distribute to residents at Qualcomm Stadium. In addition, I wanted to make sure that you had the important information you need to help protect your home and property for the next storm. Before it Rains • Report blocked storm drains by

calling 619-235-1000 or submit an online at ges/WebFormTextMethod.aspx • Sign up for Alert San Diego at to receive notifications for all telephones • Visit your local fire station for free sandbags.The limit is 10 bags per person. Sand is not provided. When Rains Arrive • Report flooding to the City’s emergency dispatch center at 619-527-7500 • Leave early if you property is in a flood zone. • Report downed electrical lines or gas emergencies to SDG&E at 619-527-7500 For more information regarding storm preparation, please visit As always, if residents see an issue in the community, please contact my office at: 202 C St, MS #10A San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-236-6677 or Email: at ScottSherman@SanDiego.Gov. We will look into it right away.

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Community Meetings Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 2/4/16 (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 2/16/16 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop, 92117 LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 2/18/16 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls, 92111 LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 2/22/16 (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL 2/10/16 (2nd Wed.of the month) 6:30PM North Clairemont Rec. Center 4421 Bannock Ave, 92117

Daniel Smiechowski

Are We Vaccinating Ourselves to Death?


Why too many shots are killing America In January I visited a public school in Le Havre, France, where my cousin is the school’s headmaster. What I learned may frighten you. Most doctors in France believe childhood vaccinations are overdone, unneeded and perhaps dangerous to our health. Surprisingly, the same is true for American doctors in refuting all these drugs as mostly a free market ploy in prostituting the giant pharmaceutical companies. Arguably, every mother wants a healthy baby and for that matter the same is true of every father. It seems to me that our culture led by huge and rogue pharmaceuticals, politicians who fear defeat by way of the media and just plain submission of public opinion has paved our way to death by way of the good old free market. Let’s fight back in seeking the truth and by not labeling folks that only want what is just and correct.

Several months ago, I was approached by a very intelligent woman named Eileen Henot a leader in the anti-vaccination movement who so eloquently stated the obvious that being the profit motive of drugs in America as a driving force in maintaining the status quo and the likely bull in a china shop. As an avid health advocate including everything holistic plus the sport of triathlon, my tendencies are toward everything natural within the human body. That is not to say modern society ought to dispense with drugs. They certainly have their place in our world, but America is over medicated and over vaccinated. Why does the United States have the highest infant mortality rate among all leading industrial nations? We certainly vaccinate more than any country on earth. France has a comparably lower rate of vaccinations and their children are healthier. It seems to me that our nation is falsely and deliberately being led to ill health by the giant pharmaceuticals, some doctors who stand to profit, frightened and immoral politicians and a complacent media.

The movement of individuals to curtail many unneeded vaccinations may surprise you. These folks are professionals from all walks of life, including, teachers, doctors, lawyers, captains of industry and many others. Nearly every weekend, I transport cancer patients from a clinic in Mexico to a hospital in Santa Barbara. What I hear will shock you! These afflicted souls looking for their last hope rail against the health system in the United States. What really surprises me is that these patients are mostly conservative and traditional in their politics and most consider themselves

as patriots. Ironically, I wrote this article from France, where the Mexican treatment is legal and vice versa. Why can’t we catch up with the rest of the world? This is a moral issue of greatest import. This is a prostitution of the free market and it’s killing us in the name of profit. The cure is indeed worse than the disease. 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 or 858.220.4613

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Plan Your Escape to Havana Grill By Michael Baehr Photos by Michael Baehr, San Diego Chowhound

The Clairemont Times PO Box 17671 San Diego, CA 92177 (858) 752-9779 Founding Publisher: Chris O’Connell Graphic Designer: Elaine Hall Contributors: Mike Baehr Kevin Casillo Ed Harris Gary Hyde Susan Lewitt Robert Ross Daniel J. Smiechowski Bartley Stratton Rob Stone Bill Swank The Clairemont Times is a free publication published each month and circulated throughout the neighborhoods of Clairemont, Linda Vista, Bay Park & Kearny Mesa. Story ideas, advertising & editorial questions can be sent to The Clairemont Times P.O. Box 17671, San Diego, CA 92177 or Copyright ©2015-16 The Clairemont Times/McSierra Publishing. Reuse of material from this edition or past editions is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher. The opinions in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of The Clairemont Times/McSierra Publishing but instead, of each individual author/contributor. The Clairemont Times is proud to partner and contribute with:

Clairemont Resident Opens Cuban-inspired Restaurant Michael Baehr is known as the San Diego Chowhound. He is an accomplished home cook, food blogger, cooking demonstrator and self-proclaimed foodie. He also loves to sample and write about new eateries, local restaurants, fast food and specialty markets. You can follow his food journeys at

comforting pork-ham-cheese combo. The best analogy for this sandwich is a Cuban-inspired Panini. It was full of flavor and perfectly accentuated by the sweet pickle and mustard. The sandwich came with house-made plantain chips that were freshly made, cut thin and crispy fried with the Havana Grill at 5450 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. is now open. perfect amount of salt. I also sampled the signature black beans ($3). It’s not often that a new restaurant brings your food allowing you time to Normally I’m not the biggest fan of hits the Clairemont scene and makes take in the many details in the dining black beans, but these were a bold first impression almost area. velvety-smooth and immediately. Fortunately for flavorful with delicate Clairemont, Havana Grill has hints of spices. As I arrived. Cuban-born owner ate, Cuban music and former contractor Sandra played in the Cardet has an eye for design background that and inviting detail, and she has conjured images of done an exceptional job Ricky Ricardo and his creating a warm and swing band, adding to welcoming environment that my overall conjures notions of hot sunny experience. This days in Havana. Dark wooden Chowhound was in shutters, comfortable padded Cubano heaven! chairs, colorful baskets of fruit Havana Grill’s and employees wearing signature dishes fedoras add to the include a variety of atmosphere. slow-roasted, Recently opened, the food marinated pork dishes at Havana Grill is as inviting as with house garlic the interior. A long glass mojo sauce that some display showcases the say is so good it’s The El Cubano sandwich is crispy, gooey and perfectly paired with mustard, signature dishes, fresh salads criminal. Also on the and decadent desserts. This is sweet pickle and some fried plantain chips. menu are a variety of especially helpful if you are a sandwiches and visual type person and need some On a recent lunch stop, I ordered salads. For drinks, you can get assistance selecting your food. the El Cubano sandwich ($10). The traditional café Cubano ($3), Friendly staff takes your order and sandwich was large and could be house-made sangria ($5) and a mojito shared by two ($6) in addition to beer, wine, sodas people, but and other specialty drinks. naturally this Chowhound If you’re in the mood for something had no a little different, treat yourself to some problem authentic Cuban food. Once you visit, finishing it off. I’ll bet you’ll be thinking about a trip The crispy to Havana. Havana Grill is open daily grilled bread is from 11am – 9pm. filled with pork, smoky Havana Grill ham, melted 5450 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Swiss cheese, Suite G. mustard and (at I-805 and Clairement Mesa Blvd.) sweet pickles. San Diego, CA 92117 Every bite had (858) 430-6878 a bit of the crunchy (Note: As of this writing, the Havana Grill was bread with in “soft open” mode, with a grand opening to be Havana Grill’s interior is warm and comforting, and filled with interesting scheduled soon.) the details.

The Clairemont Times • February 2016 • 15 LoloLovesFilms

This Month:

The Revenant by Lolo & Big J

A group of fur trappers is attacked by the Rhee tribe, which sends the men fleeing for their lives. On the road back to their fort, their guide Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) is attacked and mauled by a grizzly bear and left on the brink of death. The captain of the expedition, Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson), leaves two men named Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy) and Bridger (Will Poulter) with Hugh and his son Hawk (Forrest Goodluck) to care for him and bury him properly if he dies. Fearing the Rhee are closing in, Fitzgerald attempts to speed up Hugh’s death and murders Hugh’s son when he tries to stop him from killing his father. Leaving Hugh for dead, Fitzgerald and Bridger flee, but Hugh survives and heads after Fitzgerald to take revenge, if he can survive the trip. Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “The Revenant” is a story about survival and revenge, but it’s also much more than this. It is a gorgeous film above all else. The camerawork and cinematography executed here are breathtaking. Knowing how much we loved last year’s Oscar winning film “Birdman,” we had moderately high expectations for this film, and it delivered. In fact, everyone involved in this film, behind or in front of the camera, is stellar. Leonardo DiCaprio is phenomenal as Hugh Glass.The skill of this character is not found in the dialogue or delivered with impassioned speeches, but in the quiet rage that fills him. DiCaprio has been gunning for an Oscar for years, and if he doesn’t get it for his performance here, we’ll be shocked because he deserves it. Offering a brilliant performance and telling a story through mostly grunts and facial expressions, he owns the part of Hugh Glass, completely immersed in his role. As great as DiCaprio is, he has been hogging all of the praise, overshadowing his fellow cast member Tom Hardy’s performance at every turn. Up until this year’s Oscar nominations were announced, Hardy’s work here had not really been recognized all that much, so we’re happy he and Leo can now share the spotlight together. Hardy puts on an exceptional performance as John Fitzgerald, a trapper who does some truly despicable things, but acts in a way he believes is for the greater good and offers a better chance at survival, even if his motives are self-serving. Hardy is no stranger to the layered character and portrays Fitzgerald amazingly. He is quickly becoming our favorite actor, but unfortunately, whenever anyone talks about this movie, DiCaprio is sure to dominate the conversation first and foremost.

Domhnall Gleeson also plays a big role as Captain Andrew Henry and he is very good, too. He is an actor who has really come into his own lately and has had an impressive 2015 between this movie,“Ex Machina,”“Brooklyn,” and “Star Wars:The Force Awakens.”When these three actors are put together, the cast is wonderful. There are some unbelievably fierce, utterly enthralling scenes in “The Revenant,” chock full of edge-of-your-seat, nail biting excitement.The intensity Iñárritu garners with just the slightest turn of his camera is both impressive and something we crave as lovers of cinema. In its beauty, this film is brutal, and in its brutality, it is somehow beautiful. It’s carnal, primal, and animalistic in more ways than one. Saying it is only a revenge film is not exactly accurate, though some might miss the bigger picture here. It’s poetic, almost an ode to nature and all it possesses, and ode to and about basic humanity. Many don’t realize it doesn’t get much better than Iñárritu’s direction.There are directors, and then, there is Iñárritu, who is in a class all his own when he picks up a camera. However, since he tends to favor lingering camera shots, this also means there are some long lulls where very little is going on on screen. Even in scenes where essentially nothing is happening, the shots are still gorgeous and alluring to look at, like a painting come to life. We can feel the cold weather, the harsh conditions, and the stark brutality of life all in one movie; we long for films that immerse us so deeply as it’s more of an experience than just a motion picture.These elongated scenes are intentionally and methodically paced to emphasize the vast size of the wilderness and accentuate the distance traveled by Glass to find the man who murdered his son. Conversely, this allows audience members to notice how long this movie actually is. From a technical aspect, though,“The Revenant” is near perfection in its execution, both in front of and behind the camera, even if the story is rather simplistic. Our rating: 5/5. “The Revenant” is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and stars Leonardo DiCaprio,Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson, and Will Poulter. Rated R for graphic violence, strong language, brief nudity, and a sexual assault. LoloLovesFilms is comprised of Lauren and Josh Rains, lifelong San Diegans and current residents of Clairemont. As avid cinephiles, they began their quest to see and review as many movies as possible in 2013, and can often be found at any one of San Diego’s fine cinemas watching newly released films each week. To read all of their reviews, visit their blog at: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:

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San Diego International Airport TSA Pre✓Application Center Opens The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) opened an application site for its TSA Pre ✓ Application Program at San Diego International Airport (SAN). U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are able to go through a pre-enrollment process online at, make an appointment and complete their enrollment at the San Diego on-airport application center. TSA Pre ✓ is an expedited screening program that allows select flyers departing SAN to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag. If eligible and approved for the

program travelers will be given a known traveler number “KTN” to use when making flight reservations. Participating airlines will print an indicator on your boarding pass. The following airlines offer the Pre ✓ • Air Canada • Hawaiian Airlines • United Airlines • Alaska Airlines • JetBlue Airways • Virgin America • Allegiant Airlines • OneJet • WestJet • American Airlines • Southwest Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Sun Country For more information, please visit: lication-program

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So, Why Is There a Linda Vista Road? by Tom Kaye

This is about an Army base (Camp Kearny) established in 1917 on a mesa north of San Diego, including the Miramar Ranch built by the

247-272, addresses Camp Kearny and Linda Vista Road. San Diego’s mayor Louis Wilde, a friend of Army General Hunter Liggett, recommended a site for a training camp as a sparsely-settled area called Linda Vista “with ‘vast

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newspaperman, E.W. Scripps. Camp Kearny was one of 32 new camps created for Army mobilization and training facilities and named for Brigadier General Stephen W. Kearny, commander of the Army of the West in the Mexican-American War. The camp was completed in November to have a capacity of 31,000 officers and enlisted men that would become the 40th U.S. Infantry Division. The 40th was formed in Aug. 1917 and deployed to France in Aug. 1918. They returned immediately after the War in Feb.1919 and was demobilized in Apr. 1919. The camp was closed in Oct. 1920 and largely abandoned. The government retained it as a military and civilian airfield. An excellent article,“Patriotism and Profit: San Diego’s Camp Kearny” by John Martin is in The Journal of San Diego History, Vol 58(4) Fall 2012, pp

stretches’ of open land at the ‘very door of the city’“. The City offered a 5-year lease for land at $1 per year and agreed to provide water, gas, electricity to the camp, plus roads to the Santa Fe train station. The Army needed a “modern highway” starting in Old Town and Santa Fe Depot to Camp Kearny for transporting soldiers and materials. “To help ease the way for soldiers coming to town, the city organized ‘Kearny stages’ with regular runs between the town and the camp and worked out an agreement…”. The City and the County shared the cost for the new road that was called as Camp Kearny Road, the major route between the city and the camp. After the camp was disestablished, the route became known as Linda vista Road and remained as the route to the World War II camps that grew in the “Linda Vista” area on the mesas.

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Award-Winning WaterSmart Landscaping Class Coming to Clairemont First of four classes highlighting turf conversion to WaterSmart landscapes to be held Feb. 17 The San Diego County Water Authority and member agencies will hold a series of free classes starting in February that teach homeowners steps to designing and implementing successful WaterSmart landscape makeovers. These free hands-on WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series classes are led by local landscaping professionals and are designed to help homeowners convert high-water-use turf areas to beautiful WaterSmart landscapes. Attendees will learn about soil, project planning and design, turf removal, plant selection, irrigation, efficiency and rainwater harvesting. The comprehensive and award-winning series includes four classes held every two weeks and concludes with homeowners working with experts to create personalized landscape makeover plans. Preregistration and a

commitment to attend all four classes in the series is required. The first class in the next four-part series is Feb. 17 in Clairemont. “Knowing how to combine WaterSmart plants with efficient irrigation systems is critical for designing attractive landscapes that use significantly less water,” said Mark Weston, chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors.“Whether drought conditions continue or not, we all can install water-wise landscapes to stretch our water resources.” Participants from the 16 makeover series held between April 2014 and June 2015 reported on average replacing more than 1,000 square feet of turf and achieving landscape water savings of 58 percent. For details about landscape classes and other water conservation resources, go to Though spots remain for the upcoming WaterSmart Landscape Makeover Series, space is limited, and advance registration is required.

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This Valentine’s Day: Save the Rainforest, Don’t Destroy It by Susan Lewitt

SLASH, BURN, DESTROY; that is how palm oil, in rainforests including illegal groves, is grown. Palm oil and other ingredients, in chocolates and many other products, cause the destruction of these irreplaceable parts of our world and use child labor. Massive plantings of palm oil fields endanger animals including orangutans, gorillas, and bonobos. Palm oil and other destructive uses take habitat away from plants also, such as orchids and the rare Rafflesia Flower, thus severely reducing biodiversity. Logging, firewood gathering, and agriculture are other uses that decrease the rainforests. FOR%20THE%20RAIN%20FORESTS/rai n_forest_crisis_overview.htm

information such as other names for palm oil, and products with and without palm oil: 012/01/productpalmoillist2012flexwee k.pdf Unsustainable palm oil replacements include red palm oil and coconut oil. If you buy a product that lists palm oil, please contact that company. Ask them if it is sustainable palm oil. If not, tell them you want them to switch to sustainable products or you won’t buy their products. For Valentines, please give a gift that sustains, not destroys the planet, such as homemade cards from recycled materials, homemade candies from organic foods, and homegrown flowers, or native plants to plant in the garden. Here is one website with great gift ideas that help the planet: s/whats-green-and-red-these-7-eco-frien

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How about a homemade treat for Valentine’s instead of store bought chocolates? Cupcakes by Melissa Lewitt.

Palm oil is in many products such as chocolates, cake mixes, snack foods, and nonfood items including shampoos and toothpaste. Finding if products contain palm oil may not be easy. It may be on the label in an unrecognizable form. These are the more obvious ones: vegetable oil, palm fruit oil, palm kernel oil or palm olein. This website gives palm oil

dly-valentines-gift-ideas/ Our world will improve through our wise purchases and actions. Remember the rainforest is a place of great biodiversity and the planet’s lungs, oxygenating our air. Let’s preserve it, not destroy it.

The Clairemont Community Planning Group Morena Blvd Corridor Specific Plan Ad-Hoc Subcommittee Meeting February 8th, 2016 6-8pm St David’s Episcopal Church 5050 Milton St, San Diego 92110

The Topic Will Be: Mobility as well as a presentation by build Bay Park Boardwalk

Saturday, February 27 8:00am Audubon Society Birding Walk All skill levels welcome! *Most walks generally last for about 2 hours but you can leave whenever you are ready, or stay on to learn more. For more information call 858-581-9959. Activities are posted at of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center or Like us on Facebook – Friends of Tecolote Canyon

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Wisconsin Badgers Spear USC Trojans

The University of Wisconsin Badgers football team was dominant in the time of possession department and quarterback Joel Stave completed nearly 70 percent of his passing attempts (18-of-27, 217 yards, 1 TD), as the Badgers speared the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans by a final score of 23-21 before an announced attendance of 48,329 spectators at the 38th Annual Holiday Bowl played at Qualcomm Stadium on Wednesday evening, December 30. Wisconsin, the alma mater of former Madison High Warhawks quarterback Chase Knox, controlled the clock for 37:18, compared to 22:42 for USC. Meanwhile, Stave demonstrated his ability to distribute the pigskin equally to all parts of the field, with 33 percent of his spirals directed to the left side, 33 percent up the middle, as well as 33 percent to the right side. Austin Traylor (3 catches, 47 yards, 1 TD), Alex Erickson (5 catches, 54 yards), and Robert Wheelwright (4 catches, 47 yards) were Stave’s favorite receivers, especially Erickson, who was targeted 30 percent of the time by Stave. The Badgers also showed off their strong ground attack between the hashmarks, with more than 50 percent of their attempts coming up the middle behind running backs like Corey Clement (19 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD), Dare Ogunbowale (13 carries, 50 yards), Derek Watt (5 carries, 32 yards), and Tanner McEvoy (4 carries, 25 yards). “They (the Trojans) are a tremendous team and a tremendous program,” said Stave.“They are one of the staples of college football.When you think of college football, you think of USC, so that’s who you grow up watching.” “We knew it would be a physical game,” said Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler (18-of-32, 221 yards, 1 TD). Kessler exhibited favoritism for the

right side of the field, with over 50 percent of his footballs falling into the hands of receivers such as JuJu Smith-Schuster (4 catches, 65 yards), Adoreé Jackson (3 catches, 32 yards), Darreus Rogers (2 catches, 25 yards, 1 TD), and San Diegan Taylor McNamara (2 catches, 21 yards). USC gained some momentum from running backs Ronald Jones II (8 carries, 47 yards) and Justin Davis (12 carries, 27 yards, 2 TD’s) with Davis’ second touchdown run of the ballgame in the third quarter. Davis’ first score was a 1-yard dive over the top in the second period. OTHER COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAME SCORES, RESULTS, AND STATISTICS HOLIDAY BOWL: Boise State Broncos 55, Northern Illinois Huskies 7 HAWAI’I BOWL: SDSU Aztecs 42, Cincinnati Bearcats 7 (Donnel Pumphrey 118 all-purpose yards, 1 TD) ALAMO BOWL:TCU Horned Frogs 47, Oregon Ducks 41 (Darren Carrington II 7 catches, 107 yards, 1 TD) 2015-16 TOP LOCAL AREA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY POSITION MADISON WARHAWKS: Terrell Carter (QB); Erick Buchanan (RB); Darius Jackson (RB); Erris King (RB); Zak Kolek (RB); Perdale Owens (RB); Brandon Lewis (WR); Shaheed Madyun (WR); Marc Quinlin (WR); Elijah Thomas (WR); David Falo (OL-DL); Jojo Falo (OL-DL); Jason Cole (DE); Lee Williams (DT); Bryson Collins (LB); Donte Grady (LB); Nick Meray (LB); Sampson Niu (LB);Travis Hess Jr. (DB); Isaiah McDaniels (DB); Robert Wright (DB); Diego Ledezma (K); Jonathan Navarrete (K); KEARNY KOMETS: Takoda Browne (QB); Lerone Randle (QB); Frank Gallaway (RB);Treshaun Gray (WR); Damontae Hill (WR); Bryan Le (WR); D.J. Linton (WR); Josiah Sa’o (OL-DL);

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INTERN PLACEMENT DETAILS: • Intern Request Form Application Window: January 19 - February 16, 2016 • Internship Duration: 10 weeks • Intern Start Dates:Thur. or Fri. March 10-11, 2016 / Intern End Dates:Tues. or Wed. May 24-25, 2016 • Intern Availability: Interns are available to work either Tuesday/Thursdays or Wednesday/ Fridays, leaving Clairemont High at 12:30 PM.Travel time to internship is dependent upon location and transportation method. • Intern Weekly Hours: Ideally, interns will work 4-10 hours per week • Transportation: Students drive or take bus. (MTS transit passes provided by AOB for students in need.) •Liability:Workers’ Compensation covered by school district for all unpaid internships •Evaluation: Interns monitored weekly by instructor, evaluated by site

internship supervisor STEPS TO HOST AN INTERN: (1) Find more info about the Academy Internship Program at For Industry Partners (2) Fill out and return the online intern request form at You will be contacted shortly after with names and resumes of potential interns. (3) Attend the Intern Supervisor Orientation Friday, Feb. 26 at Clairemont High, 11:00 AM (4) Schedule Interviews or attend the Internship Interview Fair, Friday Feb. 26 at Clairemont High, from 12:30 - 3:00 PM to interview potential interns (immediately following orientation above). For more information: Elizabeth Rush, Linked Learning Academy Coordinator 858-273-0201 x2207 Clairemont High School 4150 Ute Drive, San Diego, CA 92117

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Coastal Veterinary Hospital Launches House Call Service To help pet owners in the greater San Diego area get the care their pets need while surrounded by the comforts of home, Coastal Veterinary Hospital, of Clairemont, has launched veterinary house call services. (See our ad on page 12)


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“I am so excited to have launched our mobile veterinary service because a house call visit has many benefits for pets and pet parents,” said veterinarian and business owner Laura Schultz, DVM.“With challenges ranging from hectic work and school schedules to difficulty lifting pets into a vehicle, we understand it can be troublesome for busy families, professionals, and the elderly to make a trip to the vet. As for the pets, they are much more relaxed when in their familiar surroundings.” Most veterinary services can be provided on a house call basis. When necessary and in the best interest of the pet, Coastal Veterinary Hospital’s staff will refer to local specialty hospitals, 24-hour emergency facilities, or other local animal hospitals. Coastal

Veterinary Hospital has contracted with a laboratory and a reputable online pharmacy. Most lab test results are available by the next day. Their pharmacy offers a variety of shipping options and convenient home delivery.“It is an honor to be welcomed into our clients’ homes,” said Dr. Schultz.“Many of our clients are pleasantly surprised at the scope of services we can provide during a house call appointment.” For more information about the services available on a house call basis, areas served, or convenient home delivery of your pet’s medication, food or treats, please visit the Coastal Veterinary Hospital website at or call (858) 914-1934

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CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD., 92110 (858) 581-9935 SPECIAL EVENTS Adult Book Club 2/3 6 pm Will discuss Lila by Marilynne Robinson Travelogue 2/3 6pm Learn about New Zealand in this photo travelogue Tales for Tails! 2/6 10:30am Volunteers from the San Diego Humane Society’s Pet-Assisted Therapy program help children improve their reading skills by reading to animals in a fun and relaxing environment. The animals may include guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and sometimes dogs and cats. Family Movie Night 2/17 6pm This features a first-run family movie shown in the children’s area. Contact the Clairemont Library for more information at 858-581-9935. We welcome MandoBasso 2/24 6pm The Friends of the Clairemont Library Concert Series present MandoBasso. MandoBasso features Gunnar Biggs on bass and Bill Bradbury on mandolin, performances include mainly new compositions, along with arrangements of traditional music, classical music, jazz and ragtime. All are welcome, and no sign-up is required. RECURRING EVENTS Tuesdays: Crazy 8 Math Club 5pm. Join us for an after-school program that reinforces math skills with fun games and activities. Appropriate for Grades 3-5. Tuesdays: Homework Help 6:30 pm The library offers free for students in grades K-12. Homework coaches are volunteers and no sign-up is required. Art Class for Children 2/3 4pm The class is led by Robert Gulli. For ages 6-12 Thursdays: Craft Time for Children 4pm The library offers a free and their families with our volunteer Rod. On the 1st and 3rd Thursday of

each month, at 10:30am The library presents “BabySign Storytime”, a storytime with sign language for children ages Birth-4 and their caregivers, with storyteller and sign language instructor Jennifer Duncan. On the 2nd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month, at 10:30 am The library presents Preschool Storytime with our Youth Services Librarian, Karina. Friday: Preschool Storytime 10:30am The library hosts with Miss Fran.

BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE., 92117 (858) 573-1390 SPECIAL EVENTS San Diego Public Libraries have new increased hours and are now open Saturdays from 9:00-6:00! There is much to celebrate at your library during the month of February! Visit us to see our displays commemorating our Presidents, Black History Month, Football fact and fiction books, Chinese New Year and of course Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine’s Day! Visit the Balboa Library and decorate a heart to be displayed in the Children’s area. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Little Catbird and her family friendly music! 2/12 10:30 Join us for this unique and engaging performance mixing music, acting and puppetry! Fun for the whole family! For families with children birth – 5 y/o. New Programs for Teens Teens DIY! Duct tape Roses! 2/17 3:30-4:30 “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”…even if it is made with duct tape! Visit the library and create a cool duct tape project to take home. Grades 7th -12th New Programs for Adults and Seniors Chair Yoga for Adults/Seniors 2/1 & 2/8 11:15-12 Join us for this relaxing fitness program presented by Lois Schenker. Come and bring a friend! Meets the first two Mondays of every month. Stiching with Seniors and Adults 2/2 & 2/9 1:30pm-3pm Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow adults in

a relaxed setting. Instruction may be available. Adult/Senior Games in the Afternoon 2/4 & 2/11 12-3pm We will supply the games…Chess, Scrabble, Rummikube and of course playing cards. Come and bring a friend and enjoy playing games with fellow adults and seniors at the library. Meets first two Thursdays of the month. RECURRING EVENTS Mondays: Lego Club 4-5pm We supply the Legos you supply the imagination. Can you create a Lego heart, a box of chocolates, a red Lego rose? (Libraries will be closed Monday February 15th for President’s Day) For 6th grade and younger Paws to Read! 2/9 6pm Therapy dogs provide a positive environment for children to practice reading aloud. Come and enjoy reading to our sweet therapy dogs provided by Love on a Leash. They love to listen to your stories. Kindergarten-5th grade Balboa Book Discussion Club 2/16 11:45 Join us for a lively discussion of The Joy of Fielding by Chad Harbach Wednesdays: Chapter Book Storytime with Ms. Terri 6-6:45 Ms. Terri will read terrific chapter books. For Kindergarten-2nd grade Thursday: 2/4 & 2/18 Story Craft with Ms. Remi 10am Enjoy a story and create a story based craft. Preschool-5y/o. Thursday: 2/11 & 2/25 Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer Miss Jennifer uses sign language to enhance the reading of well-loved children’s picture books and includes sing-a-longs and bubbles too! Preschool-5y/o Fridays: Wee Reads 2/5, 2/12 & 2/19 10:30am (Note a special guest, Little Catbird, will present a fun family music program on 2/12/16) Baby & toddler storytime. Come and enjoy stories, music and rhymes. Birth-5y/o with Parent/Caregiver Children’s Book Discussion 2/19 3:45-4:45 Sign up begins Tuesday February 2nd ... Join us for a lively book discussion of “The View from Saturday” by E.L.Konigsburg. Drop in & Play 2/26 10:30-11:30 Enjoy a relaxed and informal play time with your child while getting to know other families in our community. Birth – 5y/o with Parent/Caregiver Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon

1-2pm Come and make a fun craft at your library.

NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931 SPECIAL EVENTS With the generous support of the Friends of the North Clairemont Library, there are many exciting programs scheduled at this branch throughout February. We are proud to present The Bayou Brothers on Tuesday, February 2nd as a part of the First Tuesday Concert series. With a sound described as “straight out of Louisiana’s dance clubs, bayou festivals and backyard crawfish boils,” their music will help get in the mood for “Fat Tuesday.” In addition, all month long we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and Library Lover’s Month by asking you to tell us what you love about the North Clairemont Library and in return you will receive a (chocolate) kiss! All programming is provided through the generous support of the Friends of the North Clairemont Library. Please consider joining our Friends group or making a donation so that they can continue their wonderful and very necessary work. RECURRING EVENTS Mondays:Sign-A-Story Circle Time 10 am Join us for a fun performance that combines American Sign Language with songs, stories,and engaging toys and props! 2-5 years. Tuesdays: Rhythm & Rhyme for Tots 11:45am Ages 2-8 Wednesdays:Chair Yoga 11:45 am Wednesdays: Craft Time 4pm Ages 3-8 Thursdays: Tech Tutoring 2nd & 4th Thursdays 10am Fridays: AARP Tax Preperation 9:30am-4pm Walks in only, no reservations Saturdays: Hopscotch Storytime, 2nd & 4th Saturdays at 10:30 am

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Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League Celebrating 60 Years by Chris O’Connell

This is a big year for the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League (CHLL) as they prep for their 60th Opening Day on March 5th. I recently sat down with Ken Cicalo, the Information Officer for the CHLL and we talked all things Hilltoppers. MLB Hall of Fame Visitors On Saturday, February 20th The Clairemont Hilltoppers will be the host field for the Sports Authority Field Day ( A FREE one-day clinic, where players will receive on-field instruction and participate in stations focusing on a variety of skills. There is a morning session, from 9 am to noon, and an afternoon session from 1 pm to 4 pm. (Note: both sessions were just about filled, however there is a wait list, visit the above website for more details.) The highlight of the clinic is the scheduled appearances of two shortstop Hall of Famers Cal Ripken, Jr & Ozzie Smith. As Ken put it,“This will be a highlight for the kids no doubt, to listen and meet these two icons of baseball”.

Volunteers Are Welcome With a new season comes preparation and maintenance. If you love hanging around the old ball field, “volunteers are always welcome”. If you are interested in helping out at Cadman Fields the CHLL is always looking for field maintenance to prep for the season as well as throughout the season. CHLL is also recruiting for umpires and help at the snack bar.

Attention Business Owners On February 27th the CHLL will hold their annual fundraising dinner event. If you are a local business owner and would like to support your local Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League please consider donating a raffle item, gift card, Little League equipment or any raffle or prize giveaway, if you have a donation they can make it work. (I am happy to report I have begun speaking with advertisers in this paper and they have assured me they will be supportive as will the Clairemont Times.) There are also multiple sponsorship opportunities available for Field Sponsors as well as Team and League sponsorships. All donations and sponsorships are tax deductible. For more information or further details please call or email Ken Cicalo CHLL Information Officer at 619 889-9216 Be sure and visit & “Like” the CHLL Facebook Page: Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS • 2/6 Equipment Exchange: 12-3 at Cadman Fields Time to clean out the closet/garage and donate some of your used Little League equipment from years ago, used equipment is new to some players • 2/20 Sports Authority Field Day Clinic: @Cadman Fields • 2/27 Picture Day: 8am-1pm @Cadman Fields • 2/27 Annual Fundraiser Event Dinner: @Coastal Crave 6-9pm Tix are $20 and still available • 3/5 Opening Day of the 60th Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League Season: Ceremony begins at 9am • 3/12 Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League Movie Night in the Park @Cadman Fields (details to follow on their Facebook page)

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