Clairemont Times February 2018

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Linda Vista Skate Park Grand Opening by Chris O’Connell


the LV Town Council, the LV Planning Group, it worked its way downtown to then City Councilor member and now Mayor Kevin

If you have read this paper over the years, then you have seen the name Chris Limon and read about the Linda Vista Skate Park. I met Limon, a lifetime Linda Vista resident, back in 2013 when he first told me the story about a proposed skate park in Linda Vista. I marvel at the story because it came about in such a happenstance way. Chris was walking through the Linda Vista Shopping Center on the way to the store and a group of kids he’s seen grow up were skateboarding, keeping to themselves and doing tricks along the curbs in the parking lot near the Linda Vista Branch Library. In passing Limon said “you guys should ask the City for a skatepark”. Minutes later, walking back from the store a couple of the skateboarders stopped him and inquired with interest. “Are you serious”? “How do we go about asking for a skate park”? “Will you help us”? From that day forward Limon Chris Limon outside the Linda Vista Skate Park. became a Linda Vista Skate Park advocate. He advised the kids, teens and young adults to show up to a Linda Vista Faulconer and to then newly elected at the Town Council meeting. They did in mass. time District 7 Councilmember Scott Sherman. The project had momentum and the wheels The greatest, most obvious question was were in motion. The park was talked about at funding, enter Brian Schoenfisch a City of San

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“This is a world class skatepark, and it’s going to challenge skaters of all levels, like only a top-notch park can.” – San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Diego Program Manager/Long Range Planning employee in the Planning Department. Schoenfisch and other city staff researched grant money opportunities applied and received at first $3 Million from the Department of Housing and Community Development which earmarks money for parks around neighborhoods with low income housing. Also, early on in the process, professional skateboarder, Tony Hawk and his Tony Hawk Foundation became involved by donating $40,000 as startup/seed money. The City was then awarded an additional $1.4 million, which was used to build the newly opened City Heights Skate Park. The LVSP is, at this time, the 2nd largest skate park in California, at 35,000 square feet, and 4th largest in the country. According to California Skate Parks, the builder of LVSP, the park has a massive street plaza, a snaking ditch run, a flow bowl, a backyard bowl as well as the signature full-pipe. Unlike most skate parks which are closed off and to the side of a property, LVSP has a signature bridge which spans the length of the park across the southern end. The bridge design was quite specific and intentional to be open because of the fact this SEE Linda Vista Skate Park, page 6

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Greetings All, Happy February, I hope you enjoy this edition. I wanted to mention off the bat if you are interested in learning more about what is happening throughout the month after the paper has printed and hit the streets check out also sign up for the Newsletter which we are working on. Quite honestly, I am not a big fan of spam mail so I am trying to gauge how often to send it out. Regardless, there are ample opportunities on the website to sign up on the homepage as well as at the end of every post. I want to keep people informed but not inundate. A lot of what I hope you will find is some cool information in this edition. A skatepark of course which you saw on page 1. I was out and about last month checking out some construction sites on the west part of town and up north in UTC. I just received word that a new pop warner football league is starting up soon, see the pages ahead. Speaking of sports, we all survived without an NFL team no bad right?? There is a pretty big event coming up in Clairemont for the local Boy Scout troop events like this are always fun for the kids and also a cool learning experience for adults as well so hopefully you will head out to their event to support them. Bill Swank tracked down another

old really cool historical story this time a little west of the 5 all you aviation folks might enjoy. My old pal Kevin Casillo makes a triumphant return to the newspaper as a few years back he had fun Travel column in this paper (his past travel pieces can still be read on the website). Look for more of his new travel pieces sprinkled throughout 2018. The library page I am telling you, the community is fortunate to have 3 local branches. I know all three librarians and they work their butts off for the community through unique events & goings on so go check out a branch or all 3! Last but not least I want to dedicate this edition to my 88 year old Mom back East who reads the paper every month either on her iPad or computer. She had a bit of a setback last month, but life is about rising up and conquering. Mom get well soon, we’re praying for you!! Enjoy this edition folks and as always, please support the businesses that advertise in this paper without them there would be no paper. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call or email (858) 752-9779

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Community Meetings Open to the Public (Locations & Times Subject to Change)

Clairemont Town Council 2/1/18 (1st Thursday) 6:30pm Clairemont High School 4150 Ute Dr. 92117 Clairemont Community Planning Group 2/20/18 (3rd Tuesday) 6:30pm Alcott Elementary 4680 Hidalgo Ave. 92117 Linda Vista Town Council 2/15/18 (3rd Thursday) 6pm Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls Dr.92111 Linda Vista Planning Group 2/26/18 (4th Monday) 5:30pm Linda Vista Library 2160 Ulric St. 92111

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Merit Badge Day for Boy Scout Troop & Venture Crew Open Invitation to the Community

Remarks are scheduled for 8:30am on Saturday Feb 10,2018. We will have local elected officials in attendance and

by Sheila Bishop

Clairemont’s Boy Scout Troop 260 and Venture Crew 9999 are at it again. We are hosting a Merit Badge Day on February 10, 2018 at CPMA Middle School. A Merit Badge Day is where over 300 Boy Scouts from all over San Diego and Members of Clairemont Boy Scout Troop 260 presenting the United States Flag and State of California Flag prior to Imperial Valley come (photos courtesy of Clairemont Boy Scout Troop 260) being raised. together to earn one of over 50 merit badges that are required for rank advancement and providing remarks to all of the Boy provide great learning opportunities for Scouts, Venture Scouts, and their scouts.Topics include First Aid, families. We will also have Journalism, Citizenship in the representatives from Feeding America Community, Plumbing, and Nuclear and the San Diego Blood Bank. More Science. information and details can be found at This year we are turning this scouting event into a community Scout Troop 260 is known at various scouting and community events as the one who brings the Monkey Bridge made of logs and rope that always has a line of kids walking across it. Venture Crew 9999 is the main Crew that runs the Youth Aquatic Center on Camp Fiesta Island. This event also raises money to support the programs at Camp Fiesta Island and the Troop events for Troop 260 like summer camps, Eagle projects, and other community service events. Members of Troop 260 We are encouraging the community to come on down, bring some non-perishable food for Feeding service event - because that’s what America, donate some blood for San Scouts do. We have partnered with Diego Blood Bank, grab a coffee from three awesome charities to help as the snack bar for Better World Inc. many people as possible on a one-day Spend an hour - Help a lot! event. Partners are: Feeding America, the Sheila Bishop San Diego Blood Bank, and Better World Troop 260 Committee Member Inc. The Flag Ceremony and Opening

Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

Welcome February ... a busy month with Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, George and Abe’s birthdays and the Clairemont Woman’s Club 64th year of serving the community. There will be a luncheon for members to celebrate our birthday. You may ask how we serve our community. We give scholarships to Madison and Clairemont High Schools. We support Meals on Wheels, the Storefront for homeless kids, Boxtops for Education to local schools, Cleveland National Forest in our own “backyard”, local agencies to help those in need and with major fundraisers that have supported the Boys and Girls Club here in Clairemont, the Salvation Army Camperships, ARTS, Warrior Foundation - Freedom Station to name a few. Warrior Foundation - Freedom Station, right here in San Diego, will again be the focus of our major fundraiser at the Butcher Shop on

Saturday, April 21. There will be a luncheon, Fashions by Chicos, door prizes and basket raffles. Mark this on your calendar as a worthwhile activity to support and have an enjoyable afternoon (see the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station on page 19) More information to follow. In January, Karen Scanlon spoke to us about a small airport whose runway was where Clairemont Drive is today. It was illustrated with pictures from almost 70 years ago ... very barren ... but became as we know it today, with schools, parks, churches and residential areas. Our book club discussed 7 Years in Tibet. Join us at our March 7th meeting at the Balboa Community Church. Look for our article in the March issue of the Clairemont Times to learn more. Thanks for reading about us. For more information about CWC, visit our websites at or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 or Evelyn at (858) 279-4367.

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Madison High School Students Spread Holiday Cheer at Brookdale

by Bill Cunningham, Madison High School

Prior to Holiday Break in December The Warhawks Dream Team, Service Club and School Choir spent an afternoon at Brookdale Assisted Living

Facility a block off from Madison High School. The pupils sat and talked with the residents where they all had lunch together and after the students entertained by singing holiday carols.

Update from Stephen Watts Kearny High School by Laura Farrar

At the end of January, the population of Kearny High School shrinks as we bid adieu to our seniors. Why? you ask. Isn’t graduation in June? Yes, Kearny’s graduation ceremony is June 12, but almost all of Kearny’s seniors finish their coursework halfway through the year at the end of January. Kearny is on a “4 x 4” schedule, meaning that students take four classes per semester, for a total of eight classes a year. Due to this accelerated pace, most seniors have earned the necessary credits for graduation after the first semester of

their senior year. Kearny teachers help them apply for Mesa College so they can get a head start on college coursework in the spring semester of their senior year. Due to Kearny’s unique relationship with Mesa College, many Kearny students have Early grad seniors Gemma Samoy and Nancy Thai works on a dissection in Jennifer Ogo’s Biomedical Interventions class at Kearny’s School of Science, Connections & Technology (SCT).

already had the chance to take Mesa College courses either at Mesa or on the Kearny campus as sophomores and juniors. According to senior Norwin Montesa,“When you early grad, you have more time to think about your future, rather than just having a few months to think about college or what you want to do. I can start at Mesa and learn to be better prepared for life in the real world.”

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Mission Bay Dredging Project Begins Dredging Will Improve Boating Safety throughout the Bay and Replenish Shrinking Beaches One of San Diego’s most recognizable and popular destinations for residents and tourists is undergoing much-needed maintenance. Last month,

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Vacation Island. To mitigate potential impacts to marine wildlife, up to 70 acres of eelgrass will be replanted in various locations using a team of scuba divers. This eelgrass replacement will be the largest one of its kind on the west coast. “This project is very complex, and our staff has worked very hard to prepare for this work, so the engineering aspects are going to be impressive and interesting to watch,” said James Nagelvoort, Director of the City’s Public Works Department. The project will dredge approximately 64 acres within Mission Bay, resulting in an estimated 122,000 cubic yards (CY) to 220,850 CY of dredged material. All of the dredged material will be reused, but the trash and other unusable materials will be removed and disposed. During the work, sections of Mission Bay and certain beaches will be closed. The public is encouraged to keep a safe distance from construction equipment on the bay and beaches at all times. The work is anticipated to be completed this October. For more information about the project, visit


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OFF ACCESSORIES T-Mobile Bay Park 3089 Clairemont Dr., San Diego, CA 92117 619.684.5281 we don’t have a baseball league there is no soccer league this skatepark is Continued from page 1 the answer. This park represents something fun “This is a one of a kind state of the art, and productive for the neighborhood, not just our professional grade skatepark that I see local kids, but for bringing people from around the skateboarders from all over country to come see this skatepark, and all ages … healthy, clean skate this skatepark and not only that fun.” spend their money here in Linda Vista.” Congratulations to Chris – San Diego City Councilmember Scott Sherman Limon, the Linda Vista Community and the City of is first and foremost a City of San Diego park, which “To the people of Linda Vista, and to the now a portion has been kids who are going to be using this dedicated to a world class park… this is yours. This is something skatepark. very special this is world class, take care When I saw Chris Limon of it, make sure everybody else takes on January 16th at the care of it. Respect it because this is going official grand opening he to put Linda Vista on the map.” was beaming from ear to – Councilmember Sherman just prior to ear. “We did it”, he Mayor Faulconer “officially” opening the LVSP exclaimed,“all because of a simple conversation with some kids, this is going to give the kids from Linda Vista something to do, San Diego for an epic addition to the

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The Chapman Team Chatter by Bobbie Chapman

As the Chapman Team are not accounts the following is only our understanding of the new tax laws that took effect the 1st of January changing how much we can deduct for interest on a home mortgage, home equity loan and real estate taxes. The real estate property tax exemption is capped at $10,000. If the real estate property tax is $10,000 or over the interest on a home equity loan or state tax payments are no longer deductible. For some homeowners that is a big change. Another change is the date of the mortgage issued and amount of mortgage interest that can be deducted. If the mortgage was received BEFORE December 17, 2017 interest can be deducted up to a

$1,000,000 mortgage. If the mortgage was received AFTER the 17th of December 2017 the interest is capped on a mortgage of $750,000 on a home. The tax deduction for interest on home equity loans and lines of credit has been eliminated. It is my understanding there are other items in the law that will offset the changes to the Homeowner deductions. For more clarification, please contact an accountant. The mortgage rates for a 30-year fixed conforming real estate loan has averaged 4.125% and 15-year rate at 3.50%. For your real estate questions, please call Diana at (858) 344-3358 or Bobbie at (619) 208-9430. Thank you so much for your continued support and business. and be on the region. I would encourage watch for some news where we sit down with everyone to go over and check it Chris and others on our new upcoming out, stroll through the park hang podcast. out on the bridge and admire this iconic skate park. “What you see today is a real statement of The Linda community, this community came together, a Vista Skate community that from top to bottom was Park is located in the dedicated to see that it was done for the kids, LV and created not just another skatepark for San Community Diego, but San Diego’s crown jewel skate park Park on Ulric and Southern California’s premier skate park St & Levant and something that is going to shine throughout St. off Linda the world. In all the parks that we have built, Vista Rd there is nothing as stunning, as amazing and as and/or beautiful as this park and we are certainly Genesee Ave. For more photographs, visit

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Mission Bay. They made an airport out of nothing,” she Squaremont began.“In 1947, the city condemned the airport and By Bill Swank planned to dredge and develop Mission Bay. That took forever.” “My parents often talked about the flood in 1937. Mr. Warfield had a nearby hog farm and his pigs were floating Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista around the airport during the Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, with East Clairemont off in the distance. flood. My dad had a hard time keeping them from climbing on Photos by Bill Swank the planes. Mr. Warfield was an uncle of Wallis Simpson who married the King of England.” “My dad was taught to fly by the great Tex Rankin. He also learned to be an airplane mechanic. As a young girl, it Dolores Kott was born with seemed my father could make aviation fuel in her veins. Her father, anything. My brother Roland Arnold Peik (pronounced as Pike), a took after him that way.” barnstorming pilot and flight “He would take me up once headline: “Peik, Aviator, Lands 500 LB. instructor from Wisconsin, opened in a while to cruise around and Newspaper Swordfish” (photo courtesy Dolores Kott) Peik Airport on the southeast corner look at Mission Bay,” she said. of the Mission Bay mudflats in 1935. “He always said he could teach Today, the 2,600’ runway at Peik people who couldn’t speak would have extended west onto Fiesta English to fly if they only Island. Back in the 1930s, this site was understood four words: up, down, left and right.” “My dad traded a plane to a carpenter and they built our 18’x24’ knotty pine house at the airport. They later added a screened-in porch. I loved it.” “The Army took over during the Peik Airport Hanger, Mission Bay war. They used barrage Peik Airport is not to be confused balloons as part of the with San Diego Airpark and its costal defense and built 2,700-foot runway which opened barracks at the airport. shortly after World War II, closed in The soldiers were nice 1951 and became Clairemont Drive. to me. Once I Dolores Kott with picture of her older brother, Leander, holding an Surprisingly little is known about the wandered into one of airplane propeller and family friend, P.C. McCowan, wears a Peik’s history of this airstrip. Airport t-shirt and holds panoramic picture of Peik’s Airport their poker games late Dolores continued,“I (photo by Bill Swank) at night. They were remember Howard glad it was me and not Hughes flew in late one their commanding officer.” Dolores night. He had a a dump that required massive effort to continued,“I remember going up with twin-engine Cessna. My make it suitable for living and for my father when he would drop parents knew him from flying. parachutes to test them. It was fun to Yuma. They said he was Dolores explained her connection watch them drift down to earth.” just like any other pilot. I to the world of flight.“My brother, The Civil Aeronautics mainly remember the Leander, was born in 1927 when Administration maintained three tall bright lights.” Lindbergh flew solo across the radio towers beside the airport, but “There were a lot of Atlantic. I was born in 1937, the year Dolores doesn’t remember their plane crashes when I of the Hindenburg Disaster. Amelia function.“They kept the weeds was young and people Earhart was lost at sea that year. My cleaned away and we were told to stay often walked away from parents knew her. My youngest away from the towers,” she said. them.” brother, Roland, was born in 1940 “After the war, my dad leased the when the Royal Air Force defeated the airport to Mr. Cooper and Mr. Nance German Luftwaffe during the Battle of and they operated the San Diego Northwest aerial view of Peik’s Britain. When I was young, everything Flight Academy into the 1950s. The Airport, Mission Bay, Pacific in my family seemed to be related to Beach and Pacific Ocean with city finally closed the airport in ‘57 U.S. Highway 101 on the aviation.” when development of Mission Bay diagonal “My parents were really squatters at Park began.”

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“My dad would dress up as Santa Claus at Christmas and fly around low in an open cockpit waving at people.” Both of her brothers are deceased, leaving Dolores as the sole survivor of Peik Airport. She has an unlikely memory of her father’s airfield. “My main memory of the airport may be that my dad and his friend built a 48’ fishing boat there. He named the boat, Lydia, after my mother. The boat became part of the H&M sport fishing fleet, but he never made any money from fishing.” Arnold Peik aimed high. He was always thinking of new ways to make a buck, but the old barnstormer never became a “high-flying” tycoon. Time and the tides washed away his footprint in the mud of Mission Bay, but Peik was undeniably a colorful man... an enterprising man... and a man unafraid to take a chance. His dreams of success were always bigger than his fear of failure.

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Some Estate Planning Reminders by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

To avoid probate, be sure your home and any other real estate you own is in your trust (not will), or in joint tenancy with your spouse, or will pass when you die under a “revocable transfer on death deed” recorded with the county recorder. Probate is very expensive and takes about a year to conclude, before your beneficiaries/ heirs will receive anything Also, to avoid probate, be sure that your bank and brokerage accounts are in your trust, or that you have designated beneficiaries to receive your accounts when you die. If you have not done so, these accounts, plus any California real estate you have and any other personal property you own—exceeding $150,000—will require probate. To give your intended beneficiaries who are to receive your IRA’s, 401(k) accounts, any other types of your retirement accounts, and annuities, maximum potential income tax benefits, designate individual persons—not your trust—as the direct beneficiaries of each such account. Also, check with the custodian (or your broker therefor) of any such account to be sure that you (or the custodian) have not left out a desired

beneficiary. If you have created a trust to pass on your property, be sure you have transferred into it the property you had intended to transfer into it. This means that as to properties which have legal titles (such as real estate, bank, and brokerage accounts), the title itself must be transferred into your trust. It is not enough just to list such property on a “Schedule of Trust Property,” as this merely indicates your intent and does not constitute the transfer itself. If you never create a trust or a will, your property (with some exceptions) will pass to your closest heirs by the laws of “intestate succession.” The result: you may have wished some person who is not your heir to receive your property, but under this law, he or she will never receive it! The above “Reminders” are generalizations only and are not to be taken as legal advice for the reader’s particular situation. Richard F. McEntyre is a lawyer practicing law in the areas of estate planning and administration, having served the San Diego community as a lawyer for over 40 years. House calls are available. Dick’s office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279),

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CEQA Hearing for Regents Road Bridge Commentary by Louis Rodolico – Updated January 25, 2018

On January 11, 2018 the San Diego Attorney’s Office and the Citizens For The Regents Road Bridge (CFTRRB) were heard by a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Judge, the Honorable Katherine Bacal, to argue the fate of the Regents Road Bridge. There were about 20 people in the audience. The City Attorney for San Diego attempted to bankrupt The Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge (CFTRRB) with a legal sleight of hand. The City Attorney now contends that the

all agencies of the state government which regulate activities of private individuals, corporations, and public agencies which are found to affect the quality of the environment, shall regulate such activities so that major consideration is given to preventing environmental damage, while providing a decent home and satisfying living environment for every Californian”. The “E” in CEQA is for Environmental which includes all things that impact humans like emergency service times. The City Attorney and others opposed to the bridge conflated; Environmental with Conservation, pushing the logic that

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Environmental Impact Report (EIR) the city filed was never required to remove the Regents Road Bridge from the Community Plan. Filings Link pdf page 106 line 12 “Therein lies the basic flaw fatal to Petitioner’s (CFTRRB) lawsuit: the City’s decision to remove the roadway improvements from the Community Plan is not a “project” subject to CEQA because the “Project” (the Amendment) will not result in a physical change to the existing environment”. On the contrary, CEQA requires an EIR for any change to a Community Plan. EIR pdf page 2 Environmental Determinations. The EIR also contains numerous intersection improvements intended, in some small measure, to correct for the bridge not being built. Are these improvements not projects as well? Investments in cities are made based on the completion of planned items. How can a municipality extract Development Impact Fees and guide development based on improvements that will never occur? Will the city of San Diego continue to break promises, bankrupt some businesses while favoring others? CEQA Statute Chapter 1-21000(g) “It is the intent of the Legislature that

not building the bridge would be an act of Conservation. An EIR protects humans and the needs of humans cannot be set aside. The City Attorney was in effect saying “oops” we were only kidding about the need for an EIR, sorry about that. In an attempt to bankrupt CFTRRB the City Attorney sent the community and CFTRRB down an expensive, time consuming CEQA rabbit hole only to declare in the end that an EIR was unnecessary. Did the city provide a 570 page Draft PEIR and 1050 page EIR as a strategy of obfuscation? The city’s response begins with the Filings link on pdf page 101. The city claims that they should not be punished for providing a document that was there only to inform the public. Filings pdf page 3 line 10 covers the cities filing for the EIR. But in its EIR filing, the city left out a lot of information that the public had asked for and an EIR required. For example, there is no information on how not building the bridge affects ambulance and fire service times. How would the additional time it takes for an ambulance to get to a house and then get to an emergency room affect death and injury rates? The city has all the

records to give us the death rates, why the secrecy? Is this what motivated the city put a muzzle on public safety officials during the council hearing? What about delays with fire trucks, the loss of life and property? What about the increased mortality rate for emergency personnel due to the additional distances and stress via uncompleted roads? What about the reduction in the number of exits out of the community in a conflagration? What about the touted Climate Action Plan, why is the city removing bike and pedestrian routes, why have automobiles idling unnecessarily in University during rush hour because only one of the three main roads in South UC have been completed? What about all the un-mitigatable items in the EIR Executive Summary? See PDF page 508 in the EIR The purpose of the CEQA hearing was to determine if the EIR was complete and honest. The city now says CEQA does not apply and if the judge agrees the city will have found a path of litigation that can ignore public comment and public safety at all levels of legislative and judicial review. Judge Bacal will have to determine if an EIR is required when removing something from a community plan. If an EIR is required the judge will schedule an additional hearing. If the judge rules an EIR is not required, this

would set a new legal precedent and would have ramifications throughout California. Investors and developers could no longer rely on cities building the infrastructure they promised and collected fees for. The Judge could also rule that the city would have to pay CFTRRB their legal fees since the city now claims that filing an EIR was unnecessary. It is uncertain when these rulings will become public. Louis Rodolico has been a University resident since 2001

When reviewing these documents it is important to understand that “The Project” is the Removal of the Regents Road Bridge and Widening of Genesee. Having “The Project” as the removal of something from the plan has been confusing. Links: CEQA California Environmental Quality Act EIR Environmental Impact Report p_amendment_final_peir.pdf Filings (To Tentative Ruling) Citizens For The Regents Road Bridge & City of San Diego Filings Planning Commission Oct 27th Audio Only 1:14:25 Times “The quicker we can get there the better off the patient will be” “Bridge improves response times 30 seconds” view_id=8&clip_id=6816

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LoloLovesFilms This Month:

Paddington 2 by Lolo & Big J

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When the original “Paddington” came out in 2015, we will admit, we weren’t really looking forward to it. We thought it would be silly and dumb, judging by the trailer. It completely surprised us and it wound up being one of our favorite films of that year. So when a trailer for “Paddington 2” popped up a few months back, we were much more excited to see it, but since we were expecting a good movie, would it live up to its predecessor? “Paddington 2” is directed by Paul King, who helmed the original “Paddington.” Also returning is (almost) the entire original cast including Sally Hawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Samuel Josling, and Madeline Harris as the member of the Brown family, Julie Walters as Mrs. Byrd, and of course, Ben Whishaw as the voice of the titular Paddington. New to the cast is Hugh Grant as has-been actor Phoenix Buchanan. Another welcomed addition is Brendan Gleeson as rough and tough prison cook Knuckles McGinty. This sequel sees Paddington looking for the perfect gift to send to his Aunt Lucy for her birthday. He thinks he has found it in an old popup book of London. When Paddington is falsely accused of stealing the book from Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, he is sentenced to 10 years in prison for grand larceny. Now, the Brown family must try to prove Paddington’s innocence on the outside while Paddington must survive in prison, where his cheery disposition may not be so welcome. Both Paddington as a character and “Paddington 2” as a film are endlessly charming and will bring joy to anyone who encounters with them. You would have to have a sinister, cold as ice soul and a hatred of all happy things to dislike Paddington. In many ways, this has a lot of the standard family film fare. It has its fair share of slapstick humor, though it rarely, if ever resorts to low-brow toilet humor for a cheap laugh. Sure, Paddington rides on the back of a giant dog, drops buckets of water onto his head, and gets carried away by a goose, which kids will love, but it also has loads of witty, smart humor for adults to enjoy as well. Visually, the film is gorgeous to look at. It has a whimsical, vibrant, pleasant aesthetic that will make you awe in its delight. We see shades of Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel,”Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” as well as other impressive, wonderful

techniques from other directors combined beautifully into one cohesive look. Just because a movie looks cool doesn’t always mean everything else works out. Luckily, everything else about “Paddington 2” matches its glorious visuals. The acting is incredible. Mrs. Brown is such a gentle character, and there is no better actor to portray a person like this than Sally Hawkins. She maintains the same loving, quirky, head-in-the-clouds personality from the first installment, but now, she seems like an even bigger dreamer who strives for more adventure. Hugh Bonneville cares for Paddington much more in this installment than the last, and it’s fun to see him embrace the little brown bear we’ve come to love into his family. Both Brendan Gleeson and Hugh Grant are fantastic new additions to the series. They each give stellar, amusing, entertaining and fun

performances. Paddington himself is such a good-natured, likable bear who never fails to see the good in people, even if they have sinister intentions. Ben Whishaw has the perfect voice to bring this sweet, lovable character to life. We want to feel the way we felt when we watched “Paddington 2” all the time. It’s a movie that will make your face hurt from smiling too much. At the same time, it has several touching moments that may even bring a tear to your eye. This is the perfect film for the whole family. We highly recommend you go see it. It’s the perfect movie we need right now. Our rating: 5/5. “Paddington 2” is rated PG for mild crude humor. Visit our blog at for more reviews, and follow us @lololovesfilms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for extra content! For inquiries or comments, please email:

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Beers by the Bay Half Door Brewing – Heirloom Style by Brian Riehm

Half Door Brewing is a throwback to two different eras. Housed in a turn-of-the-century, 4000 square foot duplex, Half Door harkens to an era when a village pub brewed their own beer and was the center of cultural life in Irish villages, according to the Half Door website. The rambling pub

Dan Drayne Jr. at the Half Door entrance.

has bars and table, seating upstairs and down, as well as Charleston style patio seating where you can see the Petco Park outfield, two blocks away from their 903 Island Ave location. In addition, to the 16 beers on tap, there are hearty Irish pub items on the menu, brunch on weekends, and cocktails on offer. I visited the Half Door family operation just before their third anniversary and talked to Dan Drayne Jr., brewmaster, and sampled beers offered by his sister Claire. The Drayne’s came from Ireland when Dan Jr. was 8. The family’s first business venture was The Field, an authentic Irish Pub on 5th Ave. Drayne learned the brewing trade working at the Coronado Brewing brewpub on Orange Ave, where he was given the opportunity to experiment with many styles. I asked Dan if he was still in the business of never making two beers exactly the same. He is well known for constantly tweaking his recipes,

aiming for perfection. He replied that he is aiming for more consistency in his mainstay IPAs, especially during the busier part of the year, the summer, as Half Door is a popular pregame stop for Padres fans. However, he is also still experimenting. For example, Persistent Failure Double IPA was still being tweaked to increase the alcohol content. Also, Half Door has over 80 unique beers listed on Untappd. Drayne is also attentive to the effects of the water supply on the quality of his beer. During drought years, more of the city water comes from the Colorado River, increasing hardness and alkalinity. He compensates by adding water from the brewery’s reverse osmosis unit and making other adjustments. Drayne is also known for his hazy IPAs, currently a popular style. He said that he wasn’t so much interested in hazy or not hazy, but in the way in which hop oils undergo biotransformation by the yeast to produce new flavors. He believes the yeasts used for hazy IPAs are more apt to produce this effect. According to Peter Wolfe’s thesis, this is a relatively new area of inquiry in beer science. Drayne summed up the theme of his work as trying to keep a varied line up that was well rounded and tuned to the season. With 16 beers in rotation from a 10 barrel system, that is a challenge. For their third anniversary in February, they will introduce a new triple IPA, with alcohol content yet to be determined. Being a brewpub, Half Door has its own kitchen. I ate twice there, once for brunch and once with the beer-tasting. The brunch menu featured mimosas and substantial Irish breakfasts; I had the Irish hash with sausage and rashers. The sausage flatbread that accompanied my beers was solid as well. Of course, what would a brewery review without a review of the beer? My favorite and first beer sampled with brunch was the Young Danny Boy ESB. Eponymous of the brewer perhaps? It had a perfect blend of nutty maltiness, some fruity esters, and hopped bittering. It was a great example of one of my favorite styles. Father Ted, named after the Irish Sitcom, is a refreshing Belgian Blonde that tastes similar to a Saison, but brighter, with a little hint of lemon and clove. Dad Bod Brown Ale, named after another British Isles Sitcom, had mysterious hints of bitter chocolate usually reserved for stouts, but which worked very well. The aforementioned Persistent Failure is a hazy IPA filled with tropical pineapple while retaining its IPA character. The haziness gave it a pillowy mouth feel for an overall excellent experience. Northeast IPA was less hazy and more in the traditional West Coast IPA mold, with more of a hint of passion fruit. HypeMachine IPA was brewed with

only Pacifica hops; it came across very juicy with strong grapefruit notes. I moved away from these unique stylings to a traditional West Coast IPA, with House of Hops, which was nicely carbonated with good citrus bitterness. Coleman’s Stout is a good example of a dry Irish Stout with a coffee roasted flavor from the barley which dominated the flavor. I finished with another favorite, Half Door Tripel, boasting spicy, banana notes and a

strong malty finish. This high alcohol content brew was a great way to end the tasting. Half Door has a traditional feel, even if only three years old. It’s a great place to meet up downtown for drinks and a bite, especially if you are going to walk to the ballgame after. Brian Riehm is a long-time Clairemont resident and follower of the local craft beer scene. You can keep up with all his beer reviews by following @BrianRiehm on Twitter and reading his blog (

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Venice by Kevin Casillo

Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage site and its lagoon are situated in the Veneto Region of Northeast Italy. Founded in the 5th century AD and spread over 118 small islands is one of the most spectacular Italian destinations. We must not be alone in our opinion as last year Venice saw 30.5 Million tourists sail in on over 450 cruise ships, with 12.2 million additional tourists coming in by air. So, if you’re as fortunate as we were to visit this spectacular city, be patient. And in the unlikelihood you should run into a crusty local, just imagine how you might react to over 30 million tourists crammed onto a small section of Genesee with maps in hand landing at Bridge of Sighs your front door all day long every day asking for directions to the nearest bus. (Exactly) So if you’re like me and watched in complete awe Roger Moore (the only Bond) bring his character in Moonraker to life as he begins to enjoy his leisurely ride down the canal, or at least until the funeral barge floats by to reveal the corpse is anything but dead. But alas, the poor Gondolier takes the strike. And for the record, only in Hollywood film can speed boat race down any channel. But that’s another story. As most of you know we do our own research on where to stay and things to do when visiting any city. Venice was no different, but the challenges were many.The options are

as deep (or shallow) as your pocket and own personal taste. We found the perfect accommodation in the 15th century Cima Rosa, located on the Grand Canal. Tucked between a private courtyard and the Grand Canal in the tranquil Santa Croce neighborhood, Cima View from San Marco Campanile Rosa is more than we could have hoped for because it was not along the canals, and we highly recommend staying with half the price and better for the fact we them on your visit. got to meet the locals. Everything Venice has to offer is We often heard that MURANO is a only minutes away by foot or water must see. Well, we went, can you say taxi. Most of you know I always suggest Tourist Trap? BURANO is along the way you get off the beaten path and find your own way, don’t just follow the masses. But in Venice, that becomes a bit difficult if you are not willing to think outside the box and step into that empty canal and cross any of the 400 bridges that Rialto Bridge connect Venice.The most famous is the “Bridge of Sighs”. and for us was a much better stop, This is the bridge picturesque canals lined with brightly convicted thieves colored homes and shops with much and criminals less “pressure” to buy trinkets and one would see as their of those so called one of a kind glass last view of Venice horses (made by the millions) for the and “sigh” as they would catch their last massive amounts of tourists. Don’t be view of the city. fooled, I too fell for the trap. I bought a Venice has many hidden Gems but “one of a kind”Venetian mask that was, like with any tourist city has its tourist well slightly larger than an adult torso traps as well. Against our own advice and had to we stopped for dinner at one the be shipped restaurants along the canal just near the then framed Rialto Bridge.The view was spectacular, and well it the food was less appealing and the ended up service was, well practically costing a nonexistent. Our best meal was in small “Campo San Giacomo dall’Orio”, the ransom. So square and nearby streets are home to you see, casual eateries serving global cuisine. even a Here we found locals eating, drinking seasoned coffee at street cafes and the only traveler can language heard was Italian. It was just get caught what we were looking for. And Grand Canal in the

moment. There are many sites to see in Venice, St. Mark’s Square. But don’t simply go to the square, take part in being in Venice. Here you can sit at the Café Florian enjoy a coffee or a glass of champagne while listening to a live concert, share a plate of fresh fruit and cheese and people watch. When you’ve finished your champagne pay the small fee to enter the San Marco Bell Tower.The view from here (324 feet) is breathtaking. Please note, the FIVE huge bells will ring while you’re standing under them so perhaps after the champagne is best? When you consider the tower began construction in the year 887 you can hopefully have a better appreciation of how it was built on what was once marshland. I can write this small piece on Venice but no matter what I or anyone writes it will not be enough or do it justice. To capture the magic of Venice you need to visit on your own. All I can do is help start the want within and hopefully you will travel to your dream destination. In today’s world and at this writing, we must all realize we are of one and the village is smaller than you think. Open your hearts, your home and eyes. Once you do this, the world will become united, not divided. Kala Taxidia!

The Clairemont Times • February 2018 • 15 Kim Cares Tech Tips

Recognizing Email PHISHING Scams The Scam “I” Almost Fell For! by Kim Schultz

Recently I received a very convincing email from Apple alerting me of a $107 charge for their Music Subscription Service. It said “IF” the charge was Incorrect to “File a Report” by clicking a box below. Running late, but upset by it, I proceeded. Why? I didn’t notice the email address was incorrect for my Apple account. It seemed plausible because I recently signed up for a trial music subscription. What did they ask? The two-page form asked for tons of personal info; even my Social Security number! By the second page, I realized I was the target of a Phishing scam!

What did I do? I DID NOT press Send! Backed out, deleting ALL entered info. Closed my Email, and then my Browser. I called Apple support - 800-692-7753 and then forwarded the email to their Fraud Dept. Protect Yourself NO Bank, Credit Card, Store, or Government Agency, (ie. Postal Service, or IRS) will EVER request your personal info. If you are concerned, call or log in to the company website. If the sender’s full email address is not visible, you can reveal by clicking next to it or hovering over. Report. Mark email as Spam. Recheck and/or update your “Email” Security Settings. Lastly ... Avoid action when: Tired, Stressed or Hurried. (For more info, see page. 5) Smiles, and Safe Emailing, Kim Schultz

Is it Possible to have a Greener Valentine’s Day?

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by Susan Lewitt

personalize each one. Just allow enough room for the ‘to and from’ What would make an Earth friendly, part. enjoyable Valentine’s day? Do you lose Cooking your own organic, locally anything? Valentine’s Day can be grown meal, and serving it with an pleasurable and sustainable. Doing so organic wine or other organic shows you care. beverage, would show you care. If you To start, if you purchased a don’t want to cook, but still want a commercial card it would express sustainable Valentine’s meal, how about a vegan restaurant such as Native Food’s or Loving Hut? If you like to give chocolates, please choose sustainably sourced, fair traded, non-GMO organic confections. Instead of bringing flowers, you might consider starting a small Examples of homemade greeting cards on recycled paper native flower garden or just give one beautiful someone else’s sentiments. Instead, potted plant or tree to put in the use recycled paper to create your own ground as a couple’s project. For those card with your own charming literary who feel creative, flowers made by creations and artwork. If you don’t feel cutting, tearing or folding paper, can creative, how about using have lasting beauty. copy-right-free internet images and Essential oils would be a nice quotes to make a card expressing your alternative to the usual perfume sentiments. loaded with chemicals. Essential oils For their classroom celebration, come in many fragrances and can be school children could make their own used in making body care items and individual cards from recycled paper cosmetics. and personalize each one. They could There are many ways to show you make one for each classmate, or do a care on Valentine’s Day by being few originals to be copied to have sustainable. Please try these and other enough to give to everyone. After suggestions. copying the cards, they could Happy Valentine’s Day!

Clairemont Youth Win Art Awards by Judy Edelblute

Zachary Banner of Clairemont won the second-place award in the Photo division of the 3rd annual Youth Photo and Digital Art Show at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 3502 Clairemont Drive. His photo was a colorful composite of 5 exposures of a slot canyon near Page, Arizona. The first-place photo winner was Ethan Elisara, Julian. Other photo entries include Diana and Gabriella DiProfio, Clairemont. Winners in Digital Art from Marston Middle School include first place, Laura Bauers, grade 8 and fourth

place, Milla Franz, grade 7. The other winners are from Millennial Tech Middle School in southeast San Diego. They are second place, Samuel Pinzon, grade 7; third place, Ezekial Jimenez and Brandon Chandaerath, grade 8; fifth place Sandra Roman and Mahalani England, grade 7; and sixth place, Anthony Jenkins, grade 7. The show will be open for free public viewing 1-5pm on February 3. To see the show outside these hours, call the church office, 858-273-1480 or Judy Edelblute, Coordinator of Church Art Shows at 858-278-0255 or

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FEBRUARY LIBRARY EVENTS NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931 Memoir 101: How to Write Your Life Have you ever wanted to find a way to take some of your best memories and turn them into stories? Join us for the fun, interactive workshop beginning February 7 at 1:00 p.m. Call or stop by to sign up. ESL Conversation Club If you are looking for a relaxed environment to practice your English language skills, please consider joining us on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. beginning February 9. Peter Rabbit Party Children get ready to celebrate a traditional story and a new movie with games, food, crafting and fun on Wednesday, February 7 at 4:00 p.m. Ellie Lamson Band The Second Tuesday Concert Series Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 p.m. Join us for this popular program featuring local professional musicians at no cost to you. The NC Book Club Meets at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 27 and will discuss The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield Copies are available now at the front desk. Please ask us for your copy. The Book Sale Is Saturday, February 10. Come purchase a goodie or two as a gift for your sweetheart and know that your purchases support this library branch and The Friends of the North Clairemont Library. Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include Wednesdays: Memoir 101: How to Write Your Life 2/7-3/14 1-2:30pm Thursdays: Adult Coloring Club 2/15 & 2/22 1pm & 2/20 6pm. Fridays: ESL Conversation Club 2/9, 2/16 & 2/23 12:30pm Satudays: E-Book Clinic 2/10 & 2/24 10am Second Tuesday Concert Series “Ellie Lamson Band” 2/13 6:30pm Social Scrabble for Grown Ups 2/6 5pm & 2/8 1pm Book Club “The Thirteenth Tale” by Diane Setterfield 2/27 6:30pm Bargain Book Sale—lots of high quality books at incredible values! 2/10 9:30-1 Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs Peter Rabbit Party 2/7 4pm Mondays: Sign Language Story Time (rec 0-5 y/o) 10am Mondays: Preschool Story Time (rec 3-5 y/o) 11 am Tuesdays: Story Time (rec 0-5 y/o) 1pm Wednesdays: Baby Story Time (0-2

y/o) 11:30am Wednesdays: Kids Craft Studio (3-8 y/o) 4pm Wednesdays: Family Story Time (all ages) 6:30pm Saturdays: Lego Builders’ Club (3-8y/o) 2pm Love on a Leash (ages 3-8 years) 2/10 10:30am Homework Help (grades K-8) Mon & Thurs, 3-6pm and Tues & Wed, 3-7pm CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 (858) 581-9935 Adults Mondays: American Sign Language for Adults 3pm This weekly class is taught by educator Thomas Hauser and will give students a basic understanding of ASL. The class runs twelve weeks and is about one and a half hours long. Space is limited so call to reserve your place. Literary Book Club 2/7 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Make Your Own Book! 2/27 6pm Now is your chance to learn simple binding techniques and make a book of your own. Make one for yourself or create a unique gift for someone else! Space is limited so contact the library to reserve your place. Music Concert 2/28 6pm Enjoy music by Dornob, Iranian Music! This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library. Kids & Teens Tuesdays: Homework Help 6pm Every Tuesday at 6pm. With kids back in school that means the return of homework help available free at the library! Trained volunteers are here to help kids get unstuck on those difficult problems or writing assignments. Thursdays: Game Time 3pm Break out the board games for a little tabletop fun! Thursdays: Kids Craft Club 4pm Craft time has something new every time! Saturdays: Button Making 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! African Drum & Song Workshop! 2/10 Noon Join drummer and storyteller Nana Yaw Asiedu for this fun and interactive workshop in drumming and African tales. Book Club for Kids! 2/27 4:30pm A book club especially for kids ages 9 and up! This student-run club is a chance for young people to read and discuss their favorite books.This month the group will discuss Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L’Engle. Little Ones Sign Language Storytime 2/1 & 2/15 10:30am Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Presented by Jennifer Duncan. Baby & Toddler Storytime with Stay & Play 2/8 & 2/22 10:30am Fun toddler stories along with play time afterwards! Fridays: Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran! 10:30am Join Miss Fran as she reads fun picture books and sings songs! All Ages 3D Printer-Clairemont Library’s own 3D printer is available for use by interested young people and adults. We have yet to set up regular open times but those interested in printing something can talk to library staff for details. Designs should be saved as STL files.To see thousands of pre-made designs go to Prints should take less than two hours. BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390 All SDPL locations will be closed on February 19th for President’s Day, otherwise the branches are open normal hours. Please come and join us for some (or all) of our February events. We are always thrilled to see you! Special Events Adult Strawberry Bouquet Craft Program 2/13 6pm Make a beautiful and delicious rose bouquet from strawberries. Learn how to carve strawberries to make this beautiful bouquet to give to that special someone for Valentine’s Day! Sign up required via phone or in person. Wee Reads Special 2/9 10:30am Little Catbird Music Program! Calling all families who love music! Please join us for this fun & interactive music show. New Book Discussion for 7th & 8th graders! 2/9 3:45pm Join us for a lively discussion of Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements, Sign up and pick up your copy today! Children’s Monthly Book Discussion with Miss Ann 2/23 3:45pm Join us for a lively discussion of Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett. For 3rd – 6th Graders. Sign up and pick up your copy beginning 1/5. Recurring Events Children’s Events Mondays: Lego Club 4-5pm (k-6th) Come build amazing creations, crafted from Lego. Wednesdays: Great Read Aloud

Storytime with Miss Terri 6pm (k-gr2) Storytime for our early readers. come and listen to an entertaining chapter book while practicing listening skills. Thursdays: Preschool Story Craft with Miss Remi 2/1 & 2/15 10am (pre-5y/o) Listen to a terrific story and enjoy creating a related craft. Thursdays: Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 2/8 & 2/22 10am (b-5y/o) Miss Jennifer enhances well-loved kid’s stories with signing, singing, and bubbles! Fridays: Wee Reads 2/2, 2/9 & 2/16 10:30am (b-5y/o) Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm Enjoy working on a new craft each week. Bring your creativity and a friend and have fun! Paws to Read 2/13 6pm (k-5th) Emerging readers, come read to our Love on a Leash certified dogs.They listen to stories as you practice reading in a positive and encouraging environment. Drop in and Play 2/23 10:30am (b-5y/o) Enjoy a relaxed & informal play time with your child while getting to know other families in our community. Pajama Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 2/27 6pm Come in your jammies and enjoy stories with signing and bubbles! Adult Events Mondays: Happy and Healthy Adults 2/5 & 2/12 11:15am Join us for a relaxing fitness program presented by Lois Schenker. Tuesdays: Stitching Circle 2/6 & 2/13 1:30-3:30 Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow adults in a relaxed setting. Wednesdays: Tech Training 2/14, 2/21 & 2/28 12:30-1:30pm & Sats: 2/3 & 2/17 12:30-1:30 Do you need a little help with your electronic device, setting up your email, or other basic computer questions? Miss Rebecca is available to help. Sign up is required. Wednesdays: New ESL in the evenings 6:30-7:30pm Come and meet Ms. Samar our new ESL volunteer she will assist with various ESL needs such as reading, writing and speaking English in everyday life. Thursdays: Adult Writing Group 2/8, 2/15 & 2/22 1:45pm All who love to write are welcome! Get feedback and support from fellow writers! Balboa Book Discussion Club 2/20 11:45am Join us for a lively book discussion of A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman.

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Mid Coast Trolley Construction on Genesee Ave in UTC by Chris O’Connell

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Last month I was unable to attend a press event up in UTC where the project has entered a new phase on Genesee Ave just north of La Jolla

drill rig will be going down 100 feet with a drill bit 10’ wide. From there the sleeves will be put in place (pictured) as well as giant rebar forms will be put in place. After that concrete is poured for the columns

Village Dr. What better way to check out the project than on a Sunday morning at 7 am (there was zero traffic a far cry

then the structures will appear up and over Genesee. Pretty impressive project to say the least. Expect some delays during this

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from the weekdays). If you have travelled farther north you have seen some of the support structures already in place. Soon very similar structures will be built in the middle of Genesee to support trolley line. This is the early phase where the

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Officials Break Ground on the Rose Creek Bikeway the Jaguar repair shop, where a 258-foot-long bridge will be placed in two sections over Rose Creek. Travelling southwest after the

by Chris O’Connell

On January 25th representatives from SANDAG, the City of San Diego, and the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition broke ground on the Rose Creek Bikeway. From the northern area the new two-mile bikeway will begin on the west side of Santa Fe St across from

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bridge there will be a 14-foot wide paved path weaving behind the businesses along the western side of Santa Fe St. passing In-N-Out Burger (as a landmark) then under Mission Bay Drive where it will meet with the existing bike path.

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Start of bridge on Santa Fe St spanning Rose Creek looking southwest Renderings Courtesy of SANDAG Photos by Chris O’Connell

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Wanted: Large Landscapes for Program Proven to Reduce Irrigation Water Use Participants receive training, state-of-the-art tools to cut outdoor demand by at least 20 percent The San Diego County Water Authority is seeking approximately 20 commercial-scale landscapes for participation in a program that has demonstrated significant outdoor water-use reductions through a combination of training, hardware upgrades and technical assistance valued at more than $15,000 per site. Applicants have until March 31 to file statements of interest in the WaterSmart Landscape Efficiency Program, using the form at An interest meeting is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on Feb. 15 at San Diego Gas & Electric’s Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. In two earlier iterations of the landscape efficiency program, water savings topped 30 percent, exceeding the target of 20 percent. Participating sites have included parks, apartments, schools and homeowner association common areas. Project sites are

typically about four irrigated acres (though they are often part of a larger property), and they must be on dedicated potable water meters. “We are looking for places to showcase significant water savings without compromising landscape quality by employing best practices for irrigation management and top-tier technology,” said Carlos Michelon, principal water resources specialist at the Water Authority.“This program is one of many ways the Water Authority continues to promote long-term

water-use efficiency.” The WaterSmart Landscape Efficiency Program requires joint participation by property owners and landscape maintenance contractors at each site. Landscape contractors receive training, assistance, and performance-based financial incentives for documented water savings. Site owners receive water-saving devices and the long-term benefits of lower water use. The program is funded mainly through a Proposition 84 Integrated Regional Water

Management grant from the California Department of Water Resources. Program benefits include leak detection and repair, irrigation system pressure regulation, improvements in distribution uniformity of irrigation water, and the installation of flow sensors and weather-based irrigation controllers. Each site is provided with a water management target that will be tracked for a year. Participants are responsible for hardware installation, landscape maintenance and other contract conditions. From the pool of interested parties, the Water Authority will select those that best fit the program’s technical requirements and are most likely to meet the program’s demanding implementation schedule. Promising sites that aren’t selected for the program’s current round may be eligible for future rounds, depending on funding. In addition to the WaterSmart Landscape Efficiency Program, the Water Authority offers free training to landscape professionals through the Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper program. That program, known as QWEL, provides 20 hours of training on the latest water-efficiency principles and the opportunity to earn a QWEL certificate. Information about QWEL is at

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