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Cruising the Old Neighborhoods View the streets out the window of a city vehicle by Chris O’Connell

Thanks to the San Diego City Clerk’s Archives office old 35 mm film of a city vehicle driving the neighborhoods with a camera attached have been digitized for your

back or how about a trip from Luna Ave heading East on Clairemont Mesa Blvd out to the 15. The videos cover various part of the entire city. I first became aware of a video as someone had reposted on Facebook an archived driving video starting at

Morena Blvd travelling N/B the Silver Spigot (still in operation), The Jade East Screenshot from SanDiego.gov) Restaurant and couple buildings just north Leftys Pizza

viewing pleasure and posted on the City of San Diego website. According to the page, the collection of short videos was created by the City of San Diego Transportation and Storm Water Department over the course of 10 months during 1970. With over 200 short clips you can take a traffic free ride on Genesee Ave from Linda Vista to North Torrey Pines Rd &

Mission Bay. The sometimes grainy film was a vehicle driving north on Clairemont Dr crossing through the Balboa Ave intersection, continuing on through the Clairemont Mesa Blvd intersection past the back side of Clairemont Town Square then making a U-turn, for a separate video, at the current O’Reilly Auto SEE Cruising, page 2



Expectations: The Only Game In Town by Major Garrett

Finally, I have something to thank Dean Spanos for – and it’s not just the freedom to end a sentence with a preposition. Thank you, Dean, for making the Padres the only Big-League game in town. The Padres are now the only elite franchise (sorry Gulls, Seals, Fleet and Legion) in a wondrous city that is one of the few to see its pro franchise footprint shrink even as America’s pro sports mania has intensified (a subject for another column). What makes the Padres elite is they are the last one left. In an empty refrigerator, two inches of curdled milk in the middle of the night after too much Sriracha on the dumplings is also an elite beverage. By comparison. The Padres are now the singular focus of motivated San Diego sports fans. They can no longer hide behind Chargers agita, anger and angst -- existing as the cheaper, bumbling, fan-friendly alternative. The Padres are on the griddle. Attention is the spark. Expectations are the fire. Which brings me to Kevin Acee, the Padres financials, Manny

Machado and J. T. Realmuto. Because this column is being written Jan. 26 and will be published online sometime later and in print on Feb. 1, some of what I am about to say (but not much) could be overtaken by events. Machado could be our 3rd baseman, Realmuto our backstop, Dallas Keuchel our ace and Craig Kimbrel back as our closer... Hell yes, I dream recklessly... I’m a Padres fan! There has been considerable social media chatter about Kevin Acee’s stories in the Union-Tribune about the Padres books. Here is the first: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.c om/sports/padres/sd-sp-padres-debt-f inances-payroll-fowler-seidler-owners -0118-story.html Here is the follow up: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.c om/sports/padres/sd-sp-padres-free-a gents-fowler-seidler-20190121-story. html Some have criticized Acee for failing to comprehensively address all questions about Padres spending, priorities, debt service and Petco upgrades. I will not. Acee has provided a valuable if incomplete public service. SEE Expectations, page 10

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From the Publisher by Chris O’Connell

Happy Month of February all, time is flying and this is the shortest month! January was a wet month and here’s hoping we get more rain, it can be a hassle, sure, but we desperately need the water and who does not love picking all those new freshly popped up weeds. If the property ever becomes weed free it will be a miracle, not to mention the fact the wife has us on a no chemical policy on the grounds because of the dogs. So, I am the schmuck stuck on weed patrol. Speaking of rain, I included a piece this month on p19 about a discount on rain barrels if you are so inclined. Speaking of schmucks, I post somewhat regularly on our social media channels, although these social platforms (Facebook/Instagram) have designed it so that not everyone sees your posts unless you pay them. At this time, we do not pay and not everyone sees our posts, so if there is a little wisenheimer to my social media posts at times don’t sweat it, I am just having a little fun on a dreadful task that is somewhat necessary in the business world today. Major Garrett has rejoined us this month with a thought provoking San

Diego Padres column (p1 &10) not just about baseball but also a look behind the scenes of journalists which hopefully you will enjoy. What do surfers and a dentist have in common? Check out this edition of Squaremont (p8). Continuing the sports theme check out the Movie Review from LoloLovesFilms (p12). Lou Rodolico is talking gas in his commentary piece this month (p11). Plus, a lot more in this edition. I think there is something for everyone, young and old and in between. As always, I would be remiss if I did not mention, please support the local advertisers in this paper. Without them there would be no paper. Thank you to our advertisers, our contributors, Elaine our layout designer, and countless others who have a hand in making this newspaper possible. Thank you ALL! Enjoy this edition. Cheers,

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Parts/KFC area crossing. In the archive list link (see below) the next video was the return trip heading south on Clairemont Dr. to the bay. The most noticeable observation from that one round trip was the roughly 13 gas stations I counted along the way. I counted roughly 7 heading north and 6 south. In looking at the footage and signage it appears the gas prices ranged from about $0.34 a gallon to the fancy stuff at $0.42. Open swaths of land, big old American muscle cars, the random spray painting of the words “smoke pot” graffiti on the

northern part of Morena Blvd., there is something for everyone in the videos. For you long time locals it will be a real trip down memory lane seeing all the stores, restaurants and businesses that have come and gone. For others (new folks) it might take some time to get acclimated to the old streets and get your bearings, however these videos provide a nice look back to what used to be in the local San Diego neighborhoods. Think of these old videos as what we now know as the Google Maps Street Car. Enjoy. Link to the website with the list of videos: https://www.sandiego.gov/digitalarchives/filmaudio

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New Sidewalk Planned for a Portion of Genesee Avenue by Chris O’Connell

Last month at the Clairemont Community Planning Group a presentation was given about a new sidewalk installation along a portion of the East side of Genesee Ave in Clairemont from Chateau Dr to Sauk Ave. (think Genesee between Balboa Ave & Clairemont Mesa Blvd). According to City staff the scope of the

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project will install a new sidewalk, construction of a retaining wall, native species revegetation, a new curb and gutter as well as utility adjustments. During the brief presentation City staff provided a current picture as well as a future rendering and outlined the benefits of the project, which includes enhanced

pedestrian safety as well as improved storm water drainage. The project is fully funded and is expected to cost $2,345,400. Construction is currently slated to begin mid-2019 and will last 5-6 months. It was stated a northbound travel lane will be closed during construction. If you would like to learn more about this specific project, visit: http://cipapp.sandiego.gov/CIPDetail.aspx ?ID=B15168 or an easier link which will bring you to the exact same website https://clmttimes.news/gensidewalk Photo and graphic courtesy of City of San Diego

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Andrea Cook, Theatre Enthusiast Becomes a Certified Welder by Allura Garis

In 2016, women made up 4 percent of the Andrea cook, a former welding, soldering, and theatre major from brazing workers in the Graham, Texas moved to United States, according to California to start a new the Bureau of Labor career. Statistics. The median She enrolled in San annual wage for this trade Diego Continuing was $40,240 in May 2017. Education’s (SDCE’s) free “The men don’t expect welding certificate me to be here and to program. Cook, 32, is tough it out,” Cook says focused on starting an jokingly. “That’s what architectural lighting makes me want it more.” design business. SDCE offers waivers for “I was about to be a transportation, textbooks Andrea Cook, San Diego Continuing theatre teacher, but and equipment to student and Certified endured health problems Education students enrolled in a Welder. so I left and never went (Photo courtesy of SDCE) nontraditional area of back,” said Cook. “I have study through the a big craft side and welding was always institutions’ New Horizons/Gender Equity something I wanted to do. I used to build center. lighting and stages for my school’s arts “Forward thinking employers encourage department.” gender diversity in the workplace,” said SDCE is the largest provider of Carlos O. Turner Cortez, Ph.D., president noncredit education in California and offers of SDCE. “As the older populations of more than 70 free career training programs welders retire, the nation’s labor gap including five Welding certificates; increases and the demand for skilled Shielding Metal Arc Welding, Gas Metal workers becomes urgent, especially for and Flux Cored Arc Welding, Gas Tungsten women.” Arc Welding, Pipe Welding and Metal SDCE has joined forces with San Diego Fabrication. Programs are industry and Imperial County colleges and noncredit recognized and state approved. programs in a statewide campaign, Learn “We began class by learning More Earn More, to connect more adult temperatures and how metal melts, then we learners to middle-skill jobs in Advanced moved on to blueprints and symbols,” said Manufacturing, Energy, Construction and Cook, remembering her first semester. Utilities, Health and Information and Prospective students can expect to commit Communication Technologies. 24 weeks to learn a series of welding Cook has worked serving tables for practices as well as math, communications, many years. “I’m a lifelong waitress. I’m and business skills relevant to employment good at it, but there is no room to grow,” in the industry. she said. “With welding I can always learn This fall Cook became a certified welder, something new.” The aspiring light designer completing SDCE’s Shielding Metal Arc will complete her training in Gas Metal and Welding and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding Flux Cored Arc Welding and Gas Tungsten certificate program. Arc Welding in fall 2019.

Useful Local Project Websites City of San Diego www.SanDiego.gov For Updates/Documents & General Information on Morena Blvd/Balboa Area www.BalboaStationPlan.org For Updates on the Future Sherriff Crime Lab Property www.SDHCD.org For Updates on the Clairemont Community Plan Update www.ClairemontPlan.org For Updates on the MidCoast Trolley www.SANDAG.org/MidCoast For updates on Transportation & Infrastructure Projects in UTC/Golden Triangle www.ShiftSanDiego.com PureWater Projects Updates/Construction Notices www.PureWaterSD.com

www.clairemonttimes.com “You can tell Andrea truly values her experience at SDCE and it shows in the quality of work she produces,” said Brad Dorschel, Master Welder and SDCE faculty member. “She seems to have a very artistic eye and attention to detail. I could see her working in the custom fabrication side of the industry, building anything from furniture and home decor to custom motorcycles.”

Free welding classes take place in the Mountain View community of San Diego at the Education Cultural Complex, located just a few miles away from General Dynamics NASSCO, the largest full-service shipyard on the West Coast. SDCE’s spring semester is underway, and welding classes are some of the most popular. Visit sdce.edu to sign up for a free orientation.

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San Diego International Airport Parking Updates Recently, the Pacific Highway Economy Lot will closed to the public. The lot is being converted to employee parking; a move that is required because of the loss of existing employee parking on the south side of the runway due to construction of a new stormwater infiltration system, part of the airport’s long-term Stormwater Management Plan. Travelers can book discounted parking rates for airport lots online at reservations.san.org. There are four self-parking options conveniently located in close proximity to the airport. Terminal 1 Parking Lot The Terminal 1 Parking Lot provides nearly 2,000 close-in parking spaces. The lot offers both a daily rate (at $32/day) and hourly rate option, convenient for both travelers and those picking up loved ones. Terminal 2 Parking Lot Located just west of the airport, the Terminal 2 Parking Lot is a good choice for those traveling out of Terminal 2 West; a pedestrian walkway connects the lot to the terminal. The Terminal 2 Parking Lot

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Welcome February... a busy month with Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, George and Abe’s birthdays and the Clairemont Woman’s Club 65th year of serving the community. There will be a luncheon for members to celebrate our birthday. You may ask how do we serve our community? We give scholarships to Madison and Clairemont High Schools. We support Meals on Wheels, the Storefront for homeless kids, Box Tops for Education to local schools and the Cleveland National Forest. In our own “backyard”, we help local agencies to help those in need and with major fundraisers that have supported the Boys and Girls Club here in Clairemont, Salvation Army Camperships for local children, ARTS and the Warrior Foundation - Freedom Station to name a few. This year our major fundraiser will be for scholarships at Madison and Clairemont High Schools. They will be awarded to graduating girls who have done volunteer work, maintained high grades and were involved in their school activities. The fundraiser will be a Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Butcher Shop in Kearny Mesa on Saturday, March 30th. Fashions will be by the Chico’s store located at UTC. Join us and support your local schools. Tickets are only $45. More information to follow in the March issue of The Clairemont Times or contact

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Wendy at (858) 578-6266 or Bea at (858) 272-1821. In January we had an interesting presentation from members of RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol) who patrol in our area. Some of their services are checking on your home while you are on vacation, checking shut-ins to ensure their safety and well-being in addition to helping our officers in all sorts of ways relieving them of minor duties. More information about RSVP can be found by calling (858) 552-1711. The Gourmet luncheon group enjoyed a meal at the 94th Aero Squadron. The book club discussed “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent... a heart wrenching tale of a condemned woman in1824 Iceland. Descriptions of winter in Iceland will make you shiver be thankful you live in San Diego. Join us at our March 6th meeting at the Balboa Community Church. (Directions below) Meetings begin at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Read about us in the March issue of the Times for more information. Hope to see you then. Don’t forget to mark our Fundraiser on March 30th on your calendar. For more information about CWC, visit our website at www.ClairemontWomansClub.com or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 Directions: Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Ave. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church parking lot. Entrance to meeting is under the stairwell.

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St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Church www.stcatherinelaboure.net 4124 Mt. Abraham Ave., San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 277-3133 Weekend Mass Times Saturday 5:30pm Sunday 8:00, 9:30, 11:00am, 1pm/Spanish St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool www.saintdavidschurch.com 5050 Milton Street, San Diego CA 92110 Sunday Worship Times: 8:00am Holy Communion Rite I (Traditional) 10:30am Holy Communion Rite II (Contemporary) Weekday Worship: 12 p.m. Tues: Holy Eucharist: Rite II (Public Service of Healing) Last Sat of the month at 6:00 p.m. Alive at St. David’s: Non-Traditional, Contemporary Worship Experience

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8 • The Clairemont Times • February 2019 Captain Schlack warned, “How parents (of surfers) may become or be unknowing Squaremont tools of the Communist cause through lack of close supervision and control of their By Bill Swank children. The laxity in discipline of children and juveniles...seem effective softening methods preparing youth for the acceptance of the communist doctrine. In general, the trend towards lack of self-discipline and disrespect for authority Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, makes youth and many adults ripe for with East Clairemont off in the distance. plucking by those who would undermine our way of life.” The list of famous Commie surfers is short. As Robert Duvall noted in Apocalypse Now, “Charlie don’t surf.” The cleverly titled song, “Communist Surfers from Outer Space,” never made The Top Ten. Among other things, Captain Schlack didn’t like “surf riders” dropping wax on by Bill Swank his sidewalk. He complained that surfers poured gasoline on his lawn and burned it. In 1953, in response to fervent They broke windows, destroyed gardens, anti-Communist feelings that swept the irritated dogs, woke him at night and cut through his P.B. Point yard to reach the beach below. But the path to the beach really wasn’t on his property... Bowing to pressure from residents like Schlack, the city council voted in May 1961 to barricade the Linda Way easement that provided public “Newspaper clipping illustrating the mounting tensions between surfers beach access and La Jolla residents. San Diego Evening Tribune” beside his Archer (caption and photo from page 40, Gordon & Smith: One Long Ride) Street home. (Archer Street nation, the Cincinnati Reds baseball club officially changed its name to the Redlegs. Porkopolis fans would have to wait until 1959 to call their team the Reds again. Later that year, the Head Red, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, blew his top when he wasn’t allowed to visit Disneyland during his trip to America. He did get to meet Marilyn Monroe, who told her maid, “He was fat and ugly and had warts on his face and he growled. “Skip Frye at P.B.Point in 1965. Photo: Neal Norris” Who would want to be a (caption and photo from page 39, Gordon & Smith: One Long Ride) Communist with a president like that?” Then, in January 1961, an exaggerated was later renamed Sea Ridge Drive.) salvo invoking the Red Scare was fired in Even my own mother was concerned the form of an inflammatory Letter to the that my brother and I were being Editor of the San Diego Union published indoctrinated by communist professors. I under this headline: “All Parents Should tried to assure her that San Diego State College was not a hotbed of radical red Know of Red Menace.” insurrection in the early 1960s. It was written by retired Navy dentist Furthermore, I wasn’t cool and I wasn’t a Captain Carl A. Schlack. He was referring wild surfer. to surfers.

Captain Schlack’s One-Man War with the “Surf Riders”

www.clairemonttimes.com Because my younger brother, Andy, wanted to be cool, he became a surfer. Before he could afford a board, he made the back-end of a surfboard with a skeg to hang out of the trunk of his red ‘49 Chevy Today, a cement walk known as Linda Way Access leads to a landing and convertible. stairs that descend to the beach at P.B. Point. The former Schlack residence is The three (photo: Bill Swank) on the right. letters in his license plate spray them with his hose.” were “NKR.” A friend quipped that they stood for “Nikita Khrushchev’s Rod.” It wasn’t easy to be cool and live in Clairemont during the 1950s. Today, Clairemont resident Patrick Bessie remembers angry encounters with the Navy captain at P.B. Point in the 1960s while he was in high school. “He didn’t allow surfers to wax their boards on the sidewalk outside his home. He didn’t own the sidewalk, but he acted like he did. We’d wax our boards on the path that led to the beach beside his home and he didn’t like that This is the sidewalk outside the Schlack home where surfers either,” said Bessie. “He was waxed their boards. Linda Way Access to the beach on the always hassling the surfers.” (photo: Bill Swank) right. The cold war between Schlack and the surf punks would last until his death in 1970, but Carl Schlack was a polarizing relic from détente, of sorts, was achieved in 1965 the tempestuous early days of the San when Tourmaline Surfing Park, just south Diego surf wars. For those who considered of Schlack’s home, was dedicated. It was a him a crusty old salt, there were others sixteen-year-old Clairemont High School who cheered the captain for his courageous surfer named Barry Adams who paddled stand against young anarchists and north from the Western Regional Surfing outlaws? Championships to accept the park from Skip Frye has become one of surfing’s Mayor Frank Curran on behalf of the San senior statesmen. He remembers Captain Diego surfing community. Schlack as “hardcore.” Was Carl Schlack a one-dimensional, “They had the curbs painted red so right-wing wacko? there was no parking,” he recalled, “but I Dr. Schlack joined the Navy in 1936 think it was another dentist who and served as a dentist aboard several ships successfully challenged the legality of during World War II. In 1942, he wrote blocking the beach and the city backed “A Short History of the United States him.” Dental Corps” followed by a Frye continued, “I’m older now and I comprehensive “History of the Naval understand where Captain Schlack was Dental Research” in 1948. His service coming from. Young surfers back then record was impeccable. could get an attitude. You have to respect Following his death, the Carl A. Schlack the neighborhood and the neighbors. You Award was created in his honor in 1971. It don’t leave trash and cause problems. You was presented annually “for unwavering keep it clean. I always try to leave the dedication and excellence in dental research and post-doctoral education in the beach cleaner than when I got there.” Next month in Squaremont, legendary five Federal Medical Services.” In 2008, criteria for the award was altered slightly to surfboard pioneer Floyd Smith (Gordon & Smith Surfboards) will explain the history include all dentists in FMS. None of the of surfing in Pacific Beach prior to the recipients contacted knew anything about 1960s. Captain Schlack. According to his published obituary, “... Bill@ClairemontTimes.com early surfers recall Schlack as an angry man Email: To read all the Squaremont columns, visit: who used to take pictures of them and http://clairemonttimes.com/category/squaremont/

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Merit Badge Day for Scouts and Venturers Open Invitation to the Community by Brittany Small, Troop 260 Committee Member

Clairemont’s Scouts BSA Troop 260 and Venturing Crew 9999 are at it again.

We are hosting another Merit Badge Day on February 9, 2018 at Creative Performing Media Arts (CPMA) Middle School. This is the first open Scouting event since Scouts BSA has come together. Scouts BSA is a year-round program for boys and girls in the fifth grade through high school that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge and responsibility to help them become the best version of themselves. A Merit Badge Day is where nearly 500 Scouts and 350 Adult Leaders from all over San Diego and Imperial Valley come together to earn one of over 50 merit badges that are required for rank advancement and provide great learning opportunities for Scouts including topics like First Aid, Journalism, Citizenship in the Community, Plumbing, and Nuclear Science. This year we are turning this Scouting event into a community service event because that’s what Scouts do. We have

partnered with three awesome charities to help as many people as possible at our one-day event, the partners this year are: Feeding America, the San Diego Blood Bank, and Better World Inc. The Flag Ceremony and Opening Remarks are scheduled for 8:30am Saturday, February 9, 2018. We will have local elected officials in attendance and providing remarks to all of the Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, and their families. We will also have representatives from Feeding America and the San Diego Blood Bank. More information and details can be found at www.meritbadgeday.org 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. This event also raises money to support the programs at Camp Fiesta Island and the Troop 260 events like summer camps, Eagle projects, and other community service events. We are encouraging the community to come on down, bring some non-perishable food for Feeding America, donate some blood for San Diego Blood Bank and have a coffee from the snack bar for Better World Inc.

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Governor Newsom Proposes New Budget Amid Strong Economy New California Governor Gavin Newsom on January 10 proposed a $209-billion state budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year that benefits from an estimated $21.4-billion surplus to bolster reserves, pay down debt and employee pension liabilities, enhance wildfire prevention and response, and expand programs that support working families and struggling residents. “To make the California Dream available to all, our state must be fiscally sound,” Newsom said. “This budget lays a strong financial foundation for our state by eliminating debts, expanding the rainy-day fund and paying down our unfunded liabilities.” Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) reacted positively to the Governor’s proposals. “We are encouraged to see thoughtful, progressive initiatives in Governor Newsom’s proposed budget that can make a difference in the lives of Californians,”

Atkins said in a joint statement with Senate Budget Committee Chair Holly J. Mitchell (D-Los Angeles). “We are pleased that the Governor shares our commitment to investing in early childhood and higher education, affordable housing, alleviating poverty and homelessness, expanding access to health care, paid family leave and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and overhauling California’s emergency preparedness,” Atkins and Mitchell added. Highlights of the budget include: • $1.8 billion added to the Rainy Day Fund, bringing it to $15.3 billion, and $900 million added to the Safety Net Reserve that was created last year with $200 million to protect programs aimed at struggling Californians. • A one-time payment of $4 billion to eliminate past debts and one-time funds of $4.8 billion to pay down public employee retirement liabilities. • New health care proposals, including:

making residents up to age 26, regardless of immigration status, eligible for health coverage through the Medi-Cal program; subsidies for middle-class Californians to help them afford health insurance; and proposals to reduce the cost of prescription drugs through increased bulk purchasing power. • Proposals intended to enhance California’s ability to prevent and combat wildfires, including $305 million in additional funding to improve the health of California’s forests and strengthen the state’s firefighting capabilities. • Increased funding to local governments to build affordable housing and new incentives to help cities and counties meet their housing goals, as well as an additional $500 million to communities across the state to address homelessness. • Record funding for public schools and free tuition a second year of community college, increased Cal Grants to help families afford higher education,

and increased funding for the UC and CSU systems. • Increased refunds and expanded eligibility for low wage earners under the California’s Earned Income Tax Credit, and expanded eligibility for the CalWORKS safety-net program. Chris Hoene, executive director of the California Budget and Policy Center said the proposed budget “will improve outcomes for many Californians, especially those who are not yet sharing in our state’s economic prosperity. “Governor Newsom’s inaugural budget proposal calls for a series of bold and smart investments in broadening economic security and opportunity for Californians, while continuing to strengthen the state’s underlying fiscal health,” Hoene said.

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Expectations Continued from page 1

Major Garrett

I don’t know Acee well, but he’s told me via Twitter DM he’s not a particular fan of this column, suggesting I had lost my mind with a “slew of half-baked... fan rant” criticisms of Padres skipper Andy Mulligan Green. Fair enough. He’s a pro sports writer and I am not. No ill will (though I do wish Acee had followed through on a pledge to come to a talk about my book “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride” last fall at USD). For those who want to pummel Acee, let me say this in his defense (not that he needs me for the task). Acee is a beat reporter and beat reporters develop relationships. Those relationships turn on professional capability, curiosity, power in the media market and trust. Acee is not an accountant or financial analyst. He’s not a tool or a fool, either (the most caustic and to my mind unfair accusations leveled against him). Acee was curious about Padres finances and persuaded the Padres to let him – and therefore the public – see more than they have seen before. That, dear readers, is a public service. Journalists push for access to information all the time and with varying degrees of success. One way to look at my career as a White House reporter is to count all the times I asked for on-the-record access to a president, a senior administration official or documents and was denied (the number is staggering). Another way is to evaluate what the public learned because I fought for access – alongside countless other reporters – and a president appeared in public and took questions, background

briefings were put on the record or documents were pushed to the surface. This isn’t an all-or-nothing proposition. Journalists wage numerous battles like this every day, 90 percent of which don’t even rise to the attention of our editors (the ones still left in the industry, that is). It’s part of the job. You press for information. You cajole. You use your clout, your wits and your powers of persuasion – developed over time – to tell the public something it does not know. Acee did that. I salute him. Every journalist also knows when you press for information of the kind Acee obtained from the Padres it will come wrapped in a narrative. That narrative will not start “Here are the sixteen ways we screwed up.” You know going in the narrative will be positive. You therefore know you have to sift that, look at the evidence, nod to that narrative when it makes substantive sense and then lay before the public the best rendering you can make of the information provided – knowing you will miss something, take the flack and press ahead. You do all of this on deadline pressure of some kind and with the nagging knowledge you can’t know all (especially when, as in this case, the team tells you the numbers are general and the accounting incomplete). You go with you have, what you have obtained through steady labors and live to write and report another day. To all of Acee’s critics, I would ask this simple question: would you prefer he obtained nothing at all? I didn’t think so. I don’t have time to wade through the social media/blog assessments of Acee’s demeanor or explanations. You take reporters and writers as they come. Most of us are misanthropic jerks who are barely sufferable to family and friends and mostly repellent to the world at large. We were born this way and have known it all of our lives. We scratch around for nuggets of news, work insanely long hours, write as best we can under deadline pressure and are flinchingly aware of coming professional and public criticism. We choose this life. Most of us couldn’t do anything else if we tried – I certainly couldn’t. We seek no sympathy. We come

www.clairemonttimes.com as we are – which means small talk at parties eludes us and all we can think of is how to more forcefully spike the punchbowl. Or maybe it’s just me. Alongside Acee’s reporting has come some excellent crowd-sourced analysis of Padres spending as it compares to other Major League teams. This is the wonder of our time. Motivated people produce amazing articles rich in detail, insight and wit... all for nothing. The lack of financial compensation, I suspect, adds a measure of superiority and low-level spite to the social media mix/conversation. How couldn’t it? You don’t go to all that trouble and then tell the world “Take it or leave it. I’m not invested.” You are invested. If you are reading this column, you are probably open to a deeper dive on this subject. If you haven’t already, I urge you to read this pre-Acee article from Gwynntelligence (with the catchy slogan “Think. Laugh. Enjoy Padres Misery) https://gwynntelligence.com/2019/01/03/t he-true-story-of-the-padres-spending/ and its post-Acee analysis here https://gwynntelligence.com/2019/01/21/i nheriting-debt-from-prior-owners-is-not-a n-excuse/ These are serious attempts to get at something approximating the truth. This is passionate work; the kind only genuine year-round fans can comprehend. Which brings me to the larger point of this pre-Spring Training agro. The Padres felt the need to explain themselves. Why? Because they are about to do something. The bids for Machado and Realmuto are not for show. Franchises do not open the books, even partially and with a syrupy narrative, and then dangle free agent gambits they are not serious about. Look, Padres owners have predominantly been incompetent and spineless. They have almost never been malevolent (which requires some measure of competence and spine). The Padres feel the need to be accountable because they want to be accountable – and therefore appreciated – for what comes next. I don’t know if the Padres will land Machado or Realmuto, but I am convinced the bids are serious and represent a turning point in terms of expectations, goals and standards. It’s easy in sports and politics to focus intensely on today and forget about the recent past. I would just remind you the Padres were surprisingly aggressive and impressive suitors of Shohei Ohtani. The club finished second in that derby, but the work it put into that pursuit made it a damn close second and the process of doing that work, making the presentation, pushing all available buttons has not been forgotten. The Padres put themselves in a position to land the best player available last year and fell just short. The internal process of thinking about the future, describing it to a super talent like Ohtani and his team is not a one-off exercise. These pitches build on themselves. They create an inner sense of direction and confidence that could yield results when the time comes for Machado to decide. Realmuto is going to be about which stellar prospects the Padres are willing to

give up. We have plenty. It can be done. Before I conclude, we must address the Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer signings. Both look bad. Hosmer was a massive first-year disappointment. Was he pressing? Probably. Was National League pitching a harder adjustment than he expected? Probably. But he’s heading straight toward bustville if he doesn’t stop pounding the ball helplessly into the ground and vastly underperforming in terms of WAR, average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and on-base-plus slugging percentage (all at or near career lows). Myers is a costly cog in a machine that appears to be moving on without him. He’s not a 3rd basemen, there’s no room at 1st base and the outfield is now younger, faster and better-armed. Both are excellent clubhouse leaders and professionals who don’t dog it and prepare with focus and heart – valuable commodities for a young club. I like them both, but absent a production surge they look to be sunk costs with scarce long-term upside. And yet, who among us does not wonder how much difference it would make for Myers and Hosmer to have Luis Urias and Manuel Margot in front of them with Machado and Realmuto right behind? Or Machado and Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero? Would Hosmer and Myers feel less pressure, let more pitches come to them and send more liners to the gap (their true hitting prowess)? Quite likely. How great would that be? The time has come for expectations. The Padres appear to know it. Acee found evidence of it in the accounting and openness. Other fans have sifted the evidence and found it wanting. That means being a part of Padres Nation is turning a corner. It means not only dreaming, but demanding. It’s a new tendency – one that has already born fruit. The Padres will return to brown uniforms in 2020 – meaning the once-derided “vocal minority” has prevailed. Those who dream of a better team demanded a return to the club’s distinctive roots. From 2020 on (there will be no going back), every time the Padres take the field, every baseball fan in America will know our name. We will not fade into the bottomless bluish sea of sameness. We are the Padres. We are brown. We are the only game in San Diego. And we are here to spend, win and repeat. Thanks Dean. Do you have a Padres or Clairemont question for Major…. Heck, maybe even a White House question? Send us an email to: AskMajor@ClairemontTimes.com we’ll forward them. Major Garrett was born and raised in Clairemont, is Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, host of “The Takeout” podcast and author of the book “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office.”

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Pure Water Will Vent Sewer Gas Into Neighborhoods Commentary by Louis Rodolico

Sewage is constantly generating combustible gas, even in transit. While touring water/sewage processing facilities an environmental point of pride for Pure Water was that all plants collect sewer gas and convert it into electricity. However, the gas generated by the 10 million gallons of raw sewage in the; 11 mile, 3 & 4 foot diameter, 18 tons per square foot pressure, raw sewage mains will not be converted into electricity, but vented into the neighborhoods. See graphic. Even though the sewer gas is filtered it will still smell. The graphic also illustrates why the University Community Planning Group (UCPG) members did not support the green route. They wanted to remain up wind of the sewer mains and had no incentive to sound the alarm. For the past decade lobbyists helped keep Pure Waters secret by banning east University residents from UCPG board seats. Search: Times of San Diego Count the Ways San Diego Keeps The Public in Dark The red sewer main in the graphic shows the proposed main locations with the necessary valve locations. North Clairemont and the Governor-Genesee intersection would have the highest gas ejection volumes. We asked Pure Water managers to direct us to any high pressure sewer mains of this scale. They could not. Apparently the 11 mile distance and 350 feet height rise of these high pressure raw sewer mains are a

require valves and draws all the sewer gas to the plant by gravity. The green route heading south would allow for an electric generating turbine, at Morena. The red route is the one Pure Water wants to build. Several red route hills are almost 200 feet. Sewage is at its highest pressure at the bottom of a hill. As the sewage travels uphill the reduced pressure causes the gas suspended in the sewage to effervesce. Much like when you release the pressure from a bottle of soda. Relief valves are necessary at the top of each hill to vent the sewer gas. As an environmental measure we asked Pure Water to harvest the sewer gas for power. Pure Water refused. Less gas will effervesce with higher pump pressure, but then bigger pumps are needed and the risk of main failure increases. The red path route is the most; technically complex, expensive, and disruptive. This national experiment was designed by lobbyists hustling their clients; higher pressure pumps, vent-valves, and filter canisters. How did Pure Water get away with it? During the early sewer main design phase Pure Water excluded the public but included organizations like; conservancy groups, SDG&E and CALTRANS. Coincidentally all these groups have the ability to raise a few hundred thousand dollars to purchase ballot signatures. The only group Pure Water identified who could not raise the money to get the issue on the ballot were the citizens along the red line path. Pure Water kept the

national experiment. The attached illustration shows two high pressure raw sewage routes. The green route was brought forward by a council member and is one of the routes the community prefers. Its uniform rise north does not

nature of the high pressure sewer mains secret as long as possible. In the dark art of project budget projections, Pure Water temporarily made the cost of the red line path the lowest by removing the 30 to 60 million dollars for; SDG&E underground

utility relocations, change orders, and other scope items. These costs were identified and added after council had approved the project, in my opinion a white collar crime. What’s unfolding is what we sensed all along; that the red line path is not only the most disruptive but once you add in utility relocations it is also the most expensive. The city and SDG&E are entering a lawsuit over who pays for the utility relocations but we pay the 30 to 60 million dollars regardless of who wins. Plus legal fees. Search: Clairemont Times Pure Water Corners City Council The Pure Water project will reduce solids dumped in the ocean, it is actually 4 projects; Morena pump station, raw sewage mains, processing plant, and fresh water lines to the lake. The lake acts as a settlement tank for heavy metals. At the November 15th 2018

City Council meeting I was unsuccessful in having Council take a second look at one component of the project; the red sewer main path. See Webcast Link. Five Democrats voted to fund the project and four Republicans against, although the Republican votes were protesting the exclusion of non-union labor. Unearthing another question; who comes first citizens or unions? Just as the Federal Government has become dysfunctional, San Diegans are constantly being ripped off by the influence of big money. But political positions change. After all Republicans in Lincoln’s day were the party of racial integration and Democrats at that time would be considered white nationalists today. Democracies exist on the precipice of anarchy. 90 years ago Germany was a center of civilization but fell, under a tyrants spell. What should be open public issues today are being quietly negotiated in back rooms. By the time citizens get wind of them they are essentially closed issues. San Diego needs to stand up for democracy and stop hiding things from citizens. Some of the most intelligent people in our city have betrayed us. Excessive lobbying resulted in wasteful increases in the cost and complexity of the Pure Water sewer mains. City managers and ethics officers should be seeing red flags. Lobbyists and their clients only see green dollars. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 louisrodolico.com facebook.com/Rodolico2016 Webcast Link: http://sandiego.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=7561

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2018 was a fantastic year for documentaries. It was also a big year for skateboarding movies. Bringing 2018’s most studied subculture to its most acclaimed genre, “Minding the Gap” is a documentary from director Bing Liu about a group of skateboarders. The film takes a look into the lives of Bing himself and his two closest childhood friends, Zack and Kiere, who bonded through their mutual love of skateboarding. All three of the kids also share similar traumas growing up in abusive households in a poverty-stricken city. As the three of them reach adulthood and face new challenges and responsibilities, they reflect on the events of their past and attempt to dissect what they are going to do in the future. When Bing Liu was a young kid hanging out with his friends and filming skate videos and other random events in their lives, we wonder if he had any idea that his memories and videotapes would one day be turned into a documentary that would make it all the way to the Academy Awards. Much like “Icarus” last year, what first starts out to be a film about skateboarding quickly turns into anything but. “Minding the Gap” is all about life. It is a real-life coming-of-age story about how our past impacts our future. Each of Bing’s subjects is compelling in different ways. Zack, who has loads of charisma, was once the de facto leader of their ragtag group. It was his wild lifestyle and personality that was so appealing to Bing and Kiere growing up. Zack is the kind of guy who acts like he has things all figured out and has sage advice to offer, but is the most dysfunctional of the bunch. His party-hard lifestyle as a teenager led him down a path full of substance abuse as an adult. He fathered a child with his on-again-off-again girlfriend (with her own baggage and issues to work on) despite their relationship being very toxic. Kiere is the exact opposite. He is a sympathetic soul who survived a lot growing up. He has dealt with anger issues and emotional problems stemming from the death of his father and the abuse he faced throughout his life. Kiere idolized Zack at one point and followed his lead to nowhere. Now, he must find a way to turn his life around before it’s too late, even if it means completely starting over to do it. Bing also documents his own hardships and explores the damage he experienced at a very young age at the hands of his physically and emotionally abusive stepfather, as well as how those traumatic times have impacted his

now-strained relationship with his mother. It was an emotionally heavy experience to watch these three young men try to make sense of their past, present, and future as they each work to figure things out throughout the course of the extremely well-crafted, unique, infinitely interesting, brutally honest and compelling “Minding the Gap.” It shows how once inseparable friends gradually grow apart until they hardly know each other anymore. This is a film that is so much more than it appears on the surface.

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Beers by the Bay

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reminded me of Guinness at first, with its thick creamy head. However, it is less bitter, with more assertive coffee notes and definitely dry. Explorer ESB is a true to style Extra Special Bitter on the more bitter side, but the full bready flavor one expects isn’t lost to the hops. On the lighter side, Blueberry Blonde has an up-front tartness that hits the tongue immediately, with the blueberry flavor being very subtle. New English isn’t doing any German style lagers, but they do have a Mexican style Por Favor Pilsner. This pilsner has more intense flavor than an adjunct like Pacifico, with rich cereal, slightly floral notes, and a slight mineral after-taste. Hop Slap’d Mosaic Pale Ale was one of the most interesting beers for me. It had a grapefruit aroma, but a balance between pine, citrus, and then an

earthy finish. New English rotates the hop used in this beer. Whole Lotta Hazy was also a lot of fun. This IPA poured with an excellent head and had very mild tropical and guava flavors. Dragoon American Red is a hop forward red ale with a nice nutty taste balanced by strong floral presence. Nina ended the interview by inviting Clairemonsters to come taste their top notch, award-winning beer. If you come with friends, there is something for everyone and you won’t be too far from your Clairemont home. New English is a place where you can hang out and be yourself. 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 (brianssandiego.blogspot.com/)

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Halting the Ivory Trade Protects Elephants by Mara W. Elliott, San Diego City Attorney

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art-deco sculptures that appeared to be made of ivory in the gallery’s Prospect Street display window. They returned and observed additional items that appeared to contain ivory. Through an undercover sting operation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife seized more than 300 pieces of ivory, and items containing ivory, from the gallery and its warehouse. While we know the black market value of the confiscated ivory is more than $1.3 million, we may never know how many animals were slaughtered to make these objects. Whatever the number, ivory trafficking is a reprehensible business. We are fortunate in San Diego to have the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where we see these noble creatures for ourselves, and teach our children the gentle side of these towering figures -- how they show empathy and affection, protect their families, and grieve their dead. I hope this prosecution helps to educate San Diegans about the laws to protect elephants and other endangered animals that have ivory tusks and teeth. I also hope it sends a strong message to anyone who sells, or is thinking about selling, ivory on the black market in San Diego: We will find you, and we will prosecute you. If it weren’t for the sharp eyes of the undercover wildlife officers who spotted a potential ivory sculpture, Carlton Gallery could have continued to profit undetected from the slaughter of elephants. That’s why we need your help. If you suspect a business or individual is involved with illegal ivory trafficking in San Diego, please contact our Nuisance Abatement Unit, which oversees cases related to the environment and wildlife protection. Contact NAU at 619-533-5500, cityattorney@sandiego.gov, or https://www.sandiego.gov/cityattorney/na u-request-for-service.

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Random Acts of Greenness: Valentine’s Day Eco-Friendly “Sweet Sixteen Ideas to Love Your Plant” by Susan Lewitt 1. Reusable metal utensils, not plastic, improves the taste of foods. It takes soap and water to wash these utensils, but it takes water and energy to make plastic. Bring reusable items when you go to a potluck or casual restaurant and don’t forget reusable metal straws. 2. Use reusable metal and glass water bottles instead of disposable paper and plastic. Water usually tastes better from metal or glass. 3. Even from a takeout restaurant, you don’t have to take what you don’t need. Items to avoid include bags, utensils and unwanted condiments. Make sure your takeout order gets packed with only items you will use. According to law, disposable utensils can’t be taken back. They may just be thrown out if you give them back. Donate unwanted sealed nonperishable condiments to food banks. 4. Pack lunches in reusable lunch containers instead of plastic bags and paper sacks, including school lunches. Talk to your child’s school about their recycling and conservation programs. Getting them to participate in

conservation can have a widespread impact. 5. Buy school snacks in bulk, but not more than you can use before the expiration date. Then package them into individual portions, as needed, in reusable containers. 6. Buy loose leaf tea, not bagged tea to minimize trash. Compost the used tea leaves. 7. Too many coffee pods end up in the landfill. There are refillable coffee pods for adding your own premixed hot beverage recipe. 8. Use your own cloth, canvas, nylon,

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11. Read material online instead of printing it. If you must print, minimize paper usage by formatting it onto a word document, leaving out what you don’t want. Print the results double sided, or as a booklet.

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12. Get statements, bills and more, online, to cut down on paper waste. Get email reminders to remember to pay these bills. Then for record keeping only print pages with pertinent information. 13. Don’t take flyers, business cards. Take photos of needed info or write it down in a small planner or note pad. 14. Fill out forms and applications online and then save and submit the form via email if allowed. 15. Use paper clips instead of staples. Staples can be reused with some difficulty and perhaps a small amount of bloodshed, so how about paper clips instead that can be reused multiple times. 16. Save, recycle, reduce, reuse. Do you have your own unique methods? Please send them to butterfliesisee@yahoo.com, with the subject ‘CT ideas’, to be used in future articles. List your name as you want to be credited (Examples: Samantha Jones, S. Jones, or Anonymous). We can have an enormous effect if each person adopts one new eco-friendly habit. Happy Valentines’ Day

Park Ranger Office 858-581-9961 Monday – Closed, Tuesday –Saturday 9:00-4:00, Sunday 9:00-2:00

Saturday, February 9 10:00-11:00 Ranger Led Walk – Lanston Street – Linda Vista Join Park Ranger Erika on a walk through a lesser known area of Tecolote Canyon that meanders through Linda Vista. Learn about native plants, animals and the history of the area. Wear closed toe shoes, sun protection and bring a reusable water bottle. Meet near 6462 Lanston Street and look for the Park Ranger truck. There are no restrooms here and the trail has some uneven terrain. All ages welcome! Saturday, February 16 9:00-11:00 Weed Warriors Volunteer with the Park Rangers to make your canyon awesome! Help is needed in the restoration and revegetation areas. Gloves and tools provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes. No flip flops please. Bring sun protection and a refillable water bottle. Wednesday, February 20 1:30-3:00 Art & Activities for Kids- Free! Rain, rain, rain! Join in the fun! Learn a little, create a lot. Saturday, February 23 8:00 am Audubon Society Birding Walk All skill levels welcome. Get outside and learn something new! Bring binoculars, water and dress in layers as the canyon can be chilly in the morning. Meet at the Tecolote Nature Center. Canyon Compadres – Wednesday Mornings Canyon Compadres is a group of canyon lovers who meet at different locations in the canyon to pick up trash, trim the trails, and whatever the rangers may need help with. Interested? Call the Park Ranger Office for more information. 858-581-9961 Activities are posted at www.meetup.com/Friends of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Like us on Facebook/Friends of Tecolote Canyon www.friendsoftecolotecanyon.org

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Little Ones Sign Language Storytime Thursdays: 2/7 & 2/21 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: 2/14 & 2/28 10:30am Joyce leads a fun storytime with stories, songs and play! Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran! Fridays: 10:30am Join Miss Fran as she reads fun picture books and sings songs! Kids & Teens Drumming Workshop: 2/4 4pm Join instructor Chazz Ross and learn how to create jungle sounds, play simple rhythms, and sing silly songs on African Djembe drums! Homework Help Tuesdays: 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. Game Time Thursdays: 3pm Break out the board games for a little tabletop fun! Kids Craft Club Thursdays: 4pm Craft time has something new every time! Button Making Saturdays: 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Bring your own pictures or use some of ours! Materials are free! Book Club for Kids! 2/26 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 “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Adults Climate Action Now 2/2 1pm Learn what can and needs to be done immediately to begin to stabilize climate change. Find out what SanDiego350 and other activists are doing today. Learn effective environmental actions you can incorporate into your daily life. Literary Book Club 2/6 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, “Manhattan Beach” by Jennifer Egan. Make Your Own Book! 2/26 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 from Dornob 2/27 6pm This talented collective of musicians has been playing Persian music in the spirit of jazz together in San Diego since 1985. This free concert is presented by the Friends of the Clairemont Library. 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 www.thingiverse.com. Prints should take less than two hours. NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931

Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include Play Scrabble 2/5 @5pm & 2/7 & 2/10 1pm The First Book Sale of the Year 2/9 9:30-1pm Remember, your generous purchases at the book sale supports this library. Thank you! Second Tuesday Concert Series The Lonesome Darlings 2/12 6:30pm The Second Tuesday Concert Series will feature the guitar and mandolin duo. Enjoy traditional folk music from the United States and British Isles with a few original songs thrown in the mix. Love, Marriage and Other Dangerous Pursuits 2/14 1pm Immerse yourself in some true, some quirky, and some legendary stories in a fascinating presentation. Book Repair Workshop 2/19 1pm The NC Book Club 2/19 6:30pm To discuss “Burial Rites” by Hannah Kent. Copies are available now at the front desk. Please ask for your copy. Zentangle 2/21 1pm The popular art class returns with a fun Found and Tangled project. Sign up today to reserve your space. Movie Night: “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018, PG-13) 2/26 5pm This delightful romantic comedy follows a native New Yorker on her first trip to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family. Genealogy Workshop 2/28 1pm Learn how the library can help you discover your heritage. Call or come in to sign up.

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The new year continues with Balboa Branch Library offering our usual wonderful selection of events for the community. Experience fun and educational programs for all ages. We look forward to seeing you! ALL SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY BRANCHES CLOSED MONDAY, FEB. 18TH FOR PRESIDENT’S DAY San Diego Museum Month – Explore Museums this February! 40+ museums @ 50% off! Pick up a free museum month pass at participating local libraries. While supplies last. In partnership with the San Diego Museum Council. Ongoing: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten! Yes, this is possible to accomplish by reading one book a day to be finished in 3 years! Contact library staff for more information. Children’s and Teens’ Programs Lego Club Mondays, 4-5pm Build your LEGO masterpiece. [Pre-K - 6th grade] Great Read-Aloud w/ Miss Terri Wednesdays 6:00pm Listen to entertaining stories while practicing listening skills. [Kinder - 2nd grade] Homework Help Wednesdays & Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30pm. Bring your homework questions in and our tutor can assist you. [K – 8th grade] Wee Reads for Baby & Toddler Fridays, 2/1, 2/8 & 2/15 10:30a.m. Enjoy stories, music, and rhymes. Kids’ Krafternoon Saturdays 1-2pm Create a fun craft at the library to take home. [Kinder - 4th grade] Youth Book Discussion 2/8 3:45-4:45 Teens’ (7th & 8th grade) Read the selected book (to be announced) and then join us for a lively book discussion. Copies available for checkout. Sign up required. [7th & 8th grade] Preschool Storytime and Craft W/ Miss Remi 2/7 & 2/21 10am [Babies- 5 yrs.] Listen to a terrific story and make a story-based craft at the library Paws to Read 2/12 6pm Practice reading out loud to patient therapy dogs. [Pre-K – 6th grade] Signing Storytime W/ Miss Jennifer 2/14 & 2/28 10am Learn signing while enjoying storytime,

music, and bubbles. [Birth – 5 yrs.] Make a Project @ the Library 2/20 3:30-4:30pm Theme to be announced. All supplies provided. No sign-up required. [3rd grade and up] Drop in and Play 2/22 10:30-11:30 [Babies- 5 yrs.] Enjoy playtime with babies and toddlers while getting to know other families in the community. Children’s Book Discussion 2/22 3:45-4:45 Read the selected book (to be announced) and then join us for a lively book discussion. Copies will be available for checkout. Sign up required. [3rd grade – 6th grade] Pajama Signing Storytime w/ Miss Jennifer 2/26 6pm Learn signing while enjoying storytime in your comfy pajamas. [Birth– 5 yrs.] Adults’ Programs ESL - Adult Beginning English Wednesdays, (except 2/6) Noon-2pm Geared toward newcomers learning English. Adult Writers Group Thursdays 1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Participate in writing exercises designed to help call forth your talents. Healthy & Fit Adults Monday, 2/4 & 2/11 11:15-Noon Join us for this educational fitness program presented by Lois Schenker. Stitching Circle 2/5 & 2/12 2-3:30pm Bring your knitting, crocheting & other stitching projects to the library. Instruction may be included. Adult Craft 2/6 6-7pm Learn how to carve and make a beautiful and delicious strawberry “rose” bouquet - for yourself or as a gift for someone special this Valentine’s Day. All supplies provided. Sign up required Spaces fill up fast! Balboa Book Discussion Club 2/19 11:45-12:45 Read “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles. Then join us for a lively and thoughtful book discussion. Copies available for checkout.

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Common Misconceptions about Your General Power of Attorney: Part III by Dick McEntyre and Chris von der Lieth Attorneys at Law

In Parts I and II of this article we discussed three misconceptions we often encounter with respect to the creation of general powers of attorney under California law. Let’s review the basics once more: under a general power of attorney, an individual (the “principal”) grants to another person—the “holder,” “attorney-in-fact,” or “agent”—the right to conduct functions, typically of a financial nature, on his or her behalf. Individuals often use a different form power of attorney for health care decisions. In California, the most commonly used general power of attorney is the Uniform Statutory Form Power of Attorney, as provided for in California Probate Code Section 4401. For this article we will discuss another common misconception, which is that your “power of attorney will be honored by your financial institution quickly, without hesitation or delay”. This misconception probably arises because someone who has been designated to serve as an agent under a principal’s power of attorney believes that he or she can provide such power to a financial institution and immediately (that is, within a sitdown session with the banker) take over the principal’s account(s).

In this connection, financial institutions, such as banks and credit unions, consider it a significant move to have an agent designated under a power of attorney named on a principal’s accounts. Doing so provides the agent with unfettered access to the principal’s account—all the money can be removed, and the account can be wiped out! This is why institutions are naturally wary of these powers, and for good reason. So, what precautions do financial institutions take in light of these very legitimate concerns? First, institutions often label any general power of attorney created by you (as the principal) or your attorney as an “outside” power of attorney. As you can imagine, these outside powers are common, and each and every one an institution receives will be sent to its legal department for review. (Most institutions have their own pre-prepared power of attorney forms. We will discuss these further below.) An outside power of attorney may include language which the institution is unfamiliar with and could authorize actions which the institution would not honor, so these powers are looked at closely. The longer, more complicated the document, the longer the review period will be. In our experience, this period is usually one or two business days. You might ask then, why not use the

Cabrillo National Monument Resumes Full Operations With the enactment of the continuing resolution, staff at Cabrillo National Monument resumed regular operations on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The park is open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The tide pools are open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 pm. Cabrillo National Monument’s employees and volunteers are happy to be back at work, serving the American people and welcoming visitors to their national parks. We invite you to join us for upcoming events! Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 from 6:30am- 8:30am is Cabrillo National Monument Foundation’s Sunrise 5K Fun Run & Walk. The route takes runners and walkers around the park’s most famous landmarks before dropping down 200 feet in elevation on the Bayside Trail. Spectacular 360-degree views await all participants, including a pristine view of downtown San Diego and Coronado as the sun rises over the city. Visit www.cnmf.org for more information and to register! On February 23, 2019 from 10am – 11am, Cabrillo National Monument

Foundation is hosting a Naturally Speaking Science Education Series event on San Diego Wildlife, Climate Change, and You! This series is usually reserved only for CNMF members; however, we are inviting everyone to hear this fascinating talk from Alex Warneke, Deputy Director of Climate Science Alliance. Visit www.cnmf.org for more information and to register! Cabrillo National Monument offers an annual pass for $35 for unlimited entry to the park for 12 months. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, active duty military, fourth grade students and their accompanying family, and disabled citizens. Free entry to Cabrillo National Monument will be available on the following dates: • Saturday, April 20 – Start of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day • Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary • Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

institution’s pre-prepared form, so as to avoid the hassle and not have to wait to find out whether a power you (or your attorney) have prepared has been approved or not? You could do this, but you need to remember that each institution’s forms are created for only that institution (they cannot be used at any other bank, credit union, etc.) and for just a single purpose, namely, designating an agent on a specific financial account(s). Such a power could not be used, for example, to engage in a real property transaction, which is a downfall of these pre-prepared forms. Considering that most of us have relationships with several institutions, signing a different power at each one of them would be a lot of work, and could create a mess if you ended up designating different people on different accounts. However, if immediacy is your primary concern, you (as the principal) and your desired agent could meet with a representative at an institution where you have an account and sign the institution’s pre-prepared form on-site. Instead of taking this approach, we typically recommend that you create only one general power of attorney—preferably the Uniform Statutory Form Power of Attorney referred to above and discussed in detail in Parts I and II of this article. Because this form is commonly used in California, institutions will have some level of familiarity with it, and a needed review of a day or two will not turn into a week. The Statutory Form is broad in the powers it grants and can be used for almost any financial or general

transaction. If, as we discussed in Part I of this article, you are also creating (or have created) a Declaration of Trust, and you will be transferring any of your financial accounts into it, we recommend that your Declaration authorizes your granting of a power of attorney to your agent to conduct trustee of your trust functions. Remember to also add to your power of attorney itself specific instructions granting your agent the power and authority to conduct on your behalf all your functions as trustee of your trust. Consider developing a relationship with a representative(s) at the institution(s) where you have accounts. Then, if the need ever arises in the future for you to present them with your power of attorney for approval and your Declaration of Trust, if applicable, you can show the representative(s) where the pertinent sections in these documents are located. This will make it quicker and easier for the institution’s legal department to review your documents. The above statements 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. Chris von der Lieth is Dick’s associate lawyer, having worked with Dick for over 5 years. House calls are available. Dick’s office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279), www.richardfmcentyre.com.

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We are helping San Diego County save water by getting hundreds of rain barrels to their new homes! Pre-order your rain barrel online by February 10th! With the $35 Rebate, the final cost is $55. All Sales Final. Collecting rain water is a great way to reduce potable water use, prevent harmful run off, and give your plants free, fresh water. Each barrel we send home can capture up to 50 gallons of water in just a few minutes (depending on your roof configuration and rainfall). Pre-order your rain barrel by February 10 for pick up at the North County rain barrel event, or at the Solana Center in Encinitas on Saturdays from 9am to 12pm: Order online at: www.rainwatersolutions.com/products/sandiego (Choose your location notating date and times for pickup and then place your order.

Please note, the rain barrels will not be shipped to you) Pickup: Saturday, February 16, 2019 9 am - 12 pm Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District 1920 N. Iris Lane Escondido CA 92026 Solana Center, Encinitas Pick up during our hours of operation:

Saturdays 9AM - 12PM 137 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024 You will pick up your rain barrel at the event listed above, it will NOT be shipped to you. When placing your order the Billing Address should match your credit card billing statement. If you have questions, please contact Solana Center at (760) 436-7986 ext. 700 or by email at water@solanacenter.org.

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