Clairemont Times January 2015

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Clairemont Times Serving Clairemont, Bay Park, Linda Vista & Kearny Mesa


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Still Time to Register! Spring Classes Begin Jan. 26 at San Diego Mesa College

Linda Vista Skate Park Design Meeting Community Notice

Nearly 300 More Student Parking Spaces and 117 New Classes Being Offered for a Total of 1,816 San Diego Mesa College welcomes new and returning students to its spring semester, which begins January 26. The 16-week semester starts Jan. 26 and ends May 23; other short term classes are also offered. In response to student demand, Mesa has added 117 class sections – a nine percent increase from last spring. Emphasis has been placed on adding Math and English classes, which are among those most in demand. One of the most popular offerings at Mesa College this spring will be the addition of approximately 272 parking spaces in Lot #1. In a domino effect, the opening of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Building last fall allowed for the removal of the Modular Village, which was returned to student parking in Lot #1. Spring semester will also see the opening of an English Village to accommodate more English classes. Signing up for classes is almost as easy as turning on your computer. Just follow the five simple procedures under “New Students” tab on the Mesa College website, At $46 per unit, California community colleges offer an affordable way to secure a college degree. Click the financial aid link on any of the college’s website to learn more about various avenues to secure financial aid. SEE Mesa College, page 8


January 15, 2015 • 6:00 PM Linda Vista Rec Center 7064 Levant Street, San Diego 92111 Members of the public are invited to participate in the discussion of the skate park. The public will have the opportunity to review and comment on site amenities and design layout. Schmidt Design Group, Site Design Group and the City of San Diego will introduce the project scope. We will discuss opportunities, needs, community goals, and request community input. This project provides for the design and construction of a new skate park, including lighting and associated Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility requirements. City of San Diego Community Notice

Circulate San Diego announced the winners of its “My Trolley Looks Like”Art Contest at an awards ceremony Monday at Toler Elementary. The contest challenged students at Toler Elementary, grades K-5, to design their own trolley station – and then interpret that idea into an original work of visual art (drawing, painting, mixed media or digital). Circulate San Diego and Toler Elementary hosted the contest as a way to engage students and families in the upcoming public transit improvements coming to the area called the Mid Coast Trolley extension.Toler Elementary school is a quarter-mile from the planned Balboa trolley station, or a 5-minute walk. “It’s very rewarding to see students at such a young age reflect in their artwork how important the trolley will be to our community,” said Jeff Barfield, a Circulate San Diego Board Member as well as Chairperson of the Clairemont Community Planning Group and a former Toler Elementary student. There were 50 entries and the winning artwork is impressive.The Grand Prize went to Ashlyn Gonawela, a 2nd grader who designed a piece showing people of all ages and colors getting on/off a trolley station by the beach. Other winners included a trolley station made from Legos, a transit station Diorama, as well as traditional drawings and paintings depicting the new trolley station. SEE Toler Elementary, page 4

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From the Publisher, Hard to believe here we are in 2015. Happy New Year! As the only local newspaper dedicated to serving Clairemont, Linda Vista, Bay Park & Kearny Mesa, I am constantly trying to make the Clairemont Times experience better for the readers, the neighborhoods we serve and of course for the local businesses that support the paper. As previously announced, the new website is up and active ( The free online calendar is starting to fill up, it is nice to see local groups, libraries and businesses post their events. The Community Announcement page is also another new feature as part of the new website platform at is a great place to announce, for example, if you have a new job or been promoted, an addition to the family, or maybe a grand opening of a new business.

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The winners were: • Joshua Fraser (kindergarten) • Rylie Graciano (1st Grade) • Ashlynn Gonawela (2nd Grade & Grand Prize winner) • Gianni Sykes (3rd Grade) • Zachary Griffin (4th Grade) • Ally Robinson (5th Grade) Thanks to a community engagement grant from the San Diego Foundation, each winner received a Kindle Fire, and the Grand Prize winner received a $250 gift certificate for a new bike.The winning artwork will be displayed online, in public venues such as San Diego City Hall, and used in Circulate San Diego’s public transportation outreach materials. “The future trolley station at Balboa and Morena will be an incredibly valuable amenity for the elementary school by giving families another option to get to school, and providing the school a quick and easy transportation connection to future field

Think of the Community Announcement page as a way to brag online. For all you business owners the Business Directory is free advertising for your business. Sign up at Recently we have added some new contributors to the paper and the response has been fantastic. Bill Swank has been a long time local resident who has been kind enough to write some pieces in a column he has titled “Squaremont”. His writings are historical pieces/perspectives of Clairemont (the column in this edition again does not disappoint). Bill is also a local author and baseball historian, I am currently reading his book, Echoes from Lane Field, A History of the San Diego Padres 1936-1957. A great read. Many may not know that I spent a number of years working in the maritime industry, working on tugboats and in maritime construction in Boston, Cape Cod, Los Angeles and San

Diego. I transitioned to the mega yacht industry here in San Diego. I have always had a love of the ocean, but I also respect it. Well stories about ghost ships and dirty oil tankers are not that much fun, but I had a lot of fun in some epic sea conditions. Where am I going with this, you’re probably wondering….. I am leading to Captain Paul Fischer, another new contributor to the CT. I wanted to incorporate a maritime perspective to the paper and Captain Paul the operator of the Outer Limits has been a welcome addition. The Outer Limits is a deep sea fishing boat and whale watch boat right out of Mission Bay. Captain Paul is another local who the more I talk to, the more I learn. We both got into the maritime industry by just walking the docks plus in all my years on the water I never really fished so through his writings and our talks I am learning the history of the local waters. I cannot say enough about how grateful I am to Bill & Paul along with

the other regular contributors who are bringing what I hope is interesting content to the neighborhood newspaper. If there is a topic you would like to read about let me know or if you are interested in contributing again call or email me. The CT “Neighborhood News Hour” is ramping back up again we went through a learning curve and made some business decisions and are now recording some podcasts which will be up on soon. The future podcasts will be a collaborative effort with Gary Hyde and Pacific Records. A lot of the guests are already lined up for future shows …….. Stay tuned. I hope you enjoy this edition. Sincerely,

trips,” said Elyse Lowe,Toler Elementary PTA President. The judging panel was comprised of: • Circulate San Diego Board member • San Diego Mayor’s Office Representative • Art San Diego Representative • Toler Elementary Representative • San Diego County Bicycle Coalition Representative • MTS and SANDAG Representatives

• Clairemont Town Council Representative • Clairemont Planning Group Representative • Clairemont Art Guild Representative • Clairemont Times Newspaper Publisher Circulate San Diego is the public voice in support of effective and sustainable transportation in the San Diego region.The non-profit organiza-

tion organizes and serves a broad coalition of people and organizations to prioritize, fund, and implement sustainable, healthy, convenient transportation and related land use solutions. For more information on Circulate San Diego visit


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The Clairemont Woman’s Club The Clairemont Woman’s Club wishes all a pleasant and healthy New Year and invites you to attend one of our meetings. The January meeting will be on Wednesday, January 7th. The program will be a skit put on by several members that will be a surprise for everyone. Refreshments will be served. We meet at Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Ave. at 1:00 p.m. Park around the corner on Mt.Albertine. In addition to our January meeting, we are sponsoring a scholarship fundraising at the Outback Restaurant in the Clairemont TownSquare (4196 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 92117). Each year we give a $1000 scholarship to a senior girl at Clairemont High School and one at Madison High School. The date is Friday, January 23 from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. Lunch consists of

salad, steak or chicken, potato and a non-alcoholic drink. Come have lunch with your friends and support a good cause.The cost is $15.Tickets should be bought in advance by calling Wendy Eagle at (858) 578 6266. Clairemont Woman’s Club promotes social concerns, civic interests and educational activites for the community. This year our main projects are the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station, here in San Diego and our scholarship program.We also support Pennies for Pines,The Storefront for homeless kids, Meals on Wheels with re-cycled Christmas Cards made into trees for their trays (over 3000 recycled so far) and supply food and toiletries to a central location in Clairemont for distribution. Come and join us.

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CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD., 92110 SPECIAL EVENTS Adult Book Club 1/7 6pm Members will discuss The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman Join us for a Talk 1/14 4pm Raising a Family Naturally, presented by Dr. Lauren Oberstein. Learn about physical exercise, nutrition, and the mental/emotional aspects of good health. Story Craft Time: Bats! 1/15 3:30 Presented by the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group volunteers. Free Concert: Celtic Echoes 1/28 6pm Please join us for this fabulous evening of Irish music! This program is made possible through generous donations from the Friends of the Clairemont Library.All are welcome, and no sign-up is required. RECURRING EVENTS Art Class for Children Ages 6-12 1/7 4pm The class is led by Robert Gulli. The Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting 1/21 4pm Tuesdays: Craft Time 5:30pm For children and their families with our Youth Services Librarian, Karina. Tuesdays: Homework Help Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. Free Homework Help for students in grades K-12.Tutors are adult volunteers On the 1st and 3rd Thursday 10:30 am “BabySign Storytime”, a storytime with sign language for children ages 0-2 and their caregivers On the 2nd, 4th and 5th 10:30 am Storytime with our Youth Services Librarian, Karina Fridays 10:30 am Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran.

SPECIAL EVENTS Welcome Winter! Decorate a Snowflake Visit the Balboa Library any time in January and decorate a snowflake.We will hang them up around the library to create a winter wonderland! We have added new adorable stuffed animals to our toy collection here at the library. Visit the library and enjoy our new additions. They can’t wait to meet you. Many thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the San Diego Public Library-Balboa Branch. Chair Yoga for Adults 1/12 11:15-12pm New program for adults at the library! Bring a friend and join us for this relaxing fitness program presented by Lori Schenker. New Children’s Book Discussion For 3-6th Graders 1/29 4-5pm Beat the winter blues and sign up for our new children’s book discussion.The book we will be reading is, Love that Dog, by Sharon Creech. When you sign up at the front desk you will receive a copy of the book to read and keep. Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course ... a dog. Balboa Book Club 1/20 11:30am (Note Time Change) Members will discuss The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan. Paws to Read 1/13 & 1/27 6:00 pm Therapy dogs provide a positive and fun environment for children to practice reading. Brought to you by Love on a Leash RECURRING EVENTS Mondays: Lego Club 4pm We supply the Legos, you supply the imagination (1/19 All libraries closed for MLK Day) Wednesday: “Stories with Ms. Terri” 6pm Come and listen to some terrific stories and to welcome Ms.Terri our new storyteller. For K-4th graders. Thursdays: “Preschool Activity w/Miss Linda” 10am Fridays: “Wee Reads” Baby & Toddler Storytime 1/9, 1/16 & 1/23 10:30am

Fridays: Drop in & Play 1/30 10:30am For birth -5 y/o.We provide toys and music while you enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where you and your child can play and get to know other families in the community. Saturdays: “Kids Krafternoons” 1-2pm

making a heart penguin. All materials are provided. Ages 3 and up. Challenge Island Science Classes 1/13 & 1/27 4pm Sign up for our fun hands-on science and engineering class that promotes creative and critical thinking skills.Ages 9+ RECURRING EVENTS

CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DRIVE, 92117 SPECIAL EVENTS Concert 1/6 6:30 The San Diego Folk Song Society will perform a tribute concert to the legendary Pete Seeger.The SDFSSS was founded in 1957 by Sam Hinton, San Diego’s Premier Folklorist Tales for Tails 1/8 4pm Children practice reading to rabbits, guinea pigs, mice or dogs who to hear children reading to them.Ages 4+ Chair Yoga 1/8 & 1/22 9:45am Promotes stretching, strengthening and improves balance, flexibility and mobility. This practice increases circulation, enhances mental clarity and helps reduce stress, calms the nervous system and provides peace and relaxation.Wear comfortable clothes and bring water. Book Sale! 1/10 9:30am-1:30 Get great deals at the Friends Book Sale. If you would like to support the library, ask about membership! Scrabble Night 1/13 5:30-8pm Do you enjoy playing Scrabble? We are hosting scrabble get togethers.All levels are encouraged to attend, from the casual player to the tournament pro! Winter Craft for Kids 1/14 4pm Make a peace dove out of a painted handprint to celebrate the message of Martin Luther King Jr. Let’s also embrace our cold-weathered friend by

Mondays: Sign-A-Story Circle Time 10 am Join us for a super fun performance that combines AmericanSign Language with songs, stories, and engaging toys and props! Suitable for all ages. Tuesdays: Rhythm & Rhyme for Tots 11:45am A special class for babies and toddlers with children’s songs, nursery rhymes, instruments, and books. For ages 2 and under. Thursdays: Ereader Clinic 12 Noon Drop by our weekly clinic to get personalized assistance with your ereader so you can start downloading library books for your reading pleasure. Fridays: Toddler & Preschool Storytime Class 10:30am A fun interactive storytime including books, songs, rhymes, movement & bubble time with Miss Karina! For ages 2+ Saturdays: Songbirds Storytime 1/3 & 1/10 10am Children and their caregiver share songs, instrument play, rhythm chants and movement activities in relaxed, playful setting.All ages. Saturdays: Hopscotch Storytime 1/17, 1/24 & 1/31 10am Join us for a fun storytime that includes music and movement,and children’s art. January theme: “Under the Sea.”Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Homework Help Do Your Homework at the Library Drop in to our free afterschool homework help sessions for Grades K8 during these hours: Mon/ Thurs: 3:30 – 5:30 pm & Tue/ Wed: 3:30 – 7:00 pm & Sat: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

Optimism on New Year’s Eve is a time-honored tradition. Optimism and opportunity are vital elements of our American dream and folklore. Martin Ridge was my history professor at San Diego State College. In 1949, Ridge and Ray Billington wrote Westward Expansion.The authors “set a new standard for scholarship in western American history” and were acknowledged as the most prominent experts on the frontier era. They noted,“Economic success was the ordained lot of frontier settlers; men and women had only to apply themselves to achieve wealth and an elevated social status …” In correspondence, Dr. Ridge wrote, “Americans have a blind eye for hard truths and a clear one for great expectations.” It has become popular to rewrite history in the new millennium, but there was a time when Americans believed success could be found beyond the next hill. … And sixty years ago, optimism was high on a hill called Clairemont. In November 1954, developers Irvin Kahn, Lou Burgener, Carlos Tavares and PCL Padres owner Bill Starr opened the Clairemont Quad (Village) shopping center.“San Diego’s Great New City of Stores” began with 18 businesses and

expansion on the drafting boards before the ribbon was even cut. Local grocery stores advertised bread for 23¢ a loaf. Bologna was 39¢ a pound, a one pound can of coffee cost 89¢, rutabagas were 6¢ a pound and lobster only 69¢ a pound.Texas Liquor Store at the Quad offered “A case of good judgment,” premium Edelweiss beer from Chicago for only $2.95. A 21” black and white Philco swivel console television set could be purchased for $179.The customer also received S&H Green Stamps. The first street sweeper was welcomed into our neighborhood on New Year’s Eve 1954. 6,400 new phones had been activated in December. Previously, old-timers remember long lines to talk on Clairemont pay phones. The state legislature debated whether to increase the maximum speed limit from 55 to 65 mph and Highway Patrol Commissioner B.R. Caldwell argued that California drivers “lack the skill” to drive 65 mph. “You Can Beat The Atomic Bomb” received mixed reception from Clairemont school children, women’s groups and men’s service clubs. Some were terrified; others found dark humor in the film’s stilted dialog and hackneyed acting. Extension of Balboa Avenue from the Santa Fe bridge east to Clairemont Drive would begin in 1955. Donald Leon Unger, Clairemont’s first baby of the new year, received a wide variety of gifts from local merchants. His proud father, Harry Unger, was a sailor stationed at the Naval Training Center. Typical of the times, the infant’s mother was simply identified as Mrs. Harry Unger. The Clairemont Canary Club was founded in January 1955. It must have been a large club, because the organiza-

tion had a president, first vice president, second vice president, third vice president, secretary, assistant secretary, but only one treasurer.Anyone with knowledge of the Clairemont Canary Club is asked to contact the Clairemont Times. On April 9, 1955, over 1,000 Clairemont first and second graders were among the first children nationwide to receive Salk polio inoculations.

Later that summer, an Olympic size swimming pool would open for the residents of the Buena Vista Apartments. Burgers were 19¢ at King’s Drive-In. There were, indeed, good reasons for the denizens of Clairemont to be optimistic in 1955. Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955 with East Clairemont in the distance.

Religious Directory Atonement Lutheran Church 7250 Eckstrom St (Balboa & 805) San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 278-5556 Sunday Worship Time 9 am, Bible Study 10:30 am Clairemont Lutheran Church 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:30, 10:00 (English) & 11:30 am (Spanish) Sunday School for kids 9:45am Holy Cross Lutheran Church 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Northminster Presbyterian Church 4324 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (858) 490-3995 Worship Service and Sunday School Nursery thru 6th Grade at 10am “A Community of Faith, Grace and Service – Making a Difference for Christ” Christian Science Church and Reading Room 3410 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (619) 276-5034 Sunday Worship Service and Sunday School: 10:00 am Wednesday Testimony Meetings: Noon

Joyful Living Spiritual Center Services and classes at the LiveWell Center 4425 Bannock Avenue, San Diego 92117 Sunday services and Junior Church at 10 am Are you ready for a happier, healthier and more abundant life?

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St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool 5050 Milton Street, San Diego CA 92110 Sunday Worship Times: 8:00 am Traditional • 10:30am Contemporary For information on promoting your place of worship in the Religious Directory please call or email Chris O’Connell, Publisher (858) 752-9779

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New Year, New Barbershop

After working in Sal’s Barber Shop in Clairemont for over 24 years. Dennis Hill is happy to announce he has moved across town to Amidine Barber Shop & Hair Salon at 4241

Balboa Ave (at the Corner of Clairemont Drive in the newly remodeled Garfield Plaza). (858) 272 2243. As always I look forward to serving you and your families.

San Diego Button Club Annual Buy and Sell Event Antique and Vintage Buttons January 31st 2015 • 9 am – 3pm Free with Free Parking Tecolote Canyon Nature Center - 5180 Tecolote Road, San Diego, CA 92110

Mesa College Continued from page 1

In addition to Mesa’s degree and certificate programs, non-credit, continuing education classes are also offered on the

Mesa College campus by its sister institution, San Diego Continuing Education.A variety of noncredit courses are offered at the CE Building Mesa College, and six other campuses and several community locations throughout the city.

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Clairemont Act One Presents Theatricks 2015 Variety Show and Fund Raiser

San Diego’s Premier Stamp Show is Coming to Kearny Mesa

Clairemont Act One is proud to present our third annual variety show and fundraiser. Join us for an evening of Music, Comedy and Drama! The show is on Friday, January 30 at 7:00PM at Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey St., San Diego 92109. Clairemont Act One is a non-profit community theatre group in operation since 2011.We are dedicated to providing quality, affordable entertainment to the Clairemont community and surrounding areas.Among our many successful productions have been Steel Magnolias, Neil Simon’s California Suite, and, most recently, Beth Henley’s Pulitzer prize-winning Crimes of the Heart. We are thrilled to be partnering with Tango Del Rey for Theatricks

The 44th SANDICAL Stamp Expo kicks off the 3 day show at the Al Bahr Shrine, in San Diego, (at the junction of Clairemont Mesa Blvd and Route 163) at 10.00 am Friday January 23rd, continuing on the 24th and 25th 2015. Thirty dealers (from Utah, Texas, Oregon, Arizona and California) will have stamps and covers and collections from just about every country. There even is a special area with free stamps (and cachets) for kids—the USPS table will have the latest issues. This year we welcome to San Diego several new dealers with fresh merchandise not seen at any stamp show in San Diego before. Recently a large stash of older SANDICAL cachets were unearthed, so that every show attendee will

2015.You will be treated to acts ranging from the comic to the sublime, and a variety of musical numbers, including of course some Broadway favorites. In addition, you can participate in our raffle for some fun prizes, purchase your favorite drink at the bar, and order appetizers from Tango Del Rey’s menu. Please join us for a fun filled evening. This show is one night only, so don’t miss it! Tickets are $20 at the door or online at: Clairemont Act One is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. ALL TICKET PURCHASES AND DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE!!

“Take a Book, Read a Book” New Little Free Library in the Neighborhood Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ is excited to announce a new Little Free Library to promote literacy and community in our Clairemont neighborhood. Little Free Libraries are pint-sized libraries stocked with gently used books set up in people’s yards, churches, or anywhere else people can

access them.Anyone is free to take a book from the library, or leave a book to share. More information on the libraries can be found at: The library is located at 2550 Fairfield Street, at the top of the walkway leading down to Western Hills Park.

receive one or more absolutely FREE while stocks last. These cachets illustrate-amongst others-Charles Lindbergh’s ‘Spirit of Saint Louis”, the “America’s Cup”, the “Star of India”, the “Old Point Loma Lighthouse”, “Endangered Species”, some are from 1984First Day of Issue –Transportation Series. All have mint US postage. Cachets refer to the artwork placed on the envelope to enhance the stamp. Many are works of art themselves and add value to the cover. As in the past, there will be free evaluations of collections, bundles of covers, boxes of stamp albums anything with stamps on it. Time to see what that ‘stuff’in the attic is worth. Free admission, Free parking bring the whole family. For more information, visit

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

On Wednesday, December 10, I had the honor of being sworn in to office as your Councilmember. I want to first thank you for instilling your trust in me. I will be your voice and advocate at City Hall and I will always put our neighborhoods first.As a member of the City Council, I will prioritize neighborhood infrastructure improvements, the recruitment and retention of quality _police officers to protect our communities and job creation to strengthen our local economy. In a unanimous vote from the San Diego City Council, I was named to four committees, serving as Vice Chair for three. I will bring a solution-oriented approach to my committee service as I work to bolster our police department, strengthen our neighborhoods and grow our City’s local economy. My appointments for 2015 are as follows: Vice Chair: Committee on Charter Review,Vice Chair: Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods,Vice Chair: Committee on the Environment and Member: Committee on Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations. With decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, I am excited to have a diverse staff of military family members, mothers and local residents. Allen Young will be my representative for the neighborhood of Clairemont. Prior to joining my staff team,Allen Young served as a Legislative Aide to a California State Senator in Sacramento. Allen was responsible for a variety of legislative issues ranging from taxation, veteran affairs and government reform.Additionally,Allen served as a key adviser on public safety issues. Before working in Sacramento,Allen worked in several district offices where he collaborated with community leaders to improve their neighborhoods. During his free time, Allen enjoys hiking and exploring the vibrant and diverse food scene of San Diego.Allen can be reached at or (619) 533-6460. The City of San Diego works effectively, efficiently and collaboratively when residents are connected, involved and engaged. If you have an interest for making your neighborhood better, please view the resources below or contact my office at (619) 236-6616. City Boards & Commissions If you are a community-minded individual interested in serving on a City board or commission, please contact Julianna Chick ( in my office. Additional information about boards and commissions can be found here:

City Boards and Commissions Website Certificates, Commendations and Proclamations If you or your organization resides in the sixth district and would like to be recognized, please email Julianna Chick with the requested information below. Please allow 7-10 days for processing. • Name of the person being recognized • Name and contact information for the person requesting the certificate or commendation • Reason for recognition, including proper title of achievement • Date, time and location of the event/ceremony • Would you like the Councilmember or a representative attend to personally present • Mailing address for certificate or commendation Community Projects, Program & Services (CPPS) Funding Program City Council Community Projects, Programs and Services (CPPS) funding is allocated to public agencies or nonprofit organizations for one-time community, social, environmental, cultural or recreational needs which serve a lawful public purpose. Born and raised in Sacramento, Julianna Chick’s engaging, genuine and outgoing personality will help all District 6 residents have a voice at City Hall. She’s a twin to her sister, Roseanna, adopted, and a mother (to Winnie, her rescue dog). She is a second generation American and understands the true meaning of family, sacrifice and empathy. Prior to joining my staff family, Julianna worked tirelessly in the Legislature for more than a decade, most recently as Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Linda Halderman, M.D. Julianna moved to America’s Finest City in the summer of 2013, and served at the helm of the Republican Party of San Diego as Executive Director. When Julianna is not at City Hall, you can find this change-agent in District 6 at the Kearny Mesa dog park, Clairemont farmers market, or hunting down the best local cuisine San Diego has to offer. Julianna serves as my Director of Outreach/Policy Advisor and can be reached at From potholes and sidewalk/road repairs, to trash collection questions and park conditions, please always feel free to contact me if there is something I can do to improve your quality of life in Clairemont. Email: • Phone: (619) 236-6616 Website: Facebook: Twitter: Mailing Address: 202 C Street, 10th Floor, San Diego, CA 92101


Society’s Pressure Cooker: Conflict and Order by Daniel J. Smiechowski

The recent social unrest in a place called America is as old as time itself. Racial tensions in Ferguson, Missouri on the heels of the Michael Brown shooting by a white police officer spilled onto the streets of San Diego. The results of a tea pot left unattended. Many Clairemont folks missed the point in railing against the protesters. A small group of UCSD Students who chose to block the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were signaled out as being highly disruptive. Geez, is that not the point! Are we not blinded in not seeing the forest for the trees? Have we lost all concept of the greater whole? Martin Luther King once said,“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Commentators on local social media ran the gamut from the self centered to the absurd. One response that particularly struck a chord was by a gentleman that stated,“The protesters had caused us law abiding citizens to be late for work.” Is this a statement of an evolved human being? Did it ever occur to this simple minded fellow that there exist three rails of human behavior being morality, ethics and of course the incorporeity of law itself? Does America’s vast middle class silent majority really believe in the birth of justice through indifference?

When the tables are turned, and the control and order folks are met squarely with injustice, ever see how they come off the rails. Every psychologist and psychiatrist in America understands that everyone has a breaking point. Our society is no different. Most people understand the value of sobriety checkpoints yet isn’t this some form of organized protest (police power) in reverse, that is to put some motorists back on the wagon.Why is the peaceful protest of injustice any different? Consider that during the last one hundred years in this country, we have had conflict and concomitant social unrest with child labor laws, women’s right to vote, Civil War veterans march on Washington, civil rights, abortion, Vietnam,Wall Street and thousands of more protests on all sorts of issues. My belief is that most Americans just conveniently forget history and fail to see the lessons of the past. Either that or the shallowness of their everyday lives has muted creative impulse.The piano man represents conflict, progression and creativity.And one final note, is the dropping of bombs at thirty thousand feet shown on a jet’s video monitor a form of organized control? I think not. Be nice, do good deeds and don’t be a stranger as we at The Clairemont Times value your participation. Daniel J. Smiechowski has been a resident of Clairemont since 1967 and can be reached at or 858.220.4613

Community Meetings Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 1/8/15 • (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 1/20/15 • (3rd Tues. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 1/15/15 • (3rd Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls Drive, 92111 LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 1/26/15 • (4th Mon. of the month)5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL 1/14/15 • (2nd Wed.of the month) 6:30PM LiveWell Senior Center 4425 Bannock Ave, 92117

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The City’s 41st Annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program Runs Through January 23rd The Clairemont Times PO Box 17671 San Diego, CA 92177 (858) 752-9779

This year’s program offers 16 locations listed below are the most local, for the full list visit ( where residents can go to drop off their tree for recycling.The City also offers curbside pickup of trees for residents who receive curbside yard waste collection from the City.

Founding Publisher: Chris O’Connell

The drop-off locations are in the following neighborhoods:

Graphic Designer: Elaine Hall Contributors: Mike Baehr Kevin Casillo Paul Fischer Gary Hyde Daniel J. Smiechowski Bartley Stratton Rob Stone Bill Swank The Clairemont Times is a free publication published each month and circulated throughout the neighborhoods of Clairemont, Linda Vista, Bay Park & Kearny Mesa. Story ideas, advertising & editorial questions can be sent to The Clairemont Times P.O. Box 17671, San Diego, CA 92177 or Copyright ©2011-14 The Clairemont Times/McSierra Publishing. Reuse of material from this edition or past editions is strictly prohibited without permission from the publisher. The opinions in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of The Clairemont Times/McSierra Publishing but instead, of each individual author/contributor. The Clairemont Times is proud to partner and contribute with:

• Carmel Valley: Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Dr. • La Jolla: Kate Sessions Memorial Park, Soledad Road and Loring Street • Miramar: Miramar Landfill at Greenery, 5180 Convoy St., north of Highway 52 • Mission Bay: SeaWorld Drive at Pacific Highway • Ocean Beach: Robb Athletic Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon St. • Tierrasanta: Gaspar de Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. • University City: Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Dr.

in half. Automated container customers using the large, green 96-gallon bin provided by the city should cut their trees to fit into the automated contain-

er for pickup on collection day. For more information, call the City’s Environmental Services Department at (858) 694-7000 or go to

Notes: No fake trees. Miramar Greenery accepts trees throughout the year. Curbside collection (For residents with yard waste collection only) Manual container customers using their own bins should place trees on the curb for collection on your regular greenery recycling pickup day.Trees over four feet in length should be cut

“Topping Out” for Mesa College Commons Construction milestone marks the placement of the highest structural element A “topping out” marks the point when a structure’s highest element is hoisted into place.The practice started in Scandinavia over 1,000 years ago. Upon reaching the highest point, workers traditionally put into place a small evergreen tree as a symbol of good faith and good luck. In keeping with this longstanding construction tradition, the final beam used for the facility was painted white and made available for construction crewmembers, campus and District dignitaries, and other guests to sign before being lifted into place along with an evergreen tree and an American flag.

Funded by Proposition N and scheduled for completion in 2015, the new $44.3 million Mesa Commons is slated to become the new center of campus life at Mesa College.The structure consists of a two-story, 60,000square-foot building that will house campus food services, a bookstore, coffee bar, convenience store, campus stockroom, faculty/staff reprographic services, auxiliary conference rooms, and the culinary arts/culinary management program – including a studentrun restaurant and rooftop garden.The building’s design features sustainable elements including natural ventilation, solar water heating, radiant floor heating, storm water harvesting, and daylighting. To view photos of the event visit:

Save the Date LiveWell Steps for Seniors 5k Run/Walk Don’t forget to register for the February 28th 5K fun-raiser for the Adult Day Care program.Your support is needed to keep the scholarship program going strong! Why not step out for a really good cause and have lots of fun in the process! Register or donate at: m/livewell5k or call (858) 483-5100 for more information

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Tecolote Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110 858-581-9959 Start the New Year off right and check out these activities in your neighborhood.All activities start at the nature center except for the Mount Ashmun walk. See you on the trail! Sunday, January 4 8:00 a.m. California Native Plant Society Walk Join a CNPS member on a guided walk. Saturday, January 10 9:00 a.m. Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group Walk See a different part of the canyon on this easy walk in Tecolote. *Meet at the entrance to Tecolote on Mount Ashmun – see map and article in this issue. No facilities

Does anyone have historical information on the Linda Vista Shopping Center? by Chris O’Connell

The Linda Vista Community Development Corporation has recently begun the process of revitalizing the area Historical Society. They are seeking out anyone who may have photos, video, newspaper articles or personal memory of the visit by First

Lady Eleanor Roosevelt back in 1942, to dedicate the Linda Vista Shopping Center. At the time it was called, “the first planned shopping center in America to accommodate automobiles on the perimeter of the retail shops.” Please call (858) 752 9779 so I can relay the information.

Saturday, January 17 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weed Warriors – Volunteer Project Clean up the canyon with a Park Ranger.Wear sturdy shoes and long pants. Gloves and tools provided. Saturday, January 24 8:00 a.m. Audubon Society Birding Walk Join an experienced guide on an easy walk. See and hear our resident birds and winter visitors such as the Cedar Waxwings. For more information or to schedule a guided walk for your youth or adult group contact the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group (TCIG) at 858-581-9959 or visit us at the Tecolote Nature Center. Updated activities are posted at of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center

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Amsterdam by Kevin Casillo

One of the friendliest walk able cities we have found is Amsterdam.The capital city and most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands with an estimated population of 7 million enjoys 17th Century Canals that zigzag through the heart of the city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters here and seven of the world’s 500 largest companies, including Philips are based in Amsterdam. In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city in which to live by the Economist Intelligence Unit and 12th globally for quality of living by Mercer. Which really is no surprise as it has an open “anything” goes attitude. In the middle of this free and welcome self expressionism you can find the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, which is the oldest in the world. (sorry Wall Street) Amsterdam’s main attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam,Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw nearly 4 million visitors annually (and that’s not just to the cannabis coffee shops). We stayed in a 17 century boutique hotel that was rehabbed in a typical sheik mix of modern/retro.We chose

Girl with a dog in a cafe.

it on-line, sight unseen as we often do. It sits right along one of the many canals carrying lovers in Gondolas and locals buzzing by on bicycles politely ringing bells as they pass by.The air in January can be brisk which is when we visited. The cool air heightens

Amsterdam Canal

your senses as you stroll the cobblestone streets, dodging in and out of artist shops and coffee shops perched above the canal. Lunching in a café, with its sheer drapes filtering the midday light that lines the canal with a view of the Anne Frank House is something you’ll not soon forget. Locals sit at linen draped tables savoring afternoon coffee, reading their papers and books as their faithful poodle and companion look over the menu or perhaps hoping for a treat of their own. But no time to linger we’ve only planned a few days here (should have been longer) but we’ll return, and definitely during warmer weather. But it’s off to see one of the most famous houses in the world,Anne Frank. We’ve all heard the story of Anne Frank, but to see where it happened is quite different than sitting in the comfort of our own homes. Facing one of the canals and standing proud is a testament to the

people who once lived in this grand old house,The Anne Frank House. The only time I remember visiting a site in total silence excluding the occasional release of ones breath was while visiting the Nazi Camps of Terezin in Prague. When you first enter the Anne Frank House you’re expecting to see what Hollywood has painted for you, and they are actually quite accurate. What I found most disturbing is that it even happened, there is total disbelief when you walk into the room behind the bookcase and you see just how small a space they all had to hide and survive for Anne Frank House more than two years before glass of dry red wine.Well, that’s my being taken to the death thought, when you go, you do whatevcamps. er you like. I would suggest visiting Amsterdam, like much of the home of artist, Ruben.You will Europe was ravaged during the war, find it on a side street named,Wapper. fortunately, unlike Berlin, much of its It is obvious Ruben was no starving beauty and charm remain. One of artist, he was as comfortable as our the interesting places we visited was stay in Amsterdam. the infamous red-light district. And it We will return to this amazing city is just as you imagine with its own full of adventure and history. And I version of “window shopping”. Not hope you do too. for children, but definitely worth visitRemember, put on a pair of coming. And in case you’re wondering, no fortable shoes, old pair of jeans, take a we did not make any purchases. sweater, leave the attitudes at home A short train ride takes you to and forget reading maps, just get out Antwerp, Belgium, where a visit to any there! Chocolatier is a must. Belgium chocolates are smooth and full of flavor and Want more photos, visit should only be washed down with a

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An Interview with Pat Pickslay of Pacific Records by Gary Hyde

So I’m sitting here with Pat Pickslay President of Pacific Records. I have known Pat for over 10 years and done many musical projects with him over the years.

Dame. Our primary counsel Elliot Cahn is the former manager of Green Day, Offspring, and a few other notable acts. Our CFO, Mike Dobrovic and COO, Doug Foxworthy are veterans in their respective fields.Although we work with many strategic partners and collaborators, that is the core of our team at Pacific Records. GH: What kinds of things are you doing at Pacific Records that sets you apart from other Indie labels? PP: I’m not really an expert on what other Indies are doing; but, I do know that we at Pacific distinguish ourselves by being a very artist-friendly label.We are focused on all aspects of the artist, from songwriting to live performance to marketing strategy.We see that as the future of our industry.We also have the ability to record in house, which does set us apart from many other record labels that have to outsource to record their talent.

Patrick Pickslay, President of Pacific Records.

Gary Hyde (GH): Pat, what kind of things were you doing in the music business before Pacific Records? Pat Pickslay (PP): Before Pacific Records, I was working as a freelance producer and music instructor. I had a home studio where I did most of my work. On occasion I did songwriting & production workshops, too. GH: How did Pacific Records come about? PP: In 1999, my partner and CEO of Pacific launched Rea2Reel Records and in 2004 they couldn’t get the trademark, so they tried for Pacific and were able to get the Pacific Records the trademark.After a re-organization process about five years ago, Brian asked me to come aboard as President and head of Creative Operations. GH: Who are the people on the team at the label? PP: Well, I’m talking to our new head of A&R right now, Mr. Gary Hyde. Also, one of our V.P.’s Drake Williams has been an indispensable addition to our studio/office. He started as an intern and is now a recording engineer and V.P. of Creative Operations. Our IP attorney Barry Irwin is out of Chicago and teaches a music business class at Notre

GH: I hear you guys are very interested in great songwriting like labels in the good old days. How are you incorporating that into 2014-2015? PP: Well, in general, we put great value on artist development itself.A big part of that is songwriting.We still believe that the core of any artist is tunes. In addition to that we have launched a venture called “The Search” by Pacific Records.Aspiring artists can access songs from our online Song Bank, produce them and submit them for consideration.The best submissions well be released to the public on Pacific Records. More details are online at: GH: Tell us about some of your new artists? PP: We recently signed model & surfer, Lindsay Perry. She is a Taylor Guitars artist who also has sponsorships with Billabong, Nixon Watches and Spy Sunglasses. She’s an old soul with the voice of a Delta Bluesman and the looks of an angel.Another beauty we signed last month was Felice Garcia. She’s on the other side of the spectrum; a consummate entertainer. She has honed her skills in Las Vegas performing and starring in the hit show,“The Million Dollar Quartet”.We’re very excited about recording her new record in 2015! GH: What’s in the works for 2015?

PP: We have a slew of exciting releases in a variety of styles set for early in the year.We actually have a record that was produced in partnership at Atlantic Record’s Studio in L.A. coming out.The artist,Wes James is a dynamic hip-hop artist that has serious chops on guitar. We’re also expanding our studio facilities.We’d like to handle almost any recording need in-house. Beyond that, we expect to do more studio work with our colleague,Alan Sanderson of Pacific Beat. He’s an award-winning producer/engineer and a joy to work with. Lastly, we will be continuing to foster our relationships with our strategic partnerships, especially in the area of Live Performance. One of these is The Valley View Casino Center where we have been working with GM, Ernie Hahn to bring in Pacific Records artists to perform in the venue’s “Player’s

Lounge” before major shows of likes of The Who, Neil Diamond and Eric Church (up for a Grammy this year). Another outfit we’ve been working with is Gig Town, an innovative startup in the area of live events. In fact, recently they collaborated with us to bring our band, Super Groupie to the Poinsettia Bowl event at the Qualcomm Stadium. It was a smashing success! GH: Lot of great information Pat, thanks for taking the time to talk about Pacific Records. If people want to learn more, how can they contact you? PP: Thanks Gary.Yes we are local company our HQ is located behind the Valley View Casino Center (formerly the Sports Arena). Our direct number is (858) 324-1820 or you can email us at or visit us online at

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Top Local High School Football Playoff Games St. Augustine 49, Madison 42 ... Shaheed Madyun ran for a touchdown and Isaiah Osborne had 201 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, but the Warhawks lost to the Saints in the CIF Division I Finals at Southwestern College ... Kareem Coles added 149 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries and 161 yards passing and two touchdowns on six out of 12 completions ... Madyun (three catches, 45 yards) and Brandon Lewis (two catches, 95 yards) caught touchdowns ... Madison had leads of 35-21 and 42-28. Madison 49, La Costa Canyon 34 ... Madyun (five catches, 77 yards) ran for a touchdown and Osborne had 214 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries as the Warhawks clawed the Mavericks in the CIF Division I Semifinals at La Costa Canyon ... Coles added 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 14 carries and 257 yards passing and a touchdown to Elijah Thomas (five catches, 150 yards) on 11 out of 15 completions ... Rick Jackson noted that now the big bad North County knows what Madison football is all about! Madison 49, Pt. Loma 28 ... Osborne ran for 220 yards and three touchdowns on 19 carries as the Warhawks took a bite out of the Pointers in the CIF Division I Quarterfinals at Madison ... Coles added 51 yards rushing and three touchdowns on eight carries and 180 yards passing and a touchdown to Lewis (one catch, 28 yards) on eight out of 19 completions ... Madyun caught four passes for 80 yards ... Pt. Loma scored a meaningless, face-saving touchdown with under a minute left in the game. Francis Parker 41, Monte Vista 21 ... Daven Horne ran for 75 yards on 16 carries and Jordan GenmarkHeath had 60 yards and two touch-

downs on eight carries as the Lancers speared the Monarchs in the first round of the CIF Division III Playoffs at Monte Vista ... Khaleel Jenkins added 139 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 carries and 138 yards passing and touchdowns to Genmark-Heath (four catches, 88 yards) and Sterling Hayes (two catches, 36 yards) ... Christian Sourapas (two catches, 21 yards) caught a touchdown from GenmarkHeath. Clairemont 28, El Centro Southwest 13 ... RJ McCoy ran for two touchdowns as the Chieftans scalped the Eagles in the first round of the CIF Division IV Playoffs at Clairemont ... Alex Beaubien and Alessandro Baldassare added rushing touchdowns. El Cajon Valley 49, Horizon Christian Academy 34 ... Oscar Navarro ran for 160 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries and caught three passes for 75 yards, but the Panthers lost to the Braves in the first round of the CIF Division IV Playoffs at El Cajon ... Joshua Gaudet added 94 yards rushing and a touchdown on 23 carries and 357 yards passing and touchdowns to Anthony Oseguera (seven catches, 149 yards), Christian Arlington (six catches, 84 yards), and Daniel Welch (one catch, 49 yards) on 17 out of 31 completions. Other CIF Quarterfinal Playoff scores ... Hoover 69, Francis Parker 28 ... Mater Dei 35, Clairemont 13. Rob Stone is a lifelong resident of the Clairemont Mesa/Kearny Mesa area and is also a certified talent scout through Sports Management Worldwide. If you would like a professional scouting report on your budding son or daughter’s sports talent, feel free to contact me directly.,,, or 1 (619) 241-6516. &

Senior Softball Players Needed Senior softball payers (55+). 10 am every Thursday morning at Cadman Park.All levels welcome. Come and enjoy the fun, meet new friends and get some exercise. Just show up with your glove or call Tom at (858) 4831061 $40 Per Year - Cadman Park/Elementary School 4280 Avati Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 ** Currently the fields are being worked on at Cadman. The temporary playing field is at Olive Grove Park 6075 Printwood Street San Diego, CA 92117 off Mt.Abernathy

Congratulations to Chris Bonner of Clairemont Division II NCAA Football Champion by Chris O’Connell

Bonner a graduate of Clairemont High School quarterbacked the Colorado State University – Peublo

ThunderWolves football team to a 13-0 Win over #1 Ranked Minnesota State University, Mankato in Kansas City, Kansas on December 20th. Bonner capped off his senior season totals throwing for 30 touchdowns and over 3200 passing yards. What is next for Chris Bonner and his football career? Stay tuned for updates.

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Members of the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League Practice at Tony Gwynn Stadium by Chris O’Connell

When Major League Baseball (MLB) held their winter meetings here last month all baseball eyes were on San Diego. We all know by now the vast

The evening concluded with a hitting clinic put on by Harold Reynolds, a

improvements the Padres made so the upcoming season is looking pretty exciting. As part of the meetings MLB and the San Diego Padres sponsored a free Jr

RBI Instructional Clinic. Little Leaguers from all over Southern California took the field at Tony Gwynn Stadium on the SDSU campus. Of the hundreds of Little Leaguers in attendance roughly 30 were from the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League. For a couple hours all the kids practiced fundamental baseball drills, guided in part by both the SDSU Men’s Baseball Team & Women’s Softball Team.

former 12 year MLB Player and current MLB Network Analyst, as well as Adam Jones, a San Diego native and currently on the Baltimore Orioles roster. Hearing Reynolds and Jones discuss the fundamentals of baseball from stretching, to how to hold the bat was quite informative. Both shared their stories growing up playing baseball and what was important to them.

At the conclusion, Reynolds shared an interesting point in addressing all the parents,“let your kids enjoy baseball, sports in general.” He emphasized, “they don’t have to play year round, don’t burn them out, the games are supposed to be fun!” To view more pictures, visit

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

January through April is the longest migration of any mammal, which passes through San Diego’s coastline.The gray whale, whale watching season is about to start and an estimated 32,000 to 35,000 gray whales will head from Alaska to the warm shallow waters off Baja, California.Traveling night and day, the gray whale averages approximately 75 miles per day at an average speed of 5 mph.This is a round trip of approximately 9,900–13,700 miles. The three most popular lagoons are Scammon’s, San Ignacio and Magdalena Bay.The first gray whales to arrive are usually pregnant mothers looking for the protection of the lagoons to bear their calves, along with single females seeking mates. By mid-February to midMarch, the bulk of the population has arrived in the lagoons, filling them with nursing, calving and mating gray

whales. Throughout February and March, the first gray whales to leave the lagoons and head north are males and females without new calves. Pregnant females and nursing mothers with their newborns are the last to depart, leaving only when their calves are ready for the journey, which is usually from late March to mid-April. Often, a few mothers linger with their young calves well into May. San Diego is a perfect spot for viewing gray whales. On their southbound journey the whales typically hug the coastline and we can usually find gray whales just a few miles outside Mission Bay.The northern migration features mothers and calves and are found typically a little further offshore. Chartering a boat, like the Outer Limits, is a great alternative to the larger more impersonal whale watching operations. It’s a lot more fun with a few family

and friends, rather than a couple hundred strangers and the cost are often comparable. During the gray whale watching season the Outer Limits is available for charter and is capable of taking up to 40 clients. Whale watching trips typically last for 3 hours. We typically locate the whales by a spout of water or mist as they exhale often seen from a few miles away and head towards their last location. Usually the whales will come up to the surface for three to five minutes at a time and the dive for about three to five minutes. Most times they follow this pattern which makes it easy for us to follow Once we determine the whales

course line, we then parallel the whales keeping close enough for pictures, but without impacting their course. We have the opportunity to see many other forms of marine life as well, including orcas finback and blue whales, common and pacific white sided dolphin and many bird species. Each trip offers interesting opportunities and a new experience. For more information or questions about Outer Limits Sportfishing: visit or call (858) 6891828.

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Start the New Year Right! Community Service or Exercise? by Joan Brosnan

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Meade During the 1960’s a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens began

the work to save Tecolote Canyon from destruction.Their unrelenting determined efforts over 20 years ensured that this unique combination of coastal sage scrub, chaparral and riparian habitats in Clairemont would be set aside as an open space park for future residents. Today, the battle to save the canyon goes on in varying forms, from removing invasive non native plant species, to restoring canyon hillsides with plantings of native species, to clearing away unwanted garbage and debris. Today, Rangers as well as a group of committed volunteers work in many different capacities to support Tecolote Canyon and Tecolote Nature Center. Opportunities vary from being a Weed Warrior to welcoming visitors at the nature

center, to leading guided nature walks. James Esquivel says,“I explored and roamed Tecolote Canyon as a kid growing up in Clairemont. Today, I volunteer at the Tecolote Nature Center supporting the Rangers and the Nature Center Director as well as welcoming visitors. I have met the nicest people while giving back to my community.”As 2015 begins, please consider joining the amazing volunteers who care about Tecolote Canyon. Contact the Tecolote Nature Center Director for details. Begin the New Year by joining the Tecolote Canyon Interpreters Group (Naturalists and Trail Guides) on

Saturday, January 10 at 9:00am for a 2 hour walk through a portion of Tecolote Canyon under native plant restoration.The trail is fairly level and wide and shaded by Coast Live Oak Trees. We will meet at the end of the cul-de-sac on Mt Ashmun. There are no facilities at the trailhead and parking is on Mt Ashmun. Please bring water, sunscreen and wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes. For more information, contact the Tecolote Nature Center at 858-581-9959. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

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