Clairemont times July 2017

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JULY 2017



Regents Road Bridge Goes Before a Judge

Introducing a New Twist on Veterinary House Calls by Lee Marie

Do you ever dread taking your pet to the vet? The car-ride, the carrier, the parking, the barking, the lobby full of other pets and people,

clinic right here in our neighborhood. This positive new approach is called The Fear-Free™ Initiative, and CoastView Veterinary Hospital was the first, here in Clairemont, to

to,“take the ‘pet’ out of petrified.” By using the Fear-Free protocols, coupled with reducing or removing the known anxiety triggers, pets have a far more rewarding experience which, in

Peanut butter and pheromones! Dr. Schultz brings a new kind of medicine to your pets. (photo courtesy of CoastView Veterinary Hospital)

strange noises and odors, etc. It can be overwhelming for many of us, and especially stressful for our pets. Well, there is a positive change happening in the veterinary industry, and in one particular vet

have a Fear-Free Certified staff. Developed by Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian” as dubbed by Dr. Oz, and who was the resident veterinary contributor on Good Morning America for 17 years,The Fear-Free Initiative aims

turn, makes for a more rewarding experience for the pet owner, and the veterinary staff. Dr. Laura Schultz, CoastView Vet Hospital owner and medical director, is now taking the SEE House Calls, page 9

Commentary: Louis Rodolico

A Judge is scheduled to rule on the validity of the Regents Road Bridge PEIR, voted by city council on December 5, 2016.

The Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge (CFRRB) have been toiling diligently to get our road infrastructure completed. CFRRB is interested in improving; public safety, travel distances within our communities, bike access, pedestrian paths and an additional conflagration egress path across Rose Canyon. Unlike their opposition CFRRB will not see a property value increase or demand that views of the canyon be private not public. CFRRB is working so that city property, that has been acquired and maintained for the public good, is not handed over to a well lawyered wealthy minority. CFRRB needs our financial support. Development continues unabated in UTC with; UCSD expansion, mall expansions, SEE Bridge, page 11

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Well, here we are….. hard to believe it is already July. This is a bit of an outdoor edition. Saturday, July 15th there is an interesting program at the North Clairemont Library “How to Design a Vegetable Garden” you can see more details on p16 the library page. I would encourage all the readers to check out what our local libraries have to offer in addition to the fact they are cool zones! Although it is not a program taking place in Clairemont there is an interesting free program on (page 9) about worm composting. I have attended this in other parts of town and it is quite informative. If you have the green thumb, or are thinking about it, the above two free programs can get you started. Throughout the course of a month I receive calls, emails etc. about the neighborhood page 6 has some random updates about what is happening around town. There is of course a great deal of information happening at the local planning group. Whether it is height limits along Morena Blvd, the trolley construction, High Tech High, the Clairemont Community Plan Update or future development. The best advice I can give anyone is to follow the Clairemont Community Planning Group on Facebook & Twitter and of

course throughout the month I always try and post agendas to our social media channels as well as our website. Right now there is no 100% guarantee about what is on an upcoming agenda (until at least 72 hours prior to a given meeting) so it is crucial that everyone communicates with those that maybe are not so tech savvy. Without question, change is going to happen in Clairemont, Bay Park, Linda Vista & Bay Ho as it pertains to development and the trolley. Feedback about these changes is always welcome, spending a couple hours at any number of community meetings I can tell you is an eye opening experience. With all that being said the voice of the people is heard but not always recognized downtown. If you have questions about meetings, etc. please do not hesitate to call me (858) 752 9779 or email In the pages ahead, you can read about bikes, birds and a tongue in cheek piece about my father and his way of teaching me to not waste energy and jack up his utility bills. There is a great deal more of what I hope you will find useful information. As always, thank you for reading and please either recycle this newspaper or share with a friend.

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7/6/17 (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117

7/18/17 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop, 92117

7/20/17 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:00 PM American Legion Post 731 7245 Linda Vista Rd., 92111

7/24/17 (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111

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House Fire Prevention Information on free smoke alarms for seniors National safety statistics show that in 2015 there were 365,500 home fires resulting in 2,650 deaths and 7 billion dollars in property damages. To protect your life and property, the Burn Institute urges residents to prepare for a home fire before it strikes. One of the best ways to improve your chances of surviving a residential fire is to ensure your home is equipped with operating smoke alarms. Having a working smoke alarm in your home reduces your chances of perishing in a house fire by 50%. They should be installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor of your home.“In a fire, seconds count,” said Susan Day, Burn Institute Executive Director.“Roughly half of home fire deaths result from fires reported at night between 11pm and 7am when most people are asleep. Home smoke alarms can alert people to a fire before it spread, giving residents enough time to get out.”

Another invaluable fire safety tool each household should have is a fire escape plan. It can take less than two minutes for toxic fumes to overcome a child or an adult and knowing the most direct route out of your home can help save your life. To create your escape plan, identify two ways out of every room in your home and know the most direct route to outside. Set a designated meeting place that is a safe distance from your residence and is stationary, such as the light-pole or mailbox. Once you get out of the house, stay out! After you have created your escape plan, it should be practiced with all members of your family at least once a year. The Burn Institute offers free fire escape planning guidelines and grids at The organization also provides free smoke alarms and instillations to seniors, who are at a higher risk of perishing in a home fire. To qualify for this lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older and own your own home. To sign up for an instillation or see if you are eligible, call the Burn Institute at 858-541-2277, ext. 18.

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How My Dad Taught Us to Save Energy During the 70’s ... One Liners Was my father into conservation or being “green” back in the 60’s and 70’s? Heck no, he just saw the bills coming in every month and wanted us to tone it all down. He had his subtle ways of letting us (me) know you are wasting energy (and trying his patience). During the winter when the sun set earlier, Dad would get up, walk outside look up at the sky, and then stroll back in,“Yup the planes have all landed …. maybe now can we turn some of these lights off?” After that it was,“Chris go check the sky for planes”, like a putz the first few times I did and he would be at the light switch where we shared a good laugh. Finally, he would just mumble “planes” or “call the control tower” and point. What can I say the old man had a unique way of

getting his point across. Or the old whack on the bathroom door while someone was showering followed by “save some for the fish” that was the cue wrap it up. There may have been a few GD’s in there, but who can blame him times were tight and he had to remind us in his own way to cut back. I can recall opening the refrigerator door and just blankly staring into it trying to figure out what I was going to eat. I had no idea I was being watched and Dad walks over slides a chair behind me,“here have a seat I have seen this episode before nothing really changes from the last time, except the jelly gets warm, the milk spoils and you are not doing any favors to my beers down there”. It was just his subtle way of telling me to

get my head out of the clouds and close the door. I learned my lesson. When I come across these lists of how to conserve energy I always think back to my youth and what I put my Dad through, now as a homeowner I am way more aware of how to cut back. Here is a partial list of some obvious and not so obvious ways to save energy for more information and the entire list visit • Turn the lights off • Upgrade your light bulbs • Stock the freezer pack your freezer with more food or gallon containers of water • Use the cold cycle when doing laundry

• During the summer close the blinds or curtains • Dim the TV Brightness • Lower the heat (ie put on a sweater another famous Dad one liner during cold New England winters) A lot of the entire list is obvious, but sometimes reminders help. Heck here in California even conserving costs more money as we all know. I’d like to think Dad would be proud that his sarcastic one liners actually worked. If growing up you were taught some not so obvious ways to save energy or money send them along maybe we can share in future editions. Email:

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11 Critical Home Inspection Traps to be Aware of Weeks Before Listing Your Clairemont Area Home for Sale Clairemont Area- According to industry experts, there are over 33 physical problems that will come under scrutiny during a home inspection when your home is for sale. A new report has been prepared which identifies the eleven most common of these problems, and what you should know about them before you list your home for sale. Whether you own an old home or a brand new one, there are a number of things that can fall short of requirements during a home inspection. If not identified and dealt with, any of these 11 items could cost you dearly in terms of repair. That’s why it’s critical that you read this report before you list your home. If you wait until the building inspector flags these issues for you, you will almost certainly experience costly delays in the close of your home sale or, worse, turn prospective buyers away altogether. In most cases, you can make a reasonable pre-inspection

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Local Random Updates: by Chris O’Connell

I regularly receive questions via email, voicemail or through social media @Clairemont Times. Someone had asked about the Jack in the Box (JIB) at the corner of Balboa & Convoy in Kearny Mesa. The location has closed permanently and CARMAX is taking over the spot. Speaking with someone at the corporate office, JIB I was told had been a fixture at that intersection since 1965 when they were originally at the North East corner (now a Jaguar dealership) from 1965-77. In 1977 they moved across the street to its current location which officially closed on May 26th. Heading West on Balboa to Mt Abernathy, I had a nice conversation with the Super on the site of the vacant corner lot in front of Ranch 99 the site of a future car wash. The project was scheduled to begin construction in mid-June and looking at roughly 6 months +- until the opening. An update on the Chik-fil-A which will be building a brand new structure at the site of the old Coco’s Bakery on Balboa Ave. The plan, as of mid-2016, was to demo the Coco’s and replace with a drive thru restaurant with some outside seating and no inside seating. As of the print deadline, there had been no updates or return calls from the corporate office. If you are a fan of the New Orleans Saints or LSU the San Diego Saints Fans have chosen Fast Times (formerly Coastal Crave) at 3065 Clairemont Drive in the Keil’s Plaza as their new viewing location for all things New Orleans sports.

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Renovation work continues throughout the plaza and contrary to rumors Golden Corral will not be taking over the previous Hometown Buffet. Calls have been made multiple times to Kleege Industries, owners of the property, and just prior to print they had nothing for me to update you the readers on which business(es) will be taking over. Lastly, as it pertains to the 30’ height limit along Morena Blvd. The city planner (Marlon Pangilinan) for Clairemont gave a presentation to the Planning Commission downtown on the overall Clairemont Community Plan Update. (See the video here at this link fast forward to the 215 mark.) Marlon reiterated the community is very against future development going over the 30’ height limit. However the Planning Commissioners in no uncertain terms expressed their recommendation would be over 30’ as 30’ will not cut it when it comes to Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the trolley corridor. I would strongly encourage all to view the video and draw your own conclusions. The height limit will be an ongoing issue in the community and if you are interested you are encouraged to become or stay involved. While on the subject of Morena Blvd the Draft Morena Corridor Specific Plan was presented in June and will be presented again on July 27th at USD from 7-9 questions comments feedback is encouraged. To view the 85 page plan online, visit If you have any overall questions, please feel free to call or email (858) 752-9779

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, with East Clairemont off in the distance.

What do Clairemont Bike Lanes and Climate Control have in Common? Our political landscape is in a constant state of upheaval. The Paris Climate Accord was a hot topic last month, but yesterday’s news quickly grows stale as the citizenry get

A cyclist rides in Claremont Drive bike lane (photo by Bill Swank)

traffic deaths by 2025. City council members Lorie Zapf and Chris Cate attended a recent meeting of the Clairemont Chamber of Commerce. Zapf’s district is generally located west of Clairemont Drive including Bay Park; Cate represents the remainder of Clairemont east of Clairemont Drive. Lori Zapf was specifically asked about the above Bicycle Master Plan goals.“They are very aggressive numbers. I’d like to know how they were determined,” she said. The council member is not an opponent of bikes. In her early twenties, Zapf rode a bicycle to work as a waitress in Huntington Beach. Chris Cate is the chairperson of the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods. When posed the same question, he replied,“Those numbers apply to people living in Transportation Priority Areas such as downtown San Diego.” Asked if Clairemont will be considered a transportation priority area when the trolley stations along Morena Boulevard become operational, Cate answered,“Yes, that is correct.” It is important to note that these potential cyclists live in Clairemont... not Claireflat. Because of the steep hills east of Morena, some of the trolley stations will not be easily accessible by bicycle. Further, it appears Morena Boulevard will remain a two-lane with permanent bike lanes on either side through the Morena Corridor to Balboa Avenue. Since Balboa Avenue east of Clairemont Drive lies in Cate’s district, he is closely monitoring the plastic barriers that line the eastbound cycle track through Tecolote Canyon and acknowledges,“They are a temporary solution.” This stretch of Balboa is not a Class II Bike Lane, but is rather defined as a Cycle Track. The following description is from the Bicycle Master Plan.“A cycle track is a hybrid type bicycle facility that combines the experience of a separated path with the on-street

bludgeoned by the latest revelations. If we are not paying close attention, we might miss something as it flies under the radar. In December 2015, the City of San Diego adopted a very ambitious Climate Action Plan. The goal for 2035 is a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and an increase in the production of electricity from renewable sources to 100%. In 2016, based on recommendations from the Bicycle Advisory Committee, the city council approved the Bicycle Master Plan to help Missing barriers along Balboa Avenue “cycle track” heading east insure compliance through Tecolote Canyon (photo by Jeri Lynne Swank) with the Climate Action Plan. By 2020, infrastructure of a conventional Bike 6% of San Diego residents will bike to Lane. Cycle tracks are bikeways work and that figure increases to 18% located in roadway right-of-way but in 2035. Another objective is zero they know how to ride a bike, but they don’t,” Gonzales said. “Anybody can learn to ride like a pro. They won’t ride as fast, but they will learn how to properly ride a bike. I give the utmost respect to motorists sharing the road. Safety is very important. It’s important to get back home alive One bike and two scooters in bike rack at Marston Middle School after a ride to be (photo by Bill Swank) with your family.” Most Clairemont separated from vehicle lanes by residents did not like the bike lanes at physical barriers or buffers.”This form first. Seemingly, are now resigned to of bike path is not recognized by acceptance, but many expressed Caltrans. distain about the lack of bikes using Motorists have leveled many of the markers which can’t make cyclists feel the lanes. Do students at Clairemont High particularly secure about using this School and Marston Middle School use track. It almost appears that motor vehicles use the flimsy barriers for target practice. In November 2016, two cyclists collided and were seriously injured on the narrow Balboa bike track when one attempted to pass the other. Would this have happened if the barriers were not present? The bike lanes on Clairemont Drive are probably the most 11 bicycles in bike racks at Clairemont High School controversial. Both (photo by Bill Swank) council members, whose districts border Clairemont Drive, have heard a lot pro and con on the Clairemont Drive bike lanes? There are 952 students at Clairemont High, this subject.“An objective of converting traffic lanes into bike lanes but recently, only 11 bikes were seen in the racks. 686 students attend is to reduce speed,” said Cate. Zapf Marston Middle School. Their racks agrees that public safety is a top held one bike and two scooters. priority. Nobody at the schools knew about the Lance Davis has a box seat on the role of bicycles in the Climate Action action.“People have a love-hate Plan. There has been no direction from relationship with Clairemont Drive. I the school board to encourage live on Clairemont Drive. It’s much students to use bikes for safer to get into parked vehicles now transportation. with the bike lane, but the bike lanes In summary, it appears the bike really back up traffic during commute lobby, environmentalists and climate time and people can’t get out of the control activists were busy creating a side streets,” he said. “But traffic has slowed down,” Davis blueprint for the future while added.“I’ve had people pass me doing everybody else was playing with friends on Facebook, watching Netflix 75-80 on the island. Since they’ve put or talking on their cell phones while in the bike lane, I’ve seen it used for bikes, skateboards and even by people driving their cars. Bikes and bike lanes are an integral pushing shopping carts.” element of San Diego’s climate action North Clairemont resident Fabiola plan. Camacho is emphatic.“I don’t like the “If” is not part of that equation. bike lanes, because they really back up “When” is the reality and “when” is the traffic. Every time I drive on approaching faster than the time Clairemont Drive, I never see any when cyclists can legally run stop bikes.” signs and traffic lights. Eddie Gonzales, a lifelong resident It’s a safety issue … and a climate of Clairemont, has been a competitive issue. cyclist for 33 years.“Everybody thinks

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YES! WE MAKE HOUSE CALLS Dr. Schultz the Local Veterinarian Who Makes House Calls

Dr. Laura Schultz (far left) and the entire CoastView Hospital Staff

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House Calls Continued from page 1

Fear-Free Initiative to an entirely new level by bringing it home; literally, into our homes, with Fear-Free house call services. “House call services are an integral part of the Fear-Free scope of practice,” said Dr. Schultz.“The benefits of the Fear-Free methods are only enhanced when we are given the opportunity to evaluate pets in their usual environment.” CoastView does not use a bus or a van in which to treat your pets.Their skilled staff arrives equipped to evaluate your pet in your pet’s favorite chair in the living room, or a sunny spot in your backyard, or in the middle of your kitchen floor. When possible and appropriate, they give the pet some time and space to choose their own place for the evaluation. There are certain procedures, such as x-rays and surgery, which must be provided within their brick-and-mortar hospital on Clairemont Drive. However, they can take care of an impressive array of services during house calls; exams, vaccinations, blood draws for lab tests, treat ear problems, provide humane euthanasia, and more.“Many of our clients are pleasantly surprised at the level of care and treatment options we can provide during a house call visit,” said Schultz.

Should your pet need medication, CoastView’s veterinarians are happy to provide you with a written prescription you can take to your own regular pharmacy such as CVS, Walgreens, etc. In addition, they have partnered with a reputable online veterinary pharmacy which will ship prescription medications and pet food right to your doorstep. For special needs, they work with a veterinary specific compounding pharmacy which can customize dosages and provide many medications in flavored chewable tablets, tiny tablets, or even an oral gel which comes in over twenty flavors such as anchovy, peanut butter, and marshmallow. Your pet is an important member of your family.Those of us who embrace and celebrate the human-animal bond are well-aware of the fact our pets can, and do, experience stress, pain, and fear.The Fear-Free Initiative is one of the most kindhearted methodologies to enter the field of veterinary medicine in a long time. Perhaps one day,The Fear-Free Way will be the only way in all veterinary hospitals. You can learn more about the Fear-Free Initiative and CoastView Vet’s house call services and service area by visiting and Lee Marie is a San Diego based freelance writer with a passion for promoting the Fear-Free™ Initiative.

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Top 10 Tips for WaterSmart Living this Summer With warm weather expected to continue through summer, the San Diego County Water Authority is reminding residents of simple steps for saving water during the hottest, driest months of the year. The region has a highly reliable water supply going into the peak

irrigation controller that automatically adjusts water times based on weather conditions. Rebates for a variety of irrigation equipment are at 2. Let it sink in. Irrigate mature trees once or twice a month using a soaker hose or drip system toward the edge

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water-use season, thanks to diversified water supply sources developed by the Water Authority and its 24 member agencies and heavy rain and snow last winter that broke drought conditions across most of the state. But NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts above-average temperatures across the West during July, August and September, underscoring the importance of residents and businesses to practice efficient water use. The good news is the region is continuing to Live WaterSmart no matter the weather. Although state-mandated water use reductions in San Diego County ended a little more than a year ago, regional water use from June 2016 through May 2017 was down 18 percent compared to the same months in 2013. Here are the Top 10 tips for using water efficiently this summer: 1. Check it out. Inspect irrigation equipment to eliminate overspray. Monitor soil moisture using a spade or soil probe, and only water if the top inch of soil is dry. Irrigate turf if it doesn’t spring back when stepped on. Better yet, upgrade to a “smart”

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of the tree canopy – not at the base of the tree. Use a hose faucet timer (found at hardware stores) to prevent overwatering. Young trees need more frequent irrigation; consult an arborist or tree-care manual for details. 3. Maintain your mulch (and compost). Keeping a 3-inch layer of mulch around trees and plants reduces runoff, helps control weeds and protects soil from direct sunlight and evaporation. Keep mulch at least a foot away from tree trunks and several inches from the crowns of plants. Also, add compost to increase soil nutrients. 4. Drink responsibly. Keep drinking water cool in your refrigerator to avoid running the tap. Use refillable water bottles instead of buying disposable plastic bottles. 5. Put a lid on it. Pool and spa covers reduce evaporation, lower pool heating costs and keep dirt and other debris out of the pool. 6. Take a break. New plants need more water to get established, so wait until fall and winter for planting to take advantage of cooler temperatures and rain. 7. Go to summer school. Get started planning your WaterSmart

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several residential towers and dozens of other substantial projects. There is a rush to get the bridge off the plan before these projects add forty to fifty thousand daily trips to Genesee Avenue. Unfortunately the only solution that City Planning has come up with is to remove two planned roads; the Regents Road Bridge and the Governor to I-5 connector. Last October the City Planning Commission (not City Planning) voted 6-0 to build the Regents Road Bridge. A well lawyered minority has bullied the city planners for years and threatens to fight the city if the city does not succumb and effectively hand public property over to them. Businesses on the Genesee corridor want all the vehicular traffic funneled up Genesee Avenue bringing in all those additional customers, they also want bridge DIF fees they paid refunded to them which could amount to 30-40 million dollars. Long term city employees see an additional 30-40 million dollars for the Regents Road Bridge diverted to their pensions; they have ignored public safety and manipulated the PEIR to that end. See UTC Morphs into Gotham, page 11 CFRRB are community volunteers committed to public safety; below is a message from Austin Speed, President, Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge who has been a resident of University City since 1982: “Our fight to build the bridge is NOT OVER! As a result of the City Council’s 6-2 vote to amend the community plan, despite a Planning Commission unanimous vote to keep the Regents Road Bridge in the plan, Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge has taken legal action against the City. The legal opinion is that we have an actionable case against the City’s PEIR process under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). This action is based on numerous CEQA violations concerning both an inadequate PEIR (Program Environmental Impact Report), inadequate findings in the PEIR, and an inadequate Statement of Overriding Considerations (SOC). We are requesting that the Court issue a writ of mandate directing the City to vacate and set aside their certification of the PEIR for the Project; approval of the Project; adoption of findings and a Statement of Overriding Consideration; and initiation of amendment to the University Community Plan to eliminate the Regents Road Bridge and the Genesee Avenue Widening project from the Plan and amend the General Plan; and any actions taken by the City to implement the Project or the University Community Plan or General Plan amendment. We are also requesting an

alternate writ of mandate directing the City to comply with CEQA and the CEQA Guidelines as well as a permanent injunction restraining the City and all others working with the City on its behalf from taking any action to implement that amendment pending the completion of an EIR that meets the full requirements of CEQA and its guidelines. Any further action by the City following the vote on December 5, 2016 is effectively held up until there is a final determination on our Petition by the Court. All of this work costs money, and we have been fighting a well-funded adversary. Fundraising efforts are now our top priority. If you have not already made a donation* (and a big “thank you” to all who have!), we urge you to consider contributing to our legal fund and to let your neighbors know how important this issue is. Any amount is welcome, but we will need to raise thousands of dollars to win. We need you. Checks may be made payable to CFRRB or to Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge and mailed to us at 4079 Governor Dr. #165, San Diego, CA 92122.You may also make donations through our website: www.citizensfortheregentsroadbridge. org. We appreciate all the effort so many of you put forth gathering petitions, signing petitions, attending meetings, arranging meetings, giving advice, making contributions, encouraging others to join in our efforts, etc., etc. We also appreciate City Council members Lorie Zapf and Chris Cate for asking thoughtful questions at the Council Meeting and then voting AGAINST the community plan amendment. As you can see, we have NOT given up! May we count on you to continue working together to KEEP the Regents Road Bridge in the community plan and BUILD IT? Feel free to share this with anyone you know who supports building the Regents Road Bridge.” Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) corporation and donations are NOT tax deductible. I hope that you can take the time to visit the CFRRB website at: http://www.citizensfortheregentsroadb and join those of us who have made a donation. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 Links - Final PEIR Executive Summary pdf pages; 508 thru 510 p_amendment_final_peir.pdf Planning Commission Oct 27th Audio Only view_id=8&clip_id=6816 City Council December 5, 2016 view_id=3&clip_id=6835

Firefighters and Citizens Working Together to Build Safer Communities During the first few hours and days after a disaster strikes, emergency services could be overwhelmed, leaving families, neighborhoods and businesses on their own for hours or days. After the devastating Cedar fire of October 2003, the City of San Diego sought new solutions to meet this vital need. A new community based program called Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was developed by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. CERT San Diego helped citizens become a part of the solution in their own communities.The program took advantage of the outpouring of volunteers who offered to help in disasters, such as the Cedar Fire, earthquakes and 9/11. San Diego Fire-Rescue personnel train and empower citizens in safe, effective neighborhood CERT teams. CERT San Diego instructors teach citizens to take life-saving action to help families, neighbors, businesses and communities get through the first few hours or days when emergency services are overwhelmed.

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How to Join CERT San Diego To join our CERT team, you must live within the city limits of San Diego (this does not include Chula Vista, Del Mar, Poway, or Imperial Beach, for instance). Next, please sign up to attend one of our academies. These are held one to two times per year and have limited seating. Once the dates are announced and the registration form is released, seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis for City of San Diego residents. If all the seats are not filled by City of San Diego residents, then applicants from outside the city will be given available seats on the first day of the academy. Tentative dates for Academy 35 are October 21st and 22nd and November 4th and 5th of 2017. Please sign up at to receive the date confirmation and application for Academy 35. Once the dates are finalized, an email announcement with the Academy 35 registration form will be sent. Or for more info email

12 • The Clairemont Times • July 2017 LoloLovesFilms

This Month:

Cars 3 by Lolo & Big J

The Clairemont Times PO Box 17671 San Diego, CA 92177 (858) 752-9779

Lightning McQueen is forced to reevaluate his future as a racer when the newer, younger crop of high tech cars starts to out-perform him.

Founding Publisher: Chris O’Connell

“Cars 3” is the latest installment in Pixar’s lowest rated franchise. It is directed by Brian Fee in his directorial debut. Owen Wilson returns as the voice of Lightning McQueen, who also returns to being the central focus in this third installment. Larry the Cable Guy also returns to reprise his role as Mater, though this time around, his screen time is massively reduced. A cocky rookie named Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer, starts to overtake McQueen, who is beginning to fade as his career seems to be winding to a close. New to the cast are Cristela Alonzo as Cruz Ramirez, a high tech trainer responsible for ensuring Lightning’s comeback, Nathan Fillion as Sterling, the wealthy business car that buys the company Rusteez, & Chris Cooper as Smokey, the grizzled old trainer responsible for teaching the late Doc Hudson since the days of dirt track racing. When Disney/Pixar announced they would be making “Cars 3,” we were surprised, especially considering “Cars 2” holds the distinction of being the only Pixar movie with a splat rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Maybe the company was looking for a way to apologize for making Mater the main focus of that wacky spy film with little resemblance to the original “Cars.” Everyone involved in this third entry is clearly looking to get back to the roots of the franchise. The first installment was about Lightning McQueen as a young rookie who had to learn respect for veteran racers while gaining an appreciation for quaint, small town America. Now, McQueen is the veteran racer who is losing his ability to keep up with the competition. He must regain his mojo by training in quaint, small town America. The first teaser trailer for “Cars 3” showed McQueen slowly crashing in a dramatic fashion. It certainly piqued our interested. The reality of the situation is this premise doesn’t go much of anywhere. The crash is a small footnote in a much larger underdog story as McQueen must drive his way back to the top of his game to prove to everyone he’s not just some ol’ timer who values naps more than racing. McQueen is forced to train with Cruz, who wants to get

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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 ©2011-17 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: him back into tip top shape slowly & steadily from the ground up, mentally & physically. Of course, McQueen has to explain why his way of doing things is better & fight her at every turn. The two have to come to an understanding with one another in order to finally become the best versions of themselves....or something like that, we almost nodded off, so it’s hard to tell. “Cars 3” didn’t really grip us. Like all Pixar films, it is very well animated & it has its heart in the right place in a few instances, but overall, this movie is extremely bland. It lacks any real emotional punch. Even Owen Wilson & Larry the Cable Guy’s voice overs sound tedious & uninspired, though newcomers Alonzo & Hammer do give excellent vocal performances. We found ourselves quite bored for most of the movie, & even some of the kids in the audience looked at their

phones from time to time. All of this comes before the ending, which to us feels expected, dishonest, & unearned, on top of being opposite of the message it is trying to convey. In the end, the best thing we can say about “Cars 3” is at least it’s not “Cars 2.” We wish Pixar would go back to taking bold, interesting risks to make bold, interesting films instead of playing it safe for the sake of selling merchandise. Our rating: 2.5/5 stars. “Cars 3” stars Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, & Chris Cooper. It is rated G for showing several car crashes. Visit our blog at for more reviews, and follow us @lololovesfilms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for extra content! For inquiries or comments, please email:

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Beers by the Bay Duck Foot Brewing – Gateway Brewery by Brian Riehm

Introducing craft beers to your friends who are accustomed to mass-produced pilsners like Budweiser can be a challenge, especially here in San Diego, home to the intense West Coast IPA style. Duck Foot Brewing, located at 8920 Kenamar Drive, Suite #210, 92121 is the perfect destination for the uninitiated. Duck Foot brews all of their beers gluten-reduced, but

vision for the future. They will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary on July 8th with a party featuring the release of Mega-Duckzilla Triple IPA (tickets available on their website). Along the way to this milestone, they have already expanded their facilities twice to accommodate their growth. They are operating with a 15 barrel system and 200 barrel fermenter capacity. Their location, in a cluster of breweries that includes AleSmith and Ballast Point has certainly helped, along with the local appetite for gluten-reduced beer. They have also launched a barrel-aging program. Many of the barrels will be tapped for the anniversary party, but they were mum on what’s cooking; but I would

and IPA styles. The hopping is well balanced, balanced out by the wheat ale flavors. It’s not that bitter for a double IPA. London Calling Imperial Porter is one of the big beers on the menu and San Diego International Beer Fest gold medalist. You really taste the roasted grain and burnt chocolate first, but then some vanilla kicks in. This is another excellent chocolate desert beer from Duck Foot. Duck Foot brewing has moved far beyond just making great tasting gluten-reduced beer; they can be that

Duck Foot Brewing Matt and Brett

that’s not why their core line up could have the motto “No craft beer drinker left behind” according to co-owner Matt DelVecchio. Because all of Duck Foot’s beers are gluten-reduced, a core group of their new customers are people who haven’t been able to drink beer for some time. For this reason, both Matt and his co-owner Brett Goldstock ensure that their core line-up, the left side of the board at the tasting room, is balanced and “approachable.”The right side of the board is much stronger, with more experimentation. This makes Duck Foot line-up the ideal gateway brewery to introduce friends and visitors to San Diego’s craft beer scene. Gluten-reduced means that some specific proteins from wheat and barley have been removed from the beer after the brewing process. Unlike, sugar-free or fat-free, the term gluten-reduced doesn’t indicate lack of taste. In taste tests conducted by Dr. Chris Hamilton of Hillsdale College in 2014 using the same processes as Duck Foot, there was no impact to taste from gluten-reducing process. I talked with Brett and Matt at the Duck Foot tasting room in Miramar to learn more about their work and

bet on some stouts, at the least. The tasting room itself has a friendly layout that lets the visitor see the brewing equipment, if one is so inclined. The scene is dominated by round wood pub tables and the tinted windows to a surprisingly green exterior view. Food trucks service the brewery Wednesday through Saturday evenings. There are snacks such as nuts, chips, and jerky available as well. I found it to be a very relaxing venue. Matt DelVecchio set me up with a flight of tasters. The Looker Great is a great summer blonde ale, crisp and light with a bit of honey, decent body. The first time I tried The Rojoe I thought it was a Märzen, but it’s more of a mix of amber and red styles. It is malty, with coffee and nut flavors, more bitter than a Märzen. “Choco Nut Lust” Chocolate Hazelnut Porter is sweet and very mellow, with no bitterness at all. This is a nice desert type beer with lots of caramel and chocolate. The Contender was my favorite. It is a bit sweet up front from the caramelized malts, but the grassy, piney hops kick in. The hops really dominate the overall. Leaves a dry aftertaste that was memorable. Duckzilla is the Duck Foot’s big IPA, a very interesting blend of wheat ale

gateway brewery that gets your friends hooked on craft beer. 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 ( Brian Riehm is a long-time Clairemont resident and follower of the local craft beer scene. You can keep up with all his beer reviews by following @BrianRiehm on Twitter and reading his blog (

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Danger: Birds & Glass Windows by Susan Lewitt

It is important to protect wild birds

from needless dangers, but threats to birds are many, including house cats, motor vehicles, electric transmission lines, windmills, agriculture and

habitat loss. The biggest threat? Windows! Birds may see indoor plants through windows, or reflections of outdoor greenery, and try to fly there. They may think their reflections are rivals. Night migrating birds may be confused by lights near windows. Upon impact, many birds die immediately, while others seemingly recover, only to die soon after. We can prevent this. First, identify problem areas such as large picture windows, sliding glass doors, paired windows at right angles, and feeders close to windows. View these from a bird’s perspective

to see the reflections as birds see them. Next, please make these windows bird friendly. Vertical marks, 2 inches apart or less, will deter most birds including hummingbirds. Have some fun with tempera paint or window markers. Use lots of decals, or ABC bird tape which is already spaced out for bird safety. Acopian or Zen curtains (vertical ropes) can be custom ordered to fit your window, and are easy to use. Outside mosquito screens are a good deterrent. Another option is small mesh netting mounted on frames and pulled tight, install these

10 Pet Safety Tips for the 4th of July Fireworks 1) Please have your pet’s microchip info up-to-date. Consider getting a tracking device “Tagg” (Smartphones track). Have or get an up-to-date collar w/ readable tag (too many pets around the neighborhoods that are lost or escape do not have an ID). 2) If traveling, harness/crate pet. Have their leash on when opening the door. 3) Exercise early to keep pet cool &

wear them out. 4) If gone from home, please consider a Pet Sitter or neighbor. 5) Don’t attend or sit outside w/ pet during firework displays. 6) Use swaddle garments (Thunder Shirt) or leave w/ blanket or clothing with your scent in their safe place. 7) Turn TV or radio on loud enough to help drown out/distract from outside

noises. 8) Know your poisons: Alcohol, matches, lighter fluids, Glow jewelry & Citronella candles are toxic to all animals. 9) Keep yourself calm: Pets feed off of your energy & vibes. A happy, calm parent means a happy, calm & content pet. 10) A few days before the event (if

three inches from the window. One-way transparent film that lets you see out, but blocks the inside view from outside, is also helpful. Many of these are available online. After that, you can safely place bird feeders by these windows. Also at night, turn off unnecessary outdoor lights. For more details and to help bird victim, go online to “Why Birds hit Windows and How you can help prevent it” ( Also, keep the contact information for the nearest rehab center handy for emergencies. Please help protect our birds. August: Toyon you can): Give treats/favorite toy after a particularly loud noise (Ad-Lib sounds) to help them associate noises in a positive way. Do not over treat. Many animals love massages or facials. I bet they enjoy them as much as we do! For more information visit: Keep your children and pets out of harm’s way, have a safe and Happy 4th of July!! Courtesy of “Your Pet Nanny Annie” p17

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Administering Your Trust Upon Your Death by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

You may wonder what is involved when your successor trustee administers your revocable living trust following your death. Here are the primary actions (not necessarily sequential) your successor trustee will need to take: 1. Arrange for the on-going care of your pets; secure your home; and make the final arrangements for the disposition of your body. 2. Order several Death Certificates through the mortuary to be used in connection with closing financial accounts and transferring title to real property. 3. Mail out “Notice to Beneficiary/Heir” letters as required by California law. 4. Obtain preliminary value of your estate to determine whether a federal estate tax return may need to be filed with the IRS (within nine (9) months from the date of your death). 5. Open a new checking account in the trust name (or convert an existing account). This account will be used to pay all of your debts and on-going trust expenses. In this connection, obtain from the IRS a new income tax reporting number (EIN) for the trust which the bank will require, since your trust became irrevocable upon your death. 6. Transfer title to all financial/brokerage accounts from your name into the successor trustee’s name, or close (sell the assets in) all or some of such accounts and transfer the proceeds into the new account in the trust referred to in Para. 5 above. 7. Locate all outstanding bills and pay same from the account referred to in Para 5. above. 8. Make claim for any death benefit(s) payable on your death.

9. As to any personal property in your estate, have an appraisal of such property made by an estate personal property appraiser, and sell such property and deposit the sale proceeds into the trust bank account, or divide such property among the entitled beneficiaries based on value or as otherwise required by the terms of your trust. 10. Obtain date of death values of all other property in your estate. Your banks and brokerage firms can provide the trustee with a statement(s) covering the time of your death and/or a letter providing the date of death value(s) of such account(s). The trustee will probably need to hire a qualified real estate appraiser to value your real property(ies) (needed for income tax basis purposes). 11. The trustee should keep a good record of all trust income and expenses and trust distributions, since an accounting should typically be provided to each beneficiary at the end of the trust administration. 12. The trustee should pay to himself or herself the compensation he or she is entitled to under the terms of the trust; and if none is provided for,“reasonable compensation” as authorized by California law. 13. After all estate expenses and debts have been paid, make the distributions to your beneficiaries called for by the trust. 14. Have an accountant prepare and file the needed income tax returns for you and for the trust. Richard F. McEntyre is a lawyer practicing law in the areas of estate planning and administration, having served the San Diego community as a lawyer for over 40 years. House calls available. Dick’s office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279),

You Call That Clutter? What you have isn’t clutter! That is just extra stuff!! I have seen clutter, unimaginable clutter, and unfathomable clutter in La Jolla, in Clairemont, in Point Loma, all over San Diego. I have seen clutter so bad that there is hardly a path through the house and literally nowhere to sit down! Clutter stacked so deep and so high that it is piled to ceiling. In each case the clutter collector got out of control over the years and the time had come to sell the house. Call me before you list that cluttered house for sale and let’s talk about de-cluttering the home. Cluttering clients are all adorable and wonderful people. By talking with these “collectors” and respecting their unique needs and including their family in the conversation we can make a plan for removing the clutter so the house can be sold. I am an experienced advocate, working respectfully with the collector of the family to gain their assistance in devising a plan. The most “clutter” I ever helped a seller remove filled 5 huge 40 foot long trash bins and a few dumpsters. That took 3 weeks with crews

working inside and in the yard outside the house. In another case the divorced client’s work and child care schedule was so tight that we literally started her on the de-cluttering process 3 months before we listed the house for sale. She preferred to do most all of the work herself slowly and meticulously. We filled one 40 foot bin and 2 large dumpsters. In each case we started slowly by gaining the collector’s agreement and cooperation then prioritizing things to do in steps. Once we settle on the plan a timeframe we can get the necessary help, storage location, movers, and waste bins then delicately work the plan while maintaining everyone’s dignity. Whether the collector is your mother or father, you husband or wife, or your daughter or son each case is unique. Please call me and we will confidentially discuss your situation. Steve Innis, owner/broker Clairemont Realty 858-922-2410 Real Estate Broker License 00644965

Clairemont Girl Scout Takes Flight During Girl Scouts’ Operation This Mint Sendoff Back in May more than 1,700 individuals recently boarded the USS Midway Museum for Girl Scouts San Diego’s 17th annual Operation Thin MintTM(OTM) Sendoff. Special guests included Clairemont Girl Scout Laura Lehman (pictured), a member of Troop 3866. The 9th-grader was one of 20 high-achieving cookie entrepreneurs who sold 2,017 or more boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in 2017. Laura, who reached 2,021 boxes, and the other top sellers arrived and departed by helicopter. During the program, the top sellers took the stage to reveal that this year, generous San Diegans donated 141,570 OTM boxes of Girl Scout cookies for U.S. troops. The sendoff event is the culmination of Girl Scouts San Diego’s

Operation Thin MintSM community service project, a unique local program which sends “a taste of home and a note to show we care” to deployed U.S. military troops, and to veterans. Since the OTM program’s inception in 2002, cookie customers have purchased more than 2.8 million boxes of all varieties of Girl Scout Cookies and countless handwritten notes of support to the military. Recipients include U.S. Navy, Marine, Army, Air Force and National Guard troops aboard ships, and military personnel stationed in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the South Pacific. All cookie proceeds stay in San Diego to fund local Girl Scout adventures like camp, traveling, science, career exploration and girls’

community projects. As the world’s largest girl-led enterprise, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches girls like Laura about money management, goal setting, decision making, people skills and business ethics. To learn more about Girl Scouts opportunities in the Clairemont area for girls in grades K-12 and adult volunteers, contact Christa Sherman,, or (619) 610-0706. For more information, visit

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Happy Summer! All ages, adults too, are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Program. This year the theme is “Reading by Design” and the North Clairemont Library will have programs and reading incentives for everyone. Children will receive fun and delicious prizes and adult can enter into a raffle for valuable gift cards. During July we will host ocean science with Living Coast Center, magic with The Amazing Dana, music with Craig Newton, and pure entertainment with Michael Raynor, all on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Also, adults join in the fun with Scrabble Social Club, the Second Tuesday Concert Series, Banned Books Club and Adult Coloring Club, all on Tuesday nights. Special adult programs include How to Design a Vegetable Garden with Master Gardener, Karen Greenwald on Saturday, July 15 at 10:30 a.m. There will be seed packets to take home so you can start planting right away. Also, we are proud to host a Death Café This program provides the opportunity to talk about life and death in a safe, agenda-free environment with a group of friendly and interesting people. The motto is “Breathing Life Into Death.” RSVP to (858) 581-9931 and refreshments will be served. There is always an exciting opportunity, development or inspiration happening at your library! Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include Bargain Book Sale 7/8 9:30-1 Find lots of high quality books at low, low prices! Second Tuesday Concert Series – Jarabe Mexicano 7/11 6:30pm How to Design a Vegetable Garden 7/16 10am Third Tuesday Banned Books Club 7/18 6pm Death Café 7/25 1:30-3:30 Please RSVP to (858) 581-9931. Doors will close promptly at 1:40 p.m. and late arrivals cannot be accommodated. Scrabble Social Club 8/1 5pm Saturdays: E-Book Clinic & Basic Computer and Smart Device Help 10am Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs Mondays: Sign Language Story Time (rec 1-5 y/o) 10am Mondays: Preschool Story Time (rec 3-5 y/o) 11 am

Tuesdays: Rhythm & Rhyme Time (rec 1-5 y/o) 11:45am Wednesdays: Baby Story Time (0-2 y/o) 11:30am Wednesdays: Crafting Fun (3-8 y/o) 2pm Wednesdays: Family Story Time (all ages) 6pm Saturdays: Lego Builders’ Club (3-8y/o) 2pm Sparkles Reading Party (3-8y/o) 7/8 & 7/22 10:30am BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390

Summer has arrived! Come in and check out our terrific book displays about the many fun things to do in the summer ... travel, head for the beach, grow a vegetable garden, eat ice cream and of course camping out under the stars. Happy Fourth of July to all! Enjoy a sparkling holiday with family and friends! And if you need to beat the heat stop by the Balboa Library a neighborhood Cool Zone. Special Events Thursdays: Reading by Design! Summer Reading Program 10am Register, read and start earning terrific prizes. Register online from home or the library. Visit Balboa Library every Thursday @ 10:00 and enjoy our special Summer Reading Programs! SRP Hullabaloo 7/6 10am Children engage with music and songs. SRP Mad Science 7/13 10am Join us for a fascinating science journey and learn some cool stuff along the way. SRP Amazing Dana 7/20 10am Bring the family and enjoy a funny and entertaining magic show. SRP Craig Newton 7/27 10am Come and enjoy a fun musical event! Motion & Me (b-5y/o) 7/28 10:30am Join us for this fun program of creative movement and play. Pajama Signing Storytime (b-5y/o) 7/11 & 7/25 6pm Come in your jammies and enjoy Miss Jennifer’s storytelling with signs. Happy Birthday Harry Potter! 7/31 1-3pm Celebrate Harry’s birthday with us! Dress as your favorite character if you like and enjoy crafts, trivia games, a scavenger hunt, face-painting and of course cake. Wednesdays: Drop in and Design (Grade 6 & Up)1-3pm

Tweens & teens come by & start designing. All materials provided. July 26th learn to face paint New! Tech Tutoring 7/5, 7/12, 7/18 & 7/26 12:30-1:30 Are you looking to expand your technology skills? We’re here to help. Make an appointment with Rebecca for one-on-one assistance. Sign-up required. Call or sign-up in person. Recurring Events Children’s Events Mondays: Lego Club 4-5pm Come build amazing Lego creations. Join us on the patio. Wednesdays: Chapterbook Storytime (K-2nd grade) with Miss Terri 6pm Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm Enjoy working on a new craft each week. Bring a friend and have fun. Paws to Read 7/11 6pm Emerging readers, come read to our Love on a Leash Certified Dogs. They love to listen to your stories. Wee Reads 7/7, 7/14 & 7/21 10:30am Join us for a fantastic time at the library with stories, rhymes, and music! Children’s Book Discussion 7/28 3:45-4:45 Adult Events Tuesdays: ESL for Adults 12-3 Ms. Henderson will assist adults with various ESL needs such as writing, reading and speaking in everyday life. Stitching Circle 7/12 1:30-3 Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow hobbyists. Instruction may be provided. Balboa Branch Library Book Discussion 7/18 11:45 Enjoy a lively and interesting discussion with other community members. CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 (858) 581-9935

The Clairemont Library will be closed Tuesday, July 4th for Independence Day. Adults Make Your Own Book! 7/11 6pm This program teaches adults how to make simple bindings to create a one-of-a-kind book of your own! Space is limited so make sure to sign-up on the city calendar website or call the

Clairemont Library. Literary Book Club 7/5 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, “Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead. Music Concert with the Peter Rutman Band 7/26 6pm Tech Fridays 3pm Need some advice on how to get the most from your smart phone or tablet? Tech Fridays are an informal chance to ask our tech expert Kerry any questions Kids & Teens Summer Reading Program! The Living Coast Discovery Center 7/11 4pm Listen to a talk about animals native to San Diego and they’ll bring some of those live animals from tide pools and into the library. Craig Newton 7/18 4pm Music and fun from all over the world Pacific Animals 7/25 4pm Live animals in this fun and interactive show! Book Club for Kids! (ages 9&up) 7/25 4:30 This student-run club is a chance for young people to read and discuss their favorite books. This month the group will discuss “Frindle” by Andrew Clements. Thursdays: Kids Craft Club 4pm Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time! Saturdays: Button Making 10:30am Little Ones Sign Language Storytime 7/6 & 7/20 10:30am Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Baby & Toddler Storytime with Stay & Play 7/13 & 7/27 10:30am Fun toddler stories along with play time afterwards! Fridays: Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran 10:30am. Join Miss Fran as she reads fun picture books and sings songs! All Ages 3D Printer-Clairemont Library’s own 3D printer is available for use by interested young people and adults. We have yet to set up regular open times but those interested in printing something can talk to library staff for details. Prints should take less than two hours.

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Danielle Garrido is Mesa College Undefeated Tennis Singles Championship

San Diego Mesa College Boasts Over 2,000 Graduates in 2017

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Student – Athlete sophomore Danielle Garrido achieved two back-to-back undefeated seasons and has a singles record of 18-0 for the year 2017. In 2016, she was named the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Team Player of the

Year, and she was named the Athlete of the Week in April 2016. Amongst her accolades this semester, she was named PCAC Athlete of the Week for the week of April 17, the only women’s tennis player in the conference to make the list in 2016. Tennis Head Coach Marc Pinckney said her hard work and dedication to the team is part of what helped her to earn this honor and be a successful tennis player overall. Nursing major Garrido has her sights set on transferring to a four-year school, with several offering her a full scholarship.

proud to see how far they’ll go.” The Ceremony was open to the On Saturday, May 20th, the San community, and thousands of family Diego Mesa College Commencement members joined their graduates for Ceremony at USD’s Jenny Craig the ceremony. Graduating Veteran Pavilion honored over 700 graduates, Jordan Agricula – former President of just a portion of the Mesa’s Student Veteran 2,006 students who Organization - was earned degrees and awarded the Presidential “This is truly one of certificates in 2017, Service Award for his a 19% percent many accomplishments , the highest achieving increase over 2016. including serving as a VA Nearly 300 students graduating classes we work study employee at have ever had,” stated graduated with the front desk of the more than one San Diego Mesa College Veterans Resource degree, 73 graduated Center and being President Dr. Pamela T. with a perfect 4.0, instrumental in growing and over 600 the SVO from 10 Luster. students - nearly members to more than 30% - are graduated 150 by the end of his with Honors. first year. Agricula excelled as a “This is truly one of the highest communications and marketing major achieving graduating classes we have at Mesa College and will attend ever had,” stated San Diego Mesa Wesleyan University in the fall. College President Dr. Pamela T. Luster. The 2017 Distinguished Alumni “From our veterans to our student speaker was Alexander Szeto, a 1982 athletes – this is an amazing group of Mesa College graduate and a systems students - headed to places like engineer at Northrup Grumman. Mr. Stanford, MIT, CAL, UCLA, and of Szeto helped Mesa College raise over course SDSU, UCSD and USD. We’re $26,000 this year for scholarships sad to see them go, but we are equally through his “Scholarship Challenge”.

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