Clairemont Times June 2017

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JUNE 2017



Charles Cass: Bay Park’s Fearless G-Man by Bill Swank

During the Roaring Twenties, Chicago had Eliot Ness and his “Untouchables.” San Diego had Charles Cass and his “Drys.” They were not as dull as the name implies. The National Prohibition Act, known as the Volstead Act, became the law of the land in October 1919. The purpose of this edict was to prohibit the production, transport and sale of “intoxicating liquors.” The result was bootleggers, speakeasies and bathtub gin. Charles Lewis Cass was San Diego’s no-nonsense G-Man in charge of the federal prohibition office at 228 B Street from 1921 to 1927. In May 1921, several prominent members of the San Diego Country Club complained to Cass about “drinking parties” on the premises. Prohibition officers nabbed illegal contraband, arrested the miscreants and polite society members were once again able to bump gums and enjoy sweet tea and lemonade at the 19th hole. “Glad Bacchus Absent in San Diego” was the colorful headline from a February

5, 1924 article in the Bakersfield Californian. A federal prohibition officer with a sense of humor remarked,“I am glad Bacchus (the Roman god of wine and intoxication) is not here, for I hate to see a man weep.” Under strict orders from Charles Cass, the agent poured confiscated giggle juice into a San Diego sewer. “Fifteen hundred gallons of wine, 500 gallons of whisky and other miscellaneous liquors and mash flowed freely into the drain.” In September 1924, Cass and three Indian policemen entered the Sohoba reservation in Riverside County to arrest Bernardo Resvolosa on alcohol charges. They were quickly surrounded by 45 Mission Indian policemen and Cass argued that as a federal officer, he was only subject to federal law. The Indians disagreed and countered that whatever happened on the reservation was their business. Arrests were made, but the city marshal of Escondido refused to accept the prisoners. A good, albeit expensive, way to obtain alcohol during prohibition was to have Charles Lewis Cass, Federal Prohibition Agent SEE Charles Cass, page 8

(from the Charles Cass Collection; courtesy Sam Ames)

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Greetings. May Gray? June Gloom? It does not really matter when we live and work in such a wonderful place.

Clairemont Times Bike to Work Day Pit Stop and Mid Coast Trolley Information Table. (Photo courtesy of MCTC)

May was a fun month for the 5th year in a row we hosted our Bike to Work Day Pit Stop and we had a solid turnout seeing old faces and new. My little pit stop 5 years ago was handing out protein bars and the paper. This year we went through about 50 lbs of fruit and snacks and we also had the MCTC or builders of the Mid Coast Trolley nearby with an information table, so it was healthy and informative. I attended a lot of interesting meetings which you can read about in the pages ahead. As we can now see the Mid Coast Trolley is starting to

become more and more real with the construction and detours etc., be prepared and be patient. Pure Water San Diego is also going to have an impact in the neighborhood within the next couple years as a major pipeline project will be cutting through the neighborhood (p5). Louis Rodolico once again provided commentary to the growth of UTC (p11). One might think well it has no impact on me way up there in UTC but there is a direct correlation as anyone who travels Genesee knows. Susan Lewitt has a cool new feature about planting native see what she chose this month (p14). There are many more tidbits throughout the paper that I hope you will find interesting. I also want to say thank you to the many people who replied to the “help wanted” piece I wrote last month, I have spoken with some and am efforting to reach out to all. If you are looking to write for the local paper or sell advertising please contact me. There is a lot of cool ideas/content which will be featured in future editions. So again thank you! Feel free as always to call or email (858) 752 9779 Enjoy this edition!

Chris O’Connell, Publisher

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San Diego Dream House Raffle Names Grand Prize Winner

Funds Raised from Raffle Support Families in Medical Crisis at San Diego's Ronald McDonald House Pomela Flanigan of San Diego is this year's grand prizewinner in the 13th annual Dream House Raffle, which has raised more than $3 million for Ronald McDonald House Charities® of San Diego to provide lodging, meals and emotional support for families who have children in a local hospital. "Not only did we award 1,700 prizes to ticket holders, we were also able to raise more than $3 million that will allow us to serve families who rely on us while their child is receiving medical treatment," said Chuck Day, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Diego. "We are so grateful to the community for their support of our mission by participating in this year's raffle." As the grand prizewinner, Flanigan receives her choice between $1.3

million paid as an annuity over 20 years or $900,000 as a one-time cash payment. Additionally, the following prizes were awarded at the event, which was attended by dozens of enthusiastic ticket-holders: • Carol Nielsen of Oceanside, California, was the second grand prizewinner and won her choice of a 2017 Mercedes-Benz S550 Cabriolet, a trip around the world or $125,000 cash. • Katie Mersch of San Diego (Clairemont) was the winner of the multi-ticket drawing and received a 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio or her choice of $50,000 cash. While the raffle successfully raised much-needed support for the local nonprofit organization, there were not enough tickets sold to make the grand prize home available as a prize option. For a full list of prizes, winners and raffle rules, visit

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

6/20/17 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop, 92117

6/15/17 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:00 PM American Legion Post 731 7245 Linda Vista Rd., 92111

6/26/17 (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111

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Exciting News about Sequoia Elementary School by Ryan Kissel, Principal

Clairemont Families, I’m very excited to announce that the children of our neighborhood (I live in Clairemont too) will have the opportunity to attend a school that offers an art program as part of its curriculum. Yes, we know that there are many kids out there that have a passion for theater, dance, music, drawing and painting! We need to ensure that we provide those kiddos with an opportunity to explore those desires and enhance their artistic talents. Yes, Sequoia Elementary School will transition into a Visual Performing Arts School (VAPA) next year! There are 117 elementary schools in the entire district and only 7 elementary schools are considered VAPA schools and Sequoia is one of them! So, beginning the 2017/18 school year, Sequoia will begin creating a curriculum that will include the 4 areas of a VAPA school – Theater, Dance, Music and Visual Arts. The vision for our Madison High School Cluster is to give our kids 2 pathways from TK – 12th grade. One of those pathways would be “to provide artistic literacy, innovation, creativity, and excellence in the arts by providing a high quality, sequential, TK-12 arts experience for all students.” Children inclined to explore their artistic interests could begin their academic journey at Sequoia Elementary School, continue down that pathway at the Creative and Performing Arts Middle School (CPMA) and then finish their TK-12 experience at Madison High School.

Ryan Kissel, Principal Sequoia Elementary School

Of course, children will still receive instruction in the core content areas of Reading, Writing and Math, but they will also be given the wonderful opportunity to enhance their intuitive artistic talents and develop/explore their creative ambitions! To kick off our newfound VAPA status in the district, we will hold a VAPA night event at Sequoia Elementary on Friday, June 2nd from 5-8 pm. We encourage all parents to attend this event and experience the festive atmosphere here at Sequoia Elementary School! If you cannot attend this event feel free to call the school or stop by to learn more also visit us online at: uoia Sequoia Elementary 4690 Limerick Avenue San Diego, CA 92117 (858) 496-8240 Office Hours: M-F: 7am-3pm

13 San Diego Unified High Schools Named Best in The Nation The San Diego Unified School District is proud to announce that 13 district high schools have earned a spot on the 2017 U.S. News and World Report’s list of “Best High Schools in America.” The 2017 Best High Schools list recently released by U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in education rankings, awarded “Gold Medal” honors to both La Jolla and Scripps Ranch high schools. Point Loma, University City, Patrick Henry, San Diego, Serra, Mira Mesa, Morse, San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, Clairemont, Kearny and Madison high schools all received “Silver Medal” honors. The U.S. News rankings identify the top-performing public high schools at the national and state level and include published data on more than 22,000 schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. The rankings

award public high schools with gold, silver and bronze medals, indicating their level of college readiness. The Best High Schools rankings, available exclusively on, feature data on a number of factors, including enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced-price lunch programs, and the results of state assessments and AP. The annual report’s purpose is meant to highlight public schools that best serve all of their students, including disadvantaged populations. Overall, the rankings focus on student outcomes with an emphasis on graduation rates and state proficiency tests. Students at the 6,041 schools that receive national recognition from U.S. News graduate at rates that are 15 percent higher, on average, than students at schools nationwide that are not ranked.

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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

yourself if you know what you’re looking for, and knowing what you’re looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help home sellers deal with this issue before their homes are listed, a free report entitled “11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection” has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To order a Special Report today. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report, call toll-free 1-800-277-3160 and enter 1003. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn’t cost you the sale of your home. This report is courtesy of Mary Fickert BRE# 01192082 - HomeSmart Realty West. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright © 2016

Pure Water San Diego Will Be Presenting to the Clairemont Community in June by Chris O’Connell

Last month at the Linda Vista Planning Group (LVPG) Meeting representatives from Pure Water San Diego gave a brief overview of Pure Water and a more detailed plan for a new proposed pump station in the Morena area, specifically on Sherman & Custer Streets. The space is now the San Diego Humane Society, they would move a few blocks away to the Gaines street area and behind the SDPD facility. The pump station would handle roughly 32 million gallons of wastewater a day that would normally flow to the Point Loma Wastewater Treatment Plant. This new pump station would screen out the solids, the wastewater would then begin a roughly 10 mile journey to the plant at the 805 and Miramar Rd. In order to move the wastewater it would require opening the streets up to accommodate a 48” pipe as well as a separate 30” pipe. (It was noted the street could be opened a width from 11’ to 16’ final calculations had not been determined during the presentation.) The route of these new pipes weaves through several neighborhoods. Leaving the facility on Sherman St, heading north on Morena Blvd to Ingulf St to Denver, from there onto Clairemont Dr where it would

travel all the way to Clairemont Mesa Blvd going East to Genesee and travelling north to Nobel. After Nobel to Towne Center Drive and then Executive Drive and over the 805 to where it would be treated, then eventually down Miramar Rd until it reaches Lake Miramar where it would mix in with existing imported water. A similar presentation will be given at the Clairemont Community Planning Group on June 20th at Cadman Elementary, 92117 at 6:30pm. There were questions about odors at the pump station (virtually no smell or odor would come from the building), what happens to the solids that come out of the water (once every 7-10 days they are trucked out to a landfill). Being that it was an action item for the LVPG they decided not to vote on the subject, but rather asked the group to come back possibly in September with more detailed plans. The group presenting advised LVPG only 30% of the design plans has been submitted for the entire project. It was the hope they would present again when they were at roughly 60%. For more information of course attend the next meeting and/or you can also visit their website additionally you can also sign up to take a tour of the facility and at the end try the water.

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7th Annual Homeless Treasures Rummage Sale June 24th at Clairemont Lutheran Church This year the “Homeless Treasures” Rummage Sale is returning to its original location at Clairemont Lutheran Church, 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. The first sale was held in Clairemont in 2010, and since then has been an annual event to benefit outreach programs for Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO) TACO services help hundreds of the homeless, elderly and working poor in downtown San Diego with free meals, medical care, legal assistance and mental health counseling each week. TACO organizers from Clairemont Lutheran Church are seeking donations and volunteers to help with the rummage sale. Children’s items, jewelry, household items, art, linens,

tools, sporting goods, books, CDs, plants, small appliances and furniture can be dropped off at the church Monday, June 19 through Thursday, June 23, between 9:30am to 5:30pm Unfortunately, we cannot accept large appliances or electronics, computers, office equipment/furniture, mattresses or text books. Contact Martha Radatz (619-575-2845; for more information on volunteering or donating items to the sale. Put the date on your calendar and plan to stop by Clairemont Lutheran between 7:00am and 1pm to this fun event filled with unique finds and bargains, bargains, bargains. Last year’s rummage sale raised nearly $10,000 and we are hoping, with your community support, we can equal that again this year.

A Kim Cares customer was recommended a computer that was beyond her skill level and need. While planning to return it, major life challenges happened and the laptop went untouched for two years. Now trying to sell this,“never used laptop”, the battery was no longer good. The manufacturer battery replacement cost was $179.00 plus tax. My customer now had a devalued laptop that needed an expensive battery. This lack of attention to her device caused a big hassle and very little profit. The lesson here is that leaving your battery powered devices, unused for long periods of time without removing the batteries or charging them, is not a good thing. But what are the rules? I went back to expert, Miles

Sanchez, at Batteries Plus. 2419 El Cajon Blvd, SD 92104, (619) 543-1101 “As far as batteries being left in a device, you run a risk of a slow discharge from the actual device itself as well as corrosion. Batteries that sit dead (like your laptop battery) will cause harm to the battery. I see all the time where customers don't use their device and the batteries are bad because they sat dead too long.” • For flashlights and toys that are used once yearly: remove batteries • For laptops, cell phones, tablets and camera batteries: charge at least every six months, especially if they are unused. Smiles and Safe Searching, Kim Schultz (see page 5) 619-261-1585

amended CUP and the vote did not pass. A second motion was presented asking HTH to come back to the PR to address concerns about parking, traffic, the number of students as well as information on the Environmental Review Process, even asking if HTH would consider sticking with the original 1110 students. At some point in the near future, possibly June, HTH will be back before the subcommittee. Stay tuned. HTH will also be presenting to the full CCPG in the future as well. As is common agendas for such meetings typically do not come out until roughly 72 hours prior to a meeting. The CCPG is very diligent about posting agendas on their Facebook

page “Clairemont Community Planning Group” and on Twitter “Clairemont PG” in addition the agendas are posted in the Library as well as posted on and I do my best to also post them on our website and social media pages “Clairemont Times” A couple future items coming before the Project Review Committee are the old Jack Lalanne Gym on Clairemont Drive, which is proposing 19 apartments as well as a development down in the Bay Park area on Lieta St for 13 residential units. There is always something to learn at these local planning group meetings, your attendance and participation is always encouraged.

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Parking, Traffic and Number of Students are the Main Concerns from Neighbors to High Tech High by Chris O’Connell

Last month the Project Review (PR) Sub Committee, a subset of the Clairemont Community Planning Group (CCPG), met to learn more about the future of the Horizon Christian Campus now owned by High Tech High. (Back story the San Diego Unified School District put the 20 acre property on Mt Acadia up for a sale a couple years ago HTH bought the property). Paul Dooley representing HTH was before the board to present future changes to the property however, ultimately he was asking the board for approval to amend the Conditional Use Permit which currently allows for 1110 students, HTH is looking to increase the number to 1636 students. Concerns are many from the neighbors from traffic to parking to just the overall increase to the number of bodies on the campus. Parents from Horizon School, church members from Horizon Fellowship also are concerned as they no longer have a place to send their kids as well as a church looking for a new home. With close to 100 people crammed into a small room at the North

Clairemont Rec Center the public was given their chance to speak over and over the traffic and parking was the overall theme of concerns. Two neighbors, concerned about traffic, quite impressively and to their credit performed a good ol fashioned traffic count in their neighborhood. (the full document count will be posted online with this article at Number of cars travelling North and South on Mt Acadia Blvd over the course of a 9 hour timeframe broken up over 3 days between the hours of 8am and 4pm 7,213 vehicles. Number of cars travelling East and West on Mt Alifan Drive over the course of a 9 hour timeframe on one day between the hours of 8am and 4pm 7,072 vehicles. Number of cars travelling North and South on Mt Everest Blvd over the course of a 8 hour timeframe on one day between the hours of 9am and 4pm 3,393 vehicles. After rounds of hearing public comment, board comment and Mr Dooley answering Q & A the board voted to deny the request of the

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Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

Our June meeting will be on Wednesday, the 7th, 1 p.m. at the Balboa Community Church, 6555 Balboa Ave. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church parking lot. We will start our new fiscal year 2017 - 2018. New officers, who were installed at our May luncheon, will preside. New plans and projects will be discussed. Refreshments will be served. We are proud of our accomplishments for the fiscal year 2016 - 2017. Our major fundraiser, "Bunco With a Purpose" held last March for the benefit of the Clairemont Boys and Girls Club, raised $2900. We closed out a CD and together with the Bunco proceeds, presented $11,100 to the Boys and Girls Club. CWC was instrumental with other community groups in starting the Boys Club as it was known back in the 60's. Since that time, CWC has raised funds for the club needs: a swimming pool, a photo lab, library, kitchen needs, room dividers and more outside lights. In addition to the above, two $1000 scholarships will be presented to

senior girls at Clairemont and Madison High Schools this month. Applicants need to have done volunteer work. We donated to the Humane Society in memory of Betty Hied and the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League in memory of Mary Duncan. Monies were donated to the Storefront, holiday card trees to Meals on Wheels, Boxtops for Education to Cadman Elementary. We also supported Pennies for Pines, the March of Dimes and gave of our time to the Clairemont Community Services Association. We had guest speakers from the Boys and Girls Club, the Sheriff's Dept., Armstrong Nursery, author Tom Leech, the Threshold Choir and our own club historian, Pat Rodrigues. There's always something new to learn! The club will be dark July and August, our next meeting is Wednesday, September 6. Mark it on your calendar and look for us in the Clairemont Times. Have a great summer and hope to see new faces in Sept...same time, same place. For more information about CWC, visit our website at or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 or Evelyn at (858) 279-4367 Contact us or attend a meeting to learn more.

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

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

Charles Cass Continued from page 1

your doctor write a prescription. It was the modern equivalent of a prescription for medical marijuana.

officer, last night seized a portable bar, equipped with all the trappings in miniature of pre-Volstead days and more than $500 worth of the highest grades of imported liquors. The seizure was made when Cass, provided with a federal search warrant, entered the apartment occupied by Herbert Jaffe, owner of the Tijuana brewery at Mexicali, Mexico, and several saloons in Tijuana. “The portable bar was built in a specially constructed all-steel wardrobe trunk. This, to all appearances, was an ordinary trunk, but when opened it took on a different aspect. The top of the right side of the trunk could be opened and turned back. Beneath this lay a good sized mirror, built in the finest mahogany, which could be lawyer probably could have gotten an acquittal based on the circumstantial evidence presented by the government, but the San Diego court was harsh with prohibition violations. The highlight of Cass’s career occurred in November 1926. His officers destroyed the sophisticated smuggling ring of wealthy Tijuana distiller Hugh McClemmy. The Treasury Department described McClemmy as “the most notorious border smuggler we have to contend with.” He was “the leader of a band of airplane liquor smugglers and speed boats which carried liquor from Lower California.” McClemmy received the maximum two year sentence, but other smugglers quickly filled the vacuum. As a side-note, the court records mysteriously disappeared, but McClemmy reported to McNeil Island on January 20, 1928 to serve his prison term. Although not as notorious as the metal squirting minions of Al Capone, McClemmy associates and competitors were also known to “disappear.” July 1927 was a busy month for Cass and his Dry Boys. They raided Grover Click’s gas station at Park and University and confiscated 13 pints of whisky, two gallons of wine and 22 quarts of gin. Three pints of liquor were found in a teapot at the residence of Charles Smith. Peggy Robbins was arrested when she was caught pouring liquor into her sink. Her husband was already

well and stepped on the wrong toes. The embittered Cass quickly reported his replacement, Colonel Lee Stromee, for accepting bribes from smugglers. Stromee, was later indicted in December 1927 for conspiracy along with Frank Cornero, brother of “Tony the Bootlegger King” Cornero, to unload 27,000 cases of liquor from speedboats near San Diego. Charges were apparently dropped in 1929 when the witness was “too ill” to testify against Stromee. Reporting corruption was a political mistake for Charles Cass. In retirement, he wrote about malfeasance and incompetency within the federal prohibition agency. He complained that the leadership was predominantly former Army officers who were untrained in law enforcement, but well-trained in the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Cass loved to write in the grandiloquent style of the day and left an esoteric essay about conflict titled “Today and Tomorrow.” The aged crusader addressed the conflict created by the Volstead Act and theorized,“... the fact of its existence in the present conflict is no argument for demanding that the conflict cease, for that bitterness is but an atom compared to the enormous volume of misery, want and woe produced by the liquor traffic.” Just as admirals retire in Coronado to tend roses, the austere Cass eventually

Alcohol Prescription for Florence Champagne (1926) (from the Charles Cass Collection; courtesy Sam Ames)

In March 1926, Charles Champagne made the mistake of not properly disposing of his whiskey bottles. His wife, Florence, found an empty pint with her name on the prescription. Then she discovered more empties with other names and took them to the prohibition office. Charles Cass went after the doctor with vengeance when he learned of similar irregularities among his patients, but what the irate Mrs. Champagne did to her husband is not known. Herbert Jaffee and Edward P. Baker owned Cerveceria Azteca (Aztec Brewery) in Mexicali, Baja California and brewed award-winning Famous A.B.C. Beer. On August 4, 1926, this highly detailed account was carried in the Santa Cruz Evening News about Mr. Jaffee’s unusual wardrobe trunk. “In one of San Diego’s most exclusive and fashionable apartment houses, Charles Cass, federal dry

placed on the folded back of the trunk-top. What ordinarily would have been the bottom of the tray was the top of the bar itself. This also was of high grade mahogany and at one end was an attached towel, ready - for use. The containers, extending to the bottom, supposedly for shirts and whatnot, had been converted into a keeping place of the liquor. “And this was not all. At the bottom of the cabinet on the right side was found a rack for a detachable footrail. The footrail, a shiny nickel-plated affair, was in a cabinet on the left side. When opened and set up for “service” the trunk gave all the appearances of being a real bar. - The liquor consisted of high grade imported cordials, wine and whisky, and even beer.” In October 1926, Cass arrested Charles Schindler, a convicted bootlegger, when 47 gallons of liquor and stills were found in two “G” Street garages under his control. A good

Charles Cass (right) and unidentified dry agent confiscate illegal San Diego still (1925) (from the Charles Cass Collection; courtesy Sam Ames)

in custody “on liquor charges.” Finally, Chief Mastersen was busted with two gallons of liquor in his home. Then came a September 1927 “shake-up” within the Southern California prohibition agencies that was necessitated “to tighten enforcement against the influx of holiday liquor.” Cryptically, Charles Cass was transferred to Fresno. Although corruption was rampant among prohibition officers and highbinders, there was never a hint of wrongdoing by Cass. He may have done his job too

returned to San Diego and retired in Bay Park where he cultivated succulents and staghorn ferns that still bare his name. But this was not until he had done his best to weed out San Diego’s rumrunners, smugglers and gangsters during the Roaring Twenties. Agent Cass died in 1952 at age 77. It is not known if he ever cracked a smile in his life. Email:

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Million Dollar Views are More Accessible than Ever at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve The views take away On another part of the your breath, but until trail, the CCC recently, getting to them constructed redwood could cost you your stairs to take hikers footing. down to scenic park The trails at Torrey overlooks. Pines State Natural “It’s really hard Reserve are getting work, but knowing resurfaced and what I’m doing here reupholstered, so to will let people who speak, by the California have difficulty getting Conservation Corps. around actually come The corpsmembers are out here and see these Corpsmembers tackle rip-rap rock making the trails not views- I’d do this every on a trail at Torrey Pines State only nice to look at but work day. It’s a good feeling.” Natural Reserve. (Courtesy Photo) sturdy and wide to The corpsmembers accommodate visitors are 18-to-25-year-olds whether on foot or on a scooter, walker dedicated to a year of environmental or wheelchair. service to the State of California.They also "The corpsmembers have poured their respond to natural and man-made backbones and souls into these trails so disasters. Californians can continue to enjoy the The work at Torrey Pines adds to their local and international landmarks," said construction and masonry skills that are CCC Director Bruce Saito. transferable to jobs in natural resource The CCC has built or enhanced dozens and environmental fields. Many of the of trails and boardwalks along California's State Parks staff working with the CCC on world-renowned coastline. Partnering the Torrey Pines project are former with California State Parks, the CCC has corpsmembers themselves. worked on trails this spring from San The California Conservation Corps is a Diego County up the coast to Santa state agency offering young men and Barbara, Monterey, Marin counties and women a paid opportunity to improve beyond. California's natural resources and Work at Torrey Pines State Natural communities.The CCC also responds to Reserve is just one of the projects along emergencies such as fires, floods, weather California's world-renowned coastline and agricultural disasters. built or improved by the CCC. Created by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. A team of 30 corpsmembers spent the in 1976, the CCC is the oldest and largest past three months restoring a one-mile conservation corps in the nation. section of trail impacted by erosion over The CCC has corpsmember openings the years.They are bringing rock in by every month for young adults ages 18 to wheelbarrow and packing the "rip-rap" 25 and veterans to age 29. For information along the trail, using hand tools to on joining, call 1-800-952-JOBS or visit execute dry-stone masonry techniques.

San Diego’s Best Movie Value Reading Cinemas Clairemont Town Square and Grossmont offer lower ticket prices and concession discounts to San Diego moviegoers San Diego movie lovers can enjoy the latest Hollywood blockbusters, including the best in TITAN XC, while saving money at the box office and concession stand. In early May Reading Cinemas introduced new, lower ticket pricing along with concession discounts including endless popcorn all day, every day. Lowest Movie Tickets in Town – Guests can enjoy the biggest blockbusters for only $8.50, an amazing value for friends and/or the whole family. Reading Cinemas' everyday ticket prices for all new releases (including 3D movies) will be reduced to $8.50 for guests of all ages – all day, every day. Best Big Screen Value in San Diego – See GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 in TITAN XC, the new, premium motion

picture experience featuring state-of-the-art digital projection, one of San Diego's biggest movie screens, and immersive multi-channel Dolby Atmos sound. Exclusive to Reading Cinemas Grossmont,TITAN XC also offers reserved seating for ultimate convenience.Tickets to all movies in TITAN XC are only $10. Endless Popcorn – Guests can also now enjoy fresh-popped popcorn at an amazing value every day.With the purchase of an extra-large popcorn for only $6, guests will receive free refills to share with friends and family all day long. Family Sunday - Every Sunday is Family Sunday at the concession stand. For only $10, families can enjoy a family-size, extra-large popcorn with unlimited refills, two medium fountain drinks, plus a Nestle Candy of their choice. In addition, all day Sunday, everyone can purchase a hot dog for only $2. Reading Cinemas Town Square is located at 4665 Clairemont Drive, 92117. Reading Cinemas Grossmont is located at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive, 91942. For advance tickets and show times, please visit

Tecolote Nature Center Family Day You’re invited to attend Family Day at the Tecolote Nature Center on Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10-2. This event is FREE. Please join in the fun with a variety of activities for the kids such as owl pellet dissection, insect and snake experts, award-winning children's music, Ms. Smarty Plants, animal tracks, art and craft projects, "rock" stars, and much more! We are proud to announce our 2nd Annual Silent Auction to raise funds for Friends of Tecolote Canyon. Please stop by our tables so you can bid on such great items as: Disneyland park hopper passes (4), Skateworld passes (package of 20), Tickets to The Natural History Museum (4), The USS Midway

Museum (6), Whale Watching (4), Restaurants, and much more. 100% of the funds raised during our auction will expand our naturalist-led education programs, including our environmental and Kumeyaay cultural educational field trips to Tecolote Nature Center! In preparation for the Silent Auction, please note that items must be paid for with cash or credit card on Saturday, June 3 at the event. Bring your kids, your family, your friends and neighbors. We look forward to seeing you all on June 3rd from 10-2 at Tecolote Nature Center, 5180 Tecolote Road, San Diego 92110.

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UTC Morphs Into Gotham Depiction of UTC Development in Progress. Commentary Louis Rodolico

University Town Center (UTC), see map, will soon have skyscraper canyons and overhead elevated trains. This development will add forty to fifty thousand vehicular trips every day, and is driven in part by San Diego’s pension debt of over 2 billion. The city is pursuing two solutions; one is to build their way out of the debt and the second is to remove planned infrastructure projects like the Regents Road Bridge. The good news for city pension planners is that we live 3 years less than other industrialized nations, even though the U.S. spends more public money on healthcare than Sweden or Canada. See link. Thanks to political division driven by; insurance companies, lobbyists and corporations, Americans have the freedom to select from the most expensive, complicated and least effective menu of health care access options in the industrialized world. Yes we’re free! The city can capture about a billion by expanding property tax revenue. San Diego’s population could easily increase half a million by mid-century. At 2.67 persons per household we would need 187,000 new housing units; $4,000 property tax per unit is 748 million dollars a year in additional revenue. With the collapse of the American middle class most 18-34 year olds now live with their parents. Employers pay 2 employees for 60 hours a week rather than pay for the healthcare of three employees, with a living wage, working 40 hours a week. The Euro-model of both parents working 30 hours each is perfect for a family juggling young children. To help families and move young adults into their own households we need single payer health care, like the rest of the industrialized world. The new blue line has stations along the I-5 corridor; the city intends to build on this. A proven way to add households with the minimum amount of city infrastructure investment is to go up, way up. This UTC illustration shows 16 to 22 story towers at 110 units per acre. Some see oppression but these buildings provide; housing near public transportation, vacation rentals and a more affordable way for young adults to achieve independence. This helps the city get out of debt. Grassroots organizations like, at the Morena corridor, are beginning to bubble up. City managers have chosen funding their pensions over public safety. The second way to recoup about a billion is to eliminate planned infrastructure like roads and bridges. In University City (UC) the removal of the Governor Drive extension to I-5 was a pilot project in this regard. The Regents Road Bridge is also currently in

jeopardy. These two projects represent 120 million dollars in infrastructure. That is 12% of a billion dollar debt coming from the UC community which is 1% of the city population. Reason; our University Community Planning Group (UCPG) consists of

homeowners who would see a property value increase if these projects are not built. All scientific poling shows that 60% or more of the community wants the Regents Road Bridge built. Strategizing with the city, lobbyists and corporations, UCPG has eliminated anyone from their board who wants these projects effectively banning 60% of our community from our “Community” planning group. For example; a resident can be anointed with business acumen and have a business seat on the UCPG board if they; own a piece of undeveloped residential property and do not want the bridge. Benefits, like the Fast Response Squad 56, go to West UC where board members live but liabilities like traffic go to East UC. This rift in the UC community provides an opening that outside interests will continue to exploit. See; May Clairemont Times, Regents Road Bridge-Grand Bargain Page 11 and March 2017 Clairemont Times: Regents Road Bridge and Corporations Page 11 UC exploited? In the 1960’s and 70’s UC spent its development dollars on: roads, utilities, community pool, library, elementary, middle, and high schools that continue in use by UTC today. UC was already built out in the 1980’s when UTC began expanding rapidly. UTC cleverly cut off UC by creating its own Facilities Benefit Assessment (FBA) fund in the 1980’s which excluded UC from UTC Developer Impact Fees (DIF). UC has never recovered from this; has been

unable to finance infrastructure and has been restricted to very limited improvements. UCSD & UTC will soon have 3 fire stations, UC zero. We can complain about “The City” all we want, just one problem, we are the city. The elected officials who blew the pension issue were put there by the voters. Current officials need new ways to satisfy the pension debt. University’s ongoing political rift makes removal of planned public safety infrastructure like the Regents Road Bridge an easy target. UTC Development continues unabated as it morphs into Gotham, pumping all traffic down the Genesee corridor while the city simultaneously removes 2 planned roads & bridges. This is a

public safety mistake and guarantees more gridlock in UTC, UC and Clairemont. The moral code of public safety has been set aside, its pensions and development first. Louis Rodolico has been a University resident since 2001 Links: Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge donate.html Healthcare-US, Sweden, Canada -money-healthcare-sweden-canada/ UTC, North UC, FBA 013_nuc_pffp_-_amendment_ii_publication.pdf

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Summer is upon us, and if you are looking for some quality entertainment to get you in the mood, here are ten movies to do just that. “Caddyshack” When prepping to tee off this summer, what better way to get ready than to sit down and enjoy this summer classic that boasts numerous hilarious comedians in their prime? Some comedies come and go, but “Caddyshack” has managed to stand the test of time, and we’re huge fans of it. “Dirty Dancing” Maybe spending your summer at an all-inclusive resort is more your speed? If so, you can get a few dance tips and fall in love like Baby in “Dirty Dancing,” a classic that’s set in the 60’s but feels oh so 80’s. We smile, laugh, and cheer every time Swayze utters the iconic line,“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” “Jaws” Is the beach your summer destination of choice? You may rethink your day of splashing around in the waves if you watch this Oscar nominated classic from Steven Spielberg. With great tension and a compelling story,“Jaws” is a must see. While the shark might not look perfect by today’s standards, it’s still pretty darn terrifying. “The Kings of Summer” Tired of your parents telling you what to do? See how Joe handles this situation in a gem of a coming-of-age indie dramedy. It’s all about trying to find yourself and discover who you are as a man. A wonderful, touching story. “My Girl” Some people just want to spend their summer relaxing at home, pining over their crush, and spending time with their best friend. This outstanding film has young Veda doing all those things over her summer, while learning some of the harshest lessons life offers. This comedy will make the most hardened people cry like a baby. “The Sandlot” Baseball is the sport of the summer. This nostalgic family comedy will help you remember your days of fun, friendship, playing ball, and going to the pool. It’s the best baseball movie ever made featuring a giant baseball stealing dog. “Stand By Me” Is adventure your thing? Taking a hike with friends and sleeping under the stars? This coming-of-age Stephen King drama is perfect for you. This is one of our favorites and is loaded with heart, humor, and truth. Plus, its short run time makes it a breeze to watch. “Summer School” For those who weren’t able to keep their grades up, or are looking for extra credit, summer means more school! Still, take a break long enough to watch “Summer School.”This shows what happens when you pair unruly kids with a reluctant, laid back teacher, and it’s a riot. Don’t go getting any crazy ideas! “Vacation” What is more “summer” than a

family road trip to an amusement park? It always sounds like a good idea, but like Clark Griswold finds out, things don’t always go as planned. This is an outrageous comedy that takes an honest though over-the-top look at everything that can possibly go wrong on a vacation trip. “What About Bob?” Sometimes you need to take a vacation from your problems. That’s exactly what Bob does in this charming, goofy flick. Unfortunately for Dr. Monroe, his problems seem to follow him wherever he goes. Of course, his problem is the aforementioned Bob. It’s hard to beat a movie with Bill Murray, especially when he shares such great chemistry with Richard Dreyfuss as his counterpart. 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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5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110 • 858-581-9959 Monday – Closed, Tuesday –Saturday 9:00-4:00, Sunday 9:00-2:00 Saturday, June 3 10:00-2:00 TECOLOTE FAMILY DAY!!! Nature inspired special event with lots of free family activities. Saturday, June 17 9:00-11:00 AM – Weed Warriors Spend some time caring for your local canyon! Gloves and tools provided. Wear a hat, long pants and sturdy shoes. Sunday, June 18 9:00 AM Sunday in the Garden Volunteer with Park Ranger Steven Get dirty, have fun, learn about our local habitat Wednesday, June 21 1:30 – 3:00 PM Art & Activities for Kids This month’s theme is summer fun! Sand art in a bottle, create a beach scene, and decorate your own reusable water bottle. Free! Activities are posted at of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center Like us on Facebook/Friends of Tecolote Canyon

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Beers by the Bay AleSmith Brewing Iconic San Diego by Brian Riehm

I sat down with Peter Zien, owner and CEO of AleSmith Brewing, at their expansive, 100,000 square foot plus facility at 9990 AleSmith Ct. last month. Brewing operations were moved from the Cabot Drive location in March 2015, allowing scaled up production on a new German-made 80 barrel system. Mikkeller occupies the old Cabot Dr. facility as reviewed last month. The new equipment took some tuning and

Peter Zien in front of the bar and tap line at AleSmith.

experimenting before it was producing optimal beers, according to Zien. Beer making doesn’t scale in a linear fashion, and the new equipment was much more efficient. For example, the sugar yield from the system is 15% higher for the same grain load, requiring an adjustment in the amount of barley used. But the new system gives him greater control over the final product, like giving an artist sharper brushes. I also asked Zien if there was a theme to his beer making, pointing out that AleSmith isn’t known for the West Coast IPA style. He laughed, because the brewery was once known for its hoppy offerings. He continued by saying that his goal is to make all of the classic accepted beer styles with the highest handcrafted quality. The tasting room was opened later in 2015, providing the opportunity to fashion a new experience for an expanded customer base. Zien wanted to maintain the connection of the brewery to the customer. The tasting room is laid out with numerous waist high pub tables, great for small groups, with picnic tables outside for larger groups. There is also a bar area near the taps. In addition to being able to taste the beer and view the beer making system, there is a barrel room, where one can sample various barrel aged beers and mix ales aged in different barrel styles. There is outside capacity for two simultaneous food truck operations, with at least one in service every day. To help pace myself during the beer tasting, I tried some excellent lumpia and pancit from Grandma’s Lumpia. While I was

there, I saw that construction was in progress on a new 120-person event venue, to complement the tasting room. AleSmith is also home to the Tony Gwynn museum, dedicated to the memory of the former Padre great, who died in 2014. San Diego Pale Ale .394 is AleSmith’s tribute to Gwynn. It is not well known that Gwynn was involved in the creation of the beer, discussing what he liked and wanted to improve over the course of three different batches. Zien told me that he felt pressure to make a great beer to match Tony’s fame and what he meant to the city. Fortunately, the 394 pale ale is highly rated in many online beer reviews.AleSmith’s next collaboration will be a Mexican lager with the band Sublime. I stared beer sampling with the Spezial Pilsner, the latest example of working with world-accepted styles. It is a German Pilsner, differing from from a Czech Pilsner with a much more malt forward flavor, and the milder German noble hops not as noticeable. This is a great craft beer that even the average Bud drinker could enjoy.The Nut Brown Ale is a classic English brown, it pours a very dark amber. It is nutty, a tiny bit smoky, and very sweet; very easy to drink. Their IPA is simply called IPA; it hits you with very bitter fruity hops up front, maybe a hint of apple along with citrus. It stands up to other West Coast offerings. One of my favorite names for a beer is Old Numbskull; a very big hoppy, malty, and boozy barleywine. It pours very dark with not a lot of carbonation and tastes of roasted cherries, raisins, and red wine. I took home a bottle, which is etched with real gold on the label, according to Zien. I expected more of the same IPA flavor when sampling the AleSmith Double IPA; instead I was greeted with a well-carbonated resinous IPA that hid the high alcohol content behind a piney bouquet. Robust Porter was also well carbonated with lots of coffee notes, but also some sweetness, very smooth overall. My final taster was Noël, a Belgian Quadrupel infused with cinnamon, while retaining the characteristic banana and esters of a quad.That last one might be worth saving for Christmas. Two beers that I regularly drink are the .394 Pale Ale, and Horny Devil, a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. We made beermosas with Horny Devil for Mother’s Day Brunch. Its high alcohol, sweetness and coriander, make it a great choice to add a little orange juice. The .394 Pale Ale is a great beer to get your friends interested in craft beer. It is a solid pale ale with a bit of fruit and hop balance; and a great back story. AleSmith has turned itself into a San Diego icon, with decades of award winning consistency and a big, big presence in Miramar; worth a visit by locals and tourists alike. 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 (

Mesa Student Athlete Eldred Offered a Full Scholarship to Mississippi Valley State University by Lauren J. Mapp

Garett Eldred, an Outreach Ambassador and football player at San Diego Mesa College, will transfer to Mississippi Valley State University for the Fall 2017 semester. Eldred will continue his studies as a physical fitness major at MVSU, where he was offered a full ride scholarship to join the Division I football team. He hopes to become a physical fitness teacher and football coach. While attending Mesa College, Eldred was a member of the Outreach Ambassador team, a group of representatives for the school who work with students to promote higher education. They also function as peer mentors, and inform incoming high school students about financial aid programs and other resources. “It is a joy to be a part of Student Outreach – it granted me opportunities to take advantage of a lot of other benefits on campus,” Eldred said. Recruited by Mesa’s football Head Coach Peter Lofthouse and Defensive Backs’ Coach Jermaine McDonald, he came to Mesa after graduating from George Walton Comprehensive High School in Marietta, Georgia. Eldred played safety for the Olympians during the 2016 season, during which he made 32 tackles, 19 solo tackles and 13 assists with an average of four tackles per game. Though the team’s overall record for the season was 3-7, Eldred said he is optimistic about how the Olympian football team will do next year. “The football program still has a long way to go, but I think that Coach Peter Lofthouse has things moving in

Garett Eldred, Student Athlete at Mesa College.

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the right direction,” Eldred said.“I am excited about the players that will be returning next year – I think they’re going to do a great job and have a lot of success.” Though he is happy to be moving a little closer to home, Eldred said that Mesa has been fundamental in helping him to grow as both an athlete and a student. “I chose Mesa because Coach Lofthouse and Coach McDonald were very serious about academics, and that was one of the main things that they harped on when recruiting me,” Eldred said.“That was very impressive to me that they cared so much about that – it’s almost as if they cared more about that than the football team. I thought that that was a key factor that would be very important for my success.” For more information about football at Mesa College, contact Head Coach Peter Lofthouse at (619) 388-5808, via email at or visit the Athletics webpage at

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Easy to Grow Native Plant: This Month Bladder Pod (Peritoma arborea) by Susan Lewitt

Bladder pod occurs in Southern California and Baja, California, in communities of Coastal Sage Scrub, Creosote Bush Scrub, and Joshua Tree Woodland. It rapidly grows to 4 feet high and 6 feet wide with bright

yellow flowers, attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. Its pods are 1 ½” long. It does well with the following native plants: Sand Verbena (Abronia species), California Sea Lavender (Limonium californicum), Chamise (Adenostema fasciculatum), Brittlebush (Encelia species), Joshua

Tree (Yucca brevifolia), Indian Mallow (Abutilon palmeri), Rush Milkweed (Asclepias subulata), Buckwheat (Eriogonum species), Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), Chuparosa (Justicia californica), Apricot Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), Yuccas, and many cacti. It helps stabilize banks, and works in bird, hummingbird and butterfly gardens. It attracts harlequin beetles which like eating the leaves and if too plentiful, can be hosed off or brushed off by hand. This plant may require watering once a month during the dry summertime, but will tolerate weekly watering. It does best in sunny locations with fast draining soil and inorganic mulch such as decomposed granite (DG). It tolerates alkaline and salty soils and south facing slopes. Local nurseries that carry this plant include Moosa Creek Nursery and RECON Native Plants.

The Kumeyaay used this as vegetables. Pick the flowers, avoiding the leaves. Boil, changing the water multiple times for less bitterness. Remove the water by hand-squeezing. Eat plain or stewed with other vegetables such as onions, tomatoes and peppers. Try it with tortillas. (Ethno Botany Project: Contemporary Uses of Native Plants by Rose Ramirez and Deborah Small) This is first of many articles on easy to grow native plant species for Clairemont and Mira Mesa. For more details visit or come to a CNPS meeting, third Tuesday of every month except August, 6:30 pm Casa Del Prado room 101, Balboa Park.

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Time to Jettison Your “A-B” Trust? by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

Many married couples during the period from approximately 1985 through 2010 created, and presently live with—whether they know it or not—what are frequently called “A-B” Trusts. In an A-B Trust, upon the death of the first spouse, both spouses’ combined assets in their trust are to be divided into two subtrusts: Trust B (the Decedent’s Trust) and Trust A (the Survivor’s Trust). Under this set-up, Trust B is to consist of the deceased spouse’s 1/2 of the spouses’ community property, and his or her separate property, if any, but not to exceed the then amount of the federal estate tax lifetime individual exemption amount (“basic exclusion amount”). Trust A is to consist of all the remaining property in the trust (being the surviving spouse’s 1/2 of the community property, his or her separate property, if any, and any of the deceased spouse’s property in excess of the above estate tax exemption amount).

Trust B is irrevocable–meaning, practically, that the beneficiaries, and their respective percentage interests, as listed in the Declaration of Trust or Trust Agreement which the couple initially created, cannot be changed by the surviving spouse. Also, as set forth in the initial Declaration of Trust, there are restrictions imposed upon the surviving spouse’s use of the Trust B funds. In contrast, the surviving spouse can change any of the terms of Trust A and can use all of its funds without restriction. Being that most couples would like the surviving spouse to have complete right to and use of all funds and other assets in their trust following the first spouse’s death, why were their trusts set up as A-B Trusts in the first place? The answer: (i) to reduce the size of the surviving spouse’s estate at his or her death, and thereby reduce potential federal estate taxes (because the assets in Trust B are not considered to be part of such surviving spouse’s estate [only his or her Trust A assets]), or/and (ii) if the couple had a “blended family”–such as

Clairemont Writer Publishes Book of Essays According to local writer Robert Ross, publishing doesn’t just happen, “it takes persistence coupled with a need to be heard.” Ross should know, publishing his first article in the

mid-1970’s.“Seeing my first work in print was,” according to Ross,“the beginning of an addiction.” This year, Ross compiled his favorite pieces, spanning three decades, in a collection titled: From The Isle of Serendip. The book,

divided into sections covers travel, fitness, adventures, personal misfortunes, aging, and tributes. The reviews are exceptional. Clairemont writer Morris Crisci, author of Golda, May You Someday Rest in Peace, said: “These are exquisite gems, first mined, then carefully shaped and polished by Ross, not only as reflections of his life’s experiences, but as offerings to those who choose to relish them.” San Diego writer, Christopher Britton, author of Paybacks and No More Forever voiced his opinion: “Mr. Ross writes with a lover’s tenderness and deliberation for things we take largely for granted in this what-have-you-done-for-me-lately world. From the sound of water to the evolution of the meaning of ‘elderly’ and more, the author pinpoints patterns and insights unseen by observers on deadline.” And, what does Ross think of the book? “I’m thrilled. It’s the natural culmination of decades of observing, reflecting and writing.” Robert Ross is available to speak to book clubs and local writer’s groups. From the Isle of Serendip is available at Robert Ross is a long time Clairemont resident and can be reached at:

each spouse had children by a former marriage–in which case more of Trust B would potentially be available to the deceased spouse’s children when the surviving spouse died. The negatives of a B Trust, and thus of the Declaration of Trust itself which requires the division into Trusts B and A, are: (1) Its irrevocability as mentioned above, (2) The restrictions upon use of its funds by the surviving spouse, also as stated above, (3) The complications, legal work, and accounting work required to make the division (allocation) of assets into Trusts B and A upon the first spouse’s death, (4) The need to do annual income tax returns for Trust B, and (5) The fact that the assets placed into Trust B do not receive a “step-up” in basis for income tax purposes on the death of the surviving spouse (unlike the assets in Trust A, which do). The good news is that since 2013, the federal estate tax law has become less of a burden in two major respects: (a) the estate tax lifetime exemption amount has been

increased to a present $5,490,000 per individual; and (b) this exemption amount can be doubled for use by the surviving spouse under the concept of “portability.” (But to have such portability a federal estate tax return must be filed–but no tax due–on the death of the first spouse to die.) Thus, it may now be much less advantageous for the married couple to create or maintain an A-B Trust. The point of this article is to recommend that you review your existing Declaration of Trust or Trust Agreement, and if you discover that you have an A-B trust type, discuss with your attorney to see if it would be better for you to convert it into a non A-B Trust type. So long as both spouses are living, they can make such a change.

Chapman Team Chatter

• Last but not least, are you comfortable with them • Keep a list of them for future use Along with spring cleaning, we the feeling we want to feel the earth under our fingernails. So we visit a garden store, buy plants so we can plant them and watch them grow. Summer is on the way, Spring will give way to beaches and picnics. April showed a decline in the number of homes sold in San Diego and the inventory of homes on the market for sale was 3 months supply rather than a six month supply according to some news reports. Interest rates are still fluctuating between 4% & 4.125% for a conforming 30 year no points real estate loan. The Chapman Team is asking for your real estate business, our PROMISE to you is professional service with a personal touch. Give us a call, Diana at (858) 344-3358 or Bobbie (619) 208 9430.

by Bobbie Chapman It’s Spring Time – The time of year we get the itch to deep clean our homes. At a certain or any age for that matter, with the urge to clean we need help to move furniture and do the heavy housework. There isn’t always an extra family member or a close friend to help us. So we go to the yellow pages (they are still available) or Google our smart phones for moving services to see who advertises and if they can help us. As we are always careful who we invite into our homes we ask a number of questions to see if they are qualified and safe: • Do they have liability insurance? • How long have then been in business? • Ask them to provide you with a list of references

The above statements are generalizations only and are not to be taken as legal advice for the reader’s particular situation. Richard F. McEntyre is a lawyer practicing law in the areas of estate planning and administration, having served the San Diego community as a lawyer for over 40 years. House calls are available. Dick’s office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279),

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If it’s June then it must be time for the Summer Reading Program. This year the theme is “Reading by Design” and the North Clairemont Library will have programs and reading incentives for all ages: babies, children, teens and adults. The program runs June 15 through August 15 and everyone can join in the fun. The ongoing concert series, Second Tuesdays, will feature the Danny Green Trio this month. This trio will bring their “seasoned yet fresh blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin and classical elements” to the performance and you will be engaged by their evocative melodies and infectious rhythms. Jazzy! June is the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Midway and we are proud to host the USS Midway Museum on Thursday, June 8th at 1 p.m. when they present about the “codebreaking, daring leadership, and extraordinary heroism that lead to the most remarkable victory in U.S. Navy history.” In addition, we are offering the opportunity to learn How to Be Helpful When a Friend is Grieving with a presentation by Barbara Bailey MS, RN. Barbara has 30 years of experience as a Palliative and Hospice care nurse educator. She will bring this important topic to us on Saturday, June 3rd at 1 p.m. There is always an exciting opportunity, development or inspiration happening at your library! Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include: Scrabble Social Club 6/6 5pm Bargain Book Sale, find lots of high quality books at low, low prices! 6/10 9:30am-1pm Third Tuesday Banned Books Club 6/20 6pm Wednesdays: Chair Yoga 11:30am Saturdays: E-Book Clinic 6/3 & 6/17 10am Call or come in to sign up Saturdays: Basic Computer Skills – 10am Call or come in to sign up. Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs: Mondays: Sign Language Story Time (rec ages 1-5 y/o) 10am Mondays: Preschool Story Time (rec 3-5 y/o) 11am Tuesdays: Rhythm & Rhyme Time (rec 1-5 y/o) 11:45am Wednesdays: Crafting Fun (ages 3-8 years) 2 pm

Wednesdays: Crazy 8 Math Club (ages 6-12 years) 4:30pm through 6/ 14 Wednesdays: Family Story Time (all ages) 6pm Saturdays: Lego Builders’ Club (ages 3-8 years) 2pm 2nd Saturdays: Sparkles Reading Party (ages 3-8 years) 10:30am BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390

We're back! Balboa Branch Library reopens Saturday June 3rd at 9:30. Stop in and say hello. Enjoy a demonstration of our new self-check out machines. They are fast and easy and they look nice too! Staff will be available to help with any questions so come by and find out all about them. Happy Father's Day to all the terrific fathers in our library community! We hope you have a wonderful day. Visit the library and check out a book from our special Father's Day display. Special Events Reading by Design! Summer Reading Program begins June 15th! Register, read and start earning terrific prizes. Register online from home or the library. Visit Balboa Library every Thursday 10am and enjoy our special Summer Reading Programs! SRP Pacific Animal Productions 6/15 10am Come and meet the animals and learn all about them in this fun and engaging program! SRP Literature Comes to Life 6/22 10am Lights, camera, action! Come and act in a favorite children's story. SRP Dance to Evolve 6/29 10am Spend a magical morning with your child and have fun dancing! Running Grunion California Indian Storyteller Abel Silvas 6/14 6pm Abel presents the people, history and culture of California. Great fun for the family. Have Tale will Travel Storyteller Peter McBride 6/30 10:30am Peter presents music, stories, folk-tales and novelty songs that have been handed down from generation to generation. Great fun for the family. D.I.Y. Teen Project 6/21 3:30-4:30 7th-12th grades Sign-up Join us on the patio each month, for a new project. New! Tech Tutoring 6/7, 6/10, 6/14, 6/21, 6/24 & 6/28 12:30-1:30 Are you looking to expand your technology skills? Do you need a hand figuring out your tablet or phone? We're here to help! Make an

appointment with Rebecca for one-on-one assistance. We'll help take you from novice to confident user! Sign-up required. Recurring Events Children's Events Wee Reads 6/9, 6/16 & 6/23 10:30am Stories, rhymes and music! Special event 6/16 make a sweet Father's Day craft. Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 6/8 10am (B-5y/o) Miss Jennifer enhances children's stories with signing, followed by singing & bubbles! Chapter Book Storytime with Miss Terri 6/21 & 6/28 6pm (K-2ndGrade) Storytime for early readers. Listen to an entertaining chapter while practicing listening skills Mondays: Lego Club 4-5pm (K-6) Paws to Read 6/13 6pm Emerging readers, come read to our Love on a Leash certified dogs Children's Book Discussion 6/30 3:45-4:45 (Grades 3-6) Join us for a lively discussion of, “Every Soul a Star” by Wendy Mass Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm Adult Events Chair Yoga 6/5 & 6/12 11:15-12 Tuesdays: ESL for Adults 12-3pm Ms. Henderson will assist adults with various ESL needs such writing, reading and speaking Stitching Circle 6/6 & 6/13 1:30-3pm Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints Balboa Branch Library Book Discussion 6/20 11:45 CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 (858) 581-9935

Adults Resume Building Workshop 6/5 3pm Geared toward young adults and recent graduates, this program shows the best ways to create a resume that will help you get the job you want! Literary Book Club 6/7 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. Make Your Own Book! 6/13 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. Music Concert with Trio Sin Nombre 6/28 6pm This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the CL. 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 you might have about how your device works and what you can do with it. Kids & Teens Book Club for Kids! 6/27 4:30pm A book club especially for kids ages 9 and up! This student-run club is a chance for young people to read and discuss their favorite books. This month the group will be discussing “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by EL Konigsburg. Tuesdays: Homework Help 6pm Free help is available for children who are stuck on a particular question or concept or just need assistance with a paper or report. Thursday: Kids Craft Club 4pm Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time! Saturdays: Button Making 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Little Ones Thursdays: Sign Language Storytime 6/1 & 6/15 10:30am Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Thursdays: Baby & Toddler Storytime with Stay & Play 6/8, 22, & 26 10:30am. Fun toddler stories along with play time afterwards! Fridays: Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran!10:30am. Join Miss Fran as she reads fun picture books and sings songs! All Ages 3D Printer Clairemont Library’s own 3D printer is available for use by interested young people and adults. We have yet to set up regular open times but those interested in printing something can talk to library staff for details. Designs should be saved as .STL files. To see thousands of pre-made designs go to Prints should take less than two hours.

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