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Housing First: Dollars Saved by the City but at What Cost to the Community? by The Team at Clairemont Cares

Housing First is a knee jerk reaction to a problem long ignored. The proposed 5858 Mt. Alifan Project is Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) intended for the chronically homeless and employs a model with zero accountability for their residents. This location is in a residential area on a road that children use to walk to multiple local schools. I am writing on behalf of Clairemont Cares, and this location is not acceptable for a Housing First model. Housing First fails to move people out of dependency. It is an enablement model that does not require residents to be clean, sober, in treatment, in counseling, taking medications, or to work. Nor is there consequence if these things never occur. Services will be offered, but are optional.(1) There have been numerous headlines touting the success of Housing First, but when explored deeper, success is measured by dollars saved to the city instead of residents obtaining self-sufficiency. The vulnerability index (CES)(2) used to triage the homeless into the type of housing proposed for Mt. Alifan, indicates that residents will be the chronically homeless. By definition, that means those that have been on the streets for at least 12 months and have a ‘disabling


condition’. A disabling condition is defined by HUD(3) as “a diagnosable substance abuse disorder, a serious mental illness, developmental disability, or chronic physical illness or disability, including the co-occurrence of two or more of these conditions.” Those who accept state or HUD funding must comply with Housing First rules. Funding for this project is key and will further determine who is eligible at this location. For example, Project One For All funding(4) is specific to the homeless with serious mental illness. This process of securing government funding is closed to community input. Many cities who have employed a Housing First model are now reporting problems. The recent Utah Audit (May 2018 )(5), found widespread drug use in their facilities. Since the model was developed, Utah has increased spending on the homeless by 20 million dollars and Salt Lake City spent 85% percent of its $11.2 million in associated costs on policing. Palmer Court is a Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) facility in Salt Lake City and The University of Utah did a study on employment for Palmer Court residents(6). Over the 24 months the study occurred, 112 residents were capable of employment. Out of 112 only 26 (23%) held a job SEE What Cost to Community, page 3

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Clairemont Welcomes Supportive Housing by Emily Cottrell & Brian Gruters

Dear Clairemont Community Planning Group: (Note: this letter was originally sent and read live to the Clairemont Community Planning Group at their May 15th monthly meeting and is being reprinted with permission) We are writing to you as Clairemont residents, employees of local businesses, and neighbors of the Mt. Alifan supportive housing project. We wish to express our support for this proposed development because we believe that using a Housing First approach and supportive housing to address homelessness in San Diego is good government and the right thing for Clairemont. Housing First is an evidence-based approach to helping people out of homelessness by focusing on their most critical need first, which is finding a home. People have more success dealing with issues related to disabilities, finances, or even addiction, when they aren’t living on the street. In San Diego, most housing and services dedicated to homelessness use a Housing First approach because it has proven more effective over time, and most federal, state, and local funding sources require it. Studies have shown that using a Housing First approach to pairing subsidized housing with supportive

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services such as case management is a highly effective way to help individuals experiencing long term homelessness move into and remain in a home.(1) It is also extremely cost effective.(2) Neither San Diego nor Clairemont can afford to ignore the data supporting this model. We understand that some of our neighbors have questions and concerns about this project, and we agree that they deserve answers. Yet, much of the information provided by people opposing the Mt. Alifan Project appears to be exaggerated, or flat out wrong, and seems to be playing on people’s fears. For example, the claim that this project will include “the worst of the worst out of all different communities of San Diego”(3) is not only inappropriate, but also overstated. It’s true that if the property is dedicated to serving San Diegans experiencing homelessness, applicants would likely be individuals with a variety of disabling conditions. And it’s true that this might include addiction to alcohol or drugs. It’s also true, however, that a person could qualify for having a chronic health issue, such as diabetes or heart disease. Individuals would most likely be selected through the regional Coordinated Entry System (CES) database, another evidence-based practice, which prioritizes people based on their level





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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Happy June, Happy Summer & Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads! I hope you enjoy this edition and as you can see from page 1 a pretty heavy topic when it comes to potential new housing in Clairemont. I would ask that you all really read both sides and if you are so inclined to reach out to them. In addition, I will have both articles posted online with links to cited sources for further background information. In this edition we have some interesting news including a wonderful travel piece by Robert Ross, and some staggering school shooting statistics in a piece written by Tanya Sawhney. Bill Swank takes us back in time to a newspaper many of you are probably quite familiar with the Clairemont Sentinel. For all you movie fans our resident film writers Lolo & Big J preview some of the upcoming Summer releases coming to a theater near you. Additionally, there is lots more information throughout the

pages which I hope you will enjoy and find useful. Also couple last minute notes: For the crossword puzzle fans, I have made the answers available to the puzzle online if you just can’t wait until next month to solve the puzzle. I am still looking for freelance writers/reporters as well as advertising sales people. The theory is more revenue can go back to hiring writers/reporters to better serve the community and you the reader. The first Sunday of every month in the early early hours is when we do church drops if you would like your church/place of worship added to the drop list please contact me. Additionally, if you can think of other drop spots in general again please call or email. As always, thank you for reading, please support our advertisers and please recycle this edition or pass along to a friend, relative or neighbor. I hope you enjoy this edition!

Clairemont Hilltopper Throws a No No This was sent in from proud grandfather Mike Pallamary. His grandson Bostyn Pallamary who plays for the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League Red Sox team tossed a no hitter on May 24th. Even better, his proud father Justin was on hand to witness the exciting game as he is a coach on the team. Congrats Bostyn!!!!!

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What Cost to Community Continued from page 1

for over 3 months. According to the Utah Audit, Palmer Court also has “series drug problems”. In Fresno, an article entitled(7) “The Housing First Model isn’t working for Fresno” found “only a certain percentage of homeless individuals will avail themselves of offered services”. The San Francisco Chronicle noted in its article “A Decade of Homelessness,”(8) out of 9,000 people housed, only 5% utilized the offered services. Seattle is paying 1 billion a year on the homeless crisis(9). Friday, Amazon announced moving a new facility to Phoenix because Seattle approved a ‘head tax’ applied to large corporations because more money is needed to fund homeless/affordable housing(10). The examples above are why Clairemont Cares opposes the Housing First model being employed by Wakeland/Path. There are other models (in San Diego!)(11) which measure success by sobriety/ employment/ and upward economic mobility of the residents. Clairemont Cares supports these models (Traditional Model/Direct Access with conditions) as we see this as a more effective solution to the homeless.

Clmt. Welcomes Housing Continued from page 1

of need. This takes into account a variety of factors, including age, time spent on the street, and a person’s medical background. People in opposition often reference existing public safety issues surrounding the Mt. Alifan Project, however we see these as unrelated. Reliable studies have shown that supportive housing has a neutral effect on safety in neighborhoods, and in some cases, may even increase it.(4) We recognize that our neighbors are concerned about the character of the neighborhood and the impact of this project on housing values. We are also property owners in the neighborhood, and we do not share these concerns. Studies show that long-term supportive housing is beneficial to surrounding communities. One of the most comprehensive studies to date shows that new supportive housing developments increased property values in the neighborhoods where they were built.(5) Over the next several months we hope that misconceptions and truly valid concerns around this issue can be resolved. We invite any concerned neighbors to reach out to us for more information or to discuss why we think this development will benefit the Clairemont community. Ultimately, we want to engage in reasonable discussions that allow for

The government will not fund it because it requires the accountability that Housing First does not. Government officials will say the traditional model doesn’t work because this model means less money saved to the city on emergency services. We would argue, if the cities above are any indication of the impact of Housing First, the cost of housing the homeless will continue to increase as will the dependencies. Will this be absorbed by additional tax increases imposed on tax payers? Will San Diego tax companies as Seattle did? This is our community, where we raise our families. We want our children to feel safe walking to school. Housing First with its lack of accountability will fail - and the residents will have to deal with the aftermath. Clairemont Cares advocates for a model that requires accountability, maintains our quality of life, ensures our families & seniors are safe, and helps people become self-sufficient. Sincerely, The Team at Clairemont Cares Note: Because of space constrictions in the printed newspaper, a full version of this piece AND the cited sources is available at

consensus rather than division and opposition. The Clairemont Community Planning Group will serve as a voice of the community to City Hall. We urge this group to recognize that the voice of groups in opposition is not the only voice in the community. When and if the Planning Group must make recommendations to the City Council, the Planning Commission, City staff, or others regarding approval of the Mt. Alifan Project, please take into consideration all perspectives on development of supportive housing in Clairemont, particularly in light of the City’s long-range goals of alleviating homelessness and avoiding another public health crisis. Many Clairemont residents truly want to be part of the solution. Clairemont is the heart of San Diego, and the Mt. Alifan Project would be located in the heart of Clairemont. We would welcome our new neighbors just like all others, and hope to see them find comfort in their new homes here. Please feel free to contact us via email at Thank you for your consideration and for your service to our community. Note: Because of space constrictions in the printed newspaper, a full version of this letter along with the list of included supporters, who was cc’d AND the cited sources is available at

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Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

Our June meeting will be on Wednesday, the 6th, at 1 p.m. at the Balboa Community Church, 6555 Balboa Avenue. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church parking lot. We will start out the new fiscal year 2018-2019. New officers, who were installed at our May meeting, will preside. New plans and projects will be discussed. Refreshments will be served. We are proud of our accomplishments for the past year. Our major Fundraiser held in April for the benefit of Warrior Foundation-Freedom station, right here in San Diego, raised $5250. In addition, we gave a $1000 scholarship to a deserving high school student. Applicants need to have done volunteer work. We donated to Rady’s, Pennies for Pines for the Cleveland National Forest, right here in our own backyard, The March of Dimes, San

Diego Riverpark Assoc. and The Storefront for homeless kids. We made holiday card trees for Meals on Wheels trays, collected Box Tops for Education for local schools and gave of our time to the Clairemont Community Service Assoc. We had guest speakers from the Warrior Foundation-Freedom Station, from SANDAG informing us of the new trolley stations,” No Wagging Tails Left Behind” a small dog rescue group, Tom Leech, who spoke about San Diego women responsible for our parks, our own historian for Women’s History Month and Karen Scalon who spoke about the San Diego Air Park on what is now Clairemont Drive. That’s our wrap up of what we were involved in this past year. It’s summertime now, well, will be on June 21st and we will be dark July and August. Have a great San Diego summer and see you on June 6th and again on September 5th. Put us on your calendar. For more information about CWC, visit our websites at or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664.

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Gun Fire Every Week - School Shootings By The Numbers by Tanya Sawhney

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It was just when I was starting to write about the rise in recent school shootings that I got to know about the Santa Fe High School shooting. Across America, the number of grieving parents is growing month by month. Even hour by hour. My heart breaks for all the students and parents

What Triggers School Shootings? Gun control advocates would argue that it’s easier to get a gun today and we need stricter gun control measures. But that’s not technically correct. The Gun Control Act wasn’t even passed until 1968. Since then, gun control legislation has become stricter, while mass shootings have escalated. Logically speaking, merely seeing or even holding a gun doesn’t somehow incite most people to commit a mass murder. This would seem to imply that there is a deeper, non-legislative issue driving gun violence.

Bullying & Rejection Bullying has been tied to a number of school shootings in the United States, although this has been Image Courtesy - EveryTown Research difficult to corroborate. According to a research conducted by the LA who have had to go through such a hard Times, at least 59% of the 185 public mass time just because someone so heartless shootings that took place in the United decided to open fire. I wonder what goes States from 1900 through 2017 were inside in minds of these mass shooters? carried out by people who had either been Gun-related violence in schools is a diagnosed with a mental disorder or pervasive issue and has greatly increased in demonstrated signs of serious mental illness recent years. In all of 2017, there were 44 prior to the attack. shootings in elementary and secondary School shooters don't commit mass schools, resulting in 25 deaths and 60 shootings to bully people; they commit injuries. them because they feel victimized and want So far in 2018, there have been 28 to seek revenge or right a wrong. elementary and secondary school shootings, resulting in 40 deaths and 66 injuries. With Mental Health the year not even halfway over, 2018 The country for sure needs stricter gun already has more injuries and deaths than control laws, but when are we going to face all of 2017 and appears to be on track to the hard truth about the mental health outpace 2017 in terms of overall incidents. stigma? Parkland, Florida shooting suspect During the 1950’s, there were 17 school Nikolas Cruz, refused to let the school shootings; in the 1960’s, 18; in the 1970’s, district continue providing him with mental 30; in the 1980’s, 39; in the 1990’s, 62; in health services after he turned 18, and the the first decade of this century superintendent of schools said federal law (2000-2009), 60 school shootings; from kept officials from doing anything about it. 2010-2018, 153. . . . As these statistics reveal, school violence has increased by 19% Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie told the Sun Sentinel, "You can't in the 21st century. Stakeholders, including parents, teachers, counselors, administrators, make someone do something when the law says they have the right to make that and students alike are gravely concerned determination." about safety in their schools. From Parkland school administrators knew of Columbine to Sandy Hook, with most Cruz’s behavioral issues so well they expelled recently Marjory Stoneman Douglas High him. Local police knew about him from School, Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe, Texas, innocent lives frequent calls. Social workers knew of his troubled life. Mental health counselors too. are being claimed by senseless acts of gun School friends joked he was a shooter. Yet violence. he could still pull it off. And police An assault weapons ban, universal responded by waiting outside the school. background checks, single-point-of-entry Studies have shown that 1 in 5 high schools, metal detectors, an armed law school students show symptoms of a mental enforcement officer in every school… all of health disorder, while only 6-9% utilize these are aimed at stopping school shootings after the shooter has already committed this mental health services. 80% of mentally ill students may not be receiving the help that inhuman act. they need. We hear a lot about the causes and the Key findings regarding school shooters possible preventions right after a school included the following: shooting. We know that there are debates • A majority of perpetrators acquired about mental health and gun control. Politicians on both sides send their thoughts guns used from their own or a relative’s home. and prayers to the families of the killed and then go to their respective sides of the aisle SEE School Shootings, page 7


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American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties Kicks Off Annual Shelter of Hope Event on June 1 the comforts of home replicates a small portion of what displaced families go through during a disaster,” said Sean Mahoney, CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties. “Shelter of Hope also demonstrates our commitment to On Friday, June 1, the American Red serving our community 24 hours a day. Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties will When the Red Cross is needed, our kick off the annual Shelter of Hope volunteers answer the call.” campaign. Local Red Cross CEO Sean Shelter of Hope was developed in San Mahoney will live in a simulated disaster Diego to draw awareness and raise funds shelter until $500,000 is raised. toward fulfilling the Red Cross mission of preventing and alleviating human suffering in the face of emergencies – from wildfires to home fires and so much more. As of mid-May, the American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties has already assisted June 1: nearly 280 families in more American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial than 130 disasters this year. Counties | Kearny Mesa “Our Shelter of Hope is (3950 Calle Fortunada, 92123) special because the funds • Kick-off Shelter of Hope by learning about Red Cross raised through this event lines of service and play games, win prizes, listen to will help support local live music and delight in lunchtime food trucks. disaster relief,” said Dave Geier, board chair of the June 2: local Red Cross and senior Del Mar Fairgrounds | Del Mar vice president of San Diego (2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard, Del Mar, 92014) Gas & Electric. “We • Find shelter from the sun and enjoy a space to relax, respond to about one learn family disaster preparedness skills and spend disaster every 24 hours and some time with our energetic youth volunteers. everyone who donates to or visits us at the Shelter of June 3: Hope is helping to support Liberty Station | Point Loma neighbors in need.” (2820 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego, 92106) Shelter of Hope kicks off • Join us for preparedness activities in the morning on the morning of June 1 at near the Rock Church followed by lunchtime fun and the American Red Cross of an afternoon of military appreciation with our Service San Diego/Imperial to the Armed Forces team. Counties headquarters in Kearny Mesa (3950 Calle June 4: Fortunada, San Diego, Petco Park | Downtown San Diego 92123). Each day has a (100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101) different location, theme • Spend a day at the park with us, enjoy games, music and activities along with the and activities with a highlight on youth preparedness. opportunity to learn about We will end our day with our annual Volunteer disaster preparedness and Appreciation Awards at the Padres game. the mission of the American Red Cross. June 5: New this year, Shelter of Old Town Market | Old Town, San Diego Hope will be housed out of a (4010 Twiggs Street, San Diego, 92110) local Red Cross emergency • It’s Taco Tuesday! With a wellness and nutrition response vehicle, which is theme throughout the day, we will also hold an used to provide services in exciting “Taco Throwdown” and have a special Red the community. In the Cross exhibit at the Wells Fargo Museum. aftermath of a large-scale disaster, these emergency response vehicles are loaded Last year, Shelter of Hope raised more with relief supplies to be provided to than $500,000 for local disaster relief, affected families. topping $504,000 on the 15th day. This Shelter of Hope would not be possible year, with the help of $250,000 in without the generosity of anonymous matching funds to multiply donations that donors who are providing the $250,000 come in throughout the campaign, the local matching funds and our sponsors, Red Cross hopes to reach the $500,000 including: San Diego Gas & Electric, Wells fundraising goal in five days. Fargo, AT&T, Barona Resort & Casino, “Living in the Shelter of Hope without Cox Communications, U.S. Bank,

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The Chapman Team Chatter Since the Chapman Team are not attorneys the following is only an observation and perhaps will generate interest as to how it will affect the Real Estate Market. It appears from various sources a new rule issued by the CEC (California Energy Commission) will go into effect January 1, 2020. The rule requires all homes including condos and apartments receiving a building permit in California to install Solar Systems. There will be some exceptions, small roofs that cannot accommodate the Solar Systems and tall buildings with shady trees which would interfere with the Solar Systems. This rule does not need Legislature approval or California Public Utilities Commission approval. Critics say this rule makes for more Government control. The added cost for a home is estimated

at $10,000 to $20,000 depending on the size of the home being built. Critics say the estimate is too low. It has been estimated $18,000 savings on power bills over a 30-year period. This rule will add approximately $40.00 to the house payment but save approximately $80.00 on the monthly bill. The interest rate on mortgages has gone up. The average interest rate on a 30 year, no point loan is 4.625% and the 15-year mortgage average is 4%. If you have any Real Estate questions, give us a call, we will be delighted to answer your questions. If we don’t know the answer we will find out the answer and let you know. Call Diana (858) 344-3358, BRE# 01432238 or Bobbie (619) 208-9430, BRE# 00953429

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Clairemont Resident Explores the World of the Maya La Ruta Maya Shamans and Chicken Buses by Robert Ross

Between the San Salvador airport and our hotel, we see guns... lots-of-guns. Uniformed guards holding menacing weaponry stand in front of McDonalds, markets, restaurants, any trade that generates cash. In this country, you pay a security business, set up by retired military officers for “protection,” or you pay the notorious MS-13 gang. Welcome to El Salvador. Our trip, titled The Route of the Maya, tours El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and Belize. Twelve strangers from all over the U.S. will share meals, laughs, and adventures. And we’ll journey into the mysterious world of the Mayan shaman. San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, suffers from crowded streets, traffic jams, and a crumbling infrastructure, which begs the question: “Why are we here?” The following day we learn why. On the eastern

Bob & Ingrid at Tikal, Guatemala

edge of town, the city reveals its beauty. Situated near the top of the local volcano, the wildflower covered El Bouqueron Park stands guard over the capital. An hour earlier we weaved through crowds rushing to unknown destinations. Now surrounded by tropical greenery we have a magical view of the city encircled by pyramid-shaped mountains, part of The Ring of Fire. That afternoon we visit centuries-old churches and museums housing Mayan artifacts dating back 2,000 years. And we watch the locals go about their daily lives. The following day heading to Honduras via bus, we stop at Joya de Cerén, an archaeological site featuring a pre-Columbian Mayan farming village preserved under volcanic ash. The partially excavated site, dubbed the “Pompeii of the Americas,” captures the imagination. Buried under ash is an advanced civilization, a culture that developed monuments, cities, and roads long before London existed. As we leave El Salvador, we bid farewell

Bob & Ingrid at the High Temple in Lamanai, Belize

to our local guide. At a rest stop, with a guitar, he sings local songs and shares that he recently had his energy, his “nahual,” read by a Mayan shaman. He describes the experience as “amazing,” and “surprisingly accurate.” I ask our trip leader if he can arrange a visit for us with a shaman. He nods. From the ruins at Copan, Honduras, we continue on to a troubling sight on the outskirts of Guatemala City, where an entire community is dependent on garbage from city dwellers. At the largest dump in Central America, over ten thousand people survive on trash. We stare out of our tour bus windows. Silent. The ‘crown jewel’ of the Mayan civilization is Tikal in Guatemala. In route to Tikal, we spend two days at Lake Atitlan. Three volcanos encircle the lake, creating a view the Lonely Planet Guide Book describes as “The closest thing to Eden on Earth.” No roads circle the lake so we take a boat to the indigenous community of Santiago, on the far side of the lake and our meeting with a community shaman. In a church of sorts in Santiago, through a translator, we learn about the Mayan deity, Maximon. A comical looking mannequin sits at the front, in an altar setting, wearing a shabby suit coat and tie. As we listen to the high priest, my thoughts drift. . . What should a deity look like? White Robes? A beard? A portly Buddha-like figure? Why not a figure with a coat and tie? Why not! The Mayan shaman commands high esteem, not only for his healing powers using local plants, but also his ability to communicate with the divine, providing answers to health or personal issues plaguing community members. We drive to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Antigua, Guatemala. Centuries ago Antigua was the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. Antigua, with

its charm, cobblestone streets, old churches and a large central plaza, draws artists and adventurers from around the world. A chicken bus – a colorfully painted old U.S. school bus – brings us to the community of Jocotenango where we’ll meet with the family hosting lunch. We’re all excited. Excited, we help the host prepare our meal: hibiscus tea, guacamole, chicken, beans, soup, tortillas and cake-like sweets for dessert. Good food, laughter, conversations in broken Spanish and broken English make for an enjoyable afternoon. As we leave, hugs are given, photos taken, Chicken Bus memories made. The next morning an hour flight takes us to Flores, Guatemala. Our hotel, on a tropical lagoon, is close to Tikal’s park entrance. In 1848, locals unearthed human skulls whose teeth were studded with jade jewels. By 1853, the site became the go-to destination for archeologists and treasure hunters from around the world. During the Classic Period (250-900 AD) Tikal was one of the largest cities of the Mayan world with a population of 100,000. We arrive early at the park entrance, hoping to catch a glimpse of the elusive resplendent quetzal, the national bird of Guatemala. With its crimson red breast,

draped in iridescent emerald green plumes and long multi-colored tail feathers, this exquisite bird is seen in Mayan art dating back two thousand years. The ancient city of Tikal is an 1800-year-old complex, about six square miles and contains some three thousand structures, eighty-percent of which are still buried beneath soil and jungle growth. We marvel at the spectacular pyramids, palaces, tombs and ball courts. Tikal, like all of the Mayan sites challenges the imagination. Thousand-pound stones expertly carved and placed, form elaborate structures that were once covered in plaster and painted in dramatic colors. All this development without the use of the wheel or metal. Two thousand years later the Mayan civilization continues to mystify travelers, writers, and archaeologists. In the morning, we leave the lush green jungles, the god-like rulers, and tales of human sacrifice and enter the 21st century, Belize. Crossing the border into Belize, everything looks different. The landscape is farmland producing sugar, citrus, and bananas. There’s a sprinkling of churches, unseen in the last two weeks, Mennonites, Anglicans, Pentecostals. The people, 48% are mestizo, others referred to as “Garifuna,” are a mixed-race people from West Africa and the Caribbean. The national language is English and the currency is the American dollar. The following morning, in a small boat, we head up a river to the magnificent High Temple, at Lamanai. The temple is the second largest pre-classical structure in the Mayan world. The Mayans lived in the area for three thousand years. This temple dates back to 700 BC and must be reached by boat. On the way up, and back down the river, we bird watch, stopping the boat every few minutes to photograph. Belize is home to hundreds of exotic birds. In the evening, we have a summing-up session before our farewell dinner. Everyone in the group praises the guide. One participant stands, declaring, “I’ve traveled the world, but on this trip you have shown us, the people, their passion, their history, the monuments. . . this was best trip I’ve ever taken!” We all agree. Robert Ross is a longtime Clairemont resident and can be reached at All photos courtesy of Robert Ross Pyramid peeking through the jungle in Tikal, Guatemala

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hundreds of students they are responsible for; one single school psychologist is Continued from page 4 responsible, on average, for 1400 students. • Perpetrators had easy access to • Controlled Social Media Influence family-owned firearms. Florida shooter, Nikolas Cruz left a number • Perpetrators often “leaked” their intent of clues before committing the deadly to peers. crime. The real reason the FBI and local law • Perpetrators often engaged in behavior enforcement didn't connect the dots is because they don't fully understand the new dots of social media. • Instagram pictures of mutilated frogs, weapons and knives. • "I whana (sic) shoot people with my AR-15" • "Im (sic) going to be a professional school shooter." Signed with his real name. • "I could have done better," referencing a mass shooting in New York Compared to other countries, the United States appears to have more lethal violence and that’s driven in large part by the prevalence of guns. People of every Image Courtesy - Gun Violence Archive country get into arguments and fights with friends, family, and peers. But in the prior to the incident that caused others US, it’s much more likely that someone will concern (e.g., weapon seeking, disturbing get angry at an argument and be able to writings). pull out a gun and kill someone. • Perpetrators had often considered or attempted suicide. In The End Children who just want to attend their What Can Be Done? school and learn so they can have a better • Resources should be increased to life, go to school one day where their life is provide enhanced education, beginning in over in a flash. No matter how we get about elementary school, with a focus on the whole situation, we merely go on about constructive coping skills for anger and our daily lives and wait for the next story to conflict resolution, mental health, and come along. School shootings may never end in our country until we take a deep mental wellness education. look within ourselves, understand whether • Being Alert - Students should be able we make positive or negative contributions to alert authorities about suspicious in life, and then start to really look at those behavior and violent students. around us and understand if they are • Greater Counseling - Unfortunately, suffering in silence and need our help. there are simply not enough guidance counselors, social workers, or school Tanya Sawhney is a local Freelance Journalist psychologists in schools to monitor the and can be reached at:

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Navarro family for almost 50 years. Beth’s belt, so we mother, Elisa, makes the best salsa I have could admire Squaremont the front page,” ever tasted and her nephew, Nolan Chuck recalled. Navarro, is named after the great Nolan Ryan. “Then the By Bill Swank “Two can’t fight sitting down according two of us would to an ancient Arabian proverb and shuffle over to Monday evening, Bayberry homeowners the bar next sat in the living room of their leader and door for a confronted Victor Wigglesworth, engineer couple of beers Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, for for C.W. Carlson developer and around with East Clairemont off in the distance. enemy.” That was Chuck’s colorful lede to midnight, sometimes even an October 7, 1965 front page article headlined, “Enemy Invades Bayberry later.” Camp for Confrontation.” (Bayberry is Other located east of Morena Boulevard, north memorable of Clairemont Drive and south of Baker front page Street.) articles Buck felt some of his best stories came included, from the Boys Club in Clairemont and “Samaritanos Linda Vista. (In 1990, the name was Voladores Help by Bill Swank changed to Boys & Girls Club of Mexican America.) He remembers handing out Villages” and Today, Charles Buck is a successful and awards in 1965 at the Clairemont Boys “Volunteer busy businessman. Therapists Give Club with San Diego’s first City Council 53 years ago, Chuck Buck was a newly Woman, photogenic Helen Cobb. Chuck Victim of graduated San Diego State College is the cool guy wearing shades in the Cebrebal Palsy broadcast major with a 1A draft board picture. He even became a board member ‘Lease On classification in serious need of a job. of the Linda Vista Boys Club. Life.’” Millennials don’t understand that if you Pretty Helen’s picture appeared often in In 1961, were classified 1A in the 1960s, it wasn’t The Sentinel. On August 15, 1965, she renowned easy to embark on a permanent career was prominent on the front page buying aviatrix Aileen path. Potential employers knew it was just five boxes of candy bars from a group of Saunders was a matter of time until Uncle Sam came Clairemont Hilltoppers Little Leaguers. forced to land Chuck Buck’s first front page Clairemont Sentinel article with his own byline. calling. A Sentinel headline you won’t see today: her plane Clairemont Sentinel (August 1, 1965) A friend told Chuck that The “Hefty Ladies To Sell Cakes They Can’t during a dust Clairemont Sentinel was always in need of Eat.” Good headlines create surprise and storm in the reporters. Looking back, he reflected, Often times, he’d call me into the dark curiosity. Colorful headlines can also small town of El Rosario in Baja room and show me how he create was processing my photos. controversy. He was an ardent sports Political fan.” correctness has The young ink slinger’s taken some of first front page headline, the fun out of “New Tower Plays Vital headlines. Role In Air Efficiency,” Another appeared on August 1, story you won’t 1965. As a passenger, he read today: chronicled radio “Sentinel communications between Honors ‘Top the new tower and Six’ Carrier Crownair flight instructor Boys.” Photos Henry Miller’s Piper of the six boys Cherokee as they flew over selected as the Linda Vista, circled south “Most to Mission Valley and Outstanding completed the loop by Carrier in his landing back at District” were Helen Cobb presents trophy at Boys Club Pet Show. Did Rat Fink George win? Chuck Montgomery Field. featured below Former Clairemont Sentinel reporter Chuck Buck enjoys a Buck is shown in shades. Chuck Buck photo collection (August 19, 1965) Bob Loeb was the editor Polish sausage at Costco on Morena Boulevard. the headline. and once while he was Bill Swank photo collection Two were laying out the paper, he called the 11-years-old, the others were 12, 13, 14 California. When she learned of recent reporter over to his desk. “Hey, and the oldest was 15. Kids don’t have floods, devastation and illness, Aileen and “The job was probably the best one I ever Chucky Bucky, come here. I’m going to paper routes anymore. other women on the flight organized a had.” run your photo as a four column (on the Chuck laughs at a tip he received from return visit at Christmas that included “Monday was a hellish day and I often front page).” food, clothing and doctors. Chuck’s article an usher at the Clairemont Theater. There worked as late as midnight getting my Chuck remembers the buzz of the would be a “Saturday matinee melee.” His was about a 1965 mercy trip made by stories filed for Thursday. I also had to newspaper. “There were two linotypes in-depth scoop contained several Clairemont residents who were part of take my own photos. I discovered that the machines constantly clacking. The noise in eyewitness accounts, but the advertising The Flying Samaritans. Today, the better photos I took, the less copy I had the city room (bull pen) was constant, and director had the article pulled so the paper Samaritanos number over 2,000 members to write.” then, when the press began to roll, it was wouldn’t lose the theater as an advertiser. and operate clinics throughout Baja Chuck has fond memories of The really exciting.” The Sentinel had a large section of California. Sentinel’s sports editor and chief “Some of my fondest memories were Beth Navarro was 11-years-old in 1965. classified ads and many pages of photographer, Larry Littlefield. “He when I’d be walking from the city room to advertisements from local businesses. It Her family lived in South Clairemont. taught me how to shoot a Rolleiflex twin the press room with the editor watching was a lesson in reality for the idealistic Chuck wrote about the volunteer reflex. As the chief photographer, he also the papers print and watching Loeb deftly assistance her parents received to help care ‘souped’ all the film from the reporters. pull one of my editions from the conveyor SEE Chuck Buck, page 9 for Beth. Coincidently, I have known the

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City Council Waives Fees to Accelerate Construction of Granny Flats With the goal of increasing San Diego’s housing supply for low- and middle-income San Diegans, the City Council today adopted an additional strategy that supports Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s “Housing SD” plan and makes it easier and more affordable for homeowners to build secondary units on their property. “One of the fastest and least expensive ways we can increase affordable housing in San Diego is to make it easier to build granny flats,” Mayor Faulconer said. “With these new incentives, we’re removing barriers to encourage the construction of new units that San Diegans can actually afford. This will be another tool we’ll use to tackle our housing needs.” The City Council voted unanimously to waive Development Impact Fees, Facility Benefit Assessment Fees and General Plan Maintenance Fees for the construction of “companion units,” otherwise known as accessory dwelling units or granny flats. Mayor Faulconer also directed $100,000 to the Public Utilities Department to cover the cost of Water and Sewer Capacity Fees for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. The proposals were brought forward by Councilmember Scott Sherman and supported by Mayor Faulconer. “Companion Units provide a great housing option in the City that we desperately need and today we have move one step closer to increasing the number of these units by reducing the burdensome fees,” said Councilmember Scott Sherman. “The three barriers to building Companion Units are regulatory ordinance barriers, excessive fees, and ease of permitting. The City has already tackled the ordinance, today has tackled fees, and the only task left for us is to make it easy for San Diego to build these units. In the near future I will be bringing forward a Companion Unit toolkit providing three different designs that will help homeowners easily navigate the development process to achieve our goal of 2,000 to 6,000 new units over the next ten years.” More than 70 percent of San Diegans can’t afford to buy a home at the county’s median home cost of more than $550,000 – making San Diego one of the least affordable markets in the country. Granny flats have become an increasingly popular option for cities looking to spur the development of housing and provide a more diverse stock of affordable and low-cost units. Last year, the City changed the municipal code to implement state mandates reducing requirements for parking and permits as well as further changes to help spur production. The City also created an easy-to-use manual to help homeowners decide whether to build a

granny flat in their yard or above their garage, provide them with cost estimates and suggest how to find tenants. “Reducing the regulatory fees for companion units is an important next step to encouraging the production Citywide,” said Councilmember Georgette Gomez, Chair of the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee. “I am pleased to see the Council take action on this important piece of the housing solution that will benefit residents across our City.” A recent study found granny flat permits in San Diego increased by 71 percent between 2016 and 2017. While this increase is encouraging, regulatory costs remain a significant barrier to increasing production. Fees for new construction average between $30,000 and $49,000 for a single companion unit. The City has taken a number of additional steps over the past year to spur construction of low-income and middle-class housing, speed up the development review process, direct funding toward affordable housing and encourage growth in transit-priority areas. Since June 2017, the City has adopted strategies including: • Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program – Updated the program to incentivize developers to increase the production of smaller and more affordable units. • 11th Code Update – Made code changes to streamline the development process, remove unnecessary barriers to development and increase production. • Affordable/Sustainable Expedite Program – Revised the program to encourage development near transit and improve service delivery where qualifying projects can have their discretionary and ministerial permits expedited. • Companion (Second Dwelling) Unit Production – Changed the municipal code to implement state mandates reducing requirements for parking and permits as well as further changes to help promote the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units. • Streamlined Environmental Review – Developed a checklist and compliance document to simplify use and ensure consistency in application of the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines section 15183, which allows a streamlined review process for public and private development projects that are consistent with the densities established by existing zoning, community plan or general plan policies for which an Environmental Impact Report was certified. In addition to the fee waivers and alternative funding approved today, Mayor Faulconer plans to commit an additional $300,000 in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget to cover the cost for additional fee waivers designed to increase granny flat supply.

Avenue and Gaylord Drive. Today, kids wouldn’t be allowed to assist as young firefighters.) “Hard work. Lots of driving around

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young journalist. He recalled that two teenagers were killed drag racing on Claremont Drive and the family complained about the use of “drag racing.” The wording came from the police report. Chuck continued, “I also reported on a couple of brush fires and shot what looked like harrowing firefighters battling the blazes. I was only at the paper for six months - six months of glorious journalism boot camp.” (The photos were taken October 3, 1965 and show young boys holding the hoses for firemen as they douse a canyon fire between Oglala

“Councillady (sic) Helen Cobb deftly clutches curious Rat Fink George who stares over his shoulder at Sentinel Staff Reporter Chuck Buck. The athletic rat was one of many animals at the Boys Club Pet Show Saturday. Mrs. Cobb and Buck were judges.” - Clairemont Sentinel photo caption (August 19, 1965)

Clairemont and Kearny Mesa chasing leads. Getting to know and having calls returned by local elected officials. Carrying a press pass from the police and fire departments and, then, seeing my byline. What a thrill. And all that for $65 a week plus $10 for gas.”

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Three Games at the Murph by Major Garrett

Few teams have managed expectations better than the Padres. The Padres have managed them so well they have practically ceased to exist….. expectations, I mean. And that’s okay with us, we friar faithful. We don’t demand excellence. We wallow in a sort of shallow mediocrity that is as much endurance test as stimulant. Which brings me to 1984 and the greatest sports weekend of my life. I was graduated from the University of Missouri in May, having earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science. I landed my first paid job in journalism in June at the Amarillo Globe-News in Amarillo, Texas, and watched the unimaginably good Padres from afar. I frequently called – at 50 cents a pop – an AT&T overnight score line to find out if the Pads won on the West Coast. (This was pre-internet, kids, and we coped as best we could.) The Padres finished 92-70 that year and won the National League West for the first time, finishing 12 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves. The Padres were going to the playoffs. National TV coverage on ABC – Don Drysdale, Earl Weaver and Reggie Jackson --- all paying attention to the lowly Padres. Could it be??!?!? Well. Sort of. You see, the Padres were not the story of the National League Championship Series… at least we were not supposed to be. The Chicago Cubs were the story. The darling, adorable, hard-luck Cubbies were everyone’s favorite – and I mean everyone’s favorite.

WGN, one of the first cable super-stations, began national cable coverage of the Cubs in 1981. That put the Cubbies in millions of homes nationwide. The Padres weren’t on in five homes in Clairemont. The Pads had no TV deal, local or otherwise. The Cubs also hadn’t won a playoff game since 1945 and the baseball world was dying for a World Series between two big city, historic and fabled franchises – the Detroit Tigers and the Cubs. All that stood in the way were the Kansas City Royals and the Pads (expansion teams both born in 1969). The

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Tigers swept the Royals and the Cubs, through 13-0 and 4-2 victories at Wrigley Field, were one tantalizing victory away from the destiny everyone outside of San Diego (and one house in Amarillo) desired. I flew home to San Diego from Amarillo on Oct. 4 and was met at Lindberg Field by my sainted mother, who immediately handed me a Cubs Buster T-shirt (pictured) as we headed to The Murph for game 3. A quick word about The Murph. It is the only stadium in America ever named after a sports writer. It would be a stretch to say Jack Murphy taught me to read, but not a stretch to say he taught me to enjoy reading. For an aspiring journalist, The Murph was double heaven – the Padres home, named after a newspaperman. I had tickets to all three games because of my mother’s status as a mini-season ticket holder since 1978. For Game 3 we were in deep center field, unfamiliar digs because “our” seats were in Plaza section 28. The game started at 5:30 p.m. and it was hard to see through the glare. During player introductions, shortstop Garry Templeton waved his hat urgently at the sold-out crowd as if to say “We can win this.” We cheered our heads off. Maybe he was right. Could he be right? In the 5th inning, Templeton, as if to prove the point, drilled a double to give the Pads a 3-1 lead and we went on to win 7-1. We had to wait for a day off for Game 4 on Saturday night. I was back in the Plaza level seats, my seat closest to the aisle. I hung on that aisle seat and ran up and down the stairs hugging and cheering through a nail-biting game that saw the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 9th. Ripples of cheers filled The Murph. By this time, no one could be quiet. Every pitch carried its own electric current. Every twitch of every player made us more energized, nervy and alive. Mr. Padre, Tony Gwynn, drilled a single to center off Cub closer Lee Smith, among the most dominant relievers in the game. Up came Steve Garvey, who was hitless in eight career at-bats against Smith and who had hit only eight home runs all season. Garvey already had three hits and 3 RBI in the game. He was on fire. He stood tall in the batter’s box, unflinching, slightly coiled. First pitch. High outside. Pickoff attempt. Second pitch. Fastball on the outside edge that Garvey pasted over the right-center field fence for a pandemonium-inducing walk-off two-run homer. When Garvey hit the ball I got out of my seat and started running down the

stairs toward the Field Level, as if to chase the ball out of the stadium. When I knew it was gone, I ran back up hugging and hand-slapping everyone in sight. I jumped up and down like a madman. I couldn’t believe the noise, excitement, sense of wonder and volcanic thrill. A lifetime of Padres futility vanished before my eyes inside a hurricane of long-suppressed jubilation. The godawful Padres were one game away from the World Series. On Sunday, Game 5 began at 1 p.m. and I was again in center field. It was even harder to see in the sunlit glare but the big plays were visible, as was the increasing sense of dejection among the Cubbies. It began when Leon Durham let Tim Flannery’s ground ball squirt through his legs (an almost exact replica of Bill Buckner’s 1986 World Series gaffe), allowing the Padres to tie the game 3-3 in the 7th inning. Gwynn then blistered a groundball toward future Hall of Famer Ryan Sandberg at 2nd base. The ball took a magical hop over his shoulder and two runs scored. Garvey roped a single up the middle on the next pitch and the Padres led 6-3, a lead they would never relinquish. The Padres became the only National League team to win a 5-game championship series after losing the first two games. In all three games, I never bought a morsel of food. I was too full of excitement. For much of my childhood, the Padres, were my life. I was now a young adult with a paying job. It was a turnstile year. College was over. Real life was just beginning. I was walking into a new reality. And the Padres, amazingly, gave me the greatest lift of my life, one I still recall as if it was yesterday. Do you have a Padres or Clairemont question for Major Garrett? Heck, maybe even a White House question? Send us an email to: we’ll forward them.

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Major Garrett was born and raised in Clairemont, is Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News, host of “The Takeout” podcast and author of the upcoming book “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams and Occasional Blackouts of His Extraordinary First Year in Office.”

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Raw Sewage Gas in Clairemont and University by Louis Rodolico

Currently, Clairemont and University sewers have a zero-pressure gravity flow down to Morena. Instead of placing the new sewage treatment plant at a lower

elevation near Morena, Pure Water decided to place the new plant in Miramar by pumping raw sewage 11 miles and 350 feet uphill from Morena. Venting toxic raw sewage gas is a by-product of this sewer main design; however Pure Water is taking a big technological step backwards by venting sewage gas into neighborhoods. All sewage gas should go to the Pure Water plants which are designed to harvest sewage gas to generate electricity. Gas will need to be vented at high points like the Governor-Genesee intersection. Pure Water Engineers use rosy qualitative statements when describing the amount of sewage gas to be released. One sewage gas solution is to put the high pressure raw sewage main and sludge main in a vented service tunnel, see illustration. Service tunnels contain the explosive force of catastrophic main failures. They help identify the smallest leaks quickly before they expand. Service tunnels are large enough to transport workers to the location of the break. They would function to contain leaking sewage until the sewage main can be repaired, which protects; people, property, canyons and the aquifer. Service Tunnels create a workspace to weld broken steel mains. They would also create a path for vented sewage gas to go directly to the sewage plant without being vented into our neighborhoods, see illustration. Pure Water spared no expense when outfitting its state of the art plants, but when it comes to the high pressure raw sewage mains, in our neighborhoods, they are cutting corners. We must try to stop the single walled, direct burial, high pressure mains in one of the most densely populated areas of the city. There are

multiple routes that Pure Water did not seriously consider; unfortunately, they picked the route with the greatest number of sewer gas release points in our neighborhoods. Since 10-foot concrete tunnels are currently on the job the city

could add them the entire 11-mile length with a change order, which would not delay current approvals. At the April Clairemont Town Council meeting we had an opportunity to speak with the engineers. They did not know of any other city with a high-pressure sewer main of this magnitude; 11 miles long, 350 feet uphill, 4-foot diameter single wall main with operating pressures of 18 tons per square foot, through a heavily populated area. Apparently Clairemont and University are a national experiment. Most citizens favor recycling raw sewage into drinking water, but Pure Water has abused public trust. Pure Water hid the different sewer line routes from the community until a few months ago and these alternate routes were not included in the EIR. Pure Water Engineers picked the route that was less work for them, their route stays within the city road easements so they did not have to deal with Caltrans, Canyon Groups or others. See May Clairemont Times page 11. Pure Water intends to quickly begin construction a year after the EIR was released; this rush is becoming an EIR standard. Pure Water has a long road back to earn our trust. Planning groups have offered little; unfortunately, the UCPG alternate only divided Clairemont and University. The; I-5, Rose Canyon, I-805 route follows the gradual Amtrak grade, has the fewest vertical peaks and therefore the fewest gas release points, this route received the most votes in a recent citizen poll. Engineers are not the only responsible parties here. Registered lobbying groups like The Friends of Rose Canyon (FORC) do not want anything in “Their Canyon” Lobbying groups are making a fortune off

our community. They have no consideration for the public welfare, it’s all; personal profit, big bucks, political influence and public land turf rights. It looks like registered lobbyists knew about this sewer main issue years ago. They are constantly lobbying council members and become privy to projects years before everyone else. We should demand costs from a disinterested third party that include; the cost of disruption during construction and the cost of future maintenance disruption. We must stop the methodology of over pricing alternatives to get them removed. When council members asked if a high-pressure sewer main alternate route could be put forward the city attorney said no and that council had to accept what was presented, no alternates. However, at the Regents Road

Bridge EIR hearing, the council had the choice to; build the bridge or not, widen Genesee or not, build a grade separation at Governor and Genesee or not, add improved traffic controls or not. Which means that Pure Water intended to back council into a corner, saying to council: accept the high-pressure sewer main design and placement as we, staff and the lobbyists have decided or you, council, will be held responsible for lost funding. Are these the types of managers we want running our city and Pure Water? City managers are supposed to provide the institutional memory to support communities not bully us and hustle council. You can help stop the current location and or design of these high pressure raw sewage mains. The University City Community Foundation is close to raising what they need to file a lawsuit. Donations are tax deductible.

Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 Links: 2016 Pure Water 10% Design, released 11/2017 221087/nc01-10pct_final.pdf Hearing; Zapf 4:19:00 Alvarez 4:09, 4:14 ew_id=3&clip_id=7303 FORC Tax Filings 221087/1080226.pdf

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Oh, hey summer! You came out of nowhere! This month, we wanted to share a list of films we’re looking forward to for the upcoming “summer” quarter (June – August 2018). “Adrift” (release date: June 1, 2018): This film with a wonderful cast is sure to be an intriguing, gripping true-life drama. “Ocean’s 8” (release date: June 8, 2018): Does “Ocean’s Eleven” need a spin-off? No, but we’ve been here for “Ocean’s 8” ever since we saw the cast list: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, and more. YES PLEASE. “Hereditary” (release date: June 8, 2018): A24 has an impressive track record. It’s hard to ignore the buzz around this film. We adore Toni Collette and are very much looking forward to seeing what she can do in this horror drama. “Incredibles 2” (release date: June 15, 2018): We fully admit that we have only tepid expectations for this one, but we absolutely love the original and are interested to see what Pixar does with these beloved characters in this sequel. “Tag” (release date: June 15, 2018): This is a movie about a group of friends that have played the same game of tag for decades. We have our doubts, but the trailer made it look like it might be about a lot more than just a simple schoolyard game. “Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (release date: June 29, 2018): The original “Sicario” was one of our top five favorite movies of 2015, and if this sequel is even half as good as the original, it will still be a great movie. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (release date: July 6, 2018): Marvel keeps knocking it out of the park every time it steps up to the plate. Coming off the heels of “Infinity War,” we’re excited to see how the light comedic stylings of Ant-Man ties into to the dark tone set by its predecessor. “Sorry to Bother You” (release date: July 6, 2018): This promises to be one of the most ambitious films of 2018. The hype behind this film is hard to ignore. With an impressive and seasoned cast in tow, we’ll be there opening day. “Eighth Grade” (release date: July 13, 2018): Another coming-of-age story from A24, who delivered the Oscar-nominated “Lady Bird” last year. This film should provide a compelling story about an awkward teen growing up in the image-obsessed social media age. Hopefully it will be very poignant. “Mission: Impossible - Fallout” (release date: July 27, 2018): Ever since J.J. Abrams became producer of this series,

it has consistently delivered tons of summer movie fun. We have no doubt this trend will continue until Tom Cruise is no longer able to physically be in these flicks. “The Meg” (release date: August 10, 2018): Full transparency, this movie looks stupid, but it might be a case of “it’s so stupid that it’s actually fun,” like in a “Sharknado” sort of way. We have to hope that’s the case or else it will be insufferable. “The Happytime Murders” (release date: August 17, 2018) Melissa McCarthy teams up with some foul-mouthed muppets looking for a

murderer. What could go wrong? Don’t be fooled by the inclusion of muppets: this movie is R-rated and will probably not be for kids. “Crazy Rich Asians” (release date: August 17, 2018): Representation matters. We haven’t read the book yet, but we’ve heard good things about this stylish, fun looking “Crazy Rich Asians.” This one promises to be an interesting romance. 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 Eppig Waterfront Biergarten – Beers to Match Spectacular View by Brian Riehm

Eppig Brewing’s new Waterfront tasting room offers the best views of any San Diego brewery I have visited. The Biergarten is located between Point Loma Seafoods and Intrepid Landing Marina on

the two tasting rooms. 10:45 to Denver IPA is their first canned release and can be found in local liquor stores. Right now, Eppig is focused on the San Diego market and not looking for expansion. The tasting room itself is airy, with picnic benches and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Doors to the patio on three sides in the high-ceilinged tasting room let in plenty of breeze. Outdoor events can easily be accommodated; on my second visit a gardening group was finishing up as I arrived. Parking is a little challenging, but paid parking near the Brigantine is a short five minute walk along the waterfront. Food is available in the form of sandwiches, salads, and cheese samplers through a kitchen in Miramar. Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed. Eppig divides their line up into three categories, Natural Bridge Lager Series, Ales, and Sours and Stouts. In the Natural Bridge line up, I went straight for the

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Stephanie Eppig and Todd Warshaw, America’s Cup Harbor in the background.

America’s Cup Harbor in Point Loma at 2817 Dickens St. I interviewed co-founder Stephanie Eppig to find out about their recent expansion from their North Park location. Eppig Brewing in North Park was founded with her husband Todd Warshaw, with help from head brewer Clayton LeBlanc (formerly with Ballast Point). Eppig’s family roots trace back to German brewers in Brooklyn who brewed Bavarian style lagers from the 1860s until Prohibition. The website has more details on this rich history. Naturally, she wanted to honor that tradition with a core line up of German style lagers under the Eppig name. The Biergarten idea is to have a robust line up of lower alcohol beers that could be enjoyed all afternoon. Their initial North Park location was chosen to be able to open more quickly using H.G. Fenton’s Brewery Igniter program, but their intent all along was to have a Biergarten. This bay side of Point Loma appeared underserved, so when the opportunity arose Eppig expanded here. The vision for the operation is to start with the highest quality, dedicated lager in a core line up and add diversity reflective of San Diego’s tastes. That still means IPAs in the current year. The end result is balanced, approachable, and a high-quality line up. Currently, Eppig beers can be found at select bars and restaurants in San Diego, in addition to

Baltic Porter, as it is one of my favorite styles. This dark lager has roasted cherry notes and a strong caramel taste, very smooth. Normally, a porter is brewed with ale yeast, but this offering is actually cold fermented with traditional lager yeast. Special Lager is characterized as an adjunct lager, meaning that it is fermented with added ingredients other than barley, in this case rice. It’s a dry Japanese style lager in the style of Sapporo. Superschwarz is a smooth quaffable dark lager, with roasted coffee and nuts in the mix. Glitz and Glam is a berry sour, with just the right amount of fruity tartness to offset the mild sour notes. It was very drinkable; another sour that is getting me to reconsider this style. Sinister Path is a very dark stout, with both bitter and sweet coffee flavors, very rich and drinkable, and moderate alcohol content to boot. In the ale series, Wake Up & Slay is a dry hopped IPA released last March. It boasts five different hops where more tropical notes are predominant. Civility is a bright, well carbonated summer ale with lemon notes, a perfect beach beer. Rumor has it that 10:45 to Denver is named after an incident in Colorado not suitable for printing in this family paper. It’s an excellent choice for Eppig’s first canned beer, with piney hops and that stick to the back of your tongue, and strong malty caramel to balance. Tranquilo Kölsch’s

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and media classes to learn about the issue. They also went to Scripps to interview scientists and subject matter experts. The students worked in small groups to focus their education efforts on target audiences such as Spanish speakers, adolescents, and senior citizens. As part of the campaigns, some students focused on social media, while other made buttons and posters, and others made videos. Throughout the process, students received feedback on their work from their clients. As part of their community outreach, students had a booth at the Linda Vista Multicultural Fair on April 28. On May 29, students showcased their work at the Birch Aquarium in front of their peers, families, teachers, and scientists.

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ester notes spice up what is usually a fairly bland style; an impressive take on a difficult variety. I finished up with a double IPA, The Wolf, a very big and sweet, resinous IPA. Every San Diego brewery needs this style in their lineup. Eppig Brewing is serving up quality

beers to match the beauty of their location. 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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The Problem with Holding Title as Joint Tenants by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

Many married couples in California hold title to their real property (and other property as well) as “joint tenants” which carries with it the right of survivorship in the surviving spouse upon the death of the first spouse to die. Such a means of taking title does, indeed, result in the survivor of you (surviving joint tenant) receiving full title to the property on the death of the first of you, without requiring an expensive and time-consuming court administration (“probate”) of the estate of the first of you to die. It is thus an efficient means of passing title. On the other hand, here are some negatives: (1) If you die together, you still must have a will or trust in place to indicate to whom the property will then go. If you have neither will nor trust, then a court probate will be required; and who actually receives your property will be determined by statute (the laws of intestacy) – possibly a person or persons you had no intention of receiving it. (Further, if you die with leaving only a will [and no trust], probate will still be required, because the law generally requires that wills [but not trusts] be probated.) Also, the same type of survivorship

problem may arise following the death of the surviving joint tenant—if the survivor of you dies without placing the property in a trust, the survivor’s estate including the real estate will have to go through probate. (2) Unless you can prove that the property is, in fact, your community property, on the death of the first of you, only his or her one-half (1/2) interest in the property will receive a “step-up” in basis for income tax purposes. This could be a tax hazard, resulting in greater income tax liability, should the surviving spouse decide to sell the property. Fortunately, in California, to eliminate this problem the law gives you an option to joint tenancy while retaining the joint tenancy’s survivorship benefit: a husband and wife can now take title to their real property as “husband and wife as community property with right of survivorship.” 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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As usual, I try to address topics I see repeatedly with my valued customers. I hope this clears things up. 1. Email Addresses- Case Sensitive or Not? Email addresses are not case sensitive. For Example: My email, with caps, looks like this. Without the caps, it looks like this. Doesn’t the non-capped version appear run together and could easily be mistyped? The confusion is because people print them both ways. So, while punctuation marks and spelling are crucial to an email address; It’s ok to leave the caps out.

2. Passwords- Case Sensitive or NOT? Passwords are case (and everything else) sensitive and must be exact! A. When creating a password, please write it down legibly! (I recommend underlining (for extra clarity), each capitalized letter.) B. Pay attention to any added symbols and/or numbers. You will need them. C. If you have changed your password multiple times, (which I recommend), Write the date of change next to the new password. (This avoids any confusion when looking for your most current password.) D. And finally, there are no spaces allowed within a password. While these tips might seem obvious to some, it is my hope that not only do you feel more enlightened, but, that by applying these few small rules ... future stress and wasted time will be eliminated! Smiles and Safe Searching, Kim Schultz (Info on page 4)

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Random Acts of Greenness: Landfills Equal Pollution Not the Solution by Susan Lewitt

Landfills produce methane gas, some of which is collected for fuel, but much escapes into the atmosphere. Chemicals from decaying waste seep into the ground, entering waterways. What’s better? To reduce the need for landfills, we need to cut back on what we send there. Recycling helps. Every day the recyclable items list grows. One newly accepted material is Styrofoam. Packing materials, and washed food containers, can be recycled curbside. Packing peanuts should be taken to the nearest shipping center, along with air pillows, and bubble wrap. Recycling paper helps reduce landfill contents and saves trees. To conserve, print on recycled paper using two-sided, or booklet printing when applicable, and read memos, flyers, and this newspaper on line, instead of on paper. Using less plastic film helps reduce waste, but for the ones you can’t avoid, wash off any food or debris, then dry them, and take these to your grocery store or Target. Examples of these plastic films include grocery bags, produce bags, frozen food bags, plastic only candy wrappers, and tamper proof bottle seals. All these can be recycled if they are not fused together with silver foil. Also avoid black plastic whenever possible because it cannot currently be recycled. Save

undamaged bags to be reused. Many of the plastics you recycle become new products. These plastics are being used in place of new petroleum resources to pave roadways. They are also made into pellets to be used to make functional outdoor furniture, and other products formerly made from wood. All aluminum, whether it is pans, foil, or candy wrappers, should go to curbside recycling. Recycling this product helps save rainforests. Bauxite a primary source of aluminum is obtained through strip mining rainforests and other natural areas. More recycling aluminum means fewer strip mines. According to an article from July 20, 2011, “U.S. airlines throw away enough aluminum cans every year to build 57 new 747s.” Imagine how many airplanes we could build with the aluminum cans that all of us discard. And what about those coffee pods? They should be recycled. Some even come with tabs that make it easy to take them apart. Pull off the lid. If the lid is all aluminum, it can be recycled, but those fused with plastic should be tossed out. Save the contents and filters for compost. Recycle the plastic cup and other plastic parts. When eating out, don’t take disposable utensils you don’t need. Bring your own reusable utensils. Bring your own containers for leftovers. Save unused napkins. Save or donate seasoning packets. Help save our community and our world through recycling, reducing and conserving, and less landfill. The result will be a cleaner environment, less stress on natural resources, and a lower impact on climate change.

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Our biggest program of the year, the Summer Reading Program begins June 1st. Sign up online and start reading to earn prizes. This program is designed for all ages, babies through adults, and North Clairemont will be hosting a special children’s program every Wednesday at 3 p.m. The May presentation of Introduction to Book Repair proved to be a hit. Thank you Clairemont! Because of the demand, we will be presenting more in-depth information during subsequent sessions see below. The NC Book Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19. Check for copies of “Piece of the World,” this month’s selection, at the front desk now. Teen Graphic Novel Book Club will meet Wednesday, June 27 at 5:00 p.m. Our resident graphic novel expert leads an easy discussion of fun titles. June’s title is available at the front desk now. The Book Sale date is set for Saturday, June 9. The Friends of the North Clairemont Library have gathered many new bundles of books to display. Come load up on terrific finds for very little money! There is always an exciting opportunity, development or inspiration happening at the North C. Library.

Reading Takes You Everywhere! Summer Reading Program 2018 Summer Reading starts June 1st and goes until August 1st. Both kids and adults can read ten books or read for ten hours and win food prizes and museum passes. Clairemont Library will also have special Summer programs held every Tuesday at 4pm Sign up online at: 6/5 4pm Hullaballoo. Fun music for kids! 6/12 4pm Wild Wonders. Live animals! 6/19 4pm Raphael & Katia. Magic! Adventure! Possibly doves! 6/26 4pm Dance to Evolve. Kids can learn Latin and hip-hop dance moves!

Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include E-Book Clinic - Saturdays 6/2, 6/16 & 6/30 10am Social Scrabble for Grown Ups 6/5 5pm & 6/7 1pm Second Tuesday Concert Series “The Bayou Brothers” 6/12 6:30pm Adult Coloring Club – 6/21 1pm & 6/26 6pm Introduction to Book Repair: Session One- 6/28 2:00pm Registration required. Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs Mondays:Sign Language Story Time (rec 0-5) 10am Mondays: Preschool Story Time (rec 3-5 years) 11am Tuesdays: Story Time (rec 0-5 years) 1pm Wednesdays: Baby Story Time (ages 0-2 years) 11:30am Wednesdays: Family Story Time (all ages) 6:30pm Saturdays: Lego Builders’ Club (ages 3-8 ) 2pm Love on a Leash (ages 3-8) 2nd Saturday at 10:30am Sensory Story Time (ages 3-8 years) 6/27 at 2pm Registration required.

Adults Literary Book Club 6/6 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance. Make Your Own Book! 6/26 6pm Now is your chance to learn simple binding techniques and make a book of your own. Make one for yourself or create a unique gift for someone else! Space is limited so contact the library to reserve your place. Music Concert: Rosalind Richards 6/27 6pm This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library. Kids & Teens Tuesdays: Homework Help 6pm Homework help is available free at the library! Trained volunteers are here to help kids get unstuck on those difficult problems or writing assignments. Thursdays: Game Time 3pm Break out the board games for a little tabletop fun! Thursdays: Kids Craft Club 4pm Craft time has something new every time! Saturdays: Button Making 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Book Club for Kids! 6/26 at 4:30pm 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. Little Ones Sign Language Storytime 6/7 & 6/2110:30am Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Baby & Toddler Storytime with Stay

& Play 6/14 & 6/2810:30am Fun toddler stories along with play time afterwards! Fridays: Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran! 10:30am Join Miss Fran as she reads fun picture books and sings songs! All Ages 3D Printer-Clairemont Library’s own 3D printer is available for use by interested young people and adults. We have yet to set up regular open times but those interested in printing something can talk to library staff for details. Designs should be saved as STL files. To see thousands of pre-made designs go to Prints should take less than two hours. BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390

“Reading Takes You Everywhere!” And with that said, it’s time for Summer Reading! Everyone, babies through adults, can participate. Read 10 books (11 years and younger) or 10 hours (12 and older)! We have great prizes based on age, but everyone who finishes will receive a SDPL book bag and get to pick out a book! Sign up online 6/1 through 8/1 @ idsandteens/summerreading Experience fun and educational performances at Balboa branch every Thursday @ 10! 6/7 Chazz Ross “Drumming” 6/14 Pacific Animals “Educational w/Animals” 6/21 Dance to Evolve “Learn to Dance & Move” 6/28 Literature Comes to Life “Interactive Theatre” Special Events Friends of the Library Book Sale 6/1 10-3 Discover some great bargains at our bi-annual book sale. All proceeds support the Balboa Branch Library. Join our Adult Craft 6/13 6pm Sign up required “Daughter’s of the American Revolution” 6/28 1pm Sharing stories of their ancestors. Light refreshment will be served. Children’s Events Mondays: Lego Club 4 pm (K-6th). Come and build an amazing Lego creation. Tuesdays: Pajama Signing Storytime 6/12 & 6/26 6pm (B-5y/o) Learn signing while enjoying storytime in your comfy pajamas

Wednesdays: Homework Help 4-5:30pm (K-12) Bring your homework questions in & our tutor can assist you. Wednesdays: Great Read Aloud with Miss Terri 6 pm (K-2) Listen to entertaining stories while practicing listening skills. Fridays: Wee Reads 10:30 on 6/1, 6/8 & 6/15 (B-5 y/o) Enjoy stories, music, and rhymes Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1pm Create a fun craft you can take home. Paws to Read 6/12 @ 6pm Practice reading out loud to patient therapy dogs. Children Book Club 6/15 3:45 Sign up required. Copies available for check out. Drop in and Play 10:30 on 6/22 Social time for the little ones. Come and enjoy the toys and company. Teen Events 7th - 8th Grade Book Club 6/1 3:45pm Read “Out of the Dust” by Karen Hesse then join us in a discussion among peers. Sign up required. Copies available for check out. DIY 3-D Flower Art Canvas 6/27 3:30pm (12-18yrs) Create wall art that pops! All supplies provided Adult Events Mondays: Healthy and Fit Adults 6/4 & 6/1 11:15 Join us for a relaxing fitness program Tuesdays: Stitching Circle 6/5 & 6/12 1:30pm Bring your knitting, crocheting, and other stitching projects Wednesdays: ESL - Adult Beginning English 12pm-2pm Geared towards newcomers learning English. Balboa Book Club discussion 6/19 11:45 Read “One Thousand White Women” by Jim Fergus and join us in a book discussion.

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