Clairemont Times March 2016

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A New Tradition in the Making: Clairemont Movie Nights Under the Stars by Chris O’Connell

I recently sat down with Ernie Navarro, a Clairemont native, and owner of Sundown Outdoor Movies for a Q & A about this new community event he has organized: CO: What is Clairemont Movie Nights under the Stars? EN: Clairemont Movie Nights under the Stars Spring Series is a series of outdoor movies that will be hosted by most of the elementary schools in Clairemont. The Spring Series and The summer series will be held at Madison and Clairemont High schools. The Clairemont Movie Nights Under the Stars will be an annual event for all Clairemont residents to experience and enjoy. The movie night shows will be on Friday evenings starting March 4th, 2016 at Alcott Elementary. CO: Where are the movies being shown? EN: The movies will be shown on Friday nights at: Alcott, Whitman, Hawthorne, Sequoia, Toler, Lafayette and Lindbergh Schweitzer

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Elementary Schools. We also will have movies at CPMA and John Muir schools. The schools have been a large part of the community since it was started by in the fifties. This is a fine way to reconnect with our schools in Clairemont. CO: How much are tickets, are the movies open to the public? EN: The movies are free to the public. Come hungry and ready to enjoy a night under the stars. The local community is certainly invited and a big reason to have the movie nights. The movies are intended to be an opportunity for a family fun night, and are open to the public. This is a great opportunity to have families in our community to come see what is happening in our schools. There have been some wonderful changes at our two local high schools Clairemont & Madison which I think the parents and future students will really find interesting. CO: Who benefits from these movie nights? EN: The schools that are hosting these movies are certainly benefactors of the movie nights. The movie events are a fundraising

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opportunity for each school to raise funds for needed programs, services, field trips, etc. But mainly the true benefits are in the community of Clairemont to experience our local schools and make them again a part of our life. All the sponsors are supporting the schools by offsetting the cost of the movie events with their financial support. Each of the sponsoring companies is based locally in Clairemont. Companies such as: ROBO3D, Jersey Mikes, Banner Bank, Clairemont Times, Clairemont Hills Kiwanis, Dr. Gary Dixon Chiropractic Services as well as others who are coming on board on a SEE Clairemont Movie Nights, page 4




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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Spring is in the air, El Nino has given us cause to worry and so far it’s been a bit of a dud, hopefully the rains will come soon. Welcome to another edition of the Clairemont Times I am confident you will learn something new in this the March copy. I mean that I think you will. Right out of the gate, there was a great deal of feedback from the February issue mostly from the Clairemont Times’ Facebook and Twitter pages. One was The Viewpoint article “Are We Vaccinating Ourselves to Death” by Daniel Smiechowski. When I posted it online I prefaced it with something to the tune of “This is a somewhat controversial topic….” and it proved to be. But again the idea is dialogue that is what social media is about. The reality is, not everyone will like what people write or “post,“ it is human nature. The second piece from the February edition was “A New Idea for Bay Park: A Town Center Park” by Glenn Schmidt, who is a well-known and respected architect/planner and who happens to reside in the area. I witnessed the PowerPoint presentation Glenn had presented a couple times and really thought it was a creative idea, far-fetched yes. By his own admission Glenn even reiterated this plan is tough, but again the idea was dialogue and to get people talking. The piece that he wrote was an idea more focused on open/public park space not just at that particular location but hopefully in other areas. There is no doubt Morena Blvd will be changing with the impact of the

trolley, with these changes don’t forget about open space. Again the piece had legs on Facebook & Twitter of people having a dialogue which is good. Do not worry the restaurant, the law office and the fire station are not going anywhere, the written piece was an idea. So people keep talking that is what this is all about. In This Edition With that all being said I hope you enjoy this edition, I hope you all find something of interest, whether it is sports, or school information or how Clairemont Street names came about. There is an interesting commentary on the SDFD and the need for more stations, especially when it impacts Clairemont. Additionally, there is a brief update on the site formerly known as Albertsons/Haggen and no it is not a Trader Joes update. Lastly a sign (literally) that the trolley work is starting, I snapped this picture (below) down on Santa Fe St at the entrance to Rose Canyon.

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Clairemont Movie Nights Continued from page 1

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regular basis. CO: So this is a community event to be held on a regular basis? EN: Yes, both the Spring and Summer Series will be annual events just like the Clairemont Day by the Bay event. The Day at the Bay has seen a tremendous connection to the community and we expect the same success with this movie series. The summer series will be a larger regional venue. Our vision is that this will become Clairemont’s premier summer nights, outdoor events hosting great food, live performances and of course the feature Movie Nights under the Stars. CO: When is all this starting? EN: Kick off to the Spring Series will be at Alcott Elementary 4680 Hidalgo Avenue on Friday March 4th, 2016. Pre-movie events (food sales, music, etc...) start at 5:30pm, Show time is 6:30pm Come join us along with Councilmember Lorie Zapf and Councilmember Chris Cate, San Diego Unified School District Board members and the community to kick off the Movie Nights under the Stars Spring Series. Starting March 4th, we will run one movie each week on Fridays with a few nights off for holidays. Built around the Clairemont Day at the Bay event with all 19 schools on April 16th. The schools will take turns around the community with a few schools having more than one movie night. CO: So people just show up? Do they bring their own chairs? EN: Yes - Everyone is invited, the movie night is Free!! Bring your comfy chairs, blankets, and most of all, come hungry!!! CO: Will the schools be selling snacks? EN: Yes, each school will be selling an assortment of foods and snacks.

Many of the schools will have family fun activities to make the evening fun for all. There may be themes as well as the schools use the movie nights to promote literacy or other school programs. CO: How big is the movie screen? EN: Depending on the size of the venue (amount of attendees) the Big Screen sizes are 12’, or 15’. The summer series regional movies will be on the 36’ Big Screen. The screens have proven to be more than needed for the expected groups coming out to watch comfortably and with a wonderful view. CO: Safe to say these will all be family oriented rate G movies? EN: Following district rules, the movies will either be G or PG but always family oriented. The movies are intended for families so the schools are selecting movies that are appropriate.

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CO: Is there a schedule of movies or dates and times? EN: We already have several movies requested by the schools and will be completing a calendar with full intent of using this to market the movie nights as a whole and individually very soon. CO: Since movies are being shown at the schools, will parking be available? EN: The schools have been having movie nights for years for their student population and parking has not been an issue at all. We also will be having teachers and staff available on site to keep control and the San Diego Police will be doing drive bys to help with keeping the movie goers safe. Plus since the schools are right in the heart of the neighborhoods we also hope people will walk or bike on over to the event! CO: If people want to find out more information or if local businesses would like to be sponsors how can they reach you? EN: So yes as we move forward we’ll have more specifics in the meantime regarding movies and locations and yes if local businesses would like to be involved of course, it is a great opportunity to support the schools and the community. I can be reached at (619) 786-3250 or you can visit and our Facebook Page: Sundown Outdoor Movies

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Clairemont Womens Club by Marge Weber

The Clairemont Woman’s Club [CWC] invites you to attend our meeting on Wednesday, March 2 at 1 p.m. March is Woman’s History Month. Our club historian, Pat Rodrigues, will present a program on that very theme. Members of long standing will tell us about their experiences in CWC. Refreshments will be served. We meet at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Avenue. Please park around the corner on Mt.Albertine in the church parking lot. In February, we sponsored a successful lunch at the Outback Restaurant in Town Square. Eleven Hundred dollars was raised towards the scholarship fund for a graduating girl from both Clairemont and Madison High Schools. Many thanks and appreciation to Manager Mark and his entire staff and to the community at large for attending this worthy and delicious event. Other projects we support are Meals on Wheels, the Storefront for homeless kids, Boxtops for Education to Cadman Elementary, Cleveland National Forest, leadership programs for youth, Heifer International and local agencies to help those in need.

Our main project this year is the Warrior Foundation Freedom Station here in San Diego helping veterans transition back into civilian life. This is NOT the national Wounded Warriors Project. This is a San Diego project staffed by volunteers. [see the above insert] We are sponsoring a “LUNCH AND LAUGHTER” fundraiser at the Comedy Palace at 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. to support this project with a lunch buffet and 3 comedians [see p.15] and door prizes. It will be on Saturday, March 5, 11:30 to 3 p.m. Lunch will be marinated chicken, gyros with peppers and onions, salad, rice pilaf, pita bread and hummus, bakalav dessert, coffee, tea, and soda. Come out with members of your family and support this worthy project...get rid of winter doldrums..this is our last call for tickets.Tickets are $40. You can reserve tickets and drop by our March meeting to pay. Contact Marge Weber for tickets...858 274 8848 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.

An Array of Culinary Tastes and Craft Breweries at the 9th Annual Taste of Morena The 9th Annual Taste of Morena, on Wednesday, April 13th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, features an evening of savory food samples, drink specials from microbreweries & special sweets from several eateries sponsored by the Morena Business Association. For only $25 attendees will enjoy a culinary adventure from over 20 restaurants and breweries in the Morena District including Andres Restaurant, Baci’s, Bay Park Fish Company, Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats, Bull’s Smokin’ BBQ, Dan Diegos, JV’s Mexican Food, La Gran Terraza, Luce Bar & Kitchen, Bay Park Coffee, Offshore Tavern & Grill, Sardina’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, Tio Leo’s Mexican Restaurant, zPizza, Urbane Cafe, Home Brew Mart by Ballast Point , Fiji Yogurt, and new this

year Poseidon Project, Pita Pit, Pacific Time, The Clutch Bar and Side Car. The Taste of Morena takes place in the up and coming Morena District along Morena Boulevard, W. Morena Boulevard, Linda Vista Road and the side streets around the Morena District. Complimentary Old Town Trolley shuttles will take guests to the participating restaurants and a special shuttle from University of San Diego will be on hand to shuttle guests to La Gran Terraza on the USD campus. Tickets will gon on sale Monday, March 14th at Jerome’s Furniture (1190 W. Morena Blvd), Coles Fine Flooring (1170 W. Morena Blvd) and US Bank (5330 Napa Street). For information call 619-892-8307 or visit


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Squaremont By Bill Swank

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How Did Clairemont Streets Get Their Names? In my January 2016 column, I mistakenly wrote that Burgener Boulevard was named after former U.S. Representative Clair Burgener. Thanks to eagle-eyed readers Adam Chimowicz and Jim Richardson, who each caught the error. The thoroughfare was actually named after the congressman’s brother, Clairemont developer Lou Burgener. Thanks also to Ruby Konstantin for her fine article about how Cowley Way got its name.

FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover described Samuel P. Cowley as,“the bravest man I have ever known.” In early 1934, Agent Cowley and his fellow G-Men killed John Dillinger, Public Enemy #1, in a hail of gunfire outside the Biograph Theater in Chicago. Later that year, Cowley was killed in a gun battle with notorious gangster George “Baby Face” Nelson. Sam Cowley was the older half-brother of Lou and Clair Burgener and Cowley Way was named in his honor. Kleefeld Avenue in North Clairemont is named after the 1950s housing developer. One hundred years ago, brothers-in-law Josephus Asher and Warren Littlefield were real estate developers in Pacific Beach. In 1913, Archer’s Clover Leaf Terrace subdivision opened in Bay Park. Asher and Littlefield Streets remain from that

original 1913 Clover Leaf development. According to a 1947 Bekins Van & Storage Map of San Diego and Vicinity, Littlefield Street in Bay Park turned into Empire Street, which led up the hill to Everview, Bownell and Solar streets. In reality, Everview, Brownell and Solar are actually south of Tecolote Canyon. Empire eventually became a street in Mira Mesa until it was recently renamed AleSmith Court in 2015. Learning the origin of street names can be a daunting assignment and street maps can be shockingly inaccurate. A 1926 San Diego Trust & Savings Bank map has some streets northeast of the Balboa and Morena corner which went straight up the bluff. From

north to south, they were Linda Vista, El Canto, San Luis Rey and Yorktown Streets. Parallel to Morena Boulevard was Lafayette Street. None of these streets were real. By 1947, nonexistent Linda Vista Street became nonexistent Waterford Street, because Camp Kearny Road was renamed Linda Vista Road during WWII. Also from the 1926 map is a subdivision that would become known as American Park. Bunker Hill, a short street in Pacific Beach intersected Revere and terminated at U.S. 101 (Interstate 5). It resumed east of Morena Boulevard and proceeded up the hill. Patriotic names like Paul Jones, Ethan Allen, Princeton, Moultrie and Trenton were north/south avenues; Brandywine and Ticonderoga are east/west corridors. Lafayette may have been a Clairemont street for a short period, but Yorktown (Drive) didn’t appear until years later in South San Diego near Imperial Beach. On December 22, 1903, the Common Council of San Diego ordained the name of Milton Avenue in Logan Heights should be changed to National Avenue. The date is unknown when Milton was rescued from the scrap heap of used street names and given to the original artery that provided access to Clairemont Heights. The ‘47 Bekins map shows a development at the top of Milton (which became Cloverdale Street) and most of the streets were named after the 12 months. Two exceptions were Arnott and Grandview. There may have been limited construction at that time, but nothing major happened until 1950 when Burgener & Tavares began developing Clairemont. February, March, July, August and September did become streets. Arnott and Grandview would eventually be used as street names north of July Street. According to the 1947 map, Cowley Way probably should have been June Street. Many of the oldest streets in Clairemont have Indian names. They are the reason that Clairemont High School athletic teams are known as the Chieftains. Surprisingly, none of these streets are named for San Diego County tribes (e.g. Cahuilla, Cupeno, Diegueno, Iipay, Inaja, Kumeyaay, Luiseno, Pala, Pauma, Rincon, Sycuan and Viejas). Some of the existing names are esoteric. Guilitoy Avenue is named after a small Northern California tribe, the Guilitoy, that signed an important peace treaty with California Governor Mariano Vallejo in 1836. The origin of Jappa Avenue is even more obscure. It appears the Jappa were a band of Cherokee who originally lived near present day Jappa Oaks, North Carolina before they were driven from their homes. Let’s play the guessing game. How did Neil get a Calle named after him? We know Cochise, Hiawatha, Pocahonatas and Tonto, but who were Abraham, Anna, Arlene, Barby, Bert, Bertha, Carol, Cecelia, Christine, Della, Diane, Donald, Edwin, Emet, Gaylord, Gertrude, Grace, Henry, Herbert, Hilda, Javier, Jennifer, Jose, Lana, Laurence, Lillian, Lisann, Lloyd, Mabel, Mario, Mark, Martha, Noah, Regina, Roberto, Sandy, Stacy, Tami, Viola, Wayne and Zoe? (Clue: Abraham, Henry, Herbert and Sandy are mountains; Carol, Laurence and Tami are not.) The “mount streets” twist and turn across Clairemont Mesa, but nobody seems to know why the developer used mountains for street names. Why are “ways” in Bay Ho named

Plone, Slayen, Stockett, Hunrichs, Nute, Hartman, Conner, Peters and Karnes? Who were Lehrer (Drive), Morlan (Street), Orten (Street), Rolfe (Road) and Sagasti (Avenue) among others? The younger generation may shrug, but old-timers chuckle at the mention of Peyton Place. Apparently Cobb Drive, Cobb Place and Cobb Court were named after San Diego’s first woman city council member Helen Cobb of Clairemont. Indiana Senator Homer Capehart was instrumental in the passage of legislation that provided housing for military families after WWII. Did the developer name Capehart Street in his honor? Was Gallatin Way named after Albert Gallatin, Treasury Secretary under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison? Is Gesner Street meant to be a tribute to modernist architect Harry Gesner? Or perhaps the Father of Zoology, Swiss botanist Conrad Gessner, AKA: Konrad Gesner? Aeronca and Bonanza Avenues, Cessna, Mooney and Piper Streets in South Clairemont were named after popular private aircraft from the 1950s. Were the names selected because of their proximity to long-forgotten San Diego Air Park at the top of the hill (the airstrip became Clairemont Drive)? Permanent street signs for Clairemont were not approved by the city until November 1956. The Clairemont Sentinel reported,“Present signs were erected by the housing contractors. They are of wooden construction and difficult to read.”The new metal signs cost $35 installed. If you know how your street got its name, please send an e-mail. There are more questions than answers about Clairemont street names. This topic could become the basis for another column of historic trivia, outlandish theories and social commentary. Email: Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, with East Clairemont off in the distance.

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Religious Directory Atonement Lutheran Church 7250 Eckstrom St (Balboa & 805) San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 278-5556 Sunday Worship Time 9 am, Bible Study 10:30 am Clairemont Lutheran Church 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:30, 10:00 (English) & 11:30 am (Spanish) Sunday School for kids 9:45am Holy Cross Lutheran Church 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Northminster Presbyterian Church 4324 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92117 (858) 490-3995 Sunday Worship Time 10:00 a.m. Northminster Preschool (858) 270-3760

San Diego Branch Church 4833 Doliva Drive, San Diego, CA. 92117 (Madison High Auditorium) Sunday Worship at 9:30am Church Office: 8344 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite 100 Phone: 858-384-6788 St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Church 4124 Mt. Abraham Ave., San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 277-3133 Weekend Mass Times Saturday 5:30 pm, Sunday 8:00, 9:30, 11:00 am St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool 5050 Milton Street, San Diego CA 92110 Sunday Worship Times: 8:00 am Traditional • 10:30am Contemporary

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Community Meetings Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 3/3/16 (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 3/15/16 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop, 92117 LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 3/17/16 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls, 92111 LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 3/28/16 (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL 3/9/16 (2nd Wed.of the month) 6:30PM North Clairemont Rec. Center 4421 Bannock Ave, 92117

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Local Planning Group Elections Be sure and vote and read the bios of candidates running to represent you on the local, volunteer community planning groups. Election results will be made public the same evening at the regularly schedule planning group meetings. Clairemont Community Planning Group* March 15th Voting hours: from 9am-6pm North Clairemont Rec Center, Room 2. 4421 Bannock Ave, San Diego, 92117 *The monthly meeting will be held

the same evening at Cadman Elementary beginning at 6:30 pm Linda Vista Planning Group March 28th Voting hours from: 4:30-5:30 Meeting to follow 5:30pm Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, San Diego, 92111 University Community Planning Group (UC & UTC) March 9th Voting hours from 5-8pm Meeting to follow at 6pm Scripps Office Building 10010 Campus Pointe Dr. 1st floor lobby San Diego, 92121

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One Fire Station or Two, 2016 Ballot Looms COMMENTARY by Louis Rodolico

If all crew members from a fire station are on call, and another call comes in, it falls to the neighboring fire stations to lend support. It therefore becomes important that all fire stations be able to get to their neighbors area as quickly as possible. Surrounded by interstates, landfills and a Military base; Clairemont, University City and UTC are good examples of fire stations that share a co-dependency. Station 35 in UTC and Station 27 in Clairemont have been sharing responsibility for University City for years. University City recently put into operation a Fast Response Squad (FRS). The FRS is at Governor and Stresemann in extreme west UC with equivalent service times and distance to west Clairemont and southeast UC. See attached illustration F-2. Southeast UC is still vulnerable to poor service times due to both extra distance and traffic. Currently West Clairemont has Station 27 and the FRS during rush hours. During PM rush 27 can still support 35. For now the only area without a primary fire station is southeast UC. This is unfortunate since the 55+ community near Governor and Gullstrand, in southeast UC, is rapidly expanding. There is a general consensus that

both the FRS and new Fire Station should be between Genesee and Mercer on Governor. This more central location does several things: 1) Places all houses in UC within 2 miles of a Fire Station. 2) Provides backup, for both west and central Clairemont at AM rush. 3) Provides backup for West Clairemont during PM rush

4) Provides backup for UTC at PM rush. 5) Good location for school group tours. The new UC Fire Station or FRS could only provide timely backup for central Clairemont PM rush and UTC AM rush if the Regents Road Bridge were completed. A central location for a Fire Station

asset inventory, this means more work. Work that will translate into minutes off of trips to residents in crisis. Two minutes is the difference between coma and consciousness, paralysis and mobility. Illustration F-1 shows the preferred location of the new central UC Fire Station. At this location all residences in UC are within two miles. It is not

is preferred since the benefits radiate out from it. There is a temptation for City officials to look only at available city land assets in placing new fire stations. The 2 new ballot proposed Fire Stations at Nobel and South UC are both sited on city land at the periphery of the community. A new central UC Fire Station will need to be on land not currently in the city’s

only central to the community, but is well positioned to support stations to the north and south. Map F-3.1 shows the locations of the three potential fire stations. The 55+ community is at the intersection of Gullstrand and Governor, this location is used as a benchmark for Ambulance arrival time; F-3.2. Ambulance calls go up gradually after

8AM, peak between 5 PM & 6 PM and drop off at 8PM. The best overall performance is the new central Fire Station just west of the Middle School. This one central Fire Station location also will serve UTC and Clairemont better as well. Ambulance to Hospital times will improve if the North-South secondary road system is completed, or building the Regents Road Bridge. 85% of all 911 calls are ambulance related. So, since 35 & 27 have the full range of fire-fighting apparatus the new station at UC could be a double ambulance station with rescue personnel certified and equipped to enter a smoke filled building. It is politically easy to build the two proposed Fire Stations, the city already owns the land so there would be minimal up front work. It will be difficult to build one central Fire Station, the land would need to be acquired from the School District and neighbors compensated. San Diego High School is currently in a dispute to keep their land in Balboa Park, with good will and a little horse trading UC could acquire a spit of land just west of the Middle School. That’s extra work, but the work of smart governance. With the 2016 Fire Station Ballot coming up it would be great politics to show the city is willing to dig in, work hard and build the one central Fire Station that does the most good. This would not only be the humanitarian thing to do, but would save the taxpayers 232 million dollars over the next century. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 and has been a pro-bono community advocate for over 30 years.

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March Events on the Mesa March is one the busiest months at San Diego Mesa College. President Pamela Luster invites you to join the many activities on the Mesa that are open to the public. Annual Gracia Molina de Pick Feminist Lecture Series. This annual Chicano/Latino Heritage Celebration welcomes Dr. Gail Perez, professor of American Ethnic Literature and Ethnic Studies and co-founder of the Ethnic Studies program at the University of San Diego on Monday, March 7. 11:00 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Room H-117/118. On Tuesday, March 8, Rita Sanchez, professor emeritus of Chicana/o Studies at Mesa College and pioneer of Chicana empowerment is featured; 11:00 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Room H-117/118. Mesa College Theatre Company Presents “Barefoot in the Park,” by Neil Simon. MCTS presents Simon’s romantic comedy and longest running Broadway classic, which was made into a film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda. The story revolves around Corie and Paul Bratter, a newlywed couple adjusting to life in their new NYC apartment. During the course of four days, the couple learns to live together while facing the usual daily ups-and-downs. Corrie wants Paul to become more easy-going… to run

“barefoot in the park.” Runs Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6, and Friday, March 11 through Sunday, March 13. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. Sun. 7 p.m. at the Apolliad Theatre. $15 General Admission. 619-388-2621 or Art Exhibit: New Codex Oaxaca: Immigration and Cultural Memory. A touring exhibit curated by Marietta Bernstorff that explores immigration to the United States. Artists along with the people from village of Tanivet and other communities affected by immigration have generated artworks through deep research and intense dialogue. Runs through Wednesday, April 13. Reception: Thursday, March 17. 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Mesa College Art Gallery. Panel Discussion on Immigration as Expressed in Art at 7:00 p.m. in G-102. Celebrate Women’s History Month. Mesa College is hosting engaging events to celebrate Women’s History Month. Business professor Lisa Shapiro will present “In Her Own Words: Letters from Women in World War II” in the LRC Atrium on Tuesday, March 8 from 1:00-1:30 p.m. Spanish professor Hannah Padilla will screen the award-winning film Volver on Monday, March 7 from 11:35 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. in room LR-435. The drama department will host “Women’s Words,” a performance in the M+S

Circle on Thursday, March 17 at noon. “Women in Local Politics,” a panel featuring Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and Mara Elliott Candidate for San Diego City Attorney, takes place Thursday, March 17 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in room G-101. For all Mesa events, see Parking information is available at Follow us on Spring Athletics: For a complete list of athletic events, please visit, visit

Be Sure to “Fund” Your Trust as Part of the Estate Planning Process by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

You may have a beautifully prepared trust instrument (Declaration of Trust or Trust Agreement) which sets forth your exact intentions and directions as to whom is to receive the property in your trust (the trust estate) when you die. However, unless you transferred your titled assets (examples: house, bank accounts, stock brokerage accounts) at or after the time you created your trust, when you die these non-trust assets, depending upon their values, may well require a probate (long, costly court procedure) for them to be transferred to your trust, before your successor trustee can transfer these assets to your intended trust beneficiaries. Typically at the time your trust instrument is prepared, your attorney

will prepare the deed(s) necessary to transfer your home into your trust, and you yourself will be responsible for transferring the other titled assets into your trust. This process is often called “funding” your trust. And it is somewhat of a “hassle” for some folks to do this. This is because you usually must personally visit your bank to change title to bank accounts and must correspond with stock brokerage firms and complete lengthy forms to transfer stock brokerage accounts. But all your effort is certainly worthwhile, if by doing so you avoid a probate! Dick McEntyre is a lawyer doing estate planning, estate administration, and real estate legal work. His office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279). Dick has served the San Diego community as a lawyer for over 43 years.

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There is a wrong way and a right way to charge the battery on our cell phones and laptops I was compelled to write this month’s tech tip because of what I see going on with almost every client I visit. And what I see is…. people using their portable laptops or tablets on their desks instead of the desktop computers (the tower with the separate monitor) that we used more in the past. What I usually find is that most clients are keeping their devices plugged in CONSTANTLY. A desktop computer needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet in order to run, desktop computers are not portable and thus do not contain a lithium battery to charge them. But, our laptops, or any “portable” electronic devices we own, do run on a battery. If you have ever had an issue with your cell phone or a laptop battery losing its ability to stay charged for as long a period as it did when it was newer, chances are you might be charging your device the wrong way. What I mean by “Wrong” is that you are shortening the life of the battery, which will cost you money sooner when you are forced to buy a new one. Wrong Way 1. Leaving your laptop, or tablet plugged in “ALL the time” or “MOST of the time.” 2. For a cell phone, leaving it plugged in All night, Every night. 3. Letting your device discharge down to almost 0% on a regular basis. 4. Only using lightning fast chargers (sounds convenient, but this not a

good charging habit all the time for your battery life) So the question that now remains is,“What is the Right Way to charge your battery?” To obtain the answer to that question for you, I visited the battery experts, at where else, Batteries Plus, located at 2419 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, 92104 (phone # 619-543-1101) Batteries Plus was referred to me by both T-Mobile and Best Buy as they have a wide variety and most importantly, in-stock selection of cellular and laptop batteries. So what is the right way to charge your battery operated portable device? Michael, a very nice and knowledgeable employee, helped me answer this question. The Right Way 1. Charge your devise when you first see it in the red zone (usually around 20 percent) 2. Then charge it to 100 percent 3. Unplug it when it hits Full Charge. 4. To be absolutely sure, read the specific recommendation for your battery from the manufacturer. More Tips: • Even if your laptop computer, cell phone or tablet is turned off, and it’s plugged into the wall it will continue to charge. • Lithium-ion batteries last longer when charged and discharged at low, constant speeds. Not the fast chargers. • Typically, a Lithium-ion battery should last three to five years, depending on your charging habits. So there you have it all the charging news you can use! Smiles, Kim Schultz For more information see page 5

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District 2 Pothole Patrol – How to Report Potholes by Lorie Zapf, District 2 Councilmember

Call our office: (619) 236-6622 Leave us a message with the location of the pothole and we will call you back with the confirmation number Report a Pothole Online: Through the City’s Street’s Division website left side “Report a Pothole” Twitter: @report2lorie Tweet us a pothole and we will report and tweet you back the confirmation number

Email: Email me your pothole location and I will report it and email you back the confirmation number City of San Diego Street Division: 619-527-7500 Whichever way you report a pothole, it is most important to provide the following information: the street, the nearest cross street, and general location (eg side, middle of the road etc). The more information provided the better. The City of San Diego Pothole Fixing Team is in every district throughout the city at least twice a month filling and repairing holes or issues in the street.

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Sherman’s Charter School Measure Moves Forward to Full Council by Scott Sherman, District 7 Councilmember

Recently the Planning Commission and the Smart Growth & Land Use Committee approved a proposed measure of mine to reform the City of San Diego’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that would ease permitting requirements on San Diego public charter schools. Public charter schools serve over 21,000 students in 51 schools within the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District.They have become an important educational option for thousands of San Diego parents. Unfortunately, the City’s burdensome CUP is enormously complex, time consuming, and expensive. My plan would achieve the following: • Revise municipal code to reduce the permitting requirements to help charter schools obtain facilities

• K-12 schools with less than 300 students will be permitted in residential multi-family, commercial regional, commercial office, and commercial community permitting zones • These revisions would allow more money to go directly to education instead of navigating through the permitting process My office began working with public charter schools and affiliate organizations after being contacted by Empower Charter School, in Linda Vista that was having trouble navigating the burdensome permitting process. Thousands of San Diego working families depend on charter schools throughout San Diego to educate their children. I urge my Council colleagues to join me in support when this item reaches the full council. As always, if residents see an issue in the community, please contact my office at: 202 C St, MS #10A San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-236-6677 or Email: at ScottSherman@SanDiego.Gov. We will look into it right away.

On Friday, February 19th, I helped unveil their 2015 State Championship banner. Congratulations to the team!

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Sometimes It Feels Like the Past Two Years Went By in a Blur by Toni G. Atkins

On March 7th, I’ll hand the keys to the Speaker’s office over to Anthony Rendon, and I will become Speaker Emeritus, a title I’ll carry until my days in the Assembly end this December. I’ve begun to reflect on my wild ride as speaker, and I can’t help but smile while thinking about the things my colleagues and I accomplished. When I became Speaker in 2014, I made a point of making the Assembly more democratic by empowering individual members and giving committee chairs more autonomy. I think that helps create a truly representative government that better matches California’s rich diversity. The budgets we passed were on-time and well balanced, strengthening our rainy-day reserves and paying down debt. We pumped billions of dollars back into public schools and hundreds of millions back into higher education, while continuing to fund the Middle Class Scholarship. We created the first-ever state Earned Income Tax Credit to help struggling families make ends meet and the Housing Support Program to help them avoid homelessness. And

we allocated $100 million to fund affordable housing. We helped disadvantaged communities overcome environmental troubles and we strengthened the state’s already world-leading climate-change laws. We passed a comprehensive water bond and a groundwater-management plan to combat the drought. We made our residential- and foster-care systems better and safer to improve the lives of the youths and the elderly and disabled Californians who rely on us. We protected public-school children from infectious disease, and we gave terminally ill patients the option to end their lives with dignity on their own terms. We helped the Coastal Commission enforce the law that allows the public unfettered access to our beaches. And I am very proud that some of the successes we had were bills that I wrote, including providing more help to victims of domestic abuse and assisting local fishermen in marketing their catch to the public. There’s still work left to do, of course, such as finding a permanent source of funding for affordable housing and fixing our ailing transportation system. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to be the first speaker from San Diego, and I’m looking forward to continuing to serve San Diegans, and all Californians, in the years to come.

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Clairemont Voters May be Rare as Hen’s Teeth

June election carries added significance In a few short months, residents of Clairemont and throughout the Golden State will cast ballots for President down to the School Board. Voter propensity in our community remains abysmally low. Most folks are disinterested, apathetic, lazy or foolish by not participating in their civic duty, yet almost everyone wants the American dream, whatever that is. You can’t have it both ways. Speaking of low voter turnout. There is a movement by State lawmakers to lower the voting age to sixteen, but only for School Board elections including K-12 Districts and Community Colleges. This is a good idea. A sixteen-year-old is a stakeholder

within their own political environment and ought to express their views accordingly. Furthermore, according to the Jesuits, a child’s moral development is set at the age of seven. Many countries around the world as some States allow a sixteen-year-old to marry. The United States offers its citizens the greatest sense of personal liberty found in the world. It is time we used that freedom by voting and participating in public affairs. It takes courage along with a special constitution to run for public office yet so many citizens show so little respect to the men and women in the arena. Streets are maintained, houses built, utilities supplied, schools go in session, parks and libraries are available, public safety is considered along with a host of other societal

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issues yet most residents don’t even bother to vote. This is tragic and most frustrating to those of us fighting the good fight. Here are some sobering numbers to illustrate my point. In sub District A of the San Diego Unified School District there are perhaps 250,000 or more residents eligible to vote. Of that total, approximately 94,000 folks are registered. During the last two Presidential Primary election cycles, a mere 32,000 lost souls cast a ballot for school board. Do you see the obvious threat to our way of life, our democracy and our freedoms? I would bet that almost all candidates for

public office have some basic understanding of social psychology. The nuts are running the nut house in my estimation. Take it upon yourself to research the issues and vote accordingly. I urge every citizen to register and vote come Election Day, if you don’t like the candidates, try running yourself. Be nice, do good deeds and don’t be a stranger as we at the Clairemont Times value your participation. Daniel J Smiechowski has been a resident of Clairemont since 1967 and can be reached at or 858.220.4613

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Images from the Sports Authority Field Day at Cadman Fields by Chris O’Connell

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had the opportunity to take part in the Sports Authority Field Day which was hosted on the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League Fields. Major League Baseball Hall of Famers Cal Ripken, Jr & Ozzie Smith were the stars of the day as they both shared memories of the game. Smith & Ripken answered questions signed autographs and

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encouraged the kids and parents to give it your all, have fun and make practice count. Outside the fields the area was filled with baseball/little league vendors with

plenty of free giveaways for the kids, from the popular arm sleeves to the even more popular eye black patches. The kids took part in drills from stretching, to catching fly balls, proper baseball grip as well as hitting and more

fielding drills. Coaches from Ripken Baseball were the instructors and the University City High School Baseball team also assisted with the Little

League players. The talk amongst many of the adults was the piece of equipment (pictured) brought in by Ripken. The

hitting machine is designed to practice fielding drills. The computer operated machine simulated soft base hits, to the shortstop area for the Little Leaguers, but we were told it can also really dial it up and simulate major league speed line drives, hard grounders and deep fly balls throughout the playing field. I quizzed some of the Ripken representatives on the price of such a computer

operated machine and the tally ranged from $22-30k. So if anyone wants to pass the hat or write a check or seek grant dollars for this epic piece of equipment for the Hilltoppers contact me. All in all it was an epic day for the kids and the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League organization. How could they top that? Stay tuned…….. The 60th

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The Clairemont Times • March 2016 • 15 LoloLovesFilms

This Month:

The Choice by Lolo & Big J

A medical student named Gabby (Teresa Palmer) has just moved in next door to a man named Travis (Benjamin Walker), who has a reputation for having a way with women. At first, Gabby finds Travis insufferable, but after her boyfriend goes on a business trip, she gets to know him better as they quickly fall for each other. However, they will soon have to face choices and tragedies that may change the course of their lives forever. Oh look, it’s another Nicolas Sparks romantic drama that takes place in a Carolina state with a thin, blonde protagonist and a handsome, charming male protagonist, including a ‘stuck in the rain’ scene, a slow motion sequence of birds in flight, and the expected, eventual tragic conflict that tests the boundaries of love that no one asked to be adapted into a movie. *eye roll* Being a cinematic adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel,“The Choice” is a formulaic romantic drama with all of the standard tropes we have come to expect from this kind of story. To say it is painfully predictable would be the understatement of the century. Without reading anything, not one morsel of information about this film, we were able to predict each major plot point, even the ending, on the drive from our house to the movie theater. Either we’re that good at predicting the future, or the rom-dram genre has gone to hell in an unoriginal hand basket. The plot is both generic and overly melodramatic from the moment the first words are even uttered. Of course, when the two protagonists meet formally for the first time, Travis, played by Benjamin Walker, and Gabby, played by Teresa Palmer, don’t like each other. It’s during this meeting where Gabby proceeds to verbally berate Travis in an overly nagging, argumentative manner, because you know, all women are apparently completely irrational hags all the time! Though Travis has an on-again, off-again relationship with his high school girlfriend Monica, played by Alexandra Daddario, it’s mostly off again. Gabby, however, is in a committed relationship with a doctor at her work named Ryan, played by Tom Welling, and the two seem to get along extremely well. Before Ryan even has a chance to leave the driveway on his way out of town for work, Gabby and Travis are on top of the kitchen table getting to know each other in the biblical sense. We seriously don’t know how many more of these movies we can take.

Beyond the sketchy story, almost everything else about “The Choice” is awful. The pacing is atrocious. Most of the film is reserved for the beginning and end portions as the middle is simply glossed over quickly. So much of it drags and drags as the minutes tick slowly by, and we even checked the time in a few instances, something we rarely if ever do. The dialogue sounds like it was written by a sixth grader, which is really an insult to kids because we know some children are capable of much more than what “The Choice” has to offer. The phraseology is always super cheesy, and the situations mirror this pathetic dialogue and are as unrealistic as ever. It would all be far less tolerable if it weren’t for Benjamin Walker, who is a fairly charming, likable guy, and we hope to see more of him in the future. Tom Wilkinson also plays a supporting role here, continuing to add questionable career choices to his resume, but hey, it’s a paycheck, right? His performance is good enough, so we really can’t complain. We’re starting to wonder how much steam Hollywood has left for these Nicholas Sparks book adaptations. Ever since the second iteration of these films have they been formulaic with similar stories and only minor tweaks, and not in ways that set each film apart from one another. There have been 11 film adaptations of the 19 books Sparks has written, and personally, each one has grown more tiresome than the last. They wore out their welcome years ago, and not one has managed to hold a fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes (which is not the be all end all of the reviews, mind you, but it can be a good gauge). Even his magnum opus,“The Notebook,” which is a movie we genuinely enjoy, sits at a mediocre 52%. Fans of Sparks’ books might still have a certain level of acceptance for these films, but for the rest of us,“The Choice” is just another adaptation in a long line of unrealistic, emotionally manipulative romantic dramas that are completely and nauseatingly forgettable. Our rating: 1.5/5 “The Choice” is directed by Ross Katz. It is rated PG-13 for mild sexual content and language. LoloLovesFilms is comprised of Lauren and Josh Rains, lifelong San Diegans and current residents of Clairemont. As avid cinephiles, they began their quest to see and review as many movies as possible in 2013, and can often be found at any one of San Diego’s fine cinemas watching newly released films each week. To read all of their reviews, visit their blog at: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter:

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At Only 16 Years Old, Elise Trouw is Blazing Her Own Musical Path by Gary Hyde




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Musician/Band Facebook page, follow her on Instagram Elise Trouw and Now here is some good news for all the young musicians who read The Clairemont Times. Elise is looking for band members for gigs in San Diego and a possible tour. She is looking for people age 18-26 that play at least 2 of these instruments: drums, guitar, bass and keyboards.You need to have experience playing live gigs and be a very proficient musician. If you’d like to send an audition video of you playing 2 instruments and be considered for a live audition, send it to me Gary Hyde at: I hope we get some young musicians taking advantage of this opportunity. I grew up in Clairemont and there were a lot of great musicians back then and I’m sure there are some great young players in Clairemont now. In closing, I need to say hi as always to my beautiful granddaughter Jordan. Everybody take care and I’ll talk to you next month.




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Shopping Plaza News by Chris O’Connell

times, however, only as a cut through from Vons to Starbucks. It is always seemed like they had clearance sales and liquidation blowouts, and I recall not 60 days ago, they revamped/remodeled the store, and now, closed for good. Lastly, as it pertains to retail I spoke with representatives from the parent company of 99 Ranch. As many know the Albertsons/Haggen fiasco on Balboa resulted in 99 Ranch The 99 Ranch Market on Clairemont Mesa Blvd in Kearny taking over the location. I Mesa will remain open inquired to see if the 99

Earlier this month to the surprise of many the Hometown Buffet in the Keil’s Shopping Center closed their doors abruptly. Hopefully the employees who were blindsided by the news will land on their feet soon. Some good news to an unfortunate situation, I was told Mike’s BBQ hired a former Hometown employee(s).

The Former Albertons/Haggen on Balboa Ave will now be a 99 Ranch Market the second location in the Clairemont/Kearny Mesa area

Ranch on Clairemont Mesa Blvd in Kearny Mesa would close as a result of this new location acquisition and was told Clairemont Mesa Blvd will stay open. As for an opening date of the former Albert/Hag at the time of press there was no grand opening date set. Currently, construction/remodeling is taking place. Dino’s Gyros many have noticed is expanding their operation taking over the space which was a former sushi restaurant in Clairemont Town Square. Also in the Square a new apparel company G Culture Gear is moving into the old UPS location. Sadly the old Skybox location just sits empty. Lastly, Home Fabrics also closed its doors in February. I have been in the store plenty of



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A Jungle of Geraniums & Not Just Reds & Whites by Susan Lewitt

When I thought about Geraniums, I would conjure up images of ordinary plants, but geraniums are much more than the simple common red and white ones. There is a whole rainbow of colors out there and many assorted leaf styles. I learned about these variations when I Ivy geranium joined the San Diego Geranium Society. I also learned that even as potted plants, these beauties are fairly drought tolerant. One of my favorites is the Ivy leafed geraniums, which has a leaf similar to ivy and is much better than invasive English ivy. It is probably the best one for the warmer East County due to its leathery leaves. It grows well in hanging containers or in the ground as part of the ground cover. There are about 75 different cultivars of ivy geraniums in splendid colors. Scented Geraniums are Scented geranium great to try. They come in scents like apple, rose, mint and lemon. There are even

recipes to make things with these lovely plants. These flavors add zing to food, drink and toiletries. Their distinctive leaves are soft and lacy, making identification easy. Angel geraniums are the miniatures of the geranium world and have delicate looking leaves and flowers. Some of the flowers are two-tone making them even more impressive. There are also zonals, Martha Washington and more. Many that we think of as geraniums are actually Pelargoniums. To learn more about these wonderful plants, and to acquire some plants, please attend our upcoming events: Geranium Conference, April 2, 2016 at the San Diego Botanic Garden, $25 per person also includes garden admission and lunch. Geranium Show & Sale, FREE, Casa Del Prado Room 101, May 14 – 15, 2016 from 10 am to 4 pm both days. Information: 858-472-0540. Meetings: Balboa Park, Casa Del Prado Room 101 Second Tuesday, every month.

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Native Plants to Fit any Type of Landscape by Susan Lewitt

Got native plants? We crowd them out with roads, buildings and parking structures. We add exotic plants to these urbanized expanses, further limiting natives. The problem: Limiting the space where native plants grow causes habitat isolation, species losses, increased fires, and fewer native Monkey flowers pollinators. Using native plants saves water, increases biodiversity and encourages native pollinators, plus they work in any style garden. Are native pollinators important? Pollinators, including bees, are responsible for over 30% of our foods and native bees work better than European honeybees. The best way to support native pollinators is to have a community of plants that support all stages of these pollinators. This includes plants that support adults and ones that support their young, such as native milkweeds for monarchs. Planning to add natives to your garden may seem like a daunting task, but there are places to get plants, ideas and help: On the third Tuesday of each

month except in August, the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) meets, in Balboa Park, Casa Del Prado room 101, to discuss topics related to native horticulture. The meeting begins at 6:30 pm with “Natives for Novices” presenting subjects like ‘How to plant a native’, ‘How to plan your garden’, topics especially useful to beginners. The main presentation starts at 7:30 pm with themes mainly concerned with wild plant populations including how fire, drought and insects affect them. At these meetings, expert landscapers are glad to share ideas and answer questions. CNPS Events: Garden Native Tour, April 2nd & 3rd or email: Native Plant Sale Spring Garden Festival of Cuyamaca College Department of Ornamental Horticulture. Saturday, April 23, 2016 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM FREE Admission, Parking 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA. 92019, Phone: 619-660-4000

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San Diego Gulls Climb in American Hockey League Standings

On the weekend of February 19-20, the San Diego Gulls recorded back-to-back victories of 3-2 and 4-2 versus the Bakersfield Condors and Ontario Reign, respectively, to improve their record to five games over .500 in the American Hockey League standings at 25-20-1-1. Against Bakersfield, center Joseph Cramarossa crammed a second quarter goal into the net for San Diego as did right wing Matt Bailey. Following Cramarossa and Bailey in the San Diego scoring column were defenseman Andrew O’Brien (first quarter goal), right wing Brian McGrattan (first quarter assist), left wing Kyle Bonis (first quarter assist), center Antoine Laganiere (second quarter assist), and defenseman Korbinian Holzer (second quarter assist). On the very next evening, before an announced attendance of 10,897 spectators, the Gulls got three third period goals from Cramarossa, right

wing Matt Berry, and center Mike Sgarbossa, as well as one second period goal from defenseman Brandon Montour to rain on Ontario’s parade. Joining Cramarossa, Berry, Sgarbossa (second quarter assist), and Montour in the San Diego statistical column were Bailey (third quarter assist), defenseman Shea Theodore (third quarter assist), left wing Zac Larraza (third quarter assist), center Chris Mueller (third quarter assist), right wing Stefan Noesen (third quarter assist), and forward Ondrej Kase (second quarter assist). Rob Stone is a life-long resident of the San Diego area and is also a certified talent scout through Sports Management Worldwide. Rob has been working with and helping to assist sports agents in getting their clients signed to contracts. If you would like a professional scouting report written up on your favorite athlete, you can feel free to contact Mr. Stone directly. He may be reached at: (619) 241-6516,,,,

San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic Offers Scholarships Scholarships available for San Diego County high school women San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic, an organization composed of alumnae from various sororities, is pleased to announce that it is offering merit scholarships. Applicants need to be graduating San Diego County high school women who in the 2016-2017 school year will be attending a four-year college or university that has National Panhellenic Conference (NPC) sororities on its campus. The scholarship awards are approximately $500 to $1000. All applications must be received by April 15, 2016. To obtain an application or for more information, please visit “We are looking for high school women who are smart, well-rounded and active in their school and community,” said Julia Hart-Lawson, president, San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic. “Also, the applicants should have a serious interest in becoming a member of the Panhellenic community.”

Outstanding applicants will be well-rounded women who demonstrate academic excellence as well as community and school involvement. Requirements for the application are a completed application, a letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher and a copy of the applicant’s high school transcript. The top candidates will be selected and interviewed in May. Winners will be honored at San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic’s Scholarship Luncheon in June 2016. San Diego Alumnae Panhellenic (SDAP) was founded in 1928 and is a chapter of the National Panhellenic Conference. The organization is composed of alumnae from women’s Greek letter social fraternities and promotes sorority life to high school and collegiate women through its mission of values, education, leadership, friendship, cooperation and citizenship. SDAP awards scholarships to high school women at the end of each school year. For more information, please visit

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Horizon Christian Academy Student Named a Distinguished Finalist for Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Anthony O’Leary, 14, a freshman at Horizon Christian Academy in Clairemont, has become a passionate supporter of children in foster care, helping to raise awareness and funds to benefit the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program and the Polinsky Children’s Home.

Anthony, who spent several years in foster care, collected games, sports equipment and backpacks with his “Foster Fun” campaign, and spoke at a fundraising event for the CASA program that raised significant amounts of money that will be used to train and provide more advocates for foster children.

Calling all Clairemont High School Alumni Well, not all the alumni just some old ones The Clairemont High School Class of 1966 is well underway planning their 50 Year reunion! Doug McKesson ‘66 and a group of his then high school classmates have reunited and are trying to locate as many from the class as possible. The event is scheduled for October 15th, 2016 at the Hilton Mission Bay. The alumni committee has asked to help spread the word, they can be reached at:

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Coastal Veterinary Hospital Launches House Call Service To help pet owners in the greater San Diego area get the care their pets need while surrounded by the comforts of home, Coastal Veterinary Hospital, of Clairemont, has launched veterinary house call services. (See our ad on page 12)


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quick to warm up to new people and surroundings. They would do best in a calm and stable environment where they can continue to thrive and come out of their shells. Their adoption fee includes their spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, 30 days of worry-free medical insurance from Trupanion Insurance, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, and a license if residing in Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, San Marcos or Poway!

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“I am so excited to have launched our mobile veterinary service because a house call visit has many benefits for pets and pet parents,” said veterinarian and business owner Laura Schultz, DVM.“With challenges ranging from hectic work and school schedules to difficulty lifting pets into a vehicle, we understand it can be troublesome for busy families, professionals, and the elderly to make a trip to the vet. As for the pets, they are much more relaxed when in their familiar surroundings.” Most veterinary services can be provided on a house call basis. When necessary and in the best interest of the pet, Coastal Veterinary Hospital’s staff will refer to local specialty hospitals, 24-hour emergency facilities, or other local animal hospitals. Coastal

Veterinary Hospital has contracted with a laboratory and a reputable online pharmacy. Most lab test results are available by the next day. Their pharmacy offers a variety of shipping options and convenient home delivery.“It is an honor to be welcomed into our clients’ homes,” said Dr. Schultz.“Many of our clients are pleasantly surprised at the scope of services we can provide during a house call appointment.” For more information about the services available on a house call basis, areas served, or convenient home delivery of your pet’s medication, food or treats, please visit the Coastal Veterinary Hospital website at or call (858) 914-1934

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MARCH LIBRARY EVENTS if you join in on the fun math experiments!


CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD., 92110 (858) 581-9935 FOR ADULTS Literary Book Club 3/2 6pm The group will discuss “Empire Falls” by Richard Russo. Get Fiscally Fit 3/25 1pm Financial advisor, Brian Wissinger provides insight on how you can get the most from your money. North Park Winds (With Strings Attached) 3/30 6pm This free concert sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library features the musical talents of the North Park Winds. FOR KIDS Art Class for Children 3/2 4pm Art classes are in fewer and fewer schools these days but we have them at the Clairemont Library! Something new and fun every month! Sign Language Storytime 3/3 & 3/17 10:30am Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Presented by Jennifer Duncan. Tales for Tails 3/5 10:30am Children can practice their reading with live animals! Sponsored by the SD Humane Society Teencraft! 3/9 4pm Make St. Patrick’s Day crafts! Button Making 3/12 & 3/26 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Tuesdays:Homework Help 6:30pm Trained volunteers are ready to assist you in finishing that report or getting you unstuck from that tough math problem. Thursdays: Kids Craft Club 4pm Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time! Fridays: Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran! 10:30am Join Miss Fran as she reads some fun picture books! Fridays: Crazy 8 Math Club 4:30pm Who says math can be fun? You will

Spring is in the air! Visit the Balboa Library and decorate a flower and we will add it to our Spring display in the Children’s Department. Celebrate Dr. Seuss Birthday 3/2 2:30-4 Join us for a variety of Dr. Seuss themed crafts, a scavenger hunt, a fun rhyming session with Green Eggs and Ham, and of course birthday cake! 6th grade and younger New DIY Teen Project 3/16 3:30-4:30 Ready for spring? Come join us and assemble, paint and decorate your very own birdhouse. 7th – 12th grades Spring Special for Adults ... Ornamental Spring Birdhouse 3/22 1:30-2:30 Calling all creative adults...come to the library and create a beautiful ornamental birdhouse. Sign up begins March 1st. Space is limited. RECURRING EVENTS Chair Yoga for Adults 3/7 & 3/14 11:15-Noon Join us for a relaxing fitness program presented by Lois Schenker. Come and bring a friend! First two Mondays of the month. Mondays: Lego Club 4pm We supply the Legos you supply the imagination. Can you make Lego spring flowers, shamrocks, butterflies, lizards and rabbits? Stitching with Seniors and Adults 3/1 & 3/8 1:30-3 Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow adults in a relaxed setting. Instruction may be available. First two Tuesdays of the month. Paws to Read! 3/8 6pm Therapy dogs provide a positive environment for children to practice reading aloud. Come and enjoy reading to our sweet therapy dogs provided by Love on a Leash. They love to listen to your stories. Kindergarten-5th grade Balboa Book Discussion 3/15 11:45 Join us for a lively discussion of Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. Wednesdays: Chapter Book

Storytime with Miss Terri 6-6:45pm Come and enjoy some terrific stories read by Miss Terri. Kindergarten-2nd Grade Story Craft with Miss Remi 3/3 & 3/17 10am Listen to a terrific story and make a story based craft. Preschool – 5y/o Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 3/10 & 3/24 10am Miss Jennifer uses sign language to enhance the reading of well-loved children’s picture books and includes sing-a-long and bubbles too! Birth -5y/o Adult/Senior Games in the Afternoon 3/3 & 3/10 12-3pm We will supply the games...Chess, Scrabble, Rummikube and of course playing cards. Come and bring a friend and enjoy playing games with fellow adults and seniors at the library. First two Thursdays of the month Wee Reads 3/4 3/11 & 3/18 10:30am (Special Spring Theme 3/18-inlcudes spring stories and a sweet spring craft) Baby and toddler storytime. Come and enjoy stories, music and rhymes. Birth-5y/o Children’s Book Discussion 3/18 3:45-4:45 Sign up begins March 1, 2016 Sign up and pick up your copy to read and keep. Join us for a lively book discussion of Hoot by Carl Hiaasen 3rd -6th grades Drop in & Play 3/25 10:30am Enjoy a relaxed and informal play time with your child while getting to know other families in our community. Birth-5y/o with Parent/Caregiver Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm Come and make a fun craft at your library

NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931 SPECIAL EVENTS Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 13th and the extra daylight may provide just the excuse you need to make your way to the North Clairemont Library! Please consider our First Tuesday Concert Series. This is a terrific opportunity to enjoy great, live music for free. Upcoming performers include the Dueling Divas of Oboe on March 1st and Singer-Songwriter Kathryn Cloward on April 5th. The Dueling Divas played classical music together in orchestras and a wind symphony

before forming their group and Ms. Cloward is a recipient of four 2015 West Coast Country Music Association Awards and two 2015 Akademia Music Awards. We look forward to seeing you at the library. All programming is provided through the generous support of the Friends of the North Clairemont Library. Please consider joining our Friends group or making a donation so that they can continue their wonderful and very necessary work. RECURRING EVENTS Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include: First Tuesday Concert Series, 1st Tuesday 6:30pm March 1st – The Dueling Divas of Oboe and April 5th – Kathryn Cloward Wednesdays: Chair Yoga 11:45am Thursdays:Tech Tutoring, 2nd and 4th Thursdays 10am Fridays: AARP Free Tax Preparation 9:30am-4pm Walk-ins only, no reservations Book Sale, 2nd Saturdays 9:30am-1pm Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs: Mondays: Sign-A-Story Circle Time (ages 2-5 years) 10am Mondays: Traditional Storytime 10am 1st & 2nd Tuesdays Tiny Tots Rhythm & Rhymes (ages 2-8 years) 11:45am Wednesdays: Crazy Eights Math Club (ages 6-12 years) 4pm Wednesdays: Craft Time (ages 3-8 years) 5pm Thursdays: Lego Club (ages 3-8 years) 4pm 2nd & 4th Saturdays: Hopscotch Storytime 10:30am 4th Saturday: Tales for Tails – Share Books with a Variety of Cute Animals (all ages) 9:30am

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