Clairemont Times March 2017

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MARCH 2017


Seminars to be Held for Inventors and Creators at North Clairemont Library The San Diego region ranks 4th in the world in number of patents per resident, according to data published by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development. San Diego has a rich tradition of fostering innovation within its borders through local universities, companies and organizations, but the problem with these groups is that in order to take advantage of them, you must be a student, employee or pay membership fees. These types of requirements

are a barrier for a new inventor who has great ideas under development and needs information to make them viable, yet is not eligible for a group and prefers to learn without investing resources that can be used to develop their invention. If you are an inventor or creator, with a prototype or just an idea, join us at the North Clairemont Library for a completely free series of seminars titled “Pursuing the Spark: Moving SEE Inventors & Creators, page 6

Legal Action by Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge by Austin Speed, President; Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge

Dear Citizens: Our fight to build the bridge is NOT OVER! As a result of the City Council’s 6-2 vote to amend the community plan, despite a Planning Commission unanimous vote to keep the Regents Road Bridge in the plan, Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge has taken legal action against the City. The legal opinion is that we have an actionable case against the City’s PEIR process under the California Environmental

Quality Act (CEQA). This action is based on numerous CEQA violations concerning both an inadequate PEIR (Program Environmental Impact Report), inadequate findings in the PEIR, and an inadequate Statement of Overriding Considerations (SOC). We are requesting that the Court issue a writ of mandate directing the City to vacate and set aside their certification of the PEIR for the Project; approval of the Project; adoption of findings and a SEE Regents Rd. Bridge, page 4



After 30 Years, Clairemont Hair Stylist Calls it a Career by Violet Ostertag

Martha Martinez is retiring March 31 after 30 years in the Clairemont area working as a hair stylist. Martha first came to Clairemont to work at Fantastic Sams that was by Keil’s in the Quad. As a single mother of two young children, she commuted everyday from San Ysidro building her client base. After 18 years, Fantastic Sams SEE Hair Stylist Retires, page 4

10th Annual Taste of Morena An Array of Culinary Tastes to Drink Specials from Local Restaurants, Breweries & Bars Save the Date for the 10th Annual Taste of Morena on Wednesday, April 26th from 5-9pm, features an evening of savory food samples, drink specials from microbreweries & local bars & special sweets from several eateries sponsored by the Morena Business Association. For only $25 attendees will enjoy a culinary adventure from over 20 restaurants, breweries & bars including Andres Restaurant,

Baci Ristorante, 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, Offshore Tavern & Grill, Sardina’s Italian Restaurant & Bar, zPizza, Fiji Yogurt, Home Brew Mart by Ballast Point , The Clutch Bar, Side Car Bar, Poseidon Project, and new this year the cafe & bar at San Diego Tennis & Racquet Club, Pho Kitchen, and tastes from a local establishment at Morena Storage. The Taste of Morena takes place in the Morena District along SEE Taste of Morena, page 4

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Hello March! Greetings all, February flew by and here we are. I am happy to say there will be no new Qualcomm stadium renderings in this edition. First, it was the Chargers saga and now the cement tub has taken center stage, in time the powers that be and the deep pockets will hopefully come to a compromise that benefits all. In this edition I hope you will find some things of interest, Bill Swank rode shotgun around the neighborhoods taking pictures from some holy places (see page 8). Many are aware of the Mid Coast Trolley which will be rolling through the west side of town, and because of said trolley Armstrong Nursery will be relocating a short distance away from its current West Morena Blvd location. Speaking of the trolley at the opposite end of the line the UTC/Genesee /Westfield Mall area has been and will be undergoing some major construction. The plan is to widen Genesee, remove a pedestrian bridge and more….in a nutshell expect some delays in the area (until 2020). I published some websites on page 10 that I think are useful. A lot is going on in the neighborhoods: the trolley, De Anza Cove, the Clairemont Community Plan update if you have

questions or just want to learn more the websites are good resources to become familiar with what is happening. Most of the sites are soliciting feedback online so if you do not have time to make it to the meetings you can easily provide your input. Baseball season has arrived, yes the Padres are underway but we’re talking local! March 4th is the 61st Opening Day for the Clairemont Hilltoppers Little League (CHLL) over at Cadman Fields. The Little Leagues fields are always a fun environment, whether watching tee ball or the older kids honing their skills. The volunteers at CHLL work very hard to put always put on a fun day at the fields. The back page also has the varsity baseball schedules for Clairemont, Madison & Kearny high schools. If you have a chance head on over to the fields, whether it is Little League or High School check out the local action! As always I hope you enjoy this edition! Chris O’Connell (858) 752 9779

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School Board Taking John Muir Campus John Muir is a wonderful K-12 public school of about 300 kids in our neighborhood that the school board is threatening to close because they want our campus to build a magnet middle school to compete with the incoming High Tech High in 2018. Our John Muir families are heartbroken at how the school board and school district have treated our school and set us up to be discarded. Every family at our school has choiced in. However even though our classes are well under the maximum ratios the district turns kids away from choicing into our school. And that’s if they can ever find us on the district website to begin with. Due to “glitches” our incoming kinder families have to dig and dig sometimes looking under a high school heading to find info and choice in to John Muir. Our school was buried on their website. We’ve had volunteers working tirelessly for over a year to get the same presence on the district website as the other public schools and still haven’t been successful. They set us up to have low numbers and are now using that as an excuse to try and shut us down.

Despite that we persist. We love our school and we love our kids. My Kindergartener has Sensory processing disorder and anxiety (diagnosed), but at John Muir he’s been able to learn successfully without an IEP and with very little accommodation. I attribute this to the community we’ve built here, of thoughtful caring teachers and families, and the small campus. Just stepping foot onto the campus of Holmes makes him anxious. It’s a huge campus cram packed with 500+ little kids. Our school has been a blessing for him when I thought I was going to have to put him in a charter or private school to find this type of an environment. We’ve had several meetings with school board representatives and can’t make any sense of why they’re doing this. There’s insane budget cuts going on, but they want to retrofit our campus to create this magnet school that would require busing kids in to attend or taking kids from our neighborhood middle schools that are already struggling. We couldn’t get approved to put in a locking front gate to close our campus, but they can spend money ripping out perfectly good play structures to accommodate a middle school. It makes no sense. Thank you from a concerned parent

Email/op ed sent to us from a reader regarding the non invitation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to San Diego by the San Diego Unified School District Board of Directors “How could you be so fanatically political, so thoughtlessly short-sighted toward the future education of our children? … or, with overcrowded, language-limited, high adult literacy levels and the failing state economy, dare to threaten our receipt of federal school funding?… …. let alone looking pompous and self-righteous, currying the favor of a few hostile anti-democracy radicals who probably ranted and raved at your office? Democracy is about making compromises that benefit the

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closed and Martha moved around the corner to Ramon’s Hair Salon and worked for 4 years. When the owner retired, Martha said “Violet where ever you go I’m going to.” Martha has worked at Violets Hair Design for the past 9 years as of March 1st 2017! We will Miss Martha as we have become Family after all of these years together. Martha will be moving up north to live with her daughter. We wish her well and much Joy in her retirement. Thank you for all the great days!

good of MOST people, not providing EVERYTHING THAT EVERYONE wants. And those compromises are accomplished by communicating and LISTENING TO BOTH/ALL SIDES of our conflicting issues. APOLOGIZE! And re-invite the new Secretary of Education to San Diego. Listen at least to what she says before jumping to conclusions. You’ll have much firmer ground to stand on when lobbying for much-needed assistance.” From a retired San Diego teacher.

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Statement of Overriding Consideration; and initiation of amendment to the University Community Plan to eliminate the Regents Road Bridge and the Genesee Avenue Widening project from the Plan and amend the General Plan; and any actions taken by the City to implement the Project or the University Community Plan or General Plan amendment. We are also requesting an alternate writ of mandate directing the City to comply with CEQA and the CEQA Guidelines as well as a permanent injunction restraining the City and all others working with the City on its behalf from taking any action to implement that amendment pending the completion of an EIR that meets the full requirements of CEQA and its guidelines. Any further action by the City following the vote on December 5, 2016 is effectively held up until there is a final determination on our Petition by the Court. All of this work costs money, and we have been fighting a well-funded adversary. Fundraising efforts are now our top priority. If you have not already made a donation* (and a big “thank you” to all who have!), we urge you to consider contributing to our legal fund and to let your neighbors know how important this issue is. Any amount is welcome, but we will need to raise thousands of dollars to win. We need you. Checks may be made payable to CFRRB or to Citizens for the Regents

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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 tram from University of San Diego will be on hand to shuttle guests to La Gran Terraza on the USD

Road Bridge and mailed to us at 4079 Governor Dr. #165, San Diego, CA 92122. You may also make donations through our website: www.citizensfortheregentsroadbridge. org. We appreciate all the effort so many of you put forth gathering petitions, signing petitions, attending meetings, arranging meetings, giving advice, making contributions, encouraging others to join in our efforts, etc., etc. We also appreciate City Council members Lorie Zapf and Chris Cate for asking thoughtful questions at the Council Meeting and then voting AGAINST the community plan amendment. As you can see, we have NOT given up! May we count on you to continue working together to KEEP the Regents Road Bridge in the community plan and BUILD IT? Feel free to share this with anyone you know who supports building the Regents Road Bridge. Austin Speed has been a resident of University City since 1982 *Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) corporation and donations are NOT tax deductible. Links Final PEIR Executive Summary pdf pages; 508 thru 510 p_amendment_final_peir.pdf Planning Commission Hearing, Oct 27th Audio Only ?view_id=8&clip_id=6816 City Council, December 5, 2016 go to 1:43 ?view_id=3&clip_id=6835

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New Location for Armstrong Nursery Coming Soon In a little over a month Armstrong Garden & Nursery will be relocating from its longtime location on West Morena Blvd just south of Tecolote Rd. The new location will be at the corner of Knoxville St and Morena Blvd, a former paint store, in Bay Park. The new store should be open just in time for planting/gardening season!

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

looking for can help you prevent little problems from growing into costly and unmanageable ones. To help home sellers deal with this issue before their homes are listed, a free report entitled “11 Things You Need to Know to Pass Your Home Inspection” has been compiled which explains the issues involved. To order a Special Report today. To hear a brief recorded message about how to order your FREE copy of this report, call toll-free 1-800-277-3160 and enter 1003. You can call any time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get your free special report NOW to learn how to ensure a home inspection doesn’t cost you the sale of your home. This report is courtesy of Mary Fickert HomeSmart Realty West BRE# 01192082. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright [C] {2017} This report is courtesy of Mary Fickert BRE# 01192082 - HomeSmart Realty West. Not intended to solicit buyers or sellers currently under contract. Copyright © 2016

Mid Coast Trolley Construction to Affect Genesee Ave & UTC Area Prepare for Upcoming Closures Road Widening & Bridge Removal

include the following: • During one weekend in March or April (the exact date has not yet been determined), crews will demolish and New construction activities will remove the pedestrian bridge at begin along Genesee Avenue to Executive Square and Genesee Avenue. facilitate construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley extension, requiring intermittent This work will require a full closure of Genesee Avenue from La Jolla Village closures of sections of the Drive to Eastgate Mall.The bridge will thoroughfare. be replaced with a new pedestrian In early February 2017, crews began crossing signal on the level of the widening Genesee Avenue, from roadway. (This pedestrian bridge removal is necessary in order to make way for the future Executive Drive trolley station in approximately the same location.) Work hours are generally Monday through Thursday, from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Some traffic controls will remain in place 24 hours a day. Pedestrian bridge at Executive Square and Genesee Avenue to be Once complete, the removed. Mid-Coast Trolley project will extend service from Old Regents Road to La Jolla Village Drive. Town to the University City community, This work includes barrier installation, serving the VA Medical Center, UC San road re-striping, median and sidewalk Diego, and the busy commercial and demolition, and preparation to residential districts along Genesee construct a viaduct — the bridge Avenue. Major construction work began structure that will carry the Trolley in 2016, with service expected to start down the middle of Genesee Avenue. in 2021. Lane closures and shifts will be ongoing For more updates or to learn more for the foreseeable future as this work about the project progresses. and Upcoming work in the area also will


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March on the Mesa San Diego Mesa College faculty, students and staff invite you to come visit our campus for some fun events in March and a few to look forward to in April. Mesa College kicks off Women’s History Month with the 6th Annual Molina de Pick Feminist Lecture Series, “Centering Community, Culture and Social Justice in Education”, featuring Dr. Maria Nieto Senour, Ph.D, President of the Board of Trustees for the San Diego Community College District. Wednesday, March 8 from 11:00am-12:30pm, Mesa Commons 211B. “Action Booths: Get Your Voice Heard” event is happening on Monday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Stop by as female students speak their minds about issues that matter to them. Location on campus to be determined. Women Victims: Women Survivors: Tuesday, March 21 from 11:10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Survivors of human trafficking and representatives from organizations that help them sit on a panel to speak about sex trafficking and migrant workers. Location on campus to be determined. Women’s Words: Thursday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. See live performances in the quad

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Inventors and Creators Forward.” Each presentation will cover a different topic of interest, including: How do I evaluate my product for viability and planning to develop?; What is a patent and how do I get one?; What are my options for introducing my product to a company?; What are affordable prototypes?; What are Crowdfunding and Kickstarter?”; How do I create

marketing and business plans?; and How do I present my ideas? The seminars begin at 5:30 p.m. every Tuesday in March and April. Please call or come into the branch to sign up and reserve your space. Attend all eight presentations or just one, it is up to you. You will walk away with a better understanding of how to evaluate your idea for market viability and the steps involved in moving forward and turning your idea into reality.

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Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

Since our March meeting is on the same day the Clairemont Times hits the newsstands, our meeting will have been in progress with a presentation from our historian in recognition of Woman’s History Month. Fact: Did you know it was a woman’s club that suggested painting a white line to divide roads back in the early days of automobiling? In February we sponsored a successful lunch at the Outback in Clairemont Square. Over $1600 was raised towards the scholarship fund for a graduating girl from Clairemont and Madison High Schools. Many thanks and appreciation to Manager Tony and his entire staff and to the community at large for attending this worthy and delicious event. Our main project this year is the Boys and Girls Club here in Clairemont. The club helps local youths to keep on the safe and narrow path with their wonderful programs and counseling. We are sponsoring ‘BUNCO WITH A PURPOSE’ at the Comedy Palace at 8878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. to support this project. It will be on Saturday, March 25th

from 11:30 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 for a delicious buffet of marinated chicken, gyros with peppers and onions, salad, rice pilaf, pita bread and hummus, baklava dessert, coffee, tea and soda, an afternoon of fun playing Bunco and great prizes. Come on out and celebrate the return of Spring and Daylight Saving Time and to support our local Boys and Girls Club Contact Bea at 858 272 1821 or Jackie at 858 273 7664 for tickets. We hope to see you there and at our next meeting on Wednesday, April 5th. at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Ave. Our program will feature author Tom Leech who will speak to us about women who have played key roles in setting aside natural areas like our own Kate Sessions and Bea Evanston (Balboa Park) and Ellen Browning Scripps ( Scripps park in La Jolla). Park around the corner of Mt. Albertine in the church parking lot. The meeting starts at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For more information about CWC, visit our website at or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 or Evelyn at (858) 279-4367 Contact us or attend a meeting to learn more.

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

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

Heavenly Views from Clairemont

would feature the spectacular views along the windward edge of Clairemont. He offered to drive a vehicle he was testing for his February 17 Union-Tribune story, a 2017 Subaru Forester. We began high above the banks of Interstate 5 and State Route 52 at the northwest corner of Clairemont. Gerry Schaffer has lived at the terminus of Monongahela Street since 1974. He graciously allowed us to take pictures of the Mount Soledad cross and I-5/52 intersection from his backyard. Gerry has been in Clairemont since 1963. He played shortstop for legendary Ernie Beck at

If you have a predilection for adventure and a full tank of gas, you should know the “Joyride Guru.” Jack Brandais is an old friend of mine. His “Weekend Driver” column has appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune for 17 years. He has written two books on the subject. His latest, Joyrides Around San Diego, is available at local bookstores, and There’s more information on his website, Shortly after Mount Soledad and Interstate 5/State 52 intersection Christmas, I asked Jack Photo Bill Swank when was he going to plot a joyride for CHS and coached kids for many years Clairemont. He responded that if he at Clairemont Hilltoppers Little did prepare such a route, it would include Clairemont’s classic collection League. Wistfully, he recalled,“I used to look of “mid-century modern” architecture. across San Clemente Canyon and I have lived in Clairemont since black angus were still grazing in what “the mid-century” and have never is now University City.” When visitors been particularly impressed with mention the sound of traffic below, mid-century modern architecture. Gerry chuckles and insists they are Sorry. The Buena Vista Garden hearing the ocean. Apartments on Clairemont Drive Heading south, the Mount Soledad remain functional, but they were not marine terrace blocks ocean views inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. until you reach the appropriately Perhaps Frank Lloyd Nabisco was a named Bay Ho subdivision. We San Diego architect in the 1950s. stopped at the Catholic Diocese of View lots have always been important in Clairemont. When people San Diego on Paducah Drive and explained our mission. Sister Eva learn we live near Clairemont High Rodriguez, Associate School, they ask if Director at the Office we have a view. For for the Missions, almost 50 years, I proudly shared the have claimed a view from her office. view... of people “Father Joe (Miller) who have views. We is the director. He’s can look out our my boss and his office windows and see looks onto the our neighbors parking lot. I thank looking out of their him for giving me the windows at the best office. I love the ocean. sunsets,” she said. I invited Jack on Jack had seen the my joyride that impressive Diocese tower from I-5 many Sister Eva Rodriguez times, but didn’t know and the view from the history. Beginning the Catholic Diocese Photo Bill Swank

in the 1960s into the 1980s, the facility was originally the Convent of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and became headquarters for the Diocese in 2004. Further south, when St. George Serbian Orthodox Church was completed at the corner of Denver and Edison in 1969, it offered a commanding seascape to the congregation. Houses now block the view at ground level. It appears when the views got blocked, some nearby residents added additional stories to their homes. Jack suggested a photo from the belfry, but the church was closed. Later, I took a picture from Iroquois Way to include the distinctive Eastern Orthodox church domes variously known as onions, poppy heads and helmet domes. On the subject of obstructed views, many Clairemont McMansions feature what appear to be small, third-story outhouses suitable for single-person sightseeing. To avoid the expense of adding a second (or third) deck, some cost-conscious residents with obstructed views have placed couches, benches and beach chairs on the westside of their roofs. Neighbors complain that furniture on roofs constitutes an eyesore. This, too, is life in Clairemont. The next three stops on the tour are also churches: Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist at 2610 Galveston Street, Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ at 2550 Fairfield Street and St. Mary Magdalene Catholic at 1945 Illion Street. Their views of Mission Bay and the Pacific Ocean are shown in panoramic succession. The view from St. Mary Magdalene’s parking lot is nostalgic because the home of my high school girlfriend is in the foreground. She was never ready when I’d pick her up for a date in my ‘53 Dodge convertible. I had to sit on the living room couch while her father stared at me. My efforts to engage him in light conversation were fruitless, so I stared out the floor-to-ceiling windows at his beautiful view of Mission Bay. Maybe her old man was deep in meditation. Years later, I learned that he was the founder of an abstract metaphysical church with a preposterous name. It is not the purpose of this column to make religious or political statements The domes of St. George Serbian Orthodox church Photo Bill Swank

about these vistas. There are multiple theories about the origin of church steeples/towers/domes, but most agree they make churches distinguishable from other buildings. The taller the steeple/tower/dome, the more likely the church can be seen within a community and religious leaders have always been encouraged to “build your church on the hill.”That said, churches occupy some of Clairemont’s choice real estate. Our joyride ends outside the Shiley Center for Science and Technology at the southwest corner of the University of San Diego campus. Access to the west entrance off Linda Vista Road on Marian Way was granted after our assurance to the guard that Jack (the driver) would not exit the vehicle. That is why he is shown surrounded by shadows inside the Forester which

Joyride Guru Jack Brandais at University of Photo Bill Swank San Diego lookout point

is blocking the vista with only a sliver of San Diego Bay, the Coronado Islands and Point Loma visible in the background. The view from the small plot of grass on the other side of his vehicle is spectacular. On January 27, 1847, Sgt. William Coray saw “the great Pacific sea” and noted in his Mormon Battalion diary, “... its beauty far exceeded our most sanguine expectations.” Though seldom mentioned in tourist brochures, these heavenly views from Clairemont will exceed your most sanguine expectations. As motorists speed north on Interstate 5 past the Interstate 8 intersection, churches and religious structures are easily visible on the eastern slopes of Clairemont. But in their haste, the drivers give little thought to the people on the hillside enjoying the view.

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Regents Road Bridge and Corporations Commentary by Louis Rodolico

The University community is emblematic of what happened about a century ago.Theodore Roosevelt on his fight against the Corporations: “In our day it appears as the struggle of free men to gain and hold the right of self-government as against the special interests, who twist the methods of free government into machinery for defeating the popular will… &… Corporate expenditures for political purposes, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs.” Countries like Italy did not have a politician like Roosevelt; they slipped into corporate-fascism and in many ways are still trying to mend. One should never underestimate the power of corporations when they organize. They can create a government within a government that acts quietly and demands we be consumers not citizens. In the short term this has always worked well for corporations, but in the long term it always ends in disaster. Ironically, some of those whose families were victimized about a century ago are some of the biggest proponents of the current corporate surge. On October 27 2016 the Planning Commission voted 6-0 to build the planned bridge. On December 5th City Council met to determine if they would build the planned bridge or maintain private enclaves in the University Community.Without corporate involvement this would have been a no brainer, based on the PEIR Executive Summary and common sense. But the power of the corporations was overwhelming and City Council greenlighted private enclaves and voted no on the Regents Road Bridge. Councilman Sherman described how an angry mob would form during bridge

construction. It was clear to me that, not just Sherman, but the full council was afraid of being bullied further so they took the safe way out and voted not to build the bridge. Cowering to bullies is never a good precedent to set.The bullies of course were the beneficiaries who live in the private enclaves on the Regents Road Corridor. Corporations and lobbyists appreciate their service and instead of the new Firehouse 56 being central, to serve the entire community effectively, it was placed in the West UC private enclave south of Rose Canyon. See illustration and February 2017 Clairemont Times. Anti-bridge advocates have come up with, not one, not two, but zero valid reasons not to build the bridge. My favorite invalid reason is that driverless cars will reduce traffic. Really, with driverless cars people who are too young or cannot drive for other reasons will be able to get in a car and be added to the mix. My second favorite invalid reason is that too many cars would use the planned Regents Road Bridge if it were built; this is the one that council hung their hat on. Bulling in University has become the rule and we saw it play out recently on social media.Anti-bridge advocates fouled the Nextdoor newsfeeds.As a consequence Nextdoor fell into line with the local UCCA paper and banned open discussion of the Regents Road Bridge from its newsfeed. Corporations like to operate in the shadows when they are spending our tax dollars, a hallmark of Fascism. Besides, it’s just too unpleasant reporting on how many individuals are harmed or die due to extended ambulance times and all the valid reasons to build the bridge. Poll after poll has shown 60% of the residents want the bridge, how can the minority rule here? Corporate media

control has played its part. Money is also a big factor, those who would gain property value if the bridge were not built show up in big numbers, dragging in their family and friends, to council meetings. UCPG board members define themselves as those who represent the community, but the 60% of the community who believe the Regents Road Bridge should be built are ineligible to sit on the UCPG board. Factor in that UTC has had a quarter billion dollar budget in the past 20 years, garnish with lobbyists and the result is to continue endangering the general population while enriching the few. Bullying, corporatism and fascism are a toxic mix. I myself have witnessed city staff being bullied over the Regents Road Bridge issue and I would expect council members have been as well. Residents of West UC have told me that they want the bridge, but they remain silent because they fear their neighbors.The bullies have been both active and effective. I will make my points, but let’s be clear only the majority of citizens can be successful advocates for good governance.The Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge have filed a lawsuit to reverse the December 5th ruling and you can visit their website at: www.citizensfortheregentsroadbridge.or g/ Read their literature and consider making a donation to help build the bridge. My grandparents escaped fascism in

Italy and they in turn helped others to escape. Under Mussolini the corporate state stifled economic activity, as it protected large existing firms, thereby preventing the expansion of smaller firms. It also failed to provide a partnership between the workers and the owners, as the most important economic decisions were made without involving these two parties. Corporations then and now are constantly looking for ways to quietly diminish the tools of citizenship without calling attention to themselves.They want consumers not the popular will of the citizens and media control is necessary to accomplish this.We need to take a page from Theodore Roosevelt and empower citizens, which in the long run will be the best thing for everyone including corporations. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 and is a citizen of both Italy and the United States. Links Final PEIR Executive Summary pdf pages; 508 thru 510 amendment_final_peir.pdf Planning Commission Hearing, Oct 27th Audio Only ew_id=8&clip_id=6816 City Council, December 5, 2016 go to 1:43 ew_id=3&clip_id=6835

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In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday, we thought we would compile a list of some great films that are about Ireland, that focus on Irish characters, or are by Irish filmmakers. Enjoy!

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“Brooklyn” (2015): A charming romance about a young Irish woman who emigrates to America in the 1950’s and finds romance with a young Italian man. When tragedy unexpectedly strikes, she must return home and is forced to choose between her country and the man she loves. This romance never feels fake or forced. It truly feels like an honest portrayal of love. It’s vibrant and colorful, and it is loaded with gorgeous cinematography. Saoirse Ronan puts on a fabulous Oscar nominated performance in the leading role. 5/5 “The Crying Game” (1992): An IRA terrorist befriends the British soldier his group kidnapped and eventually gets sucked into his life. He even falls for the soldier’s girl, but is in for a shock when he uncovers the truth. This engaging dramatic romance is full of twists and turns that were quite shocking when the film was first released. It’s an enthralling story with brilliant acting from Stephen Rea, Jay Davidson, and Forest Whitaker.This best picture nominated film is certainly worth checking out for those with an open mind. 4/5 “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” (1959): A caretaker known for spinning yarns catches the King of the Leprechauns and uses him to grant wishes and play matchmaker for his daughter. Overall, this film is very lighthearted and a joy to watch any time, but is even more fun on St. Patrick’s Day.There is enjoyable music and an interesting mythology behind it, as well as a great story and some funny moments, too. An excellent family film! 3.5/5 “In the Name of the Father” (1993): A man and his father are imprisoned after he is forced to confess to an IRA bombing he did not commit. It’s a compelling film about the fight to free a wrongfully imprisoned man. Daniel Day-Lewis is phenomenal, as are Pete Postlethwaite and Emma Thompson, who all earned Oscar nominations for their roles.This gripping drama and best picture nominee will keep you captivated from start to finish. 5/5 “Once” (2007):“Once” couldn’t be more simple. It’s about two people forming a bond over their mutual love of music.There is a real level of honesty to what happens between the

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both a visually beautiful and emotionally deep film. It also has a really great song that is sure to get stuck in your head for days. 4/5 “Waking Ned Devine” (1998): When a man in a small Irish town wins the lottery, but dies before he can collect, some members of his 52 person community devise a plan to claim the winnings.This is a funny, offbeat, and slightly dark comedy that has a lot of heart as well. It manages to somehow make death and fraud, two very negative topics, surprisingly comical.The humor won’t be for everyone, but if you keep an open mind, we think you will be surprised. It’s a quaint, charming flick that shouldn’t be missed. 3.5/5 SLÁINTE!!! 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:

American Pickers to Film in California Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to CALIFORNIA! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in Spring 2017! AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique ‘picking’ on History Channel. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. As they hit the back roads from coast to coast, Mike and Frank are on a mission to recycle and rescue forgotten relics. Along the way, the Pickers want to meet characters with remarkable and exceptional items. The pair hopes to give historically significant objects a new lease on life, while learning a thing or two about America’s past along the way. Mike and Frank have seen a lot of rusty gold over the years and are always looking to discover something they’ve never seen before. They are

ready to find extraordinary items and hear fascinating tales about them. AMERICAN PICKERS is looking for leads and would love to explore your hidden treasure. If you or someone you know has a large, private collection or accumulation of antiques that the Pickers can spend the better part of the day looking through, send us your name, phone number, location and description of the collection with photos to: or call 855-OLD-RUST.

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Beers by the Bay Mike Hess Brewing in Miramar by Brian Riehm

This month’s review comes from the Mike Hess Brewing Tasting Room in Miramar at 7955 Silverton Ave, Suite #1201.This was the original location of the nano-brewery started back in 2010 but brewing ceased after the main operation moved to North Park. I spoke with Eric Magruder,Tasting Room manager, about plans for the Miramar location. Although the original 1.6

table, darts, and an oversize Jenga game, played with short sections of two-by-fours. In good weather, there is now some patio seating. A nice variety of music is on the sound system, ranging from Beatles to modern hits. This is a kid-friendly place with snacks and candy on a long wooden table in the center of the room and wood barrels used as tables. I have long been a fan of Hess beers and this trip did not disappoint. I started by sampling Hooligan Dry Irish Stout, still in the cask, but set for release on March 1. The dry character was balanced with bitter chocolate notes that lingered nicely. I moved on to

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barrel system is no longer in operation, brewing will return here sometime in 2017 as they have just received approval to operate a 10 barrel system in their recently expanded facility. This will give them a chance to increase the variety of beers in production. Eric said that they didn’t have a specific direction in mind yet, but eventually they might start a sour program. He said that the demand for popular beers can sometimes strain the ability to maintain a variety of beers in rotation, so having another production facility will help. The other news Eric revealed was that Mike Hess is going to produce beer in 12 ounce cans in May, while retaining the same wide mouth style for which their cans are currently known.Two beer styles to be canned include a Session IPA and some type of lager, perhaps a pilsner. Hess beers are known for having Latin sounding names, so I asked about that.The names are meant to lend some meaning to the beers and aren’t always strictly Latin. Grazias, for instance, does not mean thank you, even though it sounds like it should. It’s actually an adaptation of Graz, a city in Austria and the name given to their Vienna style Cream Ale. The expansion of the facility has opened up the tasting room, making it much less cramped than before as this had been a complaint in some reviews. There is now room for a ping-pong

Claritas, from the Latin for clear. Hess’ Claritas is sweet and full and is an excellent improvement on what is normally a bland style. The Session IPA I tried doesn’t have a specific name. It made up for its low alcohol with extreme citrusy hop character and still retained good body. Another style I am enjoying lately is the Black IPA; Deceptio has great dark roasted malt flavor paired with Cascade hops for balance and harmony in this rich dark ale. I next tried the aforementioned Grazias in its Coffee on Nitro incarnation. This was smooth as a vanilla latte but still recognizable as an ale; it was hard to drink slowly. I finished with two versions of the Rye Imperial Stout, Umbrix, formerly Ex Umbris,“from the shadows”. The first, a bourbon barrel-oaked version was very rich and full; you can taste the bourbon, but it doesn’t overpower the dark malts and the rye flavors. The next version of Umbrix with Black Forest Cherries and Coconut is a great dessert beer. The extra sweetness and tartness are an added delight to the base. You will want to sip both of these slowly. Mike Hess’ goal of always producing great beer without excuse is paying off. Their lineup has great variety and rock-solid consistency 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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Whether you are new or old to San Diego, or considering moving here, have a nonnative plant garden, or a native one, please consider attending the CNPS-San Diego Garden Native Tour on April 1 & 2. Why natives? Aren’t native gardens straggly and half-dead in the summer? NO. Like any other garden, planning your native garden can ensure that it’s attractive year round. Why natives? Native plants adapt to many styles, but just like exotics, a formal garden requires more maintenance. Native garden designs can be formal, contemporary or natural. How about a Japanese-style

garden with a teahouse, a bridge, and koi pond? Or a knot garden, a bush maze, an edible garden, or a wildlife sanctuary? Why natives? Many of our native plants are summer deciduous, due to their adapting to little or no summer rain. If you happen to like some of the summer deciduous plants, but don’t want a bare garden, combine them with plants that are green year round with varied blooming times. My tree mallow (Lavatera arborea), planted 2 years ago as a twig, is now over 6’tall and wide and has been blooming continuously since March of 2015. Why natives? They are suited to our climate. Supplemental watering gets them started in the first year to two, with riparian species needing more. A light watering during fire season will pay off by keeping your home fire-safe. Just ask our landscapers. Why natives? Native plants support each other. They attract native pollinators. They support biodiversity and stability. We have urbanized much of our area, planting exotic plants, which take up space from our native plants and the habitat they provide for local co-adapted birds, bees, and other

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covered the mid part of San Diego, including the Balboa Park area, North Park, Old Town, Clairemont, Tierrasanta, Carmel Valley, Poway, and Scripps Ranch. In 2016, we featured the east side of town including El Cajon Valley area, Mt Helix, Rolando and Jamul. Why visit native gardens? This year, 2017, should be very inspiring with 25 public and private sites to visit in the south part of town and Point Loma. Be inspired to have a beautiful native garden of your own. About us:“Garden Native and CNPS promote the use of native California plants in landscaping for their direct positive impact on our community’s health and well-being....” GARDEN NATIVE TOUR: Saturday & Sunday, April 1st and 2nd Locations: Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Bonita, Lemon Grove, South Park Details and tickets:

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Tecolote Nature Center

5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110 • 858-581-9959 Monday – Closed, Tuesday –Saturday 9:00-4:00, Sunday 9:00-2:00 Sunday, March 12 9:00 AM Nature Walk – Battle Trail Meet at the Tecolote Nature Center Wednesday, March 15 1:30 – 3:00 PM Art & Activities for Kids This month’s theme is birds! Learn, create, explore and make new friends. Thursday, March 16 10:00-11:30 Wonderful Woodland Woodrats! What makes our native, nocturnal rodent so amazing and unusual? Come find out at Linda Hawley’s presentation, Nature Adventures! Using songs, puppets, a related craft, and her animated enthusiasm, Ms. Hawley engages children of all ages in learning fascinating facts about this admirable, wonderful woodrat. Saturday, March 18 9:00-11:00 AM – Weed Warriors Canyon clean up with Ranger Janice Sunday, March 19 9:00 AM Sunday in the Garden Volunteer with Park Ranger Steven Get dirty, have fun, help out your community Saturday, March 25 8:00 AM Audubon Society Bird Walk All skill levels welcome We’re closed on Friday, March 31 in observance of Cesar Chavez Day Activities are posted at of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Like us on Facebook – Friends of Tecolote Canyon

Community Meetings - Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 3/2/17 (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 3/21/17 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop, 92117 LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 3/16/17 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls, 92111 LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 3/27/17 (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL Please visit our website at or our Facebook page at Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council for meeting dates and locations

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MARCH LIBRARY EVENTS NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931 North Clairemont Library staff recently reopened the doors after a two-week closure. We completed technology upgrades during this time and the Clairemont Community will now enjoy a new self-checkout machine with a quicker, more streamlined check out process. Please drop by soon for a demo. We are thrilled to show you how easy it is to use the new machines. Noteworthy programs in March include the Second Tuesday Concert featuring Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind with a contemporary jazz sound that is perfect for this library’s warm, intimate setting. Also, we are pleased to invite all local inventors to Pursuing the Spark: Moving Inventors and Creators Forward. This eight-part series will be presented every Tuesday evening during March and April beginning at 5:30 p.m. Topics to be covered include: How do I evaluate my product for viability and planning to develop?; What is a patent and how do I get one?; What are my options for introducing my product to a company?; What are affordable prototypes?; What are Crowdfunding and Kickstarter?; How do I create marketing and business plans?; and How do I present my ideas? Please join us and learn how to move your idea forward. There is always an exciting opportunity, development or inspiration happening at your library! Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include Pursuing the Spark: Moving Inventors and Creators Forward – Every Tuesday in March and April at 5:30pm beginning 3/7. Call or come in to sign up. Second Tuesday Concert Series – Adrienne Nims and Spirit Wind – 3/14 6:30pm Third Tuesday Banned Books Club – 3/21 6pm Chair Yoga – Wednesdays 11:30 am AARP Free Tax Preparation – Fridays, 3/3, 3/17 & 3/24 9:30am-3:30pm Walk-ins only. E-Book Clinic - Saturdays, 3/11 and 3/25 at 10am call or come in to sign up. Basic Computer Skills - Saturdays, 3/11 & 3/25 10am, call or come in to sign up. Bargain Book Sale, find lots of high quality books at low, low prices! – 3/11 Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs Sign Language Story Time (recommended for ages 1-5 years) –Mondays 10am Rhythm & Rhyme Story Time (recommended for ages 1-5 years) –Tuesdays at 11:45am Craft Time (ages 3-8 years) Wednesdays at 5 pm Lego Builders’ Club (ages 3-8 years) Saturdays at 2 pm Crazy 8 Math Club (ages 6-12 years) – Season 2 beginning Thursday, March 9 at 4pm Do Your Homework @ the Library – Receive free assistance with your K-8 homework.

Mondays through Thursdays only BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390 Welcome Spring! Visit the library and check out a book from our terrific displays celebrating Spring, Women’s History Month, St. Patrick’s Day, National Craft Month, and of course, National Pig Day! Congratulations to Honore and Jonathan, winners of the Valentine’s Sweetheart Candy Guess! Believe it or not, there were 515 hearts in the jar! Thanks to all 131 participants for giving your best guest. Congratulations to our Balboa Library Book Club on their 10 year anniversary. The members meet every third Tuesday of the month and enjoy lively, spirited discussions together. If you are considering joining a book club, stop by the library and pick up a copy of the book for the next discussion. You will be pleasantly surprised at the vitality of the group’s discussion. In appreciation and memoriam, the members will dedicate the book, The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, to Trish Brown, dear friend and founder of the Balboa Library Book Club. Join the members for a celebration of this special anniversary, immediately following the book discussion on March 21st. All are welcome! Special Events San Diego Book Arts for Adults 3/11, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Everyone has a story to tell! Come solo or bring a friend for this memoir bookmaking event. Sign-up required. Sponsored by the Friends of Balboa Library. Dr. Gloria Harris: Contributions of San Diego Women 3/22 6pm Celebrate Women’s History Month at Balboa Library! Join us in welcoming Dr. Gloria Harris, author of Remarkable Women of San Diego, a unique book, filled with the accomplishments of local women. Dr. Harris will share the significant contributions of San Diego women to the history and culture of San Diego. The Wonderful World of Bats 3/29 3-4pm 3rd – 6th grades. Sign-up begins March 1st. Children will learn about bats and create their own bat t-shirt, using a combination of fabric dye sprays and cut outs. T-shirts will be provided. D.I.Y. Teen Project 3/15 3:30-4:30 Teens: 12 – 18 years old. Join us on the patio each month, for a new craft. This month we’ll be making Fairy Gardens to house your favorite winged friends. New! Tech Tutoring Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, 23 & Saturdays March 11, 25, 12:30 – 1:30 Are you looking to expand your technology skills? Do you need a hand figuring out your tablet or phone? We’re here to help! Make an appointment with Cassie for one-on-one assistance! We’ll help take you from novice to confident! Sign-up required. Call or sign-up in person. New! STEAM Series 3/17 3:45-5 3rd – 6th grades. Sign-up begins March 1st. Take a crack at Engineering! Learn the principles of aerodynamics, lift, and weight distribution and then craft a paper airplane. Test your new skills during the contest to see whose airplane carries the most cargo.

Sign-up required. Sponsored by the Friends of Balboa Library. New! Homework Help Wednesdays 3:30-5:30 K – 8th grades. Volunteer Miss Nicole will assist students with their homework questions. Recurring Events Children’s Events Wee Reads Fridays, March 10, 17 & 24 @ 10:30 am, Birth – 5 y/o Join us for a fantastic time at the library with stories, rhymes, and songs. Enjoy a special Spring Wee Reads on March 10th! Preschool Story Craft with Miss Remi Thursdays, March 2 & 16 10:00 am Preschool – 5 years old. Listen to a terrific story and enjoy creating a related craft. Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer Thursdays, March 9 & 23 10am, Birth – 5y/o Miss Jennifer enhances well-loved kid’s stories with signing, followed by singing and bubbles! Chapter Book Storytime with Miss Terri 3/1, 3/8 & 3/15 6pm K – 2nd grades. Storytime for our early readers. Come and listen to an entertaining chapter book while practicing listening skills. Children’s Book Club Discussion 3/24, 3:45 – 4:45 3rd – 6th grades. Sign-up begins March 1st. Join us for a lively discussion of The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Regan Barnhill. Kids Krafternoon Saturdays, 1-2pm Enjoy working on a new craft each week. Bring your creativity and a friend and have fun! Lego Club Mondays, 4-5pm K – 6th grades. Come build amazing creations, crafted from Lego. Paws to Read Tuesday, 3/14 6:00 pm K – 5th grades. Emerging readers, come read to our Love on a Leash certified dogs. They listen to stories as you practice reading in a positive and encouraging environment. Drop in & Play Fridays, March 3/3 & 3/24 10:30 am, Birth – 5 years old. Parents and children come enjoy an informal playtime, while getting to know other families in the community. Pajama Signing Storytime Tuesday, March 28 @ 6:00 pm, Birth – 5 years old. Come in your PJs and enjoy stories told through signing with Ms. Jennifer. Adult Events Chair Yoga for Adults Mondays, 3/6 & 3/13, 11:15am-12 Join us for this relaxing fitness program, presented by Lois Schenker. ESL Group for Adults Tuesdays, 12-3pm Volunteer Mrs. Henderson assists adults in reading, writing, and speaking English in everyday life. Stitching Circle Tuesdays, March 7 & 14, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Bring your knitting, crocheting, and other stitching projects for a chance to share ideas and helpful hints with fellow hobbyists. Instruction may be provided. Balboa Branch Library Book

Discussion 3/21 11:45 am. Engage with fellow readers through a new selection every month. This month we’ll read and discuss The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 (858) 581-9935 Adults Acrylic Painting Class — 3/ 4 1 pm. Our popular free art class is back! Taught by art teacher Donna Davis, you will get a chance to express yourself through painting! Class size is limited so make sure to sign up at the library. Music Concert with the Pink Trio — 3/29 6 pm. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library. Literary Book Club—3/ 1 6 pm. The Book Club will be discussing,“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Kids & Teens De-Bugging Coding! 3/28 at 3:30pm, Spring into STEAM with our computer coding class especially for teens. This free program will give young people an introduction to coding and start them off with the skills to begin their own programming! Registration is required. Please contact 619-236-5800 for more information. Book Club for Kids! 3/28 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. Snacks too! Sign up by visiting or calling the library. Button Making—Saturdays 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Art Class 3/1 at 4 pm. Robert Gulli, a local artist presents an art class each month for kids and teens. All painting supplies are provided. Homework Help—Tuesdays 6pm. Free help is available for children who are stuck on a particular question or concept or just need assistance with a paper or report. Kids Craft Club—Thursdays 4pm. Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time! Little Ones Sign Language Storytime—3/2 & 3/16 at 10:30am. Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories! Presented by Jennifer Duncan. Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran!—Fridays 10:30am. Join Miss Fran as she reads fun picture books and sings songs! All Ages 3D Printer—Clairemont Library’s own 3D printer is available for use by interested young people and adults. We have yet to set up regular open times but those interested in printing something can talk to library staff for details. Designs should be saved as .STL files. To see thousands of pre-made designs go to Prints should take less than two hours

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Name: Lacey Age: 7 years old Gender: Spayed female Breed: American Staffordshire Terrier mix ID #: 168207 Adoption Fee: Priceless (Fee Waived!) Lacey, a 7-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, is looking for a best friend to call her own. Sweet Lacey can be a bit bashful with new people, and her trainers have helped her to gain some confidence in new environments. She knows a long list of tricks including sit, lay down, roll over and sit pretty. Lacey also loves going exploring around town where she can meet new human and doggie friends. She’s a bit shy with

some dogs, and would prefer to meet any new dog before going home with them. Lacey is very sweet, loves her humans and adores snuggling on the couch for naps. Her adoption fee includes her spay, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, 30 days worry-free insurance from Trupanion Insurance, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam! Lacey is available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus at 5500 Gaines Street. To learn more about making her part of your family, please call (619) 299-7012. ADOPTION HOURS: 7 DAYS A WEEK 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

Understanding Public School Funding by John Lee Evans, San Diego Unified Trustee, District A

As taxpayers we provide support for our public schools, but the methods by which funding is determined are often difficult to understand. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions. Where do we get funding for our schools? Most of funding comes from the state, which is subject to the variability of sales and income taxes each year. Less than 10 percent of our funding comes from the federal government. By the way, less than 2 percent of the funding comes from the lottery. How well does California fund public education? For several years we ranked near the very bottom for per pupil funding compared to other states. Even with the approval of temporary taxes, we are still in the bottom fifth of states. Proposition 98 was approved by voters to guarantee that 40% of the state budget goes to public schools. This was meant to provide a minimum for education funding, but it has turned out to be more of a ceiling. When politicians talk about our schools being “fully funded” it means only that the Prop 98 MINIMUM has been met. When Governor Brown implemented the Local Control Funding Formula, the goal was only to reach the level of funding we had in 2007 by the year 2020. That goal has not yet been met. But at the same time as funding has increased in the last few years, the state has taken back a lot of the money by more than doubling the amount of money the district is required to pay into the state pension fund. About two years ago San Diego Unified calculated that our funding was about $350 million short to provide those essential services that the educators and the public agree are needed in our public schools.We do not even seek the highest funding of the nation, but we do believe that if we

approached the national average of funding that we could provide a world class education to our students. How well does San Diego fund education? San Diego taxpayers have strongly supported our schools through local bond measures. Propositions S and Z have provided for new schools, modernization of outdated facilities, improved technology for all of our students, athletic facilities, arts facilities and career technical facilities that have transformed our high school programs. However, these are capital funds that cannot be used for any operational expenses. How are decisions made about how the funds are dispersed locally? The Board of Education must approve a balanced budget based on whatever amount the state gives us each year. Through public meetings we develop a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which is based on San Diego Unified’s Vision 2020 for Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood. This plan sets in place our community’s priorities, so that whenever we have a major budget shortfall (as we will have next school year), we protect what is most important (classroom instruction) and make reductions around the edges (administration) to have the least impact possible on our children’s education. It is also important to set a conservative fiscal example at the highest level. For that reason the Board of Education has waived its right every year to increase its small salary that was set in the 1990s. Our Superintendent, who leads the second largest district in the state, takes a lower salary than some superintendents at smaller districts. We must lead by example when we face budget challenges. Our commitment is to provide the highest quality education for our children with whatever funds we receive.

Kim Cares Tech Tips:

When Should I Turn my Computer Off? First, I always recommend your computer be plugged into a Universal Surge Protector.This helps prevent power spikes that could damage your computer components. On or Off? 1. If you use your computer every day, I suggest you put it into the power saving “Sleep” mode, instead of shutting it off. (I do suggest you shut it down occasionally. See below.) 2. If you don’t plan to use your computer again, let’s say, for three days or more, use the “Shut Down” mode. Reasons to leave it on: You might want background Updates, Virus scans, or Back-up’s to be done while you’re not using it.The default time scheduled for many

updates are at night. So, if it is on, you also won’t miss them. You don’t want to wait the time it takes to start up. Reasons to turn it off: Conserve electricity and save a little on your power bill. Lights, notifications and the fan noise bother you. Computer performance can benefit from the occasional reboot. Just remember, turning your computer on and off, ALL the time, causes stress to your computer and can shorten its lifespan due to the small surges of power that happen when it is first turned on. Smiles and Safe Searching, Kim Schultz (see page 5)

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Clairemont Chiefs Baseball is fundraising for the upcoming winter/spring 2017 seasons. Our athletic budget has been significantly cut back and much of the cost lands on the families and the players themselves. We are asking you, local businesses and personal sponsors, to please help. We have 3 levels of sponsorship Gold, Silver, and Bronze. The Gold level you will have a banner up at all home games, your business announced at all home games, and your logo on any materials produced by Chiefs Baseball (i.e. annual programs and/or game programs). The Silver level will have announcements

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and logo placement, and for Bronze we will announce your support during all home games. Below is the amount of donation for each level: Gold: $750 or high Silver: $500 or higher Bronze: $250 or higher Any investment you can make will be greatly appreciated. On behalf of our baseball program and especially the baseball players themselves, I thank you in advance for your time and consideration of this request. Sincerely, Michael Peña, Head Baseball Coach

The Clairemont varsity baseball team, coached by Clairemont alum Mike Peña, is coming off a strong 2016 year with a record of 19-12 fueled by departed seniors Mike Jarvis and Michael Cortez. The Chieftains reached the quarterfinals last season, and due to their determination and product on the field, the team has moved up to Division 3 for the 2017 season. “It took us a lot of mental and physical reps during winter ball to get to where we ended up at seasons end,” junior catcher Griffin Catarius said reflecting on the past season. “All of the kids on this team have been playing with each other for five or seven years now. We have a special comradery not many other programs have.” Clairemont looks to continue their winning mentality this season as

captains Jim Jarvis and Catarius lead the Chieftains on the field during a retooling year. Only having two seniors, the Chieftains look to use their “young bucks” to their advantage. Juniors Parker Phillips and Gavin Nickel are a solid one-two punch on the mound. The double play combo of sophomores Jarvis and DJ Tinsley can not only defend their positions, but can swing well too. The Chieftains have aspirations to win their league and make the playoffs this year. They look for your continual support throughout the season. Come out to a ball game after work and watch the boys play. #PrideInTheTribe Stay in touch the team all year-round on Facebook - Clairemont High School Baseball For all Clairemont High School sports on Facebook - Clairemont Athletics And on Twitter - @CHSTribeVibe

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