Clairemont Times November 2016

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Cheers to Water! by Chris O’Connell

I held up my cup of water, looked it over, took a whiff and down the hatch. That was it; I just drank some Pure Water San Diego, or its previous alias/name “toilet to tap”. Years ago when I first heard about the concept my immediate reaction was well not thrilled, I pictured not clear water with what may or may not be something floating in my glass. After attending the Pure Water San Diego Open House on October 22nd at the Pure Water facility in the Miramar/UTC area I basically came to the conclusion, recycled water is happening there is no doubt about it. Drink up! During the open house/tour there were was ample opportunity to sample the goods and I did … one small cup. It tasted like water I am not sure given a blind taste I could pick out tap, bottled or Pure Water. The process is, of course complicated, but here is a quick and dirty. We have our water supply at Miramar Reservoir among other reservoirs in the county. That water is treated is distributed to all of San Diego. Now we introduce our new recycled water for everyday use, it A Pure Water San Diego employee holds up a sample of the finished product during the open house tour on 10/22/16

SEE Cheers to Water, page 9


Canyon Legacies by Joan Brosnan

I am a SD native, was raised in Clairemont and explored my canyon “backyard” as a child. Later, my husband and I walked and biked in the Tri Canyons with our sons. I look forward to walking and sharing the heritage of my nearby nature with my grandchildren. As a second career, I have been guiding students into Tecolote Canyon Natural Park, Marian Bear Memorial Park and Rose Canyon Open Space Park for several years, instilling wonder and gratefulness for our open space parks. When I am on the trail with the children and adults in my nearby open space, like Rose Canyon, we are listening, seeing, walking, touching, smelling, discovering, engaging in our neighborhood natural world. As someone who loves the nature preserved in our local canyons, I welcome the city’s plan to delete the Regents Road Bridge project that would slice through the scenic and peaceful heart of Rose Canyon Open Space Park. I am thankful for Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Sherri Lightner for their support to protect our incredible Rose SEE Canyon Legacies, page 8

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Welcome to another edition of the Clairemont Times. It’s a good thing there is not much going on in the neighborhood. I have a good friend who calls me on a regular basis describing what he sees on a daily basis across the canyon at the old Stevenson/Horizon school, change is happening folks. New housing is being built, a new trolley line has broken ground, a new Morena Blvd district will be happening these are exciting times! And as you read on page 1 I even drank some toilet err I mean recycled water. There is what I hope you will find a lot of interesting information in this edition. Out of the gate I wanted to mention an event happening up in UC the Fix It Clinic (p18). I attended one of these last year down at the central library and found it really interesting. We live in throw away times, but why not try and fix something and bring it back to life. We have a cool surf story this month, which I think many will

enjoy (p6). If you missed out on the turf replacement program in the past, there is some detailed information if you are thinking about changing up your landscape to more drought tolerant (p9). Lately, I am becoming more enamored with birds and butterflies around the yard so much that I find myself searching for specific plants at the nursery. As luck would have it an email came across about the monarch butterfly I hope you enjoy the piece on page 18. Well, there is a lot of other local information in this edition, which I hope you enjoy , heck the word poop even made it into this issue. As always, if you have questions, feel free to call or email me directly or 858 752 9779. Thank you all for your support. Chris O’Connell, Publisher

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Mesa College Student Honored for Chemistry Research San Diego Mesa College Welcomes the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Scholar Wins SACNAS Chemistry Award

Emmanuel Gutierrez-Alfonzo, a chemical engineering major at Mesa College

Bridges to the Baccalaureate scholar Emmanuel Gutierrez-Alfonzo from San Diego Mesa College was recently honored at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) annual National Research Conference in Long Beach, California for his chemistry research. The research that received the top undergraduate chemistry award at the Oct. 13-15 conference was conducted by Gutierrez-Alfonzo and his partner Jose Rizo, a former Mesa College Bridges scholar and current student studying molecular synthesis and pharmacological chemistry at University of California, San Diego. Working on what could be a potential anti-cancer drug, their organic chemistry research is based on creating the synthesis of compounds that are derivatives of Vitamin C, which are then linked up to fatty acids. Thus far, Rizo and Gutierrez-Alfonzo have been successful in the synthesis of these compounds, according to Chemistry Professor Edward Alexander, the Principal Investigator for Bridges. “These compounds inhibit the activity of enzymes that are responsible for the metabolism of glucose,” Alexander said. “Every living cell requires glucose to stay alive. The machinery that goes in to breaking down the glucose in the cell involves enzymes. If you can block the activity of these enzymes, you can block the ability of the enzymes to break down the glucose. If you block their ability to break down the glucose, then the glucose won’t be taken in as food, and the cells will die. Cancer cells require the glucose more than normal cells, so the cancer cells would die much more rapidly than the normal cells.” Gutierrez-Alfonzo is a chemical engineering major at Mesa College, with hopes to transfer to UCSD next fall semester. He is in his second year as a Bridges scholar and has been participating in this current research project for about three-quarters of a year. “Dr. Alexander did research a few years ago, and showed that Vitamin C

has inhibition properties to certain enzymes in the glycolysis process,” Gutierrez-Alfonzo said.“What it does is that it has the potential to stop the cancerous cell’s speed of growth by inhibiting those enzymes.” Originally inspired to enter the sciences by his high school chemistry courses, he said that the Bridges program has helped to guide his career as a scientist. “I was taking chemistry in high school and I liked it so much that I wanted to pursue it,” he said.“I think that [Bridges] helps me a lot because it is motivating me. When I first started taking chemistry classes, I didn’t have a good idea of where I wanted to go, but now being here, it is pushing me to want more than just a bachelor’s degree – I want to actually pursue my PhD.” A partnership between Mesa College and UCSD for the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program was launched 11 years ago by Mesa’s psychology Professor Jaye Van Kirk and Emeritus Professor Yoshito Kawahara. The program works to encourage the success of community college students majoring in science or psychology with plans to transfer to four-year colleges from historically underrepresented populations. The Bridges program is funded by grants from the National Institutes for Health and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Since it began, almost 100 students have participated, 98 percent of whom have transferred to a four-year school, and 95 percent of those who have transferred have graduated from those institutions. Many of the Bridges scholars have received or are continuing to pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from universities such as UCSD, UCLA and Cornell University, according to Alexander. Gutierrez-Alfonzo’s award is the second consecutive time that a Mesa Bridges scholar has taken the top recognition at the SACNAS, following biochemistry major Samantha Barrera who won last year. SACNAS strives to lead the nation in supporting “multicultural and multidisciplinary” inclusion in the fields of STEM research, according to their website. The annual, three-day conference includes training and mentoring for scientists with a Native American or Chicano/Hispanic cultural background. The next SACNAS National Conference takes place Oct. 19-21, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Community to our November Events on the Mesa As the air starts to cool down and fall prepares to transform into winter, community members are welcome to join San Diego Mesa College in the following events this November. Cosmos on the Mesa Mesa’s Math and Science Departments welcome you to their second annual open house. During the event, you can launch a rocket, use telescopes to gaze at the sun, navigate robots through planetary terrains and take a picture of yourself on the moon. This free event with snacks and drinks takes place on Saturday, Nov. 5th from 10am to 1pm at the Mesa College MS Complex. Visit for more information. Veteran’s Day Celebration Since appreciating our nation’s veterans should take more than a day,

we plan on celebrating them for a week! Come support our student veterans through our Veterans Resource Center Open House on Tuesday, Nov. 11th at 11am; and during the “Stories from Our Past” Veterans Panel on Wednesday, Nov. 12th at 12:30 pm For more information, visit Rise of the Machines Whether you’re someone studying the sciences, or simply interested in learning more, community members are welcome to join Mesa’s science community for the STEM Lecture Series. This month, check out Brad Hughes’ lecture on “The Rise of the Machines: How artificial intelligence is being used in phones, computers, and the human brain” on Tuesday, Nov. 15th at 7pm in the G-101 Auditorium. Visit for more information.

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whose life stories did not play out well. surfing. Men are so competitive. Women Surfboards. want to share the waves and have fun,” Fame, alcohol, marijuana and drugs got “I got the idea for my wings from Squaremont Duke Kahanamoku’s surfboard. Duke he said. the best of them. He, himself, endured He added with deep conviction,“I’ve what he calls his “ghetto period” after had carved a ‘v’ in his board and added seen the ocean die when people get hitting bottom following the breakup By Bill Swank wings,” said Frye.“I cut a wing out of aggressive and selfish and want to fight. with his first wife. cardboard and it became the template The waves just go away, but I’ve also Skip enjoys a tight partnership with for the other wing.” seen them come back when the vibes his second wife, Donna, a “I was really shy as a kid,” he are good.” disclosed.“I was hanging out with Mike environmental activist and former San Skip also maintains a soft spot and Diego City Council member. During the Hynson who also shaped and surfed for Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista tolerance for beginners.“I believe in 1980s, they helped each other Gordon and Smith. He was aggressive Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, with East Clairemont off in the distance. hoot a kook.” (Translation: encourage overcome demons and now devote and wanted to be the best surfer. He’d new surfers when they make search for the best surfers mistakes) and we’d watch them to In his youth, Skip was a learn. Mike was one of the handsome kid with curly stars in Endless Summer The Greek philosopher Plato noted, blond hair... the prototypical (Bruce Brown’s seminal “The natural function of the wing is to Southern California surfer. He 1966 surf movie). Mike got soar upwards...” won many tournaments, but his Hynson model in 1965 Hindus believe that wings symbolize and I got mine in 1966. there is little evidence of freedom. In Pre-Columbian cultures, championships in his shop. That’s when I made my wings represented flight from one He didn’t mention any of the logo.” world to another. following achievements Skip offers praise for Wings are the logo created and used Gordon and Smith.“They during our interview.They by 75-year-old surfing legend and were found online:The were my mentors and my Claremont native, Harry “Skip” Frye. International Surfing Hall of friends.” Surfing logos are big business. If you Fame (1991),The His father, Harry Frye, Sr., want to be a cool dude, you have to International Surfboard served aboard the aircraft L to R: Masa Rogers, Riiko Asone, Skip Frye, “Team Oji” (courtesy Skip have a cool board with a cool logo. Builders Hall of Fame (2006), carrier, U.S.S. Enterprise, Frye) Surfboards with the “Frye Wings” are The Huntington Beach during WWII. It was the among the most prized and valuable in Surfing Walk of Fame (2011), most decorated ship of the the world. The Huntington Beach Surfer’s Hall of their lives to worthy causes. war.The senior Frye was a man of The 1959 G&S trademark of Pacific Fame (2013) and The Skateboard Hall The reclusive Frye isn’t a soft touch, wings and the ocean, but he did not of Fame (2016). approve of surfing. In school, because he knows that he is a soft touch. Skip was known by his When he sees middle name, Richard Frye, homeless people but he named his first surf holding signs, he shop, Harry’s. Even after mentally flips a coin achieving success, his in his head. relationship with his father Sometimes he gives remained tenuous.The pain them money; lingers. sometimes he But there is a quiet 50th Anniversary Skip Frye decal (courtesy Skip Frye) spirituality to this aged surfer doesn’t.“I know they Skip Frye and Gordon & Smith surfboard logo may spend it on beer, but and success has not seduced (courtesy Skip Frye) after I give it, I forget it. him. Modestly he says,“God A visitor needs a bloodhound to find has blessed me with my craft Jesus taught us to give to the poor.” Beach surf pioneers Larry Gordon and this mystic’s shop.There’s no sign He’s been there... and ability. I don’t get caught up in all Floyd Smith is recognized as the first outside promoting the Stradivarius of Today, his face shows wear, but his that (fame); I downplay it.” mass-marketed surfing logo. Skip surfboards. His hours are a mystery... sad countenance disappeared when he Skip is a kind and friendly man who remembers the excitement of creating Skip doesn’t even know what they are. pointed with pride to a picture of has found inner peace. his own logo while working as a young His boards remain in high demand “Team Oji” which hangs on the wall He continued,“In 1994, I was in my shaper at Gordon and Smith and he is highly selective about his outside his shaping room. fifties and was walking on a beach in customers. Skip knows that as soon as “Oji means uncle in Japanese,” he France and realized it was one of his board goes out the door, it explained.“I surf with two Japanese important for me to be a good role girls: Masa Rogers and Riiko Asone.They immediately doubles, possibly triples, in model for surfing. I’m not perfect, price. call us Team Oji.They treat me like an but I try to be good to other This year marks the 50th anniversary uncle and they’ve become like family.” people.” of Frye Wings. He gave me a 50th “I like the energy women bring to Harold Reid, a friend since their anniversary decal. I’m going to be cool. days together at Pacific Beach I put it in the middle of the rear Junior High School, described the window of my car. essence of Skip Frye in an article This kook says thanks and Aloha, from the San Diego Skip Frye. Union-Tribune (March 15, (Addendum) Just as this November 2005).“He’s like the glide of the issue was going to press, I received a pelican. He’s part of the wave lengthy e-mail from my old friend and and takes whatever the wave has Mission Bay classmate, Floyd Smith. to offer.” His esteem for Skip Frye can be Skip grinned and expressed summarized in a few lines from his admiration for the ungainly message: pelicans and their smooth, “Skip is the most beloved surfer in graceful flight over the waves. He the world. He’s been surfing’s best respects the ocean and advocates ambassador for the past 50 years. Skip to keep it clean and pollution was G&S most prized employee…” free. He is well aware of the dark Skip Frye holds original wings logo templates Email: side to surfing. He has friends (photo by Bill Swank) Young Skip Frye (courtesy Skip Frye)

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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 Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

November is here with Daylight Saving ending, Election Day, Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving...but first is the Clairemont Woman’s Club meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd. at 1 p. m. Our speaker from Armstrong Nursery will discuss the care of Christmas plants...come and find out how to prolong the lives of your pointsettias and Christmas Cacti for enjoyment beyond the holidays. Refreshments will be served. We meet at the Balboa Community Church, 6555 Balboa Ave. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church parking lot. Our major fundraiser,” Bunco with a Purpose” will be for the benefit of the Boys and Girls Club on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. on March 25th at the Comedy Palace also on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. The Club helps local youths to keep on the safe and narrow path with their wonderful programs and counseling. More to follow. We are also sponsoring a scholarship fundraiser for Clairemont and Madison High Schools at the Outback in Town

Square of Friday, Jan. 27. Two graduating senior girls will receive $1000 scholarships. This is part of our commitment to education. Tickets are $15 for lunch and would make great stocking stuffer gifts. Contact Wendy at 858 578 6266. We try to fulfill our club’s objectives of social concerns, civic interests and educational activities and in addition to having fun with trips,lunches, book club and get togethers. We are also contributing food items for CCSA to give to families in need for their Thanksgiving dinners. Our December meeting will be a holiday lunch for members at the Butcher Shop. We will meet again at the Balboa Church on Wednesday, Jan. 4th. Don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK on Nov. 6 and to vote on Nov. 8th. Happy Thanksgiving to all!! 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.

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 Visit Lifeline Community Outreach on Facebook

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St. Catherine Labouré Catholic Church 4124 Mt. Abraham Ave., San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 277-3133 Weekend Mass Times Saturday 5:30pm Sunday 8:00, 9:30, 11:00am, 1:00pm/Spanish St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool 5050 Milton Street, San Diego CA 92110 Sunday Worship Times: 8am Holy Communion Rite I (Traditional) 10:30am Holy Communion Rite II (Contemporary) Childcare available Sunday’s from 9am to Noon For information on advertising your place of worship in the Religious Directory please call or email Chris O’Connell, Publisher (858) 752-9779

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Canyon greenbelt. This old plan from the 1960’s would bulldoze six acres of Rose Canyon and build a high speed road through the park as well as a bridge. “Studies show outdoor time helps children grow lean and strong, enhances imaginations and attention spans, decreases aggression, and boosts classroom performance. In addition, children who spend time in nature regularly are shown to become better stewards of the environment.” National Wildlife Federation. Our open space canyons contain diverse communities and homes for many different species of insects, mammals, birds and reptiles that are unique to our Mediterranean environment and canyon habitats. Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior said, “Creating the next generation of outdoor stewards is especially important in cities, particularly as our population becomes increasingly urban. It is critically important to help everybody discover the green spaces within our communities.” The Tri Canyon system of Marian

Bear Memorial Park, Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Rose Canyon Open Space Park contain natural and cultural history unique to our region. For our communities these canyons are all that remain as undeveloped natural landscape. These canyons provide the citizens of Clairemont, Linda Vista and University City with scenic vistas, the preservation of natural resources, outdoor recreation, and other benefits to health and well-being. The history of the Tri Canyon system (Tecolote Canyon, Marian Bear and Rose Canyon) is a tale of battles fought by concerned and impassioned residents within the Linda Vista, Clairemont and University City communities for over 20 years to protect and keep their unique canyon environment from encroaching development. Soon, you can join in expressing your concern and support by sending the message that we as a community support the preservation of the beauty, peace and nearby natural landscape in Rose Canyon Open Space Park. We want to continue the legacy for the next generation of canyon stewards by protecting our nearby nature.

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will be pumped to the Pure Water facility (on Eastgate Mall UTC/Miramar area) treated through a through a 5 step process: Ozonation, Biological Activated Carbon, Membrane Filtration, Reverse Osmosis and finally Ultraviolet Light/Advanced Oxidation. The water will then be pumped back to the Miramar Reservoir and mixed in with the water we receive originally from the Colorado River. This new mixed water will be 10 parts Colorado to 1 part Pure Water. Impact on Clairemont and Bay Park A new pumping station will be built on Sherman Street, which will pump 32MGD (million gallons per day) through two 10.5 mile pipes

along West Morena Blvd up Clairemont Drive to Genesee Ave through University City to the facility in UTC/Miramar. The map was vague and the person I spoke with did not have a specific pinpoint route in detail, I would anticipate a presentation in the not too distant future at the local Clairemont Planning Group Meeting. I will update as more information becomes available. Pure Water it is coming to a faucet near you by 2021, I urge people to visit the facility, take a tour, ask specific questions and learn about the process. For more information, visit or call/visit the facility on 4949 Eastgate Mall, 92121 or (619) 533-7572

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New Incentive Available for Sustainable Landscape Projects Application period opens for rebates up to $1.75 per square foot for residential landscapes that achieve multiple environmental benefits The San Diego Sustainable Landscapes Program partnership is offering a new grant-funded financial incentive for qualified participants who upgrade residential turf lawns to landscapes that provide multiple environmental benefits. Incentive recipients are required to comply with a set of rigorous design criteria that includes water-efficient plants and irrigation equipment, rainwater capture and detention features, and soil amendments to improve water efficiency. Qualified applicants can receive up to $1.75 per square foot toward eligible project costs for upgrading 500 to 3,000 square feet of existing turf areas. Funding for incentives is limited, and will be reserved for completed and approved applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in participating must be ratepayers within the service areas of the San Diego County Water Authority or the California American Water Co., and must not remove their turf grass before receiving an official “Notice to Proceed” from the

program. For additional information about eligibility requirements and how to apply, go to centives. These incentives are a pilot project of the Sustainable Landscapes Program, which helps homeowners transform their landscapes into beautiful, climate-appropriate mini-watersheds that not only save water, but achieve additional benefits such as reducing storm water runoff and lessening green waste. Incentive program participants must follow a detailed set of environmentally friendly landscaping practices to ensure their projects achieve this heightened level of sustainability and qualify for the rebate. In addition to the incentives, the Sustainable Landscapes Program offers a suite of other resources for homeowners, including a 71-page San Diego Sustainable Landscape Guidelines publication, landscaping classes and materials, and technical assistance through personalized design coaching. For more information, visit The Sustainable Landscapes

Program partnership includes the Association of Compost Producers, the California American Water Co., the City of San Diego, the County of San Diego, the Surfrider Foundation, and the San Diego County Water Authority, which is the lead agency. This program was made possible by grants awarded by the California Department of Water Resources. There is currently approximately $500,000 in grant funds to provide the rebate. The Water Authority expects to soon receive another DWR grant to continue the program that would raise the total funding available for rebates to approximately $1.1 million. This more-holistic approach to landscape design is part of the Water Authority’s efforts to promote water efficiency as a way of life in the San Diego region, no matter the weather. The Water Authority launched its Live WaterSmart campaign in July to promote the many available opportunities for homeowners and businesses to make the most of every drop. To learn more, go to

Key Requirements for Participants Seeking Sustainable Landscapes Program (SLP) Incentives Existing Natural Turf Area The proposed project area must currently have natural turf grass. Brown or dead turf is acceptable. 500-3,000 Square Feet The turf area to be replaced must be at least 500 square feet. The maximum turf area eligible for a rebate is 3,000 square feet. Existing Irrigation System The proposed project area must currently have an operational, in ground irrigation system. Site Inspections A pre-conversation site inspection is mandatory to verify that proposed sites meet the physical requirements. Selected properties may be subject to post-conversion site inspections for compliance verification. RainWater Capture A project goal is to capture the first flush of rain on site (1 inch of rain within the first 24 hours of rainfall.) Participants will be required to calculate the amount of rainwater captured from onsite impermeable surfaces and the volume of detention areas capturing rainwater, such as swales or rain barrels. Eligibility Restrictions Converted turf areas may not include artificial turf, other turf-like grasses or invasive species. Sites using recycled or well water for irrigation and sites that are hand-watered due to the lack of an irrigation system are not eligible. Eligibility of Prior Rebate Recipients If a program applicant has previously participated in a turf replacement rebate program and wishes to upgrade an additional space, the area of the previous turf replacement may be deducted from the SLP’s allowable 3,000 sq. feet of incentivized upgrades. The remaining project area would be eligible to receive an SLP incentive. For a list of SLP incentive program requirements, go to

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Beers by the Bay Ballast Point after a Year by Brian Riehm

Ballast Point Brewing has always been one of my favorite spots for craft beer consumption. San Diego craft beer drinkers were wondering about the implications of the sale of Ballast Point to Constellation Brands about a year ago, which owns Modelo, Corona, and Pacifico. Does it presage big changes in the local industry? I paid two visits to chronicle any change, once to take a

home brewing class and once to sample beer. Ballast Point has four San Diego locations; 5401 Linda Vista Road, the Home Brew Mart, being the location closest to most Clairemont Times readers. Beer making classes are taught and home brewing supplies sold there. I took an extract brewing class, which shortcuts the beer making steps that extract the sugars from the malted barley (mashing) by using prepackaged extract directly. The availability of malt extracts allows the beginning brewer to start learning before investing in the more expensive equipment needed for mashing. It also saves time. The brewing class is also a great introduction into the science of beer making, explained in easy to understand terms. Understanding the basic vocabulary and why the brewing steps are needed is a great aid in making good beer. The emphasis on sanitation throughout the whole process was stressed for its importance in controlling the taste and quality of the end product. The class lasted about two hours; but we were given tickets to sample some of the craft beer in the tasting room and given a break at the half-way mark. I felt confident of my ability to take my second crack at brewing, but haven’t done so yet. Overall, the beer making class was a great experience, and really reflects Ballast Points’ dedication to its roots in the home

brewing culture of San Diego. A few weeks after the beer-making class, I returned to sample some beers in the tasting room side of the Linda Vista facility. They have some great original art from their marketing on the wall, and they put up some sports on two big screens. The layout is unpretentious, with solid wood tables, benches, and chairs. There is typically a food truck out back; San Diego Poke Company served up a great spicy salmon poke for my brother Dean and my son on this trip. It’s always good to have great food to go with great beer. My sampling started with Pescadero Pilsner, a nice hoppy pils with a little extra grain in the taste. Next, I tried

Alt-Hands on Deck, alt-bier is a German style that uses top-fermenting yeast, like an ale but is fermented at colder temperatures. This sample tasted better as it warmed up with the caramel malt flavor coming out. Another traditional style is the Extra Special Bitter or ESB, with BP serving up California Amber in this category. Most English ales of this style aren’t as well hopped; there was a little resinous finish here. Pumpkin Down is a pumpkin and yam version of the Piper Down Scottish Ale.That makes for a great combination, as Ballast Point keeps the pumpkin flavor subtle, allowing the sweetness of the base ale to come through. Lastly, I tried a “roots to boots” Biere De Garde. Roots to Boots is a program that allows employees to experiment with new offerings and keeps with the home brewing traditions of Ballast Point. This was my favorite beer of the afternoon, a Belgian style with lots of banana and cinnamon notes. Ballast Point delivers as broad a range of styles of any brewery in San Diego. They never disappoint and I am glad to see that their new owners haven’t altered their formula for success. 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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San Diego Councilmember Lorie Zapf’s Bureaucracy Buster Important Numbers to Connect with Government Agencies City of San Diego Get it Done App.

Emergency 9-1-1 SDPD Non-emergency: 619-531-2000 SD Fire Non-emergency: 619-533-4300 SD Lifeguards Non-emergency: 619-221-8899 Flooding Hotline: 619-235-1000 Trash/Environmental Services: 858-694-7000 Code Enforcement: 619-236-5500 Sewer Hotline: 619-515-3525 Streets Division: 619-527-7500 Parks and Rec: 619-525-8213 Port of San Diego: 619-686-6200 Airport Authority: 619-400-2404

COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO Supervisor Ron Roberts: 619-531-5544 Tax Collector/Treasurer Dan McAllister: 877-829-4732 Registrar of Voters: 858-565-5800 Assessor/Recorder Ernie Dronenburg, Jr.: 619-236-3771 Jury Commissioners Office: 619-450-5757 County of San Diego Animal Services: 619-767-2675

Victims Services Hotline: 619-531-4041 Behavioral Health Services/Crisis Line: 888-724-7240 Aging & Independence Services: 800-510-2020 Adult Protective Services: 800-510-2020 Dept. of Child Support Services: 866-901-3212 Child Welfare Services: 858-694-5191

STATE OF CALIFORNIA Governor Edmund G.Brown: 916-445-2841 Senator Marty Block: 619-645-3133 Assemblymember Toni Atkins: 619-645-3090 Secretary of State: 916-653-6814 Medi-Cal: 866-262-9881 Franchise Tax Board: 800-852-5711 Board of Equalization: 800-400-7115 DMV: 800-777-0133/ Bureau of Real Estate: 877-373-4542 CHP Patrol Non-emergency: 858-650-3600 Division of Corporations: 619-525-4233 Cal Fire: 619-590-3100

Recently San Diego City Councilmember Lorie Zapf and her staff published a list of useful numbers which I thought would be helpful to share with the readers.

Alcohol Beverage Control: 619-525-4064 Coastal Commission: 619-767-2370

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Senator Barbara Boxer: 619-239-3884 Senator Dianne Feinstein: 619-231-9712 Congressman Scott Peters: 858-455-5550 Congresswoman Susan Davis: 619-280-5353 Social Security: 800-772-1213 IRS: 619-321-5950 IRS Taxpayer Advocate: 877-777-4778 Housing & Urban Development: 619-578-7608 SD Veterans Administration: 858-552-8585 Medicare: 800-633-4227 FEMA: 800-621-3362 US Citizenship and Immigration Services: 800-375-5283 FCC: 888-225-5322 EPA: 866-372-9378

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New Online Tool Makes it Easy to See San Diego’s Streets Data and Road Repairs by Scott Sherman

San Diego City Councilmember, District 7 The City of San Diego has launched an interactive web application called “StreetsSD.”The tool allows residents to view street conditions and repair data for San Diego’s entire 3,000 mile street network. In past years, residents have had trouble finding information and were forced to sift through reams of paperwork and spreadsheets to find an update on their street. Now, all the information can be found at their fingertips. StreetsSD provides the following information: • What streets have been fixed recently • The latest condition status of a street • Historical assessment data • Which streets are scheduled for upcoming repair • How far along the City is on its

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road repair goal Street repair information will be updated quarterly to the website while citywide assessments are point-in-time studies that will remain unchanged. The Performance & Analytics Department developed this interactive tool in-house to help the public keep track of the street repair program and hold the City accountable. Another public benefit to StreetsSD is that the City is making the computer code behind – written by the Performance and Analytics Department publicly available for San Diego startups, innovators, and other government agencies wishing to deploy a similar tool. Unlike other cities with street maps, which typically require staff to manually update the data, the StreetsSD map will automatically pull information from the City’s internal system quarterly, sparing City staff any extra efforts to keep the map updated and minimizing human error. The new website continues our efforts to modernize and reform city operations. To check out the new tool, please visit:

Mad Dogs and Street Fighters How an underfunded candidate can worm onto the San Diego City Council

IEWPOINT Money is not always the milk of politics and perception is not always reality. Have you ever wondered where all those contributions go in City Council elections? There is only so much campaigning one can do in these relatively small districts and both the primary and general elections are not held city wide. So why is it implied that without gobs of do re me, one is perceived as a lower tier candidate? Along with being worthy and qualified there needs to be a celestial alignment in favor of the poor man’s candidate. This alignment is rare, but achievable. For example: Being a resident of the district for nearly fifty years, serving on several community organizations, working as an organizer and activist and walking everywhere while cultivating friendships is a big plus.Writing prolifically for local media will also further the cause. What is more noble than a man with few resources winning over a well healed opponent? I believe the voters recognize this quality in candidates, but unfortunately it is the media that pigeonholes an underfunded candidate as incapable of victory. So the perception becomes a reality and here comes the slippery slope.A few years ago, a candidate in my district was given over one hundred thousand dollars by a developer.Was this tidy sum dispensed over the contenders seven handicap as a

golfer? Obviously not, we all know about the prostitution of political candidates. Why does someone need one hundred thousand dollars to run in a small geographical district where eye contact is worth more than a greenback.Where on earth did all of that money go in the first place? If a candidate needs so much money in order to get elected to our San Diego City Council, the voters ought to ask how they will manage our public tax dollars.Any person running for public office who squeezes blood out of a turnip on the stump will most likely be a good steward of our public coffers. Think of all the waste in local political campaigns.Who needs to rent out space in a retail center in order to run for office? Who needs to pay fancy campaign managers and consultants exorbitant amounts of money? There are countless folks who would gladly volunteer in the name of a worthy candidate.The cost of mailing an eight by eleven glossy flyer to most district voters is probably around forty thousand dollars. Outside of this expense, I find it unreasonable to spend any more funds. Just walk, walk some more and keep walking.When the stars are aligned you will win, but never give up. Daniel J Smiechowski has been a resident of Clairemont since 1967 and can be reached at or 858.220.4613

Tell the City: Wetlands Matter! The City of San Diego has a chance to restore habitat for wildlife, protect our communities from climate change, create cleaner water for all of Mission Bay, and give San Diegans a chance to play in nature in our own backyard. But they need to know we care. Join us and make your voice heard. De Anza Revitalization Plan Community Meeting Monday, November 7th at 6pm

Mission Bay High School The City’s De Anza Revitalization Plan covers part of ReWild Mission Bay’s study area. How the City chooses to revitalize De Anza impacts how we can restore the vital wetlands ReWild is trying to protect. For more information about both these projects visit: &

Out and About

Drive Bridge over the 5. Clearly, something has to be done for better access to and from Mission Bay via bikes and pedestrians. A consensus was not really reached; however, there is improvement for upgrades, with basic restriping of lanes presented by city staff. It will still be treacherous, but hopefully city staff, Caltrans, and other entities can come to a solution and revisit this important issue to satisfy all or most. It would be a waste with all the changes happening in the area not to address a critical/safe need for pedestrian and bike to the bay. Two ideas which have been brought up recently and in the past is a bridge for just bikes and pedestrians from Morena Blvd over to Mission Bay Drive. While it sounds great it could be a tough sell, finding the money to build such a structure could be a challenge. In addition the engineering while not impossible could be tricky. Starting a bridge at some level grade on Morena rising/arcing up over the 5 then arcing back down to Mission Bay Drive. Both sides could possibly need a ramp or switchbacks or even an elevator to rise up and over the 5, however if funding is not an issue it would be great. The best access to and from Mission Bay is still the Clairemont Drive overpass (just my two cents). The idea of utilizing/enhancing the median down the middle of the road for bikes and pedestrians as a protected/designated path could be the best solution. From Denver street the median could be accessed on a designated signal right down and over to Mission Bay with the same type of format reversed. Of course it sounds easier said than done, money is always an issue, engineering as well. If you have an opinion/comment/thoughts all public planning meetings have public comment at the beginning share your two cents. Lastly, if you do have thoughts on the Morena Blvd Area Plan the city is seeking public comment on the scope of work. Email your comments to: Or put a pen to paper and send along your comments to: Rebecca Malone, AICP City of San Diego Planning Department 1010 Second Ave, Suite 1200, MS 413 SD, CA 92101

by Chris O’Connell So by now we all know Keil’s has closed, Sprouts will be filling their spot into a bigger store in roughly one year. Because of the bigger Sprouts moving in some tenants are relocating within the plaza (see Clairemont Village Barbershop p9). The 99 Ranch Market has opened in the former Albertson’s/Haggen on Balboa Ave. Some by the numbers tidbits: Why the #99? 99 means longevity and prosperity in Chinese. 2 & 42. This is the 2nd store in Clairemont/Kearny Mesa & the 42nd store overall spanning California, Nevada, Texas and Washington with future stores planned for New Jersey & Oregon. 126 jobs created at the Balboa Store both part/full time. 50,000 & 279.The new store is 50,000 square feet and has 279 parking spaces. Future Grocery Stores? The lot at Clairemont Drive and Morena Blvd “Bayview Plaza”. A developer (Protea Properties) has purchased the parcel and made it known publicly there could be a future grocery store/mixed use in that location. There is still a lot to be sorted out with the property as SANDAG is working through the eminent domain process in the area, as their desire is to be staging for construction of the Mid Coast Trolley, then a parking lot for trolley users and possible future development. This is an ongoing situation, updates will be provided as they become available. The newest talk of a potential grocery store would be further down on West Morena Blvd at the Jeromes, Petco parcels south of Tecolote Rd. A developer will be presenting “a concept” of potential development including mixed use, residential, office, and grocery store at the Linda Vista Planning Group Ad Hoc Subcommittee meeting on 12/5 at the Humane Society (see Morena Public Meetings graphic in this edition). All this talk about food stores check out our new advertiser, Bay Park’s own Siesel’s Old Fashioned Meats/Deli on page 11 offering some great specials this month! Clairemont Drive Overpass Lastly, there was a public meeting earlier in October with the City of San Diego and Caltrans about the Clairemont

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Regents Road Bridge & CEQA A Standoff between Three Factions Commentary by: Louis Rodolico

In 2006 City Council voted to build the Regents Road Bridge.The anti-bridge coalition did not accept that council vote. Embracing CEQA, they sued the city.They got a judge, that’s one person, to say that the EIR was defective.They also worked hard in 2008 to send Sherri Lightner to city council.They got a 2010 city council subcommittee vote to table correcting the EIR for the bridge, by one vote, so that’s one person again.They loaded the Planning Group with anti-bridge board members and put a Registered Lobbyist in as chair.The local University “newsletter”, UCCA, provided little or no “news” of the Regents Road Bridge, implying its demise. I went to my first UCPG bridge sub-committee meeting on October

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20th.There was a level headed discussion about TRA (traffic) items. I agreed with many of the TRA discussion points, but disagreed with the group’s position not to build the Regents Road Bridge. I was, however, taken aback at the anger directed towards Lightner’s representative. Both anti-bridge and pro-bridge coalitions do not want alternate 9.2.3 PEIR (pdf page 995) which is the widening of Genesee to six lanes and the construction of a two-way multi lane tunnel under Genesee Avenue, beginning south of the High School and ending north of Route 52.This 120 million dollar monster was recently recommended by City Planning. It turns Genesee into a high volume super road with striping that eliminates the only north-south bike lanes on a 7 mile stretch between I-5 and Kearny Villa Road. With the capacity of an Interstate it demands extensive

upgrades to surrounding intersections and destroys more mature trees than the construction of the 60 million dollar Regents Road Bridge. It provides 12 to 14 lanes at the Governor Genesee intersection, if you include the tunnel and turning lanes.There were 12 lanes in the original plan, which included four lanes each at 3 roads: Genesee Avenue, Regents Road and the Governor Drive to I-5 connector. Of the three only Genesee Avenue crosses Rose Canyon. What about the Standoff you ask? Here goes; the pro-bridge and anti-bridge groups disagree on the Regents Road Bridge but neither wants the Genesee widening or a tunnel. Anti-bridge and planning agree on no bridge, but disagree on the need for additional north south lanes and the Genesee tunnel. Pro-bridge and

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planning agree that more north south lanes are needed, but disagree on whether to use a bridge or tunnel to add lanes. As the three giants circle Westfield Mall pokes pins in Planning because it wants the 12 to 14 Genesee lanes to bring in all those shoppers from the south. Westfield did not put out half a million dollars to get rid of the bridge without a quid-pro-quo.This hot mess goes to city council on December 5th. Welcome to CEQA. There is a popular belief that if we limit the north south lanes to a total of 4 lanes then UTC will stop its expansion; it hasn’t worked so far, much to the chagrin of innovation district enthusiasts. It has delayed some UTC projects as they purchase the required “Trips”.There have been 3 valid community surveys that show about two thirds of the community wants the bridge. I have a proposal where everyone

has to give, so it has to be close. Here goes; build the Regents Road Bridge but compromise with two vehicle lanes with diagonal striping and bike lanes as in the Striping Schematic illustration. At Genesee eliminate the tunnel and restripe so there are four vehicle lanes with diagonal striping and bike lanes similar to the illustration.The diagonal striping and bike lanes can be used by emergency responders when necessary. University is almost completely built out, but UTC development continues unabated, so why are we removing planned roads that are needed to support this new & existing development? There is a rush to get the bridge off the plan before several thousand new “Trips” hit our community. I am in favor of building a Regents Road Bridge which is needed to safely and uniformly serve new and existing development. We need to complete all our planned roads. Communities with inadequate road systems have longer ambulance travel times. When a patient does not have a pulse, too often, a delayed ambulance cannot raise a pulse.The additional time to an emergency room is all too often fatal. One of the major causes of emergency responder fatalities is vehicular accidents. If we say we support them, we should back it up with adequate roads. I understand the naturalist

argument, but it can be made for any bridge ever built. A more successful argument could have been made before development in which case the road configurations and development densities would have been much different. Building the bridge improves: traffic, conflagration egress, emergency response times, pedestrian-cyclist safety and lowers our carbon load by 10 million pounds a year.The Executive Summary Table ES-1 in the Final PEIR (pdf page 508) is a long list of items that cannot be mitigated if the bridge is taken off the plan. I am hoping council crafts a vote that approves; PEIR Chapter 9, Alternate 9.2.2 (pdf page 986) “Construction of the Regents Road Bridge and No Widening of Genesee Avenue Alternative” with language that clarifies striping, maybe as shown in the illustration. With this I would not see any improvement in my property value. But I would have assisted other community members who, like myself, long for a more sane traffic solution and do not want to leave deaths and injuries on the table. Update: On 10/27 the recommendation from the City Planning Commission voted 6-0 to keep the Regent Rd bridge in the Community Plan. Louis A. Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001.

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San Diego International Film Festival by Lolo & Big J

This past month, we were fortunate enough to attend this year’s San Diego International Film Festival as members of the press. The ‘festival pass’ grants pass-holders entry into all of the fun parties, informative movie panels, lounges, and most importantly, film screenings. A few celebrities were even honored at this year’s awards ceremony, including Kate Beckinsale, Simon Helberg, Jason Mitchell, and Annette Bening. As film reviewers, we were interested in catching as many films as possible and were lucky enough to see quite a few over the four day affair. Despite the outrageous cost of parking at Horton Plaza, the 90+ degree heat each day of the festival, and the massive construction going on at UTC, it was all worth it in the end. We saw 10 different movies/series of short films in 4 days and had a blast doing it! Here are some of the highlights from SDiFF 2016. “Borrowed Time” - A short film made by two Pixar animators in their off time,“Borrowed Time” is impeccably animated, crisp and polished, and also packs a heck of a punch emotionally. Though it uses minimal dialogue, it is still tremendously effective in its execution. 7.5/10. (Google “Borrowed Time” and you should be able to watch this short online via “The Eagle Huntress” Documentaries are often very depressing and dower in their subject matter.“The Eagle Huntress” is a rare documentary that is not only inspirational, but is also uplifting, sweet, touching, and extremely moving. The protagonist, Aisholpan, has infectious smile and will stop at nothing to become the first female eagle hunter in her community. A must see! 9/10. (released in the US on Nov. 2nd, 2016) “Fear, Inc.” - Though Halloween has just passed,“Fear, Inc.” is the perfect choice for those who are not quite willing to let the holiday go just yet. It will satisfy horror lovers no matter the month! It’s a breezy, awesomely gory, well paced slasher with an interesting concept and a lot of laughs. 7.5/10. (available now on all video on demand services) “Julieta” - Directed by the incomparable Pedro Almodóvar, “Julieta” is an honest, character driven story about a woman writing a letter to her daughter about all of choices she has made in her life that put her where she is right now. Full of excellent acting, breathtaking visuals, and a compelling story, it’s no wonder why Spain has chosen this film as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Academy Award race. 8.5/10. (released in the US on Dec. 21st, 2016) “Moom” - A deeply moving story told within a very short time period, “Moom” packs so much emotion into such a little box. Brilliantly created and beautifully animated, we both found ourselves touched by this fantastic animated short, one that we hope gets noticed come Oscar season! 10/10. (n/a) “Partners” - It’s truly incredible what filmmakers can accomplish in well structured, well made short films! “Partners” is both relatable and honest

in the way it displays a fight between lovers, but it also has a wonderful underlying humor to it all as it ends with a simple display of affection even through bickering. 8/10. (n/a) “Snake Bite” - Though we have no way of knowing if this short film will ever be released, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention “Snake Bite,” one of the most daring things we watched during the San Diego film festival. As a group of young friends searches the woods for snakes, one of boys is bitten, but instead of risking the time it would take to get an adult, drastic measures are taken to save his life...and it may not end how you’d expect. We loved this tense short film. 8.5/10. (n/a) 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. Visit our blog: follow us on Social Media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter @lololovesfilms

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Clairemont Postal Connections Rallies Community to “Share Your Story” for Veterans Day Local Store Launches Book Donation Drive for Military Men and Women

If you are looking for the perfect gift this holiday season, send along a copy of Christmas in San Diego by Squaremont columnist Bill Swank. “Bill Swank, the author, knows a few things about holiday cheer. Since 2002, he has been Santa Claus at the annual December Nights celebration in Balboa Park.” -San Diego Union-Tribune

“If you’re looking for a true treasure to share with someone on your holiday gift list, a copy of Bill Swank’s Christmas in San Diego is ideal.” -East County Magazine “If you love both Christmas and San Diego, I know you’ll treasure this book. It’s loaded with history, local traditions and hundreds of fun, very unique photos. Read Christmas in San Diego, and you will be able to peer into Santa’s heart.” For information on how you can purchase an autographed copy, email

In honor of Veterans Day, San Diego’s Postal Connections is rallying to “Share Your Story” in a community-wide book donation drive. Books are being accepted through Friday, November 11, Postal Connections is partnering with Operation Paperback to gather gently used paperback books to donate to active troops and veterans in need. Clairemont Postal Connections will be accepting donations from local residents, businesses and community members to send to troops serving overseas and on U.S. soil. Books must be gently used paperbacks that are in good condition (i.e., no books that are old, musty, yellow with bent spines or ripped covers). Suggested book genres include action, bestsellers, biographies and memoirs, fantasy, history, horror, mysteries, science fiction, true crime and children’s books for military

families. Educational and homeschool materials are also welcome. “The men and women who have served and continue to serve our country are making one of the greatest sacrifices there is,” said Fred Morache, COO of Postal Connections. “We are proud to be teaming up with Operation Paperback to provide veterans and active duty troops with books donated by the people back home who truly appreciate the work they do to protect us all.” In addition to overseas locations, Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs and veterans hospitals located across the U.S., as well as USO centers at U.S. airport transit points. The organization has more than 19,000 volunteers from all 50 states, forming a network of shippers that send upwards of 15,000 books every month to troops. For more information on Operation Paperback visit: Clairemont Postal Connections San Diego is located at 4231 Balboa Ave. San Diego, CA 92117 (858) 483-1909 or visit: also see page 16

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Talking Music with Gary Hyde:

This month - Austin Steele This month we’re going to talk with songwriter, producer, and band leader Austin Steele. I have written songs with Austin, produced with him and jammed with him. He does so many things so well, I’m sure he has a long successful career ahead of him. Gary Hyde (GH): Before we start do you want to shout out to your relatives that live in Clairemont. Austin Steele (AS): Hello to my grandparents who all live in Clairemont. Bev, Bob, Robbie, and Alice. I am starving out here in LA and am in need of a home cooked meal. GH: I know you’re the leader of the Hip-Hop/Pop group Super Groupie and you have a solo career but today tell us about your Indie rock band Creature Canyon. AS: Yes, Creature Canyon was formed in the middle of some downtime that I had with Super Groupie, and also the other members’ former band “Viva Apollo”. We are from the same area, and just started to slowly play music together until it formed into actual songs. GH: You guys have a new CD out that you recorded in one long session. Kind of like the early Beatles did it. What made you go that route and how did you like the results. AS: I wanted to approach how we recorded to be as natural sounding and feeling as it could be, because all

my life I had been recording into a computer doing 100’s of tracks and takes. So we practiced the songs a million times until we were like, we have to record them now. The only way that you can be successful in a session like that is to put in the pre production, which led us to go in and play these songs that we had mastered. Kind of like the Doors, or the Rolling Stones. GH: You just did a small tour, how did it go? AS: It was great! I am a strong believer, coming from San Diego that you HAVE to get outside here and play as much, and as far away as you can. It’s hard to have a show every week out here and ask your friends to come out every time in your hometown. We learned a lot being on the road for the first time. It definitely takes a lot out of you. We played at a bar, then a donut shop, then to a real venue. It was really fun. GH: What gigs do you have coming up? AS: We will be playing at The Irenic on November 10th. It is a gig to raise awareness about the homeless youth. We are playing with Halo Circus, their singer was 3rd place on American Idol the year Adam Lambert was on. (Allison Iraheta). Also, a band called Ocelot, who I have heard a lot of cool things about. Also, we just booked a gig at NAAM in January. GH: You are spending a lot of time in L. A. lately, how do you like it. AS: Other than the smog, I love it. It is where I need to be because it’s a melting pot for the music industry. There is just an energy that suites me well. GH: With so many projects tell us about your songwriting approach. AS: My songwriting approach I would say is to be as open to everything as you can. I think that

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starts with my wide taste for all types of music. That lets me have a taste, or an opinion to where I think the song, but more importantly the feel should go. And my secret is to mix them all up in the right batch.

GH: Anything else you want to say? AS: Thanks for the interview Gary and for being a mentor to me. Everyone, check out and get a free download of our single “Life I Know”

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School News Grant Helps Sequoia Elementary Start STEM Robotics Program San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer recently joined students, staff and community members, as well as representatives from Chevron and, to kick off the new STEM robotics program at Sequoia Elementary School in Clairemont. As part of its “Fuel Your School” initiative, Chevron and provided $1,500 to the school to start a robotics program and delivered classroom supplies for a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) project. As part of the “Let the Fun Begin! Lego Robotics and Coding” project, fifth grade students unboxed gifted Lego robotics and coding kits, and got to participate in a hands-on interactive science lesson led by their teacher, Gregory Roy. Roy applied and was granted the funds. Sequoia Elementary has built the STEM lab in order to strenthen its STEM curriculum, as it feeds into one of the best technology schools in the district, Innovation Middle School. Innovation Middle School Improvements - A 3 phase project is slated to begin soon to improve Innovation Middle School Phase 1 will be demolition of the existing administration building, and construction of a new, two-story administration/locker/classroom building and associated work; Phase 2 whole site modernization of buildings 01, 03, 04, 06, multi-purpose room building 05, restroom building 07, and associated work; and Phase 3 demolition of portable buildings (B-13 – B-18), modernization of the existing student restrooms in building 04, fire alarm in science and library buildings, and the remainder of site work. Funding for this project is from Propositions S Funds and Z Funds New LED Marquee Signs for 3 local schools Bay Park Elementary A new marquee is proposed for installation at BPE.The marquee would be single-sided and double-pole mounted.The new addition to the campus would be 7 feet-11 inches tall,



Madison Keeps St. Augustine from Marching In The Madison High Warhawks clawed the St. Augustine Saints by a final score of 56-42 in a Western League football game played at Mesa College in early October. Senior quarterback,Terrell Carter, completed 13/23 passes for 275 yards and 4 touchdowns and ran for 38 yards

and the display face would be approximately 6 feet by 9 feet.The screen would display in colored LED (light-emitting diode) and would be capable for text and animation displays. The existing double-sided marquee sign would be removed, and the proposed single-sided marquee would be installed at an angle close to the corner of the school building near the intersection of Denver Street and Jellett Street. Hawthorne Elementary There is an existing manual changeable letter (non digital) marquee on the campus, which is mounted onto the face of the existing administration building along Lehrer Drive which will remain.The proposed marquee would be 5 foot by 9 foot, single sided, and would include an internally illuminated full color LED (light emitting diode), dimmable, and timer controlled display. The proposed marquee would be mounted onto the face of the existing assembly/cafeteria building along Lehrer Drive and would be used to presentschool and District related information to school attendees and the general public regarding the school’s affairs. Since the marquee would be wall mounted to an existing school building, no electrical trenching would be required. Kearny Mesa High School The project includes the removal and replacement of the existing marquee with one 5’ x 12’ foot, full color, dual sided LED marquee mounted on the two poles currently supporting the existing marquee.The height of proposed marquee would be 15’0”. All the new marquees will have the capability to be programmed to display animation and flash. Messages would appear on the display for a duration of 4 to 10 seconds, and each screen would have a transition of 1 to 4 seconds. In the evening, the signs would be dimmed to 30 percent of its maximum brightness. All signs would be installed in late November 2016. Hours of operation would be from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM.The purpose of the new marquees would be to present information to the school attendees and the general public regarding the school’s affairs.

The San Diego Police Department’s (SDPD) Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP), Northern Division, is seeking additional volunteers to serve in the Clairemont , Bay Park, Kearny Mesa, Pacific & Mission Beaches & La Jolla communities. Duties include patrolling local neighborhoods while serving as additional eyes and ears for the police, assisting uniformed officers with directing traffic, support disaster preparedness and homeland security efforts, we look for stolen vehicles using our license plate readers & ticket vehicles parked in handicap spaces not displaying handicap plates or placards, also we visit elderly residents to check on their welfare and safety, and, we

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receptions, 44 yards) and senior Elijah Thomas (two receptions, 85 yards) finished with touchdowns each.

on five carries. Senior running back, Erick Buchanan finished with one rushing touchdown and a game-high 130 yards on 18 carries and three receptions for 47 yards. Senior wide receiver Brandon Lewis added two touchdown receptions and a team-high 99 yards on 4 catches and 27 kick return yards and 24 punt return yards. Sophomore running back Kenan Christon had a team-best 126 kick return yards and ran for 33 yards and one touchdown on 7 carries for the Warhawks. Sophomore Daniel Stokes (four

Horizon Christian Academy Alum Devyn Bryant Making an Impact at USD Early last month, the University of San Diego (USD) Toreros took a bite out of the Butler Bulldogs by a final score of 44-10 in a Pioneer Football League ballgame played at Butler Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana. Bryant contributed five solo tackles and three pass deflections for USD in the winning effort. Sophomore quarterback Anthony Lawrence went 23/33 for 326 yards and one touchdown, while senior running back Jonah Hodges ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns on 16

carries for the Toreros. In earlier matchups this season, Bryant had one interception and one solo tackle against Western New Mexico, six tackles (four solo, two assisted) and a pass deflection versus Cal Poly, one assisted tackle and one pass deflection against Dayton, two solo tackles and one pass deflection versus Davidson, three solo tackles against Drake, and one solo tackle and two pass deflections versus Valparaiso. USD Season: USD 27, WNM 0; Cal Poly 38, USD 16; USD 34, Dayton 22; USD 44, Butler 10; USD 52, Davidson 3; USD 38, Drake 7; USD 49, Valparaiso 10

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TECOLOTE CANYON The Fate of the Monarch Butterfly by Art Cooley, Founding Trustee, Environmental Defense Fund

The fate of the Monarch butterfly certainly is not high on a “to do” list for many. However, maybe the residents and even the City of San Diego might join forces with others to restore an endangered species that is likely the most recognized butterfly in the country. Some estimates suggest the Monarch population has declined by as much as 70%. And, there are some serious efforts to stop the decline, but let me suggest a more humble effort with positive results that are very satisfying. A few months ago, we bought a milkweed plant at the nursery; the sole plant that provides food and shelter for Monarch caterpillars. We put it in a pot and within a few weeks I noticed a Monarch butterfly hovering and laying her eggs on the plant. A few weeks later there were four caterpillars feeding on the leaves. When a teenaged friend, Sean Michael, visited us, he found more caterpillars, ones that I had overlooked, bringing the total to eight. Shortly, I found 4 chrysalises each of which hatched into a beautiful butterfly My friend, Sean Michael, called a few days later and said he had gotten his parents to buy a milkweed plant

for their home. And, in a more recent message, he reported that he now had 18 Monarch caterpillars on his milkweed plant. A few of the caterpillars have already turned into chrysalises. Planting one plant won’t remove the Monarch butterfly from the endangered species list but it will make a small, modest contribution. Consider also the lessons learned from my young friend about the need of one species for another, about respect for the creatures of our environment, and about what even a single person can contribute to help save a species. Now maybe, we could have plant sales at local nurseries touting ‘Milkweed plants … SAVE A SPECIES!!’ Well, who knows what might be accomplished. And, the City of San Diego/Public Works could add milkweed plants to the array of plants they put in flower beds throughout the city. We could even have a festival for Monarchs like many communities in California do. Pismo Beach will have a California Western Monarch Day on February 4th, 2017. Maybe we could have a Monarch Madness, alliteration similar to a more common one from basketball. In the process, we would teach our children valuable lessons while aiding an endangered species.

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Protect Wild Life: Pick Up Your Dog’s Poop by Susan Lewitt

Recently, we hiked through Marion Bear Memorial Park. What were the most hazardous things we saw on the trails besides poison oak? The many clumps of dog poop! We also hiked in Rose Canyon and San Elijo Lagoon recently, and found no dog poop there, even though we saw many leashed dogs. Naturally, wild animals leave their scat behind, but it’s not stinky or messy and is mostly composed of non-digestible parts such as fur and bone. Dog poop is typically larger and harder to avoid. It settles into the ground, contaminating the soil and ground water and gets on shoes. Dog poop attracts coyotes that eat it for its nutrients. Many other wild animals

will see and smell this dog poop and think there are predators in the area. They react with the fight or flight response, which causes stress, using calories they can’t afford to waste. Many wildlife areas don’t allow dogs for the safety of wildlife and native plants. Dogs unintentionally reduce biodiversity by being a threat to wildlife. The scent of a dog causes

stress for prey animals that may already be struggling to survive. Being chased by an off leash dog makes it worse. Off leash dogs, injure and kill wildlife, trample vegetation and spread poison oak to people who come in contact with them. Dogs also are a vector for transmitting pests and diseases to wildlife, such as fleas, ticks and parvo. Please help ensure the health and safety of our natural areas, especially the native plants and native wildlife by obeying the leash laws and the no pets allowed laws. Please also clean up after your dog. We can protect

biodiversity this way and enjoy the natural areas more. There are plenty of places to take your dogs where they play without disturbing wildlife. At least 33 species have gone extinct due to outdoor cats. Cats attack and kill birds and lizards and many just bring them home as a trophy. Coyotes, freely roaming in San Diego can easily catch and kill a domestic cat to eat. Please keep your cats indoors Liberating pets into the wild is not liberating them at all. Domesticated ducks and geese, for example, do not belong by our lakes where they take over and intrude on our wild birds. Please keep your dogs leashed especially in wild areas and please clean up after your dog. This is what my beloved dog Duke might have said: “I may be a good dog, but I like to chase birds and I have tried to eat a lizard. Wildlife, watch out!”

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Vinyasa Yoga, A Seamless Transition into Fall by Christi Iacono

Intentions to set during the practice of yoga could include the As the days get shorter and the following: the opportunity to bring weather becomes cooler, we have a more peace into our lives, releasing powerful the need for opportunity to control, going with reflect upon our life’s flow, finding intentions for our trust in something “Yoga teaches us to cure health and outside of ourselves, what need not be endured well-being. As we acknowledging the and endure what cannot naturally gravitate areas in our lives be cured.” to more indoor that we neglect, and activities, consider – B.K.S. Iyengar finding acceptance adding a daily yoga of ourselves as we practice to your are. routine to help Each person that ground you, relieve stress and bring practices has different needs and more physical strength and overall intentions and every “body” that balance into your life. practices, is unique. A good teacher The word, Vinyasa, has many will help the student access the meanings, including a style of yoga appropriate level of the posture while that includes using the breath and finding the balance of work and ease movement to link postures. While within the pose, a concept that we practicing Vinyasa, we have the can bring into our lives off of our opportunity to set intentions to build yoga mats. a healthier life, while letting go of Christi Iacono, Owner/Teacher, In Rhythms habits that do not serve us. Building Yoga, Clairemont new habits will inevitably help us to Visit for our class build new rituals that can bring schedule. Contact Christi at consciously directed change in our for more questions. lives.

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Fiesta Island Voted Best Dog Park in America Fiesta Island received the Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Dog Park in America” by, reinforcing San Diego’s reputation as one of the nation’s most pet friendly cities. The

popular off-leash park in Mission Bay was nominated by the pet-friendly travel website, and beat nine other dog parks from around the country to take first place. “Pets are valued family members, and we understand the importance of providing spacious, open and accessible areas for dogs to run and play not only for residents, but for visitors as well,” said Herman Parker, Director of the City’s Park and Recreation Department.“We are honored that Fiesta Island was recognized as a top destination for

visitors to bring their dogs, and we appreciate our role in helping to create wonderful vacation memories for the entire family.” Fiesta Island offers more than 150 acres of off-leash areas for dogs to run and play on the sand and in the water. Additionally, the island features a dedicated, 60-acre fenced area for those owners who prefer extra security for their pets. Picnic and bonfire facilities are available on the island so people can spend an entire day outdoors with their four-legged friends. In addition to Fiesta Island, San Diego is home to 14 off-leash facilities within City limits. There are also acres of open space and miles of trails available for pets on leash. More information about visiting parks with dogs can be found at creation/parks/dogs. To view the entire “Best Dog Park in America” list, visit /best-dog-park/

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NOVEMBER LIBRARY EVENTS RECURRING Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include:

NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931 SPECIAL EVENTS Exciting, free programming for November includes Digestive Wellness: Gut Microbiome & More with Vicky Newman, MS, RD on Tuesday, November 1st at 6 p.m. Did you know you can strengthen your immune system and reduce your risk of disease through healthy digestion? Get ready to learn how faulty digestion can affect your body from headaches, moods, and skin issues to fatigue and pain and how to remedy these problems!

Also, this month Banned Books Club will meet on Tuesday, November 8 to discuss “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This title is now available for check out at the Circulation Desk. A special “thank you!” to Bhanmatee Sita Gobin, the author of The Bride from Bombay, who presented a fascinating program last month that explored the East Indian diaspora and growing up in Trinidad. Remember to check out special book finds at the Friends of the North Clairemont Library’s Bargain Book Sale. Arrive early, 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, November 12 for the best selection. They always have a huge variety of titles and you are sure to find something appealing!

Tuesday Night Oasis Series Digestive Wellness: Gut Microbiome & More – Tuesday, November 1 at 6 p.m. Tuesday Night Oasis Series – Mozart: The Concertos – Tuesday, December 6 at 6 p.m. Banned Books Club – Tuesday, November 8 at 6 p.m. Chair Yoga – Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. e-Reader Tech Help - 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. Bargain Book Sale, Find lots of high quality books at low, low prices! – Saturday, November 12 from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs: Sign Language Storytime (recommended for ages 2-5 years) –Mondays, November 7, 14, 21 at 10:00 a.m. Tiny Tots Rhythm & Rhymes (recommended for ages 2-5 years) – Returning every Tuesdays beginning November 8 at 11:45 a.m. Craft Time (ages 3-8 years) - Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Lego Builders’ Club (ages 3-8 years) - Saturdays at 2 p.m. Crazy 8 Math Club (ages 6-12 years) – Thursdays at 4 p.m. Do Your Homework @ the Library – Receive free assistance with your K-8 homework. Mondays through Thursdays only.

CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 (858) 581-9935 SPECIAL EVENTS The Clairemont Library will be closed Friday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day and on Thursday, Nov. 24 for Thanksgiving Adults A History of the USS Midway 11/9 6pm Presented by the USS Midway

Museum this lively talk will show the USS Midway’s role in American history! Jewelry Making! 11/12 & 11/26 4pm Learn how to make your own jewelry! Different projects every time! Yarn Club 11/16 6pm Whether you enjoy knitting or crocheting or any other yarn craft people of all skill levels are welcome to join to learn more or keep going with your current project. Music Concert with Christopher Dale 11/30 6pm This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library. Literary Book Club 11/2 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, “Corelli’s Mandolin” by Louis De Bernieres. Tweens/Teens Art Class 11/2 4pm Robert Gulli, a local artist presents an art class each month for kids and teens. All painting supplies are provided. Homework Help Every Tuesday at 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. Button Making Saturdays 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes! Kids Craft Club Thursdays 4pm Craft time with volunteer Rod! Something new every time! Children ARF! Animals Reading Fun! 11/19 10am Children can practice reading by sharing a book with a pet provided by the San Diego Humane Society. Sign Language Storytime 11/3 &

11/17 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 some fun picture books! 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. Friends of the Clairemont Library The friends are currently raising money for library programs by selling books on Barnes & (B& Please support them by making purchases through B&

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