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After 40 Years Serving the Senior Citizens of Clairemont: LiveWell San Diego Closes Its Doors by Kevin Casillo

I have had the pleasure of serving as Executive Director and Board Vice President of LiveWell San Diego for the past 7 years. Prior to my tenure Cathy Hopper held the reins, literally from the ground up. Not only did she have a vision for the seniors of Clairemont Mesa, she took action and made things happen. Working with San Diego City Council, the Mayor and state representatives the center, we all know as LiveWell San Diego after nearly 40 years has closed its doors. The early days saw packed lunch rooms, fitness classes and lobbies full of card and Bridge players. A thriving Adult Day Care Program for those seniors and families struggling with the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s continued until its closing.True to its nonprofit status all programs were based on the family’s ability to pay the already modest fees. Without city or federal funding LiveWell San Diego had been renting hall space and office space to church groups and the general community for private parties allowing the center to stay open. Granted, it was and it is with every small nonprofit, a financial

struggle but every dollar helped. A handful of donors from the community, corporate donors and the support of organizations like Shoreline Realty Group, Bay Mesa Real Estate Association as well as TARGET on Balboa Ave here in Clairemont contributed over the years. We were always appreciative of their financial support without it; the center would have closed long ago. As much as we relied on monetary donations, we could never have done any of this without our loving volunteers. Some that had been saving the agency countless dollars over these many years by answering phones, calling homebound seniors (thanks Mille, Nergish, Hildie) and helping to prepare lunches. Often making something from nothing! (Thanks Dottie) Sadly, and much to our surprise everything changed a few months ago when the city came in and informed us that we were in violation of our lease by renting out any space. In the same conversation we were told we would now be charged rent

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The former LiveWell San Diego Senior Center at 4425 Bannock Ave in Clairemont.

from the city. I responded by stating the simple fact,“You the City, are taking $17,000 from our already tight budget and expect us to somehow come up with rent for the same building we maintain through generous donors?” I honestly don’t see how this is going to end well for the center or the seniors who utilize this building. The programs we offered for free support groups, the watercolor classes, the Feeling Fit class and for those that attended our Adult Day Care Program are now in jeopardy. The transition of abruptly ending these programs and routines for many seniors to now all up in the air is really the tragedy of it all. From the City we received apologies and accolades, but no resolution in resolving the lease, so we have been forced to make the painful decision to close due to the above financial reasons. It is noteworthy to mention the office of our San Diego City

Councilmember Chris Cate and the Clairemont Lutheran Church located on Clairemont Mesa Blvd offered their voice and support, unfortunately it just was not enough. Five months of lost revenues makes it awfully hard to pay for utilities and the basic needs of day to day operations. I am told the Park and Rec Center will now run these programs and we wish them well in their new programming venture. They do a great job with Clairemont youth, so I am confident they will come in with a bigger budget and improve the center. I thank Cathy Hopper and her husband John, for their years of dedication to the community and seniors she so proudly served. Cathy will never know her center has come to a close as she herself is now in the final stage of Alzheimer’s. Perhaps I’m a bit attached to both, but it just seems oddly appropriate, they should both exit at the same time. Both touching more lives than we can count.


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From the Publisher

Celebrating 4 Years! Hard to believe this is the 4th year of publishing the Clairemont Times, this the 48th edition. It was the summer of 2011 and I decided to start a new neighborhood newspaper from the ground up. As a small business owner I will be the first to admit there were trials and tribulations, there were, and are mistakes, it is the nature of the beast. Learning things the hard way, experimenting with different ideas, ventures. Each month the goal is to try and figure out what is and will be interesting to the reader. Not everyone agrees with the content, but that is fine, we are not all supposed to agree on everything. I have had some tell me they are not a fan of the pet of the month because there are way too many dogs (for the record I am a dog person) and not enough cats. However, I can only profile the pets that are submitted. In the past, we have profiled, bunnies, horses, chickens one time there was a pig, so I think we are covering the farm. To me pets are family why not showcase

them and give them a little love. Each month I receive calls about the Police Blotter and I always preface by saying the police report is meant to inform, to be used as an awareness tool. When I see people reading the paper I always notice a certain extra amount of attention is given to see if there street or neighborhood is listed. On the note of Police and crime etc. The most important thing one can do if they are feeling suspicious or if something does not seem right. Call 911 or call the Non-Emergency number (619) 531 2000. If you do end up reporting a crime or there is something filed ALWAYS ask for the Incident#. SDPD receives who knows how many calls a day if you mention I called and filed something last week. Well to the person on the other end of the line that means nothing the INCIDENT # is your best bet in following up or keeping track. As I mentioned, I try and publish information most will find useful. If there is something you would like to see or learn more about by all means call or email. (858) 752 9779 So with that a heartfelt thank you to all the readers, to the advertisers who make this paper possible, to all the contributors and to the many, many hands behind the scenes who also make this publication each month possible. Special thanks to my graphic designer Elaine Hall, to my family and friends for their support and of course to my wife Renee for always being there. Neighborhood News The past month was interesting the big news and I had many phone calls and emails was the sudden announcement of the LiveWell San Diego Senior Center closing. I think Kevin Casillo did a fine job on his page 1 piece, I know it was not easy for him to write it, but things change, hopefully the seniors in the neighborhoods will not be too impacted. Of note also is District 6 San Diego City Councilmember Chris Cate and the piece he wrote this month (page 10). The senior citizens of Clairemont will not be left out there may be some disruption but I am confident things will work out. As such when news broke of LiveWell closing our local libraries were quick to implement some activities for seniors see page 10 for some senior specific events. With regards to some local topics in Clairemont and the local planning

group. A motion was passed in favor of the proposed traffic circles on Moraga Ave. As updates or news becomes available, we will be reporting back. The group also voted in favor of the proposed development at the Horizon School (formerly Stevenson Elementary) again as more info becomes available we will update. Morena Blvd is still and will be an ongoing topic of discussion for years to come as development is proposed and the construction of the Mid Coast Trolley begins. Of note at the recent Morena Blvd Sub Committee Meeting was the vision for Morena and some specific parcels: the Coastal Trailer Villa RV Park (at Morena & Frankfort) as well as the Morena Mobil Village at (Morena Blvd & Knoxville). The city presented some ideas for density and what it could like so this too will be updated as more information comes along. There is a lot more in this edition, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy publishing this for you. Happy Halloween.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Re: Two recent letters concerning police department vigilance in watching stop sign violators Here is the rule:“Stop” means “Stop”. Although it may not be required, waiting a split second for one’s vehicle to “set down” guarantees that a stop has occurred. No ticket will follow. A senior driver myself, as well as

the last letter writer, I have made a conscious effort to hone my defensive driving skills. Make sure I stop at stop signs. Make sure I look one or more extra times before taking off at a signal light, or before backing up from a parking spot. The police are our guardians. Should they stop enforcing stop sign regulations, our lives will be in danger, sure enough. – Walt Fisher Upload your events for FREE with our online Calendar List your Business for FREE in our online Business Directory or choose a monthly paid option for even more exposure on the CT webpage

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St. Mark’s Presents Noted Inspirational Leader Randy Noe by Karen Scanlon

Has your career hit a snag, a plateau? Are you in a complicated life transition? Come to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm for eye-opening optimism. Everyone is welcome. Randy Noe is one of us regular folk: A successful business leader who speaks of some serious “crucible moments” in his own life and career.“I know your leadership challenges because I’ve faced them, too,” he says. “When I jumped on the fast tack of high finance and became a Chartered financial analyst, I learned how to handle pressure in big roles and thrive in those fast-paced environments,” he says.Treasurer of a $500 million apparel company, a Financial Valuation practice leader for Arthur Anderson, and Director of Mergers and Acquisitions for a public software company, Randy worked with thousands of leaders and managed complex transactions in excess of one billion dollars.“These were exhilarating experiences!” Yet, Randy also felt frustration and disappointment, signing termination checks in rapid high turnover environments and witnessing hyper-competitive turf conflicts and values clashes. He admits,“I worked in some fear-based command and control cultures with volatile leaders. I sometimes struggled to breathe.” “I felt the despair and bone-deep betrayal from blind faith and trust in leaders who breached ethical boundaries,” he remembers. Randy learned to develop self-control and strength in the face of intimidation tactics. “Ultimate decisions have to be made when you come to forks in the road where one step in either direction has different life outcomes and consequences,” Randy says.“At one juncture in my career, I was asked to choose between my professional identity and personal integrity. Despite unrelenting pressure and extreme duress, I summoned the courage to rise

to forgiveness.” What about those of us in the midst of other types of life transitions, crisis, or change? St. Mark’s Associate Minister, Rev. Jeri Newell-Davis reminds us,“We do transitions every day: Health to illness, individual to caregiver, employee to retirement, and financial supporting to financial questioning.” Randy’s presentation will address this question from his own experience. “A successful career in finance and operations to executive leadership coaching is my proudest professional accomplishment. I was willing to let go of what I thought I should do and redirect my steps toward the light of a new path,” he says.“You can, too!” His formula: To see the flawed humanity in all of us, surrender our right to get even, and release the hurt we’ve been carrying.“That protective armor is weighty at every step,” Randy says. He works with people one on one, or in groups, gathers input from various sources, and clarifies who you are and what you want. Among his tools are sorting one’s Emotional Intelligence, and looking at values through the psychology given in the book,The Daring Way, by his friend and author, Brenea Brown.“I use reflection, perspective, and accountability for empowering my clients.” Randy and wife, Pam (his empathetic support), live in San Diego and have raised three children. He studied psychology at San Diego State University and holds an MBA at University of Southern California. He spent time at Fuller Theological Seminary “when I couldn’t see three feet in front of me,” he says. He left there and stepped into the world he’s in now, as executive leadership coach. Don’t miss this energetic presentation. There’s something in it for all of us. Find St. Mark’s at 3502 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 or on the web at For more information, please call 858 273-1480 or email

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Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

Welcome to Autumn and a welcome to all to come and join us at the Clairemont Woman’s Club. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 7th at 1 p.m. We meet at the Balboa Community Church, 6555 Balboa Avenue. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church parking lot. Our program will be a humorous Reader’s Theatre skit featuring some of our members. It will be about all the things that can go wrong, but shouldn’t, when conducting a meeting. Refreshments will be served. Our major fundraiser “Lunch and Laughter” will be March 5th. It will benefit the “Warrior Foundation Freedom Station” here in San Diego. See the above insert about that all volunteer organization. Put March 5th on your calendar ... more information to come.

We strive to find ways to help our community. Members bring food and toiletries to meetings that are delivered to a central location in Clairemont. We collect pennies to help reforest the Cleveland National Forest in our ‘backyard.’ We provide scholarships to a senior girl at Madison and Clairemont High Schools. This is just a brief list of some of our projects. We are also a social bunch - we have a book club, book exchange, lunch outings, dinner get-togethers, trips to Viejas Casino, an Up and About section to attend various venues and gatherings at each other’s homes. We are a busy group. Interested? Come visit us. 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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OCTOBER LIBRARY EVENTS 10/29 4pm In celebration of Dia de Los Muertos and Halloween. The workshop is limited up to 30 participants. Registration is recommended. Call.

CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD., 92110 (858) 581-9935 SPECIAL EVENTS Tales for Tails! 10/3 10:30am Volunteers from the San Diego Humane Society’s Pet-Assisted Therapy program help children improve their reading skills by reading to animals in a fun and relaxing environment. The animals may include guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and sometimes dogs and cats. Appropriate for grades 1-6 Adult Book Club 10/7 6pm Members will discuss The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Family Movie Night! 10/14 6pm After the daring rescue of a spider, a young boy named James gains possession of some magic crocodile tongues. When James spills them in the garden, out sprouts an enormous peach! Climbing inside, he meets an astonishing cast of characters and embarks on a magical odyssey full of thrills and adventure. Painting with the Spanish Masters 10/17 10am-noon Learn to paint with acrylics on canvas board, using Picasso and Miro as examples. Local art instructor Donna Davis will lead the class. 13 and older. Sign up is required. Call. The Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting 10/21 4pm The Friends support the library through book sales, volunteering, and planning events. Rusty Gait 10/28 6pm San Diego North County band focused on Bluegrass, Western Swing and Old Time music. The name of the band connotes both an old rustic metal gate and a dance gait, both swinging with a bit of a creak. The eclectic set list delights with foot-tapping rhythms and long-forgotten lyrics to fiddle tunes (“fiddle connotes both an old rustic metal gate and a dance gait, both swinging with a bit of a creak. The eclectic set list delights with foot-tapping rhythms and long-forgotten lyrics to fiddle tunes (“fiddle songs”). This program is made possible through generous donations from the Friends of the Clairemont Library. All are welcome, and no sign-up is required. Sugar Skull Workshop for Kids

RECURRING EVENTS Art Class for Children Ages 6-12 10/7 4pm The class is led by Robert Gulli. Tuesdays: Homework Help 6:30pm For students in grades K-12. Tutors are volunteers & no sign up is required. Tuesdays: Crazy 8 Math Club 5pm Join us for an after-school program that reinforces math skills with fun games and activities. Appropriate for Grades 3-5. Sign-up required. Call. On the 1st and 3rd Thursday 10:30 am “BabySign Storytime”, a storytime with sign language for children ages 0-2 and their caregivers On the 2nd, 4th and 5th 10:30 am Storytime with our Youth Services Librarian, Karina. Thursdays: Craft Time 4:00pm For children and their families Fridays10:30 am Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran.

BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE., 92117 (858) 573-1390 SPECIAL EVENTS Library Update - Beginning October 1, 2015 the fine threshold for borrowing library materials changes to $10.00. Visit your local library for details or visit the library homepage . Halloween Programs at the Balboa Library... Halloween Candy Guess Visit the library during the month of October and give us your best guess at the number of candy corn. Winner will be announced October 31st . Good luck! Paws to Read 10/13 6pm Therapy dogs provide a positive environment for children to practice reading.They love to listen to your stories! Brought to us by Love on a Leash.5th graders and younger Children’s Book Discussion 10/16 3:45-4:45 Sign up begins 10/1 Join us for a lively book discussion of The Elephants Magician by Kate DiCamillo Library Book Club 10/20 11:45 Join us for a lively discussion of The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck Celebrate Teen Read Week “Get Away at your Library” October 18-October 24 Check out the fabulous Teen Read Week bulletin board designed by our

talented staff member Miss Remi. While you are here fill out a card letting us know your favorite book titles. All cards will be entered into a raffle and three winners will receive Rubio coupons. P.S. You can visit anytime in October to complete a card with your favorite titles. Winners will be announced October 31st ! Good luck! Literature Comes to Life with Halloween Stories 10/29 10am Come and participate in story theater – you get to play a character in a story! For Preschoolers and younger Halloween Celebration! 10/30 10:30am Come in your costume and enjoy stories, a craft, face painting and trick or treating! For Preschoolers and younger with Parent/Caregiver Signing Storytime is back! 10/8 & 10/22 10am Miss Jennifer uses sign-language to enhance the reading of well-loved children’s picture books and includes sing-a-longs and bubbles too! For birth-5y/o with parent/caregiver. RECURRING EVENTS Story Crafts with Miss Remi 10/1 & 10/15 10am Enjoy a terrific story & make a story related craft Preschool-5y/o Mondays: Lego Club 4pm Create cool fall and Halloween Lego projects. Wednesdays: Best Chapter Book Read Alouds with Miss Terri 6pm Join Miss Terri for this new edition of storytime. She will read terrific chapter book stories for children entering Kindergarten, First and Second Grades with parent/caregiver. Fridays: Wee Reads 10/2, 10/9 & 10/16 10:30am Enjoy stories, music and rhymes. Birth-5y/o with parent/caregiver Drop in & Play 10/23 10:30am Enjoy a relaxed and informal play time with your child and get to know other families in our community. Birth-5y/o with parent/caregiver Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm Come and make a fun craft at your library!

NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DRIVE, 92117 (858) 581-9931 SPECIAL EVENTS October First Tuesday Concert: Danny Green Trio 10/6 6:30pm Mondays: Lego Club 4pm Kids make a Lego creation that will be displayed in the library. Be creative and have fun! No sign-up needed. Appropriate for ages 6+ years. Wednesdays: Kendama 3:45pm Try your hand at this fun game. Meet other kids to enjoy it also. Learn

new tricks and show off your skills. Sparkle Tattoos 10/16 4pm. Enjoy a Friday afternoon of sparkly tattoos- just in time for Halloween festivities. Sign-up recommended. Book Club: 10/20 6:30 Read the Book—See the Movie. Read Room by Emma Donohue and join the discussion. Participants will receive a free pass to the movie opening in October. Challenge Island Science Classes 10/1 4pm Space is limited so sign up for our fun hands-on science and engineering class that promotes creative and critical thinking skills. S.T.E.M. class is geared to 8+ Sugar Skull Workshop. 10/24 12pm. Decorate your own Sugar Skull in time for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos in this hands-on workshop. Registration required- Call 858-581-9931. RECURRING EVENTS Mondays:Sign-A-Story Circle Time 10 am Join us for a super fun performance that combines American Sign Language with songs, stories, and engaging toys and props! All ages. Mondays: Parent Education Classes Steps to Understanding Your Child’s Behavior: 2pm No classes 10/12 Behavior specialists from Rady Children’s Hospital will discuss emotional and social development of children. Typical behaviors addressed include sleeping habits, eating habits, aggression, tantrums, and potty training. Parents and caregivers of children ages 0-5. Tuesdays: Rhythm & Rhyme for Tots 11:45am A special class for babies and toddlers with children’s songs, nursery rhymes, instruments, and books. Babies Under 2 Tuesdays: Kids Crafternoons 3:30pm. Ages 4+ and up. Explore your child’s creative side with crafts. A great way to fine tune motor skills and have fun! All materials provided. Fridays: Toddler & Preschool Storytime Class 10:30am A fun interactive storytime including books, songs, rhymes, movement & bubble Hopscotch Storytime Saturdays 10am 10/10 & 10/24 Listen to some stories and work on a simple craft. Kids Movie Night 10/28 5:30pm Call the library for movie title.

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Business Briefs with a Twist by Chris O’Connell

Learn something new every day, I recently stopped at Down on the Corner (p3) the place was swimming with women and then there was me the only man in a women’s consignment shop. Deb the owner greeted me with a smile, as always. I commented on the crowd in the store and she mentioned the consignments for the women’s shelter and for the animal rescue had arrived. A retired psychologist from Kaiser gathers clothes, items etc and consigns them at DOTC when the items sell half of the proceeds go to a women’s shelter here locally and the other half to the store. The same is true of another one of Deb’s clients only this one donates half of the proceeds to an animal rescue in North County. Turns out people from Orange County, Dana Point make their way to East Clairemont to shop for a cause. A new bar is set to open on Morena Blvd called Clutch Bar. Some of you may remember it as its former name the Morena Club and long before that a rat rod mechanics garage. I spoke with Rob the new owner and he’s excited about his new venture. There is a sweet roll up garage door where the afternoon sunlight pours in as well as a steady breeze off the bay. Speaking of pours it’s a full bar, with big screen hi def tv’s and will have all the sports games. No food, but Rob says he hopes to work with some local restaurants for possible mini menu offerings that could be delivered. Clutch Bar 1319 Morena Blvd 92110 In the I know I am getting old department, my fashion sense (what little there is) can now be summed up in one word or brand Kirkland. For the record, I do not dart across the store zig zagging for a free sample of joint juice (yet) or smoked chicken sausage. I

have had more people crash into me for a thimble full of something people hardly ever buy ... then they U-Turn hit me again for seconds. Am I crazy or do people actually dine off of the free samples and cross a meal off of their day. How else do I know I am getting old? Orthotic flip flops. Well, not really orthotics, but what I call adult flip flops. I stopped in at Healthy Shoes (p8) and was talking to Faye the owner about business etc and there they were. Oofos. Once I put them on it was joy to my feet. I later looked up the brand Oofos are designed for the super fit, active people who work out incessantly run marathons then want to give their feet a rest. I can tell you I do not do any of that extreme stuff and my feet love them. I was a little squeaky at first and people heard me coming, they are now all broken in and it’s pure bliss. Faye mentioned if people took more care of their feet and actually wore the proper shoes instead of the mass marketed brands worn by gorgeous people then they would be happier and feeling better. The Dollar Tree in the Diane Shopping Plaza next to Healthy Shoes is hopping; there is always a full parking lot and of course great deals. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for Haggen. The saga of their brand and expansion from the Pacific North West has not gone smoothly. The latest: within 60 days the store on Balboa Ave will be closing. No word yet on the future of the employees or what store will be moving in. Twice in two months cars have driven through the front of Clairemont storefronts in the middle of the day. Keep your heads up folks. All joking aside it is a shame the closing of the LiveWell Senior Center. Running a business is tough and LiveWell had a great run for 40 plus years, here’s hoping the City can and will have things back up and running soon for our older neighbors and the Greatest Generation.

Religious Directory Atonement Lutheran Church 7250 Eckstrom St (Balboa & 805) San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 278-5556 Sunday Worship Time 9 am, Bible Study 10:30 am Clairemont Lutheran Church 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:30, 10:00 (English) & 11:30 am (Spanish) Sunday School for kids 9:45am Holy Cross Lutheran Church 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 Sunday Worship 9:00 am Christian Science Church and Reading Room 3410 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (619) 276-5034 Sunday Worship Service and Sunday School: 10:00 am Wednesday Testimony Meetings: Noon

San Diego Branch Church 4833 Doliva Drive, San Diego, CA. 92117 (Madison High Auditorium) Sunday Worship at 9:30am Church Office: 8344 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Suite 100 Phone: 858-384-6788 St. David’s Episcopal Church & Preschool 5050 Milton Street, San Diego CA 92110 Sunday Worship Times: 8:00 am Traditional • 10:30am Contemporary

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

All Photos Courtesy of Bill Swank

Boo! It’s Halloween

The Stough-Beckett Cottage at Denver and

Milton Streets. Pumpkins, goblins, witches, you know the drill. Let’s do,“The monster mash, it was a Clairemont’s only structure designated as an historic site. The architecture, graveyard smash.” known as “Eastlake” design,“is an I don’t like chainsaw, zombie, example of a modest Victorian home.” vampire, extraterrestrial, alien, ghost, John Arthur, the current owner, werewolf, axe murder, walking dead, debunks the rumors about a haunted serial killer, horror movies, but when Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho came out in past. The Walter Andersen family moved 1960, I was scared. to Bay Park in 1942. Walt Jr. remembers There was a rumor at the time that dirt roads and other Victorians in the an old, two-story home in Bay Park was neighborhood. “The prettiest of them the house used in Psycho. It was in the all was at Galveston and Napier. The days before access to the internet Spencer family who lived there were when people were unable to verify friends of my parents. The house had a such claims simply by going online. It lot of intricate details. People would wasn’t until a 1970s backlot tour at set up their easels on the upper corner Universal Studios that I learned and paint the house. Even in decline, it Norman Bates’s boyhood home was was a neat looking house.” still being used in movies. Just seeing Irene Spencer will be 83 on that iconic prop sent shivers up my spine. Today, people think of Clairemont as a community of homes that suddenly appeared on a hilltop in the 1950s. Then, like the 1958 lyrics in Burt Bacharach’s theme from The Blob,“it creeps and leaps and glides and slides across” the canyons, the mesas, the sagebrush and jackrabbits. Clairemont claimed barren moonscape to the north and east reaching into Linda Vista. Irene Spencer holds a picture of her childhood home. Its tentacles spread south and west into established Bay Park and the Christmas Eve. She loved her old original undeveloped Morena District. redwood home, but remembers living The so-called Bay Park Psycho with family friends, Sanna and Alfred House (Stough-Beckett Cottage) still Olsson, during junior high school. Bees stands at the corner of Denver and had infested the Victorian and Irene Milton in Bay Park. Built in 1888, it is

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Joe and Susan Valentino with Bill Swank in front of their Bay Park home.

Ambort Victorian, circa 1880

Tejada Welch, who starred in the vintage horror classic, One Million Years, B.C. The Ambort House on the north side of Ingulf Street between Erie and Frankford is now owned by the Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church. It was a three-story Victorian, but there has been extensive remodeling. Missionary teacher Michelle Gennaro and her family are currently in temporary residence awaiting their next overseas assignment. She graciously shared a photograph of the original home from the 1880s. Michelle added,“People have said it was haunted, but it’s not.” The Cass Victorian on Erie Street is

owned by Joe and Susan Valentino. They have lived there for 30 years and it is currently being renovated. The house has a compelling history. Former owner, Charles L. Cass, was a federal prohibition agent who, in 1926, helped breakup the notorious Hugh McClemmy bootleg smuggling operation in Tijuana. In retirement, Mr. Cass became well known for his cactus and staghorn ferns. (Cass Staghorns are specimen plants and difficult to find. They are available at Walter Andersen Nursery.) The Valentinos explain that they decorate every Halloween and, every year, at least one child will tell them it was the first time they were brave enough to trick-or-treat at their home. Neighbor George Heatherington (70) scoffs all the stories about haunted homes in Bay Park.“I remember trick-or-treating as a kid at the house on Milton (Stough-Beckett Cottage) and Mrs. Beckett was always very nice.” he said. “The place that was scary was the old Cudahy packing plant (farther south on Morena Boulevard) after it closed,” recalled Heatherington.“It was full of spirits.” Happy Halloween, Clairemont, but beware of the bovine ghosts of Cudahy who return on October 31st in search of their eyeballs. Email: Pictured: Bill Swank outside the Buena Vista Garden Apartments on Cowley Way in 1955, with East Clairemont off in the distance.

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As we all know, San Diego is a wonderful, beautiful place. That’s why all of us have chosen to live here. And that’s why millions of people visit San Diego every year. But today, more and more people are choosing less traditional accommodations. Instead of staying at a hotel or motel, they are choosing to rent homes, bedrooms or sometimes even a sofa. These homes, of course, are not in commercial districts. They are in neighborhoods – where people live and children play. And they aren’t just in beach communities – they exist here in Clairemont, in North Park, and many other family-friendly communities across San Diego. Here in Clairemont, I have witnessed first-hand the terrible impacts of these short-term vacation rentals. The home next to mine was rented out on a short-term basis almost every week. While some renters were peaceful, many were not. We often endured loud partying well into the early morning hours, drunken, obnoxious people hanging out in the front yard and spilling out into street, heavy traffic, and even people parking in other neighbors’ driveways. I called the police, but these aren’t what they call “high priority” calls. So often we would wait – and wait. Fed up with this ongoing problem, and fearing for the safety of my family, I started to act. I installed tall bamboo fencing in my backyard. I put in video surveillance cameras. And I hired an attorney. In all, I spent thousands of dollars – and countless hours – dealing with this insanity. It shouldn’t have to be like this.




These are our neighborhoods. This is where we are raising our families. Our homes are supposed to be our escape – a place to get away from it all. But in many communities, this hasn’t been the case. To remedy the problem here in Clairemont and throughout the city, I helped establish a coalition of San Diegans known as Preserve Our Communities. We are proposing several common-sense policy reforms – reforms we’d like the City Council to act on as soon as possible. They include: • Requiring a minimum 21-day stay on all properties that are unoccupied by the owners. • Requiring a minimum 7-day stay on all properties that are occupied by owners. For example those that are renting out a bedroom or a sofa. • Capping the total number of days a home can be rented out each year to 84 (that’s 21 days four months of the year) • Requiring all short-term rental properties to comply with all health and safety regulations required of motels and hotels. • Dedicating an ongoing city funding source for increased code enforcement. • Giving neighbors the authority to take legal action against nuissance rental property owners, and collect attorney’s fees if successful. We believe that these changes – collectively– will go a long way towards preserving our communities, and making sure that our neighborhoods aren’t overrun with loud, intrusive short-term rentals. Scott Gruby is a Clairemont resident.




The City Council will soon be addressing the issue of Short-Term Rentals (STR) in our city, and their decision could have wide-ranging impacts. Short-term rentals bring many benefits to homeowners, residents, and travelers, as well as the economic health of cities in which they are allowed to thrive. We represent a group of City residents who support short-term rentals and believe they should be welcome in the City of San Diego. Short-term rentals allow for flexibility in travel, increased local spending, and engagement with parts of the City otherwise bypassed by visitors relegated to traditional tourist neighborhoods. Recent studies have shown that visitors who stay in STR accommodations spend more on local businesses and are more likely to return to the market as a result of their experience.These guests distribute the economic benefits of tourism to neighborhoods that would not otherwise receive them, allowing for opportunities of growth and revitalization at a truly local level. More money spent outside of traditional tourist neighborhoods strengthens communities and businesses, a benefit to all residents. Community members who rent on a short-term basis often rely on it to supplement their income. This supplemental income allows them to meet mortgage obligations, make repairs or upgrades to their homes, help fund retirement, or pay for regular household expenses.According to a report by the National Economic Council, the average additional income earned by homesharing hosts represents a 14% annual raise for middle class families. The financial security this provides to homeowners plays an important role in neighborhood resilience. Tourism has been identified by the

San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation as one of our three pillars of economic development in the region. Cities around the world are embracing innovative new marketplaces in the vacation industry space, crafting responsible ordinances that benefit both SRT hosts and their neighborhoods.We believe San Diego, given its status as an innovation hub, should do the same. In that effort, we propose the following: • Support defining STRs as a limited use in the Municipal Code and treating whole home rentals the same as partial home rentals to help address the confusion that exists today • Greater enforcement of noise and nuisance laws with real teeth and meaningful penalties to give neighbors peace of mind • Registering all STRs with the City so information can be managed and owners contacted • Collection and remittance of all TOT and related taxes to the City of San Diego • Allowing hosts and guests to determine the length of a stay • Conforming with standard occupancy limits of 2+2 (two guests per bedroom, plus two in the home) • Support a property owner’s right to determine how often to rent, but also require responsible renting to make sure neighborhood quality of life expectations are maintained The City of San Diego has an opportunity to set an example of how a balanced ordinance can add economic growth while supporting happy, healthy neighborhoods.Together, we can responsibly share San Diego, as homeowners, neighbors, and guests. Belinda Smith, Co-founder, Short Term Rental Alliance of San Diego,

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The Closing of LiveWell Senior Center “A Ride of Inspiration” Event A Great Success by Chris Cate, District 6

There are 40 million Americans over the age of 65. Thanks to organizations, such as LiveWell San Diego, seniors living in Clairemont receive the support and services they need to live, learn, and thrive. Specifically, LiveWell San Diego has been providing senior services for more than four decades. LiveWell San Diego had been operating at the North Clairemont Recreation Center under a month-to month lease. Due to internal operational challenges, LiveWell San Diego, along with my staff at the Council District 6 office, worked diligently to negotiate a long-term lease agreement with the City of San Diego’s Real Estate Assets Department and Parks & Recreation Department. Despite our best efforts, the Real Estate Assets Department would not renew a long-term lease agreement with LiveWell San Diego and ultimately decided to explore alternative options and operators for the facility. As such, Livewell San Diego has decided to close their doors by end of September 2015. My top priority throughout this negotiation process has been for seniors living in Clairemont to continue receiving resources and the support they need to maintain their

Senior Programs at the Balboa & North Clairemont Libraries North Clairemont Library 4616 Clairemont Drive Chair Yoga Wednesday Mornings @11:45 Promotes stretching, strengthening and improves balance and flexibility. Enhances mental clarity, reduces stress, and provides peace and relaxation. Healthy Habits for the 50+: Salt, Sugar, Fat, Oh My! October 1st 11-12pm Class teaches delicious, nutritious snacks you can make, active games and practical tips for healthy eating and physical activity. Participants leave armed with information, about understanding food labels and new exercises. Technology Tutoring October 8th at 10am, Get hands-on assistance with your electronic device or ereader. We can help! Scrabble Night October 13th from 5-8pm. Monthly scrabble games for the casual player to the tournament pro! FBI: Protect Yourself from Identity Theft and Senior Scams October 15th 10-11:30 am FBI Special Agent John

quality of life without interruption of services. While I am extremely disappointed a solution was not reached with LiveWell San Diego, I remain committed to finding another service provider that can offer similar services. We are currently working closely with the Parks and Recreation Department to ensure that senior citizens that previously used the LiveWell San Diego facility for group events and programs will continue to have a space to do so at the North Clairemont Recreation Center. We are also making sure that seniors that used the LiveWell San Diego facility for casual recreation activities such as card games and social meet ups will also be able to continue doing so at the recreation center. Our goal is to have this space available as soon as possible following LiveWell San Diego’s closure at the end of the month. We will continue to move forward and keep the community informed with developments regarding LiveWell San Diego, their services at the North Clairemont Recreation Center, and alternative service provider options. In the meantime, please call my office if you have been impacted by this closure and my staff will do whatever it can to help you during this difficult transition. Email: Phone: (619) 236-6616 Website: Facebook: Twitter: Mailing Address: 202 C Street, 10th Floor San Diego, CA 92101

Roberts will cover scams that target seniors. He will discuss a local case that led to the conviction of two con artists. Technology Tutoring October 22nd at 10am Get hands-on assistance with your electronic device or ereader. Car Talk: Buying a Used Car October 29th 10am. This glass is the best weapon against being taken advantage of: knowledge. Instructor teaches insider tips and for interacting with car dealers or equip you with the information needed to purchase a car from a private party. Balboa Library 4255 Mt Abernathy Ave Chair Yoga for Adults Mondays October 5th and 12th 11:15-12:00 Join us for this relaxing fitness program presented by Lois Schenker. Come and bring friends! (First two Mondays of every month) Senior Games in the Afternoon New Program! Beginning October 8, 2015 Come to the library and relax with fellow seniors and play your favorite games. We will supply the games ... Scrabble, Life, Checkers, Chess and more! Thursdays from 12-3. Bring

by Scott Sherman, District 7 Councilmember

Last month, I had the great pleasure to help promote and participate in the 7th Annual “A Ride of Inspiration” event to help support a wonderful organization called DS Action. DS Action is a group of parents, grandparents, doctors, educators, registered nurses, social workers, and business professionals that are interested in improving the quality of life of all people with Down syndrome. The group has grown quickly and now serves families in the entire Southern California region and neighboring jurisdictions in Mexico. One of the many accomplishments achieved by DS Action was the

formation of a Down Syndrome Center at Rady Children’s Hospital where all children with Down syndrome can receive specialized care. The Ride of Inspiration event is a charity motorcycle event, car show, carnival, and community festival which supports DS Action and the Down Syndrome Center at Rady Children’s Hospital.The successful event generated thousands of dollars to support the organization. I have been thoroughly impressed by the volunteers of DS Action and their selfless efforts to help San Diego families. In order for important organizations like DS Action to stay effective and thrive, it is important to receive the support of the community which they have received so far. If you would like to learn more about this important organization, please visit their website at:

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Daniel Smiechowski


Halloween and Our Escape From Reality

Trivia and anecdotes from a needed diversion Everyone needs an escape. Once a year like drunken sailors in a Spanish port we celebrate on the eve of November 1st being the Day of the Dead and a holy day of obligation excepting for possible abrogation on the Catholic calendar. The gales on the Great Lakes are not called the November Witch without context. Frightening things happen on Halloween and we embrace the escape unto death. The irony of this day surrounds society’s need for fantasy through the prism of life, tragedy and comedy. It reminds one of another religious holy day, Ash Wednesday and all the hoopla of Mardi Gras and the beginning of Lent. As for Halloween and from the strange but true files comes the response of Catholic Clergy to the horrific earthquake that struck the city of Lisbon on All Saints Day during the life of The Great Voltaire. The affected citizens broken in spirit and seeking solace by way of Christ were admonished as sinners and the cause for this catastrophe by leaders of the Catholic Church. Fast forward to the year 2015, although we may not have any coinciding natural disasters, we sure as hell have sinners. Speaking of life and sinners and the irony of fantasy on Halloween, I drove a limo for years on this day of revelry

in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter and would swear that I was in the Paris, France district of Pigalle. The women and a few men wore virtually no clothes as they were presumably born unto life. Debauchery ran unabated as the streets were flooded by fantasy seekers in a boiling tea pot. All of this youth and sexuality reminds me of the classic film Les Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise) where one of the main actors blends in the festivities where everyone has a mask and dances the night away. Humanity has sought an escape since the beginning. The innocent days of cute boys and girls dressed as cowboys, sailors, a princess and other seemingly tame costumes appear the exception and not the rule. The sensitivity of a Maurice Chevalier and one of his most famous quotes,“Thank heaven for little girls” seems a vestige of years gone by. The American male would probably emasculate himself in such endearment. Today’s Halloween is far too crude, almost vulgar in comparison with each ensuing year offering more shock value. Have a safe and happy Halloween and most importantly, don’t forget the long departed. Be nice, do good deeds and don’t be a stranger as we at the Clairemont Times value your participation. Daniel J Smiechowski has been a resident of Clairemont since 1967 and can be reached at or 858.220.4613

Community Meetings Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 10/1/15 • (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium • 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 10/20/15 • (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium • 4370 Kamloop, 92117 LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 10/15/15 • (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center • 6545 Alcala Knolls, 92111 LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 10/26/15 • (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library • 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL 10/14/15 • (2nd Wed.of the month) 6:00PM North Clairemont Recreation Center 4425 Bannock Avenue, San Diego CA 92117

Clairemont Town Council News Our next meeting is Thursday, October 1 at 6:30pm inside Cadman Elementary. State Senator Marty Block will be joining us to update on state issues, and we’ll also hear from City Councilwoman Lorie Zapf. We will also vote to approve some updated sections to our Bylaws, and those proposals can be found on our website: CTC Board elections are coming up in November and nominations will close at our October meeting. Offices up for election include: President, Vice President, Secretary, Director North, Director South, and two

Director-at-Large seats. If you’d like more information, or would to run for a position on the Board, please contact Elections Chair Cory Lacy at Speaking of open positions, there is a vacancy on the Clairemont Planning Board. Any interested, eligible residents who would like to serve, and help guide our community’s planning and zoning process should apply. For more information, please email the CCPG at clairemontplanning Working for you, Clairemont! Ryan Trabuco President, Clairemont Town Council 858.480.9430

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Time also offers a special pickle board ($6) with an assortment of vegetables artfully arranged on a slate board. And if you’re a meat eater, the antipasti platter and meat boards include specialty meats as well. Pacific Time has its own bakery where breads, cookies, scones and more are baked fresh daily. I purchased a cranberry-orange scone ($3) that was perfect with my morning coffee. Says owner

Boulevard and Linda Vista Road. If you’re a foodie like this Chowhound, you’ll find this area is hopping with plenty to howl about. Kona Kakes shares this location, as does the new J&T Thai Street Food restaurant (more on that in a future issue). Once inside, Pacific Time is a cozy, industrial-style modern deli, wine bar and cheese lovers’ paradise. Wine The exterior of Pacific Time hints at the bottles cover a large section of wall regionally-sourced goods inside. with a pacific coast wine map All meats and cheese are regional specialties. serving as the focal point. Several “I think I could live here,” said one shelves are stacked with locally and “head cheese” Dave,“our customer as she paid her bill after sourced pickled veggies, olive oils, sandwiches—especially the breakfast shopping and eating her way through chutneys and other sandwiches—are extremely popular Pacific Time, one of regional delectables. with locals and USD students.” I can the newest food On my first visit, I see why… the breads are super fresh establishments off opted for the daily and the meats and cheeses work in Morena Boulevard. special of blue perfect harmony. Owners Dave and cheese and herb Donna Loretta chose quiche served with a Pacific Time is open 7am-7pm to follow their passion green salad ($6). The Monday thru Thursday, 7am-9pm for good food, local quiche was airy and Friday and 10am-10om on wines and tasty delicate, almost like a Saturday. Closed on Sunday. cheeses when they soufflé. The flavor created Pacific Time. was outstanding with The daily special blue cheese quiche Pacific Time They believe San hints of toasted herbs was light and airy. 5277 Linda Vista Road Diegans should finished with a San Diego, CA 92110 celebrate the local creamy and savory blue cheese (619) 260-8446 food community and the many craft backdrop. I washed it down with a 12 beers and regional wines cultivated by oz. organic lemonade and was people who share a passion for quality on my way with a big smile ingredients, freshness and use of and happy belly. On my next artisanal techniques. “By sourcing visit, I sampled the closer to home, we’re tapping into the “cheesemonger’s board” for 1 person ($12). This board included a Point Reyes original blue cheese and a creamy cow’s milk cheese called Highway 1. The cheese was served with a delicious fig and balsamic chutney, beer-kissed popcorn, and The pickle board is a work of art ($6). some tasty pickled cauliflower. The The cheesemonger’s board for 1 ($12). Baehr is known as the San Diego cauliflower was spicy and had just Michael Chowhound. He is an accomplished home a hint of curry—a perfect cook, food blogger, cooking demonstrator freshest products available and compliment to the cold and buttery and self-proclaimed foodie. He also loves to supporting local growers and makers,” Jack Hammer chardonnay ($6) I had sample and write about new eateries, local restaurants, fast food and specialty markets. they claim. ordered. And the best part, I received You can follow his food journeys at Pacific Time is in the newly $3 off because it was happy hour! renovated strip mall just off Morena Speaking of pickled goodness, Pacific COMMENTARY

Giving Conservation a Helping Hand by Susan Lewitt & Peter Tobias

( and CAL-IPC Several October events ( which help conservation efforts have plenty of in San Diego and information on throughout the world troublesome invasive and support biodiversity. plants. For gardeners Why is biodiversity and people working in important? Biodiversity is natural areas, CAL-IPC like a safety net. In an Annual Invasive Weed ecosystem where many Symposium coming to species fill overlapping San Diego, October niches, biodiversity allows 28-31, 2015 is an systems with one or two eye-opening event.“Join failing species to stay fellow land managers, balanced. In a system researchers, and where there are few conservationists to species, if one or more catch up on the latest species fail or disappear, Orchid: Cynorkis gibbosa: very rare findings in invasive disruption of the plant biology and native of Madagascar ecosystem is certain. An management.”There is example of no also training and biodiversity would field trips. be a farmer with a What should single crop, you plant instead? perhaps corn.This Water districts farm is an recommend ecosystem. If this succulents and crop fails, it could artificial turf.The wipe out the farm. best choice is If the farmer were native species, to plant a variety of which attract crops, loss of any native pollinators one would be and help maintain much less San Diego’s damaging. Concern San Diego Native: Monkey Flower, Mimulus biodiversity. Native aurantiacus for biodiversity is plants will be sold concern for the at California Native natural environment, not a farm’s Plant Society’s Native Plant Sale, October artificial one. For example,Torrey Pines 18, Casa del Prado courtyard by SD State Park has lost many of its namesake Natural History Museum, Balboa Park, trees to drought and from 11 am to 3 pm insects in recent opening at 10 am for years. Nevertheless, members. See the park itself is still a for fairly robust example details. of coastal sage scrub. Throughout the However, if more and world, native plants more species start to struggle with disappear decreasing problems including biodiversity, that will invasive plants, loss of start to endanger the habitat and survivability of the over-collecting.The remaining flora and San Diego County fauna. Orchid Society’s Many nursery Conservation Invasive plant: Gazania, Gazania linearis plants are invasive Committee works to species.They may be help rare orchids in desirable garden plants because they their native habitats. Funds are raised have few local enemies, thrive with little year round at events including the rainfall, and sprout from seed faster than SDCOS Fall Orchid Show and Sale, natives easily spreading into natural Saturday October 24, 12-5 pm & Sunday areas.They compete very successfully for October 25, 10am-4pm in Casa del limited nutrients, form a mat smothering Prado, Balboa Park, room 101. For more later sprouting seeds, or in other ways information visit take away habitat from our many Help preserve biodiversity by beautiful native plants. To prevent this participating in these events. Learn problem, know what you are planting. If more about biodiversity, preventing the you must plant exotic plants, please spread of invasive species and start consult websites like Calflora making your yard beautifully eco-friendly.

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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, October 4 - 8:00am California Native Plant Society Walk Learn about the plants that thrive in Tecolote Canyon Saturday, October 10 - 9:00am Ethnobotany Walk Discover how the Kumeyaay People used the canyon for food, shelter and medicine 10:00am-4:00pm BASKETS & BOTANY! 16th annual Native American Event – FREE! Saturday, October 17 - 9:00am - 11:00am Weed Warriors Clean up the canyon with Park Ranger Janice Sunday, October 18 - 9:00am - 12:00pm Sunday in the Garden Volunteer with Park Ranger Steven in our native plant garden. Get dirty, have fun, help out your community! Saturday, October 24 - 8:00am Audubon Society Birding Walk Everyone welcome! For more information call 858-581-9959. Updated activities are posted at of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center Or Like us on Facebook – Friends of Tecolote Canyon Activities are free of charge. Donations to the Friends of Tecolote Canyon are always appreciated!

Baskets & Botany Kumeyaay Culture and Nature … Right in Your Back Yard! Saturday, October 10th 10am – 4pm This 16TH annual FREE FAMILY EVENT celebrates the Traditions of Southern California Native Americans as well as Bay Park’s best kept secret Schedule of Events - *Schedule is tentative and subject to change* 9:00 a.m. Ethnobotany Walk - Discover which plants are used in Kumeyaay culture for food, medicine, and daily life Lead by the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group (large scout groups please call ahead) 10:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony - A few words from the Friends of Tecolote Canyon 10:15 a.m. Ms. Smarty-Plants - Become an “Earth Hero” as she takes you on a magical journey to learn about saving the Earth! 11:00 a.m. Nyemii Wildcat Singers - Our Native American friends share traditional songs 12:00 p.m. Soaring Eagles - Native American Youth and Adult Dancers 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Sky Hunters Raptor Education - Learn about our local owls and hawks - see them live and up close 3:00 p.m. Snakes and Reptiles of Tecolote Canyon and Beyond - Meet our resident snakes and a few nonnative visitors learn why snakes are the “good guys” All Day Free Activities Include: Make a variety of Native American crafts in the Children’s Craft Area * Create a clay pot with Juaneño clay artist, Sylvia Mejia * Learn about native plants from the California Native Plant Society * Enjoy traditional Kumeyaay games, basket weaving demonstrations & artifacts on display * Create a sand painting * Meet a snake * Take a leisurely hike and discover all that your local Canyon has to offer * Tecolote Canyon and Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, CA. 92110 For information, call (858) 581-9944

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Friend-ly Real Estate Advice For Sale By Owner (FSBO) vs Agent by Jason Friend

According to the National Association of Realtors® (NAR), in 2013, 9% of all home sales across the U.S. were via FSBO. The typical FSBO home sold for an average of $184,000 compared to a $230,000 average for agent assisted transactions. This is a 20% difference. While a FSBO’s main interest is not paying 5 to 6% in agent commissions, they end up, on average, handing 20% in savings to the buyer instead. There are several reasons for this, some of which include 1) the average agent draws in up to 10 times or more buyer prospects than a FSBO does, 2) archetypal buyers for FSBO’s are investors that know what they are doing, 3) and FSBO’s often utilize inaccurate syndicated online resources to determine the market value of their home. With a significantly smaller buyer pool there is almost never a buyer bidding war for a higher sale price; and the few FSBO buyer prospects are commonly extremely

savvy investors who want to make an equitable profit the day they purchase the home. Additionally, FSBO’s are at much greater risk of ending up in litigation, which is frequently related to issues concerning disclosures. A good professional Realtor® helps dramatically reduce the risk of a transaction ending up in litigation. It is a misconception that an agent makes 6% commission. Typically, the listing agent makes about 1% commission, while the buyer’s agent makes about 1% as well; 1% goes to the listing agent broker and 1% to the buyer’s agent broker, all 4 of whom have a significant amount of overhead and liability. Up to 1% goes into marketing the property by the listing agent, usually at the agents upfront cost. Time is money; up to 1% is spent by the buyer’s agent in marketing their services, driving buyers around, and conducting due diligent market value research. If you are considering buying or selling, I’d love the opportunity to earn your business. Jason Friend (619) 784-3948.

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Adoptable Pet of the Month

His adoption fee includes his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, 30 days of complimentary medical insurance from Trupanion Insurance, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam! Andrew is available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus at 5500 Gaines Street. To learn more about making him part of your family, please call (619) 299-7012.

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Dogs Arrive in San Diego from a South Korea “Dog Meat Farm” by Chris O’Connell

It was a press release I received last month that I could not believe or maybe did not want to believe.

Society International (HSI) as “soulless”. This was the 3rd farm shut down this year by HSI. The goal of HSI is to shut down as many farms as possible

Members of the San Diego Humane Society Special Response Team

Twenty nine dogs, out of 103, were coming to San Diego via San Francisco International Airport rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea. Where we think of our pets as family members, dogs in South Korea are not considered living beings with personalities, they were described by Adam Parascandola, Director of Animal Protection and Crisis Response for Humane

by 2018 as well as bring more exposure to this practice and to end the dog trade. The media coverage and success stories of dogs being adopted is also being reported back to South Korea to show there are alternatives to the dog meat trade. The first two previous farms shut down have been converted to a blueberry farm and a chili pepper farm. At the time this farm owner

where 103 dogs were rescued is hoping to convert to a rice farm. Adoptions have begun at the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) for the mostly mastiffs, Jindo-mixes and Chihuahuas. Most of the dogs are between 6 months and 2 years old. All dogs will be spayed/neutered, given a full health exam, vaccinated as well as microchipped. SDHS has officially joined as an HSI

partner with other rescues, in the Bay Area, Washington DC, & Washington State. If you are interested in the remaining dogs from South Korea or any of the pets at the SDHS they can be reached San Diego Humane Society 5500 Gaines Street San Diego, CA 92110. (619) 299 7012 and for more information on Humane Society International visit

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Be a Crime Scene Investigator for a Day at San Diego Mesa College by Conner Russell, Information Assistant, San Diego Mesa College

The entire family can learn about the vital role science plays in solving crimes at “CSI: On the Mesa” – the 1st Annual San Diego Mesa College Math and Science Open House on Saturday, October 24. Held at Mesa College’s state-of-the-art M+S Complex, this inaugural event focuses on a CSI crime theme. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in family-friendly activities such as the forensic analysis of DNA fingerprinting – a method used to give individuals a unique “fingerprint” based on their DNA – chemical ink analysis, mathematical analysis, and a special mineral identification and fingerprint matching event for children.

Outside of the CSI theme, there will be fun demonstrations and activities on other scientific topics, ranging from a model of a volcanic explosion, using telescopes for sun-gazing, DNA extraction from strawberries, learning about human proportions, and human bone identification and analysis.The event will be led by Mesa College’s renowned math and science faculty and staff, as well as current Mesa students. The Mesa College Math and Science Open House takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free and open to the entire community. Food and refreshments will be available, along with prizes. RSVP by Friday, October 16 to reserve a meal voucher.There is no cost to attend. For more information and to RSVP, email Jennifer Carmichael at

Mesa Museum Studies Kicks off 25th Year with New Art Exhibition by Conner Russell, Information Assistant, San Diego Mesa College

San Diego Mesa College’s renowned Museum Studies program kicked off its 25th year at the campus on August 24th for the start of the college’s Fall semester. The only one of its kind in the San Diego region, Mesa College’s Museum Studies program consists of both in-class, and hands-on learning. Working in the Mesa College Art Gallery, students learn the essential skills of operating a museum, from how exhibitions are set up to how they are promoted. “We feature work from established and emerging artists from San Diego and other places and the students help us set up those exhibitions,” says Professor Alessandra Moctezuma, director of both the Mesa College Gallery and the Museum Studies Program.“The students get that training on how to hang the works, how to do the lighting, how to handle the promotion, how to engage the

audience, and it really serves as a wonderful laboratory for them.” After one year in the program, students then have the opportunity to pursue an internship at a local art gallery or museum, connecting them with potential careers in the art world. In previous years, Museum Studies students have interned at the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art – San Diego, the Museum of Man, and more. Museum Studies students can obtain either a Certificate of Achievement or, if transferring to a university, an Associate in Art degree. The program is available year-round, with the next classes being offered in the Spring 2016 semester. The current exhibition is “Macro Views, Micro Wonders,” featuring works by Cathy Breslaw, a local contemporary artist whose work has been featured in over 30 solo exhibitions throughout the United States.The exhibit is free and open to the public. For hours and more information, visit

Field Elementary PTA Presents the 3rd annual Fall Festival October 24th Please join the students, staff, and community members in the Field Elementary School parking lot from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, located at 4375 Bannock Ave, adjacent to the North Clairemont Recreation Center. There will be food, games, music, booths, contests, and much more. Come in costume and enter the

costume contest or come get your face painted at the festival. All games, contests, and booths are free with $1 paid admission. Food items include hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, and watermelon. For more information contact Field principal, Amy Griffiths, at (858) 800-5900 or visit the school website at


SDSU Aztecs, USD Toreros Produce Wins on Gridiron

Five-foot-nine-inch, 170-pound junior running back Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown as the San Diego State University (SDSU) Aztecs football team speared the University of San Diego (USD) Toreros by a final score of 37-3 in a non-conference ballgame played before an announced attendance of 48,785 spectators at Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday afternoon, September 5. Pumphrey, the son of Madison High School alum Gina Padua, hit paydirt on his touchdown run from five yards out in the first quarter, extending the Aztecs advantage against USD to 14-0. SDSU marched 98 yards on 12 plays over 5:05. The Toreros were led by the performances of 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound redshirt freshman quarterback Anthony Lawrence (nine completions out of 13 attempts, for 71 yards passing) and 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound redshirt sophomore tight end Ross Dwelley (five receptions for 50 yards receiving). “I thought our defense played quite well under the circumstances,” said USD head coach Dale Lindsey.” “All in all, they’re responsible for 16 of the 37 points. The offense gave up two interceptions (returned for touchdowns) and the special teams gave up the kickoff return (for a touchdown). You’ve got two of the three phases of our game that didn’t come up to level. You’re not going to win like that against a bad team. And they (the Aztecs) are a very good team.” “Every single one of our backs are extremely versatile,” said 6-foot-5-inch, 235-pound SDSU senior quarterback Maxwell Smith. “They can all go out, they can all run, and they can all catch the football. It can put defenses in a bind sometimes when we put the backs out there like that. I missed one throw to Pumphrey, but work with them all the time so it’s not like it’s something we don’t do often. We’ve been working all spring and summer with the backs and they’re all fully capable of catching the ball.” More Non-Conference College Football

Chatter Coach Lindsey on the Toreros week two 45-21 home-opening triumph over the Western New Mexico University Mustangs: “Fortunately for us our defense did enough to keep them (the Mustangs) out of the end zone. They are always tough and fight you all the way to the very wire.” Coach Rocky Long on the Aztecs losing 35-7 in week two to the California Golden Bears and 34-27 in week three to the South Alabama Jaguars: “I hope that’s not a trend. When it happens two weeks in a row, you start to wonder. The biggest mistake we made was fumbling the ball.” Pumphrey rushed for 85 yards on 21 carries against California and 102 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries and five catches for 55 yards versus South Alabama. Local Area Non-League HS Football Scores WEEK ONE: Madison 44, El Capitan 7; Clairemont 41, Gabriellino 17; Kearny 55, San Ysidro 10; Nuview Bridge 42, Francis Parker 6; CETYS 21, Horizon 14; WEEK TWO: St. Augustine 48, Madison 21; Mar Vista 28, Clairemont 7; Santana 59, Kearny 19; Hoover 42, Francis Parker 0; Maranatha Christian 10, Horizon 6; WEEK THREE: Madison 29, Bonita Vista 28; Clairemont 27, Montgomery 26; Crawford 35, Kearny 28; Mater Dei 49, Francis Parker 27; Horizon 45,Tri-City Christian 0; WEEK FOUR: Eastlake 37, Madison 36; Mission Bay 36, Clairemont 7; El Cajon Valley 34, Kearny 28; Francis Parker 20, Calexico 14; Santa Clarita Christian 49, Horizon 7; Rob Stone is a life-long resident of the San Diego area and is also a certified talent scout through Sports Management Worldwide. Rob has been working with and helping to assist sports agents in getting their clients signed to contracts. If you would like a professional scouting report written up on your favorite athlete, you can feel free to contact Mr. Stone directly. He may be reached at: 1 (619) 241-6516,,,, or

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The “Big Pack” Food Packaging Event

On a hot muggy day in September over 100 volunteers showed up to the Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ to package meals for local groups. With a goal of completing 10,000 meals the group surpassed it packaging 16,700 meals. The meals were distributed to the Boys and Girls Club Clairemont Branch, the Community Christian Service Agency in Clairemont and the San Diego Food Bank.

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