Clairemont Times October 2016

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$1 Billion Grant for Public Transportation


Regents Road Bridge - City Council Vote Public safety in UTC, UC and Clairemont hang in the balance. by Louis Rodolico

Coast Trolley Extension, an 11 mile extension of the Blue Line from Old Town heading North with 9 stations: Tecolote Rd, Clairemont Dr, Balboa Ave, from there it crosses over Interstate 5 (I-5) with a stop at

This December San Diego City Council will decide whether or not city taxpayers in Districts; 2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9 will gift 16.7 million dollars each year, forever, to District 1. The vote will be over the controversial Regents Road Bridge which is in District 1. This chart is based on Century costs, which allow high start-up costs to be spread out over the life of a project. The Traffic Man Hours and Gasoline being wasted, because the bridge was not built, cost city taxpayers 12 million dollars each year, or 1.2 billion each century. This does not include; hospitalization, vehicle repair and funerals. Idling vehicles on Genesee vent 10 million pounds of CO2 into the atmosphere each year, unnecessarily. Let’s look at the logic for an additional firehouse and satellite police station. If council votes to remove the bridge then West UC can later turn to council and say; “You, council, removed planned roads. The firehouse, police station

SEE Grant, page 4

SEE Regent Road Bridge, page 13

County Board of Supervisors Chair and SANDAG Chair Ron Roberts and Federal Transit Administration Acting Administrator Photo by Chris O’Connell/Clairemont Times Carolyn Flowers.

Local stops include Tecolote Rd, Clairemont Drive & Balboa Ave By Chris O’Connell On September 14th on the campus of UCSD a full funding grant agreement in the amount of $1,000,000,000 was made to

SANDAG from the Federal Transit Administration. The total cost of the project is estimated at $2.1 billion, the TransNet half cent tax is covering the other half. This now paves the way for construction to begin on the Mid

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

(this is just 2 of many for November) which will really have an impact, I am not here to tell you how to vote but at least read them over and vote. With regards to contributors/commentary this paper I feel has always been fair. Lately though it seems personal attacks are taking place if you disagree with an opinion. Disagreeing is fine, but wild character attacks I do not feel are necessary. Be fair. Be kind. Keep that other stuff on Nextdoor and Facebook where it thrives. Change is happening and for the next 5 years or so we are going to see a transformation in the community. The trolley, new housing, new construction and who knows what else. Hopefully this is all for the better. The past 5 years have been great and I look forward to the next 5. Enjoy this edition!

Bit of a milestone here for us, this edition marks 5 years. Back in 2011 we published the first ever Clairemont Times, and we also this month just launched the first ever edition of the Mira Mesa News. My goal is to bring the same type of content up north, a newspaper dedicated to their neighborhoods. It has been an amazing 5 years I have met some wonderful people and I cannot begin to thank all who have helped me out along the way. From the contributors to local business owners who still believe in the power of print, I do what I can for all our clients. While yes, we live in a digital age, but to me there is nothing like flipping through the paper. So thank you to all! This edition once again I hope you will learn something new. I know I did, I learned about a tree lady, baby boomers and the future of water here in San Diego and a lot more. With the loaded election coming up next month we have a couple submissions; a ballot measure and a proposition

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Chapman Team Chatter Our real estate market has remained strong; the prices on homes for sale have gone up, but not as fast as the first 6 months of the year 2016. Our inventory is still low. One of the things we have noticed, if the home is advertised as a fixer the Sellers are receiving offers from a

number of investors. Also, there are a few investors who are making an offer at one price or meeting the price the Seller wants, then after the property is off the market they ask for a lower price. In that case the Seller loses valuable market time. We have had predictions that we

are headed for another meltdown. Some experts say it won’t be as bad as 2008 but will affect the real estate market. One thing they don’t predict is when it will happen – next year, the year after? Mortgage Interest rates still remain at historically low at approximately 3.375% for a 30 year fixed mortgage. Buyers still have the best of both worlds with the low interest rates, the

prices of their investment growing and the interest paid on their loan is deductible on their tax returns. If you have any questions regarding real estate, do not hesitate to call us at (619) 208-9439 or (858) 344-3358

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On the Mesa With the newly unveiled Mesa Commons on campus as the “heart and hub” of the school, the fall semester is underway for the Olympians at San Diego Mesa College. October brings some exciting activities to the campus that the community is welcome to join in on. A Taste of Mesa – On the heels of the grand opening, Mesa College will hold a fundraiser in the new Culinary Outlook in Mesa Commons. Current students, friends, alumni and foodies will enjoy international cuisine stations, a food-themed silent auction, light jazz music and a “Chopped” style cook-off. Tickets are available online for the price of $25 for students, $50 for general admission and $150 for VIP tickets. For more information and to buy tickets, visit m. A Taste of Mesa will take place 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. All proceeds benefit the culinary arts program at Mesa. Why We Collect…The 20th Century – An exhibit on art collecting and art

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styles from the 20th century will open with a reception in the on campus art gallery at 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, followed by a lecture at 6:30 p.m. For more information regarding the gallery, visit Homecoming – Come cheer on the Olympian football team in their homecoming game versus San Bernardino Valley College at Mesa’s Merrill Douglas Stadium. Starting the day off at 8 a.m. will be the third annual 5K and 1 Mile Race – this year with a Pokemon twist. An alcohol-free homecoming tailgate party with free food, games and music starts at 4 p.m., followed by the homecoming football game at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. Gourmet Dining at Mesa College – Join our Culinary Arts/Management Department on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. as they serve a five course, prix fixe menu for $22. Included in the price is an amuse bouche, soup, salad, a main course and dessert. For more information about the gourmet dinner program, email Professor Michael Fitzgerald at

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Pure Water San Diego North City Projects Underway San Diego relies on importing 85 percent of its water from the Colorado River and Northern California Bay Delta. With limited local control over its water supply, the City of San Diego is vulnerable to rising imported water costs from our wholesalers, recurring droughts, climate change and natural disasters. To address these vulnerabilities and properly plan for the future, the City of San Diego is moving forward with Pure Water San Diego, a phased, multi-year program that will provide one-third of San Diego's water supply locally by 2035. The program uses proven water purification technology to clean recycled water to produce safe, high-quality drinking water. Over the next 20 years, multiple Pure Water Facilities will be constructed throughout San Diego. The first phase of the Pure Water Program is underway and includes the design and construction of the North City Pure Water Facility across the street from the North City Water Reclamation Plant. This facility will produce 30 million gallons per day of purified water. To transport the purified water from the North City Facility to Miramar Reservoir, a pump station and pipeline will be constructed. The route

of the eight-mile pipeline will start just north of the existing North City Water Reclamation Plant on Eastgate Mall, follow Miramar Road, and continue through Scripps Ranch to the Miramar Reservoir. There the purified water will be blended with imported and local water sources and treated again at the Miramar Drinking Water Treatment Plant before going to homes and businesses. Currently, the design of the North City Pure Water Pump Station and Pipeline is 30 percent completed, and is anticipated to be fully designed by 2018. Construction is expected to begin in 2019, and completed and operational by 2021. The public is invited to Pure Water Day, a free open house event at the North City Water Reclamation Plant on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to learn more about the North City projects and water purification process, as well as to tour the demonstration Pure Water Facility and taste the water. At full build-out, Pure Water San Diego will produce 83 million gallons of purified water per day and will be part of the water supply for all communities in San Diego. Please visit for more information.

Grants Continued from page 1

Nobel Dr, then the VA Medical Center. The next stop is Pepper Canyon as it then travels back over the I-5 West to East to, Voigt Drive, Executive Dr then travels above Genesee Ave where the final stop will be the Westfield Mall or UTC transit Center. See map on on this page. To view a flyover YouTube video visit Service is scheduled to begin in 2021. See page 11 for details on a Kickoff Celebration & Family Picnic.

To follow the project, visit: /midcoast. An email account is set up for questions or concerns midcoast@ or call (877) 379-0110.

In addition, there are updates/ information posted on social media and/or /MidCoastTrolley

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27 Quick and Easy Fix Ups to Sell Your Clairemont Area Home Fast and for Top Dollar Because your home may well be your largest asset, selling it is probably one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. And once you have made that decision, you’ll want to sell your home for the highest price in the shortest time possible without compromising your sanity. Before you place your home on the market, here’s a way to help you to be as prepared as possible. To assist home sellers, a new industry report has just been released called “27 Valuable Tips That You Should Know to Get Your Home Sold Fast and for Top Dollar.” It tackles the important issues you need to know to make your home competitive in today’s tough, aggressive marketplace. Through these 27 tips you will discover how to protect and capitalize on your most important investment, reduce stress, be in control of your situation, and make the best profit

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Squaremont By Bill Swank

Photos Courtesy of Bill Swank

Dorothy Carroll, The Jacaranda Lady Kate Sessions, Mother of Balboa Park, was the Johnny Appleseed of Jacarandas in Southern California. Over the years, other women earned the title and San Diego’s current

“Now there are over 400 and there is a waiting list to join.” She was president of the club in the 1980s when Sylvia Simpson Coleman agreed to chair a civic beautification project if it would include planting jacarandas. The beautiful, lavender blue flowering jacaranda, native to Argentina and Brazil, can grow to 40-50 feet in height and spread to 40-50 feet in width. In the late spring, jacarandas explode in color and can have an abbreviated, less spectacular second blooming in the autumn. The club planted their first jacarandas at the entrance to Mt. Soledad Memorial Park in 1987.“Sylvia Simpson Coleman dreamed of people coming to San Diego to see the jacaranda blossoms just like they visit the cherry blossoms in Washington,” said Dorothy. In the past 30 years, the Village Garden Club of La Jolla has planted over 2,000 jacarandas throughout San Diego County.

Dorothy Carroll holds a picture of her dream for jacaranda tunnels in San Diego

Johnny Appleseed of Jacarandas is 86-year-old BayHo resident Dorothy Carroll. Dorothy, known as The Jacaranda

Late season jacaranda blossoms in Clairemont Photo by Bill Swank

Lady, joined The Village Garden Club of La Jolla in 1977.“There were only 15-20 members back then,” she said.

Photo by Bill Swank

On May 16, 1990, Mayor Maureen O’Connor proclaimed the First Annual San Diego Jacaranda Festival and commended the Village Garden Club of La Jolla for their beautification projects. The festival began among the jacarandas at Fourth and Laurel. Participants walked south on Fourth Avenue to Ash Street where the procession turned right and followed the trail of jacarandas to the County Administration Center on the bay. Dorothy has high praise for both Sylvia Simpson Coleman and Donna Derrick. In 2000, Donna successfully convinced the city to name the jacaranda as San Diego’s official (non-native) tree. In the 1950s, jacarandas were planted in front of the Buena Vista Garden Apartments from Iroquois to Dakota. Today, the mature trees offer a spectacular springtime treat for motorists who drive along Claremont Drive.

In 2000, one hundred jacarandas were planted west of Morena Boulevard from Claremont Drive to the Morena split. The city applied for a grant from the Metropolitan Water District to help establish the new plantings. Unfortunately, over the years, these trees have not prospered. “I counted them the other day. 83 are still alive and they have been looking better lately,” said Dorothy. The Jacaranda Lady is being kind and generous which is her nature. Care of the trees is the city’s responsibility and some of them look terrible. The club planted jacarandas in Mission Bay Park from Claremont Drive to the Hilton along the westside of Interstate 5. They are very special to Dorothy, because the grove is dedicated to Sylvia Simpson Coleman who Dorothy Carroll discusses jacarandas with Marguerite died in 1993 at age 73. The Elicone of the San Diego Unified Port District trees have a decidedly Photo by Bill Swank eastern tilt caused by the prevailing ocean breezes that additional jacarandas to be planted cool Bay Park and Claremont. across the street at Lane Field Park, but The Garden Club donated 42 the designers went with palms jacarandas for the waterfront park instead. There seems to be no middle along Harbor Drive by the Broadway ground between palms and jacarandas. Pier. In 2015, Dorothy campaigned for People either love them or hate them. Dorothy notes,“Some people don’t like jacarandas, because they are messy. I advise people to plant them in the lawn so when the flowers drop, they won’t be carried into your home.” The Village Garden Club of La Jolla accepts donations for jacarandas to honor loved ones. Three large jacarandas are planted near the grave of Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman at Miramar National Cemetery. “The jacaranda project has been perfect for me,” said Dorothy.“I hope it goes on and people will continue to dedicate trees to their loved ones so their grandchildren can see the jacarandas grow.” “I’ve been a stage 4 breast cancer survivor since 2000. I’ve thought about what people would say at my funeral and hope they’ll say, ‘She did a good job.’” Kate Sessions, Sylvia Simpson Coleman, Donna Derrick and Dorothy Carroll ... You all did a good First article about the Village Garden Club of La Jolla's job. jacaranda project (from Dorothy Carroll's scrapbook)

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Religious Directory Atonement Lutheran Church 7250 Eckstrom St (Balboa & 805) San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 278-5556 Sunday Worship Time 9 am, Bible Study 10:30 am Clairemont Lutheran Church 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times 8:30, 10:00 (English) & 11:30 am (Spanish) Sunday School for kids 9:45am

Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

Welcome to autumn and a welcome for all to come and join us at the Clairemont Woman's Club monthly meeting on Wednesday, October 6th at 1 p. m. We meet at the Balboa Community Church, 6555 Balboa Avenue, 92111. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church parking lot. This month's speaker will be Glennis Gould, a crime prevention specialist for San Diego County Sheriff's Department. She will be talking to us about cyber safety and current frauds to help protect yourself from being a victim. Come and find out what you can do to avoid being hacked. Refreshments will be served. Our president, Mary Epperly, has chosen to support the Clairemont Boys and Girls Club. At our last meeting, Ruth Cassidy, from our local Boys and Girls Club told us how the

club helps local youths to keep on the straight path with all their wonderful programs and counseling. Our fundraiser, to support the Boys and Girls Club will be a Bunco Buffet on March 25th. Mark your calendar ... more info to follow. We try to fulfill our club's objectives of social concerns, civic interests and educational activities ... and to have some fun via a book club, an Out and About group, Daytime Gourmets, a trip to Viejas and get-togethers at each other's home. Come and see what we are about, we welcome you! Our November meeting will be Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, a day before the Clairemont Times hits the Streets ... so make a note on your calendar. 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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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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CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 10/6/16 (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117 CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 10/18/16 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop, 92117 LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 10/20/16 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls, 92111 LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 10/24/16 (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 MARIAN BEAR REC COUNCIL Please visit our website at or our Facebook page at Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council for meeting dates and locations

Letter to the Clairemont Times:

Regarding the Regents Road Bridge opinion pieces by Louis Rodolico, residents of Clairemont, beware. He does not tell you that if the Regents Road bridge were built, it would greatly increase Clairemont traffic on Regents Road from the 52 heading up to Clairemont Mesa Blvd. He lives in University City and has run out of ways to get the residents in University City to listen to him.The readers of the Clairemont Times should be made aware that Mr. Rodolico does not speak for the majority of people from University City. He claims he does, but that is not a proven fact. Mr. Rodolico has tried and failed miserably in his attempt to get his one and only agenda fulfilled ... to build the Regents Road Bridge project. He has run for the University Community Planning group and lost by a landslide. He ran for San Diego City Council and lost horribly,

even to a candidate who never made one public appearance. He has publicly suggested a number of outlandish ideas to anyone who will listen: floating, tow-able Charger stadium barges, a fire station smack in the middle of a well used University City park, filling Rose Canyon with water, and on and on. People of Clairemont, you need to understand this one trick pony is not your friend and would pave over your backyard in a minute if he could - and is advocating for more traffic in your community. He has no concerns about the Regents Road bridge project sucking traffic off the freeway to cut through University City and Clairemont. And he is now supporting an increase in development in our community. Where is his concern about that traffic? Richard Quinonez University City

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Beers by the Bay by Brian Riehm

Killing It at Kilowatt Brewing

I was able to sample a wide variety of beers on this visit. Starting on the lighter side, Kilowatt’s Pale Ale is super smooth and refreshing, a nice start on the humid night I visited. Next up was a Wild Sour Apricot Hefeweizen. As I mentioned last month, sours aren’t my favorite style,

I once again found myself in Kearney Mesa for this month’s beer tasting. Kilowatt Brewing, at 7576 Clairemont Mesa Blvd is brewing a style for every taste regardless of their small size. They have 20 different beers on tap ranging from “San Diego traditional” IPAs to one of my favorites, a Smoked Mezcal Cardamom Scotch Ale. I talked to CEO and co-founder Steve Kozyk about what they are trying to accomplish at Heather, Steve & Ryan of Kilowatt Brewing in Kearny Mesa Kilowatt. He told me that the advantage of being such a small operation is that but this had some great balance from they can push the envelope. They the apricot to make this a very tasty aren’t just brewing traditional styles, Hef. The Bourbon Vanilla Oak Amber but brewing new interpretations of is probably not for everyone, but I them. As an example, their Scotch Ale really enjoyed the sweet taste and the was smoked with two different rich character from the bourbon woods, cherry and mescal-infused oak flavor. The Prefecture IPA had a nice and spiced with black cardamom. hop with a little sweetness, and a little They have thirty different malt more pine than citrus in the hops. I varieties they are experimenting with had expected the Smoked Mezcal to produce a variety of beers. Cardamom Scotch Ale to be too much Additionally, they have a barrel aging of a good thing, but it turned out just program using Pinot Noir, Grenache, right. The Scotch wasn’t and Gin barrels. Finally, they are overwhelmed by any of the other adding real fruit at the end of the flavors, but they added some great fermentation process to some of their smoky spicy zest to the beer. That was fruit infused beers. going to be my last beer, but I felt Entering the premises from obligated to try a barrel aged beer Clairemont Mesa, I was greeted by the after talking to Steve about getting a stacked barrels aging some of the little coverage he had received on beers. The interior is lit with some I went for the French Oak pretty surreal lighting, befitting the Red, an amber beer aged in Pinot Kilowatt name. The beers are listed barrels. This red came out with on a video wall. Heather, our barleywine flavor, but milder and bartender said that this was part of easier to drink than a traditional their system to update the beers on barleywine. It was a great way to end Taphunter immediately. As you the evening; but not before snapping a proceed to the back of the tasting picture of Heather, Steve, and Ryan room you can see some of the action Schirripa, their brewer (left to right). going on with creating the beers. If you are looking for some great Steve said that Tuesdays were the best experimentation across a wide variety night to see some of the work in of styles, then try out Kilowatt progress, but Fridays and Saturdays brewing. were the most crowded. The Brian Riehm is a long-time Clairemont ambience here is sort of avant-garde resident and follower of the local craft beer industrial, with modern art on the scene. You can keep up with all his beer walls and nineties grunge on the reviews by following @BrianRiehm on Twitter sound system. They have two big and reading his blog ( screen TVs beside the tap line up.

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No on Measure J by former Councilmembers Donna Frye and Ed Harris and community advocates Catherine Jolley and Denise Friedman.

Should more money be taken away from Mission Bay Park to be used in other city parks? Should more commercial development and leases be allowed in Mission Bay Park? These are just two of the issues that voters will be asked to decide when they vote on Measure J. To better understand Measure J, it helps to go back in time. The original promise was that part of Mission Bay Park (25 percent) would be used for commercial development and leases such as hotels, etc. In exchange, the money generated from that development would be used to pay for the public improvements in the park. Problem was, the city broke its promise and most of the money was used for other purposes. To remedy that, in November 2008, a measure called Prop C was placed on the ballot to ensure that 75 percent of Mission Bay lease revenues above $20 million would stay in Mission Bay Park. The other 25 percent would be used for the benefit of other city parks. At that time, it was estimated that only 8 percent of the lease revenues were being used for Mission Bay Park public improvements. Prop C passed and it seemed that finally the promises to fund the public improvements would be kept.

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But one of the authors of Prop C, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, decided to change that by proposing Measure J. Specifically, Measure J would reduce the current Prop C funding formula for Mission Bay Park by 10 percent and use it for other city parks. The second part of Measure J is probably not known to many people. That's because the language was added after the mayor held his June 30 press conference announcing it. There has been almost no public discussion about it either. The proposed language would change the definition of Mission Bay Park by allowing the City Council to add contiguous park acreage. Adding more parkland sounds pretty good until you understand what the consequences could be. If you recall, in 1987 the voters approved a ballot measure limiting to 25 percent the amount of commercial development allowed in Mission Bay Park. That number was based upon the total park acreage at that time. So for every acre of park that is added, another 25 percent of commercial development could be allowed on areas such as Fiesta Island, De Anza or Sea World. That raises a lot of red flags, especially when one considers it could mean even more hotels on our public parkland. For example, the Voice of San Diego reported last November that "SeaWorld has inked a partnership deal with Evans Hotel Group, the

Clairemont High Baby Boomers Still on Track as Fastest

There were no cell phones, no internet and no information age. There was, however, black and white television, Studebakers, the Twist, Captain Kangaroo, the Mickey Mouse Club, Lost in Space, the Twilight Zone, Tiny Tim, a man on the moon and a bunch of kids that could run fast, real fast. Some of the fastest runners to come out of Clairemont High School were a product of the Sixties and their records still stand. They were my classmates. Dale Fleet, Dave Harper

and George Chandler were quicker than greased lightning. We came of age during innocent times and went on to introduce the world to the sport of triathlon. On October 13, 1985, I had the honor of competing with the “Big Four” Mark Allen, Scott Tinley, Dave Scott and Scott Molina at the Nice Triathlon World Championships in Nice, France. Those were the days. It seemed like back in the Sixties, every kid was in shape. Some of those kids never lost their zest for athletics and staying fit. Maybe it was their high-powered owner of The Lodge at Torrey Pines and two Mission Bay hotels, to either build or purchase a hotel." There are a lot of other issues about Measure J that cause concern. It was placed on the ballot in record time, which limited the public's ability to analyze the proposed changes. The committee that is appointed to be the oversight board for Mission Bay Park learned about the measure the same day the mayor held a press conference announcing it. Local community planning groups were not informed about the plans either, which is one of the reasons the Pacific Beach Town Council held a public forum on September 21. The community raised many other issues, including why the rush, why was the community left out of the discussion, how does taking more revenue from the park benefit Mission Bay Park and what is the impact on the current priority projects?

People are also concerned about the mayor's proposal to issue bonds for other parks. How would the interest on those bonds be paid and what are the financial impacts on Mission Bay Park projects? The bottom line is this - for decades, the promises made about funding the public improvements in Mission Bay Park have not been kept. In 2008, the voters finally had a chance to fix that. But now, less than 10 years later, Measure J would divert even more money away from Mission Bay Park. And because of the lack of community outreach, we still don't know if the change to the definition of Mission Bay Park would result in allowing more commercial development in the park. Unfortunately, it's a safe bet that it would. Measure J raises more questions than it answers. For these and many other reasons, we urge a no vote on Measure J.

Meetings Regarding Morena Blvd Monday 10/10/16 Clairemont ad hoc subcommittee – Morena – 6pm at St. David's Church 5050 Milton St, 92110 Thursday 10/13/16 Linda Vista ad hoc subcommittee – Morena 6pm at Linda Vista Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111 Tuesday 10/18/16 Clairemont CPG – Community Plan Update Overview – 6:30pm at Cadman Elementary 4370 Kamloop, 92117 Thursday 11/3/16 Pacific Beach ad hoc subcommittee – Balboa – 6pm at Pacific Beach Library 4275 Cass St, 92109 Clairemont ad hoc subcommittee – Balboa- has no confirmed meeting scheduled for more information visit:

mom’s fascination with Jack LaLanne that never dulled the little boy in the man. Or maybe it was simply the challenge of pushing to the limit. Forty-eight years ago, the Clairemont High School track was a dusty mess that quickly turned to mud during our rainy winters. Today, it is a prized gem of the San Diego Unified School District. It is a state of the art running surface, expanded seating, artificial turf and night lighting that would make Broadway Joe green with envy. It was Joe Namath and the green clad New York Jets that had practiced on this field during the late Sixties. On a recent return to my High School, I peeled off a couple of miles with father time to my nose. I finally felt my age. Those sub six minute miles are now only a dream. But dreams are what make for life and life

is what makes for dreams. Perhaps we have a lesson to learn from that innocent time when kids roamed free on the power of their legs. When nature brought creativity to life and the sky was the limit. As for the information age, it seems ironic that past generations had perhaps more knowledge than the youth of today. It’s what one does with the availability of knowledge that counts, not the fact that knowledge is ubiquitous. Running is like knowledge, it takes initiative. As the old Chinese saying goes,“Slowness is beauty.” But those kids sure could run fast. Be nice, do good deeds and don’t be a stranger as we at the Clairemont Times value your participation. Daniel J Smiechowski has been a resident of Clairemont since 1967 and can be reached at or 858.220.4613

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are too far away, for safety we need our own Firehouse and Satellite Police Station” And the logic for the New Library;“You, council, widened Genesee so it is unsafe for us to cross, we need our own library”. And so on. This logic is not far-fetched. UCPG has been working behind the scenes to keep the Fast Response Squad 56 and new firehouse in West UC. The Citygate Report (page 76) shows two new firehouses with one at Governor and Stresemann, this site is also part of the December vote. These firehouse locations are the result of UCPG sub-committee meetings where minutes are not required. The two thirds of the “Community” who believes the bridge should be built are banned from the University “Community” Planning Group (UCPG) Board. West UC controls UCPG and this

has resulted in sub-standard service times in East UC where 20 minute ambulance arrival times are common, see attached map. Remember when the Governor to I-5 connector was taken off the plan 15 years ago, it was done with the assumption the Regents Road Bridge would be built, what happened to that promise? The Citygate Report (page 76) shows two firehouses in University if the bridge is not built. One Central Firehouse actually provides better overall service for UTC, UC & Clairemont. According to the Citygate report each firehouse costs 232 million a century, so if the bridge is built, we need one less firehouse and we save 232 million a century and get better service times for everyone. The same goes for the library, satellite police station etc., these three total almost half a billion dollars each century and

are unnecessary, if the bridge is built. Council persons need to resolve unanticipated emergencies so going to a city council person for $30,000 for an emergency repair or a humanitarian project is a big ask. With the Regents Road Bridge built each council member will have additional funds to say yes to a dozen such projects, in their district, each year. Now I have listened to the arguments of those who do not want the bridge. Somehow the bridge will bring crime, but not police. Those who purchased their property at a discount because of the looming bridge can turn a quick profit by eliminating the bridge. Some of the properties have long Regents Road frontages, with the bridge off the plan these properties could be rezoned for additional lots and a large profit. Those who live a short distance from the bridge should study house values near similar roads before making any house value claims. I have nothing against private enclaves or gated communities, but I am against creating one by dismantling a planned urban grid thereby putting all of us at unnecessary risk. See Executive Summary Table ES-1 (pdf page 34) University Draft-PEIR. Is there the possibility of a compromise? Yes. But we will not get there when UCPG excludes two thirds of the community from the process and we have to remove Westfield Mall from the helm. We are a culture whose veins and arteries are our road systems. The current naturalist arguments could be used against any bridge ever built. The Regents Road Bridge will provide; conflagration egress, a much needed alternate route and dramatically improve both inter-community & emergency travel times. It will lower our carbon load, provide a cross canyon passage for pedestrians and cyclists. Most importantly, it will compensate for the unabated development in UTC thereby reducing injuries and deaths. One final note: Mello-Roos occurs when voters decide to post a bond for desired infrastructure. Their vote puts the bond cost on their property taxes. West UC seeks their own; Firehouse, Satellite Police Station, Library and other projects yet to be identified. However West UC is not going the Mellow-Roos route, their maneuver seeks payment from San Diego’s general fund, thereby distributing the

cost to taxpayers in all 9 city districts. However, they need the bridge off the plan to help stake their claim. Taxpayers can avoid these unnecessary costs and risks if the Regents Road Bridge is built. Hopefully City Council will agree in December. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001. Links: Traffic, Gasoline, Conflagration Carbon Load egents-rd-bridge/

Citygate Report tygate-associates-inc-fire-service-standards.pdf One Central Firehouse -fire-station-or-two/ Draft PEIR p_draft_peir.pdf Westfield Mall -being-removed-but-construction-continues-unabated/ Mello-Roos 527-20090610_melloroos

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10 Movies to Get Your Family in the Halloween Spirit! by Lolo & Big J

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. While it is mostly known for zombies, horror, and frights, it can also bring families together. From pumpkin carving to trick or treating, Halloween can be a lot of fun, especially when it comes to movies! Here is a list of 10 family friendly Halloween movies to get you into the spooky-but-not-too-spooky spirit! *The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993): This is our all-time favorite Halloween movie, but really, it can be watched any time between October 1st and December 25th. "The Nightmare Before Christmas" is a beautiful stop-motion animated feature film with cool characters, tons of wonderful songs, and even some ghastly frights, but nothing so terrifying that little kids can't watch. *Goosebumps (2015): A complete surprise to us, "Goosebumps" is a super fun monster-themed family adventure film that is an enjoyable ride from start to finish. We had low expectations for this movie, but were blown away by how fast paced, exciting, and action-packed it is and have added it to our Halloween rotation! *ParaNorman (2012): Another stop-motion animated feature, "ParaNorman" is not just a great zombie-infested family friendly choice, but it also has a fantastic message about understanding those who are different and not responding to fear with violence. It is pretty dark and twisted, but it's also tons of fun. *The Witches (1990): We think "The Witches" gets lost in the fray, drowned out by other, newer Halloween-related films. It should not be forgotten because of its spooky story, intricate yet sometimes gruesome special effects, and frightfully wonderful makeup and costuming. Oh, and Anjelica Huston is incredible! *Corpse Bride (2005): One of Tim Burton's best movies, "Corpse Bride" is dark and melancholy, but it's also beautiful, creepy, and haunting. This film is sure to become a classic as Burton's vision comes to life, full of excellent music, well made characters and sets, and a fantastic juxtaposition between dark and bright colors. *Hocus Pocus (1993): 1993 was clearly an excellent year for Halloween movies! Three witches are unleashed and run around a small town, what could go wrong? "Hocus Pocus" is another classic Halloween film, one we still enjoy despite it being 23 years old. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker make up a perfectly cast witch trio in a flick that might be cheesy, but is sure enjoyable. *Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005): This animated British duo offers a whimsical twist on the classic werewolf legend. Being only G-rated, "Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit" is suitable for even the youngest of kids looking for some Halloween entertainment, and there is enough wit and charm to please the older crowd as well. *For Families with Older Kids* *Beetlejuice (1988): Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!! This film has an 80's PG rating, which means you should expect a couple of curse words and some more mature thematic material, but this comedy classic is great for families with teenagers. Michael Keaton

rocks as the titular character in a compelling, mildly horrifying but always hilarious tale. *The Addams Family (1991): Very twisted and macabre, "The Addams Family" is sure to delight lovers of morbidity. This will definitely please older kids with its wicked slapstick, horrific sense of humor, and fantastic costumes and acting. *The Monster Squad (1987): Brimming with 1980's nostalgia and camp, the concept for "The Monster Squad" is super rad. Modeling its characters after 1930's-1950's monster movie baddies? Genius! This has some totally tubular makeup work and will take you on a trip down memory lane. Some bad language involved. 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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The Candidates for San Diego Unified School Board of Education, District A

Clairemont Schools Improve Every Year Under Vision 2020 by Dr. John Lee Evans, Ph.D., Trustee, San Diego Unified, District A

As we approach the 2016 election voters need to decide who will best lead the San Diego Unified School District for the next four years. As a former classroom teacher, a child psychologist and a parent I have led the effort to truly reform San Diego public schools through Vision 2020 for Quality Schools in Every Neighborhood. Candidates often make general promises, but I am running on my record and what we have accomplished. 1) We made a high school diploma more meaningful with more rigorous requirements. While the graduation rate was 78% ten years ago, we have risen to 92% this year. 2) Test scores across the district continue to rise. Among California’s largest districts we rank #1 in English Language Arts and tied for second on Mathematics. We are consistently above the state average. We recently ranked among the top four urban districts in the nation. 3) We have streamlined administration and sent more money to the classroom. 4) We have a nationally recognized technology program, as well as national awards for music and the arts. 5) I led the effort for more stringent ethical guidelines for board members to avoid conflicts of interest. 6) We encouraged greater parent and community participation through cluster school councils. 7) We have a construction program that has resulted in 96% of our school facilities rated by the state as good or excellent. The taxpayers’ money is being well spent. How are Clairemont schools specifically improving? 1) Higher graduation rates. At Clairemont 97% of students met all of the rigorous graduation requirements and 99% at Madison.

2) All of the above changes in Clairemont schools have been guided by open and transparent local school cluster councils to make the changes Clairemont residents have John Evans wanted. 3) As a sign of greater community participation the Clairemont Mesa Educational Foundation was formed to bring more funds and programs to our schools. 4) Clairemont High is one of two in the nation with a grant to prepare our students for careers in healthcare, technology and business. 5) Our middle schools are vastly improved with the arts programs at CPMA, the technology programs at Innovation and the many new electives at Marston. 6) Our quality neighborhood elementary schools have been protected. I have successfully fought against all efforts to close small schools in Clairemont and now the enrollment is increasing. You can now find quality schools in your own backyard here in Clairemont. My leadership as vice president and president of the Board of Education has brought attention and resources to Clairemont. I am committed to accelerating these reforms and improvements in the next four years. Clairemont can once again be proud of our neighborhood schools. Voters will vote for all open seats on the school board. I am also enthusiastically endorsing Dr. Sharon Whitehurst-Payne to stay on the board representing District E. As a former classroom teacher and administrator her experience has served her well in her first year. She has already made a great contribution to our schools. Be sure to go down the ballot and vote.

A Person Who Never Takes a Chance, Never Has a Chance With the steadfast love and unfailing support of my wife, I have had the privilege and honor of actively helping to shape the future of our city, through my extensive volunteer work (see for details) and more recently through my campaign for the San Diego Unified School Board. These experiences have been the most rewarding and fulfilling of my professional life. I never imaged the kind of support my efforts would generate, demonstrating how many people are hungry for representatives who will listen to their concerns, and who understand the need for social and structural changes in our current School Board. True, I may not have the financial backing and political connections that my opponent enjoys, but the grassroots support I have received is worth more than money, and I am proud to say that I am beholden to no special interests and I will never answer to anyone except the students, teachers, and parents in my community. Over the past week, I sat down with political pundits from both sides of the aisle and had an opportunity to discuss my second place finish in the primary election and my prospects going into the next 50 days prior to the general election. We went over everything in my campaign, from fundraising to advertising to hitting the pavement and shaking hands with the community. And quite frankly, the message I got from both of them was, “Steph, you may make an excellent trustee, but realistically you have no chance of winning in November, because you just don’t have enough money or experience to beat a two term incumbent after losing 70-30 in the primaries.” Well, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED! I have never been afraid to take on a challenge, and have consistently been able to overcome obstacles throughout my professional and personal lives. And I have done so by adhering to a personal code: be a fighter, be a strategist, and find a way. When there is a job that needs to be done, when there is a fight that needs to be won, I will step into the arena with anyone and take the hits and fight until the final bell rings. And I want to make clear that I’m not just

fighting for myself, but for all of the stakeholders in the San Diego educational system. I know that I will make a great School Board Trustee. I may not have the experience that my Stephen Groce opponent has, but I know that 99% of the job is advocating for the education, needs, and services of students, teachers, and parents, and my opponent has demonstrated over the past eight years that he is unwilling or unable to be such an effective advocate. How will I decide what position to take or which option to choose when confronted with the hundreds of decisions that I will face as a Trustee? I will default to the FACTS: Fairness, Accountability, and Choice for Teachers, Students, and stakeholders. I am not be an institutional educator or a career politician, but I am a lifetime learner, an independent thinker, a concerned citizen, and a loving father and husband, and if I did not think I was prepared for this role, I would not have entered the race. This November, when you and your San Diego neighbors have the opportunity to “check” a box for School Board Trustee and confronted with a decision, please ask yourself whether you want another four years of micromanaged decision-making, questionable integrity, and narrow-minded vision, or whether you are ready to elect an independent and objective representative who will listen to your concerns, accept your feedback, take responsibility for his decisions, and use the FACTS to make the best decision possible. I give you my solemn promise that I will never stop working for what is in the best interests of our children’s safety, health, and education. For more info please visit and/or email me at to set up a face-to-face meeting. No matter whom you vote for this election, it’s important to exercise your rights and have your voice heard. Please Get Out and Vote!

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Talking Music with Gary Hyde:

This month - Elise Trouw For those of you who don't know me, I'm Gary Hyde, a songwriter and producer here in town. I was born and have lived my entire life in San Diego. I thought it would be fun to start showcasing some of the amazing musical talent we have here in San Diego. Each month, we'll meet someone new in the local music business whose career is taking off. I thought I'd start off with someone I'm very familiar with because I produce and co-write with her. Elise Trouw Gary Hyde (GH): Elise tell us a little bit about yourself, where are you from, where did you go to school? Elise Trouw (ET): I am a seventeen year old musician from San Diego. Currently, I live in La Jolla, because I attended The Bishop's School, though my family is planning to move downtown next year. I graduated a year early in order to pursue my music career full time, so this year would have been my senior year of high school. GH: You play all the instruments on your upcoming CD. Which ones do you play and when did you first start on each one?

ET: I started on piano when I was six years old, then picked up the drums when I was ten. Since then, I have also learned guitar and bass, though my main focus has remained on the drum set. More recently, I began singing, first with classical lessons, then contemporary. I used to be very shy about singing, but once I began songwriting, I knew it was a skill I wanted to improve. GH: What made you decide to play all the instruments on this CD? ET: Many of my favorite musicians have played all the instruments on an album, such as Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, Todd Rundgren, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. I figured this would be a fun challenge for me, and a chance to fully learn about the recording process. GH: Do you have a favorite? ET: Drumming is definitely my favorite. The drum set was the first instrument I was serious about and the one I am most comfortable with. Lately I have gotten more into bass, since it is so rhythmic like the drums, as well as piano because that's where I write most of my songs.

Check out OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe by Bartley Stratton

During the past month, I have had the privilege of seeing two incredible shows at The Old Globe in Balboa park. First up was "LOVE'S LABOR'S LOST". Since the show has now closed, I will say that it was beautifully cast, the set was enchanting and everyone in the audience was chuckling along with the silliness of the play. Next summer, do not miss out on the Shakespeare shows in the outdoor theater. The atmosphere is incredible. You can't get much better than sitting outside under the stars and watching a show. The second show I saw was OCTOBER SKY. What a beautiful piece it was! The movie came out in 1999 and it has just been created into a musical. The show takes place in Coalwood, West Virginia from 1957-1959. Every man in the town works in the coal mine, but for the high schooler, Homer Hickman, he dreams of more. After the launch of GH: Who are your musical influences? ET: Some of my major influences include The Police, Steely Dan, and Radiohead. All of these groups have a very distinct sound, and are very creative in how they record and perform their music. GH: How did someone so young come up with those influences? ET: Most of my awareness of older music came from my music teachers. I took my first drum lessons with Dave Blackburn, who introduced me to Steely Dan and other classic groups, like Tower of Power. My current drum teacher, Matt Lynott, got me really into Stewart Copeland, the drummer for The Police, because of his spontaneity and syncopation. GH: When did you start writing songs and what has been the progression of your songwriting? ET: When I was 13, I wrote my first couple of songs, but started writing seriously a year ago when I began the album. You taught me a lot about

Sputnik in 1957, Homer decides to enlist his friends into making a rocket despite his father's urging him against it. OCTOBER SKY gives hope for dreamers who turn their dreams into reality. Kyle Selig, who played Homer Hickman was fantastic. His clear voice was perfect for the role and he was an amazing leader. Miss Riley played by Sandra DeNise had an angelic voice which drew the audience in. All of the songs by Michael Mahler were catchy and smart. There were many genres of music playing throughout which allowed the audience different flavors. One of my favorite songs was "Moonshine", where the band played on stage and the boys got to dance. OCTOBER SKY is playing through October 23rd. I'd suggest you get tickets fast because this show is sure to be a hit! For more information, visit or call (619) 234-5623 songwriting throughout the past year, and continue to be an influence on my songwriting and arrangements. GH: Tell us how your new CD came about? ET: I was found by Pacific Records last October because of my online “Hit Like a Girl Contest” video. Initially they approached me as a drummer, then found out I song-write, sing, and play the other instruments as well. From there, the idea for me to play and sing everything on the album came about. I have since left Pacific Records, but I am still recording and releasing the album as an independent artist. GH: What's next for you? ET: Right now I am focusing on finishing recording the album, which will be released before the end of the year. It will be available on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, and various other sites. To stay updated, follow me on Instagram or Facebook @EliseTrouw, where I post about my music and the process of making the album.

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Thad Murwin 619-252-0522 Resident of Clairemont • Local References • Fully Insured Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, La Jolla

Neighborhood Watch Coordinators Are Concerned About Proposition 57 Proposition 57, California Parole for Non-violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, also on known as, The Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act of 2016, has many Neighborhood Watch Coordinators and Captains worried. Improving public safety, the mission of Neighborhood Watch, could

not be further from the truth with Proposition 57. Proposition 57 will amend the California State Constitution to decrease the prison population by granting early release to non-violent prisoners. Early release will be achieved by changing parole eligibility. Felons convicted of multiple offenses, will now be eligible for parole after completion of their full term for their primary offense. Proposition 57 also eliminates the additional time felons serve due to consecutive sentencing, alternative sentencing, and enhancements. What does this mean? The removal of consecutive sentencing means that if a person is convicted of a crime, for example date rape in which there were 5 victims, the felon would be eligible for release after serving time for one of the incidents. If a felon

broke several laws in the act of committing a crime, then the felon will be eligible for parole after serving time for the primary offense they were charged. Sentence enhancements are additional prison time added to a felon’s sentence. Enhancements occur when the criminal has prior convictions, is a habitual offender, uses a deadly weapon while committing a crime, commits a crime against a child, or commits a crime in a school zone. These enhancements will be removed, leaving the criminal no additional incentive to stay out of prison. How did the authors of Proposition 57 get it so wrong? When they took pen to paper they left out the definition of “non-violent” crime. Governor Brown’s campaign office has confirmed that since the definition of non-violent crime was left out of the amendment to the constitution, if Proposition 57 passes, the law defaults to what is defined in the constitution, violent crime. There are only 23 violent crime defined under Penal Code 667.5. Due to the lack of definition of non-violent crimes, examples of crimes that will qualify under Proposition 57 include: Rape of an Unconscious Person, Battery with Serious Bodily Injury, First Degree Burglary, Human Trafficking Involving a Minor, Solicitation to Commit Murder, Assault with a Deadly Weapon & Force, Exploding a Destructive Device with Intent to Cause Injury. Crime has been on the rise

POLICE BLOTTER VEHICLE BREAK-IN 3900 Mt. Everest Blvd. 4200 Benhurst Ave. 4500 Derrick Dr. 3900 Mt. Everest Blvd. 3600 Mt. Abraham Ave. 3700 Mt. Ainsworth Ave. 5000 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 5200 Balboa Arms Dr. 5800 Mt. Alifan Dr. 3700 Mt. Augustus Ave. 2500 Clairemont Dr. 3800 Genesee Ave. VEHICLE THEFT 4000 Mt. Acadia Blvd. 4300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 5000 Mt. Gaywas Dr. 4800 Cole St. 4400 Dakota Dr. 2600 Genesee Ave. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 4200 Clairemont Dr. 6000 Gaines St. 6400 Camto Listo VANDALISM 4300 Kamloop Ave. 3100 Old Kettle Rd

BATTERY 4400 Gila Ave. 4500 Conrad Ave. 3200 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 2100 Frankfort St. 3100 Clairemont Dr. FRAUD 4500 Mt. Henry Pl. 3500 Moccasin Ave. 2300 Comstock St. 2300 Ulric St. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 5400 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 5400 Linda Vista Rd. 3600 Mt. Ariane Dr. ASSAULT 3000 Denver St. 2700 Morena Blvd. 4200 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. “If you do not report it or call us, in our mind it did not happen” San Diego Police Officer Call 911 to report an emergency Non Emergency 24 hours (619)-531-2000 Compiled from info at

San Diego Police Department’s Northern Division RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol) 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 throughout California since the passage of Proposition 47 in 2014. Neighborhood Watch Coordinators are very concerned that another program leading to early release of felons from prison and leniency in sentencing for crimes will further increase crime rates. Your Neighborhood Watch Coordinators encourage you to read

check homes for residents on vacation. RSVP volunteers are from all walks of life; military veterans, educators, business leaders, and professionals including those in the medical profession. Flexible schedules are available; volunteers must be at least 50 years of age and possess a valid California Driver’s License. Here is an opportunity to be part of a talented team of San Diegans serving our community, don’t wait our next training academy begins in just a few months. For more information and to schedule a ride-along, contact SDPD’s Northern Division RSVP at (858) 552-1737 or E-mail to: Proposition 57 carefully, Section 2 of the amendment states,“Protect and enhance public safety,” this couldn’t be further from the truth. Vote No on Prop 57 for the safety of your family and your neighborhood! For more information on Proposition 57 visit:

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TECOLOTE CANYON 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 Saturday, October 8 10:00 AM -4:00 PM *Baskets & Botany* 17th annual free family event! Learn about Southern California Native Americans, nature, wildlife and more. Awesome prize opportunities plus free raffle for kids! Saturday, October 15 9:00-11:00 AM – Weed Warriors Canyon clean up with Ranger Janice Sunday, October 16 9:00 AM Sunday in the Garden Volunteer with Park Ranger Steven Get dirty, have fun, help out your community Wednesday, October 19 1:30 – 3:00 PM Art & Activities – Free! Learn about bats & create Halloween themed crafts Saturday, October22 8:00 AM Audubon Society Birding Walk 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM FREE workshop! *Compost & Vermicompost Basics* Register today! www.solanacenter .org Sunday, October 30 9:00 AM Nature Walk – Mount Ashmun Entrance Mt. Ashmun Dr. is a popular trail entrance in the middle part of Tecolote Canyon between Genesee and Mt. Acadia. It is a very pleasant walk and a good place to see our native wildlife and plants, and canyon birds. Activities are posted at of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Like us on Facebook – Friends of Tecolote Canyon

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There's Something about San Miguel by Robert Ross

Between eight and twelve thousand Imagine a magical Americans make their village nestled in lush homes in San Miguel, green foothills, far from some retirees, others freeways, airports, smog owning a second home and congestion, a in the area. village that hasn't Scanning the bulletin changed its colonial board at the library, we architecture for see our month stay will centuries, where neon be fun, interesting. lights and billboards are There's home tours forbidden, and offered each week, cobblestone streets preparation for the Day stretch out from a of the Dead activities, A view of San Miguel central plaza. In the trips to Guanajuato to plaza, adorned with see Diego Rivera's rich green Indian Laurel trees, children home, local buses to the thermal hot laugh and play during the day, musicians springs, theater events, and volunteer serenade lovers at night. activities. On the outskirts of town, we They say if you put a frog in hot can golf, hike, even go up in a hot air water, it'll immediately jump out. Put balloon. the same frog in cold water and slowly We begin networking with the raise the temperature to boiling, the Americans and Canadians we meet. Do frog will stay. And die. Feeling the you live here? I ask. "Yes, for the past 'rising temperature' of Southern 15 years." "How do you like it" "I love California, the congestion, the need to it!" "Why?" I ask. "Back in the states, I achieve, it was time to jump out of the was on a treadmill. I had all the goodies water, time to reclaim my soul. But, that life had to offer, yet something was would I find what I was looking for in missing. I found it here. I feel a sense of San Miguel? aliveness that I haven't felt since I was a Located in the mountainous region child. I'm happy." This conversation of central Mexico, San Miguel, founded with migrants from North America in 1542 as a stopover for the silver trade happens over and over. by a Franciscan monk, was renamed San Once a week, there are home tours Miguel de Allende organized by in 1826, for the expat Ignacio Allende, a community. hero of the war For a few for bucks, a independence. 1950's U.S. Because of its school bus, unique charm – painted colonial-style white, pulls architecture and up to the churches dating library, and a back to its couple dozen founding – gringos climb Mexico declared aboard for a Typical street in San Miguel San Miguel a tour of three national homes in the area. These aren't just monument in 1926, restricting houses, but dream homes, someone's architectural changes to its original vision made real. Our first stop, in colonial heritage. Attracted by climate, town, an ordinary concrete wall painted schools, reasonable prices and the turquoise with two thick wooden doors charm of the city, San Miguel is a mecca greet us. Entering an open courtyard for artists from around the world. with a lush garden-like atmosphere, we Our first morning, we don sturdy hear the sound of water trickling from a walking shoes – and head out to see fountain; potted plants and ferns invite our new community. Weaving through us to continue. I see myself strumming narrow cobblestone streets, orange, a guitar, sipping a glass of wine in the blue, turquoise structures, often set off late afternoon. We meander through by bougainvillea, greet us. Locals look us rooms with handmade furniture from in the eye, smiling, "Buenos Dias," local craftsmen. The kitchen, a cook's "Hola," "Buenos," as we make our way dream, with state-of-the-art appliances to the central plaza. This friendliness and a large island, covered in handmade can't be real – yet it is. Spanish tile, has members of our tour The gathering place for the expat exclaiming: "Wow!" Each room community is the Biblioteca Publica decorated in a Spanish colonial theme, (library) located just a few blocks from impressive, jaw-dropping, and the Jardin Principal, the main plaza. magnificent. We'll take this tour, of There are books in English, computers three different homes, again next week. to check e-mail and a bulletin board for Time slows in San Miquel. We find announcements of upcoming activities. ourselves hanging out at the central

plaza, people watching, daydreaming, and allowing the adventure to unfold. We lunch at restaurants with courtyards, fountains, and tropical plants. Lunch may take an hour or longer. Waiters never bring a bill, until asked. It feels like being in someone's home, so natural. The Day of the Dead — Día de Los Muertos — part Halloween, part funeral, is held around October 31. Days before the event, we see skeleton-costumed individuals showing up in the central plaza. In shops around town, private shrines to loved ones called "ofrendas," are displayed. There's an energy building for this special day, the day to acknowledge loved ones who have passed on. The afternoon of this national holiday, we walk to a local graveyard. Family members gather around the

tombstones, sometimes drinking the deceased's favorite beer, sometimes grieving, sometimes picnicking. Elderly women, dressed in black, with lace veils, ghost-like, carry flowers or mementos to the gravesite. In the central plaza, mariachis play while beings from the grave with painted white faces, blackened eyes, and oversized colorful sombreros parade through the streets. The following days we visit Diego Rivera's home in Guanajuato, spend time at thermal hot springs, read, and just live in a way I hadn't thought possible. But it is, in San Miguel.

Plant This Not That Part III: Shrubs and Bushes

is prone to bacterial infections, aphids and mites, consider Toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia.Toyon grows as a tree or shrub, usually up to 8’ tall, but can get up to 30’ tall and 10’ to 15’ wide with sharply toothed evergreen leaves. It produces many red berries in the fall that birds love, and the nectar of its small white flowers attracts butterflies. It naturally occurs all over coastal California, including San Diego. Coffeeberry (Frangula californica) also grows easily in many California habitats, having dark red branches covered in dark green to reddish leaves.The small flowers appearing in groups of 5 to 60 produce fruits that go from red to purple to black and are favored by birds. Replace Victorian box (Pittosporum undulatum) which is subject to dieback as it gets older, with Laurel sumac (Malosma laurina), which grows as a 10’ to 18’ tree or shrub, is green year round and very aromatic with folded lance shaped leaves and small white flower clusters starting in spring.This plant is great for wildlife. Another easy to grow native, Lemonade berry grows as a tree or shrub. It stops erosion on hillsides and inhibits the spread of fires. It has evergreen waxy serrated leaves that are pale on the underside. Its small, bunched flowers appear from February to May, turning into block shaped sticky dark red fruit, which makes good lemonade. Birds and small mammals rely on it as a food source and for shelter. Having natives in your garden is a win-win situation for beauty and ecology.You may buy them at CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY’S FALL PLANT SALE on October 15, 10 am to 3 pm for all, and starting 9 am for members, in the Casa Del Prado theater courtyard in Balboa Park.There will be many native plants, seeds, professional landscapers to assist you, and books to purchase, like Greg Rubin and Lucy Warren’s The Drought-Defying California Garden. Website:

by Susan Lewitt

Native plants rock, they are adapted to our climates and communities.They help prevent erosion, require less water and support native birds, butterflies and pollinators. Many natives are easier to plant because they are small when sold, maturing relatively quickly. Here are some native bushes and shrubs to use instead of nursery plants. Instead of Golden Wattle (Acacia longifolia) which can spread too easily in canyons, consider Mule fat (Baccharis salicifolia) which is perfect to attract native butterflies and hummingbirds. It has long pointed sticky leaves, and its fuzzy pink or red tinged white flowers occur year round. At 6’ to 12’ high and 3’ to 9’ wide, it is a great hedge. Another alternative, bush sunflower (Encelia californica), is easy to grow and adds color to gardens, spreading 3’ to 5’ tall and 3’ to 7’ wide. Its thin branches are covered with rounded diamond shaped leaves and solitary yellow flowers. It stabilizes banks and is great in butterfly gardens, flower gardens and as ground cover. In place of Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) or French broom (Genista monspessulana), or Tree tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) which are invasive, try Bladderpod (Isomeris arborea), with nearly year-round fragrant flowers, growing to 4’ tall and 6’ wide, which attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Bush poppy (Dendromecon rigida, D. harfordii) which is good for dry slopes or flat surfaces, may also be used. It fits well in butterfly or flower gardens, showing off its yellow flowers winter, spring and fall. It has long thin blue-green leaves and ranges from 3’ to 10’ tall and 2’ to 8’ wide. Instead of Myoporum (Myoporum laetum) or even Lowboy Pyracantha (Pyracantha coccinea 'Lowboy') which

All photos by Robert Ross. View more photos at Robert Ross is a long time resident of Clairemont. When not writing or exercising, he enjoys travel and classical guitar. He can be reached at

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OCTOBER LIBRARY EVENTS NORTH CLAIREMONT BRANCH 4616 CLAIREMONT DR. 92117 (858) 581-9931 SPECIAL EVENTS Fall has officially begun. What an appropriate time to turn over a new leaf! As you know, this branch hosts a live music performance every month, but, beginning this October, the musicians will be on break while we bring you a few special Oasis presentations. On Tuesday, October 4 the spookiest part of the year will get under way with Haunted San Diego. Enjoy stories of ghosts and sinister local legends from the past. Also, this month we will bring you the new Banned Books Club on Tuesday, October 11. "To Kill a Mockingbird" will be discussed at the first meeting and it is available for check out now at the Circulation Desk. On Tuesday, October 25 meet Bhanmatee Sita Gobin, the author of The Bride from Bombay, and explore the cultural differences of arranged marriages and Hindu caste system with an overlay of a mother's endurance and unconditional love. Children ages 5-17 years are invited to celebrate the Day of the Dead by decorating sugar skulls on Wednesday, October 26. Space is limited and sign-ups are a must for this event. Now that the sun is setting earlier and earlier each day, you may want to stock up on an exciting book finds at the Friends of the North Clairemont Library's Bargain Book Sale. Arrive early, 9:30 am, on Saturday, October 8 for the best selection. They always have a huge variety of titles and you are sure to find something appealing! ONGOING, ALWAYS FREE, PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS INCLUDE: Tuesday Night Oasis Series, Haunted San Diego 10/4 6:30pm Banned Books Club 10/11 6pm The Bride from Bombay 10/25 6pm Wednesdays: Chair Yoga 11:45am e-Reader Tech Help 2nd and 4th Thursdays 10am Bargain Book Sale, Find lots of high quality books at low, low prices! 10/8 9:30-1 ONGOING, ALWAYS FREE, CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS: Mondays: Sign Language Storytime (recommended for ages 2-5 years) 10/10, 10/17 & 10/24 10am Tiny Tots Rhythm & Rhymes

(recommended for ages 2-5 years) – Returning Tuesdays beginning November 8 at 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays: Craft Time (ages 3-8 years) 5pm Thursdays: Crazy 8 Math Club (ages 6-12 years) 4pm Saturdays: Lego Builders' Club (ages 3-8 years) 2pm Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Decorating (ages 5-17) 11/26 4pm Do Your Homework @ the Library – Receive free assistance with your K-8 homework. Mondays through Thursdays only.

BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390 SPECIAL EVENTS Halloween Candy Guess @ Balboa Library! Visit the library during the month of October and give us your best guess at the number of candy corn. The winner will receive a terrific prize! The winner will be announced October 28th. Good luck! New at Balboa Library Wednesdays: Homework Help 3:30-5:30 K-8th Volunteer Nicole will assist you with your homework questions. New @ Balboa Library Thursdays: Adult Writer's Group 2-3pm If you think you have a story to tell then we invite you to be a part of a new writer's group. Participate in writing exercises designed to help you call forth your talents. Magic with Sparkles 10/19 3-4pm Grades 3–5 Sign up begins October 1st (Space is limited, so don't delay!) Sparkles will teach you the secrets behind different magic tricks so you can amaze your friends with your new magical talent. DIY- Teen Program 10/19 3:30-4:30 Teens 12-18y/o Do you have what it takes to be the winner of our first pumpkin carving contest? Join us on the patio and find out. Celebrate Teen Read Week "Read for the Fun of it" October 9-October 15 Visit the Balboa Library and check out the fabulous Teen Read Week bulletin board designed by our talented staff member Vanessa! Visit to view Teens Top Ten Nominees video and vote for your favorite title! RECURRING EVENTS Mondays: Chair Yoga for Adults

10/3 & 10/10 11:15-12 October 3 & 10, 11:15-12 Join us for this relaxing fitness program presented by Lois Schenker. Come and bring friends! (First two Mondays of every month) Mondays: Lego Club 4-5pm Create cool fall and Halloween Lego projects. (K-6th grade) Tuesdays: ESL Group for Adults 12-3 Mrs. Henderson will assist adults with various ESL needs such as reading, writing and speaking in everyday life. Stitching Circle 10/4 & 10/11 1:30-3 Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow adults in a relaxed setting. Instruction may be provided. First two Tuesdays of the month. Chapter Book Story Time with Miss Terri 10/4 & 10/18 6pm Come and listen to some terrific chapter books. For K-2nd graders Paws to Read 10/11 6pm Emerging readers read to dogs in a positive and encouraging environment. Dogs are Love on a Leash certified. They love to listen to your stories. Come and bring a friend. (K-5th grade) Balboa Branch Library Book Club 10/18 11:45 Join us for a lively book discussion. Story crafts with Miss Remi 10/6 & 10/20 10am Enjoy a terrific story and make a story related craft. Preschool - 5 y/o Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 10/13 & 10/27 10am Miss Jennifer enhances well loved children's stories with signing followed by singing and bubbles! Birth-5 y/o with Parent/Caregiver Children's Book Discussion 10/21 3:45-4:45 Grades 3rd-6th Sign up begins October 1st. Come sign up and pick up your copy to read and keep. Join us for a lively discussion of Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. Pajama Signing Storytime 10/25 6pm Come in your jammies and enjoy Ms. Jennifer's reading of well-loved children's books using sign language. Includes songs and bubbles too! Birth - 5y/o. Every fourth Tuesday of the month Special Wee Reads Halloween Celebration 10/28 10:30 Come in your costume and enjoy stories, a craft, and trick or treating at the library! Fridays: Wee Reads 10/14, 10/21 & 10/28 10:30

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For one local student the San Diego Public Library's Summer Reading Program paid off in an unexpected way; he won a new Apple IPAD Air. Tenth grader Juan Serrano signed up for the city library's annual Summer Reading Program at the Clairemont Branch Library, which asks students of all ages to read at least ten books during the summer months. The program is intended to encourage children to keep their minds sharp through reading. After it concluded on August 15 a raffle was held among all of the children who completed the program for one of three IPAD Airs and this year's winner in the teen category was Clairemont's own Juan Serrano. Juan read for fifty hours over the summer. He beat out almost 1,400 other teens through the entire city of San Diego to win the IPAD. Congratulations Juan! Introduction to 3d Printing 10/8 2pm An informative class for everyone interested in 3d printing, How does it work? What can you do with it? Where do you get 3d files.

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