Clairemont times October 2017

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Pure Water San Diego North City Update 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. Multiple Pure Water facilities will be constructed throughout San Diego in phases. The first phase of the Pure Water Program is located in the North City area and includes a new Pure Water Facility across the street from the existing North City

Water Reclamation Plant on Eastgate Mall. To convey additional wastewater supplies to North City for purification, a new pump station is proposed to be constructed at Sherman Street and Custer Street, along with two proposed 11-mile-long wastewater pipelines through Clairemont and University City. Improvements will also be made to the water distribution system on a segment SEE Pure Water, page 6

Changes Approved to Local Bus Service: Routes 44, 50 & 105

The Happy Buddha greets all visitors to Chua Dinh Thanh Temple for đại lễ vu lan (the great Mother’s Day feast)

by Bill Swank

In early June, while taking pictures of the southbound bike lane on Clairemont Drive for a previous column, a car pulled to the curb and parked. A woman carrying flowers stepped out of

the vehicle and we greeted one another. The woman, Nhu Van, was going to the Chua Dinh Thanh Buddhist Temple at the corner of Gila Avenue. She graciously invited me to join her. Over the years, I had passed SEE Buddhist Mother’s Day, page 8

The MTS Board of Directors held a Public Hearing on July 20, 2017 to obtain public testimony on the proposals. The Board considered the input of 49 speakers and more than 200 comments received via email, mail and voicemails. Board members provided feedback and direction to staff on the various proposals. Following the Public Hearing, MTS finalized the initial proposals into recommendations for changes to approximately 60 routes. These proposals were presented at the

MTS Board of Directors meeting on September 21, 2017, and the MTS Board voted unanimously to accept the Transit Optimization Plan proposals, as specified below. MTS will implement TOP changes in phases, beginning in January 2018. Route 44 The northern end of Route 44 would be realigned on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. to serve east of Convoy SEE Local Bus Service, page 6

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Happy Autumn season & Happy 6 Years for the Clairemont Times hard to believe we launched this paper with the first ever edition back in October 2011! I took a chance starting this newspaper and have had a ton of support along the way, I am very thankful for all who have been involved from the first edition right up to this edition. The list is too long to mention everyone and thank you is not enough! We are still a work in

progress & we are always trying to get better. I always appreciate the kind words and I listen to the criticism so keep them both coming. As always, feel free to call or email with questions, concerns, etc. (858) 752 9779 Enjoy this edition.

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Additional Public Restrooms Added to Stop Hepatitis A Outbreak Last month the City of San Diego installed new restroom facilities at Tailgate Park in the downtown area to help address the hepatitis A outbreak. The City prioritized the installation of restrooms at Tailgate Park based on need in the East Village neighborhood. Four new temporary portable restrooms were installed in Tailgate Park at 14th and L streets. They will be maintained per the County's disinfection guidelines at least two times per day and be monitored with full-time security to ensure a safe environment for users and the surrounding community. Tailgate Park is the third location where the City has added restrooms since Sept. 15. The first two sites were at First Avenue at C Street, adjacent to City Hall, and 1330 G Street, in the East Village. There are now 22 public restroom sites throughout downtown. The City continues to examine additional sites and requests that any downtown property owners with space for portable restrooms to reach out and participate in being part of the solution to this public health emergency. If the site is workable and near at-risk populations, the City will arrange for the installation, maintenance and security of each. The additional restrooms are part of the City's ongoing efforts to assist County health officials in preventing the further spread of hepatitis A. Other actions include: • Implementing new sanitation methods to clean sidewalks and other

public rights-of-way in the downtown area. Sanitation has occurred throughout downtown on six days since September 11. The City will consider additional areas for sanitation in the coming weeks. • Installing 63 handwashing stations in coordination with the County throughout downtown and working to add more in other locations, including Hillcrest and beach communities. • Coordinating with American Medical Response and the Downtown San Diego Partnership to connect 1,278 individuals with free vaccinations at Golden Hall, and hosting County vaccination clinics at several City libraries. • Providing consistent information and education to community members about hepatitis A and ways to prevent the outbreak's spread. District 6 Councilmember Chris Cate released a memo in mid-September highlighting his priorities for addressing homelessness. His priorities and recommendations include: land use, social services, public safety, and regulatory reform. The 17 page proposal can be found here: Locally of interest his idea to use “Feasibility of four vacant parcels (in District 6) that may be utilized for homeless services and housing” 5748 Copley Drive, 92111, Convoy Street & Copley Park Place, 92111, Aero Drive & I-15 & 5255 Mt Etna Drive San Diego, CA 92117

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Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

Summer has come and gone and wonderful Autumn is here. We may not have the changing of the colors, but liquid ambers around town give us the feel and of course the aspens up in the mountains and display of pumpkins and mums at the stores and already witches and goblins are in the stores, too. Clairemont Woman’s Club invites you to our Wednesday, October 4 meeting at 1 p.m. We meet at the Balboa Community Church on Balboa Avenue. Park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church’s parking lot. Refreshments will be served. Instead of a speaker this month, we are going back to school and partake in some group paper and pencil quizzes that will test our knowledge of famous pairs and how the word “gold” is used in our language should be fun and interesting try it.. you’ll like it! Our last meeting featured Nora Donald telling us about “No Wagging Tails Left Behind” an all-breed small dog rescue group. If you are interested in adopting or fostering a small dog, you

can get in touch with Nora at 619 261 4042. 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. This month a group of us will help package goods to be ready for delivery. We collect pennies to help reforest the Cleveland National Forest in our own ‘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, a book exchange, lunch outings, trips to Viejas Casino, and get together at each other’s house. We are a busy group. Interested? Come visit us. The November meeting will be on Wednesday, November 1, the day the Clairemont Times comes out on the mark your calendar now...same place, same time and refreshments. For more information about CWC, visit our websites at or “like” us on Facebook. You may also call Jackie at (858) 273-7664 or Evelyn at (858) 279-4367.

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Commentary on Community Choice Energy Community Choice Energy Creates Buzz Commentary by Carol Warschauer

In California, state law allows local governments to set up their own not-for-profit electricity providers to give customers choice in who provides their electricity. Legislators called the concept ‘Community Choice Aggregation,’ but it’s popularly known as Community Choice Energy (CCE). The draw is that it enables local control over rates and more clean energy in the mix. Two key provisions in California’s legislation are that (1) the CCE becomes the default provider of electricity; and (2) customers can opt-out, either before the CCE is launched or after, and continue receiving their power from the local utility. The utility, SDG&E in our case, would continue to operate and maintain the grid and send out monthly electric bills, with the only difference being that there would be a new CCE line item covering the charge for your energy consumption. This, along with having a choice, is what makes CCE different than a municipal utility. There are eight CCEs in California serving over seventy cities with many more on the way. Next up, the County of Los Angeles will launch a regional CCE with dozens of cities participating and the City of San Jose will launch its own in 2018. Each CCE has a basic plan that they offer customers, and all eight are procuring more clean energy, anywhere from 5% to 20% more than what the competing investor-owned utility has in the mix. Customers who want to be really green can purchase a 100% clean energy option at $3 to $25 additional per month. What about rooftop solar? CCEs have set up their own solar programs so that existing and future rooftop solar customers get higher credit for the excess energy they put into the grid. A CCE can use electricity customer dollars to invest in local clean energy projects that create jobs and save money for residents, non-profits, and businesses. Marin County’s CCE, for instance, partnered with a local non-profit research institute to cover their expansive parking lot with solar using local businesses and workers to make the project happen. The result is that the non-profit institute is saving tens of thousands of dollars on its electricity bill while the excess power

dishes up more clean energy for other CCE customers. CCE rates are set in local public meetings with public input, something we don’t have now. They have consistently averaged 1-3% less than those of the investor-owned utilities while providing more clean energy. A national energy consulting firm completed a peer-reviewed feasibility study for the City of San Diego this summer, and the conclusion is that San Diego could meet its objectives and benefit from CCE. It’s worth noting that the study was solicited by a party with no desired outcome in mind: Mayor Faulconer who has yet to take a position on CCE. The mayor is scheduled to make a recommendation to the city council before they vote on it in December or January. Elsewhere in our region, the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad, and Oceanside are exploring CCE. The Sierra Club is a leading proponent of CCE in the San Diego region and invites people to go to if they would like to express support for it. If the City of San Diego forms a CCE, residents, businesses, and schools will have more clean energy and a choice rather than a monopoly. Carol Warschauer is a Bay Park resident and Sierra Club Volunteer This commentary piece was first published in the December 2016 Clairemont Times (p1) and has been edited with updated figures.

Quick Facts on Community Choice Energy (CCE) • Locally controlled not-for-profit electricity provider • Buys and generates power for its customers and sets the rates • SDG&E continues to operate the grid and do monthly billing • Default provider of electricity • Opt-out feature for customers that prefer to stay with SDG&E • Higher clean energy content • Opportunity to create better rooftop solar program • Rate competition for SDG&E

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The City Should Pump the Brakes on overnment-Run Energy Commentary by Lynn Reaser

In their drive to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, a number of communities, including San Diego, are pursuing community choice aggregation, or CCAs – a government-controlled energy program. These entities seem like a viable solution in some instances, but the analysis San Diego is using to potentially move forward with the plan is deeply flawed. With our environment and finances at stake, there is too much uncertainty to move forward with confidence. I want to achieve reasonable climate goals that benefit San Diegans. Our environment has always been vitally important to me, but as an economist, my training has taught me to carefully weigh the costs and benefits of any plan. The CCA concept is relatively straightforward: A government entity replaces the public utility as the purchaser of power to more actively pursue non-fossil fuel sources of energy at lower costs. It sounds like a great idea, but the devil, as they say, is in the details. The Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma University, for which I serve as chief economist, was commissioned by Sempra Services to conduct an independent analytical review of the study the city commissioned to help determine the feasibility of a government-run energy program in San Diego. It should be noted that asserting something is “feasible” is a relatively low bar. It says nothing about whether a project is capable of being successful. In over 800 pages, the study fails to credibly show that a CCA is even feasible, and it confirms that there are too many unknowns to make an informed choice on establishing one in San Diego. Consider this finding from the study: Lengthy consideration is given to the potential impact of building a solar facility in San Diego that the study then says is not feasible due to space requirements. The study shows that such a facility would create just 11 jobs, but one half-time employee would earn $2.3 million. It does not take an economist to notice that analysis like this requires additional scrutiny. Fermanian Business & Economic

Institute’s analysis found flaws in all of the study’s conclusions regarding the feasibility of community choice aggregation for San Diego and a notable lack of supporting data. A CCA could be a tremendous financial drain. The study concludes that it would be financially feasible, but in calculating the financial outcomes of 11 possible outcomes, only two cases show a positive financial outcome. Unfortunately for the city and San Diego taxpayers, the liability could be as high as $2.8 billion, according to the study’s own calculations. The study relies on unrealistic cost-savings projections. The study brings no credible analysis or data to its conclusion that CCA customers would receive lower rates. It begins with CCA rates being above that of the utility, and ends with them being lower only because of an implausible assumption. Although the CCA and utility would operate in the same energy market, the study assumes that power acquisition costs would be flat for the CCA, but rise by about 3 percent per year for the utility. The study’s authors do not offer their reasoning for why this assumption is made. The study’s claims of consumer benefits are not supported by data. The CCA would need new financial capital to invest in building renewable energy capacity. But the study indicates the CCA would operate at a loss for several years after starting up. If the city wants to invest in this scenario, it would need to secure new funds by taxing residents or borrowing money, which could negatively impact the city’s credit rating to borrow money for core city services. The study’s claims that a CCA would reduce greenhouse gas emissions are unfounded. Under its Climate Action Plan, the city’s goal is to receive 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2035. Accomplishing this goal is the most important motivation for a CCA, yet the study’s base case for the government-run program only achieves a 51 percent renewable energy supply by 2035. Beyond the study’s shortcomings, two critical pieces of information could drastically alter the cost-benefit analysis of implementing a CCA. Future state legislation could mandate that all utilities, including SDG&E, meet a 100 percent renewable goal. This would enable the city to achieve its renewable energy goals without undertaking the huge financial risks associated with operating what would be the largest SEE Pump the Brakes, page 6

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Pure Water Continued from page 1

of Morena Boulevard. Construction will occur in phases between early 2019 and late 2021. The North City Project is currently undergoing environmental review, and the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is available for public review and comment through November 7, 2017. The public is invited to attend a public workshop

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CCA in existence. The California Public Utilities Commission is revising formulas used to make utilities whole – for long-term renewable energy contracts – when residents or businesses leave a utility for a CCA. This is a cost incurred by a CCA. The size of this “exit fee” could significantly magnify the worst-case financial outcome, a $2.8 billion loss, citied in the city-commissioned study. It’s also important to note that the California Public Utilities Commission is not simply resetting or calculating exit fees, something it does annually because market prices change. In addition to resetting exit fees, the commission is revising the methodology used to determine those

on Wednesday, October 11, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department located at 9192 Topaz Way, San Diego, 92123. The public is also invited to the Pure Water Day Open House, on October 21, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring the whole family to learn more about Pure Water, enjoy free snow cones, kettle corn and face painting! Visit to reserve your tour spot. fees. Lack of sufficient information often is the root of bad policy. Given the high costs, risks and many unknowns outlined in its own study, the city should take a step back and work to resolve these issues before committing to move forward. There is no rush, and San Diegans will benefit from informed decision-making. Lynn Reaser is the chief economist at the Fermanian Business & Economic Institute at Point Loma Nazarene University and the chair of the Treasurer’s Council of Economic Advisors, where she advises State Treasurer John Chiang on issues impacting California’s economic climate. This piece was originally published in Voice of San Diego on 9/21/17 and is published with permission. the-citys-cca-feasibility-study/

St. to the Kearny Mesa Transit Center (instead of west to Clairemont Square). Service on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. between Convoy St. and Clairemont Square would be replaced by a revised Route 105. Route 50 Route would be adjusted in Clairemont and University City to use Regents Rd. and Governor Drive. Midday service would be discontinued between approx. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (but remain available on Route 41 on Genesee Ave. and Route 105 on Clairemont Dr.). Route 105 Route 105 would be adjusted as follows: The northern end would be

realigned to operate east from Clairemont Square to the Kearny Mesa Transit Center, replacing Route 44 along Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Frequency along Clairemont Mesa Blvd. between Kearny Mesa Transit Center and Clairemont Square would be 15 minutes on weekdays and 30 minutes on weekends. The Route 105 segment between Clairemont Square and UTC would be replaced during weekday peak hours by a realigned Route 50. Service along Milton St. and Burgener Blvd. would be discontinued and operated via Ingulf St. and Denver St. (current Route 105A routing). To view maps & a turn by turn of the routes or maps on the Clairemont Times website visit:\ To view ALL the MTS Route changes visit

KEARNY MESA COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING Thursday, October 26 11:30 AM to 1PM SD County Operations Center-Conference Ctr. Hearing Rm 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego, CA 92123 For more information and to be added to the e mail list about the plan visit: Clairemont Community Plan Update For more information and to sign up for e mail updates visit:

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Mid-Month Newsletter Since we are a monthly publication a lot of times events, stories etc occur after we go to print. I have decided to create a once month newsletter which combined with this paper will keep you up to date all month long. Now just like this printed copy you will have an easy to read and navigate newsletter which will come out on the 15 of the month directly to your inbox. Sign up is simple: Visit on


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Squaremont By Bill Swank

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

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this fascinating site many times and assumed it was a residence. Now, I was entering another world in the middle of Clairemont. We removed our shoes and were greeted by a smiling Buddhist nun, Khoa Vuong, who showed me the entire facility. This is a sanctuary of tranquility. Nhu Van and Khoa Vuong invited me to their celebration of Buddhist Mother’s Day on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Buddhist nun at Chua Dinh Thanh Temple

As we stood in the front yard beside Ho Tai,“The Happy Buddha,” Nhu Van told me that Buddhists believe in reincarnation. She said that our random meeting was not by chance, but rather because we knew each other from a previous life.

Dharma is ideal truth as taught by Buddha and karma is the theory of retributive justice created by the effects of one’s past deeds. Dharma influences karma and meeting Nhu Van was good karma for me. She sent information about her “master,”Thich Nhat Hanh, a 90-year-old Buddhist monk, peace advocate and author. This verse is about his Vietnamese childhood. “Evening enveloped Mother’s tomb, the pagoda bell rang sweetly. I realized that to lose your mother is to lose your universe.” The following excerpt is from an essay,“A Rose For Your Pocket,” written in 1962. “Thien An and I went into the bookstore and he told me that today was what is called Mother’s Day. In Japan, if your mother is still alive, you wear a red flower on your pocket or your lapel, proud that you still have your mother. If she is no longer alive, you wear a white flower.” ‘Mother’ cannot be separated from ‘love.’ Love is sweet, tender, and delicious. Without love, a child cannot flower, an adult cannot mature. Without love, we weaken, wither.” Nhat Hanh summarized the family unit as, “... the work of the father, the devotion of the mother, and the duty of the child.” Over 100 people attended the Mother’s Day celebration on September 17. The double doors to the altar were open. Most stood and sat outside, because the building could not hold everybody. The service lasted two hours. There seemed to be a sermon with music, chanting and prayer. The little children seemed as confused as I and little boys tend to grow restless in similar settings. A boy in a blue Adidas warmup suit was fascinated by the large temple bell visible from Clairemont Drive. He circled it like a moth and touched the suspended mallet several times. Finally, the mallet hit the bell and everybody turned. They saw the boy and smiled. Boys will be boys. I was drawn to a cute three-year-old boy, Jaden Nguyen, who was trying to be respectful and quiet, but his energy was boundless. We were on the edge of the front yard beside the large bell. He began jumping up and down and wet his pants. His parents, Thang and Heidi

Nguyen, took his antics in stride. His cousin, Jennifer Nguyen, a beautiful, calm and composed 11-year-old acknowledged that not many kids attend these services, because,“they get bored.” She explained, “Buddha teaches people to be kind and nice and not selfish.” When asked about her mother, Jennifer answered,“My mother is very nice. She is caring. She is kind and generous... and she is very pretty. I help her clean the table and fold clothes.” Her uncle, Thang Nguyen, came to America when he was 11-years-old. He said,“We are taught not just to respect our parents, but to respect everyone. I want my family to be respectful of other people. I’m not concerned with other families. I’m concerned with mine and how we treat others.” Thang, Heidi and energetic Jaden Nguyen After the service, Kim Tran All three of my kids graduated from described how Mother’s Day can get Madison. They are in their thirties now complicated. The holiday was actually and we have grandkids.” observed during the full moon on “We also celebrate on the day our September 6, but the various Buddhist parents passed. We don’t forget them. temples throughout San Diego celebrate on different days. That way, if We have flowers and food and burn incense. We pray for them. It is very you miss a celebration one week, you can find another temple to honor your important to honor and respect your parents another week. parents,” she added. “It’s very hard to keep our culture, Her husband, Wayne Tran, was 15 because our kids go to school and are when Saigon fell.“I was at the influenced by their friends. They American Embassy when people were become Americanized. We love getting on the helicopters. I watched, America, but we want to keep our but couldn’t get close to the roof. culture, too. I’ve lived here since 1984. There were so many people who wanted to go. I liked the Americans. I had an American African soldier friend. He shared his lunch with me. When I told my parents, they gave me some dessert to share with him.” Denny Lee coordinates charitable fundraising at the various Buddhist temples throughout the San Diego region.“We give to the homeless and to the hurricane victims in Texas and Florida through the Red Cross. We believe it is important to help other people in need,” he said. Everybody I met at the Chua Dinh Thanh Temple was friendly and polite. They seemed genuinely pleased that I was interested in their celebration and culture. A smile is understood throughout the world. Kindness has no language barrier. The next time you drive past the corner of Clairemont Drive and Gila Avenue, remember that Ho Tai, the Happy Buddha, is smiling at you. Over 1,000 years ago, Ho Tai was a joyous, well-rounded monk who carried a bag of candy which he gave to the children. He was a Buddhist Santa Claus.

This Little Boy finally rang the bell

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The Mesa College STEM Center Opens On Thursday, September 20, San Diego Mesa College debuted their new STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Math) Center, located on the first floor of the Learning Resource Center (LRC).The new center, which is part of the STEM Conexiones Program, will support students, particularly full-time Hispanic and low-income students, and provide them with resources to succeed in various STEM majors. Services offered include study areas where students can meet with a tutor, faculty mentor, peer mentor, and/or STEM counselor. Students can also utilize computers loaded with STEM specific software, check out models and equipment such as microscopes, use graphic calculators, and access reference books. “Students will now have a dedicated space where they can meet directly with faculty and staff and get additional support,” stated President Dr. Pamela Luster.“Through these services, the College aims to improve student success and persistence in STEM courses, and better prepare students to transfer to the UC and CSU systems in STEM disciplines.” The establishment of STEM Center is through a U.S Department of Education

5-year, $5 million HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) Title III STEM Grant awarded to Mesa College in 2016 to support Hispanic and low-income students. STEM disciplines at Mesa College that fall under the HSI grant include archaeology, astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer information science, engineering, geographic information systems, geology, mathematics, psychology, physical science and physics.Through participation in Conexiones, students will receive assistance with scheduling for STEM courses, be prepared to transfer to the UC and CSU systems, receive counseling assistance regarding their major, and benefit from ongoing collaboration between counseling staff and STEM faculty. Students who are interested in STEM Conexiones, can visit If you have questions about registering, please contact Miranda Mitchem, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, HIS STEM Center, Program Coordinator at For more information on programs under the HSI Grant, please contact Leticia P. Lopez, Ph.D., HSI STEM Grant Acting Program Manager at (619) 3882353 or

enforcement capabilities. The beat system will allow security teams to patrol the same beat for an extended period of time to improve familiarity, and develop a better sense of the characteristics and customers at a

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System recently launched a new Security Staffing Plan aimed at making the system safer by restructuring the composition of MTS’ security personnel and making changes to their deployment schedule. The plan was fully implemented in September. “Passenger safety is a top priority for MTS,” said Paul Jablonski, MTS chief executive officer.“The new security staffing Code Compliance Inspector, Ricardo Favela, checks a passenger’s plan will add a transit fare during a routine inspection onboard an MTS Trolley. greater uniform presence on our limited number of stations. system. This is another strategic step This new security strategy builds MTS has taken to boost system-wide upon the formation of the Joint security.” Agency Task Force in 2015. This The new plan increases the four-person team of police officers number of MTS Code Compliance from different law enforcement Inspectors (CCI) from 34 to 64 agencies assists in patrolling the MTS employees. The additional CCIs will system and provides support during enable MTS to implement a beat special events, while helping bolster system, where each beat will consist officer experience and powers of of three to five trolley stations arrest. patrolled by a ‘train team’ made up of Other efforts to boost system a security officer paired with a CCI. security MTS has made include: This new deployment strategy nearly • Enhanced video systems on all triples the presence of CCIs at any Trolleys and most transit stations given time. In a related move, the • Body cameras for code number of contracted security officers enforcement officers will be reduced to make room for the • A canine unit to patrol trains and additional CCIs. MTS has respond to reports of suspicious approximately 200 CCIs and packages and bomb threats contracted security officers patrolling • “Eagle Team” – a special unit to the system. patrol late night trains on the Orange The train teams will allow MTS to Line and UC San Diego Blue Line increase uniform presence during the • Joint security training exercises Day Watch, maintain the same uniform with partner transit and law presence during the Night Watch and give the system more access to greater enforcement agencies

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Rob Jones Month of Marathons Wounded Marine Will Run 31 Marathons in 31 Days in 31 Different Cities, October 30th in San Diego Rob Jones, a retired Marine Corps Sergeant who lost both legs when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan, is upping the ante on his historic accomplishments. It’s not enough that he won a Bronze Medal in the Paralympics. Or that he was the first and only double above the knee amputee to ride a normal bicycle 5,180 miles across America. Now, he is set to run 31 marathons in 31 days in 31 major cities. Starting in London on October 12th, and continuing in the United States and Toronto, Rob will run 26.2 miles in the selected city on his own, travel to the next city, and repeat, ending appropriately on Veterans Day in our Nation’s Capital. Why would he undertake such a daunting and formidable challenge? Because he lives by his motto,“Survive. Recover. Live.” And because he realizes that being a double amputee does not mean that he is incapable of continuing to serve his country even though he has retired from military service.

On October 30th, 2017 Rob will be running a marathon in San Diego. Rob has several reasons for putting his body under the extreme stresses that this challenge will require. First, he believes in giving back. During his

epic cross-country bike challenge, Rob raised over $126,000 for nonprofit military charities that helped him recover from his injuries, all the while honoring other veterans by raising awareness across the country about the fortitude of our military men and women. Rob also believes in an America where people never stop trying to improve themselves. He knows that “America’s most valuable resource is its people, and only if the citizens of America are constantly trying to improve themselves, can America be at its greatest.” To learn more visit and follow him on social media @RobJonesJourney.

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Neighbors Fight So Others Can Profit Commentary by Louis Rodolico

San Diego has been collecting Development Impact fees (DIF’s) for the Regents Road Bridge for 60-70 years. City managers are uncertain of the exact amount, but it could exceed 100 million dollars. DIF’s are addictive to municipalities. For over half a century the city let the DIF collections ride while the neighbors fought it out. The city concurrently nurtured a litigious cottage industry that delayed construction in order to improve the property values of a vocal minority. The attached map shows three roads with bitterly disputed bridges in City Council District 1. Staffs superiors are telling them to concede to the anti-bridge, Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) group. The Mayor and Council give staff cover by; putting a muzzle on public safety officials and installing a secretive Planning Group consisting exclusively of NIMBYs who could be trusted not to raise the public safety alarm. The Fire Chief and our ambulance provider AMR did not testify at the December 5th council meeting where the bridge was voted down, that is telling. The Fire Chief did testify at the Planning Commission Hearing (link below), which voted 6-0 to build the bridge. City staff soils themselves when confronted by the anti-bridge NIMBY’s in University. I have witnessed anti bridge bullies screaming at city employees. NIMBY’s; 1) Forced the local UCCA paper not to publish articles favorable to the bridge, 2) Foul Nextdoor newsfeeds to get them shut down, 3) Recently sent angry letters ridiculing the Union Tribune for mentioning that a GoFundMe has been set up to finance legal fees to keep the bridge on the plan. Bulling has worked; the EIR that staff produced offers no information on the risk of poor ambulance outcomes, associated with not completing our roads and bridges. Staff is not afraid of the citizens who want the bridge since they stand for the general welfare, public safety, and are nonthreatening. There is allot of money driving this conflict and staffs jobs are on the line. Follow the money. UTC Retailers on Genesee Avenue want the bridge off the plan so all traffic-customers are funneled up to them. They are putting public safety last. The 600 million dollar Westfield development is a hungry monster that needs cars and trains to feed it. This project was rejected by the local Planning Group in 2008 before the city neutralized it. Westfield Mall paid the half million for

the flawed EIR to remove the Regents Road Bridge. Westfield and other developers are entitled to a refund of about half of their DIFs payments, but the bridge must be removed from the plan before they can collect (See DIF Link). The balance of the DIF’s goes into the city general fund and can cover the city’s pension debt. If the bridge is removed from the plan staff will likely remove the bridge abutments, rezone, redevelop and or sell the land. After that there would be a cry to widen Genesee, Lobbyists will have found a new meal and we will hear anthems like:“widen Genesee so we can put public safety first”. Only then will Public safety officials be allowed to testify before a council vote. The Genesee widening will drive even more traffic up to the retailers, “again putting retailers first”. That’s the plan. These three bridges should have been built during development. Neighbors fighting distract us away from what Westfield and staff are doing. When we disagree internally, others see the division and step in to help themselves. In support of common sense and public safety, we need to help the Citizens for the Regents Road Bridge with an on-line donation at: American Medical Response (AMR) is our ambulance provider and they have not responded to my requests for information, but they do testify regularly in council chambers. Sherri Lightner did not have them testify about ambulance service times and the Regents Road Bridge. What was

responders we need to complete our planned road system ASAP. The Fire Chief has stated that more roads equal more options in an emergency. University City South is a peninsula surrounded on three sides with canyons, with only one of its

Lightner afraid of? Would AMR have wanted our road system completed? How would this relate to ambulance service times? Building the Regents Road Bridge removes traffic from Genesee, makes it safer for our students and also improves ambulance service times everywhere. Completing the Governor to Gillman connector will provide a direct route from the new UCSD fire station directly to UC. For our welfare and that of first

three main roads completed. Look at the recent hurricane Harvey disaster in Houston where Houston was criticized for letting development run wild. Are we really that superior? Here in San Diego, taxpayers paid to have planners work out all the roads, taxpayers paid to raise all the elevations to install the roads, taxpayers paid for all the bridge abutments for future bridges, then taxpayers paid for lawsuits so we

could pay to remove the roads and abutments. How is the non-planning in Houston worse than the reverse planning in San Diego? Here in San Diego we are all susceptible to; conflagration, earthquakes and floods. If our turn comes, what will be said about our folly? Anti-bridge bullies taunt; BO-HOO that is not going to happen. Without a fortunate turn in the wind University and Clairemont would have burned in the 2003 Cedar fire, where were our exits from the community then? Completing our road system is akin to wearing a safety belt and responsible government makes that a requirement. Our City Government has put their pensions, NIMBY property values and the profits of retailers ahead of public safety, shame on them! Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 Planning Commission Oct 27th Audio Only, Fire Chief at 1:14:25 “The quicker we can get there the better off the patient will be” view_id=8&clip_id=6816 DIF Link: 75221087/dif_exhibits.pdf

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10 More Family-Friendly Movies to Get Your Family in the Halloween Spirit by Lolo & Big J

Last year, we brought you a list of 10 family-friendly Halloween movies to get you into the mood for the holiday. This year, we’re giving you 10 more suggestions to enjoy with your family this October! Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971): Though there isn’t a whole lot of scariness here,“Bedknobs and Broomsticks” sees a good witch team up with her trio of foster children as they use magic and music to battle Nazis during WWII. This is a charmingly classic Disney film not to be missed. The Boxtrolls (2014): “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is a central theme in many kids movies, but “The Boxtrolls” handles it in an important way with unusual characters, interesting and gorgeous stop-motion animation, and mountains of cheese. Literally! Casper (1995): Halloween nostalgia at its finest.“Casper” might be a little dated, but it’s still very sweet and has a lot to say about grieving and the death of a loved one. It’s kid-friendly entertainment that’ll keep adults intrigued as well. Coraline (2009): We are suckers for stop-motion animation.“Coraline” is one of the best, a truly gorgeous looking film. Sure, it’s a little odd and is slightly frightening at times, but this is a movie that begs to be seen. Hotel Transylvania (2012): Adam Sandler doesn’t always make good live action movies these days, but “Hotel Transylvania” is actually an extremely fun monster-themed family flick. Lots of laughs, lots of great voice over work! Monster House (2006): This is an entertaining Halloween adventure about a possessed child-eating house that’s exciting, fun, and filled with just the right kind of family frights, though it may be a bit intense for the youngest kids. Monsters vs. Aliens (2009): Loaded with quippy dialogue, unique characters, and crisp, clean animation, “Monsters vs. Aliens” is an under-appreciated animated movie that doesn’t shy away from jokes and sci-fi references. For Families with Older Kids The Black Cauldron (1985): This oft-forgotten Disney animated feature is one of their most terrifying. It is filled with so much creepy imagery, it was the first Disney animated feature to receive a PG rating (in fact, it almost got a PG-13!). Sorcery, a ghoulish horned king, and an army of the dead make it perfect for Halloween. Ghostbusters (1984): A great cast with wonderful chemistry has made this a must-see comedy classic. Ghosts, demon dogs, a 50 ft. marshmallow man

and an infectious theme song help as well, though this is best for middle schoolers and up. Labyrinth (1986): Goblins, trolls, fairies, talking worms, and monsters. Combine these with David Bowie’s singing, a dark tale about a stolen baby, and the magic of Jim Henson’s creature shop and it all comes together for a fantastically good time. Visit our blog at for more reviews, and follow us @lololovesfilms on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat for extra content! For inquiries or comments, please email:

Clairemont High Senior Seeing Internships Dear Neighbor, I am excited to announce the launch of a school-wide internship program for CHS 12th grade students! Would your company / organization like to connect to the bright minds of the future workforce? We are looking for partners who would like to host an intern and make a difference in a young life. We have 41 interns to place! The 12th grade student interns have taken a sequence of three or more courses for their chosen industry pathway in either Business, Engineering, Medical Sciences or Information Technology. They are qualified, motivated young people who do field internships as part of their Internship Class credit. Students are released from their midday

class/es to apply their skills in a professional setting. Internships are ideally 12 weeks long for 4-10 hours per week during the months of October – January. Internships are typically unpaid, although paid internships are always welcome. Want more details? Please visit our intern page at: s/clairemont/internship-program Please join us in our mission to partner with the industry and community! Thank you for your continued support. Elizabeth Rush Academy Coordinator or (858) 273-0201

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Beers by the Bay Karl Strauss Brewing –Picnic Perfect by Brian Riehm

In 1989, Karl Strauss Brewing established the first local brewery San Diego had seen since 1953. Many have argued that this started the current craft beer revolution that has made San Diego the beer capital of the world. Even though Karl Strauss is the granddaddy of San Diego craft beer, I had not given them much thought until a few years

Paul Segura, Head Brewmaster at Karl Strauss Brewing in the Beer Garden

ago when I started to see their expanded line up. Their push into new beer styles has paid off; they won a slew of awards and have been able to expand locations. Most recently, they brought home the 2016 award for mid-size brewer of the year at the Great American Beer Festival. I dropped by the Karl Strauss Tasting Room & Beer Garden at 5985 Santa Fe Street.This venue is secluded and comfortable. There is a large outdoor area just made for picnicking at long wood tables dominated by enormous red coral trees. While I was there, a few families were present, partying with their children, toting takeout pizza and enjoying outdoor bean bag. There is also an indoor tasting area where you can kibbutz with servers about the beer. Most of Karl Strauss’ lineup is on tap, including new offerings from the brewpubs that are being tested out. This Santa Fe street location is also the main production facility. I interviewed Paul Segura, Head Brewmaster for Research and Development. Segura was formerly just Head Brewmaster, but operations have grown so large with 10 brewpubs each with their own brewery on-premise that head brewmaster duties had to be split. He is in charge of new beer

development, brand development and is the go-to spokesman for the brewery. Segura is also an Adjunct professor at UCSD in Brewery Operations and appears on the 91X “Beer for Breakfast” program. Segura told me that each of the Brewers at the 10 brewpubs is allowed creativity in new beer offerings. Sometimes they are given a focus area, but in any case, the beers from the brewpubs also make their way onto the twenty tap lineup at The Tasting Room on Santa Fe Street.The brewpub experiments can also end up as part of the standard lineup. Mosaic Session IPA, one of my favorites, was the result of Sean Albrecht’s efforts at the downtown brewpub. Segura said that Karl Strauss is aiming to be the best at beer and food pairing at their brewpubs. In addition to the brewpub offerings, there is a seasonal rotation of beers at the tasting room. Right now the Oktoberfest beers are being brewed, with emphasis on the traditional German styles. Each year a new Christmas beer will be offered. In 2011, Two Tortugas, a Belgian Quad was introduced that become a favorite and was brewed another 6 times; it was in my favorite style and convinced me to start trying Karl Strauss beers again. In January, there will be a changing of the barrels, as the oak aged beers that have sat for one year are brought. There is an opportunity to taste beers that will be aged before they go into the barrel, and to come back a year later to see what the aging has done. February 2 will bring a new anniversary ale. Summertime has its own specialty beers, which were available for this tasting. I asked Segura if the brewery is part of Pacific Beach or Bay Ho, as there seemed to be some controversy on the matter. His take is that they are in PB. They produce a collaboration beer once a month that is only sold in PB and benefits brewery also participates in local beach cleanup days, considering themselves part of that community. I tasted some of the beers not in permanent rotation. Liquid A/C English Summer Ale is one of the summertime brews. I noticed lemon from the hops up front, with dry, toasty malt giving body to a bright refreshing ale. Belly Button Birthday ale was brewed in celebration of the one year anniversary of the Anaheim brewpub.This hazy double IPA was intensely hopped but not exceptionally bitter. Passion fruit dominates the taste; this ale is very smooth for an IIPA.The Singularity Black IPA had an unforeseen citrus hoppy taste, when its rich dark brown color seemed to indicate rooster taste.The darker roast flavors are subtle and in the background. I also tried some milder styles, starting with Comb the Desert Dark Lager; roasted coffee comes through along with nutty, toasty lager flavor. Desk Pop Ale was my first ever sampling of the English Mild style. It was as mild as advertised, but malty, like a milder version of an ESB and very sessionable.

I also tried some varieties that you can find in bottles at the store. Big Barrel Double IPA is exactly what I want in a double. Brewed with New Zealand hops, the grapefruit hits you right away and the bitterness lingers. Sip slowly because it is 9% alcohol. Wreck Alley Imperial Stout is named after an area of shipwrecks off Mission Beach. The balance between bitter roast, sweet chocolate and coffee flavors is just right. I finished with Mosaic Session IPA. I could smell the citrus as my beer was

Hours at the Boat Ramp by Chris O’Connell

Way back in the day (mid 80’s) I had a summer job during high school working at a town boat ramp on Cape Cod. People would drive up towing their boat pay me and they would go enjoy themselves on Cape Cod Bay. It was a pretty mindless job so I was the perfect candidate. Fast forward a bunch of years and I transplanted to San Diego from LA. I naturally gravitated towards the water and settled in Ocean Beach. While out exploring the neighborhoods not knowing a soul, I found myself over on Shelter Island and Harbor Island just kind of hanging/cruising around, watching the ships and boats come and go as well as the helicopters and Navy jets taking off. I of course gravitated to the boat ramp and I found out I was not alone. It turns out there was a bunch of old timers all having a grand ol time watching people come and go launching and trailering their boats. The boat owners doing all the work loading, unloading, backing down into the water to launch or retrieve their boats unbeknownst to them had eyes on their every move. This group of old timers would sit up above staring right down at the ramp watching and scoring. Yes, scoring. They sat there

served. It is also, a good summer IPA at only 5% alcohol, I enjoyed its bounty of hop complexity. If you had forgotten about Karl Strauss among the 150 breweries that followed in their footsteps in San Diego, it’s time to give them another look. Where better than at their beer garden? Brian Riehm is a long-time Clairemont resident and follower of the local craft beer scene. You can keep up with all his beer reviews by following @BrianRiehm on Twitter and reading his blog (

like Olympic judges with scorecards 1 through 10 or they would hand write their scores sometimes with a decimal point. I never saw a “10”. Usually, the boat owners hauling out would only realize they were being watched once they got in their vehicle and pulled forward looking right up and seeing the judges. With a big roar of laughter the old timers and the boat owners would get a chuckle and share some fun banter back and forth arguing their score. Those were good old lazy days. Life is a little busier now (dang honey do list) so wasting hours on Shelter Island is a rarity, however, I was over there recently and noticed the ramp is being upgraded and is now closed (see page 20). The memories all came back from my Cape Cod days to my first few months in San Diego, a stranger in a strange land. Watching people haul out and launch their boats probably sounds pretty boring to many, but it is actually quite funny. Besides, any day by the water or, even better, on the water is a good day. I look forward to checking out the new boat ramp in 2018 maybe, just maybe the old timers will be back with their scorecards. If you are a boater or remember those days and the much much earlier days share your memory shoot me an email or drop me a line. (858) 752-9779

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Some Estate Planning Basics by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

1. Surprisingly to me, about 35% of folks die without leaving a will or trust to pass on their property. This is called dying “intestate.” The result is that your property passes to your heirs in a “pecking order” pre-established by the California Probate Code–possibly not in the manner you would have chosen had you made a will or a trust. Another negative consequence of dying intestate is that your estate may have to undergo a costly and time-consuming probate before title to the property can be transferred to your heirs. 2. So, to effectively pass on your property, should you use a will or a trust? As a starting point, if you own a home, you should make a trust. This is because when you die, no probate of the trust would be required, whereas a probate would be required if this house passed, instead, by a will. When you do set up a trust, be sure to transfer title to the house by deed to yourself as trustee of your new trust. 3. Just what is a “trust?” A trust is an arrangement whereby you as “trustor” transfer certain property to a “trustee” (typically yourself while you are alive) who holds and manages this property for the benefit of a “beneficiary” (again, typically yourself while you are alive, and whoever you leave the property to, upon your death). The terms of this trust are set forth in a trust instrument (usually called a Declaration of Trust or Trust Agreement). 4. In the above case, what type of trust should you use? Typically, you will use what is called a revocable living trust. Such a trust is “revocable,” since you can change its terms in any manner while you are still alive. It is “living,” because it is created while you

are alive. 5. If you create a revocable living trust, are there other estate planning documents you should create at the same time? If so, what are they? Yes, there are some supplemental estate planning documents you should have. Here are the most important ones: • Will – This will should provide that anything that was not transferred into your trust, or disposed of by other means (such as a life insurance policy death benefit payable to its beneficiary) will pass to your trust and be distributed as a part thereof. • General Power of Attorney – this is a general/financial power of attorney–by which you designate an “agent” to conduct your affairs if you are unable. • Advance Health Care Directive – contains: a health care power of attorney – by which you designate an agent to make emergency medical and related decisions on your behalf if you are unable; set forth “pull the plug” provisions if you so desire; and provide organ donation directions as you see fit. 6. If you’re married, what estate planning documents do you need? Typically a married couple will have one “joint” trust instrument between yourselves, and a separate will, general power of attorney, and advance health care directive for each of you. The above “Basics” are generalizations only and should not be taken as legal advice for the reader’s particular situation. Richard F. McEntyre is a lawyer practicing law in the areas of estate planning and administration, having served the San Diego community as a lawyer for over 40 years. House calls available. Dick’s office is located at 3156 Sports Arena Boulevard, Suite 102 (Telephone (619) 221-0279),

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 8 • 9:00 –Nature Walk – Battle Trail Meet at Tecolote Nature Center. Explore this trail and discover how it got its name. Learn about birds, bugs, habitats and whatever happens to cross our path. Saturday, October 14 • 10:00-3:00 Baskets & Botany 18th annual Native American event. More info in this issue of The Clairemont Times Wednesday, October 18 • 1:30 – 3:00 Art & Activities for Kids- Free Make and take a variety of fall and nature related crafts, meet friends, have fun! Saturday, October 21 • 9:00-11:00 Weed Warriors Canyon Clean Up Volunteer and help beautify your canyon Saturday, October 28 • 8:00 Audubon Society Birding Walk All skill levels welcome – Meet at the Tecolote Nature Center 10:00-12:00 FREE Composting & Intro to Bokashi Fermentation Workshop Pre-register and more info at Take advantage of this free awesome event provided by the City of San Diego and the Solana Center Activities are posted at of Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center Like us on Facebook “Friends of Tecolote Canyon” •

18th Annual Baskets & Botany Kumeyaay Culture and Nature … right in your backyard! Saturday, October 14 10am-3pm Free family event celebrates the traditions of Southern California Native Americans as well as Bay Park’s best kept secret, Tecolote Canyon and Nature Center. Enjoy the Soaring Eagles Native American Dancers, Storytelling, Sand Painting, Live Birds of Prey, Museum of Man Display, Children’s Craft Area, and more! Don’t miss the authentic Indian Fry Bread and Hand-woven Baskets available For Sale all day! Tecolote Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road, San Diego, CA 92110 For information, call (858) 581-9944 Schedule of Events Schedule is tentative and subject to change 9:00 a.m. Ethnobotany Walk By Cynthia Dillon (M.A. Anthropology) and the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group Learn about Kumeyaay culture and discover which plants are used for food, medicine, and daily life (Large groups please call ahead) 10:15 a.m. Opening Ceremony A few words from the Friends of

Tecolote Canyon and Councilmember Lorie Zapf 10:30 Luiseño Storyteller Listen and learn from Cathleen Chilcote Wallace, Bay Park local and author of The Gift Basket 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Project Wildlife Info Booth Meet KwaPai – a beautiful live Red–shouldered Hawk 12:00 p.m. Soaring Eagles Inter-Tribal 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 1:30 Luiseño Storyteller Listen and learn from Cathleen Chilcote Wallace, Bay Park local and author of The Gift Basket 2:15 p.m. Snakes of Tecolote and Beyond See live snakes and maybe even touch one if you’re brave enough. Learn why snakes are the good guys All Day Free Activities Include: Visit the Kumeyaay information table from the Museum of Man Make a variety of Native American crafts in the Children’s Craft Area Tour the Native Plant Garden and Kumeyaay Indian Village Enjoy juncus basket weaving from Eva Salazar Carillo Create a sand painting with Paleontologist, Richard Cerutti Meet some snakes Take a hike Play in the children’s library Enjoy flute music from Piper Bob Explore your nature center & have fun!

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OCTOBER LIBRARY EVENTS Social Scrabble and Other Board Games for Grown Ups: 10/3 5pm & 10/12 1pm Adult Coloring Club: 10/24 6pm & 10/26 1pm


North Clairemont Library is excited to offer Dying Well: Planning for the Journey While Achieving Peace of Mind this month on four consecutive Wednesday afternoons. Adults of all ages can attend this thoughtful and introspective program which will provide you with the opportunity to consider Identification of Your Personal Values, Creating “Peace of Mind” Documents, Life Review and Creating a Legacy, and Your Wishes/Five Things that Matter the Most. On Halloween night, October 31 at 6:30 p.m. join us for a Fun Family Halloween Sing Along with Frightful Verse program. All ages are welcome to join this special Halloween musical celebration with dramatic verses, percussion and great tunes featuring ghosts, goblins, witches and skeletons and a craft. There was a huge (no exaggeration!) donation made to the Friends of the Library recently and many of these items will be for sale at their next sale scheduled for Saturday, October 14 at 9:30 a.m. All proceeds support this branch library and we are grateful for the Friends’ and your generous support. There is always an exciting opportunity, development or inspiration happening at the North C. Library! Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include Bargain Book Sale: 10/14 9:30-1pm -lots of high quality books at low, low prices! Second Tuesday Concert Series: Camarada! 10/10 6:30pm Wednesdays: Dying Well: 1-3pm Call (858) 581-9931 to RSVP. Saturdays: E-Book Clinic: 10am

Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs Mondays: Sign Language Story Time (rec 1-5 y/o) 10am Mondays: Preschool Story Time (rec 2-5 y/o) 11 am Tuesdays:Hopscotch Story Time (rec 2-5 y/o) 1pm Wednesdays: Baby Story Time (0-2 y/o) 11:30am Wednesdays: Family Story Time (all ages) 6:30pm Fridays: Kids Craft Studio (3-8y/o) 4:30pm Saturdays: Lego Builders’ Club (3-8y/o) 2pm Sparkle’s Reading Party 10/14 (3-8y/o) 10:30am BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390

School is in full swing, the temperature is slowly dropping, and there is a slight hint of pumpkin spice dangling in the air. Happy October everyone! We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and we are looking forward to seeing you during this magical month! Candy Corn Guess beginning Monday October 2, 2017! Visit the Balboa Library and give us your best guess and you may be the winner of a special prize! Good Luck to all! Besides helping students with homework and Halloween programs, all libraries will be participating in 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. 1000 BBK is a reading incentive program that inspires and challenges parents and caregivers to share 1000 books with their children before they begin school. Registration is online and prizes will be awarded at the 25 books read mark, 100-900 mark, and the 1000 books read mark. Special Events Join us on October 2nd at 10:30 at the Balboa Branch Library for the 1000 Readers Storytime to launch the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

event. All 36 San Diego Public Libraries will be participating in this special storytime at the same time! The official launch date for 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is October 2nd, 2017. Wee Reads Special Literature Comes to Life! (B-5y/o) 10/20 10:30am Lights! Camera! Action! Come and act in a favorite Children’s story with the talented Stacey Wein. Welcome Girl Scouts! 10/21 1-2:30 Girl Scouts of San Diego will present a special workshop at Balboa Library, which will focus on the One Book for Kids selection, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce. Bring your creativity and a friend, free & open to the public. For 1st - 6th grade Special Drop in & Play 10/27 10:30am Come in your costume if you like and Trick-or-Treat around the library! Parents and children come enjoy an informal playtime, while getting to know other families in the community. Adults Mondays: Lego Club 4pm Celebrate October themes – the return of autumn, Halloween, and Dia de Muertos Tuesdays: ESL Language Coach for Adults 12-3pm Martha Henderson, will assist adults with various ESL needs such as reading, writing and speaking in everyday life. Thursdays: Adult Writers Group is back 2pm All who love to write are welcome! Tech Training 10/4, 10/7 & 10/11 12:30-1:30 Do you need a little help with your electronic device, setting up your email, or other basic computer questions? Miss Rebecca is available to help. Sign up is required. Chair Yoga for Adults 10/2 & 10/9 11:15-Noon Join us for a relaxing fitness program come and bring a friend! Balboa Book Discussion Club 10/17 11:45 My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

Stitching Circle 10/3 & 10/10 1:30-3:30 Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow adults in a relaxed setting. Instruction may be provided. Teens & Kids Wednesdays: Homework Help (grades k-8) 3:30-4:30pm Wednesdays: Great Read Alouds with Miss Terri (k-2nd Grade) 6pm Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm Come and make a fun craft at your library. Preschool Story & Craft with Miss Remi (pre-5y/o) 10/5 & 10/19 10am Paws to Read 10/10 6pm Therapy dogs provide a positive environment for children to practice reading aloud. Come and enjoy reading to our sweet therapy dogs provided by Love on a Leash. Kindergarten – 5th Grade Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer (b-5y/o) 10/12 & 10/26 10am Miss Jennifer uses sign language to enhance the reading of well-loved children’s picture books and concludes with singing and bubbles too! Wee Reads Baby & Toddler Storytime (b-5y/o) 10/6, 10/13 & 10/27 10:30am Children’s Book Discussion (grades 3-6) 10/20 3:45-4:45 Sign up begins Monday October 2nd . Sign up and pick up a copy of the book. Pajama Signing Storytime 10/24 6pm Come in your jammies and enjoy storytime with signs and music. Teens DIY @ Your Library (7th-12 Grades) 10/25 3:30-4:30 Create your very own Halloween String Wall art with Miss Parween! Materials provided.

The Clairemont Times • October 2017 • 17

Chris, Did You Vacuum Up the Bunny Poop? PROUD PARENTS PET PROFILE

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Adoptable Pet of the Month

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Pocket, a 2-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier mix, is looking for a loving family. Behind her sweet eyes and easy-going demeanor is a girl truly worth a second look. She would prefer to be the only pet in her new home, but this sweet girl has more than enough love to fill your heart all by herself! She’s well-mannered, loves to give kisses, and is a

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Renee about our new guest(s), she immediately went to Google U and informed of all the doom and gloom news having a mouse in the house brings. Next stop Home Depot and not for the neck snappers we have to use the humane catch and release. It was too

Yes, it is a real question, from my wife Renee, in my wildest dreams I thought I would never hear nor have to answer. And yes I did. I don’t know what the heck is going on lately, but starting a little over a month ago we began to find little pellets all on our turf. Not talking 5 or 10 we are talking hundreds all over. They just appeared, freaking little bunnies or rabbits or whatever they are. Straight up POOP. Did you know everytime a bunny blinks, it poops? Yeah, TOMCAT Live Catch Mouse Trap. It says it will catch me either, but that is apparently mice, my question WHEN?!?!?!?!?!? what is happening in our yard. I do not have any facts to back it comical as this is my first foray into up, but I do have pellets. We have had catch and release. I am looking at this more little white tails hopping around contraption, take it out of the box and after dark in our yard than Hef does at set it down in the aisle of the store and the Mansion! decide ok this works. Not two seconds So like a putz I am out with the later a woman abruptly walks up, goes shop vac vacuuming our yard, I can straight for the neck snapper mouse only imagine what the neighbors say traps and easily grabs a half dozen. Me when they drive by. They must think I I am standing there with my ONE have an Obsessive Compulsive humane trap. She looks at me bursts Disorder first it was picking up out laughing “good luck with that, I Mexican Feather Grass sprouts all over tried being nice once now I just want (oh and they are still popping up EVERYWHERE it has been months) and the mice gone” and with that she whisked herself away on a mission. now this; vacuuming the yard. They Well, I have since ordered a couple always wave to me like “oh you poor more fancy versions of the catch and sap, better you than me”. release and guess what as of the print It would not be such a big deal, but deadline now the mice are laughing at Sierra our oldest chocolate labs eats me.They are winning! Good times, I everything she is like a goat. McCoy tell ya! As far as my product review the (Pet of the Month) he spends his goes, thus far, for the catch and release days outdoors nonstop rolling on his not a fan! back legs up in the air just loving life. So we’ve got a crappy bunny/rabbit So yes the poop pellets had to go. If that were not enough last month I story (literally), we’ve got mice now would be a good time to promote also found a mouse running through family pets! the garage like a little furry rocket he Our monthly pet profile is running was gone. The little mouse in that thin on pets. If you would like your instant took the wind right out of my pet featured in a future edition right sails it was like a sucker punch to the gut. It’s not a big deal, but I now know here on this page & page 1 send along a quality photo and follow the we are not alone. And we all know guidelines to be featured to: there is never one mouse it is always mice. I made the mistake of telling

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The Clairemont Times • October 2017 • 19

San Diegans Encouraged to Participate in SDPD Chief Selection

POLICE BLOTTER VEHICLE BREAK IN 3500 Clairemont Mesa Blvd 4200 Clairemont Dr 4200 Bannock Ave 4900 Genesee Ave. 7500 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 3500 Stetson Ave. 5200 Genesee Cove 5800 Mildred St. 3800 Genesee Ave. 6500 Beadnell Way 7700 Balboa Ave. 6100 Balboa Ave. 4400 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 5500 Regents Rd.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 6900 Gullstrand St. 4700 Lehrer Dr. 3900 Camto Patricia 5400 Balboa Arms Dr. 3800 Armstrong St. 3300 Willard St. 6500 Beadnell Way

VEHICLE THEFT 6700 Beadnell Way

VANDALISM 4900 Dubois Dr.

5600 Copley Dr. 4400 Genesee Ave. 3500 Gaylord Ct. 6900 Weller St. 7500 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 3700 Mario Pl.

6200 Agee St. 670 Edmonton Ave. 3800 Clairemont Dr. 1700 Frankfort St. 5000 Mt. Etna Dr. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 7300 Convoy Ct. 4100 Ashford St. 7500 Dagget St. 5500 Balboa Ave. BATTERY 4400 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 4500 Mt. Hubbard Ave. 1700 Knoxville St. FRAUD 5600 Balboa Ave

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City Welcomes Residents to Share Priorities via Citywide Community Meetings and the Online Survey The City of San Diego is encouraging community members to participate in the selection process for a new Chief of the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). The City’s timeline to hire a successor to Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who will retire in March 2018, includes public input opportunities. The ideal candidate must demonstrate and represent qualities and characteristics that reflect San Diego’s unique communities. Recognizing the critical ongoing importance of community policing and neighborhood engagement, the City will host four community meetings throughout the City this fall and unveil an online survey to capture the priorities and comments of San Diegans for the next Chief of Police. All input received will be used throughout the recruitment and selection process, which will be managed by the City’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick, on behalf of Mayor Faulconer. The City will be hiring an executive recruitment firm to assist in the process. Multiple rounds of interviews are anticipated as part of the process. To help ensure the selection process is not compromised, the names of interview panelists will be shared after a selection has been made. “I am looking forward to the beginning of the Police Chief selection process,” said Councilmember Chris Cate, Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods.“Public safety is a shared responsibility and it is imperative we engage with San Diegans in all neighborhoods to be part of the public process.” An online survey is scheduled to launch in September at

The City will announce details in the coming weeks. Community Conversation Calendar Mid-City Gym Wednesday 4302 Landis St. San Diego, CA 92105 Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 6 p.m. East African language interpretation is being coordinated with community members. Standley Recreation Center 3585 Governor Drive San Diego, CA 92122 Thursday, October 5th, 2017 6 p.m. Col. Irving Salomon San Ysidro Community Activity Center Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 179 Diza Road San Diego, CA 92173 6 p.m. Timeline of significant steps in the recruitment process*: Early September 2017 Select executive recruitment firm September-October 2017 Community feedback via community forums and online survey October-November 2017 Chief candidate recruitment December 2017-January 2018 Candidate interviews January 2018 Selection of new chief February 2018 City Council confirmation hearing *Subject to change. Pursuant to City Charter Section 57, the new police chief will be appointed by Mayor Faulconer and the appointment will be confirmed by a majority of the City Council.

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San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge Shelter Island Boat Ramp Closed Until at Least March 2018 Lighting Project Enters Phase 2 The Shelter Island Boat Launch Facility Improvement Project has been underway since May 30, 2017. Since then, the contractor has begun the removal of the west jetty and installation of a cofferdam - a watertight enclosure that is pumped

(Americans with Disability Act) standards Here is a list of alternate launch ramps in San Diego Bay and adjacent areas:

As part of efforts to enhance our treasured destination, the Port of San Diego is moving forward to the next phase of the donor-funded San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge Artistic Lighting Project.

Board approved the selection of an international design team led by London-based artist Peter Fink to develop an artistic lighting design for illuminating the bridge. The bridge is under the California Department of

San Diego Bay Kayak Launch Ramp: 2869 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106 MCRD Boat House (Military Only): 131 Neville Rd, San Diego, CA 92140 Coronado Boat Launch, Glorietta Bay: 1975 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118 National City - Pepper Park: Tidelands Ave, National City, CA 91950 Chula Vista - Chula Vista Boat Launch Marina: Marina Way, Chula Vista, CA 91910

dry to permit construction of the new San Diego Mission Bay concrete ramp. Dana Landing: 2580 Ingraham St, All new piles and concrete wall San Diego, CA 92109 panels for the project are currently in fabrication off-site. The closure will allow the contractor to continue jetty removal operations to make room for the new concrete breakwater and walkway. When complete, the new and improved boat launch ramp will be easier to navigate and will include these improvements: • An enlarged maneuvering area in the basin Shelter Island Boat Ramp during remodel 9/24/17. Photo by Chris O’Connell/Clairemont Times • Longer boarding floats South Shores: S Shores Park Drive, San Diego, CA 92109 Ski Beach Boat Launch Ramp: Ingraham St & Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA 92109 Santa Clara Point: 1001 Santa Clara Pl, San Diego, CA 92109 De Anza Cove Boat Launch: E Mission Bay Dr, San Diego, CA 92109 • Public walking platforms with For more information and to follow viewing areas the progress visit • New signage and lighting • Docks, public walkways and restrooms that are up to current ADA

Courtesy Port of San Diego

The Board of Port Commissioners unanimously approved agreements to initiate Phase 2 of the project at the Aug. 8, 2017 Board meeting. This highly anticipated project, which has been in development since 2006, will create a signature artwork on the iconic San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge with an artistic lighting installation to illuminate San Diego’s dynamic waterfront for years to come. The Port of San Diego recently launched the “Illuminate the Bay” fundraising campaign. The goal is to raise $10 million in private donations to be able to “flip the switch” by a target of 2019. “The approval of these agreements means that the artistic lighting of the bridge is now underway,” said Port Commissioner Marshall Merrifield. “Our private-donor-funded campaign has been well embraced in these past few months. We are grateful for the response, and encourage the entire region to participate in creating this new landmark.” The idea of illuminating the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge with an artist-designed lighting scheme originated with the Port’s Public Art Committee’s quest in 2006 to identify a potential signature artwork for the San Diego Bay region. The Port held a design competition and in 2010 the

Transportation’s (Caltrans) jurisdiction. In 2011, the Port formed a Memorandum of Understanding with Caltrans to memorialize the common goal of lighting the bridge, as well as the respective roles of the two agencies regarding the project. Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, the project is to be funded through grants, private donations and other sources; not public money. As lead agency for the acquisition of project funding, the Port has initiated a capital campaign that is currently seeking donations and grants to achieve the project’s funding goals. Additionally, the Port allows tenants to direct their percent-for-art contributions to Illuminate the Bay in lieu of commissioning or acquiring on-premises artwork. Phase 2 will involve a feasibility study, which will include design, development, environmental and engineering reviews as well as community outreach and opportunities for public comment. The agreements that were authorized included a service agreement between project artist Peter Fink and a cooperative agreement with Caltrans for Phase 2. For details on the project, visit

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