Clairemont Times September 2017

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Mark Hamill Returns to Clairemont District 6 Councilmember Chris Cate, Former Clairemont Resident Mark Hamill & Clairemont Town Council President Eden Yaege




Calling All World War II Veterans! Honor Flight San Diego Needs Your Help Honor Flight San Diego is taking WWII veterans on their next “Tour of Honor” flight to Washington, DC on Sept. 29, 2017. The organization is calling out to the community to reach as many Southern California WWII veterans as possible. Many Honor Flight hubs throughout the country have taken Korea and Vietnam era veterans on the trip. Honor Flight San Diego cannot start with those generations until they have connected with local WWII veterans first. There are seats available for WWII veterans on SEE Honor Flight, page 4

The Clairemont Chamber of Commerce Cordially Invites You The Clairemont Chamber of Commerce will host its second Multi-Organization Business/Community Mixer on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 6pm - 8pm. The “Mixer” brings both community and business together to explore ways in which groups can partner to meet the needs of the Clairemont community services, restaurants, educational partnerships, and the wide variety of companies that serve the

community of Clairemont. In addition, residents from diverse backgrounds have an opportunity to learn about your products and services to meet the ever changing needs and demands of our growing community. The event will also focus on ways to involve community and chamber members though our local schools. With increasing awareness of careers and the growing need for Science, Technology, Engineering and SEE Chamber, page 6

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From the Publisher By Chris O’Connell

Hard to believe summer is over, but is it really?? According to the calendar yes, but we are lucky to live where we live. A star, the sun and the moon: Clairemont took center stage when Mark Hamill returned to have his name honored on the street where he once lived and also received an official Mark Hamill Day Proclamation (p12). The Mt Abernathy area was packed with fans both young and old. Nearly a month later, many flocked to the same nearby neighborhood to witness the eclipse at the Balboa Library. I’ve had a lot of inquiries about construction in the neighborhood so the following pages (p4&6) will have some updates on lots that are being developed. A little bit of live and learn news as I share a story about my mom being scammed on her computer (p19). It happens and hopefully readers will share the news that if things seem fishy they probably are.

With the summer over community meetings are back on schedule (p2). In addition Marge Weber returns with her monthly updates about the Clairemont Woman’s Club (p3) and new President of the Clairemont Chamber of Commerce is inviting locals to a mixer they are having at the end of the month. In between all that hopefully you will enjoy some other tidbits of information about the neighborhood like an old pickup bar in Clairemont (p8) by Bill Swank. Louis Rodolico has a commentary piece about housing (p11) in San Diego. And I took myself on an adventure south of the border hardly for a vacation though (p9). If there is information you would like to know about let me know, if you have a tip for a story call or email. Are you a local business owner wanting to advertise either in print or on our website, feel free to give me a call/text or drop me an email. (858) 752-9779 I hope you enjoy this edition!

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San Diego Mesa College Welcomes Ryan Shumaker as New Dean of Athletics Newly hired Mesa College Dean of Athletics, Ryan Shumaker is a native San Diegan, who grew up in East County.After graduating from West Hills High School, Shumaker started his college journey at Cuyamaca College as a first generation college student where he majored in Business. He competed on the basketball team, and threw for track and field, earning All-PCAC honors during each season. Shumaker then transferred to Southern Illinois UniversityCarbondale (SIUC) where he threw shot put, discus, hammer, and weight for the top NCAA Division 1 College program in the country. Shumaker then returned to San Diego and began working at Cuyamaca College as the Student Success Coordinator. During Shumaker’s time at Cuyamaca College, he also served as the Acting Associate Dean of Student Affairs before being named the Associate Dean of

Athletics, where he served for three years. While at SIUC, Shumaker earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing. In 2017 Shumaker earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Community College and Postsecondary Education from San Diego State University. Shumaker is extremely excited about being part of the San Diego Mesa College family. “This institution has welcomed me with open arms and I look forward to working here for many years to come,” Shumaker said. San Diego Mesa College has 21 men’s and women’s sports teams, with an average of 220 student-athletes per semester.To attend games at Mesa College or learn more about athletics, go to, and

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9/17/17 (1st Thurs. of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop Ave, 92117

9/19/17 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM Cadman Elementary Auditorium 4370 Kamloop, 92117

9/21/17 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:00 PM American Legion Post 731 7245 Linda Vista Rd., 92111

9/25/17 (4th Mon. of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111

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Clairemont Woman’s Club by Marge Weber

We are back and hope everyone had an interesting and fun summer. Clairemont Woman’s Club starts up again on Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. We meet at the Balboa Community Church at 6555 Balboa Avenue. Please park around the corner on Mt. Albertine in the church parking lot. Our program will feature Nora Donald, a CWC member, who is also involved with “Wagging Tails”, which is an all-breed small dog rescue group that arranges adoptions and/or fostering. Their motto is “No wagging tail left behind.” Interested in a new pet or just interested??? Come on out and hear what Nora has to say. Refreshments will be served and you can learn more about our club. Every year we have two main projects: scholarships to a senior girl at Clairemont HS and Madison HS and a President’s Special Project which will be announced later.

Our club objectives are the promotion of social concerns, civic interests and educational activities of the members for the community at large. These are accomplished by having speakers enlighten us, raising monies for the March of Dimes, the Heifer Project, Pennies for Pines, etc. and by giving of our time to various venues such as the Clairemont Community Services Assoc., Meals on Wheels, Feeding America, Boxtops for Education, etc. But we are not all work and no play. Our social activities include a trip to Viejas Casino, a monthly book club, Daytime Gourmets to various restaurants and get togethers in our homes. Want to join us and help give back? Come and introduce yourself on Sept. 6th. 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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Construction Underway on Balboa Avenue

by Chris O’Connell

As many are well aware Chik-fil-A will be opening in Clairemont. According to a company spokesperson “sometime in 2018”. Since there are always timelines and unexpected construction issues the word I received was no firm opening date except for 2018.

The chicken chain will be buiding from the ground up at the former Coco’s Bakery and prior to that a Bob’s Big Boy at 5955 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92111 Of note at this particular Chick-fil-A is the fact there will be no indoor dining, however there will be outdoor covered seating. In addition, there will be walk/bike up access to

Demolition crews dismantling Coco’s Bakery the week of August 14th

Honor Flight Continued from page 1

the next flight and there is no cost to the veteran. The “Tour of Honor” flight is a three-day trip and includes visits to the National World War II, Vietnam, Korea and Iwo Jima war memorials, U.S. Air Force Memorial, U.S. Navy Yard

order and take away or of course the vehicle drive thru. Just across the street from the new Chick-fil-A many have seen the construction activity at the corner of Balboa Ave & Mt Abernathy Ave. The anticipated opening of the car wash is again tentative due to construction timelines, however a

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museum and new this trip, a visit to the United States Naval Academy. The veterans will stop at Arlington National Cemetery and witness changing of the guard ceremony and the female veterans will tour the Women in Military Service for America National Memorial. The “Tour of Honor” flight is funded through donations to Honor Flight San Diego. The veteran’s trip costs

approximately $2,500 for three-day experience and there is no charge for the veteran. For more information or to complete a veteran’s application, go to: Local San Diegan, Bob Gaumer at the National WWII Memorial in Washington, DC(photo courtesy of Honor Flight San Diego)

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Mathematics, we are looking to build long-lasting partnerships with our community, our businesses. Through linked learning and partnerships, we can expand our awareness of our local businesses and their vital

Business/Community mixer, we are looking to build a stronger community, to enable our schools to better prepare our children for 21st century careers and bring more growth opportunities to our members through these partnerships. Experience the exciting new

Career Corner Advice to My Younger Self by Angela Copeland

contributions to Clairemont residents. Are you planning a special event or looking for a fundraising partner? If you are a school, non-profit, or an organization looking for ways to raise money, this is an opportunity to help connect you to that company or organization which may serve as a sponsor or provides services you may require. The Clairemont Chamber of Commerce is changing the direction of how it conducts its business. In the past the chamber held monthly business meetings to promote their services to each other as a way to market their specific service. With the ever changing demands of our local businesses and costumers, the Clairemont Chamber of Commerce is changing to meet those demands. Timing is critical. Most of us have such tight schedules that we do not have the time to explore what is available in our community. By hosting this

direction the Chamber has taken. The Chamber will be a more community based organization while upholding it’s business tradition’s, being involved in community events, supporting education, and most of all serving you: our Clairemont Businesses. The Co-Hosting organizations are: Clairemont Chamber of Commerce, Clairemont Hills Kiwanis, Clairemont Mesa Education Foundation, Clairemont Town Council, STEM Ecosystem. Event: Wednesday Night, September 20th. At the Clairemont Boys and Girls Club 4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 92117 in their new STEM facility, from 6pm - 8pm. The Clairemont Multi Organization Community Mixer is for you. You are cordially Invited!! Please RSVP via e-mail: Clairemont Chamber of Commerce Ernie Navarro - President

Activity at Ticonderoga & Morena Blvd

Park and consist of 8, two story single family homes priced in the low $1 million range. No information was given on construction timelines. Email: (858) 752-9779

by Chris O’Connell

Just after the August edition had gone to print I had some inquiries about the activity at the parcel located at Ticonderoga St. and Morena Blvd. just north of Balboa Ave. This location according to the owners Hallmark Communities will be called Ticonderoga at Bay

In the past week, two interesting things have happened. First, I was asked the question,“What advice would you give your younger self?” Then, I attended my high school reunion. Walking through the old halls of my high school brought back memories of where it all started. Needless to say, both moments made me think about the past and what advice I would give a young person today. First and foremost, focus on your strengths. Growing up, there’s often a large emphasis placed on being well rounded and equally good at everything. We spend so much time trying to be better at skills we struggle with. In reality, it’s the things that we’re good at that make us special. You will go much farther pouring your time into an area where you excel than stumbling around in something you are weak at. Worry less about your weaknesses and instead, celebrate your gifts. Second, listen to your gut. Other people with good intentions will try to guide you along the way. They may be parents, teachers, or friends. Some of their advice may be helpful, but some may not. It’s your job to sort out the good from the bad. Do a gut check with yourself before you make big decisions. And remember, most people are best at giving advice for one specific area. Seek out mentors to help with specific decisions rather than all areas of your life. If you begin to head

down a path that doesn’t feel right, take a step back and reassess. Similarly, if you’re on a path that you are sure about and are receiving negative feedback from those who may not be in a place to advise you, take your time before switching paths. When I made the decision to move from Oklahoma to upstate New York to study engineering, I received some negative feedback. But, I’m very glad I stayed focused on my mission because it was the best choices I could have made. Last, your path may not be straight – and that’s okay. Today’s professionals will change their career path many times over the course of their working life. There’s a good chance you will change roles, industries, or fields more than once. Each change will take you closer and closer to your ultimate destination. Be prepared for this change. It’s not the same as failure. Don’t dwell too long if something isn’t working. Adjust your path and continue to move forward in a new direction. That’s where you will find your success. One of the most important elements of finding your way is to stay informed – and to be prepared for change. It’s not always possible to predict what change will happen, but change itself is inventible. Being nimble, aware of your strengths, and willing to listen to your intuition will take you far. This is the advice I’d give to the younger me. And, with the ever changing job market, it’s a good future lesson to remember too. Angela Copeland is a Career Coach and Founder of Copeland Coaching and can be reached at or on Twitter at @CopelandCoach.

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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.

Clairemont’s Greatest Pickup Bar by Bill Swank

for a woman that does him in.” Few people search for true love in a bar at 2:00 AM; even fewer find it. In the 1950s and 1960s, gender roles were narrow and women’s inhibitions were liberated by alcohol. Clairemont boasted some rollicking bars that served broken dreams, broken hearts and broken marriages on the rocks. None had the reputation of the Moonglow (Moonglo) at the southwest corner of Clairemont Drive and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard. Only Clairemont could have a main drag that runs back into itself a few blocks away. Was the map of Clairemont laid out by a drunk searching for the Moonglow? In 1958, Horatio Velha was granted a cabaret license for his original Moonglow Cocktail Lounge. It was an instant success. The patrons shared mixed drinks and mixed messages. It was a classy place to find women and quickly became known as a place to hookup with “Westpac Widows” lonely, young sailor wives whose husbands sailed away on six month deployments to the Western Pacific.

Middle-aged and overweight, Shelley Winters, a blonde bombshell in her prime, was asked her opinion of pornography and famously answered;“I think nudity on the stage is disgusting, Chaz Garland shameful and and his wife, unpatriotic. But, Charlene, hold if I were glasses and twenty-two with t-shirts from the a great body, it Moonglo and would be Stardust. Charlene artistic, tasteful, is sitting on a bar patriotic and a stool from the progressive, Moonglo. Her religious husband was a experience.” bartender at the When it second comes to bars, I incarnation of the fear that I’ve Moonglo from turned into 1978 to 1990 Shelley Winters. after the “w” was Recently, my dropped from wife and I “Moonglow.” entered the Prior to that, wrong door of a he tended bar at Clairemont the Stardust from restaurant only Chaz and Charlene Garland (Bill Swank photo 1964 to 1969. The collection) to discover we Stardust, near the were in the bar. Clairemont Bowl, It was Happy Hour, so the hostess was more of a supper club with a politely suggested we should eat in popular piano man, Tony VanSteen, and the bar to take advantage of their food a more genteel patronage. and drink specials. We sat in a booth. Chaz recalled a time when a naked Nobody at the bar looked particularly woman walked into the Moonglo. A happy and nobody was talking. waitress went to the door to check on There was a time when bars were her. The young woman claimed to full of smoke, stale conversation and have been raped. She led the waitress desperate people. As 2:00 AM to the rape scene where her clothes approached and drunks were looking were found neatly folded and stacked for one last drink, desperate men with on the ground. The waitress told her short-range goals were looking for to get dressed ... and get lost. desperate women. “When Horatio Velha owned the Former New York Yankees Hall of Stardust, he would count the cars in Fame manager Casey Stengel wisely the parking lot to gauge business. The noted,“Being with a woman all night bottom line is to make money,” said never hurt no professional baseball Garland,“And Horatio was a good player. It’s staying up all night looking “Guys show up around 1:00, never buy a drink and look for drunk women to pick up. I called them the nighthawks.” “There was another regular at the Moonglo I called ‘Cough and Drop.’ He was drunk and started coughing. His pants fell off. After that, everybody called him ‘Cough and Drop.’” “I’m not saying this because Chaz is my husband,” said Charlene, “But he was an Ashtrays: (upper left) Horatio’s Moonglow Cocktail Lounge, (lower left) excellent Moonglo Cocktail Lounge, (upper right) Stardust Room, Clairemont bartender.” Quad, (lower right) Stardust Room at the Quad in Clairemont designed “Don’t print by Chaz Garland (Chaz Garland collection) that,” Chaz ordered. businessman.” Garland doesn’t feel the wild “The Quad Room was more reputation of the Moonglo is popular with the younger crowd,” he warranted. “We always had a doorman. continued,“But as the music changed, Funny things happened, but we were the crowds changed.” so busy working that I can’t remember Bartenders are aware of problems, them. If you’re working in a beer bar, but seem bound by a Hippocratic you can bs with the customers, but Oath. They don’t when you’re kiss and tell. mixing drinks in a “Bobby Brown, nightclub, there’s who played bass no time for that.” with Gary “It got to the Puckett’s band, point you ‘The Outcasts,’ at wondered if they the Quad Room, wanted a cocktail was always getting or a joint. We had into fist fights in to throw people the parking lot out for doing lines with the drummer on the table. If I after their show,” smelled dope, out laughed Garland. they went. We “The bass player were selling and drummer with alcohol.” the Jimmie Nixon “When Band (at the massage parlors Moonglo) were became popular, always fighting we seldom saw about the beat.” the vice squad Moonglo Cocktail Lounge match book cover If there’s a (Chaz Garland collection) after that. If I band, there are figured out a people who drink woman was a prostitute, I’d throw her other people’s drinks while they are out. We didn’t want trouble.” on the dance floor.“When I’d catch a Finding wild stories about the guy doing that, I’d make him buy a Moonglow and the Moonglo proved to replacement drink and throw him be a challenge and, unlike Shelley out,” said Chaz.“I wouldn’t let them Winters, the Westpac Widows aren’t come back.” talking. He remembers a little, old lady who Most of Clairemont’s hotspots from turned into a rattlesnake with alcohol. the 1950s and 1960s have been She wanted to dance and caused a leveled by new development. The commotion. Chaz called a cab, but the barflies have flown. driver knew the woman and refused Besides, if you are a typical reader to take her home. The police came. of this column, you show your ID for “She tried to dance with the cop and senior discounts and not for entry into he danced her out to his car,” said a bar. Garland.“I didn’t want her arrested. I just wanted her out of the bar.”

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Clairemont to Rosarito: A Dental Adventure by Chris O’Connell

Knowing good, reliable and honest tradespeople is key. A good mechanic, a plumber, veterinarian, I could go on. For me, having a reliable dentist is right up there at the top. It’s been close to a decade since I have been with Hurst Dental Care (HDC) in Clairemont. Dr Steve Hurst (Doc) was referred to me from a friend when we moved back to San Diego. I like being able to talk to people and not always be “sold” whenever I am in a situation I ask the professional, what would you do? I have known for years I would be needing some dental work (implants) down the line and quite frankly, it is quite expensive, so I did not have a choice of being proactive but would rather have to be reactive, meaning I will take care of it when my hand is forced. Well the tooth ache started just prior to my regular cleaning. During the visit Doc & I talked, he said Chris don’t forget about the implant program I am running down South. For me it was now the time to be reactive and proactive. I have heard the stories good and bad about getting work done, whether it is dental or medical south of the border. However, I trust Doc and we talked about it some more: the plan, the procedure and I scheduled my trip. Background: Dr Hurst along with his dental practice in Clairemont works with the California Implant Institute (CIP) and provides a service not only to his dental clients, but also and more importantly a service to other dentists around the country for their continuous ongoing training. Without getting into all the specifics and behind the scenes basically, dentists from around the country travel to Rosarito (30 minutes across the border) to learn more and update their required training in order to stay licensed. The dentists from all over pay to attend this hands on dental training. Dentists are working alongside and with implant specialists such as Dr Steve and others from the CIP. After a week of hands on work the dentists now take their experience back to their own respective practices and are now able to offer services to their own client base. To find out more in depth details about the program I would encourage you to call HDC, Doc lights up when he talks about the program. My Situation: I know I will probably need 2 dental implants and they are costly. Doc has a program Free Extractions & Free Implants ( the

caveat you have to travel down to his office in Rosarito. Would you be willing to save thousands of dollars to have a tooth or teeth extracted and prepped for an implant across the border? Well, for me the answer was YES. I will be honest, I was a bit apprehensive, but I trust Doc. I arrived for the “shuttle” at his Clairemont office that would take us down. 8 strangers

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turn the place was bustling. There were the dentists from all around the country, dental assistants, and specialists from the CIP and of course the friendly face of my dentist Dr Steve. I had two dentists one from Reno, NV and one from West Palm Beach, FL who were going to be working on me. All 4 of us 3 dentists and myself talked about what they had researched on my chart and we all went over again what was going to Property adjacent to the dental office, B&B backyard waiting area prior/post dental procedure.

on a mini bus crossing the border, I looked at it as an adventure. Turns out 3 of the 8 strangers this was not their first rodeo they had been multiple times for multiple procedures or new procedures and they could not say enough good things about the program. Before we even left the parking lot I was a bit more at ease. For some reason the route we took from the 3rd party shuttle company was a bit out of the way. However, it was a scenic tour in a place I had never seen and I was never nervous about the journey. We arrived at the location in a gated community overlooking the Pacific Ocean; literally we were right on the water. My bus mates and I were then escorted over to a house (B&B) overlooking the ocean. Think of it as your not so typical dental waiting room. This was a house with wifi, a tv, a kitchen, bathroom etc and the backyard is the Pacific Ocean. There were 6 others who had driven down on their own. So now a house full of strangers all with dental issues it was actually pretty funny sharing dental war stories. People popping out flippers, smiles with holes in their head, tooth aches etc. I met people from Denver, Saskatchewan, Sacramento and two locals who were even familiar with the Clairemont Times how about that! I was part of the second group called over so in the meantime I fell asleep listening to the ocean waves on a deck chair under June gloom skies, then I went for a walk found some chickens and a goat. Others went and had fish tacos and a beer at a restaurant adjacent to the property. When I was summoned over for my

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take place. I will not bore you with my particular mouth dilemma, but suffice to say the most important takeaway is the atmosphere is professional, clean and safe. I had plenty of Novocain and experienced the usual dentist chair excitement. I had work done by licensed dentists with their own respective practice all while under the supervision of my dentist, Dr Steve (plus others from the CIP). Is this for everybody? Not sure that is your call. For me, I am just beginning the process; saving multiple thousands of dollars on necessary dental work is a no brainer. I would

encourage everyone to discuss their particular needs with their own dentist or of course call Hurst Dental Care. One does not have to be a regular client of HDC you can still have your own dentist and just take part in this program. Key Facts about the Program and the Day of: • Talk with your dentist about your dental implant needs, then call HDC to learn more • A CT mouth scan (paid out of pocket $190) is 100% necessary prior to partaking in the program, the Dr’s need the best images prior to any procedures (inquire with HDC) • Plan on a day in Mexico. A passport is necessary.You can take the shuttle r/t for $90 or you can drive yourself down or find your own way to the Rosarito office. • Bring a book or something to occupy your time in addition bring lunch, snacks etc. • Confidence, at least for me, knowing this was a professional and safe environment I would encourage everyone to do their own research. If you have specific questions, please feel free to call me about my experience I am more than happy to share my day with you (858) 752-9779. Please note, I am not a shill for Dr Hurst I am a paying client of his and have been for close to a decade. Just so happens he has a great program for which I need the service and it will save me a great deal of money. To learn more call Hurst Dental Care on Genesee Ave at (858) 223-0233 or visit or

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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.

San Diego Mesa College Welcomed Back Thousands of Students, Hundreds Joined in Eclipse Watching Event San Diego Mesa College welcomed back thousands of students on Monday, August 21, as Fall classes commenced on campus. In addition to valet parking and free ice cream, students were invited to an eclipse

watching party hosted by multiple faculty members outside of the Math & Science building. “The eclipse was an exciting addition to the beginning of the semester,” stated Dr. Pamela T. Luster, President.“It’s pretty clear that the Mesa Family is committed to total learning when multiple classes are

already outside on their first day, learning about this natural phenomenon.” In addition to solar telescopes, Mesa provided special filters so participants could view the eclipse safely with the naked eye. The eclipse was also projected onto a large projector screen to make viewing safe and easy for everyone. San Diego Mesa College is the leading transfer institution in San Diego, and is offering over 2,500 classes this Fall. Multiple classes are offered on-line, in hybrid format (both on-line and in-class), as well as on Saturdays and during the evenings.

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San Diego City Council Moves to Increase Companion Unit (CU) Permits City Council Looking to Move the Needle on Affordable Housing On July 24, 2017 City Council took up item ITEM-603: Amendments to the Land Development Code and Local Coastal Program to modify citywide Companion Unit regulations and other items. San Diego is finding a way to accommodate the recent passage of California State Bills; SB 1069 and AB 2299. With some modifications, Council voted 8-1 to move forward with the basic state bills and staff recommendations for Companion Units (CU). The city is moving to modify or eliminate many of the current Companion Unit restrictions in the San Diego Municipal Code. Staff’s recommendations remove many of the barriers to building a CU in San Diego. There still needs to be a second Council reading on September 12th and a final vote. In 2004 we were told a companion unit permit could not be issued for our property based on code restrictions. Why was it so difficult to get a permit for a companion unit in the first place? Well, back then Mayor Murphy had gone on the record stating that Companion Units are low income housing and therefore not compatible with San Diego neighborhoods, this transferred down

through city government. The State of California disagreed with Mayor Murphy and wanted Companion Units since they provide affordable housing and present a low burden on existing infrastructure. When Mayor Murphy resigned in 2005 we saw that as an opportunity to try once again to get our project built. Also, we were bolstered by Councils 2006 vote to build the Regents Road Bridge, it looked like emergency service times would soon begin to improve. We were also told the Development Impact Fees (DIF) we paid would be

used to build things like the Regents Road Bridge. My father was a decorated war veteran who was in a wheelchair and my mother needed auxiliary support to keep my father living in a house. With Murphy gone, a better ear from Development Services and the State of California interceding on our behalf, we were granted a permit in 2006. We began construction in 2007 and in 2008 my parents moved in. In 2008 two Companion Units were built in the city of San Diego, in 2016 there were ten. Council wants that number to go up and has embraced state recommendations that eliminate many restrictions. Once the approved code changes go into effect, San Diego should be permitting 100-200 Companion Units and Junior Units per year. This will help move the needle on affordable housing in our city. At the July 24th hearing it was clear to me that Council was looking for ways to assist with permits and other fees. They could consider phasing-in the additional CU property taxes over a five year period. Development Services fees could be reduced if an owner picks a pre-approved design. Council could reduce Development Impact Fees since CU’s have a low impact on existing infrastructure. Given all the home improvements we have made with; insulation, reduced

irrigation, low flow shower heads, low flow toilets, high efficiency appliances and LED lights, our house with the companion unit, is less of a burden on the existing utility infrastructure then our house alone was 20 years ago. Having your parents on your property means you can render support sooner without getting in your car and adding to traffic. Based on staff testimony fees will probably not be addressed until next year, but Council may be able to broadcast their intent on September 12th since staff stated that they will bring in at least an outline of

possible fee reductions. According to Councilman Sherman; the Coastal Commission may overturn some of Council’s decisions regarding restrictions on short term rentals (under 30 days). See video meeting link at 5:16:05. Many Council members stated that CU’s are for housing San Diegans and are not intended as vacation rentals. Current CU property owners are required to live in either the house or the CU, since they are not absentee landlords they are allowed to rent the other residence as they choose, this may change. If property owners are no longer required to live on site then requiring both living units to be rentals over 30 days makes sense. Council spent a lot of time discussing this issue on July 24th. Anyone planning to build a Companion Unit or Junior Unit, as a vacation rental, should wait and see if short term rentals will be permitted in their neighborhood. But if you are planning to help a loved one or rent on a monthly basis, you should check the new code out in a few months. Municipal Code Section 141.0302

with a date after September 12, 2017 At the July 24th hearing the person I was sitting next to was also having problems getting a Companion Unit permit to assist his parents. The fact that it took us four years was discouraging, but with these new code requirements more properties will qualify and delivery times should improve. There is a need for affordable housing and family assistance housing here in San Diego. Companion Units and Junior Units both support that need. Hopefully a future code version will have lowered fees. I applaud the State of California and San Diego City Councils decision to remove overburdening restrictions from the Municipal Code. Louis Rodolico has been a resident of University City since 2001 Links: July 24, 2017 City Council Meeting ?view_id=3&clip_id=7101 Current 2017 San Diego Municipal Code Section 141.0302 Companion Units Chapter14/Ch14Art01Division03.pdf

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“It” (release date: September 8th, 2017): Even though half of our Lolo Loves Films team hates clowns,“It” looks incredibly scary based on the trailers.There have been many horror movie disappointments in 2017, but we have a feeling this won’t be one of them. “mother!” (release date: September 15th, 2017): Darren Aronofsky is a masterful director. With Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Ed Harris at his disposal, he will most likely do no wrong. “mother!” looks insanely good and really creepy to boot. “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (release date: September 22nd, 2017): One of our 2015 favorites,“Kingsman” started a new comic book universe built on a hard R-rated foundation.This sequel will double down on the action, celebrities, and chaos, and we’re sure looking forward to it. “Battle of the Sexes” (release date: September 22nd, 2017): Emma Stone and Steve Carell re-team for this true tale showcasing the battle between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs as they duke it out on the tennis court in 1973. Should be an interesting biopic! “Blade Runner 2049” (release date: October 6th, 2017): Ryan Gosling. Harrison Ford.“Sicario” and “Arrival” director Denis Villeneuve. A sequel to one of the most thought-provoking sci-fi movies ever. Consider us signed up! “The Florida Project” (release date: October 6th, 2017): With good buzz coming off the festival circuit, A24’s “The Florida Project” sounds like a beautiful, sweet, and intriguing look at the lives of low-income children living in the shadow of Disneyworld. There’s a lot of Oscar talk surrounding Willem Dafoe’s performance as well. “The Foreigner” (release date: October 13th, 2017): A grizzled Jackie Chan is still looking to kick some major you-know-what as a dad who has lost everything and will stop at nothing to get answers. What could be more satisfying than that? “Goodbye Christopher Robin” (release date: October 13th, 2017): Sure to be a tearjerker,“Goodbye Christopher Robin” has an excellent cast, an interesting premise, and a childlike whimsy. Plus, who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh? “Suburbicon” (release date: October 27th, 2017): George Clooney takes his place behind the camera for the first time in three years for “Suburbicon.”This should be a compelling, sharp-tongued crime drama, especially considering the script is written by the wonderful Coen brothers. “Thor: Ragnarok” (release date: November 3rd, 2017):Taika Waititi is one of our favorite directors. He looks

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Administering Your Trust Upon Your Death by Dick McEntyre, Attorney at Law

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You may wonder what is involved when your successor trustee administers your revocable living trust following your death. Here are the primary actions (not necessarily sequential) your successor trustee will need to take:

9. As to any personal property in your estate, have an appraisal of such property made by an estate personal property appraiser, and sell such property and deposit the sale proceeds into the trust bank account, or divide such property among the entitled beneficiaries based on value or as otherwise required by the terms of your trust.

1. Arrange for the on-going care of your pets; secure your home; and make the final arrangements for the disposition of your body. 2. Order several Death Certificates through the mortuary to be used in connection with closing financial accounts and transferring title to real property. 3. Mail out “Notice to Beneficiary/Heir” letters as required by California law. 4. Obtain preliminary value of your estate to determine whether a federal estate tax return may need to be filed with the IRS (within nine (9) months from the date of your death). 5. Open a new checking account in the trust name (or convert an existing account). This account will be used to pay all of your debts and on-going trust expenses. In this connection, obtain from the IRS a new income tax reporting number (EIN) for the trust which the bank will require, since your trust became irrevocable upon your death. 6. Transfer title to all financial/brokerage accounts from your name into the successor trustee’s name, or close (sell the assets in) all or some of such accounts and transfer the proceeds into the new account in the trust referred to in Para. 5 above. 7. Locate all outstanding bills and pay same from the account referred to in Para 5. above. 8. Make claim for any death

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10. Obtain date of death values of all other property in your estate. Your banks and brokerage firms can provide the trustee with a statement(s) covering the time of your death and/or a letter providing the date of death value(s) of such account(s). The trustee will probably need to hire a qualified real estate appraiser to value your real property(ies) (needed for income tax basis purposes). 11. The trustee should keep a good record of all trust income and expenses and trust distributions, since an accounting should typically be provided to each beneficiary at the end of the trust administration. 12. The trustee should pay to himself or herself the compensation he or she is entitled to under the terms of the trust; and if none is provided for,“reasonable compensation” as authorized by California law. 13. After all estate expenses and debts have been paid, make the distributions to your beneficiaries called for by the trust. 14. Have an accountant prepare and file the needed income tax returns for you and for the trust. 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),

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A World Without Trees? by Susan Lewitt

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more trees and natural areas. Conserve as many trees as possible once we destroy an ecosystem by removing too many trees, it is very difficult to recreate the complexity that existed. Trees live for a very long time making it even more important to keep the older trees. In order to do this we need to use less, and recycle more wood products. Two sided copies and booklet style printing help reduce waste. We can also plant native trees in our garden and volunteer to help plant native trees in natural and public areas. Easy to grow native trees include Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia), Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepis), Fremont Cottonwood (Populus fremontii), Western Sycamore (Platanus racemose) and Hollyleaf Cherry (Prunus ilicifolia). See CALSCAPE ( for more information Learn more: Garden Native Workshop, Saturday, September 16th. ( CNPS monthly meetings, third Tuesday, Casa Del Prado, room 101, Balboa Park, 6:30 pm. CNPS Plant Sale: October. the internet) 2. Set up Notifications to alert you of new Updates, and then “Manually” select the Updates you want to Install. You can now read what each update does. Either way, just ONCE pay attention to WHAT the update IS and Read...Why you need it. Please view Updates as the Important and Crucial step to keeping you safe! For help installing or understanding Updates, please call me (619) 261-1585 Smiles and Safe Searching, Kim Schultz

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You may notice a few changes to North Clairemont’s scheduling this month. In order to offer more flexibility to our patrons, some programs will be presented on two different days and at two different times. If you would like to see certain programs offered on specific days and times, please let us know. As always, we strive to accommodate the Clairemont community. No program is complete without you there! The ongoing concert series, Second Tuesdays, will feature a guitar/keyboard duo Nakul Tiruviluamala and Alex Ciavarelli These two classically-trained and talented musicians will perform a wonderful jazz concert right in the middle of the library. Also special this month is Relax and Learn to Shatter Your Stress. Stress can cause health, emotional and relationships problems and stop you from enjoying your life. Author Sheila Henry, MFT, will be here for this interactive and fun presentation where you will learn simple, effective stress reduction techniques. Welcome back Hopscotch Story Time beginning Tuesday, September 12 where there will be stories, songs and crafts. Ongoing, Always Free, Programs for Adults Include: Second Tuesdays Concert Series: Jazz Guitar and Keyboard 9/12 6:30pm Relax and Learn to Shatter Your Stress: 9/19 6pm & 9/21 11:30am Social Scrabble and Other Board Games for Grown Ups: 9/5 5pm & 9/14 1pm Adult Coloring Club: 9/26 6pm & 9/28 1pm E-Book Clinic: Saturdays at 10am Bargain Book Sale: lots of high quality books at low, low prices!9/9 9:30-1pm Ongoing, Always Free, Children’s Programs:

Mondays: Sign Language Story Time (rec 1-5 y/o) 10am Mondays: Preschool Story Time (rec 3-5 y/o) 11 am Tuesdays beginning September 12 Hopscotch Story Time (rec 3-5 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 Sparkle’s Reading Party 9/9 (3-8y/o) 10:30am Saturdays: Lego Builders’ Club (3-8y/o) 2pm BALBOA BRANCH 4255 MT. ABERNATHY AVE, 92117 (858) 573-1390

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design! We loved reading with you this summer. Welcome back to school … Parents, teachers and students the library has many resources. We look forward to assisting you throughout the school year with projects, homework assignments, reports and whatever else you may need to have a happy and successful school year. Happy Labor Day to all! Relax with a good book. September is Library Card Sign-up Month-Visit the library, apply for a card and begin your reading adventure! Library closed Labor Day 11/4 Events Drop in & Play 9/1 10:30am Enjoy a relaxed and informal play time with your child while getting to know other families in our community. Birth-5y/o Chair Yoga for Adults 9/11 & 9/18 11:15-Noon Stitching with Adults 9/5 & 9/12 1:30-3pm Bring your knitting, crocheting and other stitching projects. Share ideas and helpful hints with fellow adults in a relaxed setting. Instruction may be provided. Paws to Read 9/12 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 Balboa Book Discussion Club 9/19 11:45 Join us for a lively book discussion of La Rose by Louis Erdrich Teens DIY (7th-12th Grades) 9/20 3:30-4:30

Make and decorate your very own caddy using everyday materials to organize your school supplies. Materials provided. Preschool Story & Craft with Miss Remi 9/7 & 9/21 10am Listen to a terrific story and make a story-based craft. Preschool-5y/o Signing Storytime with Miss Jennifer 9/14 & 9/28 10am Miss Jennifer uses sign language to enhance the reading of well-loved children’s picture books and concludes with singing and bubbles too! Birth – 5 y/o Special Wee Reads - Motion and Me with Ms. Dina 9/29 10:30 Enjoy the wonderful world of creative movement with Ms. Dina. Birth – 5y/o Children’s Book Discussion (3rd-6th Grades) 9/22 3:45-4:45 Join us for a lively discussion of Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova Sign up and pick up a copy. Mondays: Lego Club 4pm We supply the Legos you supply the imagination. Tuesdays: ESL Language Coach for Adults 9/5 & 9/26 12-3pm Assist adults with various ESL needs such as writing, reading and speaking in everyday life. Wednesdays: Chapter Book Storytime with Miss Terri (K-2nd Gr) 6pm Thursdays: Adult Writers Group is back! 2pm Fridays: Wee Reads Baby & Toddler Storytime 9/8, 9/15 & 9/22 10:30am Enjoy a fantastic time at the library with stories, music and rhymes. Birth – 5 y/o Saturdays: Kids Krafternoon 1-2pm CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 (858) 581-9935

Adults Make Your Own Book! 9/19 6pm Now is your chance to learn simple binding techniques and make a book of your own. Make one for yourself or create a unique gift for someone else! Space is limited contact the library to reserve Music Concert 9/27 6pm Enjoy classical chamber music by the Luminoso Quartet. This free concert is sponsored by the Friends of the Clairemont Library. Literary Book Club 9/6 6pm The Book Club will be discussing, “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.

Acrylic Painting with the Masters 9/9 1pm All materials provided. Space is limited so contact the library to reserve your spot. Fridays: Tech Friday 3pm Not meeting on 9/1 or 9/8 Need some advice on how to get the most from your smart phone or tablet? Tech Fridays are an informal chance to ask our tech expert Kerry any questions you might have about how your device works and what you can do with it. Kids & Teens Book Club for Kids! 9/19 4:30 Book club especially for kids ages 9 and up! This student-run club is a chance for young people to read and discuss their favorite books. This month the group will discuss “Miss Spitfire” by Sarah Miller. Thursdays: Game Time 3pm. Break out the board games for a little tabletop fun Thursdays: Kids Craft Club 4pm. Craft time has something new every time Saturdays: Button Making 10:30am Express yourself by making your own buttons to decorate your backpack or clothes Little Ones Sign Language Storytime 9/7 & 9/21 10:30am Children and their caregivers can learn ASL sign language while hearing great stories Baby & Toddler Storytime with Stay & Play 9/14 & 9/28 10:30am Fun toddler stories along with play time afterwards! Fridays: Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran! 10:30am All Ages 3D Printer Clairemont Library’s own 3D printer is available for use by interested young people and adults. We have yet to set up regular open times but those interested in printing something can talk to library staff for details. Designs should be saved as .STL files. To see thousands of pre-made designs go to Prints should take less than two hours.

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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

Community Conversation Calendar • Standley Recreation Center 3585 Governor Drive San Diego, CA 92122 Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 6 p.m. • Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation 404 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92114 Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 1 p.m. • Mira Mesa Senior Center 8460 Mira Mesa Blvd. San Diego, CA 92126 Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 6 p.m. • St. Paul’s Cathedral 2728 Sixth Avenue San Diego, CA 92103 Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 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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The Clairemont Times • September 2017 • 19

Watch Out for the “Computer Virus Update” Scam They Got my Mom by Chris O’Connell

POLICE BLOTTER VEHICLE BREAK IN 3600 Ticonderoga St. 3600 Earnscliff Pl. 5500 Balboa Ave. 7300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 5900 Chandler Dr. 3100 Cowley Way 7700 Balboa Ave. 4100 Mt. Alifan Pl. 4300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 6500 Edmonton VE. 6900 Tanglewood Rd. 4100 Datcho Dr. RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY 3000 Lackawanna Way 6400 Thornwood St. 6700 Edmonton AVE. 3700 Mt. Acadia Blvd.

FRAUD 2800 Denver St. 3700 Christine St. 4200 Farley Ct. 7700 Balboa Ave. 4500 Manitou Way BATTERY 5000 Dubois Dr. 5100 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 6400 Convoy Ct 4000 Genesee Ave. 5500 Balboa Ave. COMMERCIAL BURGLARY 7700 Balboa Ave. 4600 Convoy St. 3300 Govenor Dr. 5600 Balboa Ave. 7500 Dagget St

THEFT 3000 Clairemont Dr. 4800 Shawline St. T4600 Boxwood Dr. 4400 Genesee Ave. VEHICLE THEFT 5000 Convoy St. 6100 Syracuse Way 5300 Cole St 4100 Moraga Ave VANDALISM 4100 Shawline St. 5100 Via Cinta 3700 Mt. Acadia Blvd. 5400 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 3000 Naugatuck Ave. ASSAULT 5300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. 6100 Beadnell Way DISORDERLY CONDUCT 3100 Geronimo Ave.

“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

Recently my wife returned home from work and as we had our usual chit chat about our respective days, she informed me the “computer scammers” had struck one of her clients just like my Mom. It was probably six months ago on one of our regular calls back East to chat with my 88 y/o mom that she informed me “oh what a day I had”. I was hoping she had a fun day with visitors or something exciting. But no, during this call Mom was describing her day and having computer problems. She mentioned there was a popup in the middle of her screen and to call this number to update your computer. Red Flag. Well she did and the person on the other line represented themselves as someone from Apple Care. (Another Red Flag, this is not a normal Apple business practice.) As we sat and listened to Mom tell the story we just hoped she would say she never gave out any personal information especially a bank or credit card info. Well, unfortunately Mom did give a cc#. We immediately advised her Mom, why don’t we hang up and go call your credit card company right now and let them know you feel you had been scammed. She called us back an hour later saying yes, there were fraudulent charges purchased with her card to Best Buy that had been made hours earlier. Mom got lucky because she caught it rather quickly not lucky enough that it still happened but lesson learned. The pop ups on computer screens and random phone calls of people trying to prey on the elderly are becoming more frequent it seems. Mom admitted she was pretty embarrassed to be victimized and we all just encouraged her don’t worry about it and in the future do not respond to these types of popups or unsolicited phone calls. The client of my wife had a similar experience a pop up which was clicked on, next thing the scammer is actually behind the scenes and inside the computer with access to all kinds

of files including bank accounts. Thankfully, from what I understand the issue has been resolved. While it is great to be tech savvy caution must be used. The scammers are finding new ways to take advantage of people. Our advice to Mom for years was to always hit the little x when these types of pop ups occur and never click on unsolicited offers. When in doubt, hit X and get out. If you receive a phone call a relative is sick in another country would you like to send money to help? NO. If you see a popup on your computer, click here to update your computer. NO. Or call this number so we can fix your computer. NO. If you receive a phone call you owe money to the IRS. NO It is a shame these types of cyber crimes are becoming more popular and some are trustworthy enough to fall for it. If it sounds suspect it is! When I told my mom I was going to write a little piece about her experience and that I wanted to share it with the readers she was a bit apprehensive and embarrassed. I told her I picked out a great picture and I was going to write “Don’t Get Scammed Like this Old Lady”. Being the good sport that she is, “Don’t you, dare I will sue you!” she joked. Plus, she said “I don’t want any more scammers knowing who I am.” Mom, as long as you stop giving out your cc or other private information to complete random strangers either on the computer or over the phone we have a deal! If you feel you have been the victim of such a scam or need more information, visit the Federal Commission Trade (FTC) website to learn more or file a complaint. ( Note: On page 15 resident Tech Tip Guru Kim Cares this month has a piece about Updating Your Computer and why it is a good thing. There are specific ways to update your computer that are very beneficial to keep your machine running properly. The above example with my mom, please note, is not the proper way. If you have specific tech or “update” question call Kim.

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