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Madison made history by capturing the State Bowl Division III Championship over Kentfield Marin Catholic (38-35) in Carson on Saturday, December 15. The team excelled after a rough first quarter, coming back from a 21-0 deficit. The Warhawks stepped up the tempo in the second and third quarters, and ultimately maintained the pace in the fourth quarter, to keep the Wildcats at bay. The Warhawks leave their mark on the school's 50-year history by distinguishing themselves as state champions. This is the second time in three years that the Warhawks have played in the State Bowl, and the first time in the school's history and the history of San Diego Unified, to capture the state championship title. Rick Jackson, head football coach, said, "The SEE Madison, page 13



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POLICE BLOTTER Week of November 25, 2012 Vandalism 4100 Mt. Herbert Ave. Commercial Robbery 4700 Clairemont Dr. Theft 4500 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Theft 4100 Donald Ct. Theft 5600 Balboa Ave. Theft 4700 Clairemont Dr. Burglary 5500 Balboa Ave. Residential Burglary 6000 Chandler Dr. Residential Burglary 4900 Triana St. Residential Burglary 5700 Camber Dr. Vehicle Theft 6300 Beadnell Way Commercial Burglary 4700 Clairemont Dr. Theft 5000 Genesee Ave. Residential Burglary 4300 Cannington Dr. Residential Burglary 5300 Vergara St. Commercial Robbery 5500 Balboa Ave. Residential Burglary 4200 Mt. Henry Ave. Battery 4300 Tecumseh Way Residential Burglary 4500 Mt. Henry Place Vehicle Theft 5400 Balboa Arms Dr. Residential Burglary 5600 Camber Dr. Theft 4600 Shoshoni Ave. Theft 3600 Earnscliff Pl. Vehicle Break-In 3400 Idlewild Way Vehicle Break-In 3100 Massasoit Ave. Vehicle Theft 4500 Dakota Dr. Week of December 2, 2012 Robbery 5100 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Break-In 4200 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Break-In 4300 Genesee Ave. Vehicle Break-In 4200 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Theft 4400 Genesee Ave. Vandalism 4100 Ute Dr. Vehicle Break-In 5800 Gullstrand St. Theft 4300 Genesee Ave.

Vehicle Break-In 3600 Mt.Abraham Ave. Vehicle Theft 4300 Moraga Ave. Battery 3400 Park West Lane Vehicle Break-In 3300 Cowley Way Vehicle Break-In 5500 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Theft 5000 Conrad Ave. Vandalism 4300 Bannock Ave. Vehicle Break-In 3600 Cowley Way Battery 5000 Artesian St. Theft 4200 Balboa Ave. Vehicle Theft 4600 Jutland Dr. Vandalism 5800 Gullstrand St. Week of December 9, 2012 Vehicle Break-In 4800 Diane Ave. Vehicle Break-In 4800 Clairemont Dr. Battery 6300 Beadnell Way Commercial Burglary 5000 Sante Fe St. Theft 3900 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Theft 5000 Dubois Dr. Vehicle Break-In 4700 Lehrer Dr. Vehicle Break-In 6300 Mt.Ada Rd. Vandalism 5100 Balboa Dr. Residential Burglary 3500 Accomac Ave. Vehicle Theft 5000 Dubois Dr. Fraud 50000 Mt. Etna Dr. Vandalism 5500 Camto Roberto Residential Burglary 4700 Mt. La Platta Dr. Vehicle Theft 4400 Clairemont Dr. Vehicle Break-In 3800 Genesee Ave. Vandalism 4600 Coconino Way Vehicle Break-In 4600 Jutland Dr. Vehicle Break-In 3400 Jemez Dr. Week of December 16, 2012 Assault 3900 Mt.Albertine Way Theft 3600 Clairemont Dr.

Battery 4000 Huerfano Ave. Residential Burglary 3500 Mt.Abbey Ave. Residential Burglary 4000 Mt. Everest Blvd. Commercial Burglary 4900 Diane Ave. Residential Burglary 5400 Via Carancho Battery 3300 Luna Ave. Vehicle Break-In 5100 Aberdeen St. Theft 5600 Balboa Ave. Residential Burglary 3600 Mt.Acadia Blvd. Vehicle Break-In 3800 Mt.Ainsworth Ave. Vehicle Break-In 3700 Boyd Ave. Fraud 4300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Vehicle Break-In 3900 Paducah Dr. Vehicle Break-In 5200 Dante St. Vandalism 4100 Mt.Alifan Pl. Residential Burglary 7700 Stalmer St

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Amazing Dana Set to Perform at Balboa Library on January 18, 2012 Amazing Dana, San Diego’s most amazing and hilarious magician will be performing his many acts of magic at the Balboa Library at 3:30pm.Amazing Dana’s show is fast-paced, funny and astounding and those on hand at the Balboa Library on January 18 are in for a special treat Amazing Dana is known as a magical comedian and his shows are filled with hilarious moments.Amazing Dana uses members of his audience for a laugh-out-loud, one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.The shows are family oriented and include such magic tricks as having money appear from nowhere, a magic baseball game, having a child float in the air and much more. Those who have seen an Amazing Dana show are left astounded and thoroughly entertained. One recent attendee said,“Thanks for a great per-

formance this morning here at Point Loma Library. Everyone had a great time and your showmanship is great!” Mark Harryman – Librarian. And another said,“The kids loved the show.You made our birthday girl feel so special!” Visitors to the Balboa Library on January 18th can expect the same Amazing Dana specializes in children’s parties, family parties, library programs, school assemblies and special events.Those interested in learning more can visit the Amazing Dana website or contact Dana Law at 619.444.2002.At the website, interested parties can find out more about Amazing Dana and his magic shows, check availability and request a booking. Balboa Library – 4255 Mount Abernathy San Diego, CA 92117

Mayor Filner Stops in at LiveWell Senior Center


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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner surprised over 120 local Filner enthusiasts seniors at the not for profit LiveWell San Diego senior center in Clairemont. While dining on traditional Christmas Ham and holiday treats Mayor Filner stopped by to thank sen-

iors for their life long contributions, and supporting the center. Visiting with each senior and asking what their concerns are and what changes they would like to see in the future, "Keeping the center open" was one of the resounding comments along with repairing city hall.



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Retirement Planning by Lisa Saxton, CFP

When it comes to retirement planning, individuals need both a map and directions, along with someone to help them on their journey. Particularly for those who may have been greatly affected by the market swings in the last few years, creating a reliable income stream in retirement may be the furthest thing from one’s mind. However, taking a few small steps now can lead to large rewards in the future. Save, save and save Start off with the basic principle of money management saving.Whether you’re saving for a car, a new home, college or a vacation, saving for retirement is no different. Make every effort to save the maximum allowed by your defined contribution plans—that is,

i.e. 401(k) s or 403(b) s.And, be sure to at least set aside enough to get the employer matching contribution. If you’re already making the maximum contribution, consider funding an individual IRA. If you change jobs, don’t forget to take your retirement money. In some cases, as in 401(k) s, you may be allowed to roll the contributions over into your new plan or into a traditional IRA.Taking a lump sum distribution will be a taxable event (based on your ordinary income tax rate), and you could incur a 10% income tax penalty for taking distributions early, before age 59 _. Many younger workers make this mistake. Take steps to create reliable income There is no magic number, but 60 percent of pre-retirement income before tax is a good starting point for income to cover essential expenses in

Tecolote Canyon: An Oasis Within our Midst by Michelle Gregoire

An oasis of calm in the eye of our societal storm,Tecolote Canyon provides relief.The hum of traffic recedes with each step, as the senses take refuge in Nature’s tranquility. Birds sing greetings from bushes and trees. Rabbits and squirrels scamper across the trail. Bees hum about the flowers. Easy to traverse, the main trail is a leveled dirt road winding pleasantly through the park. For the more adventurous, offshoot trails lead to greater inclines and dips. Hikers, bikers, joggers, and dog walkers are welcome, but keep your furry friend on a leash—the park is a natural preserve for native flora and wildlife, so is home to all sorts of critters, including rattle snakes! The trails are well groomed, and there are a few trash bins for rubbish. Conveniently located and easy to access, there are a number of access points, including the main entrance just off Interstate 5. Take the Sea

World Drive/Tecolote Road exit, heading east and go about one mile to the end of the road. Directly ahead and next to their driveway is a sign that reads,“Tecolote Canyon Natural Park.” There is plenty of parking, just take care not to leave valuables in your car, as there are no parking lot attendants. The Nature Center is also a great place to visit, with lots of educational resources and exhibits of canyon animal and plant life, including a host of live snakes and tarantulas! The staff is very friendly and happy to answer questions.There are regular nature walks and opportunities to volunteer.The center is located at the main entrance, at 5180 Tecolote Road, San Diego, CA 92110.This is where you’ll find restrooms and a water fountain, but access is limited to Nature Center operational hours. For further information you may call the center at (858) 581-9959 or visit retirement. Social Security and pensions are great sources of dependable income, but most people will need more stable, lifelong income. Start protecting your future income by putting a portion of your savings into an annuity and adding to it over time, or purchase an income annuity when you retire to cover any remaining expense gaps.Through annuitization, these products can provide a guaranteed income stream during retirement that will help supplement Social Security and pensions. Have liquidity AND growth Having cash on hand for the unexpected is smart.There could be an unexpected expense, such as a health need, a job loss or a change to your income – perhaps from an earlier-thanplanned retirement date. Keep in mind, too much cash in the bank earning little interest can be detrimental to your retirement savings.There are a number of financial products that can let you access some cash when it’s needed and still keep your money working hard for you. For a list of the options, as well as what makes sense for you, consider speaking with a

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Bikes for Kids Makes a Donation to the Clairemont Branch Boys & Girls Club

Tales for Tails at the Clairemont Library Saturday, January 26th at 1pm

The Clairemont Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego was blessed with a donation of 10 bikes from the Bikes for Kids program. Members from the Clairemont Hills Kiwanis as well as college students from the Sigma Nu Fraternity at UCSD graciously donated their time assembling and testing the bikes for safety on a Saturday in early December. The bikes were presented to some of the surprised members at their annual holiday party on December 20th.

The Clairemont Library will host a free interactive animal program with the San Diego Humane Society’s PetAssisted Therapy Program. This monthly program helps children improve their reading skills by reading to animals in a fun and relaxing environment.The animals may include guinea pigs, rabbits, rats, and sometimes dogs and cats. This program is appropriate for grades 1-6, and no sign-up is required. The San Diego Humane Society has been bringing the joys of animals to

A big Thank You to the Clairemont Hills Kiwanis and the Sigma Nu Fraternity from UCSD!

people for more than 30 years through its Pet-Assisted Therapy (P-AT) Program.Volunteers bring resident rabbits, guinea pigs, rats and sometimes adoptable puppies and kittens to visit people who aren't able to experience the joys of pet ownership. Many volunteers have taken their dogs through a special class called Canine Good Citizen and their dogs have passed the Canine Good Citizen test. Clairemont Library - 2920 Burgener Blvd. San Diego, CA 92110

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SPECIAL EVENTS Magic Show with Amazing Dana 1/23 at 4pm The Amazing Dana performs a fun and fast-paced magical comedy show suitable for all ages. De La Motte Family String Concert 1/29 at 6pm Join us for a unique concert event – string music as performed by Amber de la Motte and her four children who range in age from 4 to 10. Mom plays viola, and the kids play cello and violin. Features Baroque, Classical and Folk music from Germany, Russia, Israel, Ireland and the U.S. All ages welcome.

SPECIAL EVENTS Paws to Read 1/8 6:00 pm Therapy dogs provide a positive and fun environment for children to practice reading.This program is made possible through volunteers from Love on a Leash, San Diego Central chapter. Balboa Library Book Club 1/15 12:30 pm The Book Club will be discussing Persuasion by Jane Austen. Family Fun Time: Magic Show with Amazing Dana 1/18 at 3:30pm The Amazing Dana performs a fun and fast-paced magical comedy show suitable for all ages.

RECURRING EVENTS Family Yoga Wednesday, 1/9 at 3:30pm Did you know yoga teaches children patience and self-confidence? Come to a free class and try it out! Best suited for ages 3-8 with caregiver, but all ages are welcome. Monthly Book Sale Saturday, 1/12 from 9:30am-2:00pm In addition to the Daily Book Sale, the Friends of North Clairemont Library hold an expanded Monthly Book Sale every month. Find used books, movies, and music for excellent prices.All proceeds benefit the NCL. Tales for Tails: Read to Animals 1/14 at 4pm Children are invited to improve their reading skills by reading aloud to therapy animals! Guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and sometimes cats & dogs are provided by the San Diego Humane Society. Appropriate for ages 5 and up with caregiver. Adult Book Club Wednesday, 1/16 at 6:00pm The Book Club will be discussing Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. Friends of the N. Clairemont Library 1/18 at 3pm Would you like to support your local library? The Friends support the library through various activities, including book sales, volunteering, programming support and advocacy. New members welcome! Storytime for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Every Thursday at 10:30am Join us every Thursday for a fun storytime with Ms.Trish or Ms. Erin! This is an interactive storytime that includes books, songs, rhymes and movement. Sign Language Storytime Saturday 10:30am Storyteller Jennifer Duncan uses the excitement and fun of signing to enhance the reading of wellloved children's picture books. This interactive presentation also includes sing-alongs and bubble time and ends with a Question and Answer period. Geared toward ages 0-5 with caregiver.

RECURRING EVENTS Every Wednesday Miss Susan reads well-loved children’s stories. Come hear your favorites, or discover something new! Preschool Activity Hour Thursdays 10:00 am Miss Linda will help young preschool children receive the basics of learning, language and reading skills. Parents and caregivers will have some time to network and learn tips for helping their children get a great start on learning. “Wee Reads” Baby & Toddler Storytime Fridays 10:30 am Storytime for our youngest patrons! Plenty of adult/child interaction, songs, stories and fingerplays. Kids Krafternoons Saturdays 1:00 pm Let your creativity run wild with a fun craft activity! Children under 8 welcome with an adult or older sibling.

CLAIREMONT BRANCH 2920 BURGENER BLVD, 92110 SPECIAL EVENTS After School Art Class by Robert 1/2 4pm Free art class for children ages 6-12 Adult Book Club 1/2 6pm The Book Club will be discussing A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Author Talk With Bryna Kranzler 1/8 6:30pm Bryna will discuss her book The Accidental Anarchist.The book tells the true story of Jacob Marateck, an Orthodox Jew who was sentenced to death three times in the early 1900s and lived to tell about it. Music By McHenry, Ritchie & Chen 1/30 at 6:30pm They will perform a mix of blues, bluegrass, folk and swing. Science Saturday 1/12 10am

All young scientists from K – 8 are invited to attend the “Simple Machines”There will be a special experiment provided that meets either a 7th grade or 8th grade science standard! These experiments will be messy, so please, ensure all participants are dressed appropriately. Friends of the Library Meeting 1/16 6:30 PM RECURRING EVENTS Homework Help Grades K-12 Tuesdays from 6:30 -8pm Tutors are adult volunteers, and no sign-up required. Story Times • Tuesdays 6pm Bilingual storytime Spanish/English with Karina • Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. the library hosts a story and craft time for all ages, with storyteller and crafter Miss Nancy. • Thursdays 10:30 “BabySign Storytime,” a storytime with sign language for children ages 0-2 and their caregivers, with storyteller and sign language instructor Jennifer Duncan. • Fridays 10:30 a.m. the library hosts Preschool Storytime with Miss Fran.

LINDA VISTA BRANCH 2160 ULRIC, 92111 SPECIAL EVENTS Toddler Yoga Storytime with Aryn Rannazzisi 1/3, 10-11am Join us for a family yoga storytime. Watercolor Class with OASIS 1/26 10am-noon RECURRING EVENTS Evening Storytime Hopscotch Tiny Tots Tuesdays, 3:30-4pm (starting 1/15) Join Miss Kim for a great time with music, stories, and crafts for babies and toddlers. Hora de Cuentos Bilingual Storytime Wednesdays 5-5:30pm (starting 1/9) Joins us for stories and songs in Spanish & English Linda Vista Homework Helpers Every Wednesday, 5:30-7pm Free tutoring for children in all grades. Preschool Storytime Every Friday, 10-11am Children and their families are invited to join us for stories, rhymes, songs and crafts.

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A Bike Friendly Solution on Clairemont Drive Over the 5 by Michael Sullivan

My wife and I commute to work by bicycle.We both love the health benefits of riding.Then there are the economic benefits of not paying for gas. And also the weather in San Diego is perfect for bike commuting.The problem is that there is virtually no bike infrastructure in Clairemont. There is some great infrastructure close by around Mission Bay.There are miles of bike paths around the bay and beach communities and access to employment and education centers to the north and south. But we are cut off from it by Interstate 5. Currently, the Clairemont Drive overpass is an inhospitable place for a bicyclist and not much better for a pedestrian. Neither my wife nor I feel safe on the bridge.We need to get a safe place for bicyclists to cross the 5. SANDAG thinks so too.They have labeled the Clairemont Dr overpass as a high priority project on the regional bike plan. SANDAG's Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project Working Group has the potential to implement a safe design soon to increase accessibility to the future Clairemont trolley station. Caltrans has given them estimates for solutions ranging from 8-10 million dollars which is out of their budget. I have a solution that could cost well under 100 thousand. The problem with the overpass is the merge areas.The spots where cars are entering and exiting the on and off ramps, getting their cars up to speed, and then merging into traffic.A bicycle will never get on or off the highway so we don't even need to be in the merge areas.There is a wide elevated center median on the bridge.The median could easily be used as a separated bike/ped area (see image). Separation is the key to true safety.A recent study showed that separated bike infrastructure reduces the risk of injury by ninety percent

( study-protected-bike-lanes-reduceinjury-risk-up-to-90-percent/). Access to the median would be controlled by "bike signals" at the Clairemont Dr / Denver St intersection.The bike signal would let bicyclists safely enter and exit the median when car traffic would have red lights. The dead-end intersection at Mission Bay Dr could remain controlled by stop signs. This seems like a common sense solution. It would have minimal impact on the traffic flow, while having monumental impacts on the safety of bicycling over the bridge. It would be the cheap and efficient solution and I hope SANDAG implements it.

Religious Directory Clairemont Lutheran Church 4271 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117 Sunday Worship Times: 8:00, 9:15, 10:15 & 11:30 AM (En Espanol) Pathway Christian Fellowship 3811 Mt. Acadia Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 277-3027 Join us Sundays at 10 AM Holy Cross Lutheran Church & Preschool 3450 Clairemont Drive, San Diego, CA 92117 Church (858) 273-2886 • Preschool (858) 273-7768 Sunday Worship 9:00 AM

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A FREE Life Saving Program for Seniors

National safety statistics show that adults age 65 and older are two times more likely to die in a home fire than any other segment of the population, and for those over age 75 that risk nearly quadruples.Yet, thousands of seniors throughout San Diego and Imperial counties live in homes without a working smoke alarm. One way seniors can improve the chances of escaping a home fire is by making sure their home is equipped with a working smoke alarm. The Burn Institute’s Senior Smoke Alarm Program provides seniors with FREE smoke alarms and installation. Fire service personnel from various fire departments throughout the county and other volunteer groups assist the Burn Institute year-round in installing the smoke alarms. To qualify for this

lifesaving program, you must be 62 years or older, own your own home, and not currently have a working smoke alarm.To sign up for this program, call the Burn Institute at 858.541.2277. “One way seniors can improve the chances of escaping a home fire is by making sure their home is equipped with a working smoke alarm, and to maintain those alarms by changing the batteries at least once a year,” said James Floros, Burn Institute Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer. The Burn Institute is a local nonprofit health agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial counties through fire and burn prevention education, burn care research and treatment, and burn survivor support services.

The Burn Institute’s Senior Smoke Alarm Program provides seniors with FREE smoke alarms and installation.

Community Meetings Open to the Public CLAIREMONT TOWN COUNCIL 1/3/13 (1st Thursday of the month) 7:00 PM Clairemont High School Cafeteria 4150 Ute Street, 92117

CLAIREMONT COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP 1/15/13 (3rd Tuesday of the month) 6:30 PM LiveWell Senior Center 4425 Bannock Ave, 92117

LINDA VISTA TOWN COUNCIL 1/17/13 (3rd Thursday of the month) 6:30 PM Baha’i Faith Center 6545 Alcala Knolls Drive, 92111

LINDA VISTA PLANNING GROUP 1/28/13 (4th Monday of the month) 5:30 PM Linda Vista Public Library 2160 Ulric St, 92111

San Diego County Access and Crisis Line 7 Days a Week – 24 Hours a Day (888) 724-7240 At the Access and Crisis Line, trained counselors offer advice on how to handle a mental health crisis, and can help callers with a specific issue. They will talk to callers about services available in their area, including mental health services for those with Medi-Cal or no insurance. All calls are answered in 60 seconds or less. The Access and Crisis Line receives about 7,500 calls a month from peo-

ple seeking general services or support. The crisis line is part of the County’s Live Well, San Diego! initiative to improve the health and wellbeing of the San Diego region. The easiest way to remember the number for Behavioral Health Access and Crisis Line is to think of getting help 7/24. The line operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (724-724). The 0 is easy to remember as it is a number people call for help from an operator.

California State Law Requires Carbon Monoxide Detectors In Condominiums and Apartments Effective January 1, 2013 California state law will require carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in all condominiums and apartments with fossil-fuel burning appliances. The law now applies to landlords, tenants, condominium owners and HOAs.

CO poisoning is the leading cause of accidental poisoning in the United States according to the American Medical Association and is responsible for an average of 450 deaths and more than 20,000 emergency room visits in the U.S. each year.

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree Through January 23rd

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Drop off trees during daylight hours only. No ornaments, trash, or tree stands.

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Carmel Valley Recreation Center, 3777 Townsgate Drive Cielo Dr. @ Woodman St. Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr. Kate Sessions Park, Soledad Rd. Memorial Recreation Center, 2902 Marcy Ave. Miramar Landfill and Greenery Recycling, Convoy St. north of 52 Mission Bay Sea World Dr. @ Pacific Highway Oak Park Chollas Lake, 6350 College Grove Dr. in Gloria’s Mesa parking lot Ocean Beach Robb Field Recreation Center, 2525 Bacon St. Otay Mesa/Nestor Montgomery Waller Community Park (Palm Avenue and Beyer Blvd.) Rancho Bernardo Rancho Bernardo Recreation Center 18448 West Bernardo Dr. Rancho Peñasquitos Canyonside Recreation Center 12350 Black Mtn. Rd. SDSU Parking Lot D off Alvarado Rd. Scripps Ranch Scripps Ranch Recreation Center 11454 Blue Cypress Dr. Tierrasanta De Portola Middle School, 11010 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. University City Swanson Pool, 3585 Governor Dr. For information on Christmas Tree Recycling in the City of San Diego and holiday waste reduction ideas call the Recycling Hotline: (858) 694-7000.

FARMERS’ MARKETS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS Morena District 1240 West Morena Blvd, 92110 Next to the Toys R Us Tuesdays 3-7pm Pacific Beach 901 Garnet Ave/Bayard, San Diego, CA 92109 Tuesdays 2-6:30pm Linda Vista 6939 Linda Vista Rd (Rite Aid Shopping Center) San Diego, CA 92111 Thursdays 3-7pm UTC 9001 Genesee Av,e San Diego, CA 92122 Thursdays 3-7pm Kearny Mesa 5898 Copley Dr San Diego, California 92111 Fridays 11am-1:30pm Ocean Beach 4900 Block Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107 Wednesdays 4pm-8pm

1. If you have owned and lived in your home for two of the five years prior to selling it, you can generally exclude up to $250,000 of the gain from your income ($500,000 on a joint return, in most cases). 2. You are not eligible for this exclusion if you sold another principal residence within the past two years and excluded the allowable gain from your income. 3. If you can exclude ALL of the gain from the sale of your primary residence, you do not need to report the sale on your tax return. 4. If you have a gain on your principal residence that exceeds the allowable deduction, it is taxable. 5. You cannot deduct the loss from the sale of your primary residence.

6. Special rules may apply when you sell a home for which you have received the first time home buyer credit. (See IRS publication, 523, “Selling Your Home,” for details.) For more information about your real estate needs contact: Bobbie, Diana or Amory Chapman Team - 3 Generations (858) 344-3358 or (619) 208-9430

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New Year’s Resolutions Recently I began inquiring about New Year’s Resolutions, some were quite ambitious, some were typical. ★ Be kind to everyone, Kay ★ Eat more vegetables, Mark ★ Be happier and less grumpy, Jake ★ Use less curse words, Daryl

★ Curb my spending, Renee ★ Lose 40lbs, John ★ Become more organized & update to my married last name, Kristen ★ Practice patience, Ron ★ Join our neighborhood watch group, Ryan ★ Only buy antiques that will sell immediately, Robert ★ Work in the garden more, Jasmine ★ Call home more often, Robby ★ Complain less and spend less, Stella ★ Become better at sports, Caroline, 10

Race to Help Clairemont Area Schools Clairemont Hills Kiwanis and the Clairemont Mesa Educational Foundation will host a 5K Run/Walk

on April 21, 2013, at 7am, in Mission Bay - De Anza Cove, to raise money for Clairemont K-12 public schools. Join mile legend and former 5K record holder Steve Scott, 2011 Xterra

World Champion Lesley Paterson, and local radio personality Tori Peck, for a unique 2-loop, flat and fast 5K event that will include three separate races (chip-timed) with team competitions, race medals, t-shirts for all and postgame refreshments. The Fast Times 5K is produced by Ramm Sports. Sign up online at Individual early-bird registration (by January 31) is $25 for adults and $15 for children (17 years-old and under.) A Clairemont Family Festival will follow featuring activities and entertainment by the K-12 schools in the Clairemont Community. For more information visit

★ Practice hula hoop more, Michael ★ Lose weight, Maureen ★ Be better at Multiplication, Mary Kate, 9 ★ Stop passing people on the right lane, Steven ★ Have more patience & organize all my photos, Bridget ★ Learn how to use the computer, Jean ★ I don’t make them because I do not keep them, John

Verimatrix Holiday Bike Donations for the Linda Vista Teen Center Boys & Girls Club San Diego-based Verimatrix, which specializes in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-network, multiscreen digital TV services around the globe, donated bikes to the Linda Vista Teen Center.

They also donated gift bags for each of the kids' families that included gift cards for groceries, activities and small gifts for siblings.Thank you to Verimatrix and all of the holiday gift givers to the LVTC.

“Kids in Action” Feature Periodically readers submit pictures of their kids either playing sports, out and about in the community or just kids being kids. If you would like your kids profiled or featured in The Clairemont Times Submit photos and a brief description to:




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Seduced by Santorini by Kevin Casillo

If you’ve ever wondered what paradise is like, you will find it on the Greek island of Santorni. One of thirty Cycladic islands located in the Aegean Sea, Santorini is crescent shaped and perched 1,000 feet above sea level where white washed buildings cling to the very edge of the Caldera. Half-

moon shaped the island offers spectacular views from almost every location. When we visit, we stay in an area called Firostefani. Far enough from the

tourist area of Fira which is just a short 15 minute walk away.Although many flock to this Greek island for sun and high end shops, we go to revitalize and unwind from our crazy hectic lives here in the states.There is nothing like a few days on your own private balcony overlooking the most breathtaking views.Views created by a volcanic eruption that took place over 3,600

Which as it turns out is the perfect nutrient needed to grow grapes for that perfect Santorini wine. The best way to see this island is on foot.You can rent vehicles of all types, but we prefer to ride the city bus with

tique hotel called Villa Ilias you can be assured nature will provide you with nothing but the best she has to offer. If you are in search of restaurants and breathtaking views you will not be disappointed.Thirasia and the famous

locals and walk the winding paths and gravel roads which often lead us to acres of pastures with grazing sheep or a passing farmer with his herd of goats. You can take the walking path from Firostefani or the city bus into Oia for a sizzling sunset or enjoy it right from your balcony. If you stay at a small bou-

Palea (old) Kameni and Nea (new) Kameni are right at your fingertips. Getting there: Fly from Athens then take the “Flying Cat or the Blue Star Ferry” to Santorni.They run on time are reasonable and it’s another way to meet with locals.We have visited several of the Greek islands but always return to Santorni and Mykonos.

years ago.You don’t have to look hard to see remnants from the power of this explosion as the first top layers of soil are actually 100 feet of volcanic ash.

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Mid-Coast Corridor Project Why is the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project proposed? The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project is proposed to extend San Diego Trolley system, providing expanded and efficient transit service to connect corridor residents, businesses, employees, and students with other destinations and activity centers in the region. Projected growth in the Mid-Coast Corridor is expected to increase congestion and delays on already crowded highways.The MidCoast Corridor Transit Project will provide an additional travel option in the corridor. What areas will be served by the project? The Mid-Coast Corridor stretches from Downtown San Diego north to University City. It will connect residents, businesses, employees, and students in Downtown San Diego, Little Italy, Middletown, Old Town, Midway, Linda Vista, Bay Park, Clairemont, the beach communities, and University City with destinations and activity centers in Downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, East County, and South County. What route will the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project take and where will stations be located? The Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) is a trolley (light rail transit) project that will extend north from the Old Town Transit Center along existing railroad right-of-way to Gilman Drive. From Gilman Drive, the route continues north along Interstate 5 to UCSD and travels to its terminus at Westfield UTC. Eight stations are

currently proposed:Tecolote Road, Clairemont Drive, Balboa Avenue, University Center Lane, UCSD West, UCSD East, Executive Drive, and the Westfield UTC Transit Center.An additional station at the VA Medical Center is also being considered. When is construction slated to begin? 2015 When will the project be complete? The current schedule indicates that service is expected to begin in 2018. The completion date depends on a number of project delivery methods that are not determined at this time, and SANDAG will be working to expedite project development processes wherever possible. How much will the project cost? The current project budget is $1.7 billion, exclusive of financings costs. The project budget will be updated for inclusion in the Draft and Final SEIS/SEIR and updated again during Preliminary Engineering prior to entering Final Design in the FTA New Starts process. Where will the funding come from? The Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project was included in the voterapproved TransNet measure, the local half-cent sales tax that provides funding for transportation projects.The project is a part of theTransNet Early Action Program, meaning that it is one of the highest priority transportation projects in the region.TransNet will provide a 50 percent local match to

Federal Transit Administration New Starts funding to complete the project. TransNet will also provide operating funds for the project through 2048.

For more information visit Source : SANDAG

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School of International Business at Kearny High School is a Blue Ribbon Nominee The School of International Business at Kearny High School,Torrey Pines Elementary and Standley Middle School have been nominated for Blue Ribbons from the U.S. Department of Education, making San Diego Unified the only district in California with three nominees. The three schools were in a group of 35 submitted by the state Department of Education. Nominees generally receive the awards, which are generally announced in the fall by the U.S. Department of Education. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and nonpublic elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve at very high levels and/or where the achievement gap in narrowing.The Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. "We're proud of the accomplishments of these three schools and grateful to state Supt.Tom Torlakson for sending their nominations to Washington, D.C.," said Bill Kowba, San Diego Unified's Superintendent. Part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has, since 1982, been part of the U.S. Department of Education effort to showcase schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds. San Diego Unified was the only dis-

trict in California with three schools nominated.The only other district in the state with two nominees was the Los Angeles Unified School District. Schools apply to the California Department of Education, which then selects up to 35 schools to nominate to the U.S. Department of Education. Ten San Diego Unified schools have been honored over the years with a Blue Ribbon, most recently 2010, when the School of Digital Media and Design at Kearny High and Preuss UCSD charter picked up the prize. For more information on the Blue Ribbon winners, go to Schools can receive the Blue Ribbon if they are: • Exemplary High-Performing Schools: Schools that achieve at least the 85th percentile statewide in the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in English-language arts and mathematics on the state assessments. Schools nominated in this category may or may not have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds. • Exemplary Improving Schools: Schools with at least 40 percent of their students from a disadvantaged background that are also among the top 10 percent of schools in the state showing the greatest improvement in the percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in ELA and mathematics on the state assessments over the last five years.


The team has demonstrated exceptional talent and perseverance.” Richard Nash, Principal noted,“The Warhawks have made the school very proud. They have left a lasting mark on the schools 50th year anniversary by distinguishing themselves as champion athletes.”

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Warhawks have made us proud this year. They are an exceptional team with the talent and skill that has distinguished them as state champions. This championship win would not have been possible without the contributions of Madison staff, families and the community. " To be eligible for the State Championship Bowl, teams must have been the champions of their CIF division and win the Regional State Bowl game. Madison was selected for the Regional Bowl game based on the team’s season win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-tohead competition, and common opponents. Rick Jackson,Athletic Director and Head Football Coach said,“This has been an incredible season for the Warhawks. Our students have come together on offense, defense and special teams to work together and capture the championship title.

Source: San Diego Unified School District

Pictured from left : Area 4 Superintendent Dr. Marian Kim-Phelps, Principal Richard Nash, Head Coach Rick Jackson

The Clairemont Times is proud to add a new feature as we have partnered with Clairemont High School and their school paper The Arrow. Periodically we will feature an article written from one of the students in Mr. Gary Jimenez’ journalism class. To read additional stories from The Arrow and Clairemont High School visit

Paige Carpenter Rows Her Way to Victory and Perhaps College in a Unique Sport by Jessica Doucette, CHS Arrow Staff Writer

Why in the world would any student wake up at four a.m. every morning to practice rowing? Senior Paige Carpenter does just that ten months out of the year, five days a week. She heads down to the bay before the sun has risen, climbs into a boat in the predawn mist, rows out on to the fragile glasslike water, and works like a sled dog in the morning cold.This is not most peoples’ idea of a perfect morning.Yet Carpenter maintains this routine, she says, “Because it beats the heck out of a cup of joe and a ‘fat’ breakfast.” Her obsession with crew began at a young age when she looked in awe at her older sisters who started the rowing legacy in her family. Carpenter just couldn’t resist. She had to try the sport. She joined the ZLAC Women’s Rowing Club, located in Pacific Beach, in 2008, when she was in 8th grade. ZLAC stands for Zulette, Lena,Agnes and Caroline (the four founding members). In the past 4 years, Carpenter became one of the top coxswains for the team. She has all of the perfect attributes: she’s small, outspoken and unabashed. In rowing, a coxswain is the “coach” of the boat.While on the water they bark orders such as,“100 meters ahead!” or “Row faster!”The coxswain also has to steer the boat. Being a coxswain means choosing the best route and course of action for the whole team, as they navigate the course against other teams. The ZLAC Rowing Club was the first rowing club in San Diego and the first all-women’s rowing club in the country.With such a noteworthy reputation, the club sport does not offer the sport for free.They charge a steep fee of $350 a month just to be a member. Carpenter is absolutely obsessed with rowing. It is more than a passion, it is an addiction. She and her crew can often be seen practicing on Sail Bay. She says that while on the water she can’t get enough, and when she isn’t rowing she is thinking about it. It’s so important to her that, her parents restrict her from practice as a punishment, instead of grounding her from social events as most parents do. Her commitment has definitely paid off. Carpenter’s team finished 3rd in the Southwest Junior Regional

Competition in Sacramento last season. She’s also ranked as the 8th best coxswain in California by the National

Rowing Association. Although rowing is fun, Carpenter says it comes with many dangers. Boats crash, oars can get stuck and flip back and hit rowers in the face. In races, teams without a good coxswain can crash, which endangers everyone in the boat.Also, there is an accident called “catching a crab” in which a rower’s oar gets caught in the water.This can lead to team members getting ejected from the vessel or getting hit in the face with the oar handle. However such dangers don’t discourage Paige. “Athletes row, others play games,” – Paige Carpenter Slicing through the water at top speed with a boat full of people is what excites her. Carpenter would give anything to be with her team and practicing is truly her passion. She is 100% dedicated and hopes to compete in college. Currently, Carpenter is talking with San Diego State University and University of Texas,Austin, about rowing for their schools. She also has dreams of competing in the Olympics. During the summer Carpenter got to see the US Olympic rowing team in the London Olympics. Carpenter said, “I watched my coach compete and win the gold medal in the women’s 8+ in London.” Her coach also got first place in the Beijing Olympics.” She added,“Going to the games inspired me to do better because I got to see how hard they worked. It gave me more drive to do well.”The Olympics was a life-changing moment for her that will affect her future in rowing for years to come. So next time you complain about having to get up too early, just remember that there are people who have been up for hours working like crazy to achieve their dreams.

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Mickey Rooney


Breed M/ Coton de Tulear

Breed Orange Tabby

Breed F/ Catahoula

DOB 4/21/2011

DOB 7/4/2011

DOB 1/17/2009

Place of Birth Carlsbad

Place of Birth San Diego

Place of Birth San Diego

Likes Doing somersaults, chasing butterflies, eating cheese

Likes Squeaky toys , riding in the front seat,Tasha the house cat, being chased by other dogs but most and above all, she loves diving in the pool to get the ball!

Likes Rawhide bones, walks- day and night, the park, the beach, car rides, baths, playing with kids and other dogs and playing ball Dislikes Vacuums & being left alone

Dislikes People that move too quickly, loud noises, dogs

Dislikes Halloween trick or treaters, waking up early, skateboarders

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The DREAM Act Pro/Con

As part of the ongoing collaboration between The Clairemont Times and The Arrow, the Clairemont High School online school newspaper, we look at two opinion pieces written by students regarding the DREAM ACT - Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act.

DREAM Act Enacted; Immigrant Students Elated by Luis Mendoza, CHS Arrow Staff Writer

For U.S. citizen students, there are many open doors that lead to opportunities, but for undocumented immigrants going to school in the U.S., those doors have long been shut. Perhaps that’s why so many immigrant students struggle with staying motivat-

ed to get good grades. Everyday immigrant students, like all students, are supposed to go to school to learn and give their best effort, but in the back of their minds there is a nagging fear of being deported that keeps them from giving their best effort. President’s Obama’s recent approval of the DREAM Act may abolish that fear that has been living inside their minds. Officially the DREAM Act is the Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act. It is now policy based on executive order that helps immigrants from the ages of 15 to 30, brought to the U.S. illegally under the age of 16. It gives these young people a chance to obtain a social security number, a driver’s license, and the opportunity to work legally. “It’s a good opportunity for immigrants to get a job and get their studies in,” says Andres Bahena, a freshman. However, he also says the Act has drawbacks, since it lasts for only two years. “Who knows what could happen two years from now?” he says. He believes the government should extend it to at least five years because then undocumented students could at least stay in college until they finish their degree. The opportunity to get a driver’s license will help immigrants travel easier without the fear of getting pulled over and getting deported.“Having a driver’s license will go a long way to

helping law abiding immigrants get better paying jobs,” says Bahena Most liberal democrats and Latinos think the DREAM Act is a good thing for America because it will help undocumented workers live better lines force. It will inspire Latinos to gain an education and fulfill their potential.Their ability to get a good education will allow them to develop their skills and make an even larger contribution to America’s future. If given the chance, perhaps an immigrant could find the cure for cancer.The possibilities are endless. Interestingly president Obama’s approval of the DREAM Act helped him get elected, 75% of Latinos voted for Obama. On the other hand, there are a many conservative people who dislike the DREAM Act.They question whether students who were brought into the country illegally by their parents should be given privileges. Other detractors believe the DREAM Act is a bad idea because it will create too much job competition. Jaylene Matias a freshman says,“It could maybe even put us in a big economic crisis again since it takes taxes that we pay and fund to their loans to go to a college/university.” Supporters, however, believe the DREAM Act will boost the economy.“It will help because if they can become legal working citizens, they will contribute to our economy,” says Bahena. “The DREAM Act allows a generation of immigrant students with a great potential and ambitions to contribute more fully to our society,” says Spanish teacher Karina Ocampo who supports the DREAM Act. She added, “You cannot uneducate the educated mind’ ... said Cesar Chavez.” While most Latinos are ecstatic that President Obama has given them this opportunity, others like Bahena ask “Why don’t they just make us legal citizens?”

The DREAM Act: One Student’s Dream Becomes Another Student’s Recurring Nightmare by Will Pearcy, CHS Arrow Staff Writer

Getting accepted into a college university today can prove very difficult for undergrads-to-be. High tuition and fierce competition for admission are limiting factors for America’s students. As though this weren’t enough, a recent presidential act has evoked much controversy because of the unfair advantage it gives to a single sector of the student populace. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (or DREAM Act) is an executive order that offers illegal immigrants the opportunity to attend the nation’s public colleges and universities and a pathway to eventual permanent residence in the United States if they earn a college degree or serve in the Armed Forces under an extended visa. It also provides scholarships and financial aid to designated undocumented residents applying for college—and even a driver’s license. On top of that, they can now pay these illegal students cheaper in-state tuition rates as opposed to the out-of-state rate for which they are technically only eligible.This results in a tremendous disadvantage for American citizens, in terms of finance and admissions. Another problem with the DREAM Act is that it provides no additional funds to cover the costs these new students will impose on the public

university system. What may be a dream for some is a nightmare for many of America’s students. In practice, the president’s order is a breach of justice.The DREAM Act utterly disregards the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). It is irre-

sponsible.That act imposes limits on preferential treatment of aliens not lawfully present on basis of residence for higher education benefits. It states: Notwithstanding any other provision of law, an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State (or a political subdivision) for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit (in no less an amount, duration, and scope) without regard to whether the citizen or national is such a resident. Why did Obama approve this change in our immigration law? To get votes. In addition, it compromises the government’s ethical integrity.The act circumvents respect for students of the United States, while imposing an additional tax burden on the American people. Perhaps an allinclusive education plan would be of more benefit to students—instead of “gifts” to win voters.

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