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Clairemont Times News of the Neighborhoods



December 2011



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e are well underway into our holiday season and I would like to take this time to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays. Cherish these quality times with family and friends. While it is great to spend time with loved ones and family it is also a time to reflect on those who are no longer with us. For some this is a bittersweet time of year, remember to always keep smiling memories alive. I have to extend a very special thank you to the individuals working very hard behind the scenes to make The Clairemont Times possible. I am very grateful and fortunate to work with some incredibly talented individuals, please

know it does not go unnoticed. You all are great at what you do and it shows. I wrote recently when you do something you truly enjoy it is not work and that is exactly how I feel about The Clairemont Times. The Times is building momentum and 2012 is going to be even better. Exciting things are around the corner for both the print edition and Stay tuned. In This Issue With the holidays upon us there are some great events to check out. Whether it is taking the family to see Santa or lacing up the ice skates and twirling around Horton Plaza. Fantasy on Ice benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego is sure to bring many smiles on

the faces of young and old. No matter if you are a great ice skater or a beginner it is hard not to have fun once you are out on that smooth sheet of ice. See page 3 for the details. Please do not forget about our advertisers this holiday shopping season. Great deals on goods and services as well as food and drink can be found in this edition. Spend wisely. Save money. Shop local. The Clairemont Times has become hip, as we are now on Facebook (clairemonttimes) and Twitter (@clairemonttimes). Like us, follow us, post etc. Have a Happy, Safe Holiday Season! Chris O’Connell

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Crime Report Week of Oct 30 2011 Vandalism 3100 Via Arcilla Vandalism 4700 Clairemont Dr Vehicle Theft 5000 Kilkee St Theft 4300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Theft 5600 Balboa Arms Dr Theft 6300 Balboa Theft 2900 Clairemont Dr Vehicle Break-In 4800 Cole St Vehicle Break-In 3600 Mt. Alvarez Ave Vehicle Break-In 6300 Mt. Ada Road Theft 4300 Morena Blvd Res Burglary 2700 Cowley

Vandalism 4700 Murat Place Res Burglary 4400 Gila Ave Res Burglary 1900 Magdalene Drugs/Alcohol Violations 4900 Rebel Rd

Week of Nov 13, 2011 Assault 5200 Biltmore St Res Burglary 4100 Fond Du Lac Ave Drugs/Alcohol Violations 4900 Genesee Ave Comm Burglary 4700 Clairemont Dr Comm Burglary 2600 Financial Ct Res Burglary 3600 Brandywine St Week of Nov 6, 2011 Assault 3900 Mt. Blackburn Ave Vehicle Break-In 3800 Mt. Aladin Ave Comm Robbery 5400 Balboa Ave Vehicle Break-In 4800 Boise Ave Assault 6100 Balboa Ave Res Burglary 7000 Batista St Assault 1300 Morena Blvd Theft 7900 Ronson Rd Res Burglary Drugs/Alcohol Violations 5100 Clairemont Mesa Blvd 2600 Clairemont Dr Theft 4200 Genesee Ave Vehicle Brfeak-In 3000 Cowley Way Drugs/Alcohol Violation Week of Nov 20, 2011 3800 Mt. Albertine Ave Assault 4600 Diane Ave Drugs/Alcohol Violations

3000 Osceola Ave Vandalism 4400 Bannock Ave Drugs/Alcohol Violations 4900 Diane Ave Theft 5000 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Vandalism 5300 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Assault 6900 BettyHill Dr Theft 3000 Clairemont Dr Assault 5500 Camto Katerina Vehicle Break-In 2200 Cecelia Terrace Vehicle Theft 5600 Camto Roberto Week of Nov 27, 2011 Vehicle Break-In 3900 Clairemont Mesa Dr Vehicle Break-In 4500 Camto Cristalino Dog Theft 4200 Conner Ct Assault 4100 Balboa Ave Theft 5500 Balboa Ave Vandalism 5000 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Vandalism 4400 Bannock Dr

REALTY WORLD/HBH HOMES IS THE PROUD SPONSOR OF THE CRIME REPORT VOLUNTEEERS NEEDED!! CAN YOU SPARE ONE HOUR A MONTH IN ORDER TO PROTECT YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR HOME?? Join or start a neighborhood watch & learn how to : improve the quality of life in our neighborhood, reduce crime, recognize & report suspiciouys activity

Be Proactive. Join Us. For more information: Contact Don Hill, Block Captains Co-ordinator or 858.272.0075

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Lunch with Santa When: Friday December 23rd, Noon to 2pm Where: North Clairemont Recreation Center 4421 Bannock Ave, San Diego, 92117 Ages 2-12 Cost $5 for lunch, craft and a visit with you know who Bring your own camera for pictures RSVP by Dec. 22 to hold a spot

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Opinions A Stress Free Holiday Season Greetings Clairemont Faithful! It appears we have made it through our first real holiday test and have survived the over-eating of Thanksgiving. One could argue that we also made it through all the candy of Halloween, but Halloween cannot be held to the same standards as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas & New Year’s Eve. Why you ask. Well it comes down to one simple factor: FAMILY. Love them, hate them, argue with them, or embrace them, it does not matter, they are your family and hopefully you will be spending time together during the month of December. Which begs the question “If they were not my family, would I even spend time with them???” (This could apply to your coworkers as well but that topic is

for another day). The answer for most people is probably...well, let’s just not answer that question. I personally love my family but spending a lot of time with my ENTIRE family for an extended period of time can just be dangerous. And then of course there are the new in-laws and all their family quirks. From a crazy grandmother that loves her cup of “juice” to the guncle that always brings his male roommate with him to all family functions. Throw in a couple of toddler nieces and nephews with just a dash of teenage cousins that seem angry all the time, and you have a recipe for a truly unforgettable family holiday. Again, I want to emphasize that I love my family dearly and you probably do too which is great. But I’m sure you all have a story or two about a family holiday gone awry. I do not want to bash spending time with family, in fact, I think we should spend the holidays with loved ones (notice I didn’t necessarily say “family” there). So here are just a few ways to reduce a little holiday stress when you think you are about to hit your boiling point:

- Hit up the Eggnog (or any adult beverages of your choice, but do so in moderation just to take the edge off. You do not want to end up being the focal point of future holiday stories) - Watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and be thankful crazy cousin Eddy is just a fictional character (hopefully!). - Take a walk and don’t forget the dog, we live in San Diego for Pete’s sake it’s not that COLD. - Workout prior to any potentially stressful gatherings, give that negative energy an outlet. - Choose your battles carefully, think before you act and ask yourself this question “Is it worth it???” This can be especially true when it comes to your significant other and their family. Remember you chose to be in the relationship. - Don’t overdo it on the holiday goodies; feeling heavy and bloated will not help you find peace. - When all is said and done simply enjoy spending time with loved ones!!! As always thanks for reading! And Happy Holidays to you and yours! Johnny Cantanz Don’t forget to email me at:

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DECEMBER LIBRARY EVENTS North Clairemont Branch 4616 Clairemont Drive, 92117 858-581-9931 Display: In honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, please make sure to check out our month-long display of Pearl Harbor artifacts in the exhibit case by the front desk. Friends of the North Clairemont Library Book Sale 12/10/2011, 9:30am-2:00pm Celebrate! Musical Traditions from Around the World 12/13/2011, 6:30pmDiscover the joys of music making in this interactive holiday program celebrating the traditions of Hannukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. Includes instruments, songs, dance and musical games. Presented by Rounding Joy, a nonprofit organization that promotes physical and emotional well-being through music. Appropriate for adults and families with school-aged children. For more information call the library at (858) 581-9931. (All Ages) Family Yoga (All Ages) 12/14/2011, 11/23/2011 2:00-3:00pm Tales for Tails: Read to Animals! 12/16/2011, 3:30-4:30pm Take advantage of your last chance to read to the animals! Children ages 5 & up are invited to improve their reading skills be reading aloud to animals in a program sponsored by the Humane Society’s Pet-Assisted Therapy Program. Animals include guinea pigs, rabbits, rats and sometimes dogs. No registration required. The program moves to another location in January. For more information, call the library at (858) 581-9931. (Children) North Clairemont Library Book Club 12/21/2011, 6:00-7:00pm Be a part of North Clairemont Library’s newly formed Book Club! For our third meeting, we will be discussing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. At this meeting, attendees will also have the opportunity to select and to provide input for book club titles for next year. All adults are welcome to attend and participate. Please read the book beforehand. Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk while supplies last. (Adults) Storytime for Toddlers & Preschoolers 12/1/2011, 12/8/2011, 12/15/2011, 12/22/2011 (Every Thursday) 10:30amThe library hosts Storytime for Toddlers & Preschoolers on Thursday mornings for children and their caregivers. This interactive storytime includes fun books, songs, rhymes, movement, and lots of smiles. (Children)

Balboa Branch 4255 Mt. Abernathy Ave, 92117 Family Fun Time Gingerbread Houses 12/3 Noon-1:00PM Come make a beautiful gingerbread house. The houses will be here for you, just bring a bag of candy to help decorate them with. Everyone is welcome teens, adults and children will all love this fun Holiday craft. Preschool Story Time with Susan Wednesday, December 7, 14, 21 6:00PM-7:00PM The Balboa Branch Library hosts a story time every Wednesday evening at 6pm for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Come join us! Infant Story Time Friday, December 2,9,16 10:30AM-11AM We have added a story time for our littlest patrons. Come and enjoy a relaxed story time where children will sing, learn finger plays and have books read out loud!! Children’s Story Time Saturday, December 3,10,17 11:30AM-Noon The Balboa Branch Library has added a children’s story time every Saturday morning for ages 1-4 and their caregivers. Come join the fun. Listen to stories, sing and learn finger plays. Craft Times Saturday, December 3,10,17 Noon-1PM The Balboa Branch Library has added craft time for everyone. All you need to provide is the laughter and fun. No registration required. Arabic Story Time Thursday, December 1,8,15 4:00PM-4:30PM It’s back by popular demand!! This story time will be for young children interested in learning Arabic. We’ll have books, music and fun. Adults interested in learning are also welcome.

Clairemont Branch 2920 Burgener Blvd, 92111 Free Musical Performance 12/21/11 6:30PM Accomplished Trombonist Dan Reagan, who has performed with such artists as The Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Marc Anthony, and Jennifer Lopez, will perform with his Latin Jazz Trio. This program is appropriate for adults, and no sign-up is required. Adult Book Club 12/7/11 6:00PM Members will discuss Death in the Andes, by Mario Vargas Llosa, and pick up the book for the next meeting, Wednesday January 4th at 6:00 p.m.

The Track -by Jared Riddle One of my favorite movies is “The Man from Snowy River”. In it there’s a line delivered by an old codger to the young hero when he’s giving him his pick of horses. “A man without a horse is like a man without legs”, he says. The line is given more power, and a little bit of irony, since the speaker has a peg leg himself. When I was a kid, we felt the same way about our bikes. While I could still walk to Lindbergh Park or around the block to a friend’s house, even get to school or the store without one, life didn’t really start until that year that I got my Red Schwinn. Not only did the quality of my life improve, but the pace at which I lived quickened. The trip to Stump’s Market (now Carnival) would only take 3 min instead of the 20 that walking would require. The trip from home to school took 5 minutes, but the return trip only took 2 thanks to “The Hill”. In our neighborhood, that is what the blocks of Salizar between Ashford and Armstrong were called. And while “The Hill” was thrilling as an eight year old, it couldn’t compete with “The Track”. In the back of the Kearny Mesa Recreation Center is a Bike track. Anyone Clairemont local is aware of it. What you might not know is there was a time, before helmet laws, that the track was not fenced in. Any given Saturday, or weekday during the summer, the track would be used by the neighborhood.

The Adult Book Club will meet on the 1st Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. Meetings will occur at the library. Please read the book before the meeting. Books are available at the circulation desk. Free Art Class for Children Ages 6-12 12/7/11 4:00 PM Robert, the instructor, is a self taught local artist born and raised in San Diego. He has always had a love for nature and animals and wanted to portray them through art. He started painting with watercolors and moved on to acrylic paints. He enjoys painting on many different types of objects i.e. sea shells, rocks, wood, crafts, canvas and murals. Public libraries have been a great source of reference pictures and enjoyment for him through the years. Art lessons will be a great way to share and give back to the community. Friends of the Library 12/21/11 6:30PM The Friends of the Clairemont Library meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The Friends support the library through book sales, volunteering, and planning events. Everyone is welcome. Game Day Thursdays 4:00 PM-5:30PM Free Games include Sorry, Battleship, Candyland, Yahtzee, Monopoly, Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Mancala, and Quiddler Deluxe. This program is appropriate for ages 3 and up, and no sign-up is required. Grades 1-3 Parent/Child Book Club 12/14/11 6:45 PM Members will discuss The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, by Jack Prelutsky, and pick up the book for the next meeting, Wednesday January 11th at 6:45 p.m. The Grades 1-3 Parent/Child Book Club will meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:45 p.m. Meetings will include a discussion of the book and a related craft. Please read the book before the meeting. Books are available at the circulation desk. Homework Help for Grades K-12 Every Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Tutors are adult volunteers, and no sign-up is required. Free programs for children and their families several times a week. Storytime (all ages with storyteller & crafter Miss Nancy) Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm BabySign Storytime (sign language for ages 0-2 & their caregiver) Every Thursday 10:30 am storyteller and sign language instructor Jennifer Duncan Preschool Storytime Every Friday 10:30 am with Miss Fran

I’ll never forget my first run. Perched atop the initial slope, with the starting gate holding my front tire in place, my stomach churned with butterflies. I was staring down a grade just shy of 90 degrees according to my estimate. Luckily, I didn’t have much time to reconsider the choices that had brought me to this point. My friend dropped the gate and so I rocketed faster than I imagined possible. Hardly able to pedal fast enough to keep forward propulsion, cruising through the first banking turn was less a decision than a reality forced on me by the laws of physics and poor gear ratios. As I leaned into the hairpin I thought my body was experiencing g-forces similar to a fighter pilot. I was certain my speed reached 100 mph, even though in probably stayed in the teens. Launching inches into the air over the table top, I was a master in my mind. Fueled by the adrenaline coursing through my veins and the Gator Gum flavoring my spit, I rattled to the finish line, winded but exhilarated and ready to do it all again. These are the kinds of things that stick with me, and they are the reason I am grateful to still live in Clairemont. My sons will be able to experience most of the things that I enjoyed. Things have changed a little, for sure. Storefronts change and new streetlights get put up, but the essence of our community is embodied in these shared spaces, like Kearny Rec. We value our community and recognize the benefit of living in a neighborhood where generations are cemented by common experiences. “The Track” is still there, and I hope it stays forever.

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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) Clairemont Christian Church 4330 Moraga Ave, San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (858) 273-5066 Dr. Harvey Daniel Moore, Pastor Sunday Worship/Sunday School Time: 10:30 AM Bible Study: Thursdays 7:00-8:30 Clairemont Christian Fellowship 4570 Mt. Herbert Ave, San Diego, CA 92117 Phone (858) 278-2433 Sunday Worship Times 10:30 AM & 6:00 PM Sunday Church School 9:00 AM

Pathway Christian Fellowship 3811 Mount Acadia Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111 Phone (858) 277-3027 Join us Sundays at 10 AM

University City United Church 2877 Governor Drive, San Diego, CA 92122 Phone (858) 453-3444 Sunday Service and Church School 10:30 AM Christmas Eve Services @5:11, 6:30 and 8:00 PM

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District 6 News/Events From the Office of Councilmember Lorie Zapf

Let’s Support Clairemont This Holiday Season The holiday season is a time of celebration and giving, and as the year comes to a close, it is also a time of reflection. While 2011 has brought some challenges, I believe that we have much to be thankful for, especially here in Clairemont. I am honored to represent an area with a strong sense of community. The people of Clairemont stick together; we’re proud of our neighborhood. As we head into the busiest shopping time of the year, I’m urging everyone to “shop small” this holiday season. Let’s support local Clairemont businesses, because their success is crucial to the success of Clairemont. These businesses are the backbone of our community; they are first to step up and fill a need in our neighborhood, like sponsoring Clairemont Family Days or donating money or goods to local schools. The benefits of shopping small extend beyond the success of the businesses. When we shop small, sales taxes stay local and the city has more money for core services, like filling potholes or hiring police officers. When local businesses grow, they hire local employees and put more San Diegans back to work. San Diego is home to more than 90,000 small businesses and locally-owned franchises. This year, instead of picking up gift cards to national chains, try gift certificates to local stores, like the Sandwich Emporium or Ace Hardware. Baking holiday treats? Skip the grocery store and get supplies at a local business, like Do It with Icing on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. As I wrap up my first year at City Hall, I want to say thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Councilmember. It has been a busy year, and my staff and I are looking forward to what 2012 will bring. Best wishes for many blessings in the year ahead.

Free Electronics Recycling Event Hey Clairemont clean out your garage or office. Bay Park Elementary will be holding a Free Electronics Recycling Drive on Saturday December 10th from 10am 4 pm. The free event will be held in the South parking lot of the school located at 2433 Denver St. San Diego, CA. 92110. Recycle your old electronics properly. You can bring TV’s, computers, monitors, scanners, printers,

DVD, FAX, VCR, cell phones, cameras, small household appliances like toasters, vacuums or blenders, video consoles, radios, loose wire or cables even microwaves. Almost anything you can plug in. We will not accept batteries, light bulbs, large appliances or copy machines. Proceeds benefit Bay Park Elementary and Mother Earth. For more info see

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Local Seniors Get New Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms Councilmember Zapf urges fire safety this holiday season Local seniors will have new smoke and carbon monoxide alarms installed in their homes, thanks to Councilmember Lorie Zapf, the Burn Institute, and a volunteer coalition of community organizations. More than 80 seniors will benefit from the Burn Institute’s Senior Smoke Alarm program just in time for the holidays, when fireplaces, heaters and candles can increase the risk of house fires and carbon monoxide leaks. “Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are important fixtures in every home, and especially in the homes of our seniors,” said Councilmember Zapf. According to national safety statistics, adults ages 65 and older are two times more likely to die in a home fire than any other population group, and that risk quadruples for those over the age of 75. The Burn Institute estimates that thousands of seniors throughout San Diego live in homes without working smoke alarms, and even more lack carbon monoxide detectors. Since July 2011, California law requires working carbon monoxide detectors in all single-family homes that have attached garages, fireplaces, or appliances that burn fossil fuels. “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. Zapf is hoping that Saturday’s event will bring awareness about fire safety for all homeowners this holiday season. “I hope that everyone takes a moment to check and replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in their homes,” said Zapf. “It’s quick, it’s easy, and it can save your life.” Councilmember Zapf would like to thank all the organizations who have volunteered to make this program possible, including the Burn Institute, Bayside Community Center, Jewish Family Service, A Better Solution HomeCare, and Keepsake Companions. The Burn Institute Senior Smoke Alarm Program serves area homeowners 62 and older with free smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and installation. To sign up call the Burn Institute at (858) 541-2277.

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Clocks, Trees & Cell Phone Towers At the November Clairemont Community Planning Group (CCPG) meeting an item on the agenda was about an existing cell phone tower on Mt Ada Road in Clairemont. This particular tower has probably been there for close to 20 years. I guess when you are not looking for such things you don’t really notice them; however the members of the CCPG were well aware of it. At roughly 120ft in height I am now definitely aware of this structure, in fact I find myself seeing cell towers all over the place now. Some are small; some are large but make no mistake if you look you can find them. Since the majority of us are all carrying some sort of device to communicate at a moment’s notice I got to thinking about the aesthetic price we pay for convenience. A design presented to the committee and the public in attendance at the meeting was quite informative. The architect showed a couple different types of poles but for the most part all the same and still the same height. The cordial back and forth between the group representing the cell tower and the CCPG was interesting. An idea from some of the committee members was how about just getting rid of the pole entirely and maybe have two 60 foot poles in different locations. A fine solution I thought and still do, but that would mean finding another site for the second 60 ft pole. Another idea from a committee member was take it down entirely and stop polluting the skyline, again a good idea but probably not going to happen. In the end the issue is not resolved by any stretch. I am of the opinion it will be multiple months if not a year before the final plans are approved. As this particular project continues on I will update you, although I encourage residents to attend these CCPG meetings to learn about such developments in our community. The Linda Vista Solution After listening to the presentation then actually seeing the structure I remembered a news piece about this exact same issue in Linda Vista. They too had a cell phone tower issue only they solved it and it is now a landmark clock tower at the corners of Genesee and Linda Vista Roads.

The Linda Vista Planning Group fought long and hard for a couple years and in the end they got what they wanted. The cell tower is now the “clock tower” and is a functioning piece of the community and not just a sterile pole. It really is a win win for the community a cell tower and a landmark clock tower for future generations to admire. Interesting note as well, if you look at the large flag pole on the same corner again mixed use, flag pole and a cell tower. If local residents and businesses attend these meetings amicable solutions can be reached. Linda Vista has proven this. Public input from the community is vital to such success stories. Imperial Beach With my new found interest in cell phone tower designs (thank you Google) I have found today’s technology can mask these poles in quite interesting ways. From Saguaro trees in the Arizona desert to Water Tower looking structures in the Midwest. Locally, I found a couple of other designs on a trip down to Imperial Beach (see accompanying pictures). One is quite pathetic it is the typical tall cell phone tower with what looks like some palm frawns crazy glued at the top. Another one two blocks away is actually pretty realistic looking. Even though it is tree-like there are no other like specimens in the park, but again it does look better than sterile. This particular one also has lights on it so again dual functionality for the park and safety at night. The point of this expose you might ask? I am trying to encourage residents to be involved and attend future CCPG meetings. With the exception of December (no meeting) the group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Livewell San Diego Center, 4425 Bannock Ave, 92117 6:30pm. I cannot guarantee such an interesting meeting as this latest one but I can guarantee you will walk away with some new information about your community.

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Million Dollar Ribbon Cutting On November 3rd Emeritus at Clairemont held a ribbon cutting ceremony in honor of their million + dollar renovation. The project took almost two years. Some of the many improvements completed were: New Heating & AC Units Dual Paned Windows on all exterior facing units & community rooms New carpet and/or flooring throughout all common areas & hallways Textured & painted all interior walls New light fixtures in the common areas New furniture, window coverings and artwork The entire exterior was power washed & painted along with new landscaping at the front entrance To schedule your tour of the new Emeritus at Clairemont call (858) 207 4792. 5219 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. San Diego

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Travel Tips for the Holidays appy Holidays to you all! I hope 2011 has been good to you. Hard to believe that another year is almost over and 2012 is quickly approaching. I’m sure you’re all sick of hearing that already and just want to enjoy the season. I don’t blame you. For this month’s article, I thought I would focus on helpful travel tips to make the holiday season a bit less stressful for those having to travel. Just wanted to list a few pieces of advice that I hope you will find useful.


When preparing for your trip, don’t forget to go online and tell the US Postal Service ( to hold your mail while you’re away. It’s free and safe, plus this way your mail does not accumulate in your mailbox and alert people that you are not home. Using an automatic timer to turn on and off the outdoor lights is also a good idea. Don’t forget to print out or write down the confirmation number to your flight itinerary. I realize that most of us likely use electronic tickets when we travel and

we expect that our confirmation number is trustily stored in the airline database. But, I always feel better having an itinerary printed out just in case the computers are not cooperating at the airport. Better yet, if you can, check-in online prior to arriving at the airport. Most airlines offer this convenient and free service 24 hours in advance of your departure time. Keep in mind the usual guideline of being at the airport an hour in advance of departure for domestic flights and two hours in advance of departure for international flights. When traveling with small children, I leave it to you parents out there to decide what your child’s attention span is, but from my own experience, carrying-on any sort of story books, puzzles, coloring books or favorite toy to keep them engaged and occupied are key. If you have a smartphone or tablet that they can watch videos or play games on that is definitely helpful, too. We’ve all experiences the crying babies (whether they are our own or someone else’s). For those who don’t have kids and what to shoot a stink eye at the parents to calm their kid down, please realize that the child’s screaming & crying is probably more stressful on the parent than you. For those parents who allow your kids to kick the back of the seat in front of them, you deserve the stink eye! Oh, and don’t forget the snacks. My son won’t eat when we’re at home, but as soon as we get on the road, he wants a snack. So, it’s become second nature for me to pack some goldfish crackers or pretzels, a lollipop, some fresh fruit or dried fruit, baby carrots, water/milk/ juice, etc. Basically, anything that your little one enjoys, bring it in bunches & surprise them with a special sweet treat that they don’t often get. This might be your handy get-out-of-jail free card for when he/she is about to go stir-crazy. You just never know how traffic might be (if you’re driving) or if they might be flight delays (if you’re flying), so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Plus, airlines aren’t serving food nowadays anyway, so what your kids don’t eat, you can eat! Last, but not least, there’s the mental preparation that you must undergo prying to visiting family and friends. I hope you all have family & friends that you look forward to seeing and spending time with. However, let’s be realistic and recognize that there’s always someone that you don’t look forward to seeing as much. Just remember there’s a reason you have to travel to see him/her. They don’t live near you! That’s a good thing, right?! So, to keep the peace, just try to put it in perspective and be happy that the visit is temporary and it’ll all be over soon. At least, that’s what I tell myself… Anyway, enjoy the season! Here’s wishing you all safe & smooth travels to wherever the holidays may take you. Stella Mond

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“Ready, Set, Go!” approach to disaster planning A disaster like a wildfire can leave people feeling threatened and helpless. But it does not have to. The San Diego FireRescue Department recommends a “Ready, Set, Go!” approach to disaster planning. Ready Prepare your property now. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping. Fire harden your home; box the eaves, and put wire mesh over all attic vents to keep embers from flying in. In 2007, lingering embers in the attic ignited many homes after the fire had passed. Every household should have an evacuation plan and everyone in the family

should know at least two routes out of the community. Have a checklist of essential supplies and personal items to pack and take with you. Those items include medication needed by each member of the family, including your pets; important personal papers, special photos, essential valuables, identification for all family members, copies of your

insurance and health records, your laptop, hard drive and/or flash drive. You will also need changes of clothing, toiletries, closed toe shoes, jackets and pet supplies. Set If fire approaches, alert family and neighbors. Stay tuned to TV or radio for updates. Gather up flammable items outside (patio furniture, toys, etc.) and bring them indoors or put them in your pool. Do NOT leave sprinklers on or water running – they can bring down water pressure critical for firefighting.

Leave lights on, close the windows and doors but do not lock them. Back your car into the garage or driveway. Use your checklist to pack your vehicle. Keep your pets nearby. Turn off propane tanks and move barbecues away from the house and fence. Turn off air conditioning. Clear objects from the side of the house. Go! Don’t wait for an order to evacuate. Leave early enough to avoid being caught in fire, smoke or traffic. And if you are advised to leave, go. Do not hesitate.

Advantages of Neighborhood Watch Neighborhood Watch is a crime prevention program that enlists the active participation of residents in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime, solve problems and improve the quality of life in your area. In it you will get to know and work with neighbors, and learn how to: Recognize & report crimes and/or suspicious activity Protect yourself, your family, your business and property Partner with the San Diego Police Department Improve life in our community Develop a Local Outreach Network Contact Information:

Don Hill, Block Captain Clairemont Hills West Neighborhood Watch • (858) 752-0075

Breakfast with Santa When: Friday December 17th, 2011 9:00 am - 11:30 am Where: Kearny Mesa Recreation Center 3170 Armstrong St., San Diego, 92111

Pass it Along After you are

Come and join Santa for pancakes, bacon, eggs and juice. There will be live entertainment and a visit with Santa. Picture with Santa $1.00. Cost for breakfast $1.00 for children 12 and under presale, $2.00 for adults. Presale ends Wed., December 14, 2011. Prices at the door are $2.50 for children, 12 and under and $3.50 for adults. Space is limited so make your reservations early. Donations are also welcome in the form of eggs or bacon.

done reading this edition of The Clairemont Times, please pass it along to a friend, relative or coworker. Help spread the word about this new publication in our neighborhoods!

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The Clairemont Times is published the 1st Monday of every month. Copyright ©The Clairemont Times/McSierra Publishing. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any format without the expressed written consent of McSierra Publishing. The opinions in this publication do not necessarily reflect those of McSierra Publishing but instead that of each individual author.

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Pet Profile

RANSOM BREED M/Blue Nose Pitbull


DOB 2/14/2010

BREED M/German Shepherd


DOB 4/11/2010

LIKES Playing with other dogs, chasing the laser light, stuffed animals, treats and the park DISLIKES Baths, little dogs that want to bite him & being left at home

PLACE OF BIRTH Frankfurt, Germany

Bernie BREED M/Black Lab/Chow Mix

DOB 6/1/2008 PLACE OF BIRTH Arizona

GOLF LESSONS JASON PETERIE Head Golf Teaching Professional Tecolote Canyon Golf Course • 27 Years in the Golf Industry • Golf Instructor for the last 15 Years

LIKES The beach, the canyon, meat, kids DISLIKES The vacuum cleaner

LIKES Chasing squirrels, Tecolote Canyon, playing with other dogs, bananas & the snow DISLIKES Taking a bath at the Dog Wash

Would you like your pet profiled in an upcoming issue? If so, email the basics

Jason Peterie (p)858-735-8514 • or email:


All ages and skill levels welcome Allow me to introduce you to the game or reintroduce you back to this wonderful game My goal is to make it fun while working on your skills Private & Semi-Private lessons available every day except Monday

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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from all of us at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Happy Holidays & Happy New Year from Gino’s Shoe Repair Dear Friends and Neighbors, God bless you all! May you have a wonderful Christmas and a Very Happy New Year Pastor Jim Hill Clairemont Christian Fellowship Happy Holidays & a Happy Safe New Year from all of us at The Watering Hole Happy Holidays from your local Golf Pro Jason Peterie May the spirit and traditions of this holiday season warm your heart and calm your soul. Your neighbors at Artistica Photography Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah from The Chapman Team Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Clairemont Lutheran Church Feliz Navidad from all of us at El Rey Taco Shop Holiday Greetings from Total Geek Happy Holidays & a Safe Happy New Year from all of us here at Realty World/HBH Properties

Emeritus at Clairemont wishes you a safe and happy holiday from our family to yours! “Happy Healthy Holidays!” Massage Envy Clairemont Happy Holidays and a Safe New Year from Joe & Penny, Your Coastal Real Estate Connection with Coldwell Banker” Wishing you all Happy Holidays and a Happy Safe New Year, from your Friends at AAA Clairemont “Merry Christmas to you and your family from all of us at University City United Church of Christ” From my family to yours, best wishes this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Lorie Zapf Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! From Your Friends at Park Place Realty & Asset Management It’s our wish that you enjoy the holidays with people you love and, most of all, discover that Christmas is about “hope” and experience it in the New Year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from your friends at Pathway— a church who cares about you Happy Holidays from Morena Business Association Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday from the Clairemont Christian Church

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