Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Council Connection: December 2014

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Public Safety Awareness Committee: December 2014

Happy Holidays Clairemont,


Don’t Mistake a Thief for Santa Clause

The Clairemont Town Council’s Public Safety Awareness Committee in conjunction with San Diego Police Department Northern Division would like to remind you to review the following safety concerns.

Northern Division has increased the number of officers and patrols in the following areas:
  • UTC Mall, Balboa Mesa and Clairemont Square shopping Centers, and traffic patrol of high travel streets.

President's Letter: December 2014

Another successful year under our belts!  

Please come out this Thursday, December 4 at 6:30pm and join us for our annual Potluck Dinner as we formally celebrate our 60th anniversary. Our annual feast will be held inside the Cadman Elementary cafeteria, and dinner will be catered by Keil's. Everyone is welcome to bring a side dish or dessert to share.

We will also be presenting several awards including:
  • Beautification Award
  • Board of Directors' Award
  • Business of the Year
  • Community Volunteer of the Year 
  • Elected Official of the Year
  • Elected Official Staffer of the Year
  • Non-Profit/Organization of the Year, and
  • Youth Volunteer of the Year

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Council Connection: November 2014

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Neighborhood Watch Information Meeting: Tuesday, November 4

President's Letter: November 2014

With all the other elections going on, we do have our Clairemont Town Council Board of Directors elections coming up at our next meeting this Thursday, November 6th at 6:30pm inside the Cadman Elementary cafeteria.

The positions up for election this year are: Treasurer, Sergeant-at-Arms, Director West, Director East, Director Central, and Director-at-Large Seats A, B, and C. If no candidates have declared for any of the positions they will not appear on the Town Council ballot.

At our upcoming meeting this Thursday, we will welcome the SDPD HOT (Homeless Outreach) Team. They will present facts and figures about our homeless population and how our officers are handling the situation. Also, SDG&E will present on their Pipeline Safety Enhancement Plan, and we will also hear about an upcoming sewer and water main replacement project.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Council Connection: October 2014

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Public Safety Awareness Committee: October 2014

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Also, wanted to highlight the Great California Shakeout...

Great California ShakeOut, October 16

October 16 (10/16) at 10:16 AM is the 2014 Great California ShakeOut.  Join millions of other Californians in this drill to “Drop, Cover and Hold On.”  Drop to the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table, and hold on to it firmly. Be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops.  Not everyone is near a table or desk when the earth shakes, so here is some information for other places:
  • If you are not near a desk or table, drop to the floor against the interior wall and protect your head and neck with your arms. Avoid exterior walls, windows, hanging objects, mirrors, tall furniture, large appliances, and kitchen cabinets with heavy objects or glass. Do not go outside!
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow. You are less likely to be injured staying where you are. Broken glass on the floor has caused injury to those who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways.
  • If you are driving, pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over. If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
  • If you are in a theater or at a stadium stay at your seat and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don't try to leave until the shaking is over. Then walk out slowly watching for anything that could fall in the aftershocks.

More information on the Great California ShakeOut may be found at http://www.shakeout.org/california/

President's Letter: October 2014

Clairemont Town Council will be rockin' it with enough activities this October that we've dubbed it "Rocktober." Alright -- not really. That word could be copyrighted, so we'll leave it alone for now. 

However, we kick this festive month off with a candidate forum on Thursday, October 2nd at 6:30pm for San Diego City Council District 6. The forum will be held at Cadman Elementary, and will be moderated by Janet Poutre, Publisher/Editor of the Clairemont Community News.

Candidates Carol Kim and Chris Cate have been invited.

Whoever wins this seat will take over from current councilwoman Lorie Zapf -- who has been elected to the District 2 seat -- and all will be sworn in before the end of the year in December.

We hope to invite whoever wins in District 6, along with Lorie Zapf, to a future Town Council meeting next year to discuss community issues in Clairemont.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Council Connection: Updates & Reminders

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Neighborhood Watch Information Meeting: Tuesday, Sep. 23

 

Clairemont Act One Presents: "Crimes of the Heart"

Here’s a trivia question for Clairemont residents: What does Clairemont have now that it didn’t have three years ago?  Answer: A community theatre company! Clairemont Act One Community Theatre was founded in 2011 by Katie Turner, who simply put a notice in the Clairemont Community News asking for anyone interested in community theatre to drop her a line.  A meeting of those responding was held, and Clairemont Act One was born.

The first production opened in time for Halloween 2011, and was an evening of dramatic readings of scary stories.  This was followed in December with a radio show production of A Christmas Carol.  Soon after, CAO grew to producing full length plays, beginning with Steel Magnolias in the spring of 2012, and followed several months later with Neil Simon’s California Suite.  They have also performed an original, full length play, Clued In, written by two of Clairemont Act One’s very own members. In addition, they’ve produced an evening of One Act plays and two fundraiser variety shows  CAO is currently hard at work on their ninth production , Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley, which opens their fourth season on October 17th.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Submit Questions for the District 6 Candidate Forum

Clairemont Town Council and the Clairemont Chamber of Commerce will co-host a candidate forum for the District 6 seat on San Diego City Council.

The candidate forum will take place on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 7:00pm, and will be held inside Cadman Elementary (4370 Kamloop Ave., San Diego, CA 92117).

If you'd like to submit a question for the candidates, please fill out the forum below.

City Council District Map


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Clairemont Town Council Board Elections

Nomination time is open for offices on the Clairemont Town Council Board of Directors!

Have you wanted to be more involved in Clairemont Town Council? Now is the time to nominate yourself, or an interested neighbor, for offices on the Clairemont Town Council.

Nominations shall be accepted until the end of our October General Meeting on Thursday, October 2, 2014.

The following offices, and those declared candidates thus far, shall be considered for election at our November General Meeting on Thursday, November 6, 2014:

  • TREASURER
    - No Candidates Declared
     
  • SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
    - Steve Innis (inc.)
     
  • DIRECTOR WEST
    - Jack Vellis (inc.)
     
  • DIRECTOR EAST
    - Rick Richard (inc.)
     
  • DIRECTOR CENTRAL
    - Steph Groce (inc.)
     
  • DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE, SEAT A
    - Arlen Garcia-Herbs (inc.)
     
  • DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE, SEAT B
    - Jennifer Campbell, M.D. (inc.)
     
  • DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE, SEAT C
    - Simone Henriques (inc.)

The term of office shall be for two (2) years commencing at our Inaugural Meeting on Thursday, January 8, 2014.

Members in good standing for the previous six (6) months at the time of the election are deemed qualified for the offices of Treasurer and Sergeant-at-Arms.

Members in good standing for the previous three (3) months at the time of the election, and who reside, or own a business, in their corresponding districts are deemed qualified for the offices of District Directors.

Members in good standing for the previous three (3) months at the time of the election, are deemed qualified for the offices of Directors-at-Large.

For more information, or to nominate yourself or someone else, please contact Eden Yaege, Chair of the Nominating and Elections Committee at Elections@ClairemontOnline.com, or via phone at 858.480.9430.

For information regarding the boundaries for Directors Central, East and West, please visit ClairemontOnline.com/Resources/Maps.

Eden Yaege
Director-at-Large / Acting Secretary

Council Connection: September 2014

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Dress for Success San Diego -- Donation Drive

Clairemont Town Council Partners With Dress for Success San Diego in Donations Drive

Together we can help more women in our community succeed in the workplace! Donating gently worn (or new!) professional attire to help disadvantaged women succeed is a generous act of kindness!

Looking professionally appropriate makes a huge difference in whether a woman will get hired. By donating business appropriate attire such as suits, shoes, purses, jewelry and unopened personal beauty items you will help give a woman a much better chance for success in the workplace!

As an extra benefit your donations will not only reduce the clutter in your closet but you will also receive a receipt for a tax write off!

Cash donations are gratefully accepted for the purchase of urgently needed accessories and special size clothing.

Please bring these things to the next Clairemont Town Council general meeting at 6:30pm on September 4, 2014 at the Cadman Elementary School Auditorium at 4370 Kamloop Ave San Diego, 92117.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrating Our 60th Anniversary with Chili's

This month, Clairemont Town Council proudly turns 60.

Since 1954, Clairemont Town Council has been the voice of our Clairemont community to help support our schools, businesses, community improvement projects, and other issues that have helped shape the character of our community.

All month long, we are excited to celebrate our legacy with Chili's at Clairemont Town Square -- who is donating 15% of event day sales back to our organization, to help support our community grants. In order for this to work, please present this flyer to your server and let them know you're there for Clairemont Town Council.  

The more we raise, the more funds we can give back to our community!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Council Connection: August 2014

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The Habit Burger Grill Opens in Clairemont Mesa

 
The Habit Burger Grill Opens in Clairemont Mesa
 Three Fundraisers will benefit Mission Valley YMCA/Krause Family
Skate Park, MDA and Friends of the Balboa Public Library
 
            (Irvine, CA – August 5, 2014) - Habit Restaurants, LLC, an Irvine-based restaurant company, will open a Habit Burger Grill at 4175 Genesee Avenue in San Diego on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The newest location brings the number of Habit restaurants to 96. The Habit was recently rated in the Burger category in a Consumer Reports national survey (click here).
 
             The public may get a sneak peek of the tasty menu during fundraisers on Sunday and Tuesday, August 10 and 12, when The Habit will donate 100 percent of all proceeds to three non-profits. On Sunday, August 10, The Habit will open for lunch (11:30-1:30) benefiting the Mission Valley YMCA/Krause Family Skate Park; dinner that evening (5-7 PM) will aid Muscular Dystrophy Association, San Diego and Imperial Counties. For Tuesday lunch, August 12 (11:30-1:30), Friends of the Balboa Public Library will be the beneficiary. The restaurant will open for business officially on Wednesday, August 13 at 10:30 AM.  It is the sixth Habit location in greater San Diego.

President's Letter: August 2014

At last month's Clairemont Town Council meeting, we approved a recommendation to start our Board and General monthly meetings at 6:30pm.

Our colleagues at the Clairemont Planning Board have been meeting at 6:30pm for years, so we felt it was appropriate to start our meetings at the same time. This hopefully will create some uniformity between the Town Council and the Planning Board.

Last month, we discussed the importance of voting and the abysmal turnout in the June Primary Election. Clairemont, as we've learned, turns out to vote at higher percentages than other communities throughout our region.

However, the election process does not stop when you turn in your ballot!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Council Connection: July 2014

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Clairemont Family Day

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Politifest 2014

Clairemont Town Council is once again proud to actively participate in this year's Politifest, hosted by Voice of San Diego.

This annual event is a family friendly festival featuring community booths, activities, music, beer and smart conversations about San Diego's future. This year, Politifest will focus on three important fundamentals impacting our region: jobs, schools and housing.

In 2012, Clairemont Town Council led the way becoming the first community council in San Diego to participate and sponsor a booth. Last year, City Heights, Hillcrest, and other communities followed our example and joined in the discussions about our region's future.

Come bring the family for this civic extravaganza Saturday, August 9th at Liberty Station's Central Promendade from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

For more information, please visit the Politifest website.

SANDAG Trolley Station Design


President's Letter: July 2014

We just went through one cycle of elections, but it's not over yet!

For the June 3rd Primary, voter turnout was just absolutely abysmal across the board. Statewide, 25% of voters turned out to vote. Countywide, it was marginally higher at 27%. Imagine that. One out of every four voters showed up.

Clairemont, at least, votes. As usual, we had one of the higher turnouts of any community in San Diego. Maybe we just love exercising our right to vote, or maybe we're just one of the few communities that is educated enough to care. Who knows? Perhaps we should have a Clairemont-wide discussion on this issue. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Moving forward, however, Clairemont will be home to two major political races this November. The only San Diego City Council election still being contested is the race in District 6, which includes much of Clairemont east of Tecolote Canyon, as well as Kearny Mesa, Mira Mesa, Sorrento Valley, and parts of Rancho Peñasquitos. Also, our Congressional election this year is considered such a toss-up, that national pundits are calling it one of the top 10 elections nationwide.

So, brace yourself! There's more mail, ads, jockeying, lies, half-truths, rumors, and flyers left to be seen. Also, if campaigns come by and put signs on your property without your permission, you have a right to take them down. This happened several times during this last election to a few of our neighbors. Be smart. Don't let them fool you!

Monday, June 2, 2014

President's Letter: June 2014

I'm sure by now you're sick of hearing about the Clairemont Garden Tour -- but, wow! What a success! Nothing but raves from patrons about the gardens, the Expo at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, the food, and the community pride shown that day.

This year's tour was one of our most successful, and we couldn't have done it without the support of our sponsors, our volunteers, our 2014 Garden Tour Committee, and you -- the ticket buyer, of course! All the revenue generated from the Clairemont Garden Tour goes right back into our neighborhoods through Clairemont Town Council community grants.

We work hard to make every tour better year after year. If you have questions, concerns, compliments, or even complaints about this year's tour, please let us know at GardenTour@ClairemontOnline.com

Our Clairemont Town Council general meetings are held at 7:00pm inside the Cadman Elementary cafeteria (4370 Kamloop Avenue, San Diego, CA 92117). Here are some information about our upcoming meetings:

Thursday, June 5th -- David Akin, our Customer Advocate from the City of San Diego's Public Utilities Department will join us again. Also, former City Councilwoman Donna Frye will be asking for support for an open government ballot measure proposal.

Please note -- our July meeting will not be the first Thursday of the month due to the Independence Day holiday weekend. Instead, we will be meeting the second Thursday on July 10th -- same time, same place. We are working on getting our recently appointed District 2 City Councilman Ed Harris out to meet with us and answer questions.

Also, to ensure that you plan on attending our July and August summer meetings, we will be serving pizza. Local pizza. The best kind, of course! So, please be sure to attend and get involved in our community.

Working for you, Clairemont!

Ryan Trabuco
CTC President

WANTED: Director North

Hi, all! As your CTC Secretary, it is my duty to inform everyone that we have a vacancy on our Clairemont Town Council Board of Directors for the position of Director North. I've provided a map of our Director Districts below: 


CTC District Director Map. Current vacancy is for Director North.
We have yet to have any applicants apply for this vacancy, so we're encouraging you to get involved and become a member of our Board of Directors. We hope to interview potential candidates at our upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, June 26 at 7:00pm inside the Cadman Elementary Library.

To be eligible for this position, you must be a CTC member in good standing for the last three (3) months, and reside, own a business, or have a general interest in that district. If you're interested in applying, please e-mail us at Contact@ClairemontOnline.com.

Joanne Phillips
Secretary, Clairemont Town Council

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Council Connection: May 2014

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President's Letter: May 2014

New District 2 Councilman, Clairemont Garden Tour, and Important City Elections

City Councilman Ed Harris
This time last month we didn't know who the City Council was going to appoint to serve the remaining 8 months of now-Mayor Kevin Faulconer's term in District 2. Former Marine and lifeguard Ed Harris was appointed to fill the vacancy, and Councilman Harris has been busy making the rounds at various community meetings throughout the district, and we're excited to have him visit Clairemont Town Council soon.

Councilman Harris's appointment comes at an appropriate time in our Clairemont community's history given the widespread, oft-heated discussion on the future of Morena Blvd., density, and community identity. Councilman Harris has jumped into action on these community issues and is holding open community meetings with him and his District 2 staff. If you'd like to learn more about Councilman Ed Harris, please contact his office at 619.236.6622

Also, Councilman Harris is holding a Morena Blvd./Bay Park Town Hall on April 30, 2014 at 7:00pm inside the Bay Park Elementary School Auditorium located at 2433 Denver Street, San Diego, CA 92110. This would be a great opportunity for everyone in District 2 to meet our new city councilman and hear the latest on the Morena Blvd. Station Area Planning Study.

In just a few weeks, our 18th Annual Clairemont Garden Tour will be here and we hope you're just as excited about it as we are!

Tickets are available online at GardenTour.ClairemontOnline.com, and are $12 for general admission, and $10 for Seniors (55+). Tickets purchased in-person are $15, and will be available soon at The UPS Store at Clairemont Town Square, or at Postal Connections at 3895 Clairemont Drive.

The SDG&E Energy Innovation Center (EIC) on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. will host our Garden Tour Expo this year. The Expo will include booths from our Garden Tour sponsors and will feature a cooking demonstration by Chef Palma sponsored by the Clairemont Produce Cooperative, and workshops in the EIC's demonstration kitchen, residential smart home, California friendly landscaping, and rain water catchment/grey water recycling.  At 3pm, there will be a reception and awards for the best garden and visitor favorite will be presented.

If you have any questions or want more information about the Clairemont Garden Tour, please email GardenTour@ClairemontOnline.com, or call the Clairemont Town Council at 858.480.9430.

Also, there are some significant city elections coming up.

Congress in Your Community!

Congressman Scott Peters will be hosting a "Congress on Your Corner" event on Thursday, May 1st just prior to our May Town Council meeting.

Check out the Clairemont Community News article for more information about this event.

15th Annual Lawnmower Trade-In Event

For more information, please contact Supervisor Ron Roberts's office.

Chief Zimmerman Town Hall

Council District 2: Meet the Mayor

Mayor Kevin Faulconer will be meeting hosting a "Meet the Mayor" event in District 2.

Click here to see full event details

Monday, April 28, 2014

Councilwoman Lorie Zapf: Memos on Morena Blvd.

Below are two memos released this week from Councilwoman Lorie Zapf's office regarding the Morena Blvd. study:

Memo #1 - April 23, 2014 - Click to view full memo


Memo #2 - Click to view full memo

Monday, April 21, 2014

Contact Info: District 2 City Councilman Ed Harris

District 2 City Councilman Ed Harris
District 2 City Councilman Ed Harris
sandiego.gov/cd2

Phone: 619.236.6622
Fax: 619.236.6996

Connect with Councilman Ed Harris on Twitter @EdHarrisSD

Connect with the Council District 2 office on Twitter @SanDiegoCD2



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Council Connection: Mid-April Update

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Morena Blvd Update

The last time you heard from me, City Council District 2 was vacant. Last week, longtime lifeguard and retired Marine Ed Harris was appointed to fill the vacancy left by the election of now-Mayor Faulconer. Councilman Harris will serve our Bay Ho, West Clairemont, and Bay Park communities until December.

KPBS interviewed our newly appointed city councilmember.

If you live in those communities, feel free to reach out to Councilman Harris and connect with him and our District 2 staff on those issues important to you (as of this writing, the city has not updated their District 2 webpage, although staff information is available). We've already invited Councilman Harris to attend one of our upcoming CTC meetings to introduce himself.

At last night's Clairemont Community Planning Board meeting, a lively discussion was had by over 100 Bay Park residents on the importance of protecting the character and historical importance of our neighborhoods. The Planning Board took several votes on recommendations to city staff on restricting any zoning or height increase changes along Morena Blvd.

As we've learned, this issue is not put to rest just yet. There's still plenty more to do.

2014 Rock n' Roll Marathon Route

Marathon Route through Clairemont/Bay Park (pictured). Click image to see full marathon route.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Links to Clairemont Projects

At our Clairemont Town Council meeting last night (Thursday, April 4th), City Council staff members Steve Hadley (District 2) and Shirley Owen (District 6) compiled and presented several links to information about current proposals, development, and construction projects going on in, and around, our Clairemont community.

We are sharing this document with you for reference.

To see this document in full-view, click here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

President's Letter: April 2014

Garden Tour: Online Tickets Available April 1!

Beginning April 1st (no, this is not an April Fools' Joke), tickets for the 18th Annual Clairemont Garden Tour will be available online at GardenTour.ClairemontOnline.com.

Online ticket prices will be: $12 for general admission, and $10 for Seniors (55+). However, tickets sold in-person and day-of will be $15. So, if you want tickets at a better price, please purchase them online in advance!

A key feature of our previous tours has been the Garden Tour Expo which will be held at the Energy Innovation Center (EIC) at 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117.

The Expo will include booths from our Garden Tour sponsors and will feature a cooking demonstration by Chef Palma sponsored by the Clairemont Produce Cooperative, and workshops in the EIC's demonstration kitchen, residential smart home, California friendly landscaping, and rain water catchment/grey water recycling.  At 3pm, there will be a reception and awards for the best garden and visitor favorite will be presented.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WANTED: Director-at-Large

Hi, all! As Secretary of the Clairemont Town Council, it is my duty to inform everyone that we have a Director-at-Large vacancy on our Board of Directors.

We hope to interview potential candidates at our upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, March 27.

To be eligible for Director-at-Large, you must be a CTC member in good standing for the last three (3) months. If you're interested in applying, please e-mail us at Contact@ClairemontOnline.com.

Joanne Phillips
Secretary

Monday, March 3, 2014

Council Connection: March 2014

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The 18th Annual Clairemont Garden Tour

One of the most popular springtime events in Clairemont is the Clairemont Town Council’s Annual Garden Tour. Now in its 18th year, the CTC’s Garden Tour showcases beautiful private gardens throughout the Clairemont Community made up of the unique neighborhoods of Clairemont Mesa East, Clairemont Mesa West, North Clairemont, Bay Ho and Bay Park.

This year’s Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 from 10am until 4pm.

The self-guided tour includes 12 gardens, no two the same. You will see a variety of water features, drought tolerant gardens, gardens that attract butterflies and birds, vegetable gardens and much, much more.

First time attendees are often very surprised by the gardens they see on the tour. It’s not uncommon to hear comments like “Wow! Who knew there was a gem like this tucked away here!” or “I had no idea a backyard could look like this!”

President's Letter: March 2014

On behalf of the Clairemont Town Council, we would like congratulate some of our elected officials on a few significant milestones that were achieved recently.

First, we want to congratulate District 2 City Councilman Kevin Faulconer on his election last month to be our city's 37th Mayor. The significance of this milestone is that Mayor-Elect Faulconer has become the first person who has represented Clairemont to be elected Mayor of San Diego.

Second, we want to congratulate Assemblywoman Toni Atkins who has been elected Speaker of the California State Assembly. Speaker-Elect Atkins represents parts of South Clairemont and Bay Park in the 78th Assembly District, and becomes the first legislator in our state's history from San Diego to wield the powerful Speaker's gavel.

Finally, we want to offer a special congratulations to our Interim Mayor (iMayor) Todd Gloria. Through some crazy times at City Hall, Todd Gloria came in and helped our city heal and moved us forward with the dignity and professionalism that we needed at this time. Todd graduated from our own James Madison High School and became the first Clairemont graduate to become Mayor of San Diego. Thank you, Todd!

Distracted Driving, A Menace

Distracted Driving, A Menace

DR has three components; cell phones, texting and the excessive and dangerious use of dashboard technology such as navagation and internet-connected infotainment systems. All these pull a drivers attention away from the raod and lead to crashes.

In 2011, 3000 people were killed and 385,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued guidelines for automakers on built-in distractions. The goial is to limit the times a driver must take their eyes off the road to perform a task to 2 seconds and no more then 12 seconds total.

Car companies are also urged to disable manual texting, web browsing etc. until the vehicle is stopped and in park. Other actions being considered are controlling phones, tablets and other portable devices while driving in the vehicle.

These and other technology solutions, driver education and stepped up law enforcement are critical to reduce the deaths and injuries caused by distracteddriving. Our schools must take an assertive and continuing educational program on this subject.

Marvin Gartenbaum
Co-Chair,

Public Safety Awareness Committee

Monday, February 3, 2014

Council Connection: February 2014

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KPBS (Video): Clairemont Teacher's Huge Presidential Memorabilia Collection

President's Letter: February 2014

It may be February, but we are excited and already planning for an uber-successful 2014 Garden Tour!

We are looking for homeowners who would love to show their gardens in this year's tour, sponsors to help offset the cost of the tour, and volunteers for day-of activities. Much of what we raise through this annual event helps the Town Council fund community grants that we award twice a year. If you would like to showcase your garden, help sponsor the tour, and/or volunteer, please e-mail Ingrid Terpening, our Garden Tour Chair, at GardenTour@ClairemontOnline.com

Rick Richard, our CTC Membership Chairman, has worked aggressively to consolidate our membership records over the last few months. We are currently working through an idea to introduce membership cards this year for all CTC members. However, we know that there are more folks who attend our meetings than those who are active dues-paying members of our Town Council.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Council Connection: Mid-January Update 2014

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CTC Membership Update for Mid-January 2014

I searched thru the 2013 Roster and found a few members that had paid for a one year membership during the last three months of 2013.  In order to keep these members,  I extended their membership until December 31, 2014.

As of our recent January 9th meeting,  we were able to enlist 30 new members.  By adding the carry overs from 2013 and a few that signed on thru PayPal, our membership now stands at 38 paid thru 2014.

For those of you who attend our council meetings, I'm sure you can agree that these meetings are quite interesting and exciting.  We usually have some great speakers, including a lot of important information that is passed on to us from our elected officials or their representatives.

Again, I wish to announce that all Clairemont residents are WELCOMED at our meetings and if you enjoy what you learn, hopefully you will consider becoming a fully-paid CTC member, and bring along a neighbor or a close friend.  The membership fee is very small for what you gain by becoming a member.  I hope to see a lot of new faces at our next meetings.
As a reminder, the annual Fees are as follows:
  • Senior 55 years and older, and Veterans ($10/year)
  • General membership, below age 55, includes immediate family members ($20/year)
  • Non Profit business fees ($30/year)
  • Profit type business ($50/year)
If you pay your fee at the door, each member will be given a written receipt. You can also mail in a check or pay on line, go to the CTC website www.clairemontonline.com and you can enroll using PayPal. Or mail your check to the address on the CTC Website.


Rick Richard
Director East
Chairman, Membership Committee

Clairemont Community Planning Group, January 2014 Agenda

Clairemont Community Planning Group
January 21, 2014
6:30pm at Clairemont Friendship Senior Center
4225 Bannock Ave.

To view the Agenda for January 21, 2014: Click Here


Steve Innis
Director-at-Large
Co-Chair, Public Safety Awareness Committee

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

CTC Committee Membership

We are always looking for new CTC committee members! If you're interested, sign-up at ClairemontOnline.com/Committees

List of Committees:
  • Audit - Mike Brown, Chair
  • Beautification - Rick Richard, Chair
  • Budget - Arnie Garcia, Chair
  • Bylaws - Richard Morris, Chair
  • Communications - Janett Lewis, Chair
  • Elections - Not Yet Appointed
  • Events - Richard Morris, Chair
  • Garden Tour - Ingrid Terpening, Chair
  • Membership - Rick Richard, Chair
  • Public Safety Awareness - Marvin Gartenbaum and Steve Innis (Co-Chairs)
Any Clairemont resident may eligible to be a CTC committee member. If you have any questions, please contact us at 858.480.9430, or e-mail Contact@ClairemontOnline.com

Thursday, January 9, 2014

WANTED: District Directors in Central and West

Hi, all! As your new CTC Secretary, it is my duty to remind everyone that due to our recent Board elections, we have two vacancies on our Clairemont Town Council Board of Directors -- Director Central and Director West. I've provided a map of our Director Districts below: 


CTC District Director Map. Current vacancies are Director Central and Director West.
We hope to interview potential candidates at our upcoming Board Meeting on Thursday, January 30. To be eligible for either position, you must be a CTC member in good standing for the last three (3) months, and reside, own a business, or have a general interest in that district. If you're interested in applying for either position, please e-mail us at Contact@ClairemontOnline.com.

Joanne Phillips
Secretary

Monday, January 6, 2014

Council Connection: January 2014

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President's Letter: January 2014

2014 -- Happy New Year! 

The start of a fresh new year should excite us all. It's an opportunity for resolutions, change, and getting a clean slate for a brand new 12 months ahead of us. For Clairemont Town Council, this year marks our 60th anniversary of our founding.

It's been 60 years since the merger of the former Clairemont Booster Club and Clairemont Civic Association. Our CTC Historian, Simone Henriques, has been collecting and gathering news clippings, photos, and memorabilia about the history of our organization, and the accomplishments we've racked up over 6 decades worth of dedication to this community.

None of these accomplishments would've been successful over the last 60 years if it weren't for our loyal, consistent, and ever-growing membership. Yes, we are a membership-oriented organization, and your humble dues greatly fund much of the community grants, projects, and activism we commit to every year for Clairemont.

CTC Membership Update!

To all Clairemont residents who are interested in becoming a member of the Clairemont Town Council:

For the past several months I have been promoting membership for our local Town Council. Major changes have been made regarding the payment of membership fees. The membership fees will become due on the first of January (each year) and will be adjusted in quarterly increments.

EXAMPLE - A full years fee will be from January 1, to December 31 of the same year. If a new member enrolls between April 1 to June 30, the fee will be 75% of the annual fee. from July 1 to September 30, the fee will be 50% of the annual fee, and from October 1 to December 31, the fee will be 25% of the annual. All Fees will again become due on the first of January of the following year. This revised method will make record keeping much easier to work with.

The annual Fees are as follows:
  • Senior 55 years and older, and Veterans ($10/year)
  • General membership, below age 55, includes immediate family members ($20/year)
  • Non Profit business fees ($30/year)
  • Profit type business ($50/year)

If you pay your fee at the door, each member will be given a written receipt. You can also mail in a check or pay on line, go to the CTC website www.clairemontonline.com and you can enroll using PayPal. Or mail your check to the address on the CTC Website.

Auto Theft Prevention Made Easy

Since December 1stthere have been over 30 vehicle thefts in the greater Clairemont area according to the CrimeMapping.com website. Many of these thefts were preventable if the car owner had bothered to take just one additional precaution.

It may come as a surprise to many that car alarms are not the first line of defense when it comes to stopping a car thief. The fact is that a car alarm is only activated after somebody decides to steal your car and breaks into it! It is important to realize that most car alarm horns can be deactivated by a skilled thief in under 30 seconds from the time it first sounds. Preventing someone from wanting to steal your car in the first place is much more effective than having only a car alarm which goes to work after a thief breaks into your car. In tandem having a car alarm and an inexpensive antitheft device are highly effective in preventing your car from ever being stolen.

The most common anti-theft device is the steering wheel lock. These brightly colored hardened steel locking devices attach to the steering wheel in plain sight for all to see. The locked bar blocks the steering wheel from being turned and prevents the car from being driven away. It also is easy for a thief to see for himself before he breaks into your car! If a thief can’t drive your car away he is much less likely to try to steal it!