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AutoMatters+: Orange County Auto Show & Innovative Thinium Charge

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As is the tradition here in sunny Southern California, the new auto show season recently kicked off with the Orange County International Auto Show.

Press day for this show has changed quite a bit since I first started covering it several years ago. Before the financial crisis hit, back in the seemingly free-spending days of auto companies, there were elaborate, staged, dramatic new vehicle reveals, free food and cool promotional giveaway items. The reasoning was, no doubt, to attract the attention of automotive journalists so that we’d be more likely to write about and show you their latest and greatest new vehicles, but that was then and this is now. Times have changed.

Solana Ranch students enjoy ‘brainy’ day fun

Solana Ranch Elementary students enjoyed a visit from Kevin Pearce.

Students at Solana Ranch Elementary met Kevin Pearce, a famous American snowboarder, on Oct. 7 as a part of “Ability Awareness Week.”

‘Shark Tank’ inspires Del Mar author to help ‘mompreneurs’ swim, not sink

Rachel Olsen has written “Shark Tank MOMpreneurs Take a Bite Out of Publicity: How 5 Inventors Leveraged Media to Build Their Business + How YOU Can, Too.”

In her new book, Del Mar author Rachel Olsen offers practical advice for women looking to bring a product to market. Giving a behind-the-scenes look at the show, “Shark Tank MOMpreneurs Take a Bite Out of Publicity: How 5 Inventors Leveraged Media to Build Their Business + How YOU Can, Too” shares the stories of five women who were featured and funded on “Shark Tank.”

Carmel Valley native wins Blankfeld Award for Media Critique

Elijah Granet

Two years ago, Elijah Granet was writing for student magazines at Carmel Valley’s Canyon Crest Academy. Now, the San Diego native is being recognized nationally for his work, having recently received HonestReporting’s third Blankfeld Award for Media Critique.

Meet the Del Mar Union School District board candidates

Four candidates — Josh Clorfeine, Kristin Gibson, Doug Rafner and Scott Wooden — are vying for three seats on the Del Mar Union School District board in the Nov. 4 election. Below are answers to questions submitted by this newspaper to the candidates, as well as biographical information on each candidate. The candidates are listed in alphabetical order.

AutoMatters+: Coronado Speed Festival & the Car Connection to the Genome

BMW versus Porsche

Last week, coverage of the 2014 Coronado Speed Festival began with Robby Gordon Speed Energy Formula Off-Road truck racing – presented by Traxxas. Fleet Week San Diego coverage continues with historic auto racing.

Fleet Week was first celebrated in San Diego in 1935, during the California Pacific International Exposition. Since then, Fleet Week San Diego has grown to become our nation’s largest tribute to our military men and women, who dedicate their lives to defend our freedom and way of life.

City of Del Mar temporarily discontinues use of body camera program

Following a recent California Public Records Act request for a copy of a video of an incident that was captured on the City’s Park Ranger’s body camera, the City of Del Mar has temporarily discontinued use of the body camera program.
The City began use of the body camera in 2012 in an effort to enhance transparency between the Park Ranger program and the community. While the body camera has been a useful tool for the City’s Park Ranger, the City is currently reviewing the body camera program and procedures for all of its applications. In the interim, the City has discontinued use of the body camera until this review is completed.
The City employs a Park Ranger to supplement public safety services in Del Mar. The Park Ranger is responsible for enforcing Del Mar Municipal Code regulations and State laws in the City’s parks and beaches. The City’s Park Ranger works cooperatively with the San Diego County Sheriff to protect and serve Del Mar residents, businesses, and visitors.

Where Are the Girls?

This past August in Los Angeles, Google held the finals for its annual Code Jam computer coding contest. Of the 26 finalists, there were no females.
Last year the San Dieguito Union High School District began offering a coding elective in its middle schools. Ninety-five percent of the students who enrolled were boys. This year the percentage improved somewhat to 88 percent boys. Where are the girls?
Computer Science/Information Technology continues to be one of the fastest growing and highest paid fields. The U.S. Department of Labor projects that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million computer specialist job openings. Yet U.S. universities anticipate that they will produce only enough qualified graduates to fill 29 percent of these jobs.
In light of this information and when I consider what the future might hold for my 10-year-old daughter, the following statistics from the Girls Who Code website (www.girlswhocode.com) are equally alarming:
•Despite the fact that 55 percent of overall AP test takers are girls, only 17 percent of AP Computer Science test takers are high school girls;
•In middle school, 74 percent of girls express interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), but when choosing a college major, just 0.3 percent of high school girls select computer science;
•While 57 percent of bachelor’s degrees are earned by women, just 12 percent of computer science degrees are awarded to women.
This is not OK. Is there something more we can do at our schools to encourage more female participation? I believe there is.
There used to be a similar issue with girls and science, but for the last five years the San Dieguito School District has had a 50/50 gender balance in the AP level math and science courses. Part of the solution is to recognize the problem. Once we shed light on it the School Board can encourage actions that increase enrollment.
Rimga Viskanta

Del Mar residents remember 9/11

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For the past 13 years, Del Mar residents have placed 3,000 flags at Powerhouse Park to remember those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Golfing greats get together at The Grand Del Mar

Gene Littler and Gunn Yang

Two golfing greats recently came together at the Grand Golf Club at The Grand Del Mar. After Gunn Yang, a Korean-born San Diego State golfer recently won the U.S. Amateur Championship, he was inevitably compared to legendary San Diego golfer Gene Littler, who was the first SDSU alum to win the U.S. Am 61 years ago.

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