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AutoMatters+: Perception & Illusion at the Reuben H. Fleet

Jason Latimer having fun with the audience

Lately the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park has been experimenting with new types of exhibits and shows. That’s appropriate, since experimentation is an important part of the scientific method. Prepare to be amazed by an audience participation magic show.

AutoMatters+: Goodguys Del Mar Nationals and ‘Into the Storm’

1955 Chevy

The Goodguys Rod and Custom Association’s 14th Del Mar Nationals was held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds (home of the San Diego County Fair). This three-day event featured 1972 and earlier hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and woodies – with more than 2,500 of them on display outdoors and indoors.

AutoMatters+: Full-size Darth Vader Hot Wheels car & “Guardians of the Galaxy”

Hot Wheels exhibit at San Diego Comic-Con

One never knows precisely what to expect at San Diego Comic-Con but one thing is certain. Look around and you will find some very cool vehicles. They may be of Earth, outer space, real or imagined.

Salaries, benefits, and how columns grow out of control

Marsha Sutton

Some of you have asked why my columns are so long. It’s a good question, because I never set out to write so much. It’s hubris to think my words are so important – I recognize that.

Every time I sit down to write, it’s always with the goal to keep my words under 1,000 – 800 is the target.

But here’s a perfect example of how it happens.

AutoMatters+: San Diego Comic-Con & ‘Lucy’

Jan & The Simpsons

Comic-Con has grown into a pop culture extravaganza, celebrating not only comic books but also film, TV, collectables, toys, games and more. From July 23 to 27 I was on my feet much of the time, from when I left my car at Qualcomm Stadium and took the trolley to the Convention Center (to avoid paying as much as $50 for an evening’s parking downtown), to when I returned late at night. There were not enough hours to see and do everything because multiple things took place at the same or overlapping times.

Focus on senior portraits

Marsha Sutton

As part of its contract with the San Dieguito Union High School District to shoot senior yearbook portraits, Keane Studios, located in Carmel Valley, receives personal contact information for each 12th-grade student and their parents.

Some parents say this is wrong, citing a violation of privacy rights.

“A few weeks ago I received a letter that [child’s] personal information was sent to Keane Studios so she could be photographed for the yearbook,” said one parent in May, whose child will be a senior this fall.

Pushing boundaries

Marsha Sutton

Few issues cause parents more distress than changes in school boundaries. Who can forget the tumult when in 2002 the Del Mar Union School District moved hundreds of families from one attendance area to another? Resentment still lingers, 12 years later.

The San Dieguito Union High School District created its system of boundaries nearly 18 years ago that has worked well over time – until now.

AutoMatters: C-MAX Solar Energi Concept & “Planes: Fire & Rescue”

Ford's C-Max Energi Solar Concept.

Recently Mike Tinskey, Ford’s Global Director of Vehicle Electrification and Infrastructure, shared some important information about the history of vehicle electrification, where things stand today and the C-MAX Solar Energi Concept.

No blame game on illegal student fees

Marsha Sutton

It would be easy to assume, after the last few columns, that the staff at the San Dieguito Union High School District deserves condemnation.

Recent stories highlighting what may be unlawful student fees have been critical. The schools’ nonprofit foundations have not always followed the rules, the district dropped the ball by improperly charging for graduation attire, and district policy to charge students for parking privileges is being challenged.

What were once requests for money have over the years escalated into a sense of entitlement. Topping everything was the property tax bill overcharge debacle last fall.

AutoMatters: NASA at the Reuben H. Fleet & Apes revisited

Through Sept. 2, in partnership with NASA, a multimedia exhibit called “Destination Station” at San Diego’s Reuben H. Fleet Science Center (http://www.rhfleet.org/exhibitions/destination-station) provides visitors with insight into life and research aboard the International Space Station — a partnership of five space agencies representing 15 countries.

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