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News for high school athletes and graduating seniors

Marsha Sutton

In her fight to ensure fair and equal access for all public school students in California, Sally Smith is a champion for those without a voice and Public Enemy #1 to those who view her as a destructive force in public education.

Smith is a doggedly determined attorney who began her pursuit to eliminate improper fees in public schools in the San Diego Unified School District where her children attended school.

AutoMatters: Planes of Fame Airshow & “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Heritage Flight

Our coverage this week begins with the Planes of Fame Airshow, which also included some cool vintage military vehicles used in a battle re-enactment. The show was held on the first weekend in May at the Chino Airport.

As Steve Hinton, President of the Planes of Fame Air Museum wrote in the air show’s souvenir program (which provided a wealth of interesting information about the aircraft), this year’s air show was a salute to the U.S. Army Air Corps’ Mighty 8th. He explained that in Europe in 1944 “the U.S. Army Air Corps, as the U.S. Air Force was known at the time, reorganized its efforts by combining the 8th Bomber Command and the 9th Air Force into what is known today as the Mighty 8th.” “By July of that same year, the Mighty 8th was made up of more than 200,000 airmen and could deploy 2,000 heavy four-engine bombers and 1,000 fighter aircraft on any given day to multiple targets.”

A vote for decency on the county school board

Marsha Sutton

A lawyer once told me he would rather defend rapists and murderers than dive into the ugly world of education politics. Although joking (sort of), I take his point.

Having written about education for the last 18 years and suffered more than my share of abuse for the positions I have espoused, I vowed never again to enter into a debate about the merits of one candidate over another for school board seats.

AutoMatters: WonderCon Anaheim 2014

Jan in “Mario Kart 8”

One of the many wonderful things to see in Southern California is San Diego’s Comic-Con: “the largest comics and popular arts convention in the world, according to the Guinness World Records.” Unfortunately Comic-Con takes place but once a year, for four days (plus preview night) in the summer.

AutoMatters: Mustang at 50 – What a Concept!

1962 Ford Mustang I Roadster concept

This year the iconic Ford Mustang turns 50 years old, and it’s going stronger than ever with an exciting, all-new model on the horizon.

Property tax bill error: what happened, what next

Marsha Sutton

Following last week’s column on the property tax bill error caused jointly by the San Dieguito Union High School District and the county of San Diego, left unsaid was how it happened and what’s in place moving forward to ensure it never happens again.

AutoMatters: Seal Beach Classic Car Show & “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Cool beetle

This week we’re going to a car show and a movie.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 was the date of the 27th annual Seal Beach Classic Car Show. Despite the forecast rain the night before, which probably gave the organizers fits, the weather on the day of the show was Southern California picture-perfect.

District shares blame in $7 million property tax bill error

Marsha Sutton

After hearing from staff how the district was not blameless in the property tax bill error discovered last October, the San Dieguito Union High School District’s Board of Trustees voted 4-1 at the May 1 board meeting to pay $80,000 to the county of San Diego for partial reimbursement of expenses associated with correcting the mistake.

AutoMatters: 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (part two)

Zach Veach (Indy Lights) braking hard for Turn 8

Part one’s coverage (in AutoMatters #328) of the 40th anniversary of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ended with exciting drifting competition on Saturday night, April 12th. Now let’s move on to Sunday’s racing action with Indy Lights, SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road trucks (not only spectacular racing, but also insane jumping and crashing into the tire barriers!), Verizon IndyCars and, to wrap up a very full weekend of seven different race series, Pirelli World Challenge cars – all on the famous 1.968 mile, 11-turn course through the streets of Long Beach, California.

AutoMatters: The Scare of My Life

Mangled crash vehicles – 2012 SEMA Show

Just after midnight on Saturday, while driving on the freeway, I had the scare of my life. I have absolutely no doubt that I came within a few seconds of having a terrible, high-speed, life-ending crash. Unlike in the thought-provoking new science fiction movie entitled “Transcendence” (spoiler alert), where efforts are made to transfer a dying man’s consciousness into a sophisticated computer system, there would have been no coming back from such an accident. I am sharing my experience with you in the sincere

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