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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.

AutoMatters: Flower Power, Fireworks & Music at the Fair

The British are coming! The British are coming! The British were here – in a VW Beetle? I’ll explain shortly. For 24 days beginning in June and ending shortly after the Fourth of July, the San Diego County Fair was in town. As you may know, a couple of columns ago (in AutoMatters # 338) the Fair had terrific action-packed motorsports, car shows and more. I wanted to return one more time – on the Fourth of July, to see what I missed the first time around and to enjoy the holiday fireworks show.

AutoMatters: Orphan Cars & ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’

1964 Studebaker Avanti

Recently I visited the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park to see their latest exhibit, which is called “Orphan Cars: Gone But Not Forgotten.” Before I left they gave me a fascinating Press document that chronicled the rich and somewhat sad history of orphan cars. I’ll share some of that with you now.

AutoMatters: Wheels & Motorsports at the Fair

Freestyle motocross

Those of you who have been reading AutoMatters over the years already know that there are car shows, motorsports and other wheeled things to enjoy at the San Diego County Fair. The 2014 edition of the fair is no exception. I am so excited to share this with you as soon as possible that instead of writing the column that I’d intended and prepared for today, I will go through over 2,700 photos that I took, edit a few and write this for you in time for my deadline tomorrow morning. This will be a real challenge.

The Effects of Health Care Over-Regulation

Stethoskop auf Formularen

By Joseph Franz As much as those of us in the patient care field support the triple aim of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—better care for populations, better health for individuals, and lower per-capita costs—one aspect of the new health care system that many of us find frustrating is the sheer number of regulations (of [...]

High school student parking fees under scrutiny

Marsha Sutton

At $40 annually per vehicle, the San Dieguito Union High School District collected over $77,000 in fees this year from students for campus parking permits.

With an overall budget this year of about $107 million, $77,000 may seem insignificant. But there’s a principle at stake here, says Sally Smith, a San Diego attorney and relentless crusader for equal access in public education.

AutoMatters: Rent a Truck & Move It Yourself

A few weeks ago my daughter asked me for a favor: would I move some very nice furniture that she had been given by her aunt and uncle from their house in San Diego to her new home in LA? She even offered to make the arrangements and pay for a van.

AutoMatters: Carpool-only lanes and a review of ‘Edge of Tomorrow’

New freeway access roads going in every direction

By Jan Wagner Freeway on-ramps with side-by-side carpool and regular traffic lanes make it easy to know where you may and may not drive. If you accidentally find yourself in such a carpool lane, it is easy to pull out of it to avoid getting a very expensive ticket. These days there are also carpool-ONLY [...]

The Return of the Adjustable Rate Mortgage

Mortgage Lenders in Del Mar, San Diego

By Jason Katz, Vice President of Mortgage Lending for Guaranteed Rate Mortgage According to the Wall Street Journal, during the last quarter of 2013, adjustable-rate mortgages (ARMs) were up 22% from the previous year and are at their highest since the third quarter of 2008. ARMs were to blame for many of the foreclosures during [...]

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