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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 [...]

Illegal fees collected for cap-and-gown; refunds owed

Marsha Sutton

Parents who paid for caps and gowns for their graduating high school seniors this year are owed a full refund, the San Dieguito Union High School District has determined.

Because the district did not make it clear that caps and gowns could be provided at no charge, SDUHSD is now forced to offer refunds to anyone who purchased the attire and does not wish to keep it.

AutoMatters: 2014 Ford Coast-To-Coast EcoBoost Challenge

Fiesta ST autocross chalk talk

Ford is touring the country to showcase their EcoBoost technology in cars, trucks and utility vehicles, as compared to competitors’ vehicles. This 12-city tour began in Phoenix in April and will end in Indianapolis in July.

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.

Achieving the Triple Aim

Medical doctor holing senior patient's hands

By Joseph Franz The Affordable Care Act remains one of America’s most controversial issues. And whether you’re for it or against it, we can most likely all agree that the implementation of the Act’s healthcare reforms certainly hasn’t gone as smoothly as the government, healthcare workers or the general public would have hoped for. However, [...]

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