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Rant with Randi: Mom

Randi Crawford

Every year, Aspen, Colo., hosts the “Aspen Ideas Festival,” an incredibly powerful summit of leaders from around the world, who come together and share ideas.

This year, there was a very interesting discussion with Indra K. Nooyi, the chairman and CEO of PepsiCo. A friend of mine attended the conference and raved about this speaker, so I read the transcript and had to share.

Nooyi is telling the audience about the time she learned that she was the new CEO of PepsiCo, and I want to paraphrase some of what she said.

More water storage and renewed calls for conservation

Dave Roberts

As local and state officials heighten their calls for conservation, the San Diego Water Authority this month celebrated the completion of a project that goes a long way toward ensuring water reliability for the region.

The $416 million San Vicente Dam Raise project is finished. Raising the height of the dam in Lakeside greatly increases the reservoir’s capacity. Water managers say the dam raise represents the largest water storage project in county history.

San Dieguito Union High School District Superintendent Rick Schmitt’s Monthly Update

The San Dieguito Union High School District (SDUHSD) is proud to offer our students and families the choice of four unique and amazing high schools. Each year we strive to ensure that every student is able to attend his or her first choice in high schools, and we’ve been highly successful in this effort over many years. Recently, community members have asked the district to review current high school enrollment practices in response to concerns that some students who live nearby our two non-boundary schools (San Dieguito High School Academy & Canyon Crest Academy) were not admitted through the lottery process.

Rant with Randi: Empty Nest Blues

Randi Crawford

About a month ago, I received a text from a frustrated friend. She said that once your kids start getting serious about sports, especially at the high school level, there’s no time for anything else in your life.

She wrote, “Our lives have become ridiculous. The only time I see people is when I go to weddings or funerals. We don’t ever hang out with friends because our life is consumed with our kids’ sports. I want to make a concerted effort to change that and start living the way our parents did, and spending more quality time with our friends.”

My first reaction was that I agreed with her. Everything she said was accurate. Our family is totally consumed by youth sports. Everyone in my “bubble” is generally on a sports team with our kids, and while I have non-sports friends, I rarely hang out with them. What’s wrong with that picture, besides everything?

Protect the Cleveland National Forest

Dave Roberts

The Cleveland National Forest is a testament to nature joining forces with man to create and protect what life might be like in an almost-perfect world.

These wooded mountains and meadows of San Diego County are our last wilderness, one of the few remaining undisturbed settings we have left. The forest and mountains remind us of what life was like before man settled the area. They provide a home for animals and plants.

Celebrating independence and freedom

Dave Roberts

Independence and freedom — I can’t think of two better things to celebrate.

The Fourth of July is a great family holiday. This year, my family and I are set to march in parades in Scripps Ranch, Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo. We love to see everyone dressed in red-white-and-blue, the Stars and Stripes snapping in the breeze and fireworks bursting in the night sky.

Rant with Randi: How well do we really know people — and how much should we try to do so?

Randi Crawford

C.S. Lewis once said, “What can you ever really know of other people’s souls — of their temptations, their opportunities, their struggles? One soul in the whole of creation you do know: and it is the only one whose fate is placed in your hands. If there is a God, you are, in a sense, alone with Him.”

I just read a story about a girl who was abducted by her mother’s live-in boyfriend, and she was found 10 years later. When they questioned the neighbors, they all said what a great guy he was, and that he was always having fun parties for his wife and family. Do we ever really know people?

Learning from May wildfires: What can we do differently?

Dave Roberts

One month after the May firestorms blackened more than 26,000 acres across North County, the Board of Supervisors received an “after-action” report on June 17 that makes nearly two dozen recommendations to improve regional firefighting capability and public outreach.

The 102-page document, published by the county’s Office of Emergency Services and available at www.readysandiego.org, also summarizes damage and costs of the May fires.

Panel helping review applications for Community Enhancement funds

Dave Roberts

June is when county policy-makers review and approve budgets for the year ahead.

One of the spending programs in our budget is the $3.5 million Community Enhancement Program. To prepare for the dispersal of these funds to local nonprofit groups, each of the five Supervisors must recommend how one-fifth – or $708,000 – of the program’s budget should be allocated. The recommendations must pass with at least four votes.

Rant with Randi: Graduation 2014

Randi Crawford

Knowing that our child’s graduation was fast approaching, I wanted to write something about the experience. At the beginning of the year, I went to our school’s Open House and silently wept most of the night because this was our daughter’s last year in this school. She basically grew up with this community of people that have become like family to us.

I couldn’t stop thinking about how sad I was going to be when the day finally came that she would move on to high school. It was just yesterday that I sent her off to pre-pre-school at the tender age of 2. What was I thinking?

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