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At Stand Down, veterans get the respect they deserve

Dave Roberts

San Diego is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the nation. Sadly, many men and women who have served our country now need our help.

In our community, the nonprofit Veterans Village of San Diego steps in to provide assistance.

Earlier this month, Veterans Village hosted its 27th “Stand Down,” a three-day event that converts the field at San Diego High School into a tent city where nearly 900 homeless veterans and their families received medical and dental care, clothing, job training and other help.

Sheriff’s Department and response times

The newly appointed captain of the San Diego County Sheriff’s department, Encinitas branch, recently provided the city of Del Mar’s budget and finance committee with the average response times for the four major types of 911 calls. The response times as stated by the captain appear to be consistent with our neighboring cities, including Solana Beach.

Priority 1 calls, extreme emergency to life such as serious accidents, airplane crashes and SWAT actions, at approximately 12 minutes.

Priority 2 calls, serious felonies in process such as homicide, kidnapping, rape, armed robbery, and residential burglary, at approximately 9.5 minutes.

One Paseo has something for everyone, but is it a ‘Village?’

I take exception to Kilroy’s latest advertisement for One Paseo, a “Proposed mixed-use neighborhood village with something for everyone.” Part of it is accurate and part of it is not.

What is not accurate is the “neighborhood village.” Del Mar is a village. Del Mar has public transportation. A “neighborhood village” is not a series of five-story-plus buildings on a relatively small plot of land. The rendering in the latest ad shows a two-story structure in the foreground and a five-story structure in the background with a wide expansive walking/park area in the middle. Looking closer in the left side of the rendering, you see what looks like the top of a much taller structure in the background. And from everything I’ve seen, there is no wide expanse of walking/park area in the existing project.

Leave no one behind in Alzheimer’s research

Michael S. Rafii, MD, PhD

Today in the U.S., more than 5 million people are living with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. According to a 2009 study by the Alzheimer’s Association, of those 5 million people, more than 500,000 live in California. As we live longer, rates of Alzheimer’s disease have grown dramatically, and the disease is now cited as the third leading cause of death in the United States and the sixth leading cause of death in California.

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.

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