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Rant with Randi: How should we define ‘Student Athlete?’

Randi Crawford

Have you seen the movie “The Hunger Games”? The scene where Katniss Everdeen is paraded in front of thousands of people, with her long dress that bursts into flames while she’s twirling round and round like she’s on top of the world. But in reality, it’s all for show and what lies beneath is dirty and ugly. That’s sort of how I feel right now.

Kudos to Solana Beach City Council for providing great leadership

After mentioning how unsafe it was to walk dogs from Solana Beach, north on Highway 101 to the Cardiff State Park Beach, and south to the Del Mar dog beach, our City Council did not hesitate to act. The Council carefully studied the issues and then voted to provide a sidewalk from Ocean Street to the Cardiff State Park Beach, and to allow leashed dogs on the beach north of the Tide Park steps and south of the Del Mar Terrace. These actions will provide safe access for dog walkers to our adjoining dog-friendly beaches.

Help for people with mental illness

Dave Roberts

May is Mental Health Month, which the County of San Diego and many of its affiliates have observed through events and screenings.

In 1949, Mental Health America – a Virginia-based advocacy group – launched the observance. This year’s theme is, “Mind Your Health.”

Increasing public recognition and understanding of mental health issues is important. During 17 months in office, I am proud to have advanced a number of mental health reforms. And I am always pleased to support our mental health partners.

UCSB/Isla Vista shooting: Their loss is ours

As a parent of a UCSB freshman I feel compelled to write about the recent shooting incident involving our students in nearby Isla Vista. We should all be personally touched by these events. I hope that many reach out to those affected families and reflect on the deeper issues at the root of this tragedy.

In-Lieu Parking Fee program requires a year-round shuttle system

While we are considering a new Del Mar City Hall with a new parking structure for public parking, I thought it would be worthwhile to point out the In-Lieu Parking Fee program does not suggest just a huge parking structure, but does require also a fully operational, year-round shuttle system throughout the commercial zone to Powerhouse/Seagrove Park before more than 50 In-Lieu Fees can be sold.

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

It is hard to believe that we are only one year into our construction bond program. In that short time, we have completed projects that have upgraded classrooms and other facilities at each of our schools.

State bill good for people and pets

Dave Roberts

It has long been proven that people who commit domestic violence are prone to harming their pets, too.

For that reason, the County Board of Supervisors years ago adopted an initiative to keep Animal Control Officers informed concerning households where domestic violence has taken place and there are pets present.

Now new state legislation, Assembly Bill 1511, goes one step further.

What’s at stake on June 3

Gordon Clanton

Voter turnout is always lower in the spring primary than the November general election. Turnout is always lower in non-presidential years. City of San Diego residents are suffering from voter fatigue with two mayoral elections in two years. There are no controversial state ballot measures to stir voters. So look for low turnout on June 3. We’ll be lucky if we have a quorum.

Rant with Randi: Part 2: Do something that scares you

Randi Crawford

I left you wondering whether or not our Baltimore trip was the “experience of a lifetime” or a “hot mess,” and a lot of you emailed me “hot mess.” Thank you for the vote of confidence. So here’s how it really went down. I decided to find someone who could help us get around. I went into survival mode people. I emailed a lacrosse dad from the OC, and I asked him for his help. Yes, I felt like a complete idiot, but it was necessary if I wanted my son to get to any of these fields. He emailed me back and said that it would be fine.

May Del Mar Mayor’s Message

Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu

Over the past few months, the City Council has been discussing, analyzing, and planning for a new City Hall/Civic Center. A new City Hall/Civic Center will be one of the City’s largest capital projects and will serve residents for decades to come. Therefore, it is important to me and the City Council that we seek and listen to community input during all aspects of this project.

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