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Rant with Randi: The elephant in the room

Randi Crawford

The story of Robin Williams’s suicide has made such a huge impact on all of us. First, he was truly one of the most incredible talents of our time, and I don’t just say that because he is no longer with us. His “Aladdin” character is better than any other Disney character I’ve ever seen, mainly because of his outrageous monologues. I equally love his more serious roles, like in “Good Morning Vietnam” and “Dead Poets Society.” Who can forget his famous words, “O Captain, my Captain,” or “Carpe Diem”?

Del Mar council ignores voters’ rights

Recently, notice was given that the Del Mar City Council members would interrupt their August vacation to hold a special meeting Aug. 20 to vote to cancel the Del Mar citizens’ right to vote in November for the election of two councilmen for the next term! And to appoint the two instead!

Mental illness: An inconvenient truth

Recently, the world lost Robin Williams, a great human being and actor. Some of us will remember him as the alien in “Mork and Mindy,” the nanny in “Mrs. Doubtfire,” or Teddy Roosevelt in “A Night at the Museum,” but none of us will forget the sad twinkle in his eye and the joy he brought to audiences everywhere.

Del Mar Village Association supporting summer visitors with new guides, banners, maps

New banners on Del Mar lampposts beckon visitors to the city’s many attractions. Courtesy photo

With summer in full swing, new banners celebrating Del Mar attractions and activities can be seen all along Camino Del Mar from Ninth to 15th Street.

Created by the Del Mar Village Association, the colorful banners were installed to highlight community events for residents and visitors. Beginning with Summer Solstice and the San Diego County Fair, followed by the summer and fall Del Mar Race season, the Taste and Art Stroll, Del Mar National Horse Jumping Show and the Rotary Club’s Chili & Quackers Challenge in October, and the all-summer-long Del Mar Foundation’s Summer Twilight Concerts at Powerhouse Park, these vibrant banners were designed to remind residents of special events throughout the year and attract visitors to the heart of Del Mar Village.

Solana Beach resident to head Rotary of Del Mar

Dr. William Rawlings

Since Rawlings took office, the Del Mar Rotarians have already been visited by Joe Harper, CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, and Steve Fisher, head coach for the San Diego State University men’s basketball team. Rawlings also points to the upcoming inaugural Ethics in Business Awards event in October as a highlight that will begin during his term. This new program honors local businesses that place ethics — a core Rotary value — as a main priority in their mission and commercial practices.

A new year and new president for the Rotary Club of Del Mar

Dr. William Rawlings

The first of July marked the beginning of a new year for the Rotary Club of Del Mar and with it brings new President, Dr. William Rawlings. Bill is off to a roaring start with exciting guest speakers, new goals for the members and a passion for serving others.

Bill has been a Solana Beach resident with his wife, Mary, since 1982. He is a Specialist in Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry and has been in the Rotary Club of Del Mar since 1996. Over the years, his contributions to the club have focused on community service, planning and executing club fundraiser events and international service projects. He counts his most memorable moment as a Rotarian to the trip he took last year to Cambodia to perform dentistry. He says he gained perspective while working there and “understanding the tremendous need for medical and dental care in the Third World.”

Public review begins for San Elijo Lagoon restoration

Dave Roberts

Coastal lagoons provide one of North County’s most defining natural features. And in our increasingly urbanized environment, the relief and respite we gain from these valuable wetlands is more important than ever.

In past decades, we have mistreated our lagoons. But that has changed. Coastal wetlands are getting the protection they deserve. In fact, wetlands are so important that some of them have received multimillion-dollar restorations to improve their ecology.

Rant with Randi: Criminalizing parenting

Randi Crawford

In case you were wondering, it turns out you can’t parent however you want in 2014.

A 46-year-old woman was recently jailed for letting her 9-year-old daughter play in the park, unsupervised, while she was working. This story comes on the heels of the homeless woman who was arrested for leaving her kids in the car during a job interview. (Sort of ironic, since her home was her car.)

Carmel Valley residents concerned about trees removed at Torrey Pines HS

Some Carmel Valley residents have noticed that several trees have come down on the Torrey Pines High School campus. The trees have been removed for a couple of different reasons, according to Eric Dill, San Dieguito Union High School District’s associate superintendent of business services.

Increasing speed limit on Ocean Air Drive will not solve anything

In response to last week’s letter to the editor titled “Disappointed to read about increasing enrollment at TH school” regarding increasing class sizes at Torrey Hills Elementary school, I couldn’t agree more. My daughter is beginning kindergarten this fall and part of the reason we chose to buy our home in Carmel Valley is due to the stellar public schools. Anything that could potentially erode her receiving the best public education possible, is a negative in our book.

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