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Local Hero Ed Samiljan Creates Jewish Continuity through Summer Camp

Anyone who tries to enrich the lives of kids is a hero in my mind :) (By the way, the "Chai" in Mountain Chai is pronounced "Hi" not "chai" like the tea--your announcer keeps saying it wrong. "Chai" means "life" in hebrew, no relation to the southeast asian spice mix)

May 7, 2014 at 11:33 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Balboa Park Centennial Planning Group Disbands

Wow. Just listened to Maureen interviewing Gerry Braun, the guy in charge of the balboa centennial--what a bunch of baloney comes out of that man's mouth. I wasn't even following the whole centennial celebration-planning, but just hearing him, is outrageous. Some points: "salaries [15,000/mo and his around $7-$8000/month!!!] match skill sets"---MATCH *SKILL SETS* !!!!? These bozos took the money and ran after achieving NOTHING!! "Skill sets" of what??! Snake salesmanship? And then Maureen nailed him with a clear, concise, direct question after his excuse about companies not wanting to invest/participate in his pathetic marketing/sponsorship of the celebration--if you see it wasn't working, WHY did you ask for $3 million dollars MORE??? The guy didn't know how to answer such a clear question and probably didn't have an excuse available, so he bought time by saying "I don't understand the question"..What are you, stupid? Is that your skill, Mr. Braun? Then he comes up with the "salaries". I hope these guys are investigated. Smells rotten to me. I've never trusted anyone who uses "UM, UM' in most of his sentences to answer questions in a formal environment. How would anyone make an about face in such a huge project instead of looking for creative alternatives? This guy made thousands of dollars and decides to walk away after agreeing to take charge of this huge project. Unprofessional, unreliable, pompous, and takes a LOAD of money to boot. Now we have to start from scratch and put together another several million dollars. I hope the selection process is more judicious and meticulously screens the group that will take his place. Whose pal was this guy? He scored. We lost. Are San Diegans that trusting and gullible? It seems to happen too often in this city.

March 5, 2014 at 12:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State Official Says Balboa Park Could Lose Historic Designation

" History is important because WE ARE the past: we are the sum of all the events--good, bad, and indifferent--that have happened to us. This sum product guides our actions in the present." WHY is the Irwin's project even being considered, if there is the threat that our precious Balboa Park may FOREVER lose its historic designation? There is HISTORY here--among the very few historic sites that have not been torn down or completely refurbished to a state completely unrecognizable from the original..Is there a stronger surge coming from developers? There are ABSOLUTELY alternatives--why are the proponents so adamant and inflexible? Why don't they work to keep the historic designation? Why Is Mayor Sanders and the council members not considering this very important point? We can't get the designation back once we lose it..The 40 million dollars can buy not only materials and labor, but many pockets as well.. I hope San Diegans make their voice heard against this proposed plan..

February 8, 2012 at 1:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Preservationists Fear Changes Would Jeopardize Balboa Park's Historic Status

" History is important because WE ARE the past: we are the sum of all the events--good, bad, and indifferent--that have happened to us. This sum product guides our actions in the present." WHY is the Irwin's project even being considered, if there is the threat that our precious Balboa Park may FOREVER lose its historic designation? There is HISTORY here--among the very few historic sites that have not been torn down or completely refurbished to a state completely unrecognizable from the original..Is there a stronger surge coming from developers? There are ABSOLUTELY alternatives--why are the proponents so adamant and inflexible? The 40 million dollars can buy not only materials and labor, but many pockets as well.. I hope San Diegans make their voice heard against this proposed plan..

February 8, 2012 at 1:38 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Many Gnats Are A Nuisance?

Daniellet96's comments have so many points to argue upon..
"None of his crop is ever made available to us. The 450 acre farm turns quickly and ships elsewhere."
A) It doesn't sound like you're an interested customer to begin with;
B) A town like Jacumba with a population of 561 (according to the 2010 census) should be happy about the revenue that he is bringing into that small town.
"Because of Bornt's eye gnats our residents have lost money on property sales and rentals "...
There is a tremendous ECONOMIC CRISIS going on, and it wasn't caused by Mr. Bornt's farm..If you're having problems with your properties, well, welcome to the club.
"we estimate could be a billion eye gnats"..Did you count the ants, roaches, fruit flies, spiders, bed bugs, exotic beetles, aphids,termites, etc? You will not escape pests. Yes it's a pain to deal with, but you deal with it or just move. You chose to live in Jacumba--if there's only 561 people living there, it's for a reason.
I have no sympathy for a group of complainers wanting to close down farms because of gnats.
I wonder if the hired entomologist has a scientifically proven way to measure fecal deposits in our drinking water. Even if he did, we're all still here.

November 8, 2011 at 10:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Many Gnats Are A Nuisance?

ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS! We have reached * 7 BILLION* inhabitants, and Cindy Morris (representing the complaining lot) thinks that GNATS are "destroying the quality of life"???!! She/they want "relief" from this "problem"?? What rock are these people hiding under? This is only the beginning of "noxious insects", bothersome pests, and other inconvenient environmental afflictions--why? BECAUSE THERE ARE TOO MANY OF US. Mr. Morris is trying to maintain a chemical-free, GMO-free farm, and these self-entitled princesses and princes are crying over GNATS? "Spray with chemicals"!! Better to pollute the earth that's already got more than its share of contaminants from 7 BILLION PEOPLE, but at least these spoiled, egotistical, self-centered whiners ARE HAPPY. The spraying will help temporarily but harm the environment and close down Mr. Bramer's organic business (and several other farmers)..Which by the way we don't have enough of but need, because of population growth. Can I just slap them?

November 8, 2011 at 12:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Conservatives Move To Unseat SD Superior Court Judges

Thank you Maureen Cavanaugh & KPBS for bringing in candidates to speak! This is the only way one can really get a better feel of the individual behind the name. As I was listening to Maureen's excellent questions, it was clear to me that Craig Candelore (running for judge of superior court #14) felt uneasy and ran around the point by repeating his "I'm a Westpoint graduate and served in the Iraqi war" jingle, and believed he could magically walk away from giving straight answers (definitely a politician..!). Then the comment on a conspiracy about some votes that Candelore wasn't involved in and says may not have been supervised--I only caught the gist of the question, but Judge Howard (the other guest) point blank asked--"so WHY weren't YOU there?" which I thought was very funny..Naturally, as he had done with the other good questions, he shook this one off by saying "have the courtesy to let me answer" (although he really didn't--he went on about his education at Westpoint & time served catchphrase again). He really came across quite arrogant and defensive with Maureen, and mostly beat around the bush. Sometimes some candidates make it quite clear that they believe all voters are stupid. Thanks again Maureen, you did a great job and helped me come to a decision for that office!

May 19, 2010 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

S.D. Schools Brace For Budget Cuts

was listening to this segment and didn't want to call in because Gloria Penner mentioned they were running short on time;I happen to have a lot to say..! I absolutely agree with most (all?) of the panelists that were on the show with the idea that the San Diego School District is *ABSOLUTELY* pro-teachers, and kids are not the top of their list. I am in north county and that culture/philosophy runs all the way up the county. I decided to enroll my child into one of the most high scoring public elementary schools in my district and in the county(high API,small classes, small school, high parent participation), and was incredibly disappointed. Thinking that I was making a good decision based on all the positive points (the school had even been a blue ribbon 1-2 years ago, which means they had consistently improved), I put in a TRANSFER to go to this specific school, because our corresponding district school had a lower score. To my surprise, the teacher had no intention other than "meeting expectations", and doing what the school expects of her--nothing more, nothing less. We wanted more of a challenge for our child, showed her scores from our previous private school, and had our child tested at a well-respected tutoring/learning center, where it was proven he was above average and needed a bit more of a challenge. I was proactive and said I would be MORE than willing to help her in class implement programs, help kids, etc. I can cite several instances to prove my point, but the point is that if you want a good teacher, you have to play politics and try and be among the first to get the best teacher--the rest of us are screwed. Now, if you get one of the best teachers, you have to play the whole politics game all over again the following year--and the next, and the next...Why? Because there is no way to get rid of teachers who are not keeping up with expectations (and that doesn't mean you must "teach to the test") and cannot be fired for unacceptable results/behavior (my friend told me of her daughter's teacher who was putting on the TV--REGULAR TV--not even educational!!! while she went on taking care of some personal business), and cannot be fired if he/she doesn't try to improve/change their teaching methods/style. Not to mention that the school district, made up of mostly teachers (where are the parent representatives?? A regular parent candidate can't attend PTA meetings to speak, but the incumbents can, and they can also support one of their candidates) are afraid to implement new methods, even if they've been proven to work. Then there are the book publishers that push their textbooks and offer some form of compensation when you choose their textbooks instead of one that is actually *GOOD*. (End of part 1)

January 22, 2010 at 11:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

S.D. Schools Brace For Budget Cuts

(Part 2)
My son's grade had TWO children that were *3* (THREE!!!) grade levels below reading level in his class. They A) were not english learners, and B) spoke english FLUENTLY (I met them)--so there's *no* alibi there..THAT is unacceptable and is exactly what is driving California to the bottom of the list nationwide--we're at *the bottom**!! I find that completely unacceptable--and THAT is why I took my son out of public school after a little less than TWO months in the system---and I can whole heartedly say I gave it my best shot AND tried to help. *NOBODY* should have to "fight" for the "good" teacher and for a "good" education and avoid the "bad" teacher--they should ALL be excellent, and if not, the school district needs to provide training--after all, we will be paying their pensions, at least give our kids an excellent education. And now, if you want to run for office, you better have enough money, because a powerful local company may be helping out the other guy's campaign (thank you Judge Roberts)---AAARRGH I'm so worked up..Anyway--that's my rant!

January 22, 2010 at 11:18 a.m. ( | suggest removal )