News Briefs: La Jolla activist honored, pro-seal attorney penalized, sea lions released ... and more

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Christine Forester, owner of Christine Forester Catalyst, a business, marketing, branding and community affairs company, was keynote speaker during the San Diego County Democratic Party dinner. Photo by Bob Walker

By Pat Sherman

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Activist honored:

La Jollan 

Christine Forester

was honored May 4 during the 

San Diego County Democratic Party

’s annual Roosevelt Dinner at the Hilton San Diego Resort in Mission Bay.

Forester, one of

La Jolla Light’s

2013 “People to Watch,” was the event’s keynote speaker and the recipient of a Chair’s Award, presented by County Democratic Party Chair

Francine Busby

.

Introducing Forester, La Jolla resident and U.S. Congress member

Scott Peters

(D-52) called Forester “a terrific and special person” who “counts the President of the United States and his family as her close personal friends.

“She is known in many circles as a champion of causes that have improved the quality of life for countless persons,” Peters said, going on to read a note of congratulations that President Barack Obama sent to be read to Forester.

A native of Switzerland who began raising funds for Howard Dean’s presidential bid (2003-2004), Forester said the award came as “an overwhelming honor for past deeds,” that “also entails enormous responsibilities going forward.

“I accept the responsibilities attached to it, but the honor needs to be shared,” she said, thanking fellow fundraisers, Dale Steele and Isabelle Wasserman, among others.

Forester said she generally eschews titles such as “philanthropist.”

“If I had the means, I would be one, but I do work for a living. I have to,” Forester said. “My work is what supports my activism.”

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Former Republican state Assembly member Nathan Fletcher is now a registered Democrat.

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Switching sides:

Also during the Democrats’ dinner, former San Diego mayoral candidate

Nathan Fletcher

, who changed his party affiliation from Republican to Independent during last year’s mayoral race, then again last week from Independent to Democrat, was hailed for his recent change of party.

As a Republican member of the state Assembly, Fletcher co-authored legislation with then Democratic state Sen.

Christine Kehoe

that changed a public trust to allow the Children’s Pool to be established as a marine mammal park for the protection of harbor seals.

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La Jolla sea lions released near border:

On May 7, SeaWorld released about 10 rehabilitated California sea lion pups to the wild. The male and female pups were all brought into SeaWorld’s care malnourished and dehydrated from Oceanside, Del Mar and La Jolla beaches between March 1 and March 28. When SeaWorld rescued the marine mammals they weighed between 19½ and 28½ pounds.

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WindanSea deal: La Jolla Trust

and 

Rose Trust

have purchased the 5,000-square- foot WindanSea Apartments at 6520-6526 La Jolla Blvd. for $1.95 million. The property is comprised of seven residential units on two parcels. Ray Adams of Cassidy Turley San Diego represented the buyer. Alan and Faye Tassviri represented the seller.

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Pease penalized:

Environmental law attorney and seal advocate 

Bryan Pease

pled guilty last week to misdemeanor trespassing, for an incident in which he allegedly stole a sign from members of the pro-beach access group, 

Friends of Children’s Pool (FoCP).

Pease was ordered to complete 40 hours of community service, and must stay 100 yards from the Children’s Pool. The attorney paid restitution of $275 to FoCP for the sign and $75 to the San Diego Council of Divers for the alleged theft of the organization’s flag.

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