News Nuggets, Oct. 13

Leaving a legacy

The eighth annual Lasting Legacy & Inspirational Awards from the Center for Wealth & Legacy celebrated the extraordinary outcomes of ordinary lives dedicated to making a lasting difference in the community and the world. They were presented Sept. 21 at Sanford Consortium in La Jolla. The Center was founded to help successful business owners and families “pass forward” their financial success along with their core values and virtues that created their wealth.

Pictured are honorees Pastor Roger Ziegler (Inspiration Award), Peter Farrell (founder and executive chair of ResMed), Phil Kendro (co-chair of The Center), San Diego Police Chief Chief Shelley Zimmerman (Service Above Self Award), R. J. Kelly (co-founder of The Center), Ken Blanchard (Tony & Alicia Gwynn Lasting Legacy Award) and Margie Blanchard (Tony & Alicia Gwynn Lasting Legacy Award).

Irving Gill symposium coming Oct. 20

In conjunction with a Southern California-wide exhibit on architect Irving Gill, the La Jolla Woman’s Club (which was designed by Gill) will host an architectural symposium, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 at the 7791 Draper Ave.

A reception at 5 p.m. precedes the discussion. James B. Guthrie, AIA leads a series of presentations, panel discussion and question-and-answer sessions.

Panelists include: Tim Samuelson, a 40-year architectural and cultural historian of Chicago, with first-hand knowledge of the city’s Chicago and Prairie Schools of architecture; Paul Kruty, Ph.D., professor emeritus of architectural history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and founding member of the Griffin Society of America; and David Jameson, cultural archivist, founder of ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago’s River North district and author of two books highlighting Gill’s formative relationships from both California and Chicago. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP at eventbrite.com and search for “Irving Gill.”

Boy Scout Troop hosts Open House Oct. 24

Boys, ages 10-17, are invited to learn about Scout Troop 506 at an Open House, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at La Jolla United Methodist Church, 6063 La Jolla Blvd.

Troop 506 is the place to be for those seeking outdoor adventure, service to others, and fellowship.

For more information, visit lajollatroop506.com or contact Scoutmaster Jacques Naviaux at jacquesnaviaux@yahoo.com

Child development expert has tips for ‘Becoming Brilliant’

La Jolla Country Day School will host an evening with Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., where she’ll speak about her latest book, “Becoming Brilliant: What science tells us about raising successful children,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 9490 Genesee Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

Hirsh-Pasek is the Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Temple University and is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Her research in the areas of early language development and infant cognition has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and Human Development, and the Institute of Education Sciences resulting in 14 books and over 200 publications.

Work of math genius Alan Turing to be discussed

Sir Dermot Turing will dicuss the work of his uncle, Alan Turing, in a lecture titled “Myth and Methods,” noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, in the auditorium at The Scripps Research Institute, 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive.

Alan Turing achieved much in a wide range of fields: pure mathematics, philosophy, cryptology, computer science, artificial intelligence and developmental biology. This is an astonishing CV, but Turing had a reputation of being solitary, difficult to deal with and a poor communicator. Sir Dermot Turing, the author of the most recent biography, “Prof: Alan Turing Decoded,” challenges this view.

Using illustrations of Alan Turing’s work and personal accounts of what he was like to work with, the presentation will follow the course of his achievements and describe how he actually arrived at his ideas.

Sir Dermot Turing is a Trustee of Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire (UK). Alan Turing (1912-1954) was one of Bletchley Park’s leading cryptanalysts and a founder of the science of artificial intelligence. (858) 200-7498. scripps.edu

San Diego Unified School Choice Application Window now open

The San Diego Unified School District school choice window for the 2017-18 school year is now open, through Nov. 14. School Choice gives students the chance to enroll next year in magnet programs or schools outside their neighborhood boundaries. The program is open to all existing San Diego Unified students, as well as students attending other schools in San Diego County, including charter schools.

Families within the San Diego Unified school district will receive enrollment catalogues in the mail next week. You can also find your neighborhood school by visiting sandiegounified.org/schoolfinder Families outside the district — or those who do not want to wait for the mail — can view the choice catalogue online at: sandiegounified.org/enrollmentguide

San Diego Unified also offers personalized consultations for families who want to discuss their options with an enrollment specialist and can be reached at (619) 260-2410 or eoptions@sandi.net

Choice applications can be submitted at sandiegounified.org

City posts revenues, expenses on line

The City of San Diego made advancements to its budget-focused Web app — budget.sandiego.gov — that will provide residents unprecedented access to the City’s financial information. This includes the City’s revenue and expenditure data, and allows users to see spending trends and create charts that compare actual results to budgeted amounts in more than 30 different City departments.

The budget visualization tool was launched in April 2015 so San Diegans could see more details on how the City budgets tax dollars. Early this year, seven years’ worth of budgets were made available, including this year’s. As of October, actual budget expenditures from Fiscal Year 2011 through Fiscal Year 2016, which concluded June 30, are also posted.

La Jolla View reservoir committee demands EIR

Following an update on the planned La Jolla View Reservoir Project at the La Jolla Parks and Beaches (LJP&B) September meeting, affected residents and LJP&B members — still with questions and concerns — gathered for the inaugural meeting of a working group tasked with reviewing the project and spurring change as to how it will be carried out. Chiefly, the group asserts an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) should be required. They met Oct. 7 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St.

The project will replace two existing reservoirs with one new 3.1 million gallon underground reservoir completely, by demolishing the existing above-ground 720,000 gallon La Jolla View Reservoir and decommissioned Exchange Place reservoir/pump station, found within La Jolla Heights Natural Park (aka La Jolla Natural Park). New pipelines will be put in place, and a temporary access road would be constructed to allow trucks entry and egress to the project site. The total cost is just under $9.7 million. Construction will begin in winter 2018, and be finished by summer 2020.

At the most recent presentation, city representatives said they predicted the project would merit a Mitigated Negative Declaration, which would indicate there would be no environmental consequences as a result of the work, rather than an EIR. At the working group meeting, attendee and nearby resident Jack McGrory called this assumption “a joke.”

Agreeing, the committee decided to advocate for the creation of an EIR, that would, in theory, address several concerns raised. They include: Whether the Reservoir Project necessary, whether the project is in conformance with the city’s Open Space Preservation and Maintenance Policy, a Biological Survey for the environmentally sensitive land on which the reservoir sits, how emergency response would be accommodated, an overall traffic plan, a traffic safety plan, how access to Public Parks would be accommodated, noise impacts and more.

The committee also decided to draft its list of concerns with the project and deliver a letter to local government representatives, and continue meeting on a regular basis. More information and updates will be provided at the next LJP&B meeting, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24 at La Jolla Rec Center, 615 Prospect St. lajollaparksandbeaches.org

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