La Jolla News Nuggets: U-T journalists visit La Jolla High after racist cartoon published; and other newsworthy items

U -T journalists visit La Jolla High after racist cartoon published

The San Diego Union-Tribune editorial and opinion director Matt Hall and Pulitzer-winning cartoonist Steve Breen visited La Jolla High School (LJHS) a week after the school district told parents about the offensive cartoon that had run in the January edition of the school’s Hi-Tide monthly newspaper. The pair delivered a PowerPoint presentation on editorial responsibility in the school library, then fielded questions from school paper staffers for an hour on Feb. 14.

“We had the students walk us through their workflow, and we discussed a better workflow that would mean more people — including students of color — could review something like this before publication,” Hall told the Light.

The cartoon — intended to politically satirize a controversial ad from retailer H&M — depicted ethnic stereotypes dressed in sweatshirts with offensive slogans.

Hall and Breen shared slides of examples of professional cartoons that were also decried as racist and discussed how their authors handled the criticism.

“We talked about how cartoons, like everything a major news outlet publishes, including opinion pieces, need to be accurate, fair and contextual,” Hall said. “The students were receptive and understood the hurt and anger the cartoon caused and the need to take greater care in their journalism.”

According to a blurb in this month’s Hi-Tide, the Anti-Defamation League has also “met with the LJHS team” but no specifics were revealed about who that meeting was with or what was said.

Girls’ firefighting camp back on

Fire-Rescue Department’s Girls Empowerment Camp — originally scheduled for the first weekend in March but scuttled after City Attorney Mara Elliott received a threatening letter from the attorney of a man whose son wanted to attend — has been reinstated at the direction of Mayor Kevin Faulconer and rescheduled for two weekends: April 14-14 and May 19-20. Both boys and girls, ages 14-18, are now invited to the free two-day camp, which promotes career opportunities in firefighting and public safety.

“We made a commitment to hundreds of kids and their families and we are going to stand by that,” Mayor Faulconer said. “This is an important camp that teaches kids what it’s like to be a firefighter and exposes many of them to a career opportunity they may not have considered previously. The camp is open to everyone and encourages girls to consider a profession that needs more female representation.”

According to a 2016 National Fire Protection Association study, only 7 percent of firefighters nationwide are women.

The families who previously registered for the canceled camp will have first choice of the weekend on which they wish to participate in the new camps. Those already on the waiting list will also have the opportunity to register. Visit for more information.

Padres season broadcast schedule announced

All 162 regular-season San Diego Padres games will be televised in English on either FOX Sports San Diego, FS1 or FOX. Games produced by FOX Sports San Diego will also be available on the FOX Sports GO app via mobile, tablet and connected devices. In addition, regular-season home games will be televised in Spanish on FOX Deportes San Diego.

Season coverage begins Thursday, March 29, with the Padres’ season opener against the Milwaukee Brewers. Coverage will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a 90-minute Padres Live pregame show leading into the game. Coverage concludes with a 30-minute Padres Live postgame show.

Don Orsillo returns to handle the television play-by-play duties in 2018. He will be joined by former Padres pitcher Mark Grant, returning in the role of analyst. Mike Pomeranz, Mark Sweeney, Tony Gwynn, Jr. and Bob Scanlan will round out the FOX Sports San Diego broadcast team.

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Wanted by the FBI: Teen Academy applicants

The FBI Teen Academy is an opportunity for students to spend an interactive day with special agents and professional staff at the FBI building in Sorrento Valley. Students will participate in both classroom and hands-on activities, including learning about crime-scene and forensic techniques and tactical operations.

“The FBI Teen Academy helps youth better understand how we protect the American people and uphold the constitution,” said John A. Brown of the FBI San Diego field office. “We also share how the decisions they make today may impact education and career options in the future.”

The FBI Teen Academy is open to any high-school sophomores or juniors currently enrolled in a public, private, charter, or home school program. It is scheduled for July 13 and Aug. 7. An application, supporting essay, and release form must be received by the FBI by April 15. For more information, contact FBI San Diego’s Yadira Dickey at or (858) 320-5711.

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La Jolla Light beefs up sports coverage

Freelancer journalist Jorden Hales will be reporting on prep sports in La Jolla Light and writing related features as well. Hales attended American River College and has worked as an assignment editor at CBS Television Sacramento/CW 31 and as a reporter for the Roseville Press Tribune.

La Jolla Meals On Wheels serves 100th Friendly Visitor client

The Friendly Visitors Program, a companion program to La Jolla Meals On Wheels, was launched in 2013 after volunteer drivers noticed that some meal clients were lonely and wished their meal delivery volunteers had time to stay and visit.

“We are very proud of … the positive difference we are making in the lives of local seniors by providing them with much-needed companionship in free, one- to two-hour visits per week,” said Jane Semelsberger, La Jolla Meals On Wheels program director.

For more details, contact Jeannie Walsh at

Free heart screen for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

A free heart screening will be given to youth, ages 12-25, on Sunday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Torrey Pines High School, 3710 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego. Conducted by the Eric Paredes Save A Life Foundation, the screening is designed detect heart conditions that could lead to sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), the leading cause of death under 25 and the No. 1 killer of student athletes.

“SCA is not a heart attack,” said Hector Paredes, co-founder of the Foundation. “It’s an abnormality in the heart’s electrical system that may be detected with a simple electrocardiogram (ECG). And even though the first symptom of SCA could be death, screenings are not a part of youth health checkups or pre-participation sports physicals, which is why Eric’s Foundation provides free heart screenings to area teens.”

The heart screening consists of a cardiac questionnaire completed by parent and student, an electrocardiogram (ECG), and if indicated, a limited echocardiogram. It takes less than an hour and is painless and noninvasive (no needles or x-ray exposure).

For more information, visit

Prostate panel presentation, Thursday

Discover the latest research on prostate cancer, and what treatments and cures the future may have in store, during a panel presentation 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Sanford Burnham Prebys (SBP) Auditorium,10905 Road to the Cure, Building 12. Scheduled speakers include SBP professor Nicholas Cosford and UC San Diego professor and urology chair Christopher Kane. For more information, contact (858) 795-5431.

Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers for Women Build event

Women volunteers from across San Diego County will raise their hammers at Habitat for Humanity sites during the entire month of May. San Diego Habitat’s 10th Annual Women Build event challenges women to devote at least one day to creating decent, affordable housing in our community.

Women Builders will contribute their time, talent and treasure to build a home in Logan Heights, or volunteer in one of Habitat’s three ReStore discount home-improvement stores — in Kearny Mesa, National City or Escondido. In addition, participants are asked to raise a minimum of $200 to support the creation of affordable homeownership opportunities.

Since 2009, Women Build volunteers have built or repaired 14 houses in San Diego County, and raised more than $450,000.

“We love Women Build!” said Lori Holt Pfeiler, President/CEO of San Diego Habitat for Humanity. “It’s such a joy to see women from all over San Diego come together to make a difference for hardworking families and to do things they never thought they could.”

To volunteer or donate to Women Build, visit or call (619) 283-4663. No prior construction or home-improvement experience is necessary.

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