La Jolla News Nuggets, Oct. 20

Ready? Set? Vote!

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 presidential general election is Monday, Oct. 24. Residents can fill out a registration form at sdvote.com, and if their signature is confirmed through Department of Motor Vehicles records, it will automatically be sent to the Registrar.

“If you’ve moved recently, or changed your name, you’ll need to fill out a new registration form,” said Registrar of Voters Michael Vu. “If you go online, the process is quick and convenient.” If you’re not sure whether you’re registered, check online at sdvote.com

The deadline to apply for a mail ballot is Tuesday, Nov. 1. Voters can find the application online at sdvote.com or on the back of their sample ballot and information pamphlet sent to each registered voter.

You can also request a mail ballot by sending a letter to the Registrar of Voters with your name, registered address, the name and date of the election, the address where the ballot is to be mailed and your signature. Send forms to Registrar of Voters, 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego, 92123 or fax them to (858) 694-2955.

As a third option, registered voters can request a mail ballot by phone at (858) 565-5800. All applications must be in house at the Registrar’s office by 5 p.m. on Nov. 1. Voters who are already signed up to vote permanently by mail do not need to reapply.

Approximately 1 million mail ballots were sent out through the post office Oct. 11 and for the first time, registered voters will receive a two-card ballot. Contests will be listed on the front and back of each page. The two-card ballot also weighs a bit more, so it will take 67 cents in postage. Considering the length of the ballot, voters who requested their ballot by mail are urged to act early.

“If you know how you want to vote, grab that mail ballot when you get it, vote it and send it back in right away,” said Vu. “The sooner we get the ballot back, the sooner we can start processing it so it will be counted right when the polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 8.”

To find your polling place, visit sos.ca.gov/elections/polling-place

La Jolla View reservoir committee demands EIR

Following an update on the planned La Jolla View Reservoir Project at the La Jolla Parks & 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 on 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 planned resevoir project will replace two existing reservoirs with one new 3.1 million gallon underground reservoir, 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 (rather than an EIR), which would indicate there would be no environmental consequences as a result of the work. At the working group meeting, 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. These include 1) whether the Reservoir Project is necessary, 2) whether the project is in conformance with the City Open Space Preservation and Maintenance Policy, 3) the creation of a Biological Survey for the environmentally sensitive land on which the reservoir sits, 4) how emergency response would be accommodated, 5) an overall traffic plan for the project, 6) a traffic safety plan, 7) how access to public parks would be accommodated, 8) noise impacts and more.

The committee also decided to draft a list of project concerns and deliver a letter to local government representatives, and to 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

Dentist starts practice with open house, Oct. 21

Sarah Winter, DDS, will launch Sarah Winter Dental, a general and cosmetic boutique dental practice, with a grand opening celebration, 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21 at 7818 Ivanhoe Ave. It was formerly the dental practice of Chris Wood, DDS, who recently retired.

The open house will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, gourmet hamburgers and salads from Burger Lounge and a toast with celebratory beverages. The daughter of a dentist, Dr. Winter has practiced dentistry for seven years. She earned her undergraduate degree in education from USC, and later went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from the UNLV School of Dental Medicine. She is a member of the American Dental Association, California Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Crown Council and the Steven E Smith Honor Society.

Internet cables coming through Bird Rock

Details are forthcoming on a project to install Internet cables in Bird Rock to improve Internet services to area schools. Briefly discussed at recent Bird Rock Community Council meetings, the project involves trenching and digging along La Jolla Hermosa. An announcement is planned for Nov. 2.

At the Oct. 4 Bird Rock meeting, treasurer Barbara Dunbar reported: “Cox Communications is installing underground cable along the east side of La Jolla Hermosa to provide high-speed Internet to area schools. We’ve had a couple of complaints and problems with drilling, and we’ve been made aware that at one point they severed a water line at Colima. But we are in communication with them.”

City Council candidate launches online survey

Barbara Bry, District 1 candidate for the San Diego City Council, wants voters to let her know of their ideas for improving the area. The high-tech entrepreneur has launched a “virtual listening tour” for this purpose.

With the answers to 13 questions ranging from personal information to what the responder’s priorities are, she plans to analyze the data and address the concerns of District 1 citizens. “As the first high-tech entrepreneur on the City Council, I will bring a fresh perspective to City Hall to tackle the difficult challenges ahead. I want to use technology to better communicate with constituents and to improve City services,” Bry stated on a press release.

The survey is available at bbryd1.typeform.com/to/Bp5P6N

San Diego History Center adopts donations-only admissions

The San Diego History Center changed its admissions policy last week. Rather than paying a set admissions fee, visitors to the History Center are now asked to make a contribution based on their experience at its museums in Balboa and Presidio Parks.

This “Give Forward” support will, in turn, provide the ability for another visitor to see the History Center’s exhibitions. The San Diego History Center was founded in 1928 and is one of the oldest and largest historical organizations in California. It is one of only a handful of institutions nationwide that is dedicated to celebrating the heritage of a major American city. For more details, visit sandiegohistory.org

LJHS teacher honored for innovation

La Jolla High School math teacher Trang Vu is one of the recipients of the Mental Floss 2016 Platypus Award for innovation. She was recognized for her creative approach to geometry, chiefly for the hands-on project that encourages students to explore how fashion designers use math to create new pieces. Under her leadership, students are tasked with making a skirt out of concentric circles to understand the real-world applications for math. Vu is one of 10 nation-wide honorees of the Platypus Award.

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