Editorial: ‘Thumbs’ for August
THUMBS UP to our local leaders, including members of the county Board of Supervisors, San Diego City Council and officials at Poway City Hall, for declaring their intent to abide by provisions of the state’s open meeting law in spite of funding cutbacks out of Sacramento. In the past, cities and counties have had the ability to request reimbursement from the state for certain costs associated with complying with the Ralph M. Brown Act. In a budget cutback, the Legislature suspended two key elements of the law, requiring the posting of meeting agendas 72 hours ahead of time and reporting actions taken out of closed sessions. Our local leaders quickly responded by declaring their intent to comply with the rules despite the state’s inappropriate actions.
THUMBS UP to the City of San Diego Environmental Services Department and Rancho Bernardo Community Council for hosting a free clean-up day on Saturday. While as of press time the amount of trash, recyclables, batteries and fluorescent bulbs collected was not yet known, previous cleanups have been popular with residents and demonstrated the need for such events.
The one improvement to the program in the future would be for a service club to offer a free pick-up service to seniors, others incapable of lifting heavy items or those without a large enough vehicle for their discards (i.e. mattresses), so more can also participate. The effort would likely be much appreciated and should not be difficult with some planning, a dozen or so volunteers and couple of trucks.
THUMBS UP, and congratulations to Rancho Bernardo High School graduate Cole Hammels, who is a pitching star for the Philadelphia Phillies, on signing a new contract worth $144 million over the next six years. It is the largest contract ever signed by a Philadelphia player and the second highest ever for a major league pitcher. Speaking of sports …
THUMBS UP to the Poway National Little League major all-star team for a nice tournament run. The team’s quest for a shot at the Little League World Series ended at the District 31 tournament. It marked the furthest the league has gone since 2000, when its team won the district title.
THUMBS UP to the Rancho Bernardo and the Poway-Penasquitos chapters of American Association of University Women for once again making the week-long Tech Trek camp a reality for a combined 12 incoming eighth grade girls in Poway Unified schools. The camp is designed to encourage girls to continue their studies in math and science and consider pursuing careers involving those fields.
In addition to the AAUW chapters paying the camp costs, other local organizations helping with the sponsorships were Sony Electronics, Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary and Rancho Bernardo “Noon” Rotary clubs.
THUMBS UP to the Poway Memorial Historical Society Museum staff for sorting and cataloging the museum’s massive collection. The various documents, letters, newsletters, family histories and recollections are now stored in archival binders, each labeled with a catalog number and subject. The ongoing project is being done by Jan Rubacky and other museum volunteers.
THUMBS UP to the County of San Diego for bringing the Quick Response (QR) Fit Trail program to five locations, including the 4S Ranch Sports Park. The $20,000 pilot program is being tested and, if popular, might be expanded. Via a smart phone or Apple product such as an iPad with a QR Code Reader, users can access a free app and then download free videos at five stations that show exercises to perform. Each has four one-minute exercises. None require equipment since they utilize body weight for resistance. Exercise videos are changed periodically.
Since the half-mile loop can be completed by most within 30 minutes, the trail seems like a good, new, free option for locals to get fit and enthused about exercising.
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