Discover Baja

Discover Baja 1
Charting a New Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Hugh and Carol Kramer, Publishers
Sunrise in a Cactus Forest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Lynn Mitchell, Editor
Homeward Bound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Paula McDonald
Gray whales touch the hearts and minds of those who visit San Ignacio Lagoon.
Giving Grays a Helping Hand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Saul Alarcon Farfan
Laguna San Ignacio Conservation Alliance hopes that the recent 120,000-acre conservation easement
in San Ignacio will serve as a model for protecting the environment in other areas.
Great White Sharks of Guadalupe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Frank Virgadamo
Baja's Guadalupe Island, designated as a biosphere reserve by the Mexican government, has some
toothy protectors swimming offshore.
Fishing ‘On the Fly’ in Baja California . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Tom Gatch
Baja's estuaries and bays provide anglers with opportunities to fine-tune fly fishing skills.
Guardian Angel Island—A Diamond in the Rough . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Graham Mackintosh
An intimate look at what makes this 40-mile-long island in the Sea of Cortez so unique.
Baja’s Booby Birds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Karen Straus
There's more to these birds than meets the eye. Boobies are smarter than you think!
Gorgonians & Sea Pens—Colorful Flamboyance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Hans Bertsch
These animals provide a kaleidoscope of color in the underwater world.
Crystal Cave of the Giants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Richard D. Fisher
One man's journey in Mexico to photograph the breathtaking spectacle of the largest crystals on earth.
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Above: Graham Mackintosh’s kayak cruises along
the shore of Guardian Angel Island.
Cover photos, counter-clockwise from top:
Guardian Angel Island sunset (Graham
Mackintosh); Gray whale breach (Gerald & Buff
Corsi/Focus on Nature, Inc.); Strawberry
anemone (Hans Bertsch); Blue-footed booby with
chick (Eric Hanauer)
ome friends of mine passed through
over the holidays, as they do each
year. They didn’t hang out; they didn’t
stay. They never do because they don’t do
turkey and they’re too big to fit around
my dining-room table.
You see, they're whales. My whales. Your
whales. Our whales.
But their holiday rush is a bit different
than ours each winter. These are serious
whales on a mission: they are trying to
keep a species alive. To do that, they have
to get home by December—January at
the latest—and home has always been
Mexico. You see, despite their name, my
friends are Baja born and Baja bred.
Sure, we call them California grays
(uppity Americans that we are), but they
only pass by California twice a year on
their incredible 12,000 mile journey to
and from the Arctic to Baja Sur's safe
lagoons. They're really Northeastern
Pacific gray whales—the last of their
kind. All their cousins are now extinct:
The great Siberian and Atlantic grays that
once roamed other coasts and other
continents are gone. We did that, we
humans, earlier this century, turning
them into dog food long after the world's
need for whale oil was no more. We
almost did it to our own grays, too,
slaughtering their mighty thousands
down to a mere 500 before someone got
some sense, thank God, and realized
we didn't need a marine-mammal Alpo
after all.
Along came a protection act at last, an
endangered species list and a chance for
them to continue life on this planet. And
a chance for me, 60 years later, to meet
these majestic creatures face to face and
to make friends.
It is not a word I use lightly—friends.
Friends are people I kiss and hug and
care about. But I've kissed these whales,
hanging over the sides of small wooden
boats. I've held their faces between my
hands, gently stroked their lips, touched
the cruel barnacles that cover their heads
and looked straight down blowholes into
their dark interiors. I've watched them
mate, watched them nurse their babies,
watched them nudge two-ton youngsters
toward my outstretched hand and teach a
new generation not to now fear man—or
woman. Yes, I care about these whales—
a lot. But, I've been lucky.
Homeward Bound
Story by Paula McDonald
A curious young gray whale basks in the warm
lagoon water before its arduous migration north.
Photo: Jose Luis Zuñiga
Photo: Paula McDonald
Guardi an Angel I sl and—
A Di amond i n the Rough
Story and photos by Graham Mackintosh
n 1973 Charles Lindbergh visited Baja
California in a chartered flying boat.
Shortly afterwards he traveled to
Mexico City, met with the cabinet and
summoned the Mexican media to a press
conference. Naturally, they were all
expecting a homily on aviation. Instead,
Lindbergh lectured them passionately
about the Sea of Cortez and the need to
preserve its magnificent islands. A few
months later Charles Lindbergh
died…but his enthusiastic plea for the
Sea of Cortez had not fallen on deaf ears.
Within four years, Mexico passed laws
protecting the islands that had fired his
imagination in the twilight of his life.
There are more than 100 islands in the
Sea of Cortez—some mere islets, the
largest, Tiburon, ranging over 1000 sq.
kilometers. Most of them remain
uninhabited, pristine biological treasures
replete with unnamed and endemic
species. About half of the 120 cactus
species found on the islands are endemic.
Non-native plants are a rarity. In July of
2005, the United Nations proclaimed the
islands and their surrounding waters as a
World Heritage Site.
Isla Angel de la Guarda is the second
largest island in the Cortez. Forty miles
long and almost ten miles wide in places,
it is the unmistakable mountainous
landmass located a dozen miles east of
Bahia de los Angeles, beyond the islands
of the inner bay. Devoid of water and
separated from the Baja peninsula by the
treacherous Canal de las Ballenas, it
remains uninhabited apart from a few
temporary fish camps.
I had the privilege of spending two
months there early last year. I arranged to
be transported to the island by panga,
together with my gear and kayak.
The name “Guardian Angel Island”
suggests protection. However, in the
winter months prevailing northerly winds
often blast for days unimpeded down the
Ballenas Channel creating awesome seas.
And when the extreme tides of a full or
new moon join or thwart that flow, the
seas can be as confused and agitated as
any on earth.
Whether fishing or bird watching or
trying to find a cooperative chuckwalla to
photograph, I reveled in the privilege of
being on an uninhabited desert island,
and most days, as far as I knew, I was the
only one there to appreciate it.
Given the spectacular shoreline and
mountain backdrops, and the dramatic
fire of sunrise and twilight, it was easy to
take good photographs, but they can
barely convey the panoramic vistas of
pastel color, the unreal solidity of the
clouded sky, and the glorious thoughts
and feelings they impart.
How often have we heard that the old
Baja is no more? It is now a land of
Costcos and Burger Kings, of burgeoning
development and crime. Not true, at least
not entirely—the frontier might have
receded, but thanks to sheer
inaccessibility and the vision of people
like Lindbergh, there are still vast
stretches of the peninsula untouched by
modernity—deserts, mountains and
islands where you can find yourself
severely alone for weeks on end.
Graham Mackintosh is the author of Into a Desert
Place, and is the recipient of England's Adventurous
Travel of the Year Award for his solo hike around
Baja's coastline as described in that book. He also
authored Journey With a Baja Burro and Nearer
My Dog to Thee. He is currently working on a book
about his experience on Guardian Angel Island.
Graham enjoys sharing his love of Baja with others
through lectures, slide shows and guiding people
on trips.
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I reveled in the privilege of being on an
uninhabited desert island,
and most days, as far as I knew, I was the
only one there to appreciate it.
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Welcome Letter
Welcome to the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival, where great
film comes to life! We are presenting our most ambitious program:
some 200 films from 20 countries. Crazy, I know. We struggled with
the fact that our 10th anniversary would fall during one of the worst
recessions in recent U.S. history. The natural response would be to cut-
back. Instead, we took a risk and doubled the length of our Festival
to two weeks. Despite the economy, we have more loyal members and
attendees than ever before, assuring us that we are indeed fulfilling
our mission: to connect audiences with the human experience through
the Pan Asian media arts.
We believe filmis a powerful universal language that connects us on a
deep, meaningful level. In times like this, film offers an escape; stories
of hope and inspiration; and a way to gain new perspectives.
That is why we chose to open our Festival with CHILDREN OF
INVENTION (p. 36), which could not be more relevant to our
economic times. A critically-acclaimed Sundance film directed by
emerging filmmaker Tze Chun, CHILDREN OF INVENTION tells the
story of a single mother chasing the American dream while in dire
financial straits. When she disappears, her two young children turn to
ingenuity to survive. Bookending the Festival as our Closing Night Film
is the premiere of IP MAN (p. 37), an epic martial arts tale inspired by
the true story of Bruce Lee’s master, starring Donny Yen.
In between is an enormous selection of films, panels, parties, live
music performances, a comedy night, a gala awards dinner, an art
show, and our first-ever Audience Award!
Sorely missing this year, however, is our beloved friend, George Lin,
who died of cancer during last year’s Festival. He founded the DC
APA Film Festival in 2000, the same year our festival began. In 2003,
he joined the SDAFF as our Program Director and Associate Festival
Director. He championed indie filmmakers, mentored students, and
lived life to the fullest. His handiwork is all over this festival.
In George’s memory, we are heavily promoting Cancer Awareness
through public service announcements, an origami Crane Project,
and closely-themed films (see 100, BE SURE TO SHARE, IN LOVE
WE TRUST). We want everyone to know the importance of getting
screened for cancer, and that a diagnosis of cancer is neither shameful
nor hopeless. Like film, cancer affects all of us in one way or another.
Finally, I want to personally thank my husband, Louis Song; our
chairman Dan Hom and board of directors; our hardworking staff,
members, volunteers; and our generous sponsors, without any of
whom this festival would not be possible.
Life is short, and SDAFF 2009 will whiz by. Let’s make the most of it!
Carpe Diem,
Lee Ann Kim
Founder and Executive Director
About SDAFF 6
Foundation & Fest Staff 7
Message from Mayor 8
Chairman’s Welcome 9
How to Watch Film 9
Board of Directors 10
Ticket Information 13
SDAFF membership 14
Text to Phone Updates 15
How to Festival 16
Star Campaign 17
Festival Schedule 18
Sponsors 22
10 Years of SDAFF 26
Tribute to George Lin 29
Cancer Awareness 30
Special Events 32
Film & Program Guide 33
Special Thanks 120
Print Source 121
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Festival is provided in part by the City of San Diego
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Table of Contents
Letter from the Chairman
Welcome to the 10th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival! As chairman, I am proud to help
the SDAFF celebrate ten wonderful years of films, programs and social awareness. Through the
years, SDAFF has shown hundreds of films to moviegoers across San Diego and has truly fulfilled
its purpose of engaging and connecting audiences to the human experience through cinema.
My passion for movies sparked my initial interest in SDAFF in 2002. Since then, I have come to
the festival every year to enjoy films, festivities, and meet great people. I’m inspired by the many
attendees who share our passion, as well as the amount of hard work and dedication the staff
puts into each and every event. It wasn’t long before I knew that I wanted to do something more
for this organization. Initially, I became involved as a board member and was nominated and
elected chairman in 2007.
It is truly an honor to be working with such a great group of talented individuals, and I hope
that in the next ten years our Foundation’s work will continue to touch audiences as it has me.
A special thanks to the 2009 Board of Directors for their continued support, volunteerism and leadership. I personally wish
incoming chairman Stephen Chin a successful 2010, and I also want to recognize my dear friend and executive director Lee Ann
Kim, who has grown this festival since its inception. We all embrace the SDAFF for providing our community with a true cultural
Enjoy the show!
Dan Hom
San Diego Asian Film Foundation
Our friends at the San Diego Film Critics Society believe anyone can watch films with a critical eye. This allows you to
exercise analytical parts of the brain that often go unused, and acquire skills that can carry over into other parts of your life.
Here are some tips:
• If you liked or didn’t like a movie, figure out why. It’s crucial to understand your own aesthetic and to be able to
express why some films or filmmakers appeal to you and others leave you cold.
• Pay close attention to what goes into making the story. Does the dialogue seem honest and believable, and do the
actors carry it off? Is the plot solid, or does it have as many holes as a piece of Swiss cheese?
• Do you think the director had a cohesive vision for the entire movie, and if so, can you express what you think it was?
• Do you feel like the movie is photographed well? Does the cinematography enhance or distract from the story itself?
What about the costumes or the sets?
• Try a movie you think you might not like. Catch a horror film, sample a romantic comedy, don’t be afraid of subtitles,
and watch something that has no movie stars in it. A good critic has to be open to everything.
The San Diego Film Critics Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing diverse critical opinion about movies,
advancing film education and awareness, and recognizing excellence in cinema.
How to Critically Watch Film
Co-presented by:
San Diego Chinese Women’s Association
Asian American Repertory Theatre
San Diego City College - World Cultures Program
UCSD ArtPower!
In this gripping examination of immigrant pursuit of
the American Dream, Cindy (Elaine Cheung) is a single
mother. To support her children, precocious Raymond
(Michael Chen) and sister Tina (Crystal Chiu), Elaine
bounces from one sales job to another to make ends
meet in a harsh, unforgiving economy. When her family
is finally evicted from their suburban Boston home and
forced to seek refuge in an unfinished apartment building,
Elaine’s desperation leads her to become involved in a
Ponzi scheme victimizing other immigrants. The scheme
eventually falls apart and Elaine becomes separated from
what she cares about most, her children. Left alone,
Raymond and Tina are forced to fend for themselves,
showing great resilience in their battle for survival.
Substantial and very compelling, this film emphatically
establishes first-time feature director Tze Chun on the
forefront of American independent film. Marvelously
shot, edited, and written, CHILDREN OF INVENTION
boasts wonderfully natural performances from its cast,
especially Chen and Chiu, who demonstrate subtlety
rarely seen from child actors. Attacking timely issues
such as the exploitation of immigrants, child neglect, the
current global economic meltdown, and get-rich-quick
Ponzi schemes, CHILDREN OF INVENTION boldly breaks
new ground in Asian American cinema. Exploration of
these issues is deftly balanced with the levity provided by
truly delicate moments of humor, yielding a remarkably
entertaining film with universal appeal to all audiences.
CHILDREN OF INVENTION made its world premiere
at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and won Grand
Jury Prizes for Best Narrative Feature at the Newport
International Film Festival and the Los Angeles Asian
Pacific Film Festival. — Gene Huh
Director Tze Chun will be in attendance.
THU OCT 15, 7:00PM
USA | English
86 minutes | Video | 2009
PRODUCERS: Mynette Louie, Trevor Sagan
CAST: Cindy Cheung, Michael Chen, Crystal Chiu
THU OCT 29, 7:00PM
Hong Kong, China
Mandarin and Japanese with English subtitles
105 minutes | 35mm | 2009
DIRECTOR: Wilson Yip
WRITER: Edmond Wong, based on an
original screenplay by Chan Tai-lee.
PRODUCER: Raymond Wong
CAST: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Xiong Dazhi, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi,
Calvin Cheng, Fan Siu-wong, Lam Ka-tung, Yu Xing
This film contains violence
West Coast premiere
IP MAN is the first film based on real-life martial artist Ip Man, best
known as the teacher of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. In 1930’s
Foshan, martial arts academies thrive and compete. Dignified
Wing Chun expert Ip Man (Donnie Yen), while renowned as the top
martial artist, chooses to keep a low profile, training with friends and
engaging only in closed-door challenges. Independently wealthy, he
does not need an academy for financial purposes and his loving wife
(Lynn Hung) forces him to balance his training with family life.
Ip Man’s way of life is changed forever by the Japanese occupation of
1937. Stripped of his wealth, he must take a job working in a coal mine
to support his family, especially his now very-ill wife. When General
Miura (Hiroyuki Ikeuchi), demands that Ip Man teach Wing Chun to
the Japanese Army, Ip Man vehemently refuses and instead stands and
fights for both his life and the dignity of the Chinese people.
IP MAN is the fourth film collaboration between director Wilson Yip
and lead actor Yen, a team best known for the 2005 smash hit Sha Po
Lang (SPL). The film reunites the duo with SPL alumni co-star Simon
Yam (Election) and the legendary Sammo Hung, who choreographed
the fight scenes. Ip Chun , the real Ip Man’s eldest son, served as
technical consultant. IP MAN contains some of the most explosively
spectacular fight scenes of any recent action film, depending upon
choreography and real stunt work instead of camera and editing
tricks. Director Yip has truly crafted the finest Asian martial arts film in
years by blending a throwback storyline with top cinematography and
the aforementioned fight choreography. However, it is an unusually
understated and dignified performance by the charismatic Yen and
the film’s historical context that raise IP MAN to martial arts epic
status. IP MAN won the award for Best Picture at the 28th Annual
Hong Kong Film Awards. — Gene Huh
Co-presented by:
Immortal Fitnes Martial Arts
U.S. Karate Academy
Philippines | Tagalog with English subtitles
116 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTOR: Chris Martinez WRITER: Chris Martinez
PRODUCERS: Chris Martinez, Marlon Rivera
CAST: Mylene Dizon, Eugene Domingo, Tessie Tomas
SAT OCT 17, 2:15PM
THU OCT 29, 7:15PM
This film contains mature content
Co-presented by:
Miramar College Diversity/International Education Committee
Kamalayan Alliance - CSU San Marcos
UCSD Kaibigang Pilipino
USD Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO)
Kuya Ate Mentorship Program
At thirty-something, Joyce De Leon, has done very well for herself as
a well-paid executive at a high tech firm in the Philippines. Despite
success at work, her personal life has taken a turn for the worse. Not
only is the man of her dreams married with a baby on the way, but a
visit to the doctor reveals shocking news – she has inoperable breast
cancer. With six months to live, Joyce (played by Mylene Dizon) keeps her
cancer a secret from everyone and quits her job to put her life in order.
With the end of her life looming, Joyce writes a list of things she wants
to do before she dies on one hundred Post-It notes displayed on her
bedroom wall. From buying a coffin, indulging in the most decadent
meals, traveling, and reconnecting with a former boyfriend, Joyce
begins taking down the Post-Its one-by-one. At first, her list of tasks —
mostly closures and practical undertakings — are easily accomplished.
However, as the Post-It notes are whittled down to a final few, Joyce
continues to procrastinate about sharing news of her terminal cancer
with her mother, who has already lost her husband to the disease.
Winner of the Audience Award at the 2008 Pusan International Film
Festival, 100 is the directorial debut of screenwriter Chris Martinez,
whose film examines the betrayal of the body, celebrates the senses and
contemplates the end of life and how to live it.
Director Chris Martinez scheduled to attend Oct 17 screening.
Screening Sponsors:
9500 Liberty
USA | English
73 min. | Video | 2008
DIRECTORS: Eric Byler, Annabel Park
PRODUCERS: Eric Byler, Annabel Park, Chris Rigapulos
TUE. OCT 27, 7:00PM (FREE)*
WED. OCT 28, 4:00PM (FREE)
Co-presented by:
Anti-Defamation League
UCSD Cross Cultural Center
USD Trans-Border Institute
Bayside Community Center
Border Angels
MAAC Project
West Coast premiere
From its confrontational opening scene of a man furious that he had
heard Spanish at the local hardware store, 9500 LIBERTY sets the stage
of a complex, politically charged drama unfolding in real life.
In the center of the stormis one of the richest and most diverse counties
in the nation — Prince WilliamCounty, Virginia — which became ground
zero in America’s explosive battle over immigration policy in July of 2007.
This is when elected officials adopted a law empowering police officers
to question anyone they suspected to be an undocumented immigrant.
Opponents cried foul, saying the law legalizes racial profiling while
supporters hoped it would be the catalyst to send “illegals” back home.
Clashes consumed this community, and caught in the crossfire were
filmmakers Eric Byler and Annabel Park who captured hours of raw
debate. They turnedthis footage intoa series of videos onYoutube as part
of an interactive documentary, which eventually gained the attention of
the The Washington Post, and the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
9500 LIBERTY reveals the devastating social and economic impact of
the “Immigration Resolution,” felt in the lives of real people in homes
and in local businesses. But the ferocious fight to adopt and then reverse
this policy unfolds inside government chambers, on the streets, and
on the Internet. 9500 LIBERTY provides a front row seat to all three
Directors Eric Byler and Annabel Park are scheduled to attend.
Free screenings made possible by Target. Debbi Spungen
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San Diego After School Consortium 2008–09 Annual Report | 7
Hip Hop
Basketball Tournament
Castle Park Middle School
Sweetwater Union High School District
Golf Club
Pauma Elementary
Valley Center– Pauma School District
The Annual Hip Hop Basketball Tournament is a 5 on 5 invitational
tournament hosted by the Castle Park Middle School, Sweetwater
Union High School District, and “KRASE” after school program. It was
designed to celebrate March Madness while actively promoting closer ties
to the neighboring after school programs and partner agencies. Over 500
students, parents, school administrators and after school educators from
Chula Vista Middle, Hilltop Middle, Southwest Middle, National Middle,
Granger Junior High, Mar Vista Middle and San Ysidro Middle School
attend every year. In addition to cheering on the basketball teams, spectators
and participants enjoy an afternoon of live music, free lunch from Casa del
Taco, teambuilding games, prizes, and a trophy ceremony.
The Castle Park “KRASE” after school program serves approximately 66 students
daily in their before school program and 196 students daily in their after school
The United States Golf Association granted Pauma Elementary funds to build a driving range, chipping area and
a putting green on their school campus. Students in the Pauma After School Golf Club receive free weekly golf
lessons with a certified golf professional. Local golf companies and individual golf enthusiasts have donated
golf clubs, balls, and other equipment for the students. Throughout the year, the Golf Club partners with
the multiple golf courses so students can take field trips to the course and learn more about golf etiquette,
appropriate attire, respect for the course and even dining etiquette in an actual golf club setting. This one
of a kind golf program helps students build new skills and enjoy new experiences while interacting with the
Pauma community.
Pauma K-8 after school program serves 82 students daily.


Riverview and Lindo Park Elementary Schools:
Building Character, Peace, and Community
Through After School Programs
Olive Peirce Middle School:
Strength Through Partnership
The after school programs at Lakeside Union School District’s Riverview and Lindo Park Elementary Schools are
benefiting more than just the students participating in the programs; they are benefiting the community.
Carmen Holt and Val Morris, the Directors of Extended Student Services at Riverview and Lindo Park Elementary
Schools (respectively) know that building character, peace and community does not begin or end with the school day,
but it is a common thread between the core day and after school. The afterschool programs extend the character building
principles that guide the regular school day policy by modeling and reinforcing positive character traits and creating a safe,
bully-free environment. Students have the opportunity to gain a broader community and global perspective by giving back to
the community.
Students at Lindo Park Elementary School have collected old cell phones to donate to Operation Gratitude, which sends care
packages to U.S. troops deployed oversees and gathered gifts for Toys for Tots. Lindo Park after school students have honed
their creative skills by making blankets, scarves, and hats for the Ronald McDonald House and Polinsky Center. Students at
Riverview Elementary strive to build peace and make their community better by participating in Pennies for Peace, conducting
a monthly food drive to help the Lakeside Help Center, contributing to the Meals on the Move program, and sewing dolls for
children at the Children’s Hospital. By reaching beyond themselves, students build character, foster a peaceful environment,
learn about community issues, and realize that they have the power to make a difference in both their lives and the lives of
Students at Lindo Park Elementary in the Lakeside Union School District express themselves while giving back to the
community. Students made hats, scarves and blankets to be distributed at the Ronald McDonald House and
Polinsky Center.
Olive Peirce Middle School in the Ramona Unified School District prepares students to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.
The regular school day staff partners with the after school program staff to ensure that there is a seamless alignment between
the regular day and after school program. The staff ’s dedication to improving students’ academics is demonstrated in the
program’s academic component. Staff regularly check students’ grades online, work with teachers to obtain assignments,
and use the Odyssey computer program. Students who are earning a 2.0 or lower are supported by staff and their families
by developing contracts with students’ parents and providing access to a teacher and instructional aides.
The enrichment activities the after school program offers include an extensive variety of organized sports, theater,
arts and crafts, and cooking. They create an incentive for students to increase their academic achievement, daily
attendance and participation in the after school program.
A student receives academic assistance during the after school program at Ramona Unified School District’s Olive
Peirce Middle School.
San Diego After School Consortium 2008–09 Annual Report | 9


San Diego After School Consortium 2008–09 Annual Report | 10
• Staff Development
• Behavioral Management
• Youth Development
• Prevention & Awareness
• Community Partnerships
• Campus Safety
• Student Recruitment & Retention
• Program Structure & Coordination
• Academic Assistance
• Recreational Activities
• Service Learning Projects
• Communication with Parents & Schools

Touching Minds, Shaping Futures Conference
Collaboration with San Diego County Office of Education’s
Learning Resources and Educational Technology Division
Coordinated by The Children’s Initiative, Touching Minds, Shaping Futures (TMSF) is a free, biannual professional
development conference for after school line staff and site supervisors. An array of workshops in the areas of program
development, academic support, behavioral management, enrichment activities, violence prevention & awareness, youth
development and alignment to the state standard are offered. It is a unique day of learning designed to improve the quality
of after school programs throughout San Diego County. Aside from having a enjoyable learning day, networking and
team building, attendees receive materials, strategies and information that can be taken back to their after school sites and
implemented immediately to better serve San Diego’s youth. TMSF is a collaborative effort hosted by The Children’s Initiative so
that after-school professionals can come together to discuss and share ideas and best practices and receive knowledge and tools that
improve programquality.
In the Fall 2008, The Children’s Initiative organized TMSF XVIII, “Going The Xtra Yard for After School Programming” and in
the Spring 2009, TMSF XIX, “Cardio Carnaval”. Together more than 900 line staff, site coordinators and middle management staff
working in K-12th grade programs were in attendance. With overwhelming positive feedback and the number of participants who are
willing to get up early and spend half their Saturday with us, we believe TMSF is and will continue to be one of the most rewarding,
positive and comprehensive after school conferences offered in San Diego.
Left: TMSF XIX: Cardio Carnaval; Top: TMSF XVIII – Going The Xtra Yard for After School Programming
After school programs are the perfect forum to extend the instruction of the core day through academic enrichment opportunities that engage students academically, socially,
and emotionally. After school programs can be a powerful vehicle to spark students’ enthusiasmfor learning, provide alternate opportunities to be successful, address various
learning styles, and reinforce interdisciplinary core areas. RTAC partnered with SDCOE Learning Resources and Educational Technology Division to offer professional
development opportunities and academic enrichment resources to after school programprofessionals. Trainings included visual and performing arts, wellness and physical
activity, mathematics, and English Language Learners support. 268 after school programprofessionals participated in these trainings, expanding the ability for after school
programproviders to extend learning fromthe regular day into after school programs and increase academic achievement.
Technical assistance is provided to after school programs including site visitations and program assessments, strategic program planning andneeds-specific workshops,
state standard-aligned activities and curriculum and perception survey reporting for ongoing program development to better equip students for the 21st century.
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San Diego, CA 92109
Corporate and Business Partnerships
San Diego County Board of Supervisors
San Diego National Bank
Office of Ron Roberts
Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Lowe’s Foundation
Birch Aquariumat Scripps Education
San Diego Padres
Piano Exchange
Guitar Center
San Diego County Ballet
California Ballet
U.S.S. Midway Aircraft Carrier
J Company Theater
Starbucks Corporation Community
Outreach Program
Stafford Memorial Trust
The Fish Market
San Diego Academy Ballet
Einstein’s Bagels
Educational Partnerships
California Department of Education
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
UC Berkeley Lawrence Hall of Science
San Diego State University
Student responses to “What is the best thing about the after school program? ”
Academic games › Art and golf › Arts and Crafts › Ballet folklorico
Baseball › Basketball › Being with friends, finishing homework there so
you do not have any when you get home › Being able to do homework
and getting help › Being able to talk to the support staff if we have a
problem, having a safe feeling, getting snacks, being able to talk to your
friends › Board games,arts and crafts,soccer,and free play › Board game
challenges › Book club › Capture the flag › Cheerleading and clubs
Chess and my friends › Computer classes › Computer lab, homework
club, tutoring › Conversation, talking to people › Cooking class,sticker art
and camera but I would prefer if they would give more choices › Cool
programs such as fencing, cross country, math challenge, and soccer
Coolest staff and friends › Dance › Dodgeball › Feeling safe and the
awesome staff › Film club on mondays and wednesdays › Food. Games.
Merriment. (Oh, yeah...& studying...I guess.) › Free play and activities
outside › Game time and the snacks › Going outside and playing
basketball and tether ball › Going outside and playing on the computer
Hanging around with friends › It's fun because we can play outside and
play poison ball, kid crusher, pickle and play board games › Learning
more new things like English because it has been hard for me to learn
more English than I know › Mad Science And Dance Dance Revolution ›
Music club and media club › Quiet Study › Reading time › Seeing my best
friends › Snack and Arts & Crafts › Sports and free time, also snacks
Talent show and dare dance and culture shock › that it is a time that you
get to get all of your work done in an hour and get fantacitc help › That
you get to do your homework before you get home. And you get to play
out in the field and do arts and crafts › the best thing in the after school
program is freeplay › Watch movies, play sports › We get our own
choice/options › We get to do a big talent show in front of our parents.
(Actual quotes taken from2008–09 Student Perception Survey)
San Diego County’s
Juvenile Disproportionate
Minority Contact (DMC):
Reduction Plan
December 2008

To potentially reduce the number of youth overall, and Black and Hispanic
youth in particular, who are committed to institutions, it is important
to increase the success of youth on probation. Adhering to a standard
probation officer/client ratio is recommended to ensure the level of
supervision is commiserate to the identified issues and needs of the youth.
(e.g., risk level, special treatment needs, and geographic location).
Action Steps to Identify Strategies to
Adhere to Recommended Probation
Caseload Ratio Standards:
• Identify national recommended risk based caseload ratios
• Examine current caseload ratios in San Diego
• Use validated San Diego Regional Resiliency Checkup (SDRRC)
categories to assist in the realignment of cases to move
toward nationally recommended caseload ratio standards
• Recommend policy direction concerning caseload ratio
dhere to
Probation Caseload
Ratio Standards

Action Steps to Explore Appropriate
Alternatives to Detention:
• Assess what is currently being used in San Diego County
• Identify national best practices and promising
approaches in alternatives to detention
• Examine each best practice for different
levels of risk and resiliency factors
• Identify gaps in service, i.e. geographic, gender, etc.
• Recommend policy, new programs, program expansions
and changes to JJCC, Task Force, County Probation, etc.
Safe and feasible alternatives to detention, such as home
supervision and community-based residential programs, should be
utilized to ensure the most appropriate placement for youth.
A study in
found that
to White
were 2.8
times more
likely to be
for violent
crimes, 6.2
times more
likely to
be tried in
adult court,
and 7.9
times more
likely to be
sentenced to
prison once
they get to
adult court.
(Center on Juvenile and
Criminal Justice, Building
Blocks for Youth, 2000)
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