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Sun-Kissed Meals
Valérie Dufort-Roy

EDITORIAL: Train Tunnel Traction

Watermark Muckup
Bud Emerson

Crest Canyon Opens Path
Photos Julie Maxey-Allison

Roving Teen Reporter
Opening Schools?

Neha Pubbi

Two Tunnel or Not Two Tunnel
Don Mosier

Crumbling Cliffs (OMG) Photos: Julie Maxey-Allison,
Drawings: Karla Leonard

Best Vaccines Ever
Don Mosier, MD, PhD

Anti-Racism Begins At Home
Marissa Matusiak

Papa Carlo
Lauren Grove

Escargot GO GO
Virginia Lawrence

Electric Switch
Don Mosier, Clean Energy Alliance Community Advisory Committee Vice-Chair

Dancing in the Dark
Julie Maxey-Allison

Hanging Out - Photos:
Tyler Grant
Mark Rathsam

Bees at Beeside
Julie Maxey-Allison

DMF MAY 2021
Supporting Our Lifeguards

Ashley Simpkins, Program Director

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Sun-Kissed Meals
Valérie Dufort-Roy
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Solar cooking evokes the image of roughing it out when camping in the remote wilderness. There is so much more to it! Solar cooking is a great alternative to conventional cooking, because of its zero fossil-fuel footprint. It involves heating, baking, cooking, and sautéing food using the sun’s energy, while not generating smoke like a camp fire!
How much does it cost? Interestingly, a solar cooker can be made with materials found at home: a cardboard box, foil, saran wrap, tape, and dark construction paper. It is a fun summer family project to explore how high the heat can reach in a homemade oven. The latest technology in solar cooking can reach 550°F, and there is a myriad of options for every budget between $70 and $400.
The common types of solar cookers are listed below:
- A box oven solar cooker is the most known type of cooker. It is an insulated dark box covered by clear glass, surrounded with aluminum panels reflecting the sunlight and directing it inside the box (see attached photo of my cook
er, which lives on a patio year round).


May Print Issue
EDITORIAL: Train Tunnel Traction

Our long struggle to resolve the perilous balance of the train tracks and the eroding beach front bluffs is coming close to a breaking point. For decades leaders have avoided seriously addressing this very dangerous public safety problem involving a mix of pedestrian and rider risk, science and technology, freight use, military use, multiple agency interests, funding shortages, and alternate but problematic routing options. Throwing millions of dollars at temporary fixes on the bluffs is a poor substitute for a serious long term solution.
Unfortunately, governmental leadership is too often assessed on short term accomplishments. The rewards of our political systems are structured mostly for short term performance. Responsive leaders tune in to today’s constituent needs and grievances to get rewarded with voter approval. Our systems provide little constituent reward for long term performance by our leaders. Accomplishing goals that benefit future generations may not be appreciated by voters of this generation.


May Print Issue
Dancing in the Dark
Julie Maxey-Allison
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Though a lot of fish swim in our sea, we have one very local species found only along the southern California coast: the grunion. Often thought, as is the green flash, to be a myth, both the green flash and the grunion (Leuresthes tenuis) are very real and so are grunion runs.

The runs happen by the light of the silvery full or new moon, at the peak of the high tide toward the middle of the night. California’s resident grunions, alerted, possibly, by the change in pressure of rising tide following the full and new moons, swim to shore on incoming waves to dance their special mating dance. It is quite a sight.The females “stand” up right on their tails and all 5-6” of them twirl their way down into the wet sand to lay their eggs. The males then wrap around her and fertilize the eggs. Off they go jumping onto the next wave back into the ocean where they live their fairly ordinary lives in nearshore waters. Wave after wave can bring in hundreds even thousands of grunions. Really.


May Print Issue
DMF: Supporting Our Lifeguards
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