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Members of San Diego-based running and social organization, the November Project, start out their ‘Tour de Cove’ honoring veterans. / NOVEMBER PROJECT SD
Members of San Diego-based running and social organization, the November Project, start out their ‘Tour de Cove’ honoring veterans. / NOVEMBER PROJECT SD
La Jolla restaurateur charged with sexual assault gets trial date for next May

A judge set a trial date of May 14, 2019, for Daniel Dorado, who is charged with sexually assaulting eight women, some of whom were attacked in his now-closed La Jolla restaurant.

Dorado, 60, appeared Nov. 7 before San Diego Superior Court Judge Esteban Hernandez and also replaced a public defender with a retained attorney from Orange County.

Dorado posted $900,000 bond in September and Deputy District Attorney Jessica Coto asked the judge to order that Dorado not drink alcohol as a condition of bond. Hernandez granted that request.

Most of the women who testified in the June preliminary hearing said they thought they were drugged with something Dorado put in their wine, champagne, or other alcoholic drinks.

The women, who varied in age from 22 to 57 at the time, testified they felt completely intoxicated and blacked out. Most of them said they threw up and felt very embarrassed.

Most of them did not report the incidents immediately, and authorities could not find any type of drug or chemical that Dorado could use to put in drinks.

Dorado has pleaded not guilty to all 27 counts of forcible rape, rape and oral copulation of an intoxicated or unconscious person, digital penetration, sexual battery, and assault with intent to commit rape.

Some of the alleged incidents occurred in 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, and January of this year, according to testimony. Several said they were at the restaurant for job interviews and were assaulted in the restaurant after everyone had left.

He was arrested March 28. The restaurant, Voce Del Mare, is located at 5721 La Jolla Blvd. in the Bird Rock area. It closed while he was in jail.

Dorado denies all the charges. He has waived his right to have a speedy trial.

- Neal Putnam

Fay Ave. bike path cleanup

The annual Fay Avenue Extension Bike Path cleanup got underway the weekend of Nov. 3-4.

The effort was jumpstarted with an initial donation from La Jolla Kiwanis, some local residents and two 40-yard EDCO roll-off dumpsters.

Some 50 volunteers organized by La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc. raked, swept, pruned and hauled. The dumpsters were filled to capacity with dead and encroaching plants and shrubs lying on or near the bike path.

Volunteers created safer and cleaner passage for the many bikers and pedestrians who appreciate the natural beauty of the designated open space.

La Jolla Parks and Beaches will continue their effort to raise funds to support future cleanups.

The drought-like conditions make portions of the bike path and the surrounding open space vulnerable to fire, so future cleanups are key.

Donations can be directed to: La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc. 501c (3) TAX ID #45-3281923P.O. Box 185, La Jolla, CA., 92038

- Dave Schwab

La Jollan David Spiewak raises $4,300 in honor of his father

In honor of his father Michael Spiewak’s 11-year anniversary of passing from Leukemia, David Spiewak, an affiliate agent with the La Jolla office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, raised $4,300 for the San Diego Chapter of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through his Michael Spiewak Strikeout Leukemia Bowling Fundraiser event at East Tavern and Bowl. 

“I started doing this to honor my father, and over the years have realized how many lives this event touches. So many people from our office come out and participate in this fundraiser, which means so much to me,” said Spiewak.

“I miss my dad every day, but it warms my heart feeling all the love and support of my friends, family and community. Every dollar counts and gets us closer to helping those who are touched by Leukemia and Lymphoma. His legacy lives on.”

Spiewak has been working with the Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation for the last nine years and has helped raise $90,000 for the organization. For the past eight years, Spiewak has held the Michael Spiewak Strikeout Leukemia Fundraiser at East Tavern and Bowl in honor of his late father, Michael Spiewak. The proceeds from the event benefit the San Diego chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The fundraising event showcased live music and included free food, unlimited bowling for participants and lots of giveaways. 

Berkeley neuroscientist at D.G. Wills Books

U.C. Berkeley neuroscientist Prof. David E. Presti will discuss his new book “Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal” on Saturday at 7 p.m., Dec. 1 at D.G.Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave.

Among the most profound questions we confront are the nature of what and who we are as conscious beings, and how the human mind relates to the rest of what we consider reality.

For millennia, philosophers, scientists, and religious thinkers have attempted answers, perhaps none more meaningful today than those offered by neuroscience and by Buddhism.

The encounter between these two worldviews has spurred ongoing conversations about what science and Buddhism can teach each other about mind and reality.

In “Mind Beyond Brain,” neuroscientist David E. Presti, with the assistance of other distinguished researchers, explores how evidence for anomalous phenomena—such as near-death experiences, apparent memories of past lives, apparitions, experiences associated with death, and other so-called psi or paranormal phenomena, including telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition—can influence the Buddhism-science conversation.

Presti describes the extensive but frequently unacknowledged history of scientific investigation into these phenomena, demonstrating its relevance to questions about consciousness and reality.

The new perspectives opened up if we are willing to take evidence of such often off-limits topics seriously, offer significant challenges to dominant explanatory paradigms and raise the prospect that we may be poised for truly revolutionary developments in the scientific investigation of mind. 

“Mind Beyond Brain” represents the next level in the science and Buddhism dialogue.

David E. Presti is a professor of neurobiology, psychology, and cognitive science at the University of California, Berkeley; and also teaches neuroscience to Buddhist monks and nuns in India and Bhutan.

He has doctorates in molecular biology and biophysics from Caltech, and in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon.

He is also the author of “Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey (2016).”

For more information, call 858-456-1800, or visit 
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