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The Edgy Interview: Poway Unified School District Trustee TJ Zane

TJ Zane is one of those guys who has accomplished a lot in a relatively short amount of time. Looking backwards, he’s currently serving his second term on the Poway Unified School District Board. As you’ll read, it’s a position that TJ is passionate about and he’s been very active while on the Board. Before that, he served as the president of the highly influential Lincoln Club, getting the Club involved in many winning efforts during his tenure. He also launched an innovative Club project to better understand the electoral motivations of independent voters and the factors that are vote determinative for them. Prior to that TJ led the campaign to retain Mt. Soledad as a war memorial overlooking La Jolla.

He’s done a lot more stuff, so check out this interview.
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George demonstrates his bunting technique.
In Memorium: George Mitrovich passed away on July 24, 2019, five days shy of his 83rd birthday. George was an urbane presence in his hometown of San Diego, as well as Denver and Boston, which he adopted. But his real home may have been the baseball diamond. He and CERC President John Nienstedt were teammates on the Marston Mets for two seasons. One of the highlights was watching George leg out a single and later making a deft play at 2nd base during the final game of the 2015 season.

A memorial service is set for Saturday August 24, at 10 am, at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley.

Competitive Edge Strengthens Its Relationship with AAPOR

CERC Research Analyst Jenny Holland, PhD, and CERC President John Nienstedt with Pew Research Center Senior Survey Advisor Scott Keeter, PhD. Dr. Keeter served as the discussant on our AAPOR panel.
CERC President John Nienstedt and Research Analyst Jenny Holland, PhD presented their paper "Democracy Derailed? How Ballot Measure Wording Affected California's Proposition 6" at the American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference in Toronto this last May. This was the third paper CERC has delivered at an annual AAPOR conference. CERC presents at these conferences because we are committed to scientifically accurate public opinion research.
Dr. Scott Keeter, currently the Senior Survey Advisor at Pew Research Center, led the panel. Keeter is a giant in the survey research field and it was an honor to have him review and critique our paper.
We’re also proud to help move the industry toward the adoption of more defensible ethical practices. That's why John Nienstedt played an active part in helping AAPOR update its code of ethics.
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It's a Homer: CERC Sends El Paso Employee to AAA All Star Game

CERC is always happy to share our wins with our excellent employees. That's why we were proud to have awarded interviewer Diane Miller a pair of tickets to the Home Run Derby which was held before the 32nd edition of the Triple-A All-Star Game at El Paso’s Southwest University. Diane is a new employee who has been with us since May.
The "game" is actually a 3-day baseball extravaganza in which the best players of Triple-A baseball convene for Minor League Baseball’s premier event. The Derby was won by Yasmany Tomas of the Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate).
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CERC Welcomes Joy Baber as Our Summer Research Intern

Joy Baber, CERC Intern
CERC is proud to welcome Joy Baber to our ranks this summer as our Research Intern. Joy attends the University of California Davis, and is happy to be back home in San Diego for stats and summer sun! Among other things, Joy will be working on our research project on behalf of the Midway Museum.

San Diego’s Business Forecast: County’s Business Outlook For Summer - Sunny!

June's San Diego County Business Forecast sponsored by CalPrivate Bank showed business confidence continuing to shine with a solidly positive 19.1 on the Business Outlook Index. Zero indicates a neutral outlook. The mark was on par with the previous month's optimism, as expectations about hiring, business revenue, hours offered to workers and industry conditions held steady. The survey also examined the emerging 5G cellular network technology and found that only 12 percent of county businesses are very familiar with it.

For the latest issue of the San Diego Business Forecast, click here.

Brewers Win Another San Diego Adult Baseball League Championship!

Nienstedt (#9) and the team celebrate another championship.
What a great bunch of guys!  For the fourth season in a row, the Brewers won the 45 and up SDABL Championship, beating Berry’s Athletic Supply 12-7 at Southwestern College. John Nienstedt manned the hot corner and gloved the chopper that was the game’s final out to secure the trophy. Says Nienstedt, “the winning’s great, but being able to succeed with such a drama-less crew is the best.”
The team endured the loss of its two main starting pitchers during the season and had to move closer Bob Allen – pitching coach at Pt. Loma High and the only Brewer older than John! – into the starter’s role for the play-offs. He rose to the challenge and was supported by stellar defense and a stout offense that included five homers in the semi-finals. In the championship game, Brewer batters banged out 23 hits and struck out only three times. Now it’s on to the fall season! Can the Brew Crew “win one for the thumb?”
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