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    • 19-Feb-2023
    • 7:15 AM
    • Mount Woodson Trail (Potato Chip Rock)


    AIAP February Hiking  


    Mount Woodson Trail (Potato Chip Rock)

    This is a moderate to hard hike with trail passing through very steep and narrow in some places. The trail is well marked and maintained most of the way. The views from the peak are amazing and worth the effort. This hike is about 7.0 miles round trip and takes about 4.0 to 4.5 hours. Please bring plenty of water, your snack and wear comfortable hiking shoes. For any questions regarding this hike please contact us at

    Date:  Sunday February 19th, 2023

    Time: We will meet the hikers at 7:15 AM and hit the trail at 7:30 AM 

    Place to Meet: Lake Poway Parking Lot

    14644 Lake Poway Road
    Poway, CA 92064 

    Please note that non-Poway residents must pay a $10 parking fee to park at Lake Poway. So try to carpool or use outside parking. (Information from he official website.)

    Direction: Take I-15 to Rancho Bernardo Rd exit. Take Rancho Bernardo Rd east for about 3 miles. Go left on Lake Poway Rd (you will see sign for Lake Poway).

    Note: AIAP does not assume any responsibility for the safety and security of hikers, and shall not be held liable for any accident, injury, loss of property or damages as a result of joining the hiking event set up by AIAP. All hikers join the hiking events at their free will and assume all the accidental dangers of a hiking event, and shall not hold AIAP liable for any bodily, financial, or property damages.

    • 22-Feb-2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Sufi Restaurant - San Diego

    Date: February 22nd, 2023

    Event Time: 6:00 - 9:00 pm, Timeline as below:

    **6:00 - 6:45 pm / Social gathering.

    **6:45 pm / First Presentation by congressman, Scott Peters 

    **7:45 pm /Break

    **8:00 pm / Second Presentation: Dr. Bijan Zayer

    Third Presentation: Mr. Hedi Jafari

    Location: Sufi Mediterranean Restaurant - 5915 Balboa Ave, SD, CA 92111

    About the speakers:

    First Speaker:

    “2023: Challenges and Opportunities for Congress”

    The United States and the World are in a very sensitive state.  Both at home and abroad, the federal government is dealing with multiple crises while also combatting the rise of partisanship and extremism.  Come hear Representative Peters discuss his current priorities in Congress, successes from this past year such as historic investments in infrastructure, combatting climate change, and reducing the costs of prescription drugs, as well as ongoing challenges such as the war in Europe, increasing tensions with China, and the nationwide protests in Iran. 

    Congressman Scott Peters serves California’s 50th Congressional district, which includes the cities of Coronado, San Marcos, coastal San Diego, and southern Escondido, along with Rancho Santa Fe and other central unincorporated areas. First elected in 2012, he currently serves on the House Budget Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Joint Economic Committee, as well as the Small Business Committee.

    Scott Peters is a civic leader who has made improving the quality of life in San Diego his life’s work. As a Member of Congress, Scott’s emphasis has been advancing practical and critical climate policies, promoting, and expanding San Diego’s innovation ecosystem, advocating for San Diego’s pivotal role as a partner in the national defense, and making government work again. Ranked the 4th most independent Democrat in Congress by the National Journal, Scott Peters understands that business problems have bipartisan solutions, and is never afraid to work across party lines to build consensus and get things done. 

    Lecture Language: English

    Second speaker: Dr. Bijan Zayer:

    • Inflation or Disinflation
    • Recessionary clouds are forming
    • Interest rates and their impact on Real Estate. The inverse relationship between RE investment and mortgage rates.
    • Population declinianjBe poses long-term problems
    • San Diego County comeback fueled by leisure and hospitality
    • Job growth or job loss
    • Innovation and San Diego's business environment
    • Cost of living, do you know the percentage of grocery price change from 2021-2023?
    • Savings & Investment outlook

    Dr. Bijan Zayer is Internationally-known professor, businessman, executive coach, consultant, and author who specializes in implementation of High-Performance Management organizational / individual excellence, and effective executive leadership. 

    Distinguished Professor of Management & Leadership at USD/Keller Graduate School of Management & Leadership. 

    Adjunct Professor of Management & Leadership at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and DeVry University / Keller Graduate School of Management. Previously Chairman of the Landegg International University, Switzerland and adjunct faculty of Chapman University. 

    Author of three books, 42 research articles, contributing editor to numerous professional journals and magazines. Latest book published “Lead With Integrity, Seven Steps to Self- Respect and Happiness”

    Financial Manager responsible for administration of major revenue and tax programs; enhanced revenue, recommended changes to current laws and regulations for the City of San Diego. 

    Consultant relationship include, among others, Royal Dutch Shell Corporation; Home Federal Savings: Heineken Beer; Kelco, a Division of Merk and Co.; Fokker Aircraft; IBM; Solar Turbine; Bank of America; Ralston; IVAC, Division of Eli Lilly; Dora Pharmaceutical; General Dynamics; Megatek, Division of United Telecom; Great American Saving; Armorlite. 

    Entrepreneur in laboratory instrument manufacturing, real estate development and private school business. Member of several Board of Directors including major multinational firms. 

    International activities include lecturing in Holland, England, Denmark, Brazil, France, Switzerland, Spain, Iran and Russia, Japan. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore. 

    Third Speaker: Mr. Hedi Jafari, MBA, MS, EA

    • Title: New tax forms and their impacts on your 2022 tax returns
    • Starting a new business; which entity is better for you? 
    • The difference between LLC, C Corporation and S Corporation 1031 Exchange Social Security Taxation, When should we start our Social Security?

    Mr. Hedi Jafari,

    MSc. in Economy: Uppsala University-Sweden

    BA: Business Administration: U. of Iowa 

    Financial Manager and Budget Analyst at UCSD, 1995-2020 

    Enrolled Agent, Licensed to practice before IRS, with 23 years of tax planning & preparation experiences for individuals and corporations.


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