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“ripple effect” within the ties established while volunteering, which has informed her perspective ever since.

In an effort to keep the Hillcrest neighborhood informed, the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA) has launched a program called “Clean, Green & Safe,” which focuses around weekly “walkabouts” in five “zones” throughout Hillcrest. Five neighborhood coffee shops were chosen as the meetup locations, setting a starting and ending point that also offers refreshments for participants. The walkabouts, led by an HBA representative, will take residents, property owners and business representatives on a guided walk through a different area every Friday starting at 9:30 a.m. The purpose of the walks is to not only uncover and document trip hazards, graffiti, safety issues, trash build-ups and areas that need pressure washing, but also allow attendees to see the impacts of HBA’s various neighborhood projects first-hand and allow them to provide constructive input. Walkabout zones and meetup locations identified for the various weeks are as follows: Zone 1: Side streets between Front Street to Sixth Avenue and between Robinson Avenue and Washington Street, meet in front of Bread & Cie, 350 University Ave.; Zone 2: Third to Sixth avenues between Robinson and Brookes avenues, meet in front of Crest Café, 425 Robinson Ave.; Zone 3: Sixth Avenue, between Anderson Place and University Avenue, and University and Robinson avenues between Sixth and Ninth avenues, meet in front of Babycakes, 3590 Fifth Ave.; Zone 4: University Avenue from state Highway 163 to Herbert Street, and 10th Avenue, Vermont Street and Richmond Street, as well as Cleveland Street from Vermont to Richmond, meet in front of Lestat’s, 1041 University Ave.; Zone 5: Park Boulevard, between Robinson and Lincoln Street, and University Avenue, from Richmond to Park, as well as Normal Street/Pride Plaza to Harvey Milk Street; meet in front of Industrial Grind

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Carlsbad City Councilmember Cori Schumacher meets with the lifeguards who took part in a recent pilot program at the city’s north beach. (Photo by Maria Cerda)

Schumacher sets even bigger sights on Carlsbad and its people Morgan M. Hurley | Editor It’s been exactly one year since Cori Schumacher was inaugurated as a City Councilmember in Carlsbad; the first Democrat in 50 years and the first LGBT person to ever hold a seat in this largely conservative coastal city. On

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Jan. 7, she announced her plans to run for mayor; and though her decision was partly due to circumstances beyond her control, she has seized the moment and is preparing for what the future holds. While Schumacher has lived in Carlsbad the last 12 years, she spent her entire life on the

shores of North County and most of her childhood in its coastal waters preparing, training, pushing and challenging herself to become the young woman who would go on to win three world championship surfing titles.

see Schumacher, pg 13

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With the new year often also comes new intentions, and in a world defined by uncertainty and political tension, perhaps you have decided to find ways to make the world a better place through volunteering. That is a great goal, but it is sometimes difficult to enact that intention, as you try to navigate the “when, where and what” skill sets you might bring to a volunteer project. To help folks overcome this barrier, Cheli Mohamed established “Volunteer With Cheli,” an initiative to stimulate volunteerism throughout San Diego County. Cheli and I had the opportunity to share a coffee and chat about her efforts, and how they developed from her days as a student at UC San Diego. As a freshman, she joined the “Parent Orientation” program, and saw the impact that was made simply by telling her own story and encouraging the

Cheli Mohamed and volunteer Matt Deutsch stand in front of the logo of her new venture (Facebook) visiting parents to continue engaging with their kids while they were at the university. It was through these initial efforts that Cheli was able to see the potential for a lasting


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City of Oceanside goes public with support of trans service members SDCNN Staff On Jan. 10, the Oceanside City Council unanimously passed a resolution, which was then read aloud in its council chambers, that stated their full support of transgender military personnel serving on active duty in the service and defense of our country. It had unanimous support from Deputy Mayor Lowery and Councilmembers Jerome Kern, Esther Sanchez and Jack Feller, two of which are Republican. This was big news and something that had been a decade in the making. Max Disposti, executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center and overseer of Pride at the Beach, had prepared the resolution for the City Council. He was in attendance for the reading and the City Council’s unanimous show of support. “Because Oceanside prides itself to be a community that supports the thousands of troops stationed here and the many veterans that call San Diego North County home, we thought this resolution could send a message of solidarity and support to all our trans

folks that have been the target of hateful rhetoric in the past few months,” Disposti said, adding that it is the only resolution of its kind that he knows of. “What a great message of solidarity for all our trans folks, military, veterans and all,” Disposti said on his Facebook page, when posting a photo of the unanimous vote. Following is the resolution in its entirety. WHEREAS, historical evidence shows that transgender people have served bravely and honorably in the U.S. military since the American Civil War; Whereas, in May 2014, the Williams Institute estimated there were 15,500 transgender people serving on active duty or in the Guard/Reserves, and an additional 134,300 transgender people were either veterans or retired from the Guard/ Reserves; Whereas, on or about June 2015, the American Medical Association announced there was “no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals from service in the U.S. military,” approving a resolution against a ban;

Whereas, in July 2015, United States Secretary of Defense Dr. Ash Carter ordered the creation of a Pentagon working group “to study over the next six months the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender persons to serve openly;” Whereas, on June 30, 2016, Secretary [of Defense] Ash Carter officially announced effective immediately that no otherwise qualified service member may be involuntarily separated, discharged or denied reenlistment or continuation of service, solely on the basis of their gender identity, laying the groundwork for training, education and guidance materials and implementation of plans by each branch of the military to welcome transgender personnel into service; Whereas, on July 26, 2017, the President’s announcement that transgender people should no longer be allowed to serve in any capacity in the U.S. military was followed by protests throughout the country and a letter signed by 56 retired generals and admirals opposing a ban on transgender military service members, stating that if implemented, the ban would

Community members show their support of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center in the Oceanside City Council chambers after the council’s historic resolution in support of trans service members passed unanimously. (Robyne Weir Ruterbusch/ Facebook)

“cause significant disruptions, deprive the military of mission-critical talent and compromise the integrity of transgender troops.” Whereas, four separate federal lawsuits challenging the imposition of a ban were filed, and a preliminary injunction against a ban was granted in part or in full on Oct. 30, Nov. 21, Dec. 11, and Dec. 22, respectively, based on the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution;

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Whereas, on Dec. 8, 2017, the Pentagon issued guidelines to recruitment personnel in order to enlist transgender applicants by Jan. 1, 2018; Whereas, on or about Dec. 30, the Department of Justice withdrew its legal challenges to the federal court rulings, paving the way for transgender people to openly enlist in the U.S. military beginning Jan. 1, 2018; Whereas, the City of Oceanside prides itself on its historical commitment to our Military, Military Families and Veterans, especially due to its proximity to Camp Pendleton established in 1942, and on the diversity of its citizens; Therefore, be it resolved that the City of Oceanside hereby supports the implementation of plans by each branch of our U.S. Military to welcome transgender people into service and defense of our Country. Issued this 10th day of January 2018. The reading at the council meeting was filmed by Meredith Vezina, co-founder of the videography company Trans Narratives. “When Max Disposti asked us to promote and attend this Oceanside City Council meeting, my first thought was: ‘Why is this important?’ After all, the federal courts stepped in and overruled Trump’s ban on trans people serving in the military,” said Vezina, when posting the video on the organization’s Facebook page. “But I now realize that the adoption of this resolution was an educational experience for City Council members and potentially for city staff and others who are tied into the city bureaucracy. And that’s important for the future of trans people in Oceanside.” Vezina stated that in the video, Disposti is seen acknowledging how far Oceanside has come in the last 10 years, and City Councilmember Sanchez responds by saying that the North County LGBTQ Resource Center was “instrumental in changing her perceptions about trans people.” “We want to commend the North County LGBTQ Resource Center and the city of Oceanside and we hope that this resolution and the process that led to it will encourage other communities to do the same,” Vezina said. To find the video, visit bit. ly/2DeKwVv.t


VOLUNTEER Upon graduation, Cheli worked as a volunteer coordinator for AIDS Foundation San Diego. There she began to see how varied the priorities of each of the different HIV community partners throughout San Diego County were, while all being part of the same broader community. This experience helped inspire her practice of being open to new communities and connections and create a more global perspective. While this community perspective shaped her professional work, it was in 2013 that Cheli began to see the longer term effects of her engagement. In February of that year, fellow community activist — and Gay San Diego columnist — Benny Cartwright reached out to Cheli to enlist her help with procuring volunteers for a candlelight vigil. From a single social media post, Cartwright reported back that he received a dozen phone calls with offers to help. It was in this moment that Cheli saw how she could use her community relationships for a common good. “[Volunteer With Cheli] really developed organically, after that point,” Cheli said. “Other individuals began requesting assistance in engaging volunteers and I would put out the call. This led to the establishment of social media pages, a website and a newsletter. We now have monthly volunteer

projects and are highlighting ongoing volunteer needs. This year, we will be incorporating [Volunteer With Cheli as a nonprofit], to ‘formalize’ the initiative and help it grow.” While Cheli said she recognizes that volunteers are often the lifeblood of events, she also stressed that these engagements facilitate opportunities to connect over a common goal. To that end, she makes sure that the types of volunteer projects she participates in are broad in scope and not restricted to one issue. “My goal is to engage people and expand their worldview, getting us all out of our silos,” Cheli explained. “It may take a while for folks to feel safe outside of their usual environment, so if having me be a part of the journey to take them outside of their comfort zone, that’s what I want to do. “In these times, the way we will make a collective difference is by growing our numbers and connecting with those outside our bubble and becoming real to them,” she continued. “We are not just a letter in the LGBTQ+ acronym, or an issue to be voted on. We must show our authentic selves to the world and volunteering beside another person, sharing that passion with them, can break down barriers!” Over the past two years, Volunteer With Cheli has supported at least one event per month, and January 2018 projects include Recovery Ride San Diego (supporting recovery and HIV services), and “We ALL Count,” a census project for the

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A team of Cheli’s volunteers supported a beach clean-up with Sen. Toni Atkins in December. (Facebook) San Diego County homeless population. Amplifying the diverse needs of communities such as these is part of her mission to eradicate the barriers to empathy and see good intentions become actions. “In the current climate, folks want to focus on the good in a world plagued by negativity, and I understand that,” she concluded. “Good thoughts and prayers can inform us, but we must follow through with actions. Be your true authentic self and find ways to show that

to others, to the best of your ability. Take chances and show up with your family, no matter what that might look like. It can be a single, simple action, but the ripple effects matter!” Events through Volunteer With Cheli are family-inclusive and designed for folks of all ages. You will often find Cheli and her children making a difference in the world together and they hope that you’ll join them in the effort. To learn more about Volunteer With Cheli, check out or

find them on Facebook at @ VolunteerWithCheli. —Ian Morton has been in San Diego for over 20 years, working in the LGBTQ and HIV fields. He is currently a full-time student and works with the San Diego Black LGBTQ Coalition and the Y.E.S. San Diego LGBTQ Youth Conference. Recommendations for individuals and groups to highlight in Profiles in Advocacy may be emails to iandanielsmusic@

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Activity, discussion and social group for young men, ages 18-34, to connect, socialize, network and make friends. The group addresses relationships, sexual health, activism, community building and more. Fourth Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Aaron heier at 619.692.2077 x211, or

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The psychology of being sick Life Beyond Therapy Michael Kimmel Does this sound familiar? You don’t feel well. Sure enough, you’ve got a cold or the flu and your body feels like crap. You’re sick. Your mental state begins to suffer too. You grow increasingly pessimistic, wonder if you’ll ever get over this “thing,” start to watch your self-esteem take a huge dive and wonder if your friends really care about you. As a (normally) optimistic friend of mine told me yesterday, “After a week of this flu, I hate everybody and everything.” This is the psychology of being sick. When your physical state suffers, your mental state goes along for the ride. It’s true whether you have a cold or whether you’re dealing with a

cancer diagnosis, the severity is different, but the basic experience is the same. It’s normal to feel emotionally depressed when you feel physically lousy. Luckily, it’s usually temporary. So how do you work with the depression that comes with being sick? Here are some suggestions: Expect as little of yourself (and others) as possible: If you’re like me, you may berate yourself a bit for being sick, seeing it as a kind of personal weakness. This came from my Ohio farm boy father: “You go to work unless you’re on your deathbed,” was his credo. And he did … go to work when he was sick, feeling it was his obligation to “power” through it. And maybe he felt better about himself for being so “tough,” he was certainly raised that way. But, don’t do this yourself. Don’t be stoic; be kind. Treat yourself as you would a small

The time of reckoning is now Senior Matters William E. Kelly We and our loved ones are living longer than expected. Few considered that any of us would live long enough to experience today’s growing financial and emotional burden of senior care.

The number of seniors needing assistance who are without family or friends willing and/or able to provide it is staggering and they are at the mercy of the rest of us. This is the reality that young and older alike will face unless we come together to create and maintain the safety nets that will always be required.

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child who was ill. You wouldn’t scream at this child to “You better get over this fast or else you’re a loser,” would you? And don’t expect too much of other people either. Many of us feel vulnerable and needy when we’re sick, and expect the people we love to somehow, magically, give us exactly what we need, without our asking for it, of course. They should “know” what we need, our ego tells us, if they really love us. This is bullshit. Most of us don’t know what our friends need when they’re sick. Hell, it’s hard enough to know what you want when you’re sick. When you feel under the weather, ask for what you want. For you stoic types, this can be a real challenge. If you want an occasional check-in text or phone call, ask for it. If you’ve had the flu for two weeks and your fridge is empty, ask a good friend to go to

the supermarket for you. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer, as a close friend of mine recently was, think long-term: Ask for what you want in the next few weeks or months, e.g., “I’d love it if you could come by occasionally for a short visit. Call me first to see if I’m up for it, but I’d love to see you.” And, if you’re the friend of the sick person and they tell you nothing, ask them, “What can I do for you?” Help them out. Lots of people want to be left alone. They don’t like the attention. If this is how your friend operates, respect their wishes. Give them what they want. An occasional short text: “Thinking of U. U OK?” may be perfect for them. Something I’m learning as I get older is to find the humor in things that used to really upset me. For example, when I had that debilitating flu recently, I had a nasty bout of diarrhea. Yeah, I know, the problem no one talks about (because it’s not very “classy,” is it?) After 24 hours of

continual bathroom trips, I told a good friend, “Well, I’ve found the humor in pooping my pants. I never thought I’d be in this situation, but, here I am. Washing underwear, pajamas and my bedding on a daily basis.” TMI? Sorry, but my point is to try to find the humor in a challenging situation. If possible, can you laugh a little about it? If not, no big deal. But, a little humor goes a long way in boosting your mental state. For most of us, being sick eventually ends. Until it does, I hope that this column gives you some ideas on how to make it through as pleasantly — and cheerfully — as possible.

It is during these complicated times that we rely on our elected and appointed leaders to help guide us through and away from such perils. We must make sure they are aware of these issues and have ideas that will assist us meet the challenges and support their efforts with more than our verbal complaints. In her 2014 State of the County address, Dianne Jacob, then chair of the County Board of Supervisors, said that San Diego’s elderly population was expected to surge by more than 30 percent by 2029 and that “the county is ill-equipped to handle this rapid growth [emphasis added].” Supervisor Jacob also shared that “More than 60,000 people” in the region have Alzheimers, with that number “expected to double in the next 15 years.” Jacob also called on the board of supervisors to “fully restore” its aging and

independent services (AIS) and follow through on a special prosecution unit targeting problematic senior homes. “As the county population turns more gray, regional problems tied to aging will turn more grave,” Jacob said. This was four years ago. Among the serious questions that constituents of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors need to ask of any of the current candidates — particularly the District 4 candidates running in the June 2018 primary to fill Ron Roberts’ seat — is “How aware are they of the unfolding aging crisis and the negative impacts it presents; where on their priority lists does it rank; and what reasonable steps/solutions do they propose?” I will share some of these in upcoming columns. Reality Check: More than a decade of professional demographic studies and surveys have produced advisory reports

consistently warning of this crisis. A great majority of our retirement-age county residents who once believed they were financially secure enough to age-in-place, only to discover they are not. Some have families able and willing to help out but more do not and current social safety nets are failing to meet the rapidly expanding needs. The challenge falls on the younger generation in an era when they themselves are struggling to care for their own lives and families and prepare for their retirement years. Result: Dangerously few of the personal assets and income streams of older — and even younger — generations are keeping pace with the costs. Meanwhile, government efforts to cut back or eliminate the safety nets designed to supplement retirement income are threatening widespread economic and societal disaster. Today, 1 out of 5 seniors live in poverty. Of homeless San Diegans, 1 out of 4 are either a senior or a veteran and often both. The number of seniors dealing with physical disabilities and memory disorders, like Alzheimers, are rising much faster than any adequate, humane and cost-effective solutions can be implemented.



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—Michael Kimmel is a licensed psychotherapist who specializes in helping LGBT clients achieve their goals and deal with anxiety, depression, grief, sexually addictive behavior, coming out, relationship challenges and homophobia. Contact him at 619-955-3311 or visit

see Reckoning, pg 7


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Creating an artistic brigade

The cast from the upcoming world premiere of “Bliss Emily Post is Dead!” (Photo courtesy Moxie Theatre) By David Dixon Even if a theater has a loyal following, there are always new ways to allow an audience to grow. The Moxie Theatre continues to produce acclaimed work, involving powerful women who connect with both critics and audiences. In February of 2017, several women officially started a group, The Bechdel Brigade, labeled the Moxie’s Lesbian Outreach Initiative. The project was named after openly lesbian cartoonist

Alison Bechdel, known for her long-running syndicated “Dykes To Watch Out For” comic strip and as the author of the graphic memoir “Fun Home,” which became a runaway Broadway hit in 2015. When also considering that “The Bechdel Test” (see sidebar) is in sync with Moxie’s mission, which involves empowering women playwrights, directors and actors, “The Bechdel Brigade” became the perfect coinage. Around the time of Moxie’s production of “The

Kid Thing” in late 2016, Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn was helping to put together a focus group. The group had attracted future Bechdel Brigade chair, Toni Robin, who at that point, was merely a fan of the venue. “I always loved Moxie and supported their work, but I never worked with them professionally,” Robin said. “I thought this was an opportunity for me to do my thing with my community and the theater I love.”

Robin said The Bechdel Brigade wouldn’t exist without the help of arts advocate, patron and philanthropist, Dea Hurston, whose funding unexpectedly led to the inception of The Bechdel Brigade. Over the past three years, Hurston and her husband Osborn have helped fund various projects to attract different kinds of theatergoers. Thorn said her original goal with Robin was to put together an audience development initiative that revolved around lesbians. “Toni took the idea of The Bechdel Brigade to the next level,” Thorn said. “Because of her, we decided that a Brigade Night should be more than a simple evening out.” Each Brigade Night begins before show time — during the final preview night just before the opening night — of a theatrical event. In addition to discount tickets, theatergoers are invited to a pre-show reception and a lively discussion with directors or special guest hosts or speakers. On Feb. 2, a Brigade Night will be dedicated to the joint world premiere of a 1960s play with a Greek mythology twist, “Bliss (Or Emily Post is Dead!).” Guest speakers are chosen based on their familiarity with a theme of the script. Speaking before next month’s performance is Martha Barnette, co-host of the KPBS Public Radio show, “A Way with Words.” Her talk is on the history of etiquette.

see Bechdel Brigade, pg 19

The Bechdel Test “Asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.” Created by Bechdel’s friend Liz Wallace and inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf. To learn more, visit

The Bechdel Brigade “A powerful posse that advocates for Moxie Theater’s mission to create more diverse and honest images of women for our culture by bringing sisters together in support of equal representation on the American stage.” To learn more, visit

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[Ref: “Making his mark,” Vol. 9, Issue 1, or online at bit. ly/2DittAV.] Michael is a committed and passionate artist, and a true bike advocate! —Bill Fields, via Upstanding and talented citizen in our community! —Gregory May, via

Cheers for Benny

[Ref: “Back out with Benny: A day in my life at The Center,” Vol. 9, Issue 1, or online at bit. ly/2mHTDn8.] Excellent article, Benny Cartwright! Thank you for everything you do throughout the year. Wishing you the best for 2018! —Jim Osborne, via

More memories of our bars

[Ref: “Out of the Archives: The history of our bars,” Vol. 8, Issue 6, or online at tinyurl. com/h6nhfyx].

What a great weekend from Camp Pendleton. WCPC … the Vulcan for an inexpensive place to stay … meals at Jack in the Box or seafood on the waterfront. Loved those days! —Craig, via —Letters to the editor can be sent to Comments can also be made on our website or posts of the story on Facebook.t

Now is the time to get a hepatitis A vaccination By Gil F. Chavez, M.D. The United States is currently experiencing the largest person-to-person hepatitis A outbreak — which is predominantly affecting people who are homeless or who use drugs in unsanitary conditions — in more than two decades. At the same time, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), is closely monitoring an increase in hepatitis A infections among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). From January through December 2017, 59 cases of hepatitis A among MSM were reported in California. For perspective, during the same time period last year, there were 14. Although most of the EDITOR Morgan M. Hurley (619) 961-1960 CONTRIBUTING EDITORS (619) 519-7775 Ken Williams, x102 Jeff Clemetson, x119 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Blake Beckcom Gwen Beckcom David Dixon William E. Kelly Michael Kimmel Jean Lowerison Steven McKee Ian Morton Nicole Murray Ramirez Frank Sabatini Jr. WEB AND SOCIAL MEDIA Sara Butler, x118

cases among MSM are not part of the larger outbreak of hepatitis A, the increase is significant and has health officials concerned. California isn’t alone in identifying an increase in HAV cases among MSM. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, as of Dec. 18, 2017, there have been 3,813 cases reported in 22 European countries. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported dozens of cases in Colorado and New York City. So, what is hepatitis A? Hepatitis A is a viral infection of the liver caused by a virus with the same name. Typically, the virus spreads in settings with limited sanitation (such as COPY EDITOR Dustin Lothspeich SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR Mike Rosensteel (619) 961-1958

toilets and hand-washing facilities), or by consuming contaminated food or water. For MSM, the main risk factor is related to sexual transmission, particularly oral-anal sexual contact. Symptoms may include fatigue, lack of appetite, nausea, diarrhea and jaundice. However, adults, particularly those with other underlying liver disease, are at higher risk of severe or fatal infection. The good news is you can protect yourself. The best way to prevent hepatitis A infection is to get vaccinated. The hepatitis A vaccine is very effective. Since 1996, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has recommended that all MSM receive two doses of hepatitis A vaccine administered at least ACCOUNTING Priscilla Umel-Martinez (619) 961-1962 WEB DESIGN Kim Espinoza

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six months apart. The first dose of hepatitis A vaccine protects more than 90 percent of those who receive it and a second dose protects more than 95 percent. The hepatitis A antibody can persist for at least 20 years in adults who received the vaccine as children. A state declaration in October provided emergency funds and a mechanism to purchase doses directly from the manufacturer. The declaration allows CDPH to manage vaccine distribution and supply so people most at risk are vaccinated first to help stop the outbreak. For vaccine distribution, CDPH has prioritized the counties where hepatitis A is spreading or have outbreak cases. CDPH is then fulfilling orders from other counties,

based on current available vaccine supply, the potential for spread in the county, and the local health department’s vaccination plans. Since April 2017, the department has provided nearly 120,000 doses of the hepatitis A vaccine for outbreak prevention and control statewide. Vaccine is available in the private sector for administration to high-risk groups, including MSM. For more information, talk to your doctor, call your local health department, or visit this CDPH webpage or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. —Dr. Gil F. Chavez, MPH, is a state epidemiologist and deputy director for infectious diseases at the California Department of Public Health. For more information, visit bit. ly/2iAjeeY.t

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In 2007, I officiated the marriage between Allan Spyere to Travis Spackman at a lavish wedding (even wore a borrowed judge’s robe, compliments of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis). Years later, Allan divorced Travis, who had become a popular acrobat and dancer. Last November, Travis became first runner-up in the Mr. Gay San Diego 2018 contest and he also held a Crown Prince title with the Imperial Court de San Diego. Both titles have now been stripped from Travis. Soon after Travis and Joseph Dasilva (his second marriage) made international headlines with their arrest in Thailand for exposing their butts at the very sacred religious Buddhist temple of Wat Arun ... I started receiving calls from Travis and Joseph’s friends to see if I could help them. The Dasilvas were in Thailand facing prison time. While I absolutely condemn their disgraceful “ugly American” behavior and said so to the media and outraged GLBT activists, I did not want them to rot in a prison, so I contacted some of my connections in the State Department and also got the assistance of a local member of Congress. After some negotiations, the two San Diegans were deported back to the U.S.A. and what has been their conduct since coming home? Well, let me say that if I had to do it all over again, I would let these 38-year-old “ugly Americans” rot in prison. Once back in San Diego, these two “Traveling Butts,” as they like to call themselves, posted a holiday card with them naked again and looking at a directional sign pole that not only included the “North Pole” but Thailand! These idiots are also selling T-shirts at $32.99 a piece with “I Support the Traveling Butts.” These two “butts” have no respect for places

More than meets the eye (Courtesy Nicole Murray Ramirez) of cultural, historic, or religious places and monuments. So Dasilvas, you get the Traveling Buttheads Award for 2017 ... congratulations!

GLBT politics

Many of us will be traveling to our state Capitol in March for the historic swearing-in ceremony of Toni Atkins as the President Pro Tempore of the California state Senate! Todd Gloria is now a clear front-runner to become our next mayor and that means Councilmember Chris Ward will run for Todd’s state Assembly seat, which will leave a race for the 3rd District council seat wide open. Among those being mentioned as possible future City Council candidates are: Anne Wilson, Josh Coyne, Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, Benny Cartwright, Toni Duran, Fernando Lopez, Nick Serrano, Gloria Cruz, Rebekah Hook-Held, Tyler Jenner ... keep your eyes on all these San Diegans. Word is that some are also hoping Police Chief Shelly Zimmerman will enter the mayor’s race ... she would be a strong candidate. Looks like Congressmember Duncan Hunter may be forced to resign because of his growing financial scandal and I already hear Republicans are now urging popular talk-radio show host and former Councilmember Carl DeMaio to run for this seat. Mayor Kevin Faulconer appointed three GLBT citizens to the panel to interview the six finalists to be our next police chief and I am honored

Former Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Nicole discuss the upcoming 2018 elections. (Courtesy Nicole Murray Ramirez)

to be one of them, though I will urge the mayor to pick a local assistant chief. Many of us will also urge Governor Brown or our next governor to appoint the very qualified and respected Matt Stephens as a municipal judge. Democratic state leaders I have talked to are saying Toni Atkins has the making of a future governor. This past weekend, I met with the former mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, who will be in San Diego on March 4 for a Victory Fund brunch.

San Diego names for AIDS Memorial

Over 8,000 San Diegans have died of AIDS and the San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force will soon be seeking names for the San Diego AIDS Memorial, set for its groundbreaking in 2019 at Olive Street Park in Bankers Hill. On Dec. 11, 2017, the City Council voted unanimously for $500,000 to be designated to build the San Diego AIDS Memorial at Oliver Street Park.

Team Tonya Harding

Like most Americans, I have had conflicting views on the 1994 Olympic scandal concerning Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. Not anymore after watching the documentary movie, “I, Tonya.” I am now 100 percent on Team Tonya. Poverty comes in all colors and Tonya Harding absolutely grew up on the wrong side of the railroad tracks. The uppity ice-skating officials never liked her or gave her a fair break because she was “white trash” to them. Tonya’s mother made Joan Crawford (“Mommie Dearest”) look like a saint, as Tonya was abused by her mother and husband. I urge you to see the movie and get the real story. I am sure you will join me as her new No. 1 fan! See you at the Women’s March this Saturday, Jan. 20! —Nicole Murray Ramirez has been writing a column since 1973. He has been a Latino/gay activist for almost half a century and has advised and served the last seven mayors of San Diego. Named the “Honorary Mayor of Hillcrest” by a city proclamation, he has received many media awards including from the prestigious San Diego Press Club. Reach Nicole at Hillcrestqueen5@

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RECKONING Increasing numbers are becoming fully dependent on others or ending up on the streets and sidewalks in front of our homes and businesses and under the trees and in the bushes of our parks. Precious few are being productively rehabilitated back into society. The rest remain hungry, cold, alone, homeless, diseased, incarcerated, hospitalized, societal outcasts chased from community to community, harassed and left to die. As a nation, we have grown shamefully adept at ignoring, avoiding or throwing dollars down a rat hole as Band-Aids, which do not address causes and only temporarily disguise the ugly truths. We trip on the less fortunate as we walk through our neighborhoods trying not to see them. We pay with a loss of social cohesiveness and a decline in our moral fiber that eats away at our tax dollars and are witnessing a declining standard of living, and a loss of happiness, sense of security and well-being permeating our communities. Now the good news: During the last 11 years, I have had the incredible honor and opportunity to work with an ever-increasing number of community and local government leaders and organizations to create greater public awareness and develop strategies to better prepare us for an aging population. In the past two years, I have been following and working closely as a volunteer with AIS, the San Diego Foundation, other community organizations, as well as with leaders, local government and other concerned San Diegans to better prepare the county and its residents for a time that Supervisor Jacob has described as “unprepared.” I am starting to see


real evidence that San Diego County, various community organizations, government officials, businesses, health care providers and individuals, are finally awakening to address both the downsides and potential benefits that the aging phenomena of a disproportionately aging population poses. Many say we can and are morally obligated to meet the challenge. Others say we are not obligated and cannot solve the root causes. Whatever camp we fall into, there is no escaping the high cost to be paid if we do not plan ahead. How and with what we will pay as individuals and a society is the only real question. As a community, we truly need to seriously consider if we are asking and demanding of ourselves and our elected and appointed public officials a realistic prioritization of the best initiatives, projects and expenditures to build and sustain a world-class city — and county — standing for people of all ages. In any case, the time of reckoning is now. —Reach Bill Kelly at


Helping Hands at Being Alive, a free moving service for people with HIV/AIDS, is scheduling moves for about 20 households into the new North Park Seniors (NPS) Apartments at Texas and Howard streets in January and February. NPS is San Diego’s first LGBT-affirming senior housing complex. Many of the people being moved have disabilities, physical limitations or just the challenges of age. If you can help by carrying boxes and furniture, Helping Hands could really use you. Call Rusty at 619-291-1400 x320. You can help once or as many times as you wish.



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Top 5 fitness myths debunked By Steven McKee We’ve all heard (and likely believed) fitness myths our whole lives. From “carbs are the enemy,” to “cardio is the best way to lose weight,” men and women everywhere have tried and tested every weightloss trick they come across. However, most of these fitness myths aren’t true and can unfortunately lead to unhealthy decisions when it comes to losing weight and getting in shape. With New Year’s resolutions set in place, now is the perfect time to bust these fitness myths once and for all, and share some healthy fitness tips that will get you looking and feeling your best.

Myth #1: Lifting weights make you bulky.

Busted: Lifting weights will actually help to increase your lean body mass, which increases the number of overall calories you burn during the day. Rather than making you bulky, lifting weights will tighten and tone your body while also burning fat.

Myth #2: Cardio is the only way to lose weight.

Busted: While cardio can help shed some unwanted pounds, high intensity interval training (HIIT) and

strength training will also help you lose body fat — sometimes quicker than by only doing cardio.

Myth #3: Crunches lead to six-pack abs.

Busted: Even if you do 100 crunches per day, you still won’t see six-pack abs anytime soon. The only way you can lose fat from your belly is to lose fat from your entire body through strength and interval training. Focusing on your nutrition and keeping a clean diet is also very important. While some people say 80 percent of your fitness regimen is nutrition, it should really be a focus 100 percent of the time. Abs are made in the kitchen!

Myth #4: Carbs are the enemy!

Busted: Your body actually needs carbohydrates to complete its basic functions. Rather than ditching all carbs, try only eating “the good ones,” such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Swapping out refined grains for whole grains may actually help you reduce total body fat. Your daily activity will also dictate how many carbs your body needs. If you have a heavy cardio day (such as a day of boxing or hiking) your

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NEWS BRIEFS Coffee, 1433 University Ave. A schedule for the next 11 weeks, on Fridays starting at 9:30 a.m., has been released and is only subject to change based on a holiday or special event. Jan. 19: Zone 1; Jan. 26: Zone 2; Feb. 2: No Walkabout; Feb. 9: No Walkabout; Feb. 16: Zone 3; Feb. 23: Zone 4; March 2: Zone 5; March 9: Zone 1; March 16: Zone 2; March 23: Zone 3; and March 30: Zone 4. Attendees will learn how to use the city’s new “Get It Done San Diego” app, which is the now the official method for reporting non-emergency issues, such as potholes and graffiti, and get them into the city’s system for resolution. The app can be downloaded at bit. ly/2gmIPWw. Those wishing to attend any of the walkabouts should wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection and expect to be walking for approximately 90 minutes. Accommodations will be made for those with mobility issues who wish to participate. For more information about the walkabout, or the HBA and its programs and events, visit or email Eddie Reynoso at


At its 35th anniversary gala in October, Dr. Delores Jacobs, CEO of the San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest, announced a 4:1 donor match from Ron Bowman and his husband Stan Zukowfsky. The couple promised to match incoming funds through the end of 2017 to a total of $2 million, meaning The Center’s goal was $400,000. On Jan. 8, The Center announced they had reached the goal and Jacobs noted that they had even exceeded the goal. “We are thrilled to ring in 2018 by letting you know that we did it! Our community came together to raise $2 million for Our Center,” Jacobs shared in a newsletter. “San Diego is a fantastic community and we were glad to be able to help by setting the bar high so The Center could make this historic fundraising goal,” added the generous couple responsible for the 4:1 match. Jacobs said The Center “couldn’t have done it without the more than 1,800 individual donors from our amazing San Diego LGBT and allied community, plus nearly 500 who gave to The Center for the first time as part of this effort.” She added that those individual donations didn’t take into account the donations that came from businesses, foundations and corporations. “We remain inspired by our community and are even more committed than ever before to be there for LGBT San Diegans and their families when they need us.” For more information about The Center, visit


Right after the first of the year, the late Ben F. Dillingham III, who was a decorated Marine captain and tank commander, had his uniforms, medals and dog tags, among other items, presented to the Lambda Archives of San Diego by City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez. One of San Diego’s most respected LGBT and city leaders, Dillingham was a proud military veteran. The LGBT Veterans Wall of Honor, located inside the San Diego LGBT Community Center, was inaugurated in 2011 and named for Dillingham and Bridget Wilson, another local LGBT leader and veteran of the armed services. Dillingham died Nov. 16 after a bout with cancer. A celebration of his life is set for Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Paul Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave. in Bankers Hill, starting at 1 p.m. For further information, call 619-241-5672.


Join the #NOH8Worldwide movement in San Diego and add your face to the fight for equal human rights with an official NOH8 digital photograph by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska at the LGBT-friendly Kimpton Hotel Palomar Downtown on Sunday, Jan. 28 from noon–2 p.m. Those interested in getting their photo taken should wear a plain, white shirt and be camera ready. While reservations are not required, photos are first come, first served and the line moves fast. Those in line by 2 p.m. will be guaranteed a photo. Photos cost $40, with couples and/or groups $25 per person, cash and credit cards only. NOH8 Campaign was launched by Bouska and his partner in response to the passage of Proposition 8 in California, and grew to a worldwide movement. Fees paid to participate cover services and costs for one edited digital print only, made available via, and do not include physical prints. Funds raised by the photo shoot will be used by the nonprofit to continue promoting and raising awareness for marriage and human equality as well as anti-discrimination and anti-bullying through NOH8’s interactive social media campaign, which includes the team traveling to other cities and countries around the world, creating and compiling images for their ongoing large-scale NOH8 media campaign, and covering the costs of the daily operations and maintenance necessary to run this rapidly growing campaign out of their Burbank headquarters. Those interested in volunteering to help with the shoot can email info@noh8campaign. com with your contact information. Make sure to note which city you’d like to volunteer for. The NOH8 Campaign photo shoot will take place Jan. 28 from noon–2 p.m. at Kimpton Hotel Palomar, 1047 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp. For more information, visit Follow them on Twitter @NOH8Campaign. SAN DIEGO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL

The 28th Annual San Diego Jewish Film Festival proudly presents what they expect to be an exciting lineup this year, with 37 feature films, 21 shorts, five venues and films from 16 different countries. The 11-day festival, which will run from Feb. 7–18, is the largest Jewish cultural event in San Diego and draws over 17,000 attendees annually, to more than 70 screenings. It features San Diego film premieres, international guest filmmakers, and juried and audience choice awards. Screenings will be shown at five locations. This year’s festival will showcase a total of 58 of the best contemporary Jewishthemed films from around the world, celebrating life, human rights and freedom of expression. To see the film lineup, screening locations and buy tickets, visit call the box office at 858-362-1348.


Patric Stillman, founder of The Studio Door in North Park, has announced that applications for the 2018 “Business of Art” scholarship, which help emerging artists “take that next step” in their artistic careers. This year, the scholarship is once again being awarded in conjunction with Mission Federal ArtWalk and San Diego Visual Arts, allowing the recipient to showcase their work at the festival, which takes place in Little Italy on April 28 and 29 this year. Last year’s scholarship winner, Mikaela McLeish, currently has work on display at The Studio Door through the month of January, alongside works from David Jester and Margaret Chiaro. McLeish, whose 2017 Business of Art scholarship offered her a booth at ArtWalk last year, was also chosen by Art San Diego as their Launchpad Artist of 2017. “This is such a fantastic opportunity for artists who want to engage in creative commerce,” Stillman said in a press release. “The whole package that The Business of Art scholarship offers is the type of platform that can really help establish an exciting career path for an emerging artist. It’s a rare opportunity to find industry professionals that will take the time to nurture local talent and help guide them through the realities of the art world. I’m happy to be a part of this cooperative effort.” All interested emerging artists are encouraged to apply. The winner will be mentored by Stillman and given guidance to “navigate the complex art industry” while getting the chance to display their body of work at such a prominent annual art show. The deadline for applications is Feb. 15 and the decision will be made by Feb. 20. For details, to read the prospectus or download an application, visit



body will need more carbs to keep your energy levels up. If you are sitting at your desk all day, you won’t need as many.

Myth #5: Crash diets help you lose weight.

Busted: Crash diets will actually slow your metabolism, leading to future weight gain

and deprive your body of essential nutrients. Crash diets can also weaken your immune system and increase your risk of dehydration, heart palpitations and cardiac stress. If you’re looking to lose weight, it’s important to do so slowly by dropping just one to two pounds per week. Exercise regularly and stick to a diet that limits saturated fat and sugars and emphasizes fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish, and whole grains.

Get started on your quest to fitness and health Fitness Blake and Gwen Beckcom You know that you want to be ___________ (enter any number of positive adjectives that are plaguing your mind at the moment — healthy, fit, strong, confident, muscular, thinner), but it can be so hard to get started. How many cycles of “tomorrow is the day” or “I’ll start on Monday” or “next month when things aren’t so stressful” have you gone through with your get-healthy goals? If the number is uncomfortably high, you’re not alone. We’ve all heard the adage that it takes 21 days to start a new habit, right? Well, according to a study completed at University College London of 96 habit-hopefuls who wanted to add a new healthy routine, such as running every night after dinner, including fruit with their lunches, or doing 50 crunches every morning after breakfast, it wasn’t that easy. While some more feasible habits, such as drinking a glass of water in the morning, did seem to get established after 20 days, the average habit-forming time span was 66 days, with some folks in the study still trying for habit status after the better part of a year. Yikes! Before you throw in the gym towel and decide that you’re doomed, we do have some tips for how to successfully get started on your own quest to health.

1. Start and continue, with an attitude of self-compassion.

Aside from sounding very gentle and sweet, there is actually scientific backing to this. If you exercise or diet from a place of guilt, or from a fixed mentality, then every time you slip up (which we all do, many times) you’ll view it as a character flaw. Whereas an attitude of self-compassion will help you to think of your diet changes and exercise attempts with a growth mentality, or something you can improve.

2. Remember that every positive decision you make is a gain, but you have to keep going.

One long walk isn’t going to fulfill your requirements for a week, just like one superfood salad isn’t going to carry you through the next five meals. The long walk and salad are, however, great steps in getting you to where you want to be.

3. Want to know the very best exercise for you, the one to guarantee results? It’s the one you like and the one you’ll want to do.

Aim to do this exercise, or another enjoyable one, for around 30 minutes, most days of the week. The good news is that exercise can take many forms, from dancing, to swimming, to aggressive housecleaning. And remember that every time you choose activity and health over poorer choices is a gain for your wellness.

4. Slow and steady wins the race, and meets your goals.

Over exuberance in the beginning is a great way to

While everybody is different and what works for one person might not work for another, it’s important to make sure you’re following proper advice and taking healthy steps toward a fitter you. You may also need to try a couple different approaches to find the one that works best for you and your body. —Steven McKee is the regional vice president of fitness for EoS Fitness. To learn more, visit

sabotage you. Either you get burned out mentally, or your body gives out, because it’s not used to doing what you’re asking it to. Start slow and celebrate each gradual gain.

5. Try a little of everything.

The exciting thing about beginning a physical health routine is that there are so many choices and options to sample. You never know what might strike your fancy and find a permanent place in your regimen. Under the instruction of your trainer, give weight training a try, as well as biking, yoga, stretching, and jogging. Many people just getting started enjoy walking or using the elliptical machine. The choices are yours — just get out there and try it! In the end, decide that you want to change for the right reasons. Focusing on the scale, your pant size, or your appearance may motivate you temporarily, but that fuel will often burn out, and cause damaging self-reproach. Instead, decide that you want to be healthier because you love and respect yourself and deserve to be the best you can be. This resultant feeling of the chip away; one workout, one meal, one-day-at-a-time approach resonates through all aspects of your life in balancing the mind, body and spirit connections. Fitness Together Mission Hills offers personal training with qualified professionals by regular appointment in private suites. Exercise and nutritional programs are custom designed to fit your needs and abilities. —Blake and Gwen Beckcom own and operate Fitness Together in Mission Hills. To learn more, visit or call 619794-0014 to make an appointment for a free fitness diagnostic and private training session.t

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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Fitness Together 4019 Goldfinch St. 92103 619-794-0014 Ryan Gans has been involved in the fitness community for the better part of a decade. His journey in fitness started after suffering a brutal knee injury that required surgery. It was during the rehabilitation to gain basic function back in his knee that Ryan’s passion for fitness started. The rehab process is where Ryan learned the amazing capabilities of the human body. In the years that followed, Ryan found the tools required to improve human performance. Anyone who has trained with Ryan can attest that his workouts are effective in achieving results. The combination of Fitness Together Mission Hills, its private suites, one-on-one focus, and Ryan’s customized workouts, will get you results. Clients are never more than a couple feet away, proximity-wise, which enhances focus and takes away the fear, intimidation and waiting found in most training/gym scenarios. Clients train in private, fully-equipped suites on an appointment-only basis, where the focus is totally on and about them and no one else. Fitness Together brings a highly-efficient process to working out, combining a superior degree of coaching with smart nutrition to get results faster and safer. Your first session is complimentary and more diagnostic in nature, to allow a better understanding of your medical and medicinal backgrounds, as well as previous work out experiences, timelines and goals. Clients at Fitness Together Mission Hills range across the spectrum, both in age and fitness levels. We meet clients “where they are” fitness- and health-wise, and safely move the needle in the right direction. One thing that sets Ryan apart from other trainers is that he has tested numerous fitness methodologies and knows first-hand how they affect the human body. Ryan would never give you an exercise or workout he hasn’t done, or wouldn’t do himself. If you are looking to lose a few pounds, make a major comeback from an injury, or are in need to better your body’s performance in any way, Fitness Together and Ryan Gans are a great choice. See what others are saying about us on YELP.


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What is TRUVADA for PrEP?

Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP?

TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prescription medicine that is used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health.

Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you:

Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about how to prevent getting HIV. Always practice safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share needles or other items that have body fluids on them.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION What is the most important information I should know about TRUVADA for PrEP? Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP: ® You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-negative. ® Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting or at any time while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP: ® You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. ® You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP: ® Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. ® If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your healthcare provider right away. ® To further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1: ® Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners. ® Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you. ® Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners. ® Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. ® If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. TRUVADA can cause serious side effects: ® Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV and stop taking TRUVADA, your HBV may suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to monitor your health.

® Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. ® Also take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection.

What are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA for PrEP? Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include: ® Kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to stop taking TRUVADA. ® Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. ® Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. ® Bone problems, including bone pain, softening, or thinning, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones. Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking TRUVADA for PrEP? ® All your health problems. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis. ® If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA. ® If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV can be passed to the baby in breast milk. ® All the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine. ® If you take certain other medicines with TRUVADA, your healthcare provider may need to check you more often or change your dose. These medicines include certain medicines to treat hepatitis C (HCV) infection. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following page.

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I’m open-minded, not uninformed. I know who I am. And I make choices that fit my life. TRUVADA for PrEP™ is a once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when taken every day and used together with safer sex practices. ® TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex. ® You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP.

Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you.

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This is only a brief summary of important information about taking TRUVADA for PrEPTM (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace talking to your healthcare provider about your medicine.



Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP:

• Those in the “Most Important Information About TRUVADA for PrEP” section. • New or worse kidney problems, including kidney failure. • Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic acidosis), which is a serious but rare medical emergency that can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: weakness or being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat. • Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area pain. • Bone problems.

• You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to be HIV-1 negative. • Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in a person who has recently become infected. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a flu-like illness within the last month before starting TRUVADA for PrEP. While taking TRUVADA for PrEP: • You must continue to use safer sex practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you from getting HIV-1. • You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think you were exposed to HIV-1 or have a flu-like illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. • If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time. • See the “How To Further Reduce Your Risk” section for more information. TRUVADA may cause serious side effects, including: • Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to your healthcare provider, as they will need to check your health regularly for several months.

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects, including:

Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache, and decreased weight. These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP. Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to monitor your health before and during treatment with TRUVADA for PrEP.

BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP Tell your healthcare provider if you: • Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis. • Have any other medical conditions. • Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. • Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive, HIV can pass to the baby in breast milk. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take:

ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP TRUVADA for PrEP is a prescription medicine used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. • To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk openly with your healthcare provider about your sexual health. Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you: • Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your HIV-1 status. • Take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B infection.

HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP • Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1. • Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1 infection. • Use TRUVADA for PrEP together with condoms and safer sex practices. • Get tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months. You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP.

• Keep a list that includes all prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist. • Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about medicines that should not be taken with TRUVADA for PrEP.

HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK • Know your HIV status and the HIV status of your partners. • Get tested for other sexually transmitted infections. Other infections make it easier for HIV to infect you. • Get information and support to help reduce risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex partners. • Do not share needles or personal items that can have blood or body fluids on them.

GET MORE INFORMATION • This is only a brief summary of important information about TRUVADA for PrEP. Talk to your healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent HIV infection. • Go to or call 1-800-GILEAD-5 • If you need help paying for your medicine, visit for program information.

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A solid path to social change

It was also there that she began to understand the potential her personal impact could have on social change. As the sidebar on page 13 states, Schumacher has been leading the charge of progressive, social change since she was very young, whether it was fighting for respect in the surfing world as a female, or fighting for the right to marry her longtime partner as a lesbian. Schumacher has taken the lessons she has learned over those many years on the front lines and is applying them today within the walls of City Hall, where she unexpectedly found some allies within the diverse group working behind the scenes on city staff. “[I realized] that the spirit of the organization needed to be treated in very much in the same way that residents were treated, which is that each individual has their own unique perspectives, backgrounds and experiences that they bring to the table,” Schumacher said. “So what was unexpected was to fall in love with the group of people who have dedicated themselves to trying to do the best that they can for the city they serve.” Her candidacy grew out of a successful grassroots effort to counter the City Council’s approval of a 27-acre entertainment and shopping development on the shores of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The developer, Caruso Affiliated, spent $12 million to get out the vote with the help of sitting council members, but the residents of Carlsbad, with Schumacher as one of their leaders, defeated the measure at the voting booth. Schumacher then decided to run as an outsider against long-time incumbent Lorraine Wood in the 2016 election, and squeaked out a victory. “The status quo is able to maintain its status quo because of implicit silencing,” she said. “Implicit or explicit silencing, which coming from a minority background of people trying to gain voice and get their positions and identities to become more visible, I understand that. “How do you bring a voice that has been silenced into public view?” she asked, rhetorically. “For me, it was the voice of the people that needed to be advocated and uplifted in that sense. So my experience working with gender equity and LGBTQ issues really allowed me to understand how to uplift those voices. It has been groundbreaking here and I think something that I like to celebrate.” Schumacher faced challenges as the single minority vote out of four going into the job, with an expectation for her to “toe the line” and go along with the majority. She quickly learned that her ideas might be rejected simply because they were hers, but soon found her footing, and her first year has also seen successes. One thing she noticed early on, which was in direct contrast to her own beliefs, was that transparency was solely lacking and interaction with

It’s been: • 16 years since Schumacher first walked away from professional surfing, because despite a world title, sponsorships for women were a mere pittance compared to offerings on the men’s tour. • 10 years since she married her wife Maria, during the short period marriage equality was legal in California prior to Proposition 8. • 7 years since — as a reigning world champion — she made national headlines when she boycotted the Association of Surfing Professionals’ world championships in China, due to the country’s treatment of women. • 5 years since she very publicly took on Roxy surf brand for what she called their “all sex, no surf” advertising campaign in advance of a professional surfing contest they were sponsoring; she garnered more than 22,000 signatures on a petition, which she then hand-delivered, and changed their future marketing. • 4 years since she lent her experiences and voice to the award-winning independent film, “Out in the Lineup,” which addressed the “taboo of homosexuality” in surfing. • 1 year since Schumacher was inaugurated as a Carlsbad City Councilmember.


(l to r) Max Disposti, executive director of the North County LGBTQ Resource Center poses with Carlsbad Councilmember Schumacher and her wife, Maria. (Courtesy Maria Cerda) the residents of Carlsbad — the very people the council represented — was nil. As a result, she found ways to be more accessible. Already an accomplished writer, Schumacher began publishing detailed newsletters, sending out nearly 40 in her first year. Her official Facebook page, as in the case of the recent Lilac Fire, was often the “go to” place for information and updates. She also held community outreach events, open office hours and weekend coffee one-on-ones — all methods of communicating with constituents that were not the norm for Carlsbad politics. “I do my best to meet the people where they are and our community is very active in city issues,” Schumacher said. “I have had plenty of conversations over the last year with our residents. It’s my favorite aspect of the job and the response was extremely positive. I heard quite often that [the newsletters] helped folks better understand the way our city and local government worked. Even if they disagreed with my decisions, they were able to understand my reasoning and that is very important to me.” Despite the “jostling” and pushback within the chambers, Schumacher said she has found creative ways to bring forward the issues she feels are the most important. In a video on her Facebook page that announced her run for mayor, there is a clip of her speaking to her colleagues during a council meeting. “[If a vote is] between aesthetics and public health and safety, I’d choose public health and safety … every time,” she said. Two initiatives Schumacher has championed along that vein are the presence of lifeguards on the city’s north beach, from which a pilot program produced surprising statistics, and the elimination of pesticides on all city-managed properties. But her biggest success is, arguably, her resonating outreach.

The politics in Carlsbad has for years been driven by economic and financial gain. Schumacher’s message, which focuses on a community- over corporate-based vision, seems to have flipped awareness and awoken the constituency. Many more like-minded residents are now engaged and even positioning themselves to run for office and she said it appears to many that Schumacher is being penalized for it. Last year the council voted to move to district representation and Schumacher, being the sole minority, disagreed with the boundaries and other decisions. While her current term is not up until 2020, she and another council member now live in the newly determined District 1 and the majority voted to run that new district in 2018, which would essentially force her to run again midway through her term. If she chose to retain her current seat, it would mean she would not be able to run in the district where she lives until 2022, causing a gap. This challenge imposed by the majority opened up an opportunity. “I had a choice to either defend my seat and possibly continue with this current council, which is a 4–1 vote scenario, or step out of the way, let somebody else run in District 1 that would represent the will of the people, and either not run at all, to increase the representation that I believe Carlsbad wants to see on council, or to run for mayor,” she said. She said her decision to run for mayor will now offer the potential to “topple the current status quo” and also allow other like-minded candidates to run for the other seats and expand representation. Despite the treatment from the majority members, Schumacher has seen a marked increase in support from Republican constituents; also included in the video announcing her candidacy is her first public endorsement: Lorraine Wood, her former opponent. “I’m here today to throw 100 percent of my support behind

Cori Schumacher,” Wood states in the promo. “I am so proud of that and it does reflect a growing support from the conservative base here in Carlsbad, who I lovingly represent as a matter of course,” Schumacher said. “They’ve been able to see the work that I’ve done for them, so who I am as far as identity or my sexual preference has less impact than how they see me as 100 percent in service of the people. That has really made a massive impact.” Her vision for the city, which she feels has been “off course,” is to flip its traditional dependence on recreational tourism to one that embraces the 21st century, clean technology, and marks its future with eco-tourism. While Carlsbad explores the regional Community Choice Energy initiative with neighboring cities, Schumacher sees the city taking over the Encina Power Station property — with its gas-powered energy plant and desalination plant — and the nearby 100-acre Maerkle Reservoir with its hydro-electric power plant and turning them into models of clean technology to be shared with the world. “There is a possibility here to do massive clean tech energy storage, have a desalinization plant that is clean and green, and instead of tearing down the Encina power plant and putting up a hotel, you create a clean tech campus where you bring in eco tech tourism — and what that means is scientists, engineers, students and researchers — who come and see how these types of facilities work. Energy storage plus desalination are really the future technology of bringing water and energy security to our city,” Schumacher said. National politics has been turned on its head in the last year and while it trickles down to all of us, Schumacher feels there are ways to keep focused by continuing to strengthen the bonds of your neighbors at the local level.

“This is actually something Cleve Jones talked about, which made the success of the marriage equality movement so profoundly fast, really, in the scheme of things — because we all went out there and talked about what it was like just to be in a relationship, what love had done for us and shared our personal experiences,” she said. “We humanized what it meant to be gay. We were able to generate empathy and people could see us for the human beings that we were. “That exact same lesson that I took from being in the LGBT marriage equality movement is what I’m applying during this time and what I encourage others to apply as well,” she said. Schumacher will be out at the Women’s March on Jan. 20 and her campaign is planning a volunteer event at the end of January. To get involved or keep tabs on her campaign, visit or her Facebook page, To watch her campaign video, visit —Morgan M. Hurley can be reached at morgan@sdcnn. com.t



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A Latin-Asian culinary tryst Restaurant Review Frank Sabatini Jr. Despite a few name changes over its 15-year history, Isabel’s in Pacific Beach remains a truly cool mainstay for healthy meals that are really too flavorful to be categorized as “health food.” It was in this daring world of Latin-Asian cuisine conceived by restaurateur and cookbook author Isabel Cruz where I once found myself eating green chili tamales one minute and a big bowl of udon noodles with cinnamon-anise beef the next. That was back when the place was called Cantina Panaderia. Cruz later renamed it Isabel’s Cantina although at some point dropped “cantina” from the title. Nevertheless, the culinary fusion that carries through breakfast, lunch and dinner hasn’t changed. Nor has the Zen-like design of the place, which features a formidable Buddha statue standing guard over the dining room’s soothing mix of elements and accordion windows that open up to a sizable front yard. Visiting recently for lunch as a foursome, we started with an appetizer of chili-lime cucumbers that were sliced and plated on an elongated dish.

Dressed also with a few dashes of cumin, there were plenty to go around, although we hardly filled up on them. As the only meat eater in the group, I ordered a pair of chicken tacos served with tender black beans seemingly absent of lard. The tacos were meaty and piquant and also included plain-looking rice that tasted surprisingly terrific. I couldn’t tell if it was due to some mysterious, invisible seasoning or because it flirted with the squiggles of chipotle cream on the plate. My fork wandered around the table, first picking up a twirl of pan-fried noodles from a friend who chose the Buddha bowl with extra tofu. I fished out the noodles from a stimulating broth of coconut milk, lemongrass, chili paste and cilantro that resembled Tom yum soup — but better, especially when biting into a nice chunk of shiitake mushroom that I also intercepted. Another at the table opted for “single happiness,” an entree of grilled brown rice, broccoli, bean sprouts and seasonal veggies served with Thai chili paste, rich peanut sauce and a choice of tofu or grilled chicken. She requested soy chorizo instead, an option available in other dishes on the menu, although our waiter graciously granted her the substitute. I found the “soyrizo” saltier than most versions I’ve had

Isabel’s 966 Felspar St. (Pacific Beach) 858-272-8400, Lunch prices: Appetizers, $3 to $9; soups, salads, bowls, tacos and burritos, $6.50 to $17.50

A dragon stretched above Isabel’s entrance compensates for the lack of signage. (Google images) at other restaurants. (The Kensington Cafe has the best.) It lacked complexity and kick. But everyone else at the table sampling it didn’t seem to mind. The other in our group feverishly dug into a Mexican chopped salad that he requested with tofu. You can also get it with carnitas, soyrizo or chicken.

It was a big, crisp medley of romaine lettuce, red cabbage, radishes, cucumbers, corn salsa and toasted pepito seeds — all given Latin pizazz with a combination of cumin vinaigrette and cotija cheese ranch dressing. As far as meal-size salads go, this one’s a charmer. Lettuce wraps, tortas, burritos and house-made tamales

round out the lunch menu, which overlaps each day for a few hours with a breakfast menu (available from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) famous for its coconut French toast, breakfast tacos and multi-ingredient “dragon hash” with sage sausage. Dinner is served starting at 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. That menu flaunts ahi won tons, pineapple fried rice bowls, chile rellenos, chicken diablo, pepita-crusted catch of the day and other dishes that are kept mostly below $20. Also, evening patrons can still order the green chili tamales I so fondly remember from the first time I set foot into Isabel’s, which audaciously breaks the mold of most Pacific Beach kitchens. —Frank Sabatini Jr. is the author of “Secret San Diego” (ECW Press), and began his local writing career more than two decades ago as a staffer for the former San Diego Tribune. You can reach him at

The Buddha bowl with extra tofu (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

Chicken tacos with rice and beans

Mexican chopped salad

The “single happiness” plate with soyrizo


Specialty pizzas, dry-rubbed ribs and pressure-cooked chicken are among the highlights at Happy’s Pizza, a Detroit-based chain that recently made its San Diego debut in Lincoln Park. Since its founding in 1996, the company

has become a charitable leader in the communities it serves by feeding the homeless, providing coats for kids and supporting educational initiatives for low-income families. 5083 Logan Ave., 619-527-4444,

Swami’s Cafe, which currently has nine locations throughout San Diego County, will open a Hillcrest branch “hopefully by February,” according to Martin Kleckner, a manager for the family-owned company. The cafe will go into the space formerly occupied by Busalacchi’s A Modo Mio, which closed last year

and is now undergoing minor remodeling. Known for their extensive breakfast and lunch options, as well as fresh juices and smoothies, some of Swami’s Cafes also offer dinner, which Kleckner said “might” enter into the Hillcrest concept along with the availability of beer and wine. 3707 Fifth Ave.,

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, Rubio’s Coastal Grill will flash back to the decade it was founded in the Mission Bay area by selling original fish taco plates for $5 and playing ’80s music during normal business hours on Jan. 25 at all locations. The plates

feature two beer-battered fish tacos, pinto beans and chips. Rubio’s currently operates more than 200 locations throughout the U.S., including 30-plus outlets in San Diego County, and has added grilled seafood options to its menu over the years.

Kearny Mesa’s popular Nashiki Ramen is branching into Hillcrest. (Yelp) The recently shuttered Whistling Duck Tavern in the HUB Hillcrest Market will make way for Nishiki Ramen, which operates a location in Kearny Mesa (8055 Armour St.) with customer lines often extending out the door. The eatery was founded in 2015 by Tokyo-born chefs Jimmy Kitayama and Mike Furuichi, both lauded for their Renowned pastry chef Karen Krasne will close her original, long-established location of Extraordinary Desserts at 2929 Fifth Ave. later this year and move it “a scone’s throw away” to 2870 Fourth Ave. into The Louie, a mixed-use building that also houses James Coffee Co. Krasne is making the move because her lease on Fifth Avenue is due to expire after she held it for more than 30 years. The new digs will allow for an expanded menu of sweet and savory items, as well as beer and wine and indooroutdoor seating. It will be designed by architect Jennifer Luce of LUCE et Studio, who

house-made noodles and veggie and meat broths. “They’re a proven concept with an excellent product,” said Steve Hargrade of Regency Centers, which owns the HUB. The 2,082-square-foot space will undergo a redo to the dining area and take on new kitchen equipment for an expected May opening. 1040 University Ave.,

Extraordinary Desserts will expand its selection of decadent sweets when moving from its original location into newer digs this fall. (Courtesy Twenty Nine 12 Public Relations)

worked on Krasne’s second location of Extraordinary Desserts (1430 Union St.) in Little Italy before it opened more than a decade ago.

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Hundreds of tasty samples and discounted food products will be in the offing at an upcoming gluten-free expo. (Courtesy of Gluten Free Media Group)

The fourth annual Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 10–11, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Dozens of local and national vendors exhibiting more than 100 gluten-free brands and

products will take part in the event, along with chefs, authors and bloggers doling out food samples and leading instructional classes on gluten-free diets. Participants include Barons Market, 2Good2Be

Bakery, Milton’s Craft Bakers, and more. The cost is $15 for a one-day pass; $25 for a weekend pass; and $5 and $7 respectively for children 3 to 12 years of age. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar,

More than 180 restaurants are taking part in San Diego Restaurant Week, which spans over eight days, Jan. 21– 28. Participating establishments will offer lunches priced at $10, $15 and $20, and dinners for

$20, $30, $40 and $50. Have a favorite dish from past Restaurant Week outings? The upgraded website features recipes for numerous dishes from many restaurants that have taken part over the

past few years. You can find them plus a complete list of current participants at —Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at



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‘Hamilton’ lives up to all the hype Theater Review Jean Lowerison Everything you’ve heard about “Hamilton” the musical is true. “Hamilton” is for everyone who thinks that U.S. history is a bore — and for teachers looking for a way to make it come alive. It’s for those who think musical theater is phony because “people don’t sing conversation” (never mind opera). “Hamilton” is for adventurous theater buffs who welcome a different approach to telling a story — even for those who don’t think they’d welcome something quite this different. In short, “Hamilton” is for every American old enough to sit in a theater seat for a few

hours without getting antsy and disturbing others. And seeing it just may rearrange a few of your music-appreciation molecules. “Hamilton” is the story about how the sausage of the original U.S. government was made, told by those who were in “the room where it happened” and contributed to it. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s theatrical phenom landed on Broadway in 2015, took home 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, and changed the concept of the musical forever. Thanks to Broadway San Diego, it has finally arrived in San Diego, where it plays through Jan. 28 at San Diego Civic Theatre. Oskar Eustis, artistic director of New York’s Public Theater (which hosted “Hamilton’s” pre-Broadway run) likens Miranda to a

Cast members from a production of "Hamilton" (Photos by Joan Marcus)

latter-day Shakespeare. “He does exactly what Shakespeare does,” Eustis said. “He takes the language of the people and heightens it by making it verse.” Ah, but not just any old kind of verse: hip-hop. Yes, imagine late 18th-century Americans rapping about the great American experiment. It’s downright revolutionary — and makes for utterly engrossing theater. You’ll meet Caribbean immigrant Alexander Hamilton (Austin Scott), orphaned at 12 and sent to New York, about whom contemporary Aaron Burr (Ryan Vasquez) wonders how this “bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman” grew up to be “a hero and a scholar.” It may be because Hamilton is ambitious and persistent — as he puts it, “I’m not throwin’ away my shot.” And perhaps also because George Washington (regal Isaiah Johnson, African American and singing like an angel as the Revolutionary general, father of the new country and its first president) took Hamilton under his political wing. Meanwhile Aaron Burr, the politician’s politician, has this advice for Hamilton: “Talk less. Smile more. Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for.” (Sound familiar?) Hamilton and Burr sparred verbally until finally Burr became famous as “the damn fool who shot him”

you’ll have the time of your life.

‘Hamilton’ Through January 28 San Diego Civic Theatre Third Avenue and B Street (Downtown) Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 pm.; Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. 619-570-1100 An actor playing England's King George (Hamilton) in a duel. Another immigrant who figures here is the Marquis de Lafayette (Jordan Donica), who came from France to fight with the revolutionaries. He and Hamilton provoke great applause when they note that “immigrants get the job done.” Donica also plays Thomas Jefferson, the dandified American who spent several years in Paris as American ambassador to France, resplendent in a magenta frock coat. He is annoyed only by Hamilton. Along for laughs is England’s King George (Rory O’Malley, reprising his Broadway role), who sings several verses of “You‘ll Be Back,” a jaunty song about his annoyance with those break-away Americans. O’Malley mugs with the best of them while maintaining his cool royal bearing. Fear not, women are not slighted here, even if — as early feminist Angelica Schuyler (Sabrina Sloan) points out with some annoyance — they are left out of the Declaration of Independence. Hamilton will marry Angelica’s sister Eliza

(Raven Thomas), and they will have eight children. Not so different from today, Hamilton will later both do himself in politically and break her heart with extra-curricular activities. This show is also spectacular visually, in its energetic, athletic, sometimes even gymnastic choreography (by Andy Blankenbuehler), colorful costumes by Paul Tazewell and especially effective lighting by Howell Binkley. Conductor Julian Reeves’ mighty band of nine keeps the place rocking with great sounds. So much could be said about this musical. Just know that this delightful show will take you somewhere you’ve never been, and although you may have to scramble to keep up with these actors and their speedy hip-hop patter, it’s a journey very much worth taking (though I’d advise listening to the soundtrack a few times before you go). —Jean Lowerison is a long-standing member of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle and can be reached at

(l to r) Actors portraying Alexander Hamilton and George Washington

FEBRUARY 9 – 11, 2018 Rating: Mature themes.

Touring cast members of "Hamilton"


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Friday, Jan. 19

Poster-making party: Bring your poster boards and create your posters for the Women’s March on Saturday. Sponsored by Gossip Grill and Visible Voices, all art supplies will be provided. Drink specials and DJ Autumn will be spinning tunes. 6–9 p.m. Gossip Grill, 1220 University Ave., Hillcrest.

Saturday, Jan. 20

San Diego Women’s March — Hear Our Vote: This year’s march will see various groups peacefully marching together to encourage and promote getting out the 2018 mid-term vote. Choose the one that best suits you or just march on your own. Festivities will begin a 10 a.m.–2 p.m. San Diego County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, Downtown. • Indivisible #BlueWave2018: Meet at the Indivisible booth and get a blue flag to carry. “The Resistance Family that marches together, creates the blue wave together, turns the county together, and flips Congress together too.” • Women’s March San Diego: Organizers from last year will reunite to reaffirm their commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. “We recognize that there is no true peace, freedom, or inclusion without equity for all. Our march will represent voices of resistance aligned with our Unity Principles — ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, workers’ rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice.” • ACLU marchers: Those participating will be offered a limited supply of ACLU of San Diego T-shirts. Make sure you RSVP and tell them your T-shirt size. • North County March with the NC LGBTQ Resource Center: Meet at Palomar College center stage and look for rainbow and trans flags. Bring your own signs. 11 a.m. Register here

Hillcrest Classic Car Show: Every third Saturday of the month, Great Autos of Yesteryear — the largest LGBT car club on the West Coast with almost 1,000 members — will bring at least 20 car collectors together to share their love of cars with the public and other members. To learn more about the club, visit Free. 1–4 p.m. Normal Street at the Hillcrest Pride Flag. bit. ly/2ms4UIn

Diversity Night with San Diego Gulls: Join the San Diego LGBT Visitor Center, You Can Play and the San Diego Gulls hockey team for their first Diversity Night. The team will be hosting the San Jose Barracudas. A tailgate will start at 5 p.m., and you can watch the team warm up in rainbow jerseys and the official puck drop at 7 p.m. Ticket sales will benefit your hosts. To learn more and get tickets, visit People of Color Mixer: Hosted by the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s #BeTheGeneration, Young Professionals Council and Latino Services Center. Join queer, LGB and trans people of color mixing and mingling and enjoying drinks, dancing and more. Partners welcome. 21-and-older. $5 donation. For more information, contact Carolina Ramos at or 619-692-2077 x108. 6–9 p.m. The Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Bingo for the Cockettes: Tantrums and Tiaras is right around the corner and the 2018 Cockettes need to raise a little money, so it’s time to get your Bingo on to help them out. With Glitz Glam as your host, you’ll enjoy plenty of prizes and drink specials. Bingo boards go on sale starting at 12:30 p.m., with games starting at 1 p.m. 12:30–4:30 p.m. MO’s Bar and Grill, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. Vine-yasa: Yoga class with wine: Hosted by Gianni Buonomo Vintners and Yoga Jawn, flow through sun salutations and complete your practice with savasana and wine. Ticket includes an hour-long yoga class and a glass of wine with grapes from the northern regions of the Pacific Northwest that’s been fermented and aged locally in Ocean Beach. $20 in advance (stop by YogaJawn weekly yoga classes at Sunset Cliffs), or $25 at the door. 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Gianni Buonomo Vinters, 4836 Newport Ave., Ocean Beach.

Sunday, Jan. 21

Recovery Ride: It is the third year for this fun, charity bike ride through South Bay, which includes three hosted rest stops with cheerleaders, costumes and cupcakes. Ride benefits HIV Funding Collaborative as well as the important programs of Stepping Stone San Diego, which address the HIV needs of LGBT folx in recovery. 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Swiss Park, 2001 Main St., Chula Vista.

‘Sing-along Sound of Music’: Hosted by Choral Consortium of San Diego, this fundraiser not only supports the consortium but allows you to channel your inner Von Trapp family singers. Be part of their first-ever interactive movie-musical adventure with one of the most cherished movies of all time and sing along with “The Sound of Music,” complete with subtitles during the songs. Family-friendly and the perfect after-lunch event in Balboa Park. Run time approximately three hours, with a 15-minute intermission. Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, Balboa Park. bit. ly/2DiJyEf

Monday, Jan. 22

Mobile medical unit at The Center: The Family Health Centers of San Diego mobile medical unit will be located in the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s parking lot every Monday from 3–7 p.m. Services include basic primary care, immunizations, PEP & PrEP (through Rx), STD screening and treatment, chest/breast cancer screening, family planning, pap smears, pregnancy testing, hormone therapy, and sick and well visits. To make an appointment, call 619-6922077 ext. 208. The Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest. Mazing Mondays at the Caliph: Sing along to the songs of your past with Carol Curtis from 5–8 p.m. and enjoy karaoke with Danny from 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. at this easygoing cocktail bar and lounge that has been in our community since 1960. Happy hour 4:30 p.m.–1 a.m. The Caliph, 3100 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill. Visit

Tuesday, Jan. 23

San Diego Girls of Leather Social: This is a great opportunity in a casual setting and a public place to learn more about SDgoL, meet and get to know SDgoL members and see what we are up to. All are welcome to attend. If you have leather,


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41 Gilbert or Teasdale 42 Amy chaser Ben 44 ... and because 20-Across is probably this 46 Where “Aida” premiered 47 Butler of “Gone with the Wind” 48 It may follow directions 49 Personal-ad stat 51 Desists 56 What it’s hard to keep when you read the claims of McInnes 59 Hoofbeat of a stallion 62 “Frasier” pup 63 Rock’s Jethro 64 Enjoy phone sex 65 Speed skater Blanchart 66 Red rind contents 67 “Climb ___ Mountain” 68 Former Mouseketeer Don 69 Meter maid of rock

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Wine and Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at a local winery, where you don’t have to be an artist to have fun and create something special. Admission includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-16-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included, so outside food is OK, but no outside drink. Tonight’s art selection is “Ocean Beach Pier.” 6–9 p.m. Blue Door Winery, 4060 Morena Blvd., Clairemont.

Thursday, Jan. 25

Art show at #1: Come see the custom, “colorful sparkly creations” of Sergio Cabrera, cohosted by Erik Benson and Kristen Beck of b-squared productions. 7–11 p.m. #1 Fifth Avenue, 3845 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. bit. ly/2D7RMlI

‘RuPaul’s All Stars’ Viewing Party: Tonight is the season three kickoff of VH1’s big hit “RuPaul’s All Stars.” MO’s will stream it on all their screens with your hosts Chad Michaels, Glitz Glam and Paris Quion. Arrive by 7 p.m. to get dance floor seating to watch on the big screen. 8 p.m. MO’s Bar and Grill, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest.

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Toni Robin (left), chair of The Bechdel Brigade, with members (Courtesy Moxie Theatre) FROM PAGE 5

BECHDEL “She is someone who has plenty of knowledge of Emily Post and the world of the tale,” Thorn said. “I’m really excited for our audience to know about how important etiquette was to mid-20th-century housewives.” One thing about “Bliss” that should attract women to the theater, Thorn said, is that the story is not about following stereotypical gender roles. “One of the most important takeaways for me is about breaking out of the cycles that are set up for us,” she said. “The narrative addresses that we need to start writing our own stories if we want our future to change.” It is essential to note that the focus for members of the Brigade is on women involved with the arts, as opposed to strictly LGBTbased theater, and this ties into a goal Thorn envisions as the Brigade continues to develop. She would like the group to eventually include supporters of various artists, ranging from choreographers to painters. For Robin, she’d like the Brigade to ultimately include a wider range of women members. “Our task is to figure out how to broaden the reach beyond people that we know,” she said. “We want to find effective ways to spread the word and widen the circle.” Both Thorn and Robin hope that Bechdel will accept an invitation as a guest speaker during a Bechdel Night in the not too distant future. “We’re trying our best to get her to visit,” Robin said.

“We can’t get ahold of her, but our dream is for Bechdel to come and hang out with us,” Thorn said. Given Moxie’s wonderful reputation, a live conversation with Bechdel might not be out of the question. Moxie Theatre is located at 6663 El Cajon Blvd., in the College Area. “Bliss (Or Emily Post is Dead!)” will be performed Jan. 28 through Feb. 25. The Bechdel Brigade Night will start at 7 p.m. before the Feb. 2 performance at 8 p.m. For tickets or more information, visit moxietheatre. com or call 858-598-7620. —Editor Morgan M. Hurley contributed to this report. —David Dixon is a freelance film and theater writer. He can be reached at

Moxie’s Executive Artistic Director Jennifer Eve Thorn (Courtesy Moxie Theatre)

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CALENDAR Friday, Jan. 26

Breakfast: 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade: The Coalition for Reproductive Justice will not only be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the groundbreaking law, but will also be honoring Dr. Delores Jacobs, CEO of The Center in Hillcrest, with the “Defender of Choice” award for her commitment to issues that intersect with HIV/AIDS, LGBT equality, safe schools, general health care and reproductive health, as well as immigration issues. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Gretchen Sisson, a qualitative sociologist at UC San Francisco, who is researching representations of abortion and reproductive decision-making in popular culture, including film and television. VIP table sponsorship, $2,500; table sponsorship, $1,000; individual tickets, $100. 7:30–9 a.m. The Prado, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park. bit. ly/2AKLXEX

North County LGBTQ Resource Center Town Hall: This event is free and for everyone that wants to know more about the work our LGBTQ Center does in North County. Donors, find out how the money is spent; clients, tell them about your experience; volunteers, learn what they accomplish because of your help; elected officials, hear what your constituents have to say. Food and drinks available for those participating. Open to all. 6:30–8:30 p.m. City of Oceanside Public Library, 3861 Mission Ave., Oceanside.

Saturday, Jan. 27

Volunteer for Build Out: Build Out is a collaboration between San Diego Pride and the local Habitat for Humanity organization to build bridges and homes. Pride volunteers will participate in four locations and with only 60 shifts available, space is limited. Volunteers will receive an official San Diego Pride T-shirt, free lunch, snacks and water throughout the day. Specific details regarding logistics will be provided to registered volunteers as event approaches. To register, visit 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. San Diego Pride, 3620 30th St., North Park. Knit a cable hat: This class is for advanced beginners who know how to

knit and purl with ease; attendees will learn how to knit cables in an adult or children’s size hat in two classes. To prepare, visit link below and download the pattern, familiarize yourself with it and note materials needed. 1–3 p.m., South Park Dry Goods, 3010 Juniper St., Suite A, South Park.

7 and 7:30 p.m. $5 cover, $15 food minimum per person. Reservations required. 7–10 p.m. Lips, 3036 El Cajon Blvd., North Park. bit. ly/2myZBWM

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Sunday, Jan. 28

NOH8 – Open Photo Shoot: Join the #NOH8Worldwide movement in San Diego and add your face to the fight for equal human rights with an official NOH8 digital photograph by Adam Bouska. Wear a plain, white shirt. No reservations needed, but photos are first come, first served and the line moves fast. Those in line by 2 p.m. will be guaranteed a photo. Photos cost $40, with couples and/or groups $25 per person. Those interested in volunteering for the shoot can email with your contact information and make sure to note which city you’d like to volunteer for. Noon–2 p.m. Kimpton Hotel Palomar, 1047 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp.

Monday, Jan. 29

Final Manic Monday blowout: The Rail will be bidding adieu to their legendary ’80s and ’90s night, Manic Monday, and they

plan to go out with a bang. DJ Junior The Discopunk will be on hand all evening to keep the crowd pumped and bartenders will be serving up farewell cocktails. 9 p.m.–2 a.m. The Rail, 3796 Fifth Ave., Hillcrest. Harry Potter Trivia Night: Mariam T hosts this monthly trivia gathering and this month’s theme is Harry Potter. It will have you guessing no matter how many books and films you’ve seen. To pre-register for an extra five points, visit 7–9 p.m. MO’s Bar and Grill, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

Turn-back Tuesdays: Join your host, Paris Sukomi Max, at Lips for an evening of retro games and drag — the best of the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Seatings between

Wine and Canvas: Come out for some artsy fun at a local winery, where you don’t have to be an artist to have fun and create something special. Admission includes all necessary art materials, including easels, paints, brushes, aprons, step-by-step instruction and a 16-by-16-inch gallery-wrapped canvas. Wine and food not included, but available onsite. No outside food or drink. Tonight’s art selection is “Good Vibrations.” 6–9 p.m. Hotel Indigo Table 509, 509 Ninth Ave., East Village. bit. ly/1k7cJIg

Thursday, Feb. 1

‘RuPaul’s All Stars’ Viewing Party: VH1’s big hit “RuPaul’s All Stars,” is back with season three and MO’s will stream it on all their screens with your hosts, Chad Michaels, Glitz Glam and Paris Quion. Arrive by 7 p.m. to get dance floor seating to watch on the big screen. 8 p.m. MO’s Bar and Grill, 308 University Ave., Hillcrest. —Add items to our calendar by emailing

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