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Christine Quilci and Josh Perez took it upon themselves to restart the Allied Gardens farmers market, which is now located in San Carlos. (Photo by Jess Winans)

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Christine Quilici and Josh Perez certainly aren’t strangers when it comes to fresh starts. The Allied Gardens business partners and owners of TruSelf Sporting Club opened the Allied Gardens Farmers Market on May 7, 2017 at Patrick Henry High School on Wandermere Drive. While not an extension of the previous market that was held Fridays on Waring Road, the new Allied Gardens market — now held on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — operates under the same name. Which might be a little confusing because obviously, Patrick Henry is not in Allied Gardens.

Perez said they chose to name the market “Allied Gardens” because it was originally supposed to be held in the park of the Allied Gardens Recreation Center but at the last minute they were told they couldn't have it there but they had all of their marketing done already so they decided to keep it under that name. But just like the old Allied Gardens farmers market, the new one that is in San Carlos still serves the same purpose — to provide fresh fruits and vegetables, arts and crafts to the Navajo communities. “We saw the need from the community where they felt like there’s nothing going on the See MARKET page 13


Chris and Gay Holbrook are transplants from Salt Lake City who came to Southern California to be near grandchildren, and to look for some kind of new careers. They found one in Grocery Outlet, and they’ll be the owner-operators of the Grocery Outlet at the old Albertsons at Waring and Zion. That building has been empty since Albertsons closed its doors two and a half years ago, leaving local residents without a nearby grocery store to shop at — and leaving an opening for someone to cash in on an open market. Chris says it was an easy decision to make, but one that took a lot more work than they’d anticipated. “Once we’d applied and been selected as candidates, we had to move to Los Angeles for more than seven months of very thorough training in how to operate such a store. Grocery Outlet See GROCERY page 4


College and community face off over Aztec Canyon Temporary cease-fire may or may not remain in place Doug Curlee Editor at Large

Aztec Canyon, at the extreme west end of San Diego State’s property, is seen by residents around it as an unspoiled jewel of open space and wildlife habitat in the middle of the daily hustle. The people who live in the 341-home College View Estates want it to remain just that. San Diego State sees it somewhat differently — in fact, a lot differently. The university, desperate for places to build badly-needed new student See COLLEGE page 5


An artist rendering of the proposed Phase I of San Diego State University’s Chapultepec Hall (Courtesy SDSU)


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Local publishes unique guidebook for children

Margie M. Palmer Mission Valley resident Linda Gallo Hawley may not be a San Diego native, but the New York transplant and lifelong educator can school most San Diegans on the region's native flora, fauna and even cultural history. In addition to making her own mark on the culture of the region through her monthly “Nature Adventures!” programs at Mission Trails Regional Park, where she guides primary school children through the park’s many trails, she’s also the proud author of a recently published, child-centric guidebook by the same name. “Nature Adventures!,” the book, Hawley said, is one that children of all ages can enjoy; it includes facts about the habitats and wildlife of this region and features animals big and small from spiders to shrews, bats to big cats, and even smelly skunks. “When I moved to San Diego in 2001, I knew nothing about the plants in my backyard and I wanted to learn about them,” she said. “I signed up to be a volunteer trail guide because to me, it sounded like a wonderful way to learn about the flora and fauna and animals of San Diego.” Hawley admits she was quick to fall in love with the experience. “After I completed the trail guide training, I immediately

signed up for most of the children’s tours. I’m an elementary teacher by training and it was easy to love taking children out on the trails.” She eventually began working with a program geared toward preschoolers, called AntSized Adventures. Hawley said there was so much interest in the preschool program that she decided to write a curriculum. It was so successful, she said, that the volunteer work eventually turned into a paid position. “I changed the name of the program from AntSized Adventures to Nature Adventures! and I sketched a rough copy of a [guide] book and took it to Kinkos to make copies. The parents and kids loved it so much that the parents kept asking when I was going to make it available [for sale],” Hawley said. In 2015, she decided to take a two-year hiatus to finish

the self-published rough draft in hopes of signing with a publisher. Hawley eventually signed on with El Cajon-based Sunbelt Publications, which works with authors who write books that celebrate California and Baja Mexico through natural science, outdoor guides, cultural histories, and regional references. “Sunbelt encompassed everything that my book was about,” she said. “After I approached them, they took a look at it and said yes.” Sunbelt Publications has been publishing outdoor guidebooks and books that celebrate the natural and cultural histories of the Californias and southwest deserts since 1984. “When the opportunity arose to publish a book using songs to engage young children and educate them about the natural world, we were thrilled, especially because it was coming from a writer so dedicated to teaching youth outdoor appreciation,” said Sunbelt marketing coordinator Kara Murphy. “Linda has a gift for drawing children in to the topics she teaches about.” In 2016, Sunbelt released “Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors,” which Murphy said introduced adults to San Diego’s natural wonders. “And now we’re happy to do the same for children. Few San Diegans are aware that they live in a region recognized as one of the most biodiverse in the

world, and we’re happy to help spread the word.” Nature Adventures! went into print in April of this year; it’s currently available for purchase for $12.95 at Mission Trails Park, the Torrey Pines State Reserve and “What’s nice about the book is that each page gives information about a specific animal or topic. It has illustrations, which were drawn by another tour guide, of the animal and their tracks so children can identify them on the hikes,” Hawley said. “On the facing page is a song I wrote about the animal. All my songs are set to nursery rhymes, so you get the animal facts, a black-and-white drawing of the animal, their tracks and their scat and a song about the animal. It gives children factual information in a fun way.” And since the drawings are done in black and white, children can color the artwork themselves. “It’s an encompassing book. It’s a wonderful guidebook for teachers who want to teach about San Diego’s animals, flora and fauna. It’s something for everyone,” Hawley said. Those who are interested in signing their children up for one of Hawley’s hikes are in luck — she will resume teaching a monthly, two-hour class at Mission Trails Park later this year. The program will run from September through May; the hikes will take place on Tuesday mornings between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and will

Trail guide and author Linda Hawley at work at Mission Trails Regional Park (Courtesy Sunbelt Publishing)

include a lesson, an easy trail walk and a take-home craft. Class size is limited, she said. Those who are interested in registering can access registration forms at Children must be accompanied by an adult; with advance registration and pre-payment the cost per class for ages 4 and up is $10 per child or $80 for all nine classes. “I love working with children and the reason I created this program is because there is no other like it in San Diego.” Hawley said. “I’m grandma age but I’m not a grandma yet, so the children are my grandma fix. They’re the reason why I wrote this book.” —Margie M. Palmer is a San Diego-based freelance writer who has been racking up bylines in a myriad of publications for over a decade. Reach her at■

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Alvarado Hospital expansion well underway Jeff Clemetson Editor

On June 29, construction workers raised and installed the final beam for the frame of Alvarado Hospital’s emergency room expansion. To celebrate the milestone, construction workers and hospital staff gathered for a ceremony that included speeches, food and the signing of the last beam. In a tradition of ironworkers, the final beam was strapped with an American flag and a small pine tree. “The tree signifies the safe completion of the structural framing and a wish for continued good luck with the project and, eventually, its occupants,” said Jim Roherty, president of Pacific Building Group, the general contractors building the expansion. Roherty described the addition to Alvarado as a “state-ofthe-art facility that will directly benefit our community.” The expansion project started 18 months ago and the 21,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed in early 2018. The expanded emergency room will have 21 more beds


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Workers prepare to hoist the last beam with the ceremonial flag and pine tree onto the frame of the Alvarado Hospital expansion. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

— nearly double the current patient capacity. The new beds will be on the first floor. A second floor in the expansion will be a designated staff area and have space for future expansion. In addition to the main building expansion, Pacific Building Group will also be completing an expanded covered ambulance entry; making improvements to the parking lot area; upgrading sidewalks and street lights; installing new landscaping; and upgrading the main hospital’s energy system,

Hospital staff sign the last beam before it is placed in the frame. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

including a new emergency generator. In her speech to the gathered workers and hospital staff, Alvarado Hospital CEO Robin Gomez said the expansion has been in the planning for over 20 years — going all the way back to when her father worked at the hospital as a lead engineer in the late 1990s. The expansion has only become more necessary because having only 12 emergency room beds in a hospital with more than 300 beds “doesn’t make any sense” in today’s health care environment, she added. “These beds are so important because there is a backlog of patients and waiting times all over the county. Patients are holding in emergency rooms because we don’t have beds for them,” she said. “And these beds here are vital to the safety net of this county — especially East County.” Alvarado Hospital was built in 1972 and its upgrade will bring it more in line with the only other emergency room serving the area — Sharp Grossmont Hospital. “There are just two hospitals in East County and it goes all the way past Alpine. It’s Grossmont and us,” Gomez said. “We both have the same service signs. We both are stroke receiving centers. We receive heart attacks from the field as well. We have open heart [surgery capabilities] we can still do and this building signifies so much.”

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had several possible openings, and we were very lucky to get this one, because the kids and grandkids are here. We now live less than half a mile from the store location, so that worked out even better.” According to Grocery Outlet’s website, the company invests a lot into their independent operators and provides them “with the potential to earn significantly more than a typical store manager at a grocery chain, while sparing them from the millions of investment dollars it would take to build or refurbish a retail location and purchase inventory for their own store.” Grocery Outlet, which is headquartered in Berkeley, California, is a little different from standard grocery operations. You’ll find a complete selection of every kind of food you’d want, but it might not be the precise brand you’re used to finding. You might be used to, say, Best Foods mayonnaise, while, for this quarter at least, Grocery Outlet might be carrying Hellmann’s. In the next quarter of the year, Best Foods might be back. “Grocery Outlet stocks its stores by being huge in the market of surplus inventory that can be bought from others and immediately made available to its store owners. We get it cheap, so we can offer much lower prices than you’d find at other area markets,” said Holbrook.

(from l) Gay and Chris Holbrook train a new employee as the new staff stocks shelves at the soon-to-be-opened Grocery Outlet on Waring Road. (Photo by Doug Curlee)

They’ll offer at least as many options as the other stores do. Fresh produce, meat, deli, dairy, packaged foods and everything else you could ask for. Some of the brands might not be familiar, but the quality will be just as good as the wellknown name brands. The Holbrooks think you’ll be agreeably surprised by the store once you see it in operation. It’s not a corner niche somewhere — this is a big store, if not quite as big as the old Albertsons was. That’s because the building will be shared by another operation — a smaller Dollar Tree store is being built inside the northern part of the overall structure. Dollar Tree

is apparently not so far along as Grocery Outlet. It appears they may be several more weeks away from opening. It’s almost impossible to get hold of anyone at the Virginiabased Dollar Tree, so we don’t know what the progress is there. The Holbrooks don’t know much about it either, but they think it’ll probably work out. Chris and Gay hope there’ll be a big crowd for the Grocery Outlet grand opening on Thursday morning, Aug. 3. They think the people will like what they see.

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The annual Sharp HospiceCare Regatta will be held Aug. 26. (Courtesy Sharp HospiceCare)

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u College, from page 1 housing for freshmen who must live on campus their first year, has plans to build a lot of that housing in this area, with plans that would destroy a sizable chunk of that canyon — some of which San Diego State owns. “We have plans for a Phase 2 — an 11-story dorm tower right near our existing west campus tower, Chapultepec Hall,” school communications director Gina Jacobs said. “There are also plans for additional structures there — what we call Phase 3.” Those plans, once College View Estates residents found out about them, caused voices to raise and blood to boil. They have visions of Remington Road, the only way in and out of their community, clogged with even more traffic than it already is. (Remington Road would be a problem — it’s just barely a two-lane street as it is, and it desperately needs work.) What could have ended up in confrontation and court has been cooled somewhat by a letter from Interim SDSU president Sally Roush to state Sen. Toni G. Atkins and City Councilmember Georgette Gomez. “San Diego State has elected to go forward with only Phase 1 of our expansion plans for now. A structure of four to six stories will be built in what is now Parking Lot 9, right beside Chapultepec Hall,” Jacobs said. The planned dorm will cost about $130 million, and will house more than 800 students. In addition to residential

The Phase I buildings will be built over this parking lot on the SDSU campus. (Photo by Doug Curlee)

square footage, there will also be 4,300 square feet of market area and a 3,850-square-foot community center. Jacobs said it’s true the Phase 1 structure will be right beside the canyon, but that “right beside” is as close as it’ll get. “It will not impinge on the canyon at all,” she said. “There is enough room for us to build the structures and the needed access and fire roads without touching a pebble in the canyon.” That has solved the immediate problem, but what might have been a fairly warm relationship between town and gown has now been turned into a wary standoff between the two sides. Dr. Robert Plice is one of the leaders of the College View Estates Association, and one of the chief spokesmen for the

The canyon that local residents hope to protect from future student housing projects. (Photo by Doug Curlee)

u Briefs, from page 4 retirement celebration at the North Island Naval Base. During Capt. Taylor’s career, he served aboard the USS Independence as an Aerospace Engineering Duty Officer and was responsible for aircraft maintenance support for air wings CVW-14 and CVW-5. The Independence took part in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Southern Watch. After serving on the Independence, Capt. Taylor worked as the Maintenance Material Control Officer in China Lake, California where he supported the operational testing of several classes of F/A-18 Hornets. He then served two deployments aboard the

USS Constellation in support of Operation Southern Watch. In 2001, Capt. Taylor graduated with distinction from Naval Postgraduate School with a master of science in management degree. In 2003, he again served aboard the USS Constellation during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Later he became the Maintenance Officer of the Fleet Replacement Squadron, VFA-125, operating F/A-18 Hornets to provide fleet training for F/A-18 pilots. After that, Captain Taylor was selected as the AIMD Officer on board the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk which was deployed in Yokosuka, Japan and concluded his second overseas tour. In the later stages of his career, Capt. Taylor was assigned

community. He understands how problems like this can divide the two. He’s a retired SDSU professor. “The community is largely supportive of more student housing on campus,” he said. “If SDSU had originally proposed a project equivalent to the Phase 1-only version, there would have been concern and comment, but mostly positive support.” So for now, the resistance to the project is on a stand down — but that might change. “Now that we know SDSU has its sights set on developing the canyon, we are reluctant to state our position,” Plice said. “We’re keeping our options open.” If that sounds as though both sides have consulted lawyers, they have. Assuming completion of the final Environmental Impact Report, and other related matters, the final decision on this project will likely come in September, when it goes before the trustees of the California State University system. Approval is expected. The community will accept the Phase 1 construction. The community will also keep an eagle eye on the university, the canyon, and the development plans for the future. The much larger plans for Phase 2 and Phase 3 are still on the books. They haven’t gone away — they’ve only been postponed. They will be back. —Doug Curlee is Editor at Large. Reach him at doug@■ to Aviation Maintenance Programs & Process Improvement Branch Head for Fleet Maintenance Directorate in U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk, Virginia. There as Commander, DCMA Boeing St. Louis, he oversaw execution of all Boeing St. Louis defense contracts, including new production of Super Hornet, Growler, F-15 Strike Eagle, and numerous weapons and sustainment contracts. After accomplishing all of that, Capt. Taylor has also received various campaign and personal awards. Speaking at his retirement event were Capt. John Denton, Rear Adm. Michael Zarkowski, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Capt. John Denton and Lt. Tommie Crawford.■

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OPINION 123 Camino de la Reina. Suite 202 East San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 519-7775 Twitter: @MssnTimesCourier EDITOR Jeff Clemetson (619) 961-1969 EDITOR AT LARGE Doug Curlee (619) 961-1963

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Sen. Toni G. Atkins This is beginning to be a habit – a good one for the people of California: For the seventh year in a row, the Legislature on June 15 passed a state budget that is balanced and forwarded to the governor on time. The 2017-18 budget is strong, prudent and progressive. As in recent years, it saves more money for a rainy day and at the same time invests in programs that will help our residents succeed. I was proud to vote for it. When I was Speaker of the Assembly, I fought hard for the creation of a state-level Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to supplement a federal EITC, which is a proven way to combat poverty. The state EITC was created as part of the budget in 2015, and last year it helped 385,000 working Californians with tax refunds worth an average of $519. The just-passed budget expands the state EITC, increasing the eligibility ceiling from roughly $14,000 to approximately $22,000 and adding self-employed people to the program. Tens of thousands of San Diego County workers will be newly eligible. There had been some talk of eliminating the Middle Class Scholarship, but the new budget preserves the program, meaning our families

will continue to receive help in sending their kids to college. We’re continuing to invest in education. The new budget increases K-12 funding by $3.1 billion over last year, including $1 billion more than what was proposed by the governor in January. Never before has California invested more money per student than it’s investing now. Thanks to the voters who last year passed Proposition 56 to raise the cigarette tax, California is able to allocate more than half a billion dollars to enhance access to health care. Specifically, $465 million will go toward raising reimbursement rates for doctors and dentists who accept MediCal patients, and $50 million will raise Medi-Cal rates for Planned Parenthood providers. Raising rates will only increase chances that providers will take part in in Medi-Cal, which means access to care grows. More families will be eligible for childcare assistance, as we were able to spend $25 million on increasing the income eligibility limit. Now, those whose pay has gone up because of the increase to the minimum wage will still be eligible for help. Also, another $31 million will help our foster families who have urgent need for childcare services. Due to the federal government stepping up immigration enforcement, we’ve

allocated $30 million to the OneCalifornia program to help residents who are facing deportation. We want to make sure that immigrants who have become important parts of our communities and our economy are treated fairly, and we want to do as much as we can to keep families together. Meanwhile, this budget allocates $2.8 billion toward repairing our state highways and local roads. Residents will begin to see real results for the contributions they are making. Our roads will become safer, and we’ll begin to pay less for repairs to our cars. We were able to do all of this while still contributing to our state’s reserves. This budget adds $1.4 billion to our Rainy Day Fund, bringing the total to $8.5 billion since it was created just three years ago. It is scheduled to grow to more than $12 billion by fiscal year 2020-21. When you include our regular reserves, we now have $9.9 billion socked away. Progressive and prudent. Since the end of the Great Recession, California has made tremendous investments in its residents and its programs while also guarding against the next downturn. Our state is heading in the right direction. —Toni G. Atkins represents District 39 in the California Senate. Reach her through her website at■

SoccerCity has something for everyone Nick Stone In January, following the Chargers’ decision to relocate to Los Angeles, a group of San Diegans unveiled a plan to reinvigorate the Qualcomm Stadium site. The goal was to create a special place that offered something for everyone: an iconic public park along the San Diego River; a joint-use stadium for Major League Soccer and SDSU football; a sports and entertainment district with shops, restaurants and live-music options; and much-needed housing — all within a transit-oriented community on the San Diego trolley line.

Our commitment was to deliver all of this without asking San Diegans for a dime of their taxes or any other kind of public subsidy. Given the fast-approaching selection of expansion cities by Major League Soccer, a citizens’ initiative was launched with the hope that a decision could be made this year — either by the San Diego City Council or, preferably, through a public vote. A key criteria for selection is that a stadium be approved and on track to open in time for the 2020 season. Within a record-breaking 12 days, more than 100,000 San Diegans signed the petition to support the project. That enthusiasm was driven largely by the love of soccer in San Diego,

especially in Mission Valley, home to so many millennials. While we were hopeful that the City Council would put the measure on the ballot this year, they unfortunately put it off until 2018. The question now is will the MLS wait on San Diego? No one knows, particularly since San Diego is competing against 11 other cities all vying for one of the last four MLS expansion franchises. Regardless of the City Council’s decision and opposition funded by neighboring land owners, the proposal put forward in January remains very popular with the public. In every public opinion poll See SOCCERCITY page 9


Re: Guest Editorial: “SoccerCity: A dagger poised to strike the heart of San Diego” [Volume 23, Issue 6 or] I have just read “SoccerCity: A dagger poised to strike the heart of San Diego” by Joe LaCava, leader of Public Land, Public Vote. Public Land, Public Vote is mainly two realty investment companies who want to develop the property themselves and were beat by the FS Investors proposal. It's interesting they are called Public Vote in their title but are against a public vote for November 2017! The realty investment companies and SDSU are trying to lure people to their side by saying FS Investors isn't paying fair market value and there will be a lot of traffic when completed. Ironically, if the realty investment companies or SDSU get their way, they will also try to obtain the land for less than market value (they will have to remove the old stadium) and traffic will increase when their development is complete. I like the FS Investors plan as this is the only way to get the MLS in San Diego as the MLS expansion vote is in January 2018. —Charles Badagliacca, San Carlos

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Hearing from our veterans Congressional Watch Andy Cohen Too often the articles we read — in general, but about politics specifically — can be considered entirely negative in nature. In this column I have often highlighted the negative actions/ positions/ statements of San Diego’s members of Congress — usually our Republican members of Congress, but occasionally our Democratic members as well. And while I try to find more positive events to discuss, the unfavorable tends to be far more common. Happily, this month is different. On June 24, U.S. Rep. Susan A. Davis (D-53) hosted a Veterans Town Hall at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. This was not your typical town-hall format, where constituents are offered the opportunity to directly hear from and ask questions of their member of Congress. This event was entirely geared toward active and former members of San Diego’s extensive military community. What also Lutheran made thisChurch event Ascension different was thatSan rather than 5106 Zion Ave., Diego, CA Davis, the veterans were the center of attention. It was billed as “a chance to hear, firsthand, from someone who has served in a combat role,” and an “opportunity to hear how that has affected them and how they

relate to their family, friends, and community differently in some cases after those experiences,” according to press releases announcing the event. Serving in a combat arena changes a person, sometimes for the worse; but, as some of the stories indicated, often for the better. However, it not only affects those who serve, it also impacts the families and friends who are left behind during deployments. And as one vet pointed out, the more recent conflicts are vastly different than the nation’s efforts during World War II: Back then, everyone had “skin in the game,” as a large section of the national economy was dedicated to supporting the war effort. Today, with an all-volunteer military and only 1 percent of the population serving, it is easy for the average American to go about their daily lives without giving much thought to those serving in combat zones. This was an opportunity for the public to hear some of their stories. Several discussed the horrors of war and the difficulties of transitioning back home; how a soldier in a combat zone is expected to kill the enemy, whereas once they return home they are expected flip a switch and not kill, and the kind of toll the adjustment to “normal society” can take psychologically. But there is also some beauty in war, as one speaker noted. He told of the unconditional love that members of a unit have for one another, being “willing to

lay down your life for the man on the right and on the left of you, often someone you may not know very well.” One active servicemember told a story of a mission in Afghanistan. As his convoy passed by a village, they encountered a boy who decided to attack his truck with a rock. This servicemember, a former minor-league baseball player who asked not to be identified, watched as the boy wound up and fired the rock right into a heavily fortified windshield, cracking it. Impressed with the boy’s form and arm strength, he decided to do something about it. Upon returning to base, he gathered up all the baseball equipment he could find, including a bucket of balls he happened to have. The unit members climbed back into their trucks and returned to the village. Approaching at high speed, the convoy turned suddenly off the road and screeched loudly to a halt, terrifying some of the villagers. Village elders approached the soldiers, furious at the seemingly violent disruption. As the men climbed out of their vehicles carrying the baseball equipment with them, they calmed the villagers down, saying that they only wanted to get their attention. As soon as the men set the gear on the ground to speak to the elders, it disappeared into the hands of the growing crowd of boys who had rushed out to see what was going on. The next thing you know,


baseballs were flying through the air, gloves adorning heads, laughter surrounding them. Then there was the story of Air Force 2nd Lt. Christina Prejean, who served for a year as a security escort for visiting NATO VIPs in Afghanistan. She had a command role for a unit of 50 servicemembers, but was one of only two women in the unit. Prejean noted the importance of her just being there, carrying out her duties and giving orders, especially to men. Her mere presence, she said, provided an example and gave hope to local Afghan women for whom female authority figures are non-existent. Her presence, she said, made a difference for those women. And while women in the military have made enormous advances, with increased stature and authority throughout the ranks, the reality is that the military is still not a completely safe place for women. While she felt she had the respect of those around her, she said that while in that country, she was afraid to get up and go to the bathroom at night for fear of being raped by a fellow servicemember. Military sexual assault victims, she said, are not getting the care and attention they need. We’ve come a long way from the days when Vietnam veterans returned home to jeers and derision for their role in that protracted conflict. Today, our military are welcomed home with gratitude for their service and sacrifice, despite what the populace thinks of


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July 21 – Aug. 17, 2017

Yahairah Aristy and Jeff Benesch Judy McCarty If you missed our terrific “Navajo Nights” in July, you will want to mark your calendars now for our Aug. 10 reprise. This time, Barry Jantz, CEO of Grossmont Health District and retired La Mesa City Council member, will provide timely and informed comments and have time to answer lots of questions. This informal event is for any Republican woman who wants to spend an evening with other like-minded women, meet new friends and partake in lively discussions. It’s also an excellent opportunity for those who can’t attend our daytime meetings. “Navajo Nights” will be held once again from 6–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 at the Black Angus Restaurant in El Cajon. (The restaurant is at 1000 Graves Ave. off Broadway — two blocks east of Parkway Plaza and plenty of parking.) Once again, we’ll have a wonderful assortment of heavy hors d’oeuvres and happy hour beverages — no need to eat dinner before you come! We hope you’ll join us. Cost is $15 which you can pay at the door. Let us know you’re coming by sending your RSVP to (subject line: Navajo Nights.) At the July get-together, good food, the chance to visit without our regular meeting calls to order, and then hearing from the energetic mayor of El Cajon, Bill Wells, made for a memorable evening. Lots of good things are happening in El Cajon: a modern 10,000-square-foot animal shelter; the revitalization of the Performing Arts Center (ECPAC); the new four-star Marriott Hotel and Hilton Hotels coming in; and keeping the city’s parks for kids, not homeless tent cities. A lot of perceptions about El Cajon were changed! See NAVAJO page 24


Democrats outnumber Republicans in La Mesa, Lemon Grove and San Diego, yet there are scores of seats on local boards and jurisdictions where Republicans run unopposed every election cycle. How do we convince Democrats to run for office? What inspired some of our area's most notable political heavyweights to run for public office in the first place? Ego, power, money, fame, or altruism? Or a combination of these factors? We've secured a great cross-section of political leaders to talk about their own experiences in making that profound decision to run for elective office. Sometimes it's ambition or involvement with local issues that drives people to public service. Sometimes it's a frustration with the status quo, or a fundamental disagreement with the political direction of a governing group. Whatever the motivation, we need more Democrats — especially in East County — to become aspiring candidates for office and to make their own contributions to the governance of our communities. A great, notable panel of representatives will highlight the Aug. 2 meeting of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club (LMFDC) and share why they were inspired to run for local offices. Rep. Susan A. Davis proudly represents California's 53rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Her interest in public affairs and service grew out of her experiences as a social worker, parent, youth mentor, and military spouse. Through these life experiences, Davis developed an understanding of and deep commitment to improving her community and country. Prior to Congress, Davis served in the California State Assembly (1994-2000). In addition to her state legislative experience, Davis brought to Congress nine years of

(l to r) Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, Mark Gracyk, Dr. Kayla Greene, Rep. Scott Peters and Rep. Susan A. Davis (Courtesy LMFDC)

experience as a member of the San Diego Unified Board of Education (1983-1992). As a senior member of the House Education and Workforce Committee, Susan has played a key role in bringing reforms and improvements to primary, secondary and higher education. In the House, as she has throughout her public service, Davis has approached legislating as a bipartisan consensus builder, achieving legislative successes in education, military families and veterans support and health care. Rep. Scott Peters serves California’s 52nd Congressional District, which includes the cities of Coronado, Poway and most of northern San Diego. First elected in 2012, Peters has worked across the aisle to fix a broken Congress and stand up for San Diego’s military and veterans community. After a 15-year career as an environmental lawyer, Scott was elected to the San Diego City Council, where he later became the City’s first City Council President. On the council, he helped lead the $2 billion redevelopment of downtown San Diego, the cleanup of the city’s beaches and bays, and the completion of major infrastructure projects. In 2001, the governor appointed Peters to the Commission on Tax Policy in the New Economy, and in 2002, the Speaker of the Assembly appointed him to the California Coastal Commission. Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez was elected in May of 2013, promising to fight for our state’s working and middle classes, and she hasn’t stopped yet. In 2015, The Atlantic Magazine labeled her “The California Democrat

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setting the National Agenda” for her practical, progressive legislation aimed at alleviating real issues in people’s lives. Prior to being elected to the Assembly, Gonzalez was a labor leader and organizer, serving as the first woman and first person of color to be elected CEO and SecretaryTreasurer for the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, AFL-CIO. She also previously worked as the Senior Advisor to California’s Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante, and she served on the California State Lands Commission and the California Coastal Commission. Mark Gracyk is a U.S. Army Veteran, a LMFDC club member, and newly-elected director of the Helix Water District representing Division 3. He has over 20 years of professional water management experience and currently works as the Reclaimed Water Manager at MCAS Miramar. Gracyk and his family have lived in Lemon Grove for over 20 years where they have been involved in the community through Boy and Girl Scouts, soccer, Little League, their church and more. Gracyk is very proud of his involvement as chairman of the Prop W Oversight Committee, working with the Lemon Grove School District to oversee the completion of its beautiful new library. Dr. Kayla Greene is executive director of The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) — a nonprofit research and action institute dedicated to creating economic prosperity, sustainable communities and a healthy environment for all. CPI serves a unique role in the San Diego region, providing the analysis, policy solutions, education and alliances that advance social and

economic justice. Dr. Greene is in an ideal position to relate how much of our political direction is determined by our early life experiences and socioeconomic background. And how clearly this is delineated in legislative agendas on all levels. Before joining CPI, Dr. Greene was an assistant professor of Sociology at San Diego State University, where she taught courses on socioeconomic inequality, race, and qualitative research methods. She has served as an instructor in sociological courses on public policy at both Rider University and Stanford University. She was also the Diversity Coordinator for Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (EDGESBE) program at Stanford University. La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club serves the communities of Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, San Carlos, the College Area, La Mesa, Santee, Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, and other close-by East County areas. Meetings take place the first Wednesday of every month starting at 6:30 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive and are open to everyone. Come join the resistance! Half-year club memberships are now available for new members for as little as $15. Please visit our Facebook page, or check out our website at lamesafoothillsdemocraticclub. com. —Yahairah Aristy is president and Jeff Benesch is vice president of programming of the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. Reach them at■


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| OPINION / POLITICS 9 Curbside Styrofoam recycling now available Mission Times Courier u SoccerCity, from page 6 conducted to date — including three by the San Diego UnionTribune — San Diegans support the plan. That’s not surprising, given SoccerCity’s vast benefits. For one, it will take what’s become a largely abandoned eyesore and transform it into something Mission Valley residents can enjoy every day. As folks from Mission Valley are well aware, the SoccerCity proposal isn’t the first one that’s been offered for the stadium site. The most recent, by developer Doug Manchester, is more than twice as dense as the SoccerCity plan. In crafting this proposal, an extensive environmental review was conducted — thousands of pages that spell out project impacts and the commitment to addressing them. For example, SoccerCity will spend upwards of $50 million to mitigate traffic impacts, which includes a major redesign of the Friars Road Interstate 15 interchange. SoccerCity will also deliver huge benefits for taxpayers,

u Veterans, from page 7 their mission. Today people are able to separate the individual service man or woman from the orders they are directed to carry out. But the burdens of war today are carried by so few, it can be a very lonely and isolating

relieving the city of its $12 million annual cost to operate the aging stadium, while generating tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue that the city can put toward resurfacing roads, expanding library and rec center hours, and more. And, as has been made clear from the beginning, the initiative says fair market value will be paid for the property. An independent appraisal released last month by the city of San Diego put the value of the property at $110 million. Because the City Council did not allow a public vote this year, it’s possible we’ll lose our shot for an MLS team. Our best hope now is to push the league to consider waiting for San Diego. We and our amazing fans will give it our all. Given all the good that SoccerCity will bring to San Diego and to Mission Valley — professional soccer, a vast river park and more — there’s just too much at stake to do anything less. —Nick Stone is project manager for the SoccerCity redevelopment project proposed for the Qualcomm Stadium site.■ experience upon return home. Events like these, Rep. Davis said, allow these men and women to share their experiences with the entire community so that they do not have to bear those burdens alone. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at■


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Sherman Recently, the City Council unanimously approved the addition of expanded polystyrene (EPS) food service containers such as foam drinking cups and food containers to the city’s curbside recycling program that became effective this month. This policy achievement is a goal my office has been working on since taking office in 2012. I am truly delighted curbside Styrofoam recycling is now a reality and believe it will benefit the local environment.

The reason Styrofoam recycling is so important is because the new policy will help increase the lifespan of the Miramar Landfill and help the city reach its goals laid out in the Zero Waste Plan. The city approved the Zero Waste Plan in 2015. The plan’s goals are to achieve 75 percent waste diversion by 2020, 90 percent diversion by 2035, and “zero waste” by 2040 by identifying potential diversion strategies for future action. Diverting Styrofoam was one of those materials identified to help the city reach its diversion goals. In addition to Styrofoam, it is also important for residents

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to continue recycling cardboard, paper, newspapers, metal containers, plastic and glass bottles and jars, rigid plastics (including clean food packaging containers), jugs, tubs, trays, pots, buckets and toys, food and drink cartons, and EPS packaging. For more information about recycling programs in San Diego, including details about the city’s efforts to divert waste from the Miramar Landfill, please visit —Councilmember Scott Sherman represents the District 7 neighborhoods of Mission valley, Allied Gardens, Grantville, Del Cerro and San Carlos.■

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Triple E winners Bea Evenson, a local philanthropist, generously donated funds to Patrick Henry High School to award students who have exhibited the three E’s in community service: Excellence, Ethics and Enterprise. Awards have been given in the past for many activities including participation and achievements in various community organizations, all manners of volunteer work at hospitals, parks, libraries, charitable events, churches, synagogues, homeless shelters, humane societies, and other contributions to the community. This has been a very special tradition at Patrick Henry High School for over 35 years and we are proud to give the Triple E award to 23 special students this year. Here is a quick description of each award winner this year: Elizabeth Arevalo’s quest to find a paying summer job turned into a rewarding adventure volunteering at the library,

an animal shelter, and Alvarado Hospital, and she now understands how important it is to always do her best and to give back to the community. Sophia Bozone volunteered for PHHS’s Aquaponics club, church youth group, making holiday stockings and clothing for the homeless, working for the breast cancer three-day walk, Allied Gardens Springfest and MissionTrails days. Eric Chaing’s passion since ninth grade has been the environment. He has been a dedicated volunteer with the Environmental Club since he started at Patrick Henry and this year he has taken a leadership role as the club secretary. Tom Do has also done a lot of volunteer work in the Environmental Club working on the ongoing campus cleanup and recycling activities. Tom is also proficient in making a wilmat — a rug made out of plastic and plastic bags donated to the

EDUCATION homeless. He also volunteers for PHHS Engineering Academy's STEM day, Pumpkin Smash and the Rolando Street Fair. Joel Foster’s volunteer career started when he was 4 years old, handing out water and cheering on the runners at the America's Finest City Half Marathon. Thirteen years later he continues to help out with the marathon, and has branched out into other volunteer activities like various tennis clinics, festival play days, PHHS Feeding America Club, camps and Temple Emanu-El's SanETY Midnight Run. But one of his favorite roles is as a teen coach for the U.S. Tennis Association Learning Program at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. The program teaches tennis to the children of our servicemen and women. Andrew Hua has been a superhero volunteer for Kaiser Hospital in Grantville, putting in 130 hours of time since last summer. This work has given him the skill set he will need as he works towards becoming a psychologist. Sophia Lewko started volunteering with the YMCA this year and has demonstrated her deep knowledge of gymnastics and coupled this with her ability to connect with her young students. She positively communicates with co-workers, students, and parents on a daily basis. Shor Masori has been a volunteer photo journalist for the San Diego Jewish World newspaper, covering all kinds of current and local events of interest to the Jewish community. His most rewarding volunteer experience

This year’s Triple E Award winners (Courtesy PHHS)

was the time he spent with six teenagers from the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo who were selected to stay with a few families halfway around the world. Caroline Meyers has volunteered for several varied organizations for many years. She is an altar server at the San Diego Mission de Alcala, getting up early on Sunday morning to help set up and prepare for the Mass. In middle school, she joined the National Charity League keeping company with the elderly at a Senior Center downtown and helping with Bingo. She has also had the opportunity to make and serve dinner to the 80 homeless residents at the PATH center Downtown. Max Mittleman is a longtime volunteer at Temple Emanu-El in Del Cerro. Max consistently demonstrates an abiding dedication to his community and in his role as the programming vice president has been tireless in his work. Andy Nguyen started volunteering by signing up for the Environmental Club as a freshman and later was inspired to form the Park Beautification branch (cleaning up the small community parks in the area) of the Environmental Club. He also volunteers for the San Diego Tet Festival in Mira Mesa where he learned the joys of working the city's cultural events and is the chairman of the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance. Jason Pham is involved in many activities in his parish. He sings in the choir, is a leader in the Vietnamese Eucharistic Youth Society, and is a parish school teacher assistant. At another church, he was noted for setting high standards and excelling with his duties as a volunteer. His main assignment was to oversee and plan small group curriculum, activities, and tutoring students in the youth program. Margaret Poltorak has been a volunteer for Foothills United Methodist Church for many years where she's worked on the Annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive, the Christmas Tree Project, the annual rummage sale, and the weekly beach cleanups and coffee cart. She has also contributed as a girl scout and volunteers in many other activities like feeding the homeless and collecting old clothing at the Connection House, food drives, and working many runs and walks to benefit cancer research, and helping build homes for the homeless with the Sierra Service Project. Sophia Pruden has been a tireless volunteer raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in memory of her aunt — since she was 7 years old. Her fundraising efforts for LLS started as a lemonade and cookie stand in her driveway. In

the last 10 years, it has grown to a full-on block party with a raffle, silent auction, food, live music, face painting, a bouncy house, and serves 80 gallons of lemonade and 350 dozen cookies. She has been responsible for raising over $82,000 for LLS with the help of her family and community. Sophia is also president of the Patrick Henry Environmental Club and she created the Student Thrift Store to recycle clothing and build community. Elise Rappel volunteers at Kaiser Hospital. Every Saturday for the past 10 months she has spent four hours helping patients and guests of Kaiser Hospital, directing and greeting visitors, escorting visitors to patient rooms, and helping the nursing staff. Thanks to her hospital duties, Elise has become a more understanding and patient teenager. Hannah Ravitch’s volunteer achievements include: Kiwanis sponsored events, Special Olympics, volunteer and fundraising efforts through Patrick Henry Cheer, beach and environmental cleanups including helping the I Love a Clean San Diego organization, feeding and clothing the homeless, and Key Club. Oliver Shirley’s volunteer service started when he was 6 years old as a Cub Scout and as a Church youth group member. His very first job was putting American flags on the graves at Rosecrans National Cemetery on Memorial Day. Through the years his service has included food drives, renovating an old church, collecting and distributing essentials for the homeless, and participating in the La Mesa Flag Day Parade with his Boy Scout Troop. Oliver’s Eagle Scout service project included researching, organizing and leading 28 scouts and adult volunteers in the construction and installation of 12 bird nest boxes for Mission Trails Park. Stephanie Smith has been an active volunteer at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church. She volunteers for the San Diego Military Outreach Ministries (MOMS) by providing resources for low income military members and their families and each year she helps by supporting a food and Christmas toy drive. She also volunteers in daycare nurseries, as a junior counselor at The Kroc Center, and at the church's summer bible school. Veronica Smith volunteers with the Military Outreach Ministries during their food and toy drives. She has also been noted for baking treats for the firefighters at her local fire station. Abril and Chanel SosaPineda, PHHS twins, have See PHHS page 11


EDUCATION u PHHS, from page 10 done their volunteer work together. They love volunteering at their church, San Diego Mission de Alcala. They have sold tickets, been part of the church choir, and finally taking on some leadership roles to provide breaks to the adults during the masses. Their volunteer work for Patrick Henry includes: helping during the August student

registration, lending a hand in the finance office, library, and generally helping out wherever else there is a need. They also both helped with the 2017 Special Olympics held at PHHS last spring. Erica Tolley has volunteered for AJ’s Kids Crane event at Rady Children's Hospital, collecting toys for the drive. She is also an active volunteer for the PHHS tennis team and babysits in her community.

Mark Vo created a new club at Patrick Henry called Helping Out People Every day (HOPE). Each Saturday, Mark, with the other club members, prepared food to distribute at the Urban Angel's homeless shelter. Project HOPE collected clothing, dental products and other necessities to help those in need. Mark created camaraderie among the club members and used their collective energy to provide resources for the homeless community.

CCTE Showcase winners Congratulants to PHHS students who won the Open Team Submission at the San Diego Unified School District’s Annual CCTE (College Career and Technical Education) Showcase event held last May. The 2017 CCTE Showcase is the culminating event to exhibit an outside of the classroom product attempting to address an outside the classroom problem in collaboration with at least one adult from the business or local community. In addition to being a showcase for student projects, the CCTE Showcase is a contest. PHHS seniors Ryan Beck and Latrell Crenshaw were big winners with their design of a football helmet. Ryan and Latrell worked all year to a design for a helmet that would reduce the amount of concussions an athlete might face with the current helmets. They started looking at the solutions that were already available on the market. They then interviewed parents, coaches,

(l to r) Ryan Beck, Latrell Crenshaw, teacher Adria Van Loan, and philanthropist Nick Cannon. (Courtesy PHHS)

and medical professionals about concussions, their causes and long term affects. From there they researched various materials and came up with a 3-D model which they then presented to those same mentors, and then they developed a prototype. Throughout the competition, they also had to develop a business plan and an online portfolio of their work to share with potential mentors, investors and companies. Currently, they are

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working on getting a patent and want to sell their product for children and Pop Warner football. They won $500 and bragging rights with a big banner for their classroom. Champions were determined by the points earned for their written Project Design Elements and the Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas: Performance Metrics. Student prizes were determined by donations from the Nick Cannon Foundation.


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IScholar was founded and launched in 2014 by Henry graduate Irina Chukhray, who is currently a Ph.D. student in Sociology at Rice University. After graduating from high school, Chukhray set her mind to one day give back to the school and especially the teachers who motivated and encouraged her to pursue her academic goals. She decided to help PHHS seniors currently mentored by the same teachers that mentored her. Chukhray designed IScholar recipient Ibtihal Hussein IScholar with the in(Courtesy PHHS) tention of creating a scholarship that would be useful to its applicants. In her hopes to grow it with commuown experience of applying nity support so that future for scholarships, she noticed winners will receive a larger that the required essay comaward and possibly more than ponent seemed like an extra one grant given each year. writing assignment that did This year’s 2017 award not directly relate to the colwent to Ibtihal Hussein (class lege application process. The of 2017) and was presented by application requirements for Principal Listy Gillingham IScholar, however, mirror during the senior’s graduacurrent college application tion rehearsal. The process requirements, resulting in a of a former student using her practice run (i.e. essay draft own money to help a current and required supplemental student was inspirational to material) for college applicaall that witnessed this special tions. Using that format, she award ceremony. structured her prompt and selected a student. —Elizabeth Gillingham IScholar began as a small is principal of Patrick Henry scholarship but Chukhray High School.■

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wanted to kind of just get in there and share our products with the community.” On Sundays, the market can draw in a crowd of anywhere between 50–200 attendees, sometimes more especially during special events. “It’s cool to have a local market here,” said Frank, an Allied Gardens resident who attended the market with his wife Shannon. “This is only our second time here and we love it.”

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In addition to the farmers market, Quilici and Perez, who are personal trainers, own and operate TruSelf Sporting Club located at 5125 Waring Road. The pair met a little over four years ago working at a gym with what Perez called poor management. “Our boss told us he was going to reduce our salaries by 10 percent because the company wasn’t making enough money,” Perez said. “Then the next day, he comes in with a brand new

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“One of our partners who we were doing a corporate deal with called me and said, ‘Hey I was talking to someone and just wanted to let you know that our building is on fire.’” Perez said. “Then, I asked him if he was sure it was our gym and he said yes so I left.” After arriving at the scene, it was clear to Perez that he and Quilici would have to start TruSelf Sporting Club over from scratch. “When I got there, there were flames out of the windows and the fireman said the gym was so far gone that there was nothing they could do.” He said. The pair then looked around at possible gym locations in Allied Gardens and decided on their current location at 5125 Waring Road. The gym is their primary business and is the only sponsor of the Allied Gardens Farmers Market. Now, four years after the fire, Quilici and Perez prioritize giving back to the community. They donate all proceeds from the farmers market to the San

Diego Unified School District and hold fundraisers at their gym, like yoga and wine nights, to benefit charities like St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. “Our favorite thing about the market so far is hearing about all the ways that it is giving back and improving the neighborhood,” Quilici said. “It is meeting our expectations by supporting local farmers and small manufacturers, making clean food sources available to those that attend, creating volunteer opportunities, educating and creating awareness about organic and non-GMO sources of food and giving back to the community.” The Allied Gardens Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. For more information visit their Facebook page at yaq4qrcm. —Jess Winans is editorial intern for San Diego Community News Network. Reach her at jessicamwinans@■


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Del Cerro Action Council news Jay Wilson The Del Cero Action Council (DCAC) will meet on Thursday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.


As a member of the Lake Murray July 4th Fireworks and MusicFest Committee, I personally want to thank everyone who contributed to the event and to the community volunteers that made it happen. The contributions from the community were outstanding. The last event was held on July 4, 2011. For the previous 10 years of the event, 20022011, social media was in its infancy; it was a key factor in raising funds and keeping everyone in the area updated on the event for 2017. The feedback has been exemplary!


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There has been little movement in the ColRich housing project destined for the east side of College Avenue — 25 homes below the Chevron Service Station. The Mitigated Negative Declaration for the project was published, as previously mentioned, and posted on the DCAC website. At the request of residents, the DCAC submitted a letter to the city of San Diego requesting an extension to allow more time for public comment. The extension was granted through July 7. There is a possibility the hearing for the project before the Planning Commission will be held on Aug. 24. All meetings are on Thursdays, beginning at 9 a.m. in Council Chambers on the 12th floor of the City Administration building located at 202 C St. The trolley stops in front of the building. Any information regarding the meeting will be posted on the DCAC website at as well as in the DCAC article in the August issue of the Mission

Times Courier. The Mitigated Negative Declaration is still posted on the DCAC website.

Del Cerro median

We have received several calls regarding the very poor appearance of the Del Cerro Boulevard median, particularly between Madra and Linfield avenues. According to city staff, it is maintained on a quarterly basis and July is the month it is to receive attention from Aztec Landscape, the firm with the contract from the city of San Diego. The median may have been attended to by the time this newspaper is published. Currently, the city of San Diego is maintaining medians as if they were all just asphalt medians – with no vegetation. This is because when the gas tax revenue was exhausted, no new source of revenue has become available to increase maintenance to a median. This is the status city-wide, not just in Del Cerro.


The Friends of Del Cerro group is still moving forward regarding the possibility of establishing a Maintenance Assessment District in Del Cerro. They are waiting for the city of San Diego to provide an engineering report. This will be a public document and may be available by the end of August for public review. For more information, check their website at

Adobe Falls

Dr. Frost will have an update on SDSU and Adobe Falls at the July 27 DCAC meeting. He contacted me to inform me that Rachel Gregg has been hired by SDSU as the new Community Relations Manager for the campus, replacing Nicole Borunda. She will be invited to our DCAC meeting on July 27. —Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council. Reach him at jwilson@mtrp. org.■

San Carlos Area Council news Mickey Zeichick

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Our next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. Our meetings are open to the public. Our guest speaker will be from the District Attorney’s office and will talk to us about elder abuse. The meeting in July was focused on presentations from the governmental agencies who grace our bi-monthly (odd months) meetings but are only given a few minutes to share with us what their office is doing. During July’s meeting, each office could delve into the issues they face and the ideals and visions they have for the future. The meeting was well attended and the questions from the attendees was well thought out and enlightening.

Our two hours were filled with information and passion for what and why they do what they do. Thank you to all!

July 4th Fireworks and MusicFest

If you were out of town and did not get to see or experience the Lake Murray fireworks or spend time at the park, well you missed a first-class event right here in our own backyard! Sincere thank you goes to Tracy Dahlkamp and the entire committee composed of Dan Northcutt, Don Brennan, Jay Wilson, Terry Cords, FTS Property Management Co., and many others who donated time and/or money. (If I missed your name, I am sorry but it really was a tremendous collaborative effort.) I estimate that over 7,000 people purposely went to see these See SCAC page 15



News from the Allied Gardens/ Grantville Community Council Shain Haug and Tommy Thornton

Town Hall Meetings

Our Allied Gardens/ Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) Town Hall Meeting will be on Tuesday, July 25 at 7 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 51st and Zion avenues. You do not want to miss this special event. After presentations by local agencies and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), we will hear from Senator Toni G. Atkins. Senator Atkins brings us information and perspectives from terms as a City Councilperson and State Assembly Representative (where she served as Speaker), and in her current position as our representative from State Senatorial District 39 where she serves on Rules; Transportation and Housing; Health; Natural Resources and Water; and Labor and Industrial Relations committees. Her topics will include an update on the state budget, and education funding. Time will be allowed for your questions. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, our Town Hall Meeting speaker will be Marceline Marques, the director of the San Diego Unified School District Neighborhood Schools Enrollment Options. She will address the options program; what the schools in your area have to offer; and how to make an application for your school of choice during the 2018/2019 school year. This presentation will be of particular interest to parents of children who are just beginning their educational careers.

First Friday concerts

July 7 marked the second of five First Friday free concerts in Allied Gardens Park — a great way to spend a Friday evening. The group Popvinyl performed classic rock and pop songs for the large gathering of neighbors and friends. Children made great use of the playground and free beach balls, generously donated by Ideal Plumbing. Mother Nature provided a rather warm evening but also a beautiful sunset to close out the entertainment. Aug. 4 is your next chance to join your neighbors and enjoy another free concert. The band Classic Buzz will perform with a heavy dose of classic rock. Blanket, beach chairs and picnics are encouraged.


We are pleased to report that Gay and Chris Holbrook are bringing a Grocery Outlet to the Allied Gardens Shopping Center. On Aug. 3 at 10 a.m., they will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in connection with their Grand Opening. The Community Council will be represented by Edie Odierno, a long-term member of the board of directors and the Historian Emeritus of Allied Gardens. Join the community and help give these new neighbors a big welcome.

Classic Buzz will be the feature band at the next First Friday concert on Aug. 4. (Facebook)

Magnolia Public Schools will open their tuition-free public charter school on Estrella between Orcutt and Zion (the site of the old DeAnza School) this fall. The focus of instruction will be Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). More to follow, but for now information can be found at

Board of directors meetings The AGGCC board of directors meets on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church. Our next meeting will be on Aug. 7.

AGGCC projects

Each month we will report on AGGCC projects. Board member Deanne Palmer, a realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, will explore projects for Waring Road and the Allied Garden Recreation Center to enhance our neighborhood and elevate our property values. She will explore funding and installation of a neighborhood arch across Waring Road similar to those in Kensington, Normal Heights, and Little Italy. She will encourage businesses that will favor our community interests to consider the vacancies available in the Waring Road shopping center and she will work with other committee members to beautify and improve our recreation center.

Zion Avenue beautification project

Aug 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library Community Room, the San Diego Community Forestry Advisory Board will present information on the city’s free street tree program. Residents living along Zion Avenue or any Allied Gardens/ Grantville residents interested in having more trees in their neighborhoods are encouraged to attend to learn about the program and the many benefits of trees. For more information, contact Sophia Frost at sfrost@ or Jessica Read at —Shain Haug is the President of the AGGCC. Reach him at aggccshain@ Suggestions for Town Hall Meetings and Council action will be much appreciated and your participation in these activities will be helpful. Tommy Thornton is a member of the Council and a member of Allied Gardens Community Events, the organization that produces the concerts.■

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fireworks and/or be at the park. The fireworks could be enjoyed by the surrounding hills, backyards, and streets and I have never seen so many lights coming down from Cowles Mountain — it was amazing. Keep the donations coming for the 2018 Lake Murray Fireworks and MusicFest. SCAC is a proud supporter. You can participate by making a financial donation to this 501(c)(3) organization, please make your check payable to “Lake Murray Fireworks” and send it to: Lake Murray Fireworks C/O SCAC Attn: Tracy Dahlkamp PO Box 19246 San Diego, CA92159. My husband reminds me to thank the Lake Murray Kiwanis Club, SCAC folks, and Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club for year after year putting out the flags along Lake Murray Boulevard, Navajo Road, and Waring Road. We truly have much pride and rich traditions and have for decades. Wave if you see them! At the July 12 meeting of the Navajo Community Planners, after hearing no opposition from the residents around Tommy Drive and Renown Drive, a planned stop sign was approved to be installed there. The date for installation has yet to be determined.



Fire season is here!

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We have had a host of fires in our hills and mountain areas already. Please stay on the paved roads but if you must leave them, make sure you are on a cleared roadway, and preferably one covered with rocks, and do not park your car near any brush. Fire touches all of us not only with loss of treasures and inferior quality to our air, but also the tragic loss of life.

Keep an active mind

I recently read in the AARP Bulletin about a promising new research that suggests “electrical brain stimulation-via an implanted ‘pacemaker’ in the brain may be a way to improve memory in patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.” I am not in the medical field but this makes sense to me – to at least explore. What also make sense is to keep our minds active. You can do this by attending informational meetings, asking questions, playing games, working on puzzles, listening to music and laughing. Our library has a wonderful array of events you can attend — explore our library! —Mickey Zeichick is president of the San Carlos Area Council. Contact her at to be added to The Interested Persons list. SCAC encourages residents to join “” for what is happening in your neighborhood during the day and week.■

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RECREATION 16 Mission Times Courier | July 21 – Aug. 17, 2017 A colorful critter at Mission Trails Audrey F. Baker Small but spectacular, Murgantia histrionica dazzles with brilliant red, orange and yellow markings defined in black. While some call it the calico bug or fire bug, its most popular name, the harlequin bug, is an homage to the masked pantomime character of 16th-century Italian theater. Both dress in a diamond-patterned costume. A kaleidoscope of color and geometric markings make harlequin bugs one of the most easily recognized members of Pentatomidae, the black stinkbug family. Part of its geometric decoration is created by the front pair of wings that overlap on the insect's back, forming a distinctive “X.” The crossed wings, coupled with specialized mouthparts, denote the insect order harlequin bugs belong to – Hemiptera (true bugs). The 3/8- to 1/2-inch shield bug is a year-round resident in Southern California and is frequently observed in the park. Adults and kids delight in detecting it on its host plants. A harlequin may spend its entire life on one plant. While home may be Wild Radish, Shepherd’s Purse, and Pepperweed (mustard family members) or Telegraph Weed (sunflower family), center stage for viewing harlequin bugs at Mission Trails Regional Park is on Bladderpod (caper family).

Many opportunities are afforded throughout the park. This California native plant boasts beautiful yellow flowers, peculiar bladder-shaped seed pods, and carries an odor appreciated by stinkbugs. It’s a lifestyle choice. In both adult and nymph stages, the insects drain juices from leaves and stalks using their sharp needle-shaped mouth. Harlequins inject salivary secretions, liquefying plant tissue for easy ingestion. Unlike the butterfly or honeybee, the beak-like proboscis is non-retractable. The harlequin bug life cycle consists of three stages: egg, nymph and adult — all achieved within 48 days. With adulthood, the lifespan for males is around 25 days and 41 for females. One of the delights in observing the animal is glimpsing the eggs. They resemble upright black and white banded beer kegs sealed by convex lids. Each reproduction cycle produces six double rows laid together to form one batch. These are found on the underside of plant’s leaves. The female fiercely defends her eggs from predators. Adults mate frequently, producing multiple egg batches of 12 eggs every three days. One female can lay 164 eggs. When the eggs hatch, newborn nymphs begin feeding and progress through five or six molts (instars) before becoming adults.

It is through this process that nature finalizes her color palette. Abracadabra! Metamorphosis is now officially Incomplete. (Unlike a butterfly’s transformation, there is no pupa stage). Now winged and reproductively ready, another harlequin bug debuts on nature’s stage. As the family feeds, they multi-task, isolating and sequestering odorous chemicals in their body to ward off predation. Just as monarch butterfly caterpillars ingest cardiac glycosides, a poisonous toxin, by consuming milkweed, Harlequin bug nymphs and adults ingest the same compounds from their host plants to make themselves distasteful to their predators. Despite its diet and aposematic (warning) coloration, the harlequin bug is not poisonous. The chemicals it extracts and stores give an offending, spicy taste, comparable to hot mustard. Birds avoid spicy food! All part of classic stinkbug defense. Our colorful bug has a colorful history. Native to Central America and Mexico, harlequin bugs were detected in Texas in 1864. Their range began extending over the southern United States just after the Civil War. It principally remains a coast-to-coast “southern insect,” but now boasts a northern range, and appears in Canada. In colder climes, they are limited to one generation per year.

A harlequin bug on Bladderpod (Photo by Audrey F. Baker)

In agricultural areas, harlequin bugs are considered a pest of cabbage and related crops. In more natural environments where plant variety abounds, natural predators work to control the balance of nature. Harlequin bugs have their enemies and are equipped with ingenious defenses. A typical move when touched is to drop to the ground. Like other stinkbugs, they produce odors from their thoracic glands, and use them to fend off predators. Parasitic wasps and flies are major adversaries. The pill bug (roly poly), once thought to be solely a decaying vegetation feeder, is now known as a

nocturnal predator that feeds on harlequin bug eggs. Nature continues to amaze. Come see and hear! —Audrey F. Baker is a trail guide at Mission Trails Regional Park. Check the MTRP events calendar published here or at or call 619-668-3281 for more information on the park’s free trail guide-led nature walks and opportunities to learn more about natural Southern California. Special walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Chris Axtmann at 619668-2746 or at caxtmann@mtrp. org.■


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Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation news Jay Wilson

The best

Thank you to the readers of San Diego Family Magazine for voting Mission Trails Regional park the “Best Place to Connect with Nature” for 2017. Here is a quote from their June issue: “Bring the kids and explore one of the largest urban parks in the United States and original home to the native Kumeyaay people. Enjoy more than 60 miles of hiking trails, guided Family Nature Walks, horseback riding, animal sightings and more.”

Explore Mission Trails Day

The 15th and very successful final Explore Mission Trails Day (EMTD) was held at the East Fortuna Staging Area (EFSA) on May 21. We want to thank our sponsors: City of San Diego Special Promotional Program, County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program, Republic Services Inc., Superior Ready Mix, REI, Lightspeed Outdoors, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and in-kind donations from San Diego Family Magazine and San Diego Community News Network. This was the final EMTD as construction of a new administration building is scheduled to be underway in 2018 at the East Fortuna Staging Area where the event was held.

(l to r) Incoming MTRP Foundation Executive Director Leslie Perkins; SDG&E

Community Relations Manager Morgan Justice-Black and outgoing MTRP Foundation Executive Director Jay Wilson. (Courtesy MTRPF)

Photo contest

The 25th annual Amateur Photo Contest, sponsored by San Diego Family Magazine, has just concluded. Their promotion helped generate entries from a whole new group of amateur photographers. The Visitor Center Gallery was fi lled with 115 spectacular photographs on the walls of the Gallery. For the fi rst time, 50 digital entry photographs were rotated on a 40-inch monitor. You may view the winning photographs on our website;

go to and click on Amateur Photo Contest under “More News.” The 26th annual Amateur Photo Contest is not that far away.

Summer camp

The final summer camp, “Nature Detectives,” for children 6 to 12, will be held Aug. 7–11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MTRP Visitor Center. Children will enjoy exploring the park with Alicia Berg, the MTRP Foundation See MTRPF page 19


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REC CENTER ROUNDUP Terry Cords The 2017 summer programs are off to a busy start for both the Allied Gardens and San Carlos recreation centers. Detailed information can be obtained by calling the telephone numbers below and by checking the “Program Guide” on the website for the specific recreation center. Congratulations to the new Lake Murray Fireworks folks for putting on a spectacular July 4th Fireworks and Music Festival. There were over 5,000 community members in attendance on both the San Diego and La Mesa sides of Lake Murray. Many more enjoyed the fireworks from backyard parties and other vantage points. The new Fireworks Committee did a great job raising the money through private donations and contributions. Many local businesses and companies contributed. The San Carlos Recreation Council served as the donation point and fiscal

manager of the event. Next year and subsequent year’s fireworks should be organized as their own 501(c)(3) nonprofit group. I want to especially note the previous fireworks were done by three members of our community: Jay Wilson, Don Brennan and the late John Pilch. Both Jay and Don were the key members of the group that organized and operated the 2017 fireworks. Jay and Don along with John Pilch had fundraised and ran the fireworks for over 10 years until the threat of lawsuits forced the (now temporary) end a few years ago. Once again, hearty congratulations to the new Fireworks Committee for putting on an excellent show and event, a job well done. There are many activities available this summer at both recreation centers: Basketball, volleyball, flag football, gymnastics, “Dance to Evolve” (offering tap, ballet and hip-hop), gymnastics and tumbling for ages 1 and 2 (Toddler & Me) up to 12 years old and Parents Night Out. In addition, Allied Gardens offers pickle ball for

u MTRPF, from page 17 Education Program Instructor, and learn all about the fascinating plants, animals, and bugs that live in Mission Trails. Science, plus natural history and more! The cost of the camp is $125 per child. Go to our home page at, and scroll down under “More News” for more information and registration forms. For additional questions about the summer camp, email Alicia Berg, at

all ages; a Teen Center for after-school activities; and a free Summer Lunch Program from noon–1 p.m., Monday through Friday for ages 1–18 with a Snack Time from 3:30–4 p.m. starting July 24 through Aug. 18. The free lunch and snacks program is offered in partnership with San Diego Unified School District. Both recreation centers are offering free family-friendly Movies in the Park this summer. Don’t forget we have an excellent Aquatics Facility at the Allied Gardens Pool. Please call for details.

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A fond farewell, a pass of the baton

For the past nine-plus years, I have been writing articles for this publication while serving as the first executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. This is my last article as I am retiring from the MTRP Foundation as of Aug. 11. The baton is being passed to Leslie Perkins who will assume the position as executive director. I have known and worked with Leslie for many years in the community, the city of San Diego, and Mission Trails. Leslie and her husband Johnnie and son Loren live in San Carlos. For the past

—Terry Cords is chair for the Allied Gardens Recreation Council and San Carlos Recreation Council. Reach him at■

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20 years, Leslie has been traversing the trails in the park and has assisted with fundraising as far back as 2002. My greatest satisfaction in serving as executive director was implementing the foundation’s education fieldtrip program developed by Alicia Berg, our Education Program Instructor, and securing the grant funding through San Diego Gas & Electric Company’s Environmental Champions program. Over the past eight years, more than 35,000 students and members of youth groups from throughout San Diego County have participated in this fieldtrip program. Morgan JusticeBlack, the Community Relations Manager for SDG&E, stopped by recently and presented the MTRP Foundation with another SDG&E Environmental Champions Grant for $25,000 to help fund our education program for the 2017/18 school year. It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve the MTRP Foundation, its board of directors and staff, and to work with the very dedicated rangers and support staff of the city of San Diego, and more than 125 outstanding volunteers who last year donated over 13,000 hours of their time and expertise to MTRP. Please continue to enjoy MTRP and to support the MTRP Foundation. —Jay Wilson is executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. Reach him at■


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Steaks of various cuts are the stars at Bully’s, which also happens to offer brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This wasn’t my first time stepping into the time capsule for a plate of eggs and a morning cocktail — preceded always by an urn of French onion soup au gratin. Nor will it be my last, given the satisfying food and efficient wait service our party encountered. The “game day” breakfast is a top seller, if only for its painless price of $7.50. It fuels you with two eggs any style, savory country potatoes, French toast or pancakes, and either

smoky bacon, a sausage patty or ham steak. (The latter gives you maximum bang for the buck.) On this visit, our waitress touted the corned beef hash listed as a special, saying that customers were commenting favorably about the dish all morning. Indeed, the lightly brined meat, pulled from an actual roast, was divinely tender. Nary a speck of unruly fat was to be found. And the mingling peppers, onions and potatoes were soft to the bite. Crowned with two eggs over-medium as requested, I couldn’t have asked for better. Other protein options for hash are salmon, brisket and prime rib, the latter of which impressed me a while back with its payload of supple meat. My fork was in reaching distance to a tablemate’s chilaquiles set in a shallow pond of tangy tomatillo sauce. A vegetarian, she substituted refried pinto beans in lieu of carnitas or chicken breast. The tortilla chips were just wet enough to strike that precious balance between soft and crunchy. The standout ingredients, which added depth of flavor, were roasted poblano chilies and a little crème fraiche. At the far end of the table, “Nana” from Missouri opted for biscuits and gravy, requesting a ham steak and sliced tomato on the side. She was happy with the accompaniments, but the

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Bully’s East Prime Bistro Sports Bar 2401 Camino Del Rio South (Mission Valley) 619-291-2665, Brunch prices: Pancakes and French toast options, $7 to $10.50; egg dishes, hash and other plates, $7.50 to $21 a tequila-loaded spicy Paloma — to wash down your hotcakes and hang out longer in a red pleather booth to watch a televised sports game. —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 fsabatini@san.■

MISSION VALLEY NEWS Kitten Nursery is a trailblazing success

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San Diego Humane Society takes in 10,000th kitten

“Awwwww.” That is the sound most often made by visitors to the Kitten Nursery at the San Diego Humane Society in Mission Valley. The nursery, dedicated to the care of kittens under four weeks old, was the first of its kind in the country when it opened in 2009. And it’s still going strong. In June, the nursery accepted its 10,000th kitten, named Nova by a city-wide naming contest. The nursery originally opened in response to the large amount of young kittens being euthanized locally. Much of its initial funding came from a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The problem was the shelters in the San Diego area were just overwhelmed — their resources were not adequate for the growing cat population. Plus, for the first couple weeks of their life, kittens require constant care: feeding every two hours and bathroom stimulation. “These little kittens had nowhere to go,” Nursery Supervisor Jackie Noble said. “There is no better feeling than [knowing we’re] saving their life.” You’ve heard of the bat phone? At the nursery, they’ve got the “kitten phone.” It’s linked to a private number

given to shelters in the area. The public is encouraged to bring any kittens they find to their local shelter. Then, if the shelter does not have the appropriate resources, they will call the nursery. When the nursery first opened, Noble visited surrounding shelters to provide the number and training for working with the babies. She shared how to tell their age from body clues such as teeth, ears and eyes, and what to do with the kittens before nursery staff arrived. Once the kittens are brought to the nursery, if the litter arrives with its mother, they go into the mom and babies section. The kittens without their mom go into the orphan section. Staff highly recommends people bring in the mothers with the litter when they can. “Our mom cats are amazing,” Noble said, adding, “If you don’t bring the mom in, she will likely go back into heat and have another litter.” The orphaned kittens are paired with two to three littermates and given their own cubicle or cage (depending on age and size). The staff and caregivers have found many ways to make the cages comfortable, from baby toys to heating pads to neck pillows that form a “kitten nest.” “We have lots of creative uses for household items,” Noble laughed. “Every year, we learn something new.”


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The kittens get a color-coded feeding schedule (neonatal, transitional, or socialization), and an individual file for staff to record their bathroom movements and other pertinent details. Since the youngest ones get fed every two hours, the nursery is staffed 24/7 while it’s open for the season (April to November — apparently cats’ mating preferences seem to follow the weather). It takes 20 employees and 150 active volunteers to make that happen for the 125–200 kittens housed at any one time. With so many kittens coming and going, the nursery is very conscious of preventing the spread of disease. Kittens go through a quarantine process upon arrival, and are always held away from the body during feeding and checking time. Staff also keep a close watch for bacteria and viruses such as ringworm. Once the kittens are eating on a less intensive schedule and are going to the bathroom on their own, normally at about four weeks old, the foster parents step in. The San Diego Humane Society as a whole has more than 500 foster parents for their animals. In the nursery, they have approximately 20 fosters that can work with the kittens that need feeding throughout the night, and 35 to 40 fosters that work

The Kitten Nursery’s 10,000th rescue was named Nova by a citywide vote. (Courtesy SD Humane Society)

with transitional age kittens (four–eight weeks old). “Our fosters are amazing,” Foster Supervisor Ben Campos enthused. “For some, it becomes quite an addiction!” Since fostering is often a revolving door due to circumstance or location changes, Campos is continually looking for people willing to care for the kittens for a short amount of time. Training is provided, and unlike the strict restrictions at the nursery, cuddling is encouraged. “I love fostering. They’re so sweet, it doesn’t feel like work,” Kamila Stedz said. Stedz is both an employee at the Humane Society and a foster parent (currently fostering the litter of Nova, the 10,000th kitten). Since her role as an employee engagement administrator doesn’t involve much work

with the animals themselves, she calls fostering a way to get her “fur fix.” At eight weeks old and/or about 1.8 pounds, the kittens can be spayed or neutered by the Humane’s veterinarian and go onto the adoption floor. But they don’t stay on the floor for long. “They get adopted so quickly!” Noble exclaimed. “San Diego appears to love kittens.” In fact, so far this year the nursery has boasted a 90 percent success rate of kittens making it from admittance into a permanent home. In 2016, the end-of-year rate was 85 percent — within a .2 percent of the ASPCA country-wide rating. The nursery has been a major contributor in the “Getting to Zero” initiative, a See KITTEN page 22


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MISSION VALLEY NEWS 22 Mission Times Courier | July 21 – Aug. 17, 2017 Development still booming in Mission Valley Jeff Clemetson Editor

With all the attention that SoccerCity has received over the last few months, it is easy to forget that development around Mission Valley is still booming — even if a plan for Qualcomm Stadium doesn’t materialize for several years. Here are updates on some of the major projects that have seen some movement over the last few months:

Alexan Mission Valley

On July 12, the Mission Valley Planning Group voted to approve a new project at 123 Camino de la Reina. The mixed-use development project by Trammel Crow Residential in the 4.92-acre site will replace four office buildings that currently house Coldwell Banker, Southern States University, Cloud 9 transportation and San Diego Community News Network, the parent company of the Mission Times Courier. The Alexan project will have 284 apartments, 8,480 square feet of commercial space and 3,275 square feet of retail. The project is laid out as five- and six-story buildings wrapped around a parking garage. To comply with new climate plan rules, the parking spaces will be “unbundled” from the apartments themselves — tenants will need to rent both an apartment and a parking space if they own a car. This was designed to encourage less driving, which developers said would be easy because of the project’s proximity to the Fashion Valley Trolley Station and bus lines. Another way the project encourages pedestrian traffic over driving is by providing unique work spaces so people can more easily work from home. Other amenities included in the project to address the city’s Climate Action Plan include low flow fixtures, 150 bicycle spaces, solar panels on the roof of the parking garage, and electric vehicle charging stations. Tenant amenities for the development include a pool area with spa, fire pit and lounge seating, and barbecues. Another amenity area will be a “meadow” with trees and lawn area, barbecues, and fire pit. Landscaping around the project, especially along the project’s “nature walk” along Camino de la Reina, was overhauled to compliment the San Diego River, which is across the street from the development. Trammel Crow Residential hope to have the project approved by the city’s Planning Commission by the end of

An artist rendering of the Friars Road project (Courtesy of LandCap Investors Partners)

August, and then will have a final vote by the City Council.

Witt Mission Valley

On July 10, the Mission Valley Planning Group’s Design Advisory Board got its first look at a project temporarily called “Witt Mission Valley.” The mixed-use development by the Dinerstein Companies will replace the Witt Lincoln dealership at 588 Camino Del Rio North. The project is next to another Dinerstein development, Millennium Mission Valley, which is currently under construction in the old Bob Baker auto dealership property. Like Millennium, Witt is designed by Thomas Cox Architects (TCA) with landscaping by Urban Arena. TCA representatives said they designed the project with Millennium in mind but to be more like “cousins” rather than siblings. Both projects have retail along Camino de la Reina to create a “pedestrian feel” between the two projects. The Witt will have 267 residential units, 10 shopkeeper units with over 9,600 square feet of retail and commercial space. Tenant amenities include a pool area, open courtyard space, fitness area, club room, aqua lounge and a small dog park. Parking for residents and guests will be in a garage, and retail will have separate outdoor parking. Parking spaces will total 500. Dinerstein will be submitting its first drafts to the city for comments later this month.

Millennium Mission Valley

The 305-unit Millennium Mission Valley is currently under construction with the first units to be delivered sometime in September, Dinerstein representatives said. Construction on the mixed-use project that has 9,000 square feet of commercial and retail space is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Town and Country

A plan to redevelop the Town and Country Resort &

Morris Cerullo Legacy Center (Courtesy Carrier Johnson + CULTURE)

Alexan Mission Valley (Courtesy TCR)

Convention Center was approved by Planning Commission on June 15. The plan has three main components: renovate the hotel and convention center, build residential housing, and construct a park along the San Diego River. For the hotel and convention center renovation, Town and Country will reduce the number of hotel rooms from 954 to 700. The convention center will be scaled back from 212,762 square feet to 177,137 square feet. The residential housing will be in four separate buildings for a combined 840 units. There will also be parking structures built to accommodate the residents. The park will replace an existing parking lot and restore natural habitat along the San Diego River as well as include a pathway that will connect to other river park projects. A new foot bridge over the river will also be built to connect Town and Country to the Fashion Valley trolley stop. Todd Majcher, vice president of Lowe Enterprises and lead developer on the project, said that the plan still needs approval by the City Council and that no date has been set yet for that vote, but he is optimistic because of the Planning Commission’s unanimous approval that construction of Phase 1 will likely begin in January 2018. “We remain very excited about the project and continue to receive very positive feedback and support from both the community and respective decision makers,” he said.

Friars Road

Another project that was recently given approval by the Planning Commission recently is a mixed-use development on Friars Road, across from Fashion Valley Mall. The project consists of two buildings with residential units over two stories of parking and six shopkeeper units. One building will be eight stories high with 249 apartment units. The other will be nine stories

A sketch of how the parking lot of Town and Country will be transformed into a river park (Courtesy Lowe Enterprises)

high with 70 luxury condominium units. Both will have amenities that include recreation, exercise and concierge services for tenants. The condominium building will feature a rooftop deck. Both buildings are designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification. The 5.43-acre project will replace three office buildings located at 6950, 7020 and 7050 Friars Road. The currently unnamed project is a joint effort of LandCap Investors Partners, LLC and Guardian Investment Capital, LLC and is expected to break ground later this year and open sometime in 2019.

Morris Cerullo Legacy International Center

On June 8, the Planning Commission approved the design and plan for the Morris Cerullo Legacy International Center that will replace the Mission Valley Resort located at 875 Hotel Circle South. The $160 million religious-themed project will now go to a vote by the City Council for final approval. The 18-acre site will include the usual report amenities such as a hotel, restaurants, theater, conference rooms and luxury spa, and will also feature religious exhibits like replicas of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and of catacombs in Rome. An original Mediterranean concept of the Legacy Center was completely scrapped after it was panned by the Mission Valley Planning Group’s Design Advisory Board for not fitting in with surrounding buildings. Architecture group Carrier + Johnson redesigned the project and brought a more modern look to it. The redesign now consists of: ● The 41,071-square-foot Legacy Vision Center that will house the galleries, museum, catacombs and dome theater. ● The 127-room, five-story Legacy Hotel with restaurant, pool and spa and wellness center. ● A 63,447-square-foot, two-level pavilion building that will house executive offices, a learning center, ballroom, restaurant and 500-seat performing arts theater. ● A 7,783-square-foot indoor-outdoor marketplace. ● The 16-foot tall, 110-foot long Western Wailing Wall replica. No date has been set yet for the City Council to vote on the Legacy Center project. For more information, visit mcwe. com/legacy. —Reach Jeff Clemetson at■

u Kitten, from page 21 partnership between seven local shelters to prevent healthy or treatable animals from being euthanized in San Diego County. In fact, the nursery has been so groundbreaking and successful that it’s drawn the attention of other shelters across the country. So far, 20 other similar nurseries have been built since San Diego’s inception. Most recently, a shelter from Michigan sent representatives to San Diego to visit the nursery with the goal of incorporating one in their own area. “We’re the trailblazers,” Noble said. “It’s rewarding to see the impact across the country.”

Want to help?

If you are interested in fostering or volunteering at the shelter, the first step is to fill out an application through the “How You Can Help” portion of If you want to donate items, the nursery has an Amazon Wish List registry under “San Diego Campus Kitten Nursery.” They are also continually accepting towels and pillowcases (used to feed and clean the kittens) and consumable items such as formula. The nursery is also collecting scales for the foster parents, as the kittens have to be weighed every day.

Need more cuteness?

Stay connected to the nursery through the Purina Live Kitten Cam, which is attached to one of the nursery cages at all times, right on the bottom of the Humane Society’s homepage. You can also like the San Diego Humane Society on Facebook to see the “Kitten O’ the Day” post — every day a different kitten is featured from the nursery. For any other information, visit or call 619-299-7012. —Freelance writer Joyell Nevins can be reached at You can also follow her blog Small World, Big God at swbgblog.■


Where the jazz goes down Handlery Hotel plays host to San Diego’s local jazz scene

Jeff Clemetson A list of San Diego’s successful music clubs would include places like The Casbah, The Observatory North Park, The Music Box, Soda Bar, Winston’s and many other hotspots located in Uptown, Downtown or the beach areas. But there is also one surprising addition to that list that has been successful for jazz music in Mission Valley — The Handlery Hotel. For the past two and half years, jazz fans have packed the Handlery Hotel’s 950 Lounge every Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to hear their favorite local and occasional touring jazz players. “It’s like an old-fashioned jazz club, like when I started playing jazz clubs, where it isn’t a supper club or requires a heavy reservation or heavy cover charge,” promoter Holly Hofmann said. Hofmann is a jazz flutist who has a long history of putting on jazz shows in San Diego. She ran a jazz series at Horton Hotel in Downtown from 1990 to 1997 featuring national acts; then held a similar series at the Bristol Court Hotel for a few years; and from 2000 to 2008 put on Jazz in the Park at the Art Museum in Balboa Park on every first Wednesday of the month. “I have a big history doing this because I believe that if you know how to do this you should do this so that everybody has a place to play,” she said. Her latest jazz series at the 950 Lounge is a departure from the focus on national touring acts she used to promote and instead is a chance to promote

local acts by making the show times and location easy for them to book around. “I designed it that way so guys can play this gig and then go to another gig,” she said. “It was designed to be a room for all the local artists who make their living here.” Hofmann said she only books “real jazz” for her concert series — think Miles Davis as opposed to Kenny G. “When I say ‘real jazz,’ it’s the music of the masters. It’s not the music of smooth anything. It’s what I call mainstream and be-bop primarily in this room. I listen to all kinds of music and I support all kinds of music but I don’t support people calling things jazz that aren’t. It’s music at a very high standard,” she said, adding that while there are occasional singers, the groups she books are mostly instrumental. The room at the 950 Lounge has only 80 seats and some limited standing room, so only around 100 people can cram into the small club. “We turn people away every week,” Hofmann said, and shared that there was once a show of local all-stars players that was so packed that around 250 people had to be turned away. The popularity of the Friday shows prompted Hofmann and the hotel to look at ways to expand the jazz show series. “We’re probably going to add another night because they can’t get everybody in — maybe in the fall,” she said. In addition to the free shows at the 950 Lounge, the Handlery has also opened up its ballrooms occasionally for larger jazz shows. In March, Hofmann’s series celebrated a

Jazz flutist Holly Hoffman has been promoting a successful jazz happy hour at the Handlery Hotel for the last two and a half years. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

Big Band Sunday featuring

The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine July 23 at 5 p.m. Terrace Garden at The Handlery Hotel 950 Hotel Circle North (Mission Valley)

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Big band concert

The success of Hofmann’s jazz series has inspired other local musicians to put on their own jazz concerts at the Handlery. On July 23, the hotel will put on its first Big Band Sunday show featuring The Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine. Although not a production put on by Hofmann, Ira B. Liss said that it was his 30-year association with her that helped him decide to look at the hotel for his big band concert. “We’ve known each other a long time and she has actually performed as a guest with the band in the past,” he said. “And she pitched it to the management of the hotel and they liked the idea and I met with them on several occasions with the general manager and they said ‘Let’s do something.’ So we’re doing it.” Unlike previous jazz shows at The Handlery, this one will be held outdoors in the hotel’s Terrace Garden. “It’s actually quite nice with a gazebo and grass. They use it for weddings a lot and it holds about 250 to 300 people very easily,” Liss said. The big-band show starts at 5 p.m. and tickets are $15. The all-ages show will feature Liss’ 18-member Big Band Jazz Machine, which has been together for 38 years and has put out four albums with a fifth on the way. The group, which features vocalist Janet Hammer, plays both original compositions and standards. “We tend to play a little more modern than most big bands who like to play Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey,” he said. “We’re kind of a little more modern although we respect the tradition. “We’re a little more cutting edge but we swing as well as anyone.”■

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Packing a perfect, healthy picnic Dietitians weigh in on summer snacking TO YOUR HEALTH Sharp Health News Summer calls for day trips to the park or beach, which involve carefully packing the car with chairs, towels, sunscreen, hats, games and a perfect combination of snacks. However, a long day away from home does not mean you have to resort to greasy pizza, salty chips and boiled hot dogs from local vendors. Instead, with a little preparation and these tips from Sharp HealthCare dietitians, you can pack a healthy and delicious picnic for the whole family.


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“Instead of hamburgers and hot dogs, consider packed-togo sandwiches, with vegetables and fruits as sides,” says Bauer. “Choosing foods that are prepared and packed in your picnic cooler allows all picnic-goers to enjoy the fun without being attached to the grill.” Sandwiches can be a healthier alternative to grilled meats, especially if you use ingredients that are high in vitamins and minerals and lower in fat and calories. For side dishes, avoid mayonnaise-based items such as potato salad and macaroni salad, and instead consider three-bean salad and broccoli slaw in a vinaigrette, or carrot raisin salad with orange juice dressing. “Consider trying alternatives to mayonnaise such as a sundried tomato and caper relish, artichoke relish or hummus for great flavor,” says Bauer. Safety tip: Maintaining a safe food temperature for your picnic is important to prevent foodborne illness. Pack your cooler with refrigerated food and maintain its cold temperature with ice packs. —Barbara Bauer, program manager of clinical nutrition at Sharp Coronado Hospital.

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“I have two picnic favorites: fruit salad and a wholegrain, Mediterranean-style tabbouleh,” shares Bruce. “These two things go with any variety of picnic foods and are easy to store in the cooler in a

Choosing good food for your picnic is a great way to maximize a healthy outing. (Courtesy Sharp)

zippered plastic bag until ready to eat.” She loves bringing along fruit salad, instead of sugary desserts, that include nothing more than fresh pineapple, strawberries and blueberries. “If I want to make it fancy, I'll squeeze the juice of a lime over the fruit and toss in a few sprigs of chopped mint or basil leaves,” she adds. Fresh fruit has a high water content that can help keep you hydrated and energized during activities on warm summer days. Tabbouleh, on the other hand, is loaded with prebiotic fiber for gut health; complex carbohydrates for sustained energy; and a variety of anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting phytonutrients. Safety tip: Don’t ever bring home picnic leftovers or leave out food for more than an hour in temperatures greater than 80 degrees Fahrenheit (or two hours on cooler days). It is not worth the risk of ruining a great time with a foodborne illness later. —Angelea Bruce, certified specialist in oncology nutrition at Sharp HealthCare.

Easy fruit and veggie snacks

“For summer picnics, I like to bring a vegetable and a fruit dish,” says Busalacchi. “This way, I know there will be something to choose from that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and less fat than typical picnic food items.” Her favorites: Cut-up vegetables with hummus and fruit kebabs. Safety tip: If possible, pack two coolers — one for the perishable food and one for drinks. The drink cooler is opened more often, making it more susceptible to heat exposure — and you don’t want your

perishable food items to lose their cool. —Kendra Busalacchi, registered dietitian with Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

Mix-and-match snacks

“Fresh veggies with dips — usually mustard, balsamic vinegar or pesto — are my favorites,” says Grant. “I especially love to bring cucumbers, radishes, mini bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and carrots, because all of these hold up well during the journey.” Bringing a variety of healthy items lends itself to snacking throughout the day instead of time preparing and eating only one meal. “I love to bring fresh fruits, such as apples and grapes, as well as things like olives, smoked salmon, deli turkey, goat cheese and other charcuterie-type foods,” adds Grant. Smoked salmon is a convenient source of protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Goat cheese and deli turkey are other good sources of protein to help round out the meal and provide satiety, and olives provide a punch of flavor. Safety tip: “I intentionally choose shelf-stable veggies and fruits for the bulk of my meal. And for the rest that does require refrigeration, I make sure it is chilled before I put it in my bag and always add a couple of ice packs. If I know that it will be many hours before I eat the food, I might even freeze the food to start — if it’s a freezer-friendly item, like cold cuts.” —Tracey Grant, registered dietitian and program manager with Sharp Rees-Stealy. —Sharp Health News is created by the Sharp Health News Team for Sharp Hospitals. For more information, visit sharp. com.■

u Navajo, from page 8 All this, plus the new strength and stability of the city’s financial situation, buttressed our belief in the success of positive conservative approaches to governance. It was good to hear of the success of one of our San Diego cities. We’ll be back at La Mesa’s Brigantine Sept. 13 with Brett Winterble, KFMB 760 radio personality as our speaker. For more information on all our activities, visit us at and also like us on Facebook. —Judy McCarty is publicity chair of the Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated.■

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Allied Garden Library news Kathryn Johnson

Big savings just around corner

The summer Friends of the Library Book Sale takes place on Saturday, July 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Support our Friends of the Library by shopping this huge collection of fiction and non-fiction for kids, teens and adults. Your purchases help our Friends help the library.

Speaking of our Friends

In June alone, our Friends group sponsored the Hullabaloo Pre-Concert at the Library along with almost 10 other library programs for children; financed 13 programs for adults; purchased pizza for the top five classes at Marvin Elementary for a library card drive; funded our final teen program for the school year; and supplied 40 cupcakes and icing for our cupcake design program! For a group that works very diligently behind the scenes, they have a great impact on what we are able to offer.

Get your Comic-Con fix

Stop by the Allied Gardens/ Benjamin Branch Library to see our display of ComicCon memorabilia and to check out highlights from our graphic novel and DVD collection. The San Diego Public Library system has a vast collection of all of your favorite graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy genres as well as popular movies and TV series. If you don't find what you are looking for on our display wall, we will be happy to order it from our Central Library or one of our 35 branches. Don't miss our limited edition ComicCon library card arriving on July 20 in three new designs!


Yoga Story Time has a new day and time starting in July. It will now be every Wednesday at 3 p.m. Children and their caregivers are welcome to join

The Friends of the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library supplied cupcakes for the cupcake design program. (Courtesy Allied Gardens Library)

us for this movement and story program. Don’t forget to join us for our other wonderful storytimes: Baby Storytime Mondays at 10 a.m.; Toddler Storytime Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.; Preschool Storytime Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.; and Pajama Storytime the last Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Where’s Waldo?

Through the month of July, stop by any San Diego Public Library and find Waldo. All 36 branches of the San Diego Public Library have a Waldo hiding somewhere inside. Can you find all 36? Pick up a Waldo Passport from the information desk to start your adventure! Every found Waldo earns you a stamp in the passport, a SDPL Waldo Pencil and entry into a massive prize drawing Aug. 1.

Mad Science: Design Solutions from Pollution

Tuesday, July 18 at 2:30 p.m., join Mad Science in a very engaging and exciting show to help children understand what is pollution and what its effect are. We will discover that there is a brick made from industrial pollution that is lighter and stronger and long lasting with which we can build homes, offices, schools and more. There are artists who are helping to clean up our oceans by making

art exhibits from the trash they collect from the sea. Also included are some fun science experiments that highlight the effects of pollution and how we can help make changes.

Michael Rayner: Man of Many Talents

Tuesday, July 25 at 12:30 p.m., Michael Rayner will present his vaudevillian show that has been described as “preposterous brilliance” and “whacky jugglement” — a combination of hilarious tricks and stunts with uproarious stand-up and a bounty of improvised fun and zingers.

Summer Reading

Our goal for this summer is to get 250 Summer Reading program finishers for our branch. If we are able to accomplish this before Aug. 15, the manager will submit to a hair design of our patrons’ choosing. Whether it be having an image of a book shaved into the side of her head or a wacky design by dying, her hair will certainly call attention to itself while celebrating our community’s accomplishment. Please note that as of July 14, we only have 73 finishers. —Kathryn Johnson is managing librarian of the Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library. Reacher her at■

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San Carlos Library news

Sue Hotz

Yes, we’re open

We thank our library staff for their diligence in restoring the branch’s collection following the RFID upgrade, and for all of their assistance throughout the year. They are: Branch Manager David Ege; Youth Services Librarian Erin Moore; Librarian Mary Brandt; Library Assistants Mimi Labrucherie and Sarah Hendy-Jackson; Library Clerks Tim, Zelia, Mekhaela, Stephanie, Renee, and Jon; Library Aides Megan, Sheila, Bonnie, Tiana, Jordan, and new to the staff are Brianna and Shawn. Three cheers and a high five to all! Please know how much we daily appreciate all of you. We also thank our patrons for their patience during the twoweek closure.

Summertime activities

The Fourth of July is over, along with half of the summer. It was wonderful having Lake Murray’s Fire Works back. Kudos to all who put the daylong event together, donated, attended, and enhanced our community’s spirit. It’s not too late to sign up online and to win prizes during the library’s Summer

Reading Program (SRP). We have multiple ways for you to find the titles on your reading lists. The San Carlos Branch has over 60,000 titles in its collection. Our website,, lists all of the new titles that have been purchased for our branch during the last two months. Learn also about our Express Collection, where you can find multiple copies of the latest best-sellers, and learn how to reserve books from other branches and libraries. Peruse our First Saturday Used Book Sales — 50 percent of our paperback titles are new each month. After reading your purchases (paperbacks are three for $1), please re-donate them so we can sell them again! Our book sales and memberships create the library’s materials, programs, and equipment purchasing revenue.

Youth SRP special events

Every Wednesday from 2:30–3:15 p.m., enjoy SRP family-fun entertainment underwritten by SCFOL. July 26, Fantasy in Magic: Prepare to be dazzled by Sandee Gee, the Magician; an experienced and seasoned professional entertainer with the enthusiasm of a child; brought to us by Full Spectrum Educational Services. Aug. 2, Hullabaloo Concert: Come listen to quality music the whole family can enjoy! You’ll hear traces

of twang, funk, rock, folk and blues in Hullabaloo’s songs. Kids will be inspired to laugh, think, sing, dance, clap and stomp their feet. Aug. 9, The Science of Bubbles: Discover a world of bubbles you never knew existed! You will be amazed by the magic and science of bubbles, and you may even get put inside one. Aug. 16, Wild Wonders: Explore the wonderful wild mysteries of the animal world through disruptive coloration, camouflage, and more! Meet exotic animals such as the rock hyrax and the binturong while learning about the importance of nature’s designers. Youth weekly recurring programs include: yoga and storytime, chess, Process Art, preschool storytime & art, and the new Canta y Baila Conmigo. The Battle of the Book Characters is on. By summer’s end we will have narrowed a list of 16 book characters to one grand champion. Visit the library throughout the summer to check out books featuring these popular characters and then vote for your favorite. Watch the big board in the children’s area as 15 of the characters are eliminated.


The brilliantly colored alcohol ink abstracts created by Melanie Peterson will continue on display in the Winer Family Community Room & Art Gallery until Aug. 3. We thank our Art Director Barbara Stewart for bringing new artists and techniques to our attention. Aug. 8–31, Christina Matchett exhibits a selection of her oils and Pastels. Matchett, a realist painter, uses California’s breath-taking scenery and her own garden to inspire her beautiful landscape, seascape, and floral paintings. Joining Matchett is Luz Shepard, who returns to our art gallery with her San Diego Maritime Museum docent will speak about the history of city’s waterfront on relaxing pastels and July 21. (Courtesy SD Maritime Museum) Sumi-e Japanese

Brush Paintings. Shepard has participated in art exhibitions at the Del Mar Fair, Balboa Park Japanese events, and the Foothills Art Gallery. Enjoy the art and share refreshments with these ladies on Aug. 19, noon–2 p.m., at their Artist Reception. A portion of their sales will be donated to SCFOL.

Books and authors

July 21, 2–3:15 Sandee Gee the Magician will perform at the p.m.: Jim Bregante, library on July 26. (Facebook) helps us to “Step Back in Time: The discusses, “How Sweet It San Diego Waterfront through Is: Limiting Sugar in Your the Eyes of a Child,” with his Diet.” Learn how foods high historical presentation of San in sugar sneak into our diet Diego’s Waterfront and Little and effective ways to reduce Italy. Bregante is a native San Diegan, docent at the Maritime them. Participants will enjoy a healthy snack and experiMuseum, and seasoned ence low-impact exercises to speaker. increase physical activity, an July 28, 2–3 p.m., Bonita important component of weight Chamberlin, Ph.D. co-aumanagement and health. thored “The Gems of Attendees will receive a free Afghanistan,” with Gary health guide with recipes and Bowersox. Chamberlin tips for healthy living. spent more than 30 years Aug. 18, 2–3 p.m.: in Afghanistan working “Historical Novels: A Great under five regimes. This History Lesson.” Blaine Davies book is considered the original leads a discussion of U.S. hisand most extensive study of torical novels and how they can Afghanistan’s gemstones and help us better understand what minerals. In 2002, Chamberlin it was like to have experienced purchased the equipment rethe dramatic events in our quired for Nuristan villagers country’s history first hand. to mine gemstones and create Imagine watershed moments as jewelry; this industry has if you were there and how you created the revenue to help imwould have viewed them, not prove their standard of living. knowing what you know now Historians, geologists, gemoloabout how they affected our gists, and lovers of fine jewelry will find this a very informative nation. talk. Dates to remember Aug. 10, 12:30-2 p.m., the ● Aug. 4, 1:30–3:30 p.m.: Library Book Club is discussFriends of the Library only, ing Anthony Doerr’s, “All the Used-Book Pre-sale Light We Cannot See.” This ● Aug. 4, 6–8 p.m.: Allied novel was an immediate New Gardens’ First Friday Concerts York Times Best-Seller and in the Park a Pulitzer Prize winner. It is ● Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m.–3 the beautiful story of a blind p.m.: SCFOL Monthly Used French girl and a German boy Book Sale whose paths collide in occupied ● Aug. 15: Summer Reading France as both try to surProgram ends vive the devastation of World War II. —Sue Hotz is board member Free OASIS programs and publicity chair for the San Aug. 11, 2–3 p.m.: In the Carlos Friends of the Library. last of his Healthy Habits Reach her at publicity@sancarseries, Brandon Harding■

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Summer basketball camps

10 Monday, July 21-Thursday, Aug. 10

Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges offer youth basketball camps for ages 7-16 years old. Classes are taught on-campus by college basketball coaches. Prices vary. Registration required. Visit bit. ly/2rnNpNw.

American rock band Third Eye Blind will perform with Silversun Pickups and Ocean Park Standoff. Tickets start at $35. 7 p.m. at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive. Visit

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UFOs and Extraterrestrials presentation and

Tuesday, July 25

Want to learn more about the vital role that animals play in our ecosystem? Animal Ambassadors will speak about the topic in a light-hearted, interactive presentation. Free and kid friendly. 3-4 p.m. at Northmont Elementary School, 9405 Gregory St. Visit




and Aug. 16

Bush concert

Pacific Animal Productions)

Caregiver Support Group

16 Wednesdays; July 26, Aug. 2, Aug. 9

Caregivers are welcome to this inclusive support group that offers relevant information and resources. Free parking. Ring the bell upon arrival. 10 a.m. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, Braun Library, 6600 Cowles Mountain Blvd. Contact Sandy McCauley at 858-442-8412.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

29 Saturday, July 29

Support your local library! Stock up on used books, media, puzzles and more at discounted rates. Free admission. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library, 5188 Zion Ave. Visit bit. ly/2tnuu6v.

Death Café at Mission Valley Library

31 Monday, July 31

Interested in the topic of death, dying and end-of-life concerns? Stop by the Death Café for a safe discussion with friendly people. Hosted by Jeanne Marie Bredestege and May Bull. Free admission. Space limited. RSVP required at 2-3:30 p.m. at Mission Valley Library, 2123 Fenton Parkway. Visit


Free blood pressure screenings

14 Tuesday, Aug. 1 and Monday, Aug. 14

Two free blood pressure screenings will be offered by the Senior Resources Center of Sharp Memorial Hospital. No appointment necessary. Open to the public. Contact 740-4214. ● Tuesday, August 1: 9:30-11 a.m. at Peninsula Family YMCA, 4390 Valeta St. ● Monday, August 14: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at War Memorial Building, 3325 Zoo Drive



San Diego Bead Society's 18th annual Bead Bazaar

Saturday, Aug. 5 and Sunday, Aug. 6

Nonprofit San Diego Bead Society invites you to their annual Bead Bazaar fundraiser, which will feature artists, vendors and art classes. $5 with $2 discounts available online. Free parking. 10 a.m.6 p.m. on Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Camino del Rio South. Visit■

Wonderspaces provides a local, family-friendly alternative to Burning Man. The eclectic pop-up installation of artworks encourages audience interaction. Tickets $16-24 online. Civita Park, 760 Civita Blvd. Visit

‘Sister Parks’ Art

31 Exhibit


Elektric Voodoo concert

27 Thursday, July 27

A talking parrot is part of the Pacific Animal Productions “edu-tainment” show. (Courtesy


Friday, July 21Sunday, July 30

23 Sunday, July 23

Elektric Voodoo will kick off Civita’s fourth annual “Sundown Sunday” concert series. Free. 5-6:30 p.m. at the new Civita Park Amphitheater, located on Civita Boulevard at Russell Parkway. Visit

Wednesday, July 26


Mission Valley Library presents ‘Sister Parks,’ a photography exhibit that explores the connection between California’s AnzaBorrego Desert State Park and the Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Reserve in Mongolia. Exhibit is open the same hours as the library. 2123 Fenton Parkway. Visit or contact Phillip Roullard at proullardf16@

25 open discussion

Pacific Animal 26 Productions


Friday, July 21-Thursday, Aug. 31

Armstrong Garden Center will host two community classes this month at their new location, 1350 West Morena Blvd. Visit bit. ly/2qZ8Rsa. ● July 22: ‘Growing Citrus in the Home Garden’ at 9 a.m. ● July 29: ‘Colorful-Flowering Water-wise Plants’ at 9 a.m.

Join Myztic Isle for a monthly exploration of the paranormal. July features a presentation and discussion about UFOs and extraterrestrial life. $5-15. 7-9 p.m. at Myztic Isle, 8036 La Mesa Blvd. Visit bit. ly/2u5Dqus.



Armstrong Garden Center events

July 21 – Aug. 17, 2017


MUSIC NOTES 21 Friday, July 21


British rock band Bush will perform with She Wants Revenge, and Leopold and his Fiction. Tickets start at $25. 7:30 p.m. at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive. Visit


Classic Buzz concert Friday, Aug. 4

Classic rock cover band Classic Buzz will perform at this year’s Allied Gardens “First Fridays” summer concert series. Free food from Ideal Plumbing Heating Air Electrical and Rita’s of Del Cerro. 6-8 p.m. at Allied Gardens Community Park, 5155 Greenbrier Ave. Visit




Grossmont College's fourth annual Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory presents a musical adaptation of "Treasure Island." Tickets $10-15 at bit. ly/2tnEUD6 or 619-644-7234. Performance dates and times vary. Grossmont College's Stagehouse Theatre in Building 21, 8800 Grossmont College Drive. Visit theatrearts.


Free Concert Series

The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation presents at least two free concerts each month. All concerts begin at 3 p.m. and are performed at the Visitor Center, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail. Donations for the musicians are appreciated. Visit Upcoming concerts: ● Sunday, July 30: Pomerado Brass Quintet ● Sunday Aug. 6: San Diego Clarinet Quintet ● Sunday, Aug. 13: San Diego Native American Flute Circle

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Summer of Sycuan Concerts

Sycuan Casino hosts a concert series this summer. Must be 21-and-over to attend. Buy tickets online or at the Live & Up Close box office. 5469 Casino Way, El Cajon. Visit sycuan. com or call 619-445-6002. Upcoming concerts: ● Wednesday, July 26: Little River Band, 8 p.m., ● Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28: Psychedelic Furs, 8 p.m. ● Thursday, Aug. 3 and Friday, Aug. 4: KC and The Sunshine Band, 8 p.m. ● Saturday, Aug. 12: Sparx and Lorenzo Antonio, 8 p.m. ● Thursday, Aug. 17 and Friday, Aug. 18: Freddie Jackson, 8 p.m.

Grossmont College's ‘Treasure Island’

Thursday, July 27- Saturday, Aug. 5

13 Sunday, July 30; Sunday,

Aug. 6; Sunday, Aug. 13


Martin and Martin 12 Steve Short Saturday, Aug. 12

Get laughing with Steve Martin and Martin Short! The comedy duo will visit San Diego on their "An Evening You Will Never Forget for the Rest of Your Life" tour. Tickets start at $55. 7:30 p.m. at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Drive. Visit bit. ly/2tnEZGW.

Outdoor Family Movie

22 Night

Saturday, July 22

Mission Trails Church invites you to an outdoor family movie night. The second film screening of the summer series will be “Sing.” Popcorn and water provided. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. Film starts at sunset, around 8 p.m., at 4880 Zion Ave. Visit bit. ly/2ro8Qyg.


Page to Screen Club Wednesday, July 26

Love books and movies? Join Fletcher Hills Library for the Page to Screen Club. After reading the selected book, attend the library movie screening and participate in a group discussion. June’s selection: “One Day” by David Nicholls. 6:30-7:45 p.m. at 576 Garfield Ave. Visit■

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