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New housing complex offers 89 incomebased, affordable units. Page 2

slabs and general trash blocking the flow of water. Many in the Grantville area blame MTS for a lot of the blockage, anyway, claiming that MTS left a lot of concrete chunks in the creek

lmost anyone classified as elderly will admit, if you ask them, that one of their major fears is not so much disease or lack of money as it is loneliness. No one wants to grow old alone, but it’s a fate often dictated to them that they can’t control. They may have – in fact, likely have – lost their life partners, and live far from their children. Four walls and silence can be maddeningly depressing. That’s why San Diego’s Jewish Family Services, in existence since 1918, has made it a mission to provide services and companionship to a large number of San Diego’s elderly community. To better do that is why the College Avenue Center, well known to generations of San Diegans, has moved into larger, brighter, airier quarters at Temple Emanu-El in Del Cerro. It’s more than just a drop-in center. It offers a long and growing list of activities and classes for any senior citizen who wants to partake. It offers low-cost kosher meals every day at lunch. Mainly what it offers is companionship – a place where the elderly can go and find new friends, and reconnect with old ones. People like Penny Berridge, Naomi Title and Gerda Heilbrunn, who were kind enough to interrupt their card game long enough to talk with me. “I’d be a couch potato,” said Berridge. “This program simply changed my life.” Naomi Title agreed. “The people here are so open and inviting. There’s so much to do.” Gerda, whose mother tongue is German, has found many there she can speak with in German or English. “You can be on the go here. The food is tasty and healthy. It’s much better than the place I live.

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‘Art in the Park’

Guests at the grand opening of the new Alvarado Hospital Spine and Joint Center are shown how the robotic-assisted knee surgery technology works. (Photo courtesy of Alvarado Hospital)

Local hospital expansions improve health care for area residents

Sharp Grossmont Hospital

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Fish tacos on Friars


care, spine and joint care, mental health and more will all see improvements over the next couple years.

ecent, current and future expansion projects at local hospitals are making big changes in the health care options for area residents. New construction and improvement projects at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Alvarado Hospital and even the new Kaiser Permanente Hospital being built in Kearny Mesa are providing changes in a wide variety of health fields. Emergency room care, heart

The most visible of the recent hospital expansions is the $60 million, taxpayer-funded Health and Vascular Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, which will be housed in a three-story, 71,000-squarefoot building that is currently under construction. The Heart and Vascular Center will expand the hosSee HOSPITAL page 26

Some, not all of Alvarado Creek to be cleaned Many businesses face more flooding when rains hit Kiko’s serves up quality Mexican food. Page 18


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y the beginning of October, or thereabouts, we may see city of San Diego crews beginning to clean out the channel that brings Alvarado Creek down through Grantville to the San Diego River. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the cleanup will not extend to the section of the creek where heavy flooding happened after just two days of rain in July. The reason is simple, although hard to take for people whose businesses were knee-high in water in July. The area is not under the control of the city of San Diego. It’s under the control of the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) – the trolley folks.

Aerial map shows the areas along Alvarado Creek that will and will not be cleared. The open red lines show areas controlled by the city that will be cleared, the area with striped lines is controlled by MTS which has not gotten agency approval for the cleanup project. (Graphic courtesy of Bill Harris)

Unlike the city, MTS has not gotten the approval from the various agencies that have a piece of the action along the creek – only the city has done that, and only the city can legally go in and work to clear the channel of some of the bushes, trees, rocks and concrete

2 LOCAL NEWS Verge brings 89 new affordable apartments to Navajo area Mission Times Courier

Sept. 18 - Oct. 15, 2015

Jeremy Ogul Contributing Editor


side from being the largest addition to Allied Gardens in decades, there’s another thing that makes the Verge Apartments on Mission Gorge Road stand out: The 444-unit apartment project includes 89 affordable units. To be clear, this is not Section 8 housing. Verge does not accept rent paid through the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program (or Section 8, as it’s more commonly known). We’re talking about income-based, rent-restricted units that the developer agreed to provide as a condition of getting the project approved. At market rate, rents at Verge range from $1,781 for the smallest one-bedroom apartment (714 square feet) to $3,121 for the largest two-bedroom unit, a twostory townhouse (1,233 square feet). Residents with the lowest incomes, however, can qualify to rent the same one-bedroom unit for $913 or a two-bedroom unit for $1,013. “We have an apartment for everyone here,” said Justin Wald, Verge’s community manager. Whether an individual or family qualifies for an affordable unit depends on how their income compares to the median among San Diego households.

Workers finish construction on the Verge apartment complex which will include 89 income-based, rent-restricted, affordable units. (Photo by Jeremy Ogul)

This year, the federal government determined the median income for a family of four in the area is $73,000. In other words, half of San Diego families that size earn less than $73,000, while the other half earn more, according to the government formula. At Verge, 44 units are reserved for residents who earn no more than 65 percent of the

median income. This means that a single person who lives alone and earns $36,000 a year would meet the threshold to rent a one-bedroom apartment for $913. That’s a discount of nearly 50 percent off market rate. A family of four that earns less than $52,650 would meet the threshold to rent a threebedroom apartment for $1,121. Forty-five of the units are for

people with higher incomes — ranging from a maximum of 110 to 140 percent of the median. At the high end of this scale, a family of three could earn up to $92,000 a year and still qualify for an affordable unit. A family at that income level could rent a two-bedroom for $2,128. A family of five could rent an affordable three-bedroom apartment in this category for $2,360.

The affordable units at Verge are evenly distributed among the market-rate units and are built to the same specifications. “There’s no difference between a market-rate and an affordable unit,” Wald said. That means they have the same high-end finishes in each unit, such as quartz countertops and glass mosaic tile backsplashes in the kitchen, and a full-size washer and dryer in the unit. Every unit is accessible to people with disabilities. Residents in the affordable units will also be able to enjoy all the same luxury amenities as the market-rate tenants. Those include a two-story fitness center open 24 hours a day, an expansive outdoor pool deck with panoramic views of Admiral Baker Golf Course, a large clubhouse room for hosting parties (complete with a beer keg cooler and tap), a small playground for children, dog runs, a dog washing area, covered indoor parking and access to storage closets in the building. Tom Scott, executive director of the San Diego Housing Federation, said it’s unlikely anyone will be able to tell the difference between the tenants in the affordable units and the tenants in the market-rate units. “They’re gonna have to be able See VERGE page 23


Sept. 18 - Oct. 15, 2015 Mission Times Courier 

Signs announce the closing of the Haggen store at 5630 Lake Murray Drive. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

More Haggen stores face trouble Chapter 11 filing bad news for struggling company Doug


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conomic experts familiar with the grocery industry are still shaking their heads, wondering how Haggen grocers from Washington state got into so much trouble so quickly. One of those experts — perhaps the preeminent one in our area — is University of San Diego economics professor Alan

Gin. Gin has long been the local media’s go-to guy for all sorts of economics issues, and he has some interesting questions, and answers, about the recent Haggen grocery store closures. “Possibly the most important thing is, they apparently didn’t understand the markets they were trying to expand into, especially here in Southern California. This is one of the most crowded and competitive grocery markets in America,

and it was already jam-packed before Haggen came in,” Gin said. “The problem is also that stores that weren’t really part of the crowded picture before are becoming much bigger players. Walmart, Target, Sam’s Club are all massively expanding their grocery operations, and their buying power creates even more intense competition for the grocery dollar. There’s also the See HAGGEN page 27



Mission Times Courier

Sept. 18 - Oct. 15, 2015


Drowned, missing camera makes its way back to owners Jeff Clemetson Editor


t was a beautifully clear day with excellent visibility when Mark Schulze and his wife Patty Mooney donned their snorkels, fins and masks for a skin dive in La Jolla Cove. But the digital camera they discovered in the clear waters, and the kindness of the couple to return it to its rightful owner, sure did set off a storm of media attention. “I got so many comments about what remarkable story this was, what a refreshing change from the normal terrible news,” Mooney said. “It was like a little sunshine in people’s lives.” For San Carlos residents Schulze and Mooney, the story began Aug. 27 when they set out from La Jolla Shores with goal of swimming to the cove area. Because of the “phenomenal” visibility, Schulze spotted something shiny in the sand 25 feet below the surface. He dove and found a Panasonic Lumix digital camera and although he thought it was likely ruined by the ocean, he retrieved it and brought it along. Later that day, when Schulze and Mooney were on their way to a dinner event, Mooney tried turning it on and was surprised to see the camera still functioned. “When it turned on I was like ‘Wow!’ I was so delighted,” she said.

Mark Schulze recreates the day he found a lost camera for a segment of “Inside Edition.” (Photo courtesy of Mark Schulze)

Scrolling through the 300 pictures that were stored on the camera, the couple discovered a very active family that were probably missing their photographic memories of New Year’s Eve in Yosemite and trips to the San Diego Bay, Palm Springs and Julian dating all the way back to 2011. Mooney began immediately trying to locate the owners through her Facebook page because the locations of the photos found on the camera indicated the family was likely local to San Diego. “It became our mission to try

and find who they were because they looked like a lovely family and they had all these adventures they were on,” she said. Schulze and Mooney continued to share photos on Facebook, hoping to find someone who recognized the family in the pictures, when a friend suggested they try contacting local television news stations for help. Within hours of the story airing on a local news program, the camera’s owner contacted them. La Mesa residents Jamie Kern and his wife Alycen Haynesworth had not seen their camera for

over a month and a half, but just a handful of days after Schulze and Mooney scooped it from the bottom of the cove, it was back in their hands. It was also the beginning of a wave of media attention that picked up on the feel-good story. “All the stations, ABC, NBC, CBS, all made sure they were there to cover that and had interviews with us and them,” Schulze said, referring to the reunion of camera and owner that took place at the site where it was lost — the La Jolla Cove. Attempts to reach Kern and Haynesworth by

this paper for comment after that day proved fruitless, however when Schulze and Mooney met Haynesworth and her pre-teen son to return the camera, reporters from print and television news were on hand to capture the whole event. Besides local television, the happy ending for the lost camera story also went viral on Facebook, was picked up by local papers (including this one), was retold over various Internet sites like AOL and was even the focus of a segment on “Inside Edition.” Schulze and Mooney, who run a video production company called Pyramid Productions and know a bit about the camera industry, said Panasonic was likely “going gaga” over all the publicity their Lumix camera has received after surviving under water for over a month and a half. As for Schulze, he has a different take on the attention the story of his good deed is getting. “The moral of the story is if you find something that doesn’t belong to you, you can spend a little bit of time to try and get it back [to it’s owner], whether it’s a wallet or a camera on the land or a camera in the ocean,” he said. “The reward will be maybe a new friend or if nothing else, you’ll at least get some good karma points.” —Write to Jeff Clemetson at ■


Sept. 18 - Oct. 15, 2015 Mission Times Courier 

Grossmont College Theatre Arts announces season schedule, opens with ‘Streetcar Named Desire’ Della Elliott


rossmont College Theatre Arts will open its 2015-2016 season on Thursday, Oct.1 with “A Streetcar Named Desire,” one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. The performance will feature students in both the cast and the crew. The play, written by by Tennessee Williams, captured the New York Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama following its 1947 debut. It is an unflinching look at postWorld War II America reflected in the crumbling fantasy world of a wistful Southern belle. With her checkered past, the character Blanche DuBois comes to stay with her sister and brother-in-law in a working-class neighborhood of New Orleans and tensions quickly escalate. Directed by Theatre Arts instructor Stephen Schmitz, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” takes the Stagehouse Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 thru 3 and 8 thru 10, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. Oct. 3 and 10.

The rest of the season’s lineup is as follows:

“On the Verge,” by Eric Overmyer and directed by Beth Duggan, Theatre Arts

Department chair, is a comedic take on the customs and manners, language and strange evolution of 19th-century colonialism. Three Victorian lady travelers embark on an optimistic and absurd adventure of exploration into unknown territories. Alone, without men to accompany them, and armed with their wits, long skirts, pith helmets, and parasols, Mary, Fanny, and Alex soon discover that the topography they are surveying is not only geographic but chronologic—they are travelling though time as well as space. Finding themselves in the mid-20th century, each must decide for herself if she wishes to go back, stay, or move further onward. (Nov. 12-14, 19-21 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees Nov. 14 and 21 at 2 p.m.) “Martians!,” directed by Theatre Arts instructor Jerry Hager, is based on Orson Welles’ 1938 Halloween-night radio broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The War of the Worlds,” which sparked widespread panic when listeners mistook the dramatic performance for actual news reports of an imminent alien invasion. Travel back in time for a peek behind the scenes of the radio shenanigans at the CBS Mercury Theatre, as a few talented actors pull off the greatest radio prank in history. Full of excitement, suspense, and imaginations running wild, “Martians!” takes you on an out-

of-this-world adventure. (Dec. 4-5 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee Dec. 5 at 2 p.m.) “Inside the Actor’s Process: Discovery,” directed by Jerry Hager, is this year’s high school touring show focusing on poetic dialogue, soliloquies, and scenes. With each new play, and each new performance, an actor must discover his or her character by continually looking to the text with a fresh perspective. Each reading and re-reading of the script has the potential to unlock new discoveries and new ways of bringing the story to life for an audience. (Feb. 5-6 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 6 matinee at 2 p.m.) “Lucky Stiff,” with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by

Stephen Flaherty and directed by Theatre Arts instructor Geno Carr, is a musical about an unassuming English shoe salesman Harry Witherspoon, who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recentlymurdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo if he hopes to inherit $6 million. If he is unable to pass off his uncle as alive, all of the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn. Written by Tony Award winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky, Seussical, Ragtime), “Lucky Stiff” is a zany, offbeat, hilarious murder mystery farce with a tuneful score, a well-oiled plot, diamond thieves and budding romance. (7:30 p. m. March 10-12, 2016 and March


17-19. Matinees March 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.) “The Odd Couple” by Neil Simon and directed by Jeannette Thomas, Theatre Arts instructor, winner of the Tony Award for Best Play, and the basis of a successful movie and beloved television series, is a classic comedy of mismatched roomies who discover that opposites sometimes do attract – riotous laughter! Neurotic Felix is thrown out by his wife and moves in with his divorced friend, Oscar. Hilarity ensues when Oscar’s untidy, yet happy life of excessive gambling, smoking, and drinking collides with Felix’s need to obsessively clean See THEATER page 25


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Debris, traffic, parking problems plague Archwood


New editor committed to community Jeff Clemetson Editor

This being my first issue as editor of the Mission Times Courier, I thought it would be appropriate to introduce myself to the communities that I will be chronicling month to month. Community. As a journalist who works for a community paper, the word takes on a special kind of meaning and a certain degree of responsibility. Community newspapers, at their best, keep the neighborhoods they cover informed and connected through the stories written into the pages. While the national press occupies itself with the sometimes intangible stories of the day, local media like the Mission Times Courier stay focused on the issues that all the readers can see and hear about everyday. The world is full of big problems and big stories, but the ones that are close to home can be just as important to us and our neighbors. In this issue alone, there are stories about health care, the economics of the grocery industry and affordable housing, among others. These are big issues that matter to us all, but matter to us more when they are happening in the places we can see and visit. And more importantly, local issues are the issues we can do something about. On Sept. 9, I had the opportunity to go to the Navajo Community Planners meeting. I went looking for a story to cover, but I also went to get an idea of how this community works. I was impressed by the passion the citizens and the various officials who gave

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reports had for the issues in their neighborhoods. It is a passion I strive to match in the reporting that goes into these pages. I moved from the beach to La Mesa three years ago and have become more and more familiar with the foothills area. I hike Cowles Mountain. I eat breakfast at The Trails Eatery. My hospital is in Grantville. So I hope that I am not only a good journalist for the communities covered in this paper, I hope that I am a good neighbor as well. And that means that I will always do my best to listen to the concerns of our readers and address the issues that are important to them because that is what makes a good community newspaper. —Write to Jeff Clemetson at jeff@sdcnn. com ■


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Thank you for your well-covered article in Mission Times Courier posted Aug. 21, 2015, covering the parking, traffic and trash issues from the new apartment complex along Mission Gorge. This will be a repeat of the same issues and problems we face on Archwood Avenue and other surrounding streets in the area of Kaiser Permanente (KP) on Zion Avenue and its main entrance across from Archwood Avenue. Throwing cold water on hot coals can’t smother the fiery enthusiasm of residents frustrated over the daily street parking, trash and traffic issues brought on by Kaiser and Knowles Apartments approved by the city along Zion Avenue and now the new apartment complex on Mission Gorge, also approved by the city. Drive by the main entrance of Kaiser Permanente along Zion sometime and check out the wisdom of the city and the crosswalks they recently painted across Zion to encourage people to cross Zion and jaywalk from Archwood Avenue to KP. It also encourages cars to make illegal, unsafe U-turns at the intersection, to grab off-site street parking. And the beat goes on and on – until someone is seriously injured or killed, or kids are struck by fast moving cars, trucks etc. Sorry, but true. These issues are reported, but just seem to go by the wayside because one voice doesn’t cut it or go to far in District 7 these days. My wife Shirley and I have represented Archwood Avenue and Crawford Street, surrounding KP and Knowles Apartments along Zion for more years than we would like to remember. Our hard work and timeless hours have fallen on deaf ears. The city has shown little effort to keep the lines of communication open with us when I have tried, even from 3,000 miles away. Over the last 30-plus days they have refused to answer my emails when I respectfully requested their reply and advice. Even after Councilmember Scott Sherman told 25 to 35 residents in his living room during a meeting he called in February 2014, “let this be the day as we more forward to open better lines of regular communication between the City, KP and community,” he has chosen to go silent and speaks with a forked tongue and not support the neighborhood within the community he serves. –Ralph Richardson of Grantville via email

Greenbriar signal should get red light I was surprised to read your story about the Greenbrier traffic light at the new apartments on Mission Gorge Road. From what I read, it appears the city or the developer violated the direction they were given at the City Council hearing when the development was approved. At my request, the City Council specifically directed to protect the neighborhood and not allow the traffic light to be built as it is today. It’s disappointing to read both city and the developer may have allowed the intersection to be designed in direct conflict with what I recall was direction from the City Council and the resolution that approved the entitlement. While it’s possible the City Council changed the approval after I left at the end of 2008, I would encourage residents to contact both the City Attorney and their councilmember for further review.   –Jim Madaffer, City Councilmember, 2000-2008 ■

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Congressional Watch Andy Cohen


elcome to the San Diego Congressional Watch, 2015 summer recess edition! Congress has been on vacation for most of August, but San Diego’s Congressional delegation has been rather busy. We begin with the Iran nuclear deal. As you may recall, in July, Juan Vargas (D-51) penned an op-ed in the San Diego Union-Tribune in opposition to the diplomatic agreement with Iran to restrain that country’s nuclear weapons ambitions. This month sees two other San Diego area reps come out in favor of the deal. Last month Scott Peters (D-52) and Susan Davis (D-53) both came out in support of the pact between the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China, and Iran. “After weeks of study, it is clear to me that the JCPOA [joint comprehensive plan of action] is our best tool to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon for at least the next 15 years. I will vote to support the agreement,” Peters wrote in his own U-T opinion piece. “Congressional disapproval will not realistically force a better deal, as some opponents have asserted,” Peters wrote. “The leverage for negotiations was cre-

Rep. Susan Davis, D-53 2700 Adams Ave. #102 San Diego, CA 92116 Local: 619-280-5353 Washington: 202-225-2040 Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-50 1611 N. Magnolia Ave. #310 El Cajon, CA 92019 619-448-5201 202-225-5672 Rep. Darrell Issa, R-49 1800 Thibodo Road #310 Vista, CA 92081 760-599-5000 202-225-3906 Rep. Scott Peters, D-52 4350 Executive Dr. #105 San Diego, CA 92122 858-455-5550 202-225-0508 Rep. Juan Vargas, D-51 333 F St. #A Chula Vista, CA 91910 619-422-5963 202-225-8045

ated by the cooperation of other countries that share our goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. Our allies support the JCPOA and want to resume trade with Iran, with or without our blessing. As former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson stated, it is ‘totally unrealistic’ to expect multilateral sanctions to stick should the United States reject the JCPOA.” While Peters acknowledged that the pact will not affect Iran’s support of recognized terrorist organizations or end its civilian nuclear program, without the support of our allies, U.S. sanctions alone will have little to no effect in curbing the behavior of the Iranian regime. The military option is still squarely on the table, he said. “As another difficult decision approaches, I am convinced that after an extensive number of discussions and reviewing materials, the Iran nuclear agreement creates a viable path to reducing Iran’s nuclear weapons capabilihonor their responsibilities under the accord, and both agree that any notion that the U.S. maintains enough influence to force a “better deal” is pure folly. Darrell Issa (R-49) was caught stretching the truth again by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “It’s not an accident to have 300 emails become retroactively, if you will, determined to be classified,” he told Blitzer in an August interview, referring to the controversy over Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State. “Well my understanding is,

those 300 emails they are looking at now, that they haven’t definitively ruled it was classified information,” noted Blitzer. “They’re going over it right now. There seems to be a dispute going on between the State Department and other agencies of the U.S. government what should have been classified, even if it had not been classified at the time. Is that your understanding as well?” Issa reluctantly admitted the case while decrying the State Department’s determination of what was and what was not considered to be classified material during his term as Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee. In the meantime, he has called for a criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. “If any other American had shown the same disregard for securing classified information that Hillary Clinton showed, the United States government would move quickly and decisively to hold them responsible,” Issa stated in a press release. “Months after we learned about Clinton’s secret email server, the FBI and DOJ have finally mustered the motivation necessary to take it into their custody. “The only reasonable path forward is a criminal investigation,” he said. Peter Boby, aide to Duncan Hunter (R-50), was arrested by Capitol Police on Aug. 4 for bringing a loaded, unregistered, unlicensed handgun onto congressional property, according to CNN. Boby is an active-duty


Marine assigned as a fellow to Hunter’s congressional office. A spokesman for the Marines insisted that the incident was merely a mistake on Boby’s part, and is no way a reflection of his service in uniform. Meanwhile, Hunter and Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines have introduced legislation to arm military recruiters in the wake of the deadly shooting of four Marines and a Navy sailor at two military recruiting centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 16. Military policy prevents recruiters from carrying firearms in recruitment centers. “What happened in Tennessee is an absolute tragedy,” Hunter said. “All the talk about security upgrades to recruiting offices is fine, but the simple act of arming qualified personnel in these spaces presents the most effective line of defense.” In reality, however, armed personnel in Chattanooga would have done little, if anything, to prevent the attack. It is doubtful Congress will act anytime soon to make it more difficult for the wrong people to obtain firearms, even in the aftermath of the June massacre in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a white supremacist, or the Aug. 26 on-air murder of a TV news reporter and her cameraman in Moneta, Virginia, by a disgruntled former colleague. —Andy Cohen is a local freelance writer. Reach him at ac76@ ■


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News from Del Cerro Action Council Jay



onstruction of the SDG&E natural gas pipe line is scheduled to continue through the end of November according to representatives for SDG&E. Except for a two-block section on Del Cerro Boulevard by Lyden and Trinity Way, SDG&E is through with the construction west of College Avenue. They are proceeding down Del Cerro Boulevard, east of College Avenue, then down Madra Avenue to Del Cerro Avenue, to Airoso, and down a portion of Airoso until they tie into a section that goes under Interstate 8. Once completed, it will be another month before the resurfacing of the impacted streets commences. Mark Rawlins, chair of the Del Cerro Action Council, along with other community members, has shared his concern with Councilmember Sherman’s office regarding the vegetation removed from the median in front of Hearst Elementary School. The vegetation served as a deterrent to jaywalking across Del Cerro Boulevard. SDG&E representatives indicate because there is no water source in the median, their initial plan is to leave it as is – a heavy layer of bark. Doug Livingston, a landscape architect who lives on Lambda Drive, suggested that SDG&E consider replanting the ice plant as soon as the expected El Nino begins. If the El Nino arrives as it is currently predicted, Mother Nature will provide the necessary water to establish new plants. The SDG&E representatives agreed to look into this possibility. On Saturday, Sept. 19, a cleanup is scheduled for Adobe Falls. It is being spearheaded by residents, Councilmember Scott Sherman, Liz Saidkhanian from the councilmember’s office, and SDSU staff. All are invited to help out from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will assemble at the bottom of Adobe Falls Road on the Del Cerro side. Please wear appropriate clothes, stay hydrated, wear a hat and bring gloves. We did this in August a couple of years ago and collected 26 bags of trash, including an overflowing bag of empty spray paint

cans all collected at Adobe Falls. Lt. Mike Swanson, with our Police Department’s Eastern Division and who is responsible for the Navajo Area, informed us at the NCPI meeting on Sept. 9, that the overall crime rate in our community has decreased significantly over the past month, most likely due to several arrests. He also stated that property crimes in the Navajo Area decreased from 102 in July to 62 in August. Another concern his staff is working on are transients residing in our communities who are beginning to bother residents at such places as the libraries and the canyons, including Chaparral Canyon adjacent to the Lake Murray Dam. Several of his officers are working on what he defines as “Quality of Life” issues. These officers will be working in the areas of concern early in the morning. He stressed that his officers are required by law to first offer services to the transients. If they continue to be a problem, a “Stay Away” order can be secured through the court system. On a very positive note, Swanson stated that beginning about the first of the year, with the addition of new officers assigned to Eastern Division, he is planning on creating a squad of officers to deal specifically with “Quality of Life” issues in the Navajo Area. There are no current updates from Tony Pauker, the Vice President of Acquisitions for the ColRich Company, the firm proposing to build 26 homes in the canyon south of the Chevron station. We will keep you posted. Mark Rawlins, Chair of DCAC, announced that our program speaker for the Oct. 22nd DCAC meeting will be David F. Akin, Esq., customer advocate for the city of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department. He will speak about water conservation efforts and the rate increase scheduled for next year. The Del Cerro Action Council meets quarterly and our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Information about community events and concerns is placed at the DCAC website: —Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council. Write to him at ■.


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Prop. 47 to be discussed at next NCRWF meeting Judy



he real-world consequences of Prop. 47, the voter-approved proposition that turns many felonies into misdemeanors with no jail time, will be the focus of the Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated luncheon meeting on Oct. 10 at the Brigantine in La Mesa. Check-in time for the 11 a.m. meeting begins at 10:30 a.m. A full-course lunch will be served at noon with the speakers following at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $20 and reservations are required. RSVP to or call Glenda at 619-284-9958. This will be a good opportunity to voice your concerns about rising crime we hear about in our neighborhoods and ask the panelists questions about crime in our area. The expert panel includes Tia Quick, Deputy District Attorney for 23 years and current Law

Enforcement Liaison to the San Diego Police Department as well as nine other agencies where she works, specifically on informant issues, search warrants, and arrest warrants. Quick will be speaking on Prop. 47 which was sold to voters as a measure to make neighborhoods and schools safer while decreasing the number of minor offenders in state prison. Instead, it appears to have had the opposite effect in areas where it matters most – property crimes and violent crimes. Decreasing the number of offenders in prison means we are increasing the number of offenders on our streets. The other panelist, Judge Patricia Cookson, served as judge for 23 years, presided over Drug Court for more than 13 years and also established the additional East County Drug Court. Previously, as a Deputy District Attorney, she was named female prosecutor of the year. She will be speaking to NCRWF about the Drug Court, which she believes is a proven, highly successful col-

laborative court that focuses on rehabilitation instead of custody. Oktoberfest, La Mesa’s annual fall celebration, will be Oct. 2 and 3 this year and NCRWF will be staffing our booth on the north side of Spring Street both days. Our booth will feature another straw poll on your favorite presidential candidates and feature voter registration and information on the 2016 candidates and issues. Elected officials and candidates will be visiting our booth and the Young Republicans group will help us staff it. It’s always a fun event for everyone and we hope you’ll stop by. October will also bring a technology workshop for our members and a work party to decorate 400 greeting cards to be distributed to veterans on Veteran’s Day. They really appreciate the personally created sentiments. The NCRWF will also be having a “Bunco Party” on Oct. 17 and we hope you’ll join us. Even if you haven’t played before, Bunco is easy to learn and it is fun. The party will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1188 Rippy St. in the Fletcher Hills neighborhood. The cost of $15 includes food, beverage and prizes. As for all our events, RSVP to ncrwf99@ For more information on all our activities, visit us at or join us on Facebook. —Judy McCarty is publicity chairwoman for Navajo Canyon Republican Women Federated. Write to her at ■

Democratic Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton (left) and Bernie Sanders (right) will be discussed at the next La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club meeting. (Photos courtesy of La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club)

Issues, local and national candidates focus of next meeting Linda Armacost and Jeff Benesch


he Oct. 7 meeting of local Democrats will feature candidates from all over San Diego county, introducing themselves in a district by district format with some crucial regional issues being brought into focus, including: mass transportation versus recurring traffic problems; smart growth versus unfettered development; SANDAG planning (or not?); and climate action and sustainability goals all being discussed. The La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club – serving San Carlos, Del Cerro, Allied Gardens, College Area, La Mesa, Santee, Mt. Helix and other Eastside communities – will welcome the great Democratic candidates from the San Diego City Attorney race, as well as our local District 7 City Council contest. We’ll also hear

from candidates in the city contests in District 1, 3, and 9 races – which are all key to maintaining Democratic control of the San Diego City Council. We can also expect representatives for County Supervisor Dave Roberts, Assemblyperson Shirley Weber, Congressman Scott Peters and Congresswoman Susan Davis. Many candidates are looking for our club’s influential endorsement for 2016. A real treat will be the introduction of local efforts behind both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, and how our members can get involved in either of those dynamic campaigns. While not a debate as such, we’ll still have some back and forth between our friend Mike Thaller of Bernie’s San Diego Campaign, and Ray Penko, Organizer of the San Diego County Hillary Grassroots effort. Their discussion should be fascinating. Our monthly meetings, on the first Wednesday of each month,

take place at the wonderful La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, just north of University Avenue. We open the doors at 6:30 p.m. for our social hour, with snacks, desserts and beverages supplied by the club and generous members. Meetings start promptly at 7 p.m. We welcome all guests, and have a discounted deal for prorated memberships, available for the rest of the year. Don’t miss our wonderful booth at the La Mesa Oktoberfest, noon to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3. Did you know that this is the largest Oktoberfest festival West of the Mississippi? Please be sure to stop by our booth and say hi. We will be very near BOBeau Restaurant on La Mesa Boulevard. We’ll be registering new voters, signing up new members, and handing out campaign materials. You can even get your picture taken with President Obama. Visit our website at, or like us on Facebook. —Linda Armacost is president and Jeff Benesch is vice president of programming for the La Mesa Foothills Democratic Club. ■


BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Cupcakes a la Yola 10450 Friars Road San Diego, CA 92120 619-708-5088 Cupcakes a la Yola was founded in July 2015 by an Allied Gardens family. The bakery and store specializes in gourmet cupcakes where our master baker Yola, handcrafts each cupcakes right in the bakery using trusted family recipes. Our customers are delighted to find their favorite desserts in the form of cupcakes such as Cookies and Cream, Cannoli, Strawberry Shortcake to name a few. We are happy to cater to your next event big or small, with custom cake and frosting combination, colors, decorations and sizes ranging from mini cupcakes to mega size cupcakes. We look forward to seeing you in our store where every birthday is celebrated with a free cupcake.

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Enjoy autumn’s best at Mission Trails Regional Park Audrey F.


Trail Guide


t’s been observed that nature’s beauty is revealed in the details. As the park transitions into the cooler temperatures of autumn, it invites a closer look at the colorful and expressive hand of nature. A moment taken in following the jagged flight of a sulfur butterfly, or the path of a falling yellowed cottonwood leaf, can reveal powerful murmured messages from nature that congeal your thoughts. Visiting Kumeyaay Lake to take in the reflection of sky and trees on its mirrored surface and to scan its shores for the presence of a blue heron or snow-white egret, offers tranquility. It’s the time to relax under a hoary, weathered oak, allowing your soaring imagination to create its own Halloween excursion into the haunting world of Ichabod Crane and sleepy hallows. As you walk the trail, taking in details of landscapes and vignettes of nature, an inviting boulder may serve as the perfect vantage point to observe a warbler camouflaging itself in the thickness of Broom Baccharis. One thing’s for certain, this is a great time of year to deeply delve into the many offerings of Mission Trails Regional Park. Our MTRP Trail Guide walks are an excellent opportunity to learn more about natural Southern

Places where water gathers are perfect spots to observe wildlife in Mission Trails Park. (Photo courtesy of Audrey F. Baker)

California, with its unique landscapes, habitats, local history, and diverse plant and animal life. The walks are free, interesting, factfilled, and geared to all ages and interests. Grab sturdy shoes, that comfortable hat, water bottle and sunscreen and hit the trail! Morning walks are offered every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. You’ll start from the park’s Visitor and Interpretive Center, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos.

The walk beginning from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground Entry Station, 2 Father Junipero Serra Trail, at the San CarlosSantee border, gives a different perspective of the park and its diverse habitats. These walks are offered from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month, and take in historic Old Mission Dam.“Wildlife Tracking” reveals the secret lives of animals and brings insight into their survival techniques and habits.

Tracking Team members assist in identifying and interpreting tracks, scat and habitats. Join us at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 3 in front of the Visitor Center for a two-hour tracking adventure. “Discovery Table: Lizards of MTRP” familiarizes you with the wide variety of lizards found at the park. Stop by for hands-on science with MTRP Trail Guides and try your skill matching each lizard with its identity clues. Inside the Visitor Center, Saturday, Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bird Kumeyaay Lake with MTRP Resident Birders Jeanne Raimond and Millie Basden in search of migrant and local bird species populating the lake and its surrounding habitats. Binoculars and a bird book are recommended. See you Saturday, Oct. 17 from 8 to 10 a.m. We meet in the dayuse parking lot, Kumeyaay Campground Entry Station. “Star Party Luminaries” sparkle under a crescent, waxing moon. MTRP Resident Star Gazer George Varga tells us the high-positioned Summer Triangle will afford viewing of the Ring Nebula (M57), binary star Albireo in Cygnus, the Dumbbell Nebula (M27) and the Coathanger (Brocchi’s or Collinder 399). Join us as George scopes in these and additional clusters. Clouding/rain cancels. See you Saturday, Oct. 17 between 6 and 9 p.m. at the far end of the Kumeyaay Campground Day-Use Parking Lot.

“La Mesa Walk ‘n Talk” is an opportunity to walk scenic shores with your MTRP Trail Guide as we “chat up” this month’s topic in nature, “Does San Diego Have Seasons?” From acorns to sycamore leaves, we’ll check out the signs nature reveals as we walk waterfront environs. See you Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9 to 10:30 a.m. We meet at the boat docks, Lake Murray, 5540 Kiowa Drive, La Mesa. “Family Discovery Walk” connects your little ones to nature through discovering its wonder, joy and beauty as a family experience. The interactive outing focuses on childhood enrichment and fun. Meet us inside the Visitor Center on Sunday, Oct. 25, 3 to 4:30 p.m. “Birding Basics,” the 90-minute class conducted by Mission Trails Bird Guide Winona Sollock, teaches five simple techniques to identify birds “at a glance.” You’ll also pick up tips on bird field guide use. (Bringing one is optional.) Class meets on Saturday, Oct. 31 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. inside the Visitor Center. Meanwhile, come on out and enjoy the park! Visit for more information and our events calendar, or call 619-668-3281. Special walks can be arranged for any club, group, business or school by contacting Ranger Chris Axtmann at 619-668-2746 or at —Audrey F. Baker is a Trail Guide at Mission trails Regional Park. ■.


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“Oak Shade” by Margaret Larlham (Image courtesy of MTRPF)

Fundraiser for Mission Trails celebrates ‘Art in the Park’ Jay



or its fourth annual Art in the Park event, the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation is hosting an exciting, fun-filled evening featuring live painting, food, wine and music on Oct. 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. This year’s juried, multi-artist show in the MTRP gallery will present works with themes of nature, history and the Mission Trails Park. Local plein air artists include Paul Strahm and Margaret Larlham. Strahm will be painting a new piece especially for Art in the Park on the Visitor Center terrace in the afternoon and early evening of the event. Art pieces will be priced for gifting or collecting. Cash, checks, and credit cards will be accepted. Two MTRP board members are donating wine that will be for sale for $5 per glass or $20 for five glasses and the first glass of wine will be free. In addition to the wine bar, Brad Bruce, Program Director for the San Diego Wine Guild and wine competition judge, will serve a selection of regional estate wines for the tasting pleasure of the attendees. In the exhibit hall, the awardwinning Morse High School Culinary Art & Restaurant Management Program will be serving hors d’oeuvres and desserts that tempt the palate and Rita’s Italian Ice of Del Cerro is returning to provide samples of their delicious flavors. Guests will also enjoy the guitar stylings of Fred Benedetti who has performed in the United States, England, Germany, the Czech Republic, Canada, Taiwan, and Mexico. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets are $50 per guest and may be purchased at the MTRP Visitor Center or online at mtrp.

“Old Mission Dam” by Margaret Larlham (Image courtesy of MTRPF)

org. All exhibits and displays will be open for your enjoyment and parking is free. If you have a service or product you would like to donate for the silent auction, please contact Jay Wilson at Mission Trails by calling 619-405-0177 or email at

23rd annual Amateur Photo Contest entries on display Entries for our 23rd Amateur Photo Contest are on display in the Visitor Center Gallery through Oct. 9. “We have a variety of great photographs, and all were taken at Mission Trails. Stop by and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award,” said Betty Ogilvie, an MTRP Foundation board member and contest chairperson. Categories for the contest include: scenic views; flora and fauna; and black and white. There is also a category for digitally-enhanced color, and black and white photos.

to be enjoying a better experience thanks to the recent T-coil system that was recently installed. The T-coil system is an “induction loop” system that transmits sound magnetically to hearing aids and cochlear implants. The T-coil system is built into 90 percent of hearing aids and all cochlear implants. The loop refers to an audio-induction loop system installed in the theater. It creates a magnetic field according to Richard Archbold who, along with Warren Willard, owns Hearing Now USA, a business that installs and services hearing loops. For people who don’t have hearing aids or implants but still want to have increased volume for presentations at the park, there are free portable receivers and headphones available at the front counter of the Visitor Center.

Children and adult educational programs for the 2015/16 school year

Improved hearing system installed at theater

Children’s “Nature Tales and Trails” classes for ages 4 and up will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Visitor Center guests who are hearing impaired are now going

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COMMUNITY invited to join with others in the English Conversation Café. This offers a comfortable environment, assisted by a native English speaker, where non-English speakers can develop confidence in speaking English.

Youth Programs

News from the San Carlos Friends of the Library Sue

Hotz Fine discount

September is Library Fine Discount Month. Check your home, work, car, and backpack for overdue library books; return them during September, and your fines will be reduced by 50 percent. Some restrictions apply, so check the website for details.

Ages 18 and under can learn to play chess on Saturdays, Sept. 19 and 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. The class instructor is Luke, a library patron and student volunteer. Don’t miss the after-school special programs every Wednesday from 2 to 2:45 p.m. September’s STEAM2 discusses Food Science and in October, Botany and Entomology. Process art classes continue on Thursdays at 4 p.m. with Ms. Megan, yoga on Tuesdays, and preschool story time on Fridays. Help us kick off Banned Books Week with a fun and interactive special event, the “Red Riding Hood” show presented by Literature Comes to Life, on Sept. 26, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Did you know that many popular fairytales have been challenged in libraries over the years? Celebrate your freedom to read by bringing the whole family to see this fairytale classic brought to life!


Our featured artist for Sept.

“Read to the Rhythm”wrap up 8 through Oct. 1 is Jody Miles. At the San Carlos Branch Library, 416 readers out of the 708 who signed up, read, recorded, and reached their summer reading goals. Our Wednesday Special Programs attendance topped 500 and 150 young people enjoyed the Thursday arts and crafts programs. Congratulations to Amy Ranallo, Marcie Reed, and Ruth George who were the three adult raffle prize winners. Have you collected your prizes yet?

She began painting following her retirement from interior design studios and as a jewelry designer for Harari. At her artist reception on Sept. 19, from noon to 2 p.m., Miles will have her paintings and unique jewelry collection available for purchase. In October, internationally known artist, Larry Groff, will be showing his paintings of the San Carlos/Cowles Mountain area. His reception is Oct. 17 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Dylan Yates, author (Photos courtesy of Sue Hotz)


Our next used book sale is Oct. 3 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. We are trying something new – only SCFOL members can purchase fiction and audio/visual items at a preview sale on Friday, Oct. 2 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Community Room. Please bring your picture ID and SCFOL membership card (we will have a list). Membership applications will be available. New Life Members, who join before Nov. 1, will have their names added to the 2015 Honor Wall. For their Oct. 8 meeting at 12:30 p.m., the Librarian’s Book Club is reading “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” by John Berendt. On Sept. 25 at 2 p.m., Dylan Yates, the author of “The Belief In Angels,” will discuss “The Mysterious Power of Epigenetics in Multi-Generational Trauma Survival.” This highly acclaimed book is her first novel. Learn more at


Join anthropologist, photographer, and historian, Dr. Dave Roberts on Oct. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. in seeing if you can guess the places on his list of “30 Museum-Worthy Places to See,” world-wide.

Adult programs

September brings new classes, new friends, and new programs to the San Carlos Branch Library. Thursdays, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Winer Community Room & Art Gallery, adults with limited English language skills are

The free “Resourceful Baby Boomers” series begins Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. by discussing, “Resourceful Long Term Care Strategies for Baby Boomers and Their Parents.” Learn how to maximize insurance and noninsurance strategies to afford the high cost of long term care. Understand how to protect your retirement security from potentially run-away long term care expenses. This program has been put together by Cristinha Furtado, Financial Advisor with the Marquis Wealth Group. The second program in the series, presented by Phillip Lindsley Esq., Elder Law Attorney, San Diego Elder Law Center, and Cristinha Furtado, on Oct. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., informs us how to “Legally Preserve Your Assets Against the High Cost of Long Term Care.” Mr. Lindsley has been an Eldercare Lawyer for 30 years. He and Cristinha will discuss how to protect your assets from depletion due to prolonged health care situations. On Oct. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Oct. 14 from 6 to 8 p.m., attend, “Creating an Action See LIBRARY page 13


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Library, from page 12 Plan for Successful Aging,” presented by Leslie Boroquez, business owner of Home Instead and Cristinha Furtado. This talk will guide you through a process to objectively make educated, proactive decisions to optimize your resources and protect your loved ones. Registered attendees will receive a 43-page workbook to implement their own family’s action plan for successful aging. This is an ideal opportunity to bring someone along who could benefit from planning, but you don’t know how to start the conversation. There will be two additional topics in this series presented in late October and early November. Registration details, the series schedule, and topic outlines are available on our website. A monthly calendar of events and complete details for all new and continuing programs can be found at —Sue Hotz is publicity chair on the board of the San Carlos friends of the Library. ■


This month at Allied Gardens/Benjamin Branch Library Arianne Leigh Branch Manager

What do you want to see in your community? As the Benjamin Branch librarian, I am blessed everyday with the opportunity to interact with members of the wonderful Allied Gardens community. I help locate books or DVDs for adults, find children something good to read, track down necessary pieces of information and assist computer newbies getting started on the Internet. In speaking with people, I learn different interesting facts, such as their parents were the original owners of the house that they now live in; they attended Lewis Middle School and now their children are students there; or the Waring Road shops have changed a lot but Brothers Restaurant and Foster’s Freeze have been a part of their lives since childhood. To say that this community’s

roots run deep and wide is an understatement. The shared history and the many close and interconnected relationships here make Allied Gardens a strong, healthy, resilient neighborhood that will continue to flourish. Although the Benjamin Library is a busy San Diego resource, I would like it to become a much more integral part of the community it is located in. In order to achieve this goal, I frequently go out into the community and speak with folks to try and learn what their aspirations for the area are. If you see me out and about at the First Friday Concert, the Friday farmers market, in line at a local merchant or in the library, please don’t hesitate to tell me what you would like to see in Allied Gardens now and in the future. I am always looking to add to the vitality of this community by providing programs, speakers and displays that are relevant to you.

Special presentations for adults: Tales from the Trails: San Diego’s Rich Outdoors History – Friday, Oct. 16, 2–3:30 p.m. Delight in stories linked to our natural environment and early colorful characters who played key roles in shaping San Diego, such as Junipero Serra, Kit Carson, Hatfield the

Rainmaker, Ysidora Bandini, and the Cisco Kid. Jane Austen: Writer and Psychological Diagnostician? – Friday, Nov. 6, 2–3:30 p.m. A look into Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” shows us her amazing observational skills through the lens of the mental wellness and mental illness of her characters. What does it mean to be mentally well or ill and who defines these things? Which characters are the narcissists, the sociopaths, the anxiety disordered or the well? Benjamin Friends of the Library Meeting – Wednesdays, Sept. 23 and Oct. 28, 1 p.m. Come join the Friends and support the library! Memberships start at $5 and new members are always welcome.

Fitness Fun for Older Adults, Fridays at 11:15 a.m. Healthy Back Yoga, first and third Saturdays at 1 p.m. Book Club, second Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Mystery Class, Thursdays at 1 p.m. Benjamin Friends of the Library, fourth Wednesdays at 1 p.m.

Special presentations for all ages:

Ongoing children’s programs:

Screening of Oscar-winning short film – Friday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m. Based on the children’s 2015 One Book One San Diego companion book of the same name, this Oscar-winning short film utilizes miniatures, computer animation and 2D animation.

Brilliant Babies Storytime (recommended for ages 0–18 months), Tuesdays at noon. Toddler/Preschool Storytime (ages 2–5 years), Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Kids’ Yoga (ages 2–8 years), Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.

Ongoing programs for adults include: Hatha Yoga, Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Special presentations for children: During October, pick up a pumpkin coloring sheet at the Circulation Desk and enter our annual Pumpkin Coloring Contest. Bring back your best artistic work and we will display it. Winners will be selected in various age categories.

—Arianne Leigh is Branch Manager of the Allied Gardens Benjamin Branch Library. ■ .

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News from the San Carlos Area Council John F. Pilch


he next meeting of the San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. in the Winer Family Community Room at the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. Our guest speaker is scheduled to be Dan McAllister, San Diego County Treasurer/Tax Collector. McAllister plans to discuss how property tax bills are compiled, how the funds are distributed and how he invests the funds collected by his office. If you want to learn more about this process, please plan to attend. The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. Many thanks to David Akin, Esq., customer advocate for the Public Utilities Department, for his presentation at the SCAC meeting on Sept. 2. Akin discussed the rate-setting process and the proposed 17 percent increase in water rates (and sewer rates) that will be the subject of a vote by the entire City Council on Nov. 17. He also responded to a myriad of questions from the audience. We are awaiting electronic receipt of his PowerPoint presentation, which will be distributed to the SCAC “Interested Party” email list. Our efforts to schedule Mayor Kevin Faulconer as a guest speaker continue. As previously reported, we joined with Jay Wilson, on behalf of the Del Cerro Action Council, and are working with the mayor’s office to have him address the residents of the Navajo communities on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 6:30 p.m. We advised his community representative, Anthony George, that we’d like to learn more about the mayor’s plans for the city, the Chargers issue and infrastructure issues, among others. The Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) board met on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue on Tommy Drive and Cowles Mountain Boulevard. (Please

note the new day and time of their meetings.) The proposal for development of the Cleveland Elementary School on Lake Atlin was not on the agenda. The applicant informed us that they were waiting for a review of the project from Development Services before appearing before NCPI for a recommendation to approve or oppose. The Planning Group heard a presentation about an affordable housing project proposed for the strip center at 7811 Mission Gorge Road (where Kurt’s Cameras is located). The SCAC voiced its opposition to the project, citing parking, traffic and height issues, as well as the lack of public transportation for the low-income residents, who will be residing in the 90-unit complex. The owner of the complex stated they will accept qualified Section 8 applicants, with a voucher, to reside there. In spite of the many negatives that were brought up and discussed by audience members and the board, the vote was 12-4 in favor of recommending approval. We are concerned that absent a deceleration/acceleration lane to access and egress the site, the potential for major collisions exists. Further, given the limited “guest” parking spaces (nine), residents and guests must park elsewhere, such as across Mission Gorge Road on the streets in the Mariposa complex. Jaywalking

and increased pedestrian traffic are also concerns. On another action item, the NCPI board voted 9-7 to recommend approval of the application for a Conditional Use Permit for a Medical Marijuana Consumer Cooperative at 4410 Glacier Ave. in Grantville. The Grantville Greens personnel, who made the presentation, agreed to 10 conditions to be placed on the permit and will sell edibles, but will not sell hash oil or wax. The applicant now moves forward to a presentation to the city Hearing Officer and then to the Planning Commission. Dates are to be determined. More information and NCPI agendas are available on their website: On local issues, the proposed Joint Use Agreement for artificial turf at Gage Elementary School was again continued by the city Parks and Recreation Board and may be heard at its meeting in September 2015. The sewer re-do project on Blue Lake Drive is moving forward and we hope the cuts in the pavement are repaved soon, so it doesn’t feel like you’re driving over tank traps in the roadway. We’ve brought this to the attention of the District 7 office. We’re also working with the District 7 office to determine what can be done to make the intersection of Navajo Road and

Golfcrest safer for pedestrians. This follows a fatality in August when a driver, under the influence of alcohol, ran a red light and struck and killed a female pedestrian who was headed to the Cowles Mountain trail. A traffic study is underway and more info will be reported as it’s made known to us. In the interim, please be extra careful in this area. The subject of distracted pedestrians was brought up by the audience and discussed at the SCAC meeting. Community Relations Officer Adam McElroy and Lt. Mike Swanson, provided their insight into the incident and what measures drivers and pedestrians can take to be safer. McElroy reported that violent crimes are low and property crimes are a bit lower. There were six residential burglaries, three through open windows; three were unsuccessful. He also mentioned the latest scam, involving folks posing as city utility workers. If they don’t have an appointment and official city identification, don’t allow them into your home. Report the contact to the San Diego Police Department at 619-531-2000. We are pleased to report that the San Carlos Community Garden continues to flourish in spite of the heat. If you’re interested in raising your own fruits and vegetables in this garden,

please visit their website at sancarloscommunitygarden. com for details. The community garden is located at the corner of Lake Adlon and Boulder Lake Avenue, adjacent to Springall Academy, 6440 Boulder Lake Drive. We just learned that open houses will continue in September on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11 a.m., so stop by to see for yourself. We have resumed the collection of dues, reinstituting the SCAC newsletter electronically and becoming more actively involved in community events and activities. A letter and return envelope was mailed to all members on the most recent list, with a request for $7 per household and $15 for a business, which will be listed in the electronic newsletter and other electronic mailings from the SCAC. We’d like prior members to return and are soliciting new members in this article. Please send your check to SCAC, P.O. Box 19246, San Diego, CA 92159-0246. We’ll work to develop a website and enhance the bi-monthly meeting experience. Many thanks to those who have already sent in their dues checks. We’re interested in hearing from residents about ideas to enhance our community and ask that you send your thoughts and suggestions to to be considered by our 11-member board. For information about speakers, meeting reminders and agendas and other local news, please send an email message to and request that your name be added to the SCAC Interested Party email list. Rest assured that your privacy will be respected and neither your name nor your email address will be shared with anyone. Messages are sent “Bcc” to prevent you from being spammed. Finally, if you have an issue you wish us to consider or just have a question about the community, please contact me at 619-462-1408 or by email at Thank you. —John F. Pilch is president of the San Carlos Area Council. Write to him at jfpilch@hotmail. com. ■


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Technology and fitness go hand in hand Erica Moe

There’s an app for that

any people know what they need to do to start or maintain a healthy lifestyle. The big question is HOW to make it happen. One answer is technology. Technology can help you enjoy workouts more, track new healthy behaviors and improve consistency and adherence. Technology helps us parallel park and sends vehicles into outer space. Your health can benefit from it, too!

Use several different apps or keep all your data in one. Track calories, activity, water consumption and weight in an app like MyFitnessPal. Measure distance, trace your steps, find a local route and get coaching to maintain your pace with MapMyRun. Take A Break! is an app that offers guided meditation for stress relief. BellyBio is an interactive breathing tool to reduce stress and anxiety. All are free.

Music is the most important factor in exercise enjoyment. Research shows that music can reduce the perception of effort and increase endurance up to 15 percent. Scientists report that synching your movements to the beat helps exercise seem easier. Download an app that has remixed music playlists like RockMyRun or FIT Radio. RockMyRun was scientifically proven to increase motivation and enjoyment during running by up to 35 percent, when compared to no music or a traditional playlist. And, it’s free.

Even a pedometer, which just counts steps, is proven to increase physical activity. Set your goal, realizing that 10,000 steps per day is recommended. A heart-rate monitor tracks your exercise intensity. As you work harder, your heart rate increases. Accelerometers track how much and how fast you move. The Dash headphones play music, track activity, heart rate, oxygen saturation and energy spent. Keep it simple or analyze all the data. Find what fits your lifestyle.


Music and motivation

Wearable devices increase adherence

What do you want to track? Measure intensity by heart rate or estimate calories burned with your distance. Select a gadget that can differentiate between different types of activity or choose a sportspecific option. Sleep tracking is an added benefit, as well. Other items to consider are: alarms, waterproof, smartphone compatibility, social interaction and battery life. Lastly, is it free or is there a fee? If you have to pay, is it one time or monthly? Decide what will work best for you.

What else is there?

Your gym may offer a workout-tracking program to provide feedback, motivation and guidance. Mission Valley Y’s Precor cardio machines have Preva Networked Fitness consoles that provide entertainment, tracking and goal setting. SmartMat, a smart yoga mat, can help analyze and improve your technique and links to an app to log and track your workouts. FITGuard, a mouth guard that measures impact, aims to reduce concussions and syncs to a smart device. FitlLinxx AmpStrip, similar to a water-proof band aid, is worn 24/7 to gather data like temperature, heart rate and movement. No matter what your goals are, there is something for you. Set your goals and use technology to help you meet them. —Erica Moe is an ACSM certified exercise physiologist who writes on behalf of the Mission Valley YMCA, where she is a fitness director. ■


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News Briefs Allied Gardens resident named United Way chief development officer United Way of San Diego announced in August that Valin Brown, who lives in the Allied Gardens neighborhood, will be its new senior vice president and chief development officer. Other new staff changes at United Way include Michele Predko of Spring Valley, who was hired as director of marketing and brand strategy, and Katie Saywer, who was promoted to director of philanthropy. Brown — who served as CEO for the Carlsbad Educational Foundation for seven years and previously worked with United Way in Colorado and Tennessee — will lead United Way’s development efforts to support its work tackling the complex social issues impacting children and families in San Diego County. With a long history of working with nonprofits dedicated to child education initiatives, Brown has extensive experience that will contribute to United Way’s efforts, including the City Heights Partnership for Children, as well as United Way’s Project 25 and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs. “Having prior United Way experience, Valin has a deep understanding of our role in the community and our vision for the future,” said Kevin Crawford, United Way president and CEO. “Valin and Michele’s extensive experience in nonprofit leadership will play

a key role in advancing the organization’s goals.”

Bill requires student vote on success fees On Sept. 8, the California State Legislature passed legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown that would require a student vote on “student success fees” imposed in the California State University and University of California systems. AB 1000, authored by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), would also require university administration to undertake a process that informs students of the uses, impacts and costs of proposed fees or fee increases, limits fee proposals to once an academic year and require an annual report to the legislature on the fees. Mandatory student success fees are used for a diversity of university projects, including building projects and supplementing the budgets of athletic programs. But students have begun to stage protests, complaining that the success fees have become excessive, especially with sharp increases in tuition over the last few years. “Our public university systems are usually the best and most affordable option for lowincome students to whom these fees can become a significant financial burden,” said Weber, a former CSU faculty member and department chair. “This bill

attempts to strike the appropriate balance between a campus’ ability to propose student success fees and the need to provide financial stability for students.” AB 1000 has unanimous bipartisan support in both houses of the legislature. The governor has until Oct. 11 to sign the bill.

San Diego goes for Google Fiber On Sept. 10, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer announced that Google Fiber will begin working with the city of San Diego to explore the possibility of building a brand-new, highspeed broadband network in the city. “Information is power, and the more we connect San Diego to superfast Internet, the stronger our neighborhoods and economy will be,” Mayor Faulconer said in a press release. “We don’t just want modern infrastructure — we also want it smarter, faster and more accessible to San Diego families and businesses. This is part of an ongoing effort to lay the foundation for our local economy and community to compete and thrive in the 21st century. It’s how we make sure San Diego continues to lead in the areas of science, technology and innovation.” Google has already begun working with the city of San Diego to explore what it would take to build a fiber optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds. Today’s average American broadband speed is 11.9 mega-

bits per second. In contrast, gigabit internet services can offer up to 1,000 megabits per second – or up to 40 times faster than basic broadband. Over the course of the coming months, Google will begin compiling a detailed study of local factors that might affect construction plans. Simultaneously, city staff will begin meetings with Google to discuss what it would take to plan and prepare the city for a fiber project of this scale. This includes reviewing the permit process and mapping the location of existing infrastructure like utility poles and gas, water and electricity lines.   If the project can move forward, Google Fiber will begin designing the network, street by street. The network follows a “hub and spoke” design where the city would be encircled with a ring of fiber cables that branch off into neighborhoods, homes and businesses. Then comes construction, which includes stringing and laying thousands of miles of stateof-the-art fiber optic cable, followed a gradual roll-out of service to the city.   Google Fiber Internet and TV service is currently available in Kansas City, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Provo, Utah; and Austin, Texas. Google Fiber is in the process of expanding to six additional metro areas: Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Nashville, Tennessee; Raleigh Durham, North Carolina; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Antonio, Texas. ■



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Fundraiser, from page 11 on Sept. 29, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20. “We will take a close look at our San Diego treasures through stories, songs, inquisitive thinking, scientific investigations, trail activities and artistic expression,” says naturalist Cindy Christ, who leads the classes. The theme for Sept. 29 is “Young Chaparellian.” Students will take a close look at native plants composing the habitat we call chaparral. On Oct. 13, the theme is “Mammal Tracks” and on Oct. 20, it is “Arachnids: 8 Legs are Great!”

Art Smarts Art Smarts presents art classes for young people and adult beginners. The classes are led by artist and instructor Bette Ann Pierce. “We will engage with the gorgeous landscape, out doors for both inspiration and subject matter,” Pierce said. “I will be teaching students some of the important techniques used in classical fine art to create a three-dimensional look on a two-dimensional surface. All my class subject themes are based on nature and even blend in a little science.” All beginner classes are open to young people ages 7 and up from 12:30 to 2 p.m. On Sept. 26, the theme is “Clown Fish/Aqua Pencils.” Students will learn how to draw clown fish with color pencils and markers. On Oct. 3, the theme is “Sunsets/Watercolor.” Students will learn how to paint gorgeous San Diego sunsets using watercolor painting techniques. All advanced art classes are open to young people ages 7 and up as well as adult beginners from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. On Sept. 26, the theme is “Rendering in Still Life/ Charcoal.” Students will be creating art work from a still life set up in the classroom. On Oct. 3, the theme is “White Sage/Watercolor.” Students will explore how to draw and use watercolor to render and shade while creating paintings of the white sage plant that grows in the park. On Oct. 24, the theme is “Pumpkins/Oil Pastels.” This class will expand on the techniques learned in the Sept. 26 class on still life drawing and use oil pastels to recreate pumpkins displayed in the classroom. For more information on the art and nature classes – including cost and registration information – go to the “More News” section at

Concerts in the theater All concerts are free and begin at 3 p.m. in the Visitor Center Theater. On Oct. 4, the theater will present the San Diego Symphony Woodwind Quintet. On Oct. 18, the theater will host klezmer vocalist Elizabeth Schwartz. —Jay Wilson is executive director of the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation. Write to him at ■

Elderly, from page 1 There’s exercise and conversation here. There are people here.” There are classes in tai chi and yoga. There are current events meetings, where opinions are never shy, and usually well-informed. There are guest speaker and guest entertainers. If you’re thinking, “well, it’s probably not for me, because I’m not Jewish,” forget that notion. Everyone, of whatever faith, or no faith, is welcome here. True, you won’t be getting pork chops or shrimp for lunch, but the kosher food is good and healthy. And for $4, it’s a major bargain for


people who might not have much disposable income. Getting there isn’t much of a problem. There are MTS buses that can pick you up and bring you back home. On The Go Transportation Solutions for older adults can and does do the same. You can check them out online at, or simply go by on any weekday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El at 6299 Capri Drive in Del Cerro. Either of those is a good idea.

(l to r) Penny Berridge, Naomi Title and Gerda Helibrunn enjoy a card game at the College Avenue Center. (Photo by Doug Curlee)

–Doug Curlee is editor at large. Write to him at ■

Upcoming events at the new College Avenue Center location The College Avenue Center has moved locations but still provides the same great events for our area seniors. Check out this list of events scheduled for October: Mondays and Wednesdays in October – Brain HQ When it comes to brain fitness training, BrainHQ is best in class. Built by a team of top neuroscientists, with exercises proven in dozens of published studies to make real and lasting improvements in brain function, BrainHQ is your personal brain gym. This class is limited to six people. The cost for this class is $10/month for community/VIP members and $13/month for all others. If you commit to three months at a time, the cost will be $25 for three months for community/VIP members and $30 for three months for all others.

Oct. 1 at 12:45 p.m. — Music and Wellness with Kat Fulton, Music Therapist

band, Latin, reggae, calypso and Hawaiian songs from the 1920s through the 1990s.

Oct. 8 — Gaslamp Players

The Gaslamp Players present a dramatic and historical look at the early San Diego characters from the early days of the city during the 1800s to early 1900.

Oct. 9 at 12:45 p.m. — Movie: ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’

As the Marigold Hotel has only a single remaining vacancy (posing a predicament for two fresh arrivals), Sonny pursues his expansionist dream of opening a second hotel.

Oct. 11 at noon — Lunch and a Show

The Sisterhood Theatre will perform a lunchtime show.

Oct. 12 at 12:30 p.m. – SDSU San Diego Neighborhood Music Program

Students from the San Diego State University Neighborhood Kat Fulton of Sound Health Music Program will play a selecMusic — a San Diego-based orga- tion of songs for string quartet led nization that encourages, enables by instructor Carina Voly. and empowers people to develop potential through research-based Oct 12 at 1 p.m. — Movie: music experiences — designs ‘McFarland, USA’ Jim White moves his family interventions that use music as the vehicle for positive change after losing his job as a football within wellness, medical and coach. He meets seven students and starts a cross-country team enrichment settings. and turns a long-shot group into Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. — The a winning team.


The Sophisticats have been entertaining Southern California audiences with their varied musical styles for 26 years. The band plays light rock, surf, pop, country, blues, folk, jazz, big

Oct. 16 at 12:30 p.m. — Music with Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson, associate professor of music at San Diego State University, teaches jazz performance and history. He pre-

forms frequently in both jazz and Oct. 22 at 12:45 p.m. — classical concerts, as a soloist and Sabbath Joy in many chamber groups includIn conjunction with Shabbat ing his own jazz quartet, Mirage. San Diego, Rabbi Aliza Berk will host a seminar on “Experiencing Oct. 19 — Behind the Scenes In collaboration with The Sabbath Joy.” Pasadena Playhouse, UCSD’s Oct. 23 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Division of Social Sciences and — Health Fair and Flu Shot UCSD’s School of Medicine, College This annual event for older Avenue Center is launching a new adults will feature health care theater research program. Courses providers, vendors and agencies are six weeks long, during which that help guide participants on a there will be cognitive and psycho- path to a healthier lifestyle. logical assessments. The courses Seasonal flu shots will be provided will be taught by local theater by Sharp Grossmont Senior resource experts and will be designed by Center. Flu shots are recommended Center members. Program par- for adults aged 60 and up and for ticipants will be assigned to either older adults with a chronic illness a technical theater lecture course that impacts the immune system. or dramatic theater acting coarse Suggested donation of $2. to test the effects of these classes on Oct. 26 — Movie: ‘Age of cognition and well-being. These courses will be fun, Adeline’ A young woman, born at the informative and will introduce parturn of the 20th century, is renticipants to the local theater scene. Financial compensation is being dered ageless after an accident. offered, as well. For questions After many solitary years, she about this program, contact Dr. meets a man who complicates the solitary life she has settled into. Reanne Moore at 858-822-7530.

Oct. 19 — Movie: ‘My Old Lady’ Oct. 29 at 12:45 p.m. — An American inherits an apart- Current Events

The American Israel Public ment in Paris that comes with an Affairs Committee (AIPAC) assisunexpected resident. tant director of the San Diego area Oct. 20 — Advanced Care will talk about current events in Planning Business Development Specialist Israel and the Middle East. at Sharp Hospice Jeneane Lorstcher teaches the benefit of advanced care planning. Advanced Care Planning is about doing what you can to ensure your wishes and preferences are consistent with the health care treatment you might receive if you are unable to speak for yourself or make your own decisions.

Lunch Program

The College Avenue Center offers hot kosher lunches, Monday through Friday at noon. The soup and salad bar is offered Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A suggested donation for seniors is $4 and cost for all others is $7. ■

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Bring your own beverages Frank

Sabatini Jr.

Restaurant Review


hrough the sound of electric hair clippers, I could hear growls emanating from the stomach of my hair stylist while her midsection pressed against my arm. She excused herself with a chuckle, adding that I was the last appointment before her lunch break. When I nosily asked where she’d be eating, she replied with maniacal enthusiasm, “That truck selling fish tacos down the street on Friars Road. It’s the best Mexican food anywhere!” For nearly two years, I’d been passing this kitchen on wheels parked daily at Del Mesa Foods and Liquor near my residence, intrigued by the lines that form around it despite the vehicle’s lack of aesthetics. Now, with a firm recommendation, I decided to cheat on my go-to joints for cheap Mexican grub. Sorry La Posta and Roberto’s. Known as Kiko’s Place, the

(above) Kiko’s surf and turf tacos; (right) a shrimp cocktail; (top right) Kiko’s food truck in Mission Valley and fish tacos (Photos by Frank Sabatini Jr.)

truck is a descendant of a former family-owned taco stand dating back to 1983 in San Felipe, Mexico. “My father started that business in Mexico, but our family closed it some years ago,” said Javier Escamilla, who also owns a second Kiko’s truck that operates everyday from the parking lot of Texas Food and Liquor in North Park. Both feature the same seafoodheavy menus. Since making a couple visits to the Mission Valley site, I feel that any fish taco or seafood burrito that enters my mouth will henceforth taste blatantly northof-the-border in comparison. The heart and soul that goes in to Kiko’s cooking becomes evident upon taking your first sip of seafood broth dispensed for free while waiting for your order. Scallops, clams, oysters, octopus, sea bass and marlin trawled from Baja waters dominate the

menu, landing in tacos, burritos, quesadillas, ceviches and seafood cocktails. Shrimp are served in abundance, too. They’re sourced from Ecuador. As common throughout many Mexican provinces, the proteins cozy up often to medleys of crisp, grilled vegetables, including thick-cut celery folded into Kiko’s piquant and wellendowed shrimp burrito, called The Governor. Cheese is kept to a minimum, in fact only visible if you look hard. In the surf-and-turf taco called “chignon,” shrimp and carne asada team up with diced red onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and what seemed like tiny cubes of honeydew melon. The beef was somewhat underseasoned, but the other ingredients compensated with their garden-fresh flavors. If you’re hankering for chicken or beans or rolled tacos, they don’t exist here. Nor do water or sodas, which is advantageous to the stores from which the trucks operate, if not a condition within their partnerships. Though if you want “Viagra,” you’re in luck. It’s the name of Kiko’s heartiest seafood cocktail, a “clamato” to be exact, which contains every species of fish kept in stock, all of it cloaked in mildly t a n g y tomato sauce laced with clam juice. I preferred the shrimp cocktail because it was more manageable in terms of volume. Plus, I fell instantly in love with the sweet, firm quality of the shrimp here, and I wanted as much of it as possible. Served in clear, plastic cups and available in four sizes, the cocktails are capped with impressive slabs of avocado. The fish tacos were heavenly. Fillets of battered sea bass were hidden beneath mantles of unadulterated guacamole, crisp cabbage, raw onions, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, and white sauce that’s a little thicker than most. You can order the fish grilled as well, but when I’m leaning against an old-school food truck with genuine ties to Mexico, the extra calories don’t scare me. Neither do the house-made hot sauces kept on ice from the built-in condiment bar. The thick, red salsa made from dried chili peppers is the bomb. I dabbed it on everything. There’s also creamy chipotle and a thin habanero sauce, both of them hot, but offering notable depths of


Kiko’s Place

6090 Friars Road (Mission Valley) and 4404 Texas St. (North Park) 619-341-7397 Prices: Ceviches and seafood cocktails, $5 to $20; tacos, burritos and quesadillas, $1.75 to $8.75 flavor. I can’t speak for the truck on Texas Street, but the one on Friars Road features a side ledge along the driver’s side, where customers can stand and eat. Less reachable is the small order window perched about

seven feet from the ground. Some neck cranking and arm stretching is required when paying and receiving your food. But it’s worth the strain. The trucks open at each location at 10 a.m. daily and continue serving until 7 p.m. on most days.

—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. ■


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St. Therese Catholic Church 6016 Camino Rico, San Diego, CA 92120 Sun: 7am, 9am, 11am; Mon: 6:20am, 7:30am; Sat: 5pm (619) 286-4605 Fr. Michael M. Pham Masjid al-Rribat 7173 Saranac St., San Diego (619) 589-6200 Imam Mohamed Gebaly Temple Emanu-El 6299 Capri Dr., San Diego 92120 Fridays 6:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:30 a.m. (619) 286-2555 Rabbi Devorah Marcus Holy Spirit Anglican Church 6116 Arosta St., San Diego 92115 Sunday, 9:30 a.m. (619) 324-9171 Father David Montzingo Palisades Presbyterian Church 6301 Birchwood St., San Diego 92120 Sunday 9:30 a.m. (619) 582-0852 Rev. Daniel Hagmaier Ascension Lutheran Church 5106 Zion Ave., San Diego 92120 Sundays 9:15 a.m. (619) 582-2636 Interim Pastor Karin Boye Mission Trails Church 4880 Zion Ave., San Diego 92120 9:00 am and 10:30 am Pastor Kyle Walters The Grove Church 4562 Alvarado Cyn. Rd., San Diego 92120 Sundays 9:30 a.m. Pastor John Hoffman Tifereth Israel Synagogue 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd., San Diego 92119 (619) 697-1102 Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal Chabad of East County (Jewish) (619) 647-7042 Rabbi Rafi Andrusier Del Cerro Baptist Church 5512 Pennsylvania Lane, La Mesa, 91942 Sunday Traditional Service 8:30 a.m. Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m.(619) 460-2210 Web Site Pastor Dr. Mark S. Milwee Fletcher Hills Presbyterian Church 455 Church Way, El Cajon 92020 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Kevin Womack Young Israel of San Diego 7289 Navajo Road, San Diego, CA 92119 619-589-1447 Rabbi Chaim Hollander Lake Murray Community Church 5777 Lake Murray Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91941 9:00 a.m. 10:50 a.m. Pastor Nathan Hogan

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Balls of string or any toy a cat can bat around is a good way to keep a cat stimulated indoors. (Photo courtesy of Sari Reis)

Creating environmental enrichment for your indoor cat Sari



any cat owners don’t realize that our domestic felines are actually wild animals living in captivity; however, permitting them outdoor access could shorten their lives. Statistically, indoor cats live an average of five years longer than those allowed to roam outdoors. They are safe from traffic, predators, toxins, diseases and other potentially life-threatening events. However, a safe life can possibly lead to other problems. Since cats are sensory-driven and natural hunters, they need to use these instincts on a regular basis. When indoor cats do not receive the stimulation and enrichment they need, they can become stressed, bored and unhappy, leading to behaviors such as over-grooming, aggressiveness to other cats, over-eating and self-mutilation. Dr. Karen Becker defines environmental enrichment as “enhancing the living situation of a captive animal to improve health and well-being.” So how do we create the stimulation they need while keeping them safely indoors? One way is through creative feeding. Instead of putting all their food in a bowl, try hiding some food around your home and let them “hunt” for it. You can also try treat balls they can roll around on the floor that release food. Working for food is a natural instinct for these hunter cats and they will enjoy the challenge. Since cats like to be in high places, place a cat tree or two near windows so they can watch the birds and other stimuli outside their viewing space. You can also place shelving on walls for them to climb and sleep on.

Playtime is crucial for cats and enhances your relationship with them. Try to set aside at least 10 minutes twice a day to play with your kitty. Laser toys for them to chase and wand toys are great for interactive play. They should also have toys they can play with independently. Fake mice, balls, feather toys and even an empty cardboard box or paper bag can provide fun and stimulation. I switch out my cats’ toys regularly so that they don’t get bored with the same ones all the time. Scratch posts are a must for indoor cats as scratching is a natural instinct that needs to be met. If you don’t have scratch posts, they will probably use your furniture. Even well-socialized cats need a safe place to go when they need quiet time. Providing a safe “hiding” place for them will keep them happy and avoid stress. If you work outside of the home or travel regularly, cat TV can provide entertainment for kitties or leaving some quiet music on the radio while you are away can create a calming yet sensory experience. If you still want your furry feline to be able to experience the outdoors, you can try walking him outside on a leash or building a fully enclosed cat house on your porch or patio. There are several companies online that offer unique enclosures for this purpose. Understanding and providing for your kitty’s need for enrichment will make for a happy and relaxed cat and create a more powerful bond between you. —Sari Reis is a Certified Humane Education Specialist and the owner of Mission Valley Pet Sitting services. For more information you can contact her at 760-644-0289 or ■


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Container gardens are perfect for apartments or condos. (Courtesy of Armstrong Garden Centers)

Container gardening You can grow a garden anywhere Gary Jones


hether one has a yard or not, everyone can garden. Even the humblest, recycled container can hold a garden. And given that California’s water supply is so limited right now, gardening in pots may be the coolest thing a gardener can do. Small-scale gardening — whether in containers or just in a limited space — uses the same principles and good practices that gardening on any scale takes. And while the mistakes are minimized, the rewards and satisfaction are not. With container gardening, you’ll still want to use good quality materials, you’ll still have to obey Mother Nature and you’ll want to use good design principles. But most everything else becomes simplified.

A few musts

When gardening in pots or containers, there must be drainage holes. Otherwise, roots will not have the oxygen they need to survive and thrive. Your plants will also need more frequent watering and feeding than they would if they were in the ground. The soil is more exposed to heat and wind, causing it to dry out faster. More nutrients are needed because of leaching and limited root space.

What to use

Use high-quality potting soil (not planting mix) and an organic starter or pre-plant fertilizer. This will get your plants off to a healthy, vigorous start. Make sure the soil is well-compacted.

Combining plants

You’ll want to combine plants with similar light and water needs, otherwise some will suffer. Check the tag for details before purchasing.

The TFS principle

Whether it’s edible or ornamentals, for visually pleasing container gardens, use the TFS

principle. TFS means: Choose a plant that’s tall and vertical (thriller), a plant that’s mounding (filler) and a plant that trails (spiller). This combination will provide interest at all levels and will soften the edges of the pot. You may choose to use more than one filler and spiller.

Combining color

As in any garden situation, combining color is simple. Make sure that adjacent plants echo or repeat a color from nearby

plants. It may be a color in the center of the flower, a petal’s edge, a leaf or even a stem color. If you follow this rule, you’ll always have harmony.

Simple statements

Single plants in a pot or container — especially if the container has a lot of interest itself — grouped with other single-plant pots can be visually striking and more effective in a small space. Multiple pots containing unique plants can be very dramatic.

Color from foliage

For the last few years, nurseries have been well-stocked

with plants displaying fabulous foliage. You’ll find leaves in gorgeous colors and interesting textures. No need to wait for flowers because you’ve got instant color. And if plants go out of bloom, no problem.


Watch your plants to understand their water-need rhythm. Plants will wilt when they need water. Generally, with container gardens in sunny spots, you’ll need to water every other day. With shade plants, twice a week should be sufficient. Keep in mind that simple terracotta pots dry out faster than plastic or glazed pots due to

their porous nature. Never let a pot sit in a saucer or tray full of water. Feed plants monthly with a granular organic (or timedrelease) food according to directions. For heavily-flowering plants such as annuals, you may want to use a granular food and a liquid high-bloom fertilizer at half-strength. This will ensure a spectacular show of color. —Gary Jones is Chief Horticulturist at Armstrong Garden Centers, which has locations on Friars Road and Morena Boulevard. Email your drought and gardening questions to ■

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Jazz Fridays: “Jazz at the Cosmo” at The Cosmopolitan Restaurant and Hotel. Free. 6:30 p.m. 2660 Calhoun St., Old Town. Charlie Arbelaez Trio at The Rook. Free. 9 p.m. 7745 University Ave., La Mesa. Jazz Happy Hour at the Handlery Hotel’s 950 Lounge. Free. 5:30 p.m. 950 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley. Saturdays: Jazz with George and Alan at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Douglas Kvandal with the LiveJazz! Quartet at the Amigo Spot at Kings Inn. Free. 7 p.m. 1333 Hotel Circle South, Mission Valley. 

View the total lunar eclipse at Cabrillo National Monument Sunday, Sept. 27

Pop Tuesdays: Suzanne Shea and Bob Wade at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Fridays: Nathan Welden at Bistro Sixty. Free. 6:30 p.m. 5987 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Oct. 15: Hozier and Little Green Cars at Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre. $30+. 7:30 p.m. 5500 Capanile Drive, College Area.

Classical Oct. 9 & 11: The Symphony’s opening weekend with Jahja Ling (conductor) and Yuja Wang (piano) at Copley Symphony Hall. $20+. Friday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. 750 B St., Downtown. Oct. 10: “Opus Gala 2015: Yuja Wang plays Tchaikovsky” with Jahja Ling (conductor) at Copley Symphony Hall. $30+. 8 p.m. 750 B St., Downtown. Oct. 11: Concert on the Plaza with conductor Shannon Kitelinger. Free. 4 – 6 p.m. 5500 Campanile Drive, College Area.

Alternative/Rock Sept. 24: Dan Walsh at Vision Center for Spiritual Living. $15. 7 p.m. 6154 Mission Gorge Road, Suite 100, Grantville. Sept. 26: Get Groovin’ at Navajo Live Bar. Free. 9 p.m. 8515 Navajo Road, San Carlos.  Oct. 9: Josie Day Band at Pal Joey’s. Free. 9 p.m. 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens.

Other Sept. 18: Fred Benedetti Balboa Park Centennial Tribute Concert at Casa Del Prado Theater. $20. 7 – 9 p.m. 1800 El Prado, Balboa Park. Sept. 20: Carol Pelkner and Jim George (marimba, vibes, clarinet and flute) at Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Auditorium. Free. 3 – 4 p.m. 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. Oct. 6 & 20: Tom’s Band Camp: A live jam with local musician (first and third Tuesdays of every month)  at Pal Joey’s. Free. 9 p.m. 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens. —Compiled by Jen Van Tieghem. Bands, venues and music-lovers, please submit listings for this calendar by emailing ■

FEATURED EVENTS ‘Gardening Basics’ gardening class Saturday, Sept. 19

For this gardening class, Armstrong Garden Centers will teach skills to begin gardening. Highlights include: determining soil type and sunlight in your yard, deciding how to choose plants, and general planting and watering information. The Mission Valley/Grantville store is located at 10320 Friars Road; there are several other San Diego Armstrong locations. This session starts at 9 a.m. Visit for more information.

As the sun sets (6:37 p.m.) this evening, the moon will rise (6:35 p.m.) already being eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow. The maximum eclipse will be at 7:47 p.m. NASA says this is a “supermoon lunar eclipse.” A supermoon occurs when a full moon coincides with the lunar orbit being closest to the Earth making the moon appear larger and brighter than normal. The combination of a lunar eclipse and supermoon is a rare occurrence. Cabrillo National Monument (1800 Cabrillo Monument Drive, Point Loma) will host a special viewing for the occasion with telescopes provided by The San Diego Astronomy Club. Music and refreshments will be provided, flashlights encouraged. Tickets are $30 per car (maximum 10 people per car); parking is free. Check-in will be between 6 – 7 p.m. (no late check-ins). The event raises funds for San Diego’s only national park. Visit for tickets. scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with check-in beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Ronald Reagan Community Center (195 East Douglas Ave., El Cajon). Those interested in attending can call 844-899-1597 or register online at surveymonkey. com/r/DontGtHooked by Sept. 17. For more information, visit

Local groups to clean up Kaiser Ponds area Saturday, Sept. 19

‘Attract Songbirds to Your Backyard’ gardening class The San Diego River Park Foundation will be partnering Saturday, Sept. 26

with I Love a Clean San Diego for the annual Coastal Cleanup Day to clean trash and debris from the Grantville/Allied Gardens area near Kaiser Ponds. This event will also be the first community event for local business networking group, GADS. No experience is necessary to volunteer and all tools and supplies will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to dress in clothes that can get dirty and to wear closed-toe shoes (required). A hat and sunscreen is also recommended. A liability waiver is required for all volunteers, available online at For more information on the event, call 619-297-7380.

‘Don’t Get Hooked’ Wednesday, Sept. 23

This free presentation and lunch is designed to help seniors and caregivers learn how to avoid financial scams and other crooks. Supervisor Dianne Jacob will lead the event, which will include speakers ranging from scam victims to experts on elder abuse and financial crimes. The event is

For this gardening class, Armstrong Garden Centers will teach about plants that attract beautiful birds to your garden. The expert on hand will also discuss bird feeders and birdseed mixes. The Mission Valley/ Grantville store is located at 10320 Friars Road; there are several other San Diego Armstrong locations. This session starts at 9 a.m. Visit ArmstrongGarden. com for more information.

Hazard Center celebrates 25 years Saturday, Sept. 26

Mission Valley’s Hazard Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a fun event for customers featuring prizes, giveaways, crafts, refreshments and more. The event will be held by the “Pappy” Hazard statue at Hazard Center, located at 7510 Hazard Center Drive on Sept. 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. Some of the highlights of the event include a selfie contest with prizes that include tickets to Padres games and San Diego Zoo passes. The first 25 guests to arrive will receive a tote bag

with a pair of tickets to UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas and a free selfie stick. Hazard Center has also partnered with the San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF) which will also be onsite handing out bags to the first 25 people who donate $20 or more to the SRRPF’s “Give a Tree” program. The donation will go towards providing one native tree that will be planted at a park or open space along the nearby San Diego River. For more information about Hazard Center’s 25th Anniversary event, visit

Convention Center hosts Taking Control of Your Diabetes Saturday, Sept. 26

Do you have diabetes? Learn, laugh, and live better with Taking Control of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) a San Diego based nonprofit organization that has been educating and motivating individuals with diabetes for 21 years. TCOYD’s Founder and Director, Dr. Steven Edelman, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15 and has dedicated his medical career to educating, motiving, and empowering people just like him to take a more active role in their health care. Join us at the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. A team of diabetes experts from all over the country will give you the cutting-edge information on the latest technologies and treatment options you need to lead a happier See CALENDAR page 23


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Calendar, from page 22 and healthier life with diabetes. Registration is just $30 per person or $25 per person for groups of two or more. A sit-down plated lunch is included! For more information and registration visit or call 800-998-2693.

Mission Valley Persuasive Speakers Club speech contest Tuesday, Sept. 29

This toastmasters club will hold a speech contest with inspiring and humorous speeches from 6:30 – 8 p.m. This group meet at 4444 Zion Ave. in Grantville. For more information visit 701611.

‘Pumpkin with Succulents’ make and take class Saturday, Oct. 3

For this gardening class, Armstrong Garden Centers will guide attendees through the assembly of a unique make and take item. A carved out pumpkin will be used as a planter – perfect for patios and porches – and filled with attractive succulents. A fee and registration for this class will be required. The Mission Valley/ Grantville store is located at 10320 Friars Road; there are several other San Diego Armstrong locations. This session starts at 9 a.m. Visit ArmstrongGarden. com for more information.

Local business networking group to meet Wednesday, Oct. 7

The general meeting of the GADS B2B Networking group will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. at the Admiral Baker Golf Course Clubhouse. GADS is an inclusive group of business representatives from the Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos areas who gather and share relevant information about succeeding in the area. GADS promotes each business independently and collectively and encourages buying locally, supporting growth and education, participation and community outreach.

“Sex in Our City” to discuss women’s sexual health issues Tuesday, Oct. 20

Alvarado Hospital will be hosting a discussion on women’s sexual health led by Dr. Irwin Goldstein, medical director of the sexual medicine program at Alvarado Hospital and Dr. Rose Hartzell, sex therapy ambassador for the 100 Woman Project. The panel will discuss the new libido drug for women, flibanserin, as well as what else might be on the horizon for women dealing with low sex drives, sexual health in young women, pre- and post-menopause, bedroom secrets to enhance sexual relationships, hormone treatments and alternatives and other topics. “Sex in Our City” begins at 6 p.m. in the Alvarado Hospital Conference Room. In addition to the speakers, this free event will offer sex-themed appetizers, des-

serts and mocktails. Due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, it is only open to women. Seating is limited as well so women who are interested in attending are encouraged to register early by calling 800-258-2723 or sign up online at

Marvin Elementary hosts “A Bone Yard Bash” Friday, Oct. 16

Marvin Elementary School’s Annual Fall Carnival this year will be a spooktacular event called “A Bone Yard Bash.” There will be game booths, food trucks, slides, rides, a sweet shop and more. This event is open to the community and everyone is welcome to attend from 5–8 p.m. at Marvin Elementary School, 5720 Brunswick Ave.

Church hosts Scandinavian Festival Saturday, Oct. 17

From 5 to 9 p.m. Ascension Lutheran Church will hold its 16th annual Scandinavian Festival. The festival will include authentic Scandinavian foods, costumes and music. The festival is a celebration of the cultural heritage of the church, which was started in 1957 by the Mission Board of the Swedish Lutheran Church. The church quickly became a multi-cultural congregation and now includes people of Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, German, Slovakian, Japanese, Hispanic, British, Irish and other cultural backgrounds. In addition to the dinner and music, there will also be a silent auction of gift baskets, a live auction and a raffle. Proceeds from the event will be used to implement a Xeriscape landscape at the church. Advance tickets are $25. Tickets at the door at $30. For advance tickets, call 619-582-2636.

RECURRING EVENTS Mondays: Rock Star Karaoke with Jae: 9 p.m. Let your inner rock star shine. Pal Joey’s, 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens.

Tuesdays: Feeling Fit Club: 8:30–9:30 a.m., free class for seniors 60 years and up to improve

Verge, from page 2 to pay that rent, and then they’ll qualify just as any other renter does,” Scott said. “They’re working people, and if it’s a family, they’re working families. Nobody will even notice. Maybe they won’t have as nice of cars or as many cars.” The affordable units were built into this project as part of the city’s inclusionary housing program, which requires residential developers to make either 10 percent of units affordable to low-income residents or to pay a fee into a fund that the local government uses to build its own affordable housing projects. Scott said it is unusual for

balance, strength and flexibility. Cohen Social Hall at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 6660 Cowles Mountain Blvd., San Carlos. Brilliant Babies Storytime: Noon, recommended for pre-walkers. Allied Gardens/ Benjamin Branch Library, 5188 Zion Ave., Allied Gardens. Chair Yoga: 2:30–3:30 p.m., free class where yoga stretches are performed sitting on a chair. No mats needed. San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive, San Carlos. Sancarlosfrie Mission Valley Persuasive Speakers meeting: 6:30 – 8 p.m., toastmasters club weekly meetings. 4444 Zion Ave., Grantville.

Wednesdays: Feeling Fit Club: 1–2 p.m., free class for seniors 60 years and up to improve balance, strength and flexibility. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5380 El Cajon Blvd., College Area. Call 858-495-5500 ext. 3. Locals Night: 3–8 p.m., residents of 92120, 92115, 92116, 92123 and 92108 are eligible for $2 pours of the brewery’s “beer of the day.” Benchmark Brewing, 6190 Fairmount Ave. Suite G, Grantville. Game Night: 6–9:30 p.m., bring your own or play what’s available while enjoying traditional and vegan donuts. Donut Panic, 6171 Mission Gorge Road #113, Grantville. DonutpanicSD.

Thursdays: Karaoke: 9 p.m., hosted by Erica at your favorite neighborhood haunt. Pal Joey’s, 5147 Waring Road, Allied Gardens.

Fridays: Curbside Bites: 5–9 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at Westfield Mission Valley mall, 1640 Camino Del Rio N., Mission Valley.

Sundays: Karaoke: 9 p.m., karaoke to close out your weekend. Camel’s Breath Inn, 10330 Friars Road Suite 106, Grantville. 


ARTS Calendar SDSU Film: Best of the Best Student Showcase

Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. SDSU, Don Powell Theatre 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego Tickets $10 A two-evening program of short films selected by a jury of SDSU faculty, and produced by students in SDSU’s Television, Film, and New Media Production program. Visit

Mission Trails Regional Park Concert Series

Carol Pelkner and Jim George, marimba, vibes, clarinet and flute Sunday, Sept. 20, 3 p.m. Mission Trails Regional Park Theater 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego Free admission, donations accepted Come explore the unique sonic landscape as this delightful duo combine the marimba, flute, vibraphone, clarinet and bass clarinet. Visit

Wednesdays @ Noon: SDSU Free Concert Series

Neave Piano Trio Wednesday, Sept. 23, noon - 1:00 pm SDSU, Smith Recital Hall 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego Free admission. Hailed by critics as “brilliant,” the Neave Trio — Anna Williams, violin; Mikhail Veselov, cello; Toni James, piano — has “exceeded the gold standard and moved on to platinum.” Visit

Film Forum: “Viridiana” (1961)

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 6 p.m. Mission Valley Library 2123 Fenton Parkway, San Diego Free admission. Experience Luis Bunuel’s scathing film allegory featuring Silvia Pinal. Spanish with English subtitles. 90 minutes. Discussion to follow.

MOXIE Theatre: “Orange Julius”

by Basil Kreimendhal, directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. Thursday, Sept. 24 – Sunday, Oct. 18 MOXIE Theater 6663 El Cajon Blvd. Suite N., San Diego Tickets $20 - $40. MOXIE presents the world premiere of a groundbreaking play that was read as part of La Jolla Playhouse’s DNA New Works Series.

SDSU Theatre: “Sylvia”

by A.R. Gurney, directed by C.J. Keith. Friday, Sept. 25 – Sunday, Oct. 4 SDSU, Experimental Theatre 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego Tickets $15 - $17. A zany romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog. The kids are in college, Kate and Greg have just moved to New York, and in bounces Sylvia, a stray that Greg finds in the park. Visit

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developers to choose to build the units themselves. “Mostly they pay the fee,” he said. “Here, not only are they building the units, but they agreed to build twice the number that was required.” That may have been part of the applicant’s strategy to get the project approved by the Planning Commission and City Council when it was under review in 2008, especially considering that the land was previously occupied by a mobile home park. From a practical perspective, city leaders generally prefer that the developer build the units themselves rather than pay the fee, Scott said. “The fee is a political decision, and so it’s set below what it costs

to produce the units,” he said. As a result, when a developer pays the fee, the city ends up subsidizing the true cost when it goes to build an affordable unit. On the other hand, when the developer builds affordable units into the project, the entire cost of the affordable unit is borne by the developer — or, more likely, by the other residents who pay higher rents that effectively subsidize the affordable units, Scott said. Wald, the manager at Verge, said he does not expect those affordable units to last long. “Our waitlist has been filling,” he said. That should not be a surprise to anyone paying attention to the rental housing market in

San Diego. In Downtown’s East Village, for example, leasing agents at the newly erected Pinnacle on the Park tower said they received 500 applications for just 36 affordable units. Earlier this year, the City Council reached a new milestone: 12 years of declaring a continued state of emergency due to a severe shortage of affordable housing. Clearly, the affordable units at Verge will make a difference in the lives of dozens of families, but the city has a long way to go before it reaches its goal. —Jeremy Ogul is a freelance writer and former editor of this newspaper. Write to him at ■

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A circular tour of southwestern Nova Scotia Ron Stern

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he long, narrow province of Nova Scotia is oriented eastwest alongside mainland Canada. With Halifax as your starting and ending point, it’s possible to drive the coastal roads of southwestern Nova Scotia in a circle and, on the way, sample some of the best cuisine and historical sites that this province has to offer.


Begin your tour in Halifax itself, and start by taking a Segway tour of the famous boardwalk, which lines about 3 kilometers of the harbor. There are plenty of attractions to be viewed here, and even a casino if you want to try your luck. If you’re hungry, consider checking out the seafood restaurant McKelvies, just a block from Lower Water Street. The interior has a wonderful ambience which will contribute to your enjoyment of a variety of fish dishes or lobster.

Above: Colorful businesses in Lunenburg. Below: (top left) Buoys and lobster traps against a building at Peggy’s Cove. (top right) Segway riders along the Halifax waterfront. (bottom left) A light fog burns off at Harbour beach. (bottom right) Phone box at Lucketts Vineyard. (Photos by Ron Stern)

Digby to Wolfville

Peggy’s Cove

From Halifax, drive south to Peggy’s Cove. One of the first landmarks you’ll see is the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse. Be careful walking around to getting photos, as people have been swept off the rocks on occasion. Photographers will want to get some shots of the colorful harbor with its boats and fishing huts.

South to Lunenburg

From Peggy’s Cove, continue south along the “Lighthouse Route” to the village of Tantallon. If you like maple syrup and all the goodies that are made with that ingredient, stop in at Acadian Maple Products, a family-owned business that has been creating products featuring their locally sourced syrup for over 30 years.

Mahone Bay

As you head toward the picturesque village of Mahone Bay, consider stopping in at the White Sails Bakery & Deli for a cinnamon bun or some of their smoked meats. Visitors along the coast often make a point of dining at Mateus

Bistro in Mahone Bay for lunch, as the chef learned his craft at the Le Cordon Bleu Paris Cooking School. Be sure to try the seafood chowder.


Lunenburg was selected as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of the historical importance of its British Colonial Old Town, full of unique architecture. The Ironworks Distillery located in a converted maritime blacksmith shop is where you can sample their vodka made with

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Next on your route will be Yarmouth and the Acadian Shores. This is another town full of history – not of Americans who were loyal to the British crown but of the Acadians, descendants of some of the first French settlers in the region. For good food and great scenery of St. Mary’s Bay, La Cuisine Robicheau features some tasty Acadian cuisine like fresh haddock with lobster sauce, mashed potatoes and peas. Another notable Acadian dish, Rappie Pie, can be found at Evelina’s. You’ll plunge your fork through a golden brown crust into a chicken, beef or clam filling, mixed with delicious potatoes. If you like golf, spend the night at the Digby Pines Golf Resort & Spa. Digby Bay is famous for its scallops, so make sure those are on your dinner menu!


locally sourced apples as well as their rum and liqueurs. Then stroll by the harbor for a chance to see the Bluenose II, which is a replica of the original racing schooner of that name. You’ll have to plan ahead, as this maritime ambassador shifts from port to port during the sailing season from July to September.

Lunenburg to Shelburne The small town of Shelburne expanded greatly during the American War of Independence as Loyalists fled here from the

Colonies. After you’ve toured the historic landmarks, stop in at Charlotte Lane Café for lunch or dinner, and then find a room for the night at Cooper’s Inn.

Shelburne to Digby

On your way along Highway 103 toward Digby, divert to SteAnne-du-Ruisseau and take a tour of the Eel Lake Oyster Farm. This will give you an opportunity to taste the famous “Ruisseau” oysters for which they are known.

Along the route to Wolfville, you can pick out your own lobsters for lunch or dinner at the Hall’s Harbor Lobster Pound. Fort Anne, a star fort in Annapolis Royal, was once the capital of Nova Scotia until it was replaced by Halifax in 1749. The town of Wolfville has plenty of bars, restaurants and shops but it is also known for being in the heart of Nova Scotia’s “wine country.” Benjamin Bridges and Luckett Vineyards are two of the best known wineries in this area, but there are several. If you want to phone home inexpensively, visit Luckett Vineyards, as there’s an English phone box prominently placed so visitors can make a toll free call to anywhere in Canada or the United States’ Lower 48. Wolfville also boasts the Blomidon Inn, formerly the mansion of a shipping magnate, now a delightful bed & breakfast.

Return to Halifax

It’s about an hour’s drive from Wolfville northeast across the province to Halifax, where you can catch a plane for home. —Contact Ron Stern at or visit his blog at originalglobalgumshoe. ■


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Theater, from page 5

and performed by Hager, it is based on one man’s and criticize others. (7:30 p.m. journey into a homeless comMay 5-7, 2016 and May 12-14. munity. “Invisible” examines Matinees May 7 and 14 at 2 homelessness beyond what we see; it asks its audience p.m.) Tickets for the season’s plays to suspend stereotypes and are $15 for general admission, preconceived ideas about the $12 for faculty, staff seniors and homeless population. It is a military and $10 for Grossmont tribute to life and the spirit of College and Cuyamaca College the brotherhood of humanity. students. Tickets can be pur- ($20 general admission, $10 chased online, by phone or in for students.) person. The box office is open “Loves Me … Loves Me 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday thru Not” is a comedic stagedFriday and one hour prior to all reading fundraiser performed performances. by Theatre Art faculty, staff and special guests, focusing In addition to the on love’s many facets. Bring regular theatrical a date and come laugh at love season, several special passionate, love spurned, love events are on tap: new, love old, love confused, Faculty member Jerry and love met.  Some adult Hager will be presenting his themes. Not appropriate for solo piece, “Invisible,” as a those under the age of 18. fundraiser for the Theatre (April 1 and 2, 2016 at 7:30 Arts Department at 7:30 p.m. in Room 220. $20 general p.m. Oct. 16 and 17. Written admission, $10 for students.)


“Around the World in 80 Days” is the Grossmont College Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory production of the timeless tale of amazing adventure as Phileas Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the globe in less than 80 days in order to win a sizeable wager. Set for July 2016, the conservatory program brings high school and college-age students together to perform family-friendly summer plays in the Stagehouse Theatre. Student performers and technicians learn what it is like to work in a professional theater by committing to daytime classes that teach specialized skills, as well as evening rehearsals and two weeks of performances. —For 24-hour ticket reservations, call 619-644-7234. For all other information, go to or call 619-644-7234.■

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bed as a result of the construction of the Grantville Trolley station. Calls to MTS for comment about this went unreturned. No one is saying there will be a cleaned-out, spotless, free-flowing channel there when the cleanup is done. There are so many trees, bushes and plants that environmental concerns will not allow to be cut down. You can see where that leads by looking at the major river channel through Mission Valley. Property owner Dan Smith, who’s been fighting this battle along with other businesses along lower Mission Gorge Road for years, is totally frustrated. His son David, vice president of the property company, says it’s really wearing people down. “We’ve taken to renting concrete barriers to line the creek bed along our property line, even though we know it won’t do much good. If we get more rains, and we will, the water will just surge around them and we’re flooded again.” A look at the line of barriers confirms that. They would do little to keep the water out, and might even make the recovery process slower by actually keeping floodwaters in. The bitter irony here is that we’re only talking about roughly 500 feet of creek bed here between the two sections that will be cleaned out, but it’s 500 feet that will affect as many as 50 or 60 businesses. They’ve been through this before – the creek bed was last cleaned out in 2010 – and they hate having to go through it again. But they may have no choice. —Doug Curlee is the editor at large. Write to him at doug@■

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Construction on the new Heart and Vascular Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital is slated to be completed in 18 to 24 months. (Photo by Jeff Clemetson)

Hospital, from page 1 pital’s surgery capabilities with four new cardiac catheterization labs and four multipurpose, hybrid procedural rooms that can support general surgery, minimally-invasive surgery, image-guided surgery or endovascular interventional procedures, according to a hospital press statement. “The hybrid operating rooms will allow us to do very complex cases,” said Scott Evans, CEO of Sharp Grossmont Hospital. “The technology in the rooms will have instant imaging which will allow surgery to

keep going instead of having to stop, get images and then consult specialists.” Evans said the hospital expansions both serve existing patients needs as well as future needs. “We are the busiest emergency room in San Diego,” he said. “And since we are the busiest, we need, today, more space to take care of our East County residents.” In addition to more space and higher-tech equipment, Evans said Sharp Grossmont will be recruiting even more “top notch talent” to work in the new Heart and Vascular Center.

LOCAL NEWS The Heart and Vascular Center is being built on a tight site within the hospital campus, adjacent to the hospital’s existing operating rooms and cardiac catheterization labs. The construction for the center is already underway and is expected to be completed 18 to 24 months from now, said Evans who described that part of the construction project as “Phase 2.” “Phase 1” of the expansion, which includes the pharmacy and labs, will be completed before the end of the year, he said. Although there are no concrete expansion plans after the new center is built, Evans said Sharp Grossmont Hospital has a five-year “master facilities” plan that will look at how the hospital can expand the number of in-patient beds.

Alvarado Hospital At Alvarado Hospital, the new Advanced Spine and Joint Institute is the first of several planned expansions that will improve care for its patients. The new spine and joint facility, which opened July 23, replaces the old one with not only improved physical design but a new care patient care model as well. “Our new program is modeled after the nationally-renowned Marshall Steele program and is the only Marshall Steele spine and joint program in San Diego,” said Robin Gomez, Alvarado Hospital administrator. The Marshall Steele program was created to be patient-friendly, with a focus

on comfort and information for the patient. Patients wear comfortable clothes instead of hospital gowns. The hallways and rooms are decorated with landscape art. Not only does the patient unit incorporate healing design, but everything from patient education to clothing to rehabilitation to reunion lunches are created to ensure optimal outcomes for patients undergoing spine surgery or joint reconstruction. The improved joint and spine institute replaces Alvarado’s previous one which was already known for having “amazing physicians and a highly specialized team,” Gomez said. “I’ve worked in health care for many years and I’ve found it is best to work to build the strengths of your hospital and to the needs of the community,” she said. Alvarado Hospital is working toward the needs of the aging baby-boomers of the community with its next planned expansion — a geriatric mental health facility that will serve the needs of people who are 65 and older who suffer from chronic mental health conditions and are also in need of medical care, she said. The new geriatric mental health center will have about 30 beds and will be located on the third floor of the hospital’s west tower. The facility is expected to open sometime in the next three to four months, she said. Another big change coming to Alvarado Hospital is the expansion of its emergency room facilities. Currently, the hospital only has room for 12 beds for the roughly 2,000 emergency room visits it receives per month. The emergency room expansion is long overdue, said Gomez who called the current 12-room ER a “shoebox.” “As a community hospital we have to change with the times,” she said. “For a 300-plus-bed hospital to only have a 12-room ER — we had to make a change.” The new emergency room will have 31 to 33 beds and will help serve the county’s emergency needs. “Anytime you can add beds in the county safety net, it’s a good thing,” she said.

Kaiser Permanente At Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego Medical Center on

Zion Avenue in Grantville, a multimillion-dollar upgrade is already under way “to improve the environment and experience for [its] patients,” said Donna Durckel, a spokesperson for Kaiser Permanente San Diego. Everything form hospital rooms, waiting areas, the cafeteria and even the elevators is getting a beautifying facelift to create a more pleasant atmosphere. “What the patients see and experience will be brighter, fresher and newer,” she said. Although geographically not in East County, the new Kaiser Permanente Central Hospital being built in Kearny Mesa will have a very positive impact on health care for Kaiser patients at the Central Hospital, as well. The most drastic improvement that will come to the Medical Center when the Central Hospital is finished will be the addition of more private rooms. Because the Medical Center is currently Kaiser’s only major hospital facility in San Diego, many of the rooms are shared. However, the plan is to have around 266 private rooms after the upgrades to the Medical Center are complete and after the new Central Hospital is finished, Durckel said. Along with beautification and improved comfort through private rooms, the Medical Center will also see an upgrade in technology that will coincide with the construction of the Central Hospital which is being touted as the “hospital of the future,” Durckel said. “A lot of our high-tech upgrades in the new hospital will be implemented in Zion,” she said, referring to the Medical Center’s nickname after the street it is located on. The high-tech upgrades include advanced communications for staff that include iPhones so that doctors can quickly send photos and other information back and forth to each other for more immediate feedback. The Medical Center will also be totally wireless, she said. When the Central Hospital is completed, the Medical Center will also be able to offer more enhanced care in the fields of hematology/oncology, ophthalmology, orthopedics and plastic surgery. —Write to Jeff Clemetson at ■


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Haggen, from page 3

Councilmember Scott Sherman presents an award to the Knights of Columbus at the “A Ride of Inspiration” fundraiser for DS Action. (Photo courtesy of Sharla Hank)

‘A Ride of Inspiration’ a great success Scott



ast month, I had the great pleasure to help promote and participate in the 7th Annual “A Ride of Inspiration” event to help support a wonderful organization called DS Action. DS Action is a group of parents, grandparents, doctors, educators, registered nurses, social workers, and business professionals that are interested in improving the quality of life of all people with Down Syndrome. The group has grown quickly and now serves families in the entire Southern California region and neighboring jurisdictions in Mexico. One of the many accomplishments achieved by DS Action was the formation of a Down Syndrome Center at Rady Children’s Hospital where all children with Down syndrome can receive specialized care.

The Ride of Inspiration event is a charity motorcycle event, car show, carnival, and community festival which supports DS Action and the Down Syndrome Center. The successful event generated thousands of dollars to support the organization. I have been thoroughly impressed by the volunteers of DS Action and their selfless efforts to help San Diego families. In order for important organizations like DS Action to stay effective and thrive, it is important to receive the support of the community. If you would like to learn more about this important organization, please visit their website at: —Scott Sherman is the elected San Diego City Councilmember for District 7, which includes the neighborhoods of San Carlos, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and Grantville. Call Sherman’s office at 619-236-6677 or email him at ■

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presence in our area of the specialty, somewhat more upscale operation like Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and the like.” Grocery profit margins are so thin that massive numbers of customers are necessary to create buying traffic in your stores. “There’s a saying in the grocery business that may be very close to the truth”, Gin said. “If a customer drops and breaks a jar of strawberry jam, there goes your profit margin for the day.” “Another problem may be that Haggen just sort of showed up and expected people to come in, just as they did in Albertsons or Vons. That didn’t happen in most stores. “ In March, Haggen bought 146 Pavilions, Safeway, Albertsons and Vons stores throughout the West Coast in an acquisition that the Washington state grocer hoped would make it a major player in other western states. Haggen bought the stores from Albertsons and Safeway as the two companies divested some of their locations during a merger. In San Diego County alone, Haggen took over 25 Vons and Albertsons stores. Of the two stores opened in La Mesa, only the store at 3681 Avocado Ave. is still open. The store at 5630 Lake Murray Drive closed last month. According to Gin, there were several business mistakes that Haggen made that led to the rapid closures of their recent acquisitions. It’s often said that “in good times, you should advertise. In bad times, you must advertise.” Haggen did very little in the way of advance advertising, Gin said. Haggen also ran into store shelf stock problems, and says Albertsons engaged in a major conspiracy to undercut their business after the sale. Haggen has now filed a billion dollar suit against Albertsons alleging just

that. That, in the wake of a suit by Albertsons alleging Haggen failed to pay for almost $150 million of product left behind when Albertsons departed. Haggen blames computer program problems for the fact that many grocery items were very overpriced, and many others drastically underpriced. Consumers were quick to tumble to that problem, and were ready to let the company know of their unhappiness. Bill Shaner, the Haggen executive in charge of the southward expansion of the company, left as the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing was announced early this month. But that may not save Haggen. Alan Gin thinks there’s really only one thing that could save it, or at least keep some of the expansion stores operating. “They would almost have to win that billion-dollar lawsuit to make this work. That will be very hard to do, but if they don’t, it may be over for them.” We can question why a 16-store, small, one-state grocery chain felt it was wise to buy 146 stores in five states. Haggen executives are asking that same question themselves. It’s somewhat personal for my family. We live three blocks from a Haggen that used to be an Albertsons. We used to shop frequently at that Albertsons. We don’t anymore. Now, we go there only if there’s an item or two we need in an emergency, and we note the fact that the prices are invariably higher than they were before. But there is one small benefit to going there. It’s much easier to get a parking place close to the front door. Editor Jeff Clemetson contributed to this report. —Doug Curlee is editor at large. Write him at doug@ failed to pay for almost 150 million dollars in shelf stock left by Albertson’s. ■


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