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Local org seeks to remove campaign financing from San Diego elections By Chris Pocock

Colorful tastes at Gray


Chris Ward of the GLBT Historic Task Force speaks at Florence Elementary about the effort to rename the school in honor of former state Sen. Christine Kehoe. (Photo by Hutton Marshall)

Effort to rename Florence Elementary takes flight Bungalow murder, she wrote

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Century-old school could soon honor Chris Kehoe Hutton Marshall | Editor Christine Kehoe Elementary may be realized by fall 2015 if a group of community activists can rally enough local support to rename the longstanding Florence Elementary. On the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 8, approximately 50 people gathered in a large hall at Florence Elementary for the first public meeting on potentially renaming the school in honor of former state Senator Christine Kehoe. While elected officials, LGBT organizations and other locals vocalized strong support for the effort,

volunteers, parents and teachers expressed more hesitancy to makeover the school’s 100-year-old image. Renaming a school requires an extensive outreach effort, a petition drive and ultimately a vote by the San Diego Board of Education. While key figures behind the name-change effort met with Florence staff a day prior, this was the first public meeting specifically targeting the community surrounding Florence. LGBT Activist Nicole Murray Ramirez and City Council candidate Chris Ward started off the meeting, representing the GLBT Historic Task Force, an organization responsible for other renaming efforts like Harvey Milk Street near Hillcrest’s Pride Plaza in 2012. Both Ward and Ramirez detailed Kehoe’s many accomplishments in the Hillcrest community and in public educa-

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Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero Carmen Kcomt advocates for immigrant families

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Despite San Diego’s pleasant weather, rich and diverse culture, and beautiful cityscapes, clean politics has never been the city’s strong suit. Corruption and subsequent special elections have been frequent, even expected in recent years, and influence from special interest groups has increasingly pervaded the political climate through massive campaign donations. It’s this image of our city that Neighborhoods for Clean Elections (NCE) hopes to resolve. The organization, headed by former councilmember John Hartley, aims to remove the influence of highpowered interest groups from the electoral process through a clean elections system. In a clean elections system, candidates running for local office who pledge not to use their own wealth or donations from businesses, unions and other interest groups would be classified as “clean candidates,” gaining access to an allotment of public funds designated for these electoral bids. Political Action Committees (PACs) would be unaffected by this

Carmen Kcomt (Courtesy KPBS)

Carmen Kcomt is filled with pride. On June 25th, this 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Local Hero, who hails from Peru, finally became a United States citizen. The journey to citizenship was filled with challenges and setbacks that included 11 years of struggling to maneuver through the system in her quest for political asylum — and spending five of those years as an undocumented immigrant. “My case is emblematic of asylum seekers,” she says. “I came in 2003 and got my asylum in 2008. After six months my tourist visa expired, and I was living undocumented, invisible. I didn’t exist. No documents meant no job, no work permit. No Social Security card. Nothing. I was not in the records. Not me, not my family.” Kcomt, who had served as a judge in her native country, came to San Diego with her family, including her parents and her three

sons. She left Peru because she felt she had no other choice. Her troubles in Peru began as she was approaching her 40th birthday. She remembers feeling restless at the time. “I hope something happens in my life,” she would say to herself, “because this life is so boring and I want to have something different. Something challenging.” At the time, Kcomt was enrolled in special classes at the Academia de la Magistratura to improve her legal skills. One day, as she left class someone stopped her to inform her that her courtroom had just been handed one of the most high-profile cases in Peru — a paternity case involving Alejandro Toledo, a powerful man who was then running for president of the country. Soon, the news was all

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KCOMT over the media in Peru. Kcomt realized that her wish had come to fruition. What she didn’t yet know, though, was that the case would forever change her life. Standing up to Toledo would eventually necessitate her emigrating to the United States. Toledo was elected president within a few months of Kcomt receiving the case. Through it all, Kcomt stood by her convictions, faithfully following the letter of the law. But the stakes were high. “My life became so weird,” Kcomt says. “In my country, executive power has power over all others. Everything was horrible, messed up. I really put my family in danger. I was a little bit afraid something would happen to me, and I was going to school with a police guard and carrying a gun. My parents and I knew that my career was almost over. There were too many threats against me.” Kcomt already had a brother living in San Diego who offered to sponsor her to come to the States. She initially turned him down. But as things became more heated, she reconsidered. “Those were very bad, stressful times for us. The newspapers were saying very negative things about me. My parents were having a hard time. We had bodyguards,” Kcomt says, but she wasn’t sure if they were watching out for her family’s safety or just spying on them. “They were always trying to look for something [suspicious] in my story, so they could remove me from my position, simply because I wouldn’t cut a deal with them.”

When the case at last ended, Kcomt moved to San Diego. “Those [early days in San Diego] are very hard to describe,” Kcomt admits. “It was a mix of many feelings at the same time, blaming myself for putting my family in this situation. We came here from living in a beautiful home to an apartment where we all were living together. No jobs. Poor. I remember my oldest son, who was 15, asking me, ‘Are we poor now?’ Yes we are.” Kcomt credits Survivors of Torture, International, for setting her on a path to political asylum. “One day I read how they needed volunteers, so I talked to them about volunteering. But they said, ‘Carmen, who are you?’ I told them my story. They listened and suddenly I became a client, not a volunteer. They were my big supporter, and they still provide me with therapy.” “I then went to the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program,” Kcomt says, “which gave me an opportunity and for five months I volunteered in the El Cajon courthouse in domestic violence and received an award for that.” She also became a volunteer guest lecturer on post-crisis reconciliation at the University of San Diego. Finally, after five years of living undocumented, Kcomt received political asylum. Soon after, she found work with the Center for Community Solutions. “I was a family advocate in an emergency shelter, helping victims of domestic violence,” she says. “I’d go pick them up, take them to the shelter. Get clothes, toiletry for them, bus passes, therapy, everything in order for them to start a new life.”

Today, she works for La Maestra in City Heights as a legal advocate, a position that specifically was designed for her. Kcomt gives a presentation on children’s rights and human trafficking at the University of San Diego. “I was at a meeting on violence with the police in Balboa Park and other organizations,” she remembers. “Somebody was talking about the immigration remedies for victims of crime in the United States. So I said if you are a victim of crime you can file for a visa. If you’re a victim of domestic violence and your partner is a permanent resident or a U.S. citizen, you can also file. If you are victim of human trafficking you can file. If you’re a victim of persecution you can file for asylum. Afterwards, a woman asked me if I was interested in managing an office to help victims.” The woman was La Maestra’s President and CEO, Zara Marselian, who immediately recognized Kcomt’s potential. “Zara’s one of the most amazing persons I’ve met in this country,” exclaims Kcomt. “She said, ‘Do you want to do help victims who come to La Maestra?’ And I told her, ‘Yes!’” That was in 2011. Kcomt has been with La Maestra ever since. “La Maestra is in City Heights, the largest immigrant community in the United States. Anyone who goes there who needs help, I tr y to help. For example, somebody may arrive at the office with a black eye, though she didn’t come here for the black eye. She may have come for a stomach pain, but because of the black eye, she’s referred to my office. La Maestra offers therapy, but I also provide

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support for family issues, child support and divorce. Our goal is to provide a complete ser vice.” With a job she loves and U.S. citizenship at last, Kcomt, who last year served as a delegate representing California in the United Nations Refugee Congress, couldn’t be happier. “I love my work with La Maestra. At last I’ve turned a page and I’m not going back to Peru. Every time Alexander the Great conquered a new city, he would ask his soldiers to burn the bridge so he wouldn’t go back. He moved forward. Well, I’m going to apply that in my life. I’m not going back. I’m moving forward and I am proud of that story.” —Contact Monica Medina at or follow @monicastangled on Twitter. u

Kcomt on vacation with her three sons (Courtesy KPBS)


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FLORENCE Ward pointed to her “Trees for Schools” initiative, which resulted in 300 new trees planted at local schools, as well as her after-school programs and essay contests. He also noted that Kehoe had been named “Legislator of the Year” by both the San Diego County school board and the California Federation of Teachers during her time in office. “It’s clear to us, the LGBT Historic Task Force, that as an advocate for education, for the Hillcrest community, this idea is a perfect fit to meet our goal,” Ward said. Following Ward, San Diego Unified school board member Richard Barrera then spoke of the importance of inclusion and communication in the name-change process, urging the community to follow Kehoe’s leadership style. “It’s very important that the school community is an active equal partner in making this happen,” Barrera said. The apparent running joke among supporters at the meeting was that Kehoe always had to be coaxed by her peers into running for office. Barrera said her involvement in this effort was no different. “The first thing she said to me was ‘I never asked for this.’ The second thing she said to me was ‘By the way, I’m still alive,’” Barrera said, laughing. He also spoke about Kehoe’s career as a potential source of inspiration for students. He suggested the Christine Kehoe Elementary Trailblazers — rather than the Florence Elementary Falcons — as a potential mascot for the school. “So when a kid says I go to

Kehoe Elementary, they know what that means, they helped create it, and they are inspired by it every day,” Barrera said. Public comment began with statements on behalf of several elected officials supporting the name change. Susan Jester of the Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBT advocacy group, read a statement on behalf of Mayor Kevin Faulconer supporting the effort. Other statements of support came from staff representing Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, county Supervisor Dave Roberts, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis and Council President Todd Gloria. The San Diego LGBT Center, the Greater San Diego Business Association and the Hillcrest Business Association also gave statements supporting the measure. Then, a Florence Elementar y volunteer changed the tone of the meeting. Jackie Bacon McClish, whose children attended Florence from 2004 to 2013, took issue with the rushed manner in which she felt this decision was being made. After identifying herself as a Democrat and a “great admirer of Christine Kehoe,” she raised concerns that the name change has been proposed “without a plan to forge a meaningful partnership between the community members that want the change and the teachers, staff, parents and volunteers.” She cited the school’s Robert Vaughan Library, which came after years of volunteering by Vaughan and other members of the Assistance League as a prime example of a name change resulting from a well-fostered relationship with the school. McClish also questioned the pertinence that a figure like Kehoe

NEWS might have to elementary school students, suggesting that a middle school or a high school — where issues such as gay rights and environmentalism are more commonly addressed — might be “a name change with more than symbolism.” “Sen. Kehoe, from what I understand, is a great advocate for issues such as gay rights and environmentalism,” McClish said. “My sons are in middle and high school and these are very relevant to them; for example, they have friends who are coming out and they are following the stories about marriage equality.” McClish’s comments received applause from several members of the audience who later identified themselves as teachers at Florence. Four more community members followed McClish, with two speaking in favor of the name change and two criticizing the effort for not doing enough outreach prior to the meeting. “I do hope that this lip service that the community will be an equal partner will come to fruition, because it really hasn’t at this meeting today,” one parent said. Another Florence parent questioned the cost of such a transition, citing that the majority of Florence parents have low incomes or depend on public assistance. San Diego Unified school board President Kevin Beiser later said the name-change petitioner would be required to cover all costs of the transition. After public comment, MurrayRamirez apologized to teachers, parents and volunteers present for the lack of outreach and inclusion. “I hear your concerns, because if I was sitting there I’d have your same concerns,” he said, adding that the GLBT Task Force provides charitable donations to schools in the form of scholarships, school supplies and their annual Easter Egg Hunt. Ramirez said he was told that parents and teachers were made aware of this meeting well in advance. “I think you’ve been disrespected, and that certainly wounds me personally,” he said. At the meeting’s conclusion, Moises Aguirre, who handles external relations for the school district and facilitated the Florence meeting, assured attendees that this was “by no means … the end-all-beall to this process.” “As we can see, we have a lot more conversation that needs to happen,” Aguirre said. “This is only the truly first meeting.” Aguirre also clarified that this meeting wasn’t meant specifically for parents or teachers, but for the surrounding community. He said more outreach targeting parents will come in the second half of October. Aguirre also said the tentative deadline for the name change would be September 2015, just before the start of that school year. Ward added that this process might take even longer. Both Ward and Aguirre agreed that this kind of disagreement was common for an initial meeting regarding a change of this manner. “Some of the feedback you were hearing tonight — it wasn’t totally unexpected,” Ward said. “It is a big idea, it’s a whole identity change for a school that’s been around for 100 years.” “I would be surprised if it went any other way,” Aguirre said. “[But] I think there’s that willingness to work together.” Check, the school district’s website, for upcoming community meetings on Florence. —Contact Hutton Marshall at

Christine “Chris” T. Kehoe Born: Troy, New York Partner: Julie Warren 1984-86 Newspaper editor (San Diego Gayzette) 1987-88 Coordinator, San Diego AIDS Assistance Fund 1988-89 Executive director, Hillcrest Business Association 1989-92 City Council legislative aide 1993 – 2000 (two terms) First openly gay elected member of the San Diego City Council (D-3) 1997-2000 Member of California Coastal Commission 2000-2004 (two terms) California State Assembly (D-76) Speaker Pro-Tem 2004-2012 (four terms) California State Senate (D-39) Chair, California Legislative LGBT Caucus Chair, Committee on Energy, Utilities and Communications Chair, Committee on Appropriations Member, Transportation and Housing Committee Member, Natural Resources and Water and Environmental Quality Committee 2013 - present Executive Director of the Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative (PEVC)


One year under the dome

New Central Library celebrates first anniversary brary over the past year, she said. Approximately 3,000 people a day visit the Central Library, which adds up to over 1 million visitors for the first year of operation, according to figures maintained by library administrators.

A recent Monday evening, some 50 people gathered on the library’s ninth-floor patio under the dome for a free swing dance lesson with local instructor Jackie O’Neil Plys. (Photo by Jeremy Ogul) Jeremy Ogul | Contributing Editor One year after it opened to the public, the metallic dome of the new Central Library already feels like an indispensable part of the Downtown San Diego landscape. What happens underneath that iconic and award-winning dome, however, is the real story. Far more than a warehouse for books, the new Central Library has become a genuine community center, offering everything from career training to after-school tutoring to opera concerts. As the sun set on a recent Monday evening, for example, approximately 50 people gathered on the library’s ninth-floor patio for a free swing dance lesson with

local instructor Jackie O’Neil Plys. This particular lesson focused on the six-count jitterbug. At the same time, a dozen people sprawled across yoga mats in the Jaffe Mountain View Reading Room on the library’s fifth floor for the weekly “Yoga with Craig” program. With 497,652 square feet of space across nine floors, the library has created space for all sorts of educational and social programming that was not possible at the old building, said Marion Hubbard, senior public information officer for the San Diego Public Library system. The spectacular spaces and diverse programs have attracted significantly more people to the li-

Locals use the Central Library’s free computer stations. (Photo by Jeremy Ogul)

“I think we’ve actually been very pleasantly surprised at the amount of people we’ve had,” Hubbard said. “The interest level has actually exceeded our expectations.” Book club meetings, author talks, concerts, film screenings, a small business fair and other programs have altogether brought in almost 36,000 adults and more than 23,000 youth in the first year, according to library estimates. People are also checking out

San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 10–23, 2014 books and other materials at much higher rates. Library staff estimate more than 757,000 materials were checked out in the Central Library’s first year in operation, which represents a 100 percent increase in circulation over the first nine months of the previous year. (The comparison is not exact because the library was closed for three months during the move to the new building last summer.) The library’s 3-D printers on the eighth floor have also attracted substantial attention from entrepreneurs, hobbyists and those involved in the “maker” movement. The public is welcome to use the printers for free, and the room stays open with the help of dozens of enthusiastic volunteers, said Emerging Technologies Librarian Uyen Tran. “We’ve learned that the most expensive thing about 3-D printing is time,” Tran said. A donation jar helps offset the cost of the filament the printers use, but items such as custom cell phone cases can take up to two hours to print, she said. The creative ways people are using the new library has inspired donors to support the library even further, said Charlie Goldberg, marketing director of the San Diego Library Foundation. “We see the Central Library as kind of spurring a Renaissance in the entire library system, and we’ve seen the donors agree with that,” Goldberg said. Despite the overwhelming successes, there are some areas where the new library has fallen short. The ground-floor café, for example, has not yet opened for business, leaving the courtyard space less active and inviting than it could be. Mel Katz, former chair


of the Library Foundation, told U-T San Diego last month that the space would be open by Dec. 1. The Hervey Rare Books Room, a 1400-square-foot space on the ninth floor, has also gotten off to a slow start. Hubbard said the shelves are still being finished and will be ready for books and other holdings of the Wangenheim Collection soon. Budget monitoring reports from earlier in 2014 showed lower than anticipated revenues from the underground parking structure and from room rentals for special events. Thanks to changes in the budget the city approved for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Central Library will be open for an additional five hours a week beginning later this fall. Library managers have not yet determined the new hours of operation and are still working to finalize staffing changes necessary for the longer hours. The shift to the new facility has left the old Main Library on E Street without a purpose. The city’s budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year includes a $75,000 transfer to Civic San Diego to find an alternative use for the old Main Library. The San Diego Public Library Foundation will hold its first fundraising gala, “Celebration Under the Dome,” at the library on Oct. 10. For a $300 donation, guests of the event will enjoy an evening full of literary-themed food, drink and entertainment throughout the library. For more information on that celebration, visit —Jeremy Ogul can be reached at


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A fresh approach to helping veterans By Ben Aguilar, Esq. San Diego County is known for its well-established military traditions and presence, and not surprisingly, has one of the highest concentration of veterans in the country. Many of these veterans are suffering — physically and mentally — as a direct result of the sacrifices they made for us. According to national studies, between 22 – 50 veterans commit suicide every day. The suicide rate among veterans has doubled in the past 10 years and is twice that of the civilian population. Our veterans face serious issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, amnesia and substance abuse. Sadly, many veterans feel a sense of isolation due to lack of social support. Recently, the Department of Veterans Affairs was the subject of a national scandal after it was reported that veterans were experiencing unreasonably long wait-times to see primary providers at VA hospitals, and more seriously, that records were being fabricated to hide that reality. As I reflected on the plight of those who have served our nation, my thoughts were drawn to what I might do to help them. Usually my end-of-the-year reflections are triggered by the aroma of

Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes; but this year, they have been inspired by a recent meeting I had with a gentleman who happens to share my gym, former California State Assemblymember Nathan Fletcher. He told me about his passion to help veterans and a new organization he formed for that purpose, The Three Wise Men Foundation, and I think it’s such a great thing I want to share it with others, too. When I learned about the foundation, I was intrigued by the fact that its main fundraising effort was an athletic competition — not the standard “rubber chicken gala” with a silent auction. When I asked Fletcher what the rationale was behind hosting an event with an athletic component, he simply stated the obvious: Our bodies and minds benefit from physical activity and having an athletic event and fundraiser made sense in light of the alarming statistics surrounding the health and wellbeing of our nation’s veterans. Fletcher founded The Three Wise Men Foundation as a tribute to his cousins who lost their lives during armed conflict, along with a desire to bring awareness to the issues that returning veterans face. The Three Wise Men Foundation and

various Crossfit gyms across the nation are now spearheading what they hope will be the first of many fundraisers to raise support for veterans. As a veteran, politician, educator, businessman and Crossfit enthusiast himself, Fletcher believes this is a good opportunity for everyone to “support a good cause and gain something out of it.” On Oct. 18, you can participate in a tribute workout honoring combat veterans who are struggling with “surviving the peace” upon their return. The tribute fundraiser will consist of a CrossFit-style athletic competition at the U.S.S. Midway Museum. The proceeds of your efforts will go directly towards organizations that directly help our returning veterans, including Courage to Call, a 24-hour hotline that provides resources and support to veterans and families of veterans. Most workers today lead stressful, sedentary lives. It’s easy to neglect our physical and mental health. I urge you to take advantage of this great opportunity that will not only give back to our veterans but also benefit your overall health. Think about it: You will get to be outdoors, bask in the beautiful San Diego sun, bond with your friends, family, or colleagues, and most importantly, support those who have supported us through their sacrifice and bravery. You will also have an opportunity to meet veterans and their families, hear their stories, support them in their struggles and personally thank them for their service. And, whether you participate in the competition, come to cheer someone else on, sponsor the event or purchase tickets to give as gifts, you will receive a free day-pass to the U.S.S. Midway Museum. It’s a win all the way around. Over the past couple of weeks, I have encouraged my professional network of attorney friends to help The Three Wise Men Foundation transition into non-profit status and to help by providing pro bono or low bono legal representation to our veterans. I want to encourage you to do the same with your time, talent and treasure. If you are moved to do so, please visit to see how you can help. —Ben Aguilar is the owner and founder of the Law Offices of Ben Aguilar in Downtown San Diego. His law practice focuses on family law and immigration law. Mr. Aguilar may be reached at

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New Target gets targeted I just read your ar ticle [“It takes a village to raise a TargetExpress” Vol. 6, Issue 20]. I’ll let you know right of f the bat that I am against the Target store going in to the Gala IGA [3030 Grape St.] building. Here are my reasons: 1) I live less than a block away. Currently the owner allows use of the parking for patrons of other businesses for a ver y minimal fee. Still many people, to avoid the fee, park down my street. Free countr y I guess. But I doubt that Target will put up with this for long. They will see that they need the parking, renegotiate with the owner and that will stop. Then the other businesses will suf fer, as will the local residents. Parking is ver y tight on my street [31st Street] and it will just get worse. 2) Traf fic. The only major ar ter y through South Park is Fern Street. Fern is extremely narrow. Already traf fic is ver y heavy from Broadway to Switzer Canyon especially from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. A traf fic light at Grape Street will not reduce the traf fic generated by Target, it will diver t it to 30th Street and other ver y narrow side streets. 3) So far all the proponents I’ve seen in the media do not live in South Park. They only see potential for profit

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realized either in proper ty values or rents for commercial spaces. They have no stake in the neighborhood being livable. 4) We don’t need this store in the area. What we need is a well-run grocer y store, which Gala has not been. Having to check expiration dates on ever ything does not make for good relations with your patrons. I am not against TargetExpress. I just feel it should be in an area with better access such as El Cajon Boulevard or Park Boulevard. Not a ver y small neighborhood like South Park. Also there is the issue of the proposed strip mall on the proper ty that will fur ther complicate the parking and traf fic issues. Thanks for your time. —Thomas Lovell, via email Laurie Fisher should have checked her facts before writing this ar ticle. -She has made a slanderous statement here publicly against my business and myself that are untrue, false and slanderous. I am the owner of the cof fee car t [Captain Kirk’s Cof fee] discussed in this ar ticle and it is legally zoned,

licensed, permitted, and has the proper health permits. Prior to obtaining the license/permit, I had to wait an extra two weeks for the city to clear it through zoning. After it cleared, the proper permit-licenses were issued. (2012) The county also issued a health permit as well. Miss Fisher returned my call this evening 9-29-14 and claimed that the cof fee stand was a building, not a car t, [Emphasis his] and argued with me that I was illegal, and she refused to retract her statement. I challenged her on this and she continued to argue. I hung up on her. I should be suing for slander. I need a retracted statement of the facts, or I will have no alternative [but] to follow through. Apparently she doesn’t know the difference between a legal cof fee car t and a building (structure). This may be quite embarrassing for a licensed architect with this unacceptable chauvinistic demeanor that supposedly has awards for her brilliance? She also (allegedly) requested the City of San Diego issue me a violation, and the city inspector came out Friday, Sept. 26 at 4:45 p.m. (quite an odd time). This will also be looked into. Cof fee car ts do not require building permits in the city of San Diego, however, the “actual permitting-licensing”

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UptownBriefs COMMUNITY CELEBRATION HELD TO THANK THOSE INVOLVED IN ‘NORTH PARK ATTACKER’ RESPONSE AND ARREST On Oct. 6, Wang’s North Park (3029 University Ave.) held a “thank you” event following the arrest of David Angelo Drake in connection with the recent spree of assaults on women in North Park. The restaurant hosted dinner and refreshments for City Council President Todd Gloria, local police personnel, North Park merchants and community organization representatives as a way to thank those involved in “reinstituting the safety and security of North Park residents.” Safety efforts put forth by various agencies included a Take Back the Night rally, self-defense workshops, street patrols and a sur vey of lighting needs in and around North Park. CITY COUNCIL INCREASES LINKAGE FEE On Oct. 6, the City Council voted to double San Diego’s Workforce Housing Offset fee, or linkage fee, which commercial developers must pay to support the construction of affordable housing in the city. The council directed the City Attorney’s office to prepare language for an ordinance to be heard Oct. 21. The fee was created by the City Council in 1990 to increase the supply of affordable housing in San Diego, but was cut in half in 1996 and hasn’t been raised since, despite language in the ordinance requiring it be increased incrementally. After returning to its original levels, the linkage fee will charge developers 1.5 percent of the project’s total cost. Efforts to raise the fee earlier this year by 500 percent resulted in a bitter partisan fight triggering a referendum process. Council Democrats eventually joined Council Republicans in voting to rescind the measure. The compromise version passed Oct. 6 with a 7 – 1 vote. The updated fee would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.

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ART EXHIBIT FEATURES MASTERPIECES FROM OVER 40 MODERN ARTISTS After opening earlier this month, “Gauguin to Warhol: 20th Centur y Icons” brings modern art from the AlbrightKnox Art Galler y in New York to The San Diego Museum of Art through Jan. 27, 2015. Masterpieces on display include works by the titular artists as well as Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Vincent Van Gogh and many others. Related events will take place throughout the exhibition’s run, including “Culture & Cocktails” on Oct. 16. This event is free for museum members and $20 for nonmembers. The pop-art themed party is inspired by Andy Warhol and the exhibition. Entertainment at “Culture & Cocktails” will include music by DJ Scott Roberts along with a go-go dance troupe and a take home pop-art-in-your-pocket project. For more information on Gauguin to Warhol and related events visit SAN DIEGO CHORUS NAMES CO-DIRECTOR San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines International has named Kathleen Hansen codirector effective Oct. 1. Hansen has been a member of the chorus chapter since 2000 and associate chorus director since 2008. She previously taught music at local schools along with varsity band. She then began conducting at San Diego State, where she also earned a master’s of music in instrumental conducting. As co-director, Hansen will work closely with long-time Artistic Director Kim Vaughn as Vaughn prepares for retirement late next year after three decades with the chorus. The San Diego Chorus will hold its annual holiday show, The Holiday Café, on Dec. 10. For more information on the chorus and their upcoming events visit —Send news tips and press releases to u

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The Plaza de Balboa fountain, which will be shut off if the city moves to Level 2 Drought Alert (Photo by Hutton Marshall)

Mandatory drought restrictions likely in San Diego Hutton Marshall | Editor On Oct. 8, the City Council Environment Committee passed a recommendation to move to Level 2 Drought Alert, which would mandate water conservation measures that are currently voluntary. This followed a press conference the day prior in which Mayor Kevin Faulconer recommended the city adopt the more arduous restrictions, which would include limiting lawn irrigation to three days a week, washing vehicles before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. and turning off all ornamental water fountains, except for repairs. Due to bipartisan support for the ramped up measures, the mandatory restrictions will likely receive strong support when heard before the full City Council this month. If approved by the city legislators, Faulconer would then have authority to enact the drought alert. In July, the city moved to enact voluntary water restrictions, which recommend residents follow the aforementioned rules without enforcing them. Mandatory drought restrictions would be enforceable by fines of approximately $100, Faulconer told KPBS. While local environmental groups were critical of the city’s decision not to adopt mandatory restrictions in July,

they praised the increased effort at Wednesday’s Environment Committee meeting. “I do think enforcement is necessary, and I know regulation can only be as effective as its enforcement,” said Matt O’Malley, head of San Diego Coastkeeper. Councilmember David Alvarez chairs the Environment Committee. He said residents shouldn’t be fearful of these mandatory measures.


“You can still use water. You can still water your lawns. You can still wash your cars,” Alvarez said at the committee meeting. “Your lifestyle isn’t going to change that much. These are really common sense.” At his press conference Tuesday, Faulconer praised San Diegans for continuing to reduce their water usage, but added that more must be done. The region’s water usage dropped 5.7 percent in September and 4.4 percent in August compared to the same months last year. In September, the U.S. Drought Monitor reported that 95 percent of California was in “severe or exceptional” state of drought. Earlier this summer, Uptown News reported on efforts by volunteers and city staff to reduce water usage in Balboa Park. If put into effect, the Level 2 Drought Alert will mandate Balboa Park discontinue the usage of its highly visible Plaza de Balboa fountain near the Fleet Science Center, despite it being a closed-circuit water system. A spokesperson for Council President Todd Gloria, who sets the council’s agenda, said their office hopes to get the measure before City Council on Oct. 21. —Contact Hutton Marshall at

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(Clockwise from left) Pulled pork sandwich (Courtesy of Harley Gray), the oreo-crusted mud-pie and fried artichoke hearts (Photos by Frank Sabatini unless identified otherwise)

A reincarnation on

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FRANK SABATINI JR. | Restaurant Review

ver since restaurateur John Ealy opened Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar in April, people still keep asking, “Who the heck is Harley Gray?” It was in fact the first question a friend posed to me when we met at the bright and airy Mission Hills restaurant for lunch. The name, as Ealy explains on the restaurant’s web site (, meshes the names of his two esteemed nieces, Harper Grace and Marley May. “They have individually changed my family forever and brought a sense of peace and pur-

pose to our lives,” he writes. With the mystery pretty much solved, the soothing vibe and surefootedness of Harley Gray seems to reflect that support. The restaurant’s redesign from what was previously The Gathering has resulted in more light and space. Heavy awnings that had partially blocked the sunlight from entering through the building’s large, paned windows are gone. So is a wall that cordoned off a small banquet room. And the new color scheme of aqua blue and offwhite, along with a tiled “H” wall behind the central bar, greets with a radiant stay-a-while feeling the

moment you enter. In addition, attractive lighting fixtures were added, which are not of the raw, ubiquitous Edison ilk. Hurray! A capable, enthusiastic staff lends an extra dose of charm to the place, not to mention a couple of well-constructed cocktails that kicked off our meal. My friend chose the Sangrita, another name-blending of a more obvious nature that cleverly combines a margarita with housemade sangria. “This is like luxury perfume,” said my friend of the drink’s fresh, bewitching bouquet of berries and citrus. The more we sipped from it, the more of it we wanted. Ditto for my sugar-rimmed strawberry-ginger bellini, which contained only a wisp of champagne in lieu of Canton ginger liqueur and a decent measure of Stoli Vodka; highly flavorful but dangerous at the start of a sweltering afternoon. Harley’s menus feature “all day” dishes, plus dinner entrees (available after 5 p.m.) and weekend brunch specialties that include a colorful egg scramble called “Harley’s hot mess.” It’s really prettier than it is messy, given the colorful bell peppers and bright-green broccoli strewn throughout the eggs and potatoes. The ingredients were cooked to perfection, although Cholula sauce from the table helped compensate for the lack of seasoning. Moving on to midday fare, the deep-fried artichoke hearts breaded with Cajun spices were addicting, though not as peppery as expected until swapping them through the accompanying chipotle aioli. Bravo to the kitchen for using fresh chokes instead of the canned, brined ones. And with a nice homemade Italian-kissed marinara sauce also on the side, I vote in favor of adding some type of pasta dish to the menu to further flaunt it. Fried calamari with tartar and cocktail sauces was also excellent and generously served, and without a rubbery piece in the bunch. Ealy also owns the Boat House Restaurant on Harbor Island and a café in Maui. The ahi poke appetizer underscores his connection to Hawaiian cuisine through super-fresh fish speckled with macadamia nuts and light ponzu sauce. The plate itself resembled a tropical flower with wonton chips arranged like petals around the ruby-red ahi. The pulled pork sandwich I ordered also tasted of the islands, with a little kalua-style smokiness emanating from the meat, though sweeter due to molasses in the barbecue sauce. Additional bo-

nuses included Asian slaw draped over the pork and an excellent bun sporting oven-fresh flavor from Sadie Rose Baking Co. Perusing over the menus, the dishes escape trendy reinventions for the most part. They instead offer honest, continental meals that will appeal to seasoned foodies and conservative palates alike. From the “trios and platters” section, for instance, you’ll find bruschetta served a few ways as well as various combinations of shellfish.

Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar

902 W. Washington St. (Mission Hills)

619-955-8481 Prices: starters, salads and sandwiches, $5 to $18; platters, $10 to $30; dinner entrees, $17 to $24; weekend brunch plates, $10 to $18

The dinner hour heralds in such dishes as blackened rib-eye, stout-braised short ribs, seafood stew, honey-glazed salmon and a grilled bone-in pork chop served with mashed potatoes and spiced apples — the true definition of solid comfort food sans the needless intricacies and miniature portions. Weekday specials are also in the offing, including one that especially caught our eye: the Maine lobster dinner on Thursday nights priced at only $13.99. Count me in. Desserts are made in-house. From the two we ordered, the towering Oreo-crust mud pie constructed with praline and peanut butter ice cream clearly beat out the chocolate layer cake, which was served with a flavor-locking chill. Needless to say, Harley Gray greets with a warm personality, well-crafted food and an inviting bar that doesn’t fall into the trap of any particular scene. —Contact Frank Sabatini Jr. at fsabatini@san. FROM PAGE 1


designation, however, and could run ads regardless of a candidate’s status. Candidates who choose not to take from these public funds would still be able to use their own wealth and donations from outside sources. “A clean candidate is one that is not beholden to special interests,” Hartley said. “With Clean Elections, you level the playing field, women and racial minorities have a chance to be elected. You don’t have to be wealthy to run for office. It limits the impact of special interest groups. And for us particularly, it empowers our neighborhoods.” The Clean Elections Initiative would cost voters an estimated $7 million per year to support, or about $6 per resident in San Diego. “That figure is sort of a traditional element of Clean Elections, and we’ve found that in our case too,” Hartley said. Special elections, such as the mayoral election San Diego had in February, may prove difficult given that they exist outside the typical election cycle. NCE has the support of wellknown groups such as Sierra Club San Diego, Common Cause and the League of Women Voters. It’s also received the support of 12 town councils in San Diego, none of which are in the coverage area of Uptown News. Similar clean elections initiatives have been implemented in Maine, Arizona, Connecticut, and cities such as Albuquerque, New Mexico and Portland, Oregon. However, despite its support from community groups and neighborhood councils, NCE faces an uphill battle. “Our biggest issue is that people don’t know who we are,” Hartley said. “When I say ‘clean elections’ people say that’s an oxymoron — [the belief is] you can’t have clean elections. Our goal is to educate people on clean elections and that’s what we’re doing.” Under its original moniker, Alliance for Clean Elections, the organization attempted and failed to put the Clean Elections Initiative on the ballot in 2002 and 2003. Since being revamped as NCE, the coalition is doubling their efforts and moving toward putting the initiative on the ballot in 2016. NCE, which according to Hartley boasts 400 members and volunteers, has an active presence within the community, holding strategic meetings monthly and running workshops on neighborhood empowerment and local government involvement. Recent speakers have included local attorney Craig Sherman and adjunct professor of political science at Mesa College Mark Linsky. If implemented in San Diego, Hartley said he would like to see the Clean Elections system spread to other cities in California and perhaps to the state itself, though he is quick to mention that putting the initiative on the ballot within San Diego is a substantial enough endeavor. “We want to have clean elections for the city of San Diego, and we’ll take a vote of the people,” Hartley said. “It’s going to be tough, but if we can get it on the ballot, it’ll pass. People believe in clean elections.” —Contact Chris Pocock at


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coffee to booze

Sauvignon Blanc, Debutante Ale and bruschetta with toasted bread (Photos by Dr. Ink)

Come On Get Happy! D r. I n k

For most of its young life, the corner commercial space that is part of Mission Florence condominiums on Washington Street has been a coffee house. And though it still appears from the outside like a place slinging only coffee and pastries, a closer peep through the windows reveals a sight for bar-hound eyes: beer taps and wine bottles. Yes, Toma Sol is now a bar. Its latest owner has kept the name as well as the panini presses and a row of coffee machines that still produce various caffeinated beverages. But with the addition of a roomy bar stocked with 12 beer handles came a few flat screens, open wine shelving and a pile of board games free for the playing. Remember Catch Phrase and What’s Yours Like? You’ll find them here, along with Scrabble, Deluxe Monopoly, Yahtzee and others. How nice it was to see gaggles of imbibers playing them instead of thumbing their cell phones incessantly. Happy hour rings in modest savings on draft beer, wines by the glass and appetizers. They’re all $1 off. The promotion might not seem like much until you consider that craft beers sell regularly for only $5 to $6 a pop while wines by the glass are only a notch higher. On this football Sunday, the games were broadcasting loudly and beer was flying. The friendly bartender promptly approached our high top to take our orders. He was fully on the ball, providing us with drink and food menus while explaining the straightforward happy-hour deals.

My cohort stuck to Debutante by Societe, a creamy Belgianstyle amber ale brewed locally. The beer’s description touting flavors of bread and dried apricot actually panned out. The tap lineup, which changes often, also featured beers by the usual suspects, such as Green Flash, Oceanside Ale Works and Coronado Brewing Company. It wasn’t until later that I noticed one that’s been on my bucket list, Citra Extra Pale Ale by Knee Deep Brewing in Auburn, California. From ever ything I’ve heard and read about it, the suds deliver a sharp citrus bite that I find appealing in beer. A glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc by Terranoble compensated with its lime and tropical undertones. It was properly chilled and generously poured. A short appetizer list includes shrimp ceviche, red pepper hummus, steamed mussels and spinach dip. We chose bruschetta for $5.50 after the discount. The stacking of toasted, herb-sprinkled bread was lovely, although we were ambivalent to the hefty cupful of diced tomatoes sitting in a pond of balsamic vinegar. The olive oil was in short supply. But the convivial, communal vibe of the place wasn’t. And though coffee drinks are still ser ved, albeit as a footnote within the larger picture, the revised version of Toma Sol offers the sensor y experience of a true neighborhood bar, complete with wine tastings, trivia nights and other daily specials throughout the week. —Got a happy hour for Dr. Ink? Send it to hutton@sdcnn. com to pass the message along.u

TOMA•SOL 301 W. Washington St. (Mission Hills) 619-291-1159 Happy hour: 3 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; until 8 p.m. on Fridays; and until 10 p.m. on Sundays

RATINGS DR INK S: The bar spotlights a dozen craft beers of mostly local origin and a succinct wine list featuring estate picks that you won’t find in the grocery stores.

F OOD: We only tried the bruschetta, which was too acidic and waterlogged for our liking.

VA L UE : Beer, wine and appetizers are only $1 off during happy hour, but prices on most items are already on the low side.

SE RV IC E : The bartender doubled as our waiter during a fairly busy afternoon. But he was quick on the draw in taking our orders and checking back with us afterward.

DUR AT ION: Happy hour is offered six days a week and extends to all day on Sundays. On Saturdays when it isn’t available, draft beers dip down to $4 from open to close.


UPTOWN FOOD BRIEFS BY FRANK SABATINI JR. The long-running Marie’s Café at 3016 University Ave. in North Park has closed, but will make way for a second location of Lucha Libre Gourmet Taco Shop in March. Jose Luis Rojano, who co-owns the wrestling-themed eatery in Mission Hills with his two brothers, says he just acquired the lease and won’t start breaking ground until January. He promises the same menu of unconventional tacos, yet in a bigger space that he says will be “even more fun and exciting than our current location.” 1810 W. Washington St., 619-296-8226.

A popular taco shop will bring its maskedwrestler theme to North Park. (Photo by Frank Sabatini Jr)

Chef Rose Peyron of Counterpoint in Golden Hill is part of a quintet of chefs who will show off their body art at a unique culinary event titled, “Kitchen Ink: A Chef Tattoo Dinner,” to be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 23, at Saltbox Dining & Drinking. The five-course dinner allows each chef to create a dish based on one of their tattoos as they explain the inspiration behind them. In addition, each chef will pair their plates to a particular beer, wine or cocktail. The kitchen lineup also includes Jeremiah Bryant of Saltbox, Jarle Saupstad of Table No. Chef Rose Peyron of 10, Elliott Townsend of The Pearl and Johnny Counterpoint Duran of Prepkitchen. (Courtesy Counterpoint) Tickets are $50 (plus $15 for beverage pairings). Reservations are required. 1047 Fifth Ave., 619-515-3003. A bevy of new and established restaurants from Mission Hills will dole out samples of their latest and greatest dishes for the third annual Taste of Mission Hills, from 5 to 9 p.m., Oct. 14. Participating restaurants include The Patio on Goldfinch, Harley Gray Kitchen & Bar, Brooklyn Girl, The Red Door and several others located throughout the neighborhood’s upper level. Further down the hill, along the India Street corridor, foodies can partake in fare from Saffron, Rubicon Deli, Gelato Vero Caf fe, Shakespeare’s Pub & Grille, El Indio, Starlite and more. Free Old Town Trolley shuttles will loop continuously throughout the tasting route until 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advanced at One Mission Realty, 928 Ft. Stockton, Suite 217 and at The Front Porch, located in Suite 101 at the same address. Day-ofevent tickets can be purchased at The Front Porch. For more information, visit

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Seattle native Zoe Kritzer and her fiancé, John Auchterlonie, recently opened Bearito Republic in Hillcrest after Kritzer ditched her intentions to open a restaurant in New York City, where she worked in fine-dining establishments for a while. “San Diego is relaxed and it’s a culture I more enjoy being a part of. It’s also a fit for my health-conscious menu,” she said, referring to burritos, bowls and salads as well as vegan specialties using housemade mock meats. Craft sodas from Batch are available and a beer-wine license is in the works. 3884 Fourth Ave., 619-458-9597.


The vegan jackfruit “pulled pork” burrito at Bearito Republic (Courtesy Bearito Republic)

A series of opera-influenced cooking classes at Great News! Cookware and Cooking School kicks off with a class themed after La Boheme, at 6 p.m., Oct. 17. Participants will learn recipes for butter-poached lobster over seared spinach, herb-crusted roast prime rib and cream-filled profiteroles. Ensuing classes featuring different recipes will focus on other operas such as Don Giovanni on Nov. 7; Nixon in China on Dec. 13 and El Pasado Nunca se Termina on Jan. 16. Each class costs $54 per person and will be hosted in part by Dr. Nicholas Reveles, director of Education and Community Engagement for San Diego Opera. The series also features special prix-fixe dinners and mixers tailored along the season’s opera schedule. Participating restaurants are Tapenade in La Jolla on Oct. 28; Solare Ristorante in Liberty Station on Nov. 12; Wang’s North Park on Dec. 9; and The Flight Path in Little Italy on Jan. 13. The dinners begin at 6 p.m. For more information and tickets to the events, call Great News at 858-270-1582 or the San Diego Opera at 619-533-7000. Coming soon to University Heights is S&M: Sausage — Frank Sabatini Jr. can be reached at and Meat, a venture focusing on exotic game meats, charcuterie and house-cured bacon. It’s being presented in part by Scott Slater of Slater’s 50/50 in Liberty Station. The concept will capture a meat counter, bar and dining area within a 3,200-square-foot space occupied previously by Babbo’s Bar and Grill and Gulf Coast Grill. The project’s motto is no less provocative than its name: “Through our passion for pork, a community is born.” 4130 Park Blvd.,

A mondo vegan restaurant named Café Gratitude is coming to the mixed-use Broadstone Little Italy building early next year. Born out of the Bay Area more than a decade ago, the popular eater y will crank out an array of vegan cuisine made with organic, seasonally driven ingredients. Construction to the 9,000-square-foot space begins this fall. 1980 Kettner Blvd.,


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Two beer-filled birthdays bring elusive beers to the celebration

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Suds in the city Cody Thompson From brewery grand openings and anniversaries to exclusive bottle releases and craft beer dinners, Uptown is a true beer lovers’ destination. From North Park’s 30th Street corridor and beyond, this is a destination for many locals and tourists looking to soak up the suds from breweries housed not just in their own backyard, but from all around the country. Two of the upcoming events that we are looking for ward to happen to both be anniversaries for local establishments. They’re set to feature tons of alluring — and incredibly exclusive — beer offerings.

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Diego.” You can find all three at Bine & Vine. “I’m of the opinion that they make the best IPAs in the world, so yeah, it seemed like a no-brainer,” said Bachoua on collaborating with Alpine Beer Company. “I didn’t want any quirky sub-styles, just an American IPA that tasted ‘Alpine.’” Bine & Vine’s Third Anniversar y Ale clocks in at 6.5 percent ABV. Approximately 120 cases are to be bottled. There will be a six-bottle limit per person, per day, and it will be available exclusively at Bine & Vine. The 22-oz bottles became available Oct. 6. After receiving an early tasting of the final product, Bachoua was happy to share his initial tasting points: “Light-colored, a lot of tropical fruit, guava, melon, blueberries, tangerine in the aroma and flavor. Clean maltiness, medium-bodied and finishes dry. Well structured and not too bitter. Another world-class IPA from Alpine.”

the most elusive beers he could find for this extravaganza. Waypoint Public will tap one of these specialty beers each evening until the grand finale, when they will put on anywhere between three to five “uber-exclusive” beers. “We’re pretty excited about our lineup of rare beers being released during our anniversary celebration,” owner and partner John Pani said. “The full lineup is being kept a secret, but some of the brews you may see include The Abyss by Deschutes Brewery (Bend, Oregon), Red Poppy by Lost Abbey/Port Brewing (San Marcos) and Bomb! by Prairie Artisan Ales (Krebs, Oklahoma).” The Lost Abbey Red Poppy Ale — a Flanders Red Ale — will be paired with fried oyster, chili, avocado and Meyer lemon. Deschutes Imperial Stout The Abyss will be accompanied by braised bacon, fennel soubise and pomegranate. Orange County’s The Bruer y’s BeRazzled American Wild Ale will be ser ved alongside grilled octopus, ancho chili and beet purée and shaved radish. “I love that beer is such a blank canvas. The possibilities are endless when it comes to

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The logo for Bine & Vine’s Third Anniversary Ale, produced by Alpine Brewing (Courtesy Bine & Vine)

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Bine & Vine, a premier bottle shop located at 3334 Adams Ave. that focuses on craft beer and quality wine alike, is set to celebrate its third anniversary. Looking to take this celebration to the next level, owner Geoi Bachoua joined forces with local craft beer kings Alpine Beer Company to create a special one-off American IPA exclusive to his shop. To add to the exclusivity of the brew, it will blend three different hops for a unique taste. “I approached them back in April or May and we met a few times to shoot ideas back and forth,” Bachoua said. “I knew I wanted it to be an IPA and loved what Mosaic hops tasted and smelled like. I thought it would be cool to include three hops since it was my third anniversary. Once we agreed upon Mosaic as one of the hops, we sampled a bunch of IPAs that had Mosaic and concluded that Simcoe and Citra would make a great threehop combination.” Alpine Beer Company is known for brewing arguably some of the best IPAs currently on the market, not only in San Diego, but possibly the countr y. They were Bachoua’s number one choice to create this anniversar y ale. Alpine is famous for their offerings including Duet (a perfectly balanced single IPA), Pure Hoppiness (a massively hopped double IPA), and of course, Nelson (a golden r ye IPA named after the hop used to make it: Nelson Sauvin). Nelson also was this year’s winner of the coveted Sore Eye Cup, being named “Best Beer in San

Waypoint Public

Another exciting event will be going off for over a week at Waypoint Public located at 3794 30th St. in North Park. Named one of “The Best New Beer Restaurants” in the countr y by DRAFT Magazine in 2014, Waypoint Public will hold their official one-year anniversar y celebration on Oct. 15. The weeks leading up to this explosive day are promised to be filled with exclusive craft beer offerings, each of which is paired with a culinar y experience never before seen or tasted. They are to be put together by none other than Waypoint’s world-class executive chef, Amanda Baumgarten. Baumgarten, also an avid homebrewer, spent over a decade training and working at some of the top restaurants in the industry. She has brought her many years of talents and expertise right here to North Park. Over the two-week celebration, Baumgar ten will put together per fectly paired dishes to go along with the rare and exclusive beer of ferings tapped ever y evening at 4 p.m. By the way, these paired dishes will be complimentar y to guests. Yes, you read that correctly. Each dish will be a tapas-style plate designed to bring out the flavors of each beer tapped that day. Waypoint Public’s Brian Jensen (also owner of Bottlecraft in Little Italy and North Park) has put together a lineup of some of

Waypoint Public’s Amy Baumgarten and Brian Jensen (Courtesy Waypoint Public) developing nuances in flavor and texture,” Baumgarten said of using craft beer as a key element in her dishes. During the two weeks leading up to Oct. 15, Waypoint Public will highlight the best of the best in the world of not only craft beer, but also fine dining. Representatives for Waypoint Public could not tell us about all of the exciting tricks they have up their sleeves for the upcoming days, but we were told to keep an eye on social media, as announcements will be made regarding all upcoming tappings. —Contact Cody Thompson at


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Who killed the bungalow?


Turns out the ubiquitous little bungalow didn’t die a natural death

David Dryden super bungalow: Like its smaller brethren, the two-story Craftsman also disappeared from the scene in the ‘30s (Photo by Michael Good)


Michael Good Follow the old streetcar lines north, east or west from Downtown San Diego and something strange happens: The bungalows disappear. Travel north on Park Boulevard to Mission Cliffs Gardens, or east on Adams Avenue to Talmadge, or west on Fort Stockton down through Presidio Park to Point Loma, and whoosh! — the bungalows are gone, replaced by a slew of featureless little stucco boxes with tiny, identical windows and absolutely no pretense to style. This is the “Minimal Traditional,” the bungalow’s prosaic replacement. Where did the bungalow go? Did it just reach Mission Valley and fall off a cliff? Or was it pushed? Houses, like people, are a product of their era. A variety of factors make them look and live the way they do: technology, materials, fashion, the tenor of the times. A shortage of window glass and milled lumber gave the original Colonial, circa 1700, its plain, squinty-eyed appearance. It was a house that resembled the people who made it — flinty, practical and not a lot of fun. The arts and crafts bungalow, on the other hand, was a product of a more stylish, enlightened and prosperous time. The Craftsman bungalow was made possible by an abundance of lumber and lumber mills — and a growing middle class looking to express itself through its homes. Gone were the extravagant scrollwork and sky-high aspirations of the Queen Anne style. In its place was the wide and low little bungalow. It had practical built-ins and obvious workmanship. It was modest, but stylish; informal, but artsy. It said you had taste, were literate (with all those bookshelves) and harbored the soul of an artist (many of those paintings, “textiles” and pots were made by the homeowner). The bungalow hit its stride in the years before the First World War, then took a breather before it came roaring back, renewed, reworked and revitalized in the 1920s. The bungalows of the twenties may have appeared Spanish Colonial, Tudor or Colonial Revival on the outside, but inside, they were mostly Craftsman. The 1920s bungalow-building boom was fueled by a new way of constructing and financing houses. Previously, homeowners scraped together enough money to buy a lot and hire a builder, and then got a five-year loan to

cover the cost of construction and the builder’s fee. With the advent of 30-year mortgages and housing tracts (built by syndicates composed of subdividers, architects, builders, subcontractors, investors and lenders), the dream of owning a home was available to anyone with a good-paying job and a trustworthy face. That changed in the fall of 1929 when the stock market crashed. Banks failed and the lending stream dried up. Nationally, 659 banks failed in 1929; in 1930, 1,350; in 1931, 2,293; in 1932, 1,453. By 1933, when Franklin Roosevelt finally took office, not a single bank remained open in 40 states Housing starts fell from 330,000 in ’30 to 93,000 in 1933. Roy C. Lichty, who was one of the principle investors in Talmadge Park, tried to work around the banks by offering his own financing: “Are you Honest and Reliable?” he and his brother Guy asked in a San Diego Union ad. “Have You a Permanent Position and Good References?” If so, Lichty wrote, “I will allow you to move into one of our beautiful homes NOTHING DOWN and payments like rent.” Lichty tried to sweeten the deal by offering a new type of house for a new type of buyer. Neither a bungalow nor a twostory “Foursquare,” not exactly a Spanish Colonial and definitely not a Prairie, the Ranch house — designed by Lichty’s son-in-law, a big band leader named Cliff May — was a new house type, built around a courtyard and walled off from the street. But despite its humble appearance, this “Hacienda,” as May called it, was just as labor intensive, and even more expensive than the bungalow, with incredible hand-detailing— hammered lighting, textured plaster and distressed wood, much like a Hollywood movie set simulated a California casa from the Mexican Colonial period. These early California Ranches proved popular — at least among those with the cash to buy one. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Franklin Roosevelt was creating a “Brain Trust” of lawyers and college professors to guide America through these dark days. Their chairman, Rexford G. Tugwell (yes, that was really his name), got right to the point. “We are no longer afraid of bigness,” he declared. “We are resolved to recognize openly that competition in most of its forms is wasteful and costly; that larger combinations in any modern society must prevail.”

In other words, what we needed were bigger housing tracts and fewer developers to build them. To that end, Roosevelt created the Federal Housing Authority. The FHA guaranteed home loans, but it was a federal bureaucracy. It had a few rules to follow. The FHA required conformity, simplicity, and your complete and undivided attention. It hated complication, hated detail, saw no place for a front porch, deep eaves, complicated roof designs, asymmetry, varying window designs and sizes, built-in bookshelves, clear-finished woodwork, china cabinets, wainscoting, picture rails — all the hallmarks of the bungalow. The FHA approved loans, and therefore approved the plans a builder submitted to get the loans, so the agency decided that builders would construct identical houses, in volume, preferably by the hundreds, on curving, dead-end streets, connected by wide arterial roads to federallyfunded highways. Want some style? The FHA had a few suggestions: Put a shutter on it, or a cupola, or a window box. The FHA didn’t really care about historical precedent or classical design. It just cared about maximum square footage for minimum cost — and please follow the rules. The rules were so nonsensical, and so confusing, that the FHA put out a booklet in 1936 attempting to clarify matters. Builders parsed this docu-

A Minimal Traditional in Talmadge Park built in 1936 (Photo by Michael Good) ment as if it had been written in stone and brought down from the mountain by Frank Lloyd Wright — except Wright couldn’t have gotten an FHA loan, because the FHA didn’t like flat roofs. Architects wrote books about how to interpret that little FHA booklet. Developers like Roy and Guy Lichty advertised that they understood how to build a house to meet the FHA guidelines. The FHA bureaucrats didn’t just tell builders how and what to build, they also designed entire neighborhoods, “suggested” the placement of schools and parks, stores and fire stations, laid out the mix of models and floor plans, the arrangement of streets and trees. They created the suburb. They put millions of people back to work. They put millions of families in affordable homes. They saved the housing industry. But they killed the bungalow.

During the war the FHA built thousands of featureless Minimal Traditionals in Talmadge, Point Loma, Pacific Beach and Bay Park. San Diego was booming with the growth of the military and defense industry, and only housing vital to the war effort could be financed through the FHA. When World War II ended, the FHA made a promise to America to build a house and provide a loan for every GI. That led to Clairemont, Serra Mesa, Allied Gardens and dozens of other post-war tracts of ranch houses built in the approved style. Beginning in the early ’50s, homeowners fought the FHA in court to be allowed to build houses the government didn’t like — Mid-century Moderns, Ranches with character, anything other than the misguided

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Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (Courtesy The Old Globe Theatre)

Bringing the Bard to the masses Shakespeare’s works to be performed in unconventional venues By Alex Owens “Bard” means “poet,” and in his day, William Shakespeare was named “The Bard of Avon” and known as the national poet of England. In the centuries since, his name has become arguably and inexplicably linked with the nickname “the Bard.”

This fall, The Old Globe is turning the Bard into a bargain with a new program called “Globe for All.” Between Oct. 28 and Nov. 5, the Balboa Park-based theater company will perform free versions of the classic comedy “All’s Well That Ends Well” at seven different locations that might be


considered unconventional by normal theatrical standards, including homeless shelters, detention centers, military bases and senior centers. The idea, according to Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, is to bring Shakespeare and live theater to people and places that may have never experienced it. “We will be using available lighting, but no sets,” Edelstein said. “We’re just bringing costumes, props and live musical instruments.” It might seem low-tech, but it actually harkens back to the Elizabethan era when the performers at the original Globe Theatre in England didn’t have the advantages of modern theaters — they just had good material. Edelstein is excited about taking Shakespeare to people who haven’t had the opportunity to see the work in a live setting. He believes audiences will respond to the universal themes in the works. “We at the Globe realized we needed to do more community outreach,” he said. “Our audience that attends the shows and the community demographics don’t match. We have an obligation to be more inventive and serve more San Diegans. “Some people don’t come to the Globe because they don’t know what it is.” Edelstein did a similar program when he was director of The Public Theater in New York City between 2008 and 2012. The theater’s “Mobile Shakespeare” brought the Bard to residents of homeless shelters, rehab centers, prisons, and other underserved

audiences. “It’s transformative,” he said. “In many cases, [audience members] have bigger concerns than watching a play, but these people’s lives can be dark and this can bring light. We did a show and one woman, a senior citizen, said it was the first time she’d seen a live performance.” Edelstein believes “All’s Well That Ends Well” is a good choice as the first play in what he hopes to be an ongoing series. “First off, I like the play,” he said. “It’s a comedy and a romance, and it’s easy to follow. Later on, we may experiment with tragedies. Or doing shows in Spanish.” The performances on Nov. 2 and Nov. 4 are open to the public. The others are for special audiences. The “Globe for All” tour will wrap up with three low-cost live performances available to the general public at the Globe’s Hattox Hall, Nov. 7 – 9. Tickets will be $10. Edelstein is looking forward to reaching these new audiences. “The military is a big part of San Diego that is underserved by the arts,” he said. In addition to the performances for active duty members at the naval base, one of the shows will be performed for homeless veterans at Veterans’ Village of San Diego. “It’s a marvelous opportunity to experience live theater,” said Marilyn Cornell, clinical director of Veterans’ Village. “Many of our veterans are interested in the arts, and this will be a sober [alcohol free] experience.” Edelstein said that while “All’s Well That Ends Well” is easy to

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“Globe For All” schedule Oct. 28 | Naval Base San Diego — 5 p.m. Oct. 29 | YWCA of San Diego County — 6 p.m. Oct. 30 | Veterans’ Village of San Diego — 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 | George L. Stevens Senior Center — 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2 | Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Celebration Hall — 2 p.m. Nov. 4 | San Diego Central Library — 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 | Father Joe’s Villages — 2 p.m. Nov. 6 | Centinela State Prison — 1 p.m. Nov. 7 | Old Globe’s Hattox Hall — 7 p.m. Nov. 8 | Old Globe’s Hattox Hall — 7 p.m. Nov. 9 | Old Globe’s Hattox Hall — 2 p.m. follow, he will go the extra step to make sure his audience understands the play and the context in which it was written. An hour before each show, there will be one-hour pre-show workshop, where the Globe’s teaching artists introduce Shakespeare to the audience. “We introduce the characters and the plot and the language and offer ideas how to listen to it,” Edelstein said. Although the current audience for Shakespeare tends to lean more on the wealthy side, Edelstein hopes the “Globe for All” program reminds people that, in his day, Shakespeare was as mainstream as you could get. “The original audiences for these plays was from the whole social spectrum,” he said. “Theaters were controversial because of that. Some people have this sense that its overblown poetry, but very little is high-falutin.” The Globe is looking for other organizations to partner with for the “Globe for All” program. If interested, contact Roberta Wells-Famula at rwellsfamulat@ or call 619-2311941 x 2144. For more information visit —Alex Owens is a San Diego-based freelance writer. He can be reached at alexowenssd@ u


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Robert Barry Fleming in “Scott Joplin’s New Rag: The Life and Times of the King of Ragtime Writers” (Photos by Daren Scott) Charlene Baldridge | Theater Review Touted as the King of Ragtime, African-American composer Scott Joplin (circa 1867-1868 to 1917) became truly famous, as he predicted, but only after death. In life he was well known for “Maple Leaf Rag.” He left 40-some published rags, a ballet and two operas, one of which is believed to have fallen victim to Joplin’s chaotic life and times. The other, reconstructed from materials found in numerous locales, was produced. At the Tenth Avenue Arts Center through Oct. 12, you may hear Joplin rags played live and learn everything you always wanted to know in Robert Barry Fleming’s reverential, meticulously researched bio-play with music, “Scott Joplin’s New Rag: The Life and Times of the King of Ragtime Writers,” produced by Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company. George Yé directs the rag-rife work in

which Fleming plays all the parts, dances, raps and tickles the ivories. The production, set amid a jumble of piano par ts, a spinet and musical scores, is enhanced by historic projections as well as chapter headings invented by Fleming to give the feeling of watching a silent movie, though this production is anything but silent. Fleming dances, plays the piano and raps in a kind of rhyming, metrical Victorian poetr y, some of it written by the composer and some written, one presumes, by Fleming, perhaps to show how close to rap Joplin really was. Born into a family of musical laborers in the years immediately following the Civil War, Joplin received piano and music theory lessons from a German Jewish immigrant in Texarkana, where he was raised. He found a publisher in Vidalia, Missouri that began publishing his ragtime compositions,

most famous of which were “Maple Leaf Rag” and “The Entertainer.” The lost opera, “A Guest of Honor,” concerned President Teddy Roosevelt’s White House dinner invitation to Booker T. Washington. During a tour, the road manager absconded with the profits, and all Joplin’s goods were confiscated, including the opera’s score (some historians dispute this). The second opera, “Treemonisha,” concerns the education of a slave girl and was performed only in fragments during Joplin’s life. Bits and pieces were discovered and assembled much later, and the opera was eventually mounted at Wolf Trap in 1972, at Houston Grand Opera in 1975, and briefly on Broadway. It was recorded and televised in 1985. Though his ragtime music was bright and upbeat, Joplin’s life was not. He buried an infant girl, divorced, remarried and then buried his beloved wife of only

San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 10–23, 2014 two months. He struggled to find acceptance as a composer, battling prejudice and ultimately syphilitic dementia. When Fleming’s play begins, Joplin is deep in that dementia, during which he burned much of his music. Thus, the piece is unrelentingly tragic despite the bright and wondrously played music and the creative movement vocabulary devised by the playwright, who is supremely gifted. Would that he were able to depart from reality — the kind that has plagued many artists from time immemorial — and find a few lighter relationships and moments. Alas, they did not exist, and apparently that is not the show’s purpose. Without a compass, African American composers still find it challenging to be accepted in the Euro-centric arts. Perhaps, had he lived long enough, Joplin would have made a breakthrough. In addition to Fleming’s stunning talent, David F. Weiner’s set, Jason Bieber’s lighting and Jeannie Galioto’s costumes enhance “Scott Joplin’s New Rag.” Mo`olelo and sound designer Joe Huppert have yet to conquer the Tenth Avenue main stage’s acoustical problems, but kudos to all for having the guts to present Fleming’s important, earnest world premiere. —Charlene Baldridge has been writing about the arts since 1979. Her book “San Diego, Jewel of the California Coast” (Northland Publishing) is currently available in bookstores. She can be reached at


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Another successful Adams Avenue Street Fair took over Normal Heights Sept. 27 and 28. Temperatures throughout the weekend crept into the high 80s but music fans still showed up in droves. The area in front of the Casbah 33rd St. Rock Stage had just become a wide rectangle of shady relief when Madly [second from top] took the stage around 4 p.m on Saturday. The psychedelic rock band features former members of The Ner vous Wreckords, Marsupials and Black Hondo. Their set was punctuated by mesmerizing guitar riffs and the powerful vocals of Lucina González. Hills Like Elephants [third from top] followed with an equally enthralling performance of indiepop songs laced with synth. The danceable “Foreign Films” was one of several highlights. With over 100 acts there was plenty more to hear: The Burning of Rome closed things out Saturday with a wildly rockin’ performance while Heartless Bastards drew crowds of folks away from their TV sets the moment the Chargers sealed their win over the Jags. Can’t wait for next year! (All photos by Jen Van Tieghem)u

of the cof fee car t as a legal set of car ts car t goes through the San Diego County Depar tment of Environmental Health (DEH). The city issues the additional city permit-license required, based on zoning approval first, and it cleared in order to get licensed, and there are no violations of record. The car t and location is per fectly legal. Cof fee Car ts are actually inspected by the DEH before they can be allowed to be placed at their “designated” zoned location to meet a specific code criteria. (No building permits are required unless they have a canopy that is made of wood, a structure. They are inspected twice a year or more). Our licenses and health permits are posted and in view for ever yone to see. I am also an individual who loves South Park and is responsible for cleaning up the entire square block perimeter area around the proper ty of the Gala Foods, the Doggie Waste Station, the walk path, the flower garden, graf fiti removal, etc. and more. I think I deser ve more than these accusations. This is irresponsible behavior on par t of this licensed architect and she is out of line. I would appreciate your input on this. Thank you.   —Rob Allen, Captain Kirk’s Cof fee, via email Editor’s note: First, to clarify, the ar ticle referenced by Mr. Allen was written by me, Hutton Marshall, not local architect Laurie Fisher, who was quoted within it. Second, in regards to whether Captain Kirk’s Cof fee is a “car t” or a “structure” — which are regulated dif ferently by the city — a spokesperson for the city’s Development Services Depar t- ment pointed me to a few specific passages in the San Diego Municipal Code. The spokesperson said that “pushcar ts” are permitted in the GH-CC zone, the city-regulated commercial zone where Captain Kirk’s is located. The city code (141.0619) identifies pushcar ts as a “moveable, wheeled, nonmotorized vehicle” that does not exceed four feet in width, eight feet in length, or six feet in height. They are also prohibited from selling to persons in cars. Captain Kirk’s Cof fee exceeds the aforementioned dimensions, has no visible wheels and has a drive-thru window that serves cars. Rob Allen’s lawyer, Craig Sherman, responded by saying that Captain Kirk’s Cof fee does indeed have wheels concealed underneath a cur tain surrounding the car t. He fur ther stated that the car t itself, not the canopy around it, is within the required dimensions. Though he could not speak to the legality of its drive-thru, he said that it was his understanding that his client had the full consent of Development Services to operate.

Waiting on Juan

As a resident of Juan Street for a decade, we heard this announcement in 2011 [See “City breaks ground on Juan Street improvements” Vol. 6, Issue 18]. Since then, nothing has happened. Now that the project has news coverage, perhaps the next news-spot will feature the time schedule that is planned to complete the project. After the failed progress in 2011, I am not expecting anything to get done for at least a year. Disappointed resident in the progress schedule. —Mike Armstrong, via Editor’s note: City staf f estimate the project will take approximately one year to complete, which would put the completion date in early fall 2015. u


Not your grandfather’s country club

Jimmy Ruelas performs at the Tin Can Country Club (Photo by Eric Hankins) By Dustin Lothspeich If you were to wander through Bankers Hill down Fifth Avenue and stop into the Tin Can Alehouse on any given Monday night, you’d be walking smack into the middle of one of this town’s best-kept secrets. Affectionately known as the Tin Can Country Club, a close-knit group of local musicians and songwriters band together in weekly communion — a veritable baptism performed by way of country, folk, bluegrass and Americana music. Greg Theilmann — frequent performer and multi-instrumentalist in local indie pop band Hills Like Elephants, among others — summed up the allure of the increasingly popular destination for Monday night live music: “There is, simply put, nothing else like it in San Diego.” He may be right. To truly un-

derstand its Country Club, we need to take a look at the Tin Can itself. Over the past few years, the place has established its role in the city’s music scene with its nightly lineups mixed of local bands and out-of-town acts; musicians that either love the intimacy of smaller rooms, haven’t made the leap to larger stages just yet, or simply enjoy drinking craft beer out of cans in a fun, inviting setting — perhaps all three. Whatever the reason, performers and audience members alike check their egos at the door. The place honestly just ain’t big enough. When Patrick Conway and Justin Rodriguez bought the Tin Can in late 2011, they wanted to do something special on Monday nights. Before that point, they were both part of a small group of San Diego musicians who made up the original “Country Club,” a motley crew of friends play-

ing in each other’s back yards and front porches. Two years ago, the owners decided to bring the party to the stage, along with a $2 whiskey shot special. “We came up with the format … and just rolled the dice,” Conway recalled. “Back then, it didn’t seem like there were too many of us interested in classic country and folk music. I remember River City, Golden Red, Silverbird, The Western Set, John Meeks, The Silent Comedy, Blackout Party and a handful of others playing music rooted in that style, so those were the people we reached out to first … it really gained popularity through word-of-mouth, with minimal promotion on our end, and organically became what it is today.” With more than 25 regulars now, the club may have grown in membership, but the ideology remains the same: Artists rotate on and off the stage, share one microphone, one acoustic guitar and play their hearts out. To close out each night, players form a song circle onstage for a celebratory group sendoff. However, to troubadours hoping to just walk in one night and take the stage by storm: Expect to pay your dues. “The [Tin Can Country Club] is not an open mic,” Conway explained. “It’s genre-specific — we’re not about elitism, just preserving the integrity of what we’re doing. Most nights, performance priority goes to the Country Club members who have been coming regularly for the longest. We put new performers onstage during the Showcase night, which is the last Monday of every month. If someone is interested in what we’re doing, the best thing to

San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 10–23, 2014 do is just show up a few times and check it out, but don’t expect to get onstage your first night.” When it comes to first-timers, Theilmann implores them to keep it real: “The kind of modern music that people refer to as ‘country’ and ‘folk’ are not really played there. You know, pop country — Mumford and Bums — that music is played to appeal to the widest audience possible. People can play whatever they want … but if you sing about drinking hazelnut lattes and feeling sad that the barista hasn’t accepted your Facebook friend request, you will most likely not get back onstage.” Lovelorn millenials aside, the performers involved week in and week out nab a nifty reward for continually contributing in the form of a freshly pressed slab of wax. To ring in the yearly anniversary of the club’s existence, Conway books time on the Tin Can dime at Citizen Studios in La Mesa and with the help of engineer/producer Daniel Crawford (guitarist in local alt-country band Blackout Party, and also a club regular), records a collection of songs performed by various Country Club members. Last year, the album sold out. This year, they’re currently on sale at the venue (and come with a digital download card to boot). For Theilmann, the annual vinyl release is the one of the more obvious reasons why the club stands out: “[The record] is actually the clearest indication that this is so much more than an open mic. That was my first time pressed on vinyl, and for me that’s a lifelong dream.” Still, it would be nothing without those weekly performances. Every Monday night, something magical happens over on Fifth Avenue and Fir Street — hell, even the regulars get blown away. “A few weeks back at our


Musicians featured on the 2nd annual Tin Can Country Club album: Jimmy Ruelas Justin Rodriguez Grampadrew Matthew Strachota Jon Kruger Anna Levitt Patrick Conway Emily Schrader Eric Hankins Gary Hankins Clinton Davis Chad Pittman Mike Pope Gayle Skidmore Daniel Crawford Greg Theilmann David Francis Patrick Norton two-year anniversary bash, I was working behind the bar and we had a very loud and crazy crowd,” Jimmy Ruelas, another regular Tin Can Country Club player, recalled. “A lot of performers weren’t being heard and the common reaction by an artist on a night like that is to play louder. Well, Patrick Conway hits the stage and starts softly strumming the guitar. I mean real soft. And I’m thinking, ‘No one’s going to hear him at all.’ I duck my head back in and get back to slinging drinks. A moment later, I look up and realize the crowd had gone dead silent. I mean, you could hear a pin drop … and it remained quiet the entire set. That was one hell of a moment.” It seems like those moments happen more often than not. After all, there’s simply nothing else like it in San Diego. —Dustin Lothspeich is a music writer in San Diego. Contact him at


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It’s an emergency! Or is it? Pets Ann Eliopulos It’s the weekend. The weather is great, you have time off and you’re getting ready to go out for the night. You hear an odd, repetitive thumping sound and turn to see your dog on the floor with his jaws clenched, foamy saliva, body convulsing, paddling paws and urinating uncontrollably. He is having a seizure and has never had one before. The ordeal only lasted for maybe two minutes, and he now seems completely normal, other than acting slightly confused. It’s 7 p.m., and your vet is closed. You’re scared to death. Is it an emergency? Or can it wait? This scenario is often how emergencies, or perceived emergencies, go: They happen suddenly, without warning and at a time when you are not prepared. Having spent most of my career as an emergency veterinarian, I have answered many phone calls in the middle of the night, weekends and holidays trying to help someone determine if a

situation is actually an emergency. This is what I believe: If you think it’s an emergency and you’re worried enough to ask, your pet should probably be seen. But is it a real emergency? The answer is not a simple one and in the above example depends on the cause of the seizure and the age of the pet. If that is the only seizure that occurs, the answer is no, it probably is not an emergency and can wait until your personal veterinarian can evaluate. If the animal is a youngster, less than 6 months old, they should be evaluated right away and have blood work. Certainly, this pet should not be left alone in case more seizures develop. Either way, your plans for the night are officially over. That being said, here is a list of situations that are definite emergencies and require you to get in the car and go, no matter the hour: Seizures: a sustained seizure longer than five minutes, seizures back to back or more than two in a 24-hour period. Dogs do not swallow their tongue, so do not put your hand in their mouth. You will only get injured. Clear the area to protect your pet from hurting themselves

PETS and move back. Breathing difficulty: Pets that are having trouble breathing are prone to panic. Keep your hands away from their mouth and get them to a veterinarian immediately, especially if they are “open mouth” breathing or gasping. Do not put your hands in the mouth of a choking animal. Automobile injury: Even if your pet seems okay, internal injury may be present. If there appear to be fractures, or the pet is unable or unwilling to move, use a blanket or board as a makeshift stretcher and support their body as much as possible. Muzzle the pet when moving them. Allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock: A swollen face, hives, vomiting or diarrhea and restlessness are often the first signs of an allergic reaction. These can progress to collapse, pale gums, difficulty breathing, shock and death. Eye injury: Even if it seems mild, eye trauma can go bad in a hurry. Rattlesnake bites: The worst effects do not show up immediately. Aggressive and immediate care is needed, even if the pet has had the rattlesnake vaccine. Diarrhea or vomiting: One or two episodes of vomiting or diarrhea are usually not cause for concern. If there is blood in the stool, more than two to three episodes in an hour, or the vomiting or diarrhea persists past 6-12 hours, the pet should be evaluated. Young or small animals can become dehydrated and weak quite quickly, especially in warm weather. If the abdomen is distended, hard and the dog has made repeated, unproductive efforts to vomit with no results, get immediate attention. This could be a bloat, and time is of the essence. Heat stroke: Symptoms include rapid panting, distress, lethargy and seizures. Place wet towels on your pet and get them to an emergency room immediately. Organ damage and bleeding disorders develop quickly and become life threatening without treatment. Collapse or fainting: These can indicate heart disease, internal bleeding or undetected illness of the adrenal glands, brain or other organs. Bleeding: Small amounts of bleeding are not necessarily an emergency. Blood that soaks through a bandage in minutes, pools on the floor, or pumps out in spurts is. Cover the wound with a clean cloth, apply direct pressure and have someone drive you to the vet office if possible. Bite wounds: Small ones that aren’t bleeding much may not be an emergency, but any wound involving the head, chest, abdomen or groin, has persistent bleeding or is larger than an inch should be treated. Poison ingestion: If you know your pet ate something potentially toxic, go. Some poisons do not show their effects for one to three days, and then treatment can be futile. Do not induce vomiting unless instructed to do so by your veterinarian. This list is by no means exhaustive, but is a very good guideline to use to determine if your pet needs help right away. If there is any doubt, always err on the side of caution. It is better to be wrong and spend some extra money for peace of mind, than to spend months wishing you had not hesitated. —Ann Eliopulos is a DVM at Bodhi Animal Hospital in North Park.u

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HOUSECALLS Minimal Traditional. Developers pushed for more leeway as well — and the right to build Western Ranches and Storybook Ranches and Colonial Ranches. In the 1940s, the FHA taught builders how to make small houses appear big. By the nineties, builders were making big houses appear even bigger, by adding vaulted ceilings and oversize rooms that

This Talmadge Park ranch house was inspired by the early work of Cliff May. (Photo by Michael Good)

required oversize furniture and made guests feel small — and less successful than the homeowner. So eventually Americans won the right to build their own houses their own way, which hasn’t always been a good thing. The FHA built neighborhoods, and it destroyed them as well. The agency “redlined” many older neighborhoods — meaning it decided these “inner city” properties were too risky for a loan. Homeowners couldn’t sell. Buyers couldn’t buy. The only option if an owner needed to move was to turn the house into a rental, or sell to an investor who could buy the house outright and replace it with an eight-unit apartment. The FHA not only stopped builders from building bungalows, it encouraged builders to tear them down. In the end, the FHA took America’s most ubiquitous house type and turned it into a rarity. You can contemplate the passing of the bungalow, and its recent resurrection during the month of October when Save Our Heritage Organisation offers a series of walking tours in North Park, Bankers Hill and Rancho Santa Fe. You might even see a Minimal Traditional squeezed in among the Craftsman and Spanish bungalows, and in Rancho Santa Fe you might spy an old-school Hacienda, inspired or built by Cliff May, who went on to become the “father of the ranch” and one of California’s most prolific architects, as the designer of thousands of tract homes throughout the state. The Dryden Historic District Walking Tour is Oct. 11, at 9 and 11 a.m. Meet at the corner of Upas and 28th streets. Tickets are $15. The tour covers a mile at a leisurely pace. You’ll learn about the architecture and the history of the area, as well as David Dryden, one of the many builders who created the neighborhood between 1912 and 1941. For information and to buy tickets, visit —Contact Michael Good at

The runner’s diet

Fitness Blake Beckom If you’re a runner, or you have friends or family members who are runners, there is a good chance that you’ve heard people ask, “What kind of diet do I need to follow to be like or look like a runner?” Just as the specifics of our individual diets are different due to a handful of variables, each runner’s diet is as unique as his or her pre-race rituals. Even so, many members of the running community tend to have some similar characteristics — runners are planners, runners are consistent, runners keep track of their daily activities — that can carry over to creating healthy eating habits to benefit runners and non-runners alike. Plan what you eat It’s a lot easier to maintain a healthy diet that includes all of the essential vitamins, minerals

and nutrition your body needs when you plan out and prepare your meals ahead of time. On a weekly basis, create a master menu and shopping list that include whole grain carbohydrates, lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables. Go to the grocery store at the beginning of the week and purchase all of the ingredients you will need to complete your weekly menus. Avoid processed foods whenever possible. When you return from the grocery store, you now will have all of the ingredients you need in-house to prepare healthy meals all week long and eliminate excuses for not being able to eat healthy. Eat throughout the day Consistency is key to fueling your body like a runner and ensuring optimal performance before, during and after your workout. You should strive to eat three meals and two small snacks per day in order to support a consistent metabolism in your body that can keep you from crashing and becoming overhungry. Once you let yourself get too hungry, you run the risk of quickly consuming more calories than you realize. Track your progress No one enjoys counting their calories — not even runners. Even so, you need to be honest and realistic about how many calories you consume on a daily basis to determine whether you are fueling your body appropriately. Counting calories can be

FITNESS as easy as tracking your meals in a journal or calculating your calorie intake online. Just make sure to be consistent and take into account every calorie you consume — even the ones you may be drinking in your morning coffee or evening cocktail. Take it slow and steady In addition to tracking the number of calories you consume, it is also important to be conscious about how fast you are consuming your meals. Recent research has found correlations between how fast you eat and your Body Mass Index (BMI) rating. Faster eaters reported higher BMI levels during the study than those who took their time to completely chew their food. Slower eaters reported lower BMI levels, which may be associated with being more aware of each bite of food they put into their mouths, and focusing on the actual act of eating rather than becoming absorbed by mealtime distractions such as the television, a good book or the computer. Whether you are a runner or not, everyone can benefit from following the four easy healthy eating habits described above. By planning what you eat ahead of time, eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day, keeping track of your daily calorie count and eating your food slower, you are well on your way to creating healthy eating habits to fuel your body for optimal performance. —Blake Beckcom runs Fitness Together Mission Hills. Contact him at

San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 10–23, 2014



Rent Sense: Rental Business is Changing Fast By Neil Fjellestad and Chris De Marco FBS Property Management The new post-recession realities in the San Diego region can mean housing shifts during the balance of this decade. Readers of this publication will want to understand the impact, especially when these local facts are included: 65 percent of existing households are rentals in 92103, meaning there is a concentration of landlords in 92103 as well; neighborhood rents have increased from an average of $1,242 to $1,542 in the last decade and are projected to grow twice as fast in the next five years. Impact to renters: Residents will definitely be frustrated and demanding but will be responded to as the customers that turn real estate holdings into a profitable rental business. The status quo will be replaced with “best practices” for operating rental property, including technological integration, investment in human capital, modern marketing and customer relations; all welcome changes in an industry badly in need of a paradigm shift. You should get straight answers from someone who can explain the application process, the lease, any move-in and move-out expectations, and allow extra time in order to be comfortable with your lease and the property management. Impact to rental owners: We see the next five years as a renaissance of the independent rental owner as an essential housing provider and a savvy business owner in the local community. The independent rental owner is an intelligent investor that is building wealth and providing for retirement in a practical way. The tired notion of “landlords” taking advantage of captive “tenants” is being replaced with a community encouragement for private investments in improved housing and new life for established neighborhoods. 6398 Del Cerro Blvd. #8, San Diego, CA 92120 | | 619-286-7600


San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 10–23, 2014

CalendarofEvents Featured Events The Discovery of King Tut Opens Saturday, Oct. 11 This exhibit is making its West Coast debut at the San Diego Natural History Museum (1788 El Prado, Balboa Park), starting a run lasting until April 26, 2015. Visitors will be able to experience the tomb of Tutankhamun exactly as Howard Carter discovered it in 1922. The recreation of the legendary boy king’s tomb includes more than 1,000 scientifically produced replicas hand-crafted by Egyptian artisans. Featured recreations include King Tut’s throne, chariot and unique golden death mask. The exhibition is appropriate for all ages and includes an audio tour with child and adult versions available. If you would like to time travel to inspect the artifacts of ancient Egypt visit 2014 “Friends” Fall Concert Saturday, Oct. 11 The Hillcrest Wind Ensemble will present a concert lineup featuring original compositions, arrangements and orchestral transcriptions in the wonderful acoustics of the First Unitarian Universalist Church (4190 Front St., Hillcrest). Selections will be performed by members of the ensemble and friends. The group’s artistic director, John Winkelman, will premiere a piece he composed, “Suite for Clarinet and Wine Ensemble,” performed by clarinetist Patrick McMahon. The 45-piece ensemble, a program of the LGBT Center, is in its

28th year of performing. Concert begins at 7 p.m. For tickets visit and for more on the ensemble visit or call 619-6922077 ext. 814. Ray at Night Saturday, Oct. 11 San Diego’s largest and longest running art walk is held the second Saturday of each month on Ray Street between University Avenue and North Park Way from 6 to 10 p.m. Live entertainment, food trucks and a chance to browse the boutiques and galleries in the area are a few highlights. During this month’s Ray at Night, Low Gallery (3778 30th St.) will hold the opening reception for a new exhibit, “Vessels,” which features ceramics by David Harrison Cuzick and Mary Cuzick. It runs through Oct. 21. For more on the gallery visit lowgallerysd. com, and for more on Ray at Night visit Silent Screams Wednesdays, Oct. 15 and 22 To celebrate the spookiest time of year, the Whaley House (2476 San Diego Ave., Old Town) will host many special events throughout October presented by Save Our Heritage Organisation. One of their unique offerings is a weekly showing of horror and suspense classics from the Silent Era. Films will be screened each Wednesday in San Diego’s oldest theater upstairs at the Whaley House. Showings will be at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. Oct. 15 will feature “The Cat and the Canary” (1927) and Oct. 22 will be “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” (1920). Whaley House has been named one of America’s most haunted loca-

CALENDAR tions and should make for a very spooky setting for these events. For information and tickets visit Bras for a Cause Saturday, Oct. 18 This is just one of many events being held around San Diego for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The businesses of the North Park shopping area dubbed T-32 (Thorn and 32nd Streets) will participate in a variety of ways. Expressive Arts (3201 Thorn St.) will host an art show and sale with proceeds going to Breast Cancer Angels, an organization that provides food, housing and many other ser vices to those with stage 4 breast cancer. Salon Eros (3205 Thorn St.) will be taking hair appointments to support Locks of Love. Thorn St. Brewer y (3176 Thorn St.) will host their Bras, Brats and Beer fundraiser with the Curr yWurst Food Truck. Events will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information, search for the event on Facebook. City Heights Community Development Corporation fundraising reception Friday, Oct. 24 This City Heights CDC event will feature California State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins as the guest of honor. The fundraising reception will be held at the home of Bruce Abrams in Bankers Hill from 6 to 8 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres by Saigon on Fifth. A donation of $100 is requested for the event and the address will be provided after registration. Checks should be sent by Monday, Oct. 20 to 4001 El Cajon Blvd. Suite 205, San Diego CA 92105.

Recurring Events MONDAYS:

Singing Stor ytime: 1:30 p.m., learn what’s going on inside your baby’s mind, strengthen your bond and sing songs together at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Open Mic Night: 7:30 p.m., the mic is open to you at Lestat’s Cof fee House, 3343 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, free.


Curbside Bites: 5 – 8:30 p.m., gathering of gourmet food trucks at 3030 Grape St., South Park. “Grab a Mic”: 6 p.m., an open mic night hosted by singer/actor Sasha Weiss. Sign ups at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m., Martinis Above Fourth, 3940 Fourth Ave., Hillcrest.  Tasty Truck Tuesdays: 6 – 9 p.m., Smitty’s Service Station hosts several food trucks under their well-lit shade structure, 3442 Adams Ave., Normal Heights.  Open Mic Charlie’s: 7 – 10 p.m. (except the third Tuesday), open mic night at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free.


Wednesday Night Experience: 7 – 8 p.m., uplifting and spiritually inspiring experiences for all, weekly at Universal Spirit Center, 3858 Front St., Hillcrest, love offering requested.  Young Lions Music Series: 7 p.m., each week features

a new “young rising star” chosen by Gilbert Castellanos. Castellanos will also join in during the first set, the Expatriate Room, Croce’s Park West, 2760 Fifth Ave., Bankers Hill, $5 cover. Wednesday Jazz Jam Session: 7:30 p.m., Gilbert Castellanos hosts the Jazz Jam Session with special guest musicians at Seven Grand, 3054 University Ave., North Park, free.


Gentle Yoga for seniors: 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., presented by The Center and Silver Age Yoga Community Outreach (SAYCO) at The San Diego LGBT Center, 3909 Centre St., Hillcrest, free.  North Park Farmers’ Market: 3 – 7 p.m., in the parking lot behind CVS at 32nd St. and University Ave., North Park, free. Northparkfarmersmarket. com.  Kornflower’s Open Mic: Signups at 6:30 p.m., open mic (no poetry or comedy) 7 – 10 p.m. Family friendly event at Rebecca’s Coffee House, 3015 Juniper St., South Park, free. Kirtan Musical Meditation: 8:15 p.m., chant and sing contemporary mantras celebrating love and life at Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, 3287 Adams Ave., Normal Heights, donation requested.


Preschool Stor ytime: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free. Fridays on Fifth: 4 – 9 p.m., various restaurants and bars offer discounts and specials for a social hour on Fifth Avenue between Washington Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Hillcrest. Cinema Under the Stars: 8:30 p.m., Classic movie screenings at 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Tickets start at $15. 


Old Town Saturday Market: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Harney Street and San Diego Avenue, Old Town, free. Golden Hill Farmers’ Market: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., on B Street between 27th and 28th streets, Golden Hill, free.

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CALENDAR Children’s Craft Time: 10:30 a.m., at Mission Hills Library, 925 Washington St., Mission Hills, free.  Melodies in Balboa Park: 1 – 5 p.m., the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory ensembles fill Casa del Prado with classical music, 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park, free.  Comedy Heights: 8 – 10 p.m., local comedians take the stage next to Twiggs Coffeehouse at 4590 Park Blvd., University Heights, free.



Five local shows over the next two weeks


Hillcrest Farmers’ Market: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., under the Hillcrest Pride Flag, Harvey Milk and Normal streets, free. —Email calendar items to

Community organization meetings Bankers Hill Residents 6 p.m. on the third Monday San Diego Indoor Sports Club, 3030 Front St. Normal Heights Community Planning Group, Ad Hoc Bylaws Subcommittee 6:30 p.m. on the third Monday Adams Recreation Center, 3491 Adams Ave. North Park Planning Committee 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday North Park Christian Fellowship, 2901 North Park Way Talmadge Community Council  6:30 p.m. on third Tuesday of odd numbered months 4760 Miracle Dr. (residential address)   El Cajon Boulevard Business Improvement Association 9 – 10:30 a.m. on the third Thursday Blvd Office, 3727 El Cajon Blvd.   North Park Historical Society 6:30 p.m. on third Thursday Grace Lutheran Church, 3967 Park Blvd.   Greater Golden Hill Community Development Corporation 6:30 – 8 p.m. on the third Thursday Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Dr.   Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday Franklin Elementary Room #2, 4481 Copeland Ave.   North Park Community Association 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd.   North Park Action Team 5:30 p.m. on the fourth Thursday North Park Adult Activity Center, 2719 Howard Ave. Mission Hills Heritage 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday Call 619-497-1193 or email info@ for meeting location.   Email for inclusion of your organization or committee meeting.

Brenda Xu, The Lovebirds, and Miss Erika Davies at Lestat’s (on Adams Ave.) Thursday, Oct. 16 | 9 p.m. | $10 This is one rad lineup of lovely ladies, each bringing something a little different to the stage. Miss Erika Davies’ delicate vocals and poetic lyrics are perfect for the intimacy of Lestat’s, while The Lovebirds’ sweet pop folk will have the audience bouncing along to their tunes. Headliner Brenda Xu, who started her career in San Diego, is touring in support of her recently released album “For the Winter.” Xu’s style and vocal power, reminiscent of Aimee Mann and Kate Bush, is wildly enchanting.

Jen Van Tieghem The Whiskey Circle, American Cream, and Tolan Shaw at the Hard Rock Hotel’s 207 Club (Downtown) Thursday, Oct. 16 | 9 p.m. | Free with RSVP “Third Thursdays” is a monthly event at Downtown’s Hard Rock Hotel put on by radio station 91X and the Casbah. This month, headliners The Whiskey Circle will release a new EP and hand it out to attendees for free. Frontwoman Leanna May Patterson will flex her sweet pipes, which lend themselves to the country-fied folk style of the band. Las Vegas rockers American Cream and local singer-songwriter Tolan Shaw round out the lineup. Be sure to check out Shaw’s pop/soul song “Eyes,” which is 91X’s featured “Local Break” for the month. For RSVP visit

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Social Club and Nicely at The Merrow Tuesday, Oct. 21 | 9 p.m. | $5 or Free with RSVP Social Club missed playing The Merrow last month due to a power outage, and I’m happy to see they’ll be giving it another go barring any crazy thunderstorms. The band’s debut “Gamma Rays” is full of catchy tunes that blend upbeat pop and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. It’s been in heavy rotation in my world for the last year or so. Hint hint, guys: Fans want a new SC album. They’ll be joined by ambient rockers

San Diego Uptown News | Oct. 10–23, 2014 Nicely for this one. Don’t forget to RSVP on The Merrow’s website to get in for free.


bending set starting around 10 p.m. It will be very interesting to hear the results of this special project. Jesse LaMonaca and The Dime Novels, and Michael McGraw at Sycamore Den Thursday, Oct. 23 | 9 p.m. | Free

Gilbert Castellanos (Photo by Laurent Kramer)

Gilbert Castellanos’ Jazz Jam featuring The Midnight Pine at Seven Grand Wednesday, Oct. 22 | 9 p.m. | Free Every Wednesday jazz trumpeter Gilbert Castellanos and dozens of other musicians take to the Seven Grand stage to jam together. On this special occasion, the already popular event will get an added boost from The Midnight Pine, recent winners of Best Americana Album at the San Diego Music Awards. The band will play with Castellanos and the other jazz artists for a genre-

The Midnight Pine (Photo by Rebecca Joelson)

Americana mainstays Jesse LaMonaca and The Dime Novels have an ideal sound for the rustic hunting lodge look of Sycamore Den. LaMonaca’s voice can be sweet and subtle on songs like “When You Call” and big and bold on songs like “The Flood,” both from 2012’s “The Lament of Tumbleweed Hawk.” The different sides of the frontman’s talents showcase his willingness to bare raw emotions. Intense live performances with the full band will make any listener an instant fan. Plus, you can enjoy killer cocktails by Sycamore’s crafty bartenders. And did I mention it’s free? —Got a show worth talking about? Email


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